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Obituaries published the week of December 18, 2003
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In Memoriam

George S. Baker

Former Honeoye resident

George S. Baker, 80, of Canandaigua, formerly of Honeoye, died Dec. 9, 2003 at F.F. Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua. He was born the son of Stalham and Esther Stone Baker on March 30, 1923 in Greece, N.Y. He was in his earlier days a resident of Newark, where he was a member of the Elks Club, the Lions Club, co-owner of the former Baker Britt Printing originating in 1946 and operating for 25 years. He later moved to Honeoye where he was co-founder of the Honeoye Winter Carnival, chairman of the annual pancake breakfast at Sandy Bottom Park, a member of the Honeoye Chamber of Commerce, former chairman of the Richmond Zoning Board. Mr. Baker owned and operated Baker Rental and Sales, Inc. in Canandaigua and was a member of the Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce. He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Richard Baker. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Mary; children, Walter (Maureen) of Stanley, N.Y., Kathy (Keith) Stumbo of Honeoye, John (Linda) of Sodus, Carolyn (Lynn) Gorton of Canadice, Albert (Dale) of Honeoye, Sherry Gendreau of Honeoye, Steve (friend, Jodi) of North Carolina, Robert (friend, Cynthia) of West Virginia, Barbara (Bobby) Ashmead of Honeoye; 15 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, including, Daniel, David and Thomas Baker. Friends called Friday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15, Livonia where his Funeral Service was held Saturday with the Rev. Richard Hass officiating. The family gratefully declines flowers and friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Richmond Ambulance Fund, Honeoye NY 14471.

Mary Louise Carlin

Retired teacher

Mary K. Carlin (Kimmel) of Avon died Dec. 12, 2003 at the Teresa House, Geneseo. She was born Nov. 6, 1931 in Wayland to Victor M. and Sarah (Connor) Kimmel. Mary was a kindergarten teacher at the Avon Central School for 24 years. She was a member of St. Agnes Church for 45 years and active in the Martha's Ministry, and a member of the Avon Retired Teachers Luncheon Group. She is survived by her husband, Robert F. Carlin of Avon; daughter and son-in-law, Mary E. and Peter Lathron of Avon; granddaughters, Valerie and Jacqueline; brothers and sisters-in-law, Victor M. and Jane, John R. and Mary Kimmel; several nieces, nephews and many dear friends. Her father and mother, Victor M. and Sarah Kimmel predecease her. Friends called Monday, at the Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., 350 Genesee St., Avon. Her Funeral Mass was held Tuesday at St. Agnes Church, Avon. Interment, St. Agnes Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Teresa House, 21 Highland Rd., Geneseo NY 14454, Livingston County Hospice, 2 County Campus, Mt. Morris NY 14510, or Avon Rotary-Lions Volunteer Ambulance, 60 Temple St., Avon NY 14414.

Rita Hill

Former Springwater resident

Rita H. Hill, 84, formerly of Springwater and 4075 Lyell Road, Rochester passed away Nov. 20, 2003 at St. Ann's Community Home in Rochester. She was born Aug. 19, 1919 in Rochester, the daughter of Herbert and Catherine (Miller) Hoepel. She resided her early life in the Rochester area and also in the Springwater area for over 36 years. Rita moved back to Rochester in 1985. She enjoyed her time throughout life as a homemaker, mother, grandmother and a great grandmother. She was predeceased by a son Eric in 1969, and her sister Adelaide Owen. She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, John Hill and his wife Kim of Rochester and David Hill and his wife Rita of Six Nations Reservation; five grandchildren, Cristina, Christopher, DeDe, Jaime, Jeremy; along with five great grandchildren. Funeral Services were held Dec. 13 at the St. Ann's Community Home Chapel, 1500 Portland Ave. in Rochester. Interment, St. Joseph's Cemetery in Wayland. Arrangements by St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St. in Wayland.

Wilson L. LaBell

Wayland resident

Wilson L. LaBell, 86, of 102 S. Lackawanna St. in Wayland passed away Dec. 13, 2003 at Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. He was born May 28, 1917 in Caribou, Maine, the son of Joseph and Emma (Prue) LaBell. He resided his early years in Maine and was employed as a lumberjack for a few years there. Wilson and Fernande Plourde entered into a loving marriage on June 5, 1939 in Caribou. Together they celebrated over 51 years of marriage prior to her passing away in 1990. Around 1941, Wilson moved to Wayland-Springwater area and was employed at the Gunlocke Company for a few years. Wilson then moved to Buffalo and enjoyed employment for a time at the Wright Air Craft Company. Subsequent to his stay in Buffalo he and Fernande moved back to Wayland where he owned and operated a farm until his retirement in 1985. Upon retirement they moved to Jacksonville, Fla. until 1992, when Wilson moved back to Wayland. He was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church in Perkinsville. Wilson was predeceased by his loving wife, Fernande LaBell; a daughter, Brenda Englert; a son Stephen LaBell; sisters, Mary Belanger, Pauline Palmer, Doris Dube, and Mabel Stephens; and two brothers, Joseph and Edward LaBell. He is survived by three sons,Bertram LaBell of LaGrange, Texas, Darsey LaBell and his wife Betty of Newark, N.Y. and Neil LaBell of Bealton, Va.; 10 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; sisters, Eva Hanson of Wayland and Wilhelmina Brewster of Caribou, Maine; along with several nieces and nephews. Family and friends called Tuesday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St., Wayland. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday at Sacred Heart Church in Perkinsville. Interment, Sacred Heart Cemetery, Perkinsville. Contributions in Wilson L. LaBell's memory may be made to the Perkinsville Fire Dept., Main St., Perkinsville NY 14529.

Robert M. Larrabee

Korean War veteran

Robert M. Larrabee, 70, a retired machinist for Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, died suddenly, Dec. 12, 2003 at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. Mr. Larrabee resided on Lima Road in Geneseo and was previously from Bloomfield, N.Y. He is survived by his wife Ann Marie Gorman Larrabee; two daughters, Pamela (Shawn) Moses of Groveland and Christine (Craig) Moses of Geneseo; five grandchildren, Shane, Aaron, Tristan, Bryan and Kyle Moses; two sisters, Eleanor Schmitt and Louise Channing, both of Niagara Falls; several nieces and nephews, and his canine companion Ginger. He was born Jan. 1, 1933 in Niagara Falls, the son of Myron and Eunice (Hill) Larrabee. He was a graduate of LaSalle High School in Niagara Falls. He was a U.S. Navy Korean War veteran. He was a member of the Bloomfield American Legion Post. Visitation was held at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, 111 Main St. in Geneseo on Dec. 15 where Funeral Services were held Dec. 16. Interment, at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to the Geneseo Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 428, Geneseo NY 14454.

Ruth Anna Morse

Caledonia/Mumford resident

Ruth Anna Morse (Weisenberger), 95, of Caledonia/ Mumford, died Dec. 1, 2003 at the Livingston County Skilled Nursing Facility in Geneseo. She was born Feb. 29, 1908 in Lyons, N.Y. to William D. and Louise (Martin) Weisenberger. Ruth was a member of the Air Force Mother's Association, Rochester Chapter, and a member of the High Neighbors Association of the Culver & Merchants Road Area, Rochester. She is survived by daughter, Carolyn Morse DeMersman of Mumford; son, William Morse of Portland, Oregon; seven grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Her husband, Harold Morse, mother and father, William and Louise Weisenberger and brother, George Weisenberger predecease Ruth. A Memorial Service to celebrate her life is planned for Feb. 29, 2004 at a time to be announced at the First Presbyterian Church, 3080 W. Main Street, Caledonia, N.Y. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 W. Main St., Caledonia.

Aileen M. Pfistner

Former Livonia resident

Aileen M. Pfistner “Jonnie,” was born in 1907 and died Dec. 8, 2003 in Tucson, Arizona. She was the last member of her generation in the Pfistner family. She taught public school in Livingston County for many years and retired from Livonia Central School in 1970. She lived in the family home in Livonia from birth to 1994 when she moved to Montgomery, Alabama and later to Tucson to be closer to her family. She is survived by niece, Gail Garin; nephews, Stephen West and Duane Pfistner; six grandnieces and nephews; and six great-grand nieces and nephews. She was much loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. A memorial service will be announced in the late spring. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the United Church of Christ, 5687 Big Tree Road, P.O. Box 442B, Lakeville NY 14480. Arrangements by Bring's Broadway Chapel, Tucson, AZ.