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ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL     Friday    March 19, 1920     col  4               by: Ron Hanley
 O'BRIEN -    The funeral of Matthew T. O'Brien, of Phelps, who died on Friday, was held from St. Francis Catholic church on Monday. He was 61 years of age.  For 20 years he had been proprietor of the Phelps hotel. In his younger days he was famous locally as a baseball player. He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Terrance O'Brien and was born in Clifton Springs. Practically his whole life had been spent in the community.  Survivors are his wife, a son, Paul, three daughters, Ruth, Kathryn and Elizabeth O'Brien, all of Phelps, two sisters, Miss Minnie O'Brien, of Phelps, and Mrs. Abram C. Cappon, of Canandaigua, and a brother, Joseph O'Brien, of New York City.

Union & Advertiser,  Rochester,  N.Y.        May 5, 1921                  by: GSubyak@aol.com


Phelps, May 5 - The annual meeting of School District No. 8 was held in the assembly room of the Phelps High School Tuesday evening. The meeting was called to order by Charlotte T. SALISBURY, president of the Board of Education. Warren H. WILCOX was chairman, Fred HELMER secretary and F. E. BENTON and P. V. KEEFE, tellers. The report of clerk and treasurer, J. Fred HELMER, were approved and the budget of $14,250 for next year's expenses, was adopted. J. W. DONNELLY and L. F. CROUCH were unanimously elected trustees to succeed themselves.

 Union & Advertiser, Rochester,  N.Y.      May 6, 1921         by: GSubyak@aol.com

Phelps, May 6 - Miss Dorothy BENTON has been designated as valedictorian and John GRIMES as salutatorian of the graduating class of the Phelps High School. The junior prom in honor of the senior class will be held in Gibson Hall this evening.

Democrat & Chronicle,   Rochester, Monroe, NY     Thursday    Sept 1, 1921                by: GSubyak@aol.com

Phelps, Aug. 31 - The marriage of Miss Kathryn HELMER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene HELMER, of Phelps, and Richard C. HODGES, of Boston, Mass., took place at 6 o'clock Monday evening at the Phelps Methodist Episcopal Church.
Rev.  Edgar W. WALLIS, pastor of the church, assisted by C. C. HODGES, of Boston, the  groom's father, performed the ceremony, in which the double ring service was  used. The church was decorated with palms and asters. The bride who was
given in  marriage by her father, was attended by her sister, Miss Gertrude HELMER, as  maid of honor and by Miss Maud HODGES, sister of the groom, and Miss Ruth FRANKLIN, of Ithaca, as bridesmaid, Maurice RECK, of Rochester, was the
groom's  attendant and John RAWLINSON and Lester ADAMS, of Phelps, were the ushers. A  short organ recital, played by Mrs. A. P. HULL, of Sayre, Pa., preceded the  ceremony, and vocal selections "I Love You Truly" and "At Dawning" were given by  Mrs. H. S. HULL, of Utica, soloist.
The bride was gowned in white satin with silver  trimmings made entrain. She wore her veil in fan effect and carried a bouquet of  the Bride roses. Her going away attire was an electric blue broadcloth suit with mole skin trimmings. Miss HELMER, the maid of honor was attired in pink organdie  and carried white asters. Miss HODGES wore a green organdie gown and carried  pink asters
and Miss FRANKLIN, carried a bouquet of purple asters, was gowned in yellow organdie. The bride's mother wore her own wedding dress, a green satin maryaleur gown. Gold pencils were the gifts from the bride to her attendants, and the groom gave tie clips to his best man and ushers.
Following the ceremony at the church a reception to about fifty relatives was held at the home of the bride's parents in Park  street, at which a four-course dinner, prepared by Mrs. B. H. WOOLSON, was  served. Mr. and Mrs. HODGES left during the evening for an automobile trip to the Thousand Islands, Adirondack mountains, Lake Champlain and George, Vermont  and New Hampshire points and a three-weeks sojourn at the HODGES summer home in Maine. The bride received her high school education in Phelps, was graduated from the Oswego State Normal School in 1912 and since then has been engaged as a  teacher at the
Phelps union and classical school.
Mr. HODGES, who is a former service man is teaching mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Guests at the wedding were from Utica, Niagara Falls, Camden, Rochester, and from points in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Montana and Connecticut. Events given in honor of the bride were a reception by Miss ROUCH to the teachers of  the high school, and parties by Mrs. E. W. WALLIS and the bride's Sunday-school  class. Mr. and Mrs. HODGES will make their permanent home at No. 124 School  street, Watertown, Mass.

Ontario Co. Journal,  Friday, June 30, 1922   Front Pg., col 6                  by:  Dianne Thomas

WILCOX - The funeral services for Mrs. Anna E. WILCOX, whose death occurred at Phelps on Friday, were held on Tuesday.  she was born in Canandaigua 78 years ago.  She leaves two sisters, Mrs. C. H. ANDREWS and Miss FOSKETT of Canandaigua.  Interment was at Phelps.  

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY     Sunday  Feb 17, 1924                 by: GSubyak@aol.com 

Phelps, Feb. 17 - Selden L. STEWART, 80 years old, a resident of the town of Phelps for many years, died Friday night at the Thompson Memorial Hospital in  Canandaigua, after an illness of several weeks. Mr. STEWART who was a son of  Lyman and Sara VanDORN STEWART, was born at Pultneyville, on March 13th 1844.
A son Ernest of Rochester, and another son who  resides in the west are the only known surviving relatives. Funeral services  will be held from the undertaking parlors of Dauchy and Kavanaugh at 1:30  o'clock on Monday afternoon. Interment will be made in Joslyn cemetery near Oaks  Corners.

UNKNOWN PAPER                    January     1925                      by: Kathy Mailler

Carrie E. MAILLER - After a brief illness form heart trouble, Miss Carrie Elizabeth MAILLER died at at one o'clock on Wednesday morning (Jan 25th), at her home in Unionville at the age of 65 years.  [this s/b 75y]. Miss MAILLER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William MAILLER, was born in the town of Phelps and lived in the community practically all her life.  She was a sister to the late Dr. F. M. MAILLER and is survived by a nephew and a niece, of Elgin, Ill.  She was a member of the Phelps Presbyterian church and was highly esteemed.

Funeral services will be held at her home at Unionville on Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the Rev. Charles J. WOOD officiating.  burial will be made in Rest Haven cemetery.  

ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT and CHRONICLE  November 3, 1927      by: Ron Hanley


 Phelps Nov. 3-   The body of Frank Hawks Brush, a former resident of this place, who died Sunday in New York, was brought here today for burial in Rest Haven Cemetery.    He at one time conducted a business here and left Phelps fifty-five years ago.

The Phelps Citizen                   Thursday                    August 30, 1928                             by:  Dianne Thomas

PERSONAL section -

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY     Wednesday  Oct 10, 1928                 by: GSubyak@aol.com 

Junius Farm Sold 
Phelps, Oct. 9 - The 300-acre farm, known as the William H. Newton Place in the Town of Junius, east of here, and lately owned by Charles COURTWRIGHT of  Phelps, has been sold to Frank A. BUMP, tenant on the place for several seasons.  The consideration is reported as $12,000.

 CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER  Saturday  November 5, 1932         by: Ron Hanley
Mrs. Sarah E. Madden, 79, widow of James B. Madden, died Friday at the home of her niece, Miss Louise Ross, of Phelps.
Mrs. Madden was a native of Kingston, Canada, and had lived in Phelps for the past 40 years.
Surviving besides Miss Ross are one son, Allen Madden, of Phelps, one brother, Alfred M. ROSS of Elgin, Ill., and one sister, Mrs. W. B. Hobbie, of Phelps.
Funeral services will be held at the home at 2:30 o'clock Monday afternoon, the Rev. Charles J. Wood, pastor of the Phelps Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will be in Rest Haven Cemetery.

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY    Jan 23, 1937     by: GSubyak@aol.com

SWAN - Entered into rest, Thursday, Jan. 21, 1937, Claude S. SWAN. He  leaves one son, Willis SWAN; one daughter, Mrs. Arthur HART, and five  grandchildren.   Funeral from the home of his daughter, Mrs. Arthur HART, 38 Maplehurst Road, Monday morning at 11 o'clock. Interment at Phelps, N. Y.

ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES JOURNAL       June 3, 1938      Pg 8, col 4      by: Ron Hanley
Twelve Children Of Geo. Denniston Hold Reunion
Raising thirteen children to an adult age is such an unusual accomplishment that a family reunion which took place in the town of
Phelps, last Sunday, attracts attention.  Twelve sons and daughters of George H. and the late Lulu Denniston gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Denniston, north of the village of Phelps, that day, for the purpose of renewing family ties. The 13th member of the family, Mrs. Robert Ritz, of Gowanda, was unable to be present because of illness. 
Guest of honor was the father, a former resident of Phelps, now living in Canandaigua.   The Denniston kin who with their children attended the reunion included:  Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Holtz, Macedon, Mr. and Mrs. Miles Sykes, Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. George Denniston, Phelps, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Denniston, Clifton Springs, Mr. and Mrs. John Pearce, Canandaigua, Mr. and Mrs. John Genther, Canandaigua, Mr. and Mrs. William Keyes, bride and groom who were married Saturday, Canandaigua, Charles Denniston, Phelps, John Denniston, Clifton Springs, Miss Sydney Denniston, Canandaigua, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Denniston, Goshen, Indiana, and Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Denniston, Phelps.  Other guests were John Sidney Vogel, Phelps, brother of the late Mrs. Denniston, Miss Charlotte McCord, Rochester, Mrs. Grace Meade, Phelps, Miss Marguerite Bardeen, Clifton Springs, and Paul Rockefeller, Phelps.

CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER      Tuesday     February 20, 1940      by: Ron Hanley  
DEATHS   -   William S. Kimble, 53, crossing watchman at Pleasant and Niagara Streets, died yesterday afternoon, February 19, 1940, at his home in Grand View Park after a brief illness.
Mr. Kimble was born in Hopewell, April 9, 1886. He entered the service of the New York Central Railroad Company September 17, 1906 as a brakeman and on September 28, 1908 he was made car inspector. When that position was abolished he was appointed crossing tender, which position he had held since December 12, 1930.
Besides his wife, Mrs. Pearl L. Kimble, survivors are five brothers and one sister, Charles, Earl, George, Weldon and Harold Kimble, of
Canandaigua, and Mrs. Roy Sturdevant, of Manchester.  Private funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon. Interment will be in Phelps.

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY           Wed     Feb 2, 1944            by: GSubyak@aol.com

JOSEPH P. HICKS -  Phelps - Joseph P. HICKS, 65 died Monday (Jan. 31, 1944) after a long illness. He was born in Phelps on Sept. 29, 1878, where he has lived the greater part of his life.  A private funeral service will be held in the home  Friday at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. Charles DAYTON officiating. Burial in Resthaven Cemetery, Phelps.

Phelps Citizen-Echo                   Thursday,  January  18, 1945                              by:  Dianne Thomas

Mrs. Thomas TISCHER - Mrs. Nellie Gainey TISCHER died Jan 13, 1945 at Victor.  She leaves her husband Thomas and one daughter, Mrs. Edwin SULLIVAN, both of Victor; two sisters, Mrs. William CROUGH of Phelps and Miss Loretta GAINEY of Honeoye Hills; three brothers, William GAINEY of Phelps, John GAINEY of Flushing and Thomas GAINEY of Geneva; several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services were held in the home the following Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. and in St. Patrick's church, Victor at 10 am.  Burial is in St. Patrick's cemetery.

CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER  Wednesday  March 23, 1949      by: Ron Hanley  
CLIFTON SPRINGS - Mrs. Harriet Mackey, 70, formerly of Middlesex, died Monday at her home in Smithport, Pa.
Besides her husband Fred Mackey, she leaves a daughter, Mrs. Ethel Baker, and a granddaughter, Janna Backus, both of Rochester, and one sister, Mrs. Everett Richardson, of Clifton Springs.   Friends may call at Weld's Funeral Home here after 7 p.m. today.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow, the Rev. Oliver Gesen of the Evangelical Church of Wayland officiating. Interment will
be in Riverview Cemetery, Clifton Springs. (Phelps)

Geneva Daily Times              Monday                  July 31, 1950                        by: Dianne Thomas 

OBITUARY - Joseph Patrick MacANIFF, 75, West Main St., Phelps, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William NUHN, 76 Hillcrest Ave., yesterday afternoon, after a short illness.  Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday morning at 10 in the home of his daughter, Mrs. NUHN and at 10;30 at St. Francis Roman Catholic Church in Phelps.  Mr. MacANIFF, a retired machinist, was formerly employed by Lisk Manufacturing Company in Geneva and Canandaigua.  A member of the St. Francis Church, Phelps, he was also a member of Holy Name Society of that church.  He is survived by 5 daughters,  Miss Kathryn MacANIFF, Phelps; Mrs. Alice BARTLETT, Doylestown, PA; Mrs. NUHN, Geneva; Mrs. Frederick UPCHURCH, Ithaca and Mrs. John RUBERY, Phelps; a son, Francis J. MacANIFF, Doylestown, PA; 6 sisters, Mrs. Rose CLARK, Mrs. Anna VINCENT, Mrs. Peter CARR, Mrs. Kathryn KANE and Miss Julia MacANIFF, all of Geneva and Mrs. Vincent A. COLLINS, Rochester; 8 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  

The courtesy of no flowers is requested by the family.  Members of the Holy Name Society of St. Francis Church, Phelps, will meet at the home of Mrs. William NUHN, 76 Hillcrest Ave., tomorrow at 8.  [cemetery not named]

Geneva Daily Times            Friday                        May 22, 1961                by:  Dianne Thomas

Mrs. Hattie PRITCHARD to be Buried Sunday - Phelps - May 22 - Mrs. Hattie A. PRITCHARD, 71, widow of the late Dr. PRITCHARD, died suddenly as a result of a heart attack, while at the breakfast table Thursday morning at her home in East Main Street.  She had been in failing health, due to heart trouble for several months.  She was the daughter of Isaac and Sarah Lambert HUFF, was born at Waterloo, Dec. 13, 1859.  She was married to Dr. PRITCHARD of this village, April 1, 1900 and since that time has been a resident of Phelps.  Dr. PRITCHARD died five years ago.  Mrs. PRICHARD was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of this place and took an active interest in church affairs, the Sunday school,  Missionary societies and Presbyterian Guild.  She was also a member of the local Tuesday Club.  Prior to becoming a resident of Phelps, Mrs. PRITCHARD was librarian of the Waterloo Public Library and Historical Society for several terms.  Surviving relatives are two brothers, Arthur and Willard HUFF both of Waterloo, and three nephews, James and Donald HUFF both of Waterloo and Lieutenant Commander Robert HUFF of the United States Navy.  Funeral services will be held at the PRITCHARD home in East Main Street, Sunday afternoon.  [burial in Resthaven Ceme]

 CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER  Monday  January 4, 1965   by: Ron Hanley   

OBITUARIES     Mrs. Fred Mackey      

RUSHVILLE -   Funeral services for Mrs. Laura VanGelder Mackey, 82, of Middlesex RD 1, was held this afternoon at the Ness Funeral Chapel in Rushville, Rev. Oliver Gesell, retired Evangelical pastor officiating.
Burial was in Riverview Cemetery (Phelps, NY). Mrs. Mackey died Friday in Thompson Hospital, Canandaigua.   She was the daughter of Samuel and Mary Bell Jackson.

Survivors are her husband Fred, a son, David VanGelder, of Cheshire, England, and a step-daughter, Mrs. Mervin Ethel Baker, of Rochester....  funeral home.  

The Rev. Albert Kamm, pastor of the First Baptist Church, will officiate.  Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Plainsville.

PHELPS COUNTRY EDITOR, PHELPS, NY     Friday     February 26, 1965                    by:  Dianne Thomas

Bert COOPER, a carpenter and woodworker who lived on Pleasant street, died over the weekend at Clifton Springs Hospital, after a long illness. He was 82. He is survived by his wife, Lillian; a son George, Phelps; three daughters, Mrs. Eugene (Vivian) DUBOIS, Latham, Mrs. Beatrice HEUSLER, Opalacka, Fla., and Mrs. Bert (Irene) BOLTON, Miami, Fla., six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  Funeral services were conducted Monday in Dewey Funeral Home, Rev Albert KAMM, Clifton Springs Hospital Chaplin officiating.  

Geneva Times                     Saturday                          Sept 2, 1967             by: Dianne Thomas

PHELPS - Funeral services for Fred D. CROSBY of Baltimore, MD, a native of Phelps, was at the home of his sister, Miss Georgianna CROSBY of 30 South Wayne St., in Phelps at 2 pm Friday.  The Rev. K. Glen FLEMING, pastor of the United Presbyterian Church of Phelps, officiated.  Burial was in Resthaven cemetery.  The color guard of the Seeley B. Parish Post 457, the American Legion, were at the graveside.  Bearers were Lee WHITBECK, Harry MAGEE, Clarence YOUNG Jr., Charles CASE, George WHITTAKER and Jack RUTHVEN.  There was also a service in the Presbyterian church in Baltimore at 2 pm, Wednesday.  

The Daily Messenger, Canandaigua, NY – Monday, December 2, 1968  by: Julie Beers

Penn Yan - Clifton Springs Men Are Killed in One-Car Crash Near Phelps; Woman Hurt  

Phelps - A one-car crash, at about 4 a.m. yesterday on County Road 25, resulted in the death of two men and injury to a woman.  The vehicle left the highway and broke into two pieces after striking a tree.  William F. Phillips, 32, of 205 Keuka St., Penn Yan, the driver, and Donald V. Mays, 25, of McBurney Road, Clifton Springs RD, a passenger, were pronounced dead at the scene by County Coroner Dr. Charles E. Bathrick, of Canandaigua.    Mr. Phillips suffered a neck fracture; Mr. Mays had multiple head injuries.  

Sandra L. Conley, 23, of Oaks Corners, another passenger, is reported in fair condition today at Clifton Springs Hospital.  She suffered a leg fracture and multiple cuts of the head, face and body. Ontario County investigators said the vehicle was going east on County Road 25 when it failed to make a curve at the intersection of County Road 25 and the McBurney Road.  The car skidded 228 feet, hit the tree on the right side of the highway and broke in two.  The front of the vehicle continued on down the road for about 198 feet.  All three occupants of the car were thrown from the vehicle, investigators added.  The death of Mr. Phillips and Mr. Mays resulted in a total of 41 traffic fatalities in the county for 1969 (sic) as compared to 29 a year ago at this time.  Investigators included Under-Sheriff, Ray Morrow, Chief Deputy Elwood Cox, and County Det. Anthony Cecero.  

Mr. Phillips, a Korean War Veteran, had lived in Penn Yan for about five years.  He was shop foreman for the G. W. Lisk Co. of Clifton Springs.  He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Phillips, with whom he lived; two sons, Daniel of Penn Yan, and Michael of Washington; a daughter, Julianne of Washington; a brother Robert of Rochester; and four sisters, Mrs. William (Alice) Pawling of Wellsville; Mrs. Lloyd (Caroline) Lyke of Plattsburg; Mrs. James (Sharon) Depew of Penn Yan; and Mrs. Donald (Susan) Mays of Clifton Springs.  Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.  A service will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow.  Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery , Hammondsport.  

Mr. Mays’ survivors include his wife, Sue Phillips Mays; his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Rex Mays of Clifton Springs; two brothers, Terrence of Clifton Springs and Robert in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Vietnam; a sister, Linda Susan, at home; his grandmother, Mrs. Zelma Meeker of Bath, grandfather, B. O. Bunage of Penn Yan, several aunts and uncles and nieces and nephews.  Mr. Mays graduated from Clifton Springs High School in 1961 and spend five years in the Navy.  He was a lab technician at G. W. Lisk.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church , Clifton Springs.  Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Weld Funeral Home, 26 W. Main St .  Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The Rev. Allen Wallenburg of the First Presbyterian Church, Penn Yan, and the Rev. Albert Kamm, pastor of the Baptist Church , will officiate.  Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery , Plainsville. (Phelps)

The Daily Messenger, Canandaigua , NY Wednesday, October 22, 1969     by: Julie Beers

Obituary - Rexford (Rex) W. Mays -  

CLIFTON SPRINGS - Rexford (Rex) W. Mays, 60, of McBurney Road, died unexpectedly yesterday in the Clifton Springs HospitalMr. Mays, a native of Pennsylvania, lived in the Clifton Springs area for more than 25 years and had been an employee of the Ontario Telephone Co. for as many years.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Garoga Lodge No. 303 F&AM, and the Finger Lakes Law Enforcement Association.  He has served as a village trustee.  

He is survived by his wife, Beulah Truax Mays, one daughter, Susan, at home; two sons, Terrance of Clifton Springs and Chief Warrant Officer Robert of Newport, R. I.; six grandchildren, his mother, Mrs. Zelma Meeker of Bath, two brothers, Donald Mays of Bath and Vance Mays of Iowa; one sister, Mrs. Newton Simons Jr., of Pennsylvania, and several nieces and nephews.  Friends may call at the West Funeral Home today from 7 to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.   Masonic services will be held at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. tonight.  Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the ...(cut off)

The Geneva Times       Saturday,     October 27, 1973    [pic of Jordan & Gloria]                by:  Dianne Thomas

PHELPS - Mr. and Mrs. Jordan Bruzee of 95 Clifton St., celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary at a surprise champagne buffet dinner. The party was given by their two sons and daughters in-law, David and Kathy Bruzee and Steven and Chris Bruzee and their two daughters, Miss Amy Bruzee and Miss Lynn Bruzee of Atlanta, Ga. At the Phelps American Legion on Saturday, Oct. 13.  More than 60 guests, including the entire wedding party (with the exception of a bridesmaid, Mrs. Carol Fridley Doring of Mexico City), from Phelps, Geneva, Newark, E. Rochester, Pittsford, Waterloo  and Penfield attended the dinner.

Jordan and Gloria Wilbur Bruzee have lived in Phelps since their Oct 9, 1948 wedding. Joe Bruzee is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Bruzee of 84 Optical St., Geneva, and his wife is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Wilbur of 92 Clifton St., Phelps. Both parents of the couple were also present at the anniversary party. A two-tiered anniversary cake was served to the guests at the party in which many gifts were presented to the couple.  Joe Bruzee is associated in Geneva with Bruzee's Radio and TV.  Mrs. Bruzee is employed with the Assn. for Retarded Children in Geneva.

CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER  Wednesday  May 15, 1974    by: Ron Hanley  
OBITUARIES  -  Fred A. Mackey
Fred A. Mackey, East Lake Road, Vine Valley, died yesterday at Thompson Hospital Nursing Home after a long illness. He was 97.
Born in Michigan, Mr. Mackey lived most of his life in the Vine Valley area. He was a member of the Vine Valley Methodist Church, and the Clifton Springs Odd Fellows.
Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Mervin Ethel Baker of Rochester, two grandchildren, six great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.
Friends may call at the John C. Johnson Funeral Home in Canandaigua tonight where a funeral service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Clifton Springs. 

GENEVA TIMES                            Monday                            Aug 4, 1975         by: Dianne Thomas

Phelps - Mrs. Mabel E. FETZER, 90, of Phelps, died Saturday.  Memorial services will be Tuesday at 2 pm in Dewey Funeral Home, Phelps, with the Rev. Leonard HACKNEY of the United Church of Phelps, officiating.  Burial will be in the Resthaven Cemetery, Mrs. FETZER was the widow of George FETZER.  She was born in Montezuma, daughter of the late Washington and Mary (Traver) JONES.  She was a member of the Presbyterian Church for over 60 years.  Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Millicent SNYDER of Palmyra; two brothers, Clifford JONES of Phelps and Ernest JONES of Palmyra; two grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  The family requests in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Memorial Fund of the United Church of Phelps.

FINGER LAKES TIMES,   March 1977                              by  Sam    {Deceased}

Nina M McIntyre 
Phelps, NY-Nina M McIntyre, 66, of White Rd. Phelps, died yesterday in her home after a short illness.  Friends may call at the Dewey Funeral Home tomorrow from 2-4&7-9 PM.  Private services will be Wednesday at 2PM with the Rev. Leonard MacKney officiating.  Burial will be in Resthaven Cemetery at the convenience of the family.  [Sunday Mar. 20,1977]  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church Organ Fund.
Mrs. McIntyre was the daughter of the late Leroy and Mary Balfor Bowen. She is survived by her husband, Roger and one son, Paul; one daughter, Mrs. Daniel [Carol] White, all of Phelps;2 brothers, Lawrence Bowen of Phelps, and Earl Bowen of Seneca Falls; 3 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Finger Lakes Times, Geneva, NY                   Friday            April 2, 1985                 by: Dianne Thomas

Asahel J. ROCKEFELLER - Phelps, Asahel J. ROCKEFELLER, 79, of Church street, died yesterday afternoon (Apr 1) after a long illness. Friends may call from 7 to 9 pm Wednesday at the Eacker Funeral Home.  The funeral will be at 2 pm Thursday at the United Church of Phelps, with burial in Resthaven cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association of the Untied Church of Phelps Memorial Fund.

Mr. ROCKEFELLER was born in Michigan, July 15, 1905, and had lived in Phelps for more than 75 years.  He was a member of the United Church of Phelps, and a member of the Geneva Carpenters Union Local 187. Surviving are his wife, Rosemary, four sons, Lynn of Canandaigua, David, of Brian, Texas, Edward of Utica, and Daniel of Phelps; four grandchildren and several cousins.


Phelps - A Webster man who was arrested for driving while intoxicated is also being charged with speeding and resisting arrest, a misdemeanor.  Ontario County Sheriff's Deputies said that Richard J. LOBDELL, 29, of 790 Ridge Road was observed speeding on route 96 around 1:15 am Saturday.  LOBDELL was placed in the Ontario County jail in lieu of $500 bail.  

Finger Lakes Times, Geneva, NY         Wednesday         July 9, 1986                          by: Dianne Thomas

Mrs. Mary E. DEWEY - Phelps - Mrs. Mary Ellen DEWEY, 65, of 81 E. Main street, died Monday morning (July 7) at Geneva General Hospital after a long illness.  There will be a memorial service at 2:30 pm, Sunday, July 13, at the United Church of Phelps.  The Rev. Gary HAKES and the Rev. Gary TYMAN, will officiate.  

Mrs. DEWEY was born in Loraine, Ohio, April 7, 1921, daughter of William and Mary Maus CONNER.  After her schooling in Alliance, Ohio, she worked as a medical secretary and a secretary of the First Presbyterian Church there, before working for the United Cooperative, which is now Agway.  

She was married to Earl DEWEY of Phelps, in Canon, Ohio, July 26, 1941,at the First Presbyterian Church .  She had been a resident of Phelps for 45 years.  She was employed at the Sampson Naval Base before working for the American Red Cross Field Service during World War II.  She had worked for the Ontario Telephone Company prior to assisting at the Dewey Funeral Home.  

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution of Newark and a member of the Alliance Presbyterian Church for many years before transferring to the Phelps Presbyterian Church.  She was active in community affairs and was a leader for several charitable organizations, the American Cancer Society , Mother's March of Dimes, the Heart Association and Phelps Little Leaguers.  

Surviving are her husband, Earl "Chub" DEWEY; three sons, Earl Frederick II of Wallingford, Conn.; David H. of East Haven, Conn; and J. William of Charlottesville, Va.; her mother, Mary L. CONNER of Alliance, Ohio; James Conner of Pittsfield, Mass.; John F. Conner of Valley View, Ohio;  and Brian J. CONNER of Missouri City, Texas; one grand daughter; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Phelps Ambulance Fund or the United Church of Phelps.  

FINGER LAKES TIMES, Geneva, NY              Monday               December 8, 1986              by: Dianne Thomas

Gravestone Damage - Two Arrested for criminal mischief - 

PHELPS - State police have charged two men with second degree criminal mischief in connection with vandalism done to tombstones at Resthaven Cemetery last June. 

Through a joint investigation with the Ontario County sheriff's department, state police yesterday arrested Steven D. Weigel, 19, of 3513 Route 247, Canandaigua, and  Jeffrey C. Grimsley, 18, of 9 E. Main St., Clifton Springs.   The two were arraigned before Phelps Justice Carmen Orlando and released on their own recognizance pending grand jury action.   More than a dozen tombstones were damaged in the vandalism.  State police estimated the damage to the stones at about $1,800. 

FINGER LAKES TIMES,  Geneva, NY         December 1987                                   by  Sam    {Deceased}
Phelps, NY-  Mrs. Mary A. Bowen, 82, of 67 Clifton Street, died Monday Dec. 14,at Clifton Springs Hospital after a long illness.
Friends may call from 2-4,7-9 pm Tuesday at Dewey Funeral Home where there will be an Eastern Star Service at 7 PM.
The funeral will be at 2 pm Wednesday at the funeral home. The Rev. Gary Hakes, pastor of the United Church of Phelps, will officiate. Burial will be in the Resthaven Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Phelps Ambulance Fund or United Church of Phelps.
Mrs. Bowen was born June 3, 1905 in Newark, NY, daughter of Albert and Gladys (CROFORD) WEIS GEARVER. She was a member of Eastern Star Chapter 425.
Surviving are her husband, Lawrence; 4 daughters, Vivian McIntyre, Rosalie Matoon, Betty Bowen, all of Phelps, and Janet Beasley of Waterloo; one son, Robert of California;14 grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Hubert [Helen] McStravic of Ft. Meyers, Fla.; nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a son, Richard.

FINGER LAKES TIMES,   Feb  1988                                    by  Sam    {Deceased}

Phelps, NY-Roger E. McIntyre,71, of 1399 White Rd, Phelps, died Sunday, January 31, 1988 at Clifton Springs Hostipal after an extended illness.
A memorial service will be held at 3 PM Tuesday at United Church of Phelps, NY with the Rev. Gary Hakes officiating. Burial will be at the connivance of the family.
Mr. McIntyre attended Phelps Union & Classical School. He was a Veteran of WW II , a former member of the Phelps Lions Club and member of Phelps Baptist Church. He was a self-employed building contractor in this area for 31 years. He was born August 3,1916 in Stanley, NY, son of Earl and Anna SWARTHOUT McINTYRE.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Nina [BOWEN]; 2 brothers & 3 sisters.
Surviving are his wife, Vivian; one son, Paul of Seneca Castle; one daughter, Annette CONNOLLY of Adams, NY; a stepson, David BREYLA of Wilmington, DE.; 9 Grandchildren; one brother, Robert of California;2 sisters; Anna MOLLENKOPH of Phelps and Doris SANFORD of Clifton Springs, NY; and several nieces and nephews.  
Memorial contributions may be made to the Phelps Ambulance Service or the United Church of Phelps.

FINGER LAKES TIMES,   July 22, 1991                                    by  Sam    {Deceased}

Lawrence Bowen
Phelps, NY-  Phelps resident Lawrence Bowen of 67 Clifton Street died yesterday, July 21, after a long illness. He was 86.
Mr. Bowen was born February 21, 1905 in Wellsboro, PA, the son of Leroy and Mary BALFOR BOWEN. He was employed for 54 years at Caves Lumber Comp., retiring in 1975.  Since 1928 he was a member of Sincerity Lodge 200 F & AM and for many years was a member of the Fellowcraft Team. He was a former member of the Buckhorn Club in Phelps and the last living member of the Empire Fire Company.
Surviving are three daughters; Vivian McINTYRE, Rosalie MATOON, and Betty BOWEN ,all of Phelps; a son, Robert of California; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Friends may call tomorrow from 2-4&7-9 PM at the Dewey Funeral Home,81 E. Main Street, Phelps, NY; where Masonic Service will be held tomorrow at 6:30PM. Services will be held Wednesday at 10AM at the funeral home. Burial will be in Resthaven Cemetery, Phelps, NY.   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Phelps Ambulance Fund.

The Community Trader Clifton Springs, New York    12 March 2003    by: Robert Haskell

PHELPS - Lois F. Wing, 76, of 11 Exchange St., loving wife, mother and grandmother, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2003 at her home after a long and courageous battle.   Friends called Friday, Feb. 28 at the Cheney Funeral Home in Phelps. Funeral services were Saturday, March 1 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Clifton Springs, with the Rev. Thomas Gramley officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Cemetery in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service or Ontario-Yates Hospice at 756 Pre-emption Rd., Geneva, 14456.
Mrs. Wing was born March 5, 1926, in Stafford, the daughter of the late Merrill and Harriett Miner Weller. She retired from G.W. Lisk of Clifton Springs after 39 years of faithful service. She was also a member of the Geneva Friendship squares and a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Clifton Springs.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, John Wing; daughter, Diane (Jack) Allen of Phelps; son, Donald (Cyndi) Wing of Waterloo; grandchildren, Suzanne (Michael) Schaben of Florida, Robyn (Steven) Schulz of Kentucky, Jon (Francis) Allen of Phelps, Donald Chad Wing, Mykel Wing and Steven Wing of Waterloo; sister, Helen (Paul) Smith of Batavia; brothers, Donald Weller of Batavia, Merrill (Doris) Weller of Batavia, Ken (May) Weller of Florida and Robert (Vi) Weller of Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her sister, Margarite Rumsey; and grandson, Richard Allen.

Finger Lake Times, Geneva    Jan 29, 2007    by: Robert Haskell

PHELPS -  John E. Wing, of Exchange Street, loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away Saturday (Jan. 27, 2007) at the Huntington Nursing Home in Waterloo.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 30) at the Cheney Funeral Home, 70 Main St., Phelps. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday (Jan. 31) at the funeral home. Burial will be in Resthaven Cemetery with full military honors.
It is suggested that contributions be made in his memory to Huntington Living Center, East Main Street, Waterloo 13165.
John was born May 30, 1927, in Medina, the son of the late John and Mary Wing. He was a Navy veteran, proudly serving in the Navy deployed to the Pacific in 1945. 

He was the loving husband of Lois Wing of Stafford, for 56 years until her death in 2003. After graduation from college he located in Phelps and worked for the Phelps Electric Co. In 1982 he and his son, Donald, started the Wing Service Co., where his knowledge and work ethics were appreciated by all of his faithful customers. He was a member of the Phelps American Legion Post 457 and a member of the Geneva Friendship Squares and St. John’s Episcopal Church in Clifton Springs.
He is survived by his son, Donald (Cyndi) of Waterloo; daughter, Diane (Jack) Allen of Phelps; grandchildren, Suzanne (Mike) Schaben and Robyn (Steven) Schulz, both of Louisville, Ky., Jon (Frances) Allen of Geneva, Donald Chad Wing, Mykel Wing and Steven Wing of Waterloo; great-grandchildren, Donald John and Jaclyn Schulz; and his loving nurse, Heather Morrison.  He was predeceased by his grandson, Richard Allen; and granddaughter, Hope Wing.

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