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Obituaries published the week of May 4, 2006
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Josephine M. Akers
Geneseo - Josephine M. Akers, 84, of Geneseo, died April 27, 2006 at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville after being transferred from Mt. Morris. Josephine was born May 13, 1921 in Butler, Pa. the daughter of the late Vincenzo and Giovanna (Marini) Nanni. She was a graduate of Butler High School, and was married to Dr. W. Frank Akers on May 13, 1946 in Butler, Pa. They were married for 59 years. During World War II Josephine worked in a defense plant making bombs for the war. In later years she was very active in raising her family and maintaining their home with her husband. She was a communicant of St. Mary's Parish in Geneseo where she had been very active in St. Mary's church school. She was a member of CLIO at SUNY Geneseo, and a warm, loving and caring person all her life. Josephine was predeceased by a brother, Dominic Nanni. Besides her husband Dr. W. Frank Akers, she is survived by seven children, Char Mae (Neal) Frysinger of Canton, N.Y., Yvonne (Rick) Ramsey of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Vincent (Robin) Akers of Scottsdale, Ariz., Laura (Doug) Welch of Geneseo, Teresa (Richard) Brown of Dunedin, Fla.; Diane (Richard) Skeffington of Retsof, and Darcy (Todd) Voeks of Lake Mary, Fla.; 20 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Friends called Sunday from 4-7 p.m. at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, Inc., 111 Main St. in Geneseo. Her Funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday in St. Mary's Church in Geneseo. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to the Teresa House, 21 Highland Road, Geneseo NY 14454.
U.S. Army veteran
Springwater - John Conti, 68, of 8006 S. Main St., passed away April 29, 2006 at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. John was born Jan. 25, 1938, the son of Anthony and Josephine (Faso) Conte. John resided the early years of his life in Rochester and several years in Mt. Morris. John served his country in the U.S. Army from 1956-1959. During his time in the army he was a paratrooper. Subsequent to his honorable discharge, John moved back to the Rochester area. On Dec. 29, 1959 John and Dawn McGregor entered into marriage in Geneseo. Together they celebrated over 46 years of marriage. They resided in Rochester together prior to moving to the Springwater area 18 years ago. John was an avid reader of all topics; he enjoyed cooking, built birdhouses; and he and his wife built a rose arbor for their home in Springwater which he restored. However most of all, John loved his family and will truly be missed by all. John was predeceased by his parents, Anthony and Josephine Conte. He is survived by his loving wife of over 46 years, Dawn of Springwater, ; his children, Darrell (Karen) Conti of Rochester, Michael (Kim) Conti of Springwater and Kelley (Gary) Colangelo of Honeoye; his grandchildren, Mark, Tom and Kristen Conti, Cory Conti, Christina (Vinnie) Yacono, Chaunte, Johnny, Lilly, Michelle and Michael Jr. Conti, and Amanda Case; two great grandchildren, Anthony Conti and Olivia Yacono; sisters, Sally Lowery of Mt. Morris and Anne (Don) Stone of Texas; many brothers and sisters-in-law; along with many nieces and nephews. John's funeral service and interment will be at the convenience of his family. Contributions in John Conti's memory may be made to the Heart Disease Research Foundation, 50 Court St., 306A, Brooklyn NY 11201 or to the American Lung Association, Finger Lakes Region, 1595 Elmwood Ave., Rochester NY 14620. John's family has been assisted by the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St., Wayland.
Deborah A. Davis
Wayland/Naples, Fla. - Deborah A. (Dee) Davis, 98, passed away April 13 at Lely Palms, Naples, Fla. The eldest of seven siblings, she was born in St. Paul Minn. on Sept. 17, 1907 to Rev. George Anderson and Bertha Oman Anderson. After completing nurses training at Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn. she moved to Philadelphia, Pa. where she worked in a VA Center. While there, Dee met her husband, Kenneth. They were married at Valley Forge Chapel on June 29, 1933. They moved to Buffalo, N.Y. where they spent eight years. In 1941 Ken and Dee moved to Wayland where she was active in many community groups including Lowell Club and the Wayland Bridge Club. She also volunteered with the Clara Barton Chapter of the Red Cross, hospital auxiliary, PTA, Boy Scouts and church activities. Dee and her family enjoyed many happy summers on Loon Lake. After Ken's retirement in 1971, summers were spent at Loon Lake but winters were spent in Naples, Fla. where they became full time residents in 1984. In Naples she volunteered at the Naples Community Hospital, became an avid golfer and enjoyed many friendships and the amenities offered by the Naples area. A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Dee is survived by her loving family, Diane (William) Willey of Hornell, N.Y., John (Peggy) Davis of Avon, Conn. and daughter-in-law, Brenda Davis of Danville, Calif.; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She was predeceased by Kenneth in 1987 and son David in 1999. A memorial service is being planned at Loon Lake Chapel during the summer with interment at the Loon Lake Cemetery. The service will be announced by the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St. in Wayland. Memorial contributions in Deborah DeeČ Davis' memory may be made to the National Alzheimer's Foundation, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago IL 60601; the Wayland Historical Society, P.O. Box 494, Wayland NY 14572; the Wayland Free Library, 101 W. Naples St., Wayland NY 14572 or a charity of the donor's choice.
Evelyn Barron Fleming
Former Nunda resident
Reno, NV/Nunda - Evelyn Barron Fleming, formerly of Nunda, died April 20, 2006. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Clyde; sisters Alida LaDelfa, Mary Mignemi; brother, Milton Barron; children, Patricia, Cynthia, Brian and Krista; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. According to her wishes, the family will be holding a private memorial service in Reno, Nev. at Walton's Sierra Chapel.
Edward D. Gagliardy Jr.
Edward D. Gagliardy Jr., 55, of Lakeville died April 29, 2006 at home after a valiant battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Audean Walker Gagliardy; his brother Patrick (Lois) Gagliardy of Lakeville; a special aunt Dorothy Stickles of Albany, N.Y.; several other aunts, uncles and cousins, the Breakfast Club, and an extensive family of friends. He is predeceased by his father Edward D. Gagliardy Sr. and his mother Louise C. Brauski. Ed was vice president and COO of American Classic Outfitters which he co-founded in 2001 with Sam Gullo in Perry, N.Y. after retiring after 25 years from Champion Products, Inc. He was an active member of Wyoming County United Way where he had served as campaign manager and president and represented Wyoming County on the Rochester Area United Way Board. He was an active member of the Rotary Club, Perry N.Y. and the United Church of Livonia. Ed was well-known throughout the area for his musical talents as a vocalist and instrumentalist. Over the years he sang and played a wide variety of music with his bands and with other groups. His musical clarity and sensitive interpretations touched many hearts. As involved as Ed was in so many community activities, he still found time to enjoy his dog Sammy, music, reading, traveling and being a good friend to everyone. Friends called Monday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., 21 Big Tree St. (Routes 15 & 20A), Livonia. Funeral Services were held Tuesday at the United Church of Livonia, 6 Spring St., Livonia. Memorials may be made to the United Church of Livonia, P.O. Box 23, Livonia NY 14487 or to a charity of one's choice.
Onolee Jenks, 91, of Livonia, died April 29, 2006. She was born May 13, 1914 the daughter of the late Leman and Clara Mastin. She was predeceased by her husband Amos in 2004, granddaughter Colleen Jenks in 1993, son-in-law David Alcock in 2000 and brothers, Harold and Elwin Mastin. She is survived by her children, Irwin (Patricia) Jenks of Livonia, Shirley (Robert) Connors of Livonia, Donna (Richard) Jopson of Hemlock, Alan (Susan) Jenks of Farmington and Denise Alcock of Canandaigua; 20 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren; brothers, Otto Mastin of Avon, Earl (Helen) Mastin of Canadice, Ivan (Virginia) Mastin of Springwater; sister, Irene (George) McPhearson of Honeoye; sister-in-law Grace Mastin of Honeoye; several nieces and nephews. Friends may attend a service Saturday, May 13 at the Canadice Methodist Church at 3 p.m., followed by a reception in the hall of the church. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Canadice Methodist Church, 5954 Canadice Hill Road, Springwater NY 14560 or to the MM Ewing Continuing Care Center, 350 Parish St., Canandaigua NY 14424. Arrangements, Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc.
Thomas J. Mastowski
Bloomfield/Honeoye - Thomas J. Mastowski, 61, died April 28, 2006. He is survived by his wife Beverly; mother Helen; children, Thomas, Patty Wood, Barbara Arron, Chris and Mike Mastowski; step children, Richard Richardson, Joanne Tinoco, Dana Guffey and Arlene Koon; 11 grandchildren; sister-in-law Gertrude Mastowski; many aunts, uncles and cousins. Services will be held private. Arrangements, Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home Inc. in Honeoye.
Norma D. Polmanteer
Wayland/Atlanta - Norma D.Polmanteer, 84, passed away April 23, 2006 at the home of Fred and Audrey Belanger in Atlanta. Norma was born Jan. 27, 1922 the daughter of Jacob and Mildred Stocking in Naples, N.Y. She resided in the Naples/Wayland/Atlanta area her entire life. On July 18, 1938 she and William Polmanteer entered into marriage. Together they celebrated over 59 years of marriage prior to his passing away in September 1997. Norma enjoyed being a housewife and a mother to their daughter Joy and several foster children throughout the years. Norma was predeceased by her husband William in 1997 and her daughter Joy in 1999. She is survived by her granddaughters, Danielle Schwab (Matt Bondgren) of Cohocton and Meagen Wheeler of Atlanta; along with two great grandsons. Norma's family and friends called Thursday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St. in Wayland. Her Funeral and Committal Service was held Friday at Clearview Cemetery in North Cohocton.
Mark Joseph Vattimo
World War II veteran
Mark Joseph Vattimo, 84, of San Diego, Calif. died Feb. 22, 2006. He was born in Retsof, N.Y. and was a retired Navy aircraft machinist at North Island Naval Air Station. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. Survivors include his wife, Mary Vattimo; daughters, Lynda Blaha of Lemoore, Calif. and Loretta Peluso, Bernadette Kuller, Theresa Barreras and Mary Vattimo, all of San Diego; sons, Mark Vattimo and Joseph Vattimo; sister Minnie Fusco of Avon; brothers, James Vattimo of Perry, N.Y. and Angelo Vattimo of Avon; 10 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
Gertrude F. Walsh (Woodhams)
Java Center - Gertrude F. Walsh (Woodhams), 80, died April 28, 2006. She was predeceased by her husband Robert and son Daniel Walsh. She is survived by her daughters, Donna (Frank) Gianfrancesco, Deborah (Terry Button) Mack, Daphne Smith; grandchildren, Heather (fiance Todd Krenzer) Mack, Shannon (fiance Chris Jockel) Mack, Holly (Popo) Perez, Frankie Gianfrancesco, Chantel Smith; special friend Bernie Eley; sister, Lucy Marcille; brother Robert Woodhams; sisters-in-law Mary Kay Walsh; sister Mary Concepta; brother-in-law Ralph Walsh; many nieces and nephews. Friends called Sunday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15 in Livonia where services were held Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road, Fairport NY 14450 or to Mercy Flight Central, 2420 Brickyard Road, Canandaigua NY 14424.