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Obituaries published the week of July 20, 2006
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In Memoriam

Benedict A. Albanese

World War II Navy veteran

Benedict “Benny” A. Albanese, 79, of 6 Case St., Mt. Morris, died July 13, 2006 suddenly at the Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Mt. Morris. He was born the son of John and Rose (Aquanete) Albanese on Aug. 26, 1926 in Mt. Morris. He was a lifelong resident of Mt. Morris. He served in the Navy during World War II. He retired from Bells Supermarket in Perry in 1988 as a butcher after 35 years, having also worked for Star Market throughout the area. He is survived by his wife Donna Albanese of Mt. Morris; one daughter Karen (Don) Saunders of Las Vegas, Nev.; two sons, Michael (Jill) Albanese of Kendall and Rick (Kim) Albanese of Retsof; six grandchildren, Miranda, Jeffrey, Danielle, Maria, Zachary and Mya-Lyn; one sister Mary Randazzo of Batavia; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son John in 2004. Friends may call Saturday, July 29 from 1-4 p.m. at the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St., (Route 408), Mt. Morris. Burial, St. Patrick's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mt. Morris Fire Department, P.O. Box 127, Mt. Morris NY 14510. Condolences may be emailed to

Joseph Brzezinski

Linwood resident

Joseph Brzezinski, 81, of Federal Road in Linwood, died July 16, 2006 at his residence. Mr. Brzezinski was previously from Batavia. He is survived by his stepdaughter Mary (Robert) Hess of Mt. Morris; several step grandchildren and step great grandchildren. He was born Nov. 14, 1924 in Poland. He worked in Batavia as a landscaper. No prior calling hours. Graveside services were held July 19 at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Batavia. Reference: Rector-Hicks Funeral Home in Geneseo.

Carl F. Donovan

World War II veteran

Carl F. Donovan, 82, of Mt. Morris, died July 13, 2006 at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. He was born May 2, 1924 in Mt. Morris, the son of Daniel and Florence (Lewis) Donovan. Carl was a sergeant in the U.S. Army having served during World War II. He was a laborer foreman who was employed with Local Union #435 in Rochester for many years. Carl was a member of VFW Post #6780 in Dansville. He is survived by two daughters, Colleen Stedman of Piffard and Andrea (Joseph) Rumfola of Hinsdale; a son Danny Donovan of Albany; a brother William (Julia) Donovan of Northville, N.Y.; five grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends called Friday at the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St., Mt. Morris. A Funeral Mass was said Saturday at St. Patrick's Church. Interment with full military honors was at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Mt. Morris. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Teresa House, 21 Highland Road, Geneseo NY 14454. Condolences may be emailed to

Esther Lorenzo

Springwater - Esther M. (Colegrove) Lorenzo, 76, loving wife of Francis “Bing” Lorenzo, passed away July 11, 2006 at her home, 7326 Mill St. She was born Nov. 17, 1929 in Springwater, the daughter of Otis and Ruth (Webster) Colegrove. Esther grew up in Springwater and remained a lifelong resident. She graduated from Wayland High School with Bing in 1947. On May 7,1949 they were married and together they have celebrated over 57 years of marriage. Esther and Bing raised four children, Ralph, Ron, Paula and Cindy. Esther's employment career consisted of running her own beauty shop. She was also a member of the Springwater United Methodist Church. Esther enjoyed cooking and was an excellent gardener. She also liked to knit and she had a very original and quick sense of humor as evidenced by the annual April Fools jokes that always seemed to work. Esther was fortunate to have kept this sense of humor even in the days just prior to her passing away. She loved her family very much and spending time with her children and grandchildren on holidays and Sundays was very special to her. She will truly be missed by her family and friends. Esther is survived by her loving husband Francis “Bing” Lorenzo of Springwater; her children, Ralph (Beverely) Lorenzo of Atlanta, Ga., Ronald (Bessie) Lorenzo of Rochester, Paula (Richard) Bill of Dansville and Cindy (Michael) Saxton of Avon; 11 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; her sister, Annabelle Tyler of Geneva, along with several nieces and nephews. Esther's Funeral Service will be conducted at the convenience of her family; however the family was present Saturday afternoon at the Springwater American legion, 7998 School St. in Springwater for a gathering and celebration of her life. Contributions in Esther M. Lorenzo's memory may be made to the Livingston County Hospice, 2 County Campus, Mt. Morris NY 14510 or to the Springwater United Methodist Church, 8001 S. Main St., Springwater NY 14560. Esther's family has been assisted by the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St. in Wayland.

Ruth Riley

Springwater/Dansville - Ruth I. Riley, 84, formerly of 6915 Ross Road, Springwater and currently of 236 Main St., Dansville, passed away July 10, 2006 at the Highlands Living Center in Pittsford. Ruth was born Oct. 7, 1921 the daughter of Louis and Wilhelmina (Imhof) Smith in Rochester. She grew up in Rochester and was a high school graduate of West High in 1939. In August 1942 Ruth and Charles Snyder entered into marriage. Together they celebrated 14 years of marriage prior to his passing away in 1956. Ruth and Charles had three daughters, Karen, Kris and Kathy. In June 1971 Ruth and Ray Riley were married. Together they lived in the Springwater area for the majority of their lives until approximately a year ago when they moved to Dansville. Ruth and Ray were married for over 35 years prior to his passing away last month. Ruth enjoyed knitting, crocheting and tatting lace borders and doilies. She enjoyed traveling to Canada, the Northern Adirondacks and out West. Mostly though, Ruth enjoyed spending time with her family. She was predeceased by her husband Charles Snyder in 1956; her second husband, Ray Riley in 2006; her daughter, Karen Callahan in 2003; and her great grandson, Nicholas Miller in 1995. She is survived by her daughters, Kristine (David McCollester) of Wayland, Kathy (Rockwell) Yarid of Rochester; son-in-law, Michael Callahan of North Cohocton; stepchildren, 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; many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews. Ruth's family and friends called Thursday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St. in Wayland. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Ruth Friday at St. Joseph's Church. Interment and committal prayers followed immediately at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Wayland. Contributions in Ruth I. Riley's memory may be made to the Wayland Library, 101 W. Naples St., Wayland NY 14572 or to the Alzheimers Association, 435 E.Henrietta Rd., Rochester NY 14620.

Emily Chapman Wood

Emily Chapman Wood, 76, died at the Quadrangle in Haverford, Pa., on July 7, 2006 after a long illness. The daughter of Clement Biddle Wood and Emily Winsor Philler, she was born on July 25, 1929, in Bryn Mawr, Pa. She was the youngest of three children. Her eldest brother, Clement Biddle Wood, Jr., a novelist, died in 1994. Her second brother, William P. Wood, a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, died in 1996. As a girl she lived in Gladwyne across the Schuylkill River from Conshohocken and the family business, the Alan Wood Steel Company. Her father was a director of the steel company and a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. She attended Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, graduating in 1947, and then entered Wellesley College. After her freshman year, she married Avery Delano Andrews II of New York City, on June 22, 1948. After another semester at Wellesley, she withdrew. Their first child was born in May 1949. Altogether, they had six children before divorcing in 1965. They lived in Cambridge and Boston, Mass., until 1949, and then in Villanova, Pa. She continued to work toward a college degree part-time at the University of Pennsylvania and was active in fundraising for schools and arts organizations. In 1966 she married William Austin Wadsworth, a landowner, farmer, and amateur pilot, and moved to his home in Geneseo. A daughter was born the following year. The household also came to include Mr. Wadsworth's three children by a previous marriage. While running this large household and helping to manage his farms, she also found time to serve as president of the Livingston County Health Center, which she helped guide from its beginnings as a concept for a new kind of cooperative health service in a rural area to its opening in 1969 in Geneseo and for several years thereafter. She was also a local and regional organizer for the United States Pony Club and secretary of the Genesee Valley Fox Hunt. She separated from Mr. Wadsworth in the early 1980s and received her bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981. In 1986 she returned to the Philadelphia area and lived from then until 2003 on Lombard Street in Society Hill. She received a master's degree in counseling and human relations from Villanova University. She worked part-time as a career counselor and volunteered as a reading tutor. She also served on the Board of Directors of Youth Service, Incorporated. Emily Wood will be remembered for her boundless energy, her sense of duty, her generosity, her loyalty, her sense of humor, and her enthusiasm about friends, family, animals, and the written word. She was devoted to her large immediate family and her even larger extended family and remained very close to her beloved brothers throughout their lives. An early riser and tireless telephoner, she maintained connections worldwide with children, cousins, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, in-laws, school friends, college friends, neighbors, and colleagues in her volunteer activities, connections she augmented with continual travels to relatives and friends in the United States and abroad. Emily Wood is survived by her seven children and three stepchildren: Avery Delano Andrews III of Canberra, Australia; Emily Andrews Nesvadba, of Montreal, Canada; Lucy Andrews Cummin, of Philadelphia and Huntington, Vermont; Owen Wood Andrews, of Cambridge, Mass., Marion Andrews Thorne, of Geneseo; John Schofield Andrews, of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia; and Martha Chapman Wadsworth, Naomi Wolcott Wadsworth, William Starkey Wadsworth, and Craig Perkins Wadsworth, all of Geneseo. She is survived as well by eleven grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, and dozens of nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. She is also survived by Sally Wadsworth Wood, a sister-in-law, of Geneseo. A funeral service was held on July 15 at the Church of the Redeemer, Pennswood and New Gulph Roads, Bryn Mawr, Pa. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests that contributions be made to Youth Service, Inc., 10 N. 34th St., Philadelphia PA 19104, or Riverbend Environmental Education Center, 1950 Spring Mill Road, Gladwyne, PA 19035.