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Obituaries published the week of August 11, 2005
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In Memoriam

Doris Abbot

Doris Abbott, 85, of Conesus Lake-Englewood, Fla., died Aug. 3, 2005 at the Livingston County Campus Skilled Nursing Facility in Mt. Morris. She was born the daughter of George and Nellie (Alling) Thompson in Rochester on May 31, 1920. Prior to her retirement in 1976 she was employed at the cafeteria at Pittsford Central Schools. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Elk's Club Order of the Does, both in Englewood. She is survived by her two sons, Harold (Darlene) Abbott of Conesus Lake and Richard (Marlene) Abbott of Belmont; six grandchildren and one great grandchild; one brother, Don (Marie) Thompson of MD; one sister, Jean (Martin) Roth of Florida and one sister-in-law, Winoa Abbott of Rochester; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Harold in 1983, son Donald in 2002 and brother Howard in 2002. No prior calling. Graveside Services were held Friday at the Irondequoit Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Huntington's Foundation. Arrangements: John W. Martin Funeral Home. Condolences may be emailed to

Teresa Barrows

Mt. Morris resident

Teresa (Branciforte) Barrows, 86, of 10 William St., Mt. Morris, died Aug. 4, 2005 at the Livingston County Skilled Nursing Facility in Geneseo. She was born on April 29, 1919 in Mt. Morris the daughter of Michael and Rose (Gioia) Branciforte. She married Robert Barrows on March 20, 1942. She was a life resident of Mt. Morris, Prior to her retirement in 1984 she was employed at Penwalt Industries in Henrietta for over 20 years. She was a member of St. Patrick's Church in Mt. Morris. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Robert; children, Roslyn (David) Hallerman of N. Hempstead, Robert (Marlene) of Rochester, Richard and Jeff (Laurie) Barrows of Mt. Morris; nine grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; sister Rose McMaster of Victor and brother Angelo Branciforte of Batavia; nieces and nephews. No prior calling. Memorial Mass was held Monday at St. Patrick's Church. Friends and family were invited to receive the family at the Genesee River Hotel following her Funeral Mass. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Mt. Morris Ambulance Fund. Arrangements by the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St. (Route 408), Mt. Morris NY. Condolences may be emailed to

Albert C. Burke

World War II veteran

Albert C. Burke died on Aug. 3, 2005 at the age of 80. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family and his faithful caregiver, Ha Luong. Albert was born on June 22, 1925 and raised in Canandaigua, the fourth son of Albert C. Burke and Frances Touhey Burke. He was predeceased by all of his brothers; Tom in 1947, Gilbert in 1978 and Billy in 1929. He attended and graduated from Canandaigua Academy in June 1943 and was inducted into the Army Oct. 2, 1943. He was sent to fight in the European theater during World War II. He was a member of the 350th Infantry, 88th Division, Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion. He fought in German occupied Italy and was among the troops that marched into Rome in June 1944. He was awarded many medals for his military service including the silver star for his distinguished service. Upon returning from the war, Albert joined the family business of running Burke's Seneca Restaurant in Canandaigua. In September of 1947 he married Lillian Cappon of Canandaigua. They had two sons; Peter in 1949 and a baby boy that died with his mother in childbirth in March 1951. On June 26, 1954 Albert married Mary Ellen Cullinan of Avon and she became Peter's mother. They had eight more children; Mary Louise, Barbara, Kathryn, Margaret and two sets of twin boys, Patrick and Thomas and Albert and Richard in the ensuing 10 years. All of those children survive him. He was predeceased by Mary Ellen, after 50 years of marriage, on Nov. 13, 2004. Albert moved his family to Avon in 1958, where he established and ran an insurance agency until his retirement in 1994. He was a successful businessman, Real Estate Broker and community leader. He was Supervisor of the Town of Avon, active on numerous municipal boards, and instrumental in establishing the Livingston County Council on Alcoholism and Livingston County Industrial Development Agency. He enjoyed being a member of Rotary, maintained 61 years of continuous service with the American Legion, and remained active in civic affairs. Albert was a member of St. Agnes Church and found great comfort in his faith. In recent years, Albert and his wife, Mary Ellen, suffered from dehabilitaing illnesses. Mary Ellen's 23 year battle with Parkinson's diseas had the greatest impact on both. Despite the challenges of poor health, Albert was steadfast in his love of his family, his friends and the communities of Canandaigua and Avon. He is also survived by 17 beloved grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and dear friends. Albert was blessed with a wonderful sense of humor and fellowship. He gave freely of himself and felt so very fortunate to have been welcomed into the Avon community some 50 years ago. those that loved and knew him will miss him very much. A Funeral Mass was held on Aug. 8 at St. Agnes Church and he was buried at St. Agnes Cemetery with military honors.

Ruth P. Hadcock

Retired teacher

Ruth P. Hadcock, 87, a retired kindergarten teacher at Perry Central School, died Aug. 7, 2005 at her residence on Lent Hill Road in Cohocton, N.Y. Mrs. Hadcock was formerly of Geneseo. She is survived by her daughter Kathy (Mark Densmore) Helfrich of Cohocton; three cousins, Pam (Dave) Sekula of Avoca, Marge (Bob) Stuver of Rochester and David (Sally) Gerling of Henrietta; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth “Mike” Hadcock in 2004. She was born June 24, 1918 in Wokingham, England, the daughter of George and Lilian Wheeler Poole. No prior calling hours. Graveside services will be held Saturday, Aug. 13 at 1 p.m. in Temple Hill Cemetery in Geneseo. Memorials may be made to the Cohocton Lions Club, Box 297, Cohocton NY 14826 or the Cohocton Fire Department, Box 375, Cohocton NY 14826.

Ralph S. Johnson


Caledonia - Ralph S. Johnson, 95, died on July 31, 2005 at the Livingston County Skilled Nursing Facility in Geneseo. Ralph was born on March 14, 1910 in Caledonia, the son of Arthur and Mary Johnson. He was a farmer at the Wee Wood Farms in Caledonia. He was a member of the Caledonia and Pomona Grange. He sold insurance for the National Grange Company for 40 years. He was an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church. He was also past president of the Caledonia School Board. He was predeceased by his wives Mabel Sage Johnson, Dorothy Woleslagle Johnson and brother F. Wright Johnson. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Rich Henry; son and daughter-in-law Donald and Evie Johnson; special friend Lillian Clarke; brother George Johnson; nine grandchildren; six great grandchildren; several nieces. Calling hours were held Aug. 2 at the Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 W. Main St. in Caledonia. His Funeral Service was held Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church, 3080 W. Main St. in Caledonia with Rev. Peter Leathersitch officiating. Interment, Mumford Rural Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the CCE of Livingston County 4-H, 158 Main St., Mt. Morris NY 14510 or the First Presbyterian Church, 3080 W. Main St., Caledonia NY 14423.

Joyce S. Vanella

Practical nurse

Joyce S. Vanella, 70, a licensed practical nurse for Home and Healing Care Services of Corning, N.Y., died Aug. 7, 2005 at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. Mrs. Vanella resided on Groveland Hill Road. She is survived by her two sons, Joseph Vanella of Honeoye and Richard Vanella of Groveland; sister Barbara Parsons of Groveland; two brothers, Harold (Marilyn) Schery of Farmington and Andy (Bonnie) Schery of Texas; nieces and nephews. She was born June 2, 1935 in Dansville, the daughter of Howard and Mary Toland Schery. No prior calling hours. Private Funeral Services were held Aug. 9 at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home in Geneseo. Interment, private. Memorials may be made to Geneseo Ambulance Fund, Box 428, Geneseo NY 14454 or St. Jude Children's Hospital, Box 1000 Dept. 300, Memphis TN 38148-0552.