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William L. Kaness

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William L. Kaness passed away on August 18, 2012 at age 80. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, daughter Carol Kaness, and sons Richard, Robert, and Jim Kaness; 7 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Bill worked for many years on Baker Brothers Farm in Mumford and retired from Caledonia Mumford Central School, where he worked as a custodian and grounds keeper. He is originally from Pennsylvania. His family would like to thank the many friends and relatives who paid their respects at Alhart’s Funeral Home and at the Mumford Rural Cemetery, where Bill was interred on August 23. Memorials may be made to Focus on the Children, PO Box 31, Caledonia, NY 14423.

Jeannette "Jo" Betz

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Jeannette "Jo" Betz died after a long illness Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., two days after her 77th birthday and 57th wedding anniversary.

Jo was born Jeanette Irene Beers on Sept. 11, 1934, in her grandmother's house in Angola, Ind. She was raised by her parents, Homer and Ione Beers, in Auburn, Ind., where she graduated from high school while working part-time jobs to help support the family. She met her husband, Robert L. Betz, while working as a secretary at the Hanford Atomic Works in Washington state during the Korean War; Bob was in the Army.

She became a journalist at the encouragement of a cousin who was an editor at the Sandusky, Ohio, Register. Jo was a reporter for the Register covering the community, schools and local government in neighboring Milan; her watchdog reporting helped shine light on a canal project that provoked public outrage. She later was an editor and columnist for the Warren, Pa., Times Mirror and Observer, where she transformed the women's pages into a modern lifestyle section. Jo was a freelance writer for WJR-AM in Detroit; the Cleveland Plain Dealer; the Toledo, Ohio, Blade; and the Rockford, Ill., Register Star.

She later turned to public relations and advertising, first for the Des Moines Savings and Loan Association of Iowa, then founded the Prose Pros, an award-winning advertising agency in Des Moines. Jo retired as the public relations director of Genesee Country Village and Museum in Mumford, N.Y. The museum was a central part of the lives of Jo and Bob, who continues to work as a tinsmith and interpreter. Jo was active in professional organizations throughout her career, and was a past chairwoman of the Visitor Industry Council in Rochester.

In her retirement, Jo continued creative pursuits through the home arts, especially quilting, canning and gardening. Her quilts and elderberry pie won numerous awards. She and Bob operated the Tin and Brass Works in Mumford, where they shared a workshop and store where they sold handmade goods. She was a member of the Big Springs Garden Club of Caledonia and Mumford and a past member of the Genesee Valley Quilt Club in Rochester.

Jo is survived by her husband; five children, Thomas (Joan) Betz of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., Debra (Mark) Ciskey of Normal, Ill., Beth Betz of West Monroe, La., Dean (Patricia Mitchell) Betz of Houston and David (Suzanne Gallagher) Betz of Columbus, Ohio; three brothers, Barney (Mary Alice) Beers of Greensboro, N.C., L. Nick (Georgeanne) Beers of Riverside, Calif., and Bruce (Sue) Beers of Matthews, N.C.; a sister, Victoria (Neal) Volz of Fort Wayne, Ind.; a beloved sister-in-law, June Betz of Sandusky; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at St. Feehan's Church at Genesee Country Village and Museum, with a reception to follow at the museum. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Genesee Country Village and Museum, in memory of Jo Betz, attention Susan, P.O. Box 310, Mumford, N.Y., 14511.

Mary S. Fisher

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Caledonia/Rochester: On July 31, 2011 at age 34. She is survived by her daughter, Zoe; mother, Jane Walsh; father, Richard (Diane) Fisher; sisters, Michelle Fisher, Maureen (David) Siesto; brothers, Mark (Kim) and Matthew Fisher; many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call Wednesday 4-7 PM at the Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 W. Main St., Caledonia. Her Funeral Mass will be held Thursday 11 AM at St. Columba Church, North St., Caledonia. Interment St. Columba Cemetery.

Harriet M. "Pat" Grattan

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Caledonia/LeRoy: On July 13, 2011 at age 91. Predeceased by her husband, Francis "Bud"; son, Donald McArthur. She is survived by her children, George (Gerri) McArthur, Gary Grattan, Francis (Janice) Grattan, Linda (Robert) Hodges; daughter-in-law, Nancy McArthur; sister-in-law, Irene Kreger; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend her Memorial Service 11 AM Saturday, August 6, 2011 at the First Presbyterian Church, 54 Maple Ave., Cohocton. Private Interment Mumford Rural Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Teresa House, 21 Highland Rd., Geneseo, NY 14454. Arr: Alhart Funeral Home

Isaac Reed

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Caledonia-Durham, NC: July 25, 2011 at age 85. Survived by his children, Walter Read, Annette (Wesley) Brooks, Amy "Pebbles" Reed; sister, Miriam Roberts; brothers, Jesse, Edward Read; 9 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Margaret (Hill) Reed. He was aWWII Army Veteran, retired from Eastman Kodak Company after 38 years of service. The family wishes to thank all those who lifted us up in prayer, stayed in touch and showed love to our father.

Family and friends are invited to call Thursday (TODAY) 4-7 PM at the Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 W. Main St., Caledonia. Friday at Noon, his Funeral Service will be held at Church of God and Saints of Christ Fifteenth Tabernacle, 19 Harrison Ave., Rochester. Interment, Mumford Rural Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Church in his memory.

Marjorie A. LaFave

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Caledonia: After a brief illness on July 16, 2011 at age 83. Predeceased by her husband, William J. LaFave and her son, Douglas M. LaFave. She is survived by her children, Michael, Rick (Paula) LaFave, Cathy (Gary) Matteson; six grandchildren, Monica (James) Van Horn, Amber (Jesse) Teitsma, Tammy (Sal) LoBello, Lauren Foster, Michelle Matteson, Andrew Foster; one great grandson, Luke Van Horn; several nieces and nephews.

Marjorie's family will receive friends on Friday, July 22, 2011 from 4:30-5:30 PM followed by her Memorial Service at 5:30 PM at The United Presbyterian Stone Church, 3177 Church St., Caledonia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cal-Mum Youth Group c/o U.P. Stone Church or Focus on the Children P.O. Box 31, Caledonia, NY 14423. Arr. Alhart Funeral Home

Alexander Walsh

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Caledonia: On June 4, 2011. He is survived by his wife Helen; son, Luke Walsh; sister, Debra (Tim) Zimmerman; parents, Thomas and Gwendolyn Walsh; 6 brothers and sisters; several nieces & nephews. Service and interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to Batavia Veterans Hospital, 220 Richmond Ave., Batavia, NY 14020 or Mt. Carmel House, 4 Planet St., Rochester, NY 14606. Arr. Alhart Funeral Home.

Arthur J. Harrington

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Caledonia: Arthur J Harrington, age 85, passed away May 21,2011 at his home in Florida.

Born in Elba, NY, on May 9, 1926. He worked at Bausch & Lomb for 34 years before retiring to Haines City, FL.

Survived by his wife Luella Harrington, sister Mary Jane (Roy) Lotzar of Fairport, brother John (Dorothy) of Avon; children Arthur Jr (Diane), Caledonia, Barbara (Ben) Wilkins, Nunda, Mark (Tammy), Dansvile, Lori (Tim) Houser, Caledonia, and stepson Doug Hamblin; 13 grandchildren; 19 g-grandchildren; 1 gg-grandchild; several stepchildren.

Memorial services for friends and family will be held on June 25 at 11 AM at the United Methodist Church, 24 W.Buffalo St., Churchville.

Joseph W. Jr. Ward

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Caledonia: Passed away May 13, 2011 at age 88. Survived by sons, Jay (Shirley) and John (Karen); grandchildren, Scott (Adrienne), Amy, Kristen (Tom Sokolski), and Jordan; great-grandchildren, Ryan, Shannon and Meghan; brother-in-law Adrian (Yvonne) Strom, several nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by his wife Irene, parents Joseph and Gertrude Ward, sister and brother-in-law Virginia and William Elkins.

Joe was an Army combat veteran of WWII, receiving a battlefield commission and the Bronze Star Medal. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Caledonia, VFW Post 10844, and served as a member of the Caledonia-Mumford Central School Board of Education. He retired as owner of the family business, Wm. Hamilton & Son, Inc. No prior calling hours. His memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 3080 West Main St., Caledonia, NY on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Private Interment, Mumford Rural Cemetery. Memorials in honor of Joe may be made to the First Presbyterian Church at the above address. Arr. Alhart Funeral Home, Caledonia.

Gloria J. (Roth) White

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White, Gloria J. (Roth)

Caledonia: On May 4, 2011 at age 69. She is survived by her daughter, Kimberly (Philip) Gorton; 3 grandchildren, Timothy, Christina, Melissa Gorton; sisters, Beverly Little, Nancy (Charles) Mader, Deborah (Louis) Howden; many other family members and friends.

Friends may call Saturday 11 AM-1 PM with her Funeral Service to follow at 1 PM at the Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 W. Main St., Caledonia. Interment, Mumford Rural Cemetery.

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