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This page includes obituaries of people with connection to our three counties but not buried in them or cemetery not identified. If local cemetery is known, see the Obituaries by Cemetery section of the site.

AGAN Kathleen Marie (Kathy) Hamilton

age 66 of Elmira, NY, died Friday, June 1st, 2012. She was born in Elmira, March 7th, 1946, the daughter of the late Charles and Pauline (Pietro) Agan. Kathy is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Thomas Patrick Hamilton of Elmira; daughters and sons-in-law: Elizabeth Marie & Michael Thornton of Barrington, IL, Jacqueline Marie & Jeffrey Jacobus of Charleston, SC; grandchildren: Brendan Thomas Thornton, Alexander Chase, and Samantha Marie Jacobus; brother: Charles Hamilton of Horseheads, NY; sisters: Delores (Dee) & Ronald McLellan of Sarasota, FL, Elizabeth (Libby) & Michael Horn of Potomac, MD; brother: Paul & Carolyn Agan of Castile, NY; sister: Maureen & Steve Kay of Gilbert, AZ; brother: Michael & Julie Agan of Prairieville, LA; along with several nieces and nephews. Kathy was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a retired teacher's aide for children with special needs in the Elmira City School District. She managed the Bargain Hut for many years. She was a communicant of St. Mary's Church on the Southside. She was an avid reader, devoted New York Yankee fan and a member of the Elmira Country Club. Her greatest passion in life was her children, grandchildren, and her children at school. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at St. Mary's Church, 224 Franklin Street, Elmira, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Children's Miracle Network, 600 Roe Avenue, Elmira, NY 14905 or The St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.   Star Gazette – June 3, 2012   


ALLAN Jewell B. West

84, of Hamilton St., Painted Post, died Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at Corning Hospital.  She was born May 25, 1928, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee the daughter of Joe Fathera and Minnie B. Allan.   She retired from Founders Pavilion where she had worked as a Dietary Aide.  She is survived by her children, Debra (Jerry) Keagle of Horseheads, NY, Linda (Mark) Hewitt of Cropseyville, NY, Sandra Rennie of Troy, NY, Mildred Phillips of Pittstown, NY, Donald (Christina) West of Fairfax, VA and Cynthia (Gary) West Johnson of Orlando, FL; sisters, Doris Davis and Lora Ashley both of Mt. Juliet TN; brother, Bobby Fathera of Mt. Juliet, TN; grandchildren, Rachel, Teri, Stacy, Andrea, Alexandra and Natalie and 5 great grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her parents, husband, Howard West, son, Eddie Joe, sisters, Ruth Powell and Lorene Bullock.  Friends may call on Friday, June 1, 2012, from 4-7 p.m. at Acly-Stover Funeral Home, Corning.  Funeral Services will follow calling hours at 7:00 p.m.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Painted Post, NY.   Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.  Corning Leader – May 31, 2012   


ANDREWS Helena A. Howard

HORSEHEADS: 90, of Horseheads, NY, formerly lifelong resident of Rock Stream, Watkins Glen, and Schuyler County, died peacefully at home Friday, May 25, 2012. The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, Sunday, June 3, 2012 from 2 to 4 p.m., where a memorial service for Helena will be held at the conclusion of visiting hours at 4 p.m. with Rev. Jeremy Spencer officiating. Expressions of sympathy in her memory may be made to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Road Corning, NY 14830; or Schuyler County Historical Society P.O. Box 651, Montour Falls, NY 14865. She was predeceased by her loving and devoted husband of 64 years, George L. Howard on May 6, 2012; also sisters, Dorothy VanDyke and Margaret Andrews, and brother, Carl Andrews. She is survived by her children, Dennis Howard of Traverse City, MI, Karen Morgan of Horseheads; granddaughters, Janet Morgan of Corning, Rana Morgan Criss (Chuck) of Belmont; close friend, Carrie Carozzoni of Corning; and several nieces and nephews. Helena worked for Western Counties Telephone Corp. in Dundee for many years. Her hobbies included genealogy, gardening and bird watching. She was also a co-founder of Jo-Ho's, a genealogical organization.   Star Gazette – May 27, 2012   


ARNOLD Ruth A. Hayes

65, of 2239 Hornbrook Road, Towanda, Pa., died Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at her home following declining health.  Ruth was born on September 17, 1946 in Sayre, Pa., the daughter of Claude Bernard Arnold and Jean Isabell Dimon Arnold.  After graduating high school, Ruth attended Empire Beauty School. She worked as a beautician and cosmetologist at Arnold’s Beauty Solon in Rome. Later Ruth worked at Shores Short Stop in Wysox, Maryott’s General Store in Rome, ARA Services in Kirkwood, N.Y., and American Food and Vending Company in Kirkwood, N.Y. She retired in 2003.  Ruth attended the Rome Presbyterian Church where she was a member of the choir and taught Sunday school. Her hobbies included making professional cakes, knitting, crocheting, gardening, sewing, crafts, baking, cooking, and entertaining. Ruth loved decorating 3-D cakes, multi-tiered wedding cakes, and creating beautiful flowers out of icing. She was a self-taught cake decorator who had only one hour of training for boarder trims. Ruth’s inspiration came from greeting cards, coloring books, photos, and games. She possessed the ability to create beautiful cakes by sight. She was thankful God blessed her with an incredible talent. Ruth found great satisfaction in providing others with beautiful cakes to enjoy.  Surviving are her children Tamara Jean Blakeman and Mike of Athens and Christopher Darrow Hayes of Mars, Pa.; her beloved pet and longtime companion Lucky the cat; Mother Jean Isabell Arnold; former husband Theodore Darrow Hayes of Owego; brother and sister-in-law Larry Gene and Beverly Arnold of Towanda; sister and brother-in-law Roxanna Leigh and Leland (Butch) Ayers of Rome; brother-in-law Brian Coleman; grandchildren Brittany Marie Lowin and Autumn Renee Nichols; great-grandchildren Venessa Renee and Keira Ily Hunter McNeal of Athens; nieces Jodilyn Coleman of Scranton and Tonya Ayers of Towanda; nephews Jacob Arnold and wife Toni of Mohrsville and their son Logan, Justin Arnold and wife Tara of Evergreen and their children Tristin and Madicyn, Brock Ayers and wife Jolene of Hornbrook and their children Zachary Ayers and Mason Ross. Ruth was preceded in death by her father Claude Bernard “C.B.” Arnold; sister Claudia Jo Coleman; nephew Joel Edward Arnold; and grandniece Vivian Mara Arnold.  The funeral service will be held Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with the Rev. Dr. Karen Ballard, pastor of the Rome Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment will be private. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service Saturday afternoon at the funeral home. The family requests that contributions may be directed to the Rome Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 189, Rome, PA 18837 in Ruth’s memory.   Sayre Morning Times – June 1, 2012   


BOLTON Earl Lyle Bolton

76, of Sawmill Road, LeRaysville, Pa., died on Thursday, May 31, 2012 following a period of declining health at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital in Towanda.  Earl was born on April 2, 1936 in Rome, Pa., a son of the late Lena and Elmer A. Bolton. A lifelong farmer, he quit school in the seventh grade to assist his family in the operation of the farm. Earl enjoyed hunting, attending family reunions and being with his family.   He is survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law Edward and Mary Ann Bolton of Warren Center, Pa.; Darius A. and Joyce Bolton of Ulster, Ray Bolton and Roy Bolton, with whom he operated the third generation family farm in LeRaysville, Pa.; sisters Betty Yanavitch of LeRaysville, Pa.; Dora Landers of Towanda, Pa.; and a sister-in-law Ann Bolton of Wynne, Ark.; several nieces, nephews and their families also survive. Earl was predeceased by his parents, Lena and Elmer Bolton; and an infant sister Reda Bolton; brothers Cleatis Bolton of Binghamton, N.Y. and Ralph Bolton of Germantown, Tenn. A period of visitation and time of sharing memories will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, June 4, 2012 at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. Funeral services will follow with Pastor John Histand officiating. Interment and prayers of committal will be in the Rushville Cemetery, with his nephews serving as pall bearers. Flowers will be provided by the family and memorial contributions may be directed to HOPS Ambulance, c/o Mr. James Seipler, 606 Ridge Rd., Rome, PA 18837; or Memorial Hospital, 91 Hospital Dr., Towanda, PA 18848 in loving memory of Earl Lyle Bolton.  Towanda Daily Review – June 3, 2012   


BROWN Kenneth B. Brown

81, of 435 Scottsville Rd., Mehoopany, PA died at his home in Windham Twp., Wyoming Co., on Saturday evening, May 19, 2012, surrounded by his family. He was born in Scottsville on the family farm on July 18, 1930, son of the late John T. and Mary E. Ney Brown. He was the husband of the late Anna M. Brown, who died on Aug. 3, 2011. They would have celebrated their 64th anniversary this September. All of his life he lived on the family farm in Scottsville, where he grew up, and where he would later raise his family. Many of his children and grandchildren are still living there. For many years, Ken was a truck driver for Vandervort Mills in Laceyville and Kintner Mills in Meshoppen. For over 20 years, he was a Windham Twp. Supervisor and many of those years was the Roadmaster. He was also a member of the North Flat Cemetery board of directors and was the caretaker for over 25 years. He was honored by Wyoming County for continuously voting for 50 years. Survivors include his children,  Gary W. Brown, Karen and her husband, Michael Ciprich and Terry and his wife, Phyllis Brown, all of Scottsville, and Lynne Brown of Dushore; 14 grandchildren, and 24 great- grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Mildred Singer of Laceyville and several nieces and nephews. Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two grandsons, Tracy Brown, who died on April 2, 1988, and Todd Ciprich on Jan. 26, 2005, and two brothers, George Brown and Ralph Brown.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 25 at 11 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, with Rev. Joseph Billingsley of the Mehoopany Baptist Church officiating.  Interment will be in the North Flat Cemetery in Laceyville. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, May 24 from 5 to 8 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Mehoopany Baptist Church, Rt. 87, PO Box 162, Mehoopany, PA 18629.   Wyalusing Rocket Courier – May 24, 2012 


BROWNELL David A. Brownell

73, of Coudersport, PA, formerly of Gold, PA and Florida, died Sunday, May 27, 2012 at the home of his sister in Newfield, PA.  Born June 25, 1938, in Ulysses Township, PA, he was the son of Kenneth F. and Jane A. Gibson Brownell.  A graduate of Coudersport High School, he was employed as an x-ray technician on pipeline construction. Later he assisted his mother with the operation of Brownell’s Store in Gold and served as her caregiver for seven years. He applied for patents for the design of up-righting and overturned catamaran, as well as a phonetic reading system using color.  Surviving are: two sisters, Julia Bogacki of Buffalo, NY and Shirley Kay Brownell (Leon) Reed of Ulysses; nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Donald R. “Frog” Brownell; and his step-father, Claude J. Baker.  The family will hold a private service at a later date. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Patterson Cancer Center, c/o Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA 16915 or the Potter County Historical Society, P.O. Box 605, Coudersport, PA 16915.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Solomon’s Words for the Wise - – May 29, 2012     


BURROWS David A. Burrows

age 63, of Lawrenceville, PA, died Thursday, May 31, 2012 at his home. He was the husband of Marletta (Stone) Burrows for 43 years. David was born on September 12, 1948 in Lindley, NY a son of Elmer and Esther (Stratton) Burrows. After serving in the US Army, he worked as a logger for Wynn Chilson, as a heavy equipment operator in construction for Roger Passeri Trucking Co., and Lawrenceville Kwik Fill. He had enjoyed fishing and hunting.  In addition to David’s wife, he is survived by a daughter, Mary Ann (Jay) Henderson of Sayre, PA; two granddaughters, Catherine and Jennifer; a brother and a sister-in-law, James and Doddie Burrows of Addison, NY; two sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law, Cindy and Steven Neally of Lawrenceville, PA, Rosalyn Holley of Tioga, PA;5 nieces and nephews, James and Jennifer Burrows of Norfolk, VA, Dee and SenecaTarby of Corning, NY, Melanie Hillman of Lawrenceville, PA,Brett and JackieNeally of Phoenixville, PA, and Gordon Holley of Tioga, PA, and several great nieces and nephews.  In keeping with Davids wishes there will be no services. The Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.    Funeral home obituary – June 1, 2012    


CAREW Fred F. Carew

age 79, of Canton, PA, died on Sunday, May 27, 2012 in Troy Community Hospital, Troy, PA. Born on May 4, 1933 in Blossburg, PA, he was the son of Fred and Ruby (Carey) Carew. Prior to his retirement, Fred was self-employed in the roofing and painting business. He was a US Army veteran. Fred is survived by four sons, Gary Carew of Covington, PA, Fred Carew of Wellsboro, PA, Joe Carew of Harrisburg, PA, Michael Bacon of Frackville, PA; six daughters and sons-in-law, Sonya and Ken Taft of Painted Post, NY, Ruby and Gary Baker of Roseville, PA, Clara and Dave Holley of Covington, PA, Terrie and Randy Weatherby of Mansfield, PA, Michelle and Jerry Lonneville of Dresden, NY, Ruby Haney of SC; one sister, Phyllis Pequignot of Canton, PA; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Fred was predeceased by a brother, Ralph Carew, a sister, Janet Jenkins and a grandson, Michael Watkins. Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 31, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. A Memorial Service will be held immediately following calling hours at 7:00 PM. Memorial donations may be made in Fred's name to Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory to assist with funeral expenses.   Star Gazette – May 29, 2012     


CASTERLINE Donald L. Casterline

69, of Waverly, N.Y., lost his long and courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease on May 20, 2012; while a guest at the Elderwood Health Care Center, 37 N. Chemung St. Waverly. Don, known as "Meat Ball" to his friends, was born Sept. 18, 1942. He and his twin sister Donna, "Cookie" to those who know her well, were raised by their late Aunt and Uncle, Blanche and Harold Gordon at the family home, 27 Ball St., Waverly.  Don worked at the Grand Union Warehouse in Waverly as a forklift operator for over 30 years. A job he took straight out of high school; working until they closed their doors.  He was respected and cherished by family, friends and neighbors. If someone needed a helping hand, a little cash, a tool to borrow, a vehicle to use, or just a friend to sit on the porch and talk about the weather, Donnie always had the time. He enjoyed bowling, boating and water skiing on Cayuta Lake, watching NASCAR ( he was a big Rusty Wallace fan), working in his garage, and throwing horseshoes with friends and neighbors. Don did landscaping for many people around the valley in the summer months and plowed or shoveled mountains of snow in the winter. The cold weather also meant puzzles for Don, lots and lots of puzzles.  He truly was one of the good guys. His friendship, dry sense of humor and his respect for life will be missed by all.  Don was predeceased by his guardians, Blanche and Harold Gordon, brothers Gordon and Patrick Casterline, a sister Marie Payne, mother and father Edith and Lester Casterline and two of his favorite aunts, Hazel Sundberg and Harriet Pierce.  Donnie is survived by his twin sister Donna Casterline in Waverly, Louise Tucker in Towanda, Pa, Virginia and Michael Labosky of Fern Park, Fl, and Karen and Tom Benton in Waverly,N.Y., nephews Larry and Lois Brown, Bob and Sharon Brown of Rome, Pa,cousins Marsha and Gary Rorick of Waverly,N.Y., Dennis and Sally Sundberg in Halsey Valley,N.Y., Kay and Vic Hill of Kissimmee,FL, Sandi and Wayne Mosley of Maitland,FL, Wayne and Vicky Labosky of Oveido,FL, Mark Benton in Elmira Heights,N.Y., Todd and Elaine Benton of Horseheads,N.Y., and Jill and Mike Hines of Alpine, N.Y. and five very special little cousins John, Allie, Jack, Michael and Casey.  Michael who just turned five put all of this into prospective for us. They just had one of their dogs put down for health reasons and Michael says that's why Donnie had to go to heaven now "because someone has to throw the ball for Titan"... A time of gathering with family and friends will be from 10-11 a.m., Friday, May 25, 2012 at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York. The celebration of Don’s life will follow the visitation at 11 a.m. with a special tribute to Don’s life on DVD. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one’s favorite charity. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Waverly, New York. Sayre Morning Times – May 24, 2012   


CATHERMAN John H. Catherman

66, of Hickory, N.C., died on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, in Wellsboro. Services will be private. Arrangements are entrusted to the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., Wellsboro.  Wellsboro Gazette – May 23, 2012   



WATKINS GLEN: 59, of Watkins Glen, passed peacefully on May 23, 2012 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester after complications from a heart attack he suffered on March 26, 2012. Deputy Sheriff David L. Centurelli, a 34 year veteran of the Schuyler County Sheriff's Office, will be greatly missed and remembered for his many services to this county. He was the current President of the Schuyler County Deputy Sheriffs Assoc., a Watkins Glen Fire Department volunteer, past Asst. Fire Chief, past President and VP of the Watkins Glen Fire Company, Schuyler County Fire Investigator, Schuyler County Habitat for Humanity board member and volunteer, member of Montour Moose Club, and in 2008 received the "Deputy Sheriff of the Year" award. In his youth, he was very active in the Schuyler County 4-H program and helped develop the fair grounds that are still used today. He is survived by his loving wife, Lisa Centurelli; mother, Wanda Centurelli of Watkins Glen; sister, Linda Centurelli of Watkins Glen; brother, Richard (Anne) Centurelli of Odessa; step-children, Elena (Dean) Jenkins of Carthage, Christy Hill of Dundee, and Jared (Jamie) Hill of Dundee; 3 grandchildren, Brianna Dykes, Alex Dykes, Brennan Buono, all of Dundee; nieces, Amy and Jessica Centurelli; and numerous loving aunts, uncles and cousins. The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Friday (June 1st) from 1:00-3:00pm and 6:00-9:00pm. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1:00pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen; Rev. Beverly Karr-Lyon will officiate. Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County or the Schuyler County Habitat for Humanity. The Centurelli Family wishes to offer special thanks to the Cardiac Care Unit at Strong Memorial Hospital on 7-1600 and all the staff who were so good to David during his two months in their care.   Star Gazette – May 27, 2012  



Corning, New York - The Evening Leader – Saturday, July 12, 1947 from Old Fulton NY Post Cards

Elizabeth Foster, 78, wife of Freeman Foster of 265 West Pulteney Street, died at the Corning Hospital this morning, at 9:45. She had been ill for a long time and suffered a cerebral hemorrhage Wednesday evening from which she never regained consciousness. Friends may call at the Phililips Funeral Home Sunday from 2 to 4 and from 7 to 9 p. m. Funeral services will be held from Christ Episcopal Church Monday at 3 o'clock with the Very Rev. Frederick Hemstridge of Grace Church, Elmira, officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery. Mrs. Foster was born in London, England, October 21, 1869. As a young girl she came to this country with her family and settled in Bradford. Pa. She married Freeman Foster in 1912. He is a retired railroad conductor. She had been a resident of Corning for the past 40 years. Mrs. Foster was a member of Christ Episcopal Church and one of the oldest members of the Women's Auxiliary to the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. She was well-known in Corning and earned a host of friends by her pleasing personality. She is survived by her husband; three daughters, Mrs. Cecil Brace of Mansfield, Pa; Mrs. James Dailey of Buffalo, and Mrs. J. Blaine Olmstead of Elmira; two sons, Hugh S. Blackwell and C. Basil Blackwell of Buffalo.  She also had several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.    


CHAMBERS Elizabeth “Lizzie”

Corning, New York – The Evening Leader – Tuesday, July 15, 1947 from Old Fulton NY Post Cards

A private prayer service for Mrs. Freeman Foster was held at the Phillips Funeral Home at 2:30 Monday afternoon. Funeral services were held at Christ Episcopal Church at 3 o'clock with the Rev. Frederick Hemstridge. rector of the Grace Church in Elmira, officiating. Bearers were Alden Bowser, of Mansfield. Pa., Dennis Watkins, of Mansfield. Pa; Grant Olmstead of Elmira, Clement Olmstead, of Painted Post, Edwin Carberry of Norfolk, Va., William C. Droege, Paul Blackwell, of Bolivar, and Franklin Lockwood of Elmira. Burial was in Hope Cemetery. Persons from Mansfield, Pa, who attended the funeral were Mrs. Cecil Brace, Miss Edna Miller. Mrs. Hazel Watkins, Mrs. Alden Bowser, Miss Betty Watkins; from Elmira, Mr. and Mrs. J. Blaine Olmstead, Bruce Olmstead, Miss Gladys Thomas, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Carberry, Miss Mary Lou Blanchard, Mrs. G. N. Blanchard and Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Reese; from Buffalo, Mr. and Mrs. Basil Blackwell and Vance Foster; from Wyalusing, Pa., Mr. and Mrs. Earl Wilson and Mrs. Thomas Thomas; from Coudersport. Pa.,  Mr. and Mrs. Charles Woodcock and Mrs. Grace Cary; from Galeton, Pa., Mr. and Mrs. Bert Smith; from Norfolk, Va., Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Carberry; from Bolivar, Paul Blackwell; from Watkins Glen, James Dailey and Mrs. Charles Lewis; from Athens, Pa., Mr. and Mrs. Harry Chambers.


COLLINS Florence E. Clemons

Of Lowman NY, died May 25, 2012 at home. She was born June 9, 1922 in Elmira NY, the fourth child of six to Florence E. (Buss) and Daniel F. Collins, 771 Harper St. She was predeceased by her husband Steward E. Clemons Sr. on Aug. 27, 2000; daughter Beth Clemons 2012; step-daughter-in-law, Betty Strawn Clemons 2004; sister and brother-in-law Margaret and Ralph Straight 2009; brother Daniel "Fran" Collins 1992; sister Loretta Hintz 1999; sister Geraldine Kruckow 1986; brother-in-law Andrew Kruckow 1992; brother Joseph Collins 2003; sister-in-law Vera Collins 2009; sister-in-law Geraldine Clemons 2009; sister-in-law Helen Clemons 2005; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Alpha and Alberta Clemons 1989; step great granddaughters Krista Favoccia 1990 and Jessica Clemons 2010; niece Linda Birk 2003; nephew Daniel Collins 1996. She is survived by her two daughters Jean of Ithaca, Mary of Syracuse and step-son (the son she never had) Steward E. Jr. of Franklin NC; brothers-in-law, John Hintz of Elmira, John Clemons of California and Gerald Clemons of Georgia; six step grandchildren; 15 step great grandchildren; 9 step great great grandchildren; 7 nieces and nephews; 15 grand nieces and nephews along with several cousins. In her younger years she was a Girl Scout leader, 4 H leader, sat on Baldwin Town Grievance Board and belonged to Home Bureau as well as being a full time home maker and stay at home mom. Friends and family are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of W. Water and Walnut Streets, on Saturday, June 2, 2012 from noon to 2:00 pm. A funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to a charity of your choice.  Star Gazette – May 28, 2012 


CUNNINGHAM Timothy "Tim" John Cunningham MHS 72     

57, Petty Officer First Class (USN Ret.) died Friday, May 25, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family.  Born in Pennsylvania, he was a son of the late John William Cunningham and Marie Elizabeth Dann Cunningham and was predeceased by three brothers, Patrick, Stephen and Martin Cunningham. Tim was known for his love of family, his country and the United States Navy. He was an avid Ford classic car enthusiast and passionate about his Boston Red Sox, Green Bay Packers and Boston Celtics. Tim was involved in coaching youth sports in both Suffolk and Carrsville.  Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 27 years, Carolynn Dianne Cunningham; his son, Bradley Allen Cunningham (Lindsay) of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; two sisters, Marie E. Blanchard (Wallace III) of Kentucky and Catherine M. Seefeldt (Jurgen) of Pennsylvania; two brothers, Daniel Cunningham (Michele) of Texas and John Cunningham (Marjorie) of New Hampshire; his beloved pets, Sadie and Lucy and numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.  A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 1, at Wright Funeral Home, Franklin, Va., with the Rev. L. E. Stanworth officiating. Inurnment with full Naval Honors will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, June 1, at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk. The family will receive friends Thursday, May 31, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the funeral home and after the service at the residence. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Imus Ranch Kids for Cancer, P.O. Box 250 Ribera, N.M. 87560   Wellsboro Gazette – May 28, 2012 


DEAN Evelyn E. (Dean) Shipman

89, of Waverly, N.Y., went to be with her Lord on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at ElderWood at Tioga. She was born on February 26, 1923 in Waverly, N.Y. the daughter of the late Jessie and Edna Boyce Dean.  Evelyn worked as Assembler/Painter at Manoic Toy Company and Supervisor/ Housekeeper for O’Brien’s Inn, Waverly, N.Y. beginning 1965, retiring November, 1983. She married Edwin C. Shipman on May 10, 1941and they recently celebrated their 71st Anniversary. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She is predeceased by her sisters Luella Whittaker and Marjorie Wells, and brother Lloyd Dean.  Evelyn is survived by her husband of 71 years Edwin at home, children Gerald E. (Phyllis) Shipman of Waverly, N.Y., Linda M. (Ronald) Tappan of Sayre, Pa., and Dennis E. Shipman of Waverly, N.Y, grandchildren Jeannean Holland of Athens, Pa., DeAnna Shipman of Waverly, N.Y, Donald Shipman of Lockwood, N.Y, Joseph Shipman of Sayre, Pa., and Kathy Shipman of Jersey Shore, Pa., great-grandchildren Kyle Holland of Spain, Travis Holland of WA, Joshua Rowe of Barton, N.Y, Ashley Rowe of Barton, N.Y, Brooke Shipman of Lockwood, N.Y, and Logan Shipman of Lockwood, N.Y, sisters Charlotte Collins of Cayuta, N.Y, and Loretta DeVine of Waverly, N.Y, brother Ronald Dean of Lockwood, N.Y, very special niece Janice Russell of N.C., and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Friends and family may call on Thurs., May 31, 2012 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, Pa. Funeral Services will follow at 2 p.m. at the Funeral Home with the Rev. William Wells officiating.  Burial will be at the convenience of the family. The family wishes to extend their thank you to Sarah Simonds, Pauline Baker, Barbara Vought, Dr. Joseph Blood, and the entire staff of the 2nd floor for the excellent care given to our loved one during her stay at ElderWood.   Sayre Morning Times – May 30, 2012    



Age 57 of 478 Cumming Rd., Tioga, PA, passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at Broad Acres Nursing Home, Wellsboro, PA. Dan was born November 30, 1954 in Elmira, NY, the son of Joseph and Joyce Paul DeSera. He was a graduate of Elkland High School and retired from Corning, Inc. He is survived by his mother, Joyce DeSera, Elkland, PA; brother Allen DeSera, Lindley, NY; niece Amber "Randy" Tiikkala, AL; special friends Norm Williams and Cal Thomas; and several cousins. Dan was preceded in death by his father, Joseph, in 2008. Private committal services will be conducted at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice . Arrangements are in the care of Kenyon Funeral Home, Inc., 214 West Main Street, Elkland, PA 16920.  Star Gazette – May 25, 2012 



Age 61, of Elmira, NY, died on Monday, May 28, 2012 at St. Joseph's Hospital. He was born on April 23, 1951 in Elmira, NY to Harold and Agnes (Malanoski) Drake. He was predeceased by his father, Harold Drake. John is survived by his longtime companion, Ann Grady; mother, Agnes Drake; brothers, James (Theresa) Drake and Jerome Drake; nieces, Jessica Drake and Jennifer (Dan) Tomasulo; great nieces, Hanna and Nora Tomasulo; along with many cousins. John loved hunting and woodworking. It was John's wish that all services be held privately and at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations in John's name can be made to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 E. Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830. Arrangements have been entrusted to the James D. Barrett Funeral Home.   Star Gazette – May 28, 2012 


EAVES Carrie Margaret

Evening Leader – Tuesday, June 23, 1936

Hornell -  Found unconscious by her 14 year old grandson early Monday, Mrs. Carrie Eaves Reed King, 53, died as police and medical aide reached here.  Dr. Howard S. Brasted pronounced her dead when he arrived. Coroner M. G. Burch said she had succumbed to a heart attack.  Mrs. King was born in South Canisteo and had always resided in this immediate section, eight years in Hornell.  Surviving are two sons, Harry and Clyde Reed; two sisters, Mrs. John W. Rector of Hornell, and Mrs. Ida Davenport of Bath, and two brothers, William Eaves of Penn Yan, and George Eaves of Watkins Glen.  Funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Earl Burdick of Park Methodist Church officiating.  Burial will be in Canisteo.



MONTOUR FALLS: 73, of Montour Falls, NY, died peacefully at Bethany Manor on May 25, 2012, surrounded by his wife and children. Bon was born April 2, 1939 in Anna, Illinois, son of Bon and Freda Edwards. He lived most of his life in the Chicagoland area, attended Murray State College and Illinois Institute of Technology. He was a gifted athlete, trying out for both the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago White Sox, leaving that legacy to his children and grandchildren. His sense of humor and extroverted nature were traits that not only won him friends wherever he lived but contributed to his successful vocation as a heavy equipment salesman. In later years he followed his wife back to her roots in the Southern Tier. Bon's love was his children, his many dogs, and competitive sports. Bon is survived by his wife of 39 years Diane Walker Edwards, his children Sandi (Scott) Foster of Maryland, Amy (Pat) Galloway of Wisconsin, Nicole Edwards of Florida, and Jon Edwards of Montour Falls, his sister Carol Delso of Illinois, grandchildren Andrea and Sam Galloway, mother-in-law Doris Walker of Elmira, aunt Joyce Klosterhoff of Illinois, and brothers-in-law Ernie (Connie) Walker of Dryden and Bob (Debbie Kraemer) Walker of Vermont, and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. Bon and his family are grateful that his last few days were in the comfort and care of the staff at Bethany Skilled Three and Southern Tier Hospice. Arrangements are being handled by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen; there are no calling hours and a celebration of Bon's life will be private at the family's convenience. Contributions may be made to Southern Tier Hospice or the Alzheimer's Association.   Star Gazette – May 27, 2012


ELLISON Hon. William N., Justice Supreme Court, Retired

Died on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at his home in Watkins Glen. Justice Ellison, son of former District Attorney Arthur R. Ellison and former County Attorney Edwina M. Ellison of Watkins Glen, New York, was born on July 15, 1929. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, former Surrogate's Court Clerk and Court Reporter, Patricia Sullivan Suits Ellison. Also surviving are his children: Harry A. (Melissa) Ellison of Arlington, VA, William N. (Diane) Ellison, Jr. of Farmington, NY, Mary Patricia Ellison of Mountainside NJ, and Anne E. (Jeffrey) Snelling of Palmyra, NY, and grandchildren: Ellen, Mark, Michael, Zack and Rory Ellison and Abigail and Hannah Snelling. Justice Ellison graduated from Watkins Glen Central School, Harpur College and Cornell University Law School. He served as Watkins Glen Acting Village Police Judge, Town of Dix Justice of the Peace, Schuyler County District Attorney, Schuyler County Judge, Surrogate and Family Court Judge and was twice elected to the New York State Supreme Court - the first and only Schuyler County attorney to be elected to the Supreme Court. Upon his retirement, the Schuyler County Courtroom was named in his honor. The Judge was active in the community as a Member and President of the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club and the recipient of its Paul Harris Award. He was also involved in the County Heart Association, the Southern Tier Heart Association, the County Cerebral Palsy Association, the Schuyler County Bar Association, the Watkins Glen Central School PTA, and the Schuyler County Jaycees. He was a Director of the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Corp., and the Treasurer and a Director of the Schuyler Hospital. He was Treasurer during the construction of the Watkins Glen Golf Club, an Exalted Ruler of the Elks Club, a Lieutenant in the Fire Department, a Director of the Special Children's Center in Ithaca, and Trustee and Chairman of the Board of Corning Community College. He holds 50 year memberships in the Schuyler County, New York State and American Bar Associations. He is presently Vice-President of the Watkins Glen Central School District Public Library and Board Member and past President of the Northrup Education Foundation. Justice Ellison was committed to upholding the rule of law, to fairness to all lawyers and litigants who appeared before him and above all, a love for family and of the area where he spent his life. The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Tuesday (May 29th) from 3:00-6:00pm. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 30th at 10am with Rev. Paul Bonacci, Celebrant at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen; and committal services at St. Mary's Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's of the Lake Church, Restoration Fund, P.O. Box 289, Watkins Glen, NY 14891; or the Northrup Educational Foundation, Inc., c/o President Brian J. O'Donnell, 101 Willow Dr., Watkins Glen, NY 14891, in memory of Hon. William N. Ellison.  Star Gazette – May 25, 2012 



Doris R. Finelli, 91, formerly of Riverside Circle, Corning, NY, died Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at Founders Pavilion, Corning, NY. She is survived by nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Kay and Bill and Tim Leach and Bob and Kay Wilkins. In addition to her husband, Frank, Doris was predeceased by brothers and sisters, Howard, Clifford, Carl, Hazel, and twin sister, Dorothy. Friends are invited to call at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning, NY on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 from 1 to 2 PM. A Funeral Service will immediately follow at the funeral home at 2:00 PM with Rev. Connie Siefert officiating. Committal prayers and interment will follow at the family plot in Hope Cemetery, Corning, NY. The family asks that memorial donations be given in Doris's name to: Founders Pavilion, 205 E. 1st St., Corning, NY 14830.   Star Gazette – May 27, 2012 


FOSTER Freeman Parker

Wellsboro Agitator - Thursday, November 10, 1960

Mr. and Mrs. Bert Smith of West Pike attended the funeral of their uncle, Freeman Foster at Elmira Monday.  (Note:  buried in Hope Cemetery, Corning, Steuben, NY)   


FURNEY Alexa Joy Furney

Infant daughter of Paul Eric and Brenda (Bonsignore) Furney died on May 22, 2012. In addition to her parents, Alexa is survived by her sister Katelynn; brothers, Samuel and Logan; maternal grandmother Rose Sabatini Bonsignore; maternal grandfather Richard Bonsignore, Sr. with his wife Karen; paternal grandparents Paul L., Jr. and June Furney; aunts and uncles, Paulette Frycek, Richard Bonsignore, Jr., Phillip and Beth Bonsignore. Private services and burial were held at "Poppy" and "Nanny's" home in Erin. Pastor Scott Lowmaster conducted the service.   Star Gazette – May 26, 2012   


GIRMINDL Gary Alexander Girmindl

75, husband of the late Sally Larkin Girmindl, died Thursday, May 24, 2012. He was a native of Schenectady, NY and son of the late Julius C. and Agnes Kery Girmindl. He was a long time resident of Elmira, NY and Gastonia, NC before retiring to Clemson, SC in 1997. Gary was a graduate of Alfred University where he lettered in basketball and golf and remained an avid competitive golfer throughout his life. He was a former Minor League Baseball General Manager and retired as a salesperson of fire protection equipment. He was a proud supporter of Clemson University athletics, where he was a member of IPTAY and attended over 550 consecutive home basketball games. He was also an active member of University Lutheran Church. Surviving are two daughters, Lisa G. Black (Paul) and Lynne G. McGuirt (Tony), both of Greenville, SC; two granddaughters, Olivia L. McGuirt and Eleanor M. McGuirt; two nieces and one nephew. In addition to his wife and parents, he is predeceased by his brother, Julius J. Girmindl. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at University Lutheran Church in Clemson, SC with Pastor Larry F. Hartsell officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to University Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 1337, Clemson, SC 29633 or to Kits N Kats Rescue, P.O. Box 5101, Easley, SC 29641.   Star Gazette – May 28, 2012   


GROVER Phillip C. Grover II (1967 - 2012)

Died May 26, 2012 in Del Ray Beach, FL from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. He was born March 23, 1967, in Waterloo, NY. He graduated from Odessa-Montour and BOCES (Auto Body) in 1986. He married his high school sweetheart, Karen Bryington in 1988. In 1987, Phill joined the US Air Force and was stationed at George AFB in California until 1992 as a (SGT) Aircraft Structural Maintenance Specialist. After returning home he worked for Route 89 Auto Sales until 1998 then began working for Schweizer Aircraft Corp. In 2003, Phillip opened Woody's Garage. He then expanded his work to hauling, traveling extensively across the US hauling cars. He made many friends along the way. Phill was widely known for his outstanding work, and reputation as a top notch mechanic, auto body specialist and long haul transporter. He spent his free time drag racing, fishing and BBQing. Being a MOPAR man, Phill lived doing what he loved. Phill was also a member of Car Pride, Schuyler County Veterans and He is survived by his daughter, Amanda Lea Grover of Ithaca; his parents, Phillip (Charley) and Sarah (Sally) Grover of Enfield; brothers, Stanley (Denise) Warne of Interlaken and Greg Gardner (whom Phill considered an adopted family member) of Alpine; sisters, Susan (Arthur) Howser Jr. of Enfield and Molly (Bill) Swertfager of Groton; and numerous nieces and nephews, family, friends and service buddies. A memorial will take place Sunday, June 10th at the Schuyler Veteran's Memorial Park off Route 228 at 12:00 noon.   Star Gazette – June 1, 2012   


HARTFORD Kent “Bucky” Hartford, Sr.

58, Life-time resident of Shunk, died unexpectedly, Saturday morning, May 19, 2012, at his home.  Kent Otto was Born on March 31, 1954 in Shunk, he was the son of Lawrence and Neva (Norton) Hartford. He was a 1972 graduate of Sullivan County High School. On May 20, 1988 he married the former Rosa Hunter in Forksville and together shared 24 years of marriage.  “Bucky”, as he was known by family and friends, was employed as a Heavy Equipment Operator with The Operating Engineers Union Local 542, Harrisburg for several years until his health no longer permitted him to continue.  His pride and joy in life was the time spent with his grandchildren. He was happiest when keeping busy. Bucky enjoyed being outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, gardening or having a good time with friends. Kent was a member of the Red Run Rod and Gun Club.  In addition to his parents, Bucky is survived by his wife Rosa, children, Kimberlie (Chris) Merwin of Binghamton, NY, Amy (Jesse) Millard of Elkland, Melissa Hartford of Shunk, Michael Kilmer (Tara Proctor) of Williamsport, Kent Hartford Jr. of Shunk, grandchildren, Alesha Hartford, Tia Merwin, Natalie Gilbert, Daelynn Christman, Dalton Deitrich, Amira Hartford, Haley Millard, Mikayla Deitrich, Elizabeth Merwin, Kylee Kilmer, Madaline Millard, Athan Hartford, Elijah Kilmer, Max Millard, adopted grandchildren, Anastsa Shiele, Charlie Coolen, Gabriel Gibbs, Alex Castle, Cassandra Castle, a brother, Rocky (Peg) Hartford of Shunk, a sister, Cheryl (Marlin) Norton of Olean, NY; Gina Indelicarto of Jersey Shore, who Kent considered his “daughter-in-law”, special friends, Butch Kemp, Brian Brown Jr. both of Shunk and Alana Shiele of Estella; several nieces, nephews and numerous cousins.  He was predeceased by a son, Jeremiah Hartford on June 14, 2010, a grandson, Mason Millard, two brothers, Larry Hartford and Marty Gene Hartford.  A memorial service to celebrate Bucky’s life will be held at noon on Saturday, June 30, at the family home on Route 154 with a meal to follow.  Burial will be private. The Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Dr. in Canton is assisting the family with arrangements.   Canton Independent Sentinel – May 27, 2012


HELMER Anne Helmer Kelley

was born on August 3, 1916 in Union Springs, New York. She died almost 96 years later in Houston, Texas, on April 12, 2012, where she had recently moved to be near her daughter. Her last 38 years were spent in Waverly, New York, where her husband, Dr. John (Jack) Kelley, was superintendent of the Waverly School District for many years prior to his retirement.  Anne was the oldest of four children born to Roy and Agnes Helmer. They lived in the country several miles from Skaneateles, N.Y., and attended a one-room school house. When Anne turned 12, she left home and moved in with a family in town in order to attend the local high school. She cleaned their house, took care of three children, and went to school. At age fourteen, she graduated from high school having passed all the N.Y. State Regents exams. She was the youngest high school graduate ever at that time in New York state. She was accepted to Syracuse University, however, because she could not afford to attend, she took a job at The Krebs restaurant in Skaneateles as a waitress and started saving. A few years later, she graduated from Syracuse University and accepted a teaching position in Florida, N.Y.  It was there she met and married Russell Wickham Durland, a Cornell graduate who was a Navigator in the U.S. Navy. Unfortunately, their happiness was short-lived. When she was seven months pregnant, Russell’s plane crashed while en route to Europe for the D-Day invasion. Anne went back to school and received a Masters degree in counseling fromN YU Albany. It was there that she met her second husband, Jack Kelley. Jack, too, was in education and his jobs took his family from one coast to the other to Central America and back again over the course of more than 20 years. Wherever their travels took them, Anne made life-long friends. She never forgot the struggles of her childhood and the charitable organizations that benefited from her generosity were many and varied.  Anne enjoyed playing bridge, volunteering with Meals on Wheels, working in her garden, visiting her grandchildren in Texas and traveling. She also enjoyed a good martini. Anne always had a special place in her heart for her sister, Lydia Helmer Angelini, who lives in California. Also surviving her are her daughter, Russanne Durland Kelley, her grandsons, Christopher Kelley Johns and wife Emily Parrish Johns, Alexander William Potter Johns, Andrew Bogardus Johns, and her great-granddaughter, Blake Allison Johns.  The family would like to especially thank Scott Peters for his daily visits, Jim Clark, Pat Gorski, Bob Ward and Mary Finlayson for their friendship and support, caregiver Anna Billings, and niece, Susan Laybourn.  Anne, like her husband Jack, was a member of the“greatest generation”. Their like will not be seen again. Well done, Anne. Rest in peace.   Sayre Morning Times – May 30, 2012


HICKEY Mark A. Hickey

58, of Cottage Road, Addison, died on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia Hospital following a long illness. Born in Corning, NY on Feb. 18, 1954, Mark was the son of Eugene and Margaret Lamb Hickey. He grew up in Lindley, one of eight children.  Mark became employed at Corning Inc. immediately after high school. He retired in 2009 due to poor health with over 30 years’ service. He worked at the Corning Diesel Ceramics plant in Erwin as a pre extrusion operator. He was a member of Local 1000 of American Flint Glass Workers Union.  A great car enthusiast, Mark took great pride in owning and caring for his vehicles and took extreme pride and pleasure in his ’91 Vette. He also loved to spend relaxing time fishing.  He was preceded in death by his father, Eugene Hickey.  Surviving are his son, Gordon Hickey and fiancé Ashley Ratterree of Douglasville, GA, his daughter and son in law, Tera and Michael Smithmen of Beaver Dams, his grandchildren, Carter Smithmen, Thomas Brantley and Bryan Hickey, his mother, Margaret Wilcox of Interlachen, FL, his brothers, Lee (Jeannie) Hickey of Maryland, Bill (Evvon) Hickey of Elmira, David (Cindy) Hickey of Washington, Paul (Donna) Hickey and Kevin Hickey, both of Florida, his sisters, Judy (Gerald) Chase of Addison and Cathy (Cal) Gervin of Florida, along with many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.  A private memorial service is being held at the convenience of the family.  Because of Mark’s love of animals, donations are requested to your local SPCA.  Arrangements are with the H.P. Smith & Son, Inc. Funeral Home in Woodhull.  Corning Leader – May 27, 2012    


HOLCOMB Raymond L. "Red" Holcomb

The life of former LeRoy resident Raymond L. Holcomb will be celebrated at a memorial service which will take place Saturday, July 7 at the LeRoy Independent Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. The service will commence at 11 a.m. with Pastor Ron Bly officiating. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Canton.   Towanda Daily Review – June 1, 2012   


HOLLY Albert Franklin Holly

70, of Hot Springs AR, formally of Elmira and Ithaca died Friday May 25, 2012 at his home. Al was born April 11, 1942 in Norwalk, CT to Franklin and Phoebe Butler Holly. He is survived by, his wife of 51 years Maureen Holly of Hot Springs, three children; Shalena (Philip) Dannemann of Millport, NY, Kelly Rodriguez of Oakland, TN, Clarence "Chuck" Holly of Ithaca, NY. Other survivors include his mother Phoebe Holly, two sisters; Frann Harrison and Betsy Davis seven grandchildren; Zakkary Dannemann, Alena Pacheco, Job, Manuel, Alia, Violeta and Pablo Rodriguez and Kaylee Holly, also two great-grandchildren. Al was a life long learner and teacher of life. He and his wife were local real estate investors who owned Holly Housing together. In the 1970's, he was a member of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church where he served as youth leader. He also served as Chairman of the Board for Cayuga Nature Center where he taught outdoor education and winter survival during the 1980's. In lieu of flowers you may donate to your favorite charity . Memorial services will be held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Hot Springs, June 7th at 10am.  Star  Gazette – June 2, 2012



90, of Galeton, died Thursday, May 3, 2012.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton.  Wellsboro Gazette – May 9, 2012  


JOHNSON Katherine (Kate) B. Hunter

of Sayre, Pa., died May 31, 2012 at the Bradford County Manor.  Born in Towanda, Pa., on May 12, 1926, she was the daughter of Delanson and Dora Johnson. She was devoted to and loved the company of her family.  She is survived by her children Elwood L. Hunter of Owego, N.Y., Mary-Kay Gore (George) of Lusby Maryland, John W. Haggerty (Pat) of Sayre, Floyd M. Haggerty (Marie) of Sayre, and Richard D. Haggerty (Rae), Ulster, Pa. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband Elwood Hunter in 1999, daughter, Angeline Cindy in 1973, her brothers, Wallace and Isaac, her sisters, Ethel, Mary, Helen, Carrie, and Angeline.  She was a member of the Waverly First Church of the Nazarene in Waverly, N.Y., until her illness. There will be no calling hours. There will be a grave side memorial, for family only, at the Barton cemetery on Saturday morning, June 2, at 11 a.m. where she will be buried alongside her husband Elwood. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Waverly First Church of the Nazarene, 310 Chemung St, Waverly, NY 14892, or one's favorite charity.  Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley Tioga Point Cremation and Burial Options Inc., 802 N. Main St., Athens.   Sayre Morning Times – June 1, 2012 


JOSEPH Laurice Santoro

Age 83, died peacefully with family at her bedside on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at Glen Cove Hospital on Long Island. She was a longtime Elmira resident, a dedicated mother and grandmother, and friend to so many. She was predeceased by parents Solomon Joseph & Marie Sahadi Joseph, and husband Vito. She is survived by her children Marie, Francine, John, Joe (Yoko), and Vincent (Jennifer), and grandson Sebastian.  The eldest of six children, she is also survived by sisters, Renee Sophy, Marietta Kimball, & Charlotte Joseph, brothers, Ron Joseph & Vincent Joseph; and many nieces & nephews.  For several years, she hosted visiting students and families from Japan at her home in Elmira. They truly became a part of her family and a very special part of her life, remaining a constant and treasured source of love and support over the years.  Her long career in teaching touched the lives of many students at institutions that included Elmira Business Institute, Elmira Correctional Facility, Greater Southern Tier BOCES, and various Elmira School District Adult & Continuing Education courses.  A communicant of St. Patrick's Church in Elmira for many years, she was a Eucharistic Minister, a sponsor for many Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) participants, a member of the 3rd Order of Carmelites, tireless volunteer, and one of the founding members of the Perpetual Adoration Chapel at St. Casmir's Parish. Also active in the Lebanese-American community, she was a former president and longtime member of the Elsylebam Club.  Family and friends are invited to call at McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water St. Elmira, NY 14905, on Friday, June 1, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A prayer service will be held there on Saturday, June 2, at 9:45 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Patrick's Church.  In lieu of flowers, donations to Gribbin School Greenhouse Fund, Seaman & Walnut Rds, Glen Cove NY 11542 would be appreciated.  Star Gazette – May 29, 2012


KELLY Neal O. Kelly

age 63, of Burdett, NY died peacefully on Monday May 21, 2012. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Susan; his sons, Andrew and Neal Jr. (Moose); his favorite daughter in law, Sherri. The joy of his life is being known as "Poppy" to his grandchildren, Brandon, Jordan, Haley, Justin, Sean, and Tapanga. He is also survived by his brothers and sister in laws, Gary and Mary Kelly, Sharon Kelly, David Kelly, Kevin and Terry Kelly, Jason and Pam Kelly; his sister, Patricia and Terry Dense; sister in laws, Joann and Roger Townsend, Diann and Mark Murphy, and Carol Ann and David Driesbach. Special aunt and uncle, Carole and William Templar of Hilton-Head and several nieces and nephews all very special to him.  Neal graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1967. He was a member for 45 years, past chief and treasurer of the Burdett Volunteer Fire Department; member and Past Exalted Ruler of the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge #1546. Neal retired from Time Warner Cable in 2006.  Friends and family may call from 4pm to 7pm on Friday, May 25, 2012 at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. His Funeral Service will follow at 7pm with participation from the Watkins Glen Elks and the Burdett Fire Dept. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Neal's memory to the Burdett Fire Dept. Building Fund, PO Box 238, Burdett, NY 14818.  Star Gazette – May 24, 2012   


KELSEY Leland W. “Lee” “Punky” “Pampa”

Age 74 of Elmira died unexpectedly on Tuesday May 22, 2012 at home. Survived by his wife of 54 years, Gloria; children, Jeffery ( Donnalee) Kelsey, Elmira, Brian ( Sandra) Kelsey, Bath, NY, Donna ( Mark) Kelsey-Root, Elmira; grandchildren, Stacia, Erica, Kevin, Brian Michael, Elizabeth, Ryan Kelsey, Steven & Kelsie Root; sisters, Sharon Seeley, Snooky ( John) Tosch; sisters in-law, Faith Moffe, Shelva Carl; canine companion, Max; several nieces, nephews and cousins; predeceased by his parents, Leland L. & Helen Kelsey; infant son, Alonzo; grandson Matthew Kelsey; sister, Marlene Brown; best friend, David King of Rochester, NY; long time canine companion, Wrinkles. Lee was retired from the Remington Rand and Pepsi Cola with 40 years of service, also he was a proprietor of Lee Kelsey & Sons Pepsi Cola distributor, owner/operator of Convenient Food Mart on Maple Ave. After retiring from above, Lee operated the grand concession trailer at the Steuben County Fair. The family will receive relatives and friends at the Kalec Funeral Home on Friday, May 25 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Burial at Forest Lawn Memorial Park on Saturday May 26 at 11a.m. with a luncheon immediately following at the VFW located at 113 Keefe Street, Elmira.   Corning Leader – May 24, 2012


KEMP John V. Jr.

John V. Kemp, Jr., 71, of Knoxville, died on Friday, May 25, 2012. Family will receive friends at Kenyon Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Elkland on Friday 1:00 - 4:00 PM and 7:00 - 9:00 PM and on Saturday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM with the funeral service immediately following at 12:00 PM with Pastor Sherri Good officiating. Family respectfully declines flowers; please send memorial donations to the Knoxville and Austinburg United Methodist Church. Star Gazette – May 27, 2012  


KING Clara

Syracuse Herald-Journal – Tuesday, January 29, 1946

The funeral of Mrs. Clara Manwaring, 58, who died Monday at the home of Mrs. Jennie S. Abbott, 102 Dyer ct., will be held Wednesday.  The Rev. Robert A. Canterbury, pastor of Grace Tabernacle Church, will officiate at private services at 11 a.m. in the Laurence VanDusen funeral home.  Burial will be at Skaneateles.  Mrs. Manwaring had lived in Syracuse 15 years and was a member of Grace Tabernacle Church.  Survivors are two sisters, Mrs. Grace A. Hawtin, of Auburn and Mrs. Leva Boyce, of Rochester.


KING Clara

Wellsboro Agitator – February 13, 1946

Mrs. Clara Manwaring, aged 58 years, died Jan. 28, at her home in Syracuse. She was a former resident of Westfield and vicinity.  


King Clara

Post Standard – Tuesday, January 29, 1946

Manwaring – Syracuse, Jan. 28, 1946, Mrs. Clara K. Manwaring.  Survived by two sisters, Mrs. Grace A. Hawtin and Mrs. Leva Boyce.  Private service at the VanDusen Funeral Home, 136 W. Castle St., Wednesday, 11 a.m. Rev. Robert Canterbury officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9.  Burial Skaneateles.   


KING Grace A

Syracuse Herald-Journal – Wednesday, July 9, 1947

Mrs. Grace Hawtin Funeral Friday

Auburn – The funeral of Mrs. Grace A. Hawtin, 265 Clark St., widow of William Hawtin, who died Tuesday in Auburn City Hospital, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Langham Funeral Home, 91 E. Genesee St.  The Rev. Robert S. Stansfield of the Second Baptist Church will officiate.  Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Skaneateles.  Mrs. Hawtin came to Auburn from Skaneateles 17 years ago.  She was born in Pennsylvania.  She was a member of the Second Baptist Church; Thelma Rebekah Lodge; I.O.O.F. and Ladies’ Auxiliary of the G.A.R.  Surviving are a son, Donald W. Hawtin, of Auburn, and a sister, Mrs. Arthur Boye (Boyce) of Rochester.   


KING Grace Houghton (Hawtin)

The Evening Leader - Corning, New York - Saturday, July 12, 1947

SABINSVILLE. Pa. - Mrs. Grace King Houghton (Hawtin), native of Clymer Township, died at her home in Auburn, N. Y. Funeral services were held Friday at Auburn. Mrs. Houghton (Hawtin) was the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James King. Surviving is a sister, Mrs. Lena Boyce.    


KING Nancy Delcena Benn

Pleasant Hill Cemetery Obituaries

Wife of George D. Benn, President of the First National Bank, Passes Away.  On Monday night, September 11th (1916) at 11:30 o’clock, death came to Delcena, wife of George D. Benn, at their home on Main street after an illness of about two years duration due to cancer of the stomach. While she had been ailing for two years she did not become seriously ill until February of this year. At times she seemed better, but despite the services of some of the best physicians in the country and the splendid care given by her devoted husband and friends, she grew weaker and death relieved her of her sufferings at the above time. Mrs. Benn was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William H. King, deceased and was born at the homestead in Tioga county, Pa., November 22, 1851 and was aged 64 years, 8 months and 19 days at the time of her demise. On February 15th, 1869 she was united in marriage to George D. Benn in Tioga county. They immediately took up housekeeping in Wellsville. In 1871 they moved to Emporium and a year later went to Iowa where they remained until 1874 at which time they moved to Houtzdale, Pa. In 1885 Mr. Benn went into the lumber business at Dean and two years later moved from Houtzdale to this place where they have resided ever since. Mrs. Benn was of a cheerful disposition and made friends of all whom she came in contact, and those who were intimately acquainted with her loved her for her steadfast friendship and kindly ways. She suffered intensely at times during her illness but bore it all with a fortitude that was remarkable. She was a member of the M. E. church and when her health permitted was a faithful attendant at all the various branches of the church work. She was also a worker in the cause of temperance and belonged to the local W.C.T.U. Funeral services were held in the M. E. church last Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. The pastor Rev. J. T. Williammee delivered the sermon to a large crowd of friends, after which the remains were taken to Pleasant Hill cemetery, Glasgow, for interment. Undertaker J. C. Troxell was in charge. The funeral cortege was made up of automobiles, and forty-four cars were in line. The casket was covered with handsome floral offerings and these with the large number of friends who attended the funeral were evidences of high esteem in which the deceased was held. Besides her husband, George D. Benn, President of the first National Bank, of this place, she leaves the following brothers and sisters, viz: Mrs. Susan A. Johnson, Cheney, Wash.; Mrs. Lettie Ulery, Oakland, Cali.; John King, of California, and Daniel…rest is missing


LEE Robert E. Lee, Jr.

79, of Tunkhannock, PA died Wednesday morning, May 16, 2012 at the home of his daughter, Tammy after an illness. Born in Wilkes- Barre, Dec. 24, 1932, he was the son of the late Robert E. and Irene Buckworth Lee.  He was a member of the Scranton Carpenters Union where he worked as a construction foreman. He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a graduate of Tunkhannock High School, Class of 1951, and attended Penn State University. He was a past Master of Temple Lodge #248, F.&A.M. and a member of Franklin Lodge Free and Accepted Masons Lodge # 263. He was a member of Triton Hose Company, Tunkhannock.  Survivors include his daughters, Tammy Balewski and her husband, Joe of Tunkhannock, Amy Morton and her husband, Rick of Michigan; a son, Kevin Lee of Lansdale; his companion of 30 years, Nancy Kintner of Forkston and three granddaughters. Funeral services were held Saturday, May 19 at 10 a.m. at the Harding-Litwin Funeral Home, 123 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, with Rev. John Shaffer officiating. Interment was in Sunnyside Cemetery, Tunkhannock. Friends called on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.  Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.  Wyalusing Rocket Courier – May 24, 2012 


LUDWIG Harold F. (Bud) 83

4/11/1929 - 05/22/2012

Preceded in death by wife Mildred, sons Dale and Rollin, and daughter Donna. Born in Elmira, NY, son of Jacob and Wilma Ludwig, with travels to Davie, Fl and Bellevue, NE. before joining his heavenly family. Survived by son Garry and wife Nancy, daughter Marsha and husband James Stratton, daughters Lois and Brenda and son Bruce. Mr. Ludwig has five (5) grandchildren and one (1) great-grand child. Also survived by 3 sisters and 2 brothers. At his request no services to be rendered. Interment Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL.  Star Gazette – May 27, 2012   



Age 30 of Elmira, formerly of Genesee, PA died Sat. May 26, 2012 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester following a brief illness. Born on July 29, 1981 in Ithaca; David was the son of John & Deborah Gleason McNeely, Genesee, PA; also surviving is his sister, Heather (Christopher) Sharp, New Florence, PA; brother, Christopher (Fiancée, Melinda Wood) McNeely, Mansfield, PA; maternal grandmother, Barbara Gleason, Richford, NY; nieces and nephews, Krista, Shawn and Shane Sharp; Anthony and Christian McNeely; Sam and Haley Wood; aunts, uncles and many cherished friends, including his loving partner, Joe Soos Jr. Elmira.  He enjoyed helping others and was employed by Elcor Health Services as a CNA. David loved the adventure of life. He enjoyed traveling, the outdoors, four wheeling, hiking, camping, fish aquariums, and fun times.  Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport on Wed. May 30, 2012 between the hours of 6-8 p.m.  Star Gazette – May 28, 2012   


PUTNAM Steven M. Putnam

49, of Fallbrook Road, Troy, died Friday, May 25, 2012 at home with his family at his side. Steve was born Oct. 23, 1962 in Troy son of Leon W. and Betty Lou (Tice) Putnam. He attended Troy Area Schools and was a self-employed mechanic. Steve's interests included NASCAR (he was an avid Dale Earnhardt fan), demolition derby, fishing and swimming. He was a member of the American Legion.  Surviving in addition to his parents are his three daughters, Nikki Putnam of Troy, Precious Putnam of Mystic Conn. and Lily Walton of Elmira, N.Y.; granddaughter Ivy Rose Putnam; siblings Leon (June) Putnam Jr. of Mansfield, Deborah (David) Smith of Monroeton, Kevin Keith (Jenifer) Putnam of Mansfield, Belinda Sue (Joseph) Packard of Troy, Kim LaRue (Beatrice) Putnam of Troy and Tina (Jason) Avants of Troy; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was predeceased by his uncle, Dale Putnam in 1997.  Family and friends are invited to call from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral Home Inc., 1093 West Main St., Troy. His memorial service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 5 p.m. with Reverend Garry Zuber officiating.  Memorials are directed to the Armenia Church, RR1 Box 368, Troy, PA 16947.  Towanda Daily Review – May 27, 2012   


RIKER Louis Duane (Lou) Riker

Louis Duane (Lou) Riker, 81, of Chickasha Oklahoma, died on May 16, 2012 with family in attendance. He donated his body to the University of Oklahoma Willed Body Program and requested that there be no funeral or memorial service. Deeply patriotic, Louis was proud to have served his country in the Navy during the Korean War on board the USS Pocono (AGC-16). Louis ran a Life/Property/Casualty Insurance Agency in Spencer, New York, and then in Chickasha, Oklahoma before retiring in 1993. His hobbies included hunting, fishing and wild strawberry picking while living in New York and playing early morning basketball, jogging and traveling while living in Chickasha. Throughout his life, Lou was an avid reader. Some of his interests ran from a love of Mark Twain, early in life, to ancient world and American history. Then in his later years he read the Bible from cover-to-cover two and one-half times. The First Presbyterian Church of Chickasha was his church home where he had served as an Elder. He enjoyed church dinners and his favorite hym was Amazing Grace. Immediate survivors include: Sister: Elinor Schlag of Washingtonville New York; Son and Wife: Edwin and Crystal of Spencer New York; Son and Wife: Thomas and Rhea of Woodstock, New York; and caregiver: Joyce Riker of Chickasha, Oklahoma. Other survivors include cousins, nieces, nephews, two grandchildren and one great grandchild. In 1990, Louis was diagnosed with Parkinson' Disease. Those wishing to remember Lou can aide in the fighting of this disease by making a donation in his name to the National Parkinson' Foundation, 1501 Northwest 9th Avenue, Bob Hope Road, Miami Fla., 33136-1494 or call 1-800-473-4636 for more information.  Star Gazette – May 27, 2012  


ROONEY James "Jim" J. Rooney

76, of Mansfield, died Saturday, June 2, 2012. Jim is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Barbra Rooney, of Elysburg. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Norwood, Pa. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., is assisting the family.   Williamsburg Sun Gazette – June 3, 2012 


SCAPTURA Marie C. "Mellie" Spena

age 89, of Watkins Glen, NY died Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, NY.  Mellie was born in Watkins Glen, NY on December 28, 1922, the daughter of the late Rocco and Mary (Compese) Scaptura. She had worked for many years at the Watkins Glen Elementary School and as a volunteer at the gift shop at Schuyler Hospital. She was a very active member of St. Mary's of the Lake Church. She sang in the Resurrection Choir, was a member of the Guild, and walked children to Religion Classes. Mellie was predeceased by her husband, Nicholas J. Spena in 1983 and by her siblings, Celicia DeNardo, Rocco "Dick" Scaptura, Frank Scaptura, Joe Scaptura, and Nick Scaptura. Mellie is survived by her children, Frank Spena, Sr. of Watkins Glen and Mary Rose (Gregory) Laux of Tonawanda, NY; her grandchildren, Frank Spena, Jr., Nicholas Piersons, and Bradley Piersons; her sister, Grace Cherock; her brother, George Scaptura; sister in law, Judy Scaptura; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends.  Friends and family may call from 5pm to 8pm on Thursday, May 31 at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen. A Mass of Christain Burial will be celebrated at 9 am on Friday, June 1st at St. Mary's of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Mellie's memory to the Schuyler County Volunteer Ambulance Corp., PO Box 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or the the Schuyler Hospital, Volunteer Fund, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865.  Star Gazette – May 28, 2012  


SMITH Brenda Jean Smith Kinner

Age 58 of Corning, NY and formerly of Elkland PA, died on May 16, 2012 with her family by her side. Brenda was born December 27, 1953 to the late Santina Palumbo Smith an Italian immigrant and the late Bernard M. Smith, a former U.S Navy Veteran from Pennsylvania. Brenda graduated from Elkland High School, acquired an associate’s degree from Penn Tech, as well as a cosmetology degree. She was a former employee of Corning Inc. and private Nanny in Arizona and Connecticut. Brenda loved life; her true passion was being an amazing Momma and Nonni. She also loved her family, friends, singing, dancing, shopping, loved doing hair and makeup, fishing, traveling, cooking and GOD. She was a strong, independent woman that brought laughter and strength to all she met. She was not afraid to seek out and conquer challenges. She is survived by her loving children, Joseph (Amanda) Smith of Avondale, AZ, Caprice (Jaime) Kinner- Alvarez of Corning, NY, and Meghan Gibson of Sparks, NV; grandchildren, Santina, Austin, and Isabella; Siblings Darlene (Dennis) Audinwood, Josephine (William) Austin, Francis (Gerald) Grapevine, Dominic Siciliano, Mary (Gary) Probst and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a special adopted second son, Shajal Haroon. She was preceded in death by her brothers Phillip and Natali Siciliano. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted at this website Sullivan's Funeral Home is assisting the family. In honor of her battle with cancer, a Celebration of Brenda's life will take place at a later date.   Star Gazette – May 27, 2012   


SMITH Brian J. Smith.

age 66 of Elmira, NY, died May 11, 2012 in Little Rock, AR after a courageous battle with a brain tumor. He was predeceased by his parents, Rawson and Elizabeth Smith, brother and sister-in-law David and Carolyn Smith. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 yrs., Sally Zammett Smith, son Scott (Valerie) Smith, daughter Kimberly Smith, and granddaughters Emma, Abby and Ella. He is also survived by sister-in-law Judith (Donald) Kneeland, several nieces, nephew and cousins. Brian loved his family, boating on the Finger Lakes and in AR, and was a member of the Southern Tier RC Model Boat Club for 30+ yrs, racing model boats in Elmira and Florida. He was an avid woodworker making beautiful furniture for his family. Upon retirement, he spent holidays in AR with his children and granddaughters and winters in Florida. Calling hours are to be held from 11:30 am-12:30 am, Saturday, June 2, followed by a memorial service at the Baker Family Funeral Home. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society for brain tumor research.  Star Gazette – May 28, 2012    


SPENCER Mary Keck Kelly

of Doylestown, formerly of New Hope, Pa., died on Sunday, May 27, 2012, at her home after a long battle with cancer. She was 69.  She was the wife of the late Thomas Keck for 36 years and Donald Kelly for three years. She was born in Elmira, N.Y. to the late Bud and Emma Spencer. She graduated from Wellsboro High School. She worked in Banking in various positions for 35 years. She is survived by daughters, Michelle Hogan, married to Roy Hogan of Hilltown, pa., Krista Movellan of Haycock, Pa., a son, Jeffrey Keck, married to Kristie Keck of Quakertown; sisters, Janet Copp, married to Toby Copp of Kanab, Utah, Priscilla Alloy, married to Dean Alloy of Wellsboro, Pa., a brother, Paul Spencer, married to Linda Spencer of Bensalem. She is also survived by granddaughters, Amanda Movellan, Kellie Movellan, Haley Hogan, and Alyssa Keck; and grandsons, Matthew Hogan and Scott Keck. She was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret. Mary's memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 31, 2012 at Shelly Funeral Home, Easton and Keller's Church Roads, Plumsteadville, Pa.  Family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until the time of service on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the funeral Home. Interment will be private. Memorials may be made to Doylestown Hospital Hospice, c/o Development Office, 595 W. State Street, Doylestown PA 18901.  Funeral home obituary – May 28, 2012 


STICKLER Elizabeth N. Green Cortright

Elizabeth N. Green Cortright, born August 25, 1923 died on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, reunited with the love of her life, Charles Cortright who predeceased her in 1985. Also predeceased by her first husband, Arthur O. Kelly the father of her 5 children, her mother and father, Dorothy and Frank Stickler and several brothers and sisters. She was one of 12 children, and is survived by her brother, Robert Stickler of Horseheads, NY; sisters, Dorothy Marvin of Williamson, NY, Leona Vester of Elmira, NY, Mary Fatula of Orlando, FL; daughter, Marjorie Kelly Wilson (Carl) of Florahome, FL; son, Robert Kelly (Carol) of Rogers, AR; daughter, Denise Kelly Alexander (Larry) Zephyrhills, FL; daughter, Roseanne Kelly Green (Greg) of Florahome, FL; son, Fred Kelly (Lura) of Garner, NC.; 17 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren. She was very active in her community as well as her church. She was on the board of directors for Bay Area Legal Services, in Tampa FL, as well as a past president and lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW in Zephyrhills, FL. She and her husband, Charles, were founding members of Faith Baptist Church in Zephyrhills, FL. She was a leader in the Awana for 20+ years. She will also be missed by Grand Dog & Grand Cats, Lucy, Jake, and Trippi. They will all miss her greatly. She was the matriarch of our family who taught us to play Euchre, Ping, Bingo and Dominos. Viewing will be at Hodges Funeral Home, Highway 54 West, Zephyrhills, FL., Sunday, June 3, 2012 from 6 - 8 PM, with funeral service at Faith Baptist Church, FL Hwy 54, Zephyrhills, FL on Monday, June 4, at 10 A.M. with internment to follow at Floral Gardens, Dade City, FL.   Star Gazette – June 3, 2012       


SWEET Roland "Ron" Festus Sweet

67, of Athens, died on Friday, June 1, 2012 at home surrounded by his family.  He was born on July 26, 1944 in Waverly, N.Y. the son of the late Festus and Ester Luella Morley Sweet.  Ron enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and dancing. He was a proud member of the Elmira Heights American Legion Post No. 154 and Corning V.F.W. Ron loved spending time with his family and following his grandchildren around to different sporting events. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Ron served in the United States Navy for over 30 years, retiring in 1999 as a senior chief.  He is predeceased by his wife, Sandra Sweet, in 2001.  Roland is survived by his children, Karen (Randy) Rockwell of Sayre, Terrie (Brian) Alexander of Lockwood, N.Y., Tammy (Lou) Schrier of South Waverly, and Ron (Shannon) Sweet of Sayre; grandchildren Joshua, Joey, Jordan, Jessica, Jarod, Brandon, Nicholas, and Nathan; great-granddaughter Elexia; brother Carl (Pat) Sweet of Florida; sister Phyllis Haas of Sayre; special friend Barbie Said of Big Flats, N.Y.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  Friends and family may call from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 3 at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 225 South Main St., Athens. Funeral services will follow at 4 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Linda Rogers officiating.  Burial will be at the convenience of the family.  Towanda Daily Review – June 2, 2012    


SZYBIST Edward J. Szybist

95, of Williamsport, died Friday, June 1, 2012, at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. Ed was born in Williamsport on May 26, 1917, a son of John and Katherine Zielewicz Szybist.   He was employed throughout his career as a machinist.  Ed enjoyed the many trips he and his wife took across the United States, visiting all 50 states. In addition to their travels in the United States, Ed and Louise traveled extensively in Europe.  After his retirement, Ed volunteered 27 years for Meals-on-Wheels both as a driver and a runner. He very much enjoyed visiting with the MOW clients and providing this service to the community.  His wife Louise, his parents and four sisters and a brother preceded him in death.  Surviving are a daughter Constance (Francis) Roupp; his son Daniel (Patricia) Szybist; his grandchildren Marshall and Christopher Roupp, Lynn Szybist, Lisa Szybist-Holland, Janie Szybist and Scott Szybist; his great-grandchildren Jordan, Anthony and Parker Holland; his sisters Christine (Walter) Smith, Wilhelmina (Emil) Waldman, Virginia Szybist and Jacqueline (Bob) Fleisher; and his brother John (Jean) Szybist.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Ascension Church, 2100 Linn St., Williamsport, with burial to follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Montoursville.  The family will receive family and friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the church.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to STEP, Inc. for the benefit of Meals-on-Wheels, 2138 Lincoln St., Williamsport, PA 17701.  Towanda Daily Review – June 3, 2012  


TANNER George A. Tanner

age 80 of Odessa, New York died on May 28, 2012 at Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls, NY. George was born in Waverly, NY the son of the late Warren and Ethel (Jobe) Tanner. He was a self-employed businessman who operated his Whole Sale Wood Products and Outdoor Power Equipment business from 1956 to 1997. George was a member of the Odessa Wesleyan Church for 60 years, drove school bus for OMCS for many years, Town Councilman for the Town of Catherine for 25 years, member of the Odessa Fire Department and a member of the FLD Camping Association where he enjoyed camping and fishing. He also served in the National Guard. Mr. Tanner is survived by his wife, Iona (Sherrer) Tanner. Children: Pat & Henry Frasier of Alpine, NY, Lois & Brian Hubbell of Alpine, NY and Joanne Dorn Tanner of Odessa, NY. Grandchildren: Joyce & Kevin Matthews, Daniel & Vicki Frasier, Laurie & Brian McCoon, Scott & Jason Hubbell, John & Melinda Dorn and Eric Dorn. Eleven Great Grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother and sister. Friends and family may call from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM on Friday, June 1st at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. His funeral service will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, June 2nd at the Odessa Wesleyan Church. Burial will follow at Laurel Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in George's memory to a charity of one's choice .  Star Gazette – May 29, 2012  


UNDERHILL George Rockwell Underhill

(Jun 30, 1944 - May 29, 2012) of Boca Raton, FL, died at North Forsythe Hospital in Cumming, GA. He was 67 years old. George attended Thomas Edison High School in Elmira, NY; earned his B.S. in Engineering at Norwich University in Northfield, VT; M.S. in Structural Engineering at West Virginia University. George was an accomplished structural engineer who held a patent for salt storage, and a patent for soundwalls. He was licensed in 44 states and Canada. He will be missed for his smile, laughter, and dedication to his family and work. George was the son of Alpheus and Claribel Underhill of Elmira, NY, and brother of Georgiana Underhill Gehret of Boca Raton, FL. George is survived by his wife, Lucia, of 44 years; and his children, Alexandra Underhill (Los Angeles, CA), Josephine Underhill D'Arcangelo (Cumming, GA), Alpheus Underhill (Los Angeles, CA), and Victoria Underhill Abbott (Denver, CO). George was grandfather to Liliana and Titus D'Arcangelo of Cumming, GA, and Carson and Penelope Abbott of Denver, CO. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in George's name to the American Diabetes Association , P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.   Star Gazette – June 3, 2012         


VAUGHN James "Chip" W. Vaughn

of Harrington, Del., died on Friday, June 1, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer at Bayhealth Medical Center. He was 51.  He was born on March 8, 1961 in Towanda, Pa., a son of the late John W. Sr. and Loraine Mahon Vaughn. He was a 1979 graduate of North Caroline High School. Chip was employed at the Reichhold Chemical Co. for 23 years. He then worked with W. L. Gore , and his last employment was with the Eastern Shore Natural Gas Co. He enjoyed hunting, NASCAR, go kart racing with his son at Club Milton Speedway, but his true joy was spending time with his family.  Chip is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Candy Fleetwood Vaughn; his children Gretchen Vaughn, Gavin Vaughn and Amanda Walls; his siblings Wheaton Vaughn of Laurel, Del., Craven Vaughn of Towanda, Pa., Joyce Ringgold of Greensboro, Md., Wayne Vaughn of Greensboro Md., Jill Vaughn of Whitleysburg, Del., and Vaughn Vaughn of Greensboro, Md., Roy Shrimp of Towanda, Pa.; two grandchildren Kamdin Wilson, KyLynn Grose, numerous nieces and nephews and his canine companions, Coco and Bella.  A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at the Fleegle and Helfenbein Funeral Home in Greensboro, Del. Relatives and friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, June 4, 2012 at the Fleegle and Helfenbein Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Greensboro Cemetery.  Special thanks to all the doctors, nurses, the community and friends for all they have done on Chips' behalf. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be sent to Chip Vaughn Memorial Fund c/o ACCU Tax, 408 Martin St., Dover, DE 19901.   Towanda Daily Review – June 3, 2012     


VERDON Eugene "Gino" Verdon III

died May 31 in Melbourne, Australia. He was 22 years old. Gino treasured his childhood years that allowed him to attend schools in Danville, KY, Japan, Big Flats and Corning, NY, and Taipei, Taiwan. He attended Northside Blodgett Middle School and West High School in Corning New York and graduated from the Taipei American School in Taiwan. Continuing his pursuit of multi-cultural experiences, he chose to attend college in Melbourne, Australia where he was pursuing his degree in Food and Nutrition. While in Melbourne he also completed training and internship requirements to become a certified physical trainer and established his own personal fitness business. This month he was returning to class to complete his BS degree. Gino very much enjoyed life and especially delighted in going to new places and meeting new friends. He was also very much in love and making plans for the future. Gino is survived by his father, Gino Jr. and mother, Patricia; grandparents Eugene "Gino" Sr., Robert Abrahamson and Phyllis Abrahamson; brothers Joseph, 20, and Zachary, 19; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.   Star Gazette – June 3, 2012       


WALTERS Freda M. Brown

of Peckville, Pa., died Wednesday, May 16, 2010, after a courageous battle with cancer at the Regional Hospital of Scranton. Her husband is John J. Brown, the couple was married on January 9, 1965. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Tilden and Marjorie Walters. She was a 1959 graduate of Clarks Summit High School. Prior to her retirement she worked for Tri-County Mental Health in Carbondale, Pa. as an Administrative Assistant. She was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Peckville.  She found her greatest happiness cruising the seas with her husband, John, and spending time with her daughter Belinda, and granddaughters, Holly and Kate. Also, surviving are a daughter, Dr. Belinda Brown-Joseph, Chalfont, PA; a brother, Tilden A. Walters, Orange Beach, AL; granddaughters, Holly and Kate Joseph, Chalfont, PA.  She was preceded in death by a step sister, Jean Wallace.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday at 9:30 am in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 1101 Willow St., Peckville all those attending are asked to go directly to church.  Friends may call on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm at the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the National Leiomyosarcoma Foundation, www.NLMSF.Org or 18623 County Rd., 12 S., Foley, AL 36535-3738   Sayre Morning Times – May 24, 2012



Wilmington, NC: Robin Charles Warden, 70, of Wilmington, NC, died Thursday, May 24, 2012. He was born on August 4, 1941, to the late Charles William and Kathryn Millard Warden of Corning, NY. Robin graduated in 1959 from Painted Post High School, where he was class president and New York State wrestling champion in his weight class. He attended the University of Michigan where his wrestling prowess led him to Olympic trials. Unfortunately, a dislocated shoulder ended that dream. He was an entrepreneur who turned a sod nursery into a golf course, after it was flooded in 1972, managed 13 Xmas tree farms, started a swimming pool company, and was a successful Real Estate Broker. His storytelling capabilities would make Pinnochio blush and he was the ultimate prankster. When boys came to the house to pick up one of his daughters, he would take the antique sword off of the wall, point it at the young man, and demand to know his intentions. He was the blanket monster and Santa Claus to his grandchildren. He loved hunting and fishing with his dad, his children, and his grandkids. He was a gourmet chef as anyone who has had his chocolate mousse with sabayon sauce will attest. He was selfless and adopted his sister's children and his sister-in-law's children after their untimely deaths, with unconditional love. He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Karen Warden, his adopted brother and partner in crime, Brenton Bradly of New Zealand. Surviving, are his wife of 45 years, Lauraine Keery "Raine" Warden; children, Wade Warden, Sabra Molter, Kathleen Snavely, Kendra Snavely Lester, Dr. Julie Drake; and 5 grandchildren. Robin will be cremated and his ashes scattered at sea.   Star Gazette – May 27, 2012   


WHITMAN Stillman

Wellsboro Agitator – Wednesday, March 15, 1916

Still Whitman died at his home here last Tuesday night.  He had been ill for the past few months and his death is mourned by many friends.  He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Nellie Shelly, Mrs. Stella Button, Miss Nettie Whitman and other relatives.  Mr. Whitman spent most of his life in this locality and was respected by all who knew him.  He was a soldier in the Civil War and by his death we are forced to remember that the final call is coming very often to those who so nobly defended our flag in the early sixties.  The funeral was held Friday; interment in the Sabinsville cemetery.


WOLF Ayelien W, Richards

of Dublin, PA., died at home on Friday, May 18, 2012 after a brief illness. She was 91 years old on April 26 this year. Born in Wheeling, W. VA., she was the daughter of the late, Sol W. and Norah Dugan Wolf of Williamsport. She graduated from Penn State University with a major in physical education and taught for many years in the City of Elmira School District. She married the late William T. Richards of Pine City, N.Y. shortly after graduation and before he left for the European theater during World War II. She moved to Dublin in 1968 to be closer to her beloved son, Bill Richards, a resident of Melmark in Berwyn, PA. She is survived by her son, William T. Richards II, daughter, Salle E. Richards of Beaver Dams, N.Y. and two grandsons, Morgan Crooks of Woburn, Mass. and W. Justin Crooks of Darwin, Australia. She is also survived by her two younger brothers, George Wolf of Camp Hill, PA. and Richard Wolf of Bucks County, PA. She was preceded in death by her sister, Salle Wolf Peters. A Memorial service will be held June 2 at 11 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Deep Run, 16 Irish Meeting House Road, Perkasie, PA, 18944 in Bedminster Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ayelien's name may be made to: Presbyterian Church of Deep Run at the address above or to: The Melmark Charitable Foundation, 2600 Wayland Road, Berwyn, PA. 19312-9974. Arrangements have been by Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, Doylestown, PA.   Star Gazette – May 29, 2012


YODZIO William E. Yodzio

71 of #170 East Dewart St., Shamokin, PA died on Friday, May 25, 2012 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. He was born January 23, 1941 in Shamokin, the son of Edward and Rita Wendling Yodzio. William was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his daughter, Maureen Yodzio Burke of Sellersville, PA; his sister, Bernadette Yodzio Martinez of Wildwood, NJ; a niece, Rita Dorn of Elkland, PA and special friends, Albert Martinez of San Antonia, TX and Lisa Schultz of Wildwood, NJ. Private funeral services will be conducted at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to your local chapter of the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are in care of Kenyon Funeral Home, Inc.    Funeral home obituary – May 27, 2012 

? Edith F. DonDero

83, Lowman, NY, died 05-14-2012.  Arrangements: Kalec Funeral Home.  Star Gazette – May 18, 2012


? Ruth A. Hayes

65, of 2239 Hornbrook Road, Towanda, Pa., died Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at her home following declining health. The funeral service will be held Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with the Rev. Dr. Karen Ballard, pastor of the Rome Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment will be private. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service Saturday afternoon at the funeral home. The family requests that contributions may be directed to the Rome Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 189, Rome, PA 18837 in Ruth’s memory. 

 Sayre Morning Times – June 2, 2012 

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