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Obituaries published the week of March 20, 2003
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In Memoriam

James K. Beebe

Navy veteran

James K. Beebe, 68, of 11641 County Route 38 in Wayland, passed away March 11, 2003 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born June 21, 1934 in Sunbury, Pa. the son of George and Margaret (Nace) Beebe. He spent approximately the first 33 years of his life in the Rochester area. After graduating from high school, he entered the United States Navy on Jan. 22, 1953. While in the Navy, Jim spent time on the USS Corpellatti AP 136 and was a fireman and NTC for MM3. Jim received a National Defense Service medal and a Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged from serving his country on Jan. 18, 1957. Back in Rochester, Jim met and entered into a loving marriage of 37 years with Barbara Sparks. They were wed on July 9, 1965 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Rochester. Together they moved to Wayland area approximately 35 years ago. Jim enjoyed hunting all kinds of small and big game, and he liked to fish. However, it was painting his concrete lawn ornaments that gave him the most pleasure. Together Jim and Barbara have owned and operated their concrete lawn ornament business for 10 years at their home. Jim was a very hard worker and was a very likable man as evidenced by the number of friends he had met via their business. Jim is predeceased by both of his parents, George and Margaret Beebe, and his brother George Beebe Jr. in 1971. He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Barbara (Sparks) Beebe of Wayland; his daughter Marcia (Dennis) Jacobs of Wilmington, Del.; his sons, Craig McWilliams of Wayland and Bruce McWilliams of Colorado; five grandchildren, Kevin, Jordan, Erin, Ashley and Ryan; his brothers, Donald (Linda) Beebe of Rochester, Dick (Marilyn) Beebe of New Orleans, La.; Dale (Tracee Lee) Beebe of Jacksonville, Fla.; his sister Avamaria (Ted) Glende of Rochester; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Family and friends called Saturday and Sunday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St. in Wayland. A Funeral Service was conducted Monday at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Dansville with Rev. Phil Kuhn officiating. Contributions in James K. Beebe's memory may be made to the Vincent House, 310 Second Ave., Wayland NY 14572 or to the American Diabetes Association, 20 Romona St., Rochester NY 14613.

Gerald (Gerry) J. Danaher

Foster Wheeler retiree

Gerald (Gerry) J. Danaher, 89, of 313 Washington St. in Wayland, peacefully passed away at his home March 12, 2003. He was born in Hornell on Oct. 23, 1913. He was the son of William and Anna (Nugent) Danaher. When he was very young, Gerry moved with his family to the Naples area. He lived there most all of his life until he moved to the Wayland area in 1987. Gerry and Mary Wright were married on April 29, 1937 at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Wayland. Mary passed away in 1983 after spending 46 years of marriage with Gerry. Gerry moved to Wayland in 1987 and entered into a loving marriage with Melba (Kuhn) Henchen on April 25, 1987 at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church. Together they have spent 15 happy years together. Gerry's entire employment career was spent as a welder at the Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation in Dansville. He retired from Foster Wheeler on Aug. 19, 1978. Gerry enjoyed many years as a Little League Manager in the Naples Little League system. He was also a past president of the Naples German Club and was often heard saying “I'm the only Irishman in a German Club.” He was an avid fisherman and loved to spend time tending to the flowers in his garden. He also spent a lot of time with his faithful companion Rusty. Rusty is a 12-year-old Dachshund. Gerry was a member of the Naples Fire Department and a communicant of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Wayland. Gerry was predeceased by both of his parents and his first wife Mary (Wright) Danaher in 1983. He is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, Melba (Kuhn,Henchen) Danaher of Wayland; his two sons, David Danaher of Rochester and William (Joan) Danaher of Canandaigua; his daughter Pat (Don) Tanner of Arcade; his stepchildren, Donald (Irene) Henchen of Dansville, Mary Kay Horr of Dansville, Carol (Ron) Houck of Chicago, Charles “Buddy” Henchen of Wayland, Rick Henchen of Wayland, Susan Vaughn of Tennessee, Bill (Debby) Henchen of Wayland; numerous grandchildren and several great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, RoseMary Danaher of Hornell, Ann Wright of Dansville, Annie Wright of Holley, Helen Wright of Wayland and Delores Wright of Springwater; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends called Friday at the St. George Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St. in Wayland. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church with Rev. Steve Kraus officiating. Interment, Roseridge Cemetery in Naples. Contributions in Gerald Danaher's memory may be made to the Vincent House, 310 Second Ave., Wayland NY 14572 or to St. Joseph's School, 209 Fremont St., Wayland NY 14572.

Roy M. Francis Sr.

Retired Garlock employee

Roy M. Francis Sr., 84, of Clay St. in Hemlock, died March 14, 2003 at his home. He was born the son of George and Lily Chatterton Francis Sr. on April 4, 1918 in Stanley, N.Y. He was a retired employee of Garlocks in Palmyra. He was a loyal member of the Canandaigua Moose Club and was a member of the Hemlock Fire Department for many years. He was also a member of the Honeoye Senior Citizens Club. He was predeceased by his son William. He is survived by his wife Louise; his children, Geraldine (Norman) Copp, Amy (Harold) Copp, Roy (Judith) Francis, Jr., Carolyne (Steve) Green; daughter-in-law Marietta Francis; sister Betty Carey; stepchildren, Cynthia (Michael) Sulkowski, Albert (Carole) Kuchne, Florence (John) Brown; 19 grandchildren; seven step grandchildren; many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Friends called Monday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15 in Livonia where funeral services were held following calling with the Rev. Richard Hass officiating. Burial, Union Cemetery in Livonia. In lieu of flowers friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Hemlock Fire Department.

Marian E. Gessin

Retired school teacher

Marian E. Gessin (Merritt, Mortenson) KB2KJV, of Honeoye, died March 13, 2003 after a courageous battle with cancer. Predeceased by her first husband, Richard. She was born the daughter of Paul and Letha Butman Merritt on Sept. 19, 1925 in DeRuyter, N.Y. She was a retired school teacher of the Pittsford School District. She was a member of the Honeoye United Church of Christ. She leaves her husband, Leonard; her children, KC (Collin) Moller of Virginia, Richard (Mary) Mortenson of Honeoye, Nancy (Clyde) Martin of Lima, Connie (Trent) Wright of MD; stepchildren, Terry (Richard) Green of South Bristol, Jeff (Doreen) Green of MA, Leonard Jr. of Webster, Scott (Laura) Gessin of MA, Sandra Gessin of Newark; 12 grandchildren; several aunts, uncles and cousins; many friends from Pittsford Schools and Pittsford Ambulance Corp; also from Thompson Hospital Volunteers and Honeoye United Church of Christ. Friends called Sunday at the Honeoye United Church of Christ, West Main St., Honeoye where funeral services were held Monday with the Rev. Brian Krause officiating. Burial, Whitehaven Memorial Park. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the S.A.N.D.S. Cancer Center, Parish St., Canandaigua NY 14424. Arrangements: Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home in Honeoye.

Ronald Jack

Geneseo resident

Ronald Jack, 56, of Barber Hill Road in Geneseo, died March 14, 2003 at his residence. He was employed by Sawyer Farms of Groveland. He is survived by his wife Karen Sawdey Jack; his children, Robin (Barry) Tunningley of Piffard, Sharon (Matt) Davis of Pennsylvania, Mary Clemo of Perry, Jackie Heiman of Perry, John (Lindsay) Jack of Washington, James Jack of Avon; eight grandchildren; his sister, Dorothy (Harold ) Whitbeck of Honeoye Falls; nieces and nephews. He was born Feb. 4, 1947 in Buffalo, the son of Elmer and Mary (Swick) Jack. Visitation was held at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, 111 Main St. in Geneseo on Monday. Funeral services were held Monday at the funeral home with Rev. Sean Steinke of Elim Fellowship officiating. Burial, Lakeview Cemetery in Groveland. Memorials may be made to the family at 5734 Barber Hill Road, Geneseo NY 14454.

Dorothy L. Meeker

Former Geneseo resident

Dorothy L. Meeker, 95, died Tuesday, March 11, 2003, at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, N.C. She was a resident of St. Joseph of the Pines Health Center and previously of St. Joseph of the Pines Villas in Southern Pines, N.C. She moved to Southern Pines in 1970 with her husband George W. Meeker. She taught primary grade school in several schools around her previous home in Geneseo. Mr. Meeker died in 1990. She is survived by a son, William, of Silver Spring, Maryland. A memorial service at the St. Joseph Health Center is being planned at a future time. Reference: Powell Funeral Home, 160 E. New Hampshire Ave., Southern Pines NC 28378.

Eunice G. Saunders

Retired sheriff's dept. matron

Eunice G. Saunders, 91, of 12 Columbus Ave., Mt. Morris, died March 13, 2003 at her home. She was born on Oct. 4, 1911 in Mt. Morris, the daughter of Lewis and Etta (Burnap) George. Prior to her retirement she was employed as a Matron for the Livingston County Sheriff's Department for over 20 years. She was a member of the Livingston County Deputies Association. She and her husband Francis founded the Ridge Campsites of Mt. Morris. She is survived by her six children, Marilyn (Bern) Moore of Rochester, Kenneth of Mt. Morris, Sandra (Bruce) Weber of Minnesota, Dolores (Bill) Catherman of Florida, Linda (Karl) Bennett of Nunda, Donald (Karen); one stepson John R. (Irene) of Arizona; 17 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; many great great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Francis in 1983 and stepson Edward in 2000. Friends called Saturday at the John W. Marton Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St. (Route 408), Mt. Morris. Funeral services were held Sunday at the United Church of Mt. Morris with the Rev. Carin Farmer officiating. Interment Mt. Morris Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Livingston County Hospice Fund, 1 Murray Hill, Mt. Morris, NY 14510.

Josephine F. Yeager

Horseheads resident

Josephine F. Yeager (Cady), 75, of Horseheads, N.Y., passed away March 9, 2003 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. She was born Aug. 3, 1927 to the late Anthony and Josephine (Peluso) DiPippo. She was predeceased by her son Michael J. Cady in 1983 and grandson Donald DuBoice Jr. in 1993. Survivors include her children, Karon (Richard) Davin of Avon, Donald DuBoice of Caledonia, Jerry DuBoice of Victor, Dorothy (Brian) Watson of Las Vegas, Nev., Christine (Jack) Brooks of Horseheads and Steven (Lois) Cady of Daytona Beach, Fla.; special niece, Theresa Bengtson of Mt. Pocono, Pa.; 22 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Family and friends called March 12 at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services were held there on March 13 with Deacon William Dougherty officiating. Interment, Woodlawn Cemetery.