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Obituaries published the week of April 20, 2006
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In Memoriam

Robert H. Cooper

World War II veteran

Cohocton - Robert “Bob” H. Cooper, 80, of 2740 Davis Road, passed away April 11, 2006 at St. James Hospital in Hornell. Bob was born April 25, 1925 in Naples, the son of Fred and Cora (Worden) Cooper. He grew up in Naples and attended school there. Bob and Helen Burr entered into a loving marriage Oct. 25, 1944 in Middlesex, N.Y. Just after their marriage, Bob was called to serve his country during World War II. He served in the U.S. Army from Nov. 7, 1945 until his honorable discharge Nov. 9, 1946. Subsequent to his honorable discharge he and Helen moved to the Dansville area and then to their current residence in Cohocton where they have resided for over 50 years. Together Bob and Helen have celebrated over 61 years of marriage. Bob's employment career included many years as a union carpenter in Mt. Morris and Rochester. While employed as a carpenter, Bob also raised brood sows, sold pigs, and raised beef cattle for years. He loved to hunt both small and big game as evidenced by his shooting a moose and two caribou while hunting in Quebec. Bob also enjoyed hunting turkey and spent a lot of time fishing. He really enjoyed his grandchildren and would often take them and Helen out on their boat. Bob was also a member of the Elks Club of Bath and the Arkport American Legion. He will be truly missed by his family and friends. Bob was predeceased by his brothers, Roland, Alfred, Fred Jr., Chester and Wilfred Cooper; sisters, Viola Kidder, Doris Everdyke and Marjorie Tusch. He is survived by his loving wife Helen of Cohocton; children, Vincent Cooper of Texas, Chester Cooper of Cohocton and Constance Ann Cooper Schneider of Florida; grandchildren, Debbie (Paul Drozdziel) Cooper of Avon, Jeffery Cooper of Arkport, Edward Schneider of North Carolina, Tammy (Pete) Menz of Florida, Jennifer Schneider of Springwater, Terry (Yoni) Chung of Florida, Kelly (Chris) Mendoza of Florida; several great grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews. Bob's Funeral Service will be conducted Thursday at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Cohocton. Full Military Honors will proceed his Funeral Service. Bob's family has been assisted by the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St. in Wayland.

John J. Klein

Former Lakeville resident

Naples, Fla./Conesus Lake - John J. Klein, formerly of Lakeville, died April 8, 2006. He is survived by his wife Gail; daughters, Elizabeth Klein of Webster, Patricia (Michael) Stockslader of Livonia and Jacqueline (Charles) Mutscheller of Chicago, Ill.; grandchildren, Rebecca and Jonathan Stockslader and Tobias Mutscheller. Services to be held at the convenience of the family. Private interment. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Livingston County Hospice Fund, 2 County Campus, Mt. Morris NY 14510. Arrangements by Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15 in Livonia.

William J. Mistretta

Leicester resident

William J. Mistretta, 62, a retired investigator for the Livingston County Sheriff's Department, died suddenly April 12, 2006 at his residence in Leicester. He is survived by his wife Joyce Reed Mistretta; sons, Brent (Kathy Jo) Mistretta of Leicester, Bill (Marsha) Mistretta of Castile; three grandchildren, Nino, Mackenzie and Ian Mistretta; sister, Luana (Hook) Cottone of Leicester; special niece Tina Cottone of Leicester; many nieces and nephews. He was born Sept. 7, 1943 in Leicester, the son of Joseph and Shirley Sattora Mistretta. He attended SUNY Geneseo and graduated from Erie County Technological Institute in Buffalo. He was employed by the Geneseo Police Department before joining the Livingston County Sheriff's Department. Bill was a Past President of the Livingston County Deputy Sheriff's Association. No prior calling hours. Memorial Services were held April 15 at the York United Presbyterian Church with Rev. Neil Frood officiating. Memorials may be made to the William J. Mistretta Scholarship Fund, 4390 Route 36, Leicester NY 14481. The funding of this scholarship will provide an annual scholarship through the York Central School for a student pursuing a career in law enforcement. Reference: Rector-Hicks Funeral Home Inc. in Geneseo.

Paul Sylvester

Retired chef

Paul Sylvester, 91, retired chef at the Big Tree Inn in Geneseo, died April 12, 2006 at the Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Mt. Morris. Mr. Sylvester resided on Court St. in Geneseo. He is survived by his children, Dorie Sawyer of Geneseo, Rene (Melissa) Sylvester of Ithaca, Nicole (Gary Hoffman) Sylvester of Geneseo, Denis (Barbara) Sylvester of Ohio; grandchildren, Michael, Eric, Stephen (Beth) and John Sawyer, Christine (Chris) Brower, Paul, Anna and Yani Sylvester, Alexander and Alexis Hoffman, John, Allan and Sara Sylvester; many great grandchildren; sister Mathilda Luneau of France; loving friend Darlene Holland; nieces and nephews. He was born March 21, 1915 in Bratislava, Hungary, the son of Sigmand and Marie Felicitas Sylvester. He served in the Hungarian Army during World War II. He also served as chef at the Glen Iris Inn in Letchworth Park and the Crescent Beach Inn in Rochester. Visitation was held April 15 at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home with Michael Sauter of the Newman Chapel at SUNY Geneseo officiating. Burial, St. Mary's Cemetery in Geneseo.

John H. Remchuk Jr.

Arkport - John H. Remchuk Jr. passed away April 12, 2006 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He is survived by his sons, Jeremy (Pam) Remchuk and Matthew (Felicia) Remchuk; grandchildren, Brittany, Bryane, Owen, Ella and Kaylee; brothers and sisters, Ron, Bill, Karen, Cindy, Linda and Nancy. There will be no calling hours. Funeral Services are being held privately by the family. Arrangements are with the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home Inc., 21 Big Tree St. in Livonia.