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Obituaries published the week of July 24, 2003
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Joyce A. Ames
Joyce A. Ames, 60, of County Line Road in Wayland, passed away peacefully at her home July 19, 2003. She was born June 17, 1943 in Wayland, the daughter of Bert and Frances (Englert) Gilman. She resided her entire life in the Wayland area. Joyce and Clayton Ames entered into a loving marriage April 11, 1969 at the Wayland United Methodist Church. She graduated from Wayland Central School. Joyce attended SUNY Geneseo and graduated from Nazareth College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art Education. She spent time at locals schools including Wayland-Cohocton, Dansville Central and St. Joseph's School utilizing her degree. Joyce was employed at different times by Pamela's Florist in Wayland, Swackhammers in Hornell and Pappas Florist in Dansville. She was active in the Summer Park Programs, Vince Lombardi Football and the Cinderella Softball league. Many local girls learned how to play softball because of Joyce. She was also known to make beautiful wedding cakes. Joyce was predeceased by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Clayton Ames of Wayland; her son Jeff Ames of Kentucky; two daughters, Lynne Ames of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Jodie Ames of Wayland; four grandchildren; two sisters, Jean Seward of Dansville and Judy (Edward) Perkowski of Wayland; two brothers, James (Barbara) Gilman of New York City and Jack (Pamela) Gilman of Wayland; along with several nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service for Joyce will be held at the convenience of her family. Funeral arrangement have been completed with the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St. in Wayland. Contributions in Joyce A. Ames' memory may be made to the Wayland-Cohocton Central School Art Department, W. Naples St., Wayland NY 14572.
Daniel G. Dutton
Livonia Central graduate
Daniel G. Dutton, 19, of Canadice, died suddenly on July 20, 2003. He graduated from Livonia High School in the class of 2002 and was attending Boston University as a Biomedical Engineering NROTC student. He is survived by his parents, Gary and Mimi; and brother Luke Dutton of Canadice; Casey Wenskus of Washington, D.C., Timothy and Carmela Dutton of Florida, Terry and Kathy Dutton of Webster, Tom and Eileen Dutton of Livonia, Sherry DeLola of Fairport; cousins, Mark, Joe and Kim, Patrick, Brian and Julie, Debbie and Joseph, Judy, Brian and Lori, and Kerri. He is predeceased by his grandparents, Ione Dutton of Fairport and Mary and George Wenskus of Binghamton. Family and friends may call on Thursday, July 24 from 4-8 p.m. at Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., 21 Big Tree Road (Route 15) in Livonia. Memorial Service to be on Friday, July 25, 10 a.m. at the Livonia High School Auditorium, 2 Bulldog Blvd., followed by a lunch reception at Hemlock Lake Park, Rix Hill Road in Hemlock. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The Daniel Dutton Humanitarian Award, C/O Wyoming County Bank, P.O. Box 579, Lakeville NY 14480.
Harold S. Miller
World War II veteran
Harold S. Miller, 87, an Eastman Kodak retiree, died July 20, 2003 at the Livingston County Campus Skilled Nursing Facility in Mt. Morris. Mr. Miller resided on Lima Road in Geneseo prior to his entry into the nursing home in November 1996. He is survived by his daughter-in-law Sandra Miller of Geneseo; four grandchildren, Justin Miller, Roger Welch, Dianna Spezzano and Vicki Welch; several great grandchildren; brothers, Alfred (Evdora) Miller of Florida and Carl Miller of Ohio; sister-in-law Marie Miller of Sherburne, N.Y. and Dorothy (Cliff) Algier of Geneseo; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara Miller, his daughter Cindy Baez and his son Stanley Miller. He was born Dec. 14, 1915 in Pompey, N.Y. the son of Raymond and Lillian (Anderson) Miller. He served as a medical technician in the U.S. Army during World War II enlisting on Nov. 16, 1942 and was honorably discharged on Oct. 29, 1943. Visitation was held at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, 111 Main St. in Geneseo on Wednesday, July 23 5-7 p.m. where Funeral Services were held at 7 p.m. with Mabel Treadwell officiating. Burial, Temple Hill Cemetery in Geneseo. Memorials may be made to the Geneseo Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 428, Geneseo NY 14454.
Howard F. Smith Jr
Howard F. Smith Jr., 76, of Caledonia, died June 26, 2003 at Highland Hospital in Rochester. He was born in Pike, N.Y. on Dec. 7, 1926, to Howard and Helen Smith. His father was a quiet, gentle farmer. His mother received a college degree in the 1920s. In 1945 at 18, he entered Cornell's School of Agricultural Science. The next year his mother took ill and he transferred to Houghton College, near Pike. In 1949 Howard graduated from Cornell and married Guendolen Stuart of Worcester Mass. at Pike Community Church. In 1952, the couple moved to Caledonia, living on Church St. for the next 41 years. Howard taught at Caledonia-Mumford Central School - agricultural science through 1963; as guidance counselor 1964-89. In 1958 He received his Masters of Science degree from Cornell and Guidance accreditation from University of Rochester in 1963. Howard found work a joy. As agricultural teacher he enjoyed taking students on trips to local, area and Midwest farms. later, as guidance counselor, he led them to college and vocational programs. He also owned a backhoe business, became a licensed real estate salesman, bought and oversaw apartment buildings in Caledonia and Rochester, was elected and appointed 1963-91 village and town assessor. He loved working with people, and with his hands. In 1993 Howard and Guendolen built a new home on Caledonia's Brown Road, which he designed and contracted. He served First Presbyterian Church of Caledonia as Elder, Trustee, Deacon, member of the Men's Club and on the nominating, planning, stewardship and property committees. In the 1990s he supported the purchase of the next-door Connor House and Sources of Success program. Howard had a lovely voice, was a soloist for services, weddings and funerals and for many years sang in the church choir. He sang and performed in many CMCS variety shows, and was a member of the Genesee Country Museum Chorus. The love of music and education led to the Howard F. Smith Jr., Musician Scholar Award at CMCS. At one time or another he was active in the Masonic Lodge, Lion's Club, Caledonia Fire Department ambulance crew and local politics. He had played high school and college basketball and avidly followed CMCS sports, especially football and basketball. He had a green thumb and roses were a favorite. He built and placed birdfeeders. And he enjoyed travel with his wife and family. In 1949 Howard and Guendolen honeymooned in the Adirondack Mountains with $35 to their name. The menu consisted of macaroni. In 1999 their five children served macaroni at a 50th anniversary party. He is survived by his wife Guendolen Stuart Smith; and his five children, Curt and Sarah Smith, Russell and Patty Smith, Carolyn and Bruce Wyatt, Karen and Wayne Pilkington, and Brian and Deanna Smith; 12 grandchildren; brother James and Doris Smith; brother-in-law Charles and Jeannette Stuart; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Calling hours and committal services were held on June 28. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 2 at 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church 3080 W. Main St. in Caledonia. Arrangements by Alhart Funeral Home. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or the Parkinson's Disease Center, University of Rochester, 601 Elmwood Ave., Rochester NY.
Louise B. Walker
Louise B. Walker, 75, of Linwood, died July 16, 2003 at the United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia. Louise was born June 18, 1928 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Emil Harold Jacob and Dorothy (Pickering) Balz. Louise earned her Bachelor's degree at Mansfield University and her Master's degree at SUNY Geneseo. She worked as a school librarian at Wappingers Falls, N.Y. and in the LeRoy School District. Louise volunteered at the LeRoy Historical Society, and enjoyed genealogy. She was a member of the Linwood Grange and the York Presbyterian Church. She is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Ruth and Douglas Poole of LeRoy and Susan Walker of Rochester; grandson, Zachary Noyes of Pittsford; brother, Dr. George (Muriel) Balz of Cincinnati. Friends attended her Graveside Service Monday at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira, N.Y. A Memorial Service is being planned for a later date in August at the York Presbyterian Church, Main Street, York NY 14592. Memorials may be made to the church or Pavilion Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 156, Pavilion NY 14525 or Elmira College, Office of Alumni Relations, One Park Place, Elmira NY 14901. Arrangements made by Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 W. Main St. in Caledonia.