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CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER  Thursday  January 4, 1962        by: Ron Hanley   
 J. Curtis Bowyer, Pharmacist, Dies

VICTOR ---   J. Curtis Bowyer, 58, proprietor of a Victor Pharmacy for 17 years, died unexpectedly at his home, 211 East Main

St., Victor, Wednesday.
A native of Corning, he was born November 23, 1903, the son of the late Charles H. and May Young Bowyer. The family later moved to Geneva,
where Mr. Bowyer attended high school. He was graduated in 1925 from the University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy.
He was employed at Geneva Drug Stores before purchasing the E. E.Cobb Drug Store in Victor, in 1933, which he continued to operate until
1950. He had since worked at drug stores in Rochester and Webster until four years ago when he retired due to ill health.
 He is survived by his wife, Mary Gouldrick Bowyer, whom he married in 1932, and a cousin, Mrs. Eugene M. Bates of Webster.   Interment will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Victor.


 CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER  Tuesday  September 11, 1962     by: Ron Hanley   
HOLCOMB - William P. Farrel, 84, of Maple Ave., died Monday after several months of failing health.  A native of Victor, he had been a resident of the Town East Bloomfield for 52 years. For many years he had been employed as a house painter and interior decorator. He also served as town constable.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Mahoney Farrell, a sister, Mrs. Eugene Wilkinson, of Victor, and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call Wednesday and Thursday at Wheeler Funeral Home where a prayer service will be held Friday at 9 a.m., followed by Mass
at St. Bridget's Church at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be in St. Bridget's Cemetery. 



CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER  Thursday  September 20, 1962     by: Ron Hanley   

Obituary -  John W. Webster

VICTOR - John W. Webster, of
106 School Street , Victor, died Wednesday.
He is survived by his wife, Florence, two daughters, Mrs. James R. Shelton, of Boise, Idaho, and Mrs. Edson Pritchard, Canandaigua, a son, Richard Tuttle, of Victor, three grandchildren, seven sisters, Mrs. Frank Bumpus, Mrs. Josephine Deck and Mrs. Jean Allen, all of Victor, Mrs. Mary Haskins, New York City, Mrs. Laura Fisher, Rochester, Mrs. Alan Donovan, Cleveland, Ohio, Mrs. James Fralin, Roanoake, Va., four brothers, James, of Victor, Otis, of Churchville, Henry, of Rochester, and Robert, of Schenectady, and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Cotton Funeral Home 25 Maple Ave, where a private funeral service will be held Saturday at
11 a.m. , the Rev. Percy F. Asher, officiating. Interment will be in Boughton Hill Cemetery.



CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER  Tuesday  December 10, 1963       by: Ron Hanley   

Obituary -  Homer W. Cotton 
VICTOR - Homer W. Cotton, 70, of
Plaster Mill Road , Victor, died today.
Mr. Cotton was a member of the Milnor Lodge F and AM, the Victor Fire Department and the Rod and Gun Club. He attended the
Methodist Church . Prior to his retirement ten years ago, he had been employed as a carpenter and by the Alling Brothers Canning Company in Manchester .
He is survived by his wife, Norma, three daughters, Mrs. Henry Czadzeck, Mrs. Harlow Tuck and Mrs. Donald L. Smith, all of Victor, three sons, Sherman and Homer, of Victor, and Richard of Ithaca, 16 grandchildren and five great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Cotton Funeral Home, 26 Maple Ave., Victor, where a Masonic service will be held Wednesday at 8 p.m. Funeral service will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Edwin Holley, pastor of the Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in
Boughton Hill Cemetery



CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER  Thursday  February 13, 1964      by: Ron Hanley   

Obituary        Mrs. M. L. Turner
HOLCOMB -  Mrs. Mary Louise Turner, 85, of Victor Holcomb Road, died Wednesday, February 12, 1964, in Thompson Hospital, Canandaigua.
Surviving are one son, Anson Turner, Holcomb, a sister, Mrs. Beulah Smith,
Bristol Center , a brother, Vernon Warren, of East Victor, four grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.
Friends may call Friday at the Wheeler Funeral Home, where services will be held Saturday at
2 p.m. , with the Rev. Alton Davis, pastor of the East Bloomfield Methodist Church . Burial will be in Boughton Hill Cemetery , Victor, at the convenience of the family.


CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER     Monday      March 16, 1964             by: Ron Hanley   


VICTOR  -  John Conover, 75, of 283 Plaster Mill Road, Victor, died Saturday.  A member of a pioneer farming family in this area, he was born

November 25, 1889, the son of Theodore and Clara Mink Conover. The family home was one of three family farms on the Plaster Mill Road which
date back to the middle 1800's.
In December, 1910, Mr. Conover married the former Lucy Mink of Shortsville, who survives. Other survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Carlton Clara Stone, of Victor, Mrs. Ralph Olive Washburn, of Geneva, and Mrs. Clarence Doris Domm, of Canandaigua, two sons, Harold F., of Victor and Gordon of East Bloomfield, 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren, and a sister, Miss Irma Conover, of Victor.
Friends may call at the Cotton Funeral Home where funeral service will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m., Rev. Edwin C. Holley, pastor of the
First Methodist Church, officiating. Burial in Boughton Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

CANANDAIGUA - Joseph L. Sturdevant, 69, of 67 East Street, Canandaigua, died Sunday, March 15, 1964.  A native of Pennsylvania, he was born June 30, 1894, the son of Jessie H. and Mary Griffin Sturdevant.

For many years he had been employed by the Lehigh Valley Railroad as a car inspector. He was a veteran of World War I, a charter member of
the Turner Schrader Post American Legion  of Shortsville, and a member of St. Mary's Church.
 He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Hazel Kimble Sturdevant, a son Weldon J. Sturdevant, of Canandaigua, a daughter, Mrs. Edgar Tears, of
Portsmouth, R.I., four grandchildren, a brother, Patrick Sturdevant, of Seneca Falls, two sisters, Mrs. Harold Connolly of Seneca Falls and Mrs.
Henry Schweinfort, of Canandaigua, and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the McElwee Funeral Home where the Rosary will be recited Tuesday at 8 p.m. A prayer service Wednesday  at 8:30 a.m.
will be followed by a requiem Mass at 9 a.m. at St. Mary's Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.



CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER  Wednesday  March 25, 1964       by: Ron Hanley   

Roy J. Booth, of 15 Coville Street , Victor, died Tuesday.  He is survived by a niece, Miss J. Elizabeth Williams, of Rochester .
Friends may call at the Cotton Funeral Home,
26 Maple Ave. , Victor, where a funeral service will be held Friday at 4 p.m. , the Rev. John Macklin, officiating. Burial will be in Boughton Hill Cemetery.



CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER  Friday  March 27, 1964        by: Ron Hanley   
Obituary   Roscoe C. Hill
 VICTOR - Word has been received here of the unexpected death on March 1, of Roscoe C. Hill, in Encino, Calif.   He was born March 18, 1897, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Willis Hill, of Victor Rd. 
Survivors are his wife, Helen, three daughters, Mrs. Jerry Herron, Mrs. Luis Rivera and Mrs. Allen Pendelton, and four grandchildren, all
of California, a sister, Mrs. Russell F. Simons, and three nephews of Victor.  Burial was in Valhalla Memorial Park, at VanNuys, Calif.


CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER  Friday  April 23, 1965     by: Ron Hanley   
Obituary  -  Mrs. Thomas Lynaugh
Mrs. Virginia Lynaugh, 53, of 46 Lynaugh Road, died unexpectedly Thursday at Thompson Hospital, Canandaigua.
Mrs. Lynaugh was born in Canandaigua February 2, 1912, the daughter of John and Mary Blakesley Cone. She was a graduate of Canandaigua Academy and St. Joseph's Hospital School of nursing in Elmira. She had been a member of the nursing staff at Thompson Hospital where for a time she served as night supervisor.
Survivors are her husband, Thomas Lynaugh, and two daughters, Mary Alice and Ann, at home.
Friends may call at the funeral home of Victor J. Tischer, East Main Street, Victor. A prayer service Monday at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home will be followed by Mass in St. Patrick's Church at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery.



CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER  Tuesday  February 22, 1966     by: Ron Hanley  
Obituary -  John F. Carpenter
VICTOR - John Franklin Carpenter, 67, a resident of Victor for 27 years, died Monday at his home, 277 East Main Street.
A native of Wheatland, Mr. Carpenter was born February 28, 1908, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Carpenter. He was employed as a paper
maker at Eastman Kodak Co. in Rochester for the past 25 years. He was a member of the Foreman's and Pioneer Clubs of the company.
Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Eleanor Gouldrick Carpenter, two daughters, Mrs. William Tenney and Mrs. Donald Fishell, of Honeoye
Falls, his mother, of Victor, and seven grandchildren.  Burial will be at the convenience of the family. [buried at St. Patrick cemetery]



CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER          Monday        October 24, 1966               by: Ron Hanley       

 VICTOR -  Frank D. Bumpus, 15 Bortle Road, Victor, Died Saturday.   Survivors are his wife, Ruth Webster Bumpus, four sons, Ward and

George, of Victor, Clifford of Henrietta and Roger of Macedon, 17 grandchildren, and one brother, William Bumpus of Macedon.
Friends may call at the Cotton Funeral Home, 26 Maple Ave., where funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. Frank Christensen will
officiate.  Burial will be in South Perinton Cemetery.



CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER  Thursday  January 26, 1967     by: Ron Hanley  
Obituary -  VICTOR  -    Edward J. Keefe, 85, a barber here for more than 50 years, died Wednesday. His home was at 125 Church Street.
Mr. Keefe was born in Farmington, September 20, 1881, the son of Dennis and Mary Jane Duffin Keefe. He was a 50 year member of the Victor
Fire Department. He was a member of St. Patrick's Church and its Holy Name Society. He was the first president of the Victor Senior Citizens.
Survivors are his wife, Kathryn Brady Keefe, a daughter, Mrs. Edward Weber, of Silver Spring, Md. and four grandchildren. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery.



CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER      Monday      August 5, 1968              by: Ron Hanley   
VICTOR -  Mrs. Lucy Conover
Funeral service for Mrs. Lucy M. Conover, formerly of Victor, was held this afternoon at the Cotton Funeral Home. The Rev. Edwin Holley
officiated. Burial was in Boughton Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Conover died Friday.
Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Doris Domm, Canandaigua, Mrs. Olive Washburn, Geneva, and Mrs. Clara Stone, Victor, two sons, Harold
and Gordon, Victor, 11 grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Fred Ellis, Chapin, and Mrs. Howard Burlee, Canandaigua.



CANANDAIGUA  DAILY  MESSENGER  Wed         November 27, 1968     by: Ron Hanley

Obituaries -  Mrs. Morton Locke

Mrs. Fannie Ladd Locke, 81, of 3572 Middle Cheshire Road, died yesterday at F. F. Thompson Hospital following a short illness.
Survivors include her husband Morton, two daughters, Mrs. Lavern Norton of Clinton and Miss Inez Locke of Canandaigua, three
grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Private funeral services will be held Friday at the Cotton Funeral Home in Victor. There will be no prior calling hours. Burial will be in
Boughton Hill Cemetery, Victor with the Rev. Edwin C. Holley of the Victor Methodist Church officiating.



 CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER    Friday     February 7, 1969       by: Ron Hanley
 Obituary    Mrs. William Ryan
VICTOR  -  Mrs. Elizabeth Doyle Ryan, 88, of Rice Road, died Thursday following a long illness. She was the widow of William Ryan.
Mrs. Ryan was a member of St. Patrick's Church.
Survivors are two nephews, Wallace and Howard O'Neil, both of Victor, and two nieces, Mrs. Gertrude Weaver and Mrs. Madeline Milham,
both of Rochester.
Friends may call today from the Victor J. Tischer Funeral Home where prayer service will be held Saturday at 9:30 A.M. requiem Mass
will follow St. Patrick's Church at 10 o'clock. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery.


Victor Herald, Victor, NY       Friday        June 6, 1969                 by:  Dianne Thomas 


Edith B. GUINAN - Injuries suffered in a crash on Maple Avenue on Monday afternoon, resulted in the death of Mrs. Edith Bender GUINAN, 72, of 118 Maple Avenue.  Mrs. GUINAN was the wife of J. Leo GUINAN, 75, and the mother of Victor Postmaster and former Supervisor, Edward M. GUINAN

J. Leo GUINAN was driving the car when the accident occurred.  He suffered multiple cuts about the face and hands, was taken to F. F. Thompson hospital and since has been released.  Mrs. GUINAN suffered fractures of the skull, face and arm.  She died in Thompson hospital at 5:30 pm, Monday.  The accident took place about 1:45 pm.  According to State Troopers, who investigated, the GUINAN car was turning onto Maple Avenue when it collided with a parked van truck.  It then continued on into a utility pole.  The truck is owned by Lord and Criss, Inc. of Victor.  The GUINANS had lived on a farm on Boughton Hill Road, moving into a newly built home on Maple Avenue last Fall.  Mrs. GUINAN was a member of St. Patrick's Church and the Altar Rosary Society.

Besides her husband and son, Edward, Mrs. GUINAN is also survived by two other sons, James of Silver Springs and Robert of Lancaster, Ohio; two daughters, Marie and Margaret, both of Rochester, and 13 grandchildren.  Funeral arrangements made through the Victor J. Tischer Funeral Home of Victor.  Services were in St. Patrick's church on Thursday morning, followed by burial in St. Patrick's Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, friends have been asked to contribute to Mass offerings or the building fund of St. Patrick's Church.  

 CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER      Monday    June 24, 1969     by: Ron Hanley
 James Locke, Ex Sheriff's Deputy, Dies
James L. Locke, 70, who resigned in 1948 as Ontario County Deputy Sheriff after 24 years of service on the staff, died today in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, where he was admitted Sunday night. The family home is at 59 Catherine Street, Canandaigua.
A native of Victor, Mr. Locke was born June 18, 1898, the son of the late Fred M. and Mercie Peer Locke. His father was the inventor of the high frequency porcelain insulator and founded the business known as Locke Insulator in Victor.
Mr. Locke was a graduate of Victor High School and attended Rochester Institute of Technology before joining the U.S. Marine Corps. He saw service in Cuba and Haiti during World War I. Later after serving for a year in the New York State Police, he was appointed special deputy
sheriff under Sheriff Harry Taft.
Later he served as Chief Deputy Sheriff under Sheriff Kerskie and special deputy sheriff under sheriff Walter Elling. Later he was chief guard at the Canandaigua Veterans Hospital for over seven years.
He attended seminars in criminology at Hobart College, Geneva, and the FBI school.
He was a member of the National Rifle Association, a charter member of the Elk's Lodge, Milner Lodge F AM, of Victor, and the Finger Lakes
Law Enforcement Association.
Survivors are his widow, Sybil Griffith Locke, two daughters, Mrs. Melvin Sybil Anne Kimble and Mrs. William Eileen Emerson, both of
Canandaigua, six grandchildren, and a brother, Morton F. Locke of Canandaigua RD 5.
The Rev. Harold D. Avery, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, will officiate at the funeral service to be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Boughton Hill Cemetery, Victor.

Victor Herald, Victor, NY       Friday        July 25, 1969                 by:  Dianne Thomas 

Mrs. Maria Ryan GUINAN, 90, a native of Victor, died July 17, 1969, at the home of her daughter in Rochester.  Mrs. GUINAN was the widow of Francis GUINAN, who died in 1956.  Mrs. GUINAN lived most of her life in Victor.  After her husband's death, she went to live with her daughter, Helen GUINAN of Rochester. 

She is survived by three daughters, Helen, Mrs. Roy (Lillian) KEEFE and Mrs. Donald (Mary) LAUDER of Victor; a sister, Mrs. Lillian ALARIE of La Miranda, CA; eight grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.  Funeral services took place Saturday morning, July 19, with a requiem mass in Our Lady of Lourdes Church at 10 am.  Burial was in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Victor. 

Victor Herald, Victor, NY       Friday        March 27, 1970                 by:  Dianne Thomas 

J. Lee GUINAN, 75, of 118 Maple Avenue, died on March 20 in Thompson Memorial hospital.  Mr. GUINAN was born in Victor and lived in this area all his life.  He operated a farm on Boughton Hill Road for many years, known as Blue Bell Isle because many blue bells grew on the property.  In 1968, Mr. GUINAN, having retired, moved to his new home on Maple Avenue.  His wife, Edith Bender GUINAN, died on June 2, 1969.

He is survived by his three sons, Supervisor Edward M. GUINAN of Victor, James of Silver Springs, MD and Robert of Lancaster, OH; two daughters, Marie and Margaret GUINAN of Rochester; two sisters, Mrs. Howard (Estelle) LYNAUGH of Victor and Mrs. Owen (Margaret) KEENAN of Rochester and 13 grandchildren.  Funeral services were conducted on Monday morning in Victor Tischer Funeral Home and a mass of the Resurrection was said at St. Patrick's Church.  Burial was in St. Patrick's Cemetery.  

 CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER  Friday January 8, 1971    by: Ron Hanley
VICTOR -  Mrs. Julia Tobin, 85, widow of Andrew Tobin, died last night in Rochester. She was born in Farmington, the daughter of Michael C.
Crowley and Margaret O'Rourke.
She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. George Margaret Hibbard, of Rochester, Mrs. Kenneth Mary DeBolt, of Geneva, Mrs. Leonard Florence
Dorobiala of Rochester, Mrs. Harvey Kathryn Chrisman of Canandaigua, one son Howard of Clyde, two sisters, Mrs. Marguerite McMillan of Cape
Coral, Fla., and Mrs. Earl Lillian Broderick of Canandaigua, 18 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren.
Funeral services Monday from F. H. McElwee Funeral Home on E. Main Street, Victor at 9:30 followed by a service at St. Patrick's at 10 a.m.
Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery.

  CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER     Thursday     July 4, 1973       by: Ron Hanley
Robert C. McLaughlin, 56, of 52 Cline Road, died yesterday. He was a Veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict.
He is survived by his widow, Janice Prosser McLaughlin, two daughters, Mrs. Dale Bonni King, of Naples and Karen, of Victor, four
sons, David, Charles, Keith and John, all of Victor, two grandchildren and two brothers, Jack, of Pontiac, MI., and Earl of Victor.
Mr. McLaughlin had been Victor Town highway superintendent for 19 years.
Friends may call at the Cotton Funeral Home today and tomorrow. Services will be held in the funeral home Saturday at 2 p.m. with burial
in Boughton Hill Cemetery.

 CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER  Monday  August 19, 1974    by: Ron Hanley

Chester Prosser

VICTOR   -  Funeral services were held today for Chester A. Prosser, of 134 Church Street, who died Friday.
 Mr. Prosser is survived by his wife, Emma, three daughters, Mrs. (Harry) Doris Rainbow, of Fairport, Mrs. (Robert) Janice McLaughlin, and
Mrs. (James) Jean Anderson, of Victor, a son, Gordon, of Penfield, two brothers, Glenn of Prescott, Ariz., and Leon, of Moravia, Calif., nine
grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER  Monday  April 21, 1975    by: Ron Hanley
Obituary  - Mrs. Eleanor Carpenter
 VICTOR - Mrs. Eleanor G. Carpenter of 277 East Main Street, Died Saturday.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. William Joan Tenny and Mrs. Ronald Joyce Fishell, both of Honeoye Falls, a sister, Mrs. Mary G.
Bowyer, of Victor, seven grandchildren, a niece and two nephews.
Friends may call at McElwee Funeral Home yoday, where a prayer service will be held tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick's Church at 11 a.m. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery.

CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER  Monday  March 29, 1976    by: Ron Hanley
 Obituaries    Mrs. John Keefe
VICTOR - Mrs. Mary L. Keefe, of 1327 Mertensia Road, died yesterday. She was the widow of John Keefe.
Mrs. Keefe is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Frederick Agnes Peek, and her son John, of Victor.
Friends may call at the Cotton Funeral Home, 26 Maple Ave, Tuesday.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Patrick's Church Wednesday
at 10 A.M.  Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery.

Victor Herald, Victor, NY       July 8, 1976                       by:  Dianne Thomas

Harley D. JONES, 46, of Brace Road, died Thursday, July 1 in his home after a long illness.  He was born in Rochester and was a Veteran of the Korean War.  He was a member of the Canandaigua Moose Lodge.

He is survived by his wife, Arleen Kepper JONES; three daughters, Mrs. James (Charlene) ZICCARDI of Nevada, Mrs. Richard (Marilyn) VAN TROOSE of Holcomb and Miss Shirley JONES of Canandaigua; three sons, Harley JONES of Ontario, David and Bill JONES of Victor, one grandson, two sisters, Mrs. Reva TAULBEE and Mrs. Dorman (Audrey) LOPER both of Texas; his mother, Mrs. Bertha JONES of Texas; several nieces and nephews.  

Funeral services were Saturday from the John C. Johnson Funeral Home at 2 pm, with burial in Woodlawn cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Victor - Farmington Ambulance Fund in his memory. 


Helene MAHONEY - Mrs. Helene MAHONEY, of Coville Street, Victor, died Tuesday, July 6.  She was born in East Bloomfield and taught school in the Victor area for many years.  Mrs. MAHONEY is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Mary K.) MULHERON of Canandaigua; three sons, Paul of Rochester, Charles and John of Victor, 20 grandchildren, one great granddaughter; four sisters, Mrs. William (Clara) HURLEY of Lake Placid, Katherine DONAHUE and Mrs. Beatrice HAGGERTY of Rochester and Esther DONAHUE of Canandaigua; several nieces and nephews.  Friends may call at the Mc Elwee Funeral Home, 90 East Main Street, today, Thursday, from 2 to 4 pm and from 7 to 9 pm.  Funeral services will be conducted there at 9:30 am Friday, followed by a Mass of the Resurrection at St. Patrick's Church at 10 am.  Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery. 

  CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER  Friday  July 30, 1976    by: Ron Hanley 
Obituaries -   Thomas J. Lynaugh   
VICTOR - Thomas J. Lynaugh, 53, of Lynaugh Road, Victor, died yesterday at Genesee Hospital, Rochester.
A native of Victor, Lynaugh had farmed in the area most of his life and was a security guard at Genesee Hospital in recent years.
He was a member of St. Patrick's Church, Victor, and was active in the Holy Name Society of St. Patrick's.
He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Hobert Mary Alice Bellville, of Victor, and Mrs. Craig Ann Benjamin, of Edmond, Oklahoma, one sister, Mrs. Edgar Marjorie Lyons, of Rochester, three granddaughters, one grandson, two nieces and several cousins.
Friends may call at the F. H. McElwee Funeral Home, East Main Street, Victor Saturday and Sunday. Funeral services will be held Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home, with a Mass of Christian Burial following at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery.

CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER  Monday  November 1, 1976       by: Ron Hanley 

Obituary -  Mrs. Josephine Webster Deck

VICTOR - Mrs. Josephine Webster Deck died Saturday.
Mrs. Deck was a graduate of the
University of Rochester and taught school for many years in Whitesville , N.Y. and at Victor Central School for 15 years before retiring.
She is survived by her daughter, Margaret Ablon, of
Brooklyn , three sons, Robert A. of Overland Park , Ka., H. Charles of Henrietta, and James W., of Victor, and nine grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at the
Methodist Church tomorrow at 3 p.m. with viewing hours from 2 to 3 p.m. Burial will be in Boughton Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER     Monday     November 16, 1976         by: Ron Hanley 

VICTOR  -  Otis Webster, formerly of Victor, died Saturday in Rochester where he had lived the past six years.

He is survived by his wife Zelda, a daughter, Mrs. Robert Lucille Lagas, of Warrensburg, three brothers, Henry of Rochester, James of Victor, and Robert of Richland, Wash.
He also leaves five sisters, Mrs. Frank Ruth Bumpus, of Victor, Mrs. Clarence Laura Fisher, of Rochester, Mrs. Alan Julia Donovan of Florida, And Mrs. Carl Jean Pilbeam of Shortsville, and two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Cotton Funeral Home today. A Masonic service will be held there at 7:30. The funeral will be held at 2 P.M. tomorrow at the funeral home. Burial will be in Boughton Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family. 

   CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER  Thursday  March 24, 1977  by: Ron Hanley 
Obituaries - Gerald F. Lynch, 78, of 73 West Gibson Street, died this morning at his home. Mr. Lynch was a native of Canandaigua and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bernadine Farrell Lynch, two nieces, Mrs. Andrew Halbert, of Penn Yan, and Mrs. Walter Rodney, of Canandaigua, and one nephew, James Lynch, of Canandaigua.  Friends may call tomorrow at F. H. McElwee Funeral Home. A service will be held Saturday at the funeral home st 9:40 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's Church at 10 a.m.
 Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER      Monday      March 28, 1977      by: Ron Hanley 
Obituaries -  Morton Locke
 Morton F. Locke, 92, of Middle Cheshire Road, died at his home Saturday.
Mr. Locke is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Verne Virginia Norton of Clinton and Miss Inez Locke of Canandaigua. Also three grandchildren
and two great grandchildren.
He had spent most of his life in Canandaigua and had been a partner in the accounting firm of Davies and Davies of New York City for many years.
There will be no calling hours. A private service and burial will be held at Boughton Hill Cemetery, Victor, at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are by Cotton Funeral Home, Victor.

Victor Herald, Victor, NY     Sometime in  May 1977                       by:  Dianne Thomas 

Fishers Hero Honored on Memorial Day  - A special Memorial Day service took place at the gravesite of Amos WOODIN, a soldier of the American Revolution, in Bushnell Basin Cemetery.  Members of the Fairport American Legion and Leion Auxiliary, the Bushnell's Basin Boy Scouts with Perinton Supervisor Lake Edwards, Perinton Historian Mrs. Charles BUTLER, the Daughters of the American Revolution and others, along with Mr. and Mrs. Arthur WOODIN and daughters of Brighton and Mr. and Mrs. George WOODIN of Weidman, Michigan descendants also participated. 

The obituary of the soldier from the Rochester Republican, of November 3, 1842 read as follows: " At Victor, Fisher Road, Fishers, Ontario County on the 19th of October last, Amos WOODIN at the advanced aged of 90 years.  He was a native of Mass., took an active part in the war of the Revolution and is at length gathered to his fathers full of years.  He served his country faithfully in the times that tried men's souls; witnessed the surrender of Burgoyne at Saratoga; was in several engagements with the enemy and received as he deserved in common with the warm and true hearted patriots of that day, the gratitude of a free people.  As a man and a citizen he was upright, honest, industrious and virtuous; and he has left behind him a name which is as precious ointment.  He was above all a Christian, a soldier of the Cross and died in the faith, and has gone to his reward.  Having outlived his General, and weary of this present life, and longing for a better, he welcomed the approach of death and "Like a shock of corn fully ripe," was gathered to his rest.  The Court Martial then in session, paid a becoming respect to the memory of a solder and patriot of a bygone age, by adjourning to attend his funeral, and commit his body to the dust.  Soon indeed, will the last of that Nobel school of patriots have gone beyond the reach of a nation's gratitude and who will take their place."  

 June 1980   unknown paper             by: Ron Hanley 

Wed For 50 Years  -  Mr. and Mrs. Harold Kesel of 7274 Valentown Road, Victor,  celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 15, with a reception at the Victor Methodist Church. The reception was hosted by their son and daughter-in-law, Harry and Gretchen Kesel of Canandaigua, and their daughter and son-in-law, June and Donald Harris of Fairport.

The former Charlotte Aldridge and Harold Kesel, both graduates of Victor High School, were married June 14, 1930 in Syracuse by the Reverend Arthur White, a former pastor of the Victor Methodist Church.
Mr. and Mrs. Kesel also have three grandsons, and two granddaughters and one great-grandson. Carrie Padgham, 99, Mrs. Kesel's cousin, and John David Gueli, 4 months, the Kesel's great grandson, were special guests along with Mrs. Kesel's niece, M. Leora Matthews of Arcaoia, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. Charles Russell from Vermont, Kesel's sister, Anna Drake, from Florida and her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gramm.
Approximately 200 friends and relatives shared in this occasion. Kesel is a retired employee of Eastman Kodak Company.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY                        Apr 3, 2003                     by: Ron Hanley 

Prosser, Emma A.                 VICTOR: 1892-2003 
Passed away on 4-1-2003 at age 110. Emma was predeceased by her husband Chester A. Prosser and son Embert E.
She is survived by her children, Doris A. Rainbow of Perinton, Janice McLaughlin of Victor, Jean, Jim, Anderson of Victor, and Gordon,
Norma, of Penfield; 9 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Serenity House 1278 Brace Rd., Victor, NY 14564 or The United Methodist Church of
Victor Memorial Fund 106 Main St., Victor, NY 14564 in her memory.  No prior calling. Friends are invited to attend Emma's funeral service
Saturday, 2 pm at the Jarmusz Cotton Funeral Home 26 Maple Ave., Victor, NY. Interment will be at the convenience of the family."

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY                Apr 24, 2003                           by: Ron Hanley 

Obituary - Hawkes, Hugh F. 
Age 84, died peacefully on April 22, 2003, born in Manchester, NY.   Predeceased by his wife, Alice. He is survived by his wife, Jean
Leiser Hawkes; daughters, Anne, Dan, Dalton, Mary, Richard, Lee, Patty, Brian, McBride, Eileen, Andy Hayes; son, David, Sandra, Hawkes;
brother, David Hawkes of FL; 14 grandchildren; cousins, Don Hawkes, Joanne Cotton, Ruth Edwards; stepchildren, Doug Leiser, Charlotte King,
Sandra Sanzotta, Wendy Leiser.
Hugh was an Eagle Boy Scout as a young man and served as a pilot in WWII. He worked at Eastman Kodak for over 40 years as a mechanical
engineer. He was an avid reader, woodworker, bowler and world traveler.  He was active in the Wally Byam Airstream Club, the Geriatric Pilots
Club and a Deacon at the Penfield Presbyterian Church.
Friends may call Friday, 2-4, 7-9 PM at the Anthony Funeral Chapel, 1031 Ridge Road, Webster, where a Service will be held Saturday at 11
AM. You are invited to bring a written memory of Hugh for the family's Memory Book. Interment at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Victor, NY, at the
convenience of the family.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY     July 28, 2005           by:  Dianne Thomas 


VICTOR: -  Saturday, July 23, 2005, at age 77. She was predeceased by her husband, John F. HERRMANN in 1995. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Roger HERRMANN, Robert and Connie OTIS, Joseph HHERRMANN, Aaron and Lily HHERRMANN, James and Melody HERRMANN; daughters and sons-in-law, Martha and Robert FAIRBANKS, Rebekah and Rob WRIGHT, Rachel and Kevin KRAYER; twelve grandchildren; sisters and brother-in-law, Jean and Richard HERZOG, Helen HAZZARD; many nieces and nephews.  Friends may call Friday evening 7-9 at Lucey-VanVoorhis Funeral Home, Inc., 301 West Main Street, Victor. Services followed by entombment for Martha will begin Saturday morning at 10 o'clock at White Haven Memorial Park, All Seasons Chapel, 210 Marsh Road, Perinton. 

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY     August 8, 2005           by:  Dianne Thomas 

WAHL,  Stuart A., beloved husband, father, and grandfather, died August 4, 2005, at age 89. In addition to his loving wife, Dorothy, he is survived by his daughters, Janet LaQue (Paul) and Marcia Gates (Steve); grandchildren, Kathy, Sonny, Joan, Todd, Ryan, Justin; great-grandchildren, Chris, Nicole, Holley, Matt, Sammy Jo. His career at Eastman Kodak spanned 30 years. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 13th at 2 o'clock at the Lucey-VanVoorhis Funeral Home, 301 West Main Street, Victor. Gifts in his memory may be directed to the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, 108 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604.

Daily Messenger,    Nov 12, 2009          Victor, N.Y.          by: Ron Hanley    [pictures of the ceremony is in this paper]
Winant C. VanDenbergh, who fought in the Battle of Saratoga in the Revolutionary War, lived in Victor for just five years. But it became
his final resting place.   On Wednesday two of VanDenbergh's descendants visited that place, a long-out-of-use cemetery tucked behind the Methodist Church in the village of Victor. Former Marine Ron Hanley and his sister Donna Andrews said he is but one of 14 relatives interred in the cemetery, at least that they know of.
 "He was in (the Continental Army) from 1777 to 1780 and at Fort Edwards, Fort Ann, and Fort Ticonderoga. Fifty-four years after that he
got a pension of $33.83," said Andrews.
Hanley and Andrews don't know if VanDenbergh's grandson, John Wyman VanDenbergh, is buried on the lot. There is no marker, as was the case
for many of the graves.
"Why this man does not have a marker I do not understand," said Hanley. He wrote the history of this area back in his day.
Hanley and Andrews visited the cemetery to pay their respects during a Veterans Day service that celebrated not only those who served the
United States but also a small group of local volunteers who've logged countless hours finding many of the cemetery's unmarked graves over the
past few years.
Bordered by the Finger Lakes Railroad line, Village Hall grounds and the church, Victor Village Cemetery is midway through a restoration
project begun in 2007. Work on the $60,000 project has been done largely by volunteers led by Bonnie Waters and Dianne Parks, town staff and
Historian Babette Huber.
  Volunteers working with archaeologists from the Rochester Museum & Science Center have so far discovered 195 unmarked or unknown grave
sites. At least one of the unmarked graves is that of a veteran, but as for the others, it's hard to tell.
"Since they are unknown (grave sites), we don't know if they are veterans," said Dianne Parks, one of the volunteers whose efforts were
honored by the roughly 60 public officials and residents who turned out for the ceremony.
The solemn event was headed up by Victor's American Legion James Cook Post 931. Commander Dan Williams was helped by master of ceremonies and former town supervisor Ken Wilson.
The cemetery is the final resting place for 27 veterans of the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War of 1846 to 1848, and

the Civil War. The last recorded burial in the Victor Village Cemetery was in 1949.


Beach, a local doctor, buried there with his family.  "We knew Dr. Beach was there from old newspaper accounts," said Parks. "We did not know where his vault was. Originally it was a huge, domed stone vault that fell apart."  Records show there were 18 people buried in the vault.

The ceremony Wednesday included a wreath-laying and put a spotlight on a new Legion-funded cemetery plaque that was made possible by the
efforts of volunteers like Parks and Bonnie Waters.  "This is astounding that there were so many unmarked graves here," said Victor Supervisor Jack Marren.
The work goes on -   It looks like we are going to approve everything for 2010, said Marren of the project's continuation. Next year, a fence surrounding the site may be completed. As an officially abandoned cemetery, this place by law is now the responsibility of the town.
 "Dianne and Bonnie have the passion to do this work and have given countless hours of time to the town", said Marren.
Finding and identifying grave sites also became a personal matter for Waters, a 19th-century relative is, after all, buried there. "Mary Ridgeway Gillis: Wife of James Lyle Gillis, one of the men tried for the  kidnapping of William Morgan," she explained.
Morgan's high-profile abduction and suspected murder was allegedly masterminded by Masons in September 1826. Gillis died in June 1826. "She
is buried in a European-style box grave, a rarity in western New York,"  said Waters.
Waters and Parks pointed out new ground-level markers they've placed on graves they've identified.
Two Victor Town Hall fires destroyed the first records of the cemetery. Parks and Waters are slowly piecing together a new blueprint of those buried here from what records they can find. The pair have so far corrected errors of fact on the cemetery's commemorative labeling, documented the site of the vanished family burial vault, helped plant a cemetery garden and carefully marked the graves of veterans of American wars buried here.
Nothing is off the table in the struggle to bring back records and markers for the unknown who still lie buried in the Victor Village Cemetery.
 "I asked the town if we could consider DNA analysis to help in identification," said Parks.
  Marren is not sure town government is willing to go there. "We're not going to fund anything like that. But we will do anything scientifically and historically possible given an opportunity," said Marren.
  Victor Village Trustee Gary Hadden is a member of the volunteer committee overseeing the project.
"The work that Bonnie and Dianne have done is remarkable," he said. "And I have to credit the Town Board for stepping up to the plate. This
was definitely something that could have slipped through the cracks."

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