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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice

Obituaries By Cemetery

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Bradford County PA

Chemung County NY

Tioga County PA


St. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Elmira, Chemung County NY


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St. Peter & Paul Cemetery Obituaries


CHADWICK Shirley C.Elmira Semski

died at her home on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Shirley was born January 22, 1934, daughter of Edith (Anderson) and Clifton Chadwick. She is predeceased by her sisters, Helene Taylor, Audrey Brown, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jack Donovan, John and Joyce Semski, Donald and Annabelle Semski, Edwin and Vera Semski. Shirley is survived by her loving husband of 58 years Robert M. Semski; sons, with their families, Robert and Evelyn Semski and daughters, Shannon (Sean Greene), Michelle and Sarah; Michael and Debbie Semski and children, Bryan (Michelle) and Andrea; Scott and LuAnn Semski and sons, Dylan and Nathan; great-grandchildren, Hailey Greene, Juliette and Leona Semski; sister Billie Donovan, Elmira; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, MaryAnn and Bob Novick, Elmira Heights; along with several nieces and nephews. Shirley lived for, laughed with, and loved her family dearly, spending many happy summers at the family cottage on Seneca Lake. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water Street, Elmira, on Friday, August 2, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours. A private burial will take place at St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. Shirley's family extends their sincere thanks to CareFirst for the wonderful care provided to Shirley over the last two months. Those wishing may remember Shirley with a donation to CareFirst, 11751 E Corning Road, Corning NY 14830-3657.  Star Gazette – August 1, 2013


CHALK Dolores C. (Chalk) PIZZO

Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Friend - Age 82 of Mills River N.C. She was born April 7th, 1930 in Elmira, NY. daughter of the late Joseph and Bernice Chalk and died on Wednesday, January, 30th 2013 at the Elizabeth House in N.C. peacefully after a brief illness. In addition to her parents Dolores was predeceased by her husband Samuel Pizzo Sr. in 2010; daughter Cathy Pizzo in 1976 and her in laws Frank and Rose Pizzo. She is survived by her sons and their spouses; Frank and Sharon Pizzo of Clifton Park, NY: James and Cindy Pizzo of Herndon, VA and Samuel and Sherrie Pizzo of Elmira, NY: Daughter and Son in Law Carol and Paul Moreno of Mills River, NC: Daughter Mary Fausey of Elmira, NY and "Adopted" Son Ernie Sardo of Miami, FL: Brother and Sister in Law Joseph and Ann Chalk of Elmira, NY and Sister Joanne Farwell of Fishkill, NY along with many nieces and nephews. Dolores graduated from Catholic High School in 1948. She was employed at St. Joseph's Hospital for about 38 years. She was instrumental in setting up a case cart system for the new operating room, working closely with the central service staff they implemented a system that worked very well. Being a surgical technician was the love of her life. After retirement she spent several years volunteering at the Blessed Sacrament Parish and also worked as a caregiver for about 7 years. She loved taking care of the elderly and worked closely with her very best friends Linda Farran, Lottie Nelcoski and Grace Hughes. She did this until she became sick. Dolores loved and cared for her darling cat, Chloe. Family and Friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Monday, February 4th from 2 to 4pm and 7 to 9pm. Prayers will be offered there on Tuesday, February 5th at 10:30 am, followed by her Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am in Sts. Peter & Paul Church. Rev. Patrick L. Connor, Celebrant. Committal prayers and interment will follow in St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing, may remember Dolores through donations to Blessed Sacrament Parish, 1010 Davis St., Elmira, NY 14901.    Star Gazette – February 2, 2013


CHALK Peter A.
Age 94, of Elmira, died Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at St. Joseph's Hospital. Pete was born September 5, 1912, a son of Joseph and Grace Copabianco Chalk. He is predeceased by 9 brothers and 1 sister. Pete is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Catherine Guild Chalk; children, with their spouses, Rosalee A. and Daniel Mandell of Elmira, Samuel J. and Marianne Chalk of Chesapeake, VA, Ann M. and Clifford Jacobs of Elmira Heights, and Frank J. and Connie Chalk of Duncansville, PA; grandchildren, Daniel (Sherry) Mandell, Jr., Mary (Patrick) Carli, Shari (Robert) Lowe, Samuel Chalk, Jr., Stephanie Betor, Danielle Toffel, Jennifer Jacobs, Christopher Jacobs, Nikki Chalk, Christina Chalk, and Frank Chalk, Jr. 7 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Jean Chalk, Gina Chalk and Beverly Chalk; along with many nieces and nephews. Pete worked for 40 years on the railroad with DL&W and the Erie-Lackawanna. A civic minded person, Pete served in local government for 40 years. He first served on the Board of Supervisors, representing the 8th Ward of Elmira, then represented the 9th District of Elmira as a County Legislature, when the new form of government was adopted. From January 1, 1979 until his retirement on December 31, 1994, Pete was the Minority Leader of the County Legislature. In honor of his long service to Chemung County one of the buildings within the Chemung County Health Center Complex is named after him. His commitment to the community will always be remembered. Pete was very active in the Boy Scouts when his sons were growing up. He was a life time member of the Elmira Elks Lodge #62, a member of the Elmira Eagles Club and a long time communicant of Ss. Peter & Paul Church. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of Water and Walnut Sts., on Friday, April 13, 2007 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, April 14, 2007 at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at Ss. Peter & Paul Church. Interment will follow at St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. Donations in Pete's memory may be directed to a charity of one's choice.

Of Elmira, NY, died Tuesday, June 5, 2007 at St. Joseph's Hospital SNF. Ms. Chambers was the daughter of the late Thomas B. and Catharine MacMahon Chambers. She is also predeceased by her sister, Kathleen Chambers Leahy. Ms. Chambers is survived by her niece, Kathleen Carozza of Horseheads with husband, Julius; nephew, Thomas Leahy of Danville, CA with wife, Nancy; and niece, Margaret Schneeberger of Cary, NC with husband, Jeremiah; along with 12 great nieces and nephews and 19 great-great nieces and nephews. Ms. Chambers was a 1933 graduate of Elmira College and went on to do graduate work at Syracuse University and New York University. She was a long time high school teacher in the Elmira City School District. From teaching she went on to BOCES as a teacher-coordinator of Business and Distributive Education from which she retired. Ms. Chambers was a long time member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international honor society for women educators. She was also a long time communicant of Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, June 9, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Interment will follow at St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. Donations in Ms. Chambers' memory may be directed to either, The Lourdes Fund, 304 Demarest Parkway, Elmira NY 14905 or The Dominican Monastery, 1310 W. Church Street, Elmira NY 14905. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home, Elmira. Eleanor's family wishes to thank the staff of Woodbrook, Inc. and St. Joseph's Skilled Nursing Facility for the loving care they extended to Eleanor.

CHAMBERS –LOUISE H. REIDY, age 94, formerly of Elmira, NY, died Friday, September 17, 2004, at the Elcor Health Services in Horseheads, NY. Louise was born in Ridgebury, Pennsylvania, daughter of the late Charles and Mary Chambers. Louise retired from Remington Rand after many years as an assembly line worker. Survivors include her niece, Karen Savino of Largo, FL; nephews, Robert (Linda) Crotty and Donald (Mary) Crotty, both of Largo, FL.; along with many other nieces and nephews. Louise was predeceased by her husband, Leo Reidy in 1972. Family and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, September 21, 2004, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Church with Reverend Richard Farrell as celebrant. Interment will follow to St. Peter and Paul's Cemetery.  –Elmira Star Gazette.



Age 69, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 17, 2011 with his family surrounding him. Jim was born July 4, 1942, in Elmira, the son of Ransford and Mary Chapman. Jim's birthday suited him well, Independence Day, because he was a brave Marine who loved his country and was incredibly proud of his service and of all who serve. Jim stood up for what he believed in and devoted his life to helping others.  James is survived by his family whom he adored……his wife of 45 years, Kathryn Ross Chapman; daughters and sons-in-law, Sarah A. and Edward Wess of Jamison PA with daughter Kathryn; Mary C. and John T. Cox, Jr. of Elmira with children, Morgan and Johnny. Jim was known as "Papa" to his three grandchildren. He was an incredibly important role model and knew each of his grandchildren very well. Jim never missed a ball game, concert, or any other event in their lives. He is also survived by Ann Ross, mother-in-law and predeceased by his father-in-law who he worked with and admired greatly Floyd Ross. Michael Sr. and Ardys Ross, brother and sister-in-law, Janet Ross, sister-in-law, special nephews and their spouses; Michael Ross, Jr., Mark and Denise Ross, and Matthew and Danielle Ross; Aunts, Rose Mekos and Patricia Button, and Uncle Richard Button, also survive.  Jim served proudly in the United States Marine Corps from 1960 to 1966. "Semper Fi" or Always Faithful, the Marine Corp motto, describes Jim in all his relationships and commitments. He was a Police Officer with the Elmira Police Department for ten years. Thereafter, he went on to serve as the Director of the Criminal Justice Program and the Forensic Crime Laboratory at the State University of New York, Corning. He proudly served as the Executive Director of the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy-Zone 12 from 1984-2000. Jim was the Director of Training and Standards for the National Association of Computer Voice Stress Analysts. Jim was a world renowned Voice Stress Analyst Expert and had been a VSA Examiner for over 40 years. He continued to conduct VSA examinations up to the time of his passing. Jim was one of only four Master CVS Examiners in the world. He was considered the "elder statesman" of the VSA community worldwide and he will be sorely missed by the thousands of VSA examiners he mentored and influenced over his many decades of service.  Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of W. Water and Walnut St. on Thursday, April 19, 2012 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Interment, with Military Honors, will follow at St. Peter and Paul's Cemetery. The family will provide flowers. Please remember Jim with a donation to the SPCA, Route 352, Elmira, New York, 14903.  Star Gazette – April 19, 2012


of Albany - 87, was called to the Lord on Saturday, May 23, 2009. Linda was born on January 6, 1922 in Beirut, Lebanon and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Saada Cherfan. She and her husband, Samuel S. Haddad, owned and operated Uncle Sam's Food Market in Elmira, NY until his passing in 1961. She then continued the operation of the business until her retirement in 1982. She loved her family and friends and enjoyed preparing many Middle Eastern dinners and sweets for them. She enjoyed traveling with her family to her homeland in Lebanon, and to Italy, Greece, London, Israel, and places in the U.S. with her children and grandchildren. After relocating to Johnson City, NY in 1990, she generously gave of her time to volunteer projects with St. James Parish in Binghamton, NY where she made soups for Friday dinners during Lent, chocolate Easter Eggs for fundraisers and delivery to Senior Centers, stuffed animals for hospital patients and nursing home residents, and a variety of other church related events. Linda was an active member of the Binghamton Lebanese Club and never lost sight of her heritage. She joined the Johnson City Senior Center where she made new friends and started weekly card parties. In 2007 she moved to Albany, where she later resided at Good Samaritan Adult Home and enjoyed many wonderful people, both residents and staff. Linda is survived by her loving and devoted children, Edward S. Haddad of Colonie and Sue M. Haddad of Johnson City; her daughter-in-law, Paula M. Russo and her son-in-law, Wes Brzozowski; her cherished grandchildren, Samuel P. Haddad and Jessica N. Haddad; her sister, Victoria Bassil and brother-in-law, Tanous Bassil of Beirut, Lebanon; her sisters-in-law, Laila Cherfan of Johnson City and Semera and Therese Cherfan of Beirut, Lebanon; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Samuel S. Haddad; her sister, Marie Cheblee; and her brothers, Victor, Abdu, and Antoine Cherfan. Linda will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at New Comer-Cannon Funeral Home, 343 New Karner Rd., Colonie (Rt. 155-south of Central Ave.) Funeral services will be held at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home then to St. Ann Maronite Catholic Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Interment and committal service will follow at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Elmira. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Rd., Loudonville, NY 12211 or to St. Ann Maronite Catholic Church, 184 Fourth St., Troy, NY 12180.

CHILSON Lawrence A. Age 83, of Pine City, NY, died on Thursday, June 15, 2006, at home, surrounded by his family. He was the son of Oscar and Florence Vargeson Chilson. Lawrence was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in the South Pacific in World War II. He was a truck driver for Rubin Auto Parts for 25 years, a job he loved. Mr. Chilson enjoyed his hobbies of wood and metalworking. His main focus in life was his family. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Elizabeth; and his children; son, Wade of CA, son, David, his wife, Kelli and their son, Daniel of NYC; son, Brian and his girlfriend, Janet Williams; daughter, Catherine and her husband, Richard Todd of Pine City and their children, Rachel, Eric, Helen and Kevin; brother-in-law, Roland Thomas; and many nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to call at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., on Sunday, June 18, 2006, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. with Funeral Service there Monday at 11:00 a.m. The Reverend Donald Rockwell will officiate, followed by graveside service in St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery, Elmira, NY with full military honors.

CHRISTOFARO Anthony Christofaro
Age 85 of Horseheads, NY died Monday, December 13, 2010. It's never easy losing a loved one. A spouse of over 60 years is a loss never to be replaced. Tony Christofaro has had a good life, a good marriage to Mary Clair Bonsignore since 1948, and a blessing of four happy and devoted children. This extended to eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Tony was also an amazing brother to three, Albert, John Jr., and Frank Christofaro (who predeceased him). He did his country proud as he served in the Navy from 1943 until '45, after WWII. He was a member of the Italian American Veterans Club. Tony then attended Ithaca College on his GI Bill in 1946 and graduated with his Bachelor's degree in Accounting and graduated summa cum laude in 1950. His expertise and working with numbers brought him into the financial planning field with Ameriprise Financial until his retirement in 1990. A life to be remembered included many trips, happy visits with family (living throughout the country), cruises, etc. His four children, John Christofaro, Larry Christofaro, Helen Fuertsch and Tina Orebaugh, did him proud and will have many happy memories of their home life (living with father). His grandchildren, Elaine and Marc Robinette, Valerie Christofaro, Toni Christofaro, Michelle Fuertsch, Christina Orebaugh, Kaylie Orebaugh, Anna Christofaro and Gina Christofaro and his great-grandchildren, Dustyn Jacob (DJ), Caleb and Deanna, brought him some of his happiest memories. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. God speed you on your way, Chris. Our prayers are with you. WE WON'T FORGET YOU, WE PROMISE!!! Donations in his name may be made to Boystown (envelopes available at the funeral home). The Family will receive relatives and friends at the Kalec Funeral Home, Wednesday, December 15th, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A prayer service there Thursday, December 16, at 12 noon followed by his Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary Our Mother's Church, Horseheads at 1 p.m. Burial to follow in Sts. Peter & Paul's Cemetery.
Star Gazette - December 14, 2010

CHRISTOFARO Valentine M. "Val"
Age 84 of Elmira died very unexpectedly on Saturday, July 21, 2007, surrounded by his loving family. He was a son of the late Nicholas and Teresa Cieri Christofaro. Val's mother died when he was 7 years old and his father remarried the late Congetta Trozzi Christofaro. Val married Elizabeth "Betty" Crowley on April 25, 1953. In addition to Betty, he is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Brenda Christofaro of Elmira with their children, Allison and Kevin; daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Dewey Booth of Elmira with children, Elizabeth, Emily and Andrew; daughter and son-in-law, Betsy and Patrick Morrisey of Elmira with children, Michael, Matthew and Cate; brother and sister-in-law, Anthony "Butch" and Sue Ellen Christofaro of Elmira; sisters-in-law, Marge Christofaro of Dayton, OH and Nancy Christofaro of Elmira; brothers-in-law, Jack Crowley and John Corsi both of Elmira, Bruce Dailey of Millerton, PA; special cousins, Gilda Campanelli and Theresa Spallone both of Elmira. Also surviving are several other cousins, nieces and nephews. Val was predeceased by his brothers, Alfred, Joseph and Michael Christofaro. He was a US Army veteran of WWII, and saw extensive action in Europe. His unit landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy during the D-Day invasion. Working their way across France and into Germany they liberated Jewish prisoners from one of the German concentration camps. After the war Val returned to Elmira to resume his work at the Penn Central Railroad. He continued there for a total of 43 years, retiring as the office manager after it became Conrail. During this time he also worked for many years at Associated Transport. After leaving the railroad Val went to work at the Mark Twain Golf Course. He was an avid gardener and a long time volunteer with both the Red Cross and the Arctic League. Val treasured the time he spent with his family and especially the time with his grandchildren. There will be no calling hours. Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Anthony's Church, Elmira. Committal prayers and interment, with military honors, will follow at St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. Those wishing may make donations in Val's memory to either the American Red Cross or the Arctic League. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 7/22/2007.

CHRISTOFARO Valentine "Val"
Services celebrating Val's life were held Tuesday, July 24, 2007. A family prayer service was held at McInerny Funeral Home, followed by a 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Anthony's Church. Father Walter Wainwright was the presider and Jack Crowley, Val's brother-in-law, was the altar server. Upon entering the church Val's children, Rick, Kathy and Betsy, placed the funeral pall on his casket, with his wife, Betty then placing the cross. Granddaughter, Allison Christofaro gave both the 1st and 2nd Readings. Father Wainwright read the gospel and delivered the homily. Granddaughters, Elizabeth and Emily Booth, and Cate Morrisey presented the Offertory Gifts. Son, Rick Christofaro, and son-in-law, Dewey Booth shared remarks of remembrance. Music was led by organist, Bob Walsh and soloist, Sue Amisano. In honor of Val's service to his country, "God Bless America" was sung as the American Flag was draped on his casket. Interment, with full military honors, was held at St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. Pallbearers were sons-in-law, Dewey Booth and Patrick Morrisey, grandsons, Michael and Matthew Morrisey, Andrew Booth, and nephew, Bill Christofaro. After graveside services, family and friends gathered at Lib's Supper Club for a luncheon and the sharing of memories of Val.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 7/25/2007.

CHURCH David Michael Age 42, of Horn Lake, MS, formerly of Elmira, NY. He was born March 22, 1963 in Elmira, son of Robert K. and Mary Jane (Lisi) Church and died Monday, July 11, 2005, unexpectedly at home. He was predeceased by his father in 1998; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Lisi; aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Stampe; and son, Tony. David is survived by his wife, Teresa Looney Church; daughters, Brittni, Khristian and Samantha Church; stepdaughter, Katherine Looney; and stepson, Billy Looney, all of Horn Lake, MS; mother, Mary Jane Church of Franklin, NC; brothers, Robert of Houston, TX, and Patrick and Lisa of Franklin, NC; aunts and uncles, Mr. and Mrs. Willis Larrabee, Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Lisi of Elmira, NY, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Lisi of Ohio, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Lisi of Winsor Lock, CT; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins. David was the general manager of Flying J Travel Plaza in Olive Branch, MS. Family and friends are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, July 18th, at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 1100 W. Church St., Elmira. Committal prayers and interment will follow in St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family.

FRANK CIARLO, 39, of 1653 W. Church St., Tuesday, Jan. 28, 1958.  He was a painting contractor, communicant of St. Patrick’s Church.  Survived by wife, Mrs. Caroline Ciarlo; sons, Francis, Lewis and Joseph; daughters,  Patricia Ann and Theresa Marie, all of Elmira; father, Lewis Ciarlo of Sezze, Italy; brother, John of Elmira; sisters, Mrs. Unberto Tomei of Elmira, Mrs. Lorenzo Santora of Amsterdam, N.Y., Mrs. Lidino Vali of Sezze, Italy; Sister Theresa Ciarlo in the Order of The Precious Blood, Rome, Italy.  Body at Mogros Funeral Home.  Calling hours Thursday and Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 10 p.m.  Prayer service there Saturday at 8 a.m., Solemn High Requiem Mass at 9 in St. Patrick’s Church.  St. Peter and Paul’s  Cemetery.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/30/1958

JOSEPH A. CICCI of 953 College Ave., Thursday, Dec. 21, 1961.  Survived by wife, Mrs. Silvia Cicci; son, Frank A.; daughters, Mrs. Ann Pona and Mrs. Mary Wich; all of Elmira; sister, Mrs. Incoronata Caione of Italy; seven grandchildren.  Body at Mogros Funeral home.  Calling hours today 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Funeral there Saturday at 9 a.m.  Solemn Requiem High Mass at 10 in St. Anthony’s Church.  St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/22/1961

Mary began a new journey on Saturday, July 21, 2007, along side the Lord, her parents and siblings. Born in Elmira, the youngest daughter of the late Sylvia and Joseph Cicci. She was also the sister of the late Frank Cicci, Sr. and Anne Cicci Pona. After graduating from Elmira Free Academy, she began her career as a proprietor of Cicci Dry Cleaners along with her sister, a family business started by their parents. After some 30 years, the business was sold and Mary began semi-retirement. Mary maintained a full life doing bookkeeping, craft making and cheering on her Yankees team. She became a member of St. Joseph's Hospital auxiliary as one of the first TV Bingo girls, 1988. Mary was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church and a member of the Sacred Heart Ladies Society. Mary always kept that business sense about her, and often distributed advice to many family members and friends. She always provided encouragement to try anything saying it doesn't cost to ask and if it doesn't work out it was never meant to be. Mary kept young at heart and mind, staying up on the latest style, music and lingo from the younger generations. She was known as the "treat lady" to her oxygen delivery service because she gave food goodies at every visit. Her mantra, "always bring a gift when visiting." Not lost for words, Mary could always keep the conversation going which at times broke the ice around new people she came in contact with. These and many more attributes Mary passed down to her daughter. Mary is survived by her daughter, Deborah; also survived by a sister-in-law, Mary Delgrosso Cicci; two nieces, Sylvia Derry and Francine Hulslander; two nephews, Frank Cicci, Jr. and John Pona; special friends, Gloria Cornacchio and Mary McDonald. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Tuesday, July 24th, from 6 to 8 p.m. Her prayer service will be held there on Wednesday, July 25th, at 12 noon. Rev. Walter L. Wainwright will officiate. Committal prayers and interment will follow in St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery.   Published in the Star-Gazette on 7/23/2007.


CIFELLI Rose A. DeMember 

Elmira: Age 92, died on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 after an extended illness. She was born September 28, 1920, in Elmira, daughter of Frank and Rose (Spetaccino) Cifelli. She is predeceased by her husband Bernard P. DeMember, with whom she would have celebrated 71 years of marriage this month, and brother Nick Cifelli. Rose was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and homemaker. She lived her life loving and giving fully to each family member and friend. Rose's grandchildren thought of her as a second mother, not a grandmother, as the time she spent loving and nurturing them was cherished. She enjoyed her years as a teacher's aide, and her artistry in needlework, cooking and baking was excellent, and she felt such joy in sharing her work. She is survived by her children, with their spouses, John and Marie DeMember, Massachusetts, Christine and Thomas Kane, California, Kathleen and Peter Lowman, Elmira, Bernadette DeMember, Ithaca; dear friend James Ungvarsky; grandchildren, Erik (Tina) DeMember, John (Nicole) DeMember, Jennifer (Mark) Bonacci, Rosaria (Mark) Kozar, David and Amanda Garrick, Olivia (David) Wahl, Melanie (Manuel) Palomo, Sara and Lauren Lowman; sister-in-law Kaye Cifelli, New Jersey; along with eight great-grandchildren. The DeMember Family would like to thank all of the special people that stopped by or made Rose feel so special during her life, especially when she was ill. She truly cherished her life-long friendships. In honoring her wishes services will be held privately. Donations may be made in Rose's name to Care First, 11751 E Corning Road, Corning NY 14830.     Star Gazette – January 17, 2013   


JEANNE M. CIPOLLINA age 23 of 373 Wernick Street, Friday, April 25, 1986.  Friends are invited to call at the Hughes and Sons Funeral Home, 311 Lake Street, Monday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Friends are also invited to attend Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Lourdes Church Tuesday at 9 a.m.  Burial in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery.  She is survived by her daughter, Jamie Leigh Cipollina of Elmira; parents, James G. Jr. and Jeanne Cipollina of Apartment F11, #1 Back Hawk Apartments, Downing Town, PA formerly of Elmira; brother, James R. of Sonyea, NY; sisters and brothers-in-law, Patricia and Thomas Lamb of Elmira, Mary Lou and Rick Kinsman of Horseheads; 1 niece and 1 nephew.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 4/27/1986


CLARK –MRS. FANCES (DAVID) KELLY of Red Bank, N.J. unexpectedly, Monday, July 18, 1969.  Friends may call at the McCarthy Funeral Home Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Funeral there Thursday 8:30 a.m. followed by Requiem Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church at 9 a.m.  Burial in St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.  Survived by husband, David Kelly; daughter, Miss Sheila Kelly, Philadelphia, Pa.; sisters, Miss Helen Clark,, New York City, Mrs. Raymond Rehwinkel, Elmira.  She was the former Frances Clark of this city, a graduate of Elmira Schools and St. Joseph’s School of Nursing.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 7/29/1969


CLARK Jennie C. Kelly

Formerly of Medina Street Elmira, NY: Was born June 23, 1923 in Morris Run, PA the daughter of the late Wilson and Jennie (Wood) Clark went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 peacefully at St. Joseph's Hospital at the age of 90. Her loving husband, Stuart N. Kelly and beloved grandson, John R. Maynard Jr. preceded her in death. She is survived by her adored children, Lynda Limoncelli, Gayle Kelly, Larry Kelly and Gary Kelly all of Elmira, NY; Shawn (Jackie) Kelly of LeRoy, NY; brother, W. James (Ina) Clark of Menifee, CA; sister-in-law, Carol Olthof of Southport, NY; along with several much loved grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; special friends, Lorraine Flanders and Lillian York who recently preceded her in death. Jennie retired from Hardinge Inc. after many dedicated years of service. She was also employed for quite some time at the former Remington Rand. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Ave. Elmira/Southport, NY on Monday, September 2, 2013 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM and 5:00 and 7:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday, September 3 at 10:00 AM in the Blessed Sacrament Parish Ss. Peter & Paul Church, corner of St. Joseph Blvd. and High Street. The Reverend Walter Wainwright will celebrate Jennie's Mass. Interment will follow in St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be directed to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association . Envelopes will be available at the Funeral Home.  Star Gazette – August 31, 2013


CLARK Joseph F.
Age 94 of Elmira died Saturday, June 5, 2010 at his daughter Carolyn's home in Florida. Survived by daughters, Patricia (Peter) Gorda, Wellsboro, PA, Carolyn Clark, Lutz, FL, Mary Clark, Gainesville, FL; grandson, Joseph Leshane, Gainesville; sister-in-law, Catherine Buchanan, Wellsburg; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Elizabeth. Joe was a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Parish and served as an usher for many years, a veteran of US Army WWII, Retired Correction Officer for the State of NY, a member of CSEA/AFSCME and a former member of the Elks and the American Legion. Those wishing may make a donation in his memory to Blessed Sacrament Parish Food Pantry or to the American Heart Association (envelopes available at the Funeral Home). A special Thank You to his Caregivers, Nancy Myers and Jimmy Fox. The family will receive and friends at the Kalec Funeral Home, (Joe's neighbor) Sunday, June 13th from 2-4 pm; prayer service there Monday, June 14th at 9:15 AM followed by his Mass of Christian Burial in Sts. Peter & Paul's Church at 10 AM. Burial to follow in Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery. – Elmira Star Gazette, June 11, 2010

CLARKSON - WINCH, Leuletta "Lolita"
A longtime resident of Elmira, died Wednesday evening, October 29, 2008 at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center in the care of true professionals. Lolita was born in Yakima, WA on September 3, 1914, daughter of the late Elmer & Catherine Ennis Clarkson. She was a graduate of Our Lady of Victory Nursing School . Lolita married George W. Winch in 1936 and together they operated Winch's Food Market in Elmira for many years. George died in 1989. She was a communicant of St. Patrick's Church and had belonged of the Home Bureau. Also a homemaker, Lolita enjoyed caring for her home and family who survive; son James (Mary) Winch Bangor, PA; daughter, Carol Houssock, Horseheads; four grandchildren, Maureen (Charles) Gordon, Brian Winch, Daniel Houssock, David Houssock; step-grandchild, Stacy (Robert) Casey and her son, Brian Houssock; a sister, Lillian Coveney, Elmira; nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents and husband, Lolita was predeceased by her brother, Milan E. "Bud" Clarkson. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport on Tuesday, November 4, 2008 between the hours of 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will follow the visitation at 8:15 p.m. Graveside committal services will take place on Wednesday morning in Sts. Peter & Paul's Cemetery, Elmira at 10 a.m. In honoring her memory, memorials may be directed to the RSVP of Chemung County, 911 Stowell St. Elmira, NY 14901.   Published in the Star-Gazette on 11/2/2008

Bernadette Cleary Age 62, of Elmira, died very unexpectedly on Thursday, February 15, 2007 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of Water and Walnut Sts., on Sunday, February 18, 2007 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home on Monday, February 19, 2007 at 9:15 a.m., followed by a 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Interment will follow at St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. Donations in Bernadette's memory may be directed to the Arctic League, P O Box 113, Elmira NY 14902.

Bernadette M. Age 62, of Elmira, died very unexpectedly on Thursday, February 15, 2007 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Bernadette was born October 5, 1944, a daughter of the late James and Philomena Emanuel Cleary. In addition to her parents she is predeceased by her brothers, Michael P. and Francis J. Cleary, and sister-in-law, Lois Arnold Cleary. A beloved mother and grandmother, Bernadette's life was all about her family. She is survived by her children, Edward J. Tarntino of Largo, FL, Brent M. Tarntino of Horseheads, with his wife Laurie and daughters, Isabella and Sophia, and Kristen M. Tarntino of Elmira; sister, Mary M. Poteat of Horseheads; brothers and sisters-in-law, James J. Cleary, Jr., of Big Flats, Charles E. "Pudgie" and Diana Cleary of Elmira, Lois Ann Cleary and Rosa Cleary, both of Elmira; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Bernadette was the owner of Horseheads Pudgies Pizza. A caring, loving, compassionate, generous, and kind person, Bernadette made a great impact on all who knew her. She will be deeply missed, but her spirit will live on. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of Water and Walnut Sts., on Sunday, February 18, 2007 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home on Monday, February 19, 2007 at 9:15 a.m., followed by a 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Interment will follow at St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. Donations in Bernadette's memory may be directed to the Arctic League, P O Box 113, Elmira NY 14902.

CLEARY Francis J. Age 68 of Elmira NY, died Saturday, November 11, 2006 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center after a long illness. Francis was born in Elmira NY one of six children to the late James J. and Philomena Emanuel Cleary. He is predeceased by his brother Michael Cleary and sister-in-law Lois Arnold Cleary. Francis is survived by his loving wife of 48 years Lois Ann Wright Cleary; children, with their families, Edward F. and Patricia Cleary of Cleveland OH with children, Kevin and Katie; William G. and Joanne Cleary of Cortland NY with children, Megan, Patrick, Shawn and Casey; Bernadette A. and David Drew of Elmira with children, Rebecca, William and Elana; Jennifer C. and John Frankhouser of New Hope PA with children, Riley, Collin and Reagan; Amy L. and Andrew Leonardi of Raleigh NC; brothers and sister-in-law, James "Sonny" Cleary of Big Flats, Charles "Pudgie" and Diana Cleary of Elmira; sisters, Mary Margaret Poteat with William Truex of Horseheads, Bernadette Tarntino of Elmira; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, William and Mary Wright of Guin AL, Paul and Kitty Wright of Decatur GA, Lyle and Jackie Wright of Quincy FL; also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Francis was a US Navy veteran. He worked for a short time at Moore Business Forms and later as an agent for Nationwide Insurance. Francis went into the pizza business with his brothers at the start of Pudgie's Pizza franchising. As the business grew the Cleary sisters along with other family members became involved with Pudgie's Pizza. Francis retired from the business several years ago because of health reasons. He was a very giving man with his time, talent and resources. Francis enjoyed thoroughbred racing and, with his brother Michael, owned many thoroughbred horses. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of W. Water and Walnut Streets, on Monday, November 13, 2006 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. A prayer service will be held there on Tuesday, November 14, 2006 at 11:15 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 noon in St. Mary's Church, Elmira. Committal prayers and interment, with military honors, will follow at St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. Donations may be directed to the Arctic League, P.O. Box 113, Elmira NY 14902

Joseph V. Cleary, 85, of Elmira, N.Y., formerly of Arnot, died Thursday, September 7, 1972 at his home following an extended illness. He was born in Arnot. Mr. Cleary was graduated from Arnot High School and Potts college. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Elmira. He was also a member of the Elmira Knights of Columbus. Mr. Cleary was a retired passenger agent for the former Erie and Pennsylvania railroads. Surviving are a son, Joseph, of Bradford, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The funeral was held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at McPherson’s, Elmira, with further services at 10 a.m. in the church. Burial was in SS Peter and Paul Cemetery, Elmira.


CLEARY Robert F. "Butch"

Age 67, of Elmira, NY, died on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. Robert was born on May 3, 1944 in Elmira, son of the late Gerard and Kathryn (Cherkis) Cleary. Butch served our country honorably in the US Air Force during Vietnam. He retired from Elmira Correctional Facility after many years as a correctional officer. He was an avid fisherman who enjoyed fishing with his lifetime friend, Fred "Jake" Miller. Butch also was a diehard Notre Dame College Football fan, which he enjoyed sporting events with his friends, Guy Allgeretto and Dick Hagg. Butch is survived by his daughter, Colette Dalia; sons, Patrick and Brian; sisters, Anna Mae (Harold) Jones and Mary (Rodrick) Norgren; brother, Joseph (Becky) Cleary; grandchildren, Alicia and Amanda Dalia, Kirsten Cleary, Christopher and Liam Cleary; many nieces and nephews; friend, Kathleen Johnson; loving cat, Gizmo. Butch was predeceased by his granddaughter, Lauren Elizabeth Cleary. Family and friends are invited to call Sunday, December 11, 2011 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. A prayer service will take place there on Monday, December 12, 2011 at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Sts. Peter & Paul Church with Fr. Richard Farrell as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery with full military honors.  Star Gazette – December 10, 2011


JOHN T. CLOKE, SR. age 80 of 716 Lena Place unexpectedly, Friday, May 14, 1982.  Friends may call at the Barrett Funeral Home Sunday 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Rosary service will be Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.  Prayer service there Monday 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at St. Casimir’s Church at 10 a.m.  Interment St. Peter & Paul’s Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Memorial Fund at St. Casimir’s Church in his name.  Mr. Cloke was born November 18, 1091 the son of Thomas and Hannah (Collins) Cloke.  He is survived by his wife, Helen (Bulas); son, John Cloke, Jr. at home; daughters, Kathleen (Kasha) (John) Augustine; Betty, (Richard) Lagonegro; six sisters-in-law; seven granddaughters; three grandsons; seven great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was a communicant of St. Casimir’s Church and a member of its’ Recreation Club.  He was a retired employee from the Elmira Star-Gazette where he worked for 49 years.  –Elmira Sunday Telegram 5/16/1982

CLUNE JAMES V. AGE 77, December 23, 2001 at St. Joseph's Hospital. Survived by his wife of 57 years, Ellen Sheahan Clune; sons & daughters-in-law: Michael & Nancy Clune, Amherst, NY, Scott & Carol Clune, Horseheads, Philip Clune, Pine City, David & Bonnie Clune, Elmira. Daughter-in-law: Joyce Clune, Horseheads; 15 Grandchildren, 6 Great-grandchildren. Sisters: Edwina Mincks, Mukilteo, WA, Madelyn (Robert) Rohde, Horseheads, Mary Catherine Thornton, Colorado Springs, CO, Peggy Flynn, Elmira. Numerous Nieces & Nephews & Cousins. Sisters-in-law & Brothers-in-law: Jackie & Bill O'Brien, Natalie & Paul Seidel, Dr. John & Betty Sheahan, Pat & Paul Davis. Pre-deceased by a son, James V. Clune, Jr. in 1988. Jim was a communicant of Eastside Catholic Parishes, a retired Postal Carrier & was the founder of the James V. Clune Insurance Agency in July of 1959. Those wishing to make a Memorial Donation in Jim's memory to the James V. Clune, Jr. Memorial Fund at St. Joseph's Hospital (envelopes available at the Funeral Home) or to a Charity of one's choice. Jim was a World War II Army Veteran and a member of the Elmira Elks Club. Family will receive relatives and friends at the Kalec Funeral Home, Wednesday, December 26, 2-4 - 6-9 PM. Prayer service there Thursday, December 27 at 8:45 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM in Sts. Peter & Paul's Church. Interment will follow in Sts. Peter & Paul's Cemetery.

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