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Obituaries published the week of September 11, 2003
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Daniel L. Damon
Korean Conflict Veteran
Daniel L. Damon, 76, of South Livonia Road, Livonia, died September 3, 2003, at his home. He was born the son of Daniel and Florine Rowe Damon on April 13, 1927, in Livonia. He was a Korean Conflict Veteran of the Army. He was a life-long dairy farmer in Livonia. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Ruth; children Lisa (Joe) Mastriano of Sugarland, TX, Daniel R. (Amy) Damon of Round Mountain, NV, Corrine (Lee) Robinson of Avon, Erin (Howard) Peters of Lansing, NY, and James (Jennifer) Damon of Livonia; brother Richard (Lois) Damon of Livonia, and sister Dorothy Murphy of Livonia; 12 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Friends called Sunday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15, Livonia, where funeral services were held Monday with the Rev. David Geer officiating. Burial, Union Cemetery, Livonia. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Livingston County Hospice Fund, 2 County Campus, Mt. Morris, NY, 14510.
Charles F. Dolan
Vietnam War veteran
Charles F. Dolan Chuck, 59, of Mumford, died Sept. 6, 2003 at Rochester General Hospital. He was born June 26, 1944 to Francis and Frances (Bransfield) Dolan in Chelsea, MA. A graduate of Boston College, Chuck was a Stockbroker for Sage, Rutty and Company, Rochester. He served as a lieutenant in the army during the Vietnam War. Chuck enjoyed fishing, basketball, and woodworking. He was a member of the Mumford Volunteer Fire Department, and served as Fire Commissioner. He is survived by his wife, Martha of Mumford; daughter, Sarah Dolan of Rochester; brother, Paul Dolan of Sharon, MA; sister, Susan Monrose of Wakefield, MA; brother, Edward (Joy) Dolan of Peabody, MA; mother-in-law, Betty Baybutt of Greece; several nieces and nephews; close friend, Katie Tkaczyk. Friends may call Thursday, 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. at the Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 W. Main St., Caledonia. His Funeral Mass will be held Friday, 11 A.M. at St. Columba Church, Caledonia. Interment, Mumford Rural Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Mumford Fire Department, P.O. Box 477, Mumford NY 14511 or Caledonia Ambulance, P.O. Box 3, Caledonia NY 14423.
Veronica S. Farr
Member of St. Agnes Church
Veronica S. Farr (Roni), 77, of Avon/Geneseo, died Aug. 31, 2003 at Highland Hospital in Rochester. She was born May 6, 1926 in Leicester to James and Mary (McCloskey) Sheflin. Veronica retired from the Super Duper store in East Avon. She was a member of St. Agnes Church. Veronica is predeceased by her husband, Bill and her son, Keith. She is survived by her daughter, Kathryn I. Aten of Geneseo; grandchildren, John (Sandy) Moore, Kim (Bruce) Kingston, Spike (Tracy) Moore, Jeremiah (Erica) Farr; nine great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter; several nieces and nephews. Friends called Wednesday at the Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., 350 Genesee St. in Avon. Her Funeral Mass was held Thursday at St. Agnes Church, Avon. Interment, St. Agnes Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Teresa House, 21 Highland Rd., Geneseo NY 14423.
Gladys S. Gross
Gladys S. Gross, 99, of Livonia/Geneseo, died Aug. 29, 2003 at the Conesus Lake Nursing Home in Livonia. She was born Feb. 1, 1904 in West Henrietta, to Edward J. and Martha (Stackel) Schillinger. She was a retired hairdresser and a member of Lakeville United Church of Christ. She is predeceased by her husband Edward Gross. Gladys is survived by her loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Friends attended her Funeral Service Sept. 6, at the Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., 350 Genesee St. in Avon. Interment, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Geneseo. Memorials may be made to the Lakeville United Church of Christ, 5687 Big Tree Rd., Lakeville NY 14480.
Augusta T. Gwynn
Member of St. Columba Church
Augusta T. Gwynn, 95, of Caledonia, died Sept. 2, 2003 at the LeRoy Village Green in LeRoy. She was born June 2, 1908 in Limerock to Joseph and Johanna Cory. Augusta was a member of St. Columba Church, Caledonia Senior Citizens, and the Linwood Friendly Club. She enjoyed gardening and especially flowers, crocheting, and baking. Augusta won many awards at the Caledonia Grange for her baking. She is predeceased by her husband, James Gwynn and grandson, Thomas McFee. Augusta is survived by her son Edward Gwynn and friend Shirley Brown of Caledonia; daughter and son-in-law, Genevieve and Bill McFee of North Chili; four grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; her sister, Ann Chapman of Caledonia; several nieces and nephews. Friends called Thursday at the Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 W. Main St. in Caledonia. Her Funeral Mass followed at St. Columba Church, Caledonia. Interment, St. Columba Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Caledonia Ambulance, P.O. Box 3, Caledonia NY 14423 or the American Cancer Society, Lakes District, 1400 Winton Rd. N., Box 10609, Rochester NY 14610.
Edna H. Hermann
Edna H. Hermann, 83, of 34 Massachusetts St., Nunda, formerly of Wood-ridge, N.J., died April 6, 2003 at the Wyoming County Nursing Facility in Warsaw, N.Y. She was born the daughter of Frederick and Anna (Janz) Haese on Jan. 31, 1920 in Jersey City, N.J. She lived with her daughter, Barbara and son-in-law in Nunda for the past four years. She is survived by two daughters, Susan (Reno) Mancini of Titusville, Fla. and Barbara (Robert) Slivinsky of Nunda; seven grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Herbert C. Hermann on July 3, 2000. No prior calling. A memorial service will be held for both Herbert and Edna on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. at the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St. (Route 408), Mt. Morris with Rev. Laura Norris Buisch officiating. Memorials may be made to Wyoming County Skilled Nursing Facility, Activities Fund, c/o Susan Jones, 400 N. Main St., Warsaw NY 14569-1025. Condolences may be emailed to JohnWMartinFH@aol.com.
John Gordon MacNaughton
World War II veteran
John Gordon MacNaughton, 88, of Caledonia died Sept. 5, 2003 at Highland Hospital, Rochester after a short illness. John was born July 14, 1915 in Caledonia to John and Maude (Gordon) MacNaughton. He graduated from Caledonia High School in 1934 after serving as Class President for three of the four years of high school. He is a graduate of the University of Rochester. John served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, training pilots. He earned his PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and began a long career as a history professor. He taught at the University of Buffalo, SUNY College at Brockport, and Monroe Community College. He served as President of the State University of New York's Faculty Council of Community Colleges from 1967-70. John was recognized and selected by the faculty and students of Monroe Community College as their Distinguished Professor of 1971-72. He was married to Ruth B. MacNaughton for many years until her death in 1989. John became reacquainted with Connie Day, a childhood sweetheart, after Ruth's death. John and Connie passed away on the same day. After retirement, John enjoyed travels to Russia. He was a well-known and respected authority on the history of the Genesee Valley as well as a regular guest of the WXXI radio show. John is survived by many special friends who will remember him for his phenomenal memory of stories and historical anecdotes, his ability to speak extemporaneously about many subjects, his appreciation for books and his love for the farmstead and fields of his home in Caledonia. A Funeral Service was held September 9, at the First Presbyterian Church, 3080 W. Main St., Caledonia with Rev. Nancy Reinert officiating. Interment, Mumford Rural Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Church, Caledonia Library Association, 3108 Main St., Caledonia NY 14423 or the John G. MacNaughton Award for Excellence in History, MCC Foundation, 228 East Ave., Rochester NY 14604. Arrangements made by Alhart Funeral Home, Caledonia.
Merlin E. Neitz
World War II and Korean War veteran
Merlin E. Neitz, 76, of Hemlock, died Sept. 1, 2003. He was born the son of Cyrus and Rebecca Gundrum Neitz on April 8, 1927 in Rochester. He was a retiree of Gunlocke Company in Wayland where he was an inspector. He was a World War II and Korean War veteran. He served in both Army and Navy. He was predeceased by his son Michael McGuire. He is survived by his wife Shirley of Hemlock; children, Rachel (Scot) McAvoy, Mark (Christine) Neitz; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren; brothers, Kenneth Neitz, Lester (Laura) Neitz; sisters, Evelyn (Robert) Seibold, Dorothy (John) Nueller; many nieces and nephews. Friends attended a memorial service at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15, Livonia on Thursday with the Rev. Richard Hass officiating.
Marcella M. Weider
Retired switchboard operator
Avon - Marcella M. Weider, 93, died on Aug. 28, 2003 at St. John's Home in Rochester. She was born on Aug. 24, 1910 in Brighton, the daughter of Peter McGrath and Martha (Twamley) McGrath. She was a retired switchboard operator for the Rochester Telephone Company, Genesee Hospital and the Elmwood Medical Center in Rochester. She was predeceased by her husband Louis W. Weider in 1988. She was a member of St. Anne Church in Rochester. She is survived by four daughters, Claire (Thomas) Flaherty of Ormond Beach, Fla., Barbara (John) Gramkee of Rochester, Bernadette Weider of Rochester, Mary Lou (John) Marks of Avon; 13 grandchildren, Nancy Cuer, Kathleen Garcia, Patricia Kazacos, James Gerard, Matthew, Daniel Gramkee, Colleen, Christine, Timothy Flaherty, Elizabeth Rosado, Christopher, Adam Tutty; 17 great grandchildren; brother-in-law Lawrence (Dolores) Weider of Rochester; sister-in-law Mary Faith Weider of Rochester; several nieces and nephews. Funeral Services were held at St. Anne Church in Rochester with Rev. William Leone, Rev. Gregory S. Weider, and Rev. Herbert Berndt officiating. Interment, Holy Ghost Cemetery, Gates, N.Y. Memorials may be made to St. John's Home, 150 Highland Ave., Rochester NY 14620 in her memory. Arrangements by the Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., in Avon.
Mt. Morris resident
Connie (Ange) Villone, 68 of 314 Garden Lane, Mt. Morris, died Sept. 6, 2003 at Highland Hospital in Rochester. She was born the daughter of Charles and Josephine (Malvone) Ange on June 18, 1935 in Rochester. She was employed at the Mt. Morris Jubilee where she worked in the Deli Department for many years. She is survived by her six sons, Chris (Terri) Villone of Pennsylvania, Bill (Debbie) Villone of Retsof, Tom (Lisa) Villone of Oregon, David (Kim) Villone of Nunda, Philip (Wendy) Villone of Livonia, Dean Villone of Pennsylvania and their father Joseph Villone of Pennsylvania; eight grandchildren, Michael, Lyndon, Casey, Samuel, Leah, Ashley, Lauren and Cameron; four sisters Catherine Pulici of Webster, Susan (Robert) Tomasino of Pittsford, Elaine (Gary) Bargo of Ontario and Sara Jane Heberle of Greece; three brothers, August (Deanne) Ange of Webster, Charles (Helen) Ange of Oklahoma and John (Susan) Ange of Rochester; one brother-in-law John Oklevitch of Lima; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister Louise Oklevitch in 2003. Friends may call Thursday 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St. (Route 408), Mt. Morris where prayers will be said Friday at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at St. Patrick's Church at 9:30 a.m. with Rev. Michael Brown officiating. Interment, Mt. Morris Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Camp Good Days and Special Times. Condolences may be emailed to JohnWMartinFH@aol.com.
Shirley S. Westbrook
Retired school teacher
Shirley S. Westbrook, 75, of East Lake Road, Livonia, died Sept. 3, 2003 at her home. She was born the daughter of Alfred and Mildred DeHond Stephany on June 23, 1928 in Rochester. She was a retired school teacher of Gates Chili Central School. She also worked for a short time at Livonia Central School. She was a member of St. Joseph's Church in Livonia. She was predeceased by her husband Robert in 1987. She is survived by her children, Christopher L. (Susan) Westbrook of Wanakena, N.Y., Stephanie (Paul) Cervelloni of Ohio, Gregory R. (Beth) Westbrook of Pittsford/Canandaigua, Timothy J. Westbrook (Pablo Enterrios) of Buenos Aires, Argentina; nine grandchildren; mother Mildred Stephany of Livonia; sisters, Jean (John) Mastasio of New Jersey; Mildred (Bradley) Smith of Fairport; brothers, Edward (Jane) Stephany of Romulus, N.Y., Alfred Jr. (Judith) Stephany of Lima, Greg (Nancy) Stephany of Las Vegas, Nev.; many, many nieces and nephews. Friends called Thursday and Friday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15 in Livonia. Her Funeral Mass was held Saturday at St. Joseph's Church, Washington St., Livonia with the Rev. John Hayes officiating. Burial, St. Michael's Cemetery, Livonia. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Livingston County Hospice Fund, 2 County Campus, Mt. Morris NY 14510 or to Camp Stella Maris, 4395 East Lake Road, Livonia NY 14487.
World War II Army veteran
Michael Yanno, 85, of 186 S. Main St. in Mt. Morris, died Sept. 3, 2003 at Parkridge Hospital in Rochester. He was born the son of Frank and Marie (Conoscente) Yanno on May 11, 1918 in Kaylares, Pa. Prior to his retirement in 1980 he was employed as an electrician at the Rochester State Hospital for over 20 years. He was a veteran of the Army in World War II. He was a member of the Mt. Morris American Legion Post, VFW and Disabled American Veterans and a member of St. Patrick's Church. He is survived by his wife Mary; six children, Marianne (Don) Ambrose of North Carolina, Michael F. Yanno of Rochester, Nicholas F. (Rhonda) Yanno of Perry, Frances McCabe of Rochester, Richard J. Yanno of Fla. and Frank A. Yanno of California; one son-in-law Mark Kleehammer of Rochester; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; one brother James (Helen) Yanno of New Jersey; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Julia in 1948, daughter Francine Kleehammer in 1994, son-in-law John McCabe in 2001 and two brothers, Sam and Frank Yanno. Friends called Friday at the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St. (Route 408), Mt. Morris where prayers were said Saturday followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Patrick's Church with the Rev. Michael Brown officiating. Interment, St. Patrick's Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Patrick's Church, Home and Heart Project or the Teresa House. Condolences may be emailed to JohnWMartin FH@aol.com.