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Obituaries published the week of April 25, 2002
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Martha E. Curtiss
Martha E. Curtiss, 80, of 11917 Route 15 North, Wayland, N.Y., died April 21, 2002 at her daughter Nancy Levesque's home in Atlanta. Martha was born Feb. 18, 1922, the daughter of Warren and Elizabeth (Smith) Buckley and was a life resident of the Atlanta-Wayland area. Martha married Clarence Curtiss on May 2, 1947 in Wayland. She was a former employee of the Moore-Cottrel Agency in North Cohocton and the Atlanta National Bank. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Clarence; six children, James Curtiss of Corning, Nancy (Milton) Levesque of Atlanta, Richard Curtiss of Springwater, Joan Levesque of Birmingham, Ala., Lawrence Curtiss of Memphis, Tenn. and John (Donna) Curtiss of Springwater; 11 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; one sister, Ila Mae Lander of Wayland; two brothers, Robert (Mary) Buckley of Wayland and Norbert (Wilma) Buckley of Springwater; one sister-in-law Antoinette Curtiss of Shortsville; several nieces and nephews. Friends Called Tuesday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St. in Wayland where Funeral Services were held Wednesday with the Rev. Stephen Kraus officiating. Interment, Clearview Cemetery in North Cohocton. Contributions may be made in Martha's name to Wayland Ambulance, East Naples St., Wayland NY 14572 or Southern Tier Hospice, 244 W. Water St., Elmira NY 14901.
Francis Kieran Fawcett
Francis Kieran Frank Fawcett, 51, of 1190 Webbs Crossing Road, Hornell, died April 21, 2002, shortly after arrival at St. James Hospital, after being stricken at home. Born in Hornell on June 19, 1950, he was the son of George and Janice (Meagher) Fawcett. He was a graduate of Hornell High School (class of 1968) and later graduated from the Culinary Institute of America. For nearly 20 years Frank was active in the operation of the Fawcett family business The Big Elms having served in nearly every capacity of the restaurant business. Since 1989 he has been employed as a sales representative for Sosmetal Corporation of Philadelphia, Pa. He also worked part time as an assistant chef at the Hornell Knights of Columbus. Frank was a communicant of both St. Ignatius Loyola Church and St. Ann's Church, where he was a member of the Perpetual Adoration Society. He was a member of the Hornell Knights of Columbus, Hornell Elks Lodge and the Hornell Kiwanis. He was an avid golfer and was a member of the Hornell Country Club. Frank will be remembered for his zest for life, his love of children, and his devotion to his family and many friends. Survivors include his parents, George and Janice Fawcett of North Hornell; two brothers, Arthur Chuck (Christena) Fawcett of Las Vegas, Nev. and George Mike Fawcett of Rochester; one sister Margaret (Steve) Terry of North Hornell; his fiance, Laura Prete of Hornell; one niece, Holly Fawcett; four nephews, Christopher Fawcett, Shawn (Amy) Fawcett, Ryan Terry and Sean Terry; two great nephews, Daylan Wetherbee and Aaron O'Brien; several cousins including Carol (George) Wellington and Mary Lou Fawcett; his special little friends, Ross Prete, Anthony Prete, Lindsey Maker, Jared Maker and Brianne Maker. The family of Francis K. Frank Fawcett received friends Tuesday and Wednesday at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., in Hornell. A Mass of Christian Burial for both Frank Fawcett and for Theresa C. Terry will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Ann's Church. Committal service for Frank will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery. Frank's family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to St. Ann's School, 31 Erie Ave., Hornell NY 14843, or to the Hornell Alumni Associations. Memorial forms and envelopes will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.
Nancy A. Robinson
Nancy A. (Pond) Robinson, 54, of 11397 S. Lackawanna St., Wayland, passed away April 18, 2002, after a long illness of kidney disease, at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell, N.Y. Nancy was born Nov. 29, 1947 in Wayland, the daughter of Don and Millie Briggs Pond who both predeceased her in 1986. Nancy was self-employed as a day care provider for 20 years before becoming ill in 1992. She also coached Vince Lombardi cheerleading for three years and was a Brownies Scout leader for three years. She is survived by her husband of 12 years, John (Jack) Robinson of Wayland; her mother-in-law Vera Robinson of Wayland; her long-time best friend Eileen Blake of Dansville; one son Dean N. Beaupre of Hornell; three daughters, Kelli (Mike) Tierney of Arkport, Mandi Beaupre/Donny Wheaton of Cohocton and Aimee Beaupre/Salvatore Victorious Jr. of Palmyra; two grandchildren, Mikey and Corrine Tierney and a stepgrandson Tommy Robinson; four stepchildren, Mark (Kristen) Robinson and Tammy Robinson/Christopher Weiser, all of Atlanta, Tonia Robinson and Carrie (Scott) Ledford, all of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; two brothers, Don (Sandy) Pond of Pennsylvania and Jim Pond of Atlanta, Ga.; two sisters, Judy (Bruce) Szypot of Florida and Sue Pond of Georgia; one brother-in-law, Ron (Louise) Robinson of North Carolina; three nieces and three nephews. Friends called Sunday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St., Wayland. Funeral services were conducted Monday in the funeral home with Rev. Stephen Kraus officiating. Interment, Wayland Village Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Nancy's name to St. James Mercy Hospital Dialysis Unit, Hornell, N.Y.
Elizabeth Hopkins Wallace
Elizabeth Betty Lou Hopkins Wallace, 82, of Syracuse, formerly of Geneseo, died April 17, 2002 at her home. She was born in Rochester and grew up in Geneseo. She attended Wells College in Aurora, N.Y. and was a graduate of Katharine Gibbs in Boston, Mass. She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral in Syracuse, a past member of the Syracuse Symphony Guild Board of Directors, past president of the Weighlock Guild of the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse and a member of the Syracuse Garden Club. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, W. Dean Wallace of Syracuse; one daughter, Elizabeth Wallace Cummins of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; two sons, W. Dean Wallace Jr. of Boston, Mass. and Charles H. Wallace of Durango, Colo.; one sister Barbara Hopkins Jones of Gainesville, Fla.; and four grandchildren. Calling hours will be April 25 from 4-7 p.m. at Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel Inc. 3690 Erie Blvd. East, DeWitt, N.Y. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 26 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, 310 Montgomery St., Syracuse. Burial, Valley View Cemetery, Ticonderoga, N.Y. Contributions may be made in her memory to Hospice of CNY, 990 7th North St., Liverpool NY 13088.
Mabel B. Williams
Mabel B. Williams, 91, a retired 6th grade teacher at Keshequa Central School, died April 15, 2002, at the Livingston County Skilled Nursing Facility in Geneseo. Mrs. Williams lived on East South St. in Geneseo prior to her entry into the SNF. She is survived by one daughter Cindy (John) Ayers of Leicester; grandchildren, Diane (Gary) Boldt of Elba, N.Y, Debra (Patrick) Lane of Byron, N.Y., Phillip (Kate) Ayers of Rochester; great grandchildren, Nicole Boldt of Elba, Christopher Lane of Byron and Joseph Lane of Byron. She was born April 6, 1911 in Mt. Morris, the daughter of Fred and Lida (Carney) Brinkerhoff. She was a 1928 graduate of Nunda High School and a 1932 graduate of Geneseo Normal School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1950 from SUNY Geneseo. She began her teaching career at the Brooksgrove Schoolhouse and then on to the Groveland Junior High School. She began teaching 6th day at Keshequa Central School in 1947 and retired in 1969 after 22 years of service. She was a member of the New York State Retired Teachers Association. She was a former member of the Nunda Presbyterian Church and later the Nunda Trinity Church. Visitation was held at Rector Hicks Funeral Home, 111 Main St. in Geneseo on Wednesday. Memorials may be made to Geneseo United Methodist Church, 4520 Route 63, Geneseo NY 14454 or the Geneseo Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 428, Geneseo NY 14454. Funeral services were held April 18 at the Geneseo United Methodist Church with Rev. Nadine Graham officiating. Burial, Mt. Morris Cemetery.