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Obituaries published the week of October 13, 2005
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Phillip Anthony Gullo
Mumford/Wheatland - Phillip Anthony Gullo, 68, died Sept. 2, 2005. He was predeceased by his sister Providence Anne Gullo-Smith. He is survived by his wife of 38 years Mae Ann (D'Angelo) Gullo; brothers Lt. Col. Ret. Air Force Vincent J. (Annette) Gullo of Mt. Holly, N.J., Dr. Thomas V. (Arlene) Gullo of West Palm Beach; brothers-in-law Dr. Philip C. D'Angelo of Caledonia, Sonelius Smith of NYC.; aunts, Rosalyn (Dr. Thomas) Lombardo of Williamsville, Nina Tyler of Batavia; mother-in-law Victoria Ann D'Angelo of Caledonia; several nieces, nephews and friends. Friends may attend his Mass Saturday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m. at St. Columba's Church, 198 North St. in Caledonia. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Kidney Foundation. Arrangements by the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc. in Livonia.
Blanche D. Keenan
Blanche D. Keenan., in her 100th year, died Oct. 6, 2005 at the Avon Nursing Home. She was born Oct. 31, 1905 in Caledonia to David and Mary Leathersich. She was a life-long resident of Caledonia, a homemaker and member of St. Columba Church and its Rosary Society. She enjoyed her family, gardening, and crossword puzzles. Blanche is survived by her children; Marjorie Gray of LeRoy, Margaret (Harry) Steiner of North Chili, Mary (Harold) Sickles of Caledonia, Marion Wood of Caledonia, Marilyn (C. Richard) Fisher of Caledonia, James Keenan of Caledonia, Robert Keenan of Riverview, Fla., John (Patricia) Keenan of Mumford, Melville (Martha) Keenan of Caledonia; daughter-in-law Mary Ann Keenan of Caledonia; 98 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great great grandchildren; nephews and nieces. Her husband, Andrew and son, William predecease Blanche. At Blanche's request there are no calling hours. Family and friends attended her Funeral Mass, Tuesday at St. Columba Church, North St., Caledonia. Interment, St. Columba Cemetery. Memorials may be made to any Caledonia charity. Arrangements made by Alhart Funeral Home.
John A. Radesi
World War II veteran
John A. Radesi, 87, a retired carpenter for Local Union 85 in Rochester, died Oct. 10, 2005 at Monroe Community Hospital in Rochester. Mr. Radesi resided on Kaymar Dr. in Rochester and was a longtime Geneseo resident having lived on Groveland Road. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Frances Olverd Radesi; son John (Joy) Radesi of Rochester; grandchildren, John (Cheryl) Radesi, Joan (Shawn) Johnston, Jessica (Don) Veazy, Jeff Radesi and Shawna Martin; six great grandchildren; two sisters, Anna Brick of Geneseo and Carrie (Art) Jones of Cuylerville; one brother Daniel (Mary Miller) Radesi of Honeoye Falls; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, Joseph, Lolly, Frank, Naish, Anthony and Felix. He was born Sept. 1, 1918 in Cuylerville, the son of Peter and Frances Galleta Radesi. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a participant in the Normandy Invasion. Together with his brother Danny, they owned and operated the Geneseo Hotel. He retired from the Local #85 Carpenters Union in Rochester in 1991 at the age of 73. He was a longtime member and an usher at St. Mary's Church in Geneseo. Visitation, at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, 111 Main St. in Geneseo on Wednesday from 3-7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, Oct. 13 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Church in Geneseo with Father Joseph Marcoux officiating. Burial, St. Mary's Cemetery in Geneseo. Memorials may be made in the form of Masses for the repose of his soul.
Paul A. Recktenwald
U.S. Army & Air Force veteran
Perkinsville - Paul A. Recktenwald, 78, of 1843 County Road 90, passed away Oct. 7, 2005 at Rochester General Hospital. Paul was born Aug. 8, 1927 in Perkinsville, the son of Walter and Bertha (Bricks) Recktenwald. Paul grew up in Perkinsville and was a graduate of Wayland Central School. Subsequent to graduating from high school, Paul served his country in the United States Army and Air Force. During his time in the service he spent time in Biloxi, Miss. and he spent over two years in Alaska. Upon his honorable discharge, Paul became a New York State Trooper in 1954. He attained the rank of investigator and after 22 years of service, he retired in 1976. Paul and Joan Hettrick entered into marriage on Aug. 29, 1959. Together they lived in Henrietta for 13 years prior to moving to the Perkinsville/Wayland area. During their 46 years of marriage, Paul and Joan raised three children. Paul was a dedicated volunteer as evidenced by his lifetime membership and being a past Commander of the Ely Fagan American Legion Post #1151 of Henrietta and a lifetime member of the Perkinsville Fire Department. He was also a lifetime member of Sacred Heart Church in Perkinsville and a member of the Baron Steuben County New York State Troopers. Paul enjoyed fishing, hunting and he was a devoted New York Yankees fan along with being an avid fan of the History Channel because of all the old war movies they aired. Paul also enjoyed camping, coaching baseball and working around the house. However, he especially loved to be around his eight grandchildren. Paul was predeceased by his parents and three brothers, Kenneth, Donald and Francis Recktenwald. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Joan Recktenwald of Perkinsville; his children, Lisa Spencer (Dan Kneepple) of Wayland, Dave Recktenwald and his wife Deanne of Nunda, and Jim Recktenwald and his wife Vicky of Wayland; his eight grandchildren, Amanda and Kayla Spencer, Alyssa, Hanna and Michael Recktenwald and Ryan, Brent and Jessica Recktenwald; sisters, Adeline Recktenwald of Perkinsville, Mary Ann (John) Didas of Rochester; brothers, Bill (Gerry) Recktenwald of Perkinsville and Tom (Jean) Recktenwald of Wayland; his sister-in-law, Donna Recktenwald of Dansville; along with several nieces and nephews. Paul's family and friends called Monday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St., Wayland. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday at Sacred Heart Church in Perkinsville with Rev. Gennaro Ventura as celebrant. Interment and committal prayers followed Mass at St. Peter's Cemetery in Perkinsville. Contributions in Paul A. Recktenwald's memory may be made to the Vincent House, 310 Second Ave., Wayland NY 14572 or to the Wayland Ambulance Dept., 13 E. Naples St., Wayland NY 14572.
Marian E. Welch
Marian E. Welch, 87, a resident of Community Manor in Avon, died Oct. 5, 2005 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Mrs. Welch was a 60-year resident of Geneseo having resided on Pole Bridge Road with her late husband Vernon. She is survived by her daughter, Peggy Siebert of Avon; two sons, Jim (Marsha) Welch of Honeoye Falls and Tom (Maureen) Welch of Canandaigua; 10 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; seven step grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Vernon Welch; her son-in-law Bill Siebert and her daughter-in-law Linda Lutz Welch. She was born March 14, 1918 in Wolcott, N.Y. the daughter of Clarence and Bertha Root Waggoner. She was married to Vernon Welch in 1935 by Rev. Joseph Sunter. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in East Avon and a former member of the Lakeville United Church of Christ. Visitation was held at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, 111 Main St. in Geneseo on Friday. Funeral Services were held Oct. 8 at the First Presbyterian Church in East Avon with Rev. Thomas Taylor officiating. Burial, Temple Hill Cemetery in Geneseo. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church 5605 East Avon-Lima Road, Avon NY 14414 or Geneseo Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 428, Geneseo NY 14454.