|Reading a series of obituaries from a single cemetery, as they are presented here, is like reading the multi-generational history of a community. These people were the local populace at a particular time. The people buried here knew each other, were neighbors, relatives and school mates. They attended church together and engaged in "trade" or business. All people are listed in alphabetic order by surname at BIRTH. Women identified by a married alias only and for whom a birth surname can not be identified, are listed on the last page for the cemetery's obituaries.|
|This page will include obituaries for military personnel who served during World War Two. Many obituaries are already included on the site in the Obituaries by Cemetery section of the site on the various individual cemetery pages. This is for obituaries of people who had some connection to this three county area such as born her, lived here, spouse from here. Those buried in a known local cemetery will continue to be included on the appropriate Obituary by Cemetery pages. As with all obituary pages on this site, women will be in order using their surname at birth rather than a married alias .|
Robert Alonzo (Bob) Age 83, of 464 W. High St., Painted Post, NY, died Saturday, March 24, 2007, at Founders Pavilion. He was born in Caton, NY, June 8, 1923, the son of the late Alonzo Deyo and Mae Caroline Hurd Adams. A graduate of Naples High School and a Veteran of the US Army Air Corp. during World War II (1943-46). Bob and Elizabeth W. Widmer were married in Naples, June 4, 1946 and at that time relocated to the Corning/Painted Post area. He was a carpenter, retiring from the Corning/Painted Post School District. Bob was a member of the Painted Post United Methodist Church for over 50 years. He was an avid sportsman, participating in Baseball and Basketball during High School and while serving in the Air Corps, and coached and umpired for Little League. Bob enjoyed the outdoors and hunting. During his retirement years he enjoyed working at the Willow Creek Golf Club. He was a talented wood worker sharing his talents with others. Surviving his wife, Elizabeth (Betty) of 60 years; son, Robert (Bob) and Debbie Adams of Big Flats, NY; daughter, Nancy A. (Kenneth) Hodge of Delmar, NY; grandchildren, Mike (Sandra) Hodge, Scott (Katie) Hodge, Kim Adams and Doug Adams; three great-grandchildren, Sarah, Rachel and Ryan Hodge; former daughter-in-law, Judy Adams of Elmira, NY; also several nieces and nephews. Bob was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and will truly be missed by all. Friends may call at the Painted Post United Methodist Church Saturday, March 31, 2007, from 12 noon - 3 p.m. with a Memorial Service to follow at 3 p.m. Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Caton, NY. The family would appreciate Memorial Donations be given in Bob's name to the Painted Post United Methodist Church, 210 N. Hamilton St., Painted Post, NY 14870.
ANDREWS Ernest B. "Joe"
Age 89, of Covington, PA, died Thursday, June 14, 2007, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro, PA. Joe was born on May 18, 1918 in Little Marsh, PA, a son of Earl and Bertha (Bloom) Andrews. He was the owner and operator of Andrews Excavating. Joe was a WWII US Army Veteran and served as a Covington Twp. supervisor. Joe is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Donald (Helen) Andrews, Gerald (Oveta) Andrews, all of Mansfield, PA, Steven Andrews of Wellsboro, PA; two daughters and sons-in-law, Joann (Gene) Plemons of Dayton, OH, Betsy (Larry) Tokarz of Mansfield, PA; nine grandchildren;15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Joe was preceded in death by two brothers, John and Lyle Andrews; and a sister, Marion Fuller. Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, June 18, 2007, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. Funeral services will be held immediately following the visitation at 8 p.m. at the funeral home with his friend, Jay Peffer, officiating. Burial will be at a later date. www.buckheitfc andcrematory.com
Aulls, Franklin (Dusty) of Hammondsport, N.Y., Saturday, March 10, 1979. Friends may call at the Bond-Davis Funeral Home, Hammondsport Monday 7 to 9 p.m. Private funeral services Tuesday with the Rev. Richard Buterbaugh officiating. Burial at Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Instead of flowers memorials may be made to the Hammondsport Volunteer Ambulance Corps or the Hammondsport Volunteer Fire dept. He is survived by his wife Gretchen Wamp Aulls; one niece; one nephew. Mr. Aulls was an Army veteran of World War II; and a retired official of the Pleasant Valley division of the Taylor Wine Company.
AVERY Norman M. 79, of Elmira, formerly of Cohocton, died Friday morning, September 22, 2006, at Elcor Health Services in Horseheads after a long illness. Born in Cohocton on December 7, 1926, he was a son of the late Maynard and Pearl Towner Avery. In 1992, he was married in Wallace to the former Sharon Lafler, who survives. A former resident of Cohocton, where he attended school, Norman was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during World War II. He retired from Mercury Aircraft after 20 years of employment. Some of his favorite pastimes included fishing and playing bingo. Besides his wife, Sharon of Elmira; his family includes his four sons, Leroy (Jackie) Avery of Cohocton, Wayne (Betty) Avery of Hornell, Keith (Lisa) Avery of Arkport, and Spencer Avery of Hornell; his four daughters, Roxanne (Paul) VanCastle of Arkport, Debbie Page of Wayland, Valerie (Rick) Kelleher of Hornell, and Penny Avery of Prattsburg; his 21 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, his four stepchildren; his two sisters, Doris (Howard) Rumsey of Dundee, and Jeanette (Ernie) Smith of Wallace; also his nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Norman was predeceased by his sister, Edith; and his brother, Frank. Calling hours are from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday at the Avoca Funeral Home, 22 N. Main St., Avoca, where a funeral service will be held following calling hours at noon, Tuesday with Pastor Dan Gardner officiating. Committal services and interment, with Military Honors, will follow at Mapleview Cemetery, Cohocton. Those wishing may contribute in his memory to Elcor Health Services, Inc., 48 Colonial Dr., Horseheads, NY 14845. Online Condolences for Norman's family are welcomed at www.bishopandjohnsonfuneralhome.com
BENNETT Richard D. Sr.
Richard D. Bennett, Sr., 83, of River St., Homer, NY, went to be with his wife and son on Saturday morning, July 21, 2007, in the Cortland Regional Medical Center after a period of declining health. He was born May 16, 1924 in Elmira, the son of the late Austin and Emma Bennett. He left school early to help support his family and than enlisted in the U.S. Army. Mr. Bennett faithfully served in the European Theatre during World War II. In 2001, Richard was presented with, and was honored to receive his high school diploma from Elmira Heights High School. He had been employed at Saulsbury Fire Equipment as an electrician for several years and had also been a city and charter bus driver in Elmira. At one time he was employed by AGWAY Research Farm in Tully. Mr. Bennett was a member of the Cortland City Post American Legion and was an avid bowler. Surviving him are his seven children, Richard D. (Virginia) Bennett, Jr. of Owensboro, KY, Robert C. (Bettie) Bennett of Otego, NY, Michael J. (Lynda) Bennett of Granger County, TN, Ronald J. (Trina) Bennett of Moravia, NY, Darlene C. Bennett of Homer, Kelly L. (Debbie) Bennett of Fort Walton Beach, FL, Bettjane S. (Edward) Lee of Truxton; 16 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson. He was predeceased by his wife, Margaret L. Kiser Bennett on May 19, 1997; and by a son, Darren E. Bennett in 1971. Graveside services, with Military Honors, will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Glenwood Cemetery, corner of Rt. 281 and Rt. 90, Homer, with Pastor William Kiser serving as officiant. Calling hours will be held at the Donald L. Barber Funeral Home, 5016 N. Main St., Homer, on Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. Memorial contributions in Mr. Bennett's memory may be directed to the Homer Fire Department Rescue Squad, PO Box 392, Homer, NY 13077.
BIVENS Robert Wilson
82, a city planner who enabled Elmira to achieve significant economic growth from 1985 to 1992, died April 1 as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident near Atlanta. Bivens, who held a Master's degree in city planning from Georgia Tech., headed the newly formed Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) from 1967 to 1974. He also played leading roles in the development or rejuvenation of Peachtree City, a planned "new town" near Atlanta (1975-78), and of Louisville, KY (1978-85). In Elmira, Bivens led Southern Tier Economic Growth, Inc. and was the initiator and fundraiser behind a drama on the life of Mark Twain and his links to Elmira. Bivens specialized in forging alliances between private enterprise and government agencies to revitalize cities, often linking improved schools and recreation, such as golf or theater, to his plans. Referring to a 2005 book Bivens co-authored, "For Great Cities...A Bold Initiative," former president Jimmy Carter wrote: "Bob Bivens draws from his wealth of experience to show how many safe and successful downtown projects have been realized by private-public partnerships and how strong city centers can lead Americans boldly into the new millennium." "Bob Bivens has always trafficked in big ideas," wrote Carl T. Hayden, former chancellor of the Board of Regents of the State of New York. Bivens developed "a remarkable plan for bringing our inner cities back to life and restoring hope and opportunity to those who live there." Bivens was born in Wingate, NC. He graduated valedictorian from the local high school at age 15 and earned an electrical engineering degree at NC State. During World War II, he served in the Signal Corps of the Corps of Engineers and saw combat in Okinawa. Bivens' first wife, June Larriene Powers of Lafollette, TN, died of lung cancer in 1981. They were married 32 years. Survivors include his wife, Wilhelmina Rish Price of Woodville, VA; two sons from his first marriage, David R. Bivens of Cumming, GA, and Eric P. Bivens of Mechanicsville, VA; two grandchildren, Adam P. Bivens and Caroline B. Bivens, also of Mechanicsville; a sister, Edith Larrimore of Wingate, NC, and a brother, John A. Bivens II of Fountain Hills, AZ. This brother co-authored "For Great Cities...A Bold Initiative" with Bob Bivens. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at the Wingate Baptist Church in Wingate, NC, followed by a graveside service for family only. Memorial donations may be made to an organization that Bivens viewed as a model for reviving neighborhoods caught in cycles of violence and poverty: East Lake Foundation, 2606 Alston Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30317. Wages & Sons 770/469-9811. Published in the Star-Gazette on 4/7/2007.
BONIN Frank J. Our loving father, grandfather and friend, Frank J. Bonin, 81, of Orwell Twp., PA, died peacefully Thursday, August 10, 2006 at his home. Frank was born April 24, 1925 in Owego, NY, the son of the late Frank J. and Nina (Cass) Bonin. He was a graduate of Rome High School and proudly served our country during World War II with the United States Army. In 1972, with his family, Frank established Lake Bonin - today, many gather there to share stories, camp and roller skate. He enjoyed working and spending time outdoors, being his own pilot and visiting with fellow guests. Frank is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Cathy Bonin of Orwell, PA; stepdaughter, Bobbi Sweigart of Hobe Sound, FL; brother-in-law, Mylo Binley of Rochester, NY; grandchildren, Allison and Todd Bonin of Orwell, PA, Darlene Fuggetta of Hobe Sound, FL; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Beverly Miles of Elmira, NY. Frank was predeceased by his wife, Bernice (Sprinkle) Bonin, on December 29, 1995; son, Kevin Bonin, on October 1, 1990; and siblings, Emmer Binley, Frances Karam, Helen Watkins and Delores Folk. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation Sunday, August 13th from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. Family and friends are invited to gather at a picnic gathering to honor Frank's life along with Bernice and Kevin's lives on Sunday, August 20th from 1 to 4 p.m. at Lake Bonin. For those we hold most dear never truly leave us...they live on in the kindnesses they showed, the comfort they shared and the love they brought into our lives. Star-Gazette.com Obituaries for 08/11/06
BROPHY James "Jim" Thomas
Burlington, NC - Age 89, of Cedar Ridge Retirement Center, died on Sunday, May 13, 2007, at his residence. A native of Rochester, NY, he was the husband of Evelyn Mary Quetchenbach Brophy, who survives; and son of the late James J. and Alice Bolton Brophy. Jim was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and a US Army veteran of WWII, serving in the European Theatre. He is survived by his wife of the home; daughters and son-in-law, Mary C. and Thomas Winkel of Gibsonville, Karen M. Potter of Valencia, CA; sons and daughters-in-law, James T. Brophy and Margaret Keith of Sarnia, Canada, Stephen A. and Janeece Brophy of Manchester, NH, Kevin J. Brophy and Michele Maccaroni-Brophy of Canton, CT, Terrance M. and Ryoko Brophy of San Francisco, CA; 13 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and sister and brothers-in-law, Marie and William Marshall of Ithaca, NY, Rev. Raymond Quetchenbach, S.V.D., of Chicago. The Funeral Mass will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, 2007, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church by Rev. Raymond Quetchenbach, S.V.D., and Rev. Bob Benko, O.F.M. Conv. The family will receive friends from 11:30-12:30 at Lowe Funeral Home and Crematory, prior to the service.
BUCHER Robert W.
Age 81, after a lengthy illness. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Navigator-Bombadier during WWII and after the war, graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, where he was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity. He then attended the Washington School of Law, NYU. He retired as a Special Agent of the FBI after thirty years and went on to open his own business, Bucher Investigative Services, in Elmira, New York. While in Elmira, he was active in civic and service organizations, serving as President of the Elmira Rotary Club, Vice-President of Elmira Little Theatre where he appeared in many local ELT productions. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Elmira Country Club where he enjoyed his passion for golf. He and his wife moved to the Villages in 1994 where he continued with golf, Bridge and here founded the Villages Deep Sea Fishing Club, becoming known as "Captain Bob". Survived by wife, Jeanne, of 50 years; daughters and sons-in-law, Beryl Bucher and James van den Bergh, Betsy and Brian Maguire, Kerrie and Jerald Gilbert; grandchildren, Kyle, Katelin, and Kerrie Maguire, Kelsey and Jarrett van den Bergh, Ryan and Spencer Gilbert. In lieu of flowers, which are gratefully declined, donations may be made to The Braille and Talking Books Library; the talking books were a great source of comfort to him over the years. Checks are payable to Friends of the Library Access and mailed to The Braille and Talking Books Library, 420 Platt St., Daytona Beach, FL 32114; or to Hospice of Lake Sumter, 12300 Lane Park Rd., Tavares, FL 32778. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Inurnment will be at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Published in the Star-Gazette on 7/7/2007.
CALLAHAN William F. Age 80 of Camden Ave., Horseheads, NY, died Tuesday, December 19, 2006, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira, NY. William was born on October 12, 1926, in Philadelphia, PA, son of the late William and Agnes (Crooks) Callahan. William served our country in the United States Army during WW II. He retired from Bankers Trust Co. in New York, NY after many years of service and has been a communicant of St. Mary Our Mother's Church in Horseheads. Survivors include niece, Andrea (Donald) Andrews-Brooks of Murrells Inlet, SC; nephew, Andy (Barbara) Andrews of Dundee, NY; several cousins and many friends. William was predeceased by his sister, Ruth Andrews. William will be deeply missed by those that knew him. Family and friends are invited to call Thursday, December 21, 2006, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, December 22, at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary Our Mother Church in Horseheads with Father Christopher Linsler as celebrant. Interment will follow in Bath National Cemetery with full military honors.
CHILDS Albert A.
Age 88, a 25 year resident of Elmira, NY, died on Monday, April 9, 2007, at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. He was born on January 6, 1919 in Elkland, PA, to the late James A. and Mary (Williams) Childs Sr. Mr. Childs was predeceased by two brothers, James Childs Jr. of Detroit, MI, and Thomas Childs of Washington, DC. He is survived by sisters, Mrs. Ruth Williams of Detroit, MI, Mrs. Catherine Thorn of Elmira, and Mrs. Mary Mathis of Corning; brothers, Richard Childs of Scotch Plains, NJ, and Robert Childs of Piscataway, NJ; along with several nieces and nephews that will miss him. In 1941, during World War II, Mr. Childs was inducted into the US Army at Fort Meade, MD. He became a rifleman in Company A 366th Infantry Regiment and fought in Italy. In 1945, Mr. Childs received the Purple Heart and was honorably discharged at Camp Pickett, VA. Mr. Childs lived in Ypsilanti, MI, Cleveland, OH, Greystone Park, NJ, and Elmira, NY. He was notably a co-owner of Pied Piper Liquors in Newark, NJ, and worked as an Orderly at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital. It was the wish of Mr. Childs that no services be held. Interment will take place in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC.
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Ralph C. Clapper, 76, died on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007 in the hospital at Falls Church, VA after suffering a massive stroke. He was born on Clapper Hill Jan. 11, 1930, the son of the late Clifford and Helen Clapper. A graduate of Laceyville High School, he served 12 years in the U.S. Air Force, later settling in Falls Church. Survivors include a sister, Betty Wootten of Towanda; three very special nieces, Leonna, Dianne and Cathy, who were with him following the stroke; nieces, Barbara, Lena, Lauralee and Coralee and nephews, Gordon and Jeff. Mr. Clapper was a member of the Beaver Meadows Methodist Church. He was predeceased by a brother, Lyall; sisters, Barbara and Marjorie; nephews, David and Danny Brewer. Funeral services will be at Falls Church and burial in Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Beaver Meadows Methodist Church, RR3, Box 3737, Laceyville, PA 18623, c/o Douglas Clapper.
HERBERT E. CRANDALL, Veteran WWII, age 75 of Route 228, Alpine, NY died Monday, April 5, 1999 at his home. He is survived by his wife, Cora E. Crandall; daughter, Sally & Peter Hall of Worcester, NY; son, Edwin (Butch) & Sherry Crandall of SC; stepchildren, Susan Hipple of Daytona Beach, FL, Sandra (Robert) States of Odessa, NY, Karen (Steve) Harvey of Newfield, NY, James (Evelyn) Hipple of Hawaii and Mark Hipple of FL; 18 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Mr. Crandall was a Veteran of WW II and the Korean War serving with both the US Army and then US Air Force. He was a life member of the VFW Post #961, Ithaca, NY and a member of the Arden Kelsey Post #907 American Legion, Candon, NY. He was a former Deputy Sheriff for the Tompkins County Sheriff Department and was a past member of the Montour Moose Lodge. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service for Mr. Crandall at the Vedder and Scott Funeral home, 534 Church St., Odessa, NY on Thursday, April 8, 1999 at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be directed to the American Cancer Society in his name. –Elmira Star Gazette
CUNNINGHAM Sean Michael, age 21, of Rhine Run Rd., Warren, Pa., died Saturday morning, July 7, 2007 accidently as the result of an automobile accident at Conewango Avenue and Hatch Run Road, Glade Twp. He was born April 3, 1986 in Elmira, N.Y. to Brian S. Cunningham of Horseheads, N.Y. and Candace Tucker Cunningham Burky of Warren, Pa. He has resided in Warren for 13 years and was a former resident of Elmira, N.Y. He was a Warren Area High School Class of 2004 graduate where he was a member of the National Honor Society. He was a poet and avid music lover, especially the guitar and drums. He was a huge Pittsburgh Steelers Fan. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his step-mother, Joyce Cunningham of Horseheads, N.Y.; a brother, Timothy Cunningham of Kingsland, Ga; two step-brothers, Justin Pfaff and Jamie Burgess, both of Horseheads, N.Y.; paternal grandparents, Robert and Jacquelyn Cunningham of Warren, Pa.; maternal grandparents, Roy and Adelaide Tucker of Painted Post, N.Y.; best friend, Jason Preston, stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Published in the Star-Gazette on 7/15/2007.
DEWITT Robert "Bob"
Age 86, of Crystal River, FL, died Wednesday, July 18, 2007, in Inverness, FL. Born January 25, 1921 in Athens, PA to Edward and Bessie DeWitt, he was a winter resident of Crystal River, FL for over 20 years before moving here permanently 2 years ago from Elmira, NY. Mr. DeWitt retired as a tool and dye maker for Corning Glass Works in Corning, NY. He was a WWII US Army Veteran. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Catherine DeWitt of Crystal River, FL; son, Ronald DeWitt (Ruth) of Baton Rouge, LA; two daughters, Suzanne Wild (Terry) of Magalia, CA, Sherry DeWitt Gonzalez (Rudy) of Santa Clara, CA; four brothers, John DeWitt, Towanda, PA, Lloyd DeWitt, Mesa, AZ, Richard DeWitt, Renton, WA, Carl DeWitt, Athens, PA; one sister, Doris Smith of Homosassa, FL; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. Private cremation arrangements under the direction of Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River, FL.
JAMES IRA FIELDS [SRGP 82065] "The Bubblegum Mailman" age 80 of Troy, Pa., died Monday, Feb. 19, 2007 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pa. He was the husband of Barbara (Bailey) Fields. James was born on July 24, 1926, in Troy, a son of James L. and Stella (Monroe) Fields. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a rural mail carrier after 30 years of service. At age 80, he ran for township supervisor on Armenia Mountain and was elected, and also returned to work as roadmaster. He was a member of the F&AM Lodge, Troy; on the board for the Troy Fair; and worked GATE 2 for many years, he BA for the Teamsters Union in Elmira for several years. James was an avid bowler, loved having his family around, and loved flowers and working on flower beds. He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran. James is survived by his wife, Barbara; a daughter and son-in-law, Earlene and Chuck Bailey; three grandsons, Brad (Stacey) Bailey of Williamsport, Pa., Chris (Sara) Bailey of Armenia Mountain, Pa., and Eric (Lauren) Bailey of Mansfield, Pa.; two step-grandsons, Buddy and David; one great-grandson, Jarrod; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jack and Betty Fields of Greencastle, Ind., and Donnie and Marlene Fields of Saucier, Miss.; a sister-in-law, Joan Fields of Tennessee; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ed and Barb Bailey of Berkley Springs, W.Va.; many special nieces, nephews and cousins; and many friends. He was predeceased by a brother, Theodore Fields. At James's request, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Old Covert Church, Armenia Mountain, River Road, Troy, Pa. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, Pa., is assisting the family. –Towanda Daily Review 2/20/2007
Harry August Jr., Age 88, died Tuesday, March 13, in Corning, NY. He was born September 20, 1918 in Brooklyn, New York, a son of Harry A. and Lillian Regan Fisher. He was a star football player in high school and college. He attended Williams College and received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School. Harry served as a B-25 pilot in the CBI Theatre (China-India-Burma) during World War II as a member of the 490th Bomb Squadron, known as the Burma Bridge Busters. He was a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 27 years, serving as head of the foreign counterintelligence squad at the Newark, New Jersey Office. Harry married Eileen Cubbison on March 3, 1945. She predeceased him October 22, 2003. He was predeceased by his parents, his sisters, Rita and Eileen; and by his brother, Robert. He is survived by his sister, Virginia (Thomas) Welsh, Staten Island, NY; his daughters, Susan (George) McLaren of Painted Post, and Catherine (Frank) Fumosa of Clinton NJ; and his sons, Peter (Deborah) Fisher of Belleaire Bluffs, FL, and Michael Fisher of Largo, FL; and seven grandchildren. Harry was a true gentleman who loved and was very much loved by his family and was admired by his friends and acquaintances. Services will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice; or to the Former Agents of the FBI Foundation: Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, P.O. Box 1027, Quantico, VA 22134. So long, Chief…Arrangements have been entrusted to Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Corning.
FITZGERALD Robert Paul "Bob" 80 years, of Horseheads, formerly of Corning, NY, died Tuesday, September 26, 2006, at Bethany Manor. He was born July 22, 1926 in Corning, NY, the son of the late William and Mary Healy Fitzgerald. He was a graduate of Corning Free Academy and a Veteran of the United States Navy, serving during World War II (1944-1946). Robert and Theresa Louiz were married November 22, 1952 in Corning, NY. He was employed with Corning Inc., serving as a Platinum Smith. Bob was a member of All Saints Parish, attending St. Vincent de Paul Church, Corning Lodge of the Moose and Corning VFW John P. Eaton Post. Survivors are his wife of 53 years, Theresa; daughter, Cindy (Rick) Pazzaglia of Columbia Cross Rds., PA; sons, David (Wendy) Fitzgerald of Cambridge, NY, Mark (Jeanne) Fitzgerald of Bloomsburg, PA, and Todd (Maggie) Fitzgerald of Virginia Beach, VA; daughter-in-law, Jane Fitzgerald; 12 grandchildren, Bobbie, Lee, Tonya, Angela, Kristin, Kyra, Kaitlin, Joel, Heather, Eric, Brittany and Ryan; one great-grandson, Rhiley; also several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by son, Paul Robert Fitzgerald (September 12, 2004); brothers, J. Emmitt, Walter and William; sisters, Mary, Catherine and Rita. A Funeral Service will be held at the funeral home, Friday September 29, 2006, 11:00 a.m. Committal Prayers, Full Military Rites and Interment will follow at the family plot in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Harold W. Age 89, of Lawrenceville, PA, died February 17, 2007 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. He was born April 24, 1917 in Webster, NY, the son of Elmer and Sophia Beirschmidt Fritz. Harold was a retired farmer and had also worked for Ingersoll Rand and Corning Glass Works. He served in the Army Air Corp during WWII, and on the board of Northern Tioga Schools. Harold is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, David H. and Mary Jean, Jeffrey W. and Kathy, Michael J. and Debra, all of Lawrenceville, PA; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Eugene and Pat, Arthur and Tibby, all of Rochester, NY; six grandchildren, Linda Fritz Lehnhardt of Verona, KY, Barbara Baxter of Norris, TN, David A. Fritz of Trout Run, PA, Marilyn Butters of Troy, PA, Todd Fritz of Phoenix, AZ, Suzianna Fritz of Lawrenceville, PA; seven great-grandchildren, Josh and Leah Fritz, Jessica and Rachel Baxter, Krista Lehnhardt, Aaron and Kevin Butters. Harold was predeceased by his wife, the former Susie Wood in 1969; a daughter, Carolyn; and a brother, Howard. Friends are invited to call at the Gary W. Wilston Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 130 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA, Thursday, 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Calvary United Methodist Church, Lawrenceville, PA, with Rev. Robert Strozyk officiating. Burial in Lindley Fairview Cemetery.
GLEASON Burdette B. "Vince"
After a full and wonderful life, Bud Gleason of Hampstead, NC and Wolf Lake, NY, died peacefully on Wednesday May 16th in Wilmington, NC. He took pride in his family and his service to his communities and country. Bud enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II and, after graduating from Dartmouth College in 1950, was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps and served during the Korean Conflict. In civilian life Bud was an educator for over thirty years working first as a teacher and then as an administrator in Westchester County, NY. He finished his career in education as superintendent of schools in his adopted hometown of Corning, New York. Bud's second career was as a Vice President and member of the board of directors of John G. Ullman & Associates, a Corning financial management services firm. Bud was predeceased by his parents, Leland C. Gleason and Angie Boyce, and his sister Jean Gleason Witsil. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Janet Smith Gleason; his daughter Jean Ann of Boulder, CO and his sons James (Kathy) of Binghamton, NY, John of Hanover, NH, Joseph (Mary Margaret) of Clifton, VA, Steven (Jackie) of Laguna Niguel, CA, and Peter (Stephanie) of Potomac Falls, VA. Vince is also survived by his 13 grandchildren who were his pride and joy. Bud leaves behind many dear friends, "adopted sons", golfing partners and martini aficionados in Corning, North Carolina and at Wolf Lake. His thoughtful advice, humanity and friendship will be missed by his family and friends alike. In keeping with Bud's wishes a memorial service will be held at the United Methodist Church in Hampstead, NC on Monday May 21st at 1 pm. Despite Bud's perennial green thumb, the family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers his friends consider donations to Oncology Research at the Duke University Medical Center at Durham, NC or the Burdette B. Gleason Scholarship Fund c/o Corning Painted-Post Area School District. Semper Fidelis
GREEN DONALD F.
The Rev. Donald F. Green, 77, of 457 N. Keystone Ave., South Waverly, died on Monday, March 15, 2004 in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rev. Green was born on May 5, 1926 in Waverly, N.Y., to his parents Morgan and Frances Greer Green. The Rev. Green attended Sayre High School. He was a member of the United States Navy Armed Guard of World War II. He attended Bible Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, graduating in 1954. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He retired from Lehigh Valley Railroad. The Rev. Green was the founder of the Keystone Baptist church in August of 1954, and also the founder of the Keystone Baptist Academy in 1975. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Those left to cherish the Rev. Green's memory include the Rev. Green's wife of 56 years, Mary Mowry Green, at home. The couple was married on June 25, 1947. He is also survived by: daughters and sons-in-law, Kelly and Everett Gorsline of Athens, Karen and Gary Ferguson of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Norma and Craig Brown of Madison Heights, Va.; daughter, Danielle Miller of Sayre; sons and daughters-in-law, Donald nad Vicki Green of Lusby, Md., and John and Cindy Green of Sayre; sisters, Phyllis Stevens of Sayre and Norma and brother-in-law Tom Lynch of St. Petersburg, Fla.; brothers and sisters-in-law, William and Pat Green of Lakeland Fla., Burt and Joan Green of Hudson, Fla., and John and Marion Green of New Port Richey, Fla.; brother, Lawrence Green of Sayre; brother-in-law, Vincent Early of Owego, N.Y.; sister-in-law, Mary Jane Green of Sayre; 19 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The Rev. Green was predeceased by: his parents; sister, Betty Earley ; brother, Morgan Green; grandsons, Jason and Jeffery Ferguson; and great-granddaughter, Jordyn Adams. Family and friends are invited to calling hours at the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 445 Waverly St., Waverly, N.Y., on Monday, March 22 from 7-9p.m. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 23 at 2 p.m. at the Keystone Baptist Church in South Waverly with the Rev. Joel Winters officiating. Burial will be in Bath, Va. National Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Those kindly wishing to make memorial contributions in the Rev. Green's name may do so to the Keystone Baptist Church, 351 Fulton St., Sayre, Pa. 18840.
Richard M. "Dick" Age 80, of Elmira, NY, died suddenly February 14, 2007 at home, with his wife of 59 years, Frances Ida (French) by his side. Born in Syracuse, he served in the Navy in WWII. He dedicated his life to his family and serving his community. He was an Asst. Chief and Life Member of the Bridgeport Vol. Fire Dept, a member of the Carpenters Local #112, a Life Member of the VFW Post #1536, Sayre, PA. He worked at Elmira Psychiatric Center and retired from the NYSDOCS in 1989. He was a founding member of the Sampson WWII Navy Veterans Assoc. at Sampson State Park. He and Fran were full-time RV'ers. He was the National Director of the New York Centrals Chapter of the FMCA. In addition to his wife, he is survived by eight children, Kathleen (Earl) Persons of Hendersonville, TN, Susan (Wayne) Nicastro of Oceanside, CA, Linda (David) Oltz of Chittenango, NY, David (Kathy Stein) of Elmira, Nancy (Roy) Willette of Horseheads, James (Amy) of Binghamton, Charles (Maria) of Medford, NY, Patrick (DanaLynn) of Elmira; 16 grandchildren and four great-granddaughters. Calling hours at the Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake Street at Washington Ave, Elmira, will be on Wednesday, February 21st, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be Thursday at 10 a.m. in Ss. Peter & Paul Church. Interment with Military Honors will follow at Bath National Cemetery. Contributions can be sent to Sampson WWII Navy Veterans Museum, c/o William Grower, P.O. Box 181, Boonville, NY 13309.
HESS Love S. of Ulysses, PA 79, died Friday, September 22, 2006, in his home. Born April 22, 1927 in Sabinsville, he was the son of Melvin H. and Pearl D. Short Hess. He was a World War II Veteran, serving with the US Navy. On May 27, 1952, in Harrison Valley, he married the former Beverly Reynolds, who survives. A 50-year member of Operating Engineers Local #17B, he was a heavy equipment operator with Joyce Pipeline, Otis Eastern, and Case Boring Corp. He owned and operated Hess Equipment since 1976. He was a member of Lewisville Lodge #556 in Ulysses, Coudersport Consistory, and the Knoxville VFW. A man's man, Love was well known and liked throughout the valley. Surviving besides his wife are a son, Richard K. (Paula) Hess of Ulysses; three daughters, Marcia Newcomb of Sabinsville, Jeanette (Roger) Barker of Ulysses, and Kathleen Jo (David) Smoker of Gold; 11 grandchildren, Thomas H. Newcomb, Daniel B. Newcomb, Rynell (Bert) Currier, Kent (Amy) Barker, Kimberly Barker, Joshua Smoker, Katelyn Smoker, Lacee Hess, Hunter Hess, Caden Hess, and Tanner Hess; a great-granddaughter, Desarae Currier; a sister, Melva H. Calaman of Sabinsville; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by five brothers, Leon, Klein, Quentin, Robert "Bud", and Stanley; and a sister, Ila Lugg Wiley. Friends may call Monday, September 25th, from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Funeral Services will be held 1:00 p.m., Tuesday in the Mills Union Church, with the Rev. Lowell Watkins, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Mills Cemetery. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
HUGHES Sarah Anne
Of 337 E. Market Street Extension in Corning, NY, died after a courageous battle with leukemia. Sarah was born April 8, 1986 in Plattsburgh, NY. Sarah was a graduate of Elmira Free Academy and previously attended Corning Community College. She was a member of Christ's United Methodist Church in Elmira, and was also a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of America. Surviving Sarah are her mother and stepfather, Amy & Michael Kuczka of Corning, NY; father, David Hughes; sisters, Harriett Hughes and Carmen Coppola of Corning, NY; paternal grandparents, Raymond & Kathy Hughes of Athens, PA; maternal grandparents Albert Jr. & Deloris Wheeler of Wellsburg, NY; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport on Saturday July 21, 2007 between the hours of 2-4 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 4:15 p.m. with the Reverend Ted Richards and Reverend Fred Kelsey co-officiating. In lieu of flowers family and friends are asked to send a memorial donation to the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge, 1400 Winton Road North Rochester, NY 14609 or Camp Good Days and Special Time, Inc., 47 Bridge Street, Corning, NY 14830 in her memory.
HUGHES William B. Age 89 of Elmira, died Thursday, September 7, 2006 at the Bath VA Medical Center. Bill was born in Elmira, son of the late William D. and Catharine (Murphy) Hughes. He was predeceased by his five sisters, M. Geraldine, Catharine L., Sister M. Rosaria, RSM, Ruth M., and Florence R. Hughes. Bill is survived by many cousins of the Hughes, Manning and Murphy families and the family of his dear late friend Victoria Cogswell. He had a long career as a roofer and worked with his father for many years. Bill stepped away from his work to enlist in the Marine Corps during WW II. He proudly served in the Third Marine Division. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick's Church, Elmira on Thursday, September 14, 2006 at 11:30 am. It was Bill's request to be interred at Bath National Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be directed to Notre Dame High School, 1400 Maple Ave., Elmira NY 14901. Local arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home.
HUNSINGER CLARENCE EDWARD
Sayre Morning Times July 13, 2007
Mr. Clarence Edward Hunsinger, formerly of Athens, died on June 7, 2007 at the age of 85 in Hiawassee, Ga., surrounded by family members. Mr. Hunsinger was born in 1921 in Bradford County, Pa., to the late Floyd and Anna Lane Hunsinger. Growing up in Athens, he was a standout track and field and football athlete. He joined the Army Air Force and served throughout W.W. II. Subsequently, he married Phyllis Arlene DeVoe of East Smithfield and started a family while earning his degree in Parks and Recreation at Penn State. Following a brief employment in New Jersey, he returned to Athens where he was Director of Parks and Recreation for over 16 years. Among other achievements, he directed the development of Round Top Park which overlooks the Valley today. In 1969 the family moved to West Palm Beach, Fla., where he accepted the position of Director of Parks and Recreation for the city until retirement in 1980. For the ensuing 27 years Mr. and Mrs. Hunsinger have enjoyed life, family and travel, as well as establishing a mountain home in Hiawassee, Ga., and a winter home in Flagler Beach, Fla. In April of this year Mr. and Mrs. Hunsinger celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary. Mr. Hunsinger is survived: by his wife, Phyllis Hunsinger of Hiawassee, Ga.; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Walter Fischer of Flagler Beach, Fla.; son and daughter-in-law, Ed and Jeanne Marie Hunsinger of Lewisville, N.C.; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Marguerite Hunsinger of Flagler Beach, Fla.; sisters, Jean Isbell and Janet House both of Homosassa Springs, Fla.; grandchildren, Audrey Herbruck, Andrew Fischer, Edward Hunsinger Jr., Brent Hunsinger, Stephanie Fischer, Lauren Hunsinger and Sabrina Vaccaro; as well as three great-grandsons. Memorial services were held at McConnell Memorial Baptist Church in Hiawassee, Ga. Submitted by Carol Hoose Brotzman
JANKOWSKI Steven J.
Age 84, of Elmira, died Friday, June 29, 2007, at the Bath VA Medical Center. Survived by daughter, Carole (Rolin) O'Connor, Big Flats; grandchildren, Rolin James (Luicia) O'Connor II, Praque, Heather (Bob) Cleary, Wellington, OH, Cinnamon O'Connor, Pasadena, MD; great-grandchildren, Rolin III and Nicol O'Connor, Praque, Jesse, Tara and Leigha Cleary, Wellington, OH; sisters, Helen Walkowiak, Agnes Jankowski, both of Elmira, Rosie (Richard) Telech, Elmira Heights, Ceil Rasavage, Rochester; dearest friend and companion, Dorothy Donald, Wellsburg; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Steven was a retired salesman for Morris Furniture, Elmira, a local musician, playing many years at Lib's Supper Club, in local Polka bands and with the Sgro brothers. He was a graduate of EFA's class of 1941, a US Army Veteran WWII, member of St. Casimir's Church, Elmira Heights Legion and VFW, DAV and the White Eagles Club. Those wishing may make a donation to St. Casimir's Church heating and air conditioning fund in his name. The family will receive relatives and friends at the Kalec Funeral Home today, Sunday, July 1, 2007, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with a prayer service there on Monday at 10:15 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Casimir's Church at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Bath National Cemetery with Military Honors.
KEELER Albert T.
Lt. Col. Albert T. Keeler - 11/23/2006 Wyalusing Rocket
Lt. Col. Albert T. Keeler, formerly of Stevensville, PA, died on his 62nd wedding anniversary on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006 in Prince Frederick, MD. Col. Keeler died from complications of returning prostate cancer. He was born on Feb. 24, 1922. He attended Camptown High School, graduating in the Class of 1939. He was enrolled at the Ithaca College in the fall of 1939 as a student in the public school music supervisor course. An accomplished violinist, he discontinued college in his sophomore year, knowing that he would be going into military service with the advent of World War II. In February 1943, he was called as an enlisted Air Cadet in the U. S. Army Air Corps in Binghamton, NY. A member of the 95th Bomb Group Association, Col. Keeler flew B-17s over Europe during 1944, returning home in the fall to marry his sweetheart, Donna Marie Bennett of Towanda on Oct. 5, 1944. Col. Keeler left the military after WWII, working for IBM and then opened a jewelry store with his brother, Harry Keeler, in Endicott. In the fall of 1952, Keeler was recalled to the United States Air Force, serving in the 13th Bomb Squadron, flying B-26s in the Korean War. After this war, Col. Keeler continued as an officer in the USAF, flying B-57 jets, taking his family to many tours of duty. While stationed at Andrews AFB, near Washington, DC in 1962, Col. Keeler flew T-39 Transport Sabreliners, transporting heads of state and VIPs. In November of 1966, Col. Keeler left his family for a tour of duty in Viet Nam, first flying his T-39s and then bombing missions in his B-57 out of Phan Rang, South Viet Nam. Col. Keeler returned to the states and continued to fly T-39s from Andrews AFB, until his formal retirement in October 1970. He had logged in over 10,000 total flying hours. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and five air medals. In 1956, he received a “Well Done” award from the USAF for safely landing a B-57B in a double engine flame-out. Col. Keeler successfully completed and published his autobiography, “VIP Pilot” in 2001. Previously, in 1988, he published a book called “Caring For Your Antique Clock.” In addition to being an ace pilot, musician and watch and clock expert, he was also an accomplished cinematographer. He created a documentary film on Alaska entitled “Eight Stars of Gold.” Col. Albert T. Keeler is survived by his daughter, Martha Keeler Phelps and her husband, Donald Wallace Phelps of Prince Frederick, MD; his granddaughter, Katherine Marie Phelps of Salisbury, NC and his son, Robert Charles Keeler. A military service with full honors will be performed at Arlington Cemetery, VA at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 8, with interment following with his beloved wife, Donna. Submitted by Carol Brotzman
KIRSCH LeRoy "Pete"
Age 70, of Gaines, PA, died Monday, July 23, 2007, in his home. Born January 10, 1937 in Barr Township, PA, he was the son of Bernard J. and Rosa (Byrne) Kirsch. He retired from the United States Air Force as a Master Sergeant in 1978 after 23 years of service. While in the Military, he served three tours in the Vietnam War, was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, completed extensive electrical training and assembled switchboards. Pete was a member of St. Bibiana's Catholic Church in Galeton, the Potter County Honor Guard, the American Legion Post #0508 in Barnesboro, PA, and a Life Member of the Galeton VFW Post #6611 where he was the past Commander and past Adjutant. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and outdoors. Surviving are five brothers, Robert Kirsch of Northern Cambria, PA, Edward Kirsch of Ebensburg, PA, Allen Kirsch of Ebensburg, Joel (Kathy) Kirsch of Carroltown, PA, Gary Kirsch of Nicktown, PA; and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, PA, on Thursday, July 26, 2007, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. Published in the Star-Gazette on 7/25/2007.
KNOWLTON Durell R.
Age 86, of Sun City, AZ, died June 16, 2007. He was born in Sabinsville, PA on May 1, 1921, the son of Benjamin B. and Margaret Sampson Knowlton. Mr. Knowlton was a senior design engineer with Corning, Inc., and a WWII Air Force Veteran stationed in England with the 78th Fighter Group. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; daughters, Linda (Richard) Makowiec of Palm Bay, FL, Shawn (Gene) Gregory of New Fairfield, CT, and Cheryl Brumbelow of Phoenix; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren, and was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Herbert. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Thursday, June 21, 2007, with Funeral Service 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 22, 2007, at Menke Funeral Home Chapel, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ. Interment to follow at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. Contributions are suggested to: Mayo Clinic Research Arizona, 13400 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85259.
KOERNIGColonel Robert Walter
Age 83, well known and respected resident of Roaring Branch, PA, died, Saturday afternoon, July 7, 2007, at the Williamsport Hospital. Born in Philadelphia, PA, on July 8, 1923, Robert was a son of the late Hans Maxmillian and Helen Bertha Freida (Eich) Koernig. After graduating from Philadelphia's North East High School in 1941, Robert began a distinguished 35-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force. In 1954 he received a Bachelor's Degree in Military Science from the University of Maryland and between 1958-1959 earned his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Political Science from George Washington University. Then 1963 through 1965 Robert graduated from LaSalle University, the Air War College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. In 1968 he graduated from the Naval War College. The Colonel was a lifelong patriot and very proud of his service to our country. During WWII he was awarded the Purple Heart and Silver Star Medals serving on Guadalcanal and later flew in the Berlin Air Lift. From 1959 through 1966 he was an Assistant Professor of Political Science as well as the Special Assistant to the Superintendent at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. The Colonel flew 513 missions into Vietnam with the Air Force's Okinawa Tactical Flying Wing in 1966-67. In 1971-72 Colonel Koernig served as the Wing Commander at Mildenhall Air Force Base in England. From 1974 through 1976 Colonel Koernig served as the Defense Attaché in Bankok, Thailand, before becoming an Assistant Professor in Political Science at Mansfield University in 1978. Robert was an Eagle Boy Scout. He was a member of the Marine Corps League Deer X-ing Detachment in Ralston, Canton's V.F.W. Post 714 and a Thirty Second Degree Mason. Surviving are his beloved wife of 64 years, Elizabeth; seven children, Robert, Kathleen, Lynda, Nancy, William, James and Jonathan; 18 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Marjorie Englehardt. He was predeceased by four siblings, Betty, Edward, Frederick and Norman. Calling hours are 7-9 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Dr., Canton, PA. In maintaining to the Colonel's wish, burial will be held in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia at 3 p.m., August 7th, 2007. The family suggests that memorial contributions in memory of Colonel Koernig be made to Toys For Kids, c/o The Marine Corps League, P.O. Box 154 Ralston, PA 17763. Published in the Star-Gazette from 7/9/2007 - 7/11/2007.
Mattie Bell Age 92, of Horseheads, NY, died February 15, 2007 in St. Mary's Hospital, Leonardtown, MD. Born October 3, 1914 in Giles, TN, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Severa Powell Buford. She is survived by two daughters, M. Deloris Bomarc of Lexington Park, MD, and Valeria B. Coure-Wade of Horseheads, NY; and six grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Shirley Leftwich, Jr.; and her son, Clarence Foster Lawrence. All services will be private. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.
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Betty Lynn Devoted Teacher Age 71, of Gary Dr., Horseheads, New York, died peacefully at her home that she loved, Friday, February 16, 2007, after a long and dignified battle with cancer. She was born on January 11th, 1936 in Parker, PA, to the late Howard and Bessie Wilkenson Lesser. A brother and sister predecease her. Betty is survived by her beloved dogs, "KIKI" and "PURDY", and most recently predeceased by "LADDIE", along with several other beloved pets. She is also survived by her very dear friend, Linda Olthof, who cared for her day and night until her passing. Betty's adopted family also survives her, Alice Carr, Kathy Carleton and her daughters, Whitney and Rachel, who only knew Betty as "Gramma Betty", Curtis and Molly Bailey, Ken and Roxanne Bailey and their sons, John, Ethan and Jimmy. Her nieces and nephews survive her. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, NY 14904, Sunday, February 18th, 2007, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. A celebration of Betty's life will be held following the calling hours at 5:00 p.m., the Reverend Anne Mowery will be officiating. Interment will be held at a time convenient with the family in the Parker Memorial Cemetery, Parker, Pennsylvania. Betty was well educated, graduated and attended many universities, including Clarion, Duke, Cornell, Syracuse, Duquesne Universities, and Corning Community College. She was a dedicated teacher for 44 years in the Elmira City School District. She was proud to be a member of Who's Who in American Teachers. Betty also enjoyed retail, working for Bradlees for 20 years, and most recently BonTon as a customer service agent. She was very active in the community and served as a coordinator in the Riverfront Project and assisted her Riverside Elementary class in obtaining playground equipment for Brand Park. Those who knew Betty the closest knew she loved her pets, home and watching the wildlife around it, the outdoors, traveling, SCUBA diving with the manatees, and kayaking in Seneca Lake. A very special "Thank You" to the numerous friends of Betty's for helping to take care of her or visiting her, including Alice and Francis Seymour, Gary and Sherri Myers, Marilyn Burton, and the staff of the Southern Tier Hospice that she became very close to. For those wishing, memorials can be made to the Chemung County SPCA, Rt. 352, Elmira, NY 14903.
Raymond A longtime resident of the Southport community died Thursday evening, November 30, 2006 at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center following an illness at the age of 85. Born on June 22, 1921, Ray was the son of Ellison Curtis & Edna Engle MacNeal. He married Bessie Lev in 1946; together they have enjoyed 60 years of companionship. He was an Army Airforce Veteran of WWII and was a member of the American Legion Ernest Skinner Post #1612, V.F.W. Rex Field Post #901 and a life long member of the Disabled American Veterans. Ray was well respected by his coworkers, having been employed at the Remington-Rand, Ward LaFrance and Upstate Tool Co. Ray's interests included fishing at their family cottage on Seneca Lake and providing for his loving family who survive. His loving wife and companion, Bessie Lev MacNeal; along with their two children, James & Judith MacNeal, Southport and David & Sally MacNeal, Elmira; six grandchildren, Joan Rice, Jill Grantier, Joel, John, Megan and Ryan MacNeal; nine great grandchildren, Devon, Hunter and Grace Grantier, Dakota and Brayden MacNeal, Elizabeth, Andrew and Jonah Rice, Brady Vaughn; uncle Glen Engle, Horseheads. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport, NY on Sunday afternoon, December 3, 2006 between the hours of 2-4 p.m. Private funeral services will take place at the families convenience with the Reverend William Vallet officiating. Military honors will be accorded Mr. MacNeal at Bath National Cemetery before being laid to rest.
MARTIN Frank J.
Age 78, of Daggett, PA, was relieved of his suffering on June 8, 2007 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA, after a long battle against heart disease. He was born June 6, 1929, to Lillian and Manley Martin, who predeceased him, as well as brothers, Clyde, Clarence, Orville, Paul and Walter Martin. He served in Germany with the U.S. Army during World War II. A sheet rock finisher and painter, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and the great outdoors. He is survived by his loving wife of thirty-three years, Pat Martin; two children and their families, Gene and Patti Heck, daughters, Chavene, Maleaha, and Julie, great-granddaughter, Londyn Gene, and Teresa Bogacyzk, son, Mathew and daughter, Emily. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to do so may make contributions to their favorite charities, the Daggett Fire Department, or the Daggett Methodist Church in Frank's name. There will be a memorial service held at a later date at the family's convenience. Arrangements entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home, Inc.
McCONNELL Reno VanFleet (SRGP 04038)
Reno VanFleet McConnell died July 18, 2007 in Tucson, Arizona. The son of Ainsley McConnell and Edna VanFleet McConnell, Reno was born September 28, 1914 in Elmira, NY. Reno married Bessie Smith in March 1942 in Elmira, NY. Together they had one son, Thomas McConnell. After high school, Reno joined the Army. During World War II, Reno served in the Navy. After the war, Reno was a machinist for Remington Rand. When he and Bessie retired, they moved to Tucson, Arizona. Reno was a member of Mission Park Baptist Church in Tucson, and had served as a Deacon. He had an unshakable faith in Jesus Christ and loved his Lord. Reno was predeceased by his wife, his parents; one brother, William; and two sisters, Zelda and Melva; as well as his brother-in-law, Erwin V.B. Smith. He is survived by his son; sister-in-law, Betty Fredericks; and several nieces and nephews. There will be a Memorial Service at a later date.
Published in the Star-Gazette on 7/24/2007.
MCNEAL Wesley C. McNeal of 38 Watts Street, Towanda, died Monday, Oct. 3, 1988 at the Robert Packer Hospital after an extended illness. He was born in Burlington, PA, the son of Herman and Anna Dibble McNeal. He attended schools at Luthers Mills. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 143rd Infantry Regiment, 36th Division, where he served in Normandy and Rhineland. He served in the Korean War in Company B, 185 Engineers C Battalion, which was called the Golden Dragons. After his service, he worked at the Ingersoll-Rand in Athens as a machinist for 28 years retiring in 1986. He was the widower of Marion Howard McNeal, who died July 6, 1988. Mr. McNeal was a member of the LeRaysville Rod and Gun Club. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Gail McNeal of Towanda, RD# 1; a sister, Mrs. Robert (Mildred) Beeman of Luthers Mills; a brother, Floyd McNeal of Towanda; three grandsons, Donald Jr., Michael and Stephen McNeal of Towanda; a mother-in-law Frances Benson Howard of Towanda; and several neices, nephews and cousins. He was preceased in death by a twin brother, Bill; brothers, Herbert, Herman, Raymond, Richard, Leon and Ralph; and two sisters, Edith and Mertie. He has been moved to the Lowery Funeral Home, 225 S. Main Street, Athens. Private funeral services will be held Thursday, with the Rev. Horace B. King, of the Waverly United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Bradford County Memorial Park Cemetery in Luthers Mills. Full military honors will be accorded by the SkiffBowers American Legion Post # 1536. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 515 S. Main Street, Athens, PA 18816.
MILLER Garfield A.
died on Friday July 13, 2007 at the age of 87. Born on June 29, 1920 in Ellenburg, NY. He was a loving husband to Bernice Hennrich for 56 years until her passing in 1998. He was enlisted in the United States Army during WWII during the "Battle of the Bulge" in the 308th Artillery Battalion. He retired from Schweizer Aircraft after 25 years of faithful service. An outdoors man, He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Surviving is his loving family, children, Marlene (Kenneth) Douglas, Hector, NY; Daniel (Deborah) Miller, Pine City, NY; Darlene Coch, St. Petersburg, FL; grandchildren, Marcia (James) King, Laura (Omar) Six, Kimberly Douglas, Danielle (Mike) Cervantes who both are serving in Iraq; Jenna (Brandon, serving in Iraq) Girardi, and Julianne Coch; great grandchildren, Brandon and Justin King, Matthew and Megan Griffin, Kara Six and Gavin Girardi; brothers, Hugh (Norma) Miller and Bruce (Louise) Miller; sisters, Thelma Gadway, Vilma (Harvey) Pearson, Anita Ingraham and Zeneth Dallos. Honoring his wishes there will be no services.
MORAN Thomas Francis died peacefully Friday morning December 15, 2006 in West Grove, Pennsylvania. His long life of 79 years was filled with love for his family, his many friends and his beloved Notre Dame. He was born August 28, 1927, son of the late Thomas and Camille Moran of Garden City, New York. He graduated Garden City High School and the University of Notre Dame. He served his country in World War II as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He retired in 1994 after 35 years with the Rexam Corporation. His reputation for integrity, honesty, devoutness to his faith and a terrific sense of humor was well known by his many friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn; his sister, Gail; and his aunt, Amee. He is survived by his brother, Donald, brothers-in-law, David Morton and Raymond Eaton; and daughters, Nancy Moran, Barbara Moran, Janice Moran and Meghan Malinowski. He also will be greatly missed by his five grandchildren who knew him as Pop-pop. Most of all they will remember the love he had for all of them. The family would like to give special thanks to his nurses for their love and extraordinary care. He adored them and they him. Mass of Christian burial and interment will be at the University of Notre Dame. A Celebration of Life will be held 10:30 a.m. January 13 at Immaculate Conception Church, Towson, Maryland. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Thomas F. Moran Endowment Fund at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556.
OTIS Donald L.
Age 87, died March 1, 2007 in Jacksonville, Florida. He was born August 24, 1919 in Auburn, NY, the son of James and Anna (Kelly) Otis. Don retired from the NYS Department of Correctional Services, where he was employed for more than 25 years, attaining the position of Deputy Commissioner. He was a Veteran of WWII, serving honorably with the US Army Air Corps. He was predeceased by his first wife, Mary (Kinner) Otis in 1980; and his second wife, Dorothy (Daly) Otis in 2007. He will be remembered by his daughter, Lorraine (Grant) Van Hoesen of Athens, NY; a son, James (Judith) Otis of Jacksonville, FL. Also surviving are four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Father Joseph X. Arockiasamy will officiate at a graveside service, which will be held at 11 a.m. on June 9, 2007 in the West Jefferson Cemetery, located on the North Harpersfield Road, near Moxley Street. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Hall Funeral Home, Stamford, NY, under the direction of William A. Tari.
PALMER Edwin A.
Age 83, of Dundee, NY, died suddenly Thursday, July 5, 2007, at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, NY. Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., Monday (July 9) at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water Street, Dundee. A Fireman's service will be offered at 8:45 p.m., and a Masonic service will follow at 9:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday (July 10) at the Dundee United Methodist Church, 35 Water Street, Dundee, with Rev. Ann Hicks officiating. Burial will follow with Military Honors in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dundee United Methodist Church, 35 Water Street, or the Dundee Emergency Squad, 12 Union St., Dundee, 14837. Edwin was born May 18, 1924 in Dundee, the son of the late David S. and Marjory Swarthout Palmer. He served in the U.S. Army 299th Combat Engineers during World War II. He landed on Utah Beach on D-Day, and was a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge, having gone to a reunion every year since 1947. On May 15, 1971 in the Dundee Methodist Church, he married the former Beulah I. Loss. A lifelong local resident, Ed was a car dealer, and owner of the former Palmer Chevy & Olds in Dundee. He was a devoted member of Dundee United Methodist Church, having been a longtime Trustee and Usher. He was a member of the Dundee Masonic Lodge 123 F&AM; a life member of the Dundee Fire Department; and a member of the Dundee American Legion Bradley-Jessop Post #660, and Dundee V.F.W. Goodrich-Smith Post #8649. He enjoyed collecting and repairing clocks. He is loved and will be missed by his wife of 36 years, Beulah L. Palmer at home; a daughter, Catherine P. (Alan) Kiehle of Romulus; two granddaughters, Alissa (Matthew) Jones of Brunswick, ME, and Adrianne (Michael Deorocki) Kiehle of Newburyport, MA; two great-grandchildren, Avery and Cooper Jones of Brunswick, ME; a brother, John (Dorothy) Palmer of Stevensville, MD; two brothers-in-law, Gordon Fleet of Dundee, and Bruce Hays of Horseheads; several nieces and nephews; and all the guys at Tom Pratt Automotive. He was predeceased by twin infant sons, Henry and David Palmer; and four sisters, June Bassage, Irene Crawford, Isabel Fleet, and Norma Hays. Published in the Star-Gazette on 7/6/2007.
PECKALLY Fred A.
94, formerly of Waverly, NY, died Wednesday, May 30, 2007, at the Canandaigua Veterans Administration Hospital, Canandaigua, NY. Born February 8, 1913 in Waverly, NY, he was the son of the late John C. and Genoeffa D'Innocenzo Peckally. Fred was a graduate of Waverly High School, Class of 1931. He was formerly employed by the family owned business of John C. Peckally and Sons Italian Market previously located at 379 Broad St., Waverly, and the Hofbrau Tavern previously located on Fulton St. in Waverly. Fred proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. Surviving are his beloved nephews, John A. Peckally of Elmira, NY, Nicholas D. Alteri of Barrington, RI; his beloved nieces, Kathryn Alteri-Atkins and Regina Alteri of Cullman, AL, Janice Alteri-Sklavounos of Waterford, CT. In addition to his parents, Fred was preceded in death by his brothers, Anthony M., Joseph C. and Nicholas C. Peckally, and his sisters, Minnie J. Alteri and Genevieve P. Shamot, and his niece, Rosemary Alteri Mele. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, June 5, 2007, at 10 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, Waverly, NY, with the Rev. William Moorby as celebrant. Interment will be in the St. James Cemetery, Waverly, NY, with the Valley Color Guard according full Military Honors. There are no calling hours. Arrangements are under the direction of the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre, PA. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Waverly V.F.W. Post No. 8104, P.O. Box 142, Waverly, NY 14892, in Fred A. Peckally's memory.
PENNELL Jeffry James
44, of Dallastown, PA, formerly of Galeton, PA, died Friday, July 13, 2007, in York Hospital, York, PA. Born February 27, 1963, in Wellsboro, PA, he was the son of Marjorie and the late Frank B. Pennell. He graduated from Galeton High School in 1981 and attended the Breeden School of Welding in Genesee, PA. He was a Hard Chrome Electroplater at Gerhart USA and a Plasma Robot Operator at New Holland. Jeff was a Social Member of the Galeton VFW. He enjoyed fishing, watching NASCAR, and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Surviving are his living companion, Kimberly A. Tome of Dallastown, PA; his feline friend, Sissy Girl; his mother, Marjorie (Kramer) Ninkovich of Galeton; three brothers, David F. (Martha) Pennell of Galeton, Robert J. (Machele) Pennell of Wellsboro, PA, and John M. Pennell of West Thomasville, PA; two sisters, Dianne E. (David) Spackman of Chicago, IL, and Patti A. (Darrell) Gamble of Brookland, PA; nieces and nephews, Jessica and Beno Pennell, Regina Baker, Sara, Aimee, Nick and Emily Gamble, and Christopher and Thomas Surdam; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by his father, his stepfather, Thomas Ninkovich, his paternal grandparents, Earl and Anna Pennell, and his maternal grandparents, Benno and Genevieve Kramer. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, July 16, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Bibiana Church, Galeton, with the Rev. Joseph Dougherty as Celebrant. Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, PA, on Sunday, July 15, 2007, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Burial will be in West Hill Cemetery, Galeton. Memorials may be made to the American Liver Foundation or the charity of the donor's choice. Published in the Star-Gazette on 7/14/2007.
PRIESTNER - Chief Warrant Officer, John Richard Priestner, 42, of Sanford, South Carolina and formerly of LeRaysville, Pa. died in the line of duty in Iraq on November 6, 2006. John was born on July 8, 1964 in Paterson, N.J. a son of Richard Priestner and Linnea Priestner. He was a graduate of Northeast Bradford High School Class of 1982. Following graduation he attended Keystone College. John enlisted into the United States Air Force where he served his country for two years. Upon an honorable discharge from the Air Force, he entered into the U.S. Army and proudly served his country in Afghanistan from November 2002-August 2003. He was a veteran of Operation Desert Storm; and deployed for Iraq on July 22, 2006 to serve during Iraqi Freedom. On January 30, 1988 at the St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Little Meadows, he married Teresa Lutz. Together they had 17 wonderful years. John is survived by his wife Teresa Priestner; his daughters and pride and joy, Breanne, 14 and Megan Priestner, 10; his father Richard Priestner of LeRaysville; his mother Linnea Priestner of North Charleston, SC; his twin brother Roger (Linda) Priestner of LeRaysville, Pa; and sister Sue (Robert) Drag of Minnesota. His mother-in-law: Gail Lutz of Warren Center; brother in law Michael Lutz of Warren Center; Richard (Amy) Lutz of Clayton, NC. His nieces and nephews: Seth and Lindsey Priestner, Michael, Sandy and Eddie Drag; Niece, nephew (and his Godchildren) Gracie and Jacob Lutz, Dakota and Joshua Lutz. In addition he will be greatly missed by several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. A funeral mass was celebrated on Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Fort Myers Chapel in Arlington National Cemetery Chapel followed by burial in Arlington Cemetery. Full military honors were accorded and well attended. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service and time of remembering the special gift John was to all on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006 at 1 p.m. at the Northeast Bradford Elementary School auditorium. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Chief Warrant Officer John Richard Priestner USO Fund-Fort Bragg c/o Community Bank, NA, PO Box 39, Nichols, NY 13812 Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley Family of the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. - Daily & Sunday Review, Towanda PA, Nov. 21, 2006
RAYMER J. William of Galeton, PA 79, died Sunday, September 3, 2006. Born July 23, 1927 in Galeton, he was the son of Frances E. and Sadie D. Hall Raymer. A World War II veteran, he served with the U.S. Navy. On May 8, 1951 in Galeton, he married the former Elizabeth Yahn, who predeceased him on December 12, 2002. He was employed by Sunnydale Farms and the Galeton Area School District as the maintenance superintendent. He was a member of Galeton Masonic Lodge #602 and the Goodyear Hose Company. Surviving are a son, Joseph W. Raymer Jr. of Galeton; two daughters, Debbie Raymer of Galeton and Marjorie (Timothy) Smith of Westfield; two granddaughters, Sarah Smith and Tiffany Smith; two sisters, Alice R. Walters of Galeton and Helen B. Turner of Tampa, FL; and nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a sister and two brothers. Services will be private. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton.
Leon The spirit of Leon Root was set free March 14, 2007 at his home on McInroy Street, surrounded by three generations of those who loved him dearly. He was born June 8, 1925 in Galeton, PA, the son of Arthur Leon and Mary Roseanna Umpstead Root. He was the last remaining and youngest of four children, Elihu Root, Leona Gilbert, Madeline Wetherbee. He served in World War II and traveled throughout England, France, Germany and Belgium as a Medic in the U.S. Army. Leon married the former Katharine Constantina Vaganos in September 1948. They are the parents of Lisa, Tana, Kathy and Leon, Jr. Dad was an adventurer who loved to travel but remained devoted to Pine Creek his entire life. He developed a great love for Greece and together, our parents made many trips. Dad worked for Ingersoll-Rand in Painted Post, NY, retiring in 1985. He lost a beloved grandson, Kaleb, in 1993. He leaves behind a rich legacy of music, humor and wonderful memories, as well as grandchildren, Chad Dodge, Miguel Dodge, Lee Root III, Karl Gunderson, Jr., Chris Root, Gretchen Gunderson, Koury and Jessa Dodge, SanBee Blair, Tony Blair, Vinnie Mignano, Joey Mignano, Masha Root and Annie Root; and nine great-grandchildren. There will be a viewing on Thursday, March 22, 2007, from 6:00–8:00 p.m. at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, 139 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA. Funeral service to follow at 8:00 p.m. with Rev. Gregory P. Hinton officiating.
Adelbert Edward Age 84 of Seeley Creek, NY. Born December 17, 1921, son of the late Charles and Alice (Potter) Satterlee, died December 12, 2006, just five days before his 85th birthday. Predeceased by his wife Elizabeth (Betty) in 2002, Edward is survived by his three sons Bruce, Stephen and Jeffrey, grandchildren Keith, Colleen and Daniel, great grandchildren Nathaniel and Julia, twin brother Edwin and sister Jane along with many cousins, neices and nephews. Edward graduated from Southside High School in 1940. A veteran of WWII, he served in the Army Air Corps in Europe and the Pacific and was awarded an Air Medal in 1946. Edward earned an engineering degree at Rensselaer and enjoyed a very successful career in his field eventually retiring from the Nuclear Division of Westinghouse Corp. in Pittsburgh, PA. After the passing of his wife, Ed returned to Seeley Creek in 2003 to live with one of his sons at the family homestead. Doing so enabled him to reunite with many dear friends from his youth making his final years especially enjoyable. A memorial service and a celebration of his life will take place at the end of April, details to be announced.
SHIELS A. ELIZABETH "BETTY" CHASE
87, of Wellsville, died Saturday, July 7, 2007. Mrs. Chase was born on March 11, 1920 in Ogdensburg, to William E. and Armena "Erma" (Lowery) Shiels. She was a 1938 graduate of Brier Hill High School. She served in the US Navy as a cook during WWII. In 1947, she married Benjamin Chase, who predeceased her in 1986. Betty is survived by two sons, Robert N. Chase of Wellsville, and Douglas J. Chase of Denver, CO, both graduates of Elmira Free Academy. As a Christian and Proverb 31 woman, Betty was a loving wife, mother, and homemaker and is now enjoying her graduation to her new home in Heaven. There will be no prior visitation. A memorial service will be held on August 25 at 11 a.m. at the Hallsport Christian Church with Rev. Ralph Eastlack officiating. Burial will follow in Oneonta Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville.
Age 80 of Horseheads, NY died on Wednesday July 11, 2007 at Elcor Nursing Home in Horseheads, NY. Matthew was born on February 14, 1927 in Conway, SC the son of the late Edward and Ellen Sherman Singleton. Mr. Singleton was a Veteran of WWII serving his country with the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a retired Custodian. Mr. Singleton is survived by his twin brother Artis Singleton of Florida; his sister Mary Lee Blake of Conway, S.C.; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of caring friends including his caregivers at Elcor Nursing Home. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY on Monday July 16, 2007 from 2-4 PM. Mr. Singleton's Funeral Services will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 4 PM with the Rev. James E. Jones officiating. Interment in the Bath National Cemetery in Bath, NY at the convenience of the family.
Charles H. Age 89, formerly of Elmira, NY, died Wednesday, January 31, 2007, at the Bethany Manor in Horseheads, NY. Charles was born on June 2, 1917 in Spring Grove, PA, son of the late Bert and Alice (Markle) Spangler. Charles served our country in the United States Army during WWII. He retired from the Gorton Coy in Elmira after many years as a display manager. Charles was a 50 year member of Lake St. Presbyterian Church, 32nd Degree Mason and a longtime Kiwanis Member. Survivors include his wife, Hazel of 62 loving years; daughter, Vicki (Craig) McKenna of Newton, MA, Carol (Ron) Hauck of Fayetteville, NY, and Tina (Doug) McCoach of Baltimore, MD; son, Charles (Donna) Spangler Jr. of Niskayuna, NY; grandchildren, Jason, Laura and David Spangler, Jennifer (Bruno) Tramontozzi, Eric McKenna, Erin, Sara and Brian Hauck, Kaitlyn and Kendall McCoach. Charles was predeceased by his brother, Floyd Spangler. Family and friends are invited to call Saturday, February 3, 2007, from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Lake Street Presbyterian Church. Funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. with Rev. Ross Raymond officiating. Interment with committal prayers will take place on Monday, February 5, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. in Bath National Cemetery with full Military Honors. The family of Charles would like to thank the staff at Bethany Manor for the care that Charles received during his stay.
Frank Age 81, of Locus Lane, Watkins Glen, died Tuesday, November 14, 2006, at Seneca View Nursing Facility, surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness. He was born in Melbourne, West Virginia on January 11, 1925. The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, Friday from 10 a.m. - 12 noon, with funeral services to follow at 12 noon, and burial at Holy Cross Cemetery with Military Honors. He is predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Anna; son, Bobby; grandson, Troy Travis; brothers, John, Mike and Stanley Stanko; sisters, Mary Dewey and Lizzie Groves; brothers-in-law, Jim and Ray Dewey, Clayton and Joe Groves, and Ted Smith; sisters-in-law, Joan and Judy Stanko, Alice VanAlstine, and Charlotte Ameigh. He is survived by his daughters, Patty Callahan of Horseheads, Barbara (Jim) Hughes of Elmira, Eva Stanko and Anna Byers of Watkins Glen; grandchildren, Jen (Scott) Callahan-Fitzpatrick, Sarah (Dan) Yontz, Matt Pyhtila, Audrey (Jeremy) Edmister; sisters, Frances Dewy and Stella Andrews; sisters-in-law, Rose Stanko, June Smith, Marion (Bill) Brewer, Virginia (Jim) Bowers, Carolyn Sutfin, and Lesa McClellan; brother-in-law, Sonny Ameigh; and many nieces and nephews. Frank was a veteran of WWII, serving in the Army in Europe. His loves were his family, his friends and the farm. He was proud of his Polish heritage. Thank you to his special friend, Mary. Memorials in his memory may be made to a charity of one's choice.
Lloyd Robert Age 87, of 1105 Wendy Rd, Rock Hill, SC, died Saturday, November 11, 2006, at his home. Services are pending. Born in Waverly, NY on November 28, 1918, Mr. Taylor was a son of the late William J. Taylor and the late Mabel Steenburg Taylor. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII and a member of Tirzah Presbyterian Church. He was a former longtime resident of Elmira, NY and Charlotte, NC. Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Doris Montgomery Taylor; three sons, Duane Taylor and his wife, Deidra of Hartwell, GA, Gregory Taylor and his wife, Maryon of Charlotte, and Dale Taylor and his wife, Shirley of Rock Hill; his daughter-in-law, Joyce Taylor of Kernersville, NC; his brother-in-law, Dean Montgomery and his wife, Sally of NC; three sisters, Doris Mantz and Dorothy Maslin, both of Athens, PA, and Betty Driscoll of Rome, PA; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his son, Gary R. Taylor; his brothers, Rodney Taylor and William J. Taylor, Jr.; and his sister, Gladys Colburn. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 993, Rock Hill, SC 29731. Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel, SC, is serving the Taylor family
Ralph Born September 1913 in the Town of Big Flats. He died January 14, 2007 in Scotia, NY. Third of Grant and Emma (Gardner) Tolbert's six children and was the longest lived family member. Degree from RIT, Rochester, NY, 30 years with G.E. in Schenectady as a mechanic. Worked the family farm with parents in WWII. Ralph was a hunter and fisherman, and lived alone in his own house after his wife died. Survived by nieces and nephews Patricia (Thomas) Kohout of Southport, Bruce (Connie) Tolbert of Millerton, Alice Britenbaker of Erin and John M. and Ralph Lewis of Schenectady.
VASICEK Jerry (Jaroslav)
Of Horseheads, NY, died Thursday, July 19, 2007, at the Arnot Odgen Medical Center. Jerry was born March 22, 1918 in Moravska Nova Ves, Czechoslovakia, a small village in southeast Moravia, a son of the late Pavel and Veronika Vasicek. He was trained as a shoemaker and came to the United States in 1939 as a teacher for the Bata Shoe Company. Jerry retired with 31 years of service with Hardinge Inc. and was inducted into the Hardinge Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. Jerry was a communicant of St. Mary Our Mother Church in Horseheads, a member of Lodge Premysl Otakar of Newfield, NY, the Czechoslovak Society of America, and the Czechoslovak Moravan Klub of Endicott, NY. He enjoyed golf, bowling, farming, dancing and listening to the music of his home country. Jerry was predeceased by his loving wife of 61 years, Marie, on July 6, 2007. Survivors include his son, Jerry (Karen Wenzel) Vasicek of Elmira, NY; daughter, Nadine Vasicek of Endicott, NY; grandchildren, Kristine (Matt) Vasicek of Millerton, PA, Kari of Towson, MD, and Brian (Kacie) of Elmira, NY; many friends and numerous relatives in the Czech Republic. The family will welcome relatives and friends to Sullivan's Funeral Home, 365 E. Franklin St. at Rt. 13, Horseheads, NY, on Tuesday, July 24, 2007, from 4-8 p.m. A prayer service will be held on Wednesday, July 25, 2007, at 9:15 a.m. at the Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Our Mother Church, Horseheads, NY. Interment will follow at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Odessa, NY. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Horseheads Town and Country Fire Dept., 130 Gardner Road, Horseheads, NY 14845.
WILCOX – John (Jack) R. Wilcox, 82, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2006 at his home in Greensboro, NC. Born in Wellsboro on April 28, 1924, he was the son of Ada Peake Wilcox and Roy Eugene Wilcox. Jack is survived by his wife of 17 years, Cynthia Wilcox; three daughters, Karen Durand (Harry Carter of Falling Waters, WV, Susan (Phillip) Sweet of Wellsboro, Lisa (Steve) Wilcox-Cassidy of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; brother, Ward Wilcox of St. Augustine, Fla.; his in-laws, Lou and Lola Mertes of Greensboro, NC; nine grandchildren, Michelle (Todd) Durand Stuckey, Jason (Jennifer) Durand, Nichole Durand, Amy (Frank) Sweet LoSchiavo, Todd (Jessica) Sweet, Jennifer (Mike) Durand Henley, Matthew (Stephanie) Sweet, Andrew Cassidy, Katie Cassidy; and six great grandchildren. His brother, Thomas E. Wilcox; and sister, Mary Smith, preceded him in death. A 1942 graduate of Wellsboro High School, Jack worked in Buffalo, NY as a machinist on aircraft engines prior to joining the United States Navy. He served the Navy as a boatswain mate 1st Class for 27 months in Europe and 11 months in the Pacific during World War II. From 1946 to 1950, Jack was the service manager at the Wellsboro Dodge and Plymouth dealership. In 1950 and 1951, he worked with the Pa. Department of Agriculture. He was the owner of the Ford Lincoln Mercury dealership in Wellsboro from 1955 to 1962. Jack was elected and served two four-year terms as Tioga County treasurer. With Fred Gee, he owned and operated Wilcox and Gee Gravel. Jack was elected Tioga County sheriff in 1966 and served four four-year terms as sheriff until his retirement in January 1982. Jack was a loving husband, father, and a loyal friend. He was a long-time member of Larry’s Creek Fish and Game Club of Salladasburg. He was an avid fly fisherman and hunter. He loved the outdoors. Jack was a former member of the Wellsboro Lions Club, the Wellsboro Masonic Lodge and the Ross Club of Williamsport. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19 at the Wellsboro United Methodist Church at Main and Queen in Wellsboro. Immediately after the service, his family will host a reception at the Penn Wells Hotel honoring Jack and celebrating his life. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, NC, 27405 or to the American Cancer Society. Local arrangements are being handled by Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, 139 Main St., Wellsboro. – Mansfield Gazette, Sept. 27, 2006, p.6A
WOOD James W., Sr. 82, of Yardville, NJ, died on Friday, September
22, 2006, at RWJ University Hospital at Hamilton, NJ. Born in Elizabeth,
NJ, he resided most of his life in New Jersey, and was a graduate of Rutgers
University. He had retired from the Fimbel Door Corp., where he was employed
as a purchasing agent. A U.S. Army Air Force veteran, he flew bombers during
WWII and helicopters in Korea, earning several medals, citations and awards
for distinguished service. Son of the late Harold and Camilla S. Wood,
he is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Mary Wood; son and daughter-in-law,
Jim and Judy Wood of Columbia Cross Roads, PA; three daughters and sons-in-law,
Marriann and John Majewski of Pittstown, NJ, Cammy and Blair Yurkanin of
Columbia Cross Roads, PA, and Terry Stephan of Tucson, AZ; stepchildren,
Robin and Mark Buckmaster of Idaho, Allison Bird and Diane Nadler of NYC,
Michelle Bird of NYC, and Jason and Oukie Bird of Philadelphia; a sister
and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and Lowell Richardson of Fresno, CA; eight
grandchildren, Ian, Seana, Carol, John, Heather, Amberleigh, Erica and
Austin; and four nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Thursday,
September 28, at 12:00 noon from the Huber-Moore Funeral Home, 517 Farnsworth
Avenue, Bordentown, NJ. Burial with Military Honors will follow in the
B.G. Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday
from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, the
family respectfully wishes memorial contributions to be made to the Alzheimer's
Association, 400 Morris Avenue, Suite 251, Denville, NJ 07834.