Mabelle Oliver Ruliffson “Mickee” – July 30, 2011

Dansville: Mabelle “Mickee” Oliver Ruliffson, 72 years, of Lincoln Ave. Dansville, NY died Saturday, July 30, 2011 at her home.. She was born in Rochester, NY August 25, 1938, the daughter of Richard and Isabelle Eddy Evans.

She is survived by husband Glenn, her children, Robyn (Brian) Hensler of Irondequoit, Colleen Oliver (Marty Sobczak) of See Breeze, and Chad Oliver (Nikki Helles) of Conesus.6 grandchildren, Richard, Jeff, Megan, Theresa, Grace and Jack. 5 great-grandchildren. 3 sisters. Adella Evans of Greece, NY, Sheri (Allen) Parent of Chilii, NY and Bobbi Evans of Spencerport, NY.. several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call Monday 4 – 8 PM at Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc. Routes 15 & 20A, 21 Big Tree St. Livonia, NY where funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 AM with Rev. David Hotchkiss and Rev. Kevin Slough officiating. Burial, Garbutt Cemetery. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Livingston County Hospice, 2 County Campus, Mt. Morris, NY 14510. To send condolences, share a memory, or further information, please visit:

Theo E. “Ted” Arnold – July 29, 2011

rdc023804-1_20110730Livonia: Ted Arnold, 68 years, of North St. Livonia, NY died Friday evening, July 29, 2011 at the Conesus Lake Nursing Home in Livonia after a long illness. Ted was born in Rochester, NY, May 12, 1943 the son of James and Thelma Krisher Arnold. He was a graduate of Livonia Central School, Class of 1961 and the SUNY at Morrisville. He was a long time employee of Hammer Lithograph in Rochester. Ted was very active in his community and was a life member (47 years) of the Livonia Fire Department, served on the Livonia Village Board as a Trustee, the Livonia Ambulance and was a Past President of the Livonia Rotary Club.(1978-1979). Besides his parents, Ted was predeceased by his sister Cheryl Arnold.

The family extends their most sincere gratitude to the staffs and both nursing homes at Conesus Lake and Livingston County, Mt. Morris,NY for of their compassionate and kind care.

Ted is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Marlene; his son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey E. and Jenifer Arnold of Livonia; his sisters, Gwendolyn (Michael) Stephens of Hemlock and Dawn Woodburn of Livonia. sister-in-law, Carol (John) Payment of Irondequoit. several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call Monday 3 – 6 PM at Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc. Routes 15 & 20A, 21 Big Tree St. Livonia, NY where funeral services will follow calling hours at 6 PM. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Livonia Fire Dept., PO Box 151, Livonia, NY 14487. To send condolences, share a memory, or further information, please visit:

Shirley E. Titus – July 24, 2011


Shirley E. Titus of Hemlock, July 24, 2011 at age 80. Predeceased by husband Ernest. She is survived by son, Alan Titus (Carrie Perry). Daughter, Cindy Pragle. Grandchildren, great-grandchildren; great-great grandchildren. Her brothers, Raymond (Crystal) Barcomb; James (Gay) Barcomb & Alan (Gail) Barcomb. Nieces & nephews.

Friends may call Thursday 4-7 PM at Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc. Route 15 & 20A, 21 Big Tree St. Livonia,NY 14487. Funeral Mass, Friday 11 AM at St. Matthews Church, Route 20A, Livonia. Burial, St. Michaels Cemetery. Memorial contributions to St. Matthews Church Building Fund, PO Box 77, Livonia, NY 14487. For further information, or send condolences please visit:

Frank L. Noll – July 23, 2011


Frank L. Noll of Livonia, July 23, 2011 at age 54 years. Survived by his soulmate Marilyn Skuse; children Keri (Joe) Bogdon, Conesus, Frank Noll, Livonia, Michelle (Greg) Gannett, Cicero NY, Marie (Dwayne) May, Groveland, MaryEllen Skuse, Livonia; grandchildren: Dylan, Allison, Sarah, Michael, Cara, Bailey & Jordan, siblings Val (Jim) Wiedeman, Texas, Shirley (Bob) White, Florida, Jerry (Sharon) Noll, Conesus, Betty Jean Noll, Livonia, Sharon (Chuck) Mosher, Lakeville, Barry (Barb) Noll, Florida, Tina (Al) McDaniel, Texas & Dawn (Mark) Neri, Texas & many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents William and Edna Noll & brother Wayne Noll.

Friends may call Tuesday 4-7 at Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc. Rts 15 & 20a, 21 Big Tree St. Livonia where services will be held Wednesday at 12pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Flight Central 2420 Brickyard Road, Canandaigua, NY 14424. To send condolences or further information please visit:

Kathleen A. Germonto – July 19, 2011


Honeoye Falls: July 19, 2011 at age 72, of Holiday, Florida, formerly of Honeoye Falls died early Tuesday morning at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Barritta and Jeff Shanks of Lima. She was born in Saranac Lake, NY, May 26, 1939, the daughter of Joseph and Barbara Mead Prattis. For several years, she was employed in the Bursars Office at Rochester Institute of Technology. Kathy was a very devout and practicing Roman Catholic at St. Paul of the Cross Church in Honeoye Falls and St. Vincent DePaul Church in Holiday, Florida.

Survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Joseph M. Germonto; children, Bonnie (Paul) Toarmino of Avon, Tammy Germonto of Farmington, Laurie Germonto of Pensacola, FL., Lisajo (Tom) Keeler of Lima, Barrita (Jeff) Shanks of Lima, Joseph (Tracy) Germonto of Honeoye Falls, Marcus (Cosette) Germonto of Rochester. Also surviving are 18 grandchildren, Wesley (Elizabeth Armstrong) Mead of Queens, NY, Christine Teuscher & Fiance, Colin Bradley of Rochester, Jennifer Teuscher (Justin Beigel) of Rochester, Kimberly Teuscher (Tommy Dougherty) of Geneseo, Michael (Vang) Westjohn of Pensacola, FL., Joshua Creager (Tara Zempel) of Rochester, Laura Shanks (Ricky Intini) and Kelly Shanks both of Rochester. Jessica Lawrence (Steve Cheeseman) of Canandaigua, Nikki Jo Lawrence of Lima, T.J. Keeler of Lima, Gavin and Shannon Germonto both of Honeoye Falls, NY, Joseph Germonto, Kaloni, Jataaz, & Shakeel Lovett all of Rochester. 6 great-grandchildren, Michael (Mikey) Westjohn of Pensacola, FL, Christian Mead, Noah Armstrong, Hailey Cheeseman of Canandaigua, Gavyn and Brooklyn Keeler both of Lima. Sisters, Sylvia (Rudy) Rosello of Macedon, Bonnie Tenity of Brockport and Cynthia Kaufman of Rochester. Several nieces & nephews.

Friends may call Thursday, 3-5 and 7-9 PM at Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc. Routes 15 & 20A, 21 Big Tree St. Livonia, NY 14487. Funeral Mass Friday, 10 AM at St. Paul of the Cross Church, Honeoye Falls. Burial, St. Paul of the Cross Cemetery. Memorial contributions to EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network), 5817 Old Leeds Rd., Irondale, AL. 35210. To send condolences, share a memory, or further information, please visit:

Douglas C. King – July 15, 2011


Livonia: Douglas C. King, 69 years, of Longview Blvd. in Livonia, NY died Friday, July 15, 2011 in Rochester, NY. He was born in Rochester, NY., February 4, 1942 the son of Theodore C. and Marion Richardson King. He served his country from 1958 – 1963 in the US Navy. He married his wife of 47 years, Margaret LeBriton in 1964.Doug belonged to the Harrison – Lee American Legion Post #283 in Livonia. An avid outdoorsman, he and his family enjoyed the Camp that he built in the Southern Tier many years ago. Enjoying the outdoors and nature, Douglas was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a member of the NRA. Prior to retiring, he was employed as a tool and die maker with Southco of Honeoye Falls, NY.

Besides his wife, Margaret, he is survivied by his sons, Richard C. King of Rose, NY, Neal (Dawn) King of SC, & David D. King of Henrietta, NY 2 grandchildren, Madison and Spensir King. brother, James T. King of Florida. Many nieces and nephews and many dear friends.

Friends are invited attend services Monday 11 A.M. at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Routes 15 & 20A, 21 Big Tree St, Livonia, NY, with the Rev. Justin Johnson officiating.Burial, with full military honors following at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Geneseo, NY. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 5015 Lakeville Rd. Geneseo, NY 14454. To send condolences or share a memory, please visit:

William D. Middleton – July 10, 2011


William D. Middleton, 83, died on 10 July 2011 at Livonia, New York. He had been battling Merkel Cell Carcinoma. He was the second of six children of Dr. and Mrs. William D. Middleton. All six were born at Davenport, Iowa. William went on to be a career naval officer, chief facilities officer for the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, and an extensive career as a railroad historian and photographer for more than 60 years.

Middleton was among the first recruits for the Navy’s new ROTC training program in 1946, and completed his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at Troy, New York, in 1950. Following his graduation he was commissioned in the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps and began a career of almost 30 years. His work with the Navy took him to French Morocco, Turkey, Vietnam, Okinawa, Korea, and Japan, as well as many postings in the United States. He served with the U.S. Navy Seabees (CB—construction battalions), as a public works officer (chief facilities officer), as a civil engineering advisor, and as a staff member for the United Nations Command, Korea. He retired from the Navy as a commander in 1979. His military awards included a Secretary of the Navy Commendation for Achievement and the Legion of Merit.

Following his Navy work, Middleton joined the University of Virginia as its chief facilities officer for the next 14 years, responsible for construction and maintenance of buildings and grounds, planning, and construction. He was particularly proud of the work the organization did in developing highly competent staff in every trade through comprehensive training plans, licensing of staff, and the development of new staff through a formal apprenticeship program, the first of its kind at any Virginia public institution. Active for many years with APPA, the international association of higher education facilities officers, he was its vice president for three years, and elected as its president in 1990.

Following his retirement from the University in 1993, he continued his extensive work in conducting facilities management evaluations, both as a single member and a large staff of evaluatoirs for dozens of colleges and universities. His largest single consulting project was working with consultant Eva Klein his development of a system for evaluation of required work for the upgrading of deficient facilities and needed new construction of long rage enrollment planning for the 17 member University of North Carolina. A $1.5 billion investment followed the completion of this project. Throughout more than 60 years Bill Middleton was also active as a reporter, writer, and photographer. His published work includes more than 20 books and approximately 700 articles for magazines and newspapers over the years, accompanied with extensive photographic work. He was a long-time writer for such international railroad topics at Railway Age, Railroad Track and Structures, Railway Gazette International, and International Railway Journal, as well as such general publications as American Heritage, and American Heritage of Invention & Technology. While his work was largely on the subject of railroad history and operation, he also did extensive work in engineering, military topics, and travel. On occasion he worked with his family, including a travel guide of South Korea with his wife Dorothy, and a biography of Frank Julian Sprague written jointly with his son, William III.

Books By William D. Middleton

1961 The Interurban Era. Kalmbach Publishing.
1964 North Shore: America’s Fastest Interurban. Golden West Books.
1967 The Time of the Trolley. Kalmbach Publishing.
1969 The Railroad Scene. Golden West Books.
1970 South Shore: The Last Interurban. Golden West Books.
1974 When the Steam Railroads Electrified. Kalmbach Publishing.
1975 (with Dorothy H. Middleton) Some Korean Journeys. Royal Asiatic Society, Korea Branch.
1977 Grand Central: The World’s Greatest Railway Station. Golden West Books.
1983 Traction Classics, Volume One: The Interurbans, The Great Wood and Steel Cars. Golden West Books.
1985 Traction Classics Volume Two: The Interurbans, Extra Fast, Extra Fare. Golden West Books.
1985 Traction Classics Volume Three: The Interurbans, Interurban Freight. Golden West Books.
1986 China By Rail. Trans Anglo Books.
1987 The Time of the Trolley: The Street Railway from Horse Car to Light Rail. Centennial of the Trolley 1887-1987. Golden West Books.
1989 From Bullets to BART. Bulletin 127, Central Electric Railfans’ Association.
1996 Manhattan Gateway: New York’s Pennsylvania Station. Kalmbach Publishing.
1997 (General Editor) Facilities Management: A Manual for Plant Administration, Third Edition, Four Volumes. Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers.
1999 Landmarks on the Iron Road: Two Centuries of North American Railroad Engineering. Indiana University Press.
1999 South Shore: The Last Interurban, Revised Second Edition. Indiana University Press.
2000 Yet there isn’t a train I wouldn’t take: Railway Journeys by William D. Middleton. Indiana University Press.
2001 When the Steam Railroads Electrified, Revised, Second Edition. Indiana University Press.
2001 The Bridge at Quebec. Indiana University Press.
2002 The Pennsylvania Railroad Under Wire. Kalmbach.
2003 Metropolitan Railways: Rapid Transit in American. Indiana University Press.
2003 The Last Interurbans. Bulletin 136, Central Electric Railfans’ Association.
2007 (Editor, with George M. Smerk and Roberta L. Diehl) The encyclopedia of North American Railroads. Indiana University Press.
2009 (with William D. Middleton III) Frank Julian Sprague: Electrical Inventor and Engineer. Indiana University Press.
In press On Railways Far Away. Indiana University Press.

Middleton’s long and happy marriage of 53 years came to an end with the death of his wife Dorothy in 2009. He is survived by his son William D., III, and his daughter-in-law Elia Marina Castellanos Morales, who live in Livonia, New York, and his son Nicholas F., his daughter-in-law Andrea Klarman, and granddaughters Isabel Riquette and Evalina Dorothy, who live in Seattle, Washington and his five siblings, Susan, Louise, Frederick, Elizabeth, and David.

For remembrances we suggest contributions to support the Indiana Historical Society (450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis. IN 46202-3269), which will maintain the extensive Middleton collection of railroad photographs, or the University of Virginia’s Historic Buildings (University of Virginia, ATT: Gift Accounting, P.O. Box 400807, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4807). Gifts should be made in memory of William D. Middleton.

Memorial Service will be held 1PM, Saturday, July 30, 2011 at the University of Virginia Columbarium, Charlottesville, Virginia. Arrangements, Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., 21 ig Tree St., Routes 15 & 20A, Livonia, NY 14487. To send condolences or share a memory, please visit:

Michael W. “Jock” Wells – July 12, 2011


Conesus: Michael W. “Jock” Wells, of Conesus died Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at Noyes Hospital in Dansville, NY after a lengthy illness. He was born in Rochester, NY September 13, 1954 the son of William and Kathleen Manning Wells. He was a graduate of Gates-Chili Central School. An avid sports enthusiast , Jock excelled at performing at several different sports, and, of course, he was a colorful fan as time went on.

Jock is survived by his children, Ian (Donna) Wells of Conesus, Ashley (Ted) Barber of Livonia, and Lissa Wells ( Pat Norton) of Leicester. 6 grandchildren, Holly, Austin, Mya, McKenzie, Mason, and Bentley. Brother, Patrick ((Joanne) Wells of Webster, NY. Mother of his children, Loren Tripp of Groveland, NY. Several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call Saturday, July 16, 2011 from 1 – 4 PM at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc. Routes 15 & 20A, 21 Big Tree St. Livonia, NY. To send condolences, or share a memory, please visit:

John Paul Knowlton Jr. – April 22, 2011


Livonia: John Paul Knowlton Jr., 88, died on Good Friday, April 22, 2011, in Tempe, Ariz.

John was born on July 25, 1922, in Dansville, the third child of John Paul Sr. and Lucia Gross Knowlton. He was a veteran of World War II having served his tour in the South Pacific with the 38th Bomber Group, 822nd Division of the Army Air Corps. He raised his family in the Rochester area, then moved to Atlanta, Ga. He earned his living as a sales representative and part time carpenter. Among his many artistic talents were beautifully painted carvings of flowers and birds in plastic. He also enjoyed nature and singing karaoke. After retirement, John lived in Livonia until he moved to Tempe, Ariz., two years ago. John left his mark wherever he went. He will be dearly missed.

John was predeceased by his sister, Lucia Mai Knowlton; and son, Mike Richards Knowlton. He leaves sisters, Mary Ann (and Harvey) Boyd and Bertha Marguerite Bentivegna; son, John Paul (and Kathryn) Knowlton III; daughters, Helen Elizabeth Morrow and Kathryn (and Joseph) Marr; daughter-in-law, Donna Knowlton; eight grandchildren, Janelle, Christine and Joshua Knowlton; Jennifer (and Lee) Jackson; Sarah Cole; David, Ethan and Hannah Marr; and six great-grandchildren, Trevor and Justine Cole, Shaan and Glenn Knowlton, Quinn and Liam Jackson.

Friends are invited to a graveside service 11 AM, Saturday, July 9 at Holy Cross Cemetery, Dansville, NY. To send condolences or share a memory please visit:

Robert A. Burnup – July 5, 2011

Geneseo: Robert A. Burnup, 59 years, of Lakeville-Groveland Rd. Geneseo, NY died Tuesday July 5, 2011 at home after a long illness. He was born in Rochester, NY, February 17, 1952 the son of Elmer and Kathleen Schleich Burnup.He was employed by Rochester Gas and Electric in Rochester and was predeceased by his mother.

Bob is survived by his wife Jane Nonnegard Burnup; daughters, Bridget K. Burnup of Newark, NY, Amy K. Burnup of Geneseo, and Jennifer L. Burnup (Hector Russomando) of Melissa, Texas. His father, Elmer C. Burnup of Penfield, NY. Sisters, Eileen (Bill) Snider of Amherst, NY and Carol (Doug) Fenner of Michigan. Brother, Charles (Glennis) Burnup of Williamson, NY. Father-in-law and mother-in-law, Blain and Roslyn Nonnegard of Batavia,NY. Several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call Saturday July 9, 2011 from 2 -4 PM at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc. Routes 15 & 20A, 21 Big Tree St. Livonia, NY where private funeral services will be held. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to Pluta Cancer Center, 125 Red Creek Drive, Rochester, NY 14623 or Livingston County Hospice, 2 County Campus, Mt. Morris, NY 14510. To send condolences or share a memory, please visit:

Lewis S. Pickett – July 3, 2011

Rochester: Lewis S. Pickett, 83 years, of Rochester, NY died Sunday July 3, 2011 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born August 4, 1927 in Geneseo, NY the son of Weston and Mary Carey Pickett. He was a Navy World War 2 veteran. Upon returning home, Lewis was employed as a Police Officer with the City of Rochester. He also was a builder in the Rochester area. Being an avid collerctor and flea market fan, he held a vendor stall at the Agar Road Flea Market in Avon for several years. He also was a member of Henrietta Moose Lodge 2290.

He is survived by an extended family of sons, daughters, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many dear friends and associates.

Friends may call Friday 5-8 PM at Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc. Routes 15 and 20A, 21 Big Tree St. Livonia, NY where funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 AM. Burial, St. Mary’s Cemetery, Geneseo. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Disabled American Veterans, 110 Exchange Blvd. Rochester, NY 14614. To send condolences or share a memory, please visit:

Elmer G. Suter – July 4, 2011


Elmer G. Suter, 66 years, of Lima, NY died Monday, July 4, 2011 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, He was born October 29, 1944, in Rochester,NY, the son of James D. and Olive Canaway Suter.Prior to retirement he was employed by Gannett Rochester Newspapers and Cricts Restaurant in Honeoye Falls. He was a US Army veteran serving his country from 1967 through 1969. On April 14, 1978, he married the former LeeAnne Butler, who survives.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Kimberly (James) Riedmiller of Stafford, NY and Andrea Suter (Richard French) of Conesus, NY. his granddaughter Hannah. sister, Marilyn Pollard (Robert Andrews) of Oregon. sisiter-in-law, Sandy Farron of South Lima, NY and brother-in-law, Robert (Sara) Butler of Avon, NY. also brother-in-law, Russell Smith of Honeoye,NY. several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call Thursday 6 – 8 PM at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc. Routes 15 & 20A, 21 Big Tree St., Livonia, where funeral services will be held Friday, July 8, 2011 at 10 AM with Rev. Jerry Metz officiating. Burial, Oakridge Cemtery, Lima. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to Livingston County Hospice 2 County Campus, Mt. Morris, NY 14510. To send condolences or share a memory, please visit:

Frances L. Knobel – June 26, 2011

Canadice: Frances L. Knobel, 84 years, of Middle Road, Canadice, NY died Sunday, June 26, 2011 at FF Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua. She was born in Rochester, NY on May 22, 1927, the daughter of Auzza and Mary Crites Tungate. She was a longtime Town Justice in the Town of Canadice. Frances was a life time member of the NY State Magistrates Association and was predeceased by her husband Robert.

She is survived by many dear friends including, John Williams of Honeoye, and Karen Osborne of Geneva NY., also Karen Sackett.

At Frances’ request, there will be no prior calling. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Richmond Ambulance Fund, PO Box 469, Honeoye, NY 14471. Arrangements, Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc. Honeoye – Livonia. To send condolences or share a memory, please visit: