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Obituaries published the week of June 6, 2002
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In Memoriam

Harry J. Baker

Harry J. Baker of Mumford died June 1, 2002 at the Livingston County Skilled Nursing Facility in Geneseo. He was born to Albert J. and Eke (Duiker) Baker on Oct. 28, 1913 in Macedon, N.Y. Harry owned and operated Baker Brothers Farms in Mumford. He was a member of the Farm Bureau, and an original member and served for 40 years for the town of Wheatland, Zoning Board. Harry was also a member of the Republican Committee and a member of the NYS Potato Board. He is survived by his wife, Louise; daughter and son-in-law, Eileen and Rick LaFave of Caledonia; son and daughter-in-law, Eric J. and Jane Baker of Mumford; grandchildren, Erika Griffin, Monica VanHorn, Gretchen and Garrett Baker, Michelle and Tamara Greek; several nieces and nephews. Friends called Wednesday at the Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 W. Main St., Caledonia. His Graveside Service will be held Thursday, 10 AM at Mumford Rural Cemetery.

Thomas E. Beachel

Thomas E. Beachel, 69, of Conesus, formerly of Livonia, died May 31, 2002, at Highland Hospital in Rochester. He was born the son of Harold and Charlotte Averill Beachel on Oct. 14, 1932 in Rochester. He was a retired Rochester City Fireman and an Army Veteran. He was predeceased by his wife Carolyn in 1997. He was a member of the Conlon Mulvaney American Legion in Conesus and the VFW in Livonia. He is survived by his children, Francis (Debra) Beachel of Conesus, Michael (Anne Marie) Beachel of Walworth, Ann (Robert) Kelley of Livonia and John Beachel of North Carolina; eight grandchildren; brothers, Jack (Gail) Beachel of Livonia and Gary Beachel of Geneseo; several nieces and nephews. Friends called Monday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home Inc., Route 15 in Livonia. Memorial Mass was held Tuesday at St. Joseph's Church in Livonia with the Rev. John Hayes officiating. Burial, St. Michael's Cemetery in Livonia. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Livonia Ambulance Fund or the Conesus Fire Department.

John H. DeBeer

John H. De Beer, 59, of 6925 Canadice Lake Road, Canadice, died May 26, 2002 at his home. He was born the son of Howard and Marion (Costello) DeBeer on Dec. 13, 1942. He was employed at Cablevision in Batavia as a Salesperson prior to his retirement. He was predeceased by his wife Nancy in 1998. He is survived by his children. Kimberly (Brian) Cratsley of Honeoye and Brian (Stacy) DeBeer of Hemlock; four grandchildren, Benjamin and Emily Cratsley, Culyn and Shelby DeBeer; brothers, Robert (Anne) and Tom (Jane) DeBeer, both of Atlanta, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews. No prior calling or services. Instead the family asks that a candle be lit or a tree be planted in his honor. Donations to your local Humane Society. Ref: Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc. in Honeoye.

Vera I. Haughwout

Vera I. Haughwout (Totten), 83, of North Carolina, formerly of Byron, died May 20, 2002 at Statesville, N.C. She was born the daughter of Edward and Lulabelle Johnson Ingersoll on Nov. 20, 1918 in Livonia. She is survived by her children, Roger (Mary Jane) Totten of Idaho, Neal (Beverly) Totten of Rochester, Bruce (Jean) Totten of New Mexico, Joyce (Dan) Jaques of North Carolina; stepdaughter Jean (Mario) D'Errico of Rochester; 12 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Friends called Saturday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15 in Livonia where Funeral Services were held following calling hours. Burial, Union Cemetery in Livonia. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Arthritis Foundation.

Gertrude C. Miller

Gertrude C. (Harrison) Miller, 75, of Lebanon, Mo. died May 23, 2002 after a short illness at St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield, Mo. She was born Oct. 6, 1926 in Castile, N.Y. where she was raised and graduated from High School. She married Delbert C. Miller and lived in the State of Washington and later at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. while Delbert served in the military. Later they made their home on a farm, near Lynchburg, Mo. for many years. Following her husband's death in 1988, “Gert” moved to Lebanon, Mo. where she resided until her death. She was a member of the V.F.W. Post #4107 Auxiliary in Lebanon and she enjoyed coin collecting, playing bingo and visiting with her neighbors and friends. “Gert” is survived by two nieces, Kim (Jerry) Dougherty of Avon and Julie Harrison of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two nephews, Steve (Kathy) Harrison of Avon and Robert Harrison of Port Richey, Fla.; seven great nieces and nephews. Friends attended a graveside service May 31 at Grace Cemetery in Castile, N.Y. Arrangements by Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral Home Inc., in Avon.

Pauline J. Palmer

Pauline J. Palmer, 80, of 10259 State Route 21 South, Wayland, passed away May 25, 2002 at the Bath Veterans Medical Center, Bath N.Y. after a short illness. Pauline was born April 23, 1922 in Caribou, Maine, the daughter of Joseph and Emma Prue LaBell. Residing her early life in Caribou, she resided in Buffalo for 40 years prior to moving to Wayland in 1988. She retired from the Trico Company of Buffalo after 40 years of employment. A World War II Army Veteran, she was very active in the Cheektowaga American Legion and the Moose Club. She was predeceased by two sisters, Mabel Stephens of Northport, Fla. and Doris Dube of Wayland, two brothers, Joseph LaBell of Wayland and Edward (Jack) LaBell of Sparta; one sister-in-law, Fernard LaBell of Wayland. She is survived by three sisters, Mary Belanger of Wayland, Catherine (Eva) Hanson of Wayland and Mena Brewster of Caribou Maine; one brother, Wilson LaBell of Wayland; one sister-in-law Iris LaBell of Wayland; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral Services will be conducted Sunday, June 9 at 1 p.m. at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St., Wayland.

Elvira V. Scondras

Elvira. V. Scondras “Elsie”, 80, who recently retired from the cafeteria staff at Geneseo Central School after 22 years of service, died May 31, 2002, at her resident on Elm St. in Geneseo. Mrs. Scondras was also employed by Peterson's Drug Store in Geneseo. She and her husband George were well known entrepreneurs of George's Restaurant on Main St. in Geneseo. She is survived by one daughter Mary Ann (Robert) Laport of North Bend, Oregon; three sons, John (Susan) Scondras of Dalton, Pa., Peter (Sara) Scondras of York, James (Laura) Scondras of Piffard; nine grandchildren; one great grandchild; one sister Mary Ann Mourtzikos of Rochester; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband George Scondras in 1984, former Mayor of the Village of Geneseo. She was born Dec. 11, 1921 in Rochester, the daughter of Peter and Rhoda (Karetsiotis) Varlan. She was a graduate of West High School in Rochester. She was a member, Past Matron and 27 year Secretary of the Order of the Eastern Star Geneseo Chapter #481. She was also a member of the Geneseo Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Memorials may be made to Livingston County Hospice, Livingston County Campus Bldg. #2, Mt. Morris NY 14510 or Geneseo Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 428, Geneseo NY 14454 or Order of the Eastern Star, P.O. Box 222, Geneseo NY 14454. No prior calling hours. Funeral services were held June 3 at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Geneseo with Father Jerry Tasikas of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Rochester and Rev. Mark Lattime of St. Michael's Episcopal Church co-officiating. Burial, Temple Hill Cemetery in Geneseo. Order of Eastern Star Service preceded the Funeral Service. Arrangements by Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, 111 Main St. in Geneseo.

Rebecca A. Shearn

Rebecca A. Shearn, 33, of 6528 Coe Road, South Livonia, died May 27, 2002 at Rochester General Hospital in Rochester. She was born the daughter of Floyd and Judith (Bennett) Shearn on April 4, 1969 in Rochester. She is survived by her two children, Jessica Ann Vaughan and Dane Michael Krebbeks; her father Floyd Shearn of Livonia, Judith Hanggi of Rochester; two sisters, Deborah (Mark) Donahoe of Honeoye Falls and Jennifer (James) Lockner of Avon; two nieces, Erin and Megan Donahoe of Honeoye Falls; aunts, uncles, cousins and many dear friends. Friends called Thursday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., 21 Big Tree St. (Routes 15 & 20A) in Livonia. Graveside services were held Friday at Oak Ridge Cemetery in South Livonia. Memorials may be made to an Educational Fund for Jessica and Dane, C/O Wyoming County Bank, Lakeville NY 14480.

Shirley A. Smith

Shirley A. (Pratt) Smith, 73, of 1 Columbus Ave., Mt. Morris, died May 30, 2002 at Clifton Springs Hospital. She was born on Nov. 26, 1928 in Canandaigua the daughter of Sherman and Blanche (Thomas) Pratt. Prior to her retirement she was employed as a Senior Companion at ICF Home on Fiddler Road in Mt. Morris. She is survived by 17 children, Carol (Stewart) North of Clifton springs, Gordon (Joan) Smith of Honeoye Falls, Jacquelyn (Tammy Zimmerman) of North Carolina, Ellen Smith-Russell (Larry Gibbs) of Churchville, Mark (Slike) of Mich., Patrick (Roselena) of Mt. Morris, Paul (Claudia) of Pennsylvania, John (Teresa) of Livonia, Joan (Lloyd) Seaborn of Dansville, Dale of North Carolina, Timothy (Annie) of Cohocton, Daniel of Stockholm, Sweden, Brian (Lois) of Minnesota, Kelly (Traci) of Churchville, Michael (Karen) of Geneseo, Craig of Washington and Tracy (Mick) Eccleston of North Chili; 25 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; one brother Harold (Muffy) Pratt; three sisters, Margaret Andreano, Charlotte (Joe) Santoro and Grace DeAngelo; two sisters-in-law, Jean Smith and Rita (Mike) Rush; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Gordon in 1991, parents Sherman and Blanche Pratt and one brother Louis Pratt. No prior calling. Memorial services were held Monday at the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St. in Mt. Morris. Memorials may be made to Mt. Morris Library Fund, Main St., Mt. Morris NY 14510 or Noyes Memorial Hospital, 111 Clara Barton St., Dansville NY 14437.

Alta M. Worden

Alta M. Worden, 70, died June 1, 2002 at Rochester General Hospital in Rochester. She was born to Edward and Loucieta Quackenbush on May 20, 1932 in Mumford. She was a homemaker. Alta is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law, Floyd and Fran of Nunda, Roger Worden of Macedon; 10 grandchilden; sisters, P. Viola Denome of Naples, Dorothy Udertiz of Albion, Bea Rohrcast of Pa., Mildred (Ronald) Finlay of Henrietta, Flossie (Clifford) Plane of Pittsford, Arlene Gallo of CA; brothers, Christopher (Millie) Fricke of Central Square, Edward Quackenbush of Florida, Kenneth (Myra) Quackenbush of Mumford; several nieces and nephews. Alta's husband, Floyd and son, Wayne predecease her. Friends called Tuesday, at the Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 W. Main St., Caledonia. Her Funeral Service was held Wednesday at the Mumford United Presbyterian Church, 893 George Street in Mumford. Interment, Mumford Rural Cemetery in Mumford.