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Obituaries published the week of October 28, 2004
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In Memoriam

M. Louise Blodgett

Mt. Morris resident

M. Louise Blodgett, 52, of 8220 Short Tract Road, Mt. Morris/Nunda died Oct. 21, 2004 at her home. She was born the daughter of Arthur and LeeElla (Doan) Boughton on Feb. 2, 1952 in Waverly, N.Y. She was employed as a shipping clerk for Cooper Vision in Henrietta for five years. She is survived by her husband Edward; four children, Tammy (Doug) Reniff of Dansville, Dana (Maritza) Byron of Arizona, Harry (Meagan) Cross of Lima and Laura Cross of Spencerport; two stepsons, Eric (Tracey) Blodgett of W. Seneca and Scott (Amy) Blodgett of Irondequoit; seven grandchildren, Rebecca, Cori, Sierra, Brooke, Zachary, Jolie and Cole; mother and father, Arthur and LeeElla Boughton of Leicester; three sisters, Arlene (Ken) Barnhardt of Leicester, Pearlene (Robert) Stoddard of Spencerport and Beverly Smith of LeRoy; four brothers, Rodney (Georgia) Boughton of Short Tract, Ralph (Cheryl) Boughton of Mt. Morris, David (Alice) Boughton of Leicester and Arthur Boughton of York; many nieces and nephews. Friends called Saturday at the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St. (Route 408), Mt. Morris where Funeral Services were held Saturday following calling with The Reverend David Hotchkiss officiating. Interment , Mt. Morris Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Livingston County Hospice Fund, Murray Hill, Mt. Morris NY 14510. Condolences may be emailed to

Ruby S. Bryson

Mt. Morris resident

Ruby S. Bryson, 100, of 1 Rogers Street, Mount Morris died Oct. 25, 2004 at The Shores Winds Nursing Home in Rochester. She was born the daughter of Judson and Bertha (Senn) Bryson on May 27, 1904 in Chesire, NY. She was a resident of Mount Morris for over 60 years. She was employed as a Secretary at the TB Hospital in Mt. Morris for over 30 years until her retirement in 1970. She was a member of CSEA and AARP. She was predeceased by her sisters Opal B. Roper in 1970 and Lillian L Bryson in 2001. She is survived by her nephew Eugene (Patricia) Roper of Rochester; great nieces and nephews Vicki (Henri) Daniels of Nevada, Dale Roper of Rochester, Valerie (William) Thomas of Michigan and Robin (Joseph) Meier of Walworth; great-great nieces and nephews Joshua Roper of Arizona, Guy Roper of Rochester, James and Matthew Hellaby, both of Walworth, Kristi and Stacia Thomas, both of Michigan. No prior calling. Services and interment at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to ones favorite charity. Arrangements by the JOHN W. MARTIN FUNERAL HOME 37 Chapel Street (Route 408) Mount Morris, NY.

Jeanne G. Harrigan

Mumford resident

  Jeanne G. Harrigan, 75, of Mumford, died Oct. 23, 2004 at Highland Hospital in Rochester.  Jeanne was born April 3, 1929 to Thomas and Verna Gates. She wrote the Mumford Society News for the Clarion newspaper, volunteered for Strong Memorial Hospital, the Big Springs Museum, and was a literacy volunteer. Jeanne loved her family, cooking, entertaining, reading and traveling. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, James; children, Mary, Patrick, Ellen, Margaret; grandchildren, Brendan, Maggie, and Abby; sisters; Louise Oltman and Mildred (Vince) Melfi; many nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to attend her Memorial Mass, Saturday, 10 A.M. at St. Peterıs Church, 44 Lake Street, LeRoy. A reception will follow from 12:00 (noon)- 2:00 P.M. at the Caledonia Country Club, Park Place, Caledonia. A private interment will be held at St. Columba Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Big Springs Museum, 3095 Main St., Caledonia NY 14423, Focus on the Children, P.O. Box 31, Caledonia NY or Mumford Fire Department, 1013 Main St., Mumford NY 14511, Mumford Library, George Street, Mumford NY 14511, Caledonia Fire Department, P.O. Box 1, Caledonia NY 14423. Arrangements by Alhart Funeral Home, Caledonia.

Dorothy Elizabeth McCumber

World War II Navy veteran

Dorothy Elizabeth ³Betty² McCumber, 88,of Miami, Fla., formerly 6 Clark St., Mt. Morris, died Oct. 23, 2004 at Vencor Hospital in Coral Gables, Florida. She was born the daughter of Barney and Dora (Doolittle) Beuerlein on March 1, 1916 in Mt. Morris. She retired from Craig Developmental Center in Sonyea in 1970 as a stenographer after 34 years. She was a veteran of the Navy in World War II. She was a member of the United Church of Mt. Morris. She is survived by her cousins Mary (Michael) Thomas-Mangan of Virginia, Barbara Irving of Caledonia, Margaret (Frank) Bartolotti of Webster, Agnes (Ronald) Meyer of North Tonawanda, Elizabeth (Wesley) Booth of Schenectady, Patricia (Charles) Cagwin of LeRoy, Nancy (Robert) Horr of South Carolina and Alice Hoffschnieder of Mt. Morris, Peter Beuerlein of New Jersey, Bishop Thomas W. Larkin and Clarice Larkin, both of Florida and many dear friends. Friends may call Saturday 11 a.m. to noon at the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St. (Rt. 408), Mt. Morris where funeral services will be held Saturday at noon with Rev. Laura Norris-Buisch officiating. Interment, Mt. Morris Cemetery. Memorials may be made to United Church of Mt. Morris, State St., Mt. Morris NY 14510. Condolences may be emailed to

Russell A. Peter

U.S. Air Force veteran

Russell A. Peter, 75, a retired industrial engineer for Bausch and Lomb in Rochester, died Oct. 22, 2004 at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. Mr. Peter resided on Meyer Road in Nunda and was previously from Wadsworth. He is survived by his wife Mary Ellen Peter; daughter Barbara Couser of Troy, N.Y.; son Carl (Joyce) Peter of York; grandchildren, Rebecca and Benjamin Couser, Brittany and Emily Peter; dear friends, Henk and Corrie Merison of Belfast, N.Y. He was born March 28, 1929 in Buffalo the son of Kenneth and Winifred (Lane) Peter. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was a graduate of Buffalo State University. He was a member of the York Presbyterian Church, Retsof Hose and the York Field Days Association. Visitation will be held at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home Inc. on Friday, Oct. 29, from 4-7 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday,Oct. 30 at 11 a.m. at York United Presbyterian Church with Rev. Neil Frood officiating. Interment, Pleasant Valley Cemetery in York. Memorials may be made to York United Presbyterian Church, 2662 Main St., P.O. Box 41, York NY 14592, Retsof Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 92, Retsof NY 14539 or Nunda Ambulance, P.O. Box 652, Nunda NY 14517.

John Schneider

Cohocton resident

John J. ³Big John² Schneider, 76, passed away peacefully at his home at 10370 Ryan Hollow Road in Cohocton on Oct. 18, 2004. John was born Sept. 24, 1928 on Lent Hill in Cohocton, the son of Norman and Irene (Allen) Schneider. He lived his entire life in and around the Lent Hill area of Cohocton with his loving wife Eileen Hamilton Schneider. Together they entered into a loving marriage on Sept. 30, 1950 and began raising a family that included their five children. John and Eileen just recently celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary. Johnıs employment career included farming and working at Kanavalıs Saw Mill in Cohocton. He was a communicant of St. Pius Church in Cohocton and could often be seen volunteering his time there. One of Johnıs hobbies was to construct doll houses out of dowels. They were intricate in design and had working electricity in them. One of his doll houses even won a prize at a competition. Hunting deer was also a love of Johnıs as evidenced by a few ³wall hangers². However it was a love of history that Johnıs family fondly recalls: especially the history of Lent Hill. In fact he could probably have claimed to be one of the few historians of Lent Hill. John could locate the Indian Burial Grounds, recall who lived where, and just about anything else concerning the Hill. A book is currently being written about itıs history with John being a major contributor. He loved his entire family and will truly be missed by all. John was predeceased by two sisters, Noreen Lindsey and Ann Hamilton; and a brother-in-law, Albert Weber. He is survived by his loving wife of over 54 years, Eileen; and his dog ³Buttons²; his children, Marie (Dan) Ramsey of Melbourne, Fla., Michelle (Mike) Belanger of Hernando, Fla., Sharon (Tom) Leibenguth of Wayland, Connie (Billy) Mehlenbacher of Cohocton and David (Teri) Schneider of Wayland; grandchildren, Mark Palmer of Canandaigua, Mike (Rachel) Palmer of Cohocton, Jessica (Jason) Spencer of Wayland, Hillary (Michael) Congelli of Livonia, Dan (Stacy) Mehlenbacher of Atlanta, Brett and Brandon Schneider of Wayland, Jeff (Jill) Leibenguth of Dansville and Randy (Tonya) Leibenguth of Rochester; siblings, Mary Weber of Appleton, N.Y., Frank (Vivian) Schneider of Cohocton, Kay (DeMerle) Wise of Cohocton, Dorothy (Kenneth) Reinard of Kane, Pa., Jean(Thomas) Recktenwald of Wayland, James (Adrienne) Schneider of Laxahatchee, Fla., Elaine (James) David of Elkland, Pa., Ed (Cassie) Schneider of Springwater and Mike Schneider of Cohocton; forty nieces and nephews; along with several cousins. Honoring Johnıs request, there were no prior calling hours. Family and friends attended his Mass of Christian Burial Thursday at St. Pius Church in Cohocton. Interment, St. Josephıs Cemetery in Wayland. Contributions in John J. Schneiderıs memory may be made to the Vincent House, 310 Second Ave., Wayland NY 14572. The St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St. in Wayland completed Johnıs funeral arrangements with his family.