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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 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 ( 


Woodlawn Obituaries


MISS KATHERINE CLAPP, 47 Saranac Ct., Rochester, formerly of Elmira Wednesday, May 8, 1946.  Survived by sisters, Miss Jennie Clapp, Mrs. Louis Hock, both of Rochester.  Funeral Monday morning at Rochester.  Burial Monday afternoon at SS. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Elmira.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 5/9/1946


GEORGE V. CLARENDON JR. Formerly of Elmira, NY age 82, died Tuesday, February 3, 2004, at his residence in Clermont, FL.  He was born November 3, 1921 in Elmira, the son of the late George Vail and Belle (Camp) Clarendon Sr.  His loving wife, Lillian Reese in 1988 preceded George in death.  He is survived by his beloved sister and broth-in-law, Virginia and Russell Coganslager of Elmira, NY; nephew, Lee A. (Marilyn) Coganslager of Rochester, NY; nice, Carol C. (Franklin) Din of Trenton, NJ; great niece, Elisa Ragusa; Great nephew, Evan Coganslager.  A memorial service celebrating George’s life was held in Clermont, FL.  Interment will take place privately at the convenience of the family in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, NY.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. –Elmira Star Gazette.


CLARK  Mr. Ardelle Sr. Age 74, of 635 Stacia Dr., Elmira, NY Monday December 19, 1983 at St. Joseph's Hospital. Friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home. 1050 Penna. Ave. Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. with funeral and committal services Thursday 11 a.m. in the First Church of Nazarene, the Rev. Everett Kaufman officiating. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. The family would greatly appreciate contributions to the First Church of the Nazarene in Ardelle's memory. Survived by wife of 53 years Ruth Rogers Clark; daughters and sons-in-law Dorothy and Wilbur Knapp of Perry, NY, Beverly and James Martin of Mechanicsburg, Pa., June and Gerald Austin of Elmira Heights, Mary and Larry Davenport of Fla., Sharon and Larry Hackett of Elmira; sons and daughter-in-law Richard and melva Clark of Elmira, Larry and JoAnn Clark of Vidor, TX., son Ardelle Clark Jr. of Elmira, 3 sisters Dorothy Clark of Elmira, Jennie Kelly of Elmira, Lenora Harvey of CA.; brother W.J. Clark of CA.,32 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren. Mr. Clark was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene.
Elmira Star-Gazette Dec 20, 1983


CLARK Chester J.
Age 95, joined his beloved wife, Milly in heaven after a brief illness on Sunday, May 3, 2009. He was predeceased by his parents, William and LuLa (DeLong) Clark of Elmira, NY; brothers, Foster, Cassius, Francis; and son, Clair. He is survived by his devoted daughter, LuAnn (Larry) Clark-Reposa of Pine City, NY; his son, Richard L. Clark (Sandy Schmizzi) of Elmira, NY; daughter, Crystal of Commerce Township, MI; stepsons, Bill (Nancy) VanHouten of Elmira, NY, Bob (Dixie) VanHouten of Pine City, NY; his sister, Joan (George) Clay of Lauderdale Lakes, FL; grandchildren, Breice Richards, Kari Clark, Brad Clark, Ginger Thomas, Holly Wildhack, Jerry Clark, Charise Heacock, Shawn Walker, and Terri VanHouten; great-grandchildren, Haivyn, Konner and Karter. Chet was a member of the Pine City Baptist Church and served as a deacon for many years. He was a past member and treasure of the Pine City Fire Department. He was an employee of Remington Rand and later the Bendix Corporation retiring in 1978. Chet and Milly had a "winter home" in West Palm Beach, FL for 28 years and Milly was the love of his life. He treasured his marriage to her and spoke often of the wonderful memories they made together. He cherished his time spent watching "old movies" on the Turner Classic Movie Channel. He loved vintage cars and old steam engine trains. His humor and quick wit entertained those who knew him best. His home in Pine City was his and Milly's pride and joy. They spent 48 years together in the house and he loved to work outside. Even at age 90 he was still on the mower. Chet had a treasured life and was a good man. He will be dearly missed. Family and friends are invited to visit Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport, NY on Thursday, May 7, 2009, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Funeral Services celebrating the life of Chet will be held there on Friday, May 8, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Bob Stokes from the Pine City Baptist Church will officiate. Graveside services will follow immediately in the Woodlawn Cemetery where Chet will be laid to rest with his beloved Milly.  Published in the Star-Gazette from 5/4/2009 - 5/5/2009


CLARK David S. Clark 

Of Elmira, NY – Age 93, died on Saturday, September 1, 2012, at St. Joseph's Hospital following a brief illness and a long life devoted to his wife and family. The love of his life, Marian Adair Clark, preceded him in death on October 24, 2001. David is survived by his loving children, Sheila D. Canfield (Ronnie Garrett) of Wartrace, TN, Bruce A. (Sheila) Clark of Bonita Springs, FL, Bryan G. Clark of Elmira, NY, Sarah J. Richtmyer (Harold DeCamp) of Elmira, NY, Jeffrey L. (Cissy) Clark of Ashland City, TN; along with several beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom he dearly loved. He is also survived by brothers, Fritz and Teddy Clark; sisters, Mildred Folmer and Myrtle Keithline. David was a WWII Veteran of the US Army and was a retiree of Elm Chevrolet of Elmira. He was born in Elmira, the son of the late Arthur David and Frances Elizabeth (Schoonover) Clark. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport, NY on Wednesday, September 5, 2012, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Funeral services honoring his life will be celebrated following the visitation at 7 p.m. His dear friend, Reverend Harold DeCamp, will officiate. The Chemung County Veterans Honor Squad will accord Military Honors to Mr. Clark following the service. Interment will take place in the Woodlawn Cemetery at the convenience of his family. Memorial donations in David's name may be directed to a charity or organization of one's choice.  Star Gazette – September 3, 2012 


CLARK Mrs. Dorothy I.
Age 75, of 654 Medina St., Elmira, Monday, November 6, 1989 at the Arnot Ogden Memorial Hospital. Friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Wednesday evening, 7 to 9 pm with Funeral and Commital Services there Thursday at 11 a.m., the Rev. Keith Kissel officiating. Interment, Woodlawn Cemetery. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband Robert Clark in 1982. She is survived by children, Roger Clark of Pine City, Ny, Carol and Joe Mallory of Pine City, Sandra and Richard Griffith of Pine City, Robert and Debra Clark of Horseheads; grandchildren, Michelle Mallory, Richard Griffith, Gene Clark, Shane Clark; brother, Wilsey James (Ina) Clark of Sun City, Ca; sisters, Jennie (Larry) Kelly of Elmira, Lenora and Kenneth Harvey of Westminister, Ca; sister-in-law, Ruth Clark of Greenville, NC; several nieces and nephews.  Elmira Star-Gazette Tuesday November 7, 1989.  Submitted by Robert and Mary Redder.

Harold L. Clark, 65, of Christian Hollow Road, Pine City, N.Y. died Sunday, April 10, 1988, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. He was a member and a Deacon of the Elmira Christian Center and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict. Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Agnes Seymour lark; a son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Martha Clark of Pennsauken, N.J., his mother, Mrs. Ester Whitaker of Mansfield; a brother, Kirtland Clark of Mansfield; a sister Mrs. Arlene Spencer of Wellsburg, N.Y. granddaughters, Jackie and Kelly Clark of Pennsauken, N.Y. and several nieces and nephews. Services will be held at the Elmira Christian Center, 235 E. Miller St., Elmira, N.Y. Thursday, April 14, at 1 p.m. The Rev. John Bedzyk will officiate. Interment will be made in Woodlawn Cemetery.


CLARK Harry F.

Was born March 2, 1925 in Elmira, NY the son of the late Arthur D. and Frances (Schoonover) Clark, died peacefully on Monday, August 29, 2011, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center at the age of 86. His sisters, Mina and Mary Lee also preceded Harry in death. On September 22, 1946, in Elmira, at the Lake Street Presbyterian Church, Harry was united in Holy Matrimony to Mildred L. (Burritt). They have enjoyed 64 wonderful years of life and love together. His survivors include: sons, Larry Clark and Mark (Camille) Clark; grandchildren, Cody Clark, Kyle (Vanessa) Clark and Sonya Clark; siblings, David S. Clark, Leslie W. Clark, Myrtle Keithline, Mildred (Richard) Folmer, Fritz (Mary Alice) Clark and Theodore (Laurianne) Clark; along with several nieces and nephews. Harry enlisted in the US Navy and proudly served his country during WW II in the Pacific. He was one of three generations who worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad, retiring as a Block Operator for the railroad. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira,/Southport, NY on Friday, September 2, 2011, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Funeral services honoring his life will follow the visitation at 7 p.m. The Chemung County Honor Squad will accord Military Honors to Mr. Clark following the service. He will be laid to rest in the Woodlawn Cemetery on Tuesday, September 6, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. Family and friends will be meeting at the Walnut Street gate then proceeding to the Clark burial site for Committal Prayers. Memorial donations may be directed to the Bath VA Medical Center or the Canandaigua VA Hospital. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home.   Star Gazette - August 31, 2011


of Jamestown formerly of Morris, Pa., died this morning June 16, 1931.  She is survived by her husband, W. T. Gavitt; a daughter, Mrs. Maude Ball o9f Jamestown; a son, Earl W. Gavitt of this city; six brothers, W. L. Clark of Bridgeport, Conn.; J. C. and G. F. Clark of Chenango Forks, J. W. Clark of Horseheads; C. E. Clark of Narrowsburg; and A. E. Clark of Morris; two sisters, Miss Belle Clark of Morris and Mrs. Rose Risley of Binghamton.  The remains will arrive in Elmira Thursday morning and will be taken to the home of the son, Earl W. Gavitt, 5000 Balsam Street, where services will be held Friday at 3:30 p.m.  The Rev. C. C. Roszell will officiate.  Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 6/16/1931


CLARK Max M. Clark

Erin: Age 67, of Erin, NY, died unexpectedly on Monday, April 4, 2011. Max was predeceased by his parents, John and Ruth (Morrison) Clark and his two loving sons. He is survived by his close friends, George Watts and Brian (Rebel) Watts all of Erin, Mike Watts of Wellsburg, Brian Watts of Horseheads and George Krause of Breesport. Friends are invited to call on Monday, April 11th from 12 to 1 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will take place there at 1 p.m. with Rev. David Sullivan officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.   Star Gazette – April 9, 2011
CLARK Richard "Dick"

of Elmira, NY. Age 63 of 859 E. Market St., Elmira died Wednesday, November 1, 2000. Survived by wife of 29 years, Melva Jean; son, Mark Clark of Dansville, NY; mother, Ruth Clark of Plant City, FL; sisters, Dorothy Knapp of Mt. Morris, NY; Beverly Martin of Plant City, FL; June Austin of Elmira Heights; Mary Lou Davenport of Plant City, FL and Sharon Hackett of FL; brothers, Larry Clark of TN and Ardelle Clark of Clearwater FL; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Pre-deceased by his father, Ardelle Clark. Family will receive relatives and friends at the Kalec Funeral Home, Friday, November 3rd from 2 - 4 & 7 - 9 PM. Funeral Service will be Saturday at 10:00 AM in the Horseheads Church of Christ, 165 Miller St., Horseheads of which Dick was a member. Interment at the convience of the family in Woodlawn Cemetery.  Elmira Star-Gazette, Thursday November 2, 2000  Submitted by Robert and Mary Redder

CLARK Robert E.
Age 73, of Horseheads, NY, died on Saturday, June 12, 2010, at Corning Hospital. He was born on June 26, 1936 in Elmira, NY to the late Reedie and Mary Clark. Robert was predeceased by his brother, Lewis Clark. Survivors include his loving wife of 45 years, Geraldine (Cook) Clark of Horseheads; daughters, Roberta (Mark Hoover) Clark of Horseheads, Eva Howard of Pine Valley and Kim (Bill) Lariviere of Brockton, MA; sons, Charles (Vonne) Brewster of Erin and Harry (Karen) Brewster of Tampa, FL; grandchildren, Shannon, Tanya, Billy, Daniel, Robert Jr., Michael, Derick, Amanda, Michael, Anjel and Christopher; great-grandchildren, Marissa, Kendall, Keegan, Cayden, Madison, Mason and Drew; brother, Reedie (Beatrice) Clark of Elmira; sisters, Myrtle Morrison of Lowman and Lillian Rozell of Elmira Heights; several nieces and nephews and his canine companion, "Missue". Robert was a veteran of the US Navy serving aboard the USS Grand Canyon. He was a longtime member of the American Legion in Elmira Heights and was an avid NASCAR fan and John Wayne enthusiast and collector. Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, June 16th, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will take place there on Thursday, June 17th, at 11 a.m with his grandson, Pastor Michael Brewster, officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery with full Military Honors. Elmira Star Gazette, June 14, 2010


CLARK Wilson V.
Age 75 of 650 Medina St., Elmira, Wednesday, December 28, 1966. Friends are invited to call at the Keister Funeral Home, 1138 Broadway, Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral there Saturday at 11 a.m., The Rev. Everett Kauffman. Woodlawn Cemetery. Survived by  his wife Mrs. Jennie Clark; daughters Mrs. Lenora Harvey, West Minister, Calif., Mrs. Dorothy Clark, Elmira and Mrs. Jennie Kelly, Elmira; sons, Ardelle Clark, Elmira; W.J. Clark, Fountain Valley, Calif.; sisters, Mrs. Pauline Shaw, Mansfield, Pa., and Mrs. Dorothy Herr, Dansville, Ny.; brother, Wyland Clark, Lambs Creek, Pa.; 25 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren.  Elmira Star-Gazette, Thursday, December 29, 1966   Submitted by Robert and Mary Redder

CLARKE Lillian C. Wilkins

age 88, of the Chemung County Nursing Facility, died Wednesday, October 6, 2004. Survived by daughter-in-law, Rose Ann Wilkins, Elmira; grandchildren, Joseph (Kira) Wilkins, Nicole (Preston) Chapman and Tami Wilkins; great grandchildren, Skyler and Andy Wilkins, Payton Chapman. She was predeceased by her son, Edmond C. Wilkins; a sister, Jeannette Clarke; and brothers, Frank, John and Al Clarke. Lillian was a longtime member of Trinity Episcopal Church and a retiree of Facet Industries. Family will receive relatives and friends at the Kalec funeral Home, Thursday, October 7, from 5-6 PM, with a Funeral Service immediately following at 6 PM, Rev. William Lutz officiating. Burial at the convenience of the family in Woodlawn Cemetery. – Elmira Star-Gazette, 7 Oct. 2004


CLARKE Mary (Mickey) Wells

Mary (Mickey) Wells, age 92, died peacefully November 4th surrounded by her family at Craneville Place in Dalton, MA where she was cared for by their committed staff. Mickey was born on May 3,1919 to E. Romaine Clarke and Lena Kitchin Clarke of Elmira NY. She was very proud of her heritage in America that dates back to the earliest settlers in Rhode Island. Her Uncle Harry Clarke, Esq. read and typed for Mark Twain including the manuscript for Huckleberry Finn. He was among few at that time who could type. Her grandfather, Edgar B Clarke of Unadilla Forks NY was a cabinetmaker, undertaker and inventor who made fine furniture and baseball bats. Mary was known for the many stories of her family and childhood in Elmira as well as the Kappa Epsilon activities at Keuka Lake during high school. After high school she was employed as a photographer at Izzard's Studio and later apprenticed as a Color Artist, learning how to color with oils the black and white photos of the day. She continued in this field throughout her life. She married William Waterman Wells in 1940 at Park Church where Thomas K. Beecher was their first minister. During the early years of her marriage when her husband was a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy (European and African Theatres) WWII she engaged in civic pursuits as many young brides did at that time. Following the war, she and her husband lived at the Del Coronado in CA and were later stationed in Newport News VA and Key West FL during the Korean War. As a young mother she participated in the League of Women Voters, Camp Fire Girls, and was a teacher at Plymouth Congregational Church in Syracuse NY. Along with being an avid bridge player, genealogist and gardener, Mickey became an accomplished craft artist. She is survived by her daughter Julie Wells and son-in-law John Reddy of Saratoga Springs NY, and daughter Lucinda Pinchot of Madison CT. Her five grandchildren, Jeremy Pinchot of Bedford NY, Jacob Miller of Chicago IL, Leila Pinchot-Wilson of Knoxville TN, Ariel Pinchot of Minneapolis MN, and Cecile O'Meara of Madison CT also survive her. Her niece Averil Fessenden of Brunswick ME, niece Alison Clarke-Crenn of Rennes, France, and nephew Stephen Clarke of CA and their children survive her. She will be deeply missed by her family and especially four loving great -grandchildren, Jack, Sally, and Finn Pinchot and Taylor Miller. There will be a memorial of Mickey's life at Tunison Funeral Home, 105 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs on Saturday, November 19th, 2011 from 1 to 3PM. All wishing to celebrate Mickey's life may join her family at that time. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer's Association at Mary Clarke Wells will be laid to rest next to her parents in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira NY.   Star Gazette – November 13, 2011


DONALD E. CLAYPOOL age 76, of Elmira Heights, NY, died on Tuesday, June 20, 2006, at Elcor Health Services.  He was born on April 4, 1930 in Athens, PA, to the late Clarence and Alice (Wayman) Claypool.  Donald was predeceased by his first wife, Joan Corwin Claypool in 1988. Survivors include his wife, Virginia Claypool of Elmira Heights; sons, Mark (Mary Ellen) Claypool and Donald (Pam) Claypool, both of Horseheads; daughter, Mary (Jim) Thomas of Horseheads; stepchildren, Beth (Gary) Horning of Troy, PA, Carol Welch of Canton, PA, Diane (Jay) Harkness of Gillett, PA, and Sherry Beardslee of Watertown, NY; brother, Clarence "Sonny" Claypool of Athens, PA; sister, Betty Clark of Sayre, PA; grandchildren, Courtney, Ashley, Amanda, Andrew and Timothy Claypool; several step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren; along with special nephew, Michael J. Miller of Horseheads; and several other nieces, nephews and cousins. Donald retired from Corning Glass with over 35 years of service, and he also worked at Tops Friendly Market in Big Flats, NY, for several years.  He was a member of the American Flint Glass Workers Union. He was a past Deacon at the North Presbyterian Church in Elmira and a member of the First Methodist Church in Horseheads. Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, June 24, 2006, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, June 25, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 7:30 p.m. with Pastor William Wells officiating.  Interment will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery at the convenience of the family.  –Elmira Star Gazette


CLEVELAND Pauline G. Olthof

Age 99, passed away at the Steuben County Healthcare Facility in Bath, NY, Saturday, July 7th, 2012. Pauline was born in Mainesburg, PA, June 24th, 1913, the daughter of the late Frederick and Ethel Mae (Smith) Cleveland. She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Joyce (Brent) Hill of Hammondsport, NY; 6 grandchildren, Joseph O'Brien, Kathleen O'Brien Lepkowski, Jay O'Brien, Colleen O'Brien Peterson, Kathryn Hill Peach, and Marcus Hill; 14 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by husbands, Clinton Olthof and Joseph O'Brien; son, Humphrey "Joe" O'Brien; son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Judy O'Brien; grandson, Patrick O'Brien; and sister, Frances Palmer. She was a member of the Hammondsport United Methodist Church and was a longtime employee of H. Strauss Co. in Elmira. Pauline loved to help people. She loved to take care of children, and grow her beautiful roses. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, NY, Thursday, July 12th, 2012, from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Funeral services celebrating Pauline's life will be held at the conclusion of the gathering at 1:30 p.m. Lay Pastor Jerry Holcombe will officiate. Graveside services will follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, NY. Those wishing please make memorials in Pauline's name to the charity of one's choice.


WILLIAM L. CLEVELAND, 82, formerly of Elmira, Tuesday, May 11, 1943 in Tarrytown; son, Ernest Cleveland, Newburg, N.Y.; daughter, Mrs. James Durbin of Tarrytown, M.Y.; sister, Mrs. Charles Ferris, Elmira; two grandsons; several nieces and nephews.  Body will arrive in Elmira Thursday afternoon and will be taken from the Hagerman Funeral Home to the home of Mrs. Ferris, 535 Mt. Zoar St. Thursday night.  Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. Rev. Paul Rickabaugh.  Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. –Elmira Star-Gazette 5/12/1943

Wellsboro Agitator - January 6, 1937
D. M. Clemens - Decatur M. Clemens, aged 62 years, of Elmira Heights, died Friday morning. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Leone Thompson of Elmira Heights, and Mrs. Gerald Bennett, of Elmira; three sons, Herbert, Keith and Curtis of Elmira Heights; a brother, Bert, of Crookedcreek, and a sister, Mrs. May Castleberry, of Mansfield and three grandchildren.  The funeral was held Monday; burial in Woodlawn cemetery at Elmira.



age 92, of 47 Eacher Hollow Rd., Horseheads, NY, died Monday, November 3, 2003, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center.  Leone was born in Charleston, PA, daughter of the late Decatur and Winifred (Rutty) Clemens.  Leone loved traveling and cooking, but one of her hobbies was sewing in which she and her sister, Geraldine, sewed four hundred lap robes for the Bath National Hospital Veterans.  For those that knew Leone she will be sadly missed. Survivors include niece, Lorraine (Robert) Gross of Elmira, NY; nephews, Buddy (Carol) Clemens of Horseheads, NY, and Richard Clemens of Oregon.  Leone was predeceased by her husband, Francis in 1983; sister, Geraldine; and brothers, Herbert, Keith and Curtis. Funeral services will be private to the family, with Reverend Patrick Haley officiating.  Interment will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the James D. Barrett Funeral Home.  –Elmira Star Gazette



Age 86 of Elmira, NY. She was born February 21, 1926 in Elmira, daughter of the late Samuel and Gertrude (Parker) Cline and died Monday, February 11, 2013 at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. She was predeceased by her husband Harold , son William and is survived by her children Helen of FL and Harold of NY; grandchildren Diane, Tracey, Scott, Evie, Ethan, Patricia and Chrissy; great grandchildren A.J., Victoria, Scott Jr., Chandler and Ryan; great, great grandson Corliss. Dorothy was retired from the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Friday, February 15th from 12 to 2 pm. Her funeral service will begin at 2 pm. Committal prayers and interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.    Star Gazette – February 14, 2013


Charles D. Clinton, a respected resident of Pine City, died Saturday afternoon after a short illness aged eighty-four years. Mr. Clinton was a carpenter by trade. He was a member of Seeley Creek Lodge, I.O.O.F. He is survived by his widow; a son Charles D., Jr., and a daughter, Mrs. Paul Palmer of Elmira. The remains were removed to the Millerton, Pa., undertaking rooms. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Webb Mill Methodist church., the Rev. Mr. Guiles to officiate. Burial will be at Woodlawn cemetery. The I.O.O.F. will assist in the services. (handwritten on article June 6 1925)


CLOSE Ella Lucretia
Wellsboro Agitator - February 9, 1927
Mrs. Ella Lucretia Close Riggs, widow of Edward Hinman Riggs, died at 3:30 o'clock Friday morning, after a long illness at the family home in Elmira.  She was born in Lock, N.Y., March 11, 1841, daughter of Peter Mead Close and Lucretia Holmes Close.  She was a direct descendant of three of the old families of American, Close, Mead and Holmes.  Her ancestors settled in Greenwich, Conn., in 1665.  Mrs. Riggs is survived by her daughter, Edith Fuller Riggs of Elmira, and a son, Louis Joseph Riggi, of Flint, Mich.; two grandchildren, Mrs. Hugh B. Buxton of New York, and Louis Bernard Riggs, of Flint Mich.; a sister, Miss Carra Holmes Close, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and a brother, Edward Wood Close, of Nelson, Pa.; four nieces Mrs. Frank M. Leonard and Miss Mary A. Close, of Wellsville, Mrs. O. Benjamin Blanchard, of Nelson, and Mrs. William A. Davis of Farmington Hill,; two nephews, William Close and Mead P. Close of Tioga, Pa.  Mrs. Riggs was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Loyal Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. The funeral was held Monday, Rev. W. H. Benham officiating; burial in Woodlawn cemetery in Elmira
CLOSE S. Wayne Close

age 83 Born in Blossburg PA, December 17th, 1927, a graduate of Cornell University as an Electrical Engineer, worked as an Electrial Engineer till the age of 81, and spent his retirement years in Boise ID playing Bridge with Bonaventure Bridge Club. He was a member of American Theater Organ Society, PO Box 5327, Fullerton, CA 92838. and a United States Army Veteran of WWII. He is survived by Kathy Close of CA, Kim (Bob Barnoski) Close of ID; brother, Keith Close (Andrea) of CA; several Nieces, nephews and cousins. Wayne was predeceased by his loving wife, Dorothy B. Close. The family will receive friends on Monday May 2nd, 2011 at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira/ Southport from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM with Funeral Service there Monday at 11:00 AM. The Reverend Dr. Betsey Crimmins will officiate. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira NY. Those wishing may make memorials to the American Cancer Society , or the American Theater Organ Society, PO Box 5327, Fullerton CA 92838. Family would like to thank the staff of the Mountain State Tumor Institute and the staff at St. Luke's Hospital (four south) for the care given to Wayne.  Star Gazette – April 30, 2011.


CLUTE Martha

Northampton, MA: Martha Clute, 85, of Pilgrim Drive, passed away at home on Saturday, January 12, 2013. Born in Elmira, New York on June 25, 1927, Martha was the daughter of the late Leslie Douglass Clute and Gladys Gridley Clute. A 1944 graduate of Kent Place School (Summit, NJ) and a 1948 graduate of Smith College, Martha earned a Master's Degree in Education in 1954 from Stanford University. She began a teaching career as a physical education instructor at Kimberley Academy (Montclair, NJ) and in 1955 returned to Smith, joining the physical education department faculty and becoming an associate professor in 1974. While at Smith, she served three years as an advisor to the Athletic Association, four years as the Intercollegiate Coordinator, and two years as Athletic Director. Between 1971 and 1978 Martha coached varsity basketball for seven winning seasons, logging an overall record of 33-22 and winning percentage of .621, the second highest in school history. The Pioneers went undefeated (8-0) in the 1972-1973 season under Martha's leadership, winning against Mount Holyoke for the first time. Following retirement in the early 1980s, Martha began a second career as a travel agent who navigated the globe while helping others do the same, affiliating most recently with Easthampton Travel (Easthampton, MA). Before Title IX when female athletes were few, Martha Clute excelled at tennis, swimming, basketball, and golf. She won the Elmira (NY) Country Club Championship twelve times between 1954 and 1984, and a tournament, the Martha Clute Invitational, is held each year at the club in her honor. She taught her niece and nephews as children how to swing a golf club, shoot jump-shots, and swim freestyle in the open water. She gave hours to the New York State Golf Association that promotes golf statewide. Active in the Smith College Alumnae Association, she became a noted fundraiser and a key to the establishment of Smith's Athletic Hall of Fame. Ms. Clute is survived by a sister, Mary Clute Lyon of Pittsford, NY; a niece, Martha H. Lyon of Northampton, MA; nephews, Peter S. Lyon of Boylston, MA, and Douglass C. Lyon of Rochester, NY; a grandniece, Hayley E. Lyon; and grandnephews, Jared C. Lyon and John N. C. Lyon. A memorial gathering will be held on Wednesday, January 23, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Smith College Alumnae House. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the New York State Golf Association Foundation, 2717 Bellevue Avenue, Suite 6, Syracuse, NY 13219. Pease and Gay Funeral Service of Northampton is assisting the family.


CLUTE Martha

Age 85, formerly of Elmira, died Saturday, January 12, 2013 in Northampton MA. Friends are invited to Martha's graveside service on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery.   Star Gazette – June 6, 2013

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