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Obituaries published the week of November 8, 2001
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In Memoriam

Rita M. Altonberg

Rita M. Altonberg, 73, of Avon, died suddenly on Oct. 26, 2001 in Rochester as a result of an automobile accident. She was born May 15, 1928, in Batavia, the daughter of Leo Maxwell and Irene (Broderick) Maxwell. She was a retired supervisor for Pfizer Corporation in Henrietta. She was a member of St. Agnes Church, and was predeceased by her husband Verne F. Altonberg in 1959. She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon (Bryan) Woodruff of Avon, Karen (Richard) Neugebauer of Irondequoit, Lorene Stimson of Avon; son Michael Altonberg of Avon; five sisters and brothers-in-law, Shirley (Robert) Carney of Avon, Teresa (Richard) Nenno of Avon, Dorothy (Richard) Harness of Avon, Mary C. (Paul) Hobson of Florida, Veronica (Thomas) Eisenhart of Avon; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Leo (Lorraine) Maxwell of Limerock, Robert (Kay) Maxwell of Geneseo, William Maxwell of Zaragosa, Spain; five grandchildren, Lisa, Wendy Altonberg, Megan (Edward) Haubner, Erin and Ryan Woodruff; great grandson Zachary Haubner; several nieces and nephews. Her Funeral Mass was held at St. Agnes Church in Avon with the Rev. James Doyle officiating. Contributions may be made to the St. Agnes School, 60 Park Place, Avon NY 14414 in her memory. Interment, St. Agnes Cemetery in Avon. Arrangements by the Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc. in Avon.

Raymond A. Buckman

Raymond A. Buckman, 66, of Conesus, died Nov. 3, 2001, at is home. He was born the son of Frederick and Ida Bardun Buckman on Oct. 10, 1935, in Lima. He was a retiree of the DOT of New York State. He was a member of the Hemlock Sportsman's Club, the Honeoye Fish and Game Club, the Conesus Lake Sportsman's Club, the Sons of the American Legion Conlon Mulvaney Post, the Moose Club in Dansville and the Association Club in Hornell. He is survived by his children, Dawn (Dana) Driscoll of Bloomfield, David Buckman of Bloomfield, Roy “Sparky” Buckman of Livonia, Jean Buckman of Livonia; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren; eight brothers and four sisters; several nieces and nephews. No prior calling. Friends attended his Memorial Service Tuesday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15, Livonia with the Rev. David Hotchkiss officiating. In lieu of flowers friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Livingston County Hospice Fund, 2 County Campus, Mt. Morris NY 14510.

Carolyn C. Irwin

Carolyn C. Irwin, 86, a retired supervisor at the New York State Off Track Betting Parlor in Geneseo, died Nov. 4, 2001 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester from complications resulting from a motor vehicle accident on Oct. 12. Mrs. Irwin lived at 24 Groveland Road in Geneseo and previously resided in Groveland. She is survived by two daughters, Donna (Don) House of Penn Yan, N.Y., Susan (Gerald) Yamonaco of Groveland; two sons, David (Charlotte) Irwin of Tioga, Pa., Stephen (Jan) Irwin of Avon; daughter-in-law Joan Irwin of Geneseo; 12 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; four sisters, Marion Crane of Geneseo, Rachel Moore of Groveland, Elizabeth Swarts of Dansville, Joyce (Harold) Wester of Wayne, N.Y.; one brother Murray (Norma) Crane of Dansville; sister-in-law Diane Crane of Dansville; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Samuel, her son Robert, grandson Daniel and brothers Raymond and John Crane. She was born Nov. 26, 1914 in Groveland, the daughter of Raymond and Nina (Ridley) Crane. She was a graduate of Groveland High School. She was employed at Genesee Valley National Bank in Geneseo for many years. She was also a realtor for Margaret Mack Real Estate. She was a longtime member of the Livingston County Republican Committee where she formerly served as treasurer. Visitation was held Wednesday at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, 111 Main St. in Geneseo. Memorials may be made to the Groveland Federated Parish, 6616 Groveland Hill Rd., Groveland NY 14462 or Geneseo Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 428, Geneseo NY 14454. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov. 8 at 11:00 a.m. at Groveland Federated Parish with Rev. Thomas Lebeau officiating. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Groveland.

Theodore R. Linsner

Theodore R. Linsner, 80, retired from Foster-Wheeler Energy Corporation in Dansville, where he worked for 38 years, died Oct. 31, 2001, at the Livingston County Skilled Nursing Facility in Geneseo. Mr. Linsner resided on Groveland Hill Road in Groveland. He is survived by four sisters, Nellie Richmond of Dansville, Eunice (Irving) Buchanan of North Carolina, Peggy Stanley of Groveland, Joan Magee of Groveland; four brothers, Warren (Dorothy) Linsner of Groveland, Seymour (Phyllis) Linsner of Groveland, Melvin (Jane) Linsner of Geneseo, Larry (Elaine) Linsner of Livonia; brother-in-law William Lynn of North Cohocton; sister-in-law Patricia Linsner of Clifton Springs; many nieces, nephews and dear friends. He was born Feb. 7, 1921 in Groveland, the son of Samuel and Selena (Burns) Linsner. He was an avid sportsman and trapshooter having been a member of the Perkinsville Rod and Gun Club and the Big Tree Conservation League in Groveland. Visitation was held at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, 111 Main St. in Geneseo on Friday. Memorials may be made to Groveland Fire Department, P.O. Box 49, Groveland NY 14462 or Geneseo Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 428, Geneseo NY 14454. Funeral services were held Nov. 3 at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home with the Rev. Thomas Lebeau of the Groveland Federated Parish officiating. Private interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Groveland.

William H. Major

William H. Major, 24, an employee of Trathen Logging in York, died Nov. 3, 2001 as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on Old State Road in Pavilion. Mr. Major's faithful companion “Hershey” was also killed in the crash. Mr. Major resided in Wadsworth. He is survived by his mother Carol (John Pascuzzo) Skelton of Wadsworth; his father Jan(Maryanne) Major of Phelps, N.Y.; his fiancee Aubrey Bastian of Pavilion; grandmother Phyllis Skelton of Elba, N.Y.; four sisters, Kim (Jim) Sharp of Retsof, Barb (Mike) Horton of Gainesville, Darlene (Mick) Pascuzzo of Leicester, Jacqueline Major of Phelps; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother Scott Sharp. He was born Aug. 19, 1977 in Batavia, the son of Jan Major and Carol Skelton. Visitation was held Tuesday at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, 111 Main St. in Geneseo. Funeral services were held Nov. 7 at Machpelah Cemetery in LeRoy with the Rev. Neil Frood of York United Presbyterian Church officiating. Memorials may be directed to the family at 3880 Main St., Wadsworth NY 14533.

Geraldine A. Maxson

Geraldine A. Maxson, 76, a retired registered nurse at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, died Nov. 4, 2001, at Hurlbut Nursing Home in Rochester. She is survived by one daughter Laurie (Edward) Glasgow of Pittsford; three sons, Scott Maxson of Fairport, Stephen Maxson of New jersey and Mark Maxson of East Rochester; grandchildren, Jake, Adam and Benjamin Glasgow; one brother Jack (Shirley) McDonald of Florida; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was born May 22, 1925, in Rochester, the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Clement) McDonald. She was a graduate of St. Mary's School of Nursing. No prior calling hours. Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 9 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Mary's Church in Geneseo. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Geneseo. Arrangements by Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Geneseo.

Raymond E. Wilson

Raymond E. Wilson, 78, died on Oct. 27, 2001, at the Hurlbut Nursing Home in Rochester. He was born Jan. 27, 1923, in North Dakota. Ray was a former resident of LeRoy. He was a retired self-employed painter, and was predeceased by his wife Dorothy “Dot” Wilson in 1984. He is survived by a son Steve Wilson (fiancee Tracy Copenhagen, and son Justin), close friends, Sam Polito, Casey Stappenbeck, John Matern, and many friends at the Frost Ridge Camp Ground. Services and interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by the O'Connell-Dougherty Funeral Home in Lima.