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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Elmira, Chemung County NY

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Bradford County PA

Chemung County NY

Tioga County PA



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Joyce's Search Tip - January 2008 

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Do You Knowthat you can search just the Obituaries on the site by using the three County Specific Obituary selections in the Partitioned search engine at the bottom of the Current What's New Page? You can narrow your search by including a key word in the cemetery name or a township name in addition to the surname you search. Then select the Find All Words option. 

You'll also find obituary and other newspaper clippings using Clippings partition. Additional clippings can be found in the Birth, Marriage, and some other partitions. 

All people are arranged by SURNAME AT BIRTH rather than by married alias.

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Anna Rose Age 96, of Elmira, NY. She was born January 1, 1911 in Morris Run, PA, daughter of the late Andrew and Mary (Krolick) Beaderman, and died Saturday, February 24, 2007, at Elcor Health Services. She was predeceased by her husband, Fred in 1979; daughter-in-law, Colleen Knapp in 2001; and is survived by her son, Richard Knapp of Pine City; daughters and sons-in-law, Beverly and Dennis Sullivan of Dallas, TX, Patricia and Gary Casterline of Elmira; grandchildren, Sandra (Dale) Petroff, Lori (Steve) Kankus, Teri (Mick) Burdick, Patty Sullivan, Mark (Anna) Sullivan, Molly (Billy) Vaudry, Nick (Trisha) Palmieri, LouAnn (Ted) Wahl, Pamela (Rich) Cram; along with 21 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Knapp was the last surviving of 11 siblings. She was a communicant of the former St. Cecilia's Church, and volunteered for many area agencies. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira, on Tuesday, February 27th, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Prayers will be offered there on Wednesday, February 28th, at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Rev. Thomas O'Brien, Celebrant. Committal prayers and interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Anna through donations to Ss. Peter & Paul Parish Center, 604 Park Place, Elmira, NY 14901. Her family would like to thank Anna's extended family at Woodbrook; 2D St. Joseph's Hospital; Dr. Schiavone and the nursing staff at Elcor for their dedicated care.

BEAM Izzybella and Sinaya
Ages 18 months and 3 weeks old, died very unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 14, 2007. Survivors include their parents, William E. Beam Jr., and Melissa Johns of Elmira; brother, Daymion V. Beam of Elmira; sister, Taylor Decker of Elmira; maternal grandparents, Tina Hall of Elmira, and Raymond Johns Jr. of Elmira; paternal grandparents, William and Diane Beam Sr. of Elmira Heights; great-grandparents, along with several aunts, uncles and cousins. Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Friday, August 17th at 2 p.m. in Forest Lawn Memorial Park with Deacon George Welch officiating. A luncheon will follow at the VFW Post #6083, Horseheads Blvd., Elmira Heights. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in the girl's names can be made to the Daymion Educational Fund, 1607 Breesport Rd., Erin, NY 14838.

Muffler eyed in fatal I-86 fire- Mother was returning to Savona after 4-week-old's first checkup.
By Larry Wilson - Star-Gazette Corning Bureau
Investigators believe holes in the top of a muffler ignited the floorboard and interior of a vehicle on Interstate 86 in the town of Erwin on Tuesday, killing a 4-week-old infant and her 18-month-old sister.  The infant, Sinaya Beam, and her sister, 18-month-old Izzybella Beam, both died in a fire that broke out in the back seat area of the 1999 Kia Sportage driven by their mother, 25-year-old Melissa Johns of Savona. Johns was driving home from Guthrie Clinic in Sayre, where the infant had her first checkup Tuesday, family members said.  State Police Investigator Chris Wilkinson said investigators think the fire started when welded spots on the top of the muffler eroded, allowing hot exhaust gases to escape, burn through the floorboard and ignite the interior of the car.  "That coincides with witness accounts that said the fire was behind the driver's seat," Wilkinson said. "It's hard to get any information from the mother because she's so distraught."  Wilkinson said diaper bags and other items in the back seat caught fire as the flames spread.  The source of the blaze was determined after investigators disassembled the muffler at Crane's Towing Inc. on Addison Road in Painted Post, Wilkinson said.  The couple bought the vehicle three weeks ago and had no problems with it until the fire, said William E. Beam Sr. of Elmira Heights, the children's grandfather. Beam's wife, Diane Sawyer Beam, said the vehicle was purchased from a private person and inspected following the transaction.  The father of the children is William E. Beam Jr. The family moved from the Elmira area to Savona on Aug. 1 to rent a house with the option to buy it, said Diane Beam.  The children's parents both graduated from Edison High School in Elmira Heights and had been together for eight years, William E. Beam Sr. said. Both parents are staying temporarily with William and Diane Beam. They declined to speak to a reporter Wednesday. "She (Melissa) just keeps repeating, 'My beautiful babies, my beautiful babies,'" William E. Beam Sr. said. "They are both in deep shock. Everybody is."  To add to their grief, the family's pet English bulldog died four days before the fatal fire, Diane Beam said. The couple's third child, Daymion, 4, was with his father at the time of the fatal fire. "He wanted to draw pictures for his sisters," Diane Beam said Wednesday.  Melissa Johns worked at Aloha Tan in Elmira Heights. Her husband is a self-employed contractor.  The fire started in the back seat area of the vehicle shortly before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday as Johns drove west between Exit 43 (Painted Post) and Exit 42 (Coopers Plains). Police said she pulled off on the south shoulder of the road and stopped in an effort to get the children out. As she was trying to remove them, the vehicle erupted in flames. A passer-by may have pulled her away from the flaming car in which the children died, William E. Beam Sr. said.  "She was just two exits from home," he said.  Traffic was detoured from the westbound lanes of I-86 for approximately three hours, state police said. Fire departments from Painted Post, Coopers Plains and Campbell responded to the accident, along with Painted Post Village Police and the state Department of Transportation. The fire investigation is being handled jointly by state police and the Steuben County Fire Investigation Team. The bodies of the children were taken to the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office in Rochester for autopsies. Barrett Funeral Home in Elmira is handling funeral arrangements.

Hazel A. of Cayuta on Wed. Sept. 19, 2001. Her surviving family includes her son, David Masin; Sisters, Gladys Rinehart, Alberta Wallace, Alice (Howard) Chase and Marion Beard; brothers Adelbert Beard, Elmer (Pauline) Beard several nieces, nephews and brother-in-law, Tracy Lewis. Hazel was born Apr. 25, 1925 and went home to be with the Lord Sept. 19, 2001. She was a member of Breesport Baptist Church. Friends are invited to call at The Barber Funeral Home 413 So. Main St. Horseheads on Wed. from 11:00-12:00 Noon, her service will follow there at 12:00 noon with the Rev., Frank Snyder officiating. Internment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorials to Hazel Masin Memorial Fund C/O Breesport Baptist Church 240 Church St. Breesport, NY 14816

Charles E. Age 82 of Horseheads, died on Tuesday, May 1, 2001 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. He was born on July 4, 1918 in Millport, the son of Jay W. and Jennie Davenport Beardslee. He retired from General Electric in 1975 following 27 years of service. He loved the outdoors especially fishing and hunting with his sons. He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Cheryl Beardslee, Edward and Heather Beardslee and Ralph and Evelyn Beardslee; daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce Sutton, Mary and George Nichols, Donna Hathaway, Grace and Lee Dewert and Olive and Dick Lohr; brother, Erwin Beardslee; sisters, Ina Dutcher and Louise Swartz; 21 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren. He was predeceased his wife Coral on February 14, 2001 and his son Melvin Beardslee. Friends are invited to call at Ballard and Lindgren Funeral Home, 161 Oakwood Ave., Elmira Heights on Friday, May 4 from 1 to 3 PM. The funeral service will be at the funeral home at the conclusion oc the visitation (3PM) Committal service will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

BEARDSLEE Christy M. Beardslee-Stryker

Age 38 of Elmira died unexpectedly on Dec. 25, 2010. Christy was born April 17, 1972 in Elmira, NY a daughter to Richard and Cheryl (Teeter) Beardslee. She is survived by her parents, Rick and Cheryl Beardslee; Her three sons, Joshua, Andrew and Derek; Sister, Denise Beardslee and brother Richard Beardslee along with many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home 413 S. Main St. Horseheads on Monday Jan. 3, 2010 from 12:00 noon-2:00 pm where her service will follow at 2:pm. Burial service to follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.   Star Gazette – December 31, 2010


Age 89, of Elmira Heights, died Sunday, January 15, 2006, at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, Montour Falls. The family will receive friends prior to funeral services from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18th, at the Oakwood United Methodist Church, 212 Oakwood Ave., Elmira Heights. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m.; Rev. Patrick L. Holden officiating; burial at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Elmira. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. Officers and members of Elmira Heights Masonic Lodge #913 F.&A.M. will meet Wednesday, January 18, at 11:00 a.m. at the Oakwood Chapel, at the Oakwood United Methodist Church, Elmira Heights, to conduct a service for their dearly beloved brother, Erwin L. Beardslee. He is survived by son, Roger (Nancy) Beardslee of Hector; daughter, Ruth (John) Bills of Hector; grandson, Brett Beardslee of Hector; granddaughters, Kate (Steve) Bills Woods of Jamaica Plain, MA, and Jennifer Bills of Brighton, MA; and numerous nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 66 years, Frances (12/29/05); father, Jay W. Beardslee; and mother, Jenny Davenport; brothers, Howard and Charles Beardslee; sisters, Ina B. Dutcher and Louise Emma Schwartz and brother-in-law, Robert C. Rogers. Erwin was born March 9, 1916 in Millport, NY, and the family moved to Elmira about 1924. He graduated from Elmira Free Academy in 1934 and the International Correspondence School in Mechanics in 1938. He married Frances Rogers on August 20, 1939 and they lived together for 64 years in Elmira Heights. He was a member of the Oakwood United Methodist Church for 67 years, where he was an active member of the Men's Club, the Mr. and Mrs. Class and various church committees. He shared with his father and older brother Howard an uncanny ability as a mechanic. He worked several years in his early career as a field service man for Montgomery Ward. He took a special interest in refrigeration and began his own business about 1940 (Beardslee Refrigeration and Air Conditioning), which he operated until his retirement in 1976. He was highly respected and sought after for his refrigeration and air conditioning expertise and continued as a consultant for several years (Finger Lakes Engineering). He was an active and popular member of the RSES (Refrigeration Service Engineers Society) for 59 years. Erwin was a Boy Scout and later an active committeeman for BSA Troop 13 Elmira Heights. He was a 32nd degree Mason in Elmira Heights Lodge #913 F&AM, active in the Elmira Heights Historical Society, and an acknowledged local historian himself. He always loved and cared for his family and friends. The family will provide flowers. Memorials in his memory may be directed to the Oakwood United Methodist Church Student Aid Fund, 212 Oakwood Ave., Elmira Heights, NY 14903; or the Hector Presbyterian Church Scholarship Fund, PO Box 96, Hector, NY 14841.

GEORGE J. BEARDSLEE, 59, of 227 Mt. Zoar St. Sunday, Feb. 29, 1948.  Survived by wife, Nettie; daughter, Mrs. Alice Nichols of Uniontown, Pa.; sister, Mrs. Lotta Vedder of Syracuse; brothers, Carl of Elmira, Bateman of Eldred, Pa.; two grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  The body is at Hagerman Funeral Home.  Funeral Tuesday, 2 p.m. Rev. Frank W. Twitchell.  Forest Lawn Memorial Park.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 3/1/1948


formerly of Elmira Heights, passed away Tuesday morning, May 18, 2004 while in the care of Elcor Health Services where she had resided at the age of 94.  Born on March 12, 1910 Martha was the daughter of William and Etta Richardson Beardsley.  She married George Kelsey in 1925 and he predeceased her in 1989.  Martha enjoyed being a homemaker, caring for her family, her home and collecting dolls.  Surviving are her loving children, John (Connie) Kelsey, Elmira; George Kelsey, Elmira, Mary (George) Milunich, Elmira, Catherine (Mike) Yednick, Webster, MA, Joe (Cathy) Kelsey, Wellsburg; two daughters-in-law, Alice and Cindy Kelsey both of Elmira; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  Martha was predeceased by her parents, her two sons, James and Clyde Kelsey, a daughter, Dorothy Kelsey, two brothers and two sisters.  Family and friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport on Thursday, May 20, 2004 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Funeral services will follow the visitation with Martha’s grandson, Pastor Mark Yednick officiating.  After which interment will take place next to her husband, George in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. –McKay Scrapbook


BECKER –MYRNA J. HILL age 82 of Elmira passed away Monday morning, June 27, 2016 at Elcor. Myrna was born in Elmira, the daughter of the late Charles L. and Alice H. Becker. In addition to her parents, she was also predeceased by her husband of 48 ½ years, Floyd M. Hill; sister, Shirley Louise; grandsons, David Shugart and Joseph Hill; great grandson, Maurice Hall Jr.; and son-in-law, Robert Call. Myrna is survived by her five children, David (Xia) Hill, of Elmira, NY, Lawrence (Glenda) Hill, of Carmichael, CA, Terri Call, of Port Orange, FL, Deb Maxwell, and Nancy Hill both of Elmira; 16 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; one great-great grandson; many nieces and nephews; cousins; and friends. Myrna graduated from Southside High School in 1951. She had a passion for singing and was the first vocalist for the local group called, "The Elmirans." She was also a member of the Elmira Symphony and the Choral Society. Myrna retired as an administrative secretary from Northeast Plastics in Elmira. Together with her husband, they were long time bowlers at EBC in Elmira. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, Inc., 413 S. Main St., Horseheads on Thursday, June 30, 2016 from 4-7:00 p.m. Her service will take place there on Friday at 10:00 am with burial to follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. –Elmira Star-Gazette 6/28/2016


BEECH Elsie A. Kingsbury

Age 79, of Elmira, NY, died on Friday, May 24, 2013 at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. She was born on November 7, 1933 in Elmira, NY to the late Gordon and Lillian (Ward) Beech. She is survived by her children, Rudolph (Sally) Kingsbury, Nancy (Gary) Dove, Helen (Michael) Bowman, Lois (Curtis) Martin and Judy (Terry) Roach; 22 grandchildren; 60+ great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Ernest Kingsbury; sons, Gordon and Leroy Kingsbury; daughters, Connie, Darlene and Charlene Kingsbury; one brother, four sisters and companion, Raymond Miller. Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Wednesday, May 29 at 10 a.m. in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.  Star Gazette – May 26, 2013


Age 90, longtime resident of Pine Valley, Little Lake and Montezuma, NY also Bushnell, Florida, died Sunday, November 15th, in Brookside Living Center in Anderson, SC. Earl was predeceased by his first wife, Alta in 1984; and a brother, Robert Beecher. He is survived by his second wife, Lelia Austin Beecher of 23 years; his daughter, Carolyn (Gary) Blend and David (Lillie) Beecher of Williamston, SC; a brother, Mark Beecher of Clearwater, Florida; 6 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; step-children, the late Shirley Austin (Kenneth) Dean, Seneca Falls, NY, Bonnie Austin (Norman) Wead, Beaver Dams, NY, Kenneth (Cindy) Austin Interlaken, NY; 12 step-grandchildren and 12 step-great-grandchildren. Also survived by close friends, Barb and Frank Johnson of Montour Falls, NY. He was a retired machinist with Bendix-Eclipse, a former member of Pine Valley United Methodist Church, longtime member and Past Master of Horseheads Old Oak Lodge #364F&AM, and member of several camping clubs. Services were held at Barbers Funeral Home on Thursday, November 19th, and burial followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 1, 2009


CHARLES M. BEECHEY of Big Flats passed away after a brief illness on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at the age of 87. Charles was born October 15, 1928, a son to the late Morgan and Ellen Johnson Beechey. He was preceded in death by daughter Norah Beechey and his sisters, Helene Tuton, Margaret Gleason and Betty Meadows. Charles is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 41 years, Mary Elston Beechey; son, Kerwin Beechey of Pittsburgh, PA, daughter, Tegan Beechey (fiancé Brian Riley) of Ravenna, OH; brother, Richard (Marian) Beechey of Kettering, OH; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Elston of Elmira, NY and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He served his country honorably during WWII with the US Navy and was employed by Westinghouse and Corning Glass as an engineer. Charles was an artist and also enjoyed projects in and out of the home and church. The family will welcome relatives and friends for visitation at Bethany Lutheran Church, 256 S. Walnut St., Elmira, NY on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 between the hours of 10AM to 11AM. Charles' Funeral Service will follow at 11AM with Rev. Krista Mendosa. He will be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park at the convenience of the family. For those wishing to remember Charles please consider contributions to Chemung County Habitat of Humanity, PO Box 3110, Elmira, NY or NAMI of New York State, 99 Pine St., Albany, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/1/2016

Age 72, died on Monday, January 26th, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. Born in White Plains, NY on January 8, 1937. She was the daughter of the late Charles W. Bell and Laurel M. Millspaugh. Kay was a graduate of Bedford Hills High School in Bedford Hills, NY and Mohawk Valley Institute of Technology in Utica, NY. Kay was a long time employee of Hess's Department Store's furniture department and later Kaufmann's Department Store at the Arnot Mall in Horseheads until retirement in 1996. Kay made Jesus the Lord of her life in 1980; it was Christ that sustained her for the past 20 years after a diagnosis of terminal cancer in 1989. She loved serving others whether at work, home, church or on the telephone, but most of all loved serving her Savior with a passion that was an inspiration to everyone she met. She is survived by her son Joseph DeBiase Jr., daughter Kathleen Rog, son-in-law John M. Rog; grandchildren Shayla, Aubrey, Hannah, and Joseph Rog; sister Thelma Lathrop and brother-in-law William Lathrop of Horseheads; nephew and nieces, William, Jr., Laurie, Juli Lathrop, Carole Hamersley, Kimberly Booth, Debra Coggins and their families; a step sister Sandra Bell Gardinier, and half brother Chuck Bell, both from Bedford Hills NY. All of whom she loved "with all her heart." We would like to thank all the doctors, nurses, and technicians at the Robert Packer Hospital and Guthrie Clinic in Sayre, PA who treated Kay throughout the past 20 years. She loved them all like family. We would like to invite all whose life she touched to a Memorial service celebrating her life on Saturday, Feb. 7th, 1:00 p.m. at Victory Highway Wesleyan Church in Painted Post, NY. The Rev. Paul Mather officiating. A private burial will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Elmira, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted in memory of Kay DeBiase to: The K.R.A.M.E.R. Foundation, 974 Terry Hill Rd., Alpine, NY 14805. Envelopes will be available at the Memorial service. Arrangements have been entrusted to Lynch's Funeral Home in Horseheads, NY.
Published in the Star-Gazette from 2/1/2009 - 2/5/2009

BELZ - Carl Belz, 66, [SRGP 17134] of Tioga, died Tuesday, December 25, 1962. survived by wife, Mrs. Carrie Belz; sons, Carl James Belz and Gary Belz of Tioga; stepsons, John Phillips of Lawrenceville, William Phillips of Elmira; step-daughters, Mrs. Hazel Tice of Tioga, Mrs. Lila Cummings of Cayuta; brother, William Belz of Idyllwild, Calif.; sisters, Mrs. Linda Haney and Mrs. Catherine Gorsuch of Glendora, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Body at Shaw & Robena Funeral Home, Mansfield. Calling hours: Thursday 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral there Friday at 1 p.m. The Rev. Orey Crippen will officiate. Burial will be in Forest LawnMemorial Park, Elmira. - Mansfield Advertiser, December 1962

BENJAMIN Charles E. Sr.
Town of Southport Resident - Was born October 22, 1936 the son of the late John (Jack) and Marjorie Benjamin, died on Wednesday, July 9, 2008, unexpectedly at the Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, NY at the age of 71. His brothers, William and Micky Benjamin and sister, Sandy Benjamin predeceased him. Charles is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 39 years, Katherine M. (Laubscher) Benjamin; beloved children, Charles Benjamin, Jr. of Elmira, Kenneth Benjamin of Ithaca, Jay (Billiejo) Benjamin of Danby, Robert Bailey of Cayuta, Sam (Phyllis) Bailey of Bath, Tim Bailey of Elmira, Becky Perry of Trumansburg, Ken, Jim and Kristen Bailey, all of Elmira; brothers, David Benjamin of Binghamton, James (Gloria) Benjamin of Elmira; sisters, Donna (Rich) of Florida, Rhonda Benjamin of Sayre; along with several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends. Charles retired from the Wenzel Construction Company after several years of dedicated service. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY on Monday, July 14, 2008, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Funeral Services honoring his life will follow the visitation. Interment will take place in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park immediately following the celebration of Charles' life. Chuck raced stock cars for over 50 years and was the world's best husband, father and grandfather.
Published in the Star-Gazette on 7/12/2008

EDWIN M. BENJAMIN age 82 years of 311 W. Hudson St., Wednesday, June 6, 1979.  Friends are invited to call at the Barrett Funeral home Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Funeral service there Saturday 11 a.m.  Rev. Edward J. Sale of Lake St. Presbyterian Church will officiate.  Burial will be at convenience of the family at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.  Mr. Benjamin is survived by his wife, Julia; son, Frank of Elmira; daughters, Winifred Dryer of Annapolis, Md., Harriet Palmer of Elmira; one grandson, William Dryer.  Mr. Benjamin was the retired 55 year proprietor of Central Radio and was an honorary life member of Elks Lodge No. 62.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 6/7/1979

Frank B. "Bo Bo" Jr Hardinge, Inc., Retiree bf "Your light is from among us gone, The voice we love is stilled, A place is vacant in our hearts, Which never can be filled." Age 54 of Baty Street Elmira, NY died Thursday, January 17, 2002 very unexpectedly at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. He was born February 26, 1947 in Elmira, NY the son of Frank B. And Alma (Haner) Benjamin Sr. He was preceded in death by his father, Frank January 20, 1997. He is survived by his mother, Alma; Loving wife, Patricia; sons, Russell D. Benjamin of Elmira, NY; Ryan D. Benjamin also of Elmira, NY; stepdaughter, Crystal L. Alvoid of Elmira, NY; Grandchildren, Jordin D. Benjamin and Christopher and Anthony Hooks; siblings, Richard (Karen) Benjamin of Pine City, NY; Gayle (Robert) Connelly of Elmira, NY; Gary (Robin) Benjamin of Wellsboro, PA; Judith Kent of Elmira, NY; Lori (Chris) Staudt of Columbia Crossroads, PA; Scott (Rachael) DeHaas of Pine City, NY; along with several nieces, nephews and many close friends. Frank was retired from Hardinge, Inc. after several years of faithful and dedicated service as a machinist. He was a member of the South Creek Evangelical Free Church. He left this world doing what he loved most, bowling. Frank enjoyed shopping for cars, boats, RV's, and motorcycles. His greatest pleasure came from riding on his Harley Davidson motorcycle. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., on Sunday, January 20, 2002 from 2 to 5 PM. Funeral Services will be held there following the visitation at 5 PM. Interment will take place in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Elmira, NY at the convenience of the family. Memorial Donations in the name of Frank B. Benjamin Jr. may be directed to the South Creek Evangelical Free Church, 2653 S. Broadway, Wellsburg, NY 14894 or to a charity of ones choice.

Elouise B. (Russell) Age 89 of Elmira, NY, passed peacefully into the hands of her Lord and dearly missed and cherished family members Saturday, May 12, 2001 at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. Elouise was the loving daughter of the late Frederick and Grace (Hilzinger) Bennett. Surviving Elouise are her loving children, Robert and Barbara Russell of Wellsburg, NY, Cecil and Barbara Russell of Aurora, CO, Anna Mae and John Curren of Gillett, PA, Frances and Charles Rohr of Elmira, NY, Jane Russell of Kennett Square, PA, Barbara Russell of Lexington, SC; step son, Lester and Sharon Grummons of Oneonta, NY; 18 wonderful grandchildren, Alan Russell, Jerry Russell, John (Diane) Russell, Becky (Guy) Rogers, Jeannette (Roger) Smith, Thomas Russell, Doreen (Walter) Hutchens, Cindy (Corey) Hardee, Joann (Glen) Boor, Diann (Scott) Shields, Todd (Pamela) Curren, Sandra (Jim) Macfarlane, Darlene (Michael) Cowles, Jeffery (Anita) Rohr, Timothy (Cynthia) Rohr, Karen (James) Franklin, Cheryl Laslo, Brian Laslo; step children, Mary Grummons, Anne Marie Grummons, Michael Grummons; 28 great grandchildren; brother, Gordon Bennett of Jefferson, NY; 15 nieces and nephews and dear friend Angela Roncone. Elouise is predeceased by her loving husbands, Carl Russell and Lester D. Grummons; sisters, Doris Stranagan, Frednetha Goodchild; brothers, Kenneth Bennett, Gerald Bennett, Frederick Bennett; and a great granddaughter, Amanda Nichole Rogers. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY Tuesday, May 15, 2001 2:00 - 4:00 PM and 7:00 - 9:00 PM. Funeral services will follow Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at 11:00 AM. The Reverend Richard Curtis will officiate. Graveside committal prayers will follow at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Elmira, NY as Elouise is placed in peace next to her dearly missed husband, Lester. Elouise was a devoted and long time member of the North Presbyterian Church here in Elmira, NY. She worked for the Remington Rand Co. for more than thirty years. She loved her membership in the O.E.S. Chapter, Big Flats, NY. She spent her time crocheting and knitting mittens, hats, and throws for her family. Elouise enjoyed traveling to Florida with the Fan Club which is a travel trailer club. She also spent a lot of time growing flowers in her garden that she was very fond of. Elouise was a devoted Mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who was very proud of her family and all their accomplishments in life. She played a very big role in all of their meaningful and successful lives. Elouise will be missed.

HARRY E. ‘BING’ BENNETT age 78, of Elmira, NY passed away on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. He was predeceased by his wife, Helen Bennett; parents, Byron and Olive Bennett; and companion, Lola Sonner. Bing is survived by his children, William (Lynne), Deborah (Steven) Weston, Susan (Jerry) Shoemaker, Thomas (Tammy), Michael (Barb), Peter and Steven Bennett; brothers, Roger (Linda) and David (Linda) Bennett; grandchildren, Daniel Johnson, Kevin, Arielle, Gabrielle and Melissa Bennett, Christina Bean and Drew Weston, Maxwell Mowchan, Alexis Barnes, Kayley Horton and Alison Smith; great-grandchildren, Marcus Bennett, Ayden Bean, Kellen Bean, Evelyn Weston, Juliana Darling, Asher Darling, Blake, Eli and Cole; cousin, William Graul and Barb Gillen; close friends, Jerry and Sandy Sonner; and several nieces and nephews. Bing worked at Thatcher Glass for 24 years, Schweitzer Aircraft for many years and 9 years of dedicated service at Corning Glass before he retired to the lake. He was an avid bowler and hunter. He was a veteran of the Marine Corp. Bing was a wonderful father, brother and grandfather who will be dearly missed. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the CF Foundation, Greater Rochester Chapter, 550 Latona Road, Building D, Suite 408, Rochester, NY 14626. Calling hours will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 10 AM to 12PM with a service to immediately follow at 12 PM at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira. Burial will be in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park at the convenience of the family, where he will receive full military honors. –Elmira Star-Gazette 4/6//2017


BENNETT - James H. Bennett, age 57, of 785 Laurel St., Elmira, died Monday, Oct. 28, 1963. He was employed by the New York State Labor Department. survived by wife, Mary Ayers Bennett; one daughter, Mrs. George French of Elmira; son, James F. Bennett of Elmira; brothers, Fred O. Bennett of Denver, Colo., Roger Bennett of Mansfield, Arthur Bennett of Westbury, L.I.; and 3 grandchildren. funeral service was held at Olthof Funeral Home, Elmira on Thursday at 1:30 p.m., with the Rev. Kelsie G.. Martin officiating. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Elmira. Mr. Bennett was an apprentice training representative of the Binghamton District of the State Labor Department. Bennett was appointed to this post in February 1960. He represented the State Apprentice council in an 11-county area consisting of Chemung, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Schuyler, Allegany, Broome, Delaware, Sullivan, Otsego and Chenango Counties. He was a journeyman carpenter and recording secretary of the Carpenters Union 532. He was the local's delegate to the Chemung County AFL-CIO assembly and a former secretary of the assembly. Bennett held a bachelor of science degree in education from Mansfield State College, Class of 1929. Mr. Bennett was formerly from Mansfield and lived on Second Street with his parents, the late Mr. & Mrs. Fred Bennett, for several years. He is also survived by an aunt, Mrs. Walter Warters of Mansfield. - Mansfield Advertiser, November 6, 1963


BENNETT Patricia E.

Age 81, of Elmira, NY, died on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at St. Joseph's Hospital. She is survived by her son, David (Sheila) Mills; daughters, Patricia Mills and Catherine Felker; grandchildren, Rebecca Mills, Shawn (Rachel) Mills, Amy Felker, and Bridgette (Jon) Gibbs; great-grandchildren, Peyton, Connor, Logan, and Sydney; close nephew, Len (Becky) Close. Patricia retired from St. Joseph's Hospital. She crocheted and did counted cross stitch, making many things for her family and friends. The family will receive friends at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport on Thursday, June 28, 2012, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Graveside Service will be held at the convenience of the family in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Elmira, NY. Star Gazette – June 27, 2012


BENSON Florence M. PEET, 78, of Mt. Angel, OR, formerly of the Gillett-Gassett, PA area, died on July 18, 1995.  She was a member of the Fassett Baptist Church for over 60 years and was a member of the York-Penn Bell Association.  She is survived by her daughters, Sue Haikin of Clackamas, OR and carol Reynolds of Binghamton, NY; grandchildren Eric and Elaine Councilman of Oregon, Lisa Councilman of Florida, Michael Reynolds of Monticello, NY and Michelle Reynolds of Conklin, NY; six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; sister, Frances Bottcher and brother, Wesley Benson, both of Florida.  She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Peet, Jr.  Funeral services were held at the Olthof Funeral Home in Elmira on July 22 with interment to be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.  Pall bearers were Eric Councilman, Michael Reynolds, Clairmont Ham, James Bottcher Jr., Willie Smith and Bernell Argyle.  Donations may be made to the Bell Maintenance Fund at the Fassett Baptist Church, Gillett, PA 16925 or the National Multiple Scierosis Society.  “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, PA  Thursday, August 3, 1995 

BERGH Kenneth A. Bergh

A lifelong resident of the Southport community died Fri. evening, Dec. 9, 2011 at St. Joseph's Hospital following declining health at the age of 85. Born on Oct. 12, 1926 in Southport, Kenny was the son of the late, A. Henning & Anna M. Johnson Bergh. He married Margaret Kaul on Aug. 9, 1952 in Elmira Heights. Kenny was very active in the community and well known for his involvement with H. H. & K. Bergh Inc. on Broadway which he opened with his brothers in 1946 and he cooperated till his retirement in 1992. He was an active member of Bethany Lutheran Church, the Southport Business Assoc. and AARP. He could often be seen walking through the neighborhood with Margaret visiting with their neighbors and was a regular at Town Hall meetings. Kenny loved automobiles and enjoyed collecting the classics. He was a member of the Antique Automobile Car Club of America, the Plymouth and Chevy Clubs as well. In addition to his autos he loved boating on Keuka Lake in his Chris Craft Boat. Surviving is his loving wife and companion, Margaret Kaul Berg, Southport; sisters-in-law, Viola Bergh and Constance Bergh, Southport; loving nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Kenny was predeceased by his sisters, Helen (Ross) Struble and Alma (Neil) Maloney; brothers, Howard and Harold Bergh; sister-in-law, Anna (Philip) Wolf; brother-in-law, John (Helen) Kaul. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport on Tues. Dec. 13, 2011 between the hours of 4-6 pm. Funeral services will follow the visitation at 6:15 pm. Burial will take place at the family's convenience in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.  Star Gazette – December 11, 2011

GEORGE E. BERNARD SR. of 306 Horner St., Tuesday, June 19, 1962.  He was an employee of Remington Rand.  Survived by wife, Mrs. Bessie Bernard; daughters, Mrs. Melvin Steward, Mrs. William Brooks and Miss Charlotte Bernard; son, George Jr.; mother, Mrs. May Coons, all of Elmira; brother, Alan of Rochester; eight grandchildren.  Body at Hughes Funeral Home.  Calling hours today 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Funeral there Friday at 2 p.m. the Rev. James T. M. Wilson.  Forest Lawn Memorial Park.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 6/20/1962

BESANCENEY –FLORENCE M. DOBBERSTEIN age 72 of Waverly, NY, formerly of Elmira, NY Saturday, January 24, 1987 after a long battle with cancer.  Survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Robert (Arlene) Frisbie, Mr. and Mrs. Evan (Suzanne) Louger and Mr. and Mrs. David (Kathleen) Cripps; sons and daughters-in-law, John And Cherie Dobberstein and Robert and Lynda Dobberstein; 14 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Dick Manchester; brothers, William and Norton Besanceney; several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband, John.  Friends may call Sunday 1 to 3 pm at the Merton H. Kays Funeral Home, 59 Monroe St., Honeoye Falls, NY followed by services at St. Johns Episcopal Church, 11 Episcopal Avenue Sunday (Today) at 3:30 pm.  Interment, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Elmira.  Friends wishing may contribute to the Oncology Department of Highland Hospital in care of Dr. Quzi.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/25/1987

Francis W. BESANCENY, 62 of 315 E. Miller st. Early this morning, Nov. 18, 1953. Mr Besanceney was a retired Pennsylvania Railroad engineer and a member of the brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. He also was a member of Elmira Aerie of Eagles. Survived by wife, Mrs Emma Besanceney; daughters, Mrs Florence Dobberstein of Waverly and Mrs Evelyn Manchester of Pine City; sons, William of Lambertville, N.J. and Norton Besanceney of Elmira; 10 grandchildren. The body is at the Hagerman funeral home where the family will recieve friends this evening from 7 to 9, and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and where the funeral will be held Friday at 2p.m. The Rev.Alfred P. Coman, Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

BESLEY Lillis May "Lil" Wood

Age 89 formerly of Horseheads, NY died on Sunday September 11, 2011 at her son's home in California. Lil was born January 5, 1922 in Waverly, NY the daughter of the late Beaman and Maybelle Morton Besley. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Percy LeRoy Wood, on December 27, 1999 and by her son James W. Wells and sister Dora B. Brown. Lil was a retired employee of LRC Electronics in Horseheads, NY. Mrs. Wood is survived by her son and daughter-in-law: Charles H. & Barbara Wells of Lancaster, CA; step children: Ronald & Diane Wood of Corning, NY, Pam Sowersby of Corning, NY, Sandy Barber and Darlene Anderson both of California; sisters and brothers-in-law: Mary A. Zimmer of Sayre, PA and Evelyn & Lyle Gillette of Waverly, NY; 18 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren, several great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of caring friends. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Gravesite Services on Tuesday September 20, 2011 at 1 PM at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Elmira, NY. Arrangements are entrusted to the LYNCH FUNERAL HOME 318 WEST BROAD STREET HORSEHEADS, NY.  Star Gazette – September 18, 2011

BINLEY Mylo C., Jr. Age 87, died Monday, December 18, 2006, at the Kirkhaven Nursing Home, Rochester, NY. He was born in Donora, PA, January 8, 1919, the son of Mylo C. Sr. and Anna Leasure Binley. He had worked for the Singer Co. Link Division in Binghamton, NY. Mylo was a member of the Masons in Hoseheads, NY. He is survived by his wife, Esther Binley of Rochester, NY; his son, Wendell T. (Patricia) Binley of Bath, NY; two brothers, Donald Binley of Donora, PA, and Minor (Donna) Binley of Monongahela, PA; two grandchildren, Kimberly (Peter) Hubbs of Matthews, NC, and Anne (Douglas) Moss of Monroe, NC; three stepchildren, Arthur Thomas, James Thomas and Annette Thomas; three great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Emmer L. Binley; brother, Harold Binley; and sister, Virginia Volk. There will be no services. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Elmira, NY. Fagan's Funeral Home in care of arrangements.


BIXBY –WINIFRED E. ‘WINNIE’ PERRY, age 91, formerly of Owens Street Horseheads, NY passed away Friday, December 26th, 2014 at the Bethany Manor. Winnie was born in Elmira, April 20th, 1923; the daughter of the late Myles and Lucila (Galpin) Bixby. Surviving are her children, Sharon (Roy) Jones of Mansfield, PA, John Jr. (Heidi) Perry of Rogersville, TN; Grandchildren, Scott, Beth, John Joseph, William, and Nicholas, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; brothers, Joseph (Janet) Stanton, John (Chris) Stanton, and Charles (June) Stanton. Winnie is predeceased by her husband, John Perry; grandson, Jeremy Perry; and brothers, William Stanton, James Stanton, and LeRoy Stanton. She worked at the Remington Rand and the A&P Plant for many years. She was past President of the Loyal of the Horseheads Eagles Club. Winnie loved to cook and visit with her family and many friends. All are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, NY 14904 Sunday, December 28th, 2014 from 3:00PM to 6:00PM. Funeral services celebrating Winnie's beautiful life will be held Monday, December 29th, 2014 at 11:00AM. Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Those wishing please make memorials in her name to the charity of one’s choice. –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/27/2014


DOUGLAS WILLIAM BLANCHARD age 25, of Elmira, NY passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 24, 2016 at home. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, William and Louise (Haggis) Sease. He is survived by his loving parents, Gerald D. and Caroline M. (Sease) Blanchard; sister, Mary Blanchard; paternal grandparents, Ronald and Jane Blanchard; aunts, Robin Blanchard and Karen Blanchard; along with several cousins, many friends and his special canine companion, "Candy Cane". After graduating from Southside High School Doug was employed by Mandells's Restaurant working in the kitchen with his father. He then was employed by F. M. Howell, Trayer Products and was currently working as a sales associate with Target in Horseheads, NY. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Ave. Elmira/Southport, NY on Friday, July 1, 2016 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM. Funeral services celebrating his life will follow the visitation at 1 PM. Lay Pastor John P. Knapp will officiate. Interment will take place in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park. –Elmira Star-Gazette 6/29/2016

BLANCHARD –MRS. ELIZA HANMORE, 83 of 369 Pennsylvania Ave., Saturday, Aug. 15, 1953 following an extended illness.  Mrs. Hanmore was a member of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church.  Survived by daughter, Mrs. Florence Foulkrod; son, Ruther Hanmore; sister, Mrs. George Babcock; brother, George Blanchard, all of Elmira; 8 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  The body is at the family home where friends may call and where the funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m.  The Rev. Raymond M. O’Brien.  Forest Lawn Memorial Park.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/17/1953

Age 75, formerly of Elmira Heights, NY, died Monday, August 4, 2008, at the Chemung County Nursing Facility in Elmira, NY. George was born on July 19, 1933 in Elmira, to the late George and Florence (Dilmore) Blanchard. George retired from the Central Recycling Center in Elmira after many years of service. He is survived by his brother, Raymond VanAmburg of Horseheads, NY. It was George's wish that no services be held. Interment will take place in Forest Lawn Memorial Park at the convenience of the family.   Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/5/2008

BLANDFORD Donald C. Age 84, of 305 Schuyler Ave., Elmira, NY, died Thursday, December 7, 2006, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. Donald was born in Elmira, son of the late Clayton and Kathern (Cooper) Blandford. Donald served our country in the US Army during WWII. He retired from Westinghouse in Horseheads after 21 years of service as a shipping clerk. He served on many boards and committees including Boy Scouts, United Fund, Chemung Co. Human Relations Commission. He was a member of the Catholic War Vets, American Legion, Knights of Columbus, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a member of Queen City Lodge Post #174 I.B.P.O.E., and Local 1833 IBEW. Donald was the past President of Elmira-Corning Chapter of the NAACP, past chairman of the City of Elmira Democratic Committee, and a longtime member of Sts. Peter and Paul Church. He was a great husband to his beloved late wife, Harriet of 58 years, and a wonderful and caring father. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Survivors include his daughters, Florence (Jonnell) McFadden of Olanta, SC, Theresa Blandford and Shawn Blandford, both of Elmira, Maureen (Karen) Blandford of Ithaca, NY, and Torri Blandford of Utica, NY; sons, Clayton D. Blandford, Jr. of Elmira, Timothy (Shamina) Blandford of Elmira, and Thomas (Denise) Blandford of Ashland, Mass.; 11 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; sisters, Lucy F. Brown, Phyllis Shepard, both of Elmira, Joyce Buncom of Queens, NY, Sandra (Leslie) Francis of Poughkeepsie, NY, Norma (John) Holmes of FL, and Leslie Blandford of Elmira; brothers, William Blandford of Elmira, and Wayne (Phyllis) Dunham of Syracuse, NY; several nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. Donald was predeceased by his wife, Harriett (Ghee); and brother, Eugene Blandford. Family and friends are invited to call Monday, December 11, 2006, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held there on Tuesday, December 12, at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Christopher Linsler officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park with full Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Donald can be made to the local American Red Cross.\

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