Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice

Clippings, Obituary,  & Scrapbook Section

 

Bradford County PA

Chemung County NY

Tioga County PA

 

 

 

Joyce's Search Tip - February 2010 

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. 

 

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This page includes obituaries of people with connection to our three counties but not buried in them or cemetery not identified. If local cemetery is known, see the Obituaries by Cemetery section of the site.

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.


 

ALBRIGHT Mary Patricia Lucas

died on December 14, 2012 at Seneca View Schuyler Hospital after a six year battle with Alzheimer's. Pat was born in Auburn, NY in 1925, the daughter of Stella (Bennett) and John Albright. She moved ten times before spending her last two years of high school in Elmira, where she made lifelong friends. After obtaining her nursing degree from the Arnot Ogden in 1946, she worked as a nurse in Schenectady, NY where she met and married Alfred W. Lucas, MD. Pat and Al chose to settle in Elmira and raised their five children here. Pat was the ultimate giving person. In addition to her duties as a busy, devoted mother and doctor's wife, she served several area non-profit organizations. From 1956 to 1964, Pat volunteered at the Neighborhood House, setting up the Chemung County Well Baby Clinic, and served as a member and secretary of their Board of Directors. From 1970 to 1982, Pat was on the Board of the Friends of Steele Memorial Library Board and served as president from 1978 to 1980. She was also on the St Joseph's Hospital Auxiliary Board from 1972 to 1982 and served terms as their president, vice president and secretary. In the mid-1980s and 1990s, Pat was on the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Council, the Board of Pupil Assistance in Learning, and the Board of Visitors of the Elmira Psychiatric Center. Pat enrolled in Elmira College when her children were in high school and completed her Bachelor's degree in 1972. After the flood of 1972, Pat assumed the job of office nurse and manager of her husband's surgical practice until Al's illness forced him to retire. He died in 1983. Pat worked from 1983 to 1993 for the Comprehensive Interdisciplinary Developmental Services, visiting area high risk newborns. She retired to devote herself to grandmothering, playing bridge and traveling with family and friends. Pat was an accomplished athlete, enjoying golf, tennis, and skiing. No one in her family has matched her two holes-in-one. She and Al passed on a love of sports, healthy living, and solid values to their children and grandchildren. She was a devout Catholic. Pat will be remembered as a beautiful and an exceptionally kind, patient, generous, humble and caring person. She loved her family, her friends, and her community and showed it in innumerable ways. She leaves her children Alfred W. Lucas, Jr (Cheryl Holchuk), Jennifer Lucas (John Schweizer), Karen Lucas (Stephen Clarke), Christopher Lucas (Sarah Wells), and brother, John E. Albright and his family. Thirteen grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren also survive her. Son Andrew Lucas and infant daughter Mary Patricia Lucas predeceased her. A private burial will be held in Elmira. There will be no visiting hours. A memorial service will be held in April. Contributions in Pat's memory may be made to the Arnot Ogden Memorial Hospital Foundation, 600 Roe Ave., Elmira, NY 14905 or to St. Joseph's Hospital, 555 E. Market St, Elmira, NY 14901, or to Schuyler Hospital, 222 Steuben St, Montour Falls, NY 14865. Condolences may be sent to 6 South Street, Burlington, VT 05401. We wish to thank the staff at Seneca View for the sincere and attentive care our mother received during her stay there.   Star Gazette – December 16, 2012

 

ANDRUS Ronald Louis Andrus

65, husband to Calla Jean Eldridge Andrus, died Tuesday December 18, 2012. Mr. Andrus was born August 9, 1974 in Elmira, NY to the late Donald L. Andrus and Helen James Strauss Andrus. He retired from Corning Glass Incorporated after serving 37 years in the Research and Development Department. Surviving in addition to his wife, Calla is a son, Jeff Andrus; daughters, Kimberly McGhee, Jessica Holmes-Adams, and Deanna Wooten; sisters, Judy Blanchard and Joyce Liebich; mother-in-law Shirley Jean Eldridge; and grandchildren, Sofia Andrus, Drew Holmes, Sydney and Hunter Adams, Timothy and Riley Wooten, Quinn and Jackson McGhee, and Jillian and Julianna Wandell. Memorial Services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday in the chapel at Fletcher Funeral Service officiated by Rev. Wayne Warren.   Star Gazette – December 20, 2012 

 

ARENA Christopher A. Arena

40, of Wellsboro, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro. Christopher was born April 14, 1972, in Philadelphia, a son of Joseph and Margaret (Wood) Arena.  He worked as a contractor for Mose Construction in Philadelphia. Christopher was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Wellsboro, and enjoyed playing baseball.  Christopher is survived by his wife, Anita Sperry, of Wellsboro; two sons, Ryan Arena of Wellsboro, Brandon Arena of Philadelphia; a daughter, Paige Arena of Wellsboro; his parents, Joseph and Margaret Arena of Wellsboro; one granddaughter, Gionnia Arena; two sisters, Theresa Arena of Philadelphia; Julia Arena of Wellsboro.  A Memorial Service will be held at a later date in Philadelphia. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, is assisting the family.   Wellsboro Gazette – December 23, 2012   

 

BACHMAN Clara Beverly (Bachman) Koenigsmark

Of Bethany Village, Horseheads, New York, died December 17th, 2012, 24 days after her ninetieth birthday, a festive day celebrated at Bethany with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was born in Washington D.C. on November 23, 1922, the daughter of Byers McKinney Bachman and Clara Willis. She was predeceased by her loving husband of fifty-eight years, Paul Morris Koenigsmark, in 2002. She is survived by her son Stephen Koenigsmark (Kathy) of Minneapolis, Minnesota, her daughter Cindy Koenigsmark Hayden (Carl) of Elmira and her son Jeffrey Koenigsmark of Suffield, Connecticut. She was blessed with seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. After raising her children, Beverly took employment in real estate and banking and devoted countless hours to various charitable organizations, including the American Red Cross, the University of Connecticut Health Center and Easter Seals. In her retirement, she and Paul travelled the world. She was a talented painter of theorems, and her work was much in demand. She was particularly proud of her membership of more than half a century in the Daughters of the American Revolution. It was Beverly's request that all services be held privately and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Red Cross, Sullivan Trail Chapter, 911 Stowell St., Elmira, NY 14901 or Care First, 11751 E. Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Star Gazette – December 19, 2012    

 

BAGLEY Carol Joan (Bagley) Oaks

84, died at home in Watkins Glen, NY, December 13, 2012. Joan was born to Roger and Genevieve (Brooks) Bagley in Batavia, NY in 1928. After attending college in NYC she worked as a medical secretary before starting her family. Joan was a volunteer for Southern Tier Hospice as well as the Watkins Glen Library and Schuyler Hospital. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother and a Girl Scout Leader, generous to any charitable organization that sent her a request for donations, an avid reader, notoriously camera shy and a willing sailing partner even though she never learned how to swim. She was a dog lover, a General Hospital fan, and her cookie jar was never empty. She was passionate about politics and even took part in a march for peace in Washington, DC in the '60s. She is survived by her sons Douglass Oaks and his wife Darienne of Shelburne, VT, Mark Oaks and his wife Carolyn of Fabius, NY, Jonathan Oaks and his wife Penny of Marietta, NY, her daughter-in-law Lisa Oaks of Horseheads, NY and her daughter Ellen (Oaks) Peterson and her husband Edward of Horseheads, NY. Grandchildren Linsley Oaks, William Oaks, Sara Oaks, Katherine (Oaks) Shaw and her husband Patrick, Abigail Oaks, Allyson Oaks, Elizabeth Peterson, Perry Peterson and Nathaniel Peterson. Great-grandchildren Harper and Lennon Shaw. She is predeceased by her husband of 64 years William "Bill" Oaks, her son Michael "Tod" Oaks, and her sister Mary Claire (Bagley) Chase. A memorial service and committal at Lakeview Cemetery will be held at the family's convenience. Donations may be made in her name to Care First (formerly Southern Tier Hospice) 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830, or to The Watkins Glen Public Library, 610 South Decatur Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.  Star Gazette – December 16, 2012

 

BIANCHI Philomena T. Klein

87, died on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 at Messiah Village, the caring and loving community in Mechanicsburg, where she resided for the past eight years.  Born at her grandparents' home in Mildred on March 8, 1925 to Joseph and Josephine (Calaman) Bianchi. Philomena lived the majority of her life in the same house on Jackson Street where she grew up with her siblings.  After graduating from Cherry Township High School, Philomena went to Wilkes-Barre to study cosmetology and start a career as a beautician. During World War II, she moved to New Jersey and worked alongside her Aunt Annie modifying light bulbs for a defense plant. A few years later, she came back to Sullivan County and accepted a job offer from the Endicott Johnson shoe factory in Mildred. Over the years, Philomena steadily climbed the corporate ladder and eventually earned the position of plant manager—pretty impressive for a girl who liked to say she got her degree from the "School of Hard Knocks." She retired from Endicott Johnson in 1991 after 36 years of exemplary service.  "Philly," as she was known by her friends, enjoyed making Italian meals, reading romance novels, shopping at the mall and spending time with her family.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Nicholas; and her baby sister, Jean.  Surviving are two sons, Michael and Patrick; eight grandchildren, Heather, Jennifer, Krystal, Christopher, Ashley, Emily, Miranda and Kendall; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Jeanette; three nieces; and her daughter-in-laws, Linda and Nancy.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Mildred with the Rev. Joseph R. Hornick presiding. Interment will be in the adjoining parish cemetery.  The family will greet friends and relatives from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services on Saturday at the church.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made in Philomena's name to the Mildred Fire Company & Ambulance Association, PO Box 74, Mildred, PA 18632.  Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore.  Towanda Daily Review – December 19, 2012 

 

BIDDLE Mary Ellen Bradshaw 

Age 81, of Cornell St., Horseheads, died Dec. 18, 2012 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. She was born in Muncie, PA to Darwin and Marie (Boatman) Biddle. Mary Ellen is survived by her loving companion of 21 years, Leo Stapleton of Horseheads, NY; son, Michael (Maggie Taylor) Hall of Horseheads; grandchildren, Michael and Teddi Marie Hall, Mitchell Hall and Connor Hall; brothers and sister, Barbara (Frank) Stermer of Odessa, NY, Darwin (Sue) Biddle of Horseheads, NY, Charles (Lugene) Biddle of Breesport, NY. She was also predeceased by her brother, Robert Biddle. Mary Ellen was retired from the former MacMillan Bloedell/Weyerhaeuser where she was a dedicated employee for over 41 years. She loved bird watching at her home and also loved her cats. She was a member of Elmira Heights VFW and Ukrainian Club. There will be no prior calling hours or service. Arrangements with Barber Funeral Home Horseheads.   Star Gazette – December 20, 2012  

 

BISHOP Sylvia B. Weeber

90, of Beaver Falls, PA, died Saturday, December 15, 2012 in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.  Born April 4, 1922, in Plainfield, NH, she was the daughter of George C. and Lucy Ruggles Bishop. She was married to Edwin R. “Ned” Weeber, who predeceased her in 2011.  She was a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. Sylvia was a member of First Presbyterian Church in New Brighton, PA, Patterson Heights Firemen’s Auxiliary, and served as president of the New Brighton Century Club.  Surviving are: two sons, Edwin R. (Barbara) Weeber, Jr. of Pittsburgh, PA and Frederick (Vicky) Weeber of Freemont, CA; two daughters, Beatrice Weeber of Beaver Falls and Carolyn Wagner of Ulysses; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Alfred Bishop; and two sisters, Dorothy B. James and Beatrice B. Clark.  A Memorial Service will be held in New Brighton at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Patterson Cancer Center, c/o Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA 16915. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.   Solomon’s Words for the Wise – December 17, 2012

 

BIXBY Paul Warren Bixby

98, of State College, died on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at Foxdale Village, one week shy of his 99th birthday.  Born Dec. 22, 1913, in Richville, Otter Tail County, Minnesota. He was the oldest of five children of the late John Loren and Cora Epler Davis Bixby. On June 1, 1935 he married Ruth Jane Lowry, of Fergus Falls, Minn., who died May 8, 1988. In 1988 Paul married Mae Smith, who died in 2000. He is survived by three children, Jeansylvia Anderson, of Blossburg, Mark P. Bixby and his wife, Angela, of Wellsboro, Mary J. Kisner and her husband, Bert, of Boalsburg; two sisters, Janice Vance, of St. Paul, Minn., June Emmert, of Rockville, Md.; nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.  Paul earned three formal degrees in the field of education: a B.Ed. from Minnesota State College, St. Cloud, Minn. in 1937; a M.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1941; and a Ed.D. from Columbia University Teachers College in 1943. He was a rural school teacher in Otter Tail County, Minn., from 1932 to 1935; a junior high school teacher in St. Cloud, Minn. from 1937-1941; assistant principal of Horace Mann Elementary School in New York City from 1942-1943. He was a principal of elementary schools in Greenwich, Conn. and in Millburn, N.J. from 1943-1947. He and his family moved to State College in 1947. At Penn State's College of Education, Paul served in many positions including a professor, department head, assistant and associate dean and coordinator of International Programs. He retired as Professor Emeritus in 1979. His special assignments for Penn State included Visiting Professor at the University of the Philippines with joint sponsorship with Stanford University and the Agency for International Development in 1955-1956. He managed the U.S. training for Peace Corps groups headed for service in the Philippines in 1961-1962. In 1966 he served as an in-service consultant to the Teachers Colleges of the Philippines and interviewed Peace Corps Volunteers in the field for graduate scholarships in the U.S. Universities after their service in Malaysia, Nepal, India, Iran, Turkey, and Central America. In 1979-1980 he served as Visiting Scholar at Silliman University, Philippines.  Over the years Paul has been a member of the State College Presbyterian Church, a participant in the International Hospitality Council, delivered Meals on Wheels, served as a Board Member for the United Campus Ministry and a member of Rotary.  A memorial service will be held at a later date in early January 2013 at the Foxdale Village Auditorium, 500 East Marylyn Avenue, State College. Burial will be at Centre County Memorial Park at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Foxdale Village at 500 East Marylyn Avenue, State College, PA 16801 in memory of Paul Bixby.  Arrangements are under the care of Koch Funeral Home, State College.  Wellsboro Gazette – December 18, 2012 

 

BLIM Andrew F. Blim

age 82, died peacefully at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca, NY on December 16, 2012; leaving behind his loving wife Alberta E. of 58 years and seven children. Andrew (Cindy ) of Reading Center, NY, Connie Hively of Watkins Glen, NY, Daniel (Kelly) of Watkins Glen, NY, Timothy of Ithaca, NY, Charles of Beaver Dams, NY, Karen Smith of Auburn, NY and Jeffrey (Lisa) of Watkins Glen, NY. He was predeceased by his son Christopher; also leaving behind several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers Claude (Lee) Blim of Elmira, NY and Robert Blim of Auburn, NY. He was employed by Corning Inc. for 37 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping. Family and friends are invited to call at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee Street, Montour Falls, NY on Friday, December 28, 2012 from 6 - 8 PM. Funeral service will immediately follow.    Star Gazette – December 22, 2012   

 

BONNELL Torrence E. Bonnell

Late in the evening on Wednesday, December 12th, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer, Torrence E. Bonnell of Trout Run died quietly while at his home with his beloved family at his side.  He was 71 years of age. Born February 17th, 1941 in Williamsport, he was the son of Arthur and Mildred (Halderman) Bonnell. Mr. Bonnell was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Vietnam War. In civilian life he was a truck driver who hauled heavy equipment for the construction industry. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing and being with his family, especially his grandson.  Mr. Bonnell is survived by his wife, the former Delores Campbell, at home, daughter Wendy (& Michael) Adams of Cogan Station, brothers Harry (& Jennie) Bonnell of Gillett, Ray (& Kristi) Bonnell of Montgomery and Bobby Bonnell of Louisiana, as well as his grandson, Evan Adams.   He was preceded in death by a brother, Rodger Bonnell. In accordance with Mr. Bonnell’s expressed wishes, there will be no calling hours, and all services are at the convenience of the family.  Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home.  Canton Independent Sentinel – December 22, 2012   

 

BURNS Roger W. Burns

age 70, of Mansfield, PA, died on Monday, December 17, 2012 at his residence. Roger is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sandra K. (Anthony) Burns. Born on November 7, 1942 in Washington, PA, he was the son of Wilfred and Gertrude (Jones) Burns.   Prior to his retirement, Roger was employed in the logistics department with Lockheed Martin Company. From the 1970s until the 1980s, he managed the Mansfield Agway. Roger received a BS degree from Penn State University where he was a member of Delta Theta Sigma fraternity. He enjoyed gardening, hunting and was an avid golfer.  In addition to his wife, Sandra, Roger is survived by two daughters, Michele Fenstermacher of Mansfield, PA and Melissa Terase of Cocoa, FL and their spouses, Miles Fenstermacher and Robert Terase; one son, Bryan Burns of Cocoa, FL , and his spouse Michelle Anderson-Ryan; one sister, Carolyn Carmen of St. Petersburg, FL; 13 grandchildren, Samantha, Meagan, Olyvia, Hayden, Everett, Maranda, Sophia, Victoria, Mickey, Wayne, Josh, Sydney, Kelsey and 7 great grandchildren, Gavin, Shawna, Jacob, Mason, Jess, Taylor and Kylie. Roger was predeceased by a sister, Patricia Scherick.  Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Rogers life at the Bear Track Inn, 203 E. Main Street, Westfield, PA on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Rogers memory to the Alzheimers Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. is assisting the family.  Star Gazette – December 18, 2012    

 

CHAMBERLAIN Kay L. Chamberlain Ford

75, of 211 Oak Ridge Drive, Towanda, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital, Towanda. Kay was born in Towanda on June 15, 1937 the daughter of Warren L. and Helen Chase Chamberlain. She was a graduate of Troy High School. Kay was formerly employed by Ames Department Store in Towanda, the North Towanda Deli and the former Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge No. 1367 in Towanda. She also provided child care for area families for a number of years before her retirement. Kay was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Towanda, a life member of the Towanda Fire Department, an honorary member of the Bradford County Fire Police Association, and a member of the North Towanda Fire and Rescue Company. Kay loved spending time with her family and enjoyed reading.  She is survived by her husband, Gordon W. Ford; daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie M. and David M. Wilcox of Powell; son and daughter-in-law, G. Keith and Krista Ford of Wellsboro; her grandchildren, Thad M. (Heather) Wilcox, Drew M. (Jill) Wilcox, Tasha M. (Curt) Smyser, Ashley C. Ford, Christopher J. "C.J." (Lindsey) Ford, Amy S. McNeal and Brian K. Ford; several great grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, John "Jack" and Patricia Chamberlain of East Troy; sister Phyllis Barbur and companion Frank Gross of Towanda; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Lucelia and Harold Trexler of Sayre, Robert Kisner of Ulster, Esther Finnerty of Ulster, Jane Welch of Troy; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Jeffrey Wilkinson, Guthrie Hospice Chaplain, officiating.  The family suggests that contributions be directed to a charity or organization of one's choice in Kay's memory. Towanda Daily Review – December 21, 2012

 

DAVIS Virginia A. Smith

age 78, of Campbell, NY, died unexpectedly Monday, December 17, 2012 in the Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY.  Ginny was born in Greene, NY, on September 15, 1934 to the late Vincent and Wanda (Lloyd) Davis.  She married Raymond Smith on February 26, 1955 in Bolivar, NY.  Ginny was a member of Campbell United Methodist Church.  She was enthusiastically involved with Diabetes On Target, the diabetic support group in Campbell.  As an in-home child care provider for over 35 years, Ginny was a second mother to hundreds of children.  Her cooking and baking were renowned throughout the community.  She was a people person who never met a stranger and stayed in contact through visits, phone calls, letters and e-mails.  Ginny’s smile, laugh and warm embrace will be dearly missed by her husband: Raymond Smith of Campbell, NY; daughter: Debra Smith and son-in-law Jeffery Packard of Phoenix, NY; son: Kyle and daughter-in-law Melissa Smith of Gainsville, VA;  granddaughters: Bethanny Smith-Packard, Meghann Smith-Packard and Alexa Smith; grandson, Vincent Smith; sister-in-law, Janice Davis; several brothers and sisters-in-law; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews; and her many friends.  Ginny is predeceased by her father and mother, and beloved brother, Gene Davis.  Friends and family may call Friday, December 21, 2012 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at The Campbell United Methodist Church, 8516 Main St., Campbell, NY.  A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm at the church.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations, in Ginny’s name, be sent to The Campbell United Methodist Church, 8516 Main St., Campbell, NY 14821 or Diabetes On Target Groups, 7370 Hickory Hill Road, Bath, NY  14810.    Corning Leader – December 20, 2012

 

DONAHUE Michael Alan

Age 50, of Elmira, died unexpectedly Friday, December 14th, 2012. He was born in Ithaca, NY May 12th, 1962. He is survived by his sons, Michael Anthony Donahue, Nicholas Ryan Donahue, Randal Alexander Donahue, all of Rochester, NY; mother, Virginia (Maurice) Guinup of Newark, NY; father, Kenneth (Pollyanne) Donahue of Leesburg, FL; brothers, Denny Wheeler of Rochester, NY, William (Kathleen) Guinup of Newark, NY; fiancée, Lisa Wakefield of Elmira and her children, Joseph (Kari) Wakefield of Elmira, Heather (David) Austin of Elmira, Tiffani Wakefield of Elmira, NY, Alecia Wakefield of Elmira and their children, Justice Wakefield, Patrick Wakefield of Elmira. Michael was an employee for Kennedy Valve for two years. He was a devoted father who loved to camp. He was a good cook who loved family picnics, dogs, and carpentry, and wood working. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, NY Wednesday, December 19th 2012, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services celebrating Michael Allen Donahue's life will be held there following the calling hours at 8:00 p.m. Graveside services will remain private at the family's convenience in the Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, Rochester, NY. Those wishing please make memorial donations in Michael's name to the ASPCA.  Star Gazette – December 17, 2012

 

DUNLAP Terry William Dunlap (EFA's Chemistry God) "Admiral Paddle Harder" "Papa"

age 65 of Elmira, NY died Monday, December 17, 2012 at home after a hard fight against Multiple Myeloma. He was surrounded by the love of his family, dearest friend and beloved wife of 30 years, Marcia. Terry was born in Kingston, Pa March 21st, 1947. He is the son of Bill and Ellie Dunlap of Mehoopany, PA; Brother: Kevin and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Beloved children; Colleen (Pat) Herrick- Shaw of Manlius, NY, Roni Herrick of Elmira, NY and Rob (Erin) Herrick also of Elmira; Grandchildren: Alexis Herrick, Taylor Niles, Lucas Herrick, Jake Herrick-Martin, Olivia Herrick, Allyson Shaw, Ava Herrick; Extended family and friends: Rae (Don)McDermott-Burlew, Lisa (Mike) McDermott-Gaboriault, Cheryl McDermott-Logue, David McDermott, and Jan Koen. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, NY Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 from 1:00PM to 4:00PM. A celebration of Terry's life will be held following the calling hours at 4:00PM. Pastors Chip Posse and William Vallet will officiate. Graveside services will remain private. Terry was raised in Mehoopany, Pa. He graduated from Penn State University class of 1969 with a degree in Science. He began teaching in Elmira City School District in September 1969, until his illness forced him to retire in 2005. He loved his many students and his job. He loved to sail, play golf, and be surrounded by his family on Seneca Lake. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials in Terry William Dunlap's name to the Hope Lodge , 1120 Goodman Street South, Rochester, NY 14620. A very special "Thank You" to all the doctors and nursing staff of Falck Cancer Center of Elmira, and the Wilmont Cancer Center of Rochester, NY.  Star Gazette – December 19, 2012 

 

ENNIS Robert “Bob” F. Ennis

age 85, of Hickory Grove Rd. in Horseheads, N.Y., died on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at Elcor Health Services.  He was born June 24, 1927, in Elmira, N.Y., to Judson and Bessie (Hollenbeck) Ennis.  Bob is survived by his wife of over 57 years, Dolores (Harding) Ennis; daughters and son, Robin (Raymond) Willson of Pine Valley, N.Y., Christine (Dave) Peterson of Hammondsport, N.Y., James Ennis of Horseheads, N.Y.; grandchildren, Joshua and Jacob Willson, Jessica, Amanda and Matthew Peterson and Shannon Ennis.  In addition to his parents, Bob was also predeceased by his brothers, Lee and Jerry.  He was retired from Westinghouse as their senior sales supervisor having worked on several Government contracts throughout his 35-year career.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and an avid bowler, having had scored several 300 games during his career. He was also the secretary for several local bowling leagues. Most of all, Bob will be remembered by his keen sense of humor.  Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 South Main Street, Horseheads on Thursday Dec. 20, 2012 from 3 - 5:00 p.m. Aprayer service will follow at 5:15 p.m.  Burial service with military honors in St. James Cemetery in Waverly N.Y.  Those wishing, may remember Bob with memorials to the Arctic League, PO Box 113, Elmira, N.Y.,14902 or CareFirst 11751 East Corning Rd. Corning, NY 14830.  Special thanks to the staff of Elcor for the kind and gracious care you provided Bob over these years.  Sayre Morning Times – December 18, 2012

 

ENQUIST Arleen Enquist Gaustad Saltzman

83, died on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 in Ithaca, NY, from the long-term effects of Alzheimer’s disease.  Born in North Minneapolis, MN on Nov. 22, 1929, Arleen was the daughter of Ernest E. and Anna (Lidstrom) Enquist. After graduating from the Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis and earning a bachelor’s degree in art education from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Arleen began a colorful career as an art teacher in Wyalusing. She later moved to Bemidji, MN, on Big Turtle Lake, a family-loved area, and then to Manchester, VT. She and her husband, Stephen “Salty” Saltzman, also spent many winters in Argentina as fly fishing guides.  Full of life, Arleen had many hobbies, including painting, fly fishing, music (especially piano), golf, speed skating in her youth, volunteering at nursing homes and assisting young artists throughout her life.  In addition to her parents, Arleen was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Stephen “Salty” Saltzman; brothers, Erling and Melvin Enquist and stepdaughter, Suzie Saltzman.  She is survived by her children, Richard and Wendy Gaustad, Tanna and Michael Fries, Carla and Kevin Sives, Joyleen “Joy” Gaustad and Janice “JJ” Johnson; step-children, Dr. Stephen “Buzz” and Cheri Saltzman, Sallie and Bob Seymour and Sean and Maria Saltzman; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and many friends.  No public services have been scheduled at this time.  Those who wish to remember Arleen in the form of a contribution are asked to kindly consider the Blue Heron Art Gallery, PO Box 813, Wyalusing, PA 18853 or the Southern Vermont Art Center, 930 Southern Vermont Art Center Dr., PO Box 617, Manchester, VT 05254.   Wyalusing Rocket Courier – December 20, 2012   

 

FELT Douglas Felt

age 49, of Palm Harbor, Fla., and formerly of Sayre and Towanda, Pa., died on December 19, 2012.  He was born June 29, 1963, a son of Andrew and Bette Felt.   He was preceded in death by his mother Bette; as well as his in-laws Eugene and Nina McCarthy.  He is survived by his wife Linda; son Jason; daughter Jessalyn; father Andrew; brothers David (Bonnie) and Darren (Teresa); sisters Diane (Ray) Nobles and Donna (Terry) Dixon; sisters-in-law Sharon (Randy) Rockefeller and Nancy (John) Alderson; brother-in-law Gene (Lisa) McCarthy and several other relatives and friends. Douglas volunteered for various organizations wherever he lived including the Athens Little League, Boy Scouts of America and the Jacobson Culinary Academy.  Sayre Morning Times – December 22, 2012 

 

FOSTER Michael John Foster

44, of Madison, NC, formerly of Horseheads, died Friday, December 14, 2012, at his residence. He was born March 22, 1968 in Elmira. Michael was a Police Officer for the town of Culpeper, NC. He was a volunteer fireman for the Town of Southport, former chief for eight years for Tompkins Corners, before moving to Madison in 2007. He is now a Lieutenant for the Madison Volunteer Fire Department. He is survived by his wife, Linda Steadle-Foster of Madison; mother, Dawn Eileen Seymour Kliein and husband John of Clearwater, FL; children, Alexis and Noah Steadle-Foster of Madison; a brother, Shawn Foster and wife Debbie of Elmira; and a sister, Jennifer Knapp of Clearwater, FL. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira Tuesday December 18th, 2012, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Funeral and committal services celebrating Michael's life will be held following the calling hours at 7:00 p.m. Graveside services will remain private.   Star Gazette – December 17, 2012   

 

GANLEY Ryan Thomas Ganley

age 44, of Lake Oswego, Ore., died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, after a year-long battle with brain cancer.  Ryan was born on June 27, 1968, in Fairbanks, Alaska, to Tom and Harriet Ganley.  After the death of his parents, Ryan moved to Sayre, Pa., in 1981, and lived with his uncle and aunt, Dr. Richard and Sally Ganley. He graduated from Notre Dame High School in Elmira, N.Y., and attended Ithaca College, where he met his best friend and wife, Tracy Metviner.  They traveled around the West, finally settling outside of Portland, Ore., where they co-owned the Bamboo Grove Hawaiian Grille.  Ryan and Tracy have two daughters, Kaeli, 8, and Jadyn, 4.  A memorial service will be held in Portland, Ore., in January.  Anyone wishing to do so may contribute to the Sayre Library in memory of Ryan Ganley. For those who would like to express their sympathy to Dick and Sally Ganley, they may do so at 715 John Cole Road, Fairbanks, AK 99712.   Sayre Morning Times – December 19, 2012   

 

GIARDINA Michael J. Giardina

Age 77, a longtime member of the Pine City community, died Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Michael was born in Corning, NY the 19th of July 1935. He was the son of the late Matteo and Bartola (Brucato) Giardina. In service to his country Michael was proud to be a United States Marine. He was predeceased by his brothers: Charles, Joseph, Sair. He attended Corning Schools and was a former Chemung County Deputy Sheriff. Later he retired from the Elmira Psychiatric Center. Michael is survived by his loving wife Frances DiGiacomo Giardina of Pine City; Sisters: Rose Cavallaro of Corning, and Mary Schoonover of Painted Post. Along with several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many close friends. He was inducted into the Chemung County Hall of Fame in 2007 as a contributor. Mike was well known for his dedication to the training of many young athletes in the area. Their many accomplishments were his personal trophies in life. He loved all sports, and especially enjoyed the time he spent with his friends at the gym. It was Michael's request that there be no formal calling hours held. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, December 22, 2012, 10:00AM at St. Vincent De Paul Church, 222 Dodge Avenue, Corning, NY. Memorial donations in Michael J. Giardinas' name may be made to the Chemung County Humane Society & SPCA, 2435 Rt. 352, Elmira, NY 14903 or to the Food Bank of The Southern Tier, 388 Upper Oakwood Avenue, P.O. Box 2127, Elmira, NY 14903     Star Gazette – December 21, 2012

 

GOODWIN Margaret Taylor Honeywell

age 91, formerly of Laceyville, Pa., died early Sunday morning, Dec. 16, 2012 at the Golden Living Center in Tunkhannock, Pa., where she had been a resident for the last two years.  Margaret was born on April 9, 1921, a daughter of the late Charles and Gladys Harris Goodwin in Endicott, N.Y.  She worked in many of the local sewing factories in Laceyville, Meshoppen, and Black Walnut before she retired in 1983. Margaret lived in Laceyville on Doolittle Hill until the death of her husband Edward F. Honeywell on June 6, 1988. She then moved to her daughter and son in law's house on Golden Hill.   She was a member of the Rought Hall Post No. 510 American Legion Auxiliary in Black Walnut, Pa. She also loved to do crafts and spending time with her family.   Margaret is survived by her four daughters Janice Godown of Plains, Pa., Carole Brek and her husband Tim of Kingston, Pa., Linda Salsman and her husband Roger of Laceyville and Cathy Gay and her husband Scott of Orwell, Ohio; her son Edward "Skip" Honeywell Jr. of Laceyville; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; her brother Jesse "Jake" Goodwin and his wife Millie of Laceyville; her sisters Helen Newhart of Camptown, Pa. and Hettie Tinna of Wyalusing, Pa.; as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides her husband she was preceded in death by an infant daughter Mary Lorraine Honeywell; a sister Gertrude Pennay; a son-in-law Albert Godown; and two brothers-in-law Frank Newhart and Harold (Bim) Tinna.  Family and friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Laceyville, Pa. Interment and graveside services will follow at the Lacey Street Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers those wishing to make memorial donations may do so in Margaret's name to the Laceyville Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 274, Laceyville, PA 18623.  Towanda Daily Review – December 18, 2012  

 

GRUVER Dennis Scott Gruver

age 44, of 7466 Rt. 367, Laceyville (Silvara) died on Dec. 19, 2012.   Dennis was born on June 12, 1968 in Laceyville the son of Patricia Manning of Quicks Bend, and Edward "Ted" Gruver of York, S.C.  He attended Wyalusing Valley High class of 1986. After high school Dennis met his wife Karen Marie Hamspey Gruver and they have been together for 25 years.   Dennis was employed with Meshoppen Stone as a truck driver. Dennis had a really good sense of humor. He enjoyed to fish, hunt, and everything about cars. Most of all he loved to spend time with his family and many friends.  Besides his wife and parents, Dennis is survived by his daughters Samantha Marie Gruver of Laceyville, Haylee Nichelle Gruver of Laceyville and Christina Grimes (Kevin) of Stantonsburg, N.C.; grandson Dakota Grimes of Stantonsburg; brothers Joseph Gruver (Hope) of Laceyville, Eddie Gruver (Nichole) of Laceyville and Jarod Gruver of Texas; maternal grandmother Doris Manning of Laceyville; father-in-law Donald J. Hampsey of Storey Lake; mother in law Linda C. English (Bob) of Silvara; brother and sisters-in-law Michael Nesslein of Tunkhannock, Paula Hampsey of Storey Lake, Eric English (Sharon) of Silvara, Joseph English (Kimberly) of Camptown, Heather Lape (Charles) of Cincinnati, Ohio and Holly English of Pittsburgh; step father George Surplus of Quicks Bend; special nieces and nephews April Hartshaw, Megan Hartshaw, Hannah Anne Kiefer, Joseph A. Gruver Jr. and Damian Michael Manning all of Laceyville; as well as several other nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins He was preceded in death by his son Dillan James Gruver, maternal grandfather Arthur E. Manning, special nephew Zachary Allen Hartshaw, and sister in law Michelle Hampsey Nesslein.   A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Laceyville, with Rev. Tim Barnett of New Hope Ministries in West Auburn, officiating. Interment will follow at the Lacey Street Cemetery. Family and friends may call from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 at the funeral home.   In lieu of flowers those wishing to make memorial donations may do so in Dennis's name to the Wyalusing Basketball Cheerleading, c/o Peg Huyck, PO Box 12, Laceyville, PA 18623.    Towanda Daily Review – December 22, 2012

 

HAGER Patricia Meehan

Patricia H. Meehan, age 77, of 2695 County Line Road, Watkins Glen, NY died Wednesday December 12, 2012 in Florida. Friends may call at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119-5th Street, Watkins Glen on Friday December 21 from 4pm – 8pm. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, December 22 at 1pm at St. Mary's of the Lake Church. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery. Pat was born March 13, 1935 in Elmira, NY and was the daughter of Philip and Alberta Guild Hager. She married William C. Meehan Sr. on July 28, 1956 who preceded her in death in 2004. Pat was retired from Schuyler County Social Services. Recently she enjoyed her summers working for the Watkins Glen State Park. She is survived by her children, Annette (Roger) Tijerina of East Lansing, MI, William (Beth) Meehan Jr. of Watkins Glen, NY, Barbara (Scott) McIntyre of Matthews, NC and Terri (Jon) Thorpe of Nichols, NY, grandchildren, Matthew (Andrea), Roger Jr and Michael Tijerina, Jay Meehan, Scott McIntyre Jr and Randy (Kristy) and Erick (Sarah) Thorpe, great grandchildren Kayla and Tyler Tijerina and Kambrie Thorpe. Sisters Phyllis (Jud) Gardner of Watkins Glen, NY, Betty (Bob) McNutt of Barefoot Bay, FL and Nancy (Andy) Anderson of Satellite Beach, FL. Sister-in-laws Kathryn Smith of Mundelein, IL, Vera Franzese and Anne Meehan of Watkins Glen, NY, Brother-in-law Thomas Meehan of Honeyoye Falls, NY, many nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by her sister Alice Robedeau, brother-in-laws Louis Meehan, Joe Franzese and Owen Smith, and sister-in-law Mary Meehan. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Mary's of the Lake Church Restoration Fund, PO Box 289, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.  Funeral home obituary – December 16, 2012    

 

HARRIS Belle B. (Harris) Reese

age 86, of Millerton, PA, died on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at her residence. Born on February 10, 1926 in Lawrenceville, PA, she was the daughter of Franklin W. and Bertha May (Kelly) Harris. Belle was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth Doyen Reese on December 1, 1997.  Prior to her retirement, Belle was employed as a nurse’s aide for St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira, NY, and Broad Acres Health and Rehabilitation Center in Wellsboro, PA. During World War II, she was employed with the Remington Rand Company. She was a homemaker and attended the Church of Christ in Horseheads, NY. Belle was a member of the NRA and enjoyed gardening, bus trips, writing poetry, baking and cooking. She loved her family and her church.  Belle is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Kenneth E. Reese of Duanesburg, NY, John K. and Susan L. Reese of Millerton, PA; three daughters and a son-in-law, Stella Marie Sill of Ithaca, NY, Marie R. Kelly of Saginaw, TX, Katherine and Paul Joseph Lowe of Elkland, PA; two sisters, Helen Jeanette Makin of Painted Post, NY, Thelma Gardner of Beaver Dams, NY; 14 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Kenneth, Belle was also predeceased by three brothers, Franklin Harris Jr., Charles L. Harris and an infant Charlie Harris; one sister, Gladys Harris; a granddaughter, Sarah Lowe Clark; 3 great grandsons, Xzavier Scott Clark and infant twins. She was also predeceased by her two beloved dachshunds.  A private memorial service will be held for Belle at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Church of Christ,Westinghouse Road, Horseheads, NY, 14845. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main Street, Mansfield, PA, is assisting the family.   Funeral home obituary – December 20, 2012  

 

HEATER Sherry Miller 

Age 64 of Elmira, died Sat. Dec. 15, 2012 at home following declining health with her loving husband at her side. Born on June 11, 1948 in Wellsboro, PA, Sherry was the daughter of the late Milford & Madeline Holt Heater. She married the love of her life, Walter "Butch" Miller on May 29, 1963 in Tioga, PA. Sherry was employed by St. Joseph's Hospital for 43 years, having to retire early due to health concerns. She was a hard worker who loved her coworkers and her job. Her interests included animals. She was a caring person who gave a lot to those around her. Anything Sherry did she put her whole heart into. Surviving is her loving family, husband of 49 years, Walter Miller, Elmira; daughter, Susan (Shane Herchanik) Miller, Elmira; grandsons, Jordon Everts and Noah Anthony; brothers, Milford Jr. (Janette) Heater, Lawrenceville, PA; Wilford (Nancy) Heater, Millerton, PA; sisters, Velma Bailey, Troy, PA; Norma (Richard) Baker, Lawrenceville, PA; Ruth Powlison, Mansfield, PA; Janet (Randy) Tripp; sister-in-law, Shirley Sullivan, Wellsburg; many nieces and nephews including special nieces and nephews, Karen Quinones, Jim and Barb Bailey. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport on Thur. Dec 20, 2012 between the hours of 1-4 p.m. Funeral services will follow the visitation at 4:15 p.m.   Star Gazette – December 18, 2012

 

HOPKINS Helen M. Chandanais

85, formerly of Campville, went to be with the Lord Sunday, December 16, 2012, at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. She was predeceased by her parents, Howard and Margaret Hopkins; husband, Henry; son, James; brothers and a sister. She is survived by her children and their spouses, Tom and Barbara of Norfolk, VA, Don of Tifton, GA, Cathy and Tom Williams of Cary, NC, Pat of Cary, NC, and Fred and Cindy of Lowman, NY; grandchildren, Tina, Monica, Colette, Donny, Lori, Patty, Kalia, Colin, Breanne, Lexi, Josh, Chelsea, and Ryan; several great-grandchildren; sister, Frances Berti; and several nieces and nephews. She was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Endicott. She was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels of Western Broome County, a retired employee of the Binghamton Press, and a former employee of IBM, Endicott. The family would like to thank Elderwood Nursing Facility in Waverly for their loving care of Helen. A Funeral Mass will be offered Friday at 10 a.m. from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Johnson City. The family will receive friends at the Coleman & Daniels Funeral Home Inc. 300 East Main St. Endicott Thursday from 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Meals on Wheels of Western Broome, 705 West Main St., Endicott, NY 13760.  Star Gazette – December 19, 2012 

 

IRONS James W. Irons Sr.

65, of New Bedford, Mass., died December 4, 2012, unexpectedly at home. Mr. Irons was born on November 5, 1947 in Waverly, N.Y., the son of the late Raymond and Shirley Irons.  Following graduation from Sayre High School in 1966, he was drafted by the U.S. Army to serve in the Vietnam War. He continued to serve his country in the Army for 20 years as a 1st Sargent, drill sergeant and military police officer before retiring in 1986 as a disabled veteran.  Following the war, Mr. Irons returned to his hometown as a recruiter, mechanic and inventor. In 1982, he moved to New Bedford, Mass., where he furthered his inventions with several patents and businesses.  Mr. Irons served as a VFW Commander. In 2003, he was a mayoral candidate hoping to decrease the crime in the city he loved living in.  Mr. Irons was big hearted and well liked everywhere he went and always lent a helping hand to all.  Mr. Irons is survived by his son, James Irons Jr., of Sayre, Pa.; daughter Trenna Cannavino of Athens, Pa.; four grandchildren, Tyler G. Haines of New York, Gage and Alectra Cannavino of Pennsylvania, and Shawn Irons of Pennsylvania; five sisters: Helen Mead of Pennsylvania, Sandra Tobin of South Carolina, Judi Cannon of Alabama, Tammy Bennett of Pennsylvania, and Phyllis Lathrop of Ohio.  He was predeceased by his brothers, Gary Irons of Pennsylvania, and Raymond Irons Jr. of California.  Memorial service to be announced and held at a later date.   Sayre Morning Times – December 17, 2012

 

LAFFERTY Dawn Hochsprung

As the nation became paralyzed on Friday when initial reports surfaced of a gunman at an elementary school in Connecticut, area resident Vicki (Lubold) Schmidt of Towanda immediately sent her childhood friend, Dawn (Lafferty) Hochsprung, formerly of Towanda, a text message to see if she was near the school of the reported shooting. It was 10:45 a.m.  Not yet understanding what was going on, Schmidt did not anticipate a return text message, as the 47-year-old Hochsprung was a principal at an elementary school, and would not normally respond until the end of the school day.  At 4 p.m., Schmidt turned on the television and was in shock when she saw a picture of her childhood friend, Dawn (Lafferty) Hochsprung, reported as the principal who was one of 26 killed when a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and open fire. Twenty of those killed in the bloody massacre were young children.  "I was tearful all day Friday for the kids," said Schmidt, "and when I found out it was Dawn it was unbelievable I was in shock."  Others in the Towanda area, upon learning that the principal gunned down in the massacre spent the early years of her own childhood in Bradford County, attending what was the Towanda middle school until sixth grade, were in shock as well.  Mark Christini of Towanda had been watching the news and following the story as well, but did not make the connection that Dawn Hochsprung, as reported, was formerly Dawn Lafferty, the daughter of the late William Lafferty and Geegee Lafferty, who now resides in New York.  Christini stated that although he remembered Hochsprung, she was in a different grade. Christini's wife, Julie Kintner, was in Hochsprung's grade, but had only vague memories of her. But these vague memories of an old schoolmate weren't the same for Schmidt. On Saturday, Schmidt talk of her lifelong friend, and during a tearful interview described her as always smiling, and a woman who cared for the children that she dedicated her life to molding as principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. According to Schmidt, Hochsprung lived in the Towanda area until the sixth grade. It was at that time, Schmidt added, that Hochsprung's father took a transfer with Sylvania, and relocated.  The two were close, from riding the school bus together, and going on campouts and participating in youth activities through the United Methodist Church of Towanda. Schmidt has nothing but fond memories of her dear friend.  Schmidt's parents, the late Harvey Lubold and Faye Lubold of Towanda, were very close friends with Hochsprung's parents, and even lived in the same apartment before they split off and moved to Hillcrest Drive. At that point, Schmidt said, they were neighbors, living directly across the road from each other. And then a few years later, Schmidt added, the Lafferty's moved to York Avenue where they operated a bed and breakfast until their relocation. This big home on York Avenue, is where Schmidt had some of her fondest recollections of Hochsprung.  "I just remember spending nights in that big house," said Schmidt. "We would just laugh about the silliest things," she added, stating that Hochsprung was small in stature, but had a lot of energy.  But at the age of 12, Schmidt was saddened when she learned that Hochsprung's father had accepted a new job, and that she would be leaving. "It was hard," Schmidt added.  But Schmidt and Hochsprung didn't part ways for long, and would continue to make arrangements to visit each other. In fact, during her high school years, Schmidt traveled to Naugatuck, Conn., where Hochsprung was living at that time, and the two would attend a party that would change the direction of Schmidt's life, to this date. It was at that party that Schmidt met her husband, Kurt Schmidt. They married years later, with Kurt moving to Towanda where they soon raised their own family.  Hochsprung also built a family and had two daughters, three stepdaughters, and four grandchildren. As their families grew, the lives of Schmidt and Hochsprung became very busy, but the two managed to stay in touch.  "I would go to Connecticut in the summers, or Dawn would come to Towanda," said Schmidt. "We would always text each other, or spend time when we could," she added. There was a period of time in which the two did not talk much, but in 2009, when Schmidt's father passed away, the two reunited again.  The last time Schmidt saw Hochsprung was in March 2012 in Towanda. According to Schmidt, Hochsprung traveled for a visit with her mother to spend time in the area.  Little did Schmidt know that this visit would be the last time she would see her friend. In comparison to the sadness she felt at the age of 12 when her friend moved away, saying goodbye this time is much harder.  When Schmidt connected everything on Friday to her childhood friend, looking in disbelief at Hochsprung's photo on the national news channel, her reaction was nothing less than horrified.  "At first, when I saw her picture on the news," said Schmidt, "I started crying, and then I was just shaking all over." "She was a hero," Schmidt said of Hochsprung, "I know she was the hero there."  Hochsprung, according to the Newton Bee, received her Bachelor of Science degree in special education from Central Connecticut State University, her Master of Science degree in special education from Southern Connecticut State University, and her sixth year degree in educational leadership from Southern Connecticut State University.  Prior to her appointment as principal at Sandy Hook in 2010, Hochsprung served as assistant principal within the Danbury Public School System; five years at Rogers Park Middle School from 1998 to 2003 and one year at Danbury High School, 2003-2004.  She was described by all as a woman who cared about her students.  Chelsea (Richards) Wagner of Troy worked as an elementary school teacher for 31 years. In fact, Wagner grew up in Trumbull, Conn., just one town over from Newtown, Conn., and the location of the massacre.  Wagner lived in Trumbull until 1969, and described the area, to include Newtown, as a small, quiet town. "It was your typical New England town," said Wagner.  "It was safe back in those days," she added, "like most small towns were."  Like every person in this nation, when Wagner learned of the massacre on Friday she was in shock, was in disbelief, and then saddened.  "When you're a teacher," said Wagner, "you love your children like they're your own."  Being a teacher herself, Wagner could only imagine how the teachers were feeling on Friday at Sandy Hook.  "They were probably scared, sick, and in shock," said Wagner. "They were probably wondering, how could this happen to us."  As for Schmidt, her mother has already spoken with Hochsprung's mother, and is awaiting word to head to Connecticut for services.  And like many others, Schmidt has spent the last two days grieving, and taking time to appreciate her family. Wagner did the same. "The first thing I did when I learned of what happened was tell my family that I love them," said Wagner.  This sentiment, nationally, resounded.    Towanda Daily Review – December 16, 2012

 

LUCK Alice Elizabeth Luck

age 59, of Dushore, died on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 peacefully after a brief illness.  Alice was born in Jersey City, N.J. on Feb. 11, 1953, the only child of William Neal "Chief" Luck and Alice Booth Luck. She graduated from high school and also graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in biology. She taught school at a Catholic elementary for several years.  She moved to Cherry Township with her parents and became very involved with her church and the Red Hats group. She enjoyed being the Red Hat ladies and also made jewelry for them. She was also involved with fundraising for the Endless Mountains Medical Mission International Team.  Alice loved helping people by doing research for them on her computer plus she loved to talk to people about Jesus Christ on the internet. She loved politics and was an avid fisherman. Alice was a very loving, generous woman who will be greatly missed by friends, family and dogs Muffin and Holly.  She was a member of the Living Hope Fellowship in Estella and a member of the Women's Bible Study.  Surviving are her aunt and godmother, Lillian Harmer; an aunt and uncle, Mae and Paul Cooper; several cousins; and a godchild, Cheryl Petrowski Hill from N.J.  A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 at the Fairview Cemetery, Dushore with Pastor Jake Lund officiating. A memorial service will be held after the holidays at the church and will be announced at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore.   Towanda Daily Review – December 21, 2012   

 

MECUM Kenneth Lee

Age 75 of Town of Veteran, NY. He was born February 22, 1937 in Elmira, son of the late Lloyd Kenneth and Constance Barbara (Manning) Mecum and died Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at home after an extended illness. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Margaret (Palladino); daughters Karen Mecum with husband Lon Dewey and Mary Lynn (Reepie) Mecum both of Horseheads; grandchildren Sara Margaret Falco of Horseheads and Oswego, NY, Alexander Falco of Ft. Myers, FL, Zachary Dewey of Horseheads and Alek Dewey serving in the U.S. Marines in Okinawa, Japan; sister and brother-in-law Gwen and Harvey Hunt of Templeton, CA; sisters-in-law Lucille Fields of Zephyrhills, FL, Mary Buchtel of Horseheads , Alice (George) Gilboy of Zephyrhills, FL, and Dolores (Richard) Gould of Troy, MI; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins; special family friends Skyelar and Devon Williamson of Elmira. He was a graduate of Thomas Edison High School, Class of 1954; served in the U.S. Navy Reserves; was a member of the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 267 for 54 years as a journeyman pipefitter; a member of the NRA and he enjoyed hunting, fishing and working on his farm. He was very proud of constructing the building for A Step Above, for his wife and daughter who were the original owners. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Sunday, December 23rd from 2 to 5 pm. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Ken through donations to the Millport Volunteer Fire Dept.,2016 Crescent St., Millport, NY 14864    Star Gazette – December 21, 2012   

 

MELVILLE Roger Melville

Roger J. Melville left this world and is now with the Lord and his Mother Mary. He is happy to now be with his departed family members: wives, Joyce and Lois; his son, Mark; his mother, Ella and father, Charley; brother, Richard and niece, Sherry.  He is survived by his wife, Cathy; his son, Mike; his daughters, Debbie, Michele and Kate; his grandchildren, Theresa, Alex and Ellen; his great-grandchildren, Caitlin, Christian, Isabella, Noah, Gabriel and Hope.  He is also survived by two brothers, Lt. Cmdr. Charles W. Melville and wife Gloria; three nieces, Debbie, Peggy and Heather and brother, John D. Melville and wife Ruth.  Roger had a very interesting life. He served in Korea in 1950 with the 2nd Infantry Division, in the 2nd M.P. Company, receiving a number of awards – Combat Infantry Badge, four Bronze Battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation for Bravery.  Roger wishes happiness and health to the world, his country and state.  He was State Commander of the American Legion. A life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Vets and AM Vets.  He was also a 50 year member of Knights of Columbus and a lifelong Catholic.  Roger's business career consisted of: store manager and regional manager of McCrory's Inc., Zayre's, Piedmont Fabrics Inc., Cousin Corporation of America; owner of Melville's 5 & 10 stores.  Roger wanted to remember his special friends: His Excellency, the Archbishop of Mobile, the Rev. Thomas J. Rodi; sister Mary Balkus – Sister of St. Casmir, Chicago, Ill., special lady, wife Cathy Melville, friend, lover and sweetheart; special granddaughter, Theresa Melville, R.N. – helping others out of pain and misery.  Our special thanks for the loving care and kindness we received from Gaston Hospice, the staff at Robin Johnson House and the special care pro-vided by Veterans Administration, Charlotte. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to House of Mercy, 701 Mercy Drive P.O. Box 808 Belmont, NC 28012 or Gaston Hospice, 258 E. Garri-son Blvd., Gastonia, NC 28054.  Greene Funeral Service – South Chapel and Crematorium is servicing the Melville family – 1503 S. York Road, Gastonia, NC 28052.  The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Greene Funeral Service.  A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Gastonia, officiated by Father Arnsparger.   Roger will be remembered for his loving nature and exceptional generosity. He will be deeply missed by his wife Cathy and family.   Gaston Gazette – December 22, 2012 

 

MITCHELL Frederick James Mitchell

76, of Lowman, NY, died on Friday, December 14, 2012 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. He was the loving husband of Helen (Kolivoski) Mitchell. The couple married in November of 1961 and had 49 happy years together. Fred was born on October 31, 1936 in New York City, NY, son of the late Robert and Rachel (Parker) Mitchell. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a construction worker for Streeter's Construction in Elmira, NY, and enjoyed hunting and raising rabbits. Fred is survived by his wife Helen; sons, Fred (Michele McCann) Mitchell of Gillett, PA, Donald (Donna Austin) Hatch of Erin, NY; daughters, Michele (Donald Cina) Mitchell of Elmira, NY, Donna (Cecil) Roote of Elmira, NY; grandchildren Allen (Bobbi) Roote of Horseheads, NY and Cheryl (Kal) Harrington of Springboro, OH; great grandchildren Kaitlyn Roote, Matthew and Aaron Harrington, and McKenzie McCann; brothers, Albert Mitchell of Ridgebury, PA, and Robert (Elaine) Mitchell of Nenana, AK. Services are private and at the convenience of Fred's family. The Roberts Funeral Home, Inc. 279 Main Street Wellsburg, NY has been entrusted with the arrangements. Donations may be made in Fred's memory to the charity of one's own choosing. Star Gazette – December 16, 2012    Star Gazette – December 16, 2012

 

MURPHY Patricia A. Dooley 

Age 77, of Elmira Heights, NY, died on Friday, December 14, 2012. She was born on January 19, 1935 in Atlantic City, NJ to the late William and Eleanor (Newman) Murphy. Patricia was predeceased by her husband, Francis "Mike" Dooley, brother, Richard Murphy and sister, Carole McCarthy. She is survived by her daughter, Maureen (Stephen) Dooley-Morrill of Wakefield, MA; son, John Dooley of MA; brother, Paul (Tammy) Murphy of Hammond, LA; sister, Regina (William) Werry of Green Bay, VA; brother-in-law, Thomas McCarthy of Ithaca, NY; along with several nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, December 17, 2012 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 12 p.m. in St. Mary Our Mother Church, with Father Christopher Linsler as celebrant. Interment will take place at the convenience of the family in Calvary Cemetery in Ithaca, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Chemung County SPCA.  Star Gazette – December 16, 2012

 

NOVOTNY Mark L. Novotny

age 40, of Athens, Pa., died on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, following an extended illness at home surrounded by his loving family.  He was born on October 1, 1972 in Elmira, N.Y., the son of Paul and Mary Slater Novotny.  Mark enjoyed woodworking, small engine repair, restoring lawn tractors, car and gasoline pump detailing, and being outdoors.  He is predeceased by his paternal grandparents Irene and Frank Novotny, maternal grandparents Vern and Alma Walmsey, and uncle Donald Walmsey.  Mark is survived by his spouse of 10 years Karen, at home; step-children James, Hashley, and Craig Callear; grandchildren Skyler, Ashley, and Hannah Callear; brother Brett (Diane) Novotny of Elmira, N.Y., Christy (Frank) Maffei of Litchfield, Pa.; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and his very special K-9 friend Tipper.  At Mark’s request, there will be no calling hours or services. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., Athens, Pa.  Memorial donations may be made in Mark’s memory to: Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA 18810.     Sayre Morning Times – December 22, 2012    

 

PAYNE Elinor Jeanne Payne Kantz

Elinor Jeanne Payne Kantz, 86, died on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, peacefully, in the arms of her family.  She was predeceased by her husband, Boyer Kantz, and sister, Margery P. McCarthy. Elinor was born Aug. 20, 1926, in Westfield, the daughter of the late Marion Bush and Xenna MacLean Payne.  She graduated from Westfield High School and received an RN from Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, embarking on a nursing career in New Orleans and San Diego before returning home to work at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro. Later, she graduated from Mansfield University and Marywood College with BS and MS degrees and was a guidance counselor for Wellsboro Area Schools for 25 years. She was a member and officer of BPW, Wednesday Morning Musicales, and the Green Free Library. She served for many years on the Tabor Foundation and was a Founding Member of the Deane Center for the Performing Arts. In April 2012, she received the Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Wellsboro Rotary Club in recognition of her long-standing commitment to the community. Elinor was a 50+ year member of the First Presbyterian Church of Wellsboro.  Surviving are her daughter, Adrienne Kantz and husband, Dr. Kipling Goh of Canandaigua, N.Y.; son, John and wife Kathryn Kantz of New Jersey and North Carolina; grandchildren, Katherine, Derek and Seth Goh, Lena Kantz; sister, Ava P. Foster, of Austinburg; many nieces and nephews.   Friends and family are invited to Elinor's Life Celebration and visitation on Saturday, Dec. 22, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 130 Main St., Wellsboro. A Memorial Service will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. Roger Wagner officiating. Memorials may be made in Elinor's name to the Deane Center for the Performing Arts, 104 Main St., Wellsboro, Pa. 16901, Hamilton-Gibson Productions, 29 Water St., Wellsboro, Pa. 16901 and The First Presbyterian Church of Wellsboro, 130 Main St., Wellsboro, Pa. 16901. Local arrangements are by Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, "A Life Celebration Home," 139 Main St., Wellsboro.   Wellsboro Gazette – December 19, 2012

 

RANDALL Ollie David Randall 

On the morning of Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, well- known Canton resident Ollie David Randall died quietly at Troy Community Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 82 years of age. Born in Canton at the former Cora Ross Maternity Home on May 13, 1930 he was the son of Ollie Dan and Louise (Mielke) Randall. He grew up on his parents' farm in Union Township where he learned at an early age the values of a strong work ethic and the satisfaction of a job well done. Ollie graduated from Canton High School with the class of 1948. He was employed as a machinist for 37½ years at the former Schrader-Bellows plant in Canton, retiring in July of 1992. On Jan. 18, 1958 he married the former Beatrice Woodward, and together they raised two daughters and a son. Ollie was a member of Local No. 1290 of the International Association of Machinists, as well as Canton Lodge No. 429, Loyal Order of Moose and Canton VFW Post No. 714. He enjoyed life's simple pleasures, such as watching T.V., listening to old time country music, playing cards with his grandchildren, shooting pool and a good game of checkers. He particularly enjoyed the holiday season because it brought his family together, and he loved seeing others having fun and enjoying themselves. Ollie was a man who was always willing to help others in need. He had a kind word for everyone and, despite his illness, a most positive attitude. Even during his darkest moments he would admonish his loved ones not to be sad, for he felt that he had lived a full life.   Ollie is survived by his devoted wife, Beatrice; daughters Mary Brown and Katherine (Jim) Barber of Canton; son Daniel Oliver (Becky) Randall, all of Canton; grandchildren Harry Wolcott and Brenda Comereski of Canton and Dana Randall of Williamsport; and numerous great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Ollie and Louise Randall and brothers Donald and Dean Randall.  Visitation will be 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday Dec. 22, at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton. Service will follow at 2 p.m.   Towanda Daily Review – December 21, 2012 

 

RICE William H.

57, of Watkins Glen, died after a brief battle with cancer on December 14, 2012. The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Wednesday from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1:00pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen; Rev. Beverly Karr-Lyon will officiate; followed by burial at Montour Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Mary; son, Adam Rice of Watkins Glen and Portsmouth, VA; mother, Marjorie Rice of Watkins Glen; sister and brother-in-law, Kathie and Daryl VonNeida of Montour Falls; mother-in-law, Clara Wheaton of Montour Falls; sisters-in-law, Clara (Ted) Pike of Montour Falls, Florence (Terry) Wheatcraft, of Addison, Carol Wheaton (fiancé Robert Levis) of Addison, Michelle (Paul) Holley of Sinclairville; brother-in-law, Fred (Mary) Wheaton, of Montour Falls; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his father, James Rice. Bill served on the Watkins Glen Police Department for 25 years, recently retiring in 2010. He currently worked for Security at Watkins Glen International. He was a member of the Watkins Glen P.B.A., B.P.O.E. Lodge #1546, V.F.W. Post #2674, and Empire State Cruizers Car Club. He was very generous in his support of Seneca Santa, Children's Miracle Network, the P.B.A, and an American Red Cross blood donor. Bill was well known as an avid gun collector and a PT Cruiser car enthusiast. Those wishing to remember Bill, may consider a memorial donation in his memory to Seneca Santa, P.B.A., Children's Miracle Network, American Red Cross, or charity of one's choice.  Star Gazette – December 16, 2012  

 

SCAPTURA Grace Cherock

Age 94, of Watkins Glen, NY died at her home surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, December 20, 2012.  Grace was born in Watkins Glen, NY on February 3, 1918, the daughter of the late Rocco and Mary (Compese) Scaptura. Grace had a business degree from Elmira College and was employed as a secretary for Havens Insurance Co. and E.C. Cooper Insurance of Watkins Glen. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church and a member St. Mary’s Guild.  In addition to her parents, Grace was predeceased by her husband of 69 years, John F.”Piggy” Cherock, on April 20, 2012; her daughter, Jean Marie; and by her siblings, Celicia DeNardo, Rocco "Dick" Scaptura, Frank Scaptura, Joe Scaptura, Nick Scaptura, and Marie C. "Mellie" Spena.  Grace is survived by her loving family: sons, John (Betty) Cherock Jr and David (Sandra) Cherock; grandchildren, Nicole Cherock-Kriner, Christy Cherock-Luna, and Jennifer Cherock-Hopper; six great grandchildren; a brother, George Scaptura; sisters-in-law Judy Scaptura and Rose Cherock; and many nieces and nephews.  Friends and family may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Dec 28 at the Link at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St. Watkins Glen, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Church following at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Watkins Glen.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Grace’s memory to CareFirst, 11751 E. Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14831; St. Mary’s Guild or St. Mary’s Church, PO Box 289, Watkins Glen, NY 14891, or to Catholic Charities of Schuyler County, 607 Franklin St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891.  The Odessa File – December 22, 2012   

 

STAHL Louisa Frances Garretson

died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2912, at Broad Acres in Wellsboro.  She was born on Sept. 23, 1923, in Philadelphia, the daughter of the late Emma Hartmann and Adolph Stahl.  She was the founder of Louisa's Varietystore on Second Street in South Philadelphia, which was a popular place for Mummers supplies for many years.  She married Robert Garretson in 1947. They lived for many years in Lemoyne. She was employed by Cumberland Window Fashions. She was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church and NARFE. She enjoyed her family, hobbies, and travel.  She is survived by brother, Wendelin (Bim) Stahl; sister, Emma Stahl; children, Barbara Kintzer, Janet, Ralph, and Nancy Garretson; seven grand-children; seven great-grand-children and many nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by a son, Philip; brothers, Gustav and Adolph Stahl; and sister, Rosemarie Giffear. Friends and family are invited to call at Mussleman's Funeral Home, Leymoyne, on Saturday, Dec. 22, from 10 a.m., until the time of funeral service at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Slate Hill Mennonite Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Monastery of the Visitation of Holy Mary, Monte Maria, 12221 Bienvenue Road, Rockville, Va. 23146. Freeberg Funeral Home, Blossburg is assisting the family with the arrangements.  Wellsboro Gazette – December 17, 2012  

 

STEVENS Frederick O. Stevens

78 of Painted Post, NY, died Monday December 17th in the Absolut Care At Three Rivers, Painted Post surrounded by his loving family.  Born in Corning , NY, he was the son of the late Jabez and Antoinette (Bianculli) Stevens.  Fred married Carol DeWolfe April 27th, 1957 in Corning, she survives him. Fred attended school at St. Marys in Corning and Corning Free Academy.   He served during the Korean War in the Marine Corps from 1952 to 1955 in Japan and in Hawaii. Fred was a Machine Operator, employed by Ingersoll Rand Company for 41 years, and retired in 1996. A family man, Fred enjoyed working out of doors, playing ball and spending time with his grandchildren. Fred was involved with the local Habitat for Humanity program.  Surviving is his wife, Carol Stevens, two daughters, Laurie (Clayton) Bronson of Freeville, NY; Lisa (Matthew Szerszen) Stevens of Elmira, NY and sons, Matthew (Rebekah) Stevens of Horseheads, NY;  Mark (Tammy) Stevens of Corning, NY;  Paul (Stacy Dennis) Stevens of Painted Post, NY; grandchildren:  Amanda and Malorie Bronson, Candice and Tiffany Munn, Hunter and Claire Stevens, Chelsea and Dominic Stevens; great grandchildren; Aubree Schroeder, and Brycen Naftel, nieces: Christina Edens, Erin DeWolfe, and Trisha DeWolfe; nephews Joseph Longo and William Longo.  He was predeceased by a sister Joyce Longo, and a grandson Wesley Scott Munn.   Corning Leader – December 20, 2012  

 

TAYLOR Robert H. Taylor

85, of Wellsville, NY, formerly of Chester, PA, died Wednesday, December 19, 2012 in Wellsville Manor Care Center, Wellsville, NY.    Born December 14, 1927, in Chester, PA, he was the son of Alfred and Eunity Lower Taylor. On December 22, 1981, in Galeton, PA, he married the former Dorothy B. Rash Foltz, who predeceased him in 2004.  A US Navy Veteran, he served honorably from November 30, 1945 until November 29, 1947.   He was employed as a welder, cabinet maker, and carpenter.  Surviving are: a son, Robert “Robin” H. (Susan) Taylor, Jr. of Thousand Oaks, CA; a daughter, Virginia C. Taylor of Glen Mills, PA; a step-son, Thomas E. (Rosita) Foltz of Malvern, PA; a step-daughter, Patricia (Tony) Mingo of Ulysses, PA; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, Dorothy, he was predeceased by a brother, David K. Taylor; and a granddaughter, Pamela Mingo.   Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Saturday, December 22, 2012 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 2:00 PM. The Rev. Paul M. Karges will officiate. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wellsville SPCA, P.O. Box 381, Wellsville, NY 14895.  Solomon’s Words for the Wise – December 21, 2012

 

TICE Louise M. (Tice) Fowler

Age 63 of Elmira, NY, daughter of the late Elmer & Elizabeth Sottile Tice, died on December 15, 2012 after an extended illness. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Howard & Jessica L. Johnson Fowler; granddaughters, Ashley (Ryan) Palmer, Kendra Fowler and great-grandson Desmond Palmer all of Monroeton, PA. Also survived by her siblings Carol (Leo) Murray of Port Ewen, NY, Henry (Donna) Tice of NY, Angela Ekdlon of Connelly, NY, Edward (Cindy) Tice of Redhook, NY and a host of nieces and nephews. Special people in her life Ralph & Fran Newman, Hattie Pugh, Robin Newland, Penny Mayes, Sue Van Alstine, and Christina Eastwood. She was predeceased by her soulmate William "Willie Henry" Emanuel. Louise was employed at Travelers until her illness no longer permitted. She enjoyed cooking and was an avid Bingo player. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave, Elmira on Wednesday, December 19th from 1-2pm. Her funeral and committal service will follow at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Louise's memory may be made to Care First, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830. We would like to extend a thank you to everyone at Care First and the staff of the Arnot Ogden Medical Center for taking such great care of our loved one.  Star Gazette – December 18, 2012 

 

TRUAX Keith M. Truax

84, of Ulysses, PA, died Friday, December 14, 2012 in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.  Born July 25, 1928, in Potter Brook, PA, he was the son of Stephen and Elsie Robbins Truax. On November 12, 1955, in Gold, PA, he married the former Jean Stilson Gill, who survives.  A Korean War Veteran, he served honorably in the US Army from 1950 – 1952. He was employed by the Eberle Tannery in Westfield, PA for over 38 years. He loved to hunt, fish, camp, and was an avid NASCAR fan.  Keith was a member of Morrison Hayes American Legion Post #702 in Wellsville, NY, Carl E. Hyde American Legion Post #963 in Ulysses, and Harold S. Lines VFW Post #6753 in Knoxville, PA. Surviving besides his wife, Jean, are: three daughters, Brenda (Marvin) Grover of Genesee, PA, Debbie (Leon) Graves of Middlebury Center, PA, and Penny (Doug) Prokopchuk of Wellsville, NY; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Madeline Vermilyea of Ulysses and Margery Mann of Addison, NY; nieces, nephews, and cousins.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a daughter, Carol Gill Zwieka in 2001; a brother, George W. Truax; and two sisters, Onnolee Hall and Ardell Baker.  Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Monday, December 17, 2012 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon, with Funeral Services following at 12:00 Noon. Pastor Harold Kiel will officiate. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Morrison Hayes American Legion Post #702, 23 Jefferson Street, Wellsville, NY 14895 or Carl E. Hyde American Legion Post #963, P.O. Box 236, Ulysses, PA 16948.  Solomon’s Words for the Wise – December 18, 2012   

 

UHL John J. Uhl

Softly in the morning, you heard a gentle call, you took the hand God offered you and quietly left us all…. John J. Uhl, age 69, of Charles Street, Waverly, died on Tuesday morning, December 18, 2012.  John was born on June 17, 1943 in Far Rockaway, N.Y., a son of (the late) Charles and Marion Uhl.  He was a graduate of Waverly High School and a long time employee of Ingersoll-Rand. John treasured the time spent with his family, enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events and going to the casino with Christine.   John is survived by his wife Christine of 43 years; his sons and daughters in-law: Darren and Nicole Uhl of Waverly; Travis Uhl of Waverly; Brandon and Alice Uhl of Fincastle, Va.; his special grandchildren: Kaylee, Sarah, Alex and Zevyn; brother and sister-inlaw: Fred and Janet Uhl of Roanoke, Va.; sister Diana LaPlant of Corning, N.Y.; brother-in-law Mike Ames; brother-in-law Danny Westover; sisterin law Kathy Westover; sister-in-law Lu-Anne Spencer, as well as several nieces, nephews and their families also survive.  John was predeceased by his parents Charles and Marion Uhl; sister Bonnie; sister and brother-in-law Donna and Ray Martz and brother Robert Uhl.  Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation and time of sharing memories on Friday, December 21, from 4 to 5 p.m., at the Waverly United Methodist Church. A memorial service and celebration John’s life will follow at 5 p.m., with Pastor Anne Bey Canfield officiating. A gathering and period of fellowship will follow in the church hall.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Waverly Recreation Department.   Sayre Morning Times – December 20, 2012 

 

VANDEGRIFT David

Age 66, of Lowman, NY, peacefully died with his family by his side on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, at the Elcor Health Services in Horseheads, NY. David was born on July 8, 1946 in Elmira, NY, son of the late Richard and Nina June (Kiederling) Vandegrift. David served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He retired from Eckerd Drugs after many years of service as a manager to numerous stores. David was an avid NASCAR fan who never met a stranger, and enjoyed traveling and making people laugh. David was a giver of life and love, and helped make the best of memories with those around him. He will be forever missed by many. David is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen; children, Donna, Jason (and fiance Jen), Joshua (and wife Darcey), David II, and Alexis; sisters, Barbara and Carolyn; brother, Richard (and wife Stella); grandchildren, Elizabeth, Amira, Olivia, and Jacob; and dear friends, Bill and Lonna Wales. Family and friends are invited to call Thursday, December 27, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. In leui of flowers or other gifts, please send monetary donations to the Chemung County SPCA and/or the American Cancer Society.  Star Gazette – December 23, 2012   

 

WHITE Willie P. Sr.

Willie "Deac" White was born on May 1, 1934 to the late Ories White and Mrs. Jessie Petersen.   Willie died on Monday, December 17, 2012, at his and his wife's home in Elmira, NY.  Willie joined his wife Mary in Holy Matrimony on March 18, 1974.  Willie was preceded in death by his siblings Charles and Carl White and Martha B. Lorraine and his son Ories White.  Willie was a faithful member of Open Door Church in Bellport, New York, where he served diligently in the following capacities; Deacon of the church, loyal member of the church board and trustee board. He later joined Faith Temple Community Church in Elmira, New York, July 2012 and served as a faithful member until his departure.   Willie attended White Plains High School in White Plains, New York.  Willie leaves to cherish his fond memories; one daughter, Mrs. Arial (Tarrell) Brown. He also leaves 10 sons; Mr. Robert (Vera) White and Mr. Darren (Missy) White, Mr. Willie White Jr., all of Long Island, New York, Mr. Alphonso (Shannon) Greene, Mr. Willie Lee (Pamela) Greene, Mr. Anthony (Valerie) White, Mr. Rodney White, Mr. Nathaum (Crystal) White, Mr. Richard Greene, Mr. Kenneth Greene, and a step-daughter, Christina Torres all of Elmira, New York. He is also survived by two sisters; Ories J. Ramsure and Gloria J. Madaus both of Orlando, Florida, 40 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.  Funeral home obituary – December 19, 2012   

 

 

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