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Obituaries published the week of July 3, 2003
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Cora A. Bodine
Cora A. Bodine, 84, of Big Tree Road, formerly of Honeoye, died June 28, 2003 at the Livingston County Skilled Nursing Facility in Geneseo. She was born the daughter of Orlando and Anna Wompole Abbey on Sept. 10, 1918 in West Sparta. She was predeceased by her husband William in 1972. She is survived by her children, Shirley Donohue of North Carolina, William (Deb) Bodine of Honeoye, Laura (William) Woodruff of Lakeville, Ronald (Liz) Bodine of Florida, Kevin Bodine of Honeoye; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Friends may call Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15, Livonia where services will be held following calling at 1 p.m. with the Rev. George Davis officiating. Burial, Union Cemetery in Livonia. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.
Donald G. Burkhardt
Donald G. Burkhardt, 73, of East Lake Road, Livonia, and New Port Richey, Fla., died June 18, 2003 at his home, with his family by his side. He was born the son of George and Louise Beckman Burkhardt on July 11, 1929 in Rochester. He was a retiree of Rochester Institute of Technology where he was Director of Administrative Services. He was a member of St. Joseph's Church in Livonia, where he was chairman of the finance committee and served three terms on the parish council. He was past president of the Conesus Lake Association and an avid sailor. He was former owner of Boats For Sail on Conesus Lake and a member of the Cotec River Lions Club in New Port Richey, Fla. He is survived by his wife Donna B. Burkhardt; children, Elaine Widener of Dansville, Kathleen (Steven) Gilbert of East Avon, Robert (Dawn) Burkhardt of Rochester, James (Donna Jean) Burkhardt of Livonia, Beth (Matthew) Graf of Livonia; eight grandchildren; sister, Jean Auble of Livonia; nieces and nephews. Friends called Sunday and Monday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15 in Livonia. His Funeral Mass was held Tuesday at St. Joseph's Church, Washington St., Livonia. Burial, St. Michael's Cemetery in Livonia. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the St. Joseph/St. William's Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 77, Livonia NY 14487 or the Livingston County Hospice Fund, 2 County Campus, Mt. Morris NY 14510.
Alta O. Handyside
Member & organist for First Baptist Church
Alta O. Handyside, 90, of Caledonia, died June 25, 2003 at Westgate Nursing Home in Gates. She was born Feb. 11, 1913 in LeRoy to Myron and Ada (Gleber) Hutton. Alta was a longtime member and organist for First Baptist Church, Mumford and also played organ at the Clifton Baptist Church,Clifton, Grace Episcopal Church, Scottsville, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Caledonia and York Baptist Church, York. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Marble of Mumford; son, Sherman Handyside of Brockport; eight grandchildren; four great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Her husband, C. Everett and son, Lester predecease Alta. Friends called Friday at the Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 W. Main St. in Caledonia. A Memorial Service was held on Saturday at the First Baptist Church, Dakin St., Mumford. Private interment, Mumford Rural Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 279, Mumford NY 14511.
William E. Leathersich, Sr.
William E. Leathersich, Sr., 79, formerly of Caledonia, Geneseo, and Canaseraga, N.Y. died June 25, 2003 as a resident/patient of Leroy Village Green Nursing Home. He had been a patient there for the past six weeks having congestive heart failure, and pneumonia. He was born Dec. 18, 1923, in Scottsville. He was the older of two sons, born to Edward E. Leathersich and Marguerite (nee Maxwell) Leathersich. He has a brother James F. Leathersich and his wife Joan, of Maxwell Road, Caledonia. He attended the one room school house on South Road in Wheatland until he began attending the Caledonia Central School after his elementary education. He was a farmer and worked the first 47 years of his life for his father Edward Leathersich on the family farms he grew up on in the Caledonia, Avon and York areas. He was later employed at various sales positions for farm related products, such as Curtis-Knoll Nut and Bolt Company, and Central Petroleum Oil and Paint Company of Cleveland, Ohio. He married Jean M. Cassidy (Bonnie) on Oct. 15, 1949. They were married 46 years until Bonnie passed away in 1995, while they were living in Canaseraga, N.Y. Together they had three children: son, William, Jr. and his wife, Linda of LeRoy; daughter, Patricia and her husband, David Drake, of Naples, N.Y.; and son, David of York. There are 10 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren. Together they lived on the family farm, and in 1966 built the home at 782 Lacey Road, Caledonia. In 1978 they moved to Geneseo to live in the family cottage on Conesus Lake. In 1990 they purchased a home in Canaseraga. Bill had his own sporting goods and hunting supplies business located at the family home in Caledonia. He was a former member of the Caledonia Fire Department. He was an active member for about 23 years ending in the middle 1970s. He was a member of the Pomona Grange. He was an avid sportsman/hunter all his life, and involved himself with many hunting, fishing, and trapping clubs. He was a founding member of the Westwoods Fish and Game Club, on the board of directors and a former President of the New York State Trapper's Association. He was also a member of the Taylor Hunt Club, which has been active in the Caledonia area since the late 1800s. He also was active in auto racing, being a member of numerous regional car enthusiast clubs. He worked many racing events at Watkins Glen International Speedway. He was the founder of the Susquehannock Trail Pro-Rally, that is run in the Wellsboro, Pa. area forest. Calling hours were held June 28 at the home of William, Jr. at 8669 North Road, LeRoy. Interment will be Monday, July 7 at the Mumford Rural Cemetary, 10 am. Please make donations to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, in the memory of Jean and William Leathersich. Arrangements by Cameron Funeral Home, Scottsville, NY. Friends and family are welcome to attend. Those wishing to make a contribution may send them to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Flowers, etc. please mail to William Leathersich, Jr. 8669 North Rd., Churchville NY 14428. Some arrangements handled by the Cameron Funeral Home, Scottsville, N.Y.
Ruth McCanna (Jordan), 87, of North St., Conesus, died June 29, 2003 at her home. She was born the daughter of Wiley and Sadie Smith Krisher on Feb. 15, 1916 in Scottsburg, N.Y. She was predeceased by her husbands, John McCanna and John Jordan and her son John McCanna II. She was a long time member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, the Golden Years Club, the Wayland Rod and Gun Club and the United Methodist Church in Conesus. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Sloan and Dr. Schiff of the Clifton Crossing Dialysis Center. She is survived by her daughters, Jayne Pfluke of Conesus, Millie (Gene) Pragle of Dansville, Dianne (Pete) Spencer of Conesus; sisters, Mildred Huber and Julia (Stanley) Chittenden; grandchildren, Loir (Anthony) Torres, Joe (Kay) Pfluke, Terry (Ed) LeBar, Bob (Lisa) MacDonald, John (Karen) McCanna Esq., Michael (Heidi) McCanna; several great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many dear friends including Shirley Ross of Conesus. Friends called Tuesday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15, Livonia where services were held Wednesday with the Rev. David Hotchkiss officiating. Burial, Arnold Cemetery, Conesus. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the National Kidney Foundation or your favorite charity.
Rose M. Morello
SUNY Geneseo retiree
Rose M. Morello, 92, who was retired from the housekeeping department of SUNY Geneseo, died June 27, 2003 at the Livingston County Skilled Nursing Facility in Geneseo. Mrs. Morello lived on Reservoir Road in Geneseo prior to her entry into the nursing home. She is survived by her children, Sally (Monte) Janson of Rochester, Joanne (Larry) Tucker of Rochester, Carol (Gary) Murphy of Georgia, Ronald (Theda) Morello of Mt. Morris; eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren; sister, Mary Sauerbier of Florida; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband James Morello in 1961 and her son James Morello in 1992. She was born June 22, 1911 in Mt. Morris, the daughter of Joseph and Givonni Trippi. No prior calling hours. Funeral Services were held June 30 at St. Mary's Church in Geneseo with Father Daniel McMullin officiating. Burial, St. Mary's Cemetery in Geneseo. Memorials may be made to Geneseo Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 428, Geneseo NY 14454.
Craig Developmental Retiree
Rose Novick, 90, of Geneseo, formerly of Mt. Morris, died June 30, 2003 at her home. She was born the daughter of Jacob and Concetta Gimmeresi on Nov. 14, 1912 in Italy. She was a member of St. Patrick's Church in Mt. Morris and the Lions Club. She was a retiree of Craig Developmental in Sonyea. She was predeceased by her husband Fred Palma in 1978 and Charles Novick in 1991. She is survived by her sons, William Palma of Mt. Morris, Lawrence (Johann) Palma of Geneseo, Jack (Sadie) Palma of Dansville; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Friends may call Wednesday 2-4, 7-9 at the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St., Mt. Morris, where prayers will be said Thursday 9 a.m. followed by her Funeral Mass at St. Patrick's Church in Mt. Morris with the Rev. Michael Brown officiating. Burial, St. Patrick's Cemetery. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the St. Patrick's Church, Mt. Morris NY 14510.
Ross B. Tantillo
World War II Army Veteran
Ross B. Tantillo, 76, of Glen Morris Ave., Mt. Morris, died June 28, 2003 at his home. He was born the son of Nunzio and Sara Martina Tantillo on March 11, 1927 in Dansville. He was a World War II Army Veteran. He was a retired school teacher and guidance counselor at Nunda Central School and Batavia City Schools, respectively. He is survived by his wife Joyce; his children, Michael (Laura) Tantillo of Canandaigua, Paul Tantillo of Rochester, Alexandra (Douglas) Randolph of Perry; grandchildren, Matthew and Jonathan Tantillo of Canandaigua; several nieces and nephews. Friends called Monday at the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St. in Mt. Morris where prayers were said Tuesday followed by his Funeral Mass at St. Patrick's Church in Mt. Morris with the Rev. Michael Brown officiating. Burial, St. Patrick's Cemetery. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Livingston County Hospice Fund, 2 County Campus, Mt. Morris NY 14510.
Elaine Thornton, 79, of Caledonia departed this life June 17, 2003 at Highland Hospital in Rochester. She was born Oct. 3, 1923 in Avon to David and Sadie (Johnson) Carpenter. Elaine was a dedicated Christian Mother of the First Church of God, Caledonia. She was a business woman in the community. She took care of 95 foster children. Her husband, Pastor William Thornton preceded her in death. She leaves to cherish her passing devoted daughter, Patricia Brooks; a loving son, Jerome Thornton, both of Caledonia; three sisters, Ruth Lucas of Rochester, Rosemary Lucas of Caledonia and Joyce Barnes of Scottsville; one brother,William Carpenter of Ladylake, Fla.; 95 foster children; three grandchildren; four great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends. Friends called June 19 at the Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 W. Main St., Caledonia. Her Funeral Service was held June 20, at the First Church of God, 3059 W. Main St., Caledonia. Interment was held at Mumford Rural Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church.
Lillian E. Wright
Lillian E. Wright, 91, of Livonia, died June 26, 2003 at the Conesus Lake Nursing Home in Livonia. She was born the daughter of John and Grace Conlin Ward on Jan. 23, 1912 in Honeoye. She was a nurses aide at the Conesus Lake Nursing Home for many years. She is survived by her children, Howard Roome of LA, John (Genny) Roome of Penfield, Michael (Pat) Roome of Lakeville, Nancy (John) Compton of Chicago, Ill., Dominick Yannantuono Jr. of Lakeville; 19 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren. Friends called Sunday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc. in Livonia, where Funeral Services were held Monday with the Rev. Ed Quinn officiating. Burial, Lakeview Cemetery in Honeoye. In Lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Conesus Lake Nursing Home, Activity Fund, Livonia NY 14487 or the Honeoye Faith Bible Church, Honeoye NY 14471.