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ALDRICH Marion A. Kemp

83, A mother holds her child’s hand for a little while and their hearts forever….. Our loving mother and grandmother Marion A. Kemp, 83, formerly of Vanderkarr Rd., Barton, N.Y., died with her family at her side on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, in New London, North Carolina. Marion was born on March 18, 1928, in Salem, Massachusetts, a daughter of (the late) J. Kenneth and Mildred (Parks) Aldrich. She was a 1945 graduate of Owego High School and during her senior year, met the love of her life, LeRoy Kemp. Marion and LeRoy were married on January 13, 1946, in Smithboro, and together, they owned and operated Kemp’s Poultry Farm. Marion enjoyed completing puzzles, crocheting, reading and being surrounded by her family.  On January 13, 2010, her heart was broken with the sudden passing of her loving husband of 64 years. Marion is survived by her children: Susan and Gary Mandrino of New London, N.C.; Pamela and Richard Mott of Waverly, N.Y., Milton and Nancy Kemp of Barton, N.Y.; brother, Edward Aldrich; sisters: Frances Gascon, Nelly Short, Betty Schmidt, Joann Rumsey, Florence Zimmerer and Julie Green; seven grandchildren: Roxann (Matthew) Galster, Karen Stewart,  Michelle Grimes, Andrea Grimes, Thomas (Melissa) Kemp, David (Brenda) Kemp, Sarah (Heath) Bennett; greatgrandchildren: Andrew Garey, Samantha Stewart, Elizabeth (Rick Lussier) Galster, Catherine, Christopher, Benjamin Galster, Victoria Grimes, Kennedy, Mackenzie Hill, Tyler Bennett and Natalie Kemp. Several nieces, nephews and their families also survive. A period of visitation and time of sharing memories will be held on Sunday, February 26, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. Funeral services will follow at 3 p.m. with Pastor Alan Bill, officiating. Interment will follow in the Smithboro Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may consider a memorial contribution to the LeRoy Kemp Scholarship Fund, c/o Tioga Center Emergency Squad/Fire Dept. PO Box 185, Tioga Center, NY 13845 or Hospice of Stanly County, 960 North First Street, Albemarle, NC 28001 in loving memory of Marion A. Kemp.   Sayre Morning Times – February 24, 2012  


ALMY Terry "T-Woman" "T" Lance

Elmira: died February 16, 2012. Daughter of the late Albert and Doretha Almy. Survied by her sisters, Marylou Folts, Pauline Schaff, Patricia Keil, Alice William of Saratoga Springs, NY and Charlene Ennis, Chesapeake, VA and Joyce Salmon, Greensfield Center. " T's" family and friends will miss her especially John Keck's Westside Tavern, Green Derby and Roundin Third. Friends are invited to gather at the Green Derby on Wednesday, February 22 from 5:00 - 7:00pm to remember "T".  Star Gazette – February 21, 2012  


BATTERSBY Catherine A. Hastings

age 47, of Wellsboro, PA, died Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Catherine was born January 3, 1965 in Upper Darby, PA, a daughter of Joseph and Dorothy (Olar) Battersby. She was the wife of Ralph C. Hastings. Catherine enjoyed reading and taking walks.   Catherine is survived by her husband, Ralph; a son, Joshua Hastings of Wellsboro, PA; a daughter, Nicole Hastings of Wellsboro, PA; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Bill and Chris Hinderman of CA, and Michael Battersby of Crum Lynne, PA.  In keeping with Catherines wishes, there will be no services. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.  Williamsport Sun Gazette – February 23, 2012


BEILING Charles H. Beiling III

Age 56 of Elmira, died Sunday, February 26, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. Survived by wife, Marietta; stepchildren, Lenee (Brian) Gillette, Michael Bonham, Michael (Lorin) Morgan; children, Joby, Jason, Charlie; 5 grandchildren, 1 great-granddaughter; special grandchild, Kayleb Bechy; parents, Doris & Charles Beiling Jr.; sisters & brothers, Jean (Joseph) Seymour, Kim (Rick Cook) Beiling, Steven (Betty) Beiling, Scott Beiling; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews & cousins; canine companions, Mai Mai, Charlie, & Scooter. Predeceased by brother, Robert Allen Beiling. At his request there will be no calling hours or funeral service, but those wishing may attend a celebration of his life at the VFW Post 901 in Elmira on March 10th from 4 to 7 p.m. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Kalec Funeral Home Inc.   Star Gazette – February 28, 2012


BERGER Judith Ellen (Berger) Suermann

age 71, died peacefully on February 24, 2012 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center after a brief illness. She is now in the arms of her beloved husband, Charles L. Suermann, who predeceased her in October 2011. Born on July 6, 1940 she was the daughter of Roy Edgar and Elizabeth Sarah Berger. She graduated from Southside High School in 1958 and The Arnot School of Nursing in 1961. She devoted her life to being a nurse and caregiver at Arnot Ogden Medical Center and a loving mother and grandmother to her children and grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by many. She enjoyed gardening, going for walks, bowling, and spoiling her grandchildren. Judy is survived by her son, Frank Stranzl, of Horseheads, NY; her daughters, Donna (Tim) Bell of Elbridge, NY, and Dawn Brewer of Elmira, NY; her stepson, Andrew Suermann of Watkins Glen, NY; and her grandsons, T.J. and Nickolas Bell of Elbridge, NY. She was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Horseheads, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Judy's memory to: Arnot Ogden Foundation School of Nursing, 600 Roe Avenue, Elmira, NY 14905. Judy's family would like to thank the staff of Elcor, Hospice and Arnot Ogden Medical Center and especially the staff of 4-B for the loving care and support they provided her.    Star Gazette – February 26, 2012  


BOYAN Ruth Winifred Trainor

Ruth Winifred Trainor, 95, long-time resident of Broward Co., died, Feb. 16, 2012 at Hospice of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO. She was born in Sparkill, NY on Nov. 26, 1916 to Matthew A. and Ellen T. Boyan. Ruth graduated from Tappan Zee High School at age 15. She was married to Thomas J. Trainor in 1935; they later divorced.  Ruth combined her early vocational and nursing training in a long-time career as an administrative/executive secretary in medical and hospital settings in Elmira, NY and in the Greater-Cleveland area. In 1970, she continued her secretarial career with the Ryder Corporation in Miami. Following her second retirement, Ruth enjoyed her family, friendships, and part-time employment in Broward Co. up to age 90. Since 2007, she has resided at Bonell Retirement Community in Greeley, CO.  She was preceded in death by her son Gale E. and sister Marion L Britton; she is survived by sons Thomas J. of Eatonton, GA; Wayne M. of Greeley, CO; and G. John of Savannah, GA; 12 Grandchildren, and 4 Great-Grandchildren. A memorial observance will be held in Savannah, GA at a future date. Ruth may be remembered through donations to Hospice of Northern Colorado, 2726 W 11th Street Road, Greeley, CO 80634 or Bonell Retirement Community, 708 22nd St., Greeley, CO 80631.  95, Greeley, CO, died 02-16-2012.  Arrangements: Stoddard Funeral Home.  Star Gazette – February 20, 2012


BUCKLEY Paul Buckley

Age 85, of Horseheads, NY, died at home peacefully Thursday evening, February 23, 2012 after declining health. Paul is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jean Rundle Buckley; daughter, Kathleen (Seth) Carsten of Eaton, NY, and Gina (Chip) Spencer of Raleigh, NC; grandchildren, Varia, Logan, Daniel, and Maria; sister, Joan (Bruce) Haskell of Elmira, NY; brother-in-law, Robert (Susan) Rundle of Ramsey, NJ; many nieces, nephews and a host of wonderful friends. He was pre-deceased by his son, William A. Deyo and other beloved family and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary Our Mother Church, 816 W. Broad St., Horseheads, NY on Monday, February 27, 2012 at 10AM with Rev. Christopher Linsler. Paul's ashes will be buried at the convenience of the family. A special thanks to our long time family physician and friend, Dr. Joseph Calderone and the Southern Tier Hospice team. The family respectfully requests that memorials be made in Paul's name to, Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care, 11751 E. Corning Rd, Corning, NY 14830    Star Gazette – February 25, 2012   


CASSON Arlene Casson

Arlene Casson, 61, of Elmira, died Monday, Feb. 13, 2012.  Survivors include a daughter, Melissa Anne Bryant; a sister, Felicia Stella Iorio; and a brother, William Calvert Casson.  Calling hours are noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at Kalec Funeral Home.  Services will be held there at the conclusion of calling hours at 1 p.m. Saturday, the Rev. Scott Kubinski officiating.  Burial will be held at the convenience of the family in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Brookville.  61, Elmira, died 02-13-2012.  Arrangements: Kalec Funeral Home.   Star Gazette - February 18, 2012  


CHAMPION William M. Champion

86, of Naples, Fla., died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. Born in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, on Oct. 29, 1925, he was the son of the late William and Gladys MacLeod Champion. He was married to the late Caroline Howard Champion.  He graduated from the University of British Columbia and the University of Washington, receiving his PhD in physical chemistry. His entire working career was with E.I. DuPont where he retired as research director from the Towanda, Pa. facility in 1985. William and Caroline led an active retired life, participating in Airstream travel trailer rallies and tours around the world. They relocated to Naples, Fla. in 1988 where they developed many lasting friendships.  William is survived by two sons, William T. Champion of Roswell, Ga. and Robert M. Champion of Pleasant Hill, Mo.; and a brother, W. Harvey Champion of Vancouver, B.C., Canada; He is also survived by five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  Towanda Daily Review - February 21, 2012    


COLE Jessie Estelle (Cole) Compton

entered her loving savior's arms on Friday, February 17, 2012, walking on two healthy, sturdy legs, and who now rests whole and renewed in hands that are greater than ours. Jessie was born in Farmington, New York, to Simeon D. and Nancy M. Robinson Cole who, along with her five other siblings, brothers; George, Charles and Kirk Cole, sisters, Mable (Carl) LeClaire and Velma (James) Grierson, nephew Charles LeClaire and niece, Virginia LeClaire Vroblefsky, all predecease her. Jessie graduated from PennYan Academy and came to Elmira where she met and married Donald Compton on August 31, 1939, and who predeceased her on December 23, 1995. Jessie is survived by daughter, Nancy of Elmira, a nephew, R. Bruce (Jean) LeClaire of PennYan, and dear and faithful friend Ruth Kirk of Elmira.  Jessie worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for the W.T. Grant Company and as a bookkeeper for several area establishments including WELM Radio, Rosenbaum's department store, and most recently Elmira Orthopedic Associates. Jessie was very involved in church and social activities until health issues prevented this. She was a life member and served as an officer in the American Legion Auxiliary, the Eight and Forty and the Elmira Heights Business and Professional Women. After retirement from Elmira Orthopedic Associates she went to work for the West Elmira Library. She retired from the library system in 2002. Jessie was an avid bowler and member of the 600 Club. She loved to read and work in her garden.  Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Wednesday, February 22nd from 2-4 pm. A brief funeral and committal service will follow, Rev. Colleen Parsons and Rev. Meredith Tifft presiding. A celebration of Jessie's life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Big Flats, 95 Main Street, (Route 64) Big Flats, New York on Saturday, March 3, 2012, at 11 am with Rev. Rick Price presiding. A reception will follow in the church Social Hall. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Jessie's name to the Music Fund, First Presbyterian Church of Big Flats, 95 Main Street, (Route 64) Big Flats, New York, 14814 or to Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care at 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, New York 14830-3657, whose staff was so helpful, caring and loving for so long, and to whom we owe the very deepest debt of gratitude. Sincere thanks also must be extended to the staff on the third floor of the Chemung County Nursing Facility. Your compassion and kindnesses will never, ever be forgotten. You are all very special.  Though we mourn her passing, we do not mourn as those who have no hope, for we shall one day be reunited for eternity.  Star Gazette – February 21, 2012 


COLEMAN Martha M. (Coleman) Pack

Martha "Marty" May (Coleman) Pack, 76, died February 20, 2012 peacefully at home with her family in Dayton, MD. Martha grew up and lived in the Elmira/Horseheads area until 2010 and was a 1953 graduate of Elmira Free Academy. Martha was a long time member of the Elmira 7th Day Adventist Church and prior to her retirement Martha worked at the Elcor Nursing Facility. Martha was preceded in death by her parents, Anna and Charles Coleman, 6 brothers and 3 sisters. Martha is survived by her husband of 57 years, John Pack; her 7 children: Barbara, John Jr., Joseph, Jerry, Jim, Marty, Ann and their spouses. She is also survived by her 13 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 5 brothers, 1 sister and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at the Elmira Adventist Church at a future date.  Star Gazette – February 26, 2012   


COLUSSY Russell L.

Age 62, of Erin, NY, died on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. He was born on April 1, 1949 in Elmira, NY to the late Victor and Mary (Watts) Colussy. Russell is survived by his wife, Maxine (Grover) Colussy of Erin; children, Dawn (Charles) Johnson of Elmira, Jennifer (Frederick) Evans of Lockwood and Jason (Amy) Colussy of Horseheads; sister, Rose (James) MacBlane of Erin; grandchildren, Adam and Caleb Johnson, Kelsey, Kaycee, Cole and Tanner Evans and Graycee Mae Colussy; mother-in-law, Maxine Share of Erin; several brothers and sisters-in-law; along with many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; close friends, Kay Ellis and Susan Orourke and canine companion "Daisy". Russell was a Deputy Sheriff for the Chemung County Sheriff's Office for many years and he retired from the Unified Court System in Elmira. Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, February 29th from 3 to 6 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 6 p.m. with Rev. Scott Lowmaster officiating.  Star Gazette – February 26, 2012    


CORNISH Julius Floyd Cornish Sr.

of 2222 Black Brook Road, Seneca Falls, formerly of Romulus, died unexpectedly at Geneva General Hospital on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the age of 70.  Born in Waverly, N.Y., on March 22, 1941, Jude was the son of Wilbur and Carrie Thomas Cornish.  He was employed by Joe Dendis as a truck driver for many years. Drawn to the outdoors, when not at work, Jude could often be found tending his vegetable garden, fishing or camping. Favored indoor activities included playing cards and watching NASCAR. Most dear to Jude were the memories created with family, especially his grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Their hearts will forever harbor a warm place for Jude.  In addition to his parents, Jude was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 40 years, Violet Sklarkowski Cornish on August 15, 2001; one great-granddaughter, Emily Swarey in 2010 and two brothers, Joe and Michael.  He is survived by a loving partner, Alice Middaugh; five children, Debby (Dan) Gandy of Seneca Falls, David (Brenda) Cornish of Port Byron, Julius (Patricia) Cornish Jr., of Seneca Falls, John Cornish (Becky Donahue) of Romulus, and Jackie (Robert) Couture of Seneca Falls; 13 grandchildren, Heather Andrews, David Andrews Jr, Amanda (Ryan) Gould, Nathan, Shelby, Alex, Michael and Matthew (Justine) Cornish, Ashley (John) Swarey, Alan (Misty) Williammee, Kisha Williammee (Jayson Greenfield) Joe Williammee (Ashley Harrington) and Amber Couture (Louis Freier); six great-grandchildren, Hailey, Madison, Mason and Daimion Cornish, Anthony Del Papa and Kaylee Swarey; five brothers, Marvin (Rebecca) of Lockwood, N.Y., Wilbur (Nancy) of Tenessee, Thomas (Linda) of Ovid, Patrick (Tammy) of Barton, N.Y., and Floyd (Carol) of Tenessee; four sisters, Marguerite (Robert) Franks of Waverly, N.Y. Mary (James) Woodcock of Lockwood, N.Y., Linda (Gordon) Thomas of Barton, N.Y., and Cindy (Mitch) Foster of Georgia; and many nieces, nephews and friends.  The family will be present to receive friends from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 S. Main St., Ovid. Services will begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 1, 2012, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Diane Walker officiating.  Those who wish to make a contribution in Jude’s memory are asked to kindly consider the American Heart Assn., 3500 Winton Place, Suite 4, Rochester, N.Y., 14623.   Sayre Morning Times – February 28, 2012    


CRAWFORD Gordon Anthony Crawford

56, of 141 Woodside Terrace, Towanda, Pa., died early Monday morning, Feb. 27, 2012 at his home following declining health. Gordon was born Nov. 22, 1955 in Flushing, N.Y. the son of Gordon Earl Crawford and Josephine Crawford.  He was a member of the 10th Air Force Reserves in New Jersey and was employed as manager of an asphalt plant in New Jersey for many years.  Surviving are his wife of 22 years, Tammy May Crawford at home; children Sarah (Clifton) Heasley of Athens, Elizabeth (Tony) Castro of Lansdale and Gordon Crawford II of Towanda; grandchildren Corban, Eya and Dak, all of Athens, and Jaden of Lansdale; his mother, Josephine (Ernest) Worth of Monroeton; his father, Gordon Earl Crawford (Patty) of New Albany; brothers James (Ella) Crawford, Kenny (Debbie) Crawford and Tom (Barbara) Crawford, all of New Jersey; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda, Pa.  Towanda Daily Review – February 28, 2012


DAVIDSON Helen Wheat

84, of Waverly, N.Y., died on Monday, February 20, 2012, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. Born July 7, 1927, she was the daughter of (the late) Roy and Alice Chilson Davidson. Helen was a life-long resident of Waverly who attended the Athens Area School District. After school, she was employed for many years in the garment industry and later a homemaker. Helen was an avid gardner and bird watcher. She loved fishing with her beloved late husband, Delmar Wheat at Cape Hatteras Island in North Carolina. She and her husband were past presidents of the Che-Hanna Rock and Mineral Club of the valley.  As a hobby, she enjoyed jewelry making and collecting and selling antiques with her husband.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her parents Roy and Alice Chilson Davidson, and two brothers, Max and Burt Davidson.  She is survived by two loving children, son, James Altieri in Deland of Florida, and daughter, Kathleen Vanderpool of Waverly, N.Y.; a brother, Lawrence Davidson of Athens, Pa., a sister, Sarah Cicci of Odessa, N.Y.; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and stepchildren.  A time of gathering with family and friends will be from 10 to 11 a.m., Friday, February 24, 2012, at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York. The celebration of Helen’s life will follow the visitation with the Rev. J. Steven Reynolds honoring her memory at 11 a.m. A special tribute to Helen’s life will be presented on DVD during the funeral service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Lung Association, 1249 Front Street, Binghamton, NY, 13905. Burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery, Waverly, New York.  Sayre Morning Times – February 23, 2012    


DESKINS Marvin Floyd Deskins

91, formerly of Horseheads, N.Y. died Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 at the Bradford County Manor in West Burlington Twp., Pa. where he had been a resident since 2008.   Towanda Daily Review – February 13, 2012   


DUNBAR Francis E. Dunbar

Age 83 of Nichols, NY, formerly of Elmira, NY. He is survived by his son, Steve Anderson Dunbar; daughters, Kim Joann Stake, Emily Marie Stake; sister and brother-in-law, Joann and Bill Caloroso; nieces and nephews, Russell III, Gary, Lee, Thomas Dunbar, Kathy Malpass, Kirk and Michael Caloroso; mother of his children, Kay Anderson Dunbar. Predeceased by his wife, Prudence (Mott) Dunbar; parents, Russell Morris and Ida (Harkness) Dunbar; son Ric Harkness Dunbar; brothers and sisters-in-law, Russell M. Jr. and Martha (Zahorian) ;Harold (Rabbit) and Linnea (Tengstrand) Dunbar. Funeral Service will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Interment will take place in Bath National Cemetery, Bath, NY. Arrangements entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home, Inc.   Star Gazette – February 26, 2012   


FENNO Frank Wesley Fenno III

died peacefully with his bride at his side on February 16, 2012. He was born in Annapolis, MD on March 1, 1933 to Avis Anne (Cochran) Fenno and Lt. Frank W. Fenno, Jr., USN. Known as Reuben to his family and close friends, he grew up in various places around the country and world due to his father's Naval Career. As an 8 year old boy living in Navy Housing, he witnessed the bombing of Pearl Harbor. After attending various schools, he found a home at the University of Maine, graduating with a degree in Economics. The highlight of his college career was meeting his future bride, Joan Carol Whyte, on a blind date. They were married July 2, 1955, and shared 56 wonderful years together.  Following graduation, he joined the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant, serving two years in Korea. He served in the infantry, commanding a heavy mortar unit. After his discharge from active duty, he remained in the reserves and attended the Harvard Business School, graduating with an MBA with a specialty in Marketing. He was promptly hired by Corning Glass Works and dedicated his next 30 years to the company in various positions, starting in sales and rising to be Director of Marketing in the Consumer Products Division. It was during this time of his life that he forged strong friendships including his "Fellow Knights of the Road", who all meant so much to him.  Upon retirement, he and his daughter, Stephanie, owned and operated "Stephanie's Spirits," a local Wine and Beverage store in Corning. He spent a great deal of time with one of his greatest passions/frustrations, fly fishing. Traveling the country with his bride, Joan, and anyone else willing to go, he found some of the most secluded and beautiful streams in the world.  His greatest passion was his family. With his bride always with him, he treasured his children and grandchildren, especially those moments creating family memories. He was the catalyst behind the chaotic Christmas celebrations and summer vacations with his entire extended family, included the four legged variety. He made sure all his family loved the outdoors, cherishing their time with each other.  He is survived by his bride, Joan Carol Whyte Fenno; his children, Karen Fenno Abbott (husband Clifford, Jr., grandchildren Clifford III and Caitlyn), son Frank W. Fenno IV (wife Tricia and grandchildren Alexandra and Zachary), daughter Stephanie Fenno Dubots (husband George, Jr.), son Michael Clifton Fenno (wife Tracy, grandchildren Amy, Michael, Elise, and Grace) and daughter Leslie Fenno (grandchildren Cody and Ashley). He is also survived by his older brother, Charles, of Tennessee and younger brother, Ted, of Pennsylvania.  Services will be held at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA, 16933 on Monday, February 20th, 2012. Family will greet friends at 10:00 AM and the service will be at 11:00 AM, reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Potter County Trout Unlimited, PO Box 702, Coudersport, PA 16915, in Frank's name will be appreciated .  Star Gazette - February 18, 2012  


FINCH Howard W. Finch

64, of Blossburg, formerly of Bucks County, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at the Williamsport Hospital. He was the son of the late Howard C. and Edna Miller Finch. Howard was the beloved husband of Maria Carver Finch who survives.  Howard was a forklift mechanic for Modern in Bucks County.  Surviving Howard in addition to his wife, Maria, are two daughters and a brother, Steven Finch and his wife Debbie of Quakertown. He was a beloved uncle of Steven C. Finch Jr., Danielle Finch, (who predeceased Howard), Chris Finch and Randy Finch; along with the Carver family nieces and nephews.  Friends will be received at Freeberg Funeral Home, Blossburg, today, Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, Feb. 23, at 1 p.m. from St. Ephrem Church, Bensalem. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery.   Wellsboro Gazette – February 23, 2012    5


FINCH Howard W. Finch

64, of Blossburg, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012.  Friends will be received at Freeberg Funeral Home, Blossburg, Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass and burial will be in Bucks County.  Williamsport Sun Gazette – February 22, 2012  


FULLER Patricia Ann (Fuller) Dougherty

72, died on February 24, 2012 due to a heart attack. Patricia is survived by her loving husband of 52 years Milton Dougherty, her daughter Christine Lane (husband Stephen and their children Amanda, Ashley and David); son Paul (wife April and their children Meagan, Sean Eric and Ryan); brother-in-law and sisterin law Herbert and Jean Dougherty, niece Jill Dougherty, nephew Mark Dougherty (wife Amy and their children Lauren, Nathan and Quinn) and niece Beth Blomberg (husband Brant and their children Jack and Troy).  She was born on August 17, 1939, the daughter of the late Francis and Mary (Sackrider) Fuller. Patricia grew up in Oneonta and attended Bugbee Elementary School and graduated from Oneonta High School. She graduated from Broome Community College Dental Hygiene Program and worked for Dr. Edward Lee in Owego, NY. Pat met Milt at college and they were married in Oneonta in 1959. She moved with him to his hometown of Candor where she became a member of the Straits Corners Baptist Church. There she taught Sunday School and participated in Ladies Bible Studies. While it was still functioning, she was also a member of the Straits Corners Ladies Aid Society. Later she became a kindergarten teacher and taught at Tioga Center Christian School and North Spencer Christian Academy. Pat was Vice President of the Candor Historical Society and a devoted volunteer at the Tioga County Historical Society Museum. Pat was a very loving and caring person totally devoted to her husband and family.  AFuneral Service will be held at Richards Funeral Home, Rte. 17c West, Owego, NY on Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at 11 a.m., with her Pastor, Rev. Douglas Brock officiating. Interment will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Candor, NY. Family and friends are invited to visit at Richards Funeral Home on Monday February 27, 2012 from 5 p.m. until 8:00pm. In lieu of flowers gifts may be sent to the Straits Corners Baptist Church in care of Jill Dougherty, 10 Oakland Road, Owego, NY 13827 in memory of Patricia Dougherty.   Sayre Morning Times – February 27, 2012     


FUREY Maureen M. Nielsen

age 94, of Tioga, PA, died Friday, February 24, 2012 at the Green Home, Wellsboro, PA. Maureen was born September 6, 1917 in Elphin, Ireland, a daughter of Joseph and Margaret (Cummings) Furey. She was the widow of Henry Nielsen who died in 1975. Maureen was a registered nurse and had been employed by Muhlenberg Hospital in NJ until she retired.  Maureen is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Niels and Jackie Nielsen of Spring, TX, Norman Nielsen of Tioga, PA; three grandchildren, Chris, Jonathan and Matthew Nielsen; a brother and sister-in-law, John and Mary Ann Furey of Sarasota, FL. She was predeceased by her husband, Henry, a sister, Therese, and three brothers, Joe, Eugene and Chris.  Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. at the Bradley-Broviak Funeral Home, 49 Whippany Road, Whippany, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at Notre Dame of Mt. Carmel Church with Father Jude Salus as celebrant. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.  Funeral home obituary - February 25, 2012   


GARDNER James C. Gardner "Cam"

56, Elkland, lost his battle with cancer Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, at home with his loving family at his side.  Cam was born May 27, 1955, in Blossburg, the son of the late James and Jo Anne (Randall) Gardner. The family invites all family and friends to a celebration of his life on Friday, Feb. 17, at The Marigold Manner, Main St., Elkland, at 6 p.m. If possible, though not necessary, the family would appreciate it if you could bring a bite or drink to share.   Arrangements are in care of the Kenyon Funeral Home, Elkland. 


HAGGERTY Rebecca Ellen "Becky" Gray

Age 49, Beloved wife, mother, daughter, daughter-in-law and sister died on Tuesday, February 20, 2012 into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior. Becky was born in Norwich, NY, the daughter of, John W. Haggerty and Norma (Benton) Haggerty. Predeceasing her was her first husband, Timothy Nuetzi and her mother, Norma. Becky is survived by her husband, Ronald Gray; son, Seth Gray; daughter, Amy Gray; father, John Haggerty; mother in-law, Geraldine Gray; and sisters, Kathleen Haggerty and Victoria Geist. Becky's life purpose was to assist and serve those in need. She had previously worked in the healthcare field and was currently employed by J.C. Penney, where she earned numerous customer service awards. Her favorite past times were her cooking and taking care of her two dogs. She had expressed her final wishes to be an organ donor. The family wishes to express its gratitude to the efforts of Erway Ambulance, Horseheads Fire and Rescue, and the doctors and nurses at St. Joseph's Hospital for their compassionate care. We also wish to express our thanks to Becky's pastors of Glad Tidings Church for their support during this time. There will be no calling hours. Becky will be interned with her mother in Ocala, Florida at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the American Diabetes Association Central New York Region, 1603 West Genesee St. Syracuse, NY 13204.    Star Gazette – February 26, 2012   


HARVEY Leslie M. Harvey

age 74 of Montour Falls, NY died peacefully on February 23, 2012 at Schuyler Hospital after a brief illness. He was predeceased by his parents, Leon M. and Mary Akester Harvey. He is survived by two sons, Steven and Joshua; three sisters, Alice Hazard, Marilyn Gordon and Helen Covert (Carl Swartwood); five nephews and three nieces and all his caring friends at the Catherine Court also survive him. At the family’s request there will be no calling hours. His burial will take place at Greensprings Natural Cemetery, Newfield, NY on Monday February 27, 2012 at 1 PM. Arrangements under the directions of Vedder and Scott, Inc. Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY.   Star Gazette – February 25, 2012   


HARVEY Roberta Lois Rawleigh

83, of Bath, died Wednesday, February 1, 2012, at the Steuben County Health Care Facility in Bath, NY. Roberta was born on April 29, 1928 in Hanover Twp., Luzerne County, PA to James Harvey and Maggie Bristol Harvey. She married Chancy C. Rawleigh on November 28, 1946. She was the mother to two children, Rev. Chancy R. Rawleigh,Ph.D., of Indiana, PA, now deceased, and Elizabeth R. Wijangco, of Glen Burnie, MD. Besides her daughter Elizabeth (Felix) she is survived by five grandchildren: Mary Leisenring of MD, Danielle Facella of VA, Chancy R. Rawleigh, Jr., of MN, Ciarra Lynn Rawleigh of MD, and Colin Patrick Rawleigh of PA. She is also survived by one great grandaughter, Jai Leisenring of MD and a sister, Margaret Amos of AL. Other survivors are her sisters-in-law, Agnes Harvey, Irene Mesler, and Elenore Harvey all of Bath; and her brother-in-law, Leonard Demeule of FL; and a daughter-in-law, Judith Shabbick of PA. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved dearly and an aunt, Doris Jewell of OH. She was predeceased by her parents and her brothers, James, Charles (Dutch), and William Harvey and her sisters, Mildred Demeule, Florence Rinker and Mary Harvey. She worked at Westinghouse and North American Philips for many years, eventually retiring in 1988. Roberta was a born leader. She was very involved in the American Flint Glass Workers Union while working at the Westinghouse/Philips plant in Bath. She served in several positions in the Union. She was the financial secretary, recording secretary, executive representative, trustee and was the President of the Union for many, many years. She was also very involved with the International Union for the glass workers and held offices in the Glass Workers' Protective League of New York State. She loved to do volunteer work with RSVP and was active in the retirees group from Philips. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Roberta loved music and loved to listen to it, and she especially loved to sing and had a beautiful voice. She was very well known at the SCHCF for her yodeling and gave a lot of pleasure to the staff when she would yodel for them. She loved people and was always ready to help them in any way she could. She lacked a formal education but she decided, at the age of 45, to get her GED. She made up for the lack of formal education by the use of her keen intelligence, knowledge, hard work, wit, and sense of humor. She was a member of the Centenary United Methodist Church in Bath. A memorial service will be held on March 10, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on May St. in Bath, NY. Donations may be made to your favorite charity or to The Center For Family Life at, 125 North 5th St., Indiana, PA 15701 which was dedicated in the memory of her son.    Star Gazette – February 26, 2012  


HEFFNER Eric Heffner

40, of Troy, PA, formerly of Lawrenceville, PA, died unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, February 15, 2012. Eric Wade was born on November 17, 1971 in Wellsboro.  He was the son of Elwood and Joan (Graff) Heffner of Lawrenceville, the husband of Monica (Seeley) Heffner and father of Cheyanne and Isabella all at home. Eric, known as “Hefty” or “Hef” by friends and family, was a graduate of Williamson High School.  He was a devoted family man and also cared about others.  Eric would help anyone in any way he could.  He enjoyed times spent with family and friends, being outdoors, fishing and collecting wolf memorabilia. He was a member of the Sylvania Lions Club.  Other surviving family members are his grandmother, Margaret Heffner of Lawrenceville; two brothers, Jeff (Lynne) Heffner and Terry Heffner all of Lawrenceville; his mother-in-law, Kathy Seeley of Canton, PA; brother-in-law, Brian (Lori) Seeley of Shunk, PA; nieces and nephews, Nichole, Shawna, Lisa, Cory, Ronald and Curtis Heffner and Keith and Caleb Seeley, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by two siblings, Cheryl and Billy Jo Heffner.  Calling hours are 2 – 3 p.m. Monday, February 20, at Zwicharowski Funeral Home, 314 Granger St in Blossburg.  The funeral service will follow at 3:00.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to help benefit his children to Monica Heffner, 40 McBratney Lane Troy, PA 16947.  Funeral home obituary – February 19, 2012    

HOLMES Norma Holmes DeSarno

Our brightest light dimmed on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2012 as Norma Holmes DeSarno, age 94 ½, died peacefully at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, NY. She was born in Charles City, Iowa on July 3, 1917 to Forrest and Lillian (Coley) Holmes. She was predeceased by her husband William in 1971; son, Francis J. DeSarno; and siblings, James, William, Wanda Holmes Root, Quentin and Donald Holmes. She is survived by her children, William DeSarno (Phyllis), Yvonne DeSarno Overbeck, Quentin L. DeSarno (Caroline) and Phyllisa A. DeSarno (Peter Widynski); grandchildren, Alex DeSarno, Emerson DeSarno, Aalia DeSarno, Leah Overbeck Stevens, Ann DeSarno, Holli DeSarno, Ben DeSarno, Will DeSarno and Dana; and many great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Norma was possessed of a loving, generous heart and spirit which were unparalleled. She was widely known for her marvelous cooking and baking skills. And one never entered her home without being offered one of her delicious recipes, whether it was her "Best in the World" pizza, her wonderful baked rolls, or her very popular Italian bean soup. Her beautiful, rosy cheeked countenance could illuminate the world, and it did! She was without question, the most positive lady anyone could ever know. Never without a smile, never without a kind word. She married the love of her life, Bill, in 1934. Together they owned and operated DeSarno's Liquor for many years. After her husband's death, Norma received her real estate license and worked for several years for Shoemakers Real Estate. Thanks are to be extended to the wonderful aides who assisted in Norma's care during the last months of her life. She loved you all, Michelle, Julie, Stephanie, Sandy, Mary, CeCe, and Lakesha. How fortunate we all were to have known this beautiful lady. May her wonderful spirit now illuminate her new home in heaven, as it will continue to illuminate our very sad hearts. Rest Forever in Peace, Mom. Donations may be made to the Schuyler Co. Humane Society or the charity of one's choice . The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Saturday (Feb. 18th) from 2-4pm. A funeral service will follow at 4:00pm.   Star Gazette - February 18, 2012  


JOVANELLI Patricia Wigsten

Horseheads: Age 80, died Friday, February 17, 2012 at St. Joseph's Hospital. Patricia was born September 16, 1931 a daughter of the late Edwin and Suzanne (Vallelli) Jovanelli. She is also predeceased by her brothers, Alfred and Edwin, Jr. Jovanelli, sisters, Geraldine Westlake and Johanna Jovanelli. Patricia is survived by her loving husband of 47 years David W. Wigsten; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Margaret Perkins, Catherine and Henry Hughes, all of Elmira, Josephine Wigsten of Horseheads, and Joseph Baker of St. David's, PA along with several nieces and nephews. Patricia had worked as the Assistant Manager at the Chemung Canal Trust Co., Big Flats office, prior to moving to Ballston Spa, NY. In Ballston Spa she was the Executive Vice President for Powmat Gas Turbine Company. Upon retirement Patricia and David moved back to the area. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of W. Water and Walnut Sts., on Sunday, February 19, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home on Monday, February 20, 2012 at 10:15 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, Elmira. Interment will take place Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. Those wishing may remember Patricia with a donation to a charity of their choice , or to St. Mary's Southside Building Fund, 224 Franklin Street, Elmira NY 14904.  Star Gazette – February 20, 2012


KAUFMAN Rodney Darrel Jr. "R.J. Tough Guy"

Our Super Hero traded his cape in for wings to fly with the angels on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at home with his loving family by his side at the age of 2. R.J. was born on December 15, 2009, the son of Rodney Sr. and Kellijo Kaufman of Wellsburg, NY; also surviving is his big brother, Austin and little sister KaylaJo; maternal grandparents, Andy and Donna Chrisman; paternal grandparents, Harry and Yvonne Kaufman; Uncle Bobby and Tattee Castrechino, Uncle Benjamin Kaufman and Uncle Richard Larkin and so many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. R.J. had comfort with his paci and his toy train friends Thomas, Rosie and James. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 South Main Street, Horseheads, NY, on Sunday, February 26, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. His celebration of his life will take place at the Funeral Home at the conclusion of Calling Hours. A special thank you to Debbie Jaynes for her unconditional love and care for R.J. and his family.

Star Gazette – February 25, 2012



Gage Reavey, Kandee Kugler, Greg Kugler Jr., Kaiden Kugler

Services will be held at Olthof Funeral Home on March 1, 2012 at 4PM. Children are survived by their mother Bobbie and three brothers Mahkai and Tyron Jackson, and Nicholas Evans. Balloons will be released for the celebration of Kandee's birthday.    Star Gazette – February 27, 2012


ELMIRA -- Word of a candle lighting to remember four children formerly of Elmira has been spreading on Facebook.  The gathering to remember Gage Reavey, 13; Greg Kugler, 12, Kandee Kugler, 11, and Kaiden Kugler, 5, will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in front of 958 Oak Street in Elmira, according to a post on the Facebook wall of Greg Kugler.  The four children were killed Saturday in a house fire in Rochester.


The Rochester Fire Department on Monday identified the siblings as Gage Reavey, 14, Greg Kugler, 13, Kandee Kugler, 12, and Kaiden Kugler, 6.

The children’s mother, Bobbie Kugler, 30, and her 2-year-old son, Tyron Jackson, were rescued from the first-floor of the residence, firefighters said.  Family friend James Austin, 25, and two teens — Waltquaries Evans, 15, and Giovanni Delorm, 13 — jumped from second-floor windows to escape the blaze. Austin, a friend of Bobbie Kugler’s, also lived at 82 Grape. The two teens were sleeping over when the fire broke out, firefighters said.  All five were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital on Saturday. Delorm was in guarded condition on Monday; Austin, Evans and Tyron were in satisfactory condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Bobbie Kugler’s status was not available. END UPDATE


ROCHESTER -- Four youngsters formerly of Elmira were killed Saturday in a house fire in Rochester.  Firefighters have not formally identified the victims, but Elmira residents who know the family said they are Gage Reavey, 13; Kandee Kugler, 11; Greg Kugler, 12; and Kaiden Kugler, 5, who lived on Oak Street before moving to Rochester in November.  In Rochester on Sunday, neighbor Laurie Ramos cried when she talked about the four children who died in the fire at 82 Grape St. in Rochester, and the firefighters who valiantly tried to save them.  "I saw the kids screaming out the window. We saw the little girl, we heard the little boy, yelling 'Help me' and we saw the firefighters and they couldn't get to them," said Ramos, 46, who lives at 89 Grape St.  "If I could just see those firefighters and say, 'Thank you.' I just feel so sorry for them," Ramos said. Ramos had her son and grandson place a wooden cross in front of 82 Grape St. to serve as a memorial to the victims.  "All those kids used to come over here and play with my grandson all the time. I really can't believe it happened. I really can't believe they're gone. It's hard," she said. Friends placed a second memorial -- a collection of stuffed animals, candles, a rosary and cardboard on which messages have been written: "Eli always loves you," "Gage, KK, Candy" and "We love and miss you." A handful of people held a candlelight vigil there Saturday evening. People were expected to gather there again Sunday night.  Although the four youngsters died, five other people escaped. Firefighters rescued a woman and her toddler from the first floor. Three others jumped from a second-floor window.  The third person to escape, a 14-year-old boy, suffered a broken arm and is still at Strong Memorial. The incident started about 1 a.m. with a report of a rubbish fire on Grape Street. Firefighters found clothes burning on the sidewalk in front of 82 Grape St. and extinguished them. They knocked on the door at 82 Grape St., but nobody answered. They walked around the property and discovered a fire on the first floor, which quickly spread upstairs. Firefighters were five seconds away from entering second-floor windows by ladder, but were forced back by the inferno and unable to get to the children, fire department officials said.   


LABZENTIS Anna M. Labzentis Bolles

age 86, of 1109 Jayne Rd., Laceyville, died at her home, in Auburn twp., Susquehanna Co., early Sunday morning, Feb. 26, 2012. She was born in Scranton on Oct. 19, 1925 the daughter of the late Peter C. and Anna M. Yucus Labzentis. Her early years were spent in the Scranton area. In 1928, her family moved to their farm near Montrose, on Labzentis Rd., in Rush. It was there on the farm where she spent most of her early years. She was a graduate of the Rush High School class of 1944.  On Aug 13, 1949 she was married to Robert E. Bolles, and was married for 49 years, until his death on Dec. 15, 1998. In May 1953, Bob and Anna moved to the Glenn Bennett Farm on Clapper Hill, just outside on Silvara, near Laceyville. It was on that farm where they raised their family, and worked together side by side. Anna lived on the farm until 6 years ago, when she moved near her daughter, Jeannie, near Jayne's Orchard, in West Auburn. Years ago Anna was an active member of the St. Joachim - St. Bonaventure Roman Catholic Churches, helping with the annual St. Patrick Days Dinner, and the annual summer picnic. She was a Catechism teacher for several years, and a member of the church choir at St. Bonaventure's, for many years. Anna was also a 4-H leader in Silvara, while her children younger, working with the children, with their sewing and gardening projects.  Surviving are her children, MaryAnn (Chuck) Place of Laceyville, Frances (Marvin) Small of Birchardville, Kathryn (Bill) Boehmer of Tunkhannock, George (Dawn) Bolles of Laceyville and Jeannie (Roger) Jayne of Laceyville; and her 12 grandchildren, Cristen Place (Jim) Charnley of East Stroudsburg, Rebecca Place(Ashley) McClain of Meshoppen, Nathan (Amanda) Small of Montrose, Darren Small of Montrose, Jonathan Small and his fiancé Monica Turner of Montrose, Stephanie Boehmer (Mike) Bauman of Mehoopany, Nikolos (Stephanie) Boehmer of Southport, N.C.; Tonya (Robert) Elliott of Rome, Georgia Bolles of Cincinnati, Ohio, Robert (Shannon) Bolles of Laceyville, Cheyenne (Mike) Whalen of Warren Center and Tracy Jayne of Laceyville; as well as 12 great-grandchildren and six step great-grandchildren. Anna is also survived by a brother, Vincent Labzentis, of Scranton, and several nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Charlotte Bendock, and Helen Yurgatis, and a step-grandson, Matt Bowen.  Transferal prayers will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday morning, March 1, 2012 from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, with a Mass of Christian Burial at at 11 a.m. the St. Joachim's Roman Catholic Church in Meshoppen with Fr. Joseph Manarchuck of the church officiating. Interment will be in the St. Joachim's Cemetery in Meshoppen. Family and friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday evening, Feb. 29, 2012 at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the Seven Loaves Soup Kitchen, Tunkhannock, PA 18657; the Endless Mountains Health Care Systems Building Fund, Montrose, PA 18801; the Silvara Ladies Aide Society, c/o Mrs. Betty Spencer, RR 1, Laceyville, PA 18623; the Laceyville Ambulance Association, PO Box 274, Laceyville, PA 18623; or to the Goodwill Fire Co., PO Box 207, Laceyville, PA 18623.   Towanda Daily Review – February 28, 2012 


MARCH Arthur “Bob” Lewis

Arthur Lewis March born Dec. 20, 1953, died Feb. 10, 2012. Birthplace: New Brockton, AL. Parents: Lugene (deceased) and Gladys March. Acly-Stover Funeral Home, 607-936-9531. Services at Monumental Baptist Church, 306-308 E. Clinton St. Pastor James E. Jones officiating.   Star Gazette – February 15, 2012   


MARGESON Karl James Margeson

80, husband of the late Claribel Margeson of West Chester, formerly of Elmira Heights, NY, died on Friday, February 17, 2012 at the Neighborhood Hospice In-Patient Unit in West Chester. Karl is survived by two daughters, Kathryn Ainge and husband, Richard, of West Chester, and Carol Daniels and husband, LaVerne, of Van Etten, NY; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 22, at the Maclean-Chamberlain Funeral Home in Wagontown, PA, with visitation from 10 -11 a.m. Interment will be in Oaklands Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the Maclean-Chamberlain Funeral Home, Wagontown, PA, 610-384-7191   Star Gazette – February 20, 2012 


McNELLAN Teresa A. “McNellan” Santana

74, died on January 28, 2012. Formerly a resident of Waverly, New York, Teresa was born July 4, 1927.  She was the loving wife of Joseph C. Santana of Saratoga, Calif., and beloved mother to Julie Santana. She was preceded in death by Mark Sheleman, Randy Sheleman, and The Honorable Mark Santana. She was a graduate of St. Joseph’s School of Nursing, Elmira, New York, and worked as a registered nurse.  Arrangements have been under the direction of Alameda Family Funeral Home, Saratoga, Calif.  .Sayre Morning Times - February 20, 2012  


McPHERSON Mary Agnes (McPherson) Horton

83, of Vestal, N.Y. passed away, Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, after a long bout with Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer's Disease. She was born on July 2, 1928 in Herrickville, Pa. She was predeceased by her parents Neva (Blair) and Millard McPherson and her sister Jane Gold and brother-in-law Kenneth Horton. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Harold, and their three children; daughter Cindy Adams and her husband Julius and their children Robert and Marc of Queens, N.Y.; son David and his wife Mary and their children Jason (Elizabeth) of Maryland, Bryan (Jessica) and their children of Syracuse, N.Y., Patrick of Syracuse, Erin of Syracuse, N.Y., Thomas of Maine and son Brian and his wife Susan Horton and their son Zachery of Endwell, N.Y. She is also survived by her siblings and their families, sister Ruth Smith of Towanda, Pa., sister Faye and her husband Craig Griffis of Milan, Pa.; and sister-in-law Olga Horton of Shrewsbury, Mass.; along with several nieces and nephews. Mary was a 1946 graduate of Camptown High School, Camptown, Pa. She worked for Sears & Roebuck in Towanda, Pa., for a number of years. During her life she lived in Norwich, N.Y., Brookfield, Conn. and Vestal, N.Y. She was a longtime member of the Chenango Bridge United Methodist Church, and recently became a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church of Vestal, N.Y. Mary was a member of the Order of Eastern Star for over 50 years.  The family will receive relatives and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 E. Main St., Endicott, N.Y. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at at Calvary United Methodist Church, 3505 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal, N.Y., with the Reverend Eric Jensen officiating. Interment will be at the Vestal Hills Memorial Park Cemetery, Vestal, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, 6520 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309-2130; or the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001. The family wants to express their heartfelt appreciation to Carole Spambanato for the tireless, devoted, and compassionate care shown to Mary during the last several years. We would also like to give a special thank you to Katie McCarthy who assisted in her care over the last few months.  Towanda Daily Review - February 19, 2012  


MUNDT Ronald L. Mundt, Sr.

Ronald L. MUNDT, Sr., 69, of Whitesville, NY, formerly of Bloomfield and Rochester, NY, died Sunday, February 19, 2012 in his home. Born June 4, 1942, in Rochester, NY, he was the son of William and Harriett Pearl Mundt.  He was employed as a carpenter with Canadice Construction.  Surviving are: his companion of 14 years, Jacqueline R. Peck; four sons, Ronald (Vonda) Mundt, Jr. of Andover, NY, Len (Joanne) Mundt of San Antonio, TX, Ryan (Annie) Mundt of Missoula, MT, and Shawn Taylor; a daughter, Alicia Taylor; 16 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; eight siblings, Gloria Earl of New Smyrna Beach, FL, Gordon Mundt of Myrtle Beach, SC, Aileen (Don) Dobles of Spencerport, NY, Marilyn Armstrong of Rochester, Norbert Mundt of Harrisville, NY, Kenneth (Dorothy) Mundt of Honeoye Falls, NY, Ron’s twin Sandra Chapman of Geneva, NY, and Karen (Earl) Powe of Fairview Heights, IL; nieces and nephews and very special friends, Carol, Rick, Dan Jake, and Sarah.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a daughter, Tammie DeGraff; and two brothers, William and Gerald.  A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday, February 25, 2012 in the Whitesville Fire Hall, Whitesville, NY. Pastor Michael West will officiate.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Visiting Nursing Association, 112 Park Ave., Wellsville, NY 14895.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Solomon’s Words for the Wise – February 20, 2012   


MURPHEY Lois E. Murphey

of Walpole, February 25, 2012. Loving mother of David Skalka and his wife Michelle of Johns Creek, GA. Sister of Alice Murphey of Yonkers, NY and Thomas J. Murphey of Pleasanton, CA. Dear grandmother of Jacob and Ben Skalka. Aunt of Gretchen and Winifred Murphey. Visiting hours will be held in the Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA on Tuesday, February 28 from 4-7 PM. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. A Funeral Service will be held at the Chapel of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist, 980 Memorial Drive, Cambridge on Wednesday February 29 at 11 AM. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Lois' name may be made to the Society of Saint John the Evangelist, 980 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02138-5717. Graduate of the MacDuffie School in Springfield and Chatham College in Pittsburgh. Longtime administrator for the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Massachusetts, member of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist, loved travelling throughout the world.   Star Gazette – February 27, 2012  


PARSONS Mary Frances Hammond

died on Friday, February 17, 2012. She passed peacefully with her children around her at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Mary was born on May 24, 1930 in Binghamton, NY to George R. and Alice Roberta Parsons. She was predeceased by her mother Roberta Parsons in 1992 and husband Donald A. Hammond in July 2010. Mary is survived by her children Larry Burbage of Elmira, David Burbage of Horseheads, Mary (Hamula) Earls of Elmira and Donald Hammond of Horseheads. She is also survived by her brother Robert Parsons of Lockport, NY and special friends Eileen Paino of Feasterville, PA, Pat Chapman of Columbia Crossroads, PA and Faith Appleby of Millerton, PA. Mary worked for 37 years at GCP Discount Liquors and enjoyed her relationships with the Yunis family, her coworkers and especially her customers, many of whom were very special to her. Family and friends are invited to visit New Hope Assembly of God Church, 327 Lake St., Elmira on Thursday, February 23rd from 4 to 6 pm. Her Memorial Service will be held at 6 pm. Rev. Paul Mather and Rev. Mark Dieterle will officiate. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Mary through donations to the Chemung County Humane Society, 2435 State Route 352, Elmira, NY 14903.  Star Gazette – February 21, 2012  


PASSAGE Donna Passage Benjamin

62, of Morganton, N.C., died Sunday, February 26, 2012.  Born on June 19, 1949, she was the daughter of (the late) Ralph Wesley Passage and Thelma Louise Drake Passage.  Donna was a member of Nowlings Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. She was very dedicated to her job as a CNA II at Grace Heights; she continued to work after being diagnosed with cancer. Donna is survived by her son, Robert Benjamin, Jr. and wife, Brandy, of Sayre, Pa.; a daughter, Brenda Hutchins of Morganton; grandchildren, John Hutchins, Kiana Mullen, Makayla Mullen, Brittni Benjamin, Bobby Benjamin, and Carter Benjamin; brothers, Ralph Passage of Smethport, Pa., and Roger Passage of Sneeds Ferry, N.C.; and a number of nephews, nieces, and special friends.  In addition to her parents, Donna was preceded in death by a daughter, Tammy Benjamin; a brother, Roy Passage; and a son-in-law, Jonathan Hutchins.  The memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Thursday, March 1, 2012, at Nowlings Chapel Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Darvy Hensley officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center. At other times the family will be at the home. Memorial contributions may be made to Nowlings Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, 5061 US 64, Morganton, NC 28655.  Sayre Morning Times – February 28, 2012  


PEET Jean A. Wagner

82, of Wellsboro, formerly of Glen Cove, N.Y., died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, at home.  She was born April 5, 1929, to Edward and Marguerite Peet in Glen Cove.  She was predeceased by her husband, Glenn Wagner; her parents; and sister, Helen Albin.  She is survived by her daughter, Gail Stemcosky; two grandchildren, Kelly and Erik Stemcosky; and brother, John Peet, and his wife Patricia. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Cremation was entrusted to Buckheit Funeral Home in Mansfield. Her ashes were laid to rest alongside her husband, Glenn, at Long Island National Cemetery, Farmingdale, N.Y. No services are planned at this time.   Wellsboro Gazette – February 23, 2012   


POISSANT Terrie Hankey

83, died on February 15, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, FL. She was predeceased by Floyd, her husband of 63 years; parents, Pearl and Moses Poissant; and a brother, Michael Poissant (Elaine). Terrie is survived by a daughter, Lois Gnann (Gerald); a son, James Hankey (Dora); grandsons, Abraham Gnann (Sara), Jacob Gnann (Rachel), Elias Gnann, Eric Hankey (Carol) and Michael Hankey (Melissa Cline); great-granddaughter, Emma Mae Gnann and great-grandsons, Russell, Christopher, Sami and Max Hankey; brothers, Joseph Poissant (Anita), Francis Poissant (Phyllis), Robert Poissant (Claire), Richard Poissant (Beatrice); and sisters, Ursula Bow (Gordon - deceased) and Agnes Hamilton (Maynard - deceased). Terrie loved to play bridge, was a great cook and enjoyed knitting, crocheting and quilt making. Her handmade quilts often won ribbons at the New York State Fair. Her dedication to raising and caring for her family was her life's work. She made a difference in this world and will be missed by her family and friends. Donations may be made to Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care, 11751 E. Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830  Star Gazette – February 20, 2012


POISSANT Theresa C. Hankey

83, died Feb. 15, 2012, at Abingdon-Tradition, Port St. Lucie. She was born in Malone, N.Y., and lived in St. Lucie County for 33 years, coming from Corning, N.Y. Survivors include her daughter, Lois Gnann of Tupper Lake, N.Y.; son, James Hankey of Corning; brothers, Joseph Poissant and Richard Poissant, both of Wilmington, N.C., Robert Poissant of Williamsville, N.Y., and Francis Poissant of Phoenix; sisters, Ursula Bow of Naples, N.Y., and Agnes Hamilton of Hollywood; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Hankey; and brother, Michael Poissant. Memorial contributions may be made to Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care, 11751 E. Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830; or Services: Arrangements are by Forest Hills-Byrd, Young & Prill Funeral Home in Port St. Lucie. 

TC Palm on February 17, 2012 


POWERS Julious "Jules" Powers

Sr., 78, of Canton, PA died unexpectedly February 12, 2012 at his home.  Julious Dewitt was born on June 26, 1933 in Leolyn, PA.  He was the son of the late L.D. Powers and Virginia (Leonard) Powers House. His step-father, the late Arnold House, helped raise Julious in his younger years.  In earlier years, he was employed by Corning Glass for 20 years.  Julious later aquired his step-father's Trucking business in Blossburg and drove truck for many years until retiring in 1981.  He loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.  Surviving him are his sons, Julious Powers, Jr. of Lone Oak, TX, Les (Sheri) Powers of Blossburg and William Powers of TN. Several grandchildren and great grandchildren, a brother Joseph Powers of Mansfield and special friend, Kimberly Crawford of Canton. Julious' wishes were services and burial be private.  Pepper Funeral Home in Canton is in care of arrangements.  Wellsboro Gazette – February 20, 2012   


REAVEY see KUGLER articles above


RICHTER Howard (Red) Richter

64, of Chemung, New York, lost his battle to brain cancer on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at home surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann Richter, with whom he celebrated 34 years of marriage this past July 23rd. Howard (Red) was born on December 26, 1947 in Blossburg, PA. He was the son of George and Betty Richter. He attended and graduated from Liberty High School. Howard served as an MP in the United States Air Force for 2 years. He was a truck driver owner operator for Moss and Moss and Herrs trucking, and Richter Logging Company in his younger years. Presently he worked for Vulcraft as a sercurity supervisor. Howard also just started his 12th year as a Town Justice for the Town of Chemung. He loved Nascar (Dale Earnhardt), demolition derbys, hunting and spending time with his grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his parents, George and Betty Richter 1 sister Marilyn Richter; and 3 brothers, George (Sue) Richter, Duane (Terri) Richter, Lynn Richter; three daughters, Heather (Mike) Frisbie, De (Tim) Johnson, Parice Santalucia; and 1 son Tony (Stacy) Santalucia; 5 grandchildren, Payton Frisbie, Nicholas Calvert, Aaron and Zachary Harlan and Colten Santalucia; also his faithful dog, Sassy. A very special Thank You to his caregiver Patrice (Biscuit) Santalucia. A time of gathering with family and friends will be from 1:00-5:00 PM Sunday, February 26, 2012 at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York. The celebration of Red's life will be with the Rev. Martin Bovee who will be honoring his memory Monday, February 27, 2012, 11:00 AM at the Blauvelt Funeral Home. A special tribute to Red's life will be presented on DVD during the funeral service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Heart Asso., PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005 or the American Cancer Society , 13 Beech Street, Johnson City, NY 13790. Burial will be in Chemung Cemetery, Chemung, New York.   Star Gazette – February 25, 2012


ROBINSON Betty Ann Tolson

Age 69 of Elmira, NY, formerly of Bronx, NY. She was born February 11, 1943 in Pearson, GA, daughter of Louis and Mary (Murphy) Robinson and died Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center after a brief illness. She was predeceased by her father Louis and is survived by her husband Robert Tolson III; daughters Mary (Michael) Gray of Elmira, Jan Tucker of Bronx, NY; sister Alice Robinson of Bronx, NY; stepson Robert Tolson IV of Bronx, NY; 9 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren along with a host of nieces and nephews including special nephew Jedin Muhammed; god daughter Tyri Gardner-Dixon; a host of brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. She retired from the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City and was owner of The Elegant Lady in Elmira. While living in the Bronx, she was a member of United Christian Baptist Church and is currently a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Corning, NY. She is a 33rd degree member of the International Free & Accepted Modern Mason & Order of the Eastern Star serving in various capacities in multiple houses. Family and friends are invited to visit Friendship Baptist Church, 120 Pearl St., Corning, NY on Monday, February 27th from 11 am to 2 pm. Eastern Star service will begin at 2 pm. Her funeral service will follow at 2:30 pm. Rev. Dr. Joseph Covington will officiate. Interment will be in Bath National Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Star Gazette - February 25, 2012   


ROSE Dale Rose

Age 59 of Horseheads, NY, died at home Wednesday, February 15, 2012. Survived by his sister, Barbara Cornish; brother, Dwayne Rose, KY; sister, Carol (Danny) O'Toole, Rochester; several nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family. Dale worked at Elmira College. He enjoyed westerns, fishing, world history and was also an organ donor. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Kalec Funeral Home.  Star Gazette – February 19, 2012 


SCHOSGER Robert J. Schosger

68 years of 379 E. Union St., Canton, PA and formerly of Perry Ave., Corning, NY died on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at his home.  He was born January 8, 1944 in Corning, NY, the son of the late Francis J. and Cleo Elaine Peck Schosger.  A lifetime resident of the area – graduating from Corning Free Academy. Following highschool, Robert enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving during the Vietnam War. He was later employed as a laborer for the City of Corning, Public Works Department.  Robert and Carol Saxton were married January 7, 1983 in South Corning. Robert was a member of All Saint's Parish, attending St. Mary's Church, the American Legion Post 1612, Big Flats, NY, the North American Hunting Club, the North American Fishing Club, Bass Club and a past member of the Corning VFW Post 524 and the Corning Eagles Club.  Robert was a lover of sports, playing on the St. Mary's Basketball team while in middle school. He enjoyed watching baseball and football, especially the New York Yankees and Minnesota Vikings. He was also an avid hunter and fisher. His greatest fullfilment came from spending time with his family, especially his stepchildren, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Surviving, his loving wife, Carol Schosger, Canton, PA, daughters, Tina and D'Anne, stepsons; Randy (Dottie) Gardiner, Canton, PA, Ronald Gardiner, Corning, NY, stepdaughters; Irene (Dave) Duda, Canton, MS, Judy Lurcock, Bath, NY, Candy (Howard) Soule, Millport, NY and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Also, sister, Katherine Schosger-Eisenrieth, Corning, NY, brother, Francis (Nancy) Schosger, Painted Post, NY and several nieces and nephews.  Friends are invited to a Memorial Service at Haughey Funeral Home, 216 E. First St., Corning, NY on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 1:30 pm. Committal prayers, full Military Rites and Interment will take place in the family plot at St. Mary's Cemetery, Corning, NY.  The family asks that memorial donations be made in Robert's name to the American Legion, Post 1612, P.O. Box 166, Big Flats, NY 14814.  Corning Leader – February 22, 2012


SEKELLICK Alex Elias Sekellick

age 77, of Tioga, PA died Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at his home. Alex was born April 26, 1934 in Pottsville, PA, a son of, Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Sekellick. Alex was an inspector for PennDot for 30 years, retiring in 2000. He was an Air Force veteran having served during the Korean conflict. Alex is survived by two sons, Adam Sekellick of Philadelphia, PA and Jared Sekellick of Lebanon, PA; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kathryna and Joseph Martocci of Roseto, PA and Stephanie and Ryan Kelsey of Gainesville, VA; seven grandchildren, Nicholas, Dominic, Alexandra, Kalib, Trevor, Morgan and Aiden; a brother, Nicholas Sekellick; a sister, Irene Post of Schuylkill Haven, PA. Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, February 25, 2012 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor John Mann officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Tioga County Honor Guard. Burial will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.  Star Gazette - February 24, 2012   


SICK Edith Esther Sick Goodwin

age 75, of Forkston, Pa., died peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, after a valiant battle with cancer. Edith was born at home in Lovelton, Pa., on June 23, 1936, the first child of the late Robert Henry and Dorothy Potter Sick. She graduated from the Wyalusing Valley High School in the class of 1954. In 1955, she married Perle Goodwin and they raised their two children, Dan and Janice, on the family farm. Edith worked at various jobs outside of the home, most recently retiring in 2002 from the P&G Credit Union after 17 years of service. While there she was in charge of the Credit Union's Tyler Hospital branch office.  Edith was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great- grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, and co-worker; her kindness and giving spirit was felt by everyone she met. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, reading, playing cards, and especially spending time with her family. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren particularly brought her great joy. She was also an active member of the Forkston United Methodist Church for over 50 years, where she served in many capacities, including as Treasurer, choir member, and officer for the United Methodist Women. Surviving are a son Daniel (Cindy) Goodwin of Wilmot Twp.; a daughter Janice (James) Copp of Wilmot Twp.; a brother, Norman Sick of Falls Church, Va.; sisters Joyce Roland of Edgewood, Md. and Connie (Thomas) Bliss of Wilmot Twp.; grandchildren Shay Goodwin of Wyalusing, Chantel (Patrick) Newell of Homets Ferry, Pa.; William Copp of Wilmot Twp. and Keon Copp of Wilmot Twp.; great-grandchildren: Elaina Goodwin and Izaiah Newell of Homets Ferry, Pa.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Edith was predeceased by her parents, Robert in 1983 and Dorothy in 2003; and her brother-in-law, Ron Roland, in 2009. Edith's family will meet friends from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, Pa., and from 2 p.m until the time of the service on Monday at the Forkston United Methodist Church. A funeral service celebrating Edith's life will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, at the Forkston United Methodist Church, Forkston, Pa., with Pastor Jean Swett officiating. Interment will be in the Forkston Cemetery immediately following the service.  In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorials honoring Edith can be made to the Forkston United Methodist Church, c/o Monica Denison, 5603 Farr Hollow Rd., Forkston Twp., PA 18629-7018.  Towanda Daily Review – February 24, 2012


SPAHR Jean S. Segatto

Elmira: Age 80, died on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at Bethany Manor. Jean was born in Long Island, NY, the daughter of Walter E. and Beulah (Lowry) Spahr. She attended Sewanhaka High School and during those years she took private art and piano lessons. Her husband Dr. Peter R. Segatto, and brother Kenneth Spahr predeceased her. Jean is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia J. and Dale Ramich of Elmira, Linda S. and John Ritter of Westminster MD, Helen S. and Christopher Castle of Fairfax VA; grandchildren, Brian J. Ramich and Sophia J. Castle; sister Carol Bogdasarian of Sarasota FL; along with several nieces and nephews. Jean was a 1953 graduate of Adelphi University starting as an art major, but shifting to Biology in her second year, where she met her husband Peter in their Organic Chemistry Laboratory. Jean and Peter raised their three daughters on W. Water Street. For the past four years she had lived at Woodbrook in Elmira. An accomplished pianist and artist Jean shared her talents with all. She was the organist at Our Lady of Lourdes Church for 10 years, and while living at Woodbrook was the resident artist, crafting greeting cards and brightening the walls with her paintings. While she loved music and her art, Jean's greatest love was her family, and she was completely devoted to them. Family and friends are invited to celebrate her life at the McInerny Funeral Home, corner of W. Water and Walnut Streets, on Saturday, February 25, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 6:30 p.m. Donations in Jean's memory may be directed to: Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 E. Corning Rd., Corning NY 14830 or Alzheimer's Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601. Jean's daughters are grateful to the Skilled 2 Nursing Unit at Bethany Manor for the wonderful care their mom received.   Star Gazette - February 24, 2012 


SPENCER Lawrence T.

Of Pine City, NY - died on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. He was predeceased by his parents, Frank U. and Nellie (Fitzwater) Spencer. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Barbara (Kelley) Spencer; children: son, Craig (MaryLou) Spencer of Horseheads; daughter, Sherry Spencer of Pine City; son, Steve (Melody) Spencer of Horseheads; son, Brian (Brenda) Spencer of Clarks Summit, PA; daughter, Suzanne Spencer (Roger Boyer) of Knoxville, PA; grandchildren, Jeffery Spencer (Allana), Matt (Carrie) Spencer, Lee (Charity) Spencer, Brian (Laurie) Spencer, Andrew Stamp, Justin Stamp, Katie Spencer, Jason Mathew and Justin Mathew; great-grandchildren, Emma Vakiner, Jack Vakiner Danica Spencer, Thomas Spencer, Collin Spencer, Brian J. Spencer, Garrett Spencer, Zander Spencer, Sylvia Spencer and Noemie Spencer; along with several nieces and nephews. His sisters, Irene Clemons, Nellie Vonderlin and brother, Francis Spencer also preceded him in death. Lawrence was a member of the Chemung Valley Railroad Historical Society. He proudly served his country in the United States Army Air Corp. Larry was also an engineer on the Pennsylvania Railroad. He retired from Mark IV Industries in Elmira Heights. At his request there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830 in his memory.   Star Gazette - February 23, 2012   


SPENCER Pauline (Polly) Spencer Brewer

97, died on February 17th, 2012 at the Williamsport Home in Williamsport, PA. She formerly lived in Cameron and Bath, NY. Pauline was born in Elmira, NY on June 25th, 1914, the daughter of Lloyd and Alice Longwell Spencer. She was a homemaker and beloved wife of her late husband, Ray O. Brewer, and mother to six children. Surviving are two sons, James of Bath and Duane of Las Vegas, NV, and four daughters, Janet Breauchy of Muncy, PA; Mary Tyler of Richmond, VA; Caroline Shaffer of Dallastown, PA; and Elsie Koch of Williamsport, PA. She also had 32 grandchildren, over 60 great grandchildren and several great, great grandchildren along with nieces and nephews.  Polly will be remembered for her collection of hand-dressed baby dolls and many crafts; she is known to have made several quilts, crocheted many doilies, and baked many, many dozens of cookies.  Visitation will be on Friday February 24th from 1:00-2:00 pm followed by funeral and committal services at 2:00 pm at Fagan's Funeral Home in Bath with Reverend Gregory Ferguson officiating. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee, NY.   Star Gazette – February 21, 2012   


STICKLER Dr. Jeanne S. Takano

55, of Duncanville, Texas, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center in Mansfield, Texas.  Jeanne was born on Sept. 12, 1956, in Elmira, N.Y. to L. George, Jr. and Joanna Deming Stickler. She graduated from University of Texas Southwestern Medical and was Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Pediatrics Critical Care Medicine while working as Attending Physician of Critical Care Services at Children's Medical Center of Dallas. Jeanne was a member of the Cedar Hill Quilters Guild and the First Baptist Church of Cedar Hill. Survivors include her husband, Takeshi Takano of Duncanville, Texas; one son, Andrew Takano of Austin, Texas; one daughter, Elizabeth Caldwell and husband, James of Texas; one granddaughter, Cathrine Elizabeth Caldwell of Texas; mother and father, Joanna and George Stickler, Jr. of Lawrenceville; one brother, Michael Stickler of Lawrenceville; one sister, Mary Monger and husband, Charles of Lawrenceville; several nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held Friday, Feb. 24, at the First Baptist Church-Cedar Hill, Cedar Hill, Texas.  Wellsboro Gazette – February 28, 2012  


SUTTON Marjorie Elizabeth Murphy

 – 88 – a resident of Shore Winds Nursing Facility in Rochester, formerly of Hornell, died early Saturday morning (February 25, 2012) at Unity Hospital in Rochester following a brief illness.  Born in Hornell on July 6, 1923, she was the daughter of Samuel & Elizabeth (Murphy) Sutton. Marjorie grew up in Corning and was a graduate of St. Mary’s Catholic School and later graduated from Corning Free academy (Class of 1940). She returned to Hornell in the early 1940s where she resided until the early 1970s.  Throughout the years, Marjorie lived in several locations, including Ohio & Bath, NY and has resided in the Rochester area for the past five years. While living in Hornell, Marjorie was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church.  While in Corning, she was a member of St. Mary’s Church.  She had also been a member of the Legion of Mary, Catholic Daughters of America and Right to Life.  She enjoyed watching sporting events on television and especially enjoyed watching her children & later her grandchildren playing sports. Marjorie was married on September 16, 1941 to William F. Murphy, SR who died in 1992.  She was also preceded in death by her son, Joseph E. Murphy (died 2002); two infant sons (died 1949 & 1959); her grandson, Joseph T. Murphy (died 2006); her brother, Francis B. Sutton (died 1992) and her son in law, Michael Callan (died 2009). Surviving are 3 daughters, Joy Callan of Ohio, Margie (Gene) Liwa of Churchville and Mary (Paul) Roberts of Henrietta; 4 sons, William (Donna) Murphy of Tennessee, John (Kathy) Murphy of Tennessee, Robert (Sheryl “Sam”) Murphy of Ohio and Thomas Murphy of Ohio; her daughter-in-law, Bobbi Sue Murphy of Hornell; 1 sister, Mary Lou Tremaine of Horseheads; 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews & cousins. The family of Marjorie Elizabeth Murphy will receive friends on Tuesday from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.  A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 AM at St. Ann’s Church.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Corning, NY. Marjorie’s family request that memorial contributions in her name be made to either St. Ann’s Church, 27 Erie Ave., Hornell, NY 14843 or to the Hornell YMCA Pool Fund, 18 Center St., Hornell, NY 14843.   Funeral home obituary - February 28, 2012 


TAMMS Ulrich Tamms

age 84, of Mansfield, PA, died Wed., Feb. 22, 2012 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY. Ulrich was born October 1, 1927 in Wust, Germany, a son of George and Selma Tamms. He enjoyed cutting trees and puttering in the basement.   He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marianne Tamms; two sons, Will Tamms of Mansfield, and Walter (Gretchen) Tamms of Pennsburg, PA; a daughter, Doris (Joe) Zielinski of Bethlehem, PA; three grandchildren, Joe, Charlie and Jeremy; a sister, Edith (Harry) Hayse of Tacoma, WA.   In keeping with his wishes, there will be no services. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.  Funeral home obituary – February 24, 2012


THORNTON Lula J. Schrader

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, we’d walk right up to heaven and bring you home again….Our loving, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother Lula J. Schrader, 82, of Windham Twp., Route 187, Rome, Pa., died on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at the Robert Packer Hospital following a period of declining health.  Lula was born on January 1, 1930 in Straits Corners, N.Y., a daughter of the late Hiram and Ethel (Boyden) Thornton. She was a graduate of Rome High School and on August 9, 1947 in Tioga Center, N.Y., she married James E. Schrader Sr. Together, they shared 64 years of marriage. Always willing to lend a helping hand, Lula assisted in various health care positions in the area. She enjoyed gardening, creating crafts, painting, drawing and listening to country music.  Lula is survived by her husband, James E. Schrader, her children and their spouses: James E. and Betty Schrader of Windham Center, Pa.; Beverly Buchman of Windham Center, Pa.; Melvin and Ann Schrader of Nichols, N.Y.; Dana Schrader of Windham Center, Pa.; Tracy and Margarida Schrader of Windham Center, Pa.; 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, among them a special niece, Ruth Mae Donaldson, nephews and cousins also survive. Lula was predeceased by her parents and siblings: Elizabeth Harrison, Gladys Whalen and Jesse Thornton.  Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation and time of sharing memories on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. Funeral services and a celebration of Lula’s life will follow at 1 p.m. with Pastor William Kohler, officiating. Interment will follow in the Nichols Cemetery.  Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Windham Center Community Church, c/o Mrs. Sharon Brown, 38890 Route 187, Rome, PA 18837 in loving memory of Lula J. Schrader. Until we meet again, Mom may you find comfort in the arms of the angels.  Sayre Morning Times - February 18, 2012   


VROOMAN Allan C. Vrooman

53, died on Sunday, February 26, 2012. Allan was born in Waverly, N.Y., on October 21, 1958. He was predeceased by his father, Virgil Vrooman; and his brothers, Roy Sturdevant and Larry Hartman.  Allan is survived by his mother, Frances Vrooman; his sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Ted Bishop; his brothers and sister-in-law, Floyd and Barb Hartman, Bill and Lila Hartman, Armond and Patricia Vrooman, Robert and Kim Vrooman; many nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins.  He worked at Tempco in Endicott, N.Y., for the past 10 years and previously at the Owego Foundry. Allan was a social member of the Nichols American Legion Post 1624. He was active and enjoyed all their activities, and was also a member of the color guard. Allan loved playing cards and especially enjoyed time spent with his family. An outgoing person, he cared so much for others, and was always willing to help in any way he could.  A funeral service will be held at Richards Funeral Home, Route 17C West, Owego, N.Y. on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Gary Smith, pastor of the Tioga Center Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Tioga Cemetery, Owego. Family and friends are invited to visit at Richards Funeral Home on Thursday March 1, 2012 from 6 until 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution in memory of Allan to the Nichols American Legion Post #1624.    Sayre Morning Times – February 28, 2012 


WALKER Janet M. Munson

80, a resident of the Sylvan Ridge Personal Care Home, Troy, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012 at Troy Community Hospital. Janet was born in Englewood, N.J. on June 2, 1931 the daughter of Robert I. Walker and Olive Dillard Walker. In her youth, Janet lived in Englewood, N.J. and later moved to New York City where she graduated from George Washington High School in Manhattan. On Oct. 10, 1959, Janet married William Kenneth Munson who later preceded her in death on May 23, 1991. Janet served as a school aide at PS 132 in Manhattan for many years until her retirement and also formerly served as a Girl Scout Leader. She was a member of the Fort Washington Collegiate Church. Janet enjoyed spending her summer months in Smallwood, N.Y., knitting, crafting rugs, working puzzles and was an avid reader. Surviving are her twin daughters, Elizabeth M. (Keith) Kline of Towanda and Ellen R. (David) Perez of Chester, N.Y.; grandchildren Brooke, Andrew, Jackie, Christina and Yvonne; and great-grandchildren Vanessa, A.J., Jaysen and JoeJoe.  In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Walker.  The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2012 with the funeral service to follow at 6 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave. Towanda, Pa. Rev. Dr. Karen Ballard, pastor of the Rome Presbyterian Church, will officiate. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association , Kirby Health Center, 71 North Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701 in Janet M. Munson's memory.  Towanda Daily Review – February 28, 2012  


WELCH Charles Eugene Welch

68, of Hazlehurst, Ga., died Friday, February 24, 2012, at home surrounded by his family after a long battle with cancer.  He was born December 30, 1943, in Sayre, Pa. He was the son of (the late) Howard Eugene and Catherine Belcher Welch. He graduated from Sayre Area High School in 1961. He served in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Enterprise.  He met his wife, Patricia Coe, in 1969 and they lived in South Waverly, Pa., for many years. He was a machinist at Osram Sylvania in Towanda, Pa., where he retired in 2000 after 30 years of service. He was a charter captain on Lake Ontario for 15 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping. Upon retirement, he and his wife moved to Hazlehurst, Ga., where they reside in the winter and then spend their summers at Lake Ontario in New York state.  He is survived by his wife, Patricia Welch; son and daughter in law, Kenneth and Missy Welch; daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Pail Reid; daughter and son in law, Deborah and John Gibson; three granddaughters, Kendra Welch, Abigail Gibson, and Kara Gibson; a sister and brother-in-law, Peggy and Brad Davis; two stepbrothers David Hunsinger and Lavern Hunsinger; as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was proceeded in death by his stepfather Kenneth Hunsinger, and a special aunt and uncle Bertha and Morgan Rice. Charles has chosen to be an anatomical donor in the Genesis Legacy of Life Program at the Medical Education and Research Institute. This summer, a memorial service will be held at Lake Ontario; which will be his final resting place.  Sayre Morning Times – February 28, 2012 


WERTZ A. Louise Manning

85, formerly of Sayre, Pa. and Ithaca, N.Y., died on Feb. 21, 2012 at Bradford County Manor, Burlington, Pa.  She was born on Feb. 7, 1927 in Sayre, Pa. to the late Edward and Merna Brown Wertz.  Louise was a graduate of Sayre High School and a 1948 graduate of Robert Packer School of Nursing. She was employed as a Registered Pediatric Nurse with the Robert Packer Hospital and as a pharmacy courier until her retirement. She was known for always treating each of her patients as if they were her own children. Louise was a member of the United Methodist Church, Sayre, Pa. She was known for collecting many items including music boxes but was best known for her collection of books and tapes library which she freely loaned to family and friends.  She is predeceased by her husband, LeRoy Manning, and brother, John Wertz.  Louise is survived by her daughter, Susan (Richard) Beach of East Smithfield, Pa.; granddaughters Emilia Manning of East Smithfield, Pa. and Brandy Beach of Owego, N.Y.; special brother and sister-in-law Ed and Mary Wertz of Wellsboro, Pa.; sister Margaret Chandler of Barton, N.Y.; sister-in-law Jean Wertz of Warren, Pa.; special cousin Elizabeth Kochin of Waverly, N.Y.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Friends and family may call from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 225 South Main St., Athens, Pa. A memorial service will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Lynn Ensign officiating.  Burial will be at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Louise's memory to the: Sayre Public Library, 122 South Elmer Ave., Sayre, PA 18840.   Towanda Daily Review – February 24, 2012


WINNIE Walter A. Winnie

75, of Alpine, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center.  He a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and retired from Lanes Construction in Main.  Survivors include his wife, Delores E. Winnie of Alpine; two sons, Walter Scott Winnie of Campbell and Alan Winnie of Alpine; three daughters, Evelyn Winnie of Troy, Pa., Rosa Winnie of Maryland and Donna Winnie of Elmira; a sister, Adaline Steinberg of Indiana; and a brother, George Winnie of Oklahoma.  Services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Arrangements are with Acly-Stover Funeral Home, Corning.   Corning Leader – February 28, 2012Star Gazette – February 28, 2012 


WOOD Sally Ellen Wood Roof Schrader

 77, of 35 Shinerville Road, Dushore, Pa., formerly of Towanda, Pa., died early Saturday morning, Feb. 25, 2012 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. Sally was born in Towanda on Oct. 26, 1934 the daughter of Reed and Faye Shay Wood. She attended St. Agnes School in Towanda and was employed by Bloss Bootery in Towanda for many years.  She was later employed by the Pepper Mill Restaurant in Oregon and Kohl's Department Store in North Carolina. Her main interest in life encompassed her home and family. She loved spending time with her family and enjoyed knitting, crocheting, baking, hiking, cross country skiing, painting in water colors and gardening.  Surviving are her children P. William Roof of Towanda, Thomas D. Roof and wife Sandy of Towanda, Daniel K. Roof of Towanda, Jennifer F. Pizza and husband Joseph A. Pizza Jr. of Dushore, Ann Marie Roof and companion Jimmy of Towanda; grandsons Wylie, Ian, Tyler, Chas, Ryan and Austin Roof; great-grandchildren MacKenzie Harmon, Haileigh and Dylan Roof; step-children Michelle Schrader Glaski of Liverpool, N.Y., Mark Schrader of Syracuse, N.Y., Scott Schrader of Washington State; several step-grandchildren; step-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husbands Charles W. "Charlie" Roof on Oct. 3, 1983, George E. Schrader on Sept. 22, 2008; and brothers, John, Robert and Phillip Wood.  The family will receive friends fro 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 at 10 a.m. at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Third Street, Towanda, Pa., with the Rev. Edward Michelini, pastor, as celebrant. Interment will be private.  The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the National Kidney Foundation , 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016 or to the charity or organization of one's choice in Sally's memory.   Towanda Daily Review – February 26, 2012     


? Sandra K. Baker

Age 61, of Elmira, NY, died on Saturday, February 18th, 2012. Friends may call at the BAKER FAMILY FUNERAL HOME on Thursday, February 23rd, from 2-5 p.m. A Requiem Mass will be held at Grace Episcopal Church on Friday, February 24th, at 7 p.m.; the Reverend Father Donald W. Mathews, Celebrant; Rabbi Miriam Biatch and Abraham Golos, assisting clergy. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Sandy is survived by her loving family: husband and best friend of 46 years, James A. Baker, Sr.; daughter, Stephanie R. Baker (Shane Buzzetti); son, James A. Baker, Jr.; mother, Gertrude Burt; sister, Janine Taylor (Robert Pastore); special niece, Courtney Paciullo; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Paul D. and MaryAnn Baker, Jr.; sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Briggs; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Sandy was a loving wife, devoted mother, daughter, sister, friend to many and will be deeply missed forever. Donations may be made in Sandy's memory to Grace Episcopal Church, 375 W. Church St., Elmira, NY 14901; Congregation Kol Ami, 1008 W. Water St. Elmira, NY 14905; or the Chemung County Humane Society & SPCA, 2435 State Route 352 Elmira, NY 14903.  Star Gazette – February 21, 2012 


? Eleanor Dorothy Flynn

89, peacefully died on a beautiful Friday, February 17, 2012, at Schuyler Ridge Nursing Home, Clifton Park, NY. Born in 1922 in Srcanton, PA, her family moved to Allentown, PA where, as a beautiful young lady, she met and married the eternal love of her life, Charles J. Flynn. Eleanor and Charlie settled in Elmira, NY with their loving family of three sons, Brian, Phil and Dan. Eleanor worked and retired from Chemung Canal Trust Company as head teller, where she made many dear friends and lasting memories. She moved to Clifton Park to be with and play an important part in the lives of her beloved family. She is survived by her three sons and their wonderful wives, Louise, Amy and Lonni, along with five adoring grandchildren, Sean, Kevin, Bridget, Brad and Eric. All family and friends knew her as a genuinely loving and caring soul, who led an exemplary religious life that was an inspiration to all. While the world will certainly be less without her, it's certainly a much greater place for those who were touched and learned from by her gentle way, genuine smile, and commitment to help others in any way that she could. Please make any donations in Eleanor's memory to the Alzheimer's Association.   Star Gazette - February 24, 2012    

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