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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
MICHAEL ZAHORIAN of Warners, N.Y., formerly of Elmira.  The body is at the Charles F. Hughes & Son Funeral Home and this afternoon will be removed to the home of sister, Mrs. Agnes Bucuski of 708 Kinyon St. where prayer service will be held Friday 8:15 a.m. followed by Requiem High Mass at 9 at St. Peter & Paul’s Church.  St. Peter & Paul’s Cemetery.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/26/1951


ZAPARZYNSKI Helen M. Bennett

Elmira: Age 80, died Monday, February 7, 2011 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Mrs. Bennett is survived by her husband of 55 years Theodore A. Bennett; son Theodore A. (Pam) Bennett, Jr. of Clifton Park, NY; daughters, Carol (John) Fabbri of North Syracuse, NY and Mary Clare (Scott) Bender of Saugerties, NY; 10 grandchildren, Marisha, Connor, Genevieve, John, Amanda, Rachel, Joshua, Daniel, Michelle, and Laura; brothers, Thaddeus (Lucy) Zaparzynski of Horseheads and Edward (Peg) Zaparzynski of Hornell, NY; several nieces and nephews; and special friend Cindy Haigh with her children Ryan and Aaron. She is predeceased by her parents Joseph and Antoinette Zaparzynski, sisters, Adeline Manuel and Cecelia Millspaugh. Mrs. Bennett was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Casimir's Church. A private graveside service will take place at St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Helen's memory may be made to a charity of one's choice.   Star Gazette – February 9, 201

Age 75, of Elmira, NY. He was born February 5, 1933 in Elmira, son of the late John and Katherine (Cucik) Zawko, and died Friday, November 14, 2008 very unexpectedly. He was predeceased by his brothers, Nick, Joe, Steven, Mike and Peter; sisters, Ann and Sophie. Paul is survived by his loving companion of 24 years, Barbara Dove of Elmira; son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Jacqueline Maria Zawko; Jeff's mother, Barbara Zawko; grandchildren, Lucas James and Olivia Maria Zawko, all of Big Flats; Barbara Dove's children, Robert Hauger of Elmira, Bonnie and Mark Flasphaler, Vicki Duffy, all of Horseheads, Karen Uliana of Elmira; granddaughter, Carrie Ann Flasphaler of Horseheads; brother, James Zawko of Elmira; sisters, Julia Hamula, Mary Jansen and Katherine Kole, all of Horseheads; along with several nieces and nephews. Paul was employed with the Star Gazette for many years and retired from Hardinge, Inc. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1953 to 1957; was an avid golfer, photographer, NY Yankee and Giants fan. Most of all, he was a loving grandfather who adored his grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Monday, November 17th from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Tuesday, November 18th from 11 to 1 p.m. His funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Rev. Ross Raymond will officiate. Committal prayers and interment will follow in St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 11/16/2008

ZINN William "Bill"
A lifelong resident of the Pine City community, died Monday evening, August 31, 2009 at St. Joseph's Hospital following a brief illness at the age of 62. Born on July 28, 1947 in Elmira, Bill was the son of the late William & Theresa Masia Zinn. He was a graduate of Southside High School Class of 1965. After school he proudly served his country on 3 tours of duty during the Vietnam War while enlisted in the Navy. After returning home, Bill attended Corning Community College after which he earned a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from Buffalo State University. He married Marilyn Smith on May 27, 1972 in St. Mary's Church and they shared a wonderful life together. Bill was highly respected in his field as a Customer Service Manager with Hardinge Inc. where he was employed for 34 years. He was a communicant of St. Mary's Church. A man with many interests, fishing at his beloved cottage on Seneca Lake, hunting on the land he called home, cross country skiing and caring for his 1962 Corvette. Bill was a passionate family man who enjoyed making those around him laugh. He was often the center of attention at gatherings with his quick wit and ability to make everyone feel welcome and a part of his large family. He would never seek accolades but was happy to help those in need from behind the scenes. Surviving is his cherished family, wife and best friend, Marilyn Smith Zinn; his daughter, Carmen Zinn; beloved granddaughter, Emma Turco; sister, Patty (Michael) Stephens; all of Pine City; brothers, Albert (Linda) Zinn, Marion, OH; Christopher (Nathalia) Zinn, Portland, OR; sister-in-law, Patricia "Patty" (Craig) Clawson; cousins, Patty Bruner, Pine City; Linda (Bob) Smith, Pine City; Peter (Maxine) Masia, Himrod; Piero (Mafalda) Masia, Pine City and their families; nieces and nephews, Neil, Sarah, Gabriel and Sebastian Zinn; Lucy Stephens; nephew and godson, Zachary Stephens; Mary Kate Stephens; niece and goddaughter, Meredith Smith; Sean (Yone) Bistoff; Paul (Stacy) Bistoff; Laura Bruner; Luke Smith; Christine (Rich) Caforio; godson, Brian Manchester, Pine City. In addition to his parents, Bill was predeceased by his uncles, Bob and Peter Masia; nephew, Matthew Smith; and his mother-in-law, June Smith. Marilyn and her family are so thankful to have been surrounded by wonderful friends during Bill's illness, Chuck Aumick, Gary Comstock, Denny Middaugh, Ross Struble and Tim Sweeney. Each of you will never be forgotten. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport on Friday, September 4, 2009 from 5-8 p.m. A Saturday morning prayer service will take place at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. followed by A Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary's Church at 10:30 a.m. with cherished family friend, Reverend Richard Farrell, celebrant. Graveside services will follow in Sts. Peter & Paul's Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded Mr. Zinn. Memorials may be directed to the charity of ones choice in Bill's memory.
Published in the Star-Gazette from 9/2/2009 - 9/3/2009

Wanda Age 90, died Friday, June 3, 2005, at the Lakeside Beikirch Care Center. Wanda was a lifelong communicant of St. Casimir's Church, a member of the Wanda Circle and Rosary-Sacred Heart Society, and worked at the Mark Twain Hotel. She resided in Elmira and Elmira Heights for her 90 years and recently resided in Lakeside Beikirch Care Center in Brockport, NY. She is survived by daughter, Mary Ann (H. Edward) Rightmyer; grandchildren, Mary Beth (Peter) Ferrari, Gerald (Annie) Rightmyer, Jean (Christopher) Nothnagle, Peter (Cheryl) Rightmyer; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Christopher Ferrari, Rachel Rightmyer, Collin and Nathan Nothnagle, and Jacob Rightmyer; nieces, Joan Bradt, Kathy Briggs, Nancy Sheker, Joan Schooley; and nephew, Charles Lepkowski. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward, in 1980; and sisters, Sophie Minier, Stella Zombek; and brother, Adam Zombek. Donations may be made in her memory to Lakeside Beikirch Care Center, 170 West Ave., Brockport, NY 14420 (Envelopes available at the Funeral Home). Relatives and friends may call at the Kalec Funeral Home, Monday, June 6th, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. with Funeral Services immediately following at 1 p.m., Rev. Eugene Dobosz, officiating. Burial will follow in Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery.

ZUBRISKI John Zubriski
age 91 of Elmira Heights, NY died
Thursday, November 11, 2010 at St. Joseph's Hospital. He was born January 30, 1919 in Elmira, son of the late Stephen and Mary (Cusick) Zubriski. John is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Katherine (Rogus) Zubriski; daughters and sons-in-law Mary and William Price of Carmel, IN, Jane Smith of Horseheads, Elizabeth and Mario Ruggiero of Horseheads; grandchildren Arthur Cook Smith IV of Elmira, Billy and Annie Price of Carmel, IN, Luke Ruggiero of Horseheads and Beth Bell of Elmira; 9 great grandchildren; sister Ann Harabin of Elmira along with several nieces and nephews. Mr. Zubriski retired from Cutting Motors in Ithaca. He was a communicant of St. Charles Borromeo Church; member of the White Eagles Club, Nocturnal Adoration; was the secretary for the Polish National Alliance Lodge 1034 for over 30 years and was a veteran of WWII. At his request there will be no calling hours. Family and friends are invited to his Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, November 15th at 11 am in St. Charles Borromeo Church, 130 Oakwood Ave., Elmira Heights. Committal prayers and interment will follow in St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember John through donations to St. Joseph's Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit, 555 St. Joseph's Way, Elmira, NY 14901. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family. Star-Gazette - November 13, 2010

ZUBRISKI –MARGARET J. ZUBRISKI (GIAMMICLE) KEEHAN was born September 15, 1946 in Elmira, the daughter of the late Nicholas and Myrtle (Alexander) Zubriski. She passed away on Monday, July 25, 2016 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center with her family at her side. She is survived by her loving husband of 29 years, John J. Keehan; beloved children: son, Daniel Giammichele (Terry Wagoner); son, Thomas (Marlena) Giammichele; son, Donnie (Nancy) Miller; daughter, Hope (Rob) Strong; grandchildren: Brandon Ray Giammichele and Mariah Jesse; Brandi (Justin) Castle, Tanner Giammichele, Ashley Giammichele and Ryan Giammichele; Molly Keehan and Joshua Strong; great grandchildren: Alexsis Breeden; Vinnie Janirro and Ariahna Castle; brother, Paul (Mary) Zubriski; sister-in-law, Deb Keehan (Stanley Hayes); along with several other relatives, friends and neighbors. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Ave. Elmira/Southport, NY on Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM to reflect on the life of a wonderful lady. She will be laid to rest in St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery at the convenience of her family. –Elmira Star-Gazette 7/26/2016

Loretta B. "Lottie" Age 91 of Horseheads, NY formerly of Elmira Heights, NY died on Sunday March 19, 2006 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY. Lottie was born October 10, 1914 in Bridgeport, CT the daughter of the late Stanley and Anna Turek Zysk. Mrs. Ogershok married her husband, Peter Paul Ogershok, who pre-deceased her in 1979. She was also pre-deceased by her daughter Barbara Ogershok in 1978 as well as by her brother Benjamin Zysk and her sister Helen Chuchla. Lottie was a former communicant of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Elmira Heights, NY. She enjoyed cooking and was an avid New York Mets baseball fan. Lottie was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother who loved her family and cherished the time she spent with them. Mrs. Ogershok is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Joann and J. Patrick Phillips of Horseheads, NY; grandchildren: Kristine and Byron Hill of Elmira, NY; Kate Phillips of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Kelly and Rick Niver of Sarasota, FL; great grandchildren: Molly Hill of Elmira, NY; Kelsey Hill of Elmira, NY; Maegan Niver, Cody Niver, Paige Niver all of Sarasota, FL; brothers and sisters-in-law: Frank Zysk of Kissimmee, FL; Stanley and Catherine Zysk of Merchantville, NJ; Rose Zysk of Brooklyn, NY; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law: Stanley Ogershok of Chicago Heights, Illinois; Mary Ogershok of Elmira, NY; Cecelia Bissell of Horseheads, NY; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of caring friends. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY on Wednesday March 22, 2006 from 6-8 PM. Funeral and Committal Services will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 8 PM with Deacon William P. Dougherty, officiating. Interment in St. Peter and Paul's Cemetery in Elmira, NY.

Martha T., Age 82 of Richard St., Elmira, NY, died Monday, August 20, 2007, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. Martha was born on October 29, 1924, daughter of the late Frank and Mildred (Carroll) Zywicki. Survivors include her husband of 59 years, William Brown Sr.; daughter, Kathy Brown of Elmira; sister, Mildred Ziminski of Elmira; brothers, Ted Zywicki of Elmira and Charles Nicolson of NY, NY. Martha was predeceased by her son, William Jr. It was Martha's wish that there be no services held for her. Interment and committal prayers with Sr. Kathleen Bayer officiating will be held in St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

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