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Obituaries published the week of September 19, 2002
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In Memoriam

William J. Norton

William J. Norton, 59, a retired therapeutic aid for Fingerlakes DDSO at the Doty Building on the campus of SUNY Geneseo, died Sept. 13, 2002 at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. He lived in Groveland and was a longtime employee at Craig Developmental Center in Sonyea. He is survived by his wife Julia Wilcox Norton; children, Anne Norton of Dansville, Mary Norton of Conesus, Christopher Norton of Hemlock, Patrick (Barb) Norton of Geneseo, James (Faith) Norton of Mt. Morris; nine grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. He was born Sept. 27, 1942 in Dansville the son of William and Mary (Spezzano) Norton. Visitation was held at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, 111 Main St. in Geneseo on Monday. Memorials may be made to St. Maryıs Church, 4 Avon Rd., Geneseo NY 14454 or Groveland Fire Department, P.O. Box 49, Groveland NY 14462. Funeral Mass was held Sept. 17 at St. Maryıs Church in Geneseo with Father Daniel McMullin officiating. Burial, St. Maryıs Cemetery in Geneseo.


Edwin L. Roberts

Edwin L. Roberts, 81, of Cheryl Dr. Honeoye, died Sept. 9, 2002 at F.F. Thompson Continuing Care Center in Canandaigua. He was born the son of Edwin and Marguerite Lewis Roberts on Nov. 15, 1920 in Binghamton, N.Y. He was a retired electrician of 50 years with the I.B.E.W. Local Union #86 in Rochester. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Honeoye United Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife Ruth Roberts of Honeoye; his children, Carl (Lorraine) Roberts of Bristol, Martha (Mark) Almond of Florida, Stephen (Kathy) Roberts of Canadice, Joy Elizabeth Miksic of Collegeville, Pa., Philip (Terry) Roberts of Fulton, N.Y., Glenn (Joan) Roberts of Atlanta, Ga., Christine R. (Brian) Connors of Springwater, Paul (Jocelyn) Roberts of San Jose, Calif.; 22 grandchildren; and six great grandchildren; brother-in-law Irving Cady of Syracuse. No prior calling. Friends attended a memorial service Thursday at the Honeoye United Church of Christ with the Rev. Brian Krause officiating. In lieu of flowers friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Honeoye United Church of Christ Trustees Fund, Honeoye NY 14471. Arrangements by the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc. in Honeoye.


Mabel Seager

Mabel (Townsend) Seager, 86, of 119 Lincoln Court, formerly of 9107 Eelpot Rd., Atlanta, passed away Sept. 13, 2002 at Hornell Gardens. She was born May 3, 1916 the daughter of Lewis and Anna (Robards) Emmons in Leicester. She resided her early years in Leicester and then enjoyed the majority of her life in the North Cohocton/Atlanta area prior to her recent move to Wayland. She was predeceased by her first husband, Erwin Townsend in 1988 and her second husband Harry Seager in 1998. She is survived by one son, Jack (Marsha) Townsend of Dade City, Fla.; three daughters, Theodora (Gary) Babcock of Dansville, Colonel Linda Townsend of San Antonio, Texas, and Rebecca (Les) Perry of Canandaigua; six grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. Friends and family called Sept. 15 at the St. George- Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St., Wayland. A Funeral Service for Mabel was held Sept. 16 at the Funeral Home with Rev. Verne Schattner officiating. Interment, Clearview Cemetery, North Cohocton. Contributions in Mabelıs name can be made to the Vincent House, 310 2nd Ave., Wayland NY 14572.


William G. Servis

William G. Servis, 77, retired owner of Carmichael Monument Company in Warsaw, died Sept. 12, 2002 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was a lifelong Geneseo resident having lived on Long Point Road. He is survived by his wife Frances Johnson Servis; two daughters, Debbie (Tom) Kalcevic of Avon and Donna Goodridge of Liverpool, N.Y.; granddaughter Christina Goodridge of Rochester; two sisters, Barbara Warner of Geneseo and Alice (George) Molodec of Granite Springs, N.Y.; several nieces, nephews and special friends, the Longacre family. He was born June 20, 1925 in Rochester, the son of William and Rebecca (Griffith) Servis. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was inducted on July 15, 1943 and served as a Staff Sergeant in the 571st Bomb Squadron 390th Bomb Group. Upon his discharge on Nov. 14, 1945 he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, 1 Overseas Service Bar, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three Bronze Battle Stars, World War II Victory Medal and Air Medal with three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters. Bill was a member of the Historic Air Group in Geneseo, Livingston County Historical Society, Pioneer Beagle Club, A-ON-DO-WA-NUH Sportsmanıs Club, Big Tree Conservation League, National Rifle Association, and co-founder of Rosscommon Beagles. Visitation was held at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home on Friday. Memorials may be made to a charity of oneıs choice. Funeral services were held Sept. 14 at the United Methodist Church in Geneseo with Rev. Nadine Graham and Pastoral Assistant Lucille Kane, both of the United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial, Temple Hill Cemetery in Geneseo.


Richard R. Welch

Richard R. Welch, 92, 25 Genesee St., Mt. Morris, died Sept. 16, 2002 at St. Annıs Home in Rochester. He was born the son of Charles and Florence (Redmond) Welch on May 11, 1910 in Cuylerville. Prior to his retirement in 1969 he was employed as a Registered Nurse at Craig Developmental Center in Sonyea. He was a member of St. Patrickıs Church and CSEA. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Russell Carson of Fairport; one sister Frances McLaughlin of Perry; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Sarah in 1983, and brothers, John in 2002 and Donald in 2000. Friends may call Friday 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St., Mt. Morris where prayers will be said Saturday at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Patrickıs Church at 9:30 a.m. with the Rev. Michael Brown officiating. Burial, St. Patrickıs Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.