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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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Joyce's Search Tip - January 2008 


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Do You Know that you can search just the Obituaries on the site by using the three County Specific Obituary selections in the Partitioned search engine at the bottom of the Current What's New Page? You can narrow your search by including a key word in the cemetery name or a township name in addition to the surname you search. Then select the Find All Words option. 

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 ( 


Woodlawn Obituaries

CEASE - Star Gazette, page 10, Sat. 2-24-1951
Mrs. Isabelle Mosher, (SRGP 04176)  90, of Lowman, RD2, today, February 24,1951. She was the widow of Jud W. Mosher and was a member of the Southside Baptist Church for 57 years. Survived by son, Earle L. Mosher of Elmira, Mrs. Earnest Kiemle of Elmira, seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. The body is at the Sparrow Funeral Home and late this afternoon will be removed to the home of son Earle L. Mosher, 507 W. Hudson Street, where funeral will be Tuesday at 2 PM. Rev. C. Welington Hardy. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.

CEASE - Star Gazette, page 3, Wed 2-25-1925 Mrs. Mary A. Newell (SRGP 16660)  of 124 South Main Street, died this morning at 2 o'clock. She is survived by four sons; E. G. Newell of Montour Falls; Willard J. of Elmira and Leon E. of Towanda, Pa. two brothers Daniel Cease of Painted Post and John Buck of Montour Falls; a sister, Mrs. Jud Belle Mosher of Elmira. The remains repose in the Harrington undertaking rooms and funeral to be held at the place Friday at (?). Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Teresa E. Age 84 of Tunkhannock PA, formerly of Elmira Heights, NY. She was born May 12, 1922 in Clyde, NY, daughter of the late Vito and Madeline (Marro) Celso, and died Friday, October 20, 2006, in Tunkhannock, PA. She was predeceased by her husband U. Grant Carpenter, Sr. in November 1999; and granddaughter, Maria Oswalt in May 2004. Mrs. Carpenter is survived by her children, Cathy Wilhelm of Merritt Island, FL, Roberta Oswalt of Horseheads, Gary Carpenter of Eagle River, AK, and U. Grant (MiSchelle) Carpenter, Jr., of Tunkhannock, PA; grandchildren, Art and Jason Klawitter, Carrie Valle, Derek and Cameron Brown and Ian Carpenter; six great-grandchildren; one brother, two sisters and numerous nieces and nephews. Prior to marriage and motherhood, Mrs. Carpenter was a "Rosie the Riveter" inspecting fighter planes for Switzer Aircraft during World War II, after raising her children she enjoyed working at Brewer's Dairy in Elmira and at Sigsby's in Elmira Heights. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Wednesday, October 25th, from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon. Her funeral service will be held at 12 Noon. Deacon William Dougherty will officiate. Committal prayers and interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Tressa P. Former Deputy Town Clerk Was born July 17, 1920 in Elkland, PA the daughter of the late Pasquale and Philomena (Totaro) Cevette. She died peacefully on Wednesday, May 3, 2006, at St. Joseph's Hospital at the age of 85. Her loving husband, the former Town of Southport Supervisor, Maxwell Easton predeceased her. Tressa is survived by her beloved children, Charles and Bonnie Easton of Saranac Lake, NY, David and Jamie Easton of Painted Post, NY, Maxine and Dieter Schwarzbauer of Elmira, NY, Susan and James Weigle of Crystal River, FL; much-loved grandchildren, Erica and Gretchen Schwarzbauer, Ashley and Whitney Easton, Marc Easton, Michelle, David, Philip and Donna Weigle; sister, Carmen Tini; along with several nieces and nephews. She was a member of North Presbyterian Church, retired Deputy Town Clerk of the Town of Southport and honorary member of the Chemung/Schuyler Municipal Clerks Assoc. Family and friends are invited to call at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, on Saturday, May 6, 2006, from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. Funeral Services celebrating Tessa's life will follow the visitation at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Susan Husted honoring her life. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to North Presbyterian Church, the Food Pantry or the Southport Volunteer Fire Dept. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

CHAMBERLAIN - HELLER, Mrs. Bertha C. Age 82 of 1015 Laurel St., Monday, July 14, 1980. Friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 8 p.m. with funeral and committal service at 8 p.m. Wednesday evening. Rev. Jay Edward Sale officiating. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate contributions to the Southport Baptist Church or the Eastern Star Home at Oriskany, NY in Bertha's honor. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Doris and Wilbur Kreisler of Elmira; son and daughter-in-law, Raymond and Betty Heller of Manlius, NY; 8 grandchildren.  Bertha Marie Chamberlain was the wife of Harry G. (Stub) Heller. She was born 9 Dec. 1897 to Elijah F. Chamberlain and Mary A. Nimtz. She had a brother, Carl.


CHAMBERLAIN –DOROTHY ROSELENE MCADAMS, 86, of Roscoe, NY, passed away on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the Roscoe Regional Rehab & Residential Health Care Facility in Roscoe, NY. The daughter of the late Ulysses Monroe Chamberlain, Roseville, PA, and Stella Cooper, Elmira, NY. Dorothy was predeceased by her husbands, Charles C. Makinster and Bernard V. McAdams. She is the sibling to Wendell Chamberlain and predeceased Elise Noto. Survived by her Aunt Bethaldo Viola Chamberlain Wright (1912- ); her son and daughters, Charles C. and wife Doris Makinster, Bonnie and husband, Rick Schmitt and Connie and husband Darrell Daniels; six grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, six great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Dorothy worked hard at any job she held and always had a ready smile to pass your way. You would remember her if you worked or participated at the Roscoe Diner during the 70s, at Grossinger's in the Catskill resort region or at the Westminster Canterbury in Virginia Beach, VA where she drove a van in the 80s. While living in Sarasota, FL, she ran a cleaning service. Dorothy and Bernard moved back to the Roscoe area to retire and enjoy the quiet with family. They were avid Pinochle players. Visitation will be Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 11AM-1PM in the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Avenue, Roscoe, NY. Funeral Services will be Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 1PM at the funeral home. The Rev. JoAnne Utley will officiate. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, NY. Memorial contributions in Dorothy's name may be made to the Roscoe Regional Rehab & Residential Health Care Facility, 420 Rockland Road, Roscoe, NY where Dorothy was well taken care of by all who knew and loved "Aunt Dot". Arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Avenue, Roscoe, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/21/2014




Age 91, of Elmira & Keuka Park, NY, died on Friday, September 7, 2012. She is survived by four children: Nan L. Peterson of Elmira, Carol L. Meckley of Fort Myers, FL, Robert L. Linderbery (Janet) of Elmira, Kathryn L. Holly (David) of Rochester, NY; six grandchildren: Geoffrey S. Peterson, Kristina P. Chapman, Kathryn E. Meckley, D. Thomas Holly, Elizabeth A. Holly & Rebecca J. Linderbery; four great-grandchildren & one nephew. Eleanor was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Lawrence W. Linderbery, M.D.; brothers, Francis Chamberlain, M.D. & Ralph E. Chamberlain. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Elmira. A private memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 1054 W. Clinton St., Elmira, NY 14905 or to a charity of one's choice. ARRANGEMENTS BY BAKER FAMILY FUNERAL HOME.   Star Gazette – September 9, 2012


GEORGE CHAMBERLAIN – The funeral of George Chamberlain will be held Friday (Oct. 25, 1918) at 2 p.m. at the home of his brother, 800 South Main Street and will be private.  Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.  Members of Elmira Lodge No. 62, B.P.O. of Elks will act as bearers and also conduct the committal service.  The decedent is survived by two sons, George of this city and Guy of the U.S. Army and located at Camp Benjamin Harrison in Indiana; a sister, Miss Julia C. Chamberlain and two brothers, E. S. and C. F. Chamberlain of the Town of Southport.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/24/1918

MAURICE R. CHAMBERLAIN, 87, of Canton RR 3 died Wednesday, April 3, 1991, at Memorial Hospital, Towanda, following a brief illness.  Mr. Chamberlain was born Feb. 15, 1904 in Union Township, Tioga Co., Pa., a son of Charles S. and Eleanor Spencer Chamberlain.  Maurice retired from Thatcher Glass Corp., Elmira, N.Y., in 1967 after 24 years of employment.  He was supervisor of the carton department.  Mr. Chamberlain attended Wheelerville Mennonite Church.  He enjoyed traveling.  Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Lewis (Marceil) Jenkins of Elmira and Darlene Chamberlain, who resided with her father; four brothers, Ernest Chamberlain of Elmira Heights, Robert Cole of Canton, Dean Shepard of Canton and George Buckley of Canton RR 2; three sisters, Mrs. Margaret Wright of Canton, Mrs. Marthabelle Beach of Sayre and Mrs. Elizabeth Tracey of Canton; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Mr. Chamberlain was predeceased by his wife, the former Ethel Williams, on Oct. 2, 1952.  The funeral service will be conducted at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, Saturday at 10 a.m.  The Rev. Herbert Eby, pastor of the Wheelerville Mennonite Church, will officiate.  Interment will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira.  Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 6-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Mr. Chamberlains’ memory may be directed to the Wheelerville Mennonite Church, RR 3, Canton, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review.

JEAN W. CHANDLER, 52, of 312 Powell St., Sunday, Oct. 28, 1956.  He was a member of the Painter’s Local Union.  Survived by daughter, Mrs. Geraldine Williams of Elmira; son, William Chandler of Niagara Falls; mother, Mrs. E. P. Ellington and half-sister, Mrs. Bonnie Collins, both of Little Rock, Ark.; half-sister, Mrs. Mary Carver of Indiana; twin-brother, Jerold Chandler of Tennessee; several grandchildren.  Body at Hagerman Funeral Home where friends may call today 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Funeral there Wednesday 2 p.m. the Rev. Eldred C. Simkins.  Woodlawn Cemetery.  –Elmira Star-Gazette

CHAPEL -  SHOEMAKER, Eleanor Chapel "Suze"
A prominent and respected Elmira business woman, and longtime resident of her adored Johnson Hollow Road farm, following a short unexpected illness, completed her full and happy life on Thursday, November 6, 2008 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family. Eleanor was born June 2, 1918, a daughter of Linn S. and Carrie R. Chapel. Her father was the founder of Linn S. Chapel Lumber Co. A devoted wife and mother Suze is survived by her husband, David R. Shoemaker, to whom she was happily married for sixty-eight years; son and daughter-in-law, David R., II and Elise "Sis" Mathews Shoemaker of Elmira, their sons and spouses, David III & Tracey, Eric & Marisa; daughters and son-in-law, Carolyn "Sandy" and Dennis Bellemore of Murfreesboro, TN, and daughters, Robin and Kristie; Donna L. Shoemaker of Larkspur, CA, and daughter Buffy Hutchison; great-grandchildren, Gavin and Kasin Shoemaker, Lia and Lexie Shoemaker, Kaycie and Meggan Lanpher; sister-in-law, Mrs. Richard (Mary Louise) Shoemaker of Columbus, IN; along with several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Laura Carpenter of Elmira, and brother, Walter Chapel of Florida. Eleanor was a graduate and supporting alumnus of Elmira College. She launched "Shoemaker Real Estate" in 1961. Very active in the community she was a life time member of the Junior League, one of the oldest contributing members of the Elmira Country Club, an extensive supporter of Arnot Ogden Medical Center and Schuyler Hospital and a supporter of numerous charitable organizations. She was one of the original sponsors of the LPGA Corning Classic, which supports local hospitals. She was a former member of the Elmira Optimist Club, Corning Country Club and the Watkins Glen Yacht Club. During her real estate career she was awarded Business Woman of the Year. In retirement, she loved nature, especially walks on the farm and gardening, painting, boating with David on the inland waters in their private cruiser, and their times during the winter in their condo at Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club in Palm City, FL. An avid golfer, her favorite saying was "Life is fun; golf is serious!" Being musically talented she was a jazz enthusiast, played the piano and organ, and loved to dance. Eleanor faced the challenges of life, full of vigor, spunk, and enthusiasm. Her indelible spirit would take over with "flare" - a classic lady always in fashion. An incurable optimist, with her ready wit and humor, and a smile and wink for everyone, she would encourage others to feel good about themselves. With our hearts full of love she will always be our "Mighty Mite". A private commitment will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery. The Shoemaker Family extends an invitation to all of their friends to join them in a celebration of Eleanor's life on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at Park Church, 208 W. Gray Street, Elmira. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to your local favorite charity. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home. The Shoemaker family wishes to express their deep appreciation of the diligence, professionalism, and compassion displayed by the Arnot medical professionals and staff on 3C throughout Eleanor's hospital stay.   Published in the Star-Gazette from 11/13/2008 - 11/16/2008


CHAPMAN Ann Carr Chapman Davis
Formerly of Maple Ave., died
on Friday, November 5, 2010. Ann was the daughter of the late Wilson K. Chapman and Elisbeth Carr Chapman. She was predeceased by her husband Robert L. Davis. Ann is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Kathryn D. and Dr. Cornelius J. Milliken of Elmira; son Thomas C. Davis of Tampa FL; grandchildren Kathryn A. Milliken of Brooklyn NY, Cornelius J. "Ned" Milliken IV of Pittsfield MA, Mary E. Milliken and Ann M. Milliken both of Elmira, Jordan T.C. Davis of Peachtree City GA; brother Wilson K. Chapman of Auburn ME. Mrs. Davis taught for twenty four years at Southside High School and was the class advisor for the Class of 1979. She was a graduate of Elmira College, having earned both Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Prior to her death she had been active in the Elmira Kennel Club. Family and friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of W. Water and Walnut Streets, on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A private family burial will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery. Anyone who wishes may give a donation to his or her favorite charity in Ann's memory. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of the Chemung County Nursing Facility.  Star-Gazette - November 7, 2010

CHAPMAN James A. Sr. "Jack"

Elmira: age 64, died unexpectedly on Friday, February 25th, 2011 at St. Joseph's Hospital. He was predeceased by his father, Clarence Chapman. Jack is survived by his wife, Barbara (Kelly) Chapman of Elmira; daughters, Patricia (Lamar) Jones of Elmira, Kenda (Michael) Furgeson of Spencer, Michele (Andrew) Cupp of Bath, Kelly (Robert) Miller of Oil City, PA and Desirae Crane of FL; sons, James (Angela) Chapman Jr., Samuel (Paula) Stover and Jason and J'son Chapman all of Elmira; mother, Phyllis Chapman of Horseheads; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters; along with many nieces and nephews. Jack was a member of the Chemung Rod and Gun Club. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved NASCAR. Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, March 2nd from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will take place there at 1 p.m. with Rev. David Sullivan officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.   Star Gazette – February 27, 2011

CHAPMAN - Kenneth R. Chapman, 82, died on Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at his home in Springfield, Pa. (Bradford County).  Kenneth was born March 30, 1926, in Overton, Pa., the son of the late Ralph and Lavina (Kobbe) Chapman. In 1953 he married Jane Young. After his marriage to Jane, he farmed, worked for the Leona Meat Plant, and retired from Southern Tier Transport where he was a truck driver. Kenneth was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Troy, and his interests included woodworking, folk music, pets, hunting, and traveling, especially with his family.  Kenneth is survived by: his wife Jane; his children, including Cindy (Tony) Carr of Casanova, N.Y., and daughters Christina and Jennifer Carr: Nancy (Christopher) DeHaas of Cochranville, Pa., and children Aaren and Alyssa DeHaas: David (Karen) Chapman of Rome, Pa., and children Shane, Nicole, and Dylan Chapman: and Kenneth (Sheila) Chapman Jr. of Ithaca, N.Y., and children Susan and Kevin Chapman; his brothers John (Mary Jane) Chapman of Springfield, Pa., Dean (Beverly) Chapman of Cobbleskill, N.Y., and Victor (Pat) Chapman of Springfield, Pa.; his sister Joyce Bradford of Mainesburg, Pa.; along with several nieces and nephews.  Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters Louise Weed, Eleanor Jenning, and Cleota Furman.   Family and friends are welcome for a time of visitation from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, and again from 10-11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at the Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral Home Inc., 110 West Main Street, Troy, Pa. The funeral service to honor Kenneth's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home with Pastors Richard Pratt and Bill Bardo officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira, N.Y.  RHW.  Towanda Daily Review.

Miss Mabel CHAPMAN, age 60, of 4145 Ridge Road, Horseheads, Sunday, June 24, 1984 at the Arnot Ogden Hospital.  Friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 South Main Street, Horseheads, Tuesday from 7 to 9 p. m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p. m.  Funeral Services will be held there on Thursday at 10:30 a. m. The Rev. Mark Graham, her Pastor, will officiate.  Interment Woodlawn Cemetery.  Miss Chapman is survived by sisters Mrs. Mildred Lockwood of Horseheads, Mrs. Kenneth (Clara) Lewis, with whom she resided, Mrs. Joseph (Doris) Baxter and Miss Dorothy Chapman both of Horseheads; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great grandnieces and great grandnephews.  Mabel was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church and a former employee of the Southland Corporation.  (Elmira Star Gazette, Page 9b, Tuesday, 26 June 1984)

CHARRON Ellen M. Covert

Age 54, of Elmira, NY, died on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at the Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, NY. Ellen was born on March 12, 1957 in Elmira, daughter of the late Mary Charron. Ellen is survived by her sons, Robert (Amy) Charron, Jason (Heather) Covert and Tanner Ward, along with his father, Harold Ward all of Elmira; sister, Debbie (Steve Pietro) Sweet of Elmira; brothers, Craig (Peggy) Charron and Robert Rider of Elmira; the west coast family; grandchildren, Kaylea, Justin, Briana, Tieler, Alexis, Mackenzie and Mason; several nieces, nephews and cousins; special friends, Janie (Squeek) Kemp. Family and friends are invited to call Tuesday, April 19, 2011 from 12 to 1 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral service will follow at 1 p.m., along with interment following in Woodlawn Cemetery.   Star Gazette – April 17, 2011

CHARRON Patricia O'Dell

Elmira: Age 78, died  Monday, October 3, 2011 at Elcor Health Services. Pat was born in Elmira on December 24, 1932 a daughter of the late Leo J. and Beatrice (Shannon) Charron. She is predeceased by her sisters, Mary Charron and Irene Castillo and brother Neil Charron. Pat is survived by sons and daughter-in-law, Sherwood E. "Woody" O'Dell, Steven O. and Dena O'Dell; daughter Pamela A. O'Dell, with her friend Ronald Atwood, all of Elmira; grandchildren, Laura, Philip and Christopher O'Dell; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Jean Charron of Elmira, Allen and Molly Charron of Syracuse; sisters, Eleanor Snyder of Elmira, Jean Richardson of Merced CA, JoAnn Drivers of St. Petersburg FL; sister-in-law, Marlene "Eldora" Charron of Elmira; along with several nieces and nephews. Pat had worked as a certified nurses' aide at the Chemung County Nursing Facility for 17 years. She was a dedicated employee and looked forward to going to work every day. Pat loved time with her family and took great pride and enjoyment in her home. Family and friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of W. Water and Walnut Streets, on Friday, October 7, 2011 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 2:15 p.m. Committal prayers and interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Donations in Pat's memory may be directed to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Rd., Corning NY 14830. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Hospice for the wonderful care provided to Pat over the last several months.    Star Gazette – October 5, 2011

CHERRY S. John "Jack"

Elmira: Age 96, died Friday September 16, 2011. In following his wishes there will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Private committal prayers will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will provide flowers. Jack graduated from Newark College of Engineering at the top of his class in Electrical Engineering, did his graduate work at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, and was a member of the Honorary Society, Tau Beta Pi. He had a number of managerial positions at Westinghouse, had 20 patents and received the prestigious corporate award "Order of Merit". Jack was co-founder of the local society of the National Quality Control Society. He was chairman of the National Quality Standards Committee for Electron Devices. Jack was a member of Toastmasters for many years, a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and the Community Kitchen. His wife Doris, son Bill, and brother Gene predeceased him. Survivors are sons, Jack Cherry of Memphis NY, Dr. James Cherry of Virginia Beach VA, and daughter Barbara Brearley of Queensbury NY; along with six grandchildren and one great grandchild. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home.   Star Gazette – September 18, 2011

HERBERT L. CHIDSEY, 60 of 538 Pennsylvania Avenue died Sunday (Aug 16, 1930) at 6:30 p.m.  He is survived by his widow; one sister, Mrs. Edward Kingsley of Elmira Heights; one brother, George W. Chidsey of Nantucket, Mass.  The remains repose in the Wilson Funeral Home where the funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m.  Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.  The Rev. E. A. Mathews will officiate.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/18/1930

Prominent Member Chemung County Medical Society and Academy of Medicine Passes Away After Brief Illness. Dr. Rufus Rockwell Chilson of 610 West Church Street, on of the city’s oldest physicians, died at 4 p.m. Friday at the Arnot-Ogden Hospital, an institution with which he had been connected since the early days of its founding. Dr. Elliott T. Bush, attending physician, declared Dr. Chilson died from a complication of illnesses. He had been ill at the hospital for 10 days; before that more than two weeks at his residence. Born at Troy, Pa., Dec. 15, 1848, Dr. Chilson was graduated from the Vermont University of Medicine in 1876 , coming to this city in 1890. From 1876 to 1886 he practiced at Bentley Creek. Before coming to Elmira he practiced four years at Wellsburg. Dr. Chilson was born the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen G. Chilson. His mother, Rofanna Medler, came from New Jersey, while the father was born in the State of Massachusetts. The family moved to Troy where the son was born. Dr. F. W. Adriance of 306 Lake Street who succeeded the late Dr. Charles Squire as dean of Elmira physicians, laments the passing of Dr. Chilson. Dr. Adriance is 75 years of age, six years younger than Dr. Chilson, but the former began practice here in 1886, four years in advance of Dr. Chilson. Dr. Chilson was a member of the Chemung County Medical Society, Elmira Academy of Medicine, Union Lodge, F. and A.M., and St. Omer’s Commandery, No. 19, Knights Templar. He is survived by his widow and a daughter, Mrs. Mabel C. Foster, both of 610 West Church Street.  The funeral will be held Monday at 4 p.m. at the chapel of Woodlawn cemetery. St. Omer’s Commandery will conduct committal services at the grave. Members of the order will meet at the Masonic Temple at 3:30 p.m. Monday. The Rev. William H. Willits, pastor of the North Presbyterian church, will officiate.

CHOMENKO –LENA C. VAN HORN SWATSWORTH passed away on April 28, 2017 at age 95. Lena was predeceased by her husbands, Randolph K. Van Horn and Elmer C. Swatsworth; her parents, John and Victoria Chomenko; her sisters, Pauline Elston, Anne Chomenko and Vera Seely and her brother, Maynard Chomenko. She is survived by her children, Nina (Don) Williams of Mesa, AZ, Richard (Grace) Van Horn of Big Flats, NY and Carol (John) Viele of Horseheads, NY. She will be missed by her sister-in-law, Hazel Chomenko of Lowman, NY. Lena was loved by five generations of family and numerous friends. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira from 12 P.M. to 1 P.M. with a service to follow immediately at 1 P.M. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery at 2 P.M. –Elmira Star-Gazette 4/30/2017


Vera C. Retired from Newberry's Age 76 of Plymouth Ave. Elmira, NY. died on Sunday, October 14, 2001 at St. Joseph's Hospital. She was born January 19, 1925 in Lowman, NY the daughter of the late John and Victoria (Silowanick) Chomenko. Vera was predeceased by her nephew, Gabriel John Stimson, daughter, Jan (Seely) Stimson and husband Charles W. Seely. She is survived by her beloved son, Charles R. Seely; granddaughters, Krista and Alison; brother, Maynard (Hazel) Chomenko; sisters, Pauline Elston, Lena Swatsworth, Anne Chomenko; sister-in-law, Ann Seely of Chicago; along with several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Vera retired from Newberry's as credit manager after 27 years of faithful service. Family and friends are invited to attend Funeral Services on Tuesday October 16, 2001 at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Ave. Elmira, NY at 11:30 AM. The Reverend Rick Farrell will officiate. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Memorial Donations in the name of Vera C. Seely may be made in memory of her grandson, Gabriel John Stimson to St. Mary's Church Memorial Fund.


George CHRISTEN died at 5 o'clock yesterday morning, aged 43 years. He is survived by two brothers - Edward and Joseph CHRISTEN, and one sister - Mrs. Josephine Rundell of this city. He worked for many years for S. B. HUBBELL as an upholsterer. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Woodlawn Chapel. The body is now in Campbell's undertaking rooms. The Rev. Mr. Vieweg will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery. Prob. Elmira Advertiser Feb. 6, 1908 Sharron Vossoughi <>


CHRISTIAN - MCGRAIN, Gladys L. Christian
Age 89, of Elmira, NY, died on her birthday Monday, April 13, 2009 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira. Gladys was born in Casson Brook, PA, on April 13, 1920, a daughter of Charles and Melvina Christian. She is survived by two sons, Maurice McGrain of El Centro, CA, Richard McGrain of Milpitas, CA, and daughter Margaret Pond (McGrain) of Elmira; sister Camilla Caravetta Leszyk of Horseheads; and brother Frederick Caravetta of Richmond VA. Gladys always loved quiet solitude and reading was her favorite hobby. Funeral arrangements will be made at the convenience of the family and by McInerny Funeral Home. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 4/16/2009


CHRISTIE Rev. Melvin D. Christie

Age 80, of Elmira, NY went to be with his father in heaven Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 while at home surrounded by family. He was born June 27, 1932 to Mamie Christie. He was pre-deceased by his mother, brother, Theodore Christie, and sister, Anne Ruth Christie Brown. He is survived by his nieces Cathy E. Christie-Johnson of Bay Point, Calif. and Carmen M. Christie Fitch of Elmira (both of whom he raised as his own daughters), Aunt Louise Ellis, of Elmira, God-son Matthew Molina and special daughter Tammy Heath, both of Elmira. He also is survived by many family members and friends. The Rev. Christie was pastor of Ship of Zion Holiness Church located in the church room in his home. His death is a tremendous loss to humanity and to our family, but his legacy lives on in all of those he touched. He was a kind, generous, loving soft-spoken man who lived an exemplary life. He was truly a Christian man. He practiced what he preached. He sheltered, clothed, fed and gave money to those in need and respected everyone, especially children. His home and yard was a playground for at least six generations of children who he referred to as "my kids". Funeral arrangements are being handled by Walter Kent Funeral Home, Elmira. Family and friends are invited to gather from 9:30-11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 at Word of Faith Church, 356 W. Thurston St., Elmira, with funeral services held there at 11 a.m. Burial at Woodlawn Cemetery.   Star Gazette – September 19, 2012


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