Mary Lynaugh Belleville

Victor, New York

Mary Lynaugh Belleville, 78, of Victor, NY and Estero, FL, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. She had been a seasonal resident of Estero since 2001. She was born November 2, 1940 in Canandaigua, NY, the daughter of Thomas John and Virginia (née Cone) Lynaugh.

Mary had a servants’ heart and loved to teach.  She was a Latin educator at Bloomfield Central School District for 30 years.  As such, it was fitting that the motto she encouraged her students to live by, CARPE DIEM – Latin phrase for “Seize The Day”- was embodied and embraced by her as she enjoyed traveling with her husband, spending time with her grandchildren and friends, and to all she loved and befriended along the way.

Mrs. Belleville is survived by her adoring husband of 52 years, Robert L. Belleville; her beloved daughters, Margery (Christopher) Hoff of Austin, TX and Carol (John) Mottes of Bernardsville, NJ; her sister, Ann (Craig) Benjamin of Edmond, OK; six cherished grandchildren, Samantha Mottes, Callie Mottes, Brandon Hoff, Conor Hoff, Ashleigh Mottes and Gavin Hoff; her niece, Stacy (Christopher) Bozarth; her nephew Matthew (Carrie) Benjamin; great niece, Gabrielle Bozarth; great nephews, Matthew Benjamin, Colby Bozarth, and Grant Benjamin; her brothers and sisters-in-law Ronald & Pam Belleville, and Richard and Janet Rose as well as many more wonderful nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.  Our Mary, Mom, Aunt “Mimster” and loving Mimi will be dearly missed.

Visitation will be held Monday 4-8 p.m. at Jarmusz Cotton Funeral (26 Maple Ave. Victor, NY).

Mary’s Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday January 8th 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church (115 Maple Ave. Victor, NY). Interment St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Serenity House Of Victor (1278 Brace Rd. Victor, NY 14564) OR Victor Farmington Ambulance (1321 E. Victor Rd. Victor, NY 14564) in her memory.


  1. Bob and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Mary always had a smile and genuine concern for what was happening in our lives. We cherish our memories of the simple grasping of her hand on our arms to let us know she was thinking of us. She will always be in our hearts.
    Arlene and Phil White

  2. Dear Bob and Family,

    Judy and I are so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing.
    Pelican Sound will be a little less bright without her smile and wit.
    Take care during this difficult time and we will see you when you return back here in Florida.
    God bless you and all that love you.

  3. Dear Bob:
    We saw Ray in St Louis last month and he told us of Mary’s illness. We were hoping she would be recovered and able to be with us in Florida. Very sorry to hear of her passing. She will really be missed by us
    Ron and Helen Fogarty

  4. Miss Lynaugh as I remember her was a passionate Latin teacher in Lyons, NY where she met her loving husband, also a devoted teacher. She helped me through 3 years of Latin, with a Regents final as well. She made our classes fun , interesting, & a great learning experience (especially for my first Term Paper).
    I’ve thought about her over the years as she inspired many a student to Carpe Diem!

  5. Although I was probably the worst Latin student she ever had I have used the Latin base she taught almost every day. She was a very special teacher who loved what she taught and who she taught. She will not be forgotten.

  6. Mary, I miss you already. One of my fondest memories would be coming out of my house on a nice summer day and seeing you and Bob sitting on your front porch having a cocktail and visiting with all the neighbors that walked by. Such a special lady, you will be missed by many.

  7. I was a student in Mrs. Belleville’s Latin classes. She’s was a fabulous teacher and made learning fun and interesting. I don’t remember much Latin some 40 odd years later, but I do remember her! She made that much of an impact on my life. My condolences to her family. I know she will be missed.

  8. Bob & Family,

    So Sad to hear of the passing of Mary. She always had a wonderful Smile. She was always willing to assist when asked.

    She has now Graduated. She learned what was necessary to succeed to the Next Level. We hope to graduated some day, too.

    Prayers always for Mary, Bob & Family.

  9. Our sincere condolences for Mary’s passing. Mary and Bob became one of our new found friends at Silverton Glen. Always with a smile and a warm greeting, they lighted up any room they were in. We know that there were many health struggles over the past few years. We admired how devoted Bob was to Mary’s well being. We pray that the memories of this beautiful woman will bring you peace and comfort in the sad days ahead. While we are in Nevada, our prayers and thoughts are with you.

  10. Dear Bob, and Faamily,
    Our hearts go out to you at the passing of Mary. I remember her as such a happy person with a wonderful smile. I know that you shared many happy times together. It looks like you have a large, supportive group surrounding you. Please know that those of us from Whitman, who remember, send special prayers for all of you as you face this sad time. All our love, Patti and Randy Eddinger

  11. I am so sorry to hear about Ms. Lynaugh as I knew her. She was my Latin teacher at Lyons High School. I remember she and Mr. Belleville married. I have such nice memories of them both. My condolences to Bob and her family. Best, Janeen Gould Frank

  12. To the family of Ms. Belleville (or Miss Lynaugh as I knew her). News of her passing brings tears to my eyes and sadness to my heart but yet a smile to my face. I have such fond memories of Ms. Lynaugh as my high school Latin teacher in Lyons Central School, Lyons, New York in the 1960s. She was a rare joy to me as a high school student. I still remember attending her happy wedding to our shop teacher, Robert Bellville, and seeing her recently at one of our high school reunions, as she was our high school adviser. I will always remember her fondly. Ingrid Newman Boeker of Tyler, Texas

  13. Vale, Magistra, and thank you for all taught me and for all you were. God bless you and your family.

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