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Obituary: Gordon A. Bauman

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

Gordon Albert Bauman

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary: Randy H. Deal

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

Randy H. Deal

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary: Michael Richard Donnell Sr.

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

Michael Richard Donnell Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary: Gary M. Palmer

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

Gary M. Palmer

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary: Ruth J. Collins

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

Ruth J. Collins

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary: Cora Cornish

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

Cora Cornish

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary: Archie L. Mack

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

Archie L. Mack

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

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

Obituary: Mary M. Beligotti

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

Mary M. Beligotti

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

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

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

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

Obituary: Matthew L. Welton

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

Matthew L. Welton

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary: Robert E. Collins

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

Robert E. "Bob" Collins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cayuta Free Church, 1100 Conkrite Rd., Cayuta, NY 14824. Arrangements are being handled by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Maryann Haselman

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

Maryann Haselman

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary: Richard L. Bradley

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

Richard L. Bradley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary: Lucille A. Youngs

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

Lucille A. Youngs

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

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

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, September 5 from 10-11 a.m. at Bible Baptist Church, 105 Wygant Rd., Horseheads, followed by a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Linda A. Lattin

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

Linda A. Lattin

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary: Richard Eugene Cox

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

Richard Eugene Cox

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary: Elizabeth H. Kuttner Gibbons

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

Elizabeth H. (Bette) Kuttner Gibbons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary: Gladys E. Niver

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

Gladys E. Niver

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary: John Thomas Callahan

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

John Thomas (Jack) Callahan

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary: William C. Elkins

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

William C. Elkins

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

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

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

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

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

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

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, August 23 from 4-7 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 24 at 1:30 p.m. at the Glen Baptist Church, 3311 Reading Rd., Watkins Glen. Burial with full military honors will follow at Union Cemetery of Hector.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Glen Baptist Church, 3311 Reading Rd., Watkins Glen, NY 14891; Odessa American Legion Post 676, State Route 228, Odessa, NY 14869, or to the charity of your choice. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Timothy Joel Kamanga

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

Timothy Joel Kamanga

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary: Thomas P. Moran

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

Thomas P. Moran

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary: Mark Edward Lynch

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

Mark Edward Lynch

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary: John C. Wood

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

John C. Wood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary: Scott M. Freeman

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

Scott M. Freeman

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary: Roy J. "Jack" Terry

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

Roy J. "Jack" Terry

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary: Raymond V. Cleary

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

Raymond V. Cleary

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary: Robert O. Kunzmann

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

Robert O. Kunzmann

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary: James R. Sanders

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

James R. Sanders

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary: Michael J. Wolak

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

Michael J. Wolak

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary: Harland Lee Stephens

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

Harland Lee Stephens

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

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

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

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

A special thanks to Dr. Borzell and Seneca View Skilled Nursing for the outstanding care given to Harland. A private service will be held with his family. Arrangements are being handled by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

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

Obituary: Beverly A. Martin

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

Beverly A. Martin

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

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

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

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

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

Contributions may be made in Beverly’s name to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865.

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

Obituary: Jane W. McGonigal Crispell

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

Jane W. McGonigal Crispell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary: William A. Lusk

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

William A. "Billy Bob" Lusk

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

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

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

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

Obituary: Marian E. Powell

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

Marian E. "Ginger" Powell

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary: Arden Crandall May

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

Arden Crandall May

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary: Lillian Johnson

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

Lillian Johnson

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary: David P. Heath

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

David P. Heath

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary: Frank J. Pastore

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

Frank J. Pastore

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary: James A. Dixon

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

James A. Dixon

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

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

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

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

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 20 at 11:00 a.m. at Bath Nationals Cemetery, Bath, NY, where full military honors will be accorded. The family is being assisted by the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly, NY

Those wishing to send a message of sympathy may visit the Blauvelt Facebook page or send a private message of sympathy at www.bluaveltfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Jeffrey C. Buchanan

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

Jeffrey C. Buchanan

Age 62, of Sayre, PA, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at home.

Born in Elmira on July 26, 1955, he was the son of Clair Buchanan and Mary Jane Doolittle and was a graduate of Odessa-Montour High School. Jeff retired from Robert Packer Hospital, where he worked for over 40 years. He loved to fish, and enjoyed gardening and music. He was predeceased by his father, and by a step sister, Debbie Rice.

Surviving are his mother, Mary Jane Doolittle of Deltona, FL; brothers, Michael Buchanan of Odessa, David Buchanan of Deltona, FL, Christopher (Roe) Buchanan of Montour Falls, and Nathan Buchanan of Merritt Island, FL; step siblings, Gary Doolittle of Bath, Terry (Tom) Vine of Big Flats, and Thomas Doolittle of Montour Falls; best friend Gary (Karen) Eltringham of Sayre, PA; and by several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, June 18 from 12 noon-2 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. followed by burial at Lakeview Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

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

Obituary: Marilyn A. VanNordstrand

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

Marilyn A. (Maloney) VanNordstrand

Age 74, of Odessa, NY passed away on May 24, 2018 in Montour Falls, NY.

She was born on December 5, 1943, the daughter of the late William J. and Verna (Estep) Maloney, and graduated from Watkins Glen High School. Marilyn was a cook at the NYS Fire Academy and a waitress at local restaurants for many years. She was predeceased by her brother, William J. Maloney, Jr.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Fay C. VanNordstrand, III; daughter, Michele Bates (Gary) of Alpine; a son, Scott VanNordstrand (Kathy) of Montour Falls; sister, Nancy VanEtten (Leon) of Spencer; four grandchildren, R.J (Brandi), Zackary, Logan (Eric), and Stephanie (Cody); two great grandchildren, Maddox and Haidyn; Mindy and Josh (adoptive family); and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to gather on Saturday, June 23 from 12 noon-4 p.m. at the Odessa American Legion, 2532 Steam Mill Rd., Odessa.

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

Obituary: James G. Root

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

James G. Root

Age 100, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away at home on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

James was born June 22, 1917 to Edith M. Minsterman and James Albert Root. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1945 in Italy and North Africa. He served as a pioneer clearing mine fields and transporting ammunition. He acquired his pilot's license in Elmira. James retired from Shepard Niles Crane and Hoist in Montour Falls, NY as manager of crane engineering after 43 years of service.

James was a very brilliant person, and could still remember all of his school teachers. He was a jack of all trades -- farmer, engineer, carpenter, cabinet maker, and electrician.

James is survived by son Lawrence (Chiev) Root; daughters Carol (Phillip) Cuellar and Diane (Michael) Naar; grandchildren Linda Page, Randy Lyon, Christine Carter, Mayumi Auert, Phillip Cuellar, Alana Middleton, Spencer Naar, Avery Naar, and Mason Naar; 14 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; as well as nieces and one nephew. James was preceded in death by his spouse, Wanda A. Holmes; daughter, Nancy E. Lee; mother, Edith Minsterman, and father, James Albert Root; and sisters, Florence Henyan and Ethel Kuehn.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 16 at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen. Interment with Military Honors will be at Montour Falls Cemetery.

Obituary: Robert L. Good

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

Robert L. Good

Age 71, of Montour Falls, passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at home.

Born on August 27, 1946, he was the son of the late James and Freda Good, and served with the U.S. Navy. Bob retired from US Salt in Watkins Glen after 43 years. He was a member of the Montour Moose Lodge and the AM Vets.

He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Jeannette Good; children, Danielle Good-Patrignani, Denice Good-Hughey (Dale), Karen Cole (Tracey), and Dale Grantier; six grandchildren, Addison, Paige, Dayne, Angie (Josh), Amanda and Heather; seven great grandchildren; a brother, Larry (Angie); a sister, Judy (Don); and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Tim Grantier, and son-in-law, Anthony Patrignani.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Friday, June 8 at 10:00 a.m. at Montour Cemetery, Mill St., Montour Falls. Arrangements are by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

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

Obituary: Karen Heid-Stegner

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

Karen Heid-Stegner

Age 64, of Beaver Dams, NY passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

Born in Long Island, NY on June 18, 1953, she was the daughter of the late Edward Heid and Nora Finch. She graduated from Springfield Gardens High School, attended CUNY at Queensboro and the SCT BOCES LPN program. Karen was an LPN for Pediatric Homecare.

Karen had a love for nature. She enjoyed traveling with her friends and photography. Above all else, she loved spending time with family.

She is survived by her son, Dennis J. Stegner and daughter-in-law, Stacey Parrish (the daughter she never had, but always wanted) of Watkins Glen; grandchildren, Norah Shea Stegner and Rowen Avery Stegner; a sister, Joyce Heid- Silivanch and brother-in-law, John Kevin Silivanch of Toms Rivers, NJ; several nieces, nephews and cousins, and many close friends that she considered family.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, June 9 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A memorial service will follow at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Jay Robert 'Bob' Kelchner

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

Jay Robert "Bob" Kelchner

Age 82, of Watkins Glen NY, passed away on June 4, 2018.

A Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen on Friday, June 8 at 11 a.m., followed by burial with military honors at Highland Cemetery.

Known to his family and friends as Bob, he is survived by his wife, Bettylou Pearsall of Watkins Glen, NY; and children, Alan Kelchner (Howard Mullinack) of Emeryville, CA, Andy Kelchner (Tom Grissinger) of Oakland, CA, Ann (Bert) Singerhoff of Horseheads, NY and Paula Lipe of Kermit TX. He is also survived by his sister, Patricia S. Miller of Denver, CO and his grandchildren and extended family members. He was predeceased by his first wife, Susan Jones Kelchner.

Born and raised in Palmyra, PA, the son of Albert and Esther Kelchner, Bob served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 to 1958, earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Indiana Institute of Technology in 1961, and later completed graduate study in Adult Education and Organizational Behavior at Cornell University. He worked for Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester), Pall Trinity Micro Corp. (Cortland), Hilliard Corp. (Elmira), and Cornell University (Ithaca). He was a certified manufacturing engineer and holder of four U.S. patents.

Bob was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Watkins Glen; a 50-year member of the Barbershop Harmony Society (SPEBSQA), singing with the Checkered Flag Four Quartet and the Mark Twain Chorus; and a member of the Southern Tier Sports Car Club and the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America). Some of Bob’s favorite hobbies included attending antique auctions with his wife, as he was an avid collector of antique toy vehicles. He was also a volunteer Race Control Worker at Watkins Glen International.

Donations may be made to the Southern Tier Food Bank, The Arc of Schuyler, or the International Motor Racing Research Center. Envelopes with addresses will be provided at the church. You may express condolences to the family online, or “Light A Candle of Remembrance” at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Service: William and Alta Jaynes

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

William and Alta Jaynes

REYNOLDSVILLE --- Friends and family are invited to a graveside memorial service for William and Alta Jaynes on Saturday, June 9 at 10:00 a.m. at the Union Cemetery of Hector, State Route 79, Burdett.

Rev. Mike Kelly will be presiding.

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

Obituary: Pauline Byron

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

Pauline Byron

It is with great sadness that the family of Pauline Byron (Rajkowski) of Montour Falls, NY, formerly of Philadelphia, PA, announces her passing. Pauline passed away peacefully surrounded by family on May 26, 2018 at the age of 86.

Mother to two children, William and Patricia (Dennis), she is survived by grandchildren Danielle, Gregory, Paul and Bryce; great grandchildren Benjamin and Natalie; brother, John, along with many nieces and nephews.

Pauline was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church, dedicating her life to God and family. Her contagious laugh, love and kindness will be missed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, June 2 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Cantius Church in (Bridesburg) Philadelphia, PA. Her viewing will be held from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the church.

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

Obituary: Russell King

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

Russell King

Age 49, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at home.

Russell was born in Brampton, Ontario on May 1, 1969 and moved to the United States with his family in 1998.

Russell is survived by his parents, John and Lorna King, and his sister, Kelly King, all of Montour Falls; and his brother, Bradley King, his wife Jing and their two children of Alameda, California.

Russell was kind, gentle and caring and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and remained an ardent fan of the Carolina Tar Heels basketball team. He had a great sense of humor, could converse knowledgeably on almost any topic and was often found at his computer. For the last several months he had been working to renovate a historic house in Montour Falls.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, June 3 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Watkins Glen, 520 North Decatur Street, Watkins Glen. His funeral service will begin at 4:00 p.m., followed by a reception at the church. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Michael L. Chilson

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

Michael L. Chilson

Age 64, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away at home on Monday, May 28, 2018.

Mike was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. He also loved playing horseshoes with family and friends. He was a mason tender #589 Union of Ithaca.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Friday, June 1 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 7 p.m.

Michael was born in Towanda, PA, the son of James and Anna Mae Chilson. He was predeceased by his parents; brothers William, Donald, James and David Chilson; mother-in-law, Ida Ameigh; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Hartford and Joseph Ameigh; grandson, Rylee Brion-Chilson, and niece, Carey Ellis-Carins.

He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Linda (Ameigh) Chilson; children, Robert Chilson (Katie  Brion) of Athens, PA, Josh Chilson, and Megan Chilson, both of Watkins Glen, and Merranda Chilson of Elmira; father-in-law, Lynn Ameigh Jr.; siblings, Paul (Beverly) Chilson of Monroeton, PA and Harold Chilson of Sayre, and Anna Mae Ellis of Summerfield, FL; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Kathleen Hartford of North Carolina, Jim Ameigh of Beaver Dams, Susan Farr of Hector, and Marian Ameigh of Watkins Glen; 12 grandchildren, Jacob Charles Brion, Kayla Anna Marie Bion, Jessie James Brion, Matthew Jordan Brion-Chilson, Cayden Michael Brion-Chilson, Karley Marie Brion-Chilson and Courtney May Brion-Chilson, Grace Ann Brown-Chilson, Mary Strope, Stephen Lattimer, and Jillian and Rebecca Evans; three great-grandchildren, Alec, Isaac, and Sophia Ferguson; and special buddy, dog Taz.

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

Obituary: Anna Mae (Collins) Elmo

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

Anna Mae (Collins) Elmo

Age 87, of Trumansburg, passed away on Saturday, May 26, 2018. She was born on May 17, 1931, the daughter of the late Eugene and Leah (Wright) Collins.

Anna Mae loved to babysit. The last children that she babysat for were her grandchildren, Taylor and Turner. She was a wonderful person, who enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, especially her brother Merle Collins and his late wife, Sue.
 
Surviving are her children, Cheryl (Lawrence) Iacovelli of Trumansburg, Greg Elmo of Las Vegas, NV, and Shireen Place; brother, Merle Collins of Cayuta; six grandchildren; her favorite niece, Carol Marsh, and many other nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, John Elmo.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 31 from 4-6 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A funeral service will follow at 6 p.m. Private burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Odessa.

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

Obituary: Rocco R. Marcellino Jr.

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

Rocco R. Marcellino Jr.

Rocco R. Marcellino Jr., a former standout athlete at Watkins Glen (NY) High School, died on Friday, May 25, 2018 at his home in Palmyra, NY.

Marcellino was a 1983 graduate of Watkins Glen High School, and a member of the 1982 IAC champion WGHS football team that went 8-0 in the regular season. He was also an outstanding baseball player.

Family and friends are invited to call from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, June 3 at the Robert L. Yost Funeral Home, Inc., 123 West Main St., Palmyra.

Rocco is survived by his son, Rocco Marcellino III; his father, Rocco Marcellino Sr.; former wife and good friend Barbara Marcellino; and cousins Patti and Jeffrey Meehan and their children Jeffrey, Marissa and Catherine. He was predeceased by his mother, Theodore Marcellino, and his sister, Gina Marcellino.

To pay tribute, visit https://www.rlyostfuneralhome.com/notices/Rocco-MarcellinoJr

Obituary: Roberta Dannenfelser Flowers

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

Roberta Dannenfelser Flowers

Age 74, passed away on Sunday, September 3, 2017 at Highland Hospital in Rochester, NY after a courageous eight-year battle with ovarian cancer.

Roberta was born on September 2, 1943 in New London, Connecticut. Her parents were the late Robert and Virginia Dannenfelser.

Roberta graduated from Hunter College High School in Manhattan. She then attended Hunter College in the Bronx (now Lehman College of the City University of New York) and earned a degree in elementary education. She taught for several years at an elementary school in the South Bronx as a science specialist.

Later she was asked to join the staff of the newly formed Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York as Director of Admissions and Foreign Student Advisor. She met her husband, John Flowers, who was a chemistry professor at Medgar Evers. They were married on April 25, 1987 and lived in the Bronx, NY.

In 1990 Roberta and John had a house constructed in Hector, NY. Her parents, Virginia and Robert Dannenfelser, lived in the house while Roberta and John were still working in Brooklyn. Roberta and John moved from the Bronx to Hector in 2006.

Roberta was a member of the Hector Presbyterian Church, where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, and served several terms as a member of the session. She was a volunteer for the Hector Library. She was a member of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and worked with the Timing and Scoring Team at Watkins Glen International and Lime Rock Park at the SCCA races. She was also a member of Zonta and served several years as secretary.

Roberta is survived by her loving husband, John; her brother, Steve; nephews, Christopher and Damian; nieces, Jenny Kay, Dawn, and Candy, as well as by several grand nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Bobby.

A memorial service for Roberta will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Hector Presbyterian Church in Hector on Sunday, June 3. On Saturday, June 2, calling hours will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen. You may express condolences or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Kevin Rappleye's life to be celebrated

“Forever in our hearts.” Please join us June 9th from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. to remember our dad Kevin Paul Rappleye (Oct. 9th, 1959-Nov. 26th, 2017).

The celebration will be held at the Sugar Hill Fire Tower and Recreation Area (in the pavilion), located off Tower Hill Road. 

All who knew Kevin are welcome to come share your memories. Burial to follow in the Tyrone Cemetery.

*****

Photo: Kevin Paul Rappleye.

Obituary: Peggy A. Rogers

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

Peggy A. Rogers

Age 79, of Watkins Glen, was called to be with her Lord on May 23, 2018. 

Peggy was predeceased by her husband, Pastor Stewart C. Rogers. She is survived by her loving children, Connie (Robert) Wrenn of Watkins Glen, James (Ronda) Rogers of Breesport, and Lisa Cole and Joseph Rogers, both of Horseheads; brother, Bill (Kathy) Jackson of Elmira; sisters-in-law, Lillian (Robert) Perry and Ruth Simpson, both of Watkins Glen; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 26 at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, from 11 a.m.-12 noon; followed by a funeral service at 12 noon at the funeral home, Rev. Daniel Barner officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Reading Center. 

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

Obituary: Ann J. Confer

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

Ann J. Confer

Age 82, of Lakeland, Florida and Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Monday, May 14, 2018 after a brief illness.

She was born in Elmira, NY on April 18, 1936, the daughter of the late Ray N. and Barbara L. (Hurd) Margeson, and graduated from Horseheads High School.

Ann retired as a staff accountant from Ciaschi, Dietershagen, Little, Mickelson in Ithaca. She was a member of the Montour Falls United Methodist Church, the Mechanics Club, and the Tuesday Golf League at Soaring Eagles, and was treasurer of the Georgetown Homeowners Association.

She was predeceased by her husband, George R. “Bud” Confer, in 2014, and by a brother, Jack Margeson.

Ann is survived by her children, Karen (Dan) Rock of Odessa, Jason (Lisa) Confer of MD, and Bud’s children, Sharon (Bill) Van of Huntsville, AL and Jeff (Linda) Confer of Montour Falls; brother, Gerald Margeson of FL; sister-in-law, Maria Margeson of FL; grandchildren, Brian (Joy) Rock, Chad, Tate and Cayden Confer; great grandchildren, Gavin, Henry and Samantha Rock; a nephew; and five nieces with special thanks to Kelly for all of her help.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A celebration of Ann’s life will follow at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Seneca Union Cemetery in Valois at the convenience of the family. The family will provide flowers.

Contributions may be made in Ann’s memory to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 4043 Maple Road, Suite 105, Amherst, NY 14226. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Dano Hutnik

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

Dano Hutnik

Devoted father, husband and award-winning chef Dano Hutnik, 69, of Lodi, NY, passed away suddenly on Friday, May 18, 2018.

A celebrated Finger Lakes region chef since 1990, he first opened and operated Dano’s on Cayuga and later Dano's Heuriger on Seneca. Dano, a former professional ballet master in Austria, graduated from the Culinary School of San Francisco before gaining acclaim as a regularly featured, award-nominated chef at the James Beard Foundation.

Dano is survived by his wife and business partner, Karen Gilman, and his three daughters, Martina Migenes, Sophia and Katya Hutnik. Others surviving include: sister Oxana Rakowsky and husband Ihor; brother Ihor Hutnik and wife Oksana; mother-in-law Carol Gilman; sister-in-law Lori Gilman; three nieces; two nephews; one grandson and many friends.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, May 21 between 5-8 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tompkins County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Ithaca Children's Garden. Addresses will be available at the funeral home.

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

Obituary: Morgan L. Woodworth, D.C.

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

Morgan L. Woodworth, D.C.

Age 61, passed away on May 10, 2018 at the Gatehouse in Williamsport, PA. He was the beloved husband of Linda L. (Latimer) Woodworth, D.C . They celebrated 31 years of marriage on November 22, 2017. 

Morgan was born on April 24, 1957 in Montour Falls, NY. He was the son of Nelson and Anne (Morgan) Woodworth Meehan. Morgan and his wife, Linda, were both chiropractors who owned and operated Woodworth Chiropractic for 28  years in Covington, PA. He was a 17-year member of the Christian Church at Cogan Station. Morgan enjoyed reading the Bible, praising the Lord, playing the harmonica, woodworking and doing home repairs.  Morgan dearly loved his patients, friends and relatives. He found it a privilege to pray for them. We are sure the greeting Jesus gave him in Heaven was “well done, good and faithful servant.”

He was an honorably discharged Army veteran, having served in the post-Vietnam era. He was stationed in Landstuhl at the U.S. Army Hospital, where he served as a cabinet maker.

Morgan is survived by his wife, Linda Woodworth, D.C. of Covington, PA; a brother, Larry, and sister-in-law, Sheila Woodworth of Hector, NY; a sister, Nancy Woodworth of Watkins Glen, NY, and Lee-Anne Woodworth, a  sister-in-law. He was also survived by several nieces and nephews. Morgan was predeceased by his parents and a  brother, Jim Woodworth.

A celebration of his life will take place on July 29, 2018 at 12 noon at the Christian Church at Cogan Station in Cogan Station, PA 17728. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA has been entrusted with the arrangements

Services set for Althea C. Carpenter

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018 for Althea C. Carpenter at Laurel Hill Cemetery outside Odessa.

Mrs. Carpenter, a longtime resident of Odessa and the widow of Robert G. Carpenter, died on Feb. 20, 2018 at the age of 90.

Arrangements are being handled by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Obituary: Richard A. Morrill

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

Richard A. Morrill

Age 67, of Deltona, Florida, died at Central Florida Hospital in Sanford, Florida following emergency surgery on April 26, 2018.

He was born on April 7, 1951 at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, New York, to the late Garfield A. (Doc) Morrill and Delphine E. (DuBois) Morrill. He was a graduate of Watkins Glen Central High School and a United State Army veteran. He received his PhD. degree from Ferris State University in Michigan and worked as a nuclear pharmacist until his retirement and move to Florida.

He is survived by his son, Christopher A. Morrill, and three grandchildren, Jason Mitchell, Victoria Morrill and Damian Morrill -- all of Deltona, Florida. He is survived by his sisters, Elizabeth (Dennis) Fagan of Waneta Lake, New York and Deborah Dennison of Beaver Dams, New York. He is also survived by nephew Brian (Jill) Dennison of Rock Stream, New York; Uncle Leland A. Dubois Sr. and cousin Sandra (Nick) Caponelli, both of New Castle, Delaware; cousin Leland A. (Linda) Dubois of Lumberton, North Carolina, and cousin Kathleen White of New Ark, Delaware. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Sterling (Jack) Dennison.

Per his request, no services were held. Arrangements and cremation services were provided by the Deltona Memorial Funeral Home, Orange City, Florida.

Memorial donations may be made to the Schuyler County Humane Society, P.O. Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865.

Obituary: Thomas H. Elliott

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

Thomas H. Elliott

Age 92, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving wife and daughters Cynthia and Cherrie.

He was born in Elmira on November 9, 1925, the son of the late Joseph B. and Madeline (Kakritz) Elliott. Tom served with the U.S. Navy from 1942-1946. On April 26, 1947, he married Margaret MacBlane in St. Charles Borromeo Church in Elmira Heights.

Tom was a correctional officer at Elmira Correctional Facility and later at Camp Monterey, where he retired. He previously worked at Swift Lubricator. Tom was a member of the Mechanics Club, Montour Moose Lodge, VFW in Watkins Glen, and the American Legion in Elmira Heights. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and gardening tomatoes, and loved his toys -- motorcycles and muscle cars.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 71 years, Margaret A. Elliott; children, Cynthia Elliott of Rochester, Louise Wilson of Bath, Joseph B. (Ann) Elliott of Corning, and Cherrie Hurd of Corning; sister, Priscilla (Norman) Ogden of Horseheads; nine grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Barbara Cambio.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, May 11 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Care First Hospice, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870, or the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865.

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

Obituary: Virginia Eaton

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

Virginia Eaton

Age 94, passed away on May 2, 2018 at home in Burdett, NY surrounded by her loving family.

Virginia was born on May 3, 1923 in Burdett, the daughter of Leland and Veronica Arnold. She was a lifelong resident of Burdett, a lifelong member of the Burdett United Methodist Church and a supporter and member of numerous Schuyler groups and organizations.

She is survived by her children, Sheryl Thurston (Linwood Standish) of Burdett, Debra McDonald of Sumter, SC, Wendy (Victor) Scuteri of Salisbury, NC, and L. Scott Welch (Melissa Bardeen) of Watkins Glen; brother, Willard (Marianne) Arnold of Virginia; 17 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, and by husband Roger Eaton (survivors include his children, Barbara (Ed) Smith of Vermont and Bill (Joan) Eaton of Indiana). Also, predeceased by sister, Beverly Peyton; companion, Salvatore Chicone and her very close cousin (sister), Lois Phelps.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 5 from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen; followed by a memorial service celebrating her life at 3:00 p.m. and interment at the Union Cemetery of Hector in Burdett.

Memorial donations may be made to the Burdett Fire Company, PO Box 238, Burdett, NY 14818. You may express condolences to the family or “Light A Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Nellie B. Ellison

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

Nellie B. Ellison

Age 82, of Watkins Glen, NY died Thursday, April 19, 2018 at her daughter's home in Coopers Plains, NY, with her family and faithful dog Sam by her side.

Born on September 25, 1935 in Corning, Nellie was the daughter of Charles and Nellie (Daisley) Payne. She married Jack Ellison on December 31, 1962 and he preceded her in death on November 17, 1987. She had been a health care aide for many years in the Watkins Glen area. Nellie enjoyed nature and being outside, feeding her birds, and gardening.

She is survived by four daughters, Penny (Kevin) Rice of Coopers Plains, Georgia (Dana) Hallenbeck of Oak Ridge, TN, Sandy (Dale) Snellenberger of Manchester, CT and Aleta (Norm) Woodward of Warner Robbins, GA; son, Jeffery Ellison of 29 Palms, CA; sister, Rosalie Gigliello of Corning; 12 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Nellie was welcomed home by her husband Jack, son Gregory Scott Ellison, brothers Harry, Arthur, Charles, Jesse and Lindberg Payne, and sisters Elizabeth Dell, Azley Lowe and June Bonomo.

A celebration of life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 7, 2018 at the Haughey Funeral Home, Inc., 216 E. First Street in Corning, with Pastor Gary Hart officiating. Committal service and burial will follow in Pleasant View Cemetery in Reading Center, New York.

Memorial donations may be made in Nellie's name to the Humane Society of Schuyler County.

Obituary: R. Bruce Tappan

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

R. Bruce Tappan

Age 81, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center.

He was born in Harrisburg, PA on July 6, 1936, the son of the late Theron and Marie (Porter) Tappan. Bruce was a telephone repairman with Empire Telephone for many years. He also tended bar at the Elks Lodge in Watkins Glen and at Ken & Barb’s. He was a lifelong Episcopalian and served as an altar server when he was young.

Bruce was a devoted father who instilled great character in his children. He was proud of them and all of their accomplishments, yet humble and conservative with his own accomplishments. He fulfilled his promise to his wife upon her passing to always provide and take care of their children.

Bruce was a member of the Elks Lodge 1546 in Watkins Glen, a conservative Republican, and he loved trains. Bruce was a friend to many in the community and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his children, Bruce James (BJ) and Jennifer Tappan of Watkins Glen, Christopher (Ashley) Tappan of Horseheads, Bonnie (Rob) Wagner of Waterloo, Pat Tappan of Waverly, Mark (Lori) Tappan of Lehighton, PA, Tim Tappan of Jim Thorpe, PA, and Jeff (Linda) Cheresnowsky of Waverly; brother, Kent Tappan of Waverly; grandchildren, Bryce, Lelend, Soleil, Xanthe, and several other grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara Tappan, son, Andy Tappan, and granddaughter, Sarah Tappan.

Bruce’s family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Franck Tirgari for the care he gave to him throughout his illness.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 112 Sixth St., Watkins Glen. A luncheon will be held at the Elks Lodge, 300 N. Madison Ave., Watkins Glen following the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Disabled Veterans, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Dave White

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

Dave White

Dave White of Katy, TX, formerly of Odessa, NY, passed away on Friday, April 27, 2018 after a short illness.

Dave was well known in this area and in the summer he and his friend Bill Tague could be seen at the Montour Marina either working on the boat they had or out on Senaca Lake.  Dave loved boating.

His wife Jean; two children, David of Arden, NC and Lisa of Katy, TX; two grandsons, Patrick and Shawn; and one great-grandson, Deacon, survive him.

If you wish, you may make a donation to the Heart Association. There will be no calling hours or funeral. He will be laid to rest in Pennsylvania, where he was born and raised.

Obituary: James Munroe

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

James Munroe

Age 82, of Hector and Newark, NY, passed away on April 4, 2018.

James was an accomplished, self-taught musician and loved old-time music. He was a member of the former Crooked Lake Fiddle Club in Penn Yan. He was also a member of the Hector Presbyterian Church and Odessa Conservation Club. He worked for 37½ years as a machinist at Shepard-Niles in Montour Falls.

He is survived by wife, Nellie Munroe of Dundee; son, Charles J. Munroe (Kim Young) of Dundee; brothers, John Munroe and Richard Munroe (Ann), and sister, Patricia Chaffie, all of Hector; partner, Jane Weiland of Newark, NY; Selma Foote of Beaver Dams and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, James and Louise (Johns) Munroe, and infant daughter, Heather Rose Munroe.

In honoring his life, a celebration will be held at the Valois-Logan-Hector Fire Department on May 26 beginning at 12 noon. Burial will be at Logan Cemetery in Burdett at a later date.

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

Obituary: James Henry Bond Jr.

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

James Henry Bond Jr.

Age 79, of Valois, known by his friends as Hank, passed peacefully in his home early in the morning on April 24th.

He leaves behind the kind of legacy only a town icon can. He was a man of many talents and it shows in his myriad of accomplishments, in his children and grandchildren’s faces and in the memories of the lives he’s touched.

Hank was the Hector Town Justice for 30 years, a distinguished member of the Hector Fire Department, a jack of all trades for Bond Dairy & Fruit Stand, a mechanic for the Town of Hector and a machinist at NAPA. He was known as one of the best euchre players and he could often be found in his garage spending time with his best friends. His grandchildren remember him as a fierce and loyal grandfather who would do anything for them or anyone in need.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Bond; his brother Phil and wife Wilma Bond; and by his children, James III & Debbra Bond, Jerry Bond, Jennifer Bond, Jason and Janine Bond and Betty Jo Palmer. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Denise Ganton, DJ & Abby Ganton, James IV & Alexandra Bond, Justin & Sarah Bond, Jerry Bond Jr., Bobby and Cody Bond, Nicole Bond, Eric Bell, Jonathan and Valerie Preston, LynnAnn Caslin, Terry and Jordan Bond, Brady and Sydney Bond, Emmie Bond and Tori Palmer; four great-grandchildren; 50+ foster children, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

There will be no calling hours or funeral, but the family will hold a celebration of life at a date to be announced this summer.

Donations can be made to the VLH Fire Department for those looking for some way to honor his life. 

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

Obituary: George Clark Rumsey

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

George Clark Rumsey

Age 69, of Reading Center, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 23, 2018 at home.

He was born in Westfield, PA on March 7, 1949, the son of George Harvey Rumsey and Thelma Clark Rumsey. He graduated from Cowanesque Valley Junior-Senior High School in PA. On March 15, 1969, he married the former Patricia Ann Coons in Middlebury Center, PA.

George worked for the Pennsylvania State Highway Department for 10 years and then at US Salt for 22 years. He attended St. Mary’s of the Lake Church as well as several other churches over the years in Northern PA and New York. George enjoyed hunting, farming (Gentleman Farmer) and spending time with family and friends. He was a member of the American Legion and the Loyal Order of Moose.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 49 years, Patricia Ann Rumsey; three sons, Clark (Beth) Rumsey of Rock Stream, Mark (Anne) Rumsey of Kettering, OH and Kevin (Jamie) Rumsey of Watkins Glen; two sisters, Joyce (Bruce) Broadbent of York, PA and Joan (Ken) Bubb of Mecklenburg, PA; sister-in-law, Janet Rumsey of Westfield, PA; six grandchildren, Megan, Logan, Niamh, Aoife, Isaac and Owen; two great grandchildren, Caden and Hallie (Garrett); several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and many friends, neighbors in the community. He was predeceased by his mother in 2003, his father in 2007, and a brother, Harvey Rumsey, in 2017.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, May 6 from 2-3 p.m. at the Watkins Glen Fire Department, 201 N. Perry St., Watkins Glen. A memorial service will begin at 3:00 p.m., followed by a reception at the fire department.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Disabled Veterans, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, Kentucky 41076, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or the Watkins Glen Fire Department, 201 N. Perry St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

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

Obituary: Tadeusz 'Tad' Jaconski

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

Tadeusz "Tad" Jaconski

Age 69, of Watkins Glen, passed away unexpectedly on March 17, 2018 in Montour Falls.

Tad was born in Brooklyn, NY on June 1, 1948, the son of Augustus and Maria Constantine Jaconski. He studied at St. Stanislaus Koslka Catholic School and Trinity High School in Brooklyn. He later worked for many years as a Night Auditor for hotels in the New York City area.

He is survived by four sons, Jim, Ted, David and Matthew, all of Arizona; five grandchildren; sister Mary and her husband Kenneth Eldridge of Watkins Glen; very good friend, David Elliott; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Edward Jaconski of Colorado; and infant brother, John Jaconski. 

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

Obituary: Wilma L. (Smith) Fretz

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

Wilma L. (Smith) Fretz

Age 88, of Elmira, NY passed away peacefully on Friday, April 20, 2018.

She was the beloved wife of 49 years of the late William H. Fretz, who passed away on May 8, 2000.  She is survived by two daughters, Darlene Moses of Elmira and Vivian Euzent of Sunnyvale, CA; five grandchildren, Christopher and Ronald Moses, and Michael, Bryan & Danielle Euzent; and seven great grandchildren. She also leaves her brother behind, Milton Smith of Lagrange, KY.

She was a foster parent for over 40 years to more than 150 babies before she retired.  A proud graduate of Odessa Central School, Class of 1947, she often organized and attended all the class reunions. In addition to being co-owner of Bill’s TV and Radio Service for over  30 years, she helped rear her grandchildren with the appropriate mix of love and homemade cookies.

She volunteered for many years teaching Sunday School at her church, drove for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, and also volunteered at Arnot Ogden Hospital nursing home.  Her passion was going to McDonald’s to share breakfast with friends and meeting with her Circle of Women Group.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 19 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Elmira with a luncheon to follow. Interment will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Horseheads  NY at the family’s convenience.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to the First Presbyterian Church, 1054 W. Clinton St., Elmira NY 14905.

Obituary: Elsie Arlene Rarrick

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

Elsie Arlene Rarrick

Age 81, of Lorain, Ohio and formerly of Cayuta, NY, went to meet with her Heavenly Father on Friday, April 20, 2018.

She was born in Elmira on August 29, 1936, the daughter of the late George and Mildred (Kennedy) Learn. Arlene was a lifelong homemaker, lovingly caring for her husband and children. Mrs. Rarrick was a member of the Highway Tabernacle Assembly of God Church in Van Etten, where she was active as a board member and also in cleaning the church. 

She was predeceased by her husband, John Rarrick, son John “Jack” Rarrick, and brother, Dick Learn. She is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Freeman of Lorain, OH; brother, Gerald Learn of Oakland, CA; seven grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, April 25 from 5-6 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A funeral service will follow at 6:00 p.m. with Rev. Donald Earley officiating. Burial will be in Cayuta Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Highway Tabernacle Assembly of God Church, 922 State Route 224, Van Etten, NY 14889.

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

Obituary: Bonnie Arnold Fenton

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

Bonnie Arnold Fenton

Age 77, of Horseheads, NY, passed away at home on Monday, April 16, of dementia-related causes.

She was born in Burdett, NY, on March 14, 1941, the daughter of the late Clyde and Alma Arnold. She was predeceased in January 2012 by her husband of 52 years, William E. Fenton. She was also predeceased by sister Sharon Gibson and brother Bruce Arnold.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Sonja and Michael Keller, and grandchildren Hannah, Alexander and Noah Keller. The family is currently stationed in Duesseldorf, Germany. Bonnie is also survived by two brothers, Gary Arnold and Terry Arnold, both of Horseheads; a sister-in-law, Ann Hawken of Florida; as well as 12 nieces and nephews.

Bonnie spent many happy years as a teacher’s aide at Sing Sing Road School. She enjoyed working with the children, and felt particularly blessed because in her work as an aide in the resource room, she worked with many students over a span of several years and got to see them grow. She was an enthusiastic crafter and liked to give handmade Christmas ornaments to her students each year.

Bonnie was active in a variety of ministries at the Community Wesleyan Church in Horseheads. She led women’s Bible studies, was a director of Wesleyan Women ministry, and participated in the Senior Adult ministry. She worked with children as a Sunday School teacher and VBS helper. She was known for her gifts as a helper and as a caring person.

Following her husband’s passing and her diagnosis of dementia, Bonnie moved to Appleridge Senior Living, Horseheads. Her family is deeply and sincerely thankful that she was able to live in her own apartment there while receiving compassionate and attentive care by the kind staff of Community Home Care of Bethany.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 South Main Street, Horseheads, on Friday, April 20 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. A celebration of her life will follow there at the conclusion of calling hours. At 12:30 p.m., graveside services will be held at Hector Union Cemetery, Burdett.

Memorial donations may be made to the Community Wesleyan Church, 2095 Grand Central Avenue, Horseheads, New York 14845. www.barberfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Michael G. 'Mickey' Carrigan

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

Michael G. "Mickey" Carrigan

Age 69, of Horseheads, NY, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

He was born on April 28, 1948 in Montour Falls, NY, the son of the late Gerald and Josephine (Brown) Carrigan. In addition to his parents, Mickey was predeceased by his nephew, Brennan Love. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Mahon Carrigan; his daughter, Michele (Brooke) Hoover; brother, Samuel (Dena) Carrigan; sister, Kathy (Tom) Love; his dear nephews, Kyle (Stephanie) Carrigan, Dale (Haley) Carrigan, Sean (Chelsea) Love, and TJ Love; father- and mother-in-law, Donald (Mary) Mahon; stepchildren, Ellen (Tyler) Kent, Braxton (Suzette) Hill, and Jordan Hill; sister-in-law, Elizabeth (Gregory) Behm; along with a host of cousins, extended family, and many dear friends, including his canine companion Winston.

Family and friends are invited to visit the Barber Funeral Home, 413 S. Main St., Horseheads, on Tuesday, April 17 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mickey's funeral service will immediately follow there at 5 p.m., Rev Scott Wolf officiating. Committal and interment will be held privately in Lakeview Cemetery, Penn Yan.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make a donation in Mickey's name to a cancer research charity of your choice or to the Horseheads Community Animal Shelter, where Mickey found Winston, online athttps://www.horseheadscommunityanimalshelter.com.

A full tribute to Mickey's life can be read and condolences can be left at www.barberfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Martin G. West, Jr.

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

Martin G. West, Jr.

Age 81, of Bradford, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at home.

He was born in Montour Falls, NY on July 1, 1936, the son of Martin G. and Alma (Clark) West and attended Watkins Glen Central School. Marty served with the U.S. Army in Korea from 1954 to 1962.

He was employed as a construction worker for 19 years, then worked as an auto mechanic at Ron Parmenter Motors. He also had his own auto repair garage at home. He retired from Fleet Bank in Watkins Glen as maintenance supervisor in 1995, was employed part time at Schuyler Hospital, and retired from Learn Motors on his 75th birthday on July 1, 2011.

Marty was an avid stock-car race fan and driver at Chemung Speedway for many years. He loved MG cars and restored many of them. He was a member of the Mechanics Club in Montour Falls, American Legion Post #676, Montour Moose Lodge #426, and the Tyrone Methodist Church, and was a bowler for over 50 years.

He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Mervin West and Ray West, and sister Stella Hover. He is survived by his wife, Connie Howell West, whom he married on June 16, 1977; daughters, Debbie (Stephen) Bedient of Watkins Glen, and Tammy (Jay) Little of Corning; grandchildren, Matthew Bedient of Seneca Falls, Jared Bedient of Canandaigua, Kyle Little of Lakeland, FL, and Amber Little of Corning; sister, Jolene (Carlton) Swick of Trumansburg; dear friends John and Linda Bailey of Bradford; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, April 18 from 3-6 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 19 at 11:00 a.m. at the Tyrone United Methodist Church, 3647 Church Hill Rd., Tyrone. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa.

Contributions may be made to the Tyrone United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1, Tyrone, NY 14887 or the Tyrone Fire Department, P.O. Box 69, Tyrone, NY 14887. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Barbara Jean Osborn

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

Barbara Jean Osborn

Age 70, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 6, 2018 at her home in Irelandville.

Barb was born in July of 1947 in Elmira, New York. She was raised predominantly in the Twin Tiers area. She LOVED warm weather, the beach and being outside doing anything, as long as it was warm. She loved hunting with family and tolerated the cold for a good venison dinner.

Anyone who knew Barb, knew she was a good soul. Her generosity and reserved nature were a blessing to anyone who knew her. If you ever received groceries on your porch, clothes in your car or an anonymous need filled, it might have been her doing. If she was aware of a need, she would always try to help.

Barb was a single mom for many years, until meeting her soulmate, Bob Osborn. They married in 1982. They blended families and lived in Rock Stream, until Bob’s passing in 2007. Barb was a great wife and determined Mom. She taught her kids to always be aware of the needs of others. She also believed firmly in the importance of thank-you notes.

Barb worked many years at Schuyler Hospital in various positions until retiring shortly after Bob’s passing. She had a much needed sabbatical in Florida to visit with her brother, Danny.  She returned to Watkins and volunteered part time at Sangary Kennels in Rock Stream. Barb always said this would be her dream job.

Barb valued her friendships and regularly met with friends for lunch. She had close friendships that spanned over 40 years. She will be missed deeply.

Barb is survived by her devoted, youngest son, Brian Westlake, Watkins Glen; stepchildren, Robert Osborn (Tina Fesperman), Oklahoma, Colleen Osborn, North Carolina, David (Julie), Arizona and their sons, Dan, Rob and Lisa Osborn, California. Also, her brother, Daniel Hanlon, Florida; grandchildren, Damion Westlake, New York, Olivia Hanlon, New York, and PJ Hanlon, New York. She was predeceased by her loyal son, Phillip Hanlon, and her loving husband of 25 years, Robert (Bob) Osborn.

There will be a celebration of Barb’s life later in August.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Schuyler County Humane Society, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865 (or online at www.SchuylerHumane.org). You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Steven Oscar Shaffer

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

Steven Oscar Shaffer

Age 50, formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away at the Port St. Lucie (Florida) Medical Center on Sunday, April 8, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. 

He is survived by his children, Celeste Shaffer, Steven Shaffer and Zackary Shaffer; the mother of his children, Christie Shaffer; constant canine companion Snickers; mother, Betty McNutt; stepfather, Robert McNutt; sister, Kathryn Barrack; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.  He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Shaffer, and brother, Donald Shaffer Jr.

Steve was a simple man who always lived his life to the fullest. He enjoyed spending much of his time outdoors, hunting and fishing, and shared this love with his children and friends. He worked hard to achieve many things both with his hands and with his wits. Steve lived his life with his heart on his sleeve and cared for his children deeply. Although he didn't have much, Steve would give the shirt off his back for so many and chose to continue to do so after death by donating his organs to those in need.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to help his children. Steve's children carry the burden of all his medical, financial and final expenses. Celeste, Steven and Zack need our help to get through this unexpected tragedy. They were by his side making very hard decisions at their young adult ages. Donations can be sent to Celeste Shaffer, PO Box 101, Trumansburg, NY 14886.

Steve, Dad, son, you will be forever missed. May you rest in peace.

Services will be held at a later date in upstate New York.

Obituary: Philetus L. 'Phil' Murray, Jr.

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

Philetus L. "Phil" Murray, Jr.

Our hearts are broken to announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, Philetus L. “Phil” Murray, Jr., of Alpine, NY, who passed away on April 10, 2018.

Phil was born on July 30, 1933 in Smithboro, NY, the son of Philetus L. Murray, Sr. and Leona Bennett Murray.

He was predeceased by his parents and siblings, Merritt, William, Patricia, Jack, Jerry and Richard. He is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Kay Murray; daughters, Karen (Keith) Hills, Koleen (Mark) Jastremsky, Michelle (Greg) Terpolilli, and Jackie Byrski; son, Gary (Jeanne) Allington; grandchildren, Keith, Michelle, BillieJo, Tim, Jessica, Julia, Jenna, Candice, Jimmy and Amber; great grandchildren, Kaylee, Dena and Kendra; one aunt, Virginia Wilson; and several nieces and nephews.

Phil served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War from March 1953 to March 1955. He was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. in Owego, a member of the Moose club in Hornell, and a member of the American Legion in Campbell. Phil worked at Stackmore in Owego and retired in 1993 after 26 years at Borg Warner. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and especially loved spending time at his cottage on Keuka Lake surrounded by his family. He also enjoyed gambling, and his trips to Las Vegas, where he and Kay were married. We love you, and miss you and look forward to seeing you in Heaven.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 14 from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will begin at 12:00 noon, followed by burial in Niles Valley Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Douglas William Voorheis

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

Douglas William Voorheis

Age 75, of Reynoldsville, NY, passed away suddenly on the afternoon of April 6, 2018 at Cayuga Medical Center surrounded and supported by his immediate family.

Doug was born and raised in Reynoldsville, New York. He proudly served his country in the Air Force as well as in the Navy as a Seabee. It was in the Air Force where Doug assembled parachutes that he developed his skill as a seamster. He later transferred this skillset into a small side business which included boat top repair/replacement, and upholstery work. Doug was also an accomplished machinist who worked tirelessly and meticulously at NCR, Shepard Niles, Schuyler Dynamics and Borg Warner, where he retired in 2006.

Upon completing his service, he married his first wife, Nancy Orchard. He built the home that he lived in adjacent to his childhood home located on the south end of the small hamlet of Reynoldsville. Doug later married his second wife, June Fleet Voorheis, in the spring of 1987.

Doug loved the outdoors and was an avid sportsman. He loved the home that he built and took pride in developing the property the way his father had always dreamed. It was common for Doug to be seen gazing over his pond watching the wildlife that made his property their home.

Doug was predeceased by his loving wife June Voorheis and parents, Keith C. and Mary Voorheis. Together their loving home served as a center place for all manner of large family get-togethers. Doug leaves behind his daughter, Wendy (Dan Fox) Edwards; Bonnie (Ronnie) Shiflett, Dennis (Sonya) Voorheis, Brenda (Michael) Cooper, Jacqueline (Jake) Jacobs, Bridget (Thomas) Lorow, and Lawrence (Patricia) Banfield Jr.; brothers, Keith "Tom" (Nancy) Voorheis, Charles (Carolyn) Voorheis, John (Tracy) Voorheis, and Paul (Donna) Voorheis; as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

We find ourselves blessed to know that Doug and June are reunited and their love now surrounds and fills a part of us all. The family will be present to receive friends and family at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th Street in Watkins Glen, NY on the morning of Thursday, April 12 from 10:00 a.m to 12:00 noon with a funeral service beginning at 12:00. Immediately following will be a graveside service with military honors at Hector Union Cemetery, Burdett, with a reception to gather after at the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church.

Contributions in Doug’s memory may be made to the Burdett Fire Company, PO Box 238; Burdett, NY 14818. You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Alice Marie Wicker Dinkins

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Alice Marie Wicker Dinkins

Age 79, of Rock Stream, NY passed away in the comfort of her home on Monday April 9, 2018.

Friends are invited to calling hours from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water Street, Dundee, where her funeral service will be held at the conclusion of visitation at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Marilyn Wood officiating. Burial will be in Bath National Cemetery, Bath, NY.

Alice was born on April 25, 1938 in Thurston, NY, the daughter of the late Ernest and Marguerite {Wood} Wicker. On January 17, 1959 in the Dundee United Methodist Church she married John E. Dinkins Sr., who passed away on August 17, 1999. Alice retired from Morris Chain Borg-Warner of Ithaca, NY in 1994.

Mrs. Dinkins was a longtime member of the Dundee United Methodist Church and choir; as well as the Montour Falls Order of the Eastern Star, and a former chaperone of the Squires & Pages Drum & Bugle Corps. In her spare time she enjoyed needlepoint and coloring.

She is survived by two sons, Michael J. (Liz) Dinkins with whom she made her home, and Marshiel A. (Pamela) Dinkins of Montour Falls; two daughters, Michele K. (Michael) Cole of Watkins Glen, and Marjorie E. (Michael) Tweedale of Bedford, Indiana; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; a brother, Floyd (Helen) Wicker Sr. of Dundee; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a stepson, John E. “Jake” Dinkins Jr. on December 4, 2006.

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

Obituary: Maxine S. Allen

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

Maxine S. Allen

Age 98, of Lancaster, PA, formerly of Corning, NY and Painted Post, NY, passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

Maxine, who was predeceased by her husband Dr. John G. Allen, was born on July 5, 1919 in Herkimer, New York. She was the only child of Walter and Ada (Smith) Bellinger. She graduated from Norwich High School in 1937 and from Miami University (Ohio). She and John, after raising their five children in Corning, would ultimately retire to New Port Richey, FL, where they would spend time playing bridge with their friends. Maxine and John also spent several summers driving across the country in their motor home.

Maxine is survived by her daughter, Libby Rattrie (Neil) of Jacksonville, FL; and her four sons, Thomas Allen (Silvia) of Oradell, NJ, Michael Allen (Toni) of Riverside, CT, Scott Allen (Joanne) of Fredericksburg, VA, and Mark Allen (Beatrice) of Doylestown, PA. She will be missed by her nine grandchildren, James, Bryan, Andrew, Jonathon, Emily, Danielle, Sean, Kimberly and Hannah, and six great-grandchildren. Maxine was predeceased by her first husband, Robert E. Parish (1963).

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY. A graveside service will be held at the Hector Union Cemetery, Rte. 79, Burdett, NY on Saturday, April 14 at 11:00 a.m.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association -- www.alz.org. You may express condolences to the family online in "Obituaries" at www.Royce-Chedzoy.com.

Obituary: Howard 'Buster' Comfort

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

Howard "Buster" Comfort

Age 80, of Reading Center, NY, passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

He was born in Lawrenceville, PA on February 19, 1938, the son of the late Alfred and Bessie Comfort, and attended school there. Buster served with the U.S. Army. In July of 1976, he married Esther (Knapp) in Montour Falls, NY.

Buster was a mechanic and contractor. He also owned, with his wife, Comfort Cleaning Company. He was an avid bowler, having many 300 games. He was a member of the Elks Lodge for over 40 years, and was a member of the Moose Lodge and American Legion.

Buster umpired many years for Little League. He played softball, and enjoyed billiards, stock car racing, deer hunting and fishing. He was a loyal S.U. basketball fan.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Esther (Knapp) Comfort; children, Kathy Covert of Montour Falls, Deanna (Kevin) Reddout of Waterloo, Angela Coston of Watkins Glen, Rick Comfort of Montour Falls, Cliff (Peggy) Perry of Watkins Glen, Candy Ferguson of Oswego, and Mary Jane Perry of Penn Yan; special grandsons, Richard Covert and Jesse Knapp; and many other grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, April 8, 2018 from 1-2 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Susan Ann Brill

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Susan Ann Brill

Age 57, of Beaver Dams, passed away as the result of an early morning house fire on March 27, 2018. 

Sue worked as a Senior Case Worker for the Schuyler County Department of Social Services and for the county for 35 years. She was most recently a Senior Supervisor in the Department of Social Services. She also served in several leadership capacities within the CSEA Union, including several terms as Schuyler County Administrative Unit president and Local president.  

She is survived by her father, Leon (Bernadette) Brill of Hanover Township, PA; and step-brothers, Leonard Brill of Hanover Township, PA and Mark Brill of Allentown, PA. She was predeceased by her mother, Ellen C. (Wright) Brill. 

According to the family’s wishes, no public services will be held. Those wishing to remember Sue may consider a donation in her memory to United Way of Schuyler County, P.O. Box 270, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

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

Obituary: Jack T. Davis

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

Jack T. Davis

Age 92, of Horseheads, NY, passed away on Friday, March 23, 2018.

He was born in Cortland, NY on August 27, 1925, the son of Harry Guy and Lydia (Poling) Davis. He graduated from Odessa High School in 1943 and from Ithaca College in 1949. Jack taught Driver Education and Physical Education for 36 years in Chadwicks High School and Odessa-Montour High School, where he also served as Athletic Director.

Jack served as a Motor Machinist’s Mate Second Class with the U.S. Navy Amphibious Forces in the Pacific during WWII. He was a member of the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church, American Legion Post 676, and LCS Group. Jack was an avid fisherman and hunter, and enjoyed playing cards and all sports.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife of 70 years, Grace (Bird) Davis; brothers, Guy (Leona) Davis, William (Ann) Davis, Donald (Gladys) Davis, and Manley Davis; sister, Vera (Richard) Farnsworth; half-sisters Laverne and Victoria, and son-in-law, William Tripp.

Surviving are his daughter, Susan Tripp of LeRoy, NY; special friend, Rosa (Greg) Wickham; special nieces and nephew, Nancy (Tom) Downs, Kathy Farnsworth (John Teichmoeller) and Frank (Alicia) Davis; and several other nieces and nephews.

A special thank you to Dr. Keith Parker and the St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Staff on 5C, especially Becca; also to the Cantandos and Ray Sullivan.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 7 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will begin at 1:00 p.m., followed by burial with full military honors at Highland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 203, Odessa, NY 14869; Horseheads United Methodist Church, 1034 W. Broad St., Horseheads, NY 14845; or the Odessa American Legion Post 676, P. O. Box 137, Odessa, NY 14869. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,”, please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Gloria J. Hutchings

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

Gloria J. Hutchings

Age 75, of Montour Falls, NY, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, March 24, 2018.

Gloria was born in Montour Falls on May 21, 1942, the oldest daughter of the late Delos and Betty Owen.

She is survived by her children, Jim (Evelyn) Hunter of NY, NY, Karen Hunter (Bill Teemley) of Burdett, NY, and Michelle Hunter of Elmira, NY; three grandsons, Ryan (Tawny) Cilley, Brandon (Caitlin) Cilley, and Jesse Hunter; five great grandchildren, Alayah, Eli, Liviana, Odin and Oliver; five siblings, Ginny (Jerry) Costley, Linda (John) Bernas, Pam (Steve) Gardner, Bruce (Mary) Owen, and Dawn (Jim) Hines; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents as well as by a beloved aunt, Reva Goundrey, whom she helped care for many years.

Gloria retired in 2002 after 25 years from the Southern Tier Central Planning Board. She enjoyed being a Longaberger Consultant for several years and cherished her handmade baskets. She was a dedicated member of Southern Finger Lakes Women (Formerly BPW) and served in local and district officer positions, and was named their Woman of the Year in 2005. She was also a longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Fern Chapter #142, and the Montour Falls Moose. She was a member of the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church for many years and served as finance secretary and Parish Treasurer. She donated a remarkable 10 gallons of blood in her lifetime.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, March 30 from 10-11 a.m. at the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church, 305 Church St., Odessa. Services will follow at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 203, Odessa, NY 14869. Arrangements are under the care of the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home in Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: David M. Davis

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

David M. Davis

Age 59, of Odessa, NY, passed away on Saturday, March 24, 2018.

He was born in Montour Falls, NY on November 13, 1958, the son of the late Walter and Isabelle (Landon) Davis, and attended Watkins Glen schools. David was employed at Robinson Lumber for many years, and most recently worked at Silgan Plastics in Penn Yan.

He was a member of the Fishing Club of America. David was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, camping, and carpentry.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Walter Davis, Jr., and John Davis; sister-in-law, Beth Davis; and grandsons, Travis and Jacob West.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Diana Davis; daughters, Jessica Davis-West (Michael), Jennifer Davis, and Tina Davis (Brad Smith); four grandchildren, Jade and Kyle West, Courtney Davis and Natalie Smith; great granddaughter, Serena West; sisters, Sandra Davis, Diane (Randy) Carns, Carol (Wayne) Kinner, Cindy Miller, and Becky (James) Johnston; brothers, Dale (Kathy) Davis, Harry (Gloria) Davis, Ransome Davis, and Dana (Carol) Davis; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, March 30 from 4-6 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Burial will be in Union Cemetery of Burdett later in the spring.

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

Obituary: Paul A. Paradiso

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

Paul A. Paradiso

Age 88, of Watkins Glen, died peacefully in the home of his daughter Kathryn and his future son-in-law Bill on March 24, 2018. Surrounding them were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by daughters, Kathryn Paradiso (Bill Grant) and Margaret Bouse (Russ); grandchildren, which his life revolved around, Sarah Paradiso, Joshua Moll (Lindsey Cochrane), Rebekah Moll (Casey Hansen), Corey Grant (Kayla Hawk), and Jacqueline Bouse; great-grandchildren, Lorelei Hill, Hunter Cochrane, and Harper Cochrane; two sisters, JoPat Wright (Jack), Mary Cook (Dave); brothers-in-law, Frank Bierline (Harriet), and Fred Bierline (Carol); as well as many nieces and nephews; and three godchildren, Mary Rose Laux, Mike Cook, and Micheal Nittoly. He was predeceased by wife Carole Bierline Paradiso; infant daughter; sister Cliss Paradiso; brothers, Jim Paradiso and Robert Paradiso; and parents, Horace Paradiso, Angie Specchio, and Lela Keefer.

Paul had always found great pleasure in the community, but most of all his family. He started working at his family's business in Watkins Glen, The Snack & Shake, and then at Paradiso's Family Restaurant, where he met the love of his life. They courted, then married and began the journey of building a family. Together they raised two daughters, who were given all they needed and most of what they wanted. Their home was so kind and loving that it became the place where family and friends often gathered. The door was always open and the coffee always on.

In Watkins Glen, Paul had a very successful banking career. While working he also found time to participate in the Rotary Club, serving as President. He helped with fundraisers like the spaghetti dinners and Camp Star for underprivileged children. He was also a Lions Club member. His pride was belonging to the "Watkins Glen Tomorrow" project, in which his "baby" was helping to develop the waterfront of Seneca Lake and designing the now world-famous pier at the south end.

In his retirement, he helped his grandchildren during their formative years; entertaining and caring for them with a non-judging ear. They were all the apples of his eye and will be forever grateful of his many gifts, but mostly time and encouragement.

My father Paul, who I refer to as Dad and Pops, has always been by my side. From childhood where he was my playmate, to young adulthood when he helped me raise my children. In his senior years, I had the honor of having him in our home, returning the favor at the end of his glorious life. Which, by the way, could not have been possible without the loving and caring heart of Colista. He is my hero. His absence will always be felt. Our family would also like to express our deepest thanks to Dr. Ben Saks and his nurse Reagan.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen on Tuesday, March 27, from 4 p.m.-5 p.m.; followed by a memorial service at 5 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assoc., 435 E. Henrietta Rd., Rochester, NY 14620 (or online at www.alz.org/rochesterny). You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Rosanne Klea Armstrong

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

Rosanne Klea Armstrong

Age 92, of Burdett, New York, passed from this life peacefully at dawn on Sunday, March 18, 2018.

Rosanne had been a resident at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls for two years; her husband, John Gormley, gratefully having been allowed to assist in her daily care and support. With courage, determination and acceptance she transformed her “dementia” into a process of healing and completion. Abundant thanks to the entire staff for their compassionate care and to her co-residents for their friendship.

Rosanne was the first of four children of Wanda Amanda Kempton, a music teacher and an accomplished pianist, and Paul Harold Armstrong, an industrial chemical engineer. She was born in 1926 in the home of her maternal grandparents in Utica, Ohio. She grew up in Cleveland along with her siblings, Enaid, Edwin and Linda. The family spent many happy sojourns at a family cottage on Hamilton Lake in Northern Indiana.

She was exposed to the fine arts as a young girl with frequent visits to the Cleveland Museum of Art and attendance at concerts of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. She attended John Marshall High School, where she was a member of several school organizations and the illustrator for the school paper. She graduated in 1943 and with two scholarships she attended the Cleveland Institute of Art which set her on a life-time of creative accomplishments.

She once said that her deepest desire was to become an artist. She continued throughout her life to produce sketches, paintings, portraits, and water colors that brought delight to many. As an art teacher she taught many children, now adults, to appreciate the beauty in life and how to express it in their own creative works.

Later on, as an excellent and very loving and sensitive and compassionate yoga teacher for several years, she helped many people learn how to improve and enhance their physical and spiritual lives. Her own deep and developing spirituality was always quietly, peacefully and gently evidenced. She studied under several Native American teachers. She revered the sacredness of Mother Earth, Father Sun, and Grandmother Moon -- all manifestations of the Great Mystery that encompasses us with love and calls us forward. She was an excellent cook, loved gardening, loved music, had a lovely singing (and humming) voice, and was an avid reader.

Rosanne raised four beautiful and wonderful children in her first marriage: Mark, Heidi, Matthew and Peter and set them on their way with her constant love and support. And she suffered and survived the heart-breaking loss of Matthew when he was 37. And now her five grandchildren: Klea, Joshua (Emily), Brittany (Christopher), Ethan and Caitlin continue in their own lives to mirror the goodness, the truth and the wisdom they learned from her as well as from their good parents. Brittany and her husband, Christopher, are now preparing for the birth of Rosanne’s first great-grandchild in September.

Rosanne is survived by her husband for 45 years, John; her son Mark (Diane) and family; daughter Heidi (Blake) and her son Joshua; son Peter (Claire); sister Linda; special niece Salowa (Kirk); special nephew Brian (Shelly); other nieces and nephews; in-laws, and many dearly cherished friends.

In two different marriages she sacrificed and gave so many years of her life faithfully, patiently, lovingly, and supportively as a help-mate to her spouses. During her whole life Rosanne has helped many of her friends when they have been troubled or having difficulties in their lives, and they will never forget her. Her kindness, her generosity, her love of life, her joyousness, her radiant smile and her unique sense of humor and full-hearted laughter have enriched the lives of all who have known her.

The way Rosanne lived her whole life is the Masterpiece of this remarkable woman. The world is a better, more beautiful place because of her presence in it. A gathering of family and friends to honor and celebrate Rosanne’s life is planned for a future date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Frank J. Santeramo

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

Frank J. Santeramo

Age 92, of Horseheads, NY, passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Bethany Manor in Horseheads.
 
Frank was born on August 15, 1925 in Brooklyn, NY, the son of the late Domenica and Andrew Santeramo. Frank served as a Fireman First Class in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Ralph Talbot in the Pacific during WWII from 1943 to 1946.

He retired in 1988 as a tailor from Three G’s Clothing in Brooklyn, NY.  Frank loved his family and especially his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
   
Frank is survived by his wife of 69 years, Faye Savino Santeramo; children, Marguerite (Thomas Krnotch) LaTorre and Andrew (Marie) Santeramo; grandchildren, Louis (Kim) and Robert LaTorre, and Andrea (Gerard) Scalera; great grandchildren, Joseph, Katrinna, Ryan, Vincent and Thomas; and several nieces and nephews.
 
Frank will be laid to rest with Military Honors at Woodlawn National Cemetery at the convenience of his family. Memories of Frank may be shared with his family and friends at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Jane A. Franzese

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Jane A. Franzese

Age 76, of Watkins Glen, NY, formerly of The Villages, FL, passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY. 

Jane was born in Montour Falls on July 21, 1941 to Dominick and Carmella (Romeo) Franzese and enjoyed her early years with her devoted parents, six brothers, four sisters-in-law, and one sister. The family grew with several nieces and nephews as well as great nieces and nephews.

Memories of living in the beautiful Village of Watkins Glen with her family and number of aunts, uncles and cousins were filled with joyful and blessed times. Jane was an active member of St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church and shared in the faith community during her childhood and high school years. Jane attended elementary and high school in Watkins Glen, and then went on to study Accounting and graduated from nearby Rochester Business Institute.

Jane worked in her father’s business office for the D & T Franzese Bros., Inc. for a short time. Then she went on to prepare to become a religious education teacher in the Religious Teachers Filippini Community in Morristown, NJ. She continued with academic studies and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from St. Elizabeth College in Convent Station, NJ and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

Jane was a very dedicated high school business teacher, office manager, and administrator in various Catholic high schools in the Dioceses of Scranton, PA; Baltimore, MD; and Paterson and Camden, NJ. Her years of service for the Christian education of youth are remembered with much gratitude by the members of the communities where she ministered as well as by her students and their families.

Jane returned to Watkins Glen in 1980 to be a caregiver for her mother after her father’s passing in 1978. After the death of her mother, Jane continued to be a caregiver for the parents of her friend in Christ, Clare Bucci. In recent years, Jane enjoyed her retirement in The Villages, FL and became caregiver for Clare. Jane’s devoted life for others, especially for the young, and her 36 years as a caregiver are a testimony of her faith and love for God and His people.

At Seneca View Skilled Nursing Jane was receiving excellent care and she was most grateful to all the staff.

Jane is survived by her sister, Sr. Margaret Franzese; brother, Dominick (Midge) Franzese; loving sisters-in-law, Vera Franzese and Carol Franzese, and many wonderful nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her siblings, Nicholas "Nick" (Joyce) Franzese, Joseph Franzese, James Franzese, William "Bill" Franzese, Richard Franzese, and seven precious nieces and nephews.

Friends and family may call from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Monday, April 2 at the Link at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen, where a Mass will be celebrated following at 11 a.m. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, PO Box 289, Watkins Glen, NY 14891, to the Religious Teachers Filippini, 455 Western Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960, or to Seneca View SNF, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865. Memories of Jane may be shared with her family and friends at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Bert William Pyle Jr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by Compassionate Funeral Care.

Bert William Pyle Jr.

BURDETT -- Bert William Pyle Jr. passed away in January 2018. Bert was born in 1935 in Gothenburg, Nebraska to parents Bert William Pyle Sr. and Florence Frahm. 

Bert graduated from Gothenburg High School and the University of Nebraska, where he belonged to Alpha Tau Omega and Army ROTC. He spent his military career in Germany, where he was adjutant at Munich’s Military Hospital.

Bert did his graduate work at the University of Michigan in Hospital Administration and later worked at St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver. He served in hospital administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Milwaukee County in Wisconsin, and Elmira, New York.  He enjoyed his retirement years living on the lake and traveling with his beautiful bride, Barbara, volunteering, and spending time with family and grandchildren. 

He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Barbara Rystrom, and children Bradford, Kirby, Heidi, and Bert. Extended family includes Cynthia, Lauritz, and Franesa and grandchildren Jillian, Ian, Kolding, Vinkel, Madison and Rainier.

He will be interred at Saratoga National Cemetery.

Obituary: Frederick G. Watson

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Trainor Funeral Home, Boonville.

Frederick G. Watson

Age 82, of Forestport, NY, passed away in the comfort of his residence, while surrounded by the loving care of his wife and family and friends, on Monday, March 12, 2018.

He was born in Elmira on April 27, 1935, a son of Leman and Evelyn Mitchell Watson. On June 18, 2002, he married Sandra Taylor; later the couple moved to Forestport.  

Fred was predeceased by his first wife, Kay; brothers, Rich, Jerry and Blair; a sister, Sylvia; and a stepson, Marcus Parrott.

Fred is survived by a sister, Kathy Siglin, and a brother, Bill Watson. Also surviving are his children, Marty and Dawn Watson, Randy Watson, and Shannon (Vince) Turner; and stepchildren, Michelle (Johnny) Conway, Michael Parrott, Maria (George) Bergen and Mitchell Parrott.

In addition, Fred is survived by his wife, Sandra E. Watson, and special grandson, Marcus D., Parrott, whom he greatly admired. Also surviving are numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.   

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no calling hours or services and interment will be private at the convenience of his family. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. His arrangements are in care of the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc., Boonville. For an on-line message of sympathy, please go to www.trainorfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Frank W. Steber

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

Frank W. Steber

Age 96, of Watkins Glen, NY, died on March 16, 2018.

He was born on May 5, 1921, in Ilion, NY, to Frank and Edna (Clayton) Steber, and graduated from Ilion High School in 1939. He worked in Ilion factories until July 1942, when he and two friends enlisted in the U.S. Army. His WWII Army service as a radio operator lasted until 1945 with assignments in Hawaii and the South Pacific.

He married Arlene Mills on February 27, 1946, at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Ilion, NY, before attending Syracuse University on the GI Bill. After five years of teaching English at Andes, NY Central School, he moved with his family to Watkins Glen, where he taught English for 29 years. He also taught freshman English at Elmira College, evenings and summer sessions for 20 years.

He was a member of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Watkins Glen, which he served as vestryman, junior warden and clerk of the vestry. He was active in the Watkins Glen Public Library (past president of trustees) and the Schuyler County Historical Society (past president) and was a founding member of Friends of Watkins Library. He was also an honorary life member of the Watkins Glen PTA and a member of the Watkins-Montour Lions Club.

In his retirement he wrote a column, Seneca Spectator, for the Watkins Review & Express for many years. He also is the author of four books of local history: “The Blessed Company,” a history of St. James’ Parish; “Seneca Dawn,” “Seneca Sunrise” and “Seneca Hope.” For several years he wrote a feature, “Hymn Notes,” for the St. James’ Sunday bulletin.

He is survived by son and daughter-in-law Richard (Jean) Steber of Glen, NH; son Michael B. Steber of Watkins Glen; son-in-law Dr. Terry Cashmore of San Diego, CA; grandsons Benjamin Steber of Watkins Glen, NY and Daniel Steber (Caroline) of Fairfield, CT; granddaughters Jenny Rebecca (Jamie) Hoffman of Sidney, MT, Emily Gomes of San Diego, CA, and Sarah Cashmore of Huntington Beach, CA; grandson Paul (Miriam) Garrow of Central Square, NY; great granddaughters Rebecca Faye Hoffman of Sidney, MT, Madeleine Taylor Steber of Fairfield, CT, and Sara Garrow; great grandsons Harrison Gomes of West Haven, CT, and Jacob Garrow; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Arlene Steber; daughter Susan Cashmore; sister Constance Christiana; brother-in-law Thomas Mills; sister-in-law Eleanor Cole, and great grandson Hudson Gomes. 

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Friday, March 23 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., and Saturday, March 24 at St. James’ Episcopal Church from 12 noon-1 p.m.; followed by a Requiem Eucharist service at the church at 1:00 p.m. Private burial at Glenwood Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family.  

Memorial donations may be made to St. James’ Episcopal Church, 112 6th St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or Watkins Glen Public Library, 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. You may express condolences to the family or “Light A Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Mary M. Marcin

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

Mary M. Marcin

Age 97, of Watkins Glen, passed away peacefully at home on March 13, 2018.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Tuesday, March 20 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.  A Mass celebrating her life will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen; followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband Nicholas in 1981; parents, Frank and Catherine Macri; and four brothers and four sisters. She is survived by her children, Joseph (Sue) Marcin of Farmington, NY, Suzanne Klinga-Zoll (Michael Zoll) of New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada, and Nancy (Jonathan) Caslin of Walden, NY; four grandchildren, Nicholas Marcin, Joanne Gates, Rikki Marcin, and Lester Kolodziejski, and one great-granddaughter, Amanda Marcin. 

Mary was born on April 8, 1920 in Watkins Glen and was a lifelong resident. She worked as a tutor and aide for the Watkins Glen Central School District and later for the Schuyler County Chamber of Commerce, until she retired in 1998. She was a communicant of St. Mary's of the Lake Catholic Church; the St. Mary's Guild; and Women of the Moose. 

Memorial donations may be made to FOWL-Friends of Watkins Library, c/o Watkins Glen Public Library, 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. 

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

Obituary: Marion Roberts

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

Marion Frances (Monahan) Roberts

Age 104, a longtime resident of the Town of Catharine, NY, passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY.

Marion was born on November 9, 1913, the daughter of the late Patrick Francis and Jane Elizabeth (Jennie) McAtee Monahan. Marion’s husband, George Lewis Roberts, predeceased her in 1978. She was the second of five daughters, and all of her sisters and their spouses, Kathleen and Wayne Bailey, Helen and Edward Jeziorski, Marguerite and James DeNunzio, and Rita and Robert Symonds, predeceased her.

Marion had to have had monumental inner strength as each of her four children passed away through the years, Patrick Lewis Roberts, George Wayne and his wife Eileen Burgess Roberts, Jane Elizabeth Roberts, and William (Jumper) Roberts. Surviving are daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Roberts; two grandchildren, Nanette and Richard Roberts; two great grandchildren, Maria and Patrick Roberts; five nieces, one nephew; numerous great nieces and nephews; and many dear and wonderful friends.

Marion was a member of St. Benedict’s Church in Odessa, the St. Benedict Society, Catharine Mothers Club, and Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary. She knitted, crocheted, and was an avid quilter. She prided herself on being active and not sitting still throughout her life. Marion felt that being involved in her community was what kept her going for the past 104 years.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, March 23 from 4-7 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, March 24 at 11 a.m. at St. Benedict’s Church, 169 Speedway, Odessa. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Carolyn S. Clarke

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Thomas J. Shea Funeral Home, Binghamton.

Carolyn S. Clarke (Kuhn)

Carolyn S. Clarke (Kuhn), of Binghamton, NY, died on March 7, 2018.

She was predeceased by her husband, John (Jack) Clarke, in April 2010. She is survived by sons, David Kuhn of Binghamton, James Kuhn Jr. of Aspen, CO, and Vincent Kuhn of Vail, CO; grandchildren, Megan Kuhn Grace (Kevin) of Binghamton, Jamie Kuhn Starace (Michael) of Yonkers NY, David T. Kuhn of Endicott, Cassidy Kuhn of Denver, CO, and Steffan Kuhn of Aspen, CO; great granddaughter, McKenna Grace of Binghamton; her loving step family, John Clarke Jr. (Eileen) of Syracuse, Bonnie Clarke Sagan of Florida, Joan Gilfilan (Kevin) of Chenango Bridge, Patrick Clarke (Nhia) of Homer NY, and many step grandchildren.

Carolyn was a realtor in Binghamton before moving with her husband to Watkins Glen, where they opened a Bed & Breakfast and H&R Block Tax Service in 1990. They returned to Binghamton in 2005.

She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Church, Vestal. A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, March 16 at 2 p.m. at the St. Vincent de Paul Blessed Sacrament Church, Vestal.

Obituary: Helen M. Hurley

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

Helen M. Hurley

Age 86, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away peacefully on March 8, 2018.   

According to her wishes, there are no prior visitation services. A funeral mass celebrating her life will be held at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, Watkins Glen, on Wednesday, March 14 at 9:30 a.m.; followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Helen was born in Queens, NY on December 5, 1931, the daughter of Edward and Helen Hoffman. She was predeceased by her parents, and by husband Ralph P. Hurley.  She worked as a Community Resident Aide in Montour Falls.

She is survived by five children, Richard (Judy) Hurley of Beaver Dams, Steven (Barbara) Hurley of Tyrone, Kathleen (Daniel) Banks of Watkins Glen, Brian (Kim) Hurley of Tyrone, and Alan (Cheryl) Hurley of Tyrone; sister, Margaret Goff of Ocala, FL; brother, Buddy (Terrie) Hoffman of Moscow, PA; nine grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. 

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

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

Obituary: Charles B. Strong

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

Charles B. Strong

Age 78, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2018.

He was born in Elmira, NY on December 30, 1939, the son of John D. and Ethel Strong. Chuck was the previous owner of Wigwams Bait & Tackle in Montour Falls and retired from Laborers Local #785. He was a member of the Elks Lodge #1546, a long-time member and Past Master of Myrtle-Jefferson Lodge #131 F&AM, and High Priests of Watkins Chapter #182 R.A.M.

He was predeceased by his parents and by his brothers, John Strong, Donnie Strong and Richard Strong. Chuck is survived by his longtime companion, Carolyn (Doane) Christensen; two daughters, Bettelynn (Anthony) Bravo of Reading Center, and Pamlea (Louis) Antunez of Eastchester, NY; three sisters, Dolores Strong, Janice Dean and Barbara Saunders, all of Gillett, PA; six grandchildren, Louis Antunez IV, Jess Antunez, Jakob  Antunez, Troye Cornwall, Joshua Bravo, and Angelina Bravo; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, March 18 from 1-3 p.m. at the Elks Lodge #1546, 300 N. Madison Ave., Watkins Glen. A service will begin at 3:00 p.m. followed by a reception for family and friends. Private burial will take place in Gillett Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 1344 University Ave., Suite 270, Rochester, NY 14607. Envelopes will be available at the lodge.

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

Obituary: William A. Borra

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

William A. Borra

It is with great sadness that the family of William Anthony Borra announces his passing on February 17, 2018, at the age of 68 years. Bill Borra of Milliken, Colorado, formerly of Cayuta, NY and Port Charlotte, FL, passed away peacefully at home.

Bill was a member of the Odessa-Montour Central School class of 1968, and graduated from Alfred State University. He had many major accomplishments in his career as an electrician and project manager. He co-owned B&W Electric in Ithaca, NY. He was instrumental in major projects, including the Denver International Airport, Colorado Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver, to name a few.

Bill enjoyed a long career with Sturgeon Electric, the top-ranked electric contractor in Colorado, as well as MYR Group. After his retirement, Bill volunteered his time at a refugee camp in Greece. He used his construction skills to help build structures around the camp, working beside refugees from Syria.

Bill enjoyed many activities, including: golf, kayaking, motorcycle riding, playing cards, camping, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and rebuilding old houses (he loved the construction industry). Most of all, he loved spending time with his family.

Bill will be forever remembered by his former wife, Jackie Borra; his two daughters, Jessup and Amie Borra; brothers Robert (Pam Coyle) Borra, James (Melissa Chipman) Borra, Frank (Pat) Borra, and Richard (Mary) Borra; his aunt Mary P. Borra, and many nieces and nephews whom he loved very much. He was predeceased by his parents, Anthony and Connie, as well as by his sister, Mary.

Memorial services to celebrate the life of William Borra will be held in Colorado and New York. The New York memorial will take place on June 16, 2018 at Castel Grisch Winery in Watkins Glen from 5-8 p.m.

Obituary: Susan (Parrott) Collins

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

Susan (Parrott) Collins

Age 71, of Cayuta, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at home.

She was born in Elmira on January 18, 1947, the daughter of the late Judd and Lulu (Hull) Parrott, and graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School. She married Merle Collins on May 30, 1964 in Cayuta.

Sue was retired from food service and retail. She belonged to the Senior Bowling League, and loved fishing on the St. Lawrence with her husband. She also loved deer hunting, riding four wheelers, crocheting, bird watching, puzzles, dominos, and playing cards. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family, friends, and her beloved dog Toby.

Sue is survived by her husband of 53 years, Merle Collins; two sons, Mark (Lisa) Collins of Alpine and John (Shannon) Collins of Cayuta; three daughters, Carol (David) Marsh of Alpine, Donna (Robert) Angle of Cayuta, and Christina (Joseph) Zimmer of Montour Falls; a brother, Raymond (Joanne) Parrott of McAllen, TX; 16 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her sister, Linda (Donald) Gunning, and brother, Franklin (Sandy) Parrott.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, March 7 from 5-7 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will be private. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Rev. Robert Hill

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

Rev. Robert Hill

Age 72, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on February 22, 2018 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY. 

He was predeceased by his loving wife of 48 years, Rev. Dawn LaRee Hill; parents, Richard and Hattie Hill; and brothers, Charles and Spurgeon Hill. 

He is survived by children, Roxanne (Scott) Boryschuk, of Warrington, PA, Robert Hill, Jr. (Sarah Murch-Hill) of Oregon City, OR, and Nathaniel Hill of Watkins Glen; eight grandchildren which he adored, Dusten, Michaela, Maddie, Abigail, Benjamin, Hope, Charlie and Ella; brothers, Richard Hill of Moravia and Joseph Hill of Florida; sisters, Fannie (Gary) Allen of Kentucky, Shirley (LeRoy) Whittington of Florida, Jessie (LeRoy ”Bear”) Roy of Kentucky, and Edith Fox of Florida; mother-in-law, Violet DaBall of Groton, NY; brothers-in-law, David Tanner of Groton and Charles Mason of Lansing, NY; sister-in-law, Jane (Marv) Veo of Homer, NY; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Robert was a retired minister with the Church of Nazarene. He also worked at Watkins Glen Central School as a custodian for many years. A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, March 9 at 11:00 a.m. at the Grace Lee Memorial Wesleyan Church in Beaver Dams. The family will receive friends and relatives at the church prior to services from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. A reception will follow services at the church. Interment at Woodlawn National Cemetery with military honors will be announced.

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

Obituary: Jesse S. Tompkins

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

Jesse S. Tompkins

Age 93, of Alpine, NY, passed away on Friday, February 23, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was predeceased by his wife, Elaine, and daughter, Sharon Gauvin.

He was born in Alpine to Ira and Nellie Tompkins. Mr. Tompkins was a veteran of WWII, serving in Europe as a Military Policeman. He was a life member of the VFW in Ithaca and a member of the American Legion in Trumansburg. He retired in 1981 as a foreman with the Dyer-Fitts Construction Company of Binghamton
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Jesse is survived by his daughters, Cheryl (Donald) Parshall of Spencer, Helen “Jeannie” Gaffney of Puyallup, WA, Laura (Larry) Lockwood of Newfield, and Bonnie Steinberg of Dunedin, FL. He is also survived by several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and close friends, Dennis and Karen Mann.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 1 at 11:00 a.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Burial with full military honors will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Care First Hospice, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Althea C. Carpenter

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

Althea C. Carpenter

Age 90, of Odessa, NY, passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. Born on May 24, 1927, Althea was a longtime resident of Odessa.

She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Robert G. Carpenter. She is survived by a son, Steven R. Carpenter (Jerry Arrasmith, deceased April 20, 2017) of Atlanta, GA; and daughters, Gail E. Carpenter (Monica Powers) of Odessa, and Mary S. (David R.) Wolfe of Montour Falls.

Althea was a member of the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church for 71 years, where she was an active member of the United Methodist Women, as well as a Sunday School teacher and youth group leader. In addition to being involved in all church functions, Althea was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, the Odessa Food Pantry, the Dutton S. Peterson Memorial Library, and the American Red Cross.

Althea was a graduate of the Elmira Business Institute, and worked as a legal secretary before devoting herself to raising her three children. She had a passion for baking, gardening, bird watching, music, reading, and serving her community.

Graveside services will be held at Laurel Hill Cemetery on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Laurel Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home in Montour Falls.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church, Dutton S. Peterson Memorial Library or the American Red Cross. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Daniel Joseph Carman

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

Daniel Joseph Carman

Age 61, of Liverpool, NY and formerly of Odessa, NY, passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

He was born in Montour Falls, NY on May 26, 1956, the son of the late Robert Lewis Carman and Laura Alice (Hoffman) Dean.

Dan graduated from Odessa-Montour High School in 1974. He was inducted into the Odessa-Montour Sports Hall of Fame on October 11, 2008 for his accomplishments in football, track, and baseball. Dan received a BS, Science-Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University in 1978. While attending Alfred University, he was a member of the varsity lacrosse and varsity football teams. He received his MBA in 1989 from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Mr. Carman worked in the Glass Industry as a consultant. He spent 40 years as a glass engineer and technical manager for various corporations, including PPG Industries, Anchor Glass Container and, most recently, Guardian Industries. He enjoyed volunteering his time to the Kiwanis Club and Habitat for Humanity. Dan loved to spend time with family and friends. He enjoyed travel and adventure to new places, collecting sea glass, minerals, and rare bottles. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, liked ceramic artwork, and was a science enthusiast.

He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Susana Patricia Carman, whom he married on March 31, 2004 in Montour Falls; sons, Justin Carman and his wife Julie Carman of Erie, PA, Nicholas Carman and his wife Alexandra Carman of Pressath, Germany (U.S. Army), and Jon Eguren and his wife Sarah LaFont of Syracuse; a daughter, Kathryn (Carman) Gorman and her husband Dale Gorman of Pittsburgh, PA; a brother, Stephen Carman and his wife Debbie Carman of Erie, PA; a sister, Nancy (Carman) Carlisle and her husband Pat Carlisle of Odessa; a grandson, Colin Daniel Gorman, 14 years old, of Pittsburgh, PA; and cousin, John Jackson and his wife, Linda Jackson of Auburn, NY.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, February 25 from 2-5 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A service will follow at 5:00 p.m. Private burial will be held in Highland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Habitat for Humanity International, 121 Habitat St., Americus, GA 31709-3498. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Robert Mark Swinnerton Sr.

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

Robert Mark Swinnerton Sr.

Age 73, of Hector, NY, passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving and devoted family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Rob was born on March 7, 1944 in Princeton, NJ, the son of the late Edward and Madeline Swinnerton. He graduated from Princeton High School in 1962, and from Syracuse University in 1966, and achieved his MS from Alfred University in January 1982.

Rob was a devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather, friend and community leader. Rob was most proud of his 50-year marriage to the love of his life, Jean Peck Swinnerton. He was a hardworking husband and father who did everything for his family. Family unit was central to his life.

In addition to his wife, Rob is survived by his daughter Tammy Clarkson (Kristopher) of Watkins Glen, his son Mark Swinnerton of Watkins Glen, and daughter Amy Swinnerton of Hector. Rob loved every moment he spent with his beautiful grandchildren, Bryson, Alec, Kathleen, Sarah, Ellie, Alexis, Brianna, Benjamin and Evan. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Edward (Johanna), Sally Logue (Robert), James, Sharon, Richard (Ellen) and Stanley (Darlene).

He was a life member of Lions International with over 50 years of service. Lionism and his tireless commitment to community service were unwavering examples of Rob’s moral fabric and only second to his enduring devotion to this family. He always gave generously of this time for causes and institutions for which he was passionate about. Rob was an Elk and chaired many capital campaigns and served as a member and lead of many boards. He was a dedicated Christian who served as a Deacon and Elder for his church. He chaired the capital campaign program at the Hector Church and was the Cemetery Superintendent for many years.

Rob’s journey through life has touched so many. He began his career in 1967 as a social worker at Corning Hospital. He advanced his career in hospital administration and became the administrator for the hospital from 1979 until 1983. He later became CEO of Schuyler Hospital in 1986 through 1997. He made his last professional career move as Chief Executive Officer at Seagate Alliance until 2007, when he retired and started his own business doing what he loved most, landscaping and mowing on a Gizmo lawnmower. 

Our beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend will be greatly missed.

The family will receive friends on Friday, March 2 from 5-8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Honoring Robert's service in Lionism, a ceremony will be conducted at 7:45 p.m. by the Lion's Club. A Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held at the church on Saturday, March 3 at 10:00 a.m. A private burial will be held at the family’s convenience. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Hector Presbyterian Church Cemetery, PO Box 96, Hector, NY 14841. You may leave condolences or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. 

Obituary: Lisa Palumbo

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

Lisa Palumbo

Age 58, of Burdett, NY, passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness on Feb. 18, 2018.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m.; followed by a memorial service celebrating her life at the funeral home at 8:00 p.m. 

Those wishing may consider a memorial donation to the Schuyler County Humane Society, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865 (or online at www.SchuylerHumane.org).  

She is survived by her loving husband, Joe Palumbo; children, Vanessa Ganascioli-Riley, Shelby Ganascioli-Riley, Joseph Palumbo, and Maya Palumbo; mother, Patricia Ganascioli (predeceased by her father, Richard Ganascioli); sister, Maria (Paul) Scrimale; dogs, Fiona, Gordon, and Otis; as well as many friends and relatives. 

Lisa was a compassionate person. This was expressed through her work, friendships, community, and especially her family. Lisa’s greatest pleasure in life was watching her kids grow.

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

Obituary: Donald F. Hill

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

Donald F. Hill

Age 69, of Penn Yan, NY, passed away following a brief illness on Monday, February 19, 2018 at Geneva General Hospital.

Donnie was born in Penn Yan on September 12, 1948, the son of the late Frances V. (Northrup) and LaRue C. Hill. He graduated from Penn Yan Academy and served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970. He retired from the Penn Yan Village Street Dept. after over 30 years of service.

Donnie had an interest in local history and spent many hours researching it at the Oliver House. Among his hobbies and interests, Donnie collected postcards and never missed coffee with the boys at McDonald's or Dunkin' Donuts.

He is survived by his loving wife, June (Cannon) Hill; his stepchildren, Marianne (Bruce) Kerrick and Ron (Kera) Groves; grandchildren, Melissa, Ryan and Kevin Kerrick and Desiree Groves; special sister-in-law, Alice Hill; niece, Kristen (Dan), and nephew, Jerry (Amy) Hill; and several great nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Donnie was predeceased by his sister, Jane Northrup; brothers, Gerald, LaRue and Kenny Hill; and his K-9 children, Miss Teddy and Mandy.

Friends and family may call from 5-7 p.m. Friday, February 23 at the Townsend Wood Funeral Chapel, 201 E. Elm St., Penn Yan, where his funeral service will be held following at 7 p.m. with military honors. Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Penn Yan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517, or to the Johnson Costello American Legion, 2001 Himrod Road, Penn Yan, NY 14527. Memories of Donnie may be shared with his family and friends at www.townsendwoodfuneralchapel.com

Obituary: Kari Lynn Rannick

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

Kari Lynn Rannick

Age 40, of Canton, GA, went to be with the Lord on Friday, January 19, 2018, in her home, with her loved ones by her side. Her faith, strength, and courage were an example to everyone who knew her during her lengthy illness.

Kari was born and raised in Odessa, NY to Joseph (deceased) and Deborah Cantineri.

Kari was very devoted to being a wife and a full-time mom. She enjoyed time outside in her garden, and with all her farm animals. Kari spent many hours in the kitchen cooking and preparing meals for family and friends. She was also an accomplished dancer and artist. Kari attended Revolution Church with her family.

In addition to her mother, Deborah, Kari is survived by her beloved husband, Justin; two sons, Jake and Joshua; brother, Joe Cantineri; sisters, Sarah Cantineri and Lisa Cantineri; in-laws, Glenn and Kim Rannick; brother-in-law and wife, Josh and Betsy Rannick; and a number of nieces and nephews.

There will be a celebration of life service on Thursday, March 1 at 6:00 p.m. at the Glen Baptist Church, 3311 Reading Road, Watkins Glen, NY. Family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the church. Kari loved flowers. They will be welcomed and appreciated as a part of the celebration.

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

Obituary: J.WM. "Bill" Miles

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

J.WM. "Bill" Miles

Age 85, of Burdett, NY went to be with the Lord on Monday, February 12, 2018.

He was born on July 15, 1932, the son of the late John and Elizabeth (Schlerf) Miles, and served with the U.S. Army from 1952-1954. Bill had a wonderful tenor singing voice that he shared throughout his life. He was a hard worker and was employed at several area grocery stores. He was a member of the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Horseheads.

Bill was predeceased by his wife, Alice F. Miles, on April 17, 1997.

He is survived by his children, Shirley Savva of France, Marylou (Jacob) Landmesser of Horseheads, Stephen Miles of Medina, NY, and Jonathan (Robin) Miles of Franklin, NC; grandchildren, Caleb (Jen) Landmesser of Kane, PA, Nathan Miles of Raleigh, NC, and Kristen Miles of Franklin, NC; siblings, Libby (Bill) Crowe of Martinsburg, WV, Cora Lee (Jim) Santaseiro of Port Dickinson, NY, David Miles, and Kathy Miles of Binghamton; and by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 15 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will follow at 12:00 noon. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Edith Hansen

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

Edith Hansen

Age 93, passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2018.

Edith was born in Brooklyn, NY on September 16, 1924. She lived in Baldwin, LI for 40 years, where she raised her five children. She and her husband retired to Burdett in 1989.

She is survived by her brother, Warren (Aiko) Anderson of Venice, FL; daughters, Jane (Fred) Jurnove of Delray Beach, FL, Alice and Betty Hansen of Watkins Glen, and Kristina Hansen (Matt Pulis) of Hector; son, Robert (Karen) Hansen of Burdett; seven grandchildren, Matthew (Diane) Jurnove, Jeanne (Jason) Paulaski, Daniel (Erin) Jurnove, Eric (Lexi) Hansen, Jeffrey Hansen, and Sam and Hannah Pulis; four great-grandchildren, Caitlin Jurnove, Jacob Paulaski, and Isaac and Ada Jurnove; and one great-great grandchild, Jaxson Raymond. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Norman; parents, Hugo and Florence Anderson; and grandson Andrew Jurnove.

In Brooklyn, Edith and Norman belonged to the Rugby Congregational Church youth group, whose members remarkably kept in touch and held frequent reunions throughout their lifetime. In retirement, Edith was a member of the Burdett Ladies’ Wednesday Afternoon Club.  She was an avid reader and volunteered at the EB Pert Memorial Library.

At her request, there will be no calling hours. The family will gather for a private service at a later date.  You may sign a guestbook or view her memorial at www.Royce-Chedzoy.com.  Funeral arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Those wishing may remember Edith with a donation to the EB Pert Memorial Library, P.O. Box 82, Hector, NY 14841.

Obituary: Mary Jane Rosbaugh

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

Mary Jane Rosbaugh

Age 90, formerly of Montour Falls, NY, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at Oak Hill Manor in Ithaca, NY.

She was born on December 20, 1927 in Valois, NY to the late George and Marietta Connolly. Mary Jane graduated from Watkins Glen High School and Robert Packer School of Nursing in Sayre, PA. She was employed as an RN for several years at the old Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls.

She is survived by her children, Kathleen (Steve) Laughlin of Watkins Glen, Barbara (Jim) Adesso of Watkins Glen, Rebecca Wilkinson of Ithaca, Michael Rosbaugh of Painted Post, and Jacquelyn (Greg) Dense of Alpine; grandchildren, Matthew and Phillip Adesso, Stefanie (James) Gublo, Kimberly (Brandon) Jelliff and Alyssa and Jeff Dense; and one great granddaughter, Jennifer Gublo. Also surviving are two half-brothers, Tracy and Lewis Rosbaugh; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Forrest “Frosty” Rosbaugh; sister, Alice Cornish, and son-in-law, Mark Wilkinson.

In keeping with her wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral. Burial will be at the convenience of the family at Lodi Cemetery.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the wonderful, caring staff at Oak Hill Manor. Arrangements are being handled by the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

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

Obituary: Richard E. Yaw

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

Richard E. Yaw

Age 64, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at Cayuga Medical Center.

He was born in Montour Falls on September 12, 1953, the son of the late Philip C. and Mary H. (Crout) Yaw and attended Odessa-Montour High School.

Rick worked as a body shop manager for Wood Brothers, Zikakis, Garage de France and Maguire Ford in Ithaca throughout the 1980s and '90s. He later worked as store manager at Parmenter Inc. from 2000-2013.

Rick enjoyed NASCAR, D.I.R.T. racing, and Harley-Davidson motorcycles. He loved camping at Lake Bonin with family, watching Abby and Ky ride their bikes and was known as the “licorice man.” He loved taking his grandchildren, Riley and Kayley, for ice cream. Rick enjoyed the time he spent with the Montour Falls Fire Department and was proud of his work as Fire Chief.

He is survived by a daughter, Shelly (Kenneth) Kleist of Sneads Ferry, NC; a son, Christopher Yaw (Amy Yontz) of Millport; brothers, Douglas Yaw of Ovid and Philip Yaw of Corning; grandchildren, Abrielle, Kyran, and Kenneth III Kleist, and Riley and Kayley Yaw; and by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters, Phyllis Smith, Evelyn Gascon, and Margaret Yaw.

A special thank you to Richard and Susan Blaha for their support, care and friendship.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, February 17 from 1-3 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will follow at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Montour Falls Fire Department, P.O. Box 369, Montour Falls, NY 14865, in his remembrance. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Robert P. Royce, Sr.

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

Robert P. Royce, Sr.

Age 83, of Mecklenburg, NY, passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2018.

He was born in Harford Mills, NY on January 9, 1935, the son of Clifford and Virgie (Leonard) Royce, and graduated from Interlaken High School.

Bob worked at Borg Warner for over 40 years. He enjoyed farming, horses, going to the Farm Days, and Western movies and books. He was predeceased by his parents and eight siblings.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy (Dean) Royce; daughter, Terry Royce of Trumansburg; son, Phil Royce of Newfield; grandchildren, Matt, Scott, Kyle and Adrianna; three great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, February 13 from 1-2 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m.

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

Obituary: Frederick W. Boyce, Sr.

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

Frederick W. Boyce, Sr.

Age 81, of Dundee, Florida, and formerly of Cayuta, NY, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 4, 2018.

He was born in Montour Falls, NY on June 6, 1936, the son of the late Leslie and Alice (Tucker) Boyce, and graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School in 1955.

Mr. Boyce was a time study engineer at Emerson Power Transmissions in Ithaca, NY for over 40 years, retiring in 1999. Frederick had a strong belief in God, and was a member of the Cayuta Free Church. He also enjoyed camping, cruises and golfing, and always had the TV on Fox News.

He was predeceased by his son, Frederick Boyce, Jr., in 2012; mother, Alice Tucker, in 2005; father, Leslie Boyce, Sr., in 1953; brother, Leslie Boyce, Jr., in 2005, and brother, Charles Boyce, in 2012.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Julie (Bovaird) Boyce; four daughters, Cheryl (Brian) Grimes of Odessa, Jamie Sue Smith of Cayuta, Karen Rider of Cayuta, and Trina Shepherd of Horseheads; a sister, Shirley Fraboni of Dundee, FL; a brother, Elwood (Judy) Boyce of Nokesville, VA; 11 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, February 11 from 12 noon-2 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Mary Root officiating. A reception will follow at 3:30 p.m. at Moose Lodge 426, 2096 State Rt. 14, Montour Falls. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery in the spring.

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

Obituary: Gary Tyler Brown

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

Gary Tyler Brown

Of Montour Falls, New York, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, January 28, 2018 after suffering a massive stroke.

Gary is survived by his four children: Ryan Brown of Cortland, NY, Tyler and Samantha Brown of Odessa, NY, Craig (Becky) Brown of Cayuta, NY and Paxtyn Brown of Elmira, NY.  He is also survived by his parents, Larry and Janet Brown, and his brother, Marc Brown, of Gilbert, AZ. 

Gary was a kind, loving man “who never met a stranger.” He led a big life, always willing to help his friends and neighbors, and at the center was his family and children. He was the best Dad, son and brother and we were all lucky to have him in our lives. He will live in our hearts forever.

Per Gary’s request, the family will not be holding any services.

Obituary: Timothy J. Mundt

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

Timothy J. Mundt

Age 44, of Painted Post, passed away unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.

He was born in the Town of Urbana on April 27, 1973, the son of John Mundt and Joanne Parke. He graduated from Odessa-Montour High School in 1991.

Tim was grocery manager at Tops in Bath. He previously worked at Tops in Corning and Walmart in Painted Post. He was an avid Chicago Bears and New York Yankees fan.

He is survived by his children, Christopher Mundt of Painted Post, Courtney Mundt of Montour Falls, and Keegon Palmer-Mundt of Corning; his parents, John (Susan) Mundt of Myrtle Beach, and Joanne (Al) Parke of Montour Falls; brother, Patrick Mundt (Alyssa Patton) of Sarasota, FL; sister, Cara (Johnny) Lane of Sarasota, FL; stepbrothers, Shane Clune of Elmira and Jeff (Marie) Parke of Wilmington, NC; and stepsisters, Christie Hennigan of VA and Cari Henderson of Charleston, SC.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, February 4 from 3-6 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, February 5 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Benedict’s Church, 169 Speedway, Odessa. Spring burial will be in Montour Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Ralph B. Butler, Jr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the McInerny Funeral Home, Elmira.

Ralph B. Butler, Jr.

Age 81, of Elmira, passed away peacefully at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center on Saturday, January 27, 2018.

Ralph was born in Tioga County PA, son of the late Ralph and Helen (Burns) Butler. Ralph was also predeceased by his wife, Antoinette, and son-in-law, Michael Davis. He is survived by children and their spouses, Burt and Lisa Butler, Mark Butler, Mary Anne and Jack Narosky, Don and Debbie Butler, and Helen and Jim Specchio; grandchildren, Jeremie (Angela), Jennie, Lauren, Eric (Myranda), Samantha (Tyler), Michael, Ben, Emily and Sarah; three great grandchildren; special friend and longtime companion Mary Ogershok; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ralph was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War. He was retired from the New York State Department of Corrections. Ralph was very active on the local sport scene where he was an umpire, referee and sports official for nearly 50 years.  An avid outdoor enthusiast, Ralph enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He was a member of the Italian American Veterans Club, America Legion Post #1208, Wayne, NY, and the Elmira Elks Lodge #62. Ralph was a long-time communicant of St. Anthony’s Church, where he was one of the organizers of the annual festival. He most recently was a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Parish.

Family and friends are invited to the McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water St., Elmira, on Tuesday, January 30 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A prayer service will be held there on Wednesday, January 31 at 10:15 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. in St. Peter and Paul Church, 161 High Street, Elmira. Committal prayers and interment, with military honors, will follow at St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.

Those wishing may remember Ralph with a donation to Blessed Sacrament Parish, 1010 Davis Street, Elmira NY 14901.

Obituary: Richard E. Edwards

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

Richard E. Edwards

Age 77, of Tucson, AZ, passed away in Burdett, NY, where he and his wife have resided with family.  

Richard was born in Iola, Kansas on September 24, 1940. the son of the late Harold and Dorothy Edwards. He served honorably as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force from 1962-1965. He was a retired Chemical Engineer with a passion for math and the environment. He loved conversation, good food, travel and model trains. He was a devout Presbyterian and attended the Burdett Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Anne Edwards; daughter and son-in-law, Stacey Edwards and Paul Clifford and their children Kathleen and Tim of Burdett; son and daughter-in-law, Steve Edwards and Adria Tenison and their children Isabel, Jack and Lucy of Ventura, CA; and brother and sister-in-law, David and Linda Edwards of Gainesville, FL.

According to his wishes, there will be no services. You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Bill Hyer

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

Bill Hyer

Age 63, of Odessa, NY, passed away on Monday, January 22, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Elmira, NY on June 15, 1954, the son of the late Gerald and Esther (Ayers) Hyer. Bill graduated from Odessa-Montour High School and BOCES in 1972. On May 18, 1974, he married Susan Graves at the Odessa Baptist Church.

Bill was retired from TransAct and Borg Warner in Ithaca. He was a member of the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church, Myrtle-Jefferson Lodge #131 F&AM, Kalurah Shrine Binghamton Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star Fern-Tyrone Chapter #142, Sons of the American Legion, and Watkins Chapter #182 R.A.M. Bill loved hunting, working in his garage, and spending time with his family.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 43 years, Susan Hyer; daughters, Billie Jo (Dustin) Carnes and Wendy (Lauren) Richtmyer; grandchildren, Jessica and Jacob Carnes; brothers, Gerald (Donna) Hyer and David Hyer (Sue Snyder); sister, Donna (Dwight) Wilber; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and grandson, Dustin L. Carnes, Jr.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, January 26 from 3-5 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Services will begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by a reception at the Myrtle-Jefferson Lodge, 308 W. Main St., Montour Falls. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, or to CareFirst Hospice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Robert E. House

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

Robert E. House

Age 33, of Cortland, NY, formerly of Trumansburg, passed away unexpectedly from diabetes complications on January 9, 2018.

Robert was born on January 16, 1984 in N. Kansas City, Mo. to Charlene House Updike. Together he was raised by his loving bonus father and best bud, Lawnie E. Updike.

Robert attended Trumansburg Central School District. He was currently working as a clerk at the local Byrne Dairy, after several years as a stay-at-home daddy.

He and his wife Michelle married on February 1, 2008 and were raising five beautiful little girls, Arhionna (12), McKenna (9), McKenzie (8), McKendra (7) and McKayla (5).

Robert was a huge Gamer, loved fishing and the great outdoors. Most importantly, he loved spending time with his girls and family.

Robert was predeceased by his grandpa, Raymond House of Kansas City, Mo., and grandma, Pauline House of Mecklenburg, NY.

He is survived by his two sisters, Krystal (nieces Isabella and Skyla) and Lexi Updike, along with several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Private services are at the convenience of the family. We love you, Robbie Bobby Bean Head, until we meet again.

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

Obituary: Arvine J. Pike

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

Arvine J. Pike

Age 76, of Burdett, passed away on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

Arvine was a kind, quiet, gentle man, but was also as tough as nails. The weather was never too hot or too cold to tackle any project or help someone out. Arvine was a family man who loved his wife, three boys and eight grandchildren dearly.

Arvine spent the last 20 years working with his son, Wade, at Pike’s Machine Shop. Arvine had a love for automobiles, flea markets, and volunteering for both the Reynoldsville Community Church Chicken Barbecues and the Reynoldsville Community Club. He spent many hours with his dad, Leon, at gun shows, car shows and the Canandaigua Steam Pageant.

Arvine had the ability to fix anything and he believed everything could be saved. He would never give up on a car, appliance, piece of furniture or a person. Arvine’s greatest achievement was sharing his knowledge, wisdom and heartfelt love with his wife, family and friends.

Arvine worked at Tompkins Community Hospital (Cayuga Medical Center) as a Special Projects Coordinator until he retired in 1996 with 35 years of service. He was a member and volunteer at the Reynoldsville Community Club; a member of the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church and the Painted Post Rod and Gun Club, and a lifetime member of the NRA.

Arvine is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Doris; children, Wayne (Heidi) Pike, Wade (Tammy) Pike, and Steven (Heather) Pike; grandchildren, Marissa, Amanda and Mitchell Pike, Alexis and Brandon Pike, and Nicholas, Brynn, and Griffin Pike; sister Priscella (Don) Kelly, and sisters-in-laws Nancy (Tom) Voorheis and Carolyn (Charles) Voorheis.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Sunday, January 21 from 2 p.m.-3 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at the funeral home at 3:00 p.m.; and burial Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the Hector Union Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Reynoldsville Community Club or a charity of one's choice in lieu of flowers. You may “Light a Candle” or express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Robert C. Wager

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

Robert C. Wager

Age 83, of Burdett, passed away on January 17, 2018. 

Robert was born in Watkins Glen on January 25, 1934, the son of Lincoln G. and Edna Wager. He honorably served in the U.S. Army from 1956-1958, stationed in Korea.  Bob worked at Besmer Co. in Lansing, NY, retiring in 1996. 

He was predeceased by his parents, and sisters, Rosalind Maine and Dorothy Smith. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Linda; children, Ashley (Tracy) Foy of Richlands, NC, Scott (Jeanne) Wager of Vestal, NY, and Karen Crane (Robert Arden) of Burdett; brother, Lincoln Wager of Watkins Glen; sister-in-law, Jane (Ronald) Salyer of Penn Yan; and five grandchildren, Jordan Foy, Kaitlin Crane, Ashley Crane, Zachary Wager and Cole Wager. 

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Monday, January 22 from 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; followed by a memorial service and military honors celebrating his life at the funeral home at 4:00 p.m; Rev. Jane Winters officiating. 

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

Obituary: Irene Burgess

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

Irene Burgess

Age 80, of Watkins Glen, passed away in the comfort of her home on January 14, 2018.
 
Irene worked at the Watkins Glen Central School for 25 years as a Custodian and retired in 2000, and at the First Presbyterian Church in Watkins Glen since 1974.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 27 at the First Presbyterian Church, Watkins Glen. Rev. Cara Milne will officiate.

She is survived by her husband, John Burgess; son, David Burgess; canine friend, Harry; special niece, Debbie (Davis) Nunn; sister-in-law, Gloria Slater; nieces, Amy Lynn and Michelle; and very special friend, Rob Rossiter.

The family would like to thank her special caregivers, Jane Kissell, Melissa Kissell and Maria Torres.

Those wishing to remember Irene may consider a donation to the First Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. You may light a “Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

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

Obituary: Erik B. Morse

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

Erik B. Morse

Age 47, of County Road 23, Dundee, NY, passed away on December 19, 2017 in Rock Stream, NY.

Erik was born on August 22, 1971 in Camden, NJ. He grew up with his family in Waveland, Mississippi and the Destin, Florida areas. He worked as an HVAC Technician for O’Connor Plumbing & Heating in Elmira, NY.

Eric is survived by a son, Brandon Morse of Louisiana; daughter, Krystal Isler of Florida; mother, Lynda (George) Schmidt of Gulfport, MS; father, Willard Morse of New Jersey; sister, Victoria “Vicki" Olaphant of Iowa; brothers, Michael Morse of Destin, FL and Steven Morse of Mississippi.

There are no services planned at this time. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen, NY.

Obituary: Joseph John Nelk

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

Joseph John Nelk

Age 21, of Pittsford, NY passed away unexpectedly on December 10, 2017 at age 21, while serving with A Troop 2-101 CAV NY Army National Guard on active duty in Ukraine.

He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Joseph J. Discenza with whom he shared a special bond. Joseph is survived by his parents, Patricia and Robert Nelk; sister, Emma; and brother, Anthony; maternal grandmother, Catherine Discenza; aunts, Virginia Yeager and Jacqueline Pastore; cousin, Hollie Heath (Clint Kellogg); paternal grandparents, Tony and Hetty Nelk; aunts, Tina Nelk and Linda Duncan; uncle, Edward (Christina) Nelk; cousins, Cassandra Taddeo, Brianna (Dallas) McClure, Caleb, Ethan and Sabrina Duncan; Katlyn Hank, Omar, Cristina, Christian, Victoria and Roberto Nelk.

Joseph enlisted in the National Guard and was proud to have been chosen for the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine (JMTG-U) mission. He arrived in Ukraine early in November after completing pre-mobilization training at Fort Bliss, TX.

Joseph was known for being a protective older brother, his wicked sense of humor and his steadfast loyalty to family and friendships.

A Celebration of Joseph's life with Military Honors was held at St. John of Rochester, Fairport. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery will be conducted at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project at: www.woundedwarriorproject.org or Operation Gratitude at: www.operationgratitude.com. To share a memory of Joseph or send a condolence to the family visit www.anthonychapels.com

Obituary: James Teemley

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

James Teemley

Age 89, of Burdett, NY, passed away on January 3, 2018.

Jim was born in Watkins Glen, NY on January 18, 1928, the son of Lewis and Frieda Teemley. He and his wife Nancy owned and operated Teemley's Market on Franklin Street in Watkins Glen for many years. He was also a lifelong member of the Myrtle-Jefferson Masonic Lodge and Burdett Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nancy (Berry) Teemley; children, Amy (Walt) Lakomy, Bill Teemley (Karen Hunter), and Roger (Susan) Teemley, all of Burdett; sister, Irene (Jack) Nelson of Maryland; sister-in-law, Bonnie Teemley of Florida; four grandchildren, Lindsay (Nathan) Boles, Cody (Courtney) Lakomy, Kaylyn (David) Sidle, and Logan Teemley; and two great-grandchildren, Madison Lakomy and Aurora Boles.

According to his wishes, private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with burial at Glenwood Cemetery.

Those wishing to remember Jim may consider a memorial donation to the V-L-H Fire Department, PO Box 46, Hector, NY 14841. Or you may express condolences to the family or Light a Candle in his memory online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

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

Obituary: Donald C. Brooke

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

Donald C. Brooke

Formerly of Montour Falls, NY, died on Friday, December 15, 2017 at his home in Lexington, KY.

A graduate of Odessa-Montour Central School and Tri-State College (Angola, Indiana), he was an Army veteran of the Korean War and was employed for many years by Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Horseheads, NY. Don was also a lifelong avid ham radio operator, known by his call letters, WA2ELD.

He is survived by his wife, Lois J. (Teeter) Brooke of Lexington, KY; children, Robert (Kathleen) Brooke of Winter Haven, FL, William Brooke and Katharine Brooke, both of Montour Falls, Lawrence Brooke (Abby Widmer) of Sarasota, FL, and Patricia (Cliff) D’Angelo, Winter Springs, FL; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his mother, Mary M. Brooke.

A full military service and burial will be held at Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, NY in July.

Obituary: Nicholas L. Ruvolo

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

Nicholas L. Ruvolo

Age 83, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Friday, January 5, 2018 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira.

Nick was born in Elmira, NY on November 20, 1934, the son of the late Rose (Franzese) and Casper Ruvolo. Nick served in the U.S. Army from 1954 until 1956. He worked for both salt companies in Watkins Glen, worked in construction and retired after 20 years of service for St. Mary’s of the Lake Church. He was a faithful member of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church and was also a member of the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge 1546.

Nick is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Mary Lou (Conte) Ruvolo; daughters, Lori (Rocco) Zingaro of Webster and Linda Mizerak of Watkins Glen; his grandchildren, Nicholas (Stephanie) Mizerak of Long Island, David (Ned) Mizerak of Watkins Glen, Tyler (Nicole) Mizerak of Watkins Glen, and Matthew Lusardi of Rochester; and Nick’s beloved great grandchildren, Carter and Elizabeth Mizerak and soon to be Trenton Joseph Mizerak. Nick had a special bond with his brother-in-law Sante Conti, sister-in-law Sally (Murphy) Conti, and their daughter Shelly. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, including Gregg (Gwen) Ruvolo, who was like a son to him, of Lakeland, Florida, and Josette (Mark) Saginario of Louisiana. In addition to his parents, Nick was predeceased by his brothers, Gregory and Richard Ruvolo, and sister, Patricia Ruvolo.

Friends and family may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 10 at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen, NY. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, January 11 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery will be held at the convenience of his family.
 
Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, P.O. Box 289, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

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

Obituary: George W. Hoffman

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

George W. Hoffman

Age 68, of Alpine, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at home.

He was born in Flushing, NY on December 16, 1949, the son of the late Clarence and Rena (Centurelli) Hoffman. George graduated from Odessa High School and served with the U.S. Army Reserves for several years. He married the love of his life, Paula, on April 14, 1990 in Cayuta.

George held many jobs throughout his life. He worked construction for New York State, worked at Kolar Machine and Alpine Machine, drove bus at the Special Children’s Center, owned many rental properties and was a farmer. He enjoyed hunting, camping, family gatherings, buffets, and most of all spending time with his family and his loyal fur babies Sammy and Tyson.

George is survived by his wife, Paula; and his children, Jamie (Tara) Hoffman, Carla Myers, Brad Hoffman, Amber (Marvin) Davis, Christopher (Lindsey) Hoffman, Rachel Hoffman and Michael Hoffman. In addition to his seven children, he had also taken in Mackenzie Moore, Matt Smith, and many more children who were a part of his life and who he considered his own. Also surviving: brother, Richard (Patti) Hoffman; grandchildren, Rebecca, Sebrena, Dakota, Jonathan, Lucas, Olivia, Collins, Kiara, Jalen, Jordan, Aleeyah Georgina, Lily, Jesse, Sophia, Adalyn, and special granddaughter, Emma; great grandchildren, Milah, Lebryn and Bailey; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Wayne, Steve and Fred Hoffman.

“The only Superman we know we call  Dad”

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 3-5 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by a reception at the Montour Falls Fire Department. To leave the family a message of condolence or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Norma Crego Baldassarre

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Norma Crego Baldassarre

Age 94, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Norma was born on November 23, 1923 in Covington, PA, the daughter of the late Stanley and Lora Crego. Norma graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1939 and attended Elmira Business School. After graduating she worked for several years at Glen National Bank. She married Rocco Macri on September 14, 1947, and after his death, married her devoted husband of 38½ years, George Baldassarre. Norma worked as the assistant to the principal of Watkins Glen High School, but spent most of her professional life as the Treasurer of the Watkins Glen School District.

Norma was also a very active community member. She served on the Session at the Watkins Glen First Presbyterian Church, taught Sunday School there for years and received the Woman of Faith Award in 2008. She was also a 4-H leader, served as Treasurer of the Friends of the Watkins Glen Library, and volunteered at R.S.V.P. and Schuyler Hospital.

Norma loved living in Watkins Glen, choosing to stay there even in her retirement. Norma lived a full and joyful life. She had many passions and talents that she pursued throughout the years. She loved working in her flower garden, was universally considered to be the best pie maker around, was an avid bowler, a loyal member of the 39er’s Club, enjoyed reading, playing euchre, supporting the Yankees with her husband, George, and especially loved spending time with her family.

Norma was predeceased by her parents, Stanley and Lora Crego; her first husband, Rocco Macri; son, Paul Macri, and sister, Lola Mae Crego. She is survived by her loving husband, George Baldassarre; son, John Macri (Darlene Sanford) of Horseheads, NY; daughter, Lora (Klaas) Schilder of Clinton, NY; stepdaughters, Roann (Tim) Dermady of Watertown, NY and Joan Bartosz (and partner Ron DiNitto) of Forest City, NC; stepson, Frank (Jeanne) Baldassarre of Spokane, WA; sister, Ruth Benson of Los Angeles, CA; 13 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Saturday, January 6 from 2-4 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 4 p.m. at the funeral home, Rev. Cara S. Milner officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Reading Center in the spring.

In appreciation of her love of reading, please consider a memorial donation to the Friends of Watkins Library (FOWL), c/o Watkins Glen Public Library, 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online in Norma’s memory at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Kathleen May LeShure

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

Kathleen May (Madigan) LeShure

Age 65, went to be with the Lord unexpectedly on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at her home in Montour Falls.

Kathleen was born in Penn Yan, NY on October 13, 1952 to the late Samuel Madigan and Marion (McCann) Barron. Kathleen married Rodger LeShure, Sr. on December 11, 1976. She worked as a PCA and loved her job and had compassion for her clients. She loved camping with her husband, playing with her grandchildren, and was a big Jets fan.

Kathleen is survived by her loving husband of 41 years, Rodger LeShure, Sr.; two daughters, Katina (Bruce) McClain and Michelle Hartford; a son, Rodger LeShure, Jr.; grandchildren, David (Tiffany) Robinson, Edward (Cortney) McClain, Aaron Robinson, Mason McClain, Caylee McClain, Bryce McClain and Zachariah LeShure; eight great grandchildren; and a brother, Daniel Madigan.

As per Kathleen’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or services. She will be missed by many who loved her. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Brian Scott Sidle

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

Brian Scott Sidle

Age 40, born on October 1, 1977 to F. Joseph Sidle II and Diane (Shipos) Sidle, passed away from his battle with cancer on Saturday, December 30, 2017 surrounded by family and close friends.

At the time of his illness, Brian was working at the Town of Cayuta Highway Department. Brian’s passions were his family, friends, and garden tractor pulls. He looked forward to his weekends of tractor pulling, and seeing all of his tractor pulling families.

Brian is survived by his wife of 13 years, Amy Lee Sidle; daughter, Shirley Elizabeth Sidle; son, Jonathan Scott Sidle; brothers, Mark J. (Misti) Sidle, and Joey (Wendy) Sidle; sister-in-law, Deidra (Tim Geisel) Moharter; special niece, Hayley Burke; Papa Roger (Connie) Hile; brothers and sisters in crime, Doug (Angie) Collins, Dusty Spaulding, Gary (Nolan) Silcox, and Marquerite (Rgelio) Jayne; along with several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, as well as many close friends who became family to him. Brian was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, F. Joseph Sidle I; paternal grandmother, Amelia Elmo; and maternal grandparents, Joseph and Shirley Shipos.

Brian’s family would like to thank all of his family, friends and the community who came together to support and help Brian and his family during his yearlong battle with cancer.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, January 13 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A memorial service will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family, in c/o Deidra Moharter, 2564 Steam Mill Rd., Odessa, NY 14869. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Dominic S. Giambo

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

Dominic S. Giambo

Age 98, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Friday, December 29, 2017 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls.

Nick was born on February 8, 1919 in Oswego, NY, the son of the late Salvatore and Antonina Genovese Giambo. Nick served in the U.S. Army as a Staff Sgt. from 1943 until 1946. He retired from the Watkins Glen School District, where he had taught Industrial Arts.  Nick was a life member of the Watkins Glen BPOE Elks Lodge #1546.

Nick is survived by his children, Carol Taber of Horseheads, Robert Giambo of Oswego, David (Deborah) Giambo of Virginia, and Deborah (George) Kiteveles of Liverpool; his grandchildren, Gina Taber, Dominic Giambo, Anthony Giambo, Thomas (Donna) Taber, Scott (Mary Ann) Taber, Kimberly (Greg) Covell, and Eric (Jackie) Taber; his great grandchildren, Aidan Adams and Landyn Taber; his sister, Mayme Krawczyk; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Nick was predeceased by his loving wife, Anna M. (Onofri) Giambo, on September 5, 1986; his sister, Mary Lombard; and his brothers, Anthony, Phil, Tommy and Joseph Giambo.

Friends and family may call from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, January 8, 2018 at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen, NY.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, January 9 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Interment will follow with Military Honors at Holy Cross Cemetery, Watkins Glen.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, PO Box 289, Watkins Glen, NY 14891. Friends and family may share memories of Nick at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Richard W. Green

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

Richard W. "Greenie" Green

Age 64, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed peacefully from this life the morning of December 27, 2017 after a brief battle with cancer. He was surrounded and supported by his loving family during the last hours of his life.

Greenie was born on February 19, 1953 in Montour Falls, NY to Elizabeth “Betty” Green and Stewart E. Green, who predeceased him.

Greenie was a people person and always enjoyed sharing and listening to stories. He loved sports, especially playing softball. He was an avid NY Giants, NY Yankees, and NASCAR fan. Before it closed, Greenie was a Forklift Operator for Shepard Niles in Montour Falls for 17 years. He tended bar at the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge and often referred to himself as a "Psychologist." In addition to being a member of the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge 1546, he was a past member of the Mechanics Club and the VFW. He always enjoyed being outdoors, especially when he was on neighborhood watch.

Greenie is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 42 years, Debbie, and his children, Wendy Green, Tracey (Eric) VanSkiver, and Buffy Green. In addition to his parents, Greenie was predeceased by his son, Michael Green. He will be fondly remembered by his eight grandchildren, Alexsis, Trevor, Olivia, Natalie, Lucas, Markus, Mitchell, and McKenna; sisters, Debbie Besley, Billie Green and Patty Searing, and his brother, Stewart (Cindy Boyer Green predeceased) Green; nieces and nephews, Stewart, Kelly, Logan, Krista, and Matthew; as well as many cousins.

A celebration of Greenie's life with a time to share memories and stories will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2018 beginning with an Elks Memorial Service at 3 p.m., with a time to visit until 6 p.m. at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Greenie’s name to the charity of one’s choice. Memories and stories may also be shared with Greenie’s family and friends at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Jesse Alan Hayes

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

Jesse Alan Hayes

Age 62, of Ithaca, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, December 25, 2017.

He was born in Montour Falls on August 28, 1955, the son of Ralph and Margarita Hayes. Jesse graduated from Odessa-Montour High School in 1973 and went on to serve with the U.S. Air Force. He was employed at Cornell University and previously at Therm.

Jesse was a Sci-Fi fan, especially Star Trek. He loved music and the Beatles, and was an avid reader.

He was predeceased by his parents, brother Jeffrey Hayes, and nephew Zachary Hayes. He is survived by his sisters, Linda (Kirk) Smith of Montour Falls, and Christina (James) Inman of Lansing; a brother, John Hayes of Watkins Glen; a son, Christopher Carbone; grandchildren, Sierra and Nicholas Carbone; special cousin, Steve Hayes; longtime friend, Bill Payne; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 12 noon-2 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls.

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

Obituary: Judith Ann (Decker) Croft

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

Judith Ann (Decker) Croft

Age 71, of Odessa, NY passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Montour Falls, NY on February 22, 1946, the daughter of William and Doris Field, and graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1964. Judy married Richard L. Croft on November 4, 1967 in Watkins Glen.

Judy retired from the Schuyler County Office for the Aging. She enjoyed many trips to Disney World, playing cards, gambling, and spending time with her family and friends. She was predeceased by her parents, William and Doris Field; a brother, Robert Decker, and a sister, Gale Burgess.

She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Richard Croft; sons, Brian (Mary Ellen, and her daughter Shannon and family) Croft of Watkins Glen, and Michael (Sonja) Croft of Montour Falls; brothers, David (Lois) Decker and Charles (Vicky) Decker; sister-in-law Rita Decker; three grandchildren, Drake, Leeah and Connor; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, December 27 from 2-5 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A celebration of Judy’s life will follow at the Mechanics Club, 237 W. Main St., Montour Falls.

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

Obituary: Juanita Mae Tomassi

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

Juanita Mae Tomassi

Age 81, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Friday, December 15, 2017.

She was born on May 18, 1936, the daughter of Helen and John Mathews. Juanita retired from Watkins Glen Central School as a cafeteria worker. She was a member of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen, and a member of the Women of the Moose Montour Falls Chapter 1401.

The love of her life, Helen Marie, will greatly miss her. Juanita valued time spent with her family and friends. Her favorite pastime was to sit at the lake and be absorbed in the tranquility of her surroundings. She enjoyed Friday lunches at the Montour Moose Club with Helen Marie, Dave, her brother Michael, and Uncle Frank, and loved ice cream cones.

Juanita was predeceased by her parents, infant son Ralph, sister Doris (Bill) Smith, and brother John Mathews. She is survived by her daughter, Helen Marie (David) Starkweather of Montour Falls; brother, Michael P. (Patty) Bilinski of Watkins Glen; grandchildren, Christine (Bryan) Kurcoba of Elmira, David (Cara) Starkweather of Montour Falls, and Bryan (Mary) Starkweather of Wayne; great grandchildren, Shaun and Jordynn Kurcoba, Eliza Starkweather, and Allison, Leah, Emily and Nate Starkweather; nieces and nephews, Teresa, Michael, Tammy, Lori, and their families, Heather (Jeremy Dawson), Molly Bilinski, Susan Smith Collins, Nancy Haner, and William Smith; great nieces and nephews, Madaline Bryerton, Hailey Smith, and Joseph and William Haner; and special cousin, Thais (Mario) Sarceni.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, December 22 from 4-7 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A service will follow at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865, or to a charity of one’s choice. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: William H. Peters

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

William Henry (Bill) Peters

Age 77, formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, died Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 in Venice, Florida.

He was born in St. Johnsbury, VT on August 22, 1940 to Eleanor L. Peters (née Fuller) and Wesley C. Peters.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lucina Carol of Venice, FL; daughter Susan L. Peters and her son, Michael Henrikson, of Seminole, FL ; daughter Ann C. Harrison and her husband, Glenn, of East Falmouth, MA; son Todd W. Peters and his wife Lisa, daughter Kalle, and son Wesley of Louisville, CO; sister Diantha L. Langmaid and her husband, Dwayne, of Danville, VT; brother Robert C. Peters and his wife, Sonia, of Granby, VT; and numerous cherished nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws.

Bill graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy in 1958 and pursued collegiate studies at Lyndon Teachers College (Lyndon State College), Rutgers University and the University of Rochester. He earned a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter professional designation and was a chapter member in Syracuse, NY.

In 1970, Bill moved to Watkins Glen, NY with his family, where he purchased the E.C. Cooper, Inc. insurance agency. Bill was an active member of his community, serving on several boards of directors including the Schuyler County Chamber of Commerce, the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Corporation, and many proud years with Schuyler Hospital, where he served time as chairman.

He was a devoted member of the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club, serving time as president and earning peer recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow. Bill was also an elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Watkins Glen and served on the Regional Economic Development Committee. In 1995, he was nominated Business Person of the Year by the Schuyler County Chamber of Commerce and in 2013 was inducted into the Schuyler County Hall of Fame.

He was an avid Syracuse basketball fan and lifelong outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed sharing in golfing, hunting, fishing and boating activities with his close friends and family. Bill’s leadership, love for his community and warm sense of humor touched many throughout his life.

There are no memorial services planned at this time. Remembrances in his name may be made to Suncoast Hospice of Pinellas County, FL.

Obituary: Herbert E. Wheeler, Jr.

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Herbert E. Wheeler, Jr.

Age 60, of Elmira, passed away on Saturday, December 16, 2017.

He was born in Corning on June 26, 1957, a son of the late Herbert E. “Hurk” Wheeler, Sr. and Naomi Fritzon.

He is survived by his wife, Ethel Wheeler; sons, David Wilson and Herbert E. Wheeler III; daughters, Linda (Erik) Wilson Davis and Darla Wheeler; sisters, Mary Wheeler (Bruce Lawrence), Kathy Fritzon and Diane Fritzon-Eldred (Jonathon); brothers, Frank Wheeler, John Fritzon (Kathy Covert), and Kenny Faucett; brother-in-law, Gary Reasor, Sr.; grandchildren, Dillon, Branden, Jakob, Reagan, Jazmine, Elijah, Liberty, Tammy, Christopher, Noah, and Luke; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Jason Lee Wheeler, and granddaughter, Heaven Lee Wheeler.

A special thanks to friends Joyce Walker, Elaine Crans, Adam and Joy Smith, Gary Wheeler, Jr., Pam and Herbie Smith, Karen Mattison, and Kenny Faucett.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, December 20 from 11:00 a..m.-12:00 noon at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A funeral service will follow at 12:00 noon at the funeral home.

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

Obituary: Thomas L. Smalley, Sr.

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Thomas L. Smalley, Sr.

Age 74, of Reading Center, finished the race on December 14, 2017. 

Tom was the owner of Smalley’s Garage on Franklin Street in Watkins Glen, NY. The family business was founded in 1941 by his father, Lester Smalley. Tom continued the tradition of the business as owner and operator in 1987; it just celebrated its 76th anniversary. 

For 40 years, Tom was known throughout the dirt track racing community as the “00.” He was a winner of multiple track championships, inspiring race fans both young and old. 

The family will receive friends and relatives on Tuesday, Dec. 19 from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. A funeral service celebrating his life will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 10 a.m., followed by burial at Hillside Cemetery in Dundee.

Tom was predeceased by his parents, Nathan “Lester” and Florence Smalley; and brother and sisters, Gene Smalley, Sharon Bingell and Valnetta Crissinger. He is survived by his wife, Karla; children, T.J. Smalley (David Atwood) of Rochester, Chris (Michelle) Smalley of Bethalto, IL, Jerrie (Steven) Pond of Pulteney, NY, Travis Bentley of Dundee, Patrick (Randi) Smalley of Hemlock, and Trevor Bentley of Reading Center; brothers and sister, Robert Smalley of Beaver Dams, Michael (Ida) Smalley of Rock Stream, and Kathy Lynn (Sam) Ector of Watkins Glen; eight grandchildren and one great grandson. 

Memorial donations may be made to the International Motor Racing Research Center, 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY.  You may express condolences or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com 

Obituary: Wayne M. Smith

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

Wayne M. Smith

Age 72, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away at home on December 12, 2017.

Wayne was born on August 17, 1945 in New Brunswick, NJ, the son of the late Myrtle Voorhees Smith and Harry D. Smith.

After graduating from Washington High School in Washington, NJ, Wayne joined the U.S. Army, which included a tour of duty in Vietnam. On return to the States, he was active in the Army Reserves. Later he was employed by SI Handling Systems in Easton, PA. While there, he worked as an Installation Field Superintendent of various automated systems. This took him to many parts of the U.S. and Canada as well as some worldwide installations.

After many years of travel and time away from family, Wayne decided to pursue another dream and the family purchased their current farm in Watkins Glen. Here Wayne enjoyed raising a variety of animals and working the fields. He also found time for his enjoyment of antiques and collectibles, which included antique gas engines, farm equipment and household goods and tools. Ever the thinker and designer, he was always figuring out new ways to make something work. It was on the farm and in his workshop that he spent the remainder of his days.

Always cherishing our freedom that he and many members of his family served to protect, the 4th of July was always important to him. He began an annual Independence Day party that over the years grew to include dozens of friends, family, and neighbors. He was saddened when disease and hospitalization cancelled last July’s event.

In addition to his parents, Wayne was predeceased by his brother, Harry C. Smith, and nephew, Capt. David M. Smith, USN. He is survived by his spouse, Patti Smith; children, Kevin (Liz) Smith of Horseheads, Kristy (Randy) Thorpe of Watkins Glen and Sherri (Scott) Tapp of Hackettstown, NJ; his grandchildren, Kambrie and Kaylee Thorpe of Watkins Glen and Noah Tapp of Hackettstown, NJ; as well as several nieces and nephews.

A gathering to celebrate Wayne’s life will be held on Wednesday, December 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen. In recognition of his service, Military Honors will be held at the funeral home at 6 p.m.

Those wishing to remember Wayne may make contributions in his memory to any cancer or veterans organizations of one’s choice. Memories of Wayne may be shared with his family and friends at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Jeffrey Charles Williams

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

Jeffrey Charles Williams

Age 65, of Burdett, NY passed away after a prolonged illness on Wednesday December 13, 2017.

He was born in Montour Falls, NY on May 27, 1952 to Jean (Webster) and Charles Williams.

Jeff was predeceased by his father, Charles Williams. He is survived by his children, Christina (Dean) Jackson, Ronelle (Adam) Thornton, and Charles Williams; his mother, Jean Williams; his beloved grandsons, Henry, Mitchell, and Theodore Jackson; his ex-wife, Mary Williams; his sister, Katherine (Doug) Irons, and brother, Steven Williams; several nieces and nephews, and many cousins. Jeff is also survived by his dear friend Nancy Woodworth-Shaw, who was dedicated to his care as his health declined.  

Jeff owned Williams Electric for many years, and later worked as an electrical estimator for Welliver. He loved his home on Seneca Lake, and in his spare time enjoyed boating, racing and watching the Yankees. Jeff also enjoyed coaching his grandsons’ Little League teams before his health prevented him.

Jeff’s family is especially indebted to the support that they received from Angel Flights and the Schuyler County Ambulance.

Family and friends are invited to gather to celebrate Jeff’s life on Sunday, December 17 at the Elks Lodge at 300 N. Madison Ave., Watkins Glen, NY from 2-5 p.m. with a brief Elks Service at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor can be sent to the Burdett Fire Department at 3830 Willow Street, Burdett, NY 14818. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Fay Everett Combs

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

Fay Everett Combs

Age 84, of Burdett, died peacefully on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving wife and children.

He was born in Romulus, NY on March 2, 1933, the son of Ray M. and Alice Faye Everett (Stewart) Combs.

Fay was the loving husband of Nancy Dean Combs, and would have happily celebrated 61 years of marriage on December 31, 2017. He adored Nancy, and told her he knew he would marry her the first time he met her. Fay was adored by his children, Julie Faye (James) O’Brien, Valerie Jane (Michael) Moore, and Raymond Martin (Lisa) Combs; ten grandchildren, Jessica (Gerlando) Purpura, Stephanie (Jay) Parente, Michelle (Nick) Huber, Alicia (Cole) Bubb, Krista (Eric) Brunner, Lindsy (Patrick) Hyer, Bradley (Nadia) Combs, Matthew (Brittany) Combs, Steven (Sarah) Combs, and Deanne (David) Housenecht; 15 great grandchildren, Salvatore, Michael, Sofia, Luca, Mason, Morgan, Evan, Collin, Raelynn, Patrick, Valor, Clive, Timothy, Giovanni, and Anthony; nephews, Kevin (Cindy) Finch and Terry Call; and many other nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his youngest son, James Dean Combs, on September 12, 2017. He was also predeceased by his sisters and brothers-in-law, Elsie and William Finch, Betty and Cedric Call, and nephew, Donald C. Call; maternal grandparents, Jesse and Jenny (Everett) Stewart; paternal grandparents, Warren and Emma (La Boyteaux) Combs, and Levi and Vera Skinner; and in-laws, Paul and Reva Dean.

Fay was an orphan from the age of 6, and was raised by his grandparents, Jesse and Jenny Stewart, to the age of 16. After the passing of his grandmother, he was fortunate to live with Levi and Vera Skinner to finish high school. He helped them with daily farm chores. They were wonderful to Fay and considered him a son since they never had children. In their elder years, Fay looked after them until their deaths.

Fay graduated from Interlaken Central School and attended Alfred Ag & Tech School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955, stationed in Vienna, Austria with the International Patrol.

Fay worked construction for many years and retired from Cayuga Medical Center in 1994. He was always there to give a hand to many friends, family members and neighbors. He and his sons also did masonry work. Fay built homes for his four children, including a log home, where he cut and readied the logs, for Raymond and his family.

Fay was a loving husband and father. He was a very quiet and private individual. He was always helping others, but not good at accepting help. He was a member of the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, December 15 from 2-5 p.m. at the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church, 5099 Rte. 227, Burdett. Funeral services will begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by a reception in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jimmy Dean Combs Scholarship Fund at Watkins Glen Central School or to the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Jacqueline P. Rondinaro

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

Jacqueline P. Rondinaro

Age 80, of Watkins Glen, NY, died December 11, 2017 surrounded by her family and the grace of God.  

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Friday, Dec. 15 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, Watkins Glen.

“Jackie” was predeceased by her husband, Albert D. Rondinaro; parents, John and Mary Plate; and brother, Wesley “Sandy” Plate. She is survived by her brother, John (Patricia) Plate; sister-in-law, Janet Plate; children, John (Diane Christensen), Mark, Matthew, Maria, Susan (Stephen) MacAvery, Margaret, Theresa (Scott Wallace), Luke, and Catherine (Ian Cha); grandchildren, Chelsea, Michael, Jean, Jacqueline, Reid, and Neil; best friend Carol Pfiffer; and numerous relatives and friends. 

Jackie was devoted to her family and her faith. As an active member of St. Mary’s, she sang in the Resurrection Choir and offered many prayers as part of the Prayer Chain. She was a champion for life.

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 Hospital, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865.  You may express condolences or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Kirsten Marie Sample Little

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

Kirsten Marie Sample Little

Age 24, of Elmira, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. She was joined in Heaven two days later by her newborn son, Willie David Little.

She was born in Montour Falls on December 21, 1992, the daughter of Scott Sample and Jeannie Horton. Kirsten was a loving wife and stay-at-home mom. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Donald W. Little, Jr. of Elmira; daughter, Leandra M. Cole; stepson, Elijah Boyd; parents, Scott Sample (Barbara E. Thompson) of Montour Falls, and Jeannie M. Horton (Randall W. Green) of Corning; grandparents, Robert D. (Frances) Sample of Montour Falls, Donald (Tammy) Horton of Bath, and Judith Horton of Bath, and Lee Ann Tyler of Lindley; sisters, Kayla L. Sample of Old Town, FL, Kimberlyn M. Green of Corning, Taylor M. Thompson of Montour Falls, Madison H. Thompson of Montour Falls, Jessica L. (Aaron) Gerow of Painted Post, and Colleen Collins; brothers, William S. (Shawn) Deprospero of Millport, and Jordan S. Thompson of Montour Falls; in-laws, Clara Hargraves and Donald W. Little, Sr.; aunts, Jaime Patoine, Keri Horton, Jennifer Horton, Meghan Tyler, Michelle Champlain, Laura Morseman, Nancy Shumway, Kandy Sample and Jessica Church; uncles, Robert Sample, Jr., Gary Horton, Daniel Shumway, Sr., Steven Tyler, Jeffrey Tyler, and Simon Patoine; eleven cousins; a niece and four nephews.

She was predeceased by her great grandfather, David Hall, in 2009; great grandmother, Melissa Hall, in 2012; great grandmother, Agnes Wyre, in 2009; great grandfather, Donald Horton, Sr., in 1998; great grandmother, Doris Horton, in 2017, and cousin, Daniel Shumway.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, December 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 221 W. South St., Montour Falls.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Go Fund Me page, gf.me/u/fh55ap, or directly to Donald Little. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Louise M. Miller

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

Louise M. Miller

Age 93, of Cayuta, NY, passed away on Friday, December 8, 2017 at home surrounded by her family.

She was born in Brooktondale, NY on February 5, 1924, the daughter of the late George and Eva (Cortright) Wolcott.

Louise had a full life, filled with travel and adventures. She enjoyed retirement with her loving husband, making quilts, playing cards and spoiling their cats. Her family brought her great joy, and her favorite thing in the world was to have a full house of people to feed! She will be remembered by everyone who was lucky enough to have had her touch their lives.

She is survived by her husband, James Miller; children, Anne Durfey, Steven Sopp, Janice Bostic, and Ronald Sopp; daughter-in-law, Teryl Sopp; grandchildren, Cheryl Gombas, Michele (Jon) Henderson, Jennifer (Jeff) Stevenson, R.J. Durfey, Ryan Durfey, Kristen Harstad, Jackie (Chris) Cooper, Jeanne (Peter) Moreno, Jerica (Josh) Murdough, Nick Sopp, and Brad Moore; several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, John Sopp; son-in-law, Jim Bostic; sisters, Lela Roger, Betty Woodard and Ellen Corning; and brothers, William Wolcott, Charles Wolcott and Donald Wolcott.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, December 23 from 1-2 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m.

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

Obituary: Marie F. Bubb

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

Marie F. Bubb

Age 98, of Hector, New York, went home to the Lord on Friday, December 8, 2017.

Marie was born on August 26, 1919 in Niagara Falls, NY.  She was one of nine children.

She was predeceased by her husband of 72 years, Carl L. Bubb, Sr.,  and seven brothers and sisters. She is survived by her children: son Carl L. Bubb, Jr. (wife Jan Bubb), daughter Janet Smith (husband Peter Smith), all of Hector, and daughter Beverly Goulding (husband Charles Goulding) of New Hope, PA; and brother, James Fadel of Niagara Falls. She has seven grandchildren, Elizabeth Zirkle of Wake Forest, NC, Laura Burger of Alexandria, VA, and Matt Smith, Jesse Smith, Cole Bubb, Keith Bubb and Drew Bubb, all of Hector, NY; and 11 great grandchildren.

Marie was a teachers’ aide at Thomas Edison High School and worked with children with special needs.

A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, December 16 at 1:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Hector, NY. The family will receive friends at the church prior to services from 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m.  A reception will be held at the church following the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865 or a charity of one’s choice.

The family would like to sincerely thank the staff at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, Schuyler Hospital and Hospice for the loving care of our mother. You may express condolences or sign a guestbook online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home.

Obituary: Marie C. Bennett

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

Marie C. Bennett

Age 93, passed away at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Vicky and Charles Decker of Watkins Glen, NY on December 7, 2017.

Marie was born in Montour Falls, NY on November 13, 1924 to Gertrude (Chase) and Homer Clark of Millport, NY.  She was the first successful cesarean delivery at the hospital where mother and child survived. She graduated from Horseheads High School in 1938. She married Warren Bennett after he returned from WWII in 1947.

Marie worked at Shepard Niles, Montour Falls, and Willard Psychiatric Center, later retiring from Watkins Glen and Montour Falls Community Residence in 1987. Marie enjoyed traveling, spending the winters in Florida, playing cards and spending time with family and friends. She was a member of the Grace Lee Memorial Wesleyan Church in Beaver Dams, NY.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband; brothers and their wives, Lawrence and Paula Clark and Lindy and Joann Clark; grandson, Danny Bennett; and great grandson, Trent Truax.

Marie is survived by her children, Walter (Luanne) Bennett of Watkins Glen, Karen (Morris) Truax of Corryton, Tenn., Vicky (Charles) Decker of Watkins Glen, Frank Bennett of Beaver Dams, and Art (Kelly) Bennett of Watkins Glen. She had 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

In keeping with Marie’s wishes, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Grace Lee Memorial Wesleyan Church, 2075 Chambers Rd., Beaver Dams, NY 14812; The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 60 East 56th Street, 8th floor, New York, NY 10022, or Care First, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870.  Friends and family may share memories of Marie at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Steven A. Kelley

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

Steven A. Kelley

Age 73, formerly of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on November 29, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia. 

Steven was born on April 17, 1944 in Massillon, Ohio to his parents, Paul and Roberta Kelley. He graduated from SUNY Cortland with a degree in Biology. After college, he returned to his hometown of Montour Falls, New York to teach high school. He moved to Virginia in 1976. After teaching and roles in sales and management consulting, he settled into a long and rewarding career helping others with theirs. 

Steven was a patient and supportive father with a passion for coaching, music, and art. Outside of his family, his greatest love was the restoration of classic British cars, with a particular fondness for Jaguars.

Steven will be greatly missed by his wife of over 50 years, Kathy Kelley; daughter Leanne Kelley Casolaro and her children Joe and Alicia; son, Jeff (Kate) and his daughter Caroline and stepson Jack; son Kevin (Ruth Beck); and his two brothers Don and Dave. Steve was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Pat Kramer, and his brother Jack.

A memorial service will take place on MondayDecember 11, at 2:00 p.m. at Bon Air Presbyterian Church, Richmond, Va. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s Association will be gratefully received.

Obituary: Thomas E. Peoples, Sr.

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

Thomas E. Peoples, Sr.

Age 69, of Montour Falls, passed away on Saturday, December 2, 2017.

He was born in Wellsboro, PA, the son of William and Laura (Hall) Peoples. Thomas was a lifelong dairy farmer. He enjoyed hunting and spending Saturday nights watching his brother Ken race.

He is survived by two daughters, Teresa (Michael) Mingos of Elmira and Toni Peoples of Burdett; son, Thomas E. (Billie Jean) Peoples, Jr. of Montour Falls; four brothers, Bill (Marilyn) Peoples and Ken (Millie) Peoples of Addison, and Bob (Glenda) Peoples and Brad Peoples of Tuscarora; four grandchildren, Zach, Troy, Laura and Marshall; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Gloria Jean Smith.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, December 5 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will begin at 1:00 p.m., followed by burial in Addison Hill Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Bonnie White

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

Bonnie White

Age 67, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 23, 2017 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center.

She was born in Lima, NY on December 8, 1949, the daughter of Ralph and Alice White. A lover of all things Elvis, butterflies and grandchildren, Bonnie was a fast friend, and easy conversationalist. She was formerly a bus driver with the Odessa-Montour School District for many years.

She is survived by a daughter, Lili (Alfredo) Llanas; a son, Michael (Rachel) White; grandchildren, Aaron, Avery, Alex, Amelia, Esme, Georgia, Andrew, Maya and Jude; siblings, George White, Helen Alford, Joan Sheffield Kinner, Donna (Paul) Compton, Nancy (Dan) Greenawalt, Patrick (Cheryl) White, and Sandra Babcock; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Obituary: Elizabeth Jean Koch

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

Elizabeth Jean Koch

Age 90, of Enfield, NY, passed away on Monday, November 27, 2017 at the Evergreen House in Jacksonville, NY.

She was born in Rome, NY on April 11, 1927, the daughter of the late Floyd R. Smith and Anna (Evenden) Smith. Mrs. Koch retired as Postmaster of the Lee Center Post Office in Lee Center, NY. She was a member of the Jacksonville Community United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Mayflower Society, and enjoyed genealogy.

She is survived by two sons, Paul Koch of Webster, FL, and David (Lisa) MacLeod of Enfield; four grandchildren; a great grandson; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, John Koch, on May 5, 2006, and by her sister, Dorothy Scott, on May 1, 2001.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, December 1 from 5-7 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 2 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Valley Home Cemetery in Windham, PA.

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

Obituary: Nona Schimizzi

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

Nona Schimizzi

Age 77, of Burdett, passed away on November 25, 2017 at home.

Nona was born on Feb. 8, 1940 in Montour Falls, the daughter of Ralph and Hazel Burnett. Nona owned and operated Murph’s Business Services in Watkins Glen. She was a lifelong member of the Logan Methodist Church, immediate Past President of the Logan Community Center, member of the Ladies Wednesday Afternoon Club and owner of the Farmer’s and Growers Association of Hector.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband Anthony; brother H. Wallace Burnett; great-nephew Brandon Allen, and infant nephew Donald Roger Brown. She is survived by her sister, Barbara Brown of Burdett; nieces and nephews, Lori (Bob) Allen, Gary (Lisa) Brown, Cindy (Bill) Freeman, Steve (Heather) Burnett, Greg (Leighann) Burnett, Brian (Amy) Burnett, and Clay Burnett; great-nieces and great-nephews, Josh Brown, Melinda Brown (fiancé Rich Button), Phil (LeAnn) Brown, Jason Allen and Jeremy Allen, Erica Freeman and Andrew Freeman, Bobby, Bryce and Braydon Burnett, and Hanna Burnett; and great-great-nieces and nephews, Jacob Klee, Bentley Button, Hailey, Daniel, Drake, Cadence, Emily and Jaxon.

Family and friends are invited to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Thursday, November 30 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home; followed by burial at Hector Presbyterian Cemetery. A reception with a dish to pass will be held at the Logan Community Center following the burial. 

Memorial donations may be made to V-L-H Ambulance Co., 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: David B. Comfort, Jr.

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

David B. Comfort, Jr.

Age 52, of Watkins Glen, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, November 19, 2017.

He was born in Corning, the son of David B. Comfort, Sr. and Diane (Goltry) Comfort and graduated from Haverling High School in Bath. David worked at Glen Mountain Market in Watkins Glen and previously at The Arc of Schuyler. He enjoyed bowling, listening to country music and riding his bicycle. He was a faithful communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church.
 
He is survived by his father and stepmother, David and Sharon Comfort, Sr.; brother, Dustin; longtime companion, Beth Allen; stepsister, Angela Stull; stepbrothers, Rick, Chris and Roger Hickok; aunts, Patricia Gascon, Joyce Groves and Kathy Goltry; and several cousins. He was predeceased by his mother, Diane Goltry.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, November 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 noon, followed by burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery in S. Corning.

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

Obituary: LaRae J. Barney

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

LaRae J. Barney

Age 81, formerly of Beaver Dams, NY, passed away on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY.

She was born in Corning on January 14, 1936, the daughter of the late Robert and Sally (Skillman) Webster. LaRae was a homemaker, where she made her family her number one priority. She enjoyed hunting and fishing. She was also a member of Grace Baptist Church in Beaver Dams.

LaRae is survived by her sons, Kevin Barney of Pine City, and Tim (Kathy) Barney and Dennis (Lisa) Barney, both of Beaver Dams; a brother, Ladd Webster of Addison; and by several children and grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Carlton Barney, on August 21, 2016.

A celebration of LaRae’s life will be held on Sunday, November 26 from 1-5 p.m. at the home of Dennis and Lisa Barney, 1245 County Road 19, Beaver Dams. Burial will be in Beaver Dams Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Mary Lou Webster

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

Mary Lou Webster

Age 66, of Odessa, passed away on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at home.

She was born in Buffalo, NY on January 4, 1951, the daughter of Jackson and Mae (Webster) Page. She graduated from Horseheads High School. Mary Lou worked at H & R Block, and was formerly a manager at Dandy Mini Mart in Alpine Junction and Family Dollar in Trumansburg.

Mary Lou enjoyed watching her grandkids play sports, and liked to crochet. She was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother and will be greatly missed by her family.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Willard G. Webster; son, John Page; daughters, Belinda Webster, Kelly (David) Elliott, and Farrah Ostrander; mother, Mae Page; sisters, Eugena and Evelina Page, Rhonda White and Yvonne (Mike) Soper; brother, Ritner (Lynda) Page; seven grandchildren, Blake Webster, Jeremiah Spence, Bryce and Zachary Elliott, Malina DeLaurier, and Gabriel and Brody Williams; several nieces and nephews; and many other children that she had taken into her home over the years. She was predeceased by her father, Jackson Page, and by her brother, Van Page.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, November 17 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, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Joyce E. Tunnicliff

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

Joyce E. Tunnicliff

Age 84, of Watkins Glen, NY, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls.

Joyce was born in the Town of Reading, NY on May 20, 1933, the daughter of the late Sevelon J. and Harriet (Grant) Tunnicliff. In addition to her parents, Joyce was predeceased by her sisters, Mary Wenban and Nettie Palmer; brothers, Sevelon J. II, Harold James, Robert Albert, and George Ernest Tunnicliff; and nephew, Gordon James Wenban.

Joyce is survived by her nieces, Beth Palmer-Vann, Joan (Bill) Brick, Mary Lou (Tom) McKinney, and Sandra (Vern) Chrystler; nephew, Charles Tunnicliff; and many great nieces and nephews.

Friends and family may call from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, November 17 at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen, where a funeral service celebrating her life will follow at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Jeff Tunnicliff. Interment will follow at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa, NY. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Joyce’s memory to the Schuyler County Humane Society, 124 Marina Drive, Montour Falls, NY 14865.  Memories of Joyce may be shared at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Barbara Grace Chouinard

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

Barbara Grace Chouinard

Age 84, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Friday, November 3, 2017 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls.

She was born in Mineola, NY on August 10, 1933, the daughter of the late Gerard Oscar Peterson and Ella Louise Manion Peterson. She graduated from Northport High School with the Class of 1951. Barbara co-owned Noel Gifts in Watkins Glen from 1986-2008, and previously operated the Pine Hollow Nursery in Greenlawn, Long Island, NY for 25 years. She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Catharine.

Barbara was predeceased by her husband, Richard Chouinard, on May 1, 2011.

Barbara is survived by her daughter, Suzanne L. (Jack) Cole of Jay, Maine; son Richard G. (Christine) Chouinard of Montour Falls; six grandchildren, Wallace Scott Chouinard (Erin), Elizabeth Louise Cole (Brian Magnin), Daniel Julian Cole (Danielle), Andrew Chouinard (Laura), Timothy Richard Cole (Brittany), and Ashley Kendra Chouinard (Alex Malinowski); and four great grandchildren, Madeline Grace Magnin, Lily Mae Cole, Jaina Chouinard, and Maida Rose Marie Magnin.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, November 10 from 11:00 a.m -12:00 noon at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Memorial services will begin at 12:00 noon, with her daughter, Rev. Suzanne Cole, officiating. Burial will follow in Montour Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church and mailed to 112 Sixth St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or to the American Cancer Society. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: James H. Bowman

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

James H. Bowman

Age 79, of Odessa, passed away after a brief illness on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017.

Jim was born in Elmira, NY on May 19, 1938 to Harold and Edna (Goodwin) Bowman.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Ketchem) Bowman; sons and daughters, Laurie (Rick) Bowman-Gibson of Woodville, AL, Betsy Bowman of Tarpon Springs, FL, Dana (Raymond) Maciewicz  of Marcy, NY, Donald (Susan) Oldroyd of Danielson, CT, and David (Susie) Oldroyd of Waverly, NY; 11 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Jim is also survived by his brother and sister, Becky (Jim) Steiner and David (Loy) Bowman, and sister-in-law, Linda Bowman, all of North Chemung.

Jim was a retired second-shift foreman with Kennedy Valve in Elmira. In addition to his parents he was also predeceased by his infant twin boys, James Harold Jr.  and Charles Bowman. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a member and past commander of Odessa American Legion. He was also a member of the Schuyler County Honor Guard,

Jim was a member of North Chemung United Methodist Church and Breesport Lodge F. & A.M.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 So. Main St., Horseheads on Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 1-3 p.m. and again from 5-7 p.m. His service will be celebrated there at the funeral Home on Thursday at 11 a.m. with burial service with military honors to follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, NY.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Jim with memorials to North Chemung United Methodist Women,  677 Breesport-North Chemung Rd., Lowman, NY 14861 or American Legion Odessa Post #676, PO Box 137, Odessa, NY 14869. Condolences at www.barberfuneralhome.com

Notice: officers and members of Free and Accepted Masons will gather at the funeral home on Wednesday at 2:45 p.m. to conduct a memorial service for their departed brother.

Obituary: Charles Donald Ackley, Sr.

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

Charles Donald Ackley, Sr.

Age 87, of Burdett, passed away on Friday, October 27, 2017 at Schuyler Hospital.

He was born on May 12, 1930, the son of the late Arley and Grace (Clark) Ackley. He married Lillian E. Litteer on December 2, 1950. She passed away on July 14, 2014.

Charles retired from Cargill after 33 years of service. He loved to play music with his son Chuck. He enjoyed reading, fishing, hunting, and loved to take his daily walk to the H&E to see all of his friends.

He is survived by his six children, Charlene (Albert) Root, Kathleen Leff, Darlene (Richard) Jaynes, Eileen (Rick) Dean, Charles (Jan) Ackley, and Marlene (William) McMinds; 11 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Donald Litteer; and sisters-in-law, Avis Litteer and Sadie Wheeler. He was predeceased  by his great grandson, Nathan Welch; son-in-law, William Leff; brothers-in-law, Andrew Barrett, Robert Litteer and Skip Litteer; and sisters-in-law, Emma Barrett and Virginia Litteer.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 12 noon-2 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m., followed by burial in Beaver Dams Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Burdett Fire Department. The family would also like to extend their gratitude to the staff at Schuyler Hospital for the care given to Charles. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: James Dutton

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

James Dutton

Age 89, of Beaver Dams, passed away on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at home.

He was born in the Town of Catlin on January 17, 1928, the son of the late Robert Dutton and Margaret Dutton Duke. He graduated from Northside High School and served with the U.S. Navy during WWII.

Jim was self-employed as a bricklayer, as well as worked for various construction companies over the course of his career. He was formerly the assessor for the Town of Dix, and was owner and operator of Dutton Sport Shop and Dutton Rest Home. He was a member of the Beaver Dams United Methodist Church and the Beaver Dams Fire Department. Jim was very active as a leader in the Boy Scouts and 4-H, and was a snowmobile safety course instructor.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores L. (Deats) Dutton; daughters, Diane Pike, Dawn Dobson, and Denise (Brian) Gardner; sons, Daniel (Cheri) Dutton and Douglas (Linda) Dutton; sisters, Daisy (Gerald) Savory and Dorothy Griffin; 13 grandchildren, Christopher, Amanda, Emelia, Derek, Lindsey, Kristina, Shoshanna, Tabitha, Jarrid, Matthew, Alexandria, Maxwell and Ashley; and seven great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, David J. Dutton, and a brother, Robert Dutton.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Shelly and Elvera for their kind and loving care given to Jim during his illness and passing.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, November 3 at 3:00 p.m. at Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 6632 State Route 96A, Romulus. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 4 at 3:00 p.m. at Beaver Dams United Methodist Church, 1285 County Road 19, Beaver Dams. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Jim’s life following the service from 4-6 p.m. at the church fellowship hall.

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

Obituary: Margaret Dean

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

Margaret Dean

Age 77, of Burdett, NY, passed away on her birthday, October 19, 2017.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Wednesday, October 25, from 4-6 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 6:00 p.m. A committal service will be held Thursday, Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. at the Union Cemetery of Hector, Burdett.

Born in Corry, PA, the daughter of Frank and Sussie Henton, she was one of 16 children.

She was predeceased by her husband, Donald, in 1999; son, Mike, in 2011; and two brothers. She is survived by son Rex (Dawnell) Nunemaker of Centerville, PA; daughter Elizabeth (Charles) Hill of Garland, TX; son Brad Nunemaker (Mary Hicks) of Centerville, PA; and four stepdaughters, Susan, Sally, Sheryl and Shelly. She is also survived by five brothers; eight sisters; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

She and her late husband, Donald, were life members of the Watkins Glen VFW.  Margaret drove school bus for the Watkins Glen Central School District for many years. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Burdett Fire Dept., P.O. Box 238, Burdett, NY 14818, or the Schuyler County Vol. Ambulance, P.O. 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: JoAnne Grow

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

JoAnne Grow

Age 66, of Watkins Glen, NY and Flagler Beach, FL, passed away on October 8, 2017 at her home in Florida.

JoAnne was born and raised in Watkins Glen and graduated from WG High School in 1969.  She and her husband Ed were co-owners of Rolling Vineyards Farm Winery of Hector. They were married for 33 years. She loved people, life and was known for her beautiful smile.  She and Ed enjoyed their summers together with family and friends at the Watkins Glen Yacht Club and Seneca Lake.

She is survived by her husband, Ed Grow; mother, Mary Beligotti of Watkins Glen; brother, Dr. Ron (Tina) Beligotti of Watkins Glen; niece and nephews, Jeffrey Beligotti of Florida, Jamie Fenti of Rochester, and Jason (Shannon) Beligotti of North Carolina; great-niece and great-nephews, Dylan Fenti, Alexandra Beligotti, and William Beligotti; and numerous cousins. She was predeceased by her father, Renato Beligotti.

A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, October 29 at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen.  The family will receive friends and relatives at the funeral home from 12 noon-2 p.m.; followed by a Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m., Deacon Tom Ruda officiating. A reception will be held following the memorial service. 

Those wishing may consider a donation in her memory to 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: Edwin 'Buck' Voorheis

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

Edwin "Buck" Voorheis

Age 79, of Burdett, went home to heaven on October 9, 2017.

He was predeceased by his parents, Ed and Betty Voorheis, his sister Jean Pike and daughter Terri Voorheis. He is survived by his loving wife of 59+ years, Jean Voorheis, his children Coleen (Mark) Fabrizi, Lisa (Ray) Combs, Janine (Jason) Bond, Sonja (Mike) Croft and Carter (Cheryl) Voorheis, 12 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Also, his brothers Ted (Onolea) Herforth, Roland (Linda) Voorheis, and Jim Voorheis, and sisters, Gayle (Adolf Busse) Mazourek, Linda (Millard) Abbott and Carol Osborne, and dozens of nieces and nephews and large extended family.

He and his wife owned and operated South Hill Construction and Voorheis Farms for over 50 years. He was a lifelong resident of Schuyler County with the exception of his service in the U.S. Air Force stationed in the State of Maine, where he met the love of his life. His love for his family, his friends/neighbors and the beautiful country he lived in was always top of mind and he took none of it for granted.

There are no prior visiting hours. The immediate family will provide flowers for a Memorial Service to celebrate his life to be held at Reynoldsville United Methodist Church in Reynoldsville, NY at 4 p.m. Saturday, October 14; a private committal service will be scheduled at a later date at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the Burdett Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 234, Burdett, NY 14818 or the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church, 5092 State Route 227, Burdett, NY 14818.

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: Floyd S. Miller

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

Floyd S. Miller

Age 78, of Watkins Glen, passed away on Monday, October 9, 2017. 

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home, and a committal service with military honors at Tyrone Union Cemetery.

Floyd was born on February 18, 1939, the son of Stanley and Theresa Miller. He honorably served in the U.S. Army and retired from International Salt/AKZO in Watkins Glen.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Lou Miller; son, Kevin Miller of New Hartford, NY; and sisters, Wanda VanSkiver of Lakemont, NY, Joyce Blank of Burdett, and Carol Babcock of Altamonte Springs, FL; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Richard “Ricky” Miller; and a sister, Dorinda Miller.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc., 160 Allens Creek Rd., Building 160, 1st Floor, Rochester, New York, 14618 (or online at www.diabetes.org).   You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com 

Obituary: Donald 'Peter' McBride

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

Donald "Peter" McBride

Age 86, of Burdett, NY, passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017 surrounded by his loving family in the comfort of his home.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Thursday, Oct. 12 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family; burial will be at Hector Union Cemetery.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, R. Joette McBride, five children, Gillian Huling of Geneva, Donn McBride of Endicott, Alan (Kathy) McBride of Bear, DE, Kym (Tim) Starkweather of Alpine, and Andrea (Peter) Cherock of Watkins Glen; sisters, Anne Hogben and Vivienne (Morgan) Williams; and brother, Graham (June) McBride, all of Australia; 14 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister, Moreen Hunt; and great-granddaughter, Sofia McBride.

Peter was born in Middleton, England on May 31, 1931. He immigrated to the United States at the age of 18. He was passionate about Boy Scouting his entire life. Growing up in England, he spent his youth as a Sea Scout during WWII. One of his highlights was meeting Sir Baden Powell twice during Boy Scout Jamborees and sailing a 3-mast schooner around the Cape of Africa with Scouts. He was Scout Master for Sullivan Trail Troop 52 of Burdett for numerous years. He was a Woodbadge graduate in 1976, NEII 21-2, awarded the Silver Beaver in 1982, and a member of the Order of the Arrow

Peter was a dairy farmer in Burdett, and drove for Mayflower Dean of Ithaca and Swarthout Motor Couch. He was an active thespian with the Lake Country Players, playing lead roles in the play of George M and Finian’s Rainbow, and played parts in numerous other plays and directed Paint Your Wagon. Peter was a good man and loved his family, his friends and the boys of Troop 52, because they were his family, too.

You may express condolences to the family or “Light A Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Those wishing to remember Peter may consider a donation in his memory to a Schuyler County charity of one’s choice. In the words of Sir Baden Powell, “The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.” 

Obituary: Thomas M. Vliet

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

Thomas M. Vliet

Age 51, of Alpine, entered unto rest on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at home.

He was born in Ithaca on September 28, 1966, the son of Douglas R. Vliet and Nancy L. Snyder. He graduated from Lansing High School in 1984. Tom married his wife, Tammy, on June 3, 2006 in Dryden. Tom was a mechanic for many years in the Cortland and Ithaca areas. He was an avid sportsman and old-car enthusiast.
 
Tom is survived by his wife and loving caregiver of 11 years, Tammy J. Vliet; two daughters, Cassy Andrews and Jessica (Josh) Watson; two sons, Kody M. Vliet and Nicholas J. Vliet; his mother, Nancy L. Snyder; a sister, Chelsea Vliet; three brothers, Daniel Vliet, Bryan (Rebecca) Vliet and Jason Vliet; seven grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Douglas Vliet, in 2008.

A special thanks to Doc and Judy Mayo and the Schuyler Hospital Dialysis Unit.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 7 at 3:00 p.m. at the Odessa Wesleyan Church, 304 Church St., Odessa.

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

Obituary: Tammy L. Cook

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

Tammy L. Cook

Age 39, of Odessa, passed away on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

She was born in Elmira on May 22, 1978, the daughter of Tom and Rose (Lachut) Cook, and graduated from Odessa-Montour High School. Tammy worked at Cookie’s Construction for many years. She was predeceased by her son, Jonathan.

She is survived by her parents, Tom and Rose Cook of Odessa; sister, Tracy (Greg) Gavich of Odessa; brother, Travis (Seena) Cook of Odessa; nieces and nephew, Samantha, Manley, Gina, and Kendrix; and by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

There will be no services at this time. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.

Contributions may be made in Tammy’s memory to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865 or the Cat Protection Society, Inc., P.O. Box 1078, Sorrento, FL 32776.

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

Obituary: Timothy William Cummings

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

Timothy William Cummings

Born September 24, 2017, joined the angels in heaven above to watch over his family here on earth.

He is loved by his parents, Reba Copp and Michael A. Fraboni of Watkins Glen; maternal grandparents, Tim and Alaina Cummings of Watkins Glen; paternal grandparents, Kelly and Robert Hartford of Montour Falls, and Eugene “Mickey” and Nancy Fraboni of Watkins Glen; great-grandparents, Brenda and Blue Bluele of Kentucky, Tim and Norma Cummings of Montour Falls, William Copp of Corning, Judith Williams of Binghamton, and Gail Eastham and David Fraboni of Watkins Glen; and aunts and uncles, Tyler, Alyssa, Brittany, Taylor, Collyn, Keziah, Makenna, and Andrew.

A private funeral service was held at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen.

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

Obituary: Donald John Meaney

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

Donald John Meaney

Age 80, of Glenora, died on Wednesday, September 27 after a brief illness.

He leaves his beloved wife, Janet Sullivan Meaney; his stepchildren, Robert Fitzsimmons (Mindy), Paula Fitzsimmons (Phil Davis), Marie Fitzsimmons (Kirk Peters), Daniel Fitzsimmons (Dorothy Elizabeth); grandchildren, Coveney, Liam, Jores, Jared, Hilary, Sophie, Connor, Colin, Rowan and William; and great grandchildren, Zade, Isidore, Loel, Janie, and Jores. Donald was predeceased by a stepson, John Fitzsimmons.

Don was born on April 16, 1937 to William and Augusta (Finger) Meaney and was the brother of Amelia, Robert, and Edward (all deceased). Don served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1954 to 1956. He returned to his hometown of Perrysburg and served as a volunteer firefighter and fire chief, setting the foundation for a career devoted to fire prevention and control.

Don retired from the NYS Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls in 1991. He and his co-workers developed the well-known program for the training of firefighters throughout the state. Don was devoted to the firefighters who were trained at the academy and was responsible for the supervision, development and management of all fire training programs.

Donald was elected to the Yates County Legislature, where his honest and ethical character meshed with his keen knowledge and understanding of local government and municipal needs. Donald was instrumental in the expansion of the Yates County Airport and served on the Airport Council many years after his tenure as a Legislator. He was a deeply practical man with an unwavering work ethic. Don served on the Yates County Office for the Aging Board for many years.

Donald married Janie in 1980 and became the devoted stepfather of a burgeoning clan. He and Janie bought their home in Glenora and made the most generous and loving haven for their family and friends while Donald rewired and restructured the inner workings of their old and gorgeous home. He and Janie hosted four family weddings, and hundreds of dinners , holidays, and boat rides.

Don stood by the clan in every sadness and celebrated every joy. He drove grandkids to nursery schools and then beamed proudly at their high school and college graduations. In these retired years, Don and Janie toasted their ancestors in Ireland, cruised to Mexico and the Caribbean, snorkeling in Culebra and the Dominican Republic, drove across this beautiful country, attended weddings in San Diego and Portland, visited the Boston Conservatory of Music, vacationed on Rehoboth Beach, and counted their many blessings. Don was the beloved patriarch of the family and on his dying bed proclaimed (in a most colorful way) that he was the luckiest man in the world.  

The family is grateful for the kind and compassionate care Donald received at Schuyler Hospital and Robert Packer. A donation to your local fire department would be a perfect remembrance of Donald.

Calling hours will be on Thursday, October 5 from 4-7 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee Street, Montour Falls.

Obituary: Patricia C. VanLone

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

Patricia C. VanLone

Age 88, of Dundee, NY, passed away on September 22, 2017.

She is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, Kenneth VanLone; son, Kenneth “Scott” VanLone of Dundee; daughters, Marsha (James) Stout of Dundee, Michelle (Richard) Klein of LaGrange, KY, and Maureen (Nelson) Bailey of Virginia Beach, VA. She was predeceased by her daughter, Melinda VanLone, in 1984. She is also survived by five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

She taught Physical Education in Dundee and later Third Grade in Odessa. She owned and operated the Patrice School of Dance in Dundee and taught Ballroom Dancing. She was loved and will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

According to her wishes, funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family; with burial at Hillside Cemetery in Dundee.

The family wishes that in lieu of flowers, you may consider a memorial donation to the Dutton S. Peterson Memorial Library, 106 First St., Odessa, NY 14869. You may express condolences to the family or “Light A Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Bonnie M. Chabot Seeley

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

Bonnie M. Chabot Seeley

Long-time resident of Odessa, NY passed away after an extended illness on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the age of 68.

Bonnie was born on May 2, 1949, a daughter to the late Bruce Michael and Bessie May Reynolds Chabot.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband Floyd Seeley of 39 years and brother, Bruce Chabot Jr. Bonnie is survived by her sons, Aaron C. Seeley, N. Peter Seeley, and Benjamin (Paula) Seeley; grandsons, Ryland A. and Alden B. Seeley; siblings, Brent L. (Tammy Lynn) Chabot, Becky L. Chabot and Betty Lou (Chuck) Smolos; sister-in-law, Deborah Seeley; and many extended family members and loving friends.

She  graduated from Horseheads High School in 1967 and Elmira College with a Masters in Elementary Education. Bonnie taught in the Odessa-Montour School District for over 22 years. She was a mother, educator, volunteer and active member of the Odessa Baptist Church. She cherished her time as a reader and writer, and also enjoyed projects in and out of the community and church.

Bonnie spent many hours as “Mom’s Star the Clown, Certified Humor Doctor," donating all her proceeds to local charities.

The family will welcome relatives and friends to Sullivan’s Funeral Home, 365 E. Franklin St. at Rt. 13, Horseheads, NY on Saturday, October 14 from 10 a.m.-12 noon. Bonnie’s funeral service will follow at 12 noon with Rev. Dr. Jeremy Spencer. She will be laid to rest at Laurel Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

For those wishing to remember Bonnie, please consider contributions to a charity of one's choice. Condolences and words of comfort may be expressed at Bonnie’s Book of Memories at www.sullivansfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Michael R. Magura

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

Michael R. "Mike" Magura

Or “Uncle Mike,” 68, of Elmira Heights, NY went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 21, 2017.

Mike had been battling cancer with his sister by his side. He was a courageous man who loved the outdoors, biking, family outings and holidays. He worked in factories until retiring, then went on to work at Bethany Manor until he was diagnosed with cancer.

He leaves behind his brother, Tim Magura; sister, Kathy (Wayne) Shaffer; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family. He was predeceased by his parents, Michael and June Magura, and by his younger brother Gary. He also leaves behind his friend “Tawnie.”

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Monday, September 25 at 2:00 p.m. at Montour Cemetery, Mill St., Montour Falls.

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

Obituary: Addison Jean Gunning

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

Addison Jean Gunning

Addison Jean Gunning, 11-month-old daughter of Amanda and Brian Gunning, passed away with her family and extended cardiac family at her side at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY on September 13, 2017.

Addison was born in Syracuse on October 9, 2016. Although her time here was brief, her little spirit brought much joy and love to her family. Addy was a fighter from the beginning, always looking up at her caregivers and family with a smile, despite all of her physical challenges. Her family will forever cherish their memories with her.

Addison is survived by her loving parents, Amanda and Brian Gunning; two siblings, Mackenzi and Gabriel; grandparents, Debbie and Douglas Gunning and Wayne and Tanya Snyder; great grandmother, Irene Richtmyer; great great grandmother, Ruth Carpenter; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her great grandfather, Richard Richtmyer, who Addy had a special bond with.

The family received friends on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, 23 South Street, Trumansburg. A funeral service was held on Monday, September 18 at Trumbulls Corners Community Church, Newfield. Burial will be private for family.

The family asks those who would like to make a contribution in Addison’s memory to kindly consider donating to the Gunning Contribution Account, Visions Federal Credit Union, Attn: Spencer Branch, 24 McKinley Ave., Endicott, NY 13760.

For additional information, visit www.ness-sibley.com.

Obituary: James Dean Combs

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

James Dean Combs

Age 51, of Watkins Glen, NY, unexpectedly went to be with the Lord on September 12, 2017 surrounded by family and friends.

He was born in Ithaca, NY on March 28, 1966 to Fay and Nancy (Dean) Combs. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Ray and Alice Fay (Stewart) Combs and Paul and Reva (Landon) Dean, as well as by many uncles, aunts and cousins.

He was a brother to Julie (James) O'Brien, Valerie (Michael) Moore, and Raymond (Lisa) Combs. He was an uncle to 12 nieces and two nephews. He also had many great-nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He grew up in Reynoldsville and was a member of the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church. In 1984, Jim graduated from Watkins Glen High School where he was an All-American football player, as well as a successful basketball and track athlete. He was inducted into the WGHS Football Hall of Fame and spent many years coaching small-fry, high school, and semi-pro football teams.

While attending Cortland State University, Jim met his wife Mary Ann (Mattera) Combs. They were faithfully married for 30 years and have three children: Matthew (Brittany) Combs, Steven (Sarah) Combs, and Deanne (David) Houseknecht. One of his greatest joys in the past year was becoming "Papa Jim" to his grandsons Clive and Valor.

Jim was a dedicated employee of NYSEG for 28 years and built strong friendships with his coworkers. He also enjoyed doing masonry work with his father and brother for many years. He was a gifted communicator, a mentor and father-figure to many, and one who was eager to minister to those around him.

Jim will be remembered as a man of strong faith, a great son and brother, a loving husband and father, and a kind friend.

Family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Friday, Sept. 15 from 3-6 p.m.; followed by a memorial service celebrating his life at 6 p.m.. Following the service, a reception will be held at the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (www.stjude.org). You may express condolences to the family or "Light a Candle of Remembrance" online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: John W. Glick

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

John W. Glick

Age 66, of Beaver Dams, passed away on Friday, September 8, 2017 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls after a long battle with cancer.

He was born in Corning, NY on November 3, 1950, the son of John B. and Betty V. Glick. He graduated from Bradford High School and attended Corning Community College. John was a carpenter and superintendent for 31 years, retiring in 2005. He was a member of the Monterey Baptist Church. He loved fishing on Lake Ontario and in Florida, and enjoyed golfing and road trips.

He is survived by his wife, Mary V. (Chaffee) Glick; three sons, John W. Glick of Watkins Glen, Jeremy Glick of Rock Stream, and Christopher (Tracey) Glick of Corning; mother, Betty V. Glick of Monterey; two sisters, Beth Ann (Doug) Lovelace of Port Jervis, and Mary E. (Greg) Glick of Montour Falls; a brother, James (Alice) Glick of Michigan; six grandchildren, Garrison, Gweneth, Brody, Braden, Makayla and Gavin; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, John B. Glick, in 2003, and by his sister, Linda Button, in 2015.

Relatives and friends are invited to gather at a graveside service on Monday, September 18 at 11:00 a.m. at Maltby Cemetery, Coon Hollow Rd., Monterey. Following services at the cemetery, there will be a celebration of John’s life at the Montour Moose Lodge, State Route 14, Montour Falls.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865 or Care First Hospice, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Nancy L. Starkweather

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

Nancy L. Starkweather

Age 80, of Montour Falls, NY, entered into eternal rest on Friday, September 8, 2017 after a courageous battle with brain cancer. She passed at home surrounded by her loving extended family.

Nancy was employed as a nurse at Schuyler Hospital for more than 50 years. Cooking, sewing, shopping, and her family were the most important things to her. She was a very giving person to everybody in her life, always to the exclusion of herself.

She was predeceased by her father, Charles M. Wilkinson, in 1944 during WWII; her mother, Lillian Wilkinson Crandall, in 1987; stepfather, Harley Crandall, in 1993; son, Thomas Starkweather, in 1988; sister, Helen DeSarno, in 2011, and stepbrother, Roy Crandall, in 2010.

She is survived by her daughter, Terri Dillman of Montour Falls; sons, Timothy (Kym) Starkweather of Alpine and Todd (Ann) Starkweather of Odessa; her significant other of 43 years, Arthur F. Joslyn of Montour Falls, and his children, daughters Kim Joslyn and Michelle Bump of Montour Falls and sons James (Shannon) Joslyn of Beaver Dams and Anthony Joslyn of Montour Falls; sister, Susan (Roger) Ferretti of Kirkville, NY; stepsister, Connie (Wayne) Emerson of Tennessee; half-sister, Pat (Leslie) Hill of Delaware; 13 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and very special friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 14 from 1-3 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A memorial service will begin at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home, followed by a celebration of Nancy’s life at the Montour Moose Lodge. Interment in Highland Cemetery will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be greatly appreciated to the Schuyler County Humane Society. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Raymond C. Swisher

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

Raymond C. Swisher

Age 79, of Beaver Dams, NY, passed away on September 3, 2017.

The family will receive friends and relatives on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 11 a.m.-12 noon at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. A Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held at 12 noon at the funeral home.

He was predeceased by his wife Hisae in 2016. He is survived by his son, Karl (Courtney) Swisher of Ballston Spa, NY; daughters, Joanne (Onat) Yildirim of Istanbul, Turkey, and Judy Stoddard of Tully, NY; sister, Rosalie (Ron) D’Souza of Lagrangeville, NY; 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: Ellen M. Voorhees

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Lucas-Batton Funeral Home, Upper Sandusky, Ohio.

Ellen M. Voorhees

Age 93, of Upper Sandusky, Ohio and a Schuyler County native, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 at the Fairhaven Community, Upper Sandusky.

She was born on August 10, 1924 in Schuyler County, New York to Harry and Ruth (Bement) Tuttle, both of whom are deceased. She married Harold Voorhees on August 10, 1940 in Elmira, New York and he passed away on June 14, 1985.

Ellen is survived by her daughter, Etta (Nelson) Dilley, and her eight grandchildren: Lori (Steve) Messmer, Dawn (Denny) Yeater, Annette Cheney, Todd (Debbie) Dilley, Deanna (Nick) Oney, Bryan Voorhees, Jerod Voorhees and Joseph Voorhees. She is also survived by 16 great-grandchildren: Tiffany, Scott, Josh, Denver, Taylor, Turner, Alec, Alaney, Alivia, Hope, Quinten, Blayne, Kayla, Hannah, Chloe and Jacob; and three great-great grandchildren, Alexandra, Abram and Abigail. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were her pride and joy!

She is also survived by her siblings: Ruthanna Smith of Arkport, New York, Jeanne Payne of Charlottesville, Virginia, Jack Tuttle of Bluffton, South Carolina, James Tuttle of Vero Beach, Florida, Harold Tuttle of Upper Sandusky, and Frances Secord of Burdett, New York.

Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, daughter Ellen Chapman, son Harold “Tony” Voorhees, and four brothers, Charles, Russell, Harry Jr. and Robert Tuttle.

Ellen and her husband owned and operated the Havlin Hotel in Upper Sandusky for over 25 years. She was a faithful member and servant in the nursery at Trinity Evangelical United Methodist Church, where she enjoyed taking care of three generations of children for over 65 years. Ellen was an active member of the VFW #2842 Auxiliary in Upper Sandusky.

Services for Ellen Voorhees will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, September 11, 2017 at the Lucas-Batton Funeral Home in Upper Sandusky, with Rev. Jim Stauffer and Chaplain Steve Sturgeon officiating. Burial will follow at Old Mission Cemetery.

The family received friends on Sunday, September 10 at the Lucas-Batton Funeral Home in Upper Sandusky.

Ellen had a heart for missions and as such the family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Trinity Evangelical Missions or Hospice of Wyandot County, and can be sent to Lucas-Batton, 476 S. Sandusky Ave., Upper Sandusky, Ohio 43351.

Online condolences may be sent to www.lucasbatton.com

Obituary: Irene J. Hubbell-Albanese

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

Irene J. Hubbell-Albanese

Age 87, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Saturday, September 9, 2017.

She was born in Montour Falls on October 3, 1929, the daughter of the late Harris and Martha (Edminster) Jenkins.

Irene worked for the Schuyler County Farm Bureau Office and E.L.K. Office Services. She was a paper carrier for the Star Gazette, where she was affectionately referred to as the “Paper Doll.” She also worked at Agway Petroleum in Ithaca, and at the Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 142, Montour Falls United Methodist Church, Trust Group, Fireman’s Auxiliary of Montour Falls and Central New York, and Good Fellowship with the church.

Irene is survived by her children, Robert (Barbara) Hubbell, Bruce (Ligia) Hubbell, Brian (Lois) Hubbell, Eugenia (Curt) Edsall, Brent Hubbell, Blaine Hubbell, and Julie Ann (Joseph) Collins; 15 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; sisters, Mary Hubbell (Jack Williams), Kay Frances Kannegiser, and Wilma (Rudy) Paige; Daniel West, who she referred to as her “adopted son”; and by several nieces and nephews. Irene was predeceased by her husbands, Eugene Hubbell and Anthony Albanese; sisters, Marjorie Bailey and Harriet Bailey, and grandson Matthew Edsall.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, September 13 from 4-7 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 14 at 10 a.m. at the Montour Falls United Methodist Church, 124 Owego St., Montour Falls. Burial will follow in Montour Cemetery.

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

Obituary: James Edward Doolittle

The folowing obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the San Diego Union-Tribune.

James Edward Doolittle

Retired U.S. Navy Captain James E. Doolittle, 87, of San Diego, CA, passed away on Sept. 3, 2017 at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, CA.

Jim was born on Aug. 4, 1930 in the Finger Lakes region of New York State to Elmer and Mary Considine Doolittle, the first of their children.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Louise Rossi Doolittle, and sister, Margaret Jean Johnson of Montour Falls, NY. Jim was preceded in death by his brother, John Thomas Doolittle.

A 1948 graduate of Odessa-Montour High School, Odessa, NY, Jim earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the New York State Maritime College. He entered the Navy as an Ensign in 1953, serving on a mine sweeper off Korea.

After attending the launching of the new super carrier Forrestal and being in awe of the carrier, he changed to a career in naval aviation, becoming a Naval Aviator in 1956. Assignments with A4 and A7 squadrons followed, along with duty on carriers and at shore stations, including in Japan.

After retiring from the Navy with 30 years of service, Jim was employed by the Port of San Diego at Lindbergh Field in airport operations. In full retirement, he enjoyed making repairs to an aged home and pursued his hobby of small boat fishing offshore in San Diego.

In accordance with Jim's wishes, no services are planned. He will be buried at Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego.

Obituary: James B. Reed, Sr.

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

James B. Reed, Sr.

Age 77, of Pine Valley, NY, passed away on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

He was born in Elmira, NY on March 3, 1940. He served with the U.S. Navy and later retired from the U.S. Army Reserves in 1998. On February 8, 1959, he married his wife of 58 years, Barbara, in Pine Valley.

Mr. Reed retired from the NYS Correctional Department in Elmira, and he was a member of the Bible Baptist Church in Horseheads. He was an avid fisherman, and enjoyed travelling on many trips to Canada.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, James Reed, Jr. of PA, Patricia (Wayne) Reed of Millport, Deanna (David) Dunlap of Millport, and Kimberly (Richard) Scouten of FL; two brothers, Charles (Amy) Reed of Pine Valley, and Guy (Sharon) Reed of Horseheads; nine grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, September 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A service will follow at 7:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Bible Baptist Church, 105 Wygant Rd., Horseheads, NY 14845. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Philip E. Uhler

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

Philip E. Uhler

Age 83, of Alpine, entered unto rest on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at Schuyler Hospital.

He was born in Endicott, NY on January 26, 1934, the son of the late Walter and Ruth Uhler.
Philip enjoyed hunting, fishing, and watching his daughter, and subsequently his granddaughters, show their horses. Years ago, he enjoyed helping his son-in-law run an excavation business.

He was predeceased by his wife of nearly 62 years, Yvonne Uhler, in 2013; son, John Uhler, and brother, Jesse Uhler. He is survived by his daughter and son -in-law, Lisa and Art Austin and their children, Brandee, Brian, Alexis, Noah, and Cody; son Joe Uhler and his family; daughter-in-law Marilyn Uhler VanStrander and her family; and by his faithful four legged companion, Jazzy.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, September 8 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will begin at 1:30 p.m., followed by burial at Maple Grove Cemetery in Horseheads.

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

Obituary: William Proper

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

William Everett Galbraith "Bill" Proper

Age 73, of Hector, died at home in the early morning hours of September 2, 2017.

Bill was born in Des Moines, Iowa on March 6, 1944, the fourth child of William Glisan Proper and Marjorie Carryer Proper. Bill was predeceased by his parents and his eldest brother, Datus Proper. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Lynda Proper; his younger brother, Carl Proper; his daughter, Halle Jones; his son, Christopher Proper (Melissa Head); his sister, Rosemary Staudenmeyer, and his other sister, Caroline Ennis. He is also survived by two nieces and two nephews.

Bill lived in Yellowstone Park for the early years of his life. His whole family relished the years they spent there, and Bill developed a lifelong love of the wilderness and all the things you could do in it. As a child Bill was especially proud of presenting his mother with a trout he had caught on one of his solitary treks to the Yellowstone River. He always enjoyed recounting the story of coyotes paying particular attention to him as he floundered in the deep snow on one of his many excursions. He learned that in the wilderness you should be careful not to look like prey.

Bill graduated from Mount Herman School in Gill, MA. He then went on to Cornell University, where he was on the lacrosse team for a year, and graduated with a major in English in 1968. Bill loved to read.

When Bill and his family settled in Hector in 1970, Bill found a job at the Ithaca Gun Company. Over the years he worked in assembly and in the service department until 2008. He followed the company from Ithaca to Kings Ferry, then to Auburn, and finally to Upper Sandusky, Ohio, where he helped the new owners interpret the antiquated gun blueprints for use with modern machinery. Bill loved his job; it was the only job he ever wanted to do.

Bill spent his last years enjoying retirement. He often mentioned how nice it was to not have to go out at 6 a.m. in the dark, frigid, snowy winter mornings to drive so many miles to work.

Friends and family are invited to gather on Wednesday, September 6 at 1:00 p.m. at Greensprings Natural Cemetery and Preserve, 293 Irish Hill Rd., Newfield for Bill's burial. Directions to the cemetery can be found at http://www.naturalburial.org/directions/

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the VLH Volunteer Fire Company, 5736 Rte. 414, PO Box 46, Hector, New York. The family is grateful to them for coming out in the middle of the night to help Bill. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Lewis L. Dunham, Jr.

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

Lewis L. Dunham, Jr.

Age 67, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at home surrounded by his family.

He was born on November 15, 1949 to Lewis and Janice Dunham in Elmira, New York. Lew graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1967. He went on to serve in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his wife, Donnalee, who he lovingly referred to as “the chick”; and their children, Hank (Gretchen) Dunham of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, William (Donna) Sumner of Gurnee, Illinois, and Dianna (Chris) Betts of Montour Falls; and many talented and good-looking grandchildren.

He mastered the ability to enjoy the simple things in life. Campfires, good beer, fireworks and Christmas were among his favorites. He would take every opportunity to shoot off a cherry bomb when no one was looking. He enjoyed Seneca Lake and sailing. He loved cooking for his family, and his tacos were famous with family and friends from coast to coast.

Most of all he was a happy guy with a huge smile. Lew did not want people to be sad at his passing, but instead to take the time to enjoy the simple things as he did so often.

His wife, daughter Dianna, and family would like to have friends and family stop by their home located at 2568 County Road 7, Montour Falls for a celebration of Lew’s life on Saturday, September 9 starting at 1 p.m. and enjoy some food, a cocktail, and raise a glass to Lew.

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

Obituary: Theresa Ann 'Tess' German

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

Theresa Ann "Tess" German

Age 71, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on August 29, 2017 at Cayuga Medical Center.

Theresa was born on April 7, 1946 in Batavia, NY to Francis Thomas German and Althea Buryle German. In 1997, Theresa moved to Watkins Glen, where she made her home enjoying the beautiful Finger Lakes.
   
Theresa was a woman who enjoyed life’s finer things. A good manicure, massage and some mellow music made her as happy as her hearty chuckle made those happy around her. Theresa also loved spending time looking through her collection of postcards.
 
Theresa is survived by three brothers, James Thomas, Robert Francis and Michael Charles as well as eight nieces and nephews and 14 grand nieces and nephews. Theresa is also survived by and will be greatly missed by her loving friends and family at The Arc of Schuyler.
 
Turner-Robertshaw Funeral Home will coordinate the gravesite services in Front Royal, Virginia, where she will be laid to rest next to her parents.
 
A celebration reception will be held to remember Theresa on Wednesday, September 6 at The Arc of Schuyler, 210 Twelfth St., Watkins Glen.

Memorial contributions in Theresa’s name may be made to The Arc of Schuyler, 203 Twelfth St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

Obituary: Pamela Ann Kress

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

Pamela Ann "Pam" Kress

Age 68, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at Cayuga Medical Center.

Pam was born on July 2, 1949 in Manhattan, NY. She resided with foster parents until 1965, then moved to Wassaic and Monroe Developmental Centers before making her home in Watkins Glen, where she has been loved and cared for by staff from the Arc of Schuyler for the past 21 years.

Pam will be remembered as a calm, endearing woman who loved music and cuddling up with a soft blanket and a good horror movie.
 
Pam was predeceased by her foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Murray. She is survived by her family, friends and volunteers of The Arc of Schuyler.
 
Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. Wednesday, September 6 at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery and a reception at The Arc of Schuyler, 210 Twelfth St., Watkins Glen.
   
Memorial contributions in Pam’s name may be made to The Arc of Schuyler, 203 Twelfth St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

Obituary: James Richard Symes

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

James Richard Symes

Age 88, born on August 24, 1929, went to join his beloved wife Eileen on August 31, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer.

“Dick,” as everyone knew him, retired from the NYS DOT as a Crane & Shovel Operator in 1990, after 42 years of service. Dick was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.

He was predeceased by his wife Eileen and daughter, Renee Symes. He is survived by five children, David (Mary) Symes of Watkins Glen, Teresa (Fred) Letteer of Odessa, Michael (Peg) Tomassi of Odessa, Tammy (Wade) Pike of Burdett, and Lori (Wally) Wasson of Burdett; seven grandchildren, Dustin Letteer; Aubrey and Patrick Tomassi; Marissa, Amanda and Mitchell Pike, and Johnathan Wasson; brothers and sister, Robert (Joyce) Symes of Montour Falls, Margaret (Paul) Winn of VA and Thomas (Nellie) Symes of CA; and Special Friends Robin Bauer, Walt Ector, Jerry Bond, Clayton Harris and Harry Packer.

Dick was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt, fish and camp. In his younger days, he enjoyed going to the Adirondacks to go bear hunting with the “boys.” Eileen and Dick loved to go camping in the Adirondacks. His many loves included his collection of guns, tinkering with his tractors and spending time with his family.

He was a member of the 3B Sportsman Club, Elks Club, Moose Club, Millport Rod and Gun Club, NWTF and the NRA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5. A celebration of his life will be held at the funeral home at 7 p.m.; a committal service will be Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

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

Obituary: Michael L. Post

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

Michael L. Post

Age 74, of Burdett, NY, passed away on August 28, 2017 with his family by his side.

Michael was born to Evelyn Elaine Watson and Robert Alan Post of Middletown, NY on March 31, 1943. Michael was predeceased by his sisters, Sharon and Christine, and brother, Robert.

Michael is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sharon Post; sons, Stephen (Tammy) Post of Burdett, and David (Wendy) Post of Kenmore, NY; and daughter, Michelle (James) Meckley of Watkins Glen. He also leaves behind grandkids, Chandra Post, Stephen (Tricia) Post, Jr., Bryan Post, Christopher Jacot, Hannah Post, Lucas Post, Liam Post, and Alicia (Tomasz) Kuczynski; as well as 10 great grandkids. One of Michael’s enjoyments in life was to watch his grandsons race motorcycles for the last eight years.

At Michael’s request, there will be no services. However, friends and family may stop by on Saturday, September 2 from 2-5 p.m. at Michael and Sharon’s home, 4203 Mathews Rd., Burdett, for a gathering in his memory.

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

Obituary: Wandah D. Smith

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

Wandah D. (Speary) Smith

Age 87, of Horseheads, NY, passed away on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, Montour Falls, NY.

She was born in Dundee, NY and raised in Rock Stream, NY.

Wandah was predeceased by her loving husband of 56 years, David F. Smith, in April 2004. She was also predeceased by her parents, Maurice and Myrtie (Storms) Speary; sisters, Kathleen Kitner and Francesca Speary; and brothers, Malcolm and Norman Speary.

She is survived by her daughters and son, Myrna O. Smith of Watkins Glen, NY, Glenn D. (Barbara) Smith of Horseheads, and Diane D. (Douglas) Cross of Ithaca, NY; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; a brother, Douglas (Iva) Speary of Watkins Glen; and a sister-in-law, Anna Lee Speary of Dundee.

Wandah was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Horseheads and Horseheads Chapter #423, Order of the Eastern Star.

Family and friends are invited to call at the First Presbyterian Church, 2943 Westinghouse Road, Horseheads on Monday, August 28 from 11 a.m.-1p.m. A funeral service will be held there in church at the conclusion of calling hours at 1p.m. Interment will follow in Rock Stream Cemetery, Rock Stream.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Wandah with memorials to the First Presbyterian Church, 2943 Westinghouse Road, Horseheads, NY 14845  Condolences and remembrances may be offered at www.barberfuneralhome.com

Obituary: John A. Davis, Sr.

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

John A. Davis, Sr.

Age 71, of Odessa, NY, passed away on Monday, August 21, 2017 at home.

He was born in Ithaca, NY on October 13, 1945, the son of the late Walter LeRoy Davis, Sr., and Isabella Rose Landon Davis. John served with the U.S. Army from 1965-1967. On August 22, 1970, he married the former Carol A. Jandrew in Farmersville, NY. John worked as a truck driver until his retirement in 2007. He was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Watkins Glen, NY.

John was predeceased by his father on April 5, 1981; by his mother on August 24, 1985; by a son, Christopher Davis, on July 30, 1985, and by a brother, Walter Davis, Jr., on June 23, 2004.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Carol; two daughters, Teresa (Alan) Winnie of Alpine, NY and Donna Davis of Watkins Glen; one son, John (Sarah) Davis, Jr.; five sisters, Sandra Davis of Montour Falls, NY, Diane (Randy) Carns of Winterhaven, FL, Carol (Wayne) Kinner of Cayuta, NY, Cindy Miller of MA, and Becky (James) Johnston of TN; five brothers, Dana (Carol) Davis of Cripple Creek, CO, Dale (Kathy) Davis of Alpine, Harry (Gloria) Davis of Watkins Glen, David (Daine) Davis of Odessa, and Ransome Davis of Odessa; 15 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, September 2 from 2-4 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 9 at 2:00 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2590 State Route 414, Watkins Glen.

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

Obituary: Ruth A. Timm

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

Ruth A. Timm

Age 92, of State Route 329, Watkins Glen, NY, died at home on Saturday, August 19, 2017. 

Ruth was born to Angeline and Walter Wenholz in Wood Lake, MN on January 19, 1925.  She graduated from business school in St. Paul, MN in 1947 and from Cerritos College of Cerritos, CA in 1973.

Ruth worked in accounting until her retirement from Arnold Construction of Anaheim, CA in 1991 at the age of 66. Her first husband, Glen St. Julien, passed in 1985 and Ruth married Howard Timm of Long Beach, CA in 1990.  She eventually settled in Spencer, IA with her husband, and remained there until his death in 2003. Ruth joined her son Dell St. Julien and family in Watkins Glen, NY in 2004, where she lived until her death.  

Her community service included membership in, and presidency of, a Soroptimist Club chapter in Southern California and leadership of the women’s Bible study group at Christ The King Lutheran Church in Spencer, IA. In New York, Ruth had attended the Odessa Baptist Church when able.  

Ruth is predeceased by sisters Lucille Bahn and Betty Timm, and survived by two sisters, Nona Anderson of Spicer, MN and Constance Schrupp of Waverly, IA, along with her brother Walter Wenholz of Minneapolis, MN. She is also survived by three children, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. These include Glenn St. Julien of Orange, CA and his wife Ivonne, Deborah St. Julien of San Jose CA with her husband Gary Coffrin and their two children Jessica and Claire, Dell St. Julien, his wife Nancy, and their five children, Rebecca St. Julien, with her husband Saadeh Saadeh and their two children Noura and Elias of Beirut, Lebanon, Philip St. Julien with his wife Tammi (Lincoln) and their four children, Luke, Ryan, Eric, and Alex, of Erie, PA, and Rachel, James, and Hannah St. Julien, all currently of Watkins Glen, NY.  Hannah, a senior at Watkins Glen High School, was “grandma’s buddy” and constant companion.

Memorial services and interment will be held at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Wood Lake, MN.

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

Obituary: Alice H. Weed

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

Alice H. Weed

Age 94, of Rochester, NY and formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Thursday July 20, 2017. She was born March 3, 1923.

Alice graduated from Watkins Glen High School, class of 1941. After graduating she worked in several secretarial positions and in the late 1960s and 1970s worked for the Schuyler County Well Baby Clinic.

In 1947 she married George R. Weed, Sr. and became a homemaker. Her main focus was raising her family. She was a communicant of Saint Mary's of the Lake Catholic Church, Watkins Glen, and belonged to the Catholic Daughters of America. She also belonged to the Red Hat Society. Alice was an avid reader and enjoyed other activities as well. Above all else she enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all and remembered for her loving kindness, wealth of wisdom, strength and graciousness.

Alice was predeceased by her husband George in 1998; step grandson Philip Biever in 2017, and son-in-law Charles J. Northcote in 2002. She is survived by her two daughters, Linda W. Northcote and Margaret (John) Strong; two sons, John (Donna) Weed and George Weed, Jr.; grandchildren, Scott Strong and Stephanie (Brian) Clark; step granddaughters, Sherry Biever, Sara (Ted) Robertson, and Carey (Adam) Isaacs; great grandchildren, Hannah, Bryce and Brett Clark, and Tyler and Alexis Robertson; and step great grandchildren, Lydia and Peter Biever.

Arrangements were by the Thomas Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rochester, NY.  Burial was at Saint Mary Our Mother Cemetery, Horseheads, NY. Per Alice's request, services were private.

Obituary: Gertrude Amelia Silvernail

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

Gertrude Amelia Silvernail

Age 90, formerly of Irelandville and Montour Falls, NY, passed away peacefully at the home of her niece Laura Lee Jowers in Titusville, FL on August 16, 2017 with her husband by her side.

Friends and relatives are invited to gather on Wednesday, August 30 from 2-4 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. A Memorial Service celebrating her life will be held at 4 p.m. at the funeral home.

She is survived by her loving husband, Willis H. Silvernail, and sister, Florence Andrews. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews, whom she loved very much.

Gertrude was born on August 10, 1927 to Vernon E. Ameigh and Virginia Pettengill Ameigh. She loved to tend to her flower gardens and enjoyed singing, whistling and yodeling. She loved children and often donated to various charities for kids. She would also take inner city children into her home in upstate New York for the summers.

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

Obituary: David William Lewis

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

David William Lewis

Age 66, of Odessa, New York passed away at the Cayuga Medical Center on August 20, 2017.

Dave was a member of the Odessa-Montour Central School class of 1969. He attended Corning Community College, then joined the U.S. Navy. Upon returning home from the Navy he continued his studies at Indiana State University, graduating in 1979. Dave realized that there really is no place like home, and after his few years away settled back in the Odessa area, where he spent his final years.

Dave was a member of the Odessa Fire Department for many years and had many fond memories of the Hose Team competitions. He was also a member of the Schuyler County Rescue Squad, the Mechanics Club, and the American Legion. Dave was an excellent mechanic and loved cars, women and beer (not necessarily in that order).

David was predeceased by his parents, Charles "Bill" and Blanche Lewis, his infant brother Christopher, and his older brother Edward. He is survived by his sister, Joanne Martin; his brother, Dan (Sylvia Miller) Lewis; sister-in-law, Gail Lewis; nephews, Mike, Will and Chris; nieces, Casey (Steve), Emma (Chad) and Kelly; former wife Sandy and her family; two wonderful aunts; many cousins that he cared deeply for, and close family friends.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, August 28 at the Veterans Memorial Park, 2558 County Route 10, Odessa at 11:00 a.m. All are welcome to attend.

In memory of Dave, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Obituary: Marie M. Vigor

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

Marie M. Vigor

Age 98, formerly of Tyrone and Odessa, NY, passed away at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls on August 10, 2017.

Marie was born on Sept. 29, 1918 in Springfield, NJ, the daughter of William and Marcella Regad.

She was predeceased by her companion, Joe Saunders of Tyrone.

Marie was an avid reader and will be remembered for her keen sense of humor and wit.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, Aug. 24 at 3:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery, SR-14, Watkins Glen.

You may “Light A Candle of Remembrance” in her memory at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

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. 

A graveside committal service will be held on Saturday, August 26 at 2:00 p.m. at Lakeview Cemetery, SR 14, Watkins Glen. 

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

Obituary: Phyllis Mae Eggersdorf

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

Phyllis Mae (Benson) Eggersdorf

Phyllis Mae (Benson) Eggersdorf passed peacefully into Heaven on her 90th birthday, August 18, 2017, surrounded by all of her children, at Schuyler Hospital. She fought the fight, and reached her goal of 90 years old! With broken hearts, we gently placed her in the Lord’s loving arms. She will live on, in our hearts and memories.

Phyllis was born on Fitzpatrick Hill, daughter of the late Charles and Alta Benson, and lived in Schuyler County her whole life. She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, David J. Eggersdorf; son, Leslie H. Eggersdorf; sisters and brother, Veronica Jean Benson, Cecile Johnson, Marguerite Clust and James Benson; son-in-law, Owen Kerns; and daughter-in-law, Kathy Eggersdorf.

She is survived by her children, Emily Kerns (Randy), Ronald (Lyn), Bernard, and Douglas; grandchildren, Veronica Bryington (Danny), Tammy Dostie (Marco), Carrie Peck (Aaron), Shaun Eggersdorf (Tiffany), and Alicia Eggersdorf; and nine great-grandchildren, Laurelle, Brooke, David, Skyler, Cameron, Brendan, Shaun, Jaylie, and Conner; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Phyllis was "Mom" to many besides her own children -- she was just that way!

Phyllis grew up on a farm, and milked the cows and did many farming chores. She never lost the strength in her hands from this! She continued churning butter to sell after her Mom passed away. She went with her parents to the Old Barn, and danced to Woody Woodhull’s music (round and square dancing) from the age of 8! She loved to dance, right up until she could no longer manage it. She married the love of her life, and they raised five children, whom they cherished! They lost Leslie in a tragic drowning accident in 1967.

Mom was a great cook and baker -- she grew large gardens to raise and can food for her family. Dad was gone a lot driving chartered bus, and she managed us five children on her own much of the time. She loved to crochet, and made many afghans, hats, scarves, ponchos, etc. for many people. She was our social butterfly -- if there was a place to visit with people, Mom wanted to be there!! When people at Catherine Court would ask where she was going AGAIN, she adamantly answered, “I am going as long as I am able to -- someday I won’t be able to!” She knew so much about Schuyler County history -- she could tell you all about the streets, all the stores along them, where everybody lived, who married who, and so on. Her memory was impeccable!! Mom loved Jeff Gordon, and couldn’t wait for the new NASCAR race season to start -- she called Jeff "her baby."  Her apartment was full of Jeff Gordon memorabilia! Mom started riding on the back of Doug’s motorcycle at the age of 70! She loved to go for rides -- everyone called her Motorcycle Momma!

Phyllis was a member of the Burdett Presbyterian Church for many years. She loved her church and all her church family. When she became ill on May 28, we said she needed to go to the hospital, but she asked if she could go to church first, and then to the hospital!
    
The family wishes to thank all the staff at Seneca View and Schuyler Hospital, and previously at Arnot Ogden Hospital, for all the wonderful care they gave our Mom. She loved and appreciated everything you all did for her! She called the nurses "my girls."
   
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, August 22 from 5-7 p.m. at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 23 at 11:00 a.m. at Burdett Presbyterian Church, 3995 Church St., Burdett. Burial will follow in Montour Cemetery.

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

Obituary: 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

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

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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Fagan Funeral Home, Bath, New York.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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