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Obituaries published the week of April 11, 2002
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In Memoriam

Robert Hall

Robert Hall, 53, of Norwich and Avon, owner, president and CEO of Paragon Communications Inc. of Norwich, passed away April 2, 2002 in the Albany Medical Center. Born in Rochester, Bob grew up in Avon and was a graduate of the Avon Central High School. Furthering his education, he attended SUNY Albany from which he earned is B.S. degree in biology. He then entered the United States Army, where he served for a brief period and continued on in the Army Reserves. Living in Schenectady, working as a pharmaceutical representative in the Capital District area until 1979 when he moved to Norwich. Remaining with Norwich-Eaton, he worked as a trainer, moving on to the Marketing Dept. and eventually to Professional Relations. After the sale of the company to P & G Bob continued to work there until 1994 when he chose to begin his own business, Paragon Communications, which he owned and operated until his death. A multi-faceted person who spread his knowledge and help in many ways, he was a current member of the Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES Board, a former member and past president of the Norwich City School Board of Education, and a member of the Norwich Rotary Club. An enthusiastic fisherman and hunter, he was a member of Chuck-A-Muck, a fish and game club located near Speculator in the Adirondacks, which has only a select number of members. Besides his wife, Marilyn, he is survived by his children, Dana Gates and her husband Marcus Jr. of Ellicott City, Md., and Bradley Hall of Norwich; his sister Marilyn Crye and her husband Larry of Avon; his mother-in-law, Vera Meadows of Hackensack; his sisters- and brothers-in-law, Leslie and Robert Webb of Exeter, N.H., Beverly and Robert Curtis of Hackensack, Ron Meadows and Janet Steven of New Jersey, Joyce Meadows of Coral Gables, Fla and Brian Meadows of Hackensack; many aunts,uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins along with many dear friends, also survive. A Mass of Resurrection for Bob was held Saturday from St. Bartholomew's Catholic Church with Father Kenneth W. Gregory, Chaplain of the Albany Medical Center officiating. Burial, Mt. Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flower, at the family's request, memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Office of Donor Service, 1311 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains NY 10605.

Virginia E. Johnson

Virginia E. Johnson, 80, of South Livonia Road, Livonia and Springwater, died April 5, 2002 at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. She was born the daughter of Frederick and Laura Perkins Buskirk on Oct. 12, 1921. She was predeceased by her husband Leo in 1966 and by her brother James Buskirk during World War II. She was a member of the Harrison-Lee American Legion Auxiliary. She is survived by her sons, James (Kim) Johnson of Northglenn, Colo., George (Beverly) Johnson of Springwater, John Johnson of Penn Yan, Robert (Donna) Johnson of Geneseo; 14 grandchildren. Friends called Monday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15 in Livonia where funeral services were held Tuesday with the Rev. Sue Forsythe officiating. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the American Legion Auxiliary, Livonia NY 14487.

Ellen M. Lawrence

Ellen M. Lawrence, 18, of Groveland, died April 2, 2002, in the Town of Caledonia, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was born the daughter of Gordon J. “Kip” Lawrence II and Leona (Sigurdsson) Lawrence on Feb. 17, 1984. She was a high school senior, class of 2002, at Geneseo Central School. She had been accepted at five colleges and planned to attend college in the fall. She was a communicant at St. Mary's Church in Geneseo. She enjoyed figure skating, and participated in many high school activities including chorus, drama club, track and basketball. She had recently appeared in the school play. She was a member of the National Honor Society. She was a Red Cross volunteer and received the high school Empire State Volunteer of the Year award from the American Red Cross. She was active in Girl Scouts and received the silver award. She was predeceased by her mother, Leona Lawrence on Sept. 2, 1999. She is survived by her father, Gordon J. Lawrence of Groveland; two brothers, Christopher (Paula Boughton) Lawrence of Rush and Gordon J. “Bucky” Lawrence III of Groveland; grandparents, Gordon and Lucille Lawrence of Camillus, N.Y. and Halldor and Grace Sigurdsson of Port Richey, Fla.; great grandfather Herman Wohlitka of Port Richey; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Calling hours were held April 5. Funeral service was Saturday at St. Mary's Church in Geneseo with the Rev. Daniel McMullin officiating. Burial, St. Mary's Cemetery in Geneseo. Memorials may be made to the family for the establishment of a scholarship fund in Ellen's memory. Ref: Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, Inc., 111 Main St., Geneseo.

Joseph E. Morrissey

Joseph E. Morrissey, 90, of Harder Road, Hemlock, died April 7, 2002, at the Conesus Lake Nursing Home in Livonia. He was born the son of John and Kathleen Morrissey on June 10, 1911 in Livonia. He was 43 years at B. Forman Company in Rochester retiring in 1975 as chief executive officer. He started employment in 1932 as a merchandise trainee. He was a University of Rochester graduate of 1932 where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Theta Chi Fraternity, awarded the Colley Memorial Trophy, the highest individual award of the fraternity. He was a World War II Army Veteran serving in the European Theater and awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French Government. He was an alumni elected trustee of the University of Rochester, then life long honorary trustee. He was a member of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce and the University Club of Rochester. After retirement he was Director of the Genesee Valley Breeders Association and Director of New York Breeders Association. He was a former member of Lady of Lourdes Church in Brighton and St. Joseph's Church in Livonia at the time of his death, the church his father had the privilege of naming. He was predeceased by his wives, Elizabeth Krause Morrissey and Hanna Mulertt Morrissey. He is survived by his daughter Kathleen (Dr. George) McGovern of Honolulu; grandchildren, Elizabeth McGovern of Rochester and Edward McGovern of Michigan; sisters-in-law, Winifred Morrissey of Livonia and Ruth Jacobson of St. Louis; brother-in-law O J. Kendall of Chicago, Ill.; several nieces and nephews. No prior calling. Friends may attend his Funeral Mass Thursday, April 11 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, Washington St. in Livonia with Rev. John Hayes officiating. Burial, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester. In lieu of flowers friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 451 S. Clinton Ave., Rochester NY 14620. Arrangements by the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc. in Livonia.

Violet A. Willard

Violet A. Willard, 78, of 72 Lake Flower Ave., Saranac Lake, N.Y. and formerly of Whallonsburg, N.Y., died April 5, 2002, at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. Born in Essex, N.Y. on May 6, 1923, she was the daughter of Jeremiah and Lila (Stevens) Crowningshield. She married Francis Benoit who predeceased her in 1968. She later married A. Fred Willard, formerly of Geneseo, on Nov. 2, 1980 in Whallonsburg. Mrs. Willard has been a resident of Saranac Lake since 1980. Prior to moving to Saranac Lake she was a resident of Whallonsburg where she was a professional cake decorator. She was employed by the Essex County Department of Social Services for 25 years, retiring in 1980 as activity director for Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown, N.Y. Mrs. Willard was active in church and community affairs. She was a life long and charter member of the Whallonsburg Fire Department. She is survived by her husband A. Fred Willard of Saranac Lake; one son, Dan Benoit of Whallonsburg; one stepdaughter, Mrs. Claire Unwin of Brattleboro, Vt.; a sister-in-law, Polly Crowningshield of Whallonsburg; and several step-grandchildren. Calling hours were held at Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake on Monday. There was a fireman's prayer service held Monday evening. A funeral service took place on April 9 at the funeral home with Rev. Fetter and Rev. Drake officiating. Burial followed at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Saranac Lake. Friends wishing to remember Violet A. Willard may make memorial contributions to Bert Cemetery in care of the Funeral Home, 40 Church St., Saranac Lake NY 12983.