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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.


ALEXANDER Daniel Alexander

age 48, of Mansfield, PA, died Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. Daniel was born in San Bernardino, CA a son of Donald B. and Lucille E. (English) Alexander. Daniel was employed by Ward Manufacturing in Blossburg, PA. He served in the Army National Guard.   Daniel is survived by two daughters, Alecia Alexander of Fontana, CA, and Samantha Alexander of Wellsboro, PA; his father, Donald B. Alexander of Morris, PA; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Bernard and Beth Alexander of Morris, PA, Sonny Alexander of Wellsboro, PA; a sister and brother-in-law, Wendy and Tim VanDuyne of Lawrenceville, PA. Daniel was predeceased by his mother, Lucille.   Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 4:00 P.M. at the Morris United Methodist Church, Morris, PA with Rev. Sherry Butters officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Morris United Methodist Church, Morris, PA 16938. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC 637 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.  Wellsboro Gazette – June 2, 2011


ARZBERGER Landon Ryan Arzberger

was born and entered life eternal on Monday, May 30, 2011, in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. Landon was the son of Christina Marie Arzberger of Mainesburg, PA.  In addition to his mother, Landon is survived by his maternal grandmother, Annette Arzberger, of Mainesburg, PA; maternal grandfather, John (Kim) Arzberger of Mainesburg, PA; three aunts, Brittany and Ashley Arzberger, Alycia Hilfiger and two uncles, Zachery Hubbard and Lucas Peters.   The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 South Main Street, Mansfield, PA, is assisting the family.  Wellsboro Gazette – June 2, 2011


BALDERSTON Lola B. Madigan

73, wife of Mylen H. "Red" Madigan Jr. of 2806 Old Plank Road, Towanda, Pa. died Tuesday morning, May 24, 2011 at Memorial Hospital, N. Towanda Twp., Pa.  Lola was born Sept. 12, 1937 in Langhorne, Pa., the daughter of Elwood Balderston and Kathryn Neille Balderston. Lola attended Neshaminy High School and Troy High School. On Oct. 12, 1957 she married Mylen H. Madigan Jr. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Towanda. In early years, Lola was employed by the A&P Market and the Commonwealth Telephone Company in Towanda. She assisted her husband in the operation of their farm in Towanda Twp. for many years. Her main interest in life encompassed her home and family. Lola enjoyed cooking, gardening and crafts.  She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Mylen H. "Red" Madigan Jr. at home; children, Lola Madigan Holcombe and husband Robert of Towanda Twp., Mylen H. Madigan III. of Durell,, Connie Madigan Stabryla and husband Joseph of Dushore, Patrick E. Madigan and wife Kelly of Sayre; grandchildren, Robert Holcombe III., Mylen H. "Chip" Madigan IV., Heather Madigan Farr, Joseph Stabryla, Emily Stabryla and Morgan Bostwick; great-grandchildren, Henry, Hannah and Tatum Madigan; her brother, Harry Balderston of Roanoke, Va.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by; Brothers, Elwood "Butch" Balderston and Richard "Ricky" Balderston.  A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to a charity or organization of one's choice in Lola's memory. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda is assisting the Madigan Family with arrangements.  Towanda Daily Review – May 25, 2011


BROWN Sarah E. Darrow

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. -- Sarah E. Darrow, 75, died Saturday morning, May 21, 2011.  Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 12, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, Platteville. Friends and family are invited to gather at the Darrow home following the service.  She was born on Dec. 12, 1935, in Miami. She graduated as the salutatorian of the Miami Edison High School and went on to Indiana University, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in music education.  She met Gerald Darrow in music history class; they married in August of 1957. In 1959, they moved to Berea, Ky., to begin Gerald's teaching career at Berea College. The family came to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1960, where Gerald began his 32-year teaching career, and Sarah finished her master's degree in education. She taught third grade in Platteville Elementary Schools for 26 years.  Sarah was dedicated to teaching and learning throughout her life. She saw the promise in children, and her classrooms were rich in art, music, nature and cultural lessons. She was known for her gardens and her creative spirit, and she loved to tend her flowers, feed the birds and welcome the jenny wren back each spring. She created beautiful flower arrangements at home, church and for the Platteville Summer Music Festivals. Sarah played the viola in University-Community Orchestra and sang as a featured soloist and a member in the Platteville Chorale and First Congregational UCC church choir. She and Gerald led the Platteville Summer Music Festival. She was a lifelong patron of the arts.  Sarah and Gerald devoted their lives to enriching the community of Platteville. Sarah dedicated her life to her family, the arts and service. Her wisdom, patience, generous spirit and grace will continue to be an inspiration for family and friends.  Surviving are three daughters and their families, Catherine and Larry Stephens and daughter, Anna, of Madison, Susan Darrow and Ray Lyght, of Deerfield, and Mary Darrow and Craig Mushel and son, Andrew, of Ames, Iowa, and their daughter, Kami Mushel, and grandchild, Kalaya, of Long Beach, Calif.; and Sarah's sister, Hannah Dillman, of Hollywood, Fla.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald F. Darrow; and her parents, Ray and Pearl Brown.  In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the Platteville Chorale and First Congregational United Church of Christ Church Platteville, or the Gerald and Sarah Darrow and Joan Orvis Music Scholarship (UW-Foundation, Platteville).  Note to Joyce - Gerald's mother was Beatrice Beach, part of my Beach line.  Kind Regards, John H. Beach, Yonkers, NY. 


BRUBAKER Nancy J. (Brubaker) Hunter

Watkins Glen: Age 75, of Watkins Glen, NY, died on May 30, 2011. Nancy was born on July 15, 1935 in Altoona, PA, the daughter of the late Donald L. and Martha (Beamer) Brubaker. Nancy graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1953, and earned her bachelor's in education at Keuka College and her master's at Syracuse University. She was predeceased by her parents, husband Theodore W. Hunter, and brother Donald G. Brubaker. Nancy is survived by brothers John "Jack", and Jim (Gloria) Brubaker, of Watkins Glen; sister Edith (Allan) Berry of Alpharetta, Georgia, many nieces, nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews. Nancy taught at B.C. Cate Elementary in Montour Falls and worked at Seneca Lodge with her family. Nancy was an avid reader, had a great love for organic foods, and loved to take many daily walks. The highlight of her day was her brother Jack picking her up from The Falls Home to share dinner with their brother Jim at their special table. The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, from 5-7pm on Wednesday, June 22, 2011. A reception will follow at Seneca Lodge. Memorial donations in Nancy's memory may be made to the Schuyler Hospital Health Foundation, P.O. Box 828, 401 W. Main St., Montour Falls, NY 14865; or The International Motor Racing Research Center at Watkins Glen, 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891.   Star Gazette – June 2, 2011


BUCK Donald LeRoy Buck

63, 560 McNett Hill Road, Roaring Branch, died Saturday, May 28, 2011 at his home with his family at his bed side.  Donald and his wife, the former Margaret L. Weaver would have observed their 16th wedding anniversary on Aug. 17, 2011.  Donald worked for Global Tungsten Powders, Towanda having 25 years of service. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, trap and skeet shooting, four-wheeling and taking photographs. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.  Born Aug. 21, 1947 in Sellersville, Bucks County, he was the son of Floyd W. and Edna Geiger Buck.  Surviving in addition to his wife are sons, Edward F. of Waldo, Wis., William James of Pottstown, Matthew Scott of Midlothian, Texas and Jason M. Hicks of Roaring Branch; daughter, Alayna M. Ford of Lansdale; twin brother, Ronald K. of Sellersville; and Leon F. of Florida and fourteen grandchildren. Donald was predeceased by a son, Steven M.; and a sister, Jacquelin Holland.  Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Knight-Confer's, 1914 Memorial Avenue with Chaplain David K. Fishel officiating. There will be a visitation from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society , 1948 East Third St. or the Susquehanna Hospice, 1100 Grampian Blvd., both Williamsport, PA 17701. Towanda Daily Review  - June 1, 2011


CALKINS Nellie M. Treat

age 94, of Lindley, died on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at home surrounded by her family after a short illness.  She was born on March 1, 1917 in Gang Mills, the daughter of Herbert and Cora (Ames) Calkins.  She married Carl Treat on September 26, 1932 in Caton.  He predeceased her on March 3, 1988.  Spring was Nellie's favorite time.  Her favorite pastimes were her flower gardens and watching birds and butterflies.  She enjoyed her home, singing happily as she worked.  Nellie especially enjoyed time spent with her family.  Among her family's favorite fond memories are her cooking and baking.  She is loved and will be sadly missed.  She is survived by her family, sons, Edward Treat of Lindley and Ronald (Carolyn) Treat of Cameron, daughter, Darlene (Donald) Clark of Lindley, grandchildren, Donald Clark Jr and Tammy Clark both of Lindley, Richard (Donna) Treat of Campbell, Carl (Michelle) Treat of Bath, Jason Treat of Cameron, Rodney (Carol) Erickson, Duane Erickson, Janice Erickson, and Kevin Erickson all of Wellsboro, and Candy (Dee) Kinner of Erin.  She also has eleven great grandchildren, twelve great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.  Along with her husband, Nellie was predeceased by her infant twin son, Edwin Treat, son, Carl Treat Jr, and daughter, Marjorie Erickson.  A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.  Burial will take place at Coopers Plains Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make donations to Southern Tier Hospice & Palliative Care, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830.  Arrangements are by Carpenter’s Funeral Home, LLC.   Corning Leader – June 2, 2011


CERVONI Jeffrey Michael

38, of Cary, NC, formerly of Rochester and Watkins Glen, NY, died May 29, 2011 after a two year battle with cancer. A Memorial Service will be held for family and friends at 4:00 p.m. at His Tabernacle Family Church, 16 Level Dr., Horseheads, on June 4, 2011. There will be a time to share your letters, stories and memories of Jeff during the service. Jeff was born on October 3, 1972. Jeff graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1990; and later from Corning Community College in 1992 and RIT in 1996. He was employed as an IT Engineer by Eastman Kodak, Xerox and Teoco in Rochester. Jeff is survived by his parents, Ronald and Beverly Cervoni of Watkins Glen; sister, Amy (Patrick) Liddle and favorite niece Isabella Rose of Horseheads; grandmothers, Alice Cervoni and Alberta Smith of Watkins Glen; aunts and uncles, Linda and Mike Knowlton of Coudersport, PA, Carroll and Betty Cervoni, and Kenneth Cervoni of Watkins Glen, Robert Simpson (Denise) of Burdett, Frank Simpson of Creston, NC, Ronald and Caroline Simpson of Watkins Glen, Donald and Regina Simpson of Reading Center, Harry and Tina Smith of Oklahoma, and several cousins. He is preceded in death by his brother, Jason Cervoni, uncle Marvin Cervoni, grandfathers Chester Cervoni, Frank Simpson and George Smith. The June 4 memorial service is being held by the family. The family of Jeff Cervoni is not affiliated with   Star Gazette – June 2, 2011



Elmira: Age 70, formerly of Brooklyn NY, and recently of the Mark Twain Apartments, died Monday, May 23, 2011. He was born April 22, 1941, in Brooklyn, a son of Angelo and Elvira Salibello Ciccariello. John is survived by his father; son Scott of Las Vegas NV; brother and sister-in-law, Anthony and Patricia Ciccariello of Elmira; along with 4 nieces. John was a graduate of Pratt Institute with a degree in Chemical Engineering. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. at Mt. Saviour Monastery. Burial will be in Brooklyn at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home.  Star Gazette – May 24, 2011


COYLE Francis P. Coyle

82, died peacefully at his farm in New Albany on May 24, 2011. Francis was born August 16, 1928 in the home where he passed away. He graduated from The Hershey Industrial School, and was an active member of the alumni Association for many years. He attained both his B.S. in Education and M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Utah State University, Logan, Utah. He spent his military service years stateside, mostly at Ft. Ord, CA, with the US Army during the Korean Conflict. Frank retired from Horseheads School District, Horseheads, New York, as a school psychologist. He was a lifelong builder of many things including several homes which he built, remodeled or totally reconstructed. He always had at least one project in the works and others in the planning stages. He was married to Marlene Bleazard with whom he had five children. They later divorced; Marlene died in 2006. He married Patricia Cox and raised her three sons with her. Pat died in 1990. He then married the love of his life, Millie Landis (Hershey, PA) on June 18th, 1993, who survives him. They spent time at their homes in Hershey and at Frank's beloved farm in New Albany. He was predeceased by his parents, John Edward and Rachel Lynch Coyle; brothers Edward and John; sisters Mary Rymiller and Ann Coyle. Survived by siblings Marguerite (Robert) McClintic (California) and Thomas (Barbara) Coyle (Missouri); children and their families: Rachel (Joe) Bryson, John (Sharlene) Coyle, and Mark (Shona) Coyle (all from Utah); Lorraine (George) Pritner (Oklahoma); Frank (Mary) (Missouri); David (Joan) Cox (Virginia), Kevin (Kilsong) Cox (West Virginia), and Steve (Debbie) Cox (New York), along with numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends. Services June 1, 11:00 AM, at St. Basil's in Dushore by Father Joe Hornick. Burial at St. Basil's.   Star Gazette – June 2, 2011


DEATS Grayden “Butter” Deats

Died on Sunday May 15th,  2011 at the age of 88 years. He was born in Shippen, PA to Farnham and Helen Cook Deats.  Grayden Deats was an Army Veteran of WWII. He retired from the Ingersoll Rand Local 313. He lived in Addison for over 40 years and spent numerous years as an Auxiliary Policeman with the Addison PD. He moved to Leesburg, FL in 1997.  He was an avid sportsman who loved fishing and hunting. He is predeceased by his wife June Shelly who after 50+ years of marriage passed in 1996. He will be lovingly remembered by a brother Gordon Deats of Bath, NY, his three daughters, Cheryl Hunt of Leesburg, FL, Helen Mosher of Leesburg, FL, Laurie (Mrs. Gary) Schilling of Howey, FL, grandchildren, Sean Deats of Painted Post, NY, Tina Mosher of Horseheads, NY, Melinda Hunt-Hungerford of Wiersdale, FL Jenna and Garrett Schilling of Howey, FL, six great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends.  Grayden's final resting place will be at the Addison Rural Cemetery in Addison, NY. A graveside service will be held at a later date. Arrangements were entrusted to Steverson, Hamlin and Hilbish Funerals and Cremations 226 E. Burleigh Blvd, Tavares, FL 32778. 353-343-9444. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Heart Association.   Corning Leader – June 2, 2011


DEATS Richard E.

83, died Saturday, May 21, 2011 at the Elcor Nursing Facility in Horseheads, NY.  He was born June 17, 1927, in Lindley, NY the son of Ray and Lydia Bump Deats.  Mr. Deats retired from Ingersoll Rand in Painted Post, NY.  He was a Marines Corps veteran.  He was predeceased by his loving wife of 63 years Virginia Deats, his parents, two sisters, Marion Farr and Lillian Heffner and two brothers, Phillip and Gerald Deats.  He is survived by his sons, William (Marion) Deats of Ithaca, NY and James (Debbie) Deats of Bath, his daughter Carolyn Peacock of Bath; four grandchildren, Leigh Peacock, Raphael (Emily) Deats, Dorie Deats and Megan Deats, great grandchild, Cayden Deats, sister Margaret Heffner of Lawrenceville, PA and several nieces and nephews.  There will be no calling hours.  Burial will be in the Bath National Cemetery at the convenience of the family.  Fagan’s Funeral Home taking care of arrangements.    Corning Leader – May 24, 2011



Of Moorestown, NJ, formerly of Elmira, NY, died very unexpectedly on Monday May 23, 2011. Bruce was born on November 8th 1957 to James and Mary Dengle of Elmira. Bruce graduated from Horseheads High School in 1976 and SUNY Canton in 1990 with a degree in Mortuary Science. While attending SUNY Canton, Bruce was also recognized by the Who's Who Among College Students. Following his graduation he then went on to work in the funeral profession as a dedicated N.Y.S. Licensed Funeral Director and a faithful employee at the Baker Family Funeral Home Elmira. Bruce also volunteered with local fire departments in Wellsburg, Horseheads and Big Flats. While attending SUNY Canton, Bruce met Tracy Clark. They were married on April 29, 1995. They had two sons Timothy Krag and Nicholas Arthur. In addition to his Wedding day and the birth of his two sons, another significant event in his life was on October 11, 1998, when he was baptized and confirmed at Grace Episcopal Church in Elmira, NY. It was also a particularly moving moment when Bruce was able to join his family at the Communion rail and participate in the Great Thanksgiving. Bruce and his family relocated to Moorestown, NJ in 2002. Bruce pursued another interest and that was in the food services profession. He was employed with the Harvest Diner Inc. in Cinnaminson, NJ. While working Bruce met and made many lifelong friends. He did both on and off site catering and had a friendly, talkative and familiar presence, especially with all of his "regulars". Bruce also assisted with the Oktoberfest and Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper that were held at his family’s Church, Christ Episcopal Church in Riverton NJ. Bruce was also very active with his sons sports and other school activities, helping out in any way whenever he was able to. In addition to his wife and children and his parents Bruce is also survived by his brother James Jr. former sister-in-law, Jackie, many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. A younger brother Stephen predeceased him in 1980. He was also predeceased by both his maternal and paternal grandparents. A celebration of Bruce's life will take place on Saturday June 4th 2011 at Christ Episcopal Church in Riverton, NJ at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Bruce's memory to Christ Episcopal Church, The Lenola Fire and Rescue Company. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, June 18th 2011 at 1 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church in Elmira. Donations can be made to Grace Episcopal Church, the American Heart Assoc. or the Artic League.  Star Gazette – May 29, 2011


DUNBAR Florence Arlene Dunbar Gable

died Saturday, May 7, 2011 at home in Palmyra, Pa., with her husband and children at her side. She had been fighting Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s for five years.  Florence leaves behind Duane, her husband of 59-plus years; her son Alan Scott in Levittown, Pa.; her daughter Deborah Lynne Trickett in Reinholds, Pa.; daughter Terri Louise Lloyd in Elizabethtown; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, and one on the way.  Florence spent most of her life in Athens and Ulster, Pa., and recently, for six-month stays, in Sebring, Fla., plus Palmyra, Pa., in the Lebanon Valley Brethren Home Complex.  Before marrying, she was a member of the Accordion Band in Waverly, N.Y., and filled in on piano and organ at the Methodist Church in Athens, Pa.  After graduating from Mansfield University, she taught music at Levittown, Pa., Schools and later at Athens, Pa., Schools.  On Saturday, the 4th of June, the family and friends will gather, about noon, at the Ulster, Pa., house, 227C -RD2, to spread Florence’s ashes at her request and with snacks from each attending.  Sayre Morning Times – May 26, 2011


EBERLIN Curtis Howard Eberlin

18, of Nordmont Road, Muncy Valley, Pa., died May 27, 2011 following an automobile accident. Curtis was born on Sept. 2, 1992 in Williamsport Pa., a son of Thomas S. and Bonnie Burke Eberlin of Muncy Valley. He was a senior at Sullivan County High School, and enjoyed being with his many friends. He played soccer and baseball and enjoyed hunting and fishing and playing video games and working on his Porsche he restored.  Curtis was a member of the Rock Run Church in Muncy Valley.  He is survived by his parents, Thomas S. and Bonnie B. Eberlin of Muncy Valley; a sister, Stephanie "Stevie" and Jamie L. McCarty of Sonestown, Pa.; and a brother, Matthew T. Eberlin of Sonestown, Pa.; maternal grandmother and her husband, Lillie and Butch Thomas; a niece, Jessamine L. McCarty; and many aunts and uncles and cousins. Curtis was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Howard F. and Barbara E. Eberlin; and his maternal grandfather, Edward Burke. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday June 2, in the Valley United Methodist Church in Muncy Valley, Pa. Interment will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Sonestown, Pa. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m., the family with be in attendance from 4 until 5 p.m., on Wednesday afternoon, June 1, in the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter Street, Dushore, PA 18614.  In lieu of flowers memorial may be directed to the Curtis Eberlin Fund, c/o Matthew Eberlin, 32 Swamp Poodle Road, Muncy Valley, PA 17758 to be used for Sullivan County High School students, in Curtis' memory.  Towanda Daily Review  - May 29, 2011


FERRO Clementine J. Ferro

96, formerly of 136 S. Hopkins St., Sayre, Pa., died Thursday, May 26, 2011 at ElderWood Health Care in Waverly, N.Y.  Born February 13, 1915 in South Waverly, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Angelo and Mary Alteri Zello.  On May 18, 1935, she married Victor T. Ferro who preceded her in death in February of 1995. Clementine was employed by the Blue Swan in Sayre, Label Processing, now known as Paxar, for many years, and the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre until her retirement. She was a member of the Epiphany Parish in Sayre. Clementine enjoyed crocheting, knitting and tatting. She was an avid gardener and an excellent cook.  Clementine’s family extends their deepest heartfelt appreciation to the staff and management of ElderWood Health Care for their gentle, loving and compassionate care provided for Clementine during her stay and for the many acts of kindness and consideration shown towards her family and friends.  Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Mary and John Mushock of S. Waverly; son and daughter-in-law, Gerald and Jane Ferro of Sayre; daughter-in-law, Marie Ferro of Sayre; grandchildren, Vicki Williams, Susan Hakes, John Mushock Jr., Michael Ferro, and Denise Thompson; great-grandchildren, Tyler and Kyle Williams, Thomas and Daniel Hakes, Cameron and Maya Mushock; her brother, Nick Zello and his wife Jean of Bluffton, Ind.; her sister-in-law Molly Zello of Sayre; her brother-in-law, Joseph Caprico of Endicott, N.Y.; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Ronald John Ferro on May 14, 2011; brothers, Michael, Patrick, and Joe “Pep” Zello and “Pep’s” son, Gary Zello; her sisters, Sue Caprio and Sue’s son, Michael Caprio, and two infant siblings.  A memorial Mass will be celebrated at the Epiphany Parish, S. Elmer Ave., Sayre, Pa., on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 9:30 a.m.  Interment will be private in St. James Cemetery, Waverly, N.Y.  There are no calling hours.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the charity or organization of one’s choice in Clementine J. Ferro’s memory.  The Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond Street, Sayre, Pa., is assisting Clementine’s Family with arrangements.  Sayre Morning Times – May 27, 2011


FINNERTY Reverend Peter Francis Finnerty

of Saint Mary's Catholic Home, Cherry Hill, suddenly on May 21, 2011. Aged 66 years. Legacy: Father Finnerty was ordained in 1971 and served at St. Mary, St. Joseph, St. Lawrence, St. Patrick and Assumption Roman Catholic Parishes. Father Finnerty also served as chaplain to many area hospitals, including Kennedy Stratford, Underwood, Atlantic City Medical Center Pomona and Bacharach Rehabilitation. Cheering on the Eagles and the Phillies and fine dining were just a few things that he enjoyed. Family: He is the devoted son of the late Margaret (nee Mullaney) and Peter; beloved brother of Thomas C. (Marie); loving uncle to Thomas (Kelly), Margaret DiMeglio (Richard), William (Kristie) and Peter (Amy); special grand uncle to 9, dear cousin to Dr. James Finnerty (Patricia); also survived by many other cousins. Farewell Tribute: Relatives, Friends and Religious are invited to attend his viewing 10-11:30 a.m. and Mass Of Christian Burial 12 Noon Thursday in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 642 Market Street, Camden, NJ. Interment will take place at a later date in Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: The Diocese of Camden (please specify: Retired Priest Fund in check memo), 631 Market St., Camden, NJ 08102. McGuinness Funeral Home, Woodbury & Washington Township, NJ (800-993-0888)


FISHER Janis Becker

70, of West Lake Street, died Wednesday, September 19, 2001, in Faxton Healthcare, Utica.  She was born Jan. 21, 1931, in Sidney, the daughter of the late Archie and Iola Cole Fisher.  A local area resident since childhood, she graduated from Mohawk High School.  On September 16, 1950, she married Quentin A. Becker in Herkimer.  For over 20 years she worked as a ward clerk in Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, retiring in 1987.  Surviving are her husband of 51 years, Quentin A. Becker; two daughters, Sharon and Robert Dingman of Herkimer and Sandra and Kevin Leonard of Ilion; three grandchildren, Timothy Dingman, Kimberly Dingman and Kristin Leonard; her brother-in-law, Leon and his wife Marion Becker; a sister-in-law, Cynthia Morse, all of Herkimer; a devoted friend, Joan McCumber of Mohawk; and a special family friend Dawn Brown of Ilion; many nieces, nephews and cousins.  The funeral will be private and at the convenience of the family.  There are no calling hours.  Memorial donations may be made to the Central New York Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 507 Kent St., Utica.  Arrangements are with Fenner Funeral Home Inc., Herkimer.   Funeral home obituary.


GARDINER Susan J. Manges

Elmira: Age 60 formerly of Odessa, NY died Wednesday May 18, 2011 following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on January 21, 1951 in Elmira, NY, daughter of Eugene & Patricia Lewis Gardiner. She married Richard Manges on June 15, 1996. Together they enjoyed a wonderful life. Also Surviving her are her cherished daughters, Kristen Harris, Myrtle Beach, SC; Shannon (Rob) Smith, Erin, NY; Bridgett Kellogg, Elmira, NY; two grandchildren Jasmine and Halley; sisters, Dawn (Ted) Larison, Cortland, NY; Denise (Mark) Switzer, Odessa, NY; Karen Gardiner, Breesport, NY; nieces and nephews and many family and friends. Susan graduated from Rochester Business Institute. She was employed by Powers Mfg, Toshiba and most recently Cameron Mfg and Design. Her hobbies included gardening, arts and crafts. In accordance with her wishes, her services were handled privately at her family's convenience. Donations may be made in Susan's memory to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 E. Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830.  Star Gazette – May 29, 2011


GILMORE Sandra J. (Gilmore) Henderson

Formerly of Watkins Glen: Sandra J. Henderson, 58, of Saint Augustine, Florida died on May 30, 2011 after a long battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, William Henderson; sons, Andrew Henderson of Jacksonville, Florida and Daniel (Katie) Henderson of Portland, Oregon; parents, Richard and Barbara Gilmore of Elmira, NY; brothers, James Michael (Anne) Gilmore of Hayward, CA, David (Alison) Gilmore of Glen Burnie, MD, Thomas Gilmore of Troy, MI and Steven (Jo-Ann) Gilmore of Owego, NY; sisters, Rev. Christina (Dr. Brian) Cassetta of Elmira, NY, Karen (Chris) Elson of McKinney, TX and Virginia (Rev. Kenneth) Brooks of Elmira, NY; brothers-in-law, Stephen (Carolyn) Henderson of Nipomo, CA, Robert (Carolyn) Henderson of Arroyo Grande, CA and James (Kathy) Henderson of Waterloo, NY.  Sandy was formerly employed by Captain Bill's on Seneca Lake and Famous Brands Outlet in Watkins Glen, NY and was a former member of St. Mary of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen, NY.  A memorial service to celebrate Sandy's life will be held Saturday, June 11 at 11AM at Friends of the Cross Christian Church, 2618 Goff Rd, East Corning, NY (exit 48 off Rte 17.) In lieu of flowers please send donations to: Community Hospice Foundation, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257.  Star Gazette – June 2, 2011


GOLDEN Debbie (Golden) Wilkinson

04/09/1954 - 05/24/2011

Age 57, Austin, TX (born and raised in Elmira), an amazing mother, wife, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, was called home to Heaven on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. She always had a smile on her face, and love in her heart. She will be forever loved and missed. Debbie was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Betty Golden; her brother, Frank Golden; brother-in-law, Dan Parker; her mother and father-in-law, Irene and Bobby Wilkinson. She is survived by her husband, Bruce Wilkinson; her son and daughter-in-law, Luke and Kristin Wilkinson; her daughter, son-in-law and grandson, Dawn, Chris and Elias Angier; her brother and sisters, Dick (Linda) Golden, Cindy (Dave) Guyette, Sue Parker, Maryanne (Mark) Hitchcock, Diane (Ric) Augustine and Beth (Mike) Cantando. She was also special to numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and a host of "best" friends. After a celebration of her life, Debbie was laid to rest on Friday, May 27, 2011, at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Memorial Park in Austin, TX. The Golden family will arrange a memorial service for Debbie in Elmira in the near future.   Star Gazette – May 28, 2011


GOLDEN Debbie (Golden) Wilkinson

A Memorial Service will be held for Debbie Golden Wilkinson at St. Mary's Church on Elmira's Southside on Friday, June 17, 2011 with a Mass starting at 5:30 p.m. and a gathering of family and friends immediately following at the Southport Correctional Facility Clubhouse.  Star Gazette – June 12, 2011     


HACKETT Louise A. Kreisler

87, of Fort Collins, Colorado, died May 25th 2011. She was the wife of the late Lyle L. Kreisler who died in 2000. Louise was born on June 19th 1923 in Galeton, PA, the daughter of the late Fred and Leah Niles Hackett. She was a former employee of Westinghouse Corporation in Bath, NY. She loved being a homemaker. Knitting, reading and solving word puzzles were her hobbies. Louise enjoyed sports, especially baseball. If you were to ask her "who's your favorite team?" "ROCKIES of course". Surviving are son and daughter-in-law, John and Barbara Kreisler; granddaughters, Kimberly and husband Chad Gray, Kristine and husband Erik Devlin, great grandchildren, Dylan Gray and Asha Devlin, all of Fort Collins; sister, Leah Rhodes of Elizabethtown, PA; brother-in-law, Wendell Kreisler and wife Laura of Westfield, PA; and several nieces and nephews. Her brothers, Erastus Hackett, Fred Hackett and Charles Hackett and her sisters, Isabelle Ottman, Margaret Kiren and Birdie Judd all preceded Louise in death. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. A Memorial Service and Interment will be held for the family in Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, CO. The family would like to thank the many people and caregivers who supported Louise through her illness and especially Columbine West Health and Rehab for the wonderful care and support.   Star Gazette – May 29, 2011


HEMINGWAY Nellie L. Hemingway Brewster

of 124 Park Place, Waverly, NY, died Sunday morning, May 22, 2011, at home after a long battle with cancer.  Nellie was born on April 22, 1937, in McLean, N.Y., to the late William Riley Hemingway Sr. and Margaret Moore Hemingway. She graduated from Dryden High School in 1956 and from SUNY Albany in 1960 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and English education.  During nearly 20 years of writing for the Sayre Evening Times, Nellie was a reporter, columnist and editor, a career that continued after her retirement from full-time work in 1996.  Nellie was very active in a number of community and civic organizations throughout her life, including the Polyhymnia Music Club, Waverly Free Library and Valley Library Association.  Nellie is survived by her husband of nearly 51 years, Howard George Brewster, at home; sons William (Maria) of Plano, Texas, Christopher of Waverly, N.Y., Gregory (Heather) of Mt. Kisco, N.Y., James (Melissa) of Linthicum Heights, Maryland, and Nathan (Judy) of Brewster, N.Y.;   grandchildren Angela of New York, N.Y., Samuel and Abigail of Plano, Texas, Michael and Matthew of Mt. Kisco, N.Y., Rachel of Waverly, N.Y., Arden and Fian of Linthicum Heights, Maryland, and Jason and Mollie Toscano of Brewster, N.Y.; brothers William Riley Hemingway Jr. and Ralph Hemingway, both of Dryden, N.Y., and George Wallace Hemingway of Florida; and many nieces and nephews.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Polyhymnia Music Club, 518 Clark St., Waverly, NY 14892; or to the Waverly Free Library, 18 Elizabeth St., Waverly, NY  14892.  Family and friends are invited to call at the McKee Memorial Chapel, 462 Fulton St., Waverly, on Friday, May 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 28, at 10 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 503 Clark St., Waverly.  Sayre Morning Times – May 25, 2011


HILL Leighton George Hill

70, of Blossburg, died on Sunday, May 22, 2011, in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.  Leighton was born on April 19, 1941, a son of Edgar and Josephine (LeVasseur) Hill. He was the husband of Grace (Lee) Hill of Blossburg.  Prior to his retirement, Leighton was self-employed as an auto mechanic. He also provided maintenance for Island Park in Blossburg and served as a crossing guard for North Penn Schools. Earlier in his career, he was employed by General Dynamics in the information technology field, Adistra Company in Michigan as a facility manager and as a truck driver. Leighton served with the United States Marine Corps and held memberships with the Arnot Sportsmen's Club, Hillside Rod and Gun Club and the American Legion in Ontario, N.Y. and Michigan. He was an avid hunter and bowler, the previous owner of Elkland Lanes in Elkland. Leighton loved hunting, his dogs and enjoyed computers.  In addition to his wife, Grace, Leighton is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Dee Trescott of Wetumpka, Ala., Timothy and Kelly Trescott of Cherry Flats, Charlie Hill of Sodus, N.Y.; three daughters and sons-in-law, Pam and Bradley Copp of Blossburg, Christina and Curt Ecklund of Pittsford, N.Y., Kim Hill of North Carolina; three sisters, Lynne Thompson of Romulas, Mich., Elnora Hill of Edmonds, Wash., Mary Richman of Albuquerque, N.Mex., ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, May 24, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments, PC, 637 South Main St., Mansfield. A memorial service will be held immediately following calling hours at 7 p.m. at the funeral chapel with the Rev. Dean Edwards officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in Leighton's memory to the American Cancer Society , 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, Pa. 17701. Semper Fi     Wellsboro Gazette – May 24, 2011 



Elmira: Age 66, died Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Tom was born February 8, 1945, a son of the late Edward J. and Helen (Monahan) Jeziorski. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years Anne Powelson Jeziorski; brother, Edward J. Jeziorski, Jr., of Elmira; aunt, Marion Roberts of Odessa; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Rebecca (Kenneth) Allison of Arizona, Dr. Stephen (Mathis) Powelson of Virginia, Sara (Michael) Kirby of Virginia, Dr. John (Julie) Powelson of Indiana; nieces and nephews, Jennifer Granger of Elmira Heights, Carolyn Jeziorski of Cairo, Egypt, Edward J. (Brandi) Jeziorski of California, Patrick (Alexis) Jeziorski of Elmira; along with several other nieces, nephews, and cousins. Tom was an accomplished artist. He was a well known picture framer in the Elmira area for over 46 years, and with his wife Anne owned the Art & Frame Gallery since 1980. An avid gardener, Tom loved the outdoors. He looked forward to his annual summer trips to Maine. Tom also enjoyed reading, bird watching, and animals of all kinds. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of W. Water and Walnut Sts., on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A funeral service, officiated by Reverend Donald Matthews, will be held at 7:15 p.m. Those wishing may remember Tom with a donation to either, The SPCA, Route 352, Elmira NY 14903, or The Falck Cancer Center, 600 Roe Avenue, Elmira NY 14905. Tom's family extends their sincere thanks to the doctors and nurses in ICU at the Arnot, along with the staff at Falck Cancer Center, who took exceptional care of him over the past few weeks.  Star Gazette – May 29, 2011


KEMMERER William Jay (Bill)

Age 82, and recently of Horseheads and longtime resident of Millport, died on May 24, 2011. Bill would have been 83 on May 31, 2011. He and his wife, Marleah, celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary on May 16, 2011. Bill served his country during the Korean War and was retired from Ward LaFrance. Bill loved the outdoors. Enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, and gardening. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren. They will always remember their rides in the wagon being pulled by "grandpa K" on his tractor. Bill was also an avid Buffalo Bills fan, even when it was embarrassing to be. Bill is survived by his loving wife, Marleah, who never left his side during his last few months; his sisters, Madolin Smith and Pamela Kartychak; his children, Leonard (Melody), Keith, Lillian (Allan) West, Rayne (Dave) Knuppenburg, and Marvin, Dorothy Kurta, Gene (Dawn) Austin, Richard (Nancy) Austin, David Austin, Pat (Alan) Tobey, William Austin; 27 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Bill was always smiling and the constant jokester. He was a great dad and grandpa to all and will be truly missed, but we know we will see him again in heaven. Thank you to the Hospice caregivers and to his special grandson, Brandyn Austin "Pork Chop", who was there to care for him 24/7 in his final weeks. Per his wishes, there will be no calling hours. Committal will be held at the convenience of his family. Arrangements with Barber Funeral Home in Horseheads. Those wishing may remember Bill with a special gift in his name to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830. A special "remembrance" birthday is planned for Bill by his family on the 31st.  Star Gazette – May 29, 2011


KINNER Stanley Edward

On the evening of Saturday, May 21, 2011, Stanley Edward Kinner of Troy died quietly at Robert Packer Hospital after a prolonged illness. He was 54 years of age.  Born in Sayre on April 3, 1957, he was the son of Robert H. and Betty (Vanderpool) Kinner Sr. Stan was blessed with a strong work ethic and was willing to take on any task at any location in order to provide for his family. He was known for having commuted as far as to Oklahoma whenever his job required it. Stan was a great lover of nature and the great outdoors. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and walking in the woods while observing the beauty of God's creation. He also enjoyed riding his Harley on long journeys with his buddies, or just over the mountain to visit his friends at the Morris Run Legion Post where he was a social member. He enjoyed the company of his children and grandchildren. Stan had a heart of gold and would do anything for a friend. Most of all, he seemed to possess a special grace for lifting the spirits of the downhearted. Stan always knew the right words to say at the right time.  Stan is survived by his son, Stanley Joseph Kinner of Michigan; daughters, April May Dibble of Canton and Crystal Starr of Elmira; step-daughter Jessica McClintic of Canton; brothers, David (Bonnie) Kinner of Alba, Robert H. (Judy) Kinner Jr. of Troy, Billy (Bobbie) Kinner of Rome, Pa., Terry (Nancy) Kinner of Hancock, N.Y.; sisters, Delores (Wendell) Fields of Merryville, Tenn., Alice (Bob) Redman of Cookeville, Tenn., Kathy Kinner of Elmira; special friend Arla Wilson of West Burlington; six grandchildren; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Betty Kinner; and brother, Phillip Kinner.  The viewing will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center Street, Canton. Service will follow at noon, with Rev. Kenneth Marple officiating. Interment will be private.  Towanda Daily Review – May 23, 2011


KISKIS Michael J. Kiskis

Leonard Tydings Grant Professor of American Literature, renowned Mark Twain scholar, and long-time member of the Elmira College faculty, died on May 8th 2011 in Binghamton, New York after suffering heart failure. He was 56 years old.  Michael J. Kiskis was born in Amsterdam, New York, the only child of Stanley Kiskis and Francis Elizabeth Jaracz. Not unlike Mark Twain's most famous character, Huck, or for that matter, the author himself, Dr. Kiskis was born into a working-class family. Professor Kiskis credited his mother's devotion and hard work for his own success later in life. Of his mother, he wrote that she had a "simple statement of principle: you learn and you use that learning to make your way. And you pay back, and make sure that others make their way." After receiving both his bachelor's and master's degrees from St. Bonaventure University, Professor Kiskis earned his doctorate at the State University of New York at Albany, where he began his life-long study of Mark Twain.  Professor Kiskis, editor of Mark Twain's Own Autobiography: Chapters from the North American Review and co-editor of Constructing Mark Twain: New Directions in Scholarship, became one of the foremost authorities on the autobiographical writings of Mark Twain. Dr. Kiskis published dozens of articles and edited and co-authored several volumes on Mark Twain's life and his works. Treasured for his wit and his warmth, as well as his expertise, Michael Kiskis contributed to a number of professional and civic organizations. He was both President and a founding member of The Mark Twain Circle of America. He served as President of the American Humor Studies Association, on the editorial board of The Mark Twain Annual, as president of the Northeast Modern Language Association, and as president of the Mark Twain Society of Elmira. A regular contributor to multiple journals, both on-line and in print, Dr. Kiskis was also the editor of Studies in American Humor, a contributor to and the guest editor of a special issue of American Literary Realism as well as a contributor to two editions of American Literary Scholarship. Michael Kiskis was a frequent instructor in summer institutes sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and in teaching institutes sponsored by the Center for Mark Twain Studies.  Dr. Kiskis's knowledge of American literature was as wide as it was deep, yet his reading of Mark Twain focused upon a consistent theme: the domestic life of Samuel Clemens. Dr. Kiskis located the source of Mark Twain's literary genius within Twain's experiences as a father, a husband, and a friend. In his writing and in his teaching, Professor Kiskis revealed Mark Twain in his full humanity: noble and flawed, playful and profound, haunted by loss and fueled by his imagination. In this regard, the intellectual interests of Michael Kiskis mirrored his own personal values. Unimpressed by titles, wealth, or reputation, Michael Kiskis cared foremost about the human condition, which he found documented as movingly in the letters of nineteenth-century working Americans, in the newspapers they read, and the postcards they sent, as in the writings of great artists.   Although a demanding instructor, Professor Kiskis valued each of his students and treated them with great kindness and compassion, and in so doing, inspired them to excel. Whether he was teaching from the American canon, Melville's Moby Dick or Whitman's Leaves of Grass, or exposing his students to the hidden treasures of nineteenth-century popular culture, Horatio Alger's Ragged Dick or Harriet Beecher Stowe's Pink and White Tyranny, Dr. Kiskis encouraged his students to experience the simple pleasure of reading a book, before they worked to analyze it. Current students and Elmira College alumni from across the country have responded with a profound sense of loss at the news of Dr. Kiskis's passing. Rachel Masselle, class of 2014, described Professor Kiskis: "He was warm, funny, intelligent, unique, and he genuinely cared about his students. He evoked a love for literature in them all."  After serving as Assistant Dean of Empire State College, Michael Kiskis joined the faculty of Elmira College in 1993. Since that time he has served in leadership capacities on a number of college committees tasked with many different objectives: finding the best faculty to hire, articulating the academic standards of the college, strategic and long-range planning, curricular design and faculty development. As diverse as these committees may have been, Dr. Kiskis's commitment to excellence remained the same and his dedication equally consistent. Nowhere was this dedication more evident than in his continual support for the Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College. His guidance and insight have helped to make Quarry Farm a site of international importance in the field of Twain studies. In his writing and his teaching, Michael Kiskis transformed the "octagonal study" into something more than a tourist attraction; he revealed to the world beyond Elmira how dependent Mark Twain was upon the quiet retreat of Quarry Farm.  Michael J. Kiskis was, like the author he spent so much time with, a wonderful study in contradictions. He was a brilliant scholar who loved the movie Caddyshack, a sophisticated reader who punctuated his classes with references to "Phineas and Ferb," a reserved man with a raucous sense of humor. He drove a fast car and walked at a snail's pace; he was an old soul with a child's appreciation for the playful and the silly. While he loved his work and was devoted to his students, Michael found his greatest happiness at home, with his wife Ann Cady, watching "Top Gear," the British version only, walking their greyhound Joy, talking over their days, sharing stories and plans, simply being together. When writing of Twain's homelife, he wrote, "A home for Clemens was the intersection of the past and the present. It gave entrance to emotions he could achieve nowhere else; it was compassion made manifest." This was equally true for Michael and the home he shared with Ann.  In his late 40s, Michael Kiskis discovered the pleasures of high-performance race-car driving. He attended the Panoz Racing School at Road Atlanta (the home of the US LeMans series), and became one of a handful of scholars who could take a curve at over 100mph. Those who knew him best say that he lived his life the same way he drove his BMW around the track at Watkins Glen, with exhilaration and deliberate control, gracefully balancing the fleeting moment against the demands of the longer race.  Michael J. Kiskis lives on through his wife, Ann Cady, his greyhound Joy and his beloved friends, students, and colleagues. Elmira College will host a public memorial at Hamilton Hall on May 28th at 11am. In addition family and friends will gather at Quarry Farm at 1:30 on Sunday, May 29th to celebrate Michael's life.   In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted with love and gratitude to The Michael J. Kiskis Memorial Fund to benefit the Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies, One Park Place, Elmira, New York 14901.   Star Gazette – May 21, 2011


KOHLER Lynette L. McReynolds

70, of Waverly, NY died Sunday, May 22, 2011 at Robert Packer Hospital. She was born October 12, 1940 in Hempstead, NY, the daughter of the late Bernard and Florence Skidmore Kohler.  Lynette was a loving mother and grandmother. She volunteered with the Susan G. Dolmen Breast Cancer Association. Lynette loved her two cats Venus and Star.  She is predeceased by her husband Clifford E. McReynolds, Sr.  Lynette is survived by her children Clifford E. McReynolds, Jr. and fiancé Sarah Talada of Waverly, NY and Victoria McReynolds of Gulfport, MS, grandchild Kyle Covino, sisters Barbara Olsewski of Copiague, NY and Elaine Debons of Waverly, NY, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the care of Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, PA.  Burial will be at the convenience of the family.  Memorial donations may be made in Lynette’s memory to the: Susan Kolmen Breast Cancer Association, P.O. Box 1306, Elmira, NY 14902.  Sayre Morning Times  - May 27, 2011


KRAUSE Kyle K. Krause

41, of Pittsburgh, Pa., died on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at his home.  He was born on Jan. 31, 1970 in Honesdale, Pa., a son of Frances D. (Young) Krause of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., and the late Herman K. Krause who died on May 31, 2007. Kyle was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and worked in the customer service department of PNC Bank.  Kyle is survived by his mother Fran; his brothers: Keith (Mia) Krause of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., and Kraig (Danielle) Krause of Astoria, Ore.; his niece Kara Lynn Krause; his nephew Aidan Hawke Krause; his aunts: Katie, Cobi, and Pat; his uncles: B.J. and Frank, and their families. His father Herman predeceased Kyle.  Services will be private and at the convenience of Kyle's family. The Gerald W. Vickery Funeral Home Inc., 1093 W. Main St., Troy, Pa., has been entrusted with the arrangements.   Towanda Daily Review  - May 26, 2011


LESH Gloria G. Beaver

of 14 Grove Street, Addison, NY went to be with the Lord peacefully on Saturday, May 21, 2011 surrounded by her loving family.  Born in Bedford, PA, she was the daughter of John W. & Dorothy Grey Lesh. Gloria devoted her life to her friends and family. She was an active member of the community and touched the lives of many people in so many ways. Gloria will most be remembered for her kindness, outgoing personality, beautiful smile and gracious hospitality. She attended Gateway Fellowship and was past Madam President of the Addison Eagle Aerie 3904 Auxiliary where everyone has fond memories of her Jing-a-Ling show which featured "Tiny Tim" and "Mike & Ike.  She was predeceased by her loving sister and brothers: Shirley Miller, George, Rod and Johnny Lesh.  She is survived by her loving spouse, Frederick E. Osborne of Addison, NY; her beloved sons & daughters-in-law, Brad & Mary (Bennett) Beaver of Gallatin, TN, Kelly & Becky (Smith) Beaver of Johns Creek, GA and Kirk & Debbie (Hayes) Beaver of Addison, NY; brother & sister-in-law, Timothy & Cheryl Lesh of Bel Air, MD; grandchildren, Adam, Aaron, & Amber Beaver, Amanda & husband, Daniel Knaisch and Matthew & wife, Allison Beaver; five great grandchildren, Abbie, Brent, Johnny, Trinity and Alayna; and several nieces & nephews. Friends may call Friday, May 27th, 2-4 & 7-9pm, at the H.P. Smith & Son, Inc. Funeral Home, 1607 Main St., Woodhull, NY, where funeral services will be conducted Saturday, May 28th at 11am.  Pastor Scott Towner will officiate.  Final Resting Place will be in Addison Rural Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Addison Aerie 3904, 7724 St. Rte. 417, Addison, NY 14801, the Addison Ambulance Corp, 1 Tuscarora St. Addison, NY 14801 or Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830.   Star Gazette – May 25, 2011


LEWIS Kerry Michael “Mike”

39, of Ulysses, PA, died Sunday, May 29, 2011 as a result of injuries sustained in an accident.  Born April 24, 1972, in Baltimore, he was the son of Gary R. and Sherry Brutsman Lewis.  He was a 1991 graduate of Jasper-Troupsburg High School.  On July 29, 1995, in Ulysses, he married the former Chastity A. Thompson, who survives.  He was employed by Elsenheimer Chevrolet in Hornell, Kightlinger Motors in Coudersport, as an engine specialist for the following NASCAR teams:  Jimmy Spencer, Jeff Burton, AJ Foyt, Ricky Craven, Geoff Bodine, a carburetor specialist for all of the Roush/Yates race teams in Mooresville, NC, and Lufkin-RMT in Wellsville, NY for the last four years.  Surviving besides his wife, Chastity, are:  three children, Rhys Michael Lewis, Mikayla Anne Lewis, and John Evan Lewis;  his parents of Jasper, NY;  a sister, Terry (Duane) Lewis-Birkett of Mosinee, WI;  paternal grandmother, Mildred Crane of Canandaigua, NY;  mother-in-law, Melonie (Len) Palmatier of Genesee;  father-in-law, Dann (Roxan) Thompson of Genesee;  brother-in-law, Sean “Bub” Thompson of Genesee;  grandparents-in-law, Waneta Ransom of Genesee and Doris Thompson of Elkland;  aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Clinton and Alberta Brutsman;  and paternal grandfather, Rhys Lewis.  Friends may call Friday, June 3, 2011 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday in the Ulysses United Methodist Church.  The Rev. Richard W. Tintle will officiate.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Melonie Palmatier, 456 Pump Station Road, Genesee, PA 16923 for a fund for Mike’s children.  Corning Leader – June 2, 2011


MASE Thomas Mase

60, of Blossburg, died at his residence on Monday, May 30, 2011. Born in Blossburg Feb. 17, 1951, he was the son of Donald and Jean Miller Mase. Tom married the former Doreen Holley on Aug. 26, 2000.  He was a United States Army veteran. He served two tours of duty in VietNam, from 1968 to 1969 and 1970 to 1971. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Robert F. Snyder Post #6755, Liberty; a member of Theodore Roosevelt, American Legion Post #167, Morris Run; William B. Wilson, American Legion Post #572, Blossburg; Veterans of Foreign Wars Supreme Sacrifice Post #8730, Blossburg; Arnot Sportsmen Club and Hillside Rod and Gun Club.  In addition to his wife Doreen, survivors include daughters, April Mase, Autumn Mase; son, Donald Mase; grandsons, John and Braydon; granddaughters; Courtney and Sophia; sister Joy (Sheldon) Bastian; brother, Tim Mase; uncle, Sam Miller and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Terry Mase.  Friends will be received at the Freeberg Funeral Home, Blossburg, Saturday June 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. Memorial services will follow at 4 p.m., with Pastor Dean Edwards officiating. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society , Tioga Unit, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, Pa. 17701.  Wellsboro Gazette – June 2, 2011


MESSENGER Mary L. Miller

Our loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend Mary L Miller, born on November 15, 1931 died peacefully into the arms of the LORD on May 17, 2011. She was born in Elmira, daughter of Glenn & Esther Middaugh Messenger. She is survived by 8 children. Harriet Consier of Conway, S.C . Living in New York: Ann (John) Shirley; Frances Griffeth; Mary(John) Haviland, Clifford(Cecilia)Miller; John(Donna)Miller; Dale(Christie)Miller; Kevin(Ann)Miller. A total of 62 grandchildren and great grandchildren. Siblings, William Messenger; Shirley (Chuck) Aldrich.   Mary is predeceased by husband Clifford R Miller Sr, daughter Bonnie Miller; granddaughter Stacey Miller; Siblings Beverly Briggs; Glen "Sonny" Messenger; Carol Fredericks.   In lieu of flowers, donations are being gratefully accepted for the building fund of Lakeview Assembly of God Church in Watkins Glen, NY. In celebration of Mary's life services will be held May 29th, 2011 @ 3:00 PM Lakeview Assembly of God Church.  Star Gazette – May 24, 2011    498


MILLARD Laura A. McCarthy

55, of Sayre, Pa., died Saturday, May 21, 2011.  Laura was born June 14, 1955 in Meshoppen, Pa., the daughter of Kenneth and Janet Peet Millard. Laura was a twoman of many talents, photography, wood crafts, sewing, needle crafts and she was an award winning ponder. She graduated from the Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing with a perfect 4.0 average. Laura was a nurse who put her patients above all else. She also enjoyed spending time with her family.  She was predeceased by her father Kenneth Millard.  She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Dennis at home; children, Joseph (Kimberly) McCarthy of Tucson, Ariz., Joshua (Kimberly) McCarthy of Sayre, Pa., Kierstin (Richard) Gardner of Athens, Pa. and Sarah (Jeffery) Rae of Anderson, S.C.; grandchildren, Kaylee, Ella and Colton McCarthy of Tucson, Ariz., Jordan and Ahren McCarthy of Sayre, Pa., Raven Gardner and Ashton Brotzman of Athens, Pa., Madelyn and Hannah Rae of Anderson, S.C.; mother and step-father, Janet (Richard) Geiger of Litchfield, Pa.; father and mother-in-law, Robert (Carolyn) McCarthy of Sayre, Pa.; brothers and sisters, Larry (Debbie) Millard of Athens, Pa., Russell Millard of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Mona Millard Marshall (Matthew) of Waverly, N.Y.; many nieces and nephews, (to name a few, Caitlin, Nathan, Matthew and Casey Jo); and many cousins.  Family and friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 225 S. Main St., Athens, Pa. A funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. with Rev. Anne Bey Canfield, of the Waverly United Methodist Church, officiating.  Memorial donations may be made in Laura's name to: Stray Haven, 194 Shephard Rd., Waverly, NY 14892.  Towanda Daily Review – May 23, 2011


PACCIONE Sophie A. Verdon

age 76, of Horseheads, NY, and former Catskill -resident died Friday, May 2O, 2011 in Painted Post. NY. Sophie was born April. 23, 1935 in Bronx, New York, the daughter of the late Anthony and Josephine (Januszewski) Paccione.   Sophie was formerly of the Bronx.  She lived in the Catskill area for 20 years, and has lived in Horseheads, for the past 18 years. She was predeceased by a grandson, Anthony Verdon.   Sophie is survived by her husband of 58 years, Eugene A. Verdon Sr. of Horseheads, NY; three sons, Kenneth Verdon Sr. of Newburgh, NY; Michael Verdon Sr. of Kingston, and Eugene Verdon Jr. of Taipei, Taiwan; two grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Relatives and friends may call 1:00 to 8:00 FM Tuesday at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill. Funeral Service will be held 8:00 - 9:00 AM Wednesday at the funeral home, followed by a 10:00 AM Mass at St. Patrick's Church Athens. Interment will follow in the Town of Catskill Cemetery.   Star Gazette – May 25, 2011


PARK Nicole M. Park

age 32 of Campbell, NY left us unexpectedly at her home on Tuesday, May 3, 2011. She was a graduate of Campbell-Savona School. She was known to be a very outgoing person with a lot of love for the outdoors and animals. She would always make you smile. To know her was to love her. Nick was employed at Synthes and a former employee of Hardinge.  She is survived by her parents William and Donna Park of Campbell, sisters, Tracy (Paul) Payne and niece Kalyska of Campbell, Amy Park (Peter Reed) of Avoca, grandmother, Doris Horton of Campbell and many uncles, aunts, cousins, and beloved friends. She was predeceased by grandparents, Alonzo and Elsie Park and grandfather Donald Horton.   A celebration of Nicole's life will be held on Saturday, May 28th from 1:00-5:00 pm at the Campbell American Legion, Route 333, Campbell. Memorials in the name of Nicole M. Park may be directed to the Thurston Fire Department.  Star Gazette – May 31, 2011


PHELPS John Chapin Phelps

age 59, died unexpectedly at home, in Franklin, N.Y., on Friday May 27th. John was born on May 4th, 1952 in Elmira, New York the first and only son of Barbara H. Phelps McDowell of Horseheads, N.Y., and the late William Bradley Phelps. John is survived by his loving daughter Amber Geister and her husband Derrick, of Springfield, MO., grandchildren Dalton and Tristian Geister, sister Susan (Kenneth) Fisher of Rochester, NY., niece Emily Fisher Locke (Bryant) of North Carolina, nephew William Bradley Fisher (Ashley) of Washington State, and niece Mary Hale Fisher of Colorado, sister Lydia Eldridge and her husband James who was also one of John's best friends of Horseheads, N.Y., nephew Nathan James Eldridge (Kelly) of Elmira, N.Y. John was an artist, a carpenter, a painter, a history buff with special interest in the Civil War and Native Americans, a catch and release fisherman, an avid reader and a true lover of music and music festivals. John was a wonderful friend to many, and would help out a friend in need before helping himself. He was a free spirit who loved country living and the outdoors. Over the course of his life, John lived in New York State, New York City, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Alaska, New Mexico, Louisiana and California. The family has chosen this Shakespearean quote in memory of John; "This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man." A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Those wishing may remember John with a donation to American Heart Association , mail to PO Box 3049,Syracuse, NY 13220-3049.   Star Gazette – June 2, 2011


PHILLIPS Jay Lawrence Phillips

56, died quietly in his sleep at 4 a.m. Saturday morning, May 21, 2011. He was surrounded by his family. Jay was born and raised in Troy, Pa. He attended Troy schools, and graduated from Williamsport Area Community College (now Penn College of Technology) with a degree in airplane mechanics. He was a licensed airplane and helicopter pilot as well as an A&P Mechanic.  After graduation Jay worked in and started businesses in the construction, physical fitness and welding industries. He spent most of the last 15 years working in welding in the Boston and New Hampshire areas. He really enjoyed flying, hunting, and spending time with his son.  Jay touched all that knew him in a special way and always made lasting friendship with everyone he met, even for the shortest time. He will be missed by all and will be remembered as a very loving son, brother, father and friend. Our lasting memories are of his constant smile, quick laugh and fast quips. He is survived by his mother, Louise Phillips; son, Brent Phillips; brothers, Jon and Jerry (wife Stacy) Phillips; and sister Janne Phillips Cahill (husband Bob); as well as numerous cousins, aunts, uncles and nieces and nephews.  There will be a visitation at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 29 at the Troy Baptist Church at. A memorial service will be held for Jay at 11 a.m. on July 16, at the home of his uncle, Clyde Robbins, at 221 Greenaugh Rd., Troy, Pa.  Towanda Daily Review  - May 26, 2011


PIKE Robert C. Pike

age 80 of Montour Falls and formerly Watkins Glen, died on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at Schuyler Hospital. The family will receive friends and relatives on Wednesday, from 12pm-2pm at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, with funeral services following at 2:00pm. Bob was born on June 6, 1930 in Hector, NY, the son of William and Alice Dove Pike. He honorably served in the US Army and worked at Acme Markets until his retirement in 1988. Bob loved baseball, golfing, fishing and hunting. His best love was bowling with the Senior Citizens, and instructing and helping his children and grandchildren with the game. He had a great love for his whole family. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Deanna L. "Dee" Pike; daughters, Vivian (Harold J.) Rappleye of Burdett, Mary (Kevin) Teed of Watkins Glen; sons, William R. "Bill" Pike of Watkins Glen, Scott Pike (Shelley) of Burdett; six grandchildren, Jason, Stephanie, Anthony, Stacey, Nicholas, and Brett; great-grand daughter Leah; and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Bob was predeceased by both his parents and 12 brothers and sisters. Memorials may be made to Southern Tier Hospice or a charity of one's choice.   Star Gazette – May 24, 2011  


POWERS Betty Jane Powers Personius

Age 81, of Terry Hill Road, Horseheads died Monday, January 31, 2011 at Bethany Manor surrounded by her family. She was born March 23, 1929 in Elmira. Betty was recently predeceased by her husband, Marion "Sonny" Personius on May 14, 2010. She is survived by her children, Tom (Betsy) Personius of Kentucky, Linda (Kevin) Roe, John (Connie) Personius, Kathleen (Rich) Cicora, Patricia (Mike) Hazen, and Kelly (Tim) Sherwood, all of Horseheads; brother, Jim (Judy) Powers; sister-in-law, Aloise Bendedict; 12 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; and multiple nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents Eugene and Stella (Hulett) Powers, she was also predeceased by sister and brother-in-law, Marian and Harold "Smitty" Smith, John Powers, Gene (Betty) Powers, and sister, Irene Powers. Betty graduated from Elmira Free Academy in 1947. She was a long time member of the League of Women's Voters, Ladies Home Bureau, Dairylea Women's Group, and a former member of Veteran Grange and Chemung County Doll Club. Betty worked for the Board of Elections for 50 years as well as baking hundreds of wedding, anniversary, and birthday cakes. She will be fondly remembered for her love of family and her loving, giving and caring nature. A celebration of her life will take place on Saturday June 4, 2011 starting at 12 noon at the family farm, 403 Terry Hill Rd., Horseheads.   In lieu of flowers those wishing may remember Betty with memorials to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830. Star Gazette – June 2, 2011


ROHDE Edward F. Rohde

age 89, "The Accordion Man", of Hillvue Ave., Corning, died on Thursday, May 26, 2011, at Absolute Care at Three Rivers of Painted Post. Edward was born October 1, 1921, in Elmira NY. He is the son of the late Jacob R and Clara G (Wituski) Rohde. He married Juda Green on January 28, 1972, in Big Flats. He served in the Army during WWII. He retired from the Remington Rand in 1971 and retired from the Bath Veterans Administration as a Recreational Therapist in 1979. Edward played the accordion from the age of 8 on the radio, trains, weddings, and many establishments up to the time of his latest illness. Edward played every Sunday for Grace Baptist Church. The family would like to express their extreme gratitude to the staff at Absolute Care at Three Rivers. He is survived by his wife, Juda (Green) Rohde, of Corning; five daughters: Mari (Billy) Keefe of Elmira, Nancy (Harry) Harvey of Horseheads, Emma (Kevin) Ahearn of FL, Charlotte (Keith) Hollopeter of PA, Michelle Fields of NC; three sons: Mark (Susan) Rohde of Corning, Walter (Becky) Harrison of TN, Charles (Kathryn) Harrison of Corning; stepsons, James (Jean) Mikel of Elmira, Jeff (Stacey) Mikel of Horseheads; two sisters: Lorraine Schaffer of Elmira, Cecelia Dobranski of Elmira; brother, Richard (Mary Ann) Rohde of FL; twenty-six grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his grandson, Justin Stiner; son-in-law, Sydney Fields; sister, Clara Brown; brothers: James Rohde, Chuck Rohde, and Arthur Rohde. Family and Friends are invited to a memorial service honoring Edward's life at the Grace Baptist Church, 2032 Chambers Road, Beaver Dams NY, at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, May 31, with Rev. David Maulucci officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to Edward's church of 35 years, Grace Baptist Church, 2032 Chambers Road, Beaver Dams, NY.  Star Gazette – May 31, 2011


RUSBY Frank L. Rusby

April 12, 1938 - May 22, 2011

He is survived by his wife, Sally; son, Jason; daughter, Amy; grandchildren, Jake & Megan; and sister, Jan Childs. He died unexpectedly of complications from an ulcer early last Sunday morning. Memorial services will be scheduled at a later date. He was born and raised in West Caldwell, NJ, and was a resident of Horseheads, NY for the last 35 years. He attended Rutgers University College of Engineering then served 4 years in the US Navy as a Lieutenant on the USS Coral Sea. For his entire professional career, he was employed as an engineer at Corning Inc., in the video products division until his retirement in 1999. During his retirement, he served as the Town of Veteran Supervisor, on the town council, and as the President of the town's Historical Society. In lieu of flowers, the family requests to please make donations to the Town of Veteran Historical Society.  Star Gazette – May 29, 2011



Horseheads: Age 91 of Horseheads, NY died on Tuesday May 24, 2011 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. James was born on May 16, 1920 in Elmira, NY the son of the late William F. and Augustina Mary Merz Schiefen. He was a self-employed public accountant and longtime personal accountant for Hesselson's. James was pre-deceased by his wife Mary L. Wilkins Schiefen of 62 years on February 7, 2010. He was a communicant of St. Mary Our Mother Church. James was a kind, caring, man whose intellect and inner strength will be missed by all who knew him. Jim was a member of the following: Southern Tier Retired Lion Club, Charter member of the Horseheads Elks #2297, 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council #227, Emeritus Life Associate of The Institute of Management Accountants, and Retired member of the National Society of Accountants. He was pre-deceased by his brothers and sister, brother-in-law and sisters-in-law , including Mrs. Frances Schiefen who recently passed away. Mr. Schiefen is survived by his daughter: Cindy and Rich Annunziata of Horseheads, NY; granddaughter: Lori A. (Abe) Tenenbaum of Fabius, NY; great grandchildren: Isaac Tenenbaum, Sadie Tenenbaum of Fabius, NY; longtime family friend Jeanne Bilson; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of caring friends including many friends at Bethany Courtyards. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the kind, caring staff at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center 4A, as well as the wonderful staffs at Bethany Manor and Bethany Courtyards. Jim's services and interment will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements entrusted to the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY.  Star Gazette – May 27, 2011



Little River, SC: Kenneth L. Shimwell (Mr. Kenn), 81, died Saturday, May 21, 2011. Born on January 27, 1930 in Wellsville, NY, he was the son of the late James and Ella Edwards Shimwell. A loving husband and father, an entrepreneur, a kind and compassionate man who cherished his family, friends, country and his new life in Myrtle Beach, SC. Owner and operator of several hair salons, beauty supply and advertising specialty distributorships with active membership in many civic associations and business networking organizations in Corning, NY and Myrtle Beach, SC. Traveled and trained as a hair stylist in Europe and participated in numerous national hairstyling competitions. A dedicated and loyal member of the Lions Club and Past President of the N. Myrtle Beach Lions Club. Established the annual Lions Club Pancake Supper and a passionate fundraiser for the Lions Club. Loved anything and everything about golf with an extensive collection of antique golf clubs and memorabilia. "Mr. Kenn" moved from Corning, NY to Myrtle Beach in 2001 after many years of vacationing and owning several businesses and homes in Myrtle Beach. He was a long standing member of the First United Methodist Church of Corning, New York.  Mr. Shimwell is survived by his wife of 58 years, Esther Popple Shimwell; son, Kevin Shimwell of Little River; daughter, Kathleen Morris of Hollywood, FL; brother, Walter Shimwell of Buffalo, NY; sister, Argene Bowen of Hawaii and two grandchildren, Benjamin and McCullin.  The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 pm on Thursday, May 26 at Lee Funeral Home. Donations in remembrance of Kenneth Shimwell may be made to North Myrtle Beach Lions Club, P.O. Box 3150, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582.  Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family.   Star Gazette – May 25, 2011


SMITH Lisa Ann Oates

age 46, of 420 Park Ave., Waverly, N.Y. died on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pennsylvania.  Lisa Oates was an amazing woman, mother and wife. Although her life was destined to be much too short, she lived it with a passion that enlivened and inspired all who knew her.  Lisa Ann Smith entered the world on September 3, 1964, the first child born to Merriel and Elizabeth Smith at Ft. Belvoir Army Hospital near Woodbridge, Virginia. Her father was a Warrant Officer in United States Coast Guard stationed in Washington, D.C. Lisa was beautiful from day one and made her parents proud. Her older half brothers Kevin and Danny now had a little sister. A year later, Lisa’s sister Sherry was born, and three years later her brother Sean.  Lisa’s father was sent to Vietnam in 1966 and the family moved to Fresno, California to be close to her paternal grandmother. Little Lisa would wave out of the big picture window as her older brothers left for school. Sometimes she would cry and wave, anxiously awaiting their return home. She was precious.  Lisa’s father came home from the war and was then transferred to Coast Guard Headquarters in San Francisco. The family lived in nearby Castro Valley until 1969, when her father was transferred to Sand Island Coast Guard Station in Honolulu, Hawaii, where Lisa started kindergarten. After her father retired, the family settled on an 86-acre farm in Gardiner, Maine. With her siblings, Lisa attended South Gardiner Elementary School. There were animals of all kinds and three ponds for swimming in the summer and skating in the winter. It was a wonderful time and place for a young girl.  Enough of the cold. The family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and settled in the town of Benicia, where Lisa enjoyed the life of a typical teen-aged girl, enjoying great friendships and music (the Bay City Rollers were a particular favorite). She went on to attend Benicia High School and then later Contra Costa Community College. For years Lisa was a member of the First Baptist Church of El Sobrante where she met a young man named Eugene "Gene" Taylor. They were soon married and moved into a house in San Pablo, California. It wasn’t long before they had two beautiful children, Sean and Shannon. In 1993 the family moved into a new home in Stockton, California.  In 1995 Lisa married Mark Oates, living briefly in Colorado before returning to California, where the couple lived for thirteen years in the town of Lemoore. Like her father, Lisa was a great reader and always interested in the subject of history. This interest led her to begin taking classes at California State University in nearby Fresno where she excelled, earning a bachelor’s degree in history with Summa Cum Laude distinction.  In 2009 her husband Mark’s career required another move. This time across the country to Waverly, NY, where the couple lived to the present time.  Lisa was a beloved wife, mother, sister and daughter, and she will be deeply missed by her family and friends. She is survived by her Husband Mark. Her son Sean (20) and her daughter Shannon (19). Her brothers Kevin Cullen of Soquel, California; Daniel Cullen of Antioch; Sean Smith of Austin, Texas; and her sister Sherry Kainies of Winchester, California.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lourdes Hospice, 169 Riverside Drive, Binghamton, NY 13905. The Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York is in charge of arrangements.  Sayre Morning Times – May 28, 2011


SMITHMEN Sharon E. Peyton

Age 68, of Elmira, NY, died Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at the Elcor Health Services in Horseheads, NY. Sharon was predeceased by her parents, Richard C. and Marion T. (Fuller) Smithmen Sr. and most recently her brother, Gary L. Smithmen, February 6, 2011, in Georgia. Sharon was a very loving and caring person who had a witty sense of humor and was full of life. She is dearly missed by her daughter, Cherie Middaugh of Pine City; granddaughter, Selena Middaugh, also of Pine City; brother, Richard C. (Cis) Smithmen Jr.; sister, Deb Agan of Elmira; along with several nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to call Sunday, May 29, 2011, from 2-4 p.m. at the Elmira Christian Center, 235 East Miller Street, Elmira, NY. Memorial service will follow at 4 p.m. Lay Pastor John P. Knapp will officiate. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport, NY.   Star Gazette – May 29, 2011 



Millport: Age 56, died on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center after a three year battle with cancer. Ray was the son of the late William Speicher and is survived by his mother Dorothy Dempsey of Florida. Ray had a lifelong love for aviation. He had been a flight instructor at Brown Seaplane Base and an instructor at Flight Safety, both in Florida. Ray had built his own airplane and had flown it in several air shows in the northeast United States. He had been employed by Wiggins Airways of Norwood MA for the last several years. Wiggins has a contract with Federal Express and Ray would fly Fed Ex air cargo from Elmira to Rochester. At Ray's request there will be no services. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home.  Star Gazette – May 28, 2011


STEELE Finley Moore

Age 96 of Appleridge Apts. in Horseheads , NY formerly of Elmira , NY died on Saturday December 18 , 2010 . A Memorial Service celebrating Mr. Steele's Life will held on Saturday May 28 , 2011 at 11 AM at The First Presbyterian Church of Elmira 1054 West Clinton Street at Rambler Road . The Rev. Betsey Crimmins will officiate . Interment in Candor Cemetery in Candor , NY . The Family respectfully requests that memorials be made to The First Presbyterian Church of Elmira 1054 West Clinton Street Elmira , NY 14905 or to Southern Tier Hospice 11751 East Corning Road Corning , NY 14830 in remembrance of Mr. Steele. Arrangements are entrusted to the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads , NY.    Star Gazette – May 28, 2011


STEVENS Jay Stevens

of Marion Street, Tunkhannock, formerly of Towanda, died at his residence on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. He was born in Towanda on Nov. 15, 1978, a son of Leslie N. Stevens of Wyalusing and the late Janet Elaine Baker Stevens Wech.  Jay was a graduate of Towanda High School class of 1996 and was employed by Keystone Saw Shop in Meshoppen. Surviving are his fiancée, Jennifer Welch of Tunkhannock; sons, Chase Stevens of Towanda, Zacharia Stevens of Tunkhannock; daughter Emily Henning, of Mehoopany; brothers, Asa Stevens of Springville, Seth Stevens of Wyalusing; maternal grandmother, Shirley Baker of Factoryville, Pa.; nieces and nephews.  A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday evening from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Laceyville, with Rev. Kenneth Small, Pastor of the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church.  Towanda Daily Review – May 25, 2011


STOHLMAN Dr. George C. Stohlman

75, of Temple Terrace, Florida, died peacefully Saturday, April 23, 2011. George grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and Norfolk, Virginia. He earned a chemical engineering degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and became an ophthalmologist after graduating from Tulane University School of Medicine. He also served in the U.S. National Guard.  Dr. Stohlman practiced ophthalmology in Tampa and was affiliated at St. Joseph’s Hospital for 35 years. His passions include fishing, flying, and golfing.  George is survived by Sarah (Sally) Farrell Stohlman, his wife of 47 years; his children Lee Ann (Pete) Wlodkowski, and Charles (Eli) Stohlman; grandson Lawson; sister Debra; sisters-in-law Frances DeCarlo, Mary Novak, Genevieve (Dale) Woith, Catherine (Frederick) Horn, Frances Farrell, and Rita (Leonard) Nossal.  Dr. Stohlman was predeceased by his parents, is in-laws Thomas and Marie Farrell; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Paul (Margaret) Farrell, James Farrell, Peter DeCarlo, John Novak, Therese (Lawrence Ware) and Jean (James) Donlin.  A private celebration of George’s life was conducted by his family.  Sayre Morning Times – June 1, 2011


THOMPSON Deborah Kay "Debbie" Richards

Finger Lakes Times – October 10, 2010

55, of Lanexa, Va., formerly of Dundee, died Monday (September 27, 2010) in the comfort of her home after a brave battle with cancer.  A Memorial Service will be held at noon on Saturday (Oct. 16) at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee with the Rev. Cindy O'Leary officiating. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee after which the family will greet friends at a reception at the Dundee American Legion, Spring St. Dundee.  Memorial contributions may be made to Debbie's church, Faith Baptist Church, 4107 Rochambeau Dr., Williamsburg, VA 23188, (757) 566-0456.  Deborah was born on October 28, 1954 in Montour Falls to Herbert and Eleanor Paddock Thompson. She graduated from Dundee Central School in 1972. She was employed at Williamsburg Ford.   She is loved and will be missed by her daughter, Dawn R Avery of Williamsburg, Va.; father, Herbert Thompson of Dundee; sister, Mrs. Lloyd "Bonnie" Pierce of Wake Forest, N.C.; two brothers: Eugene Thompson and Michael Thompson both of Dundee; several nieces and nephews; she is also loved and will be missed by her dear friend, Stanley Kuczma; and her church family, whom she referred to as her second family.   


THOMPSON Herbert G. Thompson

Chronicle Express – December 2, 2010

82, of Dundee, died Tuesday November 30, 2010, in the comfort of his son’s home in Lakemont. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee; where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. with Rev. Lucinda O'Leary officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee.  Memorial contributions may be made to Dundee Fire Dept., or Dundee Emergency Squad 12 Union St., Dundee, NY 14837; or the Ontario-Yates County Hospice Assoc., 756 Pre-Emption Rd., Geneva, NY 14456.  Herbert was born July 8, 1928 in Montour Falls, the son of Marion and Ellen Cornish Thompson. On Sept. 2, 1949 in Dundee, he married the former Eleanor R. Paddock. A wonderful wife and mother for 42 years; she died on July 14, 1992. A farmer in his youth to help support the family; Herb became a heavy equipment operator for Hill Construction in Dundee, before accepting a position with the N.Y.S. Dept. of Transportation in Hornell. He was employed by the N.Y.S.D.O.T. for over 30 years and retired from the Watkins Glen office in 1985.  Mr. Thompson was a member of the Penn Yan Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge #2030, and was a former member of the Dundee Fire Department and the Himrod Conservation Club. In his spare time he enjoyed Stock Cars, NASCAR, snowmobiles, carpentry, and doing excavation work for his friends. He enjoyed camping and RV-ing after his retirement. He is survived by his daughter Bonnie (“Skip”) Pierce of Wake Forest, N.C.; two sons, Gene H. Thompson with whom he made his home, and Michael J. Thompson of Dundee; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother Dean (Joyce) Thompson of Monterey, numerous nieces and nephews and many in-laws.  Besides his wife, he was predeceased by a daughter, Deborah Kay Richards, on Sept. 27, 2010, six brothers and two sisters.



Chronicle Express (Penn Yan, NY) - March 24, 1949

Marion L. Thompson, 63, died...March 20 at the Schuyler County Community hospital in ...after a long illness. He was born in Sabinsville, PA, ...was a resident...of his early life...Mr. Thompson and his wife, Ellen Cornish Thompson moved to the ...neighborhood in 1918, and at the time of his death lived on North Reading.  He is survived by his widow, Ellen Cornish Thompson of North Reading and one daughter, Mrs. Petago(?) of Reading Center; six sons, Joseph and Belmont of Altay (?), Jesse Thompson of Sherman; Dean, Herbert and Bernard of Reading Center, 12 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  Friends called at the Sargent and Oughterson Funeral Home in Dundee until 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 when services were conducted by Rev. James O Bell, pastor of the Reading Center Community Church.  Interment was in Hillside cemetery Dundee.   (obit very hard to read)


TOBASH W. Michael

Elmira: Age 71, died on Sunday, May 29, 2011 at home. Mike was the only child of the late Walter J. and Caroline J. (Moretti) Tobash. He is survived by his daughter Karen E. Tobash of Elmira; grandchildren, Danielle M. Erway and Joel C. Erway both of Rochester; aunt Dorothy Moretti Reese of Elmira; and several cousins. Mike was a graduate of Notre Dame High School. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Upon discharge from the military Mike went to work for Pepsi Cola (Elmira Bottling Company) and then as a salesman for American LaFrance. He later went to work as a bartender at Moretti's Restaurant before buying and operating The Elm's Restaurant in Elmira Heights. Mike loved to fish and in earlier years was an excellent golfer. He loved the time he was able to spend at his place on the west side of Keuka Lake. Family and friends are invited to attend a prayer service to honor Mike's life at McInerny Funeral Home, corner of W. Water and Walnut Streets, on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.  Star Gazette – May 31, 2011


WISEBURN Jean Predmore

age 70, of Columbia Cross Roads, PA, died Saturday, May 28, 2011 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. Jean was born July 16, 1940 in Phillipsburg, NJ, a daughter of Fred and Dora (Miller) Wiseburn. Jean was employed by Lytel Co. and R.C.A. as an electronics technician before her retirement. She was a member of the Coryland Church and the Troy Senior Citizens.   Jean is survived by two daughters, JoAnn Peters of Brigantine, NJ, and Christine Edsoren of Stewartsville, NJ; three grandchildren, Andrew Edsoren, Robert Robson, and Emily Robson; a brother, Warren Wiseburn; three sisters, Beverly (Wayne) Allen, Linda Hutchins, and Pearl (Dale) Lacey. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard E. Predmore in 2009, and two brothers, Charles and Robert Wiseburn.  In keeping with Jeans wishes, there will be no services. Burial will be in Rosemont Cemetery, Rosemont, NJ. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. Wellsboro Gazette – June 2, 2011