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Obituaries published the week of July 7, 2005
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In Memoriam

Roger G. Atchison

After a life richly lived, Roger George Atchison died in the loving arms of his daughters on June 17. He was born Sept. 1, 1934 in Caledonia. He grew up on a farm and was particularly close to his uncle, F. Edward Stone. After an early life filled with hijinks that are remembered in stories today, Roger joined the Navy in 1954. A career Navy officer, “Atch” particularly enjoyed the time he spent with his buddies in Japan, serving on the Coral Sea, his work as a meteorologist, and his assignment to the Hurricane Hunters. Treasured friends from the military include Sally Balkema, Richard Owens and Jim Romano - to name a few. “Roge” met the love of his life, Nancy Wawro, in 1958 and married her four months later. They were blessed with two daughters, Elaine Marie and Erin Elisabeth. Nancy died too early, in 1978, leaving her family a legacy of love. “Mr. A” retired after 27 years in the Navy in Jacksonville, Fla. He spent the years since bird-watching, woodworking, trail-building, traveling with his dogs, and staying in touch with friends and family. He moved to Monticello, Fla. in 1997 and made many new friends. The joy of Roger's life were being a grandfather, “Pappa Scruffy Face” to Sarah Elisabeth, age 3 and Helen Nicole, 3 months. Roger is survived by his daughters; sons-in-law, Brad Gause and William J. Bouthillier; granddaughters; brother, Peter Atchison; sister, Judy Wright; Uncle Eddie and Aunt Armada Stone; cousin Richard Stone; godson John Thabes; and many other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers or services, please raise a glass to Dad, tell a good story or two, and send donations to The Listening Place, a magical spot for people of all ages to watch birds and wildlife to: Birdsong Nature Center, 2106 Meridian Road, Thomasville, Ga. 31792.

Marion H. Boyer

Geneseo - Marion Hazel Boyer, 90, a resident of the Livingston County Campus Skilled Nursing Facility in Mt. Morris, died there May 27, 2005. She is survived by three sons, J. Robert (Anna) VanNostrand of Orange City, Fla., Fred (Carol) VanNostrand of Sandpoint, Idaho and Mike (Sue) VanNostrand of Groveland; one daughter Penny Penna of Salem, Oregon; sister-in-law Ruth Hankinson of Delason, N.Y.; five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was born April 21, 1915 in Arkport, N.Y. the daughter of Glen and Hazel Talmadge Hankinson. She married Robert VanNostrand on Nov. 23, 1935. He passed away on Sept. 1, 1966. She later married Charles Boyer who passed away on July 21, 2000. Her brother, John Hankinson of Delsason, N.Y. passed away March 10, 2005. No prior calling. Graveside services will be held Saturday, July 9 at 10 a.m. in Hunt Hollow Cemetery in Dalton, N.Y. with Lucille Kane officiating. Memorials may be made to Livingston County Hospice, Livingston Campus Bldg. #2, Mt. Morris NY 14510.

Leota McLaughlin

Wayland resident

Leota A. Vogt McLaughlin, 91, went to heaven July 4, 2005 at her home at 314 Washington St., surrounded by her loving children. Leota was born Dec. 27, 1913 in Wayland, the daughter of John and Julia (Sauerbier) Vogt. She lived her entire life in the Wayland area except for a couple of years when she resided in Dansville. Leota was a graduate of Wayland Central School and she earned the honor of valedictorian of her graduating class. Leota and James S. McLaughlin entered into a loving marriage on June 18, 1941 at St. Joseph's Church in Wayland. Together they celebrated 58 years of marriage prior to Jim's passing away in April 2000. Leota was a very devoted wife as she was Jim's legs and spirit for many of those years. Her employment career included time spent as a secretary and she assisted in the management of a local liquor store. However most of her life and time was spent being a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She took a lot of pride in her family and home that included five children; John, Nancy, Jane, Mary Jo, and June and more recently, 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Each of her family members will always cherish the special individual memorial they all have. As Leota was a very devoted and loving mother, her children request as a final tribute to her that you love and honor your mother. Leota enjoyed solving the crossword puzzles, knitting, cross-stitching, baking (especially pineapple upside down cake), being a member of the local bridge club and she loved violets. She really enjoyed having her family present and her faith was very important to her as evidenced by her being a lifelong communicant of St. Joseph's Church, a member of the Rosary Society and a member of the Nocturnal Adoration Society. As a lifelong resident of the Wayland area, Leota has been Dr. Roy Robinson's sole remaining patient. He had treated her for over 48 years. Leota was predeceased by her parents; her husband James S. McLaughlin; her sister Helen Gunlocke. She is survived by her children, John (Phyllis) McLaughlin of Webster, Nancy (Conrad) Belenger of Wayland, Jane McLaughlin of New Hampshire, Mary Jo Vernam of Wayland, and June (Bill) Gamble of Webster; 12 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; special care givers and devoted friends that have assisted her, Berdie MacDougal, Nellie White, Francis Thielges, Mary Smith, Barb Terry, Robin Loper and Dr. Roy Robinson. Leota's request is for no prior calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday at St. Joseph's Church in Wayland. Interment and committal prayers followed the Mass at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Wayland. Contributions in Leota's memory may be made to her family so that they may be able to determine an appropriate charity in her honor. Leota's family has been assisted by the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St., Wayland.

Kenneth Marvin Raley

Avon - It is with sadness that we announce the death of our beloved husband and father, Kenneth Marvin Raley, at the age of 56, who went home with the Lord July 4, 2005, after a long courageous fight against cancer. He has left behind his loving wife, Abigail; his two daughters, Barbara Turenne, Sara Raley; two sons, David Raley and Elisha Raley; and two beautiful granddaughters, Julia and Kristen Turenne. He is also survived by his parents, Emmitt and Lillie Raley; his brother Wayne Raley; and two sisters, Vivian Barfoot and Paula Babb; along with numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Kenneth was born on Aug. 11, 1948 in Mobile, Ala. where he lived for 24 years and later graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He also lived throughout the United States working in several trades but worked as a plumber for the past 24 years, and settled in Western New York where he has been for the last 12 years. Friends may call Thursday 7-9 p.m. only at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15 in Livonia. Please join us in a celebration of his life and memories of him on Friday, July 8 at the Harvest International Church, 4647 Reservoir Road in Geneseo. Memorials may be sent to the church or to Livingston County Hospice, 2 County Campus, Mt. Morris NY 14510.

Betty V. Shults

Former Wayland resident

Wayland/Pittsford - Betty M. Shults, formerly of Wayland and currently of Pittsford, passed away June 30, 2005 at her home. She was born Oct. 11, 1922 in Wayland, the daughter of George and Celestia (Rauber) Vogt. She grew up in the Wayland area and resided there for the majority of her life. Betty and her family moved to the Horseheads area for approximately five years in 1974 prior to moving to Pittsford where she has lived for the past 26 years or so. Betty and Leo Shults entered into a loving marriage on Aug. 18, 1948 at St. Joseph's Church in Wayland. Together they celebrated over 46 years of marriage prior to Leo passing away in May 1995. Throughout her life, Betty was a housewife, homemaker and loving mother to their son John. Betty graduated from Wayland Central School and subsequent to graduation she spent a couple of years at Boston College studying to be a secretary. Her employment career included time spent at a local law office; Monroe Developmental Agency, New York State Department of Conservation and various other state agencies. Throughout her life, Betty was a very devoted friend and dedicated member of a monthly gourmet club for over 50 years. She had continued active participation in this group even while living in Pittsford. Betty loved animals, canoeing and spending time on some of the local lakes including Loon Lake and Conesus Lake. She also was former communicant of St. Joseph's Church and an active communicant of St. Louis Church in Pittsford. Betty was predeceased by her husband Leo Shults, her sister Geraldine Vogt in 1971 and her brother Gerald Vogt in 1961. She is survived by her son John Shults and his wife MaryAnne of Mission Viejo, Calif; her grandchildren, Brianna and Kenny Shults, both of Mission Viejo; her sister-in-law, Helen Powers of Rochester; he nieces, Peggy Dugan and Mary Vogt and nephew Tom Vogt, all of the Washington, D.C. area. Betty's family and friends called Sunday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St. in Wayland. A prayer service was conducted July 5 at the Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph's Church in Wayland. Interment and committal prayers followed Mass at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Wayland. Contributions in Betty M. Shults' memory may be made to the Wayland Historical Society, 100 S. Main St., Wayland NY 14572 or to the Alzheimers Association, 274 N. Goodman St., Box K3, Suit 401 Village Gate, Rochester NY 14607.