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Obituaries published the week of December 21, 2006
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In Memoriam

Walter R. Barnhardt Sr.

West Sparta resident

Walter R. “Sonny” Barnhardt Sr., 75, of 4674 Stoner Hill Road in West Sparta, died Dec. 17, 2006 at his home. He was born on May 2, 1931 in Mt. Morris, the son of Ira and Ruth (Ellis) Barnhardt. Prior to his retirement in 1993 he was employed as an equipment operator for Vitale Brothers in Piffard. He was a member of the Hally-Allen American Legion Post 1341 in Sonyea, the Cuylerville Sportsman Club and was a former road captain of the Route 36 Motorcycle Club. He is survived by his wife of 52 years Shirley; nine children, Betty Townsend, Walt (Debbie) Jr., Debbie (Charles Jr.) Lane, Kim (Steven), Mark (Diana), Michael, Wayne (Jeannie), William (Tara) and Tammy (Dennis Townsend; 19 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; five brothers, Kenneth (Betty), Duane (Linda), Charles (Judy), Ira (Debbie) and Richard (Marlene); sister Norma (Lyell) Swift; two sisters-in-law, Phyllis and Barbara; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Jimmy and Carl, two sisters, Gracie and Sharon, son-in-law Gordie Townsend and great grandson Collin Mercado. Friends may call Friday 3-7 p.m. at the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St., (Route 408), Mt. Morris where Funeral Services will be held Friday at 7 p.m. A reception at the Cuylerville Sportsman Club will be held after the funeral service. Memorials may be made to the family. Condolences may be emailed to

Dorothy M. Bourne

Conesus resident

Dorothy M. Bourne, 88, of Conesus, formerly of Falmouth, Mass., died Dec. 17, 2006 at her home. She was born in Cape May Courthouse, N.J. on Feb. 15, 1918 the daughter of Matthew McKinney and Bonita Morse. She received her Bachelors Degree from Penn State University and pursued further studies at Harvard University. She was a member of the Vision for the Nations Fellowship where she served as the church bookkeeper for several years. She is survived by her children, Wesley E. Bourne Jr. of Massachusetts and Bonnie M. LaCross of East Dennis, Mass.; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. No prior calling. Friends are invited to attend a graveside service Friday, Dec. 22 at Oak Grove Cemetery in Falmouth, Mass. at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Vision for the Nations Fellowship, 5604 Mission Road, Conesus NY 14435. Arrangements entrusted to the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Route 15 in Livonia.

Charles W. Hasler

Retired DOT foreman

Charles W. Hasler, 90, a retired foreman for the New York State Department of Transportation, where he worked for 28 years, died Dec. 12, 2006 at East Side Nursing Home in Warsaw, N.Y. Mr. Hasler resided on Chandler Road in Piffard prior to his entry into the nursing home. He is survived by his children William (Carol) Hasler of York, Yvonne Routly of York, Pa., Edward (Anne) Hasler of Piffard; nine grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; his sister Mora (Carl) Smith of Florida; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Betty Hasler in 1993, his son David Hasler and his daughter-in-law Nan Hasler, both in 1992, and his son-in-law Norm Routly in 2002. He was born Sept. 1, 1916 in Geneseo, the son of William and Sarah Moulthrop Hasler. Visitation was held at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, 111 Main St. in Geneseo on Friday where Funeral Services were held Dec. 16 with Rev. Neil Frood of the York United Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial, Pleasant Valley Cemetery in York. Memorials may be made to York Fire Department, P.O. Box 95, York NY 14592.

Carl E. Nichols

Former Avon/Livonia resident

Carl E. Nichols, 64, of Bath, N.Y., formerly of Avon, died Saturday evening at the Ira Davenport Hospital in Bath, following a brief illness, with family at his side. Born in Mt. Morris on Sept. 26, 1942, Carl was the son of John Leroy Nichols and Virginia Mae Smith of Clifton Spring, N.Y. Carl was married to Donna L. Mitchell in 1976 and resided in the Avon-Livonia area raising their nine children. An avid bowler, Carl also enjoyed teaching many types of card games to his family and friends. His unique sense of humor and friendly demeanor will be missed by all those that knew him. Carl was preceded in death by his wife Donna L. Mitchell in June 1996, his father John L. Nichols in 1963 and by his mother Virginia M. Smith in 1998. He is survived by his nine children, Annette Mess of Atlanta, Ga., Carolyn Elkins of Brownstown, Inc., Rebecca McGillivray of Hornell, N.Y., John (Victoria) Nichols of Hornell, Timothy Nichols of Dansville, Benjamin Nichols of Livonia, step-children, Rosemary Warren of Geneseo, Mary(George) Mower of Dansville and Joseph Warren of Dansville; his sister Margaret (Thomas) Coffey of Rochester; his brother Guy Nichols of Rochester; ten grandchildren, Joshua, Stephen, Julianna, Zachary, Kaitlin, Mackenzie, Ethan, Damien, Austin and Dacolby; also surviving are many nieces, nephews and cousins. The family of Carl E. Nichols received friends on Dec. 19 at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, 21 Big tree St. in Livonia. Funeral Services were held Dec. 20 with Rev. Thomas S. Gramley officiating. Interment, Union Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

John T. Nichols

Mt. Morris resident

John T. Nichols, 59, of 93 Stanley St. in Mt. Morris, died suddenly Dec. 15, 2006. He was born the son of Clarence and Irene (Willison) Nichols on Oct. 1, 1947 in Warsaw, N.Y. He retired in 2002 from the town of Mt. Morris where he was a maintenance and equipment operator for nearly 15 years. He had also worked for Craig Developmental Center in Sonyea from 1967 to 1982 and Mt. Morris Central School from 1982-1987. He was currently working for Brady Farms since 1979. He was a member of St. Patrick's Church and the Active Hose Company of the Mt. Morris Fire Department where he had served as treasurer. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Margaret; three children, Lisa (Tom) Ryan of Geneseo, Brian (Michelle) Nichols of Florida and Shawn (Jennifer) Nichols of Ohio; four grandchildren, Lindsay and Jack Ryan of Geneseo, Bailey and Sydni Nichols of Florida; mother, Irene Nichols of Mt. Morris; brother, Tom (Beckey Paine) Nichols of Mt. Morris; sister-in-law Susan(Butch) Stutzman of Mt. Morris; father-in-law Ignatius (Anne) Loncoa of Mt. Morris; two nephews, Tom (Nicole) Nichols of Mt. Morris and Nevin Stutzman of Rochester; several cousins and many dear and loving friends. Friends called Tuesday at the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St. (Route 408) in Mt. Morris. Funeral Mass was held Wednesday at St. Patrick's Church. Interment, St. Patrick's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Rochester Area Multiple Sclerosis, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Rochester NY 14620. Condolences may be emailed to