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Obituaries published the week of July 11, 2002
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In Memoriam

Joshua Collins Ayers

Joshua Collins Ayers died suddenly June 28, 2002. A Snohomish High School graduate, he lived in the present and had a passion for the outdoors and baseball. He was a true friend and his energy will be sadly missed. He is survived by his parents, Donald & Julie Ayers of Snohomish, WA; his brother James Ayers of Everett, WA and his sister Emily of Kennewick, WA; grandparents Donald & Mary Lou Ayers of Rochester, NY and grandmother Dana Collins of Avon, NY; aunts, uncles, and cousins. Services and burial were held in Avon, NY, the home of his parents, where his boyhood summers were spent. Contributions may be made to the National WWII Memorial 2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 501, Arlington, VA 22201 in his memory.

Virginia L. Barratt

Virginia L. Barratt, 73, retired employee at McCauley Farms in Groveland, died July 7, 2002 at the Livingston County Campus Skilled Nursing Facility in Mt. Morris, NY. Mrs. Barratt resided on Jones Bridge Rd. in Leicester prior to her entry into the Skilled Nursing Facility. She is survived by her son Fay (Joann) Barratt of Leicester, daughter Lynn (Roger) Fronzak of Silver Springs, grandchildren Fay and Jonathan Barratt, Nicole Fronzak, sister Leola Underwood of Nunda, Warren Wilkins of Nunda, sister in law Peggy Canfield of Dansville, several nieces and nephews including Earl (Gladys) Beardsley of Leicester. She was preceded in death by her husband Fay L. Barratt in 1964. She was born March 22, 1929 in Nunda, NY the daughter of Charles and Bertha (Babcock) Wilkins. Memorials may be made to the Cuylerville Ambulance Fund PO Box 247. Leicester, NY 14481. Funeral services were held yesterday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Leicester Cemetery.

William F. Gascon

William F. Gascon 64 of 7 River street, Atlanta passed away July 2, 2002 on arrival at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville, NY. Bill was born February 9, 1938 in Livonia the son of Chester and Gertrude McKibbin Gascon. He was a resident of the Livonia, Conesus Hemlock area prior to moving to Atlanta in 1966. A former employee of the Gunlocke Co, of Wayland, General Railway Signal of Rochester, Votypka Farms of Wayland and prior to retiring he was employed at Wood Specialties of Springwater for 10 years. Bill was a member of the Hatch Hose Co. of Atlanta and a member of the Civil War Reenactment Co. Predeceased by his wife, Diane (Wiebach) Gascon in 1997. He is survived by two daughters, Dawn Gascon of Bath and Dianna Gascon of Atlanta; one son, William Jr. (Kassandra) Gascon of Naples, NY; his father, Chester Gascon of Conesus; 10 grandchildren, Nicole, Michael, Skye, Krystal, Timothy, Jordan, Joseph, LaKota, Shianne and Jayson. Three brothers, Gene (Janet) Gascon of Swain, Danny (Gayle) Gascon of Conesus and Charles (Shirley) Gascon of Wayland. Four sisters, Marge Larsh of Idaho, Alice Gascon of Conesus, Grace Sweaton of Virginia and Martha Ross of Geneseo; several nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held Monday night at the funeral home, Rev. Larry Wigden officiating. Internment Mt. Vernon Evergreen Cemetery, Springwater, New York.

James W. Hagan

James W. Hagan, 80, a self employed farmer in Wadsworth, died Monday, July 8 at Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw. Mr. Hagan had been a resident of the Livingston County Skilled Nursing Facility in Geneseo prior to his entry into the hospital in March. He is survived by his wife, June E. Hagan of Silver Lake; son, James A. Hagan of Wadsworth; brother, William Hagan of New York City; sister, Agnes (Walter) Predmore of Greece; many nieces and nephews. He was born January 5, 1922 in Geneseo, the son of Hugh and Margaret (Kiehl) Hagan. He served in the US Marines during World War II, enlisting on May 22, 1944 in Buffalo, and was discharged on August 7, 1964 at Camp Lejeune, NC. He participated in action against the enemy in Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands and in the Occupation of China. Visitation will be held at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, 111 Main Street in Geneseo on Monday, July 15, 6-8 pm only. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in the form of Mass Cards to St. Mary's Church, 4 Avon Road, Geneseo, NY 14454 for the repose of his soul. Funeral services and Internment will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

Stephen J. Mastowski

Stephen J. Mastowski, 54 of Hazelnut Park, Honeoye died July 4, 2002 at F.F. Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua. He was born the son of Martin J. and Helen B. Habschield Mastowski on June 17, 1948 in Rochester, NY. He was employed by the former 3-M Plant in Honeoye. He is survived by his wife, Gertrude, mother Helen of Honeoye, six step children, 26 step grandchildren, 16 step great grandchildren. Brothers Thomas and Daniel of Honeoye and sister Gladys DeGeorge of FL. Several nieces and nephews. Friends may call Friday 12-2 pm at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held following calling at 2pm. Burial Union Cemetery, Livonia. Friends wishing may direct any contributions to the family.

Mabel L. Matteson

Mabel L. Matteson age 79 of Mumford/Caledonia died July 1, 2002 at the Teresa House, Geneseo. She was born November 25, 1922 in Sodus, NY to Howard and Fannie (Eaton) Weeks. Mabel retired as a nurse's aid from Monroe Community Hospital, Rochester, NY and a member of United Presbyterian Stone Church. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law; Gary and Cathy Matteson of Caledonia; granddaughters, Amber, Tammy and Michelle Matteson of Caledonia; sister, Bessie Porray of Ontario; brothers, Robert (Pearl) of Sodus Bay, Donald of Hammondsport, Garth (Dorothy) of Canandaigua, Lee (Bev) of Marion, Norman (Millie) of Red Creek, Norris (Pat) Weeks of Clifton Springs; several nieces and nephews. Her husband, William and son, Thomas predeceased Mabel. No prior calling hours. Family and friends were invited to attend her Funeral Service Friday, at 11 AM at the United Presbyterian Stone Church, 3177 Church Street, Caledonia. Interment was held at Mumford Rural Cemetery, Mumford, NY. Memorials may be made to the Teresa House, 21 Highland Rd., Geneseo, NY 14454 or the United Presbyterian Stone Church. Arrangements made by Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 West Main Street, Caledonia.

Norma J. Nettnin

Norma J. Nettnin, 72, died of heart failure June 11, 2002 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Lakeland, Florida. Born in Rochester, NY on April 29, 1930. She lived in Livonia for many years before moving to Florida in 1985. She was a member of the American Legion and Elks Lodge in Lakeland. She was predeceased by her husband, Frederick A Nettnin in 1995, son James and brother John Himmelsback. She is survived by her sons, Fred (Ruth) of Plant City, FL; John (Marie) of Perry, NY; Jerry (Lisa) of Newark, NY; Cory of Dade City, FL; Aaron of NC; sisters Rhea (Jack) Duell of Canandaigua,NY; Dorothy Miller of Cresson, PA; eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Memorials to the American Cancer Society.

Gladys A.Purcell

Gladys A. Purcell, passed away June 24. She was predeceased by her husband, James V. Purcell; grandson, Mark W. Robbins and son, James V. Purcell, Jr. She is survived by her children, Virginia (Lee) Robbins, Marilyn (William) Wells, Edward (Patricia) Purcell, Gladys (John White) Little, William Purcell, Irene (Julian) DeClerck, Hattie (Donald) Lee, John and Char Hill; sisters, Eleanor Ellwanger, Helen (Gerald) Walton; sister-in-law June (Ed) Sturm; 20 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Friends called Thursday June 27 at Miller Funeral Homes, Inc. Her funeral service was held in the Interfaith Chapel of Miller Funeral Homes on Friday, June 28. Interment Maplewood Cometary, Henrietta. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Livingston County Hospice.

Robert D. Reeves

Robert D. Reeves, 75 of Caledonia, died June 28, 2002 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, New York. He was born March 27, 1927 in Rochester, NY to Victor and Gwen (Bullock) Reeves. Bob grew up in Wolcott, NY and graduated from Levenworth School. He was also a graduate of Syracuse University and the University of Rochester. Bob was also in the Navy serving both in World War II and Korea. He taught school in Caledonia-Mumford Central School from 1951 to 1961. When he left teaching, he became the owner of the T.M. Skivington Insurance Agency in Caledonia in 1962. Bob also owned the Van Zile Travel Agency also located in Caledonia. Bob was a past Vice President and President of the American Lung Association, and was a member of the Mathew Clary Legion Post in Caledonia, and the First Presbyterian Church. Bob is survived by his wife Maureen (Skivington) Reeves of Caledonia, his son David (Joan) Reeves of Bozeman, Montana, his daughter and son-in-law Mary and John Hayes of Dedham, MA, his grandchildren Sean and Meghan Hayes. Friends called June 30, 2002 at the funeral home. Internment with full Military Honors was held at St. Columbia Cemetery, Caledonia. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, The Caledonia Ambulance, PO Box 1 Caledonia, NY 14423 or the First Presbyterian Church 3080 W. Main Street Caledonia, NY.

John K. Welch Sr.

John K. Welch Sr. of Barone Ave., Mt. Morris, died July 5, 2002 at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. He was born the son of Charles and Florence Welch on December 29, 1917 in Cuylerville, NY. He was a former Justice of the Peace in Leicester and a member of St. Patrick's Church in Mt. Morris. He was a registered nurse at Craig Developmental Center in Sonyea retiring in 1973 after 39 years of service. He is survived by his wife of 65 years Elinor, his children John K. Welch, Jr. of North Carolina, Terrie (David) Hanley of Utah, David (Liany) Welch of CA, Karen Errison of Mt. Morris, eight grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, sister Frances McLaughlin of Perry, several nieces and nephews. Friends called Tuesday at the Funeral Home. His funeral mass was held Wednesday at 9:30 am at St. Patrick's Church. Burial Rose Ridge Cemetery, Naples. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Mt. Morris Fire Department or the Ambulance Fund.