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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.

ALLEN Walter J. "Sonny" Allen Jr.

of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa. was born in Troy, Pa., on Nov. 29, 1942 to the late Walter J. Allen, Sr. and Evelyn (Page) Allen Stone of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa. and died on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 at the Bradford County Manor with his family by his side. Sonny was gifted in many areas, a father, son, brother, logger and horseman.  Sonny is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law Brian and Kimberly of Troy, Pa., Steve and Holly of Wellsburg, N.Y., Harold and Melissa of Erin, N.Y., and Joe of Sayre, Pa.; their mother Connie Allen of Wellsburg, N.Y.; his grandchildren Brittany, Jathan, Madeline, Nicole, Zachary, Ciera and Eli; his great-granddaughter Danica; his mother Evelyn Stone of Columbia Cross Roads; his sisters Sue Baker of Canton, Anita Freeh of Columbia Cross Roads and Jean Doolittle of Binghamton, N.Y.; along with several nieces, nephews, aunts, and cousins. Sonny was preceded in death by his father Walter J. Allen, Sr.  Services are private and at the convenience of Sonny's family. The Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral Home Inc. has been entrusted with the arrangements.  The family has asked for no flowers to be sent but for those wishing to make memorial contributions in memory of Sonny may direct them to the Bradford County Manor, 15900 Route 6, Troy, PA 16947 or to the charity of one's own choosing.   Towanda Daily Review – November 19, 2012   


BEACH Ralph N. "Skip"

Age 48 of Bales Rd. in Cayuta died after a brief illness on November 15, 2012 at Robert Packer Hospital. He was born in 1964 to Ralph and Margaret (Morris) Beach. Skip is survived by his wife, Dianna (Theetge) Beach; Sons, Christopher (Sarah Curkendall) Beach of Horseheads, NY, Matthew (Marissa Moon) Beach of Cayuta, NY, Shawn Beach also of Cayuta, NY; Grandchildren, Briley Marie Beach, Brandilyn Jolee Beach, Austin Carter Beach; Mother, Peg Beach of Cayuta, NY; brothers, Scott (Candy) Beach of Craig, CO, Richard (Linda) Beach of Browns Mills, NJ, Several nieces and nephews and a host many friends. Skip was employed at Shippers Car Line in Milton, PA and after relocating back to Cayuta he worked in Maintenance at US Salt in Watkins Glen. Skip was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. He was always willing to lend a hand to anyone who needed it. He was an avid hunter, general all around fix-it-man and also loved riding motorcycles. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home 413 S. Main St. Horseheads on Monday November 19, 2012 from 2-4:00 and again from 6-8:00 pm his service will take place there on Tuesday at 10:00 am. His burial service will take place privately at the convenience of his family.  Star Gazette – November 17, 2012   


BLACK Roger D. Black

42, of Blossburg, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at Broad Acres Nursing Home, Wellsboro.  Friends will be received Monday, Nov. 25 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Freeberg Funeral Home, Blossburg.   Williamsport Sun Gazette – November 25, 2012


CASSETTA Irene D. Ritter

age 89, of Lady Lake, Fla., formerly of South Waverly, Pa., and Elmira, N.Y., died Thursday, November 8, 2012 at The Villages Health Center in Lady Lake.  Irene was born September 14, 1923 in South Waverly, Pa., the daughter of Carmen and Mary Alteri Cassetta.  She was a graduate of Sayre High School class of 1941 and was employed in various medical offices in the valley and Elmira for over 40 years until her retirement.  In early years, Irene was an avid bowler and participated in league bowling. She loved visiting New York City. Irene moved to Lady Lake, Florida, in 1980 where she was a member and supporter of St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church and its food pantry. Irene loved the Prayer of St. Francis and lived her life accordingly. She was loved by and a friend to many.  Surviving are her children, Josef (Toni) Ritter of Dewitt, N.Y., Thomas Ritter of Lowman, N.Y., Tina Ritter of Bloomfield, N.Y., Maryanne Derschang of Kirkville, N.Y.; grandson, William (Corry) Derschang of Fayetteville, N.Y.; special friends, Mary Hart and Flora Bradley both of Lady Lake, Fla., as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Thomas H. Ritter on August 22, 2001 and son, Gerard Ritter.  Amass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. at the Epiphany Parish, South Elmer Ave. Sayre, Pa.  Interment will follow in St. James Cemetery, Waverly, N.Y.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Alteri- Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre, Pa.  There are no calling hours. As Irene loved all animals and had special affection for her childhood dog “Sparkle,” her family requests that contributions be directed to the ASPCA of the doner’s choice in Irene’s memory.  Sayre Morning Times – November 16, 2012  


CLARK S. Jayne Wagner

age 89, of Watkins Glen, NY died peacefully with her daughter by her side on Tuesday November 20, 2012 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, in Montour Falls, NY. Friends are invited to call from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday (December 1) at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water Street, Dundee; where a Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Jane Winters officiating. Inurnment will follow in Tyrone Union Cemetery, Tyrone, NY. The family respectfully declines flowers, graciously wishing for memorial contributions to be made to the Tyrone Volunteer Ambulance Corp., P.O. Box 69, Tyrone, NY 14887. Jayne was born October 19, 1923 in Elmira, NY, the daughter of the late Lester and Mable Resue Clark. She graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1941. On January 4, 1943 in Chicago, IL she married the late Chester H. Wagner; he died on Sept. 12, 1983. A lifelong area resident, Jayne was a retired Home Health Aide employed by the Schuyler Co. Health Dept. until her retirement in 1983. Mrs. Wagner was a former member of the Wayne American Legion Meade-Price Post, and the Hammondsport Moose Lodge. A loving mother and grandmother, she is survived by 2 sons, William (Mary) Wagner of Tyrone, Edward (Angie) Wagner of Bath; 3 daughters, Bonnie Bagley of Bradford, NY, Carol Galpeer of Norwalk, CT, Deborah K. (Steven) Bailey of Montour Falls, NY; 12 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.   Star Gazette – November 25, 2012   



Wellsboro Agitator – Wednesday, October 1, 1924

The funeral of Edwin A. Close was held Friday at Painted Post.  He died suddenly last Tuesday.  He had been a salesman for the Chase Brothers Nursery of Rochester for 30 years.  Mr. Close leaves three sons, Burt W. of Amita, Iowa; George R., of California; Ray E., of Portland, Ore; one daughter, Mrs. Robert Muir of Corning, and a sister, Mrs. Helen Hurlburt, of Westfield.   


COBB Pauline Gorg

89, of Gaines, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at the Green Home, Wellsboro.  Born Feb. 20, 1923, in Valley View Tex., she was a daughter of the late Sidney L. and Mada K. (Wessarges) Cobb.  Pauline worked at Galeton Production, was of member of the Galeton Women of the Moose, was a talented seamstress, and enjoyed reading, flowers, gardening, and helping others. Pauline was a well-known "people-person."  Surviving are sons, Tye (Diane Mattern) Pickett, Elkland; Perry H. Gorg, Jr., Doylestown, Pa.; daughters, Beverly A. (Thomas) Jones, Pittsburg, Tex.; Megan L. (Erwin) Hummel, Pennsburg, Pa.; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.  Pauline was predeceased by her husband, Perry Gorg; a daughter, Carol Sue Benson; a brother, Woodrow Cobb; and a sister, Katherine Webb.  A memorial service will be announced at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Second Chance Pet Rescue. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton.   Wellsboro Gazette – November 20, 2012 


COMFORT Ronald E. "Bones"

Ronald E. "Bones" Comfort of Millport, NY died on November 19, 2012 at Schuyler Hospital. Ron was born February 7, 1951, a son of the late Henry and Betty Fairchild Comfort. Ron was employed by Sysco for over 30 years as a mechanic and was an avid outdoorsman with his beloved bird-dog, Sally Sue. Ron is survived by his loving partner of 20 years, Sylvia Spencer; brothers, Rich (Yvonne) Comfort and Randy Comfort; sisters, Bernadette (David) Gingrich and Linda Towner; children, Pam Strope, William (Samantha) Spencer, Alton (Lisa) Spencer, and Crystal Herman; eleven grandchildren; Godchildren, Bobby and Amanda Potter; a niece, nephew and cousins. The family invites you to join them for visitation and sharing of memories at Sullivan's Funeral Home, 365 E. Franklin St. at Rt. 13, Horseheads, NY on Monday, November 26, 2012 from 4PM-6PM.     Star Gazette – November 22, 2012  



41, of Watkins Glen, left his loved ones on Thursday, November 15, 2012 as a result of a helicopter accident in Corning, NY. Friends and family are invited to call Monday from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen. Funeral services will be held at 8:00pm. Dale graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1990, and married his wife Brenda a year later. Together, they have three children. Dale built his family a beautiful home and cherished every minute that he spent with them. Dale worked as a LineMan for NYSEG. He spent every weekend at a race track with his family cheering on Dale's youngest child, Kendale. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 21 years, Brenda Crout; daughters, Erica (Joseph) Westervelt, and Courtney Crout; son, Kendale Crout; sisters, Marcia Crout (Dave Barber), Becky Sue Bianco, of Montour Falls; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harry and Sandra VanHorn; father-in-law, Tom Pastrick; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his father, Ernest "Sonny" Crout, mother Wilma (Rinker) Crout, brother, Walter L. Crout, paternal grandparents, Ernest W. and Josie Crout, and maternal grandparents, Frank and Alma Rinker. Dale was a hard worker that always put family first. He loved his family more than anything in life and he touched everyone he met. When talking about his family, you always saw a sparkle in his eye that showed the love he had for them. Dale built what his family calls "Crout Plantations" with his own hands and his family is more proud of him than he ever knew. He will be missed more than words can express and whenever we hear the roar of a racing engine, we for sure will know it is Dale behind the wheel.   Star Gazette – November 17, 2012  


DAVIS Daniel L. Davis,

of Elmira, N.Y., 63, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012.  Dan was born Dec. 27, 1948, in Williamsport, Pa., the son of the late Edwin and June (Huzey) Davis. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lyle and Betty Edwards. Dan is survived by his wife of 43 years, Cindy Edwards Davis; son, Timothy D. Davis, Elmira; daughter, Kristine L. Hall, Elmira; grandchildren, Marley, Johnathan, Davis, and Annabella Hall; step-granddaughters, Sandy Isakov and Elizabeth Hall with her daughter Isabella; brothers, John and Steve; sisters, Linda and Avalyn; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, James and Connie Edwards, Dave Edwards, Fred and Susan Edwards; along with several nieces and nephews.  Dan worked for Mansfield University for 30 years, retiring as the Director of Printing Services. An avid runner, he had run in the Boston, New York, Chicago, Walt Disney World and the Wine Glass Marathons. Dan enjoyed fishing. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 350 in Blossburg, Pa. Dan's passion was his family - his children and grandchildren defined him; he was the one his family counted on when anything was needed. His final day on this earth started with the things he loved most - time spent with family and then going for a run. He will forever be loved and missed. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water St., Elmira, N.Y., on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, from noon to 3 p.m. In support of his grandchildren's sports teams in West Elmira, those wishing may remember Dan with a donation to the West Elmira Recreational Fund, c/o Don Lechliter, 318 Hendy Ave., Elmira, NY 14905.   Wellsboro Gazette – November 23, 2012  


EBELS Genevieve J. Guiton

86, of Middletown, PA died, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at The Highlands Care Center, Laporte. Born Aug. 5, 1926 in Grand Rapids, MI, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Sadie (Rosema) Ebels. Her husband, Paul J. Guiton, predeceased her in 1993. She retired from General Electric in Johnson City as a wireman. She was a member of St. Brigid’s Parish and also a Democratic committee-person for Middletown Township.  Genevieve was a traveler and also was a caregiver for her father-in-law.  Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley and William Davis of Mehoopany, Suzann and John Tereska of Harveys Lake, Pamela and Maurice Birtch of Montrose, Maryanna Marbaker of Montrose; sons and daughters-in-law, Paul, Jr. and Linda Guiton of Schenectady, NY, Thomas and Margaret Guiton of Valdosta, GA, Patrick and Sandra Guiton of Auburn, WA, Michael and Debra Guiton of Montrose; 24 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.  Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her brothers, Stuart and John Ebels, and grandchildren, Christopher, Charles and Sean.  Funeral services were held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Bartron- Myer Funeral Home and continued with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Brigid’s Parish, Friendsville.  Friends and family called from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday at the Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., Montrose.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Attn: Donor Services, PO Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309. Wyalusing Rocket Courier – November 21, 2012    


EBERLE Helen Eberle Daly

in the presence of loved ones, died peacefully at home on Nov. 15, 2012.   Helen developed back pain on Memorial Day and during spinal surgery in June a very rare malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor was discovered. Despite excellent treatment over the summer, the cancer spread. Helen, beloved by so many, confronted her diagnosis with her typical "grace and grit." On Oct. 18 Helen chose hospice care. During her dying process Helen's desire was to continue to be fully conscious, deliberately and joyfully engaged with her life and community, which she did until the moment of her death. She faced her sorrow with clarity and courage, teaching us about the grace found in living and in dying.  Helen was born on Apr. 21, 1952 to Joseph Frank Eberle and Sara Jo Forward, of Westfield. The family tannery business of many generations was the primary employer of this rural town. Growing up in a patriarchal family with material privilege and living in "the mansion" was deeply conflictual for Helen, who desired to be wonderfully ordinary, to be part of, rather than set apart. This experience sensitized Helen to the depth of division and injustice in our society. She developed an abiding value for human equality and for each person to be compassionately recognized and acknowledged for their character and gifts.  Helen attended St. John's Episcopal Church as a child and early discovered her love of singing. Over the years she struggled with traditional church teachings that conveyed division through patriarchal language and was led to explore various spiritual practices. Her life-long spiritual search was drawn toward a feminine and unifying perspective. Eventually, she found her spiritual home in the contemplative practices and Wisdom Christianity.  Helen attended St. Agnes Episcopal High School. When nominated as May Queen, she turned down the honor because it conflicted with her feminist values. She graduated from Boston University in 1974 and received her bachelor degree in Elementary Education. At BU Helen deepened her passion for the arts, participating in music and drama. After graduation Helen moved to Berkeley to a communal house and worked at the International Center. Following her love of music, Helen then moved to Texas to work for the Houston Symphony as an administrator, singing in the Symphony Chorus.  In the late 70's, Helen moved back East to join the family business, settling in Boston and "selling truckloads of leather throughout New England," strengthening her organizational and business skills. Soon Helen was singing again, working at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts and singing with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. It was at this time that she met her deepest love and best friend, Dr. John Daly. Helen met John at a moment of significant distress: over a clogged toilet! He came to the rescue plunger in hand and was instantly smitten with her. Their first date was delayed for close to a year, but once it occurred they became inseparable. Helen and John married in the historic Christ Church in Cambridge on Sept. 29, 1984 and had a garden reception at the house where they met.   Helen and John began a Cancer Support Group in Cambridge, where Helen discovered her natural gifts for meditation and healing relationships. In 1988 she received a master's degree in Creative Arts and Learning from Lesley College. Looking to simplify and quiet their life together, the Dalys moved from Cambridge to "Hallelujah Farm" in Chesterfield, N.H. Helen taught music and movement to children and adults while developing early childhood music programs and trainings for educators.  A perennial student, scholar, practitioner, and visionary, Helen studied Counseling Psychology at Antioch New England Graduate School, receiving her second master's degree in 1993. A gifted psychotherapist, she decided to pursue doctoral studies and proudly received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Antioch in 1999. She began post-doctoral work at the Anna Marsh Clinic of the Brattleboro Retreat, and continued her work as a psychologist there for the remainder of her life. Helen believed deeply in the connection of mind, body and spirit both in healing and in life. She was a gifted healer and beloved by her colleagues. Helen will always be remembered for her constant curiosity, fabulous sense of wit, her understanding of human suffering and the potential for healing. Helen felt honored to do this work and grateful to her patients, from whom she learned so much.  In the last decade Helen became a dedicated student and gifted teacher of Wisdom Christianity, studying with the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault. Helen's special gift and accomplishment was the integration of ancient spiritual practices with advances in modern neuroscience and psychology. With her pure voice and radiant heart Helen shared herself generously. Helen deeply lived what she taught. She continued until the moment she died to be present to the depth of loving relationships, and to embrace the spirit which transcends all separation.  Six years ago, Helen founded The Narthex Project, which she envisioned as her life's calling, now her legacy. A narthex is the entryway to the church sanctuary, for Helen the symbolic threshold between traditional Christianity and new and reclaimed expressions of the faith. Through this project Helen's estate will continue to bring her core belief in Christianity toward a more inclusive practice, embracing contemplative prayer and the teachings of Wisdom Christianity.   At the end of Helen's life she funded the building of a new chapel at St. Michael's Episcopal Church. "The Chapel of Mary, The First Apostle" honors the gift of conscious love between Jesus and his first apostle, Mary Magdalene. Helen's generosity of spirit and resources also supports many community arts efforts and her gift to the Brattleboro Retreat was the most generous individual gift in their history. The seeds planted by her passions will continue to grow. Helen's love of life, her gratitude for all things, her humility, sense of humor, and her generosity are legendary. She will be deeply missed.  Helen was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Sara Jo Eberle, and her older brother, Jeff Eberle.   She is survived by her husband, Dr. John Daly; her step daughters, Sage Wirth and Aeron Cox; her four grandsons; her brothers, Mark Eberle (Emily Norton), Tom Eberle (Jan Rhodes); her nieces and nephews, Kathryn, Jeff, Joseph, Anna Bliss, and Elle; and Roger and Sandy Daly, Hallelujah Farm.  All are invited to Helen's memorial service, to be held at St. Michael's Episcopal Church on Jan. 6, at 5 p.m. Epiphany, the season of illuminations.   In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Michael's Episcopal Church or The Brattleboro Retreat.  To celebrate Helen's life we invite you to send your memories, thoughts, or messages about Helen to be gathered and created into a Memory Book, which will be shared with her loved ones and future generations. Please send any contributions for the Memory Book to Rev. Sandy Daly, PO Box 189, Chesterfield, N.H. 03443.    Wellsboro Gazette – November 20, 2012


FENNELL Shirley Haflett

75, longtime resident of Windfall, died peacefully while surrounded by family on Friday afternoon, Nov. 23, 2012 at Broad Acres in Wellsboro.  Shirley Ann was born on March 19, 1937 in Canton, a daughter of the late Robert and Julia (Allen) Fennell. She graduated from Canton High School with the class of 1954. On Aug. 30, 1958, Shirley married Charles "Mert" Haflett in Canton. They made their home near Windfall where they were blessed with 54 wonderful years together and raised eight children.  A well-known outgoing and friendly person, Shirley's family and friends were very important to her. Her life revolved around her love and devotion for her family. For over 20 years, she enjoyed helping Mert with his Electrolux Vacuum exhibits at area fairs where they made and renewed many friendships. She also managed the former ball field at Landon's Cedar Ledge. Shirley was a member of the Windfall United Methodist Church, their Methodist Women's Group and her high school class girls' monthly gatherings.  Surviving are her beloved husband, Mert; her children, Bonnie (Tim) Parsell of Troy, Mike Haflett (Moya Nicholson), Lori Haflett, Tami (Walker) Davison and Kelley (Jake) Hickok all of Canton, Casey (Lorrie) Haflett of Omaha, Nebr., Kim (Brian) Machmer of Canton, Tom (Lisa) Haflett of Collegeville, Susan (John) Heyler of Morris and Judy Bergenstock of Lock Haven; 22 grandchildren, Jason (Kelsey) Parsell, Shannon Parsell, Cole Isaacs, Jenny Davison, Ashley (Lance) Shedden, Cody Hickok, Tiffany Hickok, Kaitlin (Andrew) Tew, Alexandra Haflett, Bryce Haflett, Emily (Jason) Peak, Tasha Machmer, Allison Haflett, Lauren Haflett, Sean Pelton, Anthony Pelton, Bethany (Steve) Shrodo, Tim Heyler, Tami (Matthew) Guillaume, Justin (Aprie) Brennan, Adam Bergenstock and Kendra Bergenstock; seven great-grandchildren, Brady Tew, Isabel Shedden, Brandon Shrodo, Caitlyn Shrodo, Shara Brennan, Brianna Brennan and Dakoda Brennan; seven siblings, Marie Mintz of Rochester, Phyllis (Phil) Hegnauer and Jim (Betty) Fennell all of Arizona, Pat (Shirley) Fennell of Spring Lake, Patsy (Charles) Frederick of Allentown, Tom Fennell of Tunkhannock and Peggy (Randy) Bagley of Shunk; brothers-in-law, Donald (Eunice) Haflett of Windfall and Charles Scott of Tennessee; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and dear friends.  She was predeceased by three siblings, two sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law; Robert Fennell, Richard Fennell, infant Nancy Lou Fennell, Marjorie (Haflett) Scott, Essie (Ayres) Haflett and Ray Mintz.  A memorial service and life celebration will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Windfall United Methodist Church with Pastor Richard Noggle officiating. Burial will be private. Those who wish may consider a memorial in Shirley's name to the Windfall U.M. Church, c/o 1204 Redington Ave., Troy, PA 16947. Pepper Funeral Home in Canton is assisting her family with arrangements.  Towanda Daily Review – November 25, 2012   


FENNIMORE Katherine Furman

89, of Sayre, died quietly Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at home after a lengthy illness.  The former Katherine Fenimore was born in Waverly, N.Y., March 17, 1923 to Willard and Verna Norconk Fennimore. Katherine was very active with Meals on Wheels, the food pantry and as a volunteer at the Robert Packer Hospital. She held various offices with senior citizen and PTA groups along with Cub Scout and Brownie organizations.   When she wasn't volunteering, Katherine enjoyed bowling, golf, and playing cards.   She is believed to have been the longest continuous serving member of the Saint John Lutheran Church, Sayre, having been confirmed Easter Sunday at the age of 12.  She is predeceased by her husband of 43 years Allan Furman, brothers John and William Fenimore and sister Alice Daily.  Katherine is survived by her son Paul D. (Patricia) Furman of Pembroke, Mass.; daughter Mary L. Furman of Cherry Hill, N.J.; two grandchildren, Michele M. Perry and Brian J. Furman; two great-grandchildren, Sarah and David Perry; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Friends and family may call from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 at St. John Lutheran Church, 207 South Hopkins Street, Sayre.   Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. the church with the Rev. Alexandra "Lexa" Liepe officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Katherine's memory to: St. John's Lutheran Church, 207 South Hopkins Street, Sayre, PA 18840.  Towanda Daily Review – November 25, 2012    


GEE Gary D. Gee

67, of Sprague Road, Addison, died very suddenly on Saturday morning, November 17, 2012 at Corning Hospital. Gary was born in Penn Yan, NY on April 1, 1945, the son of Menzo and Laura Cook Gee. He attended Penn Yan Schools. He was a US Army veteran, having served during the Vietnam War.  A long time employee of Shulman & Son in Elmira, Gary was a very talented mechanic and had the mechanical skills to fix most anything. He was also a very avid hunter and fisherman.  On April 1, 1990, Gary and the former Joan VanTreese were married in Tuscarora.  Gary was predeceased by his first wife, Margaret Church Gee in 1986, along with brothers, Ronald, Wayne and Wilbur Gee and sisters, Darlene Cornish and Jean Corbett.  Surviving are his wife Joan of Addison, his sons, Thomas (Tina) Gee of Darlington, SC, John (Katrina) Heidrick Jr of Addison and James (Ellen) Heidrick of Addison, his daughters, Sandra (Pat) Cady of Darlington, SC, Tammy (Russell) Smith of Painted Post and Mary (Corey) Loucks of Addison, special boys, Sterling Davis and Glen E. Sullivan, both of Addison, his brothers, Robert (Peggy) Gee of Osceola, Pa and Kevin (Edna) Gee of Addison,  his sisters, Carolyn (Larry) Button of Addison, Karen Walker of Kentucky, Marsha (Richard) Gardner of Penn Yan, Shirley Kibbie of Penn Yan, Joyce Cornell of Penn Yan and Elizabeth (David) Drake of Rochester, sister in law, Dorothy Gee of Elkland, Pa and many, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.  Friends may call on Wednesday, November 21 from 1-3 PM at the H.P. Smith & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1607 Main St. Woodhull, NY. Funeral services will follow there at 3 PM.  Burial will be in Addison Hill Cemetery, Town of Tuscarora.    Corning Leader – November 21, 2012   


GIBSON Michael R.

Age 59, resident of Mira Loma, California, died while visiting his brother Dr. Mark Gibson. Mike was born in Des Moines Iowa, on January 28, 1953. He was the son of the late Roy and Dorothy (Morton) Gibson. Mike grew up in a small farm community in Linden, Iowa where he and his family managed a hog farm and grew corn, beans and oats. After studying design at Iowa State University, Mike relocated to California, where he worked in the building trade and became an accomplished carpenter. Mike most enjoyed the sense of accomplishment when work was done well. An extremely generous person, he would do anything for anybody and was always available to help in any situation. Mike was a very loyal friend who will be missed by many. He was an avid reader and was knowledgeable in a great many topics, having a particular love for history. He enjoyed college sports and rooted for his teams in football, basketball and track. Most of all, Mike enjoyed spending time with his daughter Erica, and grandson, Matthew who loved playing with his "Pop Pop". Memorial services will be held in both Iowa and California. He is survived by his wife; Tracey Lane Gibson; daughter Erica Gibson, Mira Loma, CA, with son Matthew; brother and sister-in-law Mark and Sandy Gibson, Pine City, New York and their children, Kate (John Casey) Dunlavey, Fairport, NY, Rebecca (Timothy) Rudowsky, Portland, OR, with daughter Lucia, and 2nd Lt. Jeffrey Gibson, USMC, Corpus Christi, TX. Mike is also survived by many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, and special friends. Those wishing may remember Mike with a donation to Pennsylvania Ave. Methodist Church Food Cupboard, c/o The Food Bank of the Southern Tier, 388 Upper Oakwood Avenue, Elmira Heights NY 14903.   Star Gazette – November 19, 2012   


HALBFOERSTER Robert Clifford Halbfoerster

age 80, of Forks Township, Pa., formerly of Plainfield Township, Northampton County, Pa., died on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 at the Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pa.  Bob was born March 28, 1932 in East Orange, N.J., a son of the late William John Halbfoerster Sr. and Edna Matilda Lufft Halbfoerster. He graduated from Northampton High School a member of the class of 1950. He served in the U.S. Army, stationed in England and Germany. He married the former Audrey Jean Doyle in 1968. She predeceased him on Jan. 6, 2009.  In his early years he was part of The Home News family business, and became a linotype operator for various printing companies including: Mack, Hughes, Sheridan and McAfee Printing. He began working for the U.S. Postal Service and retired from the Nazareth Post Office in 1994 as a rural mail carrier.  Bob was an a member of the Living Hope Church in Estella, Pa., and formerly an active member and past president of the Bath area Jaycees.  Surviving are sons Michael and Pamela Eisenreich, Northampton, Pa., Scott R. and Rebekah J. Halbfoerster, Dushore, Pa., Keith B. and Christine Halbfoerster Sr., De Pere, Wis.; daughter Debra Margretta, Nazareth, Pa.; brother William J. Halbfoerster Jr., Bath, Pa.; 11 grandchildren Pasquale Paolillo, Tiffany Eisenreich, Keith Halbfoerster Jr., James Halbfoerster and Joseph Halbfoerster, Lawrence S. Halbfoerster, Manuel M. Halbfoerster, Brittany M. Halbfoerster, Heidi A. Halbfoerster, Audrey J. Halbfoerster, and Elizabeth C. Halbfoerster; a great-grandson, Steven Paolillo and several nieces and nephews. The day after Bob died his son Scott tragically died in an auto accident.  A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA 18614 with Pastor Scott Magann officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Nazareth, Pa.  The family will provide the flowers and asks that donations be sent to the education fund for the Halbfoerster children, c/o Rebekah Halbfoerster, 1175 Taylor Hill Road, Dushore, PA 18614.    Towanda Daily Review – November 24, 2012   


HALL Earl (Joe) Hall Jr.

age 51, formerly of Sayre, Pa., died on Thursday, November 8, 2012, at Mercy Suburban Hospital in Norristown, Pa., surrounded by his loving family.  He was born in Sayre, Pa., on February 18, 1961, to Earl J. Hall Sr., and Bessie A. (Hall) Porter.  Joe enjoyed being with his family and helping others when he could. He also liked fishing, playing drums, creating music and spending time with his friends and family.  He was preceded in death by his father, Earl, in 1974, as well as several aunts, uncles, and cousins.  Joe is survived by his mother Bessie, and step-father Robert Porter, both of Sayre; brothers Robert (and Yvonne) Hall of Ulster, Pa., Thomas Hall of Athens, Timothy Hall of Sayre, and Duncan (and Meri) Hall of Athens; sisters, Tina (and Kevin) Learn of Sayre, and Lori Ann Hall (and longtime partner, Marvin Rice) of Sayre; as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.  A remembrance of life celebration will be held by the family at a later date. Up to date announcements will be available in a later edition of the Morning Times, when available.  Burial will be a private ceremony at the convenience of the family.  Sayre Morning Times – November 20, 2012   


HALL William D. "Billy" "Doc" Hall

82, of Lawrenceville, PA died at home on Wednesday, November 21, 2012. Born March 17, 1930 in Elkland, PA, he was the son of the late Albert and Florence (Van Zile) Hall. He worked at Agway and was an avid fisherman on Seneca Lake. He is survived by his daughters, Evelyn (John) McIntyre of Geneva, NY, Sandy (Gene) Kinney of Lawrenceville, PA and Mary Anna Evans of Interlaken, NY; his sisters, Edith Hall, Alice VanDusen and Sally Beach all of Elkland, PA; and over 100 grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren and great great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred; his sons, Edwin, James and LaVerne Brooks; a brother, George and several grandchildren. Private family services will be held at their convenience.  Arrangements are in care of Kenyon Funeral Home.  Funeral home obituary – November 24, 2012     


HERRITT Robert Herritt

63, of 79 Hillvue Ave., Corning, NY, died Friday, November 16th, 2012, at the Corning Hospital, Corning, NY. Born in Corning, NY, he was the son of the late Robert and Theresa (McPherson) Herritt. Ralph was a graduate of Corning-Painted Post East High School and Corning Community College. He was a CAD Draftsman, employed by Dresser-Rand, Painted Post. Ralph was a devoted father to his four children. He loved to be outside whether it was summer barbecues or camping and fishing with his family. Survived by one daughter, Aimee (Carl Card) Herritt of Corning, NY; and three sons, Bradley Herritt of Corning, NY, David (Tiffany) Herritt of Gulf Port, MS, and Nathan Herritt of Rochester, NY; grandchildren, Dougie Chambers, Briana Herritt, Dillon Herritt, Jayden Tyler, Jordan Herritt, Nyah Herritt, Aubrie Herritt; brothers, James (Sherry) Herritt, Birmingham, AL, Larry Herritt of Stamford, CT; sister, Theresa (Michael) Zeniecki, Austin, TX; brother, David (Cindy) Herritt of Stamford, CT; many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Tuesday, November 20th, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the family home, 79 Hillvue Ave., Corning. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by Phillips Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning.  Star Gazette – November 19, 2012  


HILL Cynthia

Pastor Cynthia Hill Chidsey, age 66, of Beaver Dams, NY, previously of Waneta Lake, died unexpectedly on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, NY. There are no prior calling hours. A Memorial Service with reception following will be held at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 20, at the Tyrone United Methodist Church, in Tyrone, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Beaver Dams United Methodist Church P.O. Box 516 Beaver Dams, NY 14812. Arrangements are entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water Street, Dundee, NY. Star Gazette – November 18, 2012  


JONES Lillian

Wellsboro Agitator – Wednesday, February 2, 1916

Mrs. Lillian Close, aged 59 years, wife of Edwin Close, died shortly before midnight last Wednesday night at her home in the town of Corning. She was born at Shortsville, Tioga County, Pa., and had lived in the town of Corning about three years. Besides her husband she leaves a daughter, Mrs. Robert Mulr, of Hornell, and three sons, Bert Close, of Painted Post; George R. Close, of Sanitarium, Cal., and Rev. Ray E. Close, of Wenatchee, Wash.    


JONES Mary Lou Dewing 

Softly in the morning, you heard a gentle call, you took the hand God offered you, and quietly left us all ... Our loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, Mary Lou Dewing, 84, of Warren Center, went home to her heavenly home on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. She was reunited with her husband Paul Dewing, son Gary Dewing grandsons Jason and Jordan Moore, great grandson, Mark McKernan, her sister Roena (Paul) Young, and her brothers Morgan Jones and Douglas (Doris) Jones; her brother-in-laws and sisters-in-law Paul Darling, Betty and Norman Darling, Max Dewing and Robert Dewing.  Mary is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law: Linda and Richard Depew of Harleysville; June and Jim Moore of Warren Center; daughter-in-law Freddie Dewing of Monroeton; brother and sister-in-law: Howdy and Betty Jones; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Carol Darling, Russell and Ruth Dewing, Grace Dewing and Martha Dewing; grandchildren Jeff Depew, Jon (Miriam) Depew, Robin (David) Brown, Chris (Bridget) Depew, Jennifer Depew, Mindy (George) Emerick, Tyler Moore (and his fiancée Stacey Schield), Pat (Susan) Persun, Debbie (Eddie) McKernan; great grandchildren: Micah and Elora Depew, Ethan, Benjamin, and Joshua Brown, Sienna Swanson, Sage Praweckyj, Gavin and Aidan Emerick, Connor Moore, Mia McKernan and Savannah Persun and Lucus Persun; and several nieces, nephews and their families.  A lifelong resident of Warren Center, Mary was born on March 20, 1928 a daughter of the late Morgan and Helen (Brown) Jones. She was a graduate of the Warren Center High School and retired from IBM. Mary was a member of the Warren Center Methodist Church. Many will remember Mary for her caring ways, her gentle smile and her wave as she walked around the Warren Center community.  Mom, until we meet again….may you find comfort in the arms of an angel.  Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation and time of sharing memories for Mary on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 from 10 a.m. until noon at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. Funeral services and a celebration of Mary's life will follow at noon at the funeral chapel with Pastor Brad Marple, officiating. Interment and prayers of committal will follow in the Colburn-Dewing Cemetery, Warren Center. Memories, pictures and condolences for Mary's family may be shared by visiting our website at Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Warren Center Garden Club, c/o Sharon Hale, PO Box 61, Warren Center, PA 18851in loving memory of Mary Lou Dewing.   Towanda Daily Review – November 25, 2012   


KALEC Joan Marie (Kalec) Drabinski 

Jacksonville, FL: Joan Marie (Kalec) Drabinski, 81, died suddenly on November 12, 2012 at the Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL, with her family at her side after battling Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia for many years. Joan was born in Elmira, NY on April 2, 1931 to the late Veronica and Casimir Kalec. She married Leonard Drabinski in 1953 and together they raised their family in Elmira. Leonard predeceased her in 1995. She retired to Ponte Vedra Beach in 2000 and spent her later years in the company of many new and very dear friends. Joan is survived by daughter Debra and her husband Phil Caruso of Ponte Vedra Beach as well as her son Mark and his wife Ann Drabinski of Madison, CT. Joan has three grandchildren, Paul, Daniel and Peter Drabinski of Madison, CT and a "step-grandson" PJ Caruso of Ponte Vedra Beach. She is also survived by her brother Robert Kalec of Elmira, NY. There was a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady Star of the Sea, Ponte Vedra Beach, on November 17 at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity in Joan Drabinski's name.   Star Gazette – November 19, 2012



Age 67 died on Nov. 3, 2012 following a long illness which he bravely endured with a smile until the end! Ed was born on Nov. 27, 1944 the son of the late Rosella and Ralph Kendall. Originally from Hector, NY, he spent his final years in North Carolina with his wife Jill, next to the ocean that they loved so much. Ed is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jill (Stenberg); sons, Richard (Robin) and Andrew (Heather); daughters, Becky (Carl) Larson and Heather (Nader) Awwad; grandchildren, Adam, Allison and AJ Kendall, Bryan and Devin Larson, and Gabrielle Awwad. He is also survived by his sister, Roseleah (Lauren) Lodge; his brother, David Kendall; and many, many nieces and nephews. Ed's greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. In his younger years he worked in Hector on the farm with Bob Beattie. From there he joined Wickham's Service Co. and became a furnace repairman. At the same time he was the Superintendent of the Hector Water District and manager of Smith Park Campground. Ed and Jill moved to North Carolina in 1998. Everyone is invited to join the family for a Memorial Service to celebrate Ed's life. The service will be held at the Watkins Glen Presbyterian Church on Saturday, November 24, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of calling hours, family and friends are invited to gather at the church following the service for a luncheon to celebrate the life of "Eddie" Kendall. Donations may be made to The ALS Association Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter, 120-101 Penmarc Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603.   Star Gazette – November 20, 2012 


LaRUE Melvin J

Age 74, of Watkins Glen and Daytona Beach, FL, died on Saturday, November 10, 2012. There are no prior visiting hours. A graveside memorial service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at Lakeview Cemetery in Watkins Glen. Mel worked for AKZO Salt Company in Watkins Glen. He was predeceased by his mother Helen, brother Richard, sister-in-law Mary LaRue, brother-in-law Grant Doland, and grandson Kyle Gregory. He is survived by his children, Kim Robert LaRue of Bath, Linda Gregory of Watkins Glen, Greg (Lisa) LaRue of Elmira, and Diane (Charlie) Foster of Green Brook, NJ; brother, Clifford (Marylou) LaRue of Rock Stream; sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Mike Lisowski of Watkins Glen; 7 grandchildren, Robert LaRue, Samantha (Dave) Bailey, Erin and Sydney Foster, Kody Gregory, Chase and Kailey LaRue; 1 great- granddaughter, Emma Bailey; and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes you may consider a memorial donation in his memory to a hospice of your choice or the G.L.M. Memorial Soccer Foundation, 700 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891.  Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.   Star Gazette – November 20, 2012       


MANNING Guy R. Manning

73, formerly of Laceyville, died on Nov. 10, 2012 at Willow Point Nursing Home.  He was predeceased by his parents, John Kenneth and Bernetta Hart Manning; sister, Catherine Bowman, and brother, Raymond Manning. Surviving are his loving wife of 51 years, Donna; five sons and their wives, Jeffrey (Lori), Timothy and his love Caroline, Matthew (Tammy), Adam and Christopher (Sara Rae); four grandchildren, six step-grandchildren; one great-grandson, three step-great grandchildren; a very special Stephanie; brother and sisters in-law, James and Betsy Manning and Norma Manning. Guy served in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1957 to 1963. He was employed by the Town of Conklin for 37 years, the last 15 years as Highway Superintendent. A Celebration of Life service followed by Military Honors was held on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 1 p.m. at the Conklin Forks United Methodist Church, Brady Hill Rd., with Rev. Bill Puckey officiating.  Burial will be at Brookdale Cemetery at the convenience of the family.   The family expresses thanks to the nurses and aids at Willow Point for all of their loving and caring shown toward Guy.   Wyalusing Rocket Courier – November 21, 2012 


MARCH Doris March

80, died on November 19, 2012. Doris was born on May 5, 1932 to George and Emma (LaSalle) March. She is survived by her son, John Cartin. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association in Doris's name. Arrangements are under the care of Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY.    Star Gazette – November 22, 2012


McCANN Verna F. Vonderchek

Verna died November 15, 2012 at the Seneca View Nursing Facility. She was born December 1, 1926 to her parents, George and Lilly (Sechrist) McCann. Verna is predeceased by her son, Walter E. Vonderchek and brothers, Desman, Don, George and Paul McCann. She is survived by her husband, William Vonderchek Sr.; her children, Bill Jr., Joseph (Marilyn) and Larry (June) Vonderchek; sisters-in-law, Martha McCann and Martha Vonderchek; brothers-in-law, Jim Vonderchek and Rosie Drabic; six grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. There will be an open house on Sunday, November 18, 2012 from 2-4 PM at Jefferson Village, E. 2nd Street, Watkins Glen, NY. Arrangements are under the care of Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY.    Star Gazette – November 17, 2012 


MILLER Miriam M. McLaud 

Age 93 of West Hill Rd. in Elmira and formerly a longtime resident on Coleman Ave. died after a brief illness on Sat. November 17, 2012. She was predeceased by her husband, O. Wayne McLaud in 2001 and is survived by her son, Lawrence McLaud of Silver City, NM; Grandchildren, Sara (Rick) Sherman, Douglas (Erin) McLaud, Christopher (Jennifer) McLaud, Richard and Meaghan McLaud; Great grandchildren, William, Charles and Edmund Sherman, David, Allison, Madison, Taylor, Ashley and Joshua McLaud. Daughters-in-law, Virginia (Tom) Yost of Keuka Park, NY, Alberta (Kurt) Synnestvedt of Canton, MI, and Cheryl McLaud of Bloomington, MN and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Mim was also predeceased by her parents, Alfred and Clara (Sickles) Miller; Sons, David and Bruce McLaud, sister Lavinia Bickell and brother Rupert Miller. Mim and her husband were former proprietors of Elmira Burial Case and members of Grace Episcopal Church. Mim and her sister, Binnie, attended Elmira College. Family and friends are invited to call at Grace Episcopal Church on Sat. Dec. 8, 2012 from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon. Her service will follow at 12:00 noon. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may also remember Mim with memorials to Grace Episcopal Church 375 W. Church St. Elmira, NY 14901.   Star Gazette - November 22, 2012


MORSE Camden Porter Morse

On the morning of October 30, 2012, Camden Porter Morse, infant son of Heather Lynn Wade and Joshua Isaac Morse, died quickly as he entered it at Robert Packer Hospital.  A memorial service was held at the Ark of the Covenant Church in Monroeton with Pastor Paul Benjamin officiating.  Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Canton.   Canton Independent Sentinel – November 17, 2012   


NESSLEIN Alynne R. (Jonnie) Nesslein

age 69, of 52 Main St., Laceyville, Pa., died unexpectedly at her home in Laceyville, Pa. on Thursday morning, Nov. 15, 2012.  She was born in Silvara, Pa. on Feb. 6, 1943, a daughter of the late Kermit and Eloise Brotzman Nesslein. Growing up in New Jersey, Jonnie was a graduate of the Midland Park High School, in Midland Park, N.J.  Jonnie was a Customer Service Representative for Paper Mills throughout North Carolina and later in Connecticut. After retiring, Jonnie, moved back to her hometown, in Laceyville.  She was always an active part of her family, enjoying family get-togethers. She was always interested in the lives of her nieces and nephews and their families.  Jonnie always loved to come back to her parents’ home, in Silvara, where she became very active with the Silvara Ladies Aide Society, and other community functions, after moving back home.  Surviving are her many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and great-great nieces and great-great nephews. Also surviving is her brother-in-law, James Profitt of Silvara, PA. and a sister-in-law, Kathy Nesslein, of Laceyville, Pa. and her aunt, Mrs. Thelma Brotzman, of Silvara, Pa., and several cousins. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Darlene Profitt who died in Sept. 1993; and her brothers Michael Nesslein who died in Jan. 1996 and David Nesslein who died in Sept. 1996.  Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Laceyville, Pa. Family and friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be at a later date in the Quimby Cemetery, in Silvara.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the Silvara Ladies Aide Society, C/O Mrs. Betty Spencer, 3076 Underhill Rd., Laceyville, PA 18623.  Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Homes, Main Street, Laceyville, PA 18623.  Towanda Daily Review – November 19, 2012 



Auburn Citizen – Tuesday, August 5, 1913

Moravia, Aug. 5 - John Nostrandt died at his home in Montville about a mile east of this village shortly after 11 o'clock yesterday morning.  He was 84 years of age and had been for some time in feeble health.  He leaves one daughter, Mrs. George Luther of Montville; two sons, William Nostrandt of Auburn and Edward Nostrandt of Boston; three sisters, Mrs. Emmeline Shaw and Mrs. Francis Shaw, both of Venice, and Mrs. Elizabeth Toan of Virgil, N.Y., and two brothers, Jacob T. Nostrandt of Moravia and James Nostrandt of Kansas. Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 2 o'clock from the home of his daughter, Mrs. George Luther.  


OPISHINSKI Helen Opishinski Hoyt 

age 88, of Parkville, Md., formerly of Lopez, Pa., died on Wednesday morning, Nov. 14, 2012 at the Franklin Square Hospital in Rosedale, Md.  Helen was born in Lopez, Pa., on Aug. 26, 1924, a daughter of the late John and Anna Woyteck Opishinski. She graduated from the Lopez High School. She was married to John G. Hoyt Jr., and resided in Maryland. John predeceased her on Nov. 17, 1976.  Helen was a homemaker and a loving spouse, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She was a member of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Church, Lopez, Pa.  Surviving are her son John George (Marianne) Hoyt III of Parkville, Md; brother Joseph (Margaret) Opishinski of Thurmont, Md.; three sisters Tillie Opishinski of Lopez, Pa., Marian (Milton) Weaver of Gettysburg, Pa. and Betty (Edwin) Olshefski of Shickshinny, Pa.; granddaughter Bridget Marie (Michael) Donchatz and grandson John George (Robin) Hoyt IV; great-granddaughter Evelyn Louise Hoyt; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brothers Thomas Opishinski in 1974 and Leo Opishinski in 1982.  Burial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Church, Lopez, Pa., with the Rev. Nicholas Solak officiating. Interment will be in St. Vladimir's Cemetery, Lopez, Pa.  Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa.  There will be a Parastas Service on Sunday afternoon at the funeral home.  The family will provide the flowers and ask that memorials be sent to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Central Pennsylvania Chapter, 2040 Linglestown Rd, Ste. 104, Harrisburg, PA 17110.  Towanda Daily Review – November 18, 2012 


O’TOOLE Denny E. O’Toole

(March 04, 1948 - November 14, 2012)

age 64, of Waverly, New York, died on Wednesday, November 15, 2012 in the Town of Barton, New York.  Denny was a 1968 graduate of Waverly High School. He worked many different jobs throughout the years, Tracy’s Florist and Streeter construction, just to name a few. He then began his career in the health care field at Tioga General Hospital, now known as ElderWood, from which he retired in 2010 after 28 years of service. Although he retired, he felt it necessary to continue helping others so he began working part time for Med Supply Depot. Denny had an interest in all types of classic cars but most of all he loved his Rambler. He could tell you the make, model and year of just about anything. He enjoyed drag racing and shooting skeet at the sportsman club with his buddies. Denny was the “jack of all trades” and always tinkering on something. He was always cracking jokes and those who knew him best would always tell you he had the best “one-liners” they ever heard. Just like they say at Horn’s: “If you had something that was broke and he couldn’t fix it then you probably didn’t need it anyway.” Besides his love of drag racing, he most enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.   Denny is survived by his wife Susan, whom he married on October 23, 1971, and had just celebrated his 41st wedding anniversary with. He is also survived by his daughter Kimberly O’Toole-Maxim; grandchildren Jordyn and Ryan Maxim; sister Shiela Jilson (John Featherson) of Waverly, N.Y.; brothers: Joe (Rosemary) O’Toole of McDonough,Ga., Clem (Barbara) O’Toole of Milford, Del. , Tom (Gail) O’Toole of Cocoa, Fla. and Mike (Carol) O’Toole of Waverly, N.Y.; in-laws: Edward McEwen of Palm Bay, Fla., Paul and Diana Gilbert of Athens, Pa., Rick and Laura Gilbert of Fla., Howie and Kathy Gilbert of Rome, N.Y., and Ed and Terry Gilbert of Hornbrook, Pa., as well as countless cousins, nieces and nephews and very special friends, Dale Searles, Jeff Barber, Joe Young, Jim Diebler and many others.  He is also survived by a very special someone he considered as his father, Raymond “Jeff” Tracey.  Denny is predeceased by his parents, Clem and Frances O’Toole; sister Theresa O’Toole-Emerson, inlaws Howie and Clara Gilbert; his niece Molly O’Toole; and his nephews Andy O’Toole, Brian Kim O’Toole and Bradley Gilbert.  A time of gathering with family and friends will be from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, November 18, 2012 at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York. The celebration of Denny’s life will follow the visitation with his family honoring his memory. A special tribute to Denny’s life will be presented on DVD during the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Guthrie Federal Credit Union in the name of the Jordyn and Ryan Maxim Trust Fund or the Waverly Sportsmen Club.    Sayre Morning Times – November 17, 2012  


PACE Velma R. Hargraves

Age 80, of Elmira, NY died on November 15, 2012 at St Joseph Hospital. She is survived by her daughters, Vivian Cammarata, Clara Little, Jeanette McKlevis, June Klein; eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren, step mother, Vivian Pace; sisters, Leda Gray, June Stowe, Pauline Jones, Lila Peters, and Ellen Pace; several nieces, nephews, along with great nieces and nephews; special friend, Lola Wheaton, along with many other close friends. Predeceased by her husband, Willie Hargraves, and brother, John Pace Jr.  She was a member of the Elmira Moose Club for over 40 years and an Avid Bingo player. Velma's home was a safe haven for anyone in need; she made sure no one she knew went hungry. Family will receive friends at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Ave. on Wednesday November 19, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon with Funeral and Committal Service there at 12:00 PM. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home, Inc.  Star Gazette – November 20, 2012 


PARIS Lena A. Owens

age 84, of Covington, PA, died Friday, November 16, 2012 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born October 28, 1928 in Mansfield, PA, a daughter of Harry and Hazel Paris. She celebrated 64 years of marriage to Edmond F. Owens on April 3, 2012. Lena had worked at Elmira Chrysler Plymouth as a bookkeeper, and the Day Care at Covington Community Center. She was a member of the Covington Church of Christ (Disciples) for 30 years. Lena enjoyed gardening, bowling, playing bingo and camping. Lena is survived by her husband, Edmond; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Alan and Sharon Owens of Elmira, NY, James and Maureen Owens of Covington, PA; 2 grandsons, Keith (Jaimie) and Timothy (Kim) Owens; 2 great grandsons, Bryan and Michael Owens; a brother and sister-in-law, Glenn and Janice Paris of Mansfield, PA; 3 sisters and a brother-in-law, Eula Colegrove of Wellsboro, PA, Mary and Lester Copp of FL, Myra McDonald of Syracuse, NY. She was predeceased by a brother, Harry Paris, and a sister, Ruth. Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. A prayer service will follow at 8:00 P.M. with Rev. Ira Hindman officiating. A Memorial Service will be held at the Covington Church of Christ (Disciples) at a later date.   Star Gazette – November 18, 2012  


RARIG Kim M. Rarig

60, of Germania, PA, formerly of Snydertown, PA, died suddenly on Monday, November 12, 2012.  Born August 31, 1952, in Bloomsburg, PA, he was the son of the late Donald G. and Nancy L. (Valencik) Rarig. In 1970, Kim graduated from the Columbia Montour VoTech, and on July 5, 1983, he married the former Donna L. Startzel, who survives.  Kim was a self-employed plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning technician. He was an avid HAM radio operator, call sign KE3SX, and was a lifetime member of the Stonington Volunteer Fire Co.   Surviving, in addition to his wife Donna, are three sons, John (Dawn) Rarig, Bremerton, WA, Patrick Rarig, Snydertown, PA, and Courtney (Melissa) Rarig, Elysburg, PA; one brother, Douglas (Angela) Rarig, Washingtonville, PA; two sisters, Susan (Vincent) Forgione, Shrewsbury, PA, and Patricia (Vincent) Stefanowicz, Allentown, PA; nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.   Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, on Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 10:30-11:00am. A memorial service will follow at 11:00am with the Rev. David Schultz officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Kim’s family.   Solomon’s Words for the Wise - November 20, 2012


SANDO Rosemary T.

of Pine City, NY. She was born April 2, 1928 in Laddsville, PA, daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (McKernan) Sando and died Friday, November 23, 2012 at home. She is survived by several cousins in Elmira, Buffalo, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland and Virginia along with many dear friends. Rosemary was a communicant of St. Mary's Church in Elmira. She retired from New York State Gas & Electric Corp. and volunteered for many organizations including the Clemens Center, LPGA Corning Classic and the National Soaring Museum. Graveside service will be held at St. Basil's Cemetery, Dushore, PA on Wednesday, November 28th at 10:30 am. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Star Gazette – November 25, 2012   



17, of Genesee, PA, died Tuesday, November 20, 2012 in Whitesville, NY.  Born January 22, 1995, in Coudersport, PA, she was the daughter of Gerald and Danette Grover Saunders.  Jocelyn was a junior at Northern Potter High School.  Surviving are: her mother, Danette (Ryan) Wightman of Genesee; her father, Gerald (Shane Wood) Saunders of Rochester, NY; two brothers, Zachary Tyler (Samantha Strubble) Kamats of Emporium, PA and Jesse McCutcheon of Andover, NY; a sister, Veronica Smoker of Coudersport; a step-brother, Nathan Wood of Hornell, NY; a step-sister, Hannah Wood of Hornell, NY; a niece, Brianna Kamats; a nephew, Jason Kamats; maternal grandmother, Rebecca Sue Johnson of Genesee; paternal grandmother, Rosella (George) Barker of Genesee; paternal grandfather, Leo (Loree) Saunders of Whitesville, NY; aunts, uncles, and cousins.  Friends may call Saturday, November 24, 2012 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Monday, November 26, 2012 in the United Methodist Church, Ulysses, PA. The Rev. Mel Ternes will officiate.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wellsville SPCA, P.O. Box 381, Wellsville, NY 14895 or the funeral home to assist with expenses.   Solomon’s Words for the Wise – November 24, 2012   


SAWDEY Carol Doane - 87 years - November 14, 2012

Predeceased by husband Wellington, daughter Sharon Neidlein and three sisters. Survived by children Carolyn Christensen (Charles Strong) of Watkins Glen, Charlotte Carpenter (Ronald) of Fort Collins, CO and Wellington, Jr. (Carol) of Odessa, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to call at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee Street, Montour Falls, NY on Monday, November 19, 2012 from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM.   (Place of Birth: Catlin  Birthdate: February 12, 1925)   Star Gazette – November 17, 2012   


SEDAM William

Corning Journal – Thursday, May 1, 1890

Court adjourned until Monday afternoon when George Lippie and John Brady were arraigned for the murder of William Sedam. The latter was an old man who was found unconscious on the Erie railroad track at Addison on the 28th of last October (1889). He was found about midnight by Edward Strickland, an employee of a livery stable. The old man lay In a pool of blood. His head and face had been pounded by some heavy instrument, and there was a gash five inches long on the head. Two ribs had been fractured and were penetrating the lungs. His clothes were free from mud or cinders, and there was nothing to indicate that he had been struck by the oars. The strong supposition was that he had been foully, dealt with, and then placed on the rails to be mangled by a train. The man died the next day. He lived at South Bend, Indiana, and had been on a visit to relations in this section, having two brothers at Mitchellville near Bath; and a sister, Mrs. Erastus Cooper, at Cowanesque, Pa. He bad been around Addison during the day in company with Brady and Lippie, and all drank more or less at the expense of the old man, who had quite a roll of money. When found dying on the track his pockets were empty. Brady and Lippie were last seen with him about dusk, near the place where later his body was found. They were arrested and have since been in Bath jail, having been indicted for murder in the first degree. Brady's home is at Addison and Lippie formerly lived in that vicinity but subsequently went to Binghamton or Hancock where it is said he kept a gambling den. Brady is said to be only 20 years old and Lippie not over 23. Both are evident toughs. When they 'walked before the Court to be arraigned, there was an exclamation of surprise at their boyish appearance. A separate trial was granted to them. Brady's ordeal came first and has since been under way. The case is being ably conducted by the lawyers, who are: For the prosecution, District Attorney Robinson, of Canisteo, and Capt. H. W. Sanford, of Addison; for the defense, D. M. Darrin, of Addison, and Capt. John F. Little, of Bath. It is not believed that Lippie will be tried at this term of Court. Sedam was a son of Cornelius Sedam, a pioneer of Hornby.    


SEDAM William

Wellsboro Agitator – November 5, 1889

Last Tuesday night a man was found lying on the railway track at Addison, N.Y. his head resting on one of the rails,

apparently dead. An examination showed that he was still alive but had received injuries from which he could not recover. There was one gash cut in the back part of his head about five inches long, several smaller cuts on his bead, a deep gash under his right eye, a bruise across the back of the right hand, and six ribs were broken. The cuts on his head were evidently made by some sharp instrument, and it is clearly demonstrated that he was not hurt by the cars, as where he was found was a pool of blood and none was found elsewhere, and his clothes were not covered with mud or cinders, as would have been the case had he been struck by the can. He died without regaining consciousness on Wednesday morning.  The man's name was William Sedam, whose home is at Bloomingburg, Ind.  He left then about six weeks ago to visit relatives in this section, and after spending a few days with his sister, Mrs. Erastus Cooper at Cowanesque, left there to visit at Bath, N. Y., where he had two brothers residing. From there he went to Addison last week Monday, where he had several acquaintances, having been a resident of Addison about thirty years ago. He was a millwright by occupation and was 63 years of age. He was born In the town of Hornby, Steuben county. Mr. Sedam was seen in company with a few congenial companions quite late Tuesday night, all of whom bad been drinking; and he was known to have had some money, but when found there was not a cent upon his person. It is a very mysterious case, and it is thought that the man was murdered. Coroner Aldrich summoned a jury, and the case is to be sifted to the bottom. Some startling developments will undoubtedly be brought out.  On Friday Mr. George Lippie was arrested at Binghamton, N. Y., on suspicion of being implicated in the murder. John Brady was also arrested at Addison on the same charge. Both men were In company with Sedam on that fatal night.



Dick unfortunately lost his battle with a rare bone marrow disease, myelofibrosis, on Monday, November 19, 2012, just 3 days before his 66th birthday. Thankfully he had two good years after his diagnosis to enjoy his life. He was able to watch his grandsons grow, spend time with family and friends, especially at those picnics he liked to put on, spend a lot of time on his lawnmower as he sped along content to be outside and doing his thing, sit outside on the steps with his beer and cigarettes just relaxing, improve his use of colorful language when his golf game did not go as planned or when those NY Giants games were not going well, go to the Lawnmower Center several times a week to help out or just enjoy time with the good friends he met there, especially Rich Falls, survive the terrible puppyhood of his golden retriever, Darby and see him turn into a wonderful companion with only a couple of lingering bad habits, enjoy the sights and sound of NYC and those great delis on his monthly medical trips to Sloan Kettering, devote time to helping out others. Dick was born 11/22/1946 to Richard C. and Marion T. (Fuller) Smithmen in Johnson City, NY. He was raised on Elmira's Southside where he met his wife Ruth when he was 12 years old. They were married on March 23, 1968 and had 32 wonderful years building their life together and raising their sons until her death on February 11, 2000. Dick enlisted in the Marine Corps in April 1966, served in Vietnam and was discharged in Nov of 1969. He worked at Thatcher Glass from 1969 until 1985. He then went to work for the NYS Dept. of Corrections at the Elmira prison until his retirement in 2007. Dick also spent many years pursuing his love of sports by coaching in the Horseheads Babe Ruth League and teaching his sons to golf. His only regret was that the boys became really good golfers and beat him on a regular basis. In November of 2001, Dick's neighbor introduced him to Cicely Johnston, with whom he would spend the remainder of his life. They had a happy, loving relationship that filled the void left by the loss of their previous spouses. They shared all the ups and downs and were able to accept each other "as is". Dick's sons, Rick and Mike, feel lucky and blessed that their father was able to marry two exceptional women in one lifetime. Dick will be remembered as a kind, generous, hardworking and loving father, husband and friend who loved to talk and always enjoyed a good joke. He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth; his parents; his sister, Sharon Peyton; his brother, Gary Smithmen and his mother-in-law, Mary Ann Henry. He is survived by his wife, Cicely; sons, Rick (Kim) Smithmen and Michael (Tera) Smithmen; sister, Deb Agan; stepchildren, Greg (Crystal) Evans and Tracy (Chris) Willis; his grandchildren, Brady, Carter and Cooper Smithmen, Stephanie and Justin Evans and Moriah, Jake and Benjamin Willis; his in-laws, Harold Henry, Margaret and Alex Charlanow and Mark Henry; and many nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 South Main St., Horseheads, NY on Friday, November 23rd, 2012, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. A service with Military Honors accorded by the Marine Corps League will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, November 24th, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. Burial will occur at a later date at the convenience of his family. In lieu of flowers all those wishing to remember Dick are urged to donate blood with their local American Red Cross and consider registering as a stem cell or marrow donor at Other organizations he would wish to be supported are Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Guthrie Clinic Cancer Center or Chemung County SPCA. Special thanks for the compassionate and caring way Dick was treated by the staff of the Guthrie Clinic Cancer Center, especially Dr Edward O'Brien, Cynthia Perry, FNP and his infusion nurse Sylvia Robinson. In addition we are very grateful to Dr. Mark Heaney and his staff at Memorial Sloan Kettering for going above and beyond to help provide Dick with more time to enjoy his life.   Star Gazette – November 21, 2012


SPRAGUE Walter "Sonny" D. Sprague

age 70, of Campbell, NY, died Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at the Bath Veterans Administration Medical Center, Bath, NY. He was born July 24, 1942 in Bath the son of Durward and Cora Fuller Sprague. He was an Air Force Veteran. He was retired from Hakes Construction. He is survived by his children, Tammy Sprague of VanEtten, NY, Kimberly (Kevin) English of Addison, NY, and Walter "Dewey" D. Sprague II (Anne Accetta) of Savona, NY; grandchildren, Gregory Sprague, Kody English, Kyle English, Kaili Sprague and Joseph Usma; brother, Ronald (Lois) Sprague of Savona, NY and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Kathleen Hakes Sprague; his parents, and sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Dennis Lynk. Friends may call on Tuesday November 27, 2012 from 7:00-9:00 PM at Fagan's Funeral Home in Bath. Graveside services with Military Honors will be held on Wednesday at 1:00 PM at the Bath National Cemetery with Reverend Theodore Brennen officiating. Contributions may be made, in lieu of flowers, to the family at 4954 County Route 17, Campbell, NY 14821.     Star Gazette – November 25, 2012  


STRONG Philip L. Strong "Bud"

75, born July 10, 1937 died November 15, 2012. He was predeceased by his wife of 45 years, Joan Strong. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Bruce & Jean Woodworth; daughter, Patricia Dauth Strong; son, Thomas Strong; step-daughters, Kelly Bennett and Betty Hayes; 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to call at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY on Saturday, November 24, 2012 from 4 PM to 7 PM. Gathering of family and friends at Mechanic's Club following calling hours. In lieu of flowers, send donations to the Montour Falls Fire Department, PO Box 369, Montour Falls, NY.   Star Gazette – November 17, 2012  


STULL Frances S. Der Mott

Voice Tribune – December 20, 1995

Mrs. William Paul DerMott former president of Women's City Club, dies at age 90.   Frances S. Der Mott peacefully passed from this world Saturday, Dec. 9, 1995, at Espiscopal Church Home. She was the former Frances N. Stull and a native of Pennsylvania.  She was a volunteer and part-time staff member of Neighborhood House and served on the Louisville girl Scout Council; was past president of the Louisville Women's City Club; and proud member of the Sigma Kappa of Kappa Delta. She was a Communicant of Christ Church Cathedral.  To her numerous activities, she unselfishly gave so much of herself, her talent, time and heart. During her life, she touched so many lives through her kindness, care and love. She truly made the world a better place.  Mrs. DerMott was preceded in death by her husband, William Paul DerMott; a younger brother, Harry Stull, She is survived by a sister, Frederica Bowman of Falls Church, Va.; two sons, Raymond Wilbur DerMott and wife Carolyn of Sugar Land Texas, William Paul DerMottJr. and wife Loraine of Aptos, Calif.; grandchildren, Carla DerMott Pflug and husband Randy of Delaware, Ohio; David Paul Dermott and wifeCarolyn of Columbus, Ohio; James DerMott of California; Raymond Wilbur DerMott Jr. of Dallas; and Suzie DerMott Mann and husband Jack of Sugar Land, Texas; Ron Korb and wife Liddy of Deer Park, Texas; Ruth Korb of Austin, Texas; nine great grandchildren; numerous other relatives and friends.  The family wishes to extend a special thanks to the staff and friends at The Episcopal Church Home for their care and love of Frances during these past many years.  Memorial services were held December 14, at St. Luke's Chapel at the Episcopal Church Home.  Remains have been willed to the Medical School at the University of Louisville.   (She was the daughter of Ray Thomas Stull and Lena Brosius Taylor of Tioga County, PA)  


STULL Ray Thomas

Wellsboro Agitator – Wednesday, January 12, 1944

R. T. Stull, of Washington, D.C., a brother of K. W Stull, R Stull and Ed Stull, of Elkland died in his office, the Bureau of Standards, January 5. He was a former resident of Elkland. 


VAIL Iris F. (Vail) Brown

of East Troy, died on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 at her home surrounded by her family.   The memorial service to honor Iris' life will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012 at the East Troy Baptist Church Route 6 in East Troy. Rev. Garry Zuber will be officiating. The Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral Home Inc., has been entrusted with the arrangements.  Iris was born on Oct. 18, 1930 in Ansonia, daughter of the late Kenneth Vail and Clora (Saunders) Vail Schriner. For many years Iris was a cook at the New Trojan Bar in Troy. She enjoyed playing bingo and the lottery, crocheting, and spending time with her grandchildren, especially at family gatherings.  Iris is survived by her children, Marcy Cole of Troy, Butch (Linda) Brown of East Troy, Mert (Peggy) Brown of Troy, Pauline Brown of Sylvania and Tracy (Craig) Seeley of East Troy; fourteen grandchildren; twenty-seven great grandchildren; her brother Delmore Schriner and her sister Toby Miller, both of Wellsboro; along with several nieces and nephews and special "girl" Michelle Bryant.  She was preceded in death her parents and a son.  Towanda Daily Review – November 20, 2012   


VARIO Lucy P. Drake

90, died following a short illness at home on Thursday November 15, 2012. She was born in Worchester, Mass. On June 4, 1922 the daughter of the late Gaetano and Mikelena Vario.  She married William S. “Red” Drake II who predeceased her in 1963. She grew up in the Westboro and then has lived on Fowler Street in Bath, NY. since 1956.  She retired in 1995 from the Bath VA Canteen after 15 years. She also worked at W.T. Grants. She was a member of the Bath American Legion. She enjoyed being a seamstress, and being part of the Euchre Card Club at the Legion.   She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, sons Richard, John and William, daughter Carol, sisters Laura Durgin Messina and Libra Heath.   She is survived by her daughter Nadine D. Yates (Bill Austin) of Bath, NY., son Arnold E. “Bucky” (Delores) Drake of Bath, NY., niece Debbie (Frank) Durgin-Glenn, many grandchildren and great grandchildren, dear friends Diana Norcross of Syracuse NY., Leora Oddie of Painted Post, NY., Barbara Patten of Melbourne, Florida, and Betty Stone of Elmira, NY.  Calling hours are being observed on Tuesday November 20, 2012 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the Bond-Davis Funeral Home of Bath where her Funeral Services will be held at the conclusion of calling at 6:00pm with Father Thomas Gamley Officiating.  Burial will be in Nondaga Cemetery Bath, NY.   In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Lucy’s name to the SPCA.  Corning Leader - November 18, 2012   


WASIELEWSKI Stanley Wasielewski

98, of Waverly, N.Y., died on Monday, November 19, 2012.  Stanley was born on August 25, 1914, in Jersey City, N.J., the son of the late John and Antonia Wasielewski.  He was predeceased by his loving wife Florence (Ayers) Wasielewski, two sisters, daughter in law Patricia Wasielewski and great grandchild Brian T. Ratcliffe II.  Stanley is survived by his sons: Stanley (Julia) Wasielewski of Huntsville, Ala., Frederick (Marie) Wasielewski of Waverly, N.Y., Charles (Margaret) Wasielewski Sr. of Barton, N.Y., Frank (Lois) Wasielewski of Asheville, N.C.; daughter Judith (William) Ratcliffe of Pearl, Miss; 31 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren, numerous great-great grandchildren and his brother, Frank Wasielewski of Paramus, N.J. Stanley was a resident of the Valley for 69 years and was retired from GE Foundry in Elmira. He pastored the Talmadge Hill Gospel Chapel from 1960 until 1976; and even after retirement continued to teach and share the love of God, until he went home to be with his Lord.  Stanley was a gentle and generous man who committed his life to serving others and loved the Lord his God with all his heart, soul, mind, and strength. His Lord said unto him, well home, good faithful servant.... enter thou into the joy of the Lord - Matthew 25:33.  Friends and family are invited to call at the Talmadge Hill Gospel Chapel on Saturday, November 24, from noon until 2 p.m. Stanley’s funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. with his son Pastor Charles Wasielewski, Sr., and grandson Frank Wasielewski, Jr., officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Stanley’s name to the Talmadge Hill Gospel Chapel, 1645 County Rte. 60, Lowman, N.Y., 14861.   Star Gazette – November 21, 2012  


WILCOX Shirley E. Wolfe

86, of the Falls Home, was called home to the Lord on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at Schyler Hospital, Montour Falls, N.Y. She was born July 12, 1926. She is survived by her children, Dale (Judy) Wolfe of Guyton, Ga., (Linda) Wolfe of Elkland, Sue (Lance) Brace of Lindley, N.Y., and Donald (Barbara) Wolfe of Gautier, Miss.; her grandchildren and great grandchildren; her brothers and sisters, (Josephine Wright) of Windfall, Marie May of Windfall, (Aleatha Wright) of Ralston, Mark (Tyke) Wright of Waverly, N.Y., Phyllis Ward of Troy and Merylene (Harold) DeWalt of Roseville; and nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents, Meylert and Marion Wilcox, husband Richard Wolfe, her son, David Wolfe, her sisters and brothers, Marjorie Wright, Jennie Bellows, Philip Wright, Wayne Wright.  Shirley's wishes were that her family and friends attend Church service together in celebration of her life. Memorial Service to be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 at the Lawrenceville Calvary United Methodist Church at 8 Franklin St. during the regular Sunday service and also another service the following Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at the Presho United Methodist Church in Presho, N.Y., during that regular service at 9 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your church or the charity of your choice.   Towanda Daily Review – November 17, 2012   


YARNELL Clifford Yarnell

86, a resident of Pine City, died Tues. Nov. 20, 2012 at his home with his loving family at his side. Born on Mar. 27, 1926 in Lock Haven, PA, Cliff was the son of the late, Boyd & Alma Breon Yarnell. He served in the US Army Air Corps. He attended University of Wichita. He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Education and athletics were his passions in life. His 38-year career as an educator began in Kansas and included 26 years teaching at Southside High School. His many interests included playing and coaching baseball, football and wrestling, refereeing basketball as well as hunting and fishing. Devoted to his family he left a lifetime of cherished memories. Cliff was a communicant of St. Mary's Church. Surviving is the love of his life, Louise Christopher Yarnell, his wife of 65 years; their children, Stephen (Nancy) Yarnell, Minoa NY; Thomas (Elizabeth) Yarnell, Westerville OH; Victoria (Roy) Dodson, York PA; Susan Yarnell, Pine City NY; grandchildren, Kristie, Stephen, Kevin, David, Ashley and Alyssa; great grandchild, Zoe; sister-in-law, Betty Yarnell; nieces, nephews and cherished friends. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Elmira, NY on Fri. Nov. 23, 2012 between the hours of 4-7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Mary's Church; 224 Franklin St. Elmira on Sat. morning at 10 a.m. Graveside services with full military honors will take place Monday, Nov. 26th at 11:00 a.m. in St. Agnes Cemetery, Lock Haven, PA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CareFirst, the Alzheimer's Association, the National Cancer Association, or your chosen charity.    Star Gazette – November 22, 2012


YOSH Catherine A. Manning 

Elmira: Age 96, died on Friday, November 23, 2012 at St. Joseph's Hospital. Catherine was born March 4, 1916, a daughter of Joseph and Anastasia (Hyriak) Yosh. She is predeceased by her husband John T. Manning, son John Timothy Manning, Jr., sisters, Mary Beach, Irene McGann, Margaret Soper and Julia Rosplock, brother Walter Yosh, grandson Michael Patrick Manning, great-granddaughter Sierra McDonald, son-in-law Robert Train. Catherine is survived by her children, with their spouses, Joseph P. and Jacqueline P. Manning, Pine City, Florence M. and Charles Moffe, Elmira, James L. and Carol Manning, Elmira, Kathleen M. Train, Rochester; grandchildren, Mark (Cynthia) Manning, Molly (Michael) Murray, Matthew (Keri Smith) Manning, Anne Marie (Jim Rowell) Coles, Charles (Marie) Moffe, Scott Manning, Lisa (Chad) McDonald, Lizzie (Philip Willsey) Manning, Dr. Meghan (Dr. Erik Olson) Train, Erin Train; sister Helen Mansfield, Horseheads; daughter-in-law Jacqueline E. Manning, Horseheads; thirteen great-grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews… a special thanks to nieces, Johanne Miles and Jean Ann Bradley for all you've done. Catherine was retired from Elmira College with over 20 years of service. Proud of all her family Catherine loved the time she spent with them. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water Street, on Monday, November 26, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick's Church at 10:00 a.m. Those wishing may remember Catherine with a donation to St. Joseph's Hospital SNF, 555 St. Joseph's Blvd., Elmira NY 14901. Sincere gratitude to the staff at St. Joseph's Hospital SNF…Debbie, Shanta, Oneida, Barbara, Shannon, Lauren, Christina, Charlotte and Maureen for all the love and care they gave to our mother.   Star Gazette – November 25, 2012  


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By Joyce M. Tice