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Obituaries published the week of June 22, 2006
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In Memoriam

Herbert L. Keating

Mt. Morris resident

Herbert L. Keating, 90, of Mt. Morris, formerly of Seneca Falls, N.Y. died June 16, 2006 at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. He was born the son of William and Anna (Landers) Keating on March 29, 1916 in Mt. Morris. He graduated from Parks Air College of St. Louis University. He was employed as an aeronautical engineer at American Airlines for 42 years. He was a member of St. Patrick's Church in Mt. Morris and Seneca Falls, Knights of Columbus, Eaton Birding Society, American Airlines Retired Pioneers, OX-5 Aviation Pioneers Glenn H. Curtiss Wing in Hammondsport, Seneca Falls Historical Society and the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. He is survived by his sister Charlotte Keating of Mt. Morris; one nephew Robert Bevan of California; one niece Barbara Katrib of Seneca Falls; and several dear and loving cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his wife Pauline and brother Robert in 1942. No prior calling. Prayers were said Wednesday at the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St. (Route 408), in Mt. Morris followed by his Funeral Mass at St. Patrick's Church in Mt. Morris. Burial, St. Patrick's Cemetery in Mt. Morris. Memorials may be made to the Seneca Falls Historical Society, Route 5 & 20, Seneca Falls NY 13148. Condolences may be emailed to

Raymond E. Riley

Springwater - Raymond E. Riley, 84, and formerly of Ross Road, passed away June 12, 2006 at the Highlands Living Center in Pittsford. Ray was born May 15, 1922 in Rochester, the son of Raymond and Margaret (Reinhardt) Riley. He grew up in the Rochester area and graduated from high school there. Ray moved to the Springwater area in the early 1950s and has resided there until approximately a year ago when he moved to Dansville. Ray and Ruth Smith entered into marriage June 12, 1971 in Canada. Together they celebrated 35 years of marriage. Ray's entire employment career was spent with the City of Rochester Sanitation Department. Ray enjoyed the outdoors including snowmobiling, fishing and especially hunting. His family commented he always shot the big buck. Ray was predeceased by a granddaughter, Alexandria Vose; and a great grandson Nicholas Miller; daughter, Karen Callahan; siblings, Ruth (John) Arieno, Florence Riley and Gerald Riley. He is survived by his children, Colleen (Ken) Putnam of Wayland, Keith Riley of Florida, Kathleen Maxim of Leicester, Christine (Bernard) Gaidasz of Mt. Morris, David (Sandy) Riley of Cohocton, Lauren (David) Lotz of Geneva, Timothy (Lori) Riley of Wayland, Shawn Riley of Wayland, Kristine (David McCollester of Wayland, Kathleen (Rocky) Yarid of Rochester; son-in-law Michael Callahan of Atlanta; sister Bernice (Bill) Glanville of Rochester; many, many grandchildren and great grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews. Ray's family and friends called Wednesday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St. in Wayland. A prayer service was conducted Thursday at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday at St. Joseph's Church with Father Stephen Karani officiating. Interment and committal prayers were offered for Ray at St. Joseph's Cemetery following Mass. Contributions in Raymond Riley's memory may be made to the Vincent House, 310 Second Ave., Wayland NY 14572 or to the Dialysis Center at St. James Hospital, Hornell NY 14843.

James R. Rountree

Vietnam Navy veteran

Avon - James R. Rountree, 63, died June 11, 2006 at Teresa House in Geneseo. Mr. Rountree was born Jan. 18, 1943 in Rochester the son of Harold Rountree, and Ruth and Warren Marlowe. He was retired from Cell Tech in Henrietta. He was a Vietnam Navy veteran. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Etril Faye Rountree of Avon; son Troy Rountree; sisters and brothers-in-law, Bonnie and Richard Peffley, Peggy and Thomas Krenzer; several nieces and nephews. Calling hours were held June 13 at the Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., 350 Genesee St. in Avon where his Funeral Service was held June 14 with Rev. Thomas Taylor officiating. Private interment, Pine Hill Cemetery in Rush. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Teresa House, 21 Highland Road, Geneseo NY 14454.

Richard E. Stapley

Dairy farmer

Richard E. “Dick” Stapley, 71, a lifelong dairy farmer in Geneseo, died June 17, 2006 at his residence on Jones Bridge Road. He is survived by his wife Dorothy Catlin Stapley; children Keith (Judy) Stapley of Webster, Brian (Debbie) Stapley of Mt. Morris, Kristin (Christopher) Laure of Brockport; grandchildren, Rebecca Stapley, Emily Stapley, Jason McKenzie, Jon West, Alex Laure and Mark Laure; brother Howard (Betty) Stapley Jr. of Oneonta; mother-in-law Gertrude Catlin of Geneseo; brothers-in-law, Raymond (Vivian) Catlin of Massachusetts, Richard Catlin of Tonawanda; nieces and nephews. He was born May 17, 1935 in Rochester the son of Howard and Edith Chapman Stapley Sr. Visitation will be held at Rector-Hicks Funeral Home Inc. Thursday, June 22 from 1-4 p.m. where Funeral Services will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. with Rev. David Hotchkiss of the Conesus United Church officiating. Interment will be in Temple Hill Cemetery in Geneseo. Memorials may be made to Livingston County Hospice, Livingston County Campus Bldg. #2, Mt. Morris NY 14510.

James A. Vattimo

World War II veteran

James A. Vattimo, 82, a retired foreman for Van Wyck Corporation in Castile, died June 13, 2006 at Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw. Mr. Vattimo resided on Middle Reservation Road in Perry and was previously from Retsof. He is survived by his children, Sharon (Efstathios) Mouratis of Warsaw, David (Suzanne) Vattimo or Rochester, Paul (Georgia) Vattimo of Bliss; several grandchildren and great grandchildren including Regina (Jarod) James and James Vattimo; sister Minnie Fusco of Avon; brother Angelo (Mary) Vattimo of Avon; nieces and nephews; longtime companions, Ruth Prefontaine and Dale Hall and special friend James Wooster. He was born March 30, 1924 in Retsof the son of Emanuele and Rafael Esposito Vattimo. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was an avid fisherman and loved his garden, full of “Retsof Peppers.” Visitation was held at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, 111 Main St. in Geneseo June 16 where Funeral Services were held with Deacon George Spezzano of St. Lucy's Church in Retsof officiating. Burial, St. Mary's Cemetery in Geneseo. Memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice.