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Obituaries published the week of June 30, 2005
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Gunther K. Lowack
Geneseo - Gunther K. Lowack, 77, of 10044 Greenmount Ave., Dansville, died June 23, 2005, in Dansville. He was born May 31, 1928 in the Town of Greece, N.Y., the son of Walter Paul Lowack and Hertha Katerina (Bannick) Lowack. He was a graduate of Greece High School. He was a watch and clock repairman in Greece for many years, prior to moving to the Geneseo area. He was employed by the Livingston Wyoming ARC, Hilltop Industries in Mt. Morris. He was an all around friendly person who was a friend to all that got to know him. He was predeceased by Delores Krupp, his companion and best friend and sister Ruth E. Higgins. He is survived by one niece, Beverly A. Higgins of Naples, N.Y.; and dear friends, Roger and Linda Johnson of Groveland, Cathy Sullivan and Debbie Tuckerman, very special friends of ARC, Margaret Lennox of Dansville and many dear friends. Calling hours were held Tuesday. A private graveside service at Lakeview Cemetery in Groveland will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to the Genesee Valley Foundation for the Future, 18 Main St., Mt. Morris NY 14510.
Wayland - Hatsue Summerson, 71, of 221 S. Lackawanna St., passed away June 26, 2005 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on Dec. 7, 1933 in Japan. On March 11, 1959 Hatsue and John Summerson entered into a loving marriage in Japan. Together they celebrated over 45 years of marriage. In September 1960, they returned to the United Stated and resided in Merced, Calif. at Castle Air Force Base. While in California, they had two children, David and Martha. As John was serving his country in the armed forces, Hatsue and her family resided in many different areas. They spent a year in Pennsylvania, over five years in Okinawa, Japan, a little over a year at Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota and since 1973, Hatsue and John have resided in the Wayland area. While in Wayland Hatsue was a housewife and homemaker. As evidenced by her many homemade crafts she was an artistically talented craftswoman with knitting, crocheting and cross stitching as her expertise. She was an avid gardener and her lawn was meticulously taken care of. She was a passionate reader of Japanese books. Often she would read two or three books a day and many times she would read well into the night. Noontime was a favorite for her as she and John would enjoy a Japanese meal and green tea. However, as her family stated, there were two things that Hatsue was very proud of; gaining her United States Citizenship in November 1996 and her grandchildren. Noah and Emily Jae were the light of her life and she loved chasing them around the house. Hatsue was a loving and caring person that will be missed by all her family and friends. She is survived by her husband of over 45 years, John Summerson of Wayland; her son David Summerson and his wife Wendy of Dover, Ohio; her daughter, Martha Summerson or Rochester; her grandchildren, Noah and Emily Jae Summerson of Dover; very close friend, Megumi Knapp of Wayland; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dorothy (Don) Dolan of Dansville, Glenn (Edna) Summerson of Pennsylvania, Mary Lou (Jim) Harber of Pennsylvania and William Summerson and Mary Kenney of Wayland; along with several nieces and nephews. Hatsue's family and friends called Tuesday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St. in Wayland where Funeral Services were conducted Wednesday. Interment and committal prayers, Bath Veterans Administration Cemetery. Contributions in Hatsue Summerson's memory may be made to the Vincent House, 310 Second Ave., Wayland NY 14572 or to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 E. Corning rd., Corning NY 14830.
Van E. Quaal
World War II veteran
Clifton Park, N.Y. - Van E. Quaal, 80, of Parkland Court, died peacefully Wednesday at his residence, surrounded by his loving family. Van was born in Ishpeming, MI on July 19, 1924 the son of the late George and Myrtle Quaal. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Northern Michigan College of Education, his Masters Degree from the University of Michigan, and his Ed.D. from Wayne State University. Van served in Europe during World War II as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army, where he received the Purple Heart. Van was the Vice President of Business Affairs at the State University of N.Y. at Geneseo for 19 years, retiring in 1985. Prior to that, he held administrative and teaching positions at Buffalo State College. He was a past President of the State University of New York Business Officers Association during his tenure at Geneseo. Van was also a member of the Edison Country Club in Clifton Park. He was a member of the Shenendehowa United Methodist Church in Clifton Park and was a past member of the Geneseo Central Presbyterian Church in Geneseo, where he served as an elder. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Gloria K. Quaal; his two sons and their wives David and Karen Quaal of Burnt Hills, NY. and Randell J. and Susan Quaal of Arnold, MD. He has four grandchildren, Erik, Elizabeth, Ryan and Jacqueline. Funeral Services were held Sunday at the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9 Clifton Park, N.Y. with Rev. Ralph Marino, pastor of Shenendehowa United Methodist Church officiating. Calling hours were held prior to the service. Memorial contributions in Van's memory may be made to the Gloria and Van Quaal Service Award in care of the SUNY Geneseo Foundation, Erwin 202, One College Circle, Geneseo, NY 14454 or to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements have been entrusted by the family to the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9, Clifton Park, N.Y. 12065.