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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Woodlawn National Cemetery, City of Elmira, Chemung County, New York
Obituaries

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Do You Know that you can search just the Obituaries on the site by using the three County Specific Obituary selections in the Partitioned search engine at the bottom of the Current What's New Page? You can narrow your search by including a key word in the cemetery name or a township name in addition to the surname you search. Then select the Find All Words option.
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Reading a series of obituaries from a single cemetery, as they are presented here, is like reading the multi-generational history of a community. These people were the local populace at a particular time. The people buried here knew each other, were neighbors, relatives and school mates. They attended church together and engaged in "trade" or business. 

All people are listed in alphabetic order by surname at BIRTH. Women identified by a married alias only and  for whom a birth surname can not be identified, are listed on the last page for the cemetery's obituaries. Please send in typed obituaries for people buried in our local cemeteries. If possible include name of newspaper and date. Send typed in your email or in attached Word files. Send to Joyce M. Tice (JoyceTice@aol.com) 

 

Woodlawn National Cemetery Obituaries

SAIA John R. Age 76, of Elmira Heights, NY. He was born June 24, 1930 in Elmira, son of the late Anthony and Elena (Desimone) Saia and died Friday, March 2, 2007, very unexpectedly at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. He was predeceased by his brother, Frank; and sister, Josephine Crossett; and is survived by his wife of 55 years, Kathleen (Kate) Atkinson Saia; children and their spouses, Dr. Timothy R. (Sally) of Richmond Hill, GA, Rocky (Sue) of Elmira Heights, Jill (Bill) Hudson of Atlanta, GA, and Dr. Jack (Anita) of Amherst, NY; grandchildren, Angela Brusso, Gina Saia, John R. Hudson, Will Hudson, Jack Saia, Jr. and Joey Saia; great-grandson, Nicholas Brusso; sister, Genevieve (Jerry) Tregea of Rochester, NY; along with several nieces and nephews. John was a member of Elmwood Avenue Baptist Church, a Deacon, member of the Board of Trustees and the choir there. He retired in 1990 as a Corrections Officer with the Elmira Correctional Facility after 30 years of service; was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Elmira Heights American Legion Post 154, F.O.E. 941 Elmira; attained the rank of Eagle Scout and played for E.F.A. in the 1st Erie Bell football game in 1947. John's greatest accomplishment was to instill in his children his faith, values, his love for life, music and for other people. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira, on Monday, March 5th, from 4 to 8 p.m. His funeral service will be held Tuesday, March 6th, at 10 a.m. in Elmwood Avenue Baptist Church, 230 Elmwood Ave., Elmira Heights. Committal prayers and interment, with Military Honors, will follow in Woodlawn National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember John through donations to Elmwood Ave. Baptist Church, 230 Elmwood Ave., Elmira Heights, NY 14903; or the Chemung County S.P.C.A., 2435 State Route 352, Elmira, NY 14903.

 

SAMPSELL Irvin Robert (Bob)
Age 82 of Bradford, NY, formerly of Elmira. He was born May 2, 1926 in Elmira, son of the late Benjamin and Helen (Dalrymple) Sampsell and died Saturday, July 12, 2008, at the Bath VA Nursing Facility. He was predeceased by his son, Daniel Paul, and two brothers and two sisters. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Marie J. (Hopkins); children and their spouses, Nancy and Mike Clune of Myrtle Beach, SC, Sharon and Ray Hawkins of Charleston, SC, John Sampsell of Waverly, Barbara and Jim Osborne of Pine City, Barry and Brenda Sampsell of Bradford, NY; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews and Blackie, his beloved cat. Bob was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during WWII, and was involved in the Battle of the Bulge. He retired from Remington Rand; owned the Mobil Lube City, corner of Maple Ave. and Sly St., Elmira. After he "retired," he worked at Jubilee in Horseheads. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. on Washington Ave., Elmira, on Wednesday, July 16th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. His Funeral Service will follow at 12:30 in Calvary Church of the Nazarene, 1205 W. Church St., Elmira, Pastor Paul MacPherson will officiate. Committal prayers and interment, with military honors, will follow in Woodlawn National Cemetery. The family will provide their own flowers and request that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Calvary Church of the Nazarene, 1205 W. Church St., Elmira, NY 14905 in his memory. Bob's family would like to thank the staff at the Bath, VA Community Living Center 3 for the wonderful care they provided him during his brief stay.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 7/13/2008

 

JOHN S. SAMPSON of Elmira Heights, NY, formerly of Waverly, NY passed away on Thursday evening February 11, 2016 at the age of 83. John was born April 1, 1932 in Sayre, PA, a son of the late Alvin and Pearl Zimmer Sampson. John is preceded in death by an infant son and a daughter; brothers, Herbert, Harry “Lindy”, Sam “Junior”, David, and sister Charlotte. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 51 years, Christine Blake Viselli Sampson; children; RoseMarie (Harold) Renninger of Ulster, PA, John Alvin Sampson of Waverly, NY, and Terri (Tom) Ersley of Horseheads, NY; grandchildren, Michael Blaine, Jason Sampson, Alicia and Kristen Ersley; great grandchildren, Nyla and Michael Jr.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He served his country honorably during the Korean War with the US Army. He was retired after 33 years from American Bridge Works. John was a lifetime member of VFW Post 8104, as well as a lifetime member of Cayuta Hose Fire Co. in Waverly, NY and an avid bowler and ball player. The family will welcome relatives and friends to Sullivan’s Funeral Home, 365 E. Franklin St., at Rt. 13, Horseheads, NY on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 3PM-5PM with Memorial Services and Military Honors to follow. John will be laid to rest at Woodlawn National Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Those wishing to remember John, please consider memorial contributions to Chemung County Humane Society & SPCA, State Route 352, Elmira, NY. The family would like to thank Elcor, Colonial Ridge North for taking excellent care of him during his stay. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/14/2016

 

SAUER Alice M. Carpenter

Was born November 2, 1919 in Norwood, Ohio the daughter of the late Archie and Stella (Hemple) Sauer died peacefully on Monday, August 15, 2011 in Jamesburg, NJ. Her loving husband, Charles M. Carpenter predeceased her in 1965. Her sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and Arthur L. Morgan Jr. also preceded her in death. She is survived by her beloved daughters, Margaret Beckham Carpenter of Phoenix, AZ; Amy (Drew) Bender of Ballengee, W. VA; Jeannette (Dale) Mutza of East Windsor, NJ, with whom she resided and who also gave her the utmost love and care. Her 3 grandchildren, 1 great grandson and several nieces and nephews also survive her. Alice was a Veteran in the US Army proudly serving her country from 1943 to 1945, and later re-enlisted in the Army from 19471950. She retired from the Tioga General Hospital as switchboard operator after several years of dedicate service. Services will be held at a later date at a time convenient to her family. She will be laid to rest in the Woodlawn National Cemetery with her beloved Charles. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc.  Star Gazette – August 18, 2011

 

SAWYER - SARRO
Dorothy M. 81, (SRGP 81263) of Mansfield, PA, did May 14, 2006 at Bradford County Manor, Troy, PA. She was born October 14, 1924 in Elmira, NY, the daughter of Harry and Lenna Condon Sawyer. Dorothy retired from Truck-Lite, Wellsboro, PA. She was a member of the Mainesburg United Methodist Church and the VFW Post 6757 Ladies Auxiliary. Dorothy is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Stanley "Skeet" and Diane Spencer of Horseheads, NY, John and Jeanie Spencer of Deland, FL, Darryl and Judy Spencer of Elmira, NY; four daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Benjamin Moore, Joann and Mike Smith and Joyce Bennett all of Elmira, NY, Tammy and Raymond Sherman of Mansfield, PA; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Eugene and Jeanie Sawyer of Mifflinburg, PA, Robert and Helen Sawyer of Elmira, NY; 15 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren; and her children's father, Stanley K. Spencer of Elmira, NY. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward Sarro in 1989. Friends are invited to call at the Scureman Funeral Home, 130 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA, Thursday, Noon to 1 p.m. Funeral services will follow there Thursday at 1 p.m. with William Baker officiating. Burial in Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dorothy's memory may be made to the charity of one's choice.

SAWYER – Dorothy M. Sarro, 81, of Mansfield, died Sunday, May 14, 2006 at Bradford County Manor, Troy. She was born Oct. 14, 1924 in Elmira, NY, the daughter of Harry and Lenna Condon Sawyer. Dorothy retired from Truck-Lite, Wellsboro. She was a member of the Mainesburg United Methodist church and the VFW Post 6757 Ladies Auxiliary. Dorothy is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Stanley “Skeet” and Diane Spencer of Horseheads, NY, John and Jeanie Spencer of Deland, Fla., Daryl and Judy Spencer of Elmira, NY; four daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Benjamin Moore, Joann and Mike Smith, Joyce Bennett, all of Elmira, NY, Tammy and Raymond Sherman of Mansfield; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Eugene and Jeanie Sawyer of Mifflinburgh, Robert and Helen Sawyer of Elmira, NY; 15 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and her children’s father, Stanley K. Spencer of Elmira, NY. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward Sarro in 1989. Friends are invited to call at the Scureman Funeral Home, 130 S. Main St., Mansfield on Thursday, May 18 from noon to 1 PM. Funeral services will follow there on Thursday at 1 PM with William Baker officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dorothy’s memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice. – The Mansfield Gazette, 17 May 2006, p.6A

SCHAFFNER Harold E. "Gene"
Age 81, of Elmira, NY, died on Monday, June 11, 2007, at St. Joseph's Hospital. Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, June 13th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will take place there at 1 p.m. with Eugene Fields officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn National Cemetery with Full Military Honors.

MARCEL C. SCHIESS of Canton, RR 2, died, Saturday, April 15, 2006 at the Troy Community Hospital.  Surviving are his beloved wife, Susan (VanDyke) Schiess; three children, Mona (Francisco) Calvo, Mark (Teresa) and Michael (Melissa) Schiess; two grandchildren, Julia (Pedro) Bueno and Francisco Calvo; a great-grandson, Simon Marcel; a sister, Suzanne Fligner; three nieces and several cousins.  It was Mr. Schiess’s request there be no services.  A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at the Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira, N.Y. longtime friend, Rev. Jasper Smith, will officiate and full military honors will be accorded.  In lieu of flowers, his family suggests your consideration of a donation to the Guthrie Hospice, RR 1, Box 154, Towanda, Pa.  The Pepper Funeral Home in Canton is assisting the family with arrangements.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

SCHILLER –VIRGINIA DRAKE, 97, of Elmira, New York peacefully passed away on November 9, 2014 at The Elcor Nursing Center. Virginia was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her parents Maud and John Schiller along with her brother, Pearson Schiller preceded her in death. Virginia is survived by her six children: Jon, of Elmira, NY. Joan Hunter (late Robert) of Denver, CO., Polly Murphy (Joe) of Linglestown, PA, William (Linda) of Horseheads, NY, David (Bonnie) of Huntersville, NC and Stephen (Cathy) Concord, NC; 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. In 1939, Virginia married the love of her life, G. Manning Drake. He was truly the most important person in her life, and when he passed away he remained in her heart and life forever. An incredible woman, in 1937, Virginia helped create and manage the office of The Drake Coal Company in Elmira until becoming a homemaker for many years taking care of the growing family. Later she would again return to the business community as manager of the Drake Heating & Air Conditioning. Virginia finished her career by investing in real estate in Elmira, buying, remodeling and selling homes. She won praise and awards in every phase of her career. Her word was always her bond. However, during her long life one thing is for sure, nothing was ever more important to her than her family. Her never wavering positive attitude, and determination only do the right and moral things in her life surely has guaranteed that she is once again with her husband and her beloved mother. God Bless you Mom, thanks for being the incredible you. We will always miss you. Rest In Peace. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Lake Street Presbyterian Church, Elmira. Friends may call at the Baker Family Funeral Home on Friday November 14 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 with Rev. Priscilla Andrews officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/12/2014

SCHOONOVER   Ronald Lee Southside Resident Age 62, of Decker Ave., Elmira, NY, died on Tuesday, July 26, 2005, at the Bath VA Medical Center after a brief illness. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY, on Thursday, July 28, 2005, from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral services celebrating Ronald's life will follow the visitation. Chaplain Bill Kaiser will officiate. Interment will take place privately in the Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, NY, at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be directed to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830, or to a charity of one's choice.

SCHORR Alberta M. "Bert" Short
A longtime resident of Pine City died Saturday evening, July 28, 2007 at St. Joseph's Hospital after declining health at the age of 87. Born on July 1, 1920, Bert was the daughter of Albert & Margaret Knoop Schorr. She was a loving wife to William E. Short until his passing in 1989. Bert is remembered for her love of music. She touched many lives with her patience and skill in teaching piano and organ to many. She was an active member in the Christian Faith Fellowship Church where she played the piano and organ for church services. Bert also enjoyed crafts, family times and was an avid flower and vegetable gardener. Surviving is her cherished family, daughters, Margaret Ann (Dr. Mead) Phelps, Metairie, LA; Susan Putney, Golden Glow, Tammy (Jim Barrett) Seymour, Elmira; four grandchildren, Jenny (Charles) Zimmer, John Michael Putney, Michelle (Todd Johnson) Putney, Susan (Steve) McLin; five great grandchildren, Jacob Zimmer, Abby Zimmer, Kassie Putney, Kelsey Johnson, Braden McLin. In addition to her parents and husband, Bert was predeceased by her sisters, Marge Siskind and Marion Mathes. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport on Sunday August 5, 2007 between the hours of 2-4 p.m. A memorial service will take place at the Christian Faith Fellowship Church, 813 Maple Ave, Elmira, NY 14904 on Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. with her pastor, the Reverend James Crupi officiating. Interment will take place in Woodlawn National Cemetery where Bert will be buried next to her husband, William E. Short. Bert loved living plants or you may donate to the Chemung County SPCA, Pine City Fire Dept., St. Joseph's Hospital, the American Lung Assoc. or the Christian Faith Fellowship Church in her memory.

SCHROCK William H. "Bill"
Of Elmira, NY, died Monday, March 30, 2009. William was a retired employee of Hardinge, Inc. He was predeceased by his wife Bertha Mae on December 23, 2004. William is survived by daughter, Sondra (Arthur) Kendall of Horseheads; sons, William, Jr. (Sandra) Schrock, and Errol (Ralveen) Schrock, both of Portland, OR; daughter, Pam (Tom) Wheeler of Elmira; 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, which includes special granddaughter, Lee Saginario and her children, Christopher and Anna. William was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific area, Philippines, and during the Korean War. He was the recipient of the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, with 2 oak leaf clusters, 2 Battle Stars for the Pacific, and 2 for Korea. It was William's request that there be no calling hours or services. Burial will be in Woodlawn National Cemetery at the convenience of his family. Donations in his memory may be made to the Chemung County Humane Society and SPCA, 2435 State Route 352, Elmira, NY 14903. McInerny Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

SCHUSLER - KEOUGH, Alice M. "Mom" "Hoppy" "Beema"
Age 82, of Elmira, NY died Tuesday, December 16th, 2008, at St. Joseph's Hospital. Alice was the daughter of the late Joseph and Minnie Kakritz Schusler in Elmira, NY, March 24, 1926. She was the beloved spouse of the late Joseph Keough Sr., whom predeceased her in 1994. She is survived by her children, James (Carol) Keough of Horseheads, NY, Sally Keough of Elmira, Kevin (Heidi) Keough of Flower Mound, TX, Patrick (Lori) Keough of Horseheads, NY; and her loving dog, "Buffy." In addition to her children, she also leaves behind her grandchildren, Josh, Daniel, Susan, Jon, Steven, Lauren, Christopher, Zachary, Maxwell, McKenna, and Caitlyn; great-grandchildren, Justin, Kayla, Joshua, Cade, Mara, Makenna; sisters, Marion Justic of Elmira, NY and Dorothy Schusler of Ithaca, NY; along with several nieces and nephews. A daughter-in-law, Judy Keough of Elmira, NY; and sister-in-law, Ann Keough of Horseheads, NY. In addition to her husband Joseph, Alice was also predeceased by her son, Joseph Keough, Jr.; granddaughter, Kristiana L. Keough; brothers, Edward, Raymond, Gerald; sisters, Helen, Geraldine, twin sister Eileen. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, NY Monday, December 22, 2008 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Funeral and committal services will be held there at the conclusion of the calling hours at 7:00 p.m. Interment graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family in the Woodlawn National Cemetery. The Reverend Jane Winters will officiate. Those will always remember Alice for her love of family and her home being the family hub. She will always be missed. Memorial donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, 333 West Moreland Dr., Rochester, NY 16420 or the Avenue of Flags.  Published in the Star-Gazette from 12/18/2008 - 12/19/2008

SCOTT - LOWE, Geraldine May (Scott)
died January 27th, 2008, from complications of Alzheimer's. Geraldine, better known as "Tootie", was born on June 3rd, 1919 to Fay and Marietta Scott of Elmira, New York, who are deceased. Her husband, Kenneth Dodd Lowe died in July 2005. His ashes are interred in Woodlawn Military Cemetery, in Elmira, New York. She leaves behind her sister, Marion Houston of PennYan, New York; her sons, Kenneth Scott Lowe and Craig Dale (Linda) Lowe; daughter, Cheryl Mae (Don) McCarthy of Colorado Springs, Colorado; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Tootie was a seamstress in Wellsville and Elmira, New York, prior to moving to Colorado Springs in 1996. A Memorial Service took place in Colorado. Her body was cremated and her remains will be interred with her beloved husband of nearly 64 years. A Memorial Service is planned at Woodlawn Military Cemetery, in Elmira, New York at 2:00 p.m. August 15th, 2008, their Anniversary, officiated by Trinity Episcopal Church, where they will then be "Together Forever". In place of flowers, the family requests a donation to the Alzheimer's Association in her name. She now remembers those she loved.   Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/10/2008

 

MILTON A. SCOTT, 80, of Elmira Heights, NY passed away on May 1, 2014 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. Milton was born of June 6, 1933 in Elmira, son of the late Milton H. and Emma (Andrus) Scott. Milton served our country in the US Navy and retired from Elmira Correctional Facility after many years as a teacher in auto body. Milton is survived by his son, David (Candy) Scott; grandchildren, Patrick Scott and Ashley and husband, Brian Rousseau; great-grandchildren, Savannah and Ethan Scott; sister-in-law, Donna Reynolds; nephew, Jeffery Scott; nieces, Sharon Smallcomb, Terry Fox and Carol Zaumseil; special companion, Delores "Dee" Fitzgerald, along with Dee's extended family. Milton was predeceased by his brother, Robert Scott. Family and friends are invited to a military honor service on Tuesday, May 6th at 2 p.m. in Woodlawn National Cemetery. –Elmira Star-Gazette 5/2/2014

 

SEAGREN John

Of Elmira, died Saturday, November 9, 2013 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center following declining health at the age of 70. Born on October 19, 1943, John was the son of the late, John E. Seagren & Josephine Black. He served in the US Army during Vietnam era, stationed in Korea and Washington DC as a M.P. John married Georgia Newkirk on May 1, 1965 and were married 37 years until she passed on Oct. 10, 2002. He was employed by the City of Elmira and the Chemung County Sheriff's Office as a police officer. In later years he was an independent over the road truck driver. His interests included hunting, fishing and automotive repair. Surviving is his loving family, children, Eric J. (Shelia) Seagren; Hope M. Seagren; grandchildren, Tyler Scott and Ryan Michael Seagren; Jonathan Michael, Jaridd James and Nicholas Jay Groves; Andrew Dylan Scott and Randi Fenton; great granddaughter, Joslin Riley Seagren; siblings, Lorie Seagren, Jan Budnar, Alan Seagren and Debbie Smith; several nieces, nephews and many in-laws from Georgia's family. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira on Friday, November 15, 2013 from 11 a.m.- 12 (noon) Funeral services will follow at 12 (noon) with burial in Woodlawn National Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded Mr. Seagren. Star Gazette – November 13, 2013

 

SEIDEL Joseph F. "Joe" Jr. of Elmira, NY - Age 66, died  on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center after a long struggle with a respiratory disease. Joe was born and raised in Elmira, NY and attended local schools. Joe was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Frances (Buczkowski) Seidel. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, JoAnn (Hovencamp) Seidel; brother and his wife, Paul and Natalie Seidel; sister-in-law, Beverly Anderson; brother-in-law and his wife, Richard and Audrey Hovencamp; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, great friends and neighbors; and his best buddy, "Rusty". Joe retired from Millbrook Bakery (Interstate Brands) and the New York State Department of Corrections as a civilian carpenter. He served 4 years in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War. It was Joe's wish there be no calling hours and his interment in Woodlawn National Cemetery take place at the convenience of his family. The family wishes to thank his doctors and the staff at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center, all of our friends and neighbors for their help and concern. Also for our family members who were there for Joe when his wife couldn't be. Memorial donations may be directed to the Chemung County Humane Society and SPCA, 2435 State Route 352, Elmira, NY 14903 or to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. - Elmira Star Gazette, Mar.11.2010

 

CLIFFORD A. SHADDUCK of Horseheads, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, September 26, 2016 at the age of 70. December 12, 1945 in Elmira, NY, son of the late Arthur H. and Anna Joslyn Shadduck. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 45 years Ann Benedict Shadduck of Horseheads, NY and their children, Renee (Eric) Pratt of Horseheads, NY and Danielle (Tim) Rizzo of E. Aurora, NY; grandchildren, Ellie Glover, Allie Shadduck, Anna and Natalie Rizzo; great grandson, Bentley Alan; brothers, Al (Hazel) Shadduck and Duane Shadduck; sisters Kathy (Bob) Kennedy and Bonnie (Steve) Butts; brother-in-law, Rob (Irina) Benedict, Tom Benedict and Philip Benedict; mother-in-law, Rose Benedict and several extended family members. Cliff served his country honorably with the US Air Force and worked at F.M. Howell for over 38 years as a Lead Pressman. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 442, a member of the NRA, local food pantry volunteer as well as a volunteer for the Bath VA. He was a kind, caring, fair, and humble person. The family will welcome relatives and friends at the Horseheads Community Wesleyan Church, 2095 Grand Central Ave., Horseheads, NY on Friday, September 30, 2016 from 10AM-12PM with his Funeral Service to follow. He will be laid to rest at Woodlawn National Cemetery, immediately following with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Cliff, may view the website for donation sites or they will be available at the service. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/28/2016

HOWARD E. SHAFER age 93, of Millport, NY, passed away on Monday, July 18, 2016 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. He was born on March 31, 1923 in Union, NY to the late Arthur and Helena Shafer. He was predeceased by his wife, Madeline Shafer in 1998. Howard is survived by his son, Dennis (Bonnie) Shafer of High Bridge, NJ, brother, Lloyd (Esther) Shafer of Binghamton; sister, Rowena Fairchild of Binghamton; grandchildren, Debra (Gio) Lam of Philipsburg, NJ and Jonathan Shafer of High Bridge, NJ; special friend, Aloise Benedict of Cayuta; along with several nieces and nephews. Howard was a veteran of the US Army during WWII. He worked for 24 years with Eastern Freightways and then continued to work part-time till 2000 for GST Boces. He retired as a teamster in 1987. Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Friday, July 29th at 11 a.m. in Woodlawn National Cemetery with full military honors. Arrangements have been entrusted to the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. –Elmira Star-Gazette 7/26/2016

SHAPPEE CLIFFORD L.
Age 65 of 544 E. Franklin St. Horseheads, NY. Wednesday November 23, 1988. Friends are invited to call at the VanBuskirk-Lynch Funeral Home, Mill St. & Gr. Central Ave., Horseheads, Sunday, 2 to 4 & 7 to 9 pm. Funeral Service will be conducted at the funeral home Monday, 2 pm. Interment, Woodlawn National Cemetery, where full Military Honors will be accorded Mr. Shappee. He is survived by sons, Clifford G. Shappee of Bellflower, CA, John Shappee of Elmira, NY, Patrick Shappee of Elmira Heights, NY; daughters, Kathryn E. Shappee of Utica, NY, Claudia Bordonaro of Buffalo, NY; 7 grandchildren; sisters, Josephine Ostrander of Horseheads, NY, Genevieve Mosher of Cayuta, NY, Geraldine Austin of Long Beach, CA, Harriet Risley of Sidney, NY, Susan Bell of Bellflower, CA; brother, Clarence Shappee of Van Etten, NY; Several nieces & nephews. Mr. Shappee was born March 21 1923 in Horseheads, NY, the son of Clifford R. & Florence E. Lounsberry Shappee. He was a retired employee of the Town of Horseheads Highway Dept., veteran of World War II, member of the American Legion Bentley Trumble Post #442 of Horseheads, VFW Rex Field Post #901, & the Horseheads B.P.O.E. Lodge 2297.- Star-Gazette

SHAPPEE  -FRANCES M. LITTLE a longtime resident of Pennsylvania Ave in Pine City died peacefully on Thursday morning, December 22, 2005, in her home following a brief illness. Fran was born on October 24, 1919 in Southport, daughter of Arthur and Daisy Tillinghast Shappee. She was married to Ernest L. Little in August of 1945, and he predeceased her 10 years later following a drowning accident in Seeley Creek in October of 1955. Following her husband's death, Fran raised her children, operated her family business and took care of her home on her own and has continued to demonstrate her strong determination all these years later. She was the proprietor of the Pine City Meat Market for many years. Her many interest have included gardening, playing softball, was an accomplished rifle sharpshooter, and was well known at Dixie Lanes for her bowling ability. Her family and cherished friends were always of the greatest of importance to her. Surviving is her loving family, her four children, Dale and Susan Little, Pine City, JoAnn and Richard Packard, Gillett, PA, Beverly and David Rennie, Abington, VA, and LouAnn and Bill Howe, Pine City; seven grandchildren, Scott, Kim, Carol, Keith, Stacy, Kevin and Patricia; seven great-grandchildren, Brad, Logan, Luke, Joshua, Justin, Robbie and Stephanie; Fran's twin brother and his wife, Fred and Lois Shappee, Pine City; nieces, nephews and many friends. In addition to her parents and her husband, Fran was predeceased by her brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Jean Shappee; and a sister and brother-in-law, Lillian and Roy Gustin. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport, on Saturday, December 24, 2005, between the hours of 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Funeral services will follow the visitation at 2 p.m., with the Reverend Horace Stoddard officiating. Graveside services will take place at the family's convenience in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira. –Elmira Star Gazette.

SHARANT _ LACOMB
Tillie J. Age 83, of Elmira, NY, died on Sunday, May 1, 2005, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. She was born on October 8, 1921 in Arnot, PA, to the late Walter and Katherine (Gublo) Sherant. Survivors include her son, Richard LaComb of Elmira; sisters, Frances Schiefen and Josephine Welch, both of Elmira; along with several nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, May 4th, from 12 to 1 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. with Rev. Eugene Dobosz officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn National Cemetery.

SHAW Ardell W. "Artie"
Age 71, died on February 19, 2008 at Bath VA Hospital. Artie was born April 13, 1936, and is survived by daughter, Ellen Shaw-Smith; son-in-law, Dr. Robert Smith; and grandchildren, Ryan and Skye Smith. He is also survived by close and loyal brother, Harry L. Shaw; and sisters, Lynne Campbell and Loraine (Earl) Dugger; as well as many nieces and nephews, including close niece, Kim A. Bennett, and nephews, Charles Bennett and Richard Mast. Ardell was a retired Army Sergeant First Class, who served during the Korean War and Four Tours of Duty in Vietnam. He received numerous accommodations, including The Bronze Star with Three Oak Clusters, and the National Defense Service Medal with Ten Oak Clusters. Artie volunteered tirelessly for over 30 years in service of veterans and others in need. He was instrumental in beginning the DAV Transportation Program from Elmira to the Bath VA Hospital. He also opened the first clothing donation center at the same facility. His extensive volunteer commitment won him the George H. Seal National DAV Volunteer Award. He was also honored for his volunteer work for the Red Cross and served as past president of the Southport Coin Association. Artie served many years as a loyal member of Masonic Order Union-Cooley Lodge, Waverly Masonic War Veterans Post #45, and Corning Consistory. He was the first person to receive the New York Masonic War Veterans Award. Those wishing may call at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Southport, on Saturday, February 23, 2008, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with Funeral Service to honor Ardell there at 1:00 p.m. Followed by a graveside service at Woodlawn National with Full Military Honors accorded at the cemetery. There will be a Memorial Service held Sunday, February 24, 2008, at 1:00 p.m. at The Chapel at the Bath VA, Bath, NY. Those wishing may make memorials to The Volunteer Services Program, c/o Bath Veterans Hospital, Bath, NY.   Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/21/2008.

SHAW –BARBARA JEAN (SHAW) GRABOWSKI age 89, passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, on Monday, September 29, 2014 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Barbara was born February 25, 1925, in Elmira, the daughter of Justus L. and Bertha (Hill) Shaw. She is predeceased by her brother Richard Shaw, sister Ellen Willett and daughter-in-law Sharon Grabowski. Barbara is survived by her husband of 64 years Joseph J. Grabowski; children, and their spouses, Pamela J. (Hoffman) and Kenneth Lewis of Elmira Heights, Carol J. and Stephen Cardamone of Ithaca, Thomas J. and Lisa Grabowski of Myrtle Beach SC; grandchildren, Kimberly (Bryan) Woodworth, David (Jamie) Lewis, Corey (Kim) Bourgeois, Michele (Gary) Southard, Kristi (Chad) Colligan, Stephen (Amy) Cardamone, Scott (Michelle) Cardamone, Kelly (James) Spivey, and David Walters; 23 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law William and Eleanor Shaw of Elmira Heights; along with several nieces, nephews and close friends. Barbara was a good and kind person. She never had an unkind word to say about anybody and looked at the world through rose colored glasses. In the past few years she took great interest in sports and became an avid NY Yankee fan. Barbara's role in life was that of a caretaker, always looking out for other people. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother who will be forever missed. Family and friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water Street, Elmira, on Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 7:15 p.m. Interment will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery. The Grabowski family would like to offer a special thank you to the 3C and 4B staffs at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Dr. Rizk, the Chemung County Nursing Facility and Stacy at Care First for the wonderful care provided to Barbara over the last two months. Donations in memory of Barbara may be directed to Care First, 11751 E. Corning Road, Corning NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/1/2014

LYMAN (LARRY) SHAW
 Lyman Laurence (Larry) Shaw, 71, of Gillett, PA died Tuesday, April 30, 1991. Mr. Shaw retired from the American Bridge Co. in Elmira, NY.  He was a US Army veteran, having served during World War II, a member of the Troy, PA American Legion Post #49 and Canton Moose Lodge #429. He is survived by his wife, the former Gladys P. Sheets; daughter, Sandra M. Miller of Gillett, PA; son, Laurence L. Shaw of Lawrenceville, PA; daughter and son-in-law, Paula L. and Bradley R. Haflett of Granville Summit; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sister, Lillian Johnson of Penn Yan, NY; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held May 2 at the Olthof Funeral Home in Elmira with the Rev. Donald Rockwell officiating and interment to be in Woodlawn National Cemetery. (TGR, Thursday, May 9, 1991)

 

WILLIAM R. SHAW age 85, of Horseheads, NY passed away peacefully at the Elcor Health Services in Horseheads, NY on Thursday, September 17th 2015. William was born on November 10th 1929 in Elmira, NY the son of the late Thomas and Elizabeth (Foss) Shaw. William was also predeceased by his brother, Thomas Shaw and uncle, Henry Foss. He is survived by his brother, Thaddeus Shaw of Orlando, FL; sisters, Rita Roe of Chesterfield, VA and Marilyn Shaw of Elmira, for whom William provided his loving care for over 30 years. He is also survived by several caring nieces and nephews. William proudly served our country in the US Marines during the Korean War. He retired from Trayer Products in Elmira after many years of service. Williams's family would like to thank the caretakers at Woodbrook Assisted Living and Care First, along with his friend, Mike Reinhart for their compassion and support for William. Services for William will be private to the family and take place in Woodlawn National Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted with the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/20/2015

 

SHEASLEY Madeline V. Buelow

died peacefully in her sleep on July 11, 2013 at the St. Joseph's 3rd Floor Skilled Nursing Unit. She was born in Heckley Park, PA on October 24, 1916 to the late John and Mary Sheasley. Madeline was preceded in death by her 8 siblings and her beloved and deeply missed husband Richard J. Buelow on July 18, 1956. In Madeline's 96 years she shouldered the loss of grandchildren, extended family members and many dear friends along with most trying, the losses of sons, Robert and Richard and daughter, Pamelee. Madeline is survived by daughter Sheila with husband Ernest Hartman of Horseheads NY and son, Jerry Buelow of New Castle PA; 18 grandchildren, along with her devoted and loving granddaughter, Karen (Robert) Hannon. Madeline's legacy will forever live on in the strength and endurance of her family. Madeline and husband Richard raised their family on Elmira's Northside instilling the values of hard work, family and community. She called on these values many times especially after the loss of Richard and raising her four youngest children who were still at home. Madeline retired from C&K Laundry in Elmira after many years of dedicated service. Family and friends are invited to call Sunday, July 14, 2013 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. Interment will take place in Woodlawn National Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Madeline can be made to  St. Jude Children's Research Hospital . Madeline's family would like to thank St. Joseph' Hospital 3rd floor skilled nursing, along with Dr. Schiavone for the wonderful care Madeline received.   Star Gazette – July 13, 2013

 

SHEEHAN Howard P.
Age 90, of Horseheads, died September 15, 2010. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Mildred (nee: Vesneske); children, Paula (Francis) Affeldt, Donna Sheehan, Tom Sheehan, Mark (Betty) Sheehan, Dale Sheehan; 17 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Howard is retired from Remington Rand after 31 years, then worked at SBA, OSHA & FEMA. He enjoyed volunteer work in the community with his wife, spending time with his family and golfing. He was a Staff Sergeant in the US Army during WWII in the European theater, member of the American Legion, ASTME, and founding member of the Flying Sparks. The family will receive relatives and friends at the Kalec Funeral Home on Sunday, September 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. A prayer service there Monday, September 20th, at 9 a.m. followed by his Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary Our Mother's Church, Horseheads at 10 a.m. Interment to follow in Woodlawn National Cemetery. - Elmira Star Gazette, September 17, 2010

SHEETS -  SHAW, Gladys
Age 88, of Gillett, died July 31, 2009 at the Bradford County Manor. Surviving are children, Paula (Bradley) Haflett of Granville Summit, Lawrence Shaw of Elmira; eight grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and siblings. She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years Lyman, a daughter, Sandra Marie Miller, a grandson and four sisters. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, Pepper Funeral Home in Canton. Burial will be private in Woodlawn National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to; Bradford County Humane Society, Route 220 in Ulster, PA 18850.

SHEETS - Gladys Shaw, 88, of Gillett, Pa., died Friday evening, July 31, 2009, at the Bradford County Manor.  On Aug. 4, 1920, Gladys Pauline Sheets was born in Sonestown, Pa., a daughter of the late Owen and Hazel (TEMPLE) Sheets. Gladys was the wife of the late Lyman Lawrence Shaw. They celebrated 50 years of marriage before his passing in 1991.  Gladys was blessed with a strong work ethic and remained active all her life. In addition to the devoted care she gave to her family, she worked outside the home. Gladys was employed by various factories in earlier years and most recently by the Youngstown Steel Door Company in Elmira, N.Y. She was a member of South Creek's Fire Company and Lyons Club. Gladys was an avid bowler and will be remembered for her bountiful flowers and vegetable gardens.  Surviving are two children, Paula (Bradley) Haflett, of Granville Summit, Lawrence L. Shaw of Elmira; eight grandchildren, Darwin B. Miller, Shawna (Rick) Comfort, Beth (Dave) Hodge, Arron Miller (Brad Bellows), Brett Shaw, Jason Shaw, Jill Burnham (John Voda) and Robert Haflett; several great-grandchildren; siblings, Shirley Rarick, of Troy, Doris Stone, of Fassett, Leon Sheets, of Elmira and Dick Sheets, of Florida; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was predeceased by a daughter, Sandra Marie Shaw Miller in 1996; a grandson, Jason Burnham in 2001; siblings, Helen Bircher, Louise Shaw, Marie Purvis and Rachel Hutter.  A memorial service and celebration of Gladys' life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive in Canton. Rev. George Ogden will officiate. Burial will be private in Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira. Those who wish may make memorials to Bradford County Humane Society, Route 220 in Ulster, PA 18850.  2 August 2009, Towanda Daily Review.

SHELANSKEY Richard "Dick" W. Age 75, of State Route 49, North Bay, died Thursday, March 23, 2006, at the VA Medical Center, Syracuse, NY. He was born in Elmira, NY, on August 23, 1930, a son of Henry P. and Pauline Maynard Shelanskey. Dick lived in the Elmira area and graduated from high school there. On October 24, 1953, he married Jean Rivette in Elmira. Mr. Shelanskey served in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He grew up in the greenhouse business and was affiliated with Messner's Flowers in Utica as a floral designer. He moved to North Bay in 1981 from New Hartford where he lived for twenty years. Dick then owned and operated Country Gardens of North Bay since the mid 1980's. He also previously worked at Special Metals, Chicago Pneumatic and Revere Copper and Brass. He as a member of the Sylvan Beach American Legion Post #1153 and the Mohawk Valley Growers Association. Surviving are his wife, Jean Shelanskey; a daughter, Marrianne Shelanskey, North Bay, NY; three sons, Richard and Cathy Shelanskey, Constantia, NY, Brian and Barb Shelanskey, Washington Mills, NY, Kevin Shelanskey, Utica, NY; eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; a sister, Waneta McCabe, McCallum, TX; a brother, Robert and Jeanette Shelanskey, Endicott, NY; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Hank and William Shelanskey. Memorial services with Military Honors and interment will be 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 26, 2006, at Woodlawn National Cemetery, 1825 Davis Street, Elmira, NY 14901. Arrangements are under the direction of the LaRobardiere Funeral Home, Inc., Camden, NY.

CHARLES ROLLIN ‘ROLLIE’ SHERMAN, age 76 of Elmira Heights, NY. He was born July 23, 1938 in Elmira, son of the late Marion Rollin and Margaret (Schwab) Sherman and passed away Tuesday, August 5, 2014. Rollin retired from the Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Union, Local #3, Elmira. He enjoyed playing cards at the Elmira Heights Legion. At his request, services will be private and at the convenience of his family. Interment will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/7/2014

SHERMAN   Henry A., Jr. "Ike" Age 85, of Elmira Heights, NY. He was born June 24, 1920 in Elmira, NY, son of the late Henry Andrus and Leona Jane (Whipple) Sherman and died Wednesday, December 14, 2005, at Elcor Health Services. He was predeceased by his sons, Michael in 2001 and Joseph in 2005; granddaughter, Rachael Jo Brown in 1983; and half brother, Edmund Sherman. Henry is survived by his former wife and best friend, Eleanor Sherman; daughters and sons-in-law, Roxanne and Robert Brown, Eileen and Kevin Burdick, all of Elmira Heights; grandchildren, Kristen (Jeff) Wolowitz, Michelle Murtha, Andrew and Aleksandr Brown, Kaitlyn, Taylor and Brenna Sherman; great-granddaughters, Amanda and Angela Wolowitz. Ike was employed with CESCo Communications for 30 years, installing most of the radio communications systems for public safety agencies in the twin tiers. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during World War II as a communication specialist flying the China-Burma-India hump. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Saturday, December 17th, from 10 to 11 a.m. His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Deacon William Dougherty will officiate. Committal prayers and inurnment will take place at the convenience of the family in Woodlawn National Cemetery. The family will provide their own flowers and request that Ike be remembered through donations to the charity of one's choice.

SHERMAN   Michael H. Age 38 of 112 Verona St., Elmira Heights, NY died Monday, September 3, 2001 very unexpectedly at home. He is survived by his daughters Kaitlyn M., Taylor A. and Brenna L.; parents Henry and Eleanor of Elmira Heights; sisters and brothers-in-law Roxanne and Robert Brown, Eileen and Kevin Burdick all of Elmira Heights; brother Joseph of Richmond, VA; along with several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins, also his faithful companion, Mac. Michael was a veteran of the U. S. Marine Corps. He was self employed as a fund raiser for non profit organizations. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barrett Funeral Home on Thursday, September 6th from 7 to 9 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, September 7th at 9:30 AM in St. Charles Borromeo Church. Rev. Christopher Linsler, Celebrant. Interment will follow in Woodlawn National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to an Education Fund for his daughters, c/o Roxanne Brown, 205 W. 16th St., Elmira Heights, NY 14903

 

SHOWERS Ruth E. (Showers) Chase

Age 86 of Sunset Terrace in Horseheads died at home on Thurs. Jan. 6, 2011. She was born Sept. 21, 1924 in Latrobe, PA, a daughter to the late Armstrong and Edna (Yates) Showers. Ruth was predeceased by her son, Gerald in 1996. She is survived by her devoted husband of 65 years, Larry Chase; Daughters, Gayle Swank of Horseheads, NY, Darlene (Charles) Woodruff of Wellsburg, NY; Granddaughter, Jessica Swank of Port Townsend, WA; Sisters, Janet Seliege of Latrobe, PA, Lucy (Jack) Baluh of Greensburg, PA, Betty Sipe of Latrobe, PA, Marilyn (Gene) Stoner also of Latrobe, PA Close friend, Barbara Perkins, God daughter, Patti Colon, many nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by her brothers, Robert and Gene Showers. Ruth was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Horseheads, member of Red Hat Society and active for many years with the Horseheads Food Pantry. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother; a lady who always had a smile, a hug and a genuine concern for others. She was also a member of the Elmira Heights American Legion ladies auxiliary, volunteer at Bethany Village in their gift shop, and member of AARP. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home 413 S. Main St. Horseheads on Wed. Jan. 12, 2011 from 3-6:00 pm. Her service will be celebrated in the First United Methodist Church 1034 W. Broad St. Horseheads on Thurs. Jan. 13, 2011 at 11:00 am with the Rev. Rhonda Kouterick officiating. Interment at a later date in Woodlawn National Cemetery where she will be laid to rest with her late son, Gerald. Those wishing may remember Ruth with memorials to First United Methodist Church Endowment fund 1034 W. Broad St. Horseheads, NY 14845 or Southern Tier Hospice 11751 East Corning Rd. Corning, NY 14830.  Star Gazette – January 8, 2011

 

GEORGE AYEN SIMONS, 90, of Asheville, NC passed away Monday, February 16, 2015 at Universal Healthcare Center. A native of Elmira, NY, he was a son of the late George Stinson Simons and Kathryn Mary Simons. He was a pilot in the US Air Force, where he flew B-24's in World War II for Air Transport Command (White Project). He also worked for 33 years as a tower operator for Conrail and was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the American Legion and Grace Covenant Church. Mr. Simons is survived by his wife of 70 years, Gerry Simons; two sons, Richard G. Simons and his wife, Charlotte of Asheville and William C. Simons and his wife, Sherry of Phoenix, AZ; two sister-in-laws, Ginny Doughty and her husband, Harold of San Diego and Esther Colton of Asheville; one niece, Kathy Vanderhoef and her friend, Kris Skelly; six grandchildren, Jeffrey Simons and his wife, Michelle of Denver, CO, Kelly Taylor and her husband, Gary of Winterville, NC, Jenny Marilla and her husband Brennan of Boston, MA, Dr. Chris Simons and his wife, Caroline of Winterville, NC, Gregory Simons and his wife, Kasi of Phoenix, AZ and Matthew Simons and his wife, Jessica of Phoenix, AZ as well as eight great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Grace Covevant Church. Mr. Simons will be interred at Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK. Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/18/2015

 

SIMPSON Doris E. Berry

Age 97 of Station Hill Rd., Watkins Glen, NY, died Saturday, March 18, 2006, at Seneca View in Montour Falls, NY. Friends are invited to call Tuesday, 2-4 p.m., with a funeral service following at 4 p.m. at Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen; Rev. Jeanne Bleiler officiating; burial in Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, NY. She was predeceased by her husband, Elmo Lee Berry. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Raymond and Sandra Berry, Reading Center, NY; daughter and son-in-law, Lois Bruce Morris of Bath, NY; seven grandchildren, Kevin (Susanne) Morris of Pulteney, NY, Scott (Lori) Morris of Bath, NY, Patricia (Kevin) McCann of Dundee, NY, Kay (Wayne) Crans of Bath, NY, Jeffrey (Deborah) Morris of Sayre, PA, Neil Morris, of Greer, SC, Susan (David) Smugereski of Webster, NY; 15 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Doris retired as a cook for the Watkins Glen Central School cafeteria. She was also a member of the Townsend Grange and Rebekah Lodge #278, where she was past Noble Grand. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Reading Community Church, PO Box 23, Reading Center, NY 14876, or Schuyler County Ambulance, PO Box 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

 

SIMS Mary “Paddy” MILLER, 78, of the cedar Ridge apts., in Canton, PA died following a period of declining health Saturday, April 25, 1998 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.  Paddy was one of 12 children and was born on November 24, 1919 in Ireland.  She was the daughter of the late James and Gertrude Sims.  Paddy, a war bride, came to the states as the wife of the late Elwood “Dutch” Miller; following retirement, they moved to the canton area in 1988.  Surviving are a daughter, Jeanette Oeller of Granville Summit RR 1, PA; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Kathleen Miller of Levittown, PA; five grandchildren; four brothers and three sisters, numerous nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband do 45 years who died in 1990, she was predeceased by her son-in-law, Dr. Harry Oeller; three brothers and a sister; numerous nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband of 45 years who died in 1990, she was predeceased by her son-in-law, Dr. Harry Oeller; three brothers and a sister.  The funeral liturgy was held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Canton on April 29 (10 am) with arrangements by the Pepper Funeral Home in canton.  Interment was to be in Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, NY.  Memorials may be directed to The American Heart Association, 1704 Warren Ave., Williamsport, Pa 17701 or the American Diabetes Association, Kirby Health Center, 63 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 187-1311 in Mrs. Miller’s memory.   

 

CHARLES H. SLATER, age 73 of Elmira, NY. He was born September 28, 1941 in Elmira, son of the late Claude E. and Jane Christine (Miller) Slater and passed away Monday, December 29, 2014 at St. Joseph's Hospital after an extended illness. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister Agnes Webster. Chuck is survived by his wife Gloria; sons Jason Slater of Syracuse and Charles Wheeler of Elmira; stepsons Ralph (Lynette) Nichols and Fred (Becky) Nichols; daughters Doreen (Ed) Miller of Tucson, AZ; Patricia (Chad) Reeves, Kari Wheeler, Robin, Tammy; 2 favorite nieces Ellen Benjamin and Mandy Meck; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Chuck was a former employee of Corning, Inc., Jack's Taxi (dispatcher), Glider City Cab, Arnot Ogden Medical Center where he formed the Arnot Credit Union and was the president. He retired as a security officer from Schweizer Aircraft. Mr. Slater was past commander of VFW Post 901, commander of the Chemung County Emergency Protective Force, Ex officer for the Auxiliary Police and Elmira Emergency Assistance Force under John Ellison; 1st vice commander of American Legion Post 443 under Charlie Trumble. He also held other positions in the VFW. He was a charter member and past secretary of the Vietnam Veteran of America Chapter 803. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Sunday, January 4th from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. His funeral service will be held there on Monday, January 5th at 12 noon. Committal prayers and interment, with military honors, will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/1/2015

 

SLINGERLAND –JACQUELYN R. KELLEY, of Broadway, Elmira, NY died Wednesday morning (June 2001) at St. Joseph's Hospital unexpectedly at the age of 63. Jackie was born on September 18, 1937 in Elmira, NY daughter of Harold and Margaret Brown Slingerland. She was the loving wife and friend to Wayne Kelley whom she married on November 18, 1972. She was a homemaker who enjoyed being surrounded by her large family. She loved children and enjoyed caring for them even after raising her own. Jackie loved baseball and her New York Yankees. Surviving is her husband, Wayne Kelley; her children, Bettie and Clinton Heasley of Wellsburg, NY; Billie and Charles Bixby of Elmira, NY; Beth and Joseph Ladoue of Big Flats, NY; William and Cheryl Swingle of Landsdale, PA; and Karyn and David Manwaring of Painted Post, NY; step children, Kathy and Robert Woodruff of Elmira, NY; and Anthony and JoAnn Kelley of Elmira, NY; her mother, Margaret Matteson of Elmira, NY; brother's, William and Sandra Slingerland of Springfield IL; and Carl and Mary Slingerland of Elmira, NY; 19 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many dear friends; Jackie was predeceased by her father, Harold Slingerland in 1963. Jackie’s family will receive friends at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport on Friday June 8, 2001 from 2-4 and 7-9PM. Funeral services will take place there on Saturday afternoon (2PM) with the Reverend Robert Clark officiating. Jackie will be buried in Woodlawn National Cemetery at her families convenience.  –Elmira Star Gazette, June 7, 2001.

 

SLOCUM - TWIST, Barbara F.
Age 62, of Lower Maple Ave., Elmira, NY, died Sunday, July 20, 2008, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira. Barbara was born on April 30, 1946 in Trenton, NJ, to the late Roger and Margaret (Septak) Slocum. Barbara retired as the county clerk for the Chemung County Dept. of Social Services and was very active with the Boy Scouts. Survivors include her daughters, Lynn Twist, Paula Starkweather and Cynthia Kinner, all of Elmira; son, George Twist Jr. of Elmira; sisters, Peggie King of Campbell, NY, and Patricia Miller of Olean, NY; several grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Barbara was predeceased by her husband, George C. Twist Sr. in 2003. Family and friends are invited to call Wednesday, July 23, 2008, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 8 p.m. Interment will take place in Woodlawn National Cemetery at the convenience of the family.   Published in the Star-Gazette on 7/22/2008

 

SMART William Francis

Age 85, of Horseheads and formerly of the Bronx, passed away peacefully at home on January 29, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He will forever be in our hearts. William "Bill" is survived by his devoted wife of 59 years, Mary "Yolie" (DeLuca); his children, Maria (Anthony) Perrone, Linda Adams, Bill Smart, Patricia (Kris) Reynolds and James (Alison) Smart; grandchildren, Alyson, Brian (Leigh), Michelle, Paige, Taylor, Kristian, Candace, Ethan and Jace. Bill is also survived by his brother-in-law, Kevin Lynch; nephew, Kevin Lynch; niece, Kerry Lynch; sister-in-law, Adelaide Bernhardt; brother-in-law, Dr. Vincent (Shirley) DeLuca; sister-in-law, Joan DeLuca; and many nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his parents, William and Sarah "Sadie" (McAuliffe) Smart; and sister, Evelyn Lynch. Bill's career encompassed serving in the Navy and then entering law enforcement. He retired as a sergeant of the New York City Police Department. He then embarked on a career of insurance investigation for many years. Bill was known for his great sense of humor and wit. He loved reading and music and was known to break out in song. He often serenaded Mary, the love of his life, with their song "Younger Than Springtime". He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends especially the euchre and domino groups. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 S. Main St., Horseheads on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. His service will follow there at 1:30 p.m. Burial service with Military Honors will follow in Woodlawn National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Bill with memorials to Horseheads Fire & Rescue Co. Inc., 134 North Main St., Horseheads NY 14845.  Star Gazette – January 31, 2013

SMITH –CHARLOTTE M. HICKS of Elmira Heights, NY, age 72, formerly of Zephyrhills, FL, died on July 18, 1998 at home.  She was born in Canton, PA on July 10, 1926 to the late Clyde and Laura (Dibble) Smith.  Charlotte is survived by her children, Bob Hicks of Elmira, Jim and Patty Hicks of FL, Laura Hicks of Elmira, Daniel Clyde Hicks of Sayre, PA, Tim and Mary Hicks of Horseheads, Terry and Beth Hicks of Elmira, 16 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.  In addition to her parents, Charlotte was predeceased by her loving husband Francis R. Hicks in 1990 and a daughter, Amy Louise Hicks in 1957.  It was Charlotte’s request not to have any public services.  A private graveside service will be held at the Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira at the convenience of her family.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., Elmira, NY.  –Elmira Star Gazette.

SMITH David R.
Age 69 of 509 Euclid Ave., Elmira, NY. He was born May 23, 1941 in Elmira, son of the late J. Rawson and Elizabeth (Haase) Smith and died
Thursday, September 2, 2010 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. He is survived by his wife Carolyn; daughters and sons-in-law Karen S. and Gordon Brion of Canandaigua, NY, Sarah M. and Matthew Perry of Mansfield, PA; son and daughter-in-law Robert D. and Wendy) Smith of Rio Rancho, NM; grandchildren Maximilian Holleran, Piper Perry, Elizabeth and Alexander Brion, Aidan and Teegan Smith; brother and sister-in-law Brian J. and Sally Smith of Elmira along with several nieces and nephews. David was a faithful member of Trinity Episcopal Church where he served in many capacities and on many committees. He retired from Signs & Safety Equipment in Big Flats, was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and could be found every morning eating breakfast at Light's Bakery. Family and friends are invited to his memorial service on Saturday, September 11th at 10 am in Trinity Episcopal Church. Rev. Dr. William Lutz, Rector will officiate. Interment will be in Woodlawn National Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember David through donations to Trinity Church Restoration Fund, 304 N. Main St., Elmira, NY 14901. David's family would like to thank Southern Tier Hospice for the loving care they provided him. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family.- Elmira Star Gazette, September 9, 2010

SMITH Edwin E.
Age 88 of Cayuta, NY died
on Friday May 28, 2010. Edwin was born January 30, 1922 in Bellevue, PA the son of the late Parris C. and Edith Janette Phar Smith. He was Veteran of WWII serving his country with the US Army. Edwin married his wife, Alberta M. "Bea" Kennedy Smith, on October 18, 1942 and they would have celebrated their 68th Wedding Anniversary on October 18, 2010. He was a graduate of SUNY Oswego and a former Prudential Insurance Salesman. Edwin was a retired teacher at B.O.C.E.S in Elmira, NY and was a member of the U.S. Civilian Conservation Corps. Mr. Smith was pre-deceased by his twin sister Edythe Eligur and by his sister Garnette Jones. Edwin is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Alberta "Bea" M. Kennedy Smith; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Conrad Taylor of LaFayette, NY and Garnette and Ben Westbrook of Nashua, NH; son, Jaymie Smith of Conover, NC; grandchildren, Justin Smith, Todd and Terri Schanbacher, Aaron and Tami Schanbacher, Renee and Frank Gurnsey, Jeffrey and Kristin Westbrook; great-grandchildren, Felix Westbrook, Cole Schanbacher and Erika Schanbacher; sisters and brother-in-law, Alida Gardner of Texas and Pearl and William Potter of Clovis, CA; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of caring friends. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY on Friday June 11, 2010 from 12-1 PM. Mr. Smith's Funeral Services will be held at the conclusion of calling hours with the Rev. David Daniels officiating. Interment in Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira, NY where Full Military Honors will be accorded Mr. Smith. The family will provide their own flowers and those wishing may remember Mr. Smith through memorials to the American Cancer Society 1316 College Avenue Elmira, NY 14901. – Elmira Star Gazette, June 2, 2010

 

SMITH Jack Albert

Evans CO: died peacefully on July 14, 2012. He was born June 2, 1945 in Baltimore, MD, the son of Ruth Ann (Null) and Hugo Smith, and raised in San Angelo, TX. He is survived by his loving wife Helen (Sandore) Smith of Evans; son Jason Smith of Denver, CO; uncle Laud Howell, cousins, Judy Cox and Family, all of McKinney, TX, Nancy and John Kassen of Festus, MO. He was well loved and will be missed by the Sandore Family of Elmira. After graduating from Texas Tech University Jack joined the US Army and served in the Vietnam War. Later Jack moved to Colorado where he met his wife, Helen. They shared 28 years of marriage and had son Jason who he adored. Jack, Helen, and Jason enjoyed all that Colorado had to offer - the outdoors, camping, and canoeing with many outings to the mountains. His love of nature was fostered through Boy Scouts which he handed down to Jason. Jack and Jason planted beautiful gardens together. Although Jack was an only child he shared many childhood adventures with his relatives in MO and TX. He liked going on annual vacations with Helen's siblings, especially the "all inclusives" in Mexico and the Caribbean. Family was important to him and he liked being called Uncle Jack. All are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water Street, Elmira, on Monday, July 23, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 12:15 p.m. Interment, with military honors, will then take place at Woodlawn National Cemetery Columbarium. Jack worked as an X-ray technician at Poudre Valley Health System. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the PVHS Foundation  or your favorite charity.  Star Gazette – July 20, 2012

 

SMITH,  Leston H. WW II Veteran Age 74 of Elmira Heights, NY died Sunday evening, June 25, 2000 at St. Joseph's Hospital. Leston was born October 17, 1925 in Cumberland, MD son of Peter and Agnes Repliner Smith. He was a veteran of WW II and served in the 2nd Armored Division Known as Hell on Wheels helping to liberate Europe. He also served in Korea during his long  military career, from which he retired as a First Sargent. Leston is survived by his  loving wife of 51 years, Yvonne Haenen Smith; sons and daughters-in-law: Col.Donald L. and Cathy Smith of Fairborn, OH, Steven R. Smith of Mt. Airy, MD,and daughter and son-in-law, Sandra M. and Joseph DiCinti of Elmira;  grandchildren: Gilbert A. (Mary) Smith of Columbus, OH, Grace DiCinti of Elmira;  two brothers and five sisters. At Leston's request, there will be no visitation, friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Charles Borromeo Church in  Elmira Heights on Wednesday, June 28 at 10 O'Clock AM. The Committal  Prayers will follow in Woodlawn National Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ballard & Lindgren Funeral Home.

SMITH, Lewis "Joe" Former American LaFrance Employee Age 63 of 105 Columbia Street, Elmira, NY, died on August 7, 2000 at home surrounded by  loving family. He is survived by his wife and compassionate care giver of 31 years, Evelyn (Travis) Smith of Elmira, NY; his son, Russell (Tammy) Smith; daughters: Shelly (Robert) Stevens, Karen (Steve) Pronti, all of Elmira. Also surviving is a stepson, Edward (Rhonda) Howe of Elmira; stepdaughter, Robin Travis and  companion, Harold Bailey of Zephyr Hills, FL; and 17 grandchildren; mother and  stepfather Freta (Richard) Rodabaugh of Millport, NY; brother, George Smith of FL; mother-in-law: Gloria Stark of Marion, OH and special friends Keith (Linda) Crane of Elmira, Neva Jessmore (John Adams) of Waverly, NY and Violet  Morrison of Wellsburg, NY; special child, Pat Cady of Addison. Lewis was a United States Air Force Veteran enlisted in 1963 and stationed in Japan. When he returned to Elmira he worked for American La France for 15 years as a welder.  It was his request that there be no calling hours. Graveside services will be held at the Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, NY at a time to be announced. The  Rev. Ellie Haber will officiate. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorials in Lewis' name to the Southern Tier Hospice, 244 W. Water Street,  Elmira, NY 14901.

MICHAEL R. SMITH, 65, of Wellsburg, NY, passed away on Friday, August 22, 2014, at his home. Mike was born on April 18, 1949 in Elmira, NY, son of the late Robert J. "Perch" Smith and Sylvia L. (Denton) Smith of Wellsburg. He was a South Side High School graduate. Mike served his country in the US Marine Corps and was a veteran of the Viet Nam War. After he came stateside, Mike became a truck driver, and most recently drove for Lewis Transportation. He enjoyed tinkering with old cars, buying tools, and cooking. When he was younger, Mike enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing golf. Mike is survived by his mother, Sylvia; his sons, Christopher (Patricia) Smith of Horseheads, NY, and Timothy M. Smith of Markleeville, CA; his grandchildren, Makenzie Smith, Amber Mattice, Madeline Smith, Maya Smith and Stella Smith; and his brother, Mark Smith of Wellsburg, NY. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert J. "Perch" Smith, who passed away on March 3, 2012. Family and friends are welcome to call from 12:00-1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 28, 2014, at the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc., 279 Main St., Wellsburg, NY. The memorial service to honor Mike's life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 28th, at the funeral home and military rites will be given by the Chemung County Honor Squad. The placement of the urn in the Woodlawn National Cemetery Memorial Wall will be at the convenience of Mike's family. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made in Mike's memory to the Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Suite 300 Jacksonville, FL or to the Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/25/2014

SMITH Patricia S. Owen
Was born December 31, 1922 in Auburn, NY the daughter of the late Morillo and Blanche (Ogden) Smith, died
peacefully at her home on Sunday, October 17, 2010, at the age of 87. Her loving husband with whom she had enjoyed 48 wonderful years of life and love, John Wesley Owen, preceded her in death. She is survived by her beloved daughters, Judith Owen of Elmira, NY, Catherine "Kelli" (Gary) Tucker, also of Elmira, NY, Nancy Owen of Poughkeepsie, NY; adored granddaughter, Patricia Tucker of Elmira, NY. Patricia was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church and served faithfully as a Deacon and Elder. She retired as a legal secretary working for many local businesses. In her spare time she enjoyed knitting. At her request there will be no prior calling hours. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service honoring her life and memory on Saturday, November 6, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, 1054 West Clinton Street, Elmira, NY 14905. Her Pastor and friend, The Reverend Betsey Crimmons, will celebrate Patricia's service. Interment will take place privately at the convenience of her family in Woodlawn National Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church or to Arnot Ogden Medical Center c/o Neo Natal, 600 Roe Ave., Elmira, NY 14901. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY. - Elmira Star Gazette, October 20, 2010

Paul L. SMITH, 72, of Columbia Cross Roads, PA and formerly of Poughkeepsie, NY, died unexpectedly on Thursday, January 29, 1998 in Cocoa Beach, FL.  Mr. Smith was born in Olean, NY on May 2, 1925 to the late Ransom D. and Ella V. (Learn) Smith.  Paul and Margaret moved back to the Elmira area in 1985 after he retired from IBM where he had worked as an electrical engineer.  He was a US Navy veteran and served during World War II.  Paul was a member of the Tioga Central Railroad and was an active volunteer.  Paul is survived by his wife of 47 years, Margaret Belig Smith of Columbia Cross Roads; daughters and sons-in-law, Emily (Michael) Reed of Horseheads, NY and Deborah (Thomas Jr.) Dyal of Poughkeepsie, NY; a brother, Albert E. (Ruth) Smith of Cocoa Beach, FL; grandchildren, Jason and Ellen Reed and Rebecca, Michelle and Thomas III Dyal; several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services were held February 28 at the Pine Valley United Methodist Church with the Rev. E. Gene Calihan officiating and interment to be a the Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira.  Arrangements were by the Olthof Funeral Home in Elmira.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Tioga Transportation Society, PO Box 269, Wellsboro, PA 16901.  “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, NY  Thursday,  March 5, 1998

 

SMITH Raymond L. "Mad Dog"

Elmira: Age 61, of Elmira, NY, died on Thursday, June 9, 2011. He was predeceased by his wife, Debbie Smith. Ray is survived by his son, Joshua (Jennifer Quackenbush) Smith; daughter, Megan (Henry) Halpin and six grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, June 14th from 12 to 1 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will take place there at 1 p.m. with Rev. David Ivy officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn National Cemetery with full military honors.  Star Gazette – June 12, 2011

 

THEODORE H. SMITH of Franklinville, NY, formerly of Horseheads, passed away on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Chemung Co. Nursing Facility. He was born on September 7, 1928 in Elmira, NY, a son of Harry S. and Emma (Zindahl) Smith. Theodore was the husband of the late Mary Jane (Warters) Smith who died in 2006. Prior to his retirement Theodore was a Foreman/Welder for US Steel in Elmira Heights, NY. He enjoyed playing cribbage, sailing and also loved cars. Theodore was a WWII US veteran having served in the Navy. He is survived by three daughters, Penny L. (Joseph Hoodak) Elliott of Franklinville, NY, Bonny L. Martin of Corning, NY, Annette L. (David) Butler of Apple Valley, CA; four grandchildren, Jessica and Jason Elliott, Jennifer Martin, Mariah Butler; three great grandchildren, Ashley (Chistopher) Pabis, John Pabis, Madeline Bieber-Elliott; two great great grandchildren, Natalie VanNess, Lewis Koratsis; two brothers, Richard (Mary Frances) Smith of Big Flats, NY, Gary Smith of Big Flats, NY; a sister-in-law, Joann (James) Bottcher of St. Mary's, GA; two sisters, Loretta Beebe of Cleveland, OH, Nancy Drake of Sequim, WA. He was preceded in death by his wife and two sisters, Marjorie Lovejoy and Gertrude Henkle. A graveside service will be held on Monday, July 16, 2018 at 2PM at the Woodlawn National Cemetery, 1825 Davis St, Elmira, NY. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. –Towanda Daily Review 7/10/2018

SMITH Winifred S. Strong
Of Horseheads, NY - Was born May 16, 1916 in Campbell, NY, the daughter of the late Paul A. and Louise (Platt) Smith, died
peacefully on Sunday, September 19, 2010, at Elcor Health Services at the age of 94. Her loving husband of nearly 60 years, Richard J. Strong predeceased her on March 28, 1999. Her brother, Paul Smith; and brother-in-law, DeRoy Putman also preceded her in death. She is survived by her beloved sister, Elizabeth Putman of Horseheads, NY; niece, Gretchen (Clairmont) Ham of Pine City, NY; along with several nieces and nephews. In 1934 Winifred graduated from Wellsboro High School and then graduated from the Elmira Business Institute. For 10 years she was a faithful employee of WJ, ER & Young Lumber Company, working as their dedicated bookkeeper. Winifred was an avid reader and crocheted wonderful items for her family and friends, especially her comfortable afghans. At her request, there will be no prior calling hours. Interment will take place privately at the convenience of her family in the Woodlawn National Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport, NY.  THANK YOU - The family of Winifred S. Strong would like to sincerely express their gratitude and appreciation to the staff at Elcor Health Services Colonial Ridge for the outstanding love and care given to their beloved Winifred. - Elmira Star Gazette, September 20, 2010

SNEAD Michael James
Age 80 of Appleridge Apts. in Horseheads, NY formerly of Cherry Hill, New Jersey died on Wednesday August 1, 2007 surrounded by his loving family after battling a long illness. Mr. Snead was a Veteran of WW II serving his country with The U.S Army. He married his wife, Margarete Rinke Snead, on August 9, 1947 and they would have celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on August 9, 2007. Mr. Snead was the president of Admiral Insurance in Cherry Hill, NJ prior to his retirement. He was an avid golfer and was a stock market enthusiast. Michael loved his family and friends and treasured the time he spent with them. Mr. Snead is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Margarete Rinke Snead. He is also survived by his son and daughter-in-law: Thomas & Mei-chu Snead of Naples, Florida; daughters and sons-in-law: Lorraine Armour & Greg Smith of Onancock, Virginia and Jane & Dr. Mark Ivanick of Elmira, NY; grandchildren: Ryan & Stephani Snead, Sage & Steven Scanlon, Jayne Amour, Benjamin Armour, Lauren & Ryan Bergstrom, Nathaniel & Kristen Ivanick, and David Ivanick; great grandchildren: Sequoia Scanlon and Skye Scanlon; sister-in-law: Liselotte Fry of Berlin, Germany; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of caring friends. Mr. Snead's family would like to thank Southern Tier Hospice for the wonderful and loving care we have received especially from Martha McKinney, RN and Margaret Allen, LPN. The family would also like to thank Family Health Care for the care they provided. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY on Saturday August 11, 2007 from 6-8 PM. Mr. Snead's Funeral Services will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday August 12, 2007 at 3 PM with the Rev. Jonathan Knight officiating. Interment will be held in Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira, NY where Full Military Honors will be accorded Mr. Snead on Monday August 13, 2007. The family will provide their own flowers and those wishing may remember Mr. Snead through memorials to the charity of one's choice.

 

DELOS W. ‘DUKE’ SNYDER age 77, passed away Thur. Dec. 29, 2016 at home following a brief illness surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Jan. 1, 1939 to Delos Sr. and Harriet Libby Snyder. He married Phyllis Bush on Dec. 3, 1960. In addition to Phyllis he is survived by their children: Karen (Gary) Owen, Michael (Rebecca) Snyder, Richard (Chris) Snyder, Lance (Linda) Snyder and Keith (Kim) Snyder; 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; siblings: Wayne (Denise) Snyder, Verne (Beverly) Snyder and Donna Sullivan; nieces, nephews and many friends. Duke was a welder by trade and was employed for years by American Bridge until their closing and then others. He enjoyed woodworking, helping others and spending time with family. He served our country as a U.S. Marine and in honor of his wishes will be interred in Woodlawn National Cemetery where he will accorded Full Military Honors on Fri. Jan. 27, 2017 at 2 o'clock. Following the service there will be a gathering for all who would like to attend to celebrate his life. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/11/2017

 

SNYDER Muriel E. Cook

87 years of 101 Columbia St., Corning, NY died Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at Beechtree Care Center, Ithaca, NY.  Born October 22, 1924 in Hornell, NY, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Estelle Stoddard Snyder. She married James Winchell, who predeceased her and later married Rowland “Buddy” Cook who also predeceased her in August of 1990.  Muriel was a lifetime resident of the area, working for Sorges Restaurant as a waitress where she loved to care for and service the people. She worked there until she was 73, with 35 years’ experience. She was also a member of the Methodist Church of Beaver Dams, NY.   Muriel was a beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother to her family and will be truly missed.  Surviving, her daughter, Patricia Jones of Newfield, NY, son, Ronald J. (Janet Coumbe) Winchell of Painted Post, NY, grandchildren; Douglas (Holly) Jones and Dennis Jones and Tina Marie Winchell, and beloved great grandchildren, Kara Marie Jones and Jackson Winchell. Also several nieces and nephews.  There will be a memorial service offered at Haughey Funeral Home, 216 E. First St., Corning, NY on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm, the Rev. Cindy Chidsey officiating. Burial will take place at a later date in the family plot at Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, NY.  The family asks that donations be made in Muriel's name to your local SPCA charity.   Corning Leader – December 13, 2011

 

SOKOLOWSKI Alexander A. Age 83, of Elmira, NY, died on Thursday, December 14, 2006. He was born in Pittsburg, PA to the late Boleslaus and Philomena (Szury) Sokolowski. Alexander was predeceased by his wife Phyllis Sokolowski in 1993 and his brothers, Adam and Edward. Survivors include his sons, Thomas (Nancy), Gary and Timothy all of Elmira and Charles (Winnie) of Hurley, NY; grandchildren, Thomas Alan II of FL, Jessica and Emily of Bath, NY, Brittany, Christopher and Elizabeth all of Hurley, NY; sister, Helen Snyder of Marion, NY and family; sister-in-law, Pauline Ski of Watkins Glen and family; special nephew, Richard (Gladys) Sokolowski of Horseheads; along with many nieces, nephews cousins and in-laws. Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, December 17th from 4 to 6 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. A prayer service will take place there on Monday, December 18th at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Sts. Peter & Paul Church with Rev. Walter Wainwright as celebrant. Interment will follow in Woodlawn National Cemetery.

SOLOMETO William F. Age 87, of Vermont Ave., Elmira Heights, NY, died on December 20, 2006 at the Geisinger Medical Hospital in Danville, PA. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, Inc., 413 So. Main St., Horseheads, on Tuesday, December 26, 2006, from 1-3:00 and again from 5-6:00 p.m. His funeral service officiated by the Rev. Robert Atkins will take place at the funeral home at the conclusion of calling hours on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. Interment will take place on Wed. in Woodlawn National Cemetery, where full Military Honors will be accorded.

In Memoriam SOLOMETO, William F. Age 87, of Vermont Ave., Elmira Heights, NY, died on December 20, 2006 at the Geisinger Medical Hospital in Danville, PA. Bill was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Harriet C. (Wright) Solometo on August 7, 1993. In addition to his wife, he was also predeceased by his sister and brother, Marjorie (Arthur) Langert and Karl (Ruth) Solometo. His surviving family includes his three daughters, Cathryn E. and Ellen M. Solometo, both at home, Elizabeth A. (Charles) Buckland Jr. of McAllen, TX; son, William F. (Joan) Solometo Jr. of Mohall, ND; and grandchildren, William F. Solometo III and Carri Pulec, both of Mohall, ND; great-grandchildren, Justine, Brittany and Stetson. Bill was retired from Schweizer Aircraft Corp. in 1985 with 33 years of service. He was a veteran of WWII, stationed in England. Serving his country, Bill attained the rank of Staff Sergeant aboard a B17 as a tail gunner. His memberships include life members of 385th Bomb Group Memorial Association, 8th Air Force Historical Society, V.F.W. Post # 6083 in Elmira Heights, NY, American Legion Post #154 in Elmira Heights, National Rifle Association, and past member of B.P.O. Elks Lodge #2297 in Horseheads. Bill was also a communicant of St. John's Episcopal Church in Elmira Heights, NY. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, Inc., 413 So. Main St., Horseheads, on Tuesday, December 26, 2006, from 1-3:00 and again from 5-6:00 p.m. His funeral service officiated by the Rev. Robert Atkins will take place at the funeral home at the conclusion of calling hours on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. Interment will take place on Wed. in Woodlawn National Cemetery, where full Military Honors will be accorded.
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SOMERS  Ramon J. "Jake" Age 77 of Elmira, died Thursday, April 6, 2006 at the Bath VA Medical Center. Jake, son of the late Leon and Marion Mosher Somers was born in Elmira on December 24, 1928. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Melissa M. and Hugh Patrick Murray of Bronx NY; and several nieces and nephews. Jake was preceded in death by his son, Mark David Somers and brother, Richard Leon Somers. He grew up in the Elmira area and spent most of his adult life in Florida working in the construction business. Jake moved back to the Elmira area several years ago to be closer to family and friends. He was a US Army veteran having served during the Korean War. Jake was a life long avid fisherman and he is also survived by all the fish he never caught! Friends are invited to call at the McInerny Funeral Home, corner of W. Water and Walnut Streets, Elmira on Monday, April 10, 2006 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. A funeral service will follow at 12:15 pm. Interment, with military honors will follow at Woodlawn National Cemetery. Donations in Jake's memory may be directed to SPCA, Route 352, Elmira, New York 14903.

 

SOPHIA Jr., Edward O.  "Eddie" "Poppy"

Age 79, of Elmira, NY, died Monday, August 20, 2012 after a brief illness surrounded by his loving family in the SNF at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira. Edward was born February 21, 1933 at Arnot Ogden Hospital, son of the late Edward Ormel and Florence (Cardillo) Sophia, Sr. He is survived by his adoring family: his high school sweetheart and wife of 58 years Mary Ann (Ponzi) Sophia, daughters and sons-in-law, Susan (Sophia) and Scott Deming, Karen (Sophia) and David Decker, Nancy (Sophia) and Gary Vankirk, all of Elmira, Mary (Sophia) and Rusty Kohan of Horseheads; son and daughter-in-law Edward O., III and Mary Sophia of Horseheads; his 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers and sister-in-law, James Sophia of Elmira, Robert and Sylvia Sophia of Sao Paulo, Brazil; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Lawrence and Shirley Ponzi Jr. of Horseheads; along with numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Ed was predeceased by his devoted border collie "Dutchess" who died in February 2012. A 1951 graduate of EFA, he was a devout Catholic and member of St. Anthony's Church his entire life. Upon graduation Eddie enlisted in the United States Air Force and served from July 5, 1951 to July 4, 1955, attended basic training at Sampson AFB and Keesler AFB in Biloxi, Miss. and was stationed in Greenland as a radio operator during the Korean War. He was an active member of the Italian American Veterans Club of Elmira and he and his family ran the ice cream booth at the annual IAV Festival for a number of years. Ed was an employee of Moore Business Forms for 31 years and retired as a supervisor in 1986. He then went on to work for Welliver Construction Inc, St. Anthony's Church as the head of maintenance and most recently enjoyed working as a school crossing guard at the corner of Franklin Street and Pennsylvania Ave in Elmira. Eddie enjoyed spending time with his family, caring for his well-manicured yard, watching the New York Yankees and New York Giants and giving any of his grandchildren/great grandchildren rides wherever they needed to go. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Family and friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water Street, on Thursday, August 23, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, August 24, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church.  Committal prayers, with military honors, will follow at Woodlawn National Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made in Eddie's name to Smile Train, c/o Blessed Sacrament Parish, 604 Park Place, Elmira NY 14901, an organization that helps children born with cleft palates. The family would like to extend its thanks to Drs. Dayakar Reddy, Serge Dauphin, Rose Byland, staffs of Falck Cancer Center, Arnot Ogden Skilled Nursing Facility, and Southern Tier Hospice for the compassionate care provided to Ed.  Star Gazette – August 21, 2012

 

SORENSON Dorothy Maciewski

March 27, 1925 - May 17, 2011 -  She was a kind and loving person with a wonderful sense of humor. She had a passion for life.  Dorothy is survived by her sister Linda Issing, her niece and nephew Susan and Eric and her brother Edward Sorenson.  During WWII, Dorothy worked for the US Navy at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.   She later had management positions in the banking and shipping industries. She enjoyed traveling throughout the USA, Caribbean and Europe. She will be interred at the Woodlawn National Cemetery next to her husband, Joseph a WWII naval veteran.  She was very special to her family and friends and will be greatly missed.  Star Gazette – May 19, 2011

 

SOULE Carlton E., Sr

Age 66 of Pine Valley, NY died Friday, October 11, 2013. Survived by wife, Patricia Soule; two children; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Carlton was a US Navy Veteran, Viet Nam. At his request there will be no calling hours or funeral. Interment at the convenience of the family in Woodlawn National Cemetery. Those wishing may make a donation in his name to The American Diabetes Association www.diabetes.org.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Kalec Funeral Home. Star Gazette – October 13, 2013

 

SOWA - DECKER, Helen B. nee: Sowa
Age 77, of Elmira, New York, Tuesday, September 16, unexpectedly at home, passed peacefully into eternal rest to be with her beloved late husband, US Army Ret. James H. Decker and her late son, John Thomas Decker. Helen was born in Elmira, New York on April 23, 1931 to Felix and Antoinette Sowa. In addition to her husband and son; she is predeceased by her brothers, John, Amos and George Sowa; and sister, Anna Sullivan; also by brother-in-law, Elmer Decker; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Cole, Ella Shaw, Evelyn Brown, Leona Burgess and Marjorie Sowa. Helen is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Howard Henry of Elmira; sons and daughters-in-law, the late John Thomas and Linda Decker of Rochester, NY, James A. and Kathy Decker of Burlington, Kentucky, David H. and Karen Decker of Elmira, Timothy M. (Coach Deck) Decker with Cindy McWhorter of Pine City; grandchildren, Jennifer Decker, Kristin Dodson, Brian Decker, Heather Henry with Dave Rossman, Sheena Henry (fiancé, Ron Green), Christopher Decker, and Brandon Decker; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Joseph Sowa; sisters, Mary Liberatore and Rose Guerrero; sisters-in-law, Arlene Sowa, Pauline Victor; several nieces, nephews and cousins; feathered friend, Winger. Helen will always be remembered for the love and care she gave her children while her husband served his country in the Korean and Vietnam wars and then caring for her beloved, Jimmy while he battled cancer prior to his death in 1998. Helen also adored her grandchildren. She loved a good visit with family, friends or neighbors, especially Sunday visits from her son, David, whose cooking she loved. Helen was a communicant of St. Casimir's Church. The family will receive relatives and friends at the Kalec Funeral Home on Friday, September 19, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A Prayer service at the Funeral Home, Saturday, September 20, at 10:45 a.m. followed by her Mass of Christian Burial in St. Casimir's Church at 11:30 a.m., Father Rick Farrell will be the celebrant, assisted by Deacon George Welch. At her request, Helen will then be laid to rest along with the ashes of the family dog, Griffey, with her late husband at the Woodlawn National Cemetery at the conclusion of Mass. Those wishing to make a donation in Helen's name to the Elmira Animal shelter or the SPCA (envelopes available at the Funeral Home).   Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/18/2008

 

JOHN ‘JACK’ SPADE, 82, of Blossburg, Pa., passed away Dec. 31, 2014 at the Green Home in Wellsboro. Born July 12, 1932 in Danville, Pa., John William, "Jack" to family and friends, was a son of the late Francis and Ruth (Ledger) Spade. After graduating from Danville High School in 1950, Jack served in the U.S. Army as Staff Sergeant during the Korean War. On May 19, 1953, he married the former Yvonne Reichard. He was a graduate of Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing, Geisinger School of Anesthesiology and was CRNA certified. Jack was employed by Blossburg State Hospital from 1960 to its closure in 1972. He then worked at Troy Community Hospital and Towanda Memorial Hospital until retiring in 1994. Jack was a member of Morris Run's American Legion Post 167 and Troy's American Legion Post 49 and V.F.W. Post 8675. He was a member of the former St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Blossburg. Jack was well known for his quick whit and wonderful sense of humor. He and Yvonne especially loved spending time in Myrtle Beach, S.C.Surviving is his wife of 61 years Yvonne; three children David (Patricia) Spade of Bethlehem, Pa., Christine Stafford (William Woodard) of Elmira, N.Y. and Kathy (Bo) Weisbrod of Troy, Pa.; three grandchildren Jessica, Cory and Lindsay; and a brother, James (Vonnie) Spade of Mechanicsburg, Pa. He was predeceased by a grandson, Matthew Spade and a brother, Thomas Spade. In keeping with Mr. Spade's wishes, services will be private. Burial will be in Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, NY. Zwicharowski Funeral Home, 314 Granger St. Blossburg is assisting his family with arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 1/4/2014

 

SPALLONE Alfred F.

Elmira: Age 92, formerly of Clearwater FL, died on Tuesday, January 29, 2013. He was born August 17, 1920, in Elmira, son of the late Samuel and Catherine (Lagonegro) Spallone. Alfred was predeceased by his wife Lillian, to whom he was married for 66 years, brother Joseph Spallone, sister Grace Notartomaso, grandchildren, Joseph Sheesley, James Spallone, Jr., son-in-law James Medovich. He is survived by his daughters, Joyce Trifoso-Medovich, Elmira, Jacquelyn (John) Sheesley, Spring Hill FL; son James (Joan) Spallone, The Villages FL; sister Mary Frances (Richard) Smith, Big Flats; sister-in-law Renate Spallone, Horseheads; 7 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; along with many nieces and nephews. Alfred grew up in Elmira. He entered the Army Air Corp in 1942, flying 35 missions during WWII, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal, with four Oak Leaf Clusters. Alfred worked for the United States Postal Service from 1947 - 1976. He was an avid golfer, bowler and occasional baseball player. He and Lillian moved to Clearwater FL in 1988 where they met many new friends and enjoyed a full social life. Alfred was an active member of the American Legion, Elks Club and NARFE. Family and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial, celebrated by Father Rick Farrell, at St. Patrick's Church, Elmira on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Interment, with committal prayers and military honors, will follow at Woodlawn National Cemetery Columbarium. Those wishing to remember Alfred may make donations to CareFirst, (Southern Tier Hospice) 11751 East Corning Road, Corning NY 14830. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home.   Star Gazette – February 3, 2013

 

SPALLONE - FROSOLONE, Maria Grace
Age 80, of Elmira, NY, died on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at Elcor Health Services. Maria was born August 12, 1929, daughter of the late Nicholas and Bertha Brucato Spallone. In addition to her parents she is predeceased by husband Dominic Frosolone, and brother Francis Spallone. Maria is survived by her children, John Frosolone, with wife Patricia, Donna Barrett, with husband Joseph, Kathleen Frosolone, and Dominic Frosolone, Jr.; along with long time companion James Sophia. She is also survived by grandchildren, Lisa Frosolone, Matthew Frosolone, Danielle Barrett, Jessica (John) Copeland, Olivia Barrett and Mary Catherine Barrett; great-grandchildren, Mariana Frosolone, Jack Copeland and Joseph Copeland; sister and brother-in-law Dolores and Steve Graham; in-laws, Mary Spallone, Grace Fiore, Bob and Mary Teresa Vertoske; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Family and friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of Water and Walnuts Sts., on Sunday, January 3, 2010 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, January 4, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Interment will follow at Woodlawn National Cemetery. Maria may be remembered through donations to a charity of one's choice.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 31, 2009

SPALLONE Salvatore J. Sr.
1920-2007, of Elmira, died September 1, 2007. Survived by his wife of 65 years, Theresa; daughters, Mary Lou (Don) Miller, Victor, NY, Jo Ann Spallone, Elmira, Francine (Robert) Mold, Mahwah, NJ; son, Salvatore, Jr., Fairport, NY; grandchildren, Jeffrey (Mary Jane) Miller, Jennifer (Charley) Luis, Elizabeth Mold, Robert Mold, Jr., Victoria Mold; great-grandchildren, Alexandra Jane Miller; sisters and brother, Rose (Pat) McElligott, Frank Spallone, Molly Richardson; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Retired from Remington Rand, OTB, voting machine repairman for Chemung County Board of Elections and "Chief" Bartender at Vinnie's Grill. He was a U.S. Army WWII veteran, member and past commander of the I.A.V. Club, honorary life member Knights of Columbus, Elmira Council 229, member Heights Legion, member of the Men's Sacred Heart Society at St. Anthony's Church and communicant of the Blessed Sacrament Parish. Those wishing may make a donation in Sal's memory to the American Heart Association, American Lung Association or MDA. A special thank you to the doctors and the Arnot Ogden Medical Center 4T Staff and the Gentiva Homecare Staff for their kind help and care. Family will receive relatives and friends at the Kalec Funeral Home Thursday, September 6th from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. A prayer service will be held there at 8:30 a.m. Friday, September 7th, followed by his Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Anthony's Church. Burial at the convenience of the family in Woodlawn National Cemetery with Military Honors.

LAVERN R. SPENCER, age 76 of Elmira Heights, NY passed away on Sunday December 20, 2015 at home surrounded by his loving family. LaVern was born July 19, 1939 in Elmira, NY the son of the late Clairmont "Pete" and Agnes Rice Spencer. He was a Veteran serving his country with The U. S. Army from 1959 to 1962. He was predeceased by his first wife Alberta on January 26, 1993. He married his wife Beverly M. Owens Spencer in 1999. LaVern was a retired employee of Purolator Products in Elmira Heights, NY. He was an avid New York Yankees and Buffalo Bills fan, an Elmira College Hockey fan and member of The Booster Club, a Civil War enthusiast, an antique collector especially clocks, and a member of The Elmira Heights Historical Society. LaVern was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather who loved and cherished his family and friends. Lavern is survived by his loving wife Beverly M. Owens Spencer; his children : Betsy & Jeff Nalbach and their children Tyler and Josh Nalbach of Horseheads, NY; Pamela & Lucas Mather and their children Alex, Isabelle, Zane, and Lucas of Statesboro, GA; Curtis and Marsha Card of Columbia Crossroads, PA and their children Trina & Shane Congdon and Kendra (Zack) Card; Cindy & Keith McDonald of Elmira Heights, NY and their children Shawn & Amy McDonald and Nicole (B.T.) McDonald; Donald & Joyce Card of Bethel Park, PA and their children Jessica & Chris Bailey, Aaron (Tara) Card, and David Card; Julia & Fred Courtright of Lawrenceville, PA and their children Jenifer (Ryan) Simons and Haley Simons ;Mary Rae & John Bahantka of Elmira Heights, NY and their children Chelsea, Jake, and Samantha Bahantka; seven great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members, and a host of caring friends. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Lynch Funeral Home, 318 W. Broad St., Horseheads, NY on Wednesday December 23, 2015 from 4-7 PM. LaVern's Funeral and Committal Services will be held at the conclusion of calling hours with Rev. Jeremy Spencer officiating. Full Military Honors will be accorded Mr. Spencer on Thursday December 24, 2015 at 10 AM at Woodlawn National Cemetery 1825 Davis Street Elmira, NY. The Family will provide their own flowers and would greatly appreciate that memorials be directed to The Elmira Heights Historical Society in LaVern's Memory. –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/22/2015

LLOYD ‘SCOTTY’ SPENCER – U.S. Army Veteran, WWII age 84 of Elmira, NY, died at the Chemung County Nursing Facility on Monday, March 15, 1999.  Scotty was born in Columbia Cross Roads, PA on December 28, 1914 to the late Scott and Cora (West) Spencer.  Survivors including his living wife of 62 years, Esther M. (Green) Spencer at home; his daughter, Bonnie Jo and Mark L. Moody of Waverly, NY; his brother-in-law and best friend, Louis J. and Gladys Green of Elmira; sister, Irene of Houston, TX; also several nieces and nephews.  Scotty was a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII serving in the Pacific Theater, he was a member of the American Legion Post #154 in Elmira Heights, he was also an avid sportsman and loved the outdoors.  At Scotty’s request there will be no service and interment will be at the Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira at his family’s convenience. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., Elmira, NY.  –Elmira Star Gazette

SPENCER Roy A. Spencer III
Born on December 31, 1949 in Elmira, Roy was the son of the late Roy A. Jr. & Ellen M. MacSweeney Spencer. After graduating from Southside High School he served his country in the US Navy during Vietnam. Roy was employed by the Arnot Art Museum and volunteered at the Samaritan Center. Surviving is his sister, Constance (Dannie Sr.) Fish along with their children, Dan Jr. (Michele) Fish and Timothy (Paula) Fish; sister, Kathleen P. (William) Lovell; along with their children, BJ (Mindi) Morrow, Thomas (Stacy) Morrow and Kathleen "Candy" Morrow; several great nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport on Monday, November 1, 2010 from 5- 6 p.m. In honor of his wishes, a Memorial Service will follow the visitation at 6 p.m. Burial will take place in Woodlawn National Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded Mr. Spencer. - Elmira Star Gazette, October 30, 2010

 

SPINELLI Antonio L.  "Tony"

Elmira: died Friday, July 13, 2012. Antonio was born in Italy on January 27, 1930. He is survived by his wife Lydia Spinelli; children, Karen (Mark) Davidson, Mark (Pamela) Spinelli, Kathy (Dennis) Fleming; five grandchildren; one great-grandson; sister Rafeala; and brother Vinnie. He is predeceased by his brother Anthony. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial for Antonio on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church, Elmira. Military Honors will follow at Woodlawn National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers those wishing may remember Antonio with a donation to their local hospice.   Star Gazette – July 29, 2012

 

SPRAGUE Barbara A. Shook

Age 79, of Horseheads, NY, died peacefully on Sunday, December 18, 2011, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY. Barbara was born on June 17, 1932 in Elmira, daughter of the late Leon and Emily (McDonald) Sprague. Barbara retired from Artistic Card in Elmira after many years of service as a printer. She was a longtime member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #154 in Elmira Heights and graduated from Elmira Free Academy in 1950. Barbara was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She will be missed dearly. Barbara is survived by her husband, John Sr.; daughter, Susan (Bill) Smither of Elmira; son, John (Elizabeth) Shook Jr. of Horseheads; grandchildren, Brandee (Casey) Kriutzfield of MD, Melanie and Marc Shook, both of Horseheads; great-grandchild, Carter Kriutzfield of MD; sister, Carolyn Gildea of MO; brothers, Bruce (Donna) Sprague of Horseheads and Duane (Delores Cleveland) Sprague of Wellsburg, NY; sister-in-law, Ruth Wahl of Erie, PA; several nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Thursday, December 22, 2011, from 12 to 2 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. with Chaplin Bill Kiser officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn National Cemetery.   Star Gazette – December 19, 2011

 

DUANE R. SPRAGUE, aged 87, went home to be with our Lord on April 23, 2017. Duane was born August 26, 1929 to the late Leon and Emily Sprague. He was predeceased by his son: Gregg Sprague, grandson: Michael Sprague, brother: Leon Sprague Jr. and his wife Dorothy, sister: Barbara Shook and her husband John, brother-in-law: Richard Gildea and infant sister: Darilyn Sprague. Duane was a proud veteran of the Korean War and was an avid bowler. He was a member of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsman Local 23 for many years serving as its' president on several occasions. He was a friend to many. He is survived by his former wife, Jeannette and their children: son Bruce (Jacquie) Sprague, daughters Nannette (Roger) Burris and Dianne Garcia along with 7 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Duane is also survived by his long-time companion, Dolores Cleveland and her children: Daniel, Gary, Barbara Cleveland and Corey Sprague along with several extended grandchildren and great grandchildren. A memorial service and celebration of Duane's life will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 beginning at 11am at the Westside United Methodist Church, 743 W. First St., Elmira, NY 14905 followed by light refreshments in the lower level of the church. Rev. Dr. Vincent Howell will officiate. Burial with military honors will be Monday, June 19, 2017, 2pm at Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Duanes' memory to The Green Home, 37 Central Ave., Wellsboro, PA. The family would also like to extend their sincere thankfulness and acknowledge the excellent care provided to Duane by the caring and dedicated staff of The Green Home. –Elmira Star-Gazette 6/11/2017

 

SPRAGUE Melvin L. (Bucky, Mel), Jr.
Age 78, of Elmira, NY. Died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Sprague, Sr. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Margaret Belle (Seymour) Sprague; his children: son, David L. (wife, Vicki) Sprague; daughters, Terry M. Sprague, Ginger A. Sprague, and Christine T. L. (husband, Robert) Leonard; grandchildren, David L. (wife, Gabrielle) Sprague II, Heather L. (husband, Christopher) Ford, Robert Leonard II, Diana Leonard, Meagan Green; great-grandchildren, Ryan Ford and Nicholas Sprague; also many nieces and nephews. His son, Melvin L. Sprague III, predeceased him. Melvin served in the United States Marine Corp in 1952 to 1954, was a Police Officer with the Elmira Police Department and was a retired Corrections Officer with the New York State Department of Corrections. He was a member of the American Legion Post #154. Throughout his life Melvin enjoyed numerous activities, but the most important time of his life was the time spent with his family. The family will receive friends on Saturday, February 6, 2010, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport, with Funeral and Committal service there Saturday at 4:00 p.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, at the convenience of the family

 

CHARLES LEONARD COWAN “CHUCKSEY” SPOTTS, age 68 of Horseheads, NY passed away on Monday, November 2, 2015 at home surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. Chucksey was born June 1, 1947 in Elmira, NY, the son of the late Boyd and Mary (Cowan) Spotts. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Barbara (Kosloski) Spotts, daughters and sons-in-law Kelly and Mike Burt and Katy and Darren Ascone, grandsons, Maximilian and Mason Keagle, Brandon Burt, granddaughters, Bella and Lilly Ascone, brothers and sisters-in-law, Bud and Diane Spotts and William and Sherry Spotts, nieces and nephews, Mary Ann and Mark Callahan (Chloe and Ethan), Beau and Shannon Spotts (Ronnie), Amy and Lance Clements (Brock). Several aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of caring friends. Chucksey graduated from Elmira Free Academy in 1965. He enrolled in college but was drafted into the Army in 1966 and served in Vietnam where he was awarded a Purple Heart in 1967. Upon his return from military service in 1968, he graduated from Elmira College and taught in the Elmira City School District for 33 years. During that time, he touched many young lives not only in the classroom but also through sports activities. He devoted countless hours as the Girls Cross Country, winter and spring track coach at SHS from 1982 - 2002. He took pride in his teams and individual athletes who won numerous regional and state titles. Chuck enjoyed many activities, and was an avid snowboarder, runner, biker, rock climber and kayaker. He was inducted into the Chemung County Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.After retirement, Chuck worked with his brothers Bud and Bill in helping to build dozens of new homes in the Southern Tier. Chuck was true to his Scottish heritage. He and his wife, Barbara, joined the Caledonian Highlanders Pipe Band and participated in many marches and shows . He was a true believer in the adage "practice makes perfect" and was often seen walking around his neighborhood while playing his bagpipes. Chucksey was an avid dog lover and, over the years, enjoyed the companionship of his two devoted Rottweilers, Burton and Jake. Family and friends are invited to call at the Lynch Funeral Home, 318 W. Broad St., Horseheads, NY on Thursday, November 5, 2015 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Chucksey's Funeral Services will be held immediately following calling hours at 8PM with Deacon Dan Hurley Officiating. In lieu of flowers, those wishing, may remember Chuck through donations to the Vietnam Veterans War Museum, 1200 Davis Street, Elmira, NY. A private burial service will be held at the Woodlawn National Cemetery at the convenience of the family where Full Military Honors will be accorded Mr. Spotts. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/4/2015

 

STABRYLA AGNES PAULINE ZWANKA
Agnes Pauline - Formerly of Richard Street - Was born April 29, 1922 in Clarence, PA, the daughter of the late John and Mary (Mihalik) Stabryla, died peacefully on Wednesday, June 20, 2007, at St. Joseph's Hospital at the age of 85. Agnes married Charles P. Zwanka June 30, 1945 in Elmira, NY; prior to his death July 6, 1991, they celebrated 45 wonderful years of life and love together. Her brother, John Stabryla; and sisters, Ann Abbott and Helen Morrisey also predeceased her. She is survived by her loving children, son, Charles Zwanka Sr. of Elmira, NY; daughter, Marie (William) Myhalyk of Charlotte, NC; beloved grandchildren, Charles Zwanka Jr. and Sherry Burnett, both of Elmira, NY, Brian Myhalyk of Charlotte, NC; much-loved great-grandchildren, Cody, Nick, Lexus, Dylan and Sarah; adored great-great-granddaughter, Hailey; brothers, Joseph Stabryla of Mildred, PA, Frank Stabryla of Dushore, PA; sisters, Veronica (Jim) Gallagher of Jersey Shore, PA, Pauline (Jim) Themus of Illinois, Mary Hargrave of Dallas, TX, Blanche (William) O'Brien of Ohio; along with several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. For many years, Agnes was a dedicated employee of American LaFrance, retiring later from the Elmira City School District after several faithful years of service in the cafeteria. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., on Sunday, June 24, 2007, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 25, 2007, in St. Mary's Church, 224 Franklin Street, Elmira, NY 14904. Committal prayers will follow in the Woodlawn National Cemetery, where Agnes will be laid to rest with her beloved Charles. Memorial donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 1316 College Ave., Elmira, NY 14901, in her memory.

 

DAVID N. STAGE age 51 of 219 West 15th St., Elmira Heights, NY, Monday, September 2, 1991.  Friends may call at Holly-Keck & Baker Funeral Home Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM.  Funeral and committal service will be held there Thursday at 2 PM by the Rev. John Bedzyk.  Burial in Woodlawn National Cemetery.  He is survived by his wife, Marie Christian Stage; a son, William Leigh Stage of Gainesville, FL; 3 daughters, Mrs. Mike (Tina) Marshall of Elmira, Mrs. Clark (Connie) Wagner of Gainesville, FL and Miss Mary Stage at home; 5 grandchildren; a brother, Robert Stage of Horseheads.  David was a member of the Elmira Christian Center.  He was a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/3/1991

 

WILLIAM DALE STAMP SR., age 76, passed away suddenly Monday, October 27, 2014 at The Villages in central Florida. Bill was born in Elmira, October 2, 1938, son of Raymond and Florence (Vite) Stamp. He leaves behind his wife Carroll Ann Rogers Stamp; euphemistic "Second Wife", Patricia Rogers Arnold, who with her sister was a constant companion during their golden years; children, and their spouses, Bill Stamp, Ted and Angelique Stamp, Christine and John Burge, Scott and Jodi Stamp; ten grandchildren ….Christanna, Veronica, Samantha, Matthew, Sara, Kasie, Nicholas, Jasmine, Brooks and Julian; sister Audrey Lutz….all of whom will miss him forever. Also surviving are additional family and friends too numerous to count. Bill graduated from Elmira Free Academy; obtained an Undergraduate Degree in Education from SUNY Cortland and a Master's Degree in Administration from Elmira College. During his education career he taught History at Booth Junior High School, was Assistant Principal at Ernie Davis Junior High School and later retired, in 1996, from BOCES after many years in administrative roles and work with exceptional children. Bill loved baseball, coaching JV Baseball at Elmira Free Academy. In addition he loved golf, tennis, fishing, John Denver, Neil Diamond, Pabst Blue Ribbon, but mostly his family. He came from humble beginnings, but used his natural athleticism and leadership qualities to command respect and his compassion and humanity to endear him to all who knew him well. He served as a coach, educator, father and husband with a simple mantra…."Take all of the blame, give all the credit." This principle guided him through his personal and professional life. Bill had an enduring love of Elmira. He always wanted to come home in the end….and so he has. Says his oldest son Bill, "I have never before, nor do I plan to, meet anyone with more integrity than my father. He didn't have a manipulative bone in his body. I have always been very proud to be his son." Family and friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water Street, Elmira, on Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A funeral service will follow. Private interment will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/2/2014

 

STANTON Robert A.

Age 76, of San Antonio TX, formerly of Elmira, died March 19, 2011 in San Antonio. Robert was born in Elmira on July 5, 1934. He was a graduate of Southside High School, class of 1952. Robert served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He is predeceased by his mother Lila and brother Carl. Robert is survived by his nephew Wayne Stanton, with wife Susan. Committal services, with military honors, will be held at Woodlawn National Cemetery on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.  Star Gazette – May 1, 2011

 

STEARNS
JOHN E. JR. "EDDIE" Age 81 of Elmira, NY and formerly of Rochester, NY. on Friday January 4, 2002. Friends may call at the HOLLY-KECK & BAKER, INC. FUNERAL HOME on Monday from 7-9pm. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday at 10:00am. Rev. Fred Kelsey will officiate. Interment will follow in Woodlawn National Cemetery Elmira with full military honors. Flowers are welcomed or those wishing may make memorials to a charity of ones choice. He is survived by daughter and son-in-law Jean Ann and John T. Cox; grandchildren, John (Mary) Cox; Julie (Michael) Biviano; Tara Cox all of Elmira; 2 great grandchildren, Morgan and John Cox; mother-in-law Louise Pfiffer; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law William and Carol Pfiffer of Horseheads;Richard and Constance Pfiffer of FL.; John Pfiffer of Horseheads. John was a retired tool and diemaker, a decorated U.S. Army veteran serving in the infantry during WW11 and was predeceased by his wife Leocadia A. Stearns in 1998

JOHN E. STEELE age 69 of 367 ½ W. 10th St., Elmira Heights, Saturday, Jan. 25, 1964.  He was a retired employee of American Bridge Division, US Steel Corp., veteran of World War I.  Survived by son, Gordon at home; sisters, Mrs. Matilda Shear of Athens, Mrs. Lydia Slocum of Elmira, Mrs. John Grover of Elmira Heights; brother, Henry of Muskegon, Mich.  Body at Ballard & Lindgren Funeral Home, Elmira Heights.  Calling hours today 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Funeral there Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. the Rev. S. Bruce Harrison, Woodlawn National Cemetery.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/27/1964

STEINER Floryne J
WINIECKI  Floryne J. Age 75 of Elmira NY, died on Friday, March 31, 2006 unexpectedly at home. Flo was born in Columbus OH on April 24, 1930, daughter of the late William and Lydia (Basse) Steiner. She is survived by daughter, Alyce (Brian) Caster of Horseheads; sons, Michael (Sandy) of Defiance OH, Stephen (Sherry) of Perrysburg OH, Martin (Sue) of Elmira, David (Mary Rose) of Stow OH and Paul of Elmira; 15 grandchildren; 3 great granddaughters; several nieces and nephews. Also surviving are brothers-in-law Ray Winieski of Elmira, Jack (Bert) Winieski of Dillsburg PA, Gene Hammel of Vienna VA; sister-in-law Marge (Roger) Cowulich of Elmira. Flo was preceded in death by her husband Stanley E. Winiecki on May 28, 2005 after 56 years of marriage. She was also preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law Carmen and Clarence Hall; nephew Jesse Hall; and sister-in-law Jane Hammel. Flo was a longtime communicant of St. Casimir's Church. She was very active in the St. Casimir/St. Charles church community; serving several times as treasurer in church societies, she was a member of the Rosary and Sacred Heart Society, member of the Golden Circle Club and a past member of the Wanda Circle Society. Flo was a secretary in the Horseheads Junior High School guidance office from 1965-1973 and was a member of AARP. Friends are invited to call at the McInerny Funeral Home, corner of W. Water and Walnut Sts., on Monday, April 3, 2006 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. A funeral service will follow at 7:15 pm. Interment at Woodlawn National Cemetery will be held at a later date. Donations in Flo's memory may be directed to a charity of one's choice.

 

STEFFEN Freda R. Rose

Age 82 of Elmira Heights, NY. She was born October 3, 1928 in Elmira, NY daughter of the late Carl and Margaret M. (Peters) Steffen and died Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at the Robert Packer Hospital. She was predeceased by her husband Leo John Rose, Sr. in 1988 and is survived by her sons Leo J. (Mary Lou) Rose, Jr. of Holland, OH, Gary (Faith) Rose of Elmira Heights and William Rose of San Francisco, CA; daughter Diane (Anthony) Colitti of Elmira Heights; grandchildren Nathan and Jessica Rose of Holland, OH, Megan (John) Cooper of Horseheads, Carmella Colitti of Horseheads and Anthony Colitti of Elmira Heights; great grandson Joshua Cooper of Horseheads; sister Arlene Church of Elmira along with several loving nieces and nephews. Mrs. Rose was a member and officer of the Colonial Dames, member of the DAR, Red Hat Society, American Legion Post 154 and was very involved with Boy Scouts while her sons were growing up, culminating in all three of them achieving Eagle Scout. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Saturday, March 19th from 2 to 4 pm. Her funeral and committal services will follow at 4 pm. Rev. David Sullivan will officiate. Interment will take place in Woodlawn National Cemetery at the convenience of the family.  Star Gazette – March 18, 2011

 

STEPHENS Mark Elliott Stephens

age 65 of Millerton, PA died Sunday, December 15th, 2013 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY. The son of Beatrice "Bee" Stephens and her late husband Robert Stephens. He was born in Iowa City, Iowa the 27th day of August 1948. Surviving is his wife of 36 years Cathy (Taylor) Stephens of Millerton, Daughter and son in law: Melissa (Michael) Hutcheson of Tioga PA, Son Robert (Tabatha) Stephens of Tioga, PA; three grandsons: Avery Hutcheson, Riley and Elliott Stephens; Brother Michael (Patty) Stephens of Pine City, NY; nieces Lucy and Mary, nephew Zachary Stephens. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Ave. Elmira, NY Saturday December 21, 2013 from 4:00PM - 7:00PM and again Sunday, December 22, 2013 1:00PM - 3:00PM. A celebration of Mark's life will be held immediately following calling hours Sunday at 3:00PM. Lay Pastor John Knapp will officiate. Graveside services and full military honors will be held Monday, December 23rd at 10 AM at the Woodlawn National Cemetery. Mark held a strong work ethic that he instilled in all who had the privilege of knowing him. With this strong work ethic, he founded and ran his company "Freestyle Striping" for 15 years for which he was very proud. The love he had for his family extended to his wrestling family as well. His will and dedication to mentoring and coaching the youth of the area leaves a profound legacy never to be matched. He was very proud to be the first New York State Wrestling Champion at Southside High School in 1966 that lead to his lifelong dream of being inducted to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame; for his Lifetime Achievements and Dedication to the sport. Mark was a Marine Corp Veteran of the Vietnam War. He would want us to celebrate his life, not mourn. Continue on, "In the Spirit of the Sport." There are no words to express the thanks for the unprecedented care of Mark and our family at Strong Memorial Hospital, Dr. Markandaya's team and the whole NeuroMedicine ICU 32800. They opened not only their technologic expertise but they enveloped us in love. We will be forever grateful to them for allowing us this time with him. Those wishing, please make memorials in Mark E. Stephens name to this specific unit as they move forward caring for others and learning from Mark, again.  Star Gazette – December 19, 2013

 

STERLING –BETTY ROSE (STERLING) GESSI, age 90, was born September 12, 1926 in Terre Haute, IN, the daughter of the late Harry and Florence (Powers) Sterling. Betty passed away peacefully on Friday, March 10, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Her beloved husband, Leonard J. Gessi; parents, Harry and Florence; brothers, Herman Sterling, Louis Oden Sterling, Arthur Sterling and Claude Sterling preceded her in death. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Lorrie Gessi; daughters and sons-in-law, Rosanne and Bill Harrison, Judith and Tim Roycraft; grandchildren, James Pierce, Valerie White, Theresa Aponik, Brian Gessi, Kimberly Rockwell, Angela Grissom and Benjamin Harrison; along with 9 great grandchildren; nephew, James Sterling; several other nieces and nephews; and her best friend, her Chihuahua, "Chico." Betty was a communicant of St. Mary's Church. From 1967 to 1980 she, along with Leonard, owned and operated the Tiny Tavern. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary for the Southport Volunteer Fire Department and the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge in Horseheads, NY. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport, NY on Sunday, March 12, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. Funeral services celebrating her life will follow the visitation at 4 PM. The Reverend Richard Farrell will officiate. She will be laid to rest with her husband in the Woodlawn National Cemetery on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 11 AM.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 3/11/2017

FRANK EDWARD STERMER II passed on June 12, 2016 at the age of 82. It's impossible to put into words the lives he touched, each of us in different ways. Devoted husband, father, grandfather & great grandfather. Avid farmer, hunter, fisher & talker who like games of chance. Always ready to greet you with either a handshake or a hug. He lived the Marine Corps motto- Semper Fidelis. Frank is a Marine. He served as a Marine Corps Sergeant in The Korean War for 4 years. Married the love of his life Barbara on June 28, 1958. He succeeded his father as the Agriculture Manager at Elmira Correctional Facility where he worked for 30 years before retiring. He also started his own Stermer Farm in Montour Falls in 1965 where he worked with his loving wife every day, unless they were spending time in Florida or Arizona. Frank was a patriot and a life member of the E.J. Brewer Marine Corps League where he was an active honor guard in the E.J. Brewer Detachment. He believed in the organization and the importance of each and every person who served. He was also a life member of the VFW Post 6083 in Elmira Heights and the American Legion of Big Flats and pledged his membership with the Elks Lodge 2297 of Horseheads, as well as The Montour Moose Lodge 426. He is survived by his wife Barbara A. (Biddle) Stermer, children Tammy Schreier, Cindy (Lester) Cady, Glenda (Robert) Simpson, Keith (Ceridwen) Stermer and Wayne Stermer; know as "Poppy" to his grand children Tabrina (Andy) Schreier Jawarski, Kurtis (Jessica) Vondracek, Allen (Caitlin) Cady, Kristina Vondracek, Ceinwen Stermer, Dakota Simpson, Morgan Stermer, Cameron Schreier, Bronwyn Stermer, Rhys Stermer, and seven great grand children; brother Earl (Cindy) Stermer. Predeceased by brothers Raymond Stermer and Todd Stermer. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, Inc., 413 S. Main St., Horseheads on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 from 1PM-3PM and again from 5PM-7PM. Committal service with full Military Honors will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 10AM in Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira. In lieu of flowers, you are welcome to send a donation to the E.J. Brewer Marine Corps League: E.J. Brewer Detachment, PO Box 236, Horseheads, NY. –Elmira star-Gazette 6/16/2016

 

STERMER Robert N.
Age 81 of 616 Columbia St., Elmira died Wednesday, February 25, 2009. Robert is survived by sons, Robert Gustin, Gary Gustin, John Stermer; daughter, Debbie Allen; 14 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brothers, Paul (Dorothy) Stermer, Fred Stermer; Sister, Helen Cassada, many sisters-in-law including, Kathleen Stermer and Lucy Stermer; many brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews & cousins; pre-deceased by his wife Shirley in 2006; daughter, Betty Ann; grand-daughter, Tracey Lynn; great-grandson, Logan; sisters and brothers, John, Albert, Edward, Rena, Raymond and Rose Ann. Bob was a Communicant of Sts. Peter & Paul's Church, a retiree of Facet, Hill's Department store and Weis Market, a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, and a US Army WWII Veteran. Those wishing may make a donation to Meals on Wheels in his memory (envelopes available at Funeral Home). Family will receive relatives & friends at the Kalec Funeral Home, Sunday, March 1st from 5-8 p.m. A prayer service there Monday, March 2nd at 9:15 a.m. followed by A Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Sts. Peter & Paul's Church. Internment at the convenience of the family in Woodlawn National Cemetery.

 

STEVENS –VERA L. LOVELESS, age 94, was born July 19, 1919 in Elmira, the daughter of the late Claude and Adeline (Robinson) Stevens passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at the Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, NY. Her loving husband of 42 years, Edwin B. Loveless and adored grandson, Roby Mastronardi preceded her in death. She is survived by her beloved children, Judy (Nick) Mastronardi, Beverly (Elwood) Hill, Eddie Loveless and Susan Loveless Wilson; along with 11 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 8 great great grandchildren; sisters, Elsie Stevens and Betty Noyes; along with several nieces and nephews. Since 1953, Vera and Edwin owned and operated Loveless Landscaping. She also was a beautician for many years owning her own shop on South Main Street. Vera was also a former member of the Order of Eastern Star. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Ave. Elmira/Southport, NY on Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 5-7 PM. Funeral services honoring her life will follow the visitation at 7 PM. Lay Pastor John P. Knapp will officiate. Interment will take place at the convenience of her family in Woodlawn Cemetery where she will be laid to rest with her beloved Edwin. Memorial donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society Southern Tier, 13 Beech Street, Johnson City, NY. Thank You: The Loveless family wish to extend their sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility for the outstanding care and compassion they extended to their mother. –Elmira Star-Gazette 7/16/2014

STEWART William H. Decorated War Veteran A resident of Elmira Heights, NY died very unexpectedly on Sunday January 6, 2002. Born in Ginsheim, Germany Bill was the son of Donald and Edith Stahl Stewart. He was a Senior Chief Master Diver in the Navy Seals from 1972-1995. He served in the Vietnam War and Dessert Storm. While in service he was highly decorated, with the Silver Star and was a three time Purple Heart Recipient, the Naval Commendation Medal, the Naval Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, Naval Unit Commendation Medal, Meritorious Award, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medial, and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. He enjoyed diving, collecting model airplanes and cars. He was an artist, a historian and a movie enthusiast. Surviving are his loving children, William D. (Amanda Davis) Stewart of Winter Park, FL; Laveta Stewart of St. Louis MO and (William Nothwang of Baltimore, MD); Shawn Stewart of Daytona Beach, FL; along with their mother, Cheryl Irvin Stewart of Daytona Beach, FL; Bills mother, Edith Stewart of Elmira Heights, NY, his grandmother, Bernice Oldroyd of Elmira, NY; his mother-in-law, Laveta Speziale of Port Orange, FL; Along with several cousins and close family friends including, Rick Davis, Irene Little, Lynn and Mark Hill. Bill was predeceased by his father, Donald Stewart in 1993. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport, NY, today Friday January 11, 2002 from 7-9PM. Funeral services will take place in the Funeral Chapel at Caywood's on Saturday (12 Noon) with the Reverend Richard Farrell officiating. A committal service will follow in Woodlawn National Cemetery. Because of his love for the ocean waters, Bills casket will be buried at sea in the Atlantic Ocean from a Naval Vessel departing from the Norfolk Naval Station in Norfolk, VA.

FRANK L. STICKLER, devoted family man died peacefully Wednesday, April 19, 2000 at his home in Elmira with his loving wife, Barbara and their nine daughters by his side at the age of 73.  Rank was born on October 22, 1926 in Elmira, NY a son of Frank Sr. and Dorothy Morris Stickler.  He married Barbara Kinner on June 26, 1949.  A United State Veteran, Frank served during WWII in the Army in the South Pacific.  He was a long time active member of the Fassett Baptist Church where he was a past trustee, chairman and softball coach.  He retired from Arnot Ogden Medical Center and was also employed by American LaFrance.  He was a member of the American Legion Clarence Oliver Post #154 of Elmira Heights, NY.  A proud father, Frank took great enjoyment in his family especially his nine girls.  Surviving is Franks wife of 50 years, Barbara; his daughters, Elizabeth (Ron) Anderson of Milford, DE; Nancy (Thomas) Briggs of Wellsburg, NY; Barbara Smith of Elmira, NY; Anne (Terry) Wintermute of Gillett, PA; Tina Crout of Elmira, NY; Cindy (Gerald) Derr of Elmira, NY; Colleen Stickler of Horseheads, NY; Collette (Charles) Haner of Wellsburg, NY; sisters, Alice (Donald) Weiskopff of Buffalo, NY; Dorothy (Jusin) Marvin of Elmira, NY; Leona Vester of Scottsville, NY; Mary (Donald) Fatula of Orlando, FL and Elizabeth Baker of Zephyr Hills, FL; brothers, Robert (Mary Ann) Stickler of Caton, NY; 24 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews; and a cherished friend, Fran Clark.  Fran was predeceased by his parents, a daughter, Mary Lou Stickler, grandsons, Wayne Dunbar and Michael Sills II.  The family will receive friends, Friday April 21, 2000 at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport from 1-4 and 6-9 p.m.  Funeral services will take place there Saturday (10 a.m.) with the Reverend Donald Rockwell officiating.  Committal services will follow in Woodlawn National Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded Mr. Stickler.  The family will provide flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Bath Veterans Administration in Frank’s memory.  –Elmira Star Gazette

STIMMERMAN Orrin K.
Age 91 Mr. Stimmerman was a native of Elmira, NY and lived in the Springhills, FL area for many years. He died
on Wednesday May 5, 2010. Son of the late William and Bessie Robinson Stimmerman, also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Aleen German Stimmerman, his brothers, Dick, Dan, Charles, and Robert Stimmerman and sisters Anna Swan and Ruth Maus. Survivors include his brother Carl (Joanne) Stimmerman, also several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mr Stimmerman was a United States Army Veteran of World War II and was a recipient of two Purple Hearts, It was Orrin's request that there be no calling hours and a Graveside Service Honoring his life will be held Tuesday May 11, 2010 at 2:00 PM at Woodlawn National Cemetery with full military honors . – Elmira Star Gazette, May 9, 2010

STOCUM Robert E. Age 79 of 9 Colonial Drive Horseheads, NY died on Saturday September 15, 2001 in the care of Elcor Health Services. Mr. Stocum was born November 1, 1921 in Montour Falls, NY the son of the late Jesse E. and Florence Hagen Stocum. Bob was a veteran of WW II serving his country with the US Navy. He married his wife, Lois Wheet Stocum, on June 28, 1947 and they recently celebrated their 54th Wedding Anniversary on June 28, 2001. Mr. Stocum was a bricklayer for 25 years and retired from the Elmira Psychiatric Center in 1984. Bob was pre-deceased by his parents, his sisters, Isabelle Decker and Jennie Yaple, and his brother Richard Stocum. Mr. Stocum is survived by his loving wife Lois Wheet Stocum; daughter and son-in-law: Carol & Ken Seymour of Horseheads, NY; sons and daughter-in-law: Robert E. Stocum Jr. of Cayuta, NY, Richard & Mary-Lynne Stocum of Horseheads, NY, and Dean Stocum of Horseheads, NY; grandchildren: David Seymour of Horseheads, NY, Michael Seymour and fiancee Heather Safford both of Rochester, NY, Jonathan Stocum, James Stocum, and Kristen Stocum all of Horseheads, NY, and Thalia Marie Stocum of Horseheads, NY; brothers and sisters-in-law: Raymond & Glenda Stocum of Pine Valley, NY, William & Dorrie Stocum of Montour Falls, NY, and Kenneth Stocum of Pine Valley, NY; sister and brother-in-law: Betty DeGraw & Frank Yaple both of Horseheads, NY; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Francis & Ernesta Wheet of Elmira, NY, Dean & Shirley Wheet of Stafford, VA, Ruth Rinebold and Norma Kakritz both of Port Charlotte, Florida; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends. It was Mr. Stocum's wish that there be no prior calling hours. Graveside Funeral and Committal Services will be held Wednesday September 19, 2001 at 10 AM in Woodlawn National Cemetery 1825 Davis Street Elmira, NY where full military honors will be accorded Mr. Stocum. The Rev. Dr. Robert O. Sherburne will officiate. Arrangements are entrusted to the Van Buskirk-Lynch Funeral Home in Horseheads, NY.

STONE Richard Stone
Age 84 of Horseheads, NY. He was born August 15, 1926 in Batavia, NY, son of the late John and Margaret (Brown) Stone and died
Friday, December 10, 2010 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. He was predeceased by his sister Sondra Grodis; sister-in-law Helen Ebersole and brother-in-law Robert Hooey. Richard is survived by his wife of 61 years, Charlotte (Easterbrook); daughters and son-in-law Nancy and Charles Green of Akron, NY, Carol A. Stone of Corning; granddaughter Tonya Norton of Corning; brother David Stone of FL; brothers-in-law Donald Grodis of Bath, NY and Ray Easterbrook of Big Flats; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law Jean and Leon Chameidef of Hartford, CT, Irene Hooey of Horseheads along with several nieces and nephew. Mr. Stone was a member of Big Flats Presbyterian Church. He retired from Bendix after 31 years of service; was a veteran of WWII serving in the U.S. Army; a member of the Clarence R. Oliver American Legion Post 154, Elmira Heights and the Big Flats Lodge 378, F. & A.M. for 45 years. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Thursday, December 16th from 12 to 2 pm. His memorial service will be held at 2 pm. Rev. Richard Price will officiate. Committal prayers and entombment will follow in Woodlawn National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Richard through donations to the charity of one's choice.  Star-Gazette - December 13, 2010

 

STOPKA Ann S. Corley

Age 89, formerly of Horseheads, NY and recently of Woodbrook, died at St. Joseph's Hospital on Monday afternoon, January 17, 2011. Ann was born on June 29, 1921 in Somerset, PA, a daughter of the late Joseph and Antonina Abrocta Stopka. During WWII she worked at Bendix and later at Eldridge Park. Ann enjoyed spending summers at Lake Ondawa in Big Pond, PA with her husband, Martin, who predeceased her in 1998. She is survived by her daughters, Carol (John) Miller of Henrico, VA, Patricia (Don) Chimileski of Horseheads, NY and Elizabeth (Gary) Corley; grandchildren, Jim Negri, Kristen (Lee) Householder, Lisa (John) Nagle and Elizabeth (Brett) Siebenhar; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Householder, Donovan & Brady Nagle, Cassidy & Glen Siebenhar; and several nieces, nephews and numerous friends. The family will welcome relatives and friends to Sullivan's Funeral Home, 365 E. Franklin St. at Rt. 13, Horseheads, NY on Thursday, January 20, 2011, from 5-7 p.m. A Requiem Mass will be held at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 408 S. Main St., Horseheads, NY on Friday, January 21, 2011, at 11 a.m. She will be laid to rest alongside her husband at Woodlawn National Cemetery immediately following. Those wishing to remember Ann may do so through charities of one's choice in her memory. Special thanks to Laurie Sweeney, the staff and Ann's many friends at Woodbrook who made her last years so happy and meaningful. Thanks also to the staff on D-3 at St. Joseph's Hospital who provided excellent comfort and care to Ann and her family.  Star Gazette – January 19, 2011

 

JOHN FRANKLIN STORCH, age 88, of Elmira, passed away on April 7 in Lake Wales, FL, his winter residence. John was born in Rochester, NY to Grove and Elizabeth Bach Carson on November 14, 1925. Upon the death of his mother shortly after his birth, he was adopted by his mother's first cousin, Lucie Wentz Storch and husband, Fritz Storch in Elmira. John graduated from Southside High School. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II, seeing action at the Battle of Iwo Jima. After the war he returned to Elmira and married Ruth Lois Bennett. They were married for 55 years until her death on April 4, 2002. John worked first as a machinist before joining the United States Postal Service, where he was a mail carrier for 25 years. He was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church and later attended Hillcrest Baptist Church. John loved music and was a gifted piano player and singer. For many years he sang in a men's gospel quartet and sang in church choirs well into his eighties. He especially enjoyed walking and working on cars, restoring several with his son. John is survived by his three children: daughter, Susan Storch of Lebanon, NJ; son, Lorin Storch and daughter-in-law, Roxanne Grover; daughter, Karen Storch of Elmira and her children: grandson, Aaron Stanbro and granddaughter, Elissa Stanbro of West Chester, PA. The funeral service will be held at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 115 West Hill Rd. Elmira, NY on Tuesday, April 15 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Woodlawn National Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded Mr. Storch. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to the charity of one’s choice in John’s name. –Elmira Star-Gazette 4/11/2014

STRONG –EDNA J. LINK was born March 1, 1931 in Elmira, the daughter of the late Richard and Ida (Horton) Strong passed away on Friday, November 4, 2016 at the age of 85. Her husband of 33 years, Vincent F. Link preceded her in death July 12, 2008. Edna is survived by her loving children: son and daughter-in-law, Zane and Penny Palmer of Meridian, ID; daughter, Barbara Sawyer of Elmira, NY; grandchildren: Zane (Alexis) Palmer of Meridian, ID; Andy Sawyer (Lili) of Long Island, NY; great grandchildren: Kyla and Cole Palmer; Adelaide Sawyer; her beloved pets: feline friend, "Tess"; canine companion with whom she took many walks, "Celine". Edna retired from Westinghouse after several years of dedicated service. She was known in her neighborhood for her gardening skills and did some of her best work at the Mark Twain Golf Course and at Eldridge Park. In accordance to her wishes there will be no prior services. She will be laid to rest with her beloved Vince in the Woodlawn National Cemetery Wall at a time convenient to her family. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be directed to the Eldridge Park Carousel Preservation Society P. O. box # 3056 Elmira, NY. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/6/2016

 

STRONG Robert L., II "Bobby"
Age 61, formerly of W. Water Street, died on Friday, June 20, 2008 at the Elcor Health Care Facility. Bobby was born March 7, 1947, a son of Robert and Marjorie Brownlow Strong. In addition to his parents he is survived by his son Robert Talada; brothers, with their families, Marty Strong; Bruce and Mary Strong with children, Gretchen Strong-Fink, Andrew, and Morgan; Gary and Hilary Strong with children, Hannah and Kevin, all of Elmira; aunt and uncle, Doris and Ray Cicconi; cousins, Jimmy (Patricia) Cicconi, Kathy Cicconi, Carol (Bruce) Mumma, Barbara Reed, Carol (Nick) Ferreri, Bill (Sara) Strong, Patricia Strong, and Cindy Strong. Bobby was a 1966 graduate of EFA. He served his country, as a medic, in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Bobby was a police officer for the Frederick, Maryland Police Department. He later served as a West Elmira police officer. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of Water and Walnut Sts., on Monday, June 23, 2008 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Graveside services, with full military honors, will be held on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 12:00 noon at Woodlawn National Cemetery Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bobby's name may be directed to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830. The Strong Family would like to thank Donna, and all the staff at Elcor Hickory Knoll Residence, and Southern Tier Hospice, for the wonderful care given Bobby.   Published in the Star-Gazette on 6/21/2008.

 

STORCH Helen E. Watts 

Rock Hill, SC: Age 93, formerly of Elmira, died Saturday, December 29, 2012. Helen was born July 27, 1919, in Elmira, the daughter of Albert and Myrtle (Crane) Storch. She is predeceased by her husband Leon L. Watts and son David L. Watts. Helen is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Dale A. and Barbara Watts of Tega Cay, SC; grandchildren, Michael A. Watts, Kelly M. (Brett) Hawley, Megan A. Watts, Richard G. August, Michael P. August; great-grandchildren, Hunter M. Watts, Carson J. Hawley, Coleton D. Hawley and Leila S. August. Helen worked as the head cashier at The Market Place on Langdon Plaza for many years. She later provided child care for nearly 20 years. Helen moved to South Carolina 10 years ago to be with her family. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water Street, Elmira on Thursday, January 3, 2012 from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. A funeral service will follow. Interment will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery.   Star Gazette – December 30, 2012

 

STROUD –VIRGINIA LEE ‘GINNY’ TOMPKINS, age 81, of Horseheads, NY died Saturday, November 28, 2015 at Bethany Manor in Horseheads. Ginny was born on June 21, 1934 in Kingston, PA to Raymond T. and Marion (Stearns) Stroud, Sr. She was educated in the Trucksville, PA schools. She had worked at A & P Foods for several years and for Arnot Ogden Hospital in food services. Ginny was preceded in death by her husbands, Daniel Steadle, Leon Grover, and Wayne Tompkins. Ginny enjoyed walking the mall, coffee with friends, listening to outdoor concerts, dancing, and people watching. She is survived by her children, Lourie Lee (Andy) Turshen and Daniel Steadle; three brothers, Raymond Stroud, Jr. of Ocala, FL, Donald (Brarbara Kruk) Stroud of Summerfield, FL, and Gary (Cheryl) Stroud of Harrisburg, PA; sister-in-law, Anne Marie Stroud of Dupont, PA; sister-in-law, Margie (Steve) Rose of Corning; step children, Robert (Susan) Tompkins of Corning, Kathy Tompkins of Phoenix, AZ, Patricia (Scott) Reese of Painted Post, Julie Bachert of Cottonwood, AZ; several nieces and nephews; several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Ginny was predeceased by her brother, David Stroud. A memorial service will be held on Monday, December 7, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Haughey Funeral Home, Inc., 216 East First St, Corning, NY with Chaplain Syd McCrorey officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/2/2015

 

ELMER J. STOUT
Elmer J. Stout, 80, of RD 2, Gillett, PA died October 24, 1990 at Bath Veterans Hospital, Bath, NY. Elmer was a United States Army Veteran of WW II. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy L. Stout; daughters, Sylvia Heasley of Columbia Cross Roads, PA and Hazel Foster of Elmira, NY; a son, Russell Stout of Jackson Summit, PA; daughters, Joyce Decker of Gillett, PA, Barbara Kinner of Wellsburg, NY, Carol Austin of Gillett, PA, Dorothy Corwin of Addison, NY; son, Douglas Stout of Elmira, NY; granddaughter, Cynthia Slater of Ulster, PA; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Services were held October 26 at the Olthof Funeral Home in Elmira with the Rev. Charles Root officiating and interment to be in Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira. (TGR, Thursday, November 1, 1990)

 

STRONG Robert L. "Bob"

Elmira: Loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, age 90, died peacefully on Friday, June 3, 2011 at the Bath VA. Bob was born July 28, 1920, in Elmira, a son of the late William H. and Ella (Jensen) Strong. He is also predeceased by his loving wife of 63 years, Margie; oldest son, Robert, Jr.; brothers, William and Donald Strong. Bob's sister, Doris (Ray) Cicconi, is the last surviving sibling. He is also survived by his three sons, Martin, Bruce, with wife Mary Jennifer, and Gary, with partner Carla; grandchildren, Hannah, Kevin, Morgan, Andrew Strong, and Gretchen (Andrew) Fink; great-grandchildren, Wyeth, Ian and Soren Fink; nieces and nephews, Jimmy (Trisha) Cicconi, Kathy Cicconi, Carol (Bruce) Mumma, Bill (Sara) Strong, Barbara Reed, Carol (Nick) Ferrerei, Cindy and Patti Strong. Bob was a wounded Army veteran of WWII. He served as a platoon Sergeant in charge of 30 men of a heavy mortar platoon, and was also in charge of other gun sections of rifles, machine guns, and armored cars. Bob served in the European Theatre of Operations, fought in 4 major battles, was wounded in Germany, and earned the Purple Heart. Over the years Bob was employed by Mutual of Omaha, NJ Thompson, Commercial Press, and F.M. Howell. Upon his retirement Bob had various jobs…..Bingo Inspector for West Elmira, Truant Officer for Hendy Ave. School, and he worked with the staff at Elmira Savings Bank, whom he loved dearly. However, his favorite job was crossing guard at Hendy Ave. School for 12 years, until he turned 80. Bob was on duty at 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on West Water Street, helping the students cross the street. He always had a smile on his face. Every morning Bob could be found at Anderson's Cozy Corner checking in with his many good friends there. Evenings he would be at the Elbow Room, having a glass of red wine, and catching up with his friends there. He loved the staff at both places. Many people considered Bob to be the "Unofficial Mayor of Elmira." He seemed to know everybody wherever he went. Bob was a member of North Presbyterian Church. He will be missed. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of W. Water and Walnut Sts., on Thursday, June 9, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Interment, with military honors, will take place on Friday, June 10, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. at Woodlawn National Cemetery Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Bob with a donation to either, Chemung County SPCA, Route 352, Elmira, NY 14903, or Tanglewood Nature Center, 443 Coleman Avenue, Elmira, NY 14903. Special thanks to all the staff at the Bath VA. Thank you to the 3rd floor staff at the Twin Pines Nursing Home on the VA grounds. They took great care of dad and his family. They treated dad, and us, with love, dignity, and respect.  Star Gazette – June 7, 2011

 

DONALD I. STROPE SR.
Donald I. Strope Sr., 68, of Elmira, NY died Tuesday, July 30, 1991 at St. Joseph's Hospital following an extended illness. He is survived by sons, Donald I. Strope Jr. and Thomas Strope of Troy, PA; sons and daughters-in-law, S.F.C. Dennis and Cindy Strope of Germany, Jeffery and Julie Strope of Troy, PA; daughters and sons-in-law, Pamela and Michael McCarthy of Corning, NY, Dora Marie and Tom Smith of Troy, PA; daughter, Sylvia Spencer of Van Etten, NY; step-mother, Etta Strope of Elmira Heights, NY; aunt, Betty Graham of South Dakota; 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Graveside services were held August 5 at Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira, NY.  Arrangements were by the Olthof Funeral Home in Elmira. (TGR, Thursday, August 8, 1991)

 

STROPE Harold L.

Age 87, of Horseheads, died after a brief illness on Jan. 27, 2013. He was born in Orville, PA, to Clive and Alice (Brown) Strope. Harold is survived by his wife, Dolores (Hayes) Strope; daughters and son, Steve Strope Roylestown, PA, Sharon (Jim) Cummings of Brockport, NY, Joan DiMaggio of Ilion, NY; stepchildren, Kristen (Jim) Woods of Erin, NY, Michael Powell of Elmira Heights, NY; 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins; brother, Earl (Jan) Strope of Elmira, NY; sister, Geraldine "Jibe" Balmer of Pensacola, FL; brothers-in-law, Melvin (Marjorie) Hayes, Norman (Martha) Hayes, Doug (Mary) Hayes, all of Horseheads, NY. Harold was a retired driver with the Teamsters Union working for Arnolds Furniture in Elmira. He was also a veteran of WWII serving in the US Navy. He was also a talented woodworker. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 S. Main St., Horseheads on Thurs., Jan. 31, 2013, from 4-7:00 p.m. Burial service will take place privately on Friday in Woodlawn National Cemetery. Those wishing may also remember Harold with memorials to the Disabled American Veterans, 91 Owego St., Cortland, NY 13045.   Star Gazette – January 30, 2013

 

STRUBLE Dale H.
Formerly of Pine City and presently on Hampstead, NC, died very unexpectedly in North Carolina on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at the age of 62. Born in Elmira, Dale was the son of the late Ross & Helen (Bergh) Struble and grandson of the late August & Anna Bergh. He was a loving and supportive father who was devoted to his three children: Tammy (Brent) Coston, Hampstead, NC; Jillene Parmelee, Carlisle, PA; and Dale H. Struble II, Suwanee, GA; grandchildren, Brett, Kyle and Troy Toukatly, Trevor Coston, Brittney, Devon, and Sydney Parmelee and Gavin Struble; brother, Ross Struble, Southport, and sister Linda Struble, Southport. Dale is also survived by uncle and aunts, Ken & Marg Bergh, Vi Bergh and Connie Bergh all of Elmira, along with many cousins, friends and extended family. Dale was also predeceased by his grandson, Cody Parmelee, the mother of his children, Marjorie Wood Struble, aunt, Alma Maloney and uncles, Howard Bergh and Harold Bergh. Dale was a 1965 graduate of Southside High School and attended Williamsport Community College. He served his country during the Vietnam Conflict, was seriously injured and was awarded two purple hearts. Following his service to our country he was employed as an ironworker and more recently by the US Postal Service until his retirement. Dale enjoyed endless memories with his family on Keuka Lake as a child. He was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed sports. Family and friends will be received at Bethany Lutheran Church, Walnut St., Elmira, NY on Saturday May 23, 2009 from 10 – 11 am. A memorial service will follow at 11 am with the Reverend Abigail Hoffman and Father Matthew Newcomb co-officiating. Full military honors will be accorded at Woodlawn Cemetery following the memorial service. Dale's ashes will be interred in the Wall within Woodlawn National Cemetery.  Published in the Star-Gazette from 5/17/2009 - 5/20/2009

 

SUITOR –CAROL MARGARET (SUITOR) LANE age 77, passed away peacefully at her home in Mesa, AZ on Wednesday, September 24, 2014. Her loving family was all by her side. Carol was born in Niagara Falls, NY on December 27, 1936. She is the daughter of the late Thomas and Alice Suitor. Left to go on is her loving husband of 57 years, Donald Lane; her three children, Donna (Jeff) of Queen Creek, AZ; Dawn of Mesa, AZ; Scott (Annette) of Mesa, AZ; also her four grandchildren, Ian of Casa Grande, AZ; Jennifer (Matt) of Queen Creek, AZ; Matthew of Chicago, IL; Abigail of Queen Creek, AZ; last but not least, her precious great granddaughter, Riley Dawn of Queen Creek, AZ. Carol graduated from Southside High School in 1956. Izard's and later Remington Rand employed her until she and Donald were married on April 27, 1957. Shortly after their marriage they started their family. Carol then dedicated her life to raising her children and then helping her daughters raise their children. After Donald retired they began to go to Arizona for the winters because their son Scott lived there. After that, the rest of the family followed. Carol and Don have lived in Elmira for the summer and Mesa, AZ for the winter for the last 18 years. Carol loved her family and her homes. She was a dedicated wife, homemaker, mother and grandmother. She also loved her friends and extended family. She enjoyed traveling by car and later in life by air! Carol was a fighter against her cancer for over 10 years. Her family and all who knew her have admired her strength and her love of life. She truly is an inspiration and will be terribly missed. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport, NY on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM. Funeral services celebrating her life will follow the visitation at 6 PM. Reverend Richard Farrell will officiate. Interment will take place in the Woodlawn Cemetery at the convenience of her family. In lieu of flowers the family would like memorial donations in Carol's memory to be directed to Hoospice of the Valley, 2020 E. Woodside Ct., Gilbert, AZ. Please include return address. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/28/2014

SUPULSKI Leo
Of Millerton, PA
Age 58, was born January 6, 1949 in Sayre, PA, the son of the late Joseph B. and Lucy Supulski, died peacefully on Saturday, June 23, 2007, at home with his loving companion and best friend, Amy Bellows at his side. His brothers, Joseph and Lawrence Supulski and sister, Anna Sweet also predeceased him. Leo is survived by his brother, Stanley Supulski of Elmira, NY; sister, Pauline South of Sayre, PA; along with several nieces, nephews and many, many friends. He was father to none, but daddy to all. Leo was a veteran of the US Army proudly serving his country from 1968 to 1974 and received the following commendations: honorable SP-4 Vietnam Veteran, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device, Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Purple Heart. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY 14904, on Wednesday, June 27, 2007, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Funeral Services will follow the visitation. (3 p.m.) Interment will take place on Thursday, June 28, 2007, at the Woodlawn National Cemetery where the Chemung County Veterans Honor Squad will accord Mr. Supulski Military Honors.

SWASTA
Michael Age 78, of 760 E. Washington Avenue died December 12, 2001 at home unexpectedly. Michael was born October 1, 1923 in Oil City, PA son of the late Frank and Mary (Hudunich) Swasta. He served his country during WW II with the US Army 805th Hellcats in Tunisia, Naples, Sicily, Rome, Arno, Southern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. Mike married the former Mary Alice Gaiser who survives. He was retired from Kennedy Valve where he was employed as a machinist. Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years, Mary Alice of Elmira, sons and daughters-in-law; Michael K. and Mary E. Swasta of Newfield, Ronald E. and Sherry Swasta of Montgomery, TX, James F. and Patricia Swasta of Elmira, a daughter Catherine Schroth and her fiance Marlin Diffenderfer of Breesport, a sister; Gertrude Sanner of Oil City, PA, grandchildren; Matthew, Noel, Jacob, Tiffany, Jodi, step-grandchildren; Jennifer, Brandon and Julie, 12 great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends are invited to call Sunday, December 16, 2001 from 2 to 4 PM at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held there at the conclusion of calling hours at 4PM with Rev. Fred Kelsey officiating. Interment with Military Honors will be held 11 AM Monday, December 17, at Woodlawn National Cemetery.

SWEET - FASSBENDER
Lorraine Age 83, formerly of Hendy Ave. Elmira, NY, died on Friday morning, September 16, 2005, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Friends may call at the HOLLY-KECK & BAKER, INC. FUNERAL HOME on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 2 p.m.to 5 p.m. with funeral services at the conclusion of calling hours at 5 p.m. Rev. Donald Giles officiating. Interment will take place in Woodlawn National Cemetery Elmira, at the convenience of the family. The family will provide flowers, those wishing may make memorials to Westside Methodist Church. Lorraine is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Linda Johnston of Elmira, Lynn and Roxanne Johnston of Horseheads, NY; and their brother, Scott (Beverly) Sweet of Kettering Ohio; daughter-in-law, Sue Johnston of Lebanon, TN; grandchildren, Jennifer Johnston, Joshua Sweet, Rebekah Sweet, and Nicole (Matt) McCammon; special dear friends, Sharon Hartman and Nancy Bollen. Lorraine was predeceased by her best friend and loving husband, James Fassbender; loving son, Gary Johnston. She was a retired secretary from Corning Inc. with over 30 years of service and was a loving person to all.

SWIATOWY Robert T., Sr.
Age 84 of Elmira, NY. He was born March 15, 1925 in Buffalo, NY, son of the late Stanley and Helen (Kalinoski) Swiatowy and died Wednesday, January 13, 2010, under the loving care of Dr. Boyer and the staff on 4B at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Bob entered the U.S. Navy after graduating from Emerson Vocational High School. He was in the submarine service from 1943 to 1946 aboard the USS Hackleback, which was instrumental in locating the famous Japanese battleship Yamato, so U.S. carrier planes came and sank it on April 7, 1945 200 miles north of Okinawa. Bob came to Elmira after the war and married Betty Ritter on August 6, 1949. They enjoyed 60 plus years together. She survives him at Elcor Nursing Home. Bob was a union painter for Local 325 in Elmira until his retirement in 1987 from John J. Cook Painting Contractor. Bob enjoyed his family, friends and adored his grandchildren, Jeffrey L. Swiatowy of Rochester, NY and Jennifer L. Swiatowy of Los Angeles, CA. Bob also enjoyed bowling (30 years), local stock car racing and NASCAR. He liked to be busy helping neighbors and friends around their homes. His energy seemed insurmountable. He will be missed by all he touched. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Leonard (uncle Lenny) and Stanley, Jr. "Bucky". In addition to his wife and grandchildren, he is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Theresa Swiatowy, Thomas and Betty Swiatowy all of Elmira Heights, NY; sister, Elaine Reukauf of Buffalo, NY; brother-in-law, W. Ritter of FL; sisters-in-law, Mary Ann (Ritter) Shaw of Elmira and Shirley (Ritter) Clarke of AZ; special nephews and niece, Forrest Reukauf of Buffalo, NY, Christopher and Sue (Shaw) Kamas of Elmira, NY. Family and friends are invited to his graveside service with Military Honors on Tuesday, January 19th, at 11 a.m. in Woodlawn National Cemetery. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Published in Star-Gazette from January 15 to January

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