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Obituaries published the week of September 22, 2005
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In Memoriam

Santiago Andino

Mt. Morris resident

Santiago Andino, 73, of 1 Columbus Ave., Mt. Morris, died Sept. 17, 2005 at the Livingston County Campus Skilled Nursing Facility in Mount Morris. He was born the son of Victor and Justina (Rodriguez) Andino on May 23, 1932 in Carolina, Puerto Rico. Prior to his retirement he was employed at Seneca Foods in Leicester and General Foods in Avon. He is survived by his children, Roberto of Mt. Morris, Oscar of Fl., Migdalia and Marian, both of Puerto Rico; nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren; sisters, Gloria of New York City and Marian of Puerto Rico; nieces and nephews; his companion Sandy Mahoney of Mt. Morris. Friends may call Wednesday 6-8 pm at the JOHN W. MARTIN FUNERAL HOME, 37 Chapel St. (Route 408), Mt. Morris where funeral services will be held Wednesday at 8 p.m. Burial, St. Patrick's Cemetery. Memorials may be made to one's favorite charity. Condolences may be emailed to

Lorma Mae Fox

Former Geneseo & Nunda resident

Nunda/Geneseo/Pavilion - Lorma Mae Fox, 94, of 7201 Big Tree Road, Pavilion, formerly of Geneseo and Nunda, died Sept. 18, 2005 at the Livingston County Campus Skilled Nursing Facility in Mt. Morris. She was born March 19, 1911 in Oakland, N.Y, the daughter of Leon Schenck and Ella (Mosher) Schenck. She was a retired matron from the Livingston County Infirmary in Geneseo. She was a member and treasurer of the Geneseo United Methodist Church and a member of the church craft group, a member of the Nunda Republican Committee, a seamstress and avid sewer and baker. She was predeceased by her husband Robert Fox in 1973 who was the former supervisor of Nunda and Livingston County Welfare Commissioner. She is survived by two sons, Robert (Donna) Fox of Pavilion and David (Shirley) Fox of Big Water, Utah; one sister, Lois (Albert “Jack”) Kenney of Dansville; one niece, Mary Ann Morsch of Livonia; one nephew, Bill (Donna) Whitmore of Georgia; seven grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and six step-grandchildren. Calling hours were held Sept. 20 the Geneseo United Methodist Church where Funeral Services were held Wednesday morning with Rev. Dan Wilson officiating. Interment, Oakland Hill Cemetery, Oakland, N.Y. Memorials may be made to the Geneseo United Methodist Church, 4520 Route 63, Geneseo or the American Cancer Society, Lake Region, 1400 Winton Rd. North, Rochester NY 14609-5831.

Richard J. LaMarche

U.S. Navy veteran

Geneseo/St. Augustine, Fla. - Richard J. LaMarche, 62, formerly of St. Albans, Vt., passed away unexpectedly Sept. 9, 2005 after a brief illness. Dick was born in St. Albans on Oct. 11, 1942, the son of Raymond and Millie Shepard. He graduated from Bellows Free Academy in 1961 where he was a star basketball player. After high school, he joined the U.S. Navy serving four years flying reconnaissance missions. He graduated from Vermont Technical College with a degree in engineering. In 1973 he married Aida Salfity in Waltham, MA. He then moved to Geneseo where he was owner/operator of two McDonald's restaurants in Geneseo and Dansville. Dick was very active in his communities. He belonged to and was past president of the Kiwanis, a board member of the Village of Geneseo, a member of the VFW and the Elks Lodge of St. Augustine, Fla. Dick was an avid golfer and collector of antique cars. He enjoyed traveling, spending time by the waters of Lake Champlain, Conesus Lake and St. Augustine. He especially treasured visiting his daughters, Michelle and Erica and being with his grandson Austin. Most of all Dick enjoyed life and having fun with his friends. He was a member of the “Boston Bears.” He is survived by his daughters, Michelle and Erica LaMarche; his grandson Austin, all of Charleston, S. C.; his mother Millie Shepard of St. Albans; his sisters, Rae Shepard and Diana Patenaude and husband Michael of St. Albans; his nephews and niece, Todd Labrie, Nathan and Megan Patenaude; his father-in-law, Joseph Salfity; brothers-in-law, Mark and Jim Salfity and their families of Indiana; and his dog Onyx. He also leaves many close friend, too numerous to list. He was predeceased by his wife, Aida, his father, Raymond Shepard and his mother-in-law Victoria Salfity. Calling hours were held in Geneseo on Sept. 12 at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home. Memorials services will be held at later dates and will be private. The Shepard family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Dick's very close friends, Kathy MacCracken and Ernie Stuk for their devotion and loving care in the last few months. Contributions may be made to the Geneseo Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 428, Geneseo NY 14454. “Dick, thank you for being such a wonderful part of our family and having such positive energy and wit. You have always been and will continue to be an inspiration to us. It's all about the Fun. Brilliant...Brilliant!”

Clayton E. Orman

World War II Army veteran

Clayton E. “Pete” Orman, 86, a resident of the Livingston County Skilled Nursing Facility in Geneseo, died Sept. 13, 2005 at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. Orman resided on Littleville Road in Avon for many years prior to his entry into the Nursing Home. He is survived by his children, Darlann (Carl) Kauffman of Mt. Airy, Md., Dawn (David) Maher of Avon, Steven (Peggy) Orman of Saranac Lake, N.Y.; six grandchildren, Keith Kauffman, Kevin (Stephanie) Kauffman, Tim (Nicole) Maher, Molly Orman, Sean Orman, and Natalie Orman; five great grandchildren, Kayleigh, Kaitlyn, Morgan, Nathaniel and Abigail Kauffman; sister Beatrice Peddle of South Carolina; sister-in-law Mabel Orman of Perry; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Madeline “Peg” Orman on Dec. 30, 2004. He was born July 2, 1919 in Avon the son of Albert and Adella Babcock Orman. He was a graduate of Avon High School Class of 1938. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Geneseo Post 5005. He was a Past Chief of the Industry Fire Department and a Past President of C.S.E.A. He retired from Industry School for Boys where he and his wife Peg were employed for many years. Visitation was held at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, 111 Main St. in Geneseo Friday where Funeral Services were held with Lucille Kane officiating. Interment, Avon Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Livingston County Hospice, Livingston County Campus Bldg. #2, Mt. Morris NY 14510.

Frank C. Patanella

Former Mt. Morris resident

Frank C. Patanella, 89, of 25 Washington St. in Perry, formerly of Grove St., Mt. Morris, died Sept. 13, 2005 at the Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw, N.Y. He was born the son of Charles and Mary Grace (LaVerde) Patanella on March 9, 1916 in Mt. Morris. Prior to his retirement in 1978 he was employed at Craig Developmental Center in Sonyea for 37 years. He was a member of CSEA. He is survived by his two children, Frank (Valerie) Patanella of Canada and Elizabeth (Robert) Wright of Seneca Falls; four grandchildren; nine great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren; two brothers, Charles (Isabelle) Patanella of Wadsworth and Tom (Helga) Patanella of Florida; four sisters, Angie (Sam) Rumfola, Rosemary (Joe) Bandurich of Batavia, Theresa (Jerry) Palmer of Scottsville and Grace (Donald) Delaney of Piffard; many nieces and nephews. Also survived by his companion Mildred Betties of Perry. He was predeceased by his wife Dorothy in 1992 and brother Santo. Friends called Friday at the JOHN W. MARTIN FUNERAL HOME, 37 Chapel St. (Route 408) in Mt. Morris where prayers were said Saturday followed by a funeral mass at St. Patrick's Church. Interment, St. Patrick's Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross. Condolences may be emailed to

Yola Polizzi

Bath - Yola Polizzi, 72, of Daffodil Dr., passed away Sept. 8, 2005 at the Vincent House Comfort Care Facility in Wayland. Yola was born Jan. 16, 1933 in Rochester the daughter of Earl and Helen (Cousanni) Urmson. She was predeceased by a son, Stephen Polizzi. She is survived by her husband Phil Polizzi of Bath; children, Patricia Polizzi of Penfield, Thomas (Deborah) Polizzi of Irondequoit and Paul (Robin) Polizzi of Jacksonville, Fla.; six grandchildren, Julie (Joshua) Mullins, Philipe Polizzi, Rebecca (Michael) Ernst, and Thomas, Jeffrey and Katie Polizzi; along with three great grandchildren. A celebration of Yola's life was held Sept. 18 at the Curtiss Museum, Rte. 54, Hammondsport, N.Y. Contributions in Yola Polizzi's memory may be made to the Vincent House, 310 Second Ave., Wayland NY 14572 or to the Curtiss Museum, Rte. 54, Hammondsport NY 14840. Yola's family has been assisted by the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St., Wayland.

Michael Joseph Pontillo

Air Force veteran

Michael Joseph Pontillo, formerly of Groveland Station, passed away on Aug. 23, 2005 in Florida. He was born Sept. 3, 1931 in Batavia, the youngest of nine children born to Angelo and Philomena Pontillo. He graduated from Batavia high school which is where he met his wife of 54 years, Dorothy Voorhees. He served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict and was stationed in Albany, Ga. He settled in Geneseo opening Pontillo's Pizzeria in the early 1960's on Main Street and then later in the 1970's opening an Italian restaurant also in Geneseo. He relocated to Zephryhills, Fla. several years ago. He was a card player, bowler, trombone player, and also enjoyed boating and gardening. He was a wonderful father to his five daughters: Barbara Place and Duke Kooistra, Becky and Brian Fitzpatrick, Michelle and Rick White, all of Ithaca N.Y., Brenda Pontillo of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Bonnie Pontillo and Guy Elderkin Jr. of Geneseo. He will be missed by his 15 grandchildren: Christopher Gorden, Harley Holstein, Alexander and Joshua Milks, Hosni and Gabrielle Pontillo-Berker, Eric, Kyle, and Meghan Fitzpatrick , Kelli Mills, Shari (Mills) and Dan Nichols, Desmond and Tevin Whitt,and Branden and Kevin Merrick and also his four great grandchildren : Jasmine Pontillo, Jonathain Gorden, Aidan and Ian Nichols. Friends and family are invited to a memorial luncheon to celebrate his life at the Villa on the Green Restaurant, 4436 Lakeville Road in Geneseo on Saturday, Sept. 24th at 12:30 pm.

Anne Wadsworth Symington

Anne Wadsworth Symington died on Friday, August 19, 2005 at Georgetown University Hospital after a long illness. She graduated from Harvard College, magna cum laude and from Georgetown University Law School. A lawyer, poet, book editor and world traveler, she is survived by her parents Stuart, Jr. and Janey Studt Symington of Saint Louis. Beloved mother of Charles Harker Rhodes IV and Travers Symington Rhodes of Hanover, New Hampshire; dear sister of S. Stuart (Susan) of St. Joseph, Missouri, Sidney of Geneseo, N.Y., and John (Margaret) Symington of Washington D.C.; loving niece of James W. and Sylvia Symington, and of Elizabeth O'Herin; devoted aunt, cousin and friend of many. Memorial service was held at the Washington National Cathedral's Chapel of Saint Mary on Saturday, September 3 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Washington National Cathedral's Gift fund, Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues, Washington, D.C. 20016 will be welcome.

Joseph F. Young

Avon resident

Joseph F. Young, 64, of 37 Genesee St., Avon, died Sept. 18, 2005 at the Livingston County Campus Skilled Nursing Facility in Mt. Morris. He was born the son of Nicholas and Marian (Scott) Young on Nov. 27, 1940 in Dansville. Prior to his retirement in 2001 he was employed by Batzing Farms in Caledonia for 41 years. He is survived by his brother John Young of Dansville and two sisters, Blanche Lewis of Avon and Laura Soble of Warsaw; nieces, nephews and many dear friends including Roger and Rosemary Bailey of Avon. Friends called Tuesday at the JOHN W. MARTIN FUNERAL HOME, 37 Chapel St. (Route 408), Mt. Morris where funeral services were held following calling. Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Avon Ambulance Fund. Condolences may be emailed to