This page includes obituaries of people with connection to our three counties but not buried in them or cemetery not identified. If local cemetery is known, see the Obituaries by Cemetery section of the site.
BLACK - WOODWARD, Sara Louise Black
died Tuesday, September 1, 2009. She is survived by her husband Cortland "Woody" Woodward, daughters, Donna (Kent) Swanson, Diane (Matt) Atkins, Carol (Dan) O'Neal and Linda Woodward as well as a brother-in-law, sister-in-law, many brothers, sisters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sara and Woody spent the last eleven years operating their business, The Lindenwald Haus in Elmira, NY. A memorial service will be held Friday, September 4th at 2:00 p.m. at Maranatha Bible Chapel, 774 Sing Sing Road, Horseheads, NY. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Maranatha Bible Chapel. Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/2/2009
BREWER - Sarah Jane (Brewer)Welfel. Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, so loved so missed so very dear…Sarah Jane Welfel, 73, of Windham Twp., (Rome, Pa) died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, August 27, 2009 at her home. Sarah, was born on July 18, 1936 in New Jersey, a daughter of the late John S. and Olive Vera (MUCHALL) Brewer. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend to many. The love she shared with all of us will live on forever in our hearts. Sarah enjoyed hunting, bowling, had a great love for nature and catching wild animals. At one time, Sarah had trained “Babe” the Woodchuck and even befriended a skunk. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Sarah is survived by her husband of 54 years William T. Welfel; her children: Tommy (Laurie) Hawthorne of Owego, NY; Jeannie (Albert) Fredenburg of Rome, Pa; Cindy (Bill) Raymond of Candor, NY; Debbie (Larry) Wanzo of Nichols, NY; Sherri (Jim Coney) Welfel of Owego, NY; her special grandchildren: Traci, Travys (Holly), Bonny, Albert Jr., Mary, Sarah, Jennifer, James, Becky (Steve), Tabetha, Jacksin, Emma and Aubrii; her special great grandchildren: Carma, Collin, Damion, William, Zander, Justice, Jazmene, Marissa, Fantachia; Savanna, Bradlee, and Brayden; her siblings: Paul (Betsy) Brewer; Carl (Norma) Brewer; Earl (Denise) Brewer; James (Sadie) Brewer; Shirley Welfel; Dottie (Fran) Casselbury; Gloria (Dan) Rose and Cora Arnold; several nieces, nephews and their families, along with her special canine companions Samauri and Kasper. Sarah was predeceased by her parents John S. and Olive V. Brewer; an infant son Patrick Lee Welfel a brother John “Jack” Brewer and a great grandson Steven Michael Tuttle, II. Funeral services and a celebration of Sarah’s life will be held on Monday, August 31, 2009 at 11 am at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols with Pastor Brian ¬R. Cetton, officiating. Interment will follow in the Nichols Cemetery. A period of visitation and time for sharing memories will be held on Sunday, August 30th from 3 to 5 pm at the funeral chapel. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the National Wildlife Federation, 1110 Wildlife Center Dr., Reston, VA 20190-5362 www.nwf.org in loving memory of Sarah Jane Welfel. Stufin Funeral Home obit.
BROWN Charles Franklin Jr.
Mr. Charles Franklin Brown Jr. (60) of Bath, New York died August 22nd, 2009 at Strong Memorial Hospital after a traumatic accident. Charles Brown was born May 14th, 1949 in Bath, New York, the son of Lucia Jeannette (Atanesian) Brown and the late Charles Franklin Brown. Following graduation from Haverling Central School in 1967 he served in Vietnam as a Sergeant in the United States Army. He was an active member of the American Legion, Veterans’ of Foreign Wars, BPOE Elks and a recent retiree of the Bath National Veteran’s Administration. Charles Brown is survived by his mother Lucia Brown; loving wife of 30 years Jeanette “Niki” (Remlinger) Brown; son Chad R. Brown (Jennifer) of North Richland Hills, TX, and daughter Rachael N. Brown of Corning, NY. He is also survived by grandsons Zachary and Nathan Brown of North Richland Hills, TX and Sister Judy Chalmers (Robert) of Guntersville, AL, Niece Mary Dee (John) Thorn of Spring, TX and Nephews Chris (Kim) and Jon Michael (Michele) Chalmers of Madison, AL. He is also survived by two uncles Robert (Donna) Atanesian of Bath and Richard Foster of NJ and predeceased by his aunt Dorie Foster. Relatives and friends are invited to remember Charles Brown on Wednesday, August 26th from 2-4PM and 6-8PM at Fagan’s Funeral Home. An Elks service will be held on Wednesday Evening at 7:45 pm. The funeral service will be held at the Saint Thomas Episcopal Church in Bath, New York, Thursday, August 27th at 10AM with a military burial service at the Bath National Veteran’s Administration. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Finger Lakes SPCA or the Lake Salubria Association.
BROWN Mark A.
Age 54, of Pine City, New York, died unexpectedly August 19, 2009 while on vacation in Jackson Wyoming. Mark leaves behind a large extended family and many friends; parents, Stuart R. Brown Sr. and stepmother, Barbara Brown of Horseheads, NY. He was predeceased by his mother, Janice M. Crandall Brown, March of 1990. He is also survived by his loving daughter, Jessica L. Brown, her fiancé, Chris Swartwood and grandson, Dylan Swartwood, all of Elmira, NY; wife, Rhonda Brown; three stepsons, Shane Smithman (Kendall), Nathan Dixon, both of Jackson, Wyoming, and Kyle Dixon of Waverly, NY; brothers, Stuart R. Brown Jr. and his fiancé, Debbie Brown and Joel L. Brown of Elmira, NY; sisters and brothers in-law, Barbara A. Maines (Michael) of Pine City, NY, Carolyn E. Becraft (Steven) of Wellsburg, NY and Lisa M. Wieland (Chris) of Breesport, NY. Mark also leaves behind several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Mark was a New York State Correction Officer for 25 years and was looking forward to retirement. He worked in inmate records at Southport Correctional Facility and took great pride in his job, always concerned for his fellow co-workers. He was a loving husband, father, son and brother. Family was always dear to his heart. Mark was a humble, kind and patient man. He touched the hearts of everyone he knew. He enjoyed Gods creation by hiking, boating, bike riding, traveling and fishing. Some of the best stories came from the fishing trips with his best friend and brother, Stu. He was also a devoted Yankee fan. Mark faced life by always putting his best foot forward no matter what the circumstances. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him. A beautiful light was dimmed on August 19, 2009. Thanks for the memories Mark; you will forever be in our hearts. The family will receive friends at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport, NY on Tuesday, August 25, 2009, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with Funeral and Committal Service there Wednesday at 1:00 p.m., Reverend Scott Snyder will officiate. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Those wishing may make memorials to the Dylan Lee Swartwood Education Fund, C/O Jessica L. Brown, 640 Halderman Hollow Road, Elmira, NY. Published in the Star-Gazette from 8/22/2009 - 8/24/2009
Formerly of Elmira, NY; age 80, of Chattanooga, TN died Saturday, August 22, 2009. He was born in Montclair, NJ and grew up in Elmira, NY. Mr. Buell served in the 82nd Airborne after World War II. He was the owner and operator of Buell's Flowers in Elmira, NY for many years. Mr. Buell was a life member of BPOE #62 in Elmira. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul M. and Mary R. Buell; and brother, Paul W. Buell. Survivors include daughter, Karla Webb of Ormond Beach, FL; and son, Brad Buell and wife, Jennifer of Elmira, NY; sister-in-law, Hedi W. Buell of Chattanooga, TN; stepbrothers, Robert L. Moulter of Hackettstown, NJ, and Winston R. Cooper and wife, Katherine of Pemberton, NJ; 5 great-grandchildren, 6 grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and cousins, and many friends. Survivors also include his close personal friends, Col. Robert M. Landon and wife, Jean of Chattanooga, TN. Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, August 27th, in the Chattanooga TN National Cemetery with Minister Charles F. Landreth officiating. Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 E. Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421. Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/26/2009
CANFIELD - DECKER, Dorothy E.
81, lifetime resident of Vestal, died Wednesday, August 26, 2009, at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton. She was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Harold M. Decker I; parents, Floyd and Leona Canfield; brothers, Richard Canfield and Robert Canfield. Dorothy is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Harold and Janice Decker of Endicott, Dana and Bonnie Decker of Horseheads; and daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Mark Hayman of Sayre; five grandchildren, Darcy Decker of Horseheads, Dawne (Kenneth) Miles of Knoxville, PA, Emily (Wesley Grudzien) Hayman of Toledo, OH, Benjamin Hayman of Howard, OH, and Heather (Matt Dringo) Decker of Endicott; brother and sister-in-law, Edward (Jean) Canfield of Burlington, WI; sister-in-law, Marie Canfield of Friendsville, PA; brother-in-law, William (Jean) Decker of Vestal; sisters-in-law, Lillian (Robert) Pomeroy of Endicott, Francis (Louis) Friend of Cobleskill and Beverly Decker of Endicott. Dorothy was a member of South Apalachin Baptist Church and Naomi Circle. She worked as a Medical Assistant throughout her career for Drs. Richard Buker and Melvin Jones as well as Vestal Medical Assocs. Friends and relatives are invited to the Coleman and Daniels Funeral Home in Endicott on Saturday, August 29, 2009, from noon to 3 p.m. with a memorial service officiated by Pastor Michael Jayne of the South Apalachin Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Naomi Circle or el Rancho de Paz through the South Apalachin Baptist Church, 4116 Pennsylvania Avenue, Apalachin, NY 13732. The family would like to thank her friends who supported her during her illness, especially Laura. Special thanks to Kim, Sandy and the team from Home Instead. Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/28/2009
CARLETON - Ruthann C. Guddat, 59, of Raleigh, N.C., died on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009. She is survived by her husband, Paul Guddat; sons, Matthew of Raleigh, N.C., Derrick of Wilson N.C.; sisters, Susan Cimino of Kulpmont, Debra Young of Mansfield, Kim Christman of Wellsboro; brothers, George Carleton of Westrole, N.Y., and Terry Carleton of Wellsboro. Ruthann has worked at Tayton Trucking, Corning Inc., Walter Kidde, Carolina Sofa and Holly Hill Hospital. She loved to travel; some of her favorite places were Hawaii, Saint Thomas, Puerto Rico, Nova Scotia, Niagara Falls, Toronto, Canada and western, North Carolina. She loved to garden; her favorite flower was the yellow rose. She also enjoyed crafts like basket weaving, card making, scrap booking and gift box decorating. She had an Austin Healey MK 3000 that she enjoyed, but could not drive it very well. A visitation and service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 29 at 11 a.m. at the Carleton Funeral Home in Wellsboro.
CLOSE - Parke A. Close, of 298 Podunk Road, Trumansburg, died in an accident on the family farm on Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at the age of 78. Born in Sharon, Pennsylvania on October 11, 1930, Parke was the seventh child of the late Howard and Clara (Alexander) Close. He grew up in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania and was educated in the public school in Tioga County. He served in the US Army from 1951-1954 as a member of the 474th Signal Aviation Company. For 28 of those months he was stationed in Japan. Parke worked full time for the New York Telephone Company (now Verizon) as a cable-splicing technician for thirty years, retiring in 1986. Along with working for New York Telephone, Parke and his wife, Lorna, owned and operated the family dairy farm and Close Hall in Jacksonville, New York. From 1991 to 2008, he volunteered his time driving bus for Gadabout Transportation of Ithaca. He was a longtime member of the Jacksonville United Methodist Church and Telephone Pioneers. He also was a devoted member of the Trumansburg Masonic Lodge #157 F&AM. Parke is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lorna Close; four children, Eric Close of Indiantown, FL, Effie (Close) Lueder of Trumansburg, Chris Close of Trumansburg, and Carol Close of Trumansburg; six grandchildren, Phalichia and Cameron Lueder, Ashley, Erica, and Amber Eldredge, and Trevor J. Close; a brother, Howard Close; a sister, Claire Maltese; two sister-in-laws, Helen Close and Betty Close; and close family friend, Sharon Neiss. He will be missed daily by all. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Vernon, Lloyd, and Hudson Close; and a sister, Julia Frisbie. A Memorial Service, including Masonic Rites, will be held at 3:00pm on Monday, September 7, 2009 at the Jacksonville United Methodist Church with Rev. Nelson Reppert and Rev. Enid Zollweg officiating. A reception will immediately follow at Close Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations in Parke’s memory may be made to the Trumansburg Masonic Lodge, PO Box 752, Trumansburg, NY 14886; Gadabout Transportation Services, 737 Willow Ave., Ithaca, NY 14850 or the Jacksonville United Methodist Church, PO Box 244, Jacksonville, NY 14854. Corning Leader - Fri Sep 04, 2009
COLUNIO Steven J.
54, formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, died August 14, 2009 in Sarasota, FL. He was predeceased by his parents, Sam and Jeanette Colunio. Steve is survived by two sons, Joseph Colunio of Florida and Steve Colunio of Colorado; one grandson, Dominic Colunio of Florida; significant other, Virginia Cady, also of Florida. Arrangements were handled by Wiegand Brothers Funeral Home. Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/29/2009
COOLIDGE - MaryEllen Coolidge Geppert, 80, of RR #2, Ulster, PA (Smithfield Twp.) died Thursday, August 20, 2009 at the home of her friends and caregivers Sharon and Dan Russell, Rome RR #1, Orwell Twp., PA following and extended illness. Born July 26, 1929 in Wellsboro, PA she was the daughter of the late Howard and Onolee Coolidge. MaryEllen was a graduate of Wellsboro High School, Class of 1947 and the Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing. In earlier years she was employed by the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Bath, NY, Geisinger Hospital in Danville, PA and the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD. On September 14, 1957 she married Robert F. Geppert in Wellsboro, PA, who preceded her in death on December 13, 2003. After raising her family she was employed by the Heritage Nursing Home in Athens, PA for 8 years. MaryEllen was an active member of the Ulster Village Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and was a member of the church’s a Women’s Association. She was a teacher for the Stonecroft Ministries and was active in the After Five Ministries. MaryEllen was a member of the Neighborhood Circle in East Smithfield. She enjoyed sewing, making quilts, canning what she grew in her garden, making maple syrup, and painting in oil. She enjoyed spending time with children and watching their activities. Surviving are: a son Samuel T. Geppert and his wife, Beverly Geppert of Waverly, NY, several grandchildren, a great grandson Ronald L. Chandler III of Waverly, NY. Her brother, John Coolidge and his wife Velma Coolidge of Hot Springs, Arkansas, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Special friends Nancy and George King and family, Sharon and Dan Russell and family, and Iris and Bill May and family, Jay and Lenny Kushner. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Harriet Frey. The family will receive friends Mon friends Monday afternoon from 2 to 4pm at the Bowen-Farr Funeral Home, 6 Gordon Farr St, Ulster, PA. A memorial service will be held Monday evening August 24, 2009 at 6pm at the Ulster Village Presbyterian Church, Ulster, PA with Pastor Dale Bird officiating. Internment will be private. The family will provide their own flowers. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Mather Memorial Library, Ulster, PA 18850 in MaryEllen’s memory.
COVERT Robert A.
Age 45, of Watkins Glen, died on August 25, 2009 after a brief battle with cancer. Friends and relatives are invited to a graveside service in his memory on Saturday, September 5, at 11:00am at the Union Cemetery of Hector, Rt. 79, Burdett, NY. Bob is survived by his children, Robert and Amanda Covert; parents Robert and Margaret Covert of Watkins Glen; brother, Thomas (Pam) Covert of Farmington, NY; sisters, Jeanne (John) Green of Illinois, Carol (Bill) Smith of Montour Falls, Beth Covert of Watkins Glen; nieces and nephews, Carly, Jessica, Patrick and Ryan; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and many good friends. He was predeceased by his mother and sister, Gerlinde and Elke. In memory of Bob, those wishing to contribute to his children's trust fund may send donations to Carol Smith, 149 N. L'Hommedieu St., Montour Falls, NY 14865. Thank you to all who have donated, prayed, visited and given their condolences. Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/30/2009
COYKENDALL - VICKIO, Bernice C.
Age 97, of Columbia, SC, formerly of Montour Falls, NY, died on August 14, 2009 in Columbia, SC. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Pleasant View Cemetery, Reading Center, NY to celebrate the life of Bernice Maude Vickio, who was born on February 27, 1912. Born in Watkins Glen, NY, Bernice was the daughter of MD and Mina Coykendall. She was a Registered Nurse, and a School Nurse Teacher at Odessa-Montour Central School. Bernice was a longtime member of the Montour Falls United Methodist Church where she served as an organist for many years. She is lovingly survived by her grandson, Doug Vickio and his wife, Kathyl; and great-grandson, Jacob, all of Columbia, SC; granddaughter, Keri Vickio of Greenville, SC; her daughter-in-law, Vaunda Vickio of Columbia, SC; and a host of other loving relatives and dear friends. Those who knew "Bea" are saddened by her departure, but rejoice that she is in the fullness of the Lord. She was predeceased by her son, Michael D. Vickio; her husband, Michael J. Vickio; her parents; and her brother, Laverne Coykendall. Bernice was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend who will be missed by all who loved and knew her. Donations can be made on her behalf to the Montour Falls United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 309, Montour Falls, NY 14865. Arrangements under the direction of Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/26/2009
DECKER Dorothy E.
81, lifetime resident of Vestal, died Wednesday, August 26, 2009, at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton. Friends and relatives are invited to the Coleman and Daniels Funeral Home in Endicott on Saturday, August 29, 2009, from noon to 3 p.m. with a memorial service officiated by Pastor Michael Jayne of the South Apalachin Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Naomi Circle or el Rancho de Paz through the South Apalachin Baptist Church, 4116 Pennsylvania Avenue, Apalachin, NY 13732. Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/29/2009
DEVINS - MOREY, Olivia T.
of Owego - "You're in the arms of an Angel; may you find comfort there." Olivia Theresa Devins Morey, 63, of Owego, died on Tuesday, August 25, 2009, with her loving family surrounding her bedside after a courageous short battle with cancer. Libby was born at The Catholic Hospital of Plattsburgh, NY on February 17, 1946 to Leo and Lula (Sampica) Devins. She retired from Binghamton Psychiatric Center, Binghamton, NY in 2006. She is survived by the love of her life, Fredrick F. Morey, whom she married on September 24, 1977. Libby is survived by her brother, Brian L. Devins; her six children, Collette Morey (Christopher) Pruyne, Melissa Getchell, Nanette (John) Hager, Jennifer (Morey) Buiniskis, Joseph Morey (Lesley Callear), and Anjeanette Morey (Joseph Donovan); ten grandchildren, Amber Morey, Chelsa Pruyne, Destinie Pruyne, Devin Morey, Rozlynn Morey, Kayla S. Hager, Angelica Hager, Rhianna Buiniskis, Madison Buiniskis, Zander Tiews and Mara Callear; and one great-granddaughter, Aarahlynn Hall. She had a special companion, Patches "fat cat". Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 28, 2009, at St. Ambrose Church, 203 Washington Ave., Endicott with burial to follow in Vestal Hills Memorial Park. Family invites friends to call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 27, 2009, at Estey, Munroe & Fahey Funeral Home, 15 Park Street, Owego. For those wishing to make a memorial contribution, please donate blood in honor of Olivia T. Morey to your local American Red Cross blood bank. Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/27/2009
DOANE John L.
42, of Erin, NY, died on Thursday, August 27, 2009, at his home surrounded by his loving family. John was born on September 1, 1966 in Frankfort, Germany, son of Orlo L. and Kathy R. (Struzinsky) Doane who currently reside in Erin, NY. He was a 1985 Spencer-Van Etten High School graduate and was employed by Fairway Springs as a set up man. In his spare time, John liked woodworking with his dad and working on his cars. John is survived by his parents, Orlo and Kathy; his children, Cody, Courtney, Anthony, and Makayla Doane, all of Elmira; his sisters, Christine Garris and Diana Doane, both of Elmira; his nieces, Ashley Coates, Jessica Ritchey, and Rebecca Whitman; and his loving friend, Kelly Lauferswiler. Family and friends are welcome to gather from 2:00-3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 3, 2009, at the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc., 279 Main St., Wellsburg, NY. The funeral service to honor John's life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 3rd, at the funeral home with John's uncle, Rev. Robert Doane, officiating. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/1/2009
EMMICK Michael L. Jr.
22, of Harrison Valley, PA, died Tuesday, September 1, 2009. Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. and on Friday from 9-11 a.m., with Funeral Services at 11:00 a.m. Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/3/2009
Harrison Valley, Pa. - Michael L. Emmick Jr., 22, of Harrison Valley, died Tuesday, Sept 1, 2009 at home. Survivors include his parents, Michael and Carol Clark Emmick; two stepsisters, grandmother, Patricia Hackman of Ulysses; and stepgrandmother, Kathy Emmick of Morris. Calling hours are 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 and 9-11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4 at the Olney Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Ulysses. Services will be held there at the conclusion of calling hours 11 a.m. Friday. Arrangements are with the Olney Funeral Home, Ulysses.
FAIRBANKS - BOWMAN, Nancy Fairbanks
Of Elmira, died unexpectedly on Friday, September 4, 2009. She is survived by her sister Ann Fairbanks Weber with husband Richard of Virginia. At Nancy's request there will be no services. Donations in her memory may be directed to the Joslin Diabetes Center, 600 Fitch St. Elmira NY 14905. Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/6/2009
FARNHAM - HASKINS, Mrs. Mary Lou (Farnham)
on June 28, 2007. She was born in Norwich, New York on September 29, 1919 to Ward M. and Dora V. Farnham of that city. She was married to Matthew V. Haskins in 1953 and they resided in Elmira and Horseheads until moving to California in 1980. Mary Lou is survived by her daughters, Joan Stewart of Georgia, Donna Bradford of California, Judy Obrzut of Minnesota, and Suzanne Haggerty of California. She is also survived by her sons, Matthew V. Haskins Jr. of Pennsylvania, Michael Claprood of Elmira, Tony Haskins of California, and Jeffery Haskins of Breesport, New York. Mary Lou resided with her daughter, Suzanne Haggerty for the last several years of her life. She often went camping in their motor home and attended many parties at their social club. She was a member of the Red Hat Society. Mary Lou's ashes will be interred at the West Oneonta Cemetery at a time yet to be determined. Arrangements are being handled by Bookhaut Funeral Home in Oneonta. Those wishing further information can contact the funeral home at 607-432-8600. Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/30/2009
GEE - Joseph L. Gee, 69, of Wellsboro, died on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009, at home. He was born on Dec. 2, 1939, in Blossburg, a son of the late Stuart and Lettie (Campbell) Gee. Joseph was a self employed mason and enjoyed hunting, fishing, spending time with friends and his dog, Gizz. Mr. Gee is survived by daughters, Denise L. Gee, Lisa M. Gee, both of Wellsboro, step-children, Don Sherman of Williamsport, Sheena Gossard of Florida, Billie Jean Rice of Ohio, Adam Nolan of Ohio; brothers, Gary Reese of Wellsboro, Robert Gee of Arkansas; nine grandchildren; close friends, John and Brenda, Tom L., Jimmy, Robbie, Louise, Tom S., Heather, Doc, Jack, Don H., Rita; and several nieces and nephews. Joseph was predeceased by a son, Jon Gee. Funeral services will be private and are entrusted to the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., Wellsboro. Memorial contributions may be made to Laurel Home Health Hospice, Wellsboro, Pa. 16901.
GEPPERT Robert F
Born Sept. 9, 1928 in Sayre, he was a son of the late Frank Geppert and Mabel Crissman Geppert. Robert was a graduate of Waverly High School Class of 1946. Following high school, he entered the Fort Schuyler Maritime Academy in New York City, graduating from there in 1949. He then went to sea to travel worldwide with the Merchant Marines, with whom he served for 20 years, retiring as a chief engineer. Robert was a veteran of both the Korean and the Vietnam conflicts. On Sept. 14, 1957, he married the former Mary Ellen Coolidge in Wellsboro. Following his completion of service at sea, Robert taught for five years at the Marine Engineer Beneficial Union Engineering School in Baltimore, Md. Robert and his family were residents of Ellicott City, Md., for 16 years before moving to Smithfield Township in 1973. Robert loved his property in Smithfield Township, where he constructed his family's home and completed extensive and creative landscaping projects. He enjoyed building beautiful stone walls and growing fruits and vegetables. Robert was well known in the area for his maple syrup products and for the vegetables and melons he sold from his stand and distributed to area residents. Robert was an active and devoted member of the Ulster Village Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder and church treasurer for many years. His church family was very important to him. Surviving are: his wife of 46 years, Mary Ellen Geppert, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Samuel T. and Beverly Geppert of Lockwood, N.Y., and Stephen G. and Linda Geppert of Elizabethtown, Pa.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his brother and sister-in-law, Alan and Pat Geppert of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will receive friends Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 2-4 p.m. at the Bowen-Farr Funeral Home, 6 Gordon Farr St., Ulster. A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Ulster Village Presbyterian Church, Main Street, with Pastor Dale Bird officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the Ulster Village Presbyterian Church, in care of Esther Rhinebold, RR 2, Box 312, Ulster, PA 18850 in Robert's memory. He no longer hears the calling of the watches, or the falling of the storm rain in the night. Seas shall weary him no more, for he has reached his final haven -- his further shore.
GILBERT Frederick O.
Age 86 of Big Flats, NY died on Wednesday September 2, 2009 at his home. Fred was born July 12, 1923 in Unadilla, NY the son of the late Abijah and Alta Cower Gilbert. He moved to Big Flats, NY in 1946. Fred married his wife, Barbara Palmer Gilbert, on September 12, 1948 and they would have celebrated their 61st Wedding Anniversary on September 12, 2009. Fred worked at the NYSEG Hickling Station and retired after 36 years of dedicated service. He enjoyed spending winters in his Bellevue, Florida home tending to his fruit trees. Mr. Gilbert was also a Master Mason of The Free & Accepted Order of Masons for 55 years. Fred is survived by his wife Barbara Palmer Gilbert; his four children: Karen (Jon) Noblet, Judith Gilbert (Gary Hillengas), Frederick O. Gilbert Jr., Suzanne (Bill) Ports; eight grandchildren: Kristin, Erin, Christopher, Michael, Kimberly, Lauren, Megan, and Jared; brothers: Seward and Frank Gilbert and their wives along with many nieces and nephews. Fred was pre-deceased by his brothers Harold and Donald and his sister Florence. Known as a jokester and someone who would always lend you a hand, his family and friends have many memories that make them smile. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY on Sunday September 6, 2009 from 2-4 PM. A Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held following calling hours with Rev. Rick Price officiating. Fred will be laid to rest in Bainbridge's Greenlawn Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that memorial donations be made to The First Presbyterian Church of Big Flats 95 Main Street Big Flats, NY 14814. Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/4/2009
GRATTON - HOOTON, Margaret Gratton (Peggi)
Age 59, died Sunday, July 26, 2009, at Ball Memorial Hospital. She was born in St. Marys, PA, August 26, 1949, the daughter of Arnold Frederick and Annie Murray (Dick) Gratton. Peggi's passion was training dogs for bird hunting, traveling, playing the piano and spending time with her family. She worked as Director of Human Resources for Princess House in West Virginia for 12 years. Survivors include her husband of 24 years, Arthur Bob Hooton, Muncie; three stepsons, Charles K. Hooton, Clarksburg, WV; Bryan E. Hooton, (wife Teresa), Salem, WV and Travis L. Hooton, Clarksburg, WV; one brother, Arnold F. Gratton Jr. (wife Mary), Cayuga, NY; one sister, Laurie Anne Davis, (husband Jonathan), Geneva, NY; three step-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews; and her two favorite bird dogs, Kate and Tess. She was preceded in death by her parents. A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 pm., Wednesday, August 26, 2009, at First Presbyterian Church, 33 Cayuga St., Seneca Falls, NY with Rev. Bob Rochelle officiating. Cremation has taken place. Graveside services will follow in Restvale Cemetery, Seneca Falls, NY. Memorials may be directed to American Cancer Society, 2831 N. Oakwood, Muncie, IN 47304 or Ball Memorial Hospital Commemorative Gifts, 2401 W. University Ave., Muncie, IN 47303-9989. Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/23/2009
GUNNISON Albert B. (Bert)
95 years old, formerly of 100 Corning Blvd., Corning, NY died Thursday September 3, 2009 at Absolut Care at Three Rivers. He was born October 3, 1913 in the Bronx, the son of the late Joseph and Catherine Walls Gunnison. He was a graduate of Fordham Prep School and Fordham University. Albert and Mae Weber were married, following forty years of marriage Mae predeceased him. His second marriage was with Laura Kiebler. Bert began years of employment as a young boy, serving as a runner on Wall Street and working in the offices. Later he became cost accountant for Ingersoll Rand, working in New York City and transferring in 1967 to the Ingersoll Rand location in Painted Post, NY. He retired from the company with forty four years service. He was a member of All Saints Parish, attending St. Vincent de Paul Church, Corning, NY., Corning Kiwanis Club, Corning Lodge of Elks #1071, Indian Hills Golf Club, Corning Country Club and was a past member of the Knights of Columbus. Following the 1972 flood he was instrumental working with a committee for the rebuilding of the Village of Painted Post. He also directed the recovery of office data for Ingersoll Rand following the flood damage. Bert was very proud of his Irish Heritage and enjoyed traveling to Ireland and many areas of Europe. Surviving his wife, Laura; daughter, Virginia B. Gunnison of Corning, NY and son, Albert B. Gunnison Jr. of South Lake Tahoe, CA and Laura's children, June (Scott) Wilson of Boxford, MA and Susan (Keith) Stern of Webster, NY; grandchildren, Robert and Alison Wilson and Kyle and Chelsea Stern; brother, Robert Gunnison of Bronx, NY; and also several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers, Joseph and Warren Gunnison. Friends may call at the Haughey Funeral Home 216 E. First St., Corning, NY Monday September 7, 2009 from 4-7pm. A Prayer Service will be offered at the funeral home Tuesday September 8, 2009 at 9:30am with celebration Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am St. Vincent de Paul Church, Corning, NY. Committal Prayers and Interment will be held at the family plot in Fairview Cemetery, Painted Post, NY. Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/5/2009
HANCE - Joseph C. Hance, 53, of RR3 Towanda, Pa., (Towanda Twp.) died Thursday morning, Aug. 27, 2009, at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital, N. Towanda Twp., Pa. Born May 12, 1956 in Whitehouse, N.J., he was the son of Evelyn FOSTETR Hance EICK and the late Joseph H. Hance. Joseph moved to the Towanda area when he was 11 years old, and attended Towanda Area Schools. In earlier years he was employed on his family's farm and later by Memorial Hospital in Towanda for 22 years. Surviving are: his mother, Evelyn Eick and his stepfather, Robert Eick of Towanda, Pa.; his children, Joseph D. "Frank" Hance and his wife, Tara of Towanda, Pa., Melissa "Sam" Hance and her husband, Jeremy Rosencrance of Wysox, Pa., his granddaughters, Molly Hance, Alainah Rosencrance and Sydney Rosencrance; several nieces and nephews including Arthur Hance of Long Valley, N.J.; close friends, David and Bonnie Wilcox of Powell, Pa. and Roger and Linda Henson of Towanda, Pa. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph H. Hance and his brother, William Hance. A meorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Monday Aug. 31, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. There are no calling hours. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Lance Armstrong Foundation, (Livestrong Foundation) 2201 E. Sixth St., Austin, TX 78702, in Joseph C. Hance's memory. 28 August 2009, Towanda Daily Review.
HEMLING Robert "Hemmy"
68, of Potter County, PA, formerly of Denver, PA, died Friday, August 21, 2009, at his home. He is survived by his wife and children. Friends may call at Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton on Monday, August 24, 2009, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and at Mellingers Evangelical Lutheran Church, Schoeneck, PA on Wednesday, August 26, 2009, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. with Funeral Services following at 11:00 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Mellingers Evangelical Lutheran Church. Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/23/2009
HOSLEY - BLISS, Kate M.
Age 97, formerly of Galeton, PA, died Wednesday, August 26, 2009, at Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA. Born December 12, 1911, in Brookland, PA, she was a daughter of the late Harry H. and Mary (Coppersmith) Hosley. She graduated from Mansfield State Teachers College and was an English and French teacher in the Galeton Area School district, retiring in 1971. Kate was a member and past Worthy Matron of the Galeton Order of the Eastern Star and a member of the Galeton Poetry Club. She also lived in Florida for many years and was a member of the Deborahs and taught Sunday School, and was named the Sunday School Teacher of the Year. Surviving are, a son, James (Carol) Rowe, Voorhees, NJ; a daughter, June (Ronald) Howard, Jacksonville, NY; five grandchildren; six great grandchildren; a brother, Champ Hosley, Coudersport; a sister, June Lanzalotti, Pompano Beach, FL; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Kate was predeceased by husbands Adrian Rowe and Merle Bliss. A graveside service will be held at West Hill Cemetery, Galeton on Monday, August 31, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Galeton Library. Arrangements are entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton. Published in the Star-Gazette from 8/28/2009 - 8/29/2009
JELLIFF - MONTANYE, Carol J.
Of 9771 Fancher Drive, died Monday, July 27, 2009, in her home. She was born on February 6, 1925 in Barto, PA, a daughter of Elton and Mildred Robbins Jelliff. She married Deyo W. Montanye who predeceased her on March 20, 2004. She was a member of the Houghton Wesleyan Church and Gideons International. She taught in Bentley Creek, PA. and a navy base in Puerto Rico. She also taught remedial reading in Arkport, Greenwood and at Rushford Central School. Surviving are her children, Anita (Ken) Carr, Dale Montayne of Ithaca, Cynthia (Loren) Gibson of Ft. Lauderdale, FL., Nathan (Brenda) Montanye of Caneadea, twelve grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, two sisters, Anne (Lee) Harkness of E. Smithfield, PA., Cleora Young of Bentley Creek, Pa. and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son-in-law, David Baird. Funeral services were held on Sunday (August 2, 2009) at 2:00 p.m. in the Houghton Wesleyan Church and burial was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Houghton. Memorials if desired to: Houghton Academy or Gideons International. Arrangements by: Kopler-Williams Funeral Home, Fillmore, N.Y. Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/2/2009
KENRICK Sr. Judith Ann RSM (Sr. Mary Karen)
Of Rochester, died on Friday, August 21, 2009. Predeceased by her parents, James and Kathryn Kenrick and her sister, Joan Otto. She is survived by her brothers, Dr. James (Mary) DDS of Snyder, NY, Joseph (Cary) of Wickenburg, AZ; sister, Jane Kenrick RSM, a missionary in Chile, SA; brother-in-law, Justus Otto of FL; many nieces, nephews, and the Sisters of Mercy. Friends may call Tuesday from 2 - 7:30 PM at Mercy Center (1437 Blossom Rd.) where a Vigil Service will be at 7:30 PM. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 AM in the Mercy Center. Interment, Immaculate Conception Calvary Cemetery in Ithaca, NY. There will be a Memorial Mass on Saturday, August 29th at 9AM at St. Louis Church in Pittsford. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sisters of Mercy. Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/25/2009
KYOFSKI Joseph Theodore
Joseph Theodore Kyofski of Nelson died in the Corning Hospital Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009, after a long battle with cancer. A native of Elkland, he was born Sept. 22, 1928, the son of Joseph John and Olga (Pat) Karhan Kyofski. He graduated from Elkland High School, where his lifelong commitment to basketball began, in the class of 1946. Upon graduating from Youngstown University as an accountant in 1950, he was drafted into the United States Army to serve in Korea. He was assigned to Officer Candidate School and graduated as a second lieutenant. Serving as company commander, he was promoted to first lieutenant on the field and awarded the bronze star for courage in the face of the enemy. On completion of his tour of duty in 1953, he returned to Pennsylvania State University to complete a master's degree in accounting. He married Barbara Keck of Addison, in 1954. Joe was hired by Arthur Young and Company in Pittsburgh as an auditor and subsequently hired by a client, the Baltimore Shipbuilding and Drydock Company as treasurer, first in their Baltimore office and then in Charleston, S.C., for five years. Joe went as comptroller with the newly established People's Bank of Virginia Beach in 1960, where the couple resided until Barbara's death in 1976. Having begun training as a consultant with small businesses, he returned home to be with his retired mother and uncle, Ted Karhan, in their family home in Sabinsville and established a tax accounting and business consulting office in Westfield and Elkland, where he practiced until his retirement in 2000. He married Bonelyn Lugg in 1979 and moved to Nelson, where he was a member of the Water Authority for the establishment of the new town. He served as Democratic committeeman in Nelson from 1980 until his death; he was Democratic candidate for Tioga County treasurer in the early 90s, president of the Northern Tioga School Board for several years, secretary of the Lions Clubs in Westfield and then in Elkland for many years. He was a member of the Advisory Committee for Men Overcoming Violence and was treasurer until 2005 of the Northern Tier Cultural Alliance. Grateful for 17 years of sobriety, supported by Alcoholics Anonymous, he has spent two evenings a week since 1992, helping to keep meetings in the Cowanesque Valley vibrant for himself and others. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sister, Mary Lou Kuhl of Rydal Park; brother and sister-in-law, Tony and Rosemarie Lugg of Nelson and their families. He had 11 much-loved nieces and nephews: seven Kuhls - Robert Kuhl of Coudersport, Kathy and Peter Davis, Barbara and Javier Mendoza, Philip and Susan Kuhl, Richard and Laurel Kuhl, Nancy and Greg Dillett, Jonathan and Michele Kuhl and families, all in suburban Philadelphia. The four Luggs are Lisa Guthrie of Mansfield, Robert M. and Jasmine Lugg of Portland, Ore., Lenore and Michael Schmitt of Aurora, Colo., and families and Anne Lugg of Kutztown. There are 30 great and great-great nieces and nephews. Friends and relatives are invited to the Kyofski family home in Nelson, Saturday, Aug. 29, from 11 a.m. to greet each other before a memorial service at the Parkhurst Memorial Church in Elkland, at 2 p.m. The Rev. Dorothy Densmore will direct the service. United Church of Nelson will sponsor a gathering at the family home after the service for all who wish to spend time with Joe's family and friends. Memorial gifts may be made to the Northern Tier Cultural Alliance, One Washington St., Towanda, Pa. or the building fund of the United Church of Nelson.
LATHROP William (Bill)
Age 70, of Horseheads, NY, died
on August 21, 2009. He was born July 4, 1939 in Mt. Vernon, NY. Bill was a retired truck driver and a volunteer fireman. He served in the US Army Reserves from 1957 to 1964. He is survived by Thelma, his wife of over 51 years; six children, Laurie Lathrop of Horseheads, William Lathrop (Andrea) of Pine Valley, Juli Lathrop of Alpine, Carole Hamersly (David) of Clarks Summit, PA, Kim Booth of Horseheads and Debra Coggins of Horseheads; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by three sisters, Carol Gallagher, Julia (Loyd) Brown and Jayne Lathrop, all of Southport, NC. It was Bill's request there will be no services. Arrangements are by Sullivan's Funeral Home, Horseheads. Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/23/2009
LAWRENCE - Howard Lawrence Jr., 72, of Athens, PA died Wednesday, August 19, 2009 due to medical complications. Howard was born June 2, 1937 in Dover, NJ the son of the late Howard Lawrence Sr. and Bessie Slack Lawrence. He was a Veteran of the US Navy and an avid hunter and fisherman; successful at both. He loved his dogs Bailey and Mikah. Howard was an awesome husband, father, friend and co-worker. He is predeceased by his son Mitch and sister Helen Husky. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Maria at home; children Howard Lawrence III, West Palm Beach, FL; Aaron "Todd" Lawrence and his fiance Julie (Kelley) Case, Stevensville, PA; Lynn Lawrence, Quakertown, PA; and Kandise Lawrence, Athens, PA; grandchildren Kelly Smith, Jeremiah Robert, Mariah Saxon, Josh and his wife Frani Lawrence, Tyler Saxon, and Amber Lawrence; 9 great grandchildren; siblings Bev, Rita, and Eva; daughter-in-law Kathy Robert and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Friends and family may call on Sunday, August 23, 2009 at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA from 2-4:00pm. Military honors will be accorded at 2:15pm. Burial will be in the Lacey Street Cemetery, Laceyville, PA on Monday, August 24, 2009 at 10:00am. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to DAV (Disabled American Veterans) , PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301. Submitted by Carol Brotzman. Lowery Funeral Home notice
MANY Charles L.
Age 93, of Daytona Beach Shores and formerly of Elmira, NY, died August 20, 2009. He was born January 20, 1916 to Pierre and Mary Radiker- Many in Livingston Manor, NY. He worked in the Graphic Arts Department for Thatcher Glass Manufacturing Company in Elmira, NY for 45 years and retired on June 30, 1980. In 1991, he and his late wife Helen relocated to Daytona Beach Shores where he spent much of his free time on the golf course. He can be credited for 2 "holes-in-one" over his lifetime. Charles was an avid sports fan, and especially enjoyed watching the Atlanta Braves baseball team. He also followed the careers of PGA golfer Joey Sindelar and NBA star Vince Carter. While in Elmira, he was an avid bowler and was a member of the 700 club and had a 300 game to his credit. He was a life member of Elks Lodge #1557 of New Smyrna Beach, FL and a life member of F & A.M. Elmira Lodge #0095. Left to cherish his memory are his son Edward (Jean) Many of Roswell, GA; daughters Lois (Paul) Sangalli of Port Orange, FL, Janice (Gary) Bennett of Elmira, NY; sisters-in-law Barbara Dove of Elmira, NY, Betty Cook of Horseheads, NY; grandchildren Christopher and Kimberly Many, Kristen Esch and Alison Porcelli, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his loving wife Helen of 72 years on March 27, 2009; brother Millard Many and sisters Virginia Valerius and Frances Robertson. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, September 5, 2009 at 2:00pm at United Presbyterian Church, 730 Beville Road, Daytona Beach. Pastor Robert J. Anderson will be officiating. Contributions may be made to United Presbyterian Church at the above address. Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/26/2009
MARTIN Joseph J.
Age 80, of Silver Springs, FL., formerly of Watkins Glen, died Monday, August 10th, 2009 at Lake City VA Hospital in Florida.Friends and family may call from 9am to 9:45am on Wednesday, August 26th, 2009 at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY where an Elks Service will be held at 9:45 am followed by his Funeral Mass at 10am with Father Paul Bonacci officiating. Joe was born in Elmira, NY on November 13, 1928, the son of the late Joseph B. and Edna F. Collins Martin. Joe was a graduate of Watkins Glen High School and served in the US Army during the Korean War. He was an electrician for Clutes and Cargill Salt, and was the former owner of Martin's News Room in Watkins Glen, as well as, a rural route mail carrier. Joe was a member of the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge #1546, the American Legion, the VFW, the Korean War Veteran's Association and was a former Trustee for the Village of Watkins Glen. Joe is survived by his daughter, Debbie (Michael) Schlagle; grandchildren, William, Katryn, and Sierra; cousins, Mary Jane Nitche, Sam and Barbara Baldwin, and Bob and Mary King; and long time friends, Junior Specchio and Clara Butler. Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/23/2009
MEADE - GRIFFIN, Nancy Meade
Age 77, a lifelong resident of Elmira, died Friday, August 28, 2009, at the Rosa Coplan Skilled Nursing Facility in Amherst, NY after a long illness. She was the wife of the late Warren (Chum) Griffin; daughter of the late Dorothea Meade; sister of the late Peter Meade; sister-in-law of Candise Meade (John) Mye of Grand Island, NY; and beloved aunt of Courtney (Joseph) Jukic of Orangeburg, NY. A Memorial Mass and burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by The Dietrich Funeral Home, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst, NY 14226. Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/1/2009
MONRO Thomas H. [SRGP 11031]
66, of Mainesburg, PA, died September 3, 2009 at home. He was born June 27, 1943 in Mainesburg, the son of George and Inez Hulslander Monro. Tom was a farmer who loved his animals, and he enjoyed hunting, antique tractors and gas engine shows. He is survived by a granddaughter, Sparro Grace Monro of Gillett, PA; his mother-in-law, Harriette Rumsey of Gillett, PA; a sister, Blanche O'Gary of Sunnyvale, CA; a brother-in-law, Skip Rumsey of Gillett, PA; a sister-in-law, Diane Bradford of Mainesburg, PA; his special cousin and friend, Marshall Hulslander of Mainesburg, PA; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Tom was predeceased by his wife, Jeanne, in 2000; and a sister, Alice Sawyer. In accordance with Tom's wishes, funeral services will be held at the family's convenience, with his ashes buried on the family farm. A service of Gary Wilston Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 130 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/5/2009
MYERS Heidi M.
Age 24, of Secretary, MD, formerly of Westfield, PA, died August 30, 2009. She is the daughter of Ovod and Karyleen Ruef Myers. Friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, 222 W. Main St., Westfield, PA, Friday 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in Addison Hill Cemetery. Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/3/2009
Heidi M. Myers, 24, of Secretary, formerly of Westfield, Pa., died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009. Survivors include her parents, Ovod and Karyleen Myers of Westfield, Pa.; two brothers, Brian Myers and Pfc. Casey Myers, both at home; and maternal grandmother, Jane Ruef of Westfield, Pa. Calling hours are 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4 at the Kenyon Funeral Home, 222 W. Main St., Westfield, Pa. Services will be held there at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, the Rev. Duane Burdick officiating. Burial will be in Addison Hill Cemetery, Addison, N.Y. Arrangements are with the Kenyon Funeral Home, Westfield, Pa.
NORMAN - WADSWORTH, Gail N.
71, of Dresden, NY, died on August 31, 2009 at the Keuka Comfort Care Home in Penn Yan, NY. Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, September 4, 2009, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 135 Hamilton St., Penn Yan, NY, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Gail's funeral will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul's Church. Burial immediately will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Dresden, NY. Gail was born in Elmira, NY on May 24, 1938, the daughter of the late James and Lena Mary Norman. She grew up playing baseball, riding horses, reading, and she especially loved music. Her musical talent led her to play the clarinet in the All-New York State Concert Band and Elmira Symphony Orchestra. Gail shared her gift of singing in many community choral groups. She especially enjoyed singing with her many friends in the choir at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Gail graduated from the Arnot Ogden School of Nursing in 1959. She then met Roger and they where married on May 7, 1960. She dedicated her professional career as a registered nurse to the Elmira area hospitals and Dr. Robert Lambert's practice. Roger and Gail raised their two children, Robert and Jennifer, in Horseheads, NY. Gail devoted herself to volunteer work in the Penn Yan area. She held several positions with Habitat for Humanity. The Once Again Shoppe, Meals on Wheels, and St. Paul's Lutheran Church all benefited from Gail's helping hands for the service of others. For almost three years Gail endured her cancer diagnosis with bravery and Humility. She remained active with her family and enjoyed frequent visits with her grandchildren. Gail is survived by her husband of 49 years, Roger; daughter, Jennifer (Timothy) Smith; son, Robert Wadsworth; grandchildren, Grace, Owen, and Eva Smith; sister, Bonnie (Fred) Welch; many cousins, including Carole Conlon; nieces and nephews, Michelle Crawford, Matthew Welch, Laura Chriswell, William Snearly; great-nieces and nephews, Kaitlyn and Stephan Chriswell, Ashlyn and Matthew Crawford, Jake and Luke Welch. Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/3/2009
NORRIS - DAVEY, Mary Lou
Formerly of Horseheads, NY, died at her home in Franklinton, NC on Friday, August 14, 2009, at the age of 64. Born in Waverly, NY, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Alice Norris. Mary Lou was predeceased by her sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Cliff Thompson, of Horseheads, NY. She is survived by her devoted husband, Jerry; two daughters, Janel Carroll (Michael) of Creedmoor, NC, Jennifer Allen (Paul) of Wilmington, NC; three grandchildren, Brandon and Tyler Carroll and Hannah Allen; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Richard and Donna Davey of Mansfield, PA; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Robert and Phyllis Roulo of Portville, NY; loving nieces and nephews in Florida, North Carolina and Pennsylvania; along with several additional family members and close friends. Mary Lou and Jerry resided in Horseheads, NY most of their married life, moving to NC in 2006 to be closer to their daughters and families. Mary Lou's loving husband of 42 years, Jerry, was by her side at passing and throughout her five-year battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. Mary Lou worked briefly for Westinghouse, although the majority of her working career was at Broad Street School in Horseheads, NY. Mary Lou had countless qualities and her easy-going, kind personality attracted numerous friends through out her life, who she sorely missed following her move to NC. A memorial service is tentatively scheduled in Elmira, NY and will be announced at a later date. Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/16/2009
NORRIS - DAVEY, Mary Lou
A Memorial Service and reception will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2009, at 4:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in Elmira, NY to honor Mary Lou Davey. Rev. Dennis Christiansen will officiate. Mary Lou died August 14, 2009 while battling Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). Please join as family and friends remember her life. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be sent to the Society for PSP to assist with further research for all families living with and fighting this disease. Contributions can be mailed to: Cure PSP, 11350 McCormick Road, EP3 Suite 906, Hunt Valley, MD 21031, or you may visit their website at www.curepsp.org. Her beloved husband, Jerry, and her entire family would like to extend their warmest appreciation for the outpouring of support and condolences received by their friends and community. Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/5/2009
NOWACZYK-SAVOIE, Deborah L., PHD, MBA
died August 21, 2009 in Montgomery, TX. Debi was born June 9, 1956 in Elmira, NY to Shirley (Lee) and Floyd Nowaczyk. She is survived by her husband, Maurice Savoie; her parents, sister, brothers, and numerous extended family. Debi was employed by Mattson-Jack a medical consulting firm located in St. Louis, MO. Funeral services were arranged by Crowder Funeral Home in Webster, TX with a graveside service and burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/6/2009
PARRY - Anna P. Brooks, 93 of Wellsboro and formerly of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., died on Monday Aug. 17, 2009, at Broad Acres Nursing Home. Born in Arnot, on Sept. 27, 1915, she was the daughter of John and Anna Small Parry. On Nov. 29, 1934, in Mansfield, Anna married Edwin C. Brooks. Mr. Brooks predeceased her on Dec. 21, 1992. Anna was a member of Arlington Reformed Church in Poughkeepsie and a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 814, Red Hook, N.Y. Anna is survived by her sister, Mary Emma Stevens; nephew Donald Stevens; niece Donna Stevens; grand-nephews, Edward and Betsy Stevens, Patrick and Melissa Stevens, Donald and Peggy Stevens; great-grand- nieces Emma and Grace Stevens (Edward), and Emily and Makayla Stevens (Donald). She was predeceased by her brother Charles W. Parry. Anna was laid to rest in the Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery, next to her husband Edwin, on Thursday, Aug. 20.
PHILLIPS Chester W. "Chet"
90, of Troy, Pa, passed on Thursday, September 3, 2009 at Sylvan Ridge Personal Care Home. He was born on December 17, 1918 in Jamestown, NY, son of the late Leon and Hazel (Glidden) Phillips. He graduated from Lakewood High School where he was an outstanding athlete in football, basketball, and track. He graduated from Ithaca College and starred on the football team there. He came to Troy in 1942 and taught Physical Education and Drivers Training for 38 years. After retiring he was recognized by the state of Pennsylvania as the teacher who taught the most students to drive in the state, he taught over 3000. He started the football program at Troy High School and was the Head Coach, and also coached basketball and track. He helped start little league baseball, peewee midget Basketball, and gave swimming lessons at Berry's Pool in Gillett. He was also instrumental in the building of the Troy Community Pool in 1957. In 1945 he married Blanche Anderson and they had 49 wonderful years together until her death in 1994. He enjoyed his grandchildren, his vegetable garden, and watching sports on TV. Chet is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Doug and Joan Phillips of Troy, his grandson Jeff Phillips and wife Mandy of Edgewater Florida, granddaughter and husband Jennifer and Thomas Taylor, Jr. of Troy, and great grandchildren Jackson and Sydney Taylor. Chet is preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Blanche in 1994, and his son Thomas Phillips in 1946. The family has planned for a memorial service to honor Chet's life at a later date. The Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 110 West Main Street Troy, PA has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements. Contributions may be made in Chet's memory to the Trojan Booster Club c/o Doug Phillips, 476 Elmira Street, Troy, PA 16947 or the Troy Little League Association, c/o Jerry Ross, P.O. Box 101, Troy, PA 16947. Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/4/2009
PERSONIUS - ETTENBERGER, Julia M. (Personius)
Age 83, of Latta Brook Road, Elmira died Sat., Aug. 22, 2009, at home surrounded by her family after a long, fulfilling life. Julia was born May 14, 1926, a daughter to the late Thomas and Mary (Hajek) Personius. She was predeceased by her devoted husband of 52 years and the love of her life, Robert, in 2007 and their son, Chief Warrant Officer, Larry A. Ettenberger, US Army in 1981. Her surviving family includes their sons and daughters, Gary Ettenberger of Elmira, NY, Sherry (Ray) Benjamin of Cayuta, NY, Mary (Bill) Clark of Horseheads, NY, and Charles (Tanya) Ettenberger of Horseheads, NY; grandchildren, Amy (Jason) Colussi, April (Ryan) Bush, Amber, Chris, Joseph, and Allison Ettenberger, Robert, Jeffrey and Steven Benjamin, Emily and Nicole Clark; great-grandson, Layne Bush; sister, Aloise Benedict of Cayuta, NY; brother, Marion (Betty) Personius of Horseheads, NY; and several nieces and nephews. Julia was a lifetime dairy farmer, always taking pride in her family and farm work—often she'd be seen driving the biggest red tractor on the farm. Hard working, loving, caring, and kind are just but few to describe Julia. She was a woman devoted to her family and passionate toward their work. At her request, services will take place privately with interment in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa. Arrangements with Barber Funeral Home, Horseheads, NY. Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/23/2009
PHENES Richard E. "Dick/Eddie/That Guy"
Was born December 31, 1948 in Corning, NY, the son of the late Carl "Reed" and Elizabeth (Horton) Phenes. He died very unexpectedly at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center on Saturday, August 22, 2009, and immediately saw the face of God. His stepfather, Ray VanDusen; and brother-in-law, Alan Hill predeceased him. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, "Gracie"; daughters, Nori (Rick) Herrick of Albany, GA, Jennifer (Jarrod) Powers of Corning, NY; stepdaughters, Breanna McLaughlin and John Rogers of Rochester, NY, Paige McLaughlin of Abingdon, MD; grandchildren, Matthew Phenes, Ryan Sutton, Natalie and Sean Powers; brothers, Robert (Ginny) Phenes of Newark, NY, Gordon (Beverly) Phenes of New Bern, NC; sisters, Carol (Chris) Shroyer of Coopers Plains, NY, Marcia Hill of North Port, FL; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, his Pennsylvania Avenue United Methodist Church family, many close friends, co-workers and several nieces and nephews. "Eddie" was currently a dedicated 35 year employee with Dresser Rand in Painted Post, NY, where he was an accountant and most recently with the Human Resource department. He was the charter President of the Painted Post Lyons Club and was also a member of the National Guard. "Eddie" was very involved with the Pennsylvania Avenue United Methodist Church, was extremely active with the Food Cupboard Ministry, and was the church bus driver, wining the self-nominated Ralph Kramden Bus Driver Award. He enjoyed his life and lived it to the fullest! His family will greet relatives and friends on Wednesday, August 26, 2009, at the Pennsylvania Avenue United Methodist Church, Pine City, NY from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. A memorial service honoring his life will follow at 5:30 p.m. His Pastors, Reverend Bill Vallet and Reverend Mark Erway will celebrate "Eddie's" services. The family will provide their own flowers. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Pennsylvania Avenue United Methodist Church Food Cupboard, c/o Darlene Bockman, 1238 Pennsylvania Ave., Pine City, NY 14871. "Eddie's" favorite quote: "Love God! Love People! Serve the World!" Published in the Star-Gazette from 8/23/2009 - 8/24/2009
PULOS - BLANCHARD Catherine J.
Of Watkins Glen, NY, died August 22, 2009 in Elmira, NY; born July 22, 1920, also in Elmira, NY, the daughter of the late John G. and Mary Anthony Pulos. Catherine is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Gordon Blanchard; nephew, John Pulos (Mary Alice); niece, Diane Pulos; grandniece, Morgan Pulos; and many other nieces and nephews; along with special friends, Lois Jenkins and Connie Beebe. Cathy is predeceased by her brother and sister-in-law, Tony and Rosemary Pulos. Catherine and Gordon were residents of Florida for 36 years before moving back to the Watkins Glen-Montour Falls area. Cathy was a loving and devoted wife who will be dearly missed. Catherine helped her loving brother, Tony, start Chef's Diner in Montour Falls in 1949 along with their parents. A Memorial service will be held Saturday, September 12, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. in Cathy's memory; family and friends are invited to attend at the Vedder & Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY; the Rev. Gerald Berbary officiating. Memorial Contributions may be made in her memory to Southern Tier Hospice & Palliative Care, 11751 E. Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14831 or to the V.F.W. Post 2674 of Watkins Glen, NY 14891. A luncheon will be held at the V.F.W. Post 2674, Watkins Glen, NY immediately following her memorial service. Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/29/2009
QUATTRINI Paul J., Sr.
Age 79, formerly of Corning, New York, died on Friday, August 28, 2009, at his home in Aiken, South Carolina, following a lengthy Illness. He was born on August 11, 1930 in Corning, New York, the son of Philip and Mary (Passetti) Quattrini. He married Helen Sweeney on April 7, 1951 at St. Mary's Church in Corning. Paul graduated from St. Mary's Parochial School and Corning Free Academy Class of 1949. He served in the US Army during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. Paul was a communicant of All Saints Parish and a member of the Elks and the VFW. He was employed at Ingersoll-Rand Company in Painted Post, NY for 45 years, holding various positions, and retiring as General Manager of the Machine Shop in March of 1989. Paul is a Past President of the Ingersoll-Rand Service Association since 1975. He coached St. Mary's Parochial Basketball team for six years and really enjoyed working with the youth. He was a member of the Indian Hills Golf Course in Painted Post, NY and the Woodside Plantation Country Club where he played golf with the Sandtrappers. Paul was an avid New York Yankees fan and a faithful Notre Dame Football fan. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Helen Quattrini; three sons, P. James (Nancy) Quattrini, Jr., Thomas J. (Cinda) Quattrini, and Philip (Amy) Quattrini; three daughters, Margaret (James) Ellis, Ellen (Donald) Lintal, and Patricia (Joseph) Coon; twelve grandchildren, Mikaela Quattrini, Marisa Quattrini, Vanessa (Chad) Philips, Stephen Quattrini, Logan Quattrini, Mackenzie Quattrini, Michelle Ellis, Michael Lintal, James (JD) Lintal, Allison (Coon) Tong, Gabriel Coon, and Gage Coon; brother, Albert (Ann) Quattrini; aunts, Angeline Cuda and Rose (Hank) Peris; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by two sets of infant twins, Joseph and Ann, and Loretta and Lucinda; and a great-grandson, Keagan James Wojick. Family and friends are invited to call at Carpenter's Funeral Home, 14 E. Pulteney St., Corning, NY on Monday, August 31, 2009, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, 155 State St. in Corning. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Southern Care Hospice in Aiken, South Carolina. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make donations to All Saints Parish, 222 Dodge Avenue, Corning, NY 14830 or Southern Care Hospice, 35 Varden Drive, Aiken, SC 29803. Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/30/2009
ROBBINS Margaret O.
Age 77 of 320 North Glen Ave., Watkins Glen, NY died on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls, NY. Margaret is survived by four sisters, Virginia Wright of Florida, Grace Rockwell of Odessa, NY, Barbara Sundrell of Newfield, NY and Stella Louise Schoental of Arkansas, as well as three brothers, Alva Robbins, of Odessa, NY, Delmont Robbins of Newfield, NY and William Robbins of Watkins Glen, NY. She is also survived by her many friends and family at The Arc of Schuyler. Margaret will be remembered as a fun loving woman with a great sense of humor and an adventurous spirit. She loved travelling and staying in nice hotels. She enjoyed spending time with friends at concerts in the park, at bowling events and especially at the Silver Spoon Café, where she visited and dined frequently. Margaret's hobbies included, caring for her aquarium, arts and crafts, and listening to music. Margaret was also a past volunteer for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Royce Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 East Fourth Street, Watkins Glen, NY on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 from 5 to 7 PM. Her funeral service will be held following visitation at 7 PM. Interment at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Odessa, NY will be on Friday, September 4, 2009 at 2 PM. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to The Arc of Schuyler Endowment Fund, 203 Twelfth St., Watkins Glen, NY. Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/29/2009
SABATINI Rose Mary
Age 75, of Elmira, NY. She was born August 22, 1934 in Elmira, daughter of the late Vincent and Rosaria (Caracciola) Sabatini and died Saturday, August 29, 2009, at Elcor Health Services after an extended illness. She is survived by her children and their spouses, Vincent J. (Melissa) Burvee of Elmira, Rose H. (Rich) Shulman of Trap Hill, NC, Georgette P. (Vickie) Burvee of Indianapolis, IN, Nicholas D. (Sandy) Burvee of Elmira, Lisa A. (Mark) Benedict of Elmira Heights, Robert A. (Dianne) Brimmer, Jr. of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Eugene E. Brimmer and Brian K. Brimmer both of Zephyrhills, FL; 7 grandchildren; brothers, John (Nancy) Sabatini of Horseheads, and Mario (Betty) Sabatini of Pine City; along with several nieces and nephews. Rose was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church and was a volunteer at the American Red Cross. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Tuesday, September 1st, from 5 to 7 p.m. Her memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Rev. Richard T. Farrell will officiate. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Rose through donations to the American Red Cross, 911 Stowell St., Elmira, NY 14901; or Southern Tier Hospice & Palliative Care, 11751 E. Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830. Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/31/2009
SEAMON - BARTON, Ruth Mae Parshall
Of Spencer, NY, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and aunt, died peacefully Tuesday, September 1, 2009, at Robert Packer Hospital after an extended illness. She was 90. Born February 25, 1919 in Danby, NY, Ruth was the daughter of David B. and Minnie B. (Wright) Seamon. She attended school in Danby and Ithaca before marrying Leroy G. Parshall on June 10, 1936. The couple moved to Spencer, where they raised seven children. When she wasn't home with her children, Ruth worked at the Spencer Diner and Tompkins County Hospital. Ruth and Roy were married 55 years when Roy died in 1991. They were members of the Faith Bible Chapel and Spencer Senior Citizens. In 1993, Ruth married Charles E. Barton of Barton, NY. She and Charlie enjoyed nearly 16 years of marriage. They spent winters in Florida, where they maintained a residence in Homosassa Springs. In her spare time, Ruth liked to sew, shop, read, write, sing, dance, garden, bird-watch, travel and play UNO. She enjoyed country-western music, especially Eddy Arnold, Jim Reeves and Josh Turner. She loved the company of her large family and she was a loyal friend to many people in the Spencer-Van Etten community, always willing to lend an ear and offer advice. She lived fully and loved fiercely. In addition to Charlie, Ruth is survived by three daughters and four sons, Eleanor Arnold of Ithaca, Joyce (Donald) MacLean of Marathon, Susan Kline of Van Etten, Donald (Cheryl) Parshall of Spencer, Paul (Sally) Parshall of Spencer, Rodney (Lisa) Parshall of Hopewell, VA, and Brian (Mary K) Parshall of Hatfield, PA. She is survived by 26 grandchildren, more than 50 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and eight stepchildren. Besides her first husband, Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Helen L. Townsend and Jean A. Myers; and her sister-in-law, Beulah M. Parshall Lehto. The family will be present to receive friends from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, September 4, at Allen-Manzer Funeral Home, 56 N. Main St., Spencer. A funeral service will immediately follow at the same location, with the Rev. Clarence Windnagle officiating. Internment will take place at Evergreen Cemetery, Nichols Street, Spencer. Those wishing to make contributions in Ruth's name may consider the American Cancer Society; or Stray Haven Humane Society, 194 Shepard Road, Waverly, NY 14892. Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/3/2009
SHERMAN - Marcella R. Rose Finch, age 56, of Tioga, PA, died on Thursday, August 20, 2009 at home in Tioga Junction, PA. Rose was born on January 12, 1953 in Wellsboro, PA, the daughter of Myron and Helen (Housel) Sherman of Wellsboro, PA. Rose was self-employed in the field of in home care. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Marcus Hook, PA and the Women of the Moose in Aston, PA. She enjoyed ceramics, painting, Elvis and spending time with her grandson. In addition to her mother, Helen, Rose is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Tina and Scott Smith of Sharon Springs, NY; a son, Jamie Wilson; her loving companion and fianc, Bill Stravinsky of Tioga Junction, PA; one brother and sister-in-law, Rick and Alta Sherman of Tioga; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Penny and Steve VanOrder of Wellsboro, PA, Bonnie and John Conner, Jr. of Elkland, PA; two step-brothers, Michael and Jim Sherman; two step-sisters, Crystal Smith, Cindy Champaign; one grandson, Isaac Smith; several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Myron, a brother, Jeffrey Sherman on July 30, 2009, a sister, Deborah Emmick. In keeping with Roses request, there will be no services. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 South Main Street, Mansfield, PA, is assisting the family.
Age 63, of Elmira, NY, died at home on Thursday, August 27, 2009. RitaLynn was born on September 19, 1945 in Elmira, daughter of the late Harold P. Sr. and Reda B. Sly. RitaLynn's original name was Harold P. Sly Jr., but had her name changed in June 2002 to match her inner-self that she had struggled with since childhood. RitaLynn is survived by her sister, Patsy Schwanke of Ill, who has served in the mission of our Lord for many years, world wide; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her infant sister, Peggy Anne Sly. RitaLynn graduated in 1963, from Southside High School in Elmira. She was a member of IBEW Local #139 in Elmira and went through a five year apprenticeship program, graduating in 1969. She worked for several contractors during the course of her career, including Matco Electric for 13 years and G.O. Wick Electric for over 15 years, before retirement in October 2001. RitaLynn served our country in the United States Navy Seabee's and spent a year in Vietnam with Navel Support Activities in Saigon. She was a member of the Race Communications Association, Northern New Jersey Region Porsche Club of America and BPOE Lodge # 62. Auto racing was a passion of hers. RitaLynn's wish was to have no services held for her, but to have her ashes scattered over a auto racing facility. Memorial contributions in RitaLynn's name can be sent to Susan G. Komen for the Cure Brest Cancer Foundation. Arrangements are with the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/29/2009
SNYDER - Lawrence B. Snyder, 79, of County Route 125, Campbell died Friday, August 7, 2009 at home. He was born June 17, 1930 in Rochester, NY, the son of the late Kent Snyder and Lena Cone. Larry attended Haverling School in Bath, NY. He served with the United States Marine Corps from 1947-1951 and was a veteran of the Korean War. Lawrence married Beverly A. Buck on June 28, 1952 in Bath. Larry and Bev spent the early years of their marriage in Hammondsport and Savona before moving to Campbell where they resided for over fifty years. Bev predeceased him in 2007. He was a retired employee of Ingersoll Rand as Manager of Reproduction and Blue Print from 1959 to 1985. Larry enjoyed traveling, fishing and spending time with his family. Survivors include three daughters, Kathie (Will) Osburn of Campbell, Pamela (Roderick) Stampp of Painted Post and Shelly (Terry) Rice of Savona; three sons, Jeffery (Neoska) Snyder of Newport News, VA, Brian (Nancy) Snyder of Hammondsport and Joseph (Kathy) Snyder of Campbell; two brothers, Dick (Joyce) Charles of Bath, NY and Tom (Kathy) Charles of Savona, NY; a sister, Roberta (Paul) Serosky of Horseheads, NY; nine grandchildren, Jennifer (Jason) Stampp, Farley (Danielle) Stampp, Amanda (Adam) White, Aaron Snyder, Jeremy Rice, Terra Rice, Rachel Snyder. Miranda Snyder and Ethan Snyder; eight great-grandchildren, Ashley, Caitlyn, Kylie, Isaiah, Logan, Lawrence, Caleb and Kaitlynn; and several nieces and nephews. There will be no calling hours. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted with the Haughey Funeral Home 216 E. First St., Corning, NY. The family would appreciate memorial donations be given in Larry's name to: Health Ministry of the Southern Tier, 300 Nasser Civic Center Plaza, Suite 230, Corning, NY 14830 or Food Bank of Southern Tier, 945 County Road 64, Elmira, NY 14903
SPAS John A., Sr.
Of Tyrone, age 87, 3630 Lamoka Lake Rd., died Monday, August 31, 2009, in the comfort of his home. John was born March 3, 1922 in Bradford, NY, the son of the late Andrew and Anna Zmuda Spas. After graduation from high school, he attended Cornell University. On May 5, 1945 in Bradford, he married the former Lovina Margaret "Peggy" Wilson; she died June 17, 2003. A retired self-employed carpenter, he has lived locally all his life. Mr. Spas was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #426, Montour Falls, NY, and a former member of the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge #1546. Often referred to as the "Mayor" or "King" of Lamoka Lake, John enjoyed helping friends and neighbors, and was obsessed with firewood. He is loved and will be missed by three sons, John A. (Linda) Spas Jr. of Penfield, NY, Christopher C. Spas of Lamoka Lake, David I. Spas of Baldwinsville, NY; two daughters, Jeanne L. (Dean) Hotaling of Winter Garden, FL, and Aggie A. Liberty with whom he made his home; two sisters, Helen Dildine, and Frances (David) Fitzwater, both of Bath; 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his wife, he was pre-deceased by a son, Carl A. Spas on May 23, 2007. There are no prior calling hours. A celebration of his life will be held at 4:00 pm Saturday (Sept. 5) at his home on Lamoka Lake. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852. Arrangements are by the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water Street, Dundee.
Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/2/2009
STEWART Bruce E. Jr.
age 76, of Pine City, NY, died on Friday, August 28, 2009, at home surrounded by his family. Born October 15, 1932, in Boston, MA; he was a son of the late Bruce E. Stewart and Dorothy (Leighton) Stewart. He graduated from Northeastern University with an Ed. M in Education and was a Classroom Teacher in Keene, NH; a High School Principal in Hinsdale, NH and Montpelier, VT; Associate Dean of Admissions and Director of Admissions at Norwich University in Northfield, VT: and Associate Dean of Admissions at Elmira College from 1990 to 2005, also serving as ROTC Coordinator between Elmira College and Cornell University. He was the first recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award in Higher Education in New York State and was a member of the National Association of College Admission Counselors. He received Officers commission in the U.S. Army, serving on both active and reserve duty: honorably discharged in 1965 with the rank of Captain in the Signal Corps. He served in several capacities with the Vermont Affiliate of the American Heart Association and as President of the County Division, Vermont Affiliate, from 1988 to 1990.He was a member of the Montpelier Lodge of Elks and the Montpelier Rotary Club. As well, he was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Keene, NJ and of the Scottish American Society of the Southern Tier. He is predeceased by a brother, Donald Stewart, and is survived by his wife Barbara and three children: Deborah (Michael) Strong, Donald (Rose) Stewart: Douglas (Joanne) Stewart and five grandchildren. He is remembered for his devotion to family and students with whom he worked diligently to assist in reaching their educational goals. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, September 1, from 4:00PM - 7:00PM at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Ave. in Elmira, NY. A service of remembrance will be held on Wednesday, September 2, at 11:00 AM at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 304 North Main in Elmira, NY, with a reception to follow. A graveside service will be held at a later date in Keene, NH. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice, the American Heart Association or a charity of one's choice. Published in the Star-Gazette from 8/29/2009 - 8/30/2009
STUART Henry M.
Age 54, of New Brunswick, died Monday, August 31, 2009, at home. Born in Elmira, NY, he came to NJ in 1982. He was a construction inspector for Jacobs Engineering in Morristown, for over 20 years. He served in the US Airforce. Henry was founder and manager of American Celts Pipes and Drums. He did a lot of charitable work through his involvement with American Celts and also Pipe Dreams. Surviving is his wife, Priscella Cain-Stuart; his daughters, Kimberly of New Brunswick, and Nicole of NYC; his sister, Laura Gray of Buffalo; his brothers, Thomas of East Windsor, Edward of Orlando, and Raymond of NC; and his mother-in-law, Auristhela Cain of Texas. Services will be Friday, September 4, at 2:00 p.m. at The Crabiel Home for Funerals, 170 N. Main St. at Riva Ave., Milltown. Friends and relatives may call on Friday from 12:00 p.m. till the time of the service at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Multiple Sclerosis NJ Chapter, 246 Monmouth Rd., Oakhurst, NJ 08855. Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/2/2009
TAGGI Robert Francis
Age 60, of Little Elm, Texas, died unexpectedly on August 30, 2009. He was born on October 16, 1948 in Elmira, New York to Augustine and Patricia (Kane) Taggi. He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church. Robert is survived by his wife, Marilyn Taggi of Little Elm, Texas; daughters, Sara and Alexandra Taggi of Little Elm, Texas; his sister Kathy Taggi (Randy) Fraser of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and niece, Michelle Lacomb of Elmira, NY. He is preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Joanne Lacomb. Although he lived in Texas, he maintained his love for all NY sports teams. A Memorial Mass and inurnment will be held in Texas. Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/3/2009
TREMAINE Mary Elizabeth
Age 55, of Valois, NY died very unexpectedly at her home, Wednesday, September 2, 2009. Mary was born in Corning, NY July 31, 1954. She was the loving daughter of Mary Lou Tremaine of Horseheads and the late Robert F. Tremaine. In addition to her father, she was predeceased by her grandparents, Mildred and Hugh Rogers, Samuel and Elizabeth Sutton, brothers, Robert and John, sister-in-law Barbara Tremaine. Mary is survived by brothers and sisters, Carol (John) Layton, Carl (Carol) Tremaine, William Tremaine, Thomas (Patricia) Tremaine, Gery (Michelle) Tremaine, Kevin (Suzie) Tremaine, Susan (Patrick) Freeland, Marjorie Tremaine, Robert Tremaine, Bridgette Tremaine, Jayne (Michael) D'Aloisio, Amy (Lance) LaCorazza, Brian Tremaine, and Elizabeth Tremaine. Also surviving are 48 nieces and nephews, 20 great-nieces and great-nephews; aunt Marjorie Murphy, many cousins, and many dear friends. Mary was a communicant of St. Mary's of the Lake in Watkins Glen, NY. She had a heart of gold and was full of life. Mary's greatest love was her family, especially her nieces and nephews. She had a love for art, music, bingo, and truly enjoyed her time around Seneca Lake. Holidays and birthdays were very special for her, never forgetting anyone. Friends are invited to Link Chapel, St. Mary's of the Lake Church, Watkins Glen, on Saturday, September 5, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in the church at 10:00 a.m. Interment will then take place in St. Mary's Cemetery, Corning, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary's memory may be made to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home. Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/4/2009
TUTTLE Gerald L. Sr.
Age 70, of Mays Point, Savannah, and formerly Elmira, NY, died August 25, 2009 after an extended illness. He is survived by his wife, Ann Tuttle; mother, Esther Babcock, Owego; children, Arlan (Darcy) Tuttle, Elmira, Gerald Tuttle III (Hope), Bentley Creek, PA; stepchildren, Kathy (Sam) Ector, Watkins Glen, Vietress (Dan) Clark, Sandy Ridge, NC, Michelle (Greg) Gillean, Archdale, NC; sister, Delores (Don) Watkins, Owego; and several grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his father, Gerald L. Tuttle, Sr.; and brother, Stephen Klenotiz. Family will receive friends at Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Friday 2-4 p.m.; burial at Beaver Dams Cemetery. Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/27/2009
VERDEGAAL - RAPLEE, Hazel Verdegaal
Age 68, of Dundee, died Wednesday August 26, 2009. Hazel was a retired English and reading teacher having taught in Dundee, Penn Yan and for 24 years in Watkins Glen. Friends may call from 6-7 p.m. Monday (Aug. 31) at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water Street, Dundee; where a memorial service will be held at 7:00 pm beginning with a service by the Order of the Eastern Star, the Rev. Gerald Vanaman will officiate. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Yates County, 1216 Route 14A, Penn Yan, NY 14527 or the donor's local SPCA. Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/29/2009
WICKHAM William IV
Age 80, of Hector, NY, died Sunday, August 30, 2009. The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Thursday, September 3, from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.; a memorial service will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Hector Presbyterian Church. Bill was born February 6, 1929, the son of Don J. and Florence Wickham. He was a graduate of the Watkins Glen High School Class of 1946 and Cornell CALS Class of 1951 where he was an Acacia Fraternity member. He was a lifelong farmer. Bill was a member and elder of the Hector Presbyterian Church, member and past Fire Chief of the V-L-H Volunteer Fire Company; member of the Myrtle-Jefferson Masonic Lodge, Watkins-Montour Lions Club, Watkins Glen Elks, Montour Falls Moose, was a Watkins Glen School Board Member, served on the NYS Wine Grape Growers Board of Directors and Welch's Board of Directors, and was Committee Chairman of BSA Troop and Pack #52 of Burdett, and Corps Director of the Squires Drum and Bugle Corps. Bill is survived by his wife, Donna; daughter, Judy (Roger) Butterfield and their children, Michele and Brian; son, Will (Bernice) Wickham and their children, Kathryn and Margaret; son, Fred Wickham (Kristin Hazlitt) and their children, Phebe and Grace; daughter, Lydia Wickham (Rick Evans) and their children, Ryan, Connor, and Ezra; son, Lindsay (Denise) Wickham and their children, Nathaniel and Jonathan; son, Chris (Brittany) Wickham and their children, Lucas and Annika; step daughter, Patricia (Todd) Rafferty and their children, Joe, Paige, Zack, Caroline, George, Sam, Nicholas; step son, Nathan Wooley and his children, Scott MacLean and Averyanna Wooley; sister, Mary Jane (John) Hoare; brother, David Wickham; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; wife, Jeannette; and sister-in-law, Pat Wickham. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a memorial donation in Bill's memory, may consider the Valoi-Logan Hector Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 46, Hector, NY 14841 or the Hector Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, PO Box 96, Hector, NY 14841. Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/1/2009
WOOD - CALLAHAN Muriel Wood
Muriel Wood Callahan has reached the end of the road in Big Flats, NY on July 16, 2009. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday August 29, 2009 at 2:00 PM in the Big Flats Community Center, Big Flats, NY. Memorial donations may be made to Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care, 11751 E. Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830, or American Cancer Society, Memorial & Honor Gifts, P.O. Box 897, Hershey, PA 17033 or the charity of one's choice. Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/28/2009
Muriel Wood Callahan has reached the end of the road in Big Flats, NY and is traveling on to Syracuse, where her body has been donated to science on July 16, 2009. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Clyde E. Callahan. Also her son Dr. Michael Callahan, his wife Debbie, and their children Nick and Jessica ( Shavertown, PA). Mark Callahan, his wife Carol, and his children Martin and Amanda (Horseheads, NY). Curt Callahan, his wife Vicki, and his daughter Melissa (Tarboro, NC). Muriel participated in swimming, running, tennis and a variety of dancing including tap, clogging, ballroom, and western square dancing. She went on archeological digs, traveled, read and played bridge. She also volunteered at the Wings of Eagles Museum restoring historical aircrafts with her grandson Martin. The highlight of her life was traveling through every state in the country and parts of Canada with her family and attending her sons' sports in the Big Flats Park. She was very proud of her Scottish ancestry and lifetime membership in the Scottish American Society of the Southern Tier. Being a docent at the Rockwell Museum and Arnot Art Museum showed her interest in art, and she also did educational programs at the Big Flats Museum. Muriel graduated from Wellsboro High School, Wellsboro, PA, Arnot Ogden School of Nursing (RN), Mansfield College, Mansfield, PA (B.S.), and Elmira College (M.S.). She worked as an office nurse, hospital nurse, nursing instructor, and in the Army (L.T.) stationed in the United States and Germany. Other work experiences included teaching in Elmira and Corning schools, the later from which she retired. A Memorial Service will be held On Saturday August 29, 2009 at the Big Flats Community Center, Big Flats, NY. Memorials may be made to Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care, 11751 E. Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830, or American Cancer Society, Memorial & Honor Gifts, P.O. Box 897, Hershey, PA 17033 or the charity of one's choice.
YANAS - BURNS, Marilyn Y. (Yanas)
77, died peacefully Thursday, August 27, 2009, at the Teresian House, Albany with her loving family by her side. Born in Albany, she was daughter of the late Ignatius and Violet (Updyke) Yanas. She raised her family in Elmira, NY and returned to Albany and worked for many years as a receptionist with DeGraff Foy Attorneys in Albany. She was a communicant of St. Catherine of Siena Church. Mrs. Burns was a woman of tremendous devotion to her faith and her family. Mother of Michael Burns of Richmond, VA, Kristin (Christopher) O'Brien of Niskayuna, James (Kate) Burns of Loudonville and John Burns of San Francisco, CA; sister of John (Mary Faith) Yanas of Albany; grandmother of Olivia Burns and James O'Brien. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Catherine of Siena Church, Albany by Marilyn's nephew and godson Rev. John Yanas. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the Daniel Keenan Funeral Home, 490 Delaware Ave., Albany on Sunday from 3-6 p.m. Interment, St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. Those who wish may send memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville, NY 12211, or Catholic Charities of the Dioceses of Albany, 40 No. Main, Albany, NY 12203. Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/30/2009
YOSH - ROSPLOCK, Julia nee: Yosh
Age 94, of Elcor, formerly of Elmira Heights, died Wednesday, August 26, 2009, at St. Joseph's Hospital. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Kalec Funeral Home and are incomplete at this time. Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/27/2009