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Obituaries published the week of October 5, 2006
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In Memoriam

LeVerne Dunham

Former Geneseo resident

LeVerne Dunham 91, a longtime resident of Eastside Nursing Home in Warsaw, N.Y., died Sept. 22, 2006 at the Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw. Mr. Dunham lived on Center St. in Geneseo prior to his entry into the nursing home. He is survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father LeVerne Dunham, his mother LeVina Sherwood Dunham and two sisters, Dorothy Aydlette and Janet Newell. He was born Oct. 26, 1914 in Geneseo, the son of LeVerne and LeVina Sherwood Dunham. He attended Geneseo Schools and retired as a salesman for Cook Coffee Company. No prior calling hours. Graveside services were held Sept. 29 at Temple Hill Cemetery in Geneseo with Rev. David Manley officiating. Memorials may be made to Eastside Nursing Home, 62 Prospect St., Warsaw NY 14569.

Richard C. Palermo

Last Wednesday, September 27, Livingston and Monroe Counties lost a very special person, one who dedicated his life—as well as his time, talent, and treasure—to the betterment of numerous community, not-for-profit, religious, and corporate organizations throughout our area. Richard C. “Dick” Palermo, Sr. had fought a long and valiant battle with cancer. To those who knew him, Dick was a leader, mentor, friend, and tireless optimist. His dedication to the Livingston County community can be seen through his efforts to create a viable park at Freedom Point, the western extension of Vitale Park in Livonia; Dick and his wife, Mary Anne, donated the funds to build and install Freedom Bridge at Vitale Park. Dick served on the Oversight Committee that enabled St. Matthew Church on Route 20A in Livonia to be built. He was also involved in various projects at Camp Stella Maris and he designed several education and administrative programs now being used at Livonia Central School. Dick was born in 1937, grew up in Rochester, and graduated from the University of Rochester School of Engineering. He retired from Xerox as a Corporate Vice President in 1993, following a successful 28-year career with the company. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mary Anne, daughter Elizabeth Palermo, son Richard Palermo, Jr. Friends and family called at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15, Livonia, on Thursday and Friday; Dick's funeral Mass was held on Saturday at 10am at St. Matthew Church in Livonia with Fr. John Hayes, Fr. Joseph Marcoux, and Fr. Ed Zenkel officiating. Contributions may be made in Dick's memory to St. Matthew Church; St. Joseph's Villa; Camp Stella Maris, or the Town of Livonia-Freedom Park.

Elizabeth I. Smith

Conesus - Elizabeth I. Smith, “Betty,” 87, died Sept. 27, 2006. She was born the daughter of John and Rose Lagoe Smith on June 28, 1919 in Rochester. She was a dental assistant for Dr. Wallman in Rochester. She is survived by her niece Jacqueline Baird and her extended Smith family. Friends attended prayers Monday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15, Livonia. Burial, Falls Cemetery in Rochester. Memorials may be made to the Livonia Ambulance Fund, Box 8, Livonia NY 14487.

Raymond E. Woolston

Lakeville resident

Lakeville - Raymond E. Woolston, 91, died Oct. 2, 2006. He was born the son of Raymond and Evelyn Phelps Woolston Sr. on Feb. 22, 1915 in Rochester. He was circulation manager for the Times Union/Democrat and Chronicle Newspaper for 40 years. He was a longtime active member of the Lakeville United Church of Christ, where he held many positions and sat on many committees. He was a member and Past Master of the Livonia Masonic Lodge #77 8; member and past Patron of the Livonia Order of Eastern Star. He was former Fire Commissioner of the Lakeville Fire Department. He served as an advisor for the Boy Scouts, Troop Pack 103. He was a member of the Order of Demolay. He was a former owner of a gift shop in the Village of Livonia. He was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Doris, on June 3, 2005; his sisters, Helen, Dorothy, Ruth and great granddaughter Kelly Woolston. He is survived by his sons, Robert (Sandy) Woolston of Cameron, N.C., Gerald (Judy) Woolston of Livonia, Ronald (Lynne Couchman) Woolston of Victor; grandchildren, Timothy (Donna) Woolston of Lakeville; Thomas Woolston of Annandale, Va., Michele (Ted) Mills of Uniondale, Pa.; great grandchildren, Ashley, Susanna, Maggie, Alexander and Jonathan Woolston, Ted and Kyla Mills; daughter-in-law Roberta Woolston; brother, John (Sylvia) Woolston of Livonia; several nieces and nephews. Friends may call Thursday 2-4, 7-9 p.m. at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15 in Livonia where a Masonic Service will be held at 6:45 p.m. Thursday and his Funeral Service on Friday at 11 a.m. Burial, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Geneseo. Memorials may be made to the Lakeville UCC, 5687 Big Tree Road, Lakeville NY 14480 or the Activity Fund at the Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehab, 2 Murray Hill, Mt. Morris NY 14510.