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ALLEN
Seneca Cheyenne Age 5, of Upper Allen Township, Mechanicsburg, PA, went home to be with Jesus on Monday, February 6, 2006. She was born May 5, 2000 in Harrisburg, PA, the loving daughter of Daran J. and Kimberly A. (Smith) Allen of Mechanicsburg, PA. Seneca was a kindergarten student at the Shepherdstown Elementary School and attended Christian Life Assembly, Camp Hill, PA, where she was involved in the Daises program. She enjoyed taking dance classes, riding 4 wheelers and riding her horse, "Betty Boo". Seneca is survived along with her parents by her brother, Dana A. Allen, at home; maternal grandparents, Bob and Shirley Smith of Mechanicsburg, PA; maternal great-grandmother, Peg Lehr of Mechanicsburg, PA; paternal grandparents, Patricia and Norman Mullen of Lindley, NY; paternal great-grandfather, Robert Allen of Beaver Dams, NY; paternal great-grandmothers, Flora K. Prevost of Tioga, PA, and Ida Allen of Elkland, PA; maternal aunts and uncles, Deb and Gary Noll of Mechanicsburg, PA, Dona and Steve Sassani of Steelton, PA, Terri and Gary Porter of Debary, FL; paternal aunts and uncles, Galen and Lori Allen of Lawrenceville, PA; Anthony and Marsha Fowler of Richmond, VA; David and Brenda Ryan of Colonial Hts., VA; Robert and April Mullen of Campbell, NY. She also leaves behind 17 cousins, 20 second cousins and 12 great aunts and uncles. Seneca will be joining her paternal grandfather, Dana B. Allen. A celebration of her life will be held Friday, February 10, 2006, at 1:00 p.m. at Christian Life Assembly, 2645 Lisburn Rd., Camp Hill, PA. Burial will follow in the Rolling Green Memorial Gardens, Camp Hill, PA. A visitation will be held Friday from 12:00 Noon until 1:00 p.m. at the church.

BEDERMAN - KLIEGEL
Virginia Of 418 Tompkins St., Elmira, NY, died Sunday, February 5, at St. Joseph's Hospital. Virginia loved her family and many friends. She was very active and on the move until the very end and was a very kind hearted person, always willing to help anyone in need. She was a homemaker, and worked 10 years at Hardinge and was a devoted Catholic and communicant of St Casmir's Church. Virginia was predeceased by her husband, Anton "Andy" in 1978; parents, William and Bessie Bederman; sisters, Valerie Gable, Marian Stroud, Estelle Richards and Jeanne Cleveland; and brothers, Frank and William Bederman. She is survived by her children, Lynda Seeley (John Richard Seeley, deceased), Andrea (Charles) Paggio and Daniel Kliegel; six grandchildren, Jeff, Joe (Tammi), John, Lisa Seeley, Amy Paggio Lese (Shane) and Bill Paggio; one great-grandchild, Zachary Lese; sister, Eleanor Mancini; numerous nieces and nephews; and longtime friend and shopping companion, Grace Margaret Richards. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may donate to the Dominican Monastery, 1310 W. Church St., Elmira, NY 14905.

BOWLES - KONOPSKI
Lorraine Mae Horseheads, NY 74 years of King Circle, Corning, NY, died Tuesday, January 24, 2006, at the Elcor Health Services. She was born December 29, 1931 in the Town of West Union, NY, the daughter of the late Durward and Vera McGraw Bowles. A resident of the Corning area most of her lifetime and a graduate of Northside Blodgett School. Lorraine and Stanley F. Konopski were married October 31, 1953 in St. Patrick's Church, Corning, NY. She was employed with Corning Inc. and retired in 1993 as a Service Representative for the Corning Credit Union (20 years service). Lorraine was a member of All Saints Parish, attending St. Mary's Church and had volunteered for the Bingo Program and the Food Pantry. She loved flowers and gardening. Her devotion was to her family which she truly loved and adored. Her smile and caring ways will certainly be missed by family and friends. Surviving is her husband of 52 years, Stanley; son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Debra Konopski of Painted Post, NY; grandchildren, Adam Konopski (Niagara University) of Niagara Falls, NY, and Corinne Konopski of Painted Post, NY; sisters, Helen (Laverne-Red) Comfort of Savona, NY, and Gladys Ann Willow of Corning, NY; also several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends may call at the Haughey Funeral Home, 216 E. First St., Corning, NY, Thursday, January 26, 2006, from 4-7 p.m. A prayer service will be offered at the funeral home Friday, January 27, 2006, at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's Church at 9:30 a.m. Committal Prayers and Interment will be held in the family plot at St. Mary's Cemetery, Corning, NY. The family would appreciate Memorial Donations be given in Lorraine's name to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830, or Food Bank of the Southern Tier, 945 County Road 64, Elmira, NY 14903.

BUTTS - GRIDLEY
Ruth Butts Age 82, departed this life on Sunday, January 22, 2006, at the Harris Hospice Unit at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, NC. A native of Elmira, NY, she was the daughter of the late Jay Wellington and Mabel Dean Butts. She and her husband of 59 years, Grandison Gridley, recently moved from Elmira to Aldersgate Retirement Community in Charlotte. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Gridley Pruden of Charlotte, NC; and her son, William Clute Gridley of Washington, DC; four grandchildren, Matthew Gridley Pruden, Haines Goodwin Pruden, William Grandison Gridley and Hilary Douthit Gridley; and a brother, Dean Edward Butts of Elmira, NY. She was preceded in death by a brother, Jay Wellington Butts, Jr. of Olympia, WA. She was a 1945 graduate of Smith College in Northampton, MA. She worked as a social worker and teacher, had retired from The Art Shop in Elmira, but most importantly was a loving mother and homemaker. A stunningly beautiful person both inside and out, she had many passions, including nature, art, folk music, cooking, reading, cribbage, crossword puzzles and bridge. But her greatest passions were her family, her friends, and Veery Cottage at Glenora on Seneca Lake, NY, where she spent many happy summers. Memorial services will be held in Charlotte at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24, at Harry and Bryant Company, 500 Providence Road, and in Elmira, at The Park Church, on a date to be scheduled. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts to The Park Church, 208 West Gray Street, Elmira, NY 14901, or the charity of the donor's choice.

CARLSON   Oscar E. Jr. "Bud" age 80 of Day Springs Apts. Corning, NY formerly of Horseheads, NY died on Monday January 16, 2006. Oscar was born July 24, 1925 in Logan County, West Virginia the son of the late Oscar Edwin Carlson and Thelma Moore Carlson. Bud was a former employee of Nick's Restaurant and Rosar's Grill in Horseheads, NY. He was a retired employee of Ingham Hospital in Lansing, Michigan and a former member of The Moose Club in Michigan. Mr. Carlson is survived his children John Carlson & Tammy Todd of Beaver Dams, NY; Dawn & Steve Parsons of Beaver Dams, NY; Jeff & Lisa Carlson of Erin, NY; JoAnn & John Doane of Erin, NY; Dennis & Sandy Sheldon of Corning, NY; 11 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter; sister: Betty Shepler in Lansing, Michigan; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of caring friends. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY on Thursday January 19, 2006 from 7-8 PM. Mr. Carlson's Funeral and Committal Service will be conducted at the conclusion of calling hours.

CHAFFEE   Howard L. Age 78 of 302 Diven Ave., Elmira, NY. He was born July 15, 1927 in Elmira Heights, son of the late Howard and Lucillia Marie (Rogers) Chaffee and died Sunday, January 15, 2006, at St. Joseph's Hospital after an extended illness. He was a fighter till the end. Howard was predeceased by his Godparents, Mary Hoodak and Mike Hatala; sisters, Marie Coe, Helen Anderson, Gladys Crabtree, Patricia Yess and Mary Jean Davis. He is survived by his wife, Gail Hoodak-Chaffee; children, Gayle and Steven Paschall, Lenna and Cal Dacus, all of Tucson, AZ, Michael and Cindy Chaffee of Elmira, Craig and Peggy Charron of Horseheads, Danielle Hoodak of Elmira and Stasha Hoodak of Rochester; 12 grandchildren including his very special grandchildren, Christopher, Timothy, Isis, Brian and Mikie; ten great-grandchildren; Goddaughters, Stephanie Hoodak Perez of FL, and Linda Durizch Pugh of AL; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Daniel and Martha Hoodak, formerly of Elmira, Stephen and Jolene Hoodak of Corning, Frank and Sandra Durizch of Sayre, PA, and John and Victoria Cardinale of TX; along with several nieces and nephews. Howard owned Chaffee's Rest Home for 17 years, was employed with Morris Security, owned BC's Bar and partner in Hoodak-Chaffee Day Care. Howard was past president of the Adult Rest Home Assoc. of Chemung County and 10 surrounding counties; member of the Board of Directors of the NYS Rest Home Assoc, Finger Lakes Health Care Agency; was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving aboard the USS Cotton during WWII. He was a lifetime member of the White Eagles, member of the Ukrainian Club and former member of the C.W.V. Howard was an avid hunter and reader, loved NASCAR, Harley Davidson motorcycles, working with leather, in his younger days he loved flying a Steermen airplane, was a former NYS Skeet Shooting Champion, but mostly he loved spending time with his grandchildren who were very special to him. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira, on Wednesday, January 18th, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8:30 p.m. His funeral service will follow at 8:30 p.m. Rev. Jason Kappanadze will officiate.

CIERI - Henry R. Age 80, of Sun City Center, Florida, died on Tuesday, December 27, 2005. Born in Elmira, New York, Henry resided at 1012 College Ave., Elmira, NY, with his parents, Rosario and Mary Cieri; twin brother, William, and brothers, Tony, Gene and Nicholas; and sisters, Lee, Anne, Jo, and Marguerite. Henry is survived by his brother, William of Rochester, New York; and sister, Jo Park of Louisville, KY; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. Henry had resided in Sun City Center, FL since 1988 after retiring from Reynolds Metal Co. in Richmond, Virginia. He was a World War II veteran, serving in Japan. Henry was a much loved, generous, fun-loving brother, uncle, great-uncle, and friend. In the Tampa, FL area Henry was an active and dedicated volunteer, serving many groups including the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and The Tampa-Hillsborough Convention and Visitors Assn. Services were held at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Sun City Center, FL, December 31, 2005, with interment at Serenity Meadows Memorial Park in Riverview, FL.

COWBURN
Roger W. of Ulysses, PA Age 77, died Saturday, February 18, 2006. Born April 9, 1928 in Coudersport, PA, he was the son of William G. and Mildred Langdon Cowburn. On October 17, 1969, in Marion, NC, he married the former Virginia "Teenie" Cimino, who predeceased him in 1998. He was employed by Air Preheater in Wellsville, NY, for over 30 years. He owned and operated the Railroad Museum. He was a member of Eastern Puma Research and the Sons of the American Revolution, General James Potter Chapter. Surviving are two sons, Jon (Liz) Cowburn of Ulysses and Richard (Deborah) Cowburn of Coudersport; two daughters, Carolyn Cowburn of Ulysses and Faye (Brad) Gibson of Harrisburg, PA; ten grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; his fiance, Jane Hinman of Ulysses; and a brother, Ronald G. (Lee) Cowburn of Ulysses. Friends may call Monday, February 20, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, where Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Ulysses Library or the Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Company Building Fund, Ulysses, PA 16948.

CRAWFORD - SPENCE   Carol Crawford Age 86, of Renwick Lane and formerly a longtime resident of Steuben Street in Horseheads, died at home Tuesday, January 17, 2006. She was predeceased in 2004 by her husband of 59 years, Howard Crichton Spence. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Judith and Edward Riley of Trumansburg, NY, Margaret "Peggy" and Eric Parker of Perry, NY; grandchildren, Rebecca (Lt. Samuel) Bryant currently serving in the US Navy, Amanda Riley of Trumansburg, NY, Nathan (Tammy) Parker of Trumansburg, NY, Erin (Frank Stewart) Parker of Cambridge, MA, and Rachel (Thomas) Parker of Woodbridge, VA; great-grandchildren, Tess and Annalee Parker, Lily and Lucas Parker, Keeley and Allyson Bryant; sisters-in-law, Bertha Crawford of Rochester, NY, Gladys Spence of Knoxville, TN and Juanita Spence of Penn Yan, NY; and many nieces and nephews. Carol was also predeceased by her sister and brother, Jean Morehouse, Andrew Donald Crawford. She was a longtime member and former choir member of the First Presbyterian Church in Horseheads. Carol was born December 25, 1919 in Rochester, NY, the daughter of the late Andrew and Ethel (Burtis) Crawford. She was retired from Chemung Canal Trust Company in Elmira where she was safe deposit clerk. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 South Main Street, Horseheads, on Friday, January 20, 2006, from 4-7:00 p.m. A Service of Worship celebrating Carol's life will take place on Sat., January 21, 2006, at 11:00 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, 2943 Westinghouse Road, Horseheads. Interment will take place at the convenience of her family in Hillside Cemetery in Dundee, NY. Those wishing may direct memorials to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830, or the First Presbyterian Church, 2943 Westinghouse Rd., Horseheads, NY 14845.

ERVIN - JESSUP
Patricia A. Legal Secretary Born June 14, 1931 in Berwick, PA, the daughter of the late Preston and Mildred (Ferris) Ervin, died on Saturday, January 21, 2006, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center at the age of 74. She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Walter L. Jessup of Caton, NY; beloved children, Pamela A. Jessup of Elmira, NY, Robert P. Jessup of Caton, NY; adored grandchildren, Rosalie Crans of Waverly, NY, Adam Crans of Horseheads, NY, Sarah Crans of Wellsburg, NY, Brandi Crans of Elmira, NY, Brittany Jessup of Caton, NY; brother, David Bankes of Philadelphia, PA; sister, Donna Folk of Berwick, PA. Her much-loved grandchildren, Elizabeth and Peter Crans, predeceased Patricia. She retired from the US Naval Base in Alameda, CA as a Legal Secretary after 15 years of dedicated service. It was her request that there be no prior calling hours or services. Memorial donations may be directed to the American Diabetes Association, 35 North Midler Ave., Syracuse, NY 13206, in her memory. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira,

FERRIS   Frederick O. Age 96, of Towanda, PA, was born April 24, 1909, died Sunday, January 29, 2006. Fred is survived by his wife, Ethel of 44 years; his brother, Eugene Ferris; and sister, Marie Ross; his children, Nancy Blemle, Jim (Lynda) Ferris and Denny Ferris; stepchildren, David (Teresa) Shores; and 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Fred was predeceased by his loving daughter, Elaine Canfield; brothers, Carlton, Seeley and Monroe. Fred owned Ferris' Grocery Store on Mt. Zoar St. for 14 years. Friends and family are invited to call at the Maryott Bowen Funeral Home on York Ave. in Towanda, PA, on Wednesday, February 1, 2006, from 6-8 p.m. Funeral service will be Thursday, February 2, 2006, at 11 a.m.

FISK   John "Jack" Francis 1944-2006 John "Jack" Francis Fisk passed into eternal rest at home after a lengthy illness, Thursday, January 19, 2006. Jack was the husband of Linda Ann Fisk, with whom he was married for 40 years on January 22. He is also survived by his beloved children, John Russell Fisk and Brenda Sue and son-in-law, Chuck Knight; sister, Elizabeth Ross; nephew, Ronald Shuster; and a dearly loved granddaughter, Emily Ann Knight; as well as several cousins. Jack was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up in the Lansdale/North Wales area and graduated from North Penn High School, where he was active on the football team and in the vocational technology program. He studied and apprenticed in machining and tool/die making. Jack was first-class in his trade and well respected in his field for knowledge and ability to problem-solve and make things happen. He was employed by Schweitzer Aircraft and Ward Foundries for over 35 years where his proven abilities earned him opportunities to work in various areas. He taught machining and mathematics courses at Ward Foundries and in Canton, Pennsylvania. Jack was a very loving, kind-hearted man with quick intelligence and a strong work ethic. He always believed in having fun and enjoyed humor. He was also known for his generosity and willingness to help neighbors and friends with their needs in his community and the West Jackson Baptist Church. Jack enjoyed many hobbies, including painting, photography, building model cars, trains, and railroad sets, wood burning art, and many other crafts in which he displayed a creative flair. He also enjoyed and was known for his keen knowledge of computers, for which he was called upon by many neighbors to help. In past years, he enjoyed vacationing with his family, fishing, bowling, golfing, car racing, and boating. He enjoyed the quiet, rural life and had many pets over the years, such as dogs, cats, birds, fish, and even raised farm animals. He is predeceased by his mother and father, Emma V. and Howard F. Fisk. Family and friends are invited to call Tuesday, January 24th, at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Southport, New York, from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., Memorial Service immediately following. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to West Jackson Baptist Church, RR#2, Box 64, Millerton, Pennsylvania 16936.

GEE - KEATOR
Beverley Beverley "Gee" Gobrick Keator, born 8/14/1940 in Elmira, New York. Attended South Side High School in Elmira. Married to Donald E. Gobrick in 1958. He preceded her in death in 1987. Beverley was born to Morgan and Alda (Dix) Gee. Preceded in death by her parent. Beverley lived the majority of her life in New York State and moved to Winnemucca in June 2000. She is survived by her loving husband of 18 years, Donald Keator; son, Donald (Patrysha) Gobrick of Winnemucca; daughters, Linda (Joe) DeKight of Horseheads, NY, Florence Gobrick of Winchester, IN, Wendy Grover of Elmira, NY; sisters, Margaret Carrigan of Elmira, NY, Diana Belknap of Elmira Heights, NY, Carol (Robert) Hawley of Lake Havasu City, AZ; numerous nieces, nephews, ten grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two stepchildren. Was a member of the Oswego County Model Railroad Club of New Haven, NY. She was very loved by family and friends, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She loved all trains and was actively involved in black powder re-enactments. She was also an avid Avon Collector. Memorial services were held at 11 a.m., 24 January, 2006. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Winnemucca Special Olympics Program, (1966 Pearce St., Winnemucca, NV 89445). Albertson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

GROVES - HARRINGTON
Vivien Age 86, died 1/26, after a lingering illness, at home, with her daughter, Janice and son-in-law, Carl. She was predeceased by her parents, William and Bernice Freeman Groves; husband, Keith; and three brothers, Arnold (Barney), Larry and Bill Groves. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Carl Mendel of Rochester, New York, Mark Sherman, Rachel and Antonio Bermudez of Herndon Virginia, Laura and Adam Rosario of Rochester, New York, Jason and Wendy Mendel of Clifton Springs; great-granddaughter, Merissa; brother, Gerry and Helen Groves of Cape Coral Florida; sister, Shirley Parks of Chemung; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Memorial services at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to American Diabetes Association, Memory and Honor Program, PO Box 1132, Fairfax, Virginia 22018, or Hospice and Visiting Nurse Foundation, 2180 Empire Blvd, Webster, NY 14580.

KNAPP  Stephen F. Age 64, of Pierce Road, Dublin, NH, died Wednesday January 25, 2006, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. He was born March 27, 1941 in Elmira, New York, son of the late Wilbur and Marjorie (Franklin) Knapp. He graduated in 1959 from Elmira Free Academy and was a 1963 graduate of Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. Mr. Knapp has been a resident of Dublin since 1977. He was a former Director of the Monadnock Health and Welfare Council in Keene, NH, and had served on the New Hampshire Developmental Disabilities Council in Concord. Mr. Knapp was an independent consultant working with Disability issues, both locally and nationally, with the Social Security Administration and others. Most recently he was on assignment to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Baltimore, MD. He had served the Town of Dublin for two terms as Selectman and was a nine-year member of the Budget Committee. He was a member of the Dublin Community Church and was a member of the church choir. He served as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Church as well as Moderator and Steward at the Church. He was an avid reader, golfer and fisherman. He also enjoyed woodworking and had made various items for family and friends. Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Judith (Cecil) Knapp of Dublin; his daughter, Michelle Lee Knapp, also of Dublin; and many close and dear friends. The Knapp family warmly invited friends to call on Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Cournoyer Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 33 River Street in Jaffrey, NH. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in the Dublin Community Church. Rev. Sarah Thatcher, Pastor, will officiate. Spring burial will be the Dublin Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Music Fund at the Dublin Community Church, Dublin, New Hampshire 03444.

LANE   Dorothy M. Age 56, of Elmira Heights, NY, died on Monday, January 16, 2006, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. She was born on November 5, 1949 in Elmira, NY to the late Joseph and Eleanor Lane. Dorothy is survived by her son, Joseph Lane of Horseheads; daughter, Mary Ellen (William) Croft of Alpine, NY; brother, Thomas (Terry) Lane of NV; sister, Joellen (William) Odell of Big Flats; six grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, January 20th, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

NICHOLS - PASS
Helen E. Age 83, of Pine Valley, NY died on Wednesday, February 1, 2006, at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. She was born on September 23, 1922 in Elmira, NY to the late Rhene and Effie Mae (McCann) Nichols. Helen is survived by her children, David A. Pass of Elmira, Edward E. (Marcie) Pass of Elmira and Shirley J. Bateman of Elmira; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews. It was Helen's wish that there be no services. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family in Maple Grove Cemetery in Candor, NY.

OPRYSKO-PIERCE
Mary Age 46, formerly of Horseheads, NY, died suddenly on December 31, 2005 in Richmond, VA. She was predeceased by her father, John Oprysko in 1985. Survivors include her husband, Barry Pierce; son, John "J.J."; mother, Irene Oprysko-Bowman of Snellville, GA; sisters, Kathy Cobaugh of Richmond, VA, Nancy White of Niantic, CT, Jo Anne Schlender of Waupaca, WI; brothers, Dr. John Oprysko of Snellville, GA, Michael Oprysko of Richmond, VA. Mary was a graduate of Horseheads High School. She was employed at Troutman Sanders Law Firm, Richmond, VA. Funeral arrangements were handled by Joseph Bliley Funeral Home, with burial at Westhampton Memorial Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the American Heart Assoc.

SOPP  - Card- Fannie S.  (SRGP 80898) of Millerton, PA Was born August 8, 1932 in Elmira, NY, the daughter of the late Michael and Fannie (Skorodinski) Sopp; she died very unexpectedly at her home early Sunday morning, January 15, 2006, at the age of 73. Fannie married Rexford J. Card March 7, 1950 in Elmira Heights, NY. They have enjoyed 55 wonderful years of life and love together. Along with her loving husband, Rex, her survivors include: beloved children, Evelyn (Phillip) Arnold of Millerton, PA, Susan (Kenneth) Johnson of Muskegon, MI, Kevin (Mary) Card of Millerton, PA; much-loved grandchildren, Shawn (Kelly) Arnold, Tim (Penny) Arnold and Michelle (Brett) Bourdette, all of Millerton, PA; adored great-grandchildren, Michael and Mason Arnold, also of Millerton, PA; sisters, Anna (Ross) Hapeman of Elmira, NY, Eva (Orvis) Swisher of Beaver Dams, NY, Dorothy (David) Matison of Horseheads, NY, Florence Waters, also of Horseheads, NY; sister-in-laws and brothers-in-law, Hilda Allen of Elmira Heights, NY, Mary (Wilbur) Friends of Horseheads, NY, Josephine (Marion) Smith of Elmira Heights, NY, Nils (Pat) Card of Millerton, PA; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Several brothers and sisters also predeceased her. In 1949, Fannie graduated from Thomas A. Edison High School in Elmira Heights. She retired from Trayer Products with 20+ years of dedicated service as an inspector. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY, on Wednesday, January 18, 2006, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. A Memorial Service honoring Fannie's life will be celebrated following the visitation (7:00 p.m.). Lay Pastor John P. Knapp will officiate. The family will provide their own flowers. Memorial donations may be directed to the Millerton Volunteer Fire Department, 16 North Road, Millerton, PA 16936, or to a charity of one's choice in Fannie's memory.

SMITH
Matthew M. Formerly of Pine City Age 31 of Colonial Heights, Virginia, died unexpectedly due to an automobile accident on January 25, 2006 in Elmira, NY. Matthew is survived by his wife, Cara Smith, formerly of Millerton, PA; daughter, Savannah Rose Smith; parents, Linda and Robert Smith of Pine City; father-in-law, Harold (Ricanne) Wheeler of Millerton, PA; mother-in-law, Kim (Richard) Pratt of Kentucky; sister, Christine M. Smith; brother, Luke M. Smith; sister-in-law, Sheenah Wheeler; brother-in-law, Abraham (Sara) Wheeler; grandfather, Robert M. Masia; grandmother, Barbara (Smith) Ward; grandparents-in-law, Lewis and June Wheeler; Ted and Dena Loukota; Richard and Beverly Smith; three nephews; several aunts, uncles and cousins; many friends from home and Virginia; and "Shadow Marie", man's best friend. He was predeceased by his grandmother, Betty Masia; grandfather, Manville F. Smith; uncle, Robert P. Masia; aunt, Theresa Zinn; cousin, Patrick Titus; and uncle, Captain James H. Titus. Matthew was an avid hunter and fisherman and a graduate of the Southside High School Class of 1992. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY on Friday, January 27, 2006 from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 11 a.m. in St. Mary's Church (Southside), 224 Franklin St., Elmira, NY. Father Robert MacNamara will celebrate the Mass. Memorial donations in Matthew's name may be made to Savannah's Education Fund, c/o Christine M. Smith, 500-A Franklin St., Elmira, NY 14904.

TAYLOR
Eugene, Sr. Age 85, of 10001 Hwy. 56, Enoree, South Carolina, died Saturday, January 21, 2006, at his home. Born in Rochester, New York, he was the son of the late Barnett and Merele Parsonal Taylor and the widower of Gertrude Shook Taylor, whom he was married to for 49 years. He was a retired employee of the Glass Factory in Elmira, NY. Mr. Taylor is survived by five sons, Louis Taylor and Daniel Hamilton, both of Enoree, SC, Andrew Taylor of Hop Bottom, PA, Eugene Taylor II of Union, and Lauren Taylor, Sr. of Cameron, NY; five daughters, Marie Brewer of Woodruff, Lorraine Freeman of Enoree, Joanne Snyder of Lorraine, OH, Elizabeth Commiack of Corning, NY, Linda Robinson of Addison, NY; 23 grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren; a brother and two sisters in New York. He was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter and a great-grandson. The family will have calling hours from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25, 2006, at his residence. In lieu of flowers, and in memory of Mr. Taylor, memorials may be made to Interim Hospice, 775 Spartan Blvd., Spartanburg, SC 29303. No services are planned and the body will be cremated. Arrangements by Lanford Funeral Home, Woodruff, SC

WARD  - Dr. Wesley H. Retired Professor Age 89, of Horseheads, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, January 18, 2006. He was born, the second of three sons, to Harold and Charlotte Ward in Milwaukee, WI, on May 8, 1916. Preceded in death by his first wife of 45 years, Juanita (1984), he is survived by his loving wife of 17 years, Barbara; son, James Ward of Elmira; daughter, Janet (Willard) Smith of Pine Valley; stepdaughter, Barbara Jeanne (Claude) French of Big Flats; stepson, William Smith of Horseheads; stepson, Robert (Linda) Smith of Pine City; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Pursuing an early interest in politics and philosophy, Dr. Ward earned degrees from Beloit College (1938), Louisiana State University (1939), University of Virginia (1946), and studied for a year at Columbia University (1954). He taught political science at the University of Virginia (1941), Cornell College (1946-55), Southern Illinois University (1955-59), Elmira College (1959-72), Houghton College (1972-76), and Evangel College in Springfield, MO (1976-81). After retiring in 1981, he continued teaching part-time at Evangel College for one year and, after returning to the Elmira area in 1983, taught economics and American history part-time at Elmira Christian Academy (1990-96). An avid swimmer and boater from his youth, he enjoyed his summer home at Camp Arey on Keuka Lake and swimming at the Elmira YMCA and YWCA pools. He was a former member of the Elmira Rescue Mission board of directors, Gideons, First Presbyterian Church, Park Church, and attended Elmira Christian Center and Faith Tabernacle Church. A memorial service will be held Thursday, February 2, 2006, from 7-9 p.m. at the American Legion Post, 45 Olcott Rd. S., Big Flats, NY. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Elmira Christian Academy, 235 E. Miller St., Elmira, NY 14904.

WEBSTER - Isaac R. "Ike" Sr. Age 86, of Royersford, PA, formerly of Roseville, PA, died Wednesday evening, February 1, 2006, in the Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, Pottstown, PA. He was born in Coventryville, a son of the late Edgar Webster and Florence E. (Pennypacker) Webster. He was married to Harriette "Betty" (Wertz) Webster, who predeceased him. Mr. Webster attended school in South Coventry, and graduated from the Chestnut Grove Schoolhouse in Kimberton, PA. Mr. Webster worked for over 30 years as a crane operator for the Cann & Saul Steel Company in Royersford. He attended the Royersford Baptist Church. God saw the road was getting rough. The hills were hard to climb, He gently closed those loving eyes and whispered peace be thine. Mr. Webster is survived by his companion of 16 years, Florence F. "Flossie" Neiffer of Royersford; one daughter, Barbara J. Quay of Ephrata; one son, Isaac R. Webster, Jr. of Mansfield, PA; two sisters, Margaret H. Shick of Phoenixville, Betty J. Webster of Douglassville; one brother, James K. Webster of Elverson; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Webster was predeceased by one daughter, Kathleen Webster; one sister, Clara Elizabeth Webster; two brothers, John Howard Webster and Clarence Earl Webster. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Service at the Cattermole-Klotzbach Funeral Home, 600 Washington Street, Royersford, PA, on Saturday afternoon, February 4, 2006, at 12:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Pughtown Baptist Church Cemetery. Friends may call from 11:30 to 12:30 Saturday afternoon at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the American Lung Association, 527 Plymouth Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462.

WHITLEY - BINGHAM
Fredie W. On January 17, 2006, Mrs. Fredie W. Bingham died. She was born November 5, 1926, in Pantego, North Carolina, the youngest daughter of the late Mr. Lee and Mrs. Lovey Whitley. She was reared in a religious home and baptized into the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ). Education was also important to her family. Fredie completed her elementary and high school education at the Beaufort County public schools in Pantego, NC and her BS degree in home economics at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. She then returned home to teach home economics, math, and science at the junior high school in Hyde County for two years. Subsequently, she moved to Prince Frederick, MD where she taught the same subjects for two additional years. On December 28, 1950, Fredie married her college schoolmate, Mr. Wilford Edgar Bingham, Jr. of Princeton, NJ. He was a veteran of World War II who went on to complete his BS degree at Morgan State and his Masters at New York University. They moved to Bath, NY, where he had obtained employment as a Physical Therapist at the Veterans Administration. They resided there until his death in 2004. Fredie balanced both home life and career. After spending 12 years at home raising three children, she became employed as a case worker for Steuben County Department of Social Services. She worked there for 23 years until her retirement in 1987. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Elmira, NY. She also held positions on many community boards and agencies including: the American Association for University Women; the Bath Business and Professional Women's Club; and the United Way of Central Steuben County. Fredie was on the board of the Finger Lakes Health System Agency, the Health Planning Council of Steuben County and a member of the Manpower Planning Council. She was even a Den Mother of the Cub Scouts and a softball coach. Fredie leaves to cherish her memories one son, Wilford Edgar Bingham, III of Irving, TX; two daughters, Jennifer Bingham, JD of Washington, DC, and Kilolo Kijakazi, Ph.D. of Brooklyn, NY; two grandchildren, Joaquin Bingham of Washington, DC, and Dalia Kijakazi of Brooklyn, NY; one sister, E. Wilsonia Chenault of Pantego, NC; one nephew, Alvin K. Chenault, II of Pantego, NC; two nieces, Gwendolyn Chenault of Raleigh, NC, and Gail L. Chenault of Fairfield, OH; and four great-nieces, Johanna and Sara Johnson of Fairfield, OH, and Ebony and Kathy Spears of Raleigh, NC; as well as many other relatives and friends. Friends may call at Fagan's Funeral Home in Bath on Tuesday, January 24, 2006, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. A Memorial Service will follow at the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. with Ed Spencer officiating. A Funeral Service will be held in Washington, NC, on Sunday January 22, 2006, at 2:00 p.m. at the Randolf Funeral Home, 219 N. Bonner Street, Washington, NC 27889. Burial will be in North Carolina.


???   MATHEWS
Sandra L. Age 61, of Elmira, NY, died January 18th, 2006 at St. Joseph's Hospital. She is survived by her step-children, Donna Austin of Southport, George Mathews III of Syracuse, NY; grandchildren, Mike, Melissa, Tasha; and three great-grandchildren; sister, Loretta of Ohio. She is predeceased by her husband, George Mathews, Jr. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, NY on Saturday, January 21, 2006, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Services will be held there at 11:00 a.m. Sandra worked at the St. Joseph Hospital for many years as a dietary technician. She helped design and organize special meals for the various patients needs. She enjoyed her family and the many friends she made over the years.

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