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Obituary: Kevin Kessler

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Kevin Kessler

Age 56, loving husband, Pop Pop, brother and friend, passed away on March 29, 2020.  

Kevin was born on January 23,1964 in Buffalo, New York to John and Mary Rita (Donahue) Kessler and has spent his life in Watkins Glen, New York.  

Growing up, he threw the Daily Blab (local newspaper), and was proud to do the Capt. Bill's spiel on the “Stroller IV.” Kevin was employed with Hunt Engineers and prior to that was a devoted employee for Dewitt/Hanson Aggregate for 30 years. He married Elise (Marsh) Kessler on July 12, 2008 and became a great second father to Erin and Jason.  

He will be remembered for his ability to put a smile on your face with his acts of kindness and incredible sense of humor. When remembering Kevin, think of the many years at NASCAR, and his passion for cooking and grilling, while enjoying a great bottle of wine. Kevin enjoyed many years of riding his Harley and boating with his family and friends.

Kevin was preceded in death by his father John and sister Jeanne. He is survived by his wife, Elise; mother, Mary Rita Kessler; stepchildren, Erin (Brian) Hanley and Jason (Rose) Hazlitt; grandchildren, Austin, Ryan and Zephyr; brothers, John, Mark (Debbie), and Jay (Theresa); nephews, Kevin (Erin), Peter and Drew; great nephew, Michael; several cousins; and Aunt Jeanne and Uncle Gary Judson.

Due to the current circumstances, we will be celebrating Kevin's beautiful life at a later date to be announced. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit haugheywoodzinger.co

Obituary: Marjorie L. Field

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Barber Funeral Home, Horseheads.

Marjorie L. “Marg” Field

Age 92, of Watkins Glen, NY, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away at home surrounded by her family on March 26, 2020.

Marg was born on Jan. 16, 1928, a daughter to Warren and Edith (Stone) Rulapaugh.

Marg was predeceased by her husband, Stewart F. “Babe” Field Sr., on Feb. 18, 2017. She was also predeceased by her brother, Warren Rulapaugh. She is survived by her sons, Stewart “Foot” (Wendy) Field Jr. of Watkins Glen, NY, and Kenneth (Amy) Field, Myrtle Beach, SC; grandchildren, Trevor Field, Kenneth (Amanda) Field Jr., Kristin Field, and Kelly Field; step grandchildren, James Standish, and Brandon and Emilee Welty; great grandchildren, Landon Field and Weston Field; step great-grandchildren, Mya Field, Kaylee and Drue Welty, and Juliana and Parker Thompson; brother-in-law, Kenneth (Margaret) Field of Watkins Glen; and several nieces and nephews, including Barbara Malina, Mary Field, Margaret Field, William Field, Dr. Kevin Field and Richard Field.

Family and friends will be invited to a time of stories, light libation and food at the Watkins Glen Elks Club at a later date to be announced. Burial will take place beside her late husband, Babe, in Union Cemetery of Hector.

Those wishing may remember Marg with memorials to Watkins Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. Condolences and remembrances at www.barberfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Raymond Bailey

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Raymond Bailey

Age 62, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on March 21, 2020.  

He is survived by his wife, Debra Bailey. They would have celebrated 42 years of marriage on April 22 this year. He is also survived by four children, Christopher Bailey, Craig Bailey, Shawn Bailey (Raelyn Swank) and Brandon Bailey; five grandchildren, Jordan, Sidney, Carter, Aiden and Isabella; eight brothers and sisters, Lew (Marge) Bailey, Linda Moran, Pauline (Bill) Young, Philip Bailey, Theresa (Joseph) Vondracek, Carolyn Troccia, Francis Bailey, and Marsella (Dana) Austin; brothers-in-law, Larry (Becky) Wager and Kevin (Meg) Wager; and several nieces and nephews that he loved dearly.

Ray worked as a pit foreman at Skuba Construction in Alfred Almond, NY, and worked at States Farms and Borg-Warner. His hobby for over 40 years was working as a mechanic on motor vehicles. He recently celebrated 16 years of sobriety, proudly sharing this accomplishment with his family. His sobriety made him love and appreciate his family life. 

Because of current circumstances, funeral services will be delayed and announced at a later date; followed by burial at the Union Cemetery of Hector in Burdett. You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Ruth A. Carlisle

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Ruth A. Carlisle

Age 83, of Burdett, NY, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2020. Ruth was born in Albany, NY on June 5, 1936 and was raised in a Catholic orphanage.

Ruth was a homemaker. At one time she worked as a food service worker in a school cafeteria, and as a furniture sales person. Ruth enjoyed making people laugh. She loved singing and riding around. Ruth also loved animals, especially cats.

Ruth was predeceased by her longtime friend, Norman Covert. Ruth, her wittiness and her funny poems will be greatly missed.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Josephine Patricia Wright

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Josephine Patricia (JoPat) Paradiso Wright

Age 77, of Watkins Glen, NY, died March 20, 2020 in Florida, surrounded by her three children and her loving and devoted husband.  

Born the youngest of six to Orazio Paradiso and Angeline Paradiso-Specchio, JoPat grew up in Watkins Glen. From her front porch on 2nd Street, she could literally have conversations with most of the entire extended family. She worked in the family business on Franklin Street, Snack-n-Shake, through her formative years. She knew early on what career path she was destined for, so upon graduating WGHS in 1961, she attended St. Joseph’s Nursing School. JoPat worked locally as a nurse for a few years before moving to California in 1968. This would prove to be a wise decision, as later that same year she would meet her future life partner and husband, Jack Wright Sr. 

They were married on December 19, 1970 and have been inseparable ever since. Shortly after the births of their first two children, JoPat decided it was time to raise her family the only way she knew, around family. So, in 1974 back to Watkins Glen they went. Soon after returning home, their third child arrived. 

Here, JoPat continued her nursing career. She helped establish one of the first ICU’s in upstate NY. Later, she became the Director of Nursing at Schuyler Hospital. Eventually, she achieved her longtime goal of being a nurse practitioner. This led to a lifetime devotion of family practice, both personally and professionally.

In addition to remaining a nurse, JoPat embarked on a second career path. In 1981, JoPat and Jack purchased a local beverage store. This would come to be known as Wright's Beverages. A few years later, Wright's Liquor Loft & Wine Cellar were added. Also, they owned and managed several rental properties throughout the village. Upon retirement in 2007, Jack and JoPat split their time between NY and Florida.

JoPat had many interests. She was an avid reader, elaborate storyteller, and party planner extraordinaire. She loved politics and spent many years running the local planning board, as well as serving as a village trustee for several years. She has also been a long-time member of the WGHS Alumni Association board, which was particularly close to her heart. What she cherished the most was family; this encompassed the entirety of all Paradiso's, Wrights, and beyond.

JoPat is survived by her loving husband Jack Sr.; son, Jack Jr. (Christine); daughter, Tina, grandson, Aiden; son, Scott (Barbara), granddaughter, Alexandra Waite (Travis, Paige, Emmett); sister, Mary (Dave) Cook; brothers-in-law, Ken (Peggy) Wright, Phillip (Irene) Wright, Gordon (Carol) Wright, Mitchell (Sylvia) Wright, and Roger (Shauna) Wright; and sisters-in-law, Nancy Parr, Susie (Moll) Malin, Cindy (George) Nolan, Bonnie (Cliff) Schaffer, Pam (Sherry) Wright and Elizabeth Paradiso.

She was predeceased by her sister, Cliss Paradiso; brothers, Paul (Carol) Paradiso, Bob Paradiso, and Jim Paradiso; sister-in-law, Sandy Wright; and brother-in-law, Steve Parr.

If you were fortunate enough to have referred to her as JoPat, Aunt Jo, or Mrs. Wright, then you know how important and special each and every one of you were to her. To name you all would be impossible.

Everyone who remembers her is asked to celebrate JoPat’s life in their own way. Raising a glass of your favorite drink in her memory would be quite appropriate.

Instead of flowers, JoPat would hope that you will do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for someone in need in her name. However, if you prefer a donation, we ask that you donate to Pawz & Purrz Animal Rescue, Inc., P.O. Box 466, Painted Post, NY 14870 (or online at PawzAndPurrz.org). JoPat’s daughter is one of the founders of this animal rescue. This organization means a great deal to her.

The current circumstances of the world will, unfortunately, delay JoPat’s scheduled celebration of life. However, this will take place in Watkins Glen at a date and destination to be determined later.

You may express condolences or leave a remembrance of JoPat in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Local arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Francis Robert Bianco

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Francis Robert "Frank" Bianco

Age 89, of Watkins Glen, NY went over the rainbow surrounded by his loving family in the comfort of his home on Saturday, March 21, 2020.

Frank was born in Watkins Glen on February 3, 1931, the son of the late Nazzarno and Mary (Butccolini) Bianco. He attended Watkins Glen Central School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War era from 1953 to 1955. Frank married Carol Bernas in Elmira, NY on November 8, 1958.

He worked for 49 years as a heavy equipment operator until his retirement in 1996. He was a member of St. Mary's of the Lake Catholic Church and was a lifetime member of the Watkins Glen Elk's Lodge #1546 and the VFW. He was also a member of the Moose Club, the Mechanics Club and the American Legion.

Frank is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Carol Bernas Bianco; son, Chuck (Suzanne) Bianco of Watkins Glen; daughters, Marti (Jeffry) Dense of Groton, NY and Betsy (Steven) Niles of Cicero, NY; grandson, Craig (Alycia) Bianco and their children Landon and Lucus; granddaughters, Sarah (Matt) Jaynes and their son Carson and Molly Niles; as well as several nieces and nephews and his coffee buddies. In addition to his parents, Frank was predeceased by his seven older siblings.

Services celebrating Frank’s life will be held at a later date, to be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity/organization of your choice.  A special thank you to Ann Marie and Liz and also to the folks at CareFirst.

Arrangements are with the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. Memories of Frank may be shared with his family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Janet M. Ryall

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Janet M. Ryall

Age 84, of Beaver Dams, NY, passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. She was born in Watkins Glen, NY on April 6, 1935, the daughter of the late Bernard and Elizabeth (Bailey) Genoung, and attended Painted Post High School.

Janet was a homemaker. At one time she drove bus, was a grape picker, delivered mail and was a substitute postmaster. She also loved to quilt. Janet was a member of the Faith Baptist Chapel in Painted Post.

She was predeceased by two sisters, Mary Share and Phyllis Caslin. Surviving is her husband of 67 years, Richard A. Ryall, Sr.; three sons, Richard (Kathy) Ryall, Jr. of Beaver Dams, David (Ginger) Ryall of Painted Post, and Michael (Kimberly) Ryall of Indiana; two sisters, Barbara VanAlstine of Watkins Glen and Martha (Wayne) Cuer of Chemung; 11 grandchildren; several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A private service will be held by the family at this time. A public memorial service will be announced at a later date. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Faith Baptist Chapel, 31 Morningside Dr., Painted Post, NY 14870.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Esther Church

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Esther Church

Age 65, of Endicott, NY, and formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Esther was born in Elmira, NY on June 20, 1954, a daughter of the late Paul and Ruth Cowan Stewart. She attended Watkins Glen High School and on February 7, 1973 married Bob Church in Watkins Glen. She was a member of the Lakeview Chapel of Owego, NY. Esther loved attending church and southern gospel groups, as well as spending time with her family.

She is survived by her daughters, Tammy (Matthew) Hanville of Endicott, NY and Bobbie (Jeffrey Perry) of Watkins Glen; son, Robert Church of Owego, NY; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren; sisters, Alice (Mike) Hamm, Bonnie (Martin) Hayes and Tammy (Gale) Zimmer; brothers, Keith (Mary) of Pine City, Loren Pellor of NYC and Bob Stewart of Richmond, VA; sisters-in-law, Betty Apfel of Tacoma, WA, and Yvonne Stewart of Horseheads, NY; as well as by several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced. Memorial contributions may be made to Lakeview Chapel, c/o Great Commission Fund, 185 Day Hollow Rd., Owego, NY 13827.

Arrangements are with the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Joseph F. Stansfield

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Joseph F. "Papa Joe" Stansfield

Age 75, of Beaver Dams, NY, passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Elmira on June 9, 1944, the son of the late Sylvester and Thelma (Stanton) Stansfield.

Joe was a carpenter all of his life and loved woodworking. He coached football, and loved playing horseshoes and cards. He loved his grandchildren and telling them corny jokes.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Patricia L. Stansfield; children, Monica (Ross) Wissbaum of North Carolina, Andrew (Corie) Stansfield of Montour Falls, Matthew Stansfield of Watkins Glen, and Aaron (Paula) Stansfield of Beaver Dams; grandchildren, Alexa, Elise, Joe, Jessica and Kyle, Dalton, Brittany, Cheyenne and Jenna; five great grandchildren and baby Emma due in July.

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no services. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Beaver Dams Fire Department or Schuyler Ambulance.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Guy P. Beebe

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Guy P. Beebe

Age 81, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on March 8, 2020.

There are no prior visitation services. A graveside committal service with military honors will be held on Tuesday, March 17 at 11 a.m. at Laurel Hill Cemetery, County Route 10, Alpine, NY.

He is survived by his loving wife, Virginia “Ginger” Beebe; sons, Lawrence (Stacy) Beebe of Huntington Beach, CA, and Christopher (Laura) Beebe of Mission Viejo, CA; daughters, Frances (Lindsey) Rodhouse of Hoschton, GA, and Tonya (Jeffrey) Coulter of Memphis, NY; eight grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Connie, Gladys, Harlene and Marian; and brothers-in-law, Jesse (Jo) Pully and David (Olinda) Pully. He was predeceased by his brothers, Paul, Clyde, Merton, Neal and Nelson Beebe; sister, Elsie Brewer; and stepsister, Ione Haven.

Guy honorably served his country in the United States Air Force. He worked as a General Foreman at Westinghouse/Cutler Hammer in Horseheads. His hobbies included many kinds of woodworking, including carving ducks and wood turning. He also enjoyed spending time on his beloved John Deere.

In support of his wife Ginger, the family wishes you may consider a donation in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 438 E. Henrietta Rd., Rochester, NY 14620. You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Eugene Dupuy

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Eugene "Gene" Dupuy

Age 68, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on March 12, 2020 at Schuyler Hospital. Gene was the son of Harry and Jean Dupuy, born on May 1, 1951 in Bronx, NY.

Gene retired from a long career as truck driver with JM Trucking in 2015. He was most known for his dirt racing career throughout NYS, but most importantly at Dundee racetrack (Outlaw Speedway). Although retiring from racing, he was still a prominent member in the racing community, and was to serve as Scale Operator at Outlaw Speedway this season.

Anyone who knew Gene can and always will remember him by his remarkable racing talent, ability to crack a joke, and his love for swisher sweet cigars and his daughters.

He was predeceased by his mother Jean and father Harry. He is survived by his brothers, Jimmie (Robin) DuPay of Burdett and Timmie Dupuy; Karen Arnold, mother of daughters Amanda Arnold and Megan Dupuy of Watkins Glen; daughters Karla Albee of Watkins Glen and Jessica Brewer of Ithaca, two granddaughters (Isabella and Adrianna); four grandsons, Kurtis, Douglas, Bryce and Chase; three great granddaughters; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, March 15 at the Moose Club in Montour Falls from 2-5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Gene Dupuy’s Memorial Fund by contacting Megan Dupuy via Facebook.

Memories of Gene may be shared with his family and friends at www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Mary H. Solomon

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Mary H. Solomon

Age 82, of Burdett, NY, passed away on March 5, 2020.
 
A memorial service celebrating her life will be announced and held at a later date.

Mary is survived by her loving husband, Leonard Solomon; son, Adam Solomon of Burdett; sister, Jane Coulter of Big Flats; three grandchildren, Brienna, Adrienna and Jenna Solomon; and niece and nephews, Christine (Alex) Wolcott, Stephen (Lori) Coulter, and Matthew (Ellen) Coulter. 

She was predeceased by her daughter, Stacey Soloman.  

Mary was a well-known local artist, working in oil and acrylic paints, multimedia art, and illustrations, and wrote stories. She was also a great Greeting Card designer.

Memorial donations may be made to the Schuyler County Humane Society, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865 (or online at SchuylerHumane.org).  

You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Edward Lee Kimble, Sr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Edward Lee Kimble, Sr.

Age 85, of Painted Post, NY and formerly of Millport, NY, passed away surrounded by loving family on Thursday March 5, 2020. The greatest joy in his life was being a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and pet lover.

He was born in Elmira, NY on January 9, 1935, the son of the late Samuel and Violet (Frost) Kimble. Ed graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School, attended Jean Summers Business School, and was a graduate of the Adjutant General School in Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. He served honorably with the U.S. Army from 1957-1959.

Ed was a tax preparer and accountant for 56 years and was President of E.L.K. Office Services, Inc. He was a financial advisor for Highland Cemetery for many years.
 
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Alice Joyce (Conklin) Kimble; children, Cynthia (David) Kimble-Phelps, Camilla (Charles) Cooper, Edward (JoAnn) Kimble, Jr., and Cecilia (Scott) Flynn; son-in-law, Timothy Cooper; grandchildren, Faith Knope, Charity Knope, Hope (Antonio) Burgos, Alicia (William) Bennett, Renee Cooper, Daniel Cooper, Samuel Cooper, Benjamin Cooper, Jenna Kimble, Amelia (Brett) Dick, Edward (Jessica) Kimble III, and Christopher Magee, Jr.; nine great grandchildren; in-laws, Betty Henagan, Lawrence (Barbara) Conklin, Norman Conklin, and Arthur (Kathryn) Conklin; and by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by a son, Scott Samuel Kimble; daughter, Corinna Jay (Kimble) Cooper; and siblings, Raymond Kimble, Margaret (Kimble) Bailey, Wallace Kimble, and Violet (Kimble) Gleason.

Funeral services will be held privately for the immediate family only. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY.

Contributions in memory of Edward may be made to The Kimble Scholarship Fund, Odessa-Montour Central School, 300 College Ave., Odessa, NY 14869. This fund will now honor Edward L. Kimble, Sr. and Corinna J. Cooper. To leave the family a message of condolence or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottandzinger.com

Obituary: Ronald L. Utter

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Ronald L. Utter

Age 78, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at home. He was born in Interlaken, NY on February 1, 1942, the son of Grant and Grace (Keene) Utter.

Ron served with the U.S. Army during Vietnam. He was a photographer, drove truck for Suit-Kote, and worked at the Cleaning Factory laundry mat and dry cleaners in Montour Falls. He also helped restore the Montour House.

Ron was a member of the Odessa American Legion, Montour Moose Lodge, and the Mechanics Club. He enjoyed drawing, movies, sports, politics and listening to the radio.

He is survived by his sisters, Marian Gable (Dallis), Lila Edminster (Roy), and Debra Albro (Keith Bastion); and by several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Anna Louise Walker.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held on Friday, May 8 at 2:00 p.m. at Bath National Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home in Montour Falls.

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottandzinger.com

“For those who have fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.”

Obituary: Leroy Schroeder

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the James R. Gray Funeral Home, Rochester, NY.

Leroy Schroeder

Of Rochester, NY, passed away on March 1, 2020.

He was predeceased by his wife, Doris; son, Michael; and brother, Rudolph Schroeder. He is survived by his children, Debbie (Dan) Stella and Sandy (Dan Hunt) Schroeder; grandchildren, Ryan Schroeder, Eric (Jamie) Hunt-Schroeder and Sara (James Henderson) Stella; brother, Paul Schroeder; sister-in-law, Faye Schroeder; and many nieces, nephews, and friends at Legacy at Parklands.

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, March 6 from 4-7 p.m. at the James R. Gray Funeral Home, 1530 Buffalo Road, Rochester. Leroy’s Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, March 7 at 10 a.m. at Holy Ghost Church, located on Coldwater Road in Gates, NY.

Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen, NY on Saturday, March 7 at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Kindly consider donating to Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd,. Fairport, NY 14450 in Leroy’s memory.

Obituary: Ronald E. Baker

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Ronald E. Baker

Age 90, of Horseheads, NY, passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2020.

Ron was born on November 14, 1929, a son of the late Russell and Mary (Bollen) Baker of Vestal, NY. He was also predeceased by his younger brother, Derald Baker.

Ron graduated from Vestal High School, where he played both football and basketball. He received his bachelor’s degree from Harper College and his master’s degree from Syracuse University. Ron retired from Corning Incorporated after 40 years of service.

Ron is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Georgia Baker; his brother, Thomas Baker; daughter, Diane (Bruce) Stanton; daughter, Laurie (Anthony) Speciale; son, Michael Baker; son, Jamie (Denise) Baker; grandchildren, Danica (Craig) Harvey, Matthew Baker, and Mckenna Baker; and great grandchildren, Dominic and Giavanna Harvey.

Ron was a wonderful husband, father and family man. He will forever be in our hearts. The family wants to thank the Chemung County Nursing Facility staff for their exceptional care of our loved one during his stay there. Funeral services will be a private graveside service at Lakeview Cemetery in Watkins Glen, held at the convenience of the family.

You may express condolences to the family in his obituary online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Gifford W. Hurlbut

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Gifford W. Hurlbut

Age 92, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away peacefully on Feb. 20, 2020 at the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility.

According to his request there will be no public visitation. There will be a graveside service at the Bitley Cemetery in Branchport, NY at the convenience of the family in the spring. 

Gifford was an avid gardener and a lover of animals. His happiest times were visits from friends and family, especially to share his produce from the garden.

He was predeceased by his parents, Gifford G. Hurlbut and Florence (Lewis) Hurlbut; and a sister, Margaret (Hurlbut) Liddle. He is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Floyd Hull of Watkins Glen; niece Beth (Bill) Meehan; nephews James (Marjorie) Liddle and Timothy (Anne) Hull; and great niece and great nephews, Jessica (Patrick) Henderson, Jay (Lindsey MacIntosh) Meehan, and Matthew (Jennifer) Liddle.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. James’ Episcopal Church, 112 Sixth St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or the Schuyler Hospital Chaplaincy Program, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865.

You may express condolences to the family at his obituary online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. 

Obituary: Catherine L. Smith

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Catherine L. Smith

Age 80, of Odessa, NY and Inverness, FL, passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2020. She was born in Harrisburg, PA on October 19, 1939, the daughter of the late Donald and Marguerite  (Slocum) Cook.

Catherine worked several places in her life, including Cotton-Hanlon, Inc., Cookies Construction, Carpenter’s  Insurance,  and Zayre Department Store. She was known as the “Yard Sale Queen” and as “Grandma Dodo” by her family.

Surviving are her husband, Dale H. Smith; children, Darryl Seymour (Betty) of Montour Falls, Dennis Seymour (Cindy) of Phoenix, AZ, Peggy Jelliff (Keith) of Montour Falls, and Billy Seymour (Lissa) of Alpine; stepchildren, Rick Smith (Diane) of Odessa, Robert Smith of Candor, Tammy Cutter (George) of Newfield, Nancy Brown (Jim) of TN, and Tony Smith (Doris) of Lansing; siblings, Donald Cook, Jr. of MS, Joyce States of NJ, and Tom (Rose) Cook of Odessa; several grandchildren, great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Betty DeDominick, and by a stepson, James Smith.

A celebration of Catherine’s life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottandzinger.com

Obituary: Eugene Butters

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Eugene Butters

Age 89, formerly of Cayuta, NY, passed away on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at the Elcor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Horseheads, NY.

The Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home in Montour Falls, NY is handling arrangements.

Obituary: Richard A. Fleming II

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Richard A. Fleming II

Age 29, of Fairport, NY, passed away on Feb. 5, 2020 in Watkins Glen.  

Ricky played lacrosse and graduated from Fairport High School. He also worked at Tom Wahl’s restaurant in Fairport. Ricky loved the outdoors, especially spending time hunting and target practicing at his family’s camp on Sugar Hill in Watkins Glen. He also enjoyed golfing.  

Surviving him are his parents, Richard and Judy Fleming; sister, Ashley; cousin, Phillip Bendschneider; three aunts; four uncles; and many friends.

A memorial service will be held in the spring. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: William G. Ruger

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

William G. (Bill) Ruger

William G. (Bill) Ruger of Cary, NC and former long-time resident of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Jan. 31, 2020.

Mr. Ruger is survived by his daughter, Lydia R. Voorheis (Jeffrey), Cary, NC, and son, William G. Ruger (Karen); and grandchildren, Devyn L. Voorheis and Jason P. Voorheis, Cary, NC.

Bill was predeceased in 2018 by Lucinda B. Ruger, his beloved and cherished wife of 59 years. He was also predeceased by his father, George W. Ruger; mother, Eleanor Ruger, and sisters, Barbara Dombroske, Geraldine Benjamin and Marilyn Ruger.

Bill was born in Kingston, Pa. in 1932 and lived there until 1948, when his family moved to Elmira, NY. He graduated in 1950 from Elmira Free Academy and enlisted and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1951 to 1954. He was a veteran of the Korean War.

In 1958 he received a B.A. Magna Cum Laude from Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, and in 1961 a Doctor of Law from the Cornell University College of Law, Ithaca.

Bill was an attorney with the Legal Department of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Philadelphia, PA from 1961 to 1963. He was a member of the Valent and Callanan law firm, Watkins Glen, from 1963 until 1969, when he opened his law office in Watkins Glen. He was the attorney for the Schuyler County Legislature and the County offices from 1970 until 1991. He also served as Assistant District Attorney.

He retired in 2000 after 40 years of the practice of law.

Bill was a Life Member and past Vice President of the New York Bar Association, a Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation and past President of the Sixth Judicial Bar Association. He was past President of the Schuyler County Historical Society and was a former member and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Johannes 'John' Vangsnes

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Johannes "John" Vangsnes

Age 97, died peacefully on February 11, 2020. He was born in Bergen, Norway on December 14, 1922 to Elsa and Per Vangsnes. His childhood was filled with skiing and hiking in the mountains surrounding Bergen and the fjords of Hardanger.

At the age of 17, John joined the Norwegian resistance movement in opposition to the occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany. Upon learning that he and others were at risk of capture, John and a compatriot devised an escape plan. After taking the train from Bergen to Trondheim they skied to safety in neighboring Sweden. While a refugee in Sweden, John continued his studies at the University of Uppsala. When transport out of Sweden became possible, he joined the Royal Norwegian Air Force, based in Canada during occupied Norway.

Following World War II, John returned to Norway, where he studied for a year at the University of Oslo. His growing commitment to working for international peace and security inspired him to earn an MA in International Relations from Columbia University in New York and led to a career at the United Nations from 1949-1960. His responsibilities at the UN included managing encrypted diplomatic communications and supporting peacekeeping missions in Pakistan, India and Somalia. It was at the UN that he met Doris (China) Franceschina, who became his wife of 51 years.

In 1960, John and China visited the Finger Lakes region of Central New York. The area reminded them of the fjords of Western Norway and it became clear that this was where they wanted to raise their children. They bought a 200-acre farm with vineyards overlooking Seneca Lake, and moved with their three children to “Troll Farm.” Over the next 35 years, John established himself as a successful grape grower for the local wine industry. During this time, he became a leader in promoting the economic interests of grape growers in New York State. While managing the farm, John also taught world history at the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high schools.

John believed that exercise was key to a long and happy life. He was a tennis enthusiast, playing regularly on his backyard court until the age of 75. He loved taking long walks, planting trees, sailing on Seneca Lake, and swimming in his pool on summer nights.

A Norwegian-American immigrant, John held fast to the belief that we are all global citizens, here to make the world a better place. He reflected often on his experiences and good fortune, and was always ready to share stories about of his life, especially his beloved homeland, with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

John was preceded in death by his wife, China. He is survived by his son, Peter Vangsnes (Melanie), Waterford, VA; daughters, Nicola Vangsnes, Durham, NC, and Gillian Ryan (Jim), Ithaca, NY; grandchildren, Alexandra Vangsnes, Paris, France, Caroline Vangsnes, Boston, MA, Flannery Hysjulien (Reilly Coch), Ithaca, NY, Liam Hysjulien (Crista Cuccaro), Durham, NC, Aidan Hysjulien (Sara Janda), Athens, GA, Erik Devenpeck, Ithaca, NY, Carla Devenpeck, Denver, CO, and Kaylee Ryan, Denver, CO; great grandchildren, Nora Coch and Clay Hysjulien, Ithaca, NY; brother, Einar Vangsnes (Eve), and sisters, Ingeborg Frøysland (Harry) and Greta Taraldsen, Bergen, Norway; many nieces and nephews; and some very good friends.

A celebration of John’s life will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to an organization of one’s choice or to UNICEF at unicefusa.org.

Obituary: Paul W. Predmore

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Covert Funeral Home, Ovid.

Paul W. Predmore

LODI -- Paul W. Predmore, 82, passed away at home with his children by his side on Friday, February 21, 2020.

Born at home in Trumansburg, NY on January 6, 1938, Paul was the only son of the late William and Mildred (Harrington) Predmore. He continued to live in Trumansburg and attended high school until he honorably served in the Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division for four years and taught weaponry to cadets at West Point. He began his 40-year career as a machinist for Morse Chain in 1960, eventually working for Borg-Warner until retiring from Emerson Power Transmission in 2000, keeping the same job as the company changed hands.

Upon retirement, Paul moved to the Lodi/Hector area to be closer to his grandsons, who spent their afterschool hours with him. He enjoyed athletics, solving brain teasers and crossword puzzles, and was an active member in both the American Legion in Ovid and the Moose Lodge in Montour Falls.  

Paul is survived by his children, Paul D. Predmore, Christopher C. Predmore, Eleanor (Predmore) Liebson, Colleen C. Predmore, and Kandy (Predmore) Avery; his sister, Eleanor E. Ellsworth; brother-in-law, Jack Ellsworth; sister-in-law, Amy Van Ness Smith; grandchildren, Douglas Predmore, Kayla Predmore, Autumn Avery, Tyler Avery, Avram Liebson, Elijah Liebson, Julian Cates, Roman Predmore, and Reina Predmore; great grandsons, Payton, Dawson, and Garrett; and his nieces and nephews, Jack Ellsworth III, Debra Ellsworth, Scott Smith, Shannon (Smith) Albrecht, Jeremy Smith, Shelby Smith, Stacey Smith, and Adam Smith. In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by his loving wife, Camille Chantra Predmore, and brothers, Richard F. and David A. Smith.

In accordance with Paul’s wishes, he was buried privately by his family shortly after his death. A ceremony will be held at his grave, which is at the family farm, 9803 Lodi Center Road, at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. A celebration of Paul’s life will then follow at his sister’s home on Wardner Corner’s Road in Valois at 2:00 p.m. on the same day.

Kindly consider a donation in Paul’s memory to either the Manning Lilla American Legion, Post #463, PO Box 401, Ovid, NY 14521, or the Loyal Order of Moose,  2096 State Route 14, Montour Falls, New York 14865.

For additional information, please contact the Covert Funeral Home at 607-869-3411 or visit www.covertfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Stephen W. Coolican

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Stephen W. Coolican

Age 55, of Alpine, NY, passed away on Feb. 21, 2020.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at the Mechanics Club in Montour Falls, NY on Sunday, March 8 from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Everyone is welcome! In lieu of flowers, the family wishes you consider a donation in his memory to the United Way of Schuyler County, PO Box 270, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 (www.UnitedWayOfSchuylerCounty.org). 

Steve is survived by his wife, Colleen; son Justin; stepchildren, Taylor Brown, Marisa Alton and Ryan Alton, all of Alpine; brothers, J. David (Abbie) Coolican of Montour Falls, Michael (Sally) Coolican of Watkins Glen, and Paul Coolican of Montour Falls; sister, Karen (Wayne) Wasiczko of Selah, WA; aunt, Patricia Coolican of Corvallis, Oregon; niece and nephews, Christie, Brian, Sean, Mark, Jeffrey, Nicole and Rachel Coolican, Kimberly and Jennifer Wasiczko, Trisha Kruger and Allyson Hubbard; and great nieces and nephew, Molly and Addy Coolican, Alexis Hubbard, and Isabella and Isaac Kruger. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Jean Coolican, and sister Elizabeth. 

Steve owned Cooly’s Butcher Bay in Alpine. He was born on Nov. 2, 1964. He graduated from Watkins Glen High School and received a Culinary degree from SUNY Cobleskill. He was a member of the Mechanics Club in Montour Falls and a local Food Bank volunteer and Venison Donation program coordinator. He was known as a very avid outdoorsman, and especially enjoyed deer hunting, fishing and snowmobiling. He will be dearly missed by his family and countless friends.

You may express condolences online at his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. 

Obituary: Richard John Reeder

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., Flemington, Pa.

Richard John Reeder

Age 72, of Lock Haven, Pa., passed away on Friday, February 21, 2020 at Jersey Shore Hospital, Jersey Shore, Pa.

Born October 24, 1947 in Lock Haven, he was a son of the late John “Jack” and Esther (Mann) Reeder.

Dick was a 1965 graduate of Lock Haven High School.

He served in the United States Navy on the USS Hornet during the Vietnam War. Dick then was employed at Piper Aircraft for 12 years before reenlisting in the United States Air Force from where he retired as a Master Sergeant in 2002. In 2003 he began working for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, retiring in 2013. Dick was also among the first graduates of Altoona Hospital’s Paramedic Training Program and used his paramedic and EMT skills while serving with the Lock Haven Hospital Department of Paramedics in the 1980s.

On April 1, 1996 he married his love, the former Sharon L. Trail, with whom he shared 23 years of marriage.

Dick was a former member of both Lafayette Lodge 199 and the Dunnstown Fire Company, Lock Haven. He was the Dock Master for the Watkins Glen Yacht Club, a member of the Charlotte Motor Speedway Club and a life member of the Castanea Fire Hall.

Dick was very involved in the Clinton County Chapter of the Penn State University Alumni Association.
 
He enjoyed boating, NASCAR, and both Penn State football and hockey.

Dick loved the time he spent with his grandchildren.

Along with his wife, Sharon Reeder of Lock Haven, he is survived by his son, Matthew J. (Beckie) Reeder of Swissdale; two grandchildren, Olivia and Myles Reeder; two brothers, Robert D. (Debbie) Reeder of Lock Haven and Kevin J. (Alice) Reeder of TN; a brother-in-law, Wayne (Barbara) Rohrbaugh of OH; a sister-in-law, Kim Bower (Bob Nyman) of Mill Hall, Pa.; many nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Tyler Haven Riggleman of Tyrone; and special friends, Charles and Shelly Ackley and family.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 14 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Dunnstown Fire Hall, 119 Woodward Ave., Lock Haven, Pa.

Memorial contirbutions in Dick’s name may be made to either the Dunnstown Fire Company or Ross Library through the funeral home.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington, Pa 17745.

Online condolences may be given by visiting www.donaldwalkerfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Norvell G. 'Bud' VanWormer

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Norvelle George "Bud" VanWormer

Age 88, formerly of Burdett, NY, passed away on Feb. 14, 2020.

Bud was born on February 26, 1931 in Cleveland, Ohio to Henrietta (Pearson) VanWormer and George VanWormer.

He married Violet Lorraine Usher on July 29, 1950. They raised six sons and one daughter, Larry, Ronnie, David, Glen, Clinton, Dale and Nancy.

Bud became a respected welder, and his career took him to the West Coast, where he would spend 10 years of his life in California as an iron worker. In 1965, he would return to New York and the beautiful scenery he so dearly missed. 

For many years he enjoyed hunting, fishing and anything to do with the outdoors.

He was known for his desire to help others, his witty personality and strong work ethic.
Bud was preceded in death by four sons, Glen, David, Dale and Ronnie; his daughter-in-law Cheryl, and great granddaughter Lilly.

He is survived by his wife Violet; sons, Larry and Clinton (Laurie); and daughter, Nancy (Bill); 21 grandchildren, and 34 great grandchildren

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2590 State Route 414, Watkins Glen, NY at 1:00 p.m. 

You may express condolences to the family online in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.  

Obituary: Arnold 'Ed' Grover

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Arnold "Ed" Grover

Age 82, of Odessa, NY, passed away on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Odessa on May 19, 1937, the son of the late Norman and Thelma (Wilson) Grover.

Ed was Highway Superintendent for the Town of Hector for 29 years. He also operated Ashland Oil Company in Odessa. Ed enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working in the garage. He also collected tractors and lanterns.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Patricia “Pat” Grover; children, Barbara (Robert) Burleigh of Newfield, NY, Diana Smith of Odessa, and Rod (Carol) Grover of Odessa; six grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Bert J. Truax and Raymond Grover; and by a son-in-law, Bill Smith.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, February 29 from 2-4 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A memorial service will follow at 4:00 p.m.

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottandzinger.com

Obituary: Ida White

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Ida White

Age 98, of Hector, NY, passed away on February 11, 2020.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Sunday, Feb. 16 from 3 p.m.-5 p.m.  A funeral service will be held Monday, Feb. 17 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home; followed by burial at Union Cemetery of Hector and a reception at the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church. 

Ida was born on April 2, 1921 at home in Reynoldsville, NY, the daughter of William and Theresa (Swick) Voorheis. She was one of 13 children. Ida graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1938. She was a lifelong member of the community and the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church, always making food and pies for church dinners. She was also a member of the Burdett Wednesday Afternoon Club and the Burdett Mothers Club, and a volunteer at the Schuyler County Historical Society. She was also a correspondent for the Watkins Review & Express Community News Column for Reynoldsville. Ida was also a former Assistant Town Clerk for the Town of Hector. She enjoyed working in the local vineyards and being with her family.

Ida was predeceased by her husband, Charles White, and 10 siblings. She is survived by five children, Suzanne (Burge) Morris of Dresden, Lois Horton of Scottsboro, AL, William (Debra) White of Reynoldsville, Brain (Jennifer) White of Hammondsport, and Jerry (Dawn) White of Reynoldsville; sisters, Glenna (Edward) Berry of Burdett, and Pearl Perry of Ithaca; brother-in-law, Clifford Updike of Yuma, AZ; 10 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and 5 great great grandchildren. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to her church, Care First, or Seneca View SNF at Schuyler Hospital. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

You may express condolences or leave a memory of Ida in her obituary, online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Gary Robert Pappa

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Gary Robert Pappa

Age 71, of Rock Stream, NY, passed away on Friday, February 7, 2020 at Guthrie Corning Hospital. He was born in Williamstown, NY on May 19, 1948, the son of the late Wallace and Mildred (Balcum) Pappa.

Gary graduated from APW High School. He attended Colorado School of Trade, BOCES in Syracuse and Benton University. On May 26, 1975, he married his wife, Sandie, in Victor, NY.

Gary was a boilermaker, pipe fitter, gunsmith, and spent 28 years as a project engineer for Corning, Inc. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Trumansburg, NY.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Sandie E. (Swasey); four sons, two daughters, two sisters, four brothers, 13 grandchildren, one great grandchild, and by several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Gary will be held on Saturday, February 15 at 1:00 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 319 Pennsylvania Ave., Trumansburg. A luncheon will follow.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Tunnel to Towers Foundation at Tunnel2Towers.org

Arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottandzinger.com

Obituary: Timothy L. Parrott

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Timothy L. Parrott

Age 69, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at Schuyler Hospital.

Born in Rockford, IL on November 7, 1950, he was the son of the late Thomas H. and Patricia J. (Timmons) Parrott. He graduated from Auburn High School in Rockford, and was employed as a machinist at Specialty Screw, also in Rockford. Tim enjoyed Go Karts and NASCAR.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Lisa Ann Parrott; wife, Gail Parrott, and brother and sister-in-law, Thomas J. and Linda Parrott. He is survived by a son, Timothy Brian Parrott of Rockford, IL; and sisters, Cindy (Larry) Gaudino and Linda Holliman of Penn Yan.

A memorial service will be held in Illinois at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.haugheywoodzingercom

Obituary: Nola M. Heal

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Nola M. Heal

Age 79, of Houston, TX, and formerly of Alpine, NY, passed away on February 9, 2020.

She was born on April 25, 1940 in Elmira, NY, to the late Claude and Alice (Crane) Marsh. She was predeceased by her first husband, Joseph F. Frycek, and second husband, Charles R. Heal, and by her brother, William Marsh.

Nola is survived by her children, Marie (David) Piercey of Houston, TX, Susan (John) Walter of Van Etten, NY, and Joseph F. Frycek of Citra, FL; six grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and her siblings, Claude (Jean) Marsh and Linda Peet.

Nola owned her own hair salon and worked for more than 35 years out of her home in Alpine, where she raised her children. She enjoyed spending time outdoors, gardening, camping, watching birds and reading. After retirement, she lived in Florida and spent summers in Alpine until her health declined. She had many faithful dogs over the years to keep her company. She moved to Houston to live with her daughter Marie, who lovingly provided care for her until her passing.

Per Nola’s wishes, there will be no funeral services.

Obituary: Peter O. Argetsinger

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Peter O. Argetsinger

Age 69, of Sebring, Florida and Watkins Glen, New York, died peacefully on February 6 at his upstate New York home, surrounded by his loving family.

He is survived by Sjoukje Schipstra, his beloved wife of 45 years, and his devoted children Kimberley Argetsinger of New York City and J.C.G. Argetsinger of Los Angeles.

Pete pursued a 47-year career as a professional road racing driver until his health failed last fall. He had successes on the world's major courses, initially in Europe and then in the U.S. and South America. Starting with Formula Ford racing in Germany, he eventually won the British Championship of this series, moving to Formula Three, sports cars, sedans, as well as IMSA and Daytona prototypes. Up until his final days, he was sought after for the 2020 season as a driver and coach.

Pete was a well-known figure in racing circles here and abroad, was inducted into the Road Racing Drivers’ Association, and served on the governing council of the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen. Based on his extensive knowledge and experience, Pete was asked to design several race tracks. A popular speaker, he was a gifted and witty raconteur.

Born to Cameron and Jean Argetsinger, February 22, 1950 in Youngstown, Ohio, Pete grew up in Burdett, New York, and graduated from Watkins Glen High School. His father founded and organized the Watkins Glen Grand Prix races, exposing Pete to racing at an early age.

Pete started driving at the age of five on his dad’s lap in a Packard 400. This naturally led to go-carting. As a teenager, he and his brothers would wait until the late hours to go out and drive the famed Glen track in their father’s fast sports cars and the MG TF 1500 Pete bought for $200 when he was sixteen. Pete still owned and took his MG out on the original track until this last year.

A natural athlete from birth, Pete was captain of his high school football team when he met the love of his life, Sjoukje, an exchange student from the Netherlands who was the Homecoming queen. The next year, Pete was off to Gettysburg College and Sjoukje to university in the Netherlands. Improbably, Pete managed to travel frequently to Holland during his college years, and moved to Europe following his graduation. The couple married in 1974 and located in Germany.

Pete was named the German Rookie of the Year Formula Ford 1974. He set the series’ fastest lap at the famous Hockenheimring and helped his Team Royale clinch the European FF Title. After numerous wins, Pete and Sjoukje moved to England, where Pete captured the 1980 British Formula Ford Championship and was voted British Driver of the Year (BRSCC). In the off season, Pete coached at the Brands Hatch Drivers’ pSchool. As one of the top instructors, he was asked to establish a branch of the school in the U.S., moving to Florida with his young family in 1988.

Continuing his racing successes, from Elkhart Lake to Daytona, Pete developed as an outstanding driver coach, guiding the careers of many young future champions with a client list that includes world champion Damon Hill, Indy 500 winners Juan Pablo Montoya, Ryan Hunter-Raey, and Alexander Rossi, Indycar’s Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, the U.S. State Department’s Anti-Terrorist Division, and even members of England’s House of Lords. Additionally, he instructed at the Skip Barber racing school, tutored private clients, and was Chief Instructor of the Formula BMW young drivers series here and in Europe. With Sjoukje at his side, Pete ran his own popular invitational race events, entertaining guests and friends trackside and at their home.

With his teaching skills, infinite patience, kindness, and gregarious personality, Pete was dearly loved by his many nieces and nephews and the young children of friends, whether instructing them in sailing on Seneca Lake or taking them for rides in his treasured MG-TF.

Pete is also survived by six siblings: JC (Joan) of Montour Falls, Louise (Tom) of Rochester, Marya of Illinois, Margretta-Getchie (Kevin) of New York City, Rob of Illinois, and Duke (Nick) of Waterloo, NY, as well as his family in The Netherlands. His brothers Sam and Michael predeceased him in 2014 and 2015.

The family will receive friends from  5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on February 14 at the Vedder-Scott-Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, New York.

Pete’s funeral mass will be held at St Mary’s Of The Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, on Saturday, February 15 at 11 a.m.

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottandzinger.com

Obituary: Katlyn Margaret-May Kernan and Duane Mahlon Kernan

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Katlyn Margaret-May Kernan
Duane Mahlon Kernan

Katlyn Margaret-May Kernan, age 20, and her nephew, Duane Mahlon Kernan, age 2, both of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, February 4, 2020.

Katlyn was born in Buffalo, NY on October 13, 1999, the daughter of Liv-Helen and Karl Kernan. She graduated from Watkins Glen High School and the GST BOCES Animal Science Program. Katlyn loved playing soccer, basketball and especially softball with the Seneca Nation. Katlyn was the VP of FFA during high school. She loved animals, especially her dogs Soul, Rey, Jedi and Bella and her horse Buddy (predeceased).

She loved skiing, hiking, camping, nature and mountain climbing with her father. Katlyn enjoyed making graphic designs and was an avid Star Wars fan. Katlyn was a beautiful daughter who was not only beautiful on the outside but on the inside as well. She loved all her family deeply, especially her nephew, Duane Kernan.

Duane was born in Elmira, NY on October 19, 2017, the son of Kevin Kernan and Cheyenne Williams. Duane loved his Paw Patrols, cars and trains. He loved being outside, running and playing, helping his Papa raking, drawing and coloring, playing with his drum set, and dancing to music. He loved basketball -- any ball, really. Duane loved his family and was a beautiful, happy boy who shared a very special relationship with us, especially his Papa and Auntie Katlyn.

Katlyn will be missed by her parents, Liv-Helen and Karl Kernan of Watkins Glen; sister, Kelsey Kernan of Watkins Glen; brothers, Kevin Kernan of Elmira and Kristopher Kernan of Breesport; paternal grandparents, Margaret Kernan of DeBary, FL and Sheldon “Butch” and Sheila Kernan of Jasper, NY; maternal grandfather, Leo Mitchell Bolfing of Aurora, NY; as well as multiple cousins, aunts and uncles. Katlyn was predeceased by her maternal grandmother, Liv Petterson Bolfing, in 2015.

Duane will be missed by his father, Kevin Kernan of Elmira; mother, Cheyenne Williams, also of Elmira; paternal grandparents, Liv-Helen and Karl Kernan; maternal grandparents, Charles and Jamie Andrus Griswold of Elmira; uncle, Kristopher Kernan and aunt, Kelsey Kernan; as well as several other aunts, uncles, and family spanning five generations with great-great grandmother Rachel Bellows of Wellsville, NY.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY 14865. Katlyn and Duane’s  memorial service will follow at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Kernan Family Memorial Fund at Chemung Canal Bank.

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottandzinger.com

Obituary: Harold H. Reeve, Sr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Harold H. Reeve, Sr.

Age 90, of Cayuta, NY, passed away on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at home. He was born in Port Jefferson, NY on May 7, 1929, the son of the late Merritt and Frieda (Simmons) Reeve. As a young man, he served with the U.S. Army.

Harold owned and operated H & M Sunoco in Danbury, CT at one time and also worked at Kanthel Wiring in Bethel, CT. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, racing, singing and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his children, Harold Reeve, Jr., Mary Ann Water, Sandy Water, Karen (Bob) Moore and Debbie (Bob) Tooker; 17 grandchildren; 43 great grandchildren; and 8 great great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his former wife, Marion Reeve, and by a son, Sid Water.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, February 11 from 1-2 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. His funeral service will follow at 2 pm.

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottandzinger.com

Obituary: Rachel Vickio

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Rachel Vickio

Age 106, passed away peacefully on February 4, 2020.

A funeral mass celebrating her life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen; followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery and a reception at the Montour Falls Moose Lodge at 1:00 p.m.

According to her wishes there are no public visitation services prior to the funeral mass. However, family will be received at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church.

Rachel Filippetti was born in Schuyler County on March 26, 1913, the eldest of nine children, and never left. As a teen, she lived on a 73-acre family farm just outside Watkins Glen with her Italian immigrant parents, five sisters, and three brothers. Their chickens, cows, pigs, crops, and orchards supplied their meals and money. She married her husband, Nicholas Vickio, in 1945, and they raised two boys, Nicholas and Anthony.

“Looking back on my life, I have found the following to be true: Without the Lord in my life, I am without meaning and hope," she said. "The more you give, the more you receive. The more you love, the more you receive.” She spent her entire life caring for others, even in her professional life working as a nurse at Schuyler Hospital and Willard State Hospital. She lived her life with great faith, kindness, laughter, and unconditional love for her family.

She is survived by her two sons, Nicholas “Chip” (Francie) Vickio, and Anthony “Tony” (Harriett) Vickio; two sisters, Gloria Menio and Teresa (Ken) Cope; five grandchildren, Mark (Betty) Vickio, Christopher (Emily) Vickio, Beth (Greg) Howard, Sarah (DeRonte) Polite, and Loree (Ethan) Woo; and several great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Christina Filippetti; husband, Nicholas Vickio; and brothers and sisters, Thomas, Ernest, and Joseph Filippetti, Henrietta Crouch, Mary Vickio, and Loretta VanHorn. 

Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, or to the Spirit of Schuyler, PO Box 294, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.  

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed to the family online in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Diana R. Weeks

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Covert Funeral Home, Ovid, NY.

Diana R. Weeks

Age 70, of Hector, NY, passed away on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 surrounded by her loving family at Clifton Springs Hospital.

Born on February 15, 1949, a daughter of the late John D. Bird Sr. and Mae A. (Fegley) Bird, Diana graduated from Waterloo High School in 1967. She married her husband LaVerne on March 16, 1968. She worked at Zotos International for a time before becoming a mother to her two daughters. She retired from the cafeteria at Romulus Central School.

Diana enjoyed spending time with family and friends, primitive camping, shooting black powder rifles, sewing, crocheting, reading, watching racing, and motorcycle rides with her husband.

Diana is survived by her husband, LaVerne “Vern” Weeks of Hector; her two daughters, Lori (Susan Brees) Weeks and Kelly (Matthew) Updyke of Seneca Falls; her two grandchildren, Zackery and Kaitlyn Updyke of Seneca Falls; her sister and brother, Elizabeth Mastellar of FL and Ronald (Sue) Bird of Waterloo; sisters-in-law Luella (Robert) Grabbatin, and Lilla Weeks; brother-in-law "Butch" (Pat) Weeks; and many nieces and nephews. Diana was preceded in death by her parents and by three siblings, Beverly J. Bowman, John D. Bird Jr., and Gary L. Bird.

In accordance with Diana’s wishes, there will be a Memorial Service held privately by her family.

Kindly consider a donation in Diana’s memory to the American Cancer Society: https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate.html

For additional information, visit www.covertfuneralhome.com or call 1-877-828-3411.

Obituary: Joann G. LaFever

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Joann G. LaFever

Age 91, passed into glory on February 3, 2020 at home in Beaver Dams, NY after an extended illness.

She was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Ira Cole LaFever, Jr.; son, Scott LaFever (Nancy Hammond); her parents, Lynn and Edna (Alley) Griffin; brother, Charles Griffin; sister, Barbara Carroll, and numerous grandchildren.

She leaves behind children, Ronald (Linda Swaim) LaFever and Joan (James Rose) LaFever-Rose of Beaver Dams, Susan (Javier Fernandez) LaFever of Madrid, Spain, Ira (Elizabeth Souza) LaFever of Raleigh, NC, and Martin (Tammy Havens) LaFever of Prattsburgh, NY; numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great grandchildren; and sisters, Mary Jane Ferris of San Diego, CA and Janis Savory of Marble Falls, TX.

Joann was born in Austin, MN and moved to Corning as a young child. She retired as a registered nurse from Corning Hospital. She loved to take pictures, paint, cook, garden, read, make dolls and travel. She was a gentle and loving soul who devoted her life to her family, extended family and community. She will be greatly missed.

According to her wishes there will be no viewing, calling hours or funeral services, but family and friends are invited to participate in a memorial service in July 2020 (date and location to be announced).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to CareFirst (Hospice) in Coopers Plains, the Schuyler County Office for the Aging, or the Monterey Baptist Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottandzinger.com

Obituary: Rowan Manning Schockner

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Rowan Lindsay Manning Schockner

Age 63, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away peacefully in the presence of her loving husband and daughters on January 30, 2020.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 2-4 p.m.; followed by a memorial service celebrating her life at 4 p.m.

Rowan was born in New Zealand, and lived in Australia, England, Germany and the United States. She and Richard celebrated their 39th year of marriage on January 24, 2020.

She is survived by her loving family, including her husband Richard; daughter Emma Schockner (husband Jeremy Personius) and grandson Henric Personius of Montour Falls; daughter, Hannah Stokes (husband David Stokes) of Geneva; sister, Elizabeth Story of Australia; brothers-in-law, Timothy Jaques, Michael Kear and William Schockner (wife Leslie Darman); and sister-in-law, Linda Vera-Schockner (husband Evaristo Vera).  She was predeceased by her sisters, Catherine Jaques and Francis Kear.

Rowan was a volunteer with the Schuyler County Humane Society and Rabies Clinics, and served as a Board Member for the Geneva Council on Alcoholism. She enjoyed reading books with a glass of wine in hand and a kitty on her lap.

The family wishes to express their thanks and gratitude to the staff at the House of John in Clifton Springs for their loving palliative care given to Rowan in her final days.  

Donations in her memory may be made to House of John, 14 Spring St., Clifton Springs, NY 14432 (or online at HouseOfJohn.org); or the Humane Society of Schuyler County, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865 (or online at SchuylerHumane.org)

A Celebration of Life will take place on Sunday, February 9 at the Hector Wine Company, 5610 NY-414, Hector, from 3-6 p.m. for all those who would like to share memories and stories of Rowan.

You may express condolences to the family online in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Steven L. Aldrich

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Steven L. Aldrich

Age 61, of Monterey, NY, passed away on January 22, 2020 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY.

He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Scott and Paula Aldrich of Corning; niece Jamie Aldrich of Manhattan; nephew Ryan Aldrich of Corning; and several cousins.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 4-6 p.m.; followed by a memorial service celebrating his life at 6 p.m.  

Steve graduated from Bradford Central School in 1977. He worked as a Grounds Keeper for the Willow Creek Golf Course. Steve was a member of the Monterey Volunteer Fire Department; the Monterey Baptist Church, and the Trail Tamers Snowmobile Club of Monterey.  

Memorial donations may be made to the Monterey Fire Co., 1465 South St., Beaver Dams, New York 14812; Monterey Baptist Church, 911 County Road 16Beaver Dams, New York 14812;  or the Trail Tamers Snowmobile Club, PO Box 64, Beaver Dams, NY 14812

You may express condolences to the family online in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Esther A. Hughes

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, Trumansburg.

Esther A. Hughes

Beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, of Jacksonville, NY, was called home on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the age of 84.

Esther was born in Millport, PA on February 27, 1935, a daughter of the late Dealton Thurber and Maude Davis. She was employed by Ithaca Textiles for a number of years before working at ISA Babcock. Esther also provided child care to numerous families in the area, treating every child like a member of her own family.

Esther loved playing euchre and was always looking to join a tournament or persuade friends and family to start a card game at a gathering. A gambler at heart, Esther traveled to various casinos, always trying her luck on the slots. A master entertainer, she enjoyed hosting and throwing parties. She was a member of the Moose Lodge #426 in Montour Falls and was a founding member of the All American Horse’s Ass Club, of which she was a lifetime member. More than anything, Esther’s greatest joy in life was her family whom she devoted her life to.

Esther is survived by her husband of 60 years, William Hughes Sr.; three children, Barbara (Francis Elliott) Hughes Workman, Amy Hughes, and William (Heather) Hughes Jr.; granddaughters, Emma and Olivia Hughes; sisters, Beverly (John) Gaffney and Roberta (Marvin) Eggleston; brothers-in-law, Collin Campbell and Francis Mettler; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Esther was preceded in death by her grandparents, Benjamin and Ida Pearl Thurber; son-in-law, Butch McComb; brother, Dealton Thurber Jr.; and sisters, Estella Mettler and Mabel Campbell.

There will be A Celebration of Life on Saturday, January 25, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Montour Moose Lodge #426, 2096 County Road 14, Montour Falls, NY.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations in Esther’s honor to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, 750 East Adams Street, Syracuse, NY 13210 or to a charity of one’s choice.

For additional information, please contact the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home at 607-387-8151 or visit www.ness-sibley.com

Obituary: Eugene Charles Strouse

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Eugene Charles "Gene" Strouse

Age 82, of Elmira Heights, NY, passed from this world on Friday, January 17, 2020. He passed peacefully in the loving care of his wife of 58 years, Shirley E. (Osborne) Strouse of Watkins Glen, NY.

Gene was a proud retired Teamster truck driver. In his retirement, he enjoyed fishing, daily coffee and pool games with friends.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughters, Annette (Kevin) Searfoss of Chambersburg, PA and Tina (Mike) Brown of Elmira Heights; and grandchildren, Matthew (Andrea) Searfoss, Nicholas (Megan) Searfoss, Marc (Kate) Brown, and Megan (Chris) Starkweather. He was also blessed with great grandchildren, Julian Starkweather, Isabelle Searfoss, and soon arriving great grandson Searfoss.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, January 24 at 11:00 a.m. at Pleasant View Cemetery, Cemetery Rd., Reading Center.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottandzinger.com

Obituary: Charles A. Densmore

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Charles A. Densmore

Age 76, of Beaver Dams, NY, passed away on Sunday, January 12, 2020.

Charles was born May 7, 1943, the son of the late Alton and Edith (French) Densmore. He was also predeceased by a brother and sisters, Rev. Robert Densmore, Roberta Ellison and Pearl Spearman.

He is survived by a son, Marvin (Brenda) Densmore of Melbourne, FL; a daughter, Barbara (Keith) Swarthout of Beaver Dams; a sister, Norma (Lee) Silliman of Montour Falls, NY; and many grandkids, nieces and nephews.

Charles graduated from Watkins Glen High School. He worked for I.D. Boothe Electric in Ithaca. He was also a Plant Operator for the Beaver Valley Water District. Charles enjoyed his time volunteering at the WGI Registration Booth.    

A Memorial Service will be announced in the spring.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online in “Obituaries” at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Rose Ann O'Brien

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Rose Ann O'Brien

Age 84, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at home. Born in New York City on July 19, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Pietra (DePeri) Realmuto.

Early on in her life, Rose Ann worked as a secretary for several large corporations. In 1972, she and her husband Jim left New York City and settled on a farm in Burdett, where they raised their family and adjusted well to farm living. On the farm, Rose Ann learned a lot about raising farm animals, bailing hay and country cooking.

In the early years after moving to the farm, Rose Ann did volunteer work and taught catechism at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen. Rose Ann worked very hard alongside her husband as proprietors of the Town House restaurant for several years. She was a lovely hostess and was well known for making “The Best Manhattan.”

Rose Ann was an avid reader. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren and took a great interest in their lives. Rose Ann was a friendly person and will be remembered for her beautiful smile.

She was predeceased by her son, Steven O’Brien, and by her son-in-law, David Teeter, Sr.
Surviving is her husband of 63 years, James “Jim” P. O’Brien, Sr.; five children, Debra “Debbie” (O’Brien) Teeter, James “Jim” (Julie) O’Brien, Jr., Jane O’Brien, William “Bill” O’Brien, and Francis “Frank” O’Brien; daughter-in-law, Sue O’Brien; 10 grandchildren, David (Lisa) Teeter, Jr., Stacey Teeter, Jessica (Gerlando) Purpura, Stephanie (Jay) Parente, Michelle (Nick) Huber, Kelsey Olafson (Frank Ferro), Shelby Olafson, Michaela Olafson, Brandon O’Brien and  Taylor O’Brien; 12 great grandchildren, Salvatore, Michael, Sofia, Luca, Giovani, Anthony, Timothy, Everett, Benjamin, Maddy, Lilli and Samantha; and by several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, January 25 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Rose Ann’s memorial service will follow at 4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottandzinger.com

Obituary: Josephine L. Wigsten

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Josephine L. Wigsten

Age 95, of Montour Falls, NY, formerly of Watkins Glen and Horseheads, NY, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 12, 2020.

Josephine was born on November 18, 1924 in Worcester, Mass., the daughter of the late John and Laura (Woodward) Lyman. She graduated from Elmira College in 1946 and married Paul B. Wigsten, who predeceased her in 1993. She and her husband operated Wigsten Farms in Horseheads until 1969. She retired from Conwell Oil Company in Elmira Heights. Josephine was a past-president of the Horseheads Fire Dept. Women’s Auxiliary. 

She is survived by five children and their spouses, Paul Bradley (Bonnie) Wigsten of Lackawaxen, PA, Bonnie (Edward) Wijkowski of Breesport, NY, David (Nancy) Wigsten of Cape Coral, FL, Jere (Kathy) Wigsten of Cayuta, NY, and Elizabeth (Jeffery) Weeks of Sterling, AK; grandchildren, Tracy Mirrione, Kelly Pereira, Cara Wijkowski, Michael Wijkowski, Elise Kolanach, Sarah Van Tassel, Nicholas Kolanach, Bradley Wigsten, and Camryn Wigsten; seven great grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Catherine (Henry) Hughes and Laura (John) Lyman.

Josephine was also predeceased by her brother and sisters, John Lyman, Mary Ellen Eaton, and Elizabeth Lyman. And, long-time family friend Albert Franzese.

She was a communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen. 

The family will receive family and friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Friday, Jan. 17 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 10:00 a.m. 

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. The family would like to extend their thanks and gratitude to the staff at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility for their compassion and care of their mother in her final days. 

You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Marie (Mason) Varner

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Alvah Halloran & Son Funeral Home, Rochester.

Marie (Mason) Varner

Age 97, of Greece, NY, and formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, died peacefully at home on December 20, 2019, while surrounded by family

Marie was predeceased by her husband, George H. Varner; parents. Victor and Margaret; brothers, Stewart and Robert; daughter, Nancy Varner, and infant grandson, Matthew.

She is survived by children, Jack Varner, James (Cynthia) Varner, and Margaret (Ralph) Palumbieri; cherished grandchildren, Carolyn (Jeffrey) Fisher, Rachel (Joey) Lee, and Adam and Cara Palumbieri; step grandchildren, Laura, Elia, Glenn, Gregory and Gavin Bartholomew, and several nieces and nephews.

Marie worked for Marine Midland Bank, where she would meet the love of her life, and eventual husband of 65 years, George. She volunteered at the Elmira Association for the Blind and numerous church functions over the years. She loved to sew, knit, cross stitch, and play bridge and golf. Her family will remember her through her hilarious way with words.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, February 1 at 4:00 p.m. at the Villages at Unity, 1471 Long Pond Rd., Rochester, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Marie to a charity of your choice.

Obituary: Carol Ann Strauss

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.

Carol Ann Strauss

Age 79, of Weston, NY passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Reading Community Church, Church Street, Reading Center, NY with Rev. David Daniels officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tyrone Volunteer Ambulance Company or Fire Dept., P.O. Box 69, Tyrone, NY 14887 or the Wayne Fire Dept., P.O. Box 91, Wayne, NY 14893.

Carol was born September 23, 1940 in Lawrenceville, PA, a daughter of the late Lawrence Larue Holton and Mary Richardson Holton Graves. A lifelong area resident, Carol had worked at Penn Yan Boats and the Bradford Grocery, but as a genuine people person, her true passion was interacting with people as a waitress, having worked at the former Starlight Diner in Konona, Ranch 226, and for the past 20 years at Curly's Family Restaurant in Watkins Glen, NY, where she loved working alongside her daughter.

Ms. Strauss was a passionate member of the Reading Community Church.
 
She was loved by all who knew her, and will be dearly missed by her three sons, Ricky (Anne) Strauss of South Bradford, NY, Allan (Terry) Strauss of Bradford, NY, and Lewis (Julie) Strauss of Hornell, NY; her daughter, Carla M. (Duane) Ellison of Weston, NY; 20 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; a sister, Roberta Clark of South Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by the father of her children, Carl Strauss of Winston Salem, NC; a son, Gary Lynn Strauss; a sister, Virginia Lee Coffey, and a grandson, Gregory Allan Strauss of Gibson, NY.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water Street, Dundee, NY; online condolences can be sent to the family by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com

Obituary: Stephen M. Fundurulic

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Stephen M. Fundurulic

Age 87, of Beaver Dams, NY, entered unto rest on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at home.

He was born in Elmira, NY on December 25, 1932, the son of Stephen and Stella Fundurulic. He was an inspector at Akzo Nobel Salt in Watkins Glen for 20 years, retiring in 1995. He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Joseph and Frank; and sisters, Loretta and Theresa.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Rose (Stoddard) Fundurulic; sisters-in-law, Martha Mitchell, Rachel Stoddard, and Ragnhild Cornish; and by many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Beaver Dams Cemetery.

Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home in Montour Falls is assisting the family. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottandzinger.com

Obituary: Kathryn M. Davis

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Kathryn M. Davis

Age 80, of Waneta Lake Road, Hammondsport, NY, passed away in the comfort of her home on December 30, 2019.

Kathryn was born in Elizabeth City, NC, the daughter of Alfred and Blanche Turner. She was predeceased by her parents and brother, James Alfred Turner. Kathy worked as a Bank Teller at numerous banks. 

She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Howard “Bob” Davis; sons, Howard R. Davis Jr. and wife Lisa, of Dundee; daughter, Suzette Leonovich and husband John, of Ocala, FL; grandchildren, Jason Leonovich of Ocala, FL, Jennifer Cobar and husband Walter of Middletown, DE, and Trevor Davis (Sarah Houck) of Montour Falls; brother-in-law, Philip Davis of Hammondsport, and numerous nieces and nephews.  

According to her wishes, funeral services will be private.  

You may express condolences to the family online in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Cyril E. Grover

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Cyril E. Grover

Age 80, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on December 19, 2019.

Cyril was rejoined in heaven by his first wife Velma Grover. He was also predeceased and joined in heaven by his parents Cyril and Belle Grover, daughter Tina Grover, brothers Elias (and his wife May) Grover and Frank Grover, and sister Alice Grover.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Ameigh Grover; his daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Scott Bradley; grandchildren, Steven and Samantha; sister, Winnie Autry; Judy's children, Randy Ameigh, Tony Ameigh and Pamela McCann; and his fur buddies, dogs Colby, Heidi and Gigi, and cat Callie.

He graduated from Odessa-Montour High School and honorably served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He worked as a Boiler Operator at Cargill in Watkins Glen. His hobbies included his love for bowling, archery and square dancing.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Interment will be at Sugar Hill Cemetery with his first wife Velma Grover. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Vita J. Abate

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Vita J. Abate

Age 89, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away peacefully at home on December 23, 2019.

She was born May 15, 1930 in Watkins Glen, the only daughter to Liborio “Lee” and Laura (Mills) Abate. 

She worked as a clerk for the Village of Watkins Glen for 40 years. Vita was a lifelong member of the Watkins Glen First Presbyterian Church, a Watkins Glen High School Alumni Association volunteer, and a member of the Rebekah Lodge #278 of Montour Falls.

No funeral services have been announced at this time. Interment will be at Glenwood Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Ashley A. Jerzak

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Ashley A. Jerzak

Age 33, of Burdett, NY, passed away on December 27, 2019.

Ashley was born July 30, 1986 and graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School in 2004. She worked at the Cayuga Medical Center Emergency Room Department and was a certified EMT. She was also the Immediate-Past Vice-President and Volunteer for the Burdett Fire Department.

Ashley is survived by her loving family, including her husband, James “Jamie” Jerzak; daughter, Jaden Jerzak; son, Chase Jerzak; stepdaughter, Mercedes Jerzak; mother, Yvonne (Steven) Schaffhouser; father, Ronnie Rea (Amanda Underhill); grandparents, Mitchell and Beverly Rea; brothers and sister, Jesse (Tarra) Rea, Alexa Peppard, and Brett Rea; father-in-law and mother-in-law, David and Diane Jerzak; step-granddaughter, Maddy; uncles, Pete Goodrich, James Goodrich and Steven Peppard; and nephew, Vince Rea.

She was predeceased by her grandparents, Herbert and Marylou Peppard; and Aunt Terri Goodrich. 

Ashley loved animals and always wanted to be a Veterinary Technician. But instead she found her true purpose in life helping people as an EMT, firefighter and ER staff. She enjoyed her work and took great pride in helping people. Ashley was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.

A celebration of her life will be held Thursday, January 2 at the Burdett Fire Department.  The family will receive friends at the Fire Department from 5 p.m.-6 p.m.; followed by a memorial service at 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to help cover funeral expenses or support the family. A donation link may be found at wwww.GoFundMe.com and search "Ashley Jerzak Funeral Expense and Family Fund."

You may leave an online condolence of support for the family in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Eleanor R. Personius

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Eleanor R. Personius

Age 80, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Dec. 26, 2019.

Eleanor was born in Watkins Glen on June 1, 1939, the daughter of Perry and Lillian (Goodrich) Personius.

She is survived by two sons, AJ Peters of Watkins Glen and Bill (Yolanda) Peters of Tennessee; sister, Ruth Simpson of Watkins Glen; friend, Linette (Daryl) Vary of Watkins Glen; friend and former husband, Terry Messersmith of Millport; and five step grandchildren. 

She enjoyed working at Mr. Chicken in Watkins Glen and retired after working there for almost 30 years. According to her wishes, there are no funeral services. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. You may express condolences to the family online in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Geraldine Elsie Shaul

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.

Geraldine "Gerry" Elsie Shaul

Age 85, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 29, 2019 in the comfort of her home.  

There are no prior calling hours. A celebration of her life will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 at the Mechanics Club, 237 W. Main St., Montour Falls, NY.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to CareFirst, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Corning, NY 14870.

Geraldine was born on September 22, 1934 in Asylum, PA, the daughter of the late Rufus Stanton and Elsie (Sites) Hoyt Sr.  On Dec. 12, 1953 in Elmira, NY, she married Earl William Shaul, who passed away on Feb. 3, 1988. A homemaker all her life, and vineyard worker in her younger years, “Gerry” -- as she was known by her friends -- was a member of the Watkins Glen Methodist Church and loved to crochet and garden.
 
She was loved and will be dearly missed by a son, Ervin E. (Linda) Shaul of North Carolina; two daughters, Bonny L. (Russell) Fuller of Titusville, FL, and Peggy A. (Bill) Hamelin of Odessa, NY; eight grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; a brother, Raymond (Donna) Hoyt of Ithaca, NY; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her 8-month-old infant son Earl W. Shaul; and two brothers, Rufus S. Hoyt Jr. and Eugene Hoyt.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water Street, Dundee, NY; online condolences can be sent to the family by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

Obituary: Lorie A. Nelson

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Lorie A. (Davenport) Nelson

Age 49, went to be with our heavenly father on December 21, 2019. Lori was born on April 10, 1970 in Elmira, NY to Floyd Davenport and Barbara Meder.

She graduated from Odessa-Montour School in 1988. She married Norman Nelson in 2008. She worked as a pharmacy tech for many years at Walmart.

Lorie was blessed with a large family. She was a devoted and proud mother and grandmother. She enjoyed camping with her family and friends, the cooking channel and spending time with her special friends. Lorie was the kind of person who would help anyone even during her illness. 

Helping her nephew Jeffery was something she loved, along with knowing she made a difference in him. Lorie’s kind heart made so many people happy.

Lorie was predeceased by her father, Floyd Davenport, in  2003; her mother, Barbara Meder, in 2014;  her grandparents; and her daughter, Ashley Davenport-Leonard, in 2008. Lorie is survived by her husband, Norman Nelson; her sons, Tyler Davenport (Liz) of  Cayuta, NY, and Timothy Nelson (Tonya) of Hughsville, PA; her daughters, Brianna and Victoria Nelson and Fayth Walton-Hilton of Rochester, NY; a brother, Edward Steiner (Cindy) of Spencer, NY; her special friends/sisters, Anne Quick, Newfield, NY, Kimberley Bailey-Snyder and Lisa Bruno Rhoades, Odessa, NY; brothers-in-law, Chad Nelson (Marcia) of Cayuta and Mike Nelson (Brenda) of Rochester; sisters-in-law, Lisa Burdick (Kevin) of Phelps, NY and Brenda Nelson of Rochester; seven grandchildren, Liv, Elaina, Timothy Jr, Oceania, Levi, Liam and King; several nieces and nephews; and her special goddaughters/nieces, Heather Fish, Samantha Fish and Hazel Consler.

A celebration of life will be held on January 11, 2020 at the Ithaca Moose Club at 12:00 noon. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Celia (Cole) Scott

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Celia (Cole) Scott

Age 93, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Monday, December 23, 2019 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility. She was born in Montour Falls on March 23, 1926, the daughter of the late Raymond and Agnes Cole.

Celia enjoyed crossword puzzles, NASCAR, long rides, and eating out. She was predeceased by her husband, Philip; two brothers, Clifford and Albert Cole; and by one sister, Loretta Johnson.

She is survived by two daughters, Sandra Ridley of Watkins Glen and Doreen and Ralph Wilson of Elko, GA; two sons, David and Betty Scott of Montour Falls, and Matt and Robin Scott of Watkins Glen; nine grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at Montour Cemetery in the spring at a date and time to be announced. Contributions may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home in Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Sally A. Schouten

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Sally A. (Veitch) Schouten

Age 72, of 2664 Church Road, Reading Center, NY, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY.

Sally was born on June 11, 1947 in Newport, Wales, United Kingdom, the daughter of the late Adam R. and Ruby E. (Watkins) Veitch. She was a graduate of Bay Ridge High School, Brooklyn, NY.

In addition to her parents, Sally was predeceased by her daughter-in-law, Jennifer Schouten.

Sally is survived by her beloved husband of 52 years, Tyler Schouten of Reading Center; son, Stephen Schouten of Williamsville, NY; son and daughter-in-law Adam and Jaclyn Schouten of Rock Stream, NY; brother and sister-in-law Jamie and Diane Veitch of Saratoga Springs, NY; and grandchildren Tyler Schouten of Waverly, NY and Ryan Schouten of Williamsville, NY.

To honor Sally’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or service. Memorial donations may be made to the Watkins Glen Public Library or the B. Thomas Golisano Hope Lodge Hospitality House, 1120 South Goodman Street, Rochester, NY 14620.

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Doreen Alice Hall

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Doreen Alice Hall

Age 90, passed away on Monday, December 23, 2019, at Seneca View Skilled Nursing in Montour Falls, NY. She was born In Coudersport, PA on April 14, 1929, the daughter of the late Jeannette (Callahan) and Roderick Duke.

Doreen became a nurse after raising her eight children. She worked as a registered nurse for Willard in Ovid, NY. Doreen and her late husband, Neil Patterson, relocated to Tennessee in the early 1980's, where they designed and built their octagon log home. While in Tennessee, she worked as a nurse at the local nursing home. They also volunteered in the Peace Corps, serving in Jamaica for two years in the late 1980's.

She and Neil enjoyed traveling around the country visiting family and friends, as well as working as volunteer campground hosts in several federal and state campgrounds She was an active member of the Hurricane Creek Baptist Church in Tennessee and the First Baptist Church in Watkins Glen. Doreen enjoyed reading, working puzzles, and embroidery. Among her hobbies, Doreen enjoyed collecting rocks from everywhere.
 
Doreen is survived by her eight children, Linda (Anthony) Compton-Bond, Gary (Diane) Patterson, David (Ruth) Patterson, Norman Patterson, Rhonda (Bill) Quade, Lisa (Leonard) Orr, Amy (Ken) Vernarsky, and Jeannette Patterson; 24 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren; her twin sister, Maurine Beverage; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to her parents, Doreen was predeceased by her husbands, Neil Patterson and Russell Hall, and her great-granddaughter, Huntley Coombes.

A celebration of Doreen's life will be planned and announced in March of 2020. Memorial contributions may be made to the Burdett Fire Dept., PO Box 238, Burdett, NY 14818 or to the American Cancer Society, 1120 Goodman Street South, Rochester, NY 14620. Fond memories of Doreen may be shared with her family and friends at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Amy Reges

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Amy Reges

Age 63, of Hector, NY, passed away on December 10, 2019 after a courageous battle with lymphoma.

Amy was an artist, sculptor, animal communicator, animal trainer (dogs, cats, horses, caribou) and lover of all animals, especially her labs, of which she had many that she trained in obedience and show.

She loved to paint, sew, cook, garden, bird watch, and drink fine wine. Yoga, animal communication, and a spiritual understanding of the universe kept her grounded and also provided for a loving and good household energy.

She leaves behind her dogs Nissa and Tonto, cat Monique, and loving husband Jim.

There will be no services, but a party for her will be held when the weather is warm (July 11, 2020).  

Donations in her memory can be made to the Schuyler County Humane Society (schuylerhumane.org).

Obituary: Yolanda Roccisano

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Yolanda Roccisano

WATKINS GLEN -- Yolanda Roccisano, 87, passed away on Friday, December 20, 2019.

Yolanda was a giving person who embraced her nieces and nephews in lieu of having a family of her own. She was a second mother to many of us and her time devoted to us were cherished times in our lives. Yolanda was an artist at heart who was accomplished at drawing and had an affinity for modern and classical music.

She was predeceased by her parents, Theresa and Dominick Roccisano; brother and sister-in-law, James and Palma Roccisano of Brooklyn, NY; sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Joseph Paradiso of S. Chicago Heights; and sister and brother-in-law, Julia and William Simiele of Watkins Glen. Yolanda is survived by sisters, Anna Tufty-Reeves and Jennie Roccisano of California; and several nieces and nephews.

Thank you to all of the caregivers at Schuyler Hospital Skilled Nursing, as the staff extended many kindnesses to Yolanda during her extended stay there. Yolanda was a member of St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church.

A viewing will be held at the Link at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen on Monday, December 23, 2019 at 10 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated following at 11 a.m..Fond memories of Yolanda may be shared with her family and friends at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Gerald F. Tobey

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Gerald F. Tobey

Age 82, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on December 16, 2019.  

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Sunday, Dec. 22 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.; followed by a Memorial Service at 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A reception will be announced; a private burial will take place at Lakeview Cemetery.  

He was born on May 28, 1937, son of Harry and Thelma Tobey. He attended school in Elmira and Watkins Glen, graduating in 1956. He worked as a teenager and his entire adult life at his father’s bakery. Tobe’s Bake Shop was started in 1952, with Jerry buying the business in 1973, moving it from its Franklin Street location to the corner of 4th and Decatur and retiring in 1998. He also established, owned and ran Tobey’s Bakery Elmira, located first on 14th Street then Upper Lake Road in the mid 1960's to early 1970's. His son Jeff opened Tobey’s Donut Shop in 2016 in the same location.    

Jerry served in the Naval Reserve Surface Division 3-62 from 1954-1962. He was a member of the BPOE Elks Lodge #1546 of Watkins Glen; Moose Lodge #426 in Montour Falls, the Montour Mechanics Club, American Legion Post #676 of Odessa, and the Seneca Lake Duck Hunters Club. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoying big game hunting in Wyoming and Colorado, but most of his time was spent making sure his business ran smoothly.  

He was predeceased by his parents; brother Alan Tobey; sister-in-law Kay Wellman Tobey; nephew Justin Tobey; and companion Elizabeth Barrows.  

He is survived by his three children, Jeffrey (Lorena) Tobey of Rock Stream, Kathy (David) Crans of Watkins Glen, and Kelly (Bryan) Bernal of Elmira; brother, James Tobey of Odessa; grandchildren, Jessica Crans of Nashville, TN, Sarah (Charlie) Scaptura of Watkins Glen, Amanda (John) Morrison of Durham, NC, Jamie Tobey of Rock Stream, Christopher Bernal of Elmira, and Michael Bernal of Elmira; great-grandchildren, Hailey and Brady Morrison, Kade Westervelt, and Maria Scaptura; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Those wishing may consider a memorial donation to Care First, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870 (or online at CareFirstNY.org)

Condolences or Remembrances may be expressed to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Clara H. Hoover

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Clara H. Hoover

Age 96, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Sunday, December 15, 2019. She was born in Watkins Glen, NY on June 12, 1923, the daughter of the late Benjamin and Helen (Carey) Howell. She was a graduate of Watkins Glen High School.

Clara retired as a bank teller at Chemung Valley Savings & Loan in Watkins Glen. She was a member of the Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary and volunteered in the gift shop. Clara enjoyed puzzles, knitting, crocheting and volunteer work at the county barn for many years. In 1999, Clara was honored  as one of Schuyler County’s Outstanding Mature Workers. She was predeceased by her husbands, Paul Fennell and John Hoover.

Clara is survived by her two sons, Pat (Kathleen) Fennell of Rochester, NY and Tom (Carmella) Fennell of NC; two stepsons, Norman Hoover and Robert (Merrily) Hoover; 10 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and one niece, Karine Bennett of Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, December 20 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Her funeral service will follow at 12:30 p.m. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Watkins Glen.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Montour Falls Fire Department, Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary, Care First Hospice, or Schuyler County Ambulance. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Norman B. Covert

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Norman B. Covert

Age 78, of Burdett, NY, passed away on December 15, 2019. He was born in Montour Falls on December 24, 1940, the son of the late LeRoy and Leone (Clyde) Covert.

Norman enjoyed mechanics, hunting, nature, and driving the dirt roads of Hector.

He is survived by two sons, Norman B. Covert, II of Rochester and Brian K. Covert of Raleigh, NC; daughter, Nichole A. Covert (Gregory) of E. Syracuse; two brothers, Stanley Covert of Trumansburg and Roger Covert of Corning; four grandchildren, Biagio, Sarah, Emily and Hannah; many nieces and nephews; and by longtime companion Ruth Carlisle. He was predeceased by his brothers, Roy “Buddy” Covert, Robert “Tom” Covert and Richard “Dick” Covert.

Services will be held privately by the family. Arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Richard J. Sheesley, Jr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Richard J. Sheesley, Jr.

Age 76, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Dec. 12, 2019.

Dick was born in Montour Falls, NY, the son of Richard J. Sheesley, Sr. and mother Elizabeth. He was a member of the BPOE #1546 Elks Lodge in Watkins Glen and worked at US Salt for 49 years. 

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, Camelia Sheesley of Canandaigua, Crystal Huntley of South Carolina, and Brian Sheesley (Tim Sullivan) of Horseheads; brothers and sisters, Nancy Boylan of South Carolina, Cherie Kennison of Watkins Glen, Billy Sheesley (Roberta) of Watkins Glen, John (Jacquelyn) Sheesley of Florida, Stephen (Mary) Sheesley of Maryland, and Terry Lynn (Eric) Herr of Lancaster; two grandchildren, Otto C. and Abigail Huntley; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. 

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Wednesday, Dec. 18 from 1-2 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org). 

You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Daniel Robert Bartholomew

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Daniel Robert Bartholomew

Age 70, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on December 10, 2019 after a long illness. 

He was born in Montour Falls, NY, on August 31, 1949, the son of the late Daniel A. and Ann M. Bartolomeo. He graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1967 and received his Bachelor’s of Electrical Engineering degree from Cornell University in 1971.

After graduation, Dan worked for Cornell Information Technology from 1971 until his retirement in 2008, initially supporting large IBM mainframes and later supporting Windows personal computers. Dan enjoyed taking annual vacations to Hawaii and Cancun with family, gardening, movies, scuba diving, and music concerts, and continued to do computer programming during his retirement.

Dan is survived by his sister, Nancy (Jack) Culligan of Watkins Glen; nephew, Darrin (Tina) Culligan of Burdett, NY; niece Danna (Culligan) Watson and great-nephews Aaron Culligan, Dylan Watson and Alex Watson of Hagerstown, MD, and his long-time friend Elaine LaRocque of Ithaca, NY. He was predeceased by great-nephew Joshua Culligan. Dan enjoyed maintaining contact over the years with friends who had moved away.

Dan wanted to express his thanks to the Cayuga Medical Center Radiation/Oncology departments, and the Cayuga Hematology Oncology Associates. Special thanks are given to Dr. Charles Garbo and all of the CHOA Chemo Suite nurses, staff, and volunteers for their dedicated care and treatment during his illness.

A private family service will be held at a later time, and burial will be at St. Mary's cemetery next to his parents and grandparents. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Schuyler County Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891, or becoming a blood donor through the American Red Cross.

You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Robert E. DeGraw

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Robert E. DeGraw

Age 82, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Thursday, December 12, 2019. He was born in Erin, NY on May 28, 1937, the son of the late LeRoy and Gladys (Gee) DeGraw.

Bob owned Valley Contracting in Montour Falls for many years. He later retired from Akzo Nobel Salt Company in Watkins Glen. In his retirement he had a bicycle repair shop. Bob loved working with wood and on carpentry projects. He also enjoyed mowing his lawn.

Surviving are his daughters, Laura Sopp of Elmira Heights, Linda Leonard of Horseheads, and Sherry (Doug) Habbershaw of Montour Falls; two sisters, Dora and Beatrice; 11 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Susie DeGraw, on April 30, 2010 and by his son, Mike (Larry) DeGraw, on October 25, 2018.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, December 16 from 2-4 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. His funeral service will follow. Burial will be at Montour Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Schuyler Ambulance, 909 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or the Seneca View SNF Activity Fund, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls 14865. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Richard A. McIlroy

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Richard A. "Dick" McIlroy

Age 66, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away unexpectedly on December 10, 2019 surrounded by his family. 

The family will receive friends and family at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Sunday, Dec. 15 from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. 

Dick was predeceased by his parents, Jack and Betty McIlroy.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Tracie (Herrick) McIlroy; daughter Keri (Jesse) Schubmehl; sons, Philip (Alicia) McIlroy and Alan (Amelia) McIlroy; grandchildren, Isaac, Lucas, Lydia, Graham, Darren, and baby boy McIlroy arriving in March; brothers, Tom (Fay) McIlroy and Bob (Wanetta) McIlroy; sister-in-law, Cathy Herrick; brother-in-law Scott Herrick; and nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends. 

Dick graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1971, and received a Carpentry Certificate from SUNY Delhi College. He worked for Watkins Salt (Cargill) and retired in 2011 after 35 years.

Dick loved to spend time with his children and grandchildren, watching his grandson Isaac’s athletic events, and wrestling with the “little ones.” He also loved hunting and spending time at his cabin with his friends. 

Those wishing may consider a donation in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org), Ronald McDonald House (www.rmhc.org), or Watkins Glen Sports Booster Club (P.O. Box 267. Watkins Glen, NY 14891).   

You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Yvonne L. Stewart

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Yvonne L. "Bonnie" Stewart

Age 82, of Trumansburg, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, December 6, 2019. She was born in Montour Falls, NY on July 21, 1937, the daughter of the late Ralph and Mary (Boyd) Dean, and graduated from Trumansburg High School in 1955.

Yvonne retired from the Ithaca City School District and also worked for Tompkins County Planning. She was a member of the Trumansburg Senior Citizens and a Tuesday morning breakfast club, a trustee for Union Cemetery of Hector, and a volunteer at the Mecklenburg Thrift Shop. Yvonne enjoyed puzzles, reading, and spending her winters in Zephyrhills, FL.

She was predeceased by her husband, Bert Stewart, in 2010, and by her brother, Earl Dean.

She is survived by her children, Barbara (Tim) Terrell of Elkin, NC, Diane (John) Taber of Trumansburg, and Douglas Stewart of Hamburg, NJ; two grandchildren, Naomi (Adam) Langlois of Trumansburg and Patrick Terrell of Brooklyn, NY; two great grandsons, Lawsen and Colt Langlois; special niece, Patricia Stewart; and by several other nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, December 12 from 4-6 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A memorial service will follow at 6:00 p.m. Burial will be in Union Cemetery of Hector at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Leo Mark West

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Leo Mark West

Age 57, of Trumansburg, NY passed away on Monday, December 2, 2019 at Cayuga Medical Center.

He was born in Montour Falls, NY on August 16, 1962, the son of Mervin C. and Shirley B. (Parlett) West. Leo enjoyed hunting, fishing and go-kart racing. He was predeceased by his father, Mervin West, and by two nephews, Travis and Jaccob West.

He is survived by his mother, Shirley West of Trumansburg; a brother, Mike and Jessica West of Odessa, NY; two sisters, Barb and Bob of Newfield, NY, and Diane Smith of Odessa; nieces and nephews, Kyle, Jade, Courtney and Natalie; Lacey and boys, Angie, Becky, Robby and family; and by a great niece, Serena.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 2-4 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Burial will be in Union Cemetery of Hector at a later date. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Cynthia Ann Robbins

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY.

Cynthia Ann Robbins

Age 63, formerly of Odessa, NY passed away at her home with her husband by her side in Belmont, NY on November 30, 2019.

She was the daughter of Freeman and Eunice (Hodge) Cooper, born on April 16, 1956. Cindy married Alva Robbins on May 3, 1974 and together they shared a wonderful life, raising two children (Alva Robbins and Nicole Robbins) and two stepchildren (Amy Turner and Mary Smith).

Cindy was a dedicated mother first and foremost. She treasured her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and embraced every moment with them. She had a vivacious personality and always made people around her laugh. Cindy loved to love on people. Her hands were rarely still as she was always crocheting, knitting or crafting something for someone. She shared her passions with her devoted, loving sister Nancy Thomas. She enjoyed playing Euchre and treasured her memories of traveling with her husband and family over the years. Cindy was fierce with determination in life and never gave up easily.

Friends and family will be gathering on Saturday, December 7 at the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church in Burdett, NY to celebrate Cindy's life. To leave on-line condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Wilfred S. Bush Sr.

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Wilfred S. Bush Sr.

Age 76, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Nov. 23, 2019 while being lovingly cared for by the staff at Schuyler Hospital.
       
Born to Wilfred Bush and Margaret Curran in Montour Falls, "Bushy" worked as a press operator for 35 years for what is now US Salt, in Watkins Glen.

Wilfred was preceded in death by his loving wife of 56 years, Susanne, just four months earlier. In addition to Sue, Wilfred was also preceded in death by two of his three sons, Wilfred Bush Jr. in 2005 and Timothy Bush in 2006, and by granddaughter Amanda Bush-Cortright in 2014.

Wilfred is survived by son, Jeffrey; daughter, Vera; son-in-law, Johnny Phillips; and a large group of family and friends.

Wilfred was a great family man and one of the kindest men you'd ever want to meet. He was loved by all who knew him.

To leave a message of condolence or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Eugene Hoose

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Eugene "Gene" Hoose

Age 76, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on November 28, 2019.

According to his wishes there are no services. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Arthur Joel Peck III

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Arthur "Art" Joel Peck III

Age 75, of Breesport, NY, passed away unexpectedly on November 25, 2019. 

The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life in the spring. 

Art was born on May 10, 1944 and was raised in Watkins Glen. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Joel Peck Jr. and Margaret Hodges Peck Adams. He is survived by his adoring wife, Donna Colf Peck; son, AJ (Janel Barrows) Peck and their children, Emily and Allison; daughter, Cyndie (Kevin) Grove and their children Jacob, Toby, Alianna, Riley, Ethan, and Emmarae; and sisters, Grace Ann Pelino and Jean Swinnerton. 

Art was a 32nd Degree Master Mason and member of Zereditha Lodge #451 in York, PA.

From watching road races in Watkins Glen as a small boy to working on different race teams, Art spent a good portion of his life at the Watkins Glen racetrack. He began volunteering in various roles at Watkins Glen International more than 30 years ago. Most recently, he thoroughly enjoyed giving rides to WGI guests in the track pace cars and giving personal tours to Track VIPs. You could frequently see Art driving around the infield on his green golf cart. He was a Past District Governor, a Past Council Chair, a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, and a dedicated member and Past President of the Corning Lions Club. Art also enjoyed driving his “FRN2FRND” Porsche. He was fond of supporting the community through Lions Club, helping his family and friends, as well as sending out his daily jokes. He will be greatly missed by all who came into contact with him. 

Tax deductible donations can be made in Art’s memory to Bampa’s House at PO Box 965, Corning, NY 14830.

You may leave a remembrance or express condolences online in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen (TEL: 607-535-4331).

Obituary: Franklin Lee Howard

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Franklin Lee Howard

Age 73, of Burdett, New York, lost his 30-year battle with heart disease on November 24, 2019.

Lee was born to Marcella Greenwood and Franklin Everett Howard in Waverly, New York. He had his own car repair business for several years, and worked for Schweizer Aircraft, Chemung Canal Bank, Bob's Honda, Delta Airlines and Lowes.

He was predeceased by his parents, Everett Howard and Marcella Howard; brother Evan Howard; an infant daughter, Mary, and grandson Austin Howard.

Lee is survived by his wife, Rebecca Geiger Howard; stepson Kenneth (Jennifer) Peters of Burdett; stepdaughter Jennie (Kevin) Musewicz of Fort Valley, Georgia; sister-in-law Lenora Howard of Florida; son Frank (Maureen Howard) of Nebraska; daughter Julie (Edwin) Morales of Waverly, NY; son Joseph (Kate) of Texas; his special dog Taffy, and special friends Earl and Esther Geiger. He is also survived by grandchildren Franklin Alex Howard, Emily Howard, Erica Morales, Justin Morales, Julia Hines, Austin Peters, Emma Hines and Kurtis Musewicz, and three great grandchildren.

Lee has donated his body to the Upstate Medical Center.  

A memorial service will be held at Glen Baptist Church, Watkins Glen, NY on Dec. 7, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: David S. Cheplick

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David S. Cheplick

Age 94, of Elmira Heights, NY, died Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. He was born July 21, 1925 in Olyphant, PA son of the late Joseph and Mary (Tehensky) Cheplick.

He was predeceased by his wife Mary (Petelchuk) in 2010, daughter-in-law Linda in 2011, and brothers John, Russell, Joseph and Eugene. David is survived by his children and their spouses, David and Liz Cheplick of Falls Church, VA, Paul and Dawn Cheplick of LaGrange, GA, Michael and Rebecca Cheplick of Nashville, TN, Marnie and Peter Skoog of Collegeville, PA, and Mark and Jennifer Cheplick of Leesburg, VA; grandchildren Marissa, Julie and Samuel Cheplick, Jami (George) Simpson, Sydnie, Matthew and Marianna Cheplick, Marija, Joshua and Kyra Skoog, and Anna, Polly and Melanie Cheplick; brother and sister-in-law Thomas and Mildred Cheplick of Elmira Heights; sisters and brother-in-law MaryAnne and John Turko and Mildred Gongolewski, all of Olyphant, PA; along with many nieces and nephews.

David was a lifelong, devoted member of Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Church. He was a retired math teacher and guidance counselor from Thomas A. Edison High School in Elmira Heights. He also coached JV football, varsity wrestling and girls swimming. He was a veteran of the U.S Coast Guard.

Family and friends are invited to visit Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Church, 140 Horseheads Blvd., Elmira Heights on Friday, Nov. 22 from 4:30 to 7 pm. Panykhyda will begin at 7 p.m. His funeral service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. in the church. Rev. Fr. David Cowan will officiate, assisted by his son-in-law Fr. Deacon Peter Skoog. Committal prayers and interment will follow in Holy Trinity Orthodox Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember David through donations to Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Church, 140 Horseheads Blvd., Elmira Heights, NY 14903.

Obituary: Jean Louise Parker

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Jean Louise (Fraboni) Parker

Age 82, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 with her loving family by her side. Jean was born on July 29, 1937, the daughter of the late Leo and Elizabeth (Reed) Fraboni.

Jean was employed by Schuyler Hospital for 44 years. She also worked for the Schuyler County Board of Elections. She was an avid Buffalo Bills fan, and enjoyed playing Bingo and slots.

Jean is survived by her husband of 65 years, Francis Parker; son, Christopher Parker (Ron); daughters, Cynthia Parker and Melissa (Steven) Zoeke; five grandchildren, Corey Mills, Courtney Mills, Jeremy Zoeke, Jordan Zoeke and Abelgayle Parker; sister, Helene Fraboni; brothers, James (Connie) Fraboni and Richard (Virginia) Fraboni; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter, Cheryl Mills, and by several brothers and sisters.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, November 15 from 12 noon-2 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Her funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m. followed by burial in Montour Cemetery. There will be a reception to follow at 3:30 p.m. at the Montour Moose Lodge, State Route 14, Montour Falls.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Schuyler Hospital, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Sophie Norman

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Barber Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Sophie (Urkewich) Norman

Age 99, of Elmira Heights, NY, passed away peacefully in Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls on November 7, 2019. She was born October 20, 1920, a daughter of the late Wasel and Anna (Repella) Urkewich.

In addition to her parents, Sophie was predeceased by her loving husband of nearly 60 years, John Norman Sr., in 2000, as well as by her siblings Julia, Mary, Catherine, Steve and Andrew. She is survived by her son and his fiance, John (Sandy Ream) Norman of Reading Center, NY; grandchildren Stephanie Norman of VA, Melanie (Kyle) Groshan of Manlius, NY, and Alissa (Jason) Brewer of Victor, NY; great grandchildren Zachary Francis, and Megan and Gwendolyn Groshan; a sister, Dorothy Gomella of FL; along with several nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

Sophie owned and operated Watkins Glen Floral with her husband from 1955-1977. She was a member of St. James' Episcopal Church in Watkins Glen. Most of all, Sophie had a wonderful life; she cherished and was loved for 99 years.

The family offers special thanks to the nursing staff at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility,
3rd Floor for the wonderful care given to Sophie.

Private services and interment will be held in Maple Grove Cemetery at the wishes of her family.

Condolences at www.barberfuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Martha A. Schuster

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Martha A. Schuster

Age 93, of Odessa, NY, entered unto rest on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at the Montgomery House, Odessa.

Born in Rome, New York on May 15, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Edward E. and Addie L. (Thompson) Schuster. Martha was a cashier at Acme Markets for 45 years, retiring in 1990.

Martha loved her cats; they were her children. She has now gone on to pick up her cat, “Gregory,” at the rainbow bridge.

She is survived by her sister, Addie Schuster of Odessa; along with many friends. She was predeceased by her brother, Andrew Schuster.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, November 11 from 12 noon-2 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. Her funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. Martha will be buried in Rome Cemetery, Rome, New York. 

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Mary L. Markley

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Mary L. Markley

Age 82, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. Born on July 30, 1937 in Rural Mineral Point, Wisc., she was the daughter of the late Gilbert and Catherine (Clauer) Bloom.

She graduated from Mineral Point High School. On August 1, 1959, she married George L. Markley, he being just discharged from the Air Force.

Mary loved family get-togethers and cooking special dishes for family and friends. She enjoyed  flowers, gardening, and taking drives to view the scenery. Her hobbies included crochet, needlepoint, puzzles and reading.

Surviving is her beloved husband of 60 years, George L. Markley; children, Jon P. Markley, Cheri E. Markley Church, Joel P. Markley and Jody P. (Kari) Markley; siblings, Bernetta (Bud) Anderson, Betty Poad, Gilbert (Linda) Bloom and Maureen Ubersox; 12 grandchildren, Mike (Kelly) Markley, Mark (Jessie) Markley, Matt Markley, Parker Church, Rylee Church, Braxton Church, Joshua Markley, Joseph (Celia) Markley, Margaret (Kenny) Rhodes, Timothy Markley, Joe (Kym) DeNardo and Dylan Markley; 12 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, Jacque P. Markley, and by her brothers-in-law, Joe Poad and Lyle Ubersox.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, November 1 from 6-8 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A private funeral service will be held by the family. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Helen Miller

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Helen Miller

Age 92, of Monterey, NY, passed away on October 28, 2019 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. She was born on March 8, 1927 in Bradford, NY, the daughter of John and Catherine (Kolscak) Romance. She was a graduate of Bradford Central School class of 1945.

She married Elwin (Pete) Miller on June 25, 1947. He predeceased her on October 27, 2018.

Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Lorraine and Raymond Ellison of Monterey, NY; beloved grandson, Christopher Ellison of Rochester, NY; along with several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three brothers, Joe, John and Steve Romance, and three sisters, Anna Kowalski, Mary Aftuck and Kate Bocek.

Helen loved gardening, especially her flower beds, feeding and watching the birds, reading, sewing, crafts, and going to the casino.

It was Helen’s wishes that there be no visitation. Interment will be in Maltby Cemetery in Monterey at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made in her honor to a charity of one’s choice. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Carol Brannaka

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Carol Brannaka

Of Beaver Dams, NY, passed away on October 27, 2019 on her 60th birthday. 

Carol was born in Staten Island, NY on October 27, 1959. For many years, she owned and operated the Cardinals Family Daycare and was a Girl Scout Leader for Troop #1120 in Watkins Glen.

Carol worked for the Schuyler County OFA for many years, cooking and preparing food at the Silver Spoon Café. She loved and adored her friendships with clients at the café. She also worked as a cook at Wegman’s in Corning. Every Christmas, she would always think about the less fortunate and donate to someone. She was a very giving person and thought about other people first. Carol was also the proud Band Mom for Graven Image.  

Carol was predeceased by her loving mom, Barbara Tingaud. Also, brothers-in-law, John Vorrasi and Charles Smith; and father-in-law, John Brannaka. She is survived by her husband John; son John III (and Jasmine) of Beaver Dams; daughter Crystal (and John) Moran of Beaver Dams; sisters, Andrea Vorassi of Watkins Glen, Diane Kasian of Newfield and Donna Smith of Watkins Glen. She was also beloved Ooma to two grandsons, Aidan and Lincoln Moran. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, and her loving companion Princess.  

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Friday, Nov. 1 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  

Those wishing to remember Carol may consider a donation in her memory to The Humane Society of Schuyler County, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865 (or donate online at www.SchuylerHumane.org/donations). You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Gary Robertson

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Gary Robertson

Age 76, of Burdett, NY, passed away on October 22, 2019.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Monday, Oct. 28 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., and Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 1 p.m.-2 p.m.  A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home; followed by interment at the Union Cemetery of Hector in Burdett. 

Gary owned and operated Gary Robertson Antiques in Burdett. He was predeceased by his parents, Glenn and Doris; son Michael; and brothers, Gene and Glenn ”Bob” Robertson. 

He is survived by his wife Betty; four children, Nikki (Fred) White of Odessa, Cori (Larry) Janack of Odessa, Adam (Barbara) Robertson of Cayuta, and Jessica Rumsey of Millport; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Dale and Cheryl Fitzwater of Branchport, and Melody and Brian LaClair of Webster; seven grandchildren, Nathan (Taylor) Johnson, Felicia Johnson, Kaetlyn White, E’Lexus Janack, Ciarra Janack, Stephen Jacob, and Kyle Jacob; great-grandson, Isaac Johnson; and his beloved fur babies, Spencer and Shiny. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Schuyler County Humane Society, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865 (or online at www.SchuylerHumane.org/donations)

You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Johanna Marie Drake

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Johanna Marie Drake

Age 83, passed away on October 4, 2019 at the Tenacre Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey. Born in Manhattan, she moved to Burdett, NY in 1979, with the intention of turning her 16-room house into a bed and breakfast.

She was active in local politics and animal rescue.

She was predeceased by her sister, Barbara Horton of Lee Summit, MO on August 26, 2019. She leaves a brother, Andrew J. Dubrin of Rochester, NY; her son, Andrew Roy Drake of Alfred Station, NY; and four cats, Tuni, Silverstien, Marco and Sampson of Alfred Station.

In keeping with her wishes, there will be no funeral. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Church in Bath, NY, on Sunday, December 1. In lieu of flowers, please donate in her memory to Paradise Garden Animal Rescue, 598 Kent Hill Road, Woodhull, NY 14898 (or online at www.paradisegardenanimalhaven.org)

You may express condolences or remembrances online in “Obituaries” at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Helen Marlene Lum

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Helen Marlene Gates Lum

Age 87, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away peacefully at the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, Montour Falls, NY on October 19, 2019.

She was the daughter of Lela and Delivan Gates Sr. and is now reunited with her beloved daughter Gail Marie and brother Delivan Augie Gates. She is survived by son Gerry Lum; sister-in-law Helen Gates and family; grandchildren Joseph (Nicole) Willis, Amy Willis (Kevin Byrd), and Cameron, Casey, and Chloe Lum; great-grandchildren Miles Willis and Willow Byrd, and dear friends Terri and Joe Orbin.

Marlene was an adored school teacher, dedicated tax collector, and beloved daughter, mother, grandmother, and friend. May we always be reminded of her contagious laughter, her generosity, her quick wit, and her kind nature.

Calling hours will be held at the Haughey-Wood Funeral home, 119 Fifth Street, Watkins Glen on Saturday, October 26  from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. A private burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery.

Obituary: Charlene D. Rumsey

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Charlene D. Rumsey

Age 56, of Savona, NY, passed away on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at home. Born on May 31, 1963, she was the daughter of Tracy Ellis, Geraldine Pipe and her stepfather Ralph Pipe. Charlene is a graduate of Candor Central School and at one time worked at Polly-O Dairy in Campbell, NY.

Charlene had a huge love for Bingo as well as playing the Penny Slots at the Casino with her fiance Greg. The best part of Charlene's day was spending time with her family, but mostly her beloved grandchildren
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She is survived by her children, William Niver (Naomi Schmidt) of Savona, Pamala Nagel (Joshua Jackson) of Bath, Mathew (Laura) Sanford of Campbell, Jamie (Alexis) Nagel of Maryland, and Kayla Nagel of Elmira Heights; her parents, Geraldine (Ralph) Pipe of Painted Post and Tracy (Lois) Ellis of Bath; fiancé, Gregory Bell of Savona; longtime friend Kenneth Rumsey; stepchildren, Brandon and Brittany Bell; Eric Rumsey, whom she considered like a son, and her niece, MistiSu Ellis, whom she considered like a daughter; brothers, David Turner of Elmira, Eugene (Crystal) Ellis of Cape Coral, FL, Michael Ellis of Bath and Amanda Rodrigues of Elmira; stepbrothers and stepsisters, Bruce Pipe of Watkins Glen, Karen Arnold of Pensacola, FL, Holly (Wilbur) DeGraw of Cayuta, Ted (Debbie) Pipe of Burdett, Sandy (Bill) Earl of Dundee and Marcy Bordonaro of Penn Yan; grandchildren, Cassana Niver, Alexus Niver, Areyenna Nagel, Connor Nagel, BellaMae Vilardi, Amelia Nagel, Jordanne Hand, Dominick Hand, Alyssa Schmidt and Kera Schmidt; step grandchildren, Zoey, Emma and Lyric Bell; and by several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her brother, William Turner.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, October 27 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Her funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Harry E. Stoddard

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Harry E. Stoddard

Age 86, of Russell Hill Road, Watkins Glen, NY, loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, passed away on October 19, 2019 with family members at his side.

Born November 27, 1932 in Beaver Dams, NY, Harry was married for 58 years to Beverly Stoddard, who preceded him in death on December 4, 2010. Harry worked on the railroad and in 1995 retired from Dresser Rand, previously Ingersoll Rand. He was always ready and willing to help anyone who needed it, and he will be sorely missed by family and friends.

Harry is survived by his sons, Harry of Hayes, VA and Charles of Watkins Glen; daughters, Beverly (Brian) of Mesa, AZ and Pam Kniffin of Corning, NY; sisters, Martha Mitchell of Honeoye, NY, Rose (Stephen) Fundurulic of Beaver Dams, Raghnild Cornish of Penn Yan, NY, and Rachel Stoddard of Watkins Glen; as well as by several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.

In addition to Beverly, Harry was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Raghnild Stoddard; son, Ivan Stoddard; sister, Violet Allis; and brother, Franklin Stoddard.

In keeping with Harry’s wishes, there will be no calling hours.  A private graveside service will be held at Beaver Dams Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family at a memorial service beginning at noon, Saturday, October 26 at the Beaver Dams Volunteer Fire Dept., 1165 County Rd. 19, Beaver Dams.

Memorial contributions may be directed to CareFirst NY, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870.

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Daisy C. Medlock

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Daisy C. Medlock

Age 106, formerly of Trumansburg, NY, passed away peacefully on October 17, 2019 at Cayuga Ridge Nursing in Ithaca.

Born April 3, 1913, in Trumansburg, Daisy was the youngest daughter of the late Thomas and Mary Jane (Clock) Cannon. A lifelong resident of the Trumansburg area, she was married for 53 years to the late Kenneth Medlock. Daisy had previously been employed at NYS Electric & Gas, but most will remember her as an employee for many years at Holton’s Pharmacy in Trumansburg.

Her priority was always her family; she enjoyed cooking, gardening, any outdoor activity, and quiet contemplation in the early morning with a cup of coffee at the backyard picnic table.
 
In addition to her parents and her husband, Kenneth, Daisy was preceded in death by a great granddaughter, Rachel Bower Taber; a brother, Harry Cannon; and sisters, Ruth Bower, Charlena Strong and Mary Dearborn.

She is survived by her daughter, Sharron Bower and husband, James, of Odessa, NY; granddaughter, Tammie Bower of Odessa; grandson Thomas Bower and his wife, Brandy, of Horseheads; great grandchildren, Kaleb and Alivia Bower of Horseheads; and a large extended family.

A private graveside service will be held at Grove Cemetery in Trumansburg. In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, memorial contributions in Daisy’s memory may be directed to the Trumansburg Fire & Ambulance, PO Box 418, Trumansburg, NY 14886.

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Richard H. Adams

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Richard H. Adams

Age 84, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 14, 2019 in his home on Seneca Lake in Hector.

Richard (Dick) was born in Elmira on January 4, 1935, the son of the late Paul and Ruth Adams. He attended a one-room school house in Hector, graduated from Watkins Glen High School, attended Wooster College in Ohio and received his Bachelor and Masters of Science degrees at MIT.

Adams was an aerospace engineer in California and Boston, and once owned a product-development firm. While visiting the Harvard Square Logos Bookstore in Cambridge, Mass., he met the future director of the Logos chain, volunteered, and in July of 1972, opened Logos Bookstore of Ithaca. The store, quite small, developed and evolved into an ever-changing department store, a staple on the Ithaca Commons for close to 30 years.

Richard and wife Elizabeth were then instrumental in starting the third-world craft shop, Ten Thousand Villages, which still thrives on The Commons now as One World Market. Over the years Richard was an advocate for peace and justice. In his retirement years living on Seneca Lake with his wife, he delighted in the many visits, holiday celebrations, and picnics, with his family. He never forgot to challenge family members to jump into the cold lake!

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Elizabeth; his son Scott (Nancy) of Hector; his daughter Leslie (James) of Interlaken, NY; his son John (Shannon) of Sidney, his son Ted (Geeta) of Medford, MA; and his grandchildren, Courtney, Kiersten, Julia, Hayley, Pari, Catherine, Kieran and Anastasia. He was predeceased by his sister, Jean Bishop, and brothers, Budd and Bruce.

A memorial service will be held by the family at the Hector Presbyterian Church, State Route 414, Hector at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 19, followed by a luncheon reception in the church’s fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, friends may kindly consider a donation in Richard’s memory to Agua Clara, a water purification system used in developing countries, which was invented by Monroe Weber-Shirk from Cornell. (aguaclara.cornell.edu)

You may express condolences or leave a memory for the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Terrance A. Seals

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Terrance A. Seals

Age 57, of Horseheads, NY, passed away unexpectedly on October 11, 2019.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 4 p.m. at the funeral home. A celebration of life will be announced.

He was predeceased by his mother, Mildred (Harrison) Seals. He is survived by his wife and business partner, Barbara Seals; father, Odis Seals Sr. of Horseheads; godmother, Margaret Bonner of Horseheads; brothers and sisters, Brenda Walker of Florida, Sandra (James) Kaddy of New Hampshire, Odis Seals Jr., of Elmira, Deborah (Ronald) Beckett of Florida, Rhoda Haven of Kentucky, Pamela (David) Filley of Indiana, Kevin (Suzanne) Seals of Washington, Elvin Seals III of Athens, PA, and Audrey (Alfred) Irish of Vestal, NY; children, Anthony Long of Elmira Heights and Travis Seals of Williamsport, PA; three grandchildren, Rafael, Amaria and Kion Long; sisters-in-law, Susan Thompson (John Hines) of Odessa and Kathleen Frary (Tony Torrence) of North Carolina; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Terrance, known by friends as “T”, was an avid football, Nascar and Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He also enjoyed fishing and camping. He and his wife owned and operated B&T Contracting in Horseheads.

Those wishing may consider a donation in his memory to the Chemung County SPCA, 2435 St. Rt. 352, Elmira, NY 14903 (or donate online at www.ChemungSPCA.org/donate). You may express condolences or leave Remembrances online in “Obituaries” at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Esther Louise Starkweather

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Esther Louise Starkweather

Age 93, of Montour Falls, NY, died on Monday, October 14, 2019 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility.

Esther was born on October 7, 1926 in Wellsboro, PA. She was married to the late Sterry Jay Starkweather. Esther was a laboratory technician for U.S. Food & Nutrition at Cornell University before her retirement.

Esther is survived by one daughter and two sons, Drs. Jo Anne and Dalton Bigbee of Tahlequah, OK, William Starkweather of Maurepas, LA, and Robert Starkweather of Montour Falls; five grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild. Esther was predeceased by her husband in 1986, and by her brothers and sisters.

In keeping with Esther’s wishes, there will be no services. Vedder and Scott Funeral Home of Montour Falls is assisting the family. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Margery A. Westlake Clauson

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Margery A. Westlake Clauson

Age 91, of Cayutaville, NY, passed away on Oct. 5 at her home. She was born in Horseheads, NY, the daughter of George and Christina Sears Westlake.

The valedictorian of her Horseheads High class, Margery graduated from Cornell in 1950 and taught home economics in Schuyler County after 1963 when all her children were in school. In 1970, she went to work in the registrar’s office at Cornell University’s College of Arts & Sciences, becoming registrar before her retirement in 1987.   

Margery was married to Bob Clauson and with him ran Oak Leaf Farm and Strawberry Patch summers before he died in 2000. Before becoming debilitated by Alzheimer’s disease, Margery volunteered at the Dutton S. Peterson Library in Odessa, helped maintain the Finger Lakes Trail, and was active at Cayutaville Methodist Church, especially with the Wednesday Mid-Week Fellowship ladies. 

She is survived by her son, David, who was her primary caregiver, and daughters, Su Clauson-Wicker (Bruce) of Blacksburg, Va., and Janet (John Fetter) of Los Altos, Calif.; grandchildren, Lucy (Chaw Chang), Lydia (Joe Damiano), and Ira Garrison of Ithaca, David Fetter of San Francisco, Steven Fetter of Santa Clara, Calif., and Tobias Iaculli of Trumansburg, NY; and six great grandchildren. Her sister, Shirley Westlake Verbanic Cochrane of Westlake Hill, Horseheads, and four nephews also survive her.

Memorial donations may be made to the Cayutaville Methodist Church or the Dutton S. Peterson Library, Odessa. 

The family will host a memorial open house from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 at the Cayutaville Methodist Church.

Obituary: Dolores L. Dutton

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Dolores L. Dutton

Age 90, of Beaver Dams, NY, passed away on Tuesday, October 8, 2019. She was born in Amsterdam, NY on May 25, 1929, the daughter of the late Donald and Dorothy Deats. She graduated from Northside High School in Corning.

Dolores had a very positive impact on the youth of Schuyler County, serving as a 4-H leader for over 30 years as well as being actively involved in the Schuyler County Youth Fair and other 4-H activities. She was previously employed as a bookkeeper for Manning Construction and partnered with her husband operating the Dutton Rest Home and Dutton Sport Shop for many years. She was a member of the Beaver Dams United Methodist Church for 63 years, where she enjoyed preparing delicious meals for church dinners and fund raisers.

She is survived by daughters Diane Pike, Dawn Dobson and Denise (Brian) Gardner; sons Daniel (Cheri) Dutton and Douglas (Linda) Dutton; sister Shirley Smith and brother Donald (Barbara) Deats, Jr. ; 13 grandchildren, Christopher, Amanda, Emelia, Derek, Lindsey, Kristina, Shoshanna, Tabitha, Jarrid, Matthew, Alexandria, Maxwell and Ashley; and seven great grandchildren and counting. She was predeceased by her husband, James Dutton, and son, David J. Dutton.

The family would like to extend a special Thank You to Shelly Abbey and Laurie Allen for their kind and loving care given to Dolores over the last several years. We were truly blessed to have them as part of the family.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 26 at 4 p.m. at Beaver Dams United Methodist Church, 1285 County Road 19, Beaver Dams. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Dolores’s life immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Beaver Dams United Methodist Church.

She will be joining her husband in perpetual rest at Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 6632 State Route 96A, Romulus at the convenience of the family. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Bruce E. Covert

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Bruce E. Covert

Age 80, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. He was born in Montour Falls, NY on July 13, 1939, the son of the late George and Mary (Overbaugh) Covert.

Bruce worked for New York State Parks for 33 years, and later at Cornell University for 14 years. He was a great musician and wonderful singer.

Surviving are his wife of 16 years, Kathy Covert of Watkins Glen; two sons, Bruce Covert, Jr. of Binghamton and Terry Covert of Trumansburg; grandson, Dylan Covert of Trumansburg; stepson, William J. Smith, III of Horseheads; cousins, Stan Covert of Trumansburg and Tom (Kathleen) Overbaugh of Trumansburg; and special friend, Trace James of Watertown.

In keeping with Bruce’s wishes, there will be no services. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home in Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Alice Evelyn McLaughlin

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by an area deacon.

Alice Evelyn McLaughlin

Age 79, a lifelong learner, dedicated teacher and force of nature who fought for social justice, died on Sept. 23 in Horseheads, NY, surrounded by loving family.

The daughter of Alice (Hogue) and Maynard McLaughlin, Alice was a Corning native, graduating from St. Vincent DePaul School, Notre Dame High School, and Nazareth College. She entered the Sisters of Saint Joseph in Rochester, taking the name Sister Mary Jerome, and began her teaching career at Our Mother of Sorrows School. In 1967, the National Catholic Education Association named Sister Jerome one of 40 Impact Teachers in the United States because of her ability to make learning exciting for her pupils.

Eventually, Alice left the convent, but her commitment to education and social justice never wavered. Alice went on to earn master’s degrees in business and religion. Working for the Office of Human Development, she ministered to migrant workers in Florida and New York State -- even in the fields, where she assisted with the grape harvest. She later worked as a pastoral educator and chaplain at Methodist Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn., and Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Ill.

Alice was devoted to her large extended family and broad circle of friends. She returned to the Corning area a decade ago, settling in the town of Catlin. In retirement, she continued to teach, worked part-time at the Guthrie Corning Hospital, was a parish volunteer, and tutored area students. She loved to read, cook, and travel to visit family and friends all over the world.

In 2010, with cousins Kay Sullivan and Sharon Ward, she collected favorite recipes and curated the McLaughlin Family Recipes cookbook.

Survivors include her brother Mac (Marilyn) McLaughlin of Shoreham, VT, and sisters Ann (Matt) Fennell of El Paso, TX, Sheila Reeder of Quakertown, NJ, and Lib (Jim) Dolan of Sayre, PA, as well as brother-in-law Dick Bassney of Rochester. Her brother Dan McLaughlin and sister Kate McLaughlin Bassney preceded her in death. Alice’s 31 nieces and nephews, cousins, great nieces and great nephews will miss her energy, wisdom, and sense of nonsense, but especially her company.

Friends called Saturday, Oct. 5., at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Elmira, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial followed. Contributions in Alice’s memory may be made to All Saints Academy, 158 State St., Corning, NY 14830, where she was a volunteer.

Obituary: Honorable Dale E. Jaynes

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Honorable Dale E. Jaynes

Age 72, of Burdett, NY, went to his heavenly home very peacefully with his family and friends by his side on October 1, 2019.

He was born on December 10, 1946 to his parents, William (Bill) Jaynes and Alta (White) Jaynes, who pre-deceased him, as did his daughter, Kristina (Jaynes) Burke.

Dale is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 50+ years, Linda (Hillerman) Jaynes of Burdett; sons, W. Scott Jaynes of Rochester NY, Sean Jaynes of Ballston Lake, NY, and son-in-law, Allan G. Burke of Burdett (special friend Chrissy Wetmore); grandchildren, Alex Burke and Kristofer Burke of Burdett, and Jaeden Jaynes and Isaac Jaynes of Ballston Lake; brothers-in-law, William Hillerman of Nassau, NY and Larry (Sue) Hillerman of Reno, NV; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Dale served in the “Brown Water Navy” in Vietnam. His temporary assignment with Mobile Support Unit 2, until January of 1971, deploying the various Special Operations Units, Seal Teams, Special Forces, and Force Re-Con, etc., was most memorable to him. Because of this assignment, Dale received many awards and metals. In April of 1971, he became a member of the Burdett Fire Department, serving for 48 years and holding the offices of: Secretary, Treasurer, Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Chief, Chief Deputy and Chief. Dale was a member of Schuyler County Volunteer Ambulance and served as a Paramedic for 22 years until 1992.

In August of 1973, Dale was appointed as a Charter Member of the Schuyler County Fire Investigation Unit by Emergency Management Director Harlow J. Bailey. Dale was still a member, holding the position of Chief Investigator, Pro-Board-Certified, Level Two, the highest level in NY State.

Dale dedicated his life to the service of others, putting their needs ahead of his own, over the years.

Dale was hired by International Salt in 1976, and worked for each company that later purchased the plant. He received his Journeyman Card as a Maintenance Welder-Pipefitter, a position he held up to his retirement in 2007.

In 1984 Dale joined the Boy Scouts of America to be in scouting with his sons, Scott and Sean. As his sons advanced up through the ranks so did Dale, achieving the positions of Asst. Scout Master, Asst. District Commissioner, Chapter Advisor for Order of the Arrow, and finally achieving the rank of Vigil Honor. While in Scouting in 1996 he was presented with a Bachelor of Commissioner Science, in 1997 achieved his Degree as Master of Commissioner Science and finally in 1998 received his Doctorate of Commissioner Science from the New York-Pennsylvania College of Commissioner Science. His crowning award was the joy he got while advising the young men as Ceremony Advisor in the Order of the Arrow TKaen DoD Lodge #30 BSA.

In May of 1998, Dale was appointed Hector Town Justice. In July 1998, he graduated from Basic Judicial School at SUNY Canton and continued to go to Judicial Schooling every year to present. He continued in the position of Justice of Hector to the present day.

In September of 2000, he was appointed by resolution of the Schuyler County Legislature to the position of Deputy Fire Coordinator, a position he still held. He was also a member of the Odessa American Legion Post 676, since his discharge from active duty.

He was President of the Union Cemetery of Hector in Burdett for over 10 years. Dale was a member of the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church, where he served for many years as Church Council Chairman, as well as Trustee Chairman. Among all the titles that Dale has held, being called Papa or Grandpa was his most treasured.

Those wishing, in lieu of flowers, may donate to the Burdett Fire Department, PO Box 238, Burdett, NY 14818 or the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church, 5092 State Route 227, Burdett, NY 14818.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Friday, October 11 from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 11:00 a.m. at the Burdett Fire Dept, (3830 Willow St.) Rt. 79, Burdett, NY. A reception will be announced.

You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Dora L. Sheldon

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Dora L. Sheldon

Age 75, of Spencer, NY, passed away at her home on Thursday, September 19, 2019.

Dora was born on August 25, 1944, She was the eldest child of the late Armando "Mudd" and Elizabeth Zona. She graduated from Romulus High School and lived her entire life in the Finger Lakes region. Most recently she had worked as a process server, traveling the region, as she loved to do. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and her close friends.

She is survived by her son, BJ Sheldon and his longtime girlfriend Kim Bereza of Burdett; her grandchildren, Joseph, Travis, Kameryn, Cole, and Kaylynn; her siblings, Cheryl Mandigo of Romulus, Mike Zona of Alabama, Barb Marrone of Ohio, and Rick Zona of Ovid; by caring friends Barb Kouf, Linda BeCraft, Ellen Barton, and Carol Johnson, and by many other relatives and friends.

As per her wishes, there will be no services. There will be a celebration of life at 1 p.m. on October 27 at the South Seneca Sportsmen's Club, Ovid, NY.

Obituary: Helen Templar

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Helen Templar

Age 96, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on September 23, 2019. Helen was born at home in Bradford, NY on September 7, 1923, the daughter of Floyd and Mae Switzer. After graduating from Bradford Central School, she married Herbert “Allen” Templar. Together, they raised three children on their farm on Templar Road.

She was predeceased by her parents and husband. Also, by her two siblings, Harriett Southwick and Walter Switzer. She is survived by three children, Roger (Shirley E.) Templar of Florida, Shirley Templar of Milan, PA, and Jean (William) Hammond of Wyoming; and two grandchildren, Samantha Hammond and Marshall Hammond.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Friday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; followed by a funeral service celebrating her life at 1:00 p.m. A committal service will be held immediately following funeral services at the Bradford Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Schuyler Health Foundation, Attn: Seneca View Activities Dept., 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865. The family wishes to thank the staff at Seneca View for the excellent care and love they gave to Helen.    

You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Thomas 'Michael' Brown

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Thomas "Michael" Brown

Age 63, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at Cayuga Medical Center.

Michael was born on April 18, 1956 to Thomas and Eileen Brown, who predeceased him. He has resided in the Schuyler County area for most of his lifetime, making his home with The Arc of Schuyler since 1982. Michael was a proud Eagle Scout, and an avid movie collector. He enjoyed photography, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.

Michael is survived by his Aunt Hilda Brown, half-sister Pat Brown, cousins, and many friends.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee Street, Montour Falls, on Friday, September 20, from 10:30-11:00 a.m. A celebration of Michael’s life will be held immediately following at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in Michael’s name may be made to The Arc of Schuyler, 203 Twelfth St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. You may sign a guestbook or light a “Candle of Remembrance” in his memory on line at www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Lincoln B. Wager

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Lincoln B. Wager

Age 89, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away peacefully on September 14, 2019, while a resident of Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 20 at 11:00 a.m. at the Watkins Glen First Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen; followed by burial at Union Cemetery of Hector with military honors. A reception will be announced.

Lincoln was born at home in Watkins Glen on February 15, 1930, the son of Lincoln G. Wager and Edna (Hakes) Wager. He was a graduate of Watkins Glen High School and, after school, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After returning from Korea, Lincoln began working for the NYS DOT, where he was employed for 36 years.

Although he played sousaphone in a marching band for many years, Lincoln was best known for his tenor singing voice, sharing his vocal talents as a lifelong choir member of the Watkins Glen First Presbyterian Church, while also accepting frequent requests from members of the community to sing at special events. Many will remember him as the man who sang the National Anthem at local football and basketball games at Watkins Glen High School.

In addition to his love of music, Lincoln was an avid sports fan. He loved roller skating, bowling, baseball (he was a rabid Mets fan), football, and basketball, but his real passion was for Watkins Glen Senecas team sports. For more than 50 years at WGHS, he was basketball scorekeeper, football scoreboard operator, and, whenever requested, he would keep the scorebook for the Seneca baseball team. His interest in and enthusiasm for sports grew in the 1990s to include soccer, when many of his grandsons began to play the “other football,” which made him very proud.

Lincoln was predeceased by his parents; children Penny Wager, Bruce Wager, and Michiel Barr; grandson John Barr; brother Robert Wager; and sisters June Elizabeth Wager, Mary Ellen Wager, Dorothy Smith, and Rosalind Maine.

He is survived by his children Debra (Raymond) Bailey, Kevin (Meg) Wager, and Larry (Rebecca) Wager; sister-in-law, Linda Wager; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; his many dear cousins, nieces, and nephews; and his special friend, Jeanette Randall.

The family would like to extend their most sincere and heartfelt thanks to the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Staff for their attentive and compassionate care. You have a very difficult job, but you do it exceptionally well. We are forever grateful.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation in Lincoln’s memory to the Watkins Glen Sports Booster Club, PO Box 267, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or the Watkins Glen First Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

You may express condolences to the family or leave a remembrance online in “Obits” at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Marilynn A. VanNordstrand

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Marilynn A. VanNordstrand

Age 97, of Odessa, NY, passed away on Thursday, September 12, 2019. She was born in Elmira, NY on August 20, 1922, the daughter of the late Oscar and Nellie (Cook) Anderson.

She received her Bachelor’s degree from Elmira College. Marilynn retired as Director of Schuyler Head Start in Montour Falls. She was a longtime member of the Odessa Baptist Church and Watkins Glen VFW Auxiliary.

She was predeceased by her husband, Fay C. VanNordstrand, and by two daughters-in-law, Marilyn VanNordstrand and Judy VanNordstrand.

Surviving are three sons, James VanNordstrand of Newark Valley, NY, Fay “Butch” VanNordstrand of Odessa, and Mitchell (Beth Houck) VanNordstrand of DeRuyter, NY; three sisters, Carol Precit and Kay Dunbar of Albuquerque, NM and Nelda Kendall of Troy, PA; several grandchildren; great grandchildren; a great great grandson; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, September 28 from 1-2 p.m. at the Odessa Baptist Church, 111 Fowler Place, Odessa. A memorial service will follow at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Odessa Baptist Church Capital Building Fund, P.O. Box 149, Odessa, NY 14869. Arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Robert Cooper, Jr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Robert Cooper, Jr.

Age 77, of Trumansburg, NY, passed away on Sept. 9, 2019. 

He is survived by his wife Marilyn; four children, Kenneth C. Colburn II (Belinda), Carlea Cooper Fernandes, Schaun Lupo (Carl Sr.), and Venesia Green (Scott); seven brothers and sisters, Charles (Pat) Cooper of CA, Marvin (Eileen) Cooper of NY, Ralph (Bonnie) Cooper of NY, Roberta, Diana (Dave), Beth, and Justine; 13 grandchildren, Tyler Fernandes (Cassy), Samantha Fernandes (Cody), Breann Fernandes (Jake), Jennifer Cooper (Chad), Ralph Lupo (Emily), Carl Lupo Jr., Doug Lupo, Alex Colburn (Hannah), Brandon Green, (Lauri, Kayli Green (John), Jordan Colburn, Sean Colburn, and Hunter Colburn; and nine great grandchildren, Jason, Isabella, Irvin and Christopher Ellis, Isaac Lupo, Michael Blake, and Paytynne, Carter and Mason Green.

Bob was born on July 14, 1942 in Romulus, NY, the son of Robert Cooper Sr. and Bertha. He was a member and elder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Trumansburg, and warmly remembered by many as a mentor and friend. As an avid year-round hunter, his love for the outdoors started as a rancher and with the rodeo in Santa Maria, California. He later pursued dairy farming and raising game fowl in New York. He was also known as a skilled contractor. His love of animals, including horses, continued with his pursuit of co-founding, with his brother-in-law Lee Newhart, Jr., the National Majestic Tree Hound dog breed and the National Majestic Tree Hound Association.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 319 Pennsylvania Ave, Trumansburg,; followed by a reception. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 435 E. Henrietta Rd., Rochester, NY 14620.

You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. 

Obituary: Shirley Ann Wich

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Shirley Ann (McElveen) Wich

Age 93, formerly of the Town of Montour, passed away on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 in Horseheads, NY.

She was born in Elmira, NY on October 15, 1925, the daughter of John Franklin McElveen and Agnes Helen Lee. She graduated from high school in 1943. On September 5, 1947, she married Richard Wich in Elmira. Shirley was a lifelong housewife, caring for her husband and children.

Surviving are two sons, Bruce R. Wich and his wife Julianne of Montour Falls, and Blair R. Wich and his wife Dee of Gilbert, SC; six grandchildren, Aimee, Megan, Richard, Jarod, Jackson and Elizabeth; dear friends, Phyllis and Norrie; and by several nieces and  nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; beloved husband, Richard, in 1983; daughter, Beth Ann Kuster, in 2002, and sister, Gwendolyn Rosser.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Elmira. Arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY.

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: James C. Preston

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

James Clarence Preston

Age 92, of Hector, NY, and beloved husband of Gretta for 66 years, went to be with his Lord on September 2, 2019. He passed peacefully at home while holding his bride's hand.

Jim was born in Friendship, NY to the late Clarence and Livonia (Pierce) Preston. Losing his mother at a young age, he grew up in farming communities across NY State, and graduated from Ithaca High School in 1944. Jim proudly volunteered to serve his country during WWII that same year. In the Navy, unable to pursue his love of flying due to color blindness, he became a Patrol Craft Radarman 3rd class, having graduated from Sampson Naval Base Training Camp in Romulus, NY.

Never losing his interest in farming, agriculture and rural community development, after his honorable discharge in 1946, Jim graduated from Cornell University in 1950 and started his working career as a Cornell Cooperative Extension Agent. Jim loved traveling across the counties where he worked, and knew every back road because he rarely took the same route twice. He was much appreciated by those he met, and with his knowledge and winning personality, Jim made many lifelong friends of the farmers he served. He was a member of the Extension professional’s Epsilon Sigma Phi Honorary Fraternity.

In 1951, Jim met "the love of his life" while working in Steuben County. He married Gretta Robbins in 1953 in Bath, NY. Having loved his time as a student at Cornell, and while starting a family, Jim continued his education, earning his Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1959. By 1963, Jim and Gretta had welcomed three daughters into the world, and that year Jim accepted his dream job in Cornell Cooperative Extension at Cornell University, moving the family to Ithaca, NY.

Jim's love of education continued, and he earned his Doctor of Education at Cornell in 1968. He accepted his second dream job at Cornell as a Professor in the Dept. of Rural Sociology, and at the same time became Director of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development. Jim then developed the Empire State Food and Agriculture Leadership Institute (LEAD New York), and became its first Director. His two-year pilot program for the Institute was so valued and well received that it continues today, having graduated 17 classes. In recognition of his significant contributions, Jim humbly received the honor of Professor Emeritus upon his retirement from his much-loved Cornell.

Jim had many hobbies, but loved time spent with his family the best. The family trips every summer will never be forgotten by his daughters. Unfailingly kind and loving, there were still rules to live by that Jim did not waver from, and he instilled those values in "his girls." Cindy, Joan and Barb could not have been prouder to call him "Dad" for he was the best one ever. Jim shared his love of gardening, boating, hunting, fishing, archery, golf, square dancing, cards, horseback riding and many other hobbies with anyone in the family with the same interests; those memories of his enthusiasm will remain forever. He remained an avid reader up until his death.

Family as well as friends will remember Jim's love of most any Cornell sport, as well as any sport that had one of his children, grandchildren or great grandchildren playing. He never missed a Cornell hockey game if he could help it, and that went double for watching his family play any sport of their choice. His family will never forget the encouragement of his "cheering" that could be heard like a foghorn across any playing field. Always closely involved with his home and school communities, Jim happily took leadership roles whenever called upon. He made friends everywhere he went, and his commitment to church, Rotary, and the Cornell Alumni Associations was unwavering. He was a member of RSVP, Alpha-Zeta fraternity, Naval Patrol Craft Association, Parkinson's Support Group and many others. Jim was honored to have been recognized three times in Rotary as a Paul Harris Fellow, most recently in the week preceding his passing.

Jim's love of traveling was shared with Gretta. They visited all 50 of the United States, on most trips using their motor home, including to Alaska and back. They did not stop their trips until Parkinson’s disease forced Jim to slow down in his 80's. There was "no quit" in the man as he did everything "right" in managing his Parkinson’s, rather than let Parkinson’s manage him. He will forever be an example to his family of the best way to deal with what life hands you!

Jim is survived by his beloved wife Gretta (nee Robbins) Preston; much loved sister Ruth (Robert) White of Cary, NC; sister-in-law Vera Robbins of Bath, NY; daughters, Cynthia (Michael) Hagin and Joan (Fred) Denmark JR, both of Trumansburg, NY; daughter Barbara (William) Yaeger of Cumming, Ga.; grandchildren, Timothy (Kate) and Todd (Lonnie) Denmark, Katelyn (Chris) Hubbell and Stephanie (Jeff) Steuer, Erica (John Whiting) Yaeger and Mackenzie (Henry Candela) Yaeger; great grandchildren, Allison, Cole, Emma and Robert Denmark, and many loving nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by his loving in-laws Joseph and Ethel Robbins of Bath, NY; his brother Roger (Grace); infant sister Betty; brothers-in law Joseph (Doris), Harold (Patricia) and Albert Robbins; and sisters-in-law, Norma (George) Freeman and Thelma (Art) Covert.

The family will be present to receive friends on Saturday, September 14th at the Hector Presbyterian Church, Rte. 414, Hector, NY, with calling hours from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and a memorial service immediately following at 1 p.m.

Burial will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you kindly consider a donation in Jim's memory to LEAD New York, Cornell University, 275B Warren Hall, 137 Reservoir Ave., Ithaca, NY 14853 or the Hector Presbyterian Church, PO Box 96, Hector, NY 14886.  Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. (www.RoyceChedzoy.com).

Obituary: Christina M. Dean

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Christina M. Dean

Age 65, of Alpine, NY, passed away on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family after a short battle with cancer. She was born in Corning, New York on July 4, 1954, the daughter of George and Dorothy Maricle, and attended school in Watkins Glen.

Christina worked at Lakeside Nursing Home in Ithaca, NY for many years. She enjoyed loving times with family and friends, BBQ’s, fishing, holidays, spending time with her husband at local casinos, beaches, and any family gatherings. She enjoyed crochet, and made many blankets for family and friends. Christina was a very selfless person who put everyone before her.

She was predeceased by her parents; sisters, Georgia Chilson, Jane Hines, Nina Calkins, and Joanne, Dawn and Julie Maricle, and by her father-in-law, Elbert Dean.

Surviving is her husband of 35 years, David L. Dean; two daughters, Jamie Wood/Clarke, and Kelli (Brian) Buchholz; four sons, George Wood, Jon (Colleen) Wood, Chris Dean and Casey Dean; two sisters, Mary (Lanny) Calkins and Dorothy Maricle; two brothers, Henry (Kelly) Maricle and Charles Maricle; mother-in-law, Beatrice Dean; 11 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles, with a special uncle, David (Penny) Russell.

In keeping with Christina’s wishes, there will be no services. A private graveside burial will be held at Laurel Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Frank B. 'Mort' Morton

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Frank B. "Mort" Morton

Age 96, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 after a brief illness. Frank was born on October 27, 1922 in Rochester, NY, the son of the late Francis and Abigail Kerrigan Morton.

Frank attended Elmira Free Academy and served in the Army during World War II. He worked at electrical supply warehouses in Elmira, retiring in 1987. Frank was the favorite uncle who taught his sons, nieces and nephews how to swim at his cottage on Big Pond. He loved to walk, often walking five miles a day on Elmira’s Southside and later in Wellsburg. Frank volunteered with Meals on Wheels and enjoyed helping others.

He was predeceased by his wife, Theresa Frawley Morton; sisters, Dorothy Robertson, Grace Caplin and Ruth Egnaczak; brother, Thomas Morton; and sons, James and Paul Morton

Frank is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Christopher and Sue Morton of Watkins Glen, and Lori Baney (Paul) Morton and Scott Morton of Elmira; granddaughters, Sara Morton and Haleigh Morton of Elmira; grandsons, Chris Jr. of Watkins Glen, Zach Morton (Katie Richardson), and Andrew Morton of Elmira; great granddaughter, Makenzee Morton; and by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, August 30 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. Frank’s funeral service will follow at 12:30 p.m. Frank will be laid to rest at Woodlawn National Cemetery with the love of his life, Theresa, and near his sons James (Vietnam) and Paul (Cold War).

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Darlene C. Simpson

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Darlene C. Simpson

Age 81, of Cayuta, NY, passed away on Sunday, August 25, 2019. She was born in Cayuta, NY on September 11, 1937, the daughter of Earl and Beatrice (Doane) Collins.

Darlene was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed racing powder puffs. She was loved and will be greatly missed by her family.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Charles A. Simpson; her children, Kathleen Simpson-McConville, Steven (Alice) Simpson, Earle (Dee) Simpson, Robert (Glenda) Simpson, Brian (Wendy) Simpson, and Teresa (Joseph) Hradisky; grandchildren, Casey, Sean, Georgiana, Rhea, Cody, Chris, Megan, Dakota (Denna), Matthew, Desiree, Alec, and Ian; a great grandchild, Bentley; a sister-in-law, Charlotte Collins; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; brother, Robert Collins; sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Louie Eberhardt; and nephew, Todd Eberhardt.

Darlene’s funeral service will be held privately by the family. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, August 31 at 10:00 a.m. at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Odessa, NY.

Contributions may be made in her memory to the Cayuta Free Church, 1100 Conkrite Rd., Cayuta, NY 14824.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Robert H. Lee

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Robert H. Lee

Age 74, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on August 26, 2019 peacefully at home surrounded by family.

Robert was born in Geneva, NY. After graduating from Watkins Glen High School, he studied Physical Education before being drafted by the U.S. Army in 1966. He worked 35 years as a Recreation Therapist at Willard and Elmira Psychiatric Centers.

He served the Schuyler County community in numerous civic and sports league positions. Some of these included serving as Mayor of Watkins Glen and as a village Police Officer. Coach Lee also served as a coach for local boys and girls basketball teams, for football teams, and as a baseball umpire. His duties also included serving as Commissioner or Chairman for numerous sports- and youth-related activities in the county.     

Bob was predeceased by his parents, William and Laura (Bailey) Lee; brother Richard (Ann Marie) Lee, sister Virginia (Louie) Rondinaro, and brothers-in-law, Ted Specchio, Jim Angelo, and Bill Ormsbee.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Laura (Wagner) Lee; children, Stephen Lee of Watkins Glen, Kevin Lee (Cassy Sherwood) of Lodi, and Virginia Lee (Adam Shaffer) of Lodi; sisters, Barbara Specchio of Watkins Glen, Patricia Angelo of North Carolina, and Shirley Ormsbee of Waterloo; and one grandson, Easton Shaffer.

The family will receive the public at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Thursday, Aug. 29 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, Aug 30 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen; followed by burial and military honors at Holy Cross Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes you remember Coach Bob with donations in his memory to the Watkins Glen Sports Booster Club, P.O. Box 267, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

You may express condolences to the family or leave a remembrance online in “Obits” at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Patrick W. McDaniel

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Patrick W. McDaniel

Age 61, of Montour Falls, NY, went to be with his heavenly Father on July 10, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer. He passed peacefully at home.

Pat was born on March 20, 1958 in Placerville, CA to Vera Lee (Kennedy) and Robert McDaniels. 

He is survived by his beloved daughter Brittany Erin McDaniel Wheat (Eric); his cherished grandchildren Brooklynn, Cali and Kaiden Wheat; and siblings Susan Randall, Pam Mueller, Leilani Mendonca, Carol Mendonca, Robert (Joe) Mendonca and Michael (Tinker) McDaniels. Pat was predeceased by his parents; a son, Brandon Michael McDaniel; and sisters Sharon Kirkpatrick and Jill Timmerman.

Pat worked several years at TLE in Watkins Glen. He was loved by many, including his family, his neighbors and friends Lucy Barr, Wyly Brame and Dawn Kent; his dear friend and co-worker Jeff Sparling; his Watkins Glen Baptist Church family, and many coworkers and loyal customers.

He loved the Lord, his family, his job, his many friends, RC cars (when he was able to run them) and fishing. You will be missed, Pat!

There are no funeral services. Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Charles Gregory Herrick

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Charles Gregory "Harry" Herrick

Age 63, of Rock Stream, NY, passed away on August 23, 2019. He was born on May 30, 1956 in Poughkeepsie, NY, the son of Roger and Kathryn Herrick. 

He was predeceased by his parents; and by a brother and sister, Michael and Lee Herrick. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Catherine (Scuteri) Herrick; sons, Jason (Stephanie) Herrick of Dundee, Jeremy (Shannon) Herrick of Lowman, and Joseph (Melissa) Herrick of Rock Stream; a brother, Scott Herrick of New Jersey; a sister, Tracie (Dick) McIlroy of Watkins Glen; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Richard and Elizabeth Scuteri of Watkins Glen; brothers-in-law, Michael (Paula) Scuteri of Buffalo, Victor (Wendy) Scuteri of North Carolina, Frank (Robin) Scuteri of Florida, and Vincent (Bonnie) Scuteri of Watkins Glen; sisters-in-law, Donna (John) Miller of Rock Stream, and Gina Brown of Burdett; 10 grandchildren, Hayley, Hannah, Preston, Lacey, Jaxon, Hannah, Desiree, Kylee, Izabella, and Joseph; his loyal companion, dog Dino; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to the Schuyler Hospital Health Foundation, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865 or https://schuylerhospital.org/about-us/schuyler-health-foundation/

The family wishes to thank the staff at Schuyler Hospital for their wonderful and compassionate care.

You may express condolences to the family or find the donations link online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Wayne J. Simpkins

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Wayne J. Simpkins

Age 72, of Odessa, NY, passed away on Saturday, August 17, 2019. He was born in Montour Falls, NY on March 3, 1947, the son of the late William and Arlene Simpkins.

On May 23, 1981, in Odessa, he married his wife of 38 years, Rose Ann (Searles), who survives him.

Wayne was co-owner of Cool-Lea Camp, Odessa.

At Wayne’s request, there will be no services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls,.

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Walter James Cunningham

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Walter James Cunningham

Age 81, of Addison, NY, passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at home with his loving wife and family by his side. He was born on September 22, 1937 in Monterey, NY to Harold and Helen (Lockwood) Cunningham. He married Eva Sue Moore on May 7, 1977.

Walter served in the U.S. Army from 1954-1963. He worked as a tradesman at Ingersoll Rand/Dresser Rand from 1954-1999. With 45 years of service, he was one year short of earning his 65 years pin. During his tenure he was the director for the Dresser Rand Employee Association for several terms. While working as a tradesman he was also a Deputy Sheriff for Schuyler County, with 17 years of service.

After his official retirement, Walter made sure to stay active. He worked as a pipe fitter in the gas fields, a bus driver for the Addison Central School District, and a delivery man for Oopsie Daisy Floral, and worked at the Addison After-School Advantage Program. He also served the Addison community as a member of the Board of Review for several years.

When his children were in band, he served as president of the Addison Band Boosters, and was a Cub Scoutmaster.

Walter and Eva Sue were avid campers since 1978 and since 2012 lived six months out of the year at Hickory Hill Campground. He had two beloved dogs, Ebbie and Milo.

Walter is survived by his loving wife, Eva Sue of Addison; seven children, Dale Alan Cunningham of Bath, Dennis James (Shannon) Cunningham of Addison, Lynn A. Cunningham Edminster of Dunkirk, NY, Darin Ellsworth Cunningham of Jamestown, NY, Lisa Sue (Thomas) Cunningham Sadlowski of Cape Coral, Fl, Walter James (Christina) Cunningham Jr. of Addison, and Sarah Helen Cunningham of Kannapolis, NC; 21 grandchildren, Dennis, Brett, Troy, Owen, Blake, Matthew, Kyle, Ashley, Heather, Brittany, Daryin, Darin Jr., Serenity, Skylar, Tony, Josh, Thomas, Abby, Alivia, Aiyana, and Liam; 11 great grandchildren, Alexis, Alydia, Bryce, Taryn, Xyrah, Dorian, Calen, Lily, Landon, Mason, and Allyson; sisters, Janet Switzer, Marjorie Cunningham and Mary (Joe) Cunningham; brother, John (Ramona) Cunningham; sister-in-law,Virginia Ravenscroft; brothers-in-law, William (Jane) Moore and Terry (Susan) Moore; and many nieces, nephews and caring friends.

Along with his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Frank Cunningham; brothers-in-law, Franklin Switzer and Bob Ravenscroft; and sisters-in-law, Bonny Moore and Patricia Moore.

A celebration of life service will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to the Carpenter-Flint Funeral Home, Addison.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Walter’s name may be sent to: Addison Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 1 Tuscarora St., Addison, NY 14801.

Obituary: Frank H. Simpson

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Frank H. Simpson

Frank H. Simpson, born in Montour Falls, NY on May 2, 1948, passed away on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at the age of 71.

Frank resided in Creston, NC, and was originally from Watkins Glen, NY. Frank was also known as “Joe” to his family and friends. He graduated from Watkins Glen High School and the Simmons School of Embalming in Syracuse, NY. Frank was a former funeral director and truck driver. He was an avid hunter, golfer, card player, and sportsman.

Frank was predeceased by his father, Frank W. Simpson; mother, Alberta Smith, and stepfather, George Smith; brothers, Robert Simpson, Donald Simpson and Ronald Simpson; and nephews, Jeff and Jason Cervoni.

Frank is survived by his sister, Beverly (Ron) Cervoni of Watkins Glen, NY; brother, Harry (Tina) Smith of Elmira, NY; wife of Robert Simpson, Denise Simpson of Burdett, NY; wife of Ronald Simpson, Caroline Simpson of Beaver Dams, NY; step-brothers, Kirk and Linda Smith of Montour Falls, and Rick and Amy Smith of Watrous, PA; and by many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, August 26 at 4:30 p.m. at the Montour Cemetery, Mill Street, Montour Falls, with Rev. George Norton officiating. If you would like to bring one special flower to lay on the casket at the graveside service, you are welcome to do so.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Bonnie C. Eberhardt

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Bonnie C. Eberhardt

Age 79, of Cayuta, NY, passed away on Monday, August 19, 2019. Born in Montour Falls, NY on June 20, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Beatrice (Doane) Collins and was a graduate of Odessa-Montour High School.

Bonnie was a homemaker, always caring for her family. She was a mother to many. Bonnie was a member of the Cayuta Free Church, where she at one time was organist and Sunday school teacher. She loved music, especially Elvis Presley, the Eagles, and the sound of wind chimes. She enjoyed camping, dice, chocolate, golf cart rides, and spending time with her grandchildren. She was an avid baseball fan, especially the Yankees and Mets.

Bonnie is survived by her children, Thomas (Diane) Eberhardt, Nellie Bea Eberhardt, Colleen Eberhardt, and Joseph (Robin) Eberhardt; daughter-in-law, Michelle Eberhardt; sister, Darlene Simpson; 12 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Louis J. Eberhardt, in 2018; son, Todd Eberhardt, in 2010; and by her brother, Robert Collins, in 2018.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Contributions may be made in her memory to the Cayuta Free Church, 1100 Conkrite Rd., Cayuta, NY 14824.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Andrew J. Gardner

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Andrew J. Gardner

Age 91, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away peacefully at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center on August 20, 2019 after a brief illness.

Jud was born July 10, 1928 to William and Grace Gardner in Hector, NY. He served in the U.S. Army before returning home to Montour Falls and marrying his beloved wife, Phyllis Hager Gardner.

Predeceased by his wife Phyllis in 2015 and daughter Cynthia Percey Salamino in 2017, Jud is survived by two sons, Douglas (Gayle) Gardner of Bradford, NY, and Philip (Lorraine) Gardner of Cortland, NY; and two daughters, Karen (James Jr.) Slaven of Elmira, NY, and Nancy (Mickey) Fraboni of Watkins Glen. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

He retired from Akzo Salt in 1989 and later worked summers at Hidden Valley 4H Camp. Jud was an avid outdoorsman who loved to be out in the woods hunting with his sons, and helping to make hay in the summers with his son-in-law. Jud enjoyed spending his days in the rocking chair on his front porch watching deer in the state park, playing cards with friends, and lending a helping hand wherever needed. He loved watching his grandchildren compete in sports and never missed a game no matter how far away.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Friday, August 23 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by services at 6:00 p.m. He will be laid to rest next to Phyllis in Highland Cemetery, Odessa, NY immediately following services.

The perfect father, father-in-law, grandfather and friend, he will be missed. You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: James Bryce Robertson

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

James Bryce Robertson

James Bryce Robertson, most recently of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away at home on August 14, 2019.

He was born on July 1, 1937 in Larbert, Scotland. He attended Glasgow University (BS). His studies led him to the United States -- first to the University of Idaho (MS) and then to Cornell University (PhD). Jim met Blanche, the love of his life, while studying at Cornell and decided to make upstate NY (and the U.S.) his permanent residence. 

After completing his PhD, Jim stayed on at Cornell conducting research in the field of animal nutrition. He was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather. He was known for his dry wit and was adored by his family and friends.
 
His wife Blanche Borzell pre-deceased him by six months. They are now together again.
 
He is survived by their children, Blanche Robertson (Saif Agha) and James Robertson (Emily Smith), and grandchildren Ryley, Maisie, Ava, Ali, Grayson, and James. He is also survived by his sister, Mary (John) Pitcairn and her children Alan and Neil; sisters-in-law Kay (Amedeo) Fraboni and Angie (Chris) Franzese; and other relatives here and abroad.
 
A memorial service for Jim will be held on Saturday, August 24 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Watkins Glen, 520 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jim and Blanche’s memory to the Schuyler Health Foundation, 220 Steuben Street, Montour Falls, NY 14865. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Helen L. Zafonte

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Helen L. Zafonte

Age 87, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Monday, August 12, 2019 at Schuyler Hospital. She was born in Baldwin, NY on May 10, 1932, the daughter of the late Daniel and Alma (Ackley) Smith.

Helen was a retired cook at St. Anthony’s Church in Oceanside, NY. She was a member of the Cayutaville Church Midweek Group.

Surviving are her children, Deborah Mumford, Kenneth Burgess, Cathy Thompson, Tina Zafonte, David (Linda) Zafonte, James Zafonte, Vincent Zafonte, Christopher Zafonte, Theresa (Jeremiah) Snow and Mary (Randy) Aleshevich; a brother, Bert (Carol) Smith; eighteen grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Anthony Zafonte.

Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Helen’s life on Saturday, August 17 at 2:00 p.m.. at the Watkins Glen Golf Course, 3401 State Route 14, Watkins Glen, NY.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: William J. Saks, Jr., D.O.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

William J. Saks, Jr., D.O.

Age 76, of State Route 414, Burdett, NY, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at Schuyler Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility, Montour Falls, NY.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, August 16 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th Street, Watkins Glen, NY. The funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, August 17 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Watkins Glen, 520 N. Decatur Street, Watkins Glen.

He was pre-deceased by his loving wife, Valerie Saks. He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, William III and Pamela Saks, Germansville, PA, Stephen and Janine Saks, Mooresville, NC, Damian and Heidi Saks, Horseheads, NY, and Benjamin and Marian Saks, Hector, NY; daughter Jessica Saks, Watkins Glen; ten grandchildren, Ryan (Courtney) Wessner, Douglas Saks, Sophia Saks, Madelyn Saks, Aaron “A.J.” Saks, Dylan Saks, Damian Saks, Jr., Joseph Saks, Morgan Saks and Logan Saks; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Nancy Saks, Center Valley, PA; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Thomas and Wilma Nacinovich of Cos Cob, CT; nephews, Scott (Melissa) Saks, Brett (Jennifer) Saks, Mark (Maricel) Nacinovich, and Peter Nacinovich; nieces Kristin (Jason) Honsel, Anne Nacinovich, and Claire (Paul) Nacinovich; and many cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Dr. “Bill” Saks was born and raised in Allentown, PA, the first son of the late William and Josephine Saks. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1960, earned a Bachelors of Science from Kings College, Wilkes Barre, PA, in 1964, and his Doctorate from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1969. He completed a specialty residency in obstetrics and gynecology in Cleveland, OH and Allentown, PA. His medical career spanned over 43 years. He started in Allentown, PA and practiced for twenty years before relocating himself and his family to Schuyler County. He then continued his physician work at Schuyler Hospital for twenty-three years before he retired in 2013. 

He won NY Rural Physician of the Year in 2009, and brought midwifery services to Schuyler County when he advocated for and opened the first free-standing birth center in NY, September Hill Birth Center. He was an enormous advocate of women’s rights to give birth how and where they wanted in order to make the birthing process that much more comfortable and special for the woman. 

He was dedicated to Schuyler Hospital and this community, although it was his love of Seneca Lake that drew him to Watkins Glen. He was able to pass overlooking the lake he so loved.

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the Schuyler Hospital Health Foundation (https://schuylerhospital.org/about-us/schuyler-health-foundation/). You may express condolences to the family or find the link for donations online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Eric A. Bishop

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Eric A. Bishop

Age 48, of Alpine, NY, passed away on Monday, August 5, 2019 at Cayuga Medical Center after a battle with cancer. He was born on July 5, 1971 in Waterloo, NY, the son of Lila (Roy) Edminster and Robert (Lorraine) Bishop. Eric graduated from Mynderse Academy in Seneca Falls, NY.

Eric was a material handler and maintenance worker at Cornell University for the past 12 ½ years. He truly enjoyed attending classic car shows -- especially at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY. His hobbies included building models of classic cars, and collecting John Wayne memorabilia. Eric was an artist, and did a lot of paintings and drawings. He also loved to fish anytime he could.

He is survived by his parents; daughter, Elizabeth; sister, Jennifer and her husband Jonathan; one niece and one nephew; and by several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandparents and three cousins.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 24 at 12:00 noon at the Cayutaville United Methodist Church, County Road 6, Alpine.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cancer Resource Center of the Fingerlakes, 612 West State St., Ithaca, New York 14850.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: George M. Harvey

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by Greer's Mortuary of Sedona, Arizona.

George M. Harvey

Age 79, of Tempe, Arizona, passed away suddenly on August 2, 2019 in Sedona, Arizona.

He was born in Auburn, New York on April 14, 1940, the fourth of six children to Ruth Mae (Ingram) and Harry Edward Harvey. After graduation from Horseheads High School, he enlisted in the United States Army and served at Fort Hauchuca, Arizona and Greenland as a meteorologist.

While working full time and raising a family, George completed both his Bachelor and Masters Degrees. Throughout his life he held many diverse professional positions, including a Deputy Sheriff of Schuyler County, New York; a Chemist for the Salt River Project in Paige and Phoenix, Arizona; Superintendent of the Reverse Osmosis Treatment Facility for the City of Chandler, Arizona; and Adjunct Faculty for the Gila County Community College, Payson, Arizona.

George is survived by his spouse, Carol; his sister, Karen Durfey and her husband Wayne; five sons, John and his partner Gail, Richard and his wife Emma, Robert and his wife Janice, Alan and his wife Denise, and Paul and his wife Nancy; eight grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

After a final retirement in 2006, George enjoyed the companionship of his loving dogs; working out at the gym daily; and following his favorite football and baseball teams.

His welcoming smile and gentle spirit will be missed greatly.

Obituary: John Peter Marmora III

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Lynch Funeral Home, Horseheads.

John Peter Marmora III

HECTOR -- Age 76, died peacefully at his home on Friday, August 9, 2019, following an extended illness.

John was born in Jersey City, NJ on June 1, 1943, the only son of John Peter and Mariann (Natelli) Marmora. He studied as a Fulbright Scholar in Rome, Italy and received a PhD in Philosophy. He came to the Finger Lakes after living in the Bay Area of California and had worked as a Library Manager at Cornell University. He lovingly maintained and operated the grape and tree farm in Hector, and was a member of the NYS Farm Bureau, National Grape Cooperative and NYS Tree Farm System.
 
As a talented leather craftsman and cobbler, he owned and operated Hector Leather and No Name Shoe Craft. His craftsmanship and quality leather goods were found at Ithaca Farmers Market, Handwork Artisan Cooperative, and his studio in Hector. He enjoyed hiking, nature, cooking and extensive travel.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on August 22 at the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, 23 South Street in Trumansburg. A Memorial Service will then follow at 4:00 p.m. to celebrate and commemorate his richly lived life. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in his name to Racker Centers at www.racker.org.

For additional information, please contact Ness-Sibley Funeral Home at 607-387-8151 or visit www.ness-sibley.com

Obituary: Christopher J. Guinan

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Lynch Funeral Home, Horseheads.

Christopher J. "Niner" Guinan

Age 50, of Horseheads, NY, and formerly of Kirkwood, NY, passed away on Thursday, August 8, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Chris was born on July 7, 1969 in Memphis, TN, the son of the late James and Jane Van Kuren Guinan. He was a graduate of Susquehanna Valley High School, where he played baseball and football. “Niner” married his wife Petrina L. Cicconi Guinan on July 8, 2005 and they recently celebrated their 14th wedding anniversary.

Chris was the Assistant Chief of The Kirkwood Fire Department. “Niner” was a retired Lieutenant from The Broome County Sheriff's Office. He also enjoyed working at J.R. Dill Winery after his retirement. He was an avid golfer and member of the Corning Country Club. “Niner” loved the lake and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, New York Rangers fan, and New York Yankees fan. He was a Southern Tier high school football referee for over 25 years.

In addition to his parents, Chris was pre-deceased by his brother, Robert “Bobby” Guinan in 1998 and his Fur Baby Maisy. Chris is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Petrina L. Cicconi Guinan; his Fur Babies Hank and Marley; brothers and sister-in-law, James and Theresa Guinan of Kirkwood, NY, Michael Guinan of Great Bend, PA , Thomas Guinan of Kirkwood, NY, and John Guinan of Binghamton, NY; sister and brother-in-law, Kelley and John Brown of Florida; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lou and Pam Cicconi of Odessa, NY; mother and father-in-law, Sandy and Butch Bukewicz of Maryland; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Sal and Michelle Cicconi of Horseheads; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Kellie and Josh Hogan of GA; several nieces, nephews and cousins, and a host of caring friends including special nieces and nephew Jimmer, Isabella, and Lia.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Lynch Funeral Home, 318 West Broad St., Horseheads, on Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Chris’s funeral service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Chris’s memory to a charity of one’s choice. Words of condolence and memories may be shared at www.lynchsfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Wanda Jane VanSkiver

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.

Wanda Jane VanSkiver

Age 88, of Lakemont, NY, died peacefully in the comfort of her home, with family at her side, on Sunday August 4, 2019.

Calling hours will be from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water Street, Dundee, where her funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Lucinda O'Leary officiating. Burial will follow in Lakemont Cemetery, Hayes Road, Lakemont.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dundee Fire Company Emergency Squad, 12 Union St., Dundee, NY 14837 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Wanda was born on February 6, 1931 in Reading Center, NY, the daughter of the late Stanley Jacob and Theresa {McCoy} Miller. She graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1948. On July 20, 1949 in Reading Center Community Church, she married the late Fay J. VanSkiver, who passed away on January 27, 2006.
 
She was the bookkeeper for her husband’s business, Fay Van Skiver Garage in Dundee.  A loving and caring woman, she returned to continue her education by earning her L.P.N. from Geneva School of Nursing when she was in her early 40’s, and became a private duty home health nurse.

Mrs. VanSkiver was a very active community member, having helped in many positions in the Lakemont Congregational Christian Church, having been a Past Treasurer, Secretary, Trustee, and Choir member, as well as serving on the Pastor/Parish relation committee jointly with the Rock Stream Presbyterian Church. She was a former member of Home Bureau, the Red Hat Society, and the Lakemont Cemetery Board. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, canning, glass collecting, raising chickens and horses, but most of all spending time with her family.

She is loved and will be dearly missed by her daughter Kathryn E. (Richard) Bourgault of Ludington, MI; her son, Hallaren F. (Judith) VanSkiver of Watkins Glen; three grandsons, Eric (Tracey) VanSkiver of Watkins Glen, Jonathan (Amanda) Bourgault of St. John's, MI, and Tyson (Kirstin) VanSkiver of Queens, NY; four great grandchildren, Olivia, Natalie, and Lucas VanSkiver, and Emerson Bourgault; two sisters, Joyce Blank of Burdett, NY, and Carol Babcock of Altamont Springs, FL, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and husband, she was pre-deceased by a brother, Floyd S. Miller; and a sister, Dorinda Miller.

Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com

Obituary: Mark A. Wood

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Mark A. Wood

Age 64, of Burdett, NY, passed away on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at home.

He was born in Waverly, NY on July 26, 1955, the son of Alfred and Lois (VanEtten) Wood and attended Watkins Glen Schools. On June 29, 1974, he married his wife Caroline in Burdett.

Mark retired after 32 years as group leader at Emerson in Ithaca. He was active for over 25 years with the Burdett Fire Company and at one time served as its president.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Caroline; daughter, Amanda (Mike) Morseman of Burdett; son, Dwayne (Robin) Wood of Grand Island, NY; four sisters, two brothers; seven grandchildren; and by many nieces and nephews.  

Services will be held privately by the family. Contributions may be made in Mark’s memory to the Burdett Fire Company, P.O. Box 238, Burdett, New York 14818.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home in Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Sharon R. Laughlin

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Sharon R. (Swarthout) Laughlin

Age 68, of Baker Hill Road, Watkins Glen, NY, went home to the Lord on August 7, 2019.  She was received in Heaven by her husband Wesley, parents Lamont and Luella Swarthout, in-laws Violet and Benjamin Laughlin, siblings Larue, Ted, Barbra, and David (Kathy), and brother-in-law Benjamin.  

She is survived by her son Michael Laughlin of Watkins Glen and daughter Rebecca Laughlin of Cayuta; step-children, Charles (Lysa) Bassett, and Lori (George) Brandell, all of Washington; her faithful companion Boomer; her fur-grandchildren; 7 brothers and sisters, Gordon (Betty) Swarthout of Beaver Dams, Gladys (Richard) Easling of Beaver Dams, Deedee Allington of Painted Post, Kenneth (Nancy) Swarthout of Corning, Keith (Carol) Swarthout of Beaver Dams, Cynthia Baker of Addison, and Frances “Sue” Laughlin of Maryland; and many nieces, nephews and friends. 

She was a member of the Beaver Dams United Methodist Church. Sharon retired from the Watkins Glen Central School District and Schuyler Hospital. 

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Tuesday, August 13 from 12 noon-2 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Beaver Dams Cemetery, followed by a reception. 

You may sign a guestbook or express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Paul F. Smith

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Paul F. Smith

Age 75, of Alpine, NY, passed away on Sunday, August 4, 2019. He was born in Montour Falls, NY on June 21, 1944, the son of the late Paul and Pearl (Leonard) Smith. He married the former Laura Dense on July 15, 1967 in Cayuta, NY.

Paul worked as a Vet Tech at Cornell University for 30 years, retiring in 1999. He was a member of Bible Baptist Fellowship Church in Alpine and the National Rifle Association. He was an avid bird watcher, and lover of nature.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Laura Smith; two daughters, Amy Smith of Sierra Vista, AZ, and Jackie (Jeff) Lisk of South New Berlin, NY; a son, David (Jackie) Smith of Cicero, NY; three sisters, Anna Franklin of Montour Falls, Linda King of Sierra Vista, AZ, and Beverly Rich of Newfield, NY; a brother, Donald (Paula) Smith of Alpine; seven grandchildren, Joseph Lisk, Zachary (Alexis) Smith, Jessica Lisk, Melanie Smith, Katelyn Smith, Donna Smith and Emma Smith; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a sister, Leona Christianson.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, August 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Bible Baptist Fellowship Church, 5950 County Road 14, Alpine. Paul’s funeral service will begin at 12:00 noon, followed by burial in Cayuta Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Odessa Fire Department, 300 Main St., Odessa, NY 14869 or Bible Baptist Fellowship Church, 5950 County Road 14, Alpine, NY 14805 in monetary donation or in volunteering of your time.

Arrangements are by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Henry F. Lembeck IV

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Henry F. Lembeck IV

Age 88, of Horseheads, NY, formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Guthrie Corning Hospital.

Henry was born in New York City on November 20, 1930, son of the late Henry “Harry” and Marie (Walsh) Lembeck III. As a young man, he worked at Radio City Music Hall while living in Manhattan. He served in the U.S. Army as well as the Merchant Marines. He served briefly as a NY State Trooper and spent many years as a terminal manager for Interstate Motor Freight in Elmira. To most, Henry will be remembered for selling produce for over 30 years from his red truck on Fourth Street in Watkins Glen.

Henry is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Doris P. (Baldwin) Lembeck; sons, Mark and Joseph Lembeck; grandchildren, Austin and Lauren Lembeck, Chad Lembeck, Michelle Hall, and Shannon Lembeck; step children, Taryn (Robert) Draxler and Jeffrey Price; step grandchildren, Nicholas Coffman-Price and Katie Coffman-Price, and Brittany Draxler Nurmukhamedov; sister-in-law, Hazel Baldwin; sister- and brother-in-law, Jean and William Zukas; many nieces and nephews, including Kimberly and Mike Conley, and five great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Henry was predeceased by his infant son, Henry Lembeck V.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 16 at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen, Father Lew Brown officiant. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Watkins Glen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.

Fond memories of Henry may be shared with his family and friends at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Paul J. Tierney

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Paul J. Tierney

Age 79, of Horseheads, NY, died and was born into eternal life on March 30, 2019.

He was born in Scranton, PA on August 9, 1939, the son of Mary “Mae” Burns Tierney and James J. Tierney, Sr. He was the brother of James Jr., Karen Schamel (Michael), Helene Bell, Mary Hills, Gerard Tierney, Jeannine Hall (Ernest) and Kevin Tierney (Ruth). He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and a great-uncle to many.

His family left Scranton and moved to East Orange, New Jersey, where he grew up. His family moved back to Scranton, and Paul worked for Good Will Industries for many years. After his parents’ death, Paul lived with each of his sisters for three months and he loved it. After he could no longer travel alone, he lived with his sister Karen and husband Michael. After he could no longer live with them, he spent a short time at Long Term Care in Montour Falls. Then he moved to The Veteran Group Home.

Paul touched the lives of all who met him.

The Tierney family would like to acknowledge and give thanks to the following for their love and special care they gave to Paul: the staff at The Veteran Group Home where Paul lived these past years; the staff at Elcor Day Program where Paul went back each day; Schuyler Hospital-Long Term Care, Units 1,2,3; Sandra Temple, Coordinator with Medicaid Services; Dr. Shannon Schamel; Dr. Ben Saks; David Alverson, who became Paul's faithful companion; Patrick Schamel, PA; Jim Kellogg; all the nieces and nephews who welcomed him into their homes; and all the people Paul touched the lives of who met him and spent time with him. They always left with a smile.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, August 10 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen; The Reverend Steve Lape celebrant; interment will be at Cathedral Cemetery in Scranton, PA.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: John T. Stillman, Jr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

John T. Stillman, Jr.

Age 52, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2019. He was born in Montour Falls on September 27, 1966, the son of John T. Stillman, Sr. and Sandy (Fitch) Stillman and graduated from Odessa-Montour High School.

John worked in construction for many years. He was a member of the Montour Falls Volunteer Fire Department and Mechanics Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and watching his kids' sporting events.

He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Lee Ann (Blaskowitz) Stillman; children, Callie and Justin Stillman of Montour Falls; his mother, Sandy Stillman of Montour Falls; sister, Tammy (William) LaMere of Hamlin, NY; in-laws, Martin and Betty Blaskowitz of Gaines, PA; and nephews, Brandon, Zachary, Nicholas and Blake LaMere. He was predeceased by his father, John T. Stillman, Sr.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, August 7 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. John’s funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m., followed by burial in Montour Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Carl C. Doane

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Carl C. Doane

Age 75, of Van Etten, NY, passed away on Sunday, August 4, 2019. He was born in Burdett, NY on January 25, 1944, the son of the late Arthur and Bessie Doane. 

Carl retired from the Lehigh Valley Railroad. He enjoyed working on his old cars, collecting trains, pictures and figurines.

He is survived by his children, Kathy (Rodney) Merinen, Randy (Jo Kay Salmi) Doane, Rick Doane and Christopher Doane, all of Van Etten; a sister, Barbara Grey of Burdett; six grandchildren, Joey, Ryan, Nicholas, Katlin, Kevin and Amanda; a great granddaughter, Alaina; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Joyce Doane, in 2016, and by his brothers, Wayne and Gerald Doane.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, August 8 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Carl’s funeral service will begin at 12:00 noon, followed by burial in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa.

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Thomas Augustine

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Thomas Augustine

Age 76, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on July 28, 2019.

Tom was born in Montour Falls, NY, the son of John and Margaret Butray Augustine. He graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1962, then enlisted in the U.S. Army. He worked for Corning Hospital.

He was predeceased by his parents; and brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Joan Augustine.

He is survived by two daughters, Peggy Shermer of Watkins Glen and Jennifer Augustine of Painted Post, NY; brother, Edward (Lorraine) Augustine of Watkins Glen; three grandchildren, Kaylee Sutryk, and Kyra and Zayden Wallace; special niece, Tricia (Patrick) Madaffari of Watkins Glen; and best friend Linda (Rick) Nowak of Watkins Glen.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Wednesday, Aug. 4 from 1 p.m.-2 p.m.; followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m.; and interment at Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira with military honors.

You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Theresa J. Fisher

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Theresa J. Fisher

Age 61, of Cayuta, NY, passed away on Monday, July 29, 2019. She was born in Corning, NY on September 21, 1957.

Theresa worked at Borg Warner in Ithaca for many years. She was predeceased by her fathers, Albert Philip and Michael Allen; husband, Marc Fisher; son, Cory Lederman, and brother, Albert Philip.

She is survived by her fiancé, Roger Staple; daughter, Angie Lederman; son, Andy Lederman; mother, Rita Allen; two sisters, Ann Hall and Loretta (Melvin) Charbono; brother, Archangelo Philip; grandchildren, Breanna Lederman, Dylan Lederman and Katelynn Mitstifer; great granddaughter, Crimson Lederman; seven nieces and nephews; and four cousins.

A celebration of Theresa’s life will be held on Friday, August 9 at 4:00 p.m. at the Watkins Glen School Apartments, 906 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen (enter building on 9th St. side).

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Falck Cancer Center, 600 Roe Ave., Elmira, NY 14905. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Rosemary P. Macri

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Rosemary P. Macri

Age 92, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Monday, July 29, 2019 in Montour Falls, NY.

Born in Montour Falls on October 28, 1926, she was the daughter of Joseph and Lucy Pastore. Rosemary was the Executive Secretary for the Selective Service System.

Rosemary is survived by her sons, David Macri of Montour Falls and Robert Macri (Laura Cartarius-Macri) of Hector; two grandchildren, Chad (Beth) Macri and Devin (Jonathan) Lawton; two great grandchildren, Madison and Colt; and nieces, Mary Field, Barbara Malina and Cheryl Pastore Frisbie. She was predeceased by her husband, Frank J. Macri, on January 26, 2011.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, August 5 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Her funeral service will follow at 7:00 p.m. Private burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: John F. Leonard

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

John F. Leonard

Age 66, formerly of Watkins Glen and Montour Falls, NY, passed away on July 26, 2019.

John was born on January 30, 1953, the son of John F. Leonard Sr. and Velma E. (Joslyn) Leonard. He graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1972 and enlisted in the Marine Corps. John worked at Lakes Gas in Montour Falls and was a volunteer fireman for the Montour Falls Fire Department. He was also a member of the Millport Rod & Gun Club.

John enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing, and loved watching sports on TV. He was a huge fan of the NY Yankees, NY Rangers and Buffalo Bills. John loved to watch professional wrestling.

He is survived by a daughter and her husband, Tanya and Kevin Flynn of Endicott, NY; brother and sisters, Frank (Sharon) Leonard of Iowa, Crystal (Jay) Banks of Montour Falls, and Melissa (James) Blanchard of Ohio; and five grandchildren, Parker and Payton Hilfiger, and Abigail, Emily and John-Thomas Flynn.

The family will receive friends and family at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Monday, August 5 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 6:00 p.m.; and interment at Glenwood Cemetery. There will be a celebratory dinner in John’s honor, held at the Millport Rod & Gun Club, Gano Road, Montour Falls, following the burial.

Memorial donations may be made to the Montour Falls Fire Dept., PO Box 369, Montour Falls, NY 14865.

You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Richard R. Sowers

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Richard R. Sowers

Age 89, formerly of Valois and Elmira, NY, passed away on July 27, 2019.

Richard was born on June 9, 1930 in Elkland, PA, one of seven children to Wayne and Audrey Sowers. He graduated from Southside High School, Elmira, in 1948, where he scored the winning touchdown in the very first Erie Bell Football game. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army.

Richard served as a mail carrier in the village of Horseheads for many years and was a member of the American Legion. He loved to hunt and also fish on Seneca Lake and Catharine Creek. When he wasn’t spending time in the outdoors, he enjoyed watching Penn State football. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Lou Sowers; son, Richard Sowers of Horseheads; daughter, Kim (Dave) Rogers of Valois; brothers, Jerry (Peg) Sowers of Florida, Wayne (Alice) Sowers of Elmira, and Gary (Shirley) Sowers of Pennsylvania; and sister, Jen Stamillio of Elmira. He was predeceased by two sisters, Vera Davenport and Peg Rhode. He is also survived by two granddaughters, Laura Decker and Carrie Sowers; and one great-grandson, Kingston Decker. 

A graveside service with military honors will be held Friday, Aug. 2 at 11:30 a.m. at Seneca Union Cemetery in Valois. 

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1316 College Ave., Elmira, NY 14901 (or online at www.cancer.org).

You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com 

Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Robert J. DeNardo

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Robert J. DeNardo

Age 83, of Watkins Glen, NY, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away on July 22, 2019.

Bob was born in Auburn, NY, the son of Patrick and Cecelia DeNardo. He was a communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, Watkins Glen, and a member of the Watkins Glen Fire Department for 56 years and Elks Lodge #1546. Bob’s employment included International Salt and the IBEW Elmira Local, and he served as Park Manager for the Watkins Glen State Park for many years.

He was predeceased by his parents and by a sister, Mary DeDominick. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Doris DeNardo; sons, Michael (Betty) DeNardo and Anthony (Mary Ellen) DeNardo; daughter, Donna DeNardo; five grandchildren, Daniel, Patti (Jeremy), Joseph (Kym), Braeden, and Haley; great-grandson, Teddy Beall; nephew, Rob DeDominick; special friend, Joe Matwiejow, and numerous cousins.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility for their compassionate and considerate care of Bob while he resided there.

Bob enjoyed the outdoors and the mountains the most, travelling the Appalachian Mountains, Rocky Mountains and Alaska. His favorite place was the Adirondack Mountains of New York.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Wednesday, July 31 from 4-6 p.m.; followed by a Memorial Service at the funeral home at 6:00 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the Watkins Glen Fire Department, 201 N. Perry St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Susanne E. Bush

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Susanne E. Bush

Age 73, of Montour Falls, NY, went to be with God while being cared for with loving kindness at Cayuga Medical Center on July 19, 2019.

Born in Spencer, NY, she was a daughter of the late Wilbert and Mary Pylkas. A lifelong resident of Schuyler County, Sue had worked as a nurse’s aide at Schuyler Hospital, did private home health care, drove bus for the Spencer School District, and was a hall monitor and school mom for O.M.C.S. Sue loved people and was loved by many.

In addition to her parents, Sue was preceded in death by son Wilfred Bush, Jr. in 2005, son Timothy Bush in 2006, and by a granddaughter, Amanda Bush-Cortright.

She is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Wilfred Bush, Sr.; brother, Sam Pylkas; son, Jeffrey; daughter, Vera; son-in-law, Johnny Phillips; and a large extended family.

A memorial service will be held at the Myrtle-Jefferson Masonic Lodge, 308 W. Main St., Montour Falls on Saturday, July 27 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor George Norton officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Lyle L. Gates

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Lyle L. Gates

Age 75, a lifelong resident of Montour Falls, NY, entered unto rest on July 3, 2019.

Born on October 17, 1943 in Montour Falls, Lyle was a son of the late Frank and Erma Gates. In addition to his parents, Lyle was preceded in death by a sister, Sarah Gates Gustafson, and brothers, David, George, Frank, Donald and Kenneth Gates.
 
He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to a community dinner and celebration of Lyle’s life beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, July 26 at the Been There Community Café, 224 W. Main St., Montour Falls.
 
To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Marion B. Berg

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Marion B. Berg

BATH: Our dear, beautiful Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother, age 98, has earned her wings and left this Earth on July 18, 2019 after living her last nine years at the Steuben Center, Bath, New York.

She is survived by her sister, Pauline Besso Burke of North Chelmsford, Mass., the last of nine siblings of immigrants from Newfoundland, Canada, Michael and Katherine Besso.

Marion lived in Middletown, New York, was married to Carl A. Berg Sr. and attended Orange County Community College and SUNY New Paltz, where she got her teaching degree at age 48. She taught in the Minisink Valley School District, and then retired to Florida, where she lived in Keystone Heights for 18 years. While there, she was president of the Ladies Club and a member of the Keystone Heights Golf Club. In her later years she lived in State College, Pa.

She always loved visiting the Finger Lakes and lived for three years in Montour Falls, NY, where she belonged to the Montour Falls Art Club and the Watkins Glen Golf Course.

Also surviving her are Katherine (William) Gill, Elmira, NY, Carl (Christine) Berg Jr., Attica, NY, and Wanda (Weldon dc.) Sams, State College, Pa.; grandchildren Christine Gumaer (Jerry Holleran) Gill, Elmira, Michael F. (Maria Strinni) Gill, Painted Post, NY, Jennifer (Jerry) Newell, Avon, NY, Carl Justin Berg, Escanaba, Mich., Jocelyn Berg, Attica, Erik (Rebecca) Clayton, State College, Pa., Joseph (Jennifer) Sarmento, Charleston, SC, and John (April) Sarmento, Charleston, SC; and great grandchildren Alex Gill, Jack Holleran, Josh Holleran, Madeline Gill, Michael Teigen Gill, Kathleen Kaminski, Genevieve Clayton, Christopher Clayton, Timothy Clayton, Vivienne Clayton and Brooke Walker.

A memorial service will be held at the Burdett Presbyterian Church on July 27 at 11:30 a.m. with a reception afterwards. Burial will be in Laurel Grove Cemetery at the historic Gumaer plot, Port Jervis, NY on August 24 at 11:30 a.m.

The family would like to thank the hard-working, inspirational aides and nurses at the Steuben Center, who kept our mother living and entertained for so long. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen, NY. You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Delvan G. Decker

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Delvan G. Decker

Age 90, of Martinsville, VA, passed away on Friday, July 12, 2019. Born November 28, 1928 in Montour Falls, NY, Delvan was a son of the late Lawrence Decker and Alta Goundry Decker. He proudly served his country with the U.S. Army and had been employed as a salesman for the New York Bell Telephone Company.

At the time of his death, Delvan was a member of Rich Acres Baptist Church in Martinsville, VA. Prior to moving to Virginia, he had served as Justice of the Peace in Catharine, NY, was a member of the People’s Baptist Church in Newfield, NY and the Odessa (NY) Lions Club, and was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 676 in Odessa.

In addition to his parents, Delvan was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Sidle Decker; daughter, Abby Decker; and brothers, Hugh Decker and Eldon Decker.

He is survived by his son, Timothy Lee Decker and wife, Janet of Martinsville, VA; grandchildren, Jackie Hughes and husband, Alan of Martinsville, VA and Matthew Decker of Martinsville, VA; and three great grandchildren, Tristan Decker, Amelia Decker and Kelsey Decker, all of Martinsville, VA.
 
Family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, July 27 at the Vedder & Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, immediately followed by an 11 a.m. memorial service. Jonathan Burns, Associate Pastor of People’s Baptist Church, will officiate. A graveside service with military honors will follow at 12 noon at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Odessa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Rich Acres Baptist Church, 78 Stuart Ridge Rd., Martinsville, VA 24112. 

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: William F. Cameron, Jr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

William F. Cameron, Jr.

Age 70, of Rock Stream, NY, passed away at the Bath VA Medical Center on July 5, 2019.  William was born May 23, 1949 in Monmouth, NJ to William and Alice Cameron. He is a Vietnam Veteran who served in the Marines from July 5, 1967 to March 2, 1970.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 19 at Bath National Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Laura; children, William Cameron III of Penn Yan, Jesse Cameron Sr. of Rock Stream, Sharon Crans of Dundee, NY, and Floyd Cameron of Rock Stream; sister, Barbara Pascale; sisters-in-law, Merry Lou Beam of Dundee, Evelyn (Bill) Huchler of Washington, NJ, and Lindsey (Robert) Starr of Tyrone; brother-in-law, Richie Dipple of Dundee; grandchildren, Jesse Cameron Jr. of Bath, NY, Anthony Cameron of Dundee, Amanda Crans of Auburn, GA, Aron Crans of Dundee, Ayla Belknap of Ithaca, NY, and Alice Gilbert of Dundee; two great grandchildren, Cole Easling of Auburn, GA, and Jesse Cameron III of Bath, and some nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Arnot-Ogden Hospital on Unit 5D and all nurses and staff at the VA Medical Center for their care. You were like a second family to him and stood by his side the whole time. Thank you!

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your charity of choice.

You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Frank B. Wyre

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Frank B. Wyre

Age 94, of Odessa, NY, and formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on July 8, 2019. 

Frank retired from Ingersoll-Rand in Painted Post. He was a volunteer for many years with Schuyler County Ambulance. 

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Thursday, July 11 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.; followed by a Celebration of Life service at 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at Lakeview Cemetery. 

He was born on October 2, 1924, the son of Josiah and Lena Wyre.He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Edward and Josiah; twin brother, William, and wife, Agnes.

He is survived by 11 children, Frances (Robert) Sample, Penny (David) Russell, Shirley O’Dea (Charlie Wilson), Frank Wyre, Jr., Edward (Gail) Wyre, Wilma Wyre, Karen Murphy, Debra (Ronald) Alexander, David Wyre, John (Lori) Wyre, and Barbara (David) Miller; and by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Schuyler County Ambulance, P.O. Box 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891. You may express condolences online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: David E. Wells

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Covert Funeral Home, Ovid.

David E. Wells

Age 62, of Mann Lane, Lodi, NY, and formerly of Valois, NY, died at Arnot-Ogden Hospital in Elmira, NY on Friday, July 5, 2019.

David was born in Montour Falls, NY on April 23, 1957, one of four sons born to Norman R. “Zeke” and Margaret H. (Hawes) Wells. He was a 1976 graduate of South Seneca High School and spent a total of 20 years combined in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserves.

Following his honorable discharge, he worked as a corrections officer at Willard DTC and retired from Five Points Correctional Facility in 2014 after 25 years of service. David had been a volunteer EMT for the Valois-Logan-Hector Fire Department for several years.

David is survived by his son, Bruce (Mandi) Wells of Apache Junction, AZ; his siblings, Norman A. (Nancy) Wells of Ithaca, NY and Beth Ann (Steven) McPherson of Panama City, FL; a sister-in-law, Bobbi Jo Wells of Ovid, NY, and several nieces and nephews; a special friend, Ginny Graber of Ovid; and his wife Linda’s family. David was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Wells, in 2013, and by his brothers, Phillip “PJ” and Steven “Spaz” Wells, in 2018.

A graveside ceremony with military honors will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, July 12 at Seneca-Union Cemetery in Valois. A reception will follow at the American Legion Post #463 in Ovid.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Hector-Logan-Valois Fire Department, P.O. Box 46, Hector, NY 14841. For additional information, please contact the Covert Funeral Home at 607-869-3411 or visit www.covertfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Arthur F. Joslyn

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Arthur F. Joslyn

Age 81, of Montour Falls, NY, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, June 30, 2019.

Art was employed at Northern Stud Welding for 17 years, and most recently worked at H&R Block in Watkins Glen until he retired. He was also a retired U.S. Army veteran.

He enjoyed sports in every capacity and could always be found watching his beloved Michigan Wolverines. He also enjoyed playing cards, visiting with family and friends, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Art was predeceased by his significant other of 43 years, Nancy L. Starkweather, in 2017, and her son Thomas Starkweather in 1988.

He is survived by his children, Kim Joslyn of Ithaca, NY, Michelle (Mike Colunio) Bump of Montour Falls, James (Shannon) Joslyn of Beaver Dams, NY, and Anthony Joslyn of Montour Falls; by his son-in-law, Ray Bump of Montour Falls; and by Nancy’s children, Terri Dillman and Tim (Kym) Starkweather, both of Montour Falls, and Todd (Ann) Starkweather of Odessa, NY, as well as 13 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Ann, our angel here on Earth, for the amazing care she gave our Dad/Papa. Her kindness and compassion will never be forgotten.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, July 9 from 5-7 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A memorial service will directly follow at the funeral home. Interment in Highland Cemetery will be a private ceremony for immediate family.

Flowers or arrangements sent to the funeral home will be donated immediately afterwards to the Schuyler Hospital Long Term Care facility for the residents to enjoy. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

“You were aMAIZEing and we are BLUE, we will forever be missing you.”
Rest Easy, Dad/Papa. We love you.

Obituary: Robert Edward Lee Jr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Robert Edward Lee Jr.

Age 33, passed away on June 21, 2019. Robert was born in Elmira, New York and grew up in Odessa, New York. He graduated from Odessa-Montour High School in 2004.

Robert enlisted in the U.S. Army in May of 2007 and was assigned to be a Calvary Scout. He was assigned to the prestigious 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. As a new Scout, it didn’t take long for Robert to earn his “Spurs” as a member of the Apache Company.

During his time while stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia, Robert met his wife, Amber Beckwith-Lee. Amber was the rock of the family during Robert’s two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008 and 2010. During his deployments, Robert served as the Second Platoon leader during numerous combat patrols, stability operations, and partner force missions with the Iraqi Army. During his second deployment, he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for action during a combat patrol. Robert assumed the role as the lead mounted gunner during actions against enemy forces. His quick and decisive thinking enabled the platoon to lay effective fire against enemy forces, leading to the capture of two separate weapons caches and four enemy prisoners, including a High Valued Individual.

Robert was proud of his military service but even more proud of being a father to his two sons, Robby, 10, and Ryan, 7. After seven years in service, Robert, Amber, Robby, and Ryan returned to his hometown of Odessa to be with family.

Robert leaves behind his wife Amber and their two sons, Robby and Ryan of Barton, New York.

He is survived by his sister, Samantha D. Gray of Rock Stream, NY, and his brother, James D. Gray (Sara Gray); niece and nephew, Anna and Patrick Gray of Elmira; step sister, Crystal Rhode (Matthew Rhode); nephews Carter and Jackson Rhodes of Cicero, NY; step brother, Travis Wilcox of Baldwinsville, NY; mother, Jacqueline Gray (Steve Bannister) of Odessa; father, Lawrence E. Gray (Brenda Edmister) of Dundee, NY; aunt, Pamela Skebey (Thomas) and cousins Benjamin and Rebecka Hutcheson of Horseheads, NY; aunt, Debra Vandereems (John) and cousins Jacob and Nathan Vandereems of Watkins Glen, NY; uncle, Jonas Johnson (Kristi) of Aberdeen, NC; uncle, Trevor Johnson of Horseheads; uncle, Robert Johnson (Katherine) and cousins Amanda and James Johnson of Moyock, North Carolina; uncle, Dennis L. Kelley (Michelle) and cousins Jillian and Devon Kelley of Mount Pleasant, PA; grandmother, Mary Johnson of Horseheads; grandmother, Patsy L. Kelley of Watkins Glen; and grandfather, Dennis G. Kelley of Dundee, NY. He was predeceased by grandfather Wilmont “Bud” Johnson (Linda).

Robert’s memorial service will be held at the Horseheads American Legion (442) on Saturday, July 6 at 1:00 p.m.. All are welcome to attend and participate in the celebration of his life.

If you would like to contribute, Samantha Gray has established a GoFundMe account under Robert Edward Lee. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Roger Davenport Williams

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Covert Funeral Home, Ovid, NY.

Roger Davenport Williams

Age 78, of Valois, NY, died Thursday, June 27, 2019 at the Cayuga Medical Center.

Roger was born on February 3, 1941 in Warsaw, NY, a son of the late Charles Dwight and Oletha  (Davenport) Williams. The family moved from Leicester to Ithaca in 1956, and he grew up working on the family farm.

In 1959, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served until 1963. Upon his honorable discharge, he had served on the USS The Sullivans and the USS J. Douglas Blackwood. After leaving the Navy he attended Cornell University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree.

In 1969 Roger and Joyce purchased their own dairy farm in Valois, and continued to operate the farm to this day, raising beef cattle. He worked as a loan officer of USDA for 20 years.

Roger was an active member of the Interlaken Reformed Church, serving in various capacities. Additionally, he was a Master Mason of the Myrtle-Jefferson Lodge #131 in Montour Falls.

He leaves his wife of 59 years, Joyce VanDeMark Williams; his children, Christopher (Meng) Williams, Steve (Elizabeth) Williams, Amy (Adam) Fairhall and Dan Williams; his grandchildren, Jennifer Williams and Rachel (Daniel) Martin, and Victoria  and Alexzandria Wood; and his brothers, Charles Williams and Jon Williams.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2 at the Interlaken Reformed Church. A Masonic ceremony will take place at 4:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Memorial Service led by Pastor David Leonard. Interment will be held privately at Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Romulus.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Interlaken Reformed Church, PO Box 335, Interlaken, NY 14847 or the Myrtle-Jefferson Masonic Lodge #131, PO Box 413, Montour Falls, NY 14865.

For additional information, please contact the Covert Funeral Home at 607-869-3411 or visit www.covertfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Pauline B. (Dobson) Gee

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Pauline B. (Dobson) Gee

Age 98, of Beaver Dams, NY, entered unto rest on Monday, June 24, 2019 in Montour Falls, NY. She was born in Corning, NY on March 21, 1921, the daughter of the late Charles and Maude Dobson.

Pauline attended many one-room school houses. On November 16, 1938, she married Wilbur A. Gee in Painted Post, NY. Pauline was a lifelong farm wife, “her husband’s right hand,” and a loving mother.

She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Wilbur A. Gee; sons, Thomas and Ronnie; daughter, Phyllis; daughter-in-law, Joy Gee; grandchildren, Billy and Karen Gee, and Michael Gee; sisters, Madelyn, Harriet, and Emma; and brothers, Harold and Clifford.

Pauline is survived by her sons, Harold (Sandy) Gee of Horseheads, David (Janice) Gee of Kanona, NY, Paul Gee of Watkins Glen, James (Amy) Gee of Loris, SC, and William (Sandra) Gee of Beaver Dams; and sister, Betty Klopp of Montour Falls. She is also survived by over 100 grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, and great great great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, June 27 from 4-6 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Pauline’s funeral will be held on Friday, June 28 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by burial in Pleasant View Cemetery in Reading Center.

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Barbara Gail Armistead

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Barbara Gail Armistead

Age 63, of Powderly, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at U.T. Health - East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. Memorial services were held Thursday, June 20, at the Bright-Holland Funeral Home, Paris, Texas.

Barbara, the daughter of William and Marjorie Merrill, was born March 30, 1956, in Elmira, NY. She grew up on Connecticut Hill, and attended Odessa-Montour Central School for most of her education before her parents moved to Texas in 1973. She worked a number of years at Braums, Noble True Value, and Hicks Muffler & Tire before her retirement.

Barbara was known as a loyal and hard worker. She was a wonderful homemaker and loved her family unconditionally.

She was preceded in death by her father, William Merrill, and a brother, Victor Merrill.

Survivors include her husband, Walter Armistead; three children, Michael Herron & wife Jennifer of Paris, Lisa Moore & husband Samuel of Reno and Jesse Herron & wife Ashley of Paris; her mother, Marjorie Merrill of Talco,Texas; grandchildren, Monica, Madison, Jonathan, Joanna, Chelsea, Tyler, Jordan, Vivian and Jude; one great grandchild, Carter; siblings, Tom Merrill, Bill Merrill, John Merrill, Ann Francis, Nancy Harrison and Jeff Merrill; along with many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Obituary: Vernon Harry Palmer, Jr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Vernon Harry Palmer, Jr.

Age 66, of Montour Falls, NY, entered unto rest on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility.

He was born in Montour Falls on September 30, 1952, the son of the late Vernon Harry Palmer, Sr. and Genevieve May Hetherington and attended Odessa-Montour Central School. He served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Vernon worked at Challenge Industries many years ago before becoming disabled. He enjoyed doing word searches, and making wooden canes and walking sticks. He loved hanging with family and friends, and would do anything for anybody without hesitation. He will be missed dearly.

He is survived by four daughters, Shelly Palmer of Montour Falls, Melissa Palmer of Ithaca, Rebecca Palmer, and Tori Palmer of Beaver Dams; two sons, Jason Palmer of Geneseo and Brian Palmer; two adopted daughters, Chrissy Holford of Montour Falls and MyAnna Novick of Elmira; a sister, Luella Dawn Palmer of Montour Falls; and six grandchildren, Alisha Morey, Joshua Morey, Chad Craven, Jr., Zoey Palmer, Bret Palmer and Matthew Palmer. He was predeceased by his daughter, Crystal Lepp, in 2017.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 29 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 221 W. South St., Montour Falls. Burial will be held at a later date. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Carol Gardner

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Carol Gardner

Age 59, a resident of Alpine, NY, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Monday, June 19, 2019.

The daughter of the late Jack and Nancy Delany, Carol was predeceased by her son, Adam Gardner, and is survived by daughters Jamie (Ron) of Pennsylvania and Kelly (Stuart) of Florida and son Noah (Amy), also of Florida; grandchildren, Juliet, Mathew, Jonathan, Jordan, Josh, Stuart, Caiden and Alex; and her children’s father and lifelong friend Maynard (Joe) Gardner of Florida. She also leaves behind many surrogates who considered her a mother growing up.

Carol was blessed to have many wonderful family members in her life: aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was equally blessed to have so many beautiful friends.

Carol worked in the medical profession as a registered nurse for over 30 years and was employed at Five Points Correctional Facility for over 17 years. She enjoyed gardening, spending time with family and friends, her cats, and fine dining, and was always up for new adventures.

She was one of the most caring and compassionate people, who was eager to help anyone in need. She also was a fiery woman who had a fight in herself that she used to tackle the world. She was an amazing women who would give you the shirt off her own back if you needed it, no questions asked. We will miss you with all our hearts!

You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Jean Hallett Greenwood

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Covert Funeral Home, Ovid.

Jean Hallett Greenwood

Age 85, of the Ithaca/Watkins Glen area, passed away on Monday June 3, 2019.

The family will lay Jean in her final resting place at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15 at Fair View Cemetery, Sheldrake.
 
Jean was born in Seneca Falls on September 6, 1933, the only child of Arthur L. and Marian (Boyer) Hallett. She was a graduate of Trumansburg High School, Class of 1951 and attended RIT. Jean was a bookkeeper for The Ithaca Journal for 26 years. She retired to Ashland, Alabama before returning home to the Ithaca area in 2018.

She is survived by her children, Lynn Greenwood of Watkins Glen and Starr (Mike) Greenwood Meehan of Concord MA; her grandchildren, Matthew (Nicole) Sayre, Meghan (Eric Markham) Trexler, Tracy (Shane) Poplawski, Scott Trexler and Phillip (Megan) Brown; her great grandchildren, Olivia and Evyn Sayre, Paige Markham and Cole Poplawski; and her brothers- and sisters-in-law, Mary Jamison, Elsie Smolarsky, Charles Borden and Joseph Borden. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Page Greenwood, in 2004, and his siblings, Dolly Cole and Del Borden.
 
For additional information, please contact the Covert Funeral Home at 607-869-3411 or visit www.covertfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Terence M. Vallely

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Terence M. Vallely

Age 54, of Windsor, CT and formerly of Alpine, NY, went to be with the Lord unexpectedly on Saturday, November 17, 2018.

He graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School, class of 1982. Terry grew up in Alpine, and went on to serve in the United States Navy as well as the United States Army, ultimately retiring from the Army. He had a big heart and a kind word for everyone, but his greatest joy was his son, Liam. He was a very proud dad and loved spending quality time with him.

Terry was predeceased by his father, Terence, and is survived by his son, Liam, his mother, Marie (Punch) Wilcox, as well as numerous in-laws, relatives and friends.

A celebration of Terry’s life with military honors will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 14 in Woodlawn National Cemetery, 1825 Davis Street, Elmira, NY. Fellowship and refreshments will follow at the Hillcrest Baptist Church, 115 West Hill Road / 24 Hillcrest Road, Elmira, NY (side entrance).

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to benefit Liam can be made to Brooktondale Baptist Church, Attention: T. Vallely’s son (Wilcox), P.O. Box 144, Brooktondale, NY 14817.

Obituary: Patricia Jean Redick

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Patricia Jean Redick

Age 80, of Watkins Glen, NY and formerly of Brockport NY, passed away on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Schuyler Hospital. She was born in Montour Falls on April 12, 1939, the daughter of the late Eugene Louis and Rose Mary (Nitche) Frary. She graduated from Watkins Glen High School with the Class of 1957.

Pat worked for Owens Illinois Glass Company as a counselor in Brockport for 16 years, and later obtained her AS in Business Administration & Management from Elmira Collage to become a medical assistant for Cayuga Medical in Ithaca. Before her retirement, she served as the Town Clerk of Reading. She enjoyed reading, writing, painting and interacting with her sons. She was also active with the Democratic Committee. She was predeceased by her husband, Herbert Cameron Redick, on August 29, 2006.

She is survived by her sons, Donald (Grete) Redick of Nova Scotia and Douglas (Jo Anne) Redick of Brockport; grandchildren, Stephanie, Thomas and David Redick; great grandchildren, Theodore and Ivey Redick; her close friend, Muriel Osborne-Petryk of Watkins Glen; special cousin, Christina Amisano of Watkins Glen; and by many other cousins.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Reading Center.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Live Like Liz, or to the Humane Society of Schuyler County. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Nathan C. Waite Jr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Nathan C. Waite Jr.

Age 12, of Lincoln, Nebraska, died on May 31, 2019. Christian, born in Bloomington, Illinois, lived this last year battling a rare angiosarcoma. He joined his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, surrounded by his family at home. Welcoming to all, Christian led, inspired and encouraged at home, at school and on the field. His love of sports, and his passion for his unbelievable community of friends and family are unmatched.

Christian is survived by his parents, Nathan and Ann Waite; his siblings, Caleb (11), Charis (9), Carryn (7) and Calvin (4); his paternal grandparents, Phillip and Shelley Waite of Lincoln NE; his maternal grandparents, Rob and Terri Nicks of Glen Carbon, IL; great-grandmother Sylvia Waite of Watkins Glen, NY; great-grandfather Norman Armstrong of Glen Carbon IL; six aunts and uncles, and nine cousins.

A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 5 at New Covenant Community Church, Lincoln, NE. A Celebration of Life gathering with family greeting friends was held Tuesday, June 4 at Roper and Sons South Lincoln Chapel, Lincoln, NE.

Cremation/no viewing. In lieu of flowers, please consider a tribute to Make-A-Wish at nebraska.wish.org.

"Big" has rounded the bases. Now he is Home.

Obituary: Alice Quinata-Eastwood

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Alice Quinata-Eastwood

Age 83, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on June 3, 2019.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Thursday, June 6 from 6-8 p.m.  A memorial service celebrating her life will be held Friday, June 7 at 11:00 a.m. at the Reading Community Church, Reading Center. A committal service with military honors will be held at Bath National Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. on the same day.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Daniel Quinata, in 2004. She is survived by her husband, Russell F. Eastwood; four children, Daniel (Marjorie) Quinata of Phoenix, AZ, Ellen (Roger) Rust of Manchester, NY, Gil Quinata (Amenda Bacon) of Watkins Glen, and Chris Quinata of Phoenix, AZ; a sister, Manona Tuttle of Burdett, NY; a sister-in-law, Mary Quinata of Palouse, WA; nine grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren.   

Alice served honorably in the U.S. Army. She was a New York State Probation and Parole Officer for Schuyler County, and was an active and faithful member of the Reading Community Church for many years.    

Memorial donations may be made to the Reading Community Church, PO Box 23, Reading Center, NY 14876. You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Richard Eugene Collins

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Richard Eugene Collins

Age 83, of Alpine, NY passed away on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Schuyler Hospital.

He was born in Newfield on September 24, 1935, the son of the late Eugene Emery Collins and Leah Mabel Wright. He was employed at Cargill in Watkins Glen for 35 years, retiring on November 1, 1995.

Richard was a founding member of the Schuyler County Volunteer Ambulance, a member of the Odessa Fire Department, an EMT, and an AA volunteer. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, horseback riding, camping, watching wildlife, and helping people. He was also known to be a prankster.

He is survived by his daughters, Suzanne Tucker of Delancy, NY and Tonya Burnham of Cayuta, NY; sons, Jeffrey Collins of Montour Falls, Richard (Darlene) Collins of Odessa, James Collins of Albuquerque, NM; stepsons, Daniel (Martha) Williams of Horseheads and Todd (Heather) LaRow of Cayuta; a brother, Merle Collins of Cayuta; 14 grandchildren, Schuyler Collins, Seneca Collins, Elisha Townson, Jason Collins, Jacob Collins, Jonathan Collins, Christopher Collins, Chenaie Collins, Teresa Collins, Danielle Tucker, Connor Tucker, Destinie Burnham, Morgan Burnham and Kadin Burnham; 9 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Anna Mae Elmo; brother-in-law, John Elmo, Jr.; sister-in-law, Susan Parrott Collins; son-in-law, Daniel Tucker, and daughter-in-law, Sherry Reid Collins.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 5 at 6:00 p.m. at the Cayuta Free Church, State Route 224, Cayuta. A reception will follow at the Cayuta Town Hall.

Arrangements are by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: James L. Brown

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

James L. Brown

Age 76, a longtime resident of Newfield, NY, passed away on Saturday, May 25, 2019 surrounded by his family. He was born in Montour Falls, NY on May 19, 1943, the son of the late Lawrence Brown and Grace Brink, and graduated from Odessa-Montour High School.

Jim was employed with Borg Warner in Ithaca for over 30 years. He was an avid bowler, and a Yankee and SU fan. He enjoyed watching birds at Cornell and Montezuma. He loved country music, Johnny Cash and his family.

He is survived by his two daughters, Christine Brown and Crystal (Rob) Donner; sisters, Sally Zimmer and Kathy Kendall; two grandchildren, Michael and Robbie Doner; his former wife, Marian Brown; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Cheri Shores; brother, Robert Brown, and by his beloved husky dog, Lilly.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 30 from 6-7 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A celebration of Jim’s life will follow at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to any mental health organization of your choice. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Charles H. Keach

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Charles H. Keach

Age 96, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on May 20, 2019. 

Charlie was born on January 14, 1923 in Hector, NY, the son of Seymour and Lucy (Smith) Keach. He was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Bertha Carroll. He is survived by several nieces and nephews. 

He was a retired Watkins Glen Central School custodian and WWII Navy Veteran. He also worked as a Postal Carrier and for Jimmy’s Radio in Watkins Glen. After retiring from the school in 1985, he enjoyed taking bus trips around the country.  

A visitation service will be held on Wednesday, May 29 from 12 noon-2 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. at the funeral home, officiated by Rev. Richard Evans; followed by military honors at the Union Cemetery of Hector in Burdett.

Memories of Charlie may be added to his “Book of Memories” in Obituaries at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Mass will celebrate life of Mary P. Borra

The following notice was submitted to The Odessa File by the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

The life of Mary P. Borra of Alpine, NY, who died on Jan. 22, 2019 at the age of 104, will be celebrated with a Memorial Mass at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1, at St. Benedict's Church in Odessa, NY.

Memories of Mary may be shared with her family and friends at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com.

Mary was born in Arcevia, Province of Ancona, Italy on January 7, 1915, daughter of the late Rosa (Ruzziconi) and Pietro Biagetti. She worked for Remington Rand in Elmira as well as for the Odessa-Montour School and BC Cate Elementary School in Montour Falls.

“Aunt Mary” was kind; she  loved life and family. She was quiet but had an infectious laugh and loved to dance; she and her husband, Uncle Louie Borra, were square-dance champions known regionwide.

Sundays or any day of the week, being with Aunt Mary meant spending time with her in gardens of wonderful vegetables and beautiful flowers like Lupines and Lambs Ears, Gladiolus, and Daisies, too. And if you were with her long enough you would get to eat something special like homemade pasta or chicken soup -- and holidays were extra special with wonderful Italian dishes for the celebration with family. What Aunt Mary loved most was to sit on the porch with Uncle Louie and watch the day go by.

Obituary:Steven Liszka Sr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Steven Liszka Sr.

Age 58, of Bradford, NY, suddenly went to be with his Lord on Friday, May 17, 2019 at Upstate Medical Hospital in Syracuse, NY.

He was born on July 3, 1960 in Buffalo, NY to Carmella Valenti and Norman R. Liszka. He married Rose Pike on July 13, 2002. He owned his own construction business for many years, meeting many people in Watkins Glen and the surrounding area. He truly lived his life to the fullest through simple pleasures: chatting with his customers, friends and family. His greatest pleasure was spending time with his family.

He is survived by his loving wife, Rose; six children, Angelo Liszka, Jennifer (Eric Newcomb) Pike, Clarissa (Josh Sharpsteen) Pike, Steven Liszka Jr., Crystal Liszka Chaffin, and Andrea McNeil; mother, Carmella Valenti; sisters, Joan (David) Lorenzo and Gloria (William) Renaldo; brothers, Douglas Liszka and Norman (Mary) Liszka; nine grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews. He was predeceased by his loving sister, Brenda Liszka, and father, Norman R. Liszka.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Lombardo Funeral Home, 855 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, NY. In lieu of flowers, cards may be sent to his son Angelo Liszka -- who lost his beloved father way too young.-- at 370 Lakeview Park, Rochester, NY 14613.

Obituary: Merle William Bedient

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Merle William Bedient

Age 52, of Lewisburg, TN and formerly of Schuyler County, died of natural causes on April 27, 2019.

Merle was born on June 30, 1966 to Paul R. Bedient and Joanna M. Gilbert Bedient Ely in Montour Falls, NY. He was the youngest of six: Debbra R. Bond (Jim), Tina E. Snider, Paul (Chip) R. Bedient Jr. (Pam), Sonya Personius, and Frank D. Bedient (Barb). Malcolm Ely was considered his DAD. Merle was a very proud Uncle and Great Uncle, enthusiastically providing teddy bears for each.

While happily living in the South, Merle became a brother to Brock and Matt, keeping a close devoted relationship with sister Sonya. Merle became loving friends with the Secrist and McIntire families. He was an extremely proud member of the Southern Knights Drum and Bugle Corps in Birmingham, Alabama. The Corps became his family with many friends to share stories and smiles.

Merle was predeceased by father Paul, DAD Malcolm, and brother Chip.

There are no services per his request.

Obituary: Johnny Dallas Baisden

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Johnny Dallas "Rebel" Baisden

Age 72, of Elmira Heights, NY, passed away at home surrounded by his family after a hard-fought and fearless battle against Stage 4 lung cancer on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. 

Born on March 28, 1947 to Amos and Mary (nee Scalf) Baisden in Logan, West Virginia, he is survived by his son, Daniel (Christine) Baisden of Elmira Heights, and daughters, Barbara Ruonavaara of Ravenna, Ohio, and Diana (Miles) Frederick of Montour Falls, NY. He is also survived by his grandchildren, John Ruonavaara, Lorelai Baisden, Dallas Frederick and Donnie Roberts; brothers, Gale and Clinton Baisden; and many cousins and family members in and around West Virginia. He was predeceased by his parents and brothers, Columbo, Davey, Jimmy and Ronnie.
 
He was proud of his military service in the United States Navy and he fought in the Vietnam War. He worked for many years in the coal mines of West Virginia before settling into the Watkins Glen area in order to better provide for his children. Johnny was a fiercely devoted father and dedicated friend whose sharp wit and humor knew no bounds.

All cancers are vicious, and lung cancer is no different. This disease whittled away his body, but not his spirit and determination. In spite of the disease, he never lost hope or his sense of humor. He enjoyed watching his westerns, listening to music and traveling across the country. His teachings, stubbornness and ethics raised strong and independent children who will continue to pass those lessons to his grandchildren. It is impossible to sum up Dad’s lifetime of achievements, experiences and wisdom into an obituary.
 
The family wishes to thank the nurses, nursing assistants and social workers of the Chemung County Health Department and the Cancer Center at Arnot Ogden.
   
Calling hours will be held at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY on Tuesday, May 21 from 5-7 p.m. Burial with full military honors will be held at a later date at Woodlawn National Cemetery, 1825 Davis Street, Elmira, NY.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made payable to the charity of your choice in Johnny’s name. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Ronald D. Simpson

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Ronald D. Simpson

Age 66, of Beaver Dams, NY passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Arnot Ogden Hospital surrounded by his loving wife and children.

He was born in Montour Falls, NY on October 20, 1952, the son of the late Frank W. and Alberta R. (Kipp) Simpson and graduated from Watkins Glen High School. He married Caroline L. Hatmaker on August 13, 1977 in Dundee, NY.

Ron was owner of the 414 Red & White convenience store in Watkins Glen for many years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Montour Falls. Ron volunteered at the Schuyler County Food Pantry at First Baptist Church in Montour Falls, and also volunteered for the Watkins Glen Central School Booster Club, where he was well known as the “50/50 Dude” and received the Beneficiary Award.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, racing, sports, and helping family and friends.

Ron is survived by his wife of 41 years, Caroline; son, Anthony (Emily) Simpson of Cochranville, PA; daughter, Victoria Simpson (Brian Morsdorf) of Weedsport, NY; brothers, Frank H. Simpson of Creston, NC and Harry (Tina) Smith of Big Flats, NY; sister, Beverly (Ron Cervoni) of Watkins Glen; two granddaughters; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his twin brother, Donald Simpson; brother, Robert Simpson; two nephews, Jeffrey and Jason Cervoni; stepfather, George E. Smith; and by many other close family and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, May 20 from 5-8 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 21 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 208 W. South St., Montour Falls with the Rev. George Norton officiating. Burial will follow in Montour Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Watkins Glen Central School Booster Club or the Schuyler County Food Pantry at First Baptist Church in Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Kenneth Van Lone

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.

Kenneth Van Lone

Age 93, of Dundee, NY passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at the Homestead Nursing Home in Penn Yan, NY.

Kenneth was born on September 28, 1925 in Odessa, NY to the late Floyd and Fannie Snyder Van Lone. He was an accomplished mason and an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by his daughters, Marsha (James) Stout, Michelle (Richard) Klein, and Maureen (Nelson) Bailey; son, Scott Van Lone; grandchildren, Jaimi (Scott) Shoemaker, Matthew (Andrea) Klein, Megan Klein, Channa (Mike) Collins, and Alexander Bailey, and eight great grandchildren. Kenneth was predeceased by his loving wife of 68 years, Patricia C. Van Lone, and daughter, Melinda Van Lone.

A service celebrating his life will be held privately. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery in Dundee, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 435 E. Henrietta Rd., Rochester, NY 14620. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.townsendwoodfuneralchapel.com.

Obituary: June A. Flatt

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

June A. Flatt

Age 82, of Boscawen, NH, and formerly of Odessa, NY, passed away on Monday, May 13, 2019. She was born in the Town of Danby, NY on June 6, 1936, the daughter of the late J. Richard and Helen (Wilcox) Wrisley.

June was a member of the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church, where she was former president of the United Methodist Women and taught Sunday school for many years.

She is survived by her daughter, Peggy Flatt-Danis (Patrick); son, Robert Flatt; two sisters, Lois Rich and Linda Plunkett; and two brothers, Robert Wrisley and Roger (Corky) Wrisley. She was predeceased by her husband, Donald Flatt; brother, Dick Wrisley; and sister-in-law, Gerry Wrisley.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 18 at 1:00 p.m. at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa, with Rev. Sheila Price officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY.

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Andra Boyce

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Andra Boyce

Age 78, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on May 14, 2019.  

Andra was born on June 13, 1940 in Lock Haven, PA, the daughter of Carl and Winifred (Coon) Elder. She graduated from Corning Northside High School in 1958.

Andra loved her home in Townsend on VanZandt Hollow Road, where she enjoyed the outdoors, growing flowers, making crafts and especially spending time with her family. Later, she moved to the Middle School Apartments in Watkins Glen. In her brief time there, she enjoyed the Community Nights and Pot Luck Dinners with friends and family.  She was a long-time member of the Beaver Dams United Methodist Church.

She was predeceased by her parents and husband, Glenn Boyce. Survivors include her sons, Brian (Patricia) Ervay of Watkins Glen, and Corey (Megan) Ervay of Annville, PA; also three grandchildren and the loves of her life, Sean, Shannon and Chloe.  

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Saturday, May 18 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; followed by a memorial service at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home; and interment and committal services at Beaver Dams Cemetery.  

Those wishing to remember Andra may consider donations in her memory to the Winifred Coon Elder Scholarship Fund, payable to “Watkins Glen CSD”/Winifred Coon Elder Award, c/o Watkins Glen Central School, Attn: Gayle Sedlack, 303 12th St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: David Swarthout, Sr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

David Swarthout, Sr.

Age 62, of Beaver Dams, NY passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on May 12, 2019.

He was born on June 13, 1956 in Corning, NY, the youngest child of Lamont and Luella Swarthout. He married the love of his life, Kathy, on December 21, 1974. Kathy welcomed him home along with his parents, Lamont and Luella, and siblings, Larue, Ted and Barbara. 

Dave is survived by his children, Hollie Swarthout (grandchildren Savoree and Joseph), David and Nina Swarthout (grandchildren Aryana, Karina and David III), Darci and Paul Kasprzyk (grandson Paul Jr.), Kevin Swarthout (grand fur babies) and the family fur babies, Lincoln, Bailey and Smokey. Oh, and he was appreciative of his brief companion, Terry, shortly after his wife’s passing. 

Dave was a hardworking jack of all trades. Most often sought after for his skills with auto mechanics and construction, he helped many throughout his life. With a beer in his hand and a smirk on his face, he would always give advice “cuz he had a pretty good idea.”

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 18 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Beaver Dams Vol. Fire Dept.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Beaver Dams Vol. Fire Dept., 1165 Co. Rt. 19, Beaver Dams, NY 14812 or Care First, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870 (or online at www.carefirstny.org). You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Norman R. Personius

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Norman R. Personius

Age 86, of Odessa, NY passed away on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 after a brief illness. Norm was born in Elmira, NY on November 2, 1932.

He was predeceased by his parents, John and Hazel (Corey) Personius, his infant son, Johnny, and his sister Lois.

Norm attended Thomas A. Edison High School until the age of 17, when he joined the Army and served as a Combat Engineer in Korea. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, fishing, camping, bowling and the Buffalo Bills. One of Norm's favorite things was singing and playing the bass guitar. He played in local country bands, including The Country Drifters and The Tripods.

Norm is survived by his first wife, Lorraine, and their children, Norman (Marge) Personius, Ronald Personius, Dennis Personius, Michelle (Eric) Murphy, Daniel Personius, Jeffrey (Pam) Personius and Gregory (Angel) Personius; his second wife, Betty and their children, Bobby (Lynn) Personius and Randy Personius (Lori ); and stepchildren, Tom (Judy) Doan, Larry (Donna) Doan, Louise Cooper (Stephen Vedder), Cathy (Jim) Hall and Roxie Doan (Barry Wixson). He is also survived by his sister, Helen, 20 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, one great great granddaughter, nieces, nephews and several friends.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11 at the Veterans Memorial Park/American Legion, 2532 Steam Mill Road, Odessa, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865.

Arrangements are by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: John F. Clemons

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

John F. Clemons

Age 79, formerly of Montour Falls, NY, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Hospice in Ormond Beach, FL.

The family will be hosting calling hours on Friday, May 17 from 4-6 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. The Watkins Glen Elks Lodge will have a service at 5:45 p.m. at the funeral home. A private burial with military honors will be held at the Montour Falls Cemetery.

John was born in Elmira, NY, grew up in Millport, NY, and settled in Montour Falls. John was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a correction officer employed by the NYS Department of Corrections for 33 years, most of those at Camp Monterey. Upon retiring, he spent the past 16 years as a snowbird, enjoying sunshine, sightseeing, and many friendships in Flagler Beach, FL.

John was a man of few words and considered himself a “trained observer.” When he spoke, he had a quick wit and keen way of knowing exactly what was happening around him. He loved trains, was an avid reader and sportsman, enjoying fishing and hunting. He was a member of the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge (#1546) for 46 years and was a life member. He was also a member of the Mechanics Club of Montour Falls. Later in life, he loved to be in nature, enjoying birds, wildlife, and all that was available to him.

John is survived by his wife, the love of his life of 54 years, Mary (Bonyak) Clemons. He is also survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and Mike Griggs of Newfield, NY, and granddaughter Sarah Griggs and her fiancé Lee Agostini of Philadelphia, PA. John was predeceased by his parents, Irene and Harold Clemons, and brother, Frances (Corky) Clemons. He is survived by his sisters, Elizabeth Steinhauser of Canandaigua, NY and Diane Moore of Mashpee, Massachusetts.

For those wishing to remember John, please consider a donation to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (www.michaeljfox.org). To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Louis Bruce Morrell

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Louis Bruce Morrell

Age 73, of Newfield, NY, passed away at home on Friday, May 3, 2019. He was born in Elmira on July 10, 1945, the son of the late Romane and Elizabeth (Rorick) Morrell.

On January 14, 1967, he married Mickie VanOstrand in the Newfield United Methodist Church. Bruce was an electrician for over 40 years, retiring in 2004. He enjoyed hunting, camping, and the Historical Society. He loved music and listening to his great granddaughter sing karaoke.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mickie Morrell; two daughters, Tammy (Dana) Lisk of Newfield and Sherry (Leland) Nottingham of Monterey, NY; one son, Erick (Mary) Morrell of Port St. Lucie, FL.; seven grandchildren, Mike Nottingham, Ashley (Justin) Buckley, Victoria Nottingham, Leland Nottingham, Tyme Hartsock, Anthoney Morrell and Jodi Whitham; 14 great grandchildren; and eight nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Jim Morrell in 2015 and Jack Morrell in 2011; and by his great granddaughter, Annalise Buckley, in 2017.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, May 13 from 12 noon-1:00 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A memorial service will follow at 1:00 p.m. 

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Robert T. O'Neill

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.

Robert T. "Corky" O'Neill

Age 90 years and 354 days, transitioned from our physical world on May 4, 2019.
 
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he lived most of his life in Elmira, NY.  He served in the U.S. Army in Korea. He was educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia, PA.

A treasured member of the area art world, he has been exploring the corners of his mind all of his life and translating what he finds there into art. His creativity lent itself to many different styles and mediums. Unbridled in his approach, for him art was a discovery of himself and life, and it permeated his life. An inquisitive and curious mind posed “Corky” to approach any idea with an adventurous attitude toward exploration. The results produced artworks which displayed trails of his journey.

He said, “The purpose of creating is to share with the world, and in my exploration of life, it is the most valuable thing that I have to give. It gives me joy to see other people appreciate my work. It is a part of myself.”

He previously owned a small studio in Waverly, NY, then moved to Montour Falls, NY, and opened another art studio in his home while still enjoying his other pastimes, chess and storytelling.

His ever willingness to mentor other artists was appreciated and will be missed by many. In 2015, he merged his art endeavors with the Agustssons and opened their current gallery at 104 N. Catherine St. in Montour Falls.

He is survived by his brother, Pat O’Neill, of California; and his sister, Loretta West, of Florida.

A retrospective of his work and memorial celebration will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home in Dundee, NY. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com

Obituary: Denis J. Redmond

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Denis J. Redmond

Also known as “Denny" or "Sonny,” he passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2019. He was born on Sept. 7, 1932 and raised in Ozone Park, Queens, NYC.

He served in the U.S. Army during the 1950s, both active and in the reserves. Denny married Margaret Scowcroft in September of 1952 and they settled in Hamilton Beach, Queens, raising five children. During this time, he had various truck-driving jobs. He finally settled in with United Parcel Service, where his father worked for many years.

In 1967, the family moved to Odessa, NY. Denny got a truck-driving job with Seneca Foods in Dundee, NY. The family also operated a restaurant in Odessa for three years. Denny also worked part-time as a school bus driver. He retired from Seneca Foods in August of 1999 and spent his retirement years enjoying life with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He also helped his former spouse, Marge, take care of her extensive property along with his son-in-law, George Pyhtila.

Denny was predeceased by his parents, Denis Jr. and Norma; his sisters, Veronica and Louise, and his son, James Patrick. He leaves behind his brother, Jim (Jan) Redmond; his former spouse, Marge Mann; his daughters, Margaret (Ron) Havens and Jane (George) Pyhtila; and sons, Denis and John Redmond. Denny also had six grandchildren, including Matthew Redmond, who followed in his beloved grandfather’s footsteps by becoming a truck driver. Denny also leaves behind four great grandchildren, including “The Girls” Kacie and Kendall Colunio, and also his latest great grandchild, Liam James, who was born on February 22nd of this year. He also leaves behind an extensive group of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please send a mass card from the Catholic Church in care of Jane Pyhtila, 111 Montour St., Montour Falls, NY 14865. We would like to thank everyone for their kindness and prayers at this sad time. And thank you Dad, Grampa, Pop for everything you’ve done for us all!! God Bless You!!

Arrangements are being handled by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Kevin S. Appel

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Kevin S. Appel

Age 54, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 29, 2019.

He is survived by his longtime companion, Karen Jordan of Montour Falls, and her children, Erin, Tyler and Mark Jordan, Jr.; his mother, Beatrice Appel of Montour Falls; his brother, Duane Appel of Brandon, MS; and sister, Mari Lynn Reynolds of Odessa, NY. He was predeceased by his father, Kenneth Appel, in 1999.

He was born in Elmira, NY on November 4, 1964, the son of Kenneth and Beatrice (VanNoy) Appel, and graduated from Odessa-Montour High School. He operated Montour Rendering in Montour Falls and later worked for Ben Weitsman and Son in Ithaca. Kevin was an avid NASCAR and Motocross fan. He enjoyed watching M.A.S.H. reruns, fishing and spending time with Karen’s grandson, Anthony Scutt.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, May 8 from 4-6 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Jean White

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Jean White

Jean White, of Katy, TX and formerly of Watkins Glen and Odessa, NY, passed away on April 30, 2019. Jean and her family moved to Watkins Glen in 1964 and resided in Odessa from 1969 to 2005.

Jean was a loving mother, a great cook, and enjoyed Southwest décor. She worked as a Home Interiors Consultant for a number of years, conducting many home sales parties in Schuyler and Chemung counties. In her later years, she enjoyed working in her yard and spending time with her great grandchildren and family.

Jean is survived by her daughter, Lisa Eldridge of Katy, TX; her son, David (Peggy) White of Asheville, NC; two grandsons, Shawn (Julie) Eldridge of Katy, TX and Patrick (Faye) White of Shanghai, China; and three great grandchildren, Kourtney, Brendon and Deacon, all of Katy, TX. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Earl (Dave) White.

Obituary: Paul Wade DeDominick

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Lynch Funeral Home, Horseheads.

Paul Wade DeDominick

Age 32, of Elmira, NY passed away on Monday April 29, 2019. Paul was born on January 12, 1987 in Sayre, PA, the son of Bruce DeDominick and Gina (Scuteri) Brown.

Paul was a loving and loyal son, grandson, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend. Caring for others is something Paul learned at a young age. He believed in helping others; he never did it for acknowledgement; it was just the right thing to do.

Paul was also a hard worker. He was a Union Roofer with the Roofers Local #203 in Binghamton, NY.  Aside from his day-to-day job, Paul never hesitated to lend a hand when needed; without being asked.

In his earlier years, Paul attended Watkins Glen Elementary School and was involved in Glen Baptist AWANA Club, Pac 56 Cub Scouts, and Troop 2000 Boy Scouts. He later attended school in Elmira. Paul was involved in school sports including soccer and football.

Paul loved his grandma Scuteri’s homemade spaghetti sauce and meatballs, grandma Dennison’s homemade Easter candy, Scuteri’s Cannoli, birthday cake cookies, Dove Go Fresh Cool Moisture soap, playing video games, fishing, listening to music, and spending time with his friends and family.

He is survived by his father, Bruce DeDominick of Elmira; his mother, Gina Scuteri Brown of Burdett, NY; sister, Elizabeth DeDominick of Elmira; brother, Gary DeDominick, currently in the U.S.A.F.; maternal grandparents, Richard and Elizabeth "Betty" Scuteri of Watkins Glen; nephews, Kyree, Javon, and Alonzo Roney; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Lynch Funeral Home, 318 West Broad Street, Horseheads, NY on Friday May 3 from 6-8 p.m. Paul's funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 4 at 12 noon. Interment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Horseheads at the convenience of the family.

Words of condolence and memories may be shared at www.lynchsfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Edward E. Naylor, Sr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Edward E. Naylor, Sr.

Age 84, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on April 30, 2019. 

There are no prior visiting hours. A service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2590 Rt. 414, Watkins Glen on Saturday, May 11 at 2:00 p.m. A reception will be held at 4:00 p.m. on the Seneca Legacy.

Ed was born in Columbia Crossroads, PA on January 31, 1935, the son of Ray and Lorraine Naylor. He was a member of Local Union #785 of Ithaca. He served in the U.S. Army at the end of the Korean War. He married Beverly Scholtisek on July 14, 1957. Together, they built their home and raised 13 children. He was known as a jack of all trades who could do anything, and was considered a friend by everyone and loved by all. 

He was predeceased by two brothers, Ray and Bob Naylor; brother-in-law, Henry Scholtisek; daughter-in-law, Linda (Colunio) Naylor, and son-in-law, Bryan Greenfield.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Beverly (Scholtisek) Naylor; 13 children, Edward Naylor, Jr. (Christina), Kim (Paul) McCloskey, Bobby Naylor, Billy (Evelyn) Naylor, Beverly Naylor, Jeffrey (Suzy) Naylor, Kevin (Lisa) Naylor, Luana Greenfield, Brian (Melanie) Naylor, Cheryl White, Sue Ann Underwood, Audrey (Scott) Nugent, and Dennis (Melissa) Naylor; brothers, Harry (Judy) Naylor and Jack (Ginny) Naylor; sisters, Inez Snyder and Emma Wescott; brother-in-law, David Scholtisek; 26 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren and extended family. 

You may extend condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Steven Robert Coble

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.

Steven Robert Coble

Age 66, of Dundee, NY died suddenly and unexpectedly on Monday, April 29, 2019 at home.
 
Calling hours will be from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon on Saturday, May 4 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water Street, Dundee, where his funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon, with Lay Pastor Lew Ann Giles officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Seneca Union Cemetery, Valois, NY.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dundee Fire Company Emergency Squad, 12 Union St., Dundee, NY 14837 or the Humane Society of Yates County, P.O. Box 12, Penn Yan, NY 14527.

Steven was born on July 29, 1952 in Corning, NY, the son of the late Robert and Marion (Stover) Coble. He graduated from East High School in Rochester, NY in 1970. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. Having been together since 1987, on Sept. 18, 1999 in Rochester, he married the former Janice A. Young. He was a former employee of Paktec, in Rochester. He has lived locally since 2011. An outdoor enthusiast, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and tinkering around his home.

He is survived and will be missed by his wife, Janice A. Coble at home; his son, Michael Coble of Waterloo; two daughters, Brandy Turner of Massachusetts and Chastity Dinehart of Montour Falls; three sisters, Terry VanHorn of Watkins Glen, NY, Debra Lewis of Alpine, NY, and Michellene Coble of Rochester; a brother, Chad Coble, also of Rochester; 10 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Steven Coble Jr., in 2006.

Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com

Obituary: Bruce Nary Woodworth

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Bruce Nary Woodworth

Age 90, of Horseheads, NY, and formerly of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at Elcor Nursing Home. He was born in Montour Falls on May 3, 1928, the son of Maynard and Ruth (Nary) Woodworth.

Bruce graduated from Odessa-Montour High School and went on to serve with the U.S. Army from 1950-1952. He married the former Doris J. Strong on September 16, 1955 in Watkins Glen, NY.

Bruce was a Senior Service Man at Shepard-Niles Crane and Hoist Corp. for 46 years, retiring in 1992. He was a dedicated husband and father, always putting his family first. He enjoyed fishing, baseball and stamp collecting. Bruce was a member of the American Legion Post in Odessa and a life member of the Mechanics Club.

He is survived by his wife, Doris J. Woodworth of Horseheads; sons, Stephen (Theresa) Woodworth of Watkins Glen, and Gary (Jackie) Woodworth of Trumansburg; four grandchildren, Derek Woodworth, Matthew Woodworth, Margaret “Meg” Woodworth, and Luke Apgar; and four great grandchildren, Khloe Goodrich, Hayden Woodworth, Natalee Woodworth and Brooke Apgar. He was predeceased by his father, Maynard in 1971, his mother, Ruth in 1982, and by brother Charles in 1970.

Bruce’s family would like to thank the staff at Elcor for the compassion shown to him throughout his stay there.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 3 at 1:00 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Burial with military honors will follow at Montour Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Christopher 'Chip' Dunham

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Christopher "Chip" Dunham

Age 50, of Hector, NY, passed away unexpectedly on April 24, 2019.

He is survived by his wife, Kelly McCarthy; sons, Jackson, Tanner and Finnegan; daughter, Carlie Morley of Oswego, NY; parents, Charles and Lynda Dunham of Lewes, DE; brother, Tim Dunham of Hector, NY; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jerry and Lois McCarthy of Chestertown, MD; sister-in-law, Kate McCarthy of Arlington, VA; brother-in-law, Clete (Ashley) McCarthy, and nephews, Brandon and Declan McCarthy, of Herndon, VA. 

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Friday, May 3 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; followed by a memorial service and a time to share memories of Chip’s life at 6:00 p.m. A Celebration remembering his life will be held this summer.

Chip was proud to live in and raise his family in Hector. He gave back to his community whenever asked, including several years with Hazlitt’s Seneca Santa events, Spirit of Schuyler fundraisers, Watkins Glen Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts, and sports fundraisers, and he was a fixture of the Clam Tent at the VLH Fire Company’s Hector Fair.

He was owner and chef of the Hector BBQ Company. Chip and his wife were co-founders of the Watkins Glen Youth Lacrosse Program and brought lacrosse to the Watkins Glen Central School District. Chip was the current President of the Watkins Glen Sports Booster Club, a member of the BPOE #1546 Elks Lodge, and Assistant Coach of the Watkins Glen High School Lacrosse Team. When not volunteering or spending time with family, Chip could be found at Monday Night Blues at Rasta Ranch, open mic nights or euchre Sundays at the Scale House, listening to bands at Two Goats and playing backgammon at the Hector Wine Company. His favorite days were lakeside and sailing on Seneca Lake. 

Those wishing to honor and remember Chip’s life may consider a donation to the Dunham boys college fund https://www.gofundme.com/dunham-boys-college-fund; or donate their time as a volunteer to the Watkins Glen Sports Booster Club. Please contact Melissa Snow for how and when, msnow@wgcsd.org

You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Michael Evan Brown

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Michael Evan Brown

Age 73, of Burdett, NY, passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at home surrounded by loving family and friends after a long illness. He has gone to be with his Lord and Savior. Mike was born on October 1, 1945 at Shepard Niles Hospital in Montour Falls.

Michael attended Odessa-Montour Central School and transported propane for Griffith Energy. He served honorably with the U.S. Army from 1966-1968. He was a life member of the Vietnam Veterans of America and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Michael was a fun-loving person who loved tinkering in the garage, chasing the sun and listening to music while drinking beer with friends and family. He spent many hours boating on Seneca Lake. He will be forever missed.

He is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Gina (Scuteri) Brown; son, Aaron Michael Brown (Sarah Randall); daughters, Carie Lyn Buisch (Scott Cleveland), Brooke Tiffany Brown, Harley Jean Brown, and Abelgayle Parker; sisters, Peg Kay States (Claire Gunning) and Susan Jelliff (Ron); grandchildren, Joe Brown, Sheode Brown, Courtney Brown, Titus Buisch and Taryn Buisch; and four great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, Harold Evan Brown and Frances Sarah (Ward) Brown.

A graveside service with military honors will be held on Friday, April 26, at 3:00 p.m. at Woodlawn National Cemetery, 1825 Davis St., Elmira, NY. A celebration of Michael’s life will follow at 4:00 p.m. at the Burdett Fire Department.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 803, 1200 Davis St., Elmira, NY 14901, or the Burdett Fire Department, P.O. Box 238, Burdett, NY 14818. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Thomas L. Carson

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Thomas L. Carson

Age 68, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Monday, April 22, 2019 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on May 20, 1950, to LeRoy and Ida (Reynolds) Carson.

He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Joyce Anne (Johnson) Carson; his sons Michael (Sally) of Sheboygan, WI and Jeffrey of Herndon, VA; and his grandchildren, Thomas Carson, Hailey Carson and Ashley Stubbs. Tom was predeceased by his parents, his brother Roy, sister Carolyn and his sister-in-law Janet Hoxie, who was dear to his heart as she was Joyce's identical twin.
 
He was employed at Shepard Niles, US Salt, Schuyler Hospital, Dresser Rand, and briefly at RKB. Later in life, he was employed at Schuyler Ambulance as an EMT and at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home; his favorite, he used to say, was working with Dave Zinger at the funeral home.

He also served as a Village of Montour Falls Patrolman, a Village of Montour Trustee, and an Odessa-Montour School Board member.
 
As a standout athlete at Odessa-Montour High School, he played in several sports and excelled in basketball; he still holds the individual rebound records at Odessa. He admired his coach, Jack Davis, who led their team to two championships. Tom was named MVP twice. In 1999, he was inducted into the Odessa-Montour Sports Hall of Fame.
 
Tom was awarded a basketball scholarship to Canisius College and was a member of the 1969 Canisius Queen City Championship Team. At 6' 8", his height was a great asset to his teammates.

Tom was a volunteer member of the Montour Falls and Odessa Fire Departments and was an active firefighter for 43 years. In 1978, he was the first recipient of the Central New York Fireman Association's Firefighter of the Year award, after he pulled a man from a burning trailer. In 2003, he received the 2002 Alton L. Lewis First Responder Award because he was the first person on the scene of a fire or accident an exceptional number of times. He was Montour Falls Fire Chief from 2009-2011.

He took immense pride in his family, supporting his wife and children in any endeavor. He often shared the accomplishments of his boys with others ... always proud, always beaming when talking about his children and grandchildren.
 
Tom was a hard worker, and his father-in-law used to say he was the strongest man he ever met! Tom was strong minded and not afraid to voice his opinion. He was quick-witted, and loved to make people laugh. He had many friends and was always ready and willing to help anyone in need. It was common to hear "Just a minute!" or "I'll be right back!" as he rushed out the door to help someone, or to go over town.
    
As a member of the Mechanics Club and Montour Moose Lodge, he valued his time with friends, and loved to sometimes play euchre and scat. He was a member of the Ponderosa Hunting Club and liked to hunt and fish. He was also an avid Yankees fan.

Later in life, he learned to golf. He enjoyed his golf buddies and found the game relaxing and frustrating in the same breath.

Tom liked most types of music, but especially his gospel collections from iTunes. He played music from his iPad every morning, and would sing along, as he had a great voice.

His family and friends will miss the tall, helpful, outgoing, uplifting, jovial, strong, and determined spirit that defined Thomas L. Carson.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, April 25 from 4-7 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 26 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by burial in Montour Cemetery.

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Cheryl C. Bailey

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Cheryl C. Bailey

Age 74, of Odessa, NY, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Friday, April 19, 2019.

She was born in Montour Falls, NY on September 25, 1944, the daughter of the late Carl and Addoline (Lisk) Clearwater. Cheryl graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School in 1963.

Cheryl upholstered furniture for 40 years, and was a machinist at Borg Warner in Ithaca, NY for 15 years, retiring in 2010. She was a Red Hatter, enjoyed sewing, her Koi pond, gardening, Hot Air Balloons, ziplining, roller coasters, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by two daughters, Pamela Parker and Kimberly (Garry) Snyder; a son, Lonnie Bailey (Carol Smith); three sisters, Florence Grantier, Freida White (Dan), and Carla (Jerry) Harriger; six grandchildren, Austin Nichols, Kyle Snyder (Alissa), Karissa Snyder Westcott (Jai), Kassandra Snyder (Tate), Nicole Parker (Vinny) and Dakota Parker (Samantha); six great grandchildren, Kalani, Oliver, Owen, Sophia, Emma and Hali; sisters-in-law, Carolyn Clearwater, Karen Lawrence and Pat Clearwater; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her grandson, Cameron Nichols, in 2017; a sister, Myra Boughton; brothers, Carl Clearwater, George Clearwater and Charles Clearwater; and a son-in-law, James Parker.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 27 from 1-3 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, followed by a memorial service at 3:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made toward a memorial garden for Cheryl, c/o Stillman's Greenhouse, 251 State Route 14, Montour Falls, NY 14865. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Jennifer L. Grover

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Jennifer L. Grover

In loving memory of Jennifer L. Grover, 39, who passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2019. She was born on October 11, 1979 at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, NY.

She was predeceased by her father, Robert L. Grover, on April 23, 2018. She is survived by her mother, Brenda J. Grover of Greenville, TN; sisters, Crystal (Frank) Glover of Greenville, TN, Sue Foster of Alpine, NY and Ruby (Andrew) Barrett of Burdett, NY; her companion/boyfriend of 20 years, Duane Allen of Interlaken, NY; and by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Jennifer was our spitfire “Little Sis.” But we would not have wanted her any other way. She cared deeply about her family and friends, and enjoyed her fur babies. She will be greatly missed, gone way too soon, but never forgotten. Till we meet again, “Lil Sis.”

Arrangements are by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Cameron Howard McFall

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Cameron Howard McFall

Age 51, formerly of Burdett, NY, passed away on April 12, 2019. He was born on November 11, 1967.

Cameron was a lifelong resident of New York before recently moving to Tyler, Texas. He loved his family and visiting with friends.

He is survived by his daughter, Ashlynn McFall; his sisters, Gail Rumsey (Christopher), Sharon Bergeron (Leland, Jr.) of Louisiana, and Dawn Teeter (George); brothers, Steve McFall, Charles (Nancy) McFall, Daryl McFall, Kelly McFall, and Stacy (Robin) McFall; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Howard McFall; mother, Abby Gail; brother, Kevin; sister-in-law, Dawn Vary-McFall, and life companion, Frances A. Buckley.

There will be a memorial gathering at a later date.

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Cynthia S. Lane

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.

Cynthia S. "Cindy" Lane

Age 69, of Dundee, NY passed away with her family by her side on Monday, April 15, 2019 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY.
 
The family will receive friends from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, April 19 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water Street, Dundee. A Celebration of Her Life will be held privately at the convenience of the family.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Yates County, P.O. Box 12, Penn Yan, NY 14527 or the Dundee Fire Company, or Dundee Fire Company Emergency Squad, 12 Union St., Dundee, NY 14837.

Cindy was born on June 16, 1949 in Bath, NY, the daughter of the late Alderman Francis Gleason and Virginia Mae Kilbury Gleason. Raised in Wayne, NY, and educated in Hammondsport, she has been a lifelong area resident. On July 29, 1967 in Wayne, she married Malcolm S. Lane and settled in Crystal Valley. Together they owned and operated Lane's Yamaha Inc. in Watkins Glen, NY.
 
Having married a race-car enthusiast, she quickly became her husband’s biggest fan and supporter. Her sons were raised to also love motorsports and she followed their racing endeavors. She was involved in all aspects of the family business and racing circuit. She was especially well known for her involvement and support of The Empire Super Sprints alongside her husband sponsoring The Rookie of The Year Award. In her free time, she enjoyed scrap booking, but her passion was her family.

She is loved and will be forever missed by her husband of 51 years, Malcolm S. Lane at home; two sons, Craig A. (Toni Monroe) Lane and Keith A. (Amy) Lane, both of Crystal Springs; two grandchildren, Anthony (Carly) Zeno of Newark, NY and Trenton F. Lane of Crystal Springs; her mother, Virginia K. Gleason of Penn Yan, NY; a brother, James A. (Paula) Gleason of Lockport, NY; a sister, Jodie Flood of Bath; and several nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

On-line condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com

Obituary: Francis E. Kingsley

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Francis E. "Fran" Kingsley

Age 64, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2019, surrounded by his loving family after a long battle with Lupus.

He was born in Elmira, NY on April 25, 1954, the son of Russell E. Kingsley, Sr. and Dorcelia Bush Hickey. Fran graduated from Watkins Glen High School and served with the U.S. Navy from 1972-1975. He married Naomi C. VanAlstine in Beaver Dams, NY on September 20, 1980.

Fran worked for James R. Phelps, Birnie Transportation and the Odessa-Montour Central School District. He was a member of the Elmira Heights American Legion, loved mustangs and was a NASCAR fan.

He was predeceased by his father, Russell E. Kingsley, Sr.; stepfather, Theodore Hickey; brother, Russell E. Kingsley, Jr., and sister, Linda S. Thorpe.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Naomi (VanAlstine) Kingsley; daughter, Magen Kingsley of Watkins Glen; son, Jason Kingsley of Elmira Heights; mother, Dorcelia Hickey of Elmira; sister, Bonnie White of Elmira; brother, John Kingsley of Elmira; three grandchildren, Anya and Kadin Simpson, and Laikyn Kingsley; and by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, April 18 from 1-3 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. Fran’s funeral service will begin at 3:00 p.m., followed by burial with military honors at Montour Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Schuyler County Volunteer Ambulance, 909 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Alice Y. Powers

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Spence-Miller Funeral Home, Grove City, Ohio.

Alice Y. Powers

Age 82, of Grove City, Ohio, formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away April 11, 2019 at her residence. She was born October 22, 1936 in Bradford, PA to the late Russell and Anna Knight. Alice was an avid bird watcher, and always put her family before herself.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Thomas Powers; her daughter, Barb (Bob) Brotherton; son, Jeffrey (Mary) Powers; grandchildren, Sarah (Mike) Schleehauf, Brett (Tiffany) Brotherton, David Powers, Jonathan Powers and Grace Powers, and  great grandchild Logan Schleehauf.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 17 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 3782 Broadway Grove City, Ohio, with Rev. Fr. Daniel Millisor Celebrant. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mt. Carmel Hospice Foundation, 615 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213-9924.

Arrangements completed with the Spence-Miller Funeral Home, Grove City, Ohio, where an online guest book may be signed at www.spencemillerfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Judith Ann Dahlgren Cannon

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Judith Ann "Judy" Dahlgren Cannon

Age 71, of Port Richie, FL, passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Judy was born October 17, 1947 in Chicago, IL, daughter of the late Arthur Dahlgren and Ann (Cotter) Dahlgren.

Judy is survived by her daughter Lisa Cannon of Elmira Heights, NY, and son Shaun Cannon of Montour Falls, NY; grandchildren Meg, Brittany, Logan, Emily, McKenzie, Brady and Madeline; brother and sister-in-law Bud and Liz Dahlgren; along with several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Judy was a graduate of Corning East High School in 1965. She worked at the Odessa-Montour Central School for several years as a beloved cafeteria employee. One of Judy's proudest accomplishments was graduating at the top of her class from Corning Community College in 1982 and becoming a Registered Nurse.

Judy had a passion for caring for others. While working full time as an RN, she also volunteered her time with Hospice/Palliative Care Organization as a nurse. In her spare time Judy was found at major race tracks across the Northeast. Judy loved to volunteer her time with the race tracks' Race Communication Organization.

The family would like to thank lifetime friend William Cannon for his unwavering support and friendship, along with special friends Kathie Hardy and Mary Harrison.

A service will be held at the family's convenience.

Obituary: Leroy E. (Roy) Evans

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Leroy E. (Roy) Evans

Age 87, of Watkins Glen, NY, died April 9, 2019 at Schuyler Hospital. He was born September 10, 1931 to Lloyd and (H.) Louise (Roberts) Evans.

He was predeceased by his parents and sisters, Margaret Knowles, Norma McCawley and Gertrude Dye. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Erma Lou (Coykendall) Evans; children, Kathryn Reissig, Kim (Carla) Evans, Kerri (Darrin) Walsingham, and Kirk Evans; grandchildren, Amie, Adam, Erin, Caleb, and Kendall; eight great-grandsons; a sister, Ruth Hayes; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Roy, a life resident of Schuyler County, owned and operated Roy’s Auto Radiator for many years in Corning and Watkins Glen. He was an active member of the Moreland Presbyterian Church and a life member of the Mechanics Club of Montour Falls.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Friday, April 12 from 4-6 p.m. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held Saturday, April 13 at 11 a.m. at the Moreland Presbyterian Church in Beaver Dams.

Donations in his name may be made to the Moreland Presbyterian Church, 3045 Beaver Dams-Moreland Road, Beaver Dams, NY 14812 or any organization of your choice. You may express condolences online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Gene Murphy

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Gene Murphy

Age 72, of Hector, NY, went to his “heavenly home” on March 21, 2019 while at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. Gene was born on June 19, 1946. He lived most of his life in Hector, where he was born and raised.

Gene had numerous jobs over the years. He spent much of his time during his youth working on the family farm in Hector. He worked for Wickham’s Service Company for several years before he retired. He also worked on other farms and enjoyed working at a John Deere dealership. Wherever Gene worked he was a dedicated employee. In 2012, Gene volunteered in helping to build Schrader Farms Meat Market in Romulus, NY. Of all the jobs he held, he said this was the most rewarding work because they started every day in a time of prayer and the owners and his co-workers were most generous.

Gene was raised in a Christian family, so he stayed with his conviction to be involved in a church fellowship. For the past several years, he enjoyed being a part of the Seneca Community Church in Romulus. Gene was a John Deere enthusiast, was a member of the Finger Lakes Two Cylinder Club and enjoyed participating in the bi-annual New York Two Cylinder Expo held in Canandaigua, NY.

Gene is survived by his devoted wife of 38 wonderful years, Martha (Honsberger) Murphy. Recently, someone asked Gene how long he was married to Martha, and his response was, “Not long enough.” Prior to Gene’s marriage to Martha, he was married to Vada (Smith) Murphy whereby they had three children: Karen (Matthew) Slezak of Katy, TX; Daniel (Erika) Murphy of Fontana, CA; and Jaime (Kurt) Sickinger of Latham, NY. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Kaitlyn Slezak, Jonathan Slezak, Logan Murphy, Colin Sickinger, and Molly Sickinger; seven living siblings: Paul (Lynda) Murphy, Ronald (Martha) Murphy, Phyllis (Warren) Palmer, Mark (Diann) Murphy, Carol (David) Armstrong, Mary (Frank) Smalley, and Larry Murphy; and many nephews, nieces, great nephews, great nieces and extended family. He was predeceased by his parents, Daniel and Miriam (Kleppinger) Murphy, and two siblings, Martha Mae Murphy and John Daniel Murphy.

Gene’s ingenuity and creativity were amazing. His ability to repair something was always fascinating and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. It brought Gene great pleasure to help someone in need. Gene always had an award-winning smile that was rooted in his faith in Jesus Christ. He had a great desire to live, so that he could continue to help those in need.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, May 25 at 1:00 p.m. at the Seneca Community Church, Romulus, with a dessert reception to follow in the Fellowship-Commons area.

Memorial donations may be made to the Seneca Community Church, 5738 State Route 96, Romulus, NY 14541, the Falck Cancer Center, 600 Roe Ave., Elmira, NY 14905 or the Finger Lakes Two Cylinder Club (Attn: Cheryl Jensen), 1885 Scoon Rd., Geneva, NY 14454.

You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Janet L. Teeter

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Janet L. Teeter

Age 84, of Cayuta, NY, passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

She was born in Jacksonville, Florida on August 1, 1934, the daughter of the late Harry and Dorothy (Winguard) Lore. She graduated from Ketterlinus High School in St. Augustine, Florida. Janet was a member of the Quackenbush Hill Baptist Church in Corning. She was a horticulturist at Cornell for many years.

She was predeceased by her husband, Durwood Teeter; a sister, Mary Alice Masters; and brothers, David and Harold Lore. She is survived by her children, Gary Teeter and Michelle Teeter, both of Cayuta, Brian (Michelle) Teeter of St. Louis, MO, and Carter Teeter of Cayuta; sisters, Sharon Teeter of NC and Janice Davis of St. Augustine, FL; 11 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, April 5 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Her funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by burial in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Quackenbush Hill Baptist Church.

Arrangements are by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Mary 'Cathy' Bump

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Mary "Cathy" Bump

Age 71, of Burdett, NY, passed away on Monday, April 1, 2019.

Born in Montour Falls, NY on May 28, 1947, she was the daughter of the late George and Myrtle (Carrigan) Reams. On August 9, 1969, she married Robert E. Bump in Reynoldsville, NY.

Cathy retired from Cayuga Ridge in Ithaca after 32 years of service. She was a member of the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church and the Burdett Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, and was Union Steward for SEIU at Cayuga Ridge. Cathy enjoyed gardening, camping and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Robert E. Bump, Sr.; three sons, Robert E. Bump, Jr. (Michael Barsavage) of Burdett, David M. (Rebecca) Bump of Spencer, NY, and Steven J. (Michelle) Bump of Ithaca; nine grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 6 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will begin at 1:00 p.m., followed by burial in Union Cemetery of Hector.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Christian F. Merrill

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Christian F. Merrill

Age 86, passed away peacefully at home in Beaver Dams, NY and into the hands of his Savior, surrounded by his loving family, on March 29, 2019.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Wednesday, April 3 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.; and Thursday, April 4 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Montour Cemetery. A reception will be announced.

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, June Merrill; 10 children, Donald (Lucinda) Merrill, Richard Merrill, Bruce (Heather) Merrill, Phillip (Heather) Merrill, Virginia Merrill Taylor, Christine (John III) Paris, Linda (Rodney) Wheat, Deborah (Mark) Dawson, Bonnie (Vincent) Scuteri, and Tammy (Mike) Cole; brother, Herbert (Judith) Merrill; sisters-in-law, Marjorie Tyler Merrill, Jane (John) Mullins and Betty Tyler; brother-in-law, Len (Vera) Tyler; 37 grandchildren, 59 great grandchildren and 13 great great grandchildren.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Orpha Merrill; mother-in-law, Ruth Tyler Merrill; brothers, William Merrill, Noble Merrill, Frank Merrill and George Merrill; sister, Charlotte Merrill Rozell; brothers-in-law, Jesse Tyler, Waldo Tyler and Alvin Rozell; sisters-in-law, Mary Brewer Tyler and Marjorie Nichols Tyler; and granddaughters, Emily Sue Merrill Fedoriw, Charity Hope Cole, and Seglinda Lynn Taylor.

Christian was born in Sabinsville, PA. He started working at Dresser-Rand in Painted Post at the age of 18 and later retired as a supervisor of 44 years in 1996. In his earlier years he was a school bus driver for the Corning-Painted Post School District and he was a Youth Group Leader and Deacon at Millport Baptist Church, where he impacted and led many young lives to Christ. He was a member of Faith Baptist Chapel and still held the position of Deacon. 

In his extra time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and traveling with his family. He took great pride in his job and all that he did. He especially enjoyed Sunday dinners with all his family. Christian was well known and respected in the local community. He was a very caring, compassionate person and always put the needs of others before his own. He was a great story teller, able to command anyone’s attention, and was a natural-born leader. He was a man of strong faith, believing in the power and strength of Jesus Christ’s love and the beauty and peace that would await him after his passing.

You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Maren Evalyn Munroe

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Maren Evalyn Munroe

Born on March 5, 2019, daughter of Jeffrey and Sunnie Munroe of Trumansburg, NY, joined the angels in heaven on March 24, 2019. Her short life here on earth provided her family a wealth of love and joy. She passed away peacefully in the loving presence of her family and team of nurses and staff at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

She is lovingly survived by her parents, Jeffrey and Sunnie; maternal grandparents, James Smith and Rebecca Hayes; paternal grandparents, James Munroe (Sue Cecce) and Virginia (Jay) Christensen; great grandparents, John Munroe and Clinton and Evie Wilcox; aunts and uncles, Theresa (Jason) Novak, Ely Smith (Cristen Hill), Nick (Jess) Berry, and Jared (Savannah) Franzese; and several cousins.

A funeral service celebrating her life will be held on Friday, March 29 at 2:00 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen; followed by burial and committal service at 3:00 p.m. at the Union Cemetery of Hector, Rt. 79, Burdett, NY.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in her memory to the Children’s Miracle Network, in care of Arnot Ogden Memorial Hospital, Elmira, NY or Golisano Children's Hospital, Rochester, NY (https://childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org/donate/)

You may light a “Candle of Remembrance” or express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Kathleen (Kathy) Cole

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Kathleen (Kathy) Cole

Age 61, of Hector, NY, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by the love of her family and closest friends.

She is survived by her loving husband, Chris Cole; two daughters, Jenna Wilkens (John Wilkens) and Jillian Cole; her brother, David Moser (Dawn Moser), and her grandchildren, Thea and Maryn Wilkens.

Kathy spent her life creating, nurturing and spreading beauty. During the spring and summer, you could usually find her in her garden cultivating an abundance of beautiful flowers and fresh fruits and vegetables. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed finding new recipes to surprise her family.

Her touch is far reaching through her devotion to philanthropy. Kathy worked in fundraising and institutional advancement most of her life and spent the past 17 years as owner and president of West Wind Consulting. Through this work, she impacted countless individuals and organizations and developed many long-lasting friendships. Her approach was truly unique and will have a lasting impact on the philanthropic community.

More than anything, Kathy loved spending time with her family. Her husband, daughters and granddaughters were the greatest joys of her life. To say she will be deeply missed is an understatement, but she will continue to be an inspiration to the many lives that she has touched.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes (www.WeArePlannedParenthood.org), the Schuyler County Humane Society (www.SchuylerHumane.org) or the Food Bank of the Southern Tier (www.FoodBankST.org). Kathy worked closely with these organizations and felt passionately about their cause. A private memorial service will be held and details on a celebration of life will be released at a later time.

You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Susan Marie Buckley

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Susan Marie Buckley

Age 65, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on March 20, 2019, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She lovingly celebrated her birthday on March 8th with her family. 

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Wednesday, March 27 from 3 p.m.-6 p.m.; followed by a memorial service celebrating her life at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. A reception following services will be announced.   

Susie was predeceased by her parents, Lewis and Dollie Shaffer; and father-in-law, Elmer Buckley. She is survived by her husband, Chet Buckley; sons, Jered (Belinda) Buckley and Craig (Rachel) Buckley; sister, Janet Chartrand; brother, Albert (Janice) Shaffer; five grandchildren, Calvin, Owen and Taylor Buckley, and Zachery and Trista Teed; mother-in-law, Betty Buckley; several sisters-in law; brothers-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Susie worked at Stillman’s Greenhouse and Florist in Montour Falls for 42 years, where she enjoyed her duties in the greenhouse and especially working with her girls. She also helped build a successful dairy farm with her husband. Susie especially loved kids, flowers, cattle and the newborn calves. She was a 4-H leader and a member of the Schuyler County Cattle Club and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Watkins Glen.   

Memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891; or directly to the family to assist with expenses. “A Helping Hand” GoFundMe link may be found at the end of her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: William Daniel Scanlon

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

William Daniel "Bill" Scanlon

Age 86, formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 18, 2019.

Bill was born in Watkins Glen on February 19, 1933, the eldest son of John and Pauline (Neehan) Scanlon. After graduating from Watkins Glen High School, he spent three years in the Army. Upon return to civilian life he worked for Beneficial Finance in NYC, participated in Midland Time Plan Training and took courses at the American Institute of Banking. Bill retired from Marine Midland Bank as the assistant treasurer in the Watkins Glen office. In retirement, he worked part-time at Watkins Glen State Park and Watkins Glen International.

He was an active member of the Elks Club and the American Legion, and was a lifetime member of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen. As an avid golfer, he volunteered for several years at the LPGA event in Corning, NY, where he met his wife Janice.

Bill is survived by his stepdaughters, Lynne (Paul) Doyle of Romulus, NY and Stacey Roy of Maple Valley, WA; brother, Jack (Kay) Scanlon of Painted Post, NY; and sisters, Julie (Owen) Mathews of Watkins Glen, NY and Joni Todd of Williamsburg, VA. He was also loved by grandchildren, Matthew (Kristen) Osserman, Gwen (Torsten Arnold) Osserman, and Xavier and Zavion Roy; along with several nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his parents, wife Janice Fisher Scanlon, and brother-in-law Fred Todd.

In accordance with Bill’s wishes, there will be no services. He will be buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen. Contributions may be made to Hospicare & Palliative Care Service, 172 East King Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850. Arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home in Montour Falls.

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Judy Marie Mayo

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Judy Marie (Chapman) Mayo

Age 71, of Alpine, NY, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

She was surrounded by her loved ones, husband  of 51 years, Harold “Doc” Mayo, sister and best friend, Tammy Vliet, son, Patrick John Mayo, daughter, Wendy Lynn Starks, son-in-law Michael Starks, grandsons, Shawn Michael and Nickolas James Starks, daughter, Elaine Marie Mayo, and honorary daughter, Jen Lyn Fisher. She is also survived by her sisters, Nancy (Silas) Ferguson, Patty (Alex) Von Gordon, and Sally (Randall) Lovell; and by many nieces and nephews. Judy also leaves behind her beloved rat dog, Barney, and her fat cat, Dipstick.

Judy was born on December 15, 1947, the daughter of the late Donald H. and Ruth M. (Whitaker) Chapman. She worked in dietary at Schuyler Hospital for many years. She enjoyed watching her squirrels and birds, crocheting, scratch-offs, and spoiling her fur grandbabies.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 23 at 1:00 p.m. at the Odessa Wesleyan Church, 304 Church St., Odessa. A reception will follow at the church. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Elvin 'Al' West

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Elvin "Al" West

Age 66, of Trumansburg, NY passed away unexpectedly at home on March 15, 2019.

Al was born in Montour Falls, NY and graduated from Watkins Glen Central School (Class of 1972). After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Following his honorable discharge, he joined the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, where he completed over 20 years of dedicated service, retiring in 1997. In his retirement, he did everything from sailing the intracoastal to rafting the Grand Canyon. Elvin dedicated countless hours to helping others, giving back to his community, and enjoyed working various jobs. He had a passion for the outdoors and always surrounded himself with family and friends. 

He is survived by three sons, Beau West of Ithaca, Tyler (Erica) West of Clifton Park, and Travis West of Clifton Park; mother, Leona Sandusky of Montour Falls; six brothers and sisters, Judy Ebert of Corning, William West of Oakdale, TN, Virginia West of North Rose, Vicky (Tim) Levee of Dansville, Mary (Richard) Petty of Marion, and James (Mistie) West of New Woodstock; two grandchildren, Nolan and Tessa West; as well as countless family and friends. 

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Saturday, March 23 from 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A reception will be announced. 

Memorial donations may be made to the New Hope Baptist Church, PO Box 154, Millport, NY 14864, or the Schuyler Humane Society, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865 (schuylerhumane.org).   

You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: William Stewart Bond

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

William Stewart Bond

Age 84, passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Fountain Valley (California) Regional Hospital.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Gail (Lynch) Bond; his son Matthew Bond, wife Vanessa, kids Tyler, Allison, Amanda, and Veronica; his daughter Julia Bond; his daughter Melanie Bond Jones, husband James, kids Brianna and William; his brothers and sisters Tony Bond, Peter Bond, Mary Oberhaus, John Bond, Alice McWalters, Steve Bond, and Sarah Conley; many in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins, and many good friends.

Bill was born and raised in the town of Hector, New York, the son of Lyman Ormsby Bond and Heyltje Stewart Bond.

Bill went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and majored in engineering. He graduated in 1957 and moved out west to California to begin his long career working for McDonnell Douglas. He met his wife Gail in CA. They had three children. He enjoyed rock climbing, backpacking, and hiking with his family. Bill was a passionate runner and completed many marathons.

After retiring from Douglas, Bill went to work for the FAA. He enjoyed his engineering career and his time spent with coworkers. He particularly enjoyed winning the chili cook-off with his own chili recipe.

Throughout his life he was an avid photographer. He loved spending time outdoors and up in the mountains. Most important though, Bill was a family man. He love spending time with his kids, grandkids, brothers and sisters, cousins and all those he unofficially adopted into his heart.

 

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