Livonia to Bid Farewell to Chris Copeland March 3

LIVONIA – The following is adapted from an obituary by Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Homes. If local communities have learned anything over the past month, it is that Chris Copeland had many dear friends. He is survived by daughters Madison Lynn Copeland and Arianna Lee Copeland, his mother Patricia (Randy Remming) Copeland of Conesus, his father Gregory Copeland of Buffalo, and his brother Cameron Copeland of Livonia. He is also survived … [Read more...]

York Says Farewell to ‘Aunt Vera,’ World-Class Public Servant

The following is adapted from an obituary from Rector-Hicks Funeral Home in Geneseo. YORK – York bid a final farewell to the public servant who traveled the world but did her best work at home. Veronica Mary Schwan, or 'Sister Mary Alena,' 89, was born Nov. 21, 1927 in Rochester William and Helen Wynhurst Schwan. She attended St. Peter and Paul Grammar School, graduating in June 1941. That fall, she entered Holy Angels Academy in Fort Lee, … [Read more...]

Local Heroes Bid Farewell to Chief Tom Linsner

GENESEO – The following is adapted from an obituary published by Rector-Hicks Funeral Home: Thomas J. Linsner, 70, of North Road in Piffard, formerly of Geneseo, died Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 at his residence. He was predeceased by his daughter, Tammy, and his parents, Melvin and Jane Linsner. He is survived by his wife, Betsy Linsner, his children, Brian (Laura) Linsner of Fredericksburg, VA, Janna (Terry) O'Brien of Geneseo, Brian Augustus … [Read more...]

Geneseo and the Idle Hour Bid Farewell to Marsha Avery

GENESEO – The following is adapted from an obituary published by Rector Hicks Funeral Home. Marsha R. Avery, 73, of Northview Dr. in Geneseo, died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 at her residence. She was predeceased by her husband, Frank in 2001. She is survived by her daughter, Heather Chiara of Geneseo; Eric Avery of Portland, Oregon, grandson; Jackson Chiara, brother; David (Betty) Barnes of Fairport; and many dear friends. Marsha was born … [Read more...]

Geneseo Says Farewell to Don Lackey

GENESEO – The following is an obituary published by Rector-Hicks Funeral Home: Donald P. Lackey, age 74, of Westview Crescent in Geneseo, passed away suddenly Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. He was predeceased by his siblings, Robert, Daniel, Richard 'Bud,' Ronald Lackey and Alice Messenger. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Nancy O'Laughlin Lackey, sons, Kevin Patrick (Joanna) Lackey of Boston, MA, Michael (Melissa) Lackey of Amherst, … [Read more...]

Covington Says Farewell to Karen Blanke

NYLON – The following is based on an obituary by Weeks Funeral Home: Karen J. Blanke, age 63, of Old State Rd., Covington, passed away suddenly on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 in York. She was born in Warsaw on May 12, 1953, daughter of the late Harold and Dorothy Swift Keller. A lifetime resident of Covington, Karen worked for Champion in Perry, then as assistant manager of food service at SUNY Geneseo, and finally as an associate for over … [Read more...]

Geneseo Bids Farewell to Michael Sawyer

GENESEO – The following is adapted from an obituary by Rector Hicks Funeral Home: Geneseo resident Michael C. Sawyer passed away suddenly at the age of 43 while hiking with his wife near Lake Placid, NY. He was born Dec. 3, 1972 in Rochester, NY to Dori Sylvester Sawyer and John M. Sawyer Jr. He was the first of their five children. Michael was a man who loved life, and had an entrepreneurial spirit from a very young age. He sought to … [Read more...]

Geneseo’s First Female Town Council Member Passes Away at 77

The following is adapted from an obituary by Rector-Hicks Funeral Home. GENESEO – The Town is mourning the loss of a historic figure, Madilene Peri. Peri, 77, passed away on Sunday Sunday, Aug. 7 at her home. As the Town of Geneseo's first female Town Council member she will be sorely missed by Geneseo and Livingston County. Peri was born June 23, 1939 in Geneseo on the family farm on Elm Road, the daughter of Edgar and Sarah Gillen … [Read more...]

Avon Says Goodbye to Dr. Dick Collins After Life of Service

AVON – One of Avon's most distinguished community members, Korean War veteran and doctor Richard Collins, passed away on Monday. As many local families know and remember, Dr. Collins devoted his life to serving communities as close as his home in Avon as far away as Korea. "He truly was such an amazing man," said Rob Hayes, Collins' nephew and Avon Village Board member. "He meant so much and will be sorely missed by our family and … [Read more...]

Nunda Says Farewell to Teacher Ryan Almeter

The following is an obituary by W S Davis Funeral Home. NUNDA – Ryan R. Almeter, of E. Main St., Bliss, died Friday June 10, 2016 in the Town of Nunda at the age of 34. He was born November 6, 1981 in Warsaw a son of Gordon and Karen (nee Elliott) Almeter. He was a 1999 graduate of Letchworth Central School, Gainesville; a graduate of Genesee Community College, Batavia and received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Geneseo State … [Read more...]