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Obituaries published the week of September 2, 2004
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William J. Gfeller
World War II Army veteran
William J. Gfeller, 83, died Aug. 24, 2004 at his home. He was born May 28, 1921 in Rochester the son of William and Marie Hensler Gfeller. He was a World War II Army veteran, serving from January 1942 to September 1945 as a surgical technician (Tech 5). He served in the African and Italian Campaigns and was awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and the European African Middle Eastern Service medal. He served with the 178 Field Artillery Battalion and was awarded the Croix de Guerre. Bill retired in 1982 after 35 years at Kodak. He was a member of St. Matthew Church and was a member of the Brongo Horseshoe Club. He also enjoyed a lifetime of farming. He was predeceased by his son William J. Gfeller Jr.; his sister Mary and brothers, Raymond, Howard and Vernon. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Katherine; his children, Doreen (Jeffery) Roberts of Barnsveld, N.Y., Elizabeth (Daniel) Synakowski of Remsen, N.Y., Gary (Tina) Gfeller of Rutland, Vt., and Mary Kay Gfeller of Canton, N.Y.; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his brother Donald (Lois) Gfeller of Livonia; sisters, Dorothy Gfeller of Missouri and Joyce (Dale) Carlin of Nunda. Friends called Thursday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15, Livonia. Funeral Mass was held Friday at St. Matthew Church, Route 20A in Livonia with the Rev. John H. Hayes officiating. Burial, St. Michael's Cemetery, Livonia. Memorial contributions to St. Matthew Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 77, Livonia NY 14487, the Livingston County Hospice Fund, 2 County Campus, Mt. Morris NY 14510, the SANDS Cancer Center, 350 Parrish St., Canandaigua NY 14424.
World War II veteran
John Mould passed peacefully on Aug. 20, 2004. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; daughters, Mary (Robert) Kahn and Margaret (Ernest) Hanna and son Jack (Ann McMican); grandchildren, Emily and Rachel (Michelle Strizever) Kahn, Roy and Martha Hanna and Christopher and Leah Mould; nieces and nephews. He served in the Army Air Force in World War II in the Philippines and Australia. After graduation from Upstate Medical College in Syracuse, N.Y., he practiced family medicine in Geneseo from 1954 until 1977. He then joined the Kodak Medical Department until his retirement in 1988. He had cherished relationships with family, neighbors, church members and activists in the social justice, environmental and peace movements. Contributions in his memory may be made to Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 N. Fitzhugh St., Rochester NY, 14614 or Central Presbyterian Church, 31 Center St., Geneseo NY 14454. A memorial service is planned on Sunday, Sept. 5, at 1:00 p.m. at Downtown United Presbyterian Church.
Henrietta Grace (Hoag) Sylor, 85, of 47 Health St., Dansville, passed away peacefully early August 24, 2004 at her home with her loving family at her side. She was born Aug. 7, 1919 in Cohocton the daughter of Waldo and Helen (Smith) Hoag. Very early in life Henrietta and her family moved to the Dansville area where she remained a life long resident. She graduated from Dansville Central School in 1938. Subsequent to graduating from high school she and Everett Sylor entered into a loving marriage on Sept. 1, 1939. Together they celebrated over 37 years of marriage prior to Everett's passing away on Jan. 29, 1977. Henrietta was fortune to enjoy her entire employment career self employed with Everett. Together they owned and operated a florist shop, long with a land developing and contracting business. Most recently for over 34 years she owned her own real estate brokerage company. She and Everett were instrumental in developing a subdivision in Dansville and have been a major contributor to the Dansville Historical Society. For many years Henrietta and Everett organized trips to Quebec, Canada for the Boy Scouts of America. While in Quebec, they enjoyed hunting, fishing and prospecting. She also was one of the organizers for all of her class reunions as those that could would meet regularly once a month. She always found time to hunt deer each year. She was an active member of the West View Hunting Club in Ossian. She had hunted deer since she was very young and was fortunate to take many bucks over the years. The Buffalo Bills were a passion of hers, as was prospecting, scouting and horseback riding. Her love of local history prompted her involvement with the Castle on the Hill and the American Red Cross. Henrietta was also a member of the Dansville United Methodist Church. She was a devoted wife to Everett, mother to her sons, grandmother to eight grandchildren and great grandmother to five. She will truly be missed by all her family, friends and colleagues. Henrietta was predeceased by both parents, Waldo and Helen Hoag and her husband Everett Sylor. She is survived by her sons, DeMerle Sylor, Don Sylor and his wife Sue, Ron Sylor and his wife Jo, all of Dansville; eight grandchildren, Tammy Sylor, Peggi Sylor, Laurie (Richard ) Knarr, Carrie (Tom) Frazier, Marc Sylor, Heidi (Doug) Moskowitz, Amos Mock and Jessica Mock; five great grandchildren, Andy, Katy, Abby, Hannah and Holly; her siblings, Pearl Bricks of Buffalo, George (Dorothe) Hoag of Dansville, Wilma Yohon of Rochester, Thelma (David) DePuy of Dansville, DeMerle (Kay) Hoag of Dansville and Elaine (John) Gilbert of Pine Valley, along with many nieces and nephews. Family and friends called Thursday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St. in Wayland. Funeral Services were conducted Friday at the Funeral Home with Rev. David Hotchkiss officiating. Interment, Greenmount Cemetery in Dansville. As Henrietta was a passionate florist, and in honor of her request, in lieu of DONATIONS, please send flowers. Also Henrietta's family wishes to express appreciation for the outstanding care and support given by the Livingston County Hospice.