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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice

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Bradford County PA

Chemung County NY

Tioga County PA

 

Rural Home Cemetery, Town of Big Flats, Chemung County NY
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GARDNER –MRS. BERNICE L. WEAD age 67 of Horseheads, RD 1, Friday, January 26, 1968.  Friends may call at VanBuskirk & Lynch Funeral Home, Saturday 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Funeral there Monday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Dwight VanAhren.  Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats.  Survived by husband, Charles F. Wead; daughters, Mrs. Francis Semans and Mrs. Lucille Arndt, both of Horseheads, RD 1, Mrs. Anna VanVothershed of Elmira, Mrs. Ellen Kruger of Breesport, Miss Mary Wead of Horseheads and Miss Geraldine Weed at home; sons, Charles Wead of Syracuse, Norman Weed at home, Harold Wead of Horseheads, RD 1; sisters, Mrs. Harry Johnson of Horseheads, RD 1, Mrs. Fred Edmister of Elmira; 28 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/27/1968

GORDON GARDNER SR. age 54 of 2907 Canal St., Big Flats, N.Y., Sunday, Sept. 24, 1978.  Friends may call at the VanBuskirk-Lynch Funeral Home Tuesday 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Funeral and committal service at the Big Flats Presbyterian Church Thursday at 11 a.m.  The Rev. Marcy Punnett officiating.  Burial in Rural Home Cemetery.  The family will provide their own flowers and those wishing may make contributions to the American Cancer Society.  Survived by wife, Emma Gardner; sons, Duane Gardner of Big Flats, Gordon Gardner, Jr. and E. Jerry Gardner, both of Horseheads; daughters, Joyce DePree of Big Flats, Darlene Cole of Horseheads, Gale Ann Gardner at home; 8 grandchildren; sister, Mrs. Cecil Viola) Smith of Big Flats; several nieces and nephews.  Mr. Gardner was a member and Elder of the Big Flats Presbyterian Church.  He was the owner of Gardner’s Plumbing and Heating, past president of Big Flats Business of Big Flats American Legion Post No. 1612, member of Big Flats Volunteer Fire Dept. and member of several antique car clubs.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/26/1978

GARDNER –MRS. MOLLIE G. JANOWSKI, 48, of the Town of Catlin, Horseheads RD 1, Tuesday afternoon, Apr. 10, 1951.  Survived by husband, John Janowski; daughters, Mrs. Alice Powell, Mrs. Margaret Wead, both of the Town of Catlin, Miss Alma Janowski at home; son, Ronald Janowski at home; brothers, Joseph Gardner of Corning RD 1, George Gardner of Beaver Dams; four grandchildren.  The body is at the Hilton Funeral home, Big Flats where friends may call and where funeral will be held Friday, 2 p.m.  The Rev. Wesley W. Kehler, Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 4/11/1951

GAY –MILDRED GAY DAILEY age 83 of 107 Hendy Creek Road, Friday, October 12, 1990.  Friends may call at the Holly-Keck & baker Funeral Home on Monday, 1 to 3 pm.  Funeral Services there at the conclusion of calling hours, (PM).  Burial, Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats, NY, Rev. Marlin Stewart officiating.  Family suggests memorials to the Southern Tier Hospice Association.  Envelopes provided at the funeral home.  Survived by her husband of 58 years, Elmer, a son and daughter-in-law, Edward L. and Betty Dailey of Hendy Creek Rd., daughter and son-in-law, Pauline M. and Maurice Seager of Cortland, NY; three grandchildren; two brothers, Charles Gay of Naples, NY and Russell Gay of Avoca, NY; two sisters, Frances Sharman and Ida Hayes both of Pine City, NY.  She was predeceased by a son, Richard L. in 1946.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/13/1990

GAYLORD  Richard A., Sr. Former Highway Superintendent Age 67, died Friday, April 29, 2005, at his home in Big Flats after battling terminal lung cancer. He was born January 24, 1938 in the Town of Dix, the son of Donald and Mary Hitchens Gaylord. He grew up in Dundee, and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. Richard was a Life Member and Past President and Commander of the Skinner-Ernest American Legion Post in Big Flats. He was a former Water and Highway Superintendent for the Town of Big Flats. Richard enjoyed NASCAR, tinkering, and working outdoors. He is survived by his beloved, lifelong friend of 42 years, his wife, Annabelle Gaylord; two sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Marjorie Gaylord, Jr. of Big Flats, Wayne and Gale Gaylord of Big Flats; a daughter and son-in-law, Gina and Lance Buckley of Cape Coral, FL; son and daughter-in-law, Chuck and Kim Cornell of Waverly, NY; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Bernie and Joe Salamendra, Delores Colunio, all of Dundee, Jeanette Margreno, Norma and Lester Davis, all of Watkins Glen; ten grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and best friend, Burt Thresher; and several other lifelong friends and family. He was predeceased by two brothers, Gordon and Loren Gaylord; and two sisters, Elizabeth (Betty) Morley, and Dora (Sis) Gaylord. There will be a Memorial Gathering on Wednesday, May 4, 2005, from 6-7 p.m. at Hills Funeral Home, followed by a small reception at the Big Flats American Legion. Burial will be in Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats.

CLAUDE RAYMOND GEROW, 70, Gibson, died at the home of a son, Denton in Gibson Monday, Sept. 6, 1948.  Survived by sons, Clyde and Denton of Gibson; daughters, Miss Bessie Gerow and Mrs. Emily Burton, both of Corning; brother, John of Crooked Creek, Pa. Ernest of Corning RD 2 and Joseph of Mansfield and sisters, Mrs. M. Pribble of Rome, N.Y. and Mrs. Alice English of Mansfield.  Body will be taken tot the home of son, Denton in Gibson where private services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday and from Gibson Baptist Church at 2.  Burial in Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/7/1948

CLAYTON GEROW – Corning Truck Victims’ Rites are Arranged. – Arrangements for the funerals of Clayton Gerow, 37, of Big Flats and Lewis Downing, 48, of Tioga, Pa. killed Wednesday morning (Nov. 10, 1932) when their truck was demolished by an Erie train at Riverside where completed today.  The body of Mr. Gerow will remain at the Ryal and Jones Home for funerals where friends may call.  A prayer service for the family will be conducted at the funeral home Friday at 1:45 p.m., while the funeral will be at the Big Flats Methodist Church and the Rev. Lillian H. Chapman of the Presbyterian Church officiating.  Interment will be in Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats.  Mr. Gerow is survived by his widow, formerly Miss Nellie VanHouten of Big Flats, four children, Mildred, Leland, Frances and Lawrence; four brothers and five sisters.  He was born in East Charleston, Pa.  The body of Mr. Downing was removed to the Kraiss Funeral home of Tioga Wednesday evening. (Obituary under Evergreen Cemetery, Tioga, PA.)  -Elmira Star-Gazette 11/10/1932

CLYDE H. GEROW age 48 of 1120 E. Market St., Corning Tuesday, April 21, 1964.  He was an employee of the New York State Highway Department for 27 years, veteran of World War II.  Survived by wife, Mrs. Jean Teeter Gerow; brother, Denton Gerow of Gibson; sisters, Mrs. Robert Adler of Painted Post, Mrs. Neal Burton of Corning.  Body at Carpenter Funeral Home, Corning.  Calling hours today 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Funeral there Thursday at 2 p.m. the Rev. Harold Edwards.  Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 4/22/1964

DENTON J. (DEKE) GEROW age 51 of 14 Cowan Ave., Corning, Sunday, June 11, 1972.  Friends may call at the Carpenter Funeral Home in Corning, Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Funeral there Wednesday 10 a.m.  Mr. Paul Carpenter, Sr. will officiate.  Burial in Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats.  Survived by wife, Ruth Cummings Gerow; two sons, Gary of Rochester and William at home; one daughter, Darlene of Miami, Fla.; two sisters, Mrs. Bessie Adler of Corning and Mrs. Leo (Emily) Burton of Corning; two grandchildren.  He was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Air Force in the European Theater.  He was the son of Claude R. Gerow and Sophia Shotts and was born in Wellsboro, Pa.  He was an inspector at Corning Glass Works for 24 years.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 6/12/1972

LAWRENCE C. GEROW, SR., age 76, of 253 E. Miller St., Elmira, NY.  He was born January 19, 1928 in Corning, son of the late Clayton and Nellie (VanHouten) Gerow and died Wednesday, August 4, 2004, at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Bath, NY.  He was predeceased by his wife, Betty E. (Gray) Gerow on January 3, 2003, and is survived by his children and their spouses, Kathleen and Thomas Johnston of Wellsboro, PA, Lawrence C., Jr. and Marlene Gerow of Elmira, Judy and David Wood of Hamburg, NY, Andrew Gerow of Elmira, and Margaret Harding of Melbourne, FL; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Mildred McLauglin of Elmira; along with several nieces and nephews.  Mr. Gerow retired from Thatcher Glass after 35 years of service.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving during World War II.  Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Sunday, August 8th from 1 to 4 p.m.  His funeral service will follow at 4 p.m.  Committal prayers and interment will be in Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats on Monday, August 9th at 9 a.m.  –Elmira Star Gazette.

 

GESSICK Stephen A.

Age 61, of Elmira Heights, NY, died on Friday, August 26, 2011 at Elcor Health Services after a brave battle against lung cancer. He was born on December 27, 1949 in Shamokin, PA to the late Clarence and Eva Gessick. Steve attended Thomas A. Edison High School and went on to pursue many careers. He is survived by his daughters, April Allison and Angela (Mico) Andrews; sister, Ann (Richard) Burritt; brothers, John (Peg) Gessick and Tom (Mary Ellen) Gessick; companion, Linda Savona; along with many grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, August 30th from 12 to 1 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held there at 1 p.m. Interment will follow in Rural Home Cemetery.   Star Gazette – August 28, 2011

 

GEORGE GILDEA, 73, died early Wednesday afternoon at the family home, 1315 Grand Central Avenue.  He is survived by a son, John of Elmira, a brother, Frank Gildea of Big Flats; a sister, Mrs. Louise Dunn of Elmira; also three grandchildren.  The body reposes in the Davis Funeral Home where the funeral will be held Friday (Dec. 30, 1932) at 2 p.m., the Rev. W. V. Allen officiating.  Burial in the Big Flats (Rural Home) Cemetery.  –Elmira paper

JOHN GILDEA age 80 of Oak Hill Rd., Lowman, N.Y., Wednesday, August 1, 1979 at St. Joseph’s Hospital.  Private funeral services will be held at the Hogerman Funeral Home, at the convenience of the family.  Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Joseph’s Hospital General Development Fund.  Survived by wife, Mildred at home; sons, John of Palo Alto, California, Richard of Pierce City, Missouri; daughter, Mrs. Daniel (Kathryn) Smoley of Stuart, Fla., several grandchildren.  He was a retired locomotive engineer of the Erie Lackawanna Railroad and a member of Brotherhood of Railroad Engineers.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/3/1979 (Buried Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats)

GIPP –MRS. CLARA L. WEED, 38, died at the family home in the Town of Catlin Saturday May 11, 1929 at 6 p.m.  Mrs. Weed is survived by her husband, Adelbert Weed; two sons, Allen and Howard; two daughters, Ruth and Gladys, all of Catlin; her mother, Mrs. Laura Gipp of Fort Rice, S.D.; one sister, Mrs. Ella Wells of Tacoma, Washington.  The funeral will be held at the home Tuesday at 9 a.m. and in the Tompkins Corners Methodist Church.  The Rev. Clyde Rosekrans will officiate.  Burial in Big Flats (Rural Home) Cemetery.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 5/13/1929

GOFF –MRS. REBECCA WEAVER –Mrs. Weaver Dead.  She was Thrown from a Carriage Wednesday and Died of Her Injuries Sunday Morning.  Mrs. Rebecca Weaver, who was thrown from her carriage on West Water Street Wednesday forenoon, while on her way to her home at Coopers Plains, accompanied by her husband died Sunday morning (Apr. 16, 1899) morning at 3:30 o’clock as a result of the injuries she received at the time of the accident.  She was taken to the home of her sister, Mrs. C. G. Rhodes, No. 915 East Church Street immediately after being injured and there received the best of medical and surgical attendance and careful nursing.  She was fifty-six years of age and is survived by her husband, Horace Weaver, four daughters, Misses Adelie, Emma, Agnes and Lena; two brothers, Thomas Goff of Cooper’s Plains and Uri Goff of Big Flats and two sisters, Mrs. Eliza Ann Rhodes of Cooper’s Plains and Mrs. C. G. Rhodes of Elmira.  The funeral will be held at the home of her sister, where she died in this city, Tuesday afternoon at 1 o’clock.  Rev. Dr. W. T. Henry will officiate and burial will be in Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats.  W. C. Harrington has charge of the arrangements.  –Elmira Daily Advertiser 4/17/1899

EARL GOLDEN age 69 of Pine Valley, Saturday, April 12, 1969.  Friends may call at the VanBuskirk-Lynch Funeral Home Sunday7 to 9 p.m. and Monday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Rev. Kenneth Brown.  Burial in Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats.  Survived by wife, Mrs. Margaret Golden; daughters, Mrs. Doris Howe, Pine Valley, Mrs. Carol Lancaster, Millport; sons, Richard E., Theodore L., Larry B. Golden, all of Pine Valley, Robert E., Horseheads, Craig, Clark Summit, Pa.; 18 grandchildren; one great-grandson; sisters, Mrs. Mamie Tillinghast, Gillett, Pa., Mrs. Anna Lindenbaum, Atlantic City, N.J., Mrs. Fannie Schilling, Albany, N.Y., Mrs. Jenny Prentice, Edmond, Okla.; brother, Raymond Golden, Pine City.  He was a retired farmer.  –Elmira Sunday Telegram 4/13/1969

GOLDEN Lisa M.
Age 49, of Elmira, NY, died
very unexpectedly on Friday, February 26, 2010, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. She was born on March 25, 1960 in Elmira, NY to the late James and Shirley (Webber) Golden. Lisa was predeceased by her brother, James Golden. Survivors include her longtime companion, Carlos Sanchez of Elmira; children, Donielle Golden and Joel Sanchez, both of Elmira, Carlos (Anora) Gonzalez of Horseheads, Leslie Gonzalez of NC, Frankie, Alex and Christy Cartgena, all of NC, and Amber Kelly of Elmira; brothers, Wayne Golden (Diana), Howard (Penny) Golden and Doug Golden (Mary) all of Elmira; sisters, Beverly Cubero of FL, Loretta Golden (Ed) of PA, Debra (Dave) Smith of Horseheads and Robin Thomas of VA; sister-in-law, Ruth Golden of Elmira; grandchildren, Leigha Schilling, Carmen, Carlos III, Manny, Destiny and Gracilla Gonzalez; best friends, Diane Marley and Miguel Colon, both of Elmira; along with several nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, March 3rd, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow there at 4 p.m. Interment will take place at the convenience of the family in Rural Home Cemetery. - Elmira Star Gazette, Mar.1.2010

GOODRICH - DANIELS
Bessie Age 94, of Pine City, NY, entered into peaceful rest Sunday, June 5th, 2005, at the St. Joseph's Hospital, Elmira. She was born in Lindley, NY, the 8th day of July, 1910. She was the beloved daughter of the late William and Estella Eldred Goodrich. Bessie was predeceased by her son, Earl Johns Jr.; daughter, Viola Fultz; sisters, Nell Cornish and Mary Hitchens; brother, Tink Goodrich. Surviving Bessie are her children, Ray and Lena Johns of Elmira, NY, Richard Johns of Horseheads, NY, Linda and Robert Harris of Big Flats, NY, Peggy Buckley of Newfield, NY, Paul and Barb Daniels of Pine City, NY; several grandchildren; great grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Lillian Personius of Montour Falls, NY; and several nieces and nephews. Bessie worked for Corning Inc. for many years. She loved to dance and was an avid bingo and card player. The family sends a special "Thank You" to Betty and Pat Kerr and Sue Stanton. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, NY 14904 on Wednesday, June 8, 2005, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral and committal services will be shared at the conclusion of the calling hours at 8 p.m. Interment will be held in the Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats, NY, at the convenience of the family. Memorials maybe made to the charity of one's choice.

CASSIUS GORTON, 79, of Big Flats died unexpectedly Wednesday morning (Jan. 26, 1927) at the family home, just one week and one day after the death of his wife.  Mr. Gorton would have bee 80 years of age Feb. 16, but in spite of his advanced age was very active and in apparently good health.  He visited Elmira Tuesday and Wednesday morning he arose and dressed and descending the stairs, sat down in a chair.  His niece, Mrs. William Randall spoke to him and when he did not answer she crossed the room and found him dead.  Death was due to apoplexy.  Mr. and Mrs. William Randall had been making their home with Mr. Gorton since Mrs. Gorton’s death last week.  Besides his nephew, William Randall, he is survived by the following nephews and nieces; Mrs. Frank Miller of Big Flats, Mrs. Frank Bronson of Corning, Mrs. Margaret Hilk of Corning, Mrs. Hattie Walkey of Corning, Mrs. Hattie Holmes of Buffalo.  The funeral will be held at the family home in Big Flats, Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock.  The Rev. I. A. Falk, pastor of the Big Flats Baptist Church will officiate.  Burial in the Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/27/1927

PAUL EUGENE GORTON, 21, and BENJAMIN SILAS GORTON, 19, brothers, of Gibson, Corning RD 2, Sunday, Sept. 3, 1950.  They were both employed at the Corning Glass Works and member of the Christ Church in Corning.  Paul, a veteran of World War 2, is survived by his wife, Mrs. Dorothy Force Gorton; a son, Paul Eugene Jr. and an infant daughter, Barbara Jean.  They are both survived by their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gorton of Bigson; a sister, Mrs. Arlie Loughridge of Corning RD 2; grandmother, Mrs. Jennie Gorton of Corning RD 2.  A double funeral was held today, 2 p.m. at the home of the parents.  The Rev. Roger Alling.  Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/5/1950

Infant daughter GOULD of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Gould of Winters Road, Big Flats, Saturday, Aug. 19, 1961.  Survived by parents; brother, Derek; sisters, Dawn, Gloria, Betsy all at home; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Gould of Big Flats, maternal grandparents, Mrs. Ruth Cook of Corning.  Body at Bortle Funeral Home, Big Flats.  No calling hours.  Burial at convenience of the family.  Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats.  –Elmira Advertiser 8/21/1961

PHINEAS P. GOULD, 74 of 108 E. Pulteney St., Coning, Tuesday morning, Feb. 10, 1953.  A widely known sports enthusiast, Mr. Gould gained prominence as a wrestler.  He was a retired Corning Glass Works employee and was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Corning, Painted Post Lodge, F&AM of Corning and the Corning Consistory.  Survived by wife, Mrs. Eliza Wilson Gould; daughters, Mrs. George R. Wolcott of Orchard Park, N.Y., Mrs. Roger Faught of Painted Post; three grandchildren; sister, Mrs. Oscar Adsit of Corning; nieces, Mrs. Ray Gramenstetter and Mrs. Elmer Bills; nephew, Winston Adsit, all of Corning.  The body is at the Carpenter Funeral Home, Corning where friends are invited to call today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and where prayer service will be held Friday at 10 a.m.  Funeral at 10:30 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, Corning.  The Rev. Roger Alling.  Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats  -Elmira Star-Gazette 2/11/1953

GOURLEY Patrick B.
Age 53, of Elmira, died unexpectedly on Thur., Oct. 29, 2009. Pat was born Feb. 7, 1956, the son of William and the late Marian (Scofield) Gourley in Binghamton, NY. He is survived by his father, Bill Gourley of Big Flats; sisters, Cindy (Mark) Edger of Kannapolis, NC, Michele (Mark) Joiner of Elmira, NY; nieces and nephews, Lynn Chappell, Daniel Harvey and Andrew Joiner; uncle, Leon Scofield of Nicholson, PA. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 S. Main St., Horseheads, on Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. His service will take place there at the conclusion at 12:00 noon. Interment in Rural Home Cemetery in Big Flats.  Published in Star-Gazette from October 31 to November 1, 2009

 

GOURLEY William J.

Age 80, of Salisbury, NC, passed away peacefully at his daughter's home after a short decline in health on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012. He was a long-time resident of Big Flats. Bill was born on April 14, 1931 to William Gourley and Reba Shelp Gourley. He is survived by his two daughters and sons-in-law, Cynthia Edger (Mark)Salisbury, NC and Michele Joiner (Mark) of Elmira; grandchildren Lynn Chappell (Aaron Phillippi) of Kannapolis, NY, Daniel Harvey (Tara Shorter) Booneville, NC, and Andrew Joiner of Elmira and great grandchildren Kyli Doyle, Dominic Krelie, Tyler Sciortino, and Christian Harvey; sister Nancy Borruso and brother Thomas Gourley (Marilyn); brother-in-law, Leon Scofield; nieces, nephews and many wonderful friends. Bill was also survived by his Special Friend, Betty Yates. He was predeceased by his devoted wife of 56 years, Marian Scofield Gourley, and son, Patrick Gourley. Also, he was predeceased, by his brother and sister-in-law, Pat and Kitty Gourley, his sister and brother-in-law, Sandy and Eddie Yacos, and his brother-in-law, Sam Borruso. Bill was a plumbing and heating salesman for many years. He retired from ID Booth in Elmira. He loved his job and enjoyed his customers, many of them who remain friends. After retirement, Bill operated The Water Shed, a small, water pump and conditioning business from his home. He was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church and a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 So. Main St., Horseheads, NY on Tues., Jan. 31, 2012 from 4-7:00 p.m. Family and friends are further invited to call at the funeral home on Wed. from 10-11:00 a.m. where his service will follow there at the funeral home at 11:00 a.m., with interment to follow in Rural Home Cemetery in Big Flats, NY. Those wishing may remember Bill with memorials to Southern Tier Hospice Inc., 11751 East Corning Rd., Corning, NY, 14830 or Bethany Lutheran Church, 256 S. Walnut St., Elmira, NY, 14904. Special thanks to Dr. Dayakar Reddy and his nurse, Barb, for their dedicated care while Bill lived in NY.  Star Gazette – January 29, 2012

 

GRAFIUS Daniel F.
Age 88, of Hendy Creek Road, Elmira, died peacefully on Saturday, March 14, 2009 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, surrounded by his family and friends. Dan was born in Erie, PA on October 2, 1920, the only child of Daniel R. and Anna (Welch) Grafius. He was predeceased by his half-sister, Esther Ransom. Dan is survived by his wife of 62 years Dorothy (Jane) Grafius; daughters and sons-in-law, Gloria Claire of Daytona Beach, FL, Constance and Donat Boisselle of Ormond Beach, FL, Sandra and Jay Flannery of Liverpool, NY; grandchildren, Daniel Goodwin, with wife, Yvonne, of Elmira, Joseph King of Daytona Beach, FL, Terry King, with wife Tanya, of Ormond Beach, FL, Christine Halliday of Lynnwood, WA; along with 6 great-grandchildren; and "granddog", Cleo. Dan grew up on farms in Windfall and West Burlington, near Canton, PA. After graduating from high school, he eventually moved to Elmira where he built a number of homes, including his own, where he lived for the past 57 years. Dan went on to form his own company that for many years was the exclusive service contractor for Mobil, Arco, and Sunoco; where he maintained and built many of their service stations and tank farms throughout a wide area of New York. He was involved in many service and social organizations over the years, including the Union Cooley Masonic Lodge where he was a Master and member for 57 years. Dan was an avid hunter and sportsman, since his youth, and was also an accomplished woodworker. In his retirement years he enjoyed spending countless hours in his shop working on projects that his many friends often received as gifts. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of Water and Walnut Sts., on Monday, March 16, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats. The family request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a charity of one's choice.   Members of the Elmira Masonic Lodge #95 will meet at the McInerny Funeral Home on Monday, March 16th at 7:45 p.m. to conduct a memorial service for our brother, Daniel F. Grafius.  Signed, Master Wallace Hunt.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/15/2009

LEE GRAY age 76 of 2763 Miller St., Big Flats, Friday, March 30, 1979 at the Arnot Ogden Hospital.  Friends may call at the Phillips Funeral Home, Big Flats, Sunday 2-4 p.m., 7-9 p.m.  Masonic service Sunday 7:30 p.m.  Funeral service Monday 2:00 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, Big Flats, Rev. Marcy Punnepp officiating.  Burial Rural Home Cemetery.  Survived by wife, Helen; 1 daughter, Mrs. Hugh (Lea) Race; 2 grandchildren; several brothers and sisters.  He was a member of the Big Flats Presbyterian Church, an elder of the Cransville Dutch Life Reform Church and a member of the Big Flats Lodge F&AM.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 3/31/1979

GREEN - MRS. CARRIE MANWARING - Mrs. Carrie Manwaring, wife of Wesley Manwaring of Big Flats, died today at 12:05 a.m. at the family home. Besides her husband, she is survived by six sons, Benjamin of Elmira Heights, Leroy of Elmira, Charles, Kenneth and George of Big Flats, and Earl of Dansville; three daughters, Mrs. Maude Reaser of Big Flats, Mrs. Pearl Van Cost of Elmer, N.J., and Mrs. Alta Hartman of Pontiac, Mich; two brothers, Charles Green of Wellsboro and Abner Green of Elmira; three sisters, Mrs. Nancy Cortright of Waverly, Mrs. Jep DeGraw, of Fassett, Pa., and Mrs. Mary Kennedy of Elmira. (handwritten on article July 24 1930)

HOWARD B. GRIDLEY, 37, of River Road, South Corning, Sunday July 1, 1962..  He attended the Big Flats Methodist Church, an employee of Ingersoll Rand.  Survived by wife, Mrs. Mayola Folmer Gridley; daughters, Sharon and Linda at home; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Howard M. Gridley of South Corning; brothers, Robert of Baton Rouge, La., Norman B. Ellenwood of Rochester.  Body at Phillips Funeral Home, Corning.  Funeral today at 2 p.m. at the Big Flats Methodist Church, the Rev. William Whitefield Jr.  Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 7/5/1962

REBECCA GRIDLEY, 20 months, of River Road, South Corning, Sunday, July 1, 1962.  Survived by mother, Mrs. Mayola Folmer Gridley; sisters, Sharon and Linda at home; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey S. Folmer of Gibson; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Howard M. Gridley of River Road, South Corning.  Body at Phillips Funeral Home, Corning.  Funeral today at 2 p.m. at the Big Flats Methodist Church, the Rev. William Whitefield Jr.  Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 7/5/1962

GRIFFITH –MRS. MARTHA (GRIFFITH) CLARK age 89 formerly of the Sing Sing Road, Horseheads, Sunday, April 18, 1982 at the Arnot Ogden Hospital after an extended illness.  Friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 S. Main St., Horseheads, Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 3 p.m.  Funeral and committal services will be held there on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the conclusion of calling hours.  The Rev. Marcy Punnett, her Pastor will officiate.  Interment Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats.  Mrs. Clark was the widow of Charles W. Clark who died June 26, 1971.  She is survived by several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews and many dear friends.  She was a resident of the Big Flats area for many years and a member of big Flats Presbyterian Church for over 72 years.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 4/20/1982

GROOM –MRS. ALICE MARIE SMITH – MRS. JACKSON SMITH of 311 Pennsylvania Avenue, died this morning (December 11, 1930) at 6:30 o’clock, after four weeks illness.  She is survived by her husband, Jackson Smith, a daughter, Mrs. Ray Sweeney of Painted Post; two sons, Herbert of Elmira and Frank of Campbell; two sisters, Mrs. Helen Wheeler of Jackson Summit, Pa.; Mrs. Margaret Wilcox of Elmira; two brothers, Burt Groom of Buffalo; Henry Groom of Nichols.  The remains repose in the Davis funeral home until Friday morning, where they will be removed to the family home.  The funeral will be held in the family home Sunday at 2 p.m.  The Rev. W. V. Allen will officiate.  Burial in the Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/11/1930

GROOM –MRS. MARGARET BROWN OF Whitaker Ave., Town of Southport died Friday, May 21, 1948.  Survived by husband, William M. Brown; brothers, Albert Groom of Elmira, Henry Groom of Waverly, N.Y.; several nieces and nephews.  The body is at the Keefe Funeral Home, where funeral will be held Monday 2 p.m. Rev. Clifford E. Eichner.  Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 5/22/1948

GROOME –MRS. EVA GROOME GOSS, 86, of Big Flats, Tuesday, April 16, 1963.  She was a member of the Big Flats Baptist Church for 59 years.  Survived by husband, Banks A. Goss; daughters, Mrs. Emily Lescovec and Mrs. Donna Harris; sister, Miss Bessie Groome, all of Big Flats.  Body at Phillips Funeral Home, Big Flats.  Calling hours today 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Funeral there Thursday at 3 p.m., the Rev. Ilof Falk.  Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 4/17/1963

GROSSMAN –MRS. AUGUSTA FLASPHALER, 81 of Corning RD 1, Friday, Feb. 19, 1943.  Survived by William M. Flasphaler, Corning, son; Mrs. Anna Bierwiler, Corning RD 1, daughter; Fred Grossman, Corning RD 1, brother; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.  Body is at Elton Funeral Home, Big Flats and will be removed this afternoon to home of daughter where private prayer service will be held Monday2 p.m.  Funeral service Monday, 7:30 p.m. at Presbyterian Church, Big Flats.  Rev. Lillian H. Chapman.  Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats.

FERDINAND GROSSMAN, 93 of River Road, Town of Big Flats. This morning, Jan. 4, 1950.  Survived by one niece, Mrs. John Bierwieler of Corning RD 1; one nephew, William Flasphaler of Corning.  The body is at the Hilton Funeral Home, Big Flats, where funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m.  The Rev. Mr. Stuart.  Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/4/1950

GUILD - JONES
Rene E. Age 51, of Hillview Dr., Big Flats, NY, died Tuesday, November 21, 2006. Rene was born December 2, 1954 in Auburn, NY, daughter of Richard and Jean Fulton Guild. She was a graduate of SUNY Oswego with dual majors in French and Spanish. Rene became the wife of Richard Jones on August 27, 1977 in Auburn, NY. In her position as Consumer Loan Officer with ServU Federal Credit Union in Painted Post, she brought a great deal of energy and enthusiasm to all parts of her job and cared a great deal for her coworkers. She was most proud of, and made many noteworthy contributions of her time to her church, the First Presbyterian Church of Big Flats. Rene was not only a Sunday School teacher, but could be counted upon to help with all the programs concerning the church. Many looked forward to the weekly volleyball games that Rene helped continue year round. She established a local Downs Syndrome Support Group, the First Buddy Walk, and participated in the Cancer Walk. Rene and her daughter, Kally were chosen to be the representatives from NY State to a national conference for children with special needs when Mrs. Clinton was holding conferences for a national health care plan. Surviving Rene are her loving husband of 29 years, Rick Jones of Big Flats; sons, Ryan (Siobhan) Jones of Hector, NY, Dan Jones of Big Flats; and a daughter, Katherine Alice "Kally" Jones of Big Flats; a brother, Scott (Kriss) Guild of Weedsport, NY; a sister-in-law, Deb Guild of Columbus, OH; and niece and nephews, Jason, Katie of Weedsport, and Tommy Guild of Myrtle Beach. Rene was predeceased by her parents; and a brother, Ricky Guild. Friends are invited to call at the First Presbyterian Church, 95 Main St. in Big Flats on Monday, November 27, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be at the church at the conclusion of the visitation, 8 p.m. The committal will be in Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats, NY. Arrangements are with Carpenter's Funeral Home, Corning, NY.

 

HAIDVOGEL Robert F. (Bob), Sr.

Age 79, lifetime resident of Big Flats, NY. Bob died  Monday, April 9, 2012, in Libertyville, IL from natural causes. He was born in Buffalo NY on July 8, 1932 to the late August and Agnes (Owczarzak) Haidvogel. He was raised in Buffalo with his sister Irene. He graduated from Kensington High School in 1949 (Buffalo). A 1955 graduate of Erie County Technical Institute (Buffalo) he became a licensed optician, working at Winchester Optical Co. for over 40 years. He ran the safety glass programs in the industrial factories around the area including Corning Glass Works, Ingersoll Rand, Ward LaFrance and many others now long gone. Bob enjoyed adjusting spectacles for whoever stopped by his table. He married Lois Mary West in June 1962 at St. Mary Our Mother Catholic Church (Horseheads), where they were members for 50 years. Bob was a loving husband to Lois and a proud and supportive father to his two sons and their families. His life revolved around family. He was fascinated with all aspects of railroading and grew up with fond memories of his family run toy train shop located right in his home in Buffalo. A young man during the era of sleek passenger trains, he loved to take the train! He became an electric toy train collector and would meticulously set up and display his toy trains, which filled the entire basement of his home, each year over the Christmas Holidays. He loved to play with his trains any chance he got by showing them to friends and family. His passion for trains saw him as a volunteer conductor on the Tioga Central Railroad for many years. Bob enjoyed motor boating on the Finger Lakes, camping, and walking. He had traveled through all 50 states and even got to ride from Hawaii to San Diego twice aboard Navy ships with his sons. He would come along on any adventure and even attended the Indianapolis 500 back in 1952. Bob had a kind and easy-going personality that fit in well as a longtime volunteer at the Arnot Ogden Hospital helping wherever needed. Bob was best described as a gentle, easy-going, and kind-hearted man. He is survived by his wife, Lois, Libertyville, IL; sons, Rob (Sandy) Haidvogel, Libertyville, IL, Richard (Susan) Haidvogel, San Diego, CA; and grandchildren, Christopher and Katherine Haidvogel. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the LYNCH FUNERAL HOME, 318 West Broad Street, Horseheads, NY on Friday, May 4, 2012, from 6-8 p.m.; any inquires call 607-739-1301. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary Our Mother Church, 816 Broad Street, Horseheads, NY. Bob will be laid to rest in the Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats, NY immediately following the funeral mass. A reception will be held in the St. Mary Our Mother Church Hall at noon on Saturday, May 5, 2012, for family and friends. The family will provide their own flowers and those wishing to make memorial contributions may do so to The American Heart Association , P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241 or The Alzheimer's Association , P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.  Star Gazette – April 20, 2012

 

HALL –MRS. CARRIE HALL REASOR, 87, 366 Diven Ave. Tuesday, May 6, 1947.  Survived by daughter, Miss Helen Reasor at home; sons, Grant and George Reasor of Big Flats; three grandchildren.  Funeral Friday 2 p.m. at the Hilton Funeral Home, Big Flats.  Rev. Ford Crippen.  Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 5/7/1947

HALLINEN –MRS. MYRA SAXON age 80, of 869 Curren Rd., RD 3, Elmira, (Harris Hill), Monday, April 14, 1986 following an extended illness.  Friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral home, 1050 Penna Ave. Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. with funeral services there Wednesday at 10:30 and interment in Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats.  It was Myra’s request that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Penna Ave. United Methodist Church Memorial Fund of Southern Tier Hospice Inc., 175 Grand Central Ave., Elmira Heights, NY.  She is survived by her daughters, Mrs. Lacey (Anna) Barnes of Somers, NY and Mrs. Alice Ohstrom of Jamesville, NY; son and daughter-in-law, John and Janet Saxon of Harris Hill Rd., Elmira; 9 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren.  Myra was a member of the Penna Ave. United Methodist Church, a graduate of Cortland Normal School, a retired school teacher from the Elmira City School District, a member of the NYS Retired Teachers and Past President of the Elmira Chapter of NYS Retired Teachers.  She was preceded in death by her husband, John J. Saxon and son, James.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 4/15/1986

HARBAUGH EDNA MAY PALMER
Edna May, Of Horseheads, NY, died peacefully, Sunday afternoon, August 5, 2007, at Bethany Manor. She was born September 19, 1921, the daughter of the late Alonzo and Maude Bolton Harbaugh. Edna worked for over 20 years for the Big Flats Elementary School as their secretary. She was a loving wife of Percy until his passing. She is survived by her son, Leon (Marty) Palmer of Big Flats, NY; daughter, Judy (Fred) Hickey of Argyle, NY; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; sister, Betty Travis of Norwood, NC; several nieces, nephews. The family will welcome relatives and friends to Sullivan's Funeral Home, 365 E. Franklin St. at Route 13, Horseheads, NY, 607-739-2035 on Tuesday, August 7, 2007, from 6-8 p.m. Mrs. Palmer's Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 8, 2007, at 12 noon with the Rev. Barner. Edna will be buried in the family plot in Rural Home Cemetery in Big Flats, NY, immediately following. The family would like to thank the staff of Bethany Manor, Skilled 2, for the care our mother received. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Edna may do so through contributions to the Big Flats Historical Society, 258 Hibbard Rd., Big Flats, NY 14814.

HARRINGTON –MARY E. SEYMOUR age 51 of 1336 Horseheads, Big Flats Rd., Elmira, NY on Sunday, April 28, 1991 at the Arnot-Ogden Memorial Hospital.  She is survived by her husband, Arthur; son, Gregory (Cathy) Seymour, Jeffrey (Deborah) Seymour, all of Elmira and Douglass Seymour (and his fiancé, Michelle) of Cortland, NY; daughter, Lori Seymour of Elmira; brother, Leon Harrington of Painted Post, NY; sister, Fanny Llewellyn of Addison, NY, Peggy Miller of Texas; grandchildren, Michael, Diane, Kimberly and Annie Seymour.  She was predeceased by her brother, James Harrington and sister, Betty Housel.  She was an employee of the J.C. Penny Co. at the Arnot Mall.  Friends are invited to call at the Barrett Funeral Home Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM.  Funeral service will be held there Wednesday at 1:00 PM.  The Rev. Jerry Smith will officiate.  Burial, Rural Home Cemetery Big Flats, NY.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 4/29/1991

HARTMAN - COMFORT, Jennie Elizabeth
Age 86 formerly of Big Flats, NY died
on Sunday, May 23, 2010 at Bethany Manor. Jennie was born on June 5, 1923 in Horseheads, NY the daughter of the late John B. and Genevieve Southard Hartman. Mrs. Comfort married her husband, Albert M. Comfort, on April 11, 1940 and he pre-deceased her on November 27, 1995. She was also pre-deceased by her son Albert M. "Butch" Comfort Jr. on October 11, 1967 and by her daughter Sherry Ann Flint on February 14, 2008, by her son-in-law Gerald Edger on June 11, 2006, and by her brother Theodore Hartman on March 21, 1998. Mrs. Comfort was a retired machinist and core cleaner for Ingersoll Rand in Painted Post, NY. Jennie was a member of the Horseheads Women of The Moose and a member of the Big Flats American Legion Skinner-Ernest Post #1612 Auxiliary. Jennie is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law: Rosalie Edger of Elmira, NY and Sandra L. & Tee Jay Marcoccia of Massillon, Ohio, and Donald Flint of Georgia; 31 grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law: Fred & Sue Hartman of Horseheads, NY, John A. Hartman & Polly Robinson of Pine Valley, NY, Ernest & Sheila Hartman of Horseheads, NY, Lester & Doreen Hartman of Breesport, NY, William & Cindy Hartman of Horseheads, NY, and Joseph Hartman of Horseheads, NY, Rita Hartman of Horseheads, NY, Pat (Mrs. Theodore) Hartman of Elmira, NY; sisters and brothers-in-law: Emma Gardner & Jim Keenan of Big Flats, NY, Clara & Walter McNeil of Horseheads, NY, and Ruth Radford of Beaver Dams, NY; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of caring friends. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY on Wednesday May 26, 2010 from 4-7 PM. The Horseheads Women of The Moose will conduct a Memorial Services at the Funeral Home at 7 PM followed by a Memorial Service at 7:20 PM conducted by The Legion Auxiliary # 1612. Mrs. Comfort's Funeral Services will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday May 27, 2010 at 11 AM. Her nephew James Radford will officiate. Jennie will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband Albert M. Comfort in Rural Home Cemetery in Big Flats, NY. The family will provide their own flowers and those wishing may remember Mrs. Comfort through memorials to The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester, NY Inc. 333 Westmoreland Drive Rochester, NY 14620. The family would like to thank the staff at Bethany Manor for all the love and care that they gave to Jennie. – Elmira Star Gazette, May 25, 2010

HARTMAN –LOUISE R. (HARTMAN) STAYER age 89 of Big Flats, NY passed away on Saturday May 3, 2014. Louise was born June 2, 1924 in Big Flats, NY the daughter of the late Fred C. "Fritz" Hartman and Ruth Andrews Hartman. She married her husband Aaron O. "Butch" Stayer on January 19, 1944 and he pre-deceased her on November 22 , 1995. Louise was also pre-deceased by her granddaughter Karey L. Stayer on September 11, 1992 as well as her brothers Dr. Guy Hartman and Elwin Hartman. Louise was a former member of North Presbyterian Church, a member of The Soaring Red Hatters, Women's Widow Groups and The Senior Citizens of Big Flats as well a volunteer at The Nutrition Center. Louise loved her family and friends and treasured the time she spent with them. Mrs. Stayer is survived by her sons: Kenneth J. (Colleen) Stayer of TN and Ronald C. (Kathy) Stayer of Lowman, NY; grandchildren: Michelle (Greg) Jelliff of Columbia Crossroads, PA, Anne (Dr. Carlos) Garcia of Horseheads, NY, Amy (Aaron) Brott of Raleigh, NC, Deborah Stayer Kelly of Burdett, NY, and Aaron Stayer of Horseheads, NY; 12 great grandchildren; sister: Ellen Russell of Huntington Beach, CA; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of caring friends. It was Louise's wish that there be no prior calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Louise's Graveside Committal Services on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at 11 AM in Rural Home Cemetery in Big Flats, NY where she will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband Aaron and her beloved granddaughter Karey. The Rev. Rick Price will officiate. Those wishing to remember Louise through memorial donations to The S.P.C.A. Route 352 Elmira, NY or The Masonic Medical Research Laboratory 2150 Blacker Street Utica, NY. Arrangements are entrusted to the Lynch Funeral Home, 318 W. Broad St., Horseheads, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 5/6/2014

HEDMINSTER –MRS. DOROTHY F. SHAW, 59 of Big Flats RD 1.  Survived by husband, Edward Shaw; mother, Mrs. Lillian Hedminster of Hector; brother, Russell Hedminster of Odessa; sister, Mrs. Martha Jenkins of Odessa.  Body at Hilton Funeral Home, Big Flats.  Calling hours today 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Funeral there Friday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Rachel Brooks.  Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 4/13/1960

HEIB –CATHARINA M.  MRS. FREDERICK VOSTER of Big Flats died last Sunday morning at the family home after an extended illness, age sixty-seven years.  The deceased is survived by her husband and three children, C. P. Davis and Mrs. G. J. Bierwiler of Elmira and Mrs. George Youngs of Corning; several grandchildren; a brother, Peter Heib of Hendy Hollow and a sister, Elizabeth Hartman of Big Flats.  The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon.  Interment was made in the Big Flats (Rural Home) Cemetery.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 6/11/1916

HENDRICK - DEVENPORT
Dorothy J. Age 77, of 60 Canal St., Big Flats, died Thursday, July 14, 2005, at her home. She was born August 18, 1927 in Alabama, NY, the daughter of Arthur and Ruth Russell Hendrick. She graduated from John Marshall High School in Rochester. She married Arthur Devenport on January 26, 1946 at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Greece. Dorothy was a former member of the Big Flats Women's Club and a current member of the Big Flats Historical Society. She was a supporter of the Chemung County SPCA and very dedicated to the welfare of animals. Her greatest achievement was raising a beautiful family. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Arthur Devenport; two sons and daughters-in-law, Arthur "Chip" and Noy Devenport, Jr. of Chicago, IL, Craig R. and April Devenport of Wellsboro, PA; a daughter, Pamela Devenport of Hartford, CT; a brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Dorothy Hendrick of Panama City, FL; a sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Jack Cleesattel of Fort Worth, TX; grandchildren, Kimberly Paternosh, Amy Cavanaugh, Rebecca Devenport, Sam and Mila Devenport; great-grandchildren, Abbye Cavanaugh, Taylor Cavanaugh; several nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, July 17, 2005, at the First Presbyterian Church of Big Flats with the Rev. Rick Price officiating. Burial will be in Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats. Memorial donations may be made in Dorothy's name to the Big Flats Historical Society, P.O. Box 232, Big Flats, NY 14814 or the Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 E. Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830. Hills Funeral Home is assisting the family

 

HEWITT Betty J. Newman 

Age 87, of Bethany Village, Horseheads, formerly of Landau Dr. in Big Flats, died Sept. 27, 2012. She was born in Elmira Feb. 21, 1925, a daughter to the late Rena and Frances Hewitt. Betty was predeceased by her husband, Rodney Newman Jr. in 2005. She was a graduate of Elmira College, Class of 1947, and pursued a career in Medical Technology. Betty was an employee of the Arnot Ogden Medical Center for forty years; the last thirty, she served as Microbiology Laboratory Supervisor. She was a life member of the Watkins Glen Yacht Club. Betty and her husband enjoyed boating and traveled all the waterways in New York State and Canada. There will be no prior calling hours. Friends are invited to attend her graveside service to take place on Wed. Oct. 3, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in Rural Home Cemetery in Big Flats, NY. Barber Funeral Home, Horseheads.    Star Gazette – October 1, 2012

 

ALFRED HILK, 52 of Akron, Ohio, formerly of Corning and Elmira, Monday, Sept. 26, 1955.  He was an auditor for the Erie Railroad with 39 years’ service.  Survived by wife, Bessie; son, Gerald Hilk of Akron; mother, Mrs. Emma Hilk of Corning; sisters, Mrs. William Evans and Mrs. Forrest W. Holand, both of Corning.  The body will be removed to the Phillips Funeral Home in Corning, where friends may call Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Funeral there Friday at 2 p.m.  The Rev. Arthur F. Reheme, Grace Methodist Church.  Big Flats (Rural Home) Cemetery.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/27/1955

HILL –MRS. FRANCES (HILL) STEFFEN age 82 of 668 W. First St., Elmira and Zephyrhills, Fla., Thursday, July 18, 1978 at St. Joseph’s Hospital.  Friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, Horseheads Friday evening 7 to 9 p.m.  Funeral services will be held in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, W. Broad St., Horseheads on Saturday at 11 a.m.  Acting Bishop, Richard E. Farnsworth of the Elmira Ward will officiate.  Interment will be in Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats.  The family will provide their own flowers.  She is survived by her husband, Frederick August Steffen, daughter, Mrs. Gretchen Schwendler Hillyard at home; a son Frederick A. Steffen, Jr. died in 1960.  Mrs. Steffen is also survived by grandchildren, Scott Steffen of Big Flats and Greta and David Schwendler at home; several nieces and nephews.  Mrs. Steffen was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  She was a member of the D.A.R., Republican Women’s Club of Elmira, Zephyrhills Organ Club.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 7/29/1978

HOFSOMMER - PEARCE
Esther L. (Hofsommer) Watkins Glen, NY Age 87, of 3000 County Rte. 23, Watkins Glen, NY, began celebrating her heavenly birthday on Monday, February 6, 2006, following her death in Montour Falls. Esther was born in Elmira, NY on August 24, 1918, the daughter of William F. and Lucetta Tomlinson Hofsommer. She retired from Corning Glass Works in September 1980. Esther was a member of the First United Church of Christ, Elmira, NY, and attended the First Presbyterian Church of Watkins Glen. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Albert and Judith Pearce of Watkins Glen, NY; her granddaughter and husband, Rebecca Marlee and Jon Chester of Corning, NY; grandson and wife, Lt. Theodore Wensel and Lt. Nicole Ann Pearce of Edgewater, MD. Surviving sisters include Ruth Gursky of Philipsburg, MT, Minnie (Kenneth) Wiltsie of Delta, CO, and Martha (Ed) Faulkner of Pine Valley, NY; several nieces, nephews and cousin, Ronald Caron; also special friend, Marge Dean of Burdett, NY. She was predeceased by her husband, A. Wensel Pearce on March 10, 1993, after having just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Also predeceasing Esther were brothers, Arthur and Emerson Hofsommer. Friends may call at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119-5th St., Watkins Glen, on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. Funeral services will follow visitation at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Beverly Karr-Lyon officiating. Burial will be at Rural Home Cemetery in Big Flats, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations to Schuyler Co. Volunteer Ambulance Assoc., P.O Box 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891, may be made with great appreciation

HOLMES –EFFIE.  MRS. F. N. WILLIS.  Death at Corning Saturday of an Estimable Lady –Funeral Today.  (Communicated.) Saturday afternoon at the home of her sister, Miss Hattie Holmes of Corning, occurred the death of Mrs. F.N. Willis aged twenty-five years.  Mrs. Willis has been ill for a long time with consumption but had maintained throughout the greatest submission to the Master’s will.  Every thing that loving friends could do was done to prolong life and alleviate her sufferings but death claimed its victim at last, removing one of earth’s loveliest treasurers.  A beautiful life on earth is ended, a sweet voice is hushed and all that is life is the remembrance of this treasure, too fine for earth’s sordid uses.  Of the immediate family she leaves her husband, Dr. Willis, now located at Ithaca, N.Y. and her sister Miss Holmes.  The deceased was the youngest daughter of the late Emmet Holmes of Pine City, N.Y.  The funeral will occur today at 2 o’clock from the residence of her sister, Miss Holmes and the burial will be in the family lot at (Rural Home Cemetery) Big Flats.  –Elmira paper 6/25/1898

HOOEY Robert H.
Age 84 of Horseheads, NY died on Wednesday August 27, 2008. Bob was born February 4, 1924 in Big Flats, NY the son of the late Frank and Maude Fitzsimmons Hooey. He was a Veteran of WW II serving his country with the US Army and was a member of The Clarence R. Oliver American Legion Post # 154 in Elmira Heights, NY. Bob married his wife, Irene M. Saylor Hooey, on September 11, 1947 and they would have celebrated their 61st Wedding Anniversary on September 11, 2008. Mr. Hooey owned and operated Bob Hooey's Service Station in Elmira Heights, NY for several years and worked part-time at Twin Tier Tires in Elmira, NY. Bob and his wife Irene enjoyed square dancing with their friends with The Modern Western Square Dancing Group. They also were members of The Sunshine Squares who visited hospitals and nursing homes. Bob and Irene were also members of The Big Flats Historical Society. He was pre-deceased by his parents, his step father Raymond Easterbrook, his daughter Diana Lee who died in 1954, and by his grandson James R. Hooey who died on June 23, 2007. Bob loved his family and friends and treasured the time he spent with them. Mr. Hooey is survived by his loving and devoted wife Irene M. Saylor Hooey; daughter: Patricia Brown of Elmira, NY; sons and daughters-in-law: Elwin "Ed" & Annemarie Hooey of Detroit, Michigan, Robert L. & Renie Hooey of Horseheads, NY, and Wayne H. & Denise Hooey of Elmira Heights, NY; grandchildren: Bryan Hooey, Chrisy (Rick) Newell, Jessica (Joe) Rich, Jeremy (Carrie) Hooey, Jason Becraft, Amanda Hooey and her fiancé Richard Rogers, Ronnie Middaugh, Laurie (Anthony) Lewis, David Middaugh, and Kimberly Wood; several great grandchildren; brother: Raymond Easterbrook of Big Flats, NY; sisters and brothers-in-law: Helen Ebersole of Mechanicburg, PA, Charlotte & Richard Stone of Horseheads, NY, and Jean & Dr. Leon Chamiedes of New Hartford, CT; sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Elaine & Jessie Tompkins of Odessa, NY; two uncles, several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of caring friends. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY on Friday August 29, 2008 from 6-8 PM. Mr. Hooey's Funeral Services will be held at the Funeral Home on Saturday August 30, 2008 at 10 AM. The Rev. Rick Price will officiate. Interment in Rural Home Cemetery in Big Flats, NY where Full Military Honors will be accorded Mr. Hooey. The Family will provide their own flowers and those wishing may remember Mr. Hooey through memorials to The Big Flats Historical Society 258 Hibbard Road Big Flats, NY 14814.   Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/29/2008

HOOEY Robert H.
Age 84 of Horseheads, NY died on Wednesday August 27, 2008. Mr. Hooey owned and operated Bob Hooey's Service Station in Elmira Heights, NY for several years and worked part-time at Twin Tier Tires. Arrangements are entrusted to the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY. The family will provide their own flowers and those wishing may remember Mr. Hooey through memorials to the Big Flats Historical Society, 258 Hibbard Rd., Big Flats, NY 14845.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/28/2008

HOOEY - William Hooey, 80, of Elmira, formerly of Big Flats, died Tuesday afternoon in Elmira. He was born on March 2, 1870 at Catlin, son of Emily Kimble and William Hooey. He lived in the vicinity of Big Flats most of his life, where he was a farmer. The surviving members of his family are three daughters, Mrs. Anna Young of Elmira Heights, Mrs. Maud Brown of Horseheads and Miss Cora Hooey of Horseheads, a son, Stanley Hooey of Big Flats, several nieces and nephews, 13 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and seven great-great grandchildren. The body is at the Hilton Funeral Home from which the funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Benjamin Klauser of the Big Flats Presyterian Church will officiate. He will be buried in the Rural Home Cemetery. (Appeared The Evening Leader, Corning, NY Dec. 13, 1950) submitted by Linda KIMBLE Francisco)

HOSTRANDER Catherine W
WADE Catherine W. (Hostrander) Age 88, died peacefully on Wednesday, March 22, 2006, at The Waters Of Three Rivers, Painted Post, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Big Flats on May 19,1917 to Fred and Lottie (Bouille) Zimdahl. Catherine was the youngest of ten children. All of her siblings predeceased her. Catherine was also predeceased by her husbands, Charles G. Hostrander and Russell Wade. Survivors include her children, Sandra (Dwight) Davis of Alabama, Susan (Douglas) Kirchbaum of Big Flats, and David (Kathy) Hostrander of Corning; as well as five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Catherine had over fifty years of active and retired service with Corning Inc. Catherine's family will receive friends on Saturday, March 25, 2006, at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning, from 10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m. where the funeral service will follow at 12:00 p.m. with Rev. Kathleen Turnbole and Rev. Ted Richards officiating. Burial will be in Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats. In lieu of flowers, Catherine's family would like memorials to be directed to Grace United Methodist Church - Endowment Fund, 191 Bridge Street, Corning, NY 14830, or the American Diabetes Association, New York State – Memorial Processing Center, PO Box 31160, Hartford, CT 06150-1160.

 

HOSTRANDER Francis L.

Age 89, was born November 11, 1923 in South Avis, PA the son of the late Leslie Brion and Josephine Florence (Thompson) Hostrander, died peacefully at the Bath VA Medical Center on Sunday, September 15, 2013. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Betty Jean (Campan) Hostrander; son, John Hostrander; grandsons, BJ Hostrander and Kyle Lenhart. He is survived by his beloved children, Donald Hostrander of Elmira, NY, Leslie (Elaine) Hostrander of Erin, NY, Christopher Hostrander of Florida, Barbara Hostrander of Elmira, NY, Sandy Lagonegro of Pine City, NY; grandchildren, Bridgette (Kia) Lesk-Heed, Richard (Jody) Hostrander, Laureen Hostrander, Krista (William) Welch, Bryan Hostrander, Heather Hostrander, Amanda Hostrander, Jeremy Lagonegro (Holly Bombgardner); great-grandchildren, Jordan Lenhart, Tannis and Whitney Hostrander, Hunter and Logan Hostrander, William, RJ Harrison and Jonnathan Welch, Jadon Lagonegro; sister, Claire Louise Roupp; special friends, Donna Stone and Greg and Michelle Grund; along with several nieces and nephews. Francis retired from the former Remington Rand after 38 years of dedicated service, then working as a tool and die maker for Corning Inc. and retired from there as well. He was a Veteran of the US Navy proudly serving his country during WWII on the USS Hoel DD533. While fighting the Battle of Samar, he was the recipient of 2 Purple Hearts. Francis, along with his shipmate Keith McKay, researched and then wrote the book, "4,000 Fathoms Under The Waves", of which they were very proud of. He along with his late sister, Lois, did all of the research and genealogy for the Hostrander families dating back to 1660, which was also quite an accomplishment. After being honorably discharged from the Navy and returning home from the war, Francis married the love of his life, Betty Jean Campan, in 1944. They enjoyed and celebrated 50 wonderful years of life, love, and happiness together. Francis was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a volunteer for the Golden Glow Volunteer Fire Department. At his request there will be no prior calling hours. Graveside services will be held privately in Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats, NY, where the Chemung County Veterans Honor Squad will accord Military Honors which he solely deserves. He then will be laid to rest with his beloved, Betty Jean. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport, NY. Star Gazette – September 16, 2013

 

HOUGHTALING Ralph J.
Age 87, of Erwin Drive, Corning, NY died Tuesday, October 16, 2007, at Corning Hospital. Ralph was born on October 25, 1919 at West Caton, NY, the son of Jay and Carrie (Reed) Houghtaling. He married Marie Kies in 1941 and was preceded in death by her in 2005. Ralph served in the Navy from 1942 to 1945 during World War II, and then went to work for Corning Glass Works as a millwright, retiring in 1978 after 44 years of service. Ralph was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 524 in Corning where he served for over 40 years on the Ritual Team and had served as a Post Commander. Ralph had taken part in the building additions to the Post over the years. He had been Fire Chief for Gibson Volunteer Fire Department and the South Corning Volunteer Fire Department, past President of the South Corning Senior Citizens, and was a member of the Ostomy Club. He was also a member of the Lions, Moose, and the American Legion. Ralph volunteered at the Visitors Center and the Big Flats Historical Society. He especially enjoyed playing cards three days a week at the Corning Senior Citizens Center for the past few years. He is survived by his daughter, Donna (Frank Ellis Jr.) Houghtaling of Corning; several nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Betty Houghtaling of Painted Post, Pauline Ambrosone of Corning, William (Jackie) Kies of Campbell, and Robert Kies of Corning. Ralph was predeceased by his brother, Howard Houghtaling; a sister, Mary Dillon; and a stepsister, Ruth Preset. Calling hours will be Friday, October 19, 2007, from 1 until 5 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning, NY. A graveside service with Full Military Honors will be on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Rural Home Cemetery in Big Flats, NY.

HOWELL –MRS. (ANNA) BENJAMIN F. STAMP – Mrs. Anna Stamp died Thursday (July 31, 1930) at 3:15 p.m. at the family home 2004 Davis Street.  She is survived by her husband, Benjamin F. Stamp; three daughters, Mrs. Uriah Jennings, Mrs. Pauline Kelffer, Mrs. Lewis Churchill; four sons, Percy Howell Stamp, Raymond W. and Robert lee Stamp of Elmira; Benjamin F. Jr. in the U.S. Navy; eight grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Nellie Campbell, Dallas, Texas, Mrs. Minnie Gray of Binghamton; a brother, Orville Howell, Elmira.  The funeral will be held in the family home Saturday at 3 p.m.  The Rev. Clyde Rosecrans of Burdett will officiate.  Burial in the Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/1/1930

 

HURD Donald R.

Age 79, of Beaver Dams, NY, died on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at the St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira. Donald was born on March 16, 1933 in Elmira, son of the late Rex and Fannie (Cornell) Hurd. Donald served our country in the US Army during the Korean War. He retired as a Sargent from the Elmira Heights Police Department in 1982 after 25 years of service. Donald also retired from Corning Hospital after many years of service as a security guard. He was an active member of the Grace Lee Wesleyan Church in Beaver Dams and loved photography. He will be missed dearly by his family and friends. Donald is survived by his wife, Sylvia (Robenolt); daughters, Donna Hurd and Heather (Jan-Michael) Blencowe; son, Matthew Hurd; sisters, Crystal Bump and Lois (Michael) Kwasnik; brother, Duane (Jackie) Hurd; grandchildren, Jennifer, Schylar, Ethan, Lacie, Brianna, Alexander, Logan and Xavier; several nieces, nephews and close friends. Donald was predeceased by his son, Donald "Jeff" Hurd in 2008, sisters, Joyce and Virginia, brothers, Dale and Richard. Family and friends are invited to call Thursday, December 20, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Grace Lee Wesleyan Church in Beaver Dams, NY. Funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. with Pastor's Matthew Pickering and James Radford officiating. Interment will take place in Rural Home Cemetery in Big Flats, NY at the convenience of the family.  Star Gazette – December 19, 2012

 

HURLEY - COBB, Anna M. "Peachy", Age 74, of Big Flats, NY, died at her home surrounded by her family on Wednesday, April 9, 2008, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Anna was born on March 12, 1934, a daughter of the late James and Mary Hurley. Peachy graduated in 1955 from the Arnot School of Nursing and worked in the profession for many years. Her joys were gardening, fishing, family and her grandchildren. On October 5, 1957 she married, Richard A. Cobb and together raised two sons. They recently celebrated 50 years together. Survivors include her husband, Richard; sons, Jeff (Cindy) Cobb of Jamesville, NY, and their children, Gregory and Lauren; and Scott (Cheryl) Cobb of Elmira, NY; sisters, Elizabeth (Lynn) Coleman of Pine City, NY, Sandra (William) Smithing of Tampa, FL; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will welcome relatives and friends to Sullivan's Funeral Home, 365 E. Franklin St. at Rt. 13, Horseheads, NY, on Friday, April 11, 2008, from 3-7 p.m. Her Funeral Service will be held at the conclusion of hours with Rev. Christopher Linsler. Peachy will be laid to rest at Rural Home Cemetery on Saturday, April 12, 2008, at 9 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830; or Arnot Ogden Medical Center Foundation, Falck Cancer Center, 600 Roe Ave., Elmira, NY 14905.
Published in the Star-Gazette from 4/10/2008 - 4/11/2008.

INMAN –MRS. SARAH I. COMFORT –Wellsboro - Mrs. Sarah Inman Comfort, widow of Alonzo S. Comfort, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 1934 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. A. Alexander.  Mrs. Comfort was a resident of Corning for 30 years where she was a member of the First Methodist church.  She was born in North Chemung, N.Y., the daughter of Charles and Abagail Inman.  Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Alexander and Mrs. Floyd C. Nares of Corning; two brothers, Dr. LaFayette Inman of Lewiston, Ohio and Benjamin Inman of Texas, also a sister, Mary in Texas.  Private Christian Science services were conducted at the Evans Funeral Home Monday afternoon and burial at the convenience of the family will be in Big Flats (Rural Home) Cemetery.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/24/1934

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