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Obituaries published the week of August 28, 2003
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In Memoriam

Stephen V. Abbey Jr.

Avon resident

Stephen V. Abbey Jr., 42, of Avon died Aug. 23, 2003 at his home. He was born Oct. 30, 1960 in Cowlesville, N.Y. to Stephen V. and Thelma E. (Austin) Abbey Sr. He worked as a Developmental Aid for 17 years at the Office of Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities in Rochester. Stephen enjoyed comic books and was a fan of the Buffalo Bills. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca J. (Dieter) Abbey of Avon; son, Thomas; daughters, Sara and Allison Abbey, all of Avon; sisters, Henrietta “Sue” (Mike) Schaeffer of East Aurora, Mildred “Milly” (Robert) White of Batavia; brothers, George (Mary) of Wisconsin and Harold Abbey of Warsaw, N.Y.; brother-in-law, Daniel Acquard of Varysburg, N.Y; special niece, Heather Dow and several other nieces and nephews. Friends called Tuesday at the Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc. 350 Genesee St. in Avon where his Funeral Service was held Wednesday. Interment, Avon Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Livingston County Hospice, 2 County Campus, Mt. Morris NY 14510, the Diabetes Association, 320 Lexington Ave., Rochester NY 14613 or the American Cancer Society, 1400 Winton Road N., Rochester NY 14609.

Earl F. Beardsley Sr.

Leicester resident

Earl F. Beardsley, 71, a retired security guard at Sabin Metal Corporation in Scottsville, died Aug. 26, 2003, at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. He resided on River Road in Leicester. He is survived by his wife Gladys Turybury Beardsley; daughter Deborah Beardsley of Leicester; sons, Earl (Nancy Everdyke) Beardsley Jr. of Walworth, Ronald (Lisa Ackerman) Beardsley of Leicester; six step grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins, including Fay Barratt of Leicester. He was born Aug. 27, 1931 in Nunda, the son of Frederick and Mary (Wilkins) Beardsley. He was also employed at Barratt Farms on Jones Bridge Road in Leicester. Visitation will be held at Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, 111 Main St. in Geneseo on Thursday from 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 29 at 10 a.m. at Rector-Hicks Funeral Home with Mabel Treadwell officiating. Burial, Leicester Cemetery.

Wilbur G. Cofield

World War II veteran

Wilbur G. Cofield, 84, a retired draftsman for the Livingston County Planning Board in Geneseo, died Aug. 20, 2003 at the Livingston County Campus Skilled Nursing Facility in Mt. Morris. Mr. Cofield resided on River Road in York prior to his entry into the nursing home. He is survived by his daughter Susan Read of Honeoye; grandchildren, Kyle and Haylee Cofield, both of Sussex, England; nephew Philip Cofield of York. He was preceded in death by his wife Shirlee Catlin, son James Cofield, brother John Cofield and granddaughter Katie Marie Cofield. He was born July 31, 1919 in York, the son of Emory and Guila (Hovey) Cofield. He attended Rochester Institute of Technology. He served as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was employed at International Salt Company in Retsof, Livingston County Planning Board in Geneseo and the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in York. Visitation was held Sunday at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, 111 Main St. in Geneseo where Funeral Services were held Aug. 25 with the Rev. Neil Frood of York United Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial, Pleasant Valley Cemetery in York with Military Honors. Memorials may be made to the York Fire Department, P.O. Box 95, York NY 14592.

Robert F. Coykendall

Korean War Army veteran

Robert F. Coykendall, 71, of Lakeville, died suddenly Aug. 18, 2003. He was born the son of Walter and Pauline Meyers Coykendall on Jan. 2, 1932 in Rochester. He was a Korean War Veteran of the Army. He owned and operated Bob's Bait and Tackle Shop in Lakeville. He is survived by his beloved friend Lois; sisters, Joan (George) Ryan, Diane (Peter) Piampiano; brother Daniel (Charlene) Coykendall; several nieces and nephews. Friends called Thursday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15, Livonia where Funeral Services were held Friday. In lieu of flowers friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Livonia Ambulance Fund, Box 8, Livonia NY 14487.

Gerald J. Eckhard

Music teacher

Gerald J. Eckhard, 67, of Upper Turnpike, passed away at his home on Aug. 13, 2003. Born on April 16, 1936 in Buffalo, N.Y., he was the son of Joseph and Vera (Towne) Eckhard. A graduate of Fredonia State Teacher's College, he taught instrumental music for 33 years at the Whitehall Central School. He was a charter member of the Whitehall Jaycees and a member of the Washington County Music Teacher's Association. He is survived by his wife, Muriel (Nichols) Eckhard of Whitehall; his children, Scott Eckhard and his wife, Corrine of North Granville and Cynthia Barcomb and her husband, Albert of Schenectady; loving grandchildren, Justine and Jenna Eckhard, and Kayla and Kelsey Barcomb; one sister, Judy Krahmer and her husband, Max; and three nephews, of Clearwater, Fla. Family and friends called at the Jillson Funeral Home, Inc., 46 Williams St. in Whitehall on Aug. 16 where a memorial service followed with Rev. Roberta Proper, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Whitehall, officiating. Memorials may be made in his name to the Organ Fund, c/o First Presbyterian Church, Whitehall NY 12887.

Angeline F. Rosselli

Avon resident

Angeline F. Rosselli, 90, of Avon, died Aug. 22, 2003 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. She was born March 6, 1913 in Avon to Vito and Sabatina (Pollizzi) Torregiano. She retired from Stromberg-Carlson in Rochester and was a member of St. Agnes Church. Her husband, George Rosselli and daughter, Victoria McDaniel predeceased her. She is survived by her son, Vincent (Sharon) Rosselli of Rochester; three daughters, Roz (Jim) Mulcahy of Tampa, Fla, Betty (Ron) Bennett of Scottsville and Jane (Dave) Leamon of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; son-in-law, Jim McDaniel of Avon; 11 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; three sisters, Rose Torregiano, Elizabeth Costello and Josephine Pusateri, all of Avon; two brothers, Russell (Serafine) Torregiano of Webster and Anthony (Barbara) Torregiano of Avon; sister-in-law, Dorothy Torregiano of Florida; many nieces and nephews. Friends called Sunday and Monday at the Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., 350 Genesee St. in Avon where Prayers were said Tuesday morning followed by her Funeral Mass at St. Agnes Church in Avon. Interment, St. Agnes Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Camp Good Days and Special Times, 1332 Pittsford Mendon Rd., Mendon NY 14506 or a charity of your choice.

Stephen J. Sember

World War II Army veteran

Stephen J. Sember, 83, of Avon, formerly of Buffalo, died Aug. 21, 2003 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born Oct. 21, 1919 in Buffalo to Anthony and Anna (Faltisco) Samber. He retired from Worthington Pump Co. in Buffalo after 40 years of service and is a World War II Army veteran. He is survived by his wife, Loretta G. Tracy (Bardo) Sember of Avon; daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Robert French of Avon; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Shirley Bardo of East Aurora; eight grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; sister, Anna (Michael) Coffey; brother, Francis Samber, all of Kenmore; several nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to call Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., 350 Genesee St. in Avon where Funeral Services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. Private interment. Memorials may be made to Lupus Foundation of American, Genesee Valley Chapter, 500 Helendale Rd., Ste. 150, Rochester NY 14609.

Robert Roland Shinebarger

World War II Navy veteran

Lakeville/Naples, Fla.-Robert Roland Shinebarger “Shinny”, 81, died Aug. 24, 2003 at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. Bob, formerly of Hornell, had been residing with his son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Shirley in Naples, Fla. and Conesus Lake. He was born April 25, 1922 in Hornell the son of Roland and Alta Shinebarger. He grew up in Hornell and graduated from Hornell High School where he was a stellar athlete in football, basketball and baseball as well as being very active in Student Council. He was a decorated World War II Navy veteran having served in the Philippine Theatre as a bombardier in the Navy. He later retired after a long career for the former Erie Lackawanna Railroad having followed his father's footsteps as a railroad man. He also was the owner of “Shinny's Tavern in Hornell for a number of years. Shinny was an avid sportsman and had many enjoyable outings with friends and family. He loved to play pool right up to the end and was still one of the best. He looked forward to his weekly pool games with his son. He is survived by his son Steve (Shirley) of Naples, Fla. and Conesus Lake; daughter Darla (Scott) Standish of Geneseo; former wife and good friend, Maggie Bayne of Geneseo; brothers, Ron and Larry of Hornell and Harry of Ballston Spa, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Steven Brian, Adam and Samantha. He was predeceased by his parents, elder sister, Vera and grandson Kevin. No prior calling. Private services at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to the Geneseo Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 428, Geneseo NY 14454. Arrangements by the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., 71 Big Tree St. in Livonia.

Carl W. Turner

General contractor

Carl W. Turner, 68, of 14 Pine Circle, Mt. Morris died Aug. 26, 2003 at the Teresa House in Geneseo after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born the son of Lawrence and Dorothy (Graham) Turner on July 27, 1935 in Mt. Morris. Carl was raised in Groveland and spent many years running a dairy farm with his father. He later became a general contractor and built a successful business, Turner Construction in 1978 that spanned several countries for nearly 25 years. Carl has many loved ones and was always there to lend a helping hand. He was known as pops to his grandchildren and an extended family of young people. He was never without a word of advice or a joke to lift your spirits. He was cherished by all who knew him and will be sadly missed, both by business associates and family members. He is survived by his beloved wife Bernice; three children, Jeffery (Linda) Turner of Tennessee, David Turner of Rochester and Kelly (Shane) Schroeder of Hume; stepchildren, Michael Nichols of Caledonia, Lynette (Robert) Struble of Mt. Morris, Daisie Nichols of Canandaigua, Tammy (Todd) Hackett of Pavilion and Henry (Linda) Spencer of Pennsylvania; many grandchildren; two brothers, Larry (Sarah) Turner and Jack (Sharon) Turner, both of Groveland; nieces, nephews and several other relatives. He was predeceased by his parents Lawrence and Dorothy Turner and grandson Mark Turner. Friends may call Friday 2-4 & 7-9 at the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St., (Rt. 408), Mt. Morris where funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m with Irving Russell officiating. Burial, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Geneseo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Teresa House, 21 Highland Dr., Geneseo, NY 14454. Condolences may be emailed to