St. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Elmira,
Chemung County NY
Photo by Joyce M. Tice 2001
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St. Peter & Paul Cemetery Obituaries
ROBINSON –LOIS J. HYDE of Elmira age 68 passed away Monday, January 20, 2015. Lois was born April 17, 1946, in Elmira, the daughter of the late Roy E. and Wilma (Sawdey) Robinson. She is survived by her loving husband of 26 years J. Russell Hyde; sister, Joan Hollenbeck of Horseheads; brother, Tom Robinson of Corning; niece Jill Hollenbeck of Horseheads, with her son Andrew; and numerous cousins. Lois was a graduate of Southside High School. She then went on to attend and graduate from the Arnot Ogden School of Nursing. Upon graduation Lois continued on with the Arnot and had a 30 year nursing career. After her retirement she worked part time as a nurse for seven years in various school health offices with the Elmira City School District. Lois was a life-long member of Riverside United Methodist Church. She and Russ enjoyed fishing and traveling, especially to the Adirondack's and Florida. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water Street, Elmira, on Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at St. Mary's Church, Elmira on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. with Fr. Robert MacNamara and her pastor, Rev. Gail Wilson conducting the service. Interment will follow at St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. Those wishing may remember Lois with a donation to the Falck Cancer Center, 600 Roe Avenue, Elmira NY or to a charity of one's choice. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/22/2015
ROBYCK - KEENAN
Celeste A. Age 43, of Elmira, died at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Celeste was born February 11, 1962, a daughter of John and Lucy DiCastro Robyck. In addition to her parents she is survived by her brother and sister-in-law Joseph and Sharon Keenan of Waverly, NY with sons, Scott, Joe and Josh; sister Mary Grace Keenan of Niagara Falls, NY; brother Michael Robyck of Elmira with son John Michael; special friend Denise Tingey and faithful dog "Taffi". Celeste was a 1980 graduate of Notre Dame High School. She had lived and worked in Rochester, NY for 15 years before moving back to Elmira. Celeste took great joy in the time she could spend with her nephews. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of Water and Walnut Sts., on Sunday, July 3, 2005 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 4:00 p.m. Interment will be at St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. Celeste's family will provide flowers. Donations in her memory may be directed to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 E. Corning Road, Corning, New York 14830.
LOUIS ‘LOUIE’ DELLA ROCCO age 97 of 712 Magee St., Elmira died peacefully at home Monday, October 20, 2014. Louie is survived by sisters, Elmira, Angie (Eldon) Decker, Big Flats, Theresa Held, Rochester; several Nieces, including beloved niece, Kathleen B. Hughes, Elmira, Nephews, great nieces, great nephews, many friends & cousins; pre-deceased by parents, Maria & James Della Rocco, brother, George, sisters: Jennie Barbieri, Yolanda Maloney, Congetta Rose, Rose Bruno & Frances Moffe. He was a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Parish, retired after 41 years of service at Hillard Corp., US Army Veteran, European Theater, WWII. Louis was an avid trap & skeet shooter, former Boy Scout leader and a hunter safety instructor. He is a member of the Sullivan Trail Rod & Gun club, Honorary Life member of the Knights of Columbus, Elmira Council #229 and the Italian American Veterans Club. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to Blessed Sacrament Parish, Elmira or EWTN (envelopes available at the Funeral Home). Family will receive relatives & friends at the Kalec Funeral Home Wednesday, 4-7 PM and at his Mass to celebrate his life in Sts. Peter & Paul's Church at 10:30 AM, Thursday, October 23rd. Burial to follow in Sts. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. The officers and members of the IAVC will conduct a service for their departed member Louis Della Rocco on Wednesday, October 22, at 5:30 pm in the Kalec Funeral Home. Signed David Gunderson, Commander. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/22/2014
THOMAS FOX ROCHE infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Roche of 608 Grand Central Avenue, Horseheads, died Sunday at 5 a.m. He is survived by his parents. The funeral was held in the McInerney and O'Dea Funeral Home this afternoon at the convenience of the family. Burial was in the SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery. –Elmira Paper 1912
Irene L. Age 85, of Elmira, died Friday, December 1, 2006 at St. Joseph's Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, December 4, 2006 at St. Casimir's Church at 11:00 a.m. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home
Irene L. "Aunt Cookie" A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, December 4, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. in St Casimir's Church, Elmira. Father Christopher Linsler was the celebrant and was assisted by Deacon William Dougherty. The altar server was Jack Kamas. Music was led by organist Frances McLaren, soloist Susan Amisano and St. Casimir's Church Polish Choir. The St. Casimir's Rosary and Altar Society formed an honor guard as the casket was carried into and out of the church. The funeral pall was placed on Irene's casket by nieces, Barbara Van Dine and Theresa McNamara. Irene's longtime friend Mary McFarland placed the crucifix on the casket. The first reading was given by Theresa McNamara and the second reading given by family friend Lorraine Williams. Deacon Dougherty read the gospel and Fr. Linsler delivered the homily. The prayers of the faithful were led by niece Mary Fran O'Herron. Offertory gifts were presented by nieces, Peg Townsend, Jean Brezinsky and Ann Rodzai. Theresa and Robert McNamara assisted at communion as Eucharistic Ministers. Remarks of remembrance were given by Barbara Van Dine with support from Theresa McNamara. Pallbearers were, Joseph Rodzai, Ronald Van Dine, Daniel Van Dine, Dennis O'Herron, John Brezinsky, Jeffrey Brezinsky, Doug Hanauer and Robert McNamara. As people left the church they were given a set of rosary beads in memory of Irene. After the service family and friends gathered at the White Eagles Club for a luncheon and further sharing their memories of Irene. On the way to and from the funeral mass the hearse carrying Irene drove by her life long family home on Fayette St., with a brief stop both times, for her last trips though the old neighborhood.
ROGERS - STAVISKY
Constance R. Devoted to her family Age 73 of Lincoln Street, Elmira, NY, died Monday, September 3, 2001 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born September 1, 1928 in Mansfield, PA, the daughter of the late Ross Glen and Lillian (Smith) Rogers. She married Michael A. Stavisky June 14, 1974 at the Christ Episcopal Church in Wellsburg, NY. Survivors include her loving husband of 27 years, Michael; beloved children, Steven Walp of Horseheads, NY, Brenda Saxton also of Horseheads, NY, Priscilla (Ron) Bradley of Sayre, PA, Lorrie (Joe) Raniewicz of Horseheads, NY; grandchildren, Jeffrey and Heather Saxton, Shawn (Sarah), Kyle and Jamie Bradley, Jennifer and Andrew Raniewicz; great grandchildren, Nicholas and Nathaniel Bradley, Jory Woodward; brother, Clair (Mary) Rogers of Covington, PA; sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Wein of Williamsport, PA, Eva Turner of Tonawanda, NY, Helen Micholychak of Binghamton, NY; special friends, Ralph (Jerry) Setzer of Elmira, NY; along with several nieces and nephews. Her brothers, George and Gilmore Wein, predeceased her. Constance was retired from Marine Midland Bank after 25 years of faithful service. She enjoyed traveling and loved playing bingo. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Ave, Elmira, NY on Wednesday, September 5, 2001 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM. A Prayer Service will be held on Thursday at 10:30 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM in St. Casimir's Church. Interment will follow in St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. The family will provide their own flowers. Memorial Donations in the name of Constance R. Stavisky may be directed to the Falck Cancer Center, 600 Roe Ave. Elmira, NY. 14901 or to the St. Casimir's Church Building Fund, 1004 Davis St. Elmira, NY. 14901.
ROGUS Katherine L. Zubriski (1922 - 2013)
Age 90 of Elmira Heights, NY died Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at St. Joseph's Hospital. She was born November 16, 1922 in Elmira, daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Ptak) Rogus. Katherine was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, John J. Zubriski on November 11, 2010 and is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law Mary and William Price of East Fallowfield, PA, Jane Smith of Horseheads, Elizabeth and Mario Ruggiero of Horseheads; grandchildren Arthur Cook Smith IV (Heather) of Elmira, Bill (Amanda) Price of York, PA, Ann (Dennis) Doyle of Glenside, PA, Luke (Vanessa) Ruggiero of Horseheads and Beth (Chris) Bell of Elmira; 12 great grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Zubriski was a communicant of St. Charles Borromeo Church. She was a member of the Nocturnal Adoration Society and the P.N.A. At her request there will be no calling hours. Family and friends are invited to her Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, March 22nd at 10 am in St. Charles Borromeo Church, 130 Oakwood Ave., Elmira Heights. Rev. Scott Kubinski, Celebrant. Committal prayers and interment will follow in St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Katherine through donations to St. Joseph's Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit, 5th Fl., 555 St. Joseph's Way, Elmira, NY 14901. Her family wishes to thank the "angels" of the 5th Fl. staff for the special care they provided "Boja". Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family. Star Gazette – March 21, 2013
Stella Age 100 years and 6 months, of Elmira, NY. She was born July 30th, 1906 in Poland, first born of Mary and Josef Rogus, died Sunday, January 28, 2007. She came to the United States at the age of 15 months. She was married in 1927 to the late John Palladino, who she met at Eldridge Park. She is survived by her daughters and sons, John (Sonia) Palladino of Horseheads, Carmella Palladino of Elmira, Dorothy (William D.) Rickard of Clarence, NY, Joseph (Diane) Palladino of Horseheads, Patricia (Geoffrey) Sayers of Elmira; her grandchildren, Susan (Marty) DiPetta, Johnny (Gale) Palladino, Mark Palladino (deceased), Anthony Palladino, William C. Rickard, Barbara (Robert) Locey, Nancy (Scott) Houle, Amy Palladino, Joseph (Carolyn) Palladino, Gregory (Alison) Sayers, Christopher (Monika) Sayers, Rebecca (Kevin) Sayers-Koski, Thomas (Debbie) Sayers, Matthew Sayers; ten great-grandchildren, Marty John, Joseph and Michael DiPetta, Loren Sayers, Olivia and Bridget Houle, Sophia and Joseph Palladino, Chloe Sayers, and Nicholas Koski. Stella is also survived by her sister, Catherine (John) Zubriski; sister-in-law, Ruth (Stanley-deceased) Rogus. She was the sister of the late Frank (Marian) Rogus, Josephine (Robert) Lepkoske, Bertha (Angelo) Palladino, Stanley Rogus, Helen (John) Pesesky; also survived by sisters-in-law, Virginia Mirando, Julia Viselli; and many nieces and nephews. Stella was a devoted, lifelong communicant of St. Anthony's Church, member of the Sacred Heart Society, great Yankee fan, avid fisher woman and Bingo player. Stella enjoyed her family immensely and her birthday became the annual family reunion. Stella had a unique ability to change with the times which allowed her to live a long and productive life. She had a profound influence on the people who knew and loved her. She had a deep devotion to the Blessed Mother, St. Joseph, The Sacred Heart, and the Rosary. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira, on Tuesday, January 30th from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Prayers will be offered there on Wednesday, January 31st at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony's Church. Rev. Walter L. Wainwright, Celebrant. Committal prayers and interment will follow in St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Dominican Monastery, 1310 W. Church Street, Elmira 14901; Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Rd., PO Box 167 Youngstown, NY 14174-0167 (Polish Monks); Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity, 780 Ridge Road, Lackawanna NY 14218-1682 (Severely Disabled Children). Many thanks to Dr. Slimak and all the nurses at the Chemung County Health Department, all the family, especially her first grandchild, Susan DiPetta, who gave "Gram" such extra tender and loving care, making it possible for her to remain home.
GOTTLIEB P. ROHDE of 562 Beach St., Sunday, April 8, 1945. Survived by wife, Elizabeth K.; daughters, Mrs. Vincent Russo, Mrs. Anna Watts, Mrs. Harold Hartnett; sons, John C., George P., Albert and Francis; sister, Mrs. Charles Kruckow; brother, Gustave, all of Elmira; 17 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren. The body is at Charles F. Hughes and Son Funeral home and will be moved to family home this afternoon where funeral will be held Wednesday 8:15 a.m. and 9 at St. John’s Church. SS. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery. St. John’s Society will meet Tuesday 8:45 p.m. at the home for recitation of the Rosary. –Elmira Star-Gazette 4/9/1945
ROHDE Harold V."Dutch"
Age 85, of Elmira and Keuka Lake, died Monday, May 3, 2010 at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. Dutch was born February 3, 1925, the son of Edward and Florence (Nixon) Rohde. He is predeceased by his wife Isabelle Hall Rohde, daughter Jennifer Rohde Saucier, brothers and sisters-in-law, Eugene and Grace Rohde and James and Winifred Rohde. Dutch is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Hank Glowaski of Elmira Heights; sister and brother-in-law, Kathleen and Edward Kalec of Horseheads; aunt Betty Jane Brown of Elmira; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins. Dutch was employed by Remington Rand for 28 years. He then went to work for Chemung Canal Trust Company working at the Westside Branch before going to the Main Office where he eventually became the Head Teller. Dutch retired from the bank after 21 years of service. An active member of Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Dutch would help out counting the collection after the weekend masses. He loved the time spent with family and friends at Keuka Lake. Dutch will be remembered as a devoted husband, father and true gentleman. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of Water and Walnut Sts., on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 8:45 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at Ss. Peter & Paul Church. Interment will follow at St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers those wishing may remember Dutch with a donation to one of the following, Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830, Chemung County Nursing Facility, Activities Fund, 103 E. Washington Street, Elmira, NY 14901, or Reach Out and Read, c/o Family Reading Partnership, P O Box 3493, Elmira, NY 14905. Dutch's family extends their sincere thanks to the Chemung County Nursing Facility 6th floor staff, and Southern Tier Hospice, for the wonderful care provided to Dutch over the past few months. – Elmira Star Gazette, May 5, 2010
ROHDE Kathleen "Kitty" (Hostrander)
Age 80 of Horseheads, died Thursday, November 25, 2010. Survived by husband, Edward; children, Bruce (Ellen) Hostrander, Painted Post, NY with their children Dylan & Stephanie, Kimberley (Linda Degolyer) Hostrander, Elmira, Mark (Cathy) Hostrander, Maine, NY with their children Daniel & Kenneth; stepson Dan ( Marianne) Kalec, Horseheads; step granddaughters, Krissy (Jason) Earl, Horseheads, with their son Hunter, Kim Kalec, Phoenix, AZ; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Pre-deceased by parents Florence and Edward Rohde; brothers, Harold "Dutch", Jim and Eugene Rohde. Kathleen was a communicant of the Blessed Sacrament Parish and retired from Corning Inc. and O.M.S. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her name to the Chemung County SPCA or Southern Tier Hospice (envelopes available at the Funeral Home). The family will receive relatives and friends at the Kalec Funeral Home on Sunday, November 28 from 5 to 7 pm. A prayer service will be held there on Monday, November 29 at 9:15 am, followed by her Mass of Christian Burial in Sts. Peter and Paul's Church at 10 am. Burial at the convenience of the family in Sts. Peter and Paul's Cemetery. Star Gazette - November 27, 2010
ROHDE Raymond W., Sr.
Age 70 of Elmira, NY. He was born July 5, 1941 in Elmira, son of the late William and Gertrude Rohde and died Saturday, February 18, 2012 very unexpectedly. He is survived by his wife Edith; children, twins Raymond W., Jr. and Rose Ann Rohde; Daniel (Michelle Converse) Rohde all of Elmira; grandchildren Austin, Jasmine and Justin Daniel Rohde. Ray retired in 2011 from Kennedy Valve. He was a communicant of Ss. Peter & Paul Church. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Wednesday, February 22nd from 7 to 9 pm. Prayers will be offered there on Thursday, February 23rd at 10 am, followed by his Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am in Ss. Peter & Paul Church. Rev. Richard T. Farrell, Celebrant. Interment will take place in St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Star Gazette – February 21, 2012
ROHRER William A.
98, of Cocoa Beach, Fla., died August 28, 2007. His wife of 70 years, Anna (Barto) Rohrer, 90, died November 4, 2006. Both were formerly of Elmira and Penn Yan, N.Y. They are survived by children Virginia (Richard) Loveland, Mary Ellen (James) Gowan, and William Rohrer; seven grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren. Private interment in October in St. Peter and Paul's Cemetery. Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/9/2007.
JOSEPH ROMANO of 302 ½ E. Second St. Funeral was held this morning (July 133, 1949) at 8:15 at the Charles F. Hughes & Son Funeral Home; 9 at St. Anthony’s Church. The Rev. Ignatius St. George. Bearers: Samuel, Carl and Joseph Falletta, Joseph Boni, Anthony Morrell, Thomas Lucarelli. St. Peter And Paul’s Cemetery. –Elmira Star-Gazette 7/13/1949
ROMASSER Norma C. SALVATI
Formerly of Pine City, NY. Norma was born in Buffalo, NY in 1934 to Justin and Ann Romasser (both deceased). She moved to Elmira as a young child and graduated from Elmira Catholic High School. She worked at Chemung Canal Bank after high school. She married Salvatore N. Salvati in 1966 (he died in 2000). She worked for Salvatore's Accounting practice as a secretary until he retired. She has a sister, Barbara Tigue, who currently lives near Chicago, IL (who is 2 years older). She had 2 children, John Salvati (married to Candy Salvati), who lives in Utica, NY, and Joann (Salvati) Butler (married to Jay Butler), who lives outside of Denver, CO. She has several grandchildren, Anthony Salvati, Tiffany Irvin, Christina Irvin, Paige Butler, and Evan Butler. She also has several nieces and a nephew. She enjoyed going to craft fairs and traveling, including Hawaii and Europe. Special thanks to the staff at St. Joseph Nursing Home in Utica, NY who took care of Norma for the past 2 years. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport, NY on Thursday, January 3, 2013, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, January 4, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick's Blessed Sacrament Church, 604 Park Place, Elmira. Interment will follow in St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Star Gazette – January 1, 2013
MONICA ANN ROOT, 3 month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Root of 919 Sycamore St. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 1957. Survived by parents; sisters, Patricia and Constance Root, both at home; grandparents, Mrs. Frank Mechalke and Mr. and Mrs. Rollin Root; great-grandfather, John Ford all of Elmira. Funeral Thursday 2 p.m. at Charles F. Hughes & Son Funeral home. St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery. –Elmira Advertiser 2/20/1957
ROPELEWSKI Leon A. "Rope"
age 91, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, died on Friday, March 9, 2012 at the Chemung County Nursing Facility in Elmira, New York. Rope was born on August 15, 1920, in Elmira, New York to the late Leo and Cecilia Ropelewski. His grandmother, the late Barbara Ropelewski, was a significant influence in his life. He attended St. Casmir Elementary School and graduated from the Elmira Free Academy. Rope quarterbacked the 1939 undefeated Elmira High School football team. During the 25th Anniversary of that season, his coach, Art Hirst, was quoted as saying "You know, this boy could do everything. What a passer! He was my first really good one." In his first game as a starting sophomore quarterback, he gained 263 yards, scoring 3 touchdowns. Rope later became the first four-time inductee into the Elmira Sports Hall of Fame. He received those honors for basketball, football, softball and baseball. He was also voted by local sports reporters as the Number 1 Basketball Player and Number 1 Male Athlete for the years of 1900 to 1950. Rope won the Southern Tier Basketball Conference scoring title in 1938-39 and went on to a 15 year semi-pro basketball career, 14 years as an all-star. Rope's biggest post high school success however, came on the baseball diamond, in which he played professionally in the Cubs organization in 1940 and 1941. He also played shortstop for the Elmira Pioneers winning the Governor's Cup in 1943. Rope's baseball career ended when he was drafted into the U.S. Army just a few days after the end of the season. He landed at Omaha Beach and served under General Patton during the Battle of the Bulge. When he returned from World War II, he began a long officiating career and was extensively involved in Small Fry Baseball. Rope helped start Robinson Building Materials and served as its first Vice President, not retiring from the lumber yard until he was 83. Rope was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 63 years, Geraldine "Gerry". He is survived by his children Lee Ropelewski, Lynn Mills, Gail Ropelewski-Ryan and Jim Ropelewski; their spouses Mary Brooks, Thomas Mills, John Ryan and Nancy Ropelewski; 7 grandchildren: Tiffany (Mills) Haller (and husband Fred), Zachary Mills (and wife Zandi), Christine and Paul Ryan and Jack, Hannah and Brian Ropelewski; and 2 great grandchildren, Sara and Angela Haller. He is further survived by his brother Gene and countless men and women, to whom he served as a mentor and father figure throughout his life. The Mass of Christian Burial for Leon Ropelewski will be held at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 1100 W. Church Street, Elmira, New York. Father Kubinski will officiate. Interment, with military honors, will take place at St. Peter and Paul's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Dominican Monastery, 1310 W. Church St., Elmira, New York. The arrangements are being coordinated by McInerny Funeral Home. Elmira Star Gazette – March 12, 2012
RORICK - CONKLIN, Ruth M.
Age 95, of Elmira, NY. She was born August 21, 1913 in Rochester, daughter of the late Henry and Martha (Settle) Rorick and died Sunday, May 17, 2009, at St. Joseph's Hospital. She was predeceased by her husband, Francis in 1995; grandsons, John Thomas French in 1962, Brian Cruise in 1981 and Joseph Roblyer in 2004; sons-in-law, Thomas J. French in 1993 and William Cruise in 2008. She is survived by her children, their spouses and their children Helen and James Sullivan of Elmira with Deborah, Michael, Daniel, Patrick, Mary, Colleen and Bridget; Judy Cruise of Elmira with Kevin, Michele, Cassandra, Brian and Jacob; Patricia French of Elmira with Janis, Joseph, T. Edward, Timothy, Jennifer and Adam; David, Sr. and Patricia Conklin of Elmira with Kim, Katie, Terri, David, Jr. and Sarah; M. Linda Roblyer of Elmira with Eric, Ellen, Tony and Andy. In addition to her 27 grandchildren, she is survived by 70 great-grandchildren and 4 great- great-grandchildren. Mrs. Conklin was the founder of Conklin & Rorick Religious Gift Shop. She was a lifetime communicant of Ss. Peter & Paul Church and was a member of the Legion of Mary. Family and friends are invited to calling hours at Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Elmira on Wednesday, May 20th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated there at 1 p.m. with Rev. Thomas O'Brien presiding. Committal prayers and interment will follow in St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Ruth through donations to the Elmira Free Community Kitchen, 161 High St.. Elmira, NY 14901. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family. Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/19/2009
ROSS Donald C.
Elmira: Age 72, died Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at Elcor Health Services. Don was born August 1, 1939, the son of Chester and Helen (Gilbert) Ross. He is survived by several cousins and many friends. Don retired after 40 years of service with Weyerhaeuser. He was a good and kind neighbor. Don enjoyed many hours tending his gardens. He was a lifelong communicant of St. Patrick's Church. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of W. Water and Walnut Sts., on Monday, April 9, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 1:00 p.m. at St. Patrick's Church. Interment, with committal prayers, will take place in St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. Those wishing may remember Don with a donation to Falck Cancer Center, 600 Roe Avenue, Elmira NY 14905. Star Gazette – April 6, 2012
JOSEPH S. ROSS age 91, of Horseheads, passed away on Saturday September 26, 2015. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday October 17, 2015 at St. Mary Our Mother Church in Horseheads, NY. The Rev. Christopher E. Linsler was the Celebrant of Mr. Ross' Funeral Mass. The Funeral Pall and Crucifixes were placed on Joe's casket by Carl Ross and Rita Buckbee. The First and Second Readings were read by his son Carl Ross. The Gospel and The Homily were given by Rev. Christopher E. Linsler. The Offeratory Gifts were presented by Carl Ross and Barbara Wilkinson. Joe's Eulogies were given by his son Carl Ross and Rita Buckbee and her daughter Laurie. Mr. Ross was laid to rest on Monday October 19, 2015 in St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery where Full Military Honors were accorded by The E.J. Brewer Detachment Marine Corps League. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/25/2015
ROSSI - BERG, Antoinette M.
Was reunited with her husband, Richard A. Berg and welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven on Tuesday, April 21, 2009. Nettie was born June 26, 1930, in Elmira, daughter of the late Salvatore S. and Frances DeLaro Rossi. She is also predeceased by her brothers, Daniel and Dominic Rossi. Nettie is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, R. Andrew "Andy", Jr. and Lisa Berg; daughter, Jennifer M. Berg, all of Elmira; grandchildren, Sara (Jason) Derise of London, England, Jessica Berg, Andrew Berg, both of Elmira; great-grandson, Marquise Blackman; sister, Guatanna "Ki" Doty of Elmira Heights; brothers and sisters-in-law, George and Judy Rossi of Horseheads, Leonard and Sandy Rossi of Big Flats; sister-in-law, Pauline Rossi of Horseheads; special friends, Theresa Kerbein of Elmira, Thomas Hale of Sayre, PA; along with many nieces, nephews, good friends, and neighbors. With her brothers, George and Leonard, Nettie owned GLN Tax Service. She enjoyed traveling, especially her trip to Italy. Nettie was a member of a local stock club based in Sayre, PA. She enjoyed sports and was an avid NY Yankee fan. Nettie was a long time communicant of Our Lady of Lourdes Church. The main focus in her life were her children and grandchildren, who will miss her dearly. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of Water and Walnut Sts., on Friday, April 24, 2009 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A prayer service at the funeral home and Mass of Christian at Our Lady of Lourdes Church will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at times to be announced. Interment will follow at St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. Donations in Nettie's memory may be directed to either, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 304 Demarest Parkway, Elmira NY 14905, or Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830. Published in the Star-Gazette on 4/22/2009
ROSSI -CESARI, Lucy nee: Rossi
Of Elmira died at the age of 84 on April 4, 2009 after a courageous battle with cancer. She died at home surrounded by her loving family. A dedicated and loving wife and mother, Lucy also had a profound sense of individuality - stressing to all those around her that life was an incredible gift and that the path less taken could very well be the most interesting choice. She believed in marching to her own drummer and encouraged those close to her to do the same. She is predeceased by her parents, Anthony J. and Mary (Cavaluzzi) Rossi; and her daughter-in-law, Susan (Burroughs) Cesari. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Dr. Henry Anthony Cesari; her sisters, Mary (Frank) Navone and Bernadette (Dominic) Romeo; a sister-in-law, Mary (Sidney) Mann; her children, Carina Cesari, Hank Cesari, Lucia Cesari, Camille Cesari, Andrew Cesari, and Antonia (David) Lieb. She is also survived by nine grandchildren: Michael, Anthony, and Gina Cesari; Cristina Cesari and Daniel Elliott; Isabella Aguilera; Olivia and Gabriel Lieb; and Jack Henry Cesari; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Her first great-grandchild is due in June. She also leaves behind a cat, the Contessa di Roma, who was a loving comfort and seldom far from her side. Lucy was a true renaissance woman with a scientific mind and religious character. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Elmira College in 1946. She was a teacher and an eternal student. She constantly sought adventure - from driving motorcycles and classic cars, to flying gliders. Her deep sense of compassion was defined by her boundless dedication to helping others by volunteering for numerous causes and organizations. She was the champion of those less fortunate and did not hesitate to get involved. Her "peace-tree" - a Christmas tree on display in her living room window during the last five years of the Vietnam War - was the topic of a front-page article in the New York Times at the war's end. The tree was a vigil to the soldiers, with the bulbs and ornaments representing individual local servicemen. Among Lucy's favorite activities was her lifelong love of bowling, which started as a child at Rossi Lanes - the bowling alley built by her father. By age 14, she won the City Championship. She participated in two or three bowling leagues each week until only recently. Lucy was inducted into both the Elmira Bowling and Sports Halls of Fame. She will be taking her bowling ball and shoes with her. Her activities and community service ranged far and wide. They include: the Italian Folk Art Federation of America, Scarlet Ladies of the Royal Court Chapter of the Red Hat Society (Founder and Queen Mother), the Italian American Women's Auxiliary (Founding Member), Wednesday Morning Club, Zonta, Mother of Twins Club, Rolls Royce Owners Club, St. Joseph's Hospital Auxiliary (longtime volunteer), Sacred Heart Ladies' Society, lifetime congregant of St. Anthony's Parish, Association of American University Women, Girl Scout Leader, Elmira College Octagon Fair Committee (Chairwomen) and Alumnae Board, Chemung County Historical Society, Futures for Children (Sponsor), member U.S.S. Houston Association, and a certified handwriting analyst. Besides raising six children (including a record setting pair of twins with a combined birth weight of 17 lbs. 3 oz.) and participating in varied activities, Lucy also had a rich work life, which included working in her father's Tea Room and bowling alley, in her husband's surgical practice, and instructing hundreds of future nurses at Elmira College - allowing her knowledge and compassion to touch innumerable lives. The family will receive relatives and friends at the Kalec Funeral Home, 705 East Church Street, Elmira on Wednesday, April 8, from Noon to 3:00 p.m. and from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., a prayer service there Thursday at 9:30 a.m. followed by her Funeral Service in St. Mary's Church, 224 Franklin Street, Elmira (Southside) at 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow in Sts. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. In lieu flowers, please make donations to Southern Tier Hospice or the Chemung County Humane Society - SPCA.(envelopes available at the Funeral Home) Published in the Star-Gazette on 4/7/2009
ROSSI MARIE MARGARET SUFFERN
Suffern, Mrs. Marie Margaret
Of 765 Laurel St. Friday, July 6, 1973 at the Arnot-Ogden Memorial Hospital. Private calling hours will be held Sunday at the Olthof Funeral Home at the convenience of the family. Funeral Mass will be held Monday morning at 9AM in St. Mary’s Church. Burial in St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, Francis C. Suffern; son Michael Suffern; sister Mrs Rita Ross; brother John Rossi all of Elmira; nieces Mrs. Cathy Hulser of Pine City, Mrs Jacqueline Parker and Mrs Mary Ann Marshall of Elmira. Mrs Suffern was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church
ROSSI Phillip A. Jr.
AVOCA - Phillip A. Rossi, Jr., 79, of N. Main St., Avoca, formerly of Elmira, died Wednesday morning (March 3, 2010) at the Steuben County Health Care Facility in Bath. Born in Elmira of April 9, 1930, he was the son of the late Teresa and Phillip Rossi. On March 26, 1949, he was married in Elmira to the former Betty Personius, who survives. Phillip graduated from high school in Elmira, where he began his career in fire apparatus in 1954 with Ward LaFrance and later with American LaFrance. He then moved to Pennsylvania, where he was the chief engineer for Hohn Motors and Fire Apparatus in Hamburg, PA. He has resided in Avoca for more than 12 years. While residing in Elmira, Phillip was very active as an "8th warder" and was a member of the Elmira Rotary Club. An avid golfer and pool champ, he also played cards and enjoyed antiquing and traveling. He will be remembered for being a wheeler/dealer and a charmer. His family includes his wife of 61 years, Betty; his son, Phillip A. Rossi III; his daughter, Eileen Rossi; his five grandchildren, Heather Toolan, Anthony Phillip Rossi, Rhiannan Rossi and Sarah Rossi; his five great-grandchildren and his one great-great-grandchild; his three sisters, Gaetana Hulslander, Aurora Minter and Dorene Tronerud; his sister-in-law, Evelyn Myers; also his nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister-in-law, Gladys Personius. Calling hours are from noon - 2 p.m. Saturday at the Avoca Baptist Church, where a funeral service will be held following calling hours at 2 p.m. Saturday, with the Rev William McFeaters officiating. Interment will be in Ss. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Elmira. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory to the Steuben County Health Care Facility Employee Fund, 7009 Rumsey St. Ext., Bath, NY 14810. Arrangements are with the Avoca Funeral Home, 22 N. Main St., Avoca. - Elmira Star Gazette, Mar.5.2010
ROVINSKI - WOIDZIK
Sophia R. "Sophie" 94, passed peacefully into the arms of her Heavenly Father on Saturday, November 26, 2005, at the home of her daughter. Born in Wilkes-Barre, PA, on May 13, 1911, she was one of eight children of Eleanor (Kleyps) and Walter Rovinski. She married Frank A. Woidzik on October 25, 1932 in Kingston, PA. They moved to Elmira in February, 1941 where they raised their family. Sophia worked at Remington Rand during the war making machine gun bullets. She later worked in a silk mill in Elmira Heights and wove parachute fabric destined for the military. She was well known for her knitting and crocheting talents. Many mittens, lap robes and afghans were made and donated to charities. Hundreds of Rosaries were made and shipped to missionaries all over the world. She was a member of St Casimir's Church, its Rosary/Sacred Heart Society, Wanda Circle, Polish Arts Club, Ladies of Charity and a volunteer for RSVP, Red Cross and Community Kitchen. She was predeceased by her husband in 1980; parents, and all her sisters and brothers. Survived by daughter, Dorothea M (John) Watts, Horseheads; and son, Francis A Woidzik, Schenectady, NY; ten grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, cousins; and a special friend, Veronica Sadonick. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at the home of her daughter Dorothea, 119 Scenic Dr., Horseheads, Wednesday, November 30, 2005, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Prayer service there Thursday at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Casimir's Church at 10 a.m. Rev. Eugene Dobosz, Presider. Burial will follow in Sts. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. Donations can be made to: Polish Arts Club c/o Jane Stalica, 1211 Hittown Rd Pine City, NY 14871, or Ladies of Charity c/o Dorothy Sulllivan, 1997 Davis St., Elmira, NY 14901, or Hospice 11751 East Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830 (envelopes available at the home). Arrangements have been entrusted to the Kalec Funeral Home
RUDDICK - BENTLEY, Helen Rose
Age 90, of Bethany Village Manor, Horseheads, died Sunday, June 21, 2009. She is survived by her husband, Arnold; sons, Patrick Bentley, Elmira, James Bentley of Tallahassee, FL; foster sister, Sister of Mercy, Theresa Rutty of Chile; brother, John R. Ruddick, Wilmington, DE; sister, Madeline Dailey, Bethlehem, PA; several nieces, nephews and cousins; predeceased parents, James H. and Mary Litzelman Ruddick; a brother, Rev. James J. Ruddick. Helen graduated from Elmira Catholic High in 1946 and Cum Laude from Misericordia University, Dallas, PA, class of 1952, a communicant of the Blessed Sacrament Parish, retired from Cornell Co-Operative Extension, longtime Member of the Home Economics Club of Elmira/Chemung County Area and AARP. Those wishing may make a donation in her memory to the Alzheimer Assoc. (envelopes available at the Funeral Home.) The family will receive relatives and friends at the Kalec Funeral Home Wednesday, June 24, from 5-7 p.m. A Prayer Service there Thursday at 9:15 a.m. followed by her Mass of Christian Burial in Sts. Peter & Paul Church at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery. Published in the Star-Gazette on 6/23/2009
RUDNICK - HOLLAND Bertha M. Age 102, formerly of Elmira, died Friday, September 23, 2005 in Costa Mesa CA. Bertha was born August 17, 1903, one of 10 children, of John and Mary (Gestwick) Rudnick. She is predeceased by her husbands, Dr. John R. McLaughlin and Robert Holland, and all her siblings. Bertha is survived by her son John R. McLaughlin of Thousand Palms, CA; grandchildren, all from California, Lynn McLaughlin, Patricia Hansen, John R. McLaughlin, II and Carol Jean McLaughlin; along with 5 great-grandchildren. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of W. Water and Walnut Streets, on Monday, September 26, 2005 from 5:00 pm. to 7:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 at 9:30 am in St. Patrick's Church. Committal prayers and interment will follow at St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. Donations in Bertha's memory may be directed to Catholic Charities, 215 E. Church Street, Elmira, New York 14901.
Age 79 of Horseheads, died at his home, surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, July 3, 2010. Gaetano was born in the city of Taurianova in Reggio Di Calabria, Italy on May 2, 1931, a son of the late Salvatore and Rose (Alessi) Rugiero. He is survived by his wife of 51 years Josephine Palamara Ruggiero; children, Salvatore M. Ruggiero with Nancy A. Kijowski of Auburn, NY, Filomena M. Coxford, with husband Scott of Elmira, Francesca M. Chappius with husband Paul of Elmira, Mike M. Ruggiero with wife Christylee of Horseheads; grandchildren, Nicholas, Adrianna, Dominique, Maria, and Michael; great-granddaughter Alexxis; along with several step-grandchildren. Also surviving are his siblings, with their spouses, Tina and Bill Dietrick, Angela and Edward Flesch, Connie and William McMillan, Joseph and Pamela Rugiero, Mario and Patricia Rugiero, Jackie and Tufan Senlar, Frank and Patricia Rugiero; aunt Grace Ruggiero; special niece Bernadetta Rugiero Long; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and many very special friends. He is predeceased by his brother Rosario Ruggiero. Gaetano came to the United States in 1962 and opened his own tailor shop in Elmira. Throughout the years he also worked for Morrell's Clothing Store and other men's clothing stores in Elmira. Gaetano was a Vocational Instructor retired from the Elmira Correctional Facility with 17 years of service. He was a long time communicant of St. Anthony's Church. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of Water and Walnut Sts., on Tuesday, July 6, 2010 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 9:00 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church. Interment will then take place at St. Peter & Paul'sCemetery. Those wishing may remember Gaetano with a donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. – Elmira Star Gazette, July 5, 2010
RUHMEL Charles F., Sr. Age 89, beloved husband, father and grandfather, died Saturday, July 16, 2005, with his children at his side. Chuck, born on October 27, 1915, the son of the late John and Martha (Zaback) Ruhmel, predeceased by his wife Helen in 1999; sisters Mary (Babe) Schiefen, Margaret Gough; and brothers, George and William (Funcie). Chuck is survived by his children, Chuck and Joan Ruhmel, Mary and Jack Yusko , Raymond Ruhmel and Rita and Jim Tenny; grandchildren, Michael and Vanessa Ruhmel of NC, Scott Ruhmel, Peter and Krissy Ruhmel all of Elmira, Deborah and Anthony Wright of CA, Georgia and Richard Weed, Billy and Lucy Solt all of Elmira, Jimmy and Tracy Tenny of GA and Sandie and Pat Sullivan of Elmira; great-grandchildren, Patrick, Alexis and Aaron Sullivan, Samantha Bower, Sarah and JR Weed, Sydney Wright, Sako and Zachary Solt, Mikey and Sophia Ruhmel and Ian Ruhmel. Chuck is also survived by brothers, John and Betty Ruhmel and Ed Ruhmel; as well as brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Paul and Delores Rhode, Sophia Ruhmel; and many nieces and nephews. Chuck worked for Hardinge before retiring in 1974. During his lifetime, Chuck loved to work on cars and spent many hours in his garage fixing them for family and friends. During the summer, Chuck enjoyed his cottage on Keuka Lake, which he built with the help of his family and friends. After his retirement, Chuck worked part-time for Gough Holding Corporation until 1997. In his spare time, he enjoyed golfing with his buddies and bowling. He was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church, a member of the White Eagles Club and the B.P.O.E. # 62. Chuck loved his family and was a wonderful role model to his children and grandchildren. He had a winning smile and twinkling blue eyes that lit up when he had his grandchildren with him. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Tuesday, July 19th, from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Prayers will be offered there on Wednesday, July 20th at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Ss. Peter & Paul Church. Rev. Walter L. Wainwright, Celebrant. Committal prayers and interment will follow in St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Chuck may be remembered through donations to Ss. Peter & Paul Parish Center, 161 High St., Elmira, NY 14901. A special thanks to Dr. Corbalan and Ken Wrigley and all the wonderful staff on the fifth floor of the Chemung County Nursing Facility who watched over Chuck, and for the exceedingly loving care they gave to him.
RUHMEL Edward R.
Age 87, of Elmira, NY. He was born February 10, 1920 in Elmira, son of the late John and Martha (Zaback) Ruhmel, and went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 16, 2007. He was predeceased by his wife, Rita in 1984; sisters, Mary Schiefen, Margaret Gough; brothers, George, William (Funcie) and Charles (Chuck). Ed is survived by his daughter, Nancy (Robert) Shon; grandchildren, Lisa (Robert) Berson and Kevin (Deanna) Shon; great-grandchildren, Devin, Hailey and Benjamin Shon and Aeden Berson; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Sophia Ruhmel, John and Margaret Sullivan. Ed was employed with Bendix Corp. until his retirement in 1975. After retirement he was employed part-time with Gough Holding Corporation. In his spare time he enjoyed golfing, bowling and dancing. Ed was a communicant of Ss. Peter & Paul Church. He was a member of the White Eagles Club and B.P.O.E. #62 in Elmira. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira, on Monday, August 20th, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Prayers will be offered there at 12:30 p.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. in Ss. Peter & Paul Church. Rev. Walter L. Wainwright, Celebrant. Committal prayers and interment will follow in St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Ed through donations to the Alzheimer's Assoc. of Chemung County at ALZ Facilitator Group, P.O. Box 588, Elmira, NY 14902.
RUHMEL John, Jr.
Age 94, of Horseheads, NY. He was born February 20, 1914 in Elmira, son of the late John, Sr. and Martha (Zaback) Ruhmel, and died Sunday, June 8, 2008, unexpectedly at St. Joseph's Hospital. He was predeceased by his first wife, Helen Catherine Ruhmel in 1987; brothers, George, Charles, Francis and Edward; sisters, Mary Schieffen and Margaret Gough; grandson, John David Ruhmel. John is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Rourke-Ruhmel; sons and daughters-in-law, John Ruhmel III, Robert and Iolani Ruhmel, Richard and Donna Ruhmel, Joseph, Sr. and Janet Ruhmel; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews. John was a communicant of Ss. Peter & Paul Church. He retired from Hardinge, Inc. after 37 years of service and then was employed with Gough Holding Corporation. He built homes and was a master custom cabinetmaker. John enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf and dancing. He was a husband, father, grandfather, plumber, carpenter, toolmaker, mechanic, electrician, landscaper, problem solver and Mr. Fit It (measure twice, cut once)! Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira, on Thursday, June 12th, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Prayers will be offered at 12 noon followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:30 in Ss. Peter & Paul's Church. Committal prayers and interment will follow in St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. Published in the Star-Gazette on 6/10/2008.
RULLO Peter J. Age 79, of 332 Mary St., Elmira, NY. He was born November, 22, 1925 in Elmira, son of the late Gregory and Angelina (Maggadino) Rullo (Ruvolo) and died Wednesday, September 14, 2005, unexpectedly at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Peter is survived by his wife of 58 years, Albina (Cafolla); children and their spouses, James and Sharon of Binghamton, Mary Buchholz of Elmira, Michael and Barbara of Elmira; grandchildren, Brian (Megan), Michael (Alaina), Daniel (Summer) and Andrew Rullo, Christopher (Kelly), Michael (Tatianna), David (Sarah) and Brian Buchholz, Matthew, Timothy and Jessica Rullo; great-grandchildren, Isabella and Gianna Rullo, Emma and Skyla, Jordan and Aden Buchholz; sisters and brother-in-law, Theresa and Frank Fusare, Vita Lilley, all of Elmira; along with several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Casper, Joe, Anthony and Paul; sister, Marian Lentini; and son-in-law, Leslie Buchholz. Mr. Rullo retired from the City of Elmira after 35 years of service. He was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church, a veteran of WWII serving in the U.S. Army and a member of the D.A.V. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Peter had a special devotion to the Sacred Heart and was an inspiration to his family. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St., at Washington Ave., Elmira, on Sunday, September 18th, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Prayers will be offered there on Monday, September 19th, at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony's Church. Rev. Walter L. Wainwright, Celebrant. Committal prayers and interment will follow in St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery.
RULLO Vita Lilley
Age 88 of Elmira, NY. She was born August 21, 1923 in Elmira, daughter of the late Reollo and Angelica (Maggadino) Rullo and died Friday, September 9, 2011 at the Arnot Ogden medical Center. She was predeceased by her husband Leonard in 1976; 5 year old son Wayne in 1956 and infant daughter Christine in 1961. She is survived by her children and their spouses Robert and Sandra Lilley of Port St. Lucie, FL, Janelle and Norman Wisner of Oracle, AZ, Roxanne Lilley and Raymond Lilley both of Elmira; 5 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; sister Mary Theresa (Frank) Fusare of Elmira along with numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Lilley was a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Parish. She retired as the housekeeper for St. Cecilia's Church in 1988; was a member of the F.O.E. Auxiliary, Elmira; an Adorer with the Adoration Chapel at St. Casimir's Church and was a greeter at Ss. Peter & Paul Church for many years. Family and friends are invited to visit Ss. Peter & Paul's Church, St. Joseph's Way, Elmira on Friday, September 16th from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Her Mass of Christian Burial will celebrated there at 10:30 am. Rev. Walter L. Wainwright, Celebrant. Committal prayer and interment will follow in St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Vita through donations to Southern Tier Hospice & Palliative Care, 11751 E. Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family. Star Gazette – September 13, 2011
RUMSMOKE Ida K. Redder
Age 92, of 315 Broadway, Tuesday July 16, 1957. She was the widow of Robert Redder. Survived by daughters, Miss Elizabeth D. Redder at home, Mrs. William S. Watts, Mrs. Edward I. Murphy, all of Elmira;sons, Lewis E. and Raymond J. Redder, both of Elmira, 16 grandchildren and 45 great grandchildren. Body at Hughes Funeral Home where friends may call today 7 to 10 p.m. and Thursday 2 to 5 and 7 to 10 p.m. Prayer Service there Friday at 8:15 a.m. Requiem High Mass at 9 a.m. St. Mary's Church. St. Peter and Paul's Cemetery. Elmira Star-Gazette, Wednesday July 17, 1957. Submitted by Robert and Mary Redder.
RUPERT Jillian D.
Age 17, of American Street, Wellsboro, PA, died May 22, 2010. Jillian was born September 2, 1992 in Middletown, NY, the daughter of Jeff and Mel Hayes Rupert. She was a Junior at Wellsboro High School and had been employed by Peg-Omar. Jillian was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church and was an avid athlete in basketball, track, cross country, soccer and swimming. She was enrolled in the Culinary program at Wellsboro High School. Surviving are her parents; brother, Justin Rupert, Wellsboro; fraternal grandparents, David and Emma Lou Rupert, Wellsboro; many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Friends and family are invited to Jillian's Life Celebration on Tuesday, May 25, 2010, from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Wellsboro Area High School gymnasium. Mass will be held on Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Central Avenue, Wellsboro, with Rev. John Chmil officiating. Arrangements by Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, a "Life Celebration Home", 139 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA. – Elmira Star Gazette, May 24, 2010
RUSK Shelby Jean (Rusk) Bambury
Bluffton SC: age 71, died after a long illness. Shelby was born in Austell GA a daughter of Harold and Estelle Rusk and grew up in Woodstock GA. She attended Reinhardt College and Georgia Southern University. Shelby married Edward "Pete" Bambury, in Atlanta GA, while Pete was in the Air Force. They lived in Elmira for a short time before moving to Waterville NY where Shelby was an Elementary Teacher. Shelby was an avid reader and loved to travel. She is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Pete; son Timothy; daughter Teresa Frahm; and 5 grandchildren. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water Street, Elmira, NY on Friday, June 14, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. A funeral service will be held at the conclusion of the calling hour, with interment to then take place at St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. Star Gazette – June 12, 2013
RUSSO Michael A. Age 84, of Elmira, NY died on Tuesday, September 19, 2006, at Arnot Ogden Medical Center. He was the son of the late Joseph and Antoinette Perna Russo. Michael is survived by his devoted wife of 53 years, Elsie Russo; father of, Joseph, Samuel, Marie (Steve) Sampson, Kathryn (Robert) Kerr, Theresa (Harvey) Holden, all of Elmira, NY; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews; cousins, Christine Rossi, and Rose Campenelli; brothers, Robert and Samuel Russo; sister, Genevieve Burris; in-laws, Marian and Peter Ewanyk, Alan Carpenter. Predeceased by in-laws, Bob Cheney, and Betty Carpenter. Michael was a United States Army Air Corps veteran of WWII. He worked at Remington Rand Inc., and retired from American LaFrance after 31 years of service. Michael was also a shoe repairman for many years, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Family and friends are invited to call at Olthof Funeral Home Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., on Friday September 22, 2006, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. with Funeral and Committal service there Friday at 6:00 p.m. Graveside service with full Military Honors will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in St Peter & Paul's Cemetery. Those wishing may make memorials to the American Cancer Society in Michael's memory.
RUTH Anthony F. Sr.
Southport Resident, Was born March 19, 1937 in Elmira, NY, the son of the late Martin and Carmella (Peterson) Ruth, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 27, 2008, at the Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY, at the age of 70. His brother, Martin Ruth predeceased him. He married Norma Seymour, April 22, 1961, in Elmira, NY; they have celebrated 46 wonderful years of life and love together. His survivors include his beloved Norma; adored children, Anthony F. (Marie) Ruth Jr. of Pine City, NY, Barbara (Tod) Martin of Liberty, NC, Christina (Michael) Wallace of Matthews, NC; much-loved grandchildren, Ryan Ruth, Dale Nye, Shannon Martin, Alana Martin, Cory Martin, Cassandra Wallace, Jacob Wallace, Matthew Wallace; brother, Samuel (Cheryl) Ruth of Elmira, NY; along with several nieces and nephews. "Tony" was a dedicated employee of the former Thatcher Glass Company, retiring from Anchor Glass with a combined retirement of 40 years. He was a member of the Pine City Sportsman Club in his earlier years. He enjoyed camping with his devoted wife and best friend, Norma. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY 14904, on Friday, February 29, 2008, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Funeral services honoring his life will be held there on Saturday, March 1, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/28/2008.
RUTZKE, Gerald C. Elmira Resident Age 66 of St. Patrick's Apts., Elmira, NY., died on Thursday, June 29, 2000 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. He was predeceased by his parents Charles in 1975 and Anna (Mayshak) in 1986; sister Loretta Turner in 1997. Survived by his brother and sister-in-law Carmen and Helen of Millerton, PA; sisters Betty Darmstadt of Elmira and Mary Osgood of Gillett, PA; aunt Martha Buczkowski of Elmira along with several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barrett Funeral Home on Sunday, July 2nd from 2 to 4 PM. Funeral and Committal Services will follow at 4 PM. Interment will be in St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
RUTZKE, Gerard J.
Age 47, of Elmira, died Sunday, May 6, 2007 at his home. Gerard was born May 16, 1959, a son of Bernard C. and Jean Golata Rutzke. In addition to his parents he is survived by his son, Daniel S. Talvi of Breesport, NY; brother and sister-in-law, Michael A. and Corinne Rutzke of Ithaca, NY; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Theresa and Andrew Keefer of Sayre, PA, Bernadette M. and Whang Phang of Arlington, VA, Katherine A. Hoey of Athens, PA, Margaret M. Rutzke of Elmira, and Jean M. and Bruce Askey of Elmira; along with several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Gerard was a graduate of Notre Dame High School and attended Corning Community College. He worked for a number of years as a food service manager at Elmira College. Most recently Gerard was employed in the Food Service Department at the Elmira Correctional Facility and he also did catering as a side job. He was an avid Notre Dame University fan. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of Water and Walnut Sts., on Wednesday, May 9, 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 Thursday, May 10, 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 Gerard's memory may be made to an educational fund for his son, Daniel…Education Fund for Daniel Talvi, c/o Jean Askey, 530 Partridge Street, Elmira NY 14904. Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/8/2007.
ZACHARY RYABAK of 102 ½ E. Ninth St., Elmira Heights, Thursday, Jan. 12, 1961. He was a retired employee of the American Bridge plant. Survived by wife, Mrs. Rose Rybak; daughters, Mrs. Caroline Breese of Denver, Colo., Mrs. Catherine LaLiberte of Binghamton; sons, Theodore B. and John J. of Elmira, Joseph A. of Pine City; 19 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Body at Hughes Funeral Home and Saturday afternoon will be removed to the family home. Prayer service there Monday at 8:15 a.m. Solemn High Requiem Mass at 9 in St. Casimir’s Church. St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/12/1961
RYAN Aurelia R. Meck
Victor NY: Age 90, formerly of Elmira, died on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. Aurelia was born July 2, 1923, in Elmira, the daughter of Mary (MacNamara) and Daniel J. Ryan. She is predeceased by her husband Edward J. Meck, sons, Timothy S. and James M. Meck, son-in-law David Latterell. Aurelia is survived by her children, with their spouses, J. Karen Meck, Fairport NY, Marijon and Joseph LeMark, Victor NY, Bernadette Forrest, Orlando FL, Edward "Jack", Jr. and Rory Meck, Rotunda West FL, Margaret Ann "Bridgette" and Paul Brady, Fairport NY, William P. and Jeannette Meck, Pine City, Brian G. and Kathy Meck, East Syracuse NY, Ann Marie Latterell, Elmira; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; sister Frances "Bonnie" Ryan, Florida; along with several nieces and nephews. Aurelia grew up in the large Ryan family home that was located on the corner of William and East Second Street in Elmira. The household consisted of three generations of Ryan's and there were nearly thirty family members living there at one time. Family and friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water Street, Elmira, on Sunday, October 6, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., with a rosary service to follow. A prayer service will held at the funeral home on Monday, October 7, 2013 at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church, Elmira. Interment, with committal prayers, will then take place at St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. Star Gazette – October 2, 2013
RYAN - Mrs. Hannah Ryan Kane
Mrs. Hannah Kane, widow of Michael Kane, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E.J. Elston, of 474 Mt. Zoar street, Friday morning at 7 o'clock after an extended illness. She is survived by one son, Thomas; two daughters, Mrs. E.J. Elston and Miss Hannah Kane of Buffalo; a sister, Mrs. W. McNamara; a brother, Thomas Ryan. The funeral will be held Monday morning at 8:15 o'clock at the home and at the St. Mary Church at 9 o'clock. Burial in the SS. Peter and Paul cemetery.[Elmira Star Gazette, Saturday May 31, 1924, page 13]
RYAN - Mrs. Hannah Ryan Kane
Mrs. Hannah Kane, widow of Michael Kane, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E.J. Elston, of 474 Mt. Zoar street, Friday morning at 7 o'clock after an extended illness. She is survived by one son, Thomas; two daughters, Mrs. E.J. Elston and Miss Hannah Kane of Buffalo; a sister, Mrs. W. McNamara; a brother, Thomas Ryan. The funeral will be held Monday morning at 8:15 o'clock at the home and at the St. Mary Church at 9 o'clock. Burial in the SS. Peter and Paul cemetery.[Elmira Star Gazette, Saturday May 31, 1924, page 13]
John G. Wonderful Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather Age 88, of Elmira, died on Friday, October 12, 2001 at St. JosephÕs Hospital. Survived by loving wife of 67 years, Margaret Kosloske Ryan; Daughter & Son-in-law, Marjorie & James McFarland, Pine City, Son & Daughter-in-law: J. Gerald & Diana Ryan, Pine City, : Grandchildren: Kathy (Tom) Minotti, J. R.. (Cheryll) McFarland, Julie (Bill) Casbolt, Michael (Kristy) Ryan, John Ryan & Thomas Ryan; Great-Grandchildren: Matthew & Ryan Minotti, Tricia & Patrick McFarland, John Thomas (JT) Ryan, & Melissa Casbolt; Sisters-in-law: Helen Stansfield, Dorothy Wichtowski, Dolores Burnell, Many dear Nieces & Nephews. Pre-deceased by parents, William & Mary Ryan, brothers: Benny & James Ryan: Sisters, Anna Scheepsma, Elizabeth Howe & Eleanor Horigan. Those wishing may make a Memorial Donation in John's Memory to St. Casimir's Church or American Red Cross. John was a communicant of St. Casimir's Church, Past President of John G. Ryan, Inc., member of the Elks Club for 50 years, member of the Hibernians, Elmira Fraternal Order of Eagles & a Past Commodore of the Watkins Glen Yacht Club. Family will receive Relatives & Friends at the Kalec Funeral Home, Monday, October 15, 2001, 2-4 & 7-9 PM. Prayer Service there Tuesday at 10 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM in St. Casimir's Church. Internment will follow in Sts. Peter & Paul's Cemetery.
RZENGOTA Stanley C. Rzengota
Age 83 of Elmira, NY died on June 28, 2012 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Stanley was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Krypel Rzengota. He is survived by his children: Susan L. Olthof, Reverend Bruce D. (Cheryl) Rzengota of Norwalk, OH, Colleen M. (Dr. Vincent) LaDelia; grandchildren: Timothy Olthof, Chris Rzengota, Becca Rzengota, Gregory Harris, Jamie (Stephen) Lincoln, Stephan LaDelia, Adrian LaDelia, Julian LaDelia, and Thomas LaDelia. He is predeceased by his wife of 56 years Marlene and grandson, Scott Olthof. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc, 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira/Southport, on Monday July 2, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Stanley's funeral service will there Tuesday July 3, at 10:00 AM. Graveside Service will be held at the convenience of the family in St. Peter and Paul's Cemetery, Elmira, NY. Stan was a sociable man who will best be remembered as a gardener, hunter and fisherman. He was a communicant of St. Casmir's Church. He retired after 36 years from American Bridge Works, US Steel. During his lifetime Stanley was employed at the Woodlawn Cemetery, City of Elmira DPW. He last worked at Elmira Psychiatric Center until his retirement. In lieu of flowers those wishing may make donations in Stanley's name to Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830. Star Gazette – June 30, 2012