Reading a series of obituaries from a single cemetery, as they are presented here, is like reading the multi-generational history of a community. These people were the local populace at a particular time. The people buried here knew each other, were neighbors, relatives and school mates. They attended church together and engaged in "trade" or business.
All people are listed in alphabetic order by surname at BIRTH. Women identified by a married alias only and for whom a birth surname can not be identified, are listed on the last page for the cemetery's obituaries. Please send in typed obituaries for people buried in our local cemeteries. If possible include name of newspaper and date. Send typed in your email or in attached Word files. Send to Joyce M. Tice (JoyceTice@aol.com)
RICE - WILLIAMS, Esther M.
Age 85, of Waverly, NY, died Friday, September 5, 2008, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. Esther was born on December 10, 1922 in Elmira, NY to the late George and Minnie Rice. Esther will be dearly missed by those that knew her. Survivors include her children, Edward Woodruff, Christine Elias, Larry Woodruff, Millie Lacey and Dawn Allen; sisters, Harriett Langstaff and Dee Dee Vanderpool; brother, Robert Rice; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Esther was predeceased by her son, William Rice; sisters, June De Primo, Kate Wagner and Minnie Eames; brothers, George "Sonny", Richard "Dick" and Frederick Rice. Family and friends are invited to call Wednesday, September 10, 2008 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral Service will follow at 8 p.m. Interment will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/7/2008
RICE Harry R. Rice
Age 87 of Montour Falls, NY died
on Friday, October 15, 2010 at Schuyler Hospital. Mr. Rice is survived by his Daughter, Dale Persha of Montour Falls, NY, and Granddaughters: Kerri (Don) Benjamin of Watkins Glen, NY and Cathy (Paul) Lodge of Reading Center, NY. Great grandchildren: Dakota & Justin Lodge, Brandon Persha, Amber Benjamin and Tala Benjamin. Sisters: Phyllis Bailey of Moreland, NY, Anna (Don) Brown and Doris (Jessie) Kent all of Elmira, NY, along with numerous nieces and nephews. His parents, Harry W. & Amy Vesley Rice, predeceased Mr. Rice. Mr. Rice was a Veteran of the US Army. He serviced during WW II in Central Burma and India and received several commendations. He was a member of the Mechanics Club, Moreland Grange, Senior Citizen's and always loved to play Santa Claus for the children of the community and when ever asked by different organizations. He also loved to help at the Food Bank. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY on Monday, October 18, 2010 from 6 to 8 PM. His funeral service will be held there following visitation at 8 PM. The Rev. George Norton will officiate. Interment with full military honors will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery on Tuesday at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to a charity of one's choice. - Elmira Star Gazette, October 16, 2010
Homer N. RICE
Homer N. Rice, a glass cutter by occupation, died this morning at 1:30 o'clock at the family home, 561 Spaulding street, aged thirty-five years. He was formerly employed in Corning but for somet time past he had been an employee of the American-LaFrance Company at Elmira. The decedent is survived by his widow and two children, Harry and Madeline Theresa. Mr. Rice was a member of the L.O. of Foresters, the Empire State Legion of Honor and was an attendant of the Riverside Methodist Episcopal church. The funeral will be announced later.
The funeral of Homer RICE will be held at the family home, 561 Spaulding street, Saturday at 2 p.m. The Rev. A.E. Atwater will officate and the burial will be in the Woodlawn cemetery. Source: Pg. 7 c5 May 13, 1914 Elmira Star Gazette
RICE - LANE, Minnie L.
Loving daughter, mother & grandmother - Age 51, of Elmira, NY, died very unexpectedly on July 1, 2009. She was born in Elmira, NY on April 23, 1958 to Robert and Gladys (Mathews) Rice. Minnie was predeceased by her brother, Robert Rice Jr. Survivors include her parents; daughters, Bobby Jo (Brian) Gillette of Corning, Billie Jo (Raymond Jr.) Rohde of Orange Park, FL, Betty Jo (Eric Dycus) Horne of Elmira and Minnie (John Sr.) Hathaway of Elmira; grandchildren, Cassandra, Jacob, Brian Jr., Farrah, Sonya, Jasmin, Austin, Rebecca, Robert, Mitchell, Brittany, Cody, Jasmine and John Jr. (JJ); brother, Thomas (Pam) Rice of Silver Springs, FL; sister, Jean (William Curkendall) Shelley of Elmira; along with several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Minnie was a veteran of the US Army. She was involved in the community in many ways, including but not limited to volunteering over 8000 hours at the AOMC and being an advocate for all disabled persons concerning their safety and rights. Minnie never let her disability hold her back, allowing her to graduate from Elmira College with her Master's Degree in teaching and then substituting for the Chemung County Schools. She was a loving and devoted woman to all who knew her. Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, July 5th, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow there at 7 p.m. with Pastor David Daniels officiating. Interment will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Published in the Star-Gazette on 7/4/2009
ROBERT P. RICE age 84, of Elmira,
NY passed away on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at the Arnot Ogden Medical
Center in Elmira. He was born in Elmira, son of the late George and Minnie
(Burdick) Rice. He was also predeceased by his daughter, Minnie and son,
Robert Jr, along with several siblings. Robert served his country in the US
Army during the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Gladys; daughter,
Jean (William) Curkendall; son Thomas (Pam) Rice; many grandchildren and
great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited
to attend funeral services for Robert on Tuesday, September 12th at 1 pm at
the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Woodlawn
Cemetery with military honors. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/11/2017
RICE Valerie Kaine-Styles
Elmira, NY: Age 61 of Elmira, NY. She was born December
11, 1949 in Binghamton, NY, daughter of the late King Rice Sr. and went home to
be with the Lord unexpectedly, August 14th, 2011. She was predeceased by her
mother-in-law Doreatha Watkins and survived by her husband James L. Styles,
children DeAdra (Randy) Reid, Catherine (Steven) Bellamy, Shani (Dameon)
Styles, Stephen (Diane) Styles, Jeffery (Tamika) Styles, James L. III (Julia)
Styles, Tracie Styles; 17 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Valerie was
a member of the missionary group and choir of Faith Temple COGIC. Family and
friends are invited to visit Faith Temple COGIC, 722 Standish St., Elmira
Friday August 19th from 10 am to 11 am. Her funeral service will be held at 11
am. Committal prayers and interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Walter J.
Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family. Star Gazette
August 17, 2011
RICE William H. Sr.
Age 65, of Elmira, NY, died at home on Thursday, January 5, 2006, with his loving family by his side. He was born on August 17, 1940 in Elmira, NY, to the late Vince Williams and Esther Williams. He was predeceased by his granddaughter, Barbeck Rice. He is survived by his wife, Margaret (Peggy) Rice; mother, Esther Williams; 11 children including two stepsons; Lorretta Miller, Cindy Rice, Marvin Rice, Merle Moore, William H. Rice Jr., Glenn Rice, Marsha Rice, Linda Wandell, Eldon Moore, Shirley Coldiron and Jody Rice; two brothers and two sisters, Edward (Debbie) Woodruff, Christine (Gene) Elias, Larry (Audrey) Woodruff and Dawn Allen; 32 grandchildren, Carol, Heather, Linnea, Michael, Marvin Jr., Amy Jo, Elizabeth, Josh, Carlene, Shannon, Shakia, Jamie, Amanda, Timothy, Jennifer, Stephen, Jessica, Alisha, Robin, Glenn Jr., Merle Jr., Christy, Kenny, Joseph, Travis, Jessica, Joshua, Justin, Ashley, Cody and David; 30 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Howard, Nancy, Ellie, Louise, Helen and Irene; along with several nieces and nephews. Bill enjoyed his daily coffee run and lived his life for his family and his animals. Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, January 9th, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will take place there on Tuesday, January 10th, at 12 p.m., with Reverend Jack Meyers officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.
RICHARDS Jean Symons Richards Hoffman
Elmira: Age 90, a long-time resident of Elmira, NY died peacefully on Saturday February 16, 2013 at Oak Hill Manor in Ithaca, NY. She was born August 16, 1922 in Elizabeth, NJ to the late Thomas Edward Richards and Annie Venable Richards. Jean and her late husband Edward "Ned" Kistler Hoffman met while attending Bucknell University and after graduating, were married on September 16, 1944. Following Ned's discharge from the Navy, they settled in Elmira in 1946. Jean is survived by her six children and spouses: Edward "Chip" K and Deborah C Hoffman, Jr of Newfield, NY; John "Rick" R and Roney Crusade Hoffman of East Thetford, VT; Martha H and Roger T Vaughan of East Thetford, VT; Thomas E Hoffman and Judith Condon of Elkins, WV; Daniel S and Maria Jose Cavia Hoffman of Santander, Spain; and Mary "Molly" H and Capt. William S Personius (USN, Ret) of San Diego, CA. She is also survived by her 16 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. In addition, she is survived by her sister Grace Peters of Somerville, NJ and her sister in law Kay Richards of Hopewell, NJ. Her sisters Elinor Chafey of Hopewell, NJ and Frances Crampton of Westfield, NJ and her brother T Edward Richards, Jr of Hopewell, NJ all preceded her in death. Jean led a long and active life. In addition to raising six children, she devoted many hours of volunteer service to the Elmira community. She was a long time active member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church serving in the choir, altar guild and church council. She volunteered for many years with Arnot Ogden Auxiliary (busy at the snack bar), Meals on Wheels, March of Dimes, Girl Scouts and the Westfield, NJ and Elmira YWCA. As a founding member of the Neighborhood House women's running group, a bike rider, tennis player, and walker, Jean was committed to all things athletic. She was the Office Manager for the Elmira Pioneers baseball team in the mid 70's through the 80's. Her home always echoed with the sounds of baseball and tennis on the TV or radio and sometimes both! She also continued her education, attending Elmira College and completing coursework for her MS in Education. She also frequently spent time assisting her elderly neighbors and friends. A strong and loyal person, Jean held close to family and friends with frequent calls and regular correspondence. She loved driving, so no distance was too great for a visit. As a mother of six, she kept life in line through a steadfast dedication to structure - a list for everything, a tight schedule, and a regular afternoon nap. Her apparent single-mindedness masked an adventurous soul, always keen to meet new people, learn new things, and read anything she could get her hands on. When life got to be too much, she retreated to the family place on Seneca Lake, a special quiet place for Jean. There, she would often spend mornings picking berries or fruit - whatever was in season - or just sitting in a beach chair, half submerged in the frigid water, reading and telling anyone within sight not to go out too far! The Family would like to extend sincere thanks to the Staff of Oak Hill Manor, Ithaca, and Caregivers, Elmira for their committed and heartfelt care of Jean during her final years. Calling hours will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W Water St, Elmira. A June internment at Woodlawn Cemetery will be followed by a family memorial at Seneca Lake. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arnot Ogden Foundation, 600 Roe Ave., Elmira NY 14905, Meals on Wheels, 150 Fox St., Elmira NY 14901, Elmira YWCA, 211 Lake St., Elmira NY 14901, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 314 W Church St., Elmira NY 14901, or a charity of one's choice. Star Gazette – February 27, 2013
RICHARDS –RUTH P. THOMAS age 99, of Elmira, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at Bethany Courtyards. Ruth was born on May 22, 1916 in Nanticoke PA. She was the daughter of David and Pauline Richards. Ruth was predeceased by her husband William J. Thomas in 1971; sisters, Melba Williams and Shirley Vacca; brother David "Harry" Richards. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, William J. and Vivian Thomas of Horseheads; daughters and son-in-law, Joan R. and Neil Smith of Yorktown IN, Carolyn P. Parry of Coronado CA; sister-in-law Bette Richards formerly of Pine City; 5 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. Ruth was a faithful member of North Presbyterian Church for 73 years. She was a longtime volunteer of the Arnot Ogden Hospital Auxiliary with over 4,000 hours of service. Family and friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, 502 West Water Street, Elmira, on Monday June 29, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Donations in Ruth's memory may be directed to the North Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, 921 College Ave., Elmira NY or a charity of choice . –Elmira Star-Gazette 6/26/2015
MISS CATHERINE S. RICHARDSON of 503 W. Hudson St. died at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, 1938. She was a member of the Franklin St. Presbyterian church. She leaves a brother, Lyman Richardson of Rome, N.Y. and a sister, Mrs. S. G. Rhoads of Elmira, also several nieces and nephews. Miss Richardson was a sister of the late Delos Richardson. The body is in the Harrington Funeral Home and Wednesday evening will be removed to the home of a nephew, Edward L. Rhoades, 804 W. Gray St. Funeral Friday 3 p.m. Rev. Benjamin Rowe. Woodlawn Cemetery. Elmira Star-Gazette 2/9/1938
Mathew D. RICHARDSON
Matthew D. Richardson, aged 62 years, of Elmira, died July 27, after a brief illness. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Elsie Thornton Richardson; two uncles, Harry Richardson, of Syracuse, and Frank Darrin, of Teaneck, N.J.; two aunts, Mrs. J. Wesley Darrin, of Corning, and Mrs. Charles Du-Douvell, of Albany; a step-grandmother, Mrs. J. N. Judd, of Albany; four cousins, Mrs. Rose Krug of Elmira, Ben V. Smith, of Albany, Miss Katherine Darrin and Sidney McDowell of Addison. He was well known as a columnist and radio commentator for the Elmira Star-Gazette. His death closed a 42-year career with Elmira newspapers and removed from the city one of its best known and best liked citizens.
RICHMOND Philip M.
A bright candle that was lit for 61 years burned out after a devastatingly long battle with cancer when Phil, whose spirit is larger than life, died
peacefully, at home, surrounded by his family on Wednesday, May 5, 2010. Even though his physical body is no longer with us, his powerful presence will be felt by those who knew and loved him. Etched in our memories, no one will ever forget how Phil interacted with others, always making friends wherever he went. He was a rare individual who took time to appreciate the simple things in life, and he lived his life fully, the way life is meant to be lived. Phil was born October 3, 1948, son of Dorothy Underwood Richmond, and the late Cecil Richmond. In addition to his mother he is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Jacquelyn Emmick Richmond; beloved children, with their spouses, Paul and Stacy Richmond of Horseheads, Carrie and Jeremy Hooey, and Krissy and Pete Ruhmel, all of Elmira; six adored grandchildren, Jenna and Allison Richmond, Francesca "Frankie" and Piper Hooey, and Ian and Delaney Ruhmel. Also surviving are brothers and sisters-in-law, Jack and Lorraine Richmond of Nevada, Gary and Sandy Richmond of Florida, Bobby Richmond of Elmira; along with several nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws. Phil worked as a salesman for Seneca Beverage for over 30 years. An avid golfer, he loved following all sports. His favorite teams were the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers, and Pittsburgh Steelers. A devoted son, husband, father and grandfather Phil treasured the time spent with his family. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of Water and Walnut Sts., on Saturday, May 8, 2010 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home on Monday, May 10, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.The Richmond Family extends their sincere appreciation to John Potter and Seneca Beverage for their support during Phil's illness. Also to the nursing staff at the Falck Cancer Center and Arnot Infusion Center for the exceptional care given Phil. Dad, We are so proud to say that we have never, in our thirty plus years, heard anyone utter a bad word about you, and in the end, that is something very few people in this world are able to say. In conversations, when people heard your name, their faces would light up, and when you walked into a room, smiles would erupt because your personality was magnetic and irresistible. Who you were in public and in private is your legacy, and it is permanently engraved in the hearts of your family and friends. You were selfless and taught us through your actions how to be good human beings by always being kind to others, very attentive, and incredibly funny. Since your spirit was and still is infectious, you will continue to touch many lives because true kindness is passed from person to person. Who knows where it ends? But we do know where it began with you. We love you and miss you deeply. Thank you for being our hero. Elmira Star Gazette, May 7, 2010
RICHER Daniel W. Retired Teamsters Union Local #529 Elmira Age 81 of Chambers Rd., Horseheads on Saturday, June 3, 2000 at Elcor Health Services Center. Dan was predeceased by his first wife, Hazel; his parents, Ralph and Minnie; Brother, Kenneth; and daughter, Sandra White. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn (Rosekrans) Richer; daughter, Judy Arnold of Lakeland, FL; sons, Ronald, William and James Richer, all of Horseheads; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Dan was a retired Truck Driver having worked for the former Fowler & Williams Co. in Sayre, PA. Friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 So. Main St., Horseheads on Tuesday from 10-11:30 AM. His funeral and committal service will follow there at 11:30 AM. Interment, Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers Memorials to AOMC Foundation, Cardiac Fund, 600 Roe Ave., Elmira, NY
RIKER Frank E.
Of Lakeland, FL passed Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at the Arnot-Ogden Medical Center following an illness at the age of 70. He had resided in Lakeland, FL for the last 25 years with his loving wife, Joyce Riker who died
June 19, 2004. Frank was born on December 16, 1939 in Corning, NY son of the late Vincent & Gertrude Sims Riker. He married Joyce Kakritz on June 25, 1958. He was well known in our local area as an auto mechanic, was employed by Flickengers for over 20 years and retired from Altermans Transportation and worked recently part time for Publix Supermarket in FL. His interests included, woodworking, was a handyman around his home and a dedicated Jeff Gordon NASCAR fan. Surviving are their children, Patricia Swartwood, Beech Creek, PA; William Scott (Rita) Riker, Lakeland, FL; Lori New, Cressent, PA; Debra (Stanley) Sterling, Gillett, PA; thirteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; sisters, Sharon (Jim) Ameigh, Gillett PA; Kathleen Lunger, Horseheads, NY; and Darlene Walker, Watertown NY along with several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, Frank was predeceased by a grandson, Michael John Riker and his in-laws, Henry & Florence White Kakritz. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport on Thursday evening, June 17, 2010 between the hours of 5-8 pm. Funeral services will follow the visitation at 8:15 p.m. with the Reverend Josh Payne officiating. Frank will be interred in Kakritz family plot in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, NY on Friday at 12 (noon). Elmira Star Gazette, June 17, 2010
RIKER - BARNES, Luana "Tillie" Riker
Of Elmira, NY - Age 90, was born December 20, 1918 went home to be with our Lord on Sunday, June 21, 2009. Her loving husband, Cedric "Dick" and beloved sons, Gary and Lynn predeceased Luana. She is survived by son, Dennis (Bonnie) Barnes; daughters, Carol (Ronald) Collins, Janet Cady Cleveland; six grandchildren, Mitchell & Randy Barnes, Pamela Sproule & Ronald Collins II, Kimberly Cady & Larry Cady II; sister, Ruth Frank of Ithaca, NY; along with several great grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Ave. Elmira/ Southport, NY on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Funeral services honoring her life will follow the visitation at 7 PM. The Reverend Paul MacPherson will celebrate Luana's services. Interment will take place at the convenience of her family in Woodlawn Cemetery where she will be laid to rest with her beloved Cedric. Memorial donations may be directed to the Calvary Church of the Nazarene 1205 West Church Street Elmira, NY 14905 or to the Southport Volunteer Fire Department 1000 Carl Street Elmira/Southport, NY 14904 in her memory. THANK YOU - The Barnes family wishes to express their sincere appreciation and gratitude for the outstanding love and care given to their beloved mother by the staff at Elcor Health Services in Horseheads, NY. Published in the Star-Gazette on 6/23/2009
RINEBOLD - Raymond Rinebold, 68, of West Hill Road, Monday, Dec. 5, 1960. He was retired employee of the American Bridge Division. Survived by wife, Mrs. Murial Rinebold; sons, Earl of West Hill Road, Allen of Cameron Mills; sisters, Mrs. Grace Robbins of Corning, Mrs. Jane Dibble of New Albany, Pa.; brother Murray of Elmira; five grandchildren. Body at Olthof funeral home. Calling hours today 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral there Thursday at 1:30 p.m., the Rev. Robert A. Delorme. Woodlawn Cemetery.
RINKER –MILDRED J. ‘MILLIE’ FURMAN age 86 a longtime member of the Daggett community passed away Monday, December 15, 2014 at St. Joseph's Hospital. Millie was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Myrtle (Moore) Rinker. She was born in Elmira June 26, 1928. Surviving is her loving husband of 31 years, Herbert Furman of Daggett; children, Timothy (Marie) VonNeida of Elmira, Dayrl (Kathie) VonNeida of Montour Falls, Thomas VonNeida of Elmira, Jacquelyn VonNeida of Elmira, LuAnn Rhode of Elmira; step children, Herbert C. (Mary Lynne) Furman of Southport, Michele (Dominic) Peters of Horseheads, Darlene (John) McKinney of Ashville, NC, Lisa (Joseph) Caccia of Bradenton, FL; 14 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren; brother, Richard (Beverly) Rinker of Caro, MI; along with several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by, sisters and brothers in law, Doris and Donald Swarthout, twin sister Phyllis and Edger Mathews. Millie was a member of the Daggett United Methodist Church. She loved to cook, gardening and growing beautiful flowers. She really enjoyed working at Bradley Farms for many years. Seeing the flowers bud out and bloom were her favorite time of the year. Her grandchildren filled her life with all the love she needed in life. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, NY Thursday, December 18, 2014 6:00PM to 8:00PM and again on Friday, December 19 from 11:00AM to 1:00PM. Funeral and committal services to celebrate her wonderful life will follow at 1:00PM. Pastor Jennifer Wolf and Pastor Sandy Brandt will officiate. Graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family at the Woodlawn Cemetery. Those who wish please make memorials in Millie's name to the Daggett United Methodist Church or to the charity of one’s choice. The family wishes a heartfelt "Thank You" to the Skilled Nursing staff on C3 and Dr. Schiavone of the St. Joseph's Hospital for Millie's excellent love and care. –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/18/2014
RIPLEY - YOUNG, Eleanor M. (Ripley)
Formerly of Mt. View Drive, Pine City, slipped away quietly with her family at her bedside, early Good Friday morning, March 21, 2008. Born February 16, 1918, in Elmira, NY, she just celebrated a grand 90th birthday with 50 friends and relatives. Her kind, loving spirit touched everyone she met. She was ever faithful to her Lord and her family and led us all through her fine example of Christian living. She was a lifelong member of the Elmira Wesleyan Church, active in teaching, missionary ladies work and she loved her church suppers as much as Dad hated them. She owned Eleanor Young Sewing Service for 20 years and many Elmira homes are graced with her beautiful custom made draperies, slipcovers, quilts and most recently handmade patch work pillows. Residents and friends who stopped by to visit would leave with a beautiful pillow. Her poems and limericks always brought a laugh and sometimes a tear or two. She is predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Elden "Pud" (2005). She was the daughter of the late Jay and Viva Ripley; and brothers, Alan, Carrol, Ronald and Thurman. She is survived by sons, Blair (Chris) and Mark (Jane) of Millerton, PA, Larry (JoAnn) of Elmira, NY; and daughter, Marcia (Felix) Lukenbill of Corning, NY. Also, loving sister, Sharon Oliver of Elmira, NY; six grandchildren, nine step grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 14 step great-grandchildren. The family's heartfelt thanks go to the staff of the Chemung County Nursing Facility, especially the 4th floor staff, for helping us escort her through these days with dignity. Contributions can be made to the CCNF Resident Fund, 103 Washington St., Elmira, NY 14901, or the Elmira Wesleyan Church, 1100 South Main St., Elmira, NY 14904. Family and friends are invited to call at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., on Monday, March 24, 2008, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with Funeral Service Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at the Elmira Wesleyan Church, followed by graveside service in Woodlawn Cemetery at 2:00. We miss her already, but are at peace knowing Mom and Dad are dancing together again - no more discomfort, no more questions, just together forever with all of their heavenly family. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/23/2008
PHILIP W. ‘RIP’ RIPLEY, age 84, born April 16, 1933 in Lambs Creek, PA passed away
on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Rip was predeceased by his parents, Edwin and
Gertrude Ripley. He is survived by his loving family: wife, Joanna Ripley;
sons, Rodney (Tammy) Ripley, Brian (Darlene Wetzel) Ripley; daughter, Elaine
(Rick, former son-in-law) Williams; sisters, Kathryn Ernest and Susan
(Frederick) FitzPatrick; brother, Ronald (Joyce) Ripley; 3 grandchildren,
Wesley and William Ripley, Kelsey Williams; and several nieces and nephews.
Rip was a veteran of the US ARMY. He retired from Elmira Correctional
Facility. He enjoyed playing cards, hunting, fishing, bowling, traveling and
spending time with his grandchildren. Rip was always willing to help those
in need and was very involved in Habitat For Humanity, Meals On Wheels and
Centenary United Methodist Church, now New Beginnings United Methodist
Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Habitat For
Humanity, 161 High St, Elmira, NY 14901 or to Meals On Wheels Of Chemung
County, Inc., 150 Fox St., Elmira, NY or New Beginnings UMC, 300 E Miller
St, Elmira, NY. The family will welcome relatives and friends for calling
hours on Monday, May 29, 2017 from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Olthof Funeral Home,
Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira with a funeral service to be held on
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 10 AM. Burial with full military honors will
immediately follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Rev. Leanne Zeck will
officiate. –Elmira Star-Gazette 5/26/2017.
RITTENHOUSE Lucile R. Drake
Age 93, of Horseheads, NY, died peacefully on Sunday,
April 22, 2012. Lucile was born on May 2, 1918 in Corning, NY, daughter of the
late Arthur and Elizabeth (Seaver) Rittenhouse. She was a longtime member of
the Caton United Methodist Church, along with being a wonderful mother and
grandmother. She will be missed dearly. Lucile was predeceased by her husband,
Glenn Drake in 1987. Lucile is survived by her daughters, Janice (Peter)
Oberlander of Lindley, NY and Joan (David) Bailey of Elmira, NY; sons, William
(Carolyn) Drake of Norwich, CT, Bruce (Martha) Drake of Painted Post, NY,
Frederick (Patsy) Drake of Pine City, NY and Robert (Patricia) Drake of Big
Flats, NY; 16 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; sister, Ina (James)
Clark of Menifee, CA; brother-in-law, Richard Drake of Elmira. Family and
friends are invited to call Saturday April 28, 2012 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the
James D. Barrett Funeral Home. A memorial service will take place on Sunday,
April 29th at 3 p.m. at Caton United Methodist Church in Caton, NY with Pastor
Beth Bouwens officiating. Internment will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery at
the convenience of the family. Corning Leader - April 24, 2012
RIVERS Felix "Jesse"
Age 55, of Elmira, NY, died Thursday, September 24, 2009, unexpectedly. Felix was born January 23, 1954 in Union Springs, AL, son of the late Joseph and Johnnie Mae Rivers. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his younger brother, Tommy Lee. Felix is survived by his wife, Mary Rivers and their daughters, Jessica and Lakesha Thomas, both of Elmira and Passion Thomas of Rochester; son, Steve Rivers of Rochester; and daughter, Litisha Bradwell of FL; brother, Joseph (Debra) Rivers of Elmira; sisters, Brenda Rivers (Anthony Phillips), Calene (Maxene) Cimi and Viola (Samuel) Mitchell, all of FL; brothers-in-law, Leon (Val) Dassey, Robert (Paula) Jackson, Ricky (Brenda) Jackson, all of Elmira and Jackie Farmer of VA; sisters-in-law, Phyllis Jackson, Linda (Lekefee) Miles and Pearl (George) Jackson of Elmira; along with seven grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. Felix enjoyed fishing and working on his cars. Most importantly he loved being with his family and friends. He was a very hard worker; formerly employed with Roadway and currently with Airgas. There he became a member of the Brotherhood (Teamsters Local 529). Felix was a devoted husband and very loving father. He will be very much missed by his family and friends. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Saturday, October 3rd, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. His funeral and committal services will be held at 1 p.m. Interment will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery on Monday, October 5th, at 1 p.m. Published in Star-Gazette from September 28 to October 1, 2009
RIZVI Zahoor Hasan Age 69, of Owen Hollow Rd. in Big Flats, died at St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira on December 25th. Zahoor was born the son of Murwer Hussen Rizvi and Thira Khetoon, in India. Zahoor obtained his Doctorate in Veterinary Science, and was a Supervisor for the U.S.D.A. In October of 1993, he married Sheerin Syed in Karachi, Pakistan, and they are the parents of Omama Hasan. Zahoor attended the Islamic Association of the Finger Lakes in Big Flats. Zahoor was predeceased by his parents. Services for Zahoor will be held at the Carpenters Funeral Home in Corning, with viewing hours on Saturday, December 30, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Prayers will be at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira, New York.