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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.


Age 83, of Hector and Horseheads, NY, died on June 12, 2012. He is survived by his loving wife, Marion; children, Amy (Chip) Cochran of Hackettstown, NJ, Bonny Adams (fiancé E. Scott Smith) of Millport, NY; brother, Richard (Liz) Adams of Hector; sister, Jean Bishop of Montour Falls; 4 grandchildren, Christian and Cameron Cochran, and Nicholas and Austin Dalrymple. He was predeceased by brother, Bud Adams; sister-in-law, Jean Adams-Moiseichik. Bruce worked for Corning, Inc. for 36 years, from 1951 until his retirement in 1987. He later founded Precision-Analytical in Watkins Glen. Bruce was a member and elder of the Hector Presbyterian Church. He was a co-founder of SHOC (Schuyler Housing Opportunity Council, Inc), member of CPI (Community Progress, Inc.), member of Church Men Against Poverty, honorary member and treasurer of the Valois-Logan-Hector Volunteer Fire Co., and served on the Corning-Painted Post School District Board of Education. He was also a recipient of the Erroll Shand Award for Community Service. Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the Hector Presbyterian Church Education Fund, PO Box 96, Hector, NY 14841 or SHOC, PO Box 371, Watkins Glen, NY 14891. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 16, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at the Hector Presbyterian Church in Hector, NY. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.  Star Gazette – June 14, 2012   


ANDERSON Marion M. Crain

92, of Tuscarora Twp., PA died Thursday, June 7, 2012 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda. Born July 14, 1919 in Brainerd, MN, she was the daughter of Arthur and Mabel Soderlund Anderson.  She was a graduate of Brainerd High School and was employed by the Department of Public Welfare in Bel Air, MD for over 15 years.  She was a member of the Sylvania Methodist Church and the Methodist Women’s group. Marion enjoyed visiting with family and friends and traveling.  Her family includes her daughter, Ruth Crain; grandson, John Crain; sister, Lois Johnson; brother-in-law and sister-inlaw, Alan and Anna Crain; sisters in-law, Mary Anderson and Lillian Phencie; brothers-in-law, Roger Dyson and Roger Johnson and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl A. Crain on Oct. 11, 2002; brothers, Milton and John Anderson and sister, Dorothy Dyson.   A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours.  The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda is assisting Marion’s family with arrangements.  Wyalusing Rocket Courier – June 14, 2012


BAILEY Rev. Dr. Brian J. Bailey

87, of Waverly, N.Y., died on Monday, June 11, 2012, at home, following an extended illness.  He was born on April 6, 1925 in London, England, the son of (the late) Herbert John Richard and Violet Pinner Bailey.  Rev. Dr. Bailey was a Minister of the Gospel for over 60 years. He was the President of Zion Fellowship, Waverly, N.Y., and Zion Christian University, Clearwater, Fla.  He authored 65 books and traveled extensively to over 100 countries, teaching and preaching.  He is predeceased by his beloved wife of 35 years Audrey, in 1994. Rev. Dr. Bailey is survived by his brother Alan Bailey of London, England; nephews, Lain Bailey and Neil Bailey of England; niece, Sandra Higgins of England; and his spiritual sons and daughters throughout the world.  Friends and family may call on Saturday, June 16, 2012 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 17, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at the Zion Chapel, 54 County Rt. 60, Waverly, N.Y. Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, Father’s Day, June 17, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the Zion Chapel, 54 County Rt. 60, Waverly, N.Y.  Memorial donations may be made in Rev. Dr. Bailey’s memory to: Zion Fellowship Missions, P.O. Box 70, Waverly, N.Y. 14892.  Sayre Morning Times – June 13, 2012 


BALDWIN Brianna Jackie Baldwin

2 months, of Penns Creek died on Thursday, June 7, 2012.  She was born March 23, 2012, a daughter of Matthew H. and Rachel M. (Kelley) Baldwin.   Brianna is survived by her parents; paternal grandparents, Charles and Patty Baldwin of Mansfield; great- grandmother, Patricia Miles of Mansfield; maternal grandparents, Gerald and Lois Kelley of Sullivan, Ind.; great-grandparents, Robert and Norma Kelley of Connersville, Ind.; brother, Micah Harrison Baldwin; sisters, Ashlea Lynette, Danah Marie, Montana Rose Baldwin, all of Penns Creek; several aunts, uncles and cousins of Pennsylvania, New York, Florida and Nebraska. Brianna was predeceased by her paternal great-grandfather, the Rev. Joseph Miles in 2011.  Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, June 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m, at the Calvary Chapel of Millmont, 930 Orchard Road, Millmont. Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 15, at the church at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Jeff West and the Rev. Archie Atwell officiating. Burial will be in Mountain Road Cemetery. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, is assisting the family.   Wellsboro Gazette – June 14, 2012 


BARLOW Rita E. Barlow

81, died on June 16 at her home in Bakersfield, California surrounded by friends and family. The cause of death was metastatic lung cancer. Ms. Barlow was born on August 5, 1930 in Sayre, Pennsylvania. Her parents, Myrtle and Charles Barlow, soon moved to Nichols, New York with Rita and siblings William, Rodney and Mina.  Ms. Barlow graduated from Nichols High School in 1948. In 1950 she married Jasper D. Rine and moved to Barton, New York where she had one son, Jasper D. Rine, Junior, in 1953.  Following her husband’s death in 1954, Ms. Barlow helped her parents operate Barlow’s Restaurant in Nichols until it was sold in 1960.  Ms. Barlow married Kenneth L. Hakes of Owego in 1956 and had two additional children, Diana Marie Hakes and Jess L. Hakes . In the 1960s and early 70s, Ms. Barlow operated the Smithboro Hotel in Smithboro, New York.  In 1981, Ms. Barlow sold the family home in Barton, and traveled the country in an RV finally settling down in Bakersfield, California, where she lived for the rest of her life (with periodic visits to see family and friends in the east.) Since 1999, she resided in the Bakersfield retirement community known as Kern City, with many wonderful neighbors. She had a life-long interest in auto racing, kindled by her beloved early car, a Pontiac Super Chief. In later years she took up crocheting, making gifts for friends, family and the needy. She is survived by her sister, Mina Bellis of Barton, N.Y., her children Diana Tenney of Bakersfield, Ca., Jess Hakes of Owego, N.Y., and Jasper Rine of Berkeley, Ca., and by three grandchildren.  She will be buried in Nichols Cemetery near her parents and first husband, with a grave-side service on Saturday, June 23 at 10:30 am.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations in her memory be made to the American Cancer Society or your favorite charity.    Sayre Morning Times – June 20, 2012 


BeGELL Richard L. “Rick” BeGell, III

age 56 of Corning, died on Monday, June 11, 2012 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira. Born in Corning, he was the son of Marie Wetmore and Richard BeGell, Jr.   Rick graduated from Corning East High School where he was active in the musical arts. He played trumpet in the marching band and the jazz band, and was principle trumpet in the Corning Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Rick also enjoyed sports, and was a member of the Corning East High School track team. He then attended the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado.   As a hobby, he repaired small engines and motorcycles. Rick enjoyed writing and had an excellent sense of humor. In recent years, he had a blog where he would write stories about his own animals, which was read and enjoyed by people all around the world.   In addition to his parents, he is survived by three sisters: Janice (Tom) Wolff of Orchard Park, Nancy B. Smith of Corning, and Priscilla (Michael) McLane of Sewell, NJ.  Family and friends may call at Carpenter's Funeral Home, LLC, 14 East Pulteney Street, in Corning on Friday, June 16, 2012 from 1:00-3:00 and 6:00-8:00 PM.  A funeral service will immediately follow there with Rev. Connie Seifert officiating.  Corning Leader – June 13, 2012     


BISBING Janet B. Thomas

Age 86, of Elmira, NY, died on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at Schuyler Hospital. She was born on October 4, 1925 in Utica, NY to the late Ernest and Edith Bisbing. Janet was predeceased by her daughter, Sharon Johnson. She is survived by her son, Brian (Debra) Thomas of Horseheads; grandchildren, Shawn Thomas, Tracy Backman, Courtney Thomas, Korey Thomas, Michelle Treille and Chris (Teri) Treille; great-grandchildren, Simon Treille and Noelle Thomas. Janet was raised and lived on Lexington Avenue most of her life before moving to Villa Serene. It was her wish that all services be private and at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations can be made to SPCA. Arrangements have been entrusted to the James D. Barrett Funeral Home.   Star Gazette – June 14, 2012   


BLAHA William J. Blaha

age 74, of Alpine, NY died unexpectedly at home on Sunday, June 10, 2012. Born on December 13, 1937 in Montour Falls, NY, Bill was the son of, Otto J. and Ella (Cudlin) Blaha. He grew up in Catharine, NY and attended Odessa Central School until his father's untimely death in 1955. Bill then took over the family farm and began a life-long career as a successful dairy farmer. In addition to farming, Bill worked at Westinghouse, Inc. during the 1950's and also drove a school bus for the Odessa school district in the early 1960's. Bill was a past member of the Czechoslovakian Society of America and a current member of the Montour Falls Moose Lodge #426. Bill was quite interested in local history. He enjoyed studying various maps and documents he had collected and he knew a good deal about early families and businesses in Catharine and surrounding areas. Those who knew and loved Bill will remember his knack for striking-up an interesting conversation with almost anyone he met. He was exceedingly generous with his time and his knowledge and despite work demands on the farm, would go out of his way to help anyone in need. Bill was a good father, a fine friend, a hard worker and a remarkable human being. Surviving Bill is his wife, Elise A (Turner) Blaha, Alpine, NY, whom he married on July 2, 1955. Surviving children include Brenda (Mike Hughes) Blaha, Burdett, NY, Jeff (Jodi) Blaha, Cayuta, NY, and Mark (Denice) Blaha, Odessa, NY. Other surviving family members include sister Darlene "Dolly" Stone, Savoy, Texas, nephew and farm co-operator Richard (Sue) Blaha, Odessa, NY, nephew Ron (Candi) Blaha, Wellsburg, NY, daughter-in-law Julie (Donnelly) Blaha, Odessa, NY and a host of nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren. In addition to his father, Bill was predeceased by brother Larry Blaha, 1989, mother Ella Blaha, 1992, son Douglas Blaha, 2006 and brother-in-law Carl Stone, 2009. A Memorial service for Bill will be held on Monday, June 18, 2012 at 11:00 am at the Odessa Baptist Church, Maple Ave., Odessa, NY. A reception will immediately follow at the Montour Falls Moose Lodge, 2096 State Rt. 14, Montour Falls, NY. A private burial at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Catharine, NY will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, a donation in memory of Bill may be made to a charity of one's choice . Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Inc., Montour falls, NY is handling the arrangements.    Star Gazette – June 15, 2012   


BROTZMAN Regina "Pat" Baldwin

age 79, of 31 Quail Lane, Lawton, died Wednesday morning, June 13, 2012 at the Gracious Living Estates in Montrose.  Pat was born on Sept. 2, 1932 the daughter of the late William and Geneva Smith Brotzman. Pat was a member of the Silvara United Methodist Church, as well as a Charter Member of the Rush Volunteer Fire Co. Auxiliary. Her and her late husband Paul "Baldy" Baldwin, who died on Feb. 2, 2009, owned the Wyalusing Livestock Market for over 35 years before retiring and handing the business down to other family members.  Pat is surviving by her son, P. Scott Baldwin and his wife Deborah of Kingsley; her daughters, Brenda Demarest and her husband Steve of Forest Lake, Susan Fissler of Lawton, Rhea DeLancey and Karen Blaisure of Fairdale; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. Besides her husband and parents she is preceded in death by her granddaughter Erica Baldwin; brothers Elston Brotzman, William Brotzman, Ward Brotzman, Reed Brotzman; and sisters Eloise Nesslein, Kathryn Brown, and Rhea Ace.  A Celebration of Life will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at the Lawton Auxiliary Hall in Lawton, with Rev. Rob Ford of Elisha's Home and Ministries officiating.  In lieu of flowers those wishing to make memorial donations may do so in Pat's name to the Rush Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 5, Lawton, PA 18828 or your local 4-H Club.  Arrangements were made through Sheldon Funeral Homes, Main Street, Laceyville.   Towanda Daily Review – June 15, 2012   


BROWN Garry D. Brown, M.D.

age 62, died at Wesley Hospital, Wichita, KS on March 23, 2012 after a short illness. Garry was born May 12, 1949 at Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls, NY to parents George and Lillian Brown (Lillian predeceased Garry in 1990).  Garry is survived by his father, George A. Brown, Watkins Glen, NY, brother, Collins G. Brown (Sandra), Elmira, NY, and niece, Stacy B. Husted (Joel), Montour Falls, NY.  Garry graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School in 1967 going on to receive his B.S. Degree from Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY in 1971 and Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1975, becoming a doctor with a special interest in pathology. Memorial service will take place in the Montour Falls Cemetery June 16th at 2:00 PM.  Star Gazette – June 16, 2012  



Age 63 of Horseheads, NY died on Tuesday June 19, 2012 at home surrounded by his loving family. John was born February 1, 1949 in Elmira, NY the son of the late John and Margaret Chartos Butler. John was also pre-deceased by his brothers Kerry Butler and Earl Butler. He was a graduate of Horseheads High School Class of 1967 and received his Associate's Degrees from Cornell University and Corning Community College. John was a Veteran of The Vietnam War serving his country with The U.S. Army and was a member of The Clarence R. Oliver American Legion Post #154 in Elmira Heights, NY. John married his wife, Marguerite Harowicz Butler, on July 28 , 1973 and they would have celebrated their 39th Wedding Anniversary on July 28, 2012. He was a Mould Maker at Thatcher Glass Company and Anchor Glass in Elmira, NY for several years where he also served as Secretary and President of The Mould Makers Union and as President of The Steel Workers Union Local #135. John was a Model Railroader enthusiast. He loved his family and friends and treasured the time he spent with them. John is survived by his loving and devoted wife Marguerite Harowicz Butler; daughters and sons-in-law: Jennifer & Nathan Jones of Breesport, NY and Amy & Saikat Pal of Buffalo, NY; brother Raymond Butler; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of caring friends. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the LYNCH FUNERAL HOME 318 WEST BROAD STREET HORSEHEADS, NY on Friday June 22, 2012 from 2-5 PM. Full Military Honors will be accorded to Mr. Butler at the Funeral Home at the conclusion of calling hours at 5 PM. It was John's wish that in lieu of flowers he be remembered by having a cocktail with friends or taking someone to dinner.   Star Gazette – June 21, 2012 


D’ALOISIO Diane Graham

Vestal: On her birthday, Saturday, June 9, 2012, Diane Graham's present to herself was freedom from her struggle with cancer. Diane was predeceased by her parents, Alfonso and Mary (Korba) D'Aloisio; a niece, Pamela D'Aloisio; and father-in-law, William Graham. She is survived by her husband, Kevin Graham of Vestal; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Brande Graham; the lights in her life, her grandchildren, Keiko, Emma and Ketcher; a brother and sister-in-law, Andrew and Linda D'Aloisio of Maryland; her mother-in-law, Irene Graham of Elmira; sisters-in-law and their husbands, Carol and Bob Vines of TX, Libby and Marty Zwilling of AZ, Barbara and Steven Nikolaus of AZ; brothers-in-law and their wife, David and Pam Graham of Florida and Billy Graham of Elmira; and many cousins, nieces and nephews from the Korba, D'Aloisio and Graham families. Diane graduated from Johnson City High School and was a proud graduate of St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in Elmira. Her career included jobs at Monmouth Medical Center, NJ, Lourdes Hospital, Binghamton, and thirty plus years at her dream job at Cardiology Associates in Binghamton. Diane led a life filled with compassion, dedication, education, work ethic, and perseverance, and passed these values to all of us as an example of how she would want all of us to lead our own lives. Being a master chef, a "good-time" gambler, and hanging with her grandkids were her favorite pastimes. The "thank-you's" are so many, to family, lifelong friends, neighbors, co-workers, physicians and their staffs, all working to comfort Diane and her family along this journey. We will miss her guidance and support, her advice and her laughter. A Divine Liturgy will be celebrated by the Very Rev. Protopresbyter James Dutko at 9 a.m. on Thursday at St. Michael's Greek Catholic Church, 292 Clinton Street, Binghamton. The family will receive friends on Wednesday 4-7 p.m. at the Chopyak-Scheider Funeral Home, 326 Prospect Street, Binghamton. Diane loved flowers. Send them if you wish or join us in donating to that creates a healing environment in the homes of children affected by serious medical conditions in the Broome County area.  Star Gazette – June 12, 2012 



Canandaigua: Robert R. Dedrick, age 36, of N. Main St., died Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, while surrounded by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Mandy (Morrell) Dedrick; two children, Jack and Macie; father, Alan Dedrick; two sisters, Sarah (Shane) Vertner and Liz (Chris) Gorman; grandparents, Robert and Lucy Baldwin; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Debby and Chuck Morrell; sister-in-law, Debbie (Tim) Kirkendall; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother, Ann Dedrick. Bob was raised in Horseheads, NY and was a graduate of Horseheads High School, Class of 1994. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Hobart College and a Master's degree from the University of Rochester. Bob was a teacher at Canandaigua Academy, where he was the varsity track coach and the junior varsity soccer coach. Prior to his illness and most recently, Bob was an adjunct professor at FLCC, as well as the Education Specialist at Hobart and William Smith Colleges Discovery's Playground. Bob loved outdoor activities, enjoyed music and was an avid concert goer. He loved spending time with his family and friends. Bob dedicated himself to investing in the lives of others. Friends may call Monday from 3-7 p.m. at Johnson-Kennedy Funeral Home Inc., 47 N. Main St., Canandaigua. A Memorial Service to celebrate his life will be held Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at Lifespring Community Church, 5026 North Rd., Canandaigua. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Canandaigua. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Robert Dedrick Education Fund (for his children), c/o Canandaigua National Bank, 72 S. Main St., Canandaigua, NY 14424.   Star Gazette – June 15, 2012   


DEPEW Albert D. Depew

89, of Rushville, PA passed away, Thursday, June 7, 2012 at Golden Living Center, Tunkhannock. Born Dec. 8, 1922 in Sayre, he was the son of the late Albert and Amy (Forbes) Depew. His wife, Evelyn (Bidlack) Depew, predeceased him in 1999.  He was a dairy farmer all of his life. He retired to Florida until the passing of his wife. He was a member of the Church of Nazarene. Albert enjoyed reading, cutting out articles, taping his favorite shows, reminiscing with people about places and cars and listening to music. Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Dick and Linda Depew of Harleysville, Dale and Diane Depew of Rossville, GA, Donald and Anna Depew of Williamsburg, VA, David and Annette Depew of Elk Lake; daughters and sons-in-law, Marian Small of Rushville, Joann and Steve Prentice of Cape May, NJ, Susan and Donnie Fisher of Hallstead; grandchildren and spouses, Jeff Depew, Jon and Miriam Depew, Robin and David Brown, Christopher Depew, Jennifer Depew, Amy and Bob Bennett, Lori and Micky Sharp, Eric Prentice, Michael and Kelly Prentice, Tiffany and Andrew Pavlik, Brad Fisher, Jeremy Depew, Joshua Depew, Amber Depew, Ryan Depew and Kaitlyn Depew; 16 great-grandchildren; a special nephew, Howard Depew, Jr., and nieces, Joyce Bolton, Shirley Shaffer and Sharon Tubbs. Besides his parents and wife, he was predeceased by his sonin law, Selden Small; brother, Howard Depew and sister, Dorothy Catlin. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 12 at Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., Montrose. Friends and family called one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to North Rome Christian School Scholarship Fund, 3376 North Rome Road, Rome, PA 18837 or to WPEL, PO Box 248, Montrose, PA 18801.  Wyalusing Rocket Courier – June 14, 2012 


DIXON Lillian M. Dixon

age 82, died on Tuesday morning, June 19, 2012 at The Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock, Pa. For the last few years she was a resident of The Golden Living Center in Tunkhannock, Pa. Lillian was born on Aug. 28, 1929 in Sayre, Pa. She was a daughter of the late Howard J. and Isabelle M. Larrabee Dixon. Lillian lived most of her life in Meshoppen and Auburn Center, Pa. areas. She was a member of the Meshoppen Biblical Baptist Church and attended faithfully until the passing of her mother. She loved reading the Bible as well as doing puzzles.  Lillian is survived by her sisters Janice Woodruff of Wyalusing, Pa., Myrna Kinney of Herrickville, Pa., and Nancy Sarnosky of Meshoppen, Pa. as well as her many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Beva Preston (1980).  A memorial graveside service will be held on at 5 p.m. on Monday, June 25, 2012 at the South Auburn Cemetery with Rev. Gary Myers of the Meshoppen Biblical Baptist Church officiating.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make memorial donations may do so in Lillian's name to the Meshoppen Biblical Baptist Church, 4017 Briar Ridge Road, Meshoppen, PA 18630.  Arrangements were made through Sheldon Funeral Homes, Main Street, Meshoppen, Pa.  Towanda Daily Review – June 20, 2012



Corning Evening Leader – Friday, January 2, 1925

GALETON, Pa., Jan 2 —Mrs. R. T. Martin died after a long illness at her home in Galeton.  She was Ida Ruby Dunham before marriage and was born in Mixtown, Pa.. Dec. 11, 1857. On November 11, 1878, she married Rizzing T. Martin. They resided In Gaines for a time and 24 years ago moved to Galeton. Mrs. Martin is survived by her husband, one daughter, Mrs. W. H. Voss; one son, Harry D. Martin and one brother, Marion M. Dunham.    Buried in West Hill Cemetery, Galeton, PA 


DUNN Gary L. Dunn

55, of 1233 County Rte. 85, Addison, NY, died Thursday, June 14, 2012 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA.  Born in Corning, NY, September 22, 1956, he was the son of Richard A. & Mary E. Williams Dunn.  He was a 1975 graduate of Addison Central School and was a self-employed farmer and mechanic.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Richard & Mary Dunn, his step-father, Earl E. Morseman, Jr., and brothers, Ellery E. Dunn, H. James Dunn, & William John Dunn. He is survived by his sister, Sue Ann Dunn of Victor, NY; 1 step-sister and 7 step-brothers; nieces & nephews, Rick Dunn, John Dunn, Mona White, Melody Robinson, Brett Phillips, Aaron Dunn, & Leslie “Spike” Dunn.  Friends may call Monday, June 18th, from noon to 2:00 pm, at the H.P. Smith & Son, Inc. Funeral Home, 1607 Main St., Woodhull, NY. Graveside services will follow at 2:30pm at Elk Creek Cemetery, Borden. Aaron Dunn will officiate.   Corning Leader – June 16, 2012   


DYER Kay Jane Janisse

born May 27, 1936, went to her Lord the morning of June 19, 2012.  She was a loving wife, amazing mother, cherished grandmother and giving friend. Kay was born in Sugar Run, Pa., raised in Elmira N.Y., where she graduated Southside High School. She married Carl Drake in 1955, They had one daughter, Denise, and moved to California in 1960. She was married to Carl for 25 years, and they remained friends after parting. Kay worked for Kwikset Locks (now Black/Decker) for 25 years.   She married Larry Janisse in 1983, retired from Kwikset in 1991, and returned to Sugar Run in 1992. Kay and Larry bought a home approximately one mile from where Kay was born. Kay has lived in Sugar Run for the past 23 years. Kay had many hobbies, such as cooking, crocheting, quilting, being a terrific friend and neighbor, as well as being a HUGE supporter of Penn State athletics.  She was a long time member of The Women Of The Moose Anaheim Chapter No 1473, The American Legion Auxiliary No. 534 and The Order Of The Eastern Star.  Her husband Larry; daughter Denise; and son-in-law Lee Haines survives Kay; along with her grandson Joshua, granddaughter Hollee, stepson Harvey Janisse and his spouse Sheri; and granddaughter Briana. She is also survived also by her brother Bill Dyer and his wife Rena, brother Mahlon Dyer and his wife Mary; her sister Carol and her husband Bill Marsh.  Also surviving Kay is her favorite brother-in-law Rick Janisse, with wife Tammy; brother-in-law Dennis Janisse with wife Georgia; sister-in-law Michelle and husband Ken; mother-in-law Shirley Pilger and husband Chuck. Kay has many other loving cousins, nieces, nephews and friends too numerous to mention, but she had special relationship with her niece Crystal Norton and her husband Joey, who cared for her during her last days.  Kay has touched so many lives with her love, humor, and faith, and there will be a hole in our hearts now that she has passed on.  Kay is preceded in death by her mother Helen Dyer and her father Sam Dyer. A funeral service will be held on at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 22, 2012 at the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore PA 18614.    Towanda Daily Review – June 20, 2012  


EDDY Ray Charles Ray Charles Eddy

73 of Marietta passed away Thursday, July 28, 2011 after a brief illness. He was born in Greene, NY son of Johanna Eddy and the late Robert Eddy. He graduated from Horseheads Central High School in 1956, received a Bachelor of Science from State University of NY at Albany where he met his wife of 51 years, Judith Travis. Ray worked for IBM in various management positions for over 30 years which took him from New York to Pennsylvania to Maryland and finally to Georgia. In his retirement, he enjoyed volunteering with the tax aide program for AARP (many years as district manager) in addition to helping many friends and family with tax preparation. He also volunteered with Cobb County elections managing several polling locations. He was awarded the Community Leader of the Year in 2001 from the Senior Citizen Council of Cobb County. Ray was also active in the Eddy Family Association and enjoyed keeping in touch with his high school friends through the coordination of class reunions. In his spare time he could be found walking his beloved pugs, Sweet Pea and Buster. He is preceded in death by his father Robert O. Eddy; sister Joyce Liberatore; and son Michael L. Eddy. He is survived by his wife, Judith Travis Eddy; mother Johanna Eddy of Atlanta, GA; daughter Maureen [Stephen] Dye of Bradenton, FL; daughter Patricia [Anthony] Srdar of Gainesville, GA; daughter Susan [Verner] Owenby of Cumming, GA; and daughter Pamela [Michael] Cleveland of Johns Creek, GA; and 10 grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 4th, 4pm at Holt Road Baptist Church in Marietta, followed by a reception in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Humane Society or The Salvation Army. Arrangements by the Cremation Society of Georgia 404- 355-7627. 


EMPSON Kathleen

87, of Selinsgrove, PA, died Friday, June 15, 2012 in the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA.  Born January 12, 1925, in Bingham Township, PA, she was the daughter of Jacob W. and Emma Viola Hamilton Empson.  She was a longtime resident of Selinsgrove Center. She loved cats, music, and Disney characters.  Surviving are: three brothers, Richard (Shirley) Empson of Mt. Joy, PA, Randall (Edith) Empson of North Bingham, PA, and Ralph (Betty) Empson of Andover, NY; two sisters, Mary (Don) Jordan of Lehigh Acres, FL and Sylvia Williams of Painted Post, NY; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a four brothers, Howard, Harold, Martin, and Rudolph; and four sisters, Betty Dates, Louise Palyun, Harlene Lindenmuth, and Marjorie Gray.  Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon, with Funeral Services following at 12:00 Noon. The Rev. Paul M. Karges will officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.   Solomon’s Words for the Wise - June 17, 2012


FINNERTY Evalena M. Ball

age 83, of Campbell, died on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at Founders Pavilion.  She was born on April 27, 1929 in Knoxville, Pennsylvania.  She married Calvin Ball on December 24, 1948 in Lawrenceville.  Evalena enjoyed cooking and sewing, and she was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.  She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Calvin Ball, daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Gordon Myers of Addison, brothers, Jim Finnerty of Westfield, Pa and Gary Ream of Knoxville, Pa, grandchildren, Jeremy Ball of Addison, Nathaniel Ball of Cleveland, Ohio, and Tiffany Ball of Addison, daughter-in -law, Lynn Ball of Campbell, and several nieces and nephews.  Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her son, Durland Ball, and siblings, John Finnerty, Ed Finnerty, and Peg Fenstermacher.  Family and friends are invited to call at Carpenter's Funeral Home, LLC, 14 East Pulteney Street, Corning on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 from 11:00am to 1:00pm.  A funeral service will follow calling hours there at 1:00pm.  Burial will take place at Hope Cemetery of Campbell.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be directed to the Curtis Baptist Bible Church, PO Box 191, Campbell, NY 14821.   


GEFFERT Lena G. Davenport

91, of Stroudsburg, Pa., died on Sunday June 10, 2012 in the Lehigh Valley Hospital Allentown, Pa. She was the loving wife of Robert F. Davenport with whom she had celebrated 67 years of marriage.  Born in Sayre, Pa. on April 11, 1921 she was the daughter of the late Paul and Kathryn (Wasylewicz) Geffert. A devoted and loving wife and mother, she lived in the Stroudsburg area for 57 years moving here in 1955. Lena was much loved by her family and friends. She was a member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church of Stroudsburg. Lena attended the Epiphany School in Sayre and was a graduate of Sayre High School. In her early years she worked at the Blue Swan Mill as a supervisor in Sayre; where she won the E award for her work during WWII. In addition to her husband Bob she is survived by two sons: Robert F. Davenport Jr. of Loganville, Georgia, and Mark Davenport and his wife Lidarae of Stroudsburg, a brother Joseph Geffert and his wife Mary of Sayre, 2 sister in laws, Martha Schreck and Grace Geffert both of Sayre, and a brother in law Warren ‘Mac’ Davenport of Wysox;7 grandchildren: James Davenport and his wife Diana, Amy Davenport Walker and her husband Michael, Jeffrey Davenport, Amy Margoline, Steven Davenport, Lara Davenport, and Jon Davenport and five great grandchildren. Also special nieces Nancy Houck, Karen Motsay, Anne Macek and Mary Kay Campbell, her godson and nephew Paul Pursae and many other nieces and nephews.  Lena was preceded in death by her sisters, baby Anna, Mary Pryslopski, Anne D. Geffert, Kathryn Kowalow, Helen Luchaco and Pauline Conroy; and her brothers: John, Frank, Peter, Carl, Michael and Anthony Geffert and her granddaughter Lisa Davenport and her twin sons: Michael and Matthew.  A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thurs., June 14, 2012 at 10 a.m. from St. Luke’s Catholic Church 818 Main St. Stroudsburg with the Rev. Fr. Carmen Perry as celebrant. Burial will be in the Laurelwood Cemetery Stroudsburg, Pa.  Visitation will be on Wed., June 13, 2012 from 2-4 p.m. at the Pula & Bensing Funeral Home 23 N. 9th. St. Stroudsburg and on Thurs., June 14, from 9 a.m. until the time of the services at the church.  Memorial donations can be made to St. Luke’s Church 818 Main St. Stroudsburg, Pa. 18360.   Sayre Morning Times – June 12, 2012


HAFLER Donald E. Hafler

Elmira Heights: Age 76, died peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family on Monday June 11, 2012. He is survived by his loving wife, Rosalie (Klinkiewicz) Hafler and their 7 children; Jeffrey, Elmira Heights; Scott, Tully NY; Terry (Donna), Canandaigua; Darryl (Vicky), Pine City; Michelle (Michael Battersby), Horseheads; Pamela (Ronald Morey), Chemung and Corey, Rochester; and daughter-in-law Brenda Hafler, Tully. He is also survived by his brothers; Robert (Zula) Hafler, Indianapolis, IN, Clark Hafler, Bakersfield, CA and sister; Lois Hafler, Scranton, PA. Donald and Rosalie love and spoil their grand-children (19) and great-grand-children (12) and counting; along with several nieces, nephews, and in-laws. Donald was born in Honesdale, PA to Robert and Genevieve (Bellamy) Hafler. He graduated from Honesdale High School and Williamsport Technical Institute. Donald retired after a long career with Westinghouse and later IST, both in Horseheads, NY. While at Westinghouse, he led the Explorer Scouts and saw many of his students go on to careers in electronics and engineering. Upon his retirement Don kept in touch with other Westinghouse/IST retirees with regular lunch gatherings. He was active in sports and scouting when his children were growing up. Don enjoyed tracking his family geneology and liked "surfing the net" on his computer. He was an avid hunter and could tell a deer story as good as the best of them and he had the racks in his basement to back up the stories. Donald was a long time active member of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Elmira Heights, and he and Rosalie made sure all of their children had the necessary spiritual foundation. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of W. Water and Walnut Sts., on Thursday, June 14, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home on Friday, June 15, 2012 at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church, Elmira Heights. In lieu of flowers, those wishing, may remember Don with a donation to one of the following…Christ the Redeemer Parish, 304 Demarest Parkway, Elmira NY 14905, Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 E. Corning Road, Corning NY 14830, or Meals On Wheels, 150 Fox Street, Elmira NY 14901. Donald's family extends their heartfelt gratitude to his lifelong best friend, and co-worker, James Robbins of Pine Valley, longtime friends, Larry Howe and Bob Russell, neighbors, Harvey and Joanne Harris, and the entire health team staff that have been there for, and cared for Don over the last several months. A special thank you to Amber and Lynn Fahs for their wonderful care. Even with all the outside help that was forth coming, it was the selfless dedication of Don's family…Jeff, Darryl, Vicky, Michelle, and Michael that allowed Don to stay in his own home until his passing.  Star Gazette – June 12, 2012 


KANE Herbert

Age 90, of Bath, NY, formerly of Elmira & Lackawanna, NY, died June 11, 2012. Burial Monday, June 18th, at 11 a.m. in Valleyview Cemetery, Avoca, NY.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Kalec Funeral Home.  Star Gazette – June 17, 2012


KELLEY Edward M. Kelley

72, of Lawton, PA, died at his home on Thursday, June 14, 2012, after an extended illness. He was born in Rush Twp., to the late Roy M. and Frances (Ham) Kelley. His wife of 49-1/2 years, Louise (Ellis) Kelley survives. Also surviving are his two daughters and son-in-law, Chris and David Smiley, Terrytown, Susan Kelley, Lawton; two sons and significant other, Shane Kelley, East Rush, Wade Kelley and Heather Brewer, Lawton, six grandchildren, Sammi and Justin Smiley, Josh and Mariah Kelley, Katlyn Brewer and Peyton Kelley; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob and Pat Kelley, Clapper Hill, Chancey and Cassie Kelley, Elk Lake, Dale and Tammy Kelley, Clapper Hill, Chuck Kelley, East Rush; five sisters and brothers-in-law, Gin and Doug Clapper, Clapper Hill, Linda and Mark White, South Auburn, Cheryl and Jim Newhart, Lawton, Kathy and Jim Cantone, Montrose, Debbie Dymond and Gregg Johnson, Auburn Center; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Ed was a wonderful man, a caring husband, father and grandfather. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing and hunting. His family and friends knew him to be a man of strength who was always there whenever he was needed. His quick wit and sense of humor carried him through and he lived each day. Everyone he loved was with him at the end, sharing their love and their memories, and he was at peace.   Wyalusing Rocket Courier – June 21, 2012 


KIPP Alberta Smith

81, of Price Rd., Montour Falls, NY, died at home surrounded by her loving family, Tuesday, June 19, 2012. Alberta was born on August 21, 1930 in Montour Falls, the daughter of the late Herbert and Ara Kipp. She was also predeceased by her brother, George Kipp, as well as her sister, Virginia (Kipp) Gilbert; husband, George Smith and former husband, Frank Simpson; step-children, Nelson Smith, Dennis Smith, Sally (Smith) Ayers, and Glenn Smith; and grandchildren, Jeff and Jason Cervoni. She is survived by her sister, "Betty" Elizabeth Jones of Watkins Glen; children, Robert Simpson (Denise Bradley) of Burdett, Frank Simpson of Creston, NC, Donald (Regina) Simpson of Reading Center, Ronald (Caroline) Simpson of Watkins Glen, Beverly (Ronald) Cervoni of Watkins Glen, Harry (Tina) Smith of Oklahoma; step-children, George (Bernice) Smith of Holy, NY, Rick (Amy) Smith of Gaines, PA, Kirk (Linda) Smith of Montour Falls; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Alberta worked at Corning Glass for 15 years before she retired. She also owned and operated several convenience stores in the area. Friends and family are invited to call Friday ( June 22nd) from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, where funeral services will be held at the conclusion of visiting hours, at 2 p.m., Rev. William C. Wells officiating, burial will follow at Montour Cemetery.   Star Gazette – June 21, 2012  


KRUEGER George A. Krueger

of Tampa, FL and Sugar Run, PA died Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at the Tampa Hospital. He was 98.  Surviving are his son, David Krueger and family of Sugar Run and daughter, Nancy Creedon and family of Tampa, FL.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn; two sons, Roger Krueger, U.S.N., and John K. Krueger, U.S.M.C and a granddaughter, Jean Ann Krueger.  At George’s request, there will be no services.    Wyalusing Rocket Courier – June 21, 2012  


LARIVEE Robert S. Larivee

Age 48 of Hudson. Beloved husband for 18 years of Mae (nee Wisniewski), loving father of Collette, Rachelle, and Walker Larivee. Also father of Robert (Rhea) and Benjamin Larivee. Grandfather of Robert. Loving son of Robert and Janice (nee Butler) Larivee and dear brother of Wanda (Edward) Pellegrino. Dearest son-in-law of Nettie and Stas Wisniewski. Brother-in-law of Len, Lee (Robin) and Anthony Wisniewski. Dear uncle of Cameron, Tyler, Kendall, Kolbee, Brandon and Whitney. Died suddenly June 18, 2012. No Visitation. Private family services to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the children's education fund c/o any Morgan Bank. "We miss you, we love you, we will never forget you. Star Gazette – June 21, 2012 


LIPYANIC John J. Lipyanic Jr.

69, of Wyalusing and formerly of Wind Gap, died Monday, June 18 in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.  He was the husband of Patricia (Belles) Lipyanic. They had observed their 45th wedding anniversary in November. Born in Saylorsburg, he was a son of the late John J. Lipyanic Sr. and the late Florence (Van Buskirk) Lipyanic.  He had worked as a heavy equipment operator for various construction companies for 40 years, retiring in 2010 from Latona Construction in Pittston.  John was a U.S. Army veteran and a life member of the VFW in Bangor. He was also a member of the Towanda Rod & Gun Club and a life member of the Point Phillips Rod & Gun Club.  John loved Bradford County and he enjoyed having his children and grandchildren visit there. One of the traditions was to have a "beer on the mountain." He loved bluegrass music and he played in a bluegrass and square dance band at one time. He also enjoyed butchering.  In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, John J. Lipyanic III and his wife Michelle of Wind Gap; two daughters Deanne Durnin and her husband Tim of Saylorsburg and Jolene Pioli and her husband Jason of Kunkletown; five brothers Martin Lipyanic and his wife Darlene, Gerald Lipyanic and his wife Verna and Phillip Lipyanic, all of Wind Gap, Mark Lipyanic of Emmaus and Matthew Lipyanic of Nesquehoning; a sister Deidre Lipyanic of Emmaus; five grandchildren Anthony Martocci, Larry Martocci, Brianna Lipyanic, Jason Pioli and Jessica Pioli; three great-grandchildren Gaidge, Gavin and Olivia Martocci; and his cat Precious. He was preceded in death by two brothers Patrick and Thomas Lipyanic and by a sister Theresa Springer.  Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 from the Kresge Funeral Home, 1763 Route 209 Brodheadsville, with Phillip Lipyanic officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Eaton Cemetery, Saylorsburg. A viewing will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday until the time of the service.   Towanda Daily Review – June 21, 2012


LYON W. Jefferson

WATKINS GLEN: W. Jefferson Lyon died in the early morning of June 11, 2012. He was born July 17, 1915 in Middletown, NY. The family moved to Binghamton, NY three years later. He was educated in the Binghamton school system and joined the staff of the Binghamton "Morning Sun" newspaper in 1933 where he filled a variety of reporting and editorship posts until 1942. He then became publicity director for the Curtiss-Wright Airplane Division in Buffalo. In 1945 he moved to New Jersey, joining an advertising agency which handled major aviation accounts. Ten years later, after branching out to form his own public relations firm, he was named vice president in charge of communications for Blue Cross of New Jersey, the nation's pioneer hospital prepayment plan. That post, which he held until retirement in 1980, involved all of the plan's governmental and press relations. In subsequent years, Lyon did consulting work in the health and aviation fields and ultimately returned to the newspaper field as a feature writer and columnist. His first wife, the former Marian Blass by whom he had three sons died in 1985. In 1987 he married the Rev. Beverly Karr, who had been pastor for members of the Blass family in Galeton, PA. She served the Beemerville Presbyterian Church in New Jersey before accepting the call to serve the First Presbyterian Church in Watkins Glen where they have lived since 1997. Lyon is survived by his wife Beverly, his three sons: Thomas (Janis) of Carlsbad, CA, John (Barbara) of San Diego, CA and Rexford (Lois) of Bernardsville, NJ; one sister Doris Frank of Berlin, NJ. He has three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister Letitia Sage and grandson Max Lyon. Notable examples of Lyon's civic involvements: President of the NJ Division of American Cancer Society, member of Rotary International and Paul Harris Fellow; Chairman of the Board of NJ Heart Association; Board member and secretary of N.J. Auto Club (AAA); Board member of Center of Hope Hospice; Sussex County Jury Commissioner; Director, Newton Trust Company; Director, Sussex County United Way; Board member of FOWL (Friends of Watkins Glen Library). He was an elder and trustee in the Branchville Presbyterian Church in NJ, faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church, Watkins Glen NY where he sang in the choir. His funeral service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur Street, Watkins Glen on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 11:00am. Burial will be at Yoachum Hill Cemetery, Carter Camp, PA. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be given to Cobblestone Springs Center for Renewal, 4306 Lakemont-Himrod Rd. Dundee, NY 14837.  Star Gazette – June 12, 2012



12/08/59 - 6/10/12

After a long battle with cancer Retired SFC Wayne Lee McMillan died on June 10th 2012. Wayne was preceded in death by Father, John McMillan and brother, Floyd Mattox. Wayne is survived by wife Donna McMillan of Killeen TX, sons; Michael (Danielle) McMillan of Mansfield, PA, Wayne McMillan Jr of Killeen Tx, Keanan Tjelmeland of Chandler, AZ, Brandon McMillan of Copperas Cove, TX, Arnold Washington of Austin TX, daughter Nicole Smith of Shaw AFB, SC and grandchildren Izaiah, Lukas and Laila McMillan of Mansfield PA. He is also survived by brothers James, Willey, Herman, Mark(Mary Ann) and Sisters Shirley, Janet, Elecia (Carlton), Johna (Pete), Theresa all of New York, and Mother Mattie Mattox. Wayne was a N.C.O in the United State Army, and retired after 21 years of service with the classification of Sergeant First Class. He loved playing poker, throwing darts and spending time with his family. Wayne also was a rabid football fan as long as his beloved Dallas Cowboys were playing. Friends and family are invited to visit or call Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, Thursday June 14th from 10:00am to 12:00PM for the viewing, with a graveside ceremony to be held following the service at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.  Star Gazette – June 13, 2012


MENTE Cheryl (Mente) Keeler

formerly of Waverly, NY died on June 7th, 2012 after an extended illness at her home in Denver, NC.  She was born on December 8, 1944, the daughter of Orlo and Marjorie (Colburn) Mente.  She was predeased by her parents, Orlo and Marjorie Mente, brother, James A. Mente and sister Carol A. Hults.  She is survived by her husband Michael L. Keeler of Denver, NC, daughters Christine M. (Mark) Leary of Waverly, N.Y., Kathleen M. (Todd) Norton of Lakeland, Fla.,sons Stephan E. Jenkins of Tampa, Fl. and Scott A. (Carrie) Jenkins of Waverly, NY., stepsons Christopher and Mark Keeler, brother, Michael O. (Valerie) Mente of Athens, Pa., sister, Bette A. (Charles) Tuttle of Towanda, Pa., and brother William J. (Myra) Mente of Ashville, N.C., special brother in-law, Walter Hults, nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  Services will be held at a later date for the immediate family.  The family requests that contributions be directed to the American Cancer Society and their local area Hospice. Sayre Morning Times – June 12, 2012


MOSHER Barbara E. Mosher

Age 70, formerly of Corning, NY died Friday evening, June 21, 2002 at the Walden Rehab & Nursing Facility in Concord, MA.  Barbara was born in Elkland, PA, the daughter of Earl and Edna Henderson Mosher. Barbara was the wife of James Mosher who predeceased her in 1973.  She attended Shady Grove Church and had been active in the Hornby Fire Dept. Auxiliary. In the summer she especially enjoyed camping, gardening and picking grapes. Following a decline in health, she moved to be near her daughter.  Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Michael Ashline of Nazareth, PA; one brother, Dan Bentley of Elkland, PA; a sister, Iva Mosher of Beaver Dams; grandchildren, John Ashline of Nazareth, PA, Jeremy Ashline of Gardner, MA; several nieces and nephews.  Friends are invited to call at Carpenter's Funeral Home on Thursday, June 27, from 11 to 12 (Noon). The Funeral Service will be at the Funeral Home at the conclusion of the visitation (Noon) followed by the Committal Service in Coopers Cemetery. 


NYBECK Harvey E. Nybeck

Age 84, of Myrtle Beach, SC, formerly of Elmira, died Tuesday, May 29, 2012. Born February 1, 1928 in Elmira, the son of the late Harvey and Bessie (Lovell) Nybeck. Harvey is survived by his sons: Eric of Elmira, Michael (Beverly) of Myrtle Beach, SC, Matthew of Arlington, TX; daughters, Ellen of Elmira and Amy (Jeffrey Boyce) of Colorado Springs, CO; seven grandchildren; brother, Thomas (Mary Ruth) Nybeck, with their four children and grandchildren along with numerous Nybeck and Morrell nieces and nephews. Harvey graduated from Thomas A. Edison High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army (1948-1952), achieving the rank of Sergeant in the Corps of Engineers and toured the European Theater. Upon returning Harvey operated "Harvey's AAMCO Service Station" on Madison Ave. with his father at his side. Harvey then went to work for the late Edward Hagens (Hagens Soft Water Service) located on Grand Central Avenue, Horseheads, eventually purchasing the business. In 1980 Harvey relocated to Myrtle Beach, SC. Harvey was involved in community activities including Riverside School, PTA, Elmira Zoning Board, and Boy Scout Troop 34 Westminster Presbyterian Church. Harvey was also an avid sportsman and outdoorsman who loved spending time with his family and friends sharing and mentoring his loves: Clay Skeet's and Trap Shooting (Member Fur Fin and Feather Sportsman Club Inc.), Hunting, Fishing, Snowmobiling, Motorcycle Trail Riding at his cabin in the beautiful mountains of Potter County, also a member of the Southern Tier Enduro Riders Club and a lifelong Buffalo Bills Fan!!! A Memorial Service will be held at Lake Becky, Mtn. Rest, SC, at the convenience of the family. Condolences and remembrances may be sent to Michael Nybeck, 7 Ruth Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC 29558 and to Eric Nybeck, 814 Maple Avenue, Elmira, NY 14904.  Star Gazette – June 17, 2012


PEDRICK James B. Pedrick

72, of Nicholson, PA, died Saturday afternoon, June 16, 2012 at the Commonwealth Home Health & Hospice Unit of Regional Hospital of Scranton after a year-long battle with lung cancer. Born in Nicholson on March 17, 1940, he was the son of the late Carlton and Iva Pedrick of Nicholson. James married the love of his life, Sandra L. Pedrick and they were married for more than 32 years. After high school, he worked at Procter & Gamble for over 21 years, he also was a State Constable. He and his wife owned and operated a security business. He was a life-long member of the Wyoming County Fire Police where he volunteered for 20 years. James spent many days hunting, fishing and having fun.  In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, James Carl Pedrick, of Nicholson; daughter, Kathy Corey of Henrietta, TX and stepsons Michael, Martin, and Marvin Goodwin, Jr. He is also survived by many grandchildren, great- grandchildren of Pennsylvania and Texas.  Funeral services were held at the Anthony P. Litwin Funeral Home, 33 Reynolds St., Factoryville, on Tuesday, June 19 at noon with Pastor Paul Fields of the Factoryville Baptist Church officiating. Friends paid their respects from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Interment was at the Nicholson Cemetery.  Wyalusing Rocket Courier – June 21, 2012    


PURVIS James R. "Jim" Purvis

Age 62, loving husband, father and grandfather, of Wellsburg, NY, died unexpectedly on Friday, June 15, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Theresa L. Chilson-Purvis; children, Maureen Purvis, Chad Purvis, James Chilson-Purvis, Justin Chilson-Purvis, Donte Chilson-Purvis, Theresa E. Chilson-Purvis, and Joseph Chilson-Purvis; mother, Alice Purvis; brother and sisters, Russell (Nancy) Purvis, Marlene (1 Sg. Dan) Smith, and Wilma Redder; also several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Jim was predeceased by his father, Robert Purvis and his son, Jeremy Purvis. Jim was an Army Vietnam Veteran. A member of the Living Word EFC Church of Elmira, NY, he retired from Jeff's Westside Auto Service, Elmira, NY. An avid hunter, fisherman, and race car fan, but his priority was family. The family will receive friends at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with Funeral and Committal Service there Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. His pastor, Rev. Brian Kain, will celebrate Jim's life. Interment will be held privately in Bath National Cemetery, Bath, NY, with Military Honors accorded at the grave. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorials to the Living Word EFC Church, 1119 Lake St., Elmira, NY 14901 in Jim's name.   Star Gazette – June 18, 2012  


PARIS Leo Allen Paris

age 76, of Painted Post, died on Sunday, June 10, 2012 after a courageous battle against lung cancer. Born in West Burlington, PA, he was the son of the late Vern and Gladys (Impson) Paris.  Leo married Sandra K. Peck on August 16, 1975.  Leo always loved to travel. He and his wife traveled to 49 of the states. He enjoyed gardening and manicuring his lawn, and was very meticulous in all he did. Leo was an avid classic car enthusiast who loved to solve jigsaw puzzles. He was a true family man, looking forward to holidays and family gatherings.  He is survived by his wife: Sandra; two daughters: Roxanne (Art) Bentley of Big Flats, and Robin Paris of Corning; one son: Christopher (Wendy) VanZile of Corning; four sisters: Verna Shelford of Painted Post, Marion Paris of Corning, Mildred Miles of Corning, and Nancy Burdick of Corning; one brother: Robert (Ann) Paris of Coopers Plains;  6 grandchildren: Ann Marie (Chad), Sabrina (Don), Arthur (Samantha), Morganne, Bradley, Carley; 7 great-grandchildren: Zachary, Bryonna, Ashlee, Shyann, Taylor, Dacotah, and Jasmeen.  Leo was predeceased by first wife, Stella Ann Paris; son: Thomas M. VanZile; great-grandson: Eric Tenny; brothers: Gene, Hugh, and Wayne Paris.  Family and friends are invited to call at Carpenter's Funeral Home, LLC, 14 East Pulteney Street in Corning on Thursday, June 14, 2012 from 1:00-3:00PM.  A memorial service will immediately follow there with Pastor Tom Bell Officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Leo’s name may be made to the Coopers Plains-Long Acres Fire Dept., P.O. Box 13, Coopers Plains, NY 14827.  Corning Leader – June 12, 2012


PEBBLES Mary A. (Ersley) Bonci

Of Erin, NY died Thursday evening, June 14, 2012 at the age of 77. Mary was born February 10, 1935 in Hornell, NY a daughter of the late Howard and Julia Freeborn Pebbles. Mary was a graduate of Hornell High School and Nazareth College with a BSN. She worked in various nursing jobs including, Public Health Nursing and private nursing in Monroe County, staff nurse at Dearborn County Hospital, staff nurse at AOMC, 3 years field nursing and retired after 20 years as a registered nursing supervisor at the Chemung County Health Dept. She was a communicant of St. Mary Our Mother Church in Horseheads. Mary was predeceased by sister, Lois Flood and brother, Jim Pebbles and first husband, "Chauncey" Jack Ersley. Mary is survived by her husband of 23 years, George J. Bonci; children, Carol Pfleghardt, Mike (Tracy) Ersley, Margaret "Peg" (David) Boyle and Tom (Terri) Ersley; step-children, Lance (Sheila) Emanuel, Paul (Susan) Campbell, and Jim (Laurie) Roseplock; grandchildren, Alicia and Kristen Ersley, Elizabeth, Andrew and Kay Pfleghardt, Robert and Ann-Marie Boyle, Matthew Campbell, Holly (Campbell) Princiotto, Brian Bonci and Joseph Emanuel; great grandson, Dexter Pfleghardt; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will welcome relative and friends to Sullivan's Funeral Home, 365 E. Franklin St. at Rt. 13, Horseheads, NY on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 from 5-8PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary Our Mother Church, 816 W. Broad St., Horseheads, NY on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 9:30AM with Rev. Christopher Linsler. She will be laid to rest immediately following at St. Marys Church Yard Cemetery in Rexville, NY. The family would like to express their thanks to St. Joseph's Hospital Nursing Staff 3rd floor and Bethany Skilled Nursing Staff 2nd floor for their excellent care. The family respectfully request that memorials be made in Mary's name to a charity of one’s choice.    Star Gazette – June 16, 2012     


PHOTOPOULOS Stephen Photopoulos

79, of Ulysses, PA, died Wednesday, June 13, 2012 in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA. Born August 10, 1932, in Kastoria, Greece, he was the son of Peter Stephen and Athena Photopoulos. On December 4, 1955, in Atlantic City, NJ, he married the former Catherine H. Reres, who survives. He owned and operated The Chateau in Ardmore, PA for 25 years and the Brass Balloon in Wellsville, NY for 10 years. He was a longtime member of St. Luke Greek Orthodox Church in Broomall, PA and a member of Lewisville Lodge #556 F&AM in Ulysses.  Surviving besides his wife, Catherine, are: three sons, Peter S. (Maria) Photopoulos of Lexington, NC, Anthony S. (Lisa) Photopoulos of Pottstown, PA, and Stephen S. (Kelly) Photopoulos of Pittsburgh, PA; three daughters, Jioanna Carjuzza of Bozeman, MT, Athena (Steven) Levy of Boulder, CO, and Stephanie (Jerrold) Walsh of Willow Grove, PA; eight grandchildren; one great-grandson; a brother, Anthony P. (Petroula) Photopoulos of Ardmore, PA; a sister, Catherine Zarros of Kastoria, Greece; nieces, nephews, and cousins.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Dena.  Friends may attend Funeral Services 11:00 AM, Monday, June 18, 2012 in All Saints Episcopal Church, Brookland, PA. Fr. George Zervos, Pastor of St. Nicholas Greek Othodox Church, will officiate. Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Brookland. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Tri-Town Volunteer Ambulance, Ulysses, PA 16948.   Solomon’s Words for the Wise – June 15, 2012     


POUND Ruth Costley 

Watkins Glen: Surrounded by Love and God's presence and peace, Ruth Costley, age 70, of Watkins Glen, died on June 13, 2012. She is survived by her beloved husband, Keith, of 47 years; cherished daughter, Kathy Costley-Sakona (Dean) of Bellefonte, PA; ten treasured grandchildren, Jordan Costley of Elmira, NY, Ashlyn Sakona of Philadelphia, PA, Shalia Sakona of Boston, MA, Tiana Sakona of Chicago, IL, Elara Sakona, Katicia Sakona, Daniel Sakona, Aria Sakona, Garrett Sakona and Myrlanda Sakona, all of Bellefonte, PA. She is also survived by sisters, Margaret Bauman (Oakley), Elsie Cole (Jack), Marie Settino (Clayton), Irene Rice (Steve), Martha Hunter (Bruce); and numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends. She is predeceased by her precious and deeply loved younger daughter, Peggy Costley; parents, Harold Pound and Beatrice Pound Demott; and brothers, Harold Pound and Carl Pound. Ruth was born November 5, 1941 and grew up as one of eight children in Odessa, NY. She was married October 12, 1963. She worked for Glen National Bank, Watkins Glen Grand Prix Association, and was secretary to the Director of Media Services at Cornell University for many years. Ruth was a talented seamstress and gardener, who loved creating beautiful cards with her friends, and who lived for her children and grandchildren. Her generous and loving heart earned her the nickname "Santa Ruth" from those whose lives she touched any time she saw a need - emotional or material. She leaves a lasting legacy of love behind. Friends and relatives are invited to call Saturday, June 23, 2012, at Vedder & Scott Funeral Home, Genesee Street, Montour Falls. Calling hours will be held from one to three o'clock with a service celebrating her life to follow, the Reverend Judy White officiating. Ruth's family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and dialysis staff at Sayre, Arnot Ogden and Schuyler Hospitals for their dedicated and compassionate care and support throughout her long and courageous fight. You truly are angels on earth in the work you do each and every day. Memorials gifts may be made in Ruth's name to The American Cancer Society or the Watkins Glen Ambulance Corps.  Star Gazette – June 19, 2012   



Elmira: Loving Mom and NiNi, age 49, died on Monday, June 18, 2012 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. She loved all children hers or not. Susan is survived by her son Oliver Marble, Jr.; daughter LaTasha Walker; grandchildren, Tessa Walker, Kevin Marble, Kaden Walker and Brayden Holding (Walker). She now joins her predeceased grandson Kyler Lopez. Your family loves you and misses you. Family and friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of W. Water and Walnut Street, on Friday, June 22, 2012 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.  Star Gazette – June 20, 2012  


RAY Nelson G

Wellsboro Agitator – June 10, 1896

—Mr. Nelson G. Ray, a. former well known resident of the Cowanesque valley, died at his home at East Canton, Bradford county, on the 28th ultimo, of dropsy of the heart. His age was 64 years.   


REYNOLDS Beverly J Hess

Potter Leader-Enterprise from May 3 to May 10, 2010 

Beverly J. Hess, 78, of Ulysses, PA, died Tuesday, April 27, 2010 in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA. Born November 7, 1931, in Ithaca, NY, she was the daughter of Clifford G. and A. Isabelle Perry Reynolds. On May 27, 1952, in Harrison Valley, PA, she married Love S. Hess, who predeceased her on September 22, 2006. She was employed by Grange National Bank in Ulysses and Citizens and Northern Bank in Knoxville for many years. Beverly was a member of the Mills Union Church and the Order of the Eastern Star #95 in Ulysses, serving as worthy matron and district deputy.  Surviving are: a son, Richard K. (Paula) Hess of Ulysses; three daughters, Marcia Newcomb of Sabinsville, PA, Jeanette (Roger) Barker of Ulysses, and Kathleen Jo (David) Smoker of Gold, PA; 11 grandchildren, Thomas H. Newcomb, Daniel B. Newcomb, Rynell (Bert) Currier, Kent (Amy) Barker, Kimberly Barker, Joshua Smoker, Katelyn Smoker, Lacee Hess, Hunter Hess, Caden Hess, and Tanner Hess; three great-grandchildren, Desarae Currier, Tyler Barker, and Aiden Barker; a sister, Mary Lou (Howard) Lewis of Coudersport, PA; five sisters-in-law, Janice Reynolds of Harrison Valley, Ada Reynolds and Patricia Allen, both of Westfield, Melva Calaman of Sabinsville, and Clara Hess of Little Marsh; and nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by three brothers, Rex Reynolds, Clifford Reynolds, Jr., and William Reynolds. Services were private. Burial was in Mills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mills Union Church, P.O. Box 11, Mills, PA 16937.  Arrangements were entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Obit provided by Don Adams   


SCHOONOVER Doris E. Watson

74, of Roulette, PA, formerly of Ulysses, died Monday, June 18, 2012 in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.   Born June 17, 1938, in Ulysses, she was the daughter of Leroy F. and Eva Haxton Schoonover. She was married to Harry O. Watson, who predeceased her on July 8, 2006.   Doris was a farm worker employed by Harold Sherwood and Melvin Easton. She was a member of Carl E. Hyde American Legion Post #963 Auxiliary and a social member of the Coudersport Legion.  Surviving are: a daughter, Janice Beane of Roulette, PA; two grandsons, Richard R. (Tracy) Ruediger of Roulette and Edward Orlowski of Port Allegany; four great-grandchildren, Dillon Ruediger, Justine Crum, Logan Orlowski, and Karter Orlowski; five brothers, LeRoy (Jessie) Schoonover of Eldred, Delbert Schoonover of Bradford, David Schoonover of Bradford, Eddie Reed of Woodhull, NY, and Keith Reed of Bradford; three sisters, Shirley Sink, Sharon South, and Debbie Kline, all of Bradford; four step-sons, Henry Watson, Paris Watson, Clair Oliver Hyde, and Sean Watson; a step-daughter, June Wiley; nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by infant daughters, Katherine Ruediger and Jean Ruediger; infant sons, David Ruediger and Raymond Ruediger, Jr.; a sister, Connie Metcalf; and a step-daughter, Jane Watson.  Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Patterson Cancer Center, c/o Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA 16915p.   Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. 74, Roulette, PA, formerly of Ulysses, died 06-18-2012.  Arrangements: Olney Funeral Home.  Solomon’s Words for the Wise – June 21, 2012 


SEAMANS Harold C. (Sam) Seamans

66, of Gaines, Pa., died June 11, 2012, at his home, after a brief illness. Harold was born April 11, 1946, in Huntington Park, Calif. He was the son of Winifred Hunt Seamans and the late Perry Eli Seamans.  Harold attended Wellsboro High School. He graduated from Wyoming Seminary, Kingston, Pa. In addition, he attended Northwestern University. Surviving are his mother, Winifred Seamans, Wellsboro, Pa.; sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Bruce Fowler, Montoursville, Pa.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Harold was preceded by his father, Perry E. Seamans; brothers, Lloyd and Gordon Seamans.  A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made in his name to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements by Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, "A Life Celebration Home," 139 Main St., Wellsboro, Pa.  Williamsport Sun Gazette – June 14, 2012 


SHEETS Shirley Sheets Rarick 

Formerly of the Fassett, PA community died peacefully at her son's home surrounded by her loving family on Wed. June 20, 2012 at the age of 78 following an illness. Born on June 16, 1934 in Montour County PA, Shirley was the daughter of the late Owen & Hazel Temple Sheets. She married Douglas Rarick Sr. in 1957 and he predeceased her in 2005. Shirley was dedicated to helping others and was a Home Health Aide. Shirley was a loving and supportive wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Surviving are her family, children, Douglas Jr. & Millie Rarick, Elmira; Candy & Richard Terry, San Antonio, TX; Dean & Kelly Rarick, Erie PA; Gene & Cathy Rarick, Gillett PA; Jim Rarick, Elmira; grandchildren, Doug Rarick III, Elmira; April & Jason Darnell, San Antonio TX, Jamie & Jason Graves, Corning NY; Carolyn & Mark Kinner Jr. Wellsburg; Christopher Payne & Michelle Kendall, Wellsburg; Amanda Travis & Ronald Lewis, Columbia Cross Roads, PA. Shirley also loved two other special grandchildren. Shirley was loved by 10 great grandchildren and is also survived by her sister, Doris Stone, Gillett, PA; and brother, Richard Sheets, FL; special friends, Frank and Joyce Riker; loving animal companions cats, Mittens, Miles, Boo and dog, Maggie. In addition to her parents and husband, Shirley was predeceased by her daughter, Nancy Rarick and her sisters, Rachel, Marie, Gladys, Louise, Helen, and a brother, Leon Sheets. Shirley had dedicated caregivers in Cathy Rarick, Carolyn Kinner, Amanda Travis, and Robin Morin. For all of the care and comfort they provided Shirley in her final days, memorials may be directed to Guthrie Hospice, RR1 Box 154 Towanda, PA 18848. Family and friends will be received at Caywoods's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport on Fri. June 22, 2012 between the hours of 5-7 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 7:15 p.m.



Elmira Daily Gazette and Free Press – February 22, 1895

Captain D. A. Signor died on Sunday at Elkland, Pa., aged 69 years.  Death was caused by dropsy, the result of inflammatory rheumatism.  Deceased was a good soldier in the war and was well known in Steuben county, having been a resident of Bath, Addison, Hammondsport and Hornellsville.  He died at the residence of his son, George C. Signor, who formerly conducted the National hotel in Corning.  



Corning Evening Leader – February, 1934

Academy Corners, February 6 – George Signor died at his home in this place, February 2, at 4 o’clock.  He is survived by his widow and one son, Dr. Signor of Philadelphia, who has been at his bedside for the past week. 



Knoxville, February 56 – George C. Signor, 77, of Academy Corners, formerly of Philadelphia, died at his home Friday.  Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from his late home.  Burial was in Ithaca, NY.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Emma Signor, one son, Dr. Ray Signor, and three grandsons, John, Joseph, George of Philadelphia.   


SMITH Mary Smith Stout

73, of Waverly, N.Y., died June 11, 2012 at the Robert packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa.  Born November 27, 1938, to Durwood and Mary (Katie) Smith, in the small coal mining town of Glen Lyon, Pennsylvania. Mary was the youngest, with sisters Bessie, Vera and Yoda. Mary says her parents ran out of creativity when they named her. Mary graduated from Berwick High School and began working in a shirt factory. Mary was married to her beloved husband Forrest (Peaches) on Thanksgiving Day 1958 which also was Mary’s 20th birthday. The newlyweds moved to Sayre in 1960. Mary was very active in the community. She was the president of the hook and ladder Ladies Auxiliary. She served on the Board of Directors for the Cancer Society for ten years. She acted as the drive coordinator for the Meals on Wheels program. She taught Sunday School and led the childrens’ choir and also sang in the adult choir. Her latest service was as the choir director of the Elderwood choir the “Golden Songbirds” Mary loved her family and would do anything for them.  Surviving her are her children, Melissa (Patrick) Gorman, of Waverly and Charles Stout and his fiancé Renee Henry, of Waverly her three grandchildren, Julie and Elizabeth Gorman and Ryan Henry, also her sister Vera McAfee, of Pottsville, Pa. and several special nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Funeral Services will be held Thurs., June 14, at 11:00 a.m. at Waverly Methodist Church. Family and friends are invited to call at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time. Interment will follow at Elan Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Luckner Funeral Home 449 Park Avenue Waverly NY. Please visit to offer your condolences.  Sayre Morning Times – June 13, 2012 


SPRINGART Robert M. Springart

59, of East Smithfield, Pa., died on Monday, June 18, 2012 at the Robert Packer Hospital surrounded by his family. Robert was the loving husband of Lori (Reilly) Springart. The couple married May 19, 1973 and had 39 happy years together.  Robert was born on May 14, 1953 in Philadelphia, Pa., a son of the late Joseph and Frances (Fisher) Springart. He was a Cement Mason by trade and belonged to the Cement Masons Union Local No. 592. Robert was a true outdoorsman. He enjoyed working outside, along with fishing and hunting.  Robert is survived by his loving wife Lori; his children Michael (Nicole) Springart of Philadelphia, Pa., Shannon Bestanic of East Smithfield, Pa. and Bobby (Jennifer) Springart of Red Hill, Pa.; his grandchildren Brenden, Elijah, Laura, Hannah, Alivia, and Sloane; his brothers James Springart of Athens, Pa. and Ronald Springart of Mantua, N.J.; his sister Terry Rightley of Philadelphia, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.  Services will be private and at the convenience of Robert's family. The Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral Home Inc., 1093 W. Main St., Troy, Pa., has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.     Towanda Daily Review – June 21, 2012   


STEPHENS Jeanne E. Tomb

Jeanne E. Tomb, 86, of Middlebury Center died on Thursday, June 14, 2012, at home.  Born Nov. 7, 1925, in Canisteo, N.Y., she is the daughter of Lee F. and Viola M. (Huntington) Stephens. A memorial service will be held at the United Church of Nelson on Sunday, July 1, at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Dorothy Densmore, pastor of the church officiating. The family respectfully declines flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to United Church of Nelson, Nelson, Pa. 16940, the Nelson Volunteer Fire Department, Nelson, Pa. 16940 or to the Breast Health Center, 1705 Warren Ave., Williamsport, Pa. 17701  Wellsboro Gazette – June 17, 2012     


STRONG Richard Duane

Of Pine City, NY died on June 16, 2012 at the age of 75. He was born on March 17, 1937. Dick is survived by his wife, Evelyn (McGonigal); children, Lisa Strong, Michael (Sandra), Daniel (Barry); grandchildren, Alex Petzke, Sara Petzke, Mellissa Strong, Kyle Strong; sisters and brothers, Dolores Strong, John (June) Strong, Janice Dean, Charles (Carolyn) Strong, Barbara (David) Saunders; many nephews and nieces. Predeceased by his parents, John and Ethel (Bellinger) Strong and brother, Donald (Shirley) Strong. Dick was retired from Hardinge, Inc. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and had good times pitching horseshoes with friends. The family wishes to thank the doctors and staff at the Falck Cancer Center and Southern Tier Hospice. It was Dick's wish that there be no calling hours. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. Flowers are gratefully declined.    Star Gazette – June 19, 2012   


SVILICH Denise E. (Svilich) Manes

age 53, of Blossburg, PA, died unexpectedly on Sunday, June 17, 2012. Born on May 2, 1959, she was the daughter of John Svilich and Christine Svilich Davidson of WA.  Denise was employed as a guide for a hunting outfitter. She enjoyed her dogs; Pepper, Blue, Little Guy and her cats; Buzzby, Tilly and Huckleberry.  In addition to her mother, Christine, she is survived by one brother, two sisters, a half-sister and her significant other of 11 years, Paul Kraynack of Blossburg. Denise was predeceased by her father, John.  In keeping with Denise's wishes there will be no services. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 South Main Street, Mansfield, PA, is assisting the family.   Funeral home obituary – June 19, 2012  


TACKA Rose Marie Pettitt

age 71 of Horseheads, and longtime resident of Pratt St., Elmira died Tuesday, June 19, 2012. She was predeceased by her former husband, Robert Pettitt; daughters, Catherine Pettitt, and Anna Marie Brewer. She is survived by her daughter and sons, Cindy (Gary) Eastwood, Paul Feeney, Robert Pettitt, Jr; grandchildren including Andrew Pettitt; sister, Bonnie DePrimo of Elmira and brother, John (Maryanna) Tacka of Horseheads. Rose was an assembler at American LaFrance and also the owner operator of Rose's Deli in Elmira. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 S. Main Street, Horseheads on Friday, June 22, 2012 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Her service will follow there at 5:00 p.m


THOMPSON L. Raymond Thompson

74, of West Bingham, PA, died Monday, June 18, 2012 in the Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, NY.  Born January 7, 1938, in Bingham Township, PA, he was the son of Lawrence C. and Madeline H. Truax Thompson. On January 2, 1962, in Ulysses, PA, married to the former Marjorie White, who survives.  A US Army Veteran, he served honorably from 1961 – 1963. He was employed by the former Eberle Tannery in Westfield, PA. Surviving besides his wife, Marjorie, are: his mother, Madeline Vermilyea of Ulysses; four sons, Raymond (Peggy) Thompson of Ulysses, Kenneth (Becky) Thompson of Ulysses, Lawrence C. Thompson of Westfield, and Roy Thompson of Ulysses; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Lloyd Thompson of Wellsville, NY and H. Gene (Phyllis) Thompson of Ulysses; an uncle, Keith (Jean) Truax of Ulysses; an aunt, Margery Mann of Addison, NY; nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his father, he was predeceased by a brother, Larry Bean; and a great-granddaughter, Nella Lynn Preston. A graveside service will be held 11:00 AM, Friday, June 22, 2012 in the Ulysses Cemetery. Pastor Harold Kiel will officiate. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the funeral home to assist with expenses.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses.  Solomon’s Words to the Wise – June 20, 2012 


TRONE Roberta Trone

65, of Canton, Pa., (LeRoy Townshihp) died on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at the Robert Packer Hospital. Roberta Nora was born on Dec. 6, 1946 in Philadelphia. Blind from birth, she will be remembered as a loving daughter who accomplished much despite her special needs. Roberta enjoyed singing songs and visiting with family and friends. She was of the Catholic faith.  Surviving are her parents, Nora (Daddario) and Harvey Trone of Canton.  Calling hours are 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, June 18, at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, in Canton. The funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be held in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.  Towanda Daily Review – June 17, 2012    


Van ZILE Phyllis L. Van Zile

age 51, of Elmira, NY, died Saturday, June 16, 2012, at her home with her family by her side. Born February 25, 1961 in Elmira, NY, she was the daughter of the late Richard H. and the late Mary M. (Crowl) Van Zile. Phyllis worked as a certified nursing assistant for Chemung County Nursing Facility, retiring with 25 years of service. She loved traveling, reading and especially crafts, specifically quilting. She is survived by her siblings, Richard H. (Marie) Van Zile, Jr. of Corning, Patricia K. Van Zile of Elmira, Sandra (Samuel) Dailey of Beaver Dams, Steven D. (Debra) Van Zile of Elmira, Thomas J. Van Zile, Elmira and Kathy J. (Carlos) Teruel of Horseheads. Although Phyllis did not have children of her own, she had special bonds and special times with several nieces and nephews, treating them as her own. In addition to her parents, Phyllis was predeceased by her sister, Jeanne M. Chapin. Friends are invited to call at Carpenter's Funeral Home, 14 E. Pulteney St., Corning on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, from 4 to 5 p.m. A memorial service will immediately follow at 5:00 p.m. Committal prayers and interment will take place in the family plot at Hope Cemetery, Campbell, NY on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. The family asks that memorial donations be given in Phyllis's name to Southern Tier Hospice & Palliative Care, 11751 East Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830.   Star Gazette – June 18, 2012    


WAITE Sr., Allan P.

Age 82, of Watkins Glen, died surrounded by loving family on 12 June, 2012, after a courageous and lengthy battle with numerous medical issues. Al was born to Daniel J. Waite and Isabel Weed Waite, Nov. 2, 1929, in Watkins Glen, NY. Allan retired in 1993 as a Patrolman with the New York State Park Police in Watkins Glen after 38 years. In his early adult life, he worked for Shepard Niles Crane and Hoist Co. in Montour Falls for 14 years. He was a member of the Watkins Glen Fire Department, past president of the Watkins Glen Fire and Rescue Squad, volunteer with Seneca Santa, a former member of the American Legion Post 555 of Watkins Glen, and a former Boy Scout volunteer leader, and volunteer for the Schuyler County Board of Elections. He also was a 65-year member of the Watkins Glen United Methodist Church, where he served as former chairman of the Trustees Committee, and a member of the Finance Committee and the church Administration Board. He honorably served his county in Korea in 1951 with the U.S. Army's 5th Regimental Combat Team as a tank driver. He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Daniel J. Waite, Jr., Harold E. Waite, and Douglas W. Waite; sisters, infant Helen M. Waite and Beverly Waite Hoyt; brothers-in-law, Richard Hoyt and Charles (Chuck) Richardson; sister-in-law, Lydia Waite; and aunt, Ruth Drake. A beloved husband, father and Papa, he is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sylvia Drake Waite; children, Taryn (Ronald) Bath, Colonel Allan Phillip (Shelley) Waite, Jr, Tamre Waite, Robin (Frank) LaFace, Tanya (Brent) Chomyszak, and David (Elizabeth) Waite; grandchildren, Joshua (Missy) Waite, Nathan C. (Ann) Waite, Sr., Kristopher (Emily) Waite, Chelsea (Timothy) Tabisz, Lindsay Bath, Jonathan Bath, Travis Waite, Courtney Waite, Daniel Chomyszak, Isabella LaFace, and Giuseppe LaFace; and great-grandchildren, Sarai, Adeyna, Kyla, & Barrett Tabisz, N. Christian, Jr., Caleb, Charis and Carryn Waite, and Jacen Waite; beloved mother-in-law, Jean B. "Mom" Drake; sisters-in-law, Elizabeth R. Waite, Linda D. Richardson (David Costley), and Charlotte (Charles) Parmenter; brothers-in-law, Charles E. (Deborah) Drake, Jr., and Ernest M. (Josanne) Drake; aunt, Mildred C. Denson, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will receive friends and relatives on Friday, June 15, 2012, from 5-7 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. A memorial service will be Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his memory may be made to the Watkins Glen Fire Dept., Schuyler Co. Ambulance, Southern Tier Hospice or Watkins Glen PBA.   Star Gazette – June 20, 2012


WATTS Rose Hadlock

59, of Waverly, N.Y., died Monday, June 18, 2012, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa.  Born July 1, 1952, in Sayre, Pa., the daughter of (the late) Betty (Coolbaugh) and Francis Watts.  Rose loved her family, loved her dogs and her fish and used to raise horses. Rose will be dearly missed by all those that knew her.  Surviving Rose are her daughters; Ann (Duane) Shrimp, of Waverly and Lynn Fitzpatrick of Rochester, her two granddaughters Brittany and fiancée James Scrivener, of Barton and Caitlyn Fitzpatrick of Rochester.  She is also survived by great grandchildren SkyLyn and Dominick and a future grandchild due soon; her sister Maryann Shabazian of Los Angeles; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and her pugs Lula and Peanut.  Rose was predeceased by her parents as well as by her twin daughters.  A graveside service will be held Friday, June 22 at 2 p.m. at Saint James Cemetery in Waverly, N.Y. Arrangements are with the Luckner Funeral Home, 449 Park Avenue, Waverly, N.Y.   Sayre Morning Times – June 21, 2012 


WILLETT Linda Jo (Willett) Klahr

At the age of 65, Linda died on June 7, 2012, after a brave battle with cancer. She was born and raised in Horseheads and moved to Spring, Texas in 1969. She is survived by her partner, Cathy Haynes, and her three siblings, Ken Willett (wife Maxine) of Horseheads, Janet Willett and Nancy Willett Bottcher, both of Round Rock, Texas. Funeral arrangements were held privately.  Star Gazette – June 17, 2012  


WILLIAMS Garrett Dekatur Williams

infant son of Carolyn Ellis and Adam Williams left us before we had a chance to get to know him. His mother said it best when she said “he was only here for a short time, but he has taught us so much.” It’s hard to believe that such a small person can leave such a huge hole in all of our lives. Besides his parents, Garrett leaves behind his grandparents: Dr. George and Debra Ellis of Athens, Pa., and Mark and Becky Williams of Waverly, N.Y., Uncles Samuel and Lee Ellis and Eric Williams. He also leaves behind an extended family too numerous to mention. Now we turn him over to God to watch over him until we meet again. Goodbye little man, we love you so very much. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Arnot NICU Unit or Geisinger Life Flight unit and the Guthrie First Impression Birthing Center. A time of gathering with family and friends will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York. The celebration of Garrett’s life will follow the visitation with Pastor Larry Day honoring his memory at 6 p.m. A special tribute to Garrett will be presented on DVD during the funeral service.  Sayre Morning Times – June 19, 2012   


WOODCOCK Jeremy Richard Woodcock

age 32, of Lockwood, N.Y., died unexpectedly on Friday, June 15, 2012.  Jeremy was a former member of the Lockwood Fire Department, and was a NASCAR enthusiast, but his passions were driving trucks and spending time with his family, especially his nieces and nephews. Jeremy also was an animal lover and always had a house full of pets.  Jeremy is survived by his parents, Jerry and Anna Woodcock, of Lockwood, his sisters, Debra Cole of Lockwood and Karen Woodcock and her fiance, Matt Smallback, both of Stafford, Va. He is also survived by two nephews, Larry Cole of Lockwood, and Dylan Fleet, of Stafford, Va., and three nieces, Karissa and Julie Cole of Lockwood, and Danielle Fleet of Stafford, Va., his grandmother Lois Shadduck of Waverly, his girlfriend, Kendra Lafferty of Athens, Pa., dear friends, John and Donna Davidson, of Lockwood, and his beloved canine, Nanna. Jeremy is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Jeremy was preceded in death by his grandparents, the late Richard and Ruth Woodcock of Barton and the late Ted Miner of Elmira.  At the request of the family, there will be no calling hours. A time of gathering with family and friends will be 11 a.m., Wednesday June 20, 2012, at Crossroads Family Ministries, 353 Fulton Street, S. Waverly, Pennsylvania. The celebration of Jeremy’s life will be by the Rev. James Fox honoring his memory at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one’s favorite charity or to Stray Haven Humane Society, 194 Shepard Road, Waverly, New York 14892.   Sayre Morning Times – June 19, 2012


WRIGHT Duane F. Wright Sr.

68, of Derby Hill Road, Addison, formerly of Campbell, died on Sunday, June 17, 2012 at home.  Duane was born in Addison on April 15, 1944, a son of Elmer Nelson and Anna M. Wright. On July 11, 1963, he and Linda L. Jackson were married in Lindley. Linda preceded Duane in death on June 18, 2004. Duane worked in the foundry of Ingersoll-Rand Co. in Painted Post until its closing and then was employed by Freedom Fashions in Elkland, Pa. and later on the Lowell Wilson Farm in Osceola, Pa.  Besides Linda, he was also predeceased by his grandson, Lucas Wright, his brothers, Elmer Nelson Wright Jr., Robert Wright, Steven Wright and John Wright, and his sister, Charlene Wright. Surviving are his sons, Duane Wright Jr. of Savona and Dean Wright (Deb Baker) of Addison, his daughter, Janie Causer of Woodhull, his grandchildren, Kaitlynn Causer, Jesse James Wright, Amanda Wright, Harlin Wright, Derek Wright, Alice Wright, Zachery Wood, Eric Wright and Sarah Wright, his brothers, Clem (Susan) Wright of Savona, Donny Wright of Avoca and William Wright of Citrus, FL., his sisters, Janet Potts of Citrus, FL and Sherry Locey of Oklahoma, as well as many nieces and nephews.  Friends may call on Thursday, June 21, 2012 from 11 AM to 1 PM at the H.P. Smith & Son, Inc. Funeral Home, 1607 Main St. Woodhull, NY where funeral services will follow at 1:00 PM with Rev. Brian Diffenbacher officiating. Burial will be in Addison Hill Cemetery, Town of Tuscarora.   Corning Leader – June 19, 2012     


WRIGHT Laura Ann Masin

age 46, of Bradford, NY, died on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY. Born in Corning, NY, she was the daughter of the late Richard Galusha and the late Dora (Moresman) Wright. Laura graduated from East High School and also attended BOCES for cosmetology. Laura and John Masin, Jr. were married on September 17, 1994. Laura was self-employed as a hairdresser, most recently working for Absolute Transformations in Watkins Glen, NY. She was co-owner and helped operate the Holiday Valley Farm Cider Mill on State Route 226, as well as the co-owner of J & L Trucking in Bradford, NY where she worked alongside her husband. Laura was a member of the Bradford Baptist Church, a past member of the Tyrone Fire Department, and present member of the Bradford Fire Department. She loved being outdoors, specifically spending time in her flower gardens, dancing, having campfires, and holding her many yard parties and cookouts. Her greatest pleasure in life was spending time with and caring for her family, particularly her grandchildren. She took great pride in making sure her family was taken care of. She will be truly missed by all who knew her.  Laura is survived by her loving husband: John Masin, Jr. of Bradford; four sons: Joshua R. (Gina) Abbey of Bradford, Jeremy (Amber Corbett) Abbey of Bradford, Justin Abbey of Bradford, Daniel (Della) Masin of Butler, NJ; two daughters: Tammy (Scott) Keith of Meriden, CT, Tracey (David) Soliven of Newington, CT; father: Charles Wright; step-mother: Verna Wright of Dundee; sisters: Helen (Randy) Jackson of Horseheads, NY, Dawn (Kevin) Wright of Palmyra, NY; brothers: Rick (Tracy) Huyler of Beaver Dams, NY, Dale Wright, Jr. of Corning; grandchildren: Caiden J.M. Cummins and Michael L. Abbey; mother-in-law: Janice Masin of Bradford; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Laura was predeceased by her father-in-law, John J. Masin, Sr.  Friends are invited to call at the Bradford Baptist Church, 2788 Yawger Hill Road in Bradford on Saturday, June 16, 2012 from 11:00am to 1:00pm. A funeral service will follow there at 1:00pm with Rev. Chris Durham officiating. Committal prayers and interment will take place in the family plot at Tyrone Union Cemetery, Tyrone, NY.   The family asks that memorial donations in Laura's name be directed to the Bradford Baptist Church, 2788 Yawger Hill Road, Bradford, NY 14815.   Star Gazette – June 15, 2012


YOUELLS Bernice Lenore Darling

86, of Nicholson, PA died at the Commonwealth Home Health and Hospice Unit at Regional Hospital of Scranton June 15, 2012.  Born Nov. 23, 1925, she was the daughter of the late William and Jenny Waters Youells. She was married to Richard Darling, Sr. and a graduate from the Kingston High School. She enjoyed spending time with family and witnessing for the Lord. In addition to her parents Bernice is preceded in death by a daughter, Joyce Ridall.  In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son, Richard, II and his wife, Karen of Retta; daughters, Jean and husband, Harold Mueller of Elmira, NY, Jane Sherman and the late George Matte of Tunkhannock, Sandra and husband, James Bartels of Retta and son-in-law, Ernie Ridall of Laceyville. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.  A memorial service will be held at the Retta United Methodist Church, Retta on Thursday, June 21 at noon with Pastor Kevin Compton officiating.  Friends may pay their respects from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family at the Retta United Methodist Cemetery.  The family would like to thank the Commonwealth Home Health and Hospice and Golden Living staff for their care and kindness.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the church of the donors choosing.   Wyalusing Rocket Courier – June 21, 2012 


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