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Obituaries published the week of December 7, 2006
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In Memoriam

Annabel Ayers

Retired teacher

Pike/Caledonia - Annabel Ayers, 93, of Caledonia, formerly of Albro Road, Town of Pike, N.Y., died Nov. 30, 2006 at Highland Hospital in Rochester. She was born in Centerville, N.Y. on June 15, 1913, the daughter of the late George and Grace Wixson Newland. Mrs. Ayers graduated from Pike Seminary in 1932 and then from Geneseo Normal School in Geneseo. She then taught second grade at Eagle District #1 Pochuck School, Hume District #7 Rose Hill School and then retired from Letchworth Central School in 1973 after 19 years at Letchworth in Gainesville, N.Y. Mrs. Ayers was a Civil Defense Spotter during World War II and served on the Elmwood Cemetery Board of Directors and belonged to the New York State Retired Teachers Association. Until 1954 she and her husband, Robert E. Ayers, who died May 6, 2003, owned and operated the family dairy farm in Pike. She and her husband loved horses and in 1976 they led the Bicentennial Wagons across Wyoming County. They were founders of the Western New York Draft Horse Club and were on the Board of Directors. They also were instrumental in organizing the first caravan for cancer. In the 1950s their farm was rated 4th in the state for production in maple products. She is survived by her children, David (Aileen) Ayers of Caledonia, Donald Ayers of Rochester and Sally (Art) Thomasen of Rush City, Minn.; five grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren also survive: one brother, Luther (Patty) Robinson of Oswego, N.Y. also survives. Friends called Dec. 3 at the Harmon-Waterson Funeral Home, 35 N. Main St. in Castile where Funeral Services were held Dec. 4 with Rev. Nancy Reinert of the 1st Presbyterian Church in Caledonia officiating. Interment, East Koy Cemetery, Town of Pike, N.Y. Memorials may be made to the Pike Rescue Squad or the Pike Library.

Ruth Jane (Wall) Browne

Avon resident

Ruth Jane (Wall) Browne, died suddenly Nov. 27, 2006 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Ruth was born the youngest of 10 children in Fowlerville to parents Andrew and Elizabeth Wall on June 19, 1924. She was predeceased by husband W. Jack Browne in 1992, her brothers Jerome Wall, Gerald Wall, Richard “Cal” Wall, Harlan Wall, sisters Katherine (Wall) Davin and Dorothy (Wall) Kellogg and grandson Robert Dougherty. Ruth graduated from York Central School as Valedictorian of her class. She married Jack Browne in 1946. She taught sewing lessons for many years in her home and while raising seven children, she returned to college at SUNY Geneseo, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree (dual certification in elementary education and special education) in 1970. She taught second grade for over 20 years at Avon Primary School. She and her husband Jack were involved in real estate (apartment rentals) for a number of years and also owned and operated the former Avon Liquor Store and former Mr. Blue Jeans store in Avon and Geneseo. Ruth was an avid camper throughout her life enjoying trips in her RV with family right up to the time of her passing. She was a lifelong member of St. Agnes Church, serving as President of St. Agnes Rosary Society and member of Parish Council and other committees. She was much involved in the community through organizations such as Meals on Wheels, Rotary Club, Avon Retired Teachers Association and the Retired Teachers Association of New York State. Ruth is survived by her children, James (Sharon) Browne of Victor, N.Y. Beverly Browne of Avon, Barbara (Peter) Dougherty of Lakeville, Mary Beth (Richard) Thompson of Jamestown, N.C., Peggy (Chuck) Faisst of Avon, Eileen (Timothy) Stanton of Avon, Rob (Lorie) Browne of Pavilion and 21 grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Margaret (Peg) Schillinger of Avon and several nieces and nephews. Friends and family called Wednesday and Thursday at the Brown Family Homestead at 45 High St. in Avon. Ruth's Funeral Mass was Dec. 1 at St. Agnes Church, concelebrated by Rev. William Frankhauser SJ, Rev. Gerald Appelby, Deacon Edward Mathis and Sr. Karen Dietz. Burial at St. Agnes Cemetery in Avon. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Avon-Lions Ambulance, 74 Genesee St., Avon NY 14414 or Teresa House, 21 Highland Rd., Geneseo NY 14454. Arrangements entrusted to: Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home in Livonia, Michael P. Dougherty.

Grace E. Dalesandro

Livonia resident

Grace E. Dalesandro, “Amazing Grace,” 77, of Shoreline Dr. in Livonia, died Nov. 27, 2006, at Noyes Hospital in Dansville after a short illness. She was born in Rochester March 6, 1929 the daughter of Samuel Loiacono and Sarah Longvillo. She was a retiree of the Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester and Monroe County. She was a member of St. Matthew Church in Livonia. She was predeceased by her parents and her brother-in-law John Nardozzi. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Pat (Pasquale) Dalesandro; her children, Nancy (Robert) Overfield of Houston, Texas, Patricia (Howard) Vilinsky of West Henrietta and Anthony (Christine) Dalesandro of Irondequoit; her grandchildren, Brett, Jordan, Lindsay, David, Anna, Toni Lynn, Emily and Nicolette; her great granddaughter, Layla; her twin sister, Nancy Nardozzi of Irondequoit; her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Grace and Jerome Bovenzi, Lillian and Jack Stevens; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Whitey and Helen Dalesandro; several nieces and nephews. Friends called Wednesday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Route 15 in Livonia. Her Funeral Mass was celebrated Thursday in St. Matthew Church in Livonia with Rev. John H. Hayes officiating. Burial, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Livonia Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 8, Livonia NY 14487 or St. Matthew Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 77, Livonia NY 14487.

Mildred K. Hovey

Mildred K. Hovey, 99, formerly of York Road East, died Dec. 1, 2006 at the Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Mt. Morris. She is survived by her children, Jean (Richard) Toland of Piffard, Wayne (Barbara) Hovey of Stanley, N.Y., Brian (Joyce) Hovey of Pavilion; eight grandchildren; many great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Walter Hovey in 1993. She was born Aug. 18, 1907 in Union Spring, N.Y. the daughter of George and Emma Allen King. She married the late Walter G. Hovey on July 5, 1930. She was a retired teacher from York Central School. Visitation was held at the First Baptist Church, 10956 South Lake Road in Pavilion on Dec. 4 where Funeral Services were held following calling with Pastor Philip Green officiating. Burial, Pleasant Valley Cemetery in York. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church,10956 South Lake Rd., Pavilion NY 14525. Reference: Rector-Hicks Funeral Home Inc. in Geneseo.

Robert L. Lovelace

Robert L. Lovelace, age 77 of 2490 Jones Bridge Road, Leicester died Tuesday December 5, 2006 at the Livingston County Center of Nursing and Rehabilitation in Mount Morris. He was born the son of John and Minnie (Dailey) Lovelace on January 22, 1929 in Leicester, New York. Prior to his retirement in 1994 he was employed as a Mechanic for Cipriano Brothers in Mount Morris for over 28 years. He was a member of the Leicester Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife Josephine. Daughter Sharon (David) Martin of WI. 2 Grandchildren Danielle & Michelle Gell of Dansville & 2 Step Grandchildren Angie & Simone Martin of WI. Friends may call Thursday 4-7 pm at the JOHN W. MARTIN FUNERAL HOME, 37 Chapel Street, (Route 408), Mount Morris. Where Funeral Services will be held Friday at 11 am. Interment Leicester Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Leicester Presbyterian Church or the Livingston Co. Center of Nursing & Rehab. Condolences may be emailed to

Thomas Robert McEachern

World War II veteran

Dansville/Bath - Thomas Robert McEachern, 87, of Longwell Lane in Bath and formerly of Dansville, died Nov. 29, 2006 at the Veterans Administration Center in Bath N.Y. where he had been a resident for the past several months. He was born July 24, 1919 in Sommerville, Mass. the son of the late Alan and Catherine (McEverly) McEachern. Tom was married to Margaret (Reilly) McEachern who predeceased him on Jan. 27, 1966. He was then married to Alice McEachern who he was formerly married to for 37 years. Tom was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran having served from 1940-1945 during World War II. He had been employed as a salesman for Dansville Auto Parts (NAPA) for many years. Tom was a life member of Daniel Goho Post #87 of the American Legion in Dansville. Tom was an aviation history buff,having had a great admiration for flying and was a member of the Dansville Pilots Association, where he had been a licensed airplane and glider pilot for many years, having owned his own plane at one time. He was a former member of the Dansville Fish & Game Club, where he and several others innovated the Junior Rifleman Program at the club. Besides his first wife Margaret, Tom was predeceased by two granddaughters, Roxanne Putney and Sheri Anne Guy; one great granddaughter, Elizabeth Leah Guy; three sisters and two brothers. He is survived by three daughters, Margo Reilly of Lady Lake, Fla., Maxine Fairbanks of Glendale, Ariz. and Lani McEachern of Bath; one sister, Theresa Maguire of Wellesley, Mass. two granddaughters, Renee MacDonald (Jon Pierce) of Wayland and Rhonda Chappell (Roger Claud) of Dansville; great grandchildren, Andrew, Katie, Cody and Ayesha Burr, Kara, Billie, Gabriel Chappell, all of Dansville, David and Megan Pierce of Wayland; step great grandchildren, Elizabeth and Luke Claude of Dansville; adopted great grandchildren, Kenneth Burr and Amanda Seaton of Dansville; his former wife Alice McEachern of Fort Worth, Texas; and extended family, Ralph MacDonald and Brian Burr (Rose Nobles), all of Dansville, William Chappell of Rochester and several nieces and nephews. No prior calling. A Memorial Service followed by full military honors was held Dec. 4 at the St. George Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St. in Wayland with Rev. Carl M. VanDerburg officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association, 160 Allens Creek Rd., Rochester NY 14618.

Matilda M. Pascuzzo

Avid gardener

Greigsville - Matilda M. Pascuzzo, 90, of Pascuzzo Lane, died Dec. 2, 2006 at Highland Hospital in Rochester. She was born July 7, 1916 in Retsof the daughter of the late Angelo and Barbara (Zuppa) Santacrose. She was married to Frank Pascuzzo who predeceased her. She was a communicant of St. Lucy's Church in Retsof and was an avid gardener and enjoyed cooking and feeding people. She had been employed in the Food Service Department at York Central School for several years. Besides her husband Frank and her parents, she was predeceased by a son John Pascuzzo, daughter-in-law Judith Pascuzzo, brothers and sisters. She is survived by a son Francis “Sonny” Pascuzzo Sr. of Greigsville; a sister Amelia Ventresca of Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Kimberly Pascuzzo of Dansville, Francis “Chip” (Shari) Pascuzzo Jr., and Thomas Pascuzzo, both of Greigsville; Debra (Richard) Logsdon of Leicester, Christine (Duane) Johnson, Michael (Darlene) Pascuzzo, both of Georgia; great grandchildren, Lancing, Nathan and Hailey Pascuzzo of Greigsville, Cassandra and Lucas Logsdon of Leicester, Johnathan Dunn of Livonia; daughter-in-law Carol Pascuzzo of Wadsworth; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends called Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, Inc., 111 Main St. in Geneseo where a Funeral Service was held Wednesday following calling. Burial, St. Mary's Cemetery in Geneseo. Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to the Retsof Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 92, Retsof NY 14539.