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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice

Clippings, Obituary,  & Scrapbook Section

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Bradford County PA

Chemung County NY

Tioga County PA

 


 

 

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Joyce's Search Tip - February 2010 

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Do You Know that you can search just the 700 pages of Clippings and Scrapbooks on the site by using the Clippings button in the Partitioned search engine on the Current What's New Page
You'll also find obituary and other newspaper clippings using the three county-level Obits by Cemetery buttons. Additional clippings can be found in the Birth, Marriage, and some other partitions. 

 

Tri County Clippings- Page Five Hundred Thirty One
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.

HOW TO SUBMIT OBITUARIES TO THIS SITE - Typed obituaries may be submitted by email to Joyce M. Tice either in the text of the email of by an attached file. PLEASE put OBITUARY SUBMISSION in the subject line of your email to help me sort the several hundred emails I receive weekly. Give your file an eight character name - do NOT call it OBITS or it will overwrite someone else's file. Make sure your full name is included so I know whom to credit. Submissions will be arranged alphabetically by SURNAME AT BIRTH, so make sure I know the correct birth name if you know it. If surname at birth is not known, married name or other alias will be indexed in parentheses. Also include the death date and newspaper if you know it..


 

AWCKLAND Susan Mary Awckland

53, a resident of Dushore for over 20 years, died peacefully at her home after a long battle with diabetes. Born in Churchville, she was the daughter of Joan Marie Awckland of Dushore and the late Buzz Awckland. She is also survived by her sisters, Pat Stephens (Ben) of Ivyland and Jane Colletti of New Hope; and brother-in-law Glenn Colletti and Jo Ann Bongart (Bo) of Churchville. She was preceded in death by her sister, Kelly Awckland, and a nephew, Thomas V. Colletti. She also had three loving children, Kristy Awckland of Dushore, Michelle Petersen of Pottstown and Michael Petersen, who is serving in the U.S Army stationed in Seattle, Wash. She is also survived by five loving nieces and nephews, Joseph and Vincent Colletti, Brian Bongart and Casey and Westly Stephens. Sue attended Council Rock High School, loved animals, and loved all of her cars over the years. She will be sadly missed by her dear friends, Sherry and Jeff Stryker. Sue enjoyed life to the fullest and was known as one of a kind. A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, 2012 with Reverend Joseph Hornick officiating.The family will receive friends from 2-5 p.m. at Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore, PA 18614. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Sullivan County Library, PO Box 309, Dushore, PA 18614.   Towanda Daily Review - April 14, 2012  

 

BAKER Ralph A. Baker

also known as Ham Radio Operator call sign AA2CJ, age 68 of Bath, died peacefully at Arnot Ogden Hospital, Elmira, NY.  Born February 28, 1944, to Lawrence and Helen Ford Baker.  Ralph had been employed as a Machinist at Philips in Bath, until declining health. He was an avid Ham Radio Operator and volunteer.  He was a very determined man that had a loving heart to family and friends willing to help anyone when asked.  He is survived by his wife JerriLyn I. Hobbs Baker; brothers and sisters, Bernice/Sheldon Snell, Esther/Norm Canute, Lawrence/Janet Baker, David/Helen Baker and Bill/Pat Springsteel; children, Michele/Josh Kaack, Deniele/Brian Rook and Heather/Tim Decker; grandchildren, Jordan, Dalton, Gavin, Mikayla and Anthony and many nieces, nephews and friends.  He was predeceased by his parents, Lawrence and Helen Ford Baker and multiple sisters.  The family will announce a Memorial Service in the future.  Star-Gazette - April 17, 2012   

 

BARRY Rose Anne "Susie" Merrill

91, died Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at St. Vincent Hospital following a brief illness. She was born in Chicago, IL, daughter of James and Rose (Moore) Barry. She was the beloved wife for 49 years of Gilbert E. Merrill who predeceased her in 1999, and a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Susie grew up in Danvers, MA and spent time variously in Melrose, MA; Elkins Park, PA; Holderness, NH; Elmira, NY and Worcester, MA. During her career as a medical lab technician, she worked at the Boston Lying-in Hospital, at private medical practice and at Cornell Veterinary School. She was active in St. George Parish in Worcester. Susie was a phenomenal woman who will be remembered for her kind and gracious manner, her strength and dignity in the face of adversity, her incredible sense of humor and her extraordinary friendship to countless people. She is survived by her children: Anne (Merrill) Walsh and husband Christopher of University Park, MD; Jane Merrill of Arlington, VA; Elizabeth (Merrill) Burnham of Beverly, MA; Gilbert L. Merrill of Worcester, MA; Polly (Merrill) Curran and husband Tom of Bexley, OH; and daughter-in-law, Caron Merrill of Grafton, MA. Her son, Charles Merrill, predeceased her in 1989. Susie had 10 grandchildren: Caroline (Walsh) Holt, Hannah (Walsh) Viana, Liana Merrill, Olivia Burnham, Wyatt Merrill, Cleo Merrill, Grace Curran, T. Wesley Curran and Georgia Curran. She was predeceased by her grandson, Alexander Walsh in 2000. She had three great grandchildren: Evan, Jesse and Susannah Holt. She is survived by four siblings: Jane (Barry) Dippo of Newton, MA; James Barry of Fitchburg, MA; Therese Richards of Hamilton, MA and George E. Barry of Beverly, MA. She was predeceased by sisters Rita (Barry) Stevens, Ruth Barry and Catherine Barry.  Friends and relatives are invited to gather for a funeral service on Saturday, May 12 at 11:00 at St. George Parish at 40 Brattle Street in Worcester. A lunch reception will follow immediately in the Main Parish Hall. For more information call (508) 853-0183. Memorial contributions can be made to: The Alexander Walsh '04 Scholarship Fund, Connecticut College Development Office, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London, CT 06320 Caswell-King Funeral Home, 474 Grove St. is directing arrangements.  Wooster Telegram and Gazette – April 22, 2012  

 

BENJAMIN Charlotte Ann Mason

age 74, of 245 Second St., Laceyville, died on Tuesday morning, April 17, 2012 at the Meadowview Nursing Facility, in Montrose, after a debilitating illness.  Charlotte was born in Apolacon Twp., Susquehanna County (Little Meadows), on June 24, 1937 the daughter of the late Cleveland Benjamin, who died in 1970, and Emma Rogers Benjamin, who died in 1964. Charlotte spent all of her early childhood on the family homestead in Little Meadows, where she enjoyed her family and her country home. Living near the New York State border, Charlotte was a graduate of the Owego Free Academy, in Owego, N.Y., with the class of 1954.  In 1983, Charlotte married Joseph C. Mason Jr. of Laceyville. They relocated to their home on Second Street in Laceyville. For 11 years, Charlotte was employed as a secretary and bookkeeper, by Benscoter Trucking in Laceyville, retiring in 1998.  In her spare time she enjoyed her family and the country life especially her homestead in Little Meadows. In 2006 she wrote and published a book about her father's life, titled "It's a Great Life If You Don't Weaken."  Since her marriage she was a member of the St. Peter's Episcopal Church, in Tunkhannock. and was a Sunday School teacher there, for many years. Surviving is her husband of 29 years, Joseph C. Mason Jr., of Laceyville; daughters Laurie Ann Massey of Stoney Point, N.C. and Patty Lin Caudill of Statesville, N.C.; her sons, Michael Rafferty, of Friendsville and Joseph Rafferty, of Little Meadows; step-daughters Ann Gorman of Carey, N.C. and Elizabeth Zervas of Perrineville, N.J.; a step-son, Clark Mason of Enfield, Conn.; her granddaughters, Beth Ann Anderson, Jessica Lin Wiggins, Laurel Lee Kiser, all of Statesville, N.C., Christina Jo Stanton, Kimberly Stanton, both of Stoney Point, N.C., Kristie Rafferty, of Choconut, and Rebecca Lynn Rafferty, of Little Meadows; grandsons Joseph Rafferty Jr. of Little Meadows and Jared Benjamin Brooks, of Statesville, N.C.; many great-grandchildren and five step-grandchildren; a sister, Barbara Glasner, of Cowan, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews, especially a niece Lorraine Card of Endicott, N.Y., and a nephew, Greg Champaign of Owego, N.Y. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Arlena Jo Rafferty, a daughter Tiffany Ann Mason on May 25, 2002, and a great-grandson, Sebastian Billings. Funeral services will be held at 10 .m. on Friday, April 20, 2012 at the St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Tunkhannock, with Rev. Lou Divis, of the church officiating. Interment will be in the Lacey Street Cemetery in Laceyville. Family and friends may call at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Laceyville, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2012. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the St. Peter's Episcopal Church, U.S. Route 6, Tunkhannock, PA 18657.  Towanda Daily Review – April 18, 2012 

 

BENNETT Daniel K. Bennett

30, died unexpectedly on Thursday, April 19, 2012. He is survived by his father, Frank Bennett; mother, Jill May Dann (Kenneth); daughter, Lily; paternal grandmother, Marie Bennett; maternal grandmother, Laura May; sisters, Christina, Alecia, Kayla and Mattie; brothers, Dakota and R.C.; uncles, Walter Bennett (LueAnn), Arthur Bennett (Kelly), John Lyon (Kim), David Lyon (Margaret), Craig May (Angela); aunts, Vicki Decker (Charles), Karen Truax (Morris), Rebecca Chutas (DJ), Jane May; niece, Izabelle; nephew, Andrew; and several cousins. His grandfathers, Warren Bennett and Kenneth May, predeceased him. Memorial for Daniel will be held at the Moose Club in Montour Falls on Sunday, April 29th, from 2 to 6 p.m. Friends and family are invited to celebrate Daniel's life. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family. Star Gazette – April 24, 2012  

 

BLOW Betty B. Jackson

74, of Wellsville, NY, formerly of Ulysses, PA and Elizabethtown, PA, died Wednesday, April 18, 2012 in the Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, NY.

Born February 8, 1938, in Coudersport, PA, she was the daughter of Monta and Mary Lelia Brown Blow.  A graduate of Central Penn Business School, she was employed as a secretary by the Pennsylvania Bankers Association in Harrisburg for 20 years, retiring in 2005. She also worked part-time as a florist, banquet server at the Penn Harris in East Pennsboro Township, and making wedding cakes. Betty was an avid gardener.  Surviving are: two sons, Rusty (Jewel) Lampman of Wellsville and Gregory Lampman of Ulysses; two daughters, Denise Zdansky of Moore, OK and Joan Storm of Marietta, PA; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.  Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Sunday, April 22, 2012 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 3:00 PM. Burial will be in the Ulysses Cemetery. Solomon’s Words for the Wise – April 20, 2012 

 

BOLE Ian Gregory

Age 31 of Hubert, NC, currently residing in Elkland, PA. He was born September 25, 1980 in Port Royal, SC, son of Greg and Kelly Bole and went to be with our Lord on Monday, April 16, 2012 as the result of a motorcycle accident. He is survived by his parents Greg and Kelly Bole of Hubert, NC; sister Sarah Bole and fiancé 1st Lt. Brent Goddard of Hubert, NC; sister Rachel with husband Sgt. William Michener and their daughter Evelyn Grace of Parris Island, SC; paternal grandmother Judith Bole of Grand Haven, MI along with nine aunts and seven uncles. Ian graduated from SUNY Alfred; was a veteran of the U.S. Marines at Camp Lejeune, NC including a deployment to Afghanistan and was currently employed at Vulcraft. He had a wonderful sense of humor and lived life to its fullest. He loved riding his Harley, weight lifting and listening to music, but above all, he loved his family, especially his niece Evelyn Grace. Family and friends are invited to his funeral service on Wednesday, April 18th at 11 am at Walter J, Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira. A memorial service will be held at Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, NC on Monday, April 23rd at 2 pm. Interment with military honors will follow in North Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, Jacksonville, NC.  Star Gazette – April 18, 2012

 

BONNELL Derek Bonnell

of Cogan Station, Pa., died Saturday, April 14, 2012 from injuries received in an automobile accident. He was 23 years old. Derek Ray, "Duke" Bonnell was born on Sept. 20, 1988, in Williamsport. He was a son of Michael Budd of New Jersey and Betty Bonnell (Eric Pennington) of Cogan Station and the devoted father of Alivia Toni Marie Bonnell. In earlier years, Duke enjoyed wrestling in school. He loved being outdoors enjoying nature, especially four-wheeling and riding motorcycles. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Most recently, Derek was employed in the natural gas industry. He was a social member of Montgomery's American Legion. In addition to his parents and daughter he leaves behind a brother, Steven Mayer of Ralston; grandmothers Bonnie Austin and Ann Bryington, both of Ralston; grandfather Ray (Kristy) Bonnell of Montgomery; special aunt and uncles Bonnie Bonnell and James Austin III, both of Ralston and Donald Bonnell of Montgomery; the mother of his daughter Felicia Reynolds of Montgomery; half-sisters and a half-brother Sophia, Stephanie and Mike Budd Jr.; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. He was predeceased by his sister Toni Marie Bonnell; his grandfather, James "Junior" Austin and great-grandparents, Harry and Velma Woodward. Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr., in Canton. His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. Burial will follow in Pensdale Cemetery . In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association , P.O. Box 4383, Bethlehem, PA 18018.  Towanda Daily Review – April 16, 2012  

 

BOYCE Frederick William Boyce Jr.

Age 52, of Montour Falls, NY, died peacefully at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, NY surrounded by his loving family and friends on Sunday, April 15, 2012. He is survived by his parents, Frederick W., Sr. and Julie Boyce of Dundee, FL; a son, Frederick (Sky) W. Boyce, III of Columbus, GA; a daughter, Anjoli (Micheal) Ferguson of Concord, CA; and a grandson, Aidan Ferguson also of Concord, CA. He leaves behind four sisters, Cheryl (Brian) Grimes of Odessa, NY, Jamie Sue Smith of Cayuta, NY, Karen Rider (Jim Mosher) of Cayuta, NY and Trina Shepherd (Tim Gallagher) of Horseheads, NY; seven nephews, JC Capogrossi, Michael Capogrossi, William Dockstader III, Jason Miller, Chad Rider, Blade Shepherd and Patrick Gallagher; two nieces, Kristyn Capogrossi and Julie Miller; along with several aunts, uncles, cousins, great nephews and great nieces. Freddy grew up in Cayuta, NY and attended Odessa-Montour Central School in Odessa, NY. He enlisted and served his country in the United States Army as a Paratrooper and was stationed in Fort Bragg, NC. He was self-employed most of his life as a carpenter and worked as an electrician at Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven, FL before falling ill. He loved his children very much and mentioned them often. He had a great sense of humor and could always put a smile on anyone's face. We loved his wit, charm and southern accent. Fred's greatest passion was fishing and we know he has now sailed his boat to heaven to be with the Lord. We all loved him very much and will miss him dearly. The family would like to invite relatives and friends to join us in a celebration of Freddy's life with full military honors on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, located at 122 N. Genesee Street, in Montour Falls, NY. Following the service, relatives and friends are invited to join us for a reception at 179 Wygant Road in Horseheads, NY.

 

BOYCE Frederick William Boyce Jr. (4/15/2012)

was survived by his loving Mother, Helen V. Feldeisen, Sister, Cheri (Brian) Grimes, Niece, Kristyn Capogrossi, Nephews JC and Mike Capogrossi, and Girlfriend Lisa Bryan. We love and miss you. You will never be forgotten. Star Gazette – April 18, 2012  

 

BRAVO Alyssa N. Zeltwanger (Bravo)

Age 14 of Elmira, NY, died on April 20, 2012 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY. Alyssa was born on March 13, 1998 in Elmira, NY. She is survived by father Thomas J. (Tammy Brown) Bravo; mother Angela Zeltwanger; sister Destiny Bravo, along with several extended siblings; paternal grandparents, Tom and Connie Bravo, Darlynn and Jim Menglecoch; aunts and uncles, James (Ashley) Bravo, Jack (Kristi) Whittle, Ken (Robin) Mayhood, and Tom (Robin) Mayhood, also several cousins; and her loving group home family at 8th Street ARC, ICF. Alyssa's smile captivated all who had the opportunity to enjoy her companionship. She loved and smiled as her sister Destiny would read her favorite books. She loved shopping, girl scouts, swimming, softball, and enjoyed social life within the community. Special thanks to her grandmother, Connie, who would visit and tuck her into bed every night. Alyssa is loved and will be missed by all. Family and friends are invited to call at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM with a Funeral Service to celebrate Alyssa's life there at 2:00 PM. Reverend Chip Possee will officiate. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Those wishing to may make memorials to the Chemung County ARC or the Chemung County SPCA in Alyssa's name.  Star Gazette – April 22, 2012 

 

CHAMBERLAIN Ruth Chamberlain Edwards Ward

was born Jan. 23, 1923, and left this world Saturday, April 21, 2012.  Ruth, nicknamed "Sally" or "Red" was the wife of Lawrence M. Ward also known as "Nick." The couple lived in Wellsboro for many years.  Ruth was the oldest sister of Margaret Smith Broach of Wellsboro and Alice Hilbolt of Harrisburg. Growing up under the roof of the family-built home in Catlin Hollow, it was often heard the familiar echo of Ruth's voice, calling out, "Hubba, Randy, Debbie, Jacque, Judi, Susan!" The dear children of Ruth and Larry Ward live through-out the US: Dorothy Lorraine Zeason, affectionately known as Hubb, Lawrence Randolph "Randy" Ward, Deborah Ruth English, Judith Margaret Morley, Jacquelyn Alice Winsmann, and Susan Edwards Ward Davis. Ruth has 19 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren.  Ruth was a valedictorian graduate of Charleston, business secretary graduate from New York City, homemaker of six children, restaurant owner, teen center directory, property manager, fund-raiser for the Arthritis and Rheumatoid Foundation, professional and private care giver for the elderly, Red Cross donor of her rare A-negative blood, a member of the nursing staff at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, and Christian guide in many Bible circles. She was an active Republican and wonderful mother! Ruth lived in Wyalusing, Wellsboro, Palmetto, Fla., and San Diego Calif.   Ruth was known by her husband, Larry, as 'the most beautiful woman in every room the entered together.' She was a great Scrabbler and crossword puzzle solver, who sang for the radio with her sisters in pre-WWII days. She often entertained the family with gospel hymns on her favorite upright pink piano.  Beloved of her family and friends, Ruth will have her final resting place at Sky View Memorial Gardens in Palmetto, Fla. Ruth's funeral services will be held April 28, at El Camino Mortuary and Park, Carroll Canyon Rd., San Diego, Calif., near the home of her daughter, Susan. Condolences can be sent to Dorothy Zeason at 4180 Narvarez Way, South St. Petersburg, Fla. 33712. As a family we collectively express how very much we loved our mother and grandmother, and thank you all for your prayers!   Wellsboro Gazette – April 26, 2012  

 

COATES Elijah J. Coates

Rochester, died 04-03-2012.  Arrangements: Olthof Funeral Home, Inc.  Star Gazette – April 12, 2012

 

CROSSETT Wilton E. Crossett

61, Bragg Towers, Elmira, died 04-07-2012.  Arrangements: Barber Funeral Home. Star-Gazette - April 17, 2012

 

DeRAICHE Normand M. DeRaiche

Age 62, of Stamp Road, Watkins Glen, died on April 19, 2012. The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Tuesday (April 24th) from 6-8pm; with a memorial service following at 8pm. Normand was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada on June 5, 1949, the son of Mike and Florence (Dumais) DeRaiche. He is survived by his loving wife Denise; children, Neil (Amy) DeRaiche of Hector, Kenneth DeRaiche of Horseheads, and Jason DeRaiche (Jaime Bauman) of Interlaken; step-children, Kenneth Parrotte (Deanne Yasenchak) of Cayuta, and Michael (Sherry) Parrotte of North Carolina; brother and sisters, Diane (Robert) Connell of Horseheads, Rick DeRaiche of California, and Julie Anders of Ohio; 6 grandchildren, Katelyn, Alexis and Brianna DeRaiche, Ciera Babcock, Bailey Hazen, and Alana Parrotte. Normand was a retired school bus operator for Watkins Glen Central School. He was a co-founder, administrator and coach for the CVSA soccer league for 25 years. He was also a co-founder and coach for the soccer program at Watkins Glen Central School. For over 20 years he enjoyed playing Santa Claus at the Arnot-Mall. His career also included working for Amway and Brady Supplies. His hobbies included attending auctions, model trains, painting, and he was a fan of pro-ice hockey. Memorial donations in his memory may be made to Schuyler County Ambulance, PO Box 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891. Star Gazette – April 22, 2012  

 

DOWD Joyce Ann Dowd

75, of Athens, Pa., died on Monday, April 16, 2012 at Robert Packer Hospital.  She was born on September 24, 1936, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Beatrice Keir Dowd.  Joyce enjoyed attending family picnics at Round Top Park and other family events. Her life centered around her family. Joyce graduated from Athens Area High School in 1954 and then began her employment with Robert Packer Hospital as a Secretary for 44 years, retiring in 1998. She was a lifetime member of the Athens United Methodist Church and part of the 50 plus Membership. Joyce was well-known for her cooking abilities. She is predeceased by her sisters, Florence Dowd and Dorothy Dowd Adee, and brother, Donald Dowd. Joyce is survived by her sister Kathleen Dowd, niece Kimberley Adee of Worcester, N.Y., nephew, Raymond (Wendy) Adee of Schenevus, N.Y., great nephew Johnathan Adee of Schenevus, N.Y., aunt and uncle Ted and Evelyn Keir of Athens, Pa., brotherin law Phillip Adee of Worcester, N.Y., and several cousins. Family and friends may call on Sunday, April 22, 2012 from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at the Athens United Methodist Church, 118 South Main Street, Athens, Pa. Funeral Services will follow at the Church at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Martin Bovee officiating. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, Pa.  Donations may be made in Joyce’s memory to: UMCOR, P.O. Box 9068, New York, N.Y., 10087, Bradford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 179, Ulster, Pa., 18850, or The Bridge, P.O. Box 202, Sayre, Pa., 18840.  Sayre Morning Times – April 18, 2012    

 

DRABEK Frederick J. Drabek, Sr.

age 65, of Holden Road in Addison, NY died Friday, April 20, 2012 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. Fred was born August 16, 1946 in Niagara Falls to Henry and Eleanor (Kotarba) Drabek.  He was a graduate of Starpoint Central School, Niagara Community College, and a teaching degree from Buffalo State.  He retired from General Motors after 35 years of employment.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and cooking.  He was an avid reader and loved studying history.  After his retirement to the area, he worked as a substitute teacher in Addison and Corning.  He is survived by his wife Sally Drabek; son, Frederick Drabek, Jr. of Cheektowaga, NY;  brother, Walter Drabek of Hornell;  step children, Jon Ulicny of Rochester, Susan Ulicny of Painted Post, and Stephanie Ulicny of Campbell, NY. Services will be held at the convenience of the family at Haughey Funeral Home, 216 E. First Street in Corning.   Corning Leader – April 24, 2012  

 

DUNLAP Robert Warren “Bob” Dunlap

80, of 178 Frantz Road, Meshoppen, PA, passed away, Sunday, April 22, 2012 at home surrounded by his family after a lengthy battle with cancer. Born April 2, 1932, in Mehoopany, of parents, Forrest “Dunnie” Dunlap, who died Sept. 1, 1959, and Katie (Ace) Dunlap, who died Nov. 1, 1985. Bob was a 1950 graduate from Mehoopany High School. After graduation, he drove to Alaska and worked for the experimental farm and managed the USO in Fairbanks. Bob was primarily a truck driver all of his life working for Hughey Trucking, Kintner Milling, Bub Kintner, Penn’s Best and others. He also worked for Sherwood Chevrolet. He was owner, along with his wife of 41 years, Ruth Ann (Sherwood) Dunlap, of The Mehoopany Dairy Bar from 1990-1996. His last job was at Meshoppen Stone before his retirement. Mr. Dunlap was a member of the United Methodist Church of Mehoopany and Franklin Lodge #263 F.&A.M. Masonic Lodge of Laceyville. Bob enjoyed warm weather and was the happiest in Florida with his wife and friends during the winter months. He enjoyed entertaining with barbeques, bean bag games and took up golfing. He was lucky enough to have a “hole in one” while on the links with friends in Florida. Besides his wife, he is survived by his six children: Forrest “Dunnie” and wife, JoAnn Dunlap of Mehoopany, Robert “Wallie” and wife, Wendy Dunlap of Mehoopany, Mary Ruth and husband, Ken Layfield of Scranton, Diane (Golden) and husband, Joseph O’Malley of Tunkhannock, Paul Golden of Montrose and Lisa Golden of Rochester, NY; his grandchildren, Darin and wife, Jennifer Dunlap of Mehoopany, Theresa Dunlap of Shavertown, Kelly (Dunlap) and husband, Brock Cahoon of Fleetwood, Cody Dunlap of Mehoopany, Clayton Brehm of Mehoopany, Mark and wife, Brandy Golden of Dimock and Emily Golden of Montrose; great-grandchildren, Layla and Andrew Dunlap, both of Mehoopany; a brother, William and wife, Eleanor Dunlap of Mehoopany. Also surviving are nephews and cousins and family friend, Pat Martinez of Rochester, NY. Beside his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Helen (Duffield) Dunlap, Sept. 13, 1997 and a daughter, Kathy Dunlap on April 3, 2012. At Bob’s request, there will be no calling hours. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Meshoppen United Methodist Church, c/o Cris Wiswell, 31 Digger Drive, Tunkhannock, PA 18657.  Wyalusing Rocket Courier – April 26, 2012  

 

DUNNELLS Jeanne Rosenberg

67, of LeRaysville, PA, formerly of Vermont, passed away, Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at Meadow View Senior Living Center, Montrose, PA. Born Jan. 12, 1945 in Rutland, VT, she was the daughter of the late Gerald A. and Frances (Spielman) Dunnells. Her husband, Louis A. Rosenberg, predeceased her on Oct. 12, 1995. Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her stepfather, Raymond Billings. She was a registered nurse until her retirement.  Jeanne was a member of the Wysox Presbyterian Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir. She enjoyed spending time with her beloved grandchildren. She also loved her cats, dogs and gardening.  Survivors include her sisters, Judi Freeman of Ludlow, VT, Kathy Billings of Plymouth, VT; brother, Jerry Dunnells of Gallatin, TN; stepchildren, Cheryl, Kenneth, Joel, Eric and Marc; grandchildren, Daniel, Benjamin, Melissa, Brenda, Aaron and Nicole; nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14 at First Presbyterian Church of Montrose with her Pastor friends Joyce Warner and Chuck Link officiating.  Friends and family called one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Montrose, 367 Church Street, Montrose, PA 18801.  Wyalusing Rocket Courier – April 19, 2012   

 

ELLIOTT Matthew "Matt" Francis Elliott

age 37, of Louisburg, NC, formerly of Odessa, NY, died unexpectedly on April 6, 2012. Matt is survived by his son, Tyler Elliott; fiancé, Amy Melton both of Louisburg, NC; mother, Anita Ferri of Watkins Glen, NY; father Francis Elliott of Montour Falls, NY; stepmother, Lori Elliott of Watkins Glen, NY; brother Chris Elliott of Louisburg, NC; sisters Kari Elliott of Watkins Glen, NY, Molly Elliott of Montour Falls, NY and Malori Elliott of Odessa, NY; Ivy, Hannah, Noel and Taylor McCarthy all of Watkins Glen, NY. Please join his family in a celebration of Matt's life to be held at the Montour Falls Moose Lodge #426 on Sunday, April 22, 2012 from 3PM to 7PM.  Star-Gazette - April 17, 2012   

 

FISHER Eileen Joy Symes

age 73, of Burdett, NY went to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 12, 2012, following a battle with Alzheimer's at Seneca View Skilled Nursing in Montour Falls, NY. Eileen was born in Montour Falls, NY on March 8, 1939. Eileen was predeceased by her parents Mabel and William Fisher; her sisters, May Grover and Cora Murine Fredricks; and her step daughter, Renee Symes. Eileen is survived by her loving husband, James Richard Symes; children, Teresa and Fred Letteer, Micheal and Peg Tomassi, Tammy and Wade Pike, and Lori and Wally Wasson; step son, David Symes; grandchildren, Dustin Letteer; Patrick and Aubrey Tomassi, Marissa, Amanda, and Mitchell Pike, and Johnathan Wasson; sister, Reda Fazzary; brother in law, Robert and Joyce Symes; and many nieces and nephews. Eileen was raised in Valois, NY and went to Watkins Glen School. She was a homemaker and had many odd jobs, but mostly she concentrated on raising her family. Friends and family may call from 4 pm to 7 pm on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 Fifth St., Watkins Glen. A memorial service celebrating her life will follow at 7pm at the funeral home. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen on Thursday, April 19th at 10am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Eileen's memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association , 425 E. Henrietta Rd., Rochester, NY 14620.  Eileen's family wishes to extend an appreciation to the staff and nurses at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility.  Star Gazette – April 14, 2012 

 

FISHER Lawrence E. Fisher

64, of Walnut Street, Elmira, died on Friday, April 6, 2012 at his home. Larry is survived by his mother, Frances Fisher; siblings Patricia Dorio, Dennis Fisher, and Jacqueline Fisher; and several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. Larry was born on Aug. 14, 1947 in Sayre. He was a graduate of Hunterton Central High School in New Jersey and Elmira College. Larry owned and operated the Bentely Creek General Store, loved spending time in the country, hunting and fishing. He was predeceased by his father John T. Fisher in 1999.  Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 4 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 17 at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols, with Deacon Michael Donovan, officiating. A period of visitation and time of sharing memories will be held on from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday.  Towanda Daily Review – April 17, 2012  

 

GETOLA Donald Paul Getola

age 76, of Troy, PA, died on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. Donald was born on July 2, 1935 in Elmira, NY, the son of Nicholas and Kathryn (White) Getola. He is survived by his wife, Connie (Harkness) Getola. Prior to his retirement, Donald was a defense contractor with the federal governments Department of Defense. He was a member of St. Johns Church in Troy, PA and enjoyed watching NASCAR racing and girls softball. Donald was a veteran of the Korean War, serving with the US Marine Corps. In addition to his wife, Connie, Donald is survived by two sons, Shawn Getola of Troy, PA, Nick Getola of Ogdensburg, PA; two daughters, Kim Getola of Troy, PA, Kellie Cox of TN; one brother and sister-in-law, Nick and Peg Getola of Elmira, NY; a half-brother, Henry Hank Glowaski of Elmira, NY; three granddaughters, Riley Getola, Melissa and Karrie Cox; a special niece, Teresa Lee, and several nieces and nephews. Donald was predeceased by his grandfather and grandmother, John and Rena White, and his parents. Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, April 15, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 South Main Street, Mansfield, PA. A memorial service will be held immediately following calling hours at 3:00 PM at the funeral chapel. Memorial contributions may be made in Donald’s memory to the charity of one’s choice,    Wellsboro Gazette – April 14, 2012    

 

GREEN Howard B. Green

Age 82, of West Palm Beach, FL, formerly of Elmira, died Saturday, April 7, 2012. Howard is survived by his daughters, Marla (Dale) Bly, Mindy (Joe) Gaieski; son, Alan (Joan) Green; brother, Myron (Brooke) Green; 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Interment with Military Honors followed at South Florida VA National Cemetery. Memorial Donations can be made to Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.  Star Gazette – April 26, 2012

 

HEINCHON Beatrice Morgan

Elmira: Age 87, died  on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. Beatrice was born in Englewood NJ, daughter of Edward and Muriel (Corbin) Heinchon. She is survived by her children, Muriel Edger of Toronto, Canada, Joanne Brownell of Leesburg FL, Edward Patno with wife Sheryl of Pine City and Wayne Patno of Pine Valley; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Mary Heinchon of Brewster NY; sister and brother-in-law, Muriel and Wallace Leland of San Antonio TX; 3 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Private family services will be held. Donations in memory of Beatrice may be directed to the Activities Fund at the Chemung County Nursing Facility, 103 Washington St., Elmira NY 14901. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the 5th floor staff at the Chemung County Nursing Facility for the wonderful care they provided to Beatrice over the last few years. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home.  Star Gazette – April 20, 2012

 

HEISER Doris Heiser

87, known as Dee, of Dutch Hill Road, Wellsboro, died Thursday, April 12, 2012. Born May 28, 1924, she was the daughter of Theodore and Frances Little of Philadelphia. She was married in 1941 to Harold Heiser, Sr., who preceded her in death in 1993.  Doris was a homemaker, liked to cook and collect recipes. She is survived by two sons, Harold (Clare Fox) Heiser, Jr., Edward Heiser; two grandchildren, Kelly Ann (Jacob Dunnell) Fagan-Dunnell, Kathleen (Peter) Hobart; and one great-grandchild, Jessie Hobart. She was preceded in death by her husband, and her daughter, Frances Woods. There will be a graveside service on Wednesday, April 18, at Lambie Funeral Home in Philadelphia.   Wellsboro Gazette – April 18, 2012   

 

HERRON John B. “Bruce”

Age 51, of Knoxville died on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at the Eastern Regional Medical Center in Philadelphia.  Born December 31, 1960 in Norristown, PA he is the son of John R. and Elaine (Ellis) Herron. He served in the US Air Force.  He was a truck driver for Tri State Trucking Company in Mansfield.  Bruce was a member of the Knoxville – Deerfield Volunteer Fire Company and the Center Square Fire Company, and a lifetime member of the Knoxville VFW.  He loved to ride motorcycle.  He is survived by: his wife, Michele “Shelly” Calkins; his daughter, Stephanie (Eric Waters) Herron of Osceola, PA; his stepchildren, April (Ray Jr.) Ransom of Lawrenceville, PA, Brad (Melissa) Meyers of Bally, PA and Riley Thompson of Knoxville, PA; four grandchildren; his sister, Jean Herron Ball of Port Hueneme, CA and several nieces, nephews and cousins. A Celebration of Bruce’s Life will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Knoxville – Deerfield Volunteer Fire Company from 1:00 – 4:00 PM.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society - Tioga Unit, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701.  Arrangements are in care of Kenyon Funeral Home, Inc.  A Committal Service will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 1:00 PM at the Knoxville – Deerfield Volunteer Fire Company.  A Celebration of Bruce’s Life will follow from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.  Wellsboro Gazette – April 14, 2012 

 

HOFFA Robert E. Hoffa

80, of Oriskany, N.Y. passed on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at St. Luke's Hospital in New Hartford, N.Y.  Robert was born on May 20, 1931 in New Albany, a son of the late Howard and Harriett Orlowski Hoffa. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served from April 1952 until April 1956 as an aircraft mechanic. In December 1954 he married Stella Sitas in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Mildred and they celebrated 57 years together. Robert was an aircraft mechanic for 35 years retiring in 1993 from US Airways.  Robert attended Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hartford and was a former member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Mildred. He was a former member of the McDermott American Legion Post 452 of Mildred, and a member of the International Association of Mechanists Union. He enjoyed gardening, crossword puzzles and repairing automobiles.  He is survived by his wife Stella at home; a son Thomas R. Hoffa of Oriskany, N.Y.; a daughter Barbara M. and Robert Johnson of Blossvale, N.Y.; a grandson Brandon E. Scalise of Oriskany N.Y.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Donald Hoffa.  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 20, 2012 in the Trinity Lutheran Church of Mildred with Rev. Robert Kaltenbaugh, pastor, officiating. Family and friends are invited to view from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday evening at the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore PA 18614, and from 9 a.m. until the time of service on Friday at the church in Mildred.  Interment will follow in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, with military honors accorded by the American Legion and the U.S. Air Force.  Towanda Daily Review – April 18, 2012 

 

JENKS Cynthia J. Woodard

85, of Bath, NY, died Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at the Vincent House, Wayland, NY. Born June 1, 1926 in Painted Post, NY, she was the daughter of the late Edwin Seth and Estelle (Pillow) Jenks. Cynthia and John A. Woodard were married June 26, 1948. John predeceased her in July of 2006. Cynthia attended the Painted Post school district, and later attended Ithaca College studying piano performance. She later worked as a homemaker, raising her four sons. She was a past Matron of the Eastern Stars, Savona and Bath chapter 529 and was a member for over 60 years. She was an organist and pianist for several churches between New Jersey and New York, and was active in Cub Scout and Boy Scout activities, serving as a den mother and in other roles. She and her husband were house parents at the Kennedy House in Perkinsville, NY. Cynthia had a great appreciation for music. She enjoyed playing the piano, organ, viola and clarinet. She loved the opera, especially metropolitan opera broadcasts. She is survived by four sons: John (Linda) Woodard of Lititz, PA, Scott (JoAnne) Woodard of Corning, NY, Lon (Bertie Martin) Woodard of Corning, NY, Peter Woodard of Savona, NY, as well as grandchildren; Meghan Jarosz, Sean Woodard, Tara (Andy) Grodis, Amy Tatlock, Erica Woodard, Evan Woodard, Kurt and Sarah Reed, Avalon Fieno and Luke Woodard, 10 great grandchildren and a brother, Richard Jenks of Wellsboro, PA. In addition to her husband, John, Cynthia was predeceased by, three brothers; Edwin, William, Frederick and one sister, Gwendolyn.  Burial will take place at Bath National Cemetery, Bath, NY at a later date.  The family would appreciate memorial donations be given in Cynthia’s name to the Vincent House, 310 Second St., Wayland, NY 14572.  Corning Leader – April 15, 2012

Star Gazette – April 16, 2012  

 

KNOTT Frances Knott Tunis

Elmira: Age 90, died on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. Frances was born in Elmira on April 21, 1921, daughter of Edward and Victoria (Grabowski) Knott. She is predeceased by her husband Robert Tunis; siblings, Bill Knott, Ruth Kiernan, Victoria Cogswell, Clair Knott and Anna Mary Comstock. Frances is survived by son and daughter-in-law Robert T. and Sandra Tunis of Sudbury MA; daughter Victoria R. Lowery of Elmira; grandchildren Cortney, Bradley and Timothy Tunis of Massachusetts and Elizabeth Lowery of New York City; also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Frances worked at the Remington Rand and later at the Sirloin Room for many years. Private family services will be held. Donations in memory of Frances may be made to a . Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home.  Star Gazette – April 23, 2012    

 

LACEY Chuck Lacey

originally of Laceyville, PA, died on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at his Lakeland, FL home at the age of 72. His greatest achievement was seeing the drug, Yervoy, approved by the FDA for the treatment of melanoma. He was a successful participant in the clinical trial at M.D. Anderson in Orlando, FL. His participation paved the way for treatment protocols currently being prescribed for the treatment of melanoma. In his earlier years, he was vice-president of Whipple’s Lumber Co. Besides traditional administrative responsibilities, he developed a church building program in which time dozens of churches were constructed. During those years, he served as a school board member for the Wyalusing Valley School District; served as council member for the Borough Council and served as a trustee for the Braintrim Baptist Church. While in these positions, he was responsible for initiating several energy-saving projects. In later years, he became an independent contractor working exclusively for Roy Piper’s Huff ’n Puff Construction. He managed various projects such as McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, the state police barracks, Insalaco’s and the Crossings Outlet Mall—to name a few. In his spare time, for his own benefit, he built and managed 18 Bridge St. Apartments.  He was a devoted husband and father. Many will remember him for his unconditional positive regard, loyalty, sacrifice and support for his family. He was also known as a father to the fatherless, not only in his immediate family, but also for the larger extended family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Sally and four daughters, Lynne, Robin, Charlene and Joni. Lynne Crandall of Port Charlotte, FL is a nurse practitioner employed by Edison State College. She has two grown children. Robin Limbeck of Victor, NY is employed as a nurse and also has two grown children. Charlene and her husband, Larry Anderson, reside in Raleigh, NC. Charlene, a teacher, homeschooled her three children. Larry is a self-employed subcontractor. Joni, a nuclear physicist and her husband, Dr. Marcello Pintado, a physical therapist, reside in the Chicago area with their two small children where they work together in his business. There weren’t any funeral services. Instead, he was cremated and private memorial services are being planned for later dates. In lieu of flowers, please send your donations of time and money to your local church for the development and support of families in crisis.  Wyalusing Rocket Courier – April 26, 2012

 

LATHROP John L Lathrop

52, of Fayetteville, NY, died after a long, no holds barred cage match battle with ALS. His diagnosis in 2009 gave him plenty of time to write this obit, which he did, so blame no one but the deceased. His immediate plan, post demise, was to go to heaven and give Lou Gehrig a great big sloppy kiss on the cheek. Born in Waverly, NY, he did time in Scranton, PA before moving to the Syracuse area in 1998. He graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1980. He is survived by his wife, Frances Cawley Lathrop; daughter Ann; son Jack; brother Rick (Catherine) of Elmira Heights, NY; sister Valerie McCarty (Mike); and his parents, Jim and Sandy of Denver, NC. He was predeceased by his brother Rob. John deeply cherished Frances' siblings, Kathleen Coughlin (Jeremy) of Fayetteville, NY, and John Cawley (Rachel Dunifon) of Ithaca, NY, and their families. Believe it or not John is also survived by his paternal grandparents who are bordering on ancient and live in Waverly, NY. John spent 30 years in the printing business from cutter to art director to sales, finally retiring from Canfield & Tack, Inc., Rochester, NY, in late 2011 as one of their top salespeople. He was their tallest, anyway. John spent the balance of his days painting in his studio and receiving friends like the Loh, Kelly, Ritchie, Shepardson, Coughlin, Cramer and Cawley families. John became an avid blogger after his diagnosis and his extended blather may be read at meatloafchronicle.tumblr.com. A lifelong artist, John leaves behind a legacy of paintings that no one ever seemed to want; subsequently, they were foisted upon family. He was a volunteer with the Fayetteville Fire Department and served as president of the Fayetteville Firemen's Association for two terms. He rode a Triumph America motorcycle and wore a size twelve boot. He was an ardent music lover from opera to heavy metal (opera 1, heavy metal 333). He was also a rapacious fan of the cinema and had seen "A Room with a View" and "Howard's End" once each. In sport he was a lifelong fan of the NY Football Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He would like to thank the staff of Hospice (the Death Dealers) especially his nurses, Gary (RIP) and Melissa, and the hospice chaplain, Rev. Tanya. People wishing to experience a warm glow and a tax deduction can contribute to the ALS Research and Treatment Center at Upstate Medical University or the Hospice of Central New York. Family will receive friends Thursday, April 26, from 9-11 a.m. at the Craftsman Inn, Fayetteville, NY. A brief service will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be private at the Fayetteville Cemetery.   Star Gazette – April 22, 2012   

 

LUDWIG Lena Watson

83, of Sweden Valley, PA, died Monday, April 16, 2012 in her home.  Born January 11, 1929, in Galeton, PA, she was the daughter of George H. and Lucinda Johnston Ludwig. On March 30, 1947, in Prouty, PA, she married Paul E. Watson, who survives.  She worked at Ulysses Lumber with her husband and sons for 30 years. Lena was a member of the Gospel Tabernacle in Coudersport. Surviving besides her husband, Paul, are: four sons, Craig (Judy) Watson of West Bingham, PA, Dennis Watson of Belmont, NY, Timothy (Susan) Watson of Sweden Valley, and Douglas (Julie) Watson of Couderpsort; 18 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by great-grandson, Tucker Watson; five brothers; and four sisters.  Friends may call Thursday, April 19, 2012 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Gospel Tabernacle, Coudersport, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Friday at 11:00 AM. The Rev. David Minor will officiate. Burial will be in Summit (Watson—Reed) Cemetery, Coudersport, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gospel Tabernacle, 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 – April 18, 2012 

 

MANN John C. "Johnny"

Age 64, died  Sept. 22, 2011. John moved to St. Petersburg, FL from Elmira, NY in 1959. He is a decorated Army Veteran of the Vietnam War, having received the Bronze Star for Valor, three Purple Hearts, the Army Air Medal, The Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Combat Infantry Badge. He was a member of the Calvary Chapel, a graduate of Bishop Barry High School Class of 1966, and a life member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Mr. Mann is survived by a brother, Michael. Johnny was an avid softball player, and was a retiree of United States Post Office (St. Petersburg Branch). John often reflected on his early childhood in Elmira and the good times he had growing up playing Little League and hanging with his boyhood friends. John always had a love of the area and would return to Elmira for visits many times throughout his life.  Star Gazette – April 20, 2012

 

MERRIFIELD Alice L. Brooks

age 79, of Tioga, PA, died Monday, April 16, 2012 in Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. Alice was born November 16, 1932 in N. Tonawanda, NY, a daughter of Clarence and Frances (Carney) Merrifield. She was the wife of the late James Brooks who died in July of 2002. Alice worked as a waitress, cook, nurse’s aide, milk and candy packer before her retirement. She enjoyed reading, sewing and crafts.  Alice is survived by a son, Michael (Ruth Delmater) Brooks of Elmira, NY; five daughters and and sons-in-law, Christine (Bud) Ray of Lawrenceville, PA, Rebecca and Bill Collum of Lawrenceville, PA, Cynthia and Michael Sykora of Tioga, PA, Melissa and Wayne Foulkes of Whakatane, New Zealand, Shannon Cutler and Leigh of Susanville, CA; a special son-in-law, Ted Cutler of Susanville, CA; brother, Robert James (Janice) Merrifield of Liberty, SC; sister, Peggy (Richard) Babcock of Massena, NY; 12 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Alice is also survived by her loving and best friend, Larry Hardy of Yokumtown, PA. She was predeceased by her husband, James, two sons, James LeRoy Brooks, Jr. in 1955 and Kevin Brooks in 1962, a daughter, Laura Brook-Vicioso in 2011, two brothers, Jack and Clarence Merrifield, a grandson, Jared Nichols, and a great grandson, Dayvin Gilbert.  Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the Millerton Wesleyan Church, Rte. 328, Millerton, PA with Rev. Laurie Greenlaw and Alices grandson, Bill F. Collum, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in White Chapel Cemetery, N. Tonawanda, NY. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.   Star Gazette – April 19, 2012

 

METCALFE Edwin A. Metcalfe

81, of Jamestown died Monday, April 16, 2012 in WCA Hospital. He was born July 1, 1930 in Dunkirk, NY, the son of the late Charles and Mildred Merrill Metcalfe. Edwin attended Jamestown High School, and served in the U.S. Marines from 1948 to 1969 serving in the Korean and Vietnam Wars having earned the rank of Captain. He was a member of the John W. Tiffany Post VFW and Henry Mosher Post 638, American Legion and Marine Corp League. Edwin also enjoyed farming, gardening and the outdoors. Surviving is his wife Roberta Russell Metcalfe of Jamestown whom he married August 5, 1952 in Falconer, three children: Debra (James) Apperson of Ft. Washington, MD, Donna(Roy) Kanenberg of Sophia, N.C. and Charles(Breigh) Metcalfe of Elmira, NY; seven grandchildren: Matthew Stull, Christopher Apperson, Travis Stull, Ted Metcalf, Scott Metcalfe, Claire Metcalfe, Sarah Metcalfe and two great grandchildren: Michael Apperson and Justin Apperson. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a brother Clarence Metcalf and a sister Merrell Anne Manges. The funeral will be Friday at 1 p.m. in the Falconer Funeral Home, 44 W. Falconer St, Falconer, NY 14733. Rev Chad Sayers of the Falconer United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the funeral service Saturday in the funeral home. Memorials may be donated to the Marine Corp Scholarship Foundation.  Star Gazette – April 19, 2012

 

MILLER Donald G. Miller

age 58, of Waverly, N.Y., died unexpectedly on Sunday, April 22, 2012. He was born June 25, 1953, to (the late) Leo Barton and Nellie Miller. Don was a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was passionate about dirt-track racing; never missing one of his son’s races. He also enjoyed “puttering” around in his garage. In 2003, he established his own business, Rainbow Construction, which he owned and operated. Don is survived by his beloved children, Bryan Miller of Gillette, Pa., Brenton Miller of Newark Valley, N.Y., Brandon Miller of Milan, Pa., and Kim Miller of Port Charlotte, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Also surviving are his siblings: Marvin Miller, Glenn Miller, Leo Miller, and Edna Head; as well as his special companion, Jeanne Robbins. Friends and family may call Friday, April 27, 2012, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, N.Y., 14892. 

 

MITSIFER Holly A. Mitstifer

Age 50 of Van Etten NY died surrounded by family on Wednesday April 18, 2012 at Corning Hospital after a battle with cancer. She was born in Williamsport, PA on March 14, 1962. Holly worked at Emerson Power Transmission in Ithaca, NY and later at The Mailbox of Ithaca. She enjoyed get-togethers with her family and time outdoors. Holly was a caring daughter, mother and grandmother. She especially enjoyed the time spent with her grandchildren. Holly was predeceased by her father, Kenneth Mitstifer and is survived by her fiance Michael Hendrickson; daughters Heather Mitstifer of Cayuta NY, Jen (Ken) Antes of Big Flats NY, Amy (Craig) Crippen of Odessa NY, Beth Hendrickson also of Odessa. Mother, Nancy Scaife of Odessa, NY; grandchildren Shaun, Taylor, Anabelle, Leah, Ryan, Logan and many other loving family members. Family and friends are invited to call at The Barber Funeral Home, 413 S. Main St, Horseheads NY on Monday April 23, 2012 from 3-4pm. Her service will immediately follow. The burial will take place on Tuesday April 24, 2012 at Cooper Cemetery in Brooktondale, NY.  Star Gazette – April 21, 2012

 

MURPHY George F. Murphy

81, died Saturday, April 14, 2012, at Community Hospice in Albany, N.Y. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., he was raised in Westfield, N.J., and was a longtime resident of Schenectady, N.Y. as well as Sayre, Pa. Mr. Murphy was an Army veteran, earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from Marietta College, and retired from GE in 1991. He was predeceased by his brother, Lawrence. Surviving are three devoted children, Michael and Thomas Murphy and Patricia Holmes; five loving grandchildren; a beloved great-granddaughter; four devoted siblings, Mercedes Slates, Donald and Richard Murphy, Lois Britton, and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Murphy is also survived by step daughters Patricia and Donna Cater; five step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren. George loved flying his model airplanes and spending time with his two Paso Fino horses. Friends are invited to visit 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, at the Dooley Funeral Home, 218 North Ave. West in Cranford, N.J. Services will follow at 12:30 p.m., followed by interment in St. Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia, N.J.    Sayre Morning Times – April 17, 2012 

 

NIXSON Kenneth F. “Juny ” Nixson

age 73, of Horseheads, and formerly of Addison, died on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at Elcor Health Services.  Born in Bath, he was the son of the late Dorothy I. (Hough) Nixson Hovey, and step-son of Richard Hovey.  Kenneth was an avid sports enthusiast, playing many high school sports in the Addison Town Team Baseball League and Ingersoll-Rand Softball League.  Ken was a charter member of the Addison Pinnacle, where he enjoyed playing golf. He was a former president of the Addison Fish & Game Club, and a past member of the Addison Eagles Club and the Elkland Moose Club. Ken was employed as a pipe fitter for Ingersoll-Rand, and then Dresser-Rand for 43 years. Above all else, Ken was a very loving father. Ken is survived by two daughters: Dawn Nixson of Etters, PA and Amy Nixson of Norcross, GA; one brother: Ronald (Lillian) Nixson of Addison; four sisters: LaVera (Kenneth) Knowles of Woodhull,  Mary Ida (Clyde) McDermott of Horseheads, Dorothy (Frank) Zajac of Bath, and Deborah (Steve) Wade of Corning; and many nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to call at Carpenter-Flint Funeral Home, 10 Wall Street in Addison on Sunday, April 22, 2012 from 2:00PM - 4:00PM with funeral services immediately following there at 4:00PM. Burial will take place in Addison Rural Cemetery.  Corning Leader – April 21, 2012   

 

PAKER Laura Lucille (Paker) (Browning) Haines

60, Evansville, IN died April 2, 2012, at Riverwalk Communities. She was born July 17, 1951, in Henderson, KY, to the late Lawrence J. and Bonnie J. (Wortman) Paker. She was a 1969 graduate of Holy Names High School and attended Henderson County Community College. She was a Registered Nurse and had worked for Firstone, Red Banks and Need-A-Nurse.  Memberships include: Bethany Christian Church and Order of the Amaranth. She enjoyed cross-stitching, crocheting, flowers and plants. Her favorite hobby was reading. Laura was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Haines; and son, Andrew Lawrence Paker-Browning. Surviving are daughter, Rev. Bonnie Browning, Canton; brother, Lawrence (Crystal) Paker; and aunt, Clare (Jim) Holsey, both of Evansville. Memorial service was Monday, April 9, at Bethany Christian Church, officiated by Dr. Daniel S. Lovell.   Canton Independent Sentinel – April 15, 2012  

                                    

PETRO Elaine Hough

Age 56, of Heber, Arizona, formerly of Horseheads, died Sunday, April 22 after a three month struggle with brain cancer. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Bob, her beloved son, Eric, and her special German Shepherd Eva. She is also survived by her mother, Barbara Petro of Horseheads, sisters, Linda Petro of Horseheads, Susan Petro of Mattydale, NY, brother, Michael Petro, of Williamsport, Pa, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Joan and Jerry Apgar of Spring, Texas, sister-in-law, Alice Petro of Montoursville, PA., nieces, nephews, and many loving and supportive friends. She was predeceased by her father, Louis Petro. Elaine graduated from Horseheads High School in 1974. She also attended Corning Community College. Elaine loved the outdoors including camping, hiking and birding. At her request her ashes will be scattered in the Chiricahua Mountains in Arizona where she and her family spent many happy times. She will be greatly missed.  Star Gazette – April 25, 2012    

 

QUICK Fern L. Heller (Westbrook)

Age 89 of Sun City Center, FL died at South Bay Hospital on Tuesday, April 17, 2012. She was born on September 23, 1923 in Sayre, PA. The daughter of the late Erastus and Minnie Clark Quick. Fern, formerly of Elmira Heights, NY, was a school secretary for many years, a member of Oakwood Methodist Church & BPW.  She was predeceased by her first husband, Arnold E. Westbrook and son, Ronald E. Westbrook, Hertford, NC. She is survived by her husband, Vernon Heller, Sun City Center, FL; son, Edward (Vickie) Westbrook Elmira Heights; son, Lee (Sally) Westbrook Hammondsport; daughter-in-law, Linda Westbrook Hertford, NC and step-daughter, Roseanne (Duane) Lindsey, Brandon, FL; five grandchildren, Cheryl (Walter) Matthews, Hertford, NC, Rachel (Richard)Hufford, Elmira, Christopher (Melissa) Westbrook, Shaker Heights, OH, Matthew (Sarah) Westbrook Falls Church, VA and Lindsey(Christopher) Hufford Alpine NY. Fern had four great grandchildren and anticipated a fifth. There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.    Star Gazette – April 21, 2012   

 

SOUTHWICK Clarence E. “Sonny” Southwick

age 76, of Hammondsport, died on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center.  He was born on December 15, 1935 in Geneva, the son of the late Floyd and Harriett (Blunt) Southwick.  He married Evelyn M. Dann Hitchens in 1990. Sonny grew up on the Houghton farm in Savona, graduated from Savona High School and retired from Mercury Aircraft.  He enjoyed playing basketball, was an avid Yankees fan, and collected John Deere memorabilia. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn M. “Daisy” Southwick, children and their spouses, Donna Southwick of Panhandle, Texas, Stephen and Anna Southwick of Colorado, Roni and Gary Ribble of Corning, and Kevin and Ann Hitchens of Pine City, sister, Margaret (Ron) Scholtisek of Florida, brother, Larry (Carol) Southwick of Corning, grandchildren, Cody and Tara Southwick, and Ryan and Shelby Ribble, and his beloved canine companions, Cindy, Mindy, and Tina.  Family and friends are invited to call at Carpenter's Funeral Home, LLC, 14 East Pulteney Street, Corning, on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 from 5:00 to 6:00pm.  A memorial service will be held there following visitation at 6:00pm. Those wishing may make donations to the Fingerlakes Humane Society, 7315 State Route 54, Bath, NY 14810.  Corning Leader – April 21, 2012   

 

STEELE Richard B. Steele Sr.

age 67, of Clapper Hill, Pa., died peacefully on Sunday, April 15, 2012, at home with his loving family at his side. Burt was born in Sayre, Pa., on Oct. 12, 1944, a son of the late Richard D. and Elsie Sutton Steele. He married former Verna Scott of Tunkhannock, Pa., on Dec. 23, 1961. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last year. He served in the US Army in the Vietnam War. He worked for International Harvester in Tunkhannock and for Harris Paving in Tunkhannock and Conti Construction and was retired as a truck driver for PennDOT in 1999. He was a member of the Gardner Warner Post No. 154, Elk Lake, and the VFW Endless Mountains Memorial Post 3583, Mehoopany, Pa. Burt loved the outdoors; he was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed woodworking and carpentry, having built a table for each of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Burt loved playing cards, especially Texas Hold'em and pitch. He loved spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren; supporting them in all their many endeavors. Surviving are his wife Verna at home; three daughters and sons-in-law Linda (Stephen) Garinger, New Albany, Pa., April (Tad) Bair, Clapper Hill, Pa. and Missy Pettitt, Harrisburg, Pa.; son Richard Steele Jr., Fairdale, Pa.; two sisters Barb (Bill) Brown, Clapper Hill, Pa. and Anna Brown, Montrose, Pa.; three brothers Mike Steele, Urbana, Ill., Terry (Lesha) Steele, Dimmock, Pa., and John (Diane) Koloski, Fairdale, Pa. He was predeceased by a two brothers James Steele and David Koloski. A funeral service will be held on at 10 a.m. on Friday, Apr. 20, 2012 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, Pa., with pastor Howard D. Carr, pastor of the Moxie Community Church, officiating.  Friends may call on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 19 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, Pa. There will be a pass in review by the Legion at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations in Burt's name can be made to the Laceyville Goodwill Fire Company, 435 Main St., Laceyville, PA 18623.  Towanda Daily Review – April 16, 2012

 

STEWART William Robert Stewart

age 80, of The Villages, FL died Friday, April 13, 2012. He was a native of Elmira, N.Y. and came to the Villages in 2001 from Ocala, FL. Mr. Stewart was a retired Sales Engineer for Jordan Supply Company with over 25 years of service. He served 4 years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict and was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #352, Ocala FL and V.F.W. Post 10126. Mr. Stewart was an avid golfer and enjoyed making others smile. He is survived by his wife, Myrtle Stewart, The Villages, FL; 2 Sons, Robert Stewart, NY, Scott Stewart, Clermont, FL; Daughter: Lynda June Albert, Elmira, NY; 3 Step Sons, William Cochran, Brownstown, MI, Bradley Cochran, Wyandotte, MI, Charles Cochran, Rapid City, SD; 3 Step Daughters, Janet Wright, Ocala, FL, Vivian Acuna, Rapid City, SD, Sara Hakkarinen, Clearwater Beach, FL; 21 Grandchildren and 14 Great Grandchildren; 2 Nieces and 1 Nephew and his beloved Sister, Shirley Rumsey. A Celebration of Life was held on April 21, 2012 from 1-3 p.m. in the Villages, FL in which his loved ones embraced the smiles and love William truly brought to the people around him. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.   Star Gazette – April 26, 2012   

 

STONE Lorraine A. Waters Soper

87, of Athens, Pa. died Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at Towanda Skilled Nursing Unit, Towanda, Pa. She was born on February 6, 1925 in Deerfield Twp., Pa., the daughter of (the late) Grant and Hazel Ludlum Stone. Lorraine was a resident of Chemung View Apartments for 18 years. She went on many bus trips with her fellow residents during her years at Chemung View. Lorraine enjoyed reading and counted cross stitch. She is predeceased by her husband, Maurice L. Waters, II; infant son, John Terry Soper; sisters, Iris Stocum and Marion Myfelt; brother-in-law, Ivan Myfelt; and nephew Neil Myfelt.  Lorraine is survived by her children: Sharon “Sherry” and Ken Ledgerwood of Athens, Pa., Maurice “Skeet” L. Waters, III and Ruth Holley of Waverly, N.Y., and Rex and Pat Soper of Athens, Pa.; grandchildren, Amy Waters McCann of Pittsburgh, Pa., Katie Waters (and Josh Sindoni) of Candor, N.Y., and John Soper of Athens, Pa.; great-grandson, Elliott McCann; nieces, Carol (Fred) Toothaker and Muriel Myfelt; and nephews, Jerry Stocum, Jim Stocum, Bob Stocum, and Brian Myfelt.  Private Services will be held at the convenience of the family. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, Pa. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.   Memorial donations may be made in Lorraine’s memory to: Towanda Skilled Nursing Unit Auxiliary Patient Services, One Hospital Drive, Towanda, Pa. 18848.  Sayre Morning Times – April 26, 2012 

 

STRAYTON Wayne H. Stayton

Age 64 of Troupsburg, NY passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening, April 19, 2012 at Corning Hospital. Wayne was born May 14, 1947 in Auburn, NY, a son of the late Harold and Phyllis Jennings Stayton. Wayne was a graduate of Moravia Central School and Columbia University. He was employed as a private pilot for many years. Wayne is survived by his siblings, Janice (Guy) Stillman of Breesport, NY, Debra (Aaron) Boone and Russell (Belinda) Stayton both of Moravia, NY; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are entrusted to Sullivan's Funeral Home, Horseheads, NY. Funeral home obituary – April 22, 2012

 

TURNER John S. Turner

78, of Wellsboro, died on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at his home. Born on May 8, 1933, in Stoneham, Mass., he was the son of George and Jane (Deveau) Turner.  John was a career United States Air Force veteran serving in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. Following his military service, he was employed for 25 years with the United States Post Office in Wellsboro and was the owner and operator of Middlebury Electronics, repairing all electronics for Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital for 12 years. John was a member of the Wellsboro VFW, the American Legion, Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge and the Veteran's Club. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing darts.  John is survived by a son, Scott Turner, of Wellsboro; two daughters and sons-in-law, Diana and David Robinson of Wellsboro, Paulette and Earl James of New Mexico; one sister, Joyce Turner of Florida; six grandchildren, Rachel (Rob Cleveland) Robinson, Rebeccah (Bill) Richner, Nathaniel (Whitney) Robinson, Levi Turner, Lillian Crosby, Earl Crosby and three great grandchildren, Natalie Cleveland, Wyatt and Nolan Richner. He was predeceased by two brothers, George and Donald Turner.  Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service for John on Friday, April 20, at 11 a.m., at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield. Military honors will be presented by the Tioga County Honor Guard Association. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in John's name to the American Cancer Society , 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, Pa. 17701.  Wellsboro Gazette – April 17, 2012   

 

Van ESS Lester Jay Van

"written in his own words"

Lester Jay Van Ess was born on Sept. 13, 1924, in his parents' bed in a small home on the corner in Lodi, N.J., where the Manhattan bus stops on its way to New York City. His father, Martin, attained the eighth grade and his mother, Marina Troast, the seventh grade, before it was necessary for them to help support their families. They met in the factory where they worked, got married and had four children. Lester was the unexpected fourth child. His parents were going to name him Chester for their best friend but compromised on Lester when Aunt Julia said she had a horse named Chester. Lester graduated from the local grammar school at eleven years as co-valedictorian, and graduated high school at fifteen, where he had been elected president of the student body. He became an Eagle Scout. He attended Springfield College, Massachusetts, on a scholarship and graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude. He received his M.D. degree from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, followed by a four-year residency in surgery at the hospital. At the time, the United States was involved in the Korean War. Dr. Van Ess found the Air Force, and served his tour of duty as Director of Surgery at the United States Armed Forces Hospital in Keflavic, Iceland. During that time, there was an airplane crash and Dr. Van Ess directed the rescue efforts, and operated on the pilot of the plane for which he received a commendation from the Air Force. Upon returning home, he married Beverly Jane Little whom he had met at a laboratory party during his surgical residency. It was love and fascination at first sight for him. He wrote B.J. a letter each day during his year in Iceland. It was a love that lasted a lifetime. During these years he received the nickname "Van."  With his wife's help, Van set up a practice in Surgery of the Breast and Abdomen on Long Island in Babylon, N.Y., which lasted 40 years. He served the Babylon community as a Rotarian and became its President. Dr. Van Ess' hobbies (besides his wife, B.J.) included designing surgical instruments. He received two patents for a laparoscopic surgical cutter, and a biliary extractor. He loved to travel with B.J. and their destinations ranged from Tibet to Tanzania. Van also enjoyed writing an occasional magazine article on surgery or travelling.  Three children were born from Van and B.J.'s union, Robert, Tracy and Greg, each of whom appears to have inherited their father's charm and modesty. Also, from them, there are seven grandchildren, Alexandra, Zachary, Bradley, Steven, Michael, James and Nicholas.  Dr. Van Ess is being interred one mile from Roblen Farm, his home, at the Dunkard Church Cemetery, where it will be easy for his children and grandchildren to make frequent visits, and receive celestial advice. Memorial service to be held Saturday, April 21, from 2 to 5 p.m., Kaufman Funeral Home, 2102 Northway Road, Williamsport, PA 17701. 570-323-1544. In lieu of flowers, the deceased requested gifts be made in memory of Dr. Lester J. Van Ess to Springfield College, Gift Records, 263 Alden St., Springfield, MA 01109, where he received a full scholarship to attend college.  Williamsport Sun Gazette – April 19, 2012 

 

VREELAND Helen E. Mills

formerly of Bath, died on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center.  She was born in Fort Plain, NY, the daughter of the late LeRoy and Early (Ellwood) Vreeland.  Helen was an avid stock car racing fan, belonging to NASCAR and working at several tracks as a timekeeper.  She loved cooking and spending time with her friends at Village Square Apartments. She is survived by her brother, George Vreeland of Albany, and by special family friends, Michael and Nancy McLaughlin, and their family.  She was predeceased by her husband, Donald; her son, William Hooper; her brothers, William and Louis Sparrin; and one sister, Madelin. A funeral service will be held at Carpenter's Funeral Home, LLC, 14 East Pulteney Street, in Corning on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm.  Burial will follow at Seamans Cemetery in Savona. Those wishing may make donations to the charity of one's choice.  Corning Leader – April 21, 2012

 

WALKER Penelope Walker “Penny” Mehal

 89, of Genesee, PA, formerly of Old Tappan, NJ, died Sunday, April 15, 2012 in the Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA. Born April 2, 1923, in Brackenridge, PA, she was the daughter of Todd and Elzada Mae Buzzard Walker.  On June 25, 1944, in Natrona, PA, she married Lawrence R. Mehal, who survives.   A registered nurse, she was employed by hospitals in New Jersey and retired from Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport.  She served on the Ulysses Library Board of Trustees.  Surviving besides her husband, Lawrence, is a daughter, Diane Fleur Mehal of Framingham, MA.  She was predeceased by a son, Lawrence J. Mehal.  There will be no visitation or service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ulysses Library, P.O. Box 316, Ulysses, PA 16948. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Funeral home obituary - April 17, 2012 

 

WEST Jeffrey E.

Age 32, formerly of Millport, NY, died unexpectedly on Monday, April 16, 2012 at Syracuse University Hospital in Syracuse, NY. Jeffrey was born on June 8, 1979 in Elmira, NY, son of Kevin and Shari (Kinner) West. Jeffrey is survived by his daughter, Madison; sons, Kayleb and Mason; parents, Kevin and Shari; sister, Danielle (Richard) Dassance; niece, Evelyn; and several loving aunts, uncles and cousins. Jeffrey will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Family and friends are invited to call Sunday, April 22, 2012 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m.  Star Gazette – April 19, 2012   

 

WEST Jeffrey E. (Parker)

6/8/1979-4/16/2012: Jeffrey died unexpectedly in the Town of Lansing, NY at the age of 32. Jeffrey was born in Elmira, NY to David Parker and Shari Kinner and became the loving son of David and Mary (Stroud) Parker; Kevin and Shari (Kinner) West. Jeffrey is survived by his loving daughter, Madison; loving sons, Kayleb and Mason; loving brothers; David Jr. (DJ), Joseph (Joey) and Gary Parker; loving sisters, Sarah (Cody) Condem and Danielle (Richard) Dassance; very special Aunt and Uncle Bob and Tracy Russell; along with several loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Jeffrey was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Leslie and Jennie (Butts) Parker and Uncle Michael Parker. Jeffrey will be remembered for many reasons, but mostly for his love of art and doing his beautiful tattoos. Jeffrey has taken his journey to Heaven, until we meet again RIP. Jeffrey will be dearly missed by all. Family and friends are invited to call Sunday, April 22, 2012 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home, 1004 Lake Street Elmira, NY. A Memorial Service will follow at 2 p.m.  Star Gazette – April 20, 2012    

 

YUKELSON William

1/1/1912 - 4/3/12

Bill was born in Poland. He and his mother joined his father and other relatives in the United States when he was a small boy. He grew up in the Boston area, mostly living in Brockton, MA. Bill worked with his father in the bag business until the family moved to the Bronx. Bill worked in theaters on Broadway as a production assistant for many years. His primary responsibility was to manage all the services provided for the stars of each show. Bill's friendly and easygoing personality was perfectly suited for dealing with the sometimes demanding actors. He would occasionally recount his experiences with Henry Fonda, Dustin Hoffman, his favorite Hermione Gingold, and others. Bill eventually followed his parents to Florida where he lived in Miami Beach. It was there that he began speaking fluent Spanish so that he could talk with and get to know everyone in the community. In 1982, Bill moved to Elmira to stay with his cousin, Meyer Sactor. He embraced Elmira as his home. He enjoyed getting out and taking advantage of social opportunities in the Elmira area. He especially enjoyed dancing and frequently attended many dances in the area. He easily made friends and knew people wherever he went, from the clerk at the local convenience store to the president of an international industry. Bill was an upbeat person who was very knowledgeable of current affairs and could talk to anyone about any topic. He was a good neighbor and friend to many. Bill was also a devout member of Congregation Kol Ami, where he was bestowed with lifetime membership. He is predeceased by his parents, David and Dora Yukelson; and his cousin and best friend, Meyer Sactor. Survivors include his cousin and best friend Alan Sactor of Burtonsville, MD; cousin Joseph Zuckerman of Tel Aviv, Israel; friend Sala Scherer of Pembroke Pines, FL; and friend Helen DeHass of Elmira. Internment and graveside ceremony will be at Lakeside Memorial Park in Doral, FL. The family wishes to thank the staff of the Chemung County Nursing Facility for the excellent care that Bill received during his time there on the second floor. ARRANGEMENTS BY BAKER FAMILY FUNERAL HOME.  Star Gazette – April 15, 2012

    

 

? Anita Grace Frost

Age 87 of Halderman Rd. in Big Flats, died after a brief illness on Sun., Apr. 22, 2012 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center, surrounded by family and friends. She was predeceased by her husband Robert in 1998 and is survived by her sons and daughter, Leon (Christine Rohrer) Frost of Herkimer, NY, Ken (Carol) Frost of Bakersfield, CA, Myron (Christine A.) Frost of Big Flats, NY, Patricia (Roger) Lamoreaux of Elmira, NY. Grace dearly loved her 10 grandchildren, Michelle (Cosmo) Balio, Robert (Amy) Frost, Lauren (Tim Massinger) Frost, Kendallyn Frost, Jaryd, Jacob and Derek Frost, Kyle Frost, Marc and Rachel Lamoreaux; cherished her great grandchildren, Mikayla and Isabella Balio, Austin and Hadley Frost; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Grace was the last of seven siblings. She was a communicant of St. Mary Our Mother Church in Horseheads. She was a graduate of Michigan State University and attended University of Michigan. Grace was a longtime public health nurse who cared for many individuals from her home and in their homes. She was also a member of the American Red Cross and over the years has donated countless gallons of blood. Grace was a strong and faithful Roman Catholic always willing to help someone else. She looked forward to spending every opportunity to be with her family at their cottage on Macey's Bay Ontario. She was a master gardener, a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and enjoyed working on her bucket list. In keeping with her wish, Grace gave the gift of herself for the advancement of Medical Education and Research to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. Family and friends are invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial on Tues., April 24, 2012 at St. Mary Our Mother Church, 816 W. Broad St., Horseheads at 12:30 p.m. The Rev. Scott Kubinski will celebrate her Funeral Mass. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Grace with memorials to the Adopt a Patch Program of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, 388 Upper Oakwood Ave., Elmira Heights, NY 14903.  Star Gazette – April 23, 2012     

 

? Margaret E. Sapanic

69, Elmira Heights, died 04-13-2012. Arrangements: Barber Funeral Home.

 

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