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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

FADDIS Florence L. GRANGER, 82, of Elmira, NY died at S. Joseph’s Hospital Saturday, April 1, 2000.  Florence was born in Cleveland, OH on February 12, 1918 to the late Herman W. and Madeline I. Isabell Faddis.  Florence worked for and retired from Elmira College.  She was a volunteer at St. Joseph’s Hospital.  Surviving are her children:  Joyce Erickson of Elmira, NIY, Joan and Milton Shoemaker of Van Etten, Sharon and Gary Avery of Horseheads, NY, Richard and Neva Granger of Elmira, Kenneth and Mary Granger of Horseheads; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, Florence was predeceased by her husband, Leon E. Granger in 1966 and a son, Robert Granger in 1964.  Services were held April 4 at the Olthof Funeral Home  in Elmira with the Rev. Don Rockwell and the Rev. Frank Snyder officiating and interment to be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira.

RALPH FAIRBANKS of Gowanda, N.Y., died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Hilton Spires, Gowanda after an extended illness.  He was a member of the Erie Masonic Lodge of Buffalo.  Survivors; wife, Mrs. Edith Fairbanks of Perrysburg, N.Y.; a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Spires of Gowanda; a son, Pvt. Norman Fairbanks of the U.S. Army; a sister, Miss Mary E. Fairbanks of Elmira.  The body will be brought to the Wilson Funeral Home, Elmira, where the funeral will be held Saturday at 2 p.m.  The Rev. W. H. Willits of North Presbyterian Church, assisted by the Rev. Alfred P. Coman of Hedding Methodist Church will officiate.  Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/11/1942

FALCK - HART, Elizabeth Falck
Of Elmira, New York, died at home on Friday, August 15, 2008, after a long illness. She was 92 years old. The daughter of Elizabeth Rathbone Falck and Alexander Diven Falck, Mrs. Hart was educated at Miss Hall's School and Sarah Lawrence College. A love of learning pervaded her entire life. Mrs. Hart loved Elmira and Little Moose Lake in Old Forge, New York, where she spent most of her summers with her family. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, John S., Jr. and Dorianne Riggs of Horseheads, NY, and Old Forge, NY; daughters and sons-in-law, Diana R. and Frederick M. Genung of Naples, FL, and Woodbury, CT; Anne and Rexford Good of Naples, FL; grandchildren, J. William Riggs, Alexander M. Genung and Lee, Rebecca Riggs Brunner and Matthew, Elizabeth Genung Taylor and Prescott, James M.A. Riggs and Beatrice K.E.; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Elizabeth Rathbone Riggs; her husband, Roswell R. Hart; her brothers, Alexander D. Falck, Jr. and James Rathbone Falck. A memorial service will be at Grace Episcopal Church on the corner of Davis Street and Church Street in Elmira, on Monday, September 8, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. Interment will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make contributions to the Arnot Ogden Medical Center, the Arnot Art Museum or Grace Episcopal Church.

FALCK - HART, Elizabeth Falck
Age 92, of Elmira, NY died peacefully at home Friday evening, August 15, 2008, after a long illness. Arrangements by Baker Family Funeral Home, 640 W. Gray St., Elmira, NY 14905.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/17/2008

The Memorial Service at Grace Episcopal Church, Elmira, has been changed to Sunday, September 7, 2008, at 4:00 p.m.   Published in the Star-Gazette from 8/22/2008 - 8/23/2008

Mary Fancher Age 73 of the Chemung County Nursing Facility. Monday, August 13, 2001 It was her request there be no prior calling hours. A graveside funeral service will be conducted Thursday at 11:00 A.M. in Woodlawn Cemetery by The Park Church co-pastor, Arthur C. Reed, Jr. Those wishing to attend may meet at the Walnut Street entrance at 10:45 A.M. to be escorted to the family plot. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Daniel and Kelly Davis; daughter and son-in-law Dawn and Dean Benedict; sister Dorothy Fancher Duggar; grandchildren Aaron and Ryan Davis and step grandchild Christina Benedict and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sisters Ruth Fancher Ayers and Barbara Fancher Smith; brother William Wilson Fancher, and husband Oscar Davis. Arrangements are under the direction of the Smith-Fudge-Marshall Funeral Home.

FANCHER –RUTH F. AYERS.  Retired Mathematics Teacher from Horseheads School District.  Age 83, of Winson Ave., Elmira, NY, on Friday, June 19, 1998.  Friends may call at the Holly-Keck & Baker, Inc. Funeral Home on Monday from 12:00 noon until 2:00 PM.  Funeral services will be held at the conclusion of calling hours.  Rev. Betsey R. Crimmins officiating.  Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.  Survived by sons and daughters-in-law; Selaer and Kristin Ayers of Ithaca, NY, Eugene and Carol Ayers of Pine City, NY, daughter and son-in-law; Alleyne and Daniel Hartnett of Elmira, NY, grandchildren; Ian Trombley, Christopher and Meghan Ayers, Catherine Dana, Clayton Ayers, Elizabeth Kenneth, Rebecca Hartnett, sisters; Dorothy Duggan of Alaska, Mary Davis of Elmira, NY, several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Ruth was a graduate of Elmira College and received her Masters Degree from Cornell University.  She retired as a Mathematics Teacher from the Horseheads School District.  A member of the Mayflower Society, and was predeceased by her husband Selaer Ayers in 1992, sister Barbara Smith, brother William Fancher, Ruth was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. –Elmira Star Gazette.

FANNING –EYERS, NAOMI (FANNING), age 81 of Valley View Manor, Norwich, NY, formerly of Elmira, NY, died Wednesday, December 9, 1998 at Valley View Manor.  She is survived by her nieces, Laura Begeal and Peggy Rynders; and a host of cousins.  The Committal Service will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery on Friday, December 11, 1998 at 2 p.m.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Barrett Funeral Home.  Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, NY.  (born 29 Oct. 1917, Shunk, PA.  Parents Harold R. and Pearl E. {Naylor} Fanning.  –Elmira, Star Gazette.

FASSETT, Jacob Sloat - When J. Sloat Fassett Was Born In 1853 - Mr. Fassett was born in Elmira November 13, 1853 and was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Newton P. Fassett, an attorney in Elmira many years. The son graduated from old School No. Six on Lake Street which now is a part of the Vocational School. He later graduated from the Elmira Free Academy. Mr. Fassett completed the course of study at the University of Rochester in 1875; also a post graduate course in law and political economy at the University of Heidelberg, Germany in 1880-81; he studied law in his father's office and was admitted to the bar in 1878 and served as the district attorney of Chemung County in 1879-80. Mr. Fassett was elected and served as a state senator from 1884 to 1891. He was a nominee for Governor of New York Sate on the Republican ticket in 1891 but was defeated by Roswell P. Flower. Mr. Fassett was elected to Congress and served from 1905 to 1911. President Harrison appointed Mr. Fassett collector of the port of New York in 1891 and the same year he was a Republican candidate for governor. He was temporary chairman of the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis in 1892 and secretary of the Republican national committee from 1888 to and including 1892. J. Sloat Fassett was largely identified in extensive lumber interests in Canada and ranching business in the west. He also was a principal stockholder in the Second National Bank of this city and other local business interests. He was an officer and consistent member of the First Baptist Church for many years. Gift To Elmira College - Many Elmirans will reflect upon the many wonderful acts of charity and kindness which were made possible through the great kind heart of Mr. Fassett. He was an exemplary citizen - ever upholding the right and ever just and square in his dealings with his fellow men. To the needy he ever was generous to an extreme and many successful business and professional men of this city owe their financial beginning to the aid given by Mr. Fassett. One of the outstanding memorials to the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Fassett is the handsome Fassett Commons on the campus of Elmira College. Mr. Fassett, early in life, began playing the political game. Before he was old enough to enjoy the right of franchise he attended political meetings and on several occasions spoke from the platforms. Born of sturdy stock, being a son of the late Attorney Newton Pomeroy Fassett and Martha Ellen Sloat of Sloatsburg, this state, Jacob Sloat Fassett became one of the most distinguished citizens that this city and county has been able to boast. On November 13, Mr. Fassett observed his 70th birthday while at his home in this city. Although he had been in ill health many years he was able to be about the streets and spent many hours daily transacting business at his office on the second floor of the Second National Bank Building, Lake and Carroll Streets. Mr. Fassett was the principal stockholder of the Elmira Advertiser from 1879 until 1896 when he disposed of his newspaper interests. For several years he conducted extensive mining interests in Korea and passed considerable time in that far off country. Had Beautiful Home - About 1900 Mr. Fassett purchased the extensive residential plot on upper Hoffman Street, known as Strathmont, where he erected the beautiful residence. Within the past year the large estate has been divided into city building lots and Mr. and Mrs. Fassett, who were no longer in need of such an extensive residence, were endeavoring to dispose of it. Mr. and Mrs. Fassett had passed the greater part of their time the past few years out of Elmira. They occasionaly returned to the city for brief intervals. Jacob Sloat Fassett was a life member in all of the local Masonic bodies, including Ivy Lodge, F. & A. M., Elmira chapter R.A.M.; Southern Tier Council, R & S. M.; St. Omer Commandery, Knights Templar; Corning Consistory, Scottish Rite Masons. Mr. Fassett also was a member of Elmira Lodge No. 62. B.P.O. of Elks; Sons of the American Revolution; also the Elmira Rotary Club, Century Club, Elmira City Club, the Elmira Chamber of Commerce; also several companies of business interests. Married In 1879 - Jacob Sloat Fassett and Miss Jennie L. Crocker, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Crocker of Sacramento, Calif., were married February 13, 1879. Seven children were born to them. Three of their children are deceased, Bryant, Mary and Carol. The decedent is survived by his widow, a daughter, Mrs. Paul Nevin of this city; Mrs. Frederick Hodgson of Atlanta, Ga; three sons, Newton C. Fassett of this city; Truman E. Fassett and Jacob C., Jr. both of Woodmere, L.I.; a brother, Henry L. Fassett, of Elmira. The remains will be removed to Elmira and the funeral will be announced later. Burial will be in the family plot in Woodlawn Cemetery

FASSETT, Mary- MRS. WELLS PASSES AWAY AT BIG FLATS- Death comes Unexpectedly Early Today in Nearby Village- Had been ill For an Extended Period. Mrs. George M. Wells, died unexpectedly this morning at 5 o'clock at the family home at Big Flats, aged sixty-five years. Mrs. Wells had been ill for an extended period. She was highly respected and very well known in Elmira and Chemung county. The decedent is survived by her husband, George M. Wells; a daughter, Mrs. J. M. Hammond of Flint, Mich.; three sons, M.H. Wells of Big Flats; George Edward Wells of Riverside, Calif.; J. Sloat Wells of Big Flats; two brothers, Jacob Sloat Fassett of Elmira, and Henry Lewis Fassett of Oswego. The funeral will be held privately at the family home, the date to be announced later. Burial in Woodlawn cemetery, Elmira. Friends are requested to kindly omit flowers.

The following tender tribute to the memory of Mrs. Wells has been written by her devoted sister, Mrs. J. Sloat Fasset of Strathmont to whom blood relationship colnd not have made Mrs. Wells more Beloved: "Mary Louise Fassett Wells passed quietly out of life this morning. She was born in Elmira, educated in the public schools and at Elmira College. Soon after her marriage she removed to the farm at Big Flats where she had lived for 44 years. Full of Enthusiasm and cheer of life, a true Christian who endeavored with all her will to live her faith and beliefs, the light of her life will shine a steady beacon to those who knew her and loved her. Never afraid to express her opinions, honest, true in her friendships one could depend on her in all emergencies, could rely on getting the best she had to give. In her family she was unselfish, loving and devoted." "It is hard to think of life without her never failing sympathy and interest in what interested others. She often deplored her delicate physique that prevented her taking a more active part in local affairs. Her activities were necessarily confined to her church, her Sunday school class and her missionary society." " She left us as she wished to go and we are glad it was so. We can imagine her glorified entrance into the world beyond greeted joyfully by the loved ones gone before." " This inadequate tribute is from one who went often to her for counsel and sympathy and it never failed." Jennie C. Fassett

FAULKNER William Sr.

age 84, of Elmira NY, died on Friday, April 15th, 2011 at the St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira. William was born on November 14th, 1926 in Corning NY, son of the late Perry and Ethel (Morseman) Faulkner. William served this country honorably in the US Marines/Army during WWII. He retired from Corning Materials in Corning after many years of service. William was a proud sponsor to a child of a Third World Country for many years. He is survived by his sons, William (Mary) Faulkner Jr. of Elmira, Ronald (Betty) Faulkner of Wellsburg NY and Brian (Gretta) Faulkner of Elmira; step-daughter, Alice Royce of Elmira; grandchildren, Melissa Faulkner, Ronald Jr. (Carey) Faulkner, Jo-An (Michael) Clark, Amy, Jamie and Ryan Faulkner; great-grandchildren, Dylan, Emily, Julia, Cameron, Aaron, Deanna and Breanna; William was predeceased by his wife, Marie; brother, Robert. Family and friends are invited to call Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8PM at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 8PM. Interment will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 10AM, with full military honors. There will be a gathering for the family at the home of Williams granddaughter, Jo-An Clark following the service at the cemetery.  Star Gazette – April 17, 2011

FAUNTLEROY -DOUGLAS, Yvonne A. (Fauntleroy)
Age 56, of Elmira, NY. She was born November 8, 1950 in Elmira, daughter of the late Solomon James and Geraldine (Williams) Fauntleroy. She died Monday, October 15, 2007, unexpectedly at St. Joseph's Hospital. She was predeceased by her husband, Melvin in 2003. She is survived by her children, Jerome of Baltimore, MD, Jerilyn and Justin, both of Elmira; grandchildren, Benny, Justin, Tranell and Omarr; sister, Jacquelyn (Colin) Carriere of Accokeek, MD; nephew, Neil; and niece, Jerelle; aunts, Arlouise Tisdell and Lillian Allen, both of Syracuse, NY; dear friend, Denise Jones of Elmira; god sister, Annette Walker-McDonald of Elmira; along with a host of cousins and friends. Family and friends are invited to visit Monumental Baptist Church, 308-310 E. Clinton St., Elmira, on Friday, October 19th, from 10 to 11 a.m. Her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Rev. James E. Jones 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 10/17/2007.


FELDMANN James L. Feldmann 

Elmira: Age 80, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born in Wilkes-Barre PA on January 5, 1933, son of George and Margaret (Keating) Feldmann. In addition to his parents Jim was predeceased by his wife Carol (Anderson) Feldmann in 1995; brothers, George "Bud" and William Feldmann. He is survived by his son Mark J. Feldmann, Elmira; daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa J. and Jeremy Richards, Ithaca and their children Elliot and Tina, Diane F. and Chris Schlacter of Pawtucket RI; longtime friend and sweetheart Gretchen Joan Barneski, Elmira and her children, Paula Mathes, Douglas (Deb) and Steve (Jeannie); sisters, Margaret Sheehan and Sarah Scholefield both of Elmira; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Mary Feldmann, Buffalo, Julie Feldmann, John and Sandy Anderson all of Elmira. Also surviving are many nieces nephews and extended family. Jim enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1953 and served in Korea. In 1995 Jim retired from Dresser Rand with over 35 years of service. His job as a mechanical engineer required a great deal of traveling and Jim and his family lived in the Netherlands for 3 years. He continued to enjoy traveling in his retirement. He was an avid golfer and woodworker. Jim also enjoyed following all kinds of sports. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water Street, on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 7:15 p.m. Military honors will be held at the conclusion of the service. Private interment will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations in Jim's memory may be directed to a charity of one's choice.   Star Gazette – January 15, 2013


WILLIAM N. FELL, a highly respected resident of the town of Big Flats died at his residence on West Water Street, near Clark’s Glen, at an early hour this morning (March 7, 1900).  He was down to the city Monday morning apparently in the best of health.  In the afternoon he suffered a stroke of apoplexy wile at his farm attending to his duties.  He was forty-five years of age and was recently elected town assessor on the Republican ticket.  He is survived by his wife, one son, Leon, three sisters, two of whom reside in Detroit and were called home on account of his illness last Monday and one brother.  The cottagers of Bohemia will hear of Mr. Fell’s death with great regret.  He controlled the land on the eastern border of the summer settlement and has allowed the cottagers many liberties which were highly appreciated and will be gratefully remembered.  The path through his fields was left open to all who desired to use it and at various times he permitted the use of his fields for various athletic sports.  The Bohemians will preserve his memory in a warm place in their hearts.  The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock.  The interment will be in Woodlawn.  Funeral Director Campbell of Hubbell’s will have charge.  –Elmira Daily Gazette & Free Press 3/7/1900

FERGUSON –HELEN FEGUSON KLINE age 79 of 543 McDowell Place, Thursday, September 14, 1989 unexpectedly.  Friends may call at Holly-Keck & Baker Funeral Home on Saturday 2 to 4 and 7 to 8:30 pm.  Funeral and committal services will be held at conclusion of calling hours.  Rev. Russell Lee, her pastor will conduct the services.  Burial Woodlawn Cemetery.  The family suggest memorial to the Christ United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary.  Survived by a daughter, Mary Jo Kline of NYC; sister, Ruth Ferguson of Elmira; brother, Edwin Ferguson of Orlando, FL; cousins, Muriel Tolle of Fernandina Beach, FL, Inez Smith of California and Gloria Alley of Forest Hills, NY; niece, Carol Schroeder of Costa Mesa, CA; 2 nephews, Jerre Ferguson of Orlando, FL and Donald Ferguson of Felton, DE.  Helen was the widow of George W. Kline, member of the Christ United Methodist Church and the St. Joseph’s Auxiliary.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/15/1989

MALCOLM P. FERGUSON age 81, Saturday, July 24, 1977 of the Georgian Bloomfield Nursing Home in the Bloomfield Michigan Township after a long illness.  There will be no calling hours in Elmira.  Local arrangements by the Smith-Fudge Funeral Home, a graveside service will be held in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira Thursday at 11 a.m., Rev. Jack Zeigler will officiate.  Survived by brothers, Howard and Ralph Ferguson.  Mr. Ferguson joined the Bendix Corp in 1929, was vice president in 1941, director in 1945 and was the company’s longest term president of the automotive supply company from 1946 to 1965.  In 1965 he became chairman of the corporations finance committee until retiring in 1967.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 7/25/1977

FERO George C.
Age 81, went home to be with his Lord on Tuesday, November 25, 2008, at home surrounded by his loving, devoted and caring family. On this same day, he celebrated his last date with his beloved Vonda. He died due to complications from a thyroid storm and the removal of his thyroid and a large tumor. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport on Sunday, November 30, 2008, from 3 to 6 p.m. and on Monday, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Southside Baptist Church, 601 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira. Funeral services honoring George's life will follow the visitation at the church. The Rev. David Daniels will officiate. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, where the Chemung County Veterans Honor Squad will accord George Full Military Honors. In honor of George's love for food and concern for others, the family requests donations of non-perishable food items or monetary donations be given at the time of the service for the Southside Baptist Food Pantry. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 E. Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830; or to the Chemung County SPCA and Humane Society, 2435 Route 352, Elmira, NY 14903. A full obituary notice will run in the Friday issue of the Star Gazette.   Published in the Star-Gazette on 11/27/2008

WILLIAM H. FERRIS, 64, 404 W. Hudson St. Friday, Apr. 28, 1944 at 1 a.m.  Survived by wife, Elsie Thurston Ferris; sons, Robert and James of Media, Pa., George I. of Costa Rica, Central America; five grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  Body was taken to the home from the Wilson Funeral Home Friday afternoon.  Services Monday, 2 p.m. Rev. C. Wellington Hardy.  Woodlawn Cemetery.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 4/28/1944

MR. LEO J. (FIORAVANTI) FERVAN age 88 of 523 Liberty St. Thursday, August 3, 1989 at the Arnot Ogden Memorial Hospital.  It was Leo’s request that there be no calling hours.  Funeral and committal services will be held at the Olthof Funeral Home, 1050 Pennsylvania Ave. Saturday, August 5 at2 pm. Rev. Melanie Cole officiating.  Interment, Woodlawn Cemetery.  Those wishing may make contributions to the Riverside United Methodist Church in Leo’s memory.  He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Helen Hemenway Fervan; sons and daughters-in-law, Jack and Shirley Fervan of Avoca, NY, Robert and Katherine Fervan of Yorktown Heights, NY, Jerry Fervan of Elmira; 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  Leo was a member of the Riverside United Methodist Church, Jesse L. Cooley Lodge 466 F & AM, the international Order of Odd Fellows, the Elmira Stamp Club and was a retired employee of Hardinge Brothers with over 40 years of service.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/5/1989

FESTAG Florence E. Festag

Of Elmira, NY, died on Friday, January 14, 2011, at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. She was born on February 10, 1922 in Elmira, NY to the late Paul and Florence (Ottenmiller) Festag Sr. Florence was predeceased by her brother, Paul Festag Jr. She is survived by her brother, Raymond (Judith) Festag of VA; sister, Marian Festag of Elmira; nieces, Deborah Festag, Becky Festag, Christine (Michael) Farmer all of GA and Laurie Festag of IL; great-nephews and niece, Luke, Noah and Shannon Farmer and Chase Shoman. Florence was a Christian woman who loved the Lord and served him daily. She loved working with children, reading the Bible and listening to gospel music. Florence taught Sunday school at the First Baptist Church of Horseheads for 50 years, was a former member of the church choir and the director of the Cherub choir at the church. She volunteered at Booth School as a teacher's aide and she also tutored the Bennett family children for 15 years. Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, January 18th, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will take place on Wednesday, January 19th, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Horseheads, 2293 Grand Central Ave., Horseheads, NY with Rev. Clifford Proper officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Baptist Mid-Missions, PO Box 30811, Cleveland, OH 44130. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at St. Joseph's Hospital 2nd floor, especially Laurie and also the nurses and staff at the Chemung County Nursing Facility 2nd floor for the care and compassion given to Florence.   Star Gazette – January 17, 2011


MARIAN P. FESTAG of Elmira, NY passed away on Monday, June 1, 2015, at Elcor Health Services. She was born on July 12, 1920, in Elmira, NY to the late Paul and Florence (Ottenmiller) Festag, Sr. Marian was predeceased by her sister, Florence Festag, and brother, Paul Festag, Jr. She is survived by her brother, Raymond (Judith) Festag of IL; nieces, Deborah Festag, Becky Festag, Christine (Michael) Farmer all of GA; Laurie Festag of IL; great-nephews and niece, Luke, Noah and Shannon Farmer and Chase Shoman. Marian (Mamie) worked for many years at Chemung Canal Trust Company. She was deeply devoted to her family, always buying gifts, cards and presents for them. She enjoyed playing cards and games with her family and friends and loved gardening and planting beautiful flowers. Her special gift was family historian: she could remember every name, date and address of all members of her family. The family would like to thank Michelle (Shelly) Thomas for the care and compassion given to Marian for the past several years. Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, June 8th from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will take place there on Tuesday, June 9th at 11am with Reverend Clifford Proper officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. –Elmira Star-Gazette 6/7/2015

FIFE Andrew E. Age 62, of Elmira, surrounded by his loving family and friends, died, after a prolonged battle with renal cell cancer, on Friday, February 2, 2007. Andy was born December 12, 1944, a son of the late Earl W. and Violet (Landon) Fife. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Shirley Zimmer Fife; son and daughter-in-law, Andrew E., II and Caroline Fife of Elmira, with their sons, Andrew E. Fife, III and Garrett R. Fife; brother and sister-in-law, Mark J. and Diane Fife of Elmira with children, Amanda and Jonathan; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sharon and Stephen Nugent of Horseheads; niece, Tamara Carroll, with husband Rick of Horseheads; along with other nieces and nephews. Andy was a U.S. Air Force veteran serving his country during the Viet Nam War. He attended Eastern Nazarene College in Boston and graduated from Elmira College. Andy had a long career in the banking industry and was currently employed with Tioga State Bank as the Waverly Branch Manager. He loved cars, was an avid street rodder, and a member of the Chemung Valley Street Rods. Andy thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his fellow Street Rod members. Andy also loved the game of baseball, both as a fan and player. He was a member of the American Institute of Banking and served on the local board of directors. Andy was also a member of the Waverly Rotary Club and the Calvary Church of the Nazarene, where he served on the church board. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of Water and Walnut Sts., on Sunday, February 4, 2007 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held Monday, February 5, 2007 at 12:30 p.m. at the Calvary Church of the Nazarene, 1205 W. Church Street, Elmira, with Reverend Paul MacPherson conducting the service. Interment, with full Military Honors, will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.


RICHARD D. FINCH of Pine City, NY was born January 6, 1934 in Shinglehouse, PA. The son of the late Pearl and Laura (Buchanan) Finch, passed away peacefully at his Southport home on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 with his family at his bedside. His brother, Russell also preceded him in death. Dick is survived by the love of his life, Elizabeth Joyce (Wagner) Finch, with whom he has enjoyed 64 wonderful years of life and love with; daughters: Lisa (Scott) Callahan of Denver, CO; Betsy (Ken) Ballew of Myrtle Beach, SC; grandchildren: Laura (Brandon) Ridenhour and Cody Callahan; sister-in-law, Marjorie Finch; along with several nieces and nephews. Dick retired from Anchor Glass in 1999 after 46 years of dedicated service. He was a longtime and faithful member of the Pine City Baptist Church and was their custodian for 25 years. He was a volunteer for the Chemung Valley Action Corp and the Gold Card Club and was a member of AARP. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport, NY on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Funeral Services will follow at 2:00pm. Reverend George Herrick and Reverend Horrace Stoddard will officiate. Interment will take place at the convenience of his family in the Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Pine City Baptist Church, 1516 Pennsylvania Ave., Pine City, NY or to an animal charity of your choice. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/19/2017
FINK Mary F. Fetter

94, of Syracuse, died Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at Van Duyn Home surrounded by family. She was born on August 6, 1917 in Rochester to Emma and Joseph C. Fink. Mary was predeceased by her husband, William H. Fetter in 1972; her brother, Joseph Fink; sisters Emily Kelly and Sister Mary Joan of the Sisters of Mercy; and many friends in Elmira where she and Bill raised their family. During her married life Mary was a homemaker. Following her husband's death in 1972, Mary joined Chemung Valley Savings and Loan Association in Elmira as a teller and retired as a Vice President of the bank many years later. Mary was a Master Certified Bridge Teacher and traveled throughout the world with family and friends on many occasions. Mary is survived by her four children, M. Patricia (Marie) Fetter of Fort Myers, FL, William J. Fetter of Pittsburgh, PA, David H. (Tammy) Fetter of Spring Hill, FL and Jeffrey M. (Anne) Fetter of Syracuse; six grandchildren, Richard Fetter, Kristen Fetter, Jennifer Fetter-Hayes, Joseph Fetter, Daniel Fetter and Sara Fetter; and five great grandchildren. Mary is also survived by many friends on the staff and residents of Van Duyn Home who provided wonderful care and companionship for ten years. Mary is also survived by her best friend and daughter-in-law, Annie Fetter. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 417 S. Orchard Road, Syracuse, NY 13219. Burial will follow at 1 p.m. in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, NY where she will be laid to rest beside her loving husband William. A calling hour will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary's name to St. Charles Borromeo Church Food Pantry. Arrangements by Tindall Funeral Home Inc.   Star Gazette – January 5, 2012


FINNELL Geraldine T. Salmon 

Age 85, died Saturday, January 26, 2013 at her home. Geraldine was born November 16, 1927, in Elmira, the daughter of Richard and Mary (Sullivan) Finnell. She is predeceased by her husband Robert W. Salmon and sister Eleanor Begley. Geraldine is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Janet S. and Joseph Crowley, Hornell NY, Carol A. and Paul Gizzi, Fairport NY, Kathleen L. and Edward Coons, Chili NY; grandchildren, Susan (Randy) Harkenrider, Robert (Tracy) Crowley, Stephen (Yvonne) Crowley, Kathleen Crowley, Matthew Gizzi; great-grandchildren, Leah, Samantha and Ryan Harkenrider, Mia and Kirra Crowley; special niece Mary Ann (Paul) Baker; along with several other nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water Street, Tuesday, January 29, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 10:15 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church. Interment, with committal prayers, will then take place at Woodlawn Cemetery. Geraldine's family would like to thank Kate Hembrooke and her team from Care First, for the wonderful care given to Geraldine. In lieu of flowers those wishing may remember Geraldine with a donation to Care First, 11751 E Corning Road, Corning NY 14830.


                  Dorothy E. Elmira Resident Age 78 formerly of Bragg Towers, Elmira died Sunday, July 30, 2000 at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. Dorothy  was born March 9, 1922 in Elmira daughter of the late Raymond and Priscilla  (Jones) Fish. She was a graduate of Southside High School Class of 1941 and  was employed by Moore Business Forms for many years. Dorothy served her country with the US Army Air Corps during WW II and was a member of the  Elmira Heights American Legion, Trinity Episcopal Church and volunteered at the American Red Cross. Survivors include her niece and nephew Carole M. and  Richard J. Cook of Montour Falls, a brother Robert Fish of Elmira, a sister Margaret Miles of Zephyrhills, FL, special friends Jim Lee and Charlie Mallard of Ft. Myers, FL, Marlene of Elmira, several nieces, nephews. She was pre-deceased by a sister Marion E. Martin. Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Wednesday, August 2, 2000 at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home with Rev.  Jeffrey Ross officiating. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will provide their own flowers. Donations are directed to the  American Cancer Society.

LAWRENCE FISH – The funeral of Lawrence J. Fish, a prominent resident of Big Flats, who died in a field near his home while he was hunting, Saturday afternoon (Dec. 11, 1932), was held at his home Tuesday at 2 p.m. and was largely attended.  The Rev. Ford Crippen, pastor of the Big Flats Methodist Church officiated at services and burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira.  Bearers were: Burr Elliott, Wilbur Foshay, George Linder, Bert VanGorder, Claude Bates and Ernest Segur.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/14/1932

FISHER –MAYME E. KRELIE age 83 of 42 South 7th St., Lewisburg, Pa., Tuesday, Nov. 11, 1975 at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville following a traffic accident Monday afternoon.  Arrangements by the Shaw Funeral Home, Lewisburg, Pa.  Interment Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira with graveside service Friday at 1:45 p.m.  Survived by sister, Mrs. Edith Rhoades of Lewisburg; brother, John L. Fisher of Elmira; another brother preceded her in death.  She was a former resident of Elmira from 1918 to 1965.  She was preceded in death by her husband Charles H. Krelie in 1960.  She was a native of Miserville, Pa. and was born April 6, 1892 a daughter of the late Lewis and Anna Miser Fisher.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/13/1975

The funeral of the late Francis Ellery Fitch was held this afternoon at 2 o’clock from the family residence, corner of West Fifth street and Park place.   Rev. Arthur Dougall, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, of which the deceased was an official member many years, officiated and the hymns were given by the male quartet from that church, consisting of Mesars. Evans, Carrier, Young and Wilder.  A profusion of beautiful floral offerings surrounded the remains and mutely expressed the sympathy of many friends.  The division and local officials and employees of the Northern Central Railroad company offices, also many  of the road employees and shopmen were in attendance as well as a large concourse of friends.  The remains were borne by John H. Shearer, Samuel D. Miles, Truman D. Gray, Stephen H. Cotrell, W.N. Eastabrook and Dr. John C. Fisher and placed at rest in the family plot at Woodlawn cemetery.  Among the Northern Central railroad officials from out of the city, who were in attendance at the funeral service were H.P. Lincoln, superintendent of the eastern Susquehanna division of Williamsport; John W. Braddock, train-master at Williamsport and formerly assistant trainmaster with the late Mr. Fitch, O.E. McCarthy, trainmaster of the middle division; Conductor Kendell of the Sodus Bay Division and several others.  Submitted by Jayne King -  Taken from Scrapbook of Miles, Gardner, Ingalls family

FITCH - Captain Henry B. Fitch, late of the 75th N.Y. Vols, has addressed a communcation to Post Baldwin G.A.R., of Elmira, stating the he desires to erect a monument to the memory of the confederate dead in Woodlawn cemetery near that City. he transmitted a plan of the proposed monument; the sub-base and base to be eight feet high, and the plinth twelve feet. On the plinth appear the words, "Requiescat in Pace" on the base, "1874" and on the sub-base, "Erected by a Union Officer." By a rising vote, Post Baldwin decided to assist Captain Fitch his laudable untertaking. Published - Auburn Daily Bulletin, Auburn, N.Y. Tuesday, October 6, 1874

FITCH - Miss Margaret
Miss Margaret Fitch, daughter of the late Orson Fitch, which family formerly resided at the corner of West Water and Davis streets, died Wednesday at Charleston, S.C. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Comfort Bennett and Miss Hester itch, both of Charleston, S.C. The remains arried in Elmira, Friday evening and were removed to the Smith undertaking rooms. The funeral was held at Woodlawn chapel, Saturday age 2 p.m. The Rev. H. E. Hubbard officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery.  Published - The Telegram, Elmira NY, February 6, 1921

FITCH William A., Jr.
Age 50, of Elmira, NY. He was born May 23, 1957 in Elmira, son of William A. Sr. and Sarah (Seals) Fitch, and died Wednesday, October 24, 2007, unexpectedly at home. He was predeceased by his father, William Sr.; and sister, Regina Fitch; and is survived by his loving wife, Debra Fitch; daughter, Caitlin Fitch of Elmira; son, Dylan Fitch at home; mother, Sarah Fitch of Elmira; stepchildren, Melissa Maynard, Joseph, and Shannon Maynard, Randy Matthews, Jr. and Cody Gillette. He was known as a wonderful PaPa to his grandchildren, Timothy Corbin, Jr., Lexie Maynard, Maximus Maynard, and McKaylah Pronti; sisters, Denise (Willie) Jackson of Elmira, Ramona Fitch of SC; twin brother, Robert Fitch of Elmira; mothers-in-law, Nancy Freeman of Elmira and Lillian Coglan of FL; sister-in-law, Linda (Dan) Otriz; along with many nieces and nephews and a host of close friends. Billy served with the Chemung County Sheriff's Office from January 31, 1977, first as a Corrections officer, then as a Deputy and retired as a Lieutenant on November 9, 2006 with 30 years of faithful service. He was a life member of Southport Fire Department. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Sunday, October 28th, from 6 to 9 pm. His funeral service will be held on Monday, October 29th, at 11 a.m. in Faith Temple Community Church, Harper St., Elmira. Rev. Don Hoff will officiate. Committal prayers and interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Billy through an Education Fund for his children, c/o Solutions Federal Credit Union, 907 Broadway, Elmira, NY 14904.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 10/27/2007.

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