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Obituaries published the week of November 6, 2003
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Former Dansville resident
Mary Schwan Mandel, 91, peacefully joined her husband and friends in heaven Sept. 9, 2003 in Arlington, Texas. Mary was born April 1, 1912 in Wayland the daughter of Fred and Teresa (O'Connor) Schwan. She resided the early years of her life in the Wayland area. Mary and Ted Mandel entered into a loving marriage Aug. 5, 1939 at St. Joseph's Church in Wayland. Together they celebrated over 54 years of marriage. Upon marrying they moved to the Dansville area. At retirement, Mary and Ted moved to Florida and resided there for a number of years. Mary moved to Arlington, Texas three years ago to be closer to one of her daughters, Jane Hurley. She will be missed by her family and friends, and will be remembered most for her nurturing and caring manner. She was a model homemaker that participated in many church and community programs, regardless of her residence. She was predeceased by her husband Ted Mandel and both her parents. She is survived by her daughters, Mary Jo Skeet and husband Doug of Rochester, Terese Bolla and husband Bob of Youngstown, Ohio, Jane Hurley and husband Larry of Arlington, Texas; grandchildren, Mike Skeet of Chicago, Ill., Steven and Jennifer Bolla of St. Louis, Mo. and Laurel Hurley of Arlington, Texas; along with several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Wayland with Father Phil Billotte officiating. Committal services and interment will take place immediately following Mass at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Wayland. Local funeral arrangements have been completed with the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St., Wayland. Contributions in Mary Mandel's memory may be made to St. Mary's Catholic School, 43 Elizabeth St., Dansville NY 14437.
World War II veteran
Harold Mastin Mike, of County Road #37, Honeoye, died Oct. 28, 2003, at the age of 87. He was born the son of Lemon and Clara Caskey Mastin on July 8, 1916, in Canadice. He was a World War II veteran, a member of the Honeoye-Hemlock American Legion Post #1278, former Highway Superintendent, Town Supervisor, and Town Justice for the Town of Richmond. Mr. Mastin drove a school bus for Honeoye Central School. He was a farmer in his spare time, and a member of the Richmond Fire Department and the Honeoye Area Chamber of Commerce. He is survived by his beloved wife, Grace, his beloved daughters, Cindy (Bob) Peterson of WI, Laurie (Andy) Carney of FL, Penny (Don) Jones of Bristol, Lisa Mastin-Sitterley of Honeoye. Beloved grandfather of 10 grandchildren. Brothers Earl (Helen) Mastin of Canadice, Ivan (Virginia) Mastin of Springwater, Otto (Lottie) Mastin of Geneseo, sisters, Irene (George) MacPhearson of Honeoye, and Onolee (Amos) Jenks of Canandaigua, and several nieces and nephews. Friends called Thursday and Friday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15, Livonia. His funeral service was held Saturday at the Honeoye United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Brian Krause officiating. Burial, Richmond Center Cemetery, Honeoye. In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Honeoye United Church of Christ or the Honeoye-Hemlock American Legion, Honeoye, NY, 14471.
Dorothy M. Robinson, 73, currently of 1771 County Route 90, Perkinsville, passed away Nov. 1, 2003 at the Livingston County Skilled Nursing Facility in Mt. Morris. She was born Feb. 23, 1930 in Wayland the daughter of Frank and Claudia (Schirmer) Mark. She was a lifelong resident of the Perkinsville/Wayland area. Dorothy graduated from Wayland Central School in 1947. Soon thereafter, Dorothy and Arnold Bob Robinson entered into a loving marriage on Feb. 5, 1949 at Sacred heart Church in Perkinsville. Together they celebrated over 54 years of marriage and during that time, Dorothy and Bob owned and operated their own farm in Perkinsville. Dorothy also enjoyed employment for a time at the Berwin Paper Mill in Perkinsville. Throughout the years, Dorothy enjoyed numerous vacations with her family, especially the ones to California, Michigan and Black Lake. Dorothy loved to spend time with her family especially at Christmas and really enjoyed the visits from her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Dorothy was predeceased by her daughter Diane in June 2000; her brothers, Theodore in 1928, Gerald in 1935 and Francis in 1952. She is survived by her husband Arnold Bob Robinson of Perkinsville; her daughter Mary Ann Hawkins and husband Joel of North Cohocton; her three sons, Ronald Robinson and wife Beverly of Wayland, Jeffrey Robinson and wife Mary Ann of Wayland, and Paul Robinson and wife Martha of Dansville; her four grandchildren, Heidi Robinson Carr and husband William, Adam Robinson and wife Lisa, and Andrew Benjamin Hawkins; her sister Geraldine Recktenwald and husband William of Perkinsville, as well as several nieces and nephews. Family and friends called Tuesday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St. in Wayland. A prayer service was conducted Wednesday morning at the Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Church in Perkinsville. Interment, Sacred Heart Cemetery in Perkinsville. Contributions in Dorothy M. Robinson's memory may be made to Sacred Heart Church in care of Geraldine Recktenwald, County Rt. 90, Dansville NY 14437 or to Sacred Heart Cemetery, in care of Steve Malter, Perkinsville Rd., Perkinsville NY 14529.
Elizabeth C. 'Betty' Van Der Meid
Elizabeth C. 'Betty' Van Der Meid, 83, passed away Oct. 30, 2003. Born Sept. 13, 1920 in Buffalo to Dr. and Mrs. Walter F. Chappelle, she later met her husband, J. Edson Van Der Meid, at Allegheny College in Meadeville, Pa. Ed and Betty have been inseparable, enjoying 60 years together as husband and wife. There are so many that miss her dearly: husband Edson; children, John F. (Bonnie) and Ronald (Rosemary); grandchildren, Scott, Matthew, Adam, Steven and Kevin; sister Geraldine Tracy; twin brother Robert; oldest brother Walter Jr. (Jean); brother-in-law William (Shirley); nieces, nephews, cousins; and all who her life touched. She was predeceased by her brother Maurice. Mrs. Van Der Meid taught first grade at Livonia Primary School for 21 years. Retirement gave Betty more time to enjoy her husband, grandchildren, and friends; care for her flowers; travel; stay active with golf, swimming and bridge. Calling hours were held Sunday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Route 15 in Livonia. A memorial service for the family will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Patterson Library in Livonia.