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In Memoriam

Donald L. Hamilton

Retired warehouse manager

Donald L. Hamilton, 69, retired warehouse manager at Central Tractor in Geneseo, where he worked for 15 years, died Oct. 3, 2004 at his residence, 11 Jacqueline Way in Geneseo. Mr. Hamilton was a well known farmer in the Geneseo area for many years. He is survived by his wife Marlene; three daughters, Lori (Bruce) Dantz of Geneseo, Kimberly (Eric) Shell of Scarborough, ME, Kristen (Craig) Deisering of Phelps; grandchildren, Kellen and Taylor Dantz of Geneseo, Elizabeth and Erin Shell of Scarborough, ME, Cameron Deisering of Phelps; brothers, Earl (Evelyn) Hamilton of Leicester, Bud (Millie) Hamilton of Leicester, Carl Hamilton of Perry; sisters-in-law, Kay Hamilton of Leicester, Debra (James) Munger of Warsaw, Kathleen (Gary) Webster of Phoenix, Ariz.; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Marion Hamilton, his sister, Jean Hamilton and his brother Wayne “Bump” Hamilton. He was born June 16, 1935 in Perry, N.Y. the son of William and Marian (McClurg) Hamilton. He was a graduate of Perry High School. He was a member of the Central Presbyterian Church of Geneseo. He was also a member of the Geneseo Kiwanis Club and a Past President. He was a Lieutenant Governor of the Genesee Division of the New York District of Kiwanis. Visitation was held Monday at Rector-Hicks Funeral Home Inc. Funeral Services were held Oct. 5 at Central Presbyterian Church in Geneseo with Rev. Kathryn Stimson officiating. Burial, Temple Hill Cemetery in Geneseo. Memorials may be made to Livingston County Hospice, Livingston County Campus Bldg. #2, Mt. Morris NY 14510.

Evelyn A. Johnson

Wayland resident

Evelyn A. Johnson, 87, of 10748 Loon Lake Road in Wayland, formerly of Rochester, passed away Sept. 28, 2004 at the Hornell Gardens Healthcare Facility in Hornell. She was born Aug. 27, 1917 in Rochester the daughter of Harry and Edith Hopper. Evelyn spent the majority of her life in the Rochester area and on May 1, 1937 she and Benjamin Johnson entered into a loving marriage. Prior to Benjamin's passing away on Dec. 24, 1978 they celebrated over 41 years of marriage. During their time together, Evelyn and Benjamin resided in Rochester for a number of years and then in 1963, they moved to the Springwater/Wayland area. Evelyn's employment career included 25 years at General Signal Railway in Rochester. She was a fan of crossword puzzles, shopping, knitting, cooking and would also pass the time of day watching some of her favorite television programs.Evelyn was predeceased by her husband Benjamin, and her sister, Mae Monahan. She is survived by her children, daughter Gail Fahl and her husband John of Wayland and son George Johnson and his wife Joyce of Venice, Fla.; grandchildren, Ann Schmidt, Ronald Fahl and Jeffery Johnson; great grandson Gregory Baroody; great great grandson Tyler Baroody; and her niece Betty Gross of Ohio. Family and friends called Thursday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St. in Wayland, where Funeral Services followed calling hours with Rev. Dennis Swart of the Springwater Church of the Nazarene officiating. Interment, Wayland Village Cemetery, at the convenience of the family.

Margaret J. Kanaval

Cohocton resident

Margaret “Dot” J. Hunt Kanaval, 81, of 17 N. Dansville St., Cohocton, went to be with her Lord Sept. 29, 2004 surrounded by family at her home. Margaret was born June 16, 1923 in Dansville, the daughter of Lester and Minnie (Guiles) Bricks. She spent the first few years of her life in and around the Ossian/Dansville area. Margaret (Dot) and Howard H. Hunt entered into a loving marriage on Oct. 12, 1940. Dot and Howard celebrated over 48 years of marriage prior to Howard's passing away in 1989. Dot moved to Cohocton in 1997 and entered into a loving marriage with Reuben Kanaval on June 21, 1997. Dot and Reuben celebrated over six years of marriage together prior to Reuben's passing away this year. Dot's employment career included time spent at Moore Cottrell and at Wayland Central School as a bus and cafeteria monitor. However, the majority of Dot's life was spent as a homemaker raising her children. She was a very loving and caring wife, mother and grandmother. Dot thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Every year, in late August or September, Dot would host a picnic for all her grandchildren. It was a special time for her and all of her grandkids that will be missed by all. Dot was an active member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Perkinsville and a member of the Women's Fellowship for St. Peter's. She enjoyed playing cards, especially Canasta, as she was a member of the Canasta Club, along with belonging to a craft club. She particularly enjoyed making quilts. She was predeceased by her husband Howard H. Hunt in 1989 and her husband Reuben Kanaval in 2004; two children, Dawn and Norbert Hunt; and siblings Robert Bricks, Mabel Sawyer and Joseph Englert. She is survived by her loving children, Wayne (Pat) Hunt of Atlanta, Bonnie (Bob) Hughes of Perkinsville, Ann (Bob) Oxx of Wayland, Jeanette (Jack) Conrad of Perkinsville, Kathryn Charnock of Clifton Springs, Onlee (Don) Zeh of Cohocton, Les (Jeane) Hunt of Wayland, Bob (Sue) Hunt of Wayland; 28 grandchildren; 41 great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; stepchildren, Reuben Jr. (Jacque) Kanaval of Cohocton, Sylvia Kanaval of Penn Yan and Shirley (Clair “Pinky”) Fairbrother of Cohocton; several step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews. Family and friends called Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St. in Wayland. Funeral Services were conducted Sunday at St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Perkinsville with Rev. Karen Christensen officiating. Interment, Wayland Village Cemetery. Contributions in Margaret “Dot” J. Hunt Kanaval's memory may be made to St. Peter's United Church of Christ, Perkinsville NY 14529 or the the Vincent House 310 Second Ave., Wayland NY 14572.

Jean B. McTarnaghan

Livonia resident

Livonia - Jean B. McTarnaghan, 80, died Oct. 3, 2004. She was born the daughter of Albert and Ethel May Barber on July 22, 1924 in Conesus. She worked for many years and retired from Chanler Insurance in Livonia. She was a member of the Conesus United Church. She was predeceased by her husband Robert in 1991, brothers, Bruce and David Barber, sister Joyce Savino. She is survived by her daughters, Marjorie (Clifford) Frank of Buffalo, Nancy (Richard) O'Connor of Livonia; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Jody) Mitchan of Texas, Elizabeth (Dr. Ernesto) Lombardi of Yonkers, N.Y., David (Theresa) O'Connor of Maryland, Kathleen (Kory MacGeorge) O'Connor of Waterloo, Karen O'Connor of Cheektowaga, N.Y.; five great grandchildren, Dylan, Delaney and Dustin O'Connor, Daniel and Larissa Mitchan; brothers, R. James (Renee) Barber of England, Thomas (Judy) Barber of Conesus; sisters-in-law, Betty Lou Barber, Eloise Lester and Wendy Warren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends may call Wednesday 2-4, 7-8 p.m. at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15, Livonia. Funeral Services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Conesus United Church with the Rev. David Hotchkiss officiating. Burial, Union Cemetery in Livonia. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Livonia Public Library, Livonia NY 14487, the Conesus United Church, Conesus NY 14435 or the Livonia Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 8, Livonia.

Nicholas A. Orlando Sr.

U.S. Air Force veteran

Nicholas A. Orlando Sr., 69, a retired professor for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, died suddenly Sept. 25, 2004 at the Nancy San Carlo Hospital in Rome, Italy. Mr. Orlando had been vacationing in Italy with his wife Josephine and relatives Sylvia and Tom Viti when he was taken ill. He is survived by is wife Josephine Viti Orlando; one daughter Mary Agnes (Jeffrey) Lubanski of Lancaster, N.Y.; two sons, Dr. Mark (Elizabeth) Orlando of Penfield, Gregory (Marthoula) Orlando of Orlando, Fla.; four grandchildren, Ryan and Evan Orlando, Gabriella Orlando and Sydney Lubanski; two brothers, Samuel (Dini) Orlando of Bloomfield and Carmen Orlando of Phelps; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his son Nicholas A. Orlando Jr. He was born Dec. 26, 1934 in Geneseo the son of Salvatore and Mary (Morello) Orlando. He was a graduate of Geneseo High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953-1957. He received his Bachelor's Degree and his Master's Degree from Geneseo State University. He served the Village of Geneseo as Village Justice for over 20 years. He was a member of St. Mary's Church, St. Mary's Men's Club and served on the St. Mary's Cemetery Board of Directors. Visitation was held at Rector-Hicks Funeral Home Inc. Oct. 3. Funeral Mass was held Oct. 4 at St. Mary's Church in Geneseo with Father Daniel McMullin officiating. Burial, St. Mary's Cemetery in Geneseo. Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Church, 13 North St., Geneseo NY 14454 or Teresa House, 21 Highland Road, Geneseo NY 14454.

Fred Putnam

World War II veteran

Cohocton/Rochester - Frederick “Fred” H. Putnam, 81, formerly of Cohocton and more recently of the Brightonian in Rochester, passed away Oct. 3, 2004 at Highland Hospital in Rochester. Fred was born March 29, 1923 on Lent Hill in Cohocton, the son of Dimick and Mattie Putnam. He was a life long resident of the Cohocton/Atlanta area prior to residing in Rochester for the past year. Fred served his country during World War II in the United States Navy from December 27, 1940 until he was honorably discharged April 9, 1946. During his time in the Navy, Fred spent time in Hawaii, the Figi Islands, and New Zealand. Of special interest, Fred was a survivor of Pearl Harbor. Fred was an avid hunter of both deer and bear as evidenced by a bear that he had mounted. He enjoyed backpacking in Canada and he also enjoyed airplanes. He was predeceased by a brother Carl Polmanteer and sisters, Sylvia McKeown, Una Dunn, Eva Jackson and Frances Price. He is survived by his children, Diane VanOrden of Mesa, Arizona,Timothy P. Putnam and his wife Betty of Rochester, E. Susan Herman and her husband Jeffrey of Tucson, Arizona; four grandchildren, Robert and Anthony VanOrden, Brittany and Brannon Herman, along with several nieces and nephews. Family and friends called Tuesday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St., in Wayland. Funeral Services were held Wednesday at the Funeral Home with Rev. Verne Schattner officiating. Interment with military honors, Clearview Cemetery in North Cohocton. Contributions in Frederick “Fred” Putnam's memory may be made to the Rochester Public Broadcasting Station, WXXI, 280 State St., Rochester NY 14614.

Lathan W. Robinson

Livonia - Lathan W. Robinson, 78, died Sept. 29, 2004. He is survived by his wife Marion; children, Norma, Gloria, Roy, Robert, Don; stepson Ed; stepdaughter Mary Ann; sister Dorothy Ewing; brothers, Howard and Ed; and many grandchildren. Friends may call Wednesday 2-4, 7-9 p.m. at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15, Livonia. Services will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Livingston County Hospice Fund, 2 County Campus, Mt. Morris NY 14510.

Dennis C. Rumfelt

Vietnam War veteran

Scio, N.Y. - Dennis C. Rumfelt, 53, of Church St., Scio, formerly of Conesus, died Oct. 2, 2004 at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. He was born the son of Ralph and Marion Connolly Rumfelt on April 12, 1950 in Rochester. He was a Vietnam veteran, a sergeant of the Marine Corps. He was a member of the Belmont American Legion, a Board of Director for the Scio Free Library, past President of the Scio Fire Department. He is survived by his wife Vicki; son James (Lori) Rumfelt of Andover; grandchildren, MaKenzy, Bryce, Evan and Allison; brother, Douglas (Bonnie) Rumfelt of Hemlock; sister-in-law, Carolyn Rumfelt of California; aunts, Norma Rumfelt of Livonia Center, Dora Thompson; uncle Daniel (Barb) Connolly of Hemlock; several nieces and nephews. No prior calling. Friends may attend a Military Graveside Service, Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Knights Creek Cemetery on County Road #9 in Scio, N.Y. The family asks that donations be made to the Scio Free Library, West Sciota St., Scio NY 14880. Arrangements entrusted to the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Livonia.

Thomas J. Strong

Florida/Livonia - Thomas J. Strong, 66, died Sept. 24, 2004. He formerly lived in Livonia. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Nancy; stepson, Michael (Roxanne) Woityra; granddaughter, Christa of Gates; brother, Dennis (Nan) of Conesus; sister, Sheila of Mt. Morris; brothers-in-law, nephews, cousins and many dear friends. A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held in Florida. Memorials to Livonia Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 8, Livonia NY 14487. Reference: Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home in Livonia.

Edward Sweeney

World War II veteran

Edward M. Sweeney, 87, of 6819 Mead Hill Road, Springwater, passed away Sept. 29, 2004 at the Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. Ed was born Aug. 7, 1917 in Hume, N.Y. the son of Edward and Mayme (Mack) Sweeney. Ed resided in different towns during the early years of his life including the Rochester and Industry areas. After graduating from Avon Central High School, Ed served in the National Guard. Upon completing his time there, he attended and graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a B.A. in Social Service. Following his time spent at St. Bonaventure, Ed was called upon to serve his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He participated in active service from March 3, 1943 - March 1, 1946. During his time in the Army Ed investigated counter intelligence personnel, briefed, interrogated and instructed Army Air Force personnel on many different topics. Ed was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal and an American Service Medal. After his active service, Ed attended and graduated with a Masters Degree from Fordham University. Upon graduation Ed was employed by Craig Developmental in Sonyea and during that time he remained serving his country in the Army Reserves. He attained the rank of major and retired from the Army Reserves as a major. During his schooling and employment Ed met and entered into a loving marriage with Elinor McNamee. They were married on Aug. 30, 1949 at St. Brendan's Church in New Haven, Conn. Together they celebrated over 36 years of marriage prior to Elinor's passing away in 1986. Ed was an avid reader, collector of stamps, coins, trains, Civil War artifacts, and other history collectibles. He was instrumental in the organization of the Groveland Ambuscade Monument in Groveland. The monument was constructed in recognition of the Sullivan Campaign prior to the Revolutionary War. Ed enjoyed membership in the following: a life member of the Reserve Officers Association of the United States, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Springwater American Legion, Ancient Order of the Hibernians, North South Skirmish Association, and the Irish Children's Program. He was predeceased by his loving wife Elinor Sweeney and his brother Robert Sweeney. He is survived by his children, Catharine (Bruce) Comes of New Hampshire,Christopher (Donna) Sweeney of Geneseo, Patrick Sweeney of Colorado, Brian (Cheryl) Sweeney of California, Susan (Steve) Salerno of Springwater, David (Maria) Sweeney of Spain; his grandchildren, Eric, Nathan, Rory, Allison, Caitlin, Kevin, Rachel, Miguel, Ivan, Christian, David and Patricia, along with several nieces and nephews. Family and friends called Sunday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St. in Wayland. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday at the Holy Family Catholic Church at Sacred Heart in Perkinsville. Contributions in Edward M. Sweeney's memory may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Joan Eileen Turybury

Former Leicester resident

Joan Eileen Turybury, 63, of Toms Brook, Virginia, formerly of Leicester, died Oct. 2, 2004 at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, Va. She was born the daughter of Kenneth and Gertrude (Allen) Martin on March 26, 1941 in Warsaw, N.Y. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Gerald Sr.; five children, Lillian (John) Lathrop of Statesville, N.C., Colleen (Thomas) Frantz and Gerald (Becky) Turybury Sr., both of Leicester, Lyle (Tracy) Turybury of Front Royal, Va. and David (Sheila) Turybury of Reisterstown, Md.; 11 grandchildren, Erik and Jarrod Lathrop, Brittany Frantz, Shane, Sheena, Josh, Cassandra, Dana, Emily, Colin and Madelyn Turybury; one brother Roger (Ginger) Martin of Sturgeon, MO. No prior calling. Memorial services will be held Oct. 8 at 4 p.m. at the Leicester Union Presbyterian Church. Interment, Leicester Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements: John W. Martin Funeral Home, Mt. Morris. Condolences may be emailed to