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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 Vedder and Scott 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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Obituary: Dale E. Ward

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

Dale E. Ward

Age 84, of Dundee, NY played his final prank, leaving us unexpectedly without saying goodbye on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Strong Memorial Hospital, in Rochester, NY.
 
Family and friends are invited to calling hours from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Monday, March 18 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water Street, Dundee, where his memorial service will begin at 7:00 p.m. with a Fireman Service and continuing with Judy Duquette officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the Dundee Fire Company or the Dundee Fire Company Emergency Squad, 12 Union St., Dundee, NY 14837.

Dale was born on September 26, 1934 in Penn Yan, NY, the son of the late David E. and Lulu M. {Simmons} Ward. He graduated from Dundee Central School in 1953. On May 29, 1959 in the Penn Yan Methodist Church he married the former Mary L. Hurd.  He was employed for 41 years by Shepard Niles in Montour Falls, NY, retiring in 1994.
 
Mr. Ward was a Life Member of the Dundee Fire Company, as well as a member of the Himrod Conservation Club, Montour Falls Moose Lodge #426 and the Mechanics Club of Montour Falls, and was a former Flag Man at the Dundee Raceway Park. A loving husband, father, and grandfather, he will be best remembered as the “Town Practical Joker.”

He loved hunting, especially rabbits. He was a huge sports fan, with both motorsports and football among his favorites. NASCAR was Bobby Allison in his day, and Dale would have called himself a “Cheese Head” during football season. He will be forever missed at breakfast down at the Crossing Diner. His woodworking projects and yard work, especially the leaves, will be someone else’s project now. His “Vibrant Pink Hat” won’t be seen walking around town anymore, because the “Best Family Man” has told his last joke.

He is loved and will be dearly missed by his wife of almost 60 years, Mary L. Ward at home; a daughter, Barbara J. Centurelli of Dundee; two sons, Thomas L. Woodruff, Sr. of Sherwood, Arkansas and Michael D. Ward of Dundee; six grandchildren, Christy I. (Brett) Buono, Jared S. (Jamie) Hill, both of Dundee, Thomas (Tina) Woodruff, Jr., Melinda (Stuart) Greer and Lucus Woodruff, all of Arkansas, and Chelsey (Daniel) Eberhardt of Odessa, NY; 11 great grandchildren; a sister, Joyce (Ben) Vedder of Himrod; several nieces, nephews, and in-laws; countless friends, and his faithfull 4 legged Hunting Buddy Max.

Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com

Obituary: Philip W. Simiele

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

Philip W. Simiele

Age 69, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Monday, March 11, 2019 at home surrounded by his loving family and friends following a courageous battle with cancer, which he fought valiantly for four years, beating the odds given to him.

Phil was born on November 13, 1949 in Sayre, PA, the son of the late Margaret Yale and Antonio Simiele. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his stepmother, Jane E. Personius Simiele, and the mother of his children, Janet Andrews Simiele, who was dearly loved. He is survived by his loving daughters, Jennifer (Mark Bush) Tarnoski and Nicole (RJ) West; grandchildren, Andrew and Matthew Tarnoski and Carter and Carlee West; sisters, Charlene Lindgren, Connie Mathews and Pamela Coghlan; brother, Robert Carl; close family friends David Bartone and Gordie Perry; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and other great friends too numerous to mention.

Following graduation from Watkins Glen High School in 1967, Phil enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from 1969 to 1971. He served in Vietnam and was a decorated combat veteran. Phil was a retired NYS Corrections Officer with his last assignment as a drill instructor at Camp Monterey. The impact Phil had on many inmates and fellow Corrections Officers is known throughout the state. He was featured in articles in the New York Times and the national news for his assistance in implementing Shock Camp programs.

Phil was an avid New York Yankees fan, and enjoyed all sports, including playing golf and fishing. He was an active communicant of St. Mary's of the Lake Church, where he served as an usher and assisted with many administrative duties, as well as participating faithfully with the Resurrection Choir. He was well known around Watkins Glen for his daily walks through the village. His most important drive for life was his four grandchildren, who he couldn't seem to spend enough time with. Phil was known as "Papa" to many other children and family friends, as well.

Phil's family wishes to extend a heartfelt appreciation to the Cayuga Medical Center's Oncology Department.

Friends and family may call from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 16 at the Link at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at the church following at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Watkins Glen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's of the Lake Church, PO Box 289, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

Fond memories, photos and stories may be shared with his family and friends at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Semper Fi, Phil.

Obituary: Klaus Dieter 'Ted' Herold

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

Klaus Dieter "Ted" Herold

Age 80, of Horseheads and formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on March 6, 2019. 

There are no prior calling hours. A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St, Watkins Glen, on Saturday, March 9 at 11:00 a.m.; followed by a reception at the Watkins Glen First Presbyterian Church. 

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Angela Herold; daughter Michele Smith of New Hartford, NY; son Michael (Cheryl) Herold of Montour Falls; four grandchildren, Maya Smith, Miranda Smith, Matthew Herold, and Andrew Herold; a brother, Udo (Inge) Herold of Erfurt, Germany; and brothers-in-law Bernd Hofinger and Erich (Hermine) Huyer, and sister-in-law Anneliese Huyer, all of Germany. He was predeceased by his parents and sister, Marion Hofinger; and brother-in-law Karl Huyer. 

Klaus was born in Erfurt, Germany. He worked at Cargill in Watkins Glen for 22 years, retiring in 2002. He and his wife proudly owned and operated the Bellevue Motel in Watkins Glen for 27 years. He was a member of the Watkins Glen First Presbyterian Church, Montour Moose, and Sprinkler Fitters Local #696 of Newark, NJ.   

Memorial donations may be made to the Watkins Glen First Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or the Children’s Miracle Network, c/o Elmira Medical Arts Center, 571 E. Market St., Suite 102, Elmira, NY 14901. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Michael Paul McGrath

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

Michael Paul McGrath

Age 63, of Warrenton, Virginia, formerly of Watkins Glen and Olean, New York, passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 after a short but courageous battle with cancer.

Mike was born on January 7, 1956 in Syracuse, New York , the son of Robert E. and Sundine M. Nitche McGrath, who predeceased him. He graduated from Watkins Glen Central School in 1974 and Alfred State College in 1976. His career included jobs with Ingersoll-Rand, AB Dick, Eastman Kodak and Konica-Minolta.

Mike was a member of the Virginia regional Harley-Davidson motorcycle organization.

He is survived by his siblings Anthony (Louise) McGrath of Marlboro, Massachusetts, Barbara (Dominick) Schimizzi of Watkins Glen, and Mary (Bruce) Owen of Horseheads, New York; nieces Chelsea Owen and Kimberly Owen of Horseheads, New York; nephews Maxwell Schimizzi and Alex Schimizzi, both of Watkins Glen; and several cousins and other family members and his former wife, Sharon Lyle McGrath, with whom he remained close.

The family would like to thank Bruce Witkowski, Jeanne Radassao and especially Diane Struck for their gift of friendship, support and love during this difficult period. We would also like to thank Fauquier Health Rehabilitation and Hospital Center, Fauquier Infusion Center and Jennifer McEachin for their comfort and care.

There will be no calling hours or service at his request. Donations may be made in his honor to the American Cancer Society (cancer.org).

Obituary: Richard 'Rocco' Scaptura

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

Richard "Rocco" Scaptura

Age 67, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 4, 2019. 

Rocco was born on Feb. 19, 1952, the son of Rocco and Julia Scaptura, and was a lifetime resident of Watkins Glen. He was the Supervisor for the Waste Water Treatment Plant in Watkins Glen for 35 years. After he retired, he worked part-time with his son at JAC Contracting. He also enjoyed serving as a volunteer for the Grand Prix Festival, Watkins Glen Sports Boosters Club, Sunset View Creamery Cheese Festival and the Italian-American Festival. 

He was predeceased by his parents. Survivors include his loving wife of 41 years, Laurie; sons, Anthony (Tania) Scaptura, and Charlie (Sarah) Scaptura; sisters, Connie (Carl) Chiacchierini, and Kathy (Pat) Fennell; four grandchildren, Reese Tague, Jade Scaptura, Kade Westervelt, and Maria Scaptura; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Friday, March 8 from 3 p.m.-6 p.m.; followed by a time of sharing stories and remembrances of Rocco’s life at 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home; and a reception at the Watkins Glen Fire Company. A private burial will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in his memory to the Watkins Glen Fire Company, 201 N. Perry St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. 

You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” in his memory online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Ruth W. Snow

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

Ruth W. Snow

Age 97, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility. She was born in the Town of Dix on December 2, 1921, the daughter of the late A. Weston Woodward and Madge (Sanford) Woodward Raymond.

Ruth worked at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. beginning in 1942 as they were finishing the building's last corridor, and later transferred to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. After the war, she worked for the State Veterans Counselor in Watkins Glen. She later worked for Dr. Tague and Dr. Norton in Montour Falls.

Ruth was a member of the Schuyler County American Legion Auxiliary, Order of the Eastern Star Fern-Tyrone Chapter #142, and the First Presbyterian Church of Watkins Glen.

She was predeceased by her parents; stepfather, Dr. H.B. Raymond; husband, Hugh R. Snow; brothers, Arnold, Omar and Harold Woodward; stepbrother, Robert Raymond, and stepsister, Janet Dobson. She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, March 9 from 1-2 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, followed by her funeral service at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a 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: Donna J. Edwards

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

Donna J. Edwards

Of Montour Falls, NY. She was born February 28, 1946 in Elmira, NY, daughter of the late A. Reeve and Evelyn (Quigley) Edwards and passed away peacefully in her home after a courageous battle with cancer, Sunday, February 24, 2019.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Joseph Edwards. She is survived by her longtime partner Dale Welty; birth children Michele Wood-Knott (Mike) and Beth Kwasnowski-McKaig (Fred); siblings Richard and Bonnie Edwards of Palmyra, VA, Jeri Edwards of Elmira, Jeanette Wright of Millerton, PA, James and Kate Edwards of Elmira, Steve and Trina Edwards of Temple, TX and Nina Byford of McGregor, TX; Dale's brother and sister, Darrell Welty of Elmira Heights and Vicky Santarone of Challis, ID; Dale's daughter and son, Kelly Buttery (Jeremy) of El Paso, TX and Craig Welty of St. Helens, OR, along with several grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Donna had previously worked at Powers Mfg. and Trayer Products in Elmira and stayed close to the friends she made there. She was a notorious night-hawk who loved to stay up late playing cards and Yahtzee. She was an expert euchre and canasta player; and liked to dance and listen to area bands. Donna loved NASCAR racing and was a huge fan of area dirt track racing where she would cheer on her beloved companion, Dale. She had a great sense of humor and was loved by many. She lived in the Lone Star state for a number of years. If someone crossed her, she would good naturedly jerk her thumb at herself and say "Hey, don't mess with Texas."

Family and friends are invited to visit the Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Saturday, March 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. Her memorial service will follow at 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Donna through donations to your local animal shelter. Her family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the Corning Guthrie Cancer Center for taking such good care of her during her struggle.

Obituary: Michael Evans

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

Michael Evans

Age 48, of Odessa, NY, passed away on Feb. 25, 2019 at home surrounded by family, after a courageous 2-year battle with cancer.

Mike lived his entire life in the Finger Lakes region. He was a devoted husband and father, always working very hard to provide for his family. Mike was and will always be the protector of his family. He built a successful business with his business partner and best friend, George Myers. Together, they owned and operated E&M Paint Contracting, Inc. He was an avid boater and loved to go fast and take chances in life! He lived life large and was known for his extreme generosity and wild spirit. Mike would give the shirt off his back to a complete stranger.

Mike was predeceased by his mother, Nannette (Eldridge) Evans. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 32 years, Tracy Gates; children, Brittany Thorpe (Adam) of Burdett, and Brandon Evans (Christina) of Hartford, CT; sister, Brandi Raupers (Mike) of Elmira Heights; nieces and nephews, Kiah, Alex, Nater, Finneus and Ava; great-nephew Jordan; and many aunts, uncles, and beloved cousins. Mike also leaves behind a beloved group of in-laws and friends (the campers and the boaters) whom he loved deeply.

A private funeral service and burial will be held at the convenience of the family. The family wishes to invite friends to a Celebration of Life for Mike on Saturday, March 2 from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge. Please come with your favorite stories and memories of Mike to share at 4 p.m. for memory hour.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mike Evans Trade School Scholarship Fund, at Visions Federal Credit Union, 24 McKinnley Ave., Endicott, NY 13760. You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Irene Elkins

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

Helen Irene Elkins

Age 97, of Burdett, NY, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 22, 2019. Irene's faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was her continual hope. She lived a long and full life and was able to share almost 75 years with her husband to whom she was devoted.
 
Irene was predeceased by her dear grandson Britton Powell, her cherished son James Elkins and her beloved husband William C. Elkins. She is survived by daughters Betty (Keith) Tiede, Alice (Frank) Mischke, Mary (Jack) Redfield, and Ruth (John) Walters; daughter-in-law Carolyn Elkins; grandchildren Jessica, Raina and James Elkins, Christy (Tom) Chapman, Miles (Lindsay Barnes) Mischke, Phil (Catherine Carlson), Greg and Melanie Redfield, Michelle (Jay) Pavlik, and Rachel Abbott; great grandchildren Elijah, Emma and Eleana Pavlik, and Brooklynn and Britton Chapman; and many nieces and nephews.
 
Born in Syracuse, NY on October 13, 1921, Irene was a NYS High School archery champion, and attended Cornell University, where she met her husband. She was co-owner of the Schuyler Abstract Company and enjoyed her research work. Irene was a longtime member of Glen Baptist Church and very much enjoyed her church family. She was also an active community member, participating in the Conservative Party, Burdett and Searsburg Grange, American Legion, the John Birch Society and Property Rights of America. She volunteered at the Falls Home for many years through visitation and leading a Bible Study.
 
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, March 2 from 12:00 noon-2:00 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. Irene’s funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m., followed by burial in Union Cemetery of Hector.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Glen Baptist Church, 3311 Reading Rd., Watkins Glen, NY 14891, or to the Woodlands Foundation, 134 Shenot Rd., Wexford, PA 15090, attention Maureen Patton (www.mywoodlands.org).

Obituary: Shirley Margaret Craver

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

Shirley Margaret Harrison Craver

Age 93, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 22, 2019 at the Montgomery Home in Odessa, NY. She was born in Elmira, NY on March 15, 1925, the daughter of the late Richard Harrison and Bernice Wilson. Shirley graduated from Cook Academy in 1943 and attended Keuka College.

Shirley retired in September of 1990 from the NYS Unified Court System, having served 20 years as Chief Surrogate Clerk in Schuyler County. She was a member of the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church.

Shirley was involved in many organizations over the years. She was a board member for the Schuyler Historical Society, Arc of Schuyler and the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church. She was active in BPW, The League of Women Voters, Zonta, Farm Bureau, the Schuyler County Republican Committee and the Odessa-Catharine Mothers Club.

She was predeceased by her husband of 69 years, Roy E. Craver, in 2014, and by a son, Steven A. Craver, in 2006. She is survived by her daughter, Claudia C. LaFace (Tim O’Hearn) of Watkins Glen; son, Martin R. (Robin) Craver of Burdett; four grandchildren, Jessica J. (Kira) Craver, Teresa E. LaFace, Lisa Lyons, (Kris) and Michael S. Craver; and by five great grandchildren.

Shirley’s family extends their gratitude and love to Sandy Montgomery, whose home became their home for the past six years. Also, special thanks to Evelyn Dillon-Thompson for her care and devotion to Shirley, and to Southern Tier Hospice for its end of life care and compassion.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, March 1 from 3-5 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A memorial service will follow at 5:00 p.m. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Schuyler County Historical Society, P.O. Box 651, 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: Paul R. Harrison

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

Paul R. Harrison

Age 61, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away unexpectedly on February 21, 2019.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 2 p.m.-3 p.m.; followed by a Memorial Service  celebrating his life at 3 p.m.

Paul graduated from Hammondsport Central School, where he was a Section V State Wrestling Champion in 1975. After high school, he worked for Ingersoll-Rand in Painted Post and retired from Philips Lighting in Bath.

Paul loved fishing and dirt track Stock Car racing. He was also an accomplished bowler and was a member of numerous local leagues. He also competed in large bowling tournaments around the country. Paul was also an avid Bingo and Casino player.

He is survived by his mother, Marion Harrison of Watkins Glen; daughter, Brandy (Brad) Bailey, and son, Paul (Cali) Harrison, all of South Carolina; brother, Dale (Nancy) Harrison of Watkins Glen; sister, Linda Lewis of Elmira; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Robert W. Harrison.

You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Rosalie M. Vondracek

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

Rosalie M. Vondracek

Age 90 and a longtime resident of Cayuta, NY, passed away Feb. 15, 2019 while residing with her daughter in North Carolina. Rosalie was born Sept. 4, 1928 in Big Flats, NY to the late Claude and Joanna (Enderle) Theetge.

Rosalie was predeceased by her husband, George, on January 1, 2004. She is survived by her daughter, Sandra (Dan) Mullin of Pinehurst, NC, with their children, Kimberly Gay of Pinehurst, NC and Kevin (Emily) Stull of Roanoke, TX; son, Gary (Stacey) Vondracek with their children, Corey and Grace, all of Cayuta, and Alex (Sarah) Vondracek of Tacoma, WA; daughter, Annette Vondracek of Elmira, NY;  sister, Marian Morgan of Minneapolis, MN; and many nieces, nephews and close and caring friends and neighbors. She was also predeceased by her siblings, Jack and Harold Theetge, Helen Smith and Elizabeth Warren.

Rosalie and her husband George were lifelong farmers. In her later years she enjoyed time spent playing puzzles with friends.

Friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 South Main Street, Horseheads, NY, on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 10:00 am-12:00 noon. Her funeral service will take place at the funeral home at 12:00 noon. Burial service will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Horseheads.

Those wishing may remember Rosalie with memorials to Annette’s home on Chemung St., c/o Gary Vondracek, 28 Hall Rd., Cayuta, NY 14824.

Obituary: Douglas M. Thompson

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

Douglas M. Thompson

Age 64, of Rock Stream, NY and formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on February 18, 2019.

He is survived by his mother, Alice Frazier of Rock Steam; daughter, Alexandra Thompson of Penn Yan; brother, Dennis (Darlene) Sharkey of Rock Stream; sister, Beverly (Mitchell) Rea of Burdett; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Michael A. Thompson.

Doug was born in Bay Shore, Long Island on February 21, 1954. After graduating from Watkins Glen High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Doug worked for many years as a carpenter and millwright, as well as for the Village of Watkins Glen. Along with his love for the NY Giants, Yankees and Notre Dame, Doug also had a strong love for music.

There will be no services. You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Jennifer Ann Nichols

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

Jennifer Ann Nichols

Age 61, of Beaver Dams, NY, passed away on Monday, February 18, 2019 at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. Jennifer was born in Montour Falls, NY on January 9, 1958, the daughter of the late Jeannette E. (Corp) and Joseph D. Stephno.

Jennifer graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1976. She earned her Bachelor's degree from SUNY Geneseo and her Master’s Degree from Elmira College. She taught first grade at the Watkins Glen School District for over 30 years. She won the PTA Educator of the Year Award in 2000. Jennifer married her husband, Dennis Nichols, on April 25, 1981.

She is survived by her loving husband, Dennis; daughters, Megan Marie (Justin) Nichols Carlisle and Laura Ann Nichols; grandchildren, Logan Michael Carlisle and Kameron Matthew Carlisle, as well as many cousins and close friends, and her beloved dogs. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her maternal grandparents, Cyrus and Frances Corp, and her paternal grandparents, Thomas and Jennie Stephno.

Friends and family may call from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Monday, February 25 at the Link at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the church immediately following. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Watkins Glen.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Jennifer to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865. Friends and family may share fond memories of Jennifer at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Keith G. Roberts

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Dougherty Funeral Homes, Honeoye, NY.

Keith G. Roberts

Age 80, of Honeoye, NY, passed away on February 12, 2019 after a long illness. He was born in Montour Falls, NY to the late Claude and Grace Roberts.

Keith is survived by his wife, Penny; his sister, Ellen Goltry, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Milo and Stanley.

Keith was a master craftsman, teacher, and artist. He used his creativity and skills as a woodworker for everything from tables, chairs, and cabinets to the building and remodeling of homes. A graduate of SUNY Oswego and the RIT School of American Craftsmen, Keith’s unique “hanging chairs” received multiple honors. Following his MFA degree at RIT, Keith studied design and cabinet making with a master craftsman in Sweden.

All of the knowledge, energy and talent made Keith a one-of-a-kind teacher at Honeoye Central School. The student furniture projects that he inspired and mentored are still enjoyed by families throughout the community. Keith had a tremendous sense of design to complement his skillfully crafted pieces. Regardless of the tasks, from fine woodworking, to remodeling of homes, to teaching young people, Keith applied all of his multiple talents. His bright spirit and generous manner made being with Keith fun and rewarding. He will be missed.

A service to celebrate Keith’s life will be announced in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made to the Honeoye Public Library, 8708 Main Street, Honeoye, NY 14471. To send a condolence or share a memory please visit www.doughertyfuneralhomes.com

Obituary: Donna M. Lambert

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

Donna M. Lambert

Age 67, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility. She was born on Long Island, NY on December 30, 1951, the daughter of the late Bernard and Gladys Lambert.

Donna enjoyed the activities at Seneca View and being around her family and friends. She was a good mother.

She is survived by her son, Daryll Lambert (Charitie Thornhill) of Odessa; two sisters, Darlene (Denny) Sharkey of Rock Stream and Dee Lambert of Dundee; and four grandchildren, Alyssa, Ryan, Jared and Jaxon. She was predeceased by her brother, Dennis Lambert, on January 30, 2000.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, February 17, 2019 from 4-6 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A funeral service will follow at 6:00 p.m. Burial will be in Lakeview 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: Frances Ann Buckley

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

Frances Ann Buckley

Age 62, of Burdett, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, February 10, 2019. She was born in Rochester, NY on April 15, 1956.

She was predeceased by her father, Ronald Seils, and by a sister, Kimberly Skelly. She is survived by her companion of 28 years, Cameron McFall of Burdett; three daughters, April Lindsley of Elmira, Ashlynn McFall of Burdett and Amy McFall of Elmira; a son, Daniel Astarita Lindsley; her mother, Frances Thoman of South Carolina; three sisters, Sherry (Skip) Holt of Cayuta, Patty (Andy) Miller of Rochester, and Deanna Simmons of South Carolina; a brother, Ronald Seils of Rochester; nine grandchildren, Makenna Martins, Ethan Martins, Destiny Oldfield, Trishtion “Blue Eyes” Oldfield, Lilliana Oldfield, Ricky Oldfield, Howard McFall, Kelly McFall II, and Daniel McFall; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be no services. 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: Dr. Blanche Borzell

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

Dr. Blanche Borzell

Dr. Blanche Borzell, of Watkins Glen, the first female Family Practice Physician in Schuyler County, passed away at Schuyler Hospital on February 9, 2019.

She was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA on October 14, 1945. The family moved to Alpine, NY, and then Watkins Glen, where she attended high school. This was followed by Cornell University (B.A.) and Upstate Medical Center (M.D.).  After a residency in Family Medicine, she opened her practice in Watkins Glen. This year would have marked 43 years of serving the community.

She was also a coroner for the county for over 30 years, serving as Chief Coroner for over 20 of them. Additionally, she was on the Board of Directors and 1st Vice President of NYSACCME, a Diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine, and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Upstate Medical University. But, most importantly, was her role as a beloved wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Robertson; children, Blanche Robertson (Saif Agha) and James Robertson; grandchildren, Ali and James Agha, and Ryley, Maisie and Grayson Robertson; sisters, Kay (Amedio) Fraboni and Angeline (Christopher) Franzese; her godchildren, Tony Fraboni and Christine Franzese; and other nieces and nephews, Frank Fraboni, Kathy McBride and Cindy Pierce, Helen, Blanche and Angie Franzese, and Alan and Neil Pitcairn, as well as many cousins in Pennsylvania and New York; and her close friend, Ellen Rieback. She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Blanche (Karpovich) Borzell.

A special thanks and appreciation to the staff of Schuyler Hospital for their excellent and compassionate care.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, February 13 from 4-7 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday, February 14 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Schuyler Health Foundation, 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: Dominica Davis

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

Dominica Davis

Age 86, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away at home surrounded by her devoted children on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

Friends and family may call on Monday, February 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the Link at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen. Dominica’s Mass of Christian Burial will immediately follow calling hours in the church. Burial will be at the convenience of the family at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made in Dominica’s name to the Cayuga Hematology Oncology Patient Fund, 101 Dates Dr., Suite 102, Ithaca, NY 14850.

Dominica was born on October 8, 1932 in Montour Falls, NY to the late Sam and Isabelle Pangallo Barber. She worked at and retired from Schuyler Hospital. Dominica enjoyed cooking and shopping and loved her family, especially her grandchildren.
 
She is survived by her children, Michael (Andrea) Davis, Darla Davis, Doreen (John) Franzese, and Mari (Chuck Cooley) Davis; grandchildren, Danette, Darcy, Michael, Matthew, Sara, Joseph, Zachery and Kiera; and 10 great grandchildren. Dominica was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Robert S. Davis, on March 19, 2013, and by her sister, Annie Riley.

Friends and family may sign the guestbook at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: James F. Peters

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Herson Wagner Funeral Home, Ithaca.

James F. Peters

Age 58, from Watkins Glen, NY, passed away peacefully on January 23, 2019. He was predeceased by his wife, Lisa Paradiso Peters, and his parents, James N. Peters and Frances Fazzary Peters.

He is survived by his children, Angelo Peters-Paradiso and grandson Arleigh, Gianni Peters-Paradiso, and Juliana Peters-Paradiso; his sister, Corinne (Peters) Flahive; nephew Carter Flahive, and several other nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church cemetery in Watkins Glen.

Condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hersonwagnerfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Paul R. Bedient Jr.

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

Paul R. Bedient Jr.

Paul (known to family and friends as Chip) passed suddenly on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Bellevue, Michigan. He was born on May 28,1962 in Montour Falls, NY, the son of Joanna Ely and Paul Bedient Sr., and considered Malcolm Ely his Dad.  
 
Chip graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1981 and Kellogg Community College in 2017. After high school, Chip proudly served in the United States Marine Corps for four years. He was employed at Graphic Packaging for 28 years, recently moving into a Millwright Journeyman position.
 
Chip is survived by his soulmate and love of his life, Pamela Bedient, and their loving children: Jamie (David) Madden of Lago Vista, TX, Aaron (Candice) Covey of Bellevue, Joseph Upham, Elmira NY, Ashley (Jason) Morgan, Elmira, and Holly Girdley, North East, MD; 9 grandchildren, MyKala and Myia Madden, Breana, Brook and Brennen Covey, Hope and Joseph Upham, and Harper and Malcolm Morgan. Chip is also survived by five siblings: Debbra R. Bond (Jim), Tina Snider, Sonya Personius, Frank Bedient (Barb), Merle Bedient, and an honorary brother, Mickey Milton. He is also survived by several special nieces and nephews as well as wonderful friends and neighbors who have become like family.
He was preceded in death by both fathers, Malcolm Ely and Paul Bedient Sr., and all grandparents.
 
Chip and Pam loved to travel the country meeting new people, visiting friends and family, watching NASCAR races, and riding his Harley Davidson. Growing up near the track in Watkins Glen, he made it a point to go back to the track every year for the last 15 + years, camping infield and claiming that corner as “Michigan’s Corner.” One of his favorite sayings was “We work hard to play hard!”  
 
Chip never used any social media but loved to send pictures and witty texts to family and friends. He used “Chipface” to keep in touch with everyone that he cared for and loved. Chip had a keen fashion sense and an addiction for Oakley sunglasses, owning 17 pairs of sunglasses and numerous Oakley clothes. He was a music lover with a very eclectic taste in music, always quizzing everyone “Who sings this?”  
 
Chip was such a loving and giving man, he would give you the shirt off his back. He was such a giving man that he donated his organs through Michigan’s Gift of Life.
 
In lieu of flowers please make donations to:
Gift of Life of Michigan in Memory of Paul Bedient Jr.
3861 Research Park Drive,  
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108
 
Chip is a member of the Brotherhood of Marine Corp Riders.
Fly high riding the Gypsy Highway!
Semper Fi  
The Dude Abides!  
We will celebrate Chip’s life here in NY this summer.

Obituary: John F. Clemons

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Lohman Funeral Home, Ormond Beach, Florida.

John F. Clemons

Age 79, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Hospice  in Ormond Beach, FL. He was born in Elmira, NY, grew up in Millport, NY, and settled in Montour Falls, NY. 

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.

Calling hours will be held in Montour Falls in the spring with his private burial to follow.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Lohman Funeral Home, Ormond Beach, Florida and the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

For those wishing to remember John, please consider a donation to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (www.michaeljfox.org).

Obituary: Thomas LaVerne Davis

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

Thomas LaVerne Davis

Age 74, of Bradford, NY, passed away on January 29, 2019 after an extended illness.

He was born in Wellsboro, PA, on February 7, 1944, the son of Floyd and Marian (Stradley) Davis. He honorably served in the U.S. Army in the 1960s and retired from the Naval Air Station in Alameda, CA, where he worked on jets.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Davis, and by several children and stepchildren.

According to his wishes there are no services. You may leave an expression of sympathy or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen, NY.

Obituary: Barbara A. Elliott

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

Barbara A. Elliott

Age 66, of Dundee, NY and formerly of Wayne, entered unto rest on Friday, January 25, 2019 at the Homestead in Penn Yan, NY.

She was born in Bath, NY on June 27, 1952, the daughter of Clarence Hurd and Mary Wood. Barbara was a bookkeeper for the Arc of Steuben. She was a member of the Open Range Cowboy Church and a member of the Wayne Fire Department Auxiliary. Barbara loved to read and watch old westerns.

She is survived by three daughters, Mary Dumbleton of Wayne, Barbara Groves of Bath and Peggy (Phil) O’Dell; two sons, Patrick (Tabitha) Matuszek of Monterey and Donald (April) Elliott of Seattle, WA; a sister, Joyce Storm of Whitney, TX; two brothers, Lloyd (Betty) Hurd of Abbyville, SC and Thomas Matuszek of WA; 13 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; uncle Kip (Jerry) Wood of Penn Yan; and nine nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Clarence Hurd, her mother, Mary Wood, grandmother Ada Wood, and stepfather Joseph Matuszek.

A celebration of Barbara’s life will be held on Friday, February 8 at 4:00 p.m. at the Wayne Baptist Church, 69 County Road 26, Wayne, NY followed by a reception at the church. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Hammondsport at the convenience of the family.

Contributions may be made in her memory to the Homestead, 418 N. Main St., Penn Yan, NY 14527, or to Open Range Cowboy Church, 582 FM 1713, P.O. Box 1603, Whitney, TX 76692.

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: Mary P. Borra

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

Mary P. Borra

Age 104, of Alpine, NY, passed away on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 in the comfort of her home.

Mary was born in Arcevia, Province of Ancona, Italy on January 7, 1915, daughter of the late Rosa (Ruzziconi) and Pietro Biagetti. Mary had worked for Remington Rand in Elmira as well as for Odessa-Montour School and BC Cate Elementary School in Montour Falls.  

She is survived by nieces and nephews: Rosemarie (George) Biagetti-Vanderhaar; Sandra (Fred) Biagetti-Oravetz, CA; Joanne (John) Stugart, Meherrin, VA; Carl (Ellen) Biagetti, Silver Spring, MD; Mary Ann Biagetti, Virginia Beach, VA; Lida (Michael) Riedlinger, Pittsford, NY; Robert E. (Pam Coyle) Borra, Alpine NY; James A. (Melissa Chipman) Borra, Hector, NY; Frank A. (Pat) Borra; and Richard R. (Mary) Borra, Cortland NY; as well as by several great nieces, great nephews, great great nieces and great great nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mary was predeceased by her husband, Louie Borra; brothers and sister-in-laws, Joseph (Clara) Biagetti, Frank (Nicolina) Biagetti (Watkins Glen, NY), Angelo (Pauline) Biagetti (Palms Springs, CA), brothers in-law and sisters in-law Anthony (Connie) Borra and Mary (Richard) Randolf (Alpine, NY); nieces Rosanne Biagetti Doane and Mary M. Borra (Watkins Glen), and nephew William Borra (CO).

“Aunt Mary” was kind; she  loved life and family. She was quiet but had an infectious laugh and loved to dance; she and Uncle Louie 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.

A Memorial Mass celebrating her life will be announced at a later date. Memories of Mary may be shared with her family and friends at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Jay E. Arcangeli

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

Jay E. Arcangeli

Age 51, of Burdett, NY died tragically in a farming accident on January 16, 2019, while chasing his dream to be a beef farmer.

Jay was born on December 11, 1967 in Montour Falls, NY to Joseph and Linda Arcangeli. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Arcangeli. Jay is survived by his wife and soulmate of 21 years, Kathy (Kneller) Arcangeli, their two children who he loved and adored, Alyssa and Joseph; mother, Linda Arcangeli; brothers and sisters, Joseph (and Nicki) Arcangeli of Tennessee, Janice (and Ray Neira) Arcangeli of Burdett, and Jared Arcangeli (and Cheryll East) of Burdett; mother-in-law and father in-law, Ernestine and Larry Baxter of Granville PA; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Leslie and Shawn Raymond of Wyalusing, PA; 11 nieces and nephews, and aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and especially the firehouse crew!

Jay was the Deputy Superintendent of the Schuyler County Highway Department.

His family owned and operated the Jay and Kathy Arcangeli Feed store and raised beef cattle at their farm. He was the former Highway Department Superintendent for the Town of Hector and former Bridge Foreman for Silverline Construction company. He was a volunteer with the Burdett Fire Department and was also a member of the Farm Bureau and Hector Grazing Association. His passions in life were his kids, raising his beef cattle, and hunting and fishing.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th Street, Watkins Glen, NY on Monday, January 21 from 4-8 p.m.

A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, January 22 at 11 a.m., with Rev. Richard Evans officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to help cover funeral expenses or directly to the Burdett Fire Department in Jay's name.  (A "HELPING HAND" Go Fund Me donation link may be found at the end of his obituary on the funeral home website) 

You may “Light a Candle of Remembrance” or leave an online condolence of support for the family at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. There are no words to stop the tears, you left us way too soon! I didn't get to say goodbye, but my last three words were “I Love You!”

Obituary: Barbara Louise Brown

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

Barbara Louise Brown

Age 79, of Rock Stream, NY, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at home.
 
There were no prior calling hours. A Celebration of Her Life Open House will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the home of her daughter, 2971 Ellison Road, Watkins Glen, NY.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Schuyler County Humane Society, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865.

Barbara was born on February 7, 1939 in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Roy David and Cora Josephine Platt Jones. On June 7, 1958 in Warren Center, PA she married Kenneth W. Brown, who passed away on April 5, 2002.

Formerly of Webster, NY, she was a secretary employed by Xerox during the 1970s. She and Ken moved to Rock Stream in 1978 and became owners of the Ken & Barb's restaurant on Route 14, retiring in 1995.

She is survived by her son, Scott K. (Jeanie) Brown of Lakemont, NY; daughter, Shareen K. “Shari” (Dennis) Moore of Watkins Glen; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren; a sister, Yvonne (Charlie) Franklin of Palmyra, NY; a brother, Donald Jones of Hemet, CA; and several nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Sandra K. Brown-Fultz of Brockway, PA, in 2017.

Arrangements are by the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water Street, Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com

Obituary: Kenneth Ward Eldridge

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

Kenneth Ward Eldridge

Age 86, of Rock Stream, NY, passed away on January 13, 2019. 

Born in Galeton, Pennsylvania, Ken was raised in the Watkins Glen area. After graduating from Watkins Glen Central School, Ken began his career at Corning Glass Works in 1952, where he would later retire as a Senior Process Engineer. Ken will be remembered for his sharp wit and sense of humor. He was a formidable competitor in table tennis. He loved hunting, gardening, and his hobby farm, which included a notable collection of farm equipment.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Edith Hadley Eldridge; his children, Bruce (Alice), James (Lydia), Anne (Rich), T. Andrew (Kathryn) and Paul (Lisa), as well as 12 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. In addition, he is survived by his brother, Gene; and sisters, Antoinette Whitehead and Linda Nemeth. Ken was predeceased by his father, Leon; his mother, Edna; his brother, Leon Jr.; and his sister, Patricia Wood.

A celebration of Ken’s life will be held on Friday, January 18 from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, followed by a Memorial Service at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home, with Rev. Mike Kelly officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Kenneth may be made to the Schuyler County Office for the Aging, 323 Owego Street, Unit 7, Montour Falls, NY 14865. You may “Light a Candle of Remembrance” or extend condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Geta A. Biever

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

Geta A. Biever

Age 79, of Burdett, NY, passed away on Friday, January 11, 2019 at Elmira, NY after a brief but intense illness.

The family will receive friends and family at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th Street, Watkins Glen, NY on Wednesday, January 16 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 until 9:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen with Father Steven Lape officiating at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 17. Burial will follow in the Hector Union Cemetery, Burdett. A reception is being planned, to be announced.

Geta was born in Montour Falls, NY on April 20, 1939, the daughter of the late John and Margaret Gunning. She married her husband of over 60 years, Pierre, on April 19, 1958 at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen, and she lived in Burdett nearly all her life.

She was predeceased by her son Philip, her parents John and Margaret Gunning, her brother Bruce Gunning, her father- and mother in-law Emil and Rose Biever, and her brother in-law Ralph Dean.

Geta retired from the U.S. Postal Service with 31 years, serving at the Burdett and Montour Falls Post Offices. She also served as a secretary to Attorney William Elkins of Burdett.

She is survived by her husband, Pierre; son Mark (Sharon) of Sterling, VA.; daughter in-law Sherry Biever of Burdett; brother Clair (Peg) Gunning of Montour Falls; sister Sue Dean of Burdett; sister in-law Sandra Gunning of Reynoldsville; and brother and sister-in-law Raphael and Joan Specchio of Watkins Glen. She is also survived by four grandchildren:  Peter Biever of Burdett, Philip Biever and Ryan Biever, both of Virginia Beach, VA, and Lydia Biever of Alpine. She is also survived by many cousins, nephews and nieces.

She was an avid shot-gunner, spending many Sunday afternoons shooting clay pigeons with her husband and sons Philip and Mark. Geta also was a wonderful cook and baker, who made many beautiful wedding cakes.

Geta was a member of the Burdett Fire Department Auxiliary for many years, serving as president for the past 35 years. She was also a Den Mother for Cub Scout Pack 52 of Burdett. She was a longtime member of the Burdett PTA Players. In later years she was also a member of the Trumansburg Fish and Game Club.

She was a most loving person and wonderful wife and mother. She liked people. These words from an old poem can best describe how people who knew her, felt about Geta:

Everywhere you go
Sunshine follows you
Everywhere you go
Skies are always blue
People like you
They seem to know
You pick roses out of the snow
The whole world says “Hello”
Everywhere you go.

Geta, you will be sorely missed, and we will miss you forever. For those wishing, you may consider a memorial donation in her memory to the Burdett Fire Department. You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” in her memory online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Lloyd Richard Snyder

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

Lloyd Richard Snyder

Age 91, of Dundee, NY, died Sunday, January 13, 2019 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan, NY.
 
The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water Street, Dundee, where a Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Lay Pastor Lew Ann Giles officiating.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dundee Baptist Church, 20 Seneca Street, Dundee, NY 14837.

Lloyd was born on July 27, 1927 in Mentor, Ohio, the son of the late Albert and Della Clark Snyder. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, stationed in Korea. On June 12, 1948, he married the former Barbara L. Cadiou. They had two children whom they raised in Ohio before moving to New York in 1974. She passed away on March 28, 1989. He returned to Mentor, OH to marry longtime family friend Sharlene Kidwell Pettet on Feb. 24, 1990, merging their families as one. She also predeceased him, on January 26, 2011.

Mr. Snyder was a self-employed contractor specializing in plaster walls and home construction for over 35 years, retiring in 2004. A devoted member of the Dundee Baptist Church, he enjoyed tinkering in his spare time; but his greatest joy was time spent with grand and great grandchildren.

He is survived by his daughter, Lynda L. (Steven) Lopresti of Montour Falls, NY; his son, Richard K. (Susan) Snyder of Melbourne, Australia; stepdaughter Patricia Floro of Mentor, OH; stepsons Gary R. (Darla) Pettet of Raleigh, NC, and James W. Pettet of N. Fort Myers, FL; 14 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents and two wives, he was predeceased by a younger brother, Harold Snyder of Ohio, and an older brother, Melvin Snyder of New Mexico.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to his caregivers, to whom he grew very close: Sissy, Stella, Stacey and Brooke.

Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com

Obituary: Lucinda Banfield Ruger

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

Lucinda (Cindy) Banfield Ruger

Of Cary, NC, formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, passed on surrounded by family on Dec. 22, 2018 at Duke Hospice, Durham, NC.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, William G. Ruger; a daughter, Lydia R. Voorheis (Jeffrey) of Cary, NC; a son, William G. Ruger (Karen) of Singer Island, FL; and grandchildren, Devyn L. Voorheis and Jason P. Voorheis of Cary, NC.

Mrs. Ruger was a retired high school English teacher, having taught at Dyrden and Watkins Glen, NY high schools. After retirement she assisted her husband for 19 years in his law practice.

She was born in Coral Gables, FL, graduated from Canandaigua (NY) Academy, received a B.A. in English from Ithaca (NY) College, and an M.Ed. from Elmira (NY) College.

Cindy esteemed teaching: she enjoyed the awaking and development of knowledge in her students. She said it was inspiring to see the flash of understanding in her students’ eyes.

Cindy enjoyed being with her family, taking walks and dancing with her husband, reading, and cooking. She was quick to smile, a wonderful, generous, devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Her abundance of love, care, joy and wisdom suggested she was actually an angel as she touched and benefited the lives of so many.

Her gentle smile and laughter will be greatly missed.

Obituary: Martin K. Hammond

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

Martin K. Hammond

Age 75, of Millport, NY, entered unto rest on Friday, January 4, 2019 with his family by his side. He was born in Sayre, PA on April 7, 1943, the son of Mina Sieberkrob and Edward Brown.

He served with the U.S. Army from 1968-1970. Mr. Hammond worked for many years as a window washer and later owned Elmira Window Cleaning. Martin was the former president of the Millport Community Days and the Millport Cemetery. He was predeceased by his parents and by sisters Doris Parmeter and Waneta Sieberkrob.

He is survived by his loving companion of 36 years, Linda Parmelee of Millport; daughters, Marty Lynn (Mike) Just of Millport and Tina Parmelee of Millport; six brothers, Welford “Whip” (Linda) Hammond of Marathon, NY, Walter “Jim” (Brenda) Brown of Elmira, NY, Charles (Kim) Sieberkrob of Millport, Michael “Toehead” Sieberkrob of Millport, Rick (Joan) Woodruff of Elmira and Scott (Tammi) Brown of Elmira; three sisters, Barbara Teal (Bill Couch) of Richford, NY, Romona “Pete” (Donald Clink) of Whitney Point, NY, and Patricia (Doug) Gursky of Philipsburg, MT; three grandchildren, Mary Just, Morgan Just and Thomas Sheehan, Jr. of Millport; uncle, Ray (Rita) Tyler; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, January 12 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. A memorial service will follow at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Millport Cemetery 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: Mark E. Hills

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

Mark E. Hills

Age 60, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, January 7, 2019 at home. He was born in Troy, PA on December 2, 1958, the son of the late Thomas J. and Janice L. (Wixson) Hills.

Mark graduated from Watkins Glen High School and later served with the U.S. Army from 1977-1979. He was an entrepreneur and contractor. He loved music and was a racing enthusiast.

Mark is survived by his children, Debra Hills (Stephen Beckwith) of San Diego, CA, Brandon (Michelle) Hills of Watkins Glen, and Stacey (Joseph) Weber of San Diego, CA; siblings, Donna Beardsley of Watkins Glen, Timothy Hills of Dunedin, FL, and Janet Mathews of Horseheads; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are by 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: Murlyn Craig Dibble

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Murlyn Craig Dibble

Age 70, proud United States Naval Veteran (1970-1990), Murlyn C. Dibble, a kind, gentle, generous man, who was fiercely dedicated to his dearly loved family, was called home by his Lord as the sun set on December 10, 2018. He has now met with his Mom whom he never knew, and with his sister whom he loved and missed dearly.

In Odessa, NY, Murlyn met and married his greatest love in l969, “Patty” who survives. After very proudly serving his country for 10 years in Japan and Guam, they returned and completed his 20-year Naval career and settled to raise their “made in Japan” family together in Virginia Beach, VA. He proudly served as the best man for his son Michael Craig as he wed his forever friend Tara Marie Farrugia. An extremely proud Father escorted his daughter Amy Lyn to the altar as she married her best friend James Paul Marquette, who became his best friend. He now has the best seat of all to continue cheering on his dearest grandchildren Olivia Laurel Dibble, Joshua Michael Dibble and Virginia Kay Marquette.

Mr. Dibble is also survived by his brother Gary A. (Barbara) Dibble; brother-in-law Robert (Linda) Bennett and sister-in-law Joan (H James) Cole, together with many nieces and nephews and their families, many cousins, cherished friends, and the “Wine Sisters” and “S. Greenbush Deer Camp” members. “Harry” was predeceased by parents Doris L and Howard I Dibble; his special sister Dolores, her husband, Roger; sister-in-law and classmate Connie; Uncle and Aunt, Duke and Helen Messersmith; and, step-mom Ruth.

Murlyn passed with his ever-present warm heart and clear mind in his home. He was an amazing father to his children who were the purpose and light of his life. He was a hard worker and highly respected by each employer and co-worker he had worked with throughout his life. He held several certifications from the International Code Compliance, VDOT, and the American Concrete Institute. His honesty, integrity and friendship were highly valued by all who knew him. Murlyn enjoyed fishing, gardening and deer hunting. This loving soul who would give his own to others will be greatly missed.

Full military honors and service were accorded at his interment at the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Suffolk, VA. Services were held on Friday, December 28, 2018. The family provided flowers; however, if one wishes to honor Murlyn, please make memorial donations c/o account-Virginia Marquette online to www.DiabeticAlertDogsofAmerica.com (EIN Tax #46-315-9298) or mail donation checks to Diabetic Alert Dogs of America, 5782 Field Breeze St., Las Vegas, NV 89148.

Obituary: William H. Shepard III

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

William H. Shepard III

Age 97, formerly of Rock Stream, NY, passed away at Bethany Village Manor in Horseheads on January 2, 2019. 

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Thursday, Jan. 10 from 1 p.m.-2 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. and burial at Rock Stream Cemetery. 

He is survived by two daughters, a son, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 57 years, Louisa, in 2009; brothers James, Albert and Robert Shepard, and a sister, Margaret Layton. 

Bill was born and raised in Montour Falls and graduated from Cook Academy. He studied electrical engineering and graduated from Carnegie Tech. After graduating, he served in WWII in 1944 in the U.S. Naval Reserve in the South Atlantic. After the war, he got his first job at General Electric. He later met his future wife Louisa and they married and moved to Rock Stream. They raised their family in Rock Stream while Bill worked as an engineer at Shepard Niles. Bill was an early and enthusiastic advocate of personal computers. He was a long-time member and Elder of the Rock Stream Presbyterian Church. Bill also served as a member of the Yates County Planning Board. 

After his wife passed away in 2009, he reluctantly moved to assisted care living at Bethany Village. He gradually warmed up to the idea of living in a new home and enjoyed the time spent with the dear friends he made there, both residents and staff. In typical fashion, he made his time useful and served on the Resident Council at Bethany Village. The family would like to offer their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Bethany Village Courtyard and Manor for all the love and care given to their father.   

For those wishing, in lieu of flowers, you may consider a memorial donation in Bill’s memory to Bethany Retirement Home, Attn: Lynne Gaylord, 3005 Watkins Rd., Horseheads, NY 14845.  You may also express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle” in Bill’s memory online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: John A. Brown

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John A. Brown

Age 78, formerly of Horseheads, NY, passed away unexpectedly on his favorite golf course where he lived in Daytona Beach Shores, FL on Dec. 28, 2018.

John was born in Elmira, NY on October 10, 1940 to the late Francis and Henrietta Brown. He was predeceased by his sisters Rita Nowlan and Beryl Brown and is survived by his loving children, John (Cheryle) Brown, Tommy Brown, Sharon (Tom) McLaughlin, and Karen (Paul) Karski; step-daughter Carole Bahns-Daum; and his sister, Joan (Les) Farrington. He is also survived by his loving grandchildren, step-grandchildren, great grandchildren and step-great grandchildren, and by several nieces and nephews. John is also survived by many friends near and far as he traveled throughout the country.

He was a graduate of Odessa High School class of 1958. He was employed for several years by Thatcher Glass Manufacturing.

In his later years John traveled solo throughout the country in his RV, visiting all 50 states. He gave up traveling in 2013 and made Daytona Beach Shores, FL his home, where he loved entertaining family and friends. He loved residing on "his" golf course and would golf several times a week. He also worked in the clubhouse right up until the time of his death.

John was a wonderful, generous, kind, caring and proud father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend. He was a great talker and an even better listener. He will be greatly missed by so many.

At his request, there will be no formal services. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 5:00 p.m. at the Mechanic's Club in Montour Falls, NY.

Obituary: Cindy L. Thomason

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

Cindy L. Thomason

Age 58, of Odessa, NY, passed away peacefully at home on December 19, 2018 surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous 2½ year battle with cancer. 

Cindy is survived by her loving and dedicated husband of 40 years, Jeff Thomason; and their daughters Ashley Thomason (Chris Tappan) and Alicia (Blake) Mahaney along with her grandchildren, Devon, Molly, and Emily Mahaney; mother, Mary Lou Webster; siblings Brian (Valarie) Webster, Eric (Deanna) Webster, and Bernadine Smith; father-in-law Robert Thomason, and brother-in-law Don (Cheryl) Thomason. Cindy was predeceased by her father, Jack Webster, and her mother-in-law, Ellen Thomason.

Cindy was a teacher at Schuyler Nursery School in Montour Falls and then was a Practice Manager at Arnot Medical Services in Horseheads. She took an early retirement to fulfill her lifelong dream of taking care of her three beautiful grandchildren. Cindy enjoyed spending time at her country home, which she built with her husband, where they raised their two daughters and spent a great amount of time with their grandchildren.

She enjoyed being with her family and friends, taking walks down by the pond, tending to her many flower and vegetable gardens, and vacationing at the beach. Cindy was a wonderful, generous, loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, and friend. Her abundance of love, compassion, and wisdom made her an angel while she was still here on earth, where she touched the lives of so many. Her smile and laughter will be greatly missed.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Friday, December 28 at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen for calling hours from 4-6 p.m. with a memorial service beginning at 6 p.m. A celebration of her life will take place at the Montour Falls Moose Lodge, 2096 State Route 14, Montour Falls, at 7:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family has decided to carry on Cindy’s legacy by helping families in our community who are going through serious medical issues such as Cindy did. Memorial contributions can be made to the Cindy L. Thomason Memorial, Chemung Canal Trust Company, 318 N. Franklin St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

Obituary: Jacob E. Landmesser, Jr.

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

Jacob E. Landmesser, Jr.

Age 74, of Horseheads, NY, passed away on Monday, December 17, 2018. He was born in Elmira, NY on July 14, 1944, the son of the late Jacob E. and Gertrude (Ellsworth) Landmesser, Sr.

He graduated from Odessa-Montour High School and attended Corning Community College and the University of Maryland. He served with the U.S. Air Force as a Cryptologic Language Analyst (Russian) from 1962 to 1965. Jacob worked for NASA, RCA, Toshiba and Corning Glass and volunteered as a hospital chaplain. He was a member of the Community Wesleyan Church in Horseheads.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Marylou (Miles) Landmesser of Horseheads; children, Shari (Mark) Weaver of Millbury, MA, Jacob E. Landmesser, III of Happy Camp, CA, and Caleb Landmesser (Jen) of Kane, PA; three grandchildren, Stephen, Victoria and Nitai; two sisters, Clara Wheaton of Montour Falls, NY and Jean White of FL; two brothers, Hank Landmesser of SC and Howard Landmesser of Elmira; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters, Dorothy, Emma and Emily.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, December 22 from 12 noon-2 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m., followed by burial in Highland Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Thomas E. Collins

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

Thomas E. Collins

Age 86, formerly of Millport, NY, passed away on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls. He was born on February 11, 1932, the son of the late Joseph and Lula (Parsons) Collins.

Tom was a baker for Millbrook Bakery for 25 years. He was a member of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 426, and the Baker and Confectionery Union.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Blanche M. (Herring) Collins; daughters, Deb (T.J.) Riley, Katrina (Gary) Ector, and Cindy (Rocky) Rumsey; sons, Thomas P. (Pat) Collins, Steven R. (Janet) Collins, Joe (Julie) Collins, and Tim (Wendy) Collins; 15 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; a sister, Anna Black; sisters-in-law, Della Herring and Sandra Collins; brother-in-law, Dave Talada; several nieces and nephews; and by his loving dog Princess. He was predeceased by his parents, 11 brothers, and two sisters.

The Collins family would like to extend a big thank you to the nurses and staff of Unit 3 at Seneca View SNF for all the kind and loving care.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, December 16 from 1-4 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, December 17 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Burial will be in Millport Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier or Seneca View SNF Unit 3. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Henry 'Hank' Kramer

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

Henry "Hank" Kramer

Age 84, of Montour Falls, NY, left Earth for his eternal ski trip on December 8, 2018.

Hank was a fearless force of nature, continually on the search for new adventures that involved elements of danger, the chance to meet new people, or both. Born Enrico Guido Krämer, in Milan, Italy, Hank was raised in Oakland, California. After he graduated from UCSF/UC Berkeley’s pharmacy program, his first order of business was to spend 18 months exploring Europe on a Vespa scooter, with his skis and his camera. A gifted amateur photographer, he snuck photos out of Cold War Russia, which were published in a front-page spread in The Times of London.

Upon his return to California, Hank owned and operated several pharmacies, purchased a white Porsche convertible, then was lovestruck when Patricia Kelley of Montour Falls, NY, got a prescription filled at his store. Weeks later, they were engaged. They married in 1963 and went on to produce five children in seven years.

Hank and Pat moved the family to the Finger Lakes and settled on the Kelley family land in Montour Falls in 1978. Full of curiosity, Hank switched careers, taking over Crusade & Smith, an interior and exterior finishes business in Elmira. Two weeks of every winter, he set off for helicopter skiing in the Canadian Rockies. He logged more than three million vertical meters in over 30 years and was considered a legend on the mountain.

Hank’s quest for adventure knew no boundaries. If you couldn’t find him playing on his farm, he was likely road cycling, skiing, snowboarding, windsurfing, motorcycle riding, visiting his kids and grandkids all around the United States, or holding court at Porsche Club of America events. In his last two years, when he was no longer able to travel the world, he opened an Airbnb destination on his property, bringing the world to him.

Hank’s beloved wife of 49 years passed away in 2012. He is survived by his five children, four children-in-law, seven grandchildren, and two sisters.

An event to celebrate Hank’s wonderful life will take place on December 29. Please contact HankKramerMemorial@yahoo.com for details. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the Advanced Heart Failure Program at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Please allocate gifts to the Heart Failure/Transplant Res Fund, A11513. Checks payable to University of Rochester, Attn: Advancement, Box 278996, Rochester, NY 14627. Services are entrusted to Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen (www.RoyceChedzoy.com)

Obituary: Margaret A. Elliott

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

Margaret A. Elliott

Age 91, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at home surrounded by her loving daughters Cynthia and Cherrie.

She was born in Elmira, NY on January 5, 1927, the daughter of the late James and Catherine (Pawlak) MacBlane. She graduated from Thomas Edison High School in 1945. On April 26, 1947, she married the love of her life, Thomas H. Elliott, in St. Charles Borromeo Church in Elmira Heights. They were married for 71 years before he passed away on May 6, 2018.

Margaret worked at Westinghouse for 32 years. She was a member of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen, the Montour Moose Lodge, and at one time was a member of the Elmira Heights American Legion Auxiliary and Watkins Glen VFW Auxiliary. Margaret enjoyed baking, cooking, taking care of her husband, and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Margaret is survived by her children, Cynthia Elliott of Rochester, Louise Wilson of Bath, Joseph (Ann) Elliott of Corning, and Cherrie Hurd of Corning; a sister, Loretta Lynch of Arizona; nine grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, and by her dog Tammy. She was predeceased by eight sisters and three brothers.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, December 14 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the link at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Elmira in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Care First Hospice, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870 or St. Mary's of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. 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: June Rose (Ector) Estep

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June Rose (Ector) Estep

Age 88, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility. She was born on June 17, 1930, the daughter of the late Joseph and Gladys (Church) Ector.

June was born and raised in Townsend, NY, where she lived until she met and married the love of her life, Lee Estep, in Beaver Dams on August 25, 1951. After their marriage, June and Lee moved to Big Flats, NY, where they welcomed their one and only child, Julie. Julie and her family were the center of her world until her very last breath.

June was an avid card player, and a collector of dolls, beads and buttons. She could be found enjoying a beer or two and dancing the night away at the Montour Moose Lodge. Her smile and the sparkle in her eye will be remembered by all who made her acquaintance. June thoroughly enjoyed her monthly outings with the ladies of the “Cookie Club.”

She was predeceased by her husband of 41 years, Lee Estep, in 1993; special friend, Bob Hutcheson; brothers, Walter, Joseph and Robert Ector; and sisters, Josephine Crouthamel, Fannie Lewis and Joyce Hughey.

June is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Larry Rinker of Montour Falls; granddaughters, Colette Summers (Jeff Nichols) of Odessa and Heather (Greg) Lodge of Alpine;  five great grandchildren, Caitlin (Dallas) Hatch, Aiden Summers, Lauren (Kyle) VanGalder, Madison Lodge (Nate Rine), and Emma Lodge (Jimmy Bergen); three great great grandchildren, Jackson Lee Hatch, Kali Rose and LeAnn Marie VanGalder; sisters-in-law, Fledra Ector of Watkins Glen and Doris Ector of Montour Falls; brothers-in-law, Lynn Hughey of Watkins Glen, Howard (Brenda) Estep of Lindley and William (Charlotte) Estep of Painted Post; special friends, Linda Gibson and Dawn Kent; June’s faithful feline companions, Sadie and Sassy; and by several nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to the staff at Seneca View, Schuyler Hospital, and Drs. Terry, Borzell and Saks for the care they provided.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, December 7 from 1-3 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Her funeral service will begin at 3:00 p.m. Immediately following the funeral, everyone is invited to the Montour Moose Lodge for a reception. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility Unit 1, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865, or Montour Falls Moose Lodge-Children’s Fund, 2096 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: Julia Roccisano Simiele

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

Julia Roccisano Simiele

Age 83, passed away on Thursday, November 29, 2018. She was predeceased by her husband, William “Captain Bill” Simiele; brother, James Roccisano of Brooklyn; and sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Joseph Paradiso of S. Chicago Heights.

Julia is survived by children, Gina (Dan) Backer of Florida and Mark (Michelle) Simiele of Watkins Glen; grandchildren, Jacqueline (Mike) St. Germain, William, Antonio and Christopher Simiele, and Alexis and Mariah Gonzalez, and eight great grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters, Yolanda, Anna, and Jennie Roccisano; sister-in-law, Carmela Simiele; and several nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to Karen and David Palma, Mary Pat and Joe Zagone, and Phil Simiele for all of their help during her illness. She was also blessed with several good friends who visited her often during her illness: Anna Jean DeDominicis, Mary Cook, Peggy Field, and Angie Morelli. The family would like to thank Dr. Saks, Amanda Kinsman and the very attentive and caring staff at Schuyler Hospital for their extreme kindness during her long hospital stay. Also a special thanks to these wonderful ladies who enabled her to live at home: Lori Stone, Sandy Dykshorn, Christie Standish, Jackie Bowen, Janice Potter and Kelly Hoyt.

Julia was a member of St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church. Per her wishes, there will be no prior calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a contribution to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865. Fond memories of Julia may be shared with her family and friends at www.townsendwoodfuneralchapel.com

Obituary: Harvey Bishop

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Harvey Bishop

Age 66, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 27, 2018. 

Harvey was born in Walton, NY, the son of Mary and Harvey Bishop, Sr. and served in the U.S. Army after high school. Harvey was known for his sense of humor and many expressions that he always shared with friends. He will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Lisa Bishop; two daughters, Kimberly (Charles) Smith of Penn Yan and Heather (Brian) Dumka of New Hampshire; five stepchildren, Jessica LeRoux of Bath, Brandie Perry of Tyrone, Edward Perry III of Rochester, Justin Perry of Corning, and Raymond Perry of Rochester; two brothers, Larry (Shelly) Bishop of Farmington and Robert (Joyce) Bishop of Walton; a sister, Rosie Bishop of Indiana; his dog and best buddy, Suzie Q; and 10 grandchildren. 

Harvey worked as a Lineman for Frontier Communications in Dundee before retiring, and recently for Southern Finger Lakes Equipment in Watkins Glen. He also was a former Tyrone Town Supervisor. His favorite hobby was rebuilding and restoring old tractors, and especially using and working on John Deere equipment. 

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Monday, Dec. 3 from 4-6 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 6 p.m. Interment with military honors will be held at Bath National Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Nicholas J. Dugo

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

Nicholas J. Dugo

Age 72, of Watkins Glen, NY died on Monday, November 26, 2018 at Robert Packer Hospital after a short illness. Nick was born on December 18, 1945, in Bath, NY, the son of the late Joseph and Elaine (Bly) Dugo.

Nick first met his future wife Sue when they were in kindergarten together, and have been best friends ever since. Nick graduated from Haverling High School in 1963, along with Sue. He attended Corning Community College and graduated in 1965, serving as Vice President of the Student Association while there. Nick earned his BA degree in 1967 and MA in 1968 from the University at Albany. At U Albany he was as chairman of the Special Events Board of the Student Association, and also worked as an aide to Assemblyman Charles D. Henderson and as a guide in the NYS Capitol. He and Sue were married at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Bath in August 1968.

Nick was a history teacher and later Department Coordinator at Watkins Glen High School from 1973 until his retirement in 2006. He was the Senior Class advisor for most of those years, planning and escorting 30 senior trips to Washington D.C., producing the annual school play, supervising proms, and other class activities. Nick also served as Student Council advisor at the same time, instituting the Homecoming Parade, sponsoring Blood Banks and voter registration drives, and raising thousands of dollars for graduation scholarships and other student activities.

Nick was an active communicant of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Watkins Glen, serving as Warden since 1975, chairman of the finance committee, and choir member. He also was chairman and chief cook at Parish dinners, arranged the flowers for the Altar, and supervised holiday decorating of the church. He formerly was Moderator of SE District of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester and served as a Diocesan delegate to conventions. He had been a committee member and former treasurer of the Episcopal Parishes of Schuyler County.

Nick was elected to the position of Watkins Glen Village Justice on a write-in ballot in 1987, and continued in that position until he retired in 2015. He served as Secretary of the Watkins Glen Housing Authority from 1981 to 2010, was a charter member of WG-MF Lions Club and in his later years he worked at Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home greeting guests and driving the hearse.

Nick enjoyed spending summers at their cottage at Lake Ondowa. As a hobby, he made custom doll houses for family, friends and the church. He was also an avid reader and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles. He enjoyed spending time with his family and will be remembered for his pies and his chocolate torte.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Susann (Wintle) Dugo; daughter, Amy (Michael) Lingg of Williamsport; son, Peter Dugo (Kimberly O’Connor) of Corning; grandsons, Steven and Ryan Lingg; brothers and sisters, Josette (Alan) Stuart, Chuck (Linette) Dugo, Julie Dugo (Robert Jeffery), Danny (Valerie) Dugo, and Sharon (Hank) Stanhope; sisters-in-law, Carol Wintle (Larry Blumsack) and Alis (Jim) Sefick; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Dugo.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 29 from 3-7 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen.  A Requiem Eucharist will be held on Friday, November 30 at 11:30 a.m. at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 112 Sixth St., Watkins Glen, followed by burial at Nondaga Cemetery, Bath at 3:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. James’ Episcopal Church. Flowers also accepted. You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Nancy J. Kelce

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

Nancy J. Kelce

Age 56, of Montour Falls, NY passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 21, 2018. She was born in Montour Falls on November 11, 1964.

She was predeceased by her mother and stepfather, Jane and Herbert Copp; brother, Gordon “Buddy” Kelce; sister, Kathy Kelce, and former husband, William Steiner. She is survived by her sister, Natasha Mosher; and by several nieces and nephews.

In keeping with her wishes, there will be no services. Burial will be in Union Cemetery of Hector. 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: John R. Viglione

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Delaney Greabell Adydan Funeral Home, East Syracuse.

John R. Viglione

Age 55, of Tully, NY and formerly of Watkins Glen, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018 at University Hospital in Syracuse as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on October 10.

Born in Watkins Glen, he graduated from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY, where he received a BS in Electrical Engineering, as well as Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, where he received his Master's Degree in Management. He was presently employed with  National Grid as a Lead Electrical Engineer with a Professional Engineering License in New York State.

John  lived life to the fullest and had many hobbies and interests, including photography, hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, target shooting, woodworking and gardening. He also enjoyed cruising on his motorcycle, attending cruise nights with his classic Camaro or Corvette, and spending winter weekends at his camp on Tug Hill snowmobiling. 

John is survived by his loving wife, Chanh (Tran) Viglione of Tully; his parents, Thomas and Beverly Viglione of Watkins Glen; his two sisters, Elizabeth (Anthony) Fraboni  of Watkins Glen and Margaret (Alex) Kuznets of New Jersey; his brother, Tom Viglione of Kansas City, MO; a niece, Sarah Kuznets of New Jersey,  and a nephew, Mark Fraboni of Florida. 

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24 at  11 a.m. at the Delaney Greabell Adydan Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the funeral home, 241 Kinne Street, East Syracuse, NY. 

A tragic loss for the world.  John is re-engineering the heavens one cloud at a time.  He will be greatly missed.

Condolences can be offered at www.delaneygreabelladydanfh.com

Obituary: Julia 'Judy' Scaptura

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

Julia "Judy" (Smith) Scaptura

Age 91, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on November 19, 2018. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Rocco R. Scaptura; sister, Tina DeMott, and brother, Charlie Smith. She is survived by daughters, Kathleen (Pat) Fennell and Constance (Carl) Chiacchierini; son, Richard “Rocco” (Laurie) Scaptura; and seven grandchildren, Jacqueline (Peter) Platt, Timothy (Allison) Fennell, Corinne (Michael) Salvaggio, Christie Jones, Cheri (Brian) McDermott, Anthony (Tania) Scaptura, and Charles (Sarah) Scaptura. She is also survived by 14 great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins, and sister-in-law, Donna Smith.

Judy was a life-long communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church, where she was an active member of St. Mary’s Guild; and a member of Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary, the WGHS Alumni Association, the Mechanics Club, and Women of the Moose.

She loved being with her family, especially on holidays. She also enjoyed playing cards, lunch with her special friends on Fridays, “coffee hour” weekday mornings with the staff of Catharine Court, and breakfast on Sunday mornings with her special friends from St. Mary’s Church.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Link room area at St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen on Saturday, Nov. 24 from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.; followed by a funeral mass at 11:00 a.m.; and burial at Holy Cross Cemetery.

For those wishing to remember Julia, you may consider a donation in her memory to St. Mary’s of the Lake Church or the Watkins Glen Fire Company. Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Norma 'Jean' Eldridge

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

Norma "Jean" Eldridge

Age 93, of Tyrone, passed away on November 9, 2018. Jean was born on February 6, 1925 in Montour Falls, NY, the daughter of Clyde and Nellie Potts.

She worked at Corning Glass and was an accomplished Toll Painter and crafter. She was predeceased by her parents; a brother, Clarence Potts; and a sister, Selma Fish. She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Gene Eldridge; son and daughter-in-law, David and Karen Eldridge of Lakeland, FL (formerly Pine City); and one grandson and his wife, Brian and Ally Eldridge of North Tonawanda, NY.  

According to her wishes there are no public services. A private burial will be held at the convenience of the family at Hector Union Cemetery in Burdett. You may express condolences to the family online, or “Light A Candle of Remembrance” at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Clarence E. 'Barnie' Parker

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

Clarence E. "Barnie" Parker

Age 83, passed away after a long illness, Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 while a resident of Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, Montour Falls, NY.

He was born January 29, 1935, in Barre Center, NY. He graduated from Albion HS in 1952 and received degrees from Cornell University and SUNY Cortland. He also served in the U.S. Army between 1959 and ’61. Barnie lived in North Collins, Addison, Hilton, and Corning before settling into a long and rich life in Odessa, NY, where he was known as a top-notch barber, a kind and nurturing elementary school teacher, a wrestling coach, and even an occasional school bus driver.

He served as a village trustee for many years and was also on the Board of Assessment Review for the Town of Catharine. He was a member of the Moose Club and the VFW and was a very active member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Catharine, NY. Above all, Barnie was known as a great friend to many, always with a bright smile and quick wit.

Barnie was preceded in death by his mother and father, Frances and Edward Parker; his wife, Elizabeth “Cis” (née Thomas) Parker, and too many close friends to count. He is survived by his brother, Henry Parker; sister, Cheryl (Skee) Denson; daughter, Margaret (Kevin) Wager; son, Edward “Andy” Parker; grandchildren, Ryan (Catrina Turner) DeBruin and Lauren Wager; along with cousins, nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Barnie’s rich legacy in their own way while awaiting a celebration of life to be announced at a future date. Burial in Highland Cemetery, Catharine, NY will be done at the family's convenience.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Memorial Fund of St. John’s Episcopal Church, 5199 County Road 14, Odessa, NY 14869, moosecharities.org, heroes.vfw.org, or the O.M.C.S. Sports or Fine Arts Boosters.

The family is being assisted by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen, NY.

Obituary: Janice A. Martz

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

Janice A. Martz

Age 65, of Montour Falls, NY passed away peacefully at Schuyler Hospital on Saturday, November 3, 2018 surrounded by her loving family.

She was predeceased by her son, Jason M. Searle. She is survived by her sisters, Karen (Burton) Schoonover of Cayuta, NY, and Linda (Marc) Whitney of Albemarle, NC; her daughter-in-law, Denise Searle; four grandchildren, Alexander Rundle, Abigail Rundle, Jasmine Searle, and Deven Searle; and her fur friend, Tess.

There will be a celebration of her life at a future date and time to be determined by her 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: Phyllis J. Kibbe

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

Phyllis J. Kibbe

Age 81, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on Sunday, November 11, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Elmira, NY on April 7, 1937, the daughter of the late John and Grace (Perry) Bixby, and graduated from Elmira Free Academy.

Phyllis worked at Westinghouse and Bonnell Home for Adults and picked grapes for many of the local vineyards. She was a member of the Merry Widows. She was an avid bowler and Philadelphia Phillies fan, and enjoyed gardening.

She is survived by three children, James H. (Janet) Kibbe of Montour Falls, Debra J. (Mark) Rice of Montour Falls, and Scott A. (Terry) Kibbe of Lockwood; a sister, Barbara A. Hubbard of Horseheads; five grandchildren, Justin (Stephanie) Kibbe, Shawna Kibbe, Shelbi Kibbe, Char Kibbe, and Crystena Kibbe; one great granddaughter, Kaliea Ervay; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, James Kibbe; and by her five sisters and three brothers.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, November 14 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, followed by her funeral service at 6:00 p.m. Private family burial will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Elmira.

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

Obituary: Wayne A. Osborne

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

Wayne A. Osborne

Age 54, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. He was born in Montour Falls, NY on February 18, 1964, the son of Dewitt and Elise Osborne.

Wayne served in our United States Air Force from 1983-1987. He then became a Corrections Officer, spending 24 years in New York State Department of Corrections. He loved hunting, spending time outdoors and with his family.

He is survived by his mother, Elise; his two beautiful daughters, Bernadette and Genevieve Osborne, whom he was exceptionally proud of; his brother, Frank (Andrea) Osborne; nephew, Michael Whiting; and niece, Nicole Osborne. Wayne was predeceased by his father, Dewitt Osborne.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, November 16, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. After services have concluded, there will be a reception at the Mechanics Club, 237 W. Main St., Montour Falls.

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: Thomas Leslie Couch

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

Thomas Leslie Couch

Thomas Leslie Couch, 84, of Wyalusing, Pa., and formerly of Odessa, NY, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at the Guthrie Memorial Skilled Nursing Unit in Towanda.

Tom was born Nov. 18, 1933, in Odessa, the son of William Leslie and Christine Ely Couch. He spent his youth in Odessa and graduated from Odessa Central School in 1952. He enjoyed a high school experience of many sports, but excelled in track and the high jump. Shortly thereafter, he joined the U.S. Army and spent the next two years in Germany, being discharged in 1955 with the rank of Corporal.

For a short period of time, he joined with his uncle, Jim Ely, at the Crane & Hoist Corp. in Montour Falls, NY, where he remained until 1959. He took a job offer in Vestal, NY, with Modern Design Corp. In the meantime, he was married in 1957 to his wife, the former Patricia Clayson. In 1958, their first son, Jeffery, was born. They resided in Binghamton, NY, and his drafting jobs were for GE, IBM, and Link Aviation, all while employed by Modern Design. It was during the Space Race, and he always recalled his experience working on the “LEM.”

As programs with NASA began to shrink, there were fewer opportunities in his field. In 1962 the family, now having three sons, moved to Wyalusing. Tom commuted to the Triple Cities for a time. He soon decided to look for employment nearer home and secured a position with Taylor Beef, working in accounting. He also worked a short time with Arrow United Industries and finally found a drafting position with Electro-Mechanical in Sayre, where he remained for a number of years. Since they were a company working with military contracts, when the economy slowed, the company moved out. In the late '70s, he took an accounting job with Stroud’s in Wysox, where he remained until the late '80s near the end of its operation. Thereafter, Tom found work locally with the Planing Mill in Wyalusing and later with the Wyalusing Valley Personal Care Home.

During his first 20 years in Wyalusing, Tom served as Scoutmaster to Troop 8, something that he truly loved. Soon after his youngest son, Jim, received his Eagle Scout award, Tom decided to step aside. Within a short time, he learned of the Cub Scouts’ real need of leadership and then took on that role, which lasted until his resignation in 2001. At that time, he was surprised with a tribute in his honor held at the American Legion in Wyalusing. Many scouting families were in attendance and he was truly overwhelmed, especially seeing many of the young men who had become Eagle Scouts during his leadership years.

Tom enjoyed family and the outdoors. During the boys’ youth, camping was the main summer enjoyment. Later, when the four boys were no longer home, Tom and Pat purchased a sailboat which they kept on Seneca Lake in Watkins Glen, NY. Sailing was their passion, and they kept “Seneca Spirit” there for 20 years until Tom finally declared “it’s becoming more work than fun anymore.”

Tom loved being a grandfather and that was a good thing, since there are 13, including three “greats.”

Tom and Pat always looked forward to their getaway in Myrtle Beach, NC, each fall, and in recent years also went in the spring to meet with their son, Jim, and family there.

Survivors include his spouse, Patricia at home; sons: Jeffery (Natasha) Couch of Croton, NY, Joseph (Laura) Couch of Watkins Glen, Jay (Hannah) Couch of Wyalusing and James (Sharon) Couch of Lexington, KY; brothers, James (Marjorie) Couch of Winchester, VA, William (Mary Jo) Couch of Perry City, NY, Terry (Eileen) Couch of Syracuse, NY, and Michael Couch of Horseheads, NY; grandchildren, Neil (Lauren) Couch of Canton, OH, Breana (Andrew) Yessman of Montour Falls, Justin (Sarah) Couch of Kent, OH, Megan Couch of Bay City, TX, Sarah Couch of Wyalusing, Anastasia Couch and Christina Couch, both of Croton, NY, Caroline Couch, Samuel Couch and Catherine Couch, all of Lexington, KY; great-grandchildren, Tyler Couch of Watkins Glen, Julian Soule and Jack Yessman, both of Montour Falls, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of his life will be celebrated on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, Pa.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Military Honors will be accorded by the U.S. Army Honors Detail.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Boy Scout Troop 8, c/o Douglas Brown, Treasurer, 1247 Sterling Hill Road, Wyalusing, PA 18853.

To send condolences or sign the e-guestbook, please go to www.homerfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Charles 'Carl' Langenfeld

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

Charles "Carl" Langenfeld

Age 75, of Burdett, NY passed away unexpectedly on November 4, 2018.

Carl was born in Somerville, Mass., the oldest of nine children of Charles and Anna Langenfeld.

In his earlier years, he worked in the Boston Naval Ship Yard as a welder and later for Polaroid. He also served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. He built homes and was a skilled carpenter and plumber. He was a retired Code Enforcement Officer for the Town of Hector.

Carl was a lifelong car enthusiast. He especially loved his rebuilt 1968 V-8 Datsun Roadster. Carl and his wife Kathy loved taking road trips in their Datsun and he especially enjoyed taking laps around Watkins Glen International Racetrack.

Carl is survived by his loving wife, Kathy; two children, Gail Langenfeld Trudel (Eddie) of Mass., and Scott (Soli) Langenfeld of Sweden; three stepchildren, Stephanie Thibodeau (Freddy) of Florida, Michael LaMoreaux (Michelle) of Burdett, and Nathan LaMoreaux of Burdett; eight brothers and sisters and their children, Stephen (Joanne) Langenfeld (Jamie and Kris), Karen (Ted) Stevenson (Alisa and Teddy), Eric (Anna) Langenfeld (Sarah and Nick), Nancy (John) Babson (Jenna and Tori), Thomas (Charlene) Langenfeld (Bethany, Michael, Adam and Margaret), Sue (Denis) Lynch (Kim, Cory and Kaley), Joseph (Ann) Langenfeld (Lizzie and Hannah), and Paul (Barbara) Langenfeld, all of Massachusetts; seven grandchildren, Cody, Max, Sam, Savanna, Emiley, Ryanna, and Ali; many wonderful cousins, and best friends Carl and Marge Stenquist.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. at the Valois-Logan-Hector Fire Department, SR 414, Hector.

Memorial donations may be made to the V-L-H Fire Dept., PO Box 46, Hector, NY 14841.  You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Alice Joyce Haughey

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

Alice Joyce Haughey

Age 82, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 3, 2018 with her loving family by her side. She was born in Montour Falls, NY on February 27, 1936, the daughter of the late John A. Haughey and Geraldine S. Haughey.

She is survived by her brother, Jack Haughey (Patricia) of Corning; sisters, Elizabeth Suits, Susan Garrett (Tim), and Mary Jo Haughey, all of Florida; her many cherished nieces and nephews; and by her cousin, Judy Phillips of Watkins Glen.

Alice Joyce graduated from Watkins Glen Central School in 1954 and Arnot Ogden Memorial School of Nursing in 1957 where she was first diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. After working one year as an OR nurse at Schuyler Hospital, she worked at a hospital in Florida as a “Yankee Girl.” She returned home after one year, unable to tolerate the discrimination in the South.

While working weekends at Schuyler Hospital, she attended Elmira College, studying Liberal Arts to “broaden her horizons.” She was awarded a full grant to Syracuse University, where she earned a B.S. in Nursing Education in 1961. Alice Joyce continued her education with post-graduate courses at the University of Rochester and Ithaca College while working weekends at Schuyler Hospital. Later, she served as a Public Health nurse for Schuyler County and then became a supervisor in Public Health, working for the State of New York, located in Utica, NY. Alice Joyce returned to Watkins Glen and worked at Willard in their outpatient clinic and supervised psychiatric home care until her M.S. no longer allowed her to work. At that time Alice Joyce embarked on a new career of community service as a volunteer in Watkins Glen. When becoming homebound, she tutored children and adults in her home and encouraged them to continue their education.

The family would like to thank Alice Joyce’s caregivers, especially Lisa Reed. Appreciation is expressed to her loving friends, notably Elaine Dahl, Deacon Tom Ruda, and Dr. Calderone who provided decades of wonderful care and support. Lastly, we thank the dedication, devotion and expertise of the staff at Schuyler Hospital, particularly Dr. Benjamin Saks.

For all of those who knew Alice Joyce, the lady with the purest heart and kindest soul, let us celebrate her life on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 in the Link at Saint Mary’s of the Lake Church from 12-2 p.m., immediately followed by a service in the church. Please join us for an after-service reception at Alice Joyce’s home, 407 5th St., Watkins Glen.. Interment will be in Saint Mary’s Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In the spirit of her lifelong love of education, please honor her with donations to the WGHS Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, 301 12th St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1633. Donation forms will be available at the church.

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: Edson N. Howell

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

Edson N. Howell

Age 94, of Tyrone, NY passed away peacefully at his lifelong home on November 1, 2018.  

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Doris (Peet) Howell; three daughters, Glenna (Saul) Traiger of Los Angeles, CA, Linda Howell of Watkins Glen, and Donna (Phil) Lynd of Canastota; and four grandchildren, David Traiger, Sarah Traiger, Morgan Lynd and Taylor Lynd. He was predeceased by sisters Nancy Rhodes and June Smalley.

Edson was born on August 4, 1924 at home, the son of W. Lester and Zeloma Howell. He was a lifelong member of the Tyrone United Methodist Church and a member of the Lamoka #463 Masonic Lodge of Tyrone. He was also a Charter Member and Treasurer of the Tyrone Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Town Board of Tyrone.  

According to his wishes there are no services. Those wishing to remember Edson may consider a memorial donation to the Tyrone Vol. Fire Department, PO Box 69, Tyrone, NY 14887. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Albert N. Falcone

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Albert N. Falcone

Albert N. Falcone of Waterford, NY, recently of Charlottesville, Va., died surrounded by his loving family at his residence on October 23, 2018, a few days before his 97th birthday.

Mr. Falcone was the Scout Executive of the Sullivan Trail chapter of the Boy Scouts of America for a dozen years in the 1970s and 1980s -- part of a long tenure in scouting, covering 84 years. He was, all told, a scout executive in the Northeast Region for 35 years.

During World War II, Al was in the Army Air Corps. He flew 64 combat missions, received a Purple Heart, 15 Air Medals and three Battle Stars as an aerial gunner flying in a B-26 Martin Marauder Bomber with the 319 Bomb Group 438 Bomb Squadron. He held the rank of T-SGT.

Al was active in Rotary and was a past president of the Elmira, NY Rotary Club. He was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow.

Al was always active in a variety of areas. He wrote a book titled “My Time in History” and enjoyed fan carving birds and butterflies with his old Boy Scout knife. He used his chain saw creating wood sculpture of bears and pelicans. He enjoyed making special writing pens and presenting them to outstanding volunteers. He traveled around the country and recorded WWII stories from his old bomb group to add to its history.

Al married his childhood sweetheart and love of his life Margaret Norris Falcone on November 8, 1944 and was happily married for 48 years before Margaret’s passing in 1992. Al leaves to cherish his memory his daughter, Jan Stalfort and her husband John; two grandsons, and five great grandchildren.

Al will be buried with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Center at Belvedere, 491 Hillsdale Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22901.

Obituary: Louis J. Eberhardt

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

Louis J. Eberhardt

Age 82, of Cayuta, NY passed away on Monday, October 29, 2018 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center surrounded by his loved ones. He was born in Forest Hills, Long Island on April 4, 1936, the son of the late William and Barbara (Koch) Eberhardt. Louis served in the U.S. Naval Reserves with the Seabees for several years.

Louis was a mechanic at Eberhardt’s Calso Station in Newfield. He later worked at Cornell University as a mailman, ILR and an animal technician, retiring in 1991. After retiring from Cornell, he worked at Wegmans in Ithaca. Louis was a member of the Cayuta Free Church and the Chemung County Stock Car Association. He enjoyed camping, playing Euchre, restoring cars, Lionel Trains, working on puzzles, coloring and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Bonnie (Collins) Eberhardt; four children, Thomas (Diane) Eberhardt, Nellie Bea Eberhardt, Colleen Eberhardt, and Joseph A.(Robin) Eberhardt, all of Cayuta; daughter-in-law, Michelle Eberhardt; sister-in-law, Belva Eberhardt of Newfield; grandchildren, Daniel (Chelsey) Eberhardt, Dustin (Valerie) Chiszar, Elise (Brian) King, AmberKyria (Josh) Brown, Sydney (Alex) Leljedal, Luke Eberhardt, Sara Bea Eberhardt, Jeffrey Eberhardt, Alexis Murray, Chelsea Holton, Louie Tozer, and Casey Ray Eberhardt; six great grandchildren, Zoey Chiszar, Emmalynn Eberhardt, Flynn Eberhardt, Destiny Chiszar, Emerson Leljedal and John Marsiglio; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Todd E. Eberhardt; and brothers, William H. Eberhardt and George W. Eberhardt.

A private memorial service will be held by the family at Cayuta Free Church. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Cayuta Free Church, 1100 Conkrite Rd., Cayuta, NY 14824. 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: Elwin 'Pete' Miller

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Elwin "Pete" Miller

Age 92, of Monterey, NY, passed away on October 27, 2018 at Robert Packer Hospital. He was born on January 26, 1926 in Painted Post, NY, the son of the late Benjamin and Pearl Baird Miller.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Helen Romance, who he married on June 25, 1947. He is also survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Lorraine and Raymond Ellison of Monterey, NY; a grandson, Christopher Ellison of Rochester, NY; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers, a sister and their spouses, Leo and Virginia Miller, Loren and Kathleen Miller, Marvin and Marilyn Miller, and Irene and Wilson Oakden.

Pete was a World War II U.S. Army Veteran and POW survivor after being captured at the Battle of the Bulge. Upon honorable discharge, he received the European-African Middle Eastern Service Medal and Victory Medal. Pete retired from Ingersoll Rand in 1983 following 41 years of service. He was a longtime volunteer of the Monterey Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, hunting, and was an avid sports fan.

It was Pete’s wishes that there be no visitation. Burial will be at the Maltby Cemetery in Monterey, NY at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations in his honor may be made to the Schuyler County Ambulance, P.O. Box 2, 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: Anna Barber Sgrecci

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

Anna Barber Sgrecci

Age 98, passed away on October 29, 2018 at the age of ninety-eight. Anna was born on September 18, 1920 to Joseph and Mary Barber, who came to this country as first generation Italian immigrants: Giuseppi Barbenti and Maria Baldoni.

She is survived by her son, Henry; daughter-in-law, Susan Hertzler; grandchildren Molly and Michael Sgrecci; son-in-law, John Burton, and numerous nieces, nephews, spouses and their children and grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Dominick, and daughter, Patricia Ann Sgrecci; brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Marie Barber; sister and brother-in-law, Viola and Edward Woityra; brothers James and Jimmy Barber; nephews, Joseph Barber and Paul Barber Jr.; brother and sister-in-law, Ernest and Eldred Sgrecci; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Rose and Winston Beckwith, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Armida and Elmo Lamoreaux.

Anna grew up on the picturesque Barber family farm on Skyline Drive in Montour Falls, overlooking Seneca Lake. She graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1938 and became employed at the Bendix Eclipse factory in Elmira Heights, where she assembled bomb fuses in support of the war effort. She later worked at the M.N. Weed Clothing Store in Montour Falls, where she eventually met her future husband, Dominick Sgrecci. Anna and Dominick were married by Father Benedict Ehmann on June 16, 1951 at St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church in Watkins Glen. After a honeymoon trip to Niagara Falls they made their home on the current Sgrecci farm on Route 414, Watkins Glen.

Anna will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, homemaker, 4-H leader, keeper of prodigious flower gardens, devout member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and a cherished relative and friend to many. Following her husband’s passing in 2001 Anna remained in her home, continuing to enjoy loving relationships with her siblings, children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews,  members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, neighbors and an extended web of wonderful, caring friends. In more recent years as her health began to diminish, her children, Patricia and Henry, and a dedicated group of caregivers assisted her in her home. Following a fall in September 2017 Anna entered the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility for rehabilitation and eventual residency.

Visiting hours at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 Fifth Street in Watkins Glen will take place on Friday evening, Nov. 2, from 7-9 p.m.  A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, at St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church, 905 N. Decatur St. in Watkins Glen. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Fond memories of Anna may be shared with her family and friends at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Robert P. Lodge

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

Robert P. Lodge

Age 76, of Clinton, SC, passed away on Oct. 27, 2018. Bob was born on Oct. 4, 1942, the son of Gilbert and Edith Jones Lodge.

He was predeceased by his parents, brothers Richard and Lauren Lodge; brother-in-law John Gibson, and sister-in-law Beverly Yaw Lodge.

He graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1961. He lived most of his life in Watkins Glen, NY and moved to SC in the late '90's.Bob worked various jobs after high school, with most of them having to do with his love of cars. Some of them include Mickey Morollo Racing, Clute Motors, Parmenter's, UPS and NAPA. He moved to SC and worked at NAPA until his retirement.

Bob was happiest when he could talk about and/or work on old classic cars. He was an excellent mechanic. He was a longtime NASCAR fan and loved his animals, always taking in stray kittens or cats.

Bob is survived by his wife, Barbara; childen Paul (Kathy) Lodge, of Reading Center, NY, and Matthew Lodge and daughter Cynthia (Paul) Eldridge, both of SC; sister Linda Lodge Gibson of Watkins Glen; sister-in-law Roseleah Lodge of Watkins Glen; three grandsons, Dakota and Justin Lodge and Cody Eldridge; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at one of Bob's favorite places, the Nostalgic Station, 1110 W. Main St., Laurens, SC at a date to be decided.  Arrangements are by the JK Yarborough Mortuary, LLC, Woodruff, SC.

Obituary: Richard D. Husted

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

Richard D. Husted

Age 82, passed away on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Richard was born September 8, 1936 in Mansfield, Pennsylvania to Elvira (Price) and John Husted.

Dick was a graduate of Mansfield High School in Mansfield, PA. He served in the Pennsylvania National Guard for eight years. Dick was an entrepreneur who owned and operated many businesses, including co-owning Husted Pallets in Roseville, PA and Blue Lake Builders Construction. He drove truck for numerous trucking companies and was also the code enforcement officer for the Town of Dix until his retirement in 2016.

Richard is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Edna; sister, Shirley Bailey; children, Rick of Painted Post, John of Buffalo, Dale (Deb) of Caton, Joel (Stacy) of Montour Falls, Kim LaRue of Hammondsport, Linda Gregory of Watkins Glen, Greg (Lisa) LaRue of Elmira Heights and Diane (Charlie) Foster of New Jersey; 12 grandchildren, six great grandchildren; brother-in-law, Fred (Monalee) Johnston; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Ben, Diane and Travis Bond. Richard was preceded in death by parents Elvira and John Husted; first wife, Freda Johnston Husted; sister, Tess Beard; brothers, Gordon, Mike, Ed, John and Joe Husted; and grandson, Kyle E. Gregory.

Friends and family may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 5th St, Watkins Glen. His funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment with Military Honors will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2 at Lakeview Cemetery, Watkins Glen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Montour Falls Fire Dept., 111 Lee St., Montour Falls, NY 14865 or the Make A Wish Foundation of Western New York, 3025 Monroe Ave., Suite 200, Rochester, NY 14618. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy for the Husted family may be shared at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com.

Obituary: William C. Burnett

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Applebee Funeral Home, Delmar, NY.

William C. "Bill" Burnett

Age 88, of Slingerlands, NY, a Finger Lakes boy, Cornell man, civil engineer, race car hobbyist and all-around fix-it guy, died Friday morning, Oct. 26, 2018, at Albany Medical Center.

He was born in the Schuyler County village of Burdett to Chester and Marguerite Burnett. His father was a postmaster and his mother a school teacher. Bill’s love of vehicles and speed started early, when he secretly skipped out of the house with a pal to fly down snow-covered Tug Hollow Road on a sled. His love of racing began when he attended the initial Grand Prix in Watkins Glen in 1948.

He graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in civil engineering. Along the way, he met Nancy Milliman on a blind date set up by his sister, June. Bill and Nancy were married in 1954 and had three children.

He built a career at the NYS Department of Transportation, eventually becoming director of its research bureau and serving on the National Highway Research Board. In 1967, he won a national award for outstanding research that led to improvements on highway safety barriers. In 2000, the national board honored him with the Kenneth A. Stonex Roadside Safety Award for lifetime contributions to highway safety.

In retirement, Bill and Nancy enjoyed summers in the Finger Lakes and winters in Ft. Myers, Fla. Always an avid fan of auto racing, he began driving his Porsche sports car on the Watkins Glen International Speedway when it was open at certain times to amateurs -- continuing well into his 80s. He participated in sports-car club weekends in Watkins Glen. He and Nancy also traveled extensively, especially enjoying Smithsonian tours in the U.S. He once journeyed to England and Scotland to research family roots.

He liked corny puns, W.C. Fields’ movies, Scottish pipe bands, flying his kites, and double servings of ice cream. He enjoyed reading history, especially about aviation and the Civil War. He sang old vaudeville songs to his young children on long car trips.

He was a member of the American Legion (having served in ROTC and Army Reserves), Acacia college fraternity, the Slingerlands United Methodist Church and the Porsche Club of America.

He is survived by his children, Carol “Cas” Bezanson (Tim Corder) of Tucson, Ariz., Bob Burnett (Sue Griffin Burnett) of Slingerlands, and Tom Burnett of West Sand Lake, NY; and grandsons, Mike and Mark Burnett of Slingerlands. He was predeceased by his wife Nancy, who passed away in 2009.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Applebee Funeral Home, 403 Kenwood Ave., Delmar, NY. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 at Hector Presbyterian Cemetery, Hector, NY. Those who wish may make a donation in Bill’s name to the American Red Cross. God speed, Bill. Now you can have your keys back.

Obituary: Mary Knapp

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

Mary Knapp

Age 72, of Canandaigua and Florida, and formerly of Cayutaville, NY, passed away on October 26, 2018. Mary grew up in Mecklenburg, NY, the daughter of Donald and Doris (Leonard) Newgard.

Mary (aka Penny) was devoted to her husband, son and many pets over the years. She spent many years at Carpenter Insurance Agency, Odessa, and McGille Insurance in Trumansburg. She enjoyed cooking and baking so much that later in life she worked at bakeries in New York and Florida. Her cooking was a draw to out-of-town friends that soon boarded at her house for hunting season. After her husband passed away, she moved to Florida and worked a variety of positions including a bakery, Signature Brands, and security at the Ocala Court House, and volunteered at a wildlife animal rescue.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert E. Knapp, in 1993. She was also predeceased by her siblings, Tim Kelly, John Kelly and Sally DeLong. Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Teresa (Stamp) Knapp of Canandaigua; three grandchildren, Emma, Jordan and Peyton Knapp; brother, Paul (Debbie) Kelly of Mecklenburg; and sister, Sandy Kelly (Glenn Thorpe) of Freeville. 

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Friday, Nov. 2 from 1 p.m.-2 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 2:00 p.m.  A committal service and burial will be held at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa, followed by a gathering at Lakewood Vineyards, 4024 Route 14, Watkins Glen.

Those wishing may consider a memorial donation to the Schuyler County Humane Society, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865 (or online at www.SchuylerHumane.org).  You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Brian Keith Westlake

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

Brian Keith Westlake

Age 49, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 18, 2018 at his home in the Village of Watkins Glen, NY.

Brian grew up in Odessa, Montour and Reading Center. He was a graduate of Watkins Glen High School, Class of 1986. He was a reluctant student, but an avid football and baseball player. Brian was known as a character and could bring anyone to a good laugh with his stories. He had great friends, he loved sports and enjoyed playing just about anything whenever the opportunity arose. He loved hunting with family and made that a priority for many years.

He joined the Marine Corps in 1986 and served through 1990. He was a determined mechanic and received multiple accolades for his service to our Country including his Certificate of Commendation in 1988, as well as his Meritorious Mast in 1989. Brian lived in Maryland and West Virginia for a few years before returning to the Watkins Glen area. He loved being near his mom and spending time with his close friends, Dan, John and Rob.

Brian is survived by his son, Damion Westlake of Montour Falls, NY; step siblings, Robert Osborn (Tina Fesperman) of Oklahoma, Colleen Osborn of North Carolina, David (Julie) of Arizona, and their sons Dan, Rob and Lisa Osborn, all of California; and his niece and nephew, Olivia Hanlon of New York, and PJ Hanlon of New York. Brian’s additional family was the Paradiso’s. Dan, Heather and the entire family considered him one of their own. 

He was predeceased by his mom, Barbara Osborn; stepfather, Robert (Bob) Osborn; and brother, Phillip Hanlon.

There will be a celebration of Brian’s life on Saturday, November 3rd from 4:00pm-8:00pm at the Odessa Fire House, located at 300 East Main Street, Odessa. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jimmy Combs Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Watkins Glen High School, 301 12th St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Linda M. Naylor

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

Linda M. (Colunio) Naylor

Age 60, of Montour Falls, passed away on Monday, October 22, 2018. She was born in Montour Falls on November 2, 1957, the daughter of the late Nicholas and Dolores (Gaylord) Colunio.

Linda worked as a bartender at the VFW in Watkins Glen, the Wayne American Legion, and the Montour Moose Lodge. She previously worked at Brooks Drug Store and Jamesway. Linda was a member of the Montour Moose Lodge and the VFW Women’s Auxiliary in Watkins Glen, and enjoyed playing Euchre.

She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Bobby Naylor; daughter, Ashley (Matthew) Duncan of Rock Stream; two sons, Michael (Michelle) Colunio of Beaver Dams and Christopher Zarkovich of Hamburg; a sister, Carol (Tom) Randall of Watkins Glen and Florida; and five grandchildren, Brooke , Caden, McKenzie, Devin and Nicholas.

A celebration of Linda’s life will be held on Saturday, October 27 at 1:00 p.m. at the Montour Moose Lodge, 2096 State Route 14, Montour Falls. 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: Brian S. Bedient

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

Brian S. Bedient

Age 61, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 22, 2018 at home with his wife by his side. He was born in Cuba, NY on January 13, 1957, the son of the late Stanley and Ruth Bedient, and graduated from Watkins Glen High School.

Brian was a carpenter with Carpenters Local Union 277 for many years. He was most happy hunting, trapping, raising livestock and tending to his gardens as he loved the outdoors. He was a member of the Montour Moose Lodge and a former member of the Millport Hunting and Fishing Club.

He is survived by his wife Lori (Whiting) Bedient; stepchildren, Joshua Hayes (Kari Ann and her son Tobey), Amanda Hayes, and Justin (Lauren) Hayes; a brother, Stephen (Debra) Bedient; sisters, Jeanine (Ron) Watson, Sharon (Jim) Carpenter, Cynthia Bedient (Ellie Ward), Leone Dolliver, Khristine Bedient, Betty Lou Bedient and Emilie Bedient; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, October 26 from 5-7 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A memorial service 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: Steven King Williams

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

Steven King Williams

Age 58, of Himrod, NY passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 22, 2018 at home. He was born in Montour Falls on May 10, 1960, the son of Charles H. and Jean W. Williams. He graduated from Odessa-Montour High School in 1978.

Steve was Vice President of Operations with Integrated Properties in Ithaca. He enjoyed his grandchildren, traveling, spending time at the lake with his family, and watching over his mother. He was predeceased by his father, Charles H. Williams, and by his brother, Jeffrey C. Williams.

He is survived by two sons, Cole (Kimberly) Williams of Londonderry, NH, and Nicholas and his fiancé Kirsten Bellisario of Ithaca; his mother, Jean W. Williams; sister, Kythrn (Doug) Irons of Kennesaw, GA; his former wife and friend, Dana Williams; grandchildren, Mason King Williams and Gabrielle Williams; soulmate, Petros Christopoulos; and by several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 25 from 6-8 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. His funeral service will be held on Friday, October 26 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home followed by burial at Grove Mount Cemetery in Himrod.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Himrod Fire Department, 3530 Himrod Rd., Himrod, NY 14842 or the Penn Yan Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 205 North Ave., Penn Yan, NY 14527. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Kenneth W. Eldridge

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

Kenneth W. Eldridge

Age 66, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Kenny was born in Montour Falls on August 28, 1952 to Leon and Millie Eldridge.

Kenny worked for the Yates County Highway Department as a young man. He then worked for the Labor Union out of Elmira. Kenny then worked for Schuyler Hospital as a maintenance mechanic for many years. His final job was at Davis Road for Pathways in Corning as a maintenance mechanic. Kenny was a skilled, self-taught tradesman. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix! He took great pride in his work.

Kenny was an animal lover and took wonderful care of his many pets. He also loved the water, whether it was the ocean or the many beautiful lakes he visited. He enjoyed reading and learning, particularly about history, anthropology, science, and expository teachings of the Bible. He was a lifelong learner. Kenny also really enjoyed music, especially classic country and rock.

Kenny is survived by his wife of 40 years and the love of his life, Mary, and their children, Julie (Sam) Mireles, Dawn Gray, Christopher (Kirana) Eldridge, and Paul (Cynthia) Eldridge. He found great joy in and was very proud of his grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Kenny also had faithful friends and neighbors who brought a lot of joy to his life.

His family would like to thank the amazingly kind and compassionate nurses, aides and doctors at the Arnot Ogden Hospital for their care of Kenny in his final days. Thank you, also, to his nurse and aide at Seneca View for their care of Kenny on his last day. We are very grateful!

According to his wishes, there are no services. You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Maureen A. LaFever

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

Maureen A. LaFever

Age 85, of Beaver Dams, NY, passed away in the comfort and presence of her family on October 19, 2018.

Maureen was born in Binghamton on January 9, 1933, the daughter of Paul and Winifred O’Neil. She was predeceased by her parents; loving husband Lyman Dana LaFever; brother Jack O’Neil; and grandson Corey LaFever. 

Maureen was a 4-H leader for the Rolling Hills 4-H Club of Beaver Dams. She enjoyed Flea Markets, quilt making, Appaloosa horses, painting, drawing and gardening. 

Survivors include her children, Russell LaFever, Beaver Dams, Colleen LaFever, Rocky Mount, NC, Marcia Beecher-LaFever, Ogdensburg, NY, Dana (Sheila) LaFever, Beaver Dams, and Minard LaFever, Beaver Dams; brothers, Norman (Pat) Robinson of Penn Yan, Bruce (Joanne) Robinson of Jamestown, NY, and Daniel O’Neil of Wadena, Minnesota; 19 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.   

According to her wishes there are no public services. A private burial will be held at Beaver Dams Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Those wishing to remember her may consider a donation to a charity of one’s choice in her memory.  You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Richard Edward Dibble

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

Richard Edward Dibble

Richard Edward Dibble (Dick or Dr. Dibble) was born in 1946 in Elmira, NY to Bernice and Doris Dibble. He was the oldest of four. He went to school in Watkins Glen, was active in his local 4H Club, and had a heavy chore load on his family's farm.

He left Watkins Glen to pursue his academic goals at both SUNY Buffalo and SUNY Albany. It was in Albany that he met Josephine Estrada. He proposed after only four months of dating and married in 1973. Five years later they had their first daughter, Cristina. Shortly after, they moved to Long Island, where his second daughter, Diana, was born.

Dick established himself as a respected professional within the field of Human Resources on Long Island. He retired from full-time work in 2010 at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) after 30 years of service. He was an active volunteer board member for ACLD for the past 25 years, and chair of the Town of Hempstead's Workforce Development Board Youth Council.

A natural professional mentor to numerous students and professionals, Dick earned four degrees -- a B.A., M.A., M.B.A, and PhD. His passion for promoting education and professional advancement continues through the Dr. Richard E. Dibble Scholarship Fund.

Dick enjoyed the works of English authors John le Carre, P.D. James, and Colin Dexter. He admired fine woodworking (Thos. Moser), art work, and Irish wool sweaters. He was a collector of stamps, coins, and pens.

Dick was quick-witted, resilient, and had a great sense of humor. Be it family, friends, neighbors, students, or colleagues, Dick was the go-to person when you needed advice.
 
Dick had a love for travel and was fortunate to visit several countries including: Venezuela, New Zealand, Australia, Tahiti, England, Netherlands, and Ireland. He never let his use of a wheelchair stop him from doing what he dreamed of -- which included camping trips with canoeing and portages, sailing through Holland, visiting the Great Barrier Reef, and visiting the Prime Meridian and Buckingham Palace in England.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Jo Estrada; his daughters, Cristina E. Stroup and Diana E. Becker; son-in-law, Randy Becker; five grandchildren, Thomas (19), Marc (17), Daisy (9), William (6) and Violet (2); his brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Dawn Dibble; and his sister, Susan A. Dibble.
 
Despite having Muscular Dystrophy since he was 18, he achieved much and lived a full life. He was known by all for his strengths, not his limitations. Dick died on October 13, 2018, at 71 years of age.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dr. Dibble scholarship fund at NYIT, found at https://apps2.nyit.edu/giving/donate/

The Dr. Dibble Scholarship can be found in the "Designation" drop-down box.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 12-2 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. Burial will follow in Montour Cemetery. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Yvonne E. Christensen

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

Yvonne E. Christensen

Age 72, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on October 5, 2018.

She was predeceased by her husband, Bruce Christensen; and daughters, Jayne Trosky and Christine Whiteman. Survivors include her sons, Ralph and his wife Shannon Zinn of Cortland, NY and Charles and his wife Maggie Dabb of Pennsylvania; son-in-law Glen Trosky; and eight grandchildren.

According to her wishes there are no services.

You may express condolences or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.Royce-Chedzoy.com.

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

Obituary: Diana (Evans) Clugstone

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

Diana (Evans) Clugstone

Age 47, left this Earth on October 7, 2018 surrounded by her friends and family at Schuyler Hospital's Skilled Nursing Facility.

Diana was born on September 1, 1971 in Elmira, NY to Sharon Evans (Homkes) and Lynn Evans. She attended high school in Horseheads, NY, class of 1989. Diana met her husband, Richard Clugstone, in 2000 and spent eighteen years of love and marriage, settled down in Schuyler County, NY.

Diana enjoyed spending free time with her many friends and family and lighting up any room with her smile. She also enjoyed her occupation as store manager of Speedway in Elmira Heights very much. That is where she met a lot of her newer friends later on in life. Diana loved seeing the familiar faces of her regular customers daily. She said it always made the job worthwhile. Diana also took a tremendous amount of pride in her children and grandchildren. She loved every minute she could spend with her family.

Diana was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in late 2017 and began a long and hard journey with surgery and treatments. She never once lost her smile or her hope. In early 2018 Diana sought out in-patient treatment with Schuyler Hospital's Skilled Nursing Facility when home life became too troublesome. On October 7, 2018 our beautiful Diana called a truce with her cancer. She traded a broken and burdened body for a brand new one. She's singing and dancing in the clouds watching over all of her many loved ones.

Diana is survived by her loving husband, Richard Clugstone; her children, Zachary Arnold, Cassie Povero, Benjamin Arnold, and Caitlin Clugstone (Hatch); her parents, Lynn Evans and Sharon Evans (Homkes); her sister, Samantha Evans (Morrell); seven grandchildren, and a never-ending supply of love.

---Till we meet again my dear mother, I'll carry you always---

A celebration of life will be held for family and friends at the Big Flats American Legion on Sunday, Nov. 4, starting at 1:00 p.m. You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Arthur L. Nelson

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

Arthur L. Nelson

Age 66, of Montour Falls, NY entered unto rest on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Schuyler Hospital. He was born in Elmira on August 10, 1952. He married Helen Nelson in February of 1992. She passed away in 2013.

Mr. Nelson’s favorite hobbies were spending time with his daughter and grandchildren. He also enjoyed fishing and racing with his daughter and son-in-law. He enjoyed giving his daughter rides around Watkins Glen on his three-wheel bike when she was a child.

He is survived by his daughter, Faith Nelson of Watkins Glen; two sisters, Sharon Nelson of Watkins Glen and Shirley Duvall of Montour Falls; four grandchildren, Michael, Alex, Logan and Helen of Watkins Glen; and two nephews, Robert Chiacchiarini, Jr. of Watkins Glen and Brian Chiacchiarini of Mississippi.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 19 at 1:00 p.m. at the Odessa Wesleyan Church, 304 Church St., Odessa, NY with a pot luck reception to follow. Please bring a dish to pass.

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: Ruth M. Trenchard

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

Ruth M. Trenchard

Age 91, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on Monday, October 8, 2018. She was born in Penn Yan on February 21, 1927, the daughter of the late John and Esther (Robbins) Hopper.

Ruth enjoyed reading, puzzles, and collecting bird houses.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harland Trenchard, Sr.; daughters, Gloria Legare and Dixie Trank, and granddaughter, Shannon Brutcher.

She is survived by her children, Tom (Sue) Trank, Susan Trank, Ruthie Trank, John Trank, Ruth Columbus, Patricia Trenchard, Harland Trenchard, and Carol (Chuck) Allen; half sister, Esther Comfort; grandchildren, Robert, Rhonda, Stephanie, Garrett, Shondra, Ryan, Eric, Kelly, Chris, and Andy; and by several great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, October 12 at 1:00 p.m. at Montour Cemetery, Mill St., Montour Falls. There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

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: George Ernest Miller

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

George Ernest Miller

Age 86, of Fort Myers, Florida and a graduate of Watkins Glen High School, died Oct. 6 in Florida. He was born in Elmira, NY on Sept. 15, 1932, the son of Harry E. and Myrtle Palmer Miller.

He is lovingly remembered by his beloved wife and best friend of 65 years, Theresa, and his children Joanne (Jim) Ullery of N. Fort Myers, Fl., Patricia (Wayne) Fitchett of Clifton Park, NY, Carol (Daniel) Rock of Peru, NY, William Miller of Marion, NY, and Nancy (Paul) Maier of Pittsford, NY, and his sister Harriet (Jack) McCormack of Burdett, NY. He is also survived by his 13 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, and by several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Miller graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1950 and went on to receive his Bachelors Degree in 1953 from Champlain College, Plattsburgh, NY, where he met his future wife Theresa on a blind date. He received his MBA from Syracuse University (1954) and a Masters Degree in French from St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY where he received a scholarship to study at the University of Rennes in Rennes, France.

In the early years of their marriage, George worked as the Store Manager for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Concord, NH. In 1959, George and Theresa moved back to Mooers, NY where he worked as a driver for Babbie & Peryea Milk Hauling while continuing his education. After earning his degree, he began his career as a Business and French teacher in the Northeastern Clinton Central School District in Champlain, NY, where he worked for 31 years. While teaching, he also worked part-time for 27 years as an Immigration Inspector for the US. Immigration Service in Champlain.

Mr. Miller was a lifetime member of the Benevolent Order of the Elks and an usher at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church in Fort Myers, Fl. He was an avid WWII history buff and amassed a large collection of WWII memorabilia. Upon retirement, he and Theresa traveled extensively around the world. In recent years, he loved to ride his bike daily throughout the Lake Arrowhead neighborhood that he loved so dearly. He brightened the day of everyone he met with a smile and a wave. His personal ministry was to send greeting cards to his park friends for special occasions. He supported many worthy causes that were near to his heart, especially religious organizations and those which help children. He had an incredible sense of humor and was a prolific story teller.

A celebration of George’s life will be held on Thursday, October 11 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church in Fort Myers, Florida, followed by a gathering at the Lake Arrowhead Clubhouse.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Hope Hospice in Cape Coral, FL or St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church in Fort Myers.

Obituary: Jose Angel Zavala Ramos

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

Jose Angel "Joe" Zavala Ramos

Age 57, of Burdett, NY, passed away suddenly on Monday, October 1, 2018.

Joe was born in Humacao, Puerto Rico, the son of Graciano Zavala and Ramonita Zavala Ramos. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, became a sergeant, and proudly served his country for 12 years, including deployment to the Persian Gulf. He worked as a Technician in CIT at Cornell University for 21 years. We will fondly remember him for his love of gardening, hunting, fishing, music and playing the congas. Most of all he will be remembered for his love of family and friends.

Joe is lovingly remembered by his family, including his wife Marion Zavala and their four children, Monique (Shane) Frankovic of Miami, FL, Jose A. (Amie) Zavala of Little Rock, Arkansas, Jacqueline Zavala of Ithaca, and Chantalle Zavala of Syracuse; his mother, Ramonita Zavala of Hector; brother and sisters, George Zavala of Manhattan, Ana Zavala of Hector, and Edda (William) Agosto of Florida, New York; his five grandchildren, Jayleen Zavala, Jason Rogers-Zavala, Asher Joe Zavala, and Luka and Chloe Frankovic; and niece and nephew, Addelis and Alexavier Agosto.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Monday, Oct. 8 from 6-8 p.m., and Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., with a funeral service celebrating his life immediately after and followed by committal services with military honors accorded at Bath National Cemetery.

You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com  Donations may be made in his memory to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation to help fund scientists in finding a cure for diabetes: www.diabetesresearch.org/Give

Obituary: Betty J. DeDominics

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

Betty J. DeDominics

Age 80, of Addison and formerly of Odessa, NY, passed away on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

She was born on March 15, 1938, the daughter of the late Donald and Marguerite Cook.

Betty was a proud member of the Home Bureau since the 1970s. While a member, she was NYS Home Bureau President, State Secretary, Central District Secretary & Treasurer, District Director twice and Chemung County Treasurer & Secretary. Betty worked at the Pantry of Angels and volunteered for community service projects too numerous to mention. She was a former member and Sunday school teacher at the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church. She was also very active in raising her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter, Sheila Smith; grandchildren, CJ (Jayson) Chamberlin, Thomas (Courtney) Morgan, Derek (Ashley) Morgan and Bradley (Tina) Smith; great grandchildren, Joseph, Abby, Addison, Owen, Jackson, Natalie, Courtney and Anunziatta; brothers, Tom and Donny Cook; sisters, Kate Smith and Joyce States; friends, Marion and Ed Swackhammer; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; and all of her family at Sunflower Acres Campground. She was predeceased by her son, Walter “Sam” Smith; husband, Sabatino “Sam” DeDominics, and by her former husband, Walter “Jack” Smith.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, October 6 at 1:00 p.m. at Laurel Hill Cemetery, County Road 10, Odessa.

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: Elinor (Hoagland) Emmick

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

Elinor (Hoagland) Emmick

Age 101, passed away at her daughter’s home in Snohomish, Wash., on Sept. 26, 2018.

Mrs. Emmick was a native of Elmira, NY, and long-time resident of Montour Falls and Penn Yan, NY. She and her late husband, Frank D. Emmick, Jr., created Emmick Motor Co. in 1946 and worked together in the automobile business for several years.

Born to Bertha (Brewster) Hoagland and Franklin D. Hoagland in Canoe Camp, Pa., on August 30, 1917, Mrs. Emmick was a graduate of Elmira Free Academy (1933) and Elmira College (1938.) A gifted artist, Mrs. Emmick also attended Syracuse University, the Rochester Institute of Technology, and the Albright School of Fine Arts in Buffalo. She and Frank were married at his aunt’s home in Morris, Pa., on June 25, 1938.

Mrs. Emmick was a civic activist who was passionate about local education and government. She served on the Montour School Board, Library Board, and in D.A.R. posts. She was an early member of the Conservative Party of New York and ran for the state assembly in 1970. In the 1980s, she and fellow local artists formed the Tumbling Waters Art Gallery in Montour Falls, located on the former site of the Emmick Motor Co.

She attended First Baptist Church, Montour Falls, and Lake Keuka Baptist Church in Penn Yan. She was baptized as a Christian at the age of 95.

Mrs. Emmick is survived by her children, Frank D. Emmick III (Jeanne), Stephen K. Emmick (Celeste), and Elaine Emmick Haft (Rustin); grandchildren, Jason G. Emmick, Laura Smith Emmick, Gus G. Emmick (Anne), Erin Haft Gardner (Dan), and Lauren Haft; great-grandchildren, Grace Emmick, Alexander Emmick, Nathaniel Emmick and Sarah Emmick; nephew, Jim Hoagland; niece,  Justine “Tina” (Hoagland) Miller; several great- and great-great nieces and nephews, and many friends.

Calling hours for Mrs. Emmick will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12 at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, with private interment at Montour Falls Cemetery on Saturday, Oct. 13.

A public memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Lake Keuka Baptist Church, Penn Yan. Seating is limited.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Lake Keuka Baptist Church, Penn Yan, or the First Baptist Church, Montour Falls.

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

Obituary: David L. Sidle

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

David L. Sidle

Age 84, of Alpine, NY, passed away peacefully surrounded by his children on Friday, September 28, 2018.

He was born in Sempronius, NY on August 16, 1934, the son of the late Charles and Beatrice Sidle. Dave graduated from Odessa Central School and served with the U.S. Army from 1955-1956. On January 2, 1960, he married the former Sandra Wickham in the Odessa Baptist Church.

After being honorably discharged from the Army, he worked for New York Telephone Company, Sherwin Williams, and the Schuyler County Sheriff's Department. He went on to work as an insurance adjuster before establishing the David L. Sidle Agency, Inc. He was the president of the agency until 2007.

As a member of the Odessa Baptist Church, Dave was active as a Sunday school teacher, trustee, deacon, and choir member. He was a former president of the Watkins-Montour Rotary, and past Commander of the Odessa American Legion Post 676. He was active as a Scout Master, later served as the chairman for the Seneca Drums District of the Boy Scouts of America, and served as chair of the 4-H Horse Committee. David was active in the Professional Insurance Agents of NY, serving on its board of directors. He served in many capacities in the Schuyler County community including; County and State Republican Committee, Moose, Elks, Royce Fund, Chamber of Commerce, United Fund, and the Schuyler Historical Society.

David is survived by his children, Diana (David) VanLoon of Mansfield, PA, Margaret (Anthony) Manning of Frederick, MD, Karen (Donny) Gunning of Trumansburg, and David (Sharon) Sidle of Trumansburg; brothers-in-law, Delvan Decker of Martinsville, VA, David (Terry) Wickham of Tularosa, NM, and John (Jackie) Wickham of Alpine; 21 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife Sandra in 2014, brother Joseph Sidle in 1958, and by his sister Patricia Decker in 2017.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 4 from 4-7 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. His funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 6 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 221 W. South St., Montour Falls. Burial with full military honors will follow at Laurel Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Odessa Baptist Church Capital Building Project Fund, P.O. Box 149, Odessa, NY 14869. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Mahlon John Parker

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

Mahlon John Parker

Age 82, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.

He was born in Elmira, NY on October 8, 1935 and graduated from Sayre High School in 1953. Mahlon was a pipe fitter and plumber at Westinghouse in Horseheads for 39 years, retiring in 1993. He served with the U.S. Navy from 1958-1962, and later retired as Chief Petty Officer from the Navy Reserve after serving from 1962-1986. He was a member of the American Legion Post 676 in Odessa and the Naval Enlisted Reserve Association.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Laura (Fosdeck) Parker; son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Kelley Parker of Gilford, NH; grandson, Brad Lee Parker; step grandchildren, Dustin and Christopher Overholts; and by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his children Leon, Joseph and Ellen Parker.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, October 2 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. His funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m., followed by burial with full military honors in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the American Legion Post 676, P.O. Box 137, Odessa, NY 14869. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Gregory Andrews

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

Gregory Andrews

Age 47, of Montour Falls, passed away unexpectedly on September 23, 2018 at Schuyler Hospital. He was born on March 29, 1971, the son of Elwood Harley Andrews and Lorraine Hotchkiss.

Greg was a loving and devoted stay-at-home father. One of his favorite things to do was to watch all of his kids play sports. He coached CVSA youth soccer, enjoyed basketball, football and NASCAR, and loved to play a round of golf from time to time. Greg’s favorite nights were spent with family and friends playing pool, game night, and sitting around the camp fire.

He is survived by his fiancé of 9 years, Jackie Ann Collins of Montour Falls; a daughter, Kennedy Grace Collins of Montour Falls; two sons, Jonathan M. Andrews and Justin M. Andrews of Montour Falls; stepson, Kameron J. Collins of Montour Falls; his father, Ellwood Harley Andrews of Missouri; five sisters, Dedra A. Campbell (Steve Bursi) of Wayne, Diane M. Sutton (Terry Scotchmer) of Wayne, Pamela Andrews (Dale Anderson) and Deborah Andrews (Curtis Kruse), both of Missouri, and Christine Andrews (Charles Drake) of NY; three brothers, Donnie Campbell of Wayne, Dennis A. (Nancy) Campbell of Bath, and Elwood Harley David (Gale) Andrews, Jr. of Missouri; special lifelong friends, Mark (Debbie) Holton of Montour Falls; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother, Lorraine Hotchkiss, and by his brother Daniel Thomas Campbell, Sr. on July 4, 2018.

Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of his life on Sunday, October 7 from 1-4 p.m. at the Montour Falls Fire Department. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to be shared among his four children.

Arrangements are by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Gordon A. Bauman

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

Gordon Albert Bauman

Age 85, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Beechtree Nursing Home in Ithaca.

Born in Elmira, NY on May 16, 1933, he was a devoted husband of 66 years to Signa (Eggersdorf) Bauman, and loving father to Lawrence Bauman, Donna Bauman, and Thomas Bauman (Donna Crippen). He is also survived by one brother, Donald Bauman (Beverly) of Montour Falls, NY; two sisters-in-law, Margaret Bauman and Bernice Conklin; eight grandchildren, Bailey Hughes, Erica Hughes, Kevin Bauman, Colin Bauman, Kyle Bauman, Carrie Bookheimer, Audrey (Bauman) Sessaman, and Charles Bookheimer; and several nieces and nephews.

Gordon was a graduate of Watkins Glen High School and a 35-year Army Reservist, retiring as Command Sergeant Major. His passions included baseball, reading, and hiking through Watkins Glen State Park. Friends and family will miss “Gordie’s” sense of humor and generous nature, always willing to lend a hand.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, October 13 from 1-3 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Montour Falls Public Library or Schuyler Hospital. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Randy H. Deal

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

Randy H. Deal

Age 70, of Cayutaville, NY passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 13, surrounded by family and close friends in Eagle Bay, NY.

He was born on September 19, 1947 to John H. and Marian (Newberry) Deal. On September 26, 1987 he was married to Bonnie J. Wood of Eagle Bay, NY. 

Mr. Deal was employed as a Real Property Assessor and also as a Real Property Tax Director in his over 30 years of public service.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie J. (Wood) Deal; two daughters, Katherine N. Gabriel (Thomas Gabriel) and Elizabeth C. Blim (Daniel Blim); granddaughters Ryleigh J. Blim, Jasmine R. Blim and Harmony L. Blim; a brother, Rodger Deal (Virginia); and two nieces, Amy Deal Auchtung and Stephanie Deal (Drew Scharoun). 

Calling hours will be held from 10 a.m.-12 noon on Oct. 4 at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, with a service to follow there at 12 noon.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to one of the following churches: Cayutaville United Methodist Church, PO Box 426, Odessa, NY 14869; Inlet Community Church, 12 South Shore Rd., Inlet, NY 13360; or Norwich Corners Christian Church, 10233 Roberts Rd., Sauquoit, NY 13456. You may express condolences or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Michael Richard Donnell Sr.

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

Michael Richard Donnell Sr.

Age 97, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Thursday, September 20, 2018. He was born on May 31, 1921 at home to Irish immigrants Elizabeth (nee Campbell) and Michael Donnell.

He is survived by his seven children, Linda (Lee) Bradley of Newington, CT, Michael Jr. (Susan) Donnell of Hilton Head, SC, Kathleen (John) Sargent of Winter Springs, FL, Timothy (Laurie) Donnell of Pittsford, NY, Carol (Robert) Tully of Deerfield Beach, FL, Barbara (John Doolittle) of Watkins Glen, and Mary (Eric Herminghausen) of East Burke, VT; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 70 years, Jeanne Smith Donnell, and their infant son Kevin Gerard; parents, Michael and Elizabeth Campbell Donnell and brother John Donnell of Watkins Glen; sisters Ella Cronin (Paul) Craugh of Lakemont, NY and Margaret (Leon) Van Ostrand of Syracuse, NY, brother-in-law Robert (Mary) Smith of Long Beach, CA, sister-in-law Joyce (Gordon) Bidlack of Canton, CT, and sister-in-law Dorothy (Albert) Franzese of Watkins Glen.

Michael was a lifelong resident of Watkins Glen and proudly possessed dual citizenship with his family’s homeland of Ireland. He was a veteran of WW II, serving with the 13th Army Air Corps while being stationed in numerous locations in the Southwest Pacific Basin. He retired after 35 years from the U.S. Postal Service. He then enjoyed several years of service as an attendant and tour guide at Watkins Glen State Park.

He was a lifelong communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society and a choir member. He was a member of American Legion Post 555 and the BPOE of Watkins Glen. Michael enjoyed long walks, had great pride in his town and enthusiastically shared his knowledge of the area.

The family is forever grateful for the loving home care provided by Ashley and the support of many loving neighbors. Special thanks to the staff of Seneca View Unit 1 for providing such exceptional care.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 6-8 p.m. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Watkins Glen.

You may express condolences or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Gary M. Palmer

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Sullivan's Funeral Home, Horseheads.

Gary M. Palmer

Age 75, of Horseheads, NY passed away on Thursday evening, September 20, 2018 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, following a short battle with cancer.

Gary was born in Waverly, NY on November 28, 1942 to the late Mahlon (Bud) and Anita Clust Palmer. He was also predeceased by his sister, Judy P. Lewis; brother, Max C. Palmer; and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Gary is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Colleen McNeil Palmer; children Byron M. (Laurie) Palmer, Barbara J. (John) Koehn and Bret A. (Maria) Palmer; five grandchildren, Samantha Morley, Bryon M. Palmer II, Andrew G. Palmer, Bradley A. Palmer and Talisa K. Palmer; one great-grandson, Brycen W. Hillman; sisters-in-law, Lorranine Groat and Dianne Palmer; brothers-in-law, Edwin (Red) Lewis and Floyd Cartwright, Sr.; several special nieces, nephews and cousins, and many, many dear friends.

Gary was a graduate of the Class of 1961 from Odessa-Montour High School and retired from (Akzo-Nobel) Cargill Salt Co. in Watkins Glen, NY after 36 years. In retirement, he enjoyed time with family and friends, the outdoors, maintaining his home, lawn and flowers, providing for birds (squirrels-not so much), and often lending a hand to family, friends, and neighbors.

Gary’s family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to everyone who so tenderly cared for him on 5D at Arnot Ogden Medical Center.

The family will welcome relatives and friends to Sullivan’s Funeral Home, 365 E. Franklin St., at Rt. 13, Horseheads, NY on Wednesday, September 26 from 3-6 p.m. with a Memorial Service to follow at 6 p.m. Gary will be laid to rest at Scotchtown Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Those wishing to remember Gary, please consider contributions to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in his memory. Condolences and words of comfort may be expressed in Gary’s  Book of Memories at www.sullivansfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Ruth J. Collins

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

Ruth J. Collins

Age 73, of Cayuta, NY passed away on Sunday, September 16, 2018. She was born in Montour Falls, NY on January 5, 1945.

Ruth is survived by her children, Les Gorton (Vinnie), William Gorton, Teresa Fenton (Randy), Larry Collins, Mike Collins (Amy), and Raymond Collins; brother, Wilfred Bush (Sue); sisters, Ronnie Sipes, Katrina Smith and Dawn Adams; stepmom, Roberta Cunningham; 12 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Larry Collins; father, George Cunningham, and mother, Margaret Dense.

Friends and family are invited to a graveside service on Tuesday, September 25 at 2:00 p.m. at Cayuta Cemetery, State Route 224, Cayuta, NY. There will be a celebration of Ruth’s life following the burial at the Catharine Town Park, off Grant Road, Odessa, NY.

Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865.

Arrangements have been entrusted to 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: Cora Cornish

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

Cora Cornish

Age 77, of Irelandville, NY, passed away on September 14, 2018.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 1 p.m.-2 p.m.; followed by a memorial service celebrating her life at 2:00 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. Interment at Sugar Hill Cemetery will be held at a later date.

Cora was predeceased by her parents, Kenneth and Alice Cornish. Also, her husbands Ronald Phillips and Maxwell Hicks; son Ronald "Chip" Phillips; infant son Vincent Scott, and brother Kenneth “Butch” Cornish, Jr. She is survived by her children, Cassandra (Scott) Dickerson of Irelandville, Christina (Bill) Pelham of Texas, and Kelly (Jerry) Gleason of Beaver Dams; brothers and sisters, Loren (Linda) Cornish of Watkins Glen, Beverly Smith of Florida, Albert Cornish of Watkins Glen, Karen (Bob) Cook of Boston, Keith Cornish of Pennsylvania, and Kevin (Janice) Cornish of North Carolina; eight grandchildren, and many great grandchildren.

She loved playing cards, especially “Aggressive Rummy.” She also loved gardening, sewing, ceramics and making jewelry.

You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www. RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Archie L. Mack

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

Archie L. Mack

Age 75, of Catlin, NY, passed away on September 13, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.

Born on June 2, 1943, he served in the United States Army from 1962 through 1965. He was a member of the Odessa Fire Department in the 1970’s and was employed by LP Transportation for 30 years. Archie was a meticulous woodworker, loved fishing, and enjoyed NASCAR, talking shop and drinking coffee with the guys. 
      
He was predeceased by his mother and father, Frances and Archie Mack; brother, Merle (Butch) Gardner, and sister, Marjean Stratton. Archie is survived by his devoted partner of 24 years, Lois M. Jenkins of the Town of Catlin; daughter Michelle Derr (Kenny) of Corning and son Heath Mack (Jamee) of Alpine; sisters Joeann Comitz, Annette Jordan, Ronnie Henshaw and Ruth Rumsey; three grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and also his beloved dog Xena. Archie was a devoted father, and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
   
In honoring Archie’s wishes, there will be no services. Contributions may be made in his memory 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: Mary M. Beligotti

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

Mary M. Beligotti

Age 91, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away peacefully on September 11, 2018.

The family will receive friends at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church (The Link), 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen on Saturday, September 15, from 10 a.m.-11 a.m.; followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at the church; burial at Holy Cross Cemetery; with reception following.

Mary was predeceased by her husband, Renato Beligotti; parents, Thomas and Marie (Franzese) Minichiello; and daughter, Jo Anne Grow. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Ronald and Tina Beligotti; son-in-law, Edward Grow; grandchildren, Jeff Beligotti of Tampa, FL, Jaime Beligotti-Fenti of Rochester, NY, Jason (Shannon) Beligotti of Apex, NC, John Packard (Dani) of Elmira, and Carl Packard (Holly) of Painted Post; great-grandsons, Dylan Fenti and William Beligotti, and great-granddaughters, Alexandra Beligotti, Kaylee and Ella, and great-granddaughter and special friend Raina Paige.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www. RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Matthew L. Welton

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

Matthew L. Welton

Age 42, of Newfield, NY passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, September 9, 2018.

He was born in Montour Falls on June 16, 1976, the son of Daniel and Linda (Crandall) Welton and graduated from Watkins Glen High School. He was employed at Ben Weitsman of Ithaca. Matthew was a football fan and enjoyed going to the lake.

He is survived by his parents, Daniel and Linda Welton of Newfield; two sons, Dillon and Branden Welton; two sisters, Naomi Schmidt of Bath and Kelly Welton of Ithaca; grandfather, Ed Reichman of Tioga Center; and by several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday from 1-2 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery 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: Robert E. Collins

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

Robert E. "Bob" Collins

Age 83, lifelong resident of Cayuta, NY, passed away on Friday, September 7, 2018 at home surrounded by his family.

He was born on April 1, 1935, the son of the late Earl and Beatrice (Doane) Collins. He was married to Charlotte Dean on May 19, 1956 at Cayuta Free Church.

He bought his farm in 1962 where he resided until his death. He started working for Cotton-Hanlon at the age of 14 in 1949, eventually becoming head sawyer, and worked there until 1974. While still employed at Cotton-Hanlon he established the Robert E. Collins Sawmill in 1971 which he was actively involved with until his death.

He was a member of the Cayuta Fire Brigade in his younger years, and was a member of the Cayuta Town Board for 20 years, serving as a town councilman from 1969-1978 and town supervisor from 1978-1989. He served as a Schuyler County legislator from 1992-1994, and was also a trustee for the Cayuta Free Church.

He built his own stock car and began racing at the age of 15. An avid softball player, he managed an adult league he and his friends established in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He enjoyed many years of square dancing with his wife Charlotte, hosting many yearly “barn dances.” He also enjoyed many years of snowmobiling, showing Clydesdale horses with the Hall family, camping with the 39ers camping club, and spending each spring at the sugar shack with his lifelong, childhood friend, Jerry Crainey.

He was also a member of the NY State Ford Tractor Association. His love of restoring and collecting antique tractors started in 1981; in this endeavor he owned more than 40 beautifully restored tractors. Shortly after that he became a member of the Chemung Valley Old Timers for many years, eventually becoming president of the club. He shared his love of tractors with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, spending many summers at tractor shows, and in later years his greatest joy was having his tractors in community parades driven by his daughter and grandchildren. This past summer he taught his great granddaughter how to drive so she could drive in the parade with him. Spending time with his family, especially his great grandkids Kelsea, Megan, James Robert, Kali and LeeAnn, was one of his greatest joys.

Bob is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Charlotte D. Collins; daughter, Debra (William) Barrett of Cayuta; son, Timothy (Janice) Collins of Cayuta; two sisters, Darlene (Charles) Simpson and Bonnie (Louis) Eberhardt, all of Cayuta; six grandchildren, Kami (Chad) Wardwell of Cayuta, Kyle (Lauren) VanGalder of Alpine, Bridgett Barrett of Cayuta, Jessi (Chris) Dudgeon of Cayuta, Derek (Star) Collins of Constantia, and Douglas (Angela) Collins of Cayuta; 13 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, especially his nephew, right-hand man and head sawyer, Joe Eberhardt.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, September 15 from 1-3 p.m. at Bob’s favorite spot, his “Blue Building,” 1100 Conkrite Rd., Cayuta, surrounded by his family, friends, tractors and other prized collectibles.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cayuta Free Church, 1100 Conkrite Rd., Cayuta, NY 14824. 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: Maryann Haselman

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

Maryann Haselman

Maryann Haselman, maiden name Maryann Renninger, passed away at the age of 86 on Wednesday, August 29th.

Maryann was born in Fairlawn, NJ to Anna Stefancik and Miles Renninger along with brothers Miles, Jr. and Harry, who all predeceased her. She was a graduate of Boonton High School and was married to Harold Haselman from 1950 until he passed away in 2014.

Maryann had lived in New Jersey; Florida; Burdett, New York; and Greentown, Pennsylvania, and finally settled back in Butler, New Jersey. She is survived by her six children, Harold “Butch” Haselman and Cindy Fay of Summerland Key, FL; Craig Haselman and wife Marian of Butler, NJ; Maryann Mains and husband Herb of Gold Key Lake, PA; Diana Haselman and husband James Steiniger of Riverdale, NJ; Susan Schoonover and husband Ron of Southwest Ranches, FL; and Della Haselman-Masin and husband Dan Masin of Butler, NJ. She is also survived by her eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Maryann was an extremely strong, funny, caring, kind, and courageous woman who left a smile on the face of everyone she met.

Services are private. In lieu of flowers, the Haselman family is requesting donations be made to their local animal shelter in Maryann’s name: Tri-Boro Animal Welfare, P.O. Box 171, Butler, NJ 07405 (https://www.tbaw.org).

Obituary: Richard L. Bradley

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

Richard L. Bradley

Age 76, of Rock Stream, NY, and Auburndale, FL, passed away unexpectedly on September 4, 2018 at his home in Rock Stream.

Family and friends will gather at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 4 p.m. in celebration of his life. Reverend Mike Kelly will officiate. 

Richard was born on October 12, 1941 in Elmira, NY; the son of the late Theodore and Pauline Bradley. He graduated from Dundee Central School in 1960. He proudly served his country, enlisting in the U.S. Air Force immediately after graduation. He later joined and retired from the 174th U.S. Air National Guard, serving in Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Richard retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a rural mail carrier for the Watkins Glen Post Office. He was a past Exalted Ruler and Life Member of Elks Lodge (BPOE #1546) of Watkins Glen and a member of the Winter Haven, Florida Horseshoe Club. Dick was a loving husband, father and grandfather who liked nothing better than spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He had a lifetime love of animals, loved spending time outdoors and especially loved keeping his property in pristine condition. He also enjoyed golfing and horseshoes.

Richard was predeceased by his parents; also, brothers-in-law, Fred Siebert, William Ames, and Robert Ames; and sister-in-law, Sandra Ames. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Ann; daughter, Kimberly (Douglas) White of Great Falls, VA; son, Scott (Tammy) Bradley of Montour Falls; sister, Barbara Siebert of Mississippi (formerly Corning); brothers-in-law, Edward Ames of Charlotte, NC (formerly Watkins Glen), and Daniel (Marie) Ames of Verona, NY; sister-in-law, Ann L. Ames of Greensboro, NC (formerly Watkins Glen); five grandchildren, Gabrielle, Pierson and Aidan White, and Samantha and Steven Bradley; many nieces and nephews, and his best buddy Jeter.

Those wishing may consider a memorial donation to the Wounded Warriors Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate) or the Schuyler County Humane Society (schuylerhumane.org).

You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Lucille A. Youngs

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

Lucille A. Youngs

Age 91, of Horseheads, NY, passed away on Friday, August 31, 2018. She was born in Holiday, PA on July 7, 1927. Lucille was a member of the Bible Baptist Church in Horseheads.

She is survived by her son, Lewis (Sharon) Youngs of Pine Valley, NY; daughter-in-law, Dawn Youngs of South Dansville; five grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Waldo C. Youngs; two sons, Waldo L. Youngs and Bernard E. Youngs; daughter-in-law, Nancy Youngs; and by three sisters and a brother.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, September 5 from 10-11 a.m. at Bible Baptist Church, 105 Wygant Rd., Horseheads, followed by a funeral service at 11:00 a.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: Linda A. Lattin

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

Linda A. Lattin

Age 77, of Montour Falls, NY passed away peacefully on Friday, August 31, 2018.

She was born in Elmira, NY on January 30, 1941, the daughter of the late Howard and Anne Lattin. Linda graduated from Odessa High School and Alfred State College. She retired from Cornell University after more than 35 years of employment there.

Linda loved horses and was an avid horse rider. She was a member of the Odessa Baptist Church throughout her life.

She was predeceased by her parents; brother, Bill Lattin, and nephew, Drew Lattin. She is survived by her brother, John (Laurie) Lattin; sister-in-law, Martha Lattin; several nephews; and grandnieces and grandnephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, September 4 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A funeral service will follow at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Richard Eugene Cox

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

Richard Eugene Cox

Age 85, of Old Town, Florida passed away on August 25, 2018.

Richard was born on December 7, 1932 to the late Sebring and Helen Lucille Cox in Ithaca, New York, but had lived in the Old Town, Florida area for over 40 years after moving from Burdett, New York. He was the owner of R & J Auto Brokers in Old Town for several years and attended the Old Town United Methodist Church.

Richard is survived by his sons, Mike Cox of Bennettsburg, NY and Richard J. Cox (Diane) of Florida; his daughters, Luann Horrocks (Tim) of Valois, Angel Roberts (Terry) of Florida, and Wendy Fore (BJ) of Florida; a sister, Arletta Parks of Ovid; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and other extended family members.

Funeral services for Richard will be held  at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 1 at the Old Town United Church, Pastor Carl Rainear officiating. Interment will follow at Lee Cemetery in Old Town.

Arrangements have been placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City, FL (352-498-5400) and Chiefland, FL (352-493-0050). Please sign the online guest book at rickgoodingfuneralhomes.com

Obituary: Elizabeth H. Kuttner Gibbons

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

Elizabeth H. (Bette) Kuttner Gibbons

Age 89, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on August 25, 2018 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, Montour Falls, NY.

Bette was born in Montour Falls to Kenneth and Frances (Roberts) Kuttner on May 4, 1929. She graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1947 and later the Elmira Business Institute. She married her husband of 45 years, Edward J. Gibbons, in 1948.

Bette worked for many years for Dr. Tague and Dr. Norton in which she was proud to “keep the office going” for those great doctors. Bette later worked in the offices at the Schuyler Medical Arts facility in Montour Falls. This was another job that she enjoyed immensely.
After her retirement, and then the passing of her beloved husband, Bette continued her love of landscaping and arts and crafts. She prided herself in her landscaping and the love of her flowers.

She also loved painting in her spare time and was very handy around her house and apartment as quite the “fixer upper.” In her later years, she enjoyed living at Seneca View, where she gained many friends in both the residents and staff.

Bette is survived by her daughter, Mary Barnes (Phil) of Watkins Glen; and son, Edward J. Gibbons II (Julie) of Rochester, NY; grandchildren, Kerry Hoover, Meagan Yaw (Scott), Grace Gibbons and Jed Gibbons; and great grandchildren, Bella Yaw and Rory Yaw. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward J. Gibbons.

Family and friends are invited to the Link at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen on Wednesday, August 29 from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. A Mass of Resurrection celebrating the life of Bette will be held at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

Memorial donations may be made to Seneca View SNF, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital (www.StJude.org).

Bette’s family would like to thank the staff of the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility and Dr. Eisman for the wonderful care and love she received while she was living there.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. You may extend condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy:com

Obituary: Gladys E. Niver

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

Gladys E. Niver

Age 93, of Millport, NY passed away on Thursday, August 23, 2018. Gladys was born April 23, 1925 in Elmira, NY to Robert and Augusta (Fields) Goodwin.

She is survived by her sister Betty Starck and children: Paula Solat, Woodstock, GA, Pamela (Richard) Kreutter, Penfield, NY, William (Alice) Niver-Johnson, Valois, NY, and Arthur (Nora) Niver, Millport, NY; nine grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by son-in-law Charles Solat and grandchildren Brandon Niver and Maggie Niver-Johnson.

She was a head start educator in Montour Falls for many years.

Services will be private. Donations in Gladys's memory may be sent to the Schuyler Health Foundation, 220 Steuben Street, Montour Falls, NY 14865, https://schuylerhospital.org.

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

Obituary: John Thomas Callahan

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

John Thomas (Jack) Callahan

Age 91, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on August 21, 2018.

Jack was born in Newark, New Jersey to Thomas Joseph Callahan and Margaret (Stillman) Callahan on September 30, 1926. He and his family relocated to this area when he was three years old. Jack enlisted in the U.S. Navy at age 17 and served in the WWII Pacific campaign on the USS LST 961. After the war, he returned home and was employed at Corning Glass Works. He retired from there in 1984 as a Furnace Construction Supervisor.

A lifetime member of the National Geographic Society, Jack and his wife, Shirley, were lifelong world travelers. He was a voracious reader of history, naming his beloved poodle “Theodore Roosevelt, II," loved building model airplanes, and enjoyed boats, Seneca Lake, studying his Irish family genealogy and assisting others with genealogy research.

Jack is survived by his wife of 69 years, Shirley (Mickel); his children, Ruth, Terry (Lisa), Jane, and Patricia; 7 granddaughters; 5 great grandchildren; sister, Kathryn Agnes Nastanovich; sister and brother-in-law, Fay & Gene Lewis; sister-in-law, Helen Callahan; sister-in-law, Mary Anne Stout, and many nieces, nephews and cousins here and in Ireland. He was predeceased by his son, Matthew; great-granddaughter Lilian Shirley; his parents; brothers Thomas and Larry; a sister, Patricia; brother-in-law Robert Stout; and brother-in-law Robert Nastanovich.

Memorial donations may be made to the Schuyler County Historical Society or CareFirst Hospice Services. The family extends their gratitude to the staff of CareFirst for their kind and sensitive support of Jack and his family during his final days.
 
A graveside memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 9 at 1:00 p.m. at Montour Cemetery, Mill St. (upper entrance). Family and friends are invited to join.

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: William C. Elkins

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

William C. Elkins

Age 95, of Burdett, NY, passed from this life to the next on Sunday, August 19, 2018. A self described "sinner saved, by grace," Bill was ready to meet his Lord and Savior.

He was predeceased by his son, James Elkins. He is survived by his "most wonderful wife" Irene Elkins, after 74 years of marriage; daughters, Betty (Keith) Tiede, Alice (Frank) Mischke, Mary (Jack) Redfield, and Ruth (John) Walters; daughter-in-law Carolyn Elkins; grandchildren, Jessica, Raina and James Elkins, Christy (Tom) Chapman, Miles (Lindsay Barnes) Mischke, Phil (Catherine Carlson), Greg and Melanie Redfield, Michelle (Jay) Pavlik, and Rachel Abbott; great grandchildren, Elijah, Emma and Eleana Pavlik, and Brooklynn and Britton Chapman.

Bill was born in Ithaca, NY on January 16, 1923, and lived in various parts of New York during his growing years, with his favorite being near Great Sacandaga Lake where he could fish most afternoons. He met his wife in the Methodist youth group while attending Cornell University. Bill and Irene were married in 1944. He served in World War II from 1944-1946 and earned a Purple Heart for wounds received on March 17, 1945.

After completion of a law degree from Cornell, Bill moved to Schuyler County, where he practiced law from 1949 until his retirement at age 89. Highlights of his career included working for Henry Valent, starting the Schuyler Abstract Company with Irene in 1954, opening a private practice, serving as Public Defender, and finally working as a law clerk for two judges for whom he had the utmost respect.

Bill was an active community member and was inducted into the Schuyler County Hall of Fame in 2013. He assisted in the formation of Smith Park and the Reynoldsville Community Center. He was a member of the Glen Baptist Church, the Burdett Fire Department, the Conservative Party, Burdett and Searsburg Grange, Odessa American Legion Post 676, the Hector Assessment Review Board, the John Birch Society and Property Rights of America. He was also an avid letter writer, particularly regarding public policy and defense of our freedoms. He was always interested in sending a letter to the local paper for the editorial page. His files contained many letters received from local and national public figures.

The Elkins family very sincerely thanks the nurses and staff at Seneca View who took special care of Dad in his final months. We also thank those who visited and encouraged Mom and Dad during this difficult time.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, August 23 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, August 24 at 1:30 p.m. at the Glen Baptist Church, 3311 Reading Rd., Watkins Glen. Burial with full military honors will follow at Union Cemetery of Hector.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Glen Baptist Church, 3311 Reading Rd., Watkins Glen, NY 14891; Odessa American Legion Post 676, State Route 228, Odessa, NY 14869, or 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: Timothy Joel Kamanga

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

Timothy Joel Kamanga

Age 30, of Hector, NY, passed away on August 11, 2018.

Tim was born on December 18, 1987 to Joel and Keness Kamanga of Malawi. He is survived by his brother, Joel Kamanga of Zimbabwe; and sisters, Rose and Thokozani Kamanga of  Malawi, and Maria Kamanga of South Africa.

Tim’s parents passed away when he was a boy, and he was supported and loved by the Malawi Children’s Village in Mangochi District. Tim moved to Hector, New York in 2005 as a Rotary Exchange Student at Watkins Glen High School and resided with the Fitzsimmons Peters family until his graduation in 2006. Tim returned to the United States in 2007 to pursue higher education and became a son to the Atwill family, who provided hearth and home to him throughout his college tenure and into adulthood. He was a beloved brother to Shane Absalom.

Tim earned associate degrees from Tompkins Cortland Community College in Liberal Arts and International Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science from Hobart and William Smith College. Tim was a member of Phi Kappa Tau, whose mission of brotherhood, learning, ethical leadership and exemplary character was integral to Tim’s nature. Tim was the former Assistant Manager at Seneca Springs Resort, where he was renowned for his warm hospitality and impeccable landscaping.

Tim’s story in America is one of great love and community support. In 1997, a former Malawi Peace Corps Volunteer, Dorothy Elizabeth, spoke to the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club of the devastation from HIV/AIDS in Malawi. She told of the thousands of children who no longer had mothers or fathers to care for them and of the efforts of the Malawi Children’s Village to provide for the orphaned children. Rotary was stirred into action and to this day, is a partner in the care for Malawi’s children.

In 2005, the Watkins Glen High School Interact Club (the student affiliate of Rotary) determined to provide an exchange experience for a student without resources from a developing country and raised the funds to do so. Tim Kamanga, a top student and devoted helper to the younger children, was chosen to be that Rotary Exchange Student. Tim arrived in America with a handmade guitar, a small backpack, and a brave and beautiful heart. Each day was filled with wonders, and the boy who came from a small African village without electricity and plumbing was enthralled by each experience.

Tim was a serious and devoted student with an excellent command of English and a powerful love of music. The students and staff at Watkins Glen fell in love with the brilliant, soft spoken, and warm hearted boy, who taught them all about Malawi and opened their eyes and hearts to another world. Rotary provided monthly support, exchange weekends, fund raising and guidance. Tim had family, friends, schoolmates, and community. His happiness was profound. He loved Hector. He loved America.

The Atwills navigated the world of college applications, finances, visas and transportation with Tim and he flourished in the world of academia. His remarkable mind and his thirst for knowledge were paired with a mighty work ethic, and he studied long into the night. His interests were deep and varied and he had a command of world politics, religion, language, and science. He was a gifted communicator who listened with deep interest and offered his ideas as an invitation.

He played the guitar, the drums and the keyboard, as music was essential to his being. He was inspired by Bob Marley and jammed happily with his friends from every venue. Tim loved the people of Hector and they loved him. He was a celebrity in the community where his gentle soul, genuine affection and respect for humanity made him a son of Seneca Lake. He was a gift to all who had the good fortune to hear his greeting of respect and feel his light. Tim spent his final years living with the family of Mitch and Debra Turner, where he was welcomed as son and brother to Jesse, Robert, and Jake.

Tim’s family sends their gratitude from Malawi and thanks the entire community for the love that has been shown to their brother. A private burial will be held at the Seneca Union Cemetery, where Tim will be laid to rest over his beloved Seneca Lake.

The community is invited to join in a celebration of Tim’s life at Damiani Wine Cellars on August 25 from 4-7 p.m. Please bring a dish to pass. Contributions for funeral expenses and a Memorial Fund for the Malawi Children’s Village may be sent to the Timothy Kamanga Memorial Fund, P.O Box 101, Burdett, NY 14818 or to gofundme.com/timoteo-a-friend-and-a-brother 

You may “Light a Candle of Remembrance” or express condolences online at www.RoyceChedzoy.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Thomas P. Moran

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

Thomas P. Moran

Age 68, of Odessa, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 6, 2018.

He was born in Albany, NY on March 12, 1950, the son of John and Ellen Moran. Tom married his wife Linda on January 2, 1987 in Catharine, NY. He was an iron worker with Northeastern Stud Welding, retiring after 37 years. Tom enjoyed hunting, racing, and collecting sports cards.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Linda (Bailey) Moran; one daughter, Melissa Little; three sons, Tommy Moran, Shawn (Kelly) Moran of Albany, and Michael (Jill) Hines of Alpine; two sisters, Wanda Sprague of Alabama and Jennifer (Danny) Thomas of Mississippi; one brother, John (Judy) Moran of Mississippi; seven grandchildren, Paul Wheeler, Ashley Wheeler, Michael Hines, Casey Hines, Jaci Hines, Cassie Hines and Katelin Moran; and two nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Ellen Moran, and by his stepfather, Ken Scott.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, August 11 from 1-3 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A service will follow at 3:00 p.m.

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

Obituary: Mark Edward Lynch

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

Mark Edward Lynch

Mark Edward Lynch, born on May 2, 1966 in Montour Falls, New York, to the late Kathleen Guinane Lynch and the late Harold Lynch, passed away at age 52 on August 1, 2018 in South Lake Tahoe, California.

Mark was a graduate of Odessa-Montour Central High School and served in the Air Force, graduating from the School of Health Care Sciences at Sheppard AFB. He worked in the medical industry as a Radiological Technologist for 30 years.

Mark is survived by his partner of 22 years, Christine Shagen; his brothers, Dennis Lynch (Cathy Lynch) and David Lynch; a sister, Mary Kay Trowbridge (Kevin Trowbridge); and many nieces and nephews.

Mark has touched the lives of many people throughout this country, from the east coast to the west coast; New York, Florida, California, and Oregon. No formal service is planned due to the scattered nature of his loved ones and friends.

The family invites all to raise a glass on Saturday, September 1 at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time to celebrate Mark.

Donations in Mark’s name to the charity of your choice are welcome and appreciated.

Obituary: John C. Wood

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

John C. Wood

Age 83, of Valois, NY, passed away on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 in Montour Falls, NY.

He was born on December 8, 1934 in Liberty, PA, the son of the late Lawrence E. and Helen L. (Warrick) Wood.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Jane (Abbey) Wood; four daughters, Deborah Fowler of Kansas, Tammy (Tim) Schiewe of Texas, Suzanne (Mark) Peterle of Kansas, and Amy (Tony) Ray of California; two sons, James (Dianne) Wood of Hector, and Timothy (Trina) Wood of Burdett; stepsons, Larry Grant of Campbell, Bill (Kathy) Grant of Burdett, and Christopher (Shana) Grant of Himrod; two sisters, Audrey Fleegle of Texas, and Sally (James) Steffen of Virginia; two brothers, David (Betty) Wood of Binghamton, and Floyd (Judy) Wood of Pennsylvania; a foster brother, Raymond (Sandra) Anderson; 30 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Lewis (Luper) Wood, Richard (Dick) Wood, and Roger Wood; brother-in-law, Donald Fleegle; and sister-in-law, Janet Wood.

John served with the U.S. Army in 1957 and retired from Willard State Hospital in 1989 after 37 years. John and Jane have owned and operated several businesses over the years including Wood’s Tree Service, a trash removal service, a coal yard business, Wood’s Last Stand, and deer processing. Current businesses include B&W Logging and J&J Redemption Center.

You could find John stripping wire and always up for a conversation at the redemption center.  He will be greatly missed by many, especially by his grandson, Jonathan, who frequently joined him for lunch and was always there to help out when needed. John enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family, sharing his knowledge and traditions that will be carried on for years to come. 
   
Honoring John’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral. A private graveside service will be held in Seneca Union Cemetery in Valois at a later date. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Valois Logan Hector Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 46, Hector, NY 14841.

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: Scott M. Freeman

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

Scott M. Freeman

Age 55, of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Odessa, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 27, 2018.

He was born in Elmira, NY on December 17, 1962, a son of the late Frank D. and Pearl M. (Phillips) Freeman. He graduated from Horseheads High School and attended Corning Community College. Scott worked for States Farms Construction for 30 years.

He is survived by his partner, Larry Metzger, of Fort Lauderdale, FL; daughter, Paige Freeman of Newfield; siblings, Diana (Ron) White of Belleview, FL, Doug (Loretta) Freeman of Lakeland, FL, Greg Freeman (Scott Schaff) of Elmira, and Lisa Freeman of Corning; special friend, Carl States of Odessa; and by many nieces, nephews and friends.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, August 11 at 11:00 a.m. at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Odessa. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Laurel Hill Cemetery, 2572 Steam Mill Rd., Odessa, NY 14869.

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: Roy J. "Jack" Terry

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Roy J. "Jack" Terry

Age 84, of Dundee, NY, passed away on July 26, 2018. 

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Sunday, July 29 from 12 noon-2:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home, followed by a committal service and military honors at Cayuta Cemetery. 

Jack was born on May 27, 1934 in Odessa, NY, the son of Clarence and Elva (Dean) Terry. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Fort Knox, KY. He followed a career in marine mechanics, and co-owned Glen Harbor Marina in Watkins Glen (1972-1986) and most recently RJ Marine (1988-2015) in Dundee. He was a lifelong member of the International Association of Machinist AFL-CIO. He also loved the outdoors, especially hunting, flowers and wildlife. 

He was predeceased by his parents, as well as infant daughters, Cheryl Sue and Sharon Kay, and his brother, Robert Terry. Survivors include his daughter, Connie Jo Terry of Prattsburgh; sisters, Ruby Humphry of Burdett, Sylvia Bowers of Mansfield, Arlene Ballings of Chemung, and Carol Smith of Mansfield; several nieces and nephews; and dear friends, Art Ryder of Dundee, Pete Lamirand of Dundee, Pete Honsberger of Watkins Glen, Elden York of PA, Roy Watson of PA, and David Haight of Montana. The family wishes to thank the wonderful and caring staff at Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Penn Yann for his excellent care. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Finger Lakes SPCA, 72 Cameron St., Bath, NY 14810. You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Raymond V. Cleary

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

Raymond V. Cleary

Raymond V. Cleary of Albuquerque, New Mexico went to be with the Lord on May 13, 2018 at the young age of 43 due to complications with heart disease.

He was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on October 9, 1974. Ray was an avid truck driver during his life. He lived between New York and New Mexico during his short lifetime and has come back home to rest.

He is survived by his longtime companion Brenda Shuffield of Albuquerque, NM; his sons Ray (Amanda) Cleary Jr. of Albuquerque, NM and Josh Cleary of Albuquerque, NM; his father John (Kathy) Cleary of Elmira, NY; his mother Michele Cleary of Albuquerque, NM; sister Alicia (Bryce) McGuire of Cranberry, Pa; brother Michael Cleary of Austin, TX; his grandchildren, Orion, Aiden, and Kyle of Albuquerque, NM; his grandparents Jack (Mary Ann) Cleary of Montour Falls, NY; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was predeceased by his beloved grandmother Marion Peters, grandmother Seraphina Munoz, his brother John Cleary IV, Aunt Mary, and cousins Ryan and Rachel. Ray loved his family very much.

He will be laid to rest on Friday July 27. Friends and family are invited to join. There will be a graveside ceremony at 11 a.m. at the upper entrance to the Montour Falls cemetery.

Obituary: Robert O. Kunzmann

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

Robert O. Kunzmann

Age 77, of Brevard, North Carolina, passed away on June 5, 2018.  

He was born in New Haven, CT on August 5, 1940, the son of Louis and Bessie (Williams) Kunzmann. He graduated from West Haven High School in Connecticut and later graduated from Colgate University. In his primary school years, he sang in a Boy’s Choir in the New Haven, Connecticut area and was active in the Boy Scouts. After college, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard. Bob worked for Shepard-Niles as a salesman from his home area of Connecticut.  

He was predeceased by his parents, and by spouse Susan Kenney Kunzmann.  

He is survived by a son, Brian Kunzmann; daughter, Elizabeth Kunzmann Thomas; brother and sister-in-law, David and Carol Kunzmann of Watkins Glen; daughter-in-law, Rebecca Portnoy, and two grandchildren, Riley and Jamie Kunzmann, all of CT.

A graveside memorial service will be held at Glenwood Cemetery in Watkins Glen at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 4. You may express condolences to the family or "Light a Candle of Remembrance" online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: James R. Sanders

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

James R. Sanders

Age 67, of Millport, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

He was born in Canandaigua, NY on November 1, 1950, the son of the late Henry and Katherine (Cooper) Sanders. James served with the U.S. Army from 1970-1972. He loved the outdoors and was a good friend and neighbor.

He is survived by his adopted family, Carl and Lois Scott of Millport, along with their children, Christina and Daryle Gentz of Painted Post, Michael and Amy Scott of Watkins Glen, Phillip Scott of Bradford, and Virginia and Christopher Taft of Montour Falls; sixteen nieces and nephews; and one great niece.

Private services will be held by the family. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery.

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: Michael J. Wolak

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

Michael J. Wolak

Age 69, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away at home on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.

Michael was born on January 16, 1949 in Bath, NY to Phyllis J. Duma and Andrew P. Wolak. He was a graduate of Watkins Glen High School and attended Corning Community College. He retired from Schuyler County as the Tax Assessor after many years of service.  He was also a gunsmith and created custom stocks and checkering.

Some of the proudest moments in Michael's life were obtaining full-time employment, driving his van, target shooting and hunting deer and turkey. Some of his favorite music included Midnight Special by CCR and Ballads by Tom Waits. He was a very active and devoted member of St. Mary's of the Lake Church., Watkins Glen. He enjoyed watching his nieces and nephews grow up and play college athletics. Michael also enjoyed helping his brother-in-law with his farm business.

Michael is survived by a sister, Ann Wolak, and her husband, Edward J. Klecha Jr.; their children, Katherine A. Klecha, Mary F. Klecha and Christian M. Klecha; uncles Stanley Duma and John (Barbara) Wolak; and cousin-in-law Eva Russo. Also surviving are many cousins, co-workers and special friends, including Tony, Linda, John, Jim, Marcia and Kenny; and his feline buddy, Maynard.

Michael was preceded in death by his mother, Phyllis J. Duma, and father, Andrew P. Wolak; and by sisters and brothers, Frances M. Wolak, Mary J. Wolak, Joseph P. Wolak, Andrew P. Wolak, John Wolak and Edward Wolak.

Visitation for Michael will be Monday, July 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Link at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen. A Funeral Mass will follow at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's of the Lake Church. Burial for Michael will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Michael's memory may be made to St. Mary's of the Lake Church, PO Box 289, Watkins Glen, New York 14891.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy for the Wolak family may be shared at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Harland Lee Stephens

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

Harland Lee Stephens

Age 87, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility.

Harland was born in Canisteo, NY on May 5, 1931, the son of the late Miles and Bernice (Potter) Stephens. He was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Betty Jane Henry, in April 2001.

Harland was a lifelong entrepreneur, ranging from Pepsi-Cola distribution to real estate to antiques. He loved dancing, wood carving, and writing poetry.

Harland is survived by his children, Dale (Lisa) Stephens of Hampton, VA, Yolanda (Billy) Peters of Sieverville, TN, and Dirk (Debbie) Stephens of Montour Falls, NY. He was also grandpa to eight grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

A special thanks to Dr. Borzell and Seneca View Skilled Nursing for the outstanding care given to Harland. A private service will be held with his family. 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: Beverly A. Martin

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

Beverly A. Martin

Age 83, of Beaver Dams, NY, passed away on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at home.

She was born in Montour Falls, NY on February 16, 1935, the daughter of the late Starr and Claribel (Finch) Martin, and graduated from Watkins Glen High School.

Beverly worked at Schuyler Hospital for many years and at Walmart in Watkins Glen. She enjoyed music, reading, flowers and chickadees, and taught accordion and guitar. Her favorite color was purple.

She is survived by a cousin, Starr “Buzzy” Martin of Pine City, NY; friends, Anita (David) Smith of Watkins Glen, Valerie Rhodes of Beaver Dams, Karen Hines of Beaver Dams, and by her cat Garfield.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 13 at 3 p.m. at Glenwood Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

Contributions may be made in Beverly’s name 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: Jane W. McGonigal Crispell

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

Jane W. McGonigal Crispell

Jane W. McGonigal Crispell, 89, of Ithaca, NY, died peacefully on July 10, 2018 at Kendal At Ithaca, surrounded by her loving family.

Jane was born April 18, 1929. She was the younger daughter of William and Gladys Wigsten. Raised with her sister Nancy on the Wigsten family dairy farm in Horseheads, NY,  Jane graduated from Horseheads High School in 1946. She received a BA from Cornell University in 1950, an MA from Michigan State University in 1971, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1984.

Jane began her career with Cornell Cooperative Extension in 1950 in Wayne County. Twenty years later, after raising two children, she returned to CCE working first in Schuyler and later Cortland counties. She was the assistant extension director for staff development at Cornell University until her retirement in 1996.
 
Jane was a visionary in distance learning, launching the use of satellite technology connecting CCE Associations with each other and the public. She supported the CCE Innovation Fund, many student internships, and the Protestant Cooperative Ministry Board at Cornell University. Jane was a founder of NY FarmNet, and former chair of the NY FarmNet steering committee. She was honored with the 1997 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service, the 2009 NYS Friends of Extension Award and the 2014 Cornell University Outstanding Alumni Award.

She was an active volunteer in her community. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where she served as a choir member, elder and Presbytery committee on ministry member. Education, travel and Cornell were Jane’s passions.

Jane is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Carl A. Crispell, whom she married on January 3, 1986. Jane and Carl built a home, lovingly blended their families, worked at their farm on Coddington Road and traveled the country and world together. Jane is also survived by two children, George McGonigal (Cathy Emilian) of Ithaca, NY, and Peggy Richardson (Tom) of Watkins Glen, NY, and stepdaughter Penny Rose (Mike) of Jacksonville, Fla.; grandchildren Jessica Franzese (Jim Stewart), Lorna McGonigal (Tyler Schott), Katie Richardson, and Sam Richardson; great grandchildren Kirsten Franzese, Sean Franzese and Zora Jane Schott McGonigal; sister-in-law Carol Harding (Bill); brother-in-law Bill Poyer; nieces Cathe, Maggie, Lisa, Susan, and Laura; and nephews Paul, Bill, Larry, Jim and their families. Jane was predeceased by her parents, sister and brother-in-law Nancy and George Axinn, and sister-in-law Bev Poyer.

Jane was a loving and devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt; a loyal friend, and a respected colleague to many.
 
A memorial service will be held for Jane at the First Presbyterian Church, 315 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY on Saturday, July 14 at 11 a.m.

The family will provide flowers. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to   Hospicare & Palliative Care Services, 172 East King Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850, or CCE Director’s Innovation Fund, Cornell University Box 37334, Boone, Iowa 50037-0334.

Obituary: William A. Lusk

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Mansfield, Pa.

William A. "Billy Bob" Lusk

Age 61, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY.

He was born on July 7, 1956 in Fulton, NY, a son of William R. and Eunice (Bellamy) Lusk. Billy owned and operated South Seneca Marine in Watkins Glen.

He is survived by his mother, Eunice; a daughter, Emily Lusk of Lawrenceville, PA; a son, Brandon (Jennifer) Lusk of Wellsboro; two grandchildren, Riah Spang and Skye Lusk; and two sisters, Diana (Larry) Barnes of Lawrenceville, PA, and Judi R. Savoy of Lawrenceville, PA. He was preceded in death by his father, William R. Lusk.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA.

Obituary: Marian E. Powell

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

Marian E. "Ginger" Powell

Age 90, of Montour Falls, NY, died on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility.

She was born in Elmira, NY on February 3, 1928, the daughter of the late William and Lillian Woodhouse, and graduated from Elmira Free Academy. On February 15, 1946, she married Elmer Powell in Breesport, NY.

Marian worked at Artistic Cards in Elmira, and previously as a secretary at Bendix in Elmira. She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Catharine, NY. Marian spent 20 years doing genealogy of her family. She loved to pick up sea shells on the beaches of Florida and Myrtle Beach.

Surviving are her son, Lance and Pamela Powell of Red Creek, NY; daughter, Kathy Smith of Summerville, SC; four grandchildren, Lance (Greta) Powell of Omaha, Nebraska, Luree (Doug) Avery of Watkins Glen, NY, George Powell of Red Creek, NY and Christy (Tom) Chapman of Painted Post, NY; two great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, Elmer Powell, in 2007, and by her son, Larry Powell, in 2004.

In accordance with her wishes, there will be no services. Contributions may be made in her memory to Care First Hospice, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870.

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: Arden Crandall May

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

Arden Crandall May

Age 83, took his final steps up to Jesus peacefully on June 26, 2018. Born on Sept. 13, 1934, he was a gentle man given a gift of Godly wisdom.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Watkins Glen, NY.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Barbara; children, Doreen Shoaf, and Gary (Vickie) May; two grandchildren; and three brothers, Norman, Albert and special thanks to brother Rodney.

Thanks to Care First for the wonderful care and support, especially Angie and Melissa.  Thanks also for the veteran support H.B.P.C. group; Anne Marie, always available to us; and a special God Bless to Liz Fraboni "our special angel" who has been with us for two years who was chosen by God to care for Arden (and teach us to spell chrysanthemum).

Arrangements are by Barrett's Funeral Home, Elmira. A memorial celebration will be held at a later date.

Obituary: Lillian Johnson

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

Lillian Johnson

Age 88, of Watkins Glen, NY, and formerly of Dundee, NY, passed away on June 19, 2018. 

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held on Sunday, July 1 at 11:00 a.m. at the Good Samaritan Baptist Church, 54 Main Street, Dresden, NY, followed by a reception. Interment will be held Monday, July 2 at 3:00 p.m. in Woodlawn National Cemetery, 1825 Davis St., Elmira, NY.

Lillian was born in Philadelphia, PA on April 15, 1930, the daughter of the late William and Olive McCandless. She spent many years working with her friends in local area vineyards in the Finger Lakes. She really enjoyed her last few years with her friends in Jefferson Village in Watkins Glen. She taught and shared her sewing skills with her grandchildren. Lillian enjoyed making special family recipes. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.  She was active in her Christian faith, studying the Bible and praying for others.

She was predeceased by her parents, several brothers and sisters, and her loving husband, Vincent Johnson. Survivors include three sons, Vincent Jr. (and wife Lynn) Johnson of Canandaigua, David (and wife Jeanne) Johnson of Dundee, and Mark (and wife Lorry) Johnson of Watkins Glen; “brother” Louis McKay; 13 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews. 

You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: David P. Heath

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

David P. Heath

Age 68, of Royal Palm Beach, FL and formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on June 14, 2018.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Monday, June 25 from 12 noon-2 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will be held at Beaver Dams Cemetery.

David was born on January 19, 1950 in Montour Falls, NY, and was a proud Vietnam War veteran and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He worked as a Construction Superintendent in Florida and was a home and pool builder in his earlier years. David was an avid lover of hunting, fishing and NASCAR, and loved to do artwork and photography. He was also a motivational speaker and mentor to others at an organization he held dear.

David was predeceased by his parents, William and Ruth Heath, and siblings George E. Heath, Patricia A. Williams and Phillip I. Heath. He is survived by his daughter, Jaime M. Heath of Montour Falls; step children, Danielle (James) Cawood of West Palm Beach, FL, and Dustin (Heather) Goodine, Manchester, TN; brothers and sister, Steven L. (Mary) Heath of Bettendorf, IA, William A. (Natalie) Heath of Boca Raton, FL, James E. (Debra) Heath of Kenneth City, FL, and Sandra L. (Wayne) Boyer of Massena, NY; six grandchildren, Damon F. Morgan of Watkins Glen, Chad Lilly of West Palm Beach, FL, Chloe Guin of West Palm Bend, Micah Cawood of West Palm Beach, and Jaxon Goodine and Trevor Goodine, both of Manchester, TN; dear friend, LueAnne Goodine of West Palm Beach, and many nieces and nephews. 

You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Frank J. Pastore

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

Frank J. Pastore

Age 82, of Horseheads, NY and formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on June 16, 2018.

Frank was born on September 20, 1935 in Watkins Glen, the son of the late James and Rose Pastore. He graduated from Watkins Glen High School and Bryant and Stratton Business Institute of Buffalo. He also served in the U.S. Army. Throughout his career he worked for Westinghouse Corp., Seneca Foods Corp. and Sunrise Industries. Frank was an avid fan of the Yankees, Giants, Syracuse, local Little League Baseball, Small Fry Football, and Elementary School Baseball.

Frank was predeceased by his stepson, Mark Mihalko. He is survived by his wife, Sharon (Roberts) Pastore; two sons, Frank (Colleen) Pastore and Jeffrey (Rose) Pastore, all of Watkins Glen; grandsons, Brad (Erica) Pastore of Saratoga, Daniel Pastore of Montour Falls, and Adam Pastore of Watkins Glen; step-grandson Jason Smith of Watkins Glen; step-granddaughter Erica Smith of Corning; dear family friend Patty Rekczis; and many cousins.

Frank was a communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church. At Frank’s request there will be no calling hours. A graveside committal service will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, NY State Rt. 14 in Watkins Glen, on Friday, June 22 at 3:00 p.m.  

You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.  

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

Obituary: James A. Dixon

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Blauvelt Funeral Home, Waverly, NY.

James A. Dixon

Age 73, of Watkins Glen passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at home with his loving family by his side.

He was predeceased by his parents, Albert and Flossie Dixon; sister, Elnora Leitner; and brothers, Jerry, Charles and Richard.

Jim is survived by his loving wife, Eva Dixon; son, James A. Dixon Jr; daughter, Rose (Jeff) Pastore; grandchildren, Joshua and Justin Dixon, and Jason S. and Erica Smith; brother, Donald (Kim) Dixon; sisters, Marilyn Dixon Parmelie, Janet Dixon Smart, Elsie Dixon Penaloza, and Penny (Frank) Putman; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Jim proudly served in the U.S. Army for many years. He retired from Walmart in Watkins Glen as a maintenance supervisor.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 20 at 11:00 a.m. at Bath Nationals Cemetery, Bath, NY, where full military honors will be accorded. The family is being assisted by the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly, NY

Those wishing to send a message of sympathy may visit the Blauvelt Facebook page or send a private message of sympathy at www.bluaveltfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Jeffrey C. Buchanan

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

Jeffrey C. Buchanan

Age 62, of Sayre, PA, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at home.

Born in Elmira on July 26, 1955, he was the son of Clair Buchanan and Mary Jane Doolittle and was a graduate of Odessa-Montour High School. Jeff retired from Robert Packer Hospital, where he worked for over 40 years. He loved to fish, and enjoyed gardening and music. He was predeceased by his father, and by a step sister, Debbie Rice.

Surviving are his mother, Mary Jane Doolittle of Deltona, FL; brothers, Michael Buchanan of Odessa, David Buchanan of Deltona, FL, Christopher (Roe) Buchanan of Montour Falls, and Nathan Buchanan of Merritt Island, FL; step siblings, Gary Doolittle of Bath, Terry (Tom) Vine of Big Flats, and Thomas Doolittle of Montour Falls; best friend Gary (Karen) Eltringham of Sayre, PA; and by several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, June 18 from 12 noon-2 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. followed by burial at Lakeview 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: Marilyn A. VanNordstrand

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

Marilyn A. (Maloney) VanNordstrand

Age 74, of Odessa, NY passed away on May 24, 2018 in Montour Falls, NY.

She was born on December 5, 1943, the daughter of the late William J. and Verna (Estep) Maloney, and graduated from Watkins Glen High School. Marilyn was a cook at the NYS Fire Academy and a waitress at local restaurants for many years. She was predeceased by her brother, William J. Maloney, Jr.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Fay C. VanNordstrand, III; daughter, Michele Bates (Gary) of Alpine; a son, Scott VanNordstrand (Kathy) of Montour Falls; sister, Nancy VanEtten (Leon) of Spencer; four grandchildren, R.J (Brandi), Zackary, Logan (Eric), and Stephanie (Cody); two great grandchildren, Maddox and Haidyn; Mindy and Josh (adoptive family); and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to gather on Saturday, June 23 from 12 noon-4 p.m. at the Odessa American Legion, 2532 Steam Mill Rd., Odessa.

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

Obituary: James G. Root

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

James G. Root

Age 100, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away at home on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

James was born June 22, 1917 to Edith M. Minsterman and James Albert Root. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1945 in Italy and North Africa. He served as a pioneer clearing mine fields and transporting ammunition. He acquired his pilot's license in Elmira. James retired from Shepard Niles Crane and Hoist in Montour Falls, NY as manager of crane engineering after 43 years of service.

James was a very brilliant person, and could still remember all of his school teachers. He was a jack of all trades -- farmer, engineer, carpenter, cabinet maker, and electrician.

James is survived by son Lawrence (Chiev) Root; daughters Carol (Phillip) Cuellar and Diane (Michael) Naar; grandchildren Linda Page, Randy Lyon, Christine Carter, Mayumi Auert, Phillip Cuellar, Alana Middleton, Spencer Naar, Avery Naar, and Mason Naar; 14 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; as well as nieces and one nephew. James was preceded in death by his spouse, Wanda A. Holmes; daughter, Nancy E. Lee; mother, Edith Minsterman, and father, James Albert Root; and sisters, Florence Henyan and Ethel Kuehn.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 16 at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen. Interment with Military Honors will be at Montour Falls Cemetery.

Obituary: Robert L. Good

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

Robert L. Good

Age 71, of Montour Falls, passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at home.

Born on August 27, 1946, he was the son of the late James and Freda Good, and served with the U.S. Navy. Bob retired from US Salt in Watkins Glen after 43 years. He was a member of the Montour Moose Lodge and the AM Vets.

He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Jeannette Good; children, Danielle Good-Patrignani, Denice Good-Hughey (Dale), Karen Cole (Tracey), and Dale Grantier; six grandchildren, Addison, Paige, Dayne, Angie (Josh), Amanda and Heather; seven great grandchildren; a brother, Larry (Angie); a sister, Judy (Don); and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Tim Grantier, and son-in-law, Anthony Patrignani.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Friday, June 8 at 10:00 a.m. at Montour Cemetery, Mill St., Montour Falls. 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: Karen Heid-Stegner

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

Karen Heid-Stegner

Age 64, of Beaver Dams, NY passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

Born in Long Island, NY on June 18, 1953, she was the daughter of the late Edward Heid and Nora Finch. She graduated from Springfield Gardens High School, attended CUNY at Queensboro and the SCT BOCES LPN program. Karen was an LPN for Pediatric Homecare.

Karen had a love for nature. She enjoyed traveling with her friends and photography. Above all else, she loved spending time with family.

She is survived by her son, Dennis J. Stegner and daughter-in-law, Stacey Parrish (the daughter she never had, but always wanted) of Watkins Glen; grandchildren, Norah Shea Stegner and Rowen Avery Stegner; a sister, Joyce Heid- Silivanch and brother-in-law, John Kevin Silivanch of Toms Rivers, NJ; several nieces, nephews and cousins, and many close friends that she considered family.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, June 9 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A memorial service will follow at 11:30 a.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: Jay Robert 'Bob' Kelchner

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

Jay Robert "Bob" Kelchner

Age 82, of Watkins Glen NY, passed away on June 4, 2018.

A Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen on Friday, June 8 at 11 a.m., followed by burial with military honors at Highland Cemetery.

Known to his family and friends as Bob, he is survived by his wife, Bettylou Pearsall of Watkins Glen, NY; and children, Alan Kelchner (Howard Mullinack) of Emeryville, CA, Andy Kelchner (Tom Grissinger) of Oakland, CA, Ann (Bert) Singerhoff of Horseheads, NY and Paula Lipe of Kermit TX. He is also survived by his sister, Patricia S. Miller of Denver, CO and his grandchildren and extended family members. He was predeceased by his first wife, Susan Jones Kelchner.

Born and raised in Palmyra, PA, the son of Albert and Esther Kelchner, Bob served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 to 1958, earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Indiana Institute of Technology in 1961, and later completed graduate study in Adult Education and Organizational Behavior at Cornell University. He worked for Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester), Pall Trinity Micro Corp. (Cortland), Hilliard Corp. (Elmira), and Cornell University (Ithaca). He was a certified manufacturing engineer and holder of four U.S. patents.

Bob was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Watkins Glen; a 50-year member of the Barbershop Harmony Society (SPEBSQA), singing with the Checkered Flag Four Quartet and the Mark Twain Chorus; and a member of the Southern Tier Sports Car Club and the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America). Some of Bob’s favorite hobbies included attending antique auctions with his wife, as he was an avid collector of antique toy vehicles. He was also a volunteer Race Control Worker at Watkins Glen International.

Donations may be made to the Southern Tier Food Bank, The Arc of Schuyler, or the International Motor Racing Research Center. Envelopes with addresses will be provided at the church. You may express condolences to the family online, or “Light A Candle of Remembrance” at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Service: William and Alta Jaynes

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

William and Alta Jaynes

REYNOLDSVILLE --- Friends and family are invited to a graveside memorial service for William and Alta Jaynes on Saturday, June 9 at 10:00 a.m. at the Union Cemetery of Hector, State Route 79, Burdett.

Rev. Mike Kelly will be presiding.

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

Obituary: Pauline Byron

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

Pauline Byron

It is with great sadness that the family of Pauline Byron (Rajkowski) of Montour Falls, NY, formerly of Philadelphia, PA, announces her passing. Pauline passed away peacefully surrounded by family on May 26, 2018 at the age of 86.

Mother to two children, William and Patricia (Dennis), she is survived by grandchildren Danielle, Gregory, Paul and Bryce; great grandchildren Benjamin and Natalie; brother, John, along with many nieces and nephews.

Pauline was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church, dedicating her life to God and family. Her contagious laugh, love and kindness will be missed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, June 2 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Cantius Church in (Bridesburg) Philadelphia, PA. Her viewing will be held from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the church.

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: Russell King

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

Russell King

Age 49, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at home.

Russell was born in Brampton, Ontario on May 1, 1969 and moved to the United States with his family in 1998.

Russell is survived by his parents, John and Lorna King, and his sister, Kelly King, all of Montour Falls; and his brother, Bradley King, his wife Jing and their two children of Alameda, California.

Russell was kind, gentle and caring and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and remained an ardent fan of the Carolina Tar Heels basketball team. He had a great sense of humor, could converse knowledgeably on almost any topic and was often found at his computer. For the last several months he had been working to renovate a historic house in Montour Falls.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, June 3 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Watkins Glen, 520 North Decatur Street, Watkins Glen. His funeral service will begin at 4:00 p.m., followed by a reception at the church. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery.

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: Michael L. Chilson

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

Michael L. Chilson

Age 64, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away at home on Monday, May 28, 2018.

Mike was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. He also loved playing horseshoes with family and friends. He was a mason tender #589 Union of Ithaca.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Friday, June 1 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 7 p.m.

Michael was born in Towanda, PA, the son of James and Anna Mae Chilson. He was predeceased by his parents; brothers William, Donald, James and David Chilson; mother-in-law, Ida Ameigh; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Hartford and Joseph Ameigh; grandson, Rylee Brion-Chilson, and niece, Carey Ellis-Carins.

He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Linda (Ameigh) Chilson; children, Robert Chilson (Katie  Brion) of Athens, PA, Josh Chilson, and Megan Chilson, both of Watkins Glen, and Merranda Chilson of Elmira; father-in-law, Lynn Ameigh Jr.; siblings, Paul (Beverly) Chilson of Monroeton, PA and Harold Chilson of Sayre, and Anna Mae Ellis of Summerfield, FL; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Kathleen Hartford of North Carolina, Jim Ameigh of Beaver Dams, Susan Farr of Hector, and Marian Ameigh of Watkins Glen; 12 grandchildren, Jacob Charles Brion, Kayla Anna Marie Bion, Jessie James Brion, Matthew Jordan Brion-Chilson, Cayden Michael Brion-Chilson, Karley Marie Brion-Chilson and Courtney May Brion-Chilson, Grace Ann Brown-Chilson, Mary Strope, Stephen Lattimer, and Jillian and Rebecca Evans; three great-grandchildren, Alec, Isaac, and Sophia Ferguson; and special buddy, dog Taz.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Anna Mae (Collins) Elmo

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

Anna Mae (Collins) Elmo

Age 87, of Trumansburg, passed away on Saturday, May 26, 2018. She was born on May 17, 1931, the daughter of the late Eugene and Leah (Wright) Collins.

Anna Mae loved to babysit. The last children that she babysat for were her grandchildren, Taylor and Turner. She was a wonderful person, who enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, especially her brother Merle Collins and his late wife, Sue.
 
Surviving are her children, Cheryl (Lawrence) Iacovelli of Trumansburg, Greg Elmo of Las Vegas, NV, and Shireen Place; brother, Merle Collins of Cayuta; six grandchildren; her favorite niece, Carol Marsh, and many other nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, John Elmo.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 31 from 4-6 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A funeral service will follow at 6 p.m. Private burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Odessa.

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: Rocco R. Marcellino Jr.

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

Rocco R. Marcellino Jr.

Rocco R. Marcellino Jr., a former standout athlete at Watkins Glen (NY) High School, died on Friday, May 25, 2018 at his home in Palmyra, NY.

Marcellino was a 1983 graduate of Watkins Glen High School, and a member of the 1982 IAC champion WGHS football team that went 8-0 in the regular season. He was also an outstanding baseball player.

Family and friends are invited to call from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, June 3 at the Robert L. Yost Funeral Home, Inc., 123 West Main St., Palmyra.

Rocco is survived by his son, Rocco Marcellino III; his father, Rocco Marcellino Sr.; former wife and good friend Barbara Marcellino; and cousins Patti and Jeffrey Meehan and their children Jeffrey, Marissa and Catherine. He was predeceased by his mother, Theodore Marcellino, and his sister, Gina Marcellino.

To pay tribute, visit https://www.rlyostfuneralhome.com/notices/Rocco-MarcellinoJr

Obituary: Roberta Dannenfelser Flowers

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

Roberta Dannenfelser Flowers

Age 74, passed away on Sunday, September 3, 2017 at Highland Hospital in Rochester, NY after a courageous eight-year battle with ovarian cancer.

Roberta was born on September 2, 1943 in New London, Connecticut. Her parents were the late Robert and Virginia Dannenfelser.

Roberta graduated from Hunter College High School in Manhattan. She then attended Hunter College in the Bronx (now Lehman College of the City University of New York) and earned a degree in elementary education. She taught for several years at an elementary school in the South Bronx as a science specialist.

Later she was asked to join the staff of the newly formed Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York as Director of Admissions and Foreign Student Advisor. She met her husband, John Flowers, who was a chemistry professor at Medgar Evers. They were married on April 25, 1987 and lived in the Bronx, NY.

In 1990 Roberta and John had a house constructed in Hector, NY. Her parents, Virginia and Robert Dannenfelser, lived in the house while Roberta and John were still working in Brooklyn. Roberta and John moved from the Bronx to Hector in 2006.

Roberta was a member of the Hector Presbyterian Church, where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, and served several terms as a member of the session. She was a volunteer for the Hector Library. She was a member of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and worked with the Timing and Scoring Team at Watkins Glen International and Lime Rock Park at the SCCA races. She was also a member of Zonta and served several years as secretary.

Roberta is survived by her loving husband, John; her brother, Steve; nephews, Christopher and Damian; nieces, Jenny Kay, Dawn, and Candy, as well as by several grand nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Bobby.

A memorial service for Roberta will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Hector Presbyterian Church in Hector on Sunday, June 3. On Saturday, June 2, calling hours will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen. You may express condolences or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Kevin Rappleye's life to be celebrated

“Forever in our hearts.” Please join us June 9th from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. to remember our dad Kevin Paul Rappleye (Oct. 9th, 1959-Nov. 26th, 2017).

The celebration will be held at the Sugar Hill Fire Tower and Recreation Area (in the pavilion), located off Tower Hill Road. 

All who knew Kevin are welcome to come share your memories. Burial to follow in the Tyrone Cemetery.

*****

Photo: Kevin Paul Rappleye.

Obituary: Peggy A. Rogers

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

Peggy A. Rogers

Age 79, of Watkins Glen, was called to be with her Lord on May 23, 2018. 

Peggy was predeceased by her husband, Pastor Stewart C. Rogers. She is survived by her loving children, Connie (Robert) Wrenn of Watkins Glen, James (Ronda) Rogers of Breesport, and Lisa Cole and Joseph Rogers, both of Horseheads; brother, Bill (Kathy) Jackson of Elmira; sisters-in-law, Lillian (Robert) Perry and Ruth Simpson, both of Watkins Glen; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 26 at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, from 11 a.m.-12 noon; followed by a funeral service at 12 noon at the funeral home, Rev. Daniel Barner officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Reading Center. 

You may express condolences or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Ann J. Confer

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

Ann J. Confer

Age 82, of Lakeland, Florida and Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Monday, May 14, 2018 after a brief illness.

She was born in Elmira, NY on April 18, 1936, the daughter of the late Ray N. and Barbara L. (Hurd) Margeson, and graduated from Horseheads High School.

Ann retired as a staff accountant from Ciaschi, Dietershagen, Little, Mickelson in Ithaca. She was a member of the Montour Falls United Methodist Church, the Mechanics Club, and the Tuesday Golf League at Soaring Eagles, and was treasurer of the Georgetown Homeowners Association.

She was predeceased by her husband, George R. “Bud” Confer, in 2014, and by a brother, Jack Margeson.

Ann is survived by her children, Karen (Dan) Rock of Odessa, Jason (Lisa) Confer of MD, and Bud’s children, Sharon (Bill) Van of Huntsville, AL and Jeff (Linda) Confer of Montour Falls; brother, Gerald Margeson of FL; sister-in-law, Maria Margeson of FL; grandchildren, Brian (Joy) Rock, Chad, Tate and Cayden Confer; great grandchildren, Gavin, Henry and Samantha Rock; a nephew; and five nieces with special thanks to Kelly for all of her help.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A celebration of Ann’s life will follow at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Seneca Union Cemetery in Valois at the convenience of the family. The family will provide flowers.

Contributions may be made in Ann’s memory to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 4043 Maple Road, Suite 105, Amherst, NY 14226. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Dano Hutnik

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

Dano Hutnik

Devoted father, husband and award-winning chef Dano Hutnik, 69, of Lodi, NY, passed away suddenly on Friday, May 18, 2018.

A celebrated Finger Lakes region chef since 1990, he first opened and operated Dano’s on Cayuga and later Dano's Heuriger on Seneca. Dano, a former professional ballet master in Austria, graduated from the Culinary School of San Francisco before gaining acclaim as a regularly featured, award-nominated chef at the James Beard Foundation.

Dano is survived by his wife and business partner, Karen Gilman, and his three daughters, Martina Migenes, Sophia and Katya Hutnik. Others surviving include: sister Oxana Rakowsky and husband Ihor; brother Ihor Hutnik and wife Oksana; mother-in-law Carol Gilman; sister-in-law Lori Gilman; three nieces; two nephews; one grandson and many friends.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, May 21 between 5-8 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tompkins County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Ithaca Children's Garden. Addresses will be available at the funeral home.

You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Morgan L. Woodworth, D.C.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Mansfield, Pa.

Morgan L. Woodworth, D.C.

Age 61, passed away on May 10, 2018 at the Gatehouse in Williamsport, PA. He was the beloved husband of Linda L. (Latimer) Woodworth, D.C . They celebrated 31 years of marriage on November 22, 2017. 

Morgan was born on April 24, 1957 in Montour Falls, NY. He was the son of Nelson and Anne (Morgan) Woodworth Meehan. Morgan and his wife, Linda, were both chiropractors who owned and operated Woodworth Chiropractic for 28  years in Covington, PA. He was a 17-year member of the Christian Church at Cogan Station. Morgan enjoyed reading the Bible, praising the Lord, playing the harmonica, woodworking and doing home repairs.  Morgan dearly loved his patients, friends and relatives. He found it a privilege to pray for them. We are sure the greeting Jesus gave him in Heaven was “well done, good and faithful servant.”

He was an honorably discharged Army veteran, having served in the post-Vietnam era. He was stationed in Landstuhl at the U.S. Army Hospital, where he served as a cabinet maker.

Morgan is survived by his wife, Linda Woodworth, D.C. of Covington, PA; a brother, Larry, and sister-in-law, Sheila Woodworth of Hector, NY; a sister, Nancy Woodworth of Watkins Glen, NY, and Lee-Anne Woodworth, a  sister-in-law. He was also survived by several nieces and nephews. Morgan was predeceased by his parents and a  brother, Jim Woodworth.

A celebration of his life will take place on July 29, 2018 at 12 noon at the Christian Church at Cogan Station in Cogan Station, PA 17728. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA has been entrusted with the arrangements

Services set for Althea C. Carpenter

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018 for Althea C. Carpenter at Laurel Hill Cemetery outside Odessa.

Mrs. Carpenter, a longtime resident of Odessa and the widow of Robert G. Carpenter, died on Feb. 20, 2018 at the age of 90.

Arrangements are being handled by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Obituary: Richard A. Morrill

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

Richard A. Morrill

Age 67, of Deltona, Florida, died at Central Florida Hospital in Sanford, Florida following emergency surgery on April 26, 2018.

He was born on April 7, 1951 at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, New York, to the late Garfield A. (Doc) Morrill and Delphine E. (DuBois) Morrill. He was a graduate of Watkins Glen Central High School and a United State Army veteran. He received his PhD. degree from Ferris State University in Michigan and worked as a nuclear pharmacist until his retirement and move to Florida.

He is survived by his son, Christopher A. Morrill, and three grandchildren, Jason Mitchell, Victoria Morrill and Damian Morrill -- all of Deltona, Florida. He is survived by his sisters, Elizabeth (Dennis) Fagan of Waneta Lake, New York and Deborah Dennison of Beaver Dams, New York. He is also survived by nephew Brian (Jill) Dennison of Rock Stream, New York; Uncle Leland A. Dubois Sr. and cousin Sandra (Nick) Caponelli, both of New Castle, Delaware; cousin Leland A. (Linda) Dubois of Lumberton, North Carolina, and cousin Kathleen White of New Ark, Delaware. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Sterling (Jack) Dennison.

Per his request, no services were held. Arrangements and cremation services were provided by the Deltona Memorial Funeral Home, Orange City, Florida.

Memorial donations may be made to the Schuyler County Humane Society, P.O. Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865.

Obituary: Thomas H. Elliott

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

Thomas H. Elliott

Age 92, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving wife and daughters Cynthia and Cherrie.

He was born in Elmira on November 9, 1925, the son of the late Joseph B. and Madeline (Kakritz) Elliott. Tom served with the U.S. Navy from 1942-1946. On April 26, 1947, he married Margaret MacBlane in St. Charles Borromeo Church in Elmira Heights.

Tom was a correctional officer at Elmira Correctional Facility and later at Camp Monterey, where he retired. He previously worked at Swift Lubricator. Tom was a member of the Mechanics Club, Montour Moose Lodge, VFW in Watkins Glen, and the American Legion in Elmira Heights. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and gardening tomatoes, and loved his toys -- motorcycles and muscle cars.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 71 years, Margaret A. Elliott; children, Cynthia Elliott of Rochester, Louise Wilson of Bath, Joseph B. (Ann) Elliott of Corning, and Cherrie Hurd of Corning; sister, Priscilla (Norman) Ogden of Horseheads; nine grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Barbara Cambio.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, May 11 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Care First Hospice, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870, or 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: Virginia Eaton

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

Virginia Eaton

Age 94, passed away on May 2, 2018 at home in Burdett, NY surrounded by her loving family.

Virginia was born on May 3, 1923 in Burdett, the daughter of Leland and Veronica Arnold. She was a lifelong resident of Burdett, a lifelong member of the Burdett United Methodist Church and a supporter and member of numerous Schuyler groups and organizations.

She is survived by her children, Sheryl Thurston (Linwood Standish) of Burdett, Debra McDonald of Sumter, SC, Wendy (Victor) Scuteri of Salisbury, NC, and L. Scott Welch (Melissa Bardeen) of Watkins Glen; brother, Willard (Marianne) Arnold of Virginia; 17 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, and by husband Roger Eaton (survivors include his children, Barbara (Ed) Smith of Vermont and Bill (Joan) Eaton of Indiana). Also, predeceased by sister, Beverly Peyton; companion, Salvatore Chicone and her very close cousin (sister), Lois Phelps.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 5 from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen; followed by a memorial service celebrating her life at 3:00 p.m. and interment at the Union Cemetery of Hector in Burdett.

Memorial donations may be made to the Burdett Fire Company, PO Box 238, Burdett, NY 14818. You may express condolences to the family or “Light A Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Nellie B. Ellison

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

Nellie B. Ellison

Age 82, of Watkins Glen, NY died Thursday, April 19, 2018 at her daughter's home in Coopers Plains, NY, with her family and faithful dog Sam by her side.

Born on September 25, 1935 in Corning, Nellie was the daughter of Charles and Nellie (Daisley) Payne. She married Jack Ellison on December 31, 1962 and he preceded her in death on November 17, 1987. She had been a health care aide for many years in the Watkins Glen area. Nellie enjoyed nature and being outside, feeding her birds, and gardening.

She is survived by four daughters, Penny (Kevin) Rice of Coopers Plains, Georgia (Dana) Hallenbeck of Oak Ridge, TN, Sandy (Dale) Snellenberger of Manchester, CT and Aleta (Norm) Woodward of Warner Robbins, GA; son, Jeffery Ellison of 29 Palms, CA; sister, Rosalie Gigliello of Corning; 12 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Nellie was welcomed home by her husband Jack, son Gregory Scott Ellison, brothers Harry, Arthur, Charles, Jesse and Lindberg Payne, and sisters Elizabeth Dell, Azley Lowe and June Bonomo.

A celebration of life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 7, 2018 at the Haughey Funeral Home, Inc., 216 E. First Street in Corning, with Pastor Gary Hart officiating. Committal service and burial will follow in Pleasant View Cemetery in Reading Center, New York.

Memorial donations may be made in Nellie's name to the Humane Society of Schuyler County.

Obituary: R. Bruce Tappan

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

R. Bruce Tappan

Age 81, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center.

He was born in Harrisburg, PA on July 6, 1936, the son of the late Theron and Marie (Porter) Tappan. Bruce was a telephone repairman with Empire Telephone for many years. He also tended bar at the Elks Lodge in Watkins Glen and at Ken & Barb’s. He was a lifelong Episcopalian and served as an altar server when he was young.

Bruce was a devoted father who instilled great character in his children. He was proud of them and all of their accomplishments, yet humble and conservative with his own accomplishments. He fulfilled his promise to his wife upon her passing to always provide and take care of their children.

Bruce was a member of the Elks Lodge 1546 in Watkins Glen, a conservative Republican, and he loved trains. Bruce was a friend to many in the community and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his children, Bruce James (BJ) and Jennifer Tappan of Watkins Glen, Christopher (Ashley) Tappan of Horseheads, Bonnie (Rob) Wagner of Waterloo, Pat Tappan of Waverly, Mark (Lori) Tappan of Lehighton, PA, Tim Tappan of Jim Thorpe, PA, and Jeff (Linda) Cheresnowsky of Waverly; brother, Kent Tappan of Waverly; grandchildren, Bryce, Lelend, Soleil, Xanthe, and several other grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara Tappan, son, Andy Tappan, and granddaughter, Sarah Tappan.

Bruce’s family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Franck Tirgari for the care he gave to him throughout his illness.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 112 Sixth St., Watkins Glen. A luncheon will be held at the Elks Lodge, 300 N. Madison Ave., Watkins Glen following the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Disabled Veterans, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Dave White

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

Dave White

Dave White of Katy, TX, formerly of Odessa, NY, passed away on Friday, April 27, 2018 after a short illness.

Dave was well known in this area and in the summer he and his friend Bill Tague could be seen at the Montour Marina either working on the boat they had or out on Senaca Lake.  Dave loved boating.

His wife Jean; two children, David of Arden, NC and Lisa of Katy, TX; two grandsons, Patrick and Shawn; and one great-grandson, Deacon, survive him.

If you wish, you may make a donation to the Heart Association. There will be no calling hours or funeral. He will be laid to rest in Pennsylvania, where he was born and raised.

Obituary: James Munroe

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

James Munroe

Age 82, of Hector and Newark, NY, passed away on April 4, 2018.

James was an accomplished, self-taught musician and loved old-time music. He was a member of the former Crooked Lake Fiddle Club in Penn Yan. He was also a member of the Hector Presbyterian Church and Odessa Conservation Club. He worked for 37½ years as a machinist at Shepard-Niles in Montour Falls.

He is survived by wife, Nellie Munroe of Dundee; son, Charles J. Munroe (Kim Young) of Dundee; brothers, John Munroe and Richard Munroe (Ann), and sister, Patricia Chaffie, all of Hector; partner, Jane Weiland of Newark, NY; Selma Foote of Beaver Dams and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, James and Louise (Johns) Munroe, and infant daughter, Heather Rose Munroe.

In honoring his life, a celebration will be held at the Valois-Logan-Hector Fire Department on May 26 beginning at 12 noon. Burial will be at Logan Cemetery in Burdett at a later date.

You may express condolences or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: James Henry Bond Jr.

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

James Henry Bond Jr.

Age 79, of Valois, known by his friends as Hank, passed peacefully in his home early in the morning on April 24th.

He leaves behind the kind of legacy only a town icon can. He was a man of many talents and it shows in his myriad of accomplishments, in his children and grandchildren’s faces and in the memories of the lives he’s touched.

Hank was the Hector Town Justice for 30 years, a distinguished member of the Hector Fire Department, a jack of all trades for Bond Dairy & Fruit Stand, a mechanic for the Town of Hector and a machinist at NAPA. He was known as one of the best euchre players and he could often be found in his garage spending time with his best friends. His grandchildren remember him as a fierce and loyal grandfather who would do anything for them or anyone in need.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Bond; his brother Phil and wife Wilma Bond; and by his children, James III & Debbra Bond, Jerry Bond, Jennifer Bond, Jason and Janine Bond and Betty Jo Palmer. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Denise Ganton, DJ & Abby Ganton, James IV & Alexandra Bond, Justin & Sarah Bond, Jerry Bond Jr., Bobby and Cody Bond, Nicole Bond, Eric Bell, Jonathan and Valerie Preston, LynnAnn Caslin, Terry and Jordan Bond, Brady and Sydney Bond, Emmie Bond and Tori Palmer; four great-grandchildren; 50+ foster children, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

There will be no calling hours or funeral, but the family will hold a celebration of life at a date to be announced this summer.

Donations can be made to the VLH Fire Department for those looking for some way to honor his life. 

You may “Light a Candle of Remembrance” or express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: George Clark Rumsey

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

George Clark Rumsey

Age 69, of Reading Center, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 23, 2018 at home.

He was born in Westfield, PA on March 7, 1949, the son of George Harvey Rumsey and Thelma Clark Rumsey. He graduated from Cowanesque Valley Junior-Senior High School in PA. On March 15, 1969, he married the former Patricia Ann Coons in Middlebury Center, PA.

George worked for the Pennsylvania State Highway Department for 10 years and then at US Salt for 22 years. He attended St. Mary’s of the Lake Church as well as several other churches over the years in Northern PA and New York. George enjoyed hunting, farming (Gentleman Farmer) and spending time with family and friends. He was a member of the American Legion and the Loyal Order of Moose.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 49 years, Patricia Ann Rumsey; three sons, Clark (Beth) Rumsey of Rock Stream, Mark (Anne) Rumsey of Kettering, OH and Kevin (Jamie) Rumsey of Watkins Glen; two sisters, Joyce (Bruce) Broadbent of York, PA and Joan (Ken) Bubb of Mecklenburg, PA; sister-in-law, Janet Rumsey of Westfield, PA; six grandchildren, Megan, Logan, Niamh, Aoife, Isaac and Owen; two great grandchildren, Caden and Hallie (Garrett); several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and many friends, neighbors in the community. He was predeceased by his mother in 2003, his father in 2007, and a brother, Harvey Rumsey, in 2017.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, May 6 from 2-3 p.m. at the Watkins Glen Fire Department, 201 N. Perry St., Watkins Glen. A memorial service will begin at 3:00 p.m., followed by a reception at the fire department.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Disabled Veterans, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, Kentucky 41076, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or the Watkins Glen Fire Department, 201 N. Perry St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

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: Tadeusz 'Tad' Jaconski

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

Tadeusz "Tad" Jaconski

Age 69, of Watkins Glen, passed away unexpectedly on March 17, 2018 in Montour Falls.

Tad was born in Brooklyn, NY on June 1, 1948, the son of Augustus and Maria Constantine Jaconski. He studied at St. Stanislaus Koslka Catholic School and Trinity High School in Brooklyn. He later worked for many years as a Night Auditor for hotels in the New York City area.

He is survived by four sons, Jim, Ted, David and Matthew, all of Arizona; five grandchildren; sister Mary and her husband Kenneth Eldridge of Watkins Glen; very good friend, David Elliott; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Edward Jaconski of Colorado; and infant brother, John Jaconski. 

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

Obituary: Wilma L. (Smith) Fretz

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

Wilma L. (Smith) Fretz

Age 88, of Elmira, NY passed away peacefully on Friday, April 20, 2018.

She was the beloved wife of 49 years of the late William H. Fretz, who passed away on May 8, 2000.  She is survived by two daughters, Darlene Moses of Elmira and Vivian Euzent of Sunnyvale, CA; five grandchildren, Christopher and Ronald Moses, and Michael, Bryan & Danielle Euzent; and seven great grandchildren. She also leaves her brother behind, Milton Smith of Lagrange, KY.

She was a foster parent for over 40 years to more than 150 babies before she retired.  A proud graduate of Odessa Central School, Class of 1947, she often organized and attended all the class reunions. In addition to being co-owner of Bill’s TV and Radio Service for over  30 years, she helped rear her grandchildren with the appropriate mix of love and homemade cookies.

She volunteered for many years teaching Sunday School at her church, drove for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, and also volunteered at Arnot Ogden Hospital nursing home.  Her passion was going to McDonald’s to share breakfast with friends and meeting with her Circle of Women Group.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 19 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Elmira with a luncheon to follow. Interment will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Horseheads  NY at the family’s convenience.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to the First Presbyterian Church, 1054 W. Clinton St., Elmira NY 14905.

Obituary: Elsie Arlene Rarrick

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

Elsie Arlene Rarrick

Age 81, of Lorain, Ohio and formerly of Cayuta, NY, went to meet with her Heavenly Father on Friday, April 20, 2018.

She was born in Elmira on August 29, 1936, the daughter of the late George and Mildred (Kennedy) Learn. Arlene was a lifelong homemaker, lovingly caring for her husband and children. Mrs. Rarrick was a member of the Highway Tabernacle Assembly of God Church in Van Etten, where she was active as a board member and also in cleaning the church. 

She was predeceased by her husband, John Rarrick, son John “Jack” Rarrick, and brother, Dick Learn. She is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Freeman of Lorain, OH; brother, Gerald Learn of Oakland, CA; seven grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, April 25 from 5-6 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A funeral service will follow at 6:00 p.m. with Rev. Donald Earley officiating. Burial will be in Cayuta Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Highway Tabernacle Assembly of God Church, 922 State Route 224, Van Etten, NY 14889.

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

Obituary: Bonnie Arnold Fenton

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

Bonnie Arnold Fenton

Age 77, of Horseheads, NY, passed away at home on Monday, April 16, of dementia-related causes.

She was born in Burdett, NY, on March 14, 1941, the daughter of the late Clyde and Alma Arnold. She was predeceased in January 2012 by her husband of 52 years, William E. Fenton. She was also predeceased by sister Sharon Gibson and brother Bruce Arnold.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Sonja and Michael Keller, and grandchildren Hannah, Alexander and Noah Keller. The family is currently stationed in Duesseldorf, Germany. Bonnie is also survived by two brothers, Gary Arnold and Terry Arnold, both of Horseheads; a sister-in-law, Ann Hawken of Florida; as well as 12 nieces and nephews.

Bonnie spent many happy years as a teacher’s aide at Sing Sing Road School. She enjoyed working with the children, and felt particularly blessed because in her work as an aide in the resource room, she worked with many students over a span of several years and got to see them grow. She was an enthusiastic crafter and liked to give handmade Christmas ornaments to her students each year.

Bonnie was active in a variety of ministries at the Community Wesleyan Church in Horseheads. She led women’s Bible studies, was a director of Wesleyan Women ministry, and participated in the Senior Adult ministry. She worked with children as a Sunday School teacher and VBS helper. She was known for her gifts as a helper and as a caring person.

Following her husband’s passing and her diagnosis of dementia, Bonnie moved to Appleridge Senior Living, Horseheads. Her family is deeply and sincerely thankful that she was able to live in her own apartment there while receiving compassionate and attentive care by the kind staff of Community Home Care of Bethany.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 South Main Street, Horseheads, on Friday, April 20 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. A celebration of her life will follow there at the conclusion of calling hours. At 12:30 p.m., graveside services will be held at Hector Union Cemetery, Burdett.

Memorial donations may be made to the Community Wesleyan Church, 2095 Grand Central Avenue, Horseheads, New York 14845. www.barberfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Michael G. 'Mickey' Carrigan

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

Michael G. "Mickey" Carrigan

Age 69, of Horseheads, NY, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

He was born on April 28, 1948 in Montour Falls, NY, the son of the late Gerald and Josephine (Brown) Carrigan. In addition to his parents, Mickey was predeceased by his nephew, Brennan Love. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Mahon Carrigan; his daughter, Michele (Brooke) Hoover; brother, Samuel (Dena) Carrigan; sister, Kathy (Tom) Love; his dear nephews, Kyle (Stephanie) Carrigan, Dale (Haley) Carrigan, Sean (Chelsea) Love, and TJ Love; father- and mother-in-law, Donald (Mary) Mahon; stepchildren, Ellen (Tyler) Kent, Braxton (Suzette) Hill, and Jordan Hill; sister-in-law, Elizabeth (Gregory) Behm; along with a host of cousins, extended family, and many dear friends, including his canine companion Winston.

Family and friends are invited to visit the Barber Funeral Home, 413 S. Main St., Horseheads, on Tuesday, April 17 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mickey's funeral service will immediately follow there at 5 p.m., Rev Scott Wolf officiating. Committal and interment will be held privately in Lakeview Cemetery, Penn Yan.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make a donation in Mickey's name to a cancer research charity of your choice or to the Horseheads Community Animal Shelter, where Mickey found Winston, online athttps://www.horseheadscommunityanimalshelter.com.

A full tribute to Mickey's life can be read and condolences can be left at www.barberfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Martin G. West, Jr.

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

Martin G. West, Jr.

Age 81, of Bradford, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at home.

He was born in Montour Falls, NY on July 1, 1936, the son of Martin G. and Alma (Clark) West and attended Watkins Glen Central School. Marty served with the U.S. Army in Korea from 1954 to 1962.

He was employed as a construction worker for 19 years, then worked as an auto mechanic at Ron Parmenter Motors. He also had his own auto repair garage at home. He retired from Fleet Bank in Watkins Glen as maintenance supervisor in 1995, was employed part time at Schuyler Hospital, and retired from Learn Motors on his 75th birthday on July 1, 2011.

Marty was an avid stock-car race fan and driver at Chemung Speedway for many years. He loved MG cars and restored many of them. He was a member of the Mechanics Club in Montour Falls, American Legion Post #676, Montour Moose Lodge #426, and the Tyrone Methodist Church, and was a bowler for over 50 years.

He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Mervin West and Ray West, and sister Stella Hover. He is survived by his wife, Connie Howell West, whom he married on June 16, 1977; daughters, Debbie (Stephen) Bedient of Watkins Glen, and Tammy (Jay) Little of Corning; grandchildren, Matthew Bedient of Seneca Falls, Jared Bedient of Canandaigua, Kyle Little of Lakeland, FL, and Amber Little of Corning; sister, Jolene (Carlton) Swick of Trumansburg; dear friends John and Linda Bailey of Bradford; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, April 18 from 3-6 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 19 at 11:00 a.m. at the Tyrone United Methodist Church, 3647 Church Hill Rd., Tyrone. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa.

Contributions may be made to the Tyrone United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1, Tyrone, NY 14887 or the Tyrone Fire Department, P.O. Box 69, Tyrone, NY 14887. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Barbara Jean Osborn

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

Barbara Jean Osborn

Age 70, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 6, 2018 at her home in Irelandville.

Barb was born in July of 1947 in Elmira, New York. She was raised predominantly in the Twin Tiers area. She LOVED warm weather, the beach and being outside doing anything, as long as it was warm. She loved hunting with family and tolerated the cold for a good venison dinner.

Anyone who knew Barb, knew she was a good soul. Her generosity and reserved nature were a blessing to anyone who knew her. If you ever received groceries on your porch, clothes in your car or an anonymous need filled, it might have been her doing. If she was aware of a need, she would always try to help.

Barb was a single mom for many years, until meeting her soulmate, Bob Osborn. They married in 1982. They blended families and lived in Rock Stream, until Bob’s passing in 2007. Barb was a great wife and determined Mom. She taught her kids to always be aware of the needs of others. She also believed firmly in the importance of thank-you notes.

Barb worked many years at Schuyler Hospital in various positions until retiring shortly after Bob’s passing. She had a much needed sabbatical in Florida to visit with her brother, Danny.  She returned to Watkins and volunteered part time at Sangary Kennels in Rock Stream. Barb always said this would be her dream job.

Barb valued her friendships and regularly met with friends for lunch. She had close friendships that spanned over 40 years. She will be missed deeply.

Barb is survived by her devoted, youngest son, Brian Westlake, Watkins Glen; stepchildren, Robert Osborn (Tina Fesperman), Oklahoma, Colleen Osborn, North Carolina, David (Julie), Arizona and their sons, Dan, Rob and Lisa Osborn, California. Also, her brother, Daniel Hanlon, Florida; grandchildren, Damion Westlake, New York, Olivia Hanlon, New York, and PJ Hanlon, New York. She was predeceased by her loyal son, Phillip Hanlon, and her loving husband of 25 years, Robert (Bob) Osborn.

There will be a celebration of Barb’s life later in August.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Schuyler County Humane Society, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865 (or online at www.SchuylerHumane.org). You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Steven Oscar Shaffer

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

Steven Oscar Shaffer

Age 50, formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away at the Port St. Lucie (Florida) Medical Center on Sunday, April 8, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. 

He is survived by his children, Celeste Shaffer, Steven Shaffer and Zackary Shaffer; the mother of his children, Christie Shaffer; constant canine companion Snickers; mother, Betty McNutt; stepfather, Robert McNutt; sister, Kathryn Barrack; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.  He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Shaffer, and brother, Donald Shaffer Jr.

Steve was a simple man who always lived his life to the fullest. He enjoyed spending much of his time outdoors, hunting and fishing, and shared this love with his children and friends. He worked hard to achieve many things both with his hands and with his wits. Steve lived his life with his heart on his sleeve and cared for his children deeply. Although he didn't have much, Steve would give the shirt off his back for so many and chose to continue to do so after death by donating his organs to those in need.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to help his children. Steve's children carry the burden of all his medical, financial and final expenses. Celeste, Steven and Zack need our help to get through this unexpected tragedy. They were by his side making very hard decisions at their young adult ages. Donations can be sent to Celeste Shaffer, PO Box 101, Trumansburg, NY 14886.

Steve, Dad, son, you will be forever missed. May you rest in peace.

Services will be held at a later date in upstate New York.

Obituary: Philetus L. 'Phil' Murray, Jr.

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

Philetus L. "Phil" Murray, Jr.

Our hearts are broken to announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, Philetus L. “Phil” Murray, Jr., of Alpine, NY, who passed away on April 10, 2018.

Phil was born on July 30, 1933 in Smithboro, NY, the son of Philetus L. Murray, Sr. and Leona Bennett Murray.

He was predeceased by his parents and siblings, Merritt, William, Patricia, Jack, Jerry and Richard. He is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Kay Murray; daughters, Karen (Keith) Hills, Koleen (Mark) Jastremsky, Michelle (Greg) Terpolilli, and Jackie Byrski; son, Gary (Jeanne) Allington; grandchildren, Keith, Michelle, BillieJo, Tim, Jessica, Julia, Jenna, Candice, Jimmy and Amber; great grandchildren, Kaylee, Dena and Kendra; one aunt, Virginia Wilson; and several nieces and nephews.

Phil served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War from March 1953 to March 1955. He was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. in Owego, a member of the Moose club in Hornell, and a member of the American Legion in Campbell. Phil worked at Stackmore in Owego and retired in 1993 after 26 years at Borg Warner. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and especially loved spending time at his cottage on Keuka Lake surrounded by his family. He also enjoyed gambling, and his trips to Las Vegas, where he and Kay were married. We love you, and miss you and look forward to seeing you in Heaven.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 14 from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will begin at 12:00 noon, followed by burial in Niles Valley Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Douglas William Voorheis

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

Douglas William Voorheis

Age 75, of Reynoldsville, NY, passed away suddenly on the afternoon of April 6, 2018 at Cayuga Medical Center surrounded and supported by his immediate family.

Doug was born and raised in Reynoldsville, New York. He proudly served his country in the Air Force as well as in the Navy as a Seabee. It was in the Air Force where Doug assembled parachutes that he developed his skill as a seamster. He later transferred this skillset into a small side business which included boat top repair/replacement, and upholstery work. Doug was also an accomplished machinist who worked tirelessly and meticulously at NCR, Shepard Niles, Schuyler Dynamics and Borg Warner, where he retired in 2006.

Upon completing his service, he married his first wife, Nancy Orchard. He built the home that he lived in adjacent to his childhood home located on the south end of the small hamlet of Reynoldsville. Doug later married his second wife, June Fleet Voorheis, in the spring of 1987.

Doug loved the outdoors and was an avid sportsman. He loved the home that he built and took pride in developing the property the way his father had always dreamed. It was common for Doug to be seen gazing over his pond watching the wildlife that made his property their home.

Doug was predeceased by his loving wife June Voorheis and parents, Keith C. and Mary Voorheis. Together their loving home served as a center place for all manner of large family get-togethers. Doug leaves behind his daughter, Wendy (Dan Fox) Edwards; Bonnie (Ronnie) Shiflett, Dennis (Sonya) Voorheis, Brenda (Michael) Cooper, Jacqueline (Jake) Jacobs, Bridget (Thomas) Lorow, and Lawrence (Patricia) Banfield Jr.; brothers, Keith "Tom" (Nancy) Voorheis, Charles (Carolyn) Voorheis, John (Tracy) Voorheis, and Paul (Donna) Voorheis; as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

We find ourselves blessed to know that Doug and June are reunited and their love now surrounds and fills a part of us all. The family will be present to receive friends and family at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th Street in Watkins Glen, NY on the morning of Thursday, April 12 from 10:00 a.m to 12:00 noon with a funeral service beginning at 12:00. Immediately following will be a graveside service with military honors at Hector Union Cemetery, Burdett, with a reception to gather after at the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church.

Contributions in Doug’s memory may be made to the Burdett Fire Company, PO Box 238; Burdett, NY 14818. You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Alice Marie Wicker Dinkins

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

Alice Marie Wicker Dinkins

Age 79, of Rock Stream, NY passed away in the comfort of her home on Monday April 9, 2018.

Friends are invited to calling hours from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water Street, Dundee, where her funeral service will be held at the conclusion of visitation at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Marilyn Wood officiating. Burial will be in Bath National Cemetery, Bath, NY.

Alice was born on April 25, 1938 in Thurston, NY, the daughter of the late Ernest and Marguerite {Wood} Wicker. On January 17, 1959 in the Dundee United Methodist Church she married John E. Dinkins Sr., who passed away on August 17, 1999. Alice retired from Morris Chain Borg-Warner of Ithaca, NY in 1994.

Mrs. Dinkins was a longtime member of the Dundee United Methodist Church and choir; as well as the Montour Falls Order of the Eastern Star, and a former chaperone of the Squires & Pages Drum & Bugle Corps. In her spare time she enjoyed needlepoint and coloring.

She is survived by two sons, Michael J. (Liz) Dinkins with whom she made her home, and Marshiel A. (Pamela) Dinkins of Montour Falls; two daughters, Michele K. (Michael) Cole of Watkins Glen, and Marjorie E. (Michael) Tweedale of Bedford, Indiana; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; a brother, Floyd (Helen) Wicker Sr. of Dundee; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a stepson, John E. “Jake” Dinkins Jr. on December 4, 2006.

Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

Obituary: Maxine S. Allen

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

Maxine S. Allen

Age 98, of Lancaster, PA, formerly of Corning, NY and Painted Post, NY, passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

Maxine, who was predeceased by her husband Dr. John G. Allen, was born on July 5, 1919 in Herkimer, New York. She was the only child of Walter and Ada (Smith) Bellinger. She graduated from Norwich High School in 1937 and from Miami University (Ohio). She and John, after raising their five children in Corning, would ultimately retire to New Port Richey, FL, where they would spend time playing bridge with their friends. Maxine and John also spent several summers driving across the country in their motor home.

Maxine is survived by her daughter, Libby Rattrie (Neil) of Jacksonville, FL; and her four sons, Thomas Allen (Silvia) of Oradell, NJ, Michael Allen (Toni) of Riverside, CT, Scott Allen (Joanne) of Fredericksburg, VA, and Mark Allen (Beatrice) of Doylestown, PA. She will be missed by her nine grandchildren, James, Bryan, Andrew, Jonathon, Emily, Danielle, Sean, Kimberly and Hannah, and six great-grandchildren. Maxine was predeceased by her first husband, Robert E. Parish (1963).

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY. A graveside service will be held at the Hector Union Cemetery, Rte. 79, Burdett, NY on Saturday, April 14 at 11:00 a.m.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association -- www.alz.org. You may express condolences to the family online in "Obituaries" at www.Royce-Chedzoy.com.

Obituary: Howard 'Buster' Comfort

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

Howard "Buster" Comfort

Age 80, of Reading Center, NY, passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

He was born in Lawrenceville, PA on February 19, 1938, the son of the late Alfred and Bessie Comfort, and attended school there. Buster served with the U.S. Army. In July of 1976, he married Esther (Knapp) in Montour Falls, NY.

Buster was a mechanic and contractor. He also owned, with his wife, Comfort Cleaning Company. He was an avid bowler, having many 300 games. He was a member of the Elks Lodge for over 40 years, and was a member of the Moose Lodge and American Legion.

Buster umpired many years for Little League. He played softball, and enjoyed billiards, stock car racing, deer hunting and fishing. He was a loyal S.U. basketball fan.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Esther (Knapp) Comfort; children, Kathy Covert of Montour Falls, Deanna (Kevin) Reddout of Waterloo, Angela Coston of Watkins Glen, Rick Comfort of Montour Falls, Cliff (Peggy) Perry of Watkins Glen, Candy Ferguson of Oswego, and Mary Jane Perry of Penn Yan; special grandsons, Richard Covert and Jesse Knapp; and many other grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, April 8, 2018 from 1-2 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A funeral service will follow at 2 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: Susan Ann Brill

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

Susan Ann Brill

Age 57, of Beaver Dams, passed away as the result of an early morning house fire on March 27, 2018. 

Sue worked as a Senior Case Worker for the Schuyler County Department of Social Services and for the county for 35 years. She was most recently a Senior Supervisor in the Department of Social Services. She also served in several leadership capacities within the CSEA Union, including several terms as Schuyler County Administrative Unit president and Local president.  

She is survived by her father, Leon (Bernadette) Brill of Hanover Township, PA; and step-brothers, Leonard Brill of Hanover Township, PA and Mark Brill of Allentown, PA. She was predeceased by her mother, Ellen C. (Wright) Brill. 

According to the family’s wishes, no public services will be held. Those wishing to remember Sue may consider a donation in her memory to United Way of Schuyler County, P.O. Box 270, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.  

Obituary: Jack T. Davis

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

Jack T. Davis

Age 92, of Horseheads, NY, passed away on Friday, March 23, 2018.

He was born in Cortland, NY on August 27, 1925, the son of Harry Guy and Lydia (Poling) Davis. He graduated from Odessa High School in 1943 and from Ithaca College in 1949. Jack taught Driver Education and Physical Education for 36 years in Chadwicks High School and Odessa-Montour High School, where he also served as Athletic Director.

Jack served as a Motor Machinist’s Mate Second Class with the U.S. Navy Amphibious Forces in the Pacific during WWII. He was a member of the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church, American Legion Post 676, and LCS Group. Jack was an avid fisherman and hunter, and enjoyed playing cards and all sports.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife of 70 years, Grace (Bird) Davis; brothers, Guy (Leona) Davis, William (Ann) Davis, Donald (Gladys) Davis, and Manley Davis; sister, Vera (Richard) Farnsworth; half-sisters Laverne and Victoria, and son-in-law, William Tripp.

Surviving are his daughter, Susan Tripp of LeRoy, NY; special friend, Rosa (Greg) Wickham; special nieces and nephew, Nancy (Tom) Downs, Kathy Farnsworth (John Teichmoeller) and Frank (Alicia) Davis; and several other nieces and nephews.

A special thank you to Dr. Keith Parker and the St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Staff on 5C, especially Becca; also to the Cantandos and Ray Sullivan.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 7 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 with full military honors at Highland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 203, Odessa, NY 14869; Horseheads United Methodist Church, 1034 W. Broad St., Horseheads, NY 14845; or the Odessa American Legion Post 676, P. O. Box 137, Odessa, NY 14869. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,”, please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Gloria J. Hutchings

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

Gloria J. Hutchings

Age 75, of Montour Falls, NY, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, March 24, 2018.

Gloria was born in Montour Falls on May 21, 1942, the oldest daughter of the late Delos and Betty Owen.

She is survived by her children, Jim (Evelyn) Hunter of NY, NY, Karen Hunter (Bill Teemley) of Burdett, NY, and Michelle Hunter of Elmira, NY; three grandsons, Ryan (Tawny) Cilley, Brandon (Caitlin) Cilley, and Jesse Hunter; five great grandchildren, Alayah, Eli, Liviana, Odin and Oliver; five siblings, Ginny (Jerry) Costley, Linda (John) Bernas, Pam (Steve) Gardner, Bruce (Mary) Owen, and Dawn (Jim) Hines; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents as well as by a beloved aunt, Reva Goundrey, whom she helped care for many years.

Gloria retired in 2002 after 25 years from the Southern Tier Central Planning Board. She enjoyed being a Longaberger Consultant for several years and cherished her handmade baskets. She was a dedicated member of Southern Finger Lakes Women (Formerly BPW) and served in local and district officer positions, and was named their Woman of the Year in 2005. She was also a longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Fern Chapter #142, and the Montour Falls Moose. She was a member of the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church for many years and served as finance secretary and Parish Treasurer. She donated a remarkable 10 gallons of blood in her lifetime.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, March 30 from 10-11 a.m. at the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church, 305 Church St., Odessa. Services will follow at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 203, Odessa, NY 14869. Arrangements are under the care 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: David M. Davis

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

David M. Davis

Age 59, of Odessa, NY, passed away on Saturday, March 24, 2018.

He was born in Montour Falls, NY on November 13, 1958, the son of the late Walter and Isabelle (Landon) Davis, and attended Watkins Glen schools. David was employed at Robinson Lumber for many years, and most recently worked at Silgan Plastics in Penn Yan.

He was a member of the Fishing Club of America. David was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, camping, and carpentry.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Walter Davis, Jr., and John Davis; sister-in-law, Beth Davis; and grandsons, Travis and Jacob West.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Diana Davis; daughters, Jessica Davis-West (Michael), Jennifer Davis, and Tina Davis (Brad Smith); four grandchildren, Jade and Kyle West, Courtney Davis and Natalie Smith; great granddaughter, Serena West; sisters, Sandra Davis, Diane (Randy) Carns, Carol (Wayne) Kinner, Cindy Miller, and Becky (James) Johnston; brothers, Dale (Kathy) Davis, Harry (Gloria) Davis, Ransome Davis, and Dana (Carol) Davis; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, March 30 from 4-6 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Burial will be in Union Cemetery of Burdett later in the spring.

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

Obituary: Paul A. Paradiso

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

Paul A. Paradiso

Age 88, of Watkins Glen, died peacefully in the home of his daughter Kathryn and his future son-in-law Bill on March 24, 2018. Surrounding them were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by daughters, Kathryn Paradiso (Bill Grant) and Margaret Bouse (Russ); grandchildren, which his life revolved around, Sarah Paradiso, Joshua Moll (Lindsey Cochrane), Rebekah Moll (Casey Hansen), Corey Grant (Kayla Hawk), and Jacqueline Bouse; great-grandchildren, Lorelei Hill, Hunter Cochrane, and Harper Cochrane; two sisters, JoPat Wright (Jack), Mary Cook (Dave); brothers-in-law, Frank Bierline (Harriet), and Fred Bierline (Carol); as well as many nieces and nephews; and three godchildren, Mary Rose Laux, Mike Cook, and Micheal Nittoly. He was predeceased by wife Carole Bierline Paradiso; infant daughter; sister Cliss Paradiso; brothers, Jim Paradiso and Robert Paradiso; and parents, Horace Paradiso, Angie Specchio, and Lela Keefer.

Paul had always found great pleasure in the community, but most of all his family. He started working at his family's business in Watkins Glen, The Snack & Shake, and then at Paradiso's Family Restaurant, where he met the love of his life. They courted, then married and began the journey of building a family. Together they raised two daughters, who were given all they needed and most of what they wanted. Their home was so kind and loving that it became the place where family and friends often gathered. The door was always open and the coffee always on.

In Watkins Glen, Paul had a very successful banking career. While working he also found time to participate in the Rotary Club, serving as President. He helped with fundraisers like the spaghetti dinners and Camp Star for underprivileged children. He was also a Lions Club member. His pride was belonging to the "Watkins Glen Tomorrow" project, in which his "baby" was helping to develop the waterfront of Seneca Lake and designing the now world-famous pier at the south end.

In his retirement, he helped his grandchildren during their formative years; entertaining and caring for them with a non-judging ear. They were all the apples of his eye and will be forever grateful of his many gifts, but mostly time and encouragement.

My father Paul, who I refer to as Dad and Pops, has always been by my side. From childhood where he was my playmate, to young adulthood when he helped me raise my children. In his senior years, I had the honor of having him in our home, returning the favor at the end of his glorious life. Which, by the way, could not have been possible without the loving and caring heart of Colista. He is my hero. His absence will always be felt. Our family would also like to express our deepest thanks to Dr. Ben Saks and his nurse Reagan.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen on Tuesday, March 27, from 4 p.m.-5 p.m.; followed by a memorial service at 5 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assoc., 435 E. Henrietta Rd., Rochester, NY 14620 (or online at www.alz.org/rochesterny). You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Rosanne Klea Armstrong

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

Rosanne Klea Armstrong

Age 92, of Burdett, New York, passed from this life peacefully at dawn on Sunday, March 18, 2018.

Rosanne had been a resident at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls for two years; her husband, John Gormley, gratefully having been allowed to assist in her daily care and support. With courage, determination and acceptance she transformed her “dementia” into a process of healing and completion. Abundant thanks to the entire staff for their compassionate care and to her co-residents for their friendship.

Rosanne was the first of four children of Wanda Amanda Kempton, a music teacher and an accomplished pianist, and Paul Harold Armstrong, an industrial chemical engineer. She was born in 1926 in the home of her maternal grandparents in Utica, Ohio. She grew up in Cleveland along with her siblings, Enaid, Edwin and Linda. The family spent many happy sojourns at a family cottage on Hamilton Lake in Northern Indiana.

She was exposed to the fine arts as a young girl with frequent visits to the Cleveland Museum of Art and attendance at concerts of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. She attended John Marshall High School, where she was a member of several school organizations and the illustrator for the school paper. She graduated in 1943 and with two scholarships she attended the Cleveland Institute of Art which set her on a life-time of creative accomplishments.

She once said that her deepest desire was to become an artist. She continued throughout her life to produce sketches, paintings, portraits, and water colors that brought delight to many. As an art teacher she taught many children, now adults, to appreciate the beauty in life and how to express it in their own creative works.

Later on, as an excellent and very loving and sensitive and compassionate yoga teacher for several years, she helped many people learn how to improve and enhance their physical and spiritual lives. Her own deep and developing spirituality was always quietly, peacefully and gently evidenced. She studied under several Native American teachers. She revered the sacredness of Mother Earth, Father Sun, and Grandmother Moon -- all manifestations of the Great Mystery that encompasses us with love and calls us forward. She was an excellent cook, loved gardening, loved music, had a lovely singing (and humming) voice, and was an avid reader.

Rosanne raised four beautiful and wonderful children in her first marriage: Mark, Heidi, Matthew and Peter and set them on their way with her constant love and support. And she suffered and survived the heart-breaking loss of Matthew when he was 37. And now her five grandchildren: Klea, Joshua (Emily), Brittany (Christopher), Ethan and Caitlin continue in their own lives to mirror the goodness, the truth and the wisdom they learned from her as well as from their good parents. Brittany and her husband, Christopher, are now preparing for the birth of Rosanne’s first great-grandchild in September.

Rosanne is survived by her husband for 45 years, John; her son Mark (Diane) and family; daughter Heidi (Blake) and her son Joshua; son Peter (Claire); sister Linda; special niece Salowa (Kirk); special nephew Brian (Shelly); other nieces and nephews; in-laws, and many dearly cherished friends.

In two different marriages she sacrificed and gave so many years of her life faithfully, patiently, lovingly, and supportively as a help-mate to her spouses. During her whole life Rosanne has helped many of her friends when they have been troubled or having difficulties in their lives, and they will never forget her. Her kindness, her generosity, her love of life, her joyousness, her radiant smile and her unique sense of humor and full-hearted laughter have enriched the lives of all who have known her.

The way Rosanne lived her whole life is the Masterpiece of this remarkable woman. The world is a better, more beautiful place because of her presence in it. A gathering of family and friends to honor and celebrate Rosanne’s life is planned for a future date. 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: Frank J. Santeramo

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

Frank J. Santeramo

Age 92, of Horseheads, NY, passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Bethany Manor in Horseheads.
 
Frank was born on August 15, 1925 in Brooklyn, NY, the son of the late Domenica and Andrew Santeramo. Frank served as a Fireman First Class in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Ralph Talbot in the Pacific during WWII from 1943 to 1946.

He retired in 1988 as a tailor from Three G’s Clothing in Brooklyn, NY.  Frank loved his family and especially his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
   
Frank is survived by his wife of 69 years, Faye Savino Santeramo; children, Marguerite (Thomas Krnotch) LaTorre and Andrew (Marie) Santeramo; grandchildren, Louis (Kim) and Robert LaTorre, and Andrea (Gerard) Scalera; great grandchildren, Joseph, Katrinna, Ryan, Vincent and Thomas; and several nieces and nephews.
 
Frank will be laid to rest with Military Honors at Woodlawn National Cemetery at the convenience of his family. Memories of Frank may be shared with his family and friends at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Jane A. Franzese

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

Jane A. Franzese

Age 76, of Watkins Glen, NY, formerly of The Villages, FL, passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY. 

Jane was born in Montour Falls on July 21, 1941 to Dominick and Carmella (Romeo) Franzese and enjoyed her early years with her devoted parents, six brothers, four sisters-in-law, and one sister. The family grew with several nieces and nephews as well as great nieces and nephews.

Memories of living in the beautiful Village of Watkins Glen with her family and number of aunts, uncles and cousins were filled with joyful and blessed times. Jane was an active member of St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church and shared in the faith community during her childhood and high school years. Jane attended elementary and high school in Watkins Glen, and then went on to study Accounting and graduated from nearby Rochester Business Institute.

Jane worked in her father’s business office for the D & T Franzese Bros., Inc. for a short time. Then she went on to prepare to become a religious education teacher in the Religious Teachers Filippini Community in Morristown, NJ. She continued with academic studies and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from St. Elizabeth College in Convent Station, NJ and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

Jane was a very dedicated high school business teacher, office manager, and administrator in various Catholic high schools in the Dioceses of Scranton, PA; Baltimore, MD; and Paterson and Camden, NJ. Her years of service for the Christian education of youth are remembered with much gratitude by the members of the communities where she ministered as well as by her students and their families.

Jane returned to Watkins Glen in 1980 to be a caregiver for her mother after her father’s passing in 1978. After the death of her mother, Jane continued to be a caregiver for the parents of her friend in Christ, Clare Bucci. In recent years, Jane enjoyed her retirement in The Villages, FL and became caregiver for Clare. Jane’s devoted life for others, especially for the young, and her 36 years as a caregiver are a testimony of her faith and love for God and His people.

At Seneca View Skilled Nursing Jane was receiving excellent care and she was most grateful to all the staff.

Jane is survived by her sister, Sr. Margaret Franzese; brother, Dominick (Midge) Franzese; loving sisters-in-law, Vera Franzese and Carol Franzese, and many wonderful nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her siblings, Nicholas "Nick" (Joyce) Franzese, Joseph Franzese, James Franzese, William "Bill" Franzese, Richard Franzese, and seven precious nieces and nephews.

Friends and family may call from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Monday, April 2 at the Link at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen, where a Mass will be celebrated following at 11 a.m. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, PO Box 289, Watkins Glen, NY 14891, to the Religious Teachers Filippini, 455 Western Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960, or to Seneca View SNF, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865. Memories of Jane may be shared with her family and friends at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Bert William Pyle Jr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by Compassionate Funeral Care.

Bert William Pyle Jr.

BURDETT -- Bert William Pyle Jr. passed away in January 2018. Bert was born in 1935 in Gothenburg, Nebraska to parents Bert William Pyle Sr. and Florence Frahm. 

Bert graduated from Gothenburg High School and the University of Nebraska, where he belonged to Alpha Tau Omega and Army ROTC. He spent his military career in Germany, where he was adjutant at Munich’s Military Hospital.

Bert did his graduate work at the University of Michigan in Hospital Administration and later worked at St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver. He served in hospital administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Milwaukee County in Wisconsin, and Elmira, New York.  He enjoyed his retirement years living on the lake and traveling with his beautiful bride, Barbara, volunteering, and spending time with family and grandchildren. 

He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Barbara Rystrom, and children Bradford, Kirby, Heidi, and Bert. Extended family includes Cynthia, Lauritz, and Franesa and grandchildren Jillian, Ian, Kolding, Vinkel, Madison and Rainier.

He will be interred at Saratoga National Cemetery.

Obituary: Frederick G. Watson

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Trainor Funeral Home, Boonville.

Frederick G. Watson

Age 82, of Forestport, NY, passed away in the comfort of his residence, while surrounded by the loving care of his wife and family and friends, on Monday, March 12, 2018.

He was born in Elmira on April 27, 1935, a son of Leman and Evelyn Mitchell Watson. On June 18, 2002, he married Sandra Taylor; later the couple moved to Forestport.  

Fred was predeceased by his first wife, Kay; brothers, Rich, Jerry and Blair; a sister, Sylvia; and a stepson, Marcus Parrott.

Fred is survived by a sister, Kathy Siglin, and a brother, Bill Watson. Also surviving are his children, Marty and Dawn Watson, Randy Watson, and Shannon (Vince) Turner; and stepchildren, Michelle (Johnny) Conway, Michael Parrott, Maria (George) Bergen and Mitchell Parrott.

In addition, Fred is survived by his wife, Sandra E. Watson, and special grandson, Marcus D., Parrott, whom he greatly admired. Also surviving are numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.   

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no calling hours or services and interment will be private at the convenience of his family. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. His arrangements are in care of the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc., Boonville. For an on-line message of sympathy, please go to www.trainorfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Frank W. Steber

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

Frank W. Steber

Age 96, of Watkins Glen, NY, died on March 16, 2018.

He was born on May 5, 1921, in Ilion, NY, to Frank and Edna (Clayton) Steber, and graduated from Ilion High School in 1939. He worked in Ilion factories until July 1942, when he and two friends enlisted in the U.S. Army. His WWII Army service as a radio operator lasted until 1945 with assignments in Hawaii and the South Pacific.

He married Arlene Mills on February 27, 1946, at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Ilion, NY, before attending Syracuse University on the GI Bill. After five years of teaching English at Andes, NY Central School, he moved with his family to Watkins Glen, where he taught English for 29 years. He also taught freshman English at Elmira College, evenings and summer sessions for 20 years.

He was a member of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Watkins Glen, which he served as vestryman, junior warden and clerk of the vestry. He was active in the Watkins Glen Public Library (past president of trustees) and the Schuyler County Historical Society (past president) and was a founding member of Friends of Watkins Library. He was also an honorary life member of the Watkins Glen PTA and a member of the Watkins-Montour Lions Club.

In his retirement he wrote a column, Seneca Spectator, for the Watkins Review & Express for many years. He also is the author of four books of local history: “The Blessed Company,” a history of St. James’ Parish; “Seneca Dawn,” “Seneca Sunrise” and “Seneca Hope.” For several years he wrote a feature, “Hymn Notes,” for the St. James’ Sunday bulletin.

He is survived by son and daughter-in-law Richard (Jean) Steber of Glen, NH; son Michael B. Steber of Watkins Glen; son-in-law Dr. Terry Cashmore of San Diego, CA; grandsons Benjamin Steber of Watkins Glen, NY and Daniel Steber (Caroline) of Fairfield, CT; granddaughters Jenny Rebecca (Jamie) Hoffman of Sidney, MT, Emily Gomes of San Diego, CA, and Sarah Cashmore of Huntington Beach, CA; grandson Paul (Miriam) Garrow of Central Square, NY; great granddaughters Rebecca Faye Hoffman of Sidney, MT, Madeleine Taylor Steber of Fairfield, CT, and Sara Garrow; great grandsons Harrison Gomes of West Haven, CT, and Jacob Garrow; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Arlene Steber; daughter Susan Cashmore; sister Constance Christiana; brother-in-law Thomas Mills; sister-in-law Eleanor Cole, and great grandson Hudson Gomes. 

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Friday, March 23 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., and Saturday, March 24 at St. James’ Episcopal Church from 12 noon-1 p.m.; followed by a Requiem Eucharist service at the church at 1:00 p.m. Private burial at Glenwood Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family.  

Memorial donations may be made to St. James’ Episcopal Church, 112 6th St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or Watkins Glen Public Library, 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. You may express condolences to the family or “Light A Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Mary M. Marcin

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

Mary M. Marcin

Age 97, of Watkins Glen, passed away peacefully at home on March 13, 2018.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Tuesday, March 20 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.  A Mass celebrating her life will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen; followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband Nicholas in 1981; parents, Frank and Catherine Macri; and four brothers and four sisters. She is survived by her children, Joseph (Sue) Marcin of Farmington, NY, Suzanne Klinga-Zoll (Michael Zoll) of New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada, and Nancy (Jonathan) Caslin of Walden, NY; four grandchildren, Nicholas Marcin, Joanne Gates, Rikki Marcin, and Lester Kolodziejski, and one great-granddaughter, Amanda Marcin. 

Mary was born on April 8, 1920 in Watkins Glen and was a lifelong resident. She worked as a tutor and aide for the Watkins Glen Central School District and later for the Schuyler County Chamber of Commerce, until she retired in 1998. She was a communicant of St. Mary's of the Lake Catholic Church; the St. Mary's Guild; and Women of the Moose. 

Memorial donations may be made to FOWL-Friends of Watkins Library, c/o Watkins Glen Public Library, 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. 

You may express condolences to the family or “Light A Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Marion Roberts

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

Marion Frances (Monahan) Roberts

Age 104, a longtime resident of the Town of Catharine, NY, passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY.

Marion was born on November 9, 1913, the daughter of the late Patrick Francis and Jane Elizabeth (Jennie) McAtee Monahan. Marion’s husband, George Lewis Roberts, predeceased her in 1978. She was the second of five daughters, and all of her sisters and their spouses, Kathleen and Wayne Bailey, Helen and Edward Jeziorski, Marguerite and James DeNunzio, and Rita and Robert Symonds, predeceased her.

Marion had to have had monumental inner strength as each of her four children passed away through the years, Patrick Lewis Roberts, George Wayne and his wife Eileen Burgess Roberts, Jane Elizabeth Roberts, and William (Jumper) Roberts. Surviving are daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Roberts; two grandchildren, Nanette and Richard Roberts; two great grandchildren, Maria and Patrick Roberts; five nieces, one nephew; numerous great nieces and nephews; and many dear and wonderful friends.

Marion was a member of St. Benedict’s Church in Odessa, the St. Benedict Society, Catharine Mothers Club, and Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary. She knitted, crocheted, and was an avid quilter. She prided herself on being active and not sitting still throughout her life. Marion felt that being involved in her community was what kept her going for the past 104 years.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, March 23 from 4-7 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, March 24 at 11 a.m. at St. Benedict’s Church, 169 Speedway, Odessa. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Carolyn S. Clarke

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Thomas J. Shea Funeral Home, Binghamton.

Carolyn S. Clarke (Kuhn)

Carolyn S. Clarke (Kuhn), of Binghamton, NY, died on March 7, 2018.

She was predeceased by her husband, John (Jack) Clarke, in April 2010. She is survived by sons, David Kuhn of Binghamton, James Kuhn Jr. of Aspen, CO, and Vincent Kuhn of Vail, CO; grandchildren, Megan Kuhn Grace (Kevin) of Binghamton, Jamie Kuhn Starace (Michael) of Yonkers NY, David T. Kuhn of Endicott, Cassidy Kuhn of Denver, CO, and Steffan Kuhn of Aspen, CO; great granddaughter, McKenna Grace of Binghamton; her loving step family, John Clarke Jr. (Eileen) of Syracuse, Bonnie Clarke Sagan of Florida, Joan Gilfilan (Kevin) of Chenango Bridge, Patrick Clarke (Nhia) of Homer NY, and many step grandchildren.

Carolyn was a realtor in Binghamton before moving with her husband to Watkins Glen, where they opened a Bed & Breakfast and H&R Block Tax Service in 1990. They returned to Binghamton in 2005.

She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Church, Vestal. A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, March 16 at 2 p.m. at the St. Vincent de Paul Blessed Sacrament Church, Vestal.

Obituary: Helen M. Hurley

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

Helen M. Hurley

Age 86, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away peacefully on March 8, 2018.   

According to her wishes, there are no prior visitation services. A funeral mass celebrating her life will be held at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, Watkins Glen, on Wednesday, March 14 at 9:30 a.m.; followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Helen was born in Queens, NY on December 5, 1931, the daughter of Edward and Helen Hoffman. She was predeceased by her parents, and by husband Ralph P. Hurley.  She worked as a Community Resident Aide in Montour Falls.

She is survived by five children, Richard (Judy) Hurley of Beaver Dams, Steven (Barbara) Hurley of Tyrone, Kathleen (Daniel) Banks of Watkins Glen, Brian (Kim) Hurley of Tyrone, and Alan (Cheryl) Hurley of Tyrone; sister, Margaret Goff of Ocala, FL; brother, Buddy (Terrie) Hoffman of Moscow, PA; nine grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. 

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

You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.  Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.   

Obituary: Charles B. Strong

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

Charles B. Strong

Age 78, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2018.

He was born in Elmira, NY on December 30, 1939, the son of John D. and Ethel Strong. Chuck was the previous owner of Wigwams Bait & Tackle in Montour Falls and retired from Laborers Local #785. He was a member of the Elks Lodge #1546, a long-time member and Past Master of Myrtle-Jefferson Lodge #131 F&AM, and High Priests of Watkins Chapter #182 R.A.M.

He was predeceased by his parents and by his brothers, John Strong, Donnie Strong and Richard Strong. Chuck is survived by his longtime companion, Carolyn (Doane) Christensen; two daughters, Bettelynn (Anthony) Bravo of Reading Center, and Pamlea (Louis) Antunez of Eastchester, NY; three sisters, Dolores Strong, Janice Dean and Barbara Saunders, all of Gillett, PA; six grandchildren, Louis Antunez IV, Jess Antunez, Jakob  Antunez, Troye Cornwall, Joshua Bravo, and Angelina Bravo; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, March 18 from 1-3 p.m. at the Elks Lodge #1546, 300 N. Madison Ave., Watkins Glen. A service will begin at 3:00 p.m. followed by a reception for family and friends. Private burial will take place in Gillett Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 1344 University Ave., Suite 270, Rochester, NY 14607. Envelopes will be available at the lodge.

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: William A. Borra

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

William A. Borra

It is with great sadness that the family of William Anthony Borra announces his passing on February 17, 2018, at the age of 68 years. Bill Borra of Milliken, Colorado, formerly of Cayuta, NY and Port Charlotte, FL, passed away peacefully at home.

Bill was a member of the Odessa-Montour Central School class of 1968, and graduated from Alfred State University. He had many major accomplishments in his career as an electrician and project manager. He co-owned B&W Electric in Ithaca, NY. He was instrumental in major projects, including the Denver International Airport, Colorado Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver, to name a few.

Bill enjoyed a long career with Sturgeon Electric, the top-ranked electric contractor in Colorado, as well as MYR Group. After his retirement, Bill volunteered his time at a refugee camp in Greece. He used his construction skills to help build structures around the camp, working beside refugees from Syria.

Bill enjoyed many activities, including: golf, kayaking, motorcycle riding, playing cards, camping, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and rebuilding old houses (he loved the construction industry). Most of all, he loved spending time with his family.

Bill will be forever remembered by his former wife, Jackie Borra; his two daughters, Jessup and Amie Borra; brothers Robert (Pam Coyle) Borra, James (Melissa Chipman) Borra, Frank (Pat) Borra, and Richard (Mary) Borra; his aunt Mary P. Borra, and many nieces and nephews whom he loved very much. He was predeceased by his parents, Anthony and Connie, as well as by his sister, Mary.

Memorial services to celebrate the life of William Borra will be held in Colorado and New York. The New York memorial will take place on June 16, 2018 at Castel Grisch Winery in Watkins Glen from 5-8 p.m.

Obituary: Susan (Parrott) Collins

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

Susan (Parrott) Collins

Age 71, of Cayuta, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at home.

She was born in Elmira on January 18, 1947, the daughter of the late Judd and Lulu (Hull) Parrott, and graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School. She married Merle Collins on May 30, 1964 in Cayuta.

Sue was retired from food service and retail. She belonged to the Senior Bowling League, and loved fishing on the St. Lawrence with her husband. She also loved deer hunting, riding four wheelers, crocheting, bird watching, puzzles, dominos, and playing cards. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family, friends, and her beloved dog Toby.

Sue is survived by her husband of 53 years, Merle Collins; two sons, Mark (Lisa) Collins of Alpine and John (Shannon) Collins of Cayuta; three daughters, Carol (David) Marsh of Alpine, Donna (Robert) Angle of Cayuta, and Christina (Joseph) Zimmer of Montour Falls; a brother, Raymond (Joanne) Parrott of McAllen, TX; 16 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her sister, Linda (Donald) Gunning, and brother, Franklin (Sandy) Parrott.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, March 7 from 5-7 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will be private. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Rev. Robert Hill

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

Rev. Robert Hill

Age 72, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on February 22, 2018 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY. 

He was predeceased by his loving wife of 48 years, Rev. Dawn LaRee Hill; parents, Richard and Hattie Hill; and brothers, Charles and Spurgeon Hill. 

He is survived by children, Roxanne (Scott) Boryschuk, of Warrington, PA, Robert Hill, Jr. (Sarah Murch-Hill) of Oregon City, OR, and Nathaniel Hill of Watkins Glen; eight grandchildren which he adored, Dusten, Michaela, Maddie, Abigail, Benjamin, Hope, Charlie and Ella; brothers, Richard Hill of Moravia and Joseph Hill of Florida; sisters, Fannie (Gary) Allen of Kentucky, Shirley (LeRoy) Whittington of Florida, Jessie (LeRoy ”Bear”) Roy of Kentucky, and Edith Fox of Florida; mother-in-law, Violet DaBall of Groton, NY; brothers-in-law, David Tanner of Groton and Charles Mason of Lansing, NY; sister-in-law, Jane (Marv) Veo of Homer, NY; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Robert was a retired minister with the Church of Nazarene. He also worked at Watkins Glen Central School as a custodian for many years. A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, March 9 at 11:00 a.m. at the Grace Lee Memorial Wesleyan Church in Beaver Dams. The family will receive friends and relatives at the church prior to services from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. A reception will follow services at the church. Interment at Woodlawn National Cemetery with military honors will be announced.

You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen

Obituary: Jesse S. Tompkins

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

Jesse S. Tompkins

Age 93, of Alpine, NY, passed away on Friday, February 23, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was predeceased by his wife, Elaine, and daughter, Sharon Gauvin.

He was born in Alpine to Ira and Nellie Tompkins. Mr. Tompkins was a veteran of WWII, serving in Europe as a Military Policeman. He was a life member of the VFW in Ithaca and a member of the American Legion in Trumansburg. He retired in 1981 as a foreman with the Dyer-Fitts Construction Company of Binghamton
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Jesse is survived by his daughters, Cheryl (Donald) Parshall of Spencer, Helen “Jeannie” Gaffney of Puyallup, WA, Laura (Larry) Lockwood of Newfield, and Bonnie Steinberg of Dunedin, FL. He is also survived by several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and close friends, Dennis and Karen Mann.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 1 at 11:00 a.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Burial with full military honors will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Care First Hospice, 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: Althea C. Carpenter

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

Althea C. Carpenter

Age 90, of Odessa, NY, passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. Born on May 24, 1927, Althea was a longtime resident of Odessa.

She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Robert G. Carpenter. She is survived by a son, Steven R. Carpenter (Jerry Arrasmith, deceased April 20, 2017) of Atlanta, GA; and daughters, Gail E. Carpenter (Monica Powers) of Odessa, and Mary S. (David R.) Wolfe of Montour Falls.

Althea was a member of the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church for 71 years, where she was an active member of the United Methodist Women, as well as a Sunday School teacher and youth group leader. In addition to being involved in all church functions, Althea was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, the Odessa Food Pantry, the Dutton S. Peterson Memorial Library, and the American Red Cross.

Althea was a graduate of the Elmira Business Institute, and worked as a legal secretary before devoting herself to raising her three children. She had a passion for baking, gardening, bird watching, music, reading, and serving her community.

Graveside services will be held at Laurel Hill Cemetery on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Laurel Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home in Montour Falls.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church, Dutton S. Peterson Memorial Library or the American Red Cross. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Daniel Joseph Carman

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

Daniel Joseph Carman

Age 61, of Liverpool, NY and formerly of Odessa, NY, passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

He was born in Montour Falls, NY on May 26, 1956, the son of the late Robert Lewis Carman and Laura Alice (Hoffman) Dean.

Dan graduated from Odessa-Montour High School in 1974. He was inducted into the Odessa-Montour Sports Hall of Fame on October 11, 2008 for his accomplishments in football, track, and baseball. Dan received a BS, Science-Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University in 1978. While attending Alfred University, he was a member of the varsity lacrosse and varsity football teams. He received his MBA in 1989 from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Mr. Carman worked in the Glass Industry as a consultant. He spent 40 years as a glass engineer and technical manager for various corporations, including PPG Industries, Anchor Glass Container and, most recently, Guardian Industries. He enjoyed volunteering his time to the Kiwanis Club and Habitat for Humanity. Dan loved to spend time with family and friends. He enjoyed travel and adventure to new places, collecting sea glass, minerals, and rare bottles. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, liked ceramic artwork, and was a science enthusiast.

He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Susana Patricia Carman, whom he married on March 31, 2004 in Montour Falls; sons, Justin Carman and his wife Julie Carman of Erie, PA, Nicholas Carman and his wife Alexandra Carman of Pressath, Germany (U.S. Army), and Jon Eguren and his wife Sarah LaFont of Syracuse; a daughter, Kathryn (Carman) Gorman and her husband Dale Gorman of Pittsburgh, PA; a brother, Stephen Carman and his wife Debbie Carman of Erie, PA; a sister, Nancy (Carman) Carlisle and her husband Pat Carlisle of Odessa; a grandson, Colin Daniel Gorman, 14 years old, of Pittsburgh, PA; and cousin, John Jackson and his wife, Linda Jackson of Auburn, NY.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, February 25 from 2-5 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A service will follow at 5:00 p.m. Private burial will be held in Highland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Habitat for Humanity International, 121 Habitat St., Americus, GA 31709-3498. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Robert Mark Swinnerton Sr.

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

Robert Mark Swinnerton Sr.

Age 73, of Hector, NY, passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving and devoted family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Rob was born on March 7, 1944 in Princeton, NJ, the son of the late Edward and Madeline Swinnerton. He graduated from Princeton High School in 1962, and from Syracuse University in 1966, and achieved his MS from Alfred University in January 1982.

Rob was a devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather, friend and community leader. Rob was most proud of his 50-year marriage to the love of his life, Jean Peck Swinnerton. He was a hardworking husband and father who did everything for his family. Family unit was central to his life.

In addition to his wife, Rob is survived by his daughter Tammy Clarkson (Kristopher) of Watkins Glen, his son Mark Swinnerton of Watkins Glen, and daughter Amy Swinnerton of Hector. Rob loved every moment he spent with his beautiful grandchildren, Bryson, Alec, Kathleen, Sarah, Ellie, Alexis, Brianna, Benjamin and Evan. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Edward (Johanna), Sally Logue (Robert), James, Sharon, Richard (Ellen) and Stanley (Darlene).

He was a life member of Lions International with over 50 years of service. Lionism and his tireless commitment to community service were unwavering examples of Rob’s moral fabric and only second to his enduring devotion to this family. He always gave generously of this time for causes and institutions for which he was passionate about. Rob was an Elk and chaired many capital campaigns and served as a member and lead of many boards. He was a dedicated Christian who served as a Deacon and Elder for his church. He chaired the capital campaign program at the Hector Church and was the Cemetery Superintendent for many years.

Rob’s journey through life has touched so many. He began his career in 1967 as a social worker at Corning Hospital. He advanced his career in hospital administration and became the administrator for the hospital from 1979 until 1983. He later became CEO of Schuyler Hospital in 1986 through 1997. He made his last professional career move as Chief Executive Officer at Seagate Alliance until 2007, when he retired and started his own business doing what he loved most, landscaping and mowing on a Gizmo lawnmower. 

Our beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend will be greatly missed.

The family will receive friends on Friday, March 2 from 5-8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Honoring Robert's service in Lionism, a ceremony will be conducted at 7:45 p.m. by the Lion's Club. A Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held at the church on Saturday, March 3 at 10:00 a.m. A private burial will be held at the family’s convenience. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Hector Presbyterian Church Cemetery, PO Box 96, Hector, NY 14841. You may leave condolences or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. 

Obituary: Lisa Palumbo

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

Lisa Palumbo

Age 58, of Burdett, NY, passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness on Feb. 18, 2018.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m.; followed by a memorial service celebrating her life at the funeral home at 8:00 p.m. 

Those wishing may consider a memorial donation to the Schuyler County Humane Society, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865 (or online at www.SchuylerHumane.org).  

She is survived by her loving husband, Joe Palumbo; children, Vanessa Ganascioli-Riley, Shelby Ganascioli-Riley, Joseph Palumbo, and Maya Palumbo; mother, Patricia Ganascioli (predeceased by her father, Richard Ganascioli); sister, Maria (Paul) Scrimale; dogs, Fiona, Gordon, and Otis; as well as many friends and relatives. 

Lisa was a compassionate person. This was expressed through her work, friendships, community, and especially her family. Lisa’s greatest pleasure in life was watching her kids grow.

You may leave condolences or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Donald F. Hill

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Townsend Wood Funeral Home, Penn Yan.

Donald F. Hill

Age 69, of Penn Yan, NY, passed away following a brief illness on Monday, February 19, 2018 at Geneva General Hospital.

Donnie was born in Penn Yan on September 12, 1948, the son of the late Frances V. (Northrup) and LaRue C. Hill. He graduated from Penn Yan Academy and served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970. He retired from the Penn Yan Village Street Dept. after over 30 years of service.

Donnie had an interest in local history and spent many hours researching it at the Oliver House. Among his hobbies and interests, Donnie collected postcards and never missed coffee with the boys at McDonald's or Dunkin' Donuts.

He is survived by his loving wife, June (Cannon) Hill; his stepchildren, Marianne (Bruce) Kerrick and Ron (Kera) Groves; grandchildren, Melissa, Ryan and Kevin Kerrick and Desiree Groves; special sister-in-law, Alice Hill; niece, Kristen (Dan), and nephew, Jerry (Amy) Hill; and several great nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Donnie was predeceased by his sister, Jane Northrup; brothers, Gerald, LaRue and Kenny Hill; and his K-9 children, Miss Teddy and Mandy.

Friends and family may call from 5-7 p.m. Friday, February 23 at the Townsend Wood Funeral Chapel, 201 E. Elm St., Penn Yan, where his funeral service will be held following at 7 p.m. with military honors. Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Penn Yan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517, or to the Johnson Costello American Legion, 2001 Himrod Road, Penn Yan, NY 14527. Memories of Donnie may be shared with his family and friends at www.townsendwoodfuneralchapel.com

Obituary: Kari Lynn Rannick

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

Kari Lynn Rannick

Age 40, of Canton, GA, went to be with the Lord on Friday, January 19, 2018, in her home, with her loved ones by her side. Her faith, strength, and courage were an example to everyone who knew her during her lengthy illness.

Kari was born and raised in Odessa, NY to Joseph (deceased) and Deborah Cantineri.

Kari was very devoted to being a wife and a full-time mom. She enjoyed time outside in her garden, and with all her farm animals. Kari spent many hours in the kitchen cooking and preparing meals for family and friends. She was also an accomplished dancer and artist. Kari attended Revolution Church with her family.

In addition to her mother, Deborah, Kari is survived by her beloved husband, Justin; two sons, Jake and Joshua; brother, Joe Cantineri; sisters, Sarah Cantineri and Lisa Cantineri; in-laws, Glenn and Kim Rannick; brother-in-law and wife, Josh and Betsy Rannick; and a number of nieces and nephews.

There will be a celebration of life service on Thursday, March 1 at 6:00 p.m. at the Glen Baptist Church, 3311 Reading Road, Watkins Glen, NY. Family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the church. Kari loved flowers. They will be welcomed and appreciated as a part of the celebration.

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

Obituary: J.WM. "Bill" Miles

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

J.WM. "Bill" Miles

Age 85, of Burdett, NY went to be with the Lord on Monday, February 12, 2018.

He was born on July 15, 1932, the son of the late John and Elizabeth (Schlerf) Miles, and served with the U.S. Army from 1952-1954. Bill had a wonderful tenor singing voice that he shared throughout his life. He was a hard worker and was employed at several area grocery stores. He was a member of the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Horseheads.

Bill was predeceased by his wife, Alice F. Miles, on April 17, 1997.

He is survived by his children, Shirley Savva of France, Marylou (Jacob) Landmesser of Horseheads, Stephen Miles of Medina, NY, and Jonathan (Robin) Miles of Franklin, NC; grandchildren, Caleb (Jen) Landmesser of Kane, PA, Nathan Miles of Raleigh, NC, and Kristen Miles of Franklin, NC; siblings, Libby (Bill) Crowe of Martinsburg, WV, Cora Lee (Jim) Santaseiro of Port Dickinson, NY, David Miles, and Kathy Miles of Binghamton; and by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 15 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will follow at 12:00 noon. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Edith Hansen

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

Edith Hansen

Age 93, passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2018.

Edith was born in Brooklyn, NY on September 16, 1924. She lived in Baldwin, LI for 40 years, where she raised her five children. She and her husband retired to Burdett in 1989.

She is survived by her brother, Warren (Aiko) Anderson of Venice, FL; daughters, Jane (Fred) Jurnove of Delray Beach, FL, Alice and Betty Hansen of Watkins Glen, and Kristina Hansen (Matt Pulis) of Hector; son, Robert (Karen) Hansen of Burdett; seven grandchildren, Matthew (Diane) Jurnove, Jeanne (Jason) Paulaski, Daniel (Erin) Jurnove, Eric (Lexi) Hansen, Jeffrey Hansen, and Sam and Hannah Pulis; four great-grandchildren, Caitlin Jurnove, Jacob Paulaski, and Isaac and Ada Jurnove; and one great-great grandchild, Jaxson Raymond. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Norman; parents, Hugo and Florence Anderson; and grandson Andrew Jurnove.

In Brooklyn, Edith and Norman belonged to the Rugby Congregational Church youth group, whose members remarkably kept in touch and held frequent reunions throughout their lifetime. In retirement, Edith was a member of the Burdett Ladies’ Wednesday Afternoon Club.  She was an avid reader and volunteered at the EB Pert Memorial Library.

At her request, there will be no calling hours. The family will gather for a private service at a later date.  You may sign a guestbook or view her memorial at www.Royce-Chedzoy.com.  Funeral arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Those wishing may remember Edith with a donation to the EB Pert Memorial Library, P.O. Box 82, Hector, NY 14841.

Obituary: Mary Jane Rosbaugh

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

Mary Jane Rosbaugh

Age 90, formerly of Montour Falls, NY, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at Oak Hill Manor in Ithaca, NY.

She was born on December 20, 1927 in Valois, NY to the late George and Marietta Connolly. Mary Jane graduated from Watkins Glen High School and Robert Packer School of Nursing in Sayre, PA. She was employed as an RN for several years at the old Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls.

She is survived by her children, Kathleen (Steve) Laughlin of Watkins Glen, Barbara (Jim) Adesso of Watkins Glen, Rebecca Wilkinson of Ithaca, Michael Rosbaugh of Painted Post, and Jacquelyn (Greg) Dense of Alpine; grandchildren, Matthew and Phillip Adesso, Stefanie (James) Gublo, Kimberly (Brandon) Jelliff and Alyssa and Jeff Dense; and one great granddaughter, Jennifer Gublo. Also surviving are two half-brothers, Tracy and Lewis Rosbaugh; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Forrest “Frosty” Rosbaugh; sister, Alice Cornish, and son-in-law, Mark Wilkinson.

In keeping with her wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral. Burial will be at the convenience of the family at Lodi Cemetery.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the wonderful, caring staff at Oak Hill Manor. 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: Richard E. Yaw

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

Richard E. Yaw

Age 64, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at Cayuga Medical Center.

He was born in Montour Falls on September 12, 1953, the son of the late Philip C. and Mary H. (Crout) Yaw and attended Odessa-Montour High School.

Rick worked as a body shop manager for Wood Brothers, Zikakis, Garage de France and Maguire Ford in Ithaca throughout the 1980s and '90s. He later worked as store manager at Parmenter Inc. from 2000-2013.

Rick enjoyed NASCAR, D.I.R.T. racing, and Harley-Davidson motorcycles. He loved camping at Lake Bonin with family, watching Abby and Ky ride their bikes and was known as the “licorice man.” He loved taking his grandchildren, Riley and Kayley, for ice cream. Rick enjoyed the time he spent with the Montour Falls Fire Department and was proud of his work as Fire Chief.

He is survived by a daughter, Shelly (Kenneth) Kleist of Sneads Ferry, NC; a son, Christopher Yaw (Amy Yontz) of Millport; brothers, Douglas Yaw of Ovid and Philip Yaw of Corning; grandchildren, Abrielle, Kyran, and Kenneth III Kleist, and Riley and Kayley Yaw; and by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters, Phyllis Smith, Evelyn Gascon, and Margaret Yaw.

A special thank you to Richard and Susan Blaha for their support, care and friendship.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, February 17 from 1-3 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will follow at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Montour Falls Fire Department, P.O. Box 369, Montour Falls, NY 14865, in his remembrance. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Robert P. Royce, Sr.

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

Robert P. Royce, Sr.

Age 83, of Mecklenburg, NY, passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2018.

He was born in Harford Mills, NY on January 9, 1935, the son of Clifford and Virgie (Leonard) Royce, and graduated from Interlaken High School.

Bob worked at Borg Warner for over 40 years. He enjoyed farming, horses, going to the Farm Days, and Western movies and books. He was predeceased by his parents and eight siblings.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy (Dean) Royce; daughter, Terry Royce of Trumansburg; son, Phil Royce of Newfield; grandchildren, Matt, Scott, Kyle and Adrianna; three great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, February 13 from 1-2 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m.

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

Obituary: Frederick W. Boyce, Sr.

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

Frederick W. Boyce, Sr.

Age 81, of Dundee, Florida, and formerly of Cayuta, NY, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 4, 2018.

He was born in Montour Falls, NY on June 6, 1936, the son of the late Leslie and Alice (Tucker) Boyce, and graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School in 1955.

Mr. Boyce was a time study engineer at Emerson Power Transmissions in Ithaca, NY for over 40 years, retiring in 1999. Frederick had a strong belief in God, and was a member of the Cayuta Free Church. He also enjoyed camping, cruises and golfing, and always had the TV on Fox News.

He was predeceased by his son, Frederick Boyce, Jr., in 2012; mother, Alice Tucker, in 2005; father, Leslie Boyce, Sr., in 1953; brother, Leslie Boyce, Jr., in 2005, and brother, Charles Boyce, in 2012.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Julie (Bovaird) Boyce; four daughters, Cheryl (Brian) Grimes of Odessa, Jamie Sue Smith of Cayuta, Karen Rider of Cayuta, and Trina Shepherd of Horseheads; a sister, Shirley Fraboni of Dundee, FL; a brother, Elwood (Judy) Boyce of Nokesville, VA; 11 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, February 11 from 12 noon-2 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Mary Root officiating. A reception will follow at 3:30 p.m. at Moose Lodge 426, 2096 State Rt. 14, Montour Falls. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery in the spring.

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

Obituary: Gary Tyler Brown

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

Gary Tyler Brown

Of Montour Falls, New York, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, January 28, 2018 after suffering a massive stroke.

Gary is survived by his four children: Ryan Brown of Cortland, NY, Tyler and Samantha Brown of Odessa, NY, Craig (Becky) Brown of Cayuta, NY and Paxtyn Brown of Elmira, NY.  He is also survived by his parents, Larry and Janet Brown, and his brother, Marc Brown, of Gilbert, AZ. 

Gary was a kind, loving man “who never met a stranger.” He led a big life, always willing to help his friends and neighbors, and at the center was his family and children. He was the best Dad, son and brother and we were all lucky to have him in our lives. He will live in our hearts forever.

Per Gary’s request, the family will not be holding any services.

Obituary: Timothy J. Mundt

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

Timothy J. Mundt

Age 44, of Painted Post, passed away unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.

He was born in the Town of Urbana on April 27, 1973, the son of John Mundt and Joanne Parke. He graduated from Odessa-Montour High School in 1991.

Tim was grocery manager at Tops in Bath. He previously worked at Tops in Corning and Walmart in Painted Post. He was an avid Chicago Bears and New York Yankees fan.

He is survived by his children, Christopher Mundt of Painted Post, Courtney Mundt of Montour Falls, and Keegon Palmer-Mundt of Corning; his parents, John (Susan) Mundt of Myrtle Beach, and Joanne (Al) Parke of Montour Falls; brother, Patrick Mundt (Alyssa Patton) of Sarasota, FL; sister, Cara (Johnny) Lane of Sarasota, FL; stepbrothers, Shane Clune of Elmira and Jeff (Marie) Parke of Wilmington, NC; and stepsisters, Christie Hennigan of VA and Cari Henderson of Charleston, SC.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, February 4 from 3-6 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, February 5 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Benedict’s Church, 169 Speedway, Odessa. Spring burial will be in Montour Cemetery.

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: Ralph B. Butler, Jr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the McInerny Funeral Home, Elmira.

Ralph B. Butler, Jr.

Age 81, of Elmira, passed away peacefully at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center on Saturday, January 27, 2018.

Ralph was born in Tioga County PA, son of the late Ralph and Helen (Burns) Butler. Ralph was also predeceased by his wife, Antoinette, and son-in-law, Michael Davis. He is survived by children and their spouses, Burt and Lisa Butler, Mark Butler, Mary Anne and Jack Narosky, Don and Debbie Butler, and Helen and Jim Specchio; grandchildren, Jeremie (Angela), Jennie, Lauren, Eric (Myranda), Samantha (Tyler), Michael, Ben, Emily and Sarah; three great grandchildren; special friend and longtime companion Mary Ogershok; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ralph was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War. He was retired from the New York State Department of Corrections. Ralph was very active on the local sport scene where he was an umpire, referee and sports official for nearly 50 years.  An avid outdoor enthusiast, Ralph enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He was a member of the Italian American Veterans Club, America Legion Post #1208, Wayne, NY, and the Elmira Elks Lodge #62. Ralph was a long-time communicant of St. Anthony’s Church, where he was one of the organizers of the annual festival. He most recently was a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Parish.

Family and friends are invited to the McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water St., Elmira, on Tuesday, January 30 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A prayer service will be held there on Wednesday, January 31 at 10:15 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. in St. Peter and Paul Church, 161 High Street, Elmira. Committal prayers and interment, with military honors, will follow at St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.

Those wishing may remember Ralph with a donation to Blessed Sacrament Parish, 1010 Davis Street, Elmira NY 14901.

Obituary: Richard E. Edwards

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

Richard E. Edwards

Age 77, of Tucson, AZ, passed away in Burdett, NY, where he and his wife have resided with family.  

Richard was born in Iola, Kansas on September 24, 1940. the son of the late Harold and Dorothy Edwards. He served honorably as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force from 1962-1965. He was a retired Chemical Engineer with a passion for math and the environment. He loved conversation, good food, travel and model trains. He was a devout Presbyterian and attended the Burdett Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Anne Edwards; daughter and son-in-law, Stacey Edwards and Paul Clifford and their children Kathleen and Tim of Burdett; son and daughter-in-law, Steve Edwards and Adria Tenison and their children Isabel, Jack and Lucy of Ventura, CA; and brother and sister-in-law, David and Linda Edwards of Gainesville, FL.

According to his wishes, there will be no services. You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Bill Hyer

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

Bill Hyer

Age 63, of Odessa, NY, passed away on Monday, January 22, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Elmira, NY on June 15, 1954, the son of the late Gerald and Esther (Ayers) Hyer. Bill graduated from Odessa-Montour High School and BOCES in 1972. On May 18, 1974, he married Susan Graves at the Odessa Baptist Church.

Bill was retired from TransAct and Borg Warner in Ithaca. He was a member of the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church, Myrtle-Jefferson Lodge #131 F&AM, Kalurah Shrine Binghamton Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star Fern-Tyrone Chapter #142, Sons of the American Legion, and Watkins Chapter #182 R.A.M. Bill loved hunting, working in his garage, and spending time with his family.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 43 years, Susan Hyer; daughters, Billie Jo (Dustin) Carnes and Wendy (Lauren) Richtmyer; grandchildren, Jessica and Jacob Carnes; brothers, Gerald (Donna) Hyer and David Hyer (Sue Snyder); sister, Donna (Dwight) Wilber; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and grandson, Dustin L. Carnes, Jr.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, January 26 from 3-5 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Services will begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by a reception at the Myrtle-Jefferson Lodge, 308 W. Main St., Montour Falls. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, or to CareFirst Hospice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Robert E. House

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

Robert E. House

Age 33, of Cortland, NY, formerly of Trumansburg, passed away unexpectedly from diabetes complications on January 9, 2018.

Robert was born on January 16, 1984 in N. Kansas City, Mo. to Charlene House Updike. Together he was raised by his loving bonus father and best bud, Lawnie E. Updike.

Robert attended Trumansburg Central School District. He was currently working as a clerk at the local Byrne Dairy, after several years as a stay-at-home daddy.

He and his wife Michelle married on February 1, 2008 and were raising five beautiful little girls, Arhionna (12), McKenna (9), McKenzie (8), McKendra (7) and McKayla (5).

Robert was a huge Gamer, loved fishing and the great outdoors. Most importantly, he loved spending time with his girls and family.

Robert was predeceased by his grandpa, Raymond House of Kansas City, Mo., and grandma, Pauline House of Mecklenburg, NY.

He is survived by his two sisters, Krystal (nieces Isabella and Skyla) and Lexi Updike, along with several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Private services are at the convenience of the family. We love you, Robbie Bobby Bean Head, until we meet again.

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

Obituary: Arvine J. Pike

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

Arvine J. Pike

Age 76, of Burdett, passed away on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

Arvine was a kind, quiet, gentle man, but was also as tough as nails. The weather was never too hot or too cold to tackle any project or help someone out. Arvine was a family man who loved his wife, three boys and eight grandchildren dearly.

Arvine spent the last 20 years working with his son, Wade, at Pike’s Machine Shop. Arvine had a love for automobiles, flea markets, and volunteering for both the Reynoldsville Community Church Chicken Barbecues and the Reynoldsville Community Club. He spent many hours with his dad, Leon, at gun shows, car shows and the Canandaigua Steam Pageant.

Arvine had the ability to fix anything and he believed everything could be saved. He would never give up on a car, appliance, piece of furniture or a person. Arvine’s greatest achievement was sharing his knowledge, wisdom and heartfelt love with his wife, family and friends.

Arvine worked at Tompkins Community Hospital (Cayuga Medical Center) as a Special Projects Coordinator until he retired in 1996 with 35 years of service. He was a member and volunteer at the Reynoldsville Community Club; a member of the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church and the Painted Post Rod and Gun Club, and a lifetime member of the NRA.

Arvine is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Doris; children, Wayne (Heidi) Pike, Wade (Tammy) Pike, and Steven (Heather) Pike; grandchildren, Marissa, Amanda and Mitchell Pike, Alexis and Brandon Pike, and Nicholas, Brynn, and Griffin Pike; sister Priscella (Don) Kelly, and sisters-in-laws Nancy (Tom) Voorheis and Carolyn (Charles) Voorheis.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Sunday, January 21 from 2 p.m.-3 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at the funeral home at 3:00 p.m.; and burial Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the Hector Union Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Reynoldsville Community Club or a charity of one's choice in lieu of flowers. You may “Light a Candle” or express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Robert C. Wager

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

Robert C. Wager

Age 83, of Burdett, passed away on January 17, 2018. 

Robert was born in Watkins Glen on January 25, 1934, the son of Lincoln G. and Edna Wager. He honorably served in the U.S. Army from 1956-1958, stationed in Korea.  Bob worked at Besmer Co. in Lansing, NY, retiring in 1996. 

He was predeceased by his parents, and sisters, Rosalind Maine and Dorothy Smith. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Linda; children, Ashley (Tracy) Foy of Richlands, NC, Scott (Jeanne) Wager of Vestal, NY, and Karen Crane (Robert Arden) of Burdett; brother, Lincoln Wager of Watkins Glen; sister-in-law, Jane (Ronald) Salyer of Penn Yan; and five grandchildren, Jordan Foy, Kaitlin Crane, Ashley Crane, Zachary Wager and Cole Wager. 

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Monday, January 22 from 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; followed by a memorial service and military honors celebrating his life at the funeral home at 4:00 p.m; Rev. Jane Winters officiating. 

You may express condolences or “Light A Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Irene Burgess

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

Irene Burgess

Age 80, of Watkins Glen, passed away in the comfort of her home on January 14, 2018.
 
Irene worked at the Watkins Glen Central School for 25 years as a Custodian and retired in 2000, and at the First Presbyterian Church in Watkins Glen since 1974.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 27 at the First Presbyterian Church, Watkins Glen. Rev. Cara Milne will officiate.

She is survived by her husband, John Burgess; son, David Burgess; canine friend, Harry; special niece, Debbie (Davis) Nunn; sister-in-law, Gloria Slater; nieces, Amy Lynn and Michelle; and very special friend, Rob Rossiter.

The family would like to thank her special caregivers, Jane Kissell, Melissa Kissell and Maria Torres.

Those wishing to remember Irene may consider a donation to the First Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. You may light a “Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

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

Obituary: Erik B. Morse

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

Erik B. Morse

Age 47, of County Road 23, Dundee, NY, passed away on December 19, 2017 in Rock Stream, NY.

Erik was born on August 22, 1971 in Camden, NJ. He grew up with his family in Waveland, Mississippi and the Destin, Florida areas. He worked as an HVAC Technician for O’Connor Plumbing & Heating in Elmira, NY.

Eric is survived by a son, Brandon Morse of Louisiana; daughter, Krystal Isler of Florida; mother, Lynda (George) Schmidt of Gulfport, MS; father, Willard Morse of New Jersey; sister, Victoria “Vicki" Olaphant of Iowa; brothers, Michael Morse of Destin, FL and Steven Morse of Mississippi.

There are no services planned at this time. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen, NY.

Obituary: Joseph John Nelk

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

Joseph John Nelk

Age 21, of Pittsford, NY passed away unexpectedly on December 10, 2017 at age 21, while serving with A Troop 2-101 CAV NY Army National Guard on active duty in Ukraine.

He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Joseph J. Discenza with whom he shared a special bond. Joseph is survived by his parents, Patricia and Robert Nelk; sister, Emma; and brother, Anthony; maternal grandmother, Catherine Discenza; aunts, Virginia Yeager and Jacqueline Pastore; cousin, Hollie Heath (Clint Kellogg); paternal grandparents, Tony and Hetty Nelk; aunts, Tina Nelk and Linda Duncan; uncle, Edward (Christina) Nelk; cousins, Cassandra Taddeo, Brianna (Dallas) McClure, Caleb, Ethan and Sabrina Duncan; Katlyn Hank, Omar, Cristina, Christian, Victoria and Roberto Nelk.

Joseph enlisted in the National Guard and was proud to have been chosen for the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine (JMTG-U) mission. He arrived in Ukraine early in November after completing pre-mobilization training at Fort Bliss, TX.

Joseph was known for being a protective older brother, his wicked sense of humor and his steadfast loyalty to family and friendships.

A Celebration of Joseph's life with Military Honors was held at St. John of Rochester, Fairport. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery will be conducted at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project at: www.woundedwarriorproject.org or Operation Gratitude at: www.operationgratitude.com. To share a memory of Joseph or send a condolence to the family visit www.anthonychapels.com

Obituary: James Teemley

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

James Teemley

Age 89, of Burdett, NY, passed away on January 3, 2018.

Jim was born in Watkins Glen, NY on January 18, 1928, the son of Lewis and Frieda Teemley. He and his wife Nancy owned and operated Teemley's Market on Franklin Street in Watkins Glen for many years. He was also a lifelong member of the Myrtle-Jefferson Masonic Lodge and Burdett Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nancy (Berry) Teemley; children, Amy (Walt) Lakomy, Bill Teemley (Karen Hunter), and Roger (Susan) Teemley, all of Burdett; sister, Irene (Jack) Nelson of Maryland; sister-in-law, Bonnie Teemley of Florida; four grandchildren, Lindsay (Nathan) Boles, Cody (Courtney) Lakomy, Kaylyn (David) Sidle, and Logan Teemley; and two great-grandchildren, Madison Lakomy and Aurora Boles.

According to his wishes, private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with burial at Glenwood Cemetery.

Those wishing to remember Jim may consider a memorial donation to the V-L-H Fire Department, PO Box 46, Hector, NY 14841. Or you may express condolences to the family or Light a Candle in his memory online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

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

Obituary: Donald C. Brooke

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

Donald C. Brooke

Formerly of Montour Falls, NY, died on Friday, December 15, 2017 at his home in Lexington, KY.

A graduate of Odessa-Montour Central School and Tri-State College (Angola, Indiana), he was an Army veteran of the Korean War and was employed for many years by Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Horseheads, NY. Don was also a lifelong avid ham radio operator, known by his call letters, WA2ELD.

He is survived by his wife, Lois J. (Teeter) Brooke of Lexington, KY; children, Robert (Kathleen) Brooke of Winter Haven, FL, William Brooke and Katharine Brooke, both of Montour Falls, Lawrence Brooke (Abby Widmer) of Sarasota, FL, and Patricia (Cliff) D’Angelo, Winter Springs, FL; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his mother, Mary M. Brooke.

A full military service and burial will be held at Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, NY in July.

Obituary: Nicholas L. Ruvolo

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

Nicholas L. Ruvolo

Age 83, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Friday, January 5, 2018 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira.

Nick was born in Elmira, NY on November 20, 1934, the son of the late Rose (Franzese) and Casper Ruvolo. Nick served in the U.S. Army from 1954 until 1956. He worked for both salt companies in Watkins Glen, worked in construction and retired after 20 years of service for St. Mary’s of the Lake Church. He was a faithful member of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church and was also a member of the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge 1546.

Nick is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Mary Lou (Conte) Ruvolo; daughters, Lori (Rocco) Zingaro of Webster and Linda Mizerak of Watkins Glen; his grandchildren, Nicholas (Stephanie) Mizerak of Long Island, David (Ned) Mizerak of Watkins Glen, Tyler (Nicole) Mizerak of Watkins Glen, and Matthew Lusardi of Rochester; and Nick’s beloved great grandchildren, Carter and Elizabeth Mizerak and soon to be Trenton Joseph Mizerak. Nick had a special bond with his brother-in-law Sante Conti, sister-in-law Sally (Murphy) Conti, and their daughter Shelly. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, including Gregg (Gwen) Ruvolo, who was like a son to him, of Lakeland, Florida, and Josette (Mark) Saginario of Louisiana. In addition to his parents, Nick was predeceased by his brothers, Gregory and Richard Ruvolo, and sister, Patricia Ruvolo.

Friends and family may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 10 at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen, NY. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, January 11 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery will be held at the convenience of his family.
 
Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, P.O. Box 289, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

Fond memories of Nick may be shared with his family and friends at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: George W. Hoffman

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

George W. Hoffman

Age 68, of Alpine, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at home.

He was born in Flushing, NY on December 16, 1949, the son of the late Clarence and Rena (Centurelli) Hoffman. George graduated from Odessa High School and served with the U.S. Army Reserves for several years. He married the love of his life, Paula, on April 14, 1990 in Cayuta.

George held many jobs throughout his life. He worked construction for New York State, worked at Kolar Machine and Alpine Machine, drove bus at the Special Children’s Center, owned many rental properties and was a farmer. He enjoyed hunting, camping, family gatherings, buffets, and most of all spending time with his family and his loyal fur babies Sammy and Tyson.

George is survived by his wife, Paula; and his children, Jamie (Tara) Hoffman, Carla Myers, Brad Hoffman, Amber (Marvin) Davis, Christopher (Lindsey) Hoffman, Rachel Hoffman and Michael Hoffman. In addition to his seven children, he had also taken in Mackenzie Moore, Matt Smith, and many more children who were a part of his life and who he considered his own. Also surviving: brother, Richard (Patti) Hoffman; grandchildren, Rebecca, Sebrena, Dakota, Jonathan, Lucas, Olivia, Collins, Kiara, Jalen, Jordan, Aleeyah Georgina, Lily, Jesse, Sophia, Adalyn, and special granddaughter, Emma; great grandchildren, Milah, Lebryn and Bailey; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Wayne, Steve and Fred Hoffman.

“The only Superman we know we call  Dad”

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 3-5 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by a reception at the Montour Falls Fire Department. To leave the family a message of condolence or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Norma Crego Baldassarre

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

Norma Crego Baldassarre

Age 94, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Norma was born on November 23, 1923 in Covington, PA, the daughter of the late Stanley and Lora Crego. Norma graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1939 and attended Elmira Business School. After graduating she worked for several years at Glen National Bank. She married Rocco Macri on September 14, 1947, and after his death, married her devoted husband of 38½ years, George Baldassarre. Norma worked as the assistant to the principal of Watkins Glen High School, but spent most of her professional life as the Treasurer of the Watkins Glen School District.

Norma was also a very active community member. She served on the Session at the Watkins Glen First Presbyterian Church, taught Sunday School there for years and received the Woman of Faith Award in 2008. She was also a 4-H leader, served as Treasurer of the Friends of the Watkins Glen Library, and volunteered at R.S.V.P. and Schuyler Hospital.

Norma loved living in Watkins Glen, choosing to stay there even in her retirement. Norma lived a full and joyful life. She had many passions and talents that she pursued throughout the years. She loved working in her flower garden, was universally considered to be the best pie maker around, was an avid bowler, a loyal member of the 39er’s Club, enjoyed reading, playing euchre, supporting the Yankees with her husband, George, and especially loved spending time with her family.

Norma was predeceased by her parents, Stanley and Lora Crego; her first husband, Rocco Macri; son, Paul Macri, and sister, Lola Mae Crego. She is survived by her loving husband, George Baldassarre; son, John Macri (Darlene Sanford) of Horseheads, NY; daughter, Lora (Klaas) Schilder of Clinton, NY; stepdaughters, Roann (Tim) Dermady of Watertown, NY and Joan Bartosz (and partner Ron DiNitto) of Forest City, NC; stepson, Frank (Jeanne) Baldassarre of Spokane, WA; sister, Ruth Benson of Los Angeles, CA; 13 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Saturday, January 6 from 2-4 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 4 p.m. at the funeral home, Rev. Cara S. Milner officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Reading Center in the spring.

In appreciation of her love of reading, please consider a memorial donation to the Friends of Watkins Library (FOWL), c/o Watkins Glen Public Library, 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online in Norma’s memory at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Kathleen May LeShure

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

Kathleen May (Madigan) LeShure

Age 65, went to be with the Lord unexpectedly on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at her home in Montour Falls.

Kathleen was born in Penn Yan, NY on October 13, 1952 to the late Samuel Madigan and Marion (McCann) Barron. Kathleen married Rodger LeShure, Sr. on December 11, 1976. She worked as a PCA and loved her job and had compassion for her clients. She loved camping with her husband, playing with her grandchildren, and was a big Jets fan.

Kathleen is survived by her loving husband of 41 years, Rodger LeShure, Sr.; two daughters, Katina (Bruce) McClain and Michelle Hartford; a son, Rodger LeShure, Jr.; grandchildren, David (Tiffany) Robinson, Edward (Cortney) McClain, Aaron Robinson, Mason McClain, Caylee McClain, Bryce McClain and Zachariah LeShure; eight great grandchildren; and a brother, Daniel Madigan.

As per Kathleen’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or services. She will be missed by many who loved her. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Brian Scott Sidle

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

Brian Scott Sidle

Age 40, born on October 1, 1977 to F. Joseph Sidle II and Diane (Shipos) Sidle, passed away from his battle with cancer on Saturday, December 30, 2017 surrounded by family and close friends.

At the time of his illness, Brian was working at the Town of Cayuta Highway Department. Brian’s passions were his family, friends, and garden tractor pulls. He looked forward to his weekends of tractor pulling, and seeing all of his tractor pulling families.

Brian is survived by his wife of 13 years, Amy Lee Sidle; daughter, Shirley Elizabeth Sidle; son, Jonathan Scott Sidle; brothers, Mark J. (Misti) Sidle, and Joey (Wendy) Sidle; sister-in-law, Deidra (Tim Geisel) Moharter; special niece, Hayley Burke; Papa Roger (Connie) Hile; brothers and sisters in crime, Doug (Angie) Collins, Dusty Spaulding, Gary (Nolan) Silcox, and Marquerite (Rgelio) Jayne; along with several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, as well as many close friends who became family to him. Brian was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, F. Joseph Sidle I; paternal grandmother, Amelia Elmo; and maternal grandparents, Joseph and Shirley Shipos.

Brian’s family would like to thank all of his family, friends and the community who came together to support and help Brian and his family during his yearlong battle with cancer.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, January 13 from 11 a.m.-1 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. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family, in c/o Deidra Moharter, 2564 Steam Mill Rd., Odessa, NY 14869. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Dominic S. Giambo

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

Dominic S. Giambo

Age 98, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Friday, December 29, 2017 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls.

Nick was born on February 8, 1919 in Oswego, NY, the son of the late Salvatore and Antonina Genovese Giambo. Nick served in the U.S. Army as a Staff Sgt. from 1943 until 1946. He retired from the Watkins Glen School District, where he had taught Industrial Arts.  Nick was a life member of the Watkins Glen BPOE Elks Lodge #1546.

Nick is survived by his children, Carol Taber of Horseheads, Robert Giambo of Oswego, David (Deborah) Giambo of Virginia, and Deborah (George) Kiteveles of Liverpool; his grandchildren, Gina Taber, Dominic Giambo, Anthony Giambo, Thomas (Donna) Taber, Scott (Mary Ann) Taber, Kimberly (Greg) Covell, and Eric (Jackie) Taber; his great grandchildren, Aidan Adams and Landyn Taber; his sister, Mayme Krawczyk; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Nick was predeceased by his loving wife, Anna M. (Onofri) Giambo, on September 5, 1986; his sister, Mary Lombard; and his brothers, Anthony, Phil, Tommy and Joseph Giambo.

Friends and family may call from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, January 8, 2018 at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen, NY.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, January 9 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Interment will follow with Military Honors at Holy Cross Cemetery, Watkins Glen.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, PO Box 289, Watkins Glen, NY 14891. Friends and family may share memories of Nick at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Richard W. Green

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

Richard W. "Greenie" Green

Age 64, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed peacefully from this life the morning of December 27, 2017 after a brief battle with cancer. He was surrounded and supported by his loving family during the last hours of his life.

Greenie was born on February 19, 1953 in Montour Falls, NY to Elizabeth “Betty” Green and Stewart E. Green, who predeceased him.

Greenie was a people person and always enjoyed sharing and listening to stories. He loved sports, especially playing softball. He was an avid NY Giants, NY Yankees, and NASCAR fan. Before it closed, Greenie was a Forklift Operator for Shepard Niles in Montour Falls for 17 years. He tended bar at the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge and often referred to himself as a "Psychologist." In addition to being a member of the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge 1546, he was a past member of the Mechanics Club and the VFW. He always enjoyed being outdoors, especially when he was on neighborhood watch.

Greenie is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 42 years, Debbie, and his children, Wendy Green, Tracey (Eric) VanSkiver, and Buffy Green. In addition to his parents, Greenie was predeceased by his son, Michael Green. He will be fondly remembered by his eight grandchildren, Alexsis, Trevor, Olivia, Natalie, Lucas, Markus, Mitchell, and McKenna; sisters, Debbie Besley, Billie Green and Patty Searing, and his brother, Stewart (Cindy Boyer Green predeceased) Green; nieces and nephews, Stewart, Kelly, Logan, Krista, and Matthew; as well as many cousins.

A celebration of Greenie's life with a time to share memories and stories will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2018 beginning with an Elks Memorial Service at 3 p.m., with a time to visit until 6 p.m. at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Greenie’s name to the charity of one’s choice. Memories and stories may also be shared with Greenie’s family and friends at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Jesse Alan Hayes

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

Jesse Alan Hayes

Age 62, of Ithaca, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, December 25, 2017.

He was born in Montour Falls on August 28, 1955, the son of Ralph and Margarita Hayes. Jesse graduated from Odessa-Montour High School in 1973 and went on to serve with the U.S. Air Force. He was employed at Cornell University and previously at Therm.

Jesse was a Sci-Fi fan, especially Star Trek. He loved music and the Beatles, and was an avid reader.

He was predeceased by his parents, brother Jeffrey Hayes, and nephew Zachary Hayes. He is survived by his sisters, Linda (Kirk) Smith of Montour Falls, and Christina (James) Inman of Lansing; a brother, John Hayes of Watkins Glen; a son, Christopher Carbone; grandchildren, Sierra and Nicholas Carbone; special cousin, Steve Hayes; longtime friend, Bill Payne; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 12 noon-2 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls.

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

Obituary: Judith Ann (Decker) Croft

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

Judith Ann (Decker) Croft

Age 71, of Odessa, NY passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Montour Falls, NY on February 22, 1946, the daughter of William and Doris Field, and graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1964. Judy married Richard L. Croft on November 4, 1967 in Watkins Glen.

Judy retired from the Schuyler County Office for the Aging. She enjoyed many trips to Disney World, playing cards, gambling, and spending time with her family and friends. She was predeceased by her parents, William and Doris Field; a brother, Robert Decker, and a sister, Gale Burgess.

She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Richard Croft; sons, Brian (Mary Ellen, and her daughter Shannon and family) Croft of Watkins Glen, and Michael (Sonja) Croft of Montour Falls; brothers, David (Lois) Decker and Charles (Vicky) Decker; sister-in-law Rita Decker; three grandchildren, Drake, Leeah and Connor; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, December 27 from 2-5 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A celebration of Judy’s life will follow at the Mechanics Club, 237 W. Main St., Montour Falls.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Care First or 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: Juanita Mae Tomassi

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

Juanita Mae Tomassi

Age 81, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Friday, December 15, 2017.

She was born on May 18, 1936, the daughter of Helen and John Mathews. Juanita retired from Watkins Glen Central School as a cafeteria worker. She was a member of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen, and a member of the Women of the Moose Montour Falls Chapter 1401.

The love of her life, Helen Marie, will greatly miss her. Juanita valued time spent with her family and friends. Her favorite pastime was to sit at the lake and be absorbed in the tranquility of her surroundings. She enjoyed Friday lunches at the Montour Moose Club with Helen Marie, Dave, her brother Michael, and Uncle Frank, and loved ice cream cones.

Juanita was predeceased by her parents, infant son Ralph, sister Doris (Bill) Smith, and brother John Mathews. She is survived by her daughter, Helen Marie (David) Starkweather of Montour Falls; brother, Michael P. (Patty) Bilinski of Watkins Glen; grandchildren, Christine (Bryan) Kurcoba of Elmira, David (Cara) Starkweather of Montour Falls, and Bryan (Mary) Starkweather of Wayne; great grandchildren, Shaun and Jordynn Kurcoba, Eliza Starkweather, and Allison, Leah, Emily and Nate Starkweather; nieces and nephews, Teresa, Michael, Tammy, Lori, and their families, Heather (Jeremy Dawson), Molly Bilinski, Susan Smith Collins, Nancy Haner, and William Smith; great nieces and nephews, Madaline Bryerton, Hailey Smith, and Joseph and William Haner; and special cousin, Thais (Mario) Sarceni.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, December 22 from 4-7 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A service will follow at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865, or 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: William H. Peters

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

William Henry (Bill) Peters

Age 77, formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, died Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 in Venice, Florida.

He was born in St. Johnsbury, VT on August 22, 1940 to Eleanor L. Peters (née Fuller) and Wesley C. Peters.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lucina Carol of Venice, FL; daughter Susan L. Peters and her son, Michael Henrikson, of Seminole, FL ; daughter Ann C. Harrison and her husband, Glenn, of East Falmouth, MA; son Todd W. Peters and his wife Lisa, daughter Kalle, and son Wesley of Louisville, CO; sister Diantha L. Langmaid and her husband, Dwayne, of Danville, VT; brother Robert C. Peters and his wife, Sonia, of Granby, VT; and numerous cherished nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws.

Bill graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy in 1958 and pursued collegiate studies at Lyndon Teachers College (Lyndon State College), Rutgers University and the University of Rochester. He earned a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter professional designation and was a chapter member in Syracuse, NY.

In 1970, Bill moved to Watkins Glen, NY with his family, where he purchased the E.C. Cooper, Inc. insurance agency. Bill was an active member of his community, serving on several boards of directors including the Schuyler County Chamber of Commerce, the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Corporation, and many proud years with Schuyler Hospital, where he served time as chairman.

He was a devoted member of the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club, serving time as president and earning peer recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow. Bill was also an elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Watkins Glen and served on the Regional Economic Development Committee. In 1995, he was nominated Business Person of the Year by the Schuyler County Chamber of Commerce and in 2013 was inducted into the Schuyler County Hall of Fame.

He was an avid Syracuse basketball fan and lifelong outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed sharing in golfing, hunting, fishing and boating activities with his close friends and family. Bill’s leadership, love for his community and warm sense of humor touched many throughout his life.

There are no memorial services planned at this time. Remembrances in his name may be made to Suncoast Hospice of Pinellas County, FL.

Obituary: Herbert E. Wheeler, Jr.

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

Herbert E. Wheeler, Jr.

Age 60, of Elmira, passed away on Saturday, December 16, 2017.

He was born in Corning on June 26, 1957, a son of the late Herbert E. “Hurk” Wheeler, Sr. and Naomi Fritzon.

He is survived by his wife, Ethel Wheeler; sons, David Wilson and Herbert E. Wheeler III; daughters, Linda (Erik) Wilson Davis and Darla Wheeler; sisters, Mary Wheeler (Bruce Lawrence), Kathy Fritzon and Diane Fritzon-Eldred (Jonathon); brothers, Frank Wheeler, John Fritzon (Kathy Covert), and Kenny Faucett; brother-in-law, Gary Reasor, Sr.; grandchildren, Dillon, Branden, Jakob, Reagan, Jazmine, Elijah, Liberty, Tammy, Christopher, Noah, and Luke; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Jason Lee Wheeler, and granddaughter, Heaven Lee Wheeler.

A special thanks to friends Joyce Walker, Elaine Crans, Adam and Joy Smith, Gary Wheeler, Jr., Pam and Herbie Smith, Karen Mattison, and Kenny Faucett.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, December 20 from 11:00 a..m.-12:00 noon at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A funeral service will follow at 12:00 noon at the funeral home.

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

Obituary: Thomas L. Smalley, Sr.

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

Thomas L. Smalley, Sr.

Age 74, of Reading Center, finished the race on December 14, 2017. 

Tom was the owner of Smalley’s Garage on Franklin Street in Watkins Glen, NY. The family business was founded in 1941 by his father, Lester Smalley. Tom continued the tradition of the business as owner and operator in 1987; it just celebrated its 76th anniversary. 

For 40 years, Tom was known throughout the dirt track racing community as the “00.” He was a winner of multiple track championships, inspiring race fans both young and old. 

The family will receive friends and relatives on Tuesday, Dec. 19 from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. A funeral service celebrating his life will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 10 a.m., followed by burial at Hillside Cemetery in Dundee.

Tom was predeceased by his parents, Nathan “Lester” and Florence Smalley; and brother and sisters, Gene Smalley, Sharon Bingell and Valnetta Crissinger. He is survived by his wife, Karla; children, T.J. Smalley (David Atwood) of Rochester, Chris (Michelle) Smalley of Bethalto, IL, Jerrie (Steven) Pond of Pulteney, NY, Travis Bentley of Dundee, Patrick (Randi) Smalley of Hemlock, and Trevor Bentley of Reading Center; brothers and sister, Robert Smalley of Beaver Dams, Michael (Ida) Smalley of Rock Stream, and Kathy Lynn (Sam) Ector of Watkins Glen; eight grandchildren and one great grandson. 

Memorial donations may be made to the International Motor Racing Research Center, 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY.  You may express condolences or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com 

Obituary: Wayne M. Smith

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

Wayne M. Smith

Age 72, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away at home on December 12, 2017.

Wayne was born on August 17, 1945 in New Brunswick, NJ, the son of the late Myrtle Voorhees Smith and Harry D. Smith.

After graduating from Washington High School in Washington, NJ, Wayne joined the U.S. Army, which included a tour of duty in Vietnam. On return to the States, he was active in the Army Reserves. Later he was employed by SI Handling Systems in Easton, PA. While there, he worked as an Installation Field Superintendent of various automated systems. This took him to many parts of the U.S. and Canada as well as some worldwide installations.

After many years of travel and time away from family, Wayne decided to pursue another dream and the family purchased their current farm in Watkins Glen. Here Wayne enjoyed raising a variety of animals and working the fields. He also found time for his enjoyment of antiques and collectibles, which included antique gas engines, farm equipment and household goods and tools. Ever the thinker and designer, he was always figuring out new ways to make something work. It was on the farm and in his workshop that he spent the remainder of his days.

Always cherishing our freedom that he and many members of his family served to protect, the 4th of July was always important to him. He began an annual Independence Day party that over the years grew to include dozens of friends, family, and neighbors. He was saddened when disease and hospitalization cancelled last July’s event.

In addition to his parents, Wayne was predeceased by his brother, Harry C. Smith, and nephew, Capt. David M. Smith, USN. He is survived by his spouse, Patti Smith; children, Kevin (Liz) Smith of Horseheads, Kristy (Randy) Thorpe of Watkins Glen and Sherri (Scott) Tapp of Hackettstown, NJ; his grandchildren, Kambrie and Kaylee Thorpe of Watkins Glen and Noah Tapp of Hackettstown, NJ; as well as several nieces and nephews.

A gathering to celebrate Wayne’s life will be held on Wednesday, December 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen. In recognition of his service, Military Honors will be held at the funeral home at 6 p.m.

Those wishing to remember Wayne may make contributions in his memory to any cancer or veterans organizations of one’s choice. Memories of Wayne may be shared with his family and friends at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Jeffrey Charles Williams

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

Jeffrey Charles Williams

Age 65, of Burdett, NY passed away after a prolonged illness on Wednesday December 13, 2017.

He was born in Montour Falls, NY on May 27, 1952 to Jean (Webster) and Charles Williams.

Jeff was predeceased by his father, Charles Williams. He is survived by his children, Christina (Dean) Jackson, Ronelle (Adam) Thornton, and Charles Williams; his mother, Jean Williams; his beloved grandsons, Henry, Mitchell, and Theodore Jackson; his ex-wife, Mary Williams; his sister, Katherine (Doug) Irons, and brother, Steven Williams; several nieces and nephews, and many cousins. Jeff is also survived by his dear friend Nancy Woodworth-Shaw, who was dedicated to his care as his health declined.  

Jeff owned Williams Electric for many years, and later worked as an electrical estimator for Welliver. He loved his home on Seneca Lake, and in his spare time enjoyed boating, racing and watching the Yankees. Jeff also enjoyed coaching his grandsons’ Little League teams before his health prevented him.

Jeff’s family is especially indebted to the support that they received from Angel Flights and the Schuyler County Ambulance.

Family and friends are invited to gather to celebrate Jeff’s life on Sunday, December 17 at the Elks Lodge at 300 N. Madison Ave., Watkins Glen, NY from 2-5 p.m. with a brief Elks Service at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor can be sent to the Burdett Fire Department at 3830 Willow Street, Burdett, NY 14818. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Fay Everett Combs

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

Fay Everett Combs

Age 84, of Burdett, died peacefully on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving wife and children.

He was born in Romulus, NY on March 2, 1933, the son of Ray M. and Alice Faye Everett (Stewart) Combs.

Fay was the loving husband of Nancy Dean Combs, and would have happily celebrated 61 years of marriage on December 31, 2017. He adored Nancy, and told her he knew he would marry her the first time he met her. Fay was adored by his children, Julie Faye (James) O’Brien, Valerie Jane (Michael) Moore, and Raymond Martin (Lisa) Combs; ten grandchildren, Jessica (Gerlando) Purpura, Stephanie (Jay) Parente, Michelle (Nick) Huber, Alicia (Cole) Bubb, Krista (Eric) Brunner, Lindsy (Patrick) Hyer, Bradley (Nadia) Combs, Matthew (Brittany) Combs, Steven (Sarah) Combs, and Deanne (David) Housenecht; 15 great grandchildren, Salvatore, Michael, Sofia, Luca, Mason, Morgan, Evan, Collin, Raelynn, Patrick, Valor, Clive, Timothy, Giovanni, and Anthony; nephews, Kevin (Cindy) Finch and Terry Call; and many other nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his youngest son, James Dean Combs, on September 12, 2017. He was also predeceased by his sisters and brothers-in-law, Elsie and William Finch, Betty and Cedric Call, and nephew, Donald C. Call; maternal grandparents, Jesse and Jenny (Everett) Stewart; paternal grandparents, Warren and Emma (La Boyteaux) Combs, and Levi and Vera Skinner; and in-laws, Paul and Reva Dean.

Fay was an orphan from the age of 6, and was raised by his grandparents, Jesse and Jenny Stewart, to the age of 16. After the passing of his grandmother, he was fortunate to live with Levi and Vera Skinner to finish high school. He helped them with daily farm chores. They were wonderful to Fay and considered him a son since they never had children. In their elder years, Fay looked after them until their deaths.

Fay graduated from Interlaken Central School and attended Alfred Ag & Tech School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955, stationed in Vienna, Austria with the International Patrol.

Fay worked construction for many years and retired from Cayuga Medical Center in 1994. He was always there to give a hand to many friends, family members and neighbors. He and his sons also did masonry work. Fay built homes for his four children, including a log home, where he cut and readied the logs, for Raymond and his family.

Fay was a loving husband and father. He was a very quiet and private individual. He was always helping others, but not good at accepting help. He was a member of the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, December 15 from 2-5 p.m. at the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church, 5099 Rte. 227, Burdett. Funeral services will begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by a reception in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jimmy Dean Combs Scholarship Fund at Watkins Glen Central School or to the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

 

 

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