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Obituaries published the week of March 23, 2006
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In Memoriam

Anthony A. Adonnino

World War II Navy veteran

Anthony A. “Bucky” Adonnino, 81, of 60 Westview Crescent, Geneseo, formerly of Hopkins St. in Mt. Morris, died March 15, 2006 at his home. He was born the son of Andrea and Anna (Tuso) Adonnino on Dec. 23, 1924 in Mt. Morris. He was a veteran of the Navy during World War II. Prior to his retirement he owned and operated with his brothers Adonnino Brothers Ford and Bus Garage in Mt. Morris. He was a member of St. Patrick's Church, Holy Name Society, the American Legion and the Living Stream Company of the Mt. Morris Fire Department. He was predeceased by his wife Agnes in 2001, brothers, Joseph and Frank, sisters, Anna, Angeline and Antionette. He is survived by his sister-in-law Helen Adonnino of Mt. Morris; several nieces and nephews. No prior calling. Prayers were said Friday at the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St. (Route 408) in Mt. Morris, followed by his Funeral Mass at St. Patrick's Church in Mt. Morris. Burial, St. Patrick's Church Cemetery in Mt. Morris. Memorials may be made to the Livingston County Humane Society. Condolences may be emailed to

Thomas G. Bovill

Geneseo resident

Thomas G. Bovill, 94, retired from the maintenance department at the State University of New York at Geneseo, died March 14, 2006 at Highland Hospital in Rochester. Mr. Bovill resided on Reservoir Road in Geneseo. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth Nevin Bovill of Reservoir Road; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Joseph and Arthur, sisters, Margaret Norton and Hannah Young. He was born Jan. 21, 1912 in Geneseo the son of Joseph and Jane Noble Bovill. Tom as an Elder at Central Presbyterian Church in Geneseo as well as the oldest church member. He joined the Geneseo Fire Dept. in 1928 and was honored as an exempt member in 1975. He could be seen every Memorial Day driving a Fire Department vehicle in the annual parade. Visitation was held at Rector-Hicks Funeral Home Inc. on Thursday. Funeral Services were held March 17 at Central Presbyterian Church with Rev. Beth Godfrey officiating. Burial, Temple Hill Cemetery in Geneseo. Memorials may be made to Central Presbyterian Church, 31 Center St., Geneseo NY 14454 or the Geneseo Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 428, Geneseo NY 14454.

Loretta Bowers

Former Wayland resident

Wayland/Lakeland, Fla. - Loretta Bowers, 96, of Lakeland, Florida, formerly of Wayland, passed away March 12, 2006 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, after suffering a stroke. Mrs. Bowers was born in Dansville on May 3, 1909, to Frank and Katherine Gross Ott. She grew up in Dansville and graduated from high school there. On June 13, 1936 she married Kendall C. Bowers of Wayland. She moved there and became a communicant of St. Joseph's Church. With him she raised six children and was involved in community activities. They retired to Lakeland, Fla. in 1972. Mrs. Bowers was also active in the Lakeland community. Her husband died in 1982. She was the last family member of her generation. She is survived by her daughters, Millicent “Penny” Atkin of Lakeland, Katherine (James) Augustus of Troy, Missouri, Harriett Kimball of Syracuse; sons, John (Jeanne), Harry (the late Patricia), Thomas (Emily), all of Wayland; 20 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; six nieces and nephews and many friends. Calling hours were March 17 at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St., Wayland. A prayer service was held March 18 at the funeral home and was followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph's Church in Wayland. Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery in Dansville. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Loretta O. Bowers memory may be made to the Vincent House, a hospice, at 310 Second Ave., Wayland NY 14572.

Bonita E. Herron

Retired teacher

Avon/Clearwater, Fla. - Bonita E. Herron “Bonnie,” 70, died on Jan. 10, 2006 at her home in Clearwater, Fla. Mrs. Herron was born on March 11, 1935 in Wellsville, N.Y the daughter of Theodore and Mildred Young. She was a retired 6th grade school teacher and taught at the Wayland Central School. She is survived by her husband Peter E. Herron of Clearwater, Fla.; children, Patrick (Karen) Herron of LeRoy, Michael (Audra) Herron of Mesa, Ariz., Barbara (Keith ) Vadas of Allentown, Pa.; seven grandchildren; sister Sandra (Lou) Seamans of Passadena, Texas; brothers, Theodore (Joe) Young Jr. of Wellsboro, Pa., George (Kay) Young of Passadena, Texas; several nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to call Saturday (March 25) from 1-3 p.m. at the Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., 350 Genesee St. in Avon where her Funeral Service will follow at 3 p.m. Interment, St. Agnes Cemetery in Avon. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Florida Suncoast, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater FL 33760.

Josephine A. Layton

Livonia resident

Josephine A. Layton, 93, of Sunrise Dr. in Livonia, died March 20, 2006 at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. Mrs. Layton was formerly of Geneseo. She is survived by her children, Diana (Philip) Weimer of Wellsville, N.Y., Gloria (Joseph Finocchario) Love of Livonia, Betty Jane Layton of Wayland, Charles O. (Lynn) Layton of Fla.; grandchildren, Christopher Reimer, Heather Reimer, Lisa Marie (Kenneth) Losey, Tina (Michael) Salvatore, Jamie (Roberta) Love, Jolene (Ryan) Witherow, Jonathan (Paula Brown) Layton, Matthew (Lisa) Layton; 13 great grandchildren; one brother Tony Brown of Geneseo; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles O. Layton in 1982. She was born Sept. 20, 1912 in Geneseo, the daughter of Thomas and Florence Feola Brown. She was one of the founders of Livingston-Wyoming ARC. Visitation will be held at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, 111 Main St. in Geneseo on Friday, March 24 from 4-7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, March 25 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Church in Geneseo with Father John Hayes of St. Matthew Church in Livonia officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Geneseo. Memorials may be made to the Open Door Mission, P.O. Box 14236, Rochester NY 14614.

Joseph H. Sullivan

World War II veteran

Joseph H. Sullivan, 84, of Caledonia, died March 14, 2006 at Highland Hospital, Rochester. He was born July 31, 1921 in Pawcatuck, Conn. to John L. and Anna Sullivan. Mr. Sullivan served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the Matthew Clary Post, Caledonia. He worked as a chemical engineer for Jones Chemicals, Caledonia before his retirement. Mr. Sullivan was a 4th Degree Knight for the Fr. William Devereaux, Council 7980 of the Knights of Columbus, and a member of St. Columba, Caledonia. Together with his wife, Grace, Mr. Sullivan was recently recognized by the Rochester Catholic Diocese as the longest married Catholic couple in the Rochester Diocese. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Grace; daughter, Margaret (Richard) LaFore of Midland, MI; sons, Brian (Paulette) of Palm Harbor, FL, Patrick (Amy) of E. Hampton, Sean (Jean) Sullivan of Mumford, NY; eight grandchildren; brother, John Sullivan of Atlanta, Ga.; several nieces and nephews. Friends called Friday, March 17 at the Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 W. Main St., Caledonia where a Knights of Columbus Service was held at that evening. His Funeral Mass was held, Saturday, at St. Columba Church, North St., Caledonia with interment that followed at St. Columba Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross, 6 Court St., Geneseo NY 14454.

Dora A. Thompson

Mt. Morris resident

Dora A. Thompson, 91, of 6828 State Route 408, Mt. Morris, died March 17, 2006 at the Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Mt. Morris. She was born the daughter of Michael and Viola (Rischel) Rumfelt on Nov. 4, 1914 in Pennsylvania. She was a member and past treasurer of the United Church of Mt. Morris, the Keshequa Grange and the Kings Daughters of Dansville. She is survived by her three sons, Robert Thompson of Mt. Morris, Clair (Pam) Thompson of Leicester and Hugh (Barbara) Thompson of Nunda; seven grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; sister Norma Rumfelt of Livonia Center; several nieces and nephews; a special friend and caregiver Dawn Yencer of Nunda. She was predeceased by her husband Stuart in 1979, brothers, Ralph, Franklyn and Richard. Friends called Monday at the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St. (Route 408), Mt. Morris where Funeral Services were held Tuesday. Interment, Mt. Morris Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Livingston County Hospice Fund. Condolences may be emailed to

Virginia A. Troisi

Longtime Retsof resident

Virginia A. Troisi, 83, a resident of the Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Mt. Morris, died there March 16, 2006. Mrs. Troisi was a longtime resident of Retsof prior to her entry into the nursing home. She is survived by one daughter Mary Ann (Ron) Rossell of Retsof; daughter-in-law Carol Troisi of Richmond, Va.; grandchildren, Matt, Thomas, Tyler and Tamara Troisi; great grandchild Brooklyn Troisi; step grandchildren, Sherlyn and Clayton Harris, Rachel, Gared and Melissa Rossell; step great grandchild Sterling Tuck; brother Bernard Nicastro of Mt. Morris; sister Connie (Dick) Rotondo of Irondequoit; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Tullio Troisi and her son Christopher Troisi. She was born May 9, 1922 in Mt. Morris the daughter of Fred and Mary (Rizzo) Nicastro. She was longtime member of St. Lucy's Church in Retsof. No prior calling hours. Private Funeral Services were held March 21 with Deacon George Spezzano of St. Lucy's Church in Retsof officiating. Burial, St. Mary's Cemetery in Geneseo. Memorials may be made to the Retsof Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 92, Retsof NY 14539 or Livingston County Hospice, Livingston County Campus Bldg. #2, Mt. Morris NY 14510. Reference: Rector-Hicks Funeral Home Inc. in Geneseo.

Edward F. Wallin

U.S. Navy veteran

Edward F. Wallin, 76, a retired chef at the Big Tree Inn in Geneseo, died March 16, 2006 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Mr. Wallin resided on Center St. in Geneseo. He is survived by his wife of 28 years Margie Dye Wallin; daughter Marianne (Michael) Sheehan of Tillson, N.Y; sons, Timothy (Camille) Wallin of Dallas, Ore., John Wallin of Reno, Nev.; stepson Daniel Breen of Seoul, Korea; brother John Wallin of Geneseo; sisters, Sheila (Bill) Durland of Poughkeepsie, Jean (Marshall) Seager of Canandaigua; nieces and nephews. He was born Aug. 20, 1929 in Amsterdam, N.Y. the son of Edward and Irene Smith Wallin. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was discharged Aug. 25, 1954 receiving the Purple Heart and the Good Conduct Medal. Ed was an active member of St. Michael's Church where he served as a licensed lay reader and chalice administrator. He was a volunteer for the Geneseo Ambulance and a member of VFW Post 5005 in Geneseo. Ed was also well known as having been chef at the then Holiday Inn in Geneseo and the National Hotel in Cuylerville. Visitation will be held at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. Funeral Services will be held Friday, March 24 at 11 a.m. at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Geneseo with Rev. Mark Lattime officiating. Interment, St. Michael's Memorial Garden with full military honors. Memorials may be made to St. Michael's Church, 23 Main St., Geneseo NY 14454 or Geneseo Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 428, Geneseo NY 14454.