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Obituaries published the week of April 15, 2004
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Former Avon resident
Theresa Cerame, a long-time Avon resident who retired to Florida, passed away march 18, 2004 at the Hospice Center in Port Orange, Fla. She was born in Rochester Feb. 27, 1922. She was a devoted parishioner of St. Agnes Catholic Church and was famous for her cookies and cakes at their bake sales. Together with her husband of 59 years, Emil, they operated Avon Lincoln-Mercury for 10 years, Avon Chrysler-Plymouth, and the All Liqour Store for over a decade. They had numerous real estate holdings in the area and built many houses on Pole Bridge Road. Funeral Mass was March 22 at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church in POrt Orange, Fla. She is survived by her husband, Emil of Daytona Beach, Fla; son, Robert of Port Orange, Fla; sister, margaret Dawson of Greece, NY; brother-in-law, Joseph Infantolino of Rochester and sisters-in-law; Connie Cerame, Teresa Cerame, Mary Cerame and Anne Arcarese, all of Rochester. The family kindly asks that all memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange FL 32129.
Gladys A. Cochrane
Gladys A. Cochrane died peacefully April 9, 2004 at Strong Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. She had a strong, indominable spirit. She was known for her warmth, her smile, her cookies, and above all, her optimism. She will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched. Predeceased by her husband, Louis J. Cochrane. She is survived by children, James and gail Cochrane, and Jane and Anthony Lamena; grandchildren, Lisa O'Connor, Jamie Cochrane, Amy Genier, Michael and James LaMena; great-grandchildren, Shannon and Sarah O'Connor and Sophia and Joseph Genier. Friends called Tuesday at the JOHN W. MARTIN FUNERAL HOME, 37 Chapel St., Mt. Morris. Funeral Service was Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial, Leicester Cemetery. Donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 191 Parrish St., Canandaigua NY 14424.
Clarence A. Curtiss
World War II veteran
Clarence A. Curtiss, 85, 11917 Route 15 N. Wayland, died April 6, 2004 in Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. Clarence was born June 8, 1919 in Hammondsport, NY the son of Lynn and Elizabeth (Snyder) Curtiss, where he resided his early life. Clarence married the former Martha E. Buckley on May 2, 1947 in Wayland and resided in the Atlanta-Wayland area for 55 years prior to her passing on April 21, 202. He was a former superintendent of the Gunlocke Chair Company where he was employed for 30 years. After his retirement from the Gunlocke Company he owned and operated his own upholstery business for over 10 years. Among his many hobbies he loved to work in the garden and was an avid fisherman. A Worl War II Army and AirCorps veteran he served in the European Theater from 1942 to 1945. He was a past member of the Atlanta American Legion, Hyatt Claire Hatch Post 766 in Atlanta, NY. He was predeceased by his wife martha in 2002, a brother Claude Curtiss and a sister Alice Allen. He is survived by his children, James Curtiss of Corning, NY, Nancy (Milton) LeVesque of Birmingham, Ala., Lawrence Curtiss of Memphis, Tenn. and John (Donna) Curtiss of Wayland; two sisters-in-law, Ann Curtiss of Shortsville and Ila Mae (Elmer) Lander of Wayland; two brothers-in-law, Norbert (Wilma) Buckley and Robert (Mary) Buckley, all of Wayland; 11 grandchildren; two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Friends called Friday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St. in Wayland where Funeral Services were conducted Saturday with the Rev. Dean Bembower officiating. Interment, Clearview Cemetery, N. Coocton. Contributions may be made in memory of Clarence to the Vincent House, 310 Secon Ave., Wayland NY 14572 or the Wayland Ambulance and Fire Department, W. Naples St., Wayland NY 14572.
Catherine S. Didas
Catherine S. Didas, 53, of 7910 Wheaton Hill Rd., passed away peacefully after a long illness, i nher home April 9, 2004. She was born in Rochester on April 27, 1950 the daughter of William and Jean (Meeks) Schaeffer and resided her early life in Rochester and the Vine Valley area at Canandaigua Lake. She resided in Rushville, NY prior to moving to Springwater in 1987. She was employed at the Wizard of Clay from 1984 to 1992 and Tops Market in Dansville. In 1995 Cathy owned and operated the Wheaton Hill Design, specializing in custom computerized embroidery designs. She was self-taught through experimentation and developed many creative techniques, bringing her designes to life and selling them on her web site. Cathy freely shared her knowledge by teaching classes at local sewing centers. She narrated a user group on the internet and lived this passion with anyone who was interested. She worked with fleece, preparing it, spinning it into wool and knitting clothing. Cathy creaty many quilts for her family. She was truly a talented lady who surrounded herself with many creative people. She was predeceased by her mother, Jean Schaeffer. She is survived by her husband Bryan Didas; two sons, Keith Smith of Washington, Jeff (Kathy) Smith of Bloomfield; her father, William Schaeffer of Canandaigua; one brother, William (Bill) Smith of Canadice; and six granchildren. Friends called Monday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St. in Wayland where Funeral Services were held Tuesday with Rev. David Hotchkiss officiating. Interment, Evergreen Cemetery in Springwater. Contributions can be made in Cathy's memory to Livingston County Hospice, 2 County Campus, Mt. Morris NY 14510 or Springwater Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 134, Springwater, NY 145660.
Renee M. Mazoyer
Former Dansville resident
Renee Mazoyer, 95, of Livingston County Skilled Nursing Facility in Geneseo, formerly of 44 Morey Ave. in Dansville and Ossian, died April 11, 2004 at the Lvingston County SNF in Geneseo after a long illness. She was born Oct. 11, 1908 in St. Malo, France, where she resided until moving to the United States where she married her husband Emile C. Mazoyer on April 1, 1935. He predeceased her in 1974. Renee was proprietor of Mazoyer Nursing Home in Groveland for several years. She was a communicant of St. Mary's Church and a former member of the Kings Daughters and Sons of Dansville and the Ladies Aid in Ossian and the Ossian Grange. She is survived by a foster daughter, Edna Gallton of Dansville; a nephew Fred Stevens Mazoyer of Tucson, Ariz.; several nieces and nephews; her best friend, Henrietta Sylor of Dansville; several honorary grandchildren including Ron and Don Sylor, as well as many honorary grandchildren in the Gallton and Sylor families; along with many dear friends in Ossian and Dansville. Friends called Tuesday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St., Wayland, where Funeral Services were held at the conclusion of calling hours. Burial, Mt. Hope Cemetery in Hastings-on-the-Hudson, NY. Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to the Dansville Ambulance Corp., P.O. Box 235, Dansville, NY 14437.
Donna Marie Spink
Donna Marie Spink, 49, an engineer for the New York State Department of Transportation, Rochester and Lakeville Transportation, Rochester and Lakeville offices, died April 9, 2004 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester after a brief illness. Mrs. Spink resided on Woodbine Park in Geneseo. She is survived by her husband Ronald F. Spink; her canine companion Mouse; sister Pat DiGiacomo and her daughter Kristen DiGiacomo of Spencerport; brother William Matthews of Bloomfield; father-in-law Donald Spink of Florida; sister-in-law Barbara (Richard) Hill of Michigan; brother-in-law Wayne (Nora) Spink of maine; sister-in-law Donna (Jack) Baker of South Carolina; brother-in-law Jim (Robin) Spink of New Jersey, brother-in-law Hugh (Kathy) Spink and their children Alex and Kelly of Lyons; nieces, nephews and cousins. She was born July 29, 1954 in Rochester the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Ega) Matthews who preceded her in death. She was an avid golfer having been a member of Livingston Country Club in Geneseo. No prior calling hours. Funeral Mass was held April 12 at St. Mary's church in Geneseo with Father Michael Brown officiating. Interment, St. Mary's Cemetery in Geneseo. Memorials may be made to the Genseeo Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 428, Geneseo, NY, 14454 or the Teresa House, 21 Highland Rd., Geneseo, NY 14454. Arrangements by Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, Inc., 111 main St. in Geneseo.