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Obituaries published the week of October 2, 2003
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In Memoriam

Richard B. Brock

World War II veteran

Richard B. Brock, 79, a retired master carpenter for Brock Construction in Wadsworth, died Sept. 23, 2003 at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. Mr. Brock resided on Main St. in Wadsworth. He is survived by his wife Betty Stone Brock; sons, Richard (Mary K.) Brock of Wadsworth, Jerry (Cindy) Brock of Livonia, Bernie (Kathy) Brock of Mt. Morris, ; daughters, Rose (Ed) Englebert of Wadsworth, Patricia (Alan) Cole of Wadsworth, Linda (Ross) Boor of Piffard, Donna (Dawn Jostiak) Brock of Conesus, Diane (Terry) Joyce of Florida, Cheryl (Ken) McConnell of Wadsworth; sister, Bea Cicero of Leicester; brothers, Ray Brock of Greigsville and Vin (Betty) Brock of Mt. Morris; many loving grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was born June 6, 1924 in Warsaw, N.Y. the son of Bernard and Rose (Spezzano) Brock. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Local #82 Carpenter's Union in Rochester. Visitation was held at Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, 111 Main St., in Geneseo on Thursday. Funeral services were held Sept. 26 at St. Lucy's Church in Retsof. Burial, St. Mary's Cemetery in Geneseo. Memorials may be made to the family at P.O. Box 81, Retsof NY 14539.

Fred J. DiFranco

Owner of Valley Asphalt Co.

Fred J. DiFranco, 54, owner of Valley Asphalt Company in Geneseo, died suddenly Sept. 24, 2003 at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. Mr. DiFranco resided on Lakeville-Groveland Road in Geneseo. He is survived by his wife Jean Boutell DiFranco; children, Brian (Tami) DiFranco of St. Albans, Vt., Joseph (Vicki) DiFranco of Geneseo, Laura DiFranco of Geneseo; grandchildren, Christian and Samantha DiFranco, Jacob “Little Joe” DiFranco; sister, Debbie DiFranco of Livonia; several nieces, nephews and cousins including Billie Jo (Robert) Moodie of Hemlock. He was preceded in death by his mother Josephine DiFranco. He was born Dec. 7, 1948 in Warsaw, N.Y. the son of Frank and Josephine (Scarfone) DiFranco. Visitation was held at the Rector-Hick Funeral Home, 111 Main St. in Geneseo on Friday. Funeral Services were held Sept. 27 at St. Mary's Church in Geneseo with Father Daniel McMullin officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Geneseo. Memorials may be made to the Geneseo Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 428, Geneseo NY 14454.

Elvera A. Germuga

Farmington - Elvera A. Germuga, 90, died Sept. 26, 2003 at F.F. Thompson Continuing Care Center in Canandaigua. She was born the daughter of Theodore and Evelyn Kanope Glende on Jan. 14, 1913 in Rochester. She was predeceased by her husband George Germuga. She is survived by her children Lawrence (Carole) Germuga of Springwater, Sandra DuPlessis of Farmington, N.Y.; grandchildren, Ronald Germuga, Lori Napier, Scott and Kevin Borst; sister Helen Milbaum; and sister-in-law Millie Wilcox. Friends attended a graveside service Tuesday at White Haven Memorial Park in Perinton. Arrangements by the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc. in Honeoye. Memorial contributions may be made to the F. F. Thompson Continuing Care Center Activity Fund, 350 Parrish St., or the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepard Building Fund, 320 S. Pearl St., Canandaigua NY 14424.

Dr. Donald S. Grover

World War II veteran

Dr. Donald Shepherd Grover died Sept. 23, 2003. He was born in Syracuse on May 4, 1909. He received his baccalaureate degree from Syracuse University as a premedical student. He continued his medical education at the University of Rochester followed by internships and residency at the Hospital of the Good Shepherd. He was licensed by the University of the State of New York to practice medicine and surgery in 1935. His first position was to replace a family doctor near Rochester for one year while the doctor took leave. Dr. Grover then served as the Medical Director for the Carrier Corporation for several years. He practiced family and general medicine in Syracuse until 1943 when he enlisted in the Army Medical Corps serving four years as an orthopedic surgeon at Moore General Hospital in Swananca, N.C. After World War II ended, he returned to Syracuse to continue practicing medicine on the South Side, caring for generations of families until his retirement in 1991. Dr. Grover had privileges at several Central New York Hospitals including Syracuse General Hospital and Upstate Medical Center. He was also affiliated with the Onondaga Medical Society and the Onondaga Hill Masonic Lodge. He is survived by his wife Viola A. Grover of Scottsdale, Ariz.; three children, Dr. Donald A. Grover of Fairport, N.Y., Dr. Karen Duffy of Geneseo and Sedona, Ariz. and Susan Platte of Scottsdale, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Kimberly Grover of Ypsilanti, Mich., Dr. Erika Grover of New York, N.Y. and Jessica Shuman of Tucson, Ariz. Memorial Services were held Saturday at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Valley Drive. Burial, Valley Cemetery in Syracuse. Friends called Friday at Ballweg & Lunsford Funeral Home, 4612 S. Salina St. in Syracuse. Contributions: In lieu of flower, contributions may be made to the Grover family endowment, University of Rochester Medical Center, 300 East River Road, Rochester NY 14623. Local arrangements by Rector-Hicks Funeral, 111 Main St. in Geneseo.

David J. Mauth

U.S. Army veteran

Cohocton/South Windsor, Conn.-David J. Mauth, 61, currently of 25 Cherry Blossom Lane, South Windsor, Conn., passed away Sept. 20, 2003 at the Hartford Hospital in Connecticut. He was born May 24, 1942 in Cohocton the son of Joseph and Rose (Larrin) Mauth. He resided his early years in and around the Cohocton area and then moved to Connecticut. David has resided for the past 24 years in South Windsor. He enjoyed over 35 years as a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service before retiring Sept. 1 this year. Prior to his years of service with the Post Office, David served his country in the U.S. army. Subsequent to his move to Connecticut David served in the Connecticut Army National Guard and he was an avid Notre Dame football fan. He was predeceased by both of his parents. He is survived by his daughter Cindy (Michael) Cox of South Windsor; two grandchildren, Griffin and Grayden Cox; his brother, John (Linda) Mauth of South Windsor; his uncle Lee Roberts of Cohocton; his two aunts, Norma Larrin of St. Louis, Mo. and Dorothy Mauth of Franklin, Tenn.; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. David's family received friends Tuesday at the Samsel and Carmon Funeral Home in South Windsor, followed by his Funeral Service at the funeral home. A local Funeral Service was conducted Saturday at St. Joseph's (Old) Cemetery in Wayland. Funeral arrangements have been completed by the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St. in Wayland. Any local correspondence for David J. Mauth's family may be completed via his uncle Lee Roberts, at 1 Larrin St., Cohocton NY 14826.

Olive H. Robinson

Eastern Star member

Olive H. Robinson, 96, of 22 Washington St. in Livonia, died Sept. 28, 2003 at the Livingston county Skilled Health Facility in Mt. Morris. She was born the daughter of Oscar and Unice Webster on Oct. 29, 1906 in Conesus. She was a long time member of the First Presbyterian Church of Livonia, Livonia Center where she served as treasurer, deacon and elder. Olive also taught Sunday School at the church. She was a retiree of the former Stewart National Bank of Livonia. Olive was also a member of the Livonia Order of the Eastern Star. She was predeceased by her husband Charles of Feb. 14, 1988. She is survived by several cousins, many dear friends including Kathy and Gus Schroeder, Paul and Bill Schroeder, Margaret and Richard Schwingel and Susan Mallory. Friends called Tuesday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15, Livonia. Funeral service was held Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church of Livonia in Livonia Center. Burial, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Geneseo. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the First Presbyterian Church of Livonia, Livonia Center NY 14488 or the Livonia Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 8, Livonia NY 14487.

Rev. Ruth I. Rodriguez

Elim Bible Institute teacher

Rev. Ruth I. Rodriguez, 71, died on Sept. 26, 2003 at her home in Lima. She was born on Oct. 5, 1931 in San Francisco, Calif. the daughter of Rafael Rodriguez and Hazel Pearl (Dyer) Sidbury (stepfather, Junie Durant Sidbury). She was a teacher at Elim Bible Institute for 36 years. She was a graduate of the Simpson Bible College and SUNY Geneseo where she received her Masters degree. She was a missionary in Africa and many other countries. She is survived by her daughter Mary Novinger of Lima; sister Victoria Sidbury of San Rafael, Calif.; brother Daniel (Kathy) Sidbury of Dublin, Calif.; three nephews and one niece. Funeral Services were held at the Elim Gospel Church in Lima. Interment, Oakridge Cemetery. In lieu of flower, contributions may be made to the Elim Student International Scholarship Fund, 7245 College St., Lima NY 14485 in her memory. Arrangements by the O'Connell-Dougherty Funeral Home in Lima.