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Obituaries published the week of June 3, 2004
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In Memoriam

Robert H. Babcock Sr.

Honeoye resident

Robert H. Babcock Sr., 69 of Big Tree Road in Honeoye, died May 30, 2004 at his home. He was born the son of Boyd and Bessie Campbell Babcock on June 25, 1934. Robert worked for 30 years in the automobile business and retired from Southco, Inc. Beyond his career accomplishments Robert had a deep love of people and a passion for generosity, whether a material possession or a loving stmile of support. He will be missed by all who knew him. Robert was also a NASCAR fan. He is survived by his wife Barbara; his daughters, Amy Babcock, Heather (Seth) Sealfon, Tina (Jose Delecruz) Little, son Robert (Renee) Babcock Jr., grandchildren, Alexis Babcock Sklair, Jason (Elizabeth) Phillips, Adam and BJ Lucas, two great grandchildren; sister, Laura (George) Hamilton; brother, Frank (Jan) Babcock; several cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends. At Robert's request, there are no prior calling. Memorial Mass at St. Mary's Church, Main St. in Canandaigua Wednesday 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home Inc. in Honeoye.

John "Alfred" Gray


John "Alfred" Gray, 83, a lifelong farmer at Gray Farms in Geneseo, died May 30, 2004 at the Livingston County Skilled nursing Facility in Geneseo. Mr. Gray resided on Long Point Road in Geneseo. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth Adair Gray of Geneseo; four sons, Cecil (Judy) gray of Linwood, Richard (Shirley) Gray of Geneseo, James (Donna) Gray of Geneseo, Adair (Debra) Gray of New Oxford, Pa; daughter margaret (Donald) Hayes of York Springs, Pa.; 12 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; two brothers, William (Gertrude) Gray of Geneseo, Huey (Joan) Gray of Irondequoit; two sisters, Martha Commiskey and Peggy (Michael) Collins, both of North Ft. Myers, Fla.' brother-in-law Bryce (Petra) Adair of Geneseo; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his granson Aaron Gray. He was born July 22, 1920 in Geneseo, the son of Cecil and Mary (Young) Gray. He was a member of the Livingston County Farm Bureau. Visitation was held at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, 111 Main St. in Geneseo on Tuesday. Funeral Services were held June 2 at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home with David Seeley officiating. Burial, Temple Hill Cemetery in Geneseo. Memorials may be made to Geneseo Ambulance Fund, P.O. box 428, Geneseo, NY 14454 or the American Diabetes Association, 595 Blossom Rd., Suite 208, Rochester, NY 14610.

Ruth A. MacArthur

Conesus: Ruth A. MacArthur, 91 of Hanover, Pa., died May 20, 2004 at tthe Homewood of Plub Creek Nursin gCenter in Hanover, Pa. she was born Sept. 6, 1912 in Conesus, the daughter of the late George and Jessie VanZandt McVicar. She was the wife of the late Sidney MacArthur who died Feb. 2, 1996. Ruth graduated from the Highland Hospital School of Nursing in Rochester. She is survived by her son Bruce E. MacArthur of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; daughter Kay Sedlak of Westminster, Md.; five grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brother, William McVicar and sister, Frances Ingraham. A graveside service will be held at G. Arnold Cemetery in Conesus at 4 p.m., Saturday, June 5. A reception will follow with the family. Reference: Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc. in Livonia.

Jacqueline A. O'Coyne


Jacqueline A. O'Coyne, 67 of Hemlock, died May 29, 2004 at Rochester General Hospital in Rochester. She was born the daughter of Herbert Russell and Verel Robson Banwell on Feb. 1, 1937 in Geneva, NY. She was a seamstress at Champion Products in Perry for 21 years, retiring in 2001. She was predeceased by her husband Cyril in 1996. She is survived by her daughters, Deborah (Michael) Mulligan of Springwater, Jill (thomas) Owens of MA, Sandra (Jerome) Loudin of Leicester; grandchildren, Kevin, Jessica and Nicole; step grandchild Shane Owens; brother, Russell Steven Banwell of Hemlock; several nieces and nephews. Friends called Tuesday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Route 15, Livonia, where services followed calling. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Ronald McDonald House, the Humane Society or to one's local animal shelter.

Evelyn Seltzer

Leicester resident

Evelyn Seltzer, of Leicester, died May 21, 2004 at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. Evelyn was born in 1925, the only daughter of Abraham and Sarah Mandel. She graduated with degrees in Chemistry and Psychology from Queens College and Columbia University. She lived most of her adult life in Livingston County where she was active in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the PTA, the Livingston County Historical Association and most recently, the area bridge clubs. With Sam Seltzer her husband of 32 years, Evelyn identified a duplicate bridge director, Bob Liwek, enabling the formation of the Geneseo Duplicate Bridge Club, now in it's 26th year. From that time on she was an avid player, participating at every opportunity in all subsequently formed area clubs. Evelyn was the dependable "sunshine chair" and results reporter during those years as well as being the unofficial partnership chair. She is survived by her children, Stanley Seltzer and his wife Nancy Brcak of Trumansburg, NY, Alex Seltzer and his wife Yuka, and their daughter Niki of Moorpark, Calif., and Margo Seltzer and her husband Keith Bostic and their children, Tynan and Teagan of Lincoln, MA. In addition, she is survived by her "extended" family, Joseph Provino of Arlington, MA, Lisa Yamonaco of Lincoln, MA, Anna Durbin of Mt. Morris and the members of the various duplicate bridge clubs who had become her family over the past 26 years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Evelyn's name to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309 or by phone at: 1-888-888-3317 or online at Arrangements: Shepard Funeral Home, Inc. in Mt. Morris.