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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice

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

BIANCULI - HAMMOND
Helen L. Southport Resident Age 77, of Laurel Street, Elmira, NY, died peacefully at St. Joseph's Hospital on Monday, June 20, 2005. She was born December 10, 1927 in Elmira, the daughter of the late Anthony and Eleanor (Loveless) Bianculli. Her daughter, Barbara Jean Hammond, in 1957; and her uncle, Frank Bianculli, predeceased her. On February 10, 1946, Helen married Frank C. Hammond. They have celebrated 59 wonderful years of life and love together. She is survived by her beloved Frank; loving children, Frank 'Bill' (Coleen) Hammond of Elmira, NY, Susan Hammond of Horseheads, NY, Robert J. (Cathy) Hammond of Elmira, NY; brother, James (Marilyn) Bianculli of Chattanooga, TN; sister-in-law, Geraldine Hammond of Elmira, NY; aunt, Ruth Bianculli Terwilliger of Elmira, NY; along with eight grandchildren; one great granddaughter; several nieces and nephews. Helen retired from the Elmira City School District in 1988 after 25 years of faithful and dedicated service. She was a charter member of the Southport Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Funeral Services honoring Helen's life will be held at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY, on Thursday, June 23, 2005, at 4:00 p.m. with Deacon Bob Stowell celebrating her service. Following services, the family will receive friends until 7:00 p.m. Interment will take place in the Woodlawn Cemetery privately and at the convenience of the family.

BIEBER - MILLER, Elizabeth F.
Age 88, died on Sunday, April 6, 2008, at St. Joseph's Hospital. Elizabeth was born in Washingtonville, PA, the daughter of the late Maurice and Mary Bieber. Besides her parents; she was predeceased by three sisters, Wilda Miller of Stanley, NY, Charlotte Levan of Ocala, FL, and Helen McMahon of Fountain Valley, CA; and one brother, Britton W. Bieber of Muncy, PA. She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Clarence Miller of Elmira, NY; one daughter, Betsy (Brian) Ward; and two grandchildren, Sean and Ian Ward, all of Mundelein, IL; a brother, Marvin E. Bieber of Brandon, FL; and nieces and nephews. Mrs. Miller was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church and enjoyed painting, gardening and was an accomplished seamstress. She was a waitress at Moretti's Restaurant and the Elmira Country Club. Family and friends are invited to Bethany Lutheran Church, 256 South Walnut St., Elmira, on Friday, April 11th, from 11:00 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. A funeral and committal service honoring Elizabeth's life will be held at 12:30 p.m. with Pastor Abigal Hoffman officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, NY. Memorials may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church; the SPCA Animal Shelter, Route #352, Elmira, NY 14903; the American Cancer Society, 1316 College Ave., Elmira, NY 14901, or to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY.  Published in the Star-Gazette from 4/8/2008 - 4/9/2008.

BIERLINE Frank Joseph III "Joe"
Age 42, a resident of the Town of Southport, is at peace with God after a long and courageous battle with brain cancer on May 13, 2008 at Strong Memorial Hospital with his devoted wife by his side. Joe leaves behind a wonderful legacy in his cherished family: his loving wife and companion of 17 years, Janet (Russell) Bierline and their five sons, Joseph, Zachary, Daniel, Tyler and Jacob all at home. He was born March 21, 1966 in Rochester, PA, to Frank and Harriet Bierline, who also survive him. He also leaves behind his mother-in-law, Doris Russell; a brother, Jeffery (Kristen) Bierline; sister, Anna Jayne; sisters-in-law, Judy (Curt) Dickerson, Sandy (Dan) Vinyard, Carol (Gary) Jividen, Pat (Van) Gillette, brother-in-laws, Jim (Mary Jane) Russell, and Richard (Pam) Russell; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, many dear friends and co-workers. Joe was predeceased by his father-in-law, Kenneth Russell; a child, Alex Gabriel and an aunt, Carole Paradiso. He was a graduate of Corning Community College and was employed by the Elmira Water Board as a water filtration operator. Joe was an avid lifetime fan of the Indianapolis Colts and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Joe showed strength in the face of adversity and courage in his unwillingness to give up, even when faced with impossible odds. He taught us to live our lives to the fullest and to find humor everyday even in the most difficult situations. Joe relied on his faith in God to sustain him and attended Waverly First Baptist Church. Joe will be remembered by all as a kind and gentle soul. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport on Wednesday May 21, 2008 between the hours of 12 (noon) - 3 p.m. and 5 - 8 p.m. also on Thursday from 10 - 11:30 a.m. with the funeral immediately following with the Rev. Steve Reynolds and Rev. David Daniels officiating. A graveside committal service will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the "Education Fund for the children of Joe Bierline" 43 Orchard Park Rd, Pine City, NY 14871 or a donation can be made to The Rochester Brain and Spinal Tumor Project at the University of Rochester Medical Center Rochester, NY 14627.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/18/2008.

BIGGERS
Daniel ("Moose", "The King") photo Age 78 of Elmira, NY. He was born July 3, 1923 in Rock Hill, SC, son of the late Daniel, Sr. and Ethel (Jennings) Biggers and died Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at St. Joseph's Hospital. He was predeceased by 2 brothers Floyd and LeRoy Biggers and grandson Marlon Stroman. Survived by his beloved wife Jeanette Serdula-Biggers of Elmira; children and their spouses Kandee Biggers and Scott Biggers both of CA, Pilar and Deion Sanders of TX, Ethel Stroman, Margaret and Morris Bodden and Danny Stroman III all of Elmira, Michael Stroman of Kirkwood, NY; sister Mavilla Odessa Bradley of Washington, DC.; brother Ralph Biggers of Rock Hill, SC; grandchildren Shilo Sanders, Duane Stroman, Tinessa Fields, Daniel Stroman IV and Michael Stroman, Jr.; great grandchildren Prince Fields and Shayona Stroman along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Danny retired from General Electric and also worked as a Security Guard at Dewittsburg Housing. He was a long time member of St. Paul's Missionary Baptist Church, serving on several committees and singing in their choir. Danny was also a well known boxer in the area and a U.S Army veteran. Family and friends are invited to call at St. Paul's Missionary Baptist Church, 402 Sullivan St., Elmira on Monday, October 22nd from 10 AM to 12 Noon. Funeral Service will be held at 12 Noon. Rev. Johnny Vaughn will officiate. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.

WALTER BILINSKY
 Walter (Blinky) Bilinsky, 77, of Carriage Estates, Elmira, NY, died Wednesday, October 28, 1992 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. Mr. Bilinsky was an active member of Eagles, Elks, Moose, American Legion and VFW #901.  He was a veteran of World War II and retired from Thatcher Glass. He is survived by wife, Betty Bilinsky; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Louis Viselli of Elmira, NY; stepdaughter, Debra Seeley of Bentley Creek, PA; stepson and daughter-in-law, Michael and Marlane Campbell of Bentley Creek; nine grandchildren and step-grandchildren; mother, Katherine H. Bilinsky of Elmira, NY; brother and sister-in-law, Albert and Florence Bilinsky of Philadelphia, PA. Memorial services were held at the Olthof Funeral Home in Elmira on November 2 with the Rev. Kelvin Jones officiating and interment to be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira. Contributions may be made in Walter's name to Southern Tier Hospice, 244 W. Water St., Elmira, NY 14901. (TGR, Thursday, November 5, 1992)
  

BIXBY Anna B. Schultz

Age 83, of Elmira, NY, died unexpectedly on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at her home. Anna was born on July 17, 1928 in Elmira, daughter of the late John and Grace (Parry) Bixby. Anna was also predeceased by her beloved husband, Howard, in 1997; sisters, Camilla Heck, Jean Marie Bixby, Mary Lou Graves and Floretta Moffe; brother, John Bixby; daughter-in-law, Arlene Schultz. Anna is survived by her daughter, Evelyn (Bruce) Carlin of Endicott, NY; son, James Schultz of Nichols, NY; grandchildren, US Navy Commander Rebecca Carlin, William (Diana) Carlin, Kristopher (Lindsey) and Kyle Schultz and Kathie (Eric Purcell) Wilks; great grandsons, Timothy Carlin, Tanner and Graham Schultz; great granddaughter, Emilee Purcell; sisters, Shirley (Ted) Hurley, Phyllis Kibbe and Barbara Hubbard; brothers, Clair (Gerri) Bixby and Richard (Ursula) Bixby. Anna retired from Westinghouse in Horseheads after 51 years of service. She was a life time member of Capt. Clarence R. Oliver Unit, American Legion Auxiliary Post #154 in Elmira Heights. She was a past auxiliary President of Unit #154, Chemung County, District and also New York State from 1990-1991. While President of the State organization, she traveled to all 62 counties in NY. Her project as President was Hospice. Anna was also a member of the 8 & 40 Club of Broome County. She was a past Chapeau of this group. She was also a member of the Widow/Widower Social group, many bowling leagues and a member of the Red Hatters. Anna was the oldest of eleven children and her greatest joy was the gift of her own children. Family and friends are invited to call Thursday, May 3, 2012 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. American Legion Post #154 Auxiliary will conduct a memorial service at 6 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Friday, May 4th at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.  Star Gazette – May 2, 2012
 

BIXBY –MRS. FLORENCE MAE BROWNE, widow of Walter Browne died Monday, Oct. 19, 1936 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Thornton, 319 Madison Avenue.  Mrs. Browne was born in Sylvania, Pa. Nov. 12, 1873.  She was the daughter of the late W. O. Bixby and was a graduate of the Mansfield State Teachers College.  She taught school for a number of years.  Mrs. Browne was a member of the Sylvania Presbyterian Church, also an active member of the Sunshine Circle of Elmira.  She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Thornton; a son Edward and a grandson, all of Elmira; a sister, Mrs. Thomas Donnelly of Olean; five brothers; Bert and William of Syracuse; Ernest of Mansfield, Pa.; Ford of Alba, Pa. and Leon Bixby of Troy, Pa.; several nieces and nephews.  They body is in the Justin McCarthy Funeral Home until Tuesday afternoon when it will be removed to the home of her daughter, 319 Madison Avenue where the funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m.  Rev. Henry White officiating.  Woodlawn Cemetery.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/19/1936

 

BIXBY Shirley

A Graveside Memorial Service will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 11 am for Francis (Ted), 83 and Shirley G Hurley, 81 formerly of Elmira, New York. Ted is the son of the late John F Hurley and Mabel (Chaapel) Hughson. Shirley is the daughter of the late John and Grace (Parry) Bixby. Shirley died on May 14, 2012 at Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City, NC. Ted died at home in Elizabeth City, NC July 7, 2012. The Hurleys were predeceased by brothers John Bixby, Jr and Dale W Hurley and sisters Jean Marie Bixby, Camilla (Bixby) Heck, Mary Lou (Bixby) Graves, Floretta (Bixby) Moffe, and Anna (Bixby) Schultz. The Hurleys are survived by their children Sherry (John) Borek of Cortland, NY, Richard (Rose) Hurley of Rocklin, CA and Kathi (David) Turner of Chesapeake, VA; their grandchildren Jared Borek, Matthew (Joy) Borek, Sarah Jenn Rumbaugh, Jason and James (Teddy) Ridley and seven great grandchildren. The Hurleys are also survived by brothers Stanley (Kathy) Hurley, Clair (Gerri) Bixby and Richard (Ursula) Bixby and sisters Phyllis (Bixby) Kibbe, Barbara (Bixby) Hubbard and sister in law Patricia (Dale) Hurley and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends are encouraged to meet at the Walnut Street entrance at 10:45am for a processional to the gravesite. Reverend Michael Weeden will be officiating. Star Gazette June 23, 2013

 

BLACK Clarence E. "Blackie" Age 82 of Pine City, NY. He was born December 25, 1923 in Elmira, son of the late Clarence Sr. and Stella (Harris) Black and died Saturday, March 04, 2006 at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. He was predeceased by his only sibling, Helen Short, and is survived by his loving children, Richard Rollins and Aletha Rollins, both of Elmira; daughter-in-law, Sandi Rollins of Endicott, NY; granddaughter, Larissa Singleton of Elmira; great-grandchildren, Shaquille and Savon Hinton and Justen Maxwell; dear friend, Mamie Carroll of Elmira; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Mr. Black retired from Kennedy Valve with over thirty-nine years of service. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during WW2; was an avid tennis player, bowler, cyclist and woodworker. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Wednesday, March 8th from 12 to 2 p.m. His funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Deacon Robert Stowell will officiate. Committal prayers and interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Clarence may be remembered through donations to the Greater Elmira Tennis Association, 88 Bennett Rd., Pine City, NY 14871.

BLACK - TREAT, Virginia J. Black "Ginny"
Of Elmira, died peacefully on Sunday, December 2, 2007 at St. Joseph's Hospital. Ginny was born in Wellsville, NY to Paul D. and Mildred M. (Hower) Black on July 28, 1925. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Francis Homer Treat, Sr.; sons and daughter-in-law, Thomas P. Treat of Vail, CO, Francis Homer, Jr., and Eileen Treat of Rochester, NY; daughter and son-in-low, Mary Lou and Dr. Richard K. Wesp of Stroudsburg, PA; granddaughters, Teresa Tramazzo, with husband Marc, Kathryn Mallanda, with husband Darryl, Rachel, Rebecca, and Emily Treat; grandson, Ryan T. Kennedy; great-grandchildren, Julia, Sara, and John Tramazzo; sister, Sister Camille Marie Black of Maryknoll, NY; brother and sister-in-law, Paul D. and Ann Black of Dansville, NY; along with many nieces, nephews and friends. Ginny was a graduate of Dansville Central High School and St. Joseph's School of Nursing, Class of 1947. She was a dedicated nurse at St. Joseph's where she served as Head Nurse on both the ICU and CCU units. Ginny was also a long time communicant of Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of Water and Walnut Sts., on Thursday, December 6, 2007 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home on Friday, December 7, 2007 at 10:15 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorials in memory of Ginny may be directed to SPCA, Route 352, Elmira, NY 14903. Ginny's family would like to thank Kathy Lindsay and her staff for the special care given during her stay at St. Joseph's Hospital. Members of St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing Alumni will meet at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Friday, December 7, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. to form an honor guard for Ginny.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 12/4/2007.

BLAIR Betty J.
Age 83 of Horseheads died
Mon. May 10, 2010. She was born Aug. 30, 1926 in Canandaigua, NY, the daughter of the late Howard and Harriett (Andrews) Blair. Her surviving family includes devoted friends including her caregiver and "personal chauffeur", Beverly Donlon; Special friends, Marsha Finley of Horseheads, NY, Theresa Santana of California; sisters-in-law, Barbara (Frank) Howe of Keuka Lake, NY, Phyllis Blair of Elmira, NY, Patricia Blair of Boyds, MD; nieces and nephews, Larry Blair and Tom Blair; Jackie Moore, Linda Brennan, Terry Garlow, Judy Higgins, Steve Blair, Gary Blair and Patti Strohl. Betty was predeceased by her brothers, Howard, Curtiss, and Douglas Blair; and niece, Nancy Orlando. Betty was a graduate of Southside High School and Ithaca College receiving a degree in Physical Therapy. She was the first Physical Therapist at St. Joseph's Hospital. Betty was a longtime Insurance Agent in Elmira who operated the family insurance agency, Blair Insurance. She was a member of New Beginnings United Methodist Church; former member of the Business and Professional Women's Association, past member of Zonta in Elmira, and co-founder and past president of Chemung County Council of Women. She was a good friend and a wonderful aunt who always carried a smile. Betty remained an avid sportsman and in her younger years was a skilled softball player who once was quoted by Al Malette as the "toast of softball" after pitching a no-hitter. She was also a member of the 300 league of bowlers. Betty was a quick wit who always left everyone with a smile on their faces. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home 413 S. Main St. Horseheads today Wed. May 12, 2010 from 5-8:00 pm. Her service will be celebrated in New Beginnings United Methodist Church 300 Miller St. Elmira, NY 14904 on Thurs. May 13, 2010 at 11:00 am with interment to follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira. Those wishing may also remember Betty with memorials to: Southern Tier Food bank 945 County Road 64 Elmira, NY 14903-9701 and American Diabetes Association 356 North Midler Ave., Syracuse, NY 13206. Special Thanks to Betty's staff of doctors and caregivers, including those at St. Joseph Hospital for their care over the past several years. – Elmira Star Gazette, May 13, 2010

BLAKE James F. Blake Sr.
Age 73, of Elmira, NY, died
on Friday, October 29, 2010, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. James was born on November 12, 1936 in Elmira, son of the late H. Calvin and Alma (Leljedal) Blake Sr. James was also predeceased by his daughter, Alma Hoffman on July 26, 2010. Also predeceased by sisters, Virginia Brick and Mary Lundgren. James served our country honorably and retired after 23 years of service in the United States Army. During the Vietnam War, James was a Sergeant First Class, having served two tours in Vietnam as a decorated Combat Medic with the 91st 93rd and 95th Med-Evac hospitals in Chu-lai, Long Binh and Bac-Lieu. He also served as a B-Dart Liaison. James is survived by his wife with whom he just celebrated his 50th Wedding Anniversary on September 22 of this year, Josephine (Ramsauer) Blake; son, James F. (Johnna) Blake Jr. of Gillett, PA; daughter, Bridget Blake-West of Elmira; grandchildren, Deanna (Chip) Henry of Elmira, Scott (Julia) Hoffman of Elmira, Tim (Justine) Hoffman of Cherry Point, NC, Nicole Hoffman of Pine City, NY, and Grier Root of Elmira; several great-grandchildren; brothers, H. Calvin Jr., Charles; and sister, Nancy Lowman; special friend, Brian Cummings. There was a special place in Jim's heart for granddaughters, Nicole and Grier. In his spare time Jim enjoyed fishing, hunting "bunnies" with his beagle companion, Shani, and especially chasing whitetails. Fridays were always something special for dad, as he had a date with WWE and a bag of popcorn. Family and friends are invited to call Tuesday, November 2, 2010, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held there on Wednesday, November 3, 2010, at 12 p.m. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery with full Military Honors. The family would especially like to thank Dr. Roberto Mauri and staff along with the nurses of 4A and 4B of Arnot Ogden Medical Center. The family would also like to thank special friend, Jerome Mase, Elmira's NYS Veterans Association and The Vietnam Veterans, Elmira Chapter for their guidance. - Elmira Star Gazette, October 31, 2010

BLAKE - BRICK, Virginia A.
Age 67, of Erin, NY, died Friday, December 7, 2007, at her home with the love of her family by her side. Virginia was born on February 14, 1940 in Elmira, NY, daughter of the late Calvin Sr. and Alma (Leljedal) Blake. Survivors include her husband, James, of 47 loving years together; daughters, Debra (John) Owens of Erin, and Patti Buchanan of Lowman, NY; son, Robert Brick of Erin; sister, Nancy (Robert) Lowman of Lowman, NY; brothers, Charles (Sue) Blake of Waverly, NY, James (Josephine) Blake and Calvin Jr. (Peggy) Blake, both of Elmira; nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Virginia was predeceased by her sister, Mary Lundgren; brother-in-law, David Lundgren. Virginia's wishes are that there be no services held for her. Interment will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Virginia's family would like to thank Southern Tier Hospice for the care that Virginia received. In memory of Virginia, contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association.
 
 

BLAIR Tanaiya Octavia

Infant daughter of Charimone Watkins and Anthony Jenkins died Monday, December 5, 2011. In addition to her parents she is survived by her brother Takai Blair; maternal grandparents Johnnie Watkins and Esther Blair; paternal grandparents Anthony and Pamela Jenkins along with several aunts, uncles and cousins including special aunts Milika Blair and Jean Hutchinson. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Friday, December 9th from 12:30 to 1:30 PM. Her funeral service will be held at 1:30 pm. Rev. William Ellis will officiate. Committal prayers and interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.   Star Gazette – December 8, 2011
 
 

BLANCHARD - BERBARY, Elma J.
Age 80, of Elmira, died Sunday, May 10, 2009 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center. She was born September 30, 1928 the daughter of Chester and Lena Carrigan Blanchard. Elma is predeceased by her husband, Anthony "Tony" Berbary; brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Erma Blanchard; sisters and brother-in-law, Evelyn Blanchard, Shirley and Edward Drake. She is survived by her children, with their spouses, Anthony T. and Judy Berbary of Myrtle Beach, SC, Jerry N. and Susan Berbary of Elmira, David J. and Michelle Berbary of Pine City, Kenneth J. and Eileen Berbary of Buffalo, John A. and Kolleen Berbary of Elmira, Judy A. and Chip Cox of Louisville, KY, Susan H. and Dan Dimon, Jr. of Elmira, Patricia L. and Christopher Smith of Horseheads; 20 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers and sisters-in-law, Gordon and Cathy Blanchard of Watkins Glen, Albert "Doc" and JoAnn Blanchard of Augusta, GA, Robert and Mary Jane Blanchard of Corning; sister-in-law, Marie Tate of Richmond, VA; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Elma was a seamstress by trade and made many wedding dresses. Her grandchildren always had the best Halloween costumes. Elma loved to play cards and taught her children and grandchildren how to play. She was an avid bowler for many years, and enjoyed working on crossword puzzles. The best times for Elma were when she was with her family. She was everyone's "Nana" and will always be loved and remembered. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of Water and Walnut Sts., on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Those wishing may remember Elma through donations to her son Jerry's church, Abundant Life Community Outreach Church, 372 Baty Street, Elmira, NY 14904.
Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/12/2009

BLANCHARD - RANDALL, Gloria Jean
Formerly of Elmira, NY, was summoned home to heaven on Saturday, May 22, 2010 in Sylvania, OH. She went peacefully and is now enjoying the wonders of being with her Lord Jesus Christ. Gloria was born in Wellsville, NY on June 1, 1937 to the late Gerald and Madeline Blanchard. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother who spent her entire life serving God and others. She is lovingly remembered by her husband of 52 years, Phillip E. Randall of Sylvania, OH; daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl M. and Mark Boyd of Charleston, WV; sons and daughters-in-law, Phillip E. and Suzette Randall of Kokomo, IN, Steven C. and Tammy Randall of Deerfield Beach, FL; sons, Paul E. Randall of Palm Coast, FL and Mark J. Randall of Sylvania, OH. She leaves her love with her grandchildren, Jessica Randall, Marie Boyd, Jennifer Randall, Amy Boyd, Hannah Randall, Bentley Randall, Laura Randall and Steven Randall. She is cherished by her younger siblings, Pete (Jane) Blanchard of Elmira, Norm (Claire) Blanchard of TX, Barb Knapp and Chester "Spike" (Mary) Blanchard both of Elmira and Roger (Nancy) Blanchard of Lake Villa, IL. Gloria was a member and Sunday school secretary of Toledo Baptist Temple and a former member of Northside Baptist Church in Elmira where she was a Sunday school teacher and missions treasurer. She was also formerly an actively involved member of Cross Lanes Bible Church and Cross Lanes Christian School in Charleston, WV. Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 27th from 11 AM to 1 PM at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow there at 1 PM with her brother, Pastor Roger Blanchard officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the Toledo Baptist Temple, 5732 Douglas Rd., Toledo, OH 43613. – Elmira Star Gazette, May 25, 2010

BLANCHARD –MRS. NETTIE BELLE RUSSELL, 78 of the Melbourne Hotel, New York City, formerly of Elmira. Saturday, Apr. 12, 1952.  Survived by husband, Dr. R. H. Russell; sisters, Mrs. Eliza Hanmore and Mrs. Harriet Babcock of Elmira; brother, George Blanchard of Elmira; several nieces and nephews.  The body will arrive at the James D. Barrett Funeral home Monday morning and will be taken to the home of a niece; Mrs. Raymond Foulkrod, 369 Pennsylvania Ave. where funeral will be held Tuesday 2 p.m. The Re. Charles E. Corey.  Burial Woodlawn Cemetery.  –Elmira Sunday Telegram 4/13/1952
 
 

BLANFORD Clayton D. Blandford Jr.

Age 60, of Elmira, NY, died on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at the Bath VA Medical Center in Bath, NY. Tony was born on April 15, 1950 in Elmira, NY, son of the late Donald C. and Harriet (Ghee) Blandford Sr. Tony served our country honorably in the US Air Force. He is survived by his sisters, Florence, Theresa, Shawn, Maureen and Torri; brothers, Timothy, and Thomas; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to call Tuesday, January 11, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 12 p.m. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery with full military honors.  Star Gazette – January 9, 2011
 
 

BLANDFORD - SHEPARD, Phyllis (Blandford), Age 79, of Elmira, NY, died peacefully on Wednesday, March 12, 2008. She was predeceased by her husband, Napolean; and is survived by her children, Dana (Shepard) Williams of Southfield, MI, Gerald (Barbara) Shepard of Norristown, PA, Bryan (Dicy) of Buffalo, NY, Ronald (Angie) of Elmira; sisters, Lucy F. Brown of Elmira, Joyce Buncom of Queens, NY, Sandra Francis of Tampa, FL, Leslie Blandford of Elmira, Norma Holmes of Palm Coast, FL; brother, Wayne Dunham of Syracuse, NY; favorite niece, Beverly Johnson; grandchildren, William, Jason, Edward, Tiffany, Bryce, Briohn, Markel, Jarred, Joslynn and Ponen. She was loved by a host of other nieces and nephews. Phyllis was a caregiver to anyone in the community that was in need. She was devoted to her family and the Frederick Douglass Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, where she was a lifetime member. In 2002, she was chosen Black Woman of the Year by the YWCA of Elmira and the Twin Tiers. Phyllis was a graduate of Elmira Free Academy and the State University of New York at Delhi. She recently retired from Chemung County Family Services. Family and friends are invited to visit Frederick Douglass Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, 402 Madison Ave., Elmira, on Sunday, March 16th, from 7 to 9 p.m. and again on Monday, March 17th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Her funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Rev. Roosevelt Simmons will officiate. Committal prayers and interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/15/2008.

BLANCHARD SHIRLEY H DRAKE
Shirley H. Age 70, of Keuka Lake and Florida, died Monday, October 23, 2006 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. Shirley was born November 29, 1935, a daughter of the late Chester and Helena (Carrigan) Blanchard. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her loving husband of 43 years William E. Drake, Sr., sister Evelyn Blanchard and brother Raymond Blanchard. Shirley is survived by her children, with their families, Deborah L. and Clarence "Matt" Hastings of Horseheads with their children Todd and Joel; William E., Jr. and Maryanne Drake of Horseheads with their daughter Yevette; Gregory S. and Margaret C. Drake of Ballston Lake, NY with their children Jennie, Claire and Katie; and Jeffrey A. and Robin Drake of Odessa with her children, Brad and Adam Mathews; sister Alma Berbary of Elmira; brothers and sisters-in-law, Gordon and Kathy Blanchard of Watkins Glen, Albert and Joanne Blanchard of Georgia, and Bob and Mary Jane Blanchard of Caton; special friend Art Parsons of Keuka Lake; along with several nieces, nephews and special friends. Shirley belonged to many card clubs and also enjoyed golfing and boating. She was a 25 year volunteer with the Corning LPGA. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of Water and Walnut Sts., on Thursday, October 26, 2006 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held there on Friday, October 27, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Donations in Shirley's memory may be directed to the Scleroderma Research Foundation, 220 Montgomery Street, Suite 1411, San Francisco CA 94104.

BLANDFORD,  William Louis
Age 77, of Elmira, NY, peacefully closed his eyes and went to sleep eternally on Saturday, September 20, 2008, at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. He was a gentle, kind and loving soul to all that knew him. Born August 8, 1931 in Elmira, son of the late Clayton and Katherine (Cooper) Blandford, he was also predeceased by his son, Keith W. Blandford; brothers, Eugene and Donald Blandford; and sister, Phyllis Shepard; and is survived by his daughters, Ardella Blandford of Matthew, NC, and Cynthia Nash of Atlanta, GA; sisters, Lucy Brown of Elmira, Joyce Buncom of Queens, NY, Sandra (Leslie Francoise) and Norma (John) Holmes, both of Jacksonville, FL, and Leslie Blandford of Elmira; brother, Wayne (Phyllis) Dunham of Syracuse, NY; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends he dearly loved. Billy was an outstanding prominent basketball player for E.F.A and a veteran of the Korean War. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Wednesday, September 24th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. His funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Rev. Roosevelt Simmons, his Pastor, will officiate. Committal prayers and interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Billy's family thanks the Chemung County Department of Aging, Chemung County Nursing Facility, social workers, nurses and doctors for their unfailing care for Billy.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/22/2008
 
 

BLANEY Jason E.

Age 25, of Elmira, NY, died on Sunday, June 19, 2011 at his home with his family by his side. Jason was born on February 24, 1986 in Elmira, son of Tina Fortner. Jason is survived by his mother, Tina Donaldson of Elmira; sister, Jessica Blaney of Elmira; brother, Cody Blaney of Elmira; grandmother, Sylvia Maslinski of Elmira; nephew, Christopher Blaney of Elmira; several aunts and uncles; best friend, Jhamieko Morgan. Jason was predeceased by his grandfather, Stanley Maslinski and Uncle, Edward Fortner. Family and friends are invited to a memorial service on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 1 p.m., at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.   Star Gazette – June 21, 2011
 
 

BLEW   Elmer S. US Army Veteran Age 80, of Horseheads, NY, and formerly of Trexlertown, PA, died peacefully on Saturday, November 20, 2005, at the VA Medical Center in Bath, NY. He was born May 29, 1925 in Allentown, PA, the son of the late Alger and Helen May (Leiby) Blew. His brother, George Blew; and his four sisters of Allentown, PA, predeceased Elmer. Mr. Blew was a Veteran of the US Army and proudly served his country from 1948 to 1956 in Germany during the Korean War. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Esther Blew of Elmira, NY; nieces, Helen Keir of Ulster, PA, Laura Blew, Barbara Blew, Tammie Blew; and nephew, David Blew, all of Elmira, NY. Graveside services with full military honors will be held privately in the Woodlawn Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY 14904.

BLOOD -  Henry Lee Blood-(1929) died at noon Tuesday at the family home, 511 Balsam Street, Elmira after an extended illness. He was a former resident and merchant at Rutland, Pa. and for several years he conducted a retail grocery store in Water Street in Elmira. Mr. Blood is survived by two daughters, the Misses Ruth E and Florence A Blood and a son, Charles Humphrey Blood, all at home. The body will be removed to the family home this morning. The funeral will be held at that place at 2. The Rev Chapman will officiate with burial in Woodlawn cemetery.



FRANK M. BLOSSOM DEAD

CITY CHAMBERLAIN AND CASHIER OF THE CHEMUNG CANAL BANK.
Genial Frank M. Blossom, for the past twenty years paying teller of the Chemung Canal bank, is dead. Death came to him suddenly, almost without warning, and was as painless as his whole life had been with out anguish, but on the other hand every day to him seemed to be the pleasantest. Mr. Blossom possessed a social side, that greatly endeared him to his friends. He had always a pleasant word of greeting to the bank's patrons, and off duty was like a boy out of school. In his nearly thirty years residence in this city he made no enemies but constantly made friends. He had served the city in the official capacity of chamberlain for nearly three consecutive terms and it was noticeable that all through the bitter factional fights his name was never mentioned except in a complimentary and respectful manner. He was trusted with large financial responsibilities, and was ever found faithful to every trust. He had a pleasant and well-furnished home on West Second street and always lived well, but was too large hearted to grow rich. What he saved is represented by, A LARGE LIFE INSURANCE amounting to upwards of $25,000 in different companies. He was a Mason and had taken the Knights Templar degrees, and of Ivy lodge and St. Omer's commandery; was treasurer succeeding the late John Arnot in this capacity. About eight or nine months ago he took a demit from all of these Masonic Societies, and had not been identified with either since that time up to the date of his death. He was a charter member of Elmira Lodge of ________, and had been treasurer of this benevolent and protective order for several years. He was also a member of Unity Lodge of the Ancient Order of United Workman. The circumstances of Mr. Blossom's sudden death are as follows: Wednesday afternoon after banking hours he went to Valois's barber shop on Lake street and got shaved. He then went to Romar's clothing store on East Water street and from this place went to Frost's jewelry store at the corner of East Water and Lake streets, where he was fatally attacked with apop_______. Henry Strang, the head salesman of that store, in conversation with a Telegram Reporter,

GAVE THE FOLLOWING VERSION

Of Mr. Blossom's death: " Frank came into the store looking and apparently feeling as well as ever, in fact, he seemed to be in he best of spirits and said something about attending the B_____ Hall wedding that evening. He asked for a pair of sleeve buttons that he had left to be repaired during the day, and Mr. Reese laid them upon the showcase and then went to another part of the store for something, I don't remember now what it was. Mr. Blossom, then began rubbing his eyes and said "I feel very queer, I never felt like this before." He then went toward the mirror and looking in said " I can't understand this strange feeling, I can't see. I feel terrible." He then began to sway a little and stagger and myself and Mr. Reese went out from behind the counter and took hold of him and assisted him to a chair. He said several times " I believe I'm dying". I told Mr. Reese to hurry over and get Dr. Parkhurst, while I telephoned Mr. Arnot to come up from the bank. Dr. Parkhurst and M.H. Arnot arrived in a few moments, the doctor pronouncing it a fatal case. I asked Mr. Arnot whether I should telephone for his wife and he said " yes, by all means; do _____ as quick as possible." I do not remember how long it was but Mrs Blossom accompanied by Mr. J_____ B. Rathbone and Miss Kate McG______, arrived very soon, and _______ Mr. Blossom was breathing his last, his head having fallen upon his breast and his entire body ________ to have collapsed. Mr. Brockway, Mrs. Blossom's father, was present at almost the same time. Mrs Blossom was very calm during the _______ _______ and after death had gently closed her husband's ____________________________ life she was led away by the _________who had accompanied her and Mr. Blossom's body

WAS TAKEN IN CHARGE

by Funeral Director Z__________, and removed to the family residence on West Second street. ( The rest of this paragraph is unreadable------sorry) (following column) bank and remained in that capacity until his death. In 1885 he was elected City Chamberlain and was now serving his third term. The deceased is survived by his wife, who is the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Z. R. Brockway, and by two children, Madeline and Brockway, also by his aged mother who lives in Rochester. MR BLOSSOM'S FUNERAL

The funeral services were held at the family residence on West Second street yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock. The arrangements at the house were in charge of Funeral Director Z______and James A. Townsend, of Philadelphia, a dear friend of the family. The _______ ________ in a red cedar casket covered with _____________, with twisted silver bar __________. The face bore a peaceful and life like appearance and aside from the pallor it was difficult to think that life had departed from the genial man who, but a few days ago, was the very picture of robust health. Cut flowers literally covered the casket robbing death of its somberness by the _________ and subtle perfume. Rev. Dr. Isaac Jennings of the First Presbyterian church officiated assisted by Rev. Thomas K. ________, pastor of Park church. The house was completely filled with prominent citizens, representatives of the social, business and official life of Elmira, together with M. H. Arnot president of Chemung Canal Bank and all of the employees of that institution. Rev. Dr. Jennings opened the services with prayer and scriptural readings from the Presbyterian church form book provided for such occasions. The readings ere followed by comforting thoughts by the pastor based upon a conversation had with Mr. Blossom at one time during his busy active career, in which he had said to the pastor in speaking of his work after banking hours, that " these books must be finished today, as some one else may _______them in the morning." (next several lines are unreadable-----continued) Rev. Thomas K. Beecher spoke from the inspiration of his great heart words of comfort to the mourners and delivered a beautiful and troubling prayer on words that fell like the dew from heaven upon hearts parched with sorrow. Dr. Jennings then pronounced the benediction and the assemblage slowly retired from the house. The mourning family then took a last look at the remains and the scene was a very affecting one, especially as the widowed mother and her two little children gazed for the last time upon that noble kindly face and the closed lips from which no words of anger ever came. The pall bearers, M. H. Arnot, Captain Frederick Barker, General Charles J. Langdon, James B. Rathbone, John C. Geeves and Chauncey M.________- then took charge of the casket and placed it in the hearse. The mourners followed Mrs. Blossom leaning upon the arm of her father with the little girl, Madeline. Next came Mrs. Blossom's sister and Mr. Blossom's aged mother, with the little boy, Brockway, and took carriages provided for them. Other relatives followed and the _______ started for Woodlawn cemetery where the private burial was held, Rev. Dr. Jennings conducting the services at the grave. The magnificent floral tributes were placed upon the grave by the funeral director and all that was mortal of one of the truest men that ever lived slept under the sod to wait for the summons of the last great day when all shall be united nevermore to part, where the loved and sorrowing ones shall again be one family and sorrow is unknown. It was a sad impressive funeral at which all were sincere mourners.



BLY, BERT L.
Bert L. Bly, 54, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1935, at the family home in Millerton, Pa., after an extended illness. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Sena Squire Bly; a sister, Mrs. Stella Tillinghast of Ovid; a brother, Charles of Millerton; several nieces and nephews. Mr. Bly was a member of the Millerton ME Church and a former member of the Centenary ME Church of Elmira; the Mitchell Mills Grange and the Brotherhood of Pennsylvania Railroad Shopmen. A prayer service will be held at the family home Saturday at 1 p.m. and the funeral in Centenary Church, Elmira, at 2 p.m. The Rev. Clyde A. Rosekranz and the Rev. Russell Brown will officiate. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira.

BLY - PARKER, Beatrice L.
Age 89, of Spencer, died Saturday, October 25, 2008, at Elderwood, Waverly, NY. She was born in Elmira on December 7, 1918, the daughter of Charles V. Bly and Lillian Kriley. Bea is survived by her son, Charles Derrick Haines, Athens, PA; and many friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Russell Lee Parker. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, October 29, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. at Allen-Manzer Funeral Home in Spencer, with Rev. Edwin J. Reichman officiating. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. before the service. Inurnment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, NY.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 10/28/2008



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