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Obituary: Loretta Dean

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

Loretta Dean

With sadness, we mourn the passing of Loretta Dean, who died on August 12, 2017 at the age of 88.

The family will receive friends on Friday, Aug. 25 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, Aug 26 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Watkins Glen; followed by burial at Cayuta Cemetery.

Loretta was born on August 31, 1928 to Thomas and Catherine Earley in Waverly, NY.  Upon her marriage to the love of her life, Maurice F. Dean, she moved to Schuyler County to raise her family. Loretta served for 15 years as matron of the Schuyler County Jail, paralleling Maurice’s tenure as Sheriff of the County. Upon her retirement, she studied at Cornell University and began her painting career as a botanical watercolor illustrator. An accomplished artist who saw beauty in life, she was sought out for her intricately detailed illustrations. Her botanic works have been featured in galleries across the state.

Loretta was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Watkins Glen and its choir.  She lived her life full of faith and love, leading by example. In 2007, she was awarded the Women of Faith Award, presented to honor women whose lives exemplify their Christian commitment through witness, service and leadership. Loretta embodied these traits through her work with the church and the county. She will be forever remembered for her kindness and grace.

She is survived by her children, Theresa (and Robert) Beswick of Victor, NY, Jennifer (and David) Chicone of Watkins Glen, NY, and Floyd (and Amy) Dean of Wilmington, DE; her grandchildren, Benjamin (and Deborah) Davis of Victor, NY, Kimberly Davis of Victor, NY, Vincent (and Sarah) Chicone of Montour Falls, NY, Andrew (and Susan) Chicone of Ft.  Myers, Fl., and Miles Dean of Wilmington, DE.; her great grandchildren, Ethan and Emily Davis, Ella and Loretta Chicone, and Lucy Chicone; her sister, Marie Blackwell of Addison, NY; many nieces and nephews, and many great nieces and great nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Maurice F. Dean, in 1993, and by her brothers, Rev. Vincent Earley and Francis Earley.

The family gratefully acknowledges Seneca View Nursing Facility that lovingly embraced and cared for Loretta for the last few years of her life. Loretta will be profoundly missed by family and friends. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that people kindly consider a donation in Loretta’s memory to the First Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur Street, Watkins Glen, NY.  You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Carl N. Watkins

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

Carl N. Watkins

Of Towanda, PA, died at home on August 9, 2017.

A son of Carl and Lillian Watkins of Horseheads, NY., Carl grew up in Odessa, NY and graduated from Odessa High School. He retired from Marriott Vending Corporation, where he was honored with many awards, including Marriott Man of the Year and Award of Excellence.

He was a past Exhalted Ruler of the Towanda Elks 2191. Carl was an avid fisherman who enjoyed making maple syrup each year with his friend/fishing buddy/brother-in-law Alan Strope. Visits and communication from his classmates have been one of the highlights of the last few years. In addition, one of his favorite pastimes for the last few months was enjoying Beatles music with brother-in-law Larry Strope.

He is survived by his wife, Jeannette Strope Watkins; brother, David Hulslander (Nancy) of Horseheads, NY; son, Sean Watkins, Phoenix, AZ; daughters, Rochelle McCarl (Jack) and Robin Accarino (John); grandsons Richard Carl Dixon and William Seylar McCarl III, and great grandchildren Felicity Rain, Atlas Robert, Melody Catherine, and Harmony Belle.

Carl was predeceased by his parents; a son, James Robert Wade Dixon, and a sister, Barbara Murphy of Elmira, NY.

A "Celebration of Life" gathering will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 27 at the Towanda Elks 2191. Family and friends are encouraged to attend.

In lieu of flowers, please direct any memorial contributions to Hospice.

Obituary: Anthony L. DeBerardinis

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

Anthony L. "Tony" DeBerardinis

Age 93, of Athens, Ohio, and formerly of Montour Falls, NY, died Saturday morning, July 29, 2017 at Hickory Creek Nursing Center, The Plains, OH. Born Dec. 18, 1923 in Waterbury, CT, he was the son of the late Lucio & Rose DeBerardinis.

He was a graduate of Brooklyn (NY) High School, where he was a city bus driver. He retired from the State of New York as a Motor Vehicle Inspector and Driver’s License Examiner in Watkins Glen, NY. He attended the Elderhostel and ROAD Scholar program in Athens at Ohio University. He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church. He was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of World War II, serving in the 3505th AAF Base Unit.

Tony is survived by his wife of 23 years, Connie Pikaart DeBerardinis; his children, Joan (Merwin) Brown of Lodi, NJ, Robert (Susan) DeBerardinis of Athens, AL, Anthony D. DeBerardinis of Utica, NY, William E. Pikaart of Columbus, OH, Lori (Dan) Brooks of Athens, OH, and Cindy (Vern) Castle of Guysville, OH; several grandchildren; several great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a sister, Carmela (Eddie) Natale of Franklin Square, NY.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Rose DeBerardinis; two daughters, Rosemarie Rushford and Linda Omilin; two sons, Louis DeBerardinis and Leonard F. Pikaart; and a sister, Clara Bartolomeo. 

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, August 11, from 5-7 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, August 12 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, with Father Steve Lape as celebrant. Burial with military honors will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Watkins Glen. 

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

Obituary: Butch (Wayne) Searles

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

Butch (Wayne) Searles

Age 70, of Mecklenburg, passed away on Sunday, August 6, 2017. He was born in Enfield on March 25, 1947.

Butch is survived by his daughter, Tina Marie (Joel) Beckman of Lodi; two sons, Chip (Michelle) Searles of Mecklenburg, and Todd (Sarah) Searles of Trumansburg; and seven grandchildren, Samantha Stevenson, Nathan Stevenson, Logan Searles, Trevor Searles, Hailie Searles, Hannah Brennan and Olivia Searles. He was predeceased by his wife of 46 years, Betsy Searles.

Butch’s passions were his wife, Betsy, his grandchildren, children, farming, hunting and his livestock. He was a dedicated steward of the land, passing these principals on to his family and friends. Butch spent many years teaching and mentoring young adults in hunter safety and various shooting disciplines. Along with his immediate family, he leaves a wide circle of friends that became an important part of him and his everyday life. Always willing to stop and help a neighbor, friend or stranger, he will be remembered for his generous, caring, and humorous spirit.

So as we say goodbye to the man with the beard and big gun, please join his family for calling hours on Friday, August 11, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A celebration of the lives of Butch and Betsy Searles will be held on Sunday, August 13 at 1:00 p.m. at the home of Chip and Michelle Searles, 5920 Culver Rd., Alpine, NY.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Betsy Searles Art Scholarship and sent to Trumansburg Central School District, Att: Treasurer, 100 Whig St., Trumansburg, NY 14886, or to a Wildlife Conservation Group of your choice. To leave the family a message of condolence or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Maggie Niver-Johnson

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

Maggie Niver-Johnson

Maggie Niver-Johnson, May 29, 1985-August 5, 2017. Age 32, of Hector. Daughter, mother, sister, cousin, niece, student, lover of family and friends.

Maggie passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, August 5. She was surrounded by her mother, father, sister, brother, Aunt Pat, Uncle Ken, and her boyfriend, Matthew Boyce with his parents, Nancy and Clifford Boyce.

Maggie was a lifelong resident of the Finger Lakes and had been residing in the village of Montour Falls. Maggie was passionate about her family and about others. She was about to enter her third year of Nursing School in the coming weeks and dreamed of one day obtaining her RN degree. Maggie was a lover, a dreamer, a dancer and a singer. Her happiest moments were when she was surrounded by music, family and friends. She instilled her love of music and dancing in her four-year-old daughter, Gabrielle, who frequently requests that we have “a dance party,” which always ends in a fit of laughter.

Maggie was a very loyal friend, mother, sister and daughter. She is survived by her three siblings, Anna, Hilary and Jordan; her parents, Bill Niver and Alice Johnson; her boyfriend Matthew Boyce; her grandmother, Gladys Niver; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; her former husband, Travis Johns, and the light of their lives, their daughter, Gabrielle May Johns.

Maggie will be remembered by those who loved her for many reasons, but perhaps most for her ability to make others laugh with her wit and sense of humor. It is this gift of laughter and goodwill that will lift up her daughter and those who cared for this beautiful person as we grieve together.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A memorial service will follow at 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the trust fund of Maggie’s daughter, Gabrielle May Johns. Send donations in care of Alice Johnson at 5953 Fausold Road, Hector, NY 14841. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Barbara Ann Westervelt

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

Barbara Ann Westervelt

Barbara Ann Westervelt -- February 28, 1951- August 1, 2017, age 66, Wife, Mother, Sister, Aunt, Cousin, Grandmother, Teacher, Friend.

The top of Oak Hill Road became a little less colorful in the early morning of August 1, 2017. Barbara (Shrout) Westervelt passed away in the early morning surrounded by her family.

Barbara was a lifelong resident of Oak Hill Road, where she grew up with her siblings Marilyn, Allison, Steve, Joanne, Will, and Norman as well as numerous cousins who fondly remember her as Maid Marian. Barb enjoyed an illustrious 25-year career teaching in the Newfield Central School District. She taught first, second, and sixth grades. Barb was beloved by her students and colleagues alike. She found tremendous joy in teaching and in the successes of her students. Barb approached each day with a passion and determination to make sure each and every one of her students was successful. Her commitment to her students was unquestionable and was a legacy that will continue for years to come.

Her commitment to her colleagues was evident in her tireless work as Union President, and her desire to inspire future educators was seen through her work as a mentor teacher and in her work with student teachers. Barb’s joy of teaching was only surpassed by her love of gardening and her love of her family. Barb’s gardens were the envy of everyone who passed by and who came to visit. Her green thumb was easily recognized in the numerous flower beds that bloomed throughout the summer.

Barb’s first love was her family. She is survived by her husband Scott, her children Jessica, Jason (Stephanie), Megan (Dylan), and Scott; and her three beautiful grandsons, Hudson, Archer, and Hendrik. Barbara will be missed, but she will be remembered by all who knew her.  Her legacy of compassion, kindness, and generosity will live on in her children who will pass these as well as her many other wonderful qualities to her grandchildren. Barb will be fondly remembered by those who knew her for so many reasons, but perhaps most for her strength, determination, and her ability to love without condition.
 
Calling hours will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, August 5 at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls.  Flowers may be sent to the funeral home.

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

Obituary: Elinor June Webster

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

Elinor June Webster

Age 92, of Dundee, NY, died Monday, July 31, 2017 at the Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home, Penn Yan, NY.

Friends are invited to calling hours from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water Street, Dundee. Her funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Aug. 4 at the Dundee Baptist Church, 20 Seneca Street, with Lay Pastor Lew Ann Giles officiating. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dundee Fire Company, 12 Union St., or to the Dundee Baptist Church, 20 Seneca St., Dundee, NY 14837.

Elinor was born on December 27, 1924 in the town of Tyrone, NY, the first daughter of the late Lynn Sargent and Linda Anne (Crans) Miller. She graduated from Dundee Central School in 1943; and from Arnot-Ogden Medical Center School of Nursing with her R.N. Certificate in 1946. On Sept. 13, 1946 in the Dundee Baptist Church, she married Howard Donald Webster; they have been inseparable for over 70 years.
 
A lifelong area resident, having raised seven children, she was employed by Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital in Penn Yan for 27 years, retiring in 1986. Mrs. Webster was a very active Life Member of the Dundee Baptist Church, and was very instrumental on the Council of Churches working to establish the former Dundee Youth Center.  A volunteer for the Red Cross working Blood Pressure Clinics, she served on the Dundee Central School Election Board, and was a former member of the Yates Rebekah Lodge. In her spare time, she enjoyed crafts, quilting, sewing, and ceramics.

She is loved and will be dearly missed by her husband, Howard Donald Webster, currently of Penn Yan Manor; two sons, Terry W. Webster of Penn Yan and Howard Michael (Lorrie) Webster of Belton, MO; five daughters, Linda D. (Joseph) Young of Dundee, Luanne (Walter) Bennett of Watkins Glen, Donna M. (Robert) Bergmark of Dundee, Mari E. (John) Gauck of Montour Falls, and Judy L. (Anthony) DeLaurentiis of Trumansburg; 22 grandchildren; 44 great grandchildren; six great great grandchildren; two sisters, Leila Voorhees of Navada, OH, and Alta (Harry) Ayers of Moore Haven, FL; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a grandson, David Kaul, in 1991; a daughter-in-law, Sharon J. Webster, in 2015; a brother, Lawrence Miller; and three sisters, Evelyn Symes, Maxine Anderson and Nelda Moss.

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

Obituary: Eugene B. Harrison

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

Eugene B. Harrison

Age 84, of Horseheads, NY, passed away on Thursday, July 27, 2017. 

Born in Elmira, NY on June 21, 1933, the son of the late John Packer and Mary Constance Hemerka Harrison, Eugene was a Korean War veteran, serving his country with the U.S. Army.  He married his beloved wife, Beverly Decker Harrison, on July 6, 1957. She predeceased him in 2000; they were married 43 years.

He worked as a typesetter and photographer for Elmira Quality Printers before retirement.  A communicant of St. Mary Our Mother Church and an usher, he was also a grand knight with the Knights of Columbus. His deep faith was encouraged through his long involvement in Cursillo and also led him to be a contemplative as a third-order Carmelite. 

A supporter of the Arts through the Clemens Center, he understood that Music and the Arts improved our sense of community. A member of the Retired Lions as club treasurer, he believed in service as a way of giving back. Eugene also was a swimming official for over 30 years.

He was predeceased by his son, Bruce Alan Harrison, in 1960, and brother Edwin Harrison in 1999.  He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law: Nancy and Reverend Mr. Thomas J. Ruda of Watkins Glen, NY, Kathleen and Reverend David J. Cook of Endicott, NY, and Susan and Rolando DaSilva of Southbury, CT; grandchildren, Kathryn Ruda, James (Rebecca) Ruda, Arlene (Dylan) Stoecker, April Ruda, Karen Cook, Ian Cook, Colin Cook, Sarah (Cody) Meadows, Michelle (Jai) Ayala, Stephen Jones, and Brian Jones; great granddaughters Rowan Cook, Sage Ruda, and Maya Ayala; brother and sisters-in-law, John P. and Carolyn Harrison, JoAnne Decker, and Louise (Mrs. Edwin) Harrison; several nieces and nephews, and a host of caring friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Lynch Funeral Home, 318 West Broad St., Horseheads, NY on Friday August 4 from 5-7 p.m. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, August 5 at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12 noon at St. Mary Our Mother Church in Horseheads, the Rev Rick Farrell officiating.  Burial will be in St. Mary Our Mother Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded Mr. Harrison.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Clemens Center or to a charity of one’s choice. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.lynchsfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Leo J. Fraboni

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

Leo J. Fraboni

Age 83, of Conway, SC, and formerly of Montour Falls, NY, and Avery Island, LA, passed away on Tuesday, July 25, 2017.

He was born in Watkins Glen, NY on October 15, 1933, the son of the late Leo H. Fraboni and Elizabeth (Kurtz) Reed. Leo served with the U.S. Army from 1954-1957, where he received the Good Conduct Medal and Sharp Shooter Medal. He married Emily Louise (Trank) Fraboni on February 14, 1959 in the Town of Birdsall, NY. They were married for 49 years, until Emily passed away on February 16, 2008.

Leo worked for Akzo Nobel, Inc. in Watkins Glen as an electrician and foreman, and later in Avery Island, LA, where he was maintenance superintendent. He retired on May 1, 1996. He was formerly the Secretary for the United Mine Workers, a Red Cross first aid instructor, and worked for the ambulance service for several years. In his younger years, he managed the youth center, and coached softball and small fry baseball. Leo was a 3rd degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus for 18 years.

Leo is survived by his children, John (Linda) Fraboni of Myrtle Beach, SC, Raymond (Peggy) Fraboni of Elmira, and Josepha Lea Wegner of Conway, SC; sisters and brothers, Helene Fraboni, Jean (Fran) Parker, Richard (Virginia) Fraboni, James (Connie) Fraboni, and Kenny Paul Fraboni; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his grandchild, Noel Fraboni; siblings, Mary Fraboni, Roma Fraboni Cunningham, Benjamin Fraboni and Anthony Fraboni and daughter-in-law, Connie VanDuzer Fraboni.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, July 30 from 2-4 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, July 31 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Burial with military honors will follow in Hillside Cemetery in Dundee, NY.

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

Obituary: Mildred 'Milli' Cleveland

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

Mildred "Milli" Cleveland

Age 88, of Horseheads, passed away on July 7, 2017. 

Funeral services were held at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Tuesday, July 11. Burial was at Montour Cemetery.

Milli was predeceased by her husbands, E. Herbert Liss of Buffalo and Virgil L. Cleveland of Beaver Dams. Survivors include her children, Carl (Joanne) Cleveland of Highlands Ranch, CO; Donna (Dennis) Weigel of Beaver Dam, WI; and Dale (Jeanette) Cleveland of Elmira, NY.  Additionally, she is survived by grandchildren, Brian Cleveland of Arlington, VA, Kevin Cleveland of Sacramento, CA, Chris Edwards and his son Carsen of Beaver Dam, WI, DeAnna (Daniel) Willcox and their son Oliver of Moline, IL, Thomas Cleveland of Beaver Dams, NY, and Nick Cleveland and Matthew Cleveland, both of Elmira, NY.

Milli, the last survivor of eight siblings, was born May 8, 1929 to Myrtle (Butters) Thurston and William Henry Thurston, who lived in Horseheads. Family was always very important to this loving mother, as was helping others. For 19 years, her passion included leading the Busy Bee 4H groups in a variety of fun and educational experiences, including sewing, woodworking, crafts, games, youth fairs and NY State Fair activities. She was a member of the Moreland Presbyterian Church and a recognized business leader in Watkins Glen, running Cleveland Appliances with husband Virgil for 29 years.

After Virgil’s death in June 1999, Milli met and later married E. Herbert Liss, a patent attorney from Buffalo, NY. They lived there happily until his death in November 2013.  In 2014, she moved to Appleridge Senior Living in Horseheads, where she enjoyed the activities and company of the other residents. 

She will be missed by many.  We were all blessed to have her in our lives. You may sign a guestbook, light a “Candle of Remembrance” or express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: George W. Bush

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

George W. Bush

Age 69, of Elmira, NY, formerly of Watkins Glen, passed away on July 22, 2017.

George was born in Montour Falls on June 3, 1950, the son of the late Otis and Gladys Bush. He formerly worked at Mr. Chicken in Watkins Glen, Thatcher’s Glass in Elmira Heights, and Seneca Foods in Dundee. He loved the outdoors and deer hunting. He lived for the past seven years at the Barton Home in Elmira, where he loved taking care of the gardens and yard work. The family wishes to sincerely thank the staff at the Barton Home for their loving care of George. 

He is survived by his three daughters, Christina (Earl) Engle of Horseheads, Michelle (Kenneth) Huffman of Corning, and Tammy Bush of Horseheads; brother, Charles (Connie) Bush of Rochester Hills, Michigan; sisters, Wilma (Philip) Bond of Hector, and Judy (Harold) Forney of Valois; and seven grandchildren, Teri, Michael, Issac, Cayla, Carissa, Mikiera and Sharaela; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Saturday, July 29 from 2 p.m.-3 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 3 p.m. and burial at Hector Union Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be made online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Richard J. Drum

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

Richard J. "Dick" Drum

Age 88, of Alpine and Ovid, NY, passed away on Monday, July 17, 2017.

Dick was born December 17, 1928, a son to Jacob and Madeline Drum. He served his country honorably with the U.S. Army and was a retired welder at Shepard Niles in Montour Falls.

He was predeceased by his wife, Mary R. Drum, and son-in-law, Tod Oaks. Dick is survived by his children, Beverly Rhynehart (Steve Brown), Catherine “Kitty”  (Edward “Skip”) Orcutt, Lisa “Ricki” Oaks, and Richard “Dicky” (Meredith) Drum; grandchildren, Robert, Mandy, Alecia, Allyson, Holden, Jacob and Aidan; great grandchildren, Michelle and Bryce; friend and fellow artist Sandy; and also many friends and fellow veterans in Montour Falls, Odessa and Ovid.

Richard was a man of many talents. He was an accomplished artist, owning his own studio, “Drums Along East Seneca” in Ovid, NY. He was also an author and avid outdoorsman, spending many days camping, trapping, fishing and hunting, from the Adirondack Mountains to Alaska. He raised his family and lived on Swamp Road in Alpine for over 50 years. He even built his own log cabin on Steam Mill Road in Odessa, NY.

The family will welcome relatives and friends to Dick’s gravesite service at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Odessa, on Saturday, July 22 at 1 p.m.

Those wishing to remember Dick, please consider donations to your local veterans organizations. Condolences and words of comfort may be expressed at Dick’s  Book of Memories at www.sullivansfuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Freda Millspaugh

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

Freda Millspaugh (Strong Shaver, Butler)

Age 95, was born March 20, 1922 in Leominster, MA, to Ellen Backus and Fred Strong.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her first husband, Harold Shaver; second husband, Donald Butler; third husband, Phillip Millspaugh; sisters, Stella Bailey and June Switzer; brothers, William Bailey and Daniel Moore; stepbrother Leslie Moore, and step-daughter Marilyn Roberts.

She is survived by her daughter, Sandra (David) Burton of Summerville, FL; grandchildren, Kent (Rose) Burton, Port Orchard, WA, Kelly (Kevin) Brandon, Palmyra, PA, and Keith Burton, Cleona, PA; son, Harold (Bud) Shaver of Horseheads, NY; grandchildren, Karlie (Frank) Rinere, Mooresville, NC, and Kristen (Jim) Lee Inman, SC; son, Richard (Patti) Butler of Punta Gorda, FL; grandchildren, Christina Margut, Rochester, NY and Amanda Riviera, Rochester, NY; stepdaughter Donna (Walt) Nash of San Antonio, FL; stepgrandchildren Pam (Ralph) Grazelle, Mexico, NY and Mary (Dave) Ledefaue, Sitka, AK; sister, Mona Vibbert of Palmyra, NY; and several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

When she was eight years old, she and her sister Stella were rescued from a car fire by their father, Frederick Strong, who later died due to his injuries sustained during the rescue. Friends urged her mother to place the children in foster homes, but she would not consider it and moved with the children to their grandfather's home in New Hampshire. A few years later her mother remarried and moved the family to central New York.

When she was 14, her stepfather left the family desolate and no one had a driver's license -- which was important since they lived in a house on a dirt road in the country. Freda had to walk a considerable distance to school every day and she was the only one able to stop at the welfare office after school to sign her family up for assistance. She also had to carry flour, sugar, lard, oatmeal, etc. home for the family. She never complained. Because of her, the family had food to eat and they survived.

While living there, Freda received her schooling but dropped out after the 11th grade because the family could not afford the textbooks for 12th grade. She started to work at Titcomb's Department Store in Baldwinsville, earning enough money to buy her younger sister, Mona, her first dress. In Baldwinsville she met a young meat cutter, Harold (Sandy) Shaver. He was nicknamed Sandy because of his red hair. Harold and Freda were married in 1943. She and husband Harold purchased and operated a Red & White country grocery store in Clay, NY. Harold died in 1949, when Freda was only 27, and she was left with a 5-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son. Freda's attitude was “You do what you have to do," an attitude she inherited from her mother. To help pay for Harold's medical expenses, she would deliver groceries from the store once a week to the doctor who treated Harold.

She continued to operate the store on her own until she married Don Butler in 1951. In 1952, their son Rick was born. In 1959, Don was transferred to Elmira with Millbrook Bread Company and the family moved to Elmira Heights. After a short while, they opened a lunch counter business on Elmira's southside but chose to build a restaurant/residence in the Alpine Junction area. While it was under construction in 1963, Don died. Freda continued with the project, convincing the bank that she could be successful, and the "Little Gem” restaurant was born. When she married Phil Millspaugh in 1974, she sold the restaurant/residence and semi-retired.

For a few years she worked part-time selling real estate. She and Phil enjoyed traveling with their camper, even going to Alaska and also spending time at Phil’s cottage on Keuka Lake. In later years, after Phil died in 1988, she enjoyed dancing with her dear friend Dominic Giambo and was also a member of the “Dancing Grannies.” Freda's life was not always easy, but she enjoyed it to the fullest. Her motto was "You do what you have to do,” and Freda did.

Calling hours will be on Thursday, July 20 from 4-6 p.m. at Sullivan's Funeral Home, 365 E. Franklin St., at Rt. 13, Horseheads, NY. A Catholic Service will be performed at the conclusion of calling hours. Freda will be buried in the Jacksonville Rural Cemetery in Lysander, NY next to her husband Harold at the family's convenience.

Those wishing to remember Freda may consider memorial contributions to Arnot Ogden Medical Center Foundation, Falck Cancer Center, 600 Roe Ave., Elmira, NY 14905. Condolences and words of comfort may be expressed at Freda’s Book of Memories at www.sullivansfuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Crystal J. Lepp

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

Crystal J. (Palmer) Lepp

Age 45, of Reading Center, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 14, 2017 at home.

She was born in Montour Falls, NY, the daughter of Vernon Palmer and Margie Wilson. Crystal was a 1990 graduate of Odessa-Montour High School. Those who had the great pleasure of knowing Crystal knew she enjoyed having a good time, laughing and joking around. Her smile and the twinkle in her eyes were infectious. She was a kind soul who would do anything to help others.

She was predeceased by her mother, Margie, and her grandmother, Genieve. She is survived by children, Alisha Morey (Josh Cornell), and Joshua Morey; long-time partner, Robert Hollister, Jr.; stepfather, Bill Wilson; sisters, Shelly Palmer and Kera (Ronald) Groves; her beloved granddaughters, McKenna and Evelyn; many nieces and nephews; and countless friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, July 22 from 12 noon-2 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A memorial service will follow at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the National MS Society or the Autism Research Institute. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Donald Ameigh

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

Donald Ameigh

Age 70, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on July 12, 2017 at home. 

A graveside service will be held on Monday, July 17 at 1:30 p.m. at Sugar Hill Cemetery in Watkins Glen. 

He was predeceased by his wife, Rebecca Ameigh; parents, Lynn and Genevieve Ameigh; and brothers and sisters, Mary, Velma, Frank, Jack and Lee.     

He is survived by his children, Donald Depew, Marnie Barber, and Stephanie (Joe) Bulkley; brothers, Lynn “Jr.”, Nelson, Jerry, Milton and Dick Ameigh; sisters, Peggy Ramos and Judy Wolverton; and eight grandchildren.

Don and his wife owned and operated B&D Bargain Bin in Montour Falls.

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

Obituary: Kimberly Elaine Lovell

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

Kimberly Elaine Lovell

Age 47, of Dunnellon, Florida, went to the Lord's house on July 10, 2017.

Kimberly, born on Nov. 16, 1969, is survived by two children, son Tyler Micheal Corbin and daughter Kaylee Elaine Corbin; her mother, Connie Getman Lovell; her father, William Lovell; a brother, Scott William Lovell, all of Dunnellon, Florida; and by other family members and lots of friends.

Kimberly was originally from Montour Falls, NY, and a High Honor graduate from Odessa-Montour Central School in 1987. She was a loving and devoted mother and was loved by all who knew her. Her life was for her family. She worked in medical records at a retirement home.

If anyone wishes, contributions can be sent to the Legacy House in memory of Kim.

Obituary: Hubert E. Webster

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

Hubert E. Webster

Age 65, of Odessa, NY passed away on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Bethany Manor.

He was born in Montour Falls, NY on April 11, 1952, the son of the late Willard and Elsie Webster.

Hubert worked in roofing, logging, towing vehicles, and also on a chicken farm in Odessa. He liked to work on cars, enjoyed demolition derbies, fishing, hunting, four wheeling, and spending time with his friends and family.

He is survived by his daughter, Stacey (Webster) Singh of Elmira; a son, Hubert E. Webster, Jr. of Spring Hill, FL; brothers, George and Willard (Willy) Webster of Odessa; nine grandchildren, Sandra, Kevin, and Stephanie Wilkins, Joseph Stevens III, Ivan Miranda, and Jessica, Brandon, Christopher and Benjamin Webster; and 10 nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Richard and Pete Webster.

A celebration of Hubert’s life will be held on Sunday, July 16 at 12:00 noon at Catharine Park, 5182 Park Rd., Odessa.

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: Michael Hess

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

Michael Hess

Age 41, of Watkins Glen, passed away unexpectedly on July 5th, 2017.

Michael was born on August 16, 1975, in Sayre, PA and eventually made his way to his bubble in Watkins Glen, NY. He was a loving father and husband and a fiercely devoted friend. Many would describe Michael as a generous and charismatic person.

He is survived by his wife, Riqui (Smith) Hess; son, Ryan Mitchell Hess; stepsons, Kodi Pylkas and Gavin Vandereems; and beloved fur-babies Maggie, Cyrus, and Pudge.

In addition, down in "The Valley" area, Michael left behind his best friend and brother, Dan; sister Trina; brother James; and parents, Jim and Cheryl. There were countless friends that Michael held dear and memories he loved to cherish and share.

There are no formal "events" taking place at this time, but announcements will be made in regard to a memorial gathering at a later date. You may sign a guestbook, light a “Candle of Remembrance” or express condolences to the family online at RoyceChedzoy.com.

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

Obituary: Theresa Ann VanGalder

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

Theresa Ann (Fosdeck) VanGalder

Age 83, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

She was born in Elmira, NY on September 21, 1933, the daughter of the late Louis Don and Laura Fosdeck. In 1952, she married Glenn Jackson VanGalder in Odessa, NY. Theresa worked at NCR in Ithaca for many years before retiring.

She was predeceased by her husband, Glenn Jackson VanGalder, in 1966; sister, Ruth Juett, and brothers, Richard Fosdeck and Louis Fosdeck. Theresa is survived by her daughter, Joyce (Dennis) Boling of Suwanee, GA; four sons, Glenn (Debbie) VanGalder of Odessa, David (Sandy) VanGalder of Newfield, Thomas (Linda) VanGalder of Marietta, GA, and Steven VanGalder of Watkins Glen; a sister, Laura (Mahlon) Parker of Montour Falls; 14 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren.

 A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 14, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home in Montour Falls.

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

Obituary: Ryan D. Cleary

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

Ryan D. Cleary

Age 32, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, passed away after a brief illness on August 22, 2016.

He is survived by his brothers, Jason and Jordan Cleary of Albuquerque; grandparents, Jack and Mary Ann Cleary of Montour Falls, NY; aunt and uncles, Theresa (Ted) Siri of Watkins Glen, NY, John (Kathy) Cleary of Elmira, NY, Christine Polonis of Albuquerque, Patrick Cleary of Texas, and Kelly (Rodney) Iles of Austin, Texas; and cousins Raymond, Alicia, Michael and Patrick Jr. He was predeceased by his mother, Mary Cleary, grandmother Marion Lee Peters, and special cousin Rachel E. Cleary.

He is loved and missed by his family and friends.

Ryan will be laid to rest at the upper Montour Falls Cemetery on Monday July 10, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

Obituary: Nan L. Carey

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

Nan L. Carey

Age 65, died on March 20, 2017 in Dallas, Texas, losing her battle with lung cancer.

She was born on November 9, 1951 in Watkins Glen, NY. Nan was the daughter of the late Harold R. Carey of Watkins Glen and Dorothy Mahoney (James) of Pine City, NY. She had a brother Michael (Mickey) Carey of Frisco, Texas; a niece, Jamie Lyn Biedermann, and two great nieces and a great nephew, all of Dallas; and nephew Ryan Michael Carey of Frisco, Texas.

She graduated from Watkins Glen Central High School in 1969. She attended Corning Community College in 1970-71. She moved in 1980 to Dallas, and worked at the Frito Lay Corporation in Plano, Texas and for several years for a prominent attorney firm in Irving, Texas. In her spare time, she was an avid reader of books and spent many hours in different public libraries. She also enjoyed working on puzzles of all kinds. She had many friends in the City of Dallas and she will be missed by them and her family.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Saturday, July 15 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.; followed by a celebration of her life at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home, Rev. Mike Kelly officiating. Interment will be at a later date at Fairview Cemetery in Painted Post. The family will provide flowers. 

Those wishing may consider a donation in her memory to the American Cancer Society, 1316 College Ave., Elmira, NY 14901 (or online at cancer.org). Expressions of sympathy may be made online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Mary Antionitta Gable

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

Mary Antionitta ''Toni'' Gable

Age 79, of Dundee, NY, formerly of Summerfield, Florida, and originally of Pine City, NY, died Saturday, July 1, 2017 at The Homestead in Penn Yan, NY.

Friends are invited to calling hours from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 11 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water Street, Dundee, where her memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor Lawrence Semans officiating.  Inurnment will be in St. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Elmira at the convenience of the family.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions may send them to the American Parkinson Disease Assoc., 60 Bay Street, Staten Island, NY 10301, or to The Homestead, 418 N. Main St., Penn Yan, NY 14527.

Mary was born on August 28, 1937 in Elmira, NY, one of three daughters of the late James Thomas and Althea May Mabbe Coletta. She graduated from Southside High School in 1956, where she was a member of the Delta Alpha Sorority. On August 1, 1959 in St. Mary's Church in Elmira, she married Philip S. Gable.
 
“Toni” -- as she was known by many -- was employed for several years by Twin Tiers Anesthesia. She retired as a Medical Records Technician from Broadway Animal Hospital, Elmira.

Mrs. Gable was a member of several flower clubs; enjoyed gardening, skiing and needle work, and was a “fabulous cook”; but loved being a grandmother the most.
 
She is loved and will be dearly missed by her husband of 57 years, Philip S. Gable at home; two daughters, Sharlyn Lee (David) Louch of Montour Falls, NY, and Stacey Sue (Douglas) Wills of Dundee; three grandchildren, Stephanie (Chad) Moore, Matthew Wills, and Daniel Louch; two sisters, Nancy (Ralph) Williamson of Gainesville, GA, and Delores (Jerry) Bosley of Huntsville, AL; and several nieces and nephews.

Online condolences can be sent by visiting bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

Obituary: Nancy Rhodes

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

Nancy Rhodes

Age 90, of Beaver Dams, passed away on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. 

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, July 2, from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. at the Tyrone United Methodist Church, followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. at the church. A private burial will be held at Tyrone Union Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

She was predeceased by her husband, Hubert “Dusty” Rhodes.  Survivors include her son, William H. Rhodes, of Beavers Dams; daughters, Jane (Randy) Pruden, of Corning, and Janet (John) Mayhew, of California; brother, Edson (Doris) Howell, of Tyrone; grandchildren, Kenny (Margaret), Michael, Erika and Ryan Rhodes, Zachary and Patrick Pruden, and Amber, Dustin and James Phares; and nieces. She was also predeceased by twin grandchildren, Matthew and Kristina Pruden.

Nancy enjoyed working outdoors and caring for her gardens and grandchildren, watching them both grow like weeds! She also took special interest in activities around the family farm. She worked for many years for Cornell Cooperative Extension and Yankee Pedlar in Watkins Glen.

She was a longtime member of the Tyrone United Methodist Church and the Eastern Star (Tyrone), and a volunteer for the American Cancer Society.

You may sign a guestbook, light a “Candle of Remembrance” or express condolences to the family online at RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Donald Jay McCracken

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

Donald Jay McCracken

Age 68, of Alpine, NY passed away on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at home.

He was born in Beaver Dams on March 16, 1949, the son of the late Richard Jay and Helen A. McCracken. Donald was the owner of the Triple D Bar & Grill/Glass & Grocery.

He was predeceased by his wife, Cynthia McCracken, in 1996. He is survived by two sons, Donald Chris (Angela) McCracken of Cortland, and Daniel Jason (Ashley) McCracken of Watkins Glen; two brothers, Rick McCracken of Elmira and Jim McCracken of Horseheads; and four grandchildren, Kendall McCracken, Madalynn McCracken, and Riley and Cole Hudson.

Don will be buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery at the convenience of his family. 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: Annalise Buckley

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

Annalise Buckley

Age 5, of Newfield, NY passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Cayuga Medical Center due to a rare heart condition.

She was born at Arnot Hospital in Elmira on February 28, 2012, the daughter of Justin and Ashley Buckley. Annalise attended Pre-K at Newfield Elementary School.

Annalise is survived by her parents, Justin and Ashley; five sisters, Mariah Hodnett, Melanie Hodnett, Tiffany Buckley, twin sister, Justice Buckley of Newfield, and Kiera Horton of Bath; grandparents, Lisa and Jeff Morehouse of Bradford, Carl and Annette Buckley of Moreland, Lee and Sherry Nottingham of Monterey, and Bruce and Mickey Morrell of Newfield; aunts and uncles, Victoria Nottingham, Mike Nottingham, Lee Nottingham, Derrick Labarr, and Haley Buckley; and by 15 cousins.

Funeral services will be held privately by the family. 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: William F. Church

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

William F. Church

Age 74, of Montour Falls, passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, Montour Falls.

Bill was born on March 24, 1943, the son of Frank and Viola (Peppard) Church. Bill retired from Shepard Niles. He was a member of the Glen Baptist Church, Burdett United Methodist Church, and The Moreland Grange.

He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara Church; sister, Libby Church; brothers, Richard and Robert Church, and parents, Frank and Viola Church.

Bill is survived by his daughter, Celesta (Paul) Lindsay of Burdett; sister, Betty Apfel of Tacoma, Washington; granddaughter, Nicole Lindsay; three step grandchildren, Paul Christopher, and Joshua and Justin Lindsay; several nieces and nephews; and great nieces and great nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, June 28 from 10-11 a.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by burial at Montour Cemetery. Immediately following the burial, there will be a reception at the Burdett United Methodist Church.

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

Obituary: Shirley Alice Bergen

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

Shirley Alice Bergen

Age 74, of Odessa, was born near Hicksville, NY during a blizzard in a car, delivered by a policeman on December 18, 1942. She joined brothers George, Robert and William, who predeceased her.

Her parents, John and Alice Moddle Heintz, moved the family to Smith Valley, Alpine, NY, when Shirley was 6, to farm and raise potatoes. Shirley graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School, Class of 1961, whose members have been a big source of support for her in the last several years.

Shirley married George Robert Bergen in 1962 and lived at Bergen Road, Odessa, where they took the helm of the Bergen Family Farm while raising six children who survive: Peggy of Burlington Flats, NY, Bill (Linda) of Oriskany, NY, Skip (Kathy) of Odessa, Mike (Barb) of Burdett, Jim of Odessa, and John of Odessa; grandchildren, Chelsea, Blake, Ron, Wally, Veronica, Jeremy, Justen, Kristy, Brian, Chantel, Tyler, Jimmy, Jordan, Delaney, Bella, and Elliott. She is also survived by a half-sister, Blanche Sennett of Weirsdale, FL, nieces and cousins. Great grandchildren include Aidryona, Levi, Trevor James, Breck, Dylan, Kevin, Cole, Aidan, Alexandria, McKenzie, Mordeci and Rachel. She was predeceased by her beloved husband George Robert Bergen in November 2003.

Shirley was a member of Mecklenburg Methodist and Norwich Corners churches where she found support in her “brothers and sisters” in Christ. Twice a breast cancer survivor, as well as surviving polio as a child, Shirley had many health issues but always remained upbeat. She was known as a legendary piemaker and baker, sharing her talent with many relatives and friends. Her lunch table was always open and full of folks where no one had a reason to leave hungry.

Shirley and George built the foundation of today's “Bergen Farms” literally with their bare hands. She was always busy with “milk things,” tractor work and child rearing. She and Hon enjoyed square dancing with the Gingham Squares in their younger years as well as travel to many foreign lands. Shirley was also an avid needle worker and rug hooker, selling from her “unique shop” or selling her wares at local craft shows.

Services will be at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. The family will receive friends and relatives at the funeral home on Sunday, June 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Monday, June 26, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; with a funeral service to follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, Pastor Walt Whassam officiating. Burial will be in Mecklenburg Cemetery and followed by a reception.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the recliner, garden or birding fund in Shirley’s memory, c/o Seneca View SNF (Activities Dept.), 220 Steuben Street, Montour Falls, NY 14865.

She appreciated the loving care of the staff at Seneca View in her last months. You may sign a guestbook, light a “Candle of Remembrance” or express condolences to the family online at RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Colin Dennis O'Neil

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

Colin Dennis O'Neil

Age 27, of Odessa, NY died on June 18, 2017 as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

He was born on January 23, 1990 in Sayre, PA, the devoted and loving son of Jane O’Neil and the late Brian O’Neil, the grandson of Lois and Dennis O’Neil, and the great grandson of Howard & Helen Hanlon.

He was an OMCS 2008 graduate and graduated from Keuka College in 2012 with a bachelors’ degree in business management. After college he worked for EPS of Vermont in Albany, NY, and then at Glenora Wine Cellars in Dundee, NY.

Colin was an avid woodsman and outdoorsman, and loved off roading in his Jeep. Recently, he went on a 2-week-long solo adventure on the logging trails of several states in the U.S. Colin was a loving son and loyal friend. He was a valued and appreciated member of the Glenora Wine Cellars family. Colin touched many lives and was loved by so many people.

Colin was a devoted son and is survived by his mother, Jane O’Neil. He also leaves an extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins who loved him dearly, Jennifer Dunlap and husband Gary of Virginia, Julie Dunlap and husband Jim also of Virginia, David Dunlap and wife Robin of Arizona, and Peggy Brown and husband Joel of Saratoga Springs, NY; cousins Abigail and William Boshart and Alexander and Patrick Corrigan, all of Virginia, Dalton and Dillon Dunlap of AZ, and Jason, Caitlin, and Andrew Brown of NY. And many many friends who were proud and privileged to know Colin and call him their friend, especially Joel  Markley, who was like a second father to Colin, and Colin’s best friends, Tommy Dykshorn and John Bigelow, whose friendship and support Colin treasured. He also leaves behind his beloved dog and loyal companion Shelby, who he loved so much.

Colin will be remembered as a devoted son, tremendous friend, and an amazing person, and will be greatly missed.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 1:00 p.m.to 4:00 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls.  A service will be held privately by the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to a charity of your choice. Those wishing to remember and honor Colin should plant a tree in his memory. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Linda Marie Williammee

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

Linda Marie (Masin) Williammee

Age 80, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on Sunday, June 18, 2017.

She was born in Alpine, NY on February 6, 1937, the daughter of the late Frank and Elizabeth Masin. Linda worked as a nurse’s aide at Tompkins Community Hospital in Ithaca.

She is survived by her former husband of 46 years, Richard Williammee; two daughters, Cheryl Sublette of Homosassa, FL, and Marleen Gardner and her fiancé Mike, of Montour Falls; a son, Lynn R. Williammee of Trumansburg; three sisters, Frances Chapman of Cayuta, Dorothy (Rodger) Blanchard of Syracuse, and Clara (Thomas) Scott of Lynchburg, VA; a brother, Mike Masin of Elmira; sister-in-law, Carol Masin; eight grandchildren, Tonja Williammee, Jacquelyn Blizzard, Patricia Lederman, Damien Conklin, Adam Gardner, Sara Gardner, Missy (Ryan) Sorenson, and Brandy (Chris) Besemer; two great grandchildren, Anne M. Myers and Hunter Kirk; one great great granddaughter, Sophia M. Moon; and by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, John Masin, Sr.

A memorial service will be held for Linda on Friday, June 23 at 4:00 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: Elwyn L. Blank

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

Elwyn L. Blank

The world stood still and Elwyn L. Blank got off at the gates of heaven on June 4, 2017 at 1:45 am.

Elwyn left behind his wife, Joyce (Miller) Blank, and his three children: Pamela Jarvis, and Christopher and Trenton Blank and their families.

Elwyn was a wonderfully dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He had nine grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren. He was the ninth child of Charles and Leona (Thompson) Blank. Elwyn has one living sibling, Paul David Blank of Beaver Dams, NY.

Elwyn was a veteran who served in the Army in occupied Germany. He was a mechanic by trade, and was a skilled carpenter, plumber and electrician who built his own home in Burdett. He had a workshop where he made toys for his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Elwyn is deeply missed.

His Memorial Service will be on June 26 at 11:00 a.m. at Beaver Dams United Methodist Church. The interment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Reading Center on June 27 at 1:00 p,m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Methodist Church of Beaver Dams or Burdett, or to one's charity of choice in Elwyn's name. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Thalia R. Harrington

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

Thalia R. Harrington

Age 96, formerly of Montour Falls, NY, died June 15, 2017 at Olde Knox Commons in Huntersville, NC.

Born July 20, 1920, she lived the first 88 years of her life in New York’s Southern Tier and the last 9-1/2 years in NC to be close to son Jim.

Thalia was a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Fern-Tyrone Chapter 142; the Ladies Auxiliary of the Central NY Firemen’s Association, and the American Legion Auxiliary, Post 676. She belonged to the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church, the local chapter of Red Hats, and volunteered at the Schuyler Hospital gift shop.

She is survived by sons Jim (Betsy) and Dennis (Colleen), granddaughter Lisa (Tom), and great-grandsons Lucas and Dylan. She was preceded in death by first husband Kenneth R. Beach, their infant son and grown daughter Shirley A. Beach. She was also preceded in death by second husband Jerry P. Harrington and daughter Virginia C. Harrington.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, June 22 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 follow at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Odessa.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local Alzheimer’s organization or 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: Abby Gail McFall-Schenck

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

Abby Gail (Lunn) McFall-Schenck

Age 82, of Watkins Glen, NY, joined the Lord Tuesday morning, June 13, 2017 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls.

She was the daughter of the late William and Helen C. Lunn. Abby was predeceased by her loving husbands, Howard O. McFall and Loren Schenck; son, Kevin McFall; and grandchildren, Kevin McFall II, LaRessa McFall, and George Teeter II.

Abby is survived by her brother, Paul Lunn of Wisconsin; children, Stephen Sr. (Vicky) McFall of Barrington, Gail (Chris) Rumsey of Bradford, Charles (Nancy) McFall of Burdett, Sharon (Leland) Bergeron of Lafayette, LA, Daryl McFall of Dundee, Dawn (George) Teeter of Corning, Cameron (Franny) McFall of Burdett, Kelly McFall of Burdett, and Stacy (Robin) McFall of Bath; several grandchildren; great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, June 16, 2017 from 8-10 a.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will follow at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be in Valley Home Cemetery in Windham, PA.

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

Obituary: Edna Rita Painter

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

Edna Rita Painter

Following a brief illness, Edna Rita Painter, 78, entered Heaven’s gates on June 8, 2017.

Edna was a devoted wife and mother who had an unwavering faith in God and her religious beliefs.

Born September 24, 1938 in St. Mary’s, PA, she grew up on a farm in Weedville, PA along with her 10 siblings of the Hess family. Edna shared many fond memories of her childhood, growing up with her sisters and brothers, who she kept in constant contact with until her passing.

Edna married the love of her life, Glenn A. Painter, on May 5, 1955, in Altoona, PA, where they started their family. Edna and Glenn moved to Levittown, PA in 1960, and eventually settled in Beaver Dams, NY in 1966, where they raised their family of three sons and their daughter.

Edna was a healthcare professional for most of her career and spent countless hours caring for the elderly. Her profession was her passion as she cared for her clients with compassion and the respect and dignity they deserved in their final hours with their families.

Edna loved gospel music, country music, dancing, BINGO, traveling, and most of all, her family.

Edna was preceded in death by her husband of 29 years, Glenn A. Painter. She was also preceded in death by her first grandchild, Brandon Painter, many siblings, and later in life by her partner and companion of many years, Richard Carpenter.

Edna is survived by a daughter, Tammy Lynn (Painter) McMindes and Scott McMindes of Beaver Dams; three sons, Stephen L. Painter of Painted Post, Glenn C. (Barb) Painter of South Corning, and Kevin D. Painter of Albany; 13 grandchildren, Jessica Painter, Glenn A. Painter II, Christopher Painter, Michelle (James) Reilly, Kayla Painter (Joe), Roland Painter, Ryan Painter, Courtney Elaine McMindes (Nathan Hoffman), Nichole Marie McMindes, Alexandria Painter, Ethan Painter, Douglas Painter, and Joshua Painter; three sisters, Nancy Hess Thompson, Mildred Komatick-Eval, and Shirley Mitchell; a brother, Donald Hess; seven great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, June 17 from 2-4 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A memorial service will follow at 4:00 p.m.

The Painter family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, donations be made payable to Courtney McMindes. All donations will be presented in Edna’s name to the church she has requested. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Edna’s family would like to express their gratitude to all of the healthcare professionals who cared for their mother during her final days.

“Go rest high upon the mountain. Your work is done here. Journey On”

Obituary: Bernard VanSkiver

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

Bernard VanSkiver

Age 89, of Horseheads, passed away at Bethany Manor Rehabilitation Center on Monday, June 12, 2017.

Bernard “Bernie” worked as a mechanic for many years at Brown & Hauser (Fox Auto Group) in Painted Post. He was born in Sayre, PA, the seventh of 10 children of Fay and Olive (Ordway) VanSkiver. He grew up in Ridgebury, PA. After school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and honorably served in the Pacific in WWII from 1945-1950. He was a member of American Legion Post 154 of Elmira Heights.    

He was predeceased by his parents and seven siblings, Carlton, James, Don, Merle, Fay, Jerry and Eleanor.    

He was also predeceased by his loving wife, Beverly VanSkiver, in 2015. He is survived by four children, Cynthia (Fran) Schoffner of Burdett, Sylvia Miller of Lockport, B. Stephen (April) VanSkiver of Chesapeake, VA, and Curtis VanSkiver of Monterey; sisters, Eva Orloski, of Wilkes-Barre, PA, and Mary Jane Doolittle, of Florida; six grandchildren, Bridgette Searles, Brennen Riddick, Tamarynde Cacciotti, Lysette Miller, Amber Johnson, and Daniel VanSkiver; and eight great-grandchildren, Brittany Riddick, Brienna Solomon, Adrienna Solomon, Jenna Solomon, Leo Cacciotti, Brandy Carson, Lia Cacciotti, and Harper Gow.

Bernie enjoyed working on family cars and his own, fixing things for others, and enjoyed family gatherings around the pool. 

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Friday, June 16, from 12 noon-2 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Painted Post, with military honors.

You may sign a guestbook, light a “Candle of Remembrance” or express condolences to the family online at RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Virginia D. Schneck

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

Virginia D. Schneck

Age 96, formerly of Elmira, passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls.

She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on March 17, 1921, the daughter of the late Albert and Elsie (Franke) Dressler. She graduated from Southside High School in Elmira, and attended college in Bristol, VA. She married Robert H. Schneck on February 22, 1947 in Elmira. He passed away on March 8, 2004.

Virginia is survived by her son, Richard Schneck of Elmira; granddaughter, Christy Strobel of Elmira; and great granddaughter, Lauren.

In keeping with Virginia’s wishes, there will be no services. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira. Funeral 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: Margaret Anne Zuris

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

Margaret Anne Zuris

Age 61, of Montour Falls, and formerly of Elmira, entered unto rest on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Schuyler Hospital after a long battle of illness.

She was born in Elmira, NY on August 8, 1955, the daughter of the late Arthur Zuris, Sr. and Leona T. (Jones) Zuris. Margaret attended Southside High School in the 1970s, and made a life as a homemaker. She enjoyed time spent with friends and family. Margaret enjoyed playing computer games and Gin Rummy. Before her health declined, she used to love bicycling around Elmira, visiting numerous friends and family. Another passion was playing Bingo every week.

She was predeceased by both parents; former husbands, George and Richard (Webby); and son George III; sister, Yvonne, and brothers, Wesley and Chuck.

Margaret is survived by two daughters, Helen and Leonard Skinkle of Corning, and Elsie and her partner Gee of Elmira; a son, Austin of Elmira; sister, Mary and Duane Hanville of Elmira; brother, Arthur and Sherry Zuris of Waverly; five grandchildren, Brittany Hathaway and partner Kymel, Cody Hathaway, Jasmine Hathaway and partner Jason, Alexieus Hathaway and Eryk Skinkle; and two great grandchildren, Donnie Somers and Tristyn Hathaway. She had numerous nieces and nephews, along with cousins, aunts and uncles.

Relatives and friends are invited to Helen and Leonard Skinkle’s home at 34 South Elm St., Corning on Saturday, June 10 from 3-6 p.m.

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

Obituary: Ryan L. Pruitt

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

Ryan L. Pruitt

Age 18, of Watkins Glen, passed away on Monday, June 5, 2017.

He was born in Montour Falls on July 30, 1998, the son of David Pruitt and Dede Labonte.

Ryan was a senior at Watkins Glen High School. He played football, track, and cheerleading -- where he was able to do some amazing jumps. Ryan was all about football, lifting weights, and riding his motorcycle, and was always smiling and laughing. He was a member of His Tabernacle Family Church.

He is survived by his parents, David and Charlene Pruitt of Watkins Glen, and Dede Labonte and Bill Tague of Watkins Glen; sisters, Sonja Pruitt of Union, SC, and Raiana Labonte of Watkins Glen, and stepsister, Cara Avery of Albany; brother, Sean Scholtisek of NC; stepbrothers, Tyler Avery of Caton and Reese Tague of Watkins Glen; grandparents, Shirley Pruitt of Watkins Glen, Sheila and Tom Hoxie of Montour Falls and David Scholtisek of Watkins Glen; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and special friends Charlie Wright and Amanda Pike. He was predeceased by his grandfather, William Pruitt, in 2014.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service for Ryan on Sunday, June 11 at 3:00 p.m. at the Watkins Glen High School Football Field, 12th St., Watkins Glen.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the WGCSD Varsity Club, att: Kaz Popovich, 303 12th 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: Nancy Gay

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

Nancy Gay

Age 62, of Odessa, NY, passed away on January 21, 2017. 

A Memorial Service will be held at the Odessa Wesleyan Church on Friday, June 9 at 4:30 p.m.; followed by a reception to be announced. 

Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made in her memory to the Odessa Wesleyan Church, 203 College Ave., Odessa, NY 14869. 

You may sign a guestbook or light a “Candle of Remembrance” in her memory online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Barbara H. Coats

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

Barbara H. Coats

Age 96, formerly of Montour Falls and Mecklenburg, died on April 19, 2017.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Friday, June 9, from 5-7 p.m.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 10 at 11:00 a.m. at the Mecklenburg United Methodist Church, 6063 Turnkpike Road, Mecklenburg. A reception will follow at the Mecklenburg Fire Company.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Mecklenburg United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 66, Mecklenburg, NY 14863; or the Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 108, Mecklenburg, NY 14863. You may view her memorial or sign a guestbook online at www.Royce-Chedzoy.com.

Obituary: Doris L. Karius

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

Doris L. Karius

Age 82, of Valois, NY, passed away on June 5, 2017.

Friends may call on Thursday, June 8 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen; followed by a funeral service at the funeral home at 7:00 p.m., Rev. James Yao officiating. Burial will be Friday at Seneca Union Cemetery at 10:00 a.m.

She is survived by a daughter, Sherry (Jeff) Mangus, Burdett, NY; sons, David (Debbie) Karius of Florida, Donald Karius of Valois, and Scott (Mary) Karius of Valois; two sisters, Jean (Carl) Carmell of Florida and Marie Clark of South Carolina; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Fred D. Karius, in 2001; a son, Fred L. Karius, in 2015; and a sister, Sandy Taylor. 

She dedicated her life to her family and community and for over 50 years with her husband on their fruit farm. Doris owned and operated the Doris L. Karius Real Estate company for over 30 years. She also served as a County Legislator for over 20 years.  She was a member and served as Treasurer of the Valois-Logan Hector Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, was a member of the Hector Presbyterian Church and the Montour Moose, and was on the Board of Directors for the Seneca Union Cemetery Association. 

Memorials may be made to the Hector Presbyterian Church,  5511 NY-414, Hector, NY 14841. You may express condolences or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Cameron L. Nichols

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

Cameron L. Nichols

Cameron L. Nichols, born on December 1, 1992, of Lodi, NY, was sadly taken on Saturday, June 3, 2017.

He attended Odessa-Montour High School and GST BOCES for welding, where he graduated with honors. He worked at B.M.S. in Watkins Glen.

Cameron loved to spend time with family. He had a heart of gold and a kind spirit. He loved sports, hunting, and fishing, and riding his XR650. To know Cameron was to love him. He had an infectious laugh, and loved with all his heart.

He is survived by his mother, Pam Nichols (Jim Parker and family); father, Jeff Nichols (Collette Summers and family); brother, Austin; his fiancé and true love, Danielle Joseph; grandparents, Cheryl Bailey, Tim Nichols, Cheryl and Al Routh; aunts and uncles, Tim Nichols Jr., Joe and Lauri Nichols, Jennifer Nichols, Kim and Garry Snyder, and Lonnie Bailey; many special cousins, friends, Red Honda XR Crew, nieces and nephews; and most of all, his best buddy Thor.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, June 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A celebration of Cameron’s life will follow at the Montour Moose Lodge, 2096 State Route 14, Montour Falls.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Cameron’s memory to Seneca Santa, P.O. Box 22, Watkins Glen, NY 14891. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Cameron will be greatly missed by his family and friends. “BRAAAP ON!!!”

Obituary: Rhoda Sarah Geyer Beardsley

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Tabernacle Baptist Church, Newport News, Virginia.

Rhoda Sarah Geyer Beardsley

Age 91, passed away on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 in her room at Morning Side Assisted Living facility in Newport News, Virginia.
 
Rhoda was born on Feb. 1, 1926 and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, then moved to Watkins Glen, NY, where she met and married her husband of 65 years, Lewis “Scoop” Beardsley, and raised their three children until 1977. Rhoda and Scoop then worked full-time for the Episcopal Church and Conference Center in Oakhurst, CA, before retiring to Virginia in 1992.

She was predeceased by her husband, Scoop Beardsley of Newport News; her parents, Ralph and Rhoda Geyer of Pittsburgh; her brother, Ralph (Jean) Geyer of Los Angeles, CA; and her daughter, Kathleen Beardsley of Watkins Glen.

She is survived by her sons, Robert Geyer Beardsley of Watkins Glen and Christopher Mark Beardsley of Newport News; and her daughter-in-law, soulmate, and care provider Donna Sue Beardsley, also of Newport News. She leaves behind six grandchildren, Shane (Rita) Beardsley, Becky (Dave) Henderson-Smith, Brian (Rachel) Beardsley, Alicia (Andy) Learn, Amber (David) Gourley, and Sara (Keith) Elder. She is also survived by her 13 great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Newport News at 5 p.m. on June 10, and the family will receive friends following the service in Fuller Hall, located at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests expressions of sympathy are made to the Backpack Ministry Fund of Tabernacle Baptist Church.

Arrangements are provided by the Weymouth Funeral Home.

Obituary: John R. Kellogg

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

John R. Kellogg

Age 82, of Odessa, and formerly of Dundee, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at home.

He was born in Montour Falls on February 9, 1935, the son of the late Ray and Lena Kellogg. John was an operating engineer with Local 832 in Rochester. He previously worked at D&T Franzese in Watkins Glen, and R.C. Billings in Bath.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Agnes Kellogg; his brother, George Kellogg, and stepson, Ron Gaylor. John is survived by his wife of 33 years, Mary Kellogg; children, Theresa Miller, Gina Tremmel of San Antonio, TX, John Kellogg, Jr. of Wilkes-Barre, PA, Earl (Michele) Gaylor of Millport, and Mary Griffiths of Odessa; many grandchildren, especially Brandon and Thomas Gaylor, Krista Kasper, Kara Kennedy, Michael Kellogg and Britany Tremmel; and special great grandchildren, Gianna and Elijah Gaylor, and Levi Kennedy.

Services will be private. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Dundee. Contributions may be made to a charity of choice.

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: Joan S. Ward

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

Joan S. Ward

Age 99 years, 10 months and 19 days, passed away peacefully on May 23, 2017.

She was born in Ilion, NY on July 4, 1917, the daughter of Clarence and Jenny Sprague. She was predeceased by her parents; husband Ronald Ward in 1972; sister Edith Graves; and two brothers, Charles and Richard Sprague.

Survivors include son Norman (Margaret) Ward of Elmira; daughter Marcia Ward and husband Albert Kukol of Johnson City; three grandchildren, Christopher (Cara) Ward, Whitney Kukol, and Mitchell Kukol; great-grandson, Caz Ward; sister, Betty Lou Whittemore of Oneonta, NY; cousins, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Thursday, May 25 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home Friday at 10 a.m., Rev. Mark Flandreau officiating. Burial will be at Hector Presbyterian Cemetery followed by a reception.

Joan raised her family in Watkins Glen and was an active member of the community. She was a longtime member of the Watkins Glen United Methodist Church, and a volunteer for the Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary and Watkins Glen Public Library. She was also a member of the Evening Belles-Home Dem., and enjoyed playing bridge with friends.

Memorial donations may be made to the Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865. You may leave condolences or “Light A Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Jack Huebsch

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Ayer and Zimmer Funeral Home, Cazenovia.

Jack Huebsch

Age 71, of Cazenovia, NY died early Sunday, May 14, 2017 at St. Joseph's Hospital.

He was born in Buffalo on November 19, 1945 to the late Jack and Wilhelmina Henshaw Huebsch. He graduated from Cleveland Hill High School in Cheektowaga, SUNY at Buffalo and Ohio University with degrees in accounting and Higher Education Administration. He was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity.

On December 23, 1967 he married the love of his life, Maureen ("Moo") Dimmick in Watkins Glen, NY. He was drafted in 1967 and served as an accounting specialist on General's staff at U.S. Vietnam HQ, Long Binh from 1968-1969. Thirty years later he was diagnosed with lymphoma caused by Agent Orange exposure, and resolutely continued to fight that battle with his typical determination.

Jack worked in various administrative positions at SUNY Oswego, Cornell and Syracuse. At Syracuse University he spent 20 years as Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of Management. After retirement he was a consultant to universities in Rhode Island and Florida. He was dedicated to maximizing opportunities and experiences for students.

Jack was an avid golfer, playing many courses in NY State and Florida with lifelong friends. He was an enthusiastic sports fan and encouraged his grandsons in their games. He enjoyed raising AKC Samoyed dogs. His detailed travel plans made for many enjoyable trips. His favorite times were with family, spending summers at his cottage at Lodi Point on Seneca Lake and winters in Ft. Myers, Florida.

He was predeceased by his parents and by his sister, Barbara Johnson. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Maureen Dimmick Huebsch of Cazenovia; son Brian (Amy) Huebsch of Saginaw, MI; grandsons Ethan Huebsch and Owen Huebsch of Saginaw; sisters-in-law Janet McKnight of Tully and Nancy (Bill) Bennett of Trumansburg; brothers-in-law Paul (Terrie) Dimmick of Lodi, Perry (Lindsay) Dimmick of Waterloo, and Spencer Johnson of Rochester; six nephews, and one niece.

A private Celebration of Life to honor Jack's memory will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, plant flowers. Contributions in Jack's name may be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (donate lls.org) or Disabled American Veterans (dav.org).

Obituary: Jean L. Pike

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

Jean L. Pike

Age 78, of Burdett, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 15, 2017 at home after a long battle with cancer.

She was born in Montour Falls on May 6, 1939, the daughter of Edwin E. and Lara B. (Crippen) Voorheis.

Jean was a lover of all nature-related things. When she wasn’t working as a cook, she could be found in her abundant flower beds, planting, weeding, watering and trimming. She will be remembered for her vast knowledge and love for her birds as well.

Jean worked 24 years as a cook for Schuyler Hospital. She also cooked at Wildflower Café and Elcor. She was a member of the Seneca Chiefs Motorcycle Club, and could be found many weekends on the back of the bike in her chaps and boots!

She was a member of the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church, and had a close, personal relationship with her Lord. When she wasn’t busy (which was rare) with her array of hobbies, she could be found curled up in her chair or in her spot at the kitchen table with a good book, or writing in her journal. All of which were only second to her love of her large and extended family.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, William C. Pike on December 15, 1999; granddaughters, Holly Claire and Brandy Simmons; son-in-law, Harry “Ted” Landon, and companion, Gene Robertson.

Jean is survived by her children, Debra Grow, Laurie Landon, Hank (Patsy) Simmons, Bruce (Kelly) Simmons, Glen Simmons and Ted Simmons; grandchildren, Gary (Margaret) Tuttle, Matt (Lydia) Simmons, Greg (Heidi) Tuttle, Russell (Michelle) Simmons, Chad Simmons, Gretta (Christopher) Zafonte, Joylin (Russel) Simmons, James (Harley) Simmons, Hannah Brand, Kaiya Brand, Sammy Ventra, Hank Simmons, Sarah Simmons, Breanna Ventra, Cassandra LaRow, Ashley and Jessie Tamberelli Simmons, and Desirea Rodriguos; great grandchildren, Jessie Smith, Courtney, Brittany, Jordan, Casey Tuttle, Haleigh Porter, Harmonei and Stella Zafonte, Jared, Kaylea and Leilani Kay Simmons, Lexi and Bryson Simmons, Garrett Tennant, Bentley Whitelaw, Brennan Simmons, Laurie Jean Tuttle, Sky, Anthony, Christopher, Dillon and Zerina Tamburelli, and Sawyer Mae; as well as her siblings, Ted (Onolea)  Herforth, Ed “Buck” (Jean) Voorheis, James Voorheis, Gale (Adolf) Mazourek, Roland (Linda) Voorheis, Carol Osborne, and Linda Rodabaugh and her faithful dog, Jack.

A memorial service will be held for Jean on Thursday, May 18, at 4:00 p.m. at the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church, 5099 State Rte. 227, Burdett. A reception will immediately follow the service at the church. 

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

Obituary: Charles E. 'Pete' Kelly

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

Charles E. "Pete" Kelly

Age 83, of Rock Stream, NY, passed away on April 29, 2017.

He was born Dec. 9, 1933 in Valois, NY, the son of the late Charles and Helen Kelly (Wilson). After attending school in Watkins Glen, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving in Anchorage, AK and San Antonio, TX. While in the service, he married Beverly (Rumsey) Kelly.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Beverly, in 1990; and also predeceased by a daughter, Dawn M. (Kelly) Hendrix, and grandson, Dana C. Hendrix.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Roberts Kelly, of Rock Stream, NY; son, Victor (Mary) Kelly of Trumansburg; step-children, Marlita (Peter) Schreurs, of Canton, NY, and Martin (Peggy) Roberts, of Rock Stream; seven grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; two step-great grandchildren, five great great grandchildren; three great great great grandchildren; a sister, Adelaide (Fred) Garland; a brother, Donald (Priscilla) Kelly, Reynoldsville, NY; a son-in-law, Tomi Hendrix of Ovid, NY; and several nieces and nephews.  

He retired from the Ithaca City School District in 1991. Pete enjoyed touring on his motorcycle with friends in his retirement years.  

A graveside service celebrating his life will be held on Monday, May 22 at 11:00 a.m. at Highland Cemetery in Catharine, NY, with military honors; Rev. Jeanne Bleiler will officiate. 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 leave a memory of Pete, express condolences or “Light A Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Shirley Ann Whyman

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.

Shirley Ann (Drumm) Whyman

Age 83, passed away on Friday, May 12, 2017 to be with her loving husband after a very brief battle with end stage COPD.

Shirley was born on February 1, 1934 in Prattsburgh, NY to G. Merlin Drumm and Thelma (Pitman) Drumm. She attended Prattsburgh Central School and graduated in 1951. She then attended RIT in Rochester, NY for one year for interior design, after which she married the love of her life, Richard Whyman of Canandaigua, NY. 

Shirley and Dick had three children: Cynthia (William) Stollery, Gary Whyman and Suzanne (Lawrence) Meyer. Between these three children, she was blessed with five grandchildren:  Mark Stollery, Jennifer Stollery, Erin Whyman, Amy Meyer and Lori Meyer, and one great grandchild, Violet Stollery. She is also survived by her half-brothers, David and Richard Drumm, and nephews Jason Drumm, Christopher Drumm and Timothy Drumm.

Shirley loved to sing and was a longtime member of the Penn Yan Community Chorus, the Prattsburgh Presbyterian Church Choir and the Penn Yan Presbyterian Church Choir. She and husband Richard were also avid round and square dancers with the Penn Yan Friendship Squares. In their later years, Shirley and her husband became round and square dance teachers. Shirley loved cooking, gardening, hiking and decorating her home. She also loved her family and friends unconditionally.

She is best known for her God given ability to cheer, encourage, sympathize and congratulate people with letters, notes and cards, most of which were liberally filled with confetti. Shirley had a keen, dry wit to which everyone responded and loved.  

Calling hours for Shirley will be held in the Penn Yan Presbyterian Church, 211 Main St., Penn Yan, NY at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 with a Service of Celebration immediately following at 2:00 p.m., also in the Penn Yan Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you send donations to the Penn Yan Presbyterian Church, PO Box 639, Penn Yan, NY 14527. Condolences and memories of Shirley may be shared at www.townsendwoodfuneralchapel.com

Obituary: Shirley Ann Howell

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

Shirley Ann Howell

Age 72, of Seneca Falls, a great-great granddaughter of 19th century author and former slave Solomon Northup, who penned the acclaimed narrative Twelve Years A Slave, passed away peacefully on the evening of May 4, 2017. She was surrounded and comforted by her loving children and family at her bedside.
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Shirley was born to John C. and Ethel L. (Devoe) Northrup on September 19, 1944 in Auburn, NY, and was a resident of Seneca Falls for 54 years.

Shortly after graduating from Port Byron Central High School in 1963, Shirley moved to Seneca Falls, engaging in employment with Philips ECG and in 1971 meeting the love of her life, late husband Army Veteran James D. Howell. They had two wonderful children, Melissa and Howard, and stepdaughter Tracy Howell Briggs.

Shirley loved spending time with her close friends and family. She enjoyed lunching with her girlfriends, taking a ride with no destination, gardening, a good movie and popcorn, family celebrations and relaxing with a cold Pepsi. She was hardworking all her life and was always lending a helping hand when asked or not, and enjoyed the fruits of her labor -- her home and her family. When not at work, Shirley was an artisan -- crafting greeting cards, embroidery and canvas to sewing children’s pillows and books -- but her enjoyment and comfort was in her crocheting all things from clothing to custom afghans.

In her retirement years, Shirley spent her time endlessly researching and recording her paternal family history with her elder sister Irene and her daughter Melissa in addition to being an artisan. The greatest creation and joy of her life, though, was raising her children and being their "Mom" and, to their friends, "Mum Howell." She is remembered for her direct commentary, sense of humor, enjoyment of the simple things, and her unwavering support of her children’s lifelong endeavors. 

“Mom, no one will love us more ... a limb has fallen from our family tree. You will be missed by all those who loved you and all that was you. Your legacy lives on in us.”

Shirley was predeceased by her husband, James D. Howell, as well as by her parents, John C. and Ethel L. (DeVoe) Northrup; her sister, Beverly Boyer; and half-sister, June Alexander; two brothers, John P. Northrup II and Paul R. Northrup; sister-in-law, Diane (Kevin) Northrup; and brother-in-law, Christos (Irene) Zahos. Shirley is survived by her children, Melissa Howell and Howard (Jens Storm) Howell; her sisters, Irene Zahos and Frances Emerson; her brother, Kevin Northrup; her half-sister, Joyce (Fred) Dennington; her sister-in-law, Sally (Don) McFarland; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.  A warm acknowledgment to her best friends Carol Burke, Kathy Thurston and the late Barbara Shane for their lifelong friendship and support of our mother over the years. 

The family will have private funeral services at Union Cemetery of Hector, Burdett, NY.  A Celebration of Life gathering will follow in Watkins Glen. Flowers and condolences may be directed to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. Friends and family may also make donations to the American Heart Association. You may leave a memory of Shirley, express condolences or “Light A Candle of Remembrance” online at www.Royce-Chedzoy.com

Obituary: Joseph A. Dickerson

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

Joseph A. Dickerson

Age 60, of Watkins Glen, NY became one of God’s angels on May 9, 2017 at home surrounded by his family.

Joe was a man as passionate about history as he was his family. He dedicated his life to helping those less fortunate than him. His legacy is passed onto others by the love and countless lessons that he shared with many over the years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Nancy (Harnas) Dickerson; children, Matthew Dickerson of Watkins Glen, Lauren (Wendy) Richtmyer of Montour Falls, NY, and Chrissy (Keith) Rekczis of Burdett, NY; and grandson, Keith (Keziah Fraboni) Rekczis, whom he cherished and was enormously proud of. Also survived by sister and brother, Linda Harris of Horseheads, NY, and Curt (Judy) Dickerson of Beaver Valley, NY; and nieces and nephews and many close and caring friends, including Sarah Richtmyer and Harry DeCamp; his two “Forever” brothers, Hugh (Karen) Gallagher and Jimmy (Cheryl) Jones, and countless Scouts.

Joe was a former Corrections Officer at the Elmira Correctional Facility in Elmira. He was a Boy Scout Leader who changed many young boys’ lives. His accomplishments include being an Eagle Scout and one of the most dedicated people in scouting in Schuyler County as the Scoutmaster for the troops in Odessa, Watkins Glen and Beaver Valley.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 S. Main St., Horseheads, NY on Monday, May 15 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. and again from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  His service will follow there at 7:00 p.m. with graveside burial service at a later date in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

Those wishing may remember Joe with memorials to Cancer Resource Center of Finger Lakes, 612 W. State St, Ithaca, NY 14850. Condolences at www.barberfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Patricia Ann Sidle Decker

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

Patricia Ann Sidle Decker

Age 89, of Martinsville, VA, and formerly of Alpine, NY, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Patty served 45 years as Sunday School Superintendent, teacher, and choir director at the Alpine Methodist Church with a loving and willing heart. She was a member of Bible Baptist Church in Alpine and Peoples Baptist Church in Newfield, NY. She was most recently a member of Rich Acres Baptist Church in Martinsville, VA.

Patty was secretary at Hanlon Elementary School in Odessa for 25½ years, where she related well with students and staff. She served as a volunteer for the Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary for 19 years, and also volunteered for RSVP and the Blood Bank.

She was predeceased by her loving parents, Clinton and Beatrice (Aunt Bea) Sidle, daughter, Abby Lynne, and brother, Joseph Sidle.

Surviving are her loving family: husband, Delvan Decker, 65 years; son, Timothy (Janet); granddaughter, Jaclyn (Alan) Hughes of Martinsville, VA; grandson, Matthew (Brandy) Decker; great grandchildren, Tristan, Amelia, and Kelsey Decker, all of Fieldale, Virginia; brother, David Sidle of Alpine, NY; and several nieces and nephews. All were loved and very special to her.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 11 from 11:00 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 Laurel Hill Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Karen Peterson Morrell

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

Karen Peterson Morrell

Of Montour Falls, NY passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY.

Karen was born in Elmira on July 11, 1951, the daughter of James and Aloa Peterson. She graduated from Odessa-Montour High School in 1970.

She was predeceased by brothers, James and David; granddaughter, Mariah Morrell; stepfather, Bud Swope; stepmother, Jane Peterson; grandparents, William S. Gott and Beatrice Wainwright, and Stanley Peterson and Eleanor Pearson Pipp; and adored great aunt, Evelyn Fritz.

Karen is survived by her father, James E. Peterson of Montour Falls; mother, Aloa J. Swope of Florida; children, Michael Morrell of Newfield, Grant (Samantha) Morrell of Millport, James Morrell of Montour Falls, and Kimberly (Bruce) Kinner of Cayuta; 11 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; sisters, Margo (Kenneth) Weidman, Mary Beth Beyer, and Kathleen Peterson; brothers, Robert Peterson, James and Sean Peterson; and 11 nieces and nephews.

In keeping with Karen’s wishes, there will be no services. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

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: Jamie Todd Webster

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

Jamie Todd Webster

Age 37, of Odessa, NY passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 3, 2017.

He was born in Elmira, NY on December 3, 1979, the son of George and Marie (Greene) Webster. He graduated from Odessa-Montour High School in 1998. Jamie received his LPN from BOCES and later fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming an RN from Elmira College in 2012.

Jamie worked as an RN at the Monroe County Jail in Rochester. He previously worked at Rochester General Hospital and Schuyler Hospital. Jamie loved the New York Yankees, and was a diehard Buffalo Bills fan. He enjoyed watching hockey, and was fond of the Red Hat Ladies. Jamie was a loving son, brother, and friend. He was a dedicated nurse who loved helping others.

He was predeceased by his mother, Marie Webster, on March 15, 2012; and grandparents, Willard and Elsie Webster, and John and Alice Pabis.

Jamie is survived by his father, George Webster of Odessa; sister, Dawn (Eric) Griffin of Cayuta; brother, Chad Webster of Odessa; nieces and nephews, Makayla and Jared Griffin of Cayuta, Alec and Allison Webster of Horseheads, Chad (Brooke) Brantley and Wesley Webster of Odessa, Michael Kleist of Elmira Heights, and Cheianne Webster of Alpine; and by several aunts, uncles, and cousins who live locally.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, May 7 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A funeral service will follow at 4:00 p.m. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: June Eloise Voorheis

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

June Eloise Voorheis

June Eloise Voorheis passed away peacefully at home on the evening of May 3, 2017 surrounded and comforted by members of her adoring family. In their grief, the family is comforted knowing that their beloved one has been released from her suffering.

June was born on October 26, 1945 in Towanda, PA. The family moved to Jacksonville and June spent much of her childhood on a farm in Ithaca. She attended a one-room schoolhouse in her early grade-school years and later attended Charles O. Dickerson High School in Trumansburg.

At a young age, June married Lawrence D. Banfield Sr. and together they had four children. She later married Douglas Voorheis, who had an active and supportive role in raising June's children. In recent years June and Doug adopted their great grandson Matthew Voorheis Bain and were raising him together with great love and devotion.

June was predeceased by her parents, Arthur Fleet and Edna Carl; as well as by her sister Janet Bullivant. She is survived by her husband, Douglas W. Voorheis; by her sister, Ann Swartwood; brothers Robert (Dorothy) Fleet and Stephen (Cecilia) Fleet; and half-brother Simeon (Polly) Jackson. June is also survived by her children, Brenda (Michael) Cooper, Jacqueline (Jake) Jacobs, Bridget (Thomas) Lorow, and Lawrence (Patti) Banfield Jr; her two step-children, Dennis (Sonya) Voorheis and Wendy Edwards, and by her 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

June worked until her retirement in the Mail Center at Ithaca College, where she developed and maintained many lasting friendships. She is remembered for her open heartedness, her sense of humor, and her deep love of family. It is well known that June was happiest when she was in the company of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She also treasured spending time in nature, gardening, watching her birds, and sitting in her front porch rocker watching the seasons pass by.

June enters a new season of her life now, and she will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her so much. The family will be present to receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th Street, Watkins Glen, NY on Tuesday, May 9 from 12 noon-2 p.m.  A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. at the funeral home, with a graveside service at 3:15 at Hector Union Cemetery in Burdett.

The family asks that contributions in June's memory be made to the Burdett Fire Company, 3830 Willow Street, Burdett, NY 14818.  You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Margaret A. Harris

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

Margaret A. Harris

Age 77, of Montour Falls and formerly of Ithaca, passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, May 3 at Montour Cemetery.

To leave a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Thadeus 'Ted' Brisbois

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Thadeus "Ted" Anthony Brisbois

Of Montour Falls, passed away on Friday, April 28, 2017.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Trudy Brisbois; daughter, Beth Brisbois; three sons, John (Dori), Paul (April), and Brian (Janice); sisters, Marcy Lockard and Donna Kincaid; brothers, Rick Brisbois and Sam Brisbois; and eight grandchildren.

At Ted’s request, there will be no services.

To leave the family a message of condolence, visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Wayne M. Smith

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

Wayne M. Smith

Age 73, of Burdett, NY, passed away on April 30, 2017.

Wayne was predeceased by his parents, Douglas and Marie Smith; daughter, Jessica Pracher; and brothers, Douglas and Craig Smith. He is survived by his wife, Terri Smith; children Kimberly Smith of Bellport, NY, Wayne Smith Jr. of Moriches, NY, and Joshua (Marguerite) Smith of Center Moriches, NY; sister, Lauren (Robert) Gelfant of West Babylon, NY; and six beloved grandchildren, Chelsea, Alex, Savannah, Sierra, Jacob and Matthew.

Wayne was a retired police officer for the Suffix County Police Department.

Friends and family may call on Sunday, May 7 at the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church on State Route 227 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; a funeral service will follow at 3 p.m.  Interment at Woodlawn National Cemetery will be held at a later date.

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

Obituary: Barbara H. Coats

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

Barbara H. Coats

Of Bethany Courtyards, and formerly of Montour Falls and Mecklenburg, passed away on her 96th birthday, April 19, 2017. 

She is survived by her loving sons, Frederick (Laurie) Heimes of Evergreen, CO, and Peter (Liz) Coats of Mecklenburg, NY; two grandchildren, Shane Coats (fiancée Holly Keith) and Lauren Coats; loving nieces and nephews; and beloved close friend, Ed Riley. She was predeceased by loving husbands, Frederick J. Heimes, Sr. and Warren L. Coats; her parents, Herbert C. and Sylvia E. Adams; and sisters, Virginia Barone, Ellen Angstrom, and Alice Train.

Barbara graduated from Odessa High School in 1939. She was a student at Cornell University until her marriage to Frederick J. Heimes Sr. (KIA WWII, 1945) in 1942. Barbara was married to Warren Coats for 63 years until his death in 2011. Barbara worked as a cashier at Cayuga Medical Center from 1970-1983. Prior, she and Warren owned and operated the Mecklenburg Grocery Store for several years.

She was a member of the American Legion Post #676 Auxiliary of Odessa, and the Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary. She was also a member of the Mecklenburg United Methodist Church and sang in the choir.  Barbara was an avid reader and card player; and an excellent cook and hostess. She was also a talented crafter, and for many years, with her good friend Margret Tabor, created numerous early American-style treasures, many of which were donated for local fundraisers.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Friday, June 9 from 5-7 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 10 at 11:00 a.m. at the Mecklenburg United Methodist Church, 6063 Turnkpike Rd., Mecklenburg. A reception will follow at the Mecklenburg Fire Company.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Mecklenburg United Methodist Church, PO Box 66, Mecklenburg, NY 14863; or the Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 108, Mecklenburg, NY 14863. You may view her memorial or sign a guestbook online at www.Royce-Chedzoy.com.

Celebrations of Life set in H'heads, Glen

1. Celebration Of Life Service for Margaret Haesloop Gruslin, Our Saviors Evangelical Lutheran Church, Westinghouse Road, Horseheads, 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 with dessert and coffee to follow the service.

2. Celebration of Life Service for Ralph G. Haesloop, First Presbyterian Church of Watkins Glen, Decatur Sreet, 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 7. Desserts and coffee to follow the service.

Obituary: Kenneth Lee Berner

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

Kenneth Lee Berner

Age 76, of Alpine, passed away on Friday, April 21, 2017 at home.

He was born in Fremont, Ohio on July 16, 1940, the son of the late Frank and Mabel Berner. Ken graduated from Fremont Ross High School and went on to serve with the U.S. Army, where he was honorably discharged on September 10, 1965. He married Margarete Berner on June 28, 1968 in Wickliffe, Ohio. She died on March 17, 2014. Ken was also predeceased by his brothers, Glenn and Howard, and by his sisters, Martha, Iva, and Lois.

Ken was a mechanical engineer for over 40 years. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Watkins Glen, the Montour Moose Lodge, and the American Legion. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, cars and woodworking.

He is survived by his son David and daughter-in-law Melissa Berner of Nazareth, PA; granddaughter, Hayden; sisters, Janet and Diane; brother, Lloyd; and by several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, April 28 from 2-4 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A funeral service will follow at 4 p.m. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Kenneth and Margarete Berner to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., NY, NY 10016. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: George Lewis Eisman

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

George Lewis Eisman

Age 66, of Watkins Glen NY, died at home of cancer on April 23, 2017.

George was born on August 5, 1950 in Miami, FL, to Leo and Rose Eisman. George grew up in Miami Beach and attended Central Beach Elementary and Ida M. Fisher Junior High. He was a leader among his peers and served as Student Council President at Fisher. A brilliant student, he graduated early from Miami Beach Senior High and went directly to Middlebury College in Vermont after 11th grade in 1967. After a year at Middlebury, he returned to Florida and earned his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. He received a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Toronto in 1975 and a second Master’s degree in Nutrition from Florida International University in 1976.
 
A remarkably kind man and a natural teacher, George was a pioneering vegan nutritionist. He taught the first college-level vegan nutrition course in the U.S. at Miami-Dade College in Florida, and co-founded the Vegetarian Nutrition Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In addition to his work as a registered dietitian and public health nutritionist, George was a passionate advocate for more fair food supply systems around the world, issues he explored in his book The Most Noble Diet (1994). He was a great supporter of local, organic, and especially veganic farmers.
         
George was a sought-after speaker on nutrition and food issues all over the U.S. Beginning in 1982, he spoke at the NAVS Vegetarian Summerfest every year except the year when his daughter Sarah was born. In his public talks and in everyday life, George gently enlightened thousands about the health, environmental, and ethical consequences of our food choices.  He wrote A Basic Course in Vegetarian and Vegan Nutrition (2001, republished in 2015 as A Guide to Vegan Nutrition), a course book on the science of healthy plant-based diets.

Extremely knowledgeable about the plant world, he led walks to identify wild edible plants. He was deeply curious about the world around him and many people say that they always learned something new from every talk with George. His legacy is a strong foundation for the vegan movement and the deep gratitude of those who strive for a better world through compassion for all of its inhabitants, human and animal.

George was a very loving and generous son, brother, husband, father, uncle, and participant in the life of his extended family. He is survived and greatly missed by his son Thomas Eisman, daughter Sarah Schlueter-Eisman, their mother Shelly Schlueter, wife Claire Holzner, brother Michael (Harriet) Eisman, niece Emily (Rocci Aguirre) Eisman, nephews Lael (Jaclyn) Eisman and Jacob (Phoebe Van Vleet) Eisman, great niece Zia Eisman, aunts Vivian Miller and Rhea Eisman, as well as countless friends and admirers. The world has lost one of its kindest souls.

Contributions in George’s memory may be made to Wildkind Care wildlife rehabilitation facility, P.O. Box 465, Montour Falls, NY 14865. 

Obituary: W. Bruce Beardsley

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

W. Bruce Beardsley

Age 88, of Watkins Glen, passed away on April 19, 2017.

He was born at home in Watkins Glen on November 15, 1928, the son of George and Florence Beardsley. Bruce was predeceased by his parents; also brothers Robert and William Beardsley; and brother-in-law, Willis Emmons. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ann Beardsley; son, Bill and wife Marlana Beardsley; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Marylou Haight, Carol (Robert) Everett, Walter (Edith) Emmons, Patricia (Richard) Pierce, and Jean Beardsley; and two grandsons, Kyle and Jarrod Beardsley.

Bruce owned and operated Beardsley Auto Parts in Watkins Glen for many years, and worked for AKZO Salt Company. He was past Fire Chief and Commissioner of the Watkins Glen Fire Department; member of the Elks B.P.O.E. Lodge #1546, Moose Lodge #426, the Mechanics Club and American Legion Post #555. Bruce honorably served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He also served as a Village Trustee in Watkins Glen.

Memorial donations may be made to the Watkins Glen Fire Company, 201 N. Perry St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. You may express condolences or "Light a Candle of Remembrance" online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary:
Cynthia A. Gardner Percey Salamino

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

Cynthia A. Gardner Percey Salamino 

Age 52, of Freeville, NY passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017 after a courageous battle with breast cancer.

Cindy was born on July 16, 1964 to Andrew and Phyllis Gardner in Montour Falls. A graduate of Odessa-Montour Central School, Cindy was known as an outstanding left handed shortstop and was inducted into the OMCS Hall of Fame. She had currently been employed at Kelly’s Dock-side Cafe in Ithaca, where she made many friends who will miss her dearly.

Cindy is survived by her three children and families; Brandon (Sheryl) Percey and their children, Marcus and Adelle of Dryden, Zachary (Alicia Bamford) Percey and their children Kaylee and Madilyn of Spencer, and daughter Juliana Salamino at home. She is also survived by her father, Andrew; her husband, Marc Salamino; first husband Scott Percey; her siblings, Douglas (Gayle) Gardner, Philip (Lorraine) Gardner, Karen (James) Slaven Jr, and Nancy (Mickey) Fraboni, and numerous nieces and nephews. Cindy was predeceased by her mother, Phyllis, in 2015.

The family will receive visitors at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., with a private committal service and burial at Highland Cemetery, Odessa. You may express condolences or "Light a Candle of Remembrance" online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Mildred C. Denson

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

Mildred C. Denson

Age 95, formerly of Watkins Glen, passed away at the Demay Living Center in Newark, New York.

Mildred was born in Montour Falls, NY, the daughter of Melvin and Ellena (Green) Denson.  She was a retired music teacher from the Watkins Glen Central School, where she taught grades K-12.

Mildred was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church of Watkins Glen; a member of the Schuyler County Retired Teachers Association; a member of the Beta Delta Chapter and of Delta Kappa Gamma, and a member of the Watkins Glen Business and Professional Women’s Club.

Mildred was predeceased by her parents and her sister, Carolene Denson Milligan. She is survived by Melodie and Holly, her nieces; Chip, her nephew; and numerous great nieces and great nephews.

Calling hours will be held at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Sunday, May 7 from 1 p.m-3 p.m.; followed by a graveside service at the family's convenience.

You may “Light a Candle” in her memory or express condolences online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Kenneth Wayne Jennings

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

Kenneth Wayne Jennings

Age 82, of Inverness, FL (originally from Cayutaville, New York) passed away peacefully from pneumonia on March 6, 2017 at the Hospice House of Lecanto, FL.

Ken (Wayne) was predeceased by his first wife, Doris (Mullen) Jennings; a son, Durwood Jennings; and a daughter, Sandra Litwhiler. He is survived by his wife Marion (TN); daughters, Doreen Silva of Groton, NY and Polly McMullen of Lake Worth, FL; daughter-in-law, Linda (Beverly Hills, FL); step-children, Ali (Rob) Roberson (TN), Linda McClure (WV) and Jack Griffin (WV); grandchildren, Jason, Shane, Rhianna, Jeremiah, Phoenix, Angel, and Krystal; and great grandson, Logan, along with numerous extended family members.

When he was younger, Ken served in the National Guard of NYS, worked at Cotton-Hanlon in Odessa, NY for a number of years, and was employed at Cornell University for 35 years as head of Mechanical Maintenance for five of their residential halls.

He was an avid fisherman and hunter and also enjoyed riding his motorcycles and other outdoor activities. After retiring from Cornell, he moved to Beverly Hills, FL in 1998 and married second wife Marion (Youman) on May 2, 2006. He was baptized as Christian on April 20, 2008; an answer to many prayers of family and friends over the years.

Ken was friendly and outgoing, and helped his friends and neighbors many times before moving to Arbor Trail nursing facility in Inverness, FL for the past six years while suffering
from Parkinson’s Disease.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 30 at 2:00 p.m. at Ithaca New Life Victory Center Church, Clinton West Plaza, 609 W. Clinton St., Ithaca, NY. All are welcome to attend.

Obituary: Michael William Bardeen

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

Michael William Bardeen

Age 74, of Burdett passed away on April 10, 2017.

Mike was born on November 9, 1942 in Montour Falls, the son of Morris and Jamesine (Hope) Bardeen. He formerly worked at Shepard Niles and Cornell University. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and bird watching.

Michael was predeceased by his parents and by his brothers, James and Brian Bardeen. He is survived by his son, Daniel Bardeen; daughter, Jennifer Bardeen; sister, Susan Lurcock; grandson, Trevor Bardeen; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 15 at 10:00 a.m. at Glenwood Cemetery in Watkins Glen, Rev. Mike Kelly officiating.

Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. Online condolences may be expressed at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Caitlin Elizabeth Hoagland

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

Caitlin Elizabeth Hoagland

Age 14, of Pooler, GA, was granted her angel wings on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

Although Caitlin’s time with us was brief, she certainly touched many lives. She loved going to school and spending time with her classmates, friends, family, and her pets. Caitlin had an extraordinary smile that would light up the room. And although she couldn’t speak words, her smile spoke volumes. She brought a tremendous amount of joy to all who knew her. She will truly be missed by everyone.

Caitlin was born on November 1, 2002, along with her twin brother. She is survived by her loving parents, Brad and Linda (Ector) Hoagland; brother, Cameron; sister, Brittany; maternal grandparents, Joe and Vicky Ector of Watkins Glen; maternal grandmother, Somjai Paiz of LA; paternal grandmother, Grace Matwiejow of Tyrone; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was predeceased by her sisters, Haley and Sierra Hoagland; and paternal grandfather, LeRoy Hoagland.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, April 14 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A memorial service will follow at 4:00 p.m. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 15 at 1:00 p.m. at Montour Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Bruce D. Gunning

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

Bruce D. Gunning

Age 74, of Burdett, passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

He was born in Montour Falls on August 26, 1942, the son of the late John and Margaret (Clymer) Gunning. He was predeceased by his son Scott Gunning.

Bruce worked as an operating engineer with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 545 for many years. He was a member of the Burdett Presbyterian Church and a life member of the Burdett Fire Department.

Bruce is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sandra Gunning; daughter, Pamela Arcangeli (Dan Towner) of Burdett; grandchildren, Hunter, Colton and Parker Arcangeli; sisters, Geta (Pierre) Biever, and Sue Dean of Burdett; brother, Clair Gunning (Peggy States) of Burdett; sister-in-law, Linda Arcangeli of Burdett; and by several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, April 14 from 7-9 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 Burdett Volunteer Fire Department Building Fund. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Karin Courtney Fink Zimba

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

Karin Courtney Fink Zimba

Age 48, of Watkins Glen, NY, went to heaven on Monday, April 3, 2017. She passed on from the comfort of her own home.

Karin was born in Flemington, NJ, on August 7, 1968, the daughter of Ronald and Jean (Kolodziej) Fink. She graduated from Wyalusing Valley Jr./Sr. High School as well as Ithaca College, where she majored in music education and performance, and anthropology. She had worked as a librarian at Wyalusing Public Library before becoming a full-time mom for her two children, Tristan and Robin. She was a member of the Embroiders Guild of America and performed with the 171 Cedar Arts Center Women’s Chorale.

Karin, lovingly known as "Kiki" by her family, was a quiet, loving person who embraced nature and the outdoors in every way. She enjoyed walks on the Catharine Valley Trail and hiking the Glen, and had beautiful flower gardens throughout her yard. Karin spent many nights on a hill by her house star gazing and basking in the sounds of the night and the light of the moon, and searching for satellites to fly by while sitting around a bonfire with her family on summer evenings.

Her hobbies included dancing, singing, listening to music, cross-stitching, baking, reading, gardening, and participating in 5k races, completing 20 of them. The biggest joy of Karin's life was her children. She attended every sporting, school, and recreational event her children participated in. She also had a deep love for her cats, especially Finnegan, who was constantly by her side.

Karin is survived by her husband, Sean Zimba, son, Tristan Zimba, and daughter, Robin Zimba, all of Watkins Glen; father and mother, Ron and Jean Fink; sisters, Donna Robinson, Shelley (Tom) McAndrew, and Heather Vaow, all of Wyalusing, PA; aunts, Lucy Walsh, of Clinton, NJ and Nellene (Bob) Beaton, of Toms River, NJ; uncle, Tony (Debbie) Kolodziej, of Wyalusing, PA; nieces, Desirae Stroud, Jessi Hall, Jenna Vaow, Jillian Capwell, and Julie Zimba; nephew, Robert Zimba II; father-in-law, Robert Zimba, of Hector NY; as well as several other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass will be held on Tuesday, April 11 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen.
 
Friends and family may share memories of Karin at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Helen M. VanSkiver

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

Helen M. VanSkiver

Age 83, of Odessa, passed away on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

She was born in Watkins Glen on September 13, 1933, the daughter of the late Charles H. and Edith M. (Coykendall) Carrigan, and graduated from Odessa-Montour High School. She was a school bus driver with the Odessa-Montour Central School District, and later worked as a bookkeeper at Cotton-Hanlon and Coastal Lumber.

Helen was a member of the Mechanics Club in Montour Falls. She enjoyed bowling, knitting and puzzles, and was also an avid reader.

She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Gerald VanSkiver; brothers, Gerald and Robert Carrigan; and sisters, Elaine Anderson, Vera Thomas, Ruth Givin, and Marjorie Starkweather.

Helen is survived by her daughters, Sharon (Alan) VanSkiver Owens of Elmira Heights, and Susan VanSkiver of Horseheads, NY; sons, Daniel (Roberta) VanSkiver of Odessa, NY, and Mark VanSkiver of SC; a sister, Arlene Sherrouse of Lakeland, FL; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, April 12 from 11 a.m.-1 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 at Highland Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Lindsay K. Flood

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

Lindsay K. Flood

Of Lakemoor, IL passed away on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, IL.

Lindsay was born on September 9, 1948 in Ithaca, NY. She was the daughter of the late Robert S. and Mary C. Coleman of Trumansburg, NY. She was a longtime resident of Trumansburg prior to moving to Illinois in 1999. She was a member of Charles O. Dickerson High School’s graduating class of 1966.

Lindsay was a loving and dedicated mother, devoted wife, and grandmother. Lindsay had worked as a loan officer at the Trumansburg branch of the Tompkins County Trust Company for almost two decades before being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

Lindsay is survived by her husband of 49 years, Robert W. Flood, and her four sons, Christopher (Michelle) of Rochester, Jeffrey of Cicero,  Steven (JoAnn) of Brooklyn, and Robert M. (Janette) of Cicero. Lindsay has 7 grandchildren. Also surviving are Lindsay’s siblings, David Coleman of Dryden, Lisa Cook (Lester) of Trumansburg and Douglas Coleman (Barbara) of Trumansburg. 

Lindsay will be laid to rest at Grove Cemetery in Trumansburg at the convenience of her family. A celebration of Lindsay’s life will be held at a later date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Lindsay K. Flood may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation or a charity of your choice.

Obituary: Barbara C. Wickham

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

Barbara C. Wickham

Of Rockville, Maryland, passed away on Thursday, March 30, 2017.

Mrs. Wickham was a graduate of the College of William & Mary, where she was a member of Tri Delta and the Mortar Board Honor Society. She was an avid traveler, having visited over 45 countries and all 50 states. She and her husband loved spending summers together on Seneca Lake in Hector, NY.

Beloved wife and traveling companion of 62 years of Howard E. Wickham; loving mother of Mark (and wife, Maureen) Wickham, Cynthia (and Dave) Woodward and Matthew (and Michelle) Wickham; grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of one.

The family will receive friends at Pumphrey's Colonial Funeral Home, 300 W. Montgomery Ave. (Route 28 just off I270 exit 6-A) in Rockville, Maryland on Saturday, April 8 from 12 noon-1 p.m. with a service following at 1 p.m. Private interment will be at Glenwood Cemetery, Watkins Glen, NY at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 8180 Greensboro Drive, Suite 400, McLean, VA 22102.

Local arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St. Watkins Glen. 

Obituary: Elizabeth Davenport

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

Elizabeth Davenport

Age 82, of Pine City, NY, passed away on April 4, 2017 surrounded by her family. 

Elizabeth was born on December 30, 1934 in Montour Falls, NY, the youngest child of Elmer and Frances Wood. She graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1953. She was a past member and Past Matron of the Order of the Eastern-Star (Elmira Heights Lodge). 

Elizabeth was predeceased by her parents; husband Merton Davenport; brother, John Wood; sister, Evelyn Beckwith; and sons-in-law, Billy Newsom and Tony Beller. She is survived by seven daughters, Phyllis (Hayes) McElroy of Louisiana, Lynnette Turner of Troy, PA, Terry Davenport of Erin, NY, Deborah Beller of Wisconsin, Nancy Newsom of Louisiana, Lisa Mood of Troy, PA, and Patricia Davenport of Pine City; 14 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. 

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Monday, April 10, from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. A committal service and burial will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Lockwood Cemetery, Lockwood, NY. 

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Lela Mary (Scaptura) Potter

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

Lela Mary (Scaptura) Potter

Age 83, of Hector, NY passed quietly into the arms of our Lord to join her beloved husband in the early hours of April 4, 2017 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Maineville, Ohio. 

She will be dearly missed by beloved sons, Jim (Linda) Potter and Rick (Ann Marie) Potter of North Carolina; daughter, Mary Jo (Mike) Gates of Ohio; grandchildren, Alexandria (Matt) Oblinsky, Jake (Kali), Richard (Kareena), Jaimie and Nikki Potter, Christine (Sean) Brinkman and Elizabeth and Matthew Gates; five great-grandchildren, Sean James and Rogan Brinkman, Ella and Miles Oblinsky, and James Potter; and sisters-in-law, Lana (John) Potter and Joan (John) Omara.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 54 years, Charles "Bud" Potter, and parents, Jim and Marian Scaptura.

Mom, Lela, grandma or GG was an ever so wonderful wife, mother, grandma and friend.  Lela was born on March 30, 1934 in Montour Falls, NY. She worked for the Watkins Glen Village office after graduating from WGHS and until her marriage to the love of her life, "Bud," on the third of September 1955, after which the young couple resided in Poughkeepsie, NY until moving to Vestal, NY in 1964.

Since 1958 she has spent her life being the best mom her three children could ask for. In addition, she was “mom” to many of the neighborhood kids in both Vestal and during summers in Valois, and volunteered as the girls' gym teacher at OLS elementary school in Vestal for several years.

In 1973, she joined "The Present Co." department store for over 20 years until retiring in 1994. In retirement, she enjoyed traveling -- mostly to grandchildren’s births, Baptisms, Confirmations and graduations. As you can tell, her underlying motivation was her family and she will be deeply missed by all of them.

Services will be held on Saturday, April 8 at St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church in Watkins Glen, NY. Visitation beginning at 11 a.m. will be followed by Mass at 12 noon and a luncheon after Mass.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891, the Hector Fire Department, 5736 NY-414, Hector, NY 14841, or Hospice of Cincinnati (hospiceofcincinnati.org/).

Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. Online condolences may be expressed at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Carol L. Draht

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

Carol L. Draht

Age 84, of South Waverly, PA, passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at home with her family by her side.

She was predeceased by her parents, Mont and Mabel Hyatt Dunn; her husband, Herbert Draht; sister, Joyce Carnahan; son, Carl Draht; and granddaughters, Michelle and Angela Draht.   

Carol is survived by her children, Kathleen Draht of Lowman, Michael (Roxanne) Draht, and Steven (Paula) Draht; five grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren. 

Carol was an avid reader who liked to crochet and do needle work. She was a very social lady who loved to travel with her husband. 

At Carol’s request there were no services. The family was assisted by the Blauvelt Funeral Home, Waverly, NY.  Those wishing to send a private message of sympathy to Carol’s family may visit ”Obituaries” at www.bluaveltfuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Elizabeth L. Reed

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

Elizabeth L. Reed

Age 88, of Montour Falls and formerly of Burdett, NY, passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2017.

She was born on April 19, 1928 in Reading Center. She worked on the Coon family farm and retired from Cornell University. Elizabeth enjoyed volunteering at the Silver Spoon Café in Montour Falls for many years. She loved nature, animals and birds. She was a member of the Burdett Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by her close friends, Phyllis Eggersdorf, Priscilla and Don Kelley, and Eric Lyon; and by many friends and neighbors.

Friends may gather on Wednesday, April 19 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. at the Silver Spoon Café, 323 Owego St., Montour Falls.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Richard Lynn Skinner

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

Richard Lynn Skinner

Age 74, of Ocala, FL passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

Richard was born in Penn Yan, NY to John and Catherine Skinner. He grew up with his family in Watkins Glen, NY. He moved to Ocala in 2005 from the Elmira/Corning area. He was an accountant with Corning, Inc., serving as executive controller for over 30 years. He also volunteered as a fundraiser for the Cancer Society. Richard and his wife Frances were former owners of Park Avenue Bride and Groom in Elmira for 18½ years.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Frances Skinner of Ocala; sisters Sandra Unterzuber, Carol Skinner, and Joyce “Jody” DeVay; and several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great niece and nephew.

No funeral services are planned in Ocala. Mr. Skinner will be interred at Glenwood Cemetery in Watkins Glen. The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Saturday, April 29 from 11 a.m.-12 noon; followed by a memorial service at 12 noon at the funeral home; and interment at Glenwood Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Grace Bird Davis

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

Grace Bird Davis

Age 92, of Horseheads, passed away on Friday, March 31, 2017 at her home.

Born on November 25, 1924, she graduated from Odessa High School in 1942. Grace worked as a teller and later Vice President at First National Bank of Odessa for 38 years. She was a member and treasurer of Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church, American Legion 676 Auxiliary, the Home Bureau, and Zonta in Watkins Glen. She enjoyed reading, crafts, and playing cards.

She was predeceased by her parents, Lyle Owen Bird and Esther Burt Bird; sisters, Cleo (Charles) Lovell and Genevieve (Robert) Potter; and brother, Ray (Claire) Bird.

Grace is survived by her husband of 70 years, Jack T. Davis; daughter, Susan (William) Tripp of LeRoy, NY; brother-in-law, Charles Lovell; special friend, Rosa (Greg) Wickham; and by several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 8 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122, N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A service will follow at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church of Horseheads, Dutton S. Peterson Library or a charity of choice. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Marguerite Thompson

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

Marguerite Thompson

On Wednesday, March 22nd, Marguerite, 78, reunited with the love of her life, George Thompson, to join him at the table with our heavenly father.

She is now with her mother, Elise Jane Gilles; father, Marie Jean Gilles; brother, Paul Auguste Gilles, and brother-in-law, Duke Osborne. Marguerite is survived by her twin daughters, Nadia and Denise Thompson; her sister, Elise Osborne; and many nephews, nieces, cousins, and a host of loving family members and friends.

Her love for God, our father was evident in every aspect of her life. She was a true light of Christ to family, friends and strangers. Marguerite was a loving wife, mother and friend to all.

Please join the family on Saturday, April 1 from 8-10 a.m. for calling hours and 10 a.m. for services at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen celebrated by Father Paul and Deacon Tom.

In lieu of flowers, Marguerite and family request a donation to the National Stroke Association or the National Kidney Foundation or the American Cancer Society or to your local animal shelter in her memory.

Obituary: Joanne L. Moone

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

Joanne L. Moone

Age 61, of Odessa, NY, entered into eternal rest on March 20, 2017, after a long, courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

She is survived by her loving husband, Dale H. Moone; mother, Virginia Bentley Mastriano of Albany; brother, Joseph (Barb) Mastriano Sr. of Selkirk, NY; sister, Alice M. (Henry) Rozell of North Carolina; brother, Patrick (Donna) Mastriano of Florida; sister, Virginia M. (David) Gori of South Westerlo, NY; and sister-in-law, Carol (Ronald) Belczak of Churchville, NY. She was also the aunt of Joseph Mastriano Jr., Kevin Mastriano, Tricia Spinner, Henry C. Rozell IV, Pasquale Mastriano, Andrew Fishlinger, Emily Fishlinger Smith, Jeffery D. Belczak, and Jennifer L. Belczak Sanz, and many great nieces and nephews.

Joanne had worked as an Administrative Assistant at Cornell University and an Administrative Manager at the NYS Department of State-Office of Fire Prevention and Control, where she met her beloved husband, Dale, who worked in the Arson Bureau. They married on June 11, 1983. Starting in 1995 she worked at Corning Community College in the Center for Professional Development as the Assistant Director. While there, she was honored in 2005 with the prestigious RAVE Award (Recognizing A Valuable Employee). She retired in 2012.

Joanne will always be remembered as a feisty redhead with a loving caring heart, a lover of animals and nature. Being that she was a 2001 Breast Cancer Survivor, she still maintained a positive attitude in life. She was adamant that although she had cancer, it would NOT define her as a person. As she was so very fond of saying: “Make a new memory every day!”

Special thanks to dear friend, Carol L. Peters, neighbor, Mary Kellogg, the staff at Quinlans Pharmacy and the loving staff at CareFirst Hospice.

A celebration of Joanne’s life will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CareFirst Hospice at 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870 or the Golden Retriever Rescue of Central NY at www.grrcny.org. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,”please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Joyce Peterson Soule

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

Joyce Peterson Soule

Age 88, of Cayutaville, NY, went to be with Jesus on Friday, March 10, 2017.

She was the daughter of the late State Senator Rev. Dutton S. Peterson and Martha Robinson. She was a member of the Cayutaville Church, American Legion Post #67 Ladies Auxiliary, and was very dedicated to the Dutton S. Peterson Memorial Library in Odessa, NY.

She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Bob, and her son Rob. She is survived by two children, Lori (Kevin) Snow and Chris (Tracy) Soule; grandchildren Jeremiah (Theresa) Snow, Heather (Mark) Hall, Rachel (Wray) Braswell, David (Grace) Soule, Justin (Hannah) Soule, and Michael (Josie) Soule; great grandchildren Sean, Abigail and Anna Snow, Ryan and Nathan Hall, Edith Soule, and Nolen Soule; brother, Richard Peterson; and also by many beloved nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. April 1 at the Cayutaville Church with a meal to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Cayutaville Church, 3231 County Rt. 6, Alpine, NY 14805 or the Dutton S. Peterson Memorial Library, 106 First St., Odessa, NY 14869.

Obituary: Elizabeth 'Penny' Titus

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

Elizabeth "Penny" Titus

Age 74, of Hector, NY, passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2017 in the comfort of her home on Seneca Lake surrounded by her family.

Penny was born in Waverly, NY, the daughter of Henry and Gertrude (Schaffer) Wehrung.  She graduated from Tioga Central School and began her undergraduate studies at Marywood College. She finished her Masters in Education at Elmira College. She began her teaching career as an art teacher in Waverly, NY, but spent the majority of her career teaching art to the students at Odessa-Montour School. This is where she shared her passion of art, travel and culture with a countless number of students. Penny’s legacy as an art teacher still lives on in many of her former students who are now art teachers as well.

In addition to teaching, Penny also was very active in her church community, particularly with the music ministry.

She was predeceased by her parents and a brother, Jon Wehrung. She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years this month, Lee Titus; children, Jennifer Titus, Rebecca (Brian) Ross, and Lee (Astra) Titus; brother, Paul (Mary Ann) Wehrung; grandchildren, Makayla, Madeleine, José, and Hank; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Wednesday, March 22 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church on Thursday, March 23 at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you remember Penny in a memorial donation to the Alzheimer’s Assoc., c/o Dev. Dept., 435 E. Henrietta Rd., Rochester, NY 14620 (or online at ALZ.org); or CareFirst, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870 (or online at CareFirstNY.org).

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

Obituary: Judith A. Harbot

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

Judith A. Harbot

Age 76, of Cross Road, Watkins Glen, passed away on March 18, 2017 at Schuyler Hospital surrounded by her children and grandchildren.

Judy was born in Elmira on April 5, 1940, the daughter of Frank and Phyllis (Hart) Frasier. She graduated from Watkins Glen Central School and worked as a custodian at the school until she retired in 2002.

Judy loved everyone and they loved her back. She was always known as “ma,” even by people she didn’t know. Judy is surely going to be missed by everyone who knew her.

Judy was predeceased by her parents; also her husband of 50 years, Harry Harbot, Sr.; brother-in-law, John Harbot; sister-in-law, Geraldine Conaway; brother, Gene Frasier; and son-in-law, George Emery.

She is survived by eight children, Thomas Harbot (Bert) of Burdett, Frank Harbot (Diane) of Odessa, Ronda (Barry) Grady of Hector, Karl Harbot of Elmira, Cheryl (Wally) Thompson of Watkins Glen, Robyn Harbot of Watkins Glen, Harry Harbot, Jr. of Watkins Glen, and Julia Emery of Watkins Glen; favorite aunt Marlene Maynard of Elmira; brothers and sisters, Eva (David) Wickham of Florida, Henry (Pat) Frasier of Alpine, James (Blanche) Frasier of South Carolina, Virginia (Mike) Alvers of Georgia, and Jane Frasier of Odessa; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 23 at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; followed by a memorial service at the funeral home at 3:00 p.m. 

Those wishing may consider a memorial donation to Catholic Charities (Food Pantry), 607 N. Franklin St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

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

Photo in text: Judith A. Harbot and her late husband, Harry Harbot, Sr.

Obituary: Ruth J. Bedient

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

Ruth J. Bedient

Age 88, of Beaver Dams, NY passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, NY.

Ruth was born in Virginia, Minnesota on April 8, 1928, the daughter of the late John and Jenny (Hansen) Amundsen. Ruth was a very hard-working person, and after her husband passed away she worked as a home health aide in the Watkins Glen area. She was a woman of great faith and strength.

Ruth is survived by her children, Jeanine (Ron) Watson, Sharon (Jim) Carpenter, Cynthia (Ellie Ward) Bedient, Leone Dolliver, Brian (Lori) Bedient, Stephen (Debra) Bedient, Khristine Bedient, Betty Lou Bedient, and Emilie Bedient; 12 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Ruth was predeceased by her husband, Stanley Bedient; her sister Rev. Ann Palmer, and her brother, Rev. John Amundsen.

A memorial service will be held on March 20 at 4 p.m. at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 Fifth St., Watkins Glen, NY
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Friends and family may share memories of Ruth at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Mark J. Novak

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

Mark J. Novak

Age 60, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Monday, March 13, 2017 following a long illness of Glioblastoma Brain Cancer.

Mark was born in Corning, NY on August 13, 1956, the son of Andrew T. and Carol A. Novak. Mark held a degree in Agriculture Agronomics and owned and operated his family’s third-generation farm in the Town of Tyrone. In his earlier years of farming, Mark milked dairy cows and in his later and most recent years he raised beef and hogs.

Mark married his wife, Dawn Maria Flynn, at the Catholic Church in Bradford, NY on July 12, 1975. He and Dawn were foster parents for Schuyler County DSS for many years and won an Outstanding Foster Parent Award. Mark enjoyed his large family including aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, children, grandchildren and in-laws. Anyone who had the pleasure to meet Mark Novak was accepted and realized what a truly magnificent person he was.

Mark is survived by his wife of 42 years, Dawn M. Novak; mother, Carol A. Novak of Ocklawaha, FL; brother, Jon Robin (Rita Schenck) Sullivan of Watkins Glen; sister, Tracy Anne (Drew) Diel of Ocala, FL; children, Jason (Theresa) Novak of Beaver Dams, Beth (Aaron Hade) Novak of Corning, and Matthew "Chewy" (Jamie Ketter) Novak of Watkins Glen; grandchildren, Larissia Hall of Keuka Park, Andrew Novak III of Addison, Brayden and Tanner Hade of Corning, Nickolas and Travy Novak of Beaver Dams, Luca Hoffman of Watkins Glen, and Cammi McCarty of Watkins Glen; his second cousin, Michael (Lisa McKee) Novak of Montour Falls; niece, Sundae (Sean) Hein of Lampassas Texas; in-laws Rich and Diane Yeoman of Dundee, NY, Mary and Ron Wesche of Lampassas TX, Marcia and Patrick Ostrander of Wellington, KS, Dean and Vicki Flynn of Hammondsport NY, and Jeff and Terry Foster of Palm Bay FL; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and foster children.

Mark was predeceased by his father, Andrew T. Novak; his son, Joseph Frank Novak on April 13, 1980; and grandparents, Bertha Rook of Dansville and Andrew and Agnes Novak of Watkins Glen.

Friends and family may call from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 25 at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 Fifth St., Watkins Glen, where a memorial service will follow at 4 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the Department of Neurological Surgery, c/o Gustavo Pradilla, M.D. at Emory University School of Medicine, Chief of Neurosurgery Service-Grady Memorial Hospital, 1365 Clifton Rd, NE Building B, Suite 2200, Atlanta, GA 30322.

Memories of Mark may be shared with his family at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Sherry E. Comstock

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

Sherry E. Comstock

Age 57, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 13, 2017.

Sherry was born on May 13, 1959, in Norton, VA to Hoge and Jeanette (Wells) Horne.

She is survived by her husband, Regius Comstock; daughter, Toby (Dani) Comstock; son, Logan of Montour; mother, Jeanette Horne; several cousins, Tammy Hartsock, Susan Ayers, Becky (Steve) McElroy, Teresa Olinger, and Teena Lavolo; and many extended family members, co-workers and friends.

She loved gardening, quilting and folk crafts. She also enjoyed cooking, crocheting, fishing and treasure hunting.  Above all else she loved time spent with family and her birds.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 S. Main St., Horseheads on Tuesday, March 21 from 4-6 p.m.  Condolences and remembrances at www.barberfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Jennifer Lynne Schouten

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

Jennifer Lynne Schouten (nee Deland)

Age 48, of Williamsville, NY, died March 13, 2017.

Jennifer, a graduate of Keuka College, was the beloved wife of Stephen J. Schouten; mother of Ryan P. Schouten; daughter of Margo (Roger) Arnold and Dennis (LaVerne) DeLand; sister of Eric DeLand, Sean DeLand, Michael Arnold and Josh Arnold; daughter-in-law of Tyler and Sally Schouten of Reading Center, NY; and sister-in-law of Adam (Jackie) Schouten of Rock Stream, NY. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call at the Carlton A. Ullrich Funeral Home, Inc., 8630 Transit Rd., East Amherst, on Friday, March 17 from 2-8 p.m. and are invited to attend a funeral service at St. John Lutheran Church, 6540 Main St., Williamsville, on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Gifts in Jennifer's memory made to UNYTS, 110 Broadway, Buffalo, NY 14203 would be appreciated.

Obituary: Robert Harris Tanner

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

Robert Harris Tanner

Age 66, of Vestal, NY, and formerly of Ithaca, NY and Boston, MA, passed away on Monday, March 6, 2017 at his home from cancer.

He was born in Liberty, NY, on July 13, 1950, the son of the late Warren and Amy Tanner. He graduated from Ithaca High School in 1968 and later received his Bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University. Robert served with the United States Navy from 1968-1974.

He was a Contracting Officer for the Office of Naval Research in Boston, MA for 31 years before retiring in 2006. He enjoyed movies, music, and books of all types, but especially history and comedies.

Robert is survived by three sisters, Janet (Tim) Decker of Martinsville, VA, Karen (Greg) Phenes of Alpine, NY and Linda (Roger) Griswold of Alpine; a brother, Larry Tanner of Watkins Glen, NY; five nieces and nephews, Robert (Lauren) Phenes of Watkins Glen, Jackie (Alan) Hughes of Martinsville, VA, Shaun (Sarah) Phenes of Bassett, VA, Matthew (Brandy) Decker of Fieldale, VA, and Quinn Griswold of Alpine; and seven great nieces and nephews, Camron, Noah, Roman and Chloe Phenes, and Tristan, Amelia and Kelsey Decker. Also his good friends Bill, Hal and Rich and his many friends and co-workers at the ONR Office in Boston, MA.

A private family service will be held at a later time. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Ernest Otto Julius Meier

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Ernest Otto Julius Meier

Age 79, formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on March 1, 2017, in Rancho Cordova, California.

Known by all as “Ernie,” he was born in the Bronx, New York City, on November 11, 1937 to Otto Meier and Viola Fry Meier. He grew up on Long Island before moving to Watkins Glen in 1980 in order to allow his children to experience life in the country.

An exceptionally hard worker, Ernie was employed by Frito-Lay for 25 years, waking at the crack of dawn and coming home late to give his family a good home. After retirement, he and his wife Margaret moved down to South Carolina before moving to Northern California in 2014 to be closer to their oldest son Joseph and his family.

Ernie was predeceased by his parents, his younger brother Ralph and his son-in-law Thomas Peterson. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; four children, Linda Meier Peterson of Eastport, NY; Joseph (April) Meier of Shingle Springs, CA; Karl (Ronda) Meier of Watkins Glen, NY; and Mary (Martin) Meier-Roeder of Gomaringen, Germany. Ernie is also survived by his grandchildren Noel, Emily, Allie, Karlee, Ryan, Sam, and Toby.

A private celebration of his life will be held by family members in Shingle Springs, California.

Obituary: Pauline B. 'Polly' Mangus

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Pauline B. "Polly" Mangus

Age 97, of Burdett, NY passed away peacefully on Friday, March 10, 2017 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, Montour Falls, NY.

She was born in East Smithfield, PA, on June 15, 1919, the daughter of the late Clarence and Zeta Bourdette. She married William A. Mangus. Polly managed the machine shop she and her husband owned in Pine City, NY, and owned and operated her restaurant in Pine City.

She also worked at Remington Rand in Elmira, NY. Polly and her husband retired in Burdett and operated Mangus Vineyards for many years, which she thoroughly enjoyed. She made many friends.

She is survived by her step grandson, Jeffrey Mangus, and his wife Sherry; and by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband in 1982, and by her siblings, Anna Searfoss, Evelyn Guthrie, Clarence Bourdette and Saphrona Bourdette.

As per Polly’s wishes, there will be no services. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

Polly loved animals, so donations may be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, P.O. Box 427, 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, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: William K. Mourey, Sr.

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William K. Mourey, Sr.

Age 92, a lifetime resident of the Finger Lakes, passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2017 after a brief illness.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Mourey; his mother, Abbie K. Mourey, and his wife, Emily F. Mourey.

Mr. Mourey was a lifelong farmer of grapes, peaches, cherries, wheat and Christmas trees. A cabinet maker and metal fabricator, he was a developer of the over-the-row spray boom still used today by grape growers. He served as past president of the Reading New York Grange, the New York State Wine Grape Growers, the Circle S Corral Riding Club, and Farm Credit of Ithaca, New York. He also served as a board member of Schuyler Hospital.

An avid card player, he was the last surviving member of the Four Aces Thursday Night Bridge Group that played for more than 45 years. Mr. Mourey was a keen shooter of skeet and trap, and a past member of Fur Fin and Feather, Seneca Duck Hunters, the Bath Rod and Gun Club, and the Odessa Conservation Club. He was a member of the Watkins Glen Presbyterian Church for over 50 years.

Mr. Mourey is survived by a son, William K. Mourey of Rock Hill, SC; a grandson, Adriel Mourey of Odessa, NY; a son. John Mourey (Edie) of Big Flats, NY; and a granddaughter, Abbie Mourey of Big Flats, NY.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 18 at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls.

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

Obituary: Theresa Ann VanGalder

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Theresa Ann VanGalder

Age 83, of Montour Falls, passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

She was born in Elmira, NY on September 21, 1933, the daughter of the late Louis Don and Laura Fosdeck. In 1952, she married Glenn Jackson VanGalder in Odessa, NY. Theresa worked at NCR in Ithaca for many years before retiring.

She was predeceased by her husband, Glenn Jackson VanGalder, in 1966; sister, Ruth Juett, and brothers, Richard Fosdeck and Louis Fosdeck. Theresa is survived by her daughter, Joyce (Dennis) Boling of Suwanee, GA; four sons, Glenn (Debbie) VanGalder of Odessa, David (Sandy) VanGalder of Newfield, Thomas (Linda) VanGalder of Marietta, GA, and Steven VanGalder of Watkins Glen; a sister, Laura (Mahlon) Parker of Montour Falls; 14 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and 5.5 great great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held in Woodlawn National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home in Montour Falls.

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

Obituary: Joseph G. Cheplick, Jr.

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Joseph George Cheplick, Jr.

Age 90, of Bath, NY, died on March 8, 2017 in Elmira.

He was born on December 23, 1926 to Joseph and Helen Cheplick of Olyphant, PA. He was predeceased by his parents; his first wife, Dorsey Schmellze; and three brothers, Russell, John and Eugene, as well as two half-sisters. He is survived by two brothers, Tom (Millie) Cheplick and David Cheplick, both of Elmira, NY; his wife, June (Fox) Cheplick (since 1970) of Bath, NY; his son, Craig (Wendy) Cheplick of Montour Falls, NY; daughter Robyn Cheplick of Elmira, NY; granddaughters Katelyn Cheplick and Christina (Matthew) Notarfonzo, as well as many nephews and nieces.

Joe was a graduate of Mansfield University, where he was also on the football team. He did further studies at Alfred University in education. He served in the Army and played on their baseball team. After his college studies, he taught for two years before becoming the principal of the Middle School in Bath, NY. He served in that position for 30 years, and many people will remember him as their principal and/or a coach of the football team.

Joe retired in 1982 and was an avid golfer and fisherman. He was a former member of Kiwanis and the Bath Country Club as well as a current member of St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church.

Calling hours will be Saturday, March 11 from 9:30-10:45 a.m. at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, 122 Liberty St., Bath, followed by a funeral there at 11:00 a.m., Father Brad Benson officiating. Burial will be at the discretion of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Joe’s name. Condolences may be made at www.fagansfuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Bernadette Veney

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Bernadette (Hasty) Veney

Age 54, of Belle Cornell Drive, Montour Falls, NY, passed away on March 8, 2017.

She was born on Long Island, NY on July 22, 1962, the daughter of Bennett Rudolf Everette and the late Aza Lee Everette. She graduated from Wyandanch High School, Class of 1980. She married Robert Veney Jr. on September 21, 1987. She relocated to Ithaca, NY in 1992 when she began working for the New York Staff Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) at Lansing Residential Center. She retired in 2016.

Known to most as Bernie, she was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Her greatest joy was her family and her friends. Those who knew her, knew her best by her bright smile, infectious laugh, friendly and happy personality, and of course her down home cooking! Her best friends were not just best friends, they were her sisters! The bond that she created with each and every person she met was insurmountable.

Bernie was predeceased by her mother, Aza Lee Everette, and her granddaughter, Leah Rose McCoy. Bernie is survived by her three daughters, Sheena Marie Veney (Christopher Montalvo), Ashley Ann Veney (Chaio Slater) and Jasmine Corey (Mark) McCoy; her grandchildren whom she adored more than anything in this world, Aaron Robert McCoy, Mya Rose McCoy, and Zion Alexander Veney; her siblings, Ronnie (Kim) Hasty, Rosemary (Ronald) Fulcher, Sandra (Timothy) Simpson, Felicia (William) Griffin, Bennett (Shawnee) Everette and Monique Everette (Pedro Luna); her father, Bennett Rudolf Everette; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends including her children's best friends, who were more like Bernie's family than anything else. We love you Mema!

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, March 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee Street, Montour Falls. The funeral service will begin at 12 noon, followed by interment at Lakeview Cemetery in Watkins Glen. A Celebration of Life reception will be held in Ithaca, NY on Sunday afternoon.

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

Obituary: Joy Marie Gee

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Joy Marie (Dillon) Gee

Age 61, of Watkins Glen, passed away on Monday, March 6, 2017.

She was born in Penn Yan on August 27, 1955, the daughter of Guy and Mary Etta Dillon. Joy was formerly employed at Seneca Foods in Geneva, and also was a laborer in the vineyards.

She was predeceased by her parents; a son, William Gee; a daughter, Karen Gee, and brother, Richard Dillon; father-in-law, Wilbur Gee; brother-in-law, Ronald Gee, and nephew-in-law, Michael J. Gee.

She is survived by her former husband, Paul Gee of Watkins Glen; sisters, Judy Dillon of SC, Jane Briggs of Dundee, Eileen Schultz of Dundee, Cherie Dillon of Dundee, Connie Dillon of Penn Yan, and Anna (Walt) Dyson of Dundee; four brothers, Joe (Mary) Dillon of Bradford, Dan (Beverly) Dillon of Mitchelville, Terry (Perrin) Dillon of Lakemont, and Scott (Idelle) Dillon of Penn Yan; sister-in-law, Phyllis Guernsey; brothers-in-law, Harold Gee, David Gee, James Gee, and William Gee, and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, March 11 from 4-6 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A celebration of Joy’s life will follow at the Beaver Dams Fire Department, 1165 County Route 19, Beaver Dams.

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

Obituary: Jill S. Kendall

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Jill S. Kendall

Age 70, of Watkins Glen, passed away on March 5, 2017 surrounded in the comfort of her loving family, friends and beloved dog Joey.

Jill grew up in Reading Center and worked for Schuyler Hospital as a medical records clerkJill moved to North Carolina, where she lived for several years, returning to the area after the death of her husband. She loved the ocean, the beach, boating and music. She enjoyed going out to eat with family and friends.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Saturday March 18 at 4 p.m. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2-4 p.m. A private burial will be held at a later date at Pleasant View Cemetery in Reading Center.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edward Kendall; and parents, Richard and Isabel Stenberg. She is survived by four children, Richard (Robin) Kendall of Franklinton, NC, Elizabeth (Carl) Larson of Tupper Lake, NY, Heather (Nader) Awwad of Baldwinsville, NY, and Andrew (Heather) Kendall of Franklinton, NC; brother, Jack (Carol) Stenberg of Seneca Falls, NY; sisters, Nancy Loughlin of Montour Falls, NY, and Doreen (Edward) Miller of Durham, NC; seven grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, friends and her beloved dog Joey.

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

Obituary: Alberta E. Blim

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Alberta E. Blim

Age 81, of Watkins Glen, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2017.

She was born on November 28, 1935, the daughter of the late Martin and Ruby Cartwright. Alberta was a lifelong homemaker, where she lovingly cared for her husband and eight children. She enjoyed camping, reading, watching the birds, dancing, and blue grass and country music. She loved spending time with her family and friends. Alberta was a former member of the Montour Moose Club and the Mechanics Club in Montour Falls.

She was predeceased by her husband, Andrew Blim; son, Christopher Blim, and by several brothers and sisters. She is survived by her children, Andrew (Cindy) Blim of Rock Stream, Connie Hively and Daniel (Kelly) Blim, both of Watkins Glen, Timothy Blim of Ithaca, Charles Blim of Watkins Glen, Karen (Rick) Smith of Auburn, and Jeff (Lisa) Blim of Watkins Glen; sisters, Emma Goodrich and Wanda Cartwright of Florida; brother, Floyd Cartwright of Elmira; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, March 11 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A celebration of her life will begin at 1 p.m., followed by burial at Beaver Dams Cemetery. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Alice J. States

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Alice J. States

Age 97, of Montour Falls, NY passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility.

She was born in Elmira on January 20, 1920, the daughter of the late Otto and Ruth Hynes.

She was a member of the Schuyler County Senior Citizens Club, RSVP, and the Red Hat Society.

Alice loved to volunteer. She worked for several years at “Kraft Corner” Senior Citizens store, and was a receptionist at Schuyler Hospital. She did newsletters for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Schuyler County, and sold raffle tickets and t-shirts for the races. She sold daffodils for the American Cancer Society, and carnations for the American Heart Association. She also helped in fundraising for the Schuyler County Humane Society, rang the bell for the Salvation Army, and volunteered with the American Red Cross blood bank canteen. She was in fundraising for both the Senior Citizen Club and RSVP, and also served as registrar and correspondence secretary for both.

Alice received the Schuyler County Senior Citizen of the Year Award in 1981 for the Senior Citizen Club, the Schuyler County Senior Citizen Award in 1991 for the Office for the Aging, and the Schuyler County Senior Citizen of the Year Award in 1992 for Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Alice went on several bus trips over the years, and enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles. Her favorite quote was, “I’m living for my family.”

She is survived by her sister, Mary Richer; son, Kenneth (Judy) States; daughter, Alice (Vern) Potter; daughters-in-law, Annette and Carlene States; many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Lloyd A. States; daughter, Martha Dobell; sons, Lloyd E. States and James States; and brother, Edward Hynes.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, March 7 from 1-4 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Memorial services will follow at 4:00 p.m. A celebration of her life will continue immediately after services at the Montour Moose Club. Private burial will be held by the family at Laurel Hill Cemetery. The family will provide the flowers.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, or “home delivered meals." To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Elizabeth G. Hayes

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Elizabeth G. Hayes

Age 89, of Burdett, NY, passed away on February 28, 2017 with family members by her side.

Born in Afton, NY, she was the daughter of C. Wayland and Gertrude Ireland Guy. She was predeceased by her husband, Carroll J.J. Hayes; her son Joseph Patrick; son-in-law Geoffrey Lincoln Donovan; brothers Loren and James Guy; and recently her sister, Nancy Howell. Elizabeth is survived by four children, Susan VanHeusen of Dansville and her children Megan (Brad) Wentworth, Keri (Chad) VanAuken, and Joshua VanHeusen; Mary Hayes of Burdett and her children Benjamin and Gabriel King; John Hayes of Watkins Glen; Martha Donovan and son Geoffrey (Sophi) Donovan; and 14 dearly loved great-grandchildren.

Known as Aunt Betsy by her many nieces and nephews, she prided herself on knowing where each of them was and relished details about their lives. Elizabeth was passionate about gardening, and the grounds around her home were well loved, as were her two rescue kitties.

She served her community through active participation in Cooperative Extension, the Burdett Ladies’ Wednesday Afternoon Club, Schuyler County Public Health and only recently resigned from the Office For the Aging. Through RSVP, she taught English as a second language and volunteered at local schools, helping children learn to read. Elizabeth assisted in the local development of a group for women, “Trust in the Lives of Older Women.”

Like her mother before her, she attended Elmira College and graduated from the Columbia Presbyterian School of Nursing in NYC. Elizabeth was a dedicated RN and worked in various capacities that included charge nurse of the med/surgical floor at Schuyler Hospital, administrator and advocate for patients at a local nursing home, and teacher in the SCT BOCES LPN program.

A memorial service celebrating Elizabeth’s life will commence at 11:00 a.m. at St. James' Episcopal Church in Watkins Glen, NY on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Family members invite you to join them at St. James' parish hall immediately following the service. Burial will be in Afton, NY at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Watkins Glen Public Library, CareFirst (formerly Hospice of the Southern Tier), or The Humane Society of Schuyler County. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Bernard John Obremski

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Bernard John Obremski

Age 71, of Montour Falls, NY passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at his home.

He was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA on April 13, 1945, the son of the late Edmund John and Helen Obremski. Bernie graduated from high school in Kingston, PA, and later graduated from Pennsylvania Hospital All School of Nursing for Men and became a registered nurse. He served with the U.S. Army as a Med Surg Nurse during the Vietnam War, and retired as a Captain.

Bernie was Health Nurse Administrator at Southport Correctional Facility and Elmira Correctional Facility for 32 years, before retiring in 2001. He was a communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen, and a member of the Elks Lodge #1546, Montour Moose Lodge #426, the Mechanics Club, and the VFW.

Bernie was very devoted to his daughter and four beautiful grandchildren. He was a constant role model to his family, and taught by example. He showed them how miraculous it is to aid a person and help them rise to their highest self. He made it a point to speak to his family daily, all while living his own life to his grandest, and golfing whenever possible. Bernie also had an immense network of friends, who gathered under the best of times, and times like we are experiencing currently.

He was predeceased by his parents, Edmund J. Obremski in 1968 and Helen Obremski in 1973, and a sister, Rosalie Obremski Chebalo in 2003.

Bernie is survived by his daughter, Jennifer L. Cruz-Tappan and her husband, Bruce James Tappan of Watkins Glen; four grandchildren, Bryce D. De La Osa Cruz, Lelend B. Tappan, Soleil I. Tappan, and Xanthe L. Tappan; his ex-wife and friend, Mary Jane Obremski; brother-in-law, James Chebalo of Wilkes-Barre, PA; niece, Tracey (Patrick) Brady; and nephew, Jimmy (Kim) Chebalo.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, March 6 from 9-11 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 a.m. Private burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

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

Obituary: Shirley E. Kendter

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Shirley E. (Chartrand) Kendter

Age 92, of Watkins Glen and formerly Dundee, NY, passed away on February 28, 2017. 

Shirley was born in Hague, NY on April 9, 1924, one of seven children born to John and Jane (Braley) McKee. She worked as a waitress for more than 25 years at Chef’s Diner in Montour Falls. She lived for 17 years at the Jefferson Village in Watkins Glen and recently at the Clinton Crest Manor in Penn Yan.

She was predeceased by her parents; also husbands, Ovila Chartrand and Chester Kendter; son Philip J. Chartrand; and brothers and sisters, Hollister, Robert and Ralph McKee, Vina Hewitt, Dorthea Train and Sally Lydecker. She is survived by three children, Mary (Lewis) Potter of Wayne, NY, Benjamin J.  (Phyllis) Chartrand, of Kinderhook, NY, and Timothy D. (Anita) Kendter, of Millport, NY; daughter-in-law, Janet Chartrand of Mountain Home, AK; 10 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and 2 two great great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends and family at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Monday, March 6 from 12 noon-1 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. A private burial will be held at Hillside Cemetery in Dundee at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations may be made to Harpending Housing, Inc., 411 Clinton St., Penn Yan, NY 14527.

You may leave condolences to the family or “Light A Candle of Remembrance” at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Robert Louis Paradiso

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Robert Louis Paradiso

Age 85, passed away on Feb. 28, 2017 at his home in Watkins Glen. 

Robert “Bob” was born May 12, 1931 to Ratsie and Lela Keifer Paradiso. He lost his mother, Lela, as an infant. He was predeceased by his father, Ratsie, stepmother Angie Paradiso Specchio, brother Jim, sister Cliss, and sister-in-law Carole (Paul) Paradiso. He was survived by his brother Paul, and sisters, Mary (David) Cook, and JoPat (Jack) Wright.

Bob grew up in Watkins Glen and graduated seventh in his class from WGHS. He served his country for three years as a Master Sergeant in the Army. After the service, he attended Ryder College, where he was selected for "Who's Who in American Colleges." He then went on to Syracuse University to obtain his Masters Degree.

He settled in Geneva, where he was employed as a Business Teacher at Geneva High School. While teaching was the love of his life, after 23 years he became Comptroller at the Geneva Federal Credit Union until retirement.

During his 60-year residency he made friends and a very special group he considered family. He was well liked by all and forever popular. To his Geneva High School students he was the unforgettable "Mr. P." To the young family members and the kids on the street, he was simply known as "Unk." Bob had a very special cousin, Lee Potter, and very dear friends Anna Jean DeDominicis, the Zakour family, Barb Essa, Jewel Hara, Azizeh Baroody, and Tony Cannuli.

With failing health, Bob returned to his hometown, where he had the support of his family.

At Bob's request, a celebration of his life will be held at the Elks Club in Watkins Glen for friends and family in the spring. (Date and time will be announced later.)

Donations may be made to your favorite charity or to The Humane Society of Schuyler County, 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” at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Marshall J. Wood, Sr.

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Marshall J. Wood, Sr.

Age 87, of Waterloo, passed away on February 26, 2017.

He was born in Oneonta, NY on June 1, 1929, the youngest son of Gilbert and Ethel Bullis Wood. He grew up in Oneonta and graduated from Interlaken High School in 1949. Marshall worked at the Seneca Army Depot in Romulus.

Marshall was predeceased by his parents; also daughter, Donna Poling; brothers, Vincent, Gerald and Vernon Wood; sister, Ethel Beebe; and wives, Mary Jane Swick, Margaret Wagner and Dorothy Hawthaway. He is survived by four children, Ann Rathbun (Bryan Lotz) of Watkins Glen, Ira Wagner of Syracuse, Judy Wood of Sunbury, PA and Marshall Wood Jr. of Seneca Falls; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Friday, March 3 from 12 noon-2 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at the funeral home at 2 p.m.; burial at Pleasantview Cemetery in Reading Center.

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

Obituary: Louise J. Bartone

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Louise J. Bartone

Age 93, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY.

Louise was born on June 24, 1923 in Watkins Glen, the daughter of the late Frank and Pauline (Barthomew) Peters. She had worked for Eclipse in Horseheads, NY during WWII. Louise had also worked at the Village Variety Shop and GMI Villager in Watkins Glen. She loved to play cards, garden, bake, and care for her family.

Louise is survived by her granddaughters, Laura (Raymond) Sonner and Kristine (Andy) Cole; great grandchildren, Robert Strawser, Katherine Strawser, Emily Sonner, Paige Cole, Silas Cole, and Morgan Cole; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Louise was predeceased by her husband, Anthony Bartone, on July 3, 1997; daughter Rita Rose Selander on February 26, 2007; son-in-law Gary Selander on July 15, 1986; brothers and sisters-in-law, John (Aggie) Peters and Jimmy (Francis) Peters; sister and brother-in-law, Violanda (Ned) Mariano; and aunt, Anita Hoy.

Friends and family may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Link at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen, where a memorial Mass will be celebrated following at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Restoration Fund at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, PO Box 289, Watkins Glen, NY  14891 or to the American Lung Association, 1200 Hosford Street, Suite 101, Hudson, WI 54016-9316.

Memories may be shared with Louise’s Family and friends at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary:
Aaniyah Naveiah Amari Leenah Jones

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Aaniyah Naveiah Amari Leenah Jones

Age 4 months, joined the angels in heaven on February 25, 2017.

She is survived by her loving parents, Brittni Freeman and Kenton Jones; her adoring sisters, Aaliyah Jones and TaMya VanOrden-Jones; and loving family, maternal grandparents, Douglas and Peggy Sharkey; paternal grandparents, Carolyn Watkins and Richard Jones; and aunts, Angela (Doug) Collins, Taelor Blaha, Shawna Jones (Jacob Payne), Amanda Jones and Tritona Watkins. 

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of her life to be held at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. 

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

Obituary: Stewart F. 'Babe' Field Sr.

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

Stewart F. "Babe" Field Sr.

Age 86, a Schuyler County legend in law enforcement, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 after a brief illness.

Babe was born on April 16, 1930 in Watkins Glen, NY to the late William and Helen (Auble) Field. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Marjorie (Rulapaugh) Field; sons, Stewart “Foot” (Wendy) Field Jr. of Watkins Glen, NY, and Kenneth (Amy) Field, also of Watkins Glen; grandchildren, Trevor Field, Kenneth (Amanda) Field Jr., Kristin Field and Kelly Field; step grandchildren, James Standish, and Brandon and Emilee Welty; great grandchildren, Landon Field and Weston Field; step great grandchildren, Mya Hackett, Kaylee and Drue Welty, and Juliana and Parker Thompson; brother, Kenneth (Margaret) Field of Watkins Glen; and several nieces and nephews, including Barbara Malina, Mary Field, Margaret Field, William Field, Dr. Kevin Field and Richard Field. He was also predeceased by his brother, Richard (Betty Jane) Field of Watkins Glen.

Babe served in the U.S. Navy and was a Korean War veteran, serving aboard the USS Wallace Lind Destroyer DD-703. He began his law enforcement career with the Watkins Glen Police Department in 1952 and joined the NYS Environmental Conservation Department in 1957 when the title was Game Warden. His whole life was dedicated to protecting the streams and wildlife, along with the environment, even in retirement.

He loved being with his grandchildren and teaching them his skills. He was a life member of the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge, and a member of Ducks Unlimited and the National Rifle Association. He was a proud member of the Dundee VFW, the Horseheads American Legion and the Montour Falls Masonic Lodge.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 S. Main St., Horseheads, NY on Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 4-7 p.m. His service will be celebrated on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church of Watkins Glen, 520 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. A burial service will follow in Union Cemetery of Hector, where military honors will be accorded.

Those wishing may remember Babe with memorials to Dundee VFW Post 8649, 125 Seneca Rd. Ext., Dundee, NY 14837 or Watkins Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

Officers and members of Watkins Elks Lodge #1546 will gather at the Barber Funeral Home on Wednesday at 7 p.m. to conduct a memorial service for their departed brother.

Condolences and remembrances at www.barberfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Richard 'Dick' Richtmyer

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

Richard "Dick" Richtmyer

Age 80, of County Line Road, Watkins Glen, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.

Born in Penn Yan, NY on December 12, 1936, he was the only son of Theodore and Florence Richtmyer. He graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1954. Dick operated an excavating business from 1958-1974 and operated a family farm. He later worked as the Highway Superintendent for the Town of Dix for 28 years and retired in 2016. He was recognized numerous times for his dedicated service to the Town. Dick also served as a councilman for the Town of Reading. He was known as a friendly, hard-working man who “never met a stranger.”

He was predeceased by his parents, and by his sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Stewart Wilson. He is survived by his wife, Irene (O’Grady) Richtmyer. They would have celebrated 60 years together on Feb. 15, 2017. He is also survived by five children, Richard J. II (Cheryl) Richtmyer of Watkins Glen, Deborah (Douglas) Gunning of Trumansburg, Denise (Richard) Morris of Watkins Glen, Douglas (Katherine) Richtmyer of Watkins Glen, and Dennis (Faith) Richtmyer of North Carolina; 14 grandchildren, Richard J. III Richtmyer and Ashley Evans, Brian (Amanda) Gunning, Susan (Jared) Marsh, Virginia (Michael) Gunning, Theodore, Kimberly and Jason Morris, Thomas, Chase and Walker Richtmyer, Kyrstin (Aaron) Dyson, Andrew, Adam and Emma Richtmyer; and 9 great-grandchildren. 

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Sunday, Feb. 19 from 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at the funeral home at 4:00 p.m. The committal service will be held at Glenwood Cemetery in Watkins Glen on Monday at 1:00 p.m.

Those wishing may consider a donation in Dick’s memory to Care First, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14870 (or online at CareFirstNY.org); or to the Watkins Glen Volunteer Fire Dept., 201 N. Perry St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891; or to the Schuyler County Volunteer Ambulance, PO Box 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891. You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Duane R. Derr

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

Duane R. Derr

Age 66, of Montour Falls, passed away on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at home.

He was born in Elmira on July 25, 1950, the son of Raymond and Martha (Lisk)) Derr, and graduated from Elmira Free Academy. On August 18, 1972, he married his wife of 44 years, Elizabeth Daugherty.

Duane had a great passion for music. He was lead guitarist for Silver Eagle Band and Wild Country. He was an avid snowmobiler and also a former volunteer fireman with the Odessa Volunteer Fire Department. Duane loved spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, and by a brother, Ronald Derr. Duane is survived by his wife Elizabeth; four children, Stephanie (Paul) Marion of Cayuta, Susan Beebe of Alpine, Richard (April) Derr of Montour Falls, and Christine Derr of Alpine; brothers, Dennis (Penny) Derr, and Gerald (Cindy) Derr, all of Elmira; six grandchildren, Matt (Ariel) Lauper, Rebecca Lauper, Kyle Beebe, Michael Hancock, Ashlynn Derr, and Kendall McCracken; two great grandchildren, Alexander and Samantha Lauper; and by several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, February 1 from 5-7 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A celebration of his life will follow at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

Obituary: Brandon B. Niver

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

Brandon B. Niver

Age 33, of Millport, died on Sunday, January 22, 2017.

He was born in Montour Falls on November 25, 1983, the son of Arthur B. and Nora L. Niver.

He was an avid outdoorsman and loved animals. He was wonderful at hunting, fishing, and trapping. He also enjoyed Motocross. In 2008, Brandon was Regional Vintage Motocross Champion expert (#114). Brandon was very family oriented. He was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend, and had a great sense of humor.

He is survived by his fiancée and love of his life, Melanie Farrell; his parents, Arthur B. and Nora Lynn (Rogers) Niver; sister, Tricia (Underdown) Post and Stephen Post, Jr.; brother, William P. Niver; grandmother, Gladys Niver;  four nieces and nephews, Cameren and Grace Underdown, and Anna and Abigail Post; aunts and uncles, William Niver Johnson (Alice Niver Johnson), Paula Solat, Pamela (Richard) Kreutter, Frank (Beth) Rogers, Thane (Kay) Rogers, Cindy Merill and Elizabeth Rogers; and by many cousins. He was predeceased by grandparents, Paul Niver, and Brian L. and Betty A. Rogers, and uncles, Charles Solat and Victor Merrill.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, January 27 from 2-3 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A memorial service will follow at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family at 266 Vanderhoff Rd., Millport, NY 14864 or to the Brandon Niver Gofundme account. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Dorothy J. Kloppel

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

Dorothy J. Kloppel

Age 98, passed away peacefully on Jan. 20, 2017 at the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY.  She had been a resident at Seneca View since late 2004.

Dorothy was born on Oct. 29, 1918 and was the eldest child of Clarence and Dorothy James of 7th Street in Watkins Glen. She graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1936.  Having won the Elmira College Key, she started her freshman year at Elmira in September of that year. Later she worked as a secretary at Watkins Salt Company and then at Sampson Naval Training Station.

Dorothy married George O. Kloppel in 1946. They had grown up on the same street in Watkins Glen and were members of the same high school graduation class. They made their first home in the large Queen Anne house that until 1965 occupied the site of the current HSBC bank, across the street from the Mobil station that was operated by George and his father, Ernie Kloppel. 

As a resident of Watkins Glen for many years, Dorothy was known by those with whom she was close as a friendly, sensitive person who quietly excelled in music (piano), art, and poetry. She is especially remembered by family for her rendition of “The Moonlight Sonata” as well as for her skillful sketches and paintings. Her poetry often focused upon life from the woman’s point of view. She loved animals and was particularly fond of the several cats the family had over the years. Having endured long-term health problems, Dorothy also developed a philosophical side. It was perhaps best recognized through her vocalized conviction that love is more important than anything else in life. On the lighter side, her other interests included movies, walks, shopping in downtown Watkins Glen, fashions, good food, the Olympics, and the members of her family. She also had a good sense of humor and loved to laugh! 

Dorothy’s last 12 years were spent at Seneca View. The family is forever grateful to the members of the dedicated, loving staff for successfully endeavoring to make those years happy ones. She definitely found a “second family”!

Dorothy is survived by her four sons, Robert (Shelby, NC), Geo (W. Danby, NY), Tom (Sanford, ME), and Jon (Interlaken, NY), and her sister-in-law, Helen James (Watkins Glen). She has three daughters-in-law, Carol, Patricia, and Cynthia, the spouses of Robert, Geo, and Jon respectively. There are also five grandchildren, Rob Kloppel (Brandon, FL), Ben Kloppel (Shelby, NC), Aaron Kloppel (Ithaca), Rachel Kloppel (Interlaken), and Amber Lia-Kloppel (Ithaca); one great-grandchild (Isabella), another on the way, and 10 nephews and nieces. 

The family will meet privately at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home. Dorothy will be laid to rest at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Alpine. You may sign a guestbook or light a “Candle of Remembrance” in her memory online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Nancy Gay

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

Nancy Gay

Age 62, of Odessa, NY, passed away on January 21, 2017. 

Nancy was born in Corning, NY, the daughter of Harold and Bessie Galusha. She worked at the Odessa Central School Food Service until retiring.

She was predeceased by her parents and siblings, Mary, David and William Galusha. She is survived by her children, Joseph (Angel) Gay of Michigan, James (Tracey) Gay of Beaver Dams, Renee Gay of Odessa, and special friends Melissa Pierce of Elmira, and Carol and Diane Knowlton of Watkins Glen; four siblings, Harold (Linda) Galusha of Painted Post, Robert Galusha, Janet Galusha, and James Galusha, all of Wayland; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Helen Galusha of Cameron, Laurie Galusha of North Corning, Roy (Pat) Gay of Wellsville, Bob Gay of Canandaigua, Beverly (Larry) Stryker of Nebraska, Paul Gay of Utah, and Linda Gay of Missouri; two grandchildren, Oksana Borys and James Gay, Jr.; and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Odessa Wesleyan Church on Friday, June 9 at 4:30 p.m. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Odessa Wesleyan Church, 203 College Ave., Odessa, NY 14869.  You may sign a guestbook or light a “Candle of Remembrance” in her memory online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

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

Obituary: Merritt L. 'Skeet' Seymour

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

Merritt L. "Skeet" Seymour

Age 78, of Odessa, passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2017.

He was born in Big Flats on January 23, 1938, the son of Arthur and Elvira Seymour. He served with the U.S. Navy from 1956-1959 on the USS Leyt. He retired from the Odessa-Montour Central Schools in 1993 after 23 years of service.

Mr. Seymour was a member of the Cayutaville United Methodist Church, Odessa Volunteer Fire Department, and Montour Moose Lodge #426, and was a member of the color guard at the Horseheads American Legion. Skeet enjoyed woodworking and macramé. He was predeceased by his parents and brothers, Frank and Howard Seymour.

He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Ellen; children, Darryl Seymour (Betty Hayes) of Montour Falls, Wayne (Sandy) Eccleston of Newfield, Dennis Seymour (Cindy Schaner) of Phoenix, AZ, Scott (Karen) Eccleston of Palm Beach, FL., Peggy (Keith) Jelliff of Montour Falls, Bill (Lissa) Seymour of Alpine, and Terry (Lisa) Eccleston of Odessa; sisters, Rena Able of Knoxville, PA and Betty Benson of Millerton, PA; brothers, Art Seymour of Erin and Al Seymour of Candor; 13 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held in the spring at a date and time to be announced.

Contributions may be made in his memory to the Odessa Volunteer Fire Department or the Cayutaville United Methodist Church. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: John M. Buckbee

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

John M. Buckbee

Age 82, of Odessa, NY, passed away on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility.

He was born in Catharine, NY on January 2, 1935, the son of George W. States, Sr., and Dorothy J. States and graduated from Odessa High School. John worked at one time for Tompkins Trust Co. in Odessa, Cornell University, and at the Corning Store in Watkins Glen. He was a member of the Glen Baptist Church.

John liked to do crafts, play bingo, word search puzzles, and enjoyed reading. He was an avid sports fan and avid Broncos fan. He enjoyed watching NASCAR races and Cornell Hockey games. John used to love working with Boy Scouts, and chaperoned the Squires Drum and Bugle Corps. John loved his diet root beer and chocolate milk, but above all else, he loved his family.

He is survived by two sisters, Madelon L. Page of Cayuta, and Marian Morris of Painted Post; a brother, Claude (Patricia) States of Lynwood, WA; several nieces and nephews; and by special friends, Pete and Jo McBride. He was predeceased by his parents, baby sister, Dorothy, and by his brother, George W. States, Jr.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, January 26 from 2-4 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Watkins Glen.

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

Obituary: Jean Argetsinger

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

Jean Sause Argetsinger

Burdett, NY -- Jean Sause Argetsinger, 97, died January 16, 2017 at her home overlooking Seneca Lake, surrounded by her family.  She was predeceased by her husband Cameron R. Argetsinger in 2008 after 67 years of marriage.

She was born March 19, 1919, in Youngstown, Ohio, the youngest of four children of Michael J. and Philomena Margretta Sause. She was predeceased by her brothers William and Robert of Youngstown, OH, and her sons Michael (2015) and Sam (2014). She is survived by her sister Dr. Louise M. Sause of East Lansing, Michigan, and her children: J.C. (Joan) Argetsinger of Montour Falls, Louise (Tom) Kanaley of Rochester, Marya Smith of Elizabeth, IL, Getchie Argetsinger (Kevin Potter) of New York City, Peter Argetsinger (Sjoukje Schipstra) of Watkins Glen and Sebring, FL., Rob of Elizabeth, IL, and Duke Argetsinger (Kirk Piersma) of Seven Valleys, PA; daughters-in-law Susann Gary Argetsinger of Whitefield, NH and Lee Green of Chicago, IL; fifteen grandchildren, and seventeen great-grandchildren.

A graduate of the Rayen School and Youngstown College, she studied journalism at the University of Missouri. Prior to raising a family she was a reporter for the Youngstown Vindicator. In later years she wrote a weekly column for the Watkins Review and Express. She also produced several books on Schuyler County history as well as co-authored a history of St. Mary’s of the Lake church. Her writing skills and flair for public relations have benefited many local organizations. Jean became a summer resident of Schuyler County after her marriage. From the time Jean and Cameron moved full-time to Schuyler County in 1952 to the present, she has been a community leader.

Jean’s long-time and lasting contributions were officially recognized by the New York State Legislature when she was designated as a “”Woman of Distinction” in 1999, one of the first so named in the State. Locally her leadership was honored as the recipient of the Schuyler County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Month in 1978, Citizen of the Year in 1988 and in 2005 for its lifetime achievement award. In 2004 she was inducted into the Schuyler County Hall of Fame.

In 1955, she founded the League of Women Voters of Schuyler County and was its first President. She was honored for her outstanding services by the NYS League of Women Voters in 2004 and 2008.

Her past efforts have ranged from her church’s restoration project to serving on the Boards, to name a few, of the United Way, the Chemung-Schuyler Health Foundation, the Association for the Blind, the Schuyler Health Association, the Mental Health Association, as well as the Mark Twain Drama and the President’s Council of Elmira College. Even in later years she co-chaired the Schuyler Hospital Fund, a role she initially undertook in 1957.  In 2015 she was Chairman of the successful campaign for benefit of the Motor Racing Research Library.

As a mother, she stressed education and literacy, both in her family and community. Initially involved in the old Burdett PTA, she subsequently served on the statewide board of that organization. For her services, she was awarded a lifetime membership in the PTA. Among her Burdett activities, in addition to promoting a local public library, was the creation of the “Burdett Players” (today’s “Lake Country Players”), for whom she wrote plays and directed the cast.

In 1959, Jean was elected to the Watkins Glen School Board. Re-elected twice more, she served until 1970. She was selected as the first Schuyler County designated Trustee on the Southern Tier Library Board, serving in this capacity for ten years. In 2002, she received the STLS Outstanding Advocate for Libraries Award. In 1978, she was elected to the Watkins Glen Public Library Board, becoming its President in 1980, serving in this position for 23 years. She initiated a major fund drive and supervised the development of the present Watkins Glen Public Library on Decatur Street, dedicated in 1987.

As wife of Watkins Glen's racing founder, Cameron, Jean ensured that the library contained a fine archive of the area’s racing publications. In 1996, she led the Library’s effort to build a new wing devoted to the sport’s heritage, known as the International Motor Racing Research Center. The building was dedicated in 1998, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of racing at Watkins Glen. She served on the Governing Council since its inception.

She assisted Cameron in many ways in the race organization, even editing the race event programs. In the 1950’s she established the Paddock Club (now the Glen Club) as a civilized retreat for drivers’ wives and visiting celebrities. The parties in her home where she hosted the international racing community and local citizens are legendary. In 1998, she and Cameron were awarded the Briggs Cunningham Sportsmanship Award and in 2009 they were honored by Watkins Glen International’s “Legends of the Glen Award.”

She was a member of the Elmira Wednesday Morning Club and the Burdett Wednesday Afternoon Club as well as the Tuesday Bridge Club for thirty years.

Calling hours will be held Friday, January 20, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 Genesee Street, Montour Falls. Her Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur Street, Watkins Glen at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 21. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Watkins Glen Public Library, 610 S. Decatur Street, Watkins Glen, NY, 14891 or to St. Mary's of the Lake Church. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Samuel G. Baldwin

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

Samuel G. Baldwin

Age 89, went home to be with the Lord on January 17, 2017.

He was born in Fresno, CA on February 23, 1927. He was predeceased by his parents, Samuel and Catherine (Martin) Baldwin of Watkins Glen. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Hughey Baldwin; his children, Donna (Don) Easterlin of Durham, NC, Samuel (Beth) Baldwin of Minneapolis, MN, Ann Spencer of Durham, NC, Donald Baldwin of Cary, NC, and David Baldwin of Elbridge, NY; eleven grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren.

Sam served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1946, earning a WWII Victory Medal. He retired from Shepard Niles in 1982 after 36 years of service. He was also employed by Central Asphalt, Texas Eastern, and Watkins Glen State Park.

Sam was involved in the community in many ways, including being a Cub Scout Leader, a volunteer for the Watkins Glen Fire Department for 20 years and a Past Exalted Ruler at the Watkins Glen B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge #1546. He was a communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Friday, January 20 at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 901 Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Burial with Military Honors will follow 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 or the Schuyler County Volunteer Ambulance, PO Box 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

Friends and family may continue to celebrate Sam’s life by sharing fond memories of him at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Kenneth E. Gridley, Jr.

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

Kenneth E. Gridley, Jr.

Age 57, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Jan. 17, 2017 at home. 

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Monday, Jan. 23 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.; and Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 10 a.m.-11 a.m.  A funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home; Rev. George Norton officiating; burial immediately following at Bradford Cemetery. A reception will be announced.

Kenneth was born in Caton, NY, and raised in Bradford by his father and stepmother, Kenneth, Sr. and Jean Gridley. He graduated from Haverling Central School in Bath. He lived most of his adult life in Montour Falls. Kenneth was loved and well known in the community. He worked 16 years at the NYS Fire Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls and 13 years at the Montour Falls Fire Company, where he was an honorary Lifetime Member. He also worked at the Arc of Schuyler. He spent his extra time bowling and loved being with family and friends. He was also an avid NASCAR and WWF Wrestlers fan.

Ken was predeceased by his father; and birth mother, Genevieve Starkweather. Also, cousin and best friend, Peter “Cottontail” Travis. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Darlene ; daughter, Sarah; sisters, Melanie (Scott) Keefer and Kathleen (Tim) Sleve, both of Bradford; and stepmother, Jean Gridley; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and great nieces and great nephews. Also, special friends he considered his “daughters”: Lisa Ayers, Blossom Arden, and Tracey (Jim) Gay; and “son” Dennis Ryan.   

Those wishing may consider memorial donations to the American Diabetes Assoc., 1701 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311; or the American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852 (www.kidneyfund.org); or the Montour Falls Volunteer Fire Dept., PO Box 369, Montour Falls, NY 14865.

You may sign a guestbook or light a “Candle of Remembrance” in his memory online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.  

Obituary: Barbara Ann Cross

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

Barbara Ann Cross (Nee Jacobs)

Age 85, passed away on January 7, 2017.

Beloved wife of Warren Cross for 67 years. Loving mother of William Cross deceased, Robert Cross, Marius Cross, Barbara Havens, Gregory Cross, David Cross and Albert Cross. Grandmother of Chad, Zachary, Katrina, Ashley, Emily, Michelle, Stephanie, Michael, Fran, Katie, Gregory, Andrew, Alison, Emily, Joey and Sophia.

Preceded in death by her parents Marius and Dorothy Jacobs and her brother Robert Jacobs.  Survived by Al and Jean (Nee Jacobs) Baker of Horseheads.

She was born on April 28, 1931. A private viewing was held at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home on January 8, 2017. A Memorial Service will held in the summer at a date and time to be arranged.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Seneca View SNF Activity Fund, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Bonnie Hagin Green

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

Bonnie Hagin Green

Age 75, of Indian Fort Road, Trumansburg, NY passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at her home.

Born on November 25, 1941 in Ithaca, NY, she was the daughter of the late Russell Hagin and Mary Boyer. She was a receptionist at ISA Babcock, Jacksonville, NY prior to her retirement.

Bonnie is survived by her husband, Larry Green; her children, Tony (Lila) Reyna of Nevada City, CA, Colleen (Tim) Lupo of Trumansburg, NY and Bonnie Passmore of Mecklenburg, NY; grandchildren, James (Brittany) Reyna, Ishaan Reyna, Chela Reyna, Timothy Lupo Jr., Shannon Lupo and Cameron Myers; and a great granddaughter on the way (James and Brittany Reyna).

At Bonnie’s request, there will be no formal services. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa. To leave the family a message of condolence, or sign a guestbook, please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: George M. Emery, Jr.

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

George M. Emery, Jr.

Age 70, of Irelandville Road, Watkins Glen, passed away on January 9, 2017.

George was born in Penn Yan, NY on December 22, 1946, the son of George and Dorothy Emery. He attended Dundee and Odessa Central Schools, graduating from Odessa Central School. He honorably served in the U.S. Navy from 1965-1967. George tremendously loved his time spent as a People Greeter at Walmart in Watkins Glen.

George was predeceased by his parents; sister, Caroline Potter of Montour Falls; and step-brother, John Coolbaugh of Arizona. He is survived his wife, Julia; three children, George “Tad” (Kim) Emery, of Montour Falls, Jodi Emery of Florida, and Aaron Emery (Ashley Jayne) of Montour Falls; brother, Rev. Eugene (Donna) Emery of Rome; and 10 grandchildren.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Thursday, Jan. 19 from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; followed by a memorial service at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home, Rev. Eugene Emery and Rev. Mike Kelly officiating.

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

Obituary: Philip A. Biever

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

Philip A. Biever

Age 58, of Burdett, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.

Philip graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1976. He graduated from Finger Lakes Community College in 1979 with an associates degree in Forestry and Conservation. Phil was also a member of the Burdett Fire Department. As a hardworking man, Phil dedicated 31 years to the highway department. He was an avid hunter with his dog, Brewster, and enjoyed spending time with his family.

Phil is survived by his wife of 35 years, Sherry; his daughter, Lydia (Thomas); son Peter; parents, Pierre and Geta Biever; brother, Mark (Sharon) Biever; nephews, Philip and Ryan Biever; in-laws, John (Margaret) Strong, and many other family members. He was a loving husband and father, and a friend to all.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, January 15 from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 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, January 16 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery of Hector.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Burdett Volunteer Fire Department, 3830 Willow St., Burdett, NY 14818. To leave the family a message of condolence or sign a guestbook, please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Walter F. Carson

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

Walter F. Carson

Age 74, formerly of Trumansburg, passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, Montour Falls.

He was born in Trumansburg on October 9, 1942, the son of the late Charles C. and Florence (Cook) Carson and graduated from Trumansburg Central School with the Class of 1961. Walter was a lifelong dairy farmer, and owned the Locust Lane Farm in Trumansburg. He was an avid collector of model toy tractors and farm equipment.

He was predeceased by his parents and his half brothers, Donald Carson and Charles Carson, Jr. He is survived by his daughter, Julie (Paul) Radenberg; sons, Kenneth (Joann) Carson, and William (Tammy) Carson; sister, Martha (Dan) Herman; half sister, Betty Coleman; brother, Jack Carson; granddaughters, Rachel, Paige and Arianna Carson; and nieces and nephews, Kathy (Edward) Gooding, John Carson, Jacki Carson Barr, and Cheryl, Debbie, Bill and Kevin Herman.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, January 14, 2017 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, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Carol A. Wilson

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

Carol A. Wilson

Age 70, of Walt Gilbert Road, Watkins Glen, passed away on January 5, 2017.  

Carol was born in Rochester, NY, the daughter of Harold and Ruth (Sager) Bruce. She graduated from Avoca Central School and Olean Business Institute. She worked in Medical Records at St. James’ Hospital until she became a homemaker, raising six children. She also worked many years driving for Hertz Enterprise. She enjoyed snowmobiling, bowling, ceramics, crocheting, camping and working on the family farm. She also helped her husband deliver the Hi-Lites for many years. Carol especially loved and enjoyed her family and family gatherings.

Carol was predeceased by her parents; son Harry Wilson and special daughter-in-law, Debra Wilson; and mother-in-law, Araminta Howe. She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Charles L. Wilson, Sr.; daughters, Noel (Michael) Wheaton, and Holly Wilson (Scott Brace); stepsons that she always considered her own, Charles L. Wilson, Jr., of Chesapeake, VA; Robert (Donna) Wilson of Daytona, FL; and David (Susan) Wilson of Fort Plain, NY; daughter-in-law, Rose Wilson of Lindley, NY; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; Linda Wilson; and several nieces and nephews whom she loved.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 12 noon-2 p.m.; followed by a Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home and interment at Beaver Dams Cemetery. A reception will be announced.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be made at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Ronald K. Welch

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

Ronald K. Welch

Age 80, died peacefully at Elcor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on January 4, 2017 in Horseheads, NY.

Ron was born on August 10, 1936 in Montour Falls, NY to his parents, Leo and Mary Welch. He proudly served in the United States Navy from 1954 to 1962, including a tour on the guided missile cruiser USS Canberra. He worked at the AkzoNobel Salt factory in Watkins Glen from 1965-1997. He married Carol Clevenger in 1979.

Ron was a dedicated employee, a New York Yankees fan, and had a passion for reading.

Ronald Welch is survived by his wife, Carol; his daughter and son-in-law, Stacy and Geoffrey Pierce; his son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Sue; his daughter, Donna; his brothers, Tom and Scott; his sisters, Nancy and Joann; his grandchildren, notably Alex Pierce and Jody Buckley (with Ashley Beasley); and great-grandchildren, notably Cayden Buckley. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Mary; his son, Ronnie; and his daughter, Diane Fazzary.

Ron will be remembered in a private ceremony. The family would like to thank Elcor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their dedicated and thoughtful care. Condolences and remembrances at www.barberfuneralhome.com

Obituary: John L. Kerber

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

John L. Kerber

Age 90, died December 29, 2016 near his home in Tennessee.

John was born June 8, 1926 in Springfield, MA and raised in Elmhurst, IL. He served in the U.S. Army as a military police officer in occupied Japan at the war trials, later graduating from the University of Arizona with a BS in Agricultural Economics. He met and married Audrey June Davis in the Chicago area and together they raised a family of five children in Livingston, then Point Pleasant, New Jersey.

In retirement John realized his dream of living on a farm and wooded acreage in upstate New York (the Hector area), later moving south for a warmer climate on Lake Cherokee in Tennessee.

John was a born salesman, the successful profession he enjoyed throughout his extensive career. At the height of his career he was VP & Sales Manager of Refill Filter Company in NJ, manufacturing industrial filter cartridges. Gregarious and generous in all his endeavors, a longtime friend of the family describes John as “Funny. Smart. Energetic. He was always working on one project or another, always with an incredible sense of humor. I can hear his fantastic laugh as I write this.” In addition to his constant home projects, John devoted endless hours in volunteer activities with his church, in particular while raising his family in NJ, The Presbyterian Church of Livingston, and while in upstate NY, the First Presbyterian Church of Hector. 

John dearly and demonstrably loved his family and his dogs. He was often on the road to visit family and his many lifelong friends. In their retirement years, John and Audrey loved to travel, reaching nearly every continent. His most frequent destination was Germany, enjoying good beer and fun with his beloved cousins.

John is survived by his wife and devoted partner of 68 years, Audrey J. Kerber; his beloved brother, William (Martha) Kerber; his children D'Etta Merkle, Kay (Paul) Rietz of Columbus OH, Joanne (Jim) McGuire of Pt. Pleasant NJ, Craig (Cindy) Kerber of Moravia NY, and Christine (Allen) Schoffner of Lowman NY; many grand and great-grandchildren, nephews and their families. He was predeceased by grandson Scott McGuire.

A memorial service will be organized in the near future. In recognition of John's fond memories of his Army service years and his milestone October 2015 Honor Flight experience traveling with fellow WWII veterans to D.C, donations may be made to: 
Honor Flight Northeast Tennessee, 1005 Opekiska Ext, Erwin, TN 37650. 

Obituary: William Edwin Jaynes

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

William (Bill) Edwin Jaynes

Age 95. On January 1, 2017 Bill went to join the love of his life of 73 years, Alta (White) Jaynes.

He was born on April 7, 1921 in Rathbone, NY. As a young boy, his family moved to Elmira and finally made their way to Schuyler County.

On July 19, 1942 Bill married the girl of his dreams, but soon after was sent to England where he proudly served his country in WWII as an Army Air Corps waist-gunner on a B-17 with the 351st Bomber Group, 100th Bomber Squadron.

After returning home he had many jobs before being employed by International (AKZO) Salt for 30 years as an outstanding meter man. After retiring from the Salt Plant, he was the caretaker of the Hector Union Cemetery for another 20 years. Twenty-six years ago the Hector Township hired him to start up the recycling center at the Hector Town Barns.

He held many positions in the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church with his wife. His real love besides family was raising and swapping horses.

Bill was predeceased by his parents, Raymond and Anna (Walker) Jaynes; his wife, Alta Jaynes, on January 12, 2016; his brothers Richard and Ralph and George Gary Jaynes; his sister Julia (Jaynes) Elkie; and granddaughter, Kristina (Jaynes) Burke (surviving is husband Allan Burke of Reynoldsville.)

Bill is survived by his only child, Dale (Linda) Jaynes; grandsons, W. Scott Jaynes of Rochester and Sean (Jonilyn) Jaynes of Ballston Lake; great-grandchildren, Kaylynn and Kristofer Burke and Jaeden and Isaac Jaynes; brothers, Raymond Wesley (Rosemary) Jaynes and Timothy (Janet) Jaynes; Josephine Jaynes (surviving wife of Gary); and many nieces and nephews.

Friends and family may call on the family on Saturday, January 21 at the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church on State Route 227 from 10 a.m.-12 noon; with a Memorial Service for both Alta and Bill Jaynes to be held at the church at 12:00 noon. The family will take care of flowers.

Anyone who would like to donate may give to the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church, 5092 State Rt. 227, Burdett, NY 14818 in memory of Bill and/or Alta or a make a donation to a charity of one’s choice.

You may sign a guestbook or light a “Candle of Remembrance” in their memory online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Photo in text: Bill and Alta Jaynes.

Obituary: Shauna Rose Simpson

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

Shauna Rose (Moser) Simpson

Age 67, of Lodi, New York, passed away in the early morning hours on December 24, 2016 surrounded by her loving family.

The daughter of David and Evelyn (Varner) Moser, Shauna was born and raised in Hector, NY and was one of those rare individuals who touched the lives of everyone who knew her in deep and profound ways. She had a big heart, a warm and embracing spirit and the ability to make every person she met feel special. Shauna always saw the “good” in everyone and while she had a kind and forgiving nature, she was also a strong woman with absolute determination once she made up her mind.

Shauna was married for over 42 years to the love of her life, Donald Simpson, whose love and devotion throughout their married lives, and whose tender care during her long illness, was an inspiration and a blessing to her and her family and friends.

She and Donnie loved to travel and frequently visited area casinos where they would enjoy the shows and buffets and even do a little gambling. Vacations to the Jersey shore were also a highlight in her life, but her favorite times were at home by the pool watching her family swim and play games. Friends would stop by and since she was a great cook, she always had a meal at the ready.

Returning to college to complete her Associates Degree in 1977, Shauna spent nearly 20 years working for Willard Psychiatric Center and caring for some of the most challenging and seriously ill patients. She loved the work and her patients and treated them with understanding and respect. In turn, she was recognized by her patients and co-workers when she received the New York State Outstanding Employee Award -- a recognition that meant a great deal to her.

Shauna is survived by her husband and their two sons, Donald Ryan “Butch” Simpson (Lisa) and Andrew Jason “AJ” Simpson (Kasey); and stepchildren William “Billy” Suffradini, Peter Lee, Sabra Scranton Armstrong and Jody Scranton. She is also survived by her beautiful grandchildren Jason, Madyson, Conner, Piper, and Owen, and stepgrandchildren Jill, Shannon, Stephanie and Gina, who all loved her dearly. Shauna leaves behind her brother, David H. Moser III (Dawn); sister, Kathy Moser Cole (Chris); sisters-in-law, Karen Wood (Joe) and Mimi (Ronald deceased) Simpson, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Shauna will be deeply missed here on this earth, but she had an abiding faith in God and we know that she is with Him now in grace and peace.

Friends and family are invited to calling hours on January 4 from 12 noon-2 p.m. with a service of remembrance immediately following at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St. in Watkins Glen.

Online condolences may be made at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Hector Presbyterian Church, 5511 Rt. 414, Hector, NY 14841 or the charity of your choice.

Obituary: Dollie D. Shaffer

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

Dollie D. Shaffer

Age 88, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on December 27, 2016.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Friday, December 30, from 12 noon-2 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Born and raised in Sugar Run, PA, she and her husband later bought a farm in 1958 in Watkins Glen. She was a long-time farmer who also loved working in her vegetable and flower gardens. When they retired from farming they opened a small natural food store (Shaffer’s Farms) at their place and sold cheese, eggs, and many other products. She was also dedicated to helping with many church functions.

She was predeceased by her husband, Lewis Shaffer, and son-in-law, Philip Chartrand. She is survived by her children, Janet Chartrand, Susan (Chet) Buckley, and Albert (Janice) Shaffer; sisters, Edith, Joanie and Lulu Bell; brothers, Arthur, Harold and Lyle; grandchildren, Vikki Pike (Lynn Force), Christopher (Susan) Pike, Tonya (Dustin) Shelton, Adam Chartrand, Jered (Belinda) Buckley, Craig (Rachel) Buckley, Adam (Ginny Lee) Shaffer, Jessie Shaffer, and Brooke Shaffer; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. You may sign a guestbook or light a “Candle of Remembrance” in her memory online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Carol Carnahan

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

Carol Carnahan

Age 77, of Lodi, passed away on December 20, 2016. 

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Friday, December 23, 2016 from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; followed by a memorial service at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home. 

She is survived by her fiancé and companion of 37 years, Thomas Stewart; children, Terrie Stewart of Burdett, James Carnahan, Jr. (Shelia) of Redfield, NY, Linda (James) Potter of Harrisburg, NC, and Karen (John) Darling of Interlaken; 3 brothers, Marvin Secord, Harold (Frances) Secord, and Howard (Diane) Secord, all of Burdett; a sister, Barbara (Bob) Smith; 8 grandchildren, Kristin, Christopher, Keli, Jake, Jaimie, Nikki, Kyle, and Jenna; and 2 great-grandchildren, Thalia and Laurianna.  

Carol was born in Waterloo, NY, the daughter of George and Alice Secord. She was vice-president and secretary to Tom Stewart Milk Haulers Corporation for 31 years.

Carol was a member of the Penn Yan Ladies of the Moose Auxiliary and the Burdett Presbyterian Church. She also loved waitressing and hosting at Scuteri’s Restaurante & Pizzeria for many years. She also loved crafting and spending time with her family and grandchildren.      

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: Larry C. Murphy, Sr.

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

Larry C. Murphy, Sr.

Age 66, of Covert Road, Burdett, NY, died on Tuesday, December 13, 2016.

Larry was born in Canandaigua, NY on March 12, 1950, the son of Gordon and Nancy Murphy. He worked for Monroe Muffler in Geneva.

He is survived by four children, Larry Murphy, Jr. (Angela) of Waterloo, Gordon Murphy (Jennifer Rotunda) of Waterloo, Stacy Arlington of Watkins Glen and Steven Murphy of Watkins Glen; nine grandchildren, Faith, Hope and Aubree, Kayla and Rebecca, and Nathan, Jace, Julianne and Marcus; and two great-grandchildren, Izaak and Chanelle. 

According to his wishes, there will be no funeral services. You may sign a guestbook or light a “Candle of Remembrance” in his memory online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.  Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. 

Obituary: Elizabeth Barrows

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

Elizabeth "Liz" Barrows

Age 79, of Montour Falls, NY,  passed away on December 16, 2016.

She was born in Wellsburg, NY on October 24, 1937, the daughter of Edward and Myrtle Conklin. Liz graduated from Southside High School in 1955 and worked as an Account Clerk for Sears & Roebuck in Elmira.

She was predeceased by her first and second husbands, Lawrence Erickson and Andrew Barrows; and six siblings, Edward, Robert, Charles, William Conklin, Margaret Michaels and Dorothy Stack. She is survived by her beloved life partner and best friend, Gerald “Tob” Tobey; daughter, Barbara Erickson Batley of Princeville, HI; son, Robert (Kelly) Barrows of Elmira; stepson, Andrew Joel Barrows of West Point, TN; brother and sister-in-law, Clifford and Ginny Conklin of Wellsburg, NY; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Wednesday, Dec. 21 from 12 noon-1 p.m.; followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m. at the funeral home, Rev. Jane Winters officiating. Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865 (or online at www.SchuylerHumane.org).  You may sign a guestbook or light a “Candle of Remembrance” in her memory online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: David Giordano

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

David Michael-Harry Giordano

Age 71, of Watkins Glen, NY and formerly of LaGrange, CA, passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2016 in Ithaca, NY.

He was born in Charlottesville, VA on April 10, 1945, the son of the late Michael and Barbara (Julian) Giordano. He graduated from Branford High School in Branford, CT. David served three tours of duty in Vietnam with the U.S. Navy from 1964-1968, where he was a gunner on a Huey helicopter and on a swift boat. He was also an MCB 4 SeaBee and received two Purple Hearts.

He worked as a fiberglass fabricator and illustrator, and at PG&E (Pacific Gas & Electric) in Los Angeles. He was a former member of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Branford, CT. He was a member of the Italian racing team and of Vette Set, a corvette club; and was an illustrator in Gasser Wars Magazine (a dragster magazine).

He was predeceased by his wife, Laura Ash Giordano; his parents; and his grandparents, Beatrice (Clinton) Julian and Dominic (Anna) Giordano. He is survived by his wife, Carol Giordano of LaGrange, CA; sisters, Carolyn (Giordano) Knowlton of Pre-Emption Road, Watkins Glen, and Susan Giordano MacPherson, Suffield, CT; and eight nieces and nephews.

Burial will take place in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Livermore, CA. David’s family has requested that anyone wishing to honor his memory take time to visit veterans and thank them for their service. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

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

Obituary: Frances 'Patty' Welsh

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Frances "Patty" Welsh                                                  

Age 92, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Friday, December 9, 2016 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility. 

Patty was born on April 18, 1924 in Astoria, New York to Walter and Francis Rockefeller Welsh. Her early childhood years were spent with her mother, who was a nurse. At the age of 10, Patty moved to the Craig Developmental Center in Sonyea, NY, where she lived and helped to care for many children who lived there as well. In 1980, Patty moved to Schuyler County, where she lived the remaining years of her life in the communities of Odessa, Watkins Glen and Montour Falls.    

Patty loved being a caregiver. She followed in her mother’s footsteps and was devoted to learning about healthcare and nursing. Patty spent many hours helping to lead wellness and first-aid groups and assisting in the nurse’s office at her day program. Patty was a very social woman who made friends easily. She loved to sew, drink coffee, listen to music, play bingo and bake desserts. Patty’s faith was important to her and she often participated in Mass on television. 

Patty was predeceased by her parents, her siblings Eugene and Winifred, and special friend Tom “Tom Cat” Nicastle. She is survived by her dear friend Linda, who Patty took care of as a child at Craig, special friend and advocate Betsy Hoffmeier, as well as many friends and caregivers from The Arc of Schuyler and Seneca View Nursing Facility. 

Patty will long be remembered and respected as the feisty, independent grandma of many who would fiercely protect and advocate for those she considered friends and family.

Friends are invited to call at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Thursday, December 15 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. A celebration of Patty’s life will be held at 12:00 noon at the funeral home, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions in Patty’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 her memory online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: David J. Schimizzi

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David J. Schimizzi

Age 50, of Watkins Glen passed away on Monday, December 12, 2016 at home.

David was born in Montour Falls, NY on June 17, 1966, the son of Dominick A. and Carol E. (Magee) Schimizzi. David graduated from Watkins Glen High School. He worked as a cook from many area restaurants, including Sarracin’s On The Lake in Penn Yan, The Town House, Glen Motor Inn, and Maria’s Tavern in Watkins Glen.

David is survived by his father, Dominick A. "Primo" Schimizzi, Sr.; brothers, Dominick A. (Barbara) Jr. and Donald J.; nephews, Anthony J., Kyle A., Maxwell D., and Alex R. Schimizzi; a great niece and great nephew, as well as several aunts and several cousins.

Friends and family may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 17 at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 Fifth St., Watkins Glen. A memorial service honoring his life will be held following at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Friends and family may share memories of David at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Eloise Rundle MacDowell

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Eloise Rundle MacDowell

Age 94, of Odessa, NY passed away December 5, 2016 at the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, Montour Falls, NY.

She was born March 17, 1922 to LeRoy and Beulah Ward, Beartown Road, Painted Post, NY.

She is survived by daughters Sandra (Jimmy) Seafuse, Barbara (Jim) Halpin, Kathy Brown (Daniel, deceased), six grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by husbands Charles William (Bill) Rundle and Richard MacDowell, and three brothers.

She was Odessa Village Clerk, Odessa-Montour School cafeteria manager and a registered nurse at Schuyler Hospital. She was very active in the community, including at the Odessa Baptist Church. She was an accomplished seamstress and a fabulous cook and baker. She enjoyed gardening and traveled extensively in the U.S. with both her husbands. She and husband Dick transformed a bare field into the beautiful property in Odessa where she has been living.

The family wishes to recognize the special and loving care given their Mom by Audrey and Noreen. Arrangements are by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, and services will be held at the discretion of the family at a later time.

Obituary: Dennis J. Kelly

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Dennis J. Kelly

Age 72, of Hector, NY passed away on December 5, 2016.

He is survived by his wife, Gigi Kelly; children, Robin (David) Dyer, James (Sara) Kelly, and Patrick Kelly; brother, Ronald (Melanie) Kelly; sister, Sheila Kelly; four grandchildren, Nicole, Brian, Logan, and Hunterlynn; and former wife and friend, Kathleen (Daniel) Hecimovac, all of Syracuse. He was predeceased by his parents, James and Shirley Kelly, and daughter-in-law, Amanda Kelly.

Dennis was an avid outdoorsman and loved fishing and hunting deer, elk and turkey. He worked at General Motors in Syracuse for 27 years and later worked at Shepard Niles in Montour Falls.

You may extend condolences to the family or “Light A Candle” in his memory online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Geraldine 'Gerry' Manz

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Geraldine "Gerry" Manz

Age 73, of Montour Falls, NY passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her friends and family on Monday, December 5, 2016.

Geraldine was born on October 3, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York to Caroline and William Manz. She moved with her family to Tyrone in 1977 and has called Montour Falls her home since 1991, where she has lived with The Arc of Schuyler and attended their day program full time.

Gerry was a very spirited woman who loved to stay active. She was an avid connoisseur of coffee. She enjoyed taking walks around her community and spending time with her friends.

Gerry is survived by her sister, Carol Lancelot of Largo, Florida; nephews, Scott, Bobby and Greg with their families; and niece, Lorayne, with her family. She was predeceased by her parents, brother-in-law, Bob, and nephew, Steven. Gerry is also survived by her entire family at The Arc of Schuyler, who will miss her greatly.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E.4th St., Watkins Glen on Friday December 9, 2016 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. A celebration of Gerry’s life will be held at the funeral home at 12:00 noon.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in Geraldine’s name be made to The Arc of Schuyler, 203 Twelfth St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. 

There’s a very special place, beyond the skies above, somewhere very peaceful, full of light and love. A special place called heaven, where you are free. It was your time to go so the angels took you home. Rest in peace, Aunt Gerry.

You may extend condolences to the family or “Light A Candle” in her memory online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Frances Mallory Miller

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Frances Mallory Miller

Age 94, died at home in Watkins Glen, New York, on October 9, 2016.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Jacob Miller, her parents and her sisters, Grace, Sue and Ella. She is survived by two children, George C. Miller, II (Skip) and Sue Mallory Miller Malone; five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Frances Parham Mallory was the third of four sisters, born May 3, 1922 to James Baugh Mallory, Jr. and Eva Ashby Butterworth Mallory. Frances came from a long line of southern gentlemen and ladies: planters and politicians, physicians and lawyers, colonels and captains, most of them tracing their ancestry back through the Jamestown colony of Virginia.

She lived a charmed childhood in the 1920s, growing up in the small town of Lawrenceville in Brunswick County, Virginia, just north of the North Carolina border. Her father was the town dentist and her mother operated the household and was the county registrar. Frances lived amongst horses and buggies, mules and wagons, two-acre gardens in everyone’s backyards, penny candy at the general store, smokehouses and summer kitchens, and visits from the horse-drawn cart to deliver ice blocks to the ice box in the basement. She spent long summer afternoons sitting outside with her daddy, shelling butterbeans and slicing apples, and playing outside in the woods with friends until dusk.

As a teen in the 1930s, she lived through the Depression, but was utterly shielded from it by her parents. She had no idea that her parents had lost everything except their house and had to start over again. If her father was paid at all for his services, it was often with butter or firewood or bacon or chickens. Her mother made all her clothes and canned everything from the garden to last through the winters. Frances and her friends reveled in the town’s new swimming pool and semi-pro baseball stadium, built by the WPA (Works Progress Administration) in 1936 as part of FDR’s economic stimulus program. She became an expert swimmer and diver, later performing on the synchronized swim and diving teams in college.

Frances graduated from Longwood College in Farmville, Virginia in 1943 with a degree in biology. She was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority. In addition to the synchronized swim team and dive team, she was a member of the YWCA, the Cotillion Club, the Drama Club, and the Mardi Gras Court. After graduation, Frances moved to Virginia Beach, where she taught biology and chemistry in public high school. It was there in 1943 that she met a “poor, lonesome little Yankee boy” on a blind date arranged by their boarding house landladies. George was a Navy pilot stationed in nearby Norfolk. Just weeks later, George shipped out to England. For the next year, Frances continued to teach high school, and George was a bomber pilot flying Liberators out of England, participating in D-Day in June of 1944. Upon George’s return in late 1944, Frances and George were married at her home in Virginia. They lived in Hutchinson, Kansas and Pensacola, Florida, where George taught flying at the naval air stations.

At the end of the war, Frances -- now known as Frannie in the north -- moved with George to his hometown in Watkins Glen. Together they raised their family, volunteered for civic projects, and supported local schools, churches and businesses. George and Frannie were blessed over the years by an astonishingly wide circle of lifetime friends, accumulating endless stories and pictures, of parties, laughter and memories. Not the least of these events was the hosting at home of the annual New Year’s Eve Party lasting into dawn, a decades-long tradition sorely missed when advancing age made it impossible to continue.

After their children left home, Frannie and George spent winters in Florida and summers at their cottage on Seneca Lake. Frannie was one of the last survivors of the Watkins Glen Bridge Club. She also volunteered at Blood Bank.

Frannie retained her mental acuity to the day she died. Visitors meeting her for the first time just days before her death described her as elegant and witty, a true southern lady.

Frannie was cremated, her ashes to be spread at a memorial event on a date yet to be determined. Frannie requested donations may be made in her name to the Schuyler County Volunteer Ambulance Association (SCVAA), 909 South Decatur Street, Watkins Glen NY 14891 or to the Watkins Glen Public Library, 610 South Decatur Street, Watkins Glen NY 14891. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. 

Obituary: Bernard Allen, Sr.

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

Bernard Allen, Sr.

Age 61, of Montour Falls, died on November 28, 2016.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 12 noon-1 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m. at the funeral home and burial at Montour Cemetery. A dish to pass dinner will be held at the First Baptist Church in Montour Falls after the cemetery service.

He is survived by his companion of 24 years, Nancy Campell; children, Bernard Allen, Jr. of Watkins Glen and Shelly (Mark) Parker of Corning, and their mother Cheryl Allen of Odessa; stepchildren, Jeffrey Wright, Lodi, Robert (Beth) Campbell, Odessa, and Cindy (Durfey), Alpine, NY; mother, Estellene Allen of Montour Falls; brother, Robert (Lori) Allen of Montour Falls; sister, Nancy Allen of Montour Falls; four grandchildren; and seven stepgrandchildren. He was predeceased by his father, Harold B. Allen; brother, Henry Allen; and granddaughter, Sierra Parker.

Bernie graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1973 and enlisted in the United States Navy.  After the Navy he worked as a self-employed contractor.

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

Obituary: Thomas R. Thorp

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

Thomas R. Thorp

Age 69, of Hector, passed away unexpectedly on November 30, 2016 at home.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. A funeral service will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at the Glen Baptist Church, 3311 Reading Road, Watkins Glen. A burial at the Hector Presbyterian Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, MaryJo Thorp; 5 children, Carine (Robert) Kenyon of Brooktondale, NY, Fredrick Thorp of Hector, Heather (Brian) Sheeler of Eldred, PA, Sarah (Chris) Macnamara of Dundee, and Benjamin (Christina) Thorp of Dundee; three siblings, John (Jeannette) Thorp of Sebring, FL, Paul (Patricia) Thorp of Georgetown, DE, and Timothy Thorp of Sebring, FL; 11 grandchildren, Austin, Felica, Andrew, Levi, Emmalee, Makayla, Kelsey, Katie, Maddie, Jenna, and Michael; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by an infant daughter, TamiJo Thorp; brother, David Thorp; and parents, John and Ellen Thorp.

Tom was a lifelong resident of Hector. He was a member of the Glen Baptist Church. He worked as a Postal Clerk in Ithaca. 

Tom had a faith in Jesus Christ that never wavered through all of his life’s trials and triumphs. He attended Glen Baptist Church for 50 years where he was a well known pitcher and coach of the softball team. He was extremely devoted to his family and always strived to put others first. He was happiest when he was working to help family members or friends. That work usually involved fixing vehicles or cutting, splitting, and stacking firewood.

He loved to spend time outdoors doing yard work and was an avid hunter. He was perhaps better known for hitting deer with his cars, racking up at least 55 over the years. He thoroughly enjoyed the many large family gatherings for holidays and birthdays. He especially loved good food and really enjoyed taking his wife and family out to dinner whenever possible.

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

Obituary: F. Ellen Kinney

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

F. Ellen Kinney

Age 69, of Elmira and formerly of Hector, NY, passed away unexpectedly on November 29, 2016 at home.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Monday, Dec. 5 from 1 p.m.-2 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. and burial at Hector Presbyterian Cemetery.

Ellen was predeceased by her parents, John and Barbara Wright, and brother, Jack Wright, all of Hector; and a great-granddaughter, Ava Collins She is survived by two sons, Kyle (Alexandra) Kinney of Watkins Glen and John Kinney of Corning; daughters, Christina “Cricket” Burkhardt (Chris Kiser) of Florida and Peggy Freeman-Sharkey (Douglas Sharkey) of Burdett; special granddaughter, Brittini Freeman; and grandchildren Taelor Nilson, Tori Kinney, Colton Kinney, Bryce Burkhardt, Douglas Murray (Brianna), Angela Collins, Logan Kinney, Brianna Kinney, and Cheyenne Cashady; great-grandchildren, Jeffrey Blaha, Mitchell Blaha, Brenndon Stimmermon, Kaleb Collins, Shelby Collins and Charla Murray; and many great friends.

Ellen worked as a supervisor at the Office for the Aging in Schuyler County. You may leave condolences for the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: James Austin King

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

James Austin King

Age 71, of Sierra Vista, AZ, formerly of Odessa, NY, passed away on November 26, 2016 at home.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Linda Smith King. Jim was predeceased by his parents, George Austin King and Sylvia Ayers King, and sister Sandra King Frantz.

Jim graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School in 1964. He was employed by Shepard Niles Crane and Hoist and retired from Barnett's Propane of Sierra Vista. He was a faithful member of Village Meadows Church of Sierra Vista.

Cards of Encouragement: Linda King, 3300 E. Fry Blvd #46, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635.

Obituary: Antoinette J. Praschunus

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

Antoinette J. Praschunus

Age 83, of Big Flats, passed away on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

She was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA on May 4, 1933, attended the local schools and graduated from Wilkes-Barre General Hospital Nursing School in 1953. She married Stanley P. Praschunus in 1963 in Wilkes-Barre. He died on April 7, 2009.

Antoinette worked as an Occupational Health Nurse and Registered Nurse for many local hospitals and facilities. She had a special fondness of her time as the original "Shock" Nurse for the Department of Corrections Camp Monterey. She was a natural for that job; raising three kids who all ended up in law enforcement ... most likely because of the 18+ years of "Shock" they endured. She was always considerate and caring, but wouldn't hesitate to tell you how things really are. Now you're mad. You knew she was right, so you couldn't help but love her all the more. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Antoinette was dedicated to her family, career and community.

She is survived by her daughter, Annette Lauritsch of Rockaway Beach, NY; sons, Paul (Brenda) Praschunus of Horseheads, and Thomas (Cindy) Praschunus of Mattydale; and her grandchildren, Julia, T.J. and Charlie Praschunus and Derek and Andrew Magnusen.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, November 26 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Corning.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Horseheads Community Animal Shelter, 150 Wygant Road, Horseheads, NY 14845. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

The Family would like to thank all Medical Staff that helped aid in her care over the past few years. A special thank you to the staff of St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira for making Antoinette's final days amongst us as comfortable as possible. They treated her like family. 

Obituary: Terrance Hawthorne

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

Terrance "T" Hawthorne

Age 66, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at Schuyler Hospital.

Terrance was born on June 30, 1950 in Brooklyn, New York. He lived at the Willowbrook State School as well as at Bronx, Suffolk, and Monroe Developmental Centers before making his home in Watkins Glen since 1997, where he has been loved and cared for by staff from The Arc of Schuyler.

Terrence is survived by his family, friends and volunteers of The Arc of Schuyler, including special friends Joyce McKinney and Amanda Jakubowicz.

He will be best remembered for his enthusiastic “high five” greetings, his love of music, root beer and people watching. Terrance loved to attend sporting events with his friends, making trips to Buffalo to see the Bills and the Sabres. His quiet yet mischievous presence will greatly be missed.  

Friends are invited to call at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Wednesday November 30 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. A celebration of Terrance’s life will be held at 12:00 p.m. at the funeral home, followed by interment at Montour Cemetery and a reception at The Arc of Schuyler, 210 Twelfth St., Watkins Glen.

Memorial contributions in Terrance’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 online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Charles Andrew Hayes

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

Charles Andrew Hayes

Age 82, passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at his home on Hayes Road in Montour Falls after battling cancer.

He was born in Montour Falls on January 31, 1934, the son of the late Alpheus and Charlotte (Stamp) Hayes. He graduated from Odessa-Montour High School and went on to serve with the U.S. Navy. He married the former Ruth Evans on October 27, 1956 in Montour Falls.

Charles retired as a machinist from Shepard Niles, and was a farmer for many years. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Montour Falls, the Mechanics Club, and the Montour Falls Volunteer Fire Department.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ruth; daughter, Susan K. Hayes (R. Douglas Miles) of Himrod; sons, Stephen C. Hayes of Montour Falls, Michael L. Hayes (Patricia) of Watkins Glen, and Thomas J. Hayes of Montour Falls; two sisters, Doris Fazzary (Sam) of Watkins Glen and Helen Brodock of Lee Center; 12 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Ronald G. Hayes.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, November 25 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Montour Falls, 128 Owego St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will begin at 1:00 p.m., followed by burial with military honors at Montour Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church of Montour Falls, P.O. Box 309, Montour Falls, NY 14865 or the Montour Falls Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 369, Montour Falls, NY 14865. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Brian Cooper Kent

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

Brian Cooper Kent

Age 78, of Neptune, NJ passed away on Wednesday, November 9, 2016.

Brian was born and raised in Watkins Glen, NY and has been a resident of Neptune since 1983. He was a graduate of the Morristown Beard Prep School. After graduation he enlisted in the United States Army and made it a career for 20 years before retiring in 1974 as Master Sergeant. After his retirement from the Army, he began his own business, Kentronix Test Equipment, which he ran for over 40 years. He loved to golf, traveling to many parts of the world for scuba diving and sightseeing, and liked relaxing with friends. 

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Maryann Cooper Kent; his daughter, Kimberly Kent; his son, John Kent; sister, Dianne Kent Robinson ( Stephen); niece, Sarah Robinson Loiars (John); stepdaughter, Kathleen Cannata (Tina Underwood); stepson, Richard Cannata (Melia); and his cherished grandson, Kip Cannata.

A memorial gathering is scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Bongarzone Funeral Home, 2400 Shafto Rd., Tinton Falls, NJ. www.bongerzonefuneralhome.com

Obituary: Edward J. Cullen

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

Edward J. Cullen

We announce the passing of our loving husband and father, Edward James Cullen, on November 16, 2016, at home in Watkins Glen, NY.

He was born in Elmira, NY on March 3, 1931. He was predeceased by his parents, Marian Edna Caywood Cullen and Edward Richard Cullen. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, June Spencer Cullen; daughter Barbara (Robert) Chapman and son Stanley (Anna) Edward Cullen, both of Rock Stream NY; a sister, Nancy Cullen Davis of Hector, NY; a brother, Charles Cullen, Pittsburgh, PA; four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Ed was a lifelong resident of Schuyler County, NY. He graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1949. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army in Goeppingen, Germany, post WWII.

He lived a life of service to his community through the following organizations: Boy Scouts of America for 25 years, earning their Silver Beaver Award in 1963; Director and President of the Squires Drum and Bugle Corps; Deacon of the First Baptist Church of Watkins Glen; Past President of the Schuyler County United Way; Director of the Schuyler Hospital Foundation; member of the Doctors Scholarship Committee for Schuyler County; President of Rotary Camp Star, and President of Literacy Volunteers.

In his later years, he enthusiastically embraced and supported Rotary International. He was a past president of the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club. He then served as District Governor of Rotary International District 7120, representing his district throughout the world in Scotland, Australia and New Zealand. One of his proudest accomplishments was his tireless work to benefit Rotary’s International Polio Plus campaign. He was an example of Rotary’s “Service Above Self.” He was a recipient of Rotary’s Distinguished Service Award from the Trustees of the Rotary Foundation, Citation of Meritorious Service of Rotary International and a Paul Harris Fellow.

None of his many accomplishments would have been possible without June’s strong and unwavering support. His family could not be more proud of his service to others. He graduated from the "school of hard knocks" and retired as the Vice President of Manufacturing for Shepard Niles Crane and Hoist Company in Montour Falls, NY, after 37 years. He was known for his fair, firm and supportive management style and strong relationship with his peers. After retirement, he served as a consultant at Schweizer Aircraft in Big Flats, NY.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoying many hours on Seneca Lake and hunting at the family farm. He was an accomplished woodworker, building many family keepsakes and furniture. His legacy of service will be remembered by all who worked and served with him.

“To know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded," wrote RW Emerson.

Friends are invited to share in Ed’s legacy at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen for calling hours on Sunday, November 20, 2016 from 1-4 p.m. and with a celebration of his life on Monday, November 21 at 11:30 a.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to: The Rotary Foundation, Polio Plus in care of Ellen S. Hughes, Foundation Chair District 7120, 2461 Brewer Road, Waterloo, NY 13165 or the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Drive, Montour Falls, NY 14865. You may leave condolences for the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Dr. Carmine Nicastro Jr.

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

Dr. Carmine Anthony Nicastro Jr.

Age 78, of Bradford, NY, peacefully departed this life on the morning of November 4, 2016 at home with his wife of 25 years, Marion Nicastro, by his side.

His spirit is carried on by his first wife of 29 years, Nancy Nicastro; brother Robert Nicastro; daughters Veronica Nicastro, Denise Kartzman, Flowers Lovern, and Monique Flores; grand-children Lauren, Matthew, Joshua, Dominic, Sophie, Henry, Tristan, and Thalia, and by the thousands of patients who received his gift of healing.

Carmine was born to his loving parents, Carmine Sr. and Vera Nicastro, on April 4, 1938 in New York City. After serving in the United States Army, he became an engineer for Corning Glass, where he worked for nine years and developed three patents. Eventually, he became a Doctor of Chiropractic and began a journey to provide health and healing to his community, which lasted 57 years. Carmine’s ingenuity and excitement for life were also evident in his love of working on antique cars, hunting, fishing, traveling, and conservation.

Private services will be held on the 26th of November, 2016, followed by an open-house celebration of Carmine’s life at the Bradford Fire Hall on Main Street in Bradford, NY at 12:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Schuyler County Habitat for Humanity, PO Box 45, Watkins Glen, NY 14891; the Tyrone Fire Department, PO Box 69, Tyrone, NY 14887, or Weston Presbyterian Church, 510 County Route 23, Dundee, NY 14837.

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

Obituary: Marjorie L. Rice

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

Marjorie L. Rice

Age 86, passed away on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY.

Marjorie went home to be with her husband Jim, son Bill, and parents Howard and Louise Meeks, and her Lord. She leaves to carry on the strong family ties to her daughter, Kathie (Daryl) Von Neida; daughter-in-law, Mary Rice; grandsons, Scott (Anna), Brian Von Neida and Adam Rice; great grandchildren, Evan, Dylan and Annalise Von Neida; sister-in-law, Anna Brown; and brother-in-law, Jessie Kent.

Mom loved doing for family, always cheering at football games, and bringing candy for all to share. She made holidays special with her food and decorating. Mom loved snow-saying "I wish it would snow," even in July. She was a member of the Olive Branch Grange and Moreland Presbyterian Church for many years. Mom made many friends at Jefferson Village who became extended family.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 2-3 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A celebration of her life will follow at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family requests there be no flowers, and any donations be made to the Schuyler County Office for the Aging, Unit 7, 323 Owego St., Montour Falls, NY 14865, as without these truly wonderful people mom could not have stayed happy and independent as long as she did. Also a big thank you to the staff at Seneca View, Unit 2. There truly are angels among us.

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

Obituary: Clarence M. Overhiser

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

Clarence M. Overhiser

Age 77, of Monterey, passed away on Monday, November 7, 2016.

Clarence leaves behind his companion of 32 years, Lorraine Hickey; his children, Debra Peach, Edward Overhiser, Brenda Link, Dawn Vaughn, and Alan Overhiser; 13 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and his two dogs he loved dearly, Heidi and Nemo.

There will be no services. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Weldon Francis Gardner

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by Carpenter's Funeral Home, Corning.

Weldon Francis Gardner

Age 77, of Corning, NY passed away on Friday, November 4, 2016 at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca.

Weldon was born on March 22, 1939 in Corning to Walter and Luella (Warner) Gardner. He married Betty Lou Kimble on May 4, 1963 at North Baptist Church in Corning. He was predeceased by her on November 16, 2005.

He was an electrician by trade with Corning Incorporated for over 40 years. Weldon will be remembered as a great outdoorsman and avid trapper for most of his life, and for his passion for hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his three children, Brian (Denise) Gardner of Beaver Dams, Sandra (Brand) Butler of Elmira, and Karen Usher of Virginia Beach, VA; two brothers, Andy Gardner of Corning, and Wilbur Gardner of Elmira; eight grandchildren, Matthew, Alexandria, Maxwell and Ashley Gardner, Sarah (Ian) Sutherland, Amanda (Ben) Huey, Zachary Butler, and Brittney Toles; and great grandchildren Lily Sutherland and Titus Toles, and one more on the way, Gwendolyn Sutherland.

Family and friends are invited to call at Carpenter’s Funeral Home, 14 E. Pulteney Street, Corning, NY on Tuesday, November 8 from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. with funeral services immediately following calling hours at 5:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be given to the Children’s Miracle Network, Elmira Medical Arts Center, 571 E. Market Street, Suite 102, Elmira, NY 14901.

Kind words or fond memories of Weldon can be shared with his family at www.CarpentersFuneralHome.com

Obituary: Sylvia U. Maatta

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

Sylvia U. Maatta

Age 88, of Montour Falls, NY and formerly of Trumansburg, passed away on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility.

Sylvia was born in Rochester on March 4, 1928, a daughter of the late William and Aino (Ylonen) Uitos. She worked for 25 years as a banker at First Bank of Ithaca prior to her retirement. Sylvia was a member of the Trumansburg Senior Citizens, volunteered at the Ulysses Historical Society, and was a proud member of the Finger Lakes Finns, honoring her Finnish heritage.

Sylvia is survived by two children, Jon (Connie) Maatta and Gayle Greuber; four grandchildren, Gena (Bob) Ladouceur, Kelly (David Perry) Maatta, Emileigh (Ryan Williams) Greuber, and Kevin Greuber; four great grandchildren, Anna, Sophie, and Cooper Ladouceur, and Olivia Perry; a brother, Wesley (Carol) Uitos; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Maatta; daughter, Vicki Kelley; sister, Esther Hensley; and brother, Herman Uitos.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

The family asks those that would like to make a contribution in Sylvia’s memory to kindly consider the Finger Lakes Finns Scholarship Fund, c/o Rod Sunderlin, 3065 N. Triphammer Road, Lansing, NY 14882.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, 23 South Street, Trumansburg, www.ness-sibley.com or 1-866-534-5446.

Obituary: Albert E. Booth, Jr.

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

Albert E. Booth, Jr.

Age 81, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on October 26, 2016.

He was born on 25 August 1935 in Lawrence, MA as the only child of Albert Edmund Booth Sr., an engineer, and Alice Booth (Marshall), a housewife. He grew up in Salem, NH, and on 11 June 1953, graduated from Woodbury High School in Salem, NH. After HS, he went on to the University of New Hampshire to study to be a Forest Ranger.

He was restless and dropped out of college after a year and joined the Navy in 1954. He was sent to the Pacific and was pretty bored for a couple of years until he was selected as a Naval Cadet for class 3-57 Pilot Training at Pensacola, FL. He loved to fly, but had some minor sinus issues which grounded him from flying in the Navy, and he was discharged in 1958.

He returned home to New Hampshire and started dating Joan De Salvo, also from Salem, NH, and a 1957 graduate of Woodbury High School. He continued to fly as his sinus condition was not serious enough to ground him as a civilian pilot.  On May 10, 1960, he married Joan DeSalvo and they had two children: Douglas Booth, born on 10 March 1961, and Lynn Booth, born on 27 November 1962.

He held various aviation career positions as a pilot and flight engineer mostly within the corporate jet arena and in the Gulfstream aircraft. His job took him around the world many times and he visited over 100 countries. In addition, he accepted positions oversees in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and in Amsterdam, Netherlands, before coming back to the U.S. and eventually settling in Watkins Glen and finishing his career last year as the head of Aircraft Maintenance with Airborne, Inc. at the Elmira Regional Airport.

He loved the outdoors as much as he loved flying and took every opportunity he could to be outdoors, either hunting, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, or skiing. He owned a cabin with his cousin they called Whiskey Jack located at the very top of New Hampshire where it meets Canada and looked forward to these trips every year. He and his cousin also took an annual pilgrimage to Labrador, Canada to commune with nature until health problems dictated they both stay home. In addition, he was a huge animal lover and gave a great home to many animals in need. 

Private services will be held at a later date. You may leave condolences for the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Lt. David R. Fisher

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

Lt. David R. Fisher

Age 73, of Lockwood, NY passed away on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at Robert Packer Hospital.

He was born in Odessa, NY on September 24, 1943, the son of the late Frank and Elvena Fisher. He graduated from Odessa-Montour High School and later attended SUNY Binghamton. David proudly served with the U.S. Air Force from 1966-1970. He married the former Lorraine Myers in Odessa on August 4, 1962. David was a Lieutenant with the Cornell University Police Department for many years before retiring in 2002.

He was a member of the Cayutaville United Methodist Church, the Trumansburg American Legion, the VFW, and a former member of the Mechanics Club. He enjoyed fishing, riding his four wheeler, and taking care of his puppies, Patches and Missy.

He was predeceased by a brother, Donald Fisher, and sister, Janice Scanlon. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lorraine; a brother, Paul (Cathy) Fisher of VA; and several nieces and nephews.

Private funeral services will be held in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa. Contributions may be made in his memory to the SPCA. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Barbara E. Church

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

Barbara E. Church

Age 68, of Montour Falls, passed away on Monday, October 31, 2016 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility.

She was born in Montour Falls on November 19, 1947, the daughter of the late Louis and Nellie (Elliot) Funk.

Barbara loved tending to her husband and family. She enjoyed socializing, the music in the park, and going to McDonald's in Watkins Glen. She was a member of the Burdett United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 39 years, William F. Church; daughter and son-in-law, Celesta (Paul) Lindsay of Burdett; two sisters, Nellie Monroe of Dundee and Janice (Dave) Freeman of Horseheads; granddaughter, Nicole Lindsay; three step grandchildren, Paul Christopher, and Joshua and Justin Lindsay; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, November 7, 2016 from 12:00 noon-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 Montour Cemetery. Immediately following the burial, there will be a dish-to-pass reception at the Burdett United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Burdett United Methodist Church, State Route 79, Burdett, NY 14818. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Ruby Butcher Tanner

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

Ruby Butcher Tanner

Age 97, passed away on October 30, 2016 at Mission Hills Assisted Living in Rancho Mirage, California.

Ruby was a long-time resident of Montour Falls, New York and worked for Shepard Niles for over 30 years. She was born on May 23, 1919 in Jobs Corners, Pa. at a place called Pumpkin Hill. Ruby was one of 12 children. She graduated with honors from Millerton High School in Pennsylvania in 1936. Ruby married Bill Tanner of Montour Falls in 1941 and had two children, Pat Specchio of Thousand Palms, California and Andrew Tanner of Orange City, Florida.

After retiring from Shepard Niles, Ruby lived several years in Deland, Florida with her devoted friend Howard Hendricks and spent a great deal of time with her brothers and sisters. She moved to California to live with her daughter and son-in-law in 1999.

Ruby was predeceased in death by her parents, Harry Butcher and Ruby Smith Butcher; husband Bill Tanner; brothers Harry Butcher, Harold Butcher, Bob Butcher, Raymond Butcher and Bill Butcher; and sisters Lillian Chamberlain, Blanche Gregory, Mary Rusin, Carol Morrison, and Hazel Toothacker. Also preceeding Ruby in death were her brothers-in-law Richard Esaias, Pete Chamberlain, Sam Gregory, Mike Rusin, George Morrison, Jack Toothacker, Guy Houser, Frank Merrill, Tellis Weaver and Chuck Beecher. Also predeceased were Ruby’s sisters-in-law, Margaret Butcher, Margareta Butcher, Doris Butcher, Agnes Butcher, Irene Butcher, Betty Merrill, Elizabeth Weaver, Dorothy Beecher and Jane Coil; also, friend Howard Hendricks.

Surviving Ruby is her sister Phyllis Houser of State College, Pa., Ruby’s daughter Pat Specchio, her son Andrew Tanner, son-in-law Ted J. Specchio and daughter-in-law Bonnie Schaffhauser Tanner; and grandchildren Jeff Specchio, Wendy (Rick) Rogina, Lisa (Dean) Myers, Tammy (Jeff) Everett and Becky Aldrich. Ruby was also very proud to have several great and great great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. Henry Coil of Bath, New York is Ruby’s only surviving brother-in-law.

Ruby’s favorite pastime was playing cards and going to the casino. She was a champion euchre player at the Watkins Glen Elks for years and would not hesitate to inform her fellow card players that she had the trophies to prove it. It’s your deal, Ruby!!!

Ruby will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Obituary: Charles Frederick Yahn

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

Charles Frederick Yahn

Charles Frederick Yahn, of Watkins Glen, known to all by all as Fredder, died Wednesday morning, Oct. 19, 2016 after a short stay at Cayuga Medical Center after suffering a stroke. He was 70 years old and had been living with his wife Deb Bailey on Van Zandt Hollow Road in Watkins Glen, where he was a well-loved member of that community.

His last days were spent with Deb, his brother Tom and Tom's wife Ann, and other friends of the family. In the end his transplanted kidney which had served him well over the last decade was not able to overcome this insult caused by his stroke.

Everyone who knew Fred loved and enjoyed him. His big grin and open face were punctuated by clear blue eyes which took you in a way that at once made you feel his genuine interest and curiosity. His sense of humor and uncanny understanding of almost any topic or issue that you wanted to discuss was astonishing.

He naturally possessed an encyclopedic ability to remember details related to everything from sports to song titles and the dates they came out. What was the score of Super Bowl III and who were the opponents or who sang Ruby Tuesday...no problem.  If you had Fredder you had no use for Google. This is not to say he was just a fount of useless information. Along with facts you would always get an opinion. His fervor and honesty about how to make the world a better place and his position on any issue was part of the package whether it was requested or not. Some of his favorite causes were saving the environment, the Humane Society, Planned Parenthood, social justice, the First Amendment, progressive politics and improving his community (he served as President of the Finger Lakes Trail Association).

It was not surprising that Fred chose journalism as his career. He began as a cub reporter for the Conning Leader when he was in 8th grade covering local sports. After  graduation from East High School in Corning, where he ran track and formed a rock and roll band called the Ferns, he attended Northwestern University and graduated with a  BA and Masters Degree in Journalism. He spent the summer of his senior year as an intern for the New York Times. After college he came home to write for The Leader before moving to Ithaca to cover sports for the Ithaca Journal before wrapping up his career with The Elmira Star Gazette, The Watkins Review and Express and the weekly Grapevine. One of his favorite assignments was covering the U.S. Grand Prix at The Glen. He also covered the infamous Summer Jam Concert at the race track.

Fred loved cross country skiing. He participated in the many local races including the Canadian Ski Marathon and the Washington's Day Race in Vermont. He spent time teaching skiing at the Podunk Ski Center and traveled to north of the Arctic Circle in Finland to ski there. During the summer months his unique dunk and dink style continually confounded many tennis players who were always surprised to see the ball always coming back. As a sports spectator Fred was second to none whether it was live at the Carrier Dome or in his living room, where on most Saturday afternoons he had games going on two screens. He was a huge Cubs fan and had fond memories of many a sunny afternoon in the center field bleachers at Wrigley Field during his years at Northwestern. Surely he rooted for them this fall to make the World Series.

Fred is survived by his wife of 24 years, Deb Bailey of Watkins Glen; and Tom Yahn, his brother and Tom's wife Ann Fielder of Brattleboro,VT; and Fred and Deb's beloved dog Robie. His parents Harold and Peg Yahn were longtime residents in Corning. 

A Memorial Service is planned for Tuesday, November 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Seneca Lodge in Watkins Glen. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Schuyler Ambulance Service or The Humane Society of Schuyler County in Fred's name.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Cayuga Medical Center for all of their care, treatment, advice and support during the time Fred was there. There are many other friends, neighbors and medical people that have been so generous and supportive over the past few years who we are thankful for and who were important to his well being in so many ways big and small. Thanks for all you did as well.

You may leave condolences for the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.  Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Rene J. Despo

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

Rene J. Despo

Age 90, of Burdett, NY and formerly of Warminster, PA, passed away on October 23, 2016 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Rene was born on September 26, 1926 in Philadelphia, PA, the son of Rene and Margaret Despo. Rene honorably served in the U.S. Marine Corps in WWII, serving in the Pacific Theater and the Occupation and Reconstruction of Japan. He worked for Bell Telephone Company in Trevose, PA.

He was a loving and tender gardener. One can describe him as being in tune with the earth. Everything he grew, he grew intuitively with love and care. He also enjoyed baking and canning and sharing the fruits of his labor with other people. He was a lover of music, baking and eating at Chef’s Diner in Montour Falls almost every day.

He was predeceased by his wife Dorothy. Survivors include five daughters, Amey (Daniel) Clark, Evelyn (Tim) Jenkins, Margaret Atkinson, Dorothy (Ron) Czajkowski, and Anita Davis Jolly; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

He was greatly loved and will be more greatly missed.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. You may leave condolences for the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Frieda Ademovic

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

Frieda Ademovic

Age 92, passed away peacefully at the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, Montour Falls, NY on Wednesday evening, October 19, 2016, of natural causes.

Frieda was born August 8, 1924 in Munsingen, Germany. She is survived by her daughter, Inga Travis (and her husband Bernie); sons Martin and James; three grandchildren, Deona Muller (and her husband Robert), Andrew Ademovic (and his wife Jenelle), and Michael Ademovic; great grandchildren, Jeffrey Scott Lowman (and his wife Jacci), Nicole Marie Lowman, Ryan Muller, Alyssa Ademovic, Ella Ademovic, and Alexa Ademovic; and great great grandchildren, Zachery Lowman, Troy Lowman, Jazzlyn Kraus, and Zegan Kraus.

Frieda and her husband, Emrus Ademovic (deceased), came to the U.S. in 1950. Frieda worked at Remington Rand, Arnot Hospital and retired from Thatcher Glass after 30 years of service. Frieda and her husband loved their home in Horseheads, and enjoyed their large garden, family picnics and family outings at local parks.

Frieda was an excellent swimmer and loved swimming in the Finger Lakes. Upon Frieda's retirement she lived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She loved visiting her children in California, and traveled to Germany to visit relatives and friends. As her health became an issue she returned to Montour Falls.

A special condolence by Jacci Lowman: "Not many people can say that they know their great great grandmother. My boys can. Last night she made her last journey. Her story is one of strength and hope. She will be greatly missed. I can say we are all blessed to have known her."

A Remembrance gathering for family and friends will be held privately by the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Red Cross Association, https://www.redcross.org/donate. Condolences may be left in Frieda's online guestbook at www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Helen R. Masin

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

Helen R. Masin

Age 66, of Palmyra, and formerly of Odessa, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at home.

She was born in Montour Falls on August 8, 1950, the daughter of the late Charles H. and Helen (Holik) Masin, and graduated from Odessa-Montour High School. Helen was an LPN with Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic in Palmyra for 16 years. She was a member of the CSA.

Helen enjoyed polka dancing, country line dancing, her cats, and helping other people. She was a loving mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed by her family.

She was predeceased by her parents; a brother, Charles D. Masin in 2016; and a sister, Marianne Kelley in 2002.

She is survived by her children, Charles (Amanda) Friends of Cayuta, and Amy Kelly (Mitch Gleckner) of Pine City; grandchildren, Daniel J. Iorio, Sean Kelly, Xander Friends, Shelby Duplan, Madisyn Friends, and JulieAnn and Jocelyn Gleckner; nephews, Jonathan (Katherine) Nierenburg and Jason (Hida)Nierenburg; great nephews, Sean Masin Nierenburg and Colton Nierenburg; best friend, Ann Pieters of Newark; and by many cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 27 from 5-7 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A funeral service will follow at 7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Helen’s name to the Horseheads Animal Shelter or the American Cancer Society. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Charles R. Wilson, Sr.

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

Charles R. "Chuck" Wilson, Sr.

Age 80, of Monterey, passed away on Friday, October 14, 2016 at home.

He was born in Corning on September 4, 1936, the son of the late William E. and Wilma (Kilburn) Wilson. He graduated from Bradford Central School and went on to serve with the U.S. Air Force from 1953-1956.

Chuck was a police officer in Corning during the early 1960s. He then worked as a truck driver with Hayt’s Construction, before going on to work at Polly-O Dairy, where he retired. After retirement, he worked part time for the railroad.

Chuck was a former member of the VFW in Corning, a member of the “Coffee Club,” where he made coffee at the Monterey Fire Department, and was a volunteer with the Schuyler County Food Bank. He played guitar in the bands “Rhythm Masters” and the “Southern Tier Express” for 50 years.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Goldie; four sons, Charles Wilson, Jr. of Beaver Dams, William (Gina) Wilson of Sullivan, MS, James (Lynette) Wilson of Beaver Dams, and Richard (Angie Soles) of Dundee; seven grandchildren, Jeremy Wilson, Alyssa Wilson, Elizabeth Wilson, Nathan Wilson, Erica Gills, Ryan Wilson and Megan Wilson; several great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews, Brenda and Chris McCann, Kevin and Lee Wilson, and Billy, Lisa, Bonnie and Earl Wilson. He was predeceased by his brothers and sister, William Wilson, Laura Mae Overstrom, and Robert Wilson.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, October 21, 2016 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A reception will follow at the Monterey Fire Department. Burial will be in Bath National Cemetery at a later date.

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

Obituary: Richard John Bills

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

Richard John "The Bear" Bills

Age 69, of Hector, passed away on October 11, 2016 as the result of an automobile accident believed to have been caused by a medical emergency. 

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Saturday, Oct 15 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. A funeral service celebrating his life will be held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Hector Presbyterian Church. After the burial a reception will be held at 4:00 p.m. at the BPOE 1546 Elks Lodge in Watkins Glen.

He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Ruth; daughters, Kate (Steve) Woods and Jennifer (Carl) Roedel, all of Norwood, MA; sister, Georgia Leigh Bills (Wesley Slate) of Beverly, MA; nephews, Brett (Jessie) Beardslee of Hector and Richard Bills Slate of Beverly, MA; brother-in-law, Roger (Nancy) Beardslee of Hector. “Grandpa Bear” is also survived by his three grandchildren, Amelie Woods and Wilson and Cole Roedel, who idolized him.

He was born in Elmira on April 16, 1947 to the late Richard and Priscilla (Compton) Bills. John graduated from Thomas A. Edison High School in Elmira and attended Alfred State.  After college he joined the U.S. Army Reserves and served in the Reserves for 7 years where his locally renowned cooking skills were first honed. John retired from Verizon after 31 years, walking many miles in the fields around Watkins Glen repairing and splicing cable.

He was a former Fire Chief and member of the V-L-H Fire Dept.; member of the BPOE 1546 Elks Lodge in Watkins Glen, and Hector Presbyterian Church. He was honored as Elk of the Year in 2007 and 2008.

His greatest joy was his family. A lover of the lake since childhood and an avid fisherman, he was known for knowing secret hiding spots of the big fish. He loved all animals but his favorites were his cats, Labradors and the Muppet.

He was very proud to have put his two girls through the University of Connecticut.  As a humble man, not eager for the spotlight, he was known to all for his generous nature and eager willingness to help someone else. As the giver of nicknames, his humor and love will be missed by all.

The family gratefully declines flowers. Those wishing may consider a donation in his memory to the V-L-H Fire Department; the Hector Presbyterian Church Food Pantry or the BPOE Lodge. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home.

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

Obituary: Kristina Lee (Jaynes) Burke

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

Kristina Lee (Jaynes) Burke

Age 40, of Reynoldsville, NY, passed away on October 12, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. She went to heaven at too young of an age and with so much life ahead of her.  She left behind the cancer that ravaged her body for more than seven years, hopefully making it wonder why it ever messed with her.

The family will receive friends and relatives on Sunday, Oct. 16 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at the funeral home on Monday at 11:00 a.m.; followed by a reception at the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church.

Kristina is survived by her dedicated and loving husband, Allan; her two children, the loves of her life, Kaylynn and Kristofer; devoted parents, Dale and Linda Jaynes; her loving brothers, W. Scott Jaynes and special friend Geoff Marabella of Rochester, and Sean (Jonilyn) Jaynes and their children Jaeden and Isaac of Ballston Lake, NY; grandfather, William Jaynes, formerly of Reynoldsville; brothers-in-law, Aaron (Molly) Burke, of Saranac Lake, and Anson (Tammy) Burke of Norwood; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by grandparents, Alta Jaynes and Gilbert and Flora Hillerman.

She graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1994; SUNY Morrisville in ’96, and SUNY Institute of Utica/Rome in ’99.  She and Allan married on June 26, 1999.  She worked as an accountant for Advion in Ithaca.

Kristina was a member and treasurer of the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church. She also volunteered as a committee member for the Schuyler County Relay For Life and was a Jamberry Consultant.

In lieu of flowers, you may consider a donation in her memory to the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church, 5092 SR 227, Burdett, NY 14818; or a charity of one’s choice. You may sign a guestbook or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.  Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. 

Obituary: Denise M. Gaughan

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

Denise M. Gaughan

Age 54, of Beaver Dams, NY passed away on Monday, October 10, 2016 in the comfort of her home surrounded by her loving family.

Denise was born in Troy, PA on September 2, 1962, daughter of Maxine (Heath) and the late Paul Dunkle Sr.  She was a member of the 1980 graduating class of Southside High School. She married her loving husband, James J. Gaughan, on July 11, 1981.

Denise had worked for the former Acme Markets and became their first female Dairy Manager. She had also worked as a cook for the former Tomahawk Restaurant and part-time for Tops and Dollar Tree. Denise most recently worked for Eaton Corp. in Horseheads for the past 19 years.

She was a former member of the Elmira and Montour Falls Women of the Moose. She was a member of the United Food Workers Union and a member of the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union. Denise enjoyed camping, where she spent time with her family, and was the most avid Red Sox fan, but above all loved being a mother and grandmother.

Denise is survived by her loving and devoted husband, James J. Gaughan; her beloved daughters, Misty (Jason) O’Dell and Sara (Jared Barto) Gaughan; her cherished granddaughters, Jadyn and Jordyn O’Dell; stepson, Bobby (Amy) Charron; her mother, Maxine Dunkle; sister, Toni (Gary) Bradley; brother, Paul (Ana Lucia) Dunkle Jr; nieces, Briella and Rosabel Dunkle and Rebecca Stugart; nephew, Shawn Stugart; three sisters-in-law, Mona (Barb McGrath) Gaughan, Ann (Rocky Peters) Gaughan, and Janice (Rick) Saltsman; as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Denise was predeceased by her father, Paul Dunkle Sr., and biological father, Steven Harding; mother-in-law, Mary Patterson, and father-in-law, James J. Gaughan Sr.

Friends and family may call from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 15 at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 Fifth St., Watkins Glen. A service of remembrance will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made in Denise’s memory to the Falck Cancer Center, 600 Roe Ave., Elmira, NY 14905; American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, or to Care First, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14870.

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

Obituary: Eleanor R. Green

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

Eleanor R. Green

Age 94, of Montour Falls passed away on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira.

She was born in Dundee on May 13, 1922, the daughter of the late Merton and Viola (Florence) Rose. She graduated from Dundee Central School in 1940 and went on to work at Eclipse in Elmira Heights for 33 years.

Eleanor was a member of the Glen Baptist Church in Watkins Glen. She enjoyed watching television and spending time with her kitty cats.

She was predeceased by her husband, Albert D. Green, and by a brother, Richard Rose. She is survived by her sister, Alta Rockwell of Painted Post; brother, Alton (Marie) Rose of Corning; nephews, Eric Rose and Mike Rose; and nieces, Bonnie Simmons, Susan Austin and Terri Austin.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the Glen Baptist Church, 3311 Reading Rd., Watkins Glen. Private burial will be held at Glenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Glen Baptist Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Yvonne Harrington

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

Yvonne Harrington

Age 75, of Montour Falls, passed away on October 4, 2016.

Yvonne Kay Oplinger was born on September 29, 1941, the daughter of Harry and Twilla of Savona, NY. She was an avid lover of animals, especially of horses and dogs. She loved to paint ceramics and collect TY Beanie Babies. She also enjoyed camping with her husband, Patrick Harrington, and sister and brother-in-law, Elaine and Jim Turner.

Yvonne was a hard worker and dedicated to her job. She worked at Shepard Niles and became one of the first 15 women they hired. Later, she worked for Borg-Warner, Emerson, and Tops Market in Watkins Glen.

Yvonne was the mother of Stephen LeRoy Heath, who predeceased her just six months ago, and David ”Tad” Heath, of Painted Post. She was also the stepmother of Michael and Christopher Harrington; great-grandmother of 5; step-grandmother of 3; and great-grandmother of 3. In addition to her son Tad, Yvonne is survived by her sister, Elaine (Jim) Turner. She was predeceased by her parents; husband Patrick Harrington; sister Arlene (Mike) Stopka, and brother David (Anita) Oplinger. Yvonne is also survived by sisters-in-law, Judy (Art) White-Wunder, Sherie (Dan) Bradley, Hollie (Julie) Harrington-Tenney, and Melissa Harrington; brothers-in-law, David (Robin) and Danny Harrington; 16 nieces and nephews; and many great nieces and nephews.

Her work ethic and love for life were her legacy. May she rest in the Lord.

A graveside service will be held at Montour Cemetery (2nd entrance) on Saturday, October 15 at 11:00 a.m. You may sign a guestbook or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. 

Obituary: Kathleen Beardsley

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

Kathleen "Sis" Beardsley

Age 66, of Schuyler County, passed away on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at Schuyler Hospital’s Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, under the loving care of the Skilled Nursing Staff.

Kathleen was born in Montour Falls, NY on March 16, 1950.

She is survived by her mother, Rhoda Sara Geyer Beardsley of New Port News, VA; her brother Bob of Watkins Glen, NY; her brother Chris (Donna Sue) of New Port News; nieces Alicia, Amber, Sara and Becky; nephews Shane and Brian, and a loving total of 13 grand nieces and nephews.

Kathleen was a member of St. Mathew’s Episcopal Church in Horseheads, NY.

Graduating from Odessa-Montour Central School with the class of 1968, Kathleen graduated from the University of Buffalo School of Nursing in 1972 and then furthered her education/skills by serving in the United States Army, primarily based out of Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Following a career in primary nursing in Portland, Oregon, Kathleen obtained her Masters at the University of Maryland teaching hospital in downtown Baltimore. She returned to the Pacific Northwest and Portland, finishing her career with work based out of Emmanuel Hospital there. She retired to Schuyler County, living in her Beardsley grandparents’ home on Sixth Street in Watkins Glen before relocating to Seneca View.

Kathleen was a distinguished and published critical care nurse, lecturer, advocate and friend to her profession. She enjoyed reading and sharing her passion for the education process involved with the Bible. She has donated hundreds of Bibles and related publications as a part of that interest.

The last weeks of her remarkable journey while still living involved reunions with high school, college, professional and community people who she loved and enjoyed very, very much.

There will be a reunion for Kathleen Beardsley at St. James Episcopal Church in Watkins Glen at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, the 15th of October, 2016, followed by a service there at 11 a.m.  The service will be conducted by The Rev. Wanda Copeland, and will be followed by a lunch of all that Sis’s beloved “Mr. Chicken” has to offer!

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
To leave the family a message of condolence, sign Kathleen’s guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Rodney G. Steves

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

Rodney G. Steves

Age 51, of Cayuta, passed away on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, as a result of a brain aneurysm.

He was born in Montour Falls on March 18, 1965, the son of Joyce Collins. Rodney enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was predeceased by his mother and a sister, Deborah Wright.

He is survived by his son, Dustin (Danielle) Steves; sister, Kathleen Specchio (Jim Henderson) of Odessa; niece and nephews, Rebecca Wright of Odessa, Christopher Wright of Rochester, and Joey Wright of Odessa; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services will be private. Arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

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

Obituary: Glenn William Oakes

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Glenn William Oakes

Age 94, of Burdett, NY, passed away on September 18, 2016 at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, NY.

He was born on July 9, 1922 in Towanda, PA, the son of Daniel Oakes and Phoebe Kitchen Oakes. Glenn attended Towanda public schools, graduating in 1940. He entered Pennsylvania State University (then Pennsylvania State College) in the fall of 1940. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on December 5, 1942 and was called to active duty in May 1943. He had Basic Training and graduated from Army Finance School at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. He had overseas training at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, MO. He served in the 8th Air Force in England and was honorably discharged November 23, 1945 at Sioux Falls, SD with the rank of Corporal.

He returned to Penn State and graduated in July 1946 with a BA degree in Economics and Business Administration. His choice for a career was the U.S. Merchant Marine. He sailed as a Purser from November 1946 till March 1985. He sailed mainly with United States Lines and American Export Lines on the SS Constitution, SS America, and the Superliner United States. He was commissioned a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He graduated from U.S. Public Health Service Hospital on Staten Island, NY as a Marine Physician Assistant. He sailed the last 15 years of his career in U.S. Lines' cargo liners as Purser and medical officer to the Far East.

He was made a Master Mason in Rural Amity Lodge #70, Athens, PA on February 12, 1946. He was also a member of Lehigh Scottish Rite Consistory in Allentown, PA and was a 32nd degree Mason. He resided in Bradenton, FL in winter and at his summer home on Seneca Lake near Hector, NY.

Friends will be received at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Monday, Oct. 3 from 10-11 a.m. A funeral service will immediately follow at the funeral home at 11 a.m.; and burial will be held at 1 p.m. at Tioga Point Cemetery in Athens, PA., with military honors and a Masonic service.  

Obituary: Margarita Ramirez Hayes

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

Margarita "Margie" Ramirez Hayes

Age 82, of Odessa, passed away on Friday, September 23, 2016 at Schuyler Hospital, under the benevolent care of Dr. Blanche Borzell, her doctor and friend for over 20 years.

She was born in Marion, Texas on August 9, 1934. Margie was a member of the Red Hat Society, Quilt Guild, and the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church. She enjoyed sewing, gardening and handcrafts. Margie always had a smile on her face. She was loved very much by her friends and family, and will be greatly missed. She was joyfully reunited with her husband Skip Hayes, son, Jeffrey B. Hayes, grandson, Zachary A. Hayes, and sister-in-law, Dorothy Hayes.

She is survived by Jesse A. Hayes of Ithaca, John C. Hayes of Watkins Glen, Linda M. (Kirk) Smith of Montour Falls, and Christina S. (James) Inman of Lansing; daughter-in-law, Betty Hayes of Montour Falls; her cousins that were like brother and sisters to her, Margarito Ramirez of Sequin, TX, Linda (Frank) Moreno of New Braunfels, TX, and Frances (Jack) Rodriguez of Marion, TX; sisters-in-law, Jean Morris of Seneca Falls and Jewell Hayes of Mt. Upton, NY; seven grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; and special cousin, Ruth Hayes.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, October 1 from 1-2 p.m. at the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church, 305 Church St., Odessa. A celebration of Margie’s life will follow at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church.

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

Obituary: Paul Augustine Likoudis

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

Paul Augustine Likoudis

Age 61 of Caywood, NY, passed away due to complications in his fight against cancer on September 22, 2016. He was surrounded by loved ones at the time of his passing.

The son of James and Ruth Likoudis of Montour Falls, Paul is survived by his brother Mark, and sisters Therese Williams, Celine Schanzer, Cathy Kader, and Margaret Byerley. Paul recently celebrated his 35th Wedding Anniversary with his loving wife Paulette, and sons Peter (Sarafina), Gabriel, and Vincent, and daughters Genevieve (Rick) Bitter, Kateri, and Irene (Matthew) DeMarco. He had 6 grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Paul was born in Buffalo, NY, blessed by Bishop James McNulty in St. Joseph's New Cathedral, and grew up in St. Mary of the Lake parish in Watkins Glen, NY, where he served as an altar boy. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in American History and European Literature from Eisenhower College in 1975.

He worked as an artist/illustrator for the Catholic News Service, as assistant editor of the Catholic Commentator in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he met his wife Paulette, and then became “special projects editor” for the Canadian Catholic Register. In 1990, after 8 years as editor and photographer for Rocket Publications, he became news editor for The Wanderer. For over two decades, he reported on the state of the Catholic Church in the United States; his range of writings included little known aspects of American Catholic history, as well as lucid commentaries on just war ethics, social justice principles, and the theological and political abuse of the findings of psychology and sociology.

In his free time, Paul enjoyed painting, gardening, watching movies, and above all, spending time with his ever-growing family. He was a loving husband and father and loved his Church and nation.

All support, thoughts, prayers, and outreach during these difficult times have been greatly appreciated.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, September 27 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 Wednesday, September 28 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Burial will follow in Montour Cemetery. 

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

Obituary: Joyce L. Doane

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

Joyce L. Doane

Age 74, of Van Etten, NY, passed away on Wednesday, September 21, 2016.

She was born on August 4, 1942, the daughter of the late Burt and Margaret Lurcock. Joyce was a homemaker, caring for her husband and family.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Carl Doane; children, Kathy (Rodney) Merinen, Randy (Jo Kay Salmi) Doane, Rick Doane, and Christopher Doane, all of Van Etten; six grandchildren, Joey, Ryan, Nicholas, Katlin, Kevin and Amanda; and several sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, September 26 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m. with burial in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa.

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

Obituary: Roger D. Kelley

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

Roger D. Kelley

Age 60, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016 at Schuyler Hospital.

He was born in Montour Falls on June 24, 1956, the son of Donald L. and Florence (Mosher) Kelley. He graduated from Watkins Glen High School and was employed with Cornell University for 20 years. He was a member of the Montour Moose Lodge #426.

Roger enjoyed playing cards, hunting, and watching the birds and squirrels. He was a big fan of NASCAR and Dale Earnhardt. He especially enjoyed Sunday Coffee Club with the girls.

He is survived by a daughter, Stephanie Kelley of Elmira; sister and brothers, Marlene (Jim) Rockwell of Montour Falls, Kevin (Karen) Kelley of Burdett, Robert (Charlotte) Mosher, Sr., of Millport, and Harold Mosher of Burdett; several grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was predeceased by his parents and by his brother, Wayne Mosher.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, Sept. 23 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A service celebrating his life will begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by burial at Union Cemetery of Hector.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the Schuyler County Humane Society, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Wayne Mosher

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

Wayne Mosher

Age 68, of Odessa, NY, passed away unexpectedly as the result of a heart attack on Saturday, September 17, 2016.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.; followed by a memorial service celebrating his life on Thursday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home; and burial at Hector Union Cemetery.

Wayne was predeceased by his parents, Harold Mosher and Florence Kelley, infant brother Gary, and sister-in-law, Barbara. He is survived by his loving companion and friend of 19 years, Roxanne Edsall; children, Holly Mosher and Nicole Lucieer of Ithaca, and their children, Tyrin and Avery; Ryan Mosher and fiancée Stephanie Bogaczyk of Chicago; Jason and Emily Edsall and their children, Jacob and Abigail of Big Flats; brothers and sisters, Harold Mosher of Burdett, Robert, Sr. (Charlotte) Mosher of Millport, Marlene (Jim) Rockwell of Montour Falls, Roger Kelley of Montour Falls, and Kevin (Karen) Kelley of Burdett; and numerous nieces, nephews and relatives.

Wayne was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He loved the New York Yankees and cheering on the Syracuse Orange. He always looked forward to summer when he and Roxanne could take summer drives in his red Corvette. He enjoyed spending time with friends near and far, especially during his 50th high school reunion this past June.

Wayne was the world’s best “Papa” and kept busy chasing after his grandkids and swimming with them in the pool. He was a meticulous gardener and prided himself on having the best lawn, shrubs and flowers. In his retirement, he worked hard improving his golf swing. Wayne rarely relaxed, but when he did, he spent time on the couch watching NASCAR with his dogs.

Wayne always made time to help friends and family with whatever they needed. His energy was endless and his easygoing personality was comforting and inviting to everyone he met.  He was certainly loved by all who knew him and will be missed dearly.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865 (or online at SchuylerHumane.org). You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Rev. Dawn L. Hill

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

Rev. Dawn L. Hill

Age 67, of Watkins Glen, passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2016.

She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Rev. Robert Hill, Sr.; children, Roxanne (Scott) Boryschuk, of Warrington, PA, Robert Hill, Jr. (Sarah Murch-Hill) of Oregon City, OR, and Nathaniel Hill of Watkins Glen; 8 grandchildren she adored, Dusten, Michaela, Maddie, Abigail, Benjamin, Hope, Charlie and Ella; mother, Violet DaBall of Groton; brother, David Tanner of Groton; sister, Jane (Marv) Veo of Homer; brothers-in-law, Charles Mason of Lansing, Richard Hill and Surgeon Hill, both of Moravia, and Joseph Hill of Florida; sisters-in-law, Fannie (Gary) Allen of Kentucky, Shirley (LeRoy) Whittington of Florida, Jessie (LeRoy ”Bear”) Roy of Kentucky, and Edith Fox of Florida; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her father, Robert DaBall; and sisters, Rose Mason and Janice Jones.

Dawn was a retired minister with the Church of Nazarene. She also drove school bus for Odessa and Watkins Glen for many years.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17 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 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.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: Elizabeth A. Landry

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

Elizabeth A. "Liz" Landry

Age 77, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Sept. 8, 2016.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A committal service and burial will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Montour Cemetery. 

Liz was born in Montour Falls, NY on August 22, 1939, the daughter of Howard and Delora Hubbard. She was predeceased by her parents and a sister, June Magura. She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Kenneth G. Landry, Sr.; children, Debra (Jeff) Snyder, of Virginia, Mary Kay (Vern) Allyn, Lindley, NY, and Kenneth Landry Jr. (Amy), Watkins Glen; 11 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; a brother-in-law, William (Julie) Landry of Watkins Glen; and numerous nieces and nephews.    

Liz and Ken raised their three children in Watkins Glen. They were great supporters of their children's sports and were named “Spectator of the Year” twice. Liz was a communicant and greeter at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen. She worked at International Salt Co. for 24 years before retiring.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary’s of the Lake Church. You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: James D. Kuttner

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

James D. Kuttner

Age 73, a lifelong resident of Montour Falls, passed away on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center in Rochester, New York.

Jim was born on February 14, 1943, the son of the late Richard and Theresa (Dick) Kuttner. He was a rural carrier with the United States Postal Service in Montour Falls, retiring in 2007. In earlier years, he was employed with Shepard Niles Crane & Hoist in Montour Falls, and at one time owned a full service Mobil Gas Station in Montour Falls.

Jim was a member of the Montour Falls Volunteer Fire Department for 50+ years. In addition, he was an active member of the Montour Moose Lodge and former member of the Mechanics Club. He was an avid wood cutter, and enjoyed gardening, feeding the birds and fishing. Jim was very well known for his infectious smile and deep love for his family. He found great enjoyment giving his grandchildren a ride on one of his many John Deere tractors.

He is survived by his children, Sue Pace (Dave Flavin) of Watkins Glen, Tammy Voorheis (Bobby Jaynes) of Erin, Sharon M. Wiedemer (Tom) of Montour Falls, and James M. Kuttner (Patty) of Omaha, NE; seven grandchildren, Amanda, George, Sheyanne, Jeremy, Miranda, Brennan, and Sara; eight great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Shirley M. Kuttner, on January 17, 2016, and by his brother, Leo V. Kuss, of Elmira, NY.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, September 9, 2016 from 4-7 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 10 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home, with burial to follow at Hope Cemetery, Park Avenue & Evergreen Drive, South Corning.

Contributions in the memory of Jim may be made to the Montour Falls Fire Department, P.O. Box 369, Montour Falls, NY 14865, the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, 601 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14642, or to Hope Lodge, 1120 South Goodman St., Rochester, New York 14620.

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

Obituary: David A. Beckhorn

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

David A. Beckhorn

Age 74, of Beckhorn Road, Hector, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, September 5, 2016.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Hector Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Sept 10 from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at the church at 3:00 p.m. A Fireman’s Memorial Service and a reception will be held at the V-L-H Fire Station following the burial.

He is survived by his wife, Roberta; five children, Alan (Jurate) Lent of Lithuania, Lindette (John) Gardner of Washington, Lori (Cody) Landenburger of Alaska, Jonathan (Amy) Beckhorn of Hector, and Bethanne Beckhorn (George Hade) of Trumansburg; a foster daughter, Kirsten Pierce of Burdett; six grandchildren, Naomi and Roberta Lent, Christopher and Robin Baas, Brian Landerburger, and Megan Beckhorn; siblings, Peter (Rosemary) Beckhorn of Rochester, Linda (Jim) Scott of Rochester, and Marge (Carl) Stenquist of Hector; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Bulkley of Bath.

David was born in Elmira, NY, the eldest son of Waldo and Neva Beckhorn. David was a graduate of Watkins Glen Central School in 1960 and later the Cornell University Class of 1964. He was a lifelong resident of Hector; and a lifelong member of the Hector Presbyterian Church, where he served as a Deacon and Elder. He was a 50-plus year member of the V-L-H Fire Company, serving in many positions, including Fire Chief and President.

He was a grape grower with his father on the family farm for many years. He later worked at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva for 25 years, until he retired.  He continued to work on the family farm after his retirement. He was a founder and vice-president of the Backbone Ridge History Group, and the Cemetery Restoration Project chairman. David supported the growth of wineries in the Finger Lakes and always supported every aspect of vineyard growth.

Those wishing to remember David may consider a donation in his memory 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.

Obituary: Virginia Dann Tilden

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

Virginia Dann Tilden

Age 92, of Appleridge Senior Housing, Horseheads, passed away on Friday, September 2, 2016.

She was born Virginia Marie Dann, the daughter of Robert M. Dann and Helen Breese Dann, and the sister of Ronald Dann, also deceased.

Ginny, as she was called, grew up in Painted Post, where she married Dunham Tilden of Brooklyn, NY on June 22, 1946. They settled on Long Island and raised a family. A graduate of Cornell University, she had a late-life career as a special needs teacher’s aide for the Locust Valley, NY schools and also volunteered for many years at the local hospital. She returned to this area in 2007. Her husband predeceased her in 1988.

She is survived by two sons, Robert Tilden (Donna) of Montour Falls, and Stephen Tilden (Beth) of Brooklyn, NY; grandchildren, Danielle Tilden (Andy Wheeler) of Elmira, Brian Tilden (Michelle) of Horseheads, and Emma Tilden of Brooklyn. She has one great-granddaughter, Lindsay Tilden of Horseheads, and numerous Tilden and Dann nieces and nephews.

She enjoyed friends and neighbors, the salt water beaches near her home, birds, flowers, woodsy walks, and the view of the distant hills from her porch at Appleridge. She had a special fondness for roses, and helped tend the rose gardens at the Planting Fields Arboretum gardens.

Per Virginia’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or services. Contributions may be made in her memory to the Painted Post Historical Society. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Lloyd 'Vinny' Evans

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

Lloyd "Vinny" Evans

Age 73, a former teacher in the Odessa-Montour School District, passed away peacefully at Crouse Hospital, Syracuse, NY, on Aug. 8, 2016 after a long illness.

He was born in Oneida and grew up in Hamilton, NY. He then graduated from SUNY Potsdam in 1964. He taught high school mathematics in the O-M District and refereed high school basketball.

Vinny married Lynn Millis on August 20,1966. After retiring in 1999, they moved to Syracuse. Vinny was an avid sports fan of the New York Yankees and Giants, and was a season ticket holder for Syracuse University football. He also loved to golf, bowl and fish, and enjoyed going on cruises.

As a member of Robinson Memorial Church, he was an Elder, an Usher, a Liturgist and a member of the Congregational Life Committee.

He was predeceased by his two sisters, Kate McCain and Jackie Jones.

Vinny is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Lynn; a daughter, Rebecca Evans (fiance, Chad Goodrich); a son, Christopher (fiancee, Nicole Howell); three sisters, Susan Benedict, Patty Williams, and Judy Johnson; two grandchildren; one great grandson, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation and a service were held on August 27 in Robinson Memorial United Presbyterian Church, Syracuse.

Contributions may be made in Vinny's name to Robinson Memorial United Presbyterian Church, 126 Terry Road, Syracuse, NY.

Obituary: Carlton D. Barney

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

Carlton D. Barney

Age 80, a longtime resident of Beaver Dams, passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls.

He was born in Corning on June 22, 1936, the son of the late Carl and Minnie (Ball) Barney, and attended school at North Side Blodgett through the eighth grade. Carlton was employed with Corning, Inc., Fallbrook Plant, and was a 1st class carpenter with Bob Perry Construction for 25 years. He loved hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Addison Fish and Game, Corning Fish and Game, and Grace Baptist Church.

Carlton is survived by his wife, LaRae J. Barney; sons and daughters-in-law, Kevin Barney, Tim (Kathy) Barney, and Dennis (Lisa) Barney; sisters, Margaret Sovka, Betty Stermer, and Irma Blank; brother, Paul Barney; six grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister, Arlene Rhodes.

There will be a casual gathering for family and friends on Saturday, September 10 at 1:00 p.m. at the home of Denny and Lisa Barney, 1245 Cr 19, Beaver Dams. Burial will be in Beaver Dams Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the NRA.

Carlton’s family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff at Seneca View for the care given to him during his time at the nursing home. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Dr. Philip A. Sandberg

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

Dr. Philip A. Sandberg

Beloved husband of Susan Brown-Sandberg, died from cancer at his home in Hammondsport on August 30, 2016. He was 79.

He was the grandson of Swedish Immigrants Gustav Sandberg and Tekla Meck Sandberg, and the son of Gustav Adolf Sandberg, an engineering geologist, and Harriet Burquist Sandberg of Minnesota. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Sandberg lived his formative years in the Panama Canal Zone, Bogota and Bucaramanga, Columbia, and eastern Nicaragua, allowing the learning of Spanish early.

Returning to the United States, he graduated from the Louisiana State University Laboratory High School, going on to earn his BS cum laude and MS degrees in Geology from LSU. Following active duty at the Fort Benning Infantry School and in Military Intelligence, he studied at the University of Stockholm, earning his Filosofie doktor, in Historical Geology, in 1965 and learning Swedish. He was recently honored as a Jubilee Doctor by the University of Stockholm, in October 2015.

Dr. Sandberg taught Geology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign from 1965 until his retirement in 1995. During those years he served as acting Department Head and as Vice President of SEPM. He held a visiting position at Beijing University, Chengdu College of Geology, British Museum (Natural History), Imperial College in London, University of Leiden, NL, Philipps University, Marburg, Germany, the University of Minnesota and Cal Tech. His research interests included microfossils and the origin and textural/chemical alteration of limestones. He received numerous post-graduate awards for teaching, best paper, and fellowships (e.g., AMOCO, Geological Society of America, Honorary Woodrow Wilson, University of Illinois, and University of Stockholm).

His research interests involved resistant dinosaur bone proteins and their potential for illuminating dinosaur relationships, a project led by Dr. Peter Westbroek at the University of Leiden. Following his retirement from U of IL, he taught at Radford University in VA as a Founding Faculty member of the New College of Global Studies. His last academic position was seven years as Dean of Natural Sciences at Dakota State University, Madison, SD.

Since 2006, he has lived in Hammondsport, NY, where he continued to write and publish non-geological fiction and non-fiction. He has published recently in Alimentum, Gastronomica, Greenprints, NY Times, The Stockholm Review of Literature, and Big Muddy, writing on food and culture. Other research besides writing included languages, cooking, photography, community theater, music, and ceramics. He simply loved learning.

Dr. Sandberg is survived by his wife of 34 years, Susan Brown-Sandberg; his daughter, Katherine Sandberg O’Brien and her husband Robert and their two daughters Clare and Helen of CA; and his son, David Sandberg and his wife Kitty and their son Spencer of MO. He is also survived by his sister, Anne Mackey of MA and her family. His brother David Sandberg preceded him in death. He loved his numerous cousins and their families, both in this country and Sweden, forming a lifelong strong family tie that spanned the generations and the ocean. He also loved his family of in-law sisters and their families and many cousins by marriage that shared their holidays, birthdays, and graduations with him.

His celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY. Friends and family may call at 10 a.m. before the service. Committal will be at noon on Sunday, September 11, at Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport, PA.

Obituary: Hisae Tanaka Swisher

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

Hisae Tanaka Swisher

Age 81, of Beaver Dams, NY, passed away on August 25, 2016.

The family will receive friends and relatives on Saturday, September 10, from 3-4 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY.  A Memorial Service celebrating her life will be held at 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond C. Swisher; son, Karl (Courtney) Swisher of Ballston Spa, NY; daughters, Joanne (Onat) Yildirim of  Istanbul, Turkey, and Judy  Stoddard of Tully, NY; a sister, Eiko Tanaka of Hyogo, Japan; and seven grandchildren, Keira, Justin and Colden Swisher, Q Yildirim, and Hannah, Ian and Maya Stoddard.

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: Joan E. Clark

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

Joan E. Clark

Age 80, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on September 2, 2016.
 
The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; followed by a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home and interment at Millport Cemetery.

She was born in Montour Falls on December 11, 1935, the daughter of late Kenneth and Margaret Mitchell. She worked as a custodian at the Watkins Glen Middle and Elementary Schools, and retired after 20 years.

She was predeceased by her husband, Richard Clark; son, Teford John Clark; and sisters, Dianna Dillon and Fredrica Weed. She is survived by her children, Debra Clark of Florida, William (Lorena) Clark of Watkins Glen, Belinda Clark (Martin Litteer) of Tyrone, and Curtis Clark of Watkins Glen; six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865 (or online at schuylerhumane.org). You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Mary E. Gascon

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

Mary E. Gascon

Age 77, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Thursday, September 1, 2016 in the comfort of the home she designed and decorated.

Mary was born in Corning, NY on August 18, 1939, the daughter of the late Alfred W. Allen and Winifred V. Holton Hendrickson. She was a legal secretary for Henry Valent and had worked for Patterson Financial of Watkins Glen. She was very musically gifted, sharing her talents with the clarinet and piano with the Watkins Salt Band. She loved cooking, waiting on others and was a fantastic hostess. Mary enjoyed reading and loved to read non-fiction books. She also enjoyed decorating and interior design. She loved sitting on the porch of her home taking in the spectacular view of the Seneca Lake landscape.

Mary is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Bill; sons, William Gascon Jr. of Rochester and Jack (Kathryn) Gascon of Burdett; grandchildren, Courtney Gascon of Horseheads and Mitchell Gascon of Burdett; sister, Roxanne Decker of Heath, OH; and brothers, Gordon (Susan) Hendrickson of Beaver Dams and Larry Hendrickson of Alpine, NY. She is also survived by several step siblings and many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, Mary was predeceased by her sister, Maria Bucchioni.

Friends and family may gather to share memories of Mary on Tuesday, September 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen. A Service of Remembrance will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, September 7 at 10:30 a.m.  Interment will follow at the Montour Cemetery in Montour Falls, NY.

Memories and condolences may be shared with Mary’s family at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: James E. Appleton Sr.

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

James Edward Appleton Sr.

Age 69, of Alpine, NY passed away on Thursday, August 25, 2016.

Jim was born on March 17, 1947 in Elmira to Tracy and Elizabeth (Fuller) Appleton. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Carol Marie, and a brother, Frank.

Jim is survived by his fiancé, Janet States, of Alpine; sons, Jimmy (Sue) Appleton and Tracy (Michelle) Appleton, all of Salisbury, NC, Brad (Sharon) Appleton of Elmira, and Joel (Hope) Appleton of Waverly; grandchildren, Adam of Salisbury, NC, and Angel, Tracy and Cheyenne Appleton of Elmira; siblings, Barbara (Craig) Thompson of Tifton, GA, Dale (Annette) Appleton of Penn Yan, NY, Annette Appleton of Alba, Texas, Dorie Appleton of Dallas, Texas, Joe Payne of Australia and Jude Bishop of Australia; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Jim was a mechanic, truck driver and for many years Chief Engineer for several radio stations, including WENY. He was interested in flying planes and was a Ham Radio Operator. He served in the Army from 1964-1967 in Germany and Viet Nam. Jim also served as an EMT and fireman in Troy, PA, where he helped build the radio station, and was a Captain in the Breesport Fire Department.

In honor of Jim’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral services.  

Obituary: Nancy A. Adams

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

Nancy A. Adams

Age 55, of Alpine, NY, passed away on August 23, 2016 after courageously battling cancer.

Nancy was born on October 1, 1960 to Gary M. and Theresa (Mattoon) Adams. She was a 1978 graduate of Midlakes High School and a 1980 graduate of CCFL. In 1986, she graduated with a degree in horticulture from Cornell University. While a student at Cornell University, she was hired to work at Cornell Plantations. She worked there for 25 years and took great pride in making the University a beautiful place. To this day, she could still recite the Latin names of hundreds of plants and trees.

While at Plantations, she met and married her soulmate and love of her life, Richard Paige.  Her life was full with many close friends for whom her husband and family will be forever thankful.

Nancy leaves behind her beloved husband of 21 years, Richard Paige, of Alpine. Also, her mother, Theresa Adams Baker of Clifton Springs, NY; sisters, Linda (Dennis) Chateauneuf of Charlestown, MA, Janice (Michael) Driscoll of Clifton Springs, NY, and Holly Adams (Jeff Linsner) of Clifton Springs, NY; her brothers-in-law, Harvey (Ruth) Paige and Rudy (Wilma) Paige, both of Ohio; and many much-loved nieces and nephews.

She was welcomed into heaven by her father, Gary M. Adams, and her mother- and father-in-law, Violet and Jacob Paige, as well as her beloved pets that had already crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

Nancy was a loyal fan of the Boston Red Sox, the greatest partner in a game of Trivial Pursuit, and your willing cohort in a practical joke. She was a champion of all creatures great and small and devoted many hours to the Humane Society of Schuyler County.

Nancy’s family would like to say a loving thank-you to the wonderful and caring staff and volunteers at the Oncology Department at Cayuga Medical Center. Also they wish to express their gratitude to Care First for the wonderful hospice care she received.

Donations in Nancy’s memory can be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865 (schuylerhumane.org) or Care First, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14870. Also, the Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Company, 4495 County Rte. 6, Mecklenburg, NY 14863.

Per Nancy’s wishes, there will be no calling hours. Funeral services will be at the convenience of the family.

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

Obituary: Bethanie (Facey) Davis

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

Bethanie B (Facey) Davis, Aka Bobbi

Passed away peacefully on Thursday August 25, 2016, surrounded by her family.
 
Bethanie was predeceased by her father, William Facey Jr., and her mother, Hilda Burnett Facey. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 37 years, Ransome G. Davis Sr; her daughter, Candy Green of Trumansburg; son, Ransome G. Davis Jr. of Odessa; grandchildren, Devon Force, Jordan Force, Alyssa Force and Brittanie Davis; her six siblings, Stephanie Kline, Deborah Facey, Ronald Facey, Phyllis Facey, Jeffery Facey and Wayne Facey; lifelong friend Roxanne Terry, and many more. She also leaves her devoted pet George.

Bethanie was always a wonderful person to be around; when she entered a room, she lit it up with her beautiful smile. She enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling, cooking and throwing some big and crazy parties. She was always there with a smile and an open heart to help anyone in need.

Honoring her wishes, there are no calling hours or formal service. The family will celebrate her life the way she wanted to be remembered.

In lieu of flowers, all donations can be sent to the Arnot Health Foundation for the Falck Cancer Center, 511 East Market Street, Suite 102, Elmira, NY 14901.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY.

Obituary: Marie Rhoades

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

Marie Rhoades

Age 82, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on August 18, 2016.
  
Marie was born on December 25, 1933 in Sarreguemines, France. She was a wonderful woman. She enjoyed cooking and baking, especially for others. Her love for life was infectious, as well as her laugh. She was very much loved by all. Marie fought hard, but loved harder.

She was predeceased by her husband, Francis L. Rhoades. She is survived by her daughter, Margarette Schobert, and grandson, Cedric Schobert, both of France; sister, Anne Marie Nelson of Highspire, PA and her family; nephew and niece, Phillip McManaway and Susan Keller; nieces, Amanda Harris and Tanya Fernandez; and several other great nieces and great nephews.

A Requiem Eucharist service celebrating her life will be held at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 112 Sixth St., Watkins Glen on Wednesday, August 31 at 10:30 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to her church. You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Gregory Scott Ellison

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Olthof Funeral Home, Elmira.

Gregory Scott Ellison

http://d1t3gia0in9tdj.cloudfront.net/photo/tributes/t/8/r/207x207/3898527/Grogory-Ellison-1471770104.pngAge 54, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, August 18, 2016.

Scott was born in Corning, NY on January 5, 1962. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Jessica (King) Ellison of Watkins Glen; mother, Nellie Ellison of Watkins Glen; daughter, Desiree Ellison of Norfolk, Va; sons, Erik Ellison of Ithaca, and Gregory D. (Olivia Taylor) Ellison of Watkins Glen; sister, Georgia (Dana) Hallenbeck of Oakridge, TN, Sandy (Dale) Snellenberger of Manchester, CT, and Aleta (Norm) Woodward of Warner Robins, Ga.; brother, Jeffery Ellison of Twentynine Palms, CA; and sister, Penny (Kevin) Rice of Painted Post; along with in-laws of the King family including mother-in-law, Dolores King; sister-in-law, Kathy (Mike Brimmer) McCann, Russ (Deb) and James (Marcia). He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and lifelong friend and mentor Michael Wood of Watkins Glen. Scott was predeceased by his father, Jack Ellison; father-in-law, Paul King; and brother-in-law, Brian King.

Scott was a United States Marine Corps veteran. He worked for the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office for eight years before entering the New York State Police, from which he retired in April of this year after 26 years of dedicated service. The most enjoyable duty in his entire law enforcement career was working with his canine partner “Sport.” Throughout the training process and working the road they had an unbeatable bond, never to be broken. He was a loving husband, father, son, brother and uncle; who was an avid golfer, hunter, NASCAR fan, and grill master. His greatest treasure was spending quiet time with his loving wife, his mother Nellie whom he adored, and all of his family.

Family and friends are invited to gather on Tuesday, August 23 at the Victory Highway Wesleyan Church, 150 Victory Hwy., Painted Post, NY from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A funeral service celebrating Scott’s life will be held at the conclusion of the calling hours at 4:00 p.m. Pastor Paul Piraino will officiate. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, August 25 at 11 a.m. in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Reading Center, NY with full military honors accorded.

Scott's guest book may be signed at www.olthof.com.

Obituary: William C. Morgan, Sr.

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

William C. Morgan, Sr.

Age 85, of Odessa, NY, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 18, 2016.

He was born in Reading Center, NY on August 25, 1930, the son of the late Arney and Eva (Bush) Morgan, and graduated from Watkins Glen High School. Bill served as a sergeant with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. After the service, he was a member of the operating engineers. He later went on to operate his own general construction and paving business for several years before going to work for the NYS Dept. of Transportation, retiring in 1992.

Bill was a member of the VFW Post #2674, American Legion Post #676, the Mechanics Club, and Montour Moose Lodge #426.

Bill is survived by his children, Deb (Ron) Reid, Cheryl (Pete) Tavish, Sue Morgan, Bill Morgan, Jr., and Tom (Mary) Morgan; sisters, Barbara, Rosa and Eva; several grandchildren; great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by Doris J. Morgan on January 17, 2009, and by a sister, Annette.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, Aug. 22 from 4-6 p.m. at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will be private. Burial will be in Union Cemetery of Hector.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Schuyler County Veterans Memorial Park. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Ellen McClain

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

Ellen McClain

Age 72, of Rock Stream, NY, passed away on August 17, 2016 after a battle with cancer.

Ellen graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1962. She worked at Borg-Warner in Ithaca until retiring in 1995. She was a member and volunteer for the Women of the Moose #1401 Chapter in Montour Falls, and a member of VFW Post #2674 of Watkins Glen and American Legion Post #660 of Dundee.

Ellen was predeceased by her son, Todd Pike; mother, Lucille Thorpe; siblings, Donald Thorpe, Larry Thorpe, Joanne Reasor and Phyllis Thorpe; sister-in-law, Jeanette Thorpe; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Carlton and Gert McClain; and brother-in-law, Thomas McClain.

She is survived by her loving husband of 30 years, Merrield “Mick” McClain; sons, Edd Pike of Rock Stream and Michael (Jennifer) McClain of Myrtle Beach, SC; daughter, Marlea “Marty” (Mario) Craft of Myrtle Beach, SC; brother, Gene Thorpe of Belleview, FL; brother-in-law, David (Bernice) McClain of Milton, DE; sisters-in-law, Melody (Clifford) Hartford of Stafford, VA, Joyce Thorpe of Watkins Glen, and Debbie McClain of Hanford, CA; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Those wishing to remember Ellen may consider a donation in her memory to the American Cancer Society, 1316 College Ave, Elmira, NY 14901 (or online at cancer.org) or a charity of one’s choice. According to her wishes, a private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Obituary: Henry J. Scholtisek

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

Henry J. Scholtisek

Age 75, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on August 9, 2016.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Monday, Aug. 15 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.; followed by an Elks Service and funeral at 6 p.m. A private burial at Lakeview Cemetery with military honors will be held at the convenience of the family.

Henry worked at US Salt until retiring in 2005. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy. Henry was a member and former trustee of the BPOE Elks Lodge #1546; member and past Commander of VFW Post #2674, and member and past Chief of the Watkins Glen Volunteer Fire Company.

He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy; parents, Herman and Norma Scholtisek; and grandson, Ian Scholtisek. Survivors include his children, Melissa (Robert) Teed of Reading Center, Michael (Teresa) Scholtisek of Trumansburg, Eric (Amy) Scholtisek of Watkins Glen, and Hayley Scholtisek of Burdett; sister, Beverly (Edward) Naylor of Watkins Glen; brother, David Scholtisek; sisters-in-law, Judy Jones of Coopers Plains, Linda Benjamin of Watkins Glen, Debbie (Jim) Ribble of Painted Post, and Mona Crawford of Elizabethtown, KY; brother-in-law, Richard Smiley of Corning; and four grandchildren, Allison Teed, and Regan, Owen and Jaydon Scholtisek.

Memorial donations may be directed to the Watkins Glen Fire Department, 201 N. Perry Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891. You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Richard C. Haight

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

Richard C. Haight

Age 86, of Dunedin, FL, formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on June 3, 2016 at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, New Port Richey, FL.

He was born in Montour Falls on April 26, 1930. He was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Helen Haight, and a sister and brother-in-law, Mary Jane and Carl Lederman. He is survived by a son, Mike Haight (Norman, OK); a daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Bobbie Estes (Watkins Glen); grandchildren, Matthew Estes, Aaron Haight, Marissa Haight, and Kara Haight, and great grandson Lucas Haight.

Dick graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1948. He then proudly served in the United States Navy from 1948 until 1953 (including a little over a year of sea duty). He was married for many years to Mary Lou Emmons Haight. He retired from Shepard Niles Crane and Hoist, Montour Falls, NY.

He was a member of the Watkins Glen Presbyterian Church, the Watkins Glen Fire Department and the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge, and was a life member of the American Legion.

He was a member of the Appleknockers Drum and Bugle Corps and then was very involved in the establishment and continued support of the Squires Drum and Bugle Corps. He enjoyed playing golf, bowling, and working at the race track.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

Friends may share memories and condolences with Dick’s family at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: William A. Carey

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

William A. Carey

Age 69, of Horseheads, NY, passed away Monday, August 8, 2016 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY.

William was born in Elmira, NY, to the late Gordon and Geraldine (Coon) Carey.

He is survived by his loving family: wife, Janet E. (Hill) Carey of Horseheads; son, William (Nicole) Carey of Gillett, PA; daughter, Kim (Craig ) Hogan of Willseyville, NY; step-daughter, Kathe (Dan) Sempler of Breesport; grandchildren, Steve (Lauren) Carey, Mike (Megan) Carey and Kaelee Carey, Kayla, Joshua and Jaedon Laudenslager, Sarah (David) Sempler Benson and Ryhan (Jessica) Sempler; great grandchildren, Jacob and Madilyn Benson, and Bryson and Gianni Carey; sister, Judy (Jerry) Tompkins of Horseheads, NY; and many extended family members and friends, including Ray (Ethel) Frost of Montour Falls, NY.

Bill retired from the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department as a Corrections Officer.

He was a member of Myrtle-Jefferson Lodge #131 F. & A. M., Horseheads Moose, Horseheads Elks and American Legion.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, Inc., 413 S. Main St., Horseheads on Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 3-5 p.m. His service will follow at the funeral home at 5 p.m. Interment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Horseheads on Friday morning.

Condolences and remembrances at www.barberfuneralhome.com

NOTICE: Officers and members of Myrtle-Jefferson Lodge #131 F. & A. M will gather at the Barber Funeral Home in Horseheads to conduct a memorial service for their departed brother.

Obituary: Vina Irene Chamberlain

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

Vina Irene Chamberlain

Age 87, of Montour Falls, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, July 30, 2016, with her family by her side.

She was born in Greene, NY, on November 2, 1928, the daughter of the late Gaius and Florabelle Seymour. She graduated from high school in Greene.

She was an extraordinary homemaker; and also worked with her husband at Chamberlain Realty, a family business, for many years. She was a member of the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church and Chat-A-While of Odessa. She was also involved in Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, Zonta, and Western Squares.

Vina was a reserved, sensitive, artistic woman, who loved her family well. She had a great sense of humor and a keen eye. Not much got past her! She lived a quiet, small town and country life, always caring for her family and her community with grace.

Vina is survived by her children, Connie Maatta of Plymouth, NH, Blaine Chamberlain of Ithaca, William Chamberlain of Selbyville, DE, and Greg Chamberlain of Horseheads; son-in-law, Jon Maatta; daughters-in-law, Judy Fitcha, Sharon VanOrd, and Damita Chamberlain; 10 grandchildren, Lee, Jennifer, Laurel, Kelly, Desiree, Dana, Alisha, Haley, Noelle and Charlotte; and six great grandchildren, Jakob, Issac, Sarah, Lexi, Olivia and Adonis. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles W. Chamberlain, in 2005; her parents, two brothers and two sisters.

A private interment will be held by the family in October at Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Contributions may be made in her memory to CareFirst Hospice. Arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Rose Eisman

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

Rose Eisman

Age 95, passed away quietly at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY on July 29, 2016.

Rose, or Rosie as she preferred to be called by one and all, was born April 13, 1921 in Brooklyn, NY to Abraham and Gisela Becker. The youngest of five children, she moved to Miami Beach with her parents as a teenager when her mother’s health required it. There she lived, worked, and married the love of her life, Leo Eisman, in 1946. They raised their two sons, and Rosie worked in various office jobs, retiring as account clerk for the City of Miami Beach.

When she became a widow at the young age of 58, she determined to purchase the former Hector Falls Motel while visiting her son in the Finger Lakes, renaming it Chalet Leon at Hector Falls in memory of her husband. She poured her considerable business skills, passion for people of all sorts, and seemingly tireless energy into building up a resort that brought customers back again and again.

Rose was described as a force of nature, and no one who spent time with her could ever forget her. All the while that she dedicated herself to her business, she also poured her love into her family and her dear grandchildren. She adored them all. While she could, she attended every basketball game, rehearsal and performance, assisted with product sales, and supported them lovingly in every way possible.

She is greatly missed by her sons Michael (Harriet) Eisman and George Eisman (Claire Holzner), grandchildren Emily Eisman (Rocci Aguirre), Lael (Jaclyn Marie) Eisman, Jacob (Phoebe Van Vleet) Eisman, Thomas Eisman, Sarah Schlueter-Eisman, and great-granddaughter Zia Rosemary Eisman, and by Thomas and Sarah’s mother, Shelly Schlueter.  She is also missed by her sisters-in-law Rhea Eisman and Vivian Miller, and nephews and nieces Howard and Christine Wilson, Adele Wilson, and Phil and Ellen Singer, and by many many dear friends.

The family is immensely grateful for the wonderful, tender care given to Rosie by the nurses and aides at Seneca View.

There are no calling hours. Interment will be at the Village of Montour Falls Cemetery on Monday, August 1 at 2:30 p.m. There will be a celebration of Rosie’s life at the Harvest Café in Montour Falls on Saturday, August 27 at 6 p.m.

Please direct donations in Rosie’s name to Wildkind Care Wildlife Rehabilitation Facility, 3674 Cronk Road, Montour Falls, NY 14865.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. 

Obituary: Ira Cole LaFever, Jr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Bond-Davis Funeral Home, Bath, NY.

Ira Cole LaFever, Jr. (Junior or Ding)

Age 89, passed away peacefully on July 29, 2016 after an extended illness.

A lifelong resident of Beaver Dams, NY, he was born June 3, 1927, a son of the late Ira Sr. and Maude Beard LaFever. He was also predeceased by brothers Ross, Lyman, Howard, and Max LaFever; son, Scott LaFever, and several grandchildren, Cameron, Corey, Elizabeth, Emily, Rebecca, and Hillary LaFever.

Ira, Jr. is survived by his wife of 61 years, Joann Griffin LaFever; children, Ronald (Linda) LaFever, Joan LaFever, Susan (Javier) Fernandez, Ira III (Elizabeth) LaFever, and Martin (Tammy Havens) LaFever; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and sisters, Ernestine (Arthur) Webber and Elsie (Richard) Pierpont.

Many kudos to the wonderful staff members of the Primary Care at Home V.A. Program, Care First Hospice Services, and especially the Hospice Unit at the V.A. Medical Center in Bath, NY for their marvelous care.

A celebration of Ira’s life is planned for August 21, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Monterey Baptist Church in Monterey, NY.

In lieu of flowers, checks may be sent to: Voluntary Services @ the VA Medical Center, 76 Veterans Ave., Bath, NY with memo note: Hospice Unit, memory of Ira LaFever. The Bond-Davis Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Obituary: Mary Elizabeth VanDerzee

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

Mary Elizabeth (Gunning) VanDerzee

Age 86, of Stilwell Road, Trumansburg, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at her home.

She was born in Ithaca on June 17, 1930, the daughter of the late David and Hattie (Harris) Gunning. Mary graduated from Trumansburg Central School, Class of 1948. She married Elmer P. VanDerzee in Mecklenburg on October 16, 1948, and they were married for 50 years until his passing in 1999.

Mary’s first great joy was her family and friends. The door was always open for visitors, the coffee pot on, and everyone felt at home at Mary’s kitchen table. If someone stopped in to say hi, Mary would always say “Well you must be hungry. How about a snack or stay for dinner.” Many, many people can look back on their lives and find Mary there, celebrating the high points in their lives with them, and supporting them through the low points, encouraging them to move forward and thrive.

Her second greatest joy was nature. She loved the land and animals, both wild and tame. The farm, her sheep and chickens, just two of the many varieties of animals that made up her menagerie. Watching the wildlife, listening to the birds, and oh how she did love flowers always on the table, and many more in the gardens.

Mary is survived by her children, Joann VanDerzee and Joyce (Franklin) VanVolkinburg; grandchildren, Daniel (Amanda) VanVolkinburg, and Emily (James) Robertson; lifelong friend, William VanFleet; sister-in-law, Nancy VanDerzee; many nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; great-great nieces and nephews; and cousins. Mary was preceded in death by her sister, Harriet Gunning; brothers, David (Harriette) Gunning, John (Margaret) Gunning; brothers-in-law, Clair (Jean) VanDerzee, Lloyd VanDerzee, and Keith (Helen) VanDerzee; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, August 7 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Mecklenburg United Methodist Church, 6063 Turnpike Road, Mecklenburg. A memorial service will begin at 2:30 at the church. A reception will immediately follow at the Mecklenburg Fire Hall.

Contributions may be made to the Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Department or to a charity of one's choice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Joan Dumbleton

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

Joan Dumbleton

Age 83, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls.

Arrangements are being handled by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home in Montour Falls and services will be announced at a date and time to be announced.

Obituary: George L. Whipple, Jr.

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

George L. Whipple, Jr.

Age 77, of Beaver Dams, passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at Schuyler Hospital.

He was born in Pennsylvania on July 2, 1939, the son of the late George L. and Mary Ellen Whipple, Sr. George proudly served with the U.S. Navy from 1957 to 1961. He was a retired police officer with the Cheltenham Township Police Department, and a volunteer fireman with the Glenside Fire Department, both in PA.

George was a former trustee with the Town of Orange, a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, and worked security at the Watkins Glen racetrack. He was an avid golfer and hunter, and enjoyed having coffee with the guys at the Monterey Fire Department.

George is survived by his wife of 32 years, Nancy; two sons, George P. (Janice) Whipple of Chesterfield, VA, and Thomas Whipple of Winchester, VA; three grandsons, John, William and Thomas II; great niece Sarah; and great nephew Alaric.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, July 23 from 12 noon-1 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. at the funeral home, followed by military honors.

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

Obituary: Kayla Michelle Kress

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

Kayla Michelle Kress

Age 24, of Watkins Glen, passed away on July 16, 2016.

She is survived by her parents, Shawna Dillon of Watkins Glen and John Kress (Jilly Weeks) of Watkins Glen; sister, Caitline Dillon of Alpine, and brother, Corey Kress of Himrod; her special companion and best friend, dog Milo; aunts, Corinn (Michial) Miller of VanEtten, Faith Madigan of Watkins Glen; uncle Dan Kress of Beaver Dams; and several other aunts, uncles or cousins.

She was predeceased by maternal grandparents, Michael and Diana Dillon; paternal grandparents, Thomas and Barbara Zuris Kress; and uncles, Michael Madigan and Kenneth Dillon.

A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date.

Kayla had a beautiful smile and a heart of gold. She loved the outdoors and was a determined gardener.

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: Michael A. Yuhasz

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

Michael A. Yuhasz

Age 79, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on July 18, 2016.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21 at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. A committal service with military honors will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Heather Yuhasz; brothers, John Jr. and Andrew Yuhasz; and sister, Anna Wasley. He is survived by his wife, Carol; children, Allison (Jake) Kolar, Kristie (Michael) Herrick, Michael Yuhasz, Jennifer Padilla, Jeffrey Yuhasz, and Heidi Yuhasz; brother-in-law Ronald (Taryn) Bath; sister-in-law Angie Yuhasz; 10 grandchildren, Jamie, Cyrus, Ashley, Tristan, Emma, Sophia, Teleri, Mihail, Jude and Soren; great-grandson, Hunter; and several nieces and nephews.

He was born in Aliquippa, PA, the son of John and Mary Yuhasz. He honorably served in the United States Army, where he played football, and was drafted by the Colts, but suffered a knee injury in a pre-season game that ended his football career. After serving in the Army, he worked in the steel mills in Pennsylvania and enrolled at Mansfield University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Education while also coaching football. He taught and coached football at Athens Central School. Later, he taught and was a supportive teacher at Hendy Avenue School in Elmira, and earned his Master’s in Education and Administrative Degree at Elmira College.

He moved to Watkins Glen with his family in 1971 when he accepted the position of Watkins Glen Elementary School Principal, where he worked until his retirement in 1996. In 2002, he was named interim principal. He also coached football for Watkins Glen High School. He served as a Schuyler County Legislator from 2002-2014. He was a Rotarian (Paul Harris Fellow recipient) and a member of the Elks Lodge, American Legion, VFW and Masonic Lodge.

He enjoyed gardening, bowling, golfing, and helping at the race track, and loved his Pittsburgh Steelers! He was also proud of his Czech heritage, always had a smile, loved his family, and would always have a joke to brighten your day.

Donations in his memory may be made to Schuyler County Catholic Charities, 607 N. Franklin St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891.  You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: James M. Tucker

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

James M. Tucker

Age 55, of Elmira Heights, NY, passed away after a brief illness on July 15, 2016.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Reading Community Church, Reading Center, NY on Tuesday, July 19 from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 6:00 p.m. at the church. A reception will be held at the church following funeral services.

A committal service with military honors will be held on Friday, July 22 at 10:00 a.m. at Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira.

Jim was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Adele Tucker. He is survived by his loving wife, Brenda; their children, daughter, Lacey Tucker and son, Matthew Hauck (Samantha Laird-Hauck); brothers and sisters, Patricia (Anthony) LoSecco, Margaret “Midge”  (Robert) Frantz, Fred Tucker, and Russell (Kathryn “Kitty”) Tucker; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ray and Shirley Evans; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Raymond (Shawna) Evans, Joseph (Amy) Crane, and Deborah (Michael) Watson; grandchildren, Deegan Hauck, and Rissa and Alexa Breeds; special nephews, Joe and Branden Crane; special friend, Brenda Dandrea; and several other nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jim was born in Montour Falls, NY. He graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1979.  After school, Jim enlisted proudly and served honorably in the United States Navy. He worked as a Supervisor for Southern Tier Logistics in Horseheads.

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: Robert C. Sullivan

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

Robert C. Sullivan

Age 70, of Irelandville Road, Watkins Glen, passed away on July 14, 2016.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Wednesday, July 20 from 12 noon-2 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 2:00 p.m. and burial at Tyrone Union Cemetery with military honors.

He is survived by his wife, Helen; six children, Joel (Bonnie) Smith of Elmira Heights, Melanie Terrio (Michael Peters) of Burdett, Henry (Darlene) Smith of Reading Center, Christopher (Christina) Smith of Pine Valley, Jennifer Sullivan (Ray Dove) of Elmira, and Kevin (Stacey) Sullivan of Elmira; five brothers and sisters, Helen Banister of Odessa, Mary Ellen Christman of Elmira Heights, Glen (Joyce) Sullivan of Addison, Jane (Bob) Sheiver of Shallotte, NC, and Jean Sullivan of Big Flats; 24 grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, Fred and Martha Sullivan; and a son, Fred Sullivan. 

Bob was a member of the former American Legion Post #555 in Watkins Glen. He retired from Anchor Glass in 2007.

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

Obituary: Betty Jean (Povero) Dick

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

Betty Jean (Povero) Dick

Age 85, formerly of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on June 27, 2016 of heart failure in San Luis Obispo, CA.

Born in Seneca Falls, NY in 1931 to Italian immigrant parents Michael Angelo Povero and Frances Jane (Locicero) Povero, she was the third child of four. She was raised in Montour Falls and graduated from Odessa Central High School.

After high-school graduation, she migrated to California and worked as a telephone operator in San Francisco and eventually became a communication specialist at Pasadena Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she facilitated communications between astronauts and ground control units.

Alzheimer’s disease dimmed the glimmering light.

BJ is survived by her husband, Roger Neil Dick, and her three children, Suzanne, Darcel and Roger Jr., as well as by her three siblings, Frank Povero, Rose Povero and Michael Povero.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and wife, and we will miss her.

Obituary: Donna Wilson

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

Donna Wilson

Donna Wilson, 58, of Harrodsburg, KY, wife of James Lee Wilson, died Thursday, July 7, 2016 at the Haggin Memorial Hospital, Harrodsburg.

Born April 21, 1958, in Montour Falls, NY, she was the daughter of Tom and Mary Lou (Houck) Rappleye, who survive her. She grew up in Montour Falls and graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1976.

Other survivors include a daughter, Nancy (Tom) Baker of Perryville, KY; two sons, James "Bo" (Teresa) Wilson of Junction City, KY and Lee Thomas Glen Wilson of Harrodsburg, KY; a sister, Terri (Gordon) Alger of Reading Center, NY; a step brother, Chuck (Norma) Durham of Harrodsburg, KY; a step sister, Debbie Swope of Harrodsburg, KY; three grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.

Visitation and funeral services will be in Kentucky on Monday, with burial in Parksville Cemetery, Parksville, KY.

Memorials may be sent to James Wilson to offset medical-related expenses.

Obituary: Hugh Gordon Wyllie

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

Hugh Gordon Wyllie

Age 88, of Hector, NY and Palmetto Bay, FL, passed away on July 8, 2016.

Born in Auburn, NY on August 30, 1927 and raised in Ithaca, NY, he is survived by his wife of 65 years, Helen (Sis); son, Stuart (Carol) Wyllie; daughter, Nancy (Gene) Mueller; and four grandchildren, Laura Wyllie, Philip Wyllie, Alexander (Stephanie) Mueller and Preston Mueller.

Throughout his business career he held various positions in the commercial real estate industry, including Executive VP Chrysler Realty and President Southeast Properties, and was a founding member, past chair and also served as CEO of NACORE International.

He and his wife shared a love of boating on Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes region and Miami, FL, where he served as Commodore of the Coral Reef Yacht Club.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date in Florida. Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen, NY. 

Obituary: Robert Curatolo

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

Robert Curatolo

Age 63, of South Hill Road, Hector, died peacefully at Hospice in Ithaca on June 19, 2016 after a long battle with cancer.

Robbie was a musician, carpenter and horse rider. He was intense. He leaves behind his beloved beagle dog, Sammy, to the care of his brothers.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Schuyler County Humane Society (http://www.schuylerhumane.org).

Obituary: Phillip C. Harrington

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

Phillip Clayton Harrington

Age 67, of Alpine, passed away due to an agricultural accident at home on Sunday, July 3, 2016.

He was born in Montour Falls, NY on February 3, 1949, the son of the late C. William and Lillian Harrington, and graduated from Odessa-Montour High School in 1967. He married the former Melissa Woodward on September 26, 1970 in Watkins Glen.

When Phil was a teenager, he worked at Redner’s Market on Main Street in Montour Falls. Following his time there, he worked at what is now Cargill Salt in Watkins Glen. Phil was employed for several years as a computer operator at S.M. Flickinger’s in Elmira until 1983. Prior to that, he was a computer operator at Langmuir Lab at Cornell University.

Phil was the proud owner of Phil’s Hideaway in Odessa during the late 1980s and early 1990s, serving pizza, subs and ice cream. It was a popular place for the young and old in those days.

In his later years, Phil was a football coach, wrestling coach, baseball coach, as well as a school bus driver for the Odessa-Montour Central School District. He enjoyed camping, outdoor activities, classic cars, fantasy football, and was a member of the Horseheads Snowmobile Club. Phil would help anyone needing assistance with a project, no matter how big or small.

Phil is survived by his loving wife, Melissa Lo Harrington; son Corey Blue Harrington; sisters and brothers, Judy White Wonder (Art), Sherie Bradley (Daniel), David Harrington (Robin), Daniel Harrington (Cynthia), and Hollie Harrington Tenney (Julie); and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents and by brothers Jerry Harrington and Patrick Harrington.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, July 9 from 2-5 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Private burial services will be held by the family at Montour Falls Cemetery at a later date.

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

Contributions may be directed to the Odessa-Montour Central District football program, 300 College Ave., Odessa, NY 14869 or the Odessa Fire Department, 300 E. Main St., Odessa, NY 14869.

Obituary: Claraneal Creighton

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

Claraneal "Clary" Creighton

Age 93, of Hector, NY, passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home with daughter Phyllis and grandson Allen by her side on July 1, 2016.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Thursday, July 7 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. A funeral service will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church.

Clary was born in Newfield, NY, the daughter of the late Lochary Van Kirk and Amanda Rogers Van Kirk. She was employed as a Laboratory Technician of Plant Science in the Ornamental Horticulture Department at Cornell University. After taking early retirement, she continued to work as a Laboratory Technician for Phillip Morris in Richmond, Virginia.

Clary was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She was a member of the Methodist Church, a former RSVP Volunteer and former member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the V-L-H Fire Department. She passionately loved horses, flowers, fishing and her friends.

She was predeceased by her parents; sisters, Betty Pakkala and Barbara Van Kirk; brother Edwin “Jack” Van Kirk and his wife Anna; great niece Diane Pakkala Dibble; and former husband and friend, John Creighton. She is survived by her two daughters, Amanda Creighton of New Jersey and Phyllis Creighton Cady of Burdett; sister, Annie Ostrander of Newfield; her cherished grandson, Allen (Caitlin) Cady of Burdett; two great-grandchildren, Bryce and Emma Cady, who were the lights of her life; nieces and nephews, Sandy (Rick) Van Kirk, Richard (Georgette) Pakkala, Tom (Julie) Van Kirk, Bobby Ostrander, and Ricky Ostrander; special niece and nephew, Eddie and Linda Van Kirk; and several great nieces, nephews, cousins and many wonderful friends made along her life’s journey.

Those wishing may consider a memorial donation to the V-L-H Fire Department, PO Box 46, Hector, NY 14841 or the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church, 3420 Coates Road, Burdett, NY 14818. You may express condolences to the family or "Light a Candle of Remembrance" online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Nathan E. Bailey

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

Nathan Eugene Bailey

Age 87, of Montour Falls, NY and formerly of Alpine, NY, passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility.

He was born in Van Etten at the home of his uncle, George Staurowsky, on April 5, 1929, the son of the late George and Mary (Staurowsky) Bailey. As a child, Nate lived in Spencer, NY. The family moved near Troy, PA for a few years, then on to Bellona, NY. When he was about 16 years old, the family relocated to a small farm on East Hill Road in Spencer.

Nate enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1950, serving in the Korean Conflict as a Conductor on an ammunition train. After returning home from Korea, Nate married his sweetheart, Harriet Jenkins, in May 1953. He and Harriet lived in Elmira, NY while Nate worked at the 7 Up Bottling Company as a delivery driver for a few years. After starting a family, he and Harriet lived in Cayuta, NY until 1965, then moved to Alpine.

In the late 1950s, Nate's enthusiasm and work ethic earned him an offer from Stephens & Welty, who owned a distributorship at the Elmira Bottling Company, to drive, sell and deliver Pepsi-Cola. When a distributorship came up for sale several years later, Nate purchased it. His association with Pepsi-Cola and the Elmira Bottling Company lasted nearly 30 years, until his retirement in the early 1980s.

He and Harriet had separated in 1978 and eventually divorced in 1997. After retirement, Nate lived in Elmira and in Alpine, then settled in Kentwood, LA for about 15 years, where he remarried. Upon his second wife's death, he returned to New York. Nate was a member of the American Legion and past member of both the Moose and the Elks.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Harriet J. Bailey; his second wife, Dorthay (Hornbrook) Bailey; his siblings, George Bailey, Harvey Bailey and Mary Lou (Bailey) Fink; and step siblings John Keenan and Marion (Keenan) VanDewark.

Nate and Harriet had five children who survive him: Candis Bailey (Eric), Winona (Alan) Fisher, Nathan L. Bailey, R. Dana (Taina) Bailey, and Harris (Elaine) Bailey; a brother, Richard Bailey; eight grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, June 28 from 5-7 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Military honors will be conducted at the funeral home at the conclusion of calling hours.

To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com. Donations in Nate's memory may also be made to Seneca View Skilled Nursing Unit 1.

Obituary: Sandra S. Miller

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

Sandra S. Miller

Age 72, of Newfield, NY (formerly of Norwich, NY and Ithaca, NY) passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2016 surrounded by family at Cayuga Medical Center.

Sandy was born in May 1944 in Lafayette, Indiana. As a child, she was fortunate enough to travel to many locations across the world due to the demand for her father’s expertise. She worked for many years at Ithaca College, most recently as Warehouse Supervisor. She enjoyed buying and selling collectibles at various antique shows, including the long-term booth she had at Tioga Downs Antiques and General Marketplace. Sandy also sold advertising and collectible toys with her son Mark through their shared website.

Sandy was well known for her quick wit, great sense of humor and her knack for puns. Frogs were her favorite and her fear of spiders might be seen as comical by some. Sandy was a loving mother and grandmother.

She was predeceased by her mother and father, Margaret and Floyd Slate, and her daughter, Denise VanAmburg of Watkins Glen. She is survived by her sister, Sally (Tom) McEnteer of Owego, NY, and brother, Rex (Maggie) Slate of Bulgaria. She is also survived by her son, Mark (Alicia) Miller of Moon Township, PA; son-in-law Tom VanAmburg of Watkins Glen; and three grandchildren, Brian and Jessica VanAmburg of Nashville TN, and Emily Miller of Moon Township, PA, as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call on Friday, June 24 at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen from 4-6 p.m. A graveside service celebrating Sandra’s life will take place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 25 at Pleasant View Cemetery in Reading Center, NY.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The American Heart Association (online at www.heart.org). You may express condolences to the family or "Light a Candle of Remembrance" online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Helen Marie Balthasar

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

Helen Marie "Mickey" Sipperley Balthasar

Age 79, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2016 very quickly [after a diagnosis of cancer on June 11, 2016] at Highland Hospital surrounded by her daughters and granddaughters.

Mickey was born in Watkins Glen on July 15, 1936 to the late Willis and Sophia (Janowski) Green.

Mickey is survived by her daughters Julie (Joe) Gibbons and grandchildren Grace and Jed Gibbons of Rochester and Jodi (Karl) Kania and grandchildren Teddy and Safia Kania of Canandaigua, NY. She is also survived by her late husband’s children Robert, Edward, Donald (Kathie), grandsons Brian and Kevin, son James, and granddaughter Jennifer, and daughter Virginia (Lee) Gross and granddaughters Kendell and Camryn.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Edward C. Balthasar, in 2013; a brother, William F. Green, in 1988; and by one of her late husband's sons, John Balthasar.

Mickey graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1954 and attended Nursing School in Rochester, NY before transitioning to work as a dance instructor at Arthur Murray School of Dance. Dancing was a passion she continued to enjoy her entire life and was able to teach those in the community.

She took a job as a legal secretary to Vince Tofany in Rochester, NY, and she became a member of the Young Republican club in Rochester, which is another passion she continued throughout her life. Her service to her political party in Rochester, Nunda, NY and Watkins Glen was admirable as she campaigned for many as well as worked election days as a poll inspector.

Mickey then made raising her family and tending the family business her focus.

She obtained a job in 1977 as a project secretary at Senior Community Service Employment Program in Mt. Morris, NY.  She transferred her job as project secretary with this agency back to her hometown of Watkins Glen. She then moved back into the house where she was born in the summer of 1986, bringing her teenage daughters to live with her, her parents and her brother.

In 1993 Mickey took a job as an Activities Aide at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY. She continued with this job until her retirement in 2004.

Mickey had a full life of serving her community and friends through activities she enjoyed, such as being active as a majorette leader, a choreographer for community plays in Nunda, Mt. Morris Bowling Leagues, the Watkins Glen International Race Track, SELGA and the Watkins Glen Golf Course. She was an election inspector and a Republican Party poll watcher, she worked on various political campaigns, and was part of St. Mary's Guild and St. Mary's Resurrection Choir. A true passion for her was the Prayer Shawl Ministry at St. Mary's of the Lake. She also enjoyed participating in Moose Club, Elks Club and Mechanics Club activities.

Friends and family may call from 9-11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 28 at the Link at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen, where her Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. in the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary's of the Lake Church, PO Box 289, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or to the BPOE, Watkins Glen Lodge 1546, 300 N. Madison Ave., Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

Mickey was an inspiration in our community as a positive can-do personality full of energy and light. She will be sorely missed.

Memories of Mickey may be shared at www.haughey-Woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Ruth Marie Parker

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

Ruth Marie Klein Parker

Of Old Lake Road, Lodi, NY, originally from Binghamton and Newark, NY, passed away peacefully on June 20, 2016. She was at home with her family and the Angels from Hospice.

Ruth was born in 1924 to John and Mable Klein of Forest City, PA -- one of four girls: Ellen (Runte), Dorothy (Kaufman), Ruth (Parker) and Ann (Clapper).

Ruth is survived by her only child, Janette Brown of Odessa, NY; grandson Aaron Brown, and granddaughters Carie Brown and Brooke Brown. Five grandchildren: Joe Brown, Titus Buisch, Sheode Brown, Taryn Busich, and Courtney Brown; one great grandson, Loel Fitzimmons; and special adopted daughter Patricia Giblin of Apalachian, NY. She is also survived by her youngest sister, Ann Clapper of Texas, and many nieces and nephews from Binghamton, Massachusetts, Texas and California.

Ruth had a wonderful life, as she would say so often. Especially the years of sailing the Finger Lakes with her late husband, John Parker, on their beloved yacht the C'est La Vie and building their dream house on Lodi Point on Seneca Lake.

Ruth was employed by Willard Psychiatric Center as Director of Volunteers until the late 1990s and had a Market Research Business in Binghamton in the early 1960s. She was also an active member of the Auburn Power Squadron.

A private memorial service will be held at her home on Lodi Point in place of calling hours.

Donations can be made in Ruth’s honor to The Arc of Schuyler, which has taken wonderful care over many years with day services for her beloved granddaughter Brooke Brown.

Obituary: Donald A. Flatt

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

Donald A. "Don" Flatt

Age 87, formerly of Odessa, NY, passed away on Monday, June 13, 2016 at the Merrimack County Nursing Home in Boscawen, NH.

He was born in Odessa on September 26, 1928, the son of the late G. Arthur and Dorothy F. Flatt. He attended Lyndonville and Odessa schools and Cornell University. Don served with the U.S. Army and was a combat veteran of the Korean War. He also served in the Air Force Reserves and was a longtime licensed pilot. Don managed the Ithaca Agway for 25 years, and later retired from Cornell University Veterinary College.

Don was a trustee for Laurel Hill Cemetery, President and Secretary of the Odessa Lions Club, Mayor and Trustee of the Village of Odessa, Trustee of the D.S. Peterson Library, Chief of the Scottish-American Society, and Lay Leader and Chairman of the Trustees of the Odessa Methodist Church. He was Past Legion Commander, co-founder of the Schuyler County Memorial Park, did tours for the National Wartime Museum, and was co-founder of the Odessa “Breakfast Club” (3 men grew to 25). Don loved the outdoors and hunted and fished on three different continents.

He is survived by his wife, June Ann; son, Robert A. Flatt; daughter, Peggy Flatt-Danis (Patrick); sister, Beverly Riley; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters, Marjorie Brink and Barbara Flatt.

Graveside services with full military honors will be held on Tuesday, June 21 at 11:00 a.m. at Laurel Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church or the Schuyler County Veterans Memorial Park.

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

Obituary: Helen (Trudy) Minichiello

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

Helen G. (Trudy) Minichiello

Age 76, of Lakeland, Florida and formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on June 14, 2016.

She was born on November 28, 1939 in Elmira, NY. Trudy was an award-winning beautician in her youth until she transitioned into an award-winning wife, mother and grandmother for the remainder of her life.

Trudy was predeceased by her father and mother, Richard R. and Martha B. Williams, brother Richard Williams Jr., and sister Martha (Marty) Hadlock. She is survived by her husband and best friend of 54 years, Thomas Minichiello; sons James (Lone) Minichiello, Thomas lll (Sandy) Minichiello, Michael (Pam) Minichiello, and Joseph Minichiello, and daughter Ann (Kyle) Tuttle. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren, James (Lindsey) Minichiello, Stephen Minichiello, Tony (Alyssa) Minichiello, Dominic (Drew Moore) Minichiello, Maria (Robert) Moeslein, Dominick L. (Becca Antelis) Minichiello, Vincent Minichiello, Haley (Dale Carrigan) Tuttle, Adam Tuttle, and Jackie (Mike) Szymoniak. She was also recently blessed with the arrival of two great-grandchildren, Presley Jean Minichiello and Michael Szymoniak. She is also survived by her sisters Suzanne (Vince) Faulisi and Judith (Walt) Seyter; brother Douglas (Clare) Williams; sisters-in-law Mary Beligotti and Nicholina Tipaldos; brothers-in-law Bill Minichiello and Gerald Hadlock, and several nieces and nephews.

She and her husband owned and operated the Lakeview Motel and Restaurant in Watkins Glen for many years until they sold their business in 1988. During those years, she also raised her five children, operated a taxi service between the Watkins Glen High School and her home, put on numerous dinners at the Watkins Glen Elks Club with her best friend, Vera Franzese, and acted as a second mother to too many people to list. She was a very understated woman with an over-abundant heart and will be greatly missed by all.

The family will receive friends on Friday, July 1, 2016 from 4-6 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, July 2 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen.

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

Obituary: Colleen L. Howell

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

Colleen L. Howell

Age 90, of Bradford, NY, died on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls, NY. 

Friends are invited to calling hours from 1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 16 at the Tyrone United Methodist Church, Church Street, Tyrone, NY, where her funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Beth Kottemann officiating. Burial will follow in Tyrone Union Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tyrone United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1, Tyrone, NY 14887 or the Tyrone Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 69, Tyrone, NY 14887.

Colleen was born October 31, 1925 in Syracuse, NY, the daughter of the late Lloyd and Hattie Scott Moore. She graduated from Dundee Central School in 1943. On June 16, 1945 she married the late Van Liew Howell, who passed away on Nov. 11, 1981.

Mrs. Howell was a bookkeeper for 30 years at the former Dundee State Bank, retiring in 1987. She was a dedicated 66-year member and former treasurer of the Tyrone Methodist Church.

She is loved and will be missed by her daughter, Connie C. (Marty) West of Bradford; two granddaughters, Debra L. (Stephe) Bedient of Watkins Glen, NY and Tammy L. (Jay) Little of Corning, NY; four great grandchildren, Matt and Jared Bedient, and Kyle and Amber Little; two nephews, Larry (Joan) Howell and Bob (Dorothy) Howell, both of Florida; and two nieces, Elsie Emerson of Massachusetts and Janet Bower of Florida.

Special thanks to Dr. Blanche Borzell, who was her very caring doctor for many years; and also to the staff at Schuyler Hospital, for their very compassionate ways.

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

Obituary: Donald Thomas Frary

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

Donald Thomas "Donnie, Bubba" Frary

Age 49, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Cayuga Medical Center.

Donnie was born on November 18, 1966 in Elmira Heights, NY to Donald Frary, Sr. and Regina Kies, who predeceased him. Donnie lived in the Watkins Glen area for many years, making his home with The Arc of Schuyler since 1991 and attending their Day Program full time.

Donnie was a very spirited man who loved his family and friends dearly. He loved listening to music and playing along with the rhythm. He was an avid car and truck enthusiast and enjoyed scenic rides around his community and spending time on the farm with his sisters.

Donnie is survived by his sisters, Barbara Seals (Terrance), Susan Thompson (John Hines), and Kathleen Frary (Tony Torrance). He is also survived by cousins Diane Smith, Daniel Kress and Johnny Kress; nephews Nick Browning, Wayne McCarthy, and William Thompson, nieces Yvonne Blake, Heather Briggman and Melissa Clark, in addition to many great nieces and nephews and special friend Rachel. Donnie is also survived by his entire family at The Arc of Schuyler, who will miss him greatly.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen on Wednesday, June 15 at 10:30 a.m. A celebration of Don’s life will be held at 11:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in Don’s name be made to The Arc of Schuyler, 203 Twelfth St., Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Frank Edward Stermer II

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

Frank Edward Stermer II

Age 82, passed on June 12, 2016.

It's impossible to put into words the lives he touched, each of us in different ways. Devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Avid farmer, hunter, fisher and talker who liked games of chance. Always ready to greet you with either a handshake or a hug. He lived the Marine Corps motto: Semper Fidelis.

Frank was a Marine. He served as a Marine Corps Sergeant in The Korean War for four years. Married the love of his life Barbara on June 28, 1958. He succeeded his father as the Agriculture Manager at Elmira Correctional Facility, where he worked for 30 years before retiring. He also started his own Stermer Farm in Montour Falls in 1965, where he worked with his loving wife every day, unless they were spending time in Florida or Arizona.

Frank was a patriot and a life member of the E.J. Brewer Marine Corps League, where he was an active honor guard in the E.J. Brewer Detachment. He believed in the organization and the importance of each and every person who served. He was also a life member of the VFW Post 6083 in Elmira Heights and the American Legion of Big Flats and pledged his membership with the Elks Lodge 2297 of Horseheads, as well as The Montour Moose Lodge 426.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara A. (Biddle) Stermer; children, Tammy Schreier, Cindy (Lester) Cady, Glenda (Robert) Simpson, Keith (Ceridwen) Stermer and Wayne Stermer; known as "Poppy" to his grandchildren, Tabrina (Andy) Schreier Jawarski, Kurtis (Jessica) Vondracek, Allen (Caitlin) Cady, Kristina Vondracek, Ceinwen Stermer, Dakota Simpson, Morgan Stermer, Cameron Schreier, Bronwyn Stermer, Rhys Stermer, and seven great grandchildren; and brother, Earl (Cindy) Stermer. He was predeceased by brothers Raymond Stermer and Todd Stermer.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, Inc., 413 S. Main St., Horseheads on Wednesday, June 15 from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. and again from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. A committal service with full Military Honors will be held on Thursday, June 16 at 10 a.m. in Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira.

In lieu of flowers, you are welcome to send a donation to the E.J. Brewer Marine Corps League: E.J. Brewer Detachment, PO Box 236, Horseheads, NY 14845. Condolences and remembrances at www.barberfuneralhome.com

Semper Fidelis

Obituary: Charles F. Perry

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

Charles F. Perry

Age 82, of Watkins Glen, passed away on Sunday, June 5, 2016 after a brief illness.

The family will receive friends and relatives on Friday, June 10 from 2-4 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 Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Altay Baptist Church in Dundee, followed by the burial, with military honors, at the Union Cemetery of Tyrone.

Charles was born on April 13, 1934 in Tyrone, NY to Raymond and Mildred Perry. He was the middle child of nine children. He honorably served in the U.S. Army.

He was predeceased by his parents, and by siblings Celia Bowdin, Doris Pipes, Alfred Perry and Grace Ameigh. He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, June; daughters, Loretta (Ed) Howell of Himrod, Sandy (Roger) Scott of Cary, NC, Ella Hullings of Penn Yan, Evelyn Hetherington of Watkins Glen, and Cheryll (Eric) Navestad of Montour Falls; step-daughter, Tammy Maas of Phoenix, AZ; four brothers, Albert, Robert, Edward and Lawrence Perry; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends.

Charles was a member and trustee of the Altay Baptist Church; a 45-year IAEI (Genesee Valley Chapter), and Life Member of Local 313 International Union (Painted Post). He loved gardening, and loved to share his vegetables with his family and friends.

Memorial donations may be made to the Altay Baptist Church, 4289 Six Corners, Dundee, NY 14837; or the Tyrone Fire Department, P.O. Box 69, Tyrone, NY 14887. You may express condolences to the family or "Light a Candle of Remembrance" online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Dale W. VanWormer Sr.

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

Dale William VanWormer Sr.

Age 52, of Montour Falls, NY, died unexpectedly on June 1, 2016 at his residence in Montour Falls, after suffering a long series of medical problems for many years.

Dale was born in Lancaster, California to Norvelle and Violet VanWormer, who later moved to Trumansburg, NY, where he attended school. After high school, Dale worked with several contractors and began his own career as a carpenter. He became well known for his skill and his ability to fix almost anything. He also worked as a contractor and a salesman during his lifetime. His passion for building was only surpassed by his love for his pets and especially for his only son, Dale Jr.

He very much enjoyed cooking, in which he was primarily self-taught. He prided himself on creating unique recipes, his grilling technique, and also in perfecting traditional meals such as the Sunday Roast. He will always be remembered for preparing these delicious meals and sharing them with his family and friends.

Dale is survived by his son, Dale Jr.; father, Norvelle “Bud”; mother, Violet; brothers, Larry, Ronnie, and Clinton; sister, Nancy; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Dale was predeceased in death by his wife Deb; and brothers, Glen and David.

The Requiem Holy Eucharist will be celebrated and the life of Dale W. VanWormer Sr. remembered at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Watkins Glen, NY at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 10.

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: Anna Munroe

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

Anna Munroe

Age 75, of Valois, NY, passed away on May 29, 2016.

A Memorial Service celebrating her life will be held Saturday, June 18 at 2:00 p.m. at the Valois-Hector-Logan Fire Department in Hector, NY.

Anna was born in Montour Falls, NY on May 12, 1941, to the late Robert and Margaret (Funk) Holford. Survivors include her husband, John M. Munroe; sons, James R. Munroe (Susan Cecce) and Michael J. Munroe; daughter, Tammy L. Munroe (Robert Carrigan); brothers, Robert Holford Jr. (JoAnn), James A. Munroe and Richard E. Munroe (Ann); sisters, Elizabeth Landon (Alfred) and Pat Chaffie; seven grandchildren, Marisha Munroe, Jeffrey Munroe, John Munroe, Shauna Carrigan, Kylee Carrigan Jessica Cecce and Katie Cecce; seven great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and cousins.

Memorial donations may be made to the V-L-H Fire Department or V-L-H Women’s Auxiliary, 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 by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Robert E. Gauck

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

Robert E. Gauck

Age 60, of Montour Falls, left this life to be with his beloved daughter, Melinda, and wife Debra on Monday, May 30, 2016. Also, his parents, Eugene F. and Ester (Dimmick) Gauck, preceded him.

Rob leaves his loving daughter, Jessica (Chris) Sokira; son, Jason (Kristie) Gauck; the prides of his life -- grandchildren Hailey, Brooke, and Jason Gauck, and Owen and Gwendolyn Sokira; beloved sister, Gwen (Gregg) Ruvolo; brothers, Gerald and John (Mari) Gauck; his children’s mother, Katherine (Ash) Mauler; many loving nieces and nephews; a faithful companion, Linda; and his best pal “Buddy.”

Robert served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Austin (LPD-4). He was a very loyal Harley-Davidson enthusiast and an avid New York Yankees fan.

The family will receive friends on Friday, June 17 from 5-7 p.m. at the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge, 300 N. Madison Ave., Watkins Glen.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter & Paul’s Cemetery, Elmira (Mt. Zoar St. entrance). His final rest will be at the side of his beloved wife Debra.

Remembrances may be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Florence C. Wilbur

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

Florence C. Wilbur

Age 89, of Station Road in Watkins Glen, passed away peacefully on June 2, 2016.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Monday, June 6 from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at the funeral home at 3:00 p.m., Rev. Nancy Meehan-Yao officiating. Burial will be at Glenwood Cemetery.

She was predeceased by her husband, David “Bud” Wilbur Sr; parents, Clayton, Sr. and Belva Crout; two brothers, Claire Goltry and Arnold Crout; three sisters, Mary Yaw, Lillian Johnson and Eldred Sgrecci; son-in-law, John Pratt Sr.; grandson, John Pratt Jr.; and daughter-in-law, Linda Wilbur.

She is survived by four children, Richard Wilbur, Nancy Pratt, David Jr. (Donna) Wilbur, and Deborah (John) Brame; brother, Clayton (Geraldine) Crout Jr.; sister-in-law, Carole Crout; several nieces and nephews; 10 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

In 1943, she met the love of her life, David “Bud” Wilbur, and they later married on September 23, 1944. She and her husband raised their four children on a 144-acre farm in Watkins Glen. She served as a Schuyler County 4-H Leader for over 8 years. She also enjoyed cooking, baking and gardening. After her husband retired, they pursued his dream, to own a team of draft horses. They traveled the state to numerous draft horse pulling competitions, winning numerous trophies and ribbons.

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

Obituary: Marjorie E. Starkweather

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

Marjorie E. Starkweather

Age 94, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Sunday, May 29, 2016 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility.

She was born on July 9, 1921, the daughter of the late Charles H. and Edith M. (Coykendall) Carrigan. Marjorie was a member of the Odessa Baptist Church, Women of the Moose in Montour Falls, the Rebekahs, and the Odessa Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary, and was a former Girl Scout Leader.

She was predeceased by her husband, Merle Starkweather; and brothers and sisters, Gerald and Robert Carrigan, Elaine Anderson, Vera Thomas and Ruth Givin. She is survived by her children, Merle (Jean) Starkweather of Zephyrhills, FL., Carol (Frank) Dudgeon of Cayuta, NY, David (Helen) Starkweather of Montour Falls, Diane Johnson of Cocoa Beach, FL, and Bonnie (Douglas) Schwenn of South Lima, NY; sisters, Helen VanSkiver of Odessa, and Arlene Sherrouse of Lakeland, FL; 14 grandchildren; several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Burial will be in Highland Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Contributions may be made in her memory to the Odessa Fire Department. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Calvin J. Crouch

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

Calvin J. Crouch

Age 62, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away peacefully on May 31, 2016 after a long illness.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Sunday, June 5 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen on Monday at 10:30 a.m., followed by a committal service at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Calvin was born on February 2, 1954 in Town of Barton, NY to Herschel and Henrietta Filippetti Crouch.

He is survived by his loving wife and friend of almost 43 years, Nancy; children, Jessica Duvall of Owego and Anntionette Crouch (Todd Crayton) of Penn Yan; 4 grandchildren, Rosalyn Duvall, Vincent Duvall, Christian Hall and Kimberly Mcconnell; great-granddaughter, Kouria; several aunts and cousins; father- and mother-in-law, Dan and Ann Neumire of Reading Center; sister-in-law Cindy Neumire; brothers-in-law and their wives, Danny (Joanne), Don (Tracy), Dale (Janet), and Dana (Christina) Neumire; several nieces and nephews; and also several great friends.

Calvin was employed by Enterprise Products Corporation (TEPPCO) for over 36 years. He loved spending time with family and friends, and was passionate about his hobbies, including model building, woodworking and miniatures. Calvin enjoyed any style auto racing, spending many weekends flagging at the track. He also enjoyed being outdoors fishing, hunting, and watching wildlife. He also enjoyed traveling everywhere from across country to southern beaches. Calvin always loved a good card game, good food, and laughing. He coached Small Fry Football for many years. He also coached wrestling at Odessa and Watkins Glen schools. Calvin will be remembered for his great smile and laugh.

Thanks to everyone who helped along the way. We will all miss him. Those wishing to remember Calvin may consider a donation to one’s charity of choice. You may express condolences to the family in our online guestbook or "Light a Candle of Remembrance" at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Mike Labonte

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by family friends.

Mike Labonte

Age 41, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, May 30, 2016.

He leaves behind his beloved daughter and her siblings, whose lives he impacted with his presence, and many friends who loved him dearly.

Throughout his life, he saw the good in others and was always there to lend a helping hand, even if he didn’t have but himself to give. He will always be known for his love for the New York Yankees and the Atlanta Falcons, and his way with food. He loved his family and friends with all that he had, and loved cooking and creating meals that warmed the soul. He will be truly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Friends and family are asked to gather for a memorial service on Monday, June 6 from 6-8 p.m. at the Montour Falls Fire Department.

Obituary: Roy A. Hallenbeck

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

Roy A. Hallenbeck

Age 67, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY.

He was born in Corning, NY on February 11, 1949, the son of the late Carl and Evelyn (Sunderlin) Hallenbeck. Roy graduated from Bradford Central School in 1967 and Williamsport Community College in 1969. He worked as an auto body man for Learn Motors in Watkins Glen for 40 years.

He is survived by his daughter, Teri (Norman) Androvette of Port Jervis, NY; his son, Roy A. (Helen) Hallenbeck, Jr., of Jacksonville, FL.; a brother, Paul (Sally) Hallenbeck of Rhinebeck, NY; five grandchildren; one great grandchild; and two nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Earl Hallenbeck.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, June 3 from 3-4 p.m. at the Glen Baptist Church, 3311 Reading Rd., Watkins Glen. A service will follow at 4:00 p.m. at the church.

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

Obituary: Wellington R. Doane, Jr.

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

Wellington R. Doane, Jr.

Age 62, of Odessa, NY passed away on Monday, May 23, 2016 at home.

He was born in Montour Falls, NY on December 11, 1953, the son of the late Wellington R. Doane, Sr. and Carol Doane. He graduated from Odessa-Montour Schools and was employed through the Carpenters Local Union 277 for 26 years, retiring in January of 2016. Wellington was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and friend.

He is survived by his wife, Carol A. (Black) Doane; daughter, Jamie R. Smith of Odessa; stepson, Richard S. Smith of Beaver Dams; sisters, Charlotte Carpenter and Carolyn Christianson; and four grandchildren, Brittany Smith, Cody Smith, Joey Glossenger and Connor Fiala. He was predeceased by a sister, Sharon Neidlein.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, May 28, 2016 from 1-3 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Fanny (Milizia) LaForty

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

Fanny (Milizia) LaForty

Age 88, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

Fanny is survived by her three children, Nancy (LaForty) Hoover, (Ernest) Michele LaForty, and Arnold W. LaForty; grandsons, Erik Hoover (Liz), Troy Hoover ( Amy), and Tim Hoover; great-grandchildren Ben, Kevin, and Anna Hoover; sister, Yolanda Swartz; several nieces and nephews, and many close friends.

Fanny ran Seneca Highlands Campground in Watkins Glen, NY, was a teacher aide at Watkins Glen Middle School and later ran her own business, Fanny LaForty Real Estate & Public Record Bulletin. Fanny volunteered with Seneca Santa, St. Mary's Guild and various other local causes. She loved playing cards at the Elks, Mechanics Club and VFW.

Fanny's charismatic personality touched so many lives. She was always ready to help, lend an ear, and give a hug. Fanny's baking expertise was well known. She was always bringing her famous peanut butter balls, cookies, and cakes to anyone who needed cheering up or as a thank you. She was a loving mom and a devoted grandmother and great-grandmother. Fanny will be greatly missed, but her spirit will live on through our wonderful memories.

A heartfelt thank you to the amazing nurses, doctors and staff at Arnot-Ogden Hospital, Richard & Betty Scuteri, and Pam and Ron Hickman for their care and love! In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Seneca Santa, PO Box 22, Watkins Glen, NY 14891, in Fanny's memory.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Friday, May 27 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester at the convenience of the family.

Obituary: Dorothy I. Campbell

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

Dorothy I. Campbell

Age 90, of Dundee, NY, passed away on Friday, May 20, 2016 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY.

She was born in Wellsboro, PA on March 2, 1926, the daughter of the late Charles and Marguerite (Jacoby) Root. She operated Dot’s Beauty Shop in Dundee for many years.

She was predeceased by her son, James Stanton; and her siblings, Susan Lathop, Laura Tucker, Marian Knaus, Floyd Root, Edward Root, Wayne Herrington, Leroy Root and Frederick Love. She is survived by her daughter, Bonnie Brown of Missouri; three granddaughters, three grandsons; several great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was buried in Fairview Cemetery in Middlebury Center, PA. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Jane M. Peterson

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

Jane M. Peterson

Age 62, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away at home on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

She was born in Corning, NY on November 28, 1953, the daughter of the late Arthur and Vinnie Buldra.

She is survived by her husband, James Peterson; two sons, James (Melissa) Peterson, Jr., and Shawn Peterson; four sisters; one brother; two grandchildren, Anthony and David; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter, Marie Jane Peterson, in 1983.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Grace P. Ameigh

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

Grace P. Ameigh

Age 92, formerly of Rock Stream, NY, where she made her home for 61 years, and formerly of Montour Falls, passed away in the comfort of her daughter's home on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Wednesday, May 25 from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at the funeral home at 5:00 p.m. A private burial will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date at Rock Stream Cemetery.

Grace was born on February 16, 1924 in Tyrone, NY to Raymond and Mildred Wood Perry. She graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1940. She was a member of Schuyler County 4-H and was a 4-H leader for 13 years.

Grace served as secretary for Rock Stream Cemetery for 15 years, and worked for chartering and recording many area cemeteries. She was also a charter member of the Jo-Ho Genealogy group doing extensive research for family genealogy. Grace enjoyed gardening and working in the vineyards of area farmers. She retired from Spring Ledge Farms in 1985 after 30 years employment.

She was a former member of the Tyrone United Methodist Church and attended the Rock Stream Presbyterian Church.

She was predeceased by an infant son and daughter; husband Earl H. Ameigh; sisters Celia Bowdoin and Doris Pipes; and brother, Alfred Perry. She is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth (Joe) Matwiejow of Watkins Glen; sons, Robert (Donna) Ameigh of Dundee, NY, and David (Estella) Ameigh of Dundee; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; five brothers; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes you consider a donation in her memory to Care First, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870 (or online at www.CareFirstNY.org). You may express condolences to the family or "Light a Candle of Remembrance" online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Eugene A. Gardiner

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

Eugene A. Gardiner

Age 85, of Odessa, NY, passed away at home, surrounded by family, on Saturday, May 14, 2016 after a long battle with cancer.

He was born in Corning, NY on January 11, 1931, the son of Harold and Margaret (Wiesel) Gardiner. Eugene was a graduate of Odessa Central School and attended Corning Community College. He then went to work with National Homes, building houses in the Southern Tier. He went on to join Bennett Die and Tool, Inc., where he worked for 42 years  as a tool and die maker before his retirement in 1996.

Eugene was well known in Schuyler County for his dedicated service to the community. A volunteer firefighter, he served 58 years in the Odessa Fire Department. He was also a member of the Central New York State Fireman’s Association and the Schuyler County Firefighters Association, and Schuyler County Deputy Coordinator. Eugene was a devoted Christian. He and his wife, Patricia, were members of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Catharine for over 60 years, where he served as a warden and vestry member. He enjoyed camping, gardening, and family gatherings.

He is survived by his wife of over 65 years, Patricia (Lewis) Gardiner; three daughters, Dawn (Ted) Larison of Cortland, Karen Gardiner of Horseheads, and Denise (Mark) Switzer of Odessa; eight granddaughters, Kristen Harris of Myrtle Beach, SC, Rebecca (Matthew) Saros of Annapolis, MD, Shannon (Robert) Smith of Zionsville, IN, Jacqueline Switzer (Anthony Rodriguez) of Cape May, NJ, Bridgett Kellogg of Elmira, Jennifer (Herb) Whittaker of Brooktondale, Elizabeth Larison of Brooklyn, and Elise Craver of Odessa; eight great grandchildren, Jasmine Rory, Emily Donnell, Joseph Saros, Erin Donnell, Isabella Saros, Halley Smith, Peyton Whittaker, and Olivia Whittaker; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; a sister, Joan Randall of Dryden; and a daughter, Susan Manges (Dick) of Elmira.

There will be a memorial service at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Catharine, NY on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in Odessa. Friends and family are invited to a reception at the church following the burial.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Schuyler County Volunteer Ambulance Association (SCVAA), Odessa Fire Department, St. John’s Episcopal Church, or CareFirst (Hospice).

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

Obituary: Charles D. Masin

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

Charles D. Masin

Age 60, of Alpine, NY passed away unexpectedly on Monday, May 9, 2016 at home.

He was born in Montour Falls, NY on December 29, 1955, the son of Charles W. and Helen (Holik) Masin. Charles was a graduate of Odessa-Montour High School. He was employed at Walmart in Watkins Glen, and previously worked at Toshiba in Horseheads. He was a member of CSA.

He was predeceased by his parents and by a sister, Marianne Kelley, in 2002. He is survived by his sister, Helen Masin of Palmyra, NY; niece and nephews, Charles (Amanda) Friends, Amy Kelley (Mitch Gleckner), Jonathan (Katherine) Nierenburg and Jason (Hida) Nierenburg; great nephews, Sean Masin Nierenburg and Colton Nierenburg, both of New Hampshire, Daniel J. Iorio, Sean Kelly and Xander Friends; great nieces, Shelby Friends of California, Madisyn Friends, and JulieAnn and Jocelyn Gleckner; best friends, Terry Reynolds, Chris Bordenent and adopted granddaughter Ava Reynolds; several cousins; and friends and co-workers at Walmart in Watkins Glen.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, May 14 from 5:00-5:30 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A memorial service will follow at 5:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the SPCA. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Cynthia Jo Pinkard

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Cynthia Jo Pinkard (Smith, Armstrong)

Cyndy gained her wings on Monday, April 11, 2016.

She was born October 31, 1958 in Waverly, NY, and raised in Ithaca, NY, joining the USAF in 1978. Cyndy was among the first women to not only be active duty but involved in law enforcement.

Cyndy married her first husband, Jerry Armstrong, and had four children. Divorced and raising her four children with the help of her mother-in-law Jean, Cyndy met her second husband, Jim Pinkard; together they had twins. The family settled for a time in California, where Cyndy became a 411 operator. Moving to New York to care for her aging mother, Cyndy found herself surrounded by wonderfully caring friends working at Home Depot as "the Paint Lady," and at the Monterey Volunteer Fire Department.

Cyndy is survived by her husband of 25 years, James Pinkard; her six children, Rebecca Connelly (Armstrong) (husband Jim Connelly), Jennifer Armstrong, Michael Armstrong, Elizabeth Armstrong, Matthew Pinkard, and Jonathan Pinkard; her wonderful grandchildren, Christopher Connelly, Alexander Connelly, and Colin Connelly; her in-laws, Becky and James Pinkard; and many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins. Cyndy was predeceased by her mother, Joan C. Smith (Cox), father Richard Smith, adopted mother Billie Jean (Finch) Armstrong, and mother-in-law, Elaine Pinkard.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, May 15 from 2-5 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Services will follow at 5 p.m. Family and friends will then gather at the Monterey Volunteer Fire Department for a reception.

On Monday, May 16, family and friends will depart the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home at 1:30 p.m. to attend Military Honors and committal services at 3:00 p.m. at the Bath National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Care First Home Hospice. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Andrew L. Atwood

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Andrew L. Atwood

Age 9, of Montour Falls, passed away at home on Thursday, April 28, 2016 from Alper’s Disease.

He was born in Montour Falls on February 25, 2007. He is survived by his parents, Michael P. and Leah Atwood of Montour Falls; sister, Alexandra Atwood; grandparents, Michael W. and Connie Atwood and Dennis and Marcia Bauchle, all of Montour Falls; four aunts; three uncles; and 13 cousins.

A celebration of Andrew’s life will be held on Saturday, May 7 at 3:00 p.m. at Journey Center (formerly Glad Tidings Christian Life Church), 116 Breesport Rd., Horseheads.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Marjorie Lynn Smith

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Marjorie Lynn Smith

Age 46, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Monday, May 2, 2016 at Robert Packer Hospital.

She was born in Corning on May 9, 1969, the daughter of Donald L. Smith, Sr. and Connie VanZile Greenfield. Marjorie attended Watkins Glen and Dundee schools. She was employed at one time by Walmart, Arc of Schuyler, and Paesano’s. Marjorie loved life, her dogs, plants, and enjoyed watching the birds.

She was predeceased by her son, Matthew Comfort, in 2006; her stepfather, Kent Greenfield, in 2015; and grandmother, Carrie Smith. She is survived by her fiancé of 17 years, James Cleary of Montour Falls; children, Ashley Smith (Jason Leonard) of Dundee, Amanda Comfort of Montour Falls, Rene Winchell of Beaver Dams, and Damion Westlake of Montour Falls; parents, Connie Greenfield of Dundee and Donald (Sharon) Smith, Sr. of Beaver Dams; siblings, Loretta Marsiglio of Montour Falls, Mike (Tammy) VanZile of Dundee, Donnie (Katie Jane) Smith, Billy Smith of Reading Center, and Chad (Tracey) Smith of SC; five grandchildren, Rhianna, Ryan, Jordan May, Rilley, and Dorothy; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 5 from 10-11 a.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A celebration of Marjorie’s life will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

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

Obituary: Ralph L. Hetherington

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

Ralph Leroy Hetherington

Age 91, of Reading Center, passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at Schuyler Hospital.

He was born in Elmira on January 19, 1925, the son of the late William and Elsie Hetherington. He graduated from Elmira Free Academy and served in the Army Air Corps during WWII. He married Phyllis (Arnold) on November 19, 1943 in Elmira. She passed away in 1988 after 44 years of marriage.

Ralph was a self-employed mason and an antique collector and dealer for more than 60 years. He was a NASCAR fan and collected driver autographs. He also loved to hunt, and to collect beer cans.

He was predeceased by his sisters, Virginia, Irene, and Dorothy. He is survived by his daughter, Barbara (Robert) Long of Reading Center; sons, Larry Hetherington, Sr. of Montour Falls, Dennis (Carol) Hetherington, Sr. of Youngsville, LA, Ralph Hetherington, Jr. (Brenda Beyrau) of Watkins Glen, Michael Hetherington, Sr. of Gillett, PA, and Pat Hetherington, Sr. (Cindy Presher) of Elmira; sister, Betty Devine of Elmira; 24 grandchildren; 51 great grandchildren; 7 great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many other meaningful loved ones in his life.

Services will be held on Friday, May 6 at 11:00 a.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Burial will be in Bath National Cemetery at a later time.

To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Rosanne M. Doane

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

Rosanne M. Doane

Age 67, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, NY on Thursday, April 28, 2016.

Rosanne was born in Montour Falls, NY on October 28, 1948, the daughter of the late Frank E. and Nicolina E. (Franzese) Biagetti.

She is survived by two sons, Adam (Casey) Doane and Anthony Doane of Watkins Glen, NY; brother, Carl (Ellen Siskind) Biagetti of Silver Spring, MD; sister, Lida (Michael) Riedlinger of Pittsford, NY; two grandchildren, Jordan and Michael Doane of Watkins Glen, NY; niece and nephews, Clara and William Riedlinger of Pittsford, NY, Michael Biagetti of Silver Spring, MD and Samuel Biagetti of New York, NY; as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, and a multitude of friends.

Rosanne was a graduate of SUNY Cortland. From there, she went on to teach English at Moravia High School, followed by a 25-year banking career that ended upon her retirement from HSBC. In 2002, she began work at the Watkins Glen Central School District as Registrar and Deputy Treasurer. She was an active member of St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church, and for many years, the Chamber of Commerce and BPW, during which time she was awarded Business Woman of the Year.

Rosanne loved living on the lake and spending time with family and friends. She was her grandchildren’s biggest fan, not only when it came to their sports, but in every aspect of their lives. She was a famously avid Yankee fan as well as an earnest Syracuse rooter, both interests igniting her competitive success at Tuesday night trivia and Wednesday night bowling. These longstanding activities fostered many lasting friendships.

Rosanne, Rosie, Roxy -- no matter what name you knew her by -- you knew a woman who had a heart of gold and a genuine love of people. Never hesitating to lend a helping hand, make a friendly phone call, or give you a warm hug, she would do anything to bring a smile to your face. Our world was a little brighter because Rosanne was a part of our lives.

Friends and family may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, May 2 at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen on Tuesday, May 3 at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Watkins Glen.

Friends and family may share their memories of Rosanne at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Jane DiPronio-Stephany

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

Jane DiPronio-Stephany

Age 79, formerly of East Lake Road, Romulus, and most recently of Ashton Place, Clifton Springs, passed away late Thursday evening, April 28, 2016 at Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic with her loving and devoted family by her side.

Friends and family are invited to call on Monday, May 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Mull Funeral Home, 113 Virginia Street, Waterloo. A funeral mass will be celebrated Tuesday, May 3 at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Mary’s Church, Waterloo. Burial will follow in Saint Mary’s Cemetery.

Jane was born in Willard, NY on June 7, 1936, the daughter of the late John and Grace DiPasquale-DiPronio. She was a graduate of Saint Mary’s and Waterloo High Schools and attended Buffalo State College. Jane was employed at Willard Psychiatric Center, Romulus Central School and most recently the office of Dr. Justin Martin, DDS in Ovid.

She was a Varick Town Poll Watcher and an avid League Bowler, most recently in the Senior League at Sunset Lanes. Jane loved God and her church and was a Lector and Eucharistic minister for Saint Mary’s in Waterloo and Saint Francis in Geneva. She also put endless hours of devotion and love into her family, her home and every meal that the family shared at their home on Seneca Lake.

Jane is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 59 years, Edward, whom she married in 1957; a daughter, Lynn (Lou) Vistocco of Geneva; sons, Mark (Leira) of Watkins Glen, Andrew (Lisa) of Crawfordville, FLA, and Dean (Karen) Stephany of Waterloo; grandchildren, Louis, Stephanie and Sarah Vistocco, Erin (John) Hieb and Christopher, Austin, Kristen and Michael Stephany; a “Grandchild the Great” Ahvianna; sisters-in-law, Lena and Joy DiPronio of Waterloo; and numerous nieces and nephews who were dear to her heart, including special niece Jan Marshall, who provided expert and loving care to “Aunt Jane.”

Jane was preceded in death by her sisters, Palma Marshall, Anna Lewis and Mary Agnello; and brothers Tony, Bartholomew and George DiPronio.

Jane’s family requests memorial contributions be directed to Saint Mary’s of St. Francis/St. Clair Parish, 25 Center Street, Waterloo, NY 13165.

Obituary: Barbara A. Diedrichs

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

Barbara A. Diedrichs

Age 68, of Burdett, died April 29, 2016.

Friends and family are invited to call Friday, May 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen; with funeral services held at the conclusion of visiting hours at 8 p.m., Rev. Mike Kelly officiating.

She is survived by her son, Michael Diedrichs of Tioga, NY; daughter, Karoline Diedrichs of Burdett; five grandchildren, Michael, Carter, Andre, Cameron and Troy; two sisters, Jean Carey of Interlaken and Patricia Ebner of California; friend and companion, dog Gracie; and loving best friend, Anita White.

She was a member of the former Watkins Glen VFW Women’s Auxiliary for many years.

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

Obituary: Iona A. 'Onie' Tanner

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

Iona A. "Onie" Tanner

Age 82, of Odessa, passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at home.

She was born in Burdett on July 6, 1933, the daughter of the late Leon and Louise (Dunbar) Sherrer. Onie graduated from Odessa-Montour High School, where she met her future husband during her senior year.

Mrs. Tanner was a member of the Odessa Wesleyan Church for many years, where she served on the church board, taught Sunday school, and was the church pianist. Onie drove school bus for OMCS for over 30 years, where she was known as “Mrs. Tanner,” “Ma” or “AJ” to all the student riders. She was also a substitute postal carrier for Odessa. She was predeceased by her husband, George A. Tanner, on May 28, 2012.

She is survived by her loving children, Pat (Henry) Fraser of Alpine, Lois (Brian) Hubbell of Alpine, and Joanne Tanner of Odessa; grandchildren, Joyce (Kevin) Matthews, Daniel (Vicki) Fraser, Laurie (Brian) McCoon, Scott (Hannah) Hubbell, Jason (Ali) Hubbell, John (Melinda) Dorn, and Eric (Chainna) Dorn; 13 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and by her beloved cat, Tiger. The family would also like to extend their gratitude to Kay Goossen and Mary Hill for their loving care of Onie during her illness.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, April 29 from 5-8 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A calling hour will be held on Saturday, April 30 from 10-11 a.m. at the Odessa Wesleyan Church, 304 Church St., Odessa. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. with burial in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

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

Obituary: James H. Russell

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

James H. Russell

Age 74, formerly of Odessa and Alpine, NY, passed away on March 22, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Mr. Russell was born in Montour Falls, NY in 1941. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy immediately after high school. He moved to Florida in 1995.

James served in the Vietnam War and was a member of many clubs and associations, including the U.S. Navy Sea Bees from 1957-1970 and VFW Post 1590. He was also a lifetime member of Cooties Pup Tent #6, Eagles of Holly Hill, and the DAV.

He was preceded in death by his son James H. Russell, Jr. of Lebanon TN. He was also predeceased by his wives, Betty and Delores Russell. He is survived by his wife Sandra; daughter Carolyn (Arthur) Sullivan of Edgewater, FL; brother Charles (Sandra) Russell of Watkins Glen, NY; and sisters Ruth (Michael) Kirchenstiner of Tampa, FL and Mary (Frank) Carey of Montour Falls, NY.

A graveside committal service will be held on Thursday, April 28 at 2:00 p.m. at Grove Cemetery in Trumansburg, NY. You may express condolences to the family, sign a guestbook or "Light a Candle of Remembrance" online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Local arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: William F. Scott

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

William F. Scott

William F. Scott, AKA Billy, Scotty, Wild Bill, age 68, lost his courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, April 21, 2016 surrounded by loved ones.

Bill was a longtime resident of Millport Heights, NY but was born and raised in the Geneva, NY area. He was an avid outdoorsman and Millport’s mascot, which is how he made many lifelong friends.

Bill is survived by the love of his life and wife of 47 years, Linda Scott (Liddy); two children, Dianne McDonald (Scott) and John (Jill) Scott; five grandchildren, Amanda (Shawn) Auld, Nikki Randall (Michael Deese), John W.J. Scott, Jasmine Scott, and Mariah McDonald; one great-grandson, Elliott Auld, and many nieces and nephews.

Please join us in laying Bill to rest on Wednesday, April 27 at 2 p.m. at the Millport Cemetery. Following the burial, there will be a celebration of Bill’s life at the Montour Moose Lodge at 3 p.m. We ask anyone who knew him to please join us to share memories and stories.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Gino P. Scuteri

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

Gino P. Scuteri

Age 77, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away at home on Friday, April 22, 2016.
 
Gino was born in the Bronx, NY on December 3, 1938, the son of the late Frank and Anita (Russo) Scuteri. Gino had worked at Banker’s Federal Bank, where he chased and caught a bank robber. He also was the manager and pizza maker for many years at Scuteri’s Pizzeria in Watkins Glen, NY.

He had a great sense of humor and loved to tell jokes and play pranks. Gino was an avid reader and especially loved to watch the news. He was a very faithful communicant at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen. Gino was a very thoughtful person, who was always looking to help others.

Gino is survived by his special best friend, Robert Mahoney; his brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Betty Scuteri; as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, great great nieces and nephews, and several cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by several of his cousins.
 
A memorial Mass will be held privately at the convenience of his family at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, New York 14865.
 
Friends and family may share memories of Gino at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Dorothy M. Morse

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

Dorothy M. "Dottie" Morse

Age 104, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2016.

She was born in Rochester, NY on March 13, 1911, the daughter of the late Lionel and Lou Ella (Curry) Satterlee. As a child, Dottie attended her first through six grades in a two-room schoolhouse, and then went on to Watkins Glen High School, where she graduated at the time of the Great Depression in 1929. Dottie later trained and worked as a beautician and interior decorator. She married Henry Morse, a Prudential Insurance salesman, and they were happily married for 25 years until his death in November 1971.

Dottie was a member of the Watkins Glen First Methodist Church, where she and her husband taught Sunday school. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter #142, Schuyler County Women’s Democratic Club, and La Boutique des Huit Chapeaux et Quarante Femmes NY Chapter #537.

Dottie and Henry were avid golfers. They helped build the Watkins Glen Golf Course and worked to maintain it for many years. Dottie was President of the Women’s Division for two years. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #555, where she served as President for two years, and a member and Chairman of the Vietnam Project for the Schuyler County American Legion. Dottie also won Gardener of the Week three times.

Dottie is survived by her niece, Kelsey (William) Neuhausen of Ocala, FL; and by many special friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, April 29 from 10-11 a.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A celebration of Dottie’s life will follow at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in South Hill Cemetery, Ithaca.

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

Obituary: Christine Neva Johnson

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

Christine Neva Johnson

Christine Neva Johnson entered into heaven to be with her Lord and family on Sunday, April 17, 2016.

She was born on April 18, 1925 in Tishomingo, Oklahoma and lived in Odessa, NY for more than 55 years.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Paul LeRoy Johnson, with whom she shared 60 years of marriage. She is survived by her children, James Johnson of Springfield, IL, Duane (Rachel) Johnson of Odessa, NY, Darlene (Steve) Terrell of Knoxville, TN, and Anita Johnson of Frisco, TX; her very special loving and devoted sister-in-law, LeCrete (Dot) Wood and her loving children, who have always been a blessing and joy to both Paul and Christine throughout their lives. She also leaves behind five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

A private, family service was held on Thursday, April 21 at Millport Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Donald 'George' Bruman

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

Donald "George" William Bruman

Age 84, passed away on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY.

George was born on October 12, 1931 in Elmira, NY. He proudly served as a Marine during the Korean War.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Orleen; daughter, Kathleen Overhiser, and son, Brady Vaughn. He is survived by his wife, Angelita; daughters, Janice (Scott) Young, Deborah (Mark) Holton, Diana (William) Vaughn-Russell, and Debbie (Roger) Matthews; son, Edward (Susan) Vaughn, Jr.; and son-in-law, Edward Overhiser. He also leaves behind ten grandsons, six granddaughters, three great grandsons; and many nieces and nephews. A special thanks to his caregivers at Seneca View and The Falls Home.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, April 24 from 4-6 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Graveside services with full military honors will be held on Monday, April 25 at 10 a.m. at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa, NY.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Seneca View Activity Fund. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Service set for David M. Wickham

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

Calling hours and a Memorial Service for David M. Wickham, 84, a lifelong resident of Hector, NY, who passed away on February 17, 2016 in Southwest Florida, have been set.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Friday, April 22, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held Saturday, April 23 at 11 a.m. at the Hector Presbyterian Church, followed by a social gathering with a Firefighters Service at the Valois Logan Hector Firehouse.

He was predeceased by his parents, Don and Florence Wickham; wife Patricia (Hartzog); and brother, William Wickham. Survivors include his son, Timothy (Stacy) Wickham; sister, Mary Jane (John) Hoare; 4 grandchildren, Emily, Thomas and Sarah Wickham and DJ Adams; daughter-in-law, Jennifer Wickham; sister-in-law, Donna Wickham Johnson; brother-in-law, Sam Hartzog; and many nieces and nephews.

David was born, raised and lived his entire life at the same home in Hector. He graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1948, and attended Cornell University and graduated from Michigan State University in 1953. He was a member of the National Fraternity of Alpha Gamma Rho. He honorably served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955. He later returned home and began a partnership with his father and brother, and managed the family fuel business until he retired.

David also served as Postmaster in Hector for over 20 years and was a volunteer and past Fire Chief for the Valois-Logan-Hector Fire Company. He also served on numerous local committees, boards and agencies. He was a lifelong member and an Elder of the Hector Presbyterian Church.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hector Presbyterian Church, 5511 NY-414, Hector, NY 14841; or the Valois-Logan-Hector Fire Department, P.O. 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 by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Lauren W. Lodge

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

Lauren W. Lodge

Age 81, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away at home on April 15, 2016 after an extended illness surrounded by his loving family.

Lauren was born on July 17, 1934 in Watkins Glen, son of Gilbert E. Lodge and Edith Jones Lodge. He graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1952. After high school he worked as a meat cutter at the local Market Basket and in Elmira. He then entered the insurance business and worked for Nationwide Ins. Co., and ended up owning his own insurance claims business. He went on to become CEO of Finger Lakes Fire and Casualty Company in Trumansburg, NY, from which he retired in 1997.

Lauren was very active in his community. He was an Elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Watkins Glen, spent nine years on the Watkins Glen Central School Board and was president the last two years. He was a member of the JC’s (Junior of Chamber of Commerce) in Watkins Glen and in Watertown, where he lived and worked for four years. He was also a village trustee in Watkins Glen for two years.

Some of the things that Lauren loved to do were remodeling the homes he lived in and woodworking projects. He was a master gardener and landscaper for all of his homes. He also loved photography and in his later years when he wasn’t able to work on his landscaping any longer, found a new hobby: he taught himself how to paint, leaving priceless treasures for his family.

Lauren is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Roseleah (Kendall) Lodge; six children, Susan (Bill) Edwards, Greg (Heather) Lodge, Kurt (Jane) Lodge, Kevin (Mary Beth) Lodge, Kathy (Doug) Richtmyer, and Kristy Lodge; 13 grandchildren, Chad (Jenna) Edwards, Jon (Tiffany) Edwards, Vanessa (John) West, Lauren Marie (Kyle) VanGalder, Madison and Emma Lodge, Jennifer (Dean) Ensley, Jason Lodge, Sarah and Michael Lodge, and Thomas, Chase and Walker Richtmyer; nine great-grandchildren, Kylee, Kailyn, Logan, and Lucas Edwards, Caleb Vaow, Cadrianna and Carter Edwards, and Autumn and Eden West, and he anticipated the arrival of Baby Girl VanGalder; a brother, Robert Lodge; sister, Linda Gibson, and many special cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and brother, Richard Lodge.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Sunday, April 17 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 18 at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Watkins Glen or to Care First (formerly Southern Tier Hospice), 11751 East Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830-3657 (www.carefirst.org). You may express condolences to the family or "Light a Candle of Remembrance" online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Harold J. O'Hearn

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

Harold J. O'Hearn

Age 92, of Johnson City, NY, died on Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

We will miss his Irish wit, warm gentle spirit, and kindness toward all who knew and loved him.

Harry was born in Scranton, PA, graduated from Minooka High School, and served in the United States Army. After a lengthy career at Ansco Corp. (GAF), he retired briefly before returning to the workforce at Binghamton Savings Bank to begin a new career as a courier.  In his second retirement, he enjoyed traveling with family, creating watercolor paintings, following his sports teams (the Boston Red Sox and the Syracuse Orange) and meeting his coffee buddies for Saturday breakfasts. He also enjoyed keeping current with the latest electronic technology. 

He was predeceased by his parents, John and Ellen Clark Ahearn, two brothers and two sisters. Harry is survived by his wife, Ellen; his children, Timothy (Claudia), Watkins Glen, Sean (Lisa), Evergreen, CO, Brian (Teresa), Pelham, NH, Michael (Jacquelyn), Binghamton, NY, and Megan (Kelli), Binghamton, NY; as well as his 12 beloved grandchildren and his devoted caregiver, Eleanor. 

At Harry’s request his body was donated to Upstate Medical Center. A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at the DeMunn Funeral Home, 36 Conklin Ave., Binghamton, NY. Family will receive friends from 3 p.m. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Schuyler Humane Society, Animal Care Council, or Project Paw in Harry’s memory.

“Until we meet again, 
may God hold you
in the palm of His hand.”

Obituary: Joseph E. Arcangeli

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

Joseph E. Arcangeli

Age 77, of Burdett, NY, passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at home.

He was born in Montour Falls, NY on February 19, 1939, the son of the late Joseph and Elma (White) Arcangeli. He and his wife Linda opened Joe’s Market in Burdett in 1959 and operated the store for 35 years. Joe went on to spend his later years in farming.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Linda (Carrigan); children, Joseph (Nicki) Arcangeli, Jr., Janice Arcangeli (Ray Neira), Jay (Kathy) Arcangeli, and Jared (Brenda) Arcangeli; nine grandchildren, Ashley, Jenna, Brendan, Mason, Alyssa, Joey, Gage, Cal and Isabella; brothers and sisters, John (Marge) Arcangeli, Sandra (Max) Spaulding and Jack (Mary) Arcangeli; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother-in-law, Eloise Velie, on March 7, 2016.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Contributions may be made in Joe’s memory to the Burdett Fire Department, P.O. Box 238, Burdett, NY 14818. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

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

Obituary: Velma Ella Leonard

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

Velma Ella Leonard

Velma Ella Leonard, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and aunt at the age of 84 was reunited with her husband on April 13, 2016.

Velma was born at home in Tyre, NY on February 14, 1932, one of 12 children of Claude and Sarah Joslyn. She graduated from East Smithfield High School in Pennsylvania in 1950.  After graduation she married the love of her life, John, and moved to Watkins Glen, NY.

Velma worked at Borg-Warner in Ithaca and retired after 26 years. She enjoyed puzzles, bingo, gambling and watching Dancing with the Stars, and was an avid sports fan. Velma could be seen driving her scooter to Lafayette Park. She enjoyed countless hours with her best buddy Precious (dog), who passed away in January.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband, John; sister, Shirley Buck; brother, David Joslyn; and sister-in-law and best friend, Ruby Joslyn. She is survived by four children, Frank (Sharon) Leonard of Norwalk, Iowa, John Leonard of Watkins Glen, Crystal (Jay) Banks of Montour Falls, and Melissa (Jim) Blanchard of Watkins Glen; nine siblings, Margaret States, Edna Robbins, Richard Joslyn, Alice Sampson, Franklin Joslyn, Claude Joslyn Jr., Barbara Williams, Gary Joslyn and Judith Henley; eight grandchildren, Nicky (Steve) Stockman, Erick (Rachel) Leonard, Tanya (Bryan) Hilfiger, Anthony Banks, James Simone, Adam Banks, Scott Leonard and Andrew Blanchard; eight great grandchildren; and 131 nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. Many others considered her their second mom and adopted grandma.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Saturday, April 16 from 12 noon-2 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A private burial will be held at Glenwood Cemetery for immediate family. A reception will be held at the Montour Falls Moose Lodge at 3:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Schuyler County Humane Society, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865.  You may express condolences to the family or "Light a Candle of Remembrance" online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Gerald A. Voorhees

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

Gerald A. Voorhees

Age 84, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, Montour Falls.

Gerald was born in Burdett, NY, on December 13, 1931, a son of the late Walter and Etta Mae (Davis) Voorhees. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean War. He retired from Akzo Salt Company in Watkins Glen, where he worked as a control room operator. Gerald was a member of the Montour Moose Lodge and St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen.
 
Gerald is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jeanne (Landry) Voorhees; grandsons, Tony and Joey Augustine; granddaughter, Sara Augustine; brother, Donald; and several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his infant son, Gerald; daughter, Elaine Augustine; and five sisters and six brothers.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, April 22 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY.  Urn interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Watkins Glen with Military Honors.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908; St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, PO Box 289, Watkins Glen, NY 14891; or the charity of one’s choice.

Friends and family may share memories of Gerald at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Julia Horgan

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Julia Horgan

Age 80, passed away on March 29, 2016.

Julia was born in the Bronx, New York on April 29, 1935, the daughter of John and Mary Horgan. She was one of five children. Julia became a Registered Nurse, receiving her bachelor’s degree in nursing from The College of Mount St. Vincent, and went on to receive a Masters of Arts in Education from New York University.

Julia lived in the New York City area for most of her life; she lived in San Francisco for a few years, and finally moved to the Finger Lakes area in the 1980s. Julia taught nursing at Elmira College. She retired as a nurse in the Behavioral Science Unit at St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira, NY.

Julia loved to travel, and traveled most of Europe and cross country through the United States. She was beloved by her family, who called her “Sheila.”

Julia was predeceased by her parents and her siblings: Mary Ellen, Neil, and Noreen Martinez. She is survived by her sister, JoAnn Harding of Watkins Glen; brother-in-law, Frank Martinez of Florida; nieces and nephews, Noreen (Henry) Hernandez, Karen (Larry) Miller, Siobhan (Ryan) Jones, Stephen (Liz Covert) Harding, and John Harding; and seven great nieces and nephews.

A graveside memorial service will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, New York State Rt. 14, Watkins Glen, on Saturday, May 21 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: Angelina Covert

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Angelina Covert

Age 83, of Burdett, NY, passed away on March 31, 2016. 

Angelina was born in St. George, Alaska on September 5, 1932, the daughter of George and Elizabeth Merculief. She was one of 12 children. She was raised in Alaska by her mother and step-father, Elary Gromoff, and later moved to California before eventually moving to Burdett, NY. She retired as the cook for the Office for the Aging.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Richard Covert; five children, Richard Covert, Sandra Kelley, Robert Covert, Timothy Covert I, and Sharon Covert; grandson, Richard Covert Ellison; and siblings, Mabel, Nicholas, Elary, Peter, Father Ishmael, Zena, and Betty.

She is survived by four children, Cheryl (Ronald) Pike of Burdett, Michael Covert of Victor, Timothy Covert of Burdett, and Sue (Michael) Rentschler of Burdett; four siblings, Alice, Jeannie, Elary, and Piama; and seven grandchildren, James (Jen) Kelley, Cheryl Kelley, Rich (Stacy) Pike, Brian Rentschler, Tim Rentschler, Zena Covert,  and Elizabeth Covert.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Saturday, April 9 at 11:00 a.m.; followed by burial at Hector Union Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Amy Sue Briscoe

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Amy Sue Briscoe

Age 36, of Savona, NY, passed away suddenly on March 29, 2016.

She was born in Rochester, NY on July 25, 1979, the daughter of Keith Briscoe, deceased, and Diane Briscoe of Savona. Amy was a big hearted, loving daughter and sister who grew up in Henrietta, NY prior to moving to Savona. Amy loved people and was very social, often striking up conversations with new people she had just met.

She will be greatly missed by her family, which included her mother; also brother, Arthur Briscoe and his wife, Melissa and their children, Connor, Gavin, Riley, Harrison, Matthew and Stephen; Patty Briscoe, dear family friend and her daughter Gabby; maternal grandparents, Charles Dalberth, Jr., deceased, and Mary Ellen Dalberth of Bradford, NY; paternal grandparents, Troy Dan Briscoe, deceased, and Dorothy Briscoe Goldsmith, deceased, and her husband Winston Goldsmith; uncle Arthur Dalberth, of East Rochester, NY and his wife Maureen and their children Nicholas, Rachel and Victoria; uncle Charles Dalberth, III of Apopka, FL and his wife Kathie and their children, Chaz and Spencer; aunt Deborah Dalberth of Apopka, FL; uncle John Dalberth of Livonia, NY and his wife Erin and their children; John Dalberth, his wife, Nicole and Shannon Dalberth; aunt Bonnie Jo Quitsch of Penfield, NY and her husband Michael and their son, Giovanni Malorzo; uncle James Briscoe of Austin, TX and his wife Gloria and their children, Happy, Lannie, and Lisa; and uncle Danny Briscoe and his wife Kay, deceased.

The family will be present to receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 East Fourth St., Watkins Glen on Tuesday, April 5 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, April 6 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur Street, Watkins Glen; followed by a graveside ceremony at the Tyrone Union Cemetery. Immediately following, a Celebration of Life for Amy will be held at the Wayne American Legion, Olde Bath Road, Wayne.

Amy will be greatly missed by family, friends and loved ones. You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.   

Obituary: Frank Mudrak, Jr.

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Frank Mudrak, Jr.

Age 73, of Ithaca, NY died peacefully March 29 after a long struggle with Lewy body dementia. He was tended by his family, wife Louise (née Youngquist), daughter Erika (John Mazzello), son Lars, granddaughter Mariana, and many friends including caregivers.

Born February 1, 1943 in Oak Park, IL, he was raised by his father, Frank E. Mudrak, in an extended loving family that included his cousins Janet, Scott and Robert McIntyre, and Lauren McIntyre Wilkins. After college at Beloit and graduate school in Wisconsin, and marriage, he was embraced by his added Wisconsin family of John and Kitty Youngquist, niece Karen Youngquist (Brian Gerner and daughter Gabriela) and nephew David Youngquist (Rose Smyrski and children Conrad and Svea).

We feel such gratitude for having had Frank in our lives. He gave freely of his generous spirit and quiet strength. A true gentleman, he embraced life with unending patience, curiosity and wickedly dry humor. He loved to share the outdoors, theater, music, fine art, baseball (Cubbies), classic cars, baking and travel. Open and loving, he had immense compassion and a drive for justice for all people and the earth.

Having found his true calling as a teacher, Frank worked long and hard each day and reaped real joy as a science teacher; he spent 29 years at Odessa-Montour Jr./Sr. High School. “Mr. Muddy” carried out inventive science “demos” with a twinkle in his eyes and a chuckle in his heart. He respected the personhood, creativity and intelligence of his students and he gained endless energy from their honesty and youthful enthusiasm.

There will be a Memorial Service and Celebration of Frank’s Life on Saturday, April 9 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church (in Dewitt Park), Ithaca. A luncheon will follow at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations are welcomed at: Alzheimer’s Association, Central NY Chapter, 441 West Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, NY 13204 (memo line “In memory of Frank Mudrak, restricted to Central NY”) OR Odessa-Montour School District, 300 College Ave., Odessa, NY 14869 (memo line “In memory of Frank Mudrak”), which will fund a student award in his name.

Obituary: Mary E. Morrissette

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Mary E. Morrissette

Age 74, of Watkins Glen and Montour Falls, NY, passed away March 30, 2016 at Hospicare of Ithaca.

Mary was born in Dover, DE on May 26, 1941. She worked as a waitress at Scuteri’s Pizzeria & Restaurante and Chef’s Diner for many years. She was also a former member of the VFW Auxiliary Post in Watkins Glen and a volunteer at the Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce. She will always be remembered for her love of family, friends and animals, helping people, cooking, traveling and fun.

She was predeceased by her husband Raymond in 1990; her mother, Emma Poore; a stepson, Raymond Morrissette, Jr.; and a stepdaughter, Jeannette Morrissette. She is survived by her sons, Raymond (Sharon) M. Morrissette and Robert E. Morrissette; stepson, Jon Pierre Morrissette; grandchildren, Sara, Eric, Cassie, Allison, Ray, Frank and Tina; a special aunt and uncle who raised her, Helen and Jim Masten; and numerous other relatives and many special friends.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Sunday, April 3 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.; followed by a memorial service at the funeral home. The celebration of her life will continue after the service at the Elks Lodge in Watkins Glen.

The family wishes to extend their thanks and gratitude to all of the caregivers and friends who helped Mary these past few years. Memorial donations may be directed to the Schuyler County Humane Society, P.O. Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865 (or online at schuylerhumane.org) or HospiCare of Ithaca, 172 E. King Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850. You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: William Griswold

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William Griswold

Age 86, of Watkins Glen, entered unto rest on Sunday, March 27, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born on September 4, 1929 to Theodore and Genevieve (Bond) Griswold. He graduated from high school and then became an airman in the United States Air Force.

Bill married his lovely wife Shirley (Russell) on June 5, 1969 in Indianapolis, Indiana, where they shared the love of racing. After 37 years as an inspector for General Motors, he retired in January of 1986.

He was a member of many clubs and organizations, such as the Sons of Italy, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Moose Lodge, to name a few. Bill had a strong love and passion for his family. His hobbies and interests were being a collector of many things, working with his hands, the outdoors, raising Bassett Hounds, and races at the Indianapolis Speedway.

Bill was predeceased by his parents and his sister Alice. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughters, Gail Fraboni and Gwyn House, both of Watkins Glen, and Gail Russell of Eustis, FL; brothers, Franz “Dick” (Beth) Griswold and Theodore (Carol) Griswold, Jr.; and grandchildren, Tammy (Ed) Honour, Robert (Theresa) House, Mickey (Nancy) Fraboni, Michelle (Earl) Fraboni-Gaylor, David Fraboni, Jr., Brenda Planty and Brieann Broderwick. He is also survived by 17 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Our grandpa Bill was an incredible man. We believed he was indestructible. He was the strongest yet gentlest man we knew. His love for us all was seen in everything that he did. He was the man who looked after us all. The man we wanted to be like. So “Cheers” to the man he didn’t have to be…leaving his thumbprint on our hearts.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Vera W. Armstrong

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Vera W. Armstrong

Age 80, formerly of Watkins Glen, passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2016.

She was born in Prague, Czech Republic, on April 22, 1935, the daughter of the late Wilhelm and Fransiska (Wolf) Modrok. She married Michael W. Armstrong in 1959 in Karlsruhe, Germany. They shared 37 years of marriage together until Michael’s passing in 1996.

Vera worked as an electronics technician at AFI Cyber Co. in Elmira for 17 years until retiring on March 12, 2002. She was a former communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen. She enjoyed traveling and gardening.

Vera is survived by her children, Mark (Brenda) Armstrong of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Heidi (Rev. Gregory) Hager of Palm Harbor, FL; a brother, Lada (Hildegard) Modrok of Germany; 9 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; and one niece and one nephew.

A private service will be held by the family in Montour Cemetery. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

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

Obituary: Micheline Usher

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Micheline Usher

Age 91, of Fort Pierce, FL, and formerly of Reynoldsville, NY, passed away on March 26, 2016. 

She was born on October 18, 1924 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, just outside of Paris, France, the daughter of the late Laurent Emile Peronnet and Leonie Melanie Mathieu Peronnet. She met her late husband, Hiram Usher, near the end of WWII and the two married in Paris on September 22, 1945. She and Hiram moved from Reynoldsville to Fort Pierce, FL in 1973. 

She lived life to the fullest, enjoying the company of family and friends, and was a true lover of animals. She loved her work in retail, where she began as a clerk and worked her way to manager of several large stores. She loved her family and took great pride in being “Nana” to her grandchildren.

She is survived by her son, Conrad (Mary Anne) Usher, and grandchildren Peter, Melissa and Jared Usher, all of Boca Raton, Florida; daughter, Sandra Ogborn of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; grandchildren John (Marie) Compton of Killeen, TX, Lorie Compton of Richford, NY, and Joshua (Sharon) Morgan of Delphi, NY; great grandchildren Tyler Compton, Kayla Martin, Kristen Martin, Lucas Morgan, and Payton and Gavin Reichter. She was predeceased by her daughter Patricia Micheline Usher and her sister Jacqueline Perronet.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Monday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Watkins Glen. 

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

Obituary: Robert F. Olevnik

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Robert F. Olevnik

Age 64, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2016.
 
Bob was born in Montour Falls, NY on September 3, 1951, the son of the late Frank and Dorcellia Mapes Olevnik. He was a graduate of Watkins Glen Central School. He and Sue Thorpe were married on December 31, 1987. His first job was pumping gas for Stan Covert, a man he deeply respected. He also worked for the former Sullivan’s Vending in Montour Falls before joining the Watkins Glen Police Department as a dispatcher and part-time patrolman. He retired from Pepsi Cola/Elmira Bottling after 20 years.

In recent years he had found his dream job working Track Security at Watkins Glen International. He was a member of the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge #1546, Montour Falls Mechanics Club, Watkins Glen Fire Dept., and the Watkins Glen Police Benevolent Association.

Bob is survived by his wife Sue, daughters Kristina Olevnik and Robin (Ben) Bingham, and grandchildren Alexis and Owen Bingham, all of Watkins Glen; sister, Shirley (Len) Salvatore, Watkins Glen; brother, Harry (Cathy) Arcangeli, Lakemont, NY; sister-in-law, Eva Arcangeli, Lansing, NY; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Francis Arcangeli.

Friends and family may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 31 at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 Fifth St., Watkins Glen. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, April 1 at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen.  Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, P.O. Box 427, Montour Falls., NY 14865 or the SPCA of one’s choice.

Memories of Bob may be shared at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Denny Teeter

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Denny Teeter (Sandra Denise O'Connor)

Age 78, of 4956 County Route 4, Burdett, NY died peacefully on March 15, 2016.

She had lived in Logan since 1970, after she and her husband Robert Teeter, who predeceased her, chose to raise their family there.
 
Born October 24, 1938, in Lansing, NY, she was the daughter of Donald J. and Audrey Harkness O’Connor. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Lisa Teeter-Naylor and Kevin Naylor of Watkins Glen; daughter Kirsten Pierce; brothers Kim O’Connor of Etna and Christopher O’Connor of Ithaca; grandchildren Jeremy, Robert and Zachary Naylor, and Katelin Pierce; special grandniece Susan Barnett; many nieces and nephews, and cousins in the Memphis and Mechanicville areas. She was predeceased by her older brother Joel O’Connor.
 
Denny graduated from Dryden Central School in 1956, attended Antioch College in Ohio, and participated in the Antioch Education Abroad program in 1960 with a year in Denmark. She worked for the Friends Committee on National Legislation in Washington, D.C., and taught at Cascadilla School in Ithaca. She worked for the Schuyler County Board of Elections from 1984 until her retirement  in 2003, although she continued to work periodically for many years after her retirement.
 
Denny was an active member of the Cayuga Trails Club and the Logan Community Association. She served enthusiastically on the Watkins Glen Board of Education. She had earlier co edited “The Burdett PTA Chronicle” and was involved in various school organizations and committees. Denny and her family also opened their home to a number of foster children in the 1970s and '80s, and she was a 4-H leader for a number of years.
 
She continued her interest in education by teaching a number of adult education courses through St. Anthony’s Free University and BOCES and took a number of courses in the community. Later, she tutored for the Literacy Volunteers Program, and was active with the Burdett Ladies Wednesday Afternoon Club and the Watkins Glen Writer’s Group. She also took great enjoyment in Thursday lunches at the Hector Presbyterian Church, monthly lunches with “the Dryden girls” and Friday lunches with dear friends Carol and Charlotte. She was author of the Logan column (published in the Review & Express) for many years with loyal followers near and far.

Denny maintained a high degree of interest in the American political system throughout her life, beginning with enthusiastically supporting her Dad during his several campaigns for a seat in the U.S. Congress when she was a young girl. She was keenly aware of, and offered unvarnished opinions on, the political events of the day until the last day of her life. Denny was a lifelong member of the Democratic party.

Friends are invited to join the family in a celebration of Denny’s life on  April 16, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the Logan Community Center at the corner of County Route 2 and 4, Burdett. Friends are encouraged to bring a dish to pass and to share their memories of her life.

In lieu of the traditional flowers, she would suggest that friends light a candle, read their favorite poetry, or plant a tree or perennial for the enjoyment of the living. Contributions may be made to the Logan Community Center.
 
Obituary: Herbert 'Allen' Templar

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Herbert "Allen" Templar

Age 91, of Watkins Glen, passed away on March 12, 2016.

Allen was born in Reading Center on August 26, 1924, the youngest child of Thomas and Louise Templar. After attending school in Watkins Glen, he entered the Army and honorably served as a Sherman tank operator in the 15th Mechanized Armored Cavalry Regiment in Germany during WWII.

Allen raised his family on their farm on Templar Road. He worked as the Highway Superintendent for the Town of Orange.

He was predeceased by his parents; and siblings, Agnes Scudder and Albert Templar. He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Helen; three children, Roger (Shirley E.) Templar of Florida, Shirley Templar of Milan, PA, and Jean (William) Hammond of Watkins Glen; 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 Thursday, March 17 from 12 noon to 2 p.m.; followed by a funeral service celebrating his life at 2:00 p.m. A committal service with military honors will be held immediately following funeral services at the Bradford Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Bath VA Medical Center or Buffalo VA Medical Center. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home. You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.   

Obituary: Linneus E. Andrews

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Linneus E. Andrews

Of Port Orange, FL, passed away on March 5, 2016 surrounded by family after a short illness.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 15 at 8:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Hope Church, 4675 S. Clyde Morris Blvd. in Port Orange, FL.

Surviving members of Linn's immediate family are his sons, Derek and wife Clemencia of Lake Stevens, WA, and Greg of Kansas City, MO; daughter Michelle and fiancé Curt Grenier of Boonville, NY; nine grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren. Also surviving is his loving companion of many years, Helen Holland; their dog, Quincy, and her children of New York.

Linn was predeceased by his parents, Eugene and Mary Andrews; a sister, Emma; and two beautiful wives, Patricia Dunn and Frances Canini, all of New York and Pennsylvania.

Linn was an avid boater and active in many clubs and organizations. He retired in 1990, wintered in Florida and summered in New York.

Besides being a loving husband and father, Linn's passion was buying and restoring boats and houses to their former glory. He made many model replica boats along with a full-size lighthouse for his yacht club in New York, among many others. He enjoyed life to the fullest and had many devoted friends who he cherished and loved.

Memorial contributions can be made to The Arc of Volusia, 100 Jimmy Ann Circle, Daytona Beach, FL 32117. A memorial service in New York will be announced at a later date. Local arrangements are with 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: John W. Corwin

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John W. Corwin

Age 96, died peacefully on March 10, 2016. He was a life-long resident of Watkins Glen.

John was predeceased by Rosemary Corwin, his loving wife, in 2003. John and his sisters (Helen Cass and Mary Corwin) were raised by parents Ray and Mae Corwin on the family farm in Watkins Glen. He leaves behind three daughters, Barbara (Grover) White, Carol Corwin, and Marcia (Dan Gehl) Holmes; one son, Kenneth (Phyllis) Corwin; three beloved grandchildren, Kelly Corwin, Jennifer Corwin and Langdon (Donna) Holmes; and one great grandchild, Wyatt Holmes. He is also survived by personal friend June Updyke. 

John was a proud World War II Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient. He served in the 36th Engineer Regiment (Combat Division). After the war, he became a heavy equipment operator and contractor, and then worked as an employee for the Town of Dix, where he later was elected several times as Highway Superintendent and County Highway Superintendent.

His love for planes and Harley-Davidson motorcycles started in his youth and lasted his entire life. John enjoyed hunting, bowling, square dancing, welding and playing a variety of musical instruments. John will be remembered for his kindness, his friendly demeanor, and for his love of family.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Tuesday, March 15 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at the Moreland Community Presbyterian Church, 3045 Beaver Dams/Moreland Rd., Beaver Dams, NY.

Contributions in John's honor may be made to The Schuyler County Humane Society, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865 (or online at www.schuylerhumane.org); or the Schuyler County Veterans Memorial Park, P.O. Box 137, Odessa, NY 14869. You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.    

Obituary: Eloise L. Velie

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Eloise L. Velie

Age 95, of Montour Falls, passed away on March 7, 2016.

She was predeceased by husbands George Velie, Daniel Welch and John Carrigan; daughter Bonnie Jean; grandson Scott Gunning; and seven siblings. She was also predeceased by her parents, Earl and Anna Fox, and her stepmom, Lillian Carrigan, who raised her from an early age.

She is survived by two daughters, Sandra (Bruce) Gunning of Burdett, and Linda (Joseph) Arcangeli; five grandchildren, Joseph and Nicki Arcangeli, Janice Arcangeli (Ray Neira), Jay (Kathy) Arcangeli, Jared (Brenda) Arcangeli, and Pamela Arcangeli (Dan Towner); 12 great grandchildren, Ashley, Jenna, Hunter, Colton, Parker, Brendan, Mason, Alyssa, Joey, Gage, Cal, and Isabella. She is also survived by four sisters and one brother.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Schuyler County Veterans Memorial Park, P.O. Box 137, Odessa, NY 14869. You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.    

Obituary: Edward Goodrich

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Edward Goodrich

Age 82, of Watkins Glen, passed away on March 6, 2016.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Thursday, March 10 from 12 noon to 2 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 2:00 p.m., and burial at Hector Union Cemetery in Burdett.

He was predeceased by his wife Carol; daughter Terri, and sister Anna Wallenbeck. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Paula Goodrich and Buddy Jerzak, and their daughter Alicia of Watkins Glen; sons, Peter Goodrich and James Goodrich (children Raven and Cameron) of Montour Falls; sister, Mary Andrews of Addison; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ed and Gail Wyre of Watkins Glen.

Ed worked as a mechanic for Learn Motor Company for many years.

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


Obituary: Max Moore

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Max Moore

Age 86, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Thursday, March 3, 2016.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Friday, March 11 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A private funeral and committal service will be held at the convenience of the family, with burial at Rock Stream Cemetery.

Max was born in Wellsboro, PA, a son of the late Charles and Leona Moore. He was a teacher and also coached basketball at Watkins Glen Central School, retiring in 1985.

Max was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Alice Moore, in 2013. He was also predeceased by a brother, Frank J. Moore. He is survived by his three sons, Max Moore II of Walled Lake, MI, Michael (Valerie) Moore of Burdett, NY, and Mark (Catey) Moore of Washougal, WA; sister, Mercedes Goodreau of Wellsboro, PA; brother-in-law, William (Sybil) Forsythe of Michigan City, Indiana; six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 6390 Fly Rd., East Syracuse, NY 13057.  You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.    

Obituary: Marianne M. O'Rourke

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Marianne M. O'Rourke

Age 78, of Babcock Road in Horseheads, passed away on February 24, 2016 while visiting in Florida.

Marianne was born July 29, 1937 in Mineville, NY to Charles and Anna (May) Martin. She was predeceased by her sister, Victoria Lillian, in 1959; by her father in 1997; by her mother in 2004; by her son, Thomas, in 2006; and by a brother, C. Stan Martin, in 2011. She is survived by her daughter, Victoria Siptrott of Painted Post, NY; brother, Donald L. (Lee) Martin of Edgewater, MD; sister-in-law, Bonnie Martin of Horseheads; daughter-in-law, Nancy O'Rourke of Severn, MD; grandchildren, Jeffery and Matthew Siptrott and Kara and Michael O'Rourke; and great granddaughter, Kira Lynn Siptrott.

Marianne was employed by the Odessa-Montour Central School District and retired in 2000 after nearly 40 years of teaching. She belonged to Delta Kappa Gamma, the Schuyler County Retired Teachers Association, and the Women of the Moose.

Marianne also was a member of the Red Hat Society and always enjoyed a good game of Bunco. She enjoyed being outside at her camper on Cayuga Lake with great friends, Gregg and Nancy Beach, and on the area golf courses with her golfing buddies and friends.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 S. Main St., Horseheads on Wednesday, March 2 from 4-7 p.m. A service celebrating her life will take place there at the funeral home on Thursday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Jeannie Bleiler officiating. A burial service will be held at a later date in St. Mary's Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

Condolences and remembrances at www.barberfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Jeanne O. Houck

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

Jeanne O. Houck

Age 88 of Bradford, NY, passed away at home on Saturday, February 27, 2016.

She was born in Canandaigua, NY on March 27, 1927 and was the daughter of Cecelia (Ryan) and Walter Overhiser. After graduating from Watkins Glen High School, she was employed as a telephone operator with New York Telephone. She and her late husband, Kenneth J. Houck, were married in St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen on July 9, 1949. Jeanne was a communicant of St. Stanislaus Church in Bradford.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Carol Houck of Montour Falls; and granddaughter, Sarah Houck of Watkins Glen. Also surviving is her brother-in-law, Lauren (Vivian) Houck; nieces and nephews, James (Nancy) Kelleher, Beth (Kevin) Feeney, Kathleen Murphy, Robert (Patricia) Spencer, William Spencer, Mary Kay Spencer and John (Jennifer) Spencer, as well as several other nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband; sisters, Shirley (Robert, Sr.) Spencer and Elizabeth (James) Kelleher; and brother, Walter Overhiser, Jr.

Friends and family may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, March 7 at St. Stanislaus Church, 7648 Whitehead Hill Rd, Bradford, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the conclusion of visitation at 1 p.m. with Rev. Pat Connor, celebrant.

Memorial donations may be made to the Bradford Volunteer Ambulance, 9892 Main St., Bradford, NY 14815 or the Tyrone Ambulance, PO Box 69, Tyrone, NY 14887.

Friends and family may share memories of Jeanne at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Dorothy A. Hayes

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

Dorothy A. Hayes

Age 90, formerly of Ithaca, NY, passed away on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY.

She was born in Montour Falls on May 15, 1925, the daughter of the late Clarence and Wilda (Hern) Hayes. Dorothy graduated from Odessa High School and was an Administrative Assistant at Cornell University for over 50 years. She had a lifelong love of horses and enjoyed horseback riding and genealogy.

She was predeceased by her brothers, John and C. Ralph “Skip” Hayes; brother-in-law, Robert Morris, and best friend of 27 years, her horse, Banner Lad. She is survived by her sister, Jean Morris of Seneca Falls; sisters-in-law, Jewell Hayes of Mt. Upton, NY and Margie Hayes of Watkins Glen; and several nieces and nephews.

Dorothy will be laid to rest in Laurel Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Contributions may be made in her memory to the Cornell University Equine Research Park or the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Mary M. Borra

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

Mary M. Borra

Age 56, of Watkins Glen, NY and formerly of Alpine, passed away on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca surrounded by her loving family.

Mary was born in Montour Falls, NY on June 2, 1959, the daughter of the late Anthony and Connie (Jones) Borra. She was employed for over 35 years at Cornell University, where she worked in human resources and alumni affairs and development. She will be remembered for her excellent work, her analytical mind, her depth of experience, her warmth, good nature, and positive attitude that she brought to work every day.

Mary was a devoted caregiver to her aging family members. She was always a person you could count on. She enjoyed playing hockey, watching roller derby, playing cards, going to auctions and playing golf. She loved gardening, tending her flowers, and rescuing cats. Mary was also an active member of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen.

Mary is survived by her siblings, Robert E. (Pam Coyle) Borra, James A. (Melissa Chipman) Borra, William A. Borra, Frank A. (Pat) Borra, and Richard R. (Mary) Borra; very close and special niece, Toni (James) Monroe; her aunts, Mary P. Borra and Mary Randolph; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends and family may call from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 25 at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 26 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, PO Box 289, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or the Humane Society of Schuyler County, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865.

Friends and family may share memories of Mary at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Joyce Ellen Bidlack

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Joyce Ellen (Smith, Munn) Bidlack

Age 88, formerly of Valois, NY and a Watkins Glen High School graduate, died peacefully at home in Canton, CT.

She joins her predeceased infant daughter, Elizabeth Ann Munn; her husband, Gordon Bidlack; parents Robert and Sarah Smith; sisters Jeanne Donnell and Dorothy Franzese and brother-in-law Albert; brother Robert Smith and sister-in-law, Marry. Joyce leaves two children, Richard Keith Munn of Avon, CT and Mary Kay Nason of Canton, CT and three grandchildren, Andrew (Evelina) Nason of Wayland, MA, Sarah (Tim) Ringuette of Farmington, CT, and Laurie (Ken) Kelly of Scituate, MA. She also leaves five great-grandchildren, Anna, George, Abigail, Ella and Kailer, and many nieces and nephews.

Joyce was born in Valois on January 19, 1928. She graduated high school in Watkins Glen in 1945. Joyce married Gordon, a military veteran, on April 14, 1972 in Dewitt, NY.

She worked for many years as an executive secretary and real estate agent. She lived in Canton for more than 40 years and loved being with her family and friends. Joyce enjoyed gardening, walking, golf, horse racing and a good read. She enjoyed many peaceful afternoons on her patio watching the wildlife and birds. She will be deeply missed and fondly remembered.

Joyce will be interred in Hector, NY alongside her parents near her beloved Seneca Lake. Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Canton Food Bank, P.O. Box 374, Collinsville, CT 06022-0374. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Genevieve (Bird) Potter

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

Genevieve (Bird) Potter

Age 93, of Odessa, passed away on Monday, February 22, 2016 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on June 26, 1922 in Ridgebury, PA, a daughter of the late Lyle and Esther (Burt) Bird. Mrs. Potter retired as Administrative Manager in Avian and Aquatic Animal Medicine at the NYS Veterinary College, Cornell University. She was a member of the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church for many years.

She is survived by her sons, Robert C. (Sandra) Potter, Jr. of Vestal, NY, David L. (Paula) Potter of Chula Vista, CA, and Thomas L. (Mary Margaret) Potter of Milbridge, ME; granddaughters, Kristen (David) Webster and Kimberly Potter of Lockport, NY; grandsons, Zachary and Benjamin of Chula Vista, CA; sister, Grace (Jack) Davis of Horseheads; brother-in-law, Charles Lovell of Odessa; great granddaughter, Kaylee Anne Webster of Lockport; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Lt. Col Robert C. Potter; sister, Cleo Lovell; and brother, Ray Bird.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, February 27 from 10 a.m.-12 noon at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A funeral service will follow at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church, 305 Church St. in Odessa. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Genevieve’s memory to the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 203, Odessa, NY 14869 or to a charity of your choice.

A special thank you to the staff at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility for all they did for Gen and her family. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Philip C. Smith

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

Philip C. Smith

Age 86, a lifelong resident of Montour Falls, NY passed away into peace on Monday afternoon, February 22, 2016.  He has now reunited with the love of his life, his beloved wife Judy, who predeceased him in death.
 
Surviving Philip C. Smith are his three children, Deborah (Deb and John) Betz, Maureen (Moe and Rick) Colunio, and Philip (Phil Joe and Jamie) Smith; his eight grandchildren, Kyle, Neil, Brian, Breana, Justin, Megan, Jessica and Philip; and a growing number of great grandchildren, Tyler, Julian, Henley, Malachi, Adriana and Knox.

Phil was born in Montour Falls on October 15, 1929, the only child of John and Jane (Williams) Smith. As a boy, he developed a sharp intellect and deep patriotism, a love for family, community, country ... and fast cars! These core values were at the heart of who he was and his accomplishments reflect them.

Phil graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1948 and attended college in Youngstown, Ohio. He then joined the U.S. Army, where he proudly and courageously served in the Korean War. He retired from the Army with honor for his exemplary conduct and bravery, including medals for meritorious service and both the Bronze and Silver Star. He then returned to his wife and children in Montour Falls to serve with his father in the family business, Smith’s Food Market, which after his father’s retirement, he and Judy owned and operated as Smith's IGA, until the store was destroyed by fire in 1991.
 
As a businessman, Phil was successful because he had a genuine concern for the members of his community, and he took great pride in serving them. Customers could count on a cheerful greeting and he could be heard in the aisles whistling or humming one of his favorite tunes. The people of the community knew he was a man of his word and that he could be counted on.

While running the business and raising his family, Phil was an active member of the community, serving on many boards and committees, most notably the Schuyler County legislature as a representative and then as the chairman. He was a visionary who saw possibilities and potential, and one great example is the Watkins Glen Tomorrow project of the early 1970s. Phil was a member of this group and they developed the concept of revitalizing the waterfront in Watkins Glen. The fruit of those early years has forever impacted the economy and quality of life in his community.

In Phil’s later years, after the store, he went on to another career serving local veterans as the Director of the Veterans Administration of Schuyler County. He found deep satisfaction in being able to help fellow soldiers find the services and care they needed to live full and productive lives. He also served as a driver for the Office for the Aging, Service Officer for the American Legion and until last year continued as the county representative for the New York State Off-Track Betting Board of Directors.

He was a man with an exemplary work ethic, but those who knew and loved Phil also knew he loved to have a good time, and Seneca Lake was a big part of the fun side of Phil. "The cottage" was the place for family and friends to gather, and Phil was a warm host. You never had to worry about an empty glass.

Philip C. Smith was a proud and powerful man who quietly loved his family, his community and his country. He lived his life on his terms, independent and determined, and he was able to impact lives in profound ways because of this.

Please join us if you can to remember his life. Calling hours will be held on Friday, February 26, 2016 from 4-7 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A memorial service will follow at 7:00 p.m. Burial with full military honors will be held privately by the family in Montour Cemetery.

Phil was a practical man and he loved to serve others. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Schuyler County Veterans Memorial Park, P.O. Box 137, Odessa, New York 14869.

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

Obituary: Carol J. (Wellman) Fenton

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

Carol J. (Wellman) Fenton

Age 74, of Interlaken, NY passed away on Feb. 22, 2016 at home after an extended illness.

Carol was born Feb. 10, 1942 to Earl B. and Edith (Knapp) Wellman. She was married to Carlton Fenton on her 20th birthday, Feb. 10, 1962.

She was predeceased by her parents; a brother, David; and two sisters, Mildred Ball and Sharon Wellman. She is survived by her husband of 54 years; a sister, Marilyn of Geneva; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Arlene and Vaughn Selby of Lansing; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Carol grew up in the Reynoldsville area and graduated from Odessa Central School. She and her husband lived in Bennettsburg, NY for several years; also Killeen, Texas, Ithaca, and Rochester. Twenty years ago they moved to Interlaken, where they ran a Family Care Home for individuals with developmental disabilities. Carol worked in banking at First National of Ithaca, First State Bank of Texas, and eventually in Rochester, where they lived for 12 years.  She also worked several years for Irv Lewis Men’s Wear in Ithaca.

Carol was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Trumansburg. She loved to crochet, and used to crochet many beautiful animals and Christmas and Easter decorations. She loved working in her flowers until her health made it impossible. She also loved doing genealogy. She and Carl spent many hours doing research on her family line. They also enjoyed traveling extensively in the United States.

Her husband wishes to thank the wonderful and caring visiting nurses and aides who assisted Carol in her home during the last few days of her life. Due to their help, she was able to stay in the comfort of her home. Also, special thanks to our friends Bob and Jody Cornwell, Michael and Melissa Anderson and Mike Jr., and all who helped during this difficult time.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Friday, February 26, from 12 noon-2 p.m. A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at the funeral home at 2 p.m.; followed by burial at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa.

Memorials may be made to the Schuyler County Historical Society, 108 N. Catherine St., Montour Falls, NY 14865 or 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: Madalyn B. Morgan

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

Madalyn B. Morgan

Born April 10, 1926, went to be with the Lord on February 19, 2016 very peacefully with three granddaughters, two great granddaughters and a grandson-in-law at her side.

She is survived by her five children, Robert (Sharon) Sipka, Richard (Marion) Sipka, Karen Hancock, Todd Morgan, and Glenn Morgan. She is also survived by nine grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter, her namesake; brothers, Edward Taylor and William Taylor, and sister, Cathy Stephens; and several nieces and nephews.

Madalyn was predeceased by husbands Samuel Sipka and Ronald Morgan, granddaughter, Amber Hancock; and a sister, Leona Estes.

Madalyn was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Catharine and the American Legion Auxiliary Post for over 50 years. She was also a member of the Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary, and the Schuyler County Red Hats. Some of her volunteer activities included the Red Cross, Hector National Forest, Hospital Gift Shop, Odessa Library, Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce, and several heart and cancer fund drives. She also served on the election board for the Town of Catharine.

A celebration of her life will be held on April 9 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 4938 Cty. Rte. 14, Odessa, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 112 Sixth St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or the Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14891. Friends and families may share memories of Madalyn at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Rita A. Osborne

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

Rita A. Osborne

Age 65, of Watkins Glen, passed away on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center with her family by her side.

She was born in Montour Falls on September 11, 1950, the daughter of the late Clyde and Dorothy (DeGraw) Rudy and graduated from Odessa-Montour High School in 1968.

Rita worked as an aide and a cook at Schuyler Hospital for 18 years, and later was Deputy Town Clerk with the Town of Reading for nine years. She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Catharine. She was very involved with the Montour Moose Lodge for many years and was a member of the WOTM Chapter 1401.
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She is survived by her husband, Warren E. Osborne; daughters, Denise (Howard) Sarro and Tammy Lynn Osborne; two brothers, Gary (Karen) Rudy and Maurice Rudy; grandson, Aiden Michael Sarro; and several nieces and nephews. Rita always had an open heart and home and had many surrogate children and grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of Rita’s life at noon on Friday, February 26 at the Montour Moose Lodge, State Route 14, Montour Falls.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Rita’s memory to the Moose Heart Charities, 2096 State Route 14, Montour Falls.

To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: David M. Wickham

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

David M. Wickham

Age 84, and a lifelong resident of Hector, NY, passed away February 17, 2016 in Southwest Florida surrounded by family.

A memorial service will be held in the spring and announced at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hector Presbyterian Church, 5511 NY-414, Hector, NY 14841; or to the Valois-Logan-Hector Fire Department, P.O. 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 by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.  

Obituary: Glenn E. Marsh

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Glenn E. Marsh

Age 58, of Odessa, NY passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 after succumbing to injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was born in Montour Falls, NY on June 14, 1957, the son of Claude and Jean (Ziegler) Marsh. He graduated from Odessa-Montour High School with the Class of 1975 and later studied agriculture at Morrisville State College.

Glenn had a love of agriculture and a hard work ethic that were forged at a very young age by working on the Rounds family farm in Odessa. He also had a love for carpentry and building that he developed from his father at a young age. Glenn came from a long line of hardworking family members and always had a strong willingness to help others in the community. He loved his family, enjoyed boating, live music, and playing cards, and lived life to the fullest. He felt most at peace when he was surrounded by nature.

He is survived by his three sons, Jared (Susie) Marsh, Wade (Ellen) Marsh, and Oscar Stoothoff (Amanda Smith); his parents, Claude and Jean Marsh; siblings, Karen (Gary) Merrill, Kenneth Marsh, Diane (Thomas) Eberhardt, and David (Carol) Marsh; three grandchildren, Nolan, Livia and Deagan; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Gary Marsh.

A celebration of Glenn’s life will be held on Saturday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Horseheads American Legion Post 442, 71 Old Ithaca Rd., Horseheads. The family has requested that those attending the service donate a photographic memory of Glenn for his family to have as a keepsake.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Glenn’s memory to the Dutton S. Peterson Memorial Library, 106 First St., Odessa, NY 14869, or a library of one’s choice, or the Odessa Fire Department, 300 E. Main St., Odessa, NY 14869. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

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

Obituary: George W. Bond, Sr.

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George W. Bond, Sr.

Age 86, of Hector, NY, passed away on Monday, February 15, 2016 at home.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 3:00 p.m.; burial at Hector Presbyterian Cemetery.

George was born in Port Henry, NY to Kenneth and Viola (Lackey) Bond. He retired from Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards in Hector, NY. He was a member of the National Guard and served in the United States Army, and was a charter member and volunteer of the V-L-H Fire Department. He was a New York State Bowhunter Instructor for 20 years.

He was the founder of the Hector Bowhunter Club and a proud member of the Odessa Conservation Club. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

George was predeceased by his parents; first wife, Barbara Bond; and children, Patricia, Susan (Larry) Caslin, Charles (Lisa), Bruce (Angela) and Larry Bond. He is survived by his wife, Beverly Pierce Bond; children, Linda (Charles) Knapp, Timothy (Kathy) Bond, George Jr. (Rita) Bond, Debra (Skip) Opdyke, Viola (Paul) Woodworth, Craig (David) Bond, and Leslie (Scott) Crane; and stepchildren, Barbara (Ed) Corriveau, Arthur Pierce, Penny (Jeff) Mapes, Kevin Pierce, Wendy Pierce and Martin Pierce. He is also survived by three siblings, Gilbert (Del) Bond, Sylvia Capach, and Jeannette (Allen) Brant; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

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 online or “light a Candle of Remembrance” at www.Royce-Chedzoy.com

Obituary: Marion R. Graves

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

Marion R. Graves

Age 83, formerly of Alpine, passed away on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls.

She was born in Baltimore, Maryland on October 18, 1932, the daughter of the late Harvey and Augusta (Tyler) Smallwood. She married Leon S. Graves on April 17, 1948. Marion worked at Morse Chain in Ithaca for 25 years and served as Union Steward for Local #1607. She loved country music, dancing, crochet, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Leon S. Graves, in 2007; two sisters, Eva and Viola “Tootie” and a great grandson, Dustin Lee Carns, Jr. Marion is survived by her children, Sandy (Phil) Ruocco of Newfield, Sue (Bill) Hyer of Odessa, Cindy (Gene) Corbett of Ithaca, Penny (Will) Cascio of Long Island, Peggy Graves of Pine Valley, and Asel (Brenda) Graves of Newfield; sisters, Evie (Don) Rudolph of Lakeland, FL, and Joyce Blencowe of Corning; brothers, Dennis and Harvey Smallwood of Prattsburgh; 14 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, February 15 from 2-4 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A celebration of Marion’s life will follow at 4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Seneca View SNF Activity Fund, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Elsie VanDuzer

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Elsie VanDuzer

Age 98, of Watkins Glen, passed away on February 9, 2016.

She was predeceased by her parents, Albert and Myrtle Storch; husband Jonas “Joe” VanDuzer; and daughter Lana Capuozzo. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Robert Skoczylas of Alden, NY; son-in-law, Richard Capuozzo; three grandchildren, Christopher (Denise) Capuozzo, Jessica (Jon) Kalleberg, and Robert (Ashley) Skoczylas; and two great-grandchildren, Calil and Leander Capuozzo.

There are no prior visiting services. The Requiem Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 112 Sixth St., Watkins Glen on Friday, February 12 at 11:00 a.m.; followed by burial at Glenwood Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to her church. 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: Rose Catherine Ciccone

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Rose Catherine Ciccone

Age 92, passed away on Tuesday, February 9 at the Episcopal Church home in Rochester, New York.

Rose was a lifelong resident of Watkins Glen. She was a devout Catholic and lifelong member of St Mary’s of the Lake Church. She was a vibrant member of the Watkins Glen community who served as a trustee on the Watkins Glen Village Board.

Rose was instrumental in the formation of the Concerts in the Park, which she was very passionate about, and which she continued managing for 20 years.

Rose was awarded “Schuyler County Citizen of the Year” in 2004 and was given the “Community Spirit Award” in 2007. She was also an active member of the Democratic Party.

Rose was predeceased by her husband, Anthony Ciccone (Tony the barber). She was the loving Mother of Michael (Deborah) Ciccone, Stephen (Sue) Ciccone, and predeceased by her son James (Sally) Ciccone. Cherished Grandmother of Jason Ciccone, Julianna Kesic, Marc Ciccone and Christine Parry. Loving Great Grandmother of Maya Kesic and Aubrianna Mattioli. Rose is survived by her loving sister Mary Marcin. She was predeceased by her other siblings: James Macri, Giuseppe Macri, Rocco Macri, Anthony Campanelli, Angela Storey and Grace Yeager.

Friends and family may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, February 12 at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen. Her funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen on Saturday, February 13 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Memorial contributions 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 Rose at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: April C. Wetzler

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April C. Wetzler

Age 68, of Montour Falls, passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Schuyler Hospital.

She was born in Richmond, Virginia on January 31, 1947. She married Thomas J. Wetzler on August 28, 2010 at the First Baptist Church in Montour Falls. April enjoyed watching television, drinking her coffee and spending time with her cats.

She is survived by her loving husband and companion of 27 years, Tom; her mother, April Wilkins; sisters, Marie Trainham and Betty Lamm; and brother, Buddy, all of Virginia; stepson Thomas (Kathy) Wetzler of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, February 2 from 2-4 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 3 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Montour Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Eleanor S. Rogers

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Eleanor S. (Fuller) Rogers

Age 79, of Cayutaville, passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2016.

She was born in Norwich, NY on November 12, 1936, the daughter of the late George and Simonne Fuller. Eleanor had an Associates Degree in Medical Records.

She was predeceased by her husband, Vern Rogers. She is survived by two daughters, Catherine Vellake of Alpine and Mary (Steven) DeWalt of Odessa; five sons, Angelo (Amanda) Vellake of Buffalo, Michel (Maryann) Vellake of Interlaken, Anthony (Terri) Vellake of Deland, FL, Joseph (Darrin Krause) Vellake of Alpine, and Guy Paul Vellake of Elmira; seven grandchildren; and one great grandson.

Services will be held privately by the family. Burial services will be held on Friday, February 5 at 10:00 a.m. at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the Cayutaville United Methodist Church, County Road 6, Alpine.

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

Obituary: William A. Feliton, Jr.

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

William A. Feliton, Jr.

Age 73, of Montour Falls, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at Schuyler Hospital.

He was born in Syracuse on May 24, 1942, the son of the late William A. Feliton, Sr. and Johanna (Andiff) Feliton, and graduated from Assumption High School in Syracuse with the Class of 1960. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1961-1965. William retired as a Sergeant with the Elmira Corrections Facility.

He is survived by his loving companion of 14 years, Sharee Pulos, along with her children, grandchildren, and extended family members; and by his dog Wilson.

In keeping with William’s wishes, there will be no services.

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

Obituary: Bernard E. Youngs

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

Bernard E. Youngs

Age 66, of Montour Falls, passed away on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility.

Bernard was born on March 3, 1949 in Corning, NY, the son of Waldo C. Youngs and Lucille A. Youngs. He married his best friend and love of his life on November 26, 1969. Bernard was employed by Shepard Niles as a machinist until he retired. He was a dedicated employee who worked even when he had to have leg braces to help him stand. He enjoyed everyone that he worked with.

Bernard also did many things through the years, at times having more than one job. He worked cleaning the Village Marina, Village Hall, Chemung Canal Trust Company, Village Library and delivering newspapers. He also volunteered his time at St. Joseph's Hospital when he lived in Elmira. Upon moving back to Montour Falls, he volunteered at The Falls Home, having coffee and playing cards and other games with the residents, and at Schuyler Nursing Facility, playing games and making things to give out. He was loved by many, and always knew how to put a smile on the faces of others. He enjoyed coffee on Mondays with his brother Lewis Youngs and Roger Smalley.

Bernard was predeceased by his wife of 38 years, Nancy S. Youngs; father, Waldo C. Youngs; and brother, Waldo L. Youngs. He is survived by his daughter, Melissa S. Youngs (Mike Putney); daughter that he picked up along the way and loved, Jessica (Howard) Ellis; grandchildren Brenden Wood, Kara Wood and Hannah Ellis; his mother, Lucille Youngs; brother, Lewis (Sherri) Youngs; sister-in-law, Dawn Youngs; brothers-in-laws, Patricia (Mark) Derr, Darold (Patricia) Mattison, Stanley Mattison, Marilyn (James) Poust, Bonnie (James) Haight, Gail (Jeff) Twist, Janet (Ira) Stiles, Beth (Gary) Stratton, and Harold Mattison Jr.; along with several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, on Sunday, February 7, 2016 from 2-3 p.m. His funeral service will be held following visitation, at 3 p.m.

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

Obituary: Anne Woodworth Meehan

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

Anne Morgan Woodworth Meehan

Age 87, of Watkins Glen, passed away on January 22, 2016.

Anne was born on June 30, 1928 in Corning, NY, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Emily Morgan. She was also predeceased by two brothers, Lee and Lynn Morgan; husbands, Nelson C. Woodworth and Louis J. Meehan; and son, James Woodworth.

Anne is survived by three children, Larry (Sheila) Woodworth of Hector, Nan Woodworth of Watkins Glen, and Morgan (Linda) Woodworth of Covington, PA; daughter-in-law, Lee-Anne Woodworth; six grandchildren, Emily Bozeat, J. Paul Woodworth, Leah Shaw, Rachel (Jon) Meyer, Sameh Shaw, and Zachery Woodworth; and two great-grandchildren, Lester and Anna Bozeat.

Anne was a Business Education teacher at Watkins Glen Central School for many years and was approached by numerous former students over the years who reflected how she influenced them in their career paths. She also co-directed many Senior Plays. She retired from teaching in 1984.

Anne was a talented piano player. She played piano for many years until very recently at the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club meetings every week, and for mass at St. Benedict's and St. Mary’s Churches. She and her late husband, Louis, served as chairpersons for the Dixie Land Jazz Festival.

Anne enjoyed traveling extensively in her retirement. She worked as a bookkeeper for the Town of Reading for many years and volunteered for the Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary and many other community organizations.

The family will receive friends on Monday, Jan. 25 from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N Decatur St, Watkins Glen; followed by burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

Memorial donations may be made to the church. You may express condolences to the family or light a “Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Dorothy M. Morse

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

Dorothy M. "Dottie" Morse

Age 104, of Montour Falls, passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2015.

Services and burial will be held in the spring at a date and time to be announced. Arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

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

Obituary: Dorothy Ann Peckham

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

Dorothy "Dodie" Ann (Reyolds) Peckham

Age 80, passed peacefully on Monday, January 18, 2016 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Dodie was born in Costa Rica on January 16, 1936 to Theodore and Lois (Scroggins) Reynolds, where her father was involved in various plantation farming ventures. When she was 11 years of age, her father brought the family stateside to Tillamook, Oregon. After graduating from Tillamook High School in 1953, she attended Oregon State College, graduating with a BS in Elementary Education. While at college, she met and married Willis “Bill” Peckham, both embarking on their teaching careers in the early years of their marriage.

Dodie left teaching to raise her children and support Bill’s career as a Superintendent of Schools, and the many moves that his job demanded. She later returned to work as a substitute teacher, cashier, and later as a bookstore clerk -- where she indulged her voracious reading habit. Upon retirement, Dodie and Bill relocated to the Finger Lakes Region to be closer to family and realize their dream of owning a farm. Dodie will be fondly remembered for her love of family, and her keen wit.

Dodie was predeceased by her parents, her husband Bill, and beloved daughter Julie. She is survived by daughter Gloria Peckham of Ithaca, NY; sons Allen (Emily) Peckham of Odessa, NY and Ivan Peckham of Sandy, Oregon; grandchildren Tom and Rosemary Peckham, both of Odessa, NY; and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by a sister, Lois “Chita” Wright, and brother, Theodore “Ted” Reynolds, Jr.

Many of Dodie’s friends remained steadfast penpals throughout the years, for which her family is forever grateful. Dodie’s family would like to thank the staff of Seneca Skilled Nursing Facility for their tender care and dedication to her comfort, as well as the volunteers who supported her through her illness.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls, and will be made at the convenience of the family.

Contributions in Dodie’s honor can be made to the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, Outdoor Spaces Fund, Schuyler Hospital Foundation, 220 Steuben St. Montour Falls, NY 14865.

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

Obituary: Norman Gales

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

Norman Gales

Age 77, of Montour Falls, passed away Sunday, January 17, 2016 at the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, where he resided for the past 13 years.

Norman was born April 9, 1938 in Dexter, MO. He graduated in 1956 and spent four years in the Army. Norman worked at Shepard Niles and was a bookstore owner in Watkins Glen, NY.

He is survived by his children, Carl (Renee) Gales of Kansas, Robin (Frank) Woodard and JoAnne Gales of West Virginia, and Kim Gales of Minnesota; sisters Peggy, Pauline, Joan and Maxine of Missouri; and many special nieces, nephews and their families.

A special thank you to the staff of Seneca View for caring for Norman for many years. In keeping with Norman's wishes, he will be cremated and his ashes spread in Missouri where he was born.

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

Obituary: John R. Plate Sr.

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

John R. Plate Sr.

Age 103, of Watkins Glen, and formerly of Montour Falls and Crescent City, FL, passed away after a long and full life on January 18, 2016.

He was born on October 5, 1912 in Elmira, NY, the second eldest of 13 children, to Fred Sr. and Mary Plate. He was a truck driver for several companies, including Thompson Motor Express of Elmira.

He was predeceased by his parents, and wife of 56 years, Mary. He was also predeceased by his son, Wesley “Sandy” Plate; son-in-law, Albert Rondinaro, and 10 brothers and sisters. He is survived by his daughter, Jacqueline Rondinaro of Watkins Glen; son, John Jr. (Patricia) Plate of Arizona; daughter-in-law, Janet Plate of Montour Falls; sister, Elsie (Everett) Shock of Wellsburg; brother, Robert (Carol) Plate of Sayre, PA; 11 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 11:00am-1:00pm Thursday, January 21 at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. A celebration of his life will be held at the funeral home at 1:00pm, Deacon Thomas Ruda officiating. Committal services and burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.

John’s love in life was his wife Mary and their family. Also, he loved to hunt, fish, travel, bowl, and play cards. He was known as a real card shark! His favorite card game was pinochle. John was also an avid storyteller.

John’s secret to a long life was “2 cookies every morning for breakfast and a chew of tobacco every day.”

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

Obituary: Charles L. Tuttle, I

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

Charles L. Tuttle, I

Age 87, of Burdett, NY, passed away peacefully after a battle with cancer on January 16, 2016.

Charlie is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Manona “Nonie” Tuttle of Burdett; daughter, Sheila Tuttle of Burdett; son, Charles Tuttle of Elmira; seven brothers and sisters, Ellen Voorhees of Ohio, RuthAnna Smith of Arkport, NY, Jeanne Payne of Virginia, Jack Tuttle of South Carolina, James Tuttle of Florida, Harold Tuttle of Ohio, and Fran (Harold) Secord of Burdett; and sister-in-law, Alice (Russell) Eastwood of Watkins Glen.

Charlie “Tut” was a lifelong member of the Burdett United Methodist Church. He worked as a Heavy Equipment Operator and Fine Grade Operator for Upstate New York Operating Engineers Local 158; and enjoyed raising his cattle and farming. He was a member of the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge BPOE 1546 and the Loyal Order of the Moose #426 of Montour Falls.

A celebration of his life will be announced and held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. 

Obituary: Shirley M. Kuttner

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Phillips Funeral Home, Corning.

Shirley M. Kuttner

Age 74, of Montour Falls, NY passed away after an extended illness on Sunday, January 17, 2016 at home with her family by her side.

Shirley was born on August 24, 1941 in Corning, NY to Lloyd A. and Margaret (Barber) Ruggles. She married James D. Kuttner on June 20, 1967.

Shirley had a love of nature, especially birds. She found enjoyment in sitting on her deck watching all the wildlife, all with a Frappuccino in her hand. She enjoyed the simple beauty of flowers and tending to her garden in the summer. She made many fond memories while bullhead fishing with just about anyone who would go with her.

Above all else she loved time spent with her family, especially at the lake, and all the late night family card games. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her greatest enjoyment.

She is survived by her husband, James D. Kuttner; four children, Sue Pace (Dave Flavin) of Corning, Tammy (Bobby Jaynes) Voorheis of Erin, NY, Sharon (Tom) Wiedemer of Montour Falls and James M. (Patty) Kuttner of Papillion, NE; three siblings, Marjorie (Skip) Simpson of Campbell, Lloyd (Kay) Ruggles of Lindley and James (Shirley) Ruggles of Peach Creek, WV; seven grandchildren, Jeremy (Emily) Llewellyn, Miranda Voorheis, Brennan Voorheis, George Pace, Sheyanne Pace, Amanda (Anthony) Degraw, and Sara Nicole Kuttner; 7 great-grandchildren, Maddie, Hunter, Bella, Izzabella, Chandler, Gavin, and Deegan, along with several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by brothers, Frank and Thomas Ruggles; and sisters, Gail Abbey, Barbara Jacobi and Elaine Radka.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney Street, Corning, NY on Thursday, January 21 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. A funeral service will immediately follow with Rev. Allen Jones officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery, Corning.

The family will provide the flowers for the service and request that memorial donations be directed to the Campbell Methodist Church, 8516 Main Street, Campbell, NY 14821 or the Montour Falls Fire Department Rescue Squad, PO Box 369, Montour Falls, NY 14865 for all that they have done.

Kind words and fond memories can be shared at www.PhillipsFuneralHome.com

Obituary: Janice Brew

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

Janice Brew

Age 88, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away January 14, 2016.

Janice was born in Sayre, PA on December 7, 1927, the daughter of Kenneth and Frances Jackson. She worked for many years at Glen National Bank in Watkins Glen before retiring. Janice was a longtime member and deacon at the First Presbyterian Church in Watkins Glen.

She was also Past President of the BPW (Southern Tier Women’s Assoc.), a member of Women of the Moose, a member of BPOE Women Auxiliary, and a volunteer at Schuyler Hospital and member of the Schuyler Hospital Women's Auxiliary. She also formerly volunteered at the Office for the Aging, assisting the elderly with insurance claims.

She was predeceased by her parents; by loving husband, William “Bubby” Brew; and by son Joseph E. Brew. She is survived by her dear friend, Kenny DePew; sisters, Pat (Bill) Macnamara of Watkins Glen, and Lyndal Homet of Towanda, PA; brother, Kenneth (Debbie) Jackson of Fairport; and special niece, Janice Learn of Watkins Glen. She is also survived by numerous other extended family.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the First Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, from 12 noon-2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 16. A funeral service and celebration of her life will be held at the church at 2:00 p.m., Rev. Nancy Meehan Yao officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery in Reading Center. The family will provide flowers.

Please remember Janice and her kind and generous spirit by making a memorial donation to a charity of your choice.  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 F. States

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

James F. States

Age 72, of Montour Falls, NY passed away January 10, 2016 after an extended illness.

He was predeceased by his father, Lloyd Adelbert States; brother, Butch (Lloyd); and sister, Martha. He is survived by his mother, Alice States; wife Carlene States of 51 years; daughter, Marie Larrison; sons, James C. States and Lawrence States; grandchildren, Gary and Erich Larrison, Haley States, and Alyssa and Jeremy Wilson; and many nieces, nephews and close friends.

Jim attended school in Odessa. He worked at Watkins Salt Co. (Cargill) and retired from there after 37 years. Jim loved hunting and fishing. When it was time to cut up the deer, it was his job to cook the tenderloin. Yum! Jim loved spending time working outside in his yard. If he wasn’t working in his yard, he would be in his garage working on his many lawn tractors or someone else’s.

Jim fulfilled his dream of having his own garage and spent many hours there working. He also loved spending time with his family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. Friday, January 15 at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. A Memorial Service will be held at the funeral home at 4 p.m. Burial will be held at the Union Cemetery of Hector in Burdett at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Hospicare of Ithaca, 172 East King Rd., Ithaca, NY.

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

Obituary: Margaret 'Peggy' Sibley

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

Margaret Anne "Peggy" Sibley

Age 79, of Alpine, NY, passed away Saturday, January 9 at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, NY, surrounded by her family and friends.

A kind and generous person, she was known to many for her adventurous spirit and welcoming nature that made her like a mother to more than her immediate family.

Born June 21, 1936 in Joliet, Illinois, she completed high school in Canton, NY, then graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a degree in library science. While student teaching in Buffalo, NY, she met Fred Sibley, a Cornell graduate and ornithologist. They married that summer (1958) and a year later set off for Nigeria, where Fred had secured a teaching position at the University in Ibadan.

Peggy’s first child, Steven, was born in Ibadan, and was followed by three more children (David, Anne, and Elizabeth “Betsy”) as they lived in various locations back in the U.S.

When Fred took a position as a scientist with the Smithsonian, they moved to the suburbs of Washington, D.C., and Peggy faced rumors that she was a single parent pretending to be married, as she was living on her own with small children while Fred went to the South Pacific on research expeditions for months at a time. When Betsy was still an infant they moved to Ojai, California. Later moves brought them to Bolinas, California; Guilford, Connecticut; Naugatuck, Connecticut, and finally Alpine, New York.

Despite Fred’s field research taking him away on long trips, Peggy was always a compassionate and resilient mother. She allowed her children to be adventurous explorers, participated in frequent camping trips, and did not mind when the children (or their father) brought various creatures to live in the house -- a condor, snakes, a barn owl, tarantulas, lizards, caterpillars, and so on.

Peggy was a friendly, thoughtful and intrepid traveler, and she and Fred made many friends as they camped throughout the U.S. and traveled the world. They visited over 30 countries, especially after the children were grown and Fred retired, including Uganda, Brazil, Vietnam, Egypt, Hong Kong, French Guyana, Nicaragua, Honduras, and multiple trips to the British Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, and Trinidad and Tobago. She and Fred remained connected with their worldwide network of friends, and their home was often a stopping point for friends passing through.

Peggy was always community-minded. In every place that she lived, she joined clubs and volunteered at churches and libraries. She worked for many years at the Guilford Free Library, and more recently has been a volunteer at the Odessa Library and with Reading Buddies, and a member of Zonta Club. She enjoyed cooking and learning about different cuisines and regional foods, picking up new recipes and cookbooks every place she traveled.

Peggy was predeceased by her parents, Miriam and Lorence Pries, and her sister, Nancy Wratten. She is survived by her husband, Fred; sister, Ellen Bonde (Chip); brother-in-law, Craig Wratten (Ardeene); sons, Steven Sibley (Kathy) and David Sibley (Joan Walsh); daughters, Anne Sibley (Charles Jenkins) and Betsy Elswit (Dan); grandchildren, Adam Sibley (Jessica), Erin Sibley, Noah Jenkins, Ben Sibley, Evan Sibley, Andrew Jenkins, Joel Sibley, and Clare Jenkins; and four nieces. Peggy and Fred welcomed Lori Guerette (Al) into their home as a teenager, and she has remained a daughter to them since.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, January 11, at the Odessa-Catharine Methodist Church. The family will receive visitors at 1 p.m. Vedder & Scott Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gifts in Peggy’s memory may be made to the Dutton S. Peterson Memorial Library, Odessa, NY; the Lorence and Miriam Pries Scholarship at SUNY Canton, Canton, NY; or the Finger Lakes Land Trust.

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

Obituary: Paula J. Depew

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

Paula J. Depew

Age 72, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on Friday, January 8, 2016 at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse.

She was born on November 24, 1943, the daughter of the late Ellen (Parker) Thorsland. Paula was employed as a production inspector with Borg Warner for over 29 years. She enjoyed spending time and playing cards with her friends at the Montour Moose Lodge 426, and loved her two dogs, Little Man and Baby. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Depew, on December 13, 2013.

She is survived by her siblings, Butch Breed of Jacksonville, FL, Neil (Barbara) Thorsland of Katy, TX, Sharon (Harry) Lake of Northfield, NJ, Jerrilyne Belcher of Southpoint, OH, Rosalyne Fairbanks of Pennellville, NY, and Royce (Stacey) Groesbeck of Syracuse, NY; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, January 12 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home, followed by burial in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Montour Moose Lodge 426. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Helen J. Gregory

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

Helen J. (Carey) Gregory

Age 85, of Watkins Glen, NY, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, January 3, 2016 after an extended illness.

She was a resident of Seneca View, Unit 2 for the past year and a half. 

She is survived by her two children, Alan E. Gregory and Susan D. Gregory Larson, both of Watkins Glen; and her beloved grandchildren, Kody E. Gregory, Kristopher L., Kendra D. and Katherine J. Larson, all of Watkins Glen. She was predeceased by her husband, Jerry E. Gregory; son-in-law Kenneth Larson, and grandson Kyle E. Gregory.

Helen was a devoted and faithful wife; a mother beyond compare; but she most loved being “Nana” to her 5 grandchildren. They were the lights of her life. She will genuinely be missed by all who knew her, as you couldn’t help but love her. She was truly a gracious lady.

If you wish to make a remembrance in Helen’s name, please send donations to the GLM Memorial Soccer Foundation, c/o Alan Gregory, 700 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or to the charity of one’s choice.

Funeral services will be at the convenience of the family. No prior calling hours are scheduled.

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: Robert C. Kerns

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

Robert C. Kerns

Age 95, of Parker, CO, and formerly of Burdett, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 29, 2015.

He was born in Waltham, MA on July 18, 1920, the son of the late Robert and Bernice (McQueen) Kerns.

Robert served with the U.S. Army Corps 328th Infantry Regiment, 26th Division during WWII. He served most of his Army time in Germany and France, from December 1944 to February 1946. He was a platoon guide, with a rank of Staff Sergeant (4 stripes), which meant doing whatever his Tech Sergeant (5 stripes) told him he needed done. He was often sent on “forward trips” to check out what was ahead for the troops in his division. Sometimes these were enjoyable trips; other times, dangerous. He often told the story of wearing out two pairs of boots marching across Europe.

In his early working years, Robert was a driver for Cotton-Hanlon Lumber. He later worked in road construction, retiring in 1982.

He was predeceased by his wife, Flora Bush Kerns, in 1997; a daughter, Sharon Kerns Miller, in 1999; a son, Owen Kerns, in 1996; a son-in-law, Bruce Leonard, in 2013; two sisters, Hazel Eva and Kathy Kerns; brothers, Elliot Kerns, Donald Kerns and Dick Kerns; and his stepmother, Polly Clark Kerns.

He is survived by two daughters, Bonnie Kerns Leonard of Hampstead, MD, and Carolyn Kerns Higginson (David) of Parker, CO; a son-in-law, Roy Miller of Pennsylvania; a daughter-in-law, Emily Kerns of Montour Falls (Randy Fish); two sisters, Dorothy Manheim of Trumansburg and Betty Lane of Ulster, PA; 10 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, January 9, 2016 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors will follow at Union Cemetery of Hector.

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

Obituary: Sally L. Sullivan

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

Sally L. (Kinloch) Sullivan

Age 75, passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, NY.

Sally was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 1, 1940, the daughter of Violet and Raybe Zeller.  She was adopted by her grandparents, Thomas and Easter  Kinloch. Sally served two years active duty in the U.S. Army and 10-plus years in the U.S Army Reserves. She was a loving mother.

She leaves behind her daughters, Donna Morrell of Watkins Glen, NY and Dena (Michael) Standish of Millport, NY; two granddaughters, Tyme (David) Hartsock and Jodi Whitham of Watkins Glen; and four grandsons, Kenneth (Hilary) Wickham of Covington, GA, and Thomas Wickham, William Standish, and Scott Standish of Millport.

Sally was preceded in death by her sister, Ruby Joslyn of Watkins Glen, and her brother, Robert Zeller of Texas. Sally will be sadly missed.

Friends and family may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, January 4, 2016 at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 Fifth St., Watkins Glen. Burial with Military Honors will be held on Tuesday, January 5 at 10 a.m. at Bath National Cemetery.
 
Friends and family may share condolences and memories at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: H. Wallace Burnett

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

H. Wallace "Wally" Burnett

Age 71, of Burdett, NY, passed away surrounded by his loving family on December 26, 2015 at Elcor, Horseheads, NY.

The family will receive friends and relatives on Saturday, January 2, 2016 from 12:00 noon-2:00 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 2:00 p.m., followed by burial at Hector Presbyterian Cemetery.

Wally was born in Montour Falls on July 8, 1944 to Ralph and Hazel Fitch Burnett. Wally worked in Retail Management and Real Estate. He graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1963, and attended Mohawk Valley College and Elmira College. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Wally never lost his sense of humor and was always looking on the bright side. He loved his family and friends. Wally spent many hours a day writing a book and had written many poems. He kept up with current events and kept in touch with many friends on his computer.  Wally loved watching and photographing wildlife.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a granddaughter. He is survived by his daughter, Cindy (Bill) Freeman of Painted Post; four sons, Steven (Heather) Burnett of Beaver Dams, Gregory (Leigh Ann) Burnett of Canton, MO, Brian (Amy) Burnett of Anthem, AZ, and Clay Burnett of Minneapolis, MN, and their mother, Shirley Voorhees Burnett; sisters, Barbara Brown and Nona Schimizzi, both of Burdett; grandchildren, Robert “Bobby” (Sage), Bryce and Braydon Burnett, all of Missouri, Erica Freeman of California, and Andy Freeman of Painted Post, and Hannah Burnett, USN Guam; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  He is also survived by his dear friend, Joyce Stillman of Ithaca.

Memorial donations may be made to the V-L-H Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 46, Hector, NY 14841, or 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: Anne Marie Mathews

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

Anne Marie Mathews

Age 69, of Montour Falls, passed away on Thursday, December 24, 2015 at home.

Anne was born October 10, 1946 in Montour Falls, the daughter of the late James and Josephine Colunio. She worked at The Falls Home in Montour Falls for many years, where she enjoyed the staff and residents. Anne also loved her family, friends and grandchildren.

Anne is survived by her husband of 45 years, Charles F. Mathews; her children, Nina (Tom) Hausner of Burkburnett, TX, Larry (Melissa) Foster of Attleboro, MA, and Chad Mathews of Montour Falls. She is also survived by a brother, Jimmy Colunio, and two sisters, Patricia (Rick) Williams and Lisa Kelly; and in-laws. Survivors also include her most cherished 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Anne was predeceased by her parents.

A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes you to consider a donation in her memory to your favorite charity. You may express condolences to the family or light a “Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Joyce M. Keefer

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

Joyce M. Keefer

Age 83, of Montour Falls, passed away on Thursday, December 24, 2015 at Schuyler Hospital.

She was born in Rock Stream on September 25, 1932, the daughter of the late Francis and Dorothy (Kriner) Hodge, and graduated from Dundee Central School. She was employed at Westinghouse, which later became North America Phillips. She later worked as a greeter at Walmart in Watkins Glen for many years.

Joyce was very active with her son Randy, who is a resident at the Arc of Schuyler. She loved to laugh, cook and spend time with her family.

Joyce is survived by her children, Brad (Joan) Keefer of Pittsburgh, PA, Vicki (Kevin) Arnold of Horseheads, and Randy Keefer of Watkins Glen; grandchildren, Keith Keefer and Kristina (David) Butler; great grandchildren, Kayla, Shane, Annika, Brady, Brittany and Brendan; sisters, Beverly Bond, Roxanne Jones, Patricia Warner, Deborah Kerr, and Sandra Dillon; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Curtis J. Keefer, in 1994; great grandson Kristian Keefer in 1998; her stepmother, Louise Smally Hodge; and by four brothers.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, December 31, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home with burial to follow in Bradford Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Arc of Schuyler, 203 12th St., Watkins Glen, New York 14891. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Anita Ferri McCarthy

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Anita Ferri McCarthy

Age 57, of Watkins Glen, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Wednesday, December 23, 2015.

She was born in Honesdale, PA on September 12, 1958, the daughter of George and Betty Ferri. She attended Pennridge High School in PA, and later graduated from Bradford Central School. Anita was a CNA at Schuyler Hospital, Unit 3, for ten years. She took pride in devoting herself to helping her patients feel alive and loved during their time at Schuyler.

She coached Cinderella Softball for several years and was involved for over twenty years. She also enjoyed doing Macramé and going to Grateful Dead concerts with her husband, John McCarthy. Anita was the backbone of her family. She loved her children, grandchildren, and her two dogs, Maddy Moo and Ginger Snap. She was always there for everyone around her and was like a second mother to many in the community. She will be truly missed.

She is survived by her husband of 30 years, John McCarthy; daughters, Ivy McCarthy (Tyler Dale) of Watkins Glen, Hannah McCarthy (Brian Koehler) of Horseheads, Noelle McCarthy of Watkins Glen, and Taylor McCarthy (Robert Dupay) of Watkins Glen; four grandchildren, Oliver McCarthy, Celeste Dale, Briah Lynn Koehler and Tyler Elliott; her mother, Betty Ferri of Beaver Dams; a sister, Lisa Doolittle of Beaver Dams; and a brother, Mark (Melody) Ferri of Tampa, FL. She was predeceased by her father, George Ferri; a son, Matt Elliott, and a brother, Bucky Ferri.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, December 28, 2015 from 5-7 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A celebration of her life will follow at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

Obituary: Jane E. Simiele

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Jane E. Simiele (Personius)

Age 82, of the Falls Home in Montour Falls, NY, passed away Wednesday, December 23, 2015.

Jane was born November 6, 1933 in Montour Falls, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Minnie (DeMunn) Personius. She attended Watkins Glen High School and was employed as a waitress at several restaurants in the area for over sixty years. She was a member of St. Mary's of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen, where she sang in the Resurrection Choir for several years.

Survivors include one son, Philip W. Simiele of Watkins Glen, and one daughter, Charlene L. Lindgren of Horseheads; one brother, Larry Personius of Concord, NC; one brother-in-law, Robert Hoagland of Concord, NC; six grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Antonio Simiele, in 1992, and by her sister, Ruth Hoagland, in 2014.

A viewing will be held in the Link at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, December 29, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 PM with Father Steven Lape, celebrant.

The family would like to offer sincere thanks to Deborah S. Pierri of Beaver Dams, Connie M. Mathews of Horseheads, and Barbara Malina of Watkins Glen for the loving care and friendship given. Thank you to the staff of the Falls Home for their care of her during her time there.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to local Catholic Charities. Friends and family may share condolences and memories at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Sharon J. Swayze

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Sharon J. Swayze

Age 27, of Montour Falls, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 18, 2015.

She is survived by her father, John (Patti) Swayze, mother, Evelyn (Don) Landmesser, and brother, John (Sheena) Swayze, all of Montour Falls; and three beautiful children, Mason, Zayden, and Owen; grandmother, Sharon Peppard of Odessa; and numerous very special aunts, uncles and cousins.

A private memorial service will be held at the family’s convenience at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Road, 2nd Floor Princeton, NJ 08540 (or online at www.autismspeaks.org). You may express condolences to the family or light a “Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Paul Montgomery

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Paul Montgomery

Age 77, of Odessa, NY, unexpectedly went home to be with his Lord on Monday, December 21, 2015.

Paul was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was born on December 7, 1938. He was a longtime member of Glad Tidings Christian Life Church. After Paul retired from General Electric, he went on to be a self-employed contractor, and in 1999 went on to work at Catharine Court Apartments in Montour Falls, NY, where he made so many special friends.

Paul is survived by his wife of 34 years, Sandy Owen Montgomery; his children, Alyssa (Chris) Hammond (along with their children, Brendyn, Kaila, and Ashlyn Hammond) of Beaver Dams, NY, Les Montgomery of Elmira Heights, NY, Nancy (Bill) White of Southport, NY, Doug Montgomery of Elmira, NY, Kevin (Leslie) Montgomery of Daytona Beach, FL, and Karen (Bill) Whitford of Elmira Heights, NY and their children, Matthew, Krista, Jason, Michael, Justin, Taesha, Ryan, Kimberly, Megan, Caitlyn and Aric; his siblings, Carolyn (Tom) Robbins of Fisherville, NY, Connie Southard Paul of Elmira, NY, Janet (Irv) Tourtellotte of Bloomingdale, GA, Donald (Patty) Southard of Jupiter, FL, and Delores Williams of Walnut Springs, TX; and sister-in-law Martha Montgomery of North Carolina; along with many in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends and family. 

Paul was predeceased by his brother Richard Montgomery and sister Shirley Southard along with many other loved ones.

Paul will be so greatly missed by all of his family, and by all who knew him. 

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 from 2-4 p.m. at the Glad Tidings Christian Life Church, 116 Breesport Road, Horseheads, NY. A funeral service will follow at 4:00 p.m. Private burial will be held in Montour Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers Paul would like you to vote Republican. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Sandra J. Cooper

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Sandra J. Cooper

Age 73, of Newfield, NY passed away unexpectedly on December 20, 2015.

Sandy was born in Montour Falls on March 17, 1942, the daughter of Henry and Laurine Maine. She graduated from Watkins Glen Central School. Sandy worked as an Administrative Manager at Cornell University and retired in 1998.

She was predeceased by her parents; and brothers, David and Durwood Maine. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Richard Cooper; children, Kimberly (Kirk) Smith of Beaver Dams, Deborah (Greg) Clark of Burdett, Jason Cooper of Ithaca, and Brian (Debra) Cooper of Norwich; nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service celebrating her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 26 at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. Interment will be at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cayuga Heights at 1:00 p.m.

She and her husband were members of the CNY All Ford Mustang Club.

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: Marjorie A. Davies

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Marjorie A. Davies

Age 90, of New Port Richey, Florida, went home to be with God on December 13, 2015.

Born in Elmira, New York on Dec. 8, 1925, she grew up in Penn Yan, NY and after the war lived in Corning, NY, eventually settling in nearby Big Flats to bring up a family. She was married to Donald Davies and had three children, Carol Ann, Robert and Ellen.

Marge and Don loved camping and enjoyed their cottage in Penn Yan. After the 1972 flood they moved to Caton, NY to get away from any chance of flooding again. Then on to Altoona, FL after Don retired from Corning Glass. She moved to New Port Richey to be near her daughter Ellen a few years after the passing of Donald.

She is survived by her son Robert Davies and daughter Ellen L. Pangallo; her brother Robert (Marilyn) Chapman, and many grandchildren.

She will be laid to rest in the Montour Cemetery next to Donald and her sister, Helen Reagan. She's no longer in pain, and with her family until we all meet again.

Obituary: Jeanne S. Donnell

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Jeanne S. Donnell

Age 90, of Watkins Glen, passed into the arms of the Lord on December 17, 2015.

She joins her predeceased infant son, Kevin Gerard; parents Robert and Sarah Smith; sister Dorothy Franzese and brother-in-law Albert Franzese; brother Robert Smith (Mary); brother-in-law Gordon Bidlack; brother-in-law John Donnell; sister-in-law Ella Cronin (Jack)/(Paul Craugh); sister-in-law Margaret Donnell (Leon VanOstrand), and her dearest friend, Judith (Mike) Brace.

Jeanne leaves behind her husband of nearly 70 years, Michael Donnell of Watkins Glen, as well as sister Joyce Bidlack of Canton, CT; children Linda (Lee) Bradley of Newington, CT, Michael Donnell (Susan) of Hilton Head, SC, Kathleen (John) Sargent of Winter Springs, FL, Tim Donnell (Laurie Brady) of Livonia, NY, Carol (Robert) Tully of Deerfield Beach, FL, Barbara Donnell (John Doolittle) of Watkins Glen, and Mary Donnell (Eric Herminghausen) of East Burke, VT. She also leaves her eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jeanne was born in Valois, NY on August 1, 1925. She was employed by the Seneca Army Depot in the '40's, married Michael Donnell after WWII and became a dedicated wife and mother.

Many local vineyards and orchards benefited from her labors over the years. Jeanne also delivered Burdett and Hector children to school and worked for many years at the Chieftain Motel. She served the town of Dix at Voter Registration, and along with Mike volunteered for the American Cancer Society.

Her unique sense of humor enriched many lives. She enjoyed gardening, long walks and a good read. Her love for Seneca Lake found her often gazing peacefully at its edge.

Jeanne's last many months were blessed by the loving care of staff at the Elcor Nursing Home in Horseheads NY. She will be deeply missed and fondly remembered.

Private visitation will be held on Sunday, December 20 at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen. A Mass will be celebrated on Monday, December 21 at St. Mary's of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen at 11 a.m; with interment at St. Mary's Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Elks Lodge.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a local food bank or 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: Rita June Tucker

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Rita June Tucker

Age 50, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 in the comfort of her sister’s home.

Rita was born in Montour Falls, NY on June 29, 1965, the daughter of the late Richard and Jennie Mae (Freas) Raplee.

Rita is survived by her daughter, Lacey Tucker; her grandchildren, Rissa and Alexia; her brothers, Michael and Brian Raplee; her sisters, Pamela Perry, Roxanne Perry, Karla Nichols and Lisa Bishop; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Geanna Mae Raplee, on April 7, 2014; and her stepmother, Hazel Raplee.

Graveside prayers and remembrances will be shared at Lakeview Cemetery, Watkins Glen on Friday, December 18 at 2 p.m. Friends and family may share memories and condolences at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Giles J. 'Gil' Greenier

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Giles J. “Gil” Greenier

Age 88, of Elmira and formerly of Burdett, NY, passed away December 14, 2015.

The family will receive friends and relatives on Friday, Dec. 18 from 12:00 noon -2:00 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. A Memorial Service will be held at the funeral home at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be held at Woodlawn National Cemetery with military honors.

Giles was born in Caribou, Maine on July 9, 1927, the 8th son of 19 children of Edward and Anna Greenier. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, June Greenier; daughters, Michele (Curtis) Taylor of Lawrenceville, GA and Judy Marie Greenier of Elmira; five surviving siblings, Vernal Greenier, Donna Greenier, Dee Normandin, Loretta Matoon, and Phyllis Tason; and three grandchildren, Bradley Greenier, Kaiden Casselbury, and Coral Kinkade.

Gil honorably served in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1946 to 1947. He worked as a Construction Foreman for Liuna Laborers Local #1358 and faithfully attended masses at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 (or donate online at www.woundedwarriorproject.org) or the Schuyler County Veteran’s Memorial, PO Box 137, Odessa, NY 14860. 

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

Obituary: Mary Ellen Upham

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Mary Ellen Upham

Age 68, of Hector, NY, passed away after a brief illness on Monday, December 14, 2015. 

She is survived by her husband, Milford; children, Sherri Bennett and Eric (Lindsay) Upham; stepchildren, Debbie (Jeffrey) Neal, Vickie Howlett, Julie (Douglas) Sarsfield, Mikel (Sharon) Upham, and Cathy (John) Decker; brothers and sisters, Dorothy Nye, June Bush, Daniel (Karen) Morse, and Dennis (Peggy) Morse; special grandchildren, Angela Upham, Ryan Upham, and Bella Upham; also several other grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mary Ellen was born in Elmira, NY, the daughter of Russell and Clara Morse. She worked as a clerk for Schuyler County for 32 years. A private gathering of family and friends will be held at a later date at the family’s convenience.

Those wishing to remember Mary Ellen may make a memorial donation to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865 (or online at 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: Tracy C. Jayne

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Tracy C. Jayne

Age 91, of Tyrone, New York passed away on Friday, December 11, 2015 at Guthrie Corning Hospital.

He was born in Cayuta, New York on December 14, 1923, the son of the late Amza and Sarah (Grover) Jayne. Tracy graduated from Van Etten High School and went on to serve with the U.S. Army Military Police during WWII. He worked at Ingersoll-Rand for 44 years, retiring in 1987.

Tracy and his wife Marcie loved square dancing and were members of the Gingham Squares. He played bass and rhythm guitar for the country group The Arcadians. He was also a former member of The Grange and a former Mason.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Marcie (McLean) Jayne; his children, Sandra Jayne of Minneapolis, MN, Robin Knowlton of Penn Yan, NY, Becky Horton of Beaver Dams, NY, Tracy Jr. of Tyrone, and Les Jayne of Lancaster, PA; a brother, Vincent Jayne of Gang Mills, NY; eight grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, December 16 from 12 noon-1 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Beth Kottemann officiating. Burial will follow at Tyrone Union Cemetery.

To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: William Roy Chapman, Jr.

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William Roy Chapman, Jr. (Bill)

Age 83, died on December 7, 2015 in Ft. Myers, Florida.

He is survived by his wife, Loretta Manning of Ft. Myers, FL; sons, Bill Chapman (Claudia) and Rick Chapman (Renee); stepson, Tony Manning (Peggy); grandsons, Alex (Justine), Brendan (Lauren), Brandon, and Kevin; granddaughters, Ashley (Jared), Leigh Margaret (Inwook Hwang), Jordan (Matthew), and Mattalin; and his sister, Judy Grey.  He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Woodward Chapman; and his parents, William Roy and Dorothy Chapman of Watkins Glen, Ndw York.

Bill was born on March 23, 1932 in Montour Falls, New York and was a veteran of the Korean War. His family and friends will always remember him as a friendly, social, and active man who enjoyed the company of friends, listening to music, trips to the beach, and Seneca Lake.

A small service was held for the family on December 9, 2015, at Hope Hospice Chapel, Ft. Myers, Florida. Donations may be made to Hope Hospice in Ft. Myers or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Obituary: Nancy Roberts Moore

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Nancy Roberts Moore

Nancy Roberts Moore, a warm and loving mother of five, grandmother of eight, great grandmother of three, nourisher of the hearts and bodies of anyone and everyone she encountered during her 91 years, gracefully embraced her own passing encircled by friends and family on December 9th, 2015.

Her savory dishes and famous chocolate chip cookies and home-baked bread, her knitting and sewing, her fine artistry and crafting, are but traces of a life well shared. Wherever they lived during their 62 years of married life, Nancy and husband Harrie (Skip) Moore, were community builders both in North Chili, New York and around Schuyler County, and their doors were always open.

Nancy is survived by her daughters, Nancie (Jack) Collison of PA and Mary Wessel (Robert Dengler) of Montour Falls; sons, Robert (Chris) Moore of Hilton, NY, Richard Moore of Tucson, AZ, and Thomas (Karen) Moore of Rochester; grandchildren, Robin, Dan, Maelynn, Miranda, Mary Lise, Tyler, Catrine and Anna Lena; and great grandchildren, Alexis, Violet and Elijah.

A funeral is to be held on Saturday, December 19th, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the SPCA or Care First Hospice, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook or light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Elwood D. Hill

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Elwood D. Hill

Age 75, of Horseheads, NY passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015.

Mr. Hill is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Beverly (Loveless) Hill; four children, Kenneth (Mary) Hill, Alpine; Kimber (Bill McCarty) Hill, Watkins Glen; William (Tiffany) Hill, Watkins Glen; and Gilbert (Patricia) Hill, Horseheads; and brothers and sisters, Gary (Judy) Hill, Bob (Marcia) Hill, Greta Eldridge, and Bonnie Rogers. Elwood also leaves behind 13 extremely loved grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Gilbert and Erma (Stahle) Hill, and his sister, Irene Hill.

Elwood was born in Sabinsville, PA on June 9, 1940; however, he spent most of his life in the Watkins Glen/Elmira area. He was an extremely hard-working man. After 40 years in the salt industry, he retired from Cargill Salt in 2003. Elwood was a self-learned genius. From reading dictionaries and encyclopedias for pure enjoyment to scouring the internet for new information, he was an avid learner and passed that knowledge onto others.

He loved to work with his hands, especially woodworking and carpentry, and everything was a do-it-yourself job to him. Every year his garden and fruit trees seemed to grow larger and larger with his green thumb.

Elwood was a member of the NRA. He liked to research all about the different guns of the world, and enjoyed hunting and fishing as well. Elwood was truly a “Jack-Of-All-Trades” and greatly admired by his family.

Family and friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira on Sunday December 13 between the hours of 3 and 5 p.m. A memorial service will follow the visitation at 5 p.m., with burial at the family’s convenience in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Obituary: Araminta (Wilson) Howe

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Araminta (Wilson) Howe

Age 98, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Friday, November 27, 2015.

She was born in Bovina, NY on November 21, 1917, the daughter of Harry and Jessie McCumber. She was predeceased by her parents, four brothers, a sister, and two grandchildren, Harry and Debra Wilson. She was also predeceased by her husbands, Harry Wilson and Alfred Howe; and two sons, Gordon and Ronald Wilson.

She is survived by her son, Charles L. (Carol) Wilson, of Watkins Glen; daughter-in-law, Linda Wilson, sister-in-law, Anna McCumber; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 23 great-great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 12 at 11:00 a.m. at the Moreland Community Presbyterian Church, 3045 Beaver Dams-Moreland Road, Beaver Dams, NY.  A private committal service will be held at the convenience of the family at Rural Home Cemetery in Big Flats.

Memorial donations may be made to her church.

She was a longtime member of the Moreland Presbyterian Church and the Moreland Olive Branch Grange. She worked as an inspector at Eclipse and Thatcher Glass Company. She also helped her husband on the family farm.

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: George W. Hill

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George W. Hill

Age 82, of Montour Falls, passed away on Monday, November 23, 2015 at Schuyler Hospital.

He was born in Danbury, CT on September 7, 1933, the son of the late Joseph and Myrtle (Montgomery) Hill. George served with the U.S. Navy from 1953-1957. He worked at Thatcher Glass, which later became Anchor Glass, retiring in 1997 after 40 years of service. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Montour Falls. He loved hunting, farming and cutting wood.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Donna L. (Pelow) Hill; four children, Cincera (Robert) Fischer of Rochester, Donnare (Brian) Harris and Brenda Kimbell, both of Horseheads, and George A. (Lisa) Hill of Deltona, FL; siblings, Arlene Dixon of Arkansas, and Julia Holick, Carol Ann Schirmer, Janice McNamara, Joseph Hill, John (Kathy) Hill and Terrence Hill, all of Danbury, CT; nine grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; nieces and nephew, Deanna, Cheryl, Jean and Donald who he and Donna raised for a few years; and many other nieces and nephews.

George was predeceased by his siblings, Jackie Miller, Louis Hill, Jean Bonner, Myrtle Rhamsdorff, Donald Hill, Harold Hill, Charles Hill, Phil Hill and Robert Hill.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, November 27 from 5-8 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 28 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church of Montour Falls, 124 Owego St., Montour Falls.

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

Obituary: Janet Mary Hoxie

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Janet Mary (Johnson) Hoxie

Age 64, of Citra, FL (formerly of Montour Falls, NY) returned home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 after a stoic battle with cancer.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Julie Ann (Hoxie) Charbonneau and her husband Joe, her three grandchildren, Abby, Zoe, and Alexis, all of West Hills, CA; her identical twin sister, Joyce (Tom) Carson of Montour Falls; her sister Betty (David) Scott of Montour Falls; her sister Beverly (George) Courtwright of Lodi, NY; her sister Donna Hover of Citra, FL; her sister Kathy (Bob) VanAmburg of Watkins Glen, NY; her brother Harry (Robin) Johnson, Jr. of Millport, NY; her sister Barbara (Mike) Hessling of Waterford, CT; and her ex-husband, James R. Hoxie of Montour Falls. She had several dear nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her mother, Lillian (Crout) Johnson of Montour Falls, NY; her father, Harry Johnson Sr. of Citra, FL, and her step-mother, Priscilla (Hatch) Johnson of Citra, FL.

Janet graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1969, the Willard School of Nursing in 1972, and Alfred University with a BS in nursing in 1983. She was employed as a Registered Nurse at Willard Psychiatric Center and, upon its closing, at Elmira Psychiatric Center with the Family Care team. After retirement from state service in 2006, she worked at Schuyler Hospital’s Seneca View part time.

Her hard work and compassion were well recognized by all who knew her. Janet touched many lives and she cherished and loved their communications, visits, thoughts and prayers. She was a very spiritual person and loved teaching and sharing with others. In her day, she loved reading, learning, painting (walls), knitting, sewing, gardening, crafting, shopping, going for drives, and visiting and dining out with friends.

Per her wishes, there will be no calling hours or a funeral service. The family will have a private memorial service to celebrate her life.

In lieu of flowers and in honor of her generosity, donate to the charity of your choice or a cause close to your heart. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Rachel E. Cleary

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

Rachel E. Cleary

Age 32, of Tulsa, Oklahoma and most recently of Watkins Glen, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 19, 2015 after a lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis.

She is survived by her mother, Christine Cleary of Oregon; grandparents, Ed Peters of Oklahoma, and Mary Ann and Jack Cleary of Montour Falls; her devoted aunt and uncle, Theresa and Ted Siri of Watkins Glen; special aunts and uncles, John (Kathy) Cleary of Elmira, Patrick and Deedy Cleary of Albuquerque, NM, Carol Tallent of New Mexico, and Kelly (Rodney) Iles of Austin, Texas; and by several cousins, nurses, cystic fibrosis friends, and friends new and old.

She was predeceased by her father, Ron Tallent; her grandmother, Marion Cleary Peters, and her aunt, Mary Cleary.

Rachel was a great advocate and spokesperson for the cystic fibrosis community.

There will be a graveside service held on Tuesday, November 24 at 2:00 pm at Montour Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Robert S. Rounds

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

Robert S. (Bob) Rounds

Age 54, of Montour Falls, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 14, 2015 surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on September 20, 1961, the son of Paul W. and Suzanne Z. Rounds. Bob was a man of great integrity and faith. He was an excellent provider to his family. His favorite hobby was dirt bike riding. He loved nature and enjoyed hunting. He leaves a legacy of bow hunting skills to his grandchildren. Bob’s life work was laying foundations in many of the surrounding counties, but his greatest foundation was his faith in Jesus Christ.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Karen (Zimmer) Rounds; children, Amanda (Lance) of Elmira, and Jason of Millport; his mother, Suzanne Z. Rounds of Montour Falls; his siblings, Jeff (Jill) Rounds of Horseheads, and Jill (John) Marsh, Beth Hornick, Michael (Beth) Rounds and Adam Rounds (Heather Diedrich), all of Montour Falls; grandchildren, Alexander, Jared, Kaylea and Jakob; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Paul W. Rounds, in 2007.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, November 18 from 1-2 p.m. at the Bible Baptist Fellowship Church, 5950 County Route 14, Alpine. A celebration of Bob’s life will follow at 2:00 p.m. Private burial will be in Highland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Bible Baptist Fellowship Church, 5950 County Route 14, Alpine, NY 14805.To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Thomas C. Lewis

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

Thomas C. Lewis

Age 63, of Watkins Glen, passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2015.

He was born in Montour Falls on January 15, 1952, the son of the late Jack and Fannie Lewis.

Tom liked to hunt, travel and drive his Mustang. He worked and retired from the NYS Department of Corrections. He also worked as a laborer on a farm, and drove truck for RKB.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Heather Lewis, grandparents, and many aunts and uncles. He is survived by his children, Jason (Manda) Lewis of Elmira, Shawn Lewis of Watkins Glen, and Shannon (Gary) Stickler of Bennettsville, SC; grandson, Dominic; brothers, Robert (Zandra) Lewis and Jack (Joanne) Lewis of Watkins Glen; a sister, Rebecca Thompson of Montour Falls; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, November 19 from 5-7 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls.

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

Obituary: Ida May Ameigh

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

Ida May Ameigh

Age 78, of Townsend, NY passed away on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015 at home.

She was born on December 23, 1936, the daughter of Lewis and Mary (Sims) Friends in Jackson Summit, PA.

She was predeceased by her parents; sons, Joseph and Jonathon Ameigh; several brothers and sisters; mother-in-law and father-in law, Lynn C. Ameigh, Sr., and Genevieve (Caldwell) Ameigh; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; son-in-law, Kenneth Hartford; and two great-grandsons, Lucas and RyLee.

Ida is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Lynn C. Ameigh, Jr.; five children, Kathleen Hartford of North Carolina, Michael (Marian) Ameigh of Watkins Glen, James Ameigh of Beaver Dams, Linda (Michael) Chilson of Watkins Glen, and Susan Farr (James Augustine) of Hector; brothers and sisters Henry Friends and Mary of Elmira, NY, Myrtle Baum of Port Orange, Florida, Arvilla (Dave) Wilson of Phelps, NY, and Donald (Denise) Friends of Wilseyville, NY; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Ida worked for Monty and Beverly Stamp for years picking grapes. She worked several years at the A&P Plant in Horseheads, and for Westinghouse. She was also the owner and operator of the Townsend Grocery Store for 14 years.

Ida loved her cow collection, puzzles and crafts, and to spoil her grandchildren. She especially loved baking and cooking for everyone.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Friday, Nov. 13 from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be held at Sugar Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

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

Obituary: Merton E. Beebe

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Merton E. Beebe

Age 81, of Odessa, passed away on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at Schuyler Hospital.

Merton was born on April 14, 1934 in Catharine, NY, the son of the late Sydney Beebe and Frances Burd Beebe.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Gladys Crainey Beebe; a daughter, Kathie Beebe of Tallahassee, FL; a son, Kevin Beebe (Lisa Everett) of Watkins Glen; a brother, Guy (Virginia) Beebe; brother-in-law, Gerald (Joyce) Crainey; sisters-in-law, Harlene Beebe, Marian Bolin-Beebe, and Connie Beebe; several nieces and nephews; and beloved pets Essie and Zeb. He was predeceased by his siblings, Paul B., Clyde, Elsie, Joy, Neal, Nelson and Ione.

Merton retired as an Operating Engineer with Rochester Local 832 Union in 1994 after 30 years of service. He was a devoted family man who enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, and pets. He also enjoyed farming, watching sports, and reading.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 12 at 1:00 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Burial will follow in Laurel Hill 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, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Hollen C. Smith

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

Hollen C. Smith

Age 97, of Reynoldsville, NY died peacefully on October 22, 2015.

He was born in Ithaca, NY on January 20, 1918, the eldest of five children of Mark Joseph Smith of Burdett, NY and Margaret Rea Oaks of Monmouth, Illinois.

He married Marjorie Louise Dunbar, daughter of Walter Enos Dunbar and Arminda May Vroman. She preceded him in death in 1959. Three children survive: Mark of Reynoldsville, NY, Thomas (Lillian) of DuBois, PA, and Susan (Wayne Dobson) of Douglassville, PA.

He married Helen Bates of Interlaken, NY, who survives. A stepson, Charles Bates, also survives. He is also survived by two sisters, Clara Schaeffler of Horseheads, NY and Isabelle D'Ingianni of Penn Yan, NY, and a brother, Seth (Elynor) Smith of Franklin, Tennessee. He was preceded in death by a brother, Todd Smith of Cobleskill, NY. There are seven grandchildren: Marjorie of Lemont, Pa., Nathan (Jessica) of North Yarmouth, Maine, Peter of Hopkinton, Mass., Sally of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Holley (McEllroy) of Reading, PA., Corrie (Mast) of Oley, PA. and Bridget (Butler) of Reading, PA. There are nine great grandchildren.

He attended kindergarten in Columbus, Ohio and then grammar school in the Town of Hector until the 9th grade and high school in Watkins Glen, graduating in 1936, an excellent student. He farmed with his father for a time and then settled in 1944 at Reynoldsville. He had a governmental fiber and wool assignment. He had for many years a successful farming operation with his son Mark (Reynoldsville Stock Farms) with Merino sheep, chickens (producing hatching eggs for 12 years), cattle (Holstein dairy heifers) and general farming. He loved agriculture in its many forms and enjoyed its lifestyle, using horses in the early years before tractors were commonplace.

He was director of the Farmer's Reliance Insurance Company, a co-operative, for 15 years and served as Town of Hector Councilman for 26 years. He was a member of the Burdett Presbyterian Church, the Farm Bureau and the Reynoldsville Community Club. He was a great student of local history and family genealogy.

A viewing will be held at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 East Fourth Street, Watkins Glen, NY on Friday, October 30, 2015 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Burdett Presbyterian Church on Saturday, October 31 at 1 p.m.

Obituary: Kathie L. Burns

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

Kathie L. Burns

Age 64, of Burdett, NY passed away on October 21, 2015 with her loving husband at her side.

Kathie was a graduate of Nazareth College of Rochester, where she earned a degree in Theater Arts. She had recently been employed at the Glen Motor Inn as part of "Vic’s Crew,” working at the Inn and helping to promote tourism in the Watkins Glen area.

Surviving Kathie is her loving husband, Christopher Burns of Burdett, many in-laws, and many nieces and nephews.

Kathie loved her role as an aunt. She was cherished and was cherished by her many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Watkins-Montour Rotary Youth Exchange Program, Box 384, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, October 25 at 4 p.m. at the Strong-Burns & Sprock Funeral Home, 401 North George Street, Rome, NY. Family and friends are invited to attend calling hours from 2-4 p.m. prior to the service.

Obituary: Lillian Personius

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

Lillian Personius

Age 98, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on October 20, 2015.

She was born on April 12, 1917, in Caton, NY, the daughter of William and Stella (Eldred) Goodrich. She was predeceased by her parents, three sisters, a brother, and her husband of 65 years, Perry Personius.

She is survived by her daughter, Eleanor Personius; grandsons, AJ Peters and Bill Peters (wife Yolanda); stepdaughter, Ruth Simpson; and several other grandchildren.

According to her wishes, there are no funeral services. The family wishes to extend their thanks and gratitude to the staff at the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Home. You may sign a guestbook, light a "Candle of Remembrance" or express condolences to the family online in "Obituaries" at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.  

Service: Helen J. 'Deanie' Darling

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

Helen J. “Deanie” Darling

Graveside services with full military honors will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Highland Cemetery, Odessa, for Helen J. "Deanie" Darling, who passed away at the age of 93 on Feb. 14 2015. Her ashes will be interred on the Couch Family Plot.

Arrangements are through the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Obituary: John Thomas Pezzulo

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Coe-Genung Funeral Home, Waterloo.

John Thomas Pezzulo

Age 59, of 6469 St. Rt. 89, Ovid, died Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at his home.

In keeping with the wishes of the family, there will be no calling hours. The memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 at Waterloo United Methodist Church, 21 E. Williams St., Waterloo. Rev. Laura Calos, pastor, and Rev. Daniel Corretore, pastor of North Rose United Methodist Church, will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made payable to the John T. Pezzulo Scholarship Fund, c/o Rebecca Pezzulo, 6469 St. Rt. 89, Ovid, NY, 14521.

John was born Sept. 2, 1956 in Rochester, the son of Thomas and Carol Bovenzi Pezzulo. He was a 1974 graduate of The Aquinas Institute in Rochester, and Hobart College in 1978. Later, he graduated from SUNY Brockport with his Master’s degree.

John retired in June of this year from the Clyde-Savannah Central School District, where he served as a teacher and coach for 30 years. His football team won the Class D Sectionals in 2001. He was also an assistant coach for Clyde-Savannah when they won the State Football Championship in 1989. John was the Class D Football Coach of the Year in 2001-2002. In addition, he was a varsity track coach specializing in Shot Put and Discus.

John was an avid sports fan and a diehard Indianapolis Colts and Alabama fan. 

He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Powers Pezzulo, whom he married on Nov. 21, 1987; daughter, Jessica Lynn Pezzulo (James Kranz) of Buffalo; son, Thomas James Pezzulo (Beth McGory) of Orlando, FL; sister, Elaine (Tony) Ferrara, of Seneca Falls; his mother-in-law, Ruth Powers of Watkins Glen; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many good friends.  

John was predeceased by his parents and by his father-in-law, James Powers.

Condolences for the family may be sent to www.coegenungfuneralhome.co

Obituary: Shirley M. (Bell) Carroll

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

Shirley M. (Bell) Carroll

Age 83, died September 30, 2015 at the Kate Reynolds Hospice in Winton-Salem, NC.

Mrs. Bell was born April 12, 1932 in Montour Falls, New York to Grant and Edna Mathews. She was raised in Burdett, NY and attended Watkins Glen Central School and married her high school sweetheart, Charles R. Bell, of Irelandville outside of Watkins Glen.

After the death of her husband, Shirley moved to Phoenix, Arizona in June, 1980, where she resided and met Andrew Carroll. They married and lived in Phoenix for many years with her daughter Sandra (Bell) Bailey, currently of Mebane, NC. After the passing of Andrew, she moved to Clovis, New Mexico, where she resided for many years with her other daughter, Sharon (Bell) Garcia, currently of Clovis, NM. In 2009, she moved to Winston-Salem, where she lived with her son, Steven R. Bell, until her death.

Shirley was predeceased by her oldest son, John G. Bell, and is survived by her son Steven R. Bell, and daughters Sandra Bailey and Sharon Garcia. She had several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other family members in and around the Watkins Glen and Burdett areas.

A celebration of Shirley’s life will take place on Saturday, October 24 at 11 a.m. at the Hector Union Cemetery in Burdett, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband Charles.

All gifts of flowers can be donated to a local hospice organization or to the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice and Palliative Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston Salem NC 27103.

Obituary: Louise W. Jaynes

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

Louise W. Jaynes

Age 99, of Montour Falls, passed away on Friday, October 9, 2015.

She was born in Van Etten on September 8, 1916, the daughter of the late Daniel and Adelaid Webster. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard Jaynes, on November 15, 2003, and by all of her sisters and brothers.

She leaves behind her very special friend, Stanley Smith, and “her girl” Tiffany Hill and family; and is survived by several in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on Monday, October 19 at 4:00 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. She will be laid to rest in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa.

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

Obituary: Alice M. Cervoni

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Alice M. Cervoni

Age 84, of Watkins Glen, passed away on Friday, October 9, 2015 at home. 

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Thursday, Oct. 15 from 2-4 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A committal service and burial will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Montour Cemetery.

She was predeceased by her husband, Chester Cervoni; her son, Marvin; parents, Clarence and Myra Cary; and seven siblings, Ada Winters, Genevieve Hurler, Edna Gardina, Lillian Walters, George Cary, Herman Cary, and Arnold Cary. She is survived her children, Linda Knowlton, Ronald Cervoni, Carroll Cervoni and Ken Cervoni; special granddaughter, Lisa Austin; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations made be made to Freedom Village, P.O. Box 24, Lakemont, NY 14857. You may sign a guestbook, light a “Candle of Remembrance” or express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Riley M. Clark

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

Riley M. Clark

Age 25, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Saturday, October 10, 2015.

He was born in Elmira on August 20, 1990, the son of Michael J. Clark and Kathy (Speciale) Ballard. Riley was a kind, caring, gentle soul who touched many lives during his short time with us. Those who were fortunate to know Riley always felt his kindness and love.

His passion was his music, and he followed that passion fiercely. Riley found great comfort and solace with his music and we were blessed with his natural talent.

He leaves behind in great sorrow his parents, Mick Clark of Montour Falls and Kathy (Dan) Ballard of New Smyrna Beach, FL; his sister, Jennifer Lyn, and many special friends and family. He was predeceased by his grandparents.

A celebration of Riley’s life will be held on Thursday, October 15 from 4-6 p.m. at MuraBella’s Restaurant, 241 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Riley’s memory to the Schuyler County Humane Society. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Constance O'Connor Gooley

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Constance O’Connor Gooley

Age 76, of Montour Falls, entered unto rest on Friday, October 9, 2015 at her home.

She was born in Glens Falls, NY on June 26, 1939, the daughter of the late Edwin and Constance O’Connor. Connie graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Glens Falls, received her BA from the College of New Rochelle, and her MLS from SUNY Albany. On November 18, 1961, she married Donald Gooley at St. Mary’s Church in Glens Falls.

Connie was an English Teacher and a Librarian for over 30 years. She taught English at Queensbury Central School and was a librarian at St. Mary’s Academy, South Glens Falls Jr. High School, Canisteo Central School and Watkins Glen Central School. She was a communicant of St. Mary Our Mother Church in Horseheads. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Catholic Daughters and Adirondack Voices.

Connie enjoyed reading, gardening, travel, shopping (retail therapy!), boating, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Donald Gooley; daughters, Anne (Bob) Hewitt of Downingtown, PA, and Mary Sicignano of New Haven, CT; sons, Tim Gooley of Rockford, IL, Terry Gooley of Montclair, NJ, and Pat (Laura) Gooley of Odessa, FL; a sister, Nancy Dufrain of Plattsburgh, NY; sister-in-law, Colleen O’Connor Donohue of Glens Falls; 12 grandchildren, Jonathan, Kayla, Joshua, Megan, Patrick, Eric, Ryan, Aaron, Lauren, Jack, Liam and Eileen; one great granddaughter, Leah; nephews, Edwin and Connor; niece, Andrea; and by many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by her brother, Edwin O’Connor, and by her brother-in-law, Chuck Dufrain.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, October 12 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 Tuesday, October 13 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary Our Mother Church, 816 W. Broad St., Horseheads. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Church Cemetery in South Glens Falls on Wednesday, October 14 at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Food Bank of the Southern Tier, 388 Upper Oakwood Ave., Elmira, NY 14903. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Mary Coats Schuyler

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

Mary C. (McMinds) Coats Schuyler

Age 65, of Elmira, NY, passed away unexpectedly on September 26, 2015.

Born in Addison, NY on February 22, 1950, daughter of the late James and Catherine (Troy) McMinds, she lived in Elmira most of her life and was a graduate of Elmira Free Academy.

Mary loved her family, friends, animals and playing Bingo when she could.

She is survived by her daughter, Jackie Stalter of Elmira, NY, and sons Ronald (Jamie) Coats of Van Etten, NY and Michael (Julie) Coats of Millport, NY; five brothers and sisters, James (Mary) McMinds of Palm Coast, FL, Jennette (Joe) Brown of Burdett, NY, Joan McMinds of Ocklawaha, FL, Jeffrey McMinds of Burdett, NY and William (Marlene) McMinds of Reading Center, NY; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Ronald Schuyler; her youngest son, Patrick Coats, and her brother, Martin McMinds.

A celebration of her life will be held at the Community Fire & Rescue Department in Van Etten, NY on October 17, 2015 at 1 p.m.

Family and friends are welcome.

Obituary: Michael Dann

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

Michael Dann

Age 49, of Tyrone, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at home.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2 at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 11 a.m. The committal service and burial will be held on his 50th birthday on October 14 at 12 noon at the Union Cemetery of Tyrone.

He is survived by his loving companion Tammy; parents, Ray Jr. and Glenna Dann of Hammondsport; sisters, Diane Sherwood (Lloyd Young, Jr.) of Almond, NY, and Jennifer Dann of Los Angeles, CA; and nieces and nephews, Megan Lee, Vincent Long, Glenn Sherwood, and Sully Sherwood.

Michael worked for Randall Roofing & Siding in Bradford. He also loved farming, cutting hay and firewood, and snowplowing. He also worked with his father at Ray Dann’s Town & Country Trading Post.

Memorial donations may be made to the Tyrone United Methodist Church, 3647 Church Hill Road Tyrone, NY 14887 or the Tyrone Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 69. Tyrone, NY 14887. You may light a “Candle of Remembrance” or express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. 

Obituary: Michael J. Estelle

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

Michael J. Estelle

Age 59, of Montour Falls, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 25, 2015 at home.

He was born on June 8, 1956, the son of the late Gerald and Barbara (Personeus) Estelle, Jr. He graduated from Dryden High School and from Morrisville State College, where he studied animal husbandry. Michael worked at BorgWarner, Inc. in Ithaca for over 30 years.

Michael was a true animal lover. He loved dogs and cats and had a great passion for dairy farming. He had a great sense of humor, always ready to tell a good joke. Michael had a heart of gold and will be greatly missed by his family.

He is survived by his loving companion of 18 years, Sonja Howser; his children, Jeremy (Sheri) Estelle of Candor, Patrick (Kristen) Estelle of Endwell, Ami Pierce of Meshoppen, PA, Emilee Smith of Summerville, SC, Larry Howser of Ithaca, and Kelly Williammee of Ithaca; grandchildren, Tyler McLaughlin, Sage Estelle, Iris McKeever-Estelle, Kaleigh Wood-Estelle and several other grandchildren; brother, Stephen Estelle; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, William (Elizabeth) Williammee of Frostproof, FL; brothers in-law and sisters-in-law, David Williammee of CA, Tammy Wolf of MD, William Williammee, Jr. of Ithaca, Bryan Clark of FL, Ronda Buchanan of Ithaca, and Elizabeth Seymour of Trumansburg; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his sister, Maxine Denson.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, October 2 from 5-7 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 3 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Kathleen M. Lewis

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

Kathleen M. Lewis

Age 68, of Montour Falls, passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility.

She was born in Syracuse on September 3, 1947, the daughter of the late Edward and Madeline (Montuori) Shea. She graduated from Liverpool High School with the Class of 1966. On June 24, 1967, she married Alton Lewis in Liverpool, NY. They enjoyed 32 years of marriage until his sudden passing in the line of duty on November 29, 1999.

Kathleen was proud of her family. She loved raising her sons, and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a receptionist in the Elmira City School District for many years. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen. She enjoyed volunteering at the Montour Falls Fire Department and helping with their many fundraisers over the years. 

She is survived by her three sons, Michael (Vicki) Lewis of League City, Texas, Kevin (Roni) Lewis of Montour Falls, and Thomas (Jenny) Lewis of Watkins Glen; three brothers, Edward (Joan) Shea of Boca Raton, FL, Dennis Shea of Sugarland, TX, and Timothy Shea of Bar Harbor, ME; a sister, Patricia (Bob) Hines of Baldwinsville; special sister-in-law, Donna Shea; six grandchildren, Philip, Kara, Derrick, Daniel, Tyler and Emma; several great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, September 27, 2015 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 celebrated on Monday, September 28 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Pamela Eldridge Thomas

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

Pamela Eldridge Thomas

Age 59, of Rochester, NY, and formerly of Watkins Glen passed away on September 21, 2015.

She was predeceased by her parents, Leon Eldridge, Jr. and Millie Marshall Eldridge; her twin brother, Paul; brother, Leon III; and sister Nannette. She is survived by sisters, Sandy Robertson of Trumansburg and April Spena of Elmira; brothers, Ken Eldridge of Watkins Glen and Karl Eldridge of Florida; special aunt, Linda Nemeth of Horseheads; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 1:00 p.m. at Sugar Hill Cemetery in Watkins Glen, with words of committal from Deacon Thomas Ruda.

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

Obituary: Mary E. Simonds

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

Mary E. Simonds

Age 95, of Montour Falls, passed away on Monday, September 21, 2015 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility.

She was born in Elmira, New York on October 31, 1919, the daughter of the late Albert and Leona McCann Joslyn.

She was predeceased by her husband, Frederick Simonds; daughter, Patricia Simonds; and sisters, Margaret (Arthur) Bensley, Lillian (Harman) Schuyler, Anna (Henry) Shadduck and Clara (Addison) Brown. She is survived by her brother, Arthur Joslyn (Nancy Starkweather) of Montour Falls; two grandchildren, Sheri Simonds and Gregory Simonds; two great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 10 at 2 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls with Deacon Tom Ruda officiating.

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

Obituary: Shelia M. Martin

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home, Palatka, Florida.

Shelia M. Martin

Age 79, of Palatka, Florida, passed away Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center.  A native of Watkins Glen, New York, she had resided in Palatka since 1962. 

Years ago, Shelia worked with Dr. Dennis Corn and at Palm Florist. She had also taught organ and piano lessons. Shelia had been an avid supporter of the band programs at area middle and high schools over the years. She also enjoyed crocheting and cross stitch.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold Mickel and Sybil Cleveland Mickel, as well as a brother, James Robert “Mick” Mickel, USMC (Ret.).

Shelia is survived by her husband of 55 years, Charles R. Martin of Palatka; two daughters, Elizabeth Ann Martin of Gastonia, NC and Janet Kaye Martin of Palatka; two brothers, Robert Reynolds and wife Rhonda of Pooler, GA and Ernie Reynolds and wife Carol of Midway, GA; a sister, Joyce LaViola  of Binghamton, NY; and four grandchildren, Charlie, Grace, Andy and Katherine Madzia.

Services celebrating Shelia’s life will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 19 at Johnson-Overturf Chapel in Palatka with C.L. Overturf, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Palatka Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.

Flowers are gratefully accepted, or memorial donations may be sent to Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast, 927 S. Hwy 19, Palatka, FL  32177 or to Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center, 6400 St. Johns Ave., Palatka, FL  32177.

The family wishes to express their gratitude for the excellent care provided to Shelia by Putnam Community Medical Center, Palatka Health Care Center, Haven Hospice and Hospice of the Nature Coast.

Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Shelia’s Book of Memories page at www.JohnsonOverturffunerals.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.

Obituary: James Robert Berry

The following obituary was first printed in The Ithaca Journal.

James Robert Berry

Age 70, passed away on Friday, September 11, 2015 at his home in Candor, NY.

Jim was predeceased by his parents, John "Frank" Berry and Myrtle Pike; and two brothers, Frank and George Berry. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sandy Berry; three daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Tom Edwards, Deborah and Michael Garlough, and Johanna and Christopher Berry-Cline; five grandchildren, Lindsey and Jared Edwards, and Jeremy, Owen and Aiyana Garlough; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Genevieve Gleason, Marie and John Zettlemoyer, and Grace and Bruce Jerrett; two sisters-in-law, Donna Short, and Sharon and John Carlile; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jim graduated from Watkins Glen High School, Class of 1964. He worked as a meat cutter for several years and retired from the Entomology Department at Cornell University after 20+ years of service. Jim enjoyed coaching and umpiring Little League and softball, nature, birdwatching, hunting, boating with his family, watching classic western films and TV shows, traveling, and playing cards with family and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 12:00 noon at the Estey, Munroe & Fahey Funeral Home, 137 Main St., Candor, NY with the Rev. Phil Jordan officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 10:00 to 11:45 a.m. at the funeral home prior to the services.

Memorial contributions may be made in James R. Berry's memory to a charity of one's choice. Condolences may be made to Jim's family at www.emfaheyfuneralhome.com.

Obituary: David R. Burke

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

David R. Burke

Age 73, of Watkins Glen, passed away on Friday, September 11, 2015 at home.

He was born in Corning on March 1, 1942, the son of the late Raymond and Mary (Silvernail) Burke. David retired from Corning, Inc. He loved living on Keuka Lake for most of his life.

He was predeceased by his parents, and by his brother and sister-in-law, John and Frances Burke. He is survived by his companion of 23 years, Gerry Compton of Watkins Glen; son, David (Eileen) Burke of Las Vegas; daughter, Debra Burke Baptist of NC; beloved granddaughter, Aneesah Baptist; sister, Marilyn Welles of Elmira; special friends and relatives, Sharon and Dick Ludden of NC, David and Sheila Pappas of Fountain Hills, AZ, and James and Kathy Cornish of Corning; and many special nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held privately at the convenience of the family in Montour Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Thomas Malina

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

Thomas Malina

Age 66, of Montour Falls, NY, flew to our Lord’s arms on Sept. 7, 2015 surrounded by his loving family.

Tom was born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on March 8, 1949 and attended Our Lady of Consolation Elementary School in Brooklyn, then St. Anthony of Padua Minor Seminary and Preparatory School in Watkins Glen.

He was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds, but chose to attend Ithaca College on a full athletic scholarship. Tom entered the wholesale wine industry as a salesman and progressed steadily to become a regional manager for Banfi International, overseeing eight states. In 1992, he chose to stay close to his family and became the proprietor of Castel Grisch Estate Winery & Restaurant for over 20 years.

As an active member of St. Mary’s of the Lake, he could be seen every Sunday in the front row holding a child. He also organized the Padua Alumni reunions. Tom’s favorite activity was coaching baseball for Schuyler County Little League, and teaching and playing with his grandchildren.

The family will receive friends and relatives on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife Barbara; daughters, Carrie (Rodney) Phelps of West Palm Beach, FL, and Theresa (Dewayne) Butler of Watkins Glen; eight brothers and sisters, Dr. Bruce (Diane) Malina of Omaha, NE, Dr. Joseph (Ida) Malina of Austin, TX, Dr. Robert (Eva) Malina of Bay City, TX; Mary Ann (Leonard) Dmuchowski, Eastnorth Port, NY; Christina Malina Scherer, Bay Side, NY, Barbara Malina (Scott Wachter) of Berkeley, CA, Edward (Elaine) Malina of Burdett, and Dr. Joanne Malina (Charles Thompson) of Montrose, NY; seven grandchildren, Shana, Ryan, Kayly, Kelsey and Kody Phelps, and Daine and Malina Butler; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or Schuyler County Little League, 122 Falls View Drive, Montour Falls, NY 14865, c/o Kevin Lewis, Treasurer.

You may sign a guestbook, light a “Candle of Remembrance” or express condolences to the family online at RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Douglas Keith Freelove

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

Douglas Keith Freelove

Age 78, went to be with the Lord on August 30, 2015.

Doug was born in Enfield, New York on August 28, 1937 and so loved the beauty of the area that he remained here his entire life. He had an infectious smile that he shared with all he met -- no one ever went away a stranger. Doug was an amazing and loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He is loved and will be greatly missed by so many.

Doug was predeceased by his parents; his siblings; a son, Steven; and a grandson, James. He is survived by his wife, Wilma (Landon) Freelove; their four children, Robert (Marge) Freelove, Douglas J. (Lisa) Freelove, Theresa (James) Minster, and adopted son John (Babette) Acker; and his grandchildren, Amanda Freelove, Joshua (Nicole) Freelove, Hannah (Zachary) Yaw, Tearle (Dionne) Freelove, and Trisha (David) Combs. Doug’s blessings continued with five beautiful great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to join in a celebration of Doug’s life to be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, September 13 at the Havana Glen State Park, Pavilion #1, Montour Falls, New York.

Obituary: Denis J. Amisano Sr.

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

Denis J. Amisano Sr.

Age 62, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on September 1, 2015.

Denis was born in Flushing, New York on May 21, 1953, the son of Guido and Margaret (Pellecchia) Amisano. Prior to his retirement in 2001, Denis was the Vice President of Elmira Pepsi Bottling Co., President and founder of Full Service Vending, and President of Quarter Mile Creek LLC, with which he scripted a film titled “The Appeal.” Denis had also consulted and mentored many from his home.

He was a communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen, where he started the Divine Mercy Novena with Father Austin, served on the church board and was a Eucharistic Minister. For more than 30 years, he was a member of the Watkins Glen Fire Department, where he had been an EMT and served on the Fire Department Board. Denis was also a member of the BPOE, Watkins Glen Elk’s Lodge #1546. He was godfather to many, and a father figure to many friends, who referred to him lovingly as “Papa” or “Mr. A.” He loved watching the New York Giants with his son and friends. Denis was a pillar in the community and for his family. A true friend to all, having many loyal friends, he was caring and noted as the epitome of generosity, always offering words of wisdom and advice.

Denis is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Christina (Kelley) Amisano; his children, Denis J. "DJ" Amisano Jr. and his wife, Emily, Michelle Fuksman and her husband, Paul, Margaret Mary Amisano, and Teresa Yandow and her husband, Justin; grandchildren, Christianna Elizabeth and Isaac Denis Fuksman and Jameson and Zyler Yandow; his mother, Margaret Amisano; siblings, Mary Anne Poland and her husband Walter, Guy Amisano and his wife, Mary, Elizabeth Welch and her husband, George, and Adele Lanahan; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Denis was predeceased by his daughter, Elizabeth M. Amisano; father, Guido; sister, Agnes Donovan; and brother-in-law, Bryan Lanahan.

Friends and family may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 4 at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 5 at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Denis’ memory to The Elizabeth Amisano Ovarian Cancer Education Fund, Live Like Liz Inc., PO Box 434, Watkins Glen, NY 14891. Friends and family may sign the guestbook at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Jose N. Medina

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

Jose N. Medina

Age 72, of 275 Rorick Hollow Road, Lowman, passed away on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Mr. Medina was born in Yabacoa, Puerto Rico on October 30, 1942, the son of the late Jose and Hilda Medina. He retired from Elmira Correctional Facility as a computer instructor after 21 years. He was a loving husband and father who was loved and respected by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Linda; children, Geri Stutzman (Curt), son-in-law, John Stutzman, Donna Decker (Brian), Jose Medina, II (Cindy), Nicolas Medina (Diana), Catalina Enright (John), and Antonio Medina; 15 grandchildren; 8 step grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 3 brothers, Reinaldo Medina (Pat), Hector Medina (Magdalena), and Roberto Medina; 3 sisters, Eneida Mendez (Louie), Lourdes Medina, and Lucy Yanchowsky (David); brother-in-law, Gary Ayers; brother-in-law, George Ayers (Lucy); sister-in-law, Gretta Donovan (Terry), and sister-in-law, Sherry Ayers. He was predeceased by a brother, Juan Medina.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls.

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

Obituary: Beverly VanSkiver

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

Beverly VanSkiver

Age 86, of Horseheads, NY, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on Friday, August 14, 2015. 

Beverly worked as a Registered Nurse for many years and retired from Corning Hospital. 

She was born in Corning, the 8th of Charles and Leona Blank's 11 children.  She was predeceased by her parents and eight siblings, Harold, Basil, Shirley, Virginia, Sidney, Charles, Keith and June. 

She is survived by her loving husband, Bernard “Bernie” VanSkiver; four children, Cynthia (Fran) Schoffner of Burdett, Sylvia Miller of Lockport, B.  Stephen (April) VanSkiver of Chesapeake, VA, and Curtis VanSkiver of Monterey; two brothers, Elwin (Joyce) Blank of Burdett, and Paul Blank of Beaver Dams; six grandchildren, Bridgette Searles, Brennen Riddick, Tamarynde Cacciotti, Lysette Miller, Amber Johnson, and Daniel VanSkiver; and eight great-grandchildren. 

Beverly enjoyed many hobbies, including sewing, cross-stitching, gardening, berry picking, baking, playing piano, swimming, and camping.   She especially enjoyed teaching her enjoyments to her grandchildren. 

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Thursday, August 20 from 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. 

You may sign a guestbook, light a “Candle of Remembrance” or express condolences to the family online at RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Melanie L. Croft

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

Melanie L. Croft

Age 52, of Elmira and formerly of Montour Falls, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, August 9, 2015 at home.

She was born in Montour Falls on August 17, 1962, the daughter of the late Walter and Gail Croft.

She is survived by her daughter, Wendy Green (Matthew Gleason) of Elmira; her companion, Wilfred Gleason of Elmira; grandsons, Zachary Robbins and Damien Gleason; sister, Marlene Croft (Ralph Stoothoff, Sr.) of Montour Falls; and brothers, Walter Croft, Jr. of Montour Falls and William (Mary) Croft of Cayuta.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, August 14 from 2-4 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls.

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

Obituary: Glenn F. Boyce

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

Glenn F. Boyce

Age 80, a lifelong resident of Townsend in Schuyler County, passed away on June 17, 2015 at Elcor, Horseheads, NY. 

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Andra (Elder) Boyce; son, Glenn Jr. (wife Emily) of Madison, MS; daughter, Glenda (husband Brian) Dechowitz, of Harrisburg, PA; and two stepsons, Brian (wife Trish) Ervay and Corey (wife Megan); eight grandchildren; three brothers; three sisters; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

He spent his life in construction work as a heavy equipment operator.  And he was an avid fan of auto racing. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Attn: Development Office, 435 E. Henrietta Rd., Rochester, NY 14620.  There are no funeral services. 

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

Obituary: Christopher Ross Monks

Christopher Ross "Monker" Monks

Passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at the Highlands Care Center in LaPorte, Pennsylvania, where he had resided for the past three years.

His family would like all to know Chris had a wonderful home at the Highlands, where he was cared for by a great staff who loved him as everyone who ever met him did.

The family will be celebrating his life on Sunday, September 20 from 2-5 p.m. at the Montour Falls Mechanics Club. All are welcome.

Cartmell Memorial Service is Aug. 8

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

Donald Charles Cartmell, Sr.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, celebrating the life of Donald Charles Cartmell, Sr., of Frankfort, NY, who died on February 2 at age 82 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Utica. Rev. John Elder will officiate. 

A New Year’s Eve baby, Donald was born on December 31, 1932, in Manalapan, New Jersey, the son of Reverend William and Carolyn Cartmell. He graduated from Watkins Glen High School, and was class president in 1949 and 1950. Donald graduated with a B.A. Degree in Economics from Wooster College in Wooster, Ohio, in 1954. 

He was an SP3 in the U.S. Army and served in the Headquarters Company of the 728th Military Police Battalion from August 1955 to May 1957. The mission of the 728th was to provide Military Police support to the U.S. troops stationed in South Korea.

He married Frances O’Rourke in California on September 16, 1960. After traveling across New York State as an Assistant Bank Examiner for the Department of the Treasury, he was Vice President of the Central National Bank in Canajoharie, NY, from 1967 to 1981, and Special Projects Officer for the First National Bank of Glens Falls from 1981 to 1988. He worked for Westat, an employee-owned statistical survey research corporation, traveling up and down the east coast until his retirement in 1999. 

Don's love of music began early and continued throughout his life. At Wooster College he was a member of the Men's Glee Club and played the trumpet in high school concerts and college marching bands. He also sang with several choirs as well as playing piano and harmonica for many church groups and other organizations over the years. 

In retirement, he traveled widely with the Cultural Heritage Alliance, visiting such diverse places as Australia, New Zealand, Peru, and England. He was also an avid member of the Mohawk Valley Coin Club and enjoyed spending time examining and cataloging his coin collection.

He was a member and treasurer of the Fort Rensselaer Club of Canajoharie in the 1970’s and the Elks Club of Glens Falls in the 1980’s. He volunteered many hours of service for the Canajoharie Community Services and was a member of the board of the Canajoharie-Palatine Chamber of Commerce, a Deacon of the Reformed Church of Canajoharie, and a volunteer on the Mid-County Volunteer Ambulance Service Corps for many years. 

Donald was the proud father of three boys, Donald Cartmell, Jr. (Kim), of Granville, N.Y., Robert Cartmell (Erin) of Frankfort, N.Y., and Andrew Cartmell (Rebecca) of Cape Canaveral, FL; and had three grandchildren, Seamus Cartmell of Saratoga, NY, Ty Byhanna of Melbourne, FL, and Jason Cartmell of Cape Canaveral; a great granddaughter, Autumn Byhanna-Burdick, and his beloved Sam-Dog. He is survived by two brothers, William Cartmell (Rheta), Lansdowne, VA, and David Cartmell (June), Saugerties, NY, and one sister, Anne Elder (John), Oberlin, OH; his three sons, three grandchildren and great-granddaughter, and 12 step grandchildren. 

Memorial donations can be made to the Schuyler County Volunteer Ambulance Corp, P.O. Box 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891. Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Frank E. Blanchard, Jr.

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

Frank E. Blanchard, Jr.

Age 58, of Mecklenburg, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 27, 2015 at home.

He was born in Bath on September 12, 1956, the son of the late Frank and Mildred Blanchard, Sr. He graduated from Watkins Glen High School and served honorably with the U.S. Air Force. Frank worked at Therm in Ithaca for 37 years.

He is survived by his soulmate, Bonnie Mayer; Grace and Hope Edger, who considered him their dad; and brothers Kenneth Blanchard of Beaver Dams and Alan Blanchard of Texas.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 from 4-8 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls.

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

Obituary: Ingeborg Cibelli

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

Ingeborg Cibelli

Age 79, former resident of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at the Joe Raso Hospice Residence in Rockland County, NY.

Born in Germany, she moved to Watkins Glen from Brooklyn, NY. Inge was a tool-die operator at Shepard Niles in Montour Falls, and retired to Virginia and North Carolina.

She is survived by her daughters, Jeannie (Greg) Andrews, Watkins Glen, NY, Deborah and her husband Steve, and Inge (Brian) Curran, Orangeburg, NY; and grandchildren, Lauren and Carey Andrews, and Shane, Kyle and Megan Curran. She has three brothers and a sister.

Inge enjoyed reading, learning and gardening, and she loved flowers!

Donations could be made to the Hospice or the Cancer Society. A private Memorial will be held by the family.

Obituary: Rhion A. Rathbone

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

Rhion Alexander Rathbone

Age 22, of Alpine, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, July 30, 2015.

He was born in Cortland on July 25, 1993, the son of Shawn Rathbone and Debora Fellwock. He graduated from Odessa-Montour High School and attended Corning Community College. Rhion worked at Walmart at one time. He was an avid writer and recently published his poetry book online. He was a true comedian at heart.

He is survived by his mother, Debora Fellwock of Odessa; his father, Shawn (Jamie) Rathbone of Auburn; siblings, Ashley Parker, Ethan Fellwock, Jim Magel, Emma and Ella Rathbone, and Kayleigh Robinson whom Rhion considered his sister and his twin; his paternal grandparents, John and Norma Rathbone of Cincinnatus; maternal grandparents, John Grover of Alpine and Bea Grover of Montour Falls; aunts and uncles, Lisa (Will) Shrout, whom Rhion considered his second mother, Joel, Clay (Nikole), and Jeff Grover, Sandra (Mike) Randall, Amy (Jason) Morgan, and Maryanne (Gray) Frederick; cousins, Jordan Robinson, Taylor, Olivia, and Paden Grover, Gabriel Grover, Melissa and Jenn Randall, Amanda Miller, and Geoffrey and Geran Frederick; and his best friend, Adam Dionne.

He was predeceased by his grandmother, Helen Jean Grover, and his great grandmother, Millie Jenks. Relatives and friends are invited to join together for a celebration of Rhion’s life on Monday, August 3 from 3-6 p.m. at the Montour Moose Lodge.

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

Obituary: Robert M. Houghtelling

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

Robert Michael Houghtelling

Age 5 months and 22 days, of Montour Falls, NY, joined the angels in heaven on July 29, 2015.

He will be dearly missed by his loving family, parents Jackie Klein and Floyd Houghtelling III; sisters, Alyssa Klein and Maria Klein; brother, Carl Mathew; grandparents, Rebecca Hatmaker, David Doolen Sr. and Florence Doolen, Floyd Houghtelling Jr., and Tanya Houghtelling; great-grandparent, Jill Young; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Robert wore his mommy’s smile with his daddy’s eyes. There was never a dull moment with our little monkey/little Buckaroo. He was loved by everyone he came in contact with. One of Robert’s favorite things to do was swim with his big sisters. We love you as big as the heavens, Monkeybutt, and back around again into infinity. We all love you, monkey.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, August 4 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at the funeral home at 1:00 p.m. and committal services at Montour Cemetery.

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

Obituary: William F. Vonderchek, Sr.

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

William F. Vonderchek, Sr.

Age 91, of Watkins Glen, passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at Schuyler Hospital.

He was born on February 4, 1924, a son of the late John and Catherine (Novotony) Vonderchek.

Bill was predeceased by his wife Verna; a son, Walter; brother, Richard, and daughter-in-law, Marilyn. He is survived by his children, Bill, Jr., Joseph and Larry (June) Vonderchek; sisters-in-law, Martha McCann and Martha Vonderchek; brother, Jim Vonderchek; sister, Rosie Drabic; six grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be private. Arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

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

Obituary: Barbara J. Lobb

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

Barbara J. Lobb

Age 71, of Montour Falls, passed away on July 20, 2015.

There is no prior visitation service. A Memorial Service celebrating her life will be held at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Tuesday, July 28 at 3:00 p.m.

Barbara was predeceased by her parents, 11 sisters and brothers, and her husband, John. She is survived by five children, Lemuel Shipps, Sheila Shipps, Mary (Harold) Strouse, Tina (Bill) Hall, and Darlene (Dave) Wood; a sister, Alice (Mayard) Kise; 13 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

You may sign a guestbook, light a “Candle of Remembrance” or express condolences to the family online at RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Gilbert F. LeRoux, Sr.

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

Gilbert F. LeRoux, Sr.

Age 73, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on July 20, 2015 in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 23 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. A funeral service will be held on Friday at 9:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

Gilly was born in Queens, NY, the son of William and Veronica LeRoux. He served 6 years in the U.S. Army. After serving in the Army, he moved with his family to Watkins Glen. He worked at Cargill, Inc. in Watkins Glen and retired after 24 years of service. He loved spending time with family and friends; and loved guns.

He is survived by his four children, Gilly LeRoux, Jr., Debbie LeRoux, Chris LeRoux and Kevin (Jessica) LeRoux; brothers, Kenny (Mary) LeRoux of Cocoa, FL, and Neil (Janet) LeRoux of Seneca Falls; 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and several loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, William and Veronica; brother, William F. LeRoux, Jr., and sister, Veronica Rekczis.

Memorial donations may be made to CareFirst, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14870 (or donate online at CareFirstNY.org). You may sign a guestbook, light a “Candle of Remembrance” or express condolences to the family online at RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Justin C. Beck

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

Justin C. Beck

Age 67, of Trumansburg, NY, passed away unexpectedly on July 18, 2015 in Raleigh, NC.

Justin grew up in Kingston, NY, received his B.S. degree from SUNY Albany, served in the U.S. Army Reserve and retired as postmaster of Watkins Glen. In 1975 he married his wife, Michele, and in 1977 they moved to Monarch, MT. In 1979 they returned to New York, where Justin began building a cabin in the woods, and eventually their entire home, from the ground up.

He was ordained by Global Ministries Fellowship in Cocoa Beach, FL and was an Associate Pastor of Shabach Tabernacle of Praise in Elmira, NY. Together with his wife Michele, they provided ministry as Truth Connection. One of their many outreaches involved Bible teaching and mentoring at Renovation House for the past nine years. Beyond the local community, Justin has impacted ministries along the east coast, as well as in Ukraine and Kenya.

Justin enjoyed riding his motorcycle, cross country skiing, scuba diving, attending music festivals, working on projects around the house, and vacationing with his family. When his children moved out of state, he made it a priority to stay in touch with both of them. He regularly traveled to visit them and remained actively involved in both of their lives.

He loved to support those around him, and truly enjoyed sharing in any experience or activity that his friends and family were passionate about. He was always serving others as a great listener, a man with Godly wisdom, a compassionate friend, and the ultimate role model for those around him. We will remember Justin as a loving husband, a caring father, and a true servant of the Lord.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Friday, July 24 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.; and at the Shabach Tabernacle Church, 1133 Lake St., Elmira, NY on Saturday, July 25 from 9:30 a.m.-12 noon; with a funeral service immediately to follow at 12:00 noon. All guests are invited to join the family for a reception after the conclusion of the service.

He is survived by his loving wife and partner of 39 years, Michele; daughter and son-in-law, Rachel and Andrew Kubinski of Kingsport, TN; son, Joshua Beck of Garner, NC; mother-in-law, Mary Magrino of White Plains, NY; and brother-in-law, Rick (Fran) Magrino of Harrison, NY.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes you may consider a memorial donation to the Renovation House, 379 Dean Creek Rd., Spencer, NY 14883 (or donate online at RenovationHouse.org). You may sign a guestbook, light a “Candle of Remembrance” or express condolences to the family online at RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Gertrude D. Phoenix

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

Gertrude (Trudy) D. Phoenix

Age 95, of Alpine, NY and formerly of Oxford, NY and Susquehanna, PA, went to be with the Lord on July 17, 2015 surrounded by her loving family.

Trudy was born in North Tarrytown, NY on November 20, 1919 to Oscar and Gertrude Deim.

She is survived by her husband, Edward Phoenix, having just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. She is also survived by her sons, Kingsley (Cindy) Robinson of Montrose, PA, Ted Robinson of Oxford, NY, Michael Phoenix of Portland, Oregon, and Dale Hastings of Oneida, NY; daughter Susan (Robert) Fair of Alpine, NY; grandchildren Jim Robinson, Penni Sue Bradley, Toni Robinson, Robin Fidurski, Aaron Robinson, David Robinson, Lisa Eccleston, Lori Fazzary, Anne Quick, Edward Stone, Martha Fair, Hurdon Hastings, Harlan Hastings, Cheryl Hastings and Hugh Hastings, 19 great-grandchildren; 5 great great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and one special nephew, Jack (Miriam) Murphy of Hamden, CT.

Trudy was predeceased by her parents; sisters, Maria and Hildagard; brothers, Oscar, Gerhardt, William, Theodore and Ernest; and a son, Hurdon Hastings, Sr.

Trudy retired from Simmons Precision Instruments, Norwich, NY after 25 years of service. After retirement, she and Edward enjoyed many winters in Zephyrhills, FL. She enjoyed reading, camping, working at the Susquehanna Library in Susquehanna, PA and spending time with family. She will be dearly missed.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 21 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cayutaville United Methodist Church, County Road. 6 and Cayutaville Road, Cayutaville, NY, with Pastor Steven DeWalt officiating.

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

Obituary: Carleen Lape Jernigan

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

Carleen Lape Jernigan

Age 69, of Aurora CO, formerly of Montour Falls, NY, passed away March 16, 2015.

Carleen was born July 12, 1945 to the late Archie and Ethel Lape.

As a young adult, Carleen moved to Colorado and spent the majority of her working career with Avis Rent a Car, starting as a sales agent and eventually owning her own franchise. She received many accolades from Avis for her outstanding customer service and rented cars to many famous people, such as Cary Grant, Jimmy Walker and Leonard Nimoy.

Carleen will be remembered for her gentle heart, incredible love for her family, witty sense of humor, contagious smile and her passion for dancing.

She is survived by her son, David (Susan); daughter, Dawn Graff (Kurt); granddaughters, Ashly Leman (Nick), Samantha Jernigan, and Lauren Graff; grandson, Joseph Graff, Aurora CO; a niece, Lori Bedient, Watkins Glen, NY; and nephews, Jody Whiting, Minot, ND, Rock Whiting, Boston MA and Kirk Purcell. Her sisters Gwendolyn Whiting and Roberta Purcell preceded her in death.

A remembrance to celebrate her life will be held Saturday, August 1 from 12 noon-2 p.m. at the home of Marcia Douglas, 272 S. L’Hommedieu St., Montour Falls, phone 607-535-4052. Family will provide the main dish; please bring a side dish to share as we remember Carleen.

Obituary: Shirleyann Young

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

Shirleyann Young

Age 68, of Odessa, passed away on Thursday, July 16, 2015.

She was born in Wellsboro, PA, on July 24, 1946, the daughter of the late Joseph and Lottie Johnson. She graduated from Troy Area High School. Shirleyann married Arthur Young on May 13, 1989 in Odessa.

She was employed with Borg Warner in Ithaca, Shepard Niles in Montour Falls, and Joe’s Restaurant in Montour Falls. She was a member of the Odessa Wesleyan Church, where she served as secretary/treasurer. Shirleyann enjoyed the outdoors and tending to her flowers.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Arthur “Skip” Young; her children, Robert Spaulding of Campbell, Scott Spaulding of Odessa, Michael (Kim) Young of Victor, Kevin Young of Dundee, and Molly (Jason) Sawyer of Albany; sisters, Jean Sorge of Campbell and Betty Johnson of Elmira; 10 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers, William Lewis Johnson and Theodore “Ted” Johnson.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, July 18 from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon at the Odessa Wesleyan Church, 304 Church St., Odessa. A funeral service will follow at 12:00 noon. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Odessa.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Odessa Wesleyan Church, 304 Church St., Odessa, NY 14869. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: John T. Senka

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

John T. Senka

Age 68, of 2282 County Route 50, Wayland, NY (Town of Dansville), died Monday morning, July 13, 2015 at his home following a brief illness.

Born in Weehawken, NJ on July 12, 1947, he was the son of John and Julia (Jurkovic) Senka. He was raised in Arkport when his widowed mother married his stepfather, Joseph Katsur.

John was a graduate of Arkport Central School (Class of 1965). He attended Alfred State College, where he met the love of his life, Sandy Nikl.

John served in the U.S. Army Infantry from 1967-1969, including a combat tour of duty in South Vietnam. He received numerous decorations -- among them the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Army Commendation for Valor Medal. He was severely wounded in December of 1968.

Following his Honorable Discharge, he returned home to marry his college sweetheart, Sandy. They married on November 15, 1969 in Endwell, NY.

John began his career in the insurance business in 1969 as a debit agent with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. He became manager of the Dansville, NY office. Throughout the years he helped many young men and women get started in insurance careers.

In 1983, he and his family moved to Montour Falls, NY, where he became a Principal/President of the Senka agency. John loved the insurance business -- especially helping families at the time of a loss. He taught insurance classes for many years at Corning Community College in an effort to help young people and to "give back" to the insurance industry.

John's greatest love and proudest achievement was his family -- his wife, Sandy, and his children, Debbie, Johnny and Jeff along with their spouses and his grandchildren.

He and Sandy developed "Oak Tree Farm" throughout their marriage and spent weekends mowing the meadows and enjoying nature. In 2004, John authored the book "Wounded Body--Healing Spirit," which dealt with his combat experiences as well as his struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Clinical Depression. It was an unselfish endeavor to help others. He truly enjoyed helping veterans at the Bath VA Hospital and would often supply them with some of the things that they needed -- sometimes as simple as a suitcase in which to carry their clothing.

John was a spiritual man who believed strongly in God and cherished his personal relationship with Him. He was a member of many service and fraternal groups, including the VFW, American Legion, DAV, Moose and Lions. He served on many boards, including the Livingston Mutual Insurance Company, the Chamber of Commerce and St. Joseph's School Board. In 2012, John was the recipient of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Surviving are his wife, Sandy; sons, Johnny (Carola) Senka of Arkport and Jeff Senka of Odessa, NY; his daughter, Debbie (Don) Ames of Montour Falls, NY; his sister, Jean (Mike) Howe of Bloomfield, NY; his brothers, Joe (Kim) Katsur of Wayland and Bob (Bonita) Katsur of Wasilla, AK; his grandchildren, Grace Ames, Everett Ames, Ava Senka and Johnny Senka; and many nieces, nephews and valued friends.

The family will receive friends on Monday, July 20 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 21 at St. Ann's Church in Hornell. Burial with full military honors will follow at the Bath VA Cemetery, Bath, NY at 1 p.m.

John's life was, in many ways, about service. He used his time, resources and faith to serve those in need. He would love to inspire others to be of service and make a difference in the life of a family member, friend or stranger, a person, a fellow human being. So, we ask that, in lieu of flowers, you decide where you can best serve the needs of others and do that in honor of John's spirit of concern and generosity.

In honor of John's military service, the American Flag at the Dagon Funeral Home will be flown at half-staff.

To leave an online condolence or share a memory, visit www.dagonfuneralhome.com

Obituary: William K. Barrett

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

William K. “Bill” Barrett

Age 55, of Montour Falls, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 12, 2015.

Bill is survived by his wife, Terri Barrett; daughters, Jessica (Howard) Northrup of Horseheads, and Rebecca (Eric) Barrett of Elmira Heights; grandchildren, Albany, Sherridian, Montana and Devon; sister, Donna (Donald) Marshall; brothers, Steven (Rachel) Barrett, Christopher (Diane Angle) Barrett, and Brian Barrett; and several nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Kenneth and Wilhelmina (Biener) Barrett.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be held on Saturday, July 18 at 1:00 p.m. at the Montour Moose Lodge in Montour Falls. Please join the family in remembering Bill, share some food provided by the Moose Lodge and have a drink on Bill.

In lieu of flowers, please consider the needs of the family or donate to the charity of your choice. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Phyllis H. Gardner

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

Phyllis H Gardner

Age 82, passed away Wednesday, July 8 at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY, after a brief illness, surrounded by her family.

Phyllis, born on December 20, 1932 to Philip and Alberta (Guild) Hager of Montour Falls, was married to Andrew (Jud) Gardner and celebrated 64 years with him on July 7, 2015.

She is also survived by her five children and their spouses, Douglas (Gayle) Gardner of Watkins Glen, NY, Philip (Lorraine) Gardner of Cortland, NY, Karen (James) Slaven, Jr. of Elmira, NY, Cynthia (Marc) Salamino of Freeville, NY, and Nancy (Mickey) Fraboni of Watkins Glen, NY. In addition, she is survived by 13 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; her sisters, Betty (Robert) McNutt of Barefoot Bay, FL and Nancy (Andy) Anderson of Satellite Beach, FL; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, and by sisters Alice Robedieu and Patricia Meehan.

Phyllis retired from the Schuyler County Department of Social Services as Accounting Supervisor after 27 years. Upon her retirement, she spent her summers working at the Watkins Glen State Park for 16 years. A faithful communicant of St. James Episcopal Church, a talented knitter, loving wife, mother, grandmother and Nani, she will be dearly missed.

The family will receive visitors at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St, Watkins Glen on Saturday, July 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a funeral service following at 1 p.m. at the funeral home and burial at Highland Cemetery, Odessa.

You may light a "Candle of Remembrance" or express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Michael Argetsinger

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by family members.

Michael Argetsinger

CHICAGO, IL – Michael Argetsinger, 70, author of five critically-acclaimed books on motor racing and head of Michael Argetsinger Communications in Chicago, died Tuesday, July 7, 2015 in his Lincoln Park home in Chicago, surrounded by his wife, Dr. Lee Green, and family.

Michael Reynolds Argetsinger was born on July 12, 1944 in Youngstown, Ohio. He spent most of his childhood in the Finger Lakes region of New York State and continued to spend his summers there throughout his adult life at his family’s cottage on Seneca Lake. He was the son of motor racing icons Jean and the late Cameron Argetsinger, who brought Grand Prix racing to America at Watkins Glen, New York.

A prominent figure in the motor racing world in his own right, Michael Argetsinger was the author of five definitive books on the sport. His first book, “Walt Hansgen: His Life and the History of Post-War American Road Racing” (2006), received a Gold Medal for biography and was named Best of Books for 2006 at the International Automotive Media Awards (IAMA). His biography “Mark Donohue: Technical Excellence at Speed” (2009) was also named Best of Books by the IAMA and won the overall competition as Best of 2009. He was also the author of “Mark Donohue: His Life in Photographs” (2010) and “Formula One at Watkins Glen: 20 Years of the United States Grand Prix, 1961-1980” (2011), which was a finalist for the 2011 Dean Batchelor Award presented by the Motor Press Guild. All four books were published by David Bull Publishing. In addition, Mr. Argetsinger co-authored “Watkins Glen International” (2013), Arcadia Publishing.

Mr. Argetsinger was not only a vivid chronicler of the sport, but was a competitive driver for nearly 45 years, competing in more than 400 races at 54 different circuits in seven countries, including nine circuits that have hosted World Championship Formula One Grands Prix. As a member of an American racing family, he was immersed in the world of post-war road racing from his earliest years.

Growing up in the race organization at Watkins Glen, he graduated from mowing grass at the circuit to more active roles: he was assistant to the press director at the United States Grand Prix, and later in Europe served as liaison to the Formula One teams that participated in the U.S. Grand Prix. After two years of overseas service in the U.S. Army, he began his own racing career in 1965 when he was still in college. He also worked with the Cooper Car Company during the 1966 Formula One Grand Prix season. He raced in Europe for 10 years in Formula cars and sedans. In his first year back in the U.S. in 1978, he won the New York State Road Racing Championship for Formula Ford, and remained an active driver until 2010.

As the head of Michael Argetsinger Communications, Mr. Argetsinger was a well-respected figure in the communications industry in Chicago, where he provided public relations and governmental relations counsel to businesses and institutions primarily in the areas of international trade and health care. He served on numerous boards, including the International Trade Club of Chicago, and was president of the Publicity Club of Chicago (PCC). He was the recipient of professional media awards, including two PCC Golden Trumpet Awards. He was also a member of the Authors Guild and the Society of Midland Authors.

Mr. Argetsinger was a member of the Board of Directors of the International Motor Racing Research Center, located in Watkins Glen, New York, and was a driving force in the Center’s success. He worked tirelessly with race drivers, organizers, scholars and enthusiasts, as well as with community members and the international press, to help create a world-class facility rich in archival material covering all forms of motorsports from around the world. He also organized and implemented a popular speaking series that brought a wide range of experts to the Center, drawing national and international audiences of motorsport aficionados.

A lifelong enthusiast of many sports, Mr. Argetsinger especially loved baseball, and was a distance runner and vice president of the Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA). He was on the track team at Watkins Glen Central High School (class of 1962) and was a distance runner during his college years at Youngstown University and Ithaca College. He was also widely read, with a deep knowledge in particular of history and poetry.

Michael Argetsinger was known and beloved for his generosity, keen intelligence, positive spirit, graciousness in all situations, fierce loyalty, and love of his family. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Lee Green of Chicago; his mother, Jean Argetsinger of Burdett, New York; his aunt, Dr. Louise Sause of East Lansing, Michigan; brother J.C. Argetsinger (Joan) of Montour Falls, New York; sister Louise Kanaley (Tom) of Rochester, New York; sister Marya Smith of Elizabeth, Illinois; sister Margretta (Getchie) Argetsinger (Kevin Potter) of New York, New York; brother Peter Argetsinger (Sjoukje Schipstra) of Sebring, Florida and Watkins Glen, New York; brother Robert Argetsinger of Illinois; brother Philip (Duke) Argetsinger (Kirk Piersma) of Phoenix, Arizona; sister-in-law Danielle Green of Deerfield, Illinois; 17 nieces and nephews; and 17 great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Cameron and his brother Sam.

A memorial mass for Michael will be held at St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church in Watkins Glen at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 20. The burial service will be private.

Remembrances can be made in Michael’s name to the International Motor Racing Research Center, Watkins Glen, New York.

Photo in text: Michael Argetsinger in 1994. (Photo provided)

Obituary: Rexford R. Hanville, Sr.

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

Rexford R. Hanville, Sr.

Age 94, of Watkins Glen, passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Guthrie Corning Hospital after an extended illness.

He was born on May 31, 1921, the son of the late James A. (Salome) Hanville, Jr. He served with the U.S. Army from 1940-1945 during WWII, and was stationed in Hawaii during the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Rexford worked at Cotton-Hanlon and then for Coastal Lumber as a security guard for 45 years until he retired in 2001.

He was a member of American Legion Post 770 in Trumansburg for 20 years. He enjoyed playing golf with his buddies. He loved his family and friends, and playing with his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his brothers, James, Raymond and George Hanville, and by his sister Sarah. He is survived by his sons, Michael (Louise) Hanville of NC, David (Molly) Hanville of Spencer, Roy Hanville of Cayuta, Rexford (Karen) Hanville, Jr. of Elmira, and Terry (Doreen) Hanville of Watkins Glen; 12 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Services with military honors will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 27 at Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira.

Contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or American Legion Post 770, P.O Box 456, Trumansburg, NY 14886..To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Margaret Jean Haley Love

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

Margaret Jean Haley Love

Age 93, of Watkins Glen, died peacefully on June 29, 2015.

A Mass of Resurrection celebrating the life of Margie will be held on Tuesday, July 7 at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, Watkins Glen, NY at 10:00 a.m. Calling hours will be held at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th Street, Watkins Glen on Monday, July 6 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Margie was born January 24, 1922 in Youngstown, Ohio. She was the beloved only child of Dr. Daniel Haley, DVM, and Marinda Mitchell Haley. Shortly after her birth the family moved to Watkins Glen, where she resided most of her life. Margie graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1939 and following her father’s footsteps, she graduated from The Ohio State University in 1943. At OSU she was a Delta Gamma and continued her friendships with her sorority sisters all her life.

She taught physical education at Harley School in Rochester, NY until she married her high school classmate and lifelong friend, Jack Love, on June 26, 1944 at St Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church in Watkins Glen. He was in Veterinary School at Cornell, and their first daughter, Margaret, was born in Ithaca in 1945. Soon after that, they returned to Watkins Glen, and Jack set up veterinary practice with Margie’s dad. Children Daniel, Elizabeth and Thomas followed soon after.

Margie led a full life with family and friends in the town she loved. She was active in all of her children’s lives as well as being a supportive daughter to her parents and loving wife to Jack. She loved to entertain and was an able hostess at many functions at their home. In addition she loved sports, and she and Jack tailgated at Cornell football games regularly. They also remained loyal Buckeye fans and seldom missed a match! She remained active with the 39ers’, her lifelong high-school friends, all of her life.

Competitive by nature, she loved golf and bridge and was able to continue this passion at Seven Springs Golf and Country Club in Florida, where she and Jack resided during their retirement years. They also loved to travel and took many trips abroad. Margie remained active until recently in her local Bridge group with close friends.

Margie was active in the National Women’s Auxiliary to the American Veterinary Medical Association as a member of the public relations committee, treasurer, and vice president for membership promotion, and was ultimately elected President. Locally she was active in the Schuyler County League of Women Voters. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, and her strong faith guided her through life.

She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Dr. Thomas Jack Love, DVM, in 2004; son Daniel Haley Love; granddaughter Marinda Pevo; son-in-law Peter Pevo, and grandson Brennan Daniel Love. She will be greatly missed by her loving family: children, Peggy Love Voorheis (Gary), Becky Love Pevo Bond (Stephen), Tom Love (Kathy) and Bill Colunio (Susie); grandchildren, Danielle Voorheis Kreitz (Paul), Jonathan Voorheis (Mindy), Mitchell Pevo, Jillian Pevo, Thomas Jack Love III, Sean Love (Chelsea), Kim Colunio Morrissey (Matthew), and Daniel Colunio (Elisabeth); great grandchildren, Jacob Gilbert, Haley Gilbert, Caleb Voorheis, Luke Voorheis, Logan Morrissey, Erin Morrissey and Quinn Morrissey; and many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank Sandy and Paul Montgomery of Montgomery House in Odessa for the loving and compassionate care Margie received there.

Those who wish may send a memorial donation to St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St. Watkins Glen, NY 14891, or The International Motor Racing Research Center at Watkins Glen, 610 S. Decatur St. Watkins Glen, NY 14891. You may express condolences to the family, light a “Candle of Remembrance” or sign a guestbook online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Edward A. Broda

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

Edward A. Broda

Age 54, of Beaver Dams, died June 23, 2015 at the age of 54 after a struggle with cancer.

Born in Brooklyn, NY on December 21, 1960 to Rochelle (Lyons) and Joseph Broda, Edward is survived by his children, Joshua and Jamie; two grandchildren, Desarie and Paulette; and his sister and brother-in-law, Debra and Clayton Perkins.

Edward was a master mechanic and worked through the years for many places.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 26 at 3:00 p.m. at Matt’s Place, 1237 County Road 16, Beaver Dams (formerly Monterey Jack’s).

A special thanks to Cranes Towing and T&R for all the help and concern. Those wishing may send a message of sympathy to the family at www.blauveltfuneralhome.com at “obituaries” or visit the funeral home's Facebook page.

Obituary: Jane Diliberto Turner

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

Jane (Diliberto) Turner

Jane (Diliberto) Turner, of Burdett and formerly of Onalaska, Texas, died on Friday, June 26, 2015.

She is survived by her brother, Louis Diliberto, with whom she resided.

There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held in Onalaska, Texas at a later date.

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

Memorial Service: Teruko Salmirs

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

A Memorial Service for Teruko (Terri) Salmirs, 85, of Hector, NY, who passed away at home on May 27, 2015, will be celebrated on Sunday, July 19 at 3 p.m. at Wisdom's Goldenrod Center for Philosophic Studies in Hector.

She is survived by her husband, Bert Salmirs; her son, Michael Salmirs (Roberta Crawford), Ithaca, NY; her daughter, Deborah Salmirs (Didier Serciat), Grenoble, France; and her granddaughters, Raphaele Bernard-Salmirs (Yvan Andriana), Paris, France, and Mina Bernard-Salmirs, Grenoble, France. She is also survived by her brother and four sisters in Japan.

Terri's memory may be honored by contributing to Wisdom's Goldenrod Center for Philosophic Studies, 5801 Route 414, Hector, NY, 14841.

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: John Patrick Callanan Sr.

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

John Patrick Callanan Sr.

The Honorable John Patrick Callanan Sr. died peacefully on Thursday, June 25 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, NY after a long illness.

He was born on June 28, 1927 in Buffalo, NY to Neil Daniel Callanan and Agnes Shea Callanan. He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Charlotte Ann Myers Callanan; his parents; older brother Neil; younger brother Mathew, and sister Elizabeth.

He is survived by his five children, Karen A. Callanan (John W. Sims) of Nahant, MA, John P. Callanan Jr. (Eleanor Honan) of Burdett, NY, Margaret “Peggy” C. Callanan of East Aurora, NY, Kevin Callanan (Kathleen Koerner) of Mumford, NY, and Constance (Connie) S. Bennett (Mathew) of Hudsonville, Michigan. There are also nine grandchildren, Dr. Shannon Schamel (Matthew) of Hector, NY, Neil Callanan (Laura) of Reading, PA, Courtney Callanan of Boston, MA, Amanda Callanan of Long Island, NY, Patrick and William Callanan of Mumford, NY, and Abigail, Madison and Joshua Bennett of Hudsonville, MI; one great grandchild, Callan John Schamel of Hector, NY; a sister-in-law, Kathleen Callanan, and several nieces and nephews from Buffalo, NY.

Jack (as he was known) was educated in Buffalo at St. Mark’s Parish School and Canisius High School. Following high school, he volunteered for the draft at the end of WWII, serving with the Occupation Forces in Italy with the United States Army. Returning home, he enrolled at Canisius College, graduating in 1951.

During this time, he met his future wife, Charlotte Myers of Fulton, NY, and they were married on August 16, 1952. Jack had finished his first year at Cornell Law School, and they lived in Ithaca until he graduated in 1954. Their first child, Karen, was born in Ithaca.

In early 1955, he moved to Watkins Glen to join Henry Valent’s law practice, and later they became partners. Four more children, John Jr., Margaret, Kevin and Constance, were born in the next few years. Jack treasured his family above all and also felt an obligation to serve his community. Through the years, he served as Village Attorney and on the Watkins Glen Board of Education (President). He was also active in Watkins-Montour Rotary (President and Paul Harris Fellow), The Sullivan Trail Boy Scout Council (recipient of the Silver Beaver Award), Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce (President), the Elks Club, and in retirement, The Southern Tier Library System Board. He was also inducted into the Schuyler County Hall of Fame in 2009.

Politics also attracted him, and in 1964 he was elected to the NY State Assembly representing Schuyler County. The two-year term was ended after one year when the U.S. Congress vacated the one-man one-vote law and Schuyler, Yates and Ontario Counties became one Assembly district. He was the last Assemblyman to represent only Schuyler County.

When the office of Schuyler County Judge became vacant, Jack ran and won a 10-year term as County, Surrogate and Family Court Judge. He retired in 1997, having been reelected after his first term and serving 15 years on the bench. He was a faithful communicant at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, and his Jesuit education in high school and college served him well over the years. He was always there for his children and set a wonderful example for them to follow. He never missed a game or a concert or track meet in which they were involved. When they became active in Squires Drum and Bugle Corps, so did he, serving on their Advisory Board.

Through many of these years Jack was a huge Buffalo Bills fan, and perhaps his biggest disappointment in life was when they lost their fourth Super Bowl game. Jack loved people and seldom met a person he did not like. His life was one of kindness and good humor.

A Mass celebrating his life will be held on Tuesday, June 30 at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church at 10 a.m. Calling hours will be held at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th Street, Watkins Glen, NY on Monday, June 29 from 4 p.m.to 8 p.m.

Those who wish may send a memorial to St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891; The Watkins Glen Public Library, 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen; NY 14891; or Schuyler Hospital Seneca View, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865.

The family wishes to acknowledge the wonderful care Jack received at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility. The staff, without exception, was compassionate and caring and the family feels he could not have received better care anywhere.

You may express condolences to the family or sign a guestbook at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Harry 'Ted' Landon

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Harry “Ted” Landon

Age 63, of Burdett, passed away on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at home.

He was born on August 2, 1951 in Montour Falls, the son of the late Joseph and Gladys (Everts) Landon, and attended Odessa-Montour High School. Ted proudly served in the U.S. Air Force from 1971-1974. His deepest joy came from spending time with his grandchildren. He will be lovingly remembered by his family and friends for his kind and generous heart, fun-loving spirit, endless sense of humor and “tell it like it is” attitude.

He is survived by his loving wife of 13 years, Laurie; children, Tina (Patrick) Smith of Syracuse, Jennifer Landon (Derek) of Ithaca, Tracy Landon (Mike) of Newfield, Gary (Margaret) Tuttle of Hector, Greg (Jamie) Tuttle of Burdett, and Gretta (Chris) Zafonte of Burdett; mother-in-law Jean Pike; sisters, Wilma (Doug) Freelove of Ithaca and Sharon (Bill) Bryington of Kentucky; brothers, Stanley (Betty) Landon of Montour, Joe (Charlene) Landon of Alpine, and Jimmy (Caroline) Landon of Virginia; grandchildren, Zackary, Brooke, Kelsey, Adam, Landon, Courtney, Brittany, Jordan, Haleigh, Harmonei, Laurie, Stella and Travis; and many other loving family members. He was predeceased by his siblings, Bill Landon, Bob Landon and Joanne Fraboni.

Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate his life at the family home at 4225 White Tail Lane in Burdett on Wednesday, July 1 from 3-6 p.m.

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

Obituary: Ronald S. Shutter

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Ronald S. Shutter

Ronald S. Shutter, 53, of Alpine, entered into rest on Monday, June 22, 2015 at Cayuga Medical Center.

He was born on February 6, 1962. He married Peggy Shutter on August 20, 1983. Ron took great pride in his family and his greatest joy was his three children.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy; daughter, Melissa of Sidney, Nebraska; sons, Matthew of Odessa and Morgan of Alpine; parents, Janice Kron and Robert Kron; sisters, Wendy Shutter and Vicki Kron; brother, Brian Shutter; and nephews, Austin Kron, Ben Shutter and Robert Gripko.

In keeping with his wishes there will be no services. Contributions may be made in his memory to Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Elm and Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263, or Cayuga Hematology Oncology Associates, att: Lori Toolan, 101 Dates Dr., Ithaca, NY 14850.

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

Obituary: Marcella J. Ney

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Marcella J. Ney

Age 81, of Burdett, NY, passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2015.

The family will receive friends and relatives on Friday, June 26 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen; followed by a funeral service at the funeral home at 1:00 p.m.

She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, John L. Ney, Sr.; four children, Deborah Edele of Burdett, John L. Ney, Jr. (and wife Marina) of South Carolina, Donna Lodge of Burdett, and Dawn Owen (and husband Bruce) of Florida; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and special niece Barbara Smith.

While living in Queens, NYC, she proudly helped her husband become a Captain with the NYPD. They moved to Burdett in 1975 to fulfill their dream of a farmer’s life. Marcella’s greatest accomplishment is the raising of her family and the love generated to all. She lived a blessed life and will always be remembered.

Those wishing may consider a donation in her memory to the Burdett Vol. Fire Dept., 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: Judith Ann Mollett

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Judith Ann Mollett

Age 69, of Wabash, Indiana, and fomerly of Burdett, New York, died at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at her home.

She was born March 1, 1946 in Montour Falls, New York to Paul and Beulah (Granger) Clawson. Judy was a graduate of Watkins Glen High School. She married Clarence Mollett in Wabash on November 23, 1964. She worked at Dana Corporation in Andrews, Indiana. Judy enjoyed playing bingo, quilting blankets, sewing, going to garage sales and auctions, her cats, and especially her grandkids.

She is survived by her husband, Clarence Mollett; three children, Brenda (Tony) Burton, Paul E. Mollett, and Theresa Mollett; five grandchildren, Gatlon (Victoria) Burton, Dylan Burton, Rheann Burton, Taylor Mollett, and Jenna Burton; a great grandson, Hunter Burton; and a sister, Pauline Waller, all of Wabash; her dog, Elsie Mae, and granddog, Chico. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, a sister and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 20 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with Rev. Bill Bowling officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is the Animal Shelter of Wabash County. The memorial guest book for Judy may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.

Obituary: Donald L. Claflin

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Donald L. Claflin

Age 79, of Ithaca, passed away on Sunday, June 14, 2015.

He was born on April 19, 1936 in Duluth, Minnesota. He worked for Ithaca Gear Auto Parts for 10 years, Buck Bee Mears Photo Engraving Plant for six years, and drove school bus for the Dryden Central School District for 12 years.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Jane Claflin; children, Sharon Claflin, Roger Claflin, Michael (Mary) King, Sharon (Gary) Pichaney, Cathy (Robert) Larson, and Mark (Dianna) King; 62 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Peggy Little; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sons, Steven Claflin and David King. We love you and will miss you so much.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 19 at 5:30 p.m. at Living Water Christian Fellowship, 162 Enfield Main Road, Ithaca, NY.

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

Obituary: Jack K. Smith

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Jack K. Smith

Age 75, of Millport, passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at home.

He was born in Montour Falls on February 23, 1940, the son of the late Roy and Ruth Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Flavia C. Smith; daughters, Beatrice Chaidez, Silvia (Patrick) Brucie and Teresa Smith; a son, Jack K. Smith, Jr.; eight grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

Services will be held at a later date.

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

Obituary: Kenneth M. Miller

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Kenneth M. Miller

Age 71, of Rock Stream, passed away on Saturday, June 13, 2015.

He was predeceased by his wife, Sharon F. Miller, on November 14, 2014. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Stacy and Doug Yeater of Hector; and two grandsons, William and Alexander. He is also survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Judy Miller; sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Donald Kerner; and sister, Linda Chestnut, all of Indiana.

Ken was born in Indianapolis on August 17, 1943, the oldest son of Vernon and Susan F. Miller. He received his PhD in Zoology from Indiana University in 1970 and went on to teach at Purdue University for the next few years. He then worked for American Home Products in Research and Development and Quality Control in Milton, PA and New York, NY.

After retiring in 2001, he and his wife moved from Lewisburg, PA to Rock Stream, NY, and opened the Anna Rose Bed & Breakfast. Ken was a scientist and nature lover and enjoyed hiking, birdwatching, and spending time outdoors with his daughter and grandchildren, teaching them about all matter of plants and bugs. He also enjoyed playing bridge, traveling and watching Hoosier basketball.

The family will receive visitors from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17 at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. A private graveside service will be held at Glen Wood Cemetery in Geneva at the convenience of the family.

You may express condolences to the family or sign a guestbook online at www.Royce-Chedzoy.com.

Obituary: Linda L. Button

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Linda L. Button

Age 54, of Beaver Dams, passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at Guthrie Corning Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Corning on August 27, 1960, the daughter of John B. Glick, Jr. and Betty (Linderman) Glick. She graduated from Bradford Central School and was employed by Chicago Title in Bath, NY.

Linda is survived by her husband, Steven Button; her mother, Betty Glick of Beaver Dams; children, Nathan Buck of Tuscarora, NY, and Jacob (Keisha) Buck of Caton, NY; stepson, Adam (Courtney) Button; grandchildren, Gage, Xander, Becka, Meaghan, Asher and Morgan; two brothers, John (Mary) of Beaver Dams, and Jim (Alice) of Livingston, TX; sisters, Beth (Doug) of Westbrookville, NY, and Mary (Greg) of Watkins Glen; and several aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her father, John B. Glick, Jr. in 2003.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, June 20 at 12:30 p.m. at Maltby Cemetery in Monterey.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Charles E. Urban

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Charles E. Urban

Age 94, of Hector and formerly of Millport, passed away on Monday, June 1, 2015 at Robert Packer Hospital.

He was born in Corning on January 14, 1921, the son of the late Michael and Susanna Urban. He graduated from Corning High School. On October 9, 1944, he married the former Helen Podleski in Corning.

Mr. Urban was a machinist and foreman at Shepard Niles Crane & Hoist for over 41 years, retiring on April 1, 1983. He was a communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen, and a member of the Mechanics Club and Elks Club.

Charlie, as he was known to his many friends, was an avid sportsman, enjoying hunting and fishing and life at his "Castle" on the lake. He loved to regale his family and friends with tall tales, card games and practical jokes. On a more serious side, he was a man who was active, vibrant, and full of life and strong in his faith. He had a proud career in the crane and hoist industry and assisted with all types of mechanical and technical support to those who sought him out.

He held a great passion for all his family and a special love towards animals. A member of the “Greatest Generation,” he was proud to have served his country in the Navy during WWII. Life is an immeasurably better place because he was here.

Charlie is survived by his daughter, Patricia Giulino of Arlington, MA; his son, Gary (Judy) Urban of Hector; five grandchildren, Jennifer Kelleher, Erika Cannon, and Michael, Katherine and Erin Urban; and four great grandchildren, Jordan and Braeden Cannon, and Natalia and Giovanna Kelleher. He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Helen, in 2009; a son, Michael, in 2011, and sisters Mary Close in 2009 and Helen Minchie in 2006.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A service will follow at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Steve Lape officiating. Burial will be in Seneca Union Cemetery in Valois at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Arc of Schuyler or St. Mary’s of the Lake Church. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Brett M. Emilo

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Brett M. Emilo

Age 44, of Montour Falls, NY and formerly of Middlebury, VT, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 29, 2015.

He was born in Burlington, VT on August 29, 1970, the son of Louis and Susan Emilo, Jr. Brett graduated from Middlebury High School in 1988, and attended Johnson State and Southern New Hampshire University. On August 25, 2001, he married Kate Farnsworth in Middlebury, VT.

Brett worked at JBM Construction in Ithaca, and previously worked at his family’s business, Emilo Building Supply. He enjoyed hunting, golfing, riding his Harley, and spending time with family, friends, and his dogs Lilly and Bosley. He was an avid Red Sox and Cowboy fan.

Brett is survived by his wife Kate, of Montour Falls, NY; his parents, Louis and Susan Emilo of Myrtle Beach, SC; three brothers, Chris Emilo of Middlebury, Jason (Stephanie) Emilo of Malaysia, and Tony Emilo of Myrtle Beach, SC; and three nephews, Trevor, Oliver and Sebastian.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, June 5 from 4-6 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A service will follow at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial services will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Middlebury, VT at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Addison County Humane Society, 236 Boardman St., Middlebury, VT 05753. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Charles Gleason

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Charles Gleason

Age 72, of Montour Falls, passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility.

There will be no services. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Richard J. Ciprich, Sr.

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Richard J. 'Dick' Ciprich, Sr.

Age 76, died May 26, 2015 in Rifle, Colorado. He was born to John and Olive Ciprich on September 14, 1938.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his oldest son, Richard J. "Cy" Ciprich, Jr. Dick is survived by his partner, Margaret Cooke of Battlement Mesa, Colorado; three children, four grandchildren, three great grandchildren, a brother and a sister.

Dick graduated from Watkins Glen Central School, and was involved in planning class reunions and keeping track of his classmates. Dick was a professional bowler on the PBA Tour and the PBA Senior Tour and was inducted into the Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.

After moving to Colorado, he and Margaret owned the White Buffalo restaurant in Battlement Mesa, Colorado from 2003-2010. They sponsored numerous fundraising events for the community.

The restaurant was awarded the Chamber of Commerce “Business of the Year “ award for all of its many activities dedicated to the community.

No services are planned at this time.

Obituary: Teruko Salmirs

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Teruko (Terri) Salmirs

Age 85, of Hector, NY, passed away at home on Wednesday, May 27.

She is survived by her husband, Bert Salmirs; her son, Michael Salmirs (Roberta Crawford), Ithaca, NY; her daughter, Deborah Salmirs (Didier Serciat), Grenoble, France; and her granddaughters, Raphaele Bernard-Salmirs (Yvan Andriana), Paris, France, and Mina Bernard-Salmirs, Grenoble, France. She is also survived by her brother and four sisters in Japan.

A memorial service will be held at the family's convenience.

Terri's memory may be honored by contributing to Wisdom's Goldenrod Center for Philosophic Studies. 5801 Route 414, Hector, NY, 14841.

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

Obituary: Fred L. Karius

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Fred L. Karius

Age 53, of Montour Falls and formerly of Hector, passed away on May 23, 2015 at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse.

He was born on October 25, 1961 in Ithaca, NY, the son of Fred D. and Doris Karius. He worked as a former vineyard operator with his father, and later owned and operated Karius Construction.

Fred was predeceased by his father. He is survived by his mother, Doris L. Karius of Hector; son, Brandon (Jess) Karius of Lodi; sister, Sherry (Jeff) Mangus of Burdett; brothers, David (Debbie) Karius, Don Karius and Scott (Mary) Karius, all of Hector; and a special friend, Rob Fallon of Lodi.

A graveside service will be held at Seneca Union Cemetery in Valois at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 2.

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

Obituary: William D. Cross

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William D. Cross

Age 64, of Alpine, NY, died Feb. 24, 2015.

Bill graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1968 and joined the U.S. Navy. After the Navy, he worked for Thatcher Glass, where he obtained his Journeyman's mold maker card. He later worked for Schuyler Dynamics as a machinist. He was currently employed at Anchor Glass Container in Elmira Heights in the mold shop.

A memorial service will be held at Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, with U.S. Navy military honors accorded.

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

Obituary: Theresa Marie Winton

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Theresa Marie Winton

Age 79, of Montour Falls, passed away on Monday, May 25, 2015 at Schuyler Hospital.

She was born in Elmira on June 2, 1935, the daughter of the late Tracey and Leona (Comfort) Clark. Theresa worked at GE, NCR, and Toshiba. She was a member of the Glen Baptist Church in Watkins Glen, and a member of the Eastern Star. Theresa was an avid Yankee fan and attended her first game in 2014 with her family.

Theresa is survived by four daughters, Sandra (Frank) Just of Montour Falls, Dawn (Daniel) Stillwell of Ithaca, Darlene (Kenneth) Gridley of Montour Falls, and Tina (Gregg) Stiles of Watkins Glen; six sons, Edson “Teddy” (Diane) Lawrence of Beverly Hills, FL, Bruce T. Lawrence of Montour Falls, Dusty (Charlene) Lawrence of New Woodstock, Gary K. Lawrence of Millport, Philip (Wendy) Wytrwa of Trumansburg, and Scott (Brent)Wytrwa of Montour Falls; sisters, Mary (Coil) Barker of Lakeland, FL, Frances Skordinski of Elmira, and Shirley (Glen) Longenecker of PA; 38 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog “Punky.” She was predeceased by her husband, Harry Winton, and brothers Robert Clark, Tracey “Sonny” Clark, and Teddy Clark.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, May 29 from 4-7 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 30 at 10:00 a.m. at the Glen Baptist Church, 3311 Reading Road, Watkins Glen. Burial will be in Daggett Cemetery.

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

Obituary: James L. Wood

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James L. Wood

Age 74, of Rochester, passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at home.

He was born in Montour Falls on November 19, 1940, the son of John and Madalyn (Lewis) Wood. James graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1960 and from RIT in 1964. He served with the U.S. Air Force from 1964-1968. He was a graphic designer at Rockwell International in Seal Beach, CA.

James was an artist, a photographer, and loved history books and movies.

He is survived by two sisters, Barbara Forrest of Brooksville, FL, and Shirley (Allen) Gerdes of Montour Falls; two aunts, Warda Edsall and Elizabeth Davenport; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents and by his brother-in-law, Donald Forrest.

A private burial will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery in Reading Center at the convenience of the family. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Joann Fornwalt

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Joann Fornwalt

Age 81, of 9th Street, Watkins Glen, NY, formerly of County Route 28, Watkins Glen, passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY.

Joann was born on April 27, 1934 in Altoona, PA, the daughter of the late Wilbert and Josephine (Gibson) Sheterom. In addition to her parents, Joann was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Fred Eugene Fornwalt Sr., on April 24, 2011; her brother, Richard Sheterom; and her stepfather, Edward Lee.

Joann is survived by her children, Juanita (Robert M.) Kelley, Fred Fornwalt Jr., and Randy Fornwalt; grandchildren, Lauren (Rob) Phenes, Nathan A. Kelley (and fiancé Alicia Siurano), Amanda Fornwalt, Ashley (Logan) Shamoon, Brandon (Ashley) Fornwalt, and Brett Fornwalt; great granddaughters, Chloe Phenes and Aubrie Shamoon; sisters, Naomi Ruth (Sheterom) Beach (Jim), and Bonnie (Lee) Barry (Douglas); a brother, Gregory Scott Lee; and sisters-in-law, Mary Jane (Sheterom) Allison, and Virginia (Fornwalt) Clapper (George). Joann also had numerous nieces and nephews.

Joann had a profound love for her husband Fred. When Fred retired, both of them ventured into antiquing. Joann and Fred bought, sold, and repaired their newfound treasures. They met new friends who shared their passion of antiques and whatnots. Along the way of their travels, they would stop at a newfound diner and have a simple meal, but were always so content to get back to their home and to their family.

Joann loved her children and grandchildren very much. Her great grandchildren made her eyes sparkle. She enjoyed the simple things in life such as fresh homemade rolls with butter, and talking at great length with her sister Naomi with family news. Joann talked to her grandchildren with exhilaration when they called, and she made sure everyone in the immediate family was up to date with her conversations. Her granddaughter Lauren talked heart-to-heart with her on a daily basis, and Lauren helped her Gram whenever she could no matter how simple or arduous the task was.

Joann intensely loved her daughter, sons, grandchildren, grandson-in-law, great grandchildren, and her son-in-law. Joann will be passionately missed by all who dearly loved her.

Services for Joann will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are through the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 Fifth St., Watkins Glen, NY. Friends and family may sign the guestbook at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Alta G. Sydelko

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Alta G. (Wedderspoon) Sydelko

Age 96, of Millport, passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Schuyler Hospital.

Alta was born in Cooperstown on April 21, 1919, the daughter of the late James R. and Nancy May Wedderspoon. She graduated from Cooperstown High School, and married George P. Sydelko in 1945 in Texas. She was a homemaker and a former Chemung County 4-H Leader. She was a volunteer for the Millport school and library, and a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and William C. Bragg of Winchester, VA; her son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Pamela Sydelko of Woodbridge, IL; sister, Nola E. Osterhoudt of Sharon Springs, NY; three granddaughters; two grandsons; three great granddaughters; and six nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, George P. Sydelko, who died in 1993.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 16 at 2:00 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Burial will follow in Montour Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Millport Fire Department, 2016 Crescent St., Millport, NY 14864. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Mary E. Hallahan

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

Mary E. Hallahan

Age 96, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt and friend went to be with her Lord and heavenly family on Sunday, May 10, 2015 at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, NY.

Mary was born November 6, 1918, the daughter of George and Sara (Trowbridge) Hurd. She was preceded by her husband of 47-years, Richard H. Hallahan; son, Richard H. Hallahan III; granddaughter, Aileen Marie Hallahan; sisters, Edna Hurd and Ruth Bauer; and brother, George Hurd.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Sheila (Bailey) Hallahan of Horseheads, NY and Michael and Debra (Schresky) of Manchester, NH; daughter, Mary Catherine Hallahan of Boston, MA; grandchildren, William Hallahan and Samantha McDaniel of Hot Springs, AR, Richard Hallahan of Manchester, NH and James Hallahan of Dayton Beach, FL; brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Joan Hurd of Huston, TX; as well as several nieces, nephews and her very special friends, Rick and Jan Saltsman of Erin, NY.

It was mom’s wishes there be no calling hours as “I do not want anyone traveling and having an accident because of me.”

A very special thanks to everyone at The Falls Home in Montour Falls, where mom has resided for the last four years. She loved her “retirement home” and everyone living and working there. Thanks so much for the great care you gave to mom. She loved you all dearly. She prayed daily for her family, friends, fellow residents, the staff and their families, her community and country.

We also wish to thank Dr. Ben Saks and Dr. Jagmohan Singh as well as all of the caring angels at Schuyler Hospital, who took care of mom and all of us, especially this last week. Special thanks to Chaplain Jane Winters, Deacon Tom Ruda and Father Rick Farrell for your spiritual support. Her family is very thankful for everything. You are truly a caring hospital.

Arrangements are being made through the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls. Interment will be at St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery in Elmira, NY at the convenience of the family.

Memorials may be made to Schuyler Hospital, 220 Steuben Street, Montour Falls, NY 14865 or to a charity of your choice.

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

Memorial Service: Norm Underdown

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

A Military Memorial Service will be held at the Veterans Memorial Park located at the end of Rt. 228, Odessa on Saturday, May 16, at 1:00 p.m. to pay tribute to a rare man, Norman Jones Underdown. A Funeral Interment Service is to follow at the Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Norman Underdown (pictured at right) was a man among men: a decorated World War II Veteran awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. He was as humble as he was a man of strength. His faith in God was deep, and he was an active member of the Odessa Methodist Church, singing in the choir for 50 years as well as in the Geneva choral group in his younger days. He was a pillar of the community, and a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He dedicated his life to loving his family with all his heart and soul, and absolutely adored his wife Betty of 55 1/2 years. His legacy of love will be passed down by those who shared this love with him.

Norman and Betty were owners of Sherwood Nursery for 66 years, a shrub and tree nursery that supplied hundreds of homes and businesses throughout the Finger Lakes region. Norman studied Horticulture at Cornell University to supplement the knowledge taught him by the previous owner, Elmer Sherwood. It was at this nursery that he taught his three boys the value of a strong work ethic and the moral values that would help them as they grew into men. He was the Justice of the Peace for the Town of Catharine for 12 years, and worked at Cotton-Hanlon and in various Security Guard jobs to support his family.

Norman lived a very full life and we all miss him dearly; but this is not a time for gloom, but a time to remember and reflect on the life of a very rare man.

Obituary: Anna Cecelia Peterson

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Anna Cecelia (Jacque) Peterson

Age 96, affectionately known as “Boppy,” departed this life on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

She was born in Elmira on July 11, 1918, the daughter of the late Philip and Ada (Wilcox) Jacque.

All of her life, Ceil was active in community organizations. She was a 55-year member of the Eastern Star, Past Matron and Color Bearer of Fern Chapter, Associate Grand Marshal of the Eastern Star Grand Chapter of New York State, and a member of the Lions Club, Red Hat Society, and Schuyler County Home Bureau. Many remember how active she was in the Odessa United Methodist Church during the time Dutton S. Peterson was pastor.

She is survived by her four daughters, Jacqueline (Pete) Gardner, Jolinda (Jess) Pully, Rebecca (Pat) Driscoll, and Susan Peterson; two sons, Richard (Ellie) Vary and Charles Vary; sister, Arleine Stoddard of GA; brother, Raymond Jacque of NC; special sister-in-law, Joyce Soule; 19 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; and 8 great great grandchildren.

For all of those whose lives she touched, let us pray for her and give thanks for being blessed with the love, acceptance and kindness of one beautiful lady.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Eastern Star memorial services on Saturday, May 16 from 4-6 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, Main Street, Montour Falls. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa at the convenience of the family.

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

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Eastern Star, 308 West Main St., Montour Falls, NY 14865.

Obituary: C. Joseph Wright

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C. Joseph Wright

Age 76, of Webster, NY, and formerly of Hector, NY died May 6, 2015 after a lengthy illness.

He was born May 27, 1938 to Grant and Ellen (Withiam) Wright of Hector. He was predeceased by his parents, uncles, aunts and several cousins.

He is survived by dear friends Thomas and Elaine Criswell of Webster, Stephen and Geralyn Stoker of Rochester and James and Emily Smith of Penfield; and cousins Russell (Lonnie) Withiam of Springwater, Harold (Norma) Withiam of Ithaca, Richard (Carla) Kessler of Seattle, Debra Kessler of Scottsdale, AZ, Barbara Withiam of Interlaken and Ellen Kinney of Burdett.

Joe graduated from Watkins Glen Central High School, the University of Rochester (BS, chemistry), and MIT (MS, organic chemistry). He spent his career in the research labs of Eastman Kodak Co.

A lifelong Reformed Christian, Joe was an active member of the Third Presbyterian Church of Rochester, where a Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 13. There are no prior calling hours. Burial will be in Hector Presbyterian Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to Third Presbyterian Church of Rochester, WXXI Public Broadcasting or the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Obituary: Dorothy E. Kennedy

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Dorothy E. (Swingle) Kennedy

Age 88, of Beaver Dams, passed away on Friday, May 8, 2015 at home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Towanda, PA, the daughter of the late Harold and Gertrude (Ellsworth) Swingle. Dorothy was a homemaker and enjoyed taking care of her family and friends. She was a member of the Grace Lee Wesleyan Church in Beaver Dams, where she was a part of the food bank and Busy Bees Quilting.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Sandra (Leon) Callahan of Beaver Dams, Donald (Cathy) Kennedy of State College, PA, Lewis C. (Maria) Kennedy of Beaver Dams, Marguerite (Dennis) Morse of Pine Valley, Martin (Diana) Kennedy of Lansing, and Todd (Cherri) Kennedy of Beaver Dams; sisters, Clara Wheaton of Montour Falls, and Jean (Leslie) White of Florida; brothers, Henry (Lois) Landmesser of South Carolina, Jacob (Mary Lou) Landmesser of Horseheads, and Howard (Pamela) Landmesser of Southport; 21 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Lewis E. Kennedy, in 1984, and by two sisters, Emily Wellman and Emma Tinker.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, May 12 from 4-7 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Lee Wesleyan Church, 2075 Chambers Road, Beaver Dams. Interment will be in Beaver Dams Cemetery, followed by a dinner at the church.

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

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Grace Lee Wesleyan Church Legacy Fund, Grace Lee Wesleyan Church Food Bank, 2075 Chambers Road, Beaver Dams, NY 14812 or Care First, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14870.

Obituary: Helen M. Wood

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Helen M. Wood

Age 87, of Elmira Heights and formerly of Montour Falls, passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

She was born in Montour Falls on September 6, 1927, the daughter of the late John and Minnie (Hollenbeck) Carlson. She retired from Shepard Niles after many years of service.

She was predeceased by her husband, George Wood; a brother, John Carlson; and her sister, Mildred Knapp. She is survived by her children, Patricia Barber of Elmira Heights, Debra Wheeler of Horseheads, and George Wood; sisters, Betty Carlson and Lois Notarfonzo of Watkins Glen; six grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery.

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

Memorial service set for Esther Lentz

A Memorial Service for Esther Lentz will be held at the Valois-Logan-Hector Fire Hall on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 1:00 pm. Friends and family are welcome. A luncheon will follow the service.

Mrs. Lentz, of Lewes, Deleware and formerly a longtime resident of the Town of Hector, passed away on Wednesday, April 1 at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes.

Obituary: Lloyd E. States

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Lloyd E. States

Age 74, of Burdett, NY passed away Monday, May 4, 2015 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY and went to be with our lord and savior.

Lloyd is survived by his wife, Annette (Nandelstadt) States; daughters, Debra (Bruce) Melanson of Montour Falls, Tina and Laurie States of Dundee, and Lloyd Robert (Alicia) States of Dundee; stepson James (Sue) Welch of Newfield and stepdaughter Donna Colunio of Watkins Glen; grandchildren, Steven Melanson of Denton, TX, Joseph (Katie) Melanson of Elmira, Michelle Melanson of Montour Falls, Austin States of Dundee, Angel States of Rochester, Joseph (Bree Donahue) Colunio of Watkins Glen, Michael (Felissia) Welch of Solbotna, AK, and Nicole (Matt) Lynough of Elmira; as well as eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother, Alice States; brothers James (Carlene) States and Kenneth (Judy) States; sister, Alice (Lavern) Potter; and Kasey, his golden retriever and faithful companion. He was predeceased by his father, Lloyd A. States, and sister, Martha Dobell.

Lloyd was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1965. He worked at International Salt in Watkins Glen, and then found his true calling as a carpenter, following in his father's footsteps.

He will be remembered for his love of fishing and hunting, and his great sense of humor. He loved telling jokes and making people laugh.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, May 8 from 5-7 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 9 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa.

Those wishing to remember Lloyd may do so through memorial donations to the Schuyler County Humane Society. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: John R. Hall, Jr.

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

John R. Hall, Jr.

John R. Hall Jr. went home May 4, 2015. As you would expect, he did it on his own terms, surrounded by his family and animals in his home on Mitchell Hollow Road, Odessa, NY. His parents; Joan, his wife of 49 years; and his son-in-law, Frank Cowen, met him when he arrived.

He is survived by his sister, Mary Jo McIntyre; daughters, Jody (David) Swartout, Julee (Frank) Cowen, Bobbi (Doug) Smorol, and Stacy Jo, who lived at home and cared for him. He proudly told everyone that he had 7 beautiful grandsons and he loved each one of them unconditionally. John had six great grandchildren and another one expected in August.

His last days were spent with his German Shepherds, Buddy and Cody, and that silly barn cat with the frost-bit ears, Barney.

John was born in Beaver, West Virginia in 1930. He moved with his family to Odessa at the age of 7. He was well known for his work ethic at an early age, working alongside his father at Cotton Hanlon Lumber Mill on weekends at age 9 and starting a horse-drawn garbage route in Odessa when he was only 12.

John attended Syracuse University on a full scholarship. He graduated with honors as a civil engineer in 1952. He served four years in the Navy after college as he and Joan started their family. After a short career at IBM, he started his own successful construction company, which ran for 30 years.

He bought his first horse at the age of 12 and never was without a horse after that. John raised and sold some of the finest Clydesdale horses in the country. With the help of his girls, he successfully showed a six-horse hitch for many years at county fairs and the state fair. He enjoyed swapping stories with horsemen all over the United States and Canada.

John was a man of integrity, honesty, and kindness with a sense of humor that lives on through his family. He was a true gentleman. The world was a better place because he was here.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, May 6 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, and on Thursday, May 7 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, with a funeral service immediately following. Interment will be in Highland Cemetery in Odessa.

Donations can be made in his memory to the Children’s Miracle Network or the Schuyler County Humane Society. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Phyllis A. Patterson

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Phyllis A. Patterson

Age 75, of Erin, NY passed away on May 1, 2015 with family and friends at her side.

She was born June 1, 1939, daughter of the late Duane and Bessie (Simpson) Patterson. She was also predeceased by her sisters, Shirley (Hughes) and Helen (Dino) Patterson.

Phyllis is survived by her son, Steve (Wendy) Weber; and her grandchildren, Kevin (Mindy) and Megan; and great-granddaughter, Paige Grace. Her pride in, and love for grandchildren was immeasurable. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews, Sherry (Phil) Beiver, Brenda (Tom) Spernyak and James (Felicia) Strong; grandnieces and nephews, Peter, Lydia, Joseph, Katherine, Kurtis and Jamie; and many loving cousins. She leaves behind her longtime friend and roommate, Jeanne Breon, and loving neighbors, Steve and Sandy. Those friends made her wish to be at home for as long as possible come true.

Above all else, Phyllis cherished her family and friends. She was a caring mother, a devoted aunt, and an amazing and wonderful grandmother.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Wednesday, May 6, from 6-8 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 8 p.m. A private burial at the Union Cemetery of Hector in Burdett, NY will be held at the convenience of the family.

You may sign a guestbook or light a “Candle of Remembrance” online at ww.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Yolanda L. Holmes

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

Yolanda L. Holmes

Age 66, of Springwater, NY and formerly of Montour Falls, NY, ended her battle with breast cancer on Thursday, April 30, 2015.

She was born in Montour Falls on December 6, 1948, the daughter of the late Horace and Betty Degraw Holmes. She graduated from Odessa High School and Fingerlakes Community College. Yolanda was a nurse at The LaRue House and Southview Nursing Home. She enjoyed drawing, horseback riding, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her children, Melissa Guild of Watkins Glen, Carlton (Michele) Guild of Watkins Glen, Angela (Michael) Costello of Charlotte, NC, Ameigh Coates of Springwater, and Rindy Tokarz of Honeoye; a sister, Fran (Ron) Pierce of Watkins Glen; a brother, Richard Holmes of Montour Falls; 11 grandchildren, Joseph Schliesmann, Brittany Guild, Kyle Tokarz, Bridgette Guild, Alexandra Coates, Thomas Coates, Garrett VanOstrand, Aleice Guild, Dana Guild, Alaina Costello and Sophia Maloney; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son-in-law, Jason Coates, in 2014.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, May 4 from 4-6 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A service will follow at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Yolanda’s name to Livingston County Hospice, 2 Murray Hill, Mt. Morris, NY 14510.

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

Obituary: Jean Blanchard Drake

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Jean Blanchard Drake

Age 98, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on April 25, 2015. According to her wishes, funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

Jean was born in Georgetown, Massachusetts on December 1, 1916, the daughter of Ray and Flavilla (Waterhouse) Blanchard. Jean grew up in Mt. Dora, Florida and was a member of the Eastern Star Chapter 119; White Shrine and The Garden Club of Tallahassee, FL. She was a lifelong member of the Watkins Glen United Methodist Church.

She was predeceased by her husband, Charles E. Drake, Sr. in 1984; daughter Paula Drake; sons-in-law Allan P. Waite, Sr. and Floyd “Chuck” Richardson; 2 grandsons, Jaime Richardson and Mark Davis; 2 brothers; and 2 sisters. She is survived by her children, Sylvia Waite of Watkins Glen; Linda Richardson (David Costley) of Painted Post, NY, Charlotte “Shari” (Charles) Parmenter of Elmira, NY, Charles (Deborah) Drake of Watkins Glen and Ernest (Josanne) Drake of Watkins Glen; sister, Phyllis Hartley of Pierson, FL; 17 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; 13 great great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Schuyler County Ambulance, PO Box 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or the Seneca View Activities Dept., 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865.

You may sign a guestbook online or light a “Candle of Remembrance” in her memory at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Funeral arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Dianna G. Dillon

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Dianna G. Dillon

Age 74, of Watkins Glen, passed away in the comfort of her home on April 25, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer.

According to her wishes, there are no visiting hours. A graveside service will be held Saturday, May 2 at 1:00 p.m. at Second Milo Cemetery, Rt. 14A, Penn Yan, NY.

She was born in Montour Falls, NY on November 13, 1940, the daughter of Margaret May Erle Mitchell and Kenneth Dewey Mitchell. She worked at Schuyler Hospital as a Linen Supervisor for 35 years. She loved her dogs and to do crafts.

She is survived by her daughters, Faith Madigan of Watkins Glen, Corinn (Michial) Miller of Van Etten, and Shawna Dillon of Watkins Glen; a sister, Joan Clark of Watkins Glen; grandchildren, Daryl Madigan, Michael Madigan, Caitline Dillon, Kayla Kress and Dustin Steves; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Michael Dillon; and her sons, Michael Madigan, Brent Dillon and Kenneth Dillon.

You may sign a guestbook online or light a candle in her memory at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Funeral arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: James A. Chaffee

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James A. Chaffee

Age 86, of Montour Falls, passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Schuyler Hospital.

He was born in Van Etten on October 29, 1928, the son of the late Glen and Jenny (Grover) Chaffee. Jim was employed with Cotton-Hanlon, Inc. for 38 years.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Gladys; his children, Ida Chaffee of Lodi, Stephanie Chaffee of Newfield, and James Chaffee of Watkins Glen; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Theodore Chaffee; a sister, Leatrice Makley, and a stepson, David Thomas.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa.

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

Obituary: Marian L. Boyce

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Marian Louise 'Dottie' (Morehouse) Boyce

Age 89, of Watkins Glen, was carried by the angels to Heaven on Sunday, April 19, 2015.

Marian was born on December 3, 1925, the daughter of the late Clifford and Marcella (Mathews) Morehouse. She was a 1943 graduate of Watkins Glen High School. She married her husband Frederick H. Boyce on February 16, 1946 and he predeceased her in 1984 after 38 years of marriage. Marian was also predeceased by her brother and sister-in-law; Clifford and Darlene Morehouse of Watkins Glen.

Her work career spanned many decades and included employment as a bank teller, office worker, and law secretary. Most of her life was spent working for Dr. Larry and Ruth Freeman at the American Life Foundation in Irelandville. She retired from Schuyler County Public Health and as the Dix Town Clerk. While in her 80s her career included work as internal claims auditor for the Watkins Glen School District, and as Town of Dix and Schuyler County Historian.

Marian and Fred raised their family in the small hamlet of Townsend. Her life was filled with volunteering. She was a Sunday school teacher, 4-H leader, and advocate for the Schuyler County Youth Fair. With her love for learning, she was proud to serve as a Watkins Glen School Board member.

Marian was a 75-year member of Townsend Grange #1208. She was essential in coordinating the members in the operation of a food concession stand at Watkins Glen International. She looked forward to organizing the annual Grange Halloween party to see the neighborhood children with their costumes. At the state Grange level, she served on committees and was a past NYS Grange Junior Deputy.

Her great knowledge of the Townsend area and Schuyler County led her to many years of volunteering at the Schuyler County Historical Society. We all enjoyed her many stories of how life was in her younger years growing up.

Most of all, her happiest times were spent with family. Birthday parties, graduations, weddings and summer picnics gave her the most joy. Marian was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother, sister, aunt, and dear friend to many. She will be greatly missed by her family and by all who knew her.

Marian is survived by her children, Donald (Jean) Boyce of Camden, ME, and Marcie (Raymond) Ergott, Patty (Michael) Bilinski, and Clifford (Nancy) Boyce, all of Watkins Glen; brother, Frank Morehouse of Watkins Glen; nine grandchildren, Stephanie (Stephen) Higgins of Ridgeland, SC, Pamela (Brian) Altemose of Rochester, NH, Donald (Brenda) Boyce Jr. of Lisle, James (Holly) Ergott of Corning, Robert (Lori) Ergott of Burrillville, RI, Heather (Jeremy Dawson) Bilinski of Beaver Dams, Matthew Boyce and Ryan Boyce of Fairport, and Molly Bilinski of Cortland; 16 great grandchildren, Sara and Seth Higgins, Ellen (Timothy) Spicer, Christian, Benjamin, Hannah, Andrew and Daniel Altemose, Jacob, Derick and Jessica Ergott, Christopher, Justin and Nicholas Lorello, Emma Ergott, and Madaline Bryerton; and two great-great grandsons, Cullen Thibodeau, and baby Quinn Spicer, due to arrive any day. She is also survived by special niece and nephews, Kenna (David) Sawdey, Blaine (Kathy) Morehouse, Bob Teed and Glenn (Andra) Boyce Sr., and by many other 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, April 24, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 11 a.m., followed by burial at Beaver Dams Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may send memorial donations in Marian’s name to the Schuyler County Historical Society, P.O. Box 651, Montour Falls, NY 14865 or the Watkins Glen Public Library, 610 South Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. You may view her memorial or light a “Candle of Remembrance” in "Obituaries" at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Ruth Dean Bush

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Ruth Dean Teeter-Hammond-Bush

Age 84, of Reynoldsville, passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls.

She was born on March 10, 1931 in Reynoldsville, the daughter of the late Paul and Reva (Landon) Dean, and attended Watkins Glen High School. She worked at Ceracchi Cable TV, NCR-Ithaca and Ithaco. She was a member of the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church and the Reynoldsville Community Club. Ruthie loved music and dancing, bowling and playing the organ.

She is survived by her daughters, Carol Waterman of Ithaca, Ginger Sears of Freeville, Luanne (Joseph) Collins of Ithaca and Barbara Bennett of Reynoldsville; sisters, Jane (Andy) Simmons of Interlaken and Nancy (Fay) Combs of Burdett; stepchildren, Melodie Hammond, Jon (MaryLee) Hammond and Lon (Anna) Hammond; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husbands, Richard D. Teeter, Mervin L. Hammond and Raymond G. Bush; grandson, Jason Bennett; sisters, Velma Teeter and Dora Bush; and son-in-law, Donnie Sears.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, April 21 from 1-2 p.m. at the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church, 5076 State Route 227, Burdett, NY. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m., with burial in Frear Memorial Park Cemetery in Ithaca.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Richard H. Jackson

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Richard H. Jackson

Age 59, of Sugar Hill Road, Watkins Glen, passed away on Monday, April 13, 2015 at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls.

He was born on January 15, 1956 in Montour Falls, the son of Charles and Edith Jackson. He was predeceased by his parents and his brothers, Kenneth Jackson and Russell Hill; and sister, Jean Ekenstam.

He is survived by sisters Patricia (Ray) Ameigh of Prattsburg and Judith (Bill) Rice of Bath; godson, David Scholtisek and his children, Rebecca and Elizabeth Scholtisek, and Theresa; also several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews.

Richard served in the U.S. Air Force. He worked as a cook at Seneca Lodge. He especially liked to hunt and fish.

According to his wishes there are no funeral services. You may light a “Candle of Remembrance” or express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Margaret (Peg) Berry

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Margaret (Peg) Elaine (Rudy) Berry

Age 71, died Friday, February 27, 2015 peacefully at home in Lexington, North Carolina.

Peg was born on July 3, 1943 to the late Melvin Rudy and Esther Daniels Rudy. Peg was a native of Watkins Glen, where she worked for many years at Shepard Niles. She enjoyed her grandchildren, great niece, hunting, crocheting and bingo.

She was predeceased by her husband, George Berry; both parents, Melvin and Esther Rudy; a sister, Patsy Murphy, and her grandparents Cora and Paul Daniels.

She is survived by a daughter, Laurie Grady (Eric) of Marathon, NY; sons Gerald (Vicky) Grady of Odessa, NY, Mathew (Gloria) Grady of Horseheads, and Stephen Grady of Lexington, NC; several stepbrothers and stepsisters, all of Akron, OH; eight grandchildren; two great grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Peg was a member of the Moose Auxiliary (Chapter #1401) of Montour Falls, and VFW Auxiliary (Post #2674) of Watkins Glen.

The family will have a memorial gathering at the Moose Auxiliary (Chapter #1401) in Montour Falls on Sunday, April 19 from 1-3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Schuyler County Youth Bureau, 105 Ninth Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

Obituary: Jim Whiting

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

Jim Whiting

Cartoonist Jim Whiting, 88, of Encinitas, CA, died on March 30, 2015, in Los Angeles, with his loving wife Bernita at his side. He had lived 15 years with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).

James Vincent Whiting was born in 1926 in Canton, PA to George and Grace Dann Whiting. He grew up in Watkins Glen, NY, illustrated the school newspaper, and was president of his high school junior and senior classes. He enlisted in the Navy in July, 1944. He married his high school sweetheart Bernita in Watkins Glen on November 20, 1945, studied cartooning at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and the Cartoonists and Illustrators School in New York City, then returned to Watkins Glen to build a successful career as a free-lance cartoonist, publishing in The Saturday Evening Post, Collier’s, Look magazine, and over 75 others, including syndicated panels Wee Women and Li’l Ones. Concurrently, beginning in 1956, he hosted local radio station WFLR’s “Morning Show” for 28 years. He was a friendly, familiar voice to generations of Finger Lakes residents beginning their day.

He and Bernita moved to North County San Diego in 1984 where, at age 58, he fell in love with tennis, which he enthusiastically played until age 86 with anyone, young or old, who could hold a racket! He rebooted his cartooning career in this new market, focusing on illustrations for books, manuals, corporate newsletters, advertisements and web sites, with a client list including The Value Shopper, National Home Center News, ComputerEdge and GrammerMechanics.com.

He loved making and keeping friends—in the community, in radio, among magicians, and especially in the cartooning profession—and he loved being involved in purposeful activity. He founded the Upstate Cartoonist League of America (UCLA) and the Southern California Cartoonists Society (SCCS). The latter group conducted the annual “Cartoonists Day” at the San Diego Blood Bank for many years—Jim himself gave over 10 gallons in his lifetime before CLL forced him into a supportive role. He was active in several business networking groups in San Diego County, serving as president of two. In 2005 Jim published a memoir titled Analecta: Selected Reflections of a Cartoonist's Life, not only an autobiography but also a tribute to the many people he knew and admired.

Jim often had a coin, a thimble and a handkerchief in his pocket, ready to produce an impromptu magic show for kids anywhere—in a waiting room, train station, park or picnic. Bringing a smile was his greatest joy. For 17 years in New York he visited Willard State Hospital every month to entertain the mentally ill with a humorous “chalk-talk” and magic show. And for many years in San Diego he tutored English reading for adults, and counted many of his students as friends. He was positive, warm, funny, encouraging and inclusive—a truly successful man—and he will be sorely missed.

Jim was preceded in death by his brothers Dann and Bill Whiting. He is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, Bernita Blanchard Whiting; their five children, Jim (Patricia) of Los Angeles, Donna (Harry) Orlyk of Salem, NY, John (Mary) of Odessa, NY, Andi (Frank) Osborne of Watkins Glen, NY, and David (Susan) of Hector, NY; eleven grandchildren, Jim (Julie) Whiting, Sarah (Masumi) Watanabe, Tessa (Ben) Hill, Josef, Rachel and Herron Orlyk, Jane Whiting, Michael Whiting (Sarah Hammond), Nicole Osborne, and Brenton Whiting and step-grandson Ryan Dougherty; three great grandchildren, Amanda and Matthew Whiting and Kaili James Whiting; sisters-in-law Ruth (Bill) Whiting of Homer, NY, Mila (Dann) Whiting of Watkins Glen, and Joan Blanchard Valent Schwei of Oceanside, CA; and nephews George, Ernest, Rock and Jody Whiting and Lori (Brian) Bedient.

A celebration of Jim’s life will be held in upstate New York this summer, after the snow melts. Location and time will be announced soon.

Obituary: Esther M. Lentz

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes, Deleware.

Esther M. Lentz

Age 90, of Lewes, Deleware and formerly of the Town of Hector, passed away on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes.

She was born on September 18, 1924 in Ridgway, PA, daughter of the late John William and Alma H. (Yonkie) Frederick.

She was the third of 11 children. She loved to tell stories of living on the farm with her family and helping her mother care for the younger siblings. Her father and uncles would hold barn dances for the family and neighbors living on German Settlement Road in Ridgway, PA. She recalled that her Uncle Reinholt would drive them to school and sometimes required them to have mules pull the bus through heavy snows just to leave their neighborhood and have to do it again to get them back home a few hours later. It was a hard life, but one she remembered fondly. Esther left school in the 11th grade to go to work to help her family during WWII.

Esther was married on September 16, 1967 to Marvin Gerald Lentz, of Austin PA, at the First Lutheran Church in Ridgway, PA

Following her retirement in 1982, Esther proudly pursued getting her GED to obtain her high school diploma equivalent.

She received many awards and recognition for her work as a volunteer after her retirement. She initially worked for the Office for the Aging in Montour Falls, NY, and later volunteered there, helping with aging programs. She also offered her time with volunteering at the Hector Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, the American Cancer Society and the local food bank.

Esther began working at the original location of Sylvania Electronics in 1941, located in Emporium, PA, during WWII. She made radio tubes for the war effort and later she made early television tubes as the technology was evolving. She was employed there for 41 years, until 1982, when Phillips Electronics bought control of the company and began downsizing. She was forced to retire at age 58. She decided to move from her home on Sizerville Road in Emporium, to Hector, NY and bought the property where her fraternal grandmother and uncles lived until their deaths and the property became available. She resided on Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes Region of NY on Peach Orchard Point Road for almost 30 years, maintaining the cherry orchard planted by her uncle for as long as possible. Many of the same people returned annually in early July for cherry picking season. She loved talking with them when they returned to see her each year.

As it became harder for her to live alone in New York, she moved to Fox Manor senior apartments in Kersey, PA in 2013 to live near her sister, Katherine. She stayed less than a year, relocating to Rehoboth Beach in October 2013, to Brandywine Seaside Assisted Living in Rehoboth Beach, to be closer to her daughter and family in Delaware.

Esther fully enjoyed her retirement years. She loved to travel and would spend several months in Florida with her sister, Hazel, each year in the 1990s, and traveled to New Mexico several times with her sister, Marion, to visit her niece. She was not afraid to drive herself from NY to PA or MD to visit family over the years. She made her last big trip to Alaska with her family in 2004 for her 80th birthday!

Her greatest passion was gardening. She loved her flower gardens and was always looking to add new plants to her collection each year. She welcomed the earliest crocus and daffodil and mourned the last blooms of her asters and annuals. Esther discovered a talent for drawing and painting once she had time to take some art classes. She painted several pictures from photographs for herself and family. For many years she made ceramics, a hobby she rekindled while at Brandywine. She was a wonderful baker and enjoyed making Christmas cookies each year. She took cake decorating classes and made specialty cakes for many of her family’s birthdays for many years. She will be remembered fondly for her needlework crafts. She loved to crochet, quilt and embroider. She always had an ongoing project (or ten) in her sewing basket or tucked away for tomorrow. Many of her quilts, afghans and pillowcases will be remembered by her family for years to come. She was proud of her work and would often tell people “I made that” when they asked about her quilts in her apartment at Brandywine.

Esther was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Ridgway, PA until her move to New York. She was most recently a member of the Hector Presbyterian Church.

In addition to her parents, Esther was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Lentz, on December 23, 1975; a grandson, Ronald William Hostetlar, on March 16, 2010; her brothers Richard Frederick and Clarence Frederick (and Clarence's wife Frances); her sisters Marion Frederick Salvatore (and her husband Joseph Salvatore), Shirley Frederick Rhines (and her husband James Rhines), and Alice Frederick Lang (and her husband William Lang); and three brothers in-law, Herman Taylor, Millard Williams and Robert Kline.

Esther is survived by her two daughters, Terri Frederick Rumble (and husband Warren) of Lewes, DE and Donna Lentz Hostetlar (and husband Ronald) of Austin, PA; six grandchildren, Warren Frederick (Rick) Rumble of Lewes, Adrienne Rumble of Bethesda, MD, Elizabeth Rumble Sargent and her husband Nicholas of Clarksburg, MD, Matthew Hostetlar and his wife Dianne of Virginia Beach, VA, Scott Hostetlar and his wife Tracy of Austin, PA, and Amanda Hostetlar Crumrine and her husband Scott of Austin, PA; eight great grandchildren, Jonathan and Derek Hostetlar of Virginia Beach, VA, Dakota, Brandon, Kellie Jo and Kyler of Austin, PA, and Bennett and William of Clarksburg, MD; five sisters, Hazel Frederick Taylor of St. Marys, PA, Grace Frederick Williams of Emporium, PA, Katherine Frederick Kline of Kersey, PA, Doris Frederick Haag and her husband Raymond of Punxsutawney, PA, and Marjorie Frederick Rhines and her husband Jack of North Ft. Myers, FL; a sister-in-law, Cathy Frederick of Hector, NY; and many nieces, nephews and cousins .

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, May 1at 11 a.m. at the Austin United Methodist Church, 26 Turner Avenue, Austin, PA 16720.

Arrangements are by the Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes, Deleware

You can visit Esther's Life Memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.

Obituary: Frederick Isengard

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

Frederick Isengard

Age 78, of Burdett, NY, passed away April 1, 2015 at home after an extended illness.

Fred was born in Auburn, NY, the son of William and Helen Isengard. He honorably served for five years in the National Guard and worked as a professional truck driver for the Teamsters Local #317 of Syracuse. Fred was a longtime member of the Ithaca and Montour Falls Moose Lodges.

He was predeceased by his parents; daughter, Patricia; infant daughter, Bobbi Lynn Snyder; son-in-law, Joe Ameigh; and great-grandson, Lucas Preble.

He is survived by children, Walter (Judy) Isengard, William (Janet) Isengard, Dana Isengard, Hank Isengard, Melanie (Greg) Shepard, Roseanne Stott, and Kathy Yancey; a sister, Mary Hunt; 11 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren, and several cousins.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Ithaca Moose Lodge, 367 Elmira Road, Ithaca, NY on Saturday, April 11, starting at 3:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Care First, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14870 (CareFirstNY.org). You may view his memorial or light a “Candle of Remembrance” in "Obituaries" at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Margaret Rousseau

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

Margaret “Maggie” Rousseau

Age 82, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Schuyler Hospital.

Margaret was born on June 11, 1932 in New York City. She resided in Wassaic Developmental Center for 51 years, then in Monroe Developmental Center for five years before making her home in Watkins Glen, where she was loved and cared for by staff from The Arc of Schuyler.

Margaret is survived by her family, friends and volunteers of The Arc of Schuyler, including special friend and advocate Barbara Specchio.

People will miss her “bear hugs” and sweet smile. She enjoyed music, shopping, socializing, and had an extensive scarf collection.

Friends are invited to call at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Wednesday, April 8, from 10-11 a.m. A celebration of Margaret’s life will be held at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery and a reception at The Arc of Schuyler, 210 Twelfth St., Watkins Glen.

Memorial contributions in Margaret’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 her memory online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Michael Earl Kautz

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

Michael Earl Kautz

Age 65, of Burdett, NY, died on Monday, March 30, 2015 in Rochester, NY after a brief illness.

Mike was born in Sandusky, Ohio on November 1, 1949 (“All Saints Day!” he’d remind you), the son of Howard and Iris Kautz. He was raised on his family’s Ohio produce farm and paid his way through Ohio State University picking sweet corn. He was a proud member of Alpha Zeta; competed on the university’s livestock and horse judging teams, and graduated with a B.S. in Animal Science.

After graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army to serve his country, and after his honorable discharge, he attained his M.S. in Animal Science at the University of Connecticut, where he also coached numerous livestock judging teams.

He married Gail Tucker in 1979, and they began dairy farming in New York, milking cows at their Burdett farm for over 35 years. Mike loved sunny-and-seventy-degree days, being outdoors, the smell of freshly-turned soil, and oak trees. He loved reading, sports, and the OSU Buckeyes…but his favorite thing of all was visiting with his five children who survive him…Jeff, Tucker, Jill, Todd, and Matthew. They were truly the lights of his life. Mike is also survived by many out-of-state family members; he was especially close to brothers Dan and Lee.

In accordance with his wishes, he will be buried at Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Romulus. There will be no calling hours or formal service.

Mike’s family greatly appreciates the many kindnesses of friends and neighbors as they struggled through this dark, relentless winter.

“Will it come like this, the moment of my death? Will you open a door upon the great forest and set my feet upon a ladder under the moon, and take me out among the stars?” –Thomas Merton

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home in Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: James B. Monroe

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

James B. Monroe

Age 82, of Cayuta, passed away on Friday, March 27, 2015 at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Copenhagen, NY on May 11, 1932, the son of the late Leon and Hilda (Cota) Monroe, and graduated from Adams Center High School in 1951. He married the former Sandra Wright on October 16, 1978 at Montour Falls United Methodist Church.

Jim worked as meat manager for Acme Markets in Watkins Glen, retiring in 1994. He was also a dairy farmer for many years. Each day, Jim and his wife Sandy enjoyed having coffee with their friends Terry and Kathy Gardner. He loved his dog Sweet Pea and his cat Miss Kitty.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 36 years, Sandra; his children, Julia (Charles) Ferry of Constantia, Janice (Timothy) Collins of Cayuta, James (Toni) Monroe of Cayuta, Jeffrey (Cynthia) Monroe of Elmira, and Jason (Mary) Monroe of Trumansburg; brother, Frank (Jean) Monroe of Watertown; special brother, John Dixon of Naples, NC; sister-in-law, Nadine Monroe of Syracuse; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a brother, Leon Monroe, in 1997; step granddaughter Kaylah Morse in 2010; and a great granddaughter, Ava Marie Collins, in 2008.

Relatives and friends are invited to join the family for a celebration of Jim’s life on Thursday, April 2 from 1-5 p.m. at the home of Janice and Timothy Collins, 5875 Meadow Lane, Cayuta. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery at a later date.

Contributions may be made in his memory to CareFirst. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance”, please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

The Monroe family would like to give special thanks to the Falck Cancer Center, CareFirst and Dr. Blanche Borzell for the care and compassion given to Jim during his illness.

Obituary: John Coolbaugh

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

John Coolbaugh

Age 73, of Tucson, Arizona, formerly of Montour Falls and Dundee, NY, died Feb. 27, 2015.

He is survived by his wife, Connie Coolbaugh; brothers George Emery of Watkins Glen, NY and Eugene Emery of Rome, NY; stepdaughter Pam Thessen of Tucson; stepdaughter-in-law Bobbie Rockwood of Tucson; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a grandmother, Anna Fultz of Dundee; his mother, Dorothy Emery and stepfather, George Emery, Sr. of Montour Falls; and a sister, Carolyn Emery of Montour Falls.

John will truly be missed by all. He operated John Coolbaugh's Tax Services for many years in Tucson.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 28 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Tucson.

Obituary: John E. 'Cowboy' Schubmehl

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

John E. "Cowboy" Schubmehl

Age 65, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at Corning Hospital.

Cowboy was born June 24, 1949 in Wayland, a son of Glenn & Ruth (Lander) Schubmehl. He was a U.S. Marine veteran of the Vietnam War, serving from 1968 to 1974. He was a former sandblaster for TTA in Hornell.

Cowboy was a past member of the Theodore Van Tassel American Legion Post # 402 in Wayland. He enjoyed collecting automobiles, especially his 1965 Ford Mustang; and he was a Harley Davidson fan, but most of all he loved spending time with his family and friends.

Cowboy is survived by his children, Jesse (Keri) Schubmehl and Lindsay (Jeremy) Kastenhuber; six grandchildren, Isaac, Lucas, Lydia, Aubrie, Kaylee and Thea; two sisters, Donna (Kevin) Ayers and Carol Coots; an aunt and uncle, Doris and Raymond Alger; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and his cats, Smokey and Nugget.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Chamberlin-Baird Funeral Home, 73 Main St., Dansville, where funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by a burial with full military honors at the Village Cemetery in Wayland.

Contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project or the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be directed to the family at www.bairdfuneralhomes.com

Obituary: Pauline Fazzary

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

Pauline Fazzary

Pauline Fazzary of Watkins Glen passed away in Homossasa, Florida on March 5, 2015.

She was predeceased by her loving husband of 62 years, Frank, and a son, Stewart. She is survived by sons Charles Morrow, Phillip Morrow (Karla), Mark Fazzary, and Morgan Fazzary (Sue); a daughter, Linda Fazzary; grandchild Lorna McGonigal Schott; and great granddaughter Zora McGonigal Schott.

She was a good mother with many hobbies like horseback riding, bicycling, cross country skiing, hiking, square dancing, and train collecting, as well as being a good cook and seamstress. She loved to decorate the whole house at Christmas and Halloween. Through her many hobbies she gave her children great experiences. Her friends all thought she was quite a prankster and the life of the party.She was also a telephone operator in Watkins Glen.

She was a "special" person who will live forever in our hearts, thoughts, and wonderful memories. She was the "sunshine" in all our lives. We will never forget the fun, the laughter and the good times. Thank you, Pauline, for the wonderful memories that will live with us forever.

Obituary: Marjorie F. Brink

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

Marjorie F. Brink

Age 84, of Horseheads, NY, passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon, March 21, 2015 surrounded by her loving family.

Marjorie was born September 17, 1930 in Odessa, NY, daughter of the late Arthur and Dorothy Flatt. She worked as a secretary for over 30 years at Westinghouse and ISTC. She was a wonderfully loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister.

She was predeceased by her loving husband, Robert Brink; sister Barbara Flatt, and brother-in-law Donald Riley. Survivors include her loving son, Michael (Lorie) Brink of Elmira, NY, and their children, Olivia and Michael; daughter, Kathleen Brink of Horseheads, NY, and her children, Michele (Chad) Denson, Rachel, and Eliana; a great granddaughter, Madalynn; brother, Donald (June) Flatt; sister, Beverly Riley; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will welcome relatives and friends to Oakwood United Methodist Church, 212 Oakwood Ave., Elmira Heights, NY, on Thursday, March 26 from 3-5 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 5:30 p.m. with Rev. Fred Dyer. Marjorie will be laid to rest alongside her husband in Laurel Hill Cemetery on Friday, March 27 at 11 a.m.

Marjorie was a member of the Oakwood United Methodist Church for over 50 years. In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests that memorials be made in Marjorie’s name to the Oakwood United Methodist Church. The family would also like to extend a special thank you to Candy Kirkwood for her loving support and kindness.

Condolences and words of comfort may be expressed in Marjorie’s Book of Memories at www.sullivansfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Denis J. Lacey

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.

Denis J. Lacey

Age 67, passed away at Geneva General Hospital on Tuesday, March 17, 2015.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Denis’s Life on Sunday, March 22 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, 201 E. Elm St., Penn Yan, NY.

Denis was born in Gourock, Scotland on December 11, 1947. He emigrated with his family to Wawa, Canada when he was 11 years old. After graduating from high school, Denis married and had his first two children, Neal and Erin. Later in life, Denis met his wife Karen while on vacation in Barbados. It was love at first sight and Karen and Denis were married a few months later. They had two children, Caitlin and Kyle.

Denis loved to travel and made friends everywhere he went, even if they didn’t speak the same language. No one remained a stranger as Denis had the ability to chat with anyone about anything whether risqué, politically correct or not. His fun and laughter brought people together whether they were young or old. His work as an employee of Canadian Airlines and later work as a corporate Travel Agent allowed him and his family to travel to many distant places over the years. Denis lived a full adventurous life and had an overwhelming amount of stories that his family will forever cherish in his memory.

Denis was also a volunteer at Ontario-Yates Hospice; this allowed him to pass his jokes, laughter and stories to many in the local community. His outgoing personality, generosity, outlandish sense of humor and ability to make one smile will be greatly missed by his family, friends and community.

One of Denis’s greatest accomplishments in life are his four children and his granddaughter Fiamma, all of whom he adored.

Denis was always the life of the party. Although born in Scotland, both Denis’s parents were born in Ireland and, fittingly, he passed to his next destination on St. Patrick’s Day. Denis’s family and friends will forever celebrate his life and treasure the memories they have made with him.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Karen Anne (Matthews) Lacey; son, Neal (Melanie) of Sault Ste. Marie, Canada; daughter, Erin (Massimiliano) Landi and their daughter, Fiamma, of Toronto, Canada; daughter, Caitlin Lacey of Ithaca, NY, and son, Kyle Lacey of Penn Yan, NY; sisters, Catherine (Brian) Fisher of Kanata, Canada, and Noreen (Heinz) Fellinger of Wawa, Canada; and brother-in-law, Michael Laude of Hanmer, Canada. Denis was predeceased by his parents, James and Jeanette Lacey; brother, Jim Lacey; and sister, Sharon (Lacey) Laude.

Family and friends may sign the guestbook at www.townsendwoodfuneralchapel.com

Obituary: Patricia Irish Horan

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

Patricia Irish Horan

Patricia Irish Horan, lifelong caregiver and nurse, beloved wife, super mom, and to many, an angel among us, left this life behind in North Port, Florida at 3pm on March 9, 2015 to reconnect with her true essence. Pat (or Patty) had been battling cancer for almost 3 years and although the disease appeared to be in remission from late 2013 through late 2014, cancer returned with a vengeance in October. She fought with all her strength to beat the disease, but ultimately her body gave up while her spirit moved on.

Pat was surrounded by family and friends as she peacefully passed to her true home. It was a warm, sunny afternoon with birds singing and a breeze blowing through the room, her favorite music playing softly in the background, and those who loved her quietly talking to her as she said “goodbye for now.” Patty left us much too early and we all miss her more than most can imagine. Her three sisters, her three children, her stepdaughter Lisa and husband Rob, her two dear friends, Maddy and Kathy, and her loving husband held her spirit as she rejoined her loved ones who went before her.

Pat was born on June 18, 1947 in Elmira, New York to Jack and Mina Irish of Watkins Glen, NY. Pat’s parents, as well as her grandparents, Leonard and Lu Irish and Ralph and Mary Curry, predeceased her.

Pat was a 1965 graduate of Watkins Glen Central School and in 1968 she graduated from the Arnot Ogden School of Nursing in Elmira, NY. She also earned a bachelors degree in nursing from the University of New Hampshire.

Pat is survived by her husband Ernie, daughter Melissa McKee and her husband Matt and their children Emily and Adeline; son Jonathan Danchik and his wife Sonya and their children Tydus and Percy; and son Todd Danchik and his wife Denee and their children Kyle and Scott. Pat is also survived by sisters Nancy Piccolino and her husband Joe; Diane McCawley and her husband Dave, and Janet Valent and her husband Oscar. Also surviving are stepchildren Lisa Williams and her husband Rob; and Shannon Hillman and her husband Jason and their children Hailey and Ryan. Pat also leaves many loving nieces and nephews. And last but definitely not least, she leaves behind her cherished golden retriever, Murphy. We all feel blessed to have been granted the time we had with her here on earth, even though the time was far too short.

Celebrations of Pat’s beautiful life will be held in Maine and upstate New York this summer. Locations and times will be announced soon.

All who know Pat well love her unconditionally, the way she loves them. We miss her terribly.

Obituary: Helen Huey

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

Helen Huey

Age 95, of Watkins Glen, passed away March 7, 2015 at the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls.

The family will receive visitors at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Tuesday, March 10, from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 6 p.m.. Burial at Lakeview Cemetery will be held at a later date.

Helen was born in Watkins Glen on June 8, 1919, the daughter of Leonard and Veronica Knapp. She graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1938 and married William B. Huey on March 27, 1948. She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years in 2006 and by a daughter, Joan E. Huey, in 1986.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Lee and Sheila Huey; and daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Luke Leszyk; four grandchildren, Stephanie (Richard) Logana, Cassandra (Austin) Leach, Benjamin (Amanda) Huey, and Sarah Huey; and a great grandson, Atticus Leach.

Memorial donations may be directed to the Family of Friends Campaign, c/o Schuyler Health Foundation, Montour Falls, NY 14865 or your charity of choice.

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

Obituary: Helen Jean Darling

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

Helen Jean 'Deanie' Darling

Age 93, passed away on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY.

Helen Jean Couch was born in Ithaca, NY on October 22, 1921, the daughter of the late Harvey Joel Couch and Helen (Hubbell) Couch. Deanie attended Odessa Central School and then went on to graduate from Cornell University in 1944 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Microbiology. In October 1944 she joined the U.S. Navy and was a Pharmacist’s Mate, second class at St. Albans Hospital in Bronx, NY, where she cared for the returning war wounded. After she married and had children, she worked in the laboratory of Schuyler Hospital and then retired from the laboratory at Arnot Ogden Memorial Hospital in 1993.

Deanie enjoyed swimming in Seneca Lake and had a Hobie Cat sailboat called “The Blue Ghost” which sailed itself across the lake one stormy night in July 1984. She liked sewing, knitting, bird watching, traveling and playing cards. She drove for Schuyler County RSVP and read for children at Reading Buddies in the Watkins Glen School. Deanie spent many happy hours singing in the Harmony Falls group out of Trumansburg, and she attended many functions with the Red Hat Society. She took comfort in caring for her many cats.

She is survived by her sons, Thomas Stanley Darling (Lillian) of Spencer, NY, John Henry Darling (Francine) of Mecklenburg, NY, and Anne Louise Darling Hull (Timothy) of Candor, NY. Also surviving are four granddaughters, Alexis, Ashley, Emily and Abbey, and four great granddaughters, Evelyn, Charlise, Joelle and Gabrielle. She is also survived by a favorite niece, Chari Herendeen Krenis (Joel), her cousin Mary Coyle, and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her sisters, Jane, Mary Louise and Chari; the father of her children Stanley M. Darling; and her son, Martin Joel Darling.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held in the spring at Highland Cemetery, Odessa, NY, where her ashes will be interred at the Couch Family Plot.

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

Obituary: William D. Cross

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

William D. Cross

Age 64, of Alpine, NY passed away unexpectedly at home on February 24, 2015.

He is survived by longtime companion and significant other of 22 years, Judy Allen; parents, Warren and Barbara Cross of Montour Falls, NY; sons, Chad Cross (Jackie Honsberger) of Millport and Zachary Cross of Watkins Glen, NY; daughter Katrina Cross (Sean Kaczynski) of Williamsport, PA; brothers and sister, Robert Cross of Florida, Marius (Debbie) Cross of North Carolina, Barbara Cross Havens (David) of Florida, Greg Cross of Brooklyn, David (Elizabeth) Cross of Ohio, and Albert Cross of Watkins Glen; three grandchildren, Zane and Axel Cross, and Julia Cross Kaczynski; co-grandparent Sharon Cross; uncle and aunt, Al and Jean Baker of Horseheads, NY; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Bill graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1968 and joined the U.S. Navy. After the Navy, he worked for Thatcher Glass, where he obtained his Journeyman's mold maker card. He later worked for Schuyler Dynamics as a machinist. He was currently employed at Anchor Glass Container in Elmira Heights in the mold shop.

Bill was a proud member of the United Steelworkers Union and participated as a union representative for many years. He enjoyed spending as much time as possible with his family, especially his grandchildren. A favorite pastime of his was riding his Harley motorcycle. Bill also enjoyed watching and collecting movies. He will be greatly missed!

Memorial services will be announced at a later date. You may express condolences to the family or light a “Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Marjorie Mae Hall

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

Marjorie Mae Hall

Age 97, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on February 24, 2015 at Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls, NY.

She was born on March 19, 1917, the daughter of Frederick and Ida Gere.

Marjorie was predeceased by her husband, Tracy, and sons, Bruce and Dick Hall. She is survived by a daughter, Anne (Fred Lyon) Stratton; grandchildren, Rick (Grace) Stratton, Katherine Jack, David (Alyce) Stratton, Kim (Brian) Hurley, Tim, Mike and Kelly Hall, Danielle (Dan) Enevoldsen, Eric (Kristin) Hall, and Jaime Heath; daughter-in-law, Joanne Hall; sister-in-law, Esther Hall; great-grandchildren, Shane Adams, Brianna Hurley, Ryan Rachel, Ross Hall, Kaelyn and Emily Mae Hall, Dixon Enevoldsen, and Damon Morgan; and several nieces and nephews.

A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Obituary: Alford D. Johnson

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

Alford D. Johnson

Age 78, of Burdett, New York passed away on Friday, February 27, 2015 at Cayuga Medical Center.

He was born on November 23, 1936 in Florence, Arizona, the son of Charley and Myrtle (Smith) Johnson. He attended school in Santa Paula, California. Alford served two tours of duty with the 1st Marine Division in Vietnam and retired as Master Chief Petty Officer with the U.S. Navy.

He married his wife of 54 years, Jean, on October 6, 1961 in St. Peter’s Church in Lemoore, California. Alford worked as a pharmacist at Schuyler Hospital and Cayuga Medical Center for many years. He enjoyed fishing, football, NASCAR and mowing his lawn.

He is survived by his wife Jean; daughters, LaDonna (Karl) Brenzo of Horseheads and Patricia (William) Edkin of Elmira; sons, John (Eliana) Johnson of Buffalo, Joseph Johnson of Queen City, Texas, and Andrew Johnson of Cortland; sisters, Carol and Betty; 19 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, March 3 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. Graveside services with full military honors will be held in the spring at Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Romulus.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Margaret (Ayers) Mack

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

Margaret (Ayers) Mack

Age 58, of Montour Falls, passed away on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center.

She was born in Montour Falls on April 29, 1956, the daughter of Harold and Marian (Tice) Ayers, Sr., and graduated from Watkins Glen High School. On July 2, 1977, she married Francis Mack at the Watkins Glen United Methodist Church.

Margaret loved being a mother and grandmother. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, crocheting, quilting, spending time with family and friends, and helping others.

She was predeceased by her father, Harold Ayers. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Francis; daughter, Kristen Mack of Painted Post; son, Mark (Stephanie) Mack of Millport; her mother, Marian Ayers of Reading Center; three sisters, Ruth Ann Mustafa and Loretta Ayers of Watkins Glen and Lorraine Mothershed of Elmira; brother, Harold Ayers of Watkins Glen; two grandchildren, Athen and Tagen; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, March 3 from 3-4 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A service will follow at 4:00 p.m. Burial will be in the spring at Pleasant View Cemetery in Reading Center.

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

Obituary: Pauline M. Bradley

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

Pauline M. Bradley

Age 93, formerly of Rock Stream, NY and Village Square Apartments in Painted Post, NY, passed away Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing in Montour Falls, NY.

Pauline was born on October 16, 1921 in Sayre, PA, the daughter of the late Harry and Leona (Vanstoran) Lendrum. Pauline was a member of the Rock Stream Presbyterian Church and a Ladies Aid for the church for over 60 years. She attended Bible studies and enjoyed ice cream socials, dish pass nights, shopping, and most of all enjoyed reading Amish books.

In addition to her parents, Pauline was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Ted H. Bradley, on November 14, 2007; brother, Edward Lendrum; half brother, John Dieffenbach; and special sister-in-law, Shirley Roblyer, who she thought of as a sister.

Pauline is survived by her children, Richard (Ann) Bradley of Rock Stream and Barbara (Frederick) Siebert of Corning; grandchildren, Tim Abbey of Columbus, Mississippi, Kimberly (Doug) White of Great Falls, VA, Scott (Tammy) Bradley of Montour Falls and Diana (Randy) Hill of Lindley; eight great grandchildren; two great great granddaughters; stepbrothers, Robert (Gretchen) and Richard (Elsa) Lendrum; brother-in-law, Robert (Carol) Bradley; sisters in law, Mildred, Sabella, and Edie Bradley; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends and family may call from 12 noon to 2 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2015 at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen, NY, where her funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. Interment will be at Lakeview Cemetery, Watkins Glen.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Friends and family may sign the guestbook at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Walter B. Croft, Sr.

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

Walter B. Croft, Sr.

Age 74, of Montour Falls, New York, passed away on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at Cayuga Medical Center.

He was born in Montour Falls on January 30, 1941, the son of the late Clifford and Marie Crandall Croft, and attended Odessa-Montour Schools. Walter retired from the New York State Department of Transportation and was a lifetime member of the Mechanics Club.

He was predeceased by his wife, Gail Croft, and two sisters, Shirley Croft and Connie Caslin. Walter is survived by his children, Melanie Croft of Elmira, Walter B. Croft, Jr. of Montour Falls, Marlene Croft (Ralph Stoothoff) of Montour Falls, and William (Mary) Croft of Alpine; brothers, Richard Croft of Odessa and Clifford Croft of Montour Falls; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, February 25 from 2-4 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A reception will be held immediately after at the Mechanics Club in Montour Falls. Graveside services will be held at Laurel Hill Cemetery in the spring at the convenience of the family.

Contributions may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Robert D. 'Pete' Simpson, Sr.

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

Robert D. “Pete” Simpson, Sr.

Age 68, of Bennettsburg, NY, went to be with his Lord in Heaven on Feb. 16, 2015.

The family will receive visitors at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Friday, Feb. 20 from 2 p.m.-5 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 5 p.m. at the funeral home and a reception at the Reynolds United Methodist Church.

He is survived by wife, Denise; daughter Deborah (Craig); son Robert Jr.; stepdaughters, Kelly and Kari and Star; brothers, Frank and Ron (Caroline); sister, Bev (Ron) Cervoni; half brother, Harry (Tina) Smith; stepbrothers, George (Bernice) Smith, Kirk (Linda) Smith and Ricky Smith; grandchildren, Mitch, Micaela, Gwendolyn, Tiana and Dezaray; stepgrandchildren, Ryan, Logan, Hunter and Jackson; and nieces and nephews, Amy (Pat) Liddle, Jeannette (Shawn) Gilbert, Vicky and Anthony Simpson, and Walker Smith. He was predeceased by his father, Frank Simpson; mother, Alberta Smith; brother, Donald Simpson, and nephews, Jeff and Jason Cervoni.

Pete proudly served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He continued his service to veterans, volunteering to drive them to numerous medical appointments. He also frequently served as an honor guard at veterans' funeral services. He was lovingly known as “The Mayor of Bennettsburg.”

He was a member of the American Legion Post 676 of Odessa. Pete loved to hunt with the boys, watch NASCAR and follow his granddaughter Micaela in sports. He also loved taking his grandson Jackson to Scouts, fishing and teaching him about everything.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Legion Post 676 , PO Box 137, Odessa, NY 14869; or the Reynolds United Methodist Church, 5099 Route 227, Burdett, NY 14818. You may sign a guestbook or express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Henrietta Eunice Crouch

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

Henrietta Eunice (Filippetti) Crouch

Age 100, was born on November 17, 1914, and peacefully passed away surrounded by her loving family on February 15, 2015.

She was the daughter of the late Thomas Filippetti and Christina (Martine) Filippetti. Henrietta was predeceased by her husband, Herschel Crouch; brothers Ernest Filippetti, Joseph Filippetti (Doris), and Thomas Filippetti (Marilyn); and sisters Loretta VanHorn (Paul) and Mary Vickio (Louis Sr.).

She is survived by sisters Rachel Vickio (Nicholas), Gloria Menio (Edward Sr.), and Teresa Cope (Ken); son Calvin Crouch (Nancy); two loving granddaughters, Jessica Duvall and Antoinette Crouch; numerous nephews and nieces who were all like sons and daughters to her; and several great grandchildren, great nieces, and great nephews.

Henrietta sang in the church choir for many years with some of her siblings; their beautiful voices echoed throughout the valley. She proudly worked at the Eclipse Machine Company in Elmira during WWII to help manufacture bomb fuses in support of the war effort. She was a faithful employee of Montour Pharmacy, where she retired in 1980.

Henrietta often shared stories about her wonderful life with her parents and siblings on the family farm. Soon after the war was over, she married Herschel Crouch and together they settled on “Filippetti Hill” outside of Watkins Glen, NY. Henrietta was affectionately known as “Lega” to family members and close friends. Lega always had a smile; her grace and warm personality were contagious to all who were fortunate enough to have her in their life. She lived life to the fullest and was “a giant in a small package.”

Lega enjoyed fishing, camping and visiting with others. Her true passion was cooking and knowing that her meals would satisfy so many. Lega’s culinary legacy will live on through her cherished recipes that have been handed down to her loving family. She was the host of all family gatherings, and her home was always filled with talk and laughter. Henrietta will be missed on this earth but greeted in heaven with open arms. She will surely live on in the hearts and souls of those who knew her.

Henrietta was a member of Saint Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen. Calling hours celebrating her life will be held at Saint Mary’s on February 21 from 10 a.m.-12 noon in the link, followed by a Mass at noon.

Donations may be made to Catholic Charities, 607 Franklin St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 and/or Seneca View Skilled Nursing, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865. Friends and family may sign the guestbook at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Richard Campbell

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

Richard "Rick" Campbell

My father, Richard “Rick” Campbell, aged 60 years, has left the world of the living to walk hand in hand with the Ancient Ones and those who passed before him.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Laurie Campbell; his daughter Sheila Campbell Hess and her husband Patrick and their children, Angela, Lauren and Robert; his son, Robert Campbell and his wife Jodi and children Rosie and Laurel; his siblings, Albert, Sally and Linda; and several dear friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Milton and Marian Campbell.

He was a loving man. He was a real friend to those who were true to him. He was called a lot of things by a lot of people, but his favorite was “Brutally Honest”. He would always tell you like it was or at least the way he saw it anyway. He always had a joke or a story to tell.

In the last few years of his life he found great pleasure in being part of a band. Thank you, Steve Filipetti and Steve Grimes, you became like brothers to him. He loved you both very much.

Per his request there will be no services. He wanted a big party where his family and friends could celebrate his life. We did that before the weather got cold and he was healthy enough to enjoy it too. We wish him growth and enlightenment through his new journey. Dad, we will love and miss you forever and ever. As Above So Below.

Memorial gifts may be made to Care First Hospice, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post NY 14870. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Norman J. Underdown

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

Norman J. Underdown

Age 88, of Odessa, NY passed away on Monday, February 9, 2015.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; three sons, Jon Underdown, Dwight Underdown and Sherwood Underdown; grandchildren, Tricia Underdown-Post (Stephen Post, Jr.), Casey Underdown, Evan Underdown, Alexandria Underdown and Jesse Underdown; great grandchildren, Cameren and Grace Underdown, and Anna and Abigail Post; and sister, Marie Daniel of Butte, Montana.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, February 22 from 2-4 p.m. at the Odessa United Methodist Church, 305 Church St., Odessa. A service will follow at 4 p.m. Burial with full military honors will be held at Laurel Hill Cemetery in the spring at a date and time to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Odessa United Methodist Church, 305 Church St., Odessa, NY 14869, or the Odessa American Legion Post #676, P.O. Box 137, Odessa, NY 14869. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Frank DeSarno, Jr.

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

Frank DeSarno, Jr.

Age 84, of Watkins Glen, passed away at the age of 84 at Schuyler Hospital on February 9, 2015 after a courageous 6½-year battle with cancer.

Frank honorably served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He founded DeSarno’s Body Shop 58 years ago, which became a three-generation shop. His son, Frank III, now owns and operates the business. Frank possessed a strong work ethic which he imparted to his family.

He was a sought after dance partner and avid gardener. He was inducted into the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Driver’s Walk of Fame in 2003. He was Grand Marshal of the Italian-American Festival parade in 2009. He was a member of the Elks for 55 years. He was a man’s man. There was no pretense about Frank. He had a smile for every guy and two for every girl.

Frank is survived by his beloved wife Joyce, of 48 years; son, Frank III “J.R.”; daughters, Cynthia Eichelman, Frances Gransbury, Tracy Deleon, and Robin (Jack) Bloise; grandchildren, Julie (Alex) Kelly, John Matthew, Gabrielle and Olivia Bloise; great-granddaughter, Aria Kelly; and sisters, Catherine McRorie and Rachael Butler. He was predeceased by his parents, Frank Sr. and Felice DeSarno; three brothers, Bill, Sam and Dominic; and the loss of his grandson, Frank DeSarno IV in 2013, was devastating.

The family will receive visitors at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.; followed by an Elks Service and Memorial Service at the funeral home at 4:00 p.m. You may sign a guestbook or express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Doris H. Schroeder

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

Doris H. Schroeder

Age 72, of Burdett and formerly of Rochester, NY, passed away in the comfort of her home on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

The family will receive visitors at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Tuesday, Feb. 10 from 4-6 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen.

She is survived by her loving and faithful husband of 54 years, LeRoy Schroeder; daughters, Debra (Daniel) Stella of Farmington, NY, and Sandra Schroeder (Daniel Hunt) of Chili, NY; brother and sister-in-law, Philip (Dorothy) Martell of Greece, NY; brothers-in-law, Paul (Diane) Schroeder and Rudolph (Faye) Schroeder, all of Perryville, MO; and three grandchildren, Ryan Schroeder, Eric Hunt-Schroeder, and Sara Stella. She was predeceased by her son, Michael Schroeder.

Doris was a communicant of the Church of the Holy Ghost in Rochester and St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen.

Memorial donations may be made to Care First Hospice, 11751 E. Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830; Arc of Schuyler, 203 12th St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891, or a charity of one’s choice. You may sign a guestbook or express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Donald Charles Cartmell, Sr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce