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Robert H. "Bob" Age 78, of Elmira, NY, died on Tuesday, May 3, 2005, at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. He was born on February 1, 1927 in Elmira, NY, to the late Frank and Lulu (Harris) Allen. Bob was predeceased by his daughter, Judy Allen. Survivors include his wife, Juanita (Mitchell) Allen of Elmira; daughters, Joann Coleman and her fiancé, Allan Knapp, both of Corning, and Kathy Allen of Elmira; along with several grandchildren. Bob retired from St. Joseph's Hospital after 30 years of service. It was Bob's wish that there be no prior calling hours. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service for Bob on Monday, May 9, at 7 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Interment will take place at the convenience of the family.

Terrance B. Age 16, of 727 High St., Williamsport, died Sunday, May 8, 2005, at the Williamsport Hospital. He was born September 15, 1988 in
Williamsport, the son of Jeffrey B. Baity and Sylvia D. Mitchell. Terrance was a student at the Williamsport High School and had attended Elmira Free Academy. He attended the Shiloh Baptist Church. Terrance loved basketball, football, poetry, art and taking boxing lessons. He survived by his father, Jeffrey B. of Williamsport; and his mother, Sylvia D. Mitchell of Atlanta, GA; two brothers, Kenneth E. Fisher, Jr. of Elmira, NY, and Christopher G. Allen, Jr. of Atlanta, GA; his grandparents, Gary L. Butler Sr. and Margaret A. Butler of Elmira, NY, and Rebecca J. Baity of Williamsport; uncles, Anthony Mitchell of Williamsport, and Gary L. Butler, Jr. of Elmira, NY, William Mitchell of Greenville, NC, Sammy Mitchell of Orlando, FL, Curtis Wooten of Williamsport, Ronald E. Baity of Williamsport, Edward D. Baity of Lawrenceville, GA, Louis Baity of Englewood, CA, great-uncles, Albert Henderson of Williamsport, and Joseph Porter of Williamsport; aunts, Debbie Mitchell of Albany, NY, and Katina M. Fairfax of Hagerstown, MD, Linda Daniels, Jackie Peirce, Angeline Artis, all of Greenville, NC, Sharon L. Baity of Williamsport, Joyce Marie Porter of Buffalo, NY; and a host of cousins and friends. Preceded in death by a great-grandmother, Emma M. Porter (2002); and grandfather, Edward E. Baity (2003). A celebration of Terrance's life will begin with a visitation Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Maneval Funeral Home, Ltd. "A Life Celebration Home," 500 W. Fourth St. Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Annunciation Catholic Church with the Rev. Joseph L. Harris of Shiloh Bapitst Church officiating and assisted by Katina Fairfax. Interment will be in Montoursville Cemetery. The repass will be at Shiloh Baptist Church. Family suggest memorial contributions be made to the Shiloh Baptist Church, 433 Walnut St.,

Gayle A. Beers Age 66, of Fort Pierce, FL, Monday, April 25, 2005. She was a native of Elkland, PA, and she moved to Fort Pierce, FL, 26 years ago. Before retiring, she was employed with the Federal Government as a secretary, and privately as a literary agent. Mrs. Anglehart was a member of the Westside Baptist Church, and a speaker for the Coral Ridge Ministry. She enjoyed needlework, sewing, and crocheting. She is survived by daughter, Monica Mills, Ft. Pierce, FL; granddaughter, Dana Mills, Ft. Pierce, FL; grandsons, Douglas Mills, Ft. Pierce, FL, Ricky L. Anglehart, Maine; two great-granddaughters; sisters, Darlene Walters, Elkland, PA, Marilyn Runyan, Canby, OR; several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Anglehart was preceded in death by her son, Ricky Shane Anglehart. Family and friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, Inc., 214 West Main Street, Elkland, PA, Sunday from 2-4 p.m., where funeral services will be conducted Monday at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Raymond Fritz officiating. Burial in Addison Hill Cemetery, Tuscarora Twp., PA (error) . Memorial donations may be made to the Addison Hill Cemetery in Gayle's memory. (Steuben County NY)

Mary Whitney A Memorial Service for Mary Whitney (Brown) Barnes will be held at 11:00 a.m. on June 25, 2005 at Catlin United Methodist Church, 402 Chambers Road, Horseheads, NY 14845. A reception in the church social hall will follow the service. The late Mrs. Barnes, widow of Leslie O. Barnes, was a 1932 graduate of Horseheads High School.

CASTELLANO Mr. Harold William "Willy" Concord, North Carolina Age 51, of 1642 Marmot Place, Concord, NC, formerly of Horseheads, NY, died at Northeast Medical Center on May 6, 2005, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Chemung County, NY, October 30, 1953 to Joseph and Nellie Jerzak Castellano of New York. He enjoyed working on antique and classic cars. Formerly employed with the New York Dept. of Corrections. He is survived by his parents; wife, Michele Canha Castellano; daughter, Ashley Marie Castellano of Concord; two sisters, Patricia Camacho and husband, David of Chatsworth, CA, and Marsha Pinkston and husband, James of Old Hickory, TN; brother, Joseph T. Castellano and wife, Peggy of Bakersfield, CA; uncle, Martin Jerzak, Sr. of NY; aunt and uncle, Ronnie and Barbara Earnest of NY; many nieces and nephews; numerous cousins. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. Condolences may be left at Wilkinson Funeral Home in Concord is handling arrangements for the Castellano family. Williamsport, PA 17701.

CECCE Darci Marie Age 37, of Elmira, NY, died Saturday, June 18, 2005, at home. Darci was a graduate of Elmira Free Academy and earned degrees in business from Corning Community College and Elmira College. She worked for Dominos Pizza, Elmira Savings Bank, and most recently for Corning Incorporated. Darci had many close friends and family, all of whom will miss her sense of humor and contagious smile. Darci is survived by her father, Albert Jr.; and her mother and best friend Georgia (Smith) Cecce; her special love, Larry Moon; her brothers and sisters-in-law, AJ (Tony) and Tina (Glosser) Cecce, Gary and Tammy (Selbig) Cecce; nephew, Justin; nieces, Joanna, Caitlin, Kristin, Alysia, and Nicole; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. A celebration of her life will take place on Saturday, June 25, at Walter J. Kent Funeral, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira. A gathering of family and friends will be from 3:00-5:00 p.m., with a memorial service led by Rev. Roger Smith immediately following; friends and family will be invited to share a memory of Darci. In respect of the family's wishes (and allergies), rather than flowers, donations to the Falck Cancer Center, Patient Services Fund, 600 Roe Ave., Elmira, NY 14905-9984, in Darci's name, would be greatly appreciated.

Betty A. Age 66, of Elmira, wife of Kenneth J. Bubacz, died at her home, surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, June 1, 2005. Betty was born April 25, 1939, a daughter of the late Alva L. and Louisa Lattimer Chandler. In addition to Ken, her husband of 47 years, Betty is survived by her daughters, Tammy L. Traub with husband Kurt, Annette M. Bubacz, and Shelly L. McClure; 6 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; "special sister and best friend"; 3 special nephews and 2 special nieces; 5 sisters and 4 brothers; along with several other nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by 1 sister and 2 brothers. Betty enjoyed her work at Southside Sub Shop and the relationships she developed with her co-workers and customers. Her family was her life...Betty was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of Water and Walnut Sts., on Friday, June 3, 2005 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, June 4, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. Donations in Betty's memory may be directed to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 E. Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830 or to the Christian Faith Fellowship Church, Building Fund, P.O. Box 4212, Elmira, NY 14904.

CORNELIUS Edward B. Formerly of Galeton, PA 73, of Port Allegany, PA, formerly of Galeton and Corning, NY, died Sunday, July 3, 2005. Born August 22, 1931, in Coudersport, he was the son of Harry and Velma Button Cornelius. Mr. Cornelius was a US Army Veteran, serving from 1950 to 1956. He was employed by Corning Glass Works and worked on construction in Texas. Surviving are his wife, Betty of Texas; two sons, Edward Cornelius of Painted Post, NY, and Michael Cornelius of Austin, TX; three daughters, Debra Champlain of Painted Post, NY, Dede Cornelius of Austin, TX, and Violet Buckley of Lawrenceville, PA; two sisters, Lillian Frost of Spencerport, NY, and Anna Nickerson of Livingston, TX; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Harry; and a sister, Mildred Bliss Surdam. Friends may call at the Collins-Olney Funeral Home, Galeton, on Thursday, July 7th from 1 to 2 p.m., with Funeral Services following at 2 p.m. The Rev. David Brelo will officiate. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.

CULLEN Michael J. Age 49, of Horseheads, died after a long, courageous battle with cancer, Sunday, June 5, 2005, at St. Joseph's Hospital. Mike was born March 31, 1956, a son of Henry J. and Dorothy McInerney Cullen of Bath, NY. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Dodie J. Cullen; daughters and son-in-law, Jennifer E. and Shawn Howe of Horseheads, and Amy L. Brinthaupt of Elmira; brother and sisters, with their spouses, Rosemarie E. and Richard Weathers of Bath, NY, Patrick T. and Kelly Cullen of Cicero, NY, Theresa C. and Brian Markham of Honeoye Falls, NY, and Patricia L. and Joseph Piccillo of North Tonawanda, NY; grandchildren, Brandon and Rachael Howe, Makennah Stowe and Izaiah Hinton; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Bob Pruden of Campbell, NY, and the James Murray Family of Bath, NY. Mike served four years in the U.S. Coast Guard, attaining the rank of 2nd Class Petty Officer. For the past 14 years he has been employed at Hilliard Corp., the past several years as Manager of Quality Control, which led to his membership with the American Society for Quality. In his earlier years Mike loved to play the trumpet and played in the Coast Guard Band. He liked to cook and hunt; was a car lover; and in the warmer months could be found out on the golf course. Mike was a devoted husband, son, father and grandfather. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of Water and Walnut Sts., on Friday, June 10, 2005, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held Saturday, June 11, 2005, at 1:00 p.m. at Big Flats Wesleyan Church, 561 Maple Street, Big Flats, NY. Donations in Mike's memory may be directed to either St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation, 555 E. Market Street, Elmira, NY 14901, or the American Cancer Society, 1316 College Avenue, Elmira, NY 14901.

Nana Elliott Age 68, died Monday, June 13, 2005, at Arnot-Ogden Hospital, following a prolonged struggle with diabetes. Nana was the daughter of Catherine and Arthur Elliott of Dundee. She graduated from Dundee Central School in 1954 and earned a degree in speech pathology from Syracuse University. She spent several years devoted to teaching horseback riding in Greenwich, CT. Nana was a member and past President of The Women's Study Club of The Dundee Library; she served on the board of the Southern Tier Library System, and worked with the Watkins Glen 4-H dog obedience program. Nana was also involved in the family business, Elliott Insurance Agency, for many years. For the past thirty-three years, Nana was a devoted wife and constant companion to her husband, Edward S. Clute and enjoyed accompanying him to all his piano performances and Old Radio Show Conventions. Nana was loved and survived by her brother, Warren (Joyce) Elliott of North Carolina; niece, Nana Elliott of Las Vegas; nephew, Arthur (Dianna) Elliott of Connecticut; several cousins and many worldwide friends. A memorial service will be conducted at a later date to be announced at the Dundee Methodist Church. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Dundee Library 32 Water St., Dundee, NY 14837; or Arnot-Ogden Memorial Hospital Foundation, 600 Roe Ave., Elmira, NY 14905. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen.

FATTARUSSO Thomas J. Age 76, of Troy, PA, died on June 6, 2005 at the Bradford County Manor, West Burlington, PA. He was born on December 20, 1928 in Brooklyn, NY, the son of the late Vincent and Blanche Fattarusso. Thomas graduated from Amityville High School, Amityville, NY, and was a grocery store manager for Key Foods in New York City. A member of the Olde Covert Church, Thomas loved his family and enjoyed cooking. As the family states, "My father had two passions in his life, his family and his food. He took great pride in cooking for all of us and extreme pleasure as we enjoyed his labor of love. He would say 'It is a feast, eat my darlings, eat'. And eat we did." Thomas is survived by his wife of 54 years, JoAnn (Conners) Fattarusso; son, Thomas M. (Debi) Fattarusso of Huntington, NY; daughters, Denise A. Maletta of North Port, Long Island, NY, Suzanne K. (James) Maher of Holbrook, NY, Michelle J. Fattarusso of Lindenhurst, NY; brother, Vincent (Helen) Fattarusso of Howley, PA; sister, Henrietta Boyle of Amityville, NY; three grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Thomas is preceded in death by his brother, Louise Fattarusso. Funeral services are private and at the discretion of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Thomas' name may be made to the Olde Covert Church, Reverend Kenneth Marple, RR #1 Box 368 Troy, PA, 16947. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vickery Funeral Home Inc., 110 West Main Street, Troy PA 16947.

Phyllis Rae Age 76, died in Melbourne, FL on October 14, 2004 after fighting a long battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband Philip Kuster; their two daughters Kristen Randall of Gillett, PA; and Constance Homan of Chemung, NY; along with Kristen's five children Amanda, Alican, James, Philip and Samantha. Phyllis was born December 31, 1928 in Elmira, NY. Her parents James and Alice Frampton raised her with five siblings on Southport St. in Elmira. Life long hobbies of gardening and music began at this home working in the family garden and attending Centenary Methodist Church. Phyllis graduated from Southside High School where she was very active in playing the piano for assemblies and other functions. After graduation, she became the first female secretary at American Warming and Ventilating. For 18 years she helped run the office transcribing letters in shorthand and attending to such tasks as weekly payroll and general bookkeeping. September 28th 1963, Phyllis married Philip Kuster, (owner of Horseheads Automotive) in her home church Centenary Methodist. Phyllis soon became the business's bookkeeper doing payroll, taxes and all necessary forms for the Department of Motor Vehicles. Auditors finally enjoyed reviewing the books. When word got out that the business was investing in real estate, many farm parcels were purchased. At times used cars were used as down payments. Some of the land was put into use for environmental projects like farming pine trees and ponds. An estimated 100,000 trees were planted in all. Some were sold for Christmas, while others were given away as gifts. For many years, friends enjoyed Phyllis' cooking at holiday parties where they were each given a tree to take home. Besides working together, Phyllis enjoyed dancing with Phil. They were active modern square dancers and helped form a club known as the Soaring Twirlers. Phyllis had many dancing costumes and showed most interest in the routines known as round dancing. These routines were choreographed Rumbas, Tangos, Waltz's and Swing. The couple once won a waltz contest held at the Elmira Country Club. It became an annual routine for Phyllis to help AARP in their efforts to provide volunteer tax preparation for the elderly. Additionally, she helped others by volunteering as a payee for residents who were not able to manage their own finances. Phyllis' love of music which began with church choir had her singing solos around the Elmira area and playing the piano at functions for many years. Throughout her life, social gatherings found her at the keys surrounded by friends and family singing. She also enjoyed social outings including Monday Morning Musicals and numerous theatre productions. Phyllis and her husband retired in 1990, selling the business and eventually moving to Florida. This allowed Phyllis, a well known sun worshipper daily trips to the beach where she frequently picked up shells for her husband's craft projects. A hard worker, Phyllis allowed few setbacks though plagued by cancer reoccurrences for the last 40 years of her life. Her friends say she was always smiling and very interested in the activities going on around her. She seemed determined to enjoy life and appeared to live each day to its fullest as long as she was physically able. A memorial service is to be officiated by Deb Roe at Catlin United Methodist Church, Sunday June 26th at 2 p.m. Family and friends of the deceased are invited to attend. A fund is being set up in Phyllis's name at the church to ensure others may enjoy music in church. Those wishing to, may send donations to Catlin United Methodist church, 402 Chambers Rd, Horseheads, NY 14845.

Olga P. Age 90, of Elmira died Saturday, June 25, 2005 at her home, with her loving family by her side. Olga was born August 1, 1914, a daughter of Peter and Maria Peterpaul Gabriel. She is survived by her husband of 54 years J. Robert Chely; children, John C. Chely of Boulder, CO with wife Darine and son Merrick, Mary E. Celli of Weaverville, NC, and James R. Chely of Elmira with wife Wendy; sister Rose Maculaitus of Honesdale, PA; along with several nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends. Olga was preceded in death by one brother and four sisters. She was a long time member of the Ladies of Charity and a communicant of Our Lady of Lourdes Church for over 50 years. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of Water and Walnut Sts., on Tuesday, June 28, 2005 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Interment will follow. Donations in Olga's memory may be direct to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 304 Demarest Parkway, Elmira, New York 14905 or to the Dominican Monastery, 1310 W. Church Street, Elmira, New York 14905.

GARLAND Horace Leland Age 66, died May 12, 2005, leaving behind wife, Sherry (Reed) Garland, son Leland; daughters, Dawn Hughes and Rory Price; three grandchildren, Bradley, Tasha and Armani; brothers, Fred, Chauncy and Edgar. Retired after over 40 years as a master steamfitter at Cornell University. Known affectionately as "King of Steam." Served faithfully for many years as an elder in Horseheads, NY, congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. Memorial service will be held Sunday, May 22, 2005, at 1:00 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 708 Lena Place, Elmira, NY. Officiating will be David E. Young.

Evening Times May 25, 2005
Justin Raymond GESFORD, 15, died Sunday, May 22, 2005 at the Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, N.Y., after valiant battles against aplastic anemia. Justin was our hero for strength. Born Jan. 3, 1990 in Sayre, he was the son of Paul Gesford Sr. of Waverly, N.Y., and Tina and Albert Lang of Deposit, N.Y. Justin attended Athens schools. He is survived by: his parents; two brothers, Paul Jr., 21, and Jacob, 14; a special cousin, Wally Gesford; paternal grandparents, Helen and James Wheeler; maternal grandfather, Robert Altieri; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by: a brother, Joshua, in 1992; a paternal grandfather, Ronald (Bert) Gesford Sr.; and a maternal grandmother, Bonnie Altieri. Funeral services will be held at the Zecharias Funeral Home, 78 Second St., Deposit. Calling hours will be Wednesday, May 25 from 7-9 p.m. A walk through will be held on Thursday, May 26 between noon-1 p.m., with the funeral service beginning at 1 p.m. There will be a special memorial service for Justin at the First Baptist Church of Waverly on Friday, May 26 at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Steven Reynolds officiating. Submitted by Carol HOOSE Brotzman

HEATLEY Frederick C. Age 83, of 300 Rte. 287, died Saturday, June 18, 2005, at his residence. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Heatley, in 1992. Frederick was born March 14, 1922 in Antrim, a son of John and Leah Dowe Heatley. Fred retired as a machinist from Ward Manufacturing in Blossburg after 33 years of employment. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and horseshoes. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and served as a Corporal in the Burma Theater during World War II. He is survived by two sons, Don of Morris, and Gary of Covington; three grandchildren, Annamarie of Morris, Jennifer of Vermont, and Diana of Covington; a brother, Willard of Wellsboro; and two sisters, Louise Graham of Morris, and Caroline Wilson of White Mills. Family and friends are invited to Frederick's life celebration on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, 139 Main St., Wellsboro. Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

HOPCROFT Barry J., Sr. Age 47, of Elmira, died May 12, 2005. Friends and relatives may call at the Kalec Funeral Home Monday 4-5 p.m., followed by the Funeral Service at 5 p.m.

HURLBUTT Russell Duane Age 75 of Horseheads, NY formerly of Ithaca, NY died on Thursday April 28, 2005 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY. Mr. Hurlbutt was born September 29, 1929 in Tioga, PA the son of the late D. Russell and Kathryn Cummings Hurlbutt. He was a veteran of The US Army serving his country from 1955 - 1958. Duane owned and operated Hurlbutt Builders Contracting Company in the Ithaca area for several years. He was pre-deceased by his parents and his brother Jack Hurlbutt and his grandson Ethan Alexander Cox. Duane is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law: Diane & Steve Winkler of Woodstock, GA and Sarah Jill & Michael Cox of Kittrell, NC; lifetime friend and former wife: Hope Hurlbutt Bachman of Jacksonville, Florida; two grandchildren: Bradley Winkler and Cassidy Winkler; sister: Reita Mitchell of Homer, NY; brothers: Gary Hurlbutt of Ohio and Mark Hurlbutt of Florida; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends including his special Army buddie, Wayne White of Bradenton, Florida. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Duane's Funeral and Committal Services on Sunday May 1, 2005 at 3 PM at the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY . Interment in Bath National Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Montour Falls Cemetery, Schuyler County, New York
David HULSLANDER - Evening Times, July 26, 1920
David Hulslander, a veteran of the Civil War, who was highly esteemed by all who knew him, died at 12:18 o’clock this morning at his home at 321 Chemung Street, following a stroke of apoplexy, sustained last Sunday, July 18.  Mr. Hulslander was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, PA, on March 45, 1841, and spent the greater part of his life in that county.  He served for four years as a member of Company A, 107th Pennsylvania Volunteers and was a member of the G.A.R. Post at Wellsboro, PA.  About eight years ago Mr. Hulslander took up his residence in Sayre.  He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Emma Hulslander, three daughters, Mrs. Mary Carpenter, Chatham Township, Tioga County; Mrs. Bertha Lyons of Montour Falls and Mrs. W. D. Beers of Canandaigua, NY, and two sons, David B. Hulslander of Sayre, and Thomas B. Hulslander of Manchester, NY, all of whom were at his bedside during his fatal illness.  There will be a prayer service at his late home at 7:30 o’clock Tuesday evening and the funeral will be held at the Baptist church at Montour Falls at 11 o’clock Wednesday morning, standard time.  The Rev. H. P. Shepson, pastor of First Baptist church of Sayre, will officiate.

Wyalusing Rocket, June 9, 2005. John Jay KEELER, 2709 Williamsburg Drive, Dickinson, TX 77539, died on June 5, 2005 after a courageous battle with cancer.  Jay was born February 18, 1942 in Towanda, PA, the son of Lt. John W. and Elinor Keeler of Wyalusing, PA. He attended elementary school and spent much of his early youth in Wyalusing. Jay graduated from Warkwick, VA High School and attended Wyoming Seminary, Kingston, PA for one year. He graduated from Kansas State University, Pittsburgh, Kansas in 1966 and was commissioned as a second Lieutenant USAF upon graduation. He completed USAF flight training in 1968 and had his wings pinned by his father, Major John W. Keeler. During the Viet Nam War, Jay served with the Air Force in Viet Nam and Laos as a forward air controller, directing air strikes on enemy targets from a small, unarmed single engine Cessna. In Laos, he served with a unit known as the Ravens, which was comprised primarily of U.S. Air Force personnel who turned in their military ID cards and served as civilian employees of the CIA. Nearly one in five of his fellow Ravens was killed in action. Jay was shot down, but survived without serious injury. After combat duty, Jay served as a jet flight instructor in the T-38 trainer at Williams Air Force Base, Arizona.  He served approximately eight years in the Air Force and afterward, Jay centered his career around the car business. He started in sales at Keating Ford in Crosby, Texas, became the dealer/owner of Anahuac Ford in Anahuac, Texas, and most recently served as rental manager at Bayway Lincoln Mercury in Houston. In addition, Jay returned to Wyalusing in 1994 and served as advertising representative for the Rocket-Courier, a weekly newspaper owned by members of his family since 1894. In 1998, he returned to the Houston area to live near his children and grandchildren. In 1999, he wed his loving wife, Jeanette, whom he adored. They resided in Dickinson, TX until the time of his death. Due to his father serving in the Air Force, Jay traveled extensively with his family, but always enjoyed returning to Wyalusing, which he considered his hometown. An avid fisherman, Jay enjoyed fly-fishing in the mountain streams near Wyalusing and especially the Wyalusing Creek. He also enjoyed playing his guitar and singing with family and friends. Three weeks before his death, Jay, his wife, children and grandchildren traveled to Wyalusing so he could enjoy fishing along the Wyalusing Creek. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his family. Jay is described by those who love him as patient and laid-back. His sense of humor carried him and his family through this difficult battle. Jay is survived by wife, Jeanette Keeler of Dickinson, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, John and Elizabeth Keeler of Houston, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Hannah and Clanton Vaughan of Deer Park, Texas; daughter, Margaret Keeler of Houston, Texas; step-daughter and son-in-law, Annette and Richard Bergeron of Anahuac, Texas; step-son, Paul Desormeaux of Anahuac, Texas; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Barbara Lord and Sherri and Larry Schreier of Wyalusing. He also leaves nine grandchildren: Kaitlin Henicke, Keeler Henicke, John “Jack” Keeler, Vallen Vaughan, Vance Vaughan, Vince Vaughan, Hunter Bergeron, Ty Bergeron and Jarrod Desormeaux. Jay’s parents preceded him in death. Jay will be missed by all those who knew him. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held Sunday, June 12 at 4 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Baytown, Texas. His family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to: Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas 77030-4123. There will also be a memorial service held in Wyalusing, with the date to be announced in the future. Contributed by Carol Bortzman

KISSELL - Wyalusing Rocket May 19, 2005
Mrs. Jeanette Kissell Comstock, age 88, of RR 2, Box 2108, Laceyville, Pa., died early Sunday morning, May 15, 2005, at the Geisinger Medical Center, in Danville, Pa.  She was born in Herrickville, on March 23, 1917, the daughter of the late Fred D. and Florence Smith Kissell. Mrs. Comstock was the wife of Kenneth E. Comstock, who died on May 14, 1992. Mrs. Comstock was a graduate of the Laceyville High School and also the Pittston Hospital School of Nursing, with a registered nursing degree. For a number of years she was a nurse, working at the Pittston Hospital,` and she also was a home health nurse and worked for many years at local Red Cross blood drives.  For many years, she worked with her husband in the family hardware business, and his laundry business, Alpine Cleaning.  Mrs. Comstock was a member of the Braintrim Baptist Church, in Laceyville, where she was the present church librarian and also a past Sunday school teacher and youth fellowship leader.  She was a member of the Montrose Camera Club, the Edinger Hill Ladies Aide Society and the Laceyville Oldest House. In her spare time she was an avid gardener.  Surviving are a son-in-law, Michael Hammond of Benton Harbor, Mich.; a sister, Mrs. Eva Lathrop of Dimock, Pa.; a brother, Ray Kissell of Spokane, Wash.; two grandchildren, David Hammond of Shickshinny, Pa., and Joy Lampton of Bremen, Ind.; and four great-grandchildren, Samantha, Quentin, Morgan and Alexandria Lampton.  Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Faith Hammond, on July 14, 2000; an infant son, David Comstock; and an infant daughter, JeanAnn Comstock.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18, 2005, at the Braintrim Baptist Church, in Laceyville, with the Rev. Thomas David and the Rev. Richard Vieldhouse officiating. Interment will be in the Lacey Street Cemetery, in Laceyville.  Family and friends may call at the church, on Wednesday, one hour prior to the time of the service. Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Laceyville.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the Braintrim Baptist Church Library, P.O. Box 281, Laceyville, Pa. 18623.

Joyce A. Age 66, of R.D. #1, Knoxville, PA., died Tuesday, May 3, 2005, at her residence. She was born August 9, 1938 in Elkland, PA, the daughter of Ivan and Jesse Kline. She retired after working for 30 years for Citizens & Northern Bank in Knoxville, PA. Survived by husband, Durwood; sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and George Tucker, Cameron Mills, NY; stepbrothers, Delbert and Ronnie Gee, Elkland, PA; stepsister, Shirley Crans, Elkland, PA; aunt, Mrs. John "Alberta" Phelps, Nelson, PA; special nephew, Gene Mascho, R.D., Knoxville, PA; special friends, Tammy Burdick, Westfield, PA, Terry Speciale, Caton, NY, Shelva Clark, Knoxville, PA; Goddaughter, Karrissa Stahli, R.D., Knoxville, PA; care giver, Bonnie Hurler, Potterbrook, PA; sister, Priscilla Rude; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. At Joyce's request, there will be no services. Arrangements are in care of

Edwin Age 88, of Lawrenceville, PA, formerly of Elkland, PA, died May 11, 2005 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA. He was born August 18, 1916 in New Leipzig, ND, the son of Nathaniel and Pauline Patzer Knopp. He was retired from Corning Glass Works where he worked as a blanchard operator, an avid sportsman, and member of the Elkland Moose. He is survived by son, Morley Knopp, Langley, BC; stepdaughter, Sharon Clark, Hornell, NY; brothers, Elgin Knopp, Oshawa, Ont., Danny Knopp, Oshawa, Ont., Walter Knapp, Grand Forks, BC, Allan Knopp, Outlook, Sask.; sisters, Martha Hansen, Humboldt, Sask., Helen Tysowski, Camsack, Sask., Anne Prokopetz, Camsack, Sask.; one granddaughter, two great-grandsons, four step grandchildren, several step great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Elkland, PA, Sunday, 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., where funeral services will be held following calling hours at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Larry O'Dell officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery, Belmont, NY.

KRASZEWSKI Leon P. Sr. Age 86, of Sticklertown Road, Corning, New York, died on Saturday, June 25, 2005, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. He was born on July 10, 1918 in Elmira, NY, to the late Stanley and Barbara (Bugno) Kraszewski. Leon was predeceased by his brothers, John, Edward, Francis and Walter Kraszewski; and sister, Mary Dicinti. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Violet (Kozlowski) Kraszewski of Elmira; son, Leon (Karen) Kraszewski of Corning with whom he resided; daughter, Agnes Reed of Elmira; grandchildren, Joshua Kraszewski of NYC, Jessica Kraszewski of VA, Andrew and Stephen Kraszewski both of Corning; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins. Leon attained the rank of Sergeant First Class while serving our country in the US Army during WWII in Europe and North Africa. Leon was a retired dairy and livestock farmer and also retired from A&P Retail Stores as a dairy manager after 41 years of service. He was a 60 year resident of  Steege Hill and was a longtime member of St. Casimir's Church. Leon was also an avid fisherman and a member of the Elmira Stamp Club. Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, June 28th from 5 to 8 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, June 29th, at 10 a.m. in St. Casimir's Church with Father Eugene Dobosz as celebrant. Interment will follow in Bath National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Leon's name can be made to the American Cancer Society.

KRAUS Joseph R. 61, of Ithaca Street, Waverly, NY, died at home on June 24, 2005. Born March 25, 1944 in the Town of Barton, the son of the late Alice Newland and Gerald Kraus. He was also predeceased by his brother, Gerald Kraus in 2003. Joseph worked for Lehigh Valley & Conrail Railroads for several years and worked as a self-employed carpenter. He is survived by his beloved companion, Barbara Richards, at home; his sons and daughters, John Kraus, Waverly, Paulette (Jim) Gay Jr., Athens, PA, Kathleen (Eric) Boehm Jr., Waverly, Janelle Richards, Waverly, and Teri Jo Richards, Florida. Also surviving Joseph is his brother, Michael Kraus and his beloved companion, Valerie of Chemung, NY; and his sister, Bridgette Brooks of Elmira, NY. Also several nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends are invited to call at Luckner Funeral Home, 449 Park Avenue, Waverly, NY, on Monday, June 27, 2005, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Reverend William Moorby of Saint James Blessed Trinity Parish. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Those wishing may direct memorial donations in Joseph's name to the charity of their choice.

LANE Russell L. Age 20, of Elmira, NY. He was born August 3, 1984 in Elmira, son of Rose Anne (Stermer) Lamb and Rusty Lane, Sr., and died Monday, May 30, 2005, very unexpectedly. He is survived by his loving mother, Rose Anne Lamb; loving sister, Rebecca Lane; father, Rusty Lane, Sr.; brothers and sisters, Rusty Lane, Jr., Rusty Charles Lane, Cassandra Lane, Brandon Lane, and Chelsey Lane, all of Elmira; maternal grandmother, Kathleen Stermer of Elmira; paternal grandparents, Joyce Sick of Elmira, and Leo Lane of Alabama; along with several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira, on Friday, June 3rd, from 6 to 8 p.m. His funeral and committal services will follow at 8 p.m. Rev. Joseph Zaino will officiate.

Jean B. Age 84 of Horseheads, NY died on Sunday June 26, 2005 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira, NY. She was born on December 29, 1920 in Wellsville, NY the daughter of the late Arlton and Leola Corbin Lewis. She was a graduate of Elmira Business Institute and was a Legal Secretary for many years. Mrs. Shull married her husband Kenneth L. Shull who pre-deceased her on October 20, 1984. Jean was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Horseheads, NY. She was a member and Past President of the Arnot Ogden Hospital Auxillary and a member of the Horseheads Woman's Club. She was pre-deceased by her parents and her husband. Mrs. Shull is survived by her daughter Vicki L. Oxenham of Crofton, MD; several cousins and a host of caring friends. There will be no prior calling hours. A Memorial Service will be held at The First United Methodist Church of Horseheads to celebrate Mrs. Shull's Life at a time to be announced. The Rev. Dr. Robert O. Sherburne will officiate. Those wishing may remember Mrs. Shull through memorials to the First United Methodist Church of Horseheads 1034 W. Broad Street Horseheads, NY 14845 or to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements are entrusted to the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY.

LIQUORI  John C. Age 76, of S. Main St., Elmira, NY, entered into eternal rest on June 5, 2005 at home. He was born on February 15, 1929 in Elmira, NY, to the late John and Mildred (Eells) Liquori. John was predeceased by his wife, Ramona Liquori; daughter, Marjorie Liquori; and grandson, John Liquori II. Survivors include his children, Jack (Laura) Liquori, Tony (Debbie) Liquori, Michael (Marlene) Liquori, Pat (Susan) Liquori, JoAnn (Donald) Storms and Theresa Sales; brothers, Keith (JoAnn) Liquori, and Dana (Betty) Eells; 27 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; many friends, including special friends, Tony Corsi, Orlando Javani, Benny Sales and Shirley Greene; special companion, Danabelle Craven. John served our country in the US Army for 5 years during the Korean Conflict. He retired in 1985 from Teamster Local Union 529 for Berman's Motor Express. John was an avid hunter and fisherman. There will be no prior calling hours. Private services for John will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations in John's name can be made to his daughter, JoAnn Storms, 563 Coburn St., Elmira, NY 14904. Special thanks to Dr. Patel, Dr. Laifer, Dr. Greenberg and their staff, also special thanks to the AOMC Dialysis Center and Southern Tier Hospice.

MAC NITT, Donald G., Jr. Died on June 6, 2005 in West Palm Beach, FL. Born in Elmira August 24, 1924, son of Donald G. Mac Nitt and Lillian T. Mac Nitt. He graduated from Elmira Free Academy in 1942, after which he worked as a tool designer/draftsman at Remington Rand. In in 1960's he moved his family to Florida, and was a mechanical engineer with Pratt Whitney. He designed 15 patents for the U.S. government while there. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Shirley S. Mac Nitt. He leaves five children, LuAnn Mac Nitt, Martha Mac Nitt, and Donald Mac Nitt III, Beth (Mac Nitt) Johnston, and Patti (Mac Nitt) Shifano, all of Florida. He has eight grandchildren, Donald IV, Brandy, Timmy, Cara, and Taylor Mac Nitt, and Christopher (Mac Nitt) Johnston, and Lynn and Patrick Shifano. Also he had three great-grandchildren. His two sisters, who live in Elmira are Lillian (Mac Nitt) Laird and Mia Mac Nitt. He was in the Engineering Corps in World War II. He was an avid gardener and loved boating and walking the beaches of West Palm Beach where he resided. Private services will be held by the family in Florida.

Jacqueline McCabe Age 77, of Villa Serene Apartments, Elmira Heights, NY; died into peace surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved daughter of the late John K. and Genevieve Kuhn McCabe. Jacqueline was predeceased by her husband, William Stubbs; brothers, Patrick, John, and Peter McCabe; and nephew, Peter McCabe. Surviving Jacqueline are her daughters, Dee and Lynn Stubbs of Elmira; granddaughter, Tara Smilinich of Buffalo, NY; grandson, Staff Sgt. Charles Smilinich of Tokyo, Japan; sisters, Jean Angell and Joan McCabe, both of Albany, NY; sister-in-law, Rita McCabe of Pine City; several nieces and nephews; and precious little Riley. A very special "Thank You" from her daughters to David, Paul and Dudley, Wilma and Willow, Ann, Jean, Lorraine and Sandy for their love and support. Jacqueline's services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Those wishing may make memorials in Jacqueline's name to the Falck Cancer Center, c/o the Arnot Ogden Medical Center, 600 Roe Avenue, Elmira, NY 14905.

MCGRAW Johnnie Age 80, of 58 Fulton St., Elmira, NY. He was born April 15, 1925 in Estill, SC, son of the late Sam and Martha (Adams) McGraw and died Wednesday, June 8, 2005, at St. Joseph's Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Rev. Robbie McGraw; children, Mark (Jean) McGraw of Ft. Wayne, IN, Troy Jones of Elmira, Marilyn Pinkney of Japan, Rex Andrews, Jr., Cynthia (David) Rice, Nancy and Valerie Andrews all of Elmira, Elizabeth Andrews of Hagerstown, MD; along with 29 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Mr. McGraw was a member of St. Paul's Missionary Baptist Church and retired from Dalrymple Construction. Family and friends are invited to visit St. Paul's Missionary Baptist Church, 402 Sullivan St., Elmira on Wednesday, June 15th, from 11 a.m. to 12 Noon. His funeral and committal services will be held at 12 Noon. Rev. Johnny Vaughn will officiate. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family.

McLAUGHLIN Edward Arthur "Eddie Mac" Age 73, of Elmira, left this Earth to be "Together Forever" in Heaven with his beloved wife and best friend, Jan, on May 26, 2005. Survived by five children and their spouses whom Ed and Jan considered their ten children. Sons and daughters-in-law, Terry and Ellen McLaughlin of Elmira, NY; with granddaughter, Mikaela; and great-grandchildren, Austin and Toni, Richie and Wendy McLaughlin of Pine City, NY; with grandchildren, Jeremy and Nicole, Mik and Cary McLaughlin of Elmira, NY; with granddaughter Courtney. Daughters and sons-in-law, Jean and Jeff Barron of Pine City, NY; with grandchildren, Jason and Joe, Barb and Tim Wolosen of Schaghticoke, NY. Also, special former daughter-in-law, Shelly Walter of Alden, NY. Also surviving Ed are brother and sister-in-law, Bud and Pat McLaughlin of Elmira, NY; and sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Bob Anderson of Elmira, NY; sister-in-law, Mae McLaughlin of Pine City, NY, Nancy Vallely of Hawaii, Jan McConnell of Lockport, NY; and former brother-in-law, Bob Vallely of Hawaii. Surviving Ed are also many nephews and nieces and their families. Predeceased by his wife of 51 plus years, Jan, on March 7, 2003 whom Ed loved deeply and was unselfishly devoted to; first born grandchild, Christopher Barron; Ed's parents, Margaret and Arthur McLaughlin; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lester and Marjorie McConnell; sister, Jean McLaughlin; brother, Don McLaughlin; brother-in-law, John (Jack) McConnell; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gerould (Jerry) and Phyllis McConnell. Ed was proud of his Hornby, NY, roots and was a 1949 graduate of Southside High School. He was a member of the Remington Rand, LON and Larrabees Powerhouse Fast Pitch Softball teams of the 1950's as well as industrial league basketball earning multiple all-star honors in both leagues. Several teammates from those years still consider him one of the best athletes NOT elected to the City's Hall of Fame. Ed never blew his own horn; he set a standard for all men to be measured by, both as a father and a husband. Rare is the person to have heard a bad word spoken about Ed. His sense of humor and character are a legacy his family is proud to be a part of. Ed always kept abreast of his kids' and grandkids' lives, from attending their sporting events, to writing letters of praise and encouragement during basic training, to talking about yesterday's Yankee game. It wasn't until he retired from the NYS Department of Corrections in 1990, that Eddie's kids realized what a great sense of humor he had. Ed's children would like to express their gratitude to his relatives and many close friends who have demonstrated what true friendship is, by always supporting our family during many health crisis and "bumps in the road" through the years. Your calls and visits during Dad's final days helped him to make a peaceful journey to see his soul mate, Jan. Family and friends are invited to call at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY, on Sunday, May 29, 2005, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. with funeral and committal there at 5:00 p.m. The Reverend Ray Hourihan will officiate. Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, Ed's wishes were to have donations made to the Children's Miracle Network at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, the Arctic League or the Southern Tier Hospice.

Anna Mae Age 86, of Elmira Heights, NY, died Tuesday, May 10, 2005, at Elcor Health Services, Horseheads, NY. Anna was born May 21, 1918 in Elmira Heights, daughter of John and Anna Hnatyk Melnick. She was retired from F M Howell in Elmira after 40 years of service. For many years, Anna was a communicant of St. Casimir's Church, and most recently at Our Lady of Lourdes, was a member of Zonta Club, and the Birthday Club of Elmira and the Heights. Surviving Anna are daughters and a son-in-law, Ann Davis of Schaumburg, IL, Karin and Robert Kurcoba of Elmira; a loving sister and best friend, Alice Anderson of Elmira Heights; grandchildren, Anne (Steve) Coulter of CA, Michelle (AJ) Ross of CA, Bryan (Chrissie) Kurcoba of Elmira, Kevin Kurcoba of Jeffersonville, NY, Robert Kurcoba of Elmira; great-grandchildren, Shaun Michael and Jordynn Ashley Kurcoba, Mari, Hope, Joshua, Catherine, and James Coulter, Robin, Anthony, and Shayna Ross; along with several nieces and nephews. Anna was predeceased by her parents; husband, James Jones; a brother, Emil Melnick; and a sister, Irene Kopko. Friends are invited to call at Ballard & Lindgren Funeral Home on Friday, May 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be a Prayer Service at the funeral home on Saturday at 9 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Lourdes Church in West Elmira at 10 a.m. The family will provide flowers. Memorials in the name of Anna Mae Jones may be directed to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 E. Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830. The family wishes to thank Elcor Maple Creek Gardens (Adel) and to Southern Tier Hospice for their compassionate care and acts of kindness.

MILLER Howard B., Jr. Age 61, of Jackson Creek Rd., Breesport, NY. He was born April 17, 1944 in Elmira, son of the late Howard B., Sr. and Thelma (Hill) Miller, and died Sunday, May 1, 2005, at St. Joseph's Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Gertrude J. (Simons) Miller; along with several other family and friends. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira, on Wednesday, May 4th, from 6 to 8 p.m.

MORRELL Gregory John West Elmira Volunteer Fireman Age 46, of Elmira, NY, died unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, June 8, 2005. Greg graduated on the Dean's List from Corning Community College and Elmira Free Academy, Class of 1976. He served honorably in the United States Navy as a hospital corpsman from 1976 to 1980 and received an honorable discharge. Greg also served in the US Naval Reserves. He was retired from the U.S. Post Office after a 15-year career and was also a volunteer fireman for the West Elmira Fire Station. He is survived by his parents, Donald and Margaret Morrell of Ormond Beach, FL; his brothers, James (Denise) Morrell of Coral Springs, FL, David (Anne) Morrell of Palmyra, NY, Joel (Margaret) Morrell of Tampa, FL,  Christopher Morrell of Daytona Beach, FL; and his sister, Donna (Robert) Rabits of Eustis, FL. Several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews also survive him. Greg was planning to relocate permanently to Florida within the next year to be closer to his family. He was a warm, giving individual with a lighthearted spirit, loved by all of those who knew him, especially his nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY, on Wednesday, June 15, 2005, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady Of Lourdes Church, 1100 W. Church St., Elmira on Thursday, June 16th, at 9:30 a.m., with Father Jeremiah Moynihan as Celebrant. Interment will be held privately; Greg will be transported to Florida where he will be buried with full Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Four Paws Rescue, 120 Jackson Center Rd., Millerton, PA 16936.

Mark Brendan Age 49, of Lexington, Kentucky, husband of Maureen "Moey" Sheehan O'Brien, died at his home on Thursday, April 28, 2005. Mark was born in Sayre, PA on March 20, 1956, a son of Mary O'Brien of Elmira and the late J. Paul O'Brien. He was a graduate of Notre Dame High School and Cornell University. Mark was currently the general manager of the Crowne Plaza/ Campbell House Hotel in Lexington and previously was a 27 year employee of Hyatt Hotels. In 2002 he received the Hotelier of the Year award. He was an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, several Hotel-Motel Associations, the University of Kentucky Hospitality Board, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, Kentucky Sports Authority Association and God's Pantry. Mark was an avid sports fan of Lexington Catholic sports, specifically his 3 daughters' teams. He was also a communicant of Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Mark was a beloved man who always took great care of all four of his girls. He also touched the lives of the many people who he worked with over the years; along with the kids he coached on his daughters teams. He will be missed by many. In addition to his wife and mother he is survived by his daughters, Erin, Caitlin and Mary Colleen O'Brien, all of Lexington; brothers and sisters-in-law, Joe and Karen  O'Brien of Palatine, IL, Kevin O'Brien of St. Paul, MN, and David and Amy O'Brien of Atlanta, GA; sisters and brother-in-law, Patricia and Bob Sansone of Rochester, NY, Maureen Hanonik of Bethlehem, PA, and Mary Beth O'Brien of Chicago, IL; mother-in-law Margaret Sheehan of Elmira; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Peggy Ann and Tom Murray of Elmira, Sharon and William Platzer of Geneva, NY, Nancy and Peter Sheahan of Endicott, NY, Mary Kay and TJ Tanner of Painted Post, NY, Susan and Paul Walton of Elmira, Sandy and Patrick Bonnell of Elmira, Wendy and Paul Chalk of Danville, KY, and Kevin and Cindy Sheehan of Rochester, NY along with numerous nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Mark is also predeceased by his father-in-law, Roger M. Sheehan and brother-in-law Roger M. Sheehan, Jr. A vigil service was held in Lexington officiated by Mark's good friend the Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer, Bishop of Lexington. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary officiated by Reverend John Moriarty. Interment followed in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens in Lexington. Donations in Mark's memory may be directed to either Notre Dame High School, 1400 Maple Avenue, Elmira, NY 14904 or the American Heart Association, Ohio Valley Affiliate, KY Region, 333 Guthrie Street, Suite 207, Louisville, KY 40202. There will be no services held in Elmira.

OWLETT Harold A. Age 82, of Nelson, PA, died June 26, 2005 at home as a result of mesothelioma. He was born March 8, 1923 in Nelson, PA, the son of Carlton and Faye Leonard Owlett. Harold retired after 38 years from Ingersoll-Rand, Painted Post, NY. He was a member of Osceola Lodge #421 F&AM, Coudersport Consistory, Shrine, the Elkland Moose Lodge and the Nelson United Methodist Church. Harold is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Patricia Cole; a daughter and son-in-law, Julaine and Delos Lowe of Nelson, PA; a sister, Wilma Davis of Austinburg, PA; two nephews, Ted (Sandy) Davis in GA, Carlton (Kathy) Davis of Osceola, PA; and his canine companion, Greta. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

PARKER Dmitry "Jeda" Age 84, of Elmira, NY, died on Wednesday, June 8, 2005, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Elmira. He is survived by his daughters, Sophia (Joe) Rhode, Olga (Mark) Amico; grandchildren, Mathew, Anya Rhode, Megan, Sarah Amico, Stephanie Parker. Dmitry was predeceased by his wife, Sofia; and son, Robert. He was retired from Artistic Cards as a pressman. Family and friends are invited to call at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, on Sunday, June 12, 2005, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. with Funeral and Committal services there immediately following (4:00 p.m.). Reverend Richard Elliott will officiate. Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, or Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home.

Ivan E. Age 85, of 54 Groves Rd., Chemung, NY, died Tuesday, May 10, 2005, at home. Born May 9, 1920, he was the son of the late Welles and Elsie Nevins Parks. He was a graduate of Athens High School, Cornell University, and a WWII U.S. Army Veteran. He enjoyed reading, gardening, carving, woodworking, and painting. He retired from Facett Enterprises in Elmira Heights, NY, where he was employed for 32 years. Ivan is survived by his wife of nearly 58 years, Shirley Groves Parks; children, Larry and Cheryl Parks of Waverly, Diane and Ronald Nelson of Chemung, Douglas and Judy Parks of Binghamton; grandchildren, Mandy and Daniel Fravel of Waverly, Ryan Parks of Plattsburgh, NY, Andrew Russo of Chemung, Nicole and Shawn Parks of Binghamton, Megan Robertson of Binghamton; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Donald E. Parks; and his sister, Katherine Grace. The family will receive friends on Friday, May 13, 2005, at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 445 Waverly St., Waverly, from 6 to 8 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2005, at Chemung United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those wishing may express their sympathy with a donation to the Chemung County Book Mobile c/o Steel Memorial Library, Elmira, NY.

PHILLIPS A. Lloyd Age 87, of Biltmore Dr., Horseheads, died Friday, June 17, 2005, at St. Joseph's Hospital Elmira. He was born on Sept. 25, 1917 to Maude and Robert Phillips in Lynchburg, VA. He was a past President of American Color & Chemical in Lock Haven, PA. Surviving are his wife, Ann; three daughters; one stepdaughter; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and one brother. There will be no prior calling hours; Mass of Christian Burial will take place in St. Agnes Church in Lock Haven, PA, on Tues., June 21, 2005, at 1:00 p.m. with burial service to follow in St. Agnes Cemetery. Those wishing may also attend a Memorial Mass to take place in St. Mary Our Mother Church, 816 W. Broad St., Horseheads, on Sat., June 25, 2005, at 9:00 a.m. Those wishing may remember Lloyd with memorials to St. Mary Our Mother Church, 816 W. Broad St., Horseheads, NY 14845. Arrangements with Barber Funeral Home, Horseheads.

PICARD Francis J. Age 83, of Chemung, NY, died Friday, April 29, 2005, at the Tioga Nursing Facility after a long illness. He was born in Newburgh, NY, to the late Howard and Maude Picard. He was a devoted husband to Josephine (Shepro) Picard; father of Stephen J. (Mary) Picard; and grandfather of Lisa Picard and Jennifer (David) Mente, all of Chemung, NY. After High School, he served in the army during WW II. Before moving to Chemung, he retired from Verizon Phone Co. He is survived by one brother, Larry (Kay) Picard; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his grandson, Stephen J. Picard Jr.; sister, Dorothy; and brother, Howard. In keeping with his wishes, there will be no calling hours. Arrangements by Blauvelt Funeral Home with burial at the convenience of the family.

PIERCE Robert Henry Age 86, of Lawrenceville, PA, formerly of Painted Post, died Friday, June 10, 2005, at Bath V.A. Medical Center, Bath, NY. Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., Monday, June 13, at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water Street, Dundee, where a funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 14, with Rev. Marion Massecar officiating. Burial with full Military Honors will follow in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1400 Winton Rd. North, Rochester, NY 14609, or the Bath V.A. Med. Center, 76 Veterans Ave., Bath, NY 14810.

PROUTY Priscilla D. Of Watrous, PA 57, died Monday, July 4, 2005. Born October 17, 1947, in Wellsboro, she was the daughter of Lawrence and Naomi Sober Prouty. She was employed at Galeton Production and as a cook at the Log Cabin. Surviving are a son, Zachary L. Prouty of Galeton; a brother, Thomas (Diane) Prouty of Ulysses; two sisters, Kathleen Burrous of Galeton, and Betty Jane (Fred) Faivre of Wellsboro; nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Collins-Olney Funeral Home, Galeton on Friday, July 8th, from 1 to 2 p.m. with services at 2 p.m.

PULVINO Joseph V. 70, of Main Street, died Saturday, July 2, 2005, at his home. He was born December 1, 1934 in Elmira, New York to the late Joseph and Gladys Graham Pulvino IV. Joseph was the owner/operator of Pulvino & Miller Construction, Joe Pulvino & Son Builders. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Welty Pulvino; one son, Joseph W. (Suzanne) Pulvino VI, of Tyrone, NY; one daughter, Renee (David, Jr.) Gauss of Campbell, NY; six grandchildren, Mathew D. Pulvino, Joseph R. Pulvino, David W. Gauss III, Daniel J. Gauss, Heather E. Gauss, Derek M. Gauss; three great-grandchildren, Kyle, Ryleigh, Kennedy; one niece, Colleen (John) Webber; two great-nieces and two great-nephews. Joseph was predeceased by his two sisters, Elizabeth Pulvino and Rosalia Pulvino Kelly. Friends may call at Seager Funeral Home, Main St., Savona, NY, on Wednesday, July 6, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, July 7, at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor James Ellis officiating. Burial will be in Seamens Cemetery, Savona, NY. Donations may be made to a charity of one's choice.

RAPALEE Gertrude M. Formerly of Pine City, NY Age 97, died on Monday, May 23, 2005, at Bethany Manor where she resided. Gert was born in Dundee, NY, to the late John Clinton and Hester (Hamilton) Rapalee on October 18, 1907. At her request there will be no prior calling hours. Graveside services will be held in Hillside Cemetery in Dundee, NY, at the convenience of the family. Gert was a member of the Elmira Zonta Club and the Arnot Ogden Women's Auxiliary. She was an accomplished horsewoman, having ridden in Madison Square Garden and Cornell University Horse Shows, and many local shows. She was associated with the former Hygeia Ice Cream Company for over 40 years. She was a local antique dealer and appraiser for 20 years. Survivors include six nieces, three nephews, along with many great-nieces and nephews. Memorial donations in Gert's name may be directed to the Chemung County Humane Society and SPCA, Route 352, Elmira, NY 14903. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY.

Edward A. Age 88, of Elmira Heights, NY. He was born May 11, 1917, in Edwardsville, PA, son of the late Stephen and Caroline (Kowatch) Resavage, and died peacefully Saturday, July 2, 2005, at Bethany Manor after a five month illness. He was predeceased by his parents; five brothers; and two sisters. Edward was the husband of Irene (Niekras), with whom he would have celebrated 65 years of marriage on September 7, 2005; father of Jean (Paul) Witkowski of Elma, NY; Edward (Tore) Resavage, of Littleton, CO, Kathryn (Joseph) Kardesh of Canandaigua, NY, and Julie (Michael) Trabold, of Greece, NY; grandfather of Ruth Resavage, Paul Witkowski, Signe Jones, Matthew Trabold and Kevin Trabold; five great-grandchildren. Also survived by several nieces, nephews, and sister-in-law, Leocadia Warakomski of Elmira. Mr. Resavage retired from Hardinge, Inc. in 1979; was a communicant of St. Charles Borromeo Church and was an avid Yankees fan and golfer. Prior to services, Edward will be cremated. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, July 8th, at 11 a.m. in St. Charles Borromeo Church, 130 Oakwood Ave., Elmira Heights. Rev. Eugene Dobosz, Celebrant. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Edward through memorials to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 E. Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830; Bethany Manor, 3005 Watkins Rd., Horseheads, NY 14845 or St. Charles Borromeo Church. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family.

John C. Age 72, of Pine City, NY, died Saturday, June 11, 2005, at home surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife, Janet (Congdon) Robbins; daughter, Renee (Kris) Kinsley of Waverly, NY; grandsons, Andrew and Kyle Kinsley; sister, Mary Smith of Auburn, NY; brother, James Robbins of Callahan, FL; several nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Phyllis (Kenneth) Hill of Pine City, NY; brother-in-law, Dean (Patsy) Congdon of Pine City, NY. John was predeceased by his parents, Perry and Margaret (Badger) Robbins; and sister, Martha Damon. He retired from New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG), and in his spare time he enjoyed woodworking. Family and friends are invited to call at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., on Tuesday June 14, 2005, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with Funeral and Committal Service there Tuesday evening at 8:00 p.m. Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Caton, NY, at the convenience of the family. Those wishing may make memorials to Southern Tier Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 11751 E. Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830.

Florence ROSE Cornell - 1923 [Is her surname rose or Cornell ? There were Cornells in Sylvania at this time]
Florence Rose Cornell was born in Sylvania in 1847.  She followed teaching for some years.  In 1873 she was married to Charles E. VanDusen.  About 1880 they went to Union City where Mr. VanDusen became one of the leading business men of the city and continued to be so until his retirement some years ago. Mrs. VanDusen died on Feb. 26th, 1923.  She was a leader in the church and in the social life of the city. She was brilliant, gracious, winning lovable.  For more than forty years she was a member of the Presbyterian church and was a Sunday school teacher, an active worker in the Missionary society, and an inspiration to all with whom she come in contact.  She was a prominent member of the W.C.T.U., one of the founders of the 20th Century Club, the Public Library Association, the Benevolent Society, the Zeit Geist, and various other social and community activities.  She will be greatly missed in the city.

RUUSPAKKA George K. Age 83, of Horseheads, NY, died June 11, 2005 at Boswell Memorial Hospital, Sun City, AZ, the son of the late Atte Ruuspakka and Amanda Ulvila Ruuspakka. He was self-employed on his farm in Newfield, NY, until later when he went to work for Farmer's Home Administration until he retired in 1985. He was also a lifetime member of the Moose Lodge. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Kathryn Halstead Ruuspakka; his five children, Ron Ruuspakka, Owego, NY, Randy (Kathy) Ruuspakka, Conyers, GA, Roger (Gloria) Ruuspakka, San Diego, CA, Lisa (Gregg) Erwin, Ithaca, NY, Linda (Tom) Barry, Chapel Hill, NC. Nine grandchildren, Ryken, Katy, Michael, Trevor, Tyler, Connor Ruuspakka, Jordan, Lakin, and Tanner Barry; one brother, Eero Ruuspakka, Newfield, NY; several nieces and nephews. There will be no services. A private burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Newfield, NY at a later date.

SILVERS Opal Lee Age 76, of Elmira, NY, left us on Saturday, June 18, 2005. She is survived by her three children, Morgan Lindsay, James Warfe and Donald Warfe; loving niece, Rana Kay Bennett and family; grandchildren, Tad Kelsey, Jason Warfe, Nealy Warfe, Chad Shindle, Kiersten Warfe and Cade Lindsay; also survived by her siblings, Chad Silvers and Darlene Silvers. She will always be loved and missed by her family and friends. Family and friends are invited to call at Olthof Funeral Home Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., on Tuesday, June 21, 2005, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., with Funeral and Committal service there Wednesday at 1:00 p.m., Pastor Joseph Zaino will officiate. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. In place of flowers, the family would prefer those wishing make memorials to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 1232 22nd St. N. W., Washington, DC 20037-1292.

Murray Age 82, formerly of Lower Maple Avenue Elmira, NY, died Thursday evening, May 12, 2005, at Bath Veterans Hospital Bath, NY. There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held in Bath National Cemetery Bath, NY, on Tuesday, May 17, at 2 p.m. with military honors. Rabbi Mimi Biatch officiating. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorials to Bath VA Medical Center Voluntary Services, 76 Veterans Ave., Bath, NY 14810. Murray is survived by his loving wife, Ruth Spiro; son Stanley Spiro; daughter, Rosalind Schastey; granddaughters, Lorraine Howard of Elmira, Rebecca Schastey of GA. Murray was a U.S. Army veteran serving during WWII, and a retired engineer and inventor of many printing press equipment.

Richard Age 75, of Horseheads, died on Saturday, May 14, 2005. Dick was born in Elmira, NY, to Walter W. and Gladys (Clark) Steiner. In 1949, he married Norma Vosburgh, who preceded him in death in 1989. He was also preceded in death by his son, Richard Steiner. Retired from the United States Air Force in 1970, Dick was a Life Member of the V.F.W. Post 10420 and the American Legion Post 0178 in Murrells Inlet, SC. In 1991, Dick married Jean Steinhorst. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed playing bridge. He had worked for over 24 years performing carpentry and maintenance for Dr. John Roemmelt in Elmira, NY. Survivors include his wife, Jean at home; one daughter, Linda Scheurich of Seymour, IL; four sons, James (Jean) Steiner of Eugene, OR, David (Debbie) Steiner of Paxton, IL, Edward Steiner of Jacksonville, NC, Larry Steiner of Marion, VA; one brother, Walter (Jean) Steiner of Caton; a daughter-in-law, Jan Steiner of Bloomington, IL; stepson, Theodore (Candy) Steinhorst of Layton, UT; stepdaughters, Diane (Daniel) Rossi of Horseheads and Laurie (William Nagle) Steinhorst of Nyack, NY; beloved aunt, Lucille Steiner of Elmira; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, eight step grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call today, Tuesday, May 17, from 4-8 p.m. at Barber Funeral Home, 413 South Main Street, Horseheads. Mr. Steiner's funeral services will be held there at the funeral home on Wednesday, May 18, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery, Caton, NY, with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-0301.

Hazel A. Age 90 formerly of Beaver Dams, NY died on Friday June 17, 2005 at Seneca View Nursing Home. Hazel was born October 13, 1914 in Elmira, NY the daughter of the late William Karl Stephens and Winifred Knapp Stephens. She married her husband, Edward Besley, who pre-deceased her in August 1989. Hazel was a waitress at the Hickory House Restaurant in Horseheads, NY for several years. She also worked at The Eagles Nest Restaurant at Soaring Eagles Golf Course. Hazel loved rummage sales and sweepstakes contests. She loved her family and cherished the time she spent with them. Hazel was also pre-deceased by her granddaughter, Sue Stickler Shelley, in May 2001 as well as her brothers Donald, Ivan, Leland, and Winfred Stephens and her sister Rosalee Stephens Tompkins. Hazel is survived by her loving children: Mary Ann (Robert) Stickler of Horseheads, NY; Edward ( Beverly) Besley Jr. of Odessa, NY; Harold (Kathy) Besley of Summerville, Florida and George (Patricia) Besley of Beaver Dams, NY; grandchildren: George Besley Jr., Wendy Besley, Shari Besley Withey, Edward Besley, Bart Besley, Randy Besley, Michael Besley, Joel Besley, Cindy Besley Conklin, Curtis Besley, Tom Stickler and Robert Stickler; 17 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren; brothers: Raymond Stephens of Reading Center, NY and Richard (Peg) Stephens of Maryland; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of caring friends. It was Mrs. Besley's wish that there be no prior calling hours. Private Funeral Services will be held at the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY at the convenience of the family with the Rev. Jane Winters officiating. Interment in Pleasantview Cemetery in Reading Center, NY.

Gabriel Age 81, of Lawrenceville, PA, died Friday, May 13, 2005, at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel,
Crematory & Monuments, PC 637, S. Main St., Mansfield, is assisting the family with arrangements

Gabriel Vincent Sr. Age 81, of Lawrenceville, PA, formerly of Allentown, PA, died Friday, May 13, 2005, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. Gabriel was the husband of Elizabeth "Betty" (Terzigni) Stier. He was born on December 12, 1923 in Shimerville, PA, the son of Mary (Shapo) Stier. He retired from Bethlehem Steel. Gabriel was a WWII Veteran of the U.S. Army. Gabriel is survived by his wife; three sons and daughters-in-law, Gabriel Vincent Stier, Jr. of Mills Creek, Washington, Louis John and Marilyn Stier of Waldorf, MD, Andrew Joseph and Robin Stier of Effort, PA; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Gabriel was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers and sisters. A private family service will be held at a later date. Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Gloria J. nee: Stone Age 75, of Elmira, was welcomed into heaven by her Lord and surrounded by her loved ones on June 25, 2005. Born in Buffalo, NY, December 1, 1929 to Clarence E. and Julia Tenny Stone. Predeceased by her parents; her husband, John; sisters, brothers; also by her daughter, Vivian; and two grandchildren. Survived by her children, John (Velma), Bobby (Larry), Charles Scott (Roxanne), Gloria, David (Kim), Paul, Michael and Susan; 26 grandchildren and 16 1/2 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Ethel Stone nieces and nephews; and many friends. Gloria was a Hairdresser and was involved in the Follow Through Program and Headstart. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, The Tops Group, Senior Center and Sts. Peter & Paul Church. She graduated from Elmira College. Gloria was a very special Lady, she loved her family and all who met her. Her last wish of her family was to love one another and take care of each other. That is the way she lived. Relatives and Friends are invited to call at the Kalec Funeral Home, Wednesday, June 29th, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Prayer service there at Noon followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:30 p.m. in Sts. Peter & Paul's Church, Rev. Walter Wainwright, Celebrant. Interment will follow in Lake View Cemetery in Penn Yan, NY.

SULLIVAN Michael Leonard, Sr. Age 47, a resident of Prattville, AL, died peacefully on Friday, June 24, 2005, following a long illness. A Mass of Christian Burial, celebrated by Father Philip McKeena, will be held on Tuesday, June 28, 2005, 11:00 a.m., from St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial will follow, with full military honors, in Prattville Memory Gardens, with Prattville Memorial Chapel directing. Michael was born September 20, 1957, to Paul and Mary Margaret Sullivan of Elmira, NY. He was a graduate of Notre Dame High School, Class of 1976. In the same year, he received the Fireman of the Year Award from the West Elmira Fire Department. He entered the United States Air Force in 1980, and was the recipient of several medals and awards. After 20 years of service, he retired as a Tech Sgt. in 2000. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Joseph Catholic Church; a member of the Autauga County Rescue Squad, Inc., and a First Aid/CPR Instructor for the American Red Cross. At the time of his death, he was employed with the City of Prattville. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul T. Sullivan. He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara MacDougall Sullivan, Prattville, AL; two sons, Michael L. Sullivan, Jr., U.S. Navy, and Matthew Sullivan, Prattville, AL; mother, Mary Margaret Sullivan, Elmira, NY; two sisters, Barbara Sullivan, Walnut Creek, CA, and Mary Anne (Robert) Musella, Valrico, Fl; two brothers, Mark P. Sullivan, Austin, TX, and Matthew (Theresa) Sullivan, Syracuse, NY; ten nieces and nephews; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Lauren and Leola MacDougall, and two brothers-in-law Jim and John MacDougall, all of Millport, NY; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Laura and Cullen Sokolowski, New Port Ritchey, FL; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Pallbearers will be the United States Air Force Honor Guard. The family received friends at Prattville Memorial Chapel on Monday afternoon from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m

SWINGLE Roger Glenn Age 55, formerly of Elmira, NY, Roger was born on November 14, 1949. He is survived by his son, Garth Swingle, Seminole, FL; brother, Raymond Swingle, Arlington, TX; sister, Sheila Coleman, Pine City, NY; and sister, Sandra Griffith, Cape Coral, FL. He was preceded in death by his father, Garth Swingle; brother, Randy Swingle; mother, Pearl Swingle Reynolds; and step-father, Joe Reynolds. He was a Vietnam Veteran and a graduate of Southside High School, Elmira, NY.

Richard Spencer Age 73, recently of Ithaca but former longtime resident and businessman of Roe Ave., Elmira, died Sunday, May 29th, while walking his dog. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Marge Tracy; and his three children and five grandchildren, Eric Tracy of Provo, Utah, and his children, Alan and Amy; Sonya (Charles) Gilmore of Horseheads, children Sam, Tristan and Lettie and Vanessa (Robert) Gorman of Lincoln, Nebraska. A private memorial will be held. Those wishing to do something in his memory are encouraged to donate to Tanglewood Nature Center.

Wayne Trowbridge, 58, of Milliken, Colo., formerly of Butler Hill, died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2004 as a result of complications of West Nile Virus. Born May 19, 1945, in Sabinsville, he was the son of Emerson and Hazel Trowbridge. He married Sandra King on Dec. 9, 1968 in Hagerstown, Md. Surviving are six daughters, Annette Treat of Encampment, Wyo., Dianna Trowbridge of Broomfield, Colo., Maria Johnson of Saratoga, Wyo., Corina Hendren of Arvada, Colo., Amy Trowbridge of Loveland, Colo., Ann Martin of Vail, Colo.; sister, Thelma Verdanier of Westfield; brother, Harry Trowbridge of Lingle, Wyo.; and 20 grandchildren. Cremation followed. Memorial contributions may be sent to assist victims of West Nile Virus in care of Colorado Community Bank, P.O. Box 67, Johnston, Colo. 80534.

TUTTLE Harry E. A Celebration of Life Service for Harry E. Tuttle, 74, formerly of Ulster, PA, who died on January 20, 2005 at Ocala Regional Hospital in Ocala, FL, will be held on Sunday, June 5th at 3 p.m. in the Ulster United Methodist Church. Pastor Sandy Brant of the Ulster United Methodist Church will officiate. Music will be provided by Ramona Raupers, Organist, Chancel Choir, Harold Kintner and Harold Smith with the bagpipes. A luncheon will follow the service provided by the Ulster United Methodist women. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Ulster United Methodist Church in c/o Mr. Dan Reynolds, Box 136, Ulster, PA 18850, or the charity of your choice.

VAN HORN, Clarence C. Age 69, died suddenly Sunday, June 26. Born in Waverly on August 13, 1935, he was son of the late Clarence Van Horn and Florence (Sally) Van Horn Crossett, and stepson of Rowland (Mike) Crossett. Mr. Van Horn served as Justice of the Town of Barton for the last 18 years. He was employed by the New York State Department of Corrections as Educational Supervisor at the Elmira Correctional Facility. Mr. Van Horn graduated from Waverly High School, Ithaca College, and received Master's Degrees from Ithaca College and Columbia University. He held teaching positions in Savona and Beacon, New York, was principal of Athens Main Elementary School, and Director of Recreation, Waverly. He was an outstanding athlete and gifted coach. Mr. Van Horn was a member of and presided over many Masonic bodies including Waverly Lodge #407, Union Lodge #108 of Towanda, Cayuta Chapter #245, Elmira Chapter #42, Northern Council #24 of Athens, Ahwagu #30 Council of Owego, Northern Commandery #16 of Towanda, and Towanda Lodge of Perfection. At the time of his death, he was President of the Board of Directors of the Grand Charity Corporation of the Grand Council. He was Charter Preeminent Governor of Northeastern York Rite College #102 of Towanda, a member of A.A.S.R.- Valley of Williamsport and Valley of Towanda, and a DeMolay Dad. Mr. Van Horn received the Meritorious Service Award of the Valley of Towanda and was awarded the Order of Purple Cross. In 1992 Mr. Van Horn was Most Puissant Past Grand Master of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Master Masons of Pennsylvania. He will receive the 33rd Degree posthumously this August in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A lifelong member of North Waverly Chapel, Mr. Van Horn was a past Trustee. He was Past President of the Waverly Rotary Club, Past President of the Tioga County Court Clerks Magistrate Association, Past President of the Interstate Teachers Bowling Association, President of the Board of Directors of the Grand Charity Corporation of the Grand Council, a member of the New York State Magistrates Association, a life member of Cayuta Hose, a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, a member of the North Barton Grange, a driving instructor of the AARP, a fund raiser for the Special Olympics, and he coached and umpired community baseball, football, and basketball in youth leagues for many years. Mr. Van Horn is survived by his wife of 47 years, Kay (Saunders); and his six children and their families: Michael Van Horn of Phoenix, AZ; C. Mark Van Horn and Dr. Jean Sibonga and their children, Christopher and Casey of League City, TX; Mitchell and Linda Van Horn and their daughter, Maisy of Chandler, AZ; Melissa and David Lougher and their children, Jessica and Robby Williams, and Eric of Waverly; Matthew Van Horn of Waverly; and Marcy and Alan Burgess and their children, Jacob, Kayley, Amanda, and Kelsey of Waverly. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Margaret Saunders of Waverly; sister- and brother-in-law, Barbara and Edwin Lynch and their daughter, Bethany of Newton, MA; and many cousins. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service and celebration of Clarence's life on Wednesday, June 29th, at 2 p.m. at the North Waverly Chapel. Masonic services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Interment will be at a later date in the Forrest Home Cemetery, Waverly. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Van Horn's name to the charity of one's choice. Caring assistance is being provided by The Cooley Family of the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols.

VAN NESS, Ronald R. "Jack" Age 67, of Elmira, NY, died Sunday, June 5, 2005, at home surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, June L. (Thompson) VanNess; sons, Wayne (Wendy) VanNess of Horseheads, NY; Dennis VanNess of Elmira, NY; Charles (Sue) VanNess of Erin, NY; and David (Michelle) VanNess of Elmira, NY; grandchildren, Steven, Jonathan, Rick, Bryan, Joshua, Jeremy, Jennette, Amy, Mallory, Sean, Zachary, Jeffery, Taylor and Kailyn; sister, Peggy Gordon of Hendersonville, NC; brothers, Donald (June) VanNess of Zephyrhills, FL; Robert VanNess of Columbia, SC; Thomas (Diane) VanNess of Verona, NY; along with several nieces and nephews. His brothers, Charles in 1963 and William in 2004, predeceased Ronald. He was a former employee of the A & P Plant, and retired from Trayer Products, Inc. of Elmira, NY. Ronald was a fan of NASCAR and he enjoyed bowling and hunting. Family and Friends are invited to call at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., on Thursday, June 9, 2005, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Private funeral and committal services will be held at the convenience of the family

VEUHOFF Heinz Artist Age 72, of Watkins Glen, NY, died on Wednesday, June 29, 2005, after a long battle with kidney disease. Heinz is predeceased by his parents, Otto and Johanna Veuhoff; and his son-in-law, Robert Allen Jorgensen. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Helga Veuhoff of Watkins Glen, NY; children, Christine Jorgensen (Leonard M. Grow Jr.) of Millport, NY, and Marc Alaina Veuhoff (Laura Syracuse Veuhoff) of Midlothian, VA; grandchildren, Jessica Lynn Jorgensen (Aaron Sadler) of Breesport, NY, Taylor Jo Veuhoff and Anthony James Veuhoff of Midlothian, VA; great-grandson, Robert Lee Jorgensen of Breesport, NY. Heinz was a longtime resident of NYC who in the last few years of his life came to live up at "The Farm" and thourghly enjoyed all that Mother Nature has to offer. A Memorial Service will be held on July 16, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. at Ford Stoddard Park, Millport, NY. Rev. Don Knapp will be officiating. Arrangements under the direction of Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls,

WALTER David M. Age 53, of Elmira, succumbed to his battle with lung cancer with extraordinary courage and dignity on July 1, 2005. David died peacefully with his brother and sister at his side in Corning Hospital. He was born to T. John and Nancy (Fink) Walter on September 1, 1951, and was a 1970 graduate of Elmira Free Academy. Upon graduation, he attended the University of Arizona and remained in Tucson until 1979, when he returned to his home town for the remainder of his life. For many years he worked with his father in the real estate appraisal business. After his parents' retirements he devoted his life to their needs and care. Both parents are now deceased. After David was diagnosed with serious lung disease, he began delivering newspapers for the Elmira Star-Gazette on several Corning routes. Until he had to give up the position after months of chemotherapy, he never missed a day of work. David will be greatly missed by his brother, John (Ren) Walter of Philadelphia, PA; and his sister, Beth (Walter) Honadle, brother-in-law, George Honadle, and nephew, F. Jeffrey Honadle, of Cincinnati, OH. The family appreciates the care and compassion he received at the Guthrie Clinic and Corning Hospital. Family and friends are invited to call at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, on Tuesday, July 5, 2005, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. Family requests memorials to the American Cancer Society.

Joann "Cricket" Age 57 of 2201 Grand Central Avenue Horseheads, NY died at home surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer on Saturday June 11, 2005. Cricket was born September 22, 1947 in Covington, Tennessee the daughter of the late James Henry Harrison Webb and Mammie Marie McCan Webb. Cricket was a loving and devoted Wife, Mother, and Nina who loved her family and cherished the time spent with them especially her grandchildren. Cricket was a homemaker who loved making her home her family's pride and joy. She was a member of the Bentley-Trumble American Legion Post # 442 Auxiliary. Cricket married her husband, Mark J. Maynard, on June 4, 1988 and they celebrated their 17th Wedding Anniversary on June 4, 2005. Cricket is survived by her loving and devoted husband Mark J. Maynard; her loving children: Robert Richard & Jennifer Harding Jr. of Horseheads, NY; Patricia Lynn Robinson of Elmira, NY; Dawn Marie & Scott Klingfuss of Denver, Iowa; Christopher Wood of Big Flats, NY; Angela & Josh Enright of Horseheads, NY; and Amanda Maynard of Elmira, NY; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild due on December 15, 2005; sister: Charlene Lovett of Brighton, TN; mother-in-law and father-in-law: Clara & Walter "Laddie" McNeil of Horseheads, NY; sister-in-law: Nelda Fuller of Horseheads, NY; brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Terry & Dawn Bliss of Elmira, NY; aunt: Lillie Shanann of Covinton, TN who raised Cricket after her parents died. Cricket is also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of caring friends. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY on Wednesday June 15, 2005 from 6-8 PM. Cricket's Funeral Services will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 8 PM. Flowers are acceptable or those wishing may remember Cricket through memorials to Southern Tier Hospice 11751 East Corning Road Corning, NY 14830

WEED Helen B. Age 87, of 3252 South Main St., Horseheads, formerly of Tucson, AZ, and Watkins Glen, died Tuesday, May 24, 2005, at the Arnot-Ogden Medical Center. There will be no prior calling hours, graveside prayers will be offered at Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen on Friday, May 27, 2005, at 11 a.m. Helen was born in Watkins Glen on November 21, 1917, the daughter of the late Theodore and Mary Hart Weed. She had lived for 50 years in Tucson, AZ, where she retired from JC Penney's. She was a member of St. Mary's of the Lake Catholic Church. She was predeceased by her brothers, George, Charles, Theodore J., Franklin, and Harold Weed. She is survived by her brother, Clyde (Frederica) Weed of Corning; special friend, Sharilyn Reynolds and family; many grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Arrangements are with the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 Fifth St., Watkins Glen.

WEISMAN Nancy Carol Age 65, and a longtime resident of the Chemung Co. ARC family at Smith Rd. in Pine Valley, died April 4, 2005 at home. Nancy was born 65 years ago today July 4, 1939, in New York NY, to the late Harold and Carol (VanWezel) Weisman. In addition to her caring family at Smith Rd., Nancy is survived by her brother, Robert Weisman of Cincinnati, OH; and sister, Kathy Wolf of West Palm Beach, FL; along with two nieces, two nephews, and two great-nephews. Nancy was an active and caring member of the Smith Road Home where her life was enriched with not only the residents, but also the caring family and staff of the Chemung County ARC. Graveside service will take place on Sept. 1, 2005 in Cypress Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY.

WETZEL Harold "Duane" Sr. Age 67, of Mansfield, PA, died Wednesday, June 15, 2005, at his home. Harold was the husband of the late Judy (Darrow) Wetzel. He was born on June 9, 1938 in Elizabethville, PA, the son of Fred and Lena (Little) Wetzel. Duane retired from the Towanda Courthouse where he was a Domestic Relations Enforcement Officer. He had been an athlete during his high school years, having lettered in basketball, football, baseball, and track. Duane was a 1957 graduate of Troy High School. Duane was a veteran of the US Army, having served in the Korean War. Duane is survived by a son, Harold Duane Wetzel Jr. of Sylvania, PA; a daughter, Lori Wetzel of Virginia Beach, VA; two grandchildren, Amber and Zachary; a great-granddaughter, Brooklyn; and a brother, H. Todd Wetzel of Eustis, FL. In keeping with Duane's wishes, there will be no services. Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, is assisting the family.

WHITE Kenneth Richard, Jr. Age 44, of Elmira, NY, died very unexpectedly Wednesday, June 22, 2005. He was born September 2, 1960 in Blossburg, PA, the son of the late Kenneth Richard and Judy (Heeman) White, Sr. He is survived by his wife, JulieAnne Marie (Decker) White; children, Marko Eames, Anthony Eames, Kenneth White III, Kendra White, Jody Decker, Johnny Decker, Donald Woodham, Terry Decker, Boyd Woodham; sisters, Bertha White, Melanie White; brother, Bob White; sisters-in-law, Linda Decker, Laurie Decker, and Kathy Slocum. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, NY on Friday, July 1, 2005, from 3 to 4 p.m. Funeral and committal services will follow at 4 p.m. with Gary Varlan officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

WOEPPEL Martha Regina (formerly Sr. Rose Virginia) Age 103, of Lee Avenue, Horseheads, NY, died peacefully at home on Saturday, July 3, 2005, surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Aloysius Henry (A.H.) and Catherine (Scherter) Woeppel; also predeceasing were her sisters and brothers, F. Bernard Woeppel, Oswald "O.J." Woeppel, Mrs. Catherine Schaefer, Louise (Sister Catherine Aloysia), Aloysius Woeppel, Joanna Woeppel, James Woeppel and recently Miss Theresa A. Woeppel. Her surviving family includes her sister, Miss Mary Josephine Woeppel, with whom she resided; sister-in-law, Mrs. Mary Helen Woeppel of West 1st Street, Corning, NY; several nieces and nephews including, Louise (Retired Lt. Col. James W.) Evans of Bangor, ME; Eileen McGhie of Savannah, GA, Patricia Woeppel of Coral Springs, FL, Helen Woeppel of Lake Placid, FL, Mary Ann Parks of Horseheads, NY; several great-nieces and nephews. Assisting with care in their home were niece, Mary Ann Parks and great-niece, Ann Martin. Born June 14, 1902, the daughter of the late Aloysius Henry and Catherine (Scherter) Woeppel in Corning, NY, whose family owned and operated Woeppel's Flower Shop on Park Avenue, in South Corning since 1888. Miss Woeppel was a Communicant of St. Mary Our Mother Church in Horseheads and a attended D'youville College in Buffalo, NY. Martha was formerly Sister Rose Virginia of the Order of Sisters of Good Shepherd in Columbus, OH. prior to her retiring at home with her sisters and brothers. While in the Order she was very involved with the care and teaching of children and young women. Martha was the family matriarch who was always looked to for spiritual and emotional guidance. Her ever calm and excepting presence will be missed by all. An enormous sense of wit and humor were always with her as well as tremendous patience with everyone. She was devoted to her faith and always very loving and accepting of all God's treasures and above all she remained dedicated to Faith and family. A whole era goes up with her in passing! Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 S. Main St., Horseheads on Thursday, July 7, 2005, from 5-7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Mary Our Mother Church, 816 West Broad Street, Horseheads, NY, on Friday July 8, 2005, at 1:00 p.m. with the Rev. Robert C. MacNamara Celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Corning, NY. The family wishes to give a special thank you to Dr. Sean Stryker of Orchard Family Health Care, as well as the home health care aids that have cared for Theresa in her home for over 15 years. We are grateful and Blessed.

WRIGHT Richard J. "Rick" Age 54, lifelong member of the Mosherville community. He was born in Elmira, NY, August 12, 1950, the son of Carolyn (Card) Wright and the late Rexford. Rick is survived by his beloved wife of 30 years, Jenny Wright; son, Michael Wright of Mosherville; mother, Carolyn (Card) Wright, also of Mosherville; sisters, Candice (Curt) Tofts of Troy, PA, Penny (Randy) Crane of Millerton, PA; brothers, Edger (Cheryl) Wright of Millerton, PA; David (Dawn) Wright of Gillett, PA; uncle, Harry (Ann) Card of Lakeland, FL; aunt, Ida Murdock of Lima, NY; several nieces and nephew whom he adored. Extended family include Richard (Bonnie) Edwards of Palmyra, VA; Jeri Anne Edwards of Elmira, NY; Donna ("Dale") Edwards of VanEtten, NY; Jim (Kate) Edwards of Golden Glow, NY; Steve (Trina)Edwards of Temple, TX; Nina Byford of Elmira, NY; Joe ("Michelle") Edwards of Elmira, NY. Rick is predeceased by his father, Rexford; brother, Michael; sister, Patricia. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, NY, Tuesday, June 5th, 2005, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services for Rick will be held privately at the convenience of the family. At the conclusion of the calling hours the Big Elm Volunteer Fire Department will conduct a memorial service to honor the life and service of their former Fire Chief, Richard J. Wright. Other area fire departments are welcome to attend. Rick was a private school bus contractor for the Troy Area School District, an avid hunter, deer season being his favorite. He was very proud of his family and took much pride in his home. He was a lifetime member and former Fire Chief of the Big Elm Volunteer Fire Department, a United States Airforce Veteran and member of the Clarence Oliver Post #154 American Legion in Elmira Heights, NY. The family will provide flowers, in lieu of flowers please make memorials in Rick's name to the Big Elm Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 249, Millerton, PA 16936.

ZELSNACK Rachel M. Age 32, of Marathon, died after a long battle with Kidney Disease on Saturday, June 25, 2005. She is predeceased by her grandparents, Carlton VanNess, Marion Miller and Viola Miller. She is survived by her husband, James Zelsnack; three loving children, Tyler, Jordan and Autumn Zelsnack; parents, Sandra VanNess, Horseheads, Lee (Cheryl) Miller, Marathon; mother and father-in-law, Joyce (Stephen) Zelsnack, Marathon; grandmother, Norma VanNess, Horseheads; many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts; and one uncle, David (Sherry) VanNess. Rachel was a member of St. Stephen's Church, Marathon. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. from St. Stephen's Church, Marathon. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Whitney Point. The family will receive friends at the A.C. Baker & Son Funeral Home, 23 Main Street, Marathon, Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Stephen's Church, 16 Academy St., Marathon, NY 13803, America Kidney Foundation, 731 James St., Syracuse, NY 13203, or MAVAC, P.O. Box 132, Marathon, NY 13803.

Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA

Published On Tri-Counties Site On 07 MAR 1999
By Joyce M. Tice