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Obituaries published the week of September 21, 2006
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In Memoriam

Donald F. Abbott Jr.

Conesus - Donald F. Abbott Jr., 42, died suddenly Sept. 16, 2006. He was born the son of Donald and Edith Roberts Abbott Sr. on Nov. 19, 1963 in Quantico. Va. He was a self-employed carpenter in the area. He was predeceased by his mother Edith on Nov. 17, 2001. He is survived by his wife Lisa; his children, Arlene Abbott and Nick Abbott; grandson Dominick James Abbott; father, Donald F. Abbott Sr.; sister Sharon Batte and brother Ronald (Anita) Abbott; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Leon and Sara Randolph; several nieces and nephews including Joshua and Sara Webster. Friends may call Wednesday 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home Inc., Route 15 in Livonia where services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. Burial, private.

Mary F. Coyle

Geneseo resident

Mary F. Coyle, 73, died Sept. 15, 2006 at the Teresa House in Geneseo after a brief illness. Miss Coyle lived on Long Point Road in Geneseo and was previously from Rochester. She is survived by her brother, Dr. John (Nancy) Coyle in Geneseo; several nieces and nephews. She was born Jan. 10, 1933 in Batavia the daughter of John and Frances Schwartz Coyle. She was a graduate of Mercy High School in Rochester and Mt. Aloysuis College in Cresson, Pa. No prior calling hours. Funeral Mass was held Sept. 18 at St. Mary's Church in Geneseo with Father Patrick Connor officiating. Burial, St. Francis Cemetery in LeRoy. Memorials may be made to Catholic Charities of Livingston County, 10 Chapel St., Mt. Morris NY 14510 or the Teresa House, 21 Highland Rd., Geneseo NY 14454. Reference: Rector-Hicks Funeral Home Inc. in Geneseo

Karen A. Dollinger

Livonia - Karen A. Dollinger, 56, died Sept. 14, 2006 at the home of her daughter in Freemont, N.Y. after a courageous fight against cancer, with her family by her side. She was born the daughter of Robert and Elaine Richard Thompson on July 20, 1950 in Rochester. She was employed at McDonald's in Lakeville. She is survived by her husband Edward; her children, Kimberly (William) Greunke, Elaine Connor, Donald (Lisa) Dollinger, Adam Dollinger, Larry Dollinger and Jessica Dollinger; eight grandchildren; and one great grandchild; brothers, Robert (Cindy) Thompson, Scott (Pam) Thompson, Rob Thompson; and her sister Bev (Pat) Crossland; several nieces and nephews. Friends called Monday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15 in Livonia where her services were held Tuesday with Rev. Don Ray officiating. Burial, Union Cemetery in Livonia. Memorial contributions may be made to the Freemont Fire and Ambulance Fund. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Sam Jarabet and the Southern Tier Hospice for the special care that was given to Karen.

Thomas F. (Tod) Gillard

World War II veteran

Thomas F. (Tod) Gillard, 83, passed away at home Aug. 31, 2006. Born in Fulton, N.Y., Tod served in the Army Air Force during World War II. He was retired from Rochester Telephone Company. His exemplary service to the Avon community included: Avon Little League, the Parks Commission, Livingston Area Transportation Service (LATS Bus), and Meals on Wheels. He served as secretary and treasurer of the Avon Ambulance Service for the past 20 years. Tod received the Paul Harris Award presented by the Avon Rotary, and in 1995 was honored by the Avon Chamber of Commerce as Citizen of the Year along with his wife, Doris. Most recently he was the recipient of the Robert J. Uplinger Distinguished Service Award by the Avon Lions in 2005. Tod touched many lives though the sport of tennis which he loved so very much. He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth. He is survived by his wife, Doris; his children, Tom (Alice), Betsy Murphy, Greg (Peg), Jon (Mary Ellen), Christine Ryan, Peter Ryan (Kathy Cole) and Ann Ryan (John Gibson); grandchildren, Tod, Julie, Matt, Danny, Corey, Kevin, Maureen, Keenan, Piper, Cassidy, Matthew, Timothy, Rocky, and Jessica; great grandchildren, Owen and Jack; brother, Phil (Pat) Gillard; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Friends called Sept. 3, at the Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral Home in Avon. A Funeral Mass was held Sept. 4 at St. Agnes Church in Avon. Memorials in Tod's honor may be made to: Avon Food Pantry, 35 South Ave., Avon NY 14414 or Avon Community Cares, 13 Valley Lane, Avon NY 14414.

Mary B. Prescott

Livonia resident

Mary B. Prescott, 94, of Linden St., Livonia, died Sept. 16, 2006 at the Conesus Lake Nursing Home. She was born in Livonia the daughter of Thomas and Mary Murphy Brennan on Dec. 2, 1911. She was a retired employee of Rochester Telephone Corp. and was a member of its Pioneer Club. She was a life-long member of the former St. Joseph's Church in Livonia and was a member of St. Matthew Church in Livonia. She is survived by her daughters, Mary Ellen (John) Finster of Livonia and Kathleen and Joseph Randazzo of California; eight grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; several cousins. No prior calling. Friends attended her Funeral Mass Wednesday at St. Matthew Church, Route 20A, Livonia, with Rev. John H. Hayes officiating. Burial will be private in St. Michael's Cemetery in Livonia. Please omit flowers. Contributions may be made to St. Matthew Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 77, Livonia NY 14487. Arrangements by Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc. in Livonia.

Lynn Shaver

World War II Army veteran

Wayland - Lynn H. Shaver, 82, of 317 Lincoln St., passed away Sept. 13, 2006 at St. James Hospital in Hornell. Lynn was born Aug. 4, 1924 on the family farm in East Springwater, the son of Clarence and Nina (Kimb) Shaver. He resided there for a few years prior to moving to Wayland as a child. Lynn attended Wayland Central School and during those years he served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in the Philippines and was honorably discharged Dec. 21, 1946. Subsequent to his honorable discharge, Lynn went back to high school and graduated from Wayland. Lynn and Alice Gessner entered into marriage on Sept. 5, 1949. Together they have celebrated over 57 years of marriage. He was employed by ARCO as a tractor-trailer driver for 20 years and a mechanic for 10 years. Upon his retirement from ARCO, Lynn was employed as the head custodian at the high school in Wayland. He was a member of the town board, ran many fish dinners as a member of the Wayland Lions Club and has been a member of the Wayland American Legion. Lynn was also a communicant of St. Joseph's Church in Wayland. Lynn enjoyed a number of different hobbies that included gardening. He and Alice enjoyed this hobby and together they meticulously landscaped their home. He was a very good handy man that could do just about anything around the house. Lynn also enjoyed model railroading, traveling locally, taking those famous Sunday drives, and walking. A day wouldn't go by without seeing Lynn walking down the street. He was predeceased by his parents, daughter Sally in 1959, his sister Sally, brothers, Ralph Shaver, Werlock Shaver and Robert Shaver. He is survived by his wife Alice Shaver; his daughter, Lynnette (Bob) McAllister of Wayland; his grandchildren, Erin McAllister of Buffalo, Drew McAllister of Philadelphia, Pa., Ryan McAllister of Wayland and Kelsea McAllister of Wayland; his brother, Ned “Pat” Shaver of Wayland; sisters-in-law, June Shaver of Hilton, Jean Shaver, Mary Smith, Margaret Forsythe and Aletha “Lee” Morsch, all of Wayland; along with several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Lynn's family and friends called Sunday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 West Naples St. in Wayland. A prayer service was held Monday at the Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph's Church in Wayland. Interment, committal prayers and full military honors took place at St. Joseph's Cemetery following Mass. Contributions in Lynn H. Shaver's memory may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Center, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105 or to the Vincent House, 310 Second Ave., Wayland 14572.

Marion Ruth Waltman

Dansville resident

Marion Ruth Waltman, 80, of Health St. in Dansville, died unexpectedly on Sept. 16, 2006 at Noyes Memorial Hospital. She was born April 16, 1926 in Pottsville, Pa., the daughter of the late Robert O. and Marion Davis Witman. She was raised in the Williamsport, Pa. area and was a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. receiving her certification as a dental hygienist and a dental hygiene teacher. She moved to Dansville for a dental hygiene teacher's position with the Dansville Central School System. While there she met and married Henry E. Waltman on Oct. 15, 1955, in St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Williamsport, Pa. She was formerly employed by the Wayland Central School District as a dental hygiene teacher and retired from Craig Developmental Center as a Dental hygienist after many years of service. She was a 50-plus year member of the Dansville Presbyterian Church where she was a member of the choir and former Deacon and member of the memorials committee. She was a member of the Opportunity Circle of Kings Daughters & Sons; former member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and the North Dansville Republican Committee. Marion was predeceased by her husband Henry E. (Hank) Waltman of July 15, 2000 and a sister Doris L. Witman in 1990. She is survived by her children, Douglas M. (Megan) Waltman of Rush, Sherry K. (Gary) Kramer and Robert F. Waltman (Sharon Hartman), both of Dansville; one grandson Bryce Waltman of Rush; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends. Friends called Tuesday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W.Naples St. in Wayland. Funeral Services were held Wednesday in the Dansville Presbyterian Church with the Rev. David Hotchkiss officiating. Burial, Greenmount Cemetery in Dansville. In lieu of flower, friends who wish may make memorial contributions to the Dansville Presbyterian Church, 30 School St. or the Dansville Ambulance Corp, P.O. Box 235, both of Dansville NY 14437.