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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice

Woodlawn Cemetery, City of Elmira, Chemung County, New York
Obituaries

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Do You Knowthat 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. 


You'll also find obituary and other newspaper clippings using Clippings partition. Additional clippings can be found in the Birth, Marriage, and some other partitions. 

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 Obituaries

BEAMAN -  Mrs. Effie B. Cassada, 513 W. First St. Today, Oct 14, 1946. Survived by husband, Louis B.; son, Franklin J. of Elmira; brothers, Humphrey Beaman of Long Island, William Beaman of Troy, Pa.; sisters, Mrs. William Montgomery of Washington, Pa., Miss Frances Beaman of Try, Pa.; six grandchildren. Body is at the Holly Funeral Home where funeral will be Thursday at 1 p.m. Rev. Martin D. Hardin. Woodlawn Cemetery. Please omit flowers.

BEAMAN EFFIE
Cassada, Mrs. Effie Beaman – died Tuesday morning, October 15th at the Arnot Ogden Hospital in Elmira, NY after a week’s illness. She is survived by her husband, Louis B Cassada, one son, Franklin J Cassada, both of Elmira; a sister, Mrs. W S Montgomery of Washington, Pa. and a sister, Frances R Beaman of Troy; two brothers, Humphrey M Beaman of Bay Shore,Long Island, NY and William W Beaman of Troy. Also six grandchildren, all of Elmira. The funeral services were held at the Holley Funeral Home on West Gray Street in Elmira Thursday afternoon, October 17th. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira, NY.

BEARDSLEY Richard E.
Age 64, of Elmira, NY, went to be with our Lord on Saturday, June 19, 2010 at his home. Richard was born on November 12, 1945 in Elmira, son of the late LaVern and Vivian (Yaple) Beardsley. He was also predeceased by his son, Richard Jr. in 1980. Richard was a member of the Auxiliary Police. He was an avid bowler, and loved fishing and spending time with his family and friends. Richard is survived by the love of his life, Elizabeth Swartout; daughters, Beth and Marie Beardsley; son, George Beardsley; step-daughter, Saresa Swartout; step-son, Shawn (Mary) Swartout; sisters, Hazel (Herbert) Hall, Gloria (Bernard) Hults, Doris (Francis) Peace, Betty (David) Grover, Bonnie Niles, and Etta Mae Beardsley; brother, Elliott Beardsley; several grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to call Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. Interment will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery at the convenience of the Family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Richard can be made to Southern Tier Hospice. – Elmira Star Gazette, June 22, 2010

GEORGE T. BECHTOL, one of the oldest residents of Elmira died Tuesday morning (Jan. 4, 1916) at 6:20 o’clock at the family home, No. 378 South Main Street.  Mr. Bechtol was born in this city seventy-nine years ago, the family home having stood on the corner of Baldwin and Market Streets many years.  Over seventy years ago, before the day of the advent of the steam railroads in the Chemung Valley, Mr. Bechtol’s father, Evan Bechtol was a partner with Cooley & Maxwell in operating four stage lines in various directions of Elmira.  His father was a harnessmaker by trade and conducted a business in that line many years.  The decedent was a machinist by trade and was employed many years in the former LaFrance fire engine shops.  Later he was a master machinist in the United States Navy Yard at Washington, D.C. and until about five years ago when, because of ill health he retired from business.  He was married fifty years ago to Miss Helen Griffin, who survives him; also a brother, Evan Bechtol; a sister, Mrs. Smith J. Howe, both of this city; also ten nephews and three nieces.  Mr. Bechtol was a member of Centenary Methodist Episcopal Church and of the brotherhood of that church.  The funeral was held Thursday at 1 p.m. with a prayer service at the family home and service at Centenary Church at 2 p.m.  The Rev. A. L. Hobart officiated.  Burial was in Woodlawn.  –Elmira Sunday Telegram 1/9/1916

BECKER James C., Jr. Age 51, of 60 Broad Ave., Binghamton, NY, formerly of Elmira, NY. He was born April 12, 1954 in Elmira, the son of James C. and Regenia (Lenox) Becker, Sr. and died Thursday, May 12, 2005, unexpectedly at home. He was predeceased by his father in 1994; grandmother, Mervil Lenox in 1994; aunt, Elsie Johnson in 1992; grandfathers, Ivan Lenox in 1984, and Clesson Becker in 1974; uncle Raymond Becker in 1944. James is survived by his wife, Theresa (Therit); and children, Joshua and Jamie Becker, all of Binghamton; mother and stepfather, Regenia (Jean) Becker and John H. Peer of Horseheads; brother and sister-in-law, Bruce and Resurreccion Becker; nieces and nephews Stephanie, Erika, Justin and Kiana Becker, all of Cincinnati, OH; along with several aunts, uncles and cousins. He graduated from SRU High School in E. Smithfield, PA in 1972, Mansfield University, and Broome Community College. James was formerly employed with Pepsi Bottling Co. in Binghamton and Elmira. He was Chaplain of the S.A.L. Post 1645, Binghamton; was an avid NASCAR (Kyle Petty), NY Giants and Yankees fan, and was a very knowledgeable history buff. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira, on Sunday, May 15th, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. His funeral and committal services will follow at 8 p.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Charles B. BECKWITH, 47, a painter by occupation, who was employed in Elmira, died unexpectedly Thursday morning of a heart seizure at the family home in Pine City. His mother, Mrs. B. Beckwith died last week, at Pine City. Mr. Beckwith is survived by his widow. Mrs. Mildred Beckwith. The funeral will be held in the family home Saturday at 10 a.m. The Rev. George Burroughs will officiate. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira (handwritten on article Feb 14, 1929)

BECKWITH ,(first name ? ) Mrs. Jacob Miller - Mrs. Jacob Miller of Lower Maple Avenue died Sunday at Lemon City, Florida following an illness of eight days of an apoplectic seizure. Mrs. Miller was a member of the Riverside Methodist Episcopal Church and had resided in Elmira many years. The family had passed the winters in Florida several years. The decedent is survived by her husband, Jacob Miller; a daughter, Mrs. Chester Breese of Lemon City, Fla; two brothers, Guy and Judd Beckwith of Elmira. The funeral will be held at Lemon City, Fla. Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. The remains will be removed to Elmira in the spring for burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.

BECKWITH – Miss Mildred Beckwith, age 95, formerly of 352½ Maple Ave., Elmira, died Sunday, August 6, 1989. Friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, 1050 Penna Ave., Wednesday, August 16, 2-4 pm with Funeral and Committal Services there at the conclusion of Calling Hours, Wednesday at 4:00 pm. Rev. Melanie Cole officiating. Interment, Woodlawn Cemetery. Survived by close friends, Geraldine and George Simons of Elmira; also predeceased by close friend, Martha Ross, July 21, 1989. Mildred was a Sunday School Teacher and member of the Riverside United Methodist Church for 50 years and was an assistant to the Librarian at the Steele Memorial Library for 38 years.

BEDIENT Paul R.
Age 70, of Briggs, TX. He was born January 11, 1938 in Bradford, NY, son of the late Edward and Helen (Kelley) Bedient, and died Saturday, April 26, 2008, at the Central Texas Veterans Hospital, Temple, TX. He was predeceased by his parents; stepmother, Lillian Bedient; and brother, Claude Bedient. He is survived by his wife, Wenonah (Denson) Bedient; children and their spouses, Debbie and Jim Bond of Hector, NY, Paul, Jr. and Pam Bedient of MI, Tina and Richard Snyder of Beaver Dams, NY, Sonya and Jim Personius of Montour Falls, NY, Frank and Barbara Bedient of MI, and Merle Bedient of Montour Falls, NY; 17 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; sister, Ernestine Trainer of Hobe Sound, FL. Mr. Bedient retired as a heavy equipment mechanic. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the V.F.W., Kempner, TX. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira, on Friday, May 2nd, from 10 to 11 a.m. His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Committal prayers and interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.   Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/1/2008.
 
BEDZYK Helen J. Weaver

Formerly of Laurentian Place, died on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at Bethany Manor. She was born January 22, 1920 in Elmira Heights, NY the daughter of the late Michael and Anna (Moskal) Bedzyk. Her loving husband Lester L. (Jeff) Weaver predeceased her December 28, 1993. Her brothers Rev. Peter Bedzyk, Rev. John Bedzyk and Michael Bedzyk also preceded her in death. She is survived by her beloved son and daughter-in-law, Ronald P. and Kim Weaver who unselfishly and lovingly cared for her throughout the years, adored granddaughters; Christie Weaver and Stacie Weaver; along with several in- laws, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and her church family. Helen was an original member of the former Pentecostal Tabernacle, and was involved in the following ministries with her families church: Sunday School Teacher, played her accordion in the church orchestra, and sang in the church choir. She was a former dedicated employee of Remington Rand. She was a wonderful hostess and hospitable to all whom entered her home. Family and friends are invited to call at Elmira Christian Center, 235 East Miller Street, Elmira, NY 14904 on Monday, January 24, 2011 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Funeral services honoring her life will be held there on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Belvy White celebrating Helen's services. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery where she will be laid to rest with her beloved "Jeff". Memorial donations may be directed to Elmira Christian Academy envelopes will be available at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home, Inc.  Star Gazette – January 21, 2011
 

WILLIAM BEEBE died Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 5, 1916) at the family apartments in the Metzger block, No. 419 North Main Street after an extended illness.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Esther M. Beebe; two daughters, Mrs. W. A. Covert of Avon and Mrs. Fred D. Hackley of Elmira; three grandchildren, Charlotte, William and Arthur Covert; also a son, George Beebe of Schenectady.  The funeral was held Friday at 2 p.m.  Burial was in Woodlawn.  –Elmira Sunday Telegram 1/9/1916

 

BEECHER Charles M

Courtesy of Tryniski, Tom M., historian. The Randolph Courant. 14 Jul 1881

Death of an Editor

Charles M. Beecher, Editor of the Elmira Advertiser, died very suddenly at his home in Elmira last Friday morning. He left the office at 10 o'clock in the evening, complaining that he felt feverish and went home. He went to bed and about 1 o'clock in the morning arose and sat on the edge of the bed saying, "Oh, dear, I can't stand this." He then got up and walked across the room and turning to come back, fell dead.  He was between 50 and 53years of age and his whole life's work has been connected with the newspaper profession. He was naturally an editor, and one of those who grew up into the profession from the printer's ease and knew it thoroughly from the bottom. He was the son of Moses Beecher, who was well known in Cattaraugus county, having been connected with the Holland Land Company's office in this county for many years, and he was born in Ellicottville. He learned his trade on the old Cattaraugus Whig, a newspaper that upon organization of the Republican party became the Cattaraugus Freeman. His brother-in-law, Delos E. Sill, conducted the paper when he first entered the office. During this apprenticeship and his early years he wrote much for the Whig and wrote well, manifesting an ability in that direction that he subsequently has shown in a marked degree. His fist newspaper venture was in Cuba, Allegany county, where he began the publication of the Allegany Cuban. This was merged with the Angelica Republican, his partner being his brother William. The Republican was subsequently merged with the Angelica Reporter and removed to Wellsville, where it became the Wellsville Reporter and is now conducted by Enos Barnes.  From Angelica, Mr. Beecher went to Dunkirk and became proprietor of the Dunkirk Tribune. Here he met with the misfortune of being burned out, losing everything that he had. He went to Sabula, Iowa and established the Sabula Tribune and afterward to Clinton Iowa, where he published a paper for a short time. He worked in Cleveland, Ohio Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and other places during this period. He returned, however, to Cattaraugus county and again became interested in the Cattaraugus Freeman. This was during the war, and having obtained a clerkship in one of the departments in Washington he went there for a short time, coming back at length to the Freeman. He then went to Hornellsville and for a time was interested in the Tribune with Mr. Hough, shortly afterward going to Wellsville and taking charge of the Genesee Valley Free Press which he conducted with marked ability. He was invited by Dr. Pratt to assist him on the Corning Journal and accepted the position, doing work that gave great satisfaction to the proprietor and the readers of the paper.  In 1876 Mr. Beecher first went to Elmira, occupying the position of foreman on the Elmira Gazette. He subsequently worked on the Elmira Advertiser, both as compositor and in the editorial department. When the Free Press was started he became it's city editor and when Mr. Fairman, the editor of the Advertiser, was made Superintendent of the Insurance Department of the State. Mr. Beecher was chosen to supply his place on that paper as assistant, which he has continued since. He literally died in the harness. The same issue of the Advertiser announcing his death also contained work that was warm from his hand.   Mr. Beecher has four sisters and a brother living. One of his sisters is Mrs. D. E. Sill of this place; another, Mrs. P. V. Skinner of Ellicottville; Mrs. Harlen Colman and Miss Mary Beecher of Dunkirk. His brother is Moses Beecher of Warren, Pennsylvania. We learn that he had amply provided for his wife and two daughters by insuring his life in several mutual insurance companies.  (Beecher Charles M. July 8 1881 52y 5m)

 

BEECHER - Charles M. Beecher, Jr., employed as a compositor on the Elmira Gazette, and son of Charles M. Beecher, night editor of the Advertiser, committed suicide last week Monday  night by hanging himself in his father’s barn. He was nearly twenty-five years old, and disappointment in love is supposed to have been the cause of his self-destruction. - Wellsboro Agitator, February 24, 1880

 

BEECHER James Rexford, Jr.
Loving father & grandfather - Age 84, was born August 31, 1925 in Elmira, NY, the son of the late James Rexford and Miriam (Hays) Beecher Sr. died peacefully on Sunday, October 4, 2009, at the Elcor Health Services where he most recently resided. His brother, John Hendy Beecher; and sister, and brother-in-law, Barbara Beecher (Charles) Allen predeceased him. He is survived by his loving children: daughters, Dr. Pamela Beecher (Dr. James Prince) of Corse Gold, CA; Amanda Beecher Eubanks of Elmira, NY; sons, James Rundell Beecher of Elmira, NY; Scott Hendy Beecher of Horseheads, NY; along with grandchildren, Valarie Beecher Eubanks, Stephen James Eubanks, Sarah Marian Prince, Hillary Elizabeth Prince; brother, Harry (Peggy) Beecher of Riverside, CT; Judy Allen of Charlotte, NC; sister-in-law, JoAnne Beecher of Elmira, NY; along with several nieces and nephews, and relatives. James was a graduate of Elmira Free Academy Class of 1943. He was a veteran of the US Army, proudly serving his country during WWII and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. He attended Cornell University and graduated with a law degree from the Albany Law School. He operated his practice in the Elmira area and was a Justice of the Peace in the Town of Elmira. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and very active in the Elmira Heights Rotary Club. James was a great family man loving his children and grandchildren and family. He loved Seneca Lake and the fond memories that surrounded him there. He was a natural historian, who loved to write. Most recently, James enjoyed taking rides and visiting areas that held a sentimental place in his heart. Reminiscing about the farms he worked as a young adult as well as the memories of many other places in this great area were also very dear to him. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport, NY on Thursday, October 8, 2009, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral Services honoring his life will be held on Friday, October 9th, in The Park Church, 208 West Gray Street, Elmira, NY at 10:00 a.m. where the Reverend Wayne Gustafson will celebrate Jim's celebration. Interment will follow where his family and friends will meet at the Woodlawn Cemetery to share in graveside committal prayers and witness full Military Honors accorded. Honoring Jim's personal sacrifice defending our countries freedom. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to The Children's Miracle Network, c/o AOMC, 600 Roe Ave., Elmira, NY 14901 in his memory.  Thank You - The Beecher family wishes to express their sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Staff at Elcor Health Services for the outstanding love and care given to James. Published in Star-Gazette from October 6 to October 7, 2009

 

BEECHEY - GLEASON
Margaret Beechey "Peggy" Age 82, formerly of Owego, died on Saturday, October 1, 2005, at Bethany Manor. She was born on November 6, 1922 in Blossburg, PA, the daughter of Morgan and Ellen Johnson Beechey. She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, retired from IBM Owego following 20 years of service, and she loved her dog, Laddy Boy. Peggy is survived by her sister, Betty Meadows of Waycross, GA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles and Mary Beechey of Big Flats and Richard and Marian Beechey of Kettering, OH; brother-in-law, William Tuton of Odessa; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and stepchildren. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Leo; and her sister, Helene Tuton. Family and friends are invited to call at Ballard & Lindgren Funeral Home, 161 Oakwood Ave., on Wednesday, October 5, 2005, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. A funeral service will follow there at 12:00 p.m. Rev. Naomi Sorrwar will officiate. Burial will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery.

BEIDELMAN Edith E.
Age 93, of Bethany Village, died June 25, 2007 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Edith was a resident of Bethany for 32 years, having come there May 7, 1975. She is survived by her sister, Nellie M. Beidelman of Horseheads, NY; and several cousins. She was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church and Arnot Ogden Medical Center Auxiliary. It was Edith's wish there will be no calling hours. The Reverend Cliff Proper will be officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Woodlawn Cemetery with arrangements by Olthof Funeral Home.

BEIDELMAN Nellie M.
Residing in Bethany Manor Horseheads, NY went home to be with the Lord and Savior on January 21, 2009 at the age of 96. Nellie was born in Elmira, NY on October 1, 1912. She was a charter member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. She graduated from Elmira High School and from Practical Bible Training School (now known as Davis College) as Valedictorian of her class. She also taught there for ten years in the Christian Education Department. Nellie's most enduring legacy was the creation (along with Clarence W. Stewart) in 1945 of Child Character Education from her home in Horseheads, a home donated by the late Mr. and Mrs. George Lee. One of her most challenging contributions to our community was through Child Character Education, Inc., known as Released Time in our public schools. These classes are continuing after 60 years. She was a teacher and director of this outreach. Too, part of Nellie's Child Character was a two week summer camp at Harris Hill. This camp experience is also remembered fondly today by scores of participants. Nellie so enjoyed her work with the children and telling her stories with her flannel boards, that she wrote a charming memoir entitled Memories, the First Fifty Years. Many of Nellie's former students either call or visit when they return to Elmira. Another aspect of Nellie's legacy was the creation of Neighborhood Bible Clubs of which she was quite proud, KYB clubs, Teacher classes and Adult Bible classes. As her sister Edith once said, "You have had a wonderful life!" Nellie agreed with her. She will be missed by many. She was predeceased by her mother, Sadie Beidelman; and her sister, Edith Beidelman. She is survived by many friends and a few cousins. Family and friends are invited to call at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport on Monday, January 26, 2009, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with Funeral and Committal Service there Monday at 1:00 p.m. The Reverend James Crupi and Reverend Clifford Proper will officiate. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorials contributions to the Association for Child Education, Inc., 212 S. Main Street, Horseheads, NY 14845.  Published in the Star-Gazette from 1/23/2009 - 1/24/2009
 

BELIN, Edward Richard - Edward Richard Belin, of Elmira, formerly of Blossburg, died Dec. 28, aged 65 years.  He was born in Jersey, British Isles.  Besides his widow, there are four sons and three daughters.  David and John of Elmira; Edward, of Camberwell, London; and George, of Anaconda, Mont.; Miss Jennie Belin and Mrs. Jesse Savercool, of Elmira, and Mrs. Alice Anderson, of Scranton, Pa.  Mr. Belin came to America and he and his family resided at Blossburg for about 20 years. Wellsboro Agitator, 8 Jan 1919
 

BELIN William E. "Web"
Age 54 died on Friday August 14, 2009. Bill was born on August 27, 1954 in Elmira, NY the son of John and Irene Brooks Belin. Web was a former Police Dispatcher for the Horseheads Police Department, Community Service Officer and Village Court Officer. Bill also worked as a Public Safety Officer for Ithaca College. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Avenue United Methodist Church. Bill was a diehard Mets Fan. What Bill enjoyed most was spending time with his family and friends. He cherished every moment with them. Web received the 2005 Officer of the Year and the HPBA Community Service Award. Bill was pre-deceased by his father: John Belin and his father-in-law: Peter J. Rullo. Web is survived by his loving wife Mary Rullo Belin; his family: Brian Buchholz and Kelli Dean; Davis and Sarah Buchholz; Michael and Tetyana Buchholz; Christopher Buchholz; grandchildren: Jordan, Aden, Zoe, Michael, Arthur Buchholz; mother: Irene Brooks Belin; sisters and brothers-in-law: Linda and William Vallet; Sally and David MacNeal; Melissa Belin; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: James and Sharon Rullo; Michael and Barbara Rullo; mother-in-law: Albina Mary Rullo; several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles and a host of caring friends including his very best friend Skip Williams and his wife Tonya. The family would like to thank the Horseheads Police Department for their loyalty, help and friendship that they have given to Bill through this difficult time and for always being there for him. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY on Sunday August 16, 2009 from 3-6 PM. Bill's Funeral Services will be held on Monday August 17, 2009 at 11 AM at the Funeral Home. Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira, NY. The family will provide their own flowers and those wishing may remember Bill through donations to the Horseheads PBA 202 South Main Street Horseheads, NY 14845. The family would like to invite everyone to a reception immediately following the burial at the IAV on Magee Street.  Published in the Star-Gazette from 8/15/2009 - 8/16/2009

 

BELLINGER - George Bellinger of 1376 Hendy Creek Road, Pine City, NY died Thursday, Sept. 21, 1989. Retired from the Howell Co., he was a member of the Elmira Moose Club. H was a veteran of World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart. Surviving are a brother and sister-in-law, Norman and Clara Bellinger of Horseheads, NY; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Ethel Strong of Gillette, Gladys and William Seymour of Elmira, NY and Dorothy and Harold Swartout of Horseheads, NY; several nieces and nephews; and very special friends, Bob and Doris Butcher and family of Millerton. Services were held at the Barrett Funeral Home Sunday, Sept. 24. The Rev. R. Kurt Traugott officiated. Burial was made in Woodlawn Cemetery.

 

BELLOMA, Michael A. Age 82 of 207 Spaulding St., Elmira, NY died Sunday, June 2, 2002 with his loving family by his side. Michael was born in Elmira, NY son of the late John and Emma (Cook) Belloma. Michael was predeceased by his wife, Betty J.; grandson, John Schneckenburger; brothers, Albert, Thomas, Frank and Robert “Bo”.  Survivors include his children and their spouses, Jacquelyn (Donald) Schneckenburger of  AL; Joann (Raymond) Weseman of VA; Michael (Sue) Belloma of Big Flats, NY; Jean (David) Paul of Elmira, NY; Michaelene (Kenneth) Antes of Odessa, NY; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; brothers, John “Mickie” Belloma and Joseph (Mary) Belloma both of Elmira ; sisters, Mary (Edward) Shaw of CA; Josephine Rainey of Elmira, NY; sister-in-law, Betty Belloma of Elmira; close friends, Darcy Mitchell, Jud and Jerry Brewer, and Ron and Joan Scarle; his companion dog, “Baby Love”. Michael was a veteran of WWII having served in the US Navy. Michael was retired from Corning Glass after 50 + years of service. He was the youngest Theatre Manager for Warner Bros., having run the Strand Theatre here in Elmira. Michael was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Elmira. He was an avid camper and devoted Yankees Baseball fan. Family and friends are invited to call Wednesday, June 5, 2002 from 2 to 4  and 7 to 9 pm at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Services will be at 8 pm with Rev. James Olcott officiating. Interment will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

 

BEMENT Mary Jo "Toots" (Bement) GREATSINGER 

Age 77, died unexpectedly on Thursday, December 27, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. She was predeceased by her husband Bill "Willie" Greatsinger and her parents, Edward and Margaret Bement. Mary Jo is survived by her daughter, Susan (Bruce) Bennett of Stafford VA; sons, Edward (Peg) of Elmira and Jeffrey (Jennifer) of Horseheads; grandchildren, Daniel (Sabrina) Bennett of Ruther Glen, VA, Julie (David) Loving of Fredericksburg, VA, Megan and Amanda Greatsinger of Horseheads; stepgrandchildren, Joshua Woodruff of Plainville, CT, Sara (Peter) Marshall of Canton, MA; greatgrandchildren, Caitlynn and Savannah Bennett, Mathew and Noah Loving, Brendan, Ava and Sean Marshall; brothers and sisters-in-law, William (Louise) Bement of Lansing, NY, John (Donna) Bement of Rotunda West Fl, Thomas (Betty) Bement of Painted Post NY; along with many nieces and nephews; several very close friends; and last but certainly not least, her constant feline companion, "Patches". Mary Jo loved ceramics, puzzles, reading, traveling in New England and the Adirondacks. She was very passionate about her family. She worked at Marine Midland, AT & T, Shepherd's Market, Sigsbees Market, Oppenheim's Market, Fay's Drugs, Weis Market and Tolbert's Egg Farm. She was a member of Pine City and Webbs Mills Vol Fire Dept Ladies Auxillaries. Services to be held at Olthof Funeral Home, 1050 Pennsylvania Ave, Elmira. Date and times will be announced in Sunday's Star Gazette. Thank You Mary Jo's family wishes to express our sincere appreciation to her special neighbors, Rosie and Leo Seymour; Dr Mauri and his staff, especially Stephanie Busch PA; Dr. Kung and her caregivers at St Joseph’s Hospital D2 and D3 staff, and Arnot Ogden ER, ICU and 4B staff. Arrangements have been entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home, Inc.  Star Gazette – December 29, 2012

 

BENEDICT - ROOT, Joanne Marie (Benedict)
Age 64, of Polk City, FL, formerly of Elmira NY. died at home unexpectedly on February 4, 2009 in Polk City, FL. Joanne was born in Elmira, NY on November 4, 1944, the daughter of the late Raymond and Phyllis Reynolds Benedict. Joanne is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Perry Root; also son, Jeff Root of Englewood, FL; daughters, Elaine (Bill) Game of Horseheads, NY, Renee (Timothy) Ricks of Elmira; grandchildren, Lauren, Kirsten, Kayleigh and Brandon; brothers, Raymond (Betty) Benedict of Blairsville, GA, John (Yvonne) Benedict of Sundance, WY, James (Greer) Benedict of Lakeland, FL and Ronald (Debbie) Benedict of Franklin, NC; several nieces and nephews. Joanne was predeceased by her son, Joseph Root. She was a member of the First Baptist Church at the Mall, Lakeland, FL, and also attended Mount Olive Baptist Church in Polk City, FL. She was a past member of Southside Baptist Church, Elmira, NY. Joanne will be best remembered for her thoughtful drive; she was always thinking of others. She poured her love of others into her Card Fellowship, sending cards to everyone she knew to celebrate memorable moments in their lives. One could always count on receiving an unexpected card from Joanne. She loved her family and loved to spend time with them, camping. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who devoted her life to the Lord. Family and friends are invited to call at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., on Sunday, February 8, 2009, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. and on Monday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. with Funeral and Committal Service there Monday at 3:00 p.m. The Reverend James Crupi will officiate. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Please make memorials in Joanne Root's name to the charity of one's choice.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/7/2009

 

BENJAMIN Dennis L.
On Wednesday, October 28, 2009, at Elcor Health Services, Dennis Lee Benjamin, age 66, of Elmira, NY, joined his "heavenly family". He was the born in Elmira, NY on September 4, 1943, the second of 10 children born to James and Theresa (Burbank) Benjamin. He was predeceased by his parents, grandparents; sister, Sharon; brother, Thomas; sister-in-Law, Kathy Benjamin; several aunts and uncles. He is survived by his son, Joseph Benjamin of Elmira; loving granddaughter, Jenna Eames of Elmira; sisters, Darlene Benjamin of Elmira and Carol (Jack) Pelrah of Horseheads; brothers, Paul (Sherry) and Wayne Benjamin of Horseheads, James and Harold (Wendy) Benjamin of Elmira, Daniel (Laurie) Benjamin of Corning; and longtime companion/partner, Doris Clark. Dennis worked as a contractor/remodeler for several years prior to his retirement. He was an avid NASCAR fan and collector of NASCAR memorabilia and called himself "the #1 fan of the #1 man", Dale Earnhardt, Sr. He maintained a booth at the Lowman Flea Market for several years and enjoyed searching for collectibles at local rummage sales. His "painted angels" will be enjoyed and cherished by family and friends for years to come. Dennis will be greatly missed by his family but will remain forever in their hearts until they meet again. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Monday, November 2nd, from 4 to 5 p.m. A celebration of Dennis' life will be held immediately following. Dennis will be laid to rest with his baby sister Sharon at Woodlawn Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Those wishing may remember Dennis through memorials to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association .   Published in Star-Gazette from October 31 to November 1, 2009

 

BENNETT Carl L.
Rites Conducted for C.L. Bennett, Village Official - Succombs in Auburn Hospital Following Illness of Five Days - Services for Carl L. Bennett, 75, long identified with village and fraternal affairs, who died last Thursday in Auburn City hospital, were held Sunday afternoon at Hoyt's Funeral Home. Rites were conducted by Rev. A. Ray Lewis, pastor of First Presbyterian church, and burial was made Monday in Woodlawn cemetery, Elmira. Mr. Bennett was taken ill Sunday, Oct. 11, at his home in S. Seneca st., and when his condition grew worse last Wednesday he was removed to the hospital.  Born in Sytacuse, Mr. Bennett had been a resident of Weedsport for about 40 years. He has been village treasurer for the past 12 years, and prior to that was village clerk. He was a member of First Presbyterian church and former treasurer of that church. In fraternal organizations, Mr. Bennett was a member of Salem Town Commandry, Knight Templar, of Auburn, was a past master of Weedsport Lodge, F&AM and Past Patron of Brutus Star Chapter OFS.  For many years Mr. Bennet was manager of the Weesport Skirt and Waist company, manufacturers and later was a partner in the Security company a mail order business. For the past 20 years Mr. Bennett has conducted an insurance agency in Weedsport.  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Helen Bennett; a son, John Bennett, and a grandaughter, Miss Jane Bennett, both of Los Angeles, Calif., and a brother, Andrew Bennett, of Syracuse.  Masonic services were conducted Saturday night at the funeral home by memebers of the Weedsport Lodge.  Published - The Cayuga Chief, Weedsport, NY Friday October 23,1942

 

BENNETT Carl L.
Age 84, of Elmira, NY, died on Sunday, July 6, 2008, at Bethany Manor. He was born on October 3, 1923 in Rome, PA to the late Arthur and Geneva (Granger) Bennett. He was predeceased by his brother, Albert Bennett; and sister, Dorothy Field. Carl is survived by his wife, Augusta (Criss) Bennett of Horseheads; sons, Ronald (Zeola) Bennett of Webb Mills, NY, Bruce (Dawn) Bennett of Elmira, and Steven (Paula) Bennett of Mainesburg, PA; brother, Emery (Margaret) Bennett of Elmira; sisters, Rowena (Jack Simcock) Campbell of Elmira, Blanche Carlin of FL, and Evelyn Altilio of FL; six grandchildren, one step-granddaughter, 11 great-grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews. Carl was a member of the VFW and the American Legion Post #154. Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, July 8th, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow there at 4 p.m. with Pastor Richard Hack officiating. Interment will take place on Wednesday, July 9th, at 10 a.m. in Woodlawn Cemetery with Full Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 7/7/2008.

 

BENNETT, Mrs. Earl Morrell
Mrs. Earl Morrell died Monday night at 10:50 o’clock at the family home on South Pine street in the village of Horseheads, aged twenty-two years.  She is survived by her husband; an informant son, Earl Frederick, who is only a few days old; the mother, Mrs. Anna Bennett of Elmira; two brothers, Erwin and Ralph Bennett of Elmira.  The funeral will be held at the home of P. F. Morrell, 657 Beecher street, in this city, Thursday at 2 p.m. Burial in Woodlawn cemetery.  (handwritten date of 1920 on obituary)  Published - The Telegram, Elmira, NY February 8, 1920

 

BENNETT - DUNBAR
Florence Bennett Age 97, of Millinocket, ME, died Tuesday, October 11, 2005, at the home of her beloved daughter, Joyce, in Millinocket, ME. She was born in Elmira Heights, NY on June 13, 1908, the daughter of James and Ida (Stamp) Bennett. She was the wife of the late F. Earle Dunbar, who predeceased her on October 25, 1983 in Johnson City, NY. Florence is survived by her children, Dennis Dunbar of Washington, DC, Jeannette and her husband, John Reynolds of Arcadia, FL, and Joyce and her husband, Richard Angotti of Millinocket, ME; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, two great-great-granddaughters; many nieces and nephews with ties to the Bradford and Chemung County area. She is also survived by Shirley and Bob Greenough of Big Pond, PA. Florence was a member of the Oakwood Methodist Church in Elmira Heights and as an accomplished pianist enjoyed playing for the many services held there. A graveside service will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira on Monday, October 17, 2005 at 11 a.m. Funeral arrangements are in the care of R.L. Bouchard Funeral Home in Millinocket, ME.

 

BENNETT - Miss Flossie I. Bennett
Miss Flossie I. Bennett, of No. 1311 Grand Central avenue, died Thursday evening, aged thruty-two years. Miss Bennett had been in ill health for some time. She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank I. Bennett, and a sister, Miss Pearl Bennett. The funeral will be held at the home Sunday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Mr. Wood of St. Luke's church to officiate. Burial in Woodlawn cemetery. The deceased was a young woman of many attainments. She had endeared herself to a large circle of friends.  Members of Queen City lodge, No. 611, Ladies' Auxilairy to the Brotherhood of Railrood Trainmen, are requested to attend the funeral of our late syster, Flossie Bennett, in a body. Please meet at the home of Sister Lillian M. Carr. No. 1318 Grand Central avenue, Sunday age 1:45 p.m.  Published - The Telegram, Elmira, NY March 13, 1921

 

FLOYD S. BENNETT age 81 of 301 W. Lenox Ave., Horseheads, Sunday, Jan. 26, 1969.  Friends may call at the VanBuskirk-Lynch Funeral home, Monday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Private funeral there Tuesday at convenience of family.  Rev. Ralph W. Storm.  Woodlawn Cemetery in lieu of flowers please make contributions to the memorial fund of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 314 W. Church St.  Survived by wife, Mrs. Rilla H. Bennett; several nieces and nephews.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/27/1969

 

FRANK J. BENNETT, 67, a former conductor on the Lackawanna Railroad, died unexpectedly at the family home, 1311 Grand Central Avenue, this morning (April 7, 1930) at 7 o’clock.  Mr. Bennett had been in ill health two years and had been placed on the pension roll of that company.  He was of a cheerful disposition and had many friends.  Mr. Bennett is survived by his widow; a daughter, Mrs. Charles Nichols; a granddaughter, Stella Florence Nichols at home; two sisters, Mrs. Susan Hemphill of Elmira, Mrs. George Martin of Alfred; two brothers, Fred of Hornell and George of Cuba.  The funeral will be held at the family home Thursday at 2:30 p.m.  The Rev. H. A. Depher of North Tonawanda will officiate.  Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 4/7/1930
 
BENNETT Margaret A. Mosher

Mrs. Margaret A. Mosher, wife of Alanson Mosher passed away at the family home at Millerton, Pa., at noon Saturday. She was sixty years of age. Mrs. Mosher leaves, besides her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Gay Pullen, of Elmira, two stepsons, Luke O and Eli Earl Mosher, both of Elmira; one sister, Mrs. Hannah Harrington of Wellsboro, Pa.; four brothers, Dorr Bennett of Big Flats, Jaob (sic Jacob) and William Bennett, of Elmira and Myron Bennett of the state of Washington. In the death of Mrs. Mosher, the whole community mourns a friend whose countless deeds of kindness, of charity and loving thought for those afflicted, will live forever in the heard of those whose privilege it was to know her. Prayer service will be held at the home at 1:30 o'clock Monday afternoon, after which the remains will be brought to the home of her daughter here, 107 Liberty Street, where funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Burial will be made in Woodlawn Cemetery.  The Telegram, Elmira NY November 2,

1919   (Submitters note - Daughter of David Bennett and Mary Sawyer)

 

BENNETT, Margaret A. Mosher – Mrs. Margaret A. Mosher died at the family home at Millerton, Pa., at noon Saturday, aged 69 years.  Mrs. Mosher is survived by her husband, Alanson Mosher; a daughter Mrs. Gay Pullen, of Elmira, two step-sons, Luke O. and Eli Earl Mosher, both of Elmira, a sister, Mrs. Hannah Harrington, of Wellsboro; four brothers, Dorr Bennett, of Big Flats, Jacob and William Bennett, of Elmira, and Myron Bennett of the state of Washington.  In the death of Mrs. Mosher the whole community mourns a friend whose countless deeds of kindness, of charity, and loving thought for those afflicted will live forever in the hearts of those whose privilege it was to know here.  A prayer service was held at the home at 1:30 o’clock Monday afternoon, after which the remains were removed to the home of her daughter in Elmira, where funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock; burial in Woodlawn cemetery.   Wellsboro Agitator 12 Nov. 1919


BENNETT Margaret Mosher

Millerton, Nov. 3 – Margaret, wife of Alanson Mosher, died at the family home Saturday.  She is survived by her husband and one daughter, Mrs. Gay Pullen, of Elmira.  The funeral will be held to-day at the home of her stepson, Luke O. Moshier, of Elmira.   Wellsboro Agitator, 5 November 1919.   

 

BENNETT - Miss Mary J. Bennett
Miss Mary J. Bennett died December 20, at Willard, N.Y., after an extended illness. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Mosher, of Millerton, Pa., and Mrs. Hannah Harrington, of Wellsboro, Pa., and three brothers, D. D. and Jacob Bennett, of Big Flats, and William Bennett, of Elmira. The remains were removed to the city and the funeral was held at the Davis undertaking rooms yesterday at 2 p.m. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.  Published - The Telegram, Elmira, NY December 29, 1918 (casay2@bresnan.net)
 

BENNETT, Mary J. - Mrs. Mary J. Bennett died Dec. 29, at Willard, N.Y. after an extended illness.  She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Mosher, of Millerton, and Mrs. Hannah Harrington, of Wellsboro, and three brothers, D. D. and Jacob Bennett, of Big Flats, and William Bennett, of  Elmer.  The remains were taken to Elmira, where the funeral was held Saturday at 2 p.m.; burial in Woodlawn cemetery in that city. Wellsboro Agitator, 1 Jan 1919

 

BENNETT - Miss Mary L.
Miss Mary L. Bennett died Friday afternoon at the home in the town of Horseheads, at 4:30 o'clock. She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Morris D. Bennett; a sister, Mrs. Mort W. Rickey, of the town of Horseheads; two brothers, Willard M., of Idaho, and Floyd S., at home. The funeral will be held at the home Tuesdays at 2 p.m. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.  Published - The Telegram, Elmira, NY December 11, 1910

 

BENNETT  Miss Mary L.
At Horseheads, Friday, December 9, 1910, Miss Mary L. Bennett. Funeral Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the home. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.  Published - The Telegram, Elmira, NY December 11, 1910

 

BENSON –ANNA F. LEWIS, age 89 of Elmira, NY. She was born May 6, 1925 in Elmira, daughter of the late Willie and Nina (Harrison) Benson and passed away Friday, August 1, 2014 at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. She was predeceased by her husband William "Nick" H. Lewis, Sr.; son William "Snooky" H. Lewis, Jr.; siblings Delphine Benson, Lunna Howard, Laura Taylor, Thelma Lewis, Burl Benson, Cleave Benson, Lena Cooke and Josie Thomas. She is survived by her children and their spouses Terry and Anita Lewis of Elmira, Pamela and Alex (Pat) Gilliam of Hanover, MD, Gretchen Lewis of Elmira, Harriet Lewis of White Plains, NY and John Lewis of Elmira; grandchildren Alexis (Steve) Suter of Laurel, MD, Alex (Darin) Gilliam of Annapolis, MD and Paetyn Lewis of Elmira; great grandchildren Kennedy Suter of Laurel, MD and Evan Gilliam of Annapolis, MD; sister Jean Bacome of Elmira along with a host of nieces and nephews. Mrs. Lewis was a member of Frederick Douglass Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church and the Eastern Star , Omega Chapter 2. She retired from Westinghouse Corp. Family and friends are invited to visit Frederick Douglass Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, 400 Madison Ave., Elmira on Monday, August 4th from 12 to 1 pm. Her memorial service will be held at 1 pm. Rev. Michael D. Bell officiating. Committal prayers and interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/3/2014

 

 

BENSON, Beatrice S. Griffis
Loving mother, grandmother, sister, & friend Age 90, of Horseheads, NY, died on Monday, November 1, 2004, at Bethany Courtyards. Bea was born May 13, 1914 in Elmira, NY, the daughter of the late Bert and Lottie (Updike) Benson. She was predeceased by her husband, Donald Griffis; siblings, Delbert Benson, Sarah Layton, Earl Benson, Jean Vockroth and Louise Wich. Bea is survived by her loving family: daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and John Carpenter of Horseheads, NY, Gail and Thomas Ferry of Pequannock, NJ; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Rebecca (David) Romig of Elmira, NY, Brett Christian of Elmira, NY, Wendy (Bruce) Dower and children, Rachel, Bethany and Jonathan Dower all of Littleton, CO, Beth Ann (Benny) Valle and son, Benjamin Valle of Pompton Lakes, NJ, Thomas (Laura) Ferry and children, Nicole and Thomas Ferry all of Randolph, NJ, John Ferry of Pequannock, NJ; sister, Bernice Secunda of Irvine, CA; along with several nieces and nephews. Bea worked in retailing for many years at Sheehan’s and The Gorton Coy in Elmira, NY, and after retirement volunteered at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center for a number of years. Bea enjoyed her family, friends and Florida vacations. Her family was very blest to have such a loving, devoted, unselfish mother and grandmother and will miss her sweetness and beautiful smile. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Ave, Elmira, NY, on Wednesday, November 3, 2004, from 11:30 to 1:30 pm. Funeral Services celebrating Bea’s life will follow the visitation (1:30pm) Bruce Dower will officiate. Interment will take place in the Woodlawn Cemetery following the services. Those wishing may direct donations to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830. Bea’s family wishes to give a very special thank-you to Hospice and all the special people at Bethany Courtyards who were so kind and caring to our mother.

 

BENSON – Beatrice S. (Benson) Griffis, age 90, of Horseheads, NY, died on Monday, November 1, 2004 at Bethany Courtyards. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY, on Wednesday, November 3, 2004, from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Funeral Services celebrating Bea’s life will follow the visitation. Bruce Dower will officiate. Interment will take place in the Woodlawn Cemetery following the services. Those wishing may direct donations to southern tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830. Bea’s family wishes to give a very special thank you to Hospice and all the special people at Bethany Courtyards who were so kind and caring to our mother. – Elmira Star-Gazette, 3 Nov. 2004, p.4C

 

BENSON - SECUNDA
Bernice A. Of Irvine, CA Was born December 9, 1916 in Elmira, NY, the daughter of the late Bert and Lottie (Updyke) Benson, died peacefully on Thursday, November 23, 2006, at the age of 89. Her siblings, Delbert Benson, Sarah Layton, Earl Benson, Jean Vockroth, Beatrice Griffis and Louise Wich predeceased her. Bernice is survived by her loving family, daughter and son in-law, Judy and Bill Quinn of Laguna Niguel, CA; granddaughter, Sherry Quinn of San Diego, CA; grandson, William P. Quinn and his wife, Stacy, of Belleville, NJ; along with several nieces and nephews. Bernice worked for many years as a Bridal Consultant while managing an apartment complex. She enjoyed golf, dancing, movies and travel. Bernice was smart, fun loving, independent, and dearly loved. The family will meet relatives and friends on Thursday, November 30, 2006, at the Walnut Street entrance to the Woodlawn Cemetery (1200 Walnut Street), Elmira, NY at 11:00 a.m. Bernice is coming home for Graveside Services honoring her life and celebrating her memory. Lay pastor John P. Knapp will officiate. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. In accordance with her wishes, memorial donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society California Division File #55199, Los Angeles, CA 90074-0001.
 

BENSON Laura Joan (Benson) Taylor

Age 95 of Horseheads, NY. She was born August 22, 1915 in Camden, SC, daughter of Nina and Willie Benson and died Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at home. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her daughter Laurie Ann Washington Hall, husbands Howard Washington and Obie Taylor, Sisters, Delphine, Luna, Thelma, Lena and Josie, Brothers Berl and Cleave. She is survived by her son Thomas (Cassandra) Washington, grandchildren Howard, Clarice and Sabrina, great grandchildren Adam and Ayaan; Sisters Anna Lewis, Jean Bacome and a host of nieces and nephews. Laura was also caretaker of 30 yrs to Carol Fey. She was employed by Iszards; was an Occupational Healthcare provider for NYS; a foster mother and daycare provider. Laura was Charter Member of Omega Chapter #2 O.E.S.P.H.A. NYS Jurisdiction. Laura was also a lifelong member of Monumental Baptist Church and was one of the first women Deacons of the church as well as Sunday school teacher, missionary, usher and member of the choir and "who so ever will" club. Laura was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who will forever be in our hearts. Family and friends are invited to visit Monumental Baptist Church, 308 E. Clinton St., Elmira on Tuesday, May 31st from 7 to 9 pm. Her funeral service will held there on Wednesday, June 1st at 12 noon. Rev. James E. Jones will officiate. Committal prayers and interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Laura through donations to Monumental Baptist Church. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Star Gazette – May 29, 2011
 

BENSON - Martha Benson Detrick, 74, wife of former Bradford County Sheriff Frank E. Detrick, of 306 Main Street Monroeton, died Thursday morning, November 20, 1986, at her home.  Mrs. Detrick was well known throughout the Bradford County area and prossessed many friends.  Born Feb. 22, 1912 in Mosherville, she was the daughter of former Bradford County Sheriff Newman E. Benson and Ethel UPDIKE  Benson.  Martha attended School in Millerton, PA and was a graduate of Towanda High School, Class of 1930.  On August 18, 1934, she married Frank E. Detrick in Towanda.  Mr. and Mrs. Detrick came to Towanda in 1944 to reside upon Mr. Detrick's appointment as Bradford County detective.  In early years she was employed by J.J. Newbury store in Towanda and later by Sylvania Electric and W.T. Grant store in Towanda.  In 1960 Mrs. Detrick was appointed deputy and matron at the Bradford County jail.  Sahe was a member of the Towanda Methodist Church and the Critchlow Sunday School Class.  She served two years as president of the Republican Women's Council in Bradford County and was very active in the Republican Party.  She was a member of the Towanda Shakespeare Club, a former member of the Towanda's Women's Club.  She also enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of various bridge clubs in the community.  She is survived by her husband Frank E. Detrick; a daughter, Mrs. Joyce Tebo, Schnectady: a son, Paul N. Detrick, Carlisle, PA; three granddaughters: Mrs. Wayne (Suzanne) Tearno and Mrs. Robert (Pamela) Lansing, both of Schnectady: and Jennifer Detrick, of Carlisle, PA: three grandsons: Richard Tebo, of Athens: Jeffery Tebo,  Towanda RD 5, Johnathan Detrick, Carlisle, PA: Franklin Tearno, of Schnectady: a borther Newman W. Benson, Towanda RD 5; a sister, Mrs. Walter (Beverly Ann) Buffington, Towanda and a nephew Thomas Buffington, Towanda.  The funeral and commital service will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda with Rev. William H. Wassell, pastor of Towanda United Methodist church, officiating.  Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira.  The family requests memorials be directed to the Alzheimer's Disease and related Disorder Association, 360 North Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60601 in Mrs Detrick's memory.  Submitted by Reva Howard Wagner on May 30, 2009.  Taken from the Towanda Daily Review, Nov. 21, 1986.

BENSON, OTIS JACOB (SRGP 8828)
 Otis Jacob Benson, 85, died at the home of his youngest daughter, Josephine Wheeler, of Alder Run, Pa., Monday Jan. 2, 1939.  He leaves four daughters, Mrs. Jennie Crumb of Millerton, Mrs. Rose Ripley of Elmira, Mrs. Mathilde Pease of Gillett, Pa., and Mrs. Josephine Wheeler of Alder Run; six sons, Elmer Benson of Millerton, Emerson of Horseheads, Ashford of Mansfield, Bradford County Sheriff Norman Benson of Towanda, George of Mansfield and Homer of Lavonia, N.Y.; also 43 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.  A prayer service will be held at the home of the daughter Thursday at 2 p.m. with the funeral service in the Millerton Church at 3 p.m.  Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira.

BENTLEY -  Arthur Bentley -of 372 Highland Ave Upper Montclair, NJ. died on Wednesday Sept 27, 1944; dear husband of Mary Drake Bentley. Services were held in the Chapel of St Luke’s Episcopal Church South Fullerton Ave. Montclair, Friday at 12 o’clock. Interment Elmira, NY.

 

BENTLEY Ruth Pierce
Age 81, of Horseheads, NY, died on Thursday, September 2, 2010 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY. Ruth was born on May 1, 1929 in Corning, NY, daughter of the late Victor and Louise (Priest) Bentley. Ruth was an avid bingo player and loved to crochet. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She will be missed dearly. Ruth was predeceased by her husband Clifford Pierce Sr. in 2004. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Linda Pierce of Troy, PA, Clifford and Lori Pierce Jr. of Elmira Heights, NY; grandchildren, Laura, Clifford III, Nathan and Kaylee; sisters, Nora Bixby and Lola Byam, both of Greene, NY; brother, Frank Bentley of Lakeland, FL. Family and friends are invited to call Saturday, September 4, 2010 from 3 to 4 P.M. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral Service will follow at 4 P.M. Interment will take place in WoodlawnCemetery at the convenience of the family. - Elmira Star Gazette, September 3, 2010
 
BERCHER LaVerne Kintz

Pine City: Age 77, of Pine City, died peacefully at home on Thursday, March 3rd, 2011. LaVerne "Bernie" was born July 9th, 1933 in Pottsville, PA. She is predeceased by her parents, Clarence and Veronica (Kleman) Bercher; husband, Ronald H. Kintz; grandson, Daniel J. Kintz and brother, Paul Hart. She is survived by her children, Ronald J. (Judy) Kintz of Pine City, Bonny (Dan) Huston of Boston, MA, Robert (Barbara) Kintz of Portsmouth, NH, Jim (Lynne) Kintz, Barbara (Michael) Ginalski and Teresa Kintz, all of Pine City. She also leaves behind grandchildren, Jennifer (Rick) Vary, Mallory Kintz, Rebecca (Andrew) Vinas, Erin (Harry) Noel, Patricia Huston, Kimberly Huston, Derek Kintz, Devin Kintz, Matthew Kintz, Sarah (Corey) Farr, Julie (Sgt. Devon) McGinnis, Mary Kintz, Staff Sgt. Michael (Leigh) Ginalski; great grandchildren, Emma, Lilly, Landon, Hannah, Audrey and Natalie Jane; siblings: Teresa Mellin, Terry Reid, Butch (Frankie) Bercher, Barbara (Mark) Johnston, Sheila Dilmore and several nieces and nephews. LaVerne was a graduate of St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing and Owner of Erway Ambulance Service. She loved her family above all things and was especially devoted to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. LaVerne loved the ocean and spent many hours enjoying the beauty of the waves from the rocky coast in Cape Cod to the sunny shores of Myrtle Beach. She will be remembered for her quick wit, sarcastic humor and warm heart. She will be truly missed by all. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira/Southport on Monday, March 7th, 2011 from 1 pm - 3 pm and 6 pm - 8 pm. Funeral and committal service will be held at the funeral home Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 at 10:00 am with Deacon George Welch officiating. LaVerne will be laid to rest in the Woodlawn Cemetery next to her beloved Ronald.  Star Gazette – March 5, 2011
 
BERGH Harold O. Sr. "But"
Retired President of H.H. & K. Bergh Age 84, lifelong resident of Southport, NY, retired President of H.H. & K. Bergh died Saturday, July 1, 2000 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Harold is remembered by his loving wife of 60 years in August, Viola Johnson Bergh of Southport, NY; his daughter, Sandra (Clyde) Knowlton of Pine City, NY; son, Harold O. Bergh Jr. of  Southport, NY; grandchildren, Tari and Michael Knowlton, Chad and Mandy Bergh; great-grandchildren, Zach and Katie Knowlton; sister, Alma Maloney of Elmira; brother, Ken (Marg) Bergh of Elmira; sister-in-law, Constance Bergh of Southport; as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. His brother and sister, Howard Bergh and Helen Struble, predeceased Harold. Harold was a very well-known area horseman and loved his Quarter Horse "Bud". Harold was a member of the Chemung County Fair Board for many active years and a member of the Chemung County Posse, Union-Cooley Masonic Lodge #95 F & AM and Cashmere Grotto #11. He was also a past member of the Southport Kiwanis Club and The Chemung Area Horse Council and was a lifelong devoted member of Bethany Lutheran Church and the owner and retired president of H.H.& K. Bergh in Southport, established in 1947. Family and friends are invited to call at Bethany Lutheran Church, 256 S. Walnut St., Elmira, NY on Friday, July 7, 2000 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM with a memorial service at the conclusion of calling hours. Interment will be at the Woodlawn Cemetery at the families' convenience.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made, in Harold's name, to Bethany Lutheran Church or to Arnot Ogden Medical Center, 600 Roe Avenue, Elmira, NY 14905.
 

BERGH Hilda (Bergh) Lockner

Age 99 of Elmira, NY. She was born July 8, 1912 in Tioga, PA, daughter of the late Arthur and Mary (Webster) Bergh and died Friday, November 11, 2011 at St. Joseph's Hospital. She married Fredrick Lockner in November 1937 in Elmira. He predeceased her in 1989 after 52 years of marriage. Hilda is survived by her daughters Carol Mechalke of Elmira and Marjorie Brown of Phoenix, AZ; son Andrew (Madeline) Lockner of Manahawkin, NJ; grandchildren Cathy, Bob (Laura), Martin (Kara), Peter (Barb) and Chris Mechalke, Mark Brown, Susan (Tim) Tomlinson, Melissa (Luke) McCooley and Erica Rush; great grandchildren Erica, Jamie, Zane, Bobby, Christopher, Georgia and Wyatt Mechalke, Sidney Tomlinson, Anthony and Sonny Giacomo, Mason McCooley and Matthew Rush. Sister-in-law Jean Lockner of Apache Junction, AZ along with several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Hilda was orphaned at age 7 and she along with her 3 brothers went to live in an orphanage in Sunbury, PA. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Sunday from 2 to 4 pm. Her funeral service will be held there at 2 pm. Committal prayers and interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Hilda through donations to the charity of one's choice . Her family wishes to thank the staff of the 5th floor skilled nursing unit at St. Joseph's Hospital for the wonderful care given our mother.   Star Gazette - November 12, 2011
   

ATTORNEY DOUGLAS C. BERRY age 63 of 404 Hoffman St., Wednesday, July 2, 1986.  Friends are invited to call at the Smith-Fudge-Marshall Funeral Home, 1058 W. Church St., Saturday, 1 to 2 pm.  Funeral services will follow, conducted by the Rev. John-Stutzman.  Burial, Woodlawn Cemetery.  Survived by mother, Mrs. Cecil R. Berry, Sr. of Elmira; wife, Mrs. Faith (Snyder) Berry of Elmira; sons and daughter-in-law, Jonathan and Linda Berry of Spring, TX, 2nd lt. Thomas C. Berry, stationed at Randolph Air Force Base, TX, 2nd Lt. Benjamin L. Berry, stationed at Fort Polk, LO; brothers, Cecil R. Berry Jr., of Stuart, FL, Richard C. Berry of Vestal, NY; several nieces and nephews.  He was a graduate of the US Naval Academy and Cornell Law School, a member of the NYS Bar Association, Ivy Lodge #479 F & AM, American Legion Harry B. Bentley Post #443.  He was a practicing Real Estate Attorney.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 7/5/1986

 

BERRY Theodore "Ted" Francis Jr.
Age 76, of 187 West Fourth Street, Corning, died Tuesday, December 4, 2007, at Corning Hospital, Corning. Mr. Berry was born in Elmira on December 1, 1931, the son of the late Theodore F. and the late Sarah L. (Colley) Berry. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Ruby V. (Gilliam) Berry. Ted was a lifelong resident of the area and was educated in the Elmira School System. He was active in high school sports and graduated from Elmira Free Academy. He had attended both Alfred University in Alfred, NY and Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN. He retired in 1986 after many years of service with Corning Glass Works. In life, Ted enjoyed spending time with his family, all types of competitive sports and remained a huge fan of local high school sports. In addition to his wife, Ted is survived by his children from his prior union with Bessie M. Berry of Elmira, one son, Theodore F. (Julie) Berry III of Dayton, OH; one daughter, Carmella E. Berry of Lake Lure, NC; stepchildren, Dianna Lynn Vrooman of California, Donna Marie Goree of New York City; his beloved sister, Jessie M. Nichols of San Diego, CA; his grandchildren, whom he especially enjoyed, B'Randy F. Brooks, Theodore F. "Teddy" Berry IV, Janah M. Berry, Devin P. Goree; and many nieces and nephews. Predeceasing Ted in this life were siblings, Vivian L. Brown, Lena C. Goodenough, Charles "Brother" W. Brown, Joseph H. Brown, Artemesia M. Coleman; he was also predeceased by stepson, Allen W. Goree. Calling hours will be Friday, December 7th from 3-5 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. at the Phillips Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 17 West Pulteney St. in Corning, where the funeral will be held at 8:00 p.m. with Pastor Roger Curtis of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Corning officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorials be made to the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 121 Fuller Ave., Corning, NY 14830.

 

DONALD BERTHOD, 16, 1207 Hall Pl., early Monday, Aug. 14, 1944.  Survived by parents, Mr. and Mars. Marius Berthod; brothers, Erwin of the Navy and Marius Jr. at home; sisters, Mrs. Evelyn Minsterman and the Misses Bettie Lu, Nancy Ann and Irene, Elmira; grandmother, Mrs. Eugene Berthod, Elmira.  The body is in the Davis Funeral Home where strictly private services will be held Tuesday morning.  Rev. W. H. Willits.  Woodlawn Cemetery.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/14/1944

 

EUGENE CHARLES BERTHOD of Elmira RD 1, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1954.  He was an employee of Eclipse Machine Division, member of Lake St. Presbyterian Church.  Survived by wife, Mrs. Nellie Berthod; daughters, Mrs. Fred Trivette of Williamson, W.Va., Mrs. Edward Johnston of Miami, Fla.; mother, Mrs. Anna Berthod and sisters, Mrs. Louise Armstrong and Mrs. Agnes Veile, all of Elmira; brothers, Raymond and Paul Berthod, both of Elmira, Maurice of Horseheads; two grandchildren.  Body at Ballard Funeral Home, Elmira Heights where friends may call today 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Funeral there Saturday at 1:30 p.m., the Rev. Barnett S. Eby.  Woodlawn Cemetery.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/26/1954

 

BERTHOD – Louise Berthod Armstrong, age 93 formerly of 618 Lewis St. Elmira, NY, died Tuesday, March 28, 1989. Friends are invited to call at the Barrett Funeral Home, Thursday 7-9 pm. Funeral Services will be held there Friday at 11 am. Rev. Larry Appenzellar, officiating. Interment, Woodlawn Cemetery. She is survived by her grand nephew, Jack Myers Jr. of Elmira, NY, and many other nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Albert Armstrong and is the daughter of the late Eugene and Anna (Frenchmen) Berthod. She was also predeceased by her brothers, Eugene, Marius, Ray and Paul Berthod, and was predeceased by her sisters, Hortense, Margaret, Agnes, and Mary Berthod.

 

BESLEY - BATTERSON
Arlene E. Age 83, of 14th St. in Elmira Heights, NY, died Friday, November 17, 2006, at Elcor Health Services in Horseheads, NY. Arlene was born May 7, 1923 in Elmira Heights, NY, daughter of Kenneth and Irene Myers Besley. Arlene was retired from the Elmira Heights School District, where she served in the position of payroll clerk. She enjoyed volunteering as an usher at the Clemens Center in Elmira, and also at the Elmira Heights Library. Surviving Arlene are sons, Gary Batterson of Tacoma, WA, and Greg Batterson of Florida; four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Arlene was predeceased by her husband, Leon C. Batterson in January 2002. At Arlene's request, there will be no public services. The interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, NY. The family greatly declines flowers. Memorials in the name Arlene Batterson may be directed to St. John's Episcopal Church, 203 W. 13th St., Elmira Heights, NY 14903, or the charity of one's choice.

 

BESLEY - FLORENCE SAUNDERS
 Florence E. (Besley) Saunders, 77, resident of the Bradford County Manor in Troy, PA, died Friday, July 12, 1991. She was a retiree of Arnot Ogden Memorial Hospital and was a member of Webb Mills Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, Clarence W. Saunders of Pine City, NY; son, Clarence W. Saunders of Alliance, OH; daughter, Sylvia Buchanan of Endicott, NY; sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Glen Balmer of Gillett, PA; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; special friends, Carol Haynes and Mary Ida McDermott. Funeral services were held at the Olthof Funeral Home in Elmira, NY on July 15 with the Rev. George Evans officiating and interment to be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Those wishing may make donations to the Alzheimers Disease Assoc., 70 E. Lake St., Chicago, IL 60601. (TGR, Thursday, August 1, 1991)

 

BESS -  BURROWS
Burrows, Mrs. Martha Foster age 83 of 411 East Church St., Thursday, October 19, 1978. Friends are invited to call at the Barrett Funeral Home, Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. Private funeral services will be held there Saturday, the Rev. Kurt R. Traugott, pastor of the First United Church of Christ, officiating. Burial Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will provide flowers of their own and request that contributions be made to the Tioga Hospital Improvement Fund. She is survived by a son, Lynn Foster of Waverly; grandchildren, Mrs. Marsha Keene, Thomas Lynn Foster, Allan Paul Foster; great grandchildren Michele Keene, Gregory Foster and several nieces and nephews. She was a member of the First United Church of Christ.

 

BETTER Celeste Elaine
Age 43, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 2, 2010 after an extended illness. Celeste, better known as "Sissy" to her family and friends, resided in Silver Springs, MD. She was predeceased by her father, Earl T. Better and is survived by her mother, Betty L. Better of Horseheads; sister and brother-in-law, Deborah and Michael Crane; niece, Moriah Crane; nephew, David Crane all of Round Rock, TX along with a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends. Celeste was a graduate of Horseheads High School and Rochester Institute of Technology. She was employed with the American Red Cross before she committed her strong work ethics to the American Lung Association. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Tuesday, September 7th from 11 am to 1 pm. Her funeral service will be held at 1 pm. Elder Arthur Keith will officiate. Committal prayers and interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Celeste through donations to the American Lung Association or the American Red Cross. - Elmira Star Gazette, September 5, 2010

 

BEVERIDGE
Frances L. Loving and supportive member of the Southport Community Age 93, proud and devoted member of Southport. died Monday, January 21, 2002 at the St. Joseph's Hospital, Elmira, NY. Frances was the daughter of the late Jacob and Mary Granger Hall. She was born in Wellsboro, PA on August 15th, 1908. She was married to the late Alex Beveridge. Surviving her are: loving niece and nephews; Anna Goda of Owego, NY, Donald Hall of Wellsboro, PA, James Williams of FL and Donald Williams of Dryden, NY. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral service remembering the life of Frances L. Beveridge at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, NY 14904 on Thursday, January 24th, 2002 at 2:30PM. The Reverend David Hays will officiate. Interment will be held privately in accordance with Frances' wishes and will take place at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, NY. She will be placed into peace next to her husband Alex whom she dearly missed. Frances was known for picking the best strawberries at Farmers in Pine City. She loved to help with "Meals on Wheels" at the Pennsylvania Avenue United Methodist Church. Frances was known for being very independent and doing all her own gardening and yard work for many years. Those wishing may make memorials in Frances' name to the charity of ones choice.



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