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.
ARONSTAM Robert H. Aronstam, M.D.
89, of Waverly, died on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre after a very brief illness. Born July 8, 1924, in Manhattan, N.Y.; he was the son of the late Anna Marie (Talmadge) and Abram Aronstam, and the loving husband of Margaret Louise (Fairbanks) Aronstam. Robert was predeceased by his brother, Elmore Aronstam. He graduated from Columbia University and Long Island Medical School. Robert enjoyed sailing in Cape Cod and Eagles Mere. Robert was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, enjoyed photography and loved to play the trumpet. Robert served in the United States Army during World War II. He then joined the U.S. Public Health Service as a physician, and retired after 20 years. In 1966, he moved to Waverly to become the 26th physician at the Guthrie Clinic. He retired from the Guthrie Clinic in 1989, but continued to practice part-time for another ten years. Surviving Robert are his wife of 69 years, Margaret Louise Aronstam; his beloved children: Robin (Joseph) Gower of N.J., Christine (William) Pedrick of Elmira, Robert S. (Joan) Aronstam of Mo., and Andrew (Patricia) Aronstam of Waverly; and his grandchildren, Margaret, Sarah (Justin), Mariah, Abigail, David, Emily (Jason), Robert A. (Susan), Elizabeth, and Alexandra and Andrew Jackson Aronstam. Family and friends are invited to call Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at the Luckner Funeral Home, 449 Park Avenue, Waverly, from 4 to 7 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, Park Avenue, Waverly. Those wishing may direct memorial donations in Robert's name to the charity of their choice. Please visit TheLucknerFuneralHome.com to offer your condolences. Sayre Morning Times October 3, 2013
CLEVELAND George L. "By George"
Elmira: Age 85, died on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. George was born May 31, 1928, in Elmira, the son of George N. and Dorothea (Webb) Cleveland. He first married Dolores (Maynard) Cleveland and together they had three children. George then married Muriel (Yeomans) Cleveland who predeceased him in 1994. He was also predeceased by his sister Evelyn (Robert) Horning, brothers, Richard (Phylis) and Bruce, grandson Donald R. Cleveland. George is survived by his brother E. William (Bertha) Cleveland; sister-in-law Bette Cleveland; daughter Barbara A. Cleveland with Dr. Earl Robinson; sons, Daniel J. Cleveland with Tina Emery, Gary L. Cleveland; grandchildren, Deanna (Brian), Salina (Nathan), Daniel (Melinda), Teddy (Eileen), Josh (Sonya), Travis (Kathy), R.J. (Sarah) and Jeremie; along with several great grandchildren, extended family members and friends. George L. was a proud veteran of the U S Army serving during World War II. He grew up in Chemung County and at a young age started working in his parent's grocery store, George's Market, on Water Street. George learned the meat cutter trade and worked at Swift & Company, as well as several supermarkets in the area, where he was the Meat Manager. In retirement George traveled the United States, taking scenic photos and creating rock art sculptures using the handle "By George". He was a very devoted family man who was caring, kind and generous. The quote that best describes him is "He was a friend to man and lived in a home by the side of the road." Family and friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water Street, Elmira, on Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 6:15 p.m., followed by Military Honors. The Cleveland Family extends a special thank you to the 6th Floor staff at the Chemung County Nursing Facility for the wonderful care George received. Star Gazette November 15, 2013
DEPEW Claude O. Depew
88, of 33 Webster Street, Hornell, died Sunday (November 17, 2013) at the Hornell Gardens. Born in Montour Falls, NY, August 19, 1925, the son of Russell and Frances Pelham Depew, he was a graduate of Odessa High School and had served his country as a member of the United States Army during WWII. Claude was a heavy equipment operator for several construction companies, among them CP Ward and Cold Springs. He was instrumental in the construction of Bristol Mountain and the Southern Tier Expressway. Claude lived several years in Alfred, moving to Hornell in August of 2011. He was a life member of the Hornell VFW, a former member of the Montour Falls Moose Lodge, and was an avid hunter. He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Pauline Bodine Depew on May 8, 1972; and his son, Ricky J. Depew on May 8, 1983; as well as his ten siblings: his twin brother, Clyde, Gail, Paul, Bill, Fred, Gene and Gene's infant twin brother, Ernest, and his sisters, Doris Field, Aniah Bennett, and Mary Cooper. He is survived by his daughter, Rhonda (Scott) Baube of Honeoye; two sons, Randy Depew of Florida and Rex (Donna) Depew of Hornell; four grandchildren, Rachel (Chad Schaumberg) Depew, Craig Tuttle, Kyle Depew and Shannon Masterson; three great-grandchildren, Aiyana Masterson, Devon Masterson and Dylan Depew; his caregiver at the Hornell Gardens, Bernice Mulhollen; and several nieces & nephews, including a special niece, Marilane (Tom) Wheeler of Prattsburgh. The family is being assisted by Gerald R. Brown, Director. The family will be present to receive friends from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, November 23, 2013, at the Bender-Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 354 Canisteo St., Hornell where military honors and memorial services will follow calling hours at 4 p.m. Deacon Robert McCormick will officiate. Friends may make memorial contributions to National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, PO Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018 or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Star Gazette November 22, 2013
DEVLING Robert Clyde Devling
88, the son of Clyde A. and Emma Schramm Devling, Bob was born June 2, 1925 in Galeton, and died Oct. 10, 2013 in the Williamsport Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. He and Betty Jo Miller were married in Galeton on Oct. 23, 1948.Bob graduated from Galeton High School in 1943 and immediately enlisted in the Navy where he was in flight school to prepare for Pacific duty. World War II ended in August 1945 before he saw active duty. He was discharged in 1946 with the rank of Ensign. After his discharge from the service, Bob was employed at his father's hardware business, Devling Brothers, Inc. and later became sole proprietor of the store, retiring in 1991. Then he was a driver for Campbell Trucking, in Galeton.He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Galeton; the Galeton Masonic Lodge, the Coudersport Consistory and the Jaffa Temple. Bob was a life long resident of Galeton and no matter where he traveled, he was always happy to return to the place where he belonged.Survivors are Betty Jo, his wife of almost 65 years; daughters, Barbara (Dennis) Smoley, Baden; Susan (David) Karvonen, Wellsboro; sons, Stephen (Brenda) Devling, Dallas, Tex.; James (Madonna) Devling, Newport Beach, Calif.; granddaughters, Megan Smoley, Walnut Creek, Calif.; Melissa (Chad) Seamon, Ambridge; Ashley (Clayton) Patterson, Plano, Tex.; Sophia Devling, Mew Port Beach, Calif.; great-granddaughter, Ava Beth Patterson, Plano, Tex.; sisters, Patricia Klotz, Pasadena, Calif.; Mary and Betty Devling, Galeton; brother-in-law, Kenneth Miller, Fla.; seven nieces; several great nieces and great nephews; and best friend for 73 years, Twist Campbell. Bob was predeceased by his parents; sister, Wilhelmina Watson; and infant sons, Peter and John.Visitation will be on Monday, Oct. 14, at Hess Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 14 West Street, Galeton, from 1 to 3 p.m. with funeral services at 3 p.m. Rev. Tom Shatto will officiate. Burial following in the West Hill Cemetery, Galeton. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the First Presbyterian Church, Galeton, Pa. Wellsboro Gazette October 11, 2013
ERWAY Gordon Floyd Erway
died on Sunday, Sept. 29 2013, in Grand Rapids, Minn. Born in 1922, he was the son of Fred and Irma Erway. Gordon graduated from the Charleston High School in 1937 and served his country in the United States Army in Europe and North Africa during World War II. He married Betty Jane Smith Seibert from Nelson in 1955.Gordon had been a rural letter carrier in the Wellsboro area for many years before retiring to Florida. After losing his wife, Betty Jane, he returned to Wellsboro for a short while before joining his son Scott in Minnesota in 2006. Throughout his life, Gordon was a hardworking and honest man. In his later years, he and Betty Jane enjoyed traveling but when he was home, his favorite pastime was engaging in small home projects, fixing this or that, etc. Most people who knew him would probably agree that his greatest attribute was his sense of humor. Besides his wife, he was also predeceased by his loving stepsons, Al and Ted Seibert; brother, Don Erway, and sister Delores Dennis. He is survived by sons, Scott (Julie) Erway of Grand Rapids, Minn., Craig (Diane) Erway of Manassas, Va.; daughter, Rainelle (Roger) Stout of Forty Fort along with several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Shirley Spencer of Wellsboro and several nieces and nephews. A debt of gratitude is owed to the staff of Maplewoods Assisted Living and Itasca County Hospice (both in Minnesota) for their tender loving care. A private memorial service for friends and family will be held in honor of Gordon and Betty Jane in the Wellsboro area in the future. Wellsboro Gazette October 2, 2013
FORD William L. Ford
age 89, of Beartown Road in Painted Post, NY, died on Monday, September 16, 2013 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. Born in Gang Mills, NY, Bill was the son of the Carlton E. and Mary (Audinwood) Ford. He married Marjorie Pepper on December 24, 1942 and spent 70 wonderful years with Marjorie until her passing this past May. Bill was a Marine Corps Veteran of World War II. Upon returning home, he became a fourth generation farmer on his family's land. He was a Corning-Painted Post School District bus driver, retiring as transportation supervisor in 1985 after 29 years of service. In addition, he was owner and operator of Beartown Bottled Gas Company, Hot Spot Restaurant, and he had the original food concession operation at Pinnacle State Park. Bill and Marjorie worked passionately at these businesses together. Bill was an avid woodworker, spending 1600 hours building a meticulous scale model of the homestead dairy barn. He belonged to the Covered Bridge Society of America, Toy Stitchers Antique Sewing Machine Club, and he was a lifetime member of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International, Finger Lakes and Upstate Units. Bill is survived by two sons: Larry (Patricia) Ford of Charlotte, NC, and Gary Ford of Painted Post, NY; daughter: Betty (Michael) DelGrosso of Painted Post, NY; sister: Virginia Bliss of Painted Post, NY; grandchildren: Kimberly, Stephanie, April, Eric, Megan, and Evan; several great-grandchildren; sister-in-law: Geraldine Allison of Painted Post, NY; brother-in-law: John (Lois) Pepper of Addison, NY; brother-in-law: James (Kay) Pepper of Addison, NY; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, Bill was predeceased by his sister-in-law, Elizabeth Spence. Family and friends may call on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from noon to 2:00pm at Carpenter-Flint Funeral Home, 10 Wall Street in Addison. A funeral service will immediately follow there with Pastor Michael Schooley officiating. Bill will be laid to rest next to Marjorie in Chapel Knoll Cemetery in Painted Post at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KA 66675. Star Gazette September 19, 2013
FOSTER Major Wesley D. Foster
age 93, of Bath, NY, died Friday, December 6, 2013, in the Fred and Harriett Taylor Health Center in Bath, NY. Born in Middletown, OH on July 27, 1920, he was the son of the late Samuel Benjamin and Grace Mae (Hill) Foster. He married M. Arena (McDonald) Foster on October 9, 1942 in Ohio. Major Foster served in the U. S. Army Air Corps from July 6, 1942 to January 4, 1946 as a Mess Sergeant in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of World War II. As an officer in the Salvation Army he served with his wife in nine appointments over 38 years, including an appointment in Elmira. He retired in 1985 from the Tonawanda, NY Corps. Major Foster is survived by his wife of 71 years, Major M. Arena Foster, retired; two daughters, Wiona Breighner of Mt. Vernon, OH and Naomi (David) Kelly of Neenah, MA; son, David (Martha) Foster of Corning, NY; grandchildren, Jeremy Foster, Doug Breighner, Lindsey (Mike) Breighner, David Eric Kelly, Julia Kelly, Connie Foster, and Peter Foster; two great-grandchildren, Darynne and Taylor; sister, Mable McGee; and special niece, Jenny Wolfe. Calling hours will be held Friday, December 13, 2013, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Salvation Army Citadel at 32 East Denison Parkway in Corning, NY, where a service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours. Interment will be Monday at 9:00 a.m. in the Bath National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be sent to the Salvation Army Corps at 214 Luzerne Ave, West Pittston, PA 18643, where his grandson Captain David Eric Kelly serves as the corps officer. Star Gazette December 10, 2013
GOD Herman L. God
age 91, of Terrytown, Pa., died at the Highlands Care Center on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013.Herman was born on May 21, 1922, in Terrytown, Pa., a son of the late Charles H. and Susie Johnson God. As a youth, he worked on the family farm in Terrytown; he then was drafted into the United States Army where he served during World War II. After the service, he came home and worked at the Ford dealership in Towanda as a mechanic, where he worked for several years. He then went into the stone quarry business where he worked for 40 years, until the age of 81. He also drove a milk truck for the Wyalusing Creamery for a number of years while operating the quarry. After the stone quarry he did small engine repair out of his garage in Terrytown until his health prevented him from doing so. Herman enjoyed fishing and hunting. He loved to travel, having been all across the United States. He liked to drive his golf cart from Terrytown to Wyalusing to visit friends. He was a member of the American Legion Post #510 Black Walnut, and the VFW Endless Mountains, Post No. 3583, Mehoopany, Pa. Surviving are his son, Charles (Ruth) God II of Sugar Run, Pa.; his daughters, Jan God and John Adams of Sayre, Pa., Margene (Larry) Vanderpool of Wyalusing, Pa., and Carrie Jane God of Reading, Calif.; grandchildren, Jack (Billy Jo) Tuttle, Toby Tuttle and Kari LeStrange, Tanya Walker, Tabitha Vanderpool, Larry (Lacey) Vanderpool, Charles (Sandra) God III, Christopher God, Kathy Regul, Steve Thompson and William Thompson; close friend, Ricky Johnson of Terrytown, Pa.; numerous great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Carl S. God on Jan. 5, 2001; and an infant brother, Carl. A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, Pa. Towanda Daily Review October 31, 2013
GOODENOUGH Harvey Goodenough
89, of Owego, died with his family at his side on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 at the Riverview Manor Nursing Home. Harvey was born on May 29, 1924 in Nichols, N.Y., a son of the late Flossie (Walker) and Leon Goodenough. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and proudly served his country during World War II. Harvey was a machinist for many years for Crown Industries. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, VFW, and American Legion - where he volunteered many years for the American Legion Ambulance Service and the Mello Dears. He will be greatly missed by his daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Stephen Fedorowicz; daughter-in-law, Eloise Goodenough; grandchildren, Michelle Scott Pierce and her husband Leon, Suzanne Scott Little and Johnathan Sackett, Thomas and Jennifer Scott, Darcie Goodenough and fiancι Jeremy Fleming; great-grandchildren, MaKenna Pierce, Logan Pierce and his wife Nicole, Sawyer Little, Walker and Isabella Sackett, and Wayne and Benjamin Scott. A great-great-granddaughter, Skyla Rose Pierce; brother-in-law, Thomas Donaldson; several nieces; and his longtime friend, Charles Talcott. Harvey was predeceased by his wife of nearly 63 years, Mary Jane (Donaldson) Goodenough, on April 5, 2009; son, Robert Goodenough, on Sept. 8, 1986; and his siblings, Anna Moore, Gladys Lisenby and Chauncey Goodenough. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral chapel. Interment with full military honors will be accorded in the Nichols Cemetery. Flowers will be provided by the family and in lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be directed to the Weltonville Fire Department, 3232 West Creek Road, Newark Valley, NY 13811. Sayre Morning Times December 11, 2013
JAYNES Elmo Lee Jaynes
of Reading Center, NY, died on November 19th, 2013 at the age of 93. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Virginia. Also survived by sons, Thomas (Amelda), Richard (Darlene); grandchildren, Nancy, Barbara (deceased), Michael, Donna, Laura; step-grandchildren, Eric Marelli, Mary and Doug Welch; 11 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren. He was also predeceased by a special friend, Lena Cummings. Elmo served his country at the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. After the war, he operated a garage & towing business, worked many years at the Cargill Salt Company and, after retirement, enjoyed several years in the antique business. Family & friends are invited to call at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home on Saturday, November 23, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Funeral service will take place immediately following. Star Gazette November 21, 2013
KYLE John (Jack/Bodini)
90, John died on November 9, 2013. He is predeceased by his wife, Clara and son, Frederick. Survived by one brother, Kenneth; sons, Joseph (Felicia) and Thomas (Robin); daughters, Patricia (John), JoAnn, Carol, Jacalyn (Ricky), Paula (John); and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. John was a veteran of WWII, and retired from Corning Glass, Inc. with 30 years of service. There will be no calling hours, burial services are private. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Monumental Baptist Church at 1PM. Rev. James E. Jones officiating. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/star-gazette/obituary.aspx?n=john-kyle-jack-bodini&pid=167957224#sthash.FhKOccSJ.dpufStar Gazette November 12, 2013
LENGEMANN Frederick William Lengemann
88, of Rome, Pa., Professor Physiology Emeritus/Animal Physiology, died on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013.He was born on April 8, 1925, a son of the late Peter and Dorathea Johanna (Wolter) Lengemann. On Dec. 23, 1950, he married Joan Doremus. During World War II, he served as an aviation radioman in the US Navy-Pacific Theater He received his BS, With Distinction, from Cornell University in 1950, his Masters in Nutritional Science in 1951, and his PhD from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) in 1954. He began his career as a research associate at the University of Tennessee Atomic Energy Commission for the Agricultural Research Program in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He was hired as an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department at the University of Tennessee Medical School Memphis from 1955-1959. He served the majority of his career, from 1959-1988, as a Professor in the Department of Physiology at Cornell University. In 1988, he received his Physiology Emeritus. In addition, he was a consultant for the Food and Agriculture Department, Vienna, Austria from 1966-1967 and 1976-1977, was an IAEA expert at U. Nacional Agraria, Peru, 1978, and served as lecturer and director of training courses for international participants. He owned and operated the Red Barn Farm, his Christmas tree farm, in Freeville, N.Y., for 25 years. Fred was a former member of the Town of Dryden Planning Board (1963-1968); served as treasurer of the Rome Presbyterian Church; was a member of the New York State Christmas Tree Growers Association, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi; and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. During his retirement, Fred enjoyed spending time in his garden, walking his dog "Topher," bird watching, traveling, reading, and having daily outings with his beloved wife of nearly 63 years. His greatest pleasure was being surrounded by his family.Fred was a wonderful husband, special father, and loving grandfather who will be greatly missed by his wife Joan; his son and daughter-in-law Frederick "Rick" William Jr. and Doreen Lengemann of Rome, Pa., David Munson Lengemann of Michigan; his special grandchildren Danielle and Michael Robinson, Frederick "Derick" William Lengemann III; a loving and caring sister-in-law Louise D. Lauer of Greenville, Pa.; and a sister, Helen Groves of DeLancy, N.Y. He was preceded in death by his sister, Catherine Guinta in December 2010. Abiding with Fred's wishes, there will be no services. At a later date, and at the convenience of the family, there will be a private memorial service held, with the Rev. Dr. Karen Ballard officiating. Towanda Daily Review October 6, 2013
McCREARY William T. McCreary
age 83, of Troy, PA, died Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY. William was born February 11, 1930 in Monaca, PA, a son of Thomas W. and Katherine (Werner) McCreary. He and his wife, Joan (Stockton) McCreary, celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on June 26th. William was an antique furniture maker and a U. S. Army veteran of WWII. William is survived by his wife, Joan; a son and daughter-in-law, James Michael (Lucinda Fingado) McCreary of Woodbury, CT; a daughter-in-law, Michelle McCreary of NJ; 3 grandchildren, Patrick, McKenzie and Fina; 1 great granddaughter, Mikala; a brother, Eugene McCreary of Amien, France; a sister, Frances Holland of Alexandria, VA. He was predeceased by a son, Thomas William McCreary in 2013. In keeping with William's wishes, there will be no services. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. Funeral home obituary November 6, 2013
McDOWELL Aston S. "Joe" McDowell
86, of Sayre, died on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at Bradford County Manor following an extended illness. He was born on March 14, 1927 in Lynbrook, N.Y., the son of the late William H. and Lillian McDowell. Joe was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during WWII. He worked at the Robert Packer Hospital for many years. He enjoyed working on his car and spending time with his dog, Butch. He is predeceased by his first wife Phyllis Maffei McDowell. Joe is survived by his wife of 42 years, Barbara Scott McDowell at home; children Donna and Mark Dimmick of Ithaca, N.Y., Denise and John Cook and Marie McDowell, both of Texas; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister Emily George of Florida; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. At Joe'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. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Sayre Memorial Times September 20, 2013
McNETT Samuel W. McNett
89, of Springfield, Pa., died on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at the Golden Living Center in Tunkhannock, Pa. Sam was born on June 9, 1924 in Williamsport, Pa., son of the late Archie and Alma (Edler) McNett. He was a graduate of Troy High School and was a World War II veteran. Sam was a machinist for IBM in Owego until he retired in 1981. His loving family survives him. As Sam has requested, there will be no services. The Roberts Funeral Home, Inc. 279 Main Street Wellsburg, N.Y., has been entrusted with the arrangements. Sayre Morning Times October 2, 2013
PEER Richard V. Peer
age 88, of East Syracuse, NY, and formerly of Painted Post and Corning, NY, died Monday, November 18, 2013, at Van Duyn Home and Hospital in Syracuse. Dick was born on March 19,1925, in Corning to Henry and Mary Belle (Grant) Peer. Dick was a proud graduate of Campbell Central School, Class of 1943. He served in the Air Force and Army during World War II and had been in the Battle of the Bulge. Following his military service, Dick attended Syracuse University School of Journalism and began his career in journalism in 1949 as the editor of weekly newspapers in Potsdam, NY, and Circleville and Chillicothe, OH. From 1951 through 1961 he was managing editor of the Massena, NY Observer. He married Winifred Toelke in 1951 in Glen Head, NY. In 1961 Dick and Winnie moved to Corning where he became the city editor of The Evening Leader. He subsequently became the managing editor of the paper in 1972. He retired as the editor of The Leader in 1987. Following retirement Dick continued to write articles called "Peering" for the newspaper for many years and had a radio talk show on WCLI. In 1980 Dick and Winnie opened the first bed and breakfast in the area called The Rosewood Inn located on First Street in Corning. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Corning and the United Methodist Church of Fayetteville, NY. He is survived by his wife Winifred of East Syracuse; two daughters: Susan (Carl) Scheu of Sherrill, NY, and Amy (Richard) Phillips of Wilmington, NC; one son, Steven Peer of East Syracuse; a sister, Joyce Ingham of Horseheads; grandchildren: April Peer of Greenville, NC, David Peer of Oneida, NY, Saralynn Scheu of Atlanta, GA, and Roxanne Scheu and Aileen (Jarrod) Genge, both of Sherrill, NY; and great grandchildren: Jarrod Genge, Kennedy Genge, and Braydin Peer. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, November 24th from 2 until 5 PM at Haughey Funeral Home, Inc., 216 East First Street in Corning. Funeral services will be held at Grace United Methodist Church, 191 Bridge Street in Corning on Monday, November 25th at 11:00 AM with Reverend Donald Guiles officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery Annex. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Richard Peer Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation of Elmira- Corning and the Finger Lakes, 301 S. Main Street, Horseheads, NY 14845; Grace United Methodist Church; or the Corning-Painted Post Historical Society, 59 W. Pulteney Street, Corning, NY 14830. Dick's family has entrusted his care to Haughey Funeral Home, Inc. Star Gazette November 21, 2013
RAE Stewart W. Rae, Jr.
88, of South Waverly died at the Elderwood Nursing Facility on September 18, 2013 surrounded by his family. He was born on July 13, 1925 in Sayre, the son of the late Stewart W. and Emily (Griffith) Rae. Stewart attended Athens High School then joined the U.S. Navy during WWII (1943-1946) where he served as an airplane mechanic. After the navy, he married the love of his life Norma (Isbell) Rae on June 25, 1947 and together they filled their home with love and happiness for 66 years. Stewart worked at the Ingersoll Rand in Athens as a tool maker for 41 years. He was very active in the Old-timers antique engine shows in PA, NY and FL. Stewart and Norma traveled to Florida for their winters attending the Old-timers gas engine shows. Stewart played on his churchs softball league at the age of 86, enjoyed being outside and was always very active. He loved fishing, hunting, and built his own canoe. He was involved with the Boy Scouts, a past member of the South Waverly Fire Company, served on the South Waverly Council, was a member of the Waverly First Baptist Church, and sang in the church choir, barbershop quartet, and valley chorus. He was known for riding his moped or bicycle all over the valley. Stewart was preceded in death by his brother Paul Rae and sister Vivian Ammerman, his grandson Anthony Schultz and great grandson Aiden Blauvelt. Stewart is survived by his wife Norma Rae at home, five children: Sandra Rae of Sayre, Pamela Rae of Sayre, Stewart III (Barbara) Rae of Sayre, Timothy Rae of Waverly, and Miriam (Chris) Roedts of Sayre; ten grandchildren: Sheila Smith, Amy Carlisle, Timothy Rae Jr. Stacey Nelson, Samantha Rollins, Allison Dix, Rebecca Blauvelt, Jessica Blauvelt, Daniel Rae and Brittany Rae; thirteen great grandchildren with one due in October, many nieces, nephews, cousins and his dog Precious who he greatly enjoyed. A memorial service and celebration of Stewarts life will be held at the Waverly First Baptist Church, 23 Tioga St, Waverly, NY on Tuesday September 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM with Pastors George Herrick and Steven Reynolds officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Waverly First Baptist Church, 23 Tioga St. Waverly, NY 13892 in loving memory of Stewart W. Rae. Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley-Tioga Point Cremation and Burial Options, Inc., 802 N. Main St., Athens, PA 18810. Funeral Home Obituary September 19, 2013
RINDE Irving S.
ATTORNEY - Age 85, of West Palm Beach Gardens, FL, formerly of Elmira, NY, died on September 27, 2013. Private interment took place in the Star of David Cemetery of the Palm Beaches, West Palm Beach, FL. He is survived by daughters, Stefani Oberferst of Syracuse, NY, Cathy (Dennis) Boyce of Jupiter, FL; son, Richard (Kathy) Rinde of Horseheads, NY; grandchildren, Melissa & Brooke Oberferst of Syracuse, NY, Megan Boyce of Jupiter, FL, Michael Rinde of Montgomery, AL & Jessica Rinde of Horseheads, NY; brother in-law & sister in-law Phil(Betsey) Krause of Boynton, Beach FL & good friends Angelo(Laura) Fusco of Pine City, NY. Irv was predeceased by his parents Harry & Pauline Rinde; loving wife Marcia E. Rinde in 2011; sisters, Irene, Blanche, Sylvia; brothers, Moe & Harold. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, during WWII & also serving in the United States Army & United States Marines during the Korean Conflict. Irv was an attorney in Elmira for 45 years. Memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Kol Ami or the Chemung County SPCA. Star Gazette October 9, 2013
RUBEL Charles Rubel
of Eagles Mere, Pa., died on Dec. 12, 2013 at the Geno J. Merli VA home in Scranton, Pa. Charlie was born on April 21, 1921, in Washington D.C., a son of the late Charles Sr. and Lottie L. Rubel. He grew up in DC and from an early age, spent the summer months in Eagles Mere, first at the Lakeside hotel or the Forest Inn and later in summer cottages. Charlie earned his BA in Economics from Princeton and later his MA from the Johns Hopkins School of International Relations in DC. He was a veteran of World War II, training with the Navy. He later joined the American Field Service and served in Burma. On his way back to the U.S. he met his future wife, Mary, in England. They were married in DC in 1946.He worked with the VA and the Commerce Department, and then he transferred to the Foreign Service sector of the US State Department. Accompanied by Mary and his children, he became a training officer in Pakistan and moved to Karachi in 1955. Tours in Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia and Chile followed. He retired from USAID in 1975 and took up residence in Hawaii, where he spent a number of years teaching Economics and Management, mostly to members of the Armed Services, through Hawaii Pacific College. He finally returned home to Eagles Mere where he worked with the beginning of the Eagles Mere Fiends of the Arts, of which he was one of the first presidents; the Lions Club and projects of the Borough Council. Surviving Charlie is his wife of 67 years Mary; five children; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Friends may call on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA 18614.In lieu of flowers you may honor Charlie by a donation to the Eagles Mere Ambulance Association and Fire Company, PO Box 374, Eagles Mere, PA, 17731. Towanda Daily Review December 13, 2013
SAHLBERG Adelbert (Del) Hayden
Saratoga Springs: Adelbert (Del) Hayden Sahlberg died Saturday, November 23, 2013, after a short illness at the age of 89. Del was born July 7, 1924 in Saratoga Springs, NY and lived there until enlisting in the Armed Forces in 1942. He served with the 9th Air Force in Europe until 1946, seeing action across the European front. Returning back home after the war, he met and married fellow Saratogian Adele Wait on December 5, 1948. Del worked at the G.F. Harvey Company until moving to Oswego, NY and later Elmira, NY where he retired from the F.M. Howell Company. He was a longtime member of the Lions Club and Sons of the American Revolution as well as a member in good standing in numerous other organizations. His wife Adele preceded him in death. Survivors include two sons, William (wife, Janet) Sahlberg of Coopersville, MI and Richard (wife, Donna) Sahlberg of Reno, NV; and three grandsons, Michael (wife, Tami), Benjamin (wife, Jesse) and Matthew, all of Grand Rapids, MI. Relatives and friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 28 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-5373. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. at the funeral home and burial, with military honors, will follow at Greenridge Cemetery, Lincoln Ave. Donations may be made in Del's memory to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Star Gazette November 25, 2013
SMITHGALL Frederick Andrew Smithgall
91, of Wellsboro, died on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. He was born on Dec. 3, 1921, in Wellsboro, a son of the late Otto R. and InaBelle (Callahan) Smithgall. He was a World War II veteran serving with the United States Navy and was formerly employed for over 35 years by Corning Glass, Wellsboro. He was the husband of Dorothy (Coolidge) Smithgall and a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Wellsboro. Frederick is survived by his wife, Dorothy; four sons and daughters-in-law, Daniel (Patty) Smithgall of Oxford, N.Y., Kent (Lisa) Smithgall of Danville, Clark (Penny) Smithgall of Wellsboro, Kurt (Robin) Smithgall of Rockville, Md.; four daughters and sons-in-law, Karen (Tim) Webster of Wellsboro, Carla (Martin) Smithgall of Morris, Krista (Robin) Dibble of Wellsboro, Colette (Ron) Collins of Bluffton, S.C.; two brothers and sister-in-law, Donald Smithgall, Robert (Louise) Smithgall both of Wellsboro; sister and brother-in-law, BettyJean (Scott) Beck Heim of Philadelphia; 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Donna Rouse; brothers, William, Raymond, Kenneth Smithgall; sisters, Clarabell Bowen, Dorothy Morgan, Kathryn Scase.A memorial service will be held on Monday, Nov. 11, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Wellsboro at 1 p.m., with Canon Gregory P. Hinton officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc. Wellsboro Gazette November 7, 2013
TERRIO Clinton "Clint"
A longtime resident of the Southport community, died Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center after decling health. Born on January 8, in Long Beach, CA; son of the late, Mame "Mary Ann" Beaver. He served his country during WW II in the US Navy. Clint was employed by Fassett for many years. In later years he was able to fulfill his passion of antique collecting and operated his own business, Ivy House Antiques. Clint's other interests included, landscaping, dancing and playing cards. He is survived by his wife, Betty Jean Berleue Terrio, S. Corning; step sons, H. E. (Noemi) Bentley, Roland (Regina) Bentley and Tom Bentley along with their families; sister-in-law, Bonnie Leonard, MD; caring friends, Gale & Barbara Palmer, Millerton, PA. In addition to his parents, Clint was predeceased by a brother, Bruce Leonard. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira on Sun. Oct. 20, 2013 between the hours of 4-6 p.m. A prayer service will follow at 6:15 p.m. with burial at the family's convenience in Union Cemetery of Hector and Burdett. Star Gazette - October 19, 2013
WATKINS Harry Watkins
of 204 Genesee Street, Montour Falls died on September 24, 2013. Harry was born February 7, 1925 in Detroit to Mary Louise Jackson and Harry J. Watkins. Harry was predeceased by his parents; his brothers, Robert (Cleo) and Eddie; his former wife and mother of his children, Shirley Mann-Smith; and his daughter-in-law, Kevin's wife, Ava. He leaves behind his loving children, Theresa (Charles) Callahan, Englewood,CO, Stephen (Debra), Trumansburg, NY, Kevin, Fayetteville, GA, Judith (Janey Jackman), Parker, CO, Lisa (Kelly) Hersh, Irving, TX. Grandchildren, Daniel, Peter, Anwar and Mariah, Great Grandchild, Camilla. Helen, Melvin, Robert and Greg have lost an uncle and Nate and Natalie a great uncle. A beloved fixture in whatever community he was in, Harry made the most of life, challenging boundaries, expanding perception and championing knowledge and education throughout his lifetime. Drafted by the USN for WWII Harry started work at Corning, Inc. in 1943. Harry became an accomplished glass blower. With the exception of his time at Tuskegee, Harry continued to work at Corning in multiple roles until retirement as a lab technician. Two patents were awarded bearing his name during his tenure. Harry worked additional jobs in Ithaca at the Box Car, Ichabod and other locations. This afforded the family the opportunity to join him in his true passion, horses and polo. After retiring from Corning in 1985, Harry moved to Kentucky to follow his passion for horses and worked for Equine Science. Upon his return to NY, Harry continued to work with any teen or young adult to offer guidance and mentoring always glowing with their successes. With frequent trips to Colorado to see family, Harry developed lasting friendships out west and treasured his time there. Friends would take him to the opera one night and the rodeo or cattle auctions the following day and then the horse track the next. Harry considered himself to be the luckiest man on earth with the family and community that surrounded him and supported him. His passion for life and the people around him made that support easy. Recently, Harry and his close friend, Roger Araujo has taken another of his passions, music and introduced Opera Night to Montour Falls. The family would like to invite you to a celebration of the life of Harry Watkins, Saturday October 5th at 2pm, Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts, McLallen Street, Trumansburg. Vedder and Scott Funeral Home will be handling the arrangements. Star Gazette September 28, 2013
WATKINS William "Bill" Watkins
90, life-long resident of Blossburg, died Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at Broad Acres, Wellsboro. Bill graduated from Mansfield University in January 1951. He immediately became a teacher in Charleston High School where he taught English, history and physical education. He also coached baseball and basketball. Following receiving a degree in Library Science from Kutztown, he became the librarian in Wellsboro High School until he retired in 1983. He also coached the golf team. Speaking of golf, Bill always remembered parring the golf course in Corey Creek. He had to birdie the 18th hole to do it and he did. He was 68 when he finally parred it. Bill was a member of the First Baptist Church of Blossburg, Kiwanis Club, American Legion, V.F.W, Rod and Gun Club, Hamilton Club and Wheel Inn. He was also a member of the Library Club and Fireman's and Ambulance Association. He served with the United States Marines in World War II with several months in the Pacific. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Mary C. Watkins on Feb. 4, 2011. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Rena Watkins. He is survived by sisters-in-law, Margaret Horton of Mansfield, Margaret Collins of Galeton; also by several nieces and nephews in Williamsport and Galeton. It was Bill's desire to have no viewing. He said "Remember me as I was." A committal service will be held Friday Nov. 29, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. John Shypulefski officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Freeberg Funeral Home, Blossburg. Wellsboro Gazette November 26, 2013
WESTERVELT Carl C.
87, of Watkins Glen, died peacefully at home on October 29,2013. He grew up in Pine Valley, NY and was predeceased by his father George Westervelt and mother Helen (Bradley) Westervelt. He was also predeceased by his wife Joyce L. Westervelt and his brother, Robert Westervelt. As a teen he joined the Navy and served in WWII. He saw action in both the Atlantic & Pacific. During the 1950's, he was called back to active duty during the Korean conflict. After his service to our country, Carl worked at the Eclipse for a few years and eventually pursued his dream of owning his own farm. He operated a dairy farm which eventually evolved into a feeder pig operation. He, along with his son and partner, Gary, ran the feeder pig operation until Carl retired. Carl is survived by his three children, James (Jean) Westervelt, Gary (Regina) Westervelt, and Joyce Westervelt and her husband Bruce Phetteplace; 9 grandchildren, and 17 great- grandchildren. Family would like to send a special thank you to The Falls Home, CareFirst (hospice), and his special friend Janet Kenyon for their exceptional devotion in caring for Carl; alongside with Kate Mizzoni for her around the clock love and compassion. Carl was taken care of by his special daughter-in-law, Regina Westervelt who was always by his side during his final hours. A funeral service will be held at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen, NY on November 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM. If you wish, please consider a donation in his memory to CareFirst (hospice), 11751 East Corning Rd, Corning, NY 14830. Star Gazette November 3, 2013