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Obituaries published the week of March 17, 2005
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In Memoriam

Scott James Adamson


Scott James Adamson, 31, a farmer at Grandview Farms in Groveland, died suddenly March 10, 2005 at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. Mr. Adamson resided on Adamson Road in Groveland. He is survived by his mother Mary Ryan Adamson of Groveland and his sister Jill Anne Adamson of Geneseo. He was preceded in death by his father Roderick J. Adamson in 1999. He was born Nov. 19, 1973 in Warsaw, N.Y. the son of Roderick and Mary Ryan Adamson. Scott was a 1992 graduate of Geneseo Central School. Visitation was held at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, 111 Main St. in Geneseo on Sunday. Funeral Services were held March 14 at the Groveland Federated Parish with Rev. Sally Glassbrook of the Groveland Federated Parish and Rev. Butch Mothersell of St. John's Episcopal Church in Mt. Morris officiating. Burial, Lakeville Cemetery in Groveland. Memorials may be made to Geneseo Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 428, Geneseo NY 14454 or Groveland Fire Department, P.O. Box 49, Groveland NY 14462 or the Teresa House, 21 Highland Rd., Geneseo NY 14454.

Margaret I. Christiano

Greigsville resident

Margaret I. Christiano “Peggy”, 75, of 2397 Genesee St., Piffard, died March 11, 2005 in Providence, R.I. She was born the daughter of Isabel and Hooker Borden on April 24, 1929. She was a homemaker. She was predeceased by her husband Joseph V. Christiano Jan. 16, 2004. She is survived by her children, Jeri (George) Levesque of St. Charles, Mo., Scot (Ann) Christiano of Norwich, Vt., Thomas (Kathleen) Christiano of Huntington, Ct., and Marianne (Jerry) Prior of Narragansett, R. I.; seven grandchildren; three sisters, Mary Jane Thompson of Honeoye Falls, Patricia (Bruce) Keihl of Geneseo and Barbara (Michael) Murray of Pittsford; brother-in-law Edward (Joy) Christiano of Clearwater, Fla; nieces, nephews and cousins. Calling hours will be held March 16, 4-7 p.m. only at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, Inc., 111 Main St. in Geneseo. Funeral Services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Leicester. Burial, St. Mary's Cemetery in Geneseo. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Jude's Ranch for Children, 100 St. Jude St., Boulder, Nevada 09005.

Esther M. Crye

Avon resident

Esther M. Crye, 80, of Sutton Road, Avon, died March 12, 2005 at the Livingston County Health Related Facility in Mt. Morris. She was born the daughter of Charles and Bessie Hoyt Sloan on Dec. 15, 1924 in Lakeville. She was predeceased by her husband Thomas in 1993. She is survived by her children, Linda (Tony) Gero of Auburn, Chris (Brenda) Crye of Avon, Jackie (Duane) Staples of Avon, Thomas (Annmarie) Crye of Avon; grandchildren, Theresa and Katie Gero, Julie Peterson and Jennifer Boor, Andrea, Molly, T. J. and Joleigh Crye; brother Clyde (Renee) Sloan of Lakeville; sister Marjorie VanIngen of Lakeville; several nieces and nephews. Friends called Tuesday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home Inc., Route 15 in Livonia where services were held Wednesday with Rev. Dr. Tom Taylor officiating. Burial, East Avon Cemetery. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1650 South Ave., Rochester NY 14620.

Mary Ann Kraft

Honeoye resident

Mary Ann Kraft, 67, of Canadice Lake Road, died March 13, 2005 at Strong Memorial Hospital. She was born the daughter of William and Mary Mullaney St. Peter on Sept. 23, 1937 in Rochester. She was the office manager at Dick Kraft Real Estate in Honeoye. She is survived by her husband Dick; son Rich (Lisa) Kraft; grandchildren, Kerry Ann and Justin R. Kraft; sister, Sister Rosemary St. Peter, SSJ.; several nieces and nephews. Friends may call Wednesday 4-8 p.m. only at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15 in Livonia. Her Funeral Mass will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Church in Honeoye with the Rev. William Donnelly officiating. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to Honeoye Rotary Club, Camp Honeoye, P.O. Box 641, Honeoye NY 14471 in her memory. A reception will follow the Funeral Mass at Raymond's Valley Inn, Honeoye.

Frank C. Sharp

Leicester resident

Frank C. Sharp, 84, of 53 Main St., Leicester, died March 11, 2005 at Nicholas Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. He was born the son of Ervin and Bessie (Holeman) Sharp on Feb. 20, 1921 in Rochester. Prior to his retirement he was employed at Folts Diamond Center in Mt. Morris. He is predeceased by his wife Blanche and brother Elmer. He is survived by three brothers, Benjamin (Evelyn) Sharp of Walworth, Richard (Midge) Sharp of Ohio and Irving Hallaock of Canandaigua; nieces and nephews. Friends called Tuesday at the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St. (Route 408), Mt. Morris where Funeral Services were held Tuesday with Pastor Edward Phillips officiating. Interment, Leicester Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Cuylerville Ambulance or Fire Department. Condolences may be emailed to

Billie-Jo Warner

Wayland resident

Billie-Jo Warner, 24, of 6 Lincoln St., passed away March 9, 2005 as the result of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident. She was born Oct. 1, 1980 in Dansville, the daughter of John and Sandie (Cossaboom) Warner. Residing in Wayland her entire life, Billie-Jo graduated from Wayland-Cohocton Central School in 1998. She attended Oswego State University and the Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua. While there she had been studying to be an elementary school teacher. Billie-Jo was employed by the Redwood Restaurant as a waitress. Her work ethic and personality as a waitress defined her. She loved working there and many of her patrons commented that she was an excellent waitress. Billie-Joe was very caring and endearing to her patrons as she always took the extra step to keep them happy and to keep in touch with them. Billie-Jo was involved in local dart leagues, she used to pitch fast-pitch softball while in school, and she was a basketball player in school. She was also an avid shopper. She loved going to shop for clothes and she always had her Christmas shopping done by Thanksgiving. Of course though, she would still shop right up until Christmas. Billie-Jo was a very popular and good friend to all that touched her life. She was very close to her brother Nick and her sister Kim “Dewey.” She loved hanging out with her family and friends and just being herself. She was a “good girl” that would often remark, “hey manno” or “what are you birds doing?” Not only was it her family and friends that she was close with, she had two dogs, Ozzy and Cooper that were like her children. Rarely would you see her without those two. Billie-Joe was predeceased by her grandfather, Richard Tracy and a special grandmother figure in her life Frances Bonadonna. She is survived by her mother, Sandie Warner (Mike Bonadonna) of Wayland; her father, John Warner (Katherine Winston) of Wayland; fiancee, Jon Rogers of Wayland; her dogs, Ozzy and Cooper; brother, Nicholas Warner of Wayland; sister, Kimberly “Dewey” Warner of Wayland; step-sister Heather Bonadonna of Leicester; paternal grandparents, Ardean (Virginia) Warner of Wayland; maternal grandmother Ethel Tracy of Binghamton; godmother, Ann (Charles) Lill of Mendon; two very special influences on her life, Virginia Denninger of Rochester and Lucille Quanz of Wayland; her aunts, Susan (Pete) Catherol of NYC, Sharon Cossaboom of North Carolina, Sindee (Jon) Mark of Wayland; Salli (Kevin) Conklin of Connecticut; other family members, Norma Englert of Wayland; Carol (Francis) Merklinger of Manchester, Terry (Linda) Conklin of Cheshire; Donna Merklinger of North Carolina; and Bill Englert of Caledonia; along with several cousins. Family and friends called Friday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St. in Wayland where a prayer service was conducted Saturday at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Billie-Jo Saturday at St. Joseph's Church in Wayland. Interment, St. Joseph's Cemetery in Wayland. Contributions in Billie-Jo Warner's memory may be made to the Upstate Guide Dogs, 7926 Routes 5 and 20, Bloomfield NY 14469.

Pearl E. Washburn

Livonia - Pearl E. Washburn, 91, died March 6, 2005 at the Eastside Nursing Home in Warsaw. She was born the daughter of Lester and Verna Hottensteien Drew on Sept. 10, 1913 in Allen, N.Y. She was a member of the Livonia Community Church. She is survived by her daughter Jean Terpstra of Florida; son Charles Alvord Jr. of Syracuse; 11 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Friends called Wednesday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15 in Livonia where services were held Thursday with the Rev. George Davis officiating. Burial, Mt. Morris Cemetery.

Fred Wheat

Foster Wheeler retiree

Wayland - Fred Wheat, 94, of 217 S. Lackawanna St., passed away March 11, 2005 at the Vincent House Comfort Care Facility in Wayland. He was born Aug. 26, 1910 in Rochester the son of Grant and Cora (Miller) Wheat. Fred grew up in Rush and then moved to Canadice for a few years. He then resided in Dansville for a number of years prior to moving to the Wayland area in the late 1960s. Fred and Ruth Wolfanger entered into a loving marriage on Aug. 17, 1936 in Avoca. Together they celebrated over 60 years of marriage prior to Ruth's passing away in June 2003. Fred's entire employment career was spent at Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation in Dansville. For many years while employed there, he enjoyed time as an x-ray inspector and technician. Fred enjoyed his job at Foster Wheeler and he realized how important it was because their company was a supplier to the U.S. Government during World War II. He retired from there in 1975. He was a life-long member of the National Rifle Association. He was a very generous man that would contribute to just about any charity that ventured his way. Fred enjoyed hunting and fishing and he was a great historian that loved to talk and tell stories. He had many Indian heritage stories and Fred loved to talk about the “Legend of PokeyMoonshine.” He was a provider of many things to his family and friends and he was even known as a prankster as he and a friend would ignite sticks of dynamite as practical jokes. Fred also was a Civil War buff. He was predeceased by his wife Ruth Wheat; and his daughter Anne Wheat. He is survived by his grandchildren, Fred Shutt and his wife Ann of Wayland, Judy Kinney of Wayland and Julie Larson and her husband Ken of Wayland; great grandchildren, Jennifer and Justin Shutt, Jared, Kayla and Jenna Kinney, Kaitlin Larson, Matt Aldrich, all of Wayland and Ryan Aldrich of Star Lake, N.Y. and his brother John J. Wray and his wife Helen, of Crestview, Fla. Family and friends called Tuesday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St. in Wayland where Funeral Services were held following calling with Rev. David Hotchkiss officiating. Interment, Greenmount Cemetery in Dansville. Contributions in Fred Wheat's memory may be made to the Vincent House, 310 Second Ave., Wayland NY 14572.

James F. Woods

Conesus resident

James F. Woods, of DaCola Shores, Conesus, died March 13, 2005 at his home. He was born the son of Frank and Evelyn Smith Woods on June 12, 1938 in Rochester. He was a retiree of Spronz Metal Fabrication in Rochester. He was a member of the Conesus United Church. He is survived by his wife Janet; his son James F. (Stephanie) Woods Jr. of Illinois, Katharyne Woods of Conesus; sisters, Marilyn (Earl) Wilson of Avon, Patricia Moulton of East Avon; brother Richard (Deana) Woods of Brockport; several nieces, nephews, along with his church family. Friends called Tuesday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15, Livonia. His Funeral Service was held Wednesday at the Conesus United Church, Route 15, Conesus, with the Rev. David Hotchkiss officiating. Burial, Arnold Cemetery, Conesus. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Conesus United Church.