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Obituaries published the week of November 27, 2003
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In Memoriam

William F. Bernard

U.S. Navy veteran

William F. Bernard, 72, of Caledonia, died Nov. 24, 2003 at his home in Caledonia. William was born May 25, 1931 in Perry, N.Y. to Louis and Viola (Livingston) Bernard. He retired from the United States Navy in 1969, after 21 years of service. William also worked for Stroehmann Bread Company in Rochester. He was a member of the Matthew Clary American Legion Post, Caledonia, the Caledonia Country Club, and St. Columba Church. He is survived by his wife, Eveline; daughters and sons-in-law, Suzanne and Tom Hendrickson, Helen and Mike Truong, both of Caledonia; sons and daughter-in-law, Cregg Bernard, Bill and Kathy Bernard, both of Jamestown; grandchildren, Ron and Bradley Hendrickson, Michael and Victoria Truong, Ryan, Billy and Andrew Bernard; sister, Barbara (Bob) Mahoney of Leicester; brother, Louis (Lottie) Bernard of Texas; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Helen and Ron Towers, James and Connie Walckner, Edward and Sheila Walckner; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends called Wednesday, 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. at the Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 W. Main St., Caledonia. His Funeral Mass will be held Friday, 11:00 A.M. at St. Columba Church, Caledonia. Interment will be held at St. Columba Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Wilmont Cancer Center at Strong Hospital, 601 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14624 or Livingston County Hospice, 2 County Campus, Mt. Morris NY 14510.

Geraldine M. Davidson

Geraldine M. Davidson, 78, died Nov. 23, 2003 at the Livingston County Campus Skilled Nursing Facility in Mt. Morris where she had been a resident since February 2000. She was previously of Retsof. She is survived by her daughter Linda (John) Rice of York; son Bill (Michelle) Davidson of Groveland; grandchildren, Stacy (Jim) Colt of Avon, Shawn (Cari) Rice of Avon, Michael and Courtney Davidson of Groveland; great grandson Cameron Colt of Avon; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Alexander Davidson in 1974. She was born March 20, 1925 in Geneseo, the daughter of John and Maryann (Gillan) Faulds. Visitation was held at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, 111 Main St. in Geneseo on Wednesday, Nov. 26 followed by Funeral Services with the Rev. Neil Frood of the York United Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial, Temple Hill Cemetery in Geneseo. Memorials may be made to Livingston County Campus, Skilled Nursing Facility, 1 Murray Hill Dr., Mt. Morris NY 14510 or the Alzheimers Association, 435 E. Henrietta Rd., Rochester NY 14620.

Louis M. DeAngelis

U.S. Air Force veteran

Louis M. DeAngelis, 71, the retired owner of Services Unlimited in Retsof, died Nov. 17, 2003 at his residence on Tenth St. in Retsof after a courageous battle with cancer. Mr. DeAngelis owned and operated his own painting business prior to his retirement. He is survived by his children, Louis DeAngelis Jr. of Colorado, Jeniffer DeAngelis of Colorado, Anita Nesbitt of California; six grandchildren; several great grandchildren; brother Carl DeAngelis and sister Linda DeAngelis, both of New Jersey; nieces and nephews. He was born June 1, 1932 in Orange, N.J., the son of Angelo and Margaret (Egan) DeAngelis. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict, enlisting on Jan. 3, 1951 and was discharged on June 29, 1954. No prior calling hours. Memorial services were held Nov. 22 at St. Lucy's Church in Retsof with Deacon George Spezzano officiating. Interment, private at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to the Livingston County Hospice, Livingston County Campus Bldg. #2, Mt. Morris NY 14510.

John P. Gerling

Foster Wheeler retiree

John P. Gerling, 82, formerly of 27 Park Ave., Dansville, passed away Nov. 18, 2003 at the McAuley Manor Health Care Facility in Hornell where he has been residing for a period of time. John was born March 13, 1921 in Dansville, the son of Philip and Antoinette (Rauber) Gerling. He resided his entire life in and around the Dansville area until a few years ago when he moved to McAuley Manor in Hornell. John attended St. Mary's Elementary and Junior High School and was a graduate of Dansville Central School in 1939. His employment career included many years as a welder at Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation. It was from Foster Wheeler that John retired and subsequent to his retirement, he enjoyed employment at Ebert Energy Center Inc. of Dansville. He was also a communicant of St. Mary's Church throughout his life. John loved to listen to music as evidenced by his many tapes and CDs. However what he enjoyed most was playing the piano at many of the local establishments. His brother Paul fondly remembers John being “encouraged” to play as the night went on, and naturally, John would keep on playing. John was predeceased by both his parents, Philip and Antoinette (Rauber) Gerling. He is survived by his sister Anita Ross-Howells of DelRay Beach, Fla.; his brother Paul Gerling and his wife Barbara of Wayland; his niece Sandra Sue Gerling-Yelle and her husband Raymond of Alfred Station; and his grand nephew Ryan Paul Yelle. Family and friends called Friday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St., Wayland. A prayer service was conducted at the Funeral Home on Saturday followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's Church in Dansville. Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery in Dansville. Contributions in John P. Gerling's memory may be made to St. Mary's School, 43 Elizabeth St., Dansville NY 14437 or to McAuley Manor, 1 Bethesda Dr., Hornell NY 14843.

Scott B. Mehlenbacher

Self employed contractor

Scott B. Mehlenbacher, 49, a self employed contractor, died suddenly Nov. 22, 2003, at the Emergency Room of Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Mr. Mehlenbacher resided on Garden St. in the town of Livonia. He is survived by his wife Nira Barzilai Mehlenbacher; children, Tara (Jude) Lanb of Florida, Phillip Mehlenbacher of Portageville, Michael Mehlenbacher of Florida; parents, Phyllis and Keith Mehlenbacher of Livonia; brothers, Richard Mehlenbacher of South Lima, Terry (Donna) Mehlenbacher of Cuylerville, Randy (Diane) Mehlenbacher of Victor, Robin (Sandy) Mehlenbacher of South Lima; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was born April 19, 1954 in Rochester the son of Keith and Phyllis (Fairbrother) Mehlenbacher. Calling hours were held Tuesday and Wednesday 6-8 p.m. only at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, 111 Main St. in Geneseo. Funeral services will be private. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to the Jewish Federation for Israeli Emergency Relief through the family or the funeral home.

Deborah Shields Sciarrino

Member of St. Patrick's Church

Deborah Shields Sciarrino, 45, of Sand Hill Road, Mt. Morris, died Nov. 5, 2003 at Scripps Green Hospital in LaJolla, Calif. She was born on Feb. 3, 1958 in Jamestown, N.Y. She graduated from Mt. Morris Central High School in 1976. She was employed as a job coach at the Livingston-Wyoming ARC in Mt. Morris. She was a member of St. Patrick's Church in Mt. Morris. She is survived by her three children Riis Hubberman of California, Sydney Shields Sciarrino and Devyn P. Sciarrino, both of Mt. Morris; three sisters, Karen Morrison of Pennsylvania, Susan Shannon of California and Nancy Shields of Rochester; several nieces and nephews; many dear and loving friends. She was predeceased by her mother Frances Shields in 1988, father John Shields in 1994 and sister Mary Kathleen “Kathy” in 1975. Friends called Nov. 22 at the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St. (Route 408), Mt. Morris where memorial services were held with the Rev. Michael Brown officiating. Interment at the convenience of the family at St. John's Cemetery, Tidioute, Pa. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, San Diego Eye Bank or the Teresa House. Condolences may be emailed to