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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.

BARNES Gerald W. Barnes Jr.

65, of Tioga, Pa., died on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, Pa. Born on Sept. 6, 1947, in Blossburg, Pa., he was the son of Gerald W. and Agnes (Kelly) Barnes Sr.  Prior to his retirement, Gerald was employed in the maintenance department with Endless Mountains Transportation Authority (EMTA). He enjoyed fishing, watching sports on TV and going sleigh riding with his niece.  Gerald is survived by a brother, Ralph K. Barnes of Mansfield, Pa.; two sisters, Rosemary Barnes of Covington, Pa., and Joyce Ann Barnes of Blossburg, Pa.; and one niece, Breanne D.K. Barnes of Covington, Pa.  Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, March 10, 2013, from noon to 2 p.m. at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, Pa. A funeral service will be held immediately following calling hours at 2 p.m. with Rev. Darwin "Tink" Cranmer officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in Gerald's memory to EMTA, 2978 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA 16933.   Star Gazette – March 7, 2013


BLAIR George Ronald “Ron”

70, of Coudersport, PA, died Saturday, March 2, 2013 in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.  Born August 6, 1942, in Wilkinsburg, PA, he was the son of George S. and Rita Mary O’Brien Blair. A US Army Veteran, he served honorably from 1964 – 1966. On September 27, 1975, at St. Bonaventure, Olean, NY, he married the former Susan J. Conners, who survives.  Ron was employed as Director of Purchasing by Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport for 32 years, retiring in 2005. He was a member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport. Surviving besides his wife, Susan, are: two daughters, Danielle Blair of Saxonburg, PA and Erin Blair of Pittsburgh, PA; a brother, Terrance (Yvonne) Blair of Norwin, PA; his mother-in-law, Eva R. Conners of Coudersport; two aunts, Lavonne (Robert deceased) Blair of Genesee, PA and Betty (Robert deceased) Ramsey of Pittsburgh, PA; nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was predeceased by his parents.  Friends may call at St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 from 9:30 – 11:00 AM, with a Memorial Mass celebrated 11:00 AM. The Rev. Joseph V. Dougherty will be the Celebrant. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Patterson Cancer Center, c/o Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA 16915 or a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.   Solomon’s Words for the Wise – March 4, 2013


BLISS Janet L. Cornell

78, of Middlebury Center, PA, went to be with her Lord and Savior, March 10, 2013. She was the wife of David R. Cornell whom she married on July 24, 1953. Janet was born January 27, 1935 in Middlebury Center, the daughter of the late Donald and Doris Starkey Bliss. She graduated in 1953 from Wellsboro High School. Janet was owner and operator of Country Antiques and was a manager at Brozmans Women's Clothing. She loved collecting antiques, in addition, Janet was an avid golfer and a member of Tyoga Country Club She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Janet was a member of Wellsboro United Methodist Church. Surviving are her husband, David R. Cornell; daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Rob Fitzgerald, Mansfield, daughter and son-in-law, Suzy and Massimo Novielli, Fairlawn, NJ; brother, Charles Bliss, Williamsport; brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Candice Bliss, Cogan Station. Five grandchildren, David and his wife, Christy, Daniel, Edie, Domenick and Tyler. Her special niece, Ashley and several other nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Janet was preceded in death by a brother, Arden Bliss. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Local arrangements by Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, Ltd., "A Life Celebration Home", 139 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901. Memorials may be made in Janet's name to Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, 3501 Forbes Ave. Ste. 830, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.    Star Gazette – March 17, 2013


BOONE Linda M. Boone

65 of North Star Trailer Park, Wellsburg, NY died March 3, 2013. She was predeceased by her mother and sister and two brothers. Survived by her nieces and grandnieces and nephews. She drove Totem Taxi for 20 years. Funeral will be held on March 8, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at Haughey Funeral Home on E. First Street in Corning, NY    Star Gazette – March 7, 2013 


BRADLEY Shirley B. Roblyer

83, of Montour Falls, NY died peacefully at home on Friday, March 15, 2013. Shirley Bradley was born the fifth of nine children in Elmira, NY on September 2, 1929 to Theodore and Eleanor (Wrigley) Bradley. She and her family moved from the Bradley Farms on Elmira's Southside to a smaller family farm on Fitzpatrick Hill Rd. in Montour Falls in the early 1940s. It was here she met, and then married the love of her life, Lewis H. Roblyer, on October 4, 1947 and together they raised four daughters. Shirley was employed as an elementary school secretary for over 30 years at B.C. Cate Elementary in Montour Falls. Shirley loved all things natural. She was especially known for her ability to nurse African violets back to health, mowing her own huge yard until she was 81, and feeding the multitude of birds and squirrels that frequented her yard. She was also known for her baking, especially her desserts and Christmas cookies. She was heavily involved in church volunteering and she also was the unofficial leader of the widow's group in Schuyler County, and a member of several card clubs. She will be greatly missed my many. Shirley was predeceased by her husband, Lewis H. Roblyer in 1981. Shirley is survived by four daughters, Susan R. Walker of Newfield, NY; Debra (Douglas) Volbrecht of Freeville, NY; Jody Roblyer of Upperco, MD; and Wendy (Brian) Schwartz of Warren, MI. Shirley is also survived by her brother, Robert (Carol) Bradley of Spencer, NY; and sisters-in-law Pauline, Sabella, Edna Mae, and Millie; and numerous nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by brothers Theodore Jr., Earl, Edwin, Arthur, and Lavern "Beef", as well as sisters "Pat" Bradley Wagner and Barbara Bradley. Shirley loved her eight grandchildren (Sean, Jennifer, James, Matthew, Kate, Eddie, Erin and Emily) and three great-granddaughters (Ashley, Strephanie, and Annabelle). Friends and family are invited to call Monday, March 18, 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Vedder & Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will be at the Montour Falls United Methodist Church, 203 Owego St., Montour Falls, NY on Tuesday, March 19 at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at the Montour Falls Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Montour Falls United Methodist Church or to the American Heart Association.    Star Gazette – March 17, 2013


BRONSON Carol J. Bronson Cooke

age 52, of Bath, NY died Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY.  She was born April 3, 1960 in Bath, NY the daughter of Linwood and Della Boom Bronson.   Carol worked at the Bath V.A.M.C. for 23 years in the Food Service Department.    She loved to cook and shop.  Carol was a loving mother and generous person who was  always helping others.  She is survived by her husband, John Cooke of Bath, daughter, Valoree Cooke of Bath, NY, sister, Judy Call of Elmira, NY, brother Edward (Deborah) Bronson of Rushville, NY, mother-in-law, Sharon Cooke of Savona, NY; brothers-in-law, Kevin Cooke of Savona, NY and Robert Cooke of Savona, NY, sister-in-law, Kimberly Rowland of Montour Falls, NY and several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents, two brothers, Gary and Irving and her father-in-law, Kenneth Cooke.  Funeral services will be held today Wednesday March 13th at 11:00 am at Fagan's Funeral Home in Bath with Reverend Jim Hall officiating.  Burial will be in the Nondaga Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association.    Corning Leader – March 16, 2013


BULLERS Margaret G. (Bullers) Meachem

age 72, of Lawrenceville, PA, died Saturday, March 16, 2013 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Margaret was born July 10, 1940 in Brookville, PA, a daughter of Blake and Carrie (Baughman) Bullers. She was a postal clerk for the US Postal Service before her retirement. Margaret was a member of the Rebekah's, Eastern Star, and enjoyed mowing the lawn. Margaret is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, William "Bill" and Julia Meachem of Lawrenceville, PA; a daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Tim Gee of Lawrenceville, PA; six grandchildren, Michael, Megan, Jenna, Jeremy, Carman and Brianna; four great grandchildren; two sisters, Barbara Vandervort of Peoria, AZ, and Linda Blythe of Alexandria, VA. She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Paige Gee and six siblings, Blake, Patricia, Arlene, Marion, Bruce and Ronald. In keeping with Margaret's wishes, there will be no services. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Road, Towanda, PA 18848 or Second Chance Animal Sanctuary, P O Box 293, Wellsboro, PA 16901. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.  Star Gazette – March 17, 2013 


BUMP Clifford B. Bump

45, of Towanda, died at the Bradford County Manor in West Burlington Twp., where he was surrounded by his family and friends on Monday, March 4, 2013.  Clifford was born in Sayre on March 13, 1967 the son of Clifford and Rose Vincent Bump. Clifford worked in general construction for most of his life. He enjoyed fishing, camping and playing guitar and will be remembered as a kind and giving person.  He is survived by his wife, Denise Lynn Devine Bump whom he married on July 1, 2007; stepsons, Brandon and Jonathan Smiley; son, Brenton Bump; father and stepmother, Clifford Bump Sr. and Guyla Bump; mother and stepfather, Rose and Paul Benjamin; brothers, Jimmy, Robert, Randy and Tracy; sister, April; father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Linda Devine; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and best friend, Albert Pronti. He was preceded in death by a brother, Norman.  There will be no funeral service or calling hours. Contributions may be directed to the House of Hope in care of the Guthrie Cancer Center, One Guthrie Square, Sayre, PA 18840 in Clifford B. Bump's memory. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda.  Towanda Daily Review - March 6, 2013


BURR Michelle F. Dobbins

age 49, of Painted Post, NY, died on Thursday, February 28, 2013 in the Absolut Care of Three Rivers in Painted Post after a courageous four year battle with breast cancer.  Michelle was born in Sandusky, OH on April 28, 1963 to the late Dyonisius Ernst and Wilhelmina (Steyns) Burr.  Following high school, she attended Carnegie Mellon University.  After graduating, she went to work for Corning Inc. in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1985.  She married Michael Dobbins on August 24, 1991 in Vermilion, Ohio.   Michelle worked as an engineer for Corning Inc. for over sixteen years.  During that time she lived in Wilmington, North Carolina, Corning, NY, and St. Petersburg, Russia.  She left Corning Inc. in 2001 to focus on raising her children.  Michelle was very active in the education community, volunteering her time at All Saints Academy as well as Alternative School for Math and Science, where she also worked for a short period of time.  In addition Michelle championed programs in support of education of autistic children.  Michelle is survived by her husband: Michael Dobbins; two sons: Matthew and Mark Dobbins; her mother, Wilhelmina Burr; and her aunt: Joanna Pries.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 10:00AM at St. Mary Our Mother Church, 816 West Broad Street in Horseheads, NY.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be sent to the American Cancer Society, 13 Beech Street, Johnson City, NY 13790.   Corning Leader – March 5, 2013


BUTTON Denis Alan Button

age 49, of Tioga, PA, died on Sunday, March 10, 2013 in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. Born on August 9, 1963 in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of Helen Heitzenrater. Denis is survived by his wife, Collette (Lewis) Button.  Denis was a member of the Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Tioga. He enjoyed watching NASCAR racing, especially Ernhardt and Harvick and football. He was an avid Cowboy's fan.  In addition to his wife, Collette, Denis is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Daniel and Yvette Button of Osceola, PA; his stepfather, Hank Shutt, of Lawrenceville, PA; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Louise and Harvey Lewis, Jr. of Troupsburg, NY; three brothers-in-law, Randy (Joan) Lewis of Troupsburg, NY, Steve (Sue) Lewis of Rochester, NY, Harvey (Sarah) Lewis, III of Rochester, NY; three sisters-in-law, Cheryl (Ted) Mattison of Troupsburg, NY, Lori (Jack) Dempsey of Troupsburg, NY and Angel (Raul) Estela of Rochester, NY. Denis was predeceased by a brother, David Button in 1980 and a brother-in-law, Lee Lewis in 2009.   Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, March 17, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 6 Broad St., Tioga, PA. A memorial service will be held at the church immediately following calling hours at 4:00 PM with Pastor Debbie Button officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Trinity United Presbyterian Church, PO Box 122, Tioga, PA 16946. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA, is assisting the family.  Star Gazette – March 17, 2013 


CARRIGAN Ken W. "Kenny"

Retired Deputy Fire Chief

Was born October 11, 1942 in Elmira, NY the son of the late Henry K. and Catherine (Buck) Carrigan, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving and caring family. His special friends, Lou Wallitt and Stan Barber, also preceded him in death. He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Linda (Kline) Carrigan; beloved daughters, Tina (Charlie) Arcovio of Radcliff, KY, Kaylee (Timothy) DePue of Elmira, NY; adored grandchildren, Sonya, Stacy, Kevin, Josh and Samantha; much loved great-granddaughters, Keegan, Brianna and Peyton; brother, Henry (Debbie) Carrigan of Lakeland, FL; sister-in-law, Maureen (Kevin) Russell of Spencer, NY; brother-in-law, Kevin Kline, also of Spencer, NY; special friends, Alice Wallitt, Dave Hicks, Joe Navaro, Kris Barber and Miles Barnes; along with several nieces, nephews, and many friends. Kenny was a dedicated friend of Bill W. for 27+ years. He retired from the Elmira Fire Department as Deputy Chief after 37 1/2 years of dedicated service. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport, NY on Friday, March 8, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and on Saturday, March 9, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Funeral services honoring his life will take place on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in the First United Church of Christ, 160 Madison Avenue, Elmira. The Reverend Richard Hubbard will celebrate Kenny's services. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Care First, the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimer's Association, the First United Church of Christ or to a charity of one's choice . Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.   Star Gazette – March 7, 2013  


COON William Paul

Age 70 of Winter Haven, Florida formerly of Pine City, NY died Thursday, February 21, 2013 in Florida. Services at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. will be announced at a later time.   Star Gazette – February 23, 2013  


COPPOLA Rocco Francis "Rocky"

of Elmira, NY: Age 55, died peacefully on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 with his loved ones and his beloved dog "Lucy" by his side. His parents, Francis and Elizabeth (Harnas) Coppola predeceased Rocky. He is survived by his companion, Sharon Weaver; sisters, Rose Marie Monserrate, Bonnie Carrasco of Austin, TX; Nancy Coppola; brother, Michael Coppola; his special uncle, Ralph; along with nephews, many cousins and close friends. Rocky began his career in California where he became a successful and respected contractor. His love of the river since his boyhood days brought him back to Elmira where he resumed his two passions; building homes and fishing on the river. His work ethic and skills earned him a reputation as a man with exceptional talent. A very special thank you to Kate, Marybeth and Linda from Care First (Hospice) for their invaluable kindness and support. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Ave. Elmira/Southport, NY on Friday, March 22, 2013 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. A brief reading will follow the gathering at 7 PM celebrating and honoring Rocky's life.   Star Gazette – March 17, 2013    


EDWARDS Frederick "Fred" L. Edwards

83, of Vernon, CT, loving husband of over 59 years to Shirley (Force) Edwards, died peacefully on Friday, March 1, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer for many years. He was born and raised in Elmira, NY, the son of Arthur L. and Helen (Spliedt) Edwards. Fred graduated with a B.A. from Hobart College in 1951 where he was a member of the honorary economic society Gamma Omicron Tau. He moved with his family to Vernon in 1967. Fred was an associate of the Society of Actuaries and retired after more than 20 years with the Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Company. He was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Fred was very civic minded and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, mentored inner city children, and served on the Rockville High School accreditation committee. He was a very active member of the Rockville United Methodist Church and was Treasurer for many years. Fred enjoyed gardening, playing cards with family and friends, and all sports. He loved people, had a good sense of humor, and loved to tell and hear jokes. In addition to his wife, Fred is survived by his beloved children, Allie Secor and her partner, Dr. Carolyn Moore and her daughter Elizabeth Moore of KY, F. Kenneth Edwards and his wife Lorrie of Torrington, CT, Dr. Keith Edwards and his wife Magda of the Czech Republic, Kevin Edwards and his wife Donna of Granby, CT, and former son-in-law Dr. John Secor of KY; his grandchildren: Michael, James, and Alan Secor, Alex and Jeffrey Edwards, Erika Edwards, William and Thomas Edwards; and several nieces and nephews. Fred was predeceased by his sister, Lois Ann Wallace. A memorial service will be held Friday, March 8th, at 5:00 p.m. at the Rockville United Methodist Church. The family would like to thank the staff at Woodlake at Tolland Nursing & Rehabilitation Center for their attentive care of Fred and his family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Rockville United Methodist Church, 142 Grove Street, Rockville, CT 06066.    Star Gazette – March 5, 2013  




Of Williamsport and formerly of both Big Flats and Horseheads tragically died as a result of an automobile accident on March 1, 2013 while traveling home to be with family and friends. Karen and Ryan were both born in the month of March in Elmira. Together for a short time they were best friends and wonderful parents to their three boys. Karen and Ryan will be lovingly remembered by their boys, Cullen Patrick McWhorter, Griffin Kieffer English and Landon William English. In addition to their boys, they are survived by Karen's parents, David and Debora (Stevens) Kieffer of Elmira, NY; Ryan's parents, Joseph (Christine) English of Big Flats, NY and Deborah (Joseph) Gilliam of Pikeville, KY. Also surviving are Ryan's sister, Heather English and her daughter Kaylee of Westminster, MD; several aunts and uncles and so many close and caring friends whose recent support will be forever in our hearts. Karen was an interventional radiologist having worked at both Arnot and St. Joseph's Hospital. With their relocation to the Williamsport area Karen was fortunate to stay home and raise her boys. Ryan was a veteran of the US Marine Corps having worked as Crew Chief for Marine One, the Presidential Helicopter Detail. After his discharge in 2002 he worked at Rounding Third and CrossRhodes Entertainment. More recently he was employed in sales with Rod's Production Service, an Oil Service provider located in Oklahoma and Texas. A service is being planned to celebrate the Lives of Ryan and Karen in the near future. Times, dates and places will be announced with ample time to plan. Memorials will be available for a Trust Fund for the boys at English/McWhorter Trust Fund, c/o Ziff, Law Firm 303 William St., Elmira, NY 14901   Star Gazette - March 17, 2013      


FARR Barbara A. Richter

of Lovelton died Friday, March 1, 2013, at her home. She was born in Fox Hollow, Windham Twp., on July 14, 1945, daughter of the late Clyde and Helen Keithline Farr.  Barb and her late husband Charles Thomas Richter were the owners of the Tomb Stone Inn in Lovelton for over 36 years. She attended the Mehoopany United Methodist Church and the Lovelton Bible Church and was member of the Wyoming County Tavern Association.  In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by stepdaughters, Cathy Pasternak, Jodi Richter; brother, David Farr; sister, Daisy E. Fassett and brother-in-law, Joseph Madell.  Surviving are sons, Charles T. and wife, Julie of Jenningsville, Ronald E. of Lovelton and Raymond L. of Forkston; stepdaughters, Carrie Thompson, Susan Richter, Beth Weisenfluh and stepbrother, Charles T. Richter, all of Scranton; brothers, Roland Farr of Statesville, NC, John Farr of Milton; sisters, Geraldine Madell of Tunkhannock, Mildred Smith of Colley, Mary Jane Stephenson of Mehoopany and sister in-law, Diane Farr of Meshoppen.  Graveside memorial service will be held in Vaughn Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, with Pastor Jean Swett of the Mehoopany United Methodist Church presiding. There will be no calling hours.  Arrangements by, the Sheldon Kukuchka Funeral Home, 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock.  Wyalusing Rocket Courier – March 7, 2013


FITZGERALD Edward James Fitzgerald

left his family and friends on March 6, 2013. We bid him farewell and “May the luck of the Irish always be with him.”  Ed was born in Sayre to Edward Joseph and Louisa Swangler Fitzgerald.  Adored by his wife Helen, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and loyal dog Casey, Ed was an Irishman with a cheerful and playful spirit who delighted in taking his children and grandchildren on adventures. He knew how to make a trip for ice cream special by singing songs and telling the most outrageous stories. Mornings were always brighter with his special song to greet everyone, “Every day’s a holiday with you.” Every day was certainly a holiday with him.   Ed served in the U.S. Coast Guard and was active in Sayre Borough governance. Over the years, Ed was a member of the VFW, Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge as well as the Jaycees.  After Ed retired he traveled and played golf as much as weather permitted. Ed enjoyed both the company of his golf partners as well as the game of golf. Travel allowed Ed and Helen to meet lots of wonderful people and to have many adventures.  His family includes children: Rebecca Booth and her husband Reese of Lynchburg, Va., Denise Poll and her husband Jack of Cary, N.C., and Michael Fitzgerald and his wife Claudia of Cary, N.C.; grandchildren: Dana Booth, Jon Booth and his wife Crystal, Jamie LeBeau and her husband Erich, Bryce Poll, Mitchell Poll, Jameson Poll, Megan Fitzgerald, Ryan Fitzgerald; and great grandchildren Reese Booth, Timothy Booth, Caitlin Booth, Abigail Booth, Claudia LeBeau and Timber LeBeau.  He was preceded in death by his siblings Anna Boyle, Francis Harris Mandarano and Norman Fitzgerald.  The family will hold a private service at a later date. The family thanks the staff of ElderWood Senior Care for the engaging and compassionate care that Ed received while a resident. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Memory unit at Elder- Wood Care Facility or a charity of your choosing in memory of Edward J. Fitzgerald.   Sayre Morning Times – March 8, 2013  


GARRISON Lois Lauper

89, of Greenville, SC, formerly of Elmira, NY died March 4, 2013. Born in Millerton, PA to the late Manley and Leda Garrison, she was preceded in death by her siblings Don Garrison and Marie Ferris of PA, and June Wood, of NY. She is survived by her daughter, Bonnie Thorpe of Greenville, SC and her son, Jeff Lauper of Fort Myers, FL as well as her grand-daughter and husband, Marisa and Brady Rees of Fort Myers, FL and two great-grandchildren, Connor and Lillian Rees. She had been an active member of Pine City, NY Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, Central NY Fireman's Association Auxiliary, and The Order of the Eastern Star, where she held various officer positions. She was a long time employee of Moore Business Forms in Elmira, NY and spent time traveling after retirement throughout the southeast. A Memorial Service is planned at a later date. If you would like to make a donation in her memory, please send to Meals on Wheels, 15 Oregon St, Greenville, SC 29605.   Star Gazette – March 8, 2013   


GEE Elaine M. Chilson

64, of Litchfield, Pa., died on Monday, March 4, 2013 at home with her family by her side after losing her brave fight with ovarian cancer.  She was born on April 12, 1948 in Corning, N.Y., the daughter of the late George L. and Shirley L. Miller Gee.  Elaine was a very special mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She will be missed by all those who knew and loved her as she touched many lives. She enjoyed playing cards and going to bingo. Elaine really loved playing with the grandkids, especially in the bounce houses. She loved cooking and attending the flea markets.  She is predeceased by her brother, William Gee.  Elaine is survived by her husband of 32 years, Clyde L. Chilson; children and their spouses April and Larry Kithcart of Towanda, Pa., and James and Donna Alexander of Rome, Pa.; stepchildren Carla Chilson of North Carolina, Janet Chilson of Towanda, Pa., Stacy Chilson of Towanda, Pa., and Donna Chilson of North Carolina; grandchildren Nicole Kithcart, Danielle (James) Kithcart-Kobbe, Amanda Kithcart, Larry Kithcart II, Hunter Alexander, and Dustin Walter; great-grandchildren Dayton Kobbe, Derek Kobbe, Sophia Kobbe, and she was so looking forward to the newest addition Carter Kobbe; siblings Mary Suzuki of Hayward, Calif., Georgia (Vernon) Clark of Elmira, N.Y., Leon (Barb) Gee of Elmira, N.Y., Faith Masciole- Buchanan of Elmira, N.Y., Mona Gee of Elmira, N.Y., George Gee of Elmira, N.Y., and Kitty Gee-Shaw of Nashville, Tenn., and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday March 9, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, Pa., with the Rev. Linda Rogers

officiating.  Memorial donations may be made in Elaine’s memory to: OVRC, P.O. Box 40332, Bay Village, OH 44110-0332.   Sayre Morning Times – March 5, 2013    


HAZARD Bonita Hazard Ross

Age 60 of Pine City died after a brief illness Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Bonita was born December 30, 1952 in Rutland, VT to Mr. and Ms. Lawrence and Lorraine Hazard. She is survived by her sons, Mr. Tower J. Hazard III of Los Angeles, CA, Mr. Eben K. Ross of Elmira, NY, Mr. Caleb W. Ross of Elmira, NY; four grandchildren, and a brother, Mr. Gary Hazard of Portland, ME, Bonita worked in health care for several years. Her hobbies include tailoring, camping, knitting and crocheting. Family and friends are invited to attend her Memorial Service on Saturday March 9th 2013 at 11:30 am at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 S. Main St. Horseheads NY.   Star Gazette – March 7, 2013 


HEHER John Vincent

Age 63 of Pittsburgh, PA died suddenly on Friday, March 8, 2013. He was the loving husband of Susan Emery Heher, devoted father of Kevin Heher of Pittsburgh, PA and Michael Heher of Tahoe City, CA. He is also survived by his mother Eleanor Heher Flynn of Elmira, NY and sister, Mimi Heher of Horseheads, NY. John was predeceased by his father Vincent E. Heher and step-father Jack Flynn. John was CEO of Liberty Insurance Agency which has been under his ownership and leadership since 1985. His son Kevin joined him in the business in 2006. John shared his expertise over his 38 years in the business with national insurance companies serving on many of their advisory boards. John had been active on the Board at the Club at Nevillewood for the past 8 years. He was an avid golfer and truly loved the sport, playing on his high school and college teams. He also loved fly-fishing which the family enjoyed doing together, taking many vacations to beautiful streams. John has been a Board member on the National Kidney Foundation of Western Pennsylvania and was just named Honoree of the Year for his service and fundraising for the organization. In lieu of flowers, the family recommends donations to the National Kidney Foundation of Western Pennsylvania, 4800 Kennywood Blvd., West Mifflin PA 15122 or Notre Dame High School, 1400 Maple Ave., Elmira NY 14904. The family requests you consider becoming an organ donor on your driver's license if you have not done so already. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Patrick's Church, Elmira at a date to be announced.    Star Gazette – March 17, 2013 



Ithaca: Age 72, died on Thursday, March 14, 2013 after an extended illness. She is survived by her loving husband of 35 years, Glenn Jacobson Sr.; her children, Rebecca (Robert) Billings, Glenn Jacobson Jr., Marc (Cindy) Salamino, Michael (Jodi) Salamino, David (Corrina) Jacobson and Michelle (David) Hawley; her father, Donald (Dawn) Henderson; brother, Tom (Patti) Henderson and many grandchildren and extended family. Toni retired as a Pharmacy Technician from K-Mart in Ithaca, NY and also enjoyed ten years as a nurse at the Lakeside Nursing Home. At Toni's request, there will be no calling hours, and a private service was held at the convenience of the family with arrangements entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. A memorial gift may be made in Toni's name to the Chemung County Humane Society and SPCA 2435 Route #352 Elmira, NY 14903 in honor of her love for animals. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2013 from noon to 4 PM at Chapel Park in Elmira, NY. The family looks forward to seeing family and friends for a picnic. For questions and to RSVP email The family wants to extend sincere appreciation to the caring professionals who provided wonderful support to Toni: Dr. Roberto Mauri, the staff at Elcor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Horseheads and Care First Hospice.    Star Gazette – March 17, 2013


HIGLEY Horace H. Higley

83, of Williamsport, died Thursday, March 7, 2013. He was the husband of Joanne C. Spencer, whom he married on Oct. 20, 1955. Horace was born in Knapp Creek, N.Y., Oct. 4, 1929, the son of the late Frank and Rena Cleveland Higley.  In his lifetime Horace had many occupations, he was a dairy farmer, he also worked for Ingersoll Rand as a laborer, in addition, he was the chief of police for Mansfield University. Horace was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and camping. He loved to garden and farm. Horace loved old western movies and took great pleasure in raising beagles.  Surviving are his wife, Joanne Higley of Williamsport; his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and JoAnn Higley of Wellsboro; his daughter, Beverly Dochstader of Wellsboro; five grandchildren, Tiffany Dochstader of Cuba, N.Y., Tara Dochstader of Lindley, N.Y., John Blackburn of Oneonta, N.Y., Terriann Higley of Lakeport, Calif.; Lee Higley of Raleigh, N.C.; brother, Milton (Betty) Higley of Indiana, Pa.; two sisters, Laura Ferris of Little Marsh and Louise Niles of Wellsboro. Horace was preceded in death by two sons, Thomas and Donald Higley; brother, Albert Higley; three sisters, Helen Youmans, Arlene Obourn and Edith Hackett.  Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Local arrangements are by Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, "A Life Celebration Home," 139 Main St., Wellsboro. Memorials may be made in Horace's name to The American Cancer Society , 5 East Ave. Wellsboro, Pa. 16901.  Wellsboro Gazette – March 9, 2013   


KIEFFER Karen  (See Ryan ENGLISH Obituary)


INMAN David G. Inman

a veteran of the U.S. Army, died March 4, 2013 at the age of 52 at the VA Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va.  He was the oldest son of Eugene and the late Joan Inman (May 14, 2011) of Meshoppen. He was born on March 15, 1960 in Wilkes-Barre.  David served in the U.S. Army after high school. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and anything to do with the outdoors. He was also involved in Boy Scouts with his son in his younger years.  In addition to his father he is survived by his loving son Glen Inman; brothers John Inman and his wife Maria and Charles Inman; sisters Jean Brent and her husband James, Joanne Prebula and her husband Brad and Diane Hall and her husband Robert. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.   A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with Rev. Gary Myers of the Meshoppen Biblical Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow at the Overfield Cemetery in Meshoppen. A military service will be performed immediately preceding the memorial service by the members of the Rought Hall Post No. 510 in Black Walnut, the Dennis Strong Post No. 457 in Tunkhannock, and the Endless Mountains Post No. 3583 VFW in Mehoopany. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 10 a.m. until the time of the services.  In lieu of flowers those wishing to make memorial contributions may do so in David's name to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105   Towanda Daily Review – March 7, 2013


KENT Nancy A. EdD, RN, NP Professor Emerita, University of Rochester School of Nursing

Died February 23, 2013, age 82, formerly Sister Joseph Clare of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester. Nancy Kent was raised in Elmira, NY, the eldest daughter of Clyde and Anna Kent, who predeceased her. She is survived by her loving sisters: Nora (Bob) Manchester and Mary (Paul) Zubriski of Pine City, NY, and Marjorie (Mike) Johnston of Odessa, NY, several nieces and nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces, close friends Aloyse Hahn, Margaret Briody (Rick Muir), and Jeanne Downs as well as her beloved dog "Daffy". Nancy graduated from Elmira Catholic High School in 1948 and St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing, Elmira, in 1953. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Rochester in 1967, a Master of Science in Nursing from The Catholic University of America in 1969, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Administration from the University of Rochester in 1988. Professor Kent was a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nurses, and Kappa Delta Pi National Honor Society in Education. She earned a certificate as an American Nurses' Association Adult Nurse Practitioner, and was awarded fellowships as a University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business Johnson & Johnson Fellow, and U.S. Public Health Service Faculty Fellow. Nancy practiced nursing in Elmira, NY, Selma, AL, and Washington, DC, as Staff Nurse, Head Nurse, Supervisor, and Clinical Specialist. As Clinician at Strong Memorial Hospital, she led the Experimental Unit trialing new approaches to patient care. At the University of Rochester School of Nursing, she held positions of Instructor, Assistant Professor, Clinician II, Family Nurse Practitioner, Projects Director of Medical Center Nursing, Clinical Chief for Medical Nursing, Chair of the Medical/Surgical Educational Program, and Associate Professor. In addition, Nancy conducted nursing and educational research, was a published author, presented professional papers, and belonged to several nursing organizations. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 17, 2013, at 10:00 AM at St. Peter and Paul's Church, Elmira, NY. This will be a celebration of Nancy's life and a remembrance of the difference she made in so many lives. Donations may be made in her memory to St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center, 417 South Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620. Nancy Kent will be lovingly remembered as a caring family member and treasured friend who was proud of her Irish heritage. She will be greatly missed! Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family.   Star Gazette – March 17, 2013


KOESTER Deborah L. Koester

57 of Painted Post died on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at Absolut Care at Three Rivers in Painted Post. Born March 7, 1956 in Gowanda, NY, she is the daughter of the late William F. and Donna M. (Robbins) Koester. She was actively involved in several Equestrian organizations in the Central New York area including; the Northampton Driving Society, the Genesee Valley Riding and Driving Club, and the Granger Homestead Carriage Museum and also attended several equestrian Dressage events in the Wellington, FL area over the past few years. Deborah was committed to the use and promotion of natural healing methods in treating both horeses and dogs through a practice known as Myo-therapy. She had been self-employed in this field for several years through her business, Lighthands Myotherapy. She devoted her life to animals, especially horses. She is survived by her brothers, William F. Koester, Jr. and Richard K. (Karen) Koester, both of Westfield, PA; her sister, Susan M. Koester of Painted Post, NY; a niece, nephews, aunt and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents. Family will receive friends at the Kenyon Funeral Home, 222 W. Main St., Westfield, PA on March 23rd from 1:00 - 2:00 PM. A Memorial Service will be held immediately following at 2:00 PM with Pastor Ed Caster officiating. Please bring a photo of Deb or something to share to the service with you. Friends are invited to the Home Comfort Restaurant following the memorial service for a time of light refreshments and sharing. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a local animal charity of your choice.    Star Gazette – March 17, 2013    


LINDQUIST Edward Lee Lindquist

45, of Wysox, died Friday, March 1, 2013. Edward was born May 10, 1967 in Ridgewood, N.J., the son of David Lindquist and Susan Merritt. He grew up and attended school in East Lyme, Conn. and graduated from Riverdale High School in Oradale, N.J. Edward received his Bachelor's Degree in Manufacturing and Engineering from Pennsylvania College of Technology. He was a dedicated soldier in the U.S. Army for fourteen years. Edward was a loving father, husband, and Christian. He put his faith and family above all else and always spoke with a kind heart; in his family's eyes, he was perfect. He enjoyed weightlifting, reading, woodworking, fantasy football, the Yankees, Jets and Rangers, music, and riding his Harley Davidson Sportster 1200CC motorcycle.  Edward is survived by his wife Melissa Lindquist; seven children, Samantha, Eryck, Bethany, Alex, Matthias, Magnolia, and Roslynn; granddaughter, Maddilyn 'Madileigh'; mother and stepfather, Susan and Frank Merritt; father and stepmother, David and Joyce Lindquist; brothers, Ken Crown and Eric Carlson; sister, Elizabeth 'Lizz' Cesareo; half-sisters, Kristi and Cate; niece, Kiera; nephews, Owen and Ian; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.  The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at the Independent Baptist Church, Towanda. Interment will be private. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. Memorial contributions may be made to The Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 in Edward's name.    Towanda Daily Review – March 4, 2013   


LOOMIS Loxine "Loxie" M. Reed

70, died March 10, 2013. She was born September 6, 1942 in Buffalo, NY, the daughter of the late Bernard and Rita Weslar Loomis. Loxie was raised and educated in the Elmira area, graduating from Elmira Free Academy. She went on to receive an Associate's degree from Corning Community College and attended Elmira College earning a Bachelor's degree in 1985. Loxie worked for Aetna and for IBM while in Elmira, and in 1990 she moved to the Los Angeles area. There, she worked for Scantron, and in 2006 she returned to Central New York, residing in Cortland. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening; her specialty was growing tomatoes. She also spent time sewing, skiing, doing ceramics, cooking and had a lifelong love for animals. She loved spending time with friends and going out to lunch, and she loved chatting with anyone she met. Above all else, she cherished all of her grandchildren. She is survived by her daughters, Melissa (Raul) Aguilar of Huntington Beach, CA, Shelly (Keith) Van Gorder of Cortland, NY; her sons, James (Uma) Reed, Buena Park, CA, and Michael Reed, Chula Vista, CA; stepmother, Loretta Loomis of Elmira, NY; her brothers, Bernard (Kerri) Loomis Jr. of Henderson, NV, Tom (Ellen) Loomis of Clemens, NC; six grandchildren, Zachary, Jacob, Chloe, Nathan, Maile, and Tiare. A calling hour will be held Saturday at 11:00, followed by a memorial service that will begin at noon at the Wright-Beard Funeral Home, 9 Lincoln Ave., Cortland, NY 13045. Contributions may be made to the Cortland County SPCA, or the Alzheimer's Association.    Star Gazette – March 17, 2013


McDONALD Edward Michael

United States Military Veteran

Ed was born on April 28, 1935 in Syracuse, NY to Edward J. and Sophia (Balon) McDonald. He married Jean Marie Smykowski on June 16, 1956 at St. Mary's Church, Elmira, NY. He served in the United States Marine Corps October 28, 1953 to October 25, 1955 as PFC (E2) with 3rd Battalion Reinforced, 6th Marines, 4.2 Mortar Platoon - Mediterranean Cruise on the USS Monrovia AP A-3. He received the National Defense Service Medal and Navy Occupation Service Medal. Ed worked at the Elmira Water Board, Owner/Operator - Ed McDonald Excavating and Ed's Heads Portable Toilets until his retirement in 2002. He was a member of the American Legion. He is survived by his wife Jean and children, William (Dianne) McDonald - Elmira, NY, Michael (Stephanie) McDonald - Pine City, NY, Mary (Alan) Comstock - Elmira, NY, Paul (Missy) McDonald - Elmira, NY, Julie (Rick) Pendleton - Pine City, NY; grandchildren, Heather (Mark) Kowatch - Woodbridge, VA, Tony (Alicia) Brimmer - Elmira, NY, Ryan (Becky) Pendleton - Elmira, NY, Daniel (Tina) Pendleton - Elmira, NY, Jenifer Comstock (fiance Tom Prenatt) - Franklin, IN, SSG Bryan (Corine) Comstock - Ft. Richardson, AK, Nichole (Dante) Bocage - Pine City, NY, Chelsea McDonald - Elmira, NY, Tiffany (Calvin) Mattison - California, Hannah and Elliot McDonald - Elmira, NY, William E. McDonald - Westfield, PA, Donald J. McDonald - Mariah McDonald - Elmira, NY, Amanda Scott - Nikki Randall; great grandchildren, Devon Youngblood - Elmira, NY, McKenzie Pendleton - Elmira, NY, Zackery Pendleton - Elmira, NY, Bryson Adam Comstock - Ft. Richardson, AK, Nolan Michael Bocage - Pine City, NY, Evelyn Chelsea Bocage - Pine City, NY, Stella Elise Comstock - Ft. Richardson, AK, Cortney Marie Kowatch - Woodbridge, VA, Mariah Brimmer - Elmira, NY, Matthew Brimmer, Kenzie Jo Brimmer, Caley Austin-Brimmer; brothers/sisters, Mary Ann Kianka- Syracuse, NY, Richard (Kathy) McDonald - Bath, NY, Dorothy (Konrad) Ostrowski - Pine Valley, NY, Joseph (Patricia) McDonald - Elmira, NY, Daniel (Jeanne) McDonald - Elmira, NY; brother-in-law, Richard (Patricia) Smykowski - Kittery, ME; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by father (Edward) in 1982, mother (Sophia) in 1993, sister (Betty Drake) in 2002 and Sister (Edna Maloney) in 2011. Services will be planned at the convenience of the family in Elmira, NY.    Star Gazette – March 17, 2013


MIDDAUGH Dustin W. Middaugh

28, of Windham Township, died Saturday, March 2, 2013.  Dustin was born Jan. 8, 1985 in Sayre. He was a graduate of Northeast Bradford High School class of 2003. Dustin was formerly employed by Sherwood Groves in Wysox and Resource Transport/Pumpco both in Wysox. Dustin loved the outdoors with his favorite place being at his Aunt Hank's pond and was known for climbing trees bare footed. He will be remembered for his love of nature and desire for being a part of it. Dustin could name wild flowers and plants with his favorite being the Trileum that grows in the woods at home. He was an avid reader and eager learner who was always willing to share his knowledge and interests with others. He found great interest in reading his Bible and quoting scripture. Dustin enjoyed music and had a huge genre ranging from bluegrass to punk rock. Most of all, he possessed great love for his family and friends who will fondly remember his sense of humor and ability to be ready and tell jokes for hours. He will be deeply missed by all.  He leaves behind his parents, Twylia and Jim Bullock, Dave and Stephanie Middaugh and Roy J. Blokzyl; brothers Andrew and Ethan Middaugh and Kyle and Josh Blokzyl; sisters, Adrianna Bullock and Angela Benjamin; sister-in-law and special niece Monica Wilson and Akajiah Middaugh; grandparents, Phyllis Barbur and Frank Gross, Bob and Wanda Middaugh and Jane and Olney Bullock; aunts and uncles Tom Driscoll, Carolyn and Doug Joseph, Chris and Mark Learn, Jim and Sue Middaugh, Bob and Mary Middaugh, George and Kris Middaugh, Kathy and Bill Casselbury, Kevin and Larry Bullock, Henry, Ralph and Corney Blokzyl and Tet Blokzyl; special aunt and uncle "Hank" and Dave Korb; and his girlfriend Meghan Kauchis and her children, Tara, Jeremy and Mary. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Riek and Henry Blokzyl, Mel Barbur, great grandfather, Warren "Con" Chamberlain and aunts, Raylene Hoose and Kay Ford.  A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. Interment will be private. There are no calling hours. The family suggests that contributions be directed to the Bradford County Humane Society, PO Box 179, Ulster, PA 18850 in Dustin's memory.  Towanda Daily Review – March 5, 2013 


MOORE Stanley E.

Age 56 of Elmira, NY. died at home Tuesday, March 12th, 2013. He was born January 8th, 1957 in Elmira. He is survived by his mother: Pauline Sebastian of Cassel Berry, FL; daughter: Mary Lynn Moore of Winter Spring, FL; son: Stanley Moore Jr. of NM; sister: Carolyn Chiesa of Cassel Berry, FL; brother: William Moore Jr. of Cassel Berry, FL; Christopher Moore of Elmira. Cousin: Mark VanGalder of Elmira. He is predeceased by his father: William Moore Sr. and brother: Donnie Moore. Stanley worked for the Arnot Ogden Medical Center for many years. He enjoyed collecting lighthouses and hunting. He was a very giving and caring person who always lent a hand when needed. Services will be at a time to be announced. Services entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc.   Star Gazette – March 17, 2013  



Age 83 of Smith Rd. in Millport died March 16, 2013. She survived by her sister, Joyce Moshier of Ithaca and her extended family at Smith Rd. IRA including Sue Savino and Barb Park--"Curley Top and Bright Eyes" and her K-9 pal "Scotty." She was also predeceased by her sister, Edith Leonardo in 2012. She was a resident at Smith Rd., Waverly and Wellsburg IRA. Olive enjoyed crafts, sewing, collecting both Angels and Indian dolls. She also enjoyed Shirley Temple movies, shopping, and watching butterflies. She was an especially compassionate lady who would always welcome you with a hug; she truly enjoyed giving her love to others. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home 413 S. Main St. Horseheads on Wednesday March 20, 2013 from 10-11:00 a.m. where her service will follow at 11:00 a.m.   Star Gazette – March 17, 2013


PHENES Helen M. Lucieer

Age 83 of Horseheads, NY. She was born February 16, 1930 in Corning, NY, daughter of the late Earl and Ruth (Brown) Phenes and died Saturday, March 2, 2013 at home. She was predeceased by her husband Peter in 2007 and sister Marguerite Drake, brothers Duke and Chuck Phenes. She is survived by her children and their spouses Larry and Laura Kniffin of HI, Rhonda and Terry Oakley of Horseheads, Dan and Marie Kniffin of Elmira, Joy and Gary Pierce of Harrison, TN; step daughter and husband Jackie and Jim Thompson of Palmyra, NY; brother Leslie Phenes of KY. 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephew. Mrs. Lucieer was a hairdresser for many years and a CNA in Elmira and Florida. Family and friends are invited to her memorial service on Thursday, March 7th at 3 pm at Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira. Rev. Scott Lowmaster will officiate.    Star Gazette – March 5, 2013   



A longtime resident of Fassett, PA died Sat. Mar. 9, 2013 at St. Joseph's Hospital very suddenly at the age of 51.  Born on Dec. 30, 1961, James was the son of the late, Douglas & Shirley Sheets Rarick. He was a truck driver by trade. James enjoyed playing baseball and cards, was a NASCAR fan and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of the South Creek Vol. Fire Dept.   Surviving are his loving siblings, Douglas Jr. & Millie Rarick, Elmira; Candy & Richard Terry, San Antonio, TX; Dean & Kelly Rarick, Erie PA; Gene & Cathy Rarick, Gillett PA; several nieces and nephews; and special friend, Victoria Cleary.   Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira on Fri. Mar. 15, 2013 from 3-4 p.m. A memorial service will follow at 4:15 p.m.   Star Gazette – March 17, 2013


RATHBUN Edward Alan Rathbun

82, died on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at his home in Atlanta, GA. Born on April 17, 1930, in Browntown, he was the son of Bruce and Florence Mann Rathbun of Wyalusing. He graduated from Wyalusing High School in the class of 1948. After graduation, Alan joined the U.S. Army and worked for the U.S. Map Service in the Philippines and Washington, DC. He later graduated from Tri-State School of Engineering and had a career in aeronautics, mainly as a vibrations expert for Lockheed.  Alan is survived by his wife, Marcia, the daughter of the late Cecil and Genevieve Steele of Wyalusing, as well as his four children and their spouses, Julie (Ernie) Vilar of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Jan (Greg) Clement of Atlanta, GA, Susan (Richard) Kern of Simpsonville, NC and Jay (Rochelle) Rathbun of Clarksville, TN. Alan was blessed with twelve grandchildren. Also surviving are his brother, Bruce Rathbun, Jr. of Tunkhannock; a sister and brotherin law, Harry and Jane Rathbun Schulze of Wyalusing; a sisterin law, Joyce Steele of Lovelton; a brother-in-law, Tommy Knolles of SC; three nieces, Laurie Schulze of Austin, TX, Rosemary (Robert Fredieu) Schulze of Boston, MA and Beth (William) Miner of Meshoppen, and a nephew, Jon Schulze of Wyalusing.    Wyalusing Rocket Courier – March 7, 2013   


RIPLEY Helen R. (Curren) Madden

92, formerly of Daytona Beach, died on February 15, 2013. A Funeral Service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at Lohman Funeral Home Daytona, 1423 Bellevue Ave., Daytona Beach, FL. Her burial immediately followed at Daytona Memorial Park Cemetery. Helen was born in Tioga City, PA to the late Leon and Rose (Benson) Ripley on December 14, 1920. She moved to Florida with her family in 1958 from Elmira, NY. Helen was a devoted mother and loving grandmother. She is survived by her children: daughter, Melanie (Warren) Bailey; and son, Raynard "Les" (Laurie) Whitney; 8 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Arrangements are under the careful direction of Lohman Funeral Home Daytona Beach.   Star Gazette - March 6, 2013


ROBBINS William (Bill) E. Robbins, Sr

74, of Chemung, NY died on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at home surrounded by his family. Bill was born on November 16, 1938 in Barton, NY, son of the late Charles S. and Mildred (Depew) Robbins. Bill worked as a machinist for Morse Chain, Ithaca, NY and R•WIREworks, Inc., Elmira, NY before retiring. He was a Life Member of the DADS of Foreign Service Veterans (D.F.S.V.) VFW Skiff-Bower Post No 1536. He enjoyed camping, dancing, bowling, gardening, his family, and tinkering. Bill is predeceased by his brothers Charles (Art), Louis; and Norman Robbins, and sister Louise Ennis. Bill is survived by his wife Sandra (Curren) Robbins at home; sons: William E (Bonnie) Robbins Jr. of Bel Air, MD, John J Robbins of Huntingdon, PA, Randy L (Shelly) Robbins Sr. of Waverly, NY, and Scott B (Kim) Robbins of Wellsboro, PA; step-children: Mellissa Whitney of Lexington Park, MD, Theresa (Russell) Ellers of Waverly, NY; Christy (Josh) McNeely of Colorado Springs, Co, and Chad (Leanna) Whitney of Lockwood, NY; 25 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; brother Franklin D Robbins of Waverly, NY; sisters: Shirley I Howard of Montclair, VA, Ida M Shipman of Smithboro, NY, Charlotte A Petty of Rome, PA, and Patricia E (Wade) Phelan of Endicott, NY; sisters in-law Arlene Robbins of Raymond, NH and Mary Robbins of Waverly, NY; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitation will be on Monday, March 18, 2013 from 1-3 p.m. at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, Pa. A celebration of Bill's life will follow at 3 p.m. A special thank you to CareFirst, especially to Colleen Reddy and Mary Ann Donnelly for their care of Bill so please in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bill's memory to: CareFirst (Southern Tier Hospice), 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830   Star Gazette – March 17, 2013


ROBINSON Jo Anne (Jodie) Brinthaupt 

Rochester: March 6, 2013 at age 64. Survived by her husband, John; children, Andrew (Amy) of OH, Michael (Catherine) of KY, Krista (Jay) Ragan of MD, & Todd (Julie) Tryon of Batavia; 8 grandchildren, Nicholas, Lauryn, Landon, Morgan, Tyler, Timothy, Trevor, Trey; brothers & sisters, Jennifer (Jim) Mach, James (Nancy) Robinson, Gary (Dee) Robinson, Cathy (Brian) DiSanto; also nieces, nephews & cousins. Formerly of Horseheads, Jodie was a 1966 graduate of Canandaigua Academy, a 1969 graduate of the Arnot-Ogden School of Nursing, & the Community General Hospital Nurse Practitioner Program in 1974. She worked in the field of women's health care for 44 years most recently at the CNY Fertility Center in Rochester & prior to that at the Ivy OB GYN in Elmira. Jodie loved people & was involved in her children's activities include Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, & was "Mom to the entire neighborhood". She enjoyed participating in the Lakeside Country Cloggers & groups in the community. Please join the family to share memories on SATURDAY (3/9) from 1-3 p.m. at Crawford Funeral Home (495 N. Winton Rd., Rochester, NY, between Browncroft & Humboldt). Private Family Services. Please consider honoring Jodie with a donation to the American Cancer Society (1120 S. Goodman St., Rochester, NY 14620) or the Children's Miracle Network (c/o 600 Roe Ave., Elmira NY 14905).   Star Gazette – March 8, 2013   


RUEDIGER Janice L. Beane

57, of Roulette, PA, formerly of Coudersport, died Sunday, March 3, 2013 in the Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA.  Born November 13, 1955, in Coudersport, she was the daughter of Raymond R. and Doris E. Schoonover Ruediger.  She was a homemaker and a lifelong area resident.  Surviving are: two sons, Richard R. (Tracy) Ruediger of Roulette and Edward C. Orlowski of Port Allegany; a step-son, Thomas Smith of Port Allegany; a step-daughter, Angela Smith of VA; seven grandchildren; her fiancé, Timothy Durgen of Roulette, PA; aunts, uncles, and cousins.  She was predeceased by her parents, Raymond R. Ruediger and Doris E. Watson.  Services will be private.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.   Solomon’s Words for the Wise – March 4, 2013   


SCHOENER Walter Earl Schoener, Jr

age 82, Lindley, NY, died unexpectedly Monday, March 4, 2013 at his home. Walt was born in Corning, NY, on August 15, 1930 to the late Walter E. and Norma (McFall) Schoener. Walt was an avid fisherman and hunter. He loved the outdoors. Walt was a member of The Corning Fish and Game Club and The Painted Post Field and Stream Club. He was a machinist for Ingersoll-Rand for over 30 years. Walt is survived by two daughters, Donna Schoener-McChesney of Addison, NY and Lucinda Schoener-Smith of Grovetown, GA; three sons, Wayne Schoener of Lindley, NY, Norman (Laurie) Schoener of Horseheads, NY and Garrett (Mary Switzer) Schoener of Lindley, NY; the children's mother, June Schoener; sister, Imogene (Maynard) Hendley of Painted Post, NY; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, cousins and his buddies from the Corning Fish and Game Club. Honoring Walt's wishes, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations be sent to Corning Fish & Game Club, P.O. Box 1371, Corning, New York 14830.   Star Gazette – March 7, 2013


SEIVER William L. Seiver Sr.

 67, of Hawk Point, MO, died on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at St. Joseph's Medical Center, St. Charles, MO. He was born on August 6, 1945, in Wellsboro, PA, the oldest son of Lloyd W. and Margaret S. Seiver, both who have preceded him in death. Surviving are his wife, Jennifer A. Seiver of Hawk Point, MO; sons, Russell Streelman of Shelbyville, IN, Ronald Seiver and William Seiver, Jr. of Indianapolis, IN, and Richard Seiver of Poneto, IN; one daughter, Dodi Seiver (Geoff Pye) of San Diego, CA; brother, Michael Seiver of Angelica, NY; sisters, Dr. Christine Harper of Lancaster, CA and Margaret (Nelson) Beard of Youngstown, NY; four grandchildren. A Memorial and Celebration of Life in Bill's honor will be held at the Penn Wells Hotel, 62 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA on Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 1-4 p.m. Family and friends are invited to attend. Cremation Society of Missouri, 4175 Shady Springs Lane, St. Peter's, MO was in charge of cremation arrangements.  Star Gazette – March 17, 2013


SHAFFER Robert A. “Rod” Shaffer, Sr.

 67, of Sayre, Pa., died on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at home following a brief illness.  He was born on September 20, 1945 in Sayre, Pa., the son of the late Thomas and Irene Mac- Morran Shaffer.  Rod enjoyed hunting, fishing, working on tractors and spending time with his kids and grandkids. He also enjoyed doing things for other people. Rod served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. He was a past member of the Valley V.F.W. and American Legion.  He is predeceased by his brothers Donald Dunham, Thomas Shaffer Jr., James Kilgore, and Art Lane.  Robert is survived by his sons Robert A., Jr. (Myra) Shaffer of Waverly, N.Y., and David Shaffer of Corning, N.Y.; grandchildren: Brandon, Justin, Jake, Elizabeth, Abbie, and Matthew; siblings and in-laws Dean (Emily) Shaffer of Geneseo, N.Y., Doris Lane of Avon, N.Y., Jackie (Tony) Chilver of Elmira, N.Y., Marion (Bob) Manahan of New Albany, Pa., Carol Benninger of Waverly, N.Y., and Jeanne Shaffer of Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  At Robert’s request there will be no calling hours or services. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, Pa.  Memorial donations may be made in Robert’s memory to the: American Cancer Society, 1948 East Third Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.  Sayre Morning Times – March 4, 2013   


SHAYLOR Michael Robert

Age 65 - A joyous reunion is taking place in heaven as Michael joins his parents, Robert and Margaret Shaylor, brothers, Joel and Phillip, and his sister Sara. Born to missionary parents, February 5, 1948 he spent the first 24 years of his life in southern Venezuela. As a teen Michael worked with his Father and brothers hauling supplies up the Orinoco river for the missionaries in the far off villages. He developed strong friendships as he worked alongside the natives in the Piaroa village that was located right across the river from his parent’s jungle home. Later he became a member of the missionary team that initiated the work of the Gospel among the Panare Indian tribe where today there are many strong churches. After the on-set of diabetes Michael returned to the United States. He worked as a self-employed carpenter, and was a part time mail carrier in the Troy area for the United States Post Office. In recent years Michael was active in the Bakerburg Community Church. He received strength from the word of the Lord taught there, and was very blessed by his church family. Rob and Kim Kshir and family became very special to him and the feelings were mutual as they all enjoyed a close relationship. He is survived by his brothers, Dan (Diana) Shaylor of Deltona Florida, Jon (Sue) Shaylor of Elmira, NY; several cousins, nieces and nephews that he loved dearly. Michael's quick wit and sense of humor will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held at Bakerburg Community Church 197 Gray Valley Rd Mainesburg, PA on Friday. Visiting hours 4-5 with the service following.   Star Gazette – March 17, 2013   


SHELLEY Irene L. Douglas

88, of Galeton, died on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at the Broad Acres Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Wellsboro, PA. Born February 11, 1925, she was a daughter of the late Delbert and Kittie Shelley. On June 27, 1948, she married Robert Douglas, Jr., who predeceased her in 2000. Irene was a Gold Star Mother of the Galeton V.F.W. and a member of the Galeton Women of the Moose. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and going to yard sales. Surviving are a son, Terry A. (Carol) Douglas, Portage, PA; a daughter, Judy M. (Robert) Trowbridge, Watrous, PA; three grandchildren, Lynette (Kris) Burrous, Watrous, Michelle (Jim) Drury, Kaufman, TX, and Patti (Ty) Good, Kaufman, TX; 10 great grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Linda Cox, Kaufman, TX; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Irene was predeceased by two sons, Duane S. and Clark R., and a great grandson, Brantley Yates. Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Galeton, on Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 12:00 to 1:00pm with Funeral Services following at 1:00pm. The Rev. John Knudson will officiate. Burial will be in West Hill Cemetery, Galeton.   Star Gazette – March 17, 2013   


SLOCUM Ronnie Slocum

64, of Roaring Branch, died at home while surrounded by family on Sunday morning, March 3, 2013.  Born on Oct. 21, 1948, Ronnie Lew Slocum, "Sloc" to his family and friends, was the son of Ernestine Tillotson Herman. He graduated from Canton High School with the class of 1966. On March 12, 1966, Ronnie married the former Mary Jane Route. Together they shared 46 wonderful years and raised two children.  In earlier years, Ronnie was employed as a meat cutter and worked for several years at Canton's D & H Market. He later worked for Ward Manufacturing in Blossburg. He was a social member of the Marine Corps League Deer X-ing Detachment in Ralston and enjoyed watching the Wheel Inn's annual softball tournaments.  Ronnie enjoyed doing many things in life, but special times were shared with family and friends, especially the grandkids. He was an outdoors enthusiast, an avid hunter and fisherman. A favorite place to camp was Ogden Hollow near Ogdensburg. Ronnie also loved countryside rides on his Harley Davidson and 4-wheeling in his Ranger with Patsy.  In addition to his mother, Ernestine of Roaring Branch; surviving are his wife Mary Jane; children, Mike (Kathy) Slocum of Roaring Branch and Alisha (Dan) Ragan of Ogdensburg; five grandchildren, Shaina, Josh, Chantel, Gabe and Zack; two great grandchildren, Olivia and Hannah; and several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his father-in-law and mother-in-law; Alfred Route Sr. and Marian Route Richards.  Family invites friends to call 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr., in Canton. Pastor Dan Walker will officiate at the funeral service following at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial in Ronnie's name to Susquehanna Hospice, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701 or to a charity of one's choice.     Towanda Daily Review – March 4, 2013


SMITH Gerald D. (Jerry) Smith, Jr.

age 77, of Millerton, PA, died Thursday, March 7, 2013 at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. Gerald was born October 3, 1935 in Elmira, NY, a son of Gerald D. Sr. and Janet (Deming) Smith. He was the husband of Marleea (Everett) Smith celebrating 54 years of marriage on February 20, 2013. Gerald was a retired pattern maker for Kennedy Valve in Elmira, NY, worked at Rimco Plastics in Horseheads, NY, and was a US Army veteran. He was an artificial inseminator for NEPA, enjoyed golfing and hunting.  Gerald is survived by his wife, Marleea; two sons, Guy Smith (Tiffaney Brochu) of Great Falls, MT, Gus Smith of Millerton, PA; a daughter and son-in-law, Loretta and Lyle Vargeson of Millerton, PA; a sister and brother-in-law, Beverly and Richard Smith of Daggett, PA; 4 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; cousin, Delbert Smith; special friend, Norm Geiser. He was predeceased by a sister, Frances Westlake Tyler.  In keeping with Gerald’s wishes, there will be no services. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.    Williamsport Sun Gazette – March 13, 2013    



89, of 1007 W. Washington St., Bradford, died Monday (Feb. 25, 2013) at The Pavilion at Bradford Regional Medical Center.  Born March 30, 1923, in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Matie Robbins Starkweather. On Oct. 24, 1942, in Allegany, N.Y., she married her high school sweetheart, Frederick Cloud Jr., who died Dec. 22, 1950. On May 24, 1952, in Derrick City, she married William C. McDevitt, who died Aug. 16, 1990; then on Aug. 29, 1992, in Arcade, N.Y., she married William Vogan McCloskey, who survives.  Mrs. McCloskey attended Foster Township schools and graduated from Bradford High School in 1941. She had worked as a bookkeeper and secretary at Kendall Refining Co., Oliver-Costello Rambler, and Cantwell-Johnson Inc. and she was the company's president.  She enjoyed needlework, knitting, sewing, quilting, many different types of crafts, traveling and reading.  She was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church, the former Bradford Chapter 61, Order of the Eastern Star, Quilters at First United Methodist, the Naturalist Club, and a partner in the Telephone Pioneers of America.  In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Janet (Michael) Clark, and a son, Frederick (Vera) Cloud III, all of Bradford; two stepdaughters, Carol Ann (Gerald) Foster of Batavia, N.Y., Cynthia Sue (husband Gordimir Magdic) McCloskey of Staten Island, N.Y.; two granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; and three brothers, Robert Starkweather and two infants.  Friends will be received Saturday in the First United Methodist Church from noon to 1 p.m., at which time funeral and committal services will be held with the Rev. Tom Verner, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery. 



93, of Ulysses, PA, died Sunday, March 10, 2013 in the Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA.   Born February 8, 1920, in Harrison Township, PA, she was the daughter of Stephen and Elsie Robbins Truax.  She was employed by Chapman’s in Genesee, PA, Smith of Galeton Glove, and Wellsville (NY) Manor. Surviving are: two sons, Lloyd Thompson of Wellsville, NY and H. Gene (Phyllis) Thompson of Ulysses; a daughter-in-law, Marjorie Thompson of West Bingham, PA; nine grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Margery Mann of Addison, NY; nieces, nephews, and cousins.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two sons, Larry Bean and Lawrence Raymond Thompson; two brothers, George W. Truax and Keith M. Truax; and two sisters, Onnolee Hall and Ardell Baker.  Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. There will be no service. Burial will be in North Bingham Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sweden Valley Manor Activity Fund, 1028 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 15915, or a charity of the donor’s choice.   Star Gazette – March 17, 2013


VanCISE Frances Josephine "Corky" Merrill

70, of Warren, died on March 4, 2013 after a short but courageous fight with leukemia at Warren General Hospital. She was born March 11, 1942 in Warren, to Earnest Andrew VanCise and Frances Irene Dunlop VanCise.  She is survived by her loving husband A. Ronald Merrill whom she married on Oct. 13, 1990 in Sayre; children Vance (Michelle) Lauffenburger of Russell, Ramona (Bill) Barry of Akron, Ohio, Emily (Steven) Onuffer of Warren, Ruby (Charlie) Pope of Scandia, Bobette Irby of San Diego, Calif., Pam Merrill, Batavia, N.Y. and Beverly "Danielle" Merrill, N.J.; grandchildren Jacob, Alex, and Libby Lauffenburger, Nathan and Lindsay Onuffer, Benjamin Wright, Ryan Merrill-Rife, Cami Turner and Jeffery and Anjelika Yates; siblings Lillian (Donald) Cable of Russell, Ruthie (Lloyd) Gray of Russell, David VanCise of Port St. Lucie, Fla. and Larry (Lori) VanCise of Warren; and many nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother William VanCise, still born brother Daniel VanCise, sister, Martha Joann VanCise and sister Janet Pearl Brosius.  Friends will be received at the from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6 at the Peterson-Blick Funeral Home, Inc., on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. and from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at the First Church of the Nazarene, 9074 Penna. Ave. E., Warren, at which time a funeral service will be held with Rev. Dr. G.A. Hankins, pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow at Warren County Memorial Park.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Warren Cancer Center, 2 Crescent Park West, Warren, PA 16365 or the First Church of the Nazarene, 907 Pennsylvania Ave. East, Warren, PA 16365.     Towanda Daily Review - March 6, 2013    


Van BENCOTEN Theresa M. Groff

57, of State Route 89, Romulus, NY, died Tuesday (March 12, 2013) at Geneva General Hospital, Geneva, NY. Funeral services, under the direction of Doran Funeral Home, Seneca Falls, NY, will be at the convenience of the family. There will be no prior calling hours. If desired, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, P. O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057. Theresa was born in Elmira, NY on October 19, 1955 the daughter of Richard & Theresa Dana Van Bencoten. She had resided in the town of Varick for the past 10 years, moving from Elmira, NY. She was employed as a Pattern Administrator at Gould's Pumps of Seneca Falls. Teri enjoyed her family, cooking, her dog Isabella, and life on the lake. She had a warrior spirit and an amazing outlook on life and was an inspiration to all. She will be greatly missed and never forgotten. She is survived by her husband, Donald Douglas Groff of Romulus, NY, whom she married on October 13, 2012; two sons, Daniel R. & Stacy Robbins, Susquehanna, PA, David M. Robbins & Lejla Alagic, Cicero, NY; her mother, Theresa Dana Van Bencoten, Southport, NY; 1 granddaughter, Alexa Robbins; 3 sisters, Judy & John Sykes, Chemung, NY, Phyllis Danna, Southport, NY, Margie & Scott Arnold, Pine City, NY; several wonderful nieces and nephews Theresa was predeceased by her father, Richard Van Bencoten Star Gazette – March 17, 2013


WALDRON Joseph P. Sr.

Horseheads: died on Monday, March 4, 2013, at Arnot Ogden Medical Center. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Gloria Waldron; beloved children, Joseph P. Waldron Jr. of Horseheads, NY, Michael W. Waldron of Charlotte, NC, and Dr. William J. (Kimberly) Waldron of Pendleton, NY; granddaughter, Emily Grace Waldron; brothers-in-law, John E. Gray of VanEtten, NY, Sam (Cathy) Gray of Horseheads, NY and Daniel Mathews of Van Etten, NY; sisters-in-law, Frances (Gerald) McGinnis of Horseheads, NY, Sandra (Alan) Clemons of Sanford, NC; several nieces and nephews and their families. He is predeceased by his brothers, Patrick Waldron and William Waldron; sisters, Teresa Turck and Marguerite Van Wert; sisters-in-law, Jeanne Mathews and Sandra Gray. Joseph retired from Hardinge Brothers after 43 years of dedicated service. It was Joseph's request that there be no calling hours and a private funeral service be held at the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home, Inc.    Star Gazette – March 17, 2013   


WALENTA Rose Mary Sweet

age 92, of Elma, NY and formerly of Washington Street in Corning, died Sunday, March 3, 2013, at her home in Elma. Rose was born on March 21, 1920 in Corning to Michael and Lillian (Jirovec) Walenta. She married Joseph Sweet in 1953 and was preceded in death by him in 2007. She was employed by Corning Glass Works, Corning, NY as a lab technician, and later became a homemaker. Rose was a communicant of All Saints Parish, and volunteered for the Heart Association, March of Dimes, Meals on Wheels and the American Cancer Society for many years. Rose is remembered as someone whose family was very important to her; she enjoyed spending time teaching them how to cook her favorite recipes and sharing stories about her life. She took pride in growing African Violets and collecting dolls. Rose was always interested in helping others, and she treasured her time spent with friends. Rose believed in the power of laughter and having fun, which helped her get through her health-related issues. Her greatest achievements have been in the lives of her family and friends. She had a unique gift to recognize the good in others and her kindness touched all she knew. Her generous heart filled her home with love, fun, family and friends. Rose leaves her children and grandchildren with the knowledge that they were truly loved. Her beautiful smile, the joy of her spirit, the twinkle in her eyes will be deeply missed along with her words of support and encouragement. She is survived by three daughters, Linda (Clayton) Tuttle of Corning, Susan Amundson of Ramona, CA, and Joann (Mark) Russell of Holland, NY; two sisters, Lillian Ohls of Corning and Helen Mourhess of Wellsville; five grandchildren, Jeffery Rumsey, Elizabeth and Seth Tuttle, and Meghan and Hannah Russell; one great-grandchild, Aislin Russell; and several nieces and nephews. Rose was predeceased by her two brothers, Charles and Joseph Walenta. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, March 7th, from 4 until 7 p.m. at Haughey Funeral Home, Inc., 216 East First Street in Corning. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Church on State Street in Corning. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Corning. Memorial donations may be made in Rose's name to Faith in Action, 222 Dodge Avenue, Corning, NY 14830.   Star Gazette - March 6, 2013


WILCOX J  June (Wilcox) Deming 

Nichols: A mother holds her child's hand for a little while….and their hearts forever~ Our loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother Juanita June (Wilcox) Deming, 89, of Stanton Hill Rd., Nichols died peacefully at her home on Thursday morning, March 7, 2013. June was born on November 25, 1923, in Grove, PA a daughter of the late James and Marslette (Crandle) Wilcox. She was a graduate of Waverly High School and a member of the Order of Eastern Star Waverly Chapter #9. June was a Past Matron and a Past DDGM of the Eastern Star. On September 12, 1942, she married Chester Levine Deming together they celebrated 67 years of marriage until his passing on June 20, 2010. She enjoyed sewing and took up quilting, a hobby she shared with her daughters and extended family. She created many personalized quilts for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren that are cherished as family heirlooms. June is survived by her five children, Sue and Charles Alger of Nichols, Marsha and Rod Bouchoux of Deposit, Edward and Delisa Deming of Franklin, TN, Donna and Philip Anderson of Madison, WI, and Raymond and Denise Deming of Winnabow, NC; her sisters, Phyllis Bullock of Orange Park, FL and Shirley Jones of Waverly; 14 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and their families also survive. In addition to her husband, June was predeceased by two brothers James Wilcox and Ray Wilcox, and her sister, Rhoda O'Brien. A service to celebrate June's life will be held on Monday, March 11 at 2PM at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols with Pastor Jon Austin, officiating. Order of Eastern Star services will be conducted at 2PM. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation on Monday, March 11 from 12 to 2PM. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to Lourdes Hospice, 4102 Old Vestal Road, Vestal, New York 13850 in loving memory of Juanita June Deming.    Star Gazette – March 9, 2013   


WILLIS Kevin Willis

52, of Hector, and formerly of Auburn died Sunday March 10, 2013 at Schuyler Hospital, in Montour Falls. Born January 5, 1961 in Auburn, Kevin was the son the late Howard and Patricia Bagley Willis. He was a graduate of Port Byron High School and attended Cayuga Community College. Kevin was presently employed at Elmira Correctional Facility as a Lieutenant. At the time of his death he had been employed with the New York State Department of Corrections for almost 30 years. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed the time spent riding his motorcycle. While in the Auburn area, he had been a member of the Throop Fire Department. Kevin is survived by his daughter, Colleen Willis; two sons, Brian and Patrick Willis and their mother Maureen Delaney Willis; three sisters, Cheri (Tony) Leonti of FL, Donna (James) Perry of Niles, and Kathleen (Mark) Reynolds; nieces and nephews; he is also survived by his companion, Natalie Allen and her children, Harley Smith, Laura and Austin Allen. Funeral Services will be held Thursday at 11 AM in White Chapel Funeral Home, 197 South St. Spring Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Port Byron. Friends are invited to call on the family Wednesday from 1-3 and 6-8 at White Chapel. Contributions in Kevin's memory may be made to the American Heart Association.   Star Gazette – March 17, 2013


WILSON Wanda O Wilson Davies

89, formerly of Corning, NY died peacefully on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at Absolute Care of Three Rivers of Painted Post, NY.  Born in Chemung, NY on June 28, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Dorotha (Gridley) Wilson and Harold Wilson of Caton, NY.   She was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Richard L. Davies who died in 2009, and her sons, Richard J. Davies of Corning and Keith M. Davies of Arlington, TX. Wanda and Richard Davies went back to night school in 1965 and both graduated from Corning Community College in 1969 and Elmira College in 1973.    Wanda retired from Corning Inc. Salary Administration in 1989 and received her 50 year pin in 2005.  Wanda was very active in numerous organizations, including Order of Eastern Star (life member), holding numerous positions, Order of Amaranth-Salurbria Court #81 holding numerous positions including Grand Matron, 14th Armored Division Association Auxiliary holding numerous positions including past president.  She assisted the Finance Office at Watkins Glen International during professional races, including NASCAR.  She was a member of the Women of the Moose Corning Chapter #326, B.P.O.E. Elks (wife member), Corning, NY Lodge #1071.  She is survived by her son David W. (Connie) Davies of Painted Post, NY, her sister Dorotha Williams Gridley of Melbourne, FL,  and Granddaughters, Jill Davies (J.R.) Miller of Savona, NY, Kimberly Davies (Andrew) Klein of Painted Post, NY, Jessica Davies of Corning, NY., and great grandchildren; Bryce, Jarred, and Jackson Kibler, Shawn and Sarah Miller, Grace and Lillian Klein.  Wanda enjoyed visiting and playing cards with family, especially her nieces and nephews and many friends.  She had the opportunity to travel extensively and participated in numerous senior groups in the Greater Corning, NY and Altoona, FL area.  She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting and sewing.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Corning, NY and Altoona Methodist Church of Altoona, FL. Calling hours will be Thursday March 14th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Carpenters Funeral Home LLC 1 E. Pulteney St. Corning. Funeral services will be held there Friday morning at 10:00am; burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery in Caton.   Flowers will be provided by the family.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the First Baptist Church, 110 E. First Street, Corning, NY.  The family wishes to express their thanks to Ermeritus of Painted Post and their entire staff for making both Richard and Wanda’s stay their home.     Corning Leader – March 16, 2013 


WINNICK Erma Winnick

86, died Friday, March 9, 2013, at ElderWood at Tioga, Waverly, NY following an extended illness. She was born in Athens, PA on February 27, 1927 the daughter of the late Inez and Don Grippin in Athens, PA. Erma drove school bus for over 30 years and was a 50 year member of Waverly Presbyterian Church. She is predeceased by 2 husbands, John Winnick and Herbert Crone; her brother, Donald; sister, Ethyl; and brother-in-law, Herbert Roth. She is survived by her two daughters, Nancy Jo (Bruce) Miller of Gillett, PA and Denise (John) Spaulding of Waverly, NY. She is loved and will be missed by her 8 grandchildren, Lee, Scott, Rene', Glen, Chris, Nick, Prudence, and Brett; and 10 great-grandchildren, Grace, Jacob, Daniel, Tatiana, Cody, Adam, Thomas, Hannah, Erin and Amanda; sister, Irene Roth of Keene, TX; brother, Burt (Sylvia) Grippin of Spencer, NY; special friends, Connie and Jack Ellis of Waverly; and many close friends as she will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Friends and family will gather at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. A Memorial Service will follow at the Funeral Home at 6 p.m. with the Rev. Cynthia Huling Hummel and Pastor Dale Francis co-officiating. As the family wishes to send a special thanks for all the loving care Erma received during her time at Elderwood, they request donations be left in her name to: ElderWood at Tioga, 37 North Chemung Street, Waverly, NY 14792.   Star Gazette – March 17, 2013  


WOODWARD Susan Woodward Fine 

Unpretentious, fun, gentle. Susan Woodward Fine died Friday evening, March 8, 2013, in Elmira, New York, at the age of 70 of complications from pneumonia. Born January 17, 1943 in Alice, Texas, Susan spent her girlhood in Dallas and attended Armstrong Elementary and the Hockaday School, from which she graduated in 1960. A strong student, an accomplished athlete, and a tender sister to both her physically handicapped older sister Jane and her rambunctious younger siblings Jack, Jan, Roger, Jo and Dow, Susan's girlhood was characterized by her strong and generous nature. But it was her intellect, confidence and sense of adventure that took her on a scholarship to Radcliffe College at Harvard University-from which she graduated with a degree in mathematics in 1964-and through a Master’Sx` Degree and the PhD program in mathematical sociology at Cornell University, where she was a teaching assistant in the late 1960's and where her former husband, Terrence Fine, was a professor (and is now a professor emeritus) of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Choosing to start a family rather than complete a PhD dissertation, Susan nevertheless stayed active in the university community following the birth of her son David in 1970 and her daughter Jennifer in 1973, whom she treasured each and together as her greatest gifts. Susan is survived by her siblings Jack Woodward, Jan Woodward Fox, Jo Moore, Dow O'Brien and Roger Henry; her step-brother Tuck Henry; her former husband Terrence Fine; her children David Fine and Jennifer Fine Jilot; her nephews Scott Woodward, Benjamin Ramsey and Nicholas Moore; and her granddaughters Kaitlin and Madeleine Fine. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 16 at 2:00 p.m. at Bangs Funeral Home, 209 West Green Street, Ithaca, New York    Star Gazette – March 17, 2013 



? Hazel M. Culver

83, of Fulton Street, Waverly, N.Y., and formerly of Nichols, died on March 13, 2013 at the Ashton Healthcare Facility in Athens following a period of declining health.  Funeral services and a celebration of Hazel’s life will be held on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 2 p.m., at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols, with Pastor Ronald Parks officiating. Interment will follow in the Nichols Cemetery. A period of visitation will be held on Monday from 1 p.m., until the time of the service at 2 p.m. Those who wish, may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the American Diabetes Assoc. 1701 N. Beauregard St. Alexandria, VA 22311  Sayre Morning Times – March 16, 2013


? Ruth Ash Dibble (Granny)

age 97, of Brewerton, NY, died peacefully at Iroquois Nursing Home, Syracuse, NY, on March 1, 2013. She was born May 7, 1915 in Wyalusing, PA. She was predeceased by husbands, Thurlow J. Ash and Howard Dibble and stepdaughter, Dolores VanBuskirk. Ruth is survived by Jacquelyn Crowley of Brewerton, NY and Gary (Barbara) Dibble of Vestal and Murlyn (Patricia) Dibble of Virginia. Grandchildren are Brian (Tricia Mattice) Crowley of Brewerton, Matthew (Kristina) Crowley of North Syracuse, Renee (Christian) Schibler-Crowley of Zurich, Switzerland, Christopher (Ann) Crowley of Maryland, David (AnnMarie) Dibble of Washington, Lori (John) Hart of North Carolina, Patti (Dennis) Bartkowiak of Buffalo, NY, Michael (Tara) Dibble of Florida, Amy (James) Marquette of Virginia, Katrina (Manuel) Gonselves and Peter (Tricia) VanBuskirk of Massachusetts and several great-grandchildren. Ruth graduated from Elmira Business Institute and worked as an inspector at Eclipse and Westinghouse where she retired from. Before moving to Brewerton, Ruth lived 60 years on Church Street in Odessa, NY, attended the Odessa Methodist Church and for many years went to the Senior Center for lunch being picked up by the site's van, driven by her good friend, Rick. Granny, as everyone called her, loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, her pride and joy. Ruth in her leisure time spent hours listening to her books on tape provided by the Albany Library for the Blind. Family and friends are invited to the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY for calling hours on Saturday, March 9, 2013, from 1 - 3 p.m. Funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. with interment at the Montour Cemetery immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, DONATIONS: Aurora of CNY, Inc., 518 James St., Suite 100, Syracuse, NY 13203-2282 or North Area Meals on Wheels, PO Box 1399, Cicero, NY 13039.   Star Gazette – March 5, 2013  


? Jane G. Savoca

90, died peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.  Jane and her late husband Vincent raised their family in Freeport, N.Y., and later spent a number of years on Marco Island, Fla. In 1999, Jane moved to Pompano Beach, Fla.  She was loved and survived by her two daughters, Nancy (Paul) Gerner (nee Savoca) of Coudersport, Susan (Stanley Adamcik) Savoca of Lawrenceville, N.J., and her grandchildren Matthew, Michael, Melissa, Sean, Stacey, and Stephanie.  A memorial service is to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jane's memory can be made to the Disabled American Veterans. Glick Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Born: Tue Apr 25, 1922  Wellsboro Gazette – March 5, 2013   

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