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Obituaries published the week of July 22, 2004
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In Memoriam

Richard B. Bishop

Avon resident

Richard B. Bishop, 72, of Avon, died July 16, 2004 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Mr. Bishop was born on April 11, 1932 in Honeoye Falls, the son of Fred and Agnes Bishop. He was retired from the Village of Avon. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Avon, Avon Rotary Lions Ambulance Crew, Avon Fire Department - Van Zandt Hose Company and the Livingston County Traffic Safety Board. He was predeceased by his brother William Bishop. He is survived by his wife Patricia (Faucett) Bishop of Avon; daughter Melissa (Kevin) Schwartz of Penfield; sister Shirley Lindsay of Livonia; three brothers, Larry (Doris) Bishop of Caledonia, Gerald (Nancy) Bishop of Retsof, Charles Bishop of Avon; several nieces and nephews. Calling hours were held July 19 at the Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., 350 Genesee St. in Avon. Funeral services were held Monday at the First Presbyterian Church of Avon. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Avon Rotary-Lions Ambulance, 60 Temple St., Avon NY 14414, First Presbyterian Church of Avon, 5605 East Avon-Lima Road, Avon NY 14414 or a charity of your choice in his memory.

Lyra G. Brisbane

Former deputy town clerk

Lyra G. Brisbane, 90, of Spring St. in Livonia, died July 14, 2004 at her home after a long illness. She was born the daughter of Henry and Kathryn Flint Gilbert on Jan. 3, 1914 in Scottsburg, N.Y. She was a retired secretary from the State School at Industry in Rush, former Deputy Town Clerk, Election Inspector, member of the South Livonia United Church, the Order of Eastern Star in Livonia. She was predeceased by her husband John in 1982. She is survived by her daughters, Gloria (Thomas) Kreutter of Alden, Kay Brisbane Guyette of Livonia; granddaughter Kim Marie (Robert) Skowronski; three great grandsons, Colin, Caleb and Josh; sister Marion Pascuzzo of Livonia; and brother, Donald (Marian) Harvey of Scottsburg; several nieces, nephews, cousins including Kathryn Yates of Mt. Morris; special care giver Cathy Hamilton of Dansville. No prior calling. Friends attended services Saturday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc. Route 15, Livonia with the Rev. Sue Forsythe officiating. Burial, Oak Ridge Cemetery, South Livonia. In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the South Livonia United Church.

Emma Lawson

Loon Lake resident

Loon Lake/Wayland - Emma “Jane” Lawson, 56, of 10266 County Road 92, Wayland, peacefully went to be with her Lord, July 13, 2004. She was born Feb. 20, 1948 in Corning, N.Y. the daughter of Charles “Reis” and Irene (Drummond) Smith. Jane grew up in Corning and resided there for most of the early years of her life. She attended Corning Community College, graduating from there in 1968. Furthering her education, Jane attended SUNY Geneseo and attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. Jane and Dorsey Lawson entered into a loving marriage June 12, 1970 at the First Presbyterian Church in Corning. Together they celebrated over 34 years of marriage. During their lives together, they resided in many different areas around the east coast. Some of those areas included, Potsdam, N.Y., Martinsburg, WV, Kissimmee, Fla., Abington, Va., and Westfield, N.J. During the 15 years they spent in Westfield, Jane was a very active member of the Christian Missionary Alliance Church. Subsequent to their time in New Jersey, Jane and Dorsey moved to their current residence at Loon Lake in 1994. It was her fond memories of spending time on the lake as a child that brought her back to Loon Lake to live. Jane was blessed to be a homemaker for her husband and their two sons, David and Danon. She was a member of the Loon Lake Association Board; attended the Loon Lake Chapel, and was a very active member of the Church of the Nazarene in Springwater. Jane's strong belief and faith in the Lord has guided her and her family through the past four years. She was predeceased by her mother, Irene (Drummond) Smith. She is survived by her loving husband, Dorsey of Loon Lake; her two sons, David Lawson of Tulsa, Okla. and Danon Lawson of Charlotte, N.C.; her father, Charles “Reis” Smith of Loon Lake; her sister, Irma Philip of Grand Rapids, Mich.; her brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Bonnie Smith of Corning; along with several nieces and nephews. Family and friends called Friday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St., Wayland. Family and friends attended a celebration of Jane's life with Rev. Dennis Swart officiating on Saturday at the Church of the Nazarene in Springwater. Interment, North Loon Lake Cemetery. Contributions in Emma “Jane” Lawson's memory may be made to the Church of the Nazarene, P. O. Box 116, Springwater NY 14560.

Joseph Donald Patton, III

Joe Patton, known to family and friends as Jody, age 33, died June 20, 2004 in a glider crash near Seattle. He soared from this earth enjoying a sport he loved. Jody is survived by wife, Anne Jarvis-Patton and her family; parents Susan and Joe Patton and sister Jennifer Patton Megliore (Mark) of Hilton Head, SC; and grandmothers Priscilla Patton and Jane Oertel. Joe was a graduate of Syracuse University School of Architecture and was Design Project Manager on the South Terminal Expansion Project (STEP) at SeaTac Airport with Heery International. He also worked on the Seattle City Hall with Bassetti Architects and on the Rochester Hall of Justice with SWBR Architects. Joe was secretary for the Evergreen Soaring Club. Remembrances to Habitat for Humanity and a Syracuse University Kappa Delta Rho Scholarship are being established in his honor. Friends are invited to an open house celebration of the life of their son and brother on Saturday, July 24 between 5 and dark at the home of Steve Kronquest, 5551 Eagle Point Dr., Geneseo, N.Y.

Antonia P. Rowcliffe

Former guidance counselor

Caledonia - Antonia P. “Toni” Rowcliffe, 62, died July 10, 2004 at the Teresa House Hospice in Geneseo. Mrs. Rowcliffe was born on Oct. 26, 1941 in Batavia, N.Y., the daughter of Victor and Isabelle Palevich. She was a graduate of New Paltz and Brockport State Colleges. She was a guidance counselor for the Livonia Central School. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Daniel Rowcliffe of Caledonia; three children, Victor (Jodi) Rowcliffe of Caledonia, Heather (Jerry) Bozentko of Bethel, Conn., Wade Rowcliffe of Caledonia; brother Steve (Kate) Palevich of New Jersey; brother and sister-in-law, Bob (Roxanne) Givens of Elba, N.Y; sister-in-law Geraldine Rowcliffe of Florida; grandson Gunnar Bozentko; several nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to call Friday, July 23, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 W. Main St. in Caledonia. Saturday, July 24 at 10 a.m. her Memorial Service will be held at St. Columba Church in Caledonia. Interment, Mt. Rest Cemetery in Bergen, N.Y. Contributions may be made to the Teresa House, 21 Highland Rd., Geneseo NY 14454.