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Obituaries published the week of October 11, 2001
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In Memoriam

George M. Cooper

George M. Cooper, 95, retired from Wadsworth Farms in Geneseo, died Oct. 6, 2001, at the Livingston County Skilled Nursing Facility in Geneseo. Mr. Cooper lived in Leicester prior to his entry into the Skilled Nursing Facility on Oct. 4. He is survived by his wife Kathryn Ruliffson Cooper; two daughters, Bettie (William) Wooster and Bonnie Cooper, both of Leicester; three grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one brother William Cooper of Temperance, MI; one sister Grace Tanner of Mayville, N.Y.; nieces and nephews; great nieces and great nephews. He was born Aug. 11, 1906 in Jamestown, N.Y., the son of William and Anna (Cedar) Cooper. He was a dedicated farmer having been employed at Wadsworth Farms for 52 years. No prior calling hours. Private memorial services and interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by Rector-Hicks Funeral Home in Geneseo.

Wilhelm “Willie” Elflein

Wilhelm “Willie” Elflein, 72, of Lima, died Oct. 4, 2001, at his home. He was born Jan. 4, 1929 in Durlock, Germany, the son of George and Bertha (Seiz) Elflein. Following his college education in Germany he came to the United States. Willie was employed for many years by the Wilmorite Corporation as a mason, retiring in 1989. He was also the former owner of Willie's Tavern in HoneoyeFalls and was a member of the Honeoye Falls Fire Department. He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Jean (Burst) Elflein; two daughters, Ramona (Robert) Pogue of Livonia Center and Marianne (James) Klick of Livonia; six grandchildren; two sisters, Doris Dehn of Germany and Trudy Bistrimowich of Rochester; one brother Erich (Bridget) Elflein of Germany; sister-in-law Annelise (Markus) Hettel of Germany; several nieces and nephews. Friends called Tuesday at the O'Connell-Dougherty Funeral Home in Lima where is Funeral Service was held on Wednesday with the Rev. John Collier officiating. Interment, Honeoye Falls Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Lima Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 335, Lima NY 14485.

Leo P. Krisher

Leo P. Krisher, 78, of Spring St., Livonia, died Oct. 6, 2001, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born the son of Florus and Mabel Burdick Krisher on Jan. 15, 1923, in Rochester. He was a World War II Army veteran, a member of St. Joseph's Church in Livonia, a former member of the VFW in Livonia and a 30 year retiree of Eastman Kodak Company. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Catherine “Shirley” (McNeil) Krisher of Livonia; daughter Sheila Krisher of Livonia; sons, Daniel (Kathy) Krisher of Churchville, Michael (Debbie) Krisher of Central Square, N.Y.; grandchildren, Erin and Sean Krisher of Churchville; two step grandchildren, Michelle Martin and Erik Burnam of Mattydale; several nieces and nephews. No prior calling. Friends attended a Memorial Mass Tuesday at St. Joseph's Church with the Rev. John H. Hayes officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the St. Joseph's Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 77, Livonia NY 14487 or to the Teresa House, 21 Highland Road, Geneseo NY 14454.

Mildred “Millie” M. LaChiusa

Mildred “Millie” M. LeChiusa, 81, of 11 Damonsville St., Mount Morris died Monday October 8, 2001 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. She was born on September 18, 1920 the daughter of Earl and Isabelle (Moffat) Jones in Dansville. She was employed 25 years as a Food Service Worker at the State Hospital in Rochester until her retirement in 1980. She was also employed at the TB Hospital in Mt. Morris and the Mt. Morris Knitting Mill. She was a member of St. Patrick's Church in Mt. Morris, CSEA and AARP. She is survived by her daughter Ann (Roland) Stanley of Mount Morris and her Son Anthony (Linda) LaChiusa of Mount Morris. 3 Grandchildren, 8 Step Grandchildren, 2 Great Grandchildren and 21 Step Great Grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Joseph E. in 1970 and Son Emanuel J. in 1992. Friends may call Wednesday 7-9 at the JOHN W. MARTIN FUNERAL HOME 37 Chapel Street (Route 408), Mount Morris where Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 am. Interment St. Patrick's Cemetery. Memorials may be made to either the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.

Dorothy M. Long

Dorothy M. Long, 90, of Rochester, died at the Hurlbut Nursing Home, Rochester. She was born April 25, 1911, in Newark, N.Y. to Henry and Florence (Norsen) Martin. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Richard Dow of Mumford; granddaughters, Elizabeth (James) Bishop, Margaret Dow; great granddaughter, Caroline Bishop. She is predeceased by her husband, Benjamin Long. Friends attended her Memorial Service Saturday at the Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 W. Main St. in Caledonia. Interment, Wheatland Baptist Cemetery.

Matrona Marks

Matrona Marks, 91, a retired employee of the Chanler Family at Sweetbriar in Geneseo, died Oct. 5, 2001 at the Livingston County Skilled Nursing Facility in Geneseo. Mrs. Marks lived on Crossett Road in Geneseo prior to her entry into the Skilled Nursing Facility. She is survived by one son Leo (Mary Jo) Marks of Dansville; daughter-in-law Alyce Marks of Rochester; son-in-law Klaus Heimann of Germany; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Albert in 1966, daughter Clara Heimann in 1981 and son Erwin Marks in 1997. She was born Nov. 9, 1909 in Bender, Russia, the daughter of Machael and Murfa (Krasnodimowa) Mazurow. Mrs. Marks was an active member of the Geneseo Baptist Church. She had also worked as a seamstress after coming to the United States from Germany in 1961. Visitation was held at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, 111 Main St. in Geneseo on Monday. Memorials may be made to Livingston County Skilled Nursing Activities Fund/Staff, 4223 Lakeville Road, Geneseo, N.Y. 14454. Funeral services were held Oct. 9 at Christ Community Church, 26 Center St. in Geneseo with pastor Iliff Khan officiating. Burial, Temple Hill Cemetery in Geneseo.

Arthur C. Nowack

Arthur C. Nowack, 60, of Lima, died Oct. 7, 2001 at Highland Hospital in Rochester. He was born Jan. 28, 1941 in Mendon, the son of Arthur C. Nowack Sr. and Mertie Rena (Weitzel) Nowack. Arthur was an assembly foreman at the Itek Corporation in Rochester prior to his retirement. He was a member of Lima Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Katherine (Carpenter) Nowack; two daughters, Any D. Nowack of Rochester and Jody L. (Eric) Marsh of Winthrop, N.Y.; one son Chris W. (Vivian) Nowack of Hillsborough, N.C.; six grandchildren; five sisters, Louise Dolliver, Jessie (Frederick) Buckmann, Eunice Davidson, Joanne (Douglas) Mastin and Deborah Tschokasch; sisters-in-law, Arlene Nowack and Chiyoko Nowack; father and mother-in-law, William and Eleanor Carpenter; brothers-in-law, Kittrick (Michiko), Kevin and Kerry Carpenter; two aunts, many nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends are invited to attend his memorial service on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 11 a.m. at the Lima Baptist Church, 1575 Rochester St. in Lima with Rev. Michael Maloney officiating. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 330 Monroe Ave., Suite 100D, Rochester NY 14618. Arrangements by O'Connell-Dougherty Funeral Home in Lima.

Eugene W. Osborn

Eugene W. Osborn, 84, died Oct. 2, 2001, at Falcons Landing in Sterling Va. of prostate cancer. For Many year a resident of Irondequoit, he moved to Virginia in 1983. He was a civil engineer retired from Eastman Kodak in 1980. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Helen Muir Osborn. His first wife, Martha Batley Osborn died in 1978. Also surviving are his two daughters, Susan E. Osborn and Betsy J. Osborn; three stepsons, David W. Muir, Arthur C. Muir and Jeffrey S. Muir; and three stepdaughters, Judith M. McCarthy, Virginia M. Barbour and Barbara A. Muir; 11 grandchildren survive; and a 12th grandchild preceded him in death. Funeral Services were held at Church of the Ascension Oct. 6. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Ascension Church, 2 Riverside St., Rochester NY 14613. Arrangements by Adams-Green Funeral Home, Herndon VA.

Pauline B. Sawyer

Pauline B. Sawyer, 88, of 4188 Wildwood Dr., Clarence, died Oct. 3, 2001 at home. She was born the daughter of Paul and Carolyn (Wells) Bassett on March 23, 1913 in Corning, N.Y. She was married to Edwin M. Sawyer who was a former manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. She was a former member of the Kings Daughters. She is survived by her two daughters, Dale S. (Roger) Young of Mt. Morris, Dyann (William) Weikert Sr. of Williamsville; five grandchildren, Robert (Deborah) Young of Tennessee, Bruce (Elizabeth) Young of Walworth, Andrew (Jennifer) Young of California, William Weikert Jr. of Rochester and Wendy (Tim) Transiscus of Williamsville; three great grandchildren, Sarah and Benjamin Young of Tennessee and Katy Transiscus of Williamsville and several cousins. She was predeceased by her husband Edwin M. Sawyer in 1997. No prior calling. Graveside services to be held Friday, Oct. 12 at the Mt. Morris Cemetery at 11:30 am, with the Rev. Carin Farmer officiating. Memorials may be made to the United Church of Mt. Morris, State Street, Mt. Morris, NY 14510. Arrangments by the JOHN W. MARTIN FUNERAL HOME, 37 Chapel St. in Mt. Morris.

Eleanor R. Starkey

Eleanor R. Starkey, 91, died Oct. 3, 2001, at Livingston County Skilled Nursing Facility in Geneseo. Mrs. Starkey lived on Cato St. in Pavilion prior to her entry into the Skilled Nursing Facility. She is survived by one son, Thomas (Judith) Starkey of Stamford, Conn.; two daughters, Linda Starkey of Pavilion and Bette (George) Smith of Northfield, N.J.; four grandchildren, Kate, Suzanne, Donna and Thomas; two great grandchildren, Alan and Martin. She was predeceased by her husband Roland Starkey with whom she owned and operated the Starkey Funeral Home in Atlantic City, N.J. She was born July 8, 1910 in Pueblo, Colo., the daughter of John and Mabel (Jordan) Zimmer. She was a member of the Pavilion Baptist Church. Visitation was held at the Adams-Perfect Funeral Home, 1650 New Road in Northfield, N.J. on Monday where funeral services were held Oct. 8 with the Rev. Daniel Cassell of Chelsea Baptist Church officiating. Burial, Laurel Mapel Park, Pomona, N.J. Local arrangements through Rector Hicks Funeral Home Inc., 111 Main St. in Geneseo.

Stephen J. Wenthe

Stephen J. Wenthe, 84, of Meadow Creek Lane, Honeoye, formerly of Irondequoit, died Oct. 7, 2001, at his home in Honeoye. He was born the son of Herman and Dominica Victoria Meyer Wenthe on April 29, 1917 in Chicago, Ill. He was a 32 years retiree of Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester where he was a mechanical engineer. He retired in 1977. He was a member of St. Mary's Church in Honeoye and was a charter member of St. Cecelia's Church in Irondequoit. He was also a member of the former Rochester Canoe Club in Irondequoit Bay. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marian, of Honeoye; his children, John (Judith) Wenthe of Boston Mass., Catherine Wenthe of Boston, Mary Lou Wenthe of Rochester, Stephen Wenthe Jr. of Rochester; grandson Ian; sister Dorothy Gable of Chicago, Ill; several nieces and nephews. No prior calling. Friends may attend his Mass Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Church in Honeoye with the Rev. Edward Zenkel officiating. Burial, St. Mary's Cemetery. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to St. Mary's Church Building Fund, Honeoye NY 14471. Arrangements by Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home Inc.