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Obituaries published the week of June 5, 2003
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E. Iilene Carson
Attended Geneseo Normal School
E. Iilene Carson, 88, of Caledonia, died May 21, 2003 at St. Mary's Hospice, Rochester. She was born Sept. 30, 1914 in Middletown, N.Y. to Ervin and Mabel (Ross) Coots. Iilene attended the Geneseo Normal School. She was a member of the Genesee Valley Hunt Club, and the Genesee Valley Breeders Association. She also enjoyed golf and was a member at the Caledonia Country Club and the Punta Gorda Country Club in Florida. She is survived by her children, Larraine (John) York, Carolyn (Pat) Wynne, Charles Carson; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; sister, Edyth Clark; several nieces and nephews. Her husband, Charles; sister, Eleanor Chase, and brothers, David and Edmond Coots predecease her. Family and friends were invited to attend her Celebration of Life, May 24 at the Caledonia Country Club, Park Place, Caledonia. A private service and interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to the Genesee Region Home Health Care, 70 Metro Park, Rochester NY 14623 or Focus on the Children, P.O. Box 31, Caledonia NY 14423. Arrangements by Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 W. Main St., Caledonia NY 14423.
Connie J. Collins
Connie J. Collins (Bailey, Lewis), 58, of Pucker St., Conesus, died May 30, 2003 at her home. She was born the daughter of William and Eleanor Sharpe Lewis on Oct. 6, 1944. Connie enjoyed animals and was a part of the DEC Wildlife rehabilitation. She is survived by her husband George; daughter and son-in-law, Laurie Bailey Merzke (Dwayne Merzke) of Rochester; daughter Tammy Bailey of LeRoy; grandchildren, Jason Nagy, Roger Gillette and Justin Decker; father William (Ruth) Lewis of Lima; brother Melvin (Anna) Lewis of Waterloo; many aunts, uncles, one niece and dear friends. Friends called Monday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15 in Livonia where Funeral Services were held Tuesday with Rev. David Hotchkiss officiating. Burial, Oak Ridge Cemetery, South Livonia. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Conlon-Mulvaney American Legion Post, Conesus NY 14435.
Ruth R. Mickey Culbertson
Member of St. Michael's Church
Ruth R. Mickey Culbertson, 91, died May 28, 2003 at the Episcopal Church Home in Rochester. Mrs. Culbertson resided at 41 South St. in Geneseo prior to her entry into the nursing home. She is survived by one daughter, Shirley (Howard) Budd of Rush; one son, James (Carolyn) Culbertson Jr. of Indianapolis, Ind.; two grandchildren, Ruth R. Culbertson of Indianapolis and James Culbertson III of Osaka, Japan; one nephew, Ellsworth Swift of Cuba, N.Y.; and several great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Dr. Samuel Culbertson of 1995. She was born Aug. 24, 1911 in Cuba, N.Y., the daughter of Arby and Chella (Carrier) Rowley. She was a graduate of Geneseo Normal School. She was a longtime member of St. Michael's Church and the Geneseo Garden Club. Memorial services at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Geneseo will be announced. Interment will be in Temple Hill Cemetery in Geneseo. Memorials may be made to St. Michael's Church, 23 Main St., Geneseo NY 14454. Reference: Rector-Hicks Funeral Home Inc., 111 Main St. in Geneseo.
Henry D. Dempsey
Past president of Mumford Fire Dept.
Henry D. Dempsey Hank, 78, of Mumford entered into eternal life at home surrounded by his family on May 27, 2003. He was born March 27, 1925 in Geneseo to William and Margaret (Steele) Dempsey. Hank retired from the Town of Wheatland as an equipment operator for the Highway Department. He was a long-time member and past president of the Mumford Fire Department. He was currently serving as the Fire Commissioner for the Mumford Fire Department. Hank enjoyed farming, woodworking, tractor refinishing and his family. He is survived by his loving daughters, Linda Sue Booth of Caledonia, Molly (David) Coyle of Mumford; four grandchildren, Megan (Mike) Churchill, Melissa Hallett (Gerrit Knickerbocker), Amanda (Jeff) Yaw, David (Megan) Coyle, four great-grandchildren, Emmalee and Morgan Hallett, Jeffrey and Tessa Yaw; sister, Dorothy David of Bluehill, ME; many nieces and nephews. His wife, Barbara predeceases him. Hank will be greatly missed by his family and many dear friends. Friends called May 30 at the Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 W. Main St., Caledonia where his Funeral Service was held on Saturday. Interment, Mumford Rural Cemetery, Mumford. Memorials may be made Caledonia Ambulance, P.O. Box 1, Caledonia NY 14423 or Visiting Nurse Service, 2180 Empire Blvd., Webster NY 14580.
Howard E. Kingston
World War II veteran
Howard E. Kingston, 95, of 90 Mill St., Nunda, died May 30, 2003 at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. He was born the son of Paul and Emaline (Kemp) Kingston on Dec. 2, 1907 in Mt. Morris. He retired from Craig Developmental Center in 1965 as a paint foreman and had also owned and operated a flower shop in Mt Morris. He was a veteran of the Army in World War II. He was a member of Holy Angel's Church in Nunda, the Mt. Morris American Legion Post, Nunda Kiwanis Club for many years and CSEA. He was a former member of St. Patrick's Church in Mt. Morris. He is survived by one nephew and two nieces; several grand and great nieces and nephews and cousins; many dear and loving friends including his caregiver Vincent D. Fralonardo of Nunda. Friends called Monday at the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St. (Route 408), Mt. Morris. His Funeral Mass was held Tuesday at St. Patrick's Church with the Rev. Michael Brown officiating. Interment St. Patrick's Cemetery. Memorials may by made to Holy Angel's Church, Church St., Nunda N.Y. 14517 or Masses for the repose of his soul.
Mary E. Lopez
Member of St. Patrick's Church
Mary E. (Dobrovodsky) Doby Lopez, 92 of 9 Grove St., Mt. Morris, died on June 2, 2003 at the Avon Nursing Home after a lengthy illness. She was born the daughter of Joseph and Julia (Musil) Dobrovodsky on Aug. 29, 1910 in Binghamton, N.Y. She was a graduate of the Wilson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and came here to work at the Mt. Morris Tuberculosis Hospital where she spent some of her happiest years. She was a member of St. Patrick's Church, worked for the board of elections and volunteered for the Livingston County office of the Aging and the Red Cross for Blood Drives. She was predeceased by her husband Frank in 1978. She is survived by three daughters, Jeanne (Raymond) Hackett of Mt. Morris, Mary Kay Matlach of Endwell and Rory (Clarence) Marlowe of Livonia; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Friends called Wednesday at the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St. (Rt. 408), Mt. Morris where prayers were said Wednesday followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Patrick's Church with the Rev. Michael Brown officiating. Burial, St. Patrick's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Livingston County Hospice Fund or the charity of one's choice. Condolences for the family may be emailed to JohnWMartinFH@aol.com.
Red Cross volunteer
Mildred Rodger, 93, of York died peacefully May 25, 2003 surrounded by her family and friends and entered into eternal rest. She was born March 17, 1910 in Evans City, Pa. to Harvey J. and Margaret (Reichley) Leonberg. Mildred served at the Red Cross as a volunteer for 44 years. She was a member of the Bible Club at the York Town Hall. She also volunteered at the VA hospital in Batavia and raised money for less fortunate children to attend summer camp. She is predeceased by her husband, Stanley; daughter, Dianne; son, Harvey; grandchildren, Susan Bennett and David Rodger. She is survived by her sons, Stanley (Gladys) Rodger and Mark Rodger; 14 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great children. Friends and family called Thursday at the Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 W. Main St. in Caledonia. Interment, Pleasant Valley Cemetery, York. A Memorial Service was held Saturday at Cornerstone Chapel, 3231 Buffalo Rd., Rochester, 14624. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Camp Li-Lo-Li, C/O Cornerstone Chapel.