By on May 27, 2012


•Panarites, Mary, 81, of Columbus, Georgia, formerly of Rochester, died May 14, 2012 at her home. Survivors include her husband, Manuel Panarites; her daughter, Marlane Boyle (Tom); her granddaughter, Nicole Thibeault; two sisters, Joan Comeau and Connie Hatfield (Archie); one brother, Tom Nebbia and a number of nieces and nephews.

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•Wagner, Edward Robert, age 97, died May 18, 2012 at C.C. Young Retirement Community in Dallas, Texas. After serving as a liaison officer to the French Army and commanding a U.S. Army Field Artillery Battery during World War II, Ed was a resident of Brockport, where he taught mathematics at Brockport High School and later worked at the Eastman Kodak Company. Upon retiring from the Eastman Kodak Company, Ed and his beloved Mary lived in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Edward was pre-deceased by his wife of 70 years, Mary, and by his son Midshipman E. Robert Wagner, Jr., United States Naval Academy, 1964. He is survived by daughters, Carolyn Wagner Ellman of Rochester, and Jocelyn Wagner Sodoma and husband Randy of Fort Wright, Kentucky; son Richard Cameron Wagner and wife Susan Anne Stryker of Dallas, Texas; and numerous grandchildren; great- grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Burial will be held at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Brockport. The family requests memorials to the Lakeside Memorial Hospital, 156 West Avenue, Brockport, NY 14420 in his memory.



•Sapienza, Jean R., May 19, 2012, age 88. Predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Joseph L. Sapienza on January 27, 2005. Mother of Dennis (Anne) Sapienza of Bergen; Donald (Kathleen DeLaney) Sapienza of Williamsville, Lee Sapienza of Albany, Joann (Michael) Starowitz and Karen (Joel) Sapienza-Hall, both of Bergen; grandmother of William and Andrew Sapienza, Kaitlyn (Paul) Chmielowiec, Matthew Starowitz, Kara and Ethan Hall; sister of Jane (late William) Vickers of Florida and the late James Tuohey and the late Mary (late Tony) D’Ambrosio; sister-in-law of Nancy Tuohey of Chili. Also survived by her beloved dog and companion Mr. Ted, and several nieces and nephews.

Her Mass of Christian Burial was held May 23 at St. Brigid’s Church, Bergen. Burial St. Anne’s Cemetery, Palmyra. Memorials can be made to Bergen Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 428, Bergen, New York 14416 or in the form of mass intentions.



•Hartman, Carol A., May 20, 2012 at Lakeside Beikirch Care Center, Brockport. Predeceased by her parents Irene and Cletus Hartman, she is survived by a sister, LuEllen Sullivan, brother William “Bill” (Gail) Hartman, nephews Christopher (Susan), W. David (Beth). Carol was a graduate of Our Lady of Mercy High School and St. Mary’s School of Nursing. Carol worked her entire nursing career in the Pediatric nursing unit at St. Mary’s before retiring in 1996.

No calling hours; burial at the convenience of the family. Remembrances in Carol’s name can be made to Lifetime Care Hospice, 311 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY 14623.


•Shetler, Donald R., May 19, 2012, age 70. Survived by his children, Brenda (Tony) DeBona, Mike (Mridula) Shetler, Laurie (Jeff) Twombly and Janet (Mark) Rabjohn; his grandchildren, Joshua, Jonathan and Melissa DeBona, Anand and Asha Shetler, Ryan and Ben Twombly, Justin and Owen Rabjohn; his sister, Lois (Lauren) McCracken; devoted friend Sandie Syke; several nieces and nephews; many friends.

Services were held May 26 at the Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home, Inc., Hilton. Interment, Parma Union Cemetery. Those wishing can contribute to C.U.R.E., 200 Westfall Road, Rochester 14620 in his memory.



•Case, Betty Ellen, May 8, 2012 at age 90. Predeceased by her brother, Donald Soper; grandsons, Jonathan Zauner and Paul Bright. Survived by her loving husband of 72 years, Robert M; children, Judith Ann (Ronald) Zauner, Anita Joy (Donald) Ciarico, Norman Paul (Mary) Case, Marlene Betty Iak; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; ten nieces and ten nephews. Betty Ellen was a member of The United Methodist Church of Churchville and Anchor Christian Church Women’s Bible Study.

Her Memorial Service was held May 26 at the United Methodist Church of Churchville, Churchville. Donations can be made to the church, 24 West Buffalo Street, Churchville 14428 in her memory.


•Lootens, John F., May 21, 2012. Survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Dottie; four children, Karen (George) Odden, Kevin (Lori) Lootens, Kristin (Eric) Griffin, Jennifer Lootens; five grandchildren, Julie and Kyle Odden, Justin and Amanda Lootens, Everett Griffin; brother, Gerald (Pat); sister-in-law, Marilyn Lootens; several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Victor and Ruth; brother, Victor and sister-in-law, Muriel. John was a graduate of the U of R and the Eastman School of Music. He was a volunteer at RWCLC and an organist for the Diocese of Rochester for 60 years.

His Funeral Mass was held May 26 at St. Pius the Tenth Church. Contributions can be made to Roberts Wesleyan Cultural Life Center, 2301 Westside Drive, Rochester, NY 14624.



•Baldeck, Gladys H., January 24, 1927 to May 16, 2012. Wife for 62 years to Robert J. Baldeck, residing in Churchville, mother of Alan (Melanie) and Andrea (Bill Hollis), grandmother of four and great-grandmother of five, succumbed to breast cancer at the age of 85. A native of Easton, Pennsylvania, she finished high school in Caledonia before going on to earn her bachelor of arts at Albany State Teachers College (now SUNY Albany) and her masters at the University of Rochester in Romance Languages. For twenty-five years she taught French and Spanish at the high school level, and English at the college level, before embarking on a second career as Director of Volunteer Services at Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Music was her avocation. She sang in community and church choirs and played the piano until the last year of her life, performing in recitals and at the Century Club in Rochester, of which she was a member. A gift has been made of her piano to the Music Department of Nazareth College, where she studies with professor Gary Fisher.

A Memorial Service for family and friends will be announced at a future date.


•Gioia, Mary (Dermody), May 17, 2012. Predeceased by her husband, Thomas; brothers, Thomas, George, Norman. She is survived by her daughter, Margaret Gioia; many nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral Mass was celebrated May 19 at St. Vincent DePaul Church. Inurnment St. Vincent DePaul Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Churchville Fire Department, 24 Washington Street, Churchville, NY 14428 in her memory.



•Lattuca, Frank, 81, May 20, 2012. Survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Frances (Ingrao); and children, Vincent (Christine), David (Carol) Pogoda, Connie (Tim) Pearce; grandchildren, Frankie, Jacqueline, Andrew, Samantha and Jonathan; many nieces and nephews.

A Remembrance and Celebration was held May 24 at First Bible Baptist Church, Hilton. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. The family asks that donations be made to Hope Hall, 1612 Buffalo Road, Rochester 14624 in his memory.



•Nichols, Dale A., May 16, 2012. Predeceased by his parents, Junior and Virginia Nichols. Survived by his children, Dale Junior Nichols and Michalina Nichols; his granddaughter, Piper Marie Nichols; his brother, Gene Nichols Sr.; mother of his children, Marty Nichols; his nephew, Gene Nichols Jr.; his uncle, Elmer VanOrden; good friend, Gary Blumenstock; several cousins.

Funeral Services were held May 19 at the Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home, Inc., Hilton. Interment, Clarkson-Union Cemetery.



•Brice, Naomi E., May 16, 2012, age 76. Predeceased by her husband, William, 1996. Survived by her children, Pam (David) Knoeferl, Liz (Edward) Brown, Bonnie (Keith) VanGelder, Bert (Barbara) Canute; two sisters, Betty Schryer, Mary Ellen Roenke; her brother, Raymond Sergent; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

A Private Graveside Service was held at Clarkson-Union Cemetery, Hamlin.


•Pettis, Erma, May 18, 2012. An inspiration to many, she was predeceased by her loving husband Larry. Survived by her children, Stephen (Peggy), Tracey (Tom Ryan) of California and Julie (Nick Faruch); grandchildren, Abbey and Molly; sister Betty Beals; brother Robert Omce and many nieces and nephews. She and her husband co-founded Pettis Pools and Patio in 1962. She was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church and was active in the Brockport College Alumni Class of 1953. Erma was a living example of compassion, strength, the power of determination and hard work. Her wisdom, generosity, values and her love made a great difference in many lives.

Funeral Services were held May 23 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hilton. Friends wishing can contribute to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 158 East Avenue, Hilton in her memory.



•Thom, Norman E., age 87, died May 18, 2012. He was predeceased by his daughter, Gretchen Thom Coleman, brother-in-law, William Daunce. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Norma Gath Thom; son David (Debi) Thom of Byron, daughter Laura Amor (Thomas Ryan) of Brockport; grandchildren, Rachel (Garett) Schalge of Hamlin, Joseph Amor of Raleigh, North Carolina, Matthew (Kris) Thom of Holley, Martha (John) Thom of Stafford, Staff Sgt. David (Danielle) Thom of Byron, Rosalee (Jeremy) Norred of Phoenix, Arizona; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Mildred Daunce of Lockport. Norman served in the U.S. Navy during WWII in the Pacific Theater, retired from Eastman Kodak in 1986 and was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Greece.

Funeral Services were held May 21 at Hope Lutheran Church, Greece. Interment with full military honors at Hillside Cemetery in Holley. Memorials can be made to Hope Lutheran Church or Hospice of Orleans County, P.O. Box 469, Albion, NY 14411 in his memory.



•Lynn, Marcia Ann, Peacefully surrounded by her family on May 22, 2012 at age 71, after a courageous battle with cancer. Survived by her loving and devoted companion, Ward Lewis; children, Tim (Lisa) Lynn, Francine (Ken) Luciano and Michele (Sean) Boyle; grandchildren, McKenzie Lynn, Kristen Luciano and Liam and Madeline Boyle; brother, Arthur (Karen) Podsiadly; sisters, Patricia Bowden and Roslyn Polvino; special niece, Marcia Lewis; special nephew John (Deborah) Lewis; nieces, nephews and cousins; many dear friends. She is predeceased by her parents, Walter and Rose Podsiadly; sisters, Elizabeth “Betty” Lewis and Helen Podsiadly.

Her Funeral Mass was celebrated May 26 at St. Mark’s Parish, Kendall. Interment will be in Beechwood Cemetery, Kendall. Contributions can be made to Kidney Cancer Association ( or Lifetime Care ( in her memory.


•West, Gary L., Unexpectedly, May 14, 2012, age 62. He was predeceased by his sister, Shirley Rosa. He is survived by his daughter, Linda Lee West; sister, Anna (Edward) Fedele; brothers, Bert and Harold Jameson; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services were held May 21 at the New Comer Funeral Home. Private interment. Donations can be directed to Gary’s family in his memory.



•Ralph, Shirley, May 19, 2012. Predeceased by her brother, Laurence Hale, niece Hale. Survived by her husband, Robert M. Ralph; sons, Douglas (Gloria) and David (Charlene) Ralph; granddaughter, Danielle Ralph; nieces, Lisa and Melissa.

Funeral Services were held at Walker Brothers Funeral Home in Spencerport May 24. Interment in Fairfield Cemetery. Donations can be sent to the Salvation Army, 70 Liberty Pole Way, P.O. Box 41210, Rochester, NY 14604-4310 in her memory.



•Martin, Paul R. “Bob,” May 21, 2012. Predeceased by his children Pamela Arva and Bob Martin. He is survived by his wife, Loretta Grose Martin; children, Tom Martin, Cindy (John) DiTucci, Jeff (Yvonne) Martin; son-in-law, Bruce Arva, daughter-in-law, Lisa Brown; grandchildren, Tina (Michael) Ventrella, Brandon Arva, Jennifer (Nathaniel) Powers, Andrea Brown, Matthew DiTucci, Philip Martin; great-grandchildren, Colin, Hayden, Emma Ventrella, Joshua Bruno, Kevin Posadi, Nolan Powers.

His Funeral Service was celebrated May 24 at Parma Baptist Church, Spencerport. Interment private. Donations can be made to Parma Baptist Church in his memory.


•Offen, Dorothy I., May 16, 2012. Predeceased by her husband, William and son, Butch. Survived by her children, Caroline, Cheryl and Harvey; brothers, Frankie and Sammy Iachetta; aunt Bev; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A Graveside Service was held May 22 at Riverside Cemetery. Friends wishing can make contributions to the family.