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Obituaries published the week of May 26, 2005
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In Memoriam

Irmal E. Coleman

World War II Army veteran

Irmal E. Coleman, 78, a retired vice president of finance for Carmichael and Lynch Accounting Firm in Minneapolis Minn., died May 4, 2005 at his residence on Avon Road in Geneseo. He is survived by his wife Kathleen Jones Coleman; three daughters, Cynthia (Tex) Broatko of Sugarland, Texas, Cheryl (Allan) Shantz of Ontario, Canada, and Constance Coleman of St. Petersburg, Fla.; grandchildren, Katrina and Daniel Broatko, Noah, Annie, Joseph and John Shantz; sister Nina Barr of Missouri; and several nieces and nephews. He was born Nov. 19, 1926 in Ironton, Missouri, the son of Arthur and Ollie Miner Coleman. He served three tours in the U.S. Army during World War II , enlisting in 1945 and was discharged in 1953. He was a graduate of St. Louis University, earning a Bachelor's degree in accounting. He was a member of the Geneseo Flying Club. No prior calling hours. Memorial Services will be held Monday, May 30 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the family residence, 4006 Avon Road in Geneseo. Private interment will be at White Haven Memorial Park in Pittsford. Memorials may be made to Livingston County Hospice, Livingston County Campus Bldg. #2, Mt. Morris NY 14510. Reference: Rector-Hicks Funeral Home Inc., 111 Main St. in Geneseo.

Roberta K. Mark

Dansville resident

Dansville - Roberta K. Mark, 66, of 5660 Zerfass Road, passed away Saturday afternoon as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident. Roberta was born Sept. 21, 1938 in Dansville, the daughter of Alvah and Sarah (Donovan) Kuhn. Roberta grew up in the Sparta area specifically on Kuhn Road. On Jan. 21, 1961, Roberta and Nicholas Mark entered into marriage and since then she has resided on Zerfass Road in Dansville. Subsequent to graduating from Dansville Central School, she attended and graduated from Alfred State College and then she continued her education by achieving a Bachelor's degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. Roberta's employment career included many years at F. A. Owens in Dansville and most recently the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Livingston County in Mt. Morris. As she retired from her employment career she had more time to volunteer for different organizations. Two of those organizations that were most important to her were the American Red Cross Chapter #1 of Dansville and the Guiding Eyes for the Blind of the Southern Tier. Her volunteer time at those two groups will be missed by all. Roberta's love of animals also resulted in her being a volunteer for 4H specializing in showing cattle and showing an interest in horses. Most recently she spent time participating in water aerobics classes in Dansville. She was a life-long communicant of St. Mary's Church. Roberta was predeceased by both her parents; a son Calvin Mark in 1993; and a sister Jacalyn Kuhn in 1995. She is survived by her husband Nicholas Mark of Dansville; her son Dennis Mark of Sparta; her daughter Joanne Green and her husband Scott of Dansville; grandchildren, Brian Mark of Wellsville, Ryan Mark of Livonia, and Geoffrey Murphy of Indiana; brothers, William Kuhn of Wayland, Edward Kuhn of Sparta, Stephen (Mary) Kuhn of Sparta; sister Elaine McCaffrey of Rochester; along with several nieces and nephews. Family and friends called Wednesday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St. in Wayland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Roberta at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Church in Dansville. Interment and committal prayers will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Dansville. Contributions in memory of Roberta K. Mark may be directed to the Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Inc. 361 Route 164, Patterson NY 12563 Attn: Regional Accts., Southern Tier.

James C. Shaver

Wayland resident

James C. Shaver, 44, of 11804 Buffalo St., passed away May 18, 2005 while fishing on Hemlock Lake. He was born Aug. 30, 1960 in Dansville, the son of Norman and Thelma (Price) Shaver. He was a life-long resident of the Wayland area and a graduate of Wayland Central School in 1978. Jim's employment career included time spent at Suburban Propane in Wayland, Johnson-Burnwell in Dansville, and Wentworth's Car Dealership in Dansville. However, Jim also was an entrepreneur of sorts as he was the original owner and operator of the T-Shirt Island in Wayland. He also spent a number of years at the Carpet Rack in Cohocton and he continued his ambition to own a business when he became the owner and operator of the Carpet Rack almost six years ago. On July 20, 1996, Jim and Linda Becker entered into a loving marriage at the Loon Lake Chapel. Jim and Linda's love for each other was unconditional. He was very thoughtful of his wife and family and most every morning the coffee pot was turned on and a note that said “I love you” was waiting for Linda. Jim was a father figure for many children in the area and if you met Jim only once it didn't take long to figure out that he was a very kind and caring man. If he had not spoken with his children in a couple of days, he would give them a call. When Jim was not working or spending time with his family he would often go hunting or fishing. Also, you always knew when the football season was just around the corner as he was a die-hard fan of the Buffalo Bills. He had many autographed pictures of his favorite Buffalo Bills players. Jim also had a love for music as he was an accomplished drummer. Many will remember Jim as one of the original members of the Chicken Wire Band that played in local establishments and once traveled to Texas to play their country brand of music. Following on the music note, his favorite musician was Bruce Springsteen. Also of special interest in Jim's younger days was attaining the rank of Eagle Scout within the Boy Scouts of America organization. Jim was a very kind and gentle man that will be missed by all of his family and friends. His love for his wife Linda will never be forgotten nor will his “Hi there. What are you doing?” He was predeceased by his brother Brian Shaver in 1978, his mother-in-law, Germaine Becker in 2004 and his uncles Fred Putnam in 2004 and Milton Price in 2005. He is survived by his wife Linda Shaver of Wayland; his children, Robin Gould of Rochester, James Gould of Wayland, James Walton of Rochester and Christa and Lauren Wentworth of Allegany; his parents, Norman (Thelma) Shaver of Wayland; father-in-law Burton Becker of Wayland; brothers, Mike (Triness) Shaver of New Orleans, La.; Ted (Sandy) Shaver of Springwater, Barry (Keryn) Shaver of Wayland; sister, Gail Shaver of Long Island, N.Y.; a special nephew that was like a brother, Jeff Shaver of Rochester; his life-long friend Jack Townsend of Cohocton; and his Buffalo Bills buddy, Jim Bennett of Wayland; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and all of the loving members of the Becker family. Family and friends called Monday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W., Naples St. in Wayland. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at St. Joseph's Church in Wayland. Interment, Clearview Cemetery in North Cohocton. Contributions in James C. Shaver's memory may be made to the Livingston County Search and Rescue Teams, c/o Sheriff John M. York, 4 Court St., Geneseo 14454.