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Obituary: Shirley Jane Cabeca

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

Shirley Jane Cabeca

Age 85, of Alabaster, AL and formerly of Cayuta, NY, passed away on Monday, March 27, 2023 at Shelby Baptist Medical Center due to complications from COVID and COPD.

Shirley was born in Cayuta on September 19, 1937, the daughter of the late Richard C. and Adella M. (Wood) Collins and graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School in Odessa, NY. She proudly served with the U.S. Air Force from 1957-1960. On February 12, 1960, she married Gilbert V. Cabeca in Birmingham, AL. He passed away in 1998.

Shirley worked most recently as a court clerk with Tompkins County Surrogates Court in Ithaca, NY. She was a former member of the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church. She enjoyed puzzles, movies, traveling and flower arranging. Shirley loved to watch Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune.

Shirley is survived by two sons, Brett R. Cabeca, and Lance W. Cabeca and his wife Rachel Cook Cabeca, all of the Birmingham, AL area; a sister, Nancy Collins-Tucker and her husband, Dixon Tucker of Norfolk, VA; and by five cousins, Kenneth Wood, Karla Edwards, William “Billy” Wood, Lawrence Wood and Carol Ann Wood.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 1, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. Her funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m. Burial with military honors will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Rd., Kanab, Utah 84741-5000 or to Wags to Riches, 313 N. Franklin St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Charles 'Bud' Lovell

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

Charles “Bud” Lovell

Age 97, of Catharine, NY, entered into a well-deserved eternal rest on March 28, 2023 at his home that he built in 1956-57. He was born on November 1, 1925 to Cecil and Edna Lovell.

Bud graduated from Odessa High School. He was married in 1949 to Cleo Bird and spent 44 years of wedded bliss together before her passing in 1993. He retired from Shepard Niles after 44 years as a machinist. He was a long-time member of the Mechanics Club in Montour Falls.

Bud built a cabin in the woods where he enjoyed hunting, cutting wood, and picnicking with family. He spent many enjoyable hours fishing bullheads in the canal at Watkins Glen. He enjoyed going out to eat with family and riding the bull at Texas Roadhouse on his 97th birthday. He always looked forward to the family picnic at Havana Glen.

He was predeceased by his wife; parents; sister, Ellen (Chuck) Crane; and in-laws,   Genevieve (Robert) Potter, Grace (Jack) Davis and Ray Bird.

Bud is survived by his children, Carolyn Seymour (Charlie), Shirley (Jim) Hoxie, and Randy (Sally) Lovell; nine grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, 16 great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, and great nieces and great nephews.

His wishes were to die at home and were fulfilled by his loving family with special thanks to grandchildren Missy, Jennifer, Amielia, Robin and Tommy; and our home boys that kept that fire burning.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, April 3, 2023 from 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. His funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m. Interment with military honors will follow in Highland Cemetery, Odessa, NY.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Odessa Fire Department. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Nicholina Marie Tipaldos

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

Nicholina Marie (Minichiello) Tipaldos

Age 90, of Southport NC and formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, died on Thursday, March 9, 2023.

Mrs. Tipaldos was born on December 16, 1932 in Elmira, NY to the late Thomas and Marie Minichiello.

Survivors include her sons, Martin Tipaldos (Teresa) and Andrew Tipaldos (Heather); grandchildren Vernon, Jason, Aaron, Angelica, Cassandra and Cathleen; and 10 great grandchildren.

Nikki was very well known and loved in her hometown of Watkins Glen. She was a member of St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church and loved to crochet baby outfits to give away.

She was preceded in dealth by husband, Peter Tipaldos, and sisters Mary and Rita.

Obituary: R. Jeffrey Castor

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

R. Jeffrey Castor

Age 66, of Elmira, NY passed away on March 3, 2023 surrounded by family.

He was predeceased by his parents, Dr. Richard and Mrs. Diana Castor. He is survived by his daughter, Sarah Castor, and his five siblings.

Jeff -- a graduate of Odessa-Montour High School -- was the proud business owner of Southport Crown and Bridge. He loved the outdoors and was happiest when floating down the lake or exploring. He will be missed for his quick wit, contagious laugh and commitment to supporting his community.

Family and friends attended his service at Sullivan's Funeral Home, Horseheads, on March 18. A celebration of life was held in Eldridge Park's Dance Hall on March 11. He will be laid to rest privately at Maple Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks those wishing to remember Jeff to please consider contributions to the Eldridge Park Carousel Preservation Society.

Obituary: Gary L. Ector

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

Gary L. “Hair” Ector

Age 68, of Montour Falls, NY, entered unto rest on Thursday, March 16, 2023 at home from Corticobasal Degeneration Dementia. Gary was born Gary Lee Swarthout on December 22, 1954, the son of Dorothy (Sample) Ector in Penn Yan, NY.

Gary graduated from Odessa-Montour High School in 1973. He was inducted into the Odessa-Montour Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. On November 23, 1975, he married Katrina (Collins). He was later married in the Catholic faith by Rev. Paul Bonacci on March 13, 2013.

Gary began his career with SHC Kmart Corp. in 1975, and worked his way up to district manager in the New York metro area until his retirement in 2006. In 2005, Gary was named District Manager “Coach of the Year” Northeast Division SHC, Kmart Retail. After retiring for only four months, he was hired by Kohl’s Department Store to open and manage the Horseheads store until 2010.

Gary was a communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen. He was also a member of the Mechanics Club in Montour Falls.

Gary is survived by his wife of 47 years, Katrina; sons, James (Deb) Ector and Michael (Suzette) Ector; beloved nieces, Jackie and Jessica Collins, whom he loved like daughters; goddaughter, Jackie Riley Hollar; foster daughter, Beth Richards; four grandchildren, Alexxis, Dylan, Collin and Wyatt Ector; great niece, Kennedy Grace, who sprinkled her love on her uncle Gary; sisters, Blanche (George) Bowen and Louise (Leslie) Sills; step sister, Kathy Sample; brothers, Walter (Rita) Siedel, Joseph (Vicky) Ector, Charles (Joy) Ector and Walter (Denise) Ector, Jr.; step brother, Daniel (Helen) Teed; sisters-in-law, Deb (TJ) Riley and Cindy (Rocky) Rumsey; brothers-in-law, Thomas Collins, Steve (Janet) Collins, Joe (Julie) Collins and Tim (Wendy) Collins; and by many nieces and nephews. Gary is also survived by lifelong friends and neighbors, Robert Brooke (Kathleen Proctor) and James (Rebecca) Guild; and by special cousins, Julie (Larry) Rinker and John Robert (Deb) Ganung.

He was predeceased by his parents, Dorothy and Walter Ector, Sr., mother and father-in-law, Blanche and Thomas Collins; and by his beloved uncle and best friend, Frank Sample. He was also predeceased by his lifetime friend, Russell James Cornell and sister-in-law, Patricia Collins.

Gary’s wish to die at home was fulfilled because he had special people who stepped up to help care for him: his beloved nieces, Jackie Collins and Desra Clemons, family friend, Linda West, and the nurses from CareFirst -- Brandy and Robin. This journey was completed because of all of you. Thank You! Our family would also like to thank the neighbors, Thomas, Joanna Dupay and family, and Deb Wheeler for all the help they have given. We are blessed to have you as our neighbors and friends. To our family, I know our mom is very proud of all of you for all the support you have given us. To our son, Michael and his wife Suzette, thank you for all the help you have given to us, and for the remodeling you have done to make our home more accessible.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, March 23, 2023 from 4-7 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, March 24 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery.

The family requests no flowers. Contributions may be made in Gary’s memory to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Connie A. Rexford

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

Connie A. Rexford

Age 72, of Tyrone, NY, passed away on Saturday, March 4, 2023. She was born on September 14, 1950, the daughter of Elmer and Betty Buckley, and attended Watkins Glen High School.

Connie, along with her husband Richard, operated Rexford Heating & Air Conditioning for 25 years. She was devoted to her family, helping them out anyway she could. She enjoyed gardening and spending time at the lake with family and friends.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Richard K. Rexford; two sons, Chad (Suzie) of Watkins Glen, NY and Tim (Dawn) Rexford of Tyrone, NY; her mother, Betty Buckley of Watkins Glen; two sisters, Linda Diecenburg of Dundee and Katherine (Dean) Thompson of Reading Center; brothers, Chet Buckley of Beaver Dams, Carl Buckley of Watkins Glen, and Gordon Buckley of Monterey, NY; several grandchildren; and by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter, Theresa Rexford; grandson, Thomas Rexford; and by a sister, Shirley.

At the family’s request, there will be no services. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY.  To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Louis Sgrecci II

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

Louis Sgrecci II

Age 93, of Watkins Glen, NY, like two heroes from his youth -- Gene Autry and Roy Rogers -- rode off into his final sunset on Monday, March 13, 2023, surrounded by family. Louie, known as Lou, The Camel, The Greek, and Dudey, spent most of his life in Schuyler County. He was born in Beaver Dams, NY on November 9, 1929, the son of Louis and Alma Arcangeli Sgrecci.

He was predeceased by his Italian parents; his wife JoAnn Coykendall Sgrecci; and sisters Mary Davis, Paula Bossard, and Irene Pellacore.

He is survived by his daughters, LuAnn (Jim) O’Connell of Milton, PA, and Jill Sgrecci (Paul Wheeler); son Dana (Gail) Sgrecci; nine grandchildren, Tabitha (Adam), Grace (Brian), Joe, Mary, and Joyce O’Connell; and Nick, Brock, Camille and Max Sgrecci; two step-grandchildren, Brad and Kristin Wheeler; one brand new great granddaughter, Evelyn; sister, Elsie Bossard and brother, Dave (Della) Andretti; and many nieces and nephews.

Louis retired as a machinist from Shepard Niles Crane and Hoist and was a WWII U.S. Marine veteran. He was a lifetime member of the Montour Falls Mechanics Club and a long-time member of the Montour Falls Moose Club, where he had many friends with whom he enjoyed socializing. Louie really enjoyed watching old westerns and cowboy movies, mysteries and war documentaries, and reading books -- anything to do with trains or cowboys. He liked anything mechanical, especially old tractors, and enjoyed working on his son’s dairy farm.

There will be a private family burial and a celebration of life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Montour Falls Moose #426, 2096 Co. Rd. 14, Montour Falls, NY 14865, or the Schuyler County Ambulance, 909 South Decatur Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

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

Obituary: Denise Kidd

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

Denise Kidd

Age 54, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on Saturday, March 4, 2023. She was born in Geneva, NY on September 15, 1968, the daughter of Carlita M. VanDusen and James A. Kidd.

Denise was a Nurse Aide graduate of Stratford Career Institute. She also received her Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies from Grand Canyon University in 2016. She lived in Geneva, Lyons, Macedon, and Clifton Springs, NY for a time and later in LaBelle, Florida before finally settling in Montour Falls.

She worked at one time in Burger King Management in Waterloo, NY and also at the Arc in Canandaigua, NY.

She was predeceased by her parents and by her son RJ.

She is survived by adopted son Jason Arden; adopted daughter Jessica Arden; granddaughter Yassmin Arden; godchildren Brandon Button, Brandon Williams, Ciara Slater, and Alana Clark; and by her cousins, friends and ex-husbands.

Denise was a very loving person; she loved being a parent, loved her friends and family, and loved helping people. She enjoyed repairing cars and driving them; resulting in many spontaneous car rides to anywhere. She loved animals and was an avid pit bull supporter. In her youth, Denise attended church with her mother. She loved cooking with her mother and grandmother; and was an awesome cook. She was a big fan of Guy Fieri and cooking shows in general.

Denise loved fairs, carnivals, and festivals. She was an avid NYS Fair-goer -- never missed a year. She was a caring person to everyone. Denise enjoyed shopping at Walmart, where she would sit down and just watch people.

Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Waterloo, in the spring. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave a message of condolence, please visit vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Michael J. Maloney

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

Michael J. Maloney

Maloney, Michael J., of Waneta Lake, NY, the longtime Sheriff of Schuyler County and a leader in law enforcement throughout the Southern Tier, died on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 after a long illness. He was 82.

Maloney was born Nov. 16, 1940, in South Buffalo, an Irish enclave on the shores of Lake Erie. His father, Patrick, and mother, Margaret McGorty, were immigrants from counties Clare and Cavan respectively. Michael was the fourth of their six children.

Maloney was raised in a family of deep Catholic faith. He spent four years at the Diocesan Prep Seminary in Buffalo and eight years at Divine Word Seminary in Conesus.

In 1964, while working at O-Neh-Da Vineyard, he met Carrie Klien. They were married in November 1967. Soon after, they moved to Tyrone. They made their home in Schuyler County and had four children: Patrick, Michael, Kathleen and Matthew.

Maloney was hired as a deputy at the Schuyler County Sheriff's office in 1968. By 1971, he was appointed Undersheriff. On Aug. 1, 1973, Maloney was appointed Schuyler County Sheriff. At the time, he was the youngest sheriff in New York State.

Over a 32-year span leading the sheriff’s office, Maloney implemented safety programs that were ahead of their time. They include starting a K-9 Unit and a Stop DWI program in 1983. He established a Drug Awareness Resistance Education program for county students while also creating drug-free school zones near local schools. For more than 25 years, he was coordinator for police training for Schuyler, Chemung and Steuben counties.

Through tragedy and triumph, Maloney led local law enforcement’s efforts to keep the community safe. Maloney was on the scene of the 1992 mass shooting that killed four workers at the county office building in Watkins Glen. It was an incident that, Maloney later told The New York Times, “transformed” the community.

Maloney’s career also spanned the resurgence of Watkins Glen International, the world renowned speedway where NASCAR races draw nearly 100,000 fans each summer. Maloney was a key part of the team coordinating security for the track’s major events. 

He retired on Dec. 31, 2005. Upon the end of his service, the Schuyler County Legislature remarked that "Mike’s friendship to everyone and willingness to listen to anyone with a problem, is going to be sorely missed by everyone in the County." Later, the county renamed its jail the Michael J. Maloney Public Safety Building.

Maloney is survived by his wife, Carrie; four children, Patrick, Michael, Kathleen (Corey) Taylor and Matthew (Jennifer); six grandchildren, Brina Maloney (Christopher Johnson), Mitchell (Kaila) McElroy, Ryan Taylor, Milo Taylor, Kiernan Maloney and Brogan Maloney; two great-grandchildren, Savannah and Calvin McElroy; a brother, Msgr. Thomas Maloney of Tonawanda; three sisters, Sister Sally Maloney RSM of Buffalo, Beatrice (Gordon) Sear of Olean and Patricia (James) Connolly of Hamburg; and many nieces and nephews. Special recognition to Brittany Case, his “granddaughter” and “hair stylist.”

His parents and a sister, Rosemary “Posey” (Charles) Drumm, predeceased him.

Calling hours will be held at the Tyrone Fire Department on Sunday, March 19, 2023 from 1:00-4:00 p.m., followed by a memorial service and reception. At the reception, the family will host a dinner open to all and featuring Mike's favorite meal: spaghetti and meatballs. A private funeral mass will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Tyrone Fire Department, P.O Box 69, Tyrone, NY 14887. The family would also like to thank the staff at Penn Yan Soldiers & Sailors Hospital for their outstanding care and compassion these last few weeks.

Memories of Maloney may be shared with his family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: David D. Karius

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

David D. Karius

Age 67, of Corning, NY, passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2023 at home. He was born on March 15, 1955, the son of the late Fred and Doris Karius.

He is survived by his wife, Debra; sons, Derrick and Daniel Karius; step children, Devin Barber and Marie Bowers; brothers, Donald and Scott Karius; sister, Sherry Mangus; six grandchildren; and four step grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, Fred Karius, Jr.

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

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

Obituary: Marie E. Hoose

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

Marie E. “Tody” Hoose

Age 76, of Odessa, NY passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at Cayuga Medical Center. She was born in Saratoga Springs, NY on November 4, 1946, the daughter of the late William and Ellin Bailey. On December 14, 1968, she married Norman Hoose in Barrington, NY.

Marie was an LPN at Schuyler Hospital for 24 years, retiring in 2014. She enjoyed collecting Frogs and Egyptian figurines.

Marie is survived by her daughter, Christina Hoose of Odessa; two sons, James Hoose (Brian Thompson) of Interlaken, NY and Michael (Melissa) Hoose of Watkins Glen, NY; sister, Donna (Harold) Short of Cameron, NY; two grandchildren, Ryan Barrett and Kayla Waterman; eight great grandchildren; four  nephews, Brian Deming, Troy Deming, David Deming and Billy Bailey; and two cousins, Leion Wilson and Bobby Wilson. She was predeceased by her husband, Norman Hoose; brother, William G. Bailey; nephew, Joseph Bailey; cousin, Kirk Wilson, and by her beloved dog, Bubby.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. A private burial will be held by the family in Branchport Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Nina Lucille Barber

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

Nina Lucille (Barrett) Barber

Age 92, formerly of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Dec. 23, 2022 in Florida.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Thursday, March 16, from 12pm-1pm; followed by a funeral service at 1:00pm. A committal service and burial will immediately follow at Bradford Memorial Park in Towanda, PA at 3pm.

Nina Lucille was born in Towanda, PA, on April 26, 1930, the daughter of Lloyd and Dorothy (Alexander) Barrett. She married Robert B. Barber, who predeceased her on March 9, 2013.

She is survived by a sister, Doris Williams; four grandchildren, Michele Stone, Marie (Scot) Bowers, Devin (Susan) Barber, and Susan Bullivant; six great-grandchildren, Trentin and Boyd Barber, Thea and Wynlynn Bowers, Esteban Lopez, and Kearstin Masson; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband; son Robert B. Barber Jr.; daughters Ann Easling and Doris Harrington; son-in-law, Ernest Easling; brothers and sisters, Earl, Howard, Duane, Lloyd and Fredrick Barrett; and sister, Myrtle Wandell.
 
Nina was the Office Manager for over fifty years at the family business, Barber’s Excavating and Trucking, Barber’s Garage, Barber’s Disposal, Barber’s Ice, and the Sinclair Gas Station. She was a former member of the Montour Moose Club.

You may leave a condolence for the family online at www.Royce-Chedzoy.com.

Obituary: Debra J. Moyer-Haight

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

Debra J. Moyer-Haight

Age 68, of Beaver Dams, NY, passed away on January 12, 2023. She was born in Elmira, NY on September 17, 1954, the daughter of the late Samuel and Lucy (Hubley) Moyer.

Debra graduated from Horseheads High School and later from BOCES as an LPN. She was a senior accountant with BOCES for more than 30 years. Debra was an avid race fan and enjoyed living near the Watkins Glen International Race Track.

She was predeceased by her husband, Roy Haight; brother, Bobby Moyer; brother-in-law, Ralph Kinney, and nephew, Rodney Kinney. Debra is survived by her sister, Roxann Kinney of TX; niece, Renay Kinney of TX; a great niece and nephew, Hailey Johnson and Dalton Jones, both of TX; and by many friends.

Miss Me But Let Me Go

When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom filled room
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little, but not for long
And not with your head bowed low
Remember the love that once we shared
Miss me, but let me go.
For this is a journey we all must take
And each must go alone.
It's all part of the master plan
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick at heart
Go to the friends we know.
Laugh at all the things we used to do
Miss me, but let me go. -Author Unknown

At the family’s request, there will be no services at this time. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com.

Obituary: Josephine Marie Standish

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

Josephine Marie Standish

Age 92, better known to most as “Pee Wee,” of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2023 at home. She was born on September 5, 1930, a daughter of late James and Anna (Colunio) Compese.

She was preceded in 2002 by her husband of 50 years Carl L. Standish, Sr., her sister and best friend, Eloise Specchio, and brother Jamie Compese.

She is survived by daughters, Ann (Mike) Hoyt of Watkins Glen and Joni Standish of Watkins Glen; sons, Carl (Janice) Standish, Jr. of Watkins Glen and Jeff (Terri) Standish of Breesport, NY; eight grandchildren, Kerri-Ann (Mathew) Messecar of Corning, NY, Patrick Moore, Arkport, NY, Christie Standish of Watkins Glen, Carl (Krista) Standish, III of Watkins Glen, Brandon (Meghan) Standish of Cayce, SC, James Standish of Watkins Glen, Jeffrey (Kaleigh) Standish of Conifer, CO, and Paige Standish of Breesport; step-grandchildren, Ben (Vaughn) Hoyt and Tracie (Mike) McCarthy and families of Arkport;  ten great grandchildren, Brayden Howell, Thomas Moore, Tristan Rockwell, Mathew Santulli, Claire, Charlotte, Colette, Carlson Standish and Delaney, Magnolia Standish with the 11th little guy on the way. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Lewis Specchio and sisters-in-law, Janet Standish and Nancy Compese; special niece and nephew, Sandra (Justin) McMaster and Mark (Bonnie) Specchio; and by many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Her whole life was devoted to her family and her work. She was a fantastic cook. Her spaghetti sauce or “gravy” as her son Skeet calls it and her pies were the best. She loved that her children shared her passion for cooking. Growing up our home was always the place to hang out. She enjoyed having all our friends at her house and for sure they didn’t go home hungry. She was also a strong supporter of the “Squires.” She loved her Yankees -- especially Derek Jeter. She always enjoyed it when the cameras showed him walking away.  If you know PeeWee, you know what I mean!

She held many jobs in her lifetime. Nick’s Red & White, Ray Dann’s Super Duper, Bus Driver for WG School and drove the 1st BOCES Bus to Corning -- I think they had to put blocks on the gas and brake pedals so she could reach them -- Lol. She worked 12 years for Smith’s IGA, 22 years for the NYS Fire Academy, retiring at age of 77, and worked the next 10 years with her daughter Ann at the Unique Country Boutique, or as a lot of people called it, “Pee Wee’s” store.

She loved her Italian heritage and oh the stories she would tell. One of her proudest moments was having the honor of being the “Grand Marshal” for the Italian festival parade in 2016. She was the Matriarch of our family. She truly loved our family gatherings for holidays and birthdays. It was her joy and passion to have her family gathered sharing memories and laughing about all our antics of the past. We will continue to set a place for her at the head of the table and raise a glass or two in her honor and memory.

A Special thanks to Dr. Donnelly for his care and kindness towards our Mom over the years.  Our family is eternally grateful to our sister Joni, niece and nephew Christie & Tristan for all the loving care given to our mom over the past three years. You fulfilled mom’s wish and we are forever thankful. For all of us you gave your best, now the time has come for you to rest. So go in peace, you’ve earned your sleep, your love and memories we’ll eternally keep.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, May 19, 2023 from 4-7 p.m. at the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, 119 Fifth St., Watkins Glen. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Seneca Santa, the Watkins Glen Fire Department or St. Mary’s of the Lake Church. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Virginia S. Hanson

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

Virginia S. Hanson

Age 98, of Odessa, NY, entered into rest on February 19, 2023. Virginia was born on March 5, 1924 in Hampton, NJ to William and Irene Sampson.

Virginia served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, from 1944-1946, stationed in Baltimore, MD. Virginia lived the early part of her life, after service, in High Bridge, NJ, being a member of the High Bridge Fire Department Auxiliary and a Cub Scout den mother. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in both NJ and NY.

Virginia was preceded by her loving husband, of 62 years, Carl E. Hanson of Montour Falls NY, and son Dale R. Hanson of High Bridge, NJ.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Gary J. and Deborah C. Hanson of Odessa, NY, her granddaughters and their husbands Bethany and Mathew Harbourt of North Hollywood CA, and Laura and Michel Canning of Chicago IL, and her great granddaughter Elina Harbourt.

Arrangements for the burial of Virginia and Carl's ashes will take place at Evergreen Cemetery in Clinton, NJ, as well as a celebration of life there at a future date. A celebration of life in Schuyler County, NY will take place at a later date.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home in Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Donald Shreibman

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

Donald Shreibman
March 18, 1938 - February 12, 2023

Lakemont: Donald Shreibman, age 84, born into a prominent West Elmira family, as a young man attended the University of Illinois before joining the long-standing family business established by his grandfather in 1893, Shreibman Jewelers of Elmira, NY -- which he would later own and operate for many years.

Donald loved Elmira and was a devoted Rotarian and patron of the Clemens Center. He also loved his country and served in the Army reserves. He had many hobbies and enjoyed photography and could always be seen with his camera taking photos of things he loved such as cars, family, friends, and pets, to name a few. He was an avid sports fan, following not just the Elmira Pioneers and Elmira hockey, but was a serious NY Yankees fan and never missed the World Series -- no matter who was playing.

Donald was a voracious reader, filing his photographic memory with the latest news, and held a very advanced, up-to-date political knowledge -- which he loved to discuss with others. In his later years, Donald helped in his wife's successful antique business, O'Shaughnessy Antiques in Watkins Glen, NY -- where he was not just excellent company but a true fixture at the shop and loved by many locals with whom he shared a mutual love of sports and political happenings. He had many friends, who will miss his conversation and positive attitude.

Donald was predeceased by his parents, Charles "Jake" and Irene C. Levine Shreibman. He is survived by his loving wife, Louise Burack O'Shaughnessy; sister-in-law, Toby (Mark) Goldstein; his "adopted family," Rena (George) Pendleton, "grandchildren" George & Greg Pendleton, "brother" Wayne Kellogg Sr., and "nephews" Wayne Jr. and Fred Kellogg; and his two beloved little dogs, Bobby and Gloria.

We will all miss Donald and his infectious laugh, his smile, his generosity, kindness, brilliant insight, and positive view on life.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to a local no-kill shelter of your choice as Donald was an animal lover and supporter of the local shelters. Honoring his wishes there are no prior calling hours or public service. Arrangements arre entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home 36 Water St. Dundee, NY. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

Obituary: Floyd S. Hull

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Floyd S. Hull

Age 92, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at Bethany Manor in Horseheads, NY. He was born in Ambridge, PA on December 3, 1930, the son of the late Curtis and Evelyn (Bendle) Hull. Floyd served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

Floyd worked as a welder at Shepard Niles Hoist & Crane in Montour Falls, NY for many years, retiring in 1994. He was a 56-year member of the Watkins Glen Fire Department and NYS Fire Police Association. Floyd was a charter member of the Schuyler County Volunteer Ambulance and Past Master of Myrtle-Jefferson #131 F. & A.M, in Montour Falls.

Floyd is survived by his daughter, Beth (Bill) Meehan of Watkins Glen; son, Tim (Anne) Hull of Candor, NY; sister, Linda Gould of Burdett, NY; two grandchildren, Jessica (Pat) Henderson and Jay (Lindsay) Meehan; and two great grandchildren with another one expected in September. He was predeceased by his wife, Ann H. Hull, on August 9, 2021.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, March 10, 2023 from 4-6 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Floyd’s funeral service will follow at 6:00 p.m. Burial will be in the spring at Montour Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to St. James Episcopal Church, 112 Sixth St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or the Watkins Glen Fire Department, 201 N. Perry St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Dr. Jim Norton

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Dr. Jim Norton

Age 100, passed away on February 13, 2023 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY.

He was first and foremost a country kid and a country doctor.

He stayed that, and added surgeon, family practitioner, and lifelong community volunteer to his life.

Raised in New Hartford, NY, he was a child of the Great Depression. He sometimes marveled at all that transpired in his nearly 101 years. Most of us can barely imagine all he saw, and all that changed since 1922.

He was both heartened and saddened by changes in American medicine. He saw unbelievable advances in medicines and technology, and whole diseases eradicated. But he always said he practiced in the Golden Age of medicine. He respected those whom he considered to be true physicians and had less regard for anyone he considered “just a highly trained technician with some initials after their name.” He respected doctors who listened, put a hand on the patient’s arm, and dug for answers. He saw a new thing called “medical insurance” come into being. And a big shift away from making house calls to the patient -- instead the patient came to the doctor. It made sense and he understood the economics of it, but he learned so much from house calls. They went by the wayside, but he never gave up his leather medical bag. His family received produce, baked goods, and even an heirloom hand-embroidered tablecloth as grateful gifts. When the driver of a steel laden, runaway truck on the Odessa hill crashed into a creek,  Jim stood in freezing water holding an IV bag with one hand and the man’s hand with his other. When that man became a blueberry farmer in NJ, Jim’s family received trays upon trays of blueberries every summer for the rest of that man’s life.

All of which is to say that being a doctor, and an integral part of the community, meant the world to him.

He went to medical school in Syracuse, where he met the love of his life, future wife and mother of his children, Marjorie. She too went to medical school when it was difficult and rare for women to do so. When people called the house asking for Dr. Norton, he jokingly asked if they wanted him or the smart one.

Quick humor was another of his well-known trademarks. But he was serious about his community, and his desire to make a difference. After returning from occupied Japan where he honed his surgical skills as an Army Captain post-WWII, he gave up a very promising opportunity in Syracuse. He absolutely yearned for rural life. He and Marjorie moved to Montour Falls, where they were instrumental in the development of a new Schuyler hospital. He was directly responsible for the construction of the 14A bypass over Rte. 14 north of Watkins Glen, after a series of accidents were ignored. (After a particularly horrific accident at which he was coroner, yet again, he sent a telegram full of indignation to the governor of New York. There were work crews there the next day.) He, Marge, and other community members stepped up to campaign against heavy load trucks on the Odessa hill where runaway trucks were an issue.

He served on a wide variety of boards: the vestry of his church, the school board, hospital board and many more. He and his family hosted 4th year medical students in a rural health rotation; he and his wife went to Yugoslavia as part of a medical advisory team, and he volunteered in many other capacities. He served as Coroner for years, and was called out at all hours. At one time during the height of his medical career he wanted to move the family to Alaska to be a bush pilot/doctor (Marge let that one fizzle out). After retirement he volunteered twice at the Rosebud reservation.

In his many years he served on other boards and committees, including Elmira Psychiatric Center, Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency Mental Health Committee, and NY-Penn American Red Cross Blood Services. He taught at the NYS Fire Academy in Montour Falls, Schuyler County EMT and Municipal Police training courses. He held numerous appointments including: Co-Founder/Medical Director of the Schuyler County Volunteer Ambulance, Founder/Chairman of the Schuyler County Medical Scholarship Committee and Founder of the Schuyler County Central Emergency Control. He was a member of the Staff and Honorary Staff at Schuyler Hospital and Arnot-Ogden Medical Center, President’s Council at Elmira College, NYS Task Force on Rural Health, Chairman of the Elmira Hospitals Committee, NYS Legislative Commission on Rural Health Resources, the Mark Twain Arts Council, Sullivan Trail Council (Boy Scouts), Watkins-Montour Lions Club and Rotary Club, Schuyler Co. American Cancer Society, Schuyler County Mental Health Board, and Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes. He was a Chief of Surgery at Schuyler Hospital, and Schuyler County Medical Officer. He volunteered for the Schuyler County Office for the Aging, delivered Meals on Wheels, played tennis into his 90’s and water-skied up to 80.

Eventually he slowed down and after Marjorie passed away, he met and married Joy Hoffman. They provided meaningful companionship and help for each other and he spent the remainder of his years primarily at his beloved home overlooking Seneca Lake. He was blessed with wonderful friends, wonderful memories, and knowledge of a life lived fully.
There will be many to greet him on his next journey, including Marjorie and daughters Mary Evelyn and Barbara, and sister Bea. He is survived by his children Nancy (Phil) Townsend, Bob (Linda) Norton, Virginia (Hal) Rice, 8 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, Joy Hoffman, cousins, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. James Episcopal Church, Watkins Glen. Memories of Dr. Norton may be shared with his family and friends at vedderscottzinger.com.

Obituary: Rev. Thomas Frances Elliott

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Rev. Thomas Frances Elliott, C.S.C.

Rev. Thomas Frances Elliott, C.S.C., 82 -- brother of Marianne Morin of Watkins Glen, NY -- died at Holy Cross House, Notre Dame, Ind. on February 20, 2023 after a short illness.

Fr. Elliott was born on March 24, 1940 in Brooklyn, NY, the oldest of two children of Joseph and Filomena (Lofaro) Elliott.

Fr. Elliott graduated from N. Tarrytown High School in N. Tarrytown, NY in 1957. After graduating from high school, he began studies at the University of Notre Dame. At the age of 19, he began his life in Holy Cross at St. Joseph Hall as a candidate for the priesthood. He entered the Holy Cross Novitiate in Jordan, Minn. on August 15, 1960, professed first vows on August 16, 1961 and professed final vows on August 16, 1964. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, he began theology studies at Catholic University in Washington, DC and graduated in 1969. He was ordained a Holy Cross priest on May 27, 1967 at St. Teresa Church in N. Tarrytown, NY.

From 1969 to 1979, Fr. Elliott was assigned to the Formation Program at Moreau Seminary and also served as the Province Archivist, assisted at Holy Cross Parish in South Bend, IN and assisted at Fatima Retreat Center in Notre Dame, IN. From 1980 to 1986, he was assigned as Associate Pastor at St. Stanislaus Parish in South Bend, IN. In 1986, he went to Boston, MA for training in Hospital Chaplaincy. He has served in various hospitals as chaplain, including Boston University Hospital in Boston, MA (1987-1990), O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, CA (1990-1991), Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago (1991-1995) and St. Vincent Medical Center in Bridgeport, CT (1995-2001). He served as Chaplain for the School of Sisters of Notre Dame in Wilton, CT from 2001 to 2021. In 2021, Fr. Elliott retired to Holy Cross House in Notre Dame, IN.

He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his sister, Marianne (Bob) Morin of Watkins Glen, and the Morins' six children, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.

The Funeral Mass will be at 3:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Notre Dame, Ind. You may also join via livestream at https://livestream.holycrossusa.org

Burial will be in the community cemetery at Notre Dame. Kaniewski Funeral Home, South Bend, is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorial contributions in support of the mission and ministries of the Congregation of Holy Cross can be made to: United States Province of Priests and Brothers, Office of Mission Advancement, P.O. Box 765, Notre Dame, IN 46556-0765 or online at https://donate.holycrossusa.org

Obituary: Thomas R. Rexford

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Thomas R. Rexford

Age 29, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Monday, February 20, 2023. He was born on February 24, 1993.

He is survived by his parents, Chad (Suzie) Rexford of Watkins Glen and Ellen (Steve) Orr of Penn Yan, NY; three sisters, Nichole Rexford of Elmira Heights, NY, Erika Pruden (Patrick) of Beaver Dams, NY, and Tristyn Orr of Penn Yan; one brother, Tyler Orr of Penn Yan; grandparents, Rich (Connie) Rexford of Tyrone, Larry Wilcox and Guy Crofoot; Uncle John “JR” Sanders; and by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his grandmothers, Joanne Wilcox and Sue Crofoot.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, February 27, 2023 from 5-7 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY.  To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: William Howard Van

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William Howard "Bill" Van

Age 74, of  Huntsville, AL,  the husband of former Montour Falls, NY resident Sharon Confer Van, died on Feb. 19, 2023 surrounded by his loved ones after a short battle with illness.

He is survived by his spouse, Sharon Confer Van of Huntsville, AL ; sister, Margaret Van Lusby of Lewisville, TX, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard Van in 1995 and Betty Hudson Van in 2017, and brother Robert Spence Van in 2021.

Bill was in the U.S. Navy from 1968-1972 had a BA in Mathematics and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1976.

He had a longtime career in Systems Engineering and retired from Northrup Grumman in 2017. On September 12, 1992, he married Sharon Confer Van. Bill was a member of the Crosspoint Church in Madison, volunteered at the Downtown Rescue Mission for 18 years, and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity.

Bill was a baseball fan and in his younger years was a pitcher. Bill enjoyed working with numbers, computers, sports and especially college football, travel and exploring the outdoors. He was a born-again Christian and his most loved activity was studying and teaching the Bible.

Visitation was held at Crosspoint Church, Madison, AL on Friday, February 24, followed by a Celebration of Life with Pastor John Dees officiating. Burial will be at the family’s convenience. Pallbearers will be Jeffrey P. Confer, brother of Sharon Van, and long-time friends James WD Howell, John Mazos, and Dan Glenn. Berryhill Funeral Home, Huntsville, AL, is assisting the family.

Obituary: Jake Leon Mattison

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Jake Leon Mattison

Age 25, of Beaver Dams, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, February 17, 2023. He was born in Montour Falls, NY on September 16, 1997.

Jake enjoyed fishing and cooking.

He is survived by his parents, Harold “Pete” Mattison, Jr. (Jane Nichols) of Beaver Dams, Melissa Mattison of Beaver Dams; son, Eli Mattison of Corning; brother, Bradley Zurlick of Addison; grandmother, Aggie Miller of Watkins Glen; and by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

At the request of the family, there will be no services. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Sarah A. Grover

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Sarah A. (Swank) Grover

Age 81, of Enfield, NY passed away on Friday, February 17, 2023 at the Cayuga Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Ithaca.

She was born on January 19, 1942, the daughter of the late Hurley and Laura (Wilson) Swank in Eagles Mere, PA. Sarah grew up in Interlaken, NY before graduating from Interlaken High School in 1960. She was a longtime resident of the Odessa/Enfield area. She was a member of the Montour Moose Club as well as the Enfield Seniors.

Retiring from Cornell University after 25 years of service in 1996, Sarah enjoyed reading, sewing, fishing, cooking and baking for her family, friends and groups. Her true loves, however, were playing cards with her family and friends, bingo and traveling.

Sarah was preceded in death by her husband of seven years, Edgar E. Warne; son, Phillip C. Grover II; sister; Ruth A Beattie; and brothers, Lamonte E. Swank and Gordon M. Swank.

Sarah was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She leaves behind her husband of 55 years, Phillip C. Grover of Enfield, as well as her daughters, Susan (Arthur) Howser Jr. of Enfield and Molly (Billy) Swertfager of Enfield; son, Stanley (Denise) Warne of Interlaken; grandchildren, Amy Landon, Anna Jennings, Stacey Warne, David Moore II, Jeffery Warne, Amanda Grover and Jenna Swertfager; eleven great grandchildren; as well as her brothers, Lawrence Swank of Trumansburg, and Hurley (Linda) Swank of Seneca Falls; and sister-in-law, Joyce Swank of Ovid.

Sarah will be remembered by her family and friends for her sense of humor, direct thinking and sage advice. She will be deeply missed.

At Sarah’s request there will be no calling hours or services.

Contributions in memory of Sarah may be made to the Enfield Food Pantry, C/O The First Baptist Church of Enfield Center, 800 Enfield Falls Road, Newfield, NY 14867.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Marion Webster

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Marion Webster

Age 90, of Montour Falls and formerly Rock Stream, NY, passed away on February 16, 2023 after a brief illness.

She was predeceased by her husband of 69 years, Vernon, in April of 2022.

She is survived by her son, Donald Webster of Watkins Glen; daughter, Tina Churches (Bruce) of Branchport, NY; grandson, Jeremy Webster (Dawana) of Rhome, TX; and granddaughter, Laura Sabatini (Jason) of Trumansburg, NY.

Marion was the office manager for Drs. Tague and Norton, and moved with them to Schuyler Hospital. She earned her teaching certificate and started her second career teaching Adult Education with BOCES in both New York State and Pennsylvania. She was also a past president of the NYS Society of Medical Assistance. Marion was an active member of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Watkins Glen, Zonta, and the VFW in Watkins Glen.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday (February 21) at 11:00 a.m. at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 112 6th St., Watkins Glen; burial will be at the convenience of the family at a later date. A reception will be held at the church.

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

Obituary: Anita M. White

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Anita M. (McFall) White

Age 68, of Burdett, NY, passed away on Thursday, February 9, 2023. She was born in Corning, NY on May 3, 1954 and graduated from Corning East High School. On February 12, 1972, Anita married Alvin White in Watkins Glen, NY.

Anita was a Licensed Insurance Agent Broker. She worked for the Sidle Insurance Agency for 32 years, retiring in 2016. She was a member of the Burdett Fire Department Auxiliary for 37 years, Burdett Village Welcoming Committee and the Burdett Youth Committee. She volunteered for the Burdett Village Christmas, Seneca Santa, and Burdett Presbyterian Church.

Anita loved living in Burdett and took great pride in her home. She had a great passion for gardening and could always be found outside working in her yard. Anita’s decorating over the holidays was legendary with beautiful lights during the Christmas season and the spooky Halloweens that all the neighbor children and adults loved.

Anita’s hobbies included sewing, crocheting, reading and watching true crime documentaries. She had a passion for giving. She always enjoyed donating handmade baskets, sewing baby blankets, and designing centerpieces for parties and weddings.
Anita was a devoted wife, mother and “Mimi”, who absolutely loved spending time with her grandchildren, all of whom she was so very proud.

Anita was predeceased by Alvin White, her husband of 50 years, in 2022, and her grandmother, Nina Hough. She is survived by two daughters, Cassandra (Joe) Pitcher of Ontario, NY, and Melanie (Matthew) Walters of Burdett, NY; five grandchildren, Cody Pitcher, Zachary Pitcher, Joshua Pitcher, Brett Walters, and Alex Walters; uncle, Bill McFall, and aunt, Sheila McFall; and cousins, Kevin McFall, Sean McFall, Kelly VanHorn, and Ryan McFall.

A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring. Burial will be in Union Cemetery of Hector, Burdett, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Burdett Presbyterian Church, 3995 Church Street, Burdett, NY 14818 or the Burdett Fire Department, 4124 Lake Avenue, Burdett, NY 14818. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home in Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Nancy Anne Teeter

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Nancy Anne Teeter

Nancy Anne Teeter, of Georgetown, TN and formerly of Odessa, NY, was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She left this world suddenly on January 16, 2023, at age 86.

Nancy was born to John and Esther Van Buskirk on September 3, 1936 in Elmira, NY. At Odessa-Montour High School, she was a social butterfly and very active in sports and extracurricular activities, such as cheerleading and track and field. Nancy married her high school sweetheart, Jack Teeter. They were married for 66 years. Together, they had three children: Thomas, Kathleen, and Jacquelyn.

Nancy deeply enjoyed traveling with the Squires Drum and Bugle Corps as a chaperone. She was an active church member, and after moving to Colorado organized and helped manage the tornado distribution center where she received her Town of Windsor Volunteer Award in 2008. She was very devoted to her grandchildren and played a very important role in each of their lives.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, as well as her sister, Jacquelyn Hochberg. She is survived by her husband, Jack, her children, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She will be laid to rest at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Odessa. Nancy will be greatly missed.

Obituary: Edward A. Stephany

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Edward A. Stephany

Age 91, formerly of East Lake Road, Romulus, and most recently of Ashton Place, Clifton Springs, NY, passed away on February 12, 2023 at the Wayne County Nursing Facility with his loving and devoted family by his side.

Friends and family are invited to call at the Mull Funeral Home, 113 Virginia Street, Waterloo, NY on the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 16. A funeral mass will be celebrated at Saint Mary’s Church, 25 Center Street, Waterloo at 10:00 a.m. Friday. Burial will follow in Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Waterloo. Please check the Mull Funeral Home for details.

The family requests memorial contributions be directed to The Finger Lakes Boating Museum, 8231 Pleasant Valley Road, Hammondsport, NY 14840.

Ed was born October 19, 1931 in Rochester, NY, the son of the late Alfred J. and Mildred H. (DeHond) Stephany. He was a 1949 graduate of Brighton High School and a graduate of RIT, and was also known to fondly regale his family with stories of his days as a Chi Phi at Rensselaer Polytechnic. He was the very first RIT co-op and an engineer at Goulds Pumps, Seneca Falls for 40 years, retiring in 1992; having served as both Director of International Sales and Head of Research and Development. He served in the U.S. Army as an Engineer at Fort Knox and spoke highly of Norman J. Gould and the company for holding his position and crediting him with service during his time in the Army. He was a founding member and “Admiral” of the Finger Lakes Boating Museum; former member of the Romulus School Board; member of the Watkins Glen Yacht Club and past president of the Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association.

Ed is survived by his daughter Lynn (Lou) Vistocco of Geneva; sons Mark (Leira) of Watkins Glen, Andrew (Lisa) of Crawfordville, FL, and Dean (Karen) Stephany of Waterloo; grandchildren, Louis, Stephanie and Sarah Vistocco, Erin (John) Hieb and Christopher, Austin, Kristen and Michael Stephany; great-grandchildren Ahvianna Vistocco, Jackson and Madelyn Hieb; sister Jean Mastasio of NJ; brother Alfred “AJ” (Judy) Stephany of Lima; and numerous beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ed was preceded in death by his wife Jane (DiPronio) Stephany in 2016, his sisters Shirley Westbrook and Millie Smith and brother Greg Stephany.

Obituary: Greeba Hays Conklin

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Greeba Marguerite Hays Conklin

Age 97, of Reading Center, New York passed away at Corning Hospital surrounded by family on February 10, 2023.

Greeba was born May 12, 1925 in Barrington, NY, the daughter of the late Aaron and Hazel (Martin) Hays. She is survived by her sons Gary (Alice) Conklin and Gregory (Joetta) Conklin and four grandchildren: Jessica Conklin, Jennifer Conklin, Jaclyn Conklin and Andrew Conklin. She is also survived by one brother-in-law, Richard Haight, and two cousins, Robert Canfield and Richard Bailey, along with many nieces and nephews.

Greeba was predeceased by George, her loving husband of 62 years, in 2011, along with brother and sister-in-law Bruce and Norma (Palmer) Hays, sister and brother-in-law Jeanetta and Delbert Crocker, sister Aileen Haight and nephews Carl Hays and Keith Haight.

Greeba was a graduate of Dundee Central School. She was employed by Mercury aircraft in Hammondsport, NY. Greeba loved watching her grandchildren participate in school activities. She enjoyed hosting family dinners where everyone would gather around her table and tell stories of their adventures.

She was a lover of animals, having many pets over the years, both as a child and an adult. She enjoyed feeding and watching birds later in her life.

The family would like to thank the staff on 2B and Dr. Singh at Guthrie Corning Hospital for their care and compassion during this time.

There will be a celebration of Greeba's life at a later date. Burial will be alongside her husband, George, in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Reading Center.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Reading Center Community Church, P.O. Box 23, Reading Center, NY 14876.

Please leave condolences or a memory of Greeba at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.  Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Stephen Edward Gillette

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Stephen Edward Gillette

Age 81, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on January 31, 2023.

Stephen was a father, husband, friend and an all-around good person.
 
Stephen was a graduate of Watkins Glen High School in 1959, attended Corning Community College, and was a member of the U.S. Army Reserves.  
    
Stephen began his career working for the Glen National Bank. He then managed and purchased Glen Auto Parts. Doris Pike, a longtime friend, was an integral part of the Glen Auto Parts business. Stephen purchased and later sold a number of NAPA Auto Parts stores in the area. He retired in 2007.
   
Stephen enjoyed Seneca Lodge, and his involvement there was one of his greatest pleasures. Friendships made there were so important to him.
 
Stephen was a member of the Watkins Glen Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the Watkins Glen Elks Club.
 
Steve had a passion for tennis, bow hunting, skiing, and golf, and for over 50 years attended races, including NASCAR, at Watkins Glen International Racetrack.
    
Stephen worked hard for his community by donating and volunteering his time, and was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce.  
 
He was on the board of directors for Finger Lakes Fire Insurance Company, the Watkins Glen Housing Authority, and Schuyler County United Way.
 
Kathy and Steve loved traveling including trips to Alaska, Hawaii, England, and the Caribbean. In retirement, they enjoyed seeing the wonders of New York State. They also spent many, wonderful family vacations in Islamorada and Key West. Steve and Kathy spent several winters in Key West, Florida.   
 
Stephen enjoyed being with family and neighbors at the cabin on Seneca Lake and being part of the 15 Club Road owners.

Steve was predeceased by his parents, Irene and Fred Gillette of Watkins Glen. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, sons, Brian (Monica Lovejoy) and Adam, and brother Paul.

There will be a celebration of life at a later date. No flowers or other memorials, please. You may leave a message of condolence to the family, on the online obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.  Arrangements are through the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Dennis K. Pierce

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Dennis K. Pierce

Age 80, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2023. He was born in Middle River, Maryland on October 23, 1942, the son of Rush and Lucy Pierce.
 
Dennis  was a retired truck driver. He was a member of the American Legion and Odessa Lions Club, and was a Moose Member for 40 + years. He was a dedicated Little League Coach while Keith played. He enjoyed working in the garage with Keith on his latest projects. He loved to do adult coloring books and display them in the hallways of the Middle School
Apartments for everyone to enjoy. Dennis also dedicated many years to the Mello-Dears as a driver and helper. He was an avid bowler and was known for his “shit-eating” grin and sense of humor. He was also a United States Army Veteran, serving in Germany.

Dennis is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Coral “Corky” (Bird) Pierce; his daughter, Pamela Sague (Shawn), Endicott, NY; son, Keith T. Pierce (Kristi), Odessa, NY; sisters, Diane Sclucha (Terry), Owego, NY, and Marcia Pierce Root, West Virginia; brothers, James Pierce (Margaret), Candor, NY, and Curt Pierce, Valirco, Florida; grandchildren,Matthew Lovelace (Jennifer), Brach Manuel (Amber), Elizabeth Manuel, Katelin Pierce, and Samuel Pierce; great-grandchildren, Zander and Skylar Lovelace, and Jadyn, Mariah, and Christopher Barnes; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; sister Phyllis Sherwood; sister Geraldine Hunsinger; brother-in-law Donald Hunsinger; sister Beverly Allis; brother-in-law Gene Allis; brother Rush “Buzzy” Pierce, Jr.; sister-in-law Beatrice Pierce; and sister Susan Pierce.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 from 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY.  Burial will be private in Bath National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Montour Falls Fire Department, P.O. Box 369, Montour Falls, NY 14865. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Melissa L. Greist

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

Melissa L. Greist

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Melissa Greist, age 48, of Watkins Glen, NY, on Thursday, February 2, 2023. She was born on August 22, 1974, in Pottstown, PA.

Melissa moved to NYC in 1993 after graduating high school to start a loving journey with her high school sweetheart, Alva. They lived together in NYC for three years, and in 1995 got married and started a family with their first-born son and daughter soon to follow. Melissa will be fondly remembered for her love of nature and botanicals. She enjoyed tending her gardens and foraging for flowers and herbs, using their ingredients for making candles, soaps, and home remedies. She had a creative mind when it came to arts and crafts, which she used to make gifts and decorate her home.

In her life, she had three huskies, Rahura, Sabo, and Kuala. She cared and loved her pets like they were her children. She always loved going out and experiencing new things. She was a social butterfly, touching many lives. Most importantly, she was a very caring person for family and friends. She was quick to be there for anyone when they were in need.

Melissa is survived by her husband, Alva Greist, Sr; son and daughter-in-law, Alva Jr. and wife Samantha of Rock Stream; daughter Rachael Greist of Watkins Glen, grandson Carson Alva Greist; mother and step-father, Barbara and Archie Williard of Pennsylvania; sisters and brothers-in-law, Stephanie and Dennis Hayes of Pennsylvania, and Kelly and Adam Greist of Corning; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joseph Greist and Omawati “Fanny” Persaud of Georgia, and mother-in-law Patricia Greist of Corning.

She was predeceased by her father, Donald Lapish.

Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday (Feb. 11) from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. A funeral service will immediately follow at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home, with Deacon Tom Ruda officiating. Melissa will be cremated and return home to her family, where they will fashion a garden in her memory.

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

Obituary: Ellen Lawrence-Nitche

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

Ellen Lawrence-Nitche

Age 73, of Boynton Beach, Florida, passed away on February 5, 2023, after an extended illness.

Ellen was born and raised in Hollis, New York, attended Long Island University, and graduated from the New York School for Dental and Medical Assistants with many certifications in health care. For most of her life she was an office manager and medical assistant and loved helping patients for the many doctors she worked for. She always felt it was her calling.

Later in life, moving to Florida, she owned the Jazzi Nail Salon and Jazzi Hair Salon in Boca Raton. She enjoyed the beauty business, traveling, and seeing and talking to her many friends, especially Carole Finkelstein and Judy Langstein. Ellen cherished her family members and, most of all, her three daughters who were the center of her life.

Ellen is survived by her husband, Stephen A. Nitche, who was born and raised in Watkins Glen, NY, and graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1970; and by her brother David Steven Simon of Westchester NY, daughters Melanie R. Busch (Jon) of Conway SC, Allison B. Lanham of Stamford CT, and Vanessa M. Lawrence of Escondido CA; stepsons, Anthony L. Nitche of Woburn, MA, and Joseph M. Nitche (Julie) of Chelmsford, MA; grandchildren Dylan R. Busch (Alyssa), Shoreham NY, Brandon M. Busch, Rocky Point NY, Megan N. Busch, Lauren A. Busch and Aidan M. Busch, Conway SC, and her great-grandchild, Nathan Busch. Ellen also is survived by her loving dog, Jada, who misses her terribly.

Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, Murray,and Ina Simon, both of New York.

A memorial service in her honor will be held on Friday, February 10, 2023, at Sinai Memorial Chapels, 15120 Jog Road in Delray Beach, Florida. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit: www.sinaimemorialchapelsinc.com

Obituary: Harold Wallace Secord

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

Harold Wallace Secord

Age 79, of Burdett, NY, one of the last original Burdett Boys, passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2023 early in the morning after severe heart damage.

He was predeceased by his parents, George Wallace Secord and Alice Rae Bassage Secord; sister, Carol Carnahan, and brother Howard Secord.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Frances Tuttle Secord; only child Michele (Steven West) Secord; only grandchild MacKenzie Cole Secord; great grandchildren, Ariah Rae Secord and Victoria Secord; brother, Marvin Secord; sister, Barbara (Bob) Smith; and best friends Gary Kelly and Greg Smith.

A memorial dinner will be held this summer. Details will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to Burdett Presbyterian Church, 3095 Church Street, Burdett, NY 14818.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Louis Arthur Basl, Jr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a friend of Lou Basl.

Louis Arthur Basl, Jr.

Age 72, of Palmetto, Florida, died Jan. 3, 2023.

Lou, born on Jan. 31, 1950, grew up in Moravia, NY, graduated from Moravia Central High School in 1968 and served four years in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam.

In the 1980's he joined and enjoyed the Hector Sailing Association before motoring out of Watkins Glen with local friends on KoKo-Nor to eventually sail from Staten Island to Spain (and back). In total, with his partner, Amanda, Lou had sailing adventures for seven years along the east coast of the U.S., the Bahamas, and the Mediterranean, living for a time in Turkey.

Lou settled in Palmetto, FL, married Dawna Haverlock Hayes in 1998 and retired from Electro Design Engineering, Inc. in 2015. He was active in the Experimental Aircraft Association for years and built two airplanes.

Lou is survived by his wife, Dawna; step-children; Rebecca Hayes, Mike Hayes and his wife, Kristy and their children, Kaylee, Alexis, Madelyn and Ashley; brother, Kurt Basl; sister, Gail Weeks and brother-in-law, Keith Weeks; sister, Lynn O'Donnell, sister, Eve Basl-Jay; nieces and nephews; and other family and friends including his forever friend, Amanda Creighton. Lou was preceded in death by his parents; Louis and Helen Basl.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Tidewell Hospice online at tidewellhospice.org

Lou's Celebration of Life is 2-4 p.m. on February 11th, 2023 at National Cremation & Burial Society, 2990 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota, FL.

Obituary: James Frederick Decker

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

James Frederick Decker

Age 60, of Midlothian, TX, went to be with his Lord and Savior on January 27, 2023.

Known to his family and friends as "Jim," he was born on October 10, 1962 and grew up in the Village of Odessa in Schuyler County, New York. He played sports at Odessa-Montour Central School and graduated from Gardner-Webb College in North Carolina.

He later moved to Texas (home of Tom Landry’s Cowboys) and attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. While in seminary he discovered his calling was outside of professional ministry and he became a Dallas Police Officer. After promotion to Senior Corporal, he had a stint in CBD bikes before he was selected to the SWAT Unit where he served as entry and a sniper. Later, as a Sergeant, he worked at the Northwest Division and found a passion for training. He would continue to train recruits and veteran officers at the Dallas Police Academy and within the Narcotics Unit until he retired after 30 years of service. Following retirement, he spent his time teaching courses at the Regional Police Academy in Arlington.

Jim and his family were members of First Baptist Church Midlothian since 1994. It gave him great joy to baptize all four of his children as they came to accept Christ. They still remember the scriptures he would write down for them along with the acronym "FTL" (For the Lord). His spirit for teaching carried into church where he enjoyed leading Sunday school classes. Being a hunter from a young age in the woods of upstate New York, he loved taking his boys hunting and he was incredibly proud to see each get their first deer. He was most proud when his daughter, Katie, arrived to join the family (she was always his favorite daughter). His blessings continued when he became a grandfather and he was lovingly known as "Sarge."

Jim was preceded in death by his father, Donald Decker. He is survived by his mother, Peggy Decker of Newport News, VA; his children, Caleb (Alison) Decker of Burleson, TX, Shane (Joanna) Decker of Houston, TX, and Grant Decker and Katie Decker, both of Fort Worth, TX; his former wife, Kathleen Decker of Kennedale, TX; his grandchildren, Susanna and Vivian Decker of Burleson, TX; and his siblings, Donna (Chris) Beardsley of Newport News, VA, and Mark (Tammy) Decker of Mansfield, TX. He is also survived by his nieces and nephew, Brian, Amber, Jessica, Kylie and Lindsey.

A visitation will be held at 4 p.m. followed immediately by a memorial service at 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 11, 2023, at Midlothian Funeral Home located at 200 E Ave East, Midlothian, TX, 76065. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Samaritan’s Purse. https://www.samaritanspurse.org/our-ministry/donate-online/

Obituary: Doris M. "Punky" Fritz

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

Doris M. “Punky” Fritz

Age 76, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on January 28, 2023 at home. She was born on November 22, 1946, the daughter of the late Clarence and Muriel (Coats) Merrill.

Punky was a house cleaner for many years. She enjoyed crochet, pottery, crafts and going to rummage sales. She was a member of the Montour Moose Lodge.

She is survived by two sons, Patrick Casselberry of Watkins Glen and Gene (Jesse) Casselberry of Cayuta; sister, Linda (Butch) Wood of Millport; brother, Bob Merrill of Watkins Glen; four grandchildren, Crystal Casselberry, 23, Heidi Casselberry, 22, Eugene Casselberry, Jr., 19, and Calie Casselberry, 13; two great grandchildren, Cole Casselberry, 2, and Aubrey Casselberry, 8 months; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister and brother-in-law, Barb (Bud) Cilley.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, February 19, 2023 from 1-4 p.m. at the Montour Moose Lodge, 2096 State Route 14, Montour Falls. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Donald M. Phillips

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

Donald M. Phillips

Age 92, of Odessa, NY (formerly of Cayuta, NY) winged his way to heaven on January 30, 2023.

Don was born in Elmira, NY to Merrill and Leona (Morrell) Phillips. He graduated from Horseheads High School. Don was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1948-51 and served honorably as a radio operator. During that time, he purchased his own plane, learned to fly, and used that as his primary transportation between the base in Fort Eustis, VA and home.

After his discharge, Don worked for a short time at Anchor Glass before he started his lifelong career at Westinghouse (and ultimately IST after Westinghouse was sold) as a chemist/engineer. In his early years at Westinghouse, he met his future wife, Bertha Bly. They married in 1954, moved to Cayuta, and started raising their family of four children.

Don loved and respected the outdoors and instilled that passion in his family. Some of the most memorable family moments came as they drove around the back roads of Connecticut Hill in his beloved army jeep, often stopping to skip stones in a pond, pick wild blueberries, hike a stream, or teach pistol shooting techniques and safety rules to his children. Don was an avid target shooter and for many years was an active member of the Odessa Conservation Club’s pistol team. Always one for promoting and practicing gun safety, for several years he co-taught target shooting skills to middle and high school students in the Junior Rifle Club.

Fun-loving, humorous and young at heart, Don’s zest for life was contagious. He enjoyed lots of adventures and jokes with his grandchildren, being the biggest “kid” in the group. There were hikes on Connecticut Hill, kayaking on the Chemung River, egg toss games at the annual picnic breakfast in the Hector Land Use Area, squirt-gun battles, snowball fights, hiding irritating gifts in places where the grandkids wouldn’t expect to find them (beds, dresser drawers), conducting a “gravity” experiment with hard boiled eggs and then substituting raw eggs, discreetly planting flakes of gold in their mining tins while panning for gold in Valdez, Alaska (creating a mini gold rush among the tourists when the kids started screaming they’d found gold), and placing in his yard a potato chip bag with a movement ball hidden inside and a raccoon’s tail sticking out for the grandchildren to discover. Just a few of the great memories left by a great man.

Don loved flying. After starting his family, however, he sold his airplane to buy a house, but the love of flying still ran deep in his veins. He started building and flying radio control airplanes and sailplanes. He became a volunteer member at what was then called the National Warplane Museum. While there, he helped rebuild and restore several vintage airplanes, and in later years he helped keep the museum grounds groomed. He was always very precise and paid great attention to detail in all he did, whether work or play. “No job is worth doing unless it’s done right” was the motto by which he lived.

In addition to being a member of the Odessa Conservation Club and pistol team, Don was a member of the Bath pistol team, American Legion Post 676, the National Warplane Museum/Wings of Eagles Discovery Center, and several RC airplane flying clubs.

Don was predeceased by his parents and his beloved wife, Bertha, after almost 60 years of marriage. He was also predeceased by his youngest daughter, Sharon Douglas (Scott) Wheeler in 2019, and his son-in-law, Thomas Peters, in 2022. He is survived by his daughter, Carol Peters, of Odessa, and sons, Marc Phillips (Anne Morris) of Anchorage, AK, and Daniel (Daneen) Phillips of Burdett, NY. Don had six grandchildren of whom he was immensely proud: Nicholas (Amanda) Phillips, Jennifer (Patrick) Frymark, Samantha (Alva) Greist, Johnathan Wasson (Lindsey Wratten), and Olivia and Andrea Douglas, as well as six great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, MaryEllen (John) Ford, and brother, Arland (Beverly) Phillips, many nieces and nephews, and his best buddy -- canine companion Maggie -- who will miss him very much but will continue to keep his daughter company.

Don and his family would like to acknowledge and thank Dr. Saks and the dedicated staff at Schuyler Hospital for the excellent care they provided during his brief stay. Their attention and compassion made a traumatic situation less so. When remembering this tough time, their kindness, support and thoughtfulness will not be forgotten.

At Don’s request, there will be no calling hours. Instead, a celebration of his life will be scheduled at a later date. Don will be interred at Woodlawn National Cemetery with military honors. Anyone wishing to pay tribute to Don’s memory is encouraged to donate to a charity of their choice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY.  To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Harmonei Jean Tuttle

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

Harmonei Jean Tuttle

Age 21, of Burdett, NY entered into her final resting place at Arnot Ogden Medical Center on Saturday, January 28, 2023 surrounded by family. She was born in Elmira, NY on May 22, 2001.

As a small child Harmonei could be found climbing all over her sister, filling buckets with salamanders and garter snakes, or watching Dora the explorer. Harmonei attended Watkins Glen School, where she was involved in several sports throughout her school years. As a young child Harmonei played soccer, football, basketball and softball. In middle school and high school she played volleyball, basketball and was a cheerleader. Harmonei was an amazing artist and had an incredible talent for writing. She loved to spend any time she could with her family, but her pride and joy were her little sister and her three nieces.

Harmonei was a giver. Any time she possibly could she found things to give to other people; whether it was something she made or something someone else was getting rid of, she always thought of other people who may be in need. Harmonei could always be found outside with her cousins and sister building forts, going on adventures, swimming, four wheeling or playing in the mud.

Harmonei was predeceased by her best friend and loving cousin Tyler J. Churchill, her maternal grandfather Gary W. Tuttle, maternal grandfather Harry T. Landon, paternal grandmother Helen Zafonte, great grandmother Jean L. Pike, and her very best furry friend and beloved companion, Shadow Grey.
 
She is survived by her mother Gretta (Judson) Smith of Watkins Glen, NY; father Christopher Zafonte of Burdett; sisters Haleigh (Justin Brace) Porter of Dundee, NY, Stella Zafonte of Watkins Glen and Brynn Smith of Watkins Glen; brother Brandon Harley of Bryn Mawr, PA; paternal grandfather Ernie Zafonte; maternal grandmother Laurie Landon; maternal uncles Gregory W. Tuttle of Burdett and Gary M. Tuttle of Burdett; nieces Jolene Ann Holley, Ellie Grace and Lauretta R. Brace of Dundee; cousins Courtney, Brittany, Jordan, Zach, Kelsey, Laurie Jean, Linsey, and Diane, as well as many other special family members too numerous to name them all.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, February 10, 2023 from 4-7 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY.  A memorial service will be held at Reynoldsville United Methodist Church, 5099 State Route 227, on Saturday, February 11 at 11 a.m.  To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Sharon A. Fraboni

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

Sharon A. Fraboni

Age 81, of Elmira, NY, passed away on Saturday, January 28, 2023. She was born in Sayre, PA on April 19, 1941, the daughter of Edwin and Pearl (Saymon) Lamberson.

Sharon graduated from Thomas Edison High School. She enjoyed crocheting and going to the casino.

She is survived by her daughter, Tammy (Mark) Edsall of Corning, NY; son, Michael Jaynes of Elmira; grandchildren, Corey Hankinson and Jessica Rose (Eric); and great-grandchildren, Porter, Taytum, and Haddie. She was predeceased by her husband, Anthony Fraboni (2008), and daughter, Kathy Sue Hollander (1967).

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, February 3, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY.  Sharon’s funeral service will follow at 12:00 noon. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Chemung County SPCA, 2435 State Route 352, Elmira, NY 14903. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: John R. Schoffner

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

John R. Schoffner

Age 80, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on January 26, 2023.

John worked as a machine operator at Dresser-Rand for over 40 years and retired in 2005. He loved his family and loved spending time camping, fishing, and hunting. He loved going to New York Yankee games and heading to Watkins Glen International to watch NASCAR.

He is survived by his sons, David (Heather) Schoffner of Bradford, Greg (Jennifer) Schoffner of Beaver Dams, Eric Schoffner (Jenn Landon), Montour Falls, and Lisa Schoffner-LaRow (Jeff LaRow) of Watkins Glen; sister Marion Harrison; brother Ronnie (June) Schaffner; 10 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by wife Valarie Schoffner, son Kenneth Schoffner, brother Robert Schoffner, and sisters Lizzy Stoddard and Doris Oliver.

According to his wishes there are no services. You may leave a condolence in his obituary online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

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

Obituary: Diane Marie 'Tuffy' Kasian

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

Diane Marie “Tuffy” (Parsons) Kasian

Age 71, of Newfield, NY, passed away at home on January 24, 2023. Diane was born on the 27th of June in 1951 on Staten Island.

Diane was strong-willed, brave and rebellious straight through to the end. Diane loved spending time at her home in the country. She spent most days of her last years with her youngest granddaughter, Clara, who kept her smiling every day.

Diane had a career as a Maintenance Supervisor at Cornell University. She worked at Cargill Salt Company and at US Salt Company in Watkins Glen for several years. She was the original co-founder of HiWay HiFi in Ithaca.

She is survived by her children, Scott (Seeley) (Mandy) Hunter, Chase (Karyl Demeree) Kasian and Barbara Kasian; and Lee Kasian; her twin sister, Donna Smith; eight granddaughters, and one grandson. She was predeceased by her sisters, Andrea “JoJo” Vorrasi and Carol Brannaka. All of whom she loved and touched deeply.

Please join us in celebrating her life at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Wednesday (Feb. 1) from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.; followed by a memorial service at 6:00 p.m.

A memory or condolence may be left at RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: William E. Yaw

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

William E. “Bill” Yaw

Age 89 and 364 days, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Jan. 21, 2023 at home.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, Jan. 29 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, 2096 CR-14, Montour Falls. A brief service with military honors will be held at 2 p.m.  

Bill was born on January 22, 1933 in Hector, NY, the son of Vernon and Eva (Clark) Yaw.  After graduating from Watkins Glen High School, he enlisted in the United States Army. He received distinctions for Sharpshooter Rifle Weapons qualification and a Good Conduct Medal. Upon completing his honorable service, he returned home. He worked as a truck driver for various local companies, including Suit-Kote Corporation and D&T Franzese in Watkins Glen, and RC Billing in Bath. 

He was a longtime member of the Moose Lodge and Mechanics Club in Montour Falls. 

Bill loved fishing, his family, and especially the little ones. 

He is survived by his children, Debra (Gary) Schmidt, Bonita (Mark) Specchio, William “Billy” Yaw, and Jackie Yaw Leszyk (Joe Crane); life partner, Maxine Cunningham; grandchildren, Eric (Megan) Schmidt, Lindsay (Ben) Winstead, Mark Jr. (Karen) Specchio, Matthew Specchio (Mallory McCullouch), Cassidy Yaw, Tai Givin, Cassandra (Chris) Crout, and Danielle Leszyk; 14 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, and the Burger King Coffee Club and staff! 

He was predeceased by his parents; brother Phillip (Mary) Yaw; and sisters, Shirley (John) Fazzary, and Beverly (Dick) Lodge. 

The family wishes to thank all of the Schuyler Hospital staff, especially nurse Mary Jo Rhoads, and thank you to the Watkins Glen Volunteer Fire Department.

Memorial donations may be made to the Watkins Glen Fire Company, PO Box 429, Watkins Glen, NY 14891. 

A memory of Bill or condolences for his family may be left in his obituary at RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home.

Obituary: Roseleah H. Lodge

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

Roseleah H. Lodge

Age 87, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away at Schuyler Hospital on January 23, 2023 after a brief illness surrounded by her loving family.

Roseleah was born on May 19, 1935 in Montour Falls, NY, daughter of Ralph C.  Kendall and Rosella M. Fowler. She graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1952.

After high school, she completed her nursing education in Rochester to become a Registered Nurse. She worked at Schuyler Hospital for over 40 years, wearing many hats. She was an OB nurse, ER nurse, director of nursing, established the hospital’s first personnel department and served as personnel director for many years. She went back to school to get her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, all while working full time and helping to raise her six children. She went on to become Vice President of Schuyler Hospital until she retired in 1996.

Roseleah was very active in the First Presbyterian Church of Watkins Glen. She served as an Elder, Ruling Elder, and up until she passed away, had faithfully served as the financial Secretary since about 2006. She also was a member of the choir for many, many years and was honored with the Woman of Faith award in 2011.

She was a fantastic knitter and also loved to crochet. Her lasting legacy will be all of the countless baby blankets and, of course, dozens of Christmas stockings that she knitted for so many family and friends.

She also had a love of cooking and baking. There was a time when she cooked for a crowd every Thursday evening, and family and friends would gather in Roseleah and Lauren's garage to feast.

She was best known for her oyster stew at our family Christmases, party mix, pumpkin roll and a variety of cookies throughout the holidays.

She gathered once a month with the women she called family and friends known as the “cookie club” to go out to lunch and just be together. Her favorite drink when out to lunch was a frozen Margarita.

She and Lauren were avid boaters in their day and travelers, especially after they both retired. The last couple of years she spent time with some of her children and sister-in-law every Monday to enjoy a glass of Chardonnay.

Roseleah was predeceased by her brothers David and Edward Kendall as well as the love of her life, Lauren Lodge, who passed away on April 15, 2016.

She is survived by her six children, Susan (Bill) Edwards, Greg (Heather) Lodge, Kurt (Jane) Lodge, Kevin (MaryBeth) Lodge, Kathy (Doug) Richtmyer, and Kristy Lodge; 13 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren, and one great great grandson on the way; special sister-in-law Linda Gibson, and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Royce Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur St. in Watkins Glen. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Obituary: Betty Louise Howard

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

Betty Louise Howard

Age 92, of Odessa, NY, went home to be with the Lord on January 20, 2023. She was born to Fred and Louise (Raab) Howard on November 27, 1930 in Elmira Heights, NY.

Betty enjoyed camping, square dancing, country music, crocheting, watching birds at her feeders, and most of all, spending time with her family.

She is survived by her children: Thomas (Judy) Doan, Larry (Donna) Doan, Louise (Steven) Vedder, Cathy (Jim) Hall, Roxie (Barry Wixson) Doan, Bobby (Lynn) Personius, and Randy (Laurie Nusbaum) Personius; stepchildren: Norman, Ronald, Dennis, Michelle, Daniel, Jeffrey and Gregory Personius;  grandchildren: Lisa, Billie Sue, Toma, Mickie, Donny, Jeremy, Gregory, Kristopher, Mathew, Jackie, Benjamin, Daniel, Randi Michelle, Ashley and Adrionna; 32 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; sister Marion; brothers Fredrick and Paul; several nieces and nephews, and her cat Stella.
 
Betty was predeceased by her parents, infant sister Jeanette, sister Pauline, husbands Herbert Doan and Norman Personius, and her dog of 17 years, Chico.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at the American Legion, State Rt. 228, Odessa. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com.

Obituary: David Pierson Mosher

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David Pierson Mosher

Age 56, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on January 17, 2023 at Arnot Ogden Hospital in Elmira, NY. He was born in Ithaca, NY, on July 10, 1966. He was predeceased by his father, Pierson (Pete) Mosher, and his sister, Deborah Mosher.

He is survived by his mother, Gloria Burnett Mosher; his brother, James John Mosher; Jason and Travis Johns who he considered his sons; his two close friends, Clifford Lott and Shane Dunn; three cousins, Dale Bradley (Sonnie), Daniel Bradley (Sherrie) and Donna (Tom) Taber; and by his two dogs, Paisley and Sadie.

David worked in construction and was highly proficient with computer work. He was very active with the Odessa Conservation Club and spent many hours as an instructor of firearms. He was a member of the Moose Club in Montour Falls.

A celebration of life for David will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 at the Montour Moose Lodge, 2096 State Route 14, Montour Falls. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Sylvia VanSkiver-Miller

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Sylvia VanSkiver-Miller

Age 70, of Lockport, NY passed away on Tuesday, Jan 10, 2023.

Sylvia was born December 2, 1952 in Beaver Dams, NY to parents Beverly and Bernard VanSkiver.

She was a graduate of Watkins Glen High School, and worked as a self-employed seamstress.

She is survived by her brothers, Steven and Curtis VanSkiver; daughters, Tamarynde Cacciotti and Lysette Miller, and 2 grandchildren. Sylvia is also survived by her ex-husband and lifelong friend Randall Miller from Lockport, NY.

A private graveside service will be held in Fairview Cemetery, Painted Post, NY.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Dr. Frank W. Brown

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

Dr. Frank W. Brown

Dr. Frank W. Brown passed away on January 14, 2023 in Saratoga Springs, NY. He was 96 years old. His son Joel was at his side, where he had been for many days as Frank lingered in a deep sleep. Joel played recorded music that Frank had performed in his past and the sound that lulled him to sleep as a child ... the cascading water of Chequaga Falls. Frank Brown was a beloved member of his community; music teacher and performer, husband and father. He will always be remembered for his kindness, thoughtfulness and talent.

Frank was born on June 30, 1926 in Montour Falls, NY.  His elementary school music teacher noticed his fine ear for melodies, which prompted his mother to cash in an insurance policy to buy him a clarinet. He learned to play jazz by ear and soon played local gigs with older musicians. At age 17, Frank enlisted in the United States Air Force. There, he played clarinet and alto sax in the 448th Air Force concert and jazz bands. In 1951 he graduated from Ithaca College as a music major, and that same year married fellow music major, Eleanor Ruth Russell. They had four children: Linn, Darron, Joel and Benjamin.
 
Dr. Brown was the band director at Odessa-Montour Central School in Odessa, NY for over 30 years. During that time, he earned a Master’s degree from Ithaca College and a Doctorate in Music Education from the University of Illinois. After retiring from OMCS, he went on to teach music in Florida, including at the Sarasota Military Academy and the Lab High School at Florida State University.
 
As well as being a gifted music educator, Frank was an active performer who appeared with many illustrious jazz ensembles. He played with Reggie’s Red Hot Feet Warmers, Jay and Molly Unger, Medicare 7, 8 or 9, and The Dukes of Dixieland, and Eddie Moore and His Orchestra, to name a few. In Tallahassee, he formed the Frank Brown Big Band, leading the group in the music of his era. His son, Joel, a member of Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play, was instrumental in Frank’s opportunity to play with them at Carnegie Hall with soprano Dawn Upshaw. Frank and Triple Play reunited for a concert with Dave Brubeck at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.
 
As a recording artist, Frank’s discography includes Frank Brown Turned Loose, Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play Live at the Arthur Zankel Music Center featuring Dave Brubeck and Frank Brown, Frederika Von Strada’s Across your Dreams, Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play Watching the World, Joel Brown’s Places and Christmas Cedar and Spruce, and Reggie’s Red Hot Feet Warmers Happy Feet.
 
He was predeceased by his wife, Elly, and their youngest son, Ben. He is survived by his daughter, Linn Brown and husband, Dr. Richard Fredekind of Oakland, CA; his son, Dr. Darron Brown of Indianapolis, IN; Myrene Brown of Zionsville IN; his son, Joel Brown and wife, Peggy, of Saratoga Springs, NY; his grandson, Jason Brown and family; his granddaughter, Caitlin West and family; his grandson Andrew Brown and family; his granddaughter, Dr. Calla Brown and family; his grandson, Dr. Frank Brown Cloud and family; his grandson Marshall Brown; his daughter-in-law, Claudia Bustamante; his granddaughter, Jamie Brown; and his granddaughter, Jenny Baxter and family. Frank was also the proud great-grandfather of eight.

The family would like to thank Eleanor Lattin, Cindy Ciaschi, Robert Moore, and several other wonderful helpers in Watkins Glen, NY. The family would also like to thank the wonderful, loving staff and Hospice workers on 2 Hathorn, at the Wesley Health Center in Saratoga Springs.
 
There are no services planned at this time.

For a full bio and links to recordings featuring Frank Brown, please visit: linnbrown.com/frank-brown

Obituary: Kenneth Fish

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

Kenneth Fish

Age 67, of Montour Falls, NY passed away in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loving family on January 8, 2023.

Ken was born in Bradford County, PA on June 19, 1955, the son of Robert and Tessie Fish.

He was predeceased by his parents, brother Jack (Francis) and beloved dog Cocoa. He is survived by his brother Eddie and sisters Tessie, Chat, Rose and Margret; daughters Korie, Lois (Tynie) Hall, and Jackie; eight grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

His greatest loves were fishing, his kitty and his three daughters.

According to Ken's wishes, he will be cremated. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, his family's wish is that donations be made to the charity of your choice.

The Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen, is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary: Clinton S. Smith, Jr.

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

Clinton S. Smith, Jr.

Age 91, of Hornby, NY and formerly of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Monday, January 2, 2023. He was born in Corning, NY on December 20, 1931, the son of Clinton S. Smith, Sr. and Jennie Rose Hammond.
 
He was married September 1, 1950 in Monterey, NY. He was a laborer for Ingersoll Rand of Painted Post for 20 years. He also loved playing his guitar, singing at family functions, and playing at his church for his church family. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He spent his time in Germany as C Company Mess Sergeant.

He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Betty, in 2014 and by many sisters and one brother.

He is survived by, and truly loved, his adopted son, Doc Mayo, of Alpine, NY, and nieces and nephews: Norma (Tim) Cummings of Montour Falls; Cindy (Lester) Fuller of Montour Falls and Fillmore, NY; David (Diane) O’Bryan of Montour Falls; Lillian (James) Buckley of Beaver Dams; Caroline (Scott) McIlwain of Beaver Dams; and Jesse O’Bryan of Beaver Dams; and great nieces: Jessica (Hector) Gonzales of Albermale, NC and Jennie (Benny) Fields of Lincolnton, NC.

A funeral service for Clinton will be held at the Odessa Wesleyan Church, 304 Church Street, Odessa, NY on Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 11:00 a.m., followed by burial in Oldfield Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Odessa Wesleyan Church. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Suzanne Davies-Morton

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

Suzanne Davies-Morton

Age 64, of Watkins Glen, NY died on January 2, 2023 after a private battle with cancer.  She was at home in the care of her husband, the love of her life, Christopher A. Morton Sr. 

Suzanne was born on May 5, 1958, the daughter of Winfred and Shirley Davies, and raised in Elmira, NY. She graduated from Southside High School in 1976. She spent several years away from home, returning to the area and meeting her husband in 1983. Chris proposed on Valentine's Day 1986, and the pair eloped in the living room of a local judge in July of the same year. To this day, her husband describes her as a true gift from God. 

Sue had two children, Sara and Christopher "Alex." She was a devoted, passionate, active and loving mother; and in recent years a fun, loving, and caring grandmother to her two grandsons, Kylo and Jasper. She taught her children, and her grandchildren, to care about the world around them, to laugh especially when the world seems dark, to approach each day with passion and tenacity, and gave them each her infamous attitude. Her laugh brought joy to her family, friends, and loved ones. 

In addition to her family, Sue leaves a legacy of service to her community through her work with children, from teenage drug counseling to working with children in foster care and adoption. Sue poured her heart into her work and tried to make the world better, one life at a time. When not with her family or working, she was giving of herself in other ways. In her last days, dozens of people came to see her who described her as being the anchor in their lives when they could not find a light in chaotic times. Perhaps she was a lighthouse rather than an anchor for those she loved.

Suzanne is survived by her husband of 36 years, Christopher A. Morton; daughter, Sara A. Morton, Esq.; grandson, Jasper; son, Christopher A.W. Morton Jr.; grandson, Kylo; granddaughter in spirit, Marley; her centenarian mother Shirley Porter (ne Rockwell); nephews, D'Andre Webb, Zachery Morton and Andrew Morton; niece, Haleigh; and by several grandnephews and nieces.

She was predeceased by her father, Winfred; and sister, Stephanie Webb. 

Sue leaves a legacy of loving a good time, usually on a beach in warm weather -- so to honor her spirit of compassion, intensity, love, service, laughter, and fun, a celebration of life will be held later in the spring. 

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

Obituary: Gary D. Brown

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

Gary D. Brown

Age 60, of Hector, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 2, 2023 at home.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Friday (Jan. 6) from 12 noon-2pm, followed by a funeral service at 2pm; Rev. George J. Norton, Jr. officiating; burial at Hector Presbyterian Cemetery in Hector. A Dish-to-Pass dinner will be held following the burial at the Logan Community Center, 5242 CR 4, Burdett, NY.

Gary was born in Montour Falls, NY on April 4, 1962 to Donald R. and Barbara (Burnett) Brown of Burdett.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 36 years, Lisa (Taylor) Brown; daughter, Melinda Brown (Richard Button); son, Philip and Leann (Lupo) Brown; grandsons, Jacob Klee and Bentley Button; step-grandchildren, Hailie, Daniel, Drake, Cadance, Emilie and Jaxon Button; mother, Barbara (Burnett) Brown; sister, Lori (Brown) Allen; nephew, Joshua Brown; sister-in-law Rebecca Kipferl (Jeff Kipferl), Brenda Joly (John Joly); several cousins, and loads of friends.

He was predeceased by grandparents, Ralph and Hazel (Fitch) Burnett, and Nelson and Hazel (Shipman) Brown; father, Donald R Brown; aunt, Nona (Burnett) Schimizzi; uncle, H. Wallace "Wally" Burnett; brother in-law, Robert Allen, and several great-aunts, uncles, cousins and lots of friends.

Memories of Gary may be shared in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Patricia A. Macnamara

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

Patricia A. Macnamara

WATKINS GLEN, NY: After 90 years of unquestionably making the world a better place, Pat passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2023.

Unwavering kindness, forgiveness, charity and love were present each and every day in the life of Patricia A. Macnamara. Pat was, and will continue to be, a guiding light to all of us who wish our time here on earth be one led by the better angels of our nature.

Pat was devoted to her family, community and faith. Her children all feel fortunate for having a mother who loved them with a heart of gold and a soul of pure caring and compassion. Her love for children was limitless as she spread joy from one generation to the next, as her nineteen grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren have all experienced the wonder of being with "Grandma Pat."

Pat's love for young people was also expressed through her involvement with organizations like the Fresh Air Fund, Big Sisters and volunteering as a Reading Buddy. An active community member, she volunteered time for the Cancer Drive, as a poll worker and in local theater with the Lake Country Players. Over the years Pat was an active member of the Baptist, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches. She was involved in the choir, a number of faith groups and was a Sunday school teacher.

Pat also loved art and studied with Waverly artist Lily Belle Isle, who became a close friend. Pat's family will cherish her accomplished drawings and paintings she created during their childhood.

Pat was born on October 15,1932. She grew up in Waverly, NY, and raised her six children in the area prior to moving to Watkins Glen in 1983. Pat's non-stop love for life could even be felt at where she worked, whether at Paluzzi’s in Sayre, PA, Tobey’s Doughnut Shop or Famous Brands in Watkins Glen. She continued to work well past retirement at Famous Brands, where her co-workers lovingly called her "Patty Mac."

Pat was predeceased by her mother, Frances Hulett, and father, Kenneth Jackson; husband, William Macnamara, and sister, Janice Brew.

She is survived by her children: daughters, Deborah (Marius) Cross, Janice Learn, Kathleen (James) Armstrong, Barbara (Frank) Rossi, and Amy (Stacey) Becker, and son, Robert (Nancy) Washburn, as well as her Fresh Air daughter, Myrna Prince; stepsons, William (Penny) Macnamara, Neil (Kristin) Macnamara and Christopher (Sarah) Macnamara; sister, Lyndal Homet, brother, Kenneth (Debbie) Jackson; and ex-husband and friend, Floyd Washburn.

Pat's family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the nurses, aides, doctors, and staff at ElderWood in Waverly for their constant care and compassion.

A Celebration of Pat's Life Ceremony will be held at a later date to be announced.

To leave a message of condolence, please visit www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Jay Russell

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

Jay Russell

Age 66, of Burdett, NY, passed away on December 30, 2022.

He is survived by his wife Jean; four children, Josh (Taylor) Russell of Ashville, NC, Erica Russell of New York, Morgan (Steve) Mendelsohn of Lake Placid, NY, and Brittany Predmore (Justin Bennett) of Spencer, NY; brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Karen Russell of Mecklenburg, NY; eight grandchildren, Dylan, Kaden, Bentley, Kylie, Ellie, Julian, Jackson and Brianna, his granddaughter and best friend; 3 nephews, a niece, beloved dog Hennessy, and 33 beloved Alpaca! Jay was predeceased by his parents George and Bertha Russell and his brother and sister-in-law Kenneth and Ann Russell.

Jay was born on December 16, 1956. He graduated from Trumansburg High School. He was a star athlete in football, basketball, and baseball. He went on to attend SUNY Oswego where he majored in Education and played baseball. Jay was a Technology Teacher at the George Junior Republic School in Freeville, teaching grades 7-12. He enjoyed teaching troubled youth and coached basketball there.

He was a life member of the Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Company, where he served as the past Fire Chief, Rescue Captain and current President; member and Trustee of the Mecklenburg United Methodist Church; proud Alpaca farmer, National Champion breeder, and owner of Russell’s Alpaca Acres. He was also Treasurer of the Empire Alpaca Association and enjoyed work as a Ring Steward.

Services will be held on Saturday, January 14. The family will receive friends and relatives at the Mecklenburg United Methodist Church, 6063 Turnpike Rd., Mecklenburg, from 2pm-3pm; followed by a memorial service at 3:00pm at the church. A procession and fireman's service at the Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Company and reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Company or the Mecklenburg United Methodist Church.

You may leave a memory of Jay in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

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

Obituary: Frank W. Bassett

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

Frank W. Bassett

Age 88, formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, has passed away at his home in Canton, NY under the care of his family and hospice.

There will be no public services. Arrangements are with the French Funeral Home in Edwards, NY. Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com. Please, no flowers or donations.

Frank was born on July 5, 1934 in Watkins Glen to the late Henry and Ethel (Middaugh) Bassett. He graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1952 and from Forestry College in Syracuse in 1956. Frank married Lillian M. Streeter on August 27, 1960 in Athens, PA.

Frank was a forester for New York State for 31 years and was the owner and operator of Bassett and Keller Consulting Forestry for 20 years. He was a former member of the Canton Barber Shop Organization.

He is survived by his wife, Lillian Bassett; four children, Deborah (William) Keiffer, Roger (Donna) Alexander, Frank (Mary) Bassett, and Thomas (Lisa) Bassett; two sisters, Alta Day and Betty Calhoun; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Frank was predeceased by his parents; a daughter, Becky Watts; a brother, John Bassett; and a sister, Lois Keller.

To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Frank Bassett, please visit the French Funeral Home Tree Store.

Obituary: Ron 'Thumbsy' Ayers

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

Ron “Thumbsy” Ayers

Age 67, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on Friday, December 30, 2022.

Thumbsy was born in Montour Falls on August 12, 1955, the son of the late Janet and Daniel Ayers. He graduated from Watkins Glen High School and married Denise Dabich at Shequaga Falls. He retired from Odessa-Montour School after 14 years of service and was a 25-year employee of Jeff’s Septic Inc.

Thumbsy was a member of the Mechanics Club and Montour Moose Club and a past member of both the Montour Falls Fire Dept. and Odessa Fire Dept. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed bowling and golfing, and attending local sporting events. Ron also loved the New York Yankees and Notre Dame Fighting Irish College football.
 
Thumbsy is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Denise (Dabich) Ayers; his beloved cat, Rosie; sister, Kathy Dunn of Watkins Glen, NY; brother, Gary Ayers of Delhi and Don (Becky) Ayers of Montour Falls; in-laws Leonard (Mary) Dabich, Julie (Eric) Anderson, Kelly (Duane) Ayers, and Len (Pam) Dabich; his special nieces, Amber Pratt, Nichole Inthanongsak, Rebecca Ayers, Whitney Ayers, Bethany Dabich, and Ella Ayers; special nephews, Jeremiah Ayers, Andy Chrisman, Jeremy Dunn, and Joseph Dabich; as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins.
 
Friends and family may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 5, 2023 at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. His funeral will be held at the funeral home on Friday, January 6 at 11 a.m., with Jeremiah Ayers officiating. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Thumbsy’s memory to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865 or to Forest View Gang Mills Fire Dept., 125 Forest Dr., Painted Post, NY 14870.  Memories of Thumbsy may be shared with his family and friends at vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Philip Eugene Mosher

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

Philip Eugene Mosher

Age 76, passed away peacefully while at home in South Carolina on December 19, 2022. He was born on October 31, 1946, in St. Charles, Missouri and raised in Montour Falls, New York.

He is survived by his wife, Sherry; his three sons and their wives, Bill and Angie, Jason and Amanda, Shane and Monica; six grandchildren, Jasper, Hannah, Riley, Emily, Ella and Michael; brother and sisters, Mike, Sandra and Renee; including nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Philip and Irene of Montour Falls, he was predeceased by his sisters and brother, Jane, Vonda and Larry.

He retired in June 2010 from Schweizer Aircraft, Elmira, NY, after dedicating 44 years.
Following his retirement, he moved to Summerville, South Carolina, where he spent his remaining years with his loving wife of 43 years. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He adored his grandchildren and wanted to spend every moment he could with them. He will be greatly missed by many.

A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held in Montour Falls at a later date.

Obituary: Comly "Kimp" Horner

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

Comly “Kimp” Horner

Age 80, of Davenport, FL and formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on October 23, 2022.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Horner, and their children.

There are no services.

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

Obituary: Basil Alan Rhoads

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

Basil Alan Rhoads

Age 59, of Beaver Dams, NY, passed away unexpectedly on December 14, 2022.  He was born in Corning, NY, the son of Basil C. and Shirley Jean Rhoads.
 
He worked construction in Texas, then with auto mechanics and carpentry. His enjoyments were spending time with his dogs Diesel and best friend Rucco. He also enjoyed time spent with his son Andrew and his family racing stock cars around area tracks. He also enjoyed his time 4-wheeling and recently was fixing up an older model motorcycle.

He was predeceased by his wife, Shirley Wells, who passed in 2021; his father, Basil C. Rhoads; and granddaughter, Stacey Shrout.

He is survived by his mother, Shirley J. Rhoads; one son, Andrew Rhoads (Diane Shrout) of Beaver Dams; sisters, Sheila (Paul) Daudelin of Beaver Dams, Terry Freeze of Lima, NY, Jeanne (Don) Struble of Hemlock, NY, and Lori Rhoads of Lakeville, NY; grandchild, James (Rebecca) Shrout of Beaver Dams; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Obituary: Virginia Sills

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

Virginia Sills

Age 100, of Burdett, NY passed away on December 19, 2022 surrounded by her loving family in the log cabin she built with her husband when he returned from World War II.

Virginia was born in Mecklenburg, NY on September 1, 1922, the daughter of the late Earl and Lillian (Miller) Slocum. She worked at Remington Rand, Elmira, NY, for Schuyler Agricultural Services, picked grapes, did housekeeping, and worked for the postal service.

She especially enjoyed food preparation while making pies and thousands of piecrusts for Mr. Chicken in Watkins Glen. She dedicated her life to family and farm and eagerly looked forward to deer hunting season/story telling each year.

Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie E. Sills; her sisters, Irene (Edward) Long, Vivian (Roger) Thall, Charlien (John) DeLeury, and Marjorie (Judson) George; and her brothers, Gerald (Catherine) Slocum, Donald (Ruth) Slocum and Earl (Ann) Slocum.

She is survived by her daughter, Ruth Sills, and son, Leslie A. Sills Sr. (wife Louise). She is also survived by granddaughters Kimberly (Larry) Morley and Vicky (Gerald) Grady, grandson Leslie A. Sills Jr. (Kim), seven great grandchildren, six great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Virginia will rest alongside her husband in the Union Cemetery of Hector in Burdett, NY. The calling hours will be scheduled for the immediate family at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home in Montour Falls.

A special thanks to Vicky Grady and Kimberly Morley for their loving care and devotion to their grandmother.

Anyone who wishes may visit www:vedderscottzinger.com to leave the family a message of condolence. Memorial donations may be made to the Burdett Fire Department.

Obituary: Leroy E. Miller III

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Leslie-Miller Funeral Home, Claysburg, Pennsylvania.

Leroy E. Miller III

Age 71, of Portage, PA and formerly of Schuyler County, NY, passed away on Monday, December 19, 2022 at home. He was born January 27, 1951 in Waverly, NY, a son of the late Leroy E. Miller Jr. and Grace B. (Strope) Miller.

He married Sharon Kerns, and she preceded him in death on September 4, 1999.

Surviving are three daughters, Stacy Miller of Gallitzin, PA, Heather Miller of Alum Bank, PA, and Heidi Walter of Portage; six grandchildren; two great granddaughters; two brothers, James Miller in Florida and David Miller of New York; and a sister, Carolynn Landon in Florida.

Leroy was a 1969 graduate of Odessa High School, Odessa, NY. He was employed for 20 years at a Salt Plant in New York and was also employed at U.S. Foodservice, Altoona, PA.

Leroy enjoyed motorcycles, metal detecting, hunting and taking pictures.

At his request, no services will be held.

Arrangements are by the Leslie-Miller Funeral Home, Claysburg, PA.

www.lesliemillerfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Dora A. Clark

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

Dora A. Clark

Age 96, of Floral City, FL, passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2022 at home. She was born in South Bradford, NY on May 24, 1926, the daughter of the late LeRoy and Gladys (Gee) DeGraw.

Dora loved birds and flowers. She raised chickens many years ago and sold the eggs.

She is survived by two daughters, Shirley Jean Beach of Horseheads, NY and Christine Sharon Baker of Webster, NY; a sister, Beatrice Fazzary of Watkins Glen, NY; granddaughters, Brenda LePage, Wendy Bond, and Karen Bourden; grandson, Gary Lynn Beach; niece and caregiver, Yvonne Thomas, and by many other nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Lewis Clark, and by her daughter, Joyce Marie Parker.

Dora’s funeral will be held on Thursday, December 22 at 11:00 a.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee, NY.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Pluta Cancer Center Foundation, 125 Red Creek Dr., Rochester, NY 14623. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Ruth Drusilla Voorhees

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

Ruth Drusilla Voorhees

WATKINS GLEN: Passed away on December 5, 2022.  She was 79 years old. Born February 6, 1943 to Clyde and Florence Cobb, she was one of 10 children. 

Ruth was a wife, mother of five, and grandmother to many. Ruth was also a friend to all whom she met. Her greatest joy was in serving her god, Jehovah, and caring for the many friends she met in her service. She enjoyed cooking, especially Italian food, crafting, and gardening. She was happily married for 29 years to Ken Voorhees, who predeceased her by a few days.

She is survived by 4 children, including David Coss, Pollyanna Proctor, Penny Bishop, and Lisa (Will) Bocchino. She was predeceased by her son Dan Coss.

Services will be December 31, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, 2590 NY-414, Montour Falls. Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen (www.RoyceChedzoy.com).

Obituary: Kenneth Darwin Voorhees

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

Kenneth Darwin Voorhees

WATKINS GLEN: Passed away November 29, 2022. He was 73 years old.

Born October 27, 1949 to Mildred Pierce Voorhees and Darwin Voorhees, he was one of 9 children.

He grew up with a love for the outdoors, practical jokes, and family. He also loved being a husband and father. But his greatest love was for his god Jehovah to whom he remained faithful to the end.

He is survived by his children, Dawn (Nate) Buczek, Tammy (Jason) Miller, Tiffany Voorhees, Matthew Voorhees, and Stacey Voorhees-Brown. He was a grandfather to 10 grandchildren, including Logan and Cole Buczek and Jackson Grant. He is also survived by siblings Mike, Mary, Janet, Vernan, and Kathy. His loving wife Ruth Voorhees passed away shortly after him. They were married for 29 years. He was predeceased by his parents and sisters Shirley and Barb, and brother Rick.

Ken will be remembered for his dad jokes, pranks, card playing, and mechanical prowess.

Services will be December 17th at 1:30 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2590 NY-414, Montour Falls. Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen (www.RoyceChedzoy.com).

Obituary: Richard S. Thompson

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

Richard S. Thompson

Age 65, of Odessa, NY, passed away on Friday, December 9, 2022 at home. He was born in Elmhurst, Illinois on May 25, 1957, the son of John and Dorcas Thompson.
 
Richard was a self-employed artist and small business owner for 40 years. He was a true Renaissance man who excelled as a leather craftsman, carpenter, cook, world traveler, and multi-instrumentalist. Thompson was also known for his encyclopedic knowledge on a variety of subjects -- largely self-taught as an avid reader.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Diane Koi-Thompson; daughter, Stephanie Koithan, San Antonio, TX; son, Joseph Thompson, Montreal, Canada; his mother, Dorcas Thompson, Sioux Falls, SD; five sisters,  Sandrea Thompson, Tempe, AZ, Laury Burns, Tempe, AZ, Karen Thompson, Golden, CO, Sue Cullumber, Chandler, AZ, and Marjorie Thompson, Milford, NY; and brother, Paul Thompson, Sioux Falls, SD. He was predeceased by his father, John Thompson.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, December 21 from 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m. at the home of Diane and Richard, 406 Church Street, Odessa. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cancer Research Institute, 29 Broadway, Floor 4, New York, New York 10006-3111.

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

Obituary: Helen I. (Taylor) Gascon

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

Helen I. (Taylor) Gascon

Age 86, of Montour Falls, NY, passed from our world to another on Tuesday, December 13, 2022. Forever her family’s North Star, she will continue to shine brightly for all who love and miss her.

In 1955, she married her Watkins Glen High School sweetheart, Gerald Gascon. Most likely because he had a car! Their devotion and commitment to each other is a testament to true love that has sustained their long, full 68 years together. Helen and Jerry formed a tight knit group that included her brother Chuck Taylor and his wife Sherri, and his brother Buddy Gascon and his wife Linda. This big extended family was everything to her.

For a short time, she picked grapes in the vineyards along the Seneca Lake she so loved. Helen’s true lifelong work was caring for her family, on whom the sun rose and set. And how she did! Her children, Jerry Jr., Lisa, Flo (and her husband Marc Lavallee), and Bobbi (and her husband Earl Wilson) were gifted her endless attention and undying love. She led them with patience, understanding, generosity, care. Mom was always there and her living children will mourn forever, yet hold gratitude she’s reunited with the two she has missed for so very long.

Grandchildren followed: Carma (Clark) Croft; Ricky Clark; Camille Lavallee; and Juliet Lavallee.

Great-Grandchildren weren’t far behind: Ryan Clark-Sulkey (married to Lizzie Odom); Bryson Croft; Cody, Miley, Carter, and Colton Clark.

Her pride and joy, she could not have possibly loved them all more. They will carry her forward and keep her spirit lively.

She held her many special nieces and nephews in her heart as her own. They are still arguing over who’s her favorite!

Helen was a member of the First Baptist Church of Watkins Glen, where she sang in the choir and was married. Later, she became a member of the First Baptist of Montour Falls, where she was an integral part of the congregation. She especially loved volunteering at the Food Pantry each week.

Famous for her lasagna, zucchini relish, and apple pie, Helen was happiest at a family picnic or holiday gathering. Her greatest wish was always to have her entire family under one roof. Together. And when they weren’t a stream of cards, $5 bills, and random gifts kept the Post Office operating year-round. Giving was her nature.

She could often be found sitting at the lake, eating lunch and watching the boats and ducks. Or driving all the way around it, listening to Elvis or the country music Jerry played in the car, and stopping at the Amish farms for apples and tomatoes for her beloved canning season. She enjoyed sewing and creative projects and was ready to babysit at the drop of a hat.

And if a motorcycle run happened by the house, she ran outside and waved to every single rider. She was special in every sense.

Throughout her days Helen collected friends and acquaintances the way the sun lights our days: with warmth and regularity. She was always there. Always kind. Always helpful. Always listening. Always with arms held as wide as her open heart. Neighbors became friends. Friends became family. Their names are too many to list and there is no doubt they know who they are, for they were treated to numerous years of laughter, meals, card games, phone calls, visits, cards, and gifts.

Helen sadly lost many loved ones and showed us how to carry on: her beloved son Jerry Jr. (at age 13) and beloved daughter Lisa (at age 21); sister Gladys (Taylor) Durtche; brother Chuck Taylor; sister-in-law Sherri Taylor; sister-in-law Linda Gascon; brother-in-law Gary Gascon; her parents, Kenneth and Myrtle Taylor; parents-in-law, Warren and Myrtle Gascon; great-grandson Carter Clark; numerous family and friends.

So many more are left behind in her wake. We want to give her one last gathering of her loved ones to share our memories and bless her safe passage. Please join us for calling hours at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 17, 2022 with a service to follow at noon at the First Baptist Church, 221 W. South St. in Montour Falls.

Christmas was her time to shine. The decorations, the gift giving, the children, the caring for others -- this was her favorite holiday. To honor her memory, please make an unwrapped gift donation to Seneca Santa by December 18. Collection sites are throughout Watkins Glen. Or give a gift to any child who needs a brighter Christmas day. Joy to the world because Helen Gascon was here. May her light always shine and her love continue to grow.

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

Obituary: Theresa Anne Babcock

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

Theresa Anne (Terri) Babcock

Age 61, passed away on November 14, 2022. She was born on January 9, 1961 in Potsdam, New York to Richard George and Carol J. Babcock.

She is survived by her mother, Carol Babcock, and brother, Aaron Babcock of Altamonte Springs, FL; sister, Amy Lynn (John) Amrhein of Oviedo, Fl; nephew, Dr. Scott Allen Amrhein of Winston-Salem, NC; niece, Kate Lauren Amrhein, Modesto, CA; aunt, Marilyn Franklin, Rochester NY, and many cousins whom she cherished.

She was predeceased by her father; by aunts Wanda VanSkiver, Dorinda Miller and Joyce Blank, and by an uncle, Floyd Miller.

When Terri was 7 years old, her family moved to Florida from New York State. She attended Primrose Center of Orlando for 37 years and Inspire of Central Florida for about 10 years. Terri loved going to her workshop. She also liked dancing, listening to music, movies, singing, and bowling, and she bowled in the Special Olympics. She joined a diet support group called TOPS and was their Queen in 1998 by losing 70 pounds.

Terri lived her 61 years at home with her loving and caring family.

A Memorial Service was held Saturday, December 3rd at Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home, East Altamonte Springs, Florida, where many of her family, friends and caretakers shared their loving memories. Terri was a very important person who definitely made an impact in the lives of all she met, teaching us compassion and patience. We will miss her beautiful smile, the twinkle in her eyes, and her infectious giggle.

Obituary: Ralph A. "Pete" VanHorn

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

Ralph A. “Pete” VanHorn

Age 79, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2022.  He was born in Dearborn, Michigan on May 4, 1943, the son of Harry Frank VanHorn and Mildred Borr.

Pete retired in 2000 from Iron Workers Local #33. After he retired, he worked for Grant’s Greenhouse delivering flowers to florist shops; Classy Chassy Car Wash for many years; as a guard for Loomis Fargo; part-time at the Glen Dairy Bar; as a mail carrier one summer; and security at the WGI race track for a few years. He also was a volunteer firefighter in Watkins Glen in his younger years.

He was predeceased by his parents, step-mother Sue VanHorn and brother Doyle J. VanHorn.

Pete is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Barbara Osborne VanHorn; son, Mark Alan VanHorn (husband Michal Bomboy); daughter, Karen Sue VanHorn (Kevin Dobell Sr.); brothers, Harry Van Horn (Sandy), Franklin Van Horn (Marcia), and sister-in-law Terry VanHorn; granddaughters, Nicole Freeman Wu (husband Luc Wu) and Karrisa Stutzman; grandson, Justin Stutzman; his great-granddaughter, Evelyn Wu (who was special to Pete, and his pride and joy); and by many nieces and nephews.

He had many special friends and coworkers that have passed away and many friends that are still with us!

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

Obituary: David A. VanAmburg

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

David A. VanAmburg

Age 79, of Horseheads, NY passed away at home on Saturday, December 10, 2022.

David was born in Watkins Glen, NY on December 28, 1942, the son of the late William and Lena (Colunio) VanAmburg. He graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1962 and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 to 1966. He married MaryAnn Gay on August 1, 1965 in Watkins Glen. He worked as the superintendent of packaging at US Salt Co. (formerly  Akzo Salt Co.) for 30 years, retiring in 1997. Upon his retirement he drove bus for the Horseheads School District for a couple of years. He was a member of Horseheads Methodist Church.

David was an avid runner, having completed The Wineglass Marathon and The Boston Marathon several times, as well as running in local 5K’s. This love for running started when he ran track in high school. In addition to running, he added cycling and rode all over counties wide.

During his high school years, he worked at Johnny’s Lanes as a pin setter. This love of bowling carried into his adult life. He and MaryAnn traveled throughout NYS competing in tournaments.

Upon retirement, Dave and MaryAnn became snowbirds in their beloved “Bounder” to enjoy sunny Florida. Much to MaryAnn’s chagrin, that Bounder and Dave never missed a Bluegrass Festival. He had a love for all kinds of music and his vinyl and CD collection is too numerous to mention.

David’s love for his country was displayed everywhere he was. The American Flag could be found in his barn, garage, t-shirts, living room, and on and on.

According to him, the greatest baseball team of all time was The Yankees. Jim is a Boston Red Sox fan and the banter between the two was hysterical. Along with the Yankees, the greatest football team was the 49ers. And in true fashion, they won against the Bucs when they weren’t supposed to.

Some things we will miss is Dad’s glue jobs “Let ‘er slide,” his calls to Jim when it snowed to ask how much he got (Dad always had more), his “expertise” of what roads to take when traveling -- we never seemed to do it right.

He enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports and oftentimes we’d have to remind him they were kids and not professionals. Poppa -- we hope you have endless Pepsi, Pizza, black jelly beans, bubble gum and Fig Newtons. We Love You!

Dad lived large, had definite opinions, Loved Us in his way that we didn’t always understand. His heart truly never left Watkins Glen and his beloved Seneca Lake.
 
David is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, MaryAnn (Gay) VanAmburg; daughter, Dawn (John) Nasakaitis of Horseheads; son, James (Katy) VanAmburg of Centre Hall, PA; four grandchildren, Jakob Nasakaitis, Mackensie (Cole) Berry, Emma Latchet, and Ava VanAmburg; two great grandchildren, Waylen and Callum Berry; sister, Nancy (Denny) Rodabaugh of Watkins Glen; brother, Joe VanAmburg of Sarasota, FL; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, David was predeceased by his son Michael David in 1969 and brothers Jack, Tom and Ted.

A private graveside service with military honors will be held at the convenience of his family at Pleasant View Cemetery in Reading Center, NY. In lieu of flowers, David would be honored if contributions were made in his memory to any Veteran’s organization of one’s choice. Memories of David may be shared with his family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Lynn C. Ameigh, Jr.

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

Lynn C. Ameigh, Jr.

Age 88, of Townsend, NY, passed away on Sunday, December 4, 2022.

Junior was born on October 20, 1934, the son of Lynn, Sr. and Genevieve Ameigh.  

He was predeceased by his parents; wife Ida May Ameigh; children, Linda, Joseph, and Jonathon Ameigh; brothers and sisters, Lee, Frank, Don, Mary, Jerome, Jack, Velma and Charlotte; and great-grandsons, Lucas and RyLee.

He is survived by his four children, Kathleen Hartford of North Carolina, Michael (Brittany) Ameigh of Rock Stream, James (Janet “Nurse Betty”) Ameigh of Sugar Hill, and Susan Farr (James Augustine) of Hector; daughter-in-law, Marian Ameigh of Watkins Glen; brothers and sisters, Nelson Ameigh, Milton Ameigh, Peggy Ramos, Judy Wolverton, and Richard Ameigh; brothers-and-sisters-in-law, Arvilla (Dave) Wilson of Phelps, Donald (Denise) Friends of Willseyville; and Henry (Mary) Friends of Elmira; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

Lynn worked as a heavy equipment operator for the Schuyler County Highway Department. He and his wife also owned and operated the Townsend Grocery Store for 14 years. He enjoyed collecting horses, John Wayne memorabilia, building wood crafts, and riding his Four-Wheeler and Zero-Turn lawnmower with his cat Mollie.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Friday (December 9) from 4:00pm-6:00pm; followed by a funeral service at 6:00pm. Burial will be at Sugar Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations may be made to the Schuyler County Humane Society (SchuylerHumane.org).

Obituary: Patricia J. Besley

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Patricia J. Besley (Brown)

Age 69, of Beaver Dams, NY, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Monday, November 28, 2022. She was born on October 28, 1953 in Gloversville, NY, the daughter of the late William L. and Maxine (Campbell) Brown Sr.

In addition to her parents, Patricia was predeceased by her sister "Little" Betty Jane Brown; and her brother-in-law Karl Haischer.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 44 years, George Besley Sr.; with their children Wendy (Jason Switzer) Rogers, George (Stacy) Besley Jr., Kody Besley, Jeffrey Besley, and John Besley; grandchildren Maddison, Colton, and Caleb Besley, Zane, Kaylie, and Clara Rogers, and Natalie Switzer; siblings Roxanne Haischer, Terry (Sally), John (Laurie), Randy (Cheri), and William Brown Jr.; along with her best friends Jill Gaylord and Pam Palmer. She was cared for in her last days by her closest loved ones, including Mike Besley.

Patricia loved her farm, loved her work on the land, and greatly enjoyed her service as a nurse at Schuyler Hospital for 43 years after receiving her license as an LPN. Most important was her family. She doted on her grandchildren, with sleepovers of all six at the house. She and George were longtime foster parents; they cared for over 60 children through the years and gave them better lives through all the support and love they could. A cook remembered for gathering the family over the holidays, and with accolades for her pies and "the best baking around," Patricia tended to so many, and enriched lives over her many years and many roles.

Family and friends are invited to visit the Central Assembly of God, 1 Brenway Dr, Horseheads, NY on Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Private committal will be held with her family; Patricia will be laid to rest in Montour Falls Cemetery.

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Obituary: Frances Chapman

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Frances “Fran” Chapman

Age 88, formerly of Cayutaville, NY, passed away on Monday, November 21, 2022. She was born in Alpine, NY on November 22, 1933, the daughter of the late Frank and Elizabeth Chrisman Masin. Fran graduated from Odessa High School, where she was a cheerleader, played field hockey and was the captain of the basketball team.

Fran was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a longtime member of the Cayutaville United Methodist Church. Fran enjoyed teaching ceramics and playing Euchre. She was an avid gardener and had many rock walls around her properties.

She was predeceased by her husband, Gordon Chapman, on October 21, 2005; brothers, John Masin and Mike Masin; and sisters, Linda Williammee and Dorothy Blanchard.

Fran is survived by three daughters, Judy (Gary) Urban of Hector, NY, LaNora Chapman of Buckeye, AZ and Deborah (Larry) Updike of Trumansburg, NY; one son, Dennis (Laura) Chapman, Apex, NC; one sister, Clara Bea (Tommy) Scott, Lynchburg, VA; four grandchildren, Susan Scalia, Chris (Nikki) Randall, Brian Randall, and Michelle “Sigrid Bloom” (Eric Crisp); six great grandchildren, Mathew and Meghan Swan, Juliana (Dylan Adams) Randall, Brennan and Kamryn Randall, and Matthias Beinick; one great great granddaughter, Oaklynn Adams; and by several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Fran will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 2:00 pm at Cayutaville United Methodist Church, 3231 County Road 6, Alpine, NY. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105-3678. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: John R. Cunningham

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

John R. Cunningham

Age 67, of Watkins Glen, formerly of Monterey, passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 16, 2022.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Tuesday (Nov. 22) from 3pm-5pm; followed by a memorial service at 5pm. A reception will be announced.

John was born in Corning, the son of the late Harold “James” and Helen Cunningham.

He was also predeceased by his brothers, Walter and Frank Cunningham.

He is survived by his wife, Ramona Cunningham; beloved dog Gracie; sisters, Janet Switzer of Watkins Glen, Marge Cunningham of Monterey, and Mary Cunningham (Joe Mattison) of Monterey; god daughter, Brittany Cunningham; special nieces and nephews, Franklin (Pam) Switzer, Debbie (Steve) Monks, Amanda (Karl) Goltry, Angela Mattison (Daryl), and Kailey Araki; great-niece Loralei Mattison; sisters-in-law, Monica (Derrick) Araki, and Eva Cunningham; and several other nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews, and cousins.

John worked for Wagner Vineyards in Lodi for 39 years.

Memorial donations may be made to the Schuyler Humane Society (SchuylerHumane.org) or St. Jude Children’s Hospital (StJude.org).

You may leave a condolence or leave a memory of John in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Michael J. Schamel

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

Michael J. Schamel

Age 80, of Hector, NY, died on Saturday afternoon, November 12, 2022, surrounded by those closest to him.

He, more than almost anyone, embodied the spirit described by Hunter S. Thompson: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!"

Though not religious nor outspoken, Michael had a strong faith and truly lived his values every day of his eighty years. He was passionate in his love of Seneca Lake and shared all that he had so others could also experience the (highly contagious) joy of life on The Lake. After spending summers in Hector throughout childhood, he moved here full time in 1969 and he and his brothers started Schamel Brothers Contractors, now owned and operated by his youngest son. A couple of years later, he and his bride-to-be purchased land and built what was to become their lifelong home overlooking Seneca Lake.

Mike is survived by his wife of fifty years, Karen, and their children Kathleen, Michael, Matthew and Adam (and their spouses Samantha, Shannon and Brit); as well as his slightly insane doodle Tipper, whom he may have loved more than all the rest. His grandchildren Callan, Finn, Aiden, Charlotte and Easton will sorely miss their Pops, whom they adored. Schamel siblings Jack, Gail, Guy, Pat, Tony, Norman and lifelong best friends Lee and Honker will share their memories and laughs in his absence.

Mike also leaves behind a thirty plus-year tradition of annual October canoe trips he planned with his sons, brothers and other friends. Initially conceived on a whim, this trip grew to be a lasting and very important part of each autumn after the summer dock-building busy-ness had subsided, and before the start of pulling boats. The tradition evolved into many iterations, including a 20th-year celebratory RV trip across Alaska, certainly a highlight of Michael’s recent years. Covid limitations were no deterrent and found Pops out building a lean-to in the woods (a tribute to Raquette Lake, his second favorite place on earth) so that he could continue the camping tradition with his grandsons.

Mike gave literally everything he had, to anyone who asked. He donated enough blood and plasma to sink a small ship and was insistent that his body be used for science and learning (upstate.edu) when he was finished destroying it. In lieu of flowers, his legacy can be honored by supporting Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (senecalake.org) or Schuyler County Habitat for Humanity (www.schuylerhabitat.org)

The world won’t be the same without this larger-than-life figure who embodied on a daily basis what it means to live the good life and share that abundance with all those around him. He truly did live one of those lives that dreams are made of. But not for one minute did he ever forget how lucky he was to have done so. He was a remarkable man and an exceptional role model.

The Schamels look forward to hosting those interested in sharing a story, a laugh and a beer at the Grist Iron Cafe (gristironbrewing.com) in Hector on Thursday, December 1, from 3-6 pm. Undoubtedly a SLAD (Seneca Lake Appreciation Day) or twelve will follow when weather permits.

Arrangements with Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

(Photo: Michael and Karen Schamel)

Obituary: Joanne Wohnsiedler Bell

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Joanne Wohnsiedler Bell

Age 90, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away surrounded by her family on Oct 4, 2022.

She was loving, kind with a great sense of humor, love of music and an original foodie.

Joanne Wohnsiedler, aka Mom, was born on April 15, 1932, to George & Alice Twinning Wohnsiedler, DVM, Carthage, NY.  The family consisted of an older brother George Jr. and younger sister Nancy, both deceased. Growing up she enjoyed spending time with her Grandfather Wohnsiedler and a pair of sister neighbors, who taught her to knit and bake.  
She left Carthage for Cornell University, graduated with a degree in Human Ecology in 1954. She married Kenneth L. Bell the day prior to graduation. She taught school for a short time.

She summed up what she was proudest of: "The best crop we raised was our four girls." Her passions were her daughters. She introduced us to her loves, sewing, knitting, cooking, and baking, chocolate desserts to be more specific.

Kenneth & Joanne relocated to Watkins Glen from Stone Ridge, NY with the purchased Grant’s Greenhouses in November 1968. Mom took over the financial end of the business, learned to take floral orders, make corsages, etc., while balancing the many moving balls of family life.

They sold the business in September 2001 and retired. She was finally able to do what she loved! Pet her beloved cat Zoey, bake/sew, and visit her children and grandchildren. Joanne and Kenneth enjoyed their home on Orchard Avenue for 17 years, then moved to Brookdale outside Ithaca, May of 2018.

She may have passed from this earth but is deeply loved and missed. She is survived by her daughters: Melinda Turner, husband Steven and son Grant H, Cynthia Kloppel, husband Jon, children Aaron, Racheal Kloppel Hale, husband Sam and daughters Harper and Jordan, Constance Sandstrom, husband Mark, children Ursula, Catherine and Peter, Virginia Barr and husband Steven Barr.

She will be laid to rest with her husband at Glenwood Cemetery in Watkins Glen in a private service. Arrangements with Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

(Photo: Joanne and Kenneth Bell)

Obituary: Elizabeth (Betty) Matwiejow

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Elizabeth (Betty) Matwiejow

Age 80, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away in the comfort of her home surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Betty was born in Montour Falls, NY on February 16, 1942, the daughter of Earl and Grace Ameigh. She proudly shared the same birthday as her mother.

Betty lived a gracious and humble life, giving selflessly and asking for nothing in return. She believed in lifting others up whether they were her children or the children who came to her daycare, tirelessly guiding and supporting others through many years. Betty derived great joy from gardening and canning, ensuring her family was well fed and cared for as evidenced by a fully stocked canning room and freezers.

She unconditionally loved all of her children and nurtured them in the same manner that she cared for her gardens while supporting them all to follow their own paths. There could be no greater love than hers and as such, she was easy to love. Her message to others was to take in the beauty around you and love each other by rising above differences of opinion.

She is survived by her daughters, Michelle Johns, Anne (Richard) Cleveland and Lisa Matwiejow; sons, Richard (Sharon) Matwiejow and Anthony Matwiejow (Amy Bingham); grandchildren, David Matwiejow, Bradley Johns, Jennifer and Kyle Smith, R.J., Chad and Ashley Matwiejow; eight great grandchildren; brothers, Robert (Donna) Ameigh and David (Estella) Ameigh of Dundee, NY; and special friend Gail Andrews of Bath, NY. Betty was predeceased by her parents and her husband of 60 years, Joe Matwiejow.
 
A private burial will be held in the spring in the Rock Stream Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, Betty’s wish is that donations be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Laura Jane Kent

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Laura Jane Kent

Age 77, of Hall, NY and formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Friday, November 4, 2022.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022 at 2 p.m. at the Little Church Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Stanley (NY) Fire Hall.

Memorial contributions can be made to Stanley-Hall-Gorham Ambulance, PO Box 57, Hall, NY 14463.

Laura was born on February 27, 1945, a daughter of the late Bernard and Evelyn Terwilliger Thorpe. She was a graduate of Gorham Central School, Class of 1963. Laura lived in Watkins Glen for many years before she moved to Hall in 2014. She loved to sew, do crossword puzzles and visit with friends. Laura was an avid NASCAR fan.

Laura is survived by her children, Leslie (Becky) Lamphier, Dawn (Mike) Weed and Richard Lamphier; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as her favorite kitty, Scottie.

Laura was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Larry Kent, and her friend, Gilbert LaRoux.

Please visit www.kenperkinsfuneralhome.com to send a message of condolence to Laura’s family.

Obituary: Harry Louis Arcangeli

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Harry Louis Arcangeli

Age 84, of Lakemont, NY passed away on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at Robert-Packer Hospital, in Sayre, PA from injuries sustained from an accident.

Calling hours were held Sunday, Nov. 13 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water Street, Dundee. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, Nov. 14, at St Mary's of the Lake Catholic Church in Watkins Glen with Father Jeffrey Tunnicliff officiating. Burial was to follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Route 14, Watkins Glen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society of Yates County, P.O. Box 12, Penn Yan, NY 14527 or the American Heart Assoc. Finger Lakes Chapter, 2113 Chili Ave., Rochester, NY 14624.

Harry was born on August 19, 1938 in Watkins Glen, the son of the late Frank and Dorcellia (Olevnik) Arcangeli. On Dec. 30, 1982 in St. Mary's Church, he married the former Catherine M. Ellis. He was the owner of Lakemont Service, in Lakemont, NY, and a workaholic, still repairing cars right up to the day of his accident. When he was not working or going to auctions, he was a devoted member of the Dundee Flying Club and always worked every pancake breakfast. He attended St. Mary's, and was a member of the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years, Catherine M. Arcangeli, at home; five children, Jeffery L. (Tamiko) Arcangeli, Lori J. (Donnie Reikard) Groff, Gregory F. (Tina) Arcangeli, Michael D. Arcangeli, and Ashley Arcangeli; eight grandchildren, Rachel Arcangeli, Lindsay Groff, Dalton Groff, Kristin (Chris) Graziano, Joshua (Danielle) Arcangeli, Ryan Madden, Carson Vanopdurp, and Lillian Vanopdurp; a great granddaughter, Autumn Parrett; several nieces and nephews, and countless friends.

Besides his parents he was predeceased by a sister, Shirley Salvatore, and two brothers, Francis "Sonny" Arcangeli and Robert Olevnik. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

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Obituary: Kenneth F. Barber Sr.

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Kenneth F. Barber Sr.

Age 79, of Valois, NY, passed away on November 9, 2022.

Ken owned and operated his own vineyards, Barber Vineyards and then Stone Arch Farms in the Valois area for over 60 years. He was a member of the V-L-H Fire Department and former President, lifetime member of the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge, and a life member of the Myrtle-Jefferson Masonic Lodge.

Ken was former President of the NYS Grape Growers Association. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing and talking about the great elusive Muskie that always seemed to get away right at the boat. Ken enjoyed his ponds and took great pride in them and fed his fish every day. On occasion he would end up in the pond with his truck or tractor and he would have to get towed out. He had a great sense of humor. People always remembered him as he was hard to forget once you met him as he could talk for hours.

Ken was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Anne Barber.

He is survived by Cheryl Johnson, his beloved longtime companion; his five children, Shelly (Al) Reese of Interlaken, Dawn (Jeff) Ross of East Hanover, NJ, Kenny Barber Jr. of Hector, Brad (Sheila) Barber of Hector, and Krissy Hendley of Kirkwood, NY; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several cousins. He is also survived by Cheryl Johnson’s children -- Joey Bereza from South Dakota, and Kim Bereza of Watkins Glen and their children, and his long-time best friend and former grape grower Tim Rosbaugh.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Friday (Nov. 18) from 12 noon-2 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m.; and burial at Seneca Union Cemetery in Valois. A Celebration of Life will be held at the V-L-H Fire Department in Hector immediately following his burial.

Memorial donations may be made to the V-L-H Fire Department, PO Box 46, Hector, NY 14841.

Obituary: Barbara L. Specchio

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

Barbara L. Specchio

Age 86, of Watkins Glen, NY entered unto rest on Sunday, November 6, 2022 in the comfort of her home.

Barb was born in Geneva, NY on March 10, 1936, the daughter of the late William Stephen and Laura  Marie Lee. Barb graduated from Desales High School in Geneva.  She married Theodore “Ted” Specchio on October 4, 1958 at St. Mary's of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen.

She was the secretary for many years for Schuyler Arc and was a strong advocate representing the voice of families with a child with developmental disabilities. Barb was a communicant of St. Mary's of the Lake Church and a past member and president of the St. Mary's Guild. She was also a secretary for the  Legion of Mary, and a member of the board of directors for Schuyler Arc.  

Barb is survived by her children, Larry Specchio (Laura) of Chenango Forks, NY and Laurie DeNardo (Robin Burnett), Watkins Glen; grandchildren, Dr. Patricia Beall (Jeremy), Dylan Walther (Tianna) and Alyssa Specchio; great-grandchildren, Aiden and Cole Walther and Theodore and Brinlee Beall; sisters, Patricia Angelo of Gastonia, NC and Shirley Ormsbee of Waterloo, NY; many nieces and nephews; and many special friends, Althea, Betty, Janice and Julie, as well as her caretakers, Sandy and Eileen.  

In addition to her parents, Barb was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Theodore “Ted” Specchio, in October 2014; daughter Karen Walther in April 2022; sister Virginia Rondinaro in 1990, and her brothers, Richard Lee in 2008 and Robert Lee in 2019.

Friends and family may call from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 11, 2022 at the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen.  A Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 12 at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's of the Lake Church, PO Box 289, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or to Care First Hospice, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870.  Memories of Barb may be shared with family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: William J. Fleck

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

William J. Fleck

Age 73, of Montour Falls, NY, and formerly of Huntington, NY, passed away on September 6, 2022.

Bill was born in Huntington, the son of the late William and Evelyn (Stamps) Fleck. He worked for Touro Law Center in Huntington as a custodian. He lived at The Falls Home in Montour Falls for the past several years. He was a well liked and compassionate member of the community, and will be sorely missed.

He is survived by his sons Stephen J. Fleck of Reno, NV, and Joshua Fleck of Penn Yan, NY; brothers John and Joseph Fleck of Watkins Glen, NY; and sister Barbara Grover of Reno, NV.

According to his wishes, there are no services. You may leave a condolence or memory of Bill for his family in his obituary at RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Janet Arlene (Noble) Wood

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

Janet Arlene (Noble) Wood

Age 99, of Montour Falls, NY passed of natural causes on Oct. 21, 2022 at her home on Foot’s Hill Road.

Janet (known as “Peg”) was born Sept. 19, 1923, the youngest of six children to William and Emma (Restvale) Noble in Seneca Falls, NY. She grew up on a dairy farm on the shores of Cayuga Lake and loved being on the lake. She graduated from Mynderse Academy and enjoyed tumbling and cheerleading.

Peg married Merle Wood in 1945 while he was still in the Marine Corps. After Merle’s discharge they moved from Mississippi and settled in Montour Falls until they bought their forever home on Foot’s Hill Road and raised their two sons, Gary and John. Peg enjoyed fast motorcycle rides with Merle’s Harley Indian. They enjoyed their summers in a simple cottage on the lake and in a boat.
 
Peg was a joyful person who loved people. She was a Girl Scout leader even though she did not have a girl. She worked in the school cafeteria and at Guild Brothers Clothing Store in Montour Falls for 22 years. On nice days she would run over to her boat and enjoy her lunch in the middle of Seneca lake. Then dash back to finish her work shift.

Peg was an adventurer. Besides boating, she loved roller coaster rides, hang gliding, and zip lines. She even went sky diving at the age of 90! She loved traveling to see Gary and his family in CA and going to Hawaii and Florida with her son, John.

She was a faithful member of the Odessa Methodist Church for nearly 75 years. She baked for the “bake sales” and supported the church in all of its events.

She is survived by her sons, John of Alexandria, VA, and Gary (Ethel) of Lake Forest, CA; three grandchildren, Kevin (Kellie), Brian (Cristina), and Janet (Travis); and five great-grandkids: Joshua, Jacob, Makenna, Kylie and Hunter.

The family would like to give special thanks to those who provided companionship, meals, delivery service and handyman services over the past few years. A memorial service will be held at the Odessa Methodist Church at 12 noon on November 19, 2022.

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

Obituary: Jacqueline Zavala

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

Jacqueline Zavala

Age 34, of Ithaca, NY, formerly of Burdett, NY, our sweet Jacqueline passed on to be with her Lord on Friday, October 28, 2022 at home.

She lived courageously and joyously despite living with chronic pain and her diagnosis of Synovial Sarcoma. Jacqueline was a devoted mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend who deeply loved her children Jayleen and Jason. She worked at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca.

She was predeceased by her father, Jose Zavala; and grandparents, Bernard Faraino, Gisela Melchior, and Graciano Zavala.

She is survived by her daughter, Jayleen A. Zavala; son, Jason L. Rogers-Zavala; mother, Marion Zavala; grandmother, Ramonita Zavala; brother, Angelo (Amy) Zavala; and sisters, Monique (Shane) Frankovic and Chantalle Zavala.
 
Jacqueline always met others with a smile, a warm embrace, and hopeful words. She was generous with her heart and comforted others even when she was enduring difficulties.
Family was of utmost importance to her. In the past year, Jacqueline had shared many happy moments with her family. She had been helping her daughter practice for her driver's license and beaming with pride watching her at cheerleading. She was uplifted watching her son Jason's excitement when at his Kung Fu class and cheering him on. In spite of the pain and heartbreak she felt due to her illness.

The family will receive friends at the Glen Baptist Church, 3311 Reading Rd., Watkins Glen NY from 10 a.m.-12 noon on Saturday (Nov. 5), followed by a funeral service at 12 noon at the church; burial following at East Lawn Cemetery in Ithaca. A Celebration of Life will be held next year in her memory, and will be announced by her family.

You may leave a condolence or memory in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com . Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Leona (Davis) Sandusky

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

Leona (Davis) Sandusky

Age 90, of Montour Falls, NY, entered unto rest on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at home. She was born in Montour Falls on October 7, 1932, the daughter of the late Ernest and Bernice Davis. Leona graduated from Watkins Glen High School with the Class of 1951.

Leona worked at Borg Warner in Ithaca as an assembler and was a prep cook at Blue Ribbon Diner in Montour Falls for several years. She loved bowling, quilting, reading and her church, New Hope Baptist Church in Millport. She loved the big family parties with her children and grandchildren. She loved playing cards and country music. She was an avid Mets fan and looked forward to the baseball season every year. Leona donated to the paralyzed veterans for 14 years.

She was predeceased by her husband, John Sandusky; son, Elvin West; brothers, Doyle, Levi and Glen Davis; and sisters, Frances Forbes, Agnes Wyre, Ruth Sawyer and Dorothy DeGraw.

Leona is survived by four daughters, Judy West Ebert of Corning, Virginia West (Jeff Jay) of North Rose, Vicky West LaVee (Timothy) of Dansville, and Mary West Petty (Richard) of Marion; two sons, William West (Terisita) of Dandridge, TN and James West (Mistie) of Chittenango, NY; one sister, Ellen Misner of Montour Falls; 12 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; and by many nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her cat, Levi, her companion for the last 13 years.

Leona’s family would like to extend their deepest thanks to the staff and residents at Catharine Court, Care First Hospice and New Hope Baptist Church for the care and compassion shown to their mother throughout her illness.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, November 5, 2022 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, 5528 State St., Millport. Her memorial service will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to New Hope Baptist Church, 5528 State St., Millport, NY 14864 or Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Celebration of Life: Charles W. Doane

Charles W. Doane

A Celebration of Life for Charles W. Doane of Watkins Glen, NY, who died on April 25, 2022 at the age of 73, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022 at the Watkins Glen Elks Club.

Please join us in sharing your favorite stories and memories of Chuck.

Chuck was born on September 7, 1948 in Montour Falls, NY, the son of Maurice and Grace Doane. Chuck was a self-employed carpet installer for many years and retired from Warehouse Carpet in Horseheads. He was a 52 year-member of the BPOE #1546 Elks Lodge in Watkins Glen and the Mechanics Club in Montour Falls.

Chuck coached the Watkins Glen Sporting Goods Little League Baseball team for many years. He was a lifelong Yankees baseball and Syracuse basketball fan.

He is survived by his companion, Patricia Sabatini; three children, Adam Doane, Anthony Doane and Kalinda Doane, all of Watkins Glen; sisters Sandra Doane Sears and Debra Doane, both of Beaver Dams; two grandchildren, Jordan and Michael Doane; great-grandson Levi Swayze; his four-legged companion, Angus; and several nieces and nephews.

Obituary: Carol Andrea Kotmel

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

Carol Andrea Kotmel

Age 77, of Montour Falls, NY, died peacefully in her sleep at Arnot-Ogden Hospital on October 27, 2022. Her husband Francis and eldest daughter Kelly sat with her and held her as she passed. 

Carol was born on May 21, 1945 in Montour Falls to her mother Beatrice (Darling) Dean while her father, Robert Dean, was in France fighting in World War Two. She was a happy baby and the apple of her father’s eye when he returned home.

Carol grew up as the middle child of the family, with an older sister, Sylvia, and a younger brother, Carlton (Carty). She enjoyed going to the neighbor’s house to watch the Mickey Mouse Club on TV, playing with dolls, and spending time with her best friend Mary Smalley.

She attended Odessa-Montour High School, where she was head majorette, and played intramural sports such as archery and track and field. She won many trophies due to her amazing athleticism, and in fact could outrun most of the boys in her class. Her nickname back then was “string bean Dean” because of her long legs and slender build.

She graduated with high honors and went on to attend Jean Summers Business School, where she also graduated at the top of her class. She confided in close friends and family that she attended Jean Summers because it only took a year to graduate and she was eager to marry and begin a family as soon as she could.

Upon graduation from business school, her wish came true when she married the love of her life and high school sweetheart, Francis Kotmel. Together they moved to Whitesville, New York where she gave birth to their first child, Kelly Andrea Kotmel. She was known by everyone in the town as “Mrs. Coach” because her husband was the Director of Athletics at the local high school.

After a few years away from family and friends Carol, together with Francis and Kelly, moved back to Montour, where the young couple bought Francis’s family home. There the couple had as many as nine horses at a time, including one named “Funny Face,” Fran’s playful nickname for his bride.

A couple of years later, the family welcomed another bright and beautiful daughter, Karen Elisabeth, into the family, and a year after that, a bouncing baby boy came along that Carol and Fran named Michael Francis, after their dear friend Peter Michael Morris.

The Kotmel family lived “up on the hill” for the next 20 plus years. Carol was the quintessential devoted wife and mother. She was a Girl Scout leader, took her kids to and from swim practices, attended all of her children’s sporting events, and was known for throwing terrific slumber parties for her girls. She was a wonderful baker and even took classes in cake decorating. 

During those years, Carol busied herself with sewing projects like re-covering furniture, as well as cooking and all things domestic, but she still made time for activities for herself. She was in a bowling league for many years and played on an adult women’s volleyball team as well. 

Once her kids were older she went back to work at Carpenter’s Insurance, and stayed there when it changed hands to become Senka’s Insurance. She and the family traveled a lot to follow her two youngest kids as they swam for the AAU River Rats swim team. She also helped to plan and execute several family vacations to Florida, Washington, D.C., and Mexico. 

After her children graduated from high school and went off to college, Carol moved with Fran to Sarasota, Florida. There she worked in health care and retired after 15 years of doing medical billing for Intercoastal Medical Group. 

Carol was a very loving person and a fierce supporter and protector of her friends and family, always giving all she could to encourage and help them whenever necessary. She had nine grandchildren who she absolutely fawned over and who referred to her as “Grammy.” She enjoyed spending tons of time with all of them, taking them on trips across the country as well as to theme parks in Florida. She had a Buffalo Bills bedroom set up for the grandkids and hosted marvelous family weekends where everyone was swimming, doing puzzles, and playing in the yard. But she will probably be most fondly remembered for how magical she made Christmastime in her home. She felt a  great joy in giving and liked to stay up late at night on Christmas Eve to transform her home into a winter wonderland with piles of gifts under the tree.

She loved when everyone gathered together and shared their love for one another. She made lovely cookies and pies with the grandchildren as well as Christmas ornaments for the tree.

Even after moving back to New York, she made frequent trips to Florida and Indiana to see her children, grandchildren, and great-granddaughter. 

In her later years, Carol enjoyed playing Euchre with neighbors and friends, where she often made her famous chocolate-peanut butter cake. She enjoyed family get-togethers playing Scrabble (a game in which she was, more often than not, the winner), Uno, and Yahtzee. She was a sharp lady who loved to do crossword puzzles and make lists upon lists for everything. She was also a huge sports fan who cheered enthusiastically for the New York Yankees and the Buffalo Bills. 

Carol was predeceased by her father, Robert Dean; her mother, Beatrice (Darling) Dean-Stevens, and her sister, Sylvia (Dean) West.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Francis Kotmel; her daughters, Kelly Andrea Kotmel-King and Karen Elizabeth Sherrard; her son, Michael Francis Kotmel; and her nine grandchildren, Aaron King, Joshua King, Jacob King, Nicholas King, Kason Sherrard, Adison Sherrard, Krislyn Kotmel, Maddux Kotmel, and Ryker Kotmel, and one great-grandchild, Roselyn May Langlais-King. She is also survived by her sister’s children, Martin, Steven, Daniel, and Christina West, as well as her brother, Carlton Dean and his wife Nancy Dean, and their four children, Barbara, Amy, Jennifer, and Clinton.

Carol will be deeply missed and always be intensely loved by those who were lucky enough to have had her in their lives.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Carol’s name to Insulin for Life or the American Heart Association.

A celebration of life will be held around Thanksgiving at the family home. Details will be shared ASAP.

Obituary: Raymond G. 'Ernie' Granston

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

Raymond Gary “Ernie” Granston

Age 76, of Burdett, NY, passed away on October 25, 2022.

Ernie was born on May 3, 1946 in Montour Falls, NY, the son of Raymond and Eleanor (Davis) Granston.

Ernie graduated from Watkins Glen High School, Class of 1964. He was an outstanding athlete in basketball, football and track. He served as a class officer and class president. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam, serving on the USS Shangri-La. After the Navy, Ernie worked and served with the New York State Police Troop E, and retired as a Zone Sergeant. After he retired, he joined the Schuyler County Sheriff’s department and served as a Sheriff Deputy for many years.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge, Moose Club, Mechanics Club, and the VFW Post 2674.

He is survived by his loving wife, Janice Granston; brother-in-law, Jeffrey (Cici) Eggersdorf; special cousins, David Eggersdorf and Donna Davis; special nephew Robert (Jen) Beattie; special friend David Bartone; and several nieces. He was predeceased by his parents; brother and sister, William and Diana, and cousin Frank Davis.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Friday (Nov. 4) from 1pm-4pm; followed by a funeral service at 4pm; and interment with military honors at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Burdett Fire Department or the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Assoc.

Obituary: John J. Frank, Jr.

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

John J. Frank, Jr.

Age 91, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on October 23, 2022.

John was born on January 25, 1931, the son of the late John J. Frank Sr. and Alice (Olsen) Frank. He was owner and operator of Frank's Clothes Shop in Watkins Glen. John honorably served in the U.S. Army and was a life member of the Elks Lodge in Watkins Glen, and served as Past Exalted Ruler. He was also a communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church.

There are no prior calling hours. A Funeral Mass will be held Friday (Oct. 28) at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen; followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife Barbara; their two sons, David Frank and Jimmy Frank; sister Margaret Staahl of Pennsylvania; and brothers-in-law Richard (Shirley) Robbins of Florida, and J.C. (Susan) Robbins of Rock Stream. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Joseph Staahl.

John was an avid fisherman and loved the outdoors. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Donations in his memory may be made to The Arc of Chemung-Schuyler Fund, 203 12th St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

Obituary: Susan Searles Braatz

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

Susan Searles Braatz
June 24, 1954 - October 19, 2022


Born June 24, 1954, Susan grew up on her parents’ dairy farm. Graduating from OMCS in 1972, she continued her education, earning an Associate’s Degree in Secretarial Science at Tompkins Community College. Susan married Herbert Braatz in 1984, living in a home built by her father and uncle located in Smith Valley (Alpine).

Working as a receptionist/secretary for Eastern AI and Cornell for many years, Susan also enjoyed her time as a member and in a working position in the local Weight Watchers organization. Many weekends were spent at Cool Lea Campground helping her sister with the various duties of running the business. Sue loved card making, canning, baking, sewing and reading. She was an excellent seamstress and the best pie baker in the family.

She was predeceased by her parents, Ward and Anna Searles, and a brother, Gordon. Sue is survived by Herb Braatz, brother Fordyce Searles, sister Rose Ann Simpkins, close cousins Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman, Janice Shuler Oshiro and Colleen Shuler, and several nieces and great nieces.

Susan spent her last years at Bethany Village and Cayuga Ridge Nursing facility suffering from early onset dementia. Friends may call on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth Street, Watkins Glen, with a funeral service following at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be in Hector Union Cemetery following the funeral.

Memorial contributions in Susan’s name may be made to: Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 108, Mecklenburg, NY 14863.

Obituary: Merle Charles Collins

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

Merle Charles Collins

Age 78, of Cayuta, NY passed away on Monday, October 17, 2022 at home. He was born in Montour Falls, NY on October 27, 1943, the son of the late Eugene and Leah (Wright) Collins and graduated from Odessa-Montour High School.

Merle was a machinist for over 40 years, with the majority of his career with Shepard Niles in Montour Falls. He enjoyed many activities with his wife Sue, such as bowling, hunting, fishing, bird watching, snowmobiling and square dance clubs.

He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Susan I. (Parrott) Collins, in 2018; parents, Eugene Collins in 1981 and Leah (Wright) Collins in 1985; sister, Anna Mae (Collins) Elmo, in 2018; and brother, Richard Collins, in 2019.

Merle is survived by two sons, Mark (Lisa) Collins of Alpine, NY and John (Shannon) Collins of Lowman, NY; three daughters, Carol (David) Marsh of Alpine, Christina (Joseph) Zimmer of Montour Falls and Donna (Robert) Angle of Cayuta; sixteen grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held privately by the family. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Care First Hospice, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870 or Schuyler County Food Pantry, 221 W. South St., Montour Falls, NY 14865.

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

Obituary: Larry J. Hoover

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

Larry J. Hoover

Age 74, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Monday, October 10, 2022 at home. He was born in Montour Falls, NY on September 9, 1948, the son of the late Robert and Hilda Hoover.

Larry received his Bachelor’s Degree from Elmira College. He went on to serve honorably with U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Larry worked for Shepard Niles in Montour Falls for 10 years and later retired from BMS Manufacturing in Watkins Glen, where he was a purchasing agent for 30 years. He was a member of the American Legion and an avid fan of the Buffalo Bills and Syracuse Orange. Larry was also a vintage car enthusiast, who had a passion for MG sports cars.

Larry is survived by three daughters, Kerry Hoover and Meagan (Scott) Yaw, both of Watkins Glen, and Shawna Hoover of Kathleen, GA; brother, David (Becky) Hoover of Colorado Springs, CO; two grandchildren, Isabella and Rory Yaw; and one niece, Abigail Hoover.

A private service will be held by the family. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Legion or the American Heart Association. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Thomas J. Peters

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

Thomas J. Peters

Age 72, of Odessa, NY, entered Heaven on Friday, October 14, 2022. He was born in Montour Falls, NY on May 3, 1950 and graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School in 1968.

Tom was an electrician and assembler of cranes and hoists at Shepard Niles, Inc. for 26 years, retiring in November of 1994. He served his community as a member and past chief of the Odessa Fire Department, past deputy fire coordinator in Schuyler County, a member of FASNY, a member and former officer with I.A.M Union, and a member of the Mechanics Club in Montour Falls.

Tom is survived by his wife of 46 years, Carol L. Peters; and by his daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia L. and Steve Vercelloni of Lakewood, CA.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 20 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A memorial service will follow at 6:00 p.m. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Odessa Fire Department, 1928 County Road 15, Odessa, NY 14869. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: David E. Young

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

David E. Young

Age 91, of Rock Stream, NY died on Thursday, October 13, 2022 at Arnot Ogden Hospital in Elmira, NY.

He was born on May 13, 1931 in Mifflin County, PA. He was predeceased by his father, Stanley; mother, Sarah; brothers, Joseph and Paul, and his son Philip. He is survived by his wife, Harriet; his children, Rebecca Voorhees (Michael) of Montour Falls, NY and Stanley (Jodi Muirhead) of Big Flats, NY; daughter-in-law Rose Young of Watkins Glen, NY; eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Dave and Harriet celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in May. Dave was a longtime member of the Watkins Glen Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He helped many over the years by being a spiritual counselor and a very good listener. He was known for being a hard worker and an honest businessman for over 50 years in the area. He was the founder of Young’s Tires in Horseheads, NY.

A beautiful place he and Harriet shared with many was his fishing camp, Pogamasing, in Northern Ontario, Canada. The more friends and family that joined them, all the better.
In later years they enjoyed the warmer climate of Englewood, Florida. Dave and Harriet were legendary for their hospitality. There was always room for one more at their table.
Dave shared and truly looked forward to the promise found in Revelation 21:4, a time here on earth when “death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.”

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, October 22 from 1-3 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. David’s funeral service will follow at 3 p.m., in person and on Zoom. For Zoom information please call (607) 742-2783. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Beatrice L. Domanski

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

Beatrice L. Domanski

Age 96, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on Monday, October 10, 2022. She was born in Montour Falls, the daughter of the late James and Leona (Thompson) Crippen and graduated from Cook Academy in Montour Falls.

Beatrice retired from Schuyler Hospital after many years of dedicated service. She was a longtime member of Bethel Fellowship Church. She enjoyed reading her Bible and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her daughter, Evon (Richard) Peet of Monroe, LA; brother, James (Vicki) Crippen of CA; sister, Marjorie Hakes (Ray) of Breesport, NY; two grandchildren, Gordon Peet  and Todd (Pamela) Peet,  both of Greentown, PA; three great grandchildren, Emily, Alexis and Christopher; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Leo Domanski.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, October 15 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Bethel Fellowship Church, 2035 State Route 14, Montour Falls. Her funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by burial in Highland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Bethel Fellowship Church, 2035 State Route 14, Montour Falls, NY 14865.

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

Obituary: Lee Silliman

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

Lee Silliman

Age 93, of Montour Falls, NY passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on what would have been his 69th wedding anniversary, October 10, 2022. Lee was born on June 16, 1929 in Montour Falls and lived all of his 93 years in the family home.
 
Lee was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Norma, in December 2021. He is survived by his children: Carl (Dian) Silliman, Alice Silliman, Carol Tuton, Donna (Michael) Young, and Winona (Paul) Beebe; as well as four grandchildren: Michael Tuton, Ryan Tuton, Amber Beebe, and Bryon (Aubrey) Beebe; and two great grandchildren.

Lee was a dairy, then beef farmer for over 60 years. He was known by many throughout the community for his skills in repairing refrigeration equipment, especially for local commercial businesses. Lee also enjoyed working with electricity and had installed service in homes and garages. At times, Lee would even identify the source of local power outages and inform the power company so that they could restore service more quickly.

Lee spent much of his time in his garage where he enjoyed repairing, fabricating and tinkering on all sorts of things. Friends and neighbors learned to drop off their items needing repair and he would work on them there. Whether it was your ice machine, electric motor, tractor or something else, you could count on Lee. He liked to fix things for people so that they didn’t have to buy new, and often bartered for his services.
 
Lee loved to play cards with family and friends. He was fond of Euchre and Scat, especially when he won!

At Lee’s request there will be no calling hours. A private memorial service will be held at the family’s convenience with burial at Montour Cemetery, Montour Falls. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Grant Earl Bellows Sr.

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

Grant Earl Bellows Sr.

Age 51, of Alpine, NY passed away on Monday, October 3, 2022 at home. He was born in Elmira, NY on August 11, 1971, the son of the late Marsha Schwieger and Raymond Bellows.  

Grant is survived by his three sons, Brooks (Eliza Terwillegar) Stevenson, Grant (Arynn Cummings) Bellows Jr., and Jason (Lisa Ayers) Bellows; four grandchildren, Oliver Stevenson, Triston Bellows, Silas Bellows,  and Savannah Bellows, and a grandson to arrive; the mother of his sons, Cindy Daugherty; sisters, Natalie Rifenburg Smith of Tampa, FL, Robin Rifenburg of Elmira, Johannah Huhta of Riverview, FL and Myanna Bellows of Denison, TX; brothers, Brooks (Sue Haley) Bellows of Elmira, Raymond (Dawn) Bellows of Beaver Dams, NY, Greg Bellows of Elmira, James (Carrie) Rogers of Elmira, Thomas (Jodi) Bellows of Waverly, NY and Raymond (Rosetta) Bellows of Elmira; and numerous nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents, Grant was predeceased by his sister, Rebecca Bellows.

A private ceremony will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. Memories of Grant may be shared with his family and friends at vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: William L. Hall

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

William L. Hall

Age 78, of Elmira, NY, passed away on October 2, 2022.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Sunday (October 9) from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 3:00 p.m.

Bill was born on September 4, 1944 in West Virginia and served in the U.S. Army after graduating from high school.

He is survived by his wife, Tina Hall; children, Michael, Candy, Mary, Amy, Shannon, William Jr., Chris, Bobbijo, Alexis, and Andrew; 17 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister, Sandy Kresge.

Condolences may be expressed in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Don Bullen, Sr.

The following was submitted to The Odessa File by the family.

Don Bullen, Sr.

Age 80, of Hopkinsville, KY died at 6:14 p.m. Sunday, October 2, 2022 at Tri Star Skyline Medical Center, Nashville, TN. 

Funeral services will be at 12:00 noon on Monday, October 10 at Restoration House Family Worship Center, Hopkinsville, with Pastors Richard Dixon and Don Bullen, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West. His family will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be Sunday, October 9 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the church. Hughart, Beard & Giles Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
 
A native of Troy, New York, he was born July 2, 1942 the son of the late George Bullen and Dorothea Willsey Bullen. Don faithfully served his country in the United States Army. In his working years he was a plant manager at the Plymouth Tube Company and a maintenance supervisor at Western State Hospital. Don was also a long-time volunteer at Christian Way Farms.    

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Roberta “Bobbie” Mrazek Bullen.

Survivors include his wife, JoAnn Hall Bullen; his sons, Don (Michelle) Bullen, Jr., Dan (Amy) Bullen and Doug Bullen, all of Hopkinsville; sister, Nancy Evelyn (Kenneth) Beers of Painted Post, NY.; his grandchildren, Hannah, Sarah, Alison, Ella, Jack, Joshua, Matthew and Andrew; and one great grandchild, Daniel Wilbanks.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Don Bullen are suggested to the Hopkinsville Civitan Club or the Alpha Pregnancy Care Center, Hopkinsville.

Obituary: John Charles Fay

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

John Charles Fay

Age 84, of Alpine, NY entered unto rest on Friday, September 30, 2022 at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, NY.

John was born in Summit, NJ, the son of the late Albert L. and Eva E. Fay, Sr. He graduated from Bernard’s High School, Class of 1956. John started working at the age of 16 at Harrison Laboratory in New Jersey (later purchased by Hewlett-Packard) and retired at the age of 38. He had attended All Saints Episcopal Church in New Jersey. He loved hunting, fishing, trapping and attending auctions looking for that diamond in the rough.

John is survived by his brother Albert L. Fay, Jr., niece Dawn M. Fay, nephew Albert L. (Maria) Fay III, and great niece Taylor R. Fay. John had very special friends in New York including Bob and Sue Fair, the Snow Family (especially Jeremiah, Theresa and Sean) and his best friend -- his pet dog Gina. In addition to his parents, Albert and Eva, John was predeceased by sister-in-law Linda M. Fay.
 
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Thursday, October 6 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cayutaville Methodist Church, 3231 Co. Rt. 6, Alpine. Memories of John may be shared with his family and friends at vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Brian Allen Cilley

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

Brian Allen Cilley

Age 59, of Alpine, NY passed away at home on Thursday, September 22, 2022.

Brian was born in Montour Falls, NY on July 3, 1963, the son of Armin (Bud) and Barbara Cilley. He married his high school sweetheart, Lori Hoffman, in Odessa on March 29, 1986.

He was, in his own words, a “jack of all trades, master of none.” Brian was always willing to help anyone and had worked since 1980. He was a member of the Montour Moose and the Moose Riders.
 
Brian is survived by his loving wife of 36 years and together for 41 years, Lori Hoffman Cilley; daughters, Jacklyn  Cilley and Mariah (Ryan Springstead) Cilley, both of Alpine; three grandchildren, Noah age 9, Mason age 6, and Briana soon to arrive; and his brothers, Jim (Kay) Cilley of Cayuta, NY and Ray (Jen) Cilley of Corning, NY.

A celebration of Brian’s Life will be held at the Montour Falls Moose Lodge from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 9, 2022. Memorial contributions can be made c/o Lori Cilley, 5862 Cty. Rt. 14, Alpine, NY 14805. Memories of Brian may be shared with his family and friends at vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Theoda M. Cornell

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

Theoda M. Cornell

Age 84, of Elmira, NY died on Sunday, September 25, 2022 at home. She was born in Montour Falls, NY on November 20, 1937, the daughter of the late Henry and Marria Rarrick, and attended Watkins Glen schools.

Theoda worked at the Falls Home for three years and also at Jefferson Hotel for four years. She was of the Baptist faith. Theoda enjoyed puzzle books and watching TV, especially her favorite show, Reba.

She is survived by her daughter, Ruth Delamater (Michael Brooks) of Elmira; son, Mark Harvey of Elmira; sister, Estellene Allen of Montour Falls; and six grandchildren, Jonathan Prendergast, Olivia Tate, Anthony Harvey, Dakota Delamater, Adam Delamater and Dakota Brooks. She was predeceased by her husband, Murray Cornell, in 1993.

Relatives and friends are invited to a graveside service on Wednesday, October 5 at 12:00 noon at Montour Cemetery, Mill St., Montour Falls. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Dale A. Reynolds

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

Dale A. Reynolds

Age 70, of Odessa, NY passed away on September 26, 2022 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY.

Dale was born the son of Gilbert R. and Joyce L. Reynolds on January 6, 1952 in Elmira, NY. He was a lifelong resident of Odessa, graduating from Odessa-Montour Central School in 1970 and Alfred State College in 1972.

He owned and operated Reynolds Logging & Lumber Company for 40 years until his retirement in 2012. Dale enjoyed building things in his shop, whether it was a log truck or a piece of furniture from wood sawed from his sawmill; he took pride in what he created. Until health issues slowed him down you could find him at the local restaurants having coffee with his friends or at the local speedways on Friday and Saturday nights watching the races.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mari Lynn Appel Reynolds; sons Brett (Brenda), and Benny (Jeanne Ruggles); daughter, Stephanie (Scott Duntley); four grandchildren, Caleb, Cara, Jessa and Cassidy; his brothers, Douglas (Diane) and Dudley Reynolds; and many nieces and nephews. Dale was predeceased by both parents.

Per Dale’s wishes there will be no calling hours. A private burial service will be held at the convenience of the family at Highland Cemetery, Odessa. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Emma Jean Wescott

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

Emma Jean (Naylor) Wescott

Age 78, of Ithaca, NY passed away on September 24, 2022.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Wednesday (Sept. 28) from 12 noon-2 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. at the funeral home; and burial at Sugar Hill Cemetery.

She is survived by her loving companion of 23 years, Russell Bennett; her loving children, Joe Hannon of Alexandria, LA; James (Sarah) Wescott of Melbourne, FL; Lorrie (Tim) Cribb of Tioga, PA; Jamie Martinez of Bentley, LA; and Jenny Henry of Norman, OK; brothers, Harry Naylor and Jack Naylor; and several loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

You may leave a condolence or memory of Emma Jean in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Peter Francis Ward

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

Peter Francis "Pete" Ward

Age 90, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2022.

Born in Elmira, NY on February 14, 1932 and raised in Odessa, NY and Ft. Lauderdale, FL, he was the son of Dr. Francis C. Ward and Florence Daley Ward. He honorably served in the U.S. Army (1954-1956) and was stationed in Japan. He loved to travel the world and took advantage of his years with the British Overseas Airways Corporation to visit Turkey, England, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries.

Back in Schuyler County, he worked at the Big M Supermarket in Montour Falls. Not ready to retire when the market closed, he worked for the National Car Rental agency and other local tourist-related businesses before joining the staff at Walmart in Watkins Glen, where he worked from 2008 until retiring in 2012 at the age of 80. He enjoyed his contact with his coworkers and customers so much that he continued to visit the store daily, pausing on his way home for refreshment at his beloved Burger King or the Mechanics Club, where he was a lifetime member. On his 90th birthday he was honored with greetings from his friends at Walmart, Burger King, the Club and Catherine Court, where he lived for almost 30 years. He loved people and traveling, but most of all he loved to dance.

Pete was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Lawrence Daley Ward. He is survived by his sisters, Margaret Kelley of Smithfield, NC and Barbara (Skip) Halpern of Washington, DC; nieces, Kristen (Paul) Griswold of Smithfield, NC and Sarah (Tim Geraghty) Halpern of Ridgewood, NY; nephew, Michael Bowers of McLean, VA; great nephews, Spencer (Kasey) and Matthew (Shea) Griswold; great nieces, Caroline Griswold, Lily and Izabel Bowers, and Evelyn Geraghty; and great-great nephew Rowan Griswold.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, Sept. 26 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. His memorial service will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by burial with military honors at Laurel Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Pete’s memory may be made to the Schuyler County Veterans Memorial, P.O. Box 137, Odessa, NY 14869. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Service: Shane Christopher Coats

Shane Christopher Coats

A service will be held on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 for Shane Christopher Coats of Caddo Mills, Texas, and formerly of Mecklenburg, NY, who passed away on July 24, 2022 at the age of 32 after a long, tough battle with Ewing's Sarcoma.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, from 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.  A funeral service will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Mecklenburg United Methodist Church, 6063 Turnpike Road, Mecklenburg, followed by a procession and fireman's service at the Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Department. A reception will follow.  

Shane was an avid Penn State fan, just like his father, and was a 4th generation firefighter with the Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Company. He graduated from Trumansburg High School with the class of 2008 and then continued his education at Colorado State University-Pueblo and Southern Maine Community College. Shane’s many journeys took him from New York to North Carolina to Texas, and everywhere in between. When he wasn’t saving lives as a paramedic in Greensboro, NC, he was working outside and inside sales across the country for Dana Safety Supply and, most recently, Stalker Radar in Richardson, TX.

Shane loved to travel, was an avid hunter, and enjoyed many drink and bingo nights at the Corner Bar with friends in Greensboro. He was dedicated and loved his family, always being just a phone call away for the next adventure with his many cousins, whether it was graduations or bonfires, camping, or joining in the many motorcycle rides and events throughout the years. Shane was truly loved by all, making friends everywhere he went. In more recent years, you could find him at home relaxing in his recliner with a Coors Light in hand, spending time with family, or grilling and trying something new in the smoker.

He is survived by his wife of four years, Holly; son Hunter; mother Liz; sister Lauren (Cole); mother-in-law Beverly Keith; sister-in-law Heather Crosby (David); and numerous loving aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his father, Peter Coats, grandparents Warren and Barbara Coats, grandparents Donald and Rita Lawrence, and father-in law James Keith.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Shane's memory to his son's educational fund. “Freebird!”

Local arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen, NY.

Obituary: Rocky J. Teeter

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

Rocky J. Teeter

Age 72, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 surrounded by his loving family.

Rocky was the youngest of 11 children. He graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School with the Class of 1969. Rocky served with the US Army Reserve and National Guard. He worked at Shepard Niles and then retired from US Salt.

Rocky was one of a kind. He enjoyed antiquing, where he wheeled and dealed. He loved watching and cheering on his grandchildren during their sporting events. He always had a joke to tell, whether he told it once or a thousand times. He had the gift to make a stranger his friend.

Rocky loved his family. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 53 years, Pamela; son, Kyle (Kami) Teeter; daughter, Kelly (Scott) Jones; grandsons, Jacob (Torree) Teeter, Jesse Teeter, and Joshua (Samantha) Teeter; granddaughters, Kalea (Brandon) Swartz, Madelynn Jones, Sarah Jones, and Emma Jones; great granddaughters, Julianna and Josephina Teeter; siblings, Jack (Nancy) Teeter, Larry (Phyllis) Teeter, and Iva (Doug) Speary; and by several special nieces, nephews and close friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, September 30 from 4-6 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A memorial service will follow at 6:00 p.m. A private family burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 3925 Chestnut St #3110, Philadelphia, PA 19104. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Kenneth W. Cope

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

Kenneth W. Cope

Age 84, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 surrounded by loved ones. Ken was born on December 9, 1937, the son of Fred and Grace Cope of Beaver Dams, NY.

He graduated from Odessa-Montour High School with the Class of 1956. Upon graduation, Ken served in the U.S. Army through 1960. He retired as a sergeant for the NYS Department of Corrections after 25 years of a long and fulfilling career.  

Ken was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, and uncle. He was a well-versed poet, having one of his poems published in a national magazine. He loved spending time on Seneca Lake and the St. Lawrence River. Ken enjoyed fishing, refurbishing vintage boat motors, gardening, and tinkering in his workshop. Ken was a loyal NY Yankees fan. He enjoyed feeding and watching birds. He was a gentle soul whose unending compassion touched the lives of many. His unique sense of humor and easy ways gained him many friends. Everyone enjoyed his wit and pleasant company. He was an active member of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church.

Ken was predeceased by his parents, Fred and Grace Cope, and his sister, Doris Force-Huston. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Teresa Filippetti Cope; sons, Leonard Orr (Lisa), Malcolm “Duffy” Orr (Laurel), and Joel Mathews; sisters Arlene Cope Learn, June Cope Benjamin (Bob), and Sandra Cope Bates; granddaughters Jacquelyn Bubb (Keith) and Jennifer Bubb (Drew); great grandchildren Leah, Garrett, Eva, and Miles Bubb; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the Seneca View Skilled Nursing staff for their thoughtful and professional care. Ken always had praise for the staff and made plenty of friends there. We would also like to thank Schuyler Hospital with a special thanks to Dr. Saks for his unwavering support.

Family and friends are invited to a calling hour on Saturday, September 24 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the St. Mary’s of the Lake Church link. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 a.m.  Burial with military honors will take place at 2:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.haugheywoodzinger.com

Service: James Duane Shippy

James Duane Shippy

A memorial service to celebrate the life of James Duane Shippy will be held on October 1, 2022 in Odessa, NY.

Military honors will be presented at 11:00 a.m. at the Schuyler County Veterans Memorial Park, followed by a burial service at Laurel Hill Cemetery.

James, age 92, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, died on August 18, 2022 in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the Schuyler County Veterans Memorial Park, P.O Box 137, Odessa, NY 14869.

Obituary: Ronald H. Havens

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

Ronald H. Havens

Age 69, of Odessa, NY, passed away on Sunday, September 18, 2022 due to complications of a brain injury he suffered last August.

Ron was “one of a kind” and always looking for some fun. He acted like everything was a big joke, but beneath he had a very kind heart. He had so much love for his three children. He used to say “those kids are the best thing that ever happened to me.”

Ron had a rough year in and out of hospitals, unable to walk. You could almost see the “spark” withering away. It was very sad for him as he still had a lot of things he wanted to do. We will miss you forever, Ron!

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Marnie; three children, Heather, Kathleen and Timothy; two grandchildren, Kacie and Kendall; a brother, Howard Havens; sister, Patty McCauley; his in-laws; and by many nieces and nephews.

Ron will be laid to rest in Greensprings Natural Cemetery in Newfield, NY. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home in Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Frances E. Lindsley

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

Frances E. Lindsley

In memory of the beloved Frances E. Lindsley, 91, of Odessa, NY, who truly enjoyed the journey of life, and shared all of the love God gave her. She passed away on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at home.

She was a mother to many and a teacher to all ages. Known as “Mom” to all the kids in the neighborhood and baby sitter to many more, she always made an effort to attend all of the activities they were in. Her dedication extended to flying out to Missouri to surprise her grandson by handing him his high school diploma.
 
Frances was a woman of charity, honor, community service and grace. She taught nursery school at the Baptist Church in Odessa for a number of years. She also helped with vacation Bible school when her kids were younger. Her love and compassion went further than just her family. Relatives and neighbors will remember the smile she always wore and her hard work. As an enthusiast of nature, you could often find her in her garden or on the porch watching for her hummingbirds. She was a guardian angel to all long before God gave her wings. Frances E. Lindsley is now at peace in heaven’s glorious garden. The family would like to thank Care First for the comfort they provided her in the last couple of months of her life.

She was born in Watkins Glen, NY on December 26, 1930. She was predeceased by her parents, Francis Miller (1997) and Letitia (Betties) Miller (1995); husband, Walter E. Lindsley (2005); brothers, Frederick Miller and John Miller; and sister, Mary Ellen Miller.

She is survived by two daughters, Sharon Lindsley of Odessa and Vivian Lindsley Bachand (Darren Bachand) of Schell City, Missouri; and three sons, Dennis Lindsley (Cheryl Allen), Tim Lindsley and Bill Lindsley, all of Odessa. She has eight grandchildren, April Oldfield, Amy McFall, Danny Astarita Lindsley, Justin M. Hall, Alyssa Lindsley, Kylan Bachand, Joshua Bachand (Amanda), and Jeremy Bachand; and 11 great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 22 from 2-4 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. Her funeral service will follow at 4:00 p.m. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Service: Shirley C. Lewis

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

Shirley C. Lewis

A committal service for Shirley C. Lewis of Watkins Glen, NY, who passed away at the age of 87 on February 5, 2022 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, will be held on Thursday, September 22 at 11:00 a.m. at Chapel Hill Cemetery, 502 Victory Highway, Painted Post, NY.

Shirley was born in Bath, NY, on November 21, 1934, the daughter of Jacob and Catherine (Rial) Shaw. She worked as a Utility Clerk for Dresser-Rand, Inc. for many years.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Arch L. Lewis Jr., and several nieces and nephews.

Shirley and her husband attended the Moreland Presbyterian Church. She worked as an Avon Rep for 17 years and was a member of the Montour Moose Club and Ladies of the Moose Auxiliary. 

Memories of Shirley may be left in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Ruby Humphrey

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

Ruby Humphrey

Age 94, of Burdett, NY, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, September 15, 2022 at her daughter’s home near Rochester, NY. She was born on March 10, 1928, the daughter of the late Clarence and Elva (Dean) Terry.

Ruby worked in a factory during WWII, but for most of her life she was a homemaker, wife and mother. She enjoyed gardening and sewing. Ruby was the matriarch of the family. She was always the person who took care of everyone else.

She was predeceased by her husband, Carl “Skip” Messersmith; husband, Bernard Humphrey; daughter, Kathy Messersmith Eaves; brothers, Robert Terry and Roy “Jack” Terry; and three grandsons, Daniel Flood, Andrew Flood and Doug Arnold.

Ruby is survived by two daughters, Peggy Messersmith Flood and Bonnie Messersmith (husband Mike); two sons, Terry Messersmith and Robert Messersmith (wife Kim); three sisters, Sylvia Bowers, Arlene Ballings and Carol Smith; and by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, September 23 from 12 noon-1:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. Her memorial service will begin at 1:00 p.m., followed by burial in Cayuta Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ruby’s memory to the charity of your choice. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Douglas E. Bingham

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

Douglas E. Bingham

Age 76, of Burdett, NY passed away on Monday, September 5, 2022 at home. He was born in Waverly, NY on August 23, 1946, the son of Clifton and Elizabeth Bingham.

Doug served with the U.S. Navy Construction Battalion 62 during Vietnam from 1968-1972 where he served two tours. He attended Morrisville College, where he received a degree in Agriculture Business. Doug retired as an Industrial Electrician from Shepard Niles in Montour Falls, NY.

Doug was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed all animals and loved working outside with anything that grew. He liked antique tractors, Western movies, reading -- especially about history -- and had a great fondness for ice cream. Doug liked over-engineering everything he built. He enjoyed making friends and keeping in touch with his siblings. Doug looked like a big gruff fella, but was a teddy bear to all who knew him.

Doug was predeceased by his wife Darlene in 2014. He is survived by his children, Amy Bingham (A.J. Matwiejow) and Ben (Robin) Bingham; and two grandchildren, Alexis and Owen Bingham.

A service will be held privately by the family, with burial at Union Cemetery of Hector. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Burdett Volunteer Fire Department, 4124 Lake Ave., Burdett, NY 14818 or Care First of the Southern Tier, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870.

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

Obituary: Adam J. Beligotti

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

Adam J. Beligotti

Age 60, of Montour Falls and formerly of Burdett, NY, passed away on September 5, 2022 after an extended illness.
 
According to his wishes there are no services. Remembrances may be left at his obituary link at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.
 
Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen, NY.

Obituary: Richard F. (Rick) Evans

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

Richard F. (Rick) Evans

Father, Farmer, Husband, Hunter, Wine Maker, Woodsman, Orioles and Steelers Fan, Community Volunteer and History Buff....

Richard F. (Rick) Evans, age 62, of Burdett, NY passed away on September 8, 2022, after living life to its fullest! For 30 years, Rick was the winemaker at Castel Grisch Winery located in Watkins Glen, NY. In 2018, he was diagnosed with brain cancer, and in 2021 suffered a traumatic accident leaving him with a brain injury and many physical challenges. Regardless, you could always find Rick ready to tell you his latest story and share the smile in his heart.

Rick was predeceased by his stepfather, Clarence “Sheik” Spaulding (2002) and brother, Robert Scott Evans (1991). He is survived by his wife and best friend, Lydia Wickham, Burdett, NY; children Ryan Evans of Watkins Glen, NY, Conner Evans (Jaimie and granddaughter Darby) of Burdett, NY, and Ezra Evans of Burdett, NY; mother, Maxine Spaulding of Montour Falls, NY; father, Robert (Carol) Evans of Sebring, Fl; sister, Sharon Maximiek (Gino DePasquale) of Rochester, NY; sister, Sarah (Kevin) Kline of Horseheads, NY; and brother, Kristopher "Kasey" (Danielle) Evans of Savona, NY. He also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews and his “Wickham siblings,” Judy, Will, Fred, Lindsay, and Chris and their families.

Rick believed in community, service to that community, and connecting to people through time well spent in nature, with family and friends, and helping and doing deeds for others. He believed our world could improve if everyone simply dedicated a little bit of their time towards the common good.

Rick was active in and a founding member of the Hector-Area Lions Club. He was a member of Hector Presbyterian Church and built amazing VBS floats for the Hector Fair Parade circa 2004-2010, and recently served as Co-Chairperson for the United Way of Schuyler County. For over 20 years, Rick was a Boy Scout volunteer, most recently serving as the Scoutmaster for Troop 2674 based in Watkins Glen, and a member of the Five Rivers Council Executive Committee.

He loved spending time in the woods, on campouts, and adventuring with his scouts. Each eve, on these special occasions, as the sun set and the American flag was lowered, Rick, and these young men, would take the time to remember the beauty, fun, and lessons of the day while they sang, “Day is done, gone the sun from the lakes, from the hills, from the sky. All is well. Safely rest. God is nigh!” Rest in peace, Mr. Evans.

A private service will be held at the family’s convenience. At the request of Rick, a gathering of laughter, love, music, and memories will be held at Solera Tap House, Burdett on Sunday, October 2nd, from 2 pm to 7 pm. In lieu of flowers and in Rick’s memory, donations may be made to BSA Five Rivers Council for Camp Gorton or Empire State Special Needs Experience for Camp Badger.

Five Rivers Council - Memorials & Tributes (scoutingevent.com)
How To Help - LIONS CAMP BADGER (lionscb.org)

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

Obituary: Elaine C. Stevens

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Elaine C. Stevens

Age 91, of Valois, NY passed away on August 22, 2022.

Elaine was born and grew up in Little Gap, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Emery and Ellen Serfass.

She was predeceased by her husband, James T. Stevens; parents Emery and Ellen; father- and-mother-in-law, Oscar and Roxana Stevens; and sister, Barbara Fisher.

She studied at Gettysburg College and received her master’s from Elmira College. She taught English for 7th and 8th grades, and later high school, at Watkins Glen Central School for 23 years. She was a much-loved teacher by her students. She especially loved gardening and flowers. Elaine attended the Hector Presbyterian Church for many years.

Memorial donations may be made to the Scholarship Fund c/o Hector Presbyterian Church, 5511 State Route 414, Hector, NY 14841 or the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865. (or online at SchuylerHumane.org) .

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Wendell A. Bunn

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Wendell A. Bunn

Age 81, known as “Unc,” of Burdett, NY, died on September 2, 2022. He was born August 15, 1941 to Harold and Francis Bunn of Venice, NY. 

He was predeceased by both his parents, his brother Lyle Bunn, sister Jean Wilcox, and brother Dale Bunn.

Wendell was a retired construction worker.

Wendell is survived by his beloved nieces and nephews and his sister-in-law, Margaret Bunn. From Jean Wilcox, Jacqueline (Fred) Lowe of Rodman, NY, Joanne (Randy) Lavere of Zephyrhills, FL, Jeanine (Arnie) Ebdon of Lake Wales, FL, Joyce (Jim) Jennings of Adams, NY, and Robin (Al) Hahn of Charleston, WV.

From his brother Dale Bunn, Terry (Juan) Bunn Gomez of Lexington, KY, Cheryl Bunn Benk of Watkins Glen, NY, Rich (Wendy) Cope of NJ, Lisa (Wylie) Burge of VA, Jeanette (Guy) Angelini of Penfield, NY, and Samantha Hunter (Rob) of Spencer, NY. His great-nephews who were more like his grandchildren: Ryan Benk, Tyler Gomez, Eric Benk, Matthew Gomez, Brendan Hunter, Scout Burge, Chad Hunter, and Reese Burge. Wendell loved his nieces and nephews as though they were his own children.

Wendell was known as “Unc” to most everyone who knew him, and most will have some sort of funny story to share. He enjoyed walking his dog Ce Ce, who has been his companion for many years, and playing cards with his neighbors.

A private celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Wendell's name to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865.

Memories of Wendell may be shared with his family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Lucille "Lue" Hessling

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Lucille “Lue” Hessling

Age 90, of Montour Falls, NY, departed this world on September 2, 2022 at home surrounded by her family. Born September 26, 1931 in Middletown, NY she was the daughter of Mable and Michael Kindle.

A 72-year resident of Montour, she arrived in 1950 with her husband Robert, who came to work on the town’s flood control project.

While raising her three children, Lue worked for Fiorlat Dairy in Watkins Glen. Later she moved to Stewart P. Wilson Oil in Montour where she did bookkeeping, payroll, and greeted customers at the front desk. Retiring at 79, her coworkers had become her second family and remained in close contact.

An advocate of community service, Lue was active over many years with PTA, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, 4H and Guiding Eyes for the Blind, to mention a few.

Lucille is survived by daughters Gayle Spruch (Art), Chatham, MA and Jennifer Yarbrough (Garland Yarbrough, Jr. “G”, deceased), Soddy Daisy, TN; son Michael (Barbara Johnson), Waterford, CT; grandchildren, spouses/significant others and great grandchildren: Jennifer Ann Leger (Ryan, Elsa, Rowan), Andrea Spruch, Eric Yarbrough (Jennifer Marie, Robert, Rachel), Brian Yarbrough (Shelly Thompson), Robert Yarbrough (Jennifer Lee, Charlotte, Violet Lucille), Samantha Hessling (Bobbi, Zachary), Megan Hessling, Ryan Hessling. She is also survived by brother D. Scott Kindle, Evans, WA.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert G Hessling; sisters Pat Daily of Otisville, NY, Frances Moore of Montgomery, NY, Donna Wayland of Montour Falls and Sharon Post of Burdett; and two brothers, Michael and James Kindle of Middletown, NY.

In addition to her work and community activities, Lue was an avid crafter. She learned stained glass and ceramic techniques, fiber arts, knitting and crochet. Self taught, she made unique quilts for each of her three children, eight grandchildren, and seven “GG's.”

The rock of her immediate and extended family, Mom/Lue will be missed greatly. As per her wishes, no formal services will be held. A celebration of her long and well-lived life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Schuyler County Historical Society, the Humane Society of Schuyler County, or other local organization of your choice.

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

Obituary: Doris M. Oliver

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Doris M. Oliver

Age 83, of Rock Stream, NY, passed away on August 14, 2022 after a long battle with cancer, surrounded by her loving children.

Doris was born on Sugar Hill in Watkins Glen, NY, the daughter of Robert and Mabel Schoffner. Doris worked at Schuyler Head Start in Montour Falls and was also a bus driver.  She also worked as a waitress at Joe’s Diner. She also enjoyed selling farm produce with her daughter at their stand in Montour Falls and meeting people.
 
Doris is survived by her sons, Steven Oliver Sr. (Mindy) of Beaver Dams, NY and Timothy Oliver (Alice) of Auburn, Washington; and her daughters, Doreen Mack (Stephen) of Watkins Glen, and Regina Fausel  (Alan) of Rock Stream. Doris is also survived by her brothers, John Schaffner of Watkins Glen and Ronald Schaffner (June) of Watkins Glen; sister Marion Harrison of Watkins Glen; 12 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. Doris was predeceased by her husband John R. Oliver; her parents, Robert and Mabel; sister Elizabeth Stoddard; and brother Robert Schoffner.

There will be no calling hours or service per Doris’s request. Donations can be made in Doris’s name to the American Cancer Society (cancer.org).

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

Obituary: Floyd Brent Chomyszak

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Floyd Brent Chomyszak
July 14, 1961 -  August 23, 2022


Retired New York State Police Sergeant Floyd Brent Chomyszak, age 61, of Punta Gorda, Florida, pierced the veil of Heaven on August 23, 2022, while surrounded by his loving family and close friends after a courageous struggle with 9/11-related cancer.

“Brent,” as he was known to all, was born to John G. “Jerry” Chomyszak and Marjorie Stark Chomyszak, July 14, 1961, in Norwich, NY. Under the tutelage of his father, Brent developed a love of and expertise in angling and shooting. He was on the Norwich High School Rifle Team and became a master with both long guns and pistols. Following graduation in 1979, he attended the State University of New York Maritime College in the Bronx, New York City, and later attained a Bachelor of Political Science degree in 1986 from the State University of New York at Oswego.

Brent then briefly worked as a deputy sheriff for Chenango County (Norwich) before moving to Georgia in September 1986 to attend the North Central Georgia Law Enforcement Academy in Austell. After graduating in October, he served as an officer with the Police Department in Marietta, GA for six months.

Brent returned to New York State in March 1987 when selected to attend the N.Y. State Police Academy, from which he graduated in September. Throughout his distinguished career, he was stationed at multiple locations within three N.Y. State Police “Troops,” and was selected for a number of special assignments, including the N.Y. Governor’s Protective Services Detail and several boat details. Recognized as a Distinguished Pistol Expert, he also earned the distinction of Field Training Officer. In 2004, Brent was promoted to Sergeant, and held the position of Station Commander while assigned to Troop D at Morrisville. In addition, he was selected as Sergeant-In-Charge of Operation IMPACT, a crucial collaboration between N.Y. State Police and the Syracuse Police Department. Most notably, Brent selflessly served at “Ground Zero” for six months immediately following the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. It was this heroic devotion to duty, with prolonged daily exposure to deadly toxins, which ultimately cost Brent his life 21 years later. Brent retired from the N.Y. State Police in 2011 following 24 years of faithful, honorable service.

After retiring, Brent relocated his family to Florida via the trip of a lifetime … a 32-day voyage on their 46-foot Overseas Performance Trawler. This remarkable journey began in the St. Lawrence River and traversed the Erie Canal, Hudson River, Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay, Intracoastal Waterway, St. Lucie Canal, Lake Okeechobee, Caloosahatchee River and Charlotte Harbor before ending at a dock immediately adjacent to their new home.

In the last decade of his life, Brent served his community as an expert Accredited Marine Surveyor (AMS), certified through the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors, Inc. (SAMS). He also was a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Master, as well as a member of the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC). Brent held multiple positions with the Southwest Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America: Assistant Advisor, Crew 3; Assistant Scout Master, Troop 13; and member, Merit Badge Council, Two Rivers District. In addition, he was an NRA firearms instructor, served as Shooting Sports Director for the Southwest Florida Council, attained his Nidan (2nd degree) black belt in Okinawan Karate, was a National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI)-master scuba diver certified by the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI), and a member of the Punta Gorda Elks Lodge #2606. Further, Brent was Boat Crew Qualified and proud to serve with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 98 as the Flotilla Staff Officer for Operations, and Marine Safety and Environmental Protection. In tribute to Brent’s service and sacrifice, the Central New York Association of the Chiefs of Police presented him their coveted Humanitarian Award on October 4, 2021.

Brent will be deeply missed by his bride of 28 years, Tanya Waite Chomyszak; son Daniel (Savanah) Chomyszak of Punta Gorda, FL; brother John (Loretta) Chomyszak of Liverpool, NY; sisters Pam Chomyszak of Sebastian, FL and Nancy (William) McClintock of Black Mountain, NC; mother-in-law Sylvia Waite of Watkins Glen, NY; sisters-in-law Taryn (Ronald) Bath of Collegeville, PA, Tamre Waite of Watkins Glen, NY, and Robin (Frank) LaFace of Watkins Glen, NY; brothers-in-law A. Phillip (Shelley) Waite, Jr. of Alexandria, VA and David (Elizabeth) Waite of Watkins Glen, NY; aunt Joan Stowell of DeLand, FL; 16 nieces and nephews; and 22 great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother Marjorie Stark Chomyszak, father John G. Chomyszak, brother Jeffrey P. Chomyszak, uncle William Stowell, and father-in-law Allan P. Waite, Sr.

A celebration of life service will take place on Sunday, September 18, at Cicero United Methodist Church, 8416 Brewerton Road, Cicero, NY with a shared meal to follow. More details will be released as they become available. A private burial service is scheduled for Monday, September 19 at Lakeview Cemetery, Watkins Glen, NY. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations in Brent’s memory to Tunnel to Towers Foundation (T2T.org).

Arrangements are with Johnson-Taylor Funeral & Cremation, Punta Gorda. To reach its website, click www.johnsontaylorfuneral.com/obituaries/Floyd--Brent-Chomyszak.

Obituary: Nancy Bartholomew Culligan

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Nancy Bartholomew Culligan

Age 80, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on August 19, 2022.

Nancy was a lifelong resident of Watkins Glen. She retired from Cornell University after 50 years. She was a member of St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church her whole life. She enjoyed traveling to the beaches of Hawaii and Cancun with her family. She also enjoyed cooking and making the large family and holiday meals.

Nancy was predeceased by her husband of over 60 years, John F. Culligan; parents, Daniel A. Bartholomew and Ann M. (Capozzi) Bartholomew; brother, Daniel R. Bartholomew, and her grandson Joshua M. Culligan. Nancy is survived by her son, Darrin (Tina) Culligan, and daughter, Danna-Ann Watson; grandsons, Aaron D. Culligan, Dylan R. Watson and Alexander J. Watson, and her beloved Doberman Thunder.

Per her wishes, there will be no public service. A private graveside interment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to your favorite charity.  Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Denice Ray Westlake

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Denice Ray Westlake

Age 55, of Alpine, NY, passed away on Monday, July 4, 2022. At Denice's request, in lieu of a service, there will be a rockin' celebration of her life and accomplishments held on October 29, 2022. She asked that until then that you please turn your favorite music up loud, think of the people and things that you love, and make a wish, say a prayer, and think positive thoughts.
     
Denice was born in Elmira, NY and is survived by her parents and children, Jessica Westlake (John Cook), Tyler Westlake, and Peyton Westlake (Noah Bump); grandchildren Ayla Westlake, Alec Westlake, and Aiden Westlake; siblings Carla, Randy, Francianne, Amanda, and Shannon; dear friends Rebecca, Heather, Matt, Missy, Johnny Red, Jennie, Starkey, and Khristine; her beloved dog, Grunt; her feline friends, Raisin, Blacky, and Magic, and her recent addition of 11 chickens.

She was predeceased by Robby Wandricke; Grandmother Virginia (King) Huyler, Aunt Grace Huyler, Aunt Robin Bailey, and best friends Mark Rice and Mikey Koloski.

Denice went to high school at OMCS and graduated in 1984. She went on to earn certifications in conservation and took several classes and completed many volunteer hours with Cornell Cooperative Extension. She worked for herself as a landscaper and procuring house & garden plants, and created driftwood décor that she foraged herself (along with the help of her kids, grandkids, and children of friends), macramé, denim quilts, holiday stockings, and nature-inspired art.

She enjoyed thrifting, AKA treasure hunting, drawing, coloring, writing, stomping the creek, upcycling, and gardening. She would read anything she could get her hands on and could often be found with her nose in a book or two. Denice could cook a meal for an army at a moment's notice and spent a great deal of time delivering meals, food, and necessities to those in need. She always had what anyone needed. Most recently, she spent a great deal of time and energy donating to the Barney Parker Sharing Shed. If you are able, her family asks that you consider donating to the Sharing Shed or to your local food pantry.

Denice was misunderstood yet still unapologetically true to herself, and against all odds she moved hearts and mountains. We hear her in our words, see her in our daily routines, and share her wisdom and stories with everyone we meet. She is everywhere now; especially with those she loved and missed.

"So close, no matter how far
Couldn't be much more from the heart
Forever trusting who we are
No, nothing else matters.

"Never fret best friend
For I will always be here
And never hasten to talk to me
For I will have a listening ear.

"Never think I'll leave you
Because you know I won't
Just because another doesn't like you
It doesn't mean I don't.

"For I will always like you
And try to treat you nice everyday
And I'll never forget the good times
We've shared in many ways."


In memory of Denice's love for reading, please feel welcome to donate to the Montour Falls Memorial Library. In memory of Denice's commitment to providing food and resources to those in need, please kindly donate to the Montour Falls Farmers Market or your favorite local nonprofit. In memory of Denice's natural talent in horticulture, please feel welcome to donate to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County's Master Gardeners or get a new house plant or plant something in your garden.
 
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home for its kindness and professionalism, and many thanks to those who have reached out with meals, kind words, and positivity. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com.

Obituary: Barry L. Grady

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Barry L. Grady

Age 84, of Hector, NY, passed away with his family by his side on August 26, 2022 after battling a long illness.

He was born on May 14, 1938 in Suffern, NY to the late Thomas and Alma Grady (Sisco).

He worked for Polly-O Dairy in Watkins Glen. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and loved to bowl.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Ronda (Harbot) Grady; his children, Laurie Grady (Eric), Gerald (Vicky) Grady, Matthew (Gloria) Grady, Stephen Grady, and his little girl, Jessica Grady; brother and sister-in-law Ronald (Retha) Grady and Lucy Grady; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Thomas (Bertha) Harbot, Frank Harbot, Cheryl (Wally) Thompson, Robyn Harbot, Harry Harbot, Jr., and Julia Emery; grandchildren, Jeffrey Filippetti (Melanie), James Filippetti (Jennifer), Kayla Grady (Kriss), Alex Grady, Abigail Grady, Holly Grady (Tyler) and Zack Grady; great-grandchildren, Owen and Levi Filippetti, and Bryn Filippetti; and several nieces and nephews.

Barry was predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Alma Grady; brothers, Thomas Grady and John Grady; sister, Joan Paddock; and his in-laws, Harry and Judith Harbot.

At Barry’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or services, but there will be a family get-together at a later date.

You may leave a memory of Barry or a condolence for the family in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

A Celebration of the Millers

CELEBRATING:

The wonderful lives of
Christina and Charles Miller
1943-2022 and 1935-2022

We will be gathering to share some of our favorite memories and stories, to laugh and cry, and to remember how Chris and Chuck Miller touched all of our lives.

There will be a short ceremony conducted along with light refreshments. Please bring a picture, memory, or story to share with all of us.

The service will be held on Saturday, August 27th at 2:00 pm at Smith Park (Upper Pavilion) in Hector, NY (5303 Park Ave., Hector, NY 14841).

Obituary: Harold E. Forney, Sr.

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Harold E. Forney, Sr.

Age 79, of Hector, NY passed away on August 16, 2022 at home after an extended illness. He was born on July 11,1943 in Baltimore, MD.

He was predeceased by his parents, Zolona Hoff and Frank Forney; father- and mother-in-law, Otis and Gladys Bush; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Phil Bond, Sonny and Pat
Champion, Harley and Suzanne Johnson, Richard and Caryl Bush, and George Bush; stepson Craig Gallow; and granddaughter Allison Gallow.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Judy Gallow Forney; sons Harold Forney, Jr of Elmira, NY and Jeffrey Forney of Ithaca, NY; brother Allen (Jeanne) Forney of Brookville, MD; stepchildren, Richard (Penny) Gallow of Claremont, NH, Heather (Van) Cote' of West Palm Beach, FL, and Nicole (Steve) Ryan of Hector; dear friend William Gardner of Watkins Glen, NY; sister-in-law Wilma Bond, Hector; brother-in-law Charles (Connie) Bush of Michigan; daughter-in-law Melissa Gallow of Hector; grandchildren, Jeffrey Forney Jr, Tanner Ryan, Madison Ryan, Justin Cote', Daniel Cote', Kaylin Gallow Teed, Bradley Gallow, Jacob Gallow, Courtney Galda, and Makaila Gallow; great-grandchildren, Leah and Mya Teed; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Harold was a retired truck driver and an accomplished jack of all trades, but especially enjoyed working on engines. He loved going camping with family and friends, but his favorite pastime was meeting his breakfast buddies every morning at local diners.

There are no services. Memorial donations may be made to the V-L-H Fire Department, PO Box 46, Hector, NY 14841.

You may express condolences or leave a memory of Harold for his family in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Leonard Solomon

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Leonard Solomon

Age 89, of Burdett, NY, passed away on August 7, 2022.

Born in Queens, NY on June 25, 1933, he was the son of Joseph and Sarah Solomon. He worked in Research and Development for E.I. Dupont in Clifton, NJ for many years. He enjoyed driving and working on old sports cars, including his MG’s. He also had a passion for flying. He built, restored, and piloted a number of small airplanes. He was a member of the EAA 533 for over 30 years.
 
He was predeceased by his loving wife, Mary Solomon, in 2020; and their daughter, Stacey Solomon; and his brother, Erwin Solomon.

He is survived by his son, Adam Solomon of Burdett; sister-in-law, Jane Coulter of Big Flats, NY; three grandchildren, Brienna, Adrienna, and Jenna Solomon; and niece and nephews, Christine (Alex) Wolcott, Stephen (Lori) Coulter, and Matthew (Ellen) Coulter.

Memorial donations may be made to the Schuyler County Humane Society, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865 (or online at SchuylerHumane.org).
 
There are no services.

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

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

Obituary: Robert LaTorre Sr.

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Robert “Bob” LaTorre Sr.

Age 85, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Saturday, August 6, 2022.

He was born in New York, New York on June 21, 1937, the son of Louis and Stella (Graham) LaTorre. Bob was a Korean War veteran and served as a New York City Police Officer for 20 years, retiring in 1987.

He is survived by his two sons, Robert Jr. and Louis LaTorre; three grandchildren, Joseph, Katrina and Ryan; and by his caregiver, Kim Latorre.

Memorial contributions may be made to Stjude.org/donate/such/donate-in-honor-or-memory.html. 

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. Memories of Bob may be shared with his family and friends at vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: June Marie Tyler Merrill

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June Marie Tyler Merrill

Age 87, passed away peacefully at home in Beaver Dams, NY and into the hands of her Savior, surrounded by her loving family, on August 17, 2022.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Wednesday (August 24) from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.; and Thursday (August 25) from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home; with burial at Montour Cemetery. A reception will be announced.

She is survived by nine children, Donald (Lucinda) Merrill, Bruce (Heather) Merrill, Phillip (Heather) Merrill, Virginia Merrill Taylor, Christine (John III) Paris, Linda (Rodney) Wheat, Deborah (Mark) Dawson, Bonnie (Vincent) Scuteri, and Tammy (Mike) Cole; brother, Leonard Tyler; sister, Jane Tyler Mullins; sister-in-law, Judith Merrill; 37 grandchildren; 69 great grandchildren; 22 great great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved companions, Minx and Misty.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 67 years, Christian Merrill; son, Richard Merrill; mother, Ruth Tyler Merrill; father, Leonard Tyler; parents-in-law, Francis and Orpha Merrill; brothers, Jesse (Marjorie) Tyler and Waldo (Betty) Tyler; sister, Marjorie Tyler (William) Merrill, brothers-in-law, Noble (Louise, Norma) Merrill, Frank Merrill, George Merrill, Herbert Merrill, and John Mullins; sisters-in-law, Mary Brewer Tyler, Charlotte Merrill (Alvin) Rozell, and Vera Tyler; and granddaughters, Emily Sue Merrill Fedoriw, Charity Hope Cole, and Seglinda Lynn Taylor.

June was born on June 3, 1935 in Campbell, NY. She married the love of her life at the age of 16 years old. All while raising 10 children, June was a homemaker, a seamstress, a gardener, and a phenomenal cake decorator. Throughout her life, she made hundreds of extraordinary cakes for weddings, birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, holidays, and other events. She took great pride in her gardening and enjoyed admiring the flowers she planted and grew. June loved to cook and always made enough to feed an army; she always made sure no one went hungry. Everyone knew they could get grandma’s famous mashed potatoes every Sunday at 3:00 p.m. She was also famous for her Almond Joy Cake, homemade buns, and cinnamon rolls.

June worked at Chamber’s Wesleyan Camp and was a Sunday school teacher where she led many youth to Christ through song and arts and crafts. June and her husband also led the Youth Group at Millport Baptist Church. She was also a member of Faith Baptist Chapel.
In her extra time, June enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, fireworks, birdwatching, and traveling with her family. She loved decorating her home with Christmas lights, lighting up the whole hill. June loved to dance; she could always be found doing the polka, the jitterbug, the electric slide, and several other favorites. She loved all animals and had several animal companions over the years, including exotic birds and dogs. She especially enjoyed Sunday dinners with all her family.

June was well known and respected in the local community. She was a very caring, compassionate person and always put the needs of others before her own. She was a woman of strong faith, believing in the power and strength of Jesus Christ’s love and the beauty and peace that would await her after her passing. Since her husband’s and son’s passing, June looked forward to the day she could be reunited with them and into the arms of her loving savior. Yo may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: James Duane Shippy

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James Duane Shippy

Age 92, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, James Duane Shippy died on August 18, 2022 in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Jim was born on May 30, 1930 in Geneva, Illinois to the late Elton Duane Shippy and Mildred Haugh Shippy. He grew up in Niagara Falls, NY, where he attended LaSalle High School. Following high school, he attended Brockport State College for one year and then enlisted and honorably served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He then returned to Brockport to complete his degree in Elementary Education. Jim began his teaching career at Paddy Hill Elementary School, where he taught fifth grade, and then served more than 20 years as elementary principal in Olean, NY, Groton, NY and Oneida, NY.

Following his retirement from education, Jim became interested in real estate. He opened J.D. Shippy Realty LTD in Ithaca, NY and later purchased the Dryden Drive-In movie theater in Freeville, NY, where he founded Homes With Integrity Inc., selling manufactured homes which then evolved into a construction company developing residential home lots with modular homes.
 
Jim was a visionary and a dreamer. As an active member of the Cole-Hansenburger-Deland American Legion Post, Odessa, NY, his love of country and appreciation of the service of veterans inspired him to create the Schuyler County Veterans Memorial Park. Through the generous donations of several local citizens, the park was built across from the American Legion Post. Countless hours of dedication by members of the Legion post and community members to build and maintain the park have created a lasting memorial to the men and women who have served their country from Schuyler County.

Jim was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Jensen Beach, FL and a life member of both the VFW and the American Legion.

Jim was predeceased by his parents and his first wife and mother of his children, Jane Schuessler Shippy. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Virginia Shanahan Shippy of Port St. Lucie, FL; his brother, Gordon Shippy of Clarksville, TN; three children, Susan Esslinger (Tim) of Huntsville AL, Robin Shippy Emm (James) of Cortland, NY, and James Shippy (Judy) of Charlottesville, VA; four grandchildren, Brian Bellan (Hillary), Katlin Budynas (Daniel), Alex Shippy, and Michael Emm; and two great grandchildren, Ellison and Will Bellan. Jim loved dogs throughout his life and is also survived by his faithful companion, Shadow.

Jim has been cremated, and a memorial service will be held at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa, NY at a later date.

Donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the Schuyler County Veterans Memorial Park, P.O Box 137, Odessa, NY 14869.

Obituary: Jim R. Ennis

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

Jim R. Ennis

Age 55, of Locke, NY, passed away on Sunday, August 14, 2022 at home. He was born in Elmira, NY on January 14, 1967, the son of Larry and Edith (Quinn) Ennis and graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School in 1985.

Jim served with the United States Marine Corps, where he was a Field Artillery Fire Direction Control man. He received a Rifle Marksmanship Badge and a Good Conduct Medal for his “honorable and faithful service.” On June 29, 1986, he married his wife Jody in Niagara Falls, NY.

Jim was a carpenter for several area businesses from 1988-2018. He received many, many customer appreciation letters from very satisfied customers over his 30-year career as a carpenter for his attention to detail. He was a member of Journey Center in Breesport and a former volunteer fireman in Locke. Jim enjoyed drag racing, and he drag raced in a bracket racing rail at Skyview and Lester, NY, and drag raced on IHRA License Tracks. He collected Hot Wheels, rocks and enjoyed diamond mining in Herkimer, NY. Jim loved music, going to car shows, car and motorcycle races, family gatherings, fireworks, food, and his cat, Josiah. He also enjoyed going to hill climbs (Poags Hole). He also enjoyed Father’s day fishing trips with his Dad. Jim served at the Salvation Army, and sponsored two girls through Children International, Jennifer Ogando Mateo, and World Vision, Marie Bruna Anteoine Desir.

Jim Ennis was a man who would drop anything to be there for you when most needed. When we think of Jim, we think of courage, integrity, strength and hard work. He was the man you would turn to for advice. He always said “Never feel bad about doing the right thing.” He touched many lives in a good way. He worked like he was working for God. Jim was a B.M.F. We love and miss you.

Jim is survived by his wife of 36 years, Jody (Knapp) Ennis; daughter, Tammy -- whom he loved so very much, and was so proud of -- (Justin) Gentilcore of Aurora, NY; his father and step mother, Larry (Lynne) Ennis of Trumansburg; grandmother, Eudene Quinn of Roswell, GA; sister-in-law, Fay Bilynsky of Victor, NY; brothers, George and best friend (Sue) Knapp of Union Springs, NY, Ray Miller and Eric Miller, both of Trumansburg; grandson, Jordan James Gentilcore; mother-in-law, Sarah Knapp (Mom); nieces and nephews, George Knapp III (Alyssa), who was like a son, Ben (Danielle) Knapp, Gretchen (Chris) Dunfey and Chris Bilynsky; several cousins, and Uncle Don Ennis (whom he spent several weekends with restoring his '71 Chevelle).

He was predeceased by his mother, Edith Ennis, on June 26, 1987; uncles Dick Ennis in 2022 and Dave Ennis in 2020; his aunt, Jane Seymour, in 2014; grandparents, Shirley and Robert Ennis, and Norman Quinn and Lillie Mariah Quinn; and father-in-law, George Knapp (Dad).

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, August 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY.  His funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m., followed by burial with military honors at Cayuta Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 150 N. Albany St., Ithaca, NY 14850 or World Vision, P.O. Box 78481, Tacoma, WA 98481. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Mark H. Mosher

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Mark H. Mosher

Age 65, of Burdett, NY, passed away on August 16, 2022.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Tuesday (August 23) from 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 4 p.m. and interment to follow at Union Cemetery of Hector with military honors. A reception will be announced.

He is survived by his children, Kyle, Ethan, Dylan and Amber; father, Harold Mosher; brother, Scott Mosher; sisters, Karen (Lyman) Flahive, Lisa (Tom) Phillips, and Susan (Joe) Fazzary; nieces and nephews, Zachary and Derek Mosher, Steven Mosher, Georgio and Isabella Fazzary, Chandra, Conor and Corey Flahive, and Halle Phillips; special lifelong friends, Mark Kessler and Greg “Droop” Smith; and many dear aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was recently predeceased by his brother Barry Mosher on August 10; also by his mother, Barbara Mosher, and grandmother, Florence Kelley; and uncles, Wayne Mosher and Roger Kelley.

Mark honorably served in the U.S. Air Force and worked for United Airlines as an Aviation Technician for over 30 years. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed the fellowship of boating and hunting with friends and family. He also enjoyed traveling, watching Yankee games, and NASCAR. He will always be remembered as the life of the party!

In lieu of flowers, the family would like you to please consider a donation in his memory to the Community Foundation, Attn: Royce-Haight Foundation, 301 South Main St., Horseheads, NY 14845.

Obituary: Patrick A. Bartolomeo

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

Patrick A. Bartolomeo

Age 86, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on August 17, 2022. Patrick was born in Montour Falls, NY, the son of Angelo and Agnes (Solometo) Bartolomeo.

He was predeceased by his parents; wife Donna; and his brother Frank.
 
He is survived by his daughters, Susan Bartolomeo (Jeffrey Goodine) and Patricia Bartolomeo; three grandchildren, Etosha Blank, Jamie Blank, and Alessandra Whitney; and four great-grandchildren, Angelo Edwards, Aiyana Noto, Phoenix Esnard, and Iris Esnard
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The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Monday (Aug. 22) from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. A funeral mass will be held Tuesday (Aug. 23) at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur, Watkins Glen; followed by burial with military honors at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Pat was raised and grew up in Watkins Glen at his family home on Salt Point Road.  He honorably served in the United States Marine Corps.
 
After the Marines Corps, he returned to Watkins Glen and married Donna Ely. She passed away at a young age, leaving Pat to raise their two young daughters. He was a successful entrepreneur and businessman and worked as a mechanic for the NYS DOT. In his later years, he was a regular at Chef’s Diner.
 
Please leave a memory or condolence for the family in his obituary at RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: James Paul Barber

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James Paul “Jimmy” Barber

Age 55, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2022. He was born in Montour Falls on October 25, 1967, the son of the late Paul and Linda Barber Jr. and graduated from Watkins Glen High School.

Jim was a logger and ran a tree service. He was a hunter, fisherman and trapper. He enjoyed working in the woods and going deer hunting every year with his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, Paul and Linda Barber, Jr., and grandparents, Paul and Marie Barber, and Elsworth and Betty Jones.

Jim is survived by his son, Brennon K. VanEtten of Ithaca, NY; brothers, Joe (Victoria) Barber of Newfield, NY and Michael (Tina) Barber of Reading Center, NY; sisters, LeeAnn Barber and Tammy E. Barber, both of Millport, NY; nephews, Errick Barber, Trace Denmark and Jayden Summers; nieces, Anna Mace and Mahala Mae Mace; and by several aunts, uncles and cousins.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, August 27 at 10:00 a.m. at Lakeview Cemetery, State Route 14, Watkins Glen. A celebration of life will follow at Jim’s home, 4412 Drew Rd., Montour Falls.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. Please forward any cards, gifts or donations to Lee Ann Barber, 21 Johnson Hollow Rd., Lot #7, Millport, NY 14864. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Kathleen Donnell Sargent

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Kathleen Donnell Sargent

Age 73, of Winter Springs, FL, died peacefully under hospice care for pneumonia on August 11, 2022 at Advent Health in Altamonte Springs, FL.

She was born on July 16, 1949, in Montour Falls, NY, to Michael and Jeanne (Smith) Donnell. Kathy graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1967 and earned degrees from Alfred State University, A.S, 1972, University of Rochester, B.A. Psychology, B.A. Sociology, 1976 and University of Central Florida, M.Ed. Elementary Education, 1985. During her high school and college years, she was an athlete and received varsity letters in tennis.

She married John Sargent in July 1972 at the Alfred State University campus chapel. They had two sons (twins), Andrew John Sargent and Brian Michael Sargent, born in 1979.

In 1972, Kathy was employed by Eastman Kodak, Rochester, NY, as an associate in International Marketing. In 1979, the warm weather and sunny skies of Florida beckoned, and she and her husband settled in Winter Springs, FL, where they remained for 43 years. After raising her boys until school age, she was employed at Eastbrook Elementary and later Heathrow Elementary School, Lake Mary, Seminole County, FL, where she taught for 30 years. Kathy was determined to teach her students how to develop a thirst for knowledge and be lifetime learners. She was awarded Teacher of the Year, Heathrow Elementary, in 2001.

Being a teacher gave her the opportunity to enjoy vacations during the summer with her sons and siblings (6) in her childhood hometown of Watkins Glen, NY, on the shores of Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes region of Central NY. They would rent a lake cabin and enjoyed swimming, fishing, and picnics with family.

She is survived by her husband, John Sargent (Winter Springs, FL); sons, Andrew (Caitlin) Sargent (Jacksonville, FL) and Brian (Kimberly) Sargent (Orlando, FL); grandchildren, Caroline, Lily and Aiden; and siblings, Linda (Lee) Bradley, Newington, CT, Michael (Susan) Donnell, Hilton Head, SC, Timothy (Laurie) Donnell, Pittsford, NY,  Carol (Robert) Tully, Deerfield Beach, FL, Barbara Donnell (John Doolittle), Watkins Glen, NY, and Mary Donnell (Eric Herminghausen), East Burke, VT.

Services will be private at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, Florida, at a date TBD.

Obituary: Shirley Maxine Griswold

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

Shirley Maxine Griswold

Age 96, of Watkins Glen, NY entered unto rest on Aug. 10, 2022. She was born on May 17,1926 to the late Raymond and Celestia Wells Russell of Athens, PA. She graduated from Athens Area High School, where she received a scholarship in Engineering.

Shirley worked at Westinghouse in Bath, NY for many years. In her retirement she worked as a waitress in many restaurants and establishments until she started providing HomeHealth Care.

Shirley was a member of the Methodist church and maintained a strong faith. She was the 1945 Class reunion President and coordinated monthly luncheons until 2016, at which time she was predeceased by all her former classmates.

Her greatest love was for her family and all her grandbabies. She loved spending time with her family on the farm and having large family gatherings and picnics. Her favorite holiday was Christmas, where she made handmade ornaments for everyone. She had several hobbies that included bowling, bird watching, gardening, her flowers, sewing, photography, many crafts, crocheting, knitting, reading books, playing cards, board games, adult coloring books and refinishing furniture. All of which she shared with her family, passing down her skills.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Eugene Eastham, and her husband of greater than
50 years, William Griswold.

Shirley had two daughters: Gwyn House, who predeceased, and Gail Fraboni of Watkins Glen. She had three sisters, Joyce Turnipseed of FL. predeceased, Marcella Brown of Athens, PA and Barbara Muffley of Athens, PA. She had one brother, Raymond Russell, predeceased; several nieces and nephews, Raymond Turnipseed, Richard Turnipseed, Celestia Young, Roger Brown predeceased, Duncan (GiGi) Brown, Michael (Faboola) Brown, Eva Bob, Billy (Mary) Muffley, and Barbara predeceased (Robert) Denno; six grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and seven great great grandchildren. Grandchildren: Tammy (Ed) Honour, Robert (Theresa) House, Mickey (Nancy) Fraboni, Michelle (Earl) Gaylor, David Fraboni Jr., and Brenda Fraboni. Great grandchildren: Ryan Brown, Brandon Gaylor, Tyler Brown, Thomas Gaylor, Bryan (Shaina) Carrigan, Craig Brown, Michael Fraboni, Neil (Nikki) Planty, Keziah (Keith) Rekczis, Makenna Fraboni, Stephanie Krotz, Ashley House, Jake House, and Autumn White. Great great grandchildren: Gianna Gaylor, Elijah Gaylor, Jennilee Brown, Harper Carrigan, Sadie Fraboni, Brighton Gaylor, and Maverick Rekczis. And several great and great great nieces and nephews.

There will be a graveside ceremony for the family only of William and Shirley Griswold per their request at Tioga Point Cemetery in Athens, PA. The ceremony will be September 2, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. with a Celebration of Life to follow. Memories of Shirley may be shared with her family and friends at vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Lillian Louise (McCarty) Payne

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

Lillian Louise (McCarty) Payne

Age 85, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on Sunday, August 14, 2022 at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls.

Lillian was born in Montour Falls on October 17, 1936, the daughter of the late Almon S. and Dorothy (Updike) McCarty. She graduated from Watkins Glen High School and attended Jean Summers Business School. She worked as a bookkeeper for Polly-O Dairy, was the Montour Falls Village Clerk, and an Administrative Assistant for Odessa-Montour Central School until her retirement in 1994. She was a member of the Red Hatter Club, T.O.P.S., and the National Campers and Hikers Association-Schuylarks, and was a Cub Scout Den Mother. She enjoyed camping, playing cards, swimming, square dancing, traveling and spending time with her friends and family.

Lillian is survived by her husband of 66 years, Sylvester William Payne; daughter, Tammy Payne and her wife Mary (Sharp) Payne of Groveland, FL; sons, Charles Payne of Wood River, Illinois and William Payne of Montour Falls; brother, Almon M. McCarty and wife Patty (Harrington) McCarty and their children and grandchildren; special friends, Ruthie Hayes and family, Cindy Bacon, Anthony Ellington, and Pamela Morris, and her caregiver, Pam Parker.

Friends and family may call from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 19 at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held on Saturday, August 20 at 2 p.m. at the Montour Falls United Methodist Church, 128 Owego St., Montour Falls with Rev. Mike Kelly officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Lillian’s memory to the Dementia Society of America or the Montour Falls United Methodist Church. Memories of Lillian may be shared with her family and friends at vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Jean Phyllis Webster Williams

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Jean Phyllis Webster Williams

Age 93, of Penn Yan and formerly of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital.

Jean was born in Arcade, NY on December 24, 1928, the daughter of the late Horace I. and Myrtle M. Webster. She married Charles H. “Chub” Williams on October 5, 1947. She and Chub owned Webster & Williams Red & White grocery store in Montour Falls, where they added on a laundromat. They also owned and operated Williams Distributer of Utica Club Beer, Molson and Canada Dry soda for many years, until they sold out to start Williams Electric with their son, Jeffrey, where she and Chub worked until retirement in 1996. They retired to their home on Seneca Lake, where they enjoyed living next to their son, Steven. They loved the grandchildren, never ceasing to take them water skiing and spending nights with bonfires and all.

She was the president of the Schuyler County Democratic Party, where she was always heavily involved with the Party, particularly with the JFK election and beyond. She was a member of the Pink Ladies at Schuyler Hospital, where she was past president, and a member of the PTA at Odessa-Montour School. Jean volunteered at the Montour Falls Library, Literacy Programs, and at the Baptist Churches in Montour Falls and Himrod. She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in Montour Falls.

Jean was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed sewing, quilting, and all kinds of needlework.  She also enjoyed reading and cooking, as she was a most excellent cook and housekeeper, and of course she enjoyed her grandchildren. Jean was an excellent mother, always devoted to her kids’ pursuits, making cookies for the classrooms for every birthday and holiday, attending almost all their sporting events and enjoying a boat ride with her husband and kids after almost every meal in the summer. She was always a stylish dresser, along with her husband and children.
 
Jean is survived by her daughter, K’ythrn “Kathy” A. Irons (Doug) of Atlanta, GA and summers Himrod; grandchildren, Christina Williams Jackson (Dean) of Big Flats, NY, Ronelle Williams Thornton (Adam) of Spencer, NY, Cole Joseph Williams (Kimberly) of Londonberry, NH, Nicholas Anthony Williams (Kirsten) of Ithaca, NY, and Charles “Chas” Jeffrey Williams of Burdett, NY; great grandchildren, Henry, Mitchel and Teddy Jackson, all of Big Flats, Mason King and Gabrielle Mae Williams, both of Londonberry, NH, and newborn Anthony Nickolas Williams of Ithaca, NY; first cousin Donny Bruce King of Arcade, NY and nieces Jody Hall Swartout of Odessa, Julie Hall Cowan, Bobbi Hall Smorol and Stacy Hall of Odessa. In addition to her parents, Jean was predeceased by her husband, Charles H. “Chub” Williams of Montour Falls, then Himrod; and sons, Jeffrey Charles Williams of Burdett and Steven King Williams of Himrod.
 
Friends and family are invited to attend a graveside service for Jean at the Grove Mount Cemetery in Himrod on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at 11 a.m. Arrangements are with the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. Memories of Jean may be shared with her family and friends at vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Barry J. Mosher

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

Barry J. Mosher

Age 62, of Newfield and formerly Burdett, NY, passed away after a brief illness on August 10, 2022.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Monday (August 15) from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 3 p.m. and burial at Union Cemetery of Hector. A reception will be announced.

He is survived by his sons, Zachary Wayne Mosher and Derek John Mosher, both of Newfield; mother of his children, Cheryl Ryan; father, Harold Mosher of Burdett; brothers, Mark Mosher and Scott Mosher; sisters, Karen (Lyman) Flahive, Lisa (Tom) Phillips, and Susan (Joe) Fazzary; nieces and nephews, Conor Flahive, Steven Mosher, Kyle, Ethan, Dylan Mosher, Georgio Fazzary, Chandra and Corey Flahive, Halle Phillips, Amber Mosher and Isabella Fazzary; and many dear aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was predeceased by his mother, Barbara Mosher; grandmother, Florence Kelley; and first wife, Lisa Kellogg Mosher. Barry’s mother and grandmother had a very special place in his heart.

Barry had an avid love for hunting and fishing, teaching the boys the good and the bad ways to go about these sports. Barry’s favorite place to go was Old Forge, NY for family vacations.

Barry worked at Wegman’s in Ithaca for over 30 years in the meat department. He also worked at Seneca Lodge for many years.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like you to please consider a donation in his memory to the Community Foundation, Attn: Royce-Haight Foundation, 301 South Main St., Horseheads, NY 14845.

Obituary: Wanda Centurelli

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

Wanda Centurelli

Age 97, of Watkins Glen, NY was called home on Tuesday August 4, 2022.

Born in New Britain, CT, she was the daughter of the late Felix and Anna Stepanik. She is survived by her daughter Linda; son Dick (Anne) and daughter-in-law Lisa; grandchildren Darryl (Paula), Jessica (Matt), Amy (Kevin), and Joshua (Amanda); great grandchildren Kyra, Oliver, Alexander, Bella, Evan, Arianna and Zavier; sister-in-law Ann Fanguillo; many nieces and nephews, and her very special dog Rachel. She was predeceased by her husband Louis and son David and in-laws Vito and Marguerite Centurelli.

After the family moved to Watkins Glen, Wanda worked at Elmira College, Schuyler Hospital and for Drs. John and Ann Costello as a Medical Laboratory Technician. She was a deacon in the Watkins Glen Presbyterian Church. She was involved with Schuyler County 4-H, Business Professional Women, Lafayette Concerts in the Park, the Town of Reading Planning Board, and the Elmira Polish Arts Club, and earned her pilot's license through the Dundee Flying Club. She loved Watkins Glen and felt the family made a good move to New York State. She loved to travel, going to Poland, Italy, and Mexico.

Upon Wanda’s request, there will be no service. The family will hold a celebration of her life at a future date. In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation be made to the Schuyler County Humane Society or the Village of Watkins Glen-Concerts in the Park.

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

Obituary: Edward Anson Phoenix

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Edward Anson Phoenix

Age 96, of Alpine, NY and formerly of Oxford, NY, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 5, 2022 at the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY. Edward was born on October 16, 1925 in Norwich, NY, the son of Clinton and Bertha (Hoyt) Phoenix.

Edward worked for Great American Market, driving truck for over 40 years. He was the owner of Phoenix’s Greenhouse in Oxford for close to 30 years. He was a member of the Oxford Fire Department and Oxford United Methodist Church. He also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity in Susquehanna. In 2007, he and his wife Trudie moved to Alpine.

Edward was predeceased by his wives, Mae Phoenix and Gertrude Phoenix; stepsons, Hurdon Hastings and Vernal Hastings; and sister, Ethel Weis. He is survived by his daughter, Susan (Robert) Fair of Alpine; stepsons, Kingsley (Cindy) Robinson of Montrose, PA, Ted Robinson of Norwich, NY, and Michael Phoenix of Portland, OR; sisters, Gladys (Fred) Toon of Leesburg, FL, and Beverly Brown of Norwich, NY; 15 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; 11 great great grandchildren; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 10 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cayutaville United Methodist Church, 3231 County Road 6, Alpine. A calling hour will be held from 1-2 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cayutaville United Methodist Church, 3231 County Road 6, Alpine, NY 14805 or to a charity of your choice.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Dale Hanville Ladew

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Dale Hanville Ladew

Age 86, of Horseheads, NY passed away on Monday, July 25, 2022 at Elcor Nursing Home in Horseheads. She was born in Odessa, NY on January 7, 1936, the daughter of the late James and Jean Hanville.

Dale was Executive Secretary at Army Corps of Engineers, National Homes, Hills Department Store and St. Joseph’s Hospital, retiring in 2002. She loved to cook and bake and go on family vacations to Florida (Disney World was a favorite), Maryland, and Massachusetts. Over the years she loved many cats and dogs.

Dale is survived by her daughter, Lisa L. Ladew of Liverpool, NY; her brother, George J.  (Margaret) Hanville of Dundee, NY; nieces Jennifer Hanville Pickerel and Cecilia Hanville Webb, and nephew Greg Hanville.

A private burial was held by the family in Highland Cemetery, Odessa. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Lynnette Edkin

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Lynnette Edkin

Age 93, of Odessa, NY, passed away on Sunday, July 31, 2022 at Cayuga Ridge Nursing and Rehab in Ithaca.

She was born in Franklindale, PA on September 28, 1928, the daughter of Robert and Hazel (Bordon) Pelton. She worked at The Sweet Shop in Odessa, Watkins Hotel and Peggy Fields. Lynnette enjoyed sewing, painting, cooking and baking.

She is survived by two daughters, Evelyn Andrew of Seneca Falls, NY and Carol (Rick) Saunders of Montour Falls, NY; two sons, Robert (Barbara) McCoon and Lavern (Alice) Potter of Odessa; sister, Janice Hatch of New Albany, PA; nine grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Wilbur Edkin; son, Gerald Potter, and brother, Lynn Pelton.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, August 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Her funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m., followed by burial in Lakeview Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

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

Obituary: Shane Christopher Coats

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

Shane Christopher Coats

We are sad to announce that Shane Christopher Coats, 32, of Caddo Mills, Texas and formerly of Mecklenburg, NY, passed away on July 24, 2022 at his home in Caddo Mills after a long, tough battle with Ewing’s Sarcoma.

Shane was an avid Penn State fan, just like his father, and was a fourth generation firefighter with the Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Company. Shane graduated from Trumansburg High School with the class of 2008 and then continued his education at Colorado State University-Pueblo and Southern Maine Community College. Among the years, Shane’s many journeys brought him from New York, to North Carolina, to Texas, and everywhere in between. When he wasn’t saving lives as a paramedic in Greensboro, NC, he was working outside and inside sales across the country for Dana Safety Supply and, most recently, Stalker Radar in Richardson, TX.

Shane loved to travel, was an avid hunter, and enjoyed many drink and bingo nights at Corner Bar with friends in Greensboro. He was dedicated and loved his family, always being just a phone call away for the next adventure with his many cousins, whether it was graduations or bonfires, camping, or joining in the many motorcycle rides and events throughout the years. Shane was truly loved by all, making friends everywhere he went. In more recent years, you could find him at home relaxing in his recliner with a Coors Light in hand, spending time with family, or grilling and trying something new in the smoker.

He is survived by his wife of four years, Holly; son Hunter; mother Liz; sister Lauren (Cole); mother-in-law Beverly Keith; sister-in-law Heather Crosby (David); and numerous, loving aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his father, Peter Coats; grandparents Warren and Barbara Coats; grandparents Donald and Rita Lawrence, and father-in-law James Keith.

Services will be held on Friday, September 30, 2022, with times announced at a later date via online platforms and at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Shane's memory to his son's educational fund. “Freebird!”

Local arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen, NY.

Obituary: Suzanne M. Allen

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

Suzanne M. Allen

Age 52, of Burdett, NY, went to fly with the angels on July 28, 2022, peacefully with her family by her side.

She is survived by the love of her life, George Confer; mother, Janette Allen (Joseph Lorenzo) of Burdett; father, Gerald Allen of North Carolina; son, Adam Sedki; daughter, Sofia Lamberto; brothers, David (Erin) Allen and Greg Allen; sister, Sondra Allen; beloved cousin, Elaine Buttenschon; aunt, R. Louise Ross; uncle, Richard (Louise) Carros; aunt, Joyce Mayes; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family, and her fur baby, Jack.

She was an avid quilter, and enjoyed hiking, biking, and cooking. She especially enjoyed practicing Mixed Martial Arts at The Edge in Towanda, Pennsylvania, and proudly ranked as a Blue Belt.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the family home on Sunday, September 4 from 2 p.m.-5 p.m., at 3867 Carpenter Road, Burdett.

Please consider making a donation in her memory to Bergen County’s United Way and Madeline Corporation, where contributions will be used to help develop affordable housing for individuals with developmental disabilities, domestic violence survivors, and the chronically homeless. Those who wish to make a donation can visit https://bergenunitedway.org/donate-now/, or send your contribution to 555 10th St., Palisades Park, NJ 07650. Checks can be made payable to BCUW Madeline Housing Partners LLC.

Suzanne’s final wish was to have her body donated to medical research in the hopes that her passing may help others struggling with her condition.

A condolence or memory of Suzanne may be left for her family at RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Donald 'Bryan' Cummings, Jr.

The following was submitted to The Odessa File by New Corner Cremations & Funerals, Colonie, NY.

Donald "Bryan" Cummings, Jr.

Age 56, of Guilderland, NY, went home to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, July 23, 2022, with his loving wife and three children by his side.

Bryan was born in Blossburg, PA, and was a 1984 graduate of Odessa-Montour Central High School in Odessa, NY. He worked in the shipping department and as a welder at Hannay Reels in Westerlo, NY for 21 years.

Bryan and his wife Stacey met on a blind date in the summer of 1988, went their separate ways for 11 years, and later reconnected, marrying in 2002. He was a loyal New York Yankees and New York Giants fan, an avid reader, and loved playing basketball. His greatest joys were watching his children play sports, mentoring premarital couples through Grace Fellowship Church, and spending quality time with his family.

Bryan was steadfast in his faith, continually praying and pointing people to Jesus right to the very end. He was a dedicated and loyal husband and father who always put others first. He was a covenant member of Grace Fellowship Church for over 20 years, where he and his wife Stacey led small groups within the marriage ministry.

Bryan was predeceased by his father, Donald Bryan Cummings, Sr.; maternal grandparents, Casper “Cop” Thompson, Jr. and Josephine “Joie” Thompson (Noonan); paternal grandparents, Earl Cummings, Jr. and Helen Cummings (Batz); mother-in-law, Judith Ann Sayre (Bailey); niece, Savannah Newton; and nephew, Ryan Pruitt. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Stacey (Sayre); children, Bailey, Colby and Cadan; mother, Louise (Chris) Cummings; stepmother, Sue Cummings; brothers, Sean (Katie) Cummings and David Cummings; by several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins, and by many other loving family members and dear friends.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. David Shaffer and Dr. Todd Doyle of NYOH and Dr. Matthew DiCaprio of The Bone and Joint Center for their amazing care of Bryan during this journey.

A celebration of Bryan’s life will be held on Saturday, July 30 at 10 a.m. at Grace Fellowship Church, 20 Delatour Rd., Watervliet, NY. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m.

Bryan was a generous and faithful servant; therefore, in lieu of flowers, friends and family who wish to honor him in a special way may donate to the NYOH Community Cancer Foundation by visiting www.newyorkoncology.com or to The Community Hospice of Albany by visiting www.communityhospice.org/donate.

Obituary: Shirley Mickel Callahan

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

Shirley Mickel Callahan

Age 91, of Montour Falls, NY passed away peacefully on July 21, 2022 after a brief illness.

Shirley was born near Philadelphia, PA to Ruth (Congdon) and Stanford Mickel on January 19, 1931. Her family relocated to this area when she was a young girl. Shirley graduated from Odessa High School in 1948 and went on to study business at Keuka College. She married the love of her life, John, in 1949 and started a family.

She was a library assistant at OMCS High School in the 1970s. She left that position to travel and live abroad with her husband, John, as he worked for Corning Inc. After he retired in 1984, Shirley returned to library work and was the librarian at the Montour Falls Memorial Library. After retiring from that position, she served on the Board of Directors for the library.

Shirley loved reading, watching cooking shows, traveling, and spending time with family. Everyone who met her remembers her bright smile, and warm personality.

She is survived by her daughters, Ruth, Jane, and Pat; daughter-in-law, Lisa; seven granddaughters; five great grandchildren; sister Fay (Gene) Lewis; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of extended family members. She was predeceased by her husband of 69 years, John; sons Matthew and Terry; great granddaughter Lillian Shirley; and her parents.

Memorial donations may be made to the Montour Falls Memorial Library or the Schuyler County Historical Society. The family extends their immense gratitude to the staff of Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility (especially Unit 1) for their kindness and tremendous support of Shirley and her family during her final days.
 
A graveside memorial service and interment will be held at the Montour Cemetery (upper section) on September 17, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. Family and friends are invited to join the celebration of life.

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

Obituary: Nancy Teemley

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

Nancy Teemley

Age 86, of Burdett, NY passed away on July 18, 2022.

Nancy was born in Burdett on June 2, 1936, the daughter of Seward and Alice (Gould) Berry. She and her late husband, James, owned and operated Teemley's Market on Franklin Street in Watkins Glen for many years. She was also a member of the Burdett Presbyterian Church. Nancy will be remembered by all who knew her as a kind and caring soul and an avid horse lover.

She is survived by three children, Amy (Walt) Lakomy, Bill (Karen) Teemley, and Roger (Susan) Teemley; brothers and sisters, Edward (Glenna) Berry, Janet (Joe) Smyder, Thanna Landon, and George (Mary) Berry; sisters-in-law, Bonnie Teemley and Irene Nelson; four grandchildren, Lindsay (Nathan) Boles, Cody Lakomy, Kaylyn (David) Sidle, and Logan Teemley; and four great-grandchildren, Madison and Luke Lakomy and Aurora and Austin Boles.

According to her wishes, private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with burial at Glenwood Cemetery.

Those wishing to remember Nancy may consider a memorial donation to the Burdett Fire Department, PO Box 234, Burdett, NY 14818, or the Schuyler Humane Society, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865. Or you may express condolences to the family or Light a Candle in her memory online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: William R. Davenport, Sr.

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

William R. Davenport, Sr.

Age 72, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on July 12, 2022.

A celebration of his life will be held at his home at 3545 Cross Rd., Watkins Glen on Saturday, July 30 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. A service will be held at 1:00 p.m.

Bill was born on July 29, 1949 in Bloomsburg, PA. He graduated from the Bloomsburg Area High School in 1968.

He is survived by a son, William R. (Shannon) Davenport of Gloucester, Virginia; a daughter, Sue Ann (Richard) Zima of Gloucester, Virginia; two sisters, Diane (David) Abele and Virginia (Donald) Yoder; four grandchildren, Christian Davenport, Clayton Davenport, Harrison Zima and Hayden Zima; a niece, Traci Yoder, and a nephew, Allen Dolan.

Bill worked for Pipe Liners Local Union #79 and Local Union #798, as well as for Hull Corporation in Pennsylvania.

He was a passionate outdoorsman and over the years loved riding his Harley Davidson. He was loved and will be missed by his family and friends.

A memory of Bill may be left in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Joan McMinds

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

Joan McMinds

Age 67, of Crossville, TN and formerly of Schuyler County, NY, passed away peacefully on July 19, 2022 surrounded by family.

She was born in Tioga, PA on August 26 1954 to James and Catherine McMinds. Joan graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1974, and moved in 1982 to Citrus County, Florida, where she became a Captain and did many boats tours. Later Joan worked for Murphy USA and Walmart, where she met many people and made lots of close friends. Joan touched many people and was always there to help if you needed.

She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Carrie Ann Rafferty, and siblings Mary, Martin and Billy McMinds.

Joan is survived by her common law husband, Allen Garrett; daughter, Kris Hintz (Mark Parshall); siblings, James (Mary), Jeffery, and Jenny McMinds; grandchildren, Brendan Comfort, Temma Comfort, Alex Parshall and Cameron Parshall; several great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews who will miss her very much.

A memorial service will be planned at a later date.

Obituary: Douglas W. Campbell

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

Douglas W. Campbell

Age 61, of Millport, NY passed away on Sunday, July 10, 2022 at the Hospicare House in Ithaca, NY. He was born in Sayre, PA on February 5, 1961, the son of Donald and Clarice Campbell. Doug was a self-employed contractor.

Doug is survived by a son, Nicholas Campbell of Watkins Glen; mother, Clarice (Frederick) Howard of Millport; step-mother, Mary Campbell and family of Horseheads, NY;  sister, Connie Campbell (Mike) of FL; brother, Sonny (Deanie) Howard of Millport; nieces and nephews, Ryan (Karlene) Stackhouse of Dundee, Andrew Stackhouse of Millport, Hannah and Haleigh Howard and McKinnlie Sills of Watkins Glen, Mason Stackhouse of Dundee and Ava Stackhouse of Millport; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and by longtime friends, Jesse and Jim.

Doug’s family would like to extend their gratitude to Hospicare for the attentiveness and loving care provided to Doug.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 29 at 10:00 a.m. at Maple Grove Cemetery, 715 W. Broad St., Horseheads. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Hospicare, 172 E. King Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Modestina 'Molly' Richardson

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

Modestina “Molly” Richardson

Age 95, passed away on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at Bethany Manor in Horseheads, NY.

Molly was born on September 1, 1926 in Elmira, NY, the daughter of the late Anthony and Rose Spallone. Molly was an administrative assistant for Westinghouse in Horseheads, and was a communicant of St. Mary's of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen, NY. She was a very strong individual, overcoming the loss of her husband and son, and her own chronic illness. Molly was devoted to her family.

Molly is survived by her special daughter-in-law who provided her with immeasurable love and care, Jayne Richardson; grandchildren, Valerie Jayne Richardson (Michael) and Casey Taminchi (Juan Carlos); great grandchildren, Hadley and Camilla Martin; and many nieces and nephews, Tom Richardson, Dini Perry, Richard (Kathleen) Chiacchierini, Carl (Constance)  Chiacchierini, Barbara (nee Munch) Chiacchierini, Rose Marie Franzese, Barbara Mold, Vincent Spallone, Rosalee Brack, Teresa Anderson, Nata Brunozzi, Grace D'Aloisio, AJ Spallone and Lorraine Ostrander; and many other great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents Molly was predeceased by her husband, Dominick J. Richardson, in 1983; son, Don J. Richardson, in 1988; and her nine sisters and brothers.

Friends and family may call from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 20 at the Link at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated following at 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of one's choice. Memories of Molly may be shared with her family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Frederick Richard Scott

The following was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home in Montour Falls. A shorter version appeared shortly after Mr. Scott's death.

Frederick Richard Scott

Age 72, longtime resident of Schuyler County, NY, passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2022 in Roanoke, Virginia after living with dementia for almost 10 years.

Fred was born in Montour Falls, NY on December 30, 1949, the son of the late Wendell and Dorothy (Smith) Scott. He graduated from Odessa-Montour High School in 1968 and joined the Air Force, serving in Vietnam from 1971 to 1973. He completed his Associates degree from Corning Community College and graduated from Simmons School of Mortuary Science, both in 1976. He joined his father in business at the Vedder and Scott Inc. Funeral Homes in Montour Falls and Odessa, NY until retiring in 2016.

In the summer of 1978, Fred officially met his wife Bonnie (Kast) while singing in the Peach Orchard Choir in Montour Falls, although their paths crossed in 1976 at a concert where she was a featured soloist. They were married in July 1980 and have a daughter, Keri L. Scott.  

Fred was dedicated to serving his community. He donated his time as manager of the Montour Cemetery until his retirement following his father’s term. He served many years on the St. Mary’s/St. Benedict’s Cemetery Board. He was a member and past President of the Odessa Lions Club. He served as a trustee on the Odessa Village Board from 1984-1990. He was a member of the Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce and served on the Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development (SCOPED) board for several years. He was a member of the local American Legion Post 676 and a member of the Odessa Baptist Church. He was a 22-year stomach cancer survivor and participated in many local Relay for Life Events with friends and family.

Fred loved jigsaw puzzles, cats (especially his pal Sugar) and traveling when he could get time away. He enjoyed singing with the Elmira Choral Society, Schuyler County Peach Orchard Society and local church choirs.   

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie (Kast) Scott; daughter, Keri Scott; sister, Darla (Bruce) Kimmey; brothers, Robert (Janice) Scott and Jon (Sandy) Scott, and several nieces and nephews. Fred was predeceased by his brother, Donald (Joan) Scott, and nephew, Jon Scott Jr. (Jim Munez).    

Friends and relatives are invited to call on Thursday, July 28 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. All are welcome to a Celebration of Life Service on Saturday, July 30 at 3 p.m. at the Odessa Baptist Church, 111 Fowler Place, Odessa, NY.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions may be made to the Schuyler County Humane Society, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865 or the Odessa Baptist Church, 111 Fowler Place, Odessa, NY 14869. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Jack Eugene Wright Sr.

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

Jack Eugene Wright Sr.

Age 76, of Watkins Glen, NY, left this world on July 8, 2022 in Florida surrounded by family.

He was a dedicated son, husband, father, grandfather and friend. Born the third of 11 children to Sam and Kathryn Wright, Jack grew up in Powell, PA. Upon graduating from Towanda High School in the spring of 1963, Jack enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  After proudly serving his country with two tours in Vietnam, he headed west to California. It was 1968; why wouldn’t you! This would prove to be a wise decision.

As a former naval medic, Jack began working at Los Alamitos hospital. It was there that he met a young R.N. named JoPat Paradiso. She quickly became the center of his world and would remain so for the next 52 years.
 
The couple married on December 19, 1970. After the births of their first two children, they decided to return to their roots back east. In 1974 they planted a flag in Watkins Glen, which quickly became home. Shortly after that, their third child arrived and their family was complete.

Jack worked at Shepard Niles Crane and Hoist upon moving to NY. He was active in the union, rising to Vice President. It wasn’t long after that when a local business opportunity presented itself, and the couple agreed that it was too good to pass up. Jack and JoPat purchased what would become known as Wright’s Beverages. It was a natural fit for Jack. As the beverage business began to grow, a second business was added, Wright’s Liquor Loft and Wine Cellar. This dynamic duo also owned and operated several rental properties throughout the village. Upon retirement in 2007, Jack and JoPat split their time between Watkins Glen, NY and Sebring, FL.

Jack was quite a character. To know him was to love him. He was gentle, kind, and sweet; however, he was known to have his own version of the truth every now and then. Nobody is perfect, but he was awful close. He was an avid golfer all of his adult life; anyone fortunate enough to play a round or to have gone on a golf trip with him knows how lucky they were.  Jack loved all sports, especially in person. From Friday nights in Dundee on the dirt track, on top of the motor home at The Glen, season tickets at The Carrier Dome, endless Buffalo Bills games, to watching his children play whatever sport was in season. He loved it all.

Another hobby Jack no doubt enjoyed was tinkering in the garage. So much so that his wife believed the only reason he wanted the rental properties around town was so he had another half dozen garages to store his stuff in. You can bet he enjoyed a beer or two while engaged in whatever activity he was doing, he LOVED beer, cold or warm, it didn’t matter to him! However, what he cherished most was family and spending time with them.

Jack is survived by his son, Jack Jr.; daughter, Tina; grandson, Aiden; son, Scott (Barbara); granddaughter, Alexandra Waite (Travis, Paige, Emmett, Maeve); daughter-in-law, Christine Watts-Wright; brothers, Ken (Peggy) Wright, Phillip (Irene) Wright, Gordon (Carol) Wright, Mitchell (Sylvia) Wright, and Roger (Shauna) Wright; sisters, Susie Malin, Cindy (George) Nolan, Bonnie (Cliff) Schaffer, and Pam (Sherry) Wright; sisters-in-law, Mary (Dave) Cook and Elizabeth Paradiso; and uncle David Talada.

He was predeceased by his loving wife of 49 years, JoPat (Paradiso) Wright; parents Sam & Kathryn Wright; sister Nancy (Steve) Parr; sisters-in-law Sandy Wright and Cliss Paradiso; and brothers-in-law Paul (Carol) Paradiso, Bob Paradiso, and Jim Paradiso.

Our father never told us how to live, he lived and let us watch him do it. Everyone who remembers him is asked to celebrate in their own way. Raising a glass of your favorite drink would be quite appropriate. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made at Pawz and Purrz Animal Rescue, Inc.  P.O. Box 466, Painted Post, NY 14870, online at pawzandpurrz.org, or to the Southern Poverty Law Center at splcenter.org

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Sunday (July 24) from 2-5 p.m. with a service to follow honoring both Jack and JoPat.

You may leave a memory or condolences online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Service: Patricia L. Champion

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

Patricia L. Champion

A committal service and interment will be held at Seneca Union Cemetery in Valois on Friday, July 15 at 3:30 p.m. for Patricia and Sonny Champion. Everyone is invited. Patricia died on Jan. 21, 2022.

Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home.

Obituary: Betty Marie Heichel

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

Betty Marie Heichel

Age 79, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Thursday, July 7, 2022 at Schuyler Hospital. She was born to Joseph and Dorothy Schaffhouser on June 13, 1943 at the Bellville, Illinois Army Air Force Hospital.

Betty is survived by her loving husband, Dale Heichel I, who she married on February 10, 1962; sons, Dale II (Brook), John, Thomas (Tracy), and William; daughter, Denice Markley-Heichel; grandchildren, Timothy Markley, Justine, Abbie, Arden and Benjamin; great-grandchildren Evan and Easton; siblings, Bonnie (Andy) Tanner, Robert (Patty) Stephen, Arthur (Holly) Schaffhouser, and James Capogrossi; and many nieces and nephews. Special friends include Emmy Smith of Lake Placid, NY, Catherine Potter of Yulee, FL, and of course her little dog “Joey.”

Betty was predeceased by her parents; her brother, Joseph F. Schaffhouser, with whom she had a special bond; her in-laws; uncles and aunt from New Jersey.

She graduated from Odessa-Montour with the Class of 1961, Corning Community College in 1983, Cornell University in 1986, and Marywood College in 1987. In her working years, she was a licensed master social worker, holding various positions in Chemung, Steuben, and Broome counties.

After retiring, Betty had several enterprises including the Curiosity Shop in Ovid, NY, Flower and Gifts Shops in Trumansburg and Watkins Glen, NY, and Blossoms Bed and Breakfast in the Village of Watkins Glen.

Throughout her life, Betty was involved in community service, especially through her church, Saint Benedict’s Church in Odessa. She taught religious instruction and was a lifetime member of the Catholic Daughters of America and Catherine Mothers Club. Betty was also interested in politics and served on the Schuyler County Democratic Committee. She also ran for the Schuyler County Legislature, Town of Montour and Dix District 2.

Betty’s family would like to extend their sincere thanks to Dr. Ben Saks, the nurses, and all of those who cared for Betty throughout her illness and passing.

Anyone wishing to remember Betty may contribute in her name to the Meals on Wheels Program at the Schuyler County Office for the Aging, 323 Owego St., Montour Falls, NY 14865.

The family will hold a private service at Highland Cemetery, Odessa, NY. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Norman B. Arthurs

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

Norman B. Arthurs

Age 74, formerly of Reading Center/Watkins Glen, NY, died peacefully in his sleep at the VA Hospital in Phoenix, AZ on June 11, 2022. Interment was private at the family cemetery in Neiltown, PA.

Norman was born in Oil City, Pa to N. Boyd and Beatrice Arthurs, and was raised in the Reading Center-Watkins Glen area.

He was predeceased by his parents, and by brothers John R. and Berle E.

Norman is survived by his sister, Eileen Kendig of Phoenix, AZ; nephew Stephen Kendig of Roswell, GA; nieces Kathy A. Avant of Rochingham, NC, Christine A. Reynolds of Altamonte Springs, FL, Nancy A Elmore of Bradenton, FL, and Wendy Arthurs.

Norman graduated from Watkins Glen Central High School in 1966.
 
He was an Air Force veteran, and proud member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was stationed in several countries during the Vietnam War. Among other duties, he was the photographer of the various missile launches and worked on the flight line. Norman actually discussed very little from that time period.

He became a member at large of the New York State VFW after the local post 2674 of Watkins Glen closed. He visited posts as well as family and friends as he traveled the country with his business as an owner/operator long-haul truck driver. He retired in Phoenix after decades of traveling.

Norman will be greatly missed by family and friends. Especially his sister, Eileen.

RIP Norman.

Obituary: Lawrence Mark Personius, Jr.

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

Lawrence Mark Personius, Jr.

Age 85, of Concord, North Carolina and formerly of Beaver Dams, NY, passed away on Monday, July 4, 2022.

A family graveside service was held Monday, July 11 at Beaver Dams Cemetery in Beaver Dams, NY. Rev. Lenny Fuller of the Beaver Dams United Methodist Church officiated.

Mr. Personius was born on August 8, 1936 in Schuyler County, NY to the late Lawrence Mark Personius, Sr. and Minnie Demunn Personius. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis Wise Personius, in 1978. He was a founding charter member of the Beaver Dams Volunteer Fire Department.

Mr. Personius is survived by his daughter, Debbie P. Pucci, and two sons, David Personius and Mark Personius.

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

Obituary: Sheila Rose Woodworth

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

Sheila Rose (Smith) Woodworth

Age 66, of Hector, NY, passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family on July 8, 2022.

As most of her friends know, Sheila struggled with chronic health issues for years, so we are grateful that she got to be at peace in her son’s home for however brief her time.

Sheila was born to Alfred and Vivian (Jerry) Gaunt Smith on February 14, 1956 in Waterloo, NY. She attended Watkins Glen School. She married Lawrence L. Woodworth on December 26, 1978.

Sheila loved all animals, small and large. She worked with horses as a girl and young woman; later she raised cattle and worked on several dairy farms. When she could no longer do that, she fell in love with birds. She had a true gift with all creatures.

Sheila is survived by her loyal and loving husband, Larry of Hector; her son Paul and his wife Viola Woodworth of Hector; and her step-daughter, Emily Bozeat of Tennessee. She is also survived by her sister, Marsha Smith of Omak, WA, and her brother, Raymond Geoffrey Smith and his wife Debra of Rock Stream, NY. She leaves two nephews, Micah Smith and Zachary Woodworth, along with six nieces, Riqui Hess, Traci Fullmer, Chastain Rumsey, Leah Patel, Rachel Morgan, and Sameh Shaw. She also leaves four grandchildren and several cousins. She was predeceased by her parents and an older brother, Richard Smith.

There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, July 16 at her son’s home at 5837 County Rt. 4 in Hector from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Burial of her ashes at Grove Cemetery in Trumansburg, NY will be done at the family’s discretion. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Schuyler County Humane Society (SchuylerHumane.org) or the American Cancer Society (Cancer.org).

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

Obituary: Edna Ann Johnson

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

Edna Ann Johnson

Age 80, of Horseheads and formerly Rock Stream, NY, passed away on July 9, 2022.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Friday (July 15) from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home; followed by burial at Lakeview Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

Edna was born on June 5, 1942, the daughter of the late Homer and Frances Rappleye. She graduated from Watkins Glen High School. She was predeceased by her parents and brother and sister, Harold “Pete” Rappleye and Ruth Ehrhardt.

She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Ron Johnson; children, Kelly (Bryan) Bernal of Watkins Glen, Jeff (Lorena) Tobey of Rock Stream, Kathy (David) Crans of Watkins Glen, Bonnie (Scott) Densmore of Las Vegas, Kathy (Peter) Farley of Ithaca, Karen Pitzeruse of California, Larry (Angie) Johnson of Bradford, NY, Brenda Houck of Painted Post, and Bobbie (Dale) Printy of Connecticut; brother and sister, David and Shirley Rappleye; 18 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

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

Obituary: Joan Blanchard Valent Schwei

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

Joan Blanchard Valent Schwei

Age 89, passed away on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at her home in Carlsbad, CA.

Joan grew up in Reading Center, NY, the daughter of Oscar and Elsie Stanton Blanchard.  She married Henry Valent in 1952 and lived (happily) in Watkins Glen as a stay-at-home mom to five children and three Rotary exchange students -- Marcelo and Chico from Brazil and Michael from Germany.

Following Henry’s death in 1982, she moved to California to start a new chapter in her life.  In 1997 she married John Schwei, who was a widower with six grown children. 

Joan is survived by her children, Nellie (Larry), Joseph, Oscar (Janet), Albert, and Henry; six stepchildren, Greg, James, Mark, Robert, Mary Anne, and Laurene; 11 grandchildren, and numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Joan was preceded in death by her first husband, Henry Valent of Watkins Glen; her second husband, John Schwei of Carlsbad, CA; and her sister and brother-in-law, Bernita and Jim Whiting, formerly of Watkins Glen.

A Memorial Service is being planned at St. Patrick's Church in Carlsbad, CA.

Obituary: Mary Ellen Miller

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the James D. Barrett Funeral Home, Elmira.

Mary Ellen Miller

Age 77, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Friday, July 8, 2022. She was born in Elmira, NY on August 22, 1944 to the late George and Jane (Baker) Cunningham.

Mary Ellen was predeceased by her sister, Christine Kauffman; sister-in-law, Connie Cunningham, and best friend, Shirley Sullivan. She is survived by her husband, Robert Miller; children, David Bacon, Daniel Bacon, Christina Bacon, John (Shahrzad) Bacon and Antoinette Bacon; step-children, Wendy (Pam) Aspinall and Carrie (John) Tucci; brothers, Thomas (Lovie) Cunningham, George Cunningham and Charlie (Grace) Cunningham; 12 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend a calling hour on Monday, July 11 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home, 1004 Lake St., Elmira. Funeral services will follow there at 2 p.m. with Father John DeSocio officiating. Interment will take place in Highland Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Obituary: Doris J. Craig

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

Doris J. Craig

Age 85, of Rock Stream, NY, passed away on July 7, 2022.

Doris was a retired Civil Service Director for Schuyler County.

She was born in Dayton, Ohio on June 19, 1937, the daughter of the late Walter and Frances Blessing. She was also predeceased by her husband, Johnnie L. Craig, daughter Angela Mason, and grandson Jeremy Norris.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Michael Schultz of Ohio (grandchildren: David (Laura), Melissa (Thomas), Dustin (Becky), Patrick (Jessie), Natalie, and Sarah); daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Joe Hobbs of Ohio (grandchildren: Brad (Kari), and Tom); daughter, Sherry Benchic of Ohio (grandchildren: Matthew, Andrew (Renea) and Christopher (Megan); son, R. Bruce McWilliams, Jr. of Indiana (grandchildren: Dawn (Tony), and Summer); daughter, Christi Tilley of Ohio (grandchildren: Mitch (Angee), Ryan (Ashleigh), Grace, and Alizabeth; daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Lou DeBolt of Rock Stream (grandchildren: Shawn (Tyrah) and Sarah (Bryan); and several great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Friday (July 15) from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday (July 16) at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, followed by burial at Pleasant View Cemetery in Reading Center.

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

Obituary: Dr. Eugene F. Sensel, Jr.

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

Dr. Eugene F. Sensel, Jr.

Age 87, of Millport, NY, passed away on Sunday, July 3, 2022 at his home. He was born in Elmira, NY on October 6, 1934, the son of Eugene and Hilda (Combs) Sensel.

Gene graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School with the class of 1952 and received his Doctorate from Cornell University. He served with the U.S. Army from 1957-1959.

Gene was Principal at Odessa-Montour for many years. He later was a professor at Elmira College, Cornell University and Cazenovia College, where he taught advanced math and science courses to many gifted students. Gene was extremely bright, knowledgeable and always the educator. You would always come away from a conversation with Gene with a new bit of information about whatever topic you were discussing with him.

Gene had beautiful gardens that he was very proud of. He enjoyed watching the birds and other wildlife in his yard. He also loved antiques. He and his mother bought and sold antiques for many years.

Gene traveled extensively throughout his life. He traveled to several European countries, the Caribbean, and the Amazon. He also enjoyed going on cruises and river cruises.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge, Elks Lodge, Mechanics Club and the Corning Country Club.

Gene is survived by the love of his life for over 50 years, Sonja Shay; son Patrick (Lorri) Sensel; granddaughter, Makena Sensel; his beloved and loyal companions, Coffee and Teddy; cousins, Tom (Julie) Combs and Bob Combs, and by several other second cousins; and special friends, Ella Thompson, Randy Comfort and Ray and Ethel Frost. He was predeceased by his parents, his uncles, Teddy Combs, Glenn (Ruth) Combs, and cousin Joel (Cheryl) Combs.

When asked how he would sum up his life, Gene responded, “I lived, I loved, and I died.”

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, July 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY.  Gene’s funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m., followed by burial with military honors in Highland Cemetery in Odessa. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Service: Laurie Sample (Barra, Banker)

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

Laurie Sample (Barra, Banker)

A Celebration of Life for Laurie Sample (Barra, Banker) will be held on July 10, 2022 at Havana Glen Park in Montour Falls, NY.

Laurie passed on Dec. 8, 2021. She graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School in 1973.

If you are a family member or were a friend of Laurie, please come and help celebrate her life with us on July 10 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. We will be at the middle pavilion, near the playground. Summer BBQ and sides will be served.

Please RSVP to her sister Kathy Sample at 303-597-6506.

Obituary: Robert 'Bruce' Cummings, III

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

Robert “Bruce” Cummings, III

Age 39, of Watkins Glen, NY died unexpectedly at home on Monday, July 4, 2022. Bruce was born in Ithaca, NY on April 14, 1983, the son of Laura (Brown) Couch and Robert Cummings, Jr.

Bruce was an active boy growing up. He enjoyed riding dirt bikes, camping, fishing, and creating his own recipes. Bruce had a big heart, and was kind to everyone he met. His greatest achievement in life was his daughter, Jasmine. Sadly, his adult life left him with demons he was unable to overcome. His family and friends will remember him smiling, happy, and knowing he’s finally at peace.

Bruce is survived by his daughter, Jasmine Cummings; mother and step father, Laura and Joseph Couch; brother, Jeffrey Cummings; step siblings, Neil, Breana, Megan, Justin and Brett; his devoted grandmother, Beatrice Brown; special uncle, Joe Brown; and many other aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.

A celebration of Bruce’s life will be planned at a later date. Contributions may be made in Bruce’s memory to the VA or to the Humane Society of Schuyler County.

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

Obituary: Linda L. French

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

Linda L. (Stoddard) French

Age 78, of Ocala, FL, and formerly of Millport, NY passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2022. She was born on May 27, 1944 in Elmira, NY, the daughter of the late Richard and Lois Stoddard.

Linda retired after over 20 years with Walmart. She was a member of Fresh Air Fund, Cub Scouts of America and a volunteer firefighter. She was predeceased by her husbands, George Holton, Henry Adams and Richard French.

Linda is survived by her children, Lillian Prestridge, Mitch Prestridge, Leon Adams and Kevin Surillo; siblings, Connie Humphrey, Bonnie Hoffman, Lois Brimmer and James Stoddard; grandchildren, George Holton, Jessica Brown, Brittany Reiners, Cory Reiners, Alexandra Adams and Truman Adams; and six great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, July 8 from 10-11 a.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Her funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by burial in Montour Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Linda’s memory to bear.org  To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Service: Vernon K. Webster

The following was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkns Glen.

Vernon K. Webster

A committal interment with military honors for Vernon K. Webster of Rock Stream, NY -- who passed away at the age of 92 on April 28, 2022 after a brief illness -- will be held on his birthday, July 6, at Pleasant View Cemetery in Reading Center at 11:00 a.m. Everyone is welcome.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Marion; son Donald Webster of Watkins Glen; daughter Tina Churches (Bruce) of Branchport; grandson Jeremy Webster (Dawana) of Rhome, TX, and granddaughter Laura Sabatini (Jason) of Trumansburg.

Vernon was a Korean War Veteran who continued his service in the Army Reserves until 1989. He retired from Shepard Niles. Vernon was also a member of the VFW, Elks, and St. James’ Episcopal Church in Watkins Glen. He was also a member of the Mechanics Club and Dundee Flying Club.

Memorial donations may be made to St. James’ Episcopal Church, Watkins Glen.

You may share a memory of Vernon with his family by visiting his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Allen F. Sweet

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

Allen F. (Al) Sweet

Age 89, passed away on May 12, 2022 at Ira Davenport Hospital in Bath, NY. Al was born on January 10, 1933.

He is survived by his four children, Gregg (& wife Cathy), Lynne (& husband Bruce), Matthew, and Jennifer; two grandchildren, Ned (of Lynne & Bruce) and Joseph (of Jennifer); and his sister, Dorothy Maxfield.

Virginia (Ginny), his wife of 47 years, departed long before him, in 2004. Al and Ginny lived and raised their family in Odessa and Montour Falls, NY from 1969.

Born in Newfane, NY, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from SUNY Fredonia and taught music at Elizabethtown Central School until 1969, when he earned his master’s degree in college placement from SUNY Plattsburgh and became a guidance counselor at Odessa-Montour Central School, serving in this capacity until 1989. Al served as president of the Watkins-Montour Rotary in 1988 and was later honored as a Paul Harris Fellow.

Known for restoring several of his residences and for his frame shop at the house on the hill, Al had many interests and hobbies over the years, having been born in the farming community of Newfane during the Depression. From his expansive vegetable and flower gardens to antique restoration, stamp and historic papers collection, Saturday morning bread baking, and spending time with our mom to his interests in local history, he also collected and researched antique glass, and authored a book on Havana Pottery.

He will ever be remembered as a citizen, scholar, friend and father.

A memorial gathering has been arranged by the family on Friday, July 8 from 5-7 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Paul H. Ernhout

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

Paul H. Ernhout

Age 70, of Tyrone, NY, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at home, surrounded by his loving family.

Paul was born on June 23, 1951 in Warwick, NY, the son of the late Howard and Helen (Schmick) Ernhout. He was a graduate of Warwick Valley High School where he was awarded the Star Farmer Award for the Future Farmers of America, and where he played defensive end and tight end for three years on the varsity football team, receiving All County and Tri-County awards for those positions. Paul grew up on the Ernhout Poultry Farm and his friends knew him as “Chick.”

Paul relocated to Tyrone, where he purchased his farm and built his own home out of an existing chicken coop on the property. Paul became a hobby farmer, raising beef and dairy cows, chickens, goats and rabbits. He had an organic vegetable and free range egg business for many years.

He met the love of his life, Anita Miller, in 1976 and they married in 1978 in an outdoor ceremony at the farm, and went on to be blessed with six wonderful children. Paul and Anita would have been married 44 years on July 8, 2022.

Paul worked for 45 years at the Town of Tyrone Highway Department as a heavy equipment operator and class one CDL truck driver. He held the elected position of Highway Superintendent and dedicated himself to working countless hours, serving the people of the community who held him in high regard.

Paul also worked as an electrician, carpenter and logger, often cutting and milling his own wood for various projects. His final project was a complete renovation of the family’s Seneca Lake cottage, which he continued to work on until his last days despite battling cancer. Paul was a member of the Tyrone Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years and a 35-year member, usher and youth leader at Glen Baptist Church, where he enjoyed faithfully attending with his family. He loved the Lord and was always ready to testify of his faith in God. He was on the Lamoka Baptist Camp board and spent many hours working on camp projects. Above all else, Paul was devoted to God, and to his beloved wife, children, and grandsons whom he loved dearly.

Paul is survived by his loving wife, Anita; two daughters, Carrie (John Forde) Ernhout of Corning and Mattie (Trevor Sutherland) Ernhout of Reading, NY; three sons, Ryan (Jenna) Ernhout of Corning, Nolan Ernhout and Ethan Ernhout of Tyrone; one sister, Karen Connell of Cortland, NY; one brother, Stephen Ernhout, Middlesex, NY; two grandchildren, Blake Levi Sutherland and Luke Eli Sutherland; six nieces, Mariah (Pat Fegley) Ernhout, Chelsea (Dave Booth) Ernhout, Adrieanne Ernhout, Kristen (Mikkel DeBenedetto) Miller, Alaina (Kevin O’Keefe) Miller and Heirut Miller; four nephews, Michael Miller, Caleb Miller, Isaac Miller and Jeremiah Miller; four brothers-in-law, Brian (Stacey) Miller, Gary (Martha) Miller, Keith Miller and Neil Miller; cousins, Louis and Nadine Schmick, and many others.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Hayley Beth Ernhout, in 1989; niece, Elizabeth Miller, in 1996; sister-in-law, Susan Ernhout, in 2004, and brother-in-law, Mark Connell, in 2022.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, July 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Glen Baptist Church, 3311 Reading Rd., Watkins Glen. A celebration of Paul’s life will begin at 1:00 p.m. followed by his burial in Tyrone Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Glen Baptist Church, 3311 Reading Rd., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or the Tyrone Volunteer Fire Department, 3600 State Route 226, P.O. Box 69, Tyrone, NY 14887.

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

Obituary: Leslie George Haller

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

Leslie George Haller

Age 89, of Odessa, NY, passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, NY. He was born in Montour Falls, NY on June 20, 1933, the son of the late George and Dora (Edsall) Haller.

Les graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School with the Class of 1952. He then served with the U.S. Army from 1952-1954 during the Korean War in Panama. On May 5, 1956, he married B. Carolyn Hicks in the Erin Methodist Church.

Leslie was a plumber and steamfitter with Local Union #109 in Ithaca for 59 years. He was a member of the Montour Falls United Methodist Church, a 50-year member of the Montour Falls Fire Department, a member of the “Seneca Chiefs” Drum and Bugle Corp. in Watkins Glen, and a 50-year member of the Mechanics Club. He was also a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge in Montour Falls and a member of the Montour Moose Lodge.

Les was an avid pilot and enjoyed flying small planes for many years, particularly his Cessna. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding a Harley Davidson in his younger years.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, B. Carolyn (Hicks) Haller; two daughters, Nancy (Haller) Fitzgerald of Hermosa Beach, CA and Cynthia (Haller) Storms of WI; one son, Philip and his wife Oksana Haller of Peoria, AZ; one brother, Louis J. Haller of North Carolina; nine grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and by many special nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Mary Lee (Haller) Johnson, and by his son-in-law, Matthew Fitzgerald.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, June 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Montour Falls United Methodist Church, 124 Owego St., Montour Falls. His funeral service will begin at 12:00 noon at the church followed by burial with military honors in Montour Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Montour Falls Fire Department, 111 Lee St., Montour Falls, NY 14865 or the Odessa Fire Department, 300 Main St., Odessa, NY 14869. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Melanie A. Peters

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

Melanie A. Peters

Heaven must have needed a little shaking up and excitement. God called Melanie A. Peters, 48, of Watkins Glen, NY home on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

When she was hired by the Watkins Glen Post Office, the village had no idea of what they were in for. She could always captivate the room wherever she went with her beautiful face, smile and bigger than life personality. She was soft-hearted, kind, funny, smart, brave, exciting, although a little bit mischievous and up for anything; she was the original wild child. If you met her, you loved her and would never forget her. She loved life, making the most of every minute and doing it her way. She hung on to it with all she had, kicking and screaming all the way out. Her passion was her beloved children, Joseph Rockwell (Connelly) of Seattle and Jessica Peters (Jacob) at home, her family and her menagerie of animals, who are just as lost as we are.

Welcoming her home were her grandparents, Ray and Amelia Forker and Mildred Voorhees, and her beloved Trixie.

In addition to her children, she is survived by her parents, Rose (Forker) Ripley and Vern Voorhees, who has considered it an honor to call her their daughter; her ex-husband and friend, Chris Peters; his son, Matthew and his family; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, too many to count.

Special thanks to hospice, Jen and Danielle and Mary.

The world is a darker place and Heaven gained a beautiful bright light. 

A celebration of Melanie’s life will be held at the convenience of the family. The family is being assisted by the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, NY. Those wishing to send a message of sympathy to Melanie’s family may visit our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at www.blauveltfuneralhome.com

Service: Barbara Sue (Allen) Ariano

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

Barbara Sue Ariano [nee Allen]

A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. June 25th at St. Mary's of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen, NY for Barbara Sue Ariano, 77, who died at her home outside Raleigh, N.C. on February 23, 2022 surrounded by loving family.

Barb was born in January 1945 in Oakland, CA to Capt. and Mrs. James Allen. In the fall of 1945 she and her mother and a dog headed east by train to a new chapter at a fixer upper called White Gates on Kayuta Lake. She was the salutatorian of the Odessa Class of 1962 and graduated from the Cornell arts school in 1966. Her working career was with BOAC airlines, Arc of Rockland County, and an extensive career on Wall Street as an analyst and working with Eliot Spitzer's nemesist Richard Grasso (head of the NY Stock Exchange; as Barb said when he had hair).

She met the love of her life Anthony Ariano and together had two outstanding children, Catherine and Michael, raised at their lovely home in Spring Valley, NY. Together they  worked hard running the family business, 3 C Sanitation, for many decades. In typical Allen fashion, Barb was a very charitable, giving person but was also a fantastic cook and loved singing in her all-girl group. Barb and Anthony loved retirement at their summer home above Seneca Lake on Jolly Rd.

Besides husband Anthony and children she is survived by brother James Jr, of Wilmington, DE and Joe of Alpine, NY.

Following the June 25 funeral mass, burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery. A memorial luncheon will be held at noon at the Harbor Hotel. In lieu of flowers please do a charitable deed.

Obituary: Bonnie Geisel

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

Bonnie Geisel

Age 72, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Schuyler Hospital. She was born in Indiana, PA on January 28, 1950, the daughter of Edward and Emma Geisel. She attended Ben Franklin School in Indiana, PA.
 
Due to being handicapped, Bonnie wasn’t able to work but she loved doing dishes and drinking her coffee. She lived most of her life with her mom, and missed her dearly when she passed away last year. Bonnie always talked about going back to Florida, where she enjoyed going to church and seeing her Pastor, John Kutz.

Bonnie is survived by five sisters, Debra Phelps of Millport, Jane Gublo of Beaver Dams, Kathi Ames of Horseheads, Tonia Williams of Clearwater, FL and Audrey Callahan of Gonzales, FL; and one brother, Edward Geisel, Jr. of Ohio. She was predeceased by her father in 1987 and mother in 2021.

A memorial service will be held at Farm Hill United Methodist Church in Cantoment, FL. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home in Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Larry D. Freeman

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

Larry D. Freeman

Age 82, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on January 30, 2022.

A Memorial Celebration will be held at Frog Hollow Marina in Watkins Glen on Saturday (June 25) at 11 a.m.  A reception will follow until 2p.m. 

Larry was born in Elmira, NY, the son of the late Frank and Marian (Courtwright) Freeman. He was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Lois Smith.  

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Valerie Freeman; daughter and son-in-law, Martha and Kenny Barrell of Port Clinton, PA; brother Joseph (Tina) Munn of Elmira; three grandchildren, Kevin Barrell, Eric Barrell (Felecia Wetzel) and Jordan Thomas; and one great-grandson, Francis Stanley Barrell.

After retiring as a Maintenance Supervisor at Sweet Street Desserts in Reading, PA, in 2001, he and Valerie moved to Watkins Glen. Larry loved spending time on their boat at Frog Hollow Marina and on Seneca Lake, and fishing with family and friends.  

Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. You may share a memory of Larry with his family and friends by visiting his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Frank L. Davis

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

Frank L.  Davis

Age 74, of Watkins Glen, NY, left his physical body on June 13, 2022, passing away after a long illness.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Saturday, July 23, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; followed by a memorial service at the funeral home at 3 p.m. A reception and military honors will follow at the Burdett Fire Department at 4:15 p.m.

A native son of Dundee, NY, Frank was born on July 21, 1947 to Minnie Marie Davis (d.1991) and was the brother of Paul Davis (d.2003). Frank spent his youth with his friends in Dundee on Edwina Street, playing with his menagerie of pets (there wasn't an animal he didn't love or adopt), climbing trees (and falling out of them), working on area farms and mastering a variety of sports -- basketball, football, hockey and baseball. Frank attended Dundee Central School from kindergarten through his senior year in high school, receiving an Academic Regents Scholarship. He moved on to attend State University of New York at Oswego, achieving a BS in Education.

Upon graduation from college, Frank was selected for Air Force Officer Training in 1969, fulfilling a lifelong dream of becoming a pilot. He flew OV-10s during the Vietnam War, and spent most of his career at Travis Air Force Base, where he raised his family in Vacaville, CA. He ended his 22-year military career on the C-5 Galaxy after the first Gulf War in 1991, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Frank was also a pilot for United Airlines and retired as a Captain on the 747-400 in 2007 after a 29-year career.

Frank was never content with just riding out his retirement years. He and his wife, Donna, moved to Watkins Glen, and opened "Sunset on Seneca Bed and Breakfast” on the shore of Seneca Lake, and garnered a loyal following with their guests. Frank was also a dedicated volunteer with the New York Guard and the American Red Cross. He deployed to numerous disasters across the country, always ready and willing to help where needed.

Frank was larger than life, never without a smile, even toward the end. His laugh was just as infectious as his sense of humor, and he had the most impressive cache of "Dad jokes." He possessed a desire to help others and was always available to lend a hand to those in need. This world has lost one of its best.
   
Frank is survived by his wife of 29 years, Donna Davis, Burdett, NY; his former wife of 16 years, Julie Davis, Vacaville, CA; his children, Brenée Ulman (spouse Trevor), San Diego, CA, Erika Driver, Soda Springs, CA, and Michael Melendez (spouse Rebecca), Roseville, CA; his grandchildren, Ella Driver, Lillian Ulman and Landon Ulman; his cousin Raymond Gary (Ernie) Granston (Jan), and his niece Tammie Flynn (Tom).

We love you Frank, Papa, Grandpa. Although you will not be physically with us, you will always be by our side. May your family continue to make you proud in everything we do.  You will be missed more than anything, each and every day, and your memory will forever be a blessing to us all.
   
Memorial donations may be made to Schuyler County Ambulance, the Burdett Fire Department, Care First Hospice, or the Southern Tier Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Obituary: Lawrence W. Hendrickson

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

Lawrence W. Hendrickson

Age 71, of Alpine, NY, passed away on June 7, 2022 in the company of family after an arduous 10-year battle with cancer.

The family will graciously receive friends at the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, 119 Fifth St., Watkins Glen, NY, on Wednesday, June 15 from 10-11 a.m., directly followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. Pastor Roger Decker will be leading the funeral service.

Larry was born on November 10, 1950, the son of Otis C. Hendrickson and Winifred V. Hendrickson. He was raised in Watkins Glen.

Larry is survived by his son Randy, daughter Carrianne, and brother Gordon (Susan) Hendrickson of Beaver Dams. He is also survived by several grandchildren, two brothers-in-law (Roger Decker and Bill Gascon), and many wonderful nieces, nephews, and devoted friends. In addition to his parents, Larry was predeceased by his sisters Maria Bucchioni, Mary E. Gascon, and Roxanne Decker, and his infant son Tadd.

Larry was an extremely intelligent and unique individual with many varied interests throughout his life. He was quite mechanically inclined and was able to solve many home, computer, and auto problems because of this heightened aptitude. He was very fond of and nostalgic about his hometown of Watkins Glen, and continued to walk several miles a day there until recently, when his health made it no longer possible. He was passionately protective of his family and quick to respond to anything he thought challenged his devotion regarding them. He was very interested in couples country dancing, and listening to music of many styles including oldies, country, classical, and musicals.

He will be greatly missed by all of us.

Memories of Larry may be shared with his family and friends at haugheywoozinger.com

Service: Diana A. Groll

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

Diana A. Groll

A Mass of Christian Burial for Diana A. Groll of Hector, NY, who passed away on February 17, 2022 at age 62 after a long, private battle with cancer, will be held on Friday, June 24 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. The praying of the Rosary will be held in the Link of the church at 9:30 a.m. prior to Mass.

She is survived by her loving husband of 36 years, Bob Groll. She is also survived by her daughters, Megan (Phil) Brown of Leavenworth, KS, Elise Groll and her fiancée, Chris Meyer, of Milford, CT, and grandson, Alexavier Brown. Other survivors include her brother Joe (Suzanne) Roccisano of Dunkirk, her sister, Rose (Vince) Barto  of Findlay, OH, John (Barbara) Groll of Pittsburgh, PA, Marilyn (Tom) Gaska of Endicott, Susan (Kevin) Cheesebrough of State College, PA, and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by an aunt, Carmela Manno of Akron, OH, many cousins and her close friends Sue and Henry Rocholl

Donations may be made in Diana’s name to the Schuyler Outreach Food Pantry, 112 Tenth St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or Schuyler County Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 45, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Edward J. Karski

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

Edward J. Karski

Age 86, of Elmira, NY, passed away on Monday, June 6, 2022 at Corning Hospital. 

Ed was born in Elmira, a son of John and Katherine Mazur Karski. He is survived by Patricia Peppard Karski, his loving wife of 45 years; daughter Susan Karski of Elmira; and brothers and sisters-in-law, John “Jack” and Ann Karski of Elmira, Richard “Dick” and Judith Karski of Horseheads, and Thomas “Tom” and Marilyn Karski of Elmira. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
 
Ed was a 1953 graduate of Elmira Free Academy. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving from 1958 to 1960. Ed was a retired machinist from Shepard Niles in Montour Falls. He was a car and train enthusiast. Most importantly, he was a loving husband, father, brother and uncle.
 
Family and friends are invited to call at the McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water St., Elmira, on Tuesday, June 14 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. Committal prayers will take place at Woodlawn National Cemetery. 

Obituary: Richard Scuteri

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

Richard Scuteri

Richard Scuteri, of Watkins Glen, peacefully went to heaven and into the hands of his Savior, surrounded by his loving family on June 5, 2022 at 2:02 p.m.

He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Elizabeth (Bellner) Scuteri; seven children, Michael (Paula) Scuteri, Victor (Wendy) Scuteri, Frank (Robin) Scuteri, Vincent (Bonnie) Scuteri, Donna Miller, Catherine Herrick, and Gina Brown; sister-in-law, Barbara Neukam; 43 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; several cousins, nieces, and nephews; and special friend, Robert Mahoney.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Anita (Russo) Scuteri; baby daughter, Sarah Elizabeth; brother, Gino Scuteri; grandson, Paul DeDominick; sons-in-law, Michael Brown, Charles “Harry” Herrick, and John Miller; brother-in-law, Donald Bellner; sister-in-law, Evelyn Bellner; three grandbabies; and six great-grandbabies.

He was born almost 90 years ago, on June 20, 1932 in Bronx, NY where he later attended Samuel Gompers Career and Technical Education High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1952 and served for 20 years until his retirement in 1972, serving in the Vietnam War from 1969-1970. While in the service, he met “the girl he was going to marry.” Richie and Betty were married on August 14, 1953 at Lackland Air Force Base Chapel, San Antonio, Texas.

Starting at the age of five, he spent every summer in Watkins Glen until his enlistment. He loved Watkins Glen so much, he knew from a young age Watkins Glen would later become his home. When he moved to Watkins Glen after his retirement from the service, he introduced the “cannoli” pastry to the community in 1971 by selling cannoli on the front porch of his home at 409 East 4th St. He became an entrepreneur in 1972 when he opened the 4th Street Italian Specialty store in Watkins Glen, Scuteri’s Pizza “the garage” in 1975, and Scuteri’s Ristorante Italiano in 1978. He retired from the restaurant industry in 1997, although he loved helping his son make dough balls throughout his retirement.

He was a Grand Marshal of the Sports Cars Club of America at the Watkins Glen Race Track and a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America and Watkins Glen VFW Post 2674 until its closure. He was elected the mayor of Watkins Glen in 1984. He was a member of the St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church. He had a heart for the unborn and unwavering conviction about the sanctity of life. He went to Washington, D.C. to walk in the March for Life two times, once in a severe snowstorm.

He was an avid reader and a history buff. Music lived inside of him. He was a phenomenal drummer, starting at the age of 7 when he got his first drum set. He loved spending time with family, hearing of the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren, and took great pride in his family. He was well known and respected in the local community. He was a very caring, compassionate person. He was a great story teller, able to command anyone's attention, and was a natural born leader. He was a man of strong faith, believing in the power and strength of Jesus Christ's love and the beauty and peace that would await him after his passing.

The family will receive friends and relatives at St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen on Saturday, June 11 from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., followed by a funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery. A reception will be announced.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Southern Tier Pregnancy Resource Center, 375 W. Water St., Elmira, NY 14905. Memories of Richie may be shared with his family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Alexander A. Cole

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

Alexander A. Cole

Age 79, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on June 5, 2022.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th, Watkins Glen, on Thursday (June 9) from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m.; and burial at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Hammondsport with military honors. A reception will be announced.

He was born in Bath, NY on July 26, 1942, the son of Harry and Elizabeth Cole.

Alex was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during the U.S.-Cuban Missile Crisis. After his service in the Navy, he served as a Deputy Sheriff for Schuyler County. He also worked as a mechanic and driver for the Watkins Glen Bus Garage and as a security officer for Borg-Warner. Alex retired from Al’s Trucking Company in Elmira Heights. He was also a member and past-Exalted Ruler of the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge and a member of the Montour Moose Lodge.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marjorie Cole; daughter, Teresa A. Wood of Odessa; sons, Tracey (Karen) Cole of Beaver Dams and James H. Cole of Elmira; brothers, Roger (Gloria) Weaver of North Carolina and T. Edward Weaver of Florida; eight grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

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

Obituary: Eileen "Holly" Zeltt

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

Eileen “Holly” Zeltt

Age 62, of Hector, NY, passed away on May 30, 2022 in Syracuse, NY after a long illness.

She is survived by her parents, Peter and Joyce Ungar; her beloved husband, Jay Zeltt, with whom she'd spent the last 51 years; her daughter, Brooke Zeltt (Matt Staub), and two beautiful granddaughters, Gemma Peyton Staub (7) and Willow Jae Staub (2).

Holly was born in Trenton, New Jersey. She had resided in Bucks County, Pennsylvania for most of her life and the last 10 years in Hector. Holly worked for the State of New Jersey for 36 years in the Department of Gaming Enforcement as a Sec 1.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday (June 10th) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Riverside Memorial Chapel, 1310 Prospect St., Ewing Township, NJ. A private family gathering will follow in Morrisville, PA. Local arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Nancy B. Voorheis

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

Nancy B. Voorheis

Age 83, of Burdett, NY, passed away on June 1, 2022.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4h St., Watkins Glen, NY on Wednesday, June 8, from 12 noon-2 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. at the funeral home; and burial at Hector Union Cemetery.

Nancy was born on May 22, 1939, the daughter of the late Kenneth and Irene (Knapp) Bush.

Nancy graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1957 as Class Salutatorian. She was a lifelong member of the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church. She was also a member and secretary of the Ladies Wednesday Afternoon Club in Burdett, the Reynoldsville Community Club, and the Reynoldsville United Methodist Women's group. She retired from Cornell University.

She is survived by her husband, Keith T. Voorheis, and celebrated 60 years of marriage on May 26.

Nancy was predeceased by their son, Keith L. Voorheis.

She is also survived by her daughter, Gen (James) Switzer of Candor; seven grandchildren, Christopher Switzer, Cindy (Josh) Briggs, Courtney Switzer, Clifford (Danielle) Switzer, Taylor Voorheis, Keith (Abi) Voorheis, and Jessica Voorheis; sisters, Carolyn (Charles) Voorheis of Burdett, and Doris (the late Arvine) Pike of Burdett; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

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

Obituary: Kathryn B. Fraboni

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

Kathryn B. Fraboni

Age 84, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, June 4 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen followed by burial in Glenwood Cemetery.

Kay was born on June 30, 1937 in Pittston, PA. She was a graduate of Odessa Central School and received her LPN from Tompkins County Hospital.

Kay is survived by her husband, Amedeo A. Fraboni of Watkins Glen; son, Frank (Sara) Fraboni of NC; daughters, Kathryn (Alan) McBride of DE and Cindy (Brian) Pierce of Dansville, NY; daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Fraboni, Watkins Glen; sister, Angeline (Chris) Franzese, Watkins Glen; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins, along with friends she loved dearly.

Kathryn was predeceased by her parents, Joseph Borzell and Catherine Ipolitto; son, Anthony J. Fraboni; sister, Dr. Blanche Borzell (James Robertson), and great granddaughter, Sophia Grace McBride.

Kay was long dedicated to public health in many of the surrounding hospitals and doctors' offices. She was a talented artist, dedicated to her church, loved reading scriptures from the Bible and had a wit about her that will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Bampas House, P.O. Box 965, Corning, New York 14830, or the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Brian Linwood DeHond

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

Brian Linwood DeHond

Age 70, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on May 22, 2022 at the Cortland Regional Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (Misty Glen) after a long struggle with cancer and diabetes.

Brian was born in Williamson, NY to Linwood DeHond and Jeannette P. DeHond on Dec. 9, 1951. In 1970 he graduated from Bloomfield High School. He also studied at Monroe Community College. For over 10 years, prior to his retirement, Brian was a Medical Office Assistant for Lourdes Family Practice in Owego, NY. He was a remarkable guitar player, even taking time to teach guitar techniques to some high school students.

Brian is survived by his companion, Bonnie A. Romeo of Montour Falls; daughter Kimberly (Michael) McCarthy of N. Fort Myers, Florida; sons Jesse (Marisa) of Tampa, Florida, and Garrett (Ha-Young Park) of Seoul, South Korea; brothers Bruce (Marie) of Rush, NY and David (Lori) of Dillsburg, PA. In addition, Brian is survived by his aunt, Carol P. Franzese, and numerous cousins. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Aidan McCarthy, Isabella and Alyssa DeHond, and Leon Park DeHond. Brian is also survived by his friend of many years, James Strauss of Rochester, NY. Brian was predeceased by his parents.

Burial will be on Thursday, June 2, at noon at Holy Cross Cemetery on Route 14 in Watkins Glen, NY. The Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements. Memories of Brian may be shared with his family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com.

Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County (124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865), Schuyler County Volunteer Ambulance Association (909 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891), or the charity of your choice.

Obituary: Joan Elizabeth Oates

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Joan Elizabeth Oates

Joan Elizabeth Oates, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Friday, May 27, 2022. 

Joan was born in 1953 in Rockville Centre, Long Island, with her twin sister, to parents Helen and John Lantela. Joan had a happy childhood growing up on the Island and had fond memories as a young adult enjoying beach house living with her best friends. Upon meeting her husband in Bayville, NY, Joan and Mike married in 1980 and moved to Schuyler County, NY.

Joan is survived by her husband of 41 years, Michael James Oates; her daughters, Molly Oates of Watkins Glen and Kathryn (Stephen) Jones of White Plains, NY; her grandson Hank; sisters, Judy (Thomas) Sturniolo and Susan (Arthur) Rommel; and several nieces, nephews, and friends she loved dearly.

She was preceded in death by her beloved parents; her sister, Ellen (William) Schieb; and her brother, John Lantela. 

Joan will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, and friend. She was the captain of her high school kickline team as well as an adventurous backpacker traveling through Europe in the 1970s. As an employee of the United States Postal Service, she was also a noted and respected labor leader. She was known for her kindness, generosity, humor, and love of laughter as well as cooking outrageous meals for loved ones. For the last twenty years, Joan lived with a chronic illness, facing it with grace and strength while still putting others before herself. Her family will be forever grateful to all of her caretakers.

A celebration of life will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. at Joan’s home on Saturday, June 4, 2022. All friends and family are welcome.

Obituary: Philip Archer

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Philip Archer

Age 81, of Watkins Glen, NY, loved by many, passed away on May 24, 2022 at home.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Sunday, May 29 from 2-4 p.m.; followed by a memorial service at 4:00 p.m. 
                                                                     
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Beverly Buczek Archer; children, Hope Decker (Andrew) of Canandaigua, NY and David Archer, Galway, Ireland; grandchildren, Abby (Andy) Coon, Milwaukee, WI, Alex Decker, Canandaigua, Aidan Decker, Canandaigua, Breffni Archer, Galway, Ireland, and Ailbhe Archer, Galway, Ireland; sister, Sue Smith (Bill) of Rush, NY; and sister-in-law, Pat Archer, Brownville, NY.

He was predeceased by his parents, Kenneth and Louise (Rich) Archer; brother Bill Archer, Brownville; and grandson Tiernan Archer, Galway, Ireland.

Service to his community was an important part of who Phil was. He served as a trustee on the Montour Falls Library, Southern Tier Library System, and Library Trustees Association boards. He was also a member of the Eaton’s Neck Fire Department as a commissioner, chief, fireman, and EMT. He was a president, board member, and conference co-chair of the Northeastern Educational Research Association.

Phil’s kind and generous soul always made room for family, friends, good food, and a good joke. He dearly loved this beautiful life and the people he got to share it with.

Donations in Phil’s memory can be made to the Montour Falls Library, 406 W. Main St.,, Montour Falls, NY 14865 or to the Southern Tier Library System, 9424 Scott Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870 for a scholarship in his name.

Obituary: Anthony J. Fraboni

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Anthony J. Fraboni

Age 62, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on May 19, 2022.

Services will be held May 25, 2022 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen, followed by burial at St. Mary's Cemetery.

Tony was born on August 27, 1959 at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, NY. He was a graduate of Watkins Glen Central School and received his BS from Syracuse University.

Tony is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Viglione Fraboni, of Watkins Glen; son Mark A. (Tristine Mace) Fraboni of St. Perersburg, FL; brother Frank (Sarah) Fraboni of Oriental, NC; sisters Kathy (Alan) McBride of Bear, DE, and Cindy (Brian) Pierce of Dansville, NY; sisters-in-law Margaret Kuznets of Hubbard Lake, MI, and Chanh Viglione of Tully, NY; brothers-in-law Thomas Viglione of Kansas City, Kansas and Alex Kuznets of Cherry Hill, NJ; parents Kathryn and Amedeo Fraboni and Beverly and Thomas Viglione, all of Watkins Glen; several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles, and friends he loved dearly.

Tony was predeceased by his great niece Sophia McBride, aunt Dr. Blanche Borzell, uncle Jim Robertson, and brother-in-law John R. Viglione.

Tony was long dedicated to public service. He served as treasurer for the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce, and was on the Tri-County Housing Board and the Watkins Glen Public Library Board. He was a former village Planning Board member, and a village trustee. As a trustee he was instrumental as a member of the Joint Project Committee in the construction of a regional water treatment plant along the canal between Watkins and Montour Falls. A longtime VP and branch manager of Community Bank in Watkins Glen, he retired in 2021. He was an active Rotarian, having served as its president, and the moving force behind a successful annual fund-raising Rotary auction. He was a Paul Harris Fellow, and received the Chamber of Commerce Community Spirit Award and Max Neal Award. He was also an Odessa File Essential of Schuyler County.

Tony was an avid SU basketball fan, snowmobiler, jet skier, boater, and cigar smoker. He and his sense of humor will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Bampa’s House, P.O. Box 965, Corning, NY 14830, 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.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Joyce C. Francis

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

Joyce C. Francis

Age 85, of Montour Falls, NY and Poplar Point, Dundee, NY, passed away on May 18, 2022.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Tuesday (May 24) from 2-4 p.m.; followed by a memorial service at 4:00 p.m. 

Joyce was born on September 18, 1936 to the late Pete and Clara Clark.

Joyce is survived by her children, Pat (Daryl) Avery of Montour Falls, Jackie (Guy) Close of San Diego, CA, Carol Zigl of Plum Tree, IN, Jim Burnham (Laurie Sampson) of Newfield, NY and Joyce Burnham (Les Baldwin) of Watkins Glen, NY; a twin sister, Joan Frisk of Montour Falls, NY; grandchildren Traci Fitzgerald, Jacob Close and Maria Zigl: great-grandchild Keagan Fitzgerald; special stepdaughter Sharon (Scott) Slater, and many nieces and nephews she loved dearly.

Joyce was also predeceased by her husband, Bill Francis; her brothers Jack, John, Jerry and Joe Clark; her son-in-law, Jerry Zigl, and brother-in-law Joe Wade.

Mom taught us the importance of family. Nothing made her happier than a busy, loud, “everyone should be here” family gathering and it didn’t matter the occasion; it could be a holiday, birthday or just because she thought it was time to get together.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to your favorite charity in Mom’s memory or simply be kind and share your treasures with those not as gifted as you.

You may share a memory of Joyce with her family by visiting her obituary at RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Cecile A. McIlwain

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Cecile A. McIlwain

Age 82, of Beaver Dams, NY, passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. She was born in Elmira, NY on June 14, 1939, the daughter of the late Charles and Katie (Dibble) Manwaring, and graduated from Painted Post High School.

Cecile was an aide at Barnell Homes in Beaver Dams for many years. She loved to work on plastic canvas and ceramics, and enjoyed putting on toy parties.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Warren S. McIlwain; six children, Warren S. McIlwain, Jr. (Jerri) of AL, Julie McIlwain of Risingville, NY, Sherry (Steve) Woodworth of Corning, NY, Lisa McIlwain of Wellsboro, PA, Lori McIlwain of Lawrenceville, PA, and Scott (Caroline) McIlwain of Beaver Dams; a sister, Rose Bennett of Painted Post; seventeen grandchildren; and many great grandchildren.

Cecile’s family will hold services privately. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home in Montour Falls.

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

Obituary: Virginia M. Peters

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Virginia M. Peters

Age 78, of Odessa, NY, passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. She was born in Ithaca, NY on October 12, 1943, the daughter of the late Carl and Irma (Boyce) Pertl, and graduated from Odessa-Montour High School.

Virginia worked at Schuyler Hospital for over 40 years. She was a member of the Montour Moose Lodge. Virginia liked to travel and was always up for an adventure. She loved to help people.

She is survived by her three daughters, Lorraine Cole (Tom Mallow) of Horseheads, NY, Tracy Fitzpatrick of Odessa and Heather Goossen (Jack McCauley) of Montour Falls, NY; two step children, Brian Peters of Montour Falls and Karen (Joe) McLaine of Newfield, NY; two grandsons, Ryan (Kelli) Goossen of TN and Tyler Goossen of FL; and two great grandsons, Declan Goossen and Derrick Eddington. She was predeceased by her husband, Jim Peters, in 2000.

A celebration of Virginia’s life will be held on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at the Montour Moose Lodge, 2096 State Route 14, Montour Falls. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

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

Obituary: Donald W. Litteer

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Donald W. Litteer

Age 84, of Dundee, NY, entered unto rest on Sunday, May 8, 2022 at Soldiers & Sailors Hospital in Penn Yan, NY. His niece Donna and her husband Brad were with him when he passed.

He was born in Altay, NY on May 23, 1937, the son of the late Frederick and Ethel Litteer, and attended Dundee Central School. He worked at Corning Glass for many years.

After Donnie left Corning Glass, he transitioned into truck driving. At some point in his career he began driving for R.K. Howell. He drove what his family lovingly referred to as “The Big Green Truck.” Donnie loved that truck and would keep it washed and greased.

Donnie enjoyed hunting, and turkey shoots. Whether it was a moving or standing target, his nephew Marty said, he was an excellent shot. He also enjoyed fishing and stock car racing.

His sister Sadie said that in his younger years, he was the proud owner of some beautiful cars and a motorcycle. She remembers a beautiful turquoise 1954 Harley Davidson that Donnie enjoyed riding. Her mother would tell her not to ride with him, but she would whenever she got a chance.

Donnie’s nephews, Marty Litteer and Chuckie Ackley, have many wonderful stories they share about their adventures with Uncle Donnie in their younger years. His nephew, Jimmy Barrett, was faithful to check on and visit with him. Phil Wright, Donnie’s nephew, checked on him and invited him for meals.

In Donnie’s later years, he loved mowing his lawn and loved the flowers that came up each year that his wife Virginia had planted. Donnie also enjoyed company and reminiscing about days gone by. He was always there to lend a helping hand to his friends when needed. He had many special friends that visited right up until the end: Brenda and Jeff O’Connell, Steve Hill, Charlie Reed, Francis and Lester Johnson, Jim Yeoman, Joe Mattison, Eddie and Elva Zimmerman, and Shelly and Jack Ayers.

Donnie was predeceased by his loving and kind dog, Hershey, that rode with Donnie frequently to the Classic Café for morning coffee; his friends used to tease him. Hershey will be laid to rest with Donnie and Ginny.

Donnie’s household was run by his beloved cat, Buddy. Buddy gave orders and everyone did what they were told. Buddy was a wonderful companion and housemate. Even if you weren’t a cat lover, Buddy would win you over with his personality (although he was pretty dominating). Donnie’s sister, Sadie, oversaw the household responsibilities that were beyond Buddy the cat’s capabilities.

Donnie had some health issues that required a caregiver. Jeff O’Connell became his primary caregiver with the help of his wife Brenda. In April of 2022, he had some further health issues and his sister Sadie, niece Donna and her husband Brad had to assist with his care so he could remain in his home as long as possible. His nephew, Stoney Mattison, kept Donnie and his caregivers well fed with home cooked meals.

Donnie was predeceased by the love of his life, Virginia L. Litteer. They were married for 56 years. Donnie missed his beloved wife right up until his last breath. He often spoke about how much he missed her.

He was also predeceased by his sister, Emma Barrett; brother, Fred (Skip) Litteer; brother, Robert Litteer, and sister, Lillian Ackley.

He is survived by his sister, Sadie Wheeler of Dundee; sister-in-law, Avis Litteer of Penn Yan; and by several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date. Donnie will be laid to rest in Tyrone Union Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Edith A. (Specchio) Kelly

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Edith A. (Specchio) Kelly

Age 76, of Burdett, NY passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, peacefully at home.

She was born on December 23, 1945, the daughter of the late Francis “Pompey” and Edith Specchio. She was also predeceased by her companion, Donald Romeo.

She is survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law, Theodore & Patricia Specchio and James & Kathy Specchio; her children, Craig (Cindy) Kelly, Randy (Amy) Kelly, Kim (Tim Lock) Kelly, Corie (Andy) Stansfield and Gary (Brenda) Kelly; her grandchildren, Andrew Kelly, Kari-Ann (Taylor) Gates, Joshua (Stacey) Kelly, Jacob (Katie) Kelly, Alycia (Craig) Bianco, Samantha Steinruck, Brittany (James) Kelly, Taylor (Dalton) Kelly, Braeden Lock, Joseph (Courtney) Stansfield, Jessica (Christopher) Duane, Zachary (Makenzi) Kelly, Kendal (Katelyn) Crout, and 11 great grandchildren who were her pride and joy. She is also survived by her best friend and “sister” Marge Arcangeli and by the father of her children, Gary Kelly.

She spent her life as a homemaker and made a career out of raising children; her own, her grandchildren and her great grandchildren. In addition to her own family, she helped touch the lives of over forty children and their families by being a childcare provider. Edie attended Watkins Glen High School and has resided in Burdett her entire life. Besides being a beloved “Gram,” “GG” and “Bam Bam,” she enjoyed her flower gardens, watching her birds and attending her great grandchildren’s sporting events. Edie was a devoted member of the Burdett Presbyterian Church.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, May 16, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, 119 Fifth St., Watkins Glen, NY. Her memorial service will follow at 6:00 p.m. Suggested donation can be made to the Burdett Presbyterian Church in her memory. Memories of Edie may be shared with her family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Service: Theodore H. 'Ted' Siri Jr.

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Theodore H. "Ted" Siri Jr.

A graveside service for Theodore H. "Ted" Siri Jr. will be held on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at Montour Cemetery (Upper Entrance), Mill St., Montour Falls, NY. A celebration of Ted's life will immediately follow at Kookalaroc's Bar and Grill in Watkins Glen.

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

Ted, 78, of Watkins Glen, died on Dec. 18, 2021 after a long and courageous battle of 22 years. He passed away peacefully at his son's home in Utah with his family by his side.

He is survived by his loving family: his wife of 22 years, Theresa Siri; three sons, Ted (Tonya) Siri and Garrett Siri of Highland, Utah, and Tyler Siri of Horseheads, NY; brother, Richard (Bev) Siri; sister, Arleen Place of Santa Rosa, CA; eight grandchildren, Jordan (Stephanie), Mykenna (Kyle), Taylor (Paul), J.T., Braden, Nick, Lauren, and Maya; and several nieces and nephews.

Obituary: Constance M. Smith

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Constance M. (Connie) Smith

Age 74, of Big Flats, NY passed peacefully to heaven on April 25, 2022 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY after a sudden illness.

Connie was a successful business owner of Tattersandscraps and a proud ‘up-cycler’ and maker of handmade items and original designs from antique, vintage and new materials. She did beautiful work and appreciated all her customers and people that visited her online shop. She had previously worked as a legal secretary for several agencies. Connie also worked at the John Voorheis Nationwide office in Watkins Glen as a secretary with her mom and Jackie.

She was predeceased by her parents, William and Celia Wakeman of Watkins Glen, and her nephew Steven Wakeman of IL. She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Jack Smith II; brothers and their wives, Bill & Maggie Wakeman of TX, and Larry & Kathy Wakeman of NY; sister and her husband: Carla and Joe Mospan of CA; niece Jill Hoos and great niece Jessica; nephew and wife Robert & Ksandra Wakeman and great niece; and several aunts and uncles, cousins, and friends. Connie was also predeceased by her many furry feline friends that she adored. 
              
Connie was a beautiful person, an excellent wife, my best friend, an excellent cook and helped me many times. Her lovely eyes, beautiful smile and laugh will be missed by all.
                                                                              
I want to thank Arnot Ogden Medical Center ICU for keeping her stable until the Strong Memorial Hospital Cardiac ICU Critical Care Transport Team arrived. The Critical Care Team did a wonderful job keeping me informed, getting Connie ready for the trip and successfully transporting her to the Rochester Unit. I want to thank Strong Memorial Cardiac ICU daily personnel for their overall professionalism caring for Connie, and especially the nurses for taking care of her. But unfortunately she had other organ problems before the heart surgery could be performed.
                                                                                    
There will be a private celebration of life for Connie at the convenience of her family. Interment will be in Montour Cemetery at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to alleycat.org, or to plant a tree in her memory visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Lorna Aidan McGonigal

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File at the request of a family member.

Lorna Aidan McGonigal

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -- Lorna Aidan McGonigal, 43, passed away from a sudden, unexpected illness on May 1st, 2022, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she lived with her loving husband, Tyler Schott, and their wonderful daughter, Zora. Lorna was born in Ithaca, NY, on April 9th, 1979, the daughter of Linda Fazzary and George McGonigal of Hector.

Lorna graduated from the Alternative Community School in Ithaca in 1997. She then attended Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, where her gifts for learning foreign languages (including French and Arabic), for writing and for art moved to the forefront of her studies. She transferred to Moore College of Art in Philadelphia. Lorna later secured admission to the University of Pennsylvania, where she took classes while working as an administrative/grant writing assistant at the University's School of Nursing. She graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree in Urban Studies and a Minor in Linguistics.

Lorna has a beautiful and special spirit, and is very loved. She was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter and friend. Caring and thoughtful, ready to help family, friends or strangers -- that was Lorna. Her heart could move mountains. She was sensitive, and also very witty and funny. Lorna loved art, music and literature, was an incredible writer and a fabulous cook. She was interested in a wide range of issues related to social justice and human rights. She was a feminist and abhorred racism. Lorna lived her life, and taught her daughter Zora, true to her beliefs. She loved walking in Philadelphia, photographing the cityscape and spending time with the daughter she adored.

Lorna is survived by her husband, Tyler Schott; her daughter, Zora; her mother, Linda Fazzary of Burdett; her father, George McGonigal (Cathy Emilian) of Ithaca; her father- and mother in-law, David and Anita Schott of Ithaca; brother-in-law, Jared Schott of Apex, NC; her Aunt Peggy and Uncle Tom Richardson (cousins Jessica Franzese, Katie and Sam Richardson) of Watkins Glen; Grandpa Carl Crispell of Ithaca, and Cathy's son, Keaton Daley. Uncles Morgan (Sue) Fazzary of Georgia and Mark Fazzary of Florida also survive her, as do her Great Aunt and Uncle, Barbara and Joe Fazzary of Watkins Glen. Lorna loved her many cousins, and her siblings by another mother (Yvonne Singh), Sian and Cian. She was predeceased by her grandparents, Pauline and Frank Fazzary, Jane McGonigal Crispell, Richard McGonigal, and Uncle Stewart Fazzary.

Lorna was a creative, bright and beautiful person, special and unique. She will be missed beyond words.

A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 315 N. Cayuga St.,Ithaca, NY on Saturday, May 14th at 1 p.m. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in Lorna's name may be made to Planned Parenthood or to the National Pancreas Foundation.

Obituary: Doris Force-Huston

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

Doris Force-Huston

Age 94, of Montour Falls, NY, died in her home on May 9, 2022 surrounded by loved ones. Doris was born October 11, 1927, the eldest of Fred and Grace Cope of Beaver Dams, NY.

Taking after her father, Fred, who played fiddle at grange hall dances, Doris loved music and sang blues and jazz. She sang with The Lewis Sisters at venues in Elmira, Corning, Albany, and surrounds. Her sisters, Arlene and June, also sang with Doris at family parties and events. After marrying and having children, she continued to sing and play piano right up to her 94th birthday.

Doris married Arlo Havens (deceased) and is survived by her son, Terry Havens, also a musician. She married Joseph Filippetti and is survived by Peter Filippetti, Fred Filippetti, Steven Filippetti, and Nathan Filippetti. Fred and Steve are also musicians. Doris married Sam (Francis) Force (deceased) and is survived by her daughter Cynthia G. Neale. She also married Donald Huston (deceased) of Valois, NY at age 70. She is survived by her siblings, Arlene Cope Learn, June Cope Benjamin, Kenneth Cope, and Sandra Cope Bates. Doris had eleven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces.

Everyone loved “Dory!” Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church, 305 Church St., Odessa, NY. Doris’s funeral service will follow at 12:00 noon (masks, please).  A celebration of her life dish-to-pass picnic will be held after services at Havana Glen, Montour Falls with music by her family.

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

Obituary: Larry C. Mosher

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

Larry C. Mosher

Age 58, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at home. He was born in Montour Falls on May 10, 1963, the son of the late Philip L. “Stubby” and Irene E. (McMullen) Mosher and graduated from Odessa-Montour High School, Class of ’81.
 
Larry worked at Watkins Glen International for 36 years, then went on to work for the Village of Montour Falls until 2021. Larry was an avid hunter and a member of the Spencer Masonic Lodge, Montour Moose Lodge, Mechanics Club, and Millport Hunting & Fishing Club.  He will be missed by many friends and family, but most of all his sense of humor will be deeply missed. 
 
He is survived by three daughters, Stephanie Segura of Dundee, Stacy Arnold of Beaver Dams and Ashley Castillo of Beaver Dams; brothers, Phil (Sherry) Mosher of Ladson, SC and Mike Mosher of Montour Falls; sisters, Sandra (Harry) Harrison of Montour Falls and Renee Mosher (Chuck) of Montour Falls; five grandchildren; nieces and nephews Billy Mosher, Jason Mosher, Shane Mosher, Josh Coon, Sammie (Chad) Coon, and many other nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and sisters, Jane Briggs and Bonda Orso.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, May 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A graveside service will follow at 12:00 noon at Montour Cemetery, Mill St., Montour Falls.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Masonic Lodge of Spencer, 1 Temple Lane,  P.O. Box 333, Spencer, NY 14883. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Donald J. Romeo

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

Donald J. Romeo

Age 75, of Watkins Glen, NY left us after a very long and hard fight with his cancers  on Friday, May 6, 2022 at the Bampa's House in Corning.

Donald was born in Montour Falls, NY on August 11, 1946, the son of the late Dominic J. “Mim” and Ethel N. Romeo. Don attended Morrisville College and took classes at Corning Community College. He was a drafting designer for Shepard Niles Crane and Hoist, American LaFrance, Corning Glass, and World Kitchen.

Don was an inspired photographer, who photographed many Watkins Glen High School sporting events and travel teams. His passion was taking photos for Land of Legends Raceway in Canandaigua, NY, “Don's Happy Place.” Don will be awarded a photography award from Land of Legends this year. He also took photos at the Dundee Raceway and often appeared at many other racetracks and sports car event. His family expresses their thanks to the Faulk Cancer Center and U of R for their care of Don.  

Don is survived by his sisters, Sandra Romeo of Horseheads, NY, Bonnie A. Romeo of Montour Falls, and Karen Romeo of Watkins Glen, as well as his companion, Edie Kelly. In addition, he is survived by Tony Vickio (who was like a brother), his goddaughter, Beth Vickio-Howard; many caring friends throughout the United States and Canada; as well as the descendants of Dominick and Carmela Franzese.

Friends and family may call from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 at the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen. A private graveside service at Holy Cross Cemetery, Watkins Glen, will be held at the convenience of the family.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bampa's House, PO Box 965, Corning, NY 14830, Schuyler Ambulance, PO Box 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891, the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865, or to a charity of one's choice.

Memories of Don may be shared with his family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Janice Kron

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

Janice Kron

The inevitable conclusion of the long goodbye (Alzheimer’s) arrived for Janice Kron on May 7, 2022 at the age of 77 while a resident at Beechtree Center for Rehabilitation in Ithaca, NY. After several years on this painful journey, we hold in our hearts the many more years of adventure she lived and shared with us. Janice was an explorer at heart.

Born on August 26, 1944, in Corning, NY, it didn’t take long for the freedom and love of the 1960’s to set her pace for the future. Janice was a glass worker, bartender, waitress, home health aide, bookkeeper, and office assistant over the years. However, she found the greatest joy exploring the world as a travel agent. Traveling to Europe, Africa, and throughout the islands in the Caribbean Sea. She enjoyed the depths of coral reefs diving in Bonaire and the heights of the Cliffs of Moher. She also journeyed at home, being a frequent volunteer to take her grandchildren to soccer, baseball, wrestling, basketball. Often including a side adventure to a place that caught her eye. Whether she was Mom, Grandma, or Gigi, she loved her family and would instantly change her plans to help any of us.

Janice was predeceased in life by her parents, Marvin and Evelyn Snyder. She was also on this world longer than her son, Ronald Shutter, and her sister, Nancy Snyder. She leaves her love in the hearts of her sisters Myra Giberson and Marie Jordan. Her husband, whom she became friends with again later in life, Robert Kron. Her daughters, Wendy (Brian Simpson) Shutter of Montour Falls, NY and Victoria Kron of Ithaca. Her daughter-in-law, Margaret Shutter of Horseheads, NY. Her grandchildren, Melissa (Ben) Fleischacker of Hankinson, ND, Austin Kron of Ithaca, Matthew (Maddie) Simpson of Horseheads, Matthew Shutter of Alpine, NY, Desiree Simpson of Elmira, NY, and Morgan (Nicole) Shutter of Horseheads. And until the day she died, her face would beam with light when shown pictures of her beautiful great grandchildren, Brayden Kron, Bentley Simpson, Aubree & Mackenzie Shutter, Gage & Roni Sue Fleischacker.

There will be no calling hours. In memory of Janice, the next time you are traveling around town, take a moment and stop somewhere new and different. Explore your world. Moreover, never forget to thank those who spend their careers taking care of your loved ones. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: James F. LaRow

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

James F. LaRow

Age 65, of Newfield, NY passed away on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca, NY. He was born in Montour Falls, NY on March 14, 1957, the son of the late Sanford and Frances (Hagadorn) LaRow, and graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School.

Jim was maintenance and a forklift operator at Wagner Hardwoods for over 35 years. He loved taking a long, easy ride on his motorcycle. He could often be found with a tool in his hand to work on a car or his latest home improvement project. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Jim always kept the door open for anyone looking to come in and shoot the breeze. He always looked forward to taking a drive in his ’69 Firebird. He was also an animal lover.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jill (Lawrence) LaRow; three sons, Jeff (Lisa) LaRow, James LaRow, Jr., and Joseph LaRow; sister, Brenda Collins of Newfield; two brothers, Timothy LaRow of Cayuta, NY and Paul (Betty) LaRow of Raeford, NC; mother-in-law, Ellnora Coil of Newfield; granddaughter, Makayla LaRow; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother, Sammy LaRow.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Contributions may be made in Jim’s memory to the Southern Tier Animal Control, 2897 Westinghouse Rd., Horseheads, NY 14845.

Obituary: Gene H. Smith

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

Gene H. Smith

Age 67, of Reading Center, NY, passed away after a long illness, at home with family by his side, on May 1, 2022.

He worked for Shepard Niles for nearly 30 years, and the WGCSD until he retired in 2016. He loved taking walks on state land with his wife and family, as well as working in their extensive gardens and tinkering with DIY projects.

He is survived by his much-loved wife JoAnn; children Jacinta of Reading Center, Aaron (Abbey) of Waukegan, IL, and Devlin (Vanessa) of Huntsville, AL; and grandchildren Alex,
Piper, Gabe, Lula, Alana, Kaden, Emberly, Brent and Garrett. He was predeceased by his
cherished father, Harry Smith, and much-loved father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lee and Louise Radcliffe.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either the Wildlife Wishing Well in Ithaca, or The Humane Society of Schuyler County in Montour Falls.

A Celebration of his life will be held at their home, 4087 State Route 14A in Reading Center, on May 14 from 5-7 p.m.

Please visit www.RoyceChedzoy.com to send a message of condolence to Gene’s family. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Memorial service: Margaret Bauman

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

A memorial service for Margaret June (Pound) Bauman of Watkins Glen, who died March 15, 2022 at the age of 90, will be held on Saturday, May 7 at the Odessa Baptist Church, 110 Fowler Place, Odessa, NY.

The service will be at 11:30 a.m., and will be followed by a meal in the church's Fellowship Hall.

Organizers say it would be helpful to know if anyone attending the service plans to stay for the meal. If so, please contact Richard Bauman at (607) 734-0309.

Anyone with photos related to Mrs. Bauman's life are encouraged to bring them to the service.

Obituary: Sharie Elizabeth Beaver

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

Sharie Elizabeth Beaver

Age 79, of Burdett, NY, passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at Elderwood at Waverly after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born in Buffalo, NY on June 19, 1942, the daughter of the late Edward and Elizabeth (Pfohl) Werick.

Sharie received her Bachelor's Degree in Food Science from Cornell University. She was the owner/operator of Stillman's Greenhouse in Montour Falls for forty years. She enjoyed traveling, walking and gardening, but her greatest love was her family, friends and community.

Sharie was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Stanley Beaver, on January 15, 2021. She is survived by her daughter, Laurie (Mark) Guminski of Lakewood, CO; son, Steven (Melanie) Beaver of Watkins Glen; sister, Catherine Fine of Flagstaff, AZ; brother, Edward Werick III of Buffalo, NY; and three grandchildren, Brian Swartwood, Kaitlyn Valla and Spencer Beaver.

There will be a celebration of life for Sharie and Stan on Thursday, May 5, 2022 from 3-5 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Private burial will be in Montour Cemetery. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Vernon K. Webster

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

Vernon K. Webster

Age 92, of Rock Stream, NY passed away on April 28, 2022 after a brief illness.

The family will receive friends at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 112 Sixth Street, Watkins Glen, NY from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. on Wednesday (May 4); followed by a Requiem Eucharist Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. at the church. A reception and time to greet the family will follow at the church fellowship hall. A committal interment with military honors will be held on his birthday, July 6, at Pleasant View Cemetery in Reading Center at 11:00 a.m.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Marion; son Donald Webster of Watkins Glen; daughter Tina Churches (Bruce) of Branchport; grandson Jeremy Webster (Dawana) of Rhome, TX, and granddaughter Laura Sabatini (Jason) of Trumansburg.

Vernon was a Korean War Veteran who continued his service in the Army Reserves until 1989. He retired from Shepard Niles. Vernon was also a member of the VFW, Elks, and St. James’ Episcopal Church in Watkins Glen. He was also a member of the Mechanics Club and Dundee Flying Club. Donations in his memory may be made to St. James’ Episcopal Church.

You may share a memory of Vernon with his family by visiting his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Marilyn Kay Cooper

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

Marilyn Kay (Voorheis) Cooper

Age 75, of Trumansburg, NY passed away on April 27, 2022.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, May 3 at 11:00 a.m. at the Union Cemetery of Hector in Burdett, followed by a get-together at the Burdett Fire Station.

Marilyn was born in Montour Falls, NY on November 24, 1946, the daughter of the late Lyle and Myrtle (Usher) Voorheis. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Trumansburg, and will be warmly remembered by many.

She is survived by her son, Kenneth C. Colburn II (Belinda); daughters, Schaun Lupo (Carl Sr.), Venesia Green (Scott), and Carlea Cooper Fernandes; brothers, Wayne (Florence) Voorheis and Melvin (Judy) Voorheis; sisters, Bonnie Covington and Sandra Christensen; brother-in-law Lee Newhart; sister-in-law Sharon Voorheis; 13 grandchildren, Jennifer Cooper (Chad), Ralph Lupo, Carl Lupo Jr., Doug Lupo, Maple Colburn, Brandon Green (Lauri), Kayli Green, Jordan Colburn, Sean Colburn, Hunter Colburn, Tyler Fernandes (Cassey), Samantha McDaniel (Cody), and Breann Fernandes; 12 great-grandchildren, Jason, Isabella, Christopher, Isaac, Michael, Blake, Paytynne, Carter, Mason, Saxon, Russell, and Liam; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Marilyn was predeceased by her husband, Robert Cooper Jr., in 2019; and also by her parents, Lyle and Myrtle Voorheis, brother Carl Voorheis, and sisters, Joyce Newhart and Arlene Reddick.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen, NY.

Obituary: Nora E. Hults

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

Nora E. (Whitehead) Hults

Age 92, formally of Pulteney, NY, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Monday, April 25, 2022 at the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY. She was born on April 28, 1930, the daughter of the late Ira and Cora (Cleveland) Whitehead.

Nora was predeceased by her husband of 44 years, Russell T. Hults; two sons, Larry and Donald Hults; a brother, Dwight Whitehead; a sister, Louise Shattack; and by a great granddaughter, Sierra Rose Parker.

She is survived by three sons, Francis, Daniel and Phillip Hults, all of Bath, NY; four daughters, Cheryl Allen (Dennis Lindsley) of Odessa, NY, Debra Hines (David deceased) of Watkins Glen, NY, Susan Hults (Jack White deceased) and Deb Hoad; many grandchildren; great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 5 from 10-11 a.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Nora’s funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by burial in Thomas Cemetery in Pulteney. Following graveside services, there will be a gathering at a place to be announced. Please bring a dish to pass and your own table service.

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

Obituary: Charles W. Doane

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

Charles W. Doane

Age 73, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on April 25, 2022.

A private family graveside service will be held at Beaver Dams Cemetery. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date, and will be announced.

Chuck was born on September 7, 1948 in Montour Falls, NY, the son of Maurice and Grace Doane. Chuck was a self-employed carpet installer for many years and retired from Warehouse Carpet in Horseheads. He was a 52 year-member of the BPOE #1546 Elks Lodge in Watkins Glen and the Mechanics Club in Montour Falls.

Chuck coached the Watkins Glen Sporting Goods Little League Baseball team for many years. He was a lifelong Yankees Baseball and Syracuse Basketball fan.

He is survived by his companion, Patricia Sabatini; three children, Adam Doane, Anthony Doane and Kalinda Doane, all of Watkins Glen; sisters Sandra Doane Sears and Debra Doane, both of Beaver Dams; two grandchildren, Jordan and Michael Doane; great-grandson Levi Swayze; his four-legged companion, Angus; and several nieces and nephews.

Please visit www.RoyceChedzoy.com to send a message of condolence to Chuck’s family.

Obituary: Rodney S. Jaynes

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

Rodney S. Jaynes

Oh, the last goodbye’s the hardest to say, and this is where the cowboy rides away.

On April 22, Rodney’s wings were ready and the Lord called him home. He leaves behind his family and friends with broken hearts, but all had lives that were enriched by the man we called Husband, Dad, Grampa, Brother, Friend, and Competitor.

Rodney, 73, a resident of Beaver Dams, NY since childhood, proudly answered the call of his country when he was needed. He served in the U.S. Army and spent time in the Vietnam War. After returning home, he and his Dad had a successful riding stable and bought and sold many, many horses. He eventually had a rewarding career in Heavy Road Construction and retired from the Schuyler County Highway Department, where he served as Deputy Superintendent.

He always worked road construction to pay the bills, but there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that his true passion, and in his later years his salvation, was horses. He was a true cowboy. He loved horse trading and took great pride in happy customers. Over the years he had rode Broncs, Barrel Raced, and for the last few years excelled in Ranch Sorting and Team Penning. If RJ was there, it was going to be a good show with tough competition. He loved to ride with everyone! His trademark was to show up to a show with a new horse and being asked “What’s this horse?” he’d smile and say “I’ll let you know, I just bought her last night.” More often than not, he’d have that horse in the Winner’s Circle that day. In his earlier years, that feat may have taken some beer to accomplish, but later in life, it was pure talent and true horsemanship.

He was just as tough at Horse Auctions. If he saw one he liked, he was most likely going to own that horse when the auction was over. He had a great eye and unmatched talent in getting one to ride just right. Rodney will be truly missed by so many in the arenas and sales barns for years to come.

Rodney was so very proud of his family and the life he created. He was the best Husband, best Friend, Daddy, Grandpa, and Brother ever. He could be counted on day or night to help anyone who needed it. Whether you needed a hug, or a laugh, or a horse to ride, he was your man. He loved being Grampa, and took great pride in teaching his grandkids about horses and riding. They spent many days riding around with Grampa on the golf cart or Gator helping him do farm work. They will cherish those days and memories forever.

Rodney leaves behind his family that misses him dearly: his wife, Susan; son, Stephen and his fiancé, Missy Gonzalez; son, Michael, and daughter, Kimberly Johnson; brothers and sisters in law, Kenneth and Mary Jaynes, Larry and Charlotte Jaynes, and sister, Anna Snyder; father-in-law, Bill Cisco; his grandchildren, Kylie Colegrove, Tas, Oakley, and Faye Jaynes, Gavin and Kadence Johnson, Drew Holmes, and Gavin and Bella Gonzalez. He leaves behind nieces and nephews and many special friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Ralph and Mary Jaynes, and mother in law, Ellen Cisco.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Flint Funeral Home, 10 Wall Street in Addison on Friday, April 29, 2022 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. A celebration of Rodney’s life and military honors will immediately follow at 6:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Tunnels 2 Towers or the Wounded Warrior project.

Rodney’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at the Bath VA Medical Center for their dignity and compassionate care.

Obituary: Minarod J. Gascon, Jr.

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

Minarod J. Gascon, Jr.

Age 86, of Monterey, NY passed away early in the morning on Wednesday, April 6, 2022.

He is survived by his daughter, Laura (Brian) Goodwin; son, Brian Gascon (Andrea Johnson); three grandchildren, Megan Goodwin (Jim S.), Kimberly Goodwin (Christopher G.), and Brandon (Jessica) Goodwin; and three great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Patricia Gascon, in 2020.

He will always be loved greatly and missed beyond words. Even more fortunate is that we knew we were loved by him. RIP daddy. We love you!

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, April 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. His funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m.

Minarod was a 20-year U.S. Army veteran and will be buried with full military honors at Maltby Cemetery. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: John N. Payne

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Bishop & DeSanto (formerly Avoca) Funeral Home, Avoca.

John N. Payne

CAMPBELL/AVOCA – John N. (Judd) Payne passed away quietly, surrounded by his loving wife and children, on Monday, April 18, 2022 after waging a fierce battle with Plasma Cell Leukemia.

In his short 62 years here, John made an impression on nearly everyone he ever met. He was the type of man who would go out of his way to help a perfect stranger, he never had a bad word to say about anyone, and he always had a story to tell. His wit, humor, and kindness were famous, as was his passion for all things automotive. Not many people in the world love Chevy trucks or Buicks as much, or know as much about them, as John Payne.

A hard worker since his youth, John was employed at Philips Lighting in Bath for 25 years. It was there, in 1984, that John met the woman of his dreams. It was her car that he spotted first, a 1964 Chevy Nova. When he finally met the woman who owned it, he knew he’d found a keeper. Thirty-seven years later, Deb was still the light of his life.

Together they built a beautiful life, raising three children and later watching their grandchildren grow. He will be deeply missed by his daughter Jenifer Payne and his grandsons, Xavier & Xander; his daughter Ashley (Halen) Allison and his granddaughters Annabelle, Hazel, and Skylar, and his son Justin Payne. John couldn’t have been prouder of the children they raised, but everyone knows it was the grandkids who stole his heart away.

In 2004 he left Philips to pursue a lifelong dream of owning a salvage yard. He took the big leap with his career change when he purchased Jaynes Used Auto Parts in Reading Center. He spent the next 17 years working ceaselessly to build and grow his business and to provide for his family.

When John wasn’t working with cars, he was an avid hunter and family man. He and Deb loved to spend their summers camping and swimming with their kids and grandkids and many friends. Recently they purchased a cottage on Waneta Lake where they enjoyed their “Lake Time” with their friends and family.

In addition to his devoted wife, loving children, and grandchildren, John is survived and will be missed by his mother (“Ma”), Ellen Payne nee Frankfather; his brothers, Steve (Deb) Bliss, Ron Bliss, and Dave (Bobbie) Bliss, and his sister Laurie Stevens nee Payne; as well as by several nieces and nephews and many other family and friends.

John was predeceased by his father, Nelson F. Payne, his paternal grandparents, John & Grace Payne nee Haley, and his maternal grandparents, Harry Frankfather and Delores Storebeck nee Bendle.

Calling hours will be held at the Bishop & DeSanto (formerly Avoca) Funeral Home, 22 N. Main St., Avoca, on Saturday, (April 23, 2022) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. A private service will be held later at the family’s convenience. A celebration of John’s life will be held for all family and friends at the Bath VFW beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday (April 23, 2022).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Inc. (LLS) to further research in the fight against blood cancers, online at https://givenow.lls.org/give/394054/#!/donation/checkout or by mail, PO Box 22324, New York, NY 10087.

The Bishop & DeSanto (formerly Avoca) Funeral Home is honored to assist John’s family with the arrangements.

To leave your own personal remembrance or condolence you may visit the Facebook page of Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home.

Obituary: Leonard Donald Knapp

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

Leonard Donald Knapp

Age 71, of Watkins Glen, NY died very unexpectedly on Friday, April 8, 2022 at his home from a heart attack.

Born May 30, 1950, the son of Leonard and Lola Smith Knapp, Lenny lived all of his life in Watkins Glen, with the exception of college and construction work in Texas. He graduated from WGCS in 1968, SUNY Alfred in 1970, and SUNY College at Buffalo (including a semester in Siena, Italy) in 1972. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Watkins Glen and the Improved Order of Red Men.

In addition to working at Shepard Niles and Schuyler Hospital, Lenny was a skilled carpenter. He was also a loving and dependable brother and son who cared for his parents around the clock at the end of their lives, honoring their wishes to remain at home.

Lenny enjoyed hunting with his grandfather as a boy, and maintained an enthusiasm for it all of his life. He liked being out in the woods and walking with his dogs in the fields. He was an avid gardener and a problem solver who had an expansive interest in life, always wanting to share what he discovered with others.

Survivors include his sister Linda McIntyre, niece Laurel McIntyre, cousins Chuck Knapp, Lee Huey, Jane Leszyk, Jackie Gublo, and Jill Gaylord, and many dear friends.

A memorial gathering will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at the Watkins Glen Presbyterian Church. Donations in Lenny’s memory to the organization of one’s choice will be appreciated, as will written remembrances of his life from people who knew him.

The family thanks Kyle of the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home and Dr. Benjamin Saks for their assistance at this sad time.

Obituary: Frederick R. Scott

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

Frederick R. Scott

Age 72, formerly of Odessa, NY and longtime funeral director and former owner of Vedder and Scott Inc. Funeral Home in Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2022 in Roanoke, Virginia.

Services will be held locally and will be announced at a later date. A full obituary will follow.

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

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

Obituary: Douglas Hagin

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

Douglas Hagin

Age 64, of Watkins Glen and formerly of Lansing, NY, passed away peacefully at home after an extended illness, on April 19, 2022.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Sunday (April 24) from 2 p.m.-5 p.m.; followed by a memorial service at the funeral home at 5 p.m.

He is survived by his wife Sandra Hagin; son Casey Hagin of Ithaca; daughter Kelsey (Dylan) Bailey of Horseheads; brother Bill (Jo) Hagin of Ithaca; sister Phyllis (Daryl) Haynor and their children, Kristen and Nicolas of Oakton, VA; and his beloved fur babies.

Doug was an Insurance Agent for 40 years, co-owning and operating E.C. Cooper Insurance in Watkins Glen since 2005. Doug was a member and Paul Harris Fellow of the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club, a member of the BPOE Elks Lodge in Watkins Glen, and a member and volunteer with the VetsRide motorcycle organization.

Doug was always a competitive person; from high school baseball to getting the bug to ski and becoming an instructor to racing on a professional circuit. After that, he decided to settle down and and continue his competitive qualities through his kids.

He was passionate about everything he did in life, like hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and spending time on Tug Hill with some of the best people. As of late, his greatest passions were his motorcycles, his family (2&4 legged), catching more fish than his daughter, and swimming faster than his son.

Doug was the kind of person who could make friends anywhere. He was a true friend and would do anything for anyone. He will be truly missed by all.

Memorial donations may be made in Doug’s memory to CareFirst or the Schuyler County Humane Society. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home.

Obituary: Richard E. Huyler, Jr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Haughey Funeral Home, Corning.

Richard E. Huyler, Jr.

Age 62, of Corning, NY passed away at his residence on April 17, 2022 with his family by his side.

Rick was born on November 17, 1959 in Corning, the son of Richard Huyler and Dora May Wright.

He attended Corning East High School, then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving with the 4th Battalion, 10th Marines, 2nd Marine Division from 1976-1979.

On July 1, 1995, he married Tracy Carey in their backyard in Beaver Dams, NY.

Rick worked at American LaFrance, was a self-employed contractor for several years, then worked for FM Howell in Elmira from 1993-2020.

He attended Grace Lee Memorial Wesleyan Church in Beaver Dams.

Rick enjoyed playing the guitar, drawing, watching NASCAR races, being a carpenter and building things, and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Tracy, of Corning; daughters, Alicia Huyler-Young of Corning and Elizabeth Huyler of Corning; grandchildren, Kollyn Huyler, Megan Huyler, Shannon Welch, Azreal Demby, Skyler Young, and Lukas Young; sisters, Dawn (Kevin) Wright of Palmyra, NY and Helen (Randy) Jackson of Lakeland, FL; brothers, Al (Kathy) Washburn of Puyallup, WA, Carl Washburn of Spokane, WA and Dale Wright; stepfather, Charles Wright; aunt, Geraldine (Ralph) Pipe; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Frank (Mary) Carey; brothers-in-law, Frank (Michelle) Carey and Robert Carey; and several nieces and nephews.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents, Richard E. Huyler, Sr. and Dora M. Wright; son, Richard Huyler, III; sister, Laura Huyler; and stepmother, Jan Huyler. 

Friends are invited for a public visitation on Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Grace Lee Memorial Wesleyan Church, 2075 Chambers Road in Beaver Dams with a funeral service to follow at noon with Pastor Greg Wixson officiating. Burial will be in Beaver Dams Cemetery.

Memorial donations, if desired, can be made to CareFirst, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14870, www.carefirstny.org, or to Guthrie Corning Cancer Center, 2 Guthrie Drive, Corning, NY 14830, www.guthrie.org/giving-guthrie/honor-memorial-giving.

Rick's family has entrusted his care to the Haughey Funeral Home, Inc.

Obituary: Karen A. Specchio Walther

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

Karen A. Specchio Walther

Age 58, of Horseheads, NY passed away unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, April 12, 2022.

Karen is survived by her son: Dylan Walther and fiancé Tianna Angrove of Horseheads, NY; her cherished gifts: grandsons Aiden and Cole Walther; Mother Barbara Specchio of Watkins Glen; brother Larry Specchio (Laura); sister Laurie DeNardo (Robin); special nieces: Dr. Patti DeNardo Beall, and Alyssa Specchio. Karen was pre-deceased by her husband Jeff Walther on March 7, 2008, and by her father Theodore Specchio on October 12, 2014.

Karen was blessed by the care she was given by so many of her wonderful aides, especially Ann and Eileen. She loved spending time with family and the memories created on Seneca Lake.

Relatives and friends called at the Lynch Funeral Home, Horseheads on Saturday, April 16, with Karen's funeral service held at the conclusion of calling hours. Private burial will be held at Maple Grove Cemetery in Horseheads, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband Jeff.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Carefirst/Hospice to honor the wonderful care provided to Karen. Address: Carefirst, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14870. Words of condolence and memories may be shared at www.lynchsfuneralhome.com

To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Karen Walther, please visit the funeral home's Tree Store .

Obituary: Robert C. Searles

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

Robert C. Searles

Age 86, of Alpine,NY passed away at home on April 14, 2022. Bob was born on January 15, 1936 in Trumansburg, NY to the late Charles John Searles and Marjorie Marie Leonard Searles.
 
Bob retired as a mechanic in Ithaca. In his spare time, he loved working on the family farm with his brother and helping others with farming. Bob was an avid NASCAR fan, and he loved to hunt, bird watch and garden. He was always so proud of the big beets he grew. Bob was a gentle soul and very caring.

He was predeceased by his longtime friend, Emma; son Robby; brother Wayne; sisters Margie and Pat, and stepson David. He is survived by his son Rick (Kristen) of Ithaca; daughters Tammy (Jimmy) of Louisiana and Nancy (Jimmy) of Louisiana; sisters Donna (Tom), Wanda and Sandy; special nephews Chip (Michele) of Mecklenburg and Todd (Sara) of Trumansburg; special niece Tina (Joel) of Lodi; stepchildren Joanne (Bob), Andy (Sue), Carolyn, Elberta (Buck), Jim (Janet), Bruce (Connie), Charlie and Linda; and his special doggy friend, Bow Wow. Bob had several nieces and nephews, many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He will truly be missed by all who loved and knew him. 

Bob’s interment will be held on Sunday, April 24 at 11:00 a..m at Laurel Hill Cemetery, County Road 10, Alpine. Following the interment, the family will receive friends and family at his home, 3218 State Route 228, Alpine from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

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

Obituary: Donna K. Compton

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

Donna K. Compton

Age 69, of Burdett, NY, passed away on April 14, 2022.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Thursday (April 21) from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.; followed by a memorial service celebrating her life at 8 p.m.

She is survived by her loving husband Paul; daughter Heather (Kevin) Gokey of Montour Falls; son James (Hannah) Compton of Burdett; three grandchildren, Kayla, Madelyn and Layne; mother Helen Moore of Montour Falls; and numerous brothers and sisters.

Donna loved her grandchildren and spending time at their home on Three Mile Bay. She also loved owls, especially collecting figures of them. Donna was the office manager at Gokey & Compton Heating & Air Conditioning in Montour Falls.

Please visit www.RoyceChedzoy.com to send a message of condolence to Donna’s family.

Obituary: Robert E. Allen

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

Robert E. Allen

Age 68, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on April 13, 2022.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Friday (April 22) from 12 noon-2 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. at the funeral home and burial at Hector Presbyterian Cemetery. A reception will follow at Logan Community Center.

Bob was predeceased by his son Brandon Robert Allen and two brothers, Bernard and Henry Allen.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Lori Allen; sons Jason Allen of Montour Falls and Jeremy Allen of Elmira; stepson Joshua Brown of Burdett; mother Estellene ‘Esty” Allen of Montour Falls; sister Nancy Morse of Montour Falls; grandchildren Andrew, Jamielynn, Bella, Jason, and Sean; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Please visit www.RoyceChedzoy.com to send a message of condolence to Bob’s family.

Obituary: John C. Barnes

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

John C. Barnes

Age 72, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on January 28, 2022.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Friday, April 29 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; followed by military honors presented at 1:00 p.m.

John worked at Watkins Glen International Raceway as an Electrician and prior for the Village of Watkins Glen. He especially enjoyed time spent fishing and hunting with his friends.

John was born in Montour Falls, NY, the son of John “Jack” and Mary (DeWitt) Barnes. He honorably served in the United States Marine Corps.

He was predeceased by his parents, and daughter Jennifer Purvis. Also, a brother and sister, William Barnes and Nancy Williams.

Survivors include two daughters, Jannie (Jason) Taft of Campbell, NY and Dannielle Kinner of Pennsylvania. Also, sisters Patricia Henderson (Loren Walp) of Odessa, NY and Catherine (Bob) Buckingham of California; nieces and nephews, Heather Henderson of Odessa, Chris Barnes and family of Georgia, Shannon Ortega of California, Ryan Bradley of California, Matthew Buchanan of Odessa, and Jeffery Steiner of Spencer, NY; and one granddaughter, Jade (Joe) Taft.

Please visit his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com to share a memory of John with his family.

Obituary: Kenneth B. Hilliard

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

Kenneth B. Hilliard

Age 89, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away peacefully on Friday, April 8, 2022. He was born in Willimantic, CT on June 2, 1932, the son of the late Wallace and Bessie (Frink) Hilliard.

Ken, who served with the United States Air Force for several years, worked as a draftsman estimator at Vistawall Architectural Products in Lincoln, RI through the 1980’s and 1990’s and The Glass Company and Energy Savers in Elmira, where he retired in 2006.

He was an avid NASCAR fan; he was also a spotter for Spraker Racing for many years and enjoyed watching football. Ken loved antique automobiles, and was a founding member of the Rear Gears Hot Rod Club in Willimantic, CT and the Hector Car Show. He also worked for the Race Communications Association at the Watkins Glen race track in the early ‘70’s.

He is survived by a son, Mark P. Hilliard (Kelli Curtis) of Owlshead, ME; daughter, Sharron J. Hilliard (James Teribury) of Watkins Glen; grandchildren, Mitchell Hilliard (Lori) of Melbourne, FL, Corey Teribury (Sierra) of Montour Falls, NY, Michelle Chapman (Lucian Weese) of Ohio and Morgan Hilliard (Christine) of Maine; great grandchildren, Koby Hilliard of Elmira, Greyson Teribury of Montour Falls, Matthew, Brady and Carter Chapman of Ohio, and Cameron and Otis Hilliard of Maine; and special great niece, Kelly O’Sullivan. He was predeceased by his son, Mitchell K. Hilliard, in 2007.

A celebration of Ken’s life will be held on Saturday, April 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Valois Logan Hector Volunteer Fire Company, 5736 State Route 414, Hector. He will be buried next to his mother at a later date in Columbia, CT. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Valois Logan Hector Volunteer Fire Company.

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

Obituary: Ruth Mosher Roy

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

Ruth Mosher Roy

Age 105, of LaBelle, Florida and formerly of the Southern Tier, died peacefully on April 9, 2022. Ruth was born September 16, 1916.

Her early years were spent in Center Mills, in the town of Horseheads, NY, across the street from her great grandfather’s grist, plaster, and lumber mills. She attended school in Montour Falls, NY and graduated from Cook Academy there. She earned her B.A. and later her M.A. in Education from Elmira College.

She fell in love and married Gerald M. Roy on September 24, 1939. She worked at Cornell University before she had children. She taught at Southside High School in Elmira after her children were grown until she retired in 1978.

She was predeceased by her husband Gerald, son Robert Roy, son-in-law Richard Wade, and grandchildren Timothy Roy, Sarah Roy, and Jill Beese. She is survived by her children Elizabeth Wade, Rhonda Roy, Tom (Ann) Roy and George “Rick” (Nancy) Roy;   grandchildren Barbara (Duane) Frantz, Lynn Wade, James (Sherri) Wade, Kristen (Patrick) Macarchuk, Logan (Kelsey) Roy, Emma (Ryan) Dodge, Isabel Roy, Albert (Rosemary) Roy, Andrew (Lauren) Roy, and Matthew (Alicia) Roy; 14 great grandchildren, and 8 great great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be scheduled at the Church of the Good Shepherd, LaBelle, Florida. Ruth’s interment will be later this summer at the Tioga Point Cemetery in Athens, Pa., Deacon Rick Roy, officiant.

Obituary: Donald 'Steve' Rappleye

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

Donald “Steve” Rappleye

Age 64, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on April 11, 2022.

The family will receive friends and family at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Saturday, April 16 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m. and burial at Tyrone Union Cemetery.

Donald was predeceased by his father, Winston Rappleye, and two brothers, James and Kevin Rappleye. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Bonnie; four sons, Donald Rappleye Jr. of Fort Wayne, Ind., Jesse (Jaime) Rappleye of Dresden, Corey (Sarah) Rappleye of Watkins Glen, and Logan Rappleye of Montour Falls; mother, Mary Rappleye; three brothers, John (Peggy) Rappleye of Beaver Dams, Gary Rappleye of Caitlin Hill, and Winston Rappleye of Watkins Glen; and six grandchildren whom he adored.

Don loved the outdoors and farming, and especially spending time with his family and grandchildren. He was loved by his family and friends.

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

Obituary: Gary Robert Anderson

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Fountain Funeral Home, Avon Park, Florida.

Gary Robert Anderson

Age 78, of Sebring, Florida passed away on Monday afternoon, April 4, 2022 at the Highlands Regional Medical Center, Floyd County, Kentucky.

A native of Montour Falls, NY, he had lived in Florida since he was 12 in Lakeland and then Sebring. He was a graduate of Kathleen High School in Lakeland. Gary retired as a Radio Operator from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years of service, then worked for the Polk County (FL) Sheriff's Office as a booking officer for 15 years.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Rackauskis-Anderson; daughters, Potsie Anderson and Marian (Brian) Anderson Orr; stepchildren, Robert Simpasit, Roger Stovall, Jeremy Stovall and Josh (Nino Shioshvilli) Stovall; and 15 grandchildren.

A graveside service with military honors will be held on Thursday, April 14 at 9:30 a.m. at Sarasota National Cemetery.

Obituary: June Elizabeth Howell

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

June Elizabeth Howell

Age 75, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on Thursday, April 7, 2022. She was born in Corning, NY on June 3, 1946, the daughter of the late Ralph and Fern Coy.

June worked as a cleaner for many years at the laundromats in Montour Falls and Watkins Glen. She was predeceased by her husband, Delroy Howell, and by her brothers, Ronald Coy and Ralph Coy, Jr. She is survived by her sister, Dolores Breon of Beaver Dams, NY; nieces, Debborah (Tom) Manning of Beaver Dams, Melissa (John) Carpenter of Virginia and Rebecca Breon of Elmira, NY; and great nieces, Alexis Carpenter and Gabriella Carpenter, both of Virginia.

June’s memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 12 at 11:00 a.m. at the Montour Falls United Methodist Church, 128 Owego St., Montour Falls. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Montour Falls United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 309, Montour Falls, NY 14865.

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

Obituary: Todd Morgan

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

Todd Morgan

Age 68, of Weeki Wachee Acres, Spring Hill, FL passed away on March 15, 2022 at Oak Hill Hospital, Brooksville FL.

He was born in Elmira, NY, and raised in Alpine, NY, and moved to the Spring Hill area in 1993. He was Christian by faith and loved helping people in any way that he could. He was a horticulturist and became a dear friend to his many rose clients in Tampa and surrounding areas.

He was predeceased by his maternal and paternal grandparents and his mother and father, Ronald and Madalyn Morgan of Alpine, NY.

He is survived by his siblings, Robert Sipka (Sharon), Bedford, VA, Richard Sipka (Marion), W. Warwick, RI, Karen Hancock of Lowman, NY, and Glenn Morgan of Horseheads, NY; and by numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Final arrangements will be made at a later date.

Obituary: Michael C. Koloski Jr.

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

Michael C. Koloski Jr.

Age 82, of Montour Falls, NY passed away at home on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

Michael was born in Brooklyn, NY on December 16, 1939, the son of the late Michael C. and Ursula (Fazio) Koloski Sr. He married Linda McInenly on September 19, 1959. Mike owned and operated his own roofing and siding company in New Jersey known as K&K Siding. He had retired as a welder from Shepard Niles in Montour Falls.

Mike enjoyed life. He raised pigeons and enjoyed cruising, eating seafood and long walks. He loved his hunting parties on “Crazy Acres” and his party shirts.  He was a member of the Mechanics Club and was a communicant at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church.

Michael is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Linda M. (McInenly) Koloski; daughters, Lynette Koloski (Tony LaRocca) and Michele (Jeff) Blanchard; son, James Koloski; grandchildren, Peyton Westlake, Victoria (Connor) Mason and Craig Blanchard; his beloved cat, Sammy; special nephew, Michael (Sue) Rentschler; great nephews, Brian (Courtney) and Timothy (Paige) Rentschler; and great great nephews, Tucker and Brady Rentschler. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Michael “Mikey” Koloski, and granddaughter, Jade Ann Koloski.

Friends and family may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 3 at the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen, NY. A Mass will be celebrated on Monday, April 4 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Watkins Glen.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mike’s memory to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865. Memories of Michael may be shared with his family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Kevin P. Waters

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

Kevin P. Waters

Age 61, of Jefferson Village Apartments, Watkins Glen, NY, passed away unexpectedly on March 28, 2022 following a short illness.    

A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, Watkins Glen on Friday (April 1) at 10:00 a.m. An interment and committal will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Cortland, NY at 1 p.m. that same afternoon. The family invites friends and family to join them for one or both celebrations of Kevin’s life. There will not be a formal reception at this time. We invite you to gather, share stories and celebrate Kevin’s memory in your own way. Celebrate family, friendship and remember Kevin’s kind and gentle spirit. This is the legacy he leaves for all of us.

Kevin was predeceased by his father, Eugene; his stepbrother, Brian; his nephews, David and Jack, and his beloved guide dog, Bounce. He is survived by his mother, Sandy; his brothers, Michael (Betsy) and William (Kim); sister, Elizabeth (Joel); his nieces and nephews, Madison, Elizabeth, MaryClare, Katherine, Teddy, Vivi, Dean (Courtney), and Ben (Zoe); his faithful companion Saxton (his guide dog), and many amazing cousins and friends who were like family to Kevin.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Schuyler County 911 Dispatch Center or Freedom Guide Dogs https://freedomguidedogs.com/donation-page/

You may share a memory of Kevin by visiting his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Roberta Barrett Gwilt

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

Roberta Barrett Gwilt

Age 71, of Syracuse, NY passed away peacefully on March 4, 2022. In recent years she dealt with various health issues, which limited her physically, but she met them with the same courage, spirit, and humor that she exhibited throughout her life. She was a caring mother, grandmother, sister, colleague, and friend.

Roberta was born in Elmira, NY to Robert and Carolyn Barrett in 1950. She grew up in Montour Falls, NY, graduating from high school and going on to receive her B.S. (1972) and M.S. (1976) in Library Science from Syracuse University.

She joined the Syracuse University Libraries in 1978 where she had a fulfilling 45-year career, contributing to the University through her teaching, scholarly research, and professional service. She took pride in her work and that was reflected in the level of passion she exhibited over her decades of dedicated leadership, mentorship, and advocacy. She positively impacted faculty and students alike, developing cherished friendships with many colleagues, particularly Terriruth (TC) Carrier, Charles Tremper, and Dorcas MacDonald.

Roberta loved spending time with her family, particularly her grandchildren who adored their “Grammie.” To them she passed down a love of reading, an appreciation for nature, and a love of cats (a.k.a. tiny terrors/furry sharks/ love sponges). She always had a furry friend in her company throughout her life, and after her passing, her beloved cat Teenie joined her on March 21st. Our hearts are glad to know they have each other still. She loved watching football, reading a good murder mystery, listening to a favorite record, and could never turn down an offer for ice cream.

She shared many wonderful memories with Daniel Gwilt, her lifelong love, most of which were focused on music, travel, and motorcycles -- all of which she enjoyed. They took many trips together traveling the country and experiencing the excitement of new places and faces. They shared countless evenings listening to favorite musicians, recalling adventures (old and new), and dreaming up new plans for future trips.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her daughter Alaina (Jared) Valletta; grandchildren Farrah, Kyle, and Danielle; her brother Tim Barrett; nieces Allison Spain and Valerie Duggan; her cat Weenie, and Daniel Gwilt, who devoted his days to her care and comfort, enabling her to spend as much time as possible in her retirement enjoying the things she loved, with those she cared so deeply for. She will forever be in our hearts.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, April 8 from 4-7 p.m. at Butler-Badman Funeral Home, 4504 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse.

The family would like to extend the most heartfelt thanks for all who assisted her at Upstate 9th Floor Neurology, as well as the ICU nurses and staff. Your care and compassion are sincerely appreciated.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her name to the ASPCA -- to which she was an annual donor -- or a local animal shelter / advocacy group of your choosing. Please leave a note in the funeral home online guestbook sharing a memory.

Obituary: Raymond E. Estelle

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

Raymond E. Estelle

Age 61, of Watkins Glen, NY and formerly of Lakewood, NJ, passed away at home on March 18, 2022.

Ray was born in Neptune, NJ on March 27, 1960, the son of Harry Raymond Estelle and Marianne (Reya) Estelle.

He was predeceased by his mother Marianne and his sister Susan.

Raymond is survived by his lifelong special friend, Laura Crow; and his sidekick and four-legged buddy, Chico. He is also survived by his father Harry and sister Laurie, nieces, nephews, and many numerous friends.

Ray was a kind, generous, happy “Gentle Giant.” He enjoyed life to the fullest and always thought of other people before himself. He was a kind soul and will be missed.

Those wishing to leave a memory of Ray may visit his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Drive, Montour Falls, NY 14865 (or online at SchuylerHumane.org). Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Daniel J. Rahilly Sr.

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

Daniel J. Rahilly Sr.

Of Montour Falls, NY, passed away peacefully on March 25, 2022 at home with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Lisa, and their three sons, Patrick, Daniel Jr. and Jesse; daughters-in-law, Nancy, Catrine, and Shannin; and eight grandchildren, Michael, Gabriel, Conner, Cameron, Emma Rose, Madison, Jace, and Chelsea.

Anyone who knew Dan appreciated his big heart, his ready laugh, and the kindness he bestowed upon everyone he met -- which by the way he never met a stranger. Dan was known for his love of family and his love of his work, where a day never went by that he wasn’t swinging a hammer. Building was his passion -- a legacy he passed on to his children. Dan never saw an obstacle; he was an optimist who always had an open door for those in need.

Dan’s loss will be felt in the local community as he was a friend and acquaintance to so many.

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

Obituary: Jack (Albert John) Haughey

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Haughey Funeral Home, Corning.

Jack (Albert John) Haughey

CORNING, NY -- Jack (Albert John) Haughey, 84, owner and Funeral Director of the Haughey Funeral Home in Corning from 1966 until his retirement in 2012, died Thursday, March 24, 2022 peacefully at his home in the comfort and care of his family.

Jack was born at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, NY on September 7, 1937, the son of John and Geraldine (Snyder) Haughey. He received his education in the Watkins Glen School District, New England College, and Simmons School of Mortuary Science and completed his internship in Norwich, NY.

Jack is survived by his wife of 65 years, Patricia Ann Carpenter; his daughters, Cheryl Ann Haughey, Fort Myers, FL, Margaret Ann, EdD (Lee, DBA) Schimmoeller, Forest, VA, Elizabeth Ann (Michele) Gallo, Georgetown, TX, Amy Ann (Mark) Eagle, Oneonta, NY, and Michele Ann (Shawn)  Donegan, Wolcott, NY; his grandchildren, Brittany Haughey Kibler, Leigha Ann Schimmoeller (DPT), Kenneth Carpenter Schimmoeller, Jack Haughey Schimmoeller, Kelly Haughey Gallo, Jacqueline Ann (John) Dillard, Megan Ann (Joel) Maloney, Sgt. Connor Haughey (Darian) Eagle, Carlie Ann (Lt. Seth) Bixler, Abigail Ann (Stephen) Ruggles, and Cale Haughey Donegan; and great grandchildren, Lucy and Stella Dillard, Patricia, Clement, Chester and Rowan Maloney, and Clancey Ruggles; sisters, Susan (Raymond) Garrett, Elizabeth Suits, and Mary Jo Haughey; brother-in-law, Carlton Carpenter, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Jack was predeceased by his parents, John Albert and Geraldine Haughey; a sister, Alice Joyce Haughey; a grandson, Clancey Gerald Donegan, and his mother- and father-in-law, Meta Alice and Kenneth Earl Carpenter.

Jack was an accomplished high school athlete, receiving numerous honors and awards in basketball, football and tennis. Continuing his athletic passions, he pursued professional boxing.

Jack followed his heart in the service of others and trained to become a funeral director, purchasing a business in Corning with his wife Pat. His commitment to families in the community was evident as he worked to create a Home focused on building trust and caring for others in their time of need. Jack’s outreach extended throughout Corning, as he participated in many community organizations over the years. He was a member and engaged volunteer of St. Patrick’s Church/All Saints Parish and was instrumental in the development of local televised masses; he coached youth basketball at All Saints, and was an active member of the Knights of Columbus Third Degree and Fourth Degree and past Grand Knight, past President of the local Lion’s Club, and a member of Corning Elks Club.

Although Jack worked around the clock, endlessly sharing love and compassion with what he called “his families,” he always had time for his wife and daughters, lovingly referred to as “the girls.”  Jack was actively involved in his daughters’ education, always putting their schooling and faith first. Jack’s grandchildren and great grandchildren were his world. He loved them unconditionally and was very proud of their accomplishments. His grandbabies brought the biggest smiles to his face even in the last days of his life. Papa cherished every minute he spent with them, and they cherished him right back!

When Jack retired he was fortunate to find a local, caring professional in Jon Carpenter to carry on the Haughey Funeral Home legacy. He enjoyed spending time with his best friend and love of his life, Patricia. Jack loved skeet shooting and pheasant hunting with his beloved dog companion, Dude, and spending quality time with family and friends at Seneca Lake.

Our family would like to extend special thanks to Visiting Angels, Penni and Shirley, and the many caring friends at Appleridge for the care, compassion, and respect they gave Jack during the past year.

Calling hours for Jack will be Wednesday, March 30 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Haughey Funeral Home, Inc., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s Church, 155 State Street in Corning, on Thursday, March 31 at 9:30 a.m.  Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Odessa, NY.

Jack was very passionate about the youth in our community, and he would be grateful if in his honor you were able to donate to the NICU at Arnot Ogden at arnothealth.childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at stjude.org.

Obituary: Mary Jennie (Cerrato) Camp

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

Mary Jennie (Cerrato) Camp

Died at home in Candor on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 surrounded by her loving family. Mary was born in the Bronx, New York, on July 15, 1942, to the late Luigi and Bertha (Weber) Cerrato. She passed away at the age of 79 after a life well-lived.

Mary was a loving and caring soul who most enjoyed spending time with her family. She never tired of hosting Sunday dinners, holidays, and family gatherings with her many children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Mary’s greatest pleasure was being a wife, mother, and homemaker. Since her retirement in 1996, she relished her time with family, friends and her adored pets. When not hosting, or visiting, her family, Mary spent her quiet time doing jigsaw puzzles, landscaping her beautiful yard, undertaking countless home projects and decorating for the holidays.  

Mary is survived by and will be greatly missed by her beloved husband, Thomas Camp; her two sons, Michael Esposito and Vincent Esposito; and her four daughters, Connie (John) Meyers, Elaine (Raymond) Davis, Angela Bond, and Patricia (Gary) Woodin; brother James (Barbara) Cerrato, and sister Cathy Inez. Mary was also a much-loved grandmother and great-grandmother to several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by her second husband, Salvatore Consacro, her grandson, Jeremy Esposito, and her son-in-law, Bruce Bond.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, March 26 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; with the funeral service at 12:30 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 East Fourth Street, Watkins Glen, NY. A graveside service, for the family, will immediately follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Watkins Glen.

To offer condolences to the family, please visit her obituary at RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Terri Ann Scheffey

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

Terri Ann Scheffey

Age 69, of Watkins Glen and formerly of Rock Stream, NY, was called home to be with her Lord on March 22, 2022.  

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home on Sunday (March 27) from 3 p.m.-5 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 5 p.m. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Rock Stream Cemetery.

Terri loved her Lord and always followed the spirit wherever He led her. She enjoyed life whether it was on to the next adventure, playing with her grandchildren or working in her garden surrounded by her pets. One of her biggest accomplishments was being a loving mother of 6 children. She was generous to those in need. 
 
Terri was predeceased by her parents, and by brother Thomas Benner of Virginia.  

She is survived by her loving husband and partner of almost 50 years, Daniel Scheffey; six children, Daniel Elias Scheffey (Lauren Moody) of Florence, TX, Joseph Scheffey (Ivana) of Midland, TX, Leona (David) Russell of Scottsville, NY, Jennifer (Crispin) Lewis of Dominica, Nelly (Leon) Crisp of Raleigh, NC, and Anna Scheffey-Hohle (Steven Hohle) of Burdett, NY; sister Martha (Larry) Herr of Lebanon, PA; and 10 grandchildren, Elizabeth, Katie, Isobel, Otto, Samuel, Cooper, Adeline, Isaac, Chrissan and Chrisna.  

To offer condolences to the family, please visit her obituary at RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Barbara E. Brown

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

Barbara E. Brown

Age 84, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Monday, March 21, 2022 at Cayuga Medical Center. She was born in Montour Falls, NY on July 8, 1937, the daughter of the late Claude and Marion Caslin, and graduated from Watkins Glen Central School.

Barbara was an ART Medical Transcriptionist. At one point in time, she could type 180 words a minute. She worked for many hospitals over the years, including Arnot Ogden Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Schuyler Hospital, Ira Davenport Hospital, the VA Medical Center in Bath, and East Pasco Hospital in FL.

Her first job was at age 15, waitressing at Chef’s until she graduated from high school. Barbara enjoyed fishing, boating and spending time with her family.

She is survived by two daughters, Kimberly Kendall of Watkins Glen and Suzanne Kendall of Glendale, Oregon; son, Kenneth (Sandra) Kendall of Montour Falls; brothers, Judd Caslin of Burdett, NY and Steven Caslin of Rockford, IL; sister, Diana Burt of Jacksonville, FL; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; and by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Brown, and by a son, Mitchell Kendall.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, March 28 at 2:00 p.m. at Sugar Hill Cemetery, Locust Lane in Watkins Glen. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home in Montour Falls.

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

Obituary: Joan B. Specchio

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

Joan B. Specchio

Age 86, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on March 7, 2022. She was born in Montour Falls, NY.

Joan is survived by her husband of 66 years, Raphael A. Specchio Jr.; her son, Perry Specchio; daughters, Kimberly (Scott) Cramer, Katrina (Kirk) Elam, and Kelley Elliott; granddaughter, Jasmine (Michael) Margreno; brother-in-law, Anthony (Annabelle) Specchio; sister-in-law, Anne Louise Ames; brother-in-law, Michael (Bonnie) Specchio; and many cousins, nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces.

Joan was predeceased by her parents, Emil and Rose (DeDominick) Biever, her brother and sister-in-law, Pierre and Geta Biever, her nephew Philip Biever and her son-in-law, Ronald Elliott.

Joan was a loving mother. She loved her four children with her whole heart. Her children were her greatest accomplishments. They were blessings and her life’s purpose. Joan, “The Nana,” loved her granddaughter Jasmine and Jasmine’s husband, Michael with her whole heart. Joan also loved Kevin Hartman like one of her own children.

Friends and family may call from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 30 at the “Link” at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen. A Mass will be celebrated at the church immediately following. Burial will follow at Glenwood Cemetery, Watkins Glen.

Respectful of Lent, donations are requested in lieu of flowers to the St. Jude Foundation, the SPCA, your local animal rescue sanctuaries or your local food pantries. Memories of Joan may be shared with her family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: David J. Fraboni

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

David J. Fraboni

Age 81, of Green Valley, Arizona, passed away on March 17, 2022. He was born in November 1940 in Ithaca, NY and grew up in Watkins Glen, NY.

He graduated from Watkins Glen High School (class of ’58) and Lehigh University. He was a CPA at Price Waterhouse in Buffalo and retired as the regional Tax Partner.

He is survived by his wife Sandra of 61 years and children Karin (Thomas) Laue of Green Valley, AZ. David II (Linda) of Ponce Inlet, FL, Angela of San Diego, CA and Joel (Maria) of Prague, CZ; grandchildren Emily (Rob) Drost, Andrew (Jillian) Laue, Kathryn (Jesus) Orozco, Trevor (Holly) Laue; David III (Leslie) and Nicholas Fraboni, Mark (Mariah), Mitchell, Marissa, and Makail Fraboni, and Varina and Viktoria Fraboni; and 11 great-grandchildren plus his younger brother Michael (Elsie) and many extended family members.

He was predeceased by his parents, Venico and Edith (Salvatore) Fraboni; brother Venico A., and sister-in-law Joann.

Gifts may be made in his memory to the David J. and Sandra H. Fraboni Memorial Endowment Scholarship Fund at Lehigh University or The Greater Buffalo Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America, or a charity of your own choice.

The family is planning a memorial mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Tucson, AZ. Interment will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Watkins Glen at a later date.

Obituary: Barbara Norton

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

Barbara Norton

Age 82, of Beaver Dams, NY, passed away in the comfort of her daughter's home in Moyock, North Carolina on January 13, 2022.

She was predeceased by her husband, Paul R. Norton.    

She is survived by her son, Ricky (Valerie) Norton, of Tulsa, OK; daughters, Michelle (Leo) Micale of North Attleborough, MA, Yvette (David) Schaeffer of Moyock, NC, Yvonne (Steve) Germain of Arizona, Suzette (Pete) Reginia of Georgia, Paula (Earl) Leonard of Beaver Dams, and Heather (Bruce) Merrill of Ohio; sister, Marjorie Reed of Maryland; 17 grandchildren, especially grandson Earl Leonard Jr., to  whom she was very close; and 15 great-grandchildren. 

There are no services planned at this time.  Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Remembrances may be left in her obituary at RoyceChedzoy.com.

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

Obituary: Ruth Schintzius Young

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

Ruth Schintzius Young

Age 84, of Horseheads, NY passed away on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at home on Sayre Street surrounded by her family after a short illness. Ruth was born on July 7, 1937, in Booneville NY, the only child of Dr. William C. Schintzius and Rose Agnus Crilley Schintzius.

Ruth has left behind in life her daughters Deborah Lynch (Timothy Pratt) of Horseheads, and Cynthia K. Hess of Lexington, Kentucky, as well as her three stepsons, Daniel Barrows-Young (Alison) of Sandpoint, Idaho, Steven Young (Gricel) of Tampa, Florida, and Russell Young (Shiela) of Fort Collins, Colorado. She has eight grandchildren, Chelsea Rose Tiffany (Matt), Elizabeth Hess, Jeremy Young (Elizabeth), Joshua Young, Sara Jane Young,Tristan Barrows-Young, Hilary Young, and Brianna Young; and three great-grandchildren: Evelyn Young is her great-granddaughter and Hendrix Gochnour and Cyrus Young are her great-grandsons. Ruth was predeceased by her cousin Paul Phillip Merchant and his wife Gail O’Neill-Merchant.

Ruth was valedictorian of Booneville High School and was a graduate of Cornell University. She was a Cornell University Ph.D. candidate in Entomology. 

For 30 years Ruth was a Corning East High School Chemistry/Biology teacher. During her tenure she formed the ecology club, the Chem bowl, the first ever recycling center in Corning and for the last 7 years of her teaching career was the president of the Corning/Painted Post teachers union. Notoriously, Ruth wore a black arm band during the Vietnam war years.

Ruth was a passionate warrior for truth and justice. Her political activism spanned her entire adult life. She was a lifelong Democrat and carried petitions for John F. Kennedy. A cross was burned in her yard during her time as a voter registration advocate for African Americans living in 1960s California. Sorrowfully, Ruth was friends with Andrew Goodman, James Cheney and Michael Schwerner, the college students who in 1963 were murdered in Mississippi while helping to register African Americans to vote. Ruth became a founding member of the Upstate Democratic Rural caucus. She was also a founding member of the following organizations:

  • Coalition to protect New York (CPNY)
  • Finger Lakes Progressives
  • We are Seneca Lake (whereupon Ruth was twice arrested for protesting the storage of natural gas in the salt mines adjacent to Seneca Lake)
  • People for a healthy environment
  • Stewardship of Queen Catharine Marsh (marsh land protection organization)

Ruth was also a member of the following organizations:

  • Anti-Frac New York Committee
  • Chemung County Democratic Committee
  • Member and Chair of Schuyler County Democratic Committee
  • The campaign manager of her late husband Charles E. Young for Schuyler County Legislature
  • A two-term District One Schuyler County Legislator
  • A 1992 Presidential delegate for Bill Clinton
  • Served on local, state and national campaigns for Democratic candidates throughout her 66 years of activism. Especially Bernie Sanders.
  • Ruth attended the recent climate change summit in Washington, D.C. , hosted by Senator Bernie Sanders.

In the 1970s, Ruth worked on her own time with her late husband Charles on renewable energy projects. They designed and built one of the first functional methane generators for the Chatfield Dairy Farm in Bath, NY. Ruth and Charlie worked on wind-power design with Woody Stoddard at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. They helped to design some of the first wind turbine electrical efficiency processes of that era. 

Ruth was just as passionate for advocating animal rights. She campaigned for the county charter to include animals as sentient beings. She was instrumental in starting the first functioning animal shelter in Schuyler County. Ruth cared for several pets and had a particular love for cats, three of which are still with us. 

Ruth was a member of the National Audubon Society (NAS) and supported and collected data for the Ornithology lab at Cornell University. She was an avid bird watcher. On several occasions she travelled with the NAS throughout Central America, including Cuba, Panama, Costa Rica, Belize and Jamaica. Ruth also travelled to South Africa and Ireland with her granddaughters Chelsea and Elizabeth.  

Ruth enjoyed two trips this last year to the Outer Banks of South Carolina with her daughters and to Idaho to visit her stepson Daniel and his wife Alison.

Ruth and her late husband Charlie had a love for music, especially jazz. They were together for 38 years and were married at the Green Pastures Restaurant in Elmira in 1975. The two helped organize yearly jazz festivals in the town of Hector. 

Ruth was an avid organic gardener and lover of plants. She planted many trees, sunflowers, and milkweed for the butterflies, and would enjoy the birds visiting her garden.   

Ruth has been interred at the Greensprings Natural Cemetery Preserve on Irish Hill Road in the town of Newfield.

Family and friends are invited to call at Sullivan’s Funeral home, 365 E. Franklin St. at Rt. 13, Horseheads, on Saturday, March 26 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: People for a Healthy Environment, 235 Prospect Hill Rd., Horseheads, NY 14845 and/or 350.org

Obituary: Margaret Bauman (Pound)

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

Margaret June Bauman (Pound)

It is with great sadness that we report the passing on March 15, 2022 of Margaret June Bauman (Pound), 90, of  Watkins Glen, NY, at the Elderwood assisted living facility in Waverly, NY after a brief illness not related to Covid..

Margaret was a kind and gentle lady who was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, gramma, great gramma and adopted surrogate mom to many friends and relatives. She was a lifelong supporter of the 4-H program and for many years was a 4-H girls club leader, passing on her values and her knowledge of cooking, baking, gardening, and food preservation. Known to the local community as the Card Lady-- for her long operation of the Country Cards business in Odessa -- she was still being hailed as the Card Lady when out shopping years later.

She was born on May 12, 1931 to Beatrice Kaufman and Harold J. Pound, was one of eight children and was raised on the family farm outside Odessa, NY. She attended Odessa-Montour Central School and was an active member in local 4-H.

Margaret met her future husband, Oakley, through 4-H. They were married on March 26, 1949 in Burdett, NY and enjoyed 57 years together. From this union, five children were born: Richard, Susan (Charles) Haeffner, Steven, Patrick (Melissa), and William.

Margaret is survived by sons Richard, Steven and Patrick; sisters Elsie Cole, Irene (Steve) Rice and Martha (Bruce) Hunter; grandchildren Jonathan, David (Ali) and William Haeffner, Leisl (Kevin) Moriarty, Trevor (Elise) Bauman, Christopher (Nicole) Bauman, Elizabeth (James) Chase, and Jordyn (Sherry) Hazelton-Mohr; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, husband Oakley, daughter Susan, son William, and siblings Carl, Harry, Marie and Ruth Mary.

In 1974, Margaret opened Country Cards on Main Street in Odessa. Country Cards offered gift cards, wedding invitations, office supplies, jewelry, candy and various other items, and was a popular shopping spot for area residents for three decades -- a place to which the local children flocked during lunchtime and after school to buy penny candy, baseball cards and other snacks and drinks.

After 30 years in business, Margaret and Oakley retired to the home they built in 1965, where they hosted friends and family and enjoyed the grandchildren. Margaret's favorite pastimes were tending a variety of plants, many of which were 30 or more years old; reading; and watching ice skating, Dancing with the Stars and America's Got Talent on TV. She was a voracious reader and loved the Amish, American Indian and Old West history books, and followed local history newspaper columns every week. 

Margaret continued to live in the family home until her passing. 

At this time there are no services planned. A memorial service to celebrate her life is being planned in early May, the place to be determined. It will be followed by a meal featuring bacon, tomato juice and toast -- her traditional breakfast. There will be no calling hours, and burial will be at the convenience of the family.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to:

--The Montour Falls Library, 406 West Main St., Montour Falls, NY 14865. Phone: (607) 535-7489.
--The Schuyler County Historical Society, 108 N. Catharine St., Montour Falls, NY 14865. Phone: (607) 535-9741.
--The Dutton S. Peterson Memorial Library, 106 First St., Odessa, NY 14869. Phone: (607) 594-2791.

Obituary: Joanna G. Ely

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

Joanna G. Ely

Age 82, of Montour Falls, NY died on March 15, 2022 at Elderwood in Waverly, NY.

She was predeceased by her parents, Walter C. and Marium (Crane) Gilbert; her husband, Malcolm G. Ely; her sister, Janice Ahart; her brother, Ralph D Gilbert; her sister-in-law, Vicci Gilbert; and her loving sons, Paul R. Bedient Jr and Merle W. Bedient.

Joanna is survived by her children, Debbra (Jim) Bond, Tina Snider, Sonya Personius, Frank (Barbara) Bedient and Paul Jr’s wife, Pam. She will be missed tremendously by her brothers, Edon “Donny” (Diana) Gilbert and Walter C. Gilbert Jr.; 17 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Joanna served as a Schuyler County Legislator, WGCS School Board Member, on Schuyler County Cinderella Softball League and many other boards and committees throughout her lifetime. She retired from Schuyler Hospital as an Admission Clerk. She proudly received her Associate in Science degree at the age of 55.

Books, fabrics, photos, more books, plants, elephants, birds, even more books, and music were just a few of her favorite items to collect. Joanna loved her time alone when she would have her retail therapy sessions. Her favorite pastime was taking care of her lawn and her many gardens. We knew never park on the grass ...

The family would like to thank the staff of the North Unit at Elderwood of Waverly for their exceptional care and love they gave to Joanna. Also, Blauvelt Funeral Home for their kind and caring manner during a difficult time.

A Celebration of Joanna’s life will be held during the summer.

Any donations should be directed to the Watkins Glen Public Library. Buy a plant, make a quilt, plant flowers, watch the birds in remembrance of Joanna.

The family is being assisted by the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly. For those wishing to send a message of sympathy to Joanna’s family, you may visit our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at www.blauveltfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Irene E. Pellacore (Sgrecci)

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

Irene E. Pellacore (Sgrecci)

Age 88, passed away quietly in her sleep from natural causes on January 28, 2022. She is survived by her daughter Darlene Alexander, 4 granddaughters, 4 great-grandchildren, her sister Elsie Bossard, her brothers Louis Sgrecci and David Andretti (Sgrecci) and his wife Della, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Irene was raised in the village of Watkins Glen, NY (Parents: Louis Sgrecci, Alma Arcangeli), where she spent many happy times on her two grandmothers' farms. On August 8, 1950, she married Frank Pellacore and moved to California. She had a long employment history, from working in a candy factory to providing administrative support to hi-tech companies. For the last three years of Irene’s life she lived comfortably in Oregon with her daughter and two cats. Irene’s laughter and humor, her joy in playing cards with her nieces, and her love for all animals will be remembered by all who knew her.

The Sgrecci family immigrated to America from Italy to New York through Ellis Island beginning in the early 1900s. Other relatives arrived as well, such as the Arcangeli’s, Salvatores, Barbers, Moscon's, and many others. These and additional families arriving from Italy and Ireland had the privilege of building on the history of the Watkins Glen village and St. Mary’s Church. Many of these activities and relationships are recounted in the book “Through the Windows of St. Mary’s of the Lake -- A 150 Year Reflection," written by Jean Argetsinger and Patricia Suits Ellison.

Interment will occur at a later announced date at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Watkins Glen. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Wildlife Safari, Winston, Oregon. For any questions, please email Ms. Alexander at alexdarlene1@yahoo.com.

Obituary: Ruth J. Thurston Pierce

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

Ruth J. Thurston Pierce

Age 84, of Beaver Dams, NY and Inverness, FL, passed away on Wednesday, March 9, 2022. She was born in Gouverneur, NY on January 7, 1938, the daughter of the late Donald and Jessie Parow. Ruth made her life has a homemaker, caring for her family.

Ruth is survived by her husband of 12 years, Thomas C. Pierce; daughter, Lucinda Hart of Elmira, NY; son, Kent (Rachel) Thurston of Watkins Glen, NY; and five grandchildren, Samuel Brouwere, Allison Brouwere, Trevor Thurston, Colby Thurston and Madison Brouwere. She was predeceased by her late husband, Kenneth Thurston, and by her daughter, Sharonelle Doane.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, March 18 from 4-6 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. Ruth’s funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 19 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery. A celebration of her life will be held at the Beaver Dams Volunteer Fire Department following her funeral.

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

Obituary: Martha Jennings Payne

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

Martha Jennings Payne

Age 89, of Mt. Pleasant, TN, and formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on March 4, 2022.

Martha was born December 12, 1932, the daughter of Leon Jennings and Emma May Jennings of Watkins Glen.

She followed and served with her husband as an Air Force wife for 20 years, then settled back in Watkins Glen to raise their family. She co-owned a ceramic shop in Watkins Glen with her lifetime friend Christine Cosgrove.

She is survived by son Rob (Janice) Payne of Chattanooga, TN, and son Jim (Christy) Payne of Williamsport, TN; daughter-in-law Roxanna Payne, Richmond, VA; grandchildren Jessica Parnell (Cory), Aaron Payne, Kathleen Payne, and Lacey Payne, and great-grandson Braden Parnell.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Payne; son Donald Payne, grandson Ryan Payne; her parents; her brothers Earl and Eugene Jennings, and sister Phyllis Jennings Chrisman Buck.

Friends and family may call from 12 noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 19 at the Haughey- Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. Her funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association. Memories of Martha may be shared with her family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Donald L. Kelly

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

Donald L. Kelly

Age 90, of Burdett, NY passed away on March 4, 2022.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Friday (March 18) from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 6 p.m.; burial with military honors will be held on Saturday (March 19) at 10:00 a.m. at Lodi Cemetery.

Don was born in Valois, NY on December 31, 1931, the son of Charles Ezra Kelly and Helen Kelly. He retired from the New York State DOT as a Bridge Repair Supervisor. He honorably served in the United States Air Force, serving in Greenland, Iceland, and Newfoundland. Don served as a Scoutmaster for many years in Schuyler County, taking his troops on countless adventures, hikes and even trips to Canada.

He was predeceased by his parents; sister Adelaide Garland; brother Charles “Pete” Kelly, and infant brother Ezra Kelly. He is survived by his wife of 68½ years, Priscilla; four children, Donna (Donald) Smith of Texas, Keith (Diane) Kelly of Texas, Kenneth (Char) Kelly of Minnesota, and Emery (Darlene) Kelly of Tyrone; 5 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Burdett Fire Department, PO Box 238, Burdett, NY; or to the Tyrone Fire Department, PO Box 69, Tyrone, NY 14887.

Obituary: Frederick F. Stadelmaier

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

Frederick F. Stadelmaier

Age 63, of Odessa, NY, passed away at home after a brief and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on March 4, 2022.
 
The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Wednesday (March 9) from 3 p.m.-6 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 6 p.m. He will be buried at Pleasant View Cemetery in Reading Center in the spring.

Fred was born in Elmira on December 10, 1958, the son of the late Frederick W. and Stella (Piecuch) Stadelmaier. He graduated from Southside High School in 1977 and worked for Elm Chevrolet and Clifford Chevrolet, and retired from Panelogic, Inc.
 
Fred could fix anything on a car and was always ready to help his friends and family with their automobile repairs. Over the years, he enjoyed events with the 4-Wheel Drive Club, attending NHRA drag racing events, and riding the many Harley-Davidson motorcycles he owned throughout his life.

He was predeceased by his father in 1975, his mother in 1985, sister Gale Stahl in 2014, and brother-in-law Robert Shaw in 2007.

He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Sharon (Edsall) Stadelmaier; daughters Melody (Jamie) Lachut of Horseheads and Ashton (Kyle) Dillon of Dundee; four sisters, Norine Shaw of York, PA, Julia (Richard) Taylor of Pine City, Catherine Stadelmaier of Wellsburg, and Christine Stadelmaier of Elmira; two granddaughters, whom are the Light of his Life, Rory Shea Lachut and Peyton Michelle Dillon. He is also survived by Emily (Justin Taylor) Wahrendorf and her daughter Josselyn Barrington; nieces, nephews, and many special cousins.

Memorial donations may be made to CareFirst, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870 (or online at www.CareFirstNY.org).

The family wishes to thank Robin Holden and the team at CareFirst; and Dr. Bael and the staff at the Oncology Unit at Cayuga Medical.

You may express condolences or leave a memory of Fred in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Kay Goossen

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

Kay Goossen

Age 72, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on Thursday, March 3, 2022. She was born in Montour Falls on January 13, 1950, the daughter of the late Fred and Thelma (Berry) Goossen, and graduated from Watkins Glen Central School.

Kay worked in the cafeteria and as a cleaner at Watkins Glen Central School for many years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Montour Falls. Kay loved serving others, as she volunteered a lot of her time working with children through 4-H and Vacation Bible School. She also loved her farm animals.

She is survived by her brother, Harry (Gen) Goossen of Montour Falls; two nephews, Ronald (Rhonda) Goossen and Lyle (Rachel) Goossen; niece, Debbie (Ted) Pipe; and by several great nieces and great nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Fred Goossen, Jr.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, March 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Her funeral will begin at 1:00 p.m. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery of Hector.

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

Obituary: Laurie A. Ector

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

Laurie A. (Loomis) Ector

Age 62, of Odessa, NY passed away on Sunday, February 27, 2022 at Guthrie Robert Packer in Sayre, PA.

She was born in Montour Falls, NY on September 24, 1959, the daughter of the late Guy M. and Flora L. Loomis, and graduated from Watkins Glen Central School. She attended GST BOCES for two years and 1½ at Corning Community College.

Laurie was a homemaker. She volunteered at the Schuyler County Food Pantry. She was a member and Deacon at First Baptist Church in Montour Falls.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Jonathon M. Ector; daughter, Lisa Haight (Eric Dates) of Elmira, NY; sons, Robert (Nichole) Ector of Southport, NY and Michael Ector of Horseheads, NY; five grandchildren, Falisady Haight (Mason Lawrence) of Elmira, Keagan Ector of Southport, Kortanny (Chris Debose) of Elmira, Kaitlynn Ector of Southport, and Kenndra Haight of Elmira; brother-in-law, Dan Ector of Odessa; and by several nieces and nephews.

There will be no services at this time. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Mildred Albertini Bianco

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

Mildred (Millie) Albertini Bianco

Age 89, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, Montour Falls, NY.  Millie was born on May 18, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of the late Joseph and Gertrude Mosconi Albertini.
 
She was employed with Dr. Joseph Roberts as a medical assistant and with Dr. Michael Eisman. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, cooking, baking, reading, doing crossword puzzles, and watching sports, especially the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs.
 
She is survived by her children, Mary Bianco-Dore of Watkins Glen, John Bianco of Reading Center, and Corin (Garry) Morse of Bath; grandchildren, Faith and Noel Morse, Michelle (Kevin) Dore-Wade, Theresa and John Michael Bianco; great-grandchild Cash Wade; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Albertini and Carol Bianco; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 44 years, John Bianco, on May 12, 1997. She was also predeceased by her brothers John and Richard Albertini and numerous sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
 
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, March 3 from 4-6 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Her funeral service will follow at 6:00 p.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery at a later date.

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

Obituary: Raymond E. Dann Jr.

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

Raymond E. Dann Jr.

Age 86, of Hammondsport, NY, passed away on Feb. 26, 2022.

Ray was born in Syracuse, NY on September 7, 1935, the son of the late Raymond E. Dann Sr. and Dorcas (Dempster) Dann.

Raymond owned and operated Ray Dann’s Town and County Trading Post in Tyrone for more than 56 years, and was a Rural Route Carrier for Watkins Glen for many years.

Raymond graduated from Dundee High School in 1954 and enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in Japan and was a helicopter operator. After his service, he studied at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical School and graduated top of his class in 1959.

In 1964, he married the love of his life, Glenna M. Dann. They celebrated 57 years together.
Raymond was a member of the Tyrone United Methodist Church and member and volunteer with the Tyrone Volunteer Fire Department.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Friday (March 4) from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Tyrone Union Cemetery in the spring.

Raymond was predeceased by his parents and son, Michael Dann; brother, Brent Dann, and sister, Carolyn Knowlton.

He is survived by his wife, Glenna Dann; daughters, Diane (Lloyd) Young of Almond, NY and Jennifer Dann (Sean) Johnson of Los Angelas, CA; brother, Lynn Dann (Debbie) of South Carolina; sister, Susan Cherock of Liverpool; sister-in-law, Jeanne Dann; and grandchildren, Megan Lee (Tom Clenshaw), Vincent Long, Glenn (Mary) Sherwood, Sully Sherwood (Paris Oakes), Katelyn (Clayton) Lounsberry, and Casey Young.

Memorial donations may be made to the fire department or church. You may leave a remembrance or condolence of Ray in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Gary D. Mead

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

Gary D. Mead

Age 80, of Starkey Point, NY, passed away in Venice, FL on Sunday, February 27, 2022.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY, on Monday, March 7 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., and Tuesday, March 8 from 12 noon-1 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home; and burial at Lakeview Cemetery.

Gary enjoyed golfing, traveling, and spending time on Seneca Lake.

He retired from the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance. He was the District Audit Manager of the Rochester office at the time of his retirement in 1997.

Gary was predeceased by his wife of 37 years, Caroline, in 2010.

He is survived by children, Doug Mead of Conway, SC, Barbara (Marc) Pukos of Churchville, Michael (Jenn) Matthews of Onondaga, Diana (Carl) Davidson of Venice, FL, Jeff (Vicki) Matthews of Penn Yan, Karen Lacey of Penn Yan, Susan Matthews of Geneva, and Scott (June) Mead of Churchville; brother, Robert (Donna) Mead of Perry; sister, Nancy (Terry) Austin of Hudson, FL; sister-in-law, Nancy Mead of Perry; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation of America, 1650 South Ave., #300, Rochester, NY 14620 (or online at http://epiny.org).

Condolences and remembrances of Gary may be left in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Alvin J. White

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

Alvin J. White

Age 71, of Burdett, NY, passed away on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 in Buffalo, NY. Al was born in Montour Falls, NY on August 10, 1950, the son of Herbert and Mabel White. He graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School and also studied at SUNY Cortland.

Al was an Aircraft Senior Quality Control Engineer and Manager with Schweizer Aircraft, Sikorsky Aircraft and Therm Incorporated for 45 years, retiring in 2015. Upon his retirement, he was elected to Supervisor of the Town of Hector in 2016.

He was a native of Burdett, and his family has lived in the area for nine generations. For 40 years, Al has served his community. He was a retired volunteer firefighter for the Burdett Fire Department and retired Advanced EMT for the Schuyler County Ambulance Corps. He served on the Hector Town Board as a council person since 1998, was Vice Chairman for the Schuyler County Republican Committee and was on the Board of Directors for SCOPED. He was Chairman of the Schuyler County Council of Government and a past Little League coach. He loved golfing, watching his grandsons play sports and spending time with his family.

Al is survived by his wife of 50 years, Anita (McFall) White; two daughters, Cassandra (Joe) Pitcher of Ontario, NY and Melanie (Matt) Walters of Burdett; one sister, Charlotte Dickens of Burdett; and five grandchildren, Cody Pitcher, Zachary Pitcher, Joshua Pitcher, Brett Walters and Alex Walters. He was predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Robert White and Andrew White.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, March 4 from 4-7 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St. Montour Falls. His funeral will be held on Saturday, March 5 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Union Cemetery of Hector.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Burdett Fire Department, 4124 Lake Ave., Burdett, NY 14818 or to the Burdett Presbyterian Church, 3995 Church St., Burdett, NY 14818. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Gloria M. Van Galder

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the James D. Barrett Funeral Home, Elmira.

Gloria M. (Cook) Van Galder

Age 84, formerly of Alpine, NY, passed away on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 in New Port Richey, FL. She was born on April 8, 1937 in Sayre, PA to the late Martin and Eileen (Cortright) Cook. 

She was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, TSGT Robert R. Van Galder, USAF (Ret.); son, Robert M. Van Galder, and grandson, Michael J. Gee. She is survived by her companion, Lt. Col. John Buckman, USMC (Ret.); her children, Cathy L. (Horst) Poethke of Ponder, TX, Ronald E. (Jeanne) of Montour Falls, NY, Richard K. (Anne) of Peachtree Corners, GA, Randall E. (Lisa) of Phoenix, AZ, and Cindy M. Malley of New Port Richey, FL; 17 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service for Gloria on Monday, July 18 at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home in Elmira, NY. Interment will follow in Woodlawn National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wreaths Across America (Wreathsacrossamerica.org).

Obituary: Elizabeth Ann Ferri

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

Elizabeth Ann Ferri

Age 86, of Beaver Dams, NY, went to be with the Lord on February 8, 2022.

Elizabeth was born in Philadelphia on April 1, 1935, the daughter of the late John and Dorothea Weisser. She worked as the secretary at the Watkins Glen Central School for many years.

Elizabeth was predeceased by her parents; her husband of 50 years, George Ferri Sr.; son George Ferri Jr., daughter Anita (John) McCarthy, and brother John Weiser. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Doolittle; and her son, Mark Ferri, brothers, David Weiser, Timothy and Michael Weiser; nine grandchildren, Travis Friele, Mathew Elliott (deceased) Shannon Cornish, Sara (Matt) Matwiejow, Brian Doolittle, Ivy, Hannah, Noelle and Taylor McCarthy; ten great-grandchildren, Kayla and Brandy Cornish, Meagan Rivera, Sierra Cornish, Madison and Marshall Matwiejow, Oliver McCarthy, Celeste Dale, Briah Koehler and Preston DuPay; and two great-great grandchildren, Avalynn Carmel and Skylar Cornish
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Elizabeth along with her husband George built their old-fashioned log home from the ground up where they raised their children and also shared treasured memories with friends and family. Elizabeth spent her life embracing the things she loved which entailed raising and showing horses and sharing that passion with her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed gardening, knitting, and spending time with the ones she held dear.

Her fondness of animals brought the occasional forest friend to her doorstep where she welcomed, fostered and set free. One such experience led her to publish a children's book, “Raising Felicia Fawn,” based on her real-life experience. Elizabeth also enjoyed time traveling with her husband in their later years together.

A Requiem Eucharist funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on April 2, 2022 at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 112 Sixth Street, Watkins Glen.

Please join us with a luncheon following the service to reminisce about the life of our dear loved, Elizabeth.

You may leave a condolence or memory of Elizabeth in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

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

Obituary: Diana A. Groll

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

Diana A. Groll

Age 62, of Hector, NY passed away on February 17 after a long private battle with cancer.

She was born on August 17, 1959 in Watkins Glen, NY to Harry and Emma Roccisano, who preceded her in death. She was a graduate of Watkins Glen High School and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from Ithaca College.

Until her retirement in 2017 she taught instrumental music in the Watkins Glen Central School District. In addition to leading the high school music program, she began the Music Club at the school and took her students on yearly trips to New York City to see Broadway shows. She also directed her students in annual performances at Village Christmas, and supervised band trips to Darien Lake. She shared her love of music with her students, and encouraged them to participate in regional and state solo festivals. She was also a National Board Certified teacher.

Diana was an accomplished clarinetist, and played professionally in the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes. She also contributed her musical talents to the Corning Area Community Concert Band and played at Elmira College’s commencement ceremonies. She also privately taught woodwind students.

The place she most enjoyed offering her musical talents was at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, where she led the Music of the Lord Choir. She started in music ministry at the church as a teenager, and continued until 2020. One of her greatest joys was directing the choir on Sundays. In addition to directing she played flute and clarinet.

In her spare time Diana enjoyed sewing, quilting and gardening. Many babies were the recipients of her handmade bunnies and baby quilts, and the garden she tended next to her home was the source of delicious meals during the beautiful Seneca Lake summers.

She is survived by her loving husband of 36 years, Bob Groll. She is also survived by her daughters, Megan (Phil) Brown of Leavenworth, KS and Elise Groll and her fiancee, Chris Meyer, of Milford, CT. Other survivors include her brother Joe (Suzanne) Roccisano of Dunkirk, her sister, Rose (Vince) Barto of Findlay, OH, John (Barbara) Groll of Pittsburgh, PA, Marilyn (Tom) Gaska of Endicott, Susan (Kevin) Cheesebrough of State College, PA, and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by an aunt, Carmela Manno of Akron, OH, many cousins, and her close friends Sue and Henry Rocholl.

Above all, her daughters Megan and Elise were the lights of her life. She was looking forward to the birth of Megan’s son, her first grandchild, and Elise’s wedding later this summer. They were what she was most proud of.

Diana was a good and faithful servant who will be greatly missed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date. Donations may be made in Diana’s name to Schuyler Outreach Food Pantry, 112 Tenth St,, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or Schuyler County Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 45, Watkins Glen, NY 14891. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Murlyn 'Mert' Silliman

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

Murlyn “Mert” Silliman

Age 88, of Montour Falls, NY passed away at home on Wednesday, February 16, 2022.

Mert was born in the Town of Reading, NY on June 4, 1933, the son of Ernest and Emily Silliman.

Mert graduated from Odessa Central School and served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955. He worked maintenance at Watkins Glen Central School for 20 years and was the owner of Falls Woodcraft for 36 years. He was a devoted husband for 36 years, a member of the Mechanics Club and a natural-born story teller and local historian.

Mert is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Winona (Welch) Silliman; daughter, Wendy (Tom) Zimmer; son, Steve (Gretchen) Silliman; stepdaughter, Petra (Bob) Carson; stepson, Joe (Julianne) Bond; and thirty-seven and counting grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Ernest and Emily Silliman, he was predeceased by his wife, Irene Silliman, and daughter, Sharon “Sharee” (Silliman) Angle.

Friends and family may call from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. A celebration of his life will follow at the Mechanics Club in Montour Falls.

Memorial donations may be made to the Montour Falls Fire Dept., 111 Lee St., Montour Falls, NY 14865, or in honor of his late daughter, Sharee (Silliman) Angle, to the Pancreatic Cancer Research Society. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Linda Wilson

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

Linda Wilson

Age 77, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on February 12, 2022 in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her loving family after a brief battle with leukemia.

She is survived by her loving children, Lorena (William) Clark of Watkins Glen, Ronald Wilson Jr. (Carlotta Wilson) of Alpine, NY, William Wilson of Watkins Glen, Mark Wilson of Watkins Glen, and Jerry Wilson of Watkins Glen; brother, Jerry Lamb of Endicott, NY; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. 

Linda was born in Corning, NY, the daughter of the late William and Martha (Button) Lamb. She was also predeceased by her husband, Ronald Wilson Sr.

Please consider donating in her memory to the American Cancer Society (www.Cancer.org) or the American Heart Association (www.Heart.org).

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Beaver Dams Fire Department on Saturday, February 26 from 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

You may leave a condolence for the family or a memory of Linda at her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: John C. Barnes

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

John C. Barnes

Age 72, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on January 28, 2022.

John worked at Watkins Glen International Raceway as an Electrician and prior for the Village of Watkins Glen. He especially enjoyed time spent fishing and hunting with his friends.

John was born in Montour Falls, NY, the son of John “Jack” and Mary (DeWitt) Barnes. He honorably served in the United States Marine Corps.

He was predeceased by his parents, and daughter Jennifer Purvis. Also, a brother and sister, William Barnes and Nancy Williams.

Survivors include two daughters, Jannie (Jason) Taft of Campbell and Dannielle Kinner of Pennsylvania. Also, sisters Patricia Henderson (Loren Walp) of Odessa and Catherine (Bob) Buckingham of California; nieces and nephews, Heather Henderson of Odessa, Chris Barnes and family of Georgia, Shannon Ortega of California, Ryan Bradley of California, Matthew Buchanan of Odessa, and Jeffery Steiner of Spencer; and one granddaughter, Jade (Joe) Taft.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date to be announced. You may share a memory of John with his family and friends by visiting his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

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

Obituary: Shirley C. Lewis

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

Shirley C. Lewis

Age 87, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on February 5, 2022 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY.

Shirley was born in Bath, NY on November 21, 1934, the daughter of Jacob and Catherine (Rial) Shaw. She worked as a Utility Clerk for Dresser-Rand, Inc. for many years.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Arch L. Lewis Jr., and several nieces and nephews.

Shirley and her husband attended the Moreland Presbyterian Church. She worked as an Avon Rep for 17 years and was a member of the Montour Moose Club and Ladies of the Moose Auxiliary. She will be interred at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Coopers Plains at a later date.

Friends and relatives are invited to a funeral service at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Wednesday, February 16 at 2:00 p.m.

Memories of Shirley may be left in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Angela Marie Standish-Ives

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

Angela Marie Standish-Ives

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the loss of our ANGEL Angela Standish-lves, 39, of Burdett, who passed away on February 12, 2022.

She is survived by her loving son, whom she adored, Jacob Standish-Ives, and niece Paulette Standish; mother, Mary Standish and Linwood Standish Jr., both of Burdett; sister Rebecca Standish of Dundee, and Greg Standish of Burdett; paternal grandmother, Janet Standish of Valois; maternal grandparent, Vera Giasi of Rock Stream; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Jake Ives, and grandfathers, Linwood Standish Sr. and Michael Giasi.

Angela had a masters degree in special education from Grand Rapids University, Bachelor from Cortland State in Education and Bachelor in Nursing from Elmira College.

She worked at Boynton Middle School as a Special Ed Teacher, then decided it was time to be an outstanding RN at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center. The last job was working for Tompkins County Health Department as a COVID investigator.

Angela was the most incredible person if you ever got a chance to meet. She definitely impacted your life in some way and you were so very lucky to meet her. She was empathetic, encouraging and most of all humble. Her favorite thing was spending time with her son Jacob. He was her world, as well as her niece, Paulette. She lived a hard life, but she always kept her head up, even when she lost her husband Jake Ives. She lived every day with such pain, she hardly showed it.

She was the toughest person you ever met, having a full body cast as a baby. Then being diagnosed with MS as a teenager, to a tumor in her back, and then a broken ankle. Through it all you would never hear a complaint from her. Oh, sweet Angela, how does life go on without you? Comprehending your absence is unfathomable. Your attributes are unmeasurable. Sleep well, I'm glad you’re with your husband Jake.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Thursday (Feb. 17) from 3-5 p.m.; followed by a time of sharing at 5 p.m. A Celebration of Life and reception will be held from 6-7 p.m. at the Burdett Fire Department.  
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to support her son at www.GoFundMe.com, at “Blessings for Jacob,” or the Burdett Fire Department.

You may leave a condolence or memory of Angela in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Joyce A. Groves

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

Joyce A. Groves

Age 74, of Monterey, NY passed away on Friday, February 11, 2022. She was born in Corning, NY on June 1, 1947, the daughter of the late Earl and Mabel (Lockwood) Comfort.

Joyce was an LPN at Schuyler Hospital for many years. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed playing cards and board games. Joyce also loved spending time with and buying treats for her two dogs, Duke and Maggie.

She is survived by her children, Gerald Groves of Monterey, Terry (Susan) Groves of SC, and Krista (Allen) Coats and Kelly (Melvin) Groves, both of Monterey; 13 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; one niece and three nephews; and two very close friends, Sandy Heneries and Donna Stastyshyn. She was predeceased by her brother, David Comfort, and sister, Patricia Gascon, in 2020.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, February 15 from 4-6 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Her memorial service will follow at 6:00 p.m. Burial will be held at a later date in Maltby Cemetery, Monterey.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Bruce D. Pipe, Sr.

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

Bruce D. Pipe, Sr.

Age 62, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Monday, February 7, 2022. He was born in Corning, NY on February 18, 1959 and graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School.

Bruce worked as a machinist at Omni Turbine Technology in Newfield. He loved riding Harleys and enjoyed scratch-off lottery tickets.

He is survived by his son, Bruce D. Pipe, Jr. (Stacie) of Greensboro, NC; parents, Ralph D. (Geraldine) Pipe of Painted Post; mother, Joyce (Norman) Knight of Watkins Glen; two grandchildren, Rebecca Meyers and Ethan Pipe; one great grandson, Mason Copeland; siblings, Karen Arnold of Watkins Glen, Holly (Bill) DeGraw of Cayuta, Ted (Debbie) Pipe of Burdett, Sandy (Billy) Earl of Dundee and Marcy Bordonaro of Penn Yan; step brothers, David Turner and Eugene Ellis; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a sister, Tina Pipe; step brother, William Turner; and step sister, Charlene Rumsey.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, February 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Burdett Fire Department, 4124 Lake Ave., Burdett, NY 14818. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Mary Anne Young

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

Mary Anne Young

Age 84, of Metter, GA, formerly of Rock Stream, NY, a member of the Metter United Methodist Church and a retired realtor, got her angel wings on January 5, 2022.

Mary was born on April 17, 1937 in Elmira, NY and graduated from Dundee Central School. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clayton and Bessie O’Harra and a daughter, Tammy Brannen.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Charles “Chuck” Young Sr.; her sons, Charles “Charlie” Young, Jr. (Denise) and Albert Young (Vicki); daughters, Cheryl Hendricks and Shawna King (Harrell); 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Due to the rise in illnesses at this time, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Obituary: Larry D. Freeman

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

Larry D. Freeman

Age 82, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on January 30, 2022.

Larry was born in Elmira, NY, the son of the late Frank and Marian (Cortwright) Freeman. He was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Lois Smith.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Valerie Freeman; daughter and son-in-law, Martha and Ken Barrell of Port Clinton, PA; brother-in-law, Joseph (Tina) Munn of Elmira; three grandchildren, Kevin Barrell, Eric (Felecia) Wretzel and Jordan Thomas; and one great-grandson, Francis Stanley Barrell.

Larry honorably served in the United States Army. After retiring as a Maintenance Supervisor at Sweet Street Desserts in Reading, PA in 2001, he and Valerie moved to Watkins Glen. Larry loved spending time on their boat at Frog Hollow Marina and Seneca Lake, and fishing with family and friends.

A Memorial Celebration will be held this summer at Frog Hollow Marina in Watkins Glen.

Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. You may share a memory of Larry with his family and friends by visiting his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: J.C. Human

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

J.C. Human

Age 85, of Beaver Dams, NY passed away at home on Saturday, January 29, 2022.

J.C. was born in Greensville, SC on July 24, 1936, the son of the late Ernest O. and Viola (Barbare) Human. He and his late wife, Sally J. (Campbell) Human, were married in Elmira, NY on August 15, 1972. J.C. served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He retired from General Electric in Elmira and from SP Wilson in Montour Falls, NY.

He is survived by his daughters, Rita (Eric) Blackwell of Landrum, SC and Debra (Richard) Fowler of Boiling Springs, SC; sister, Helen Zampell of Inman, SC; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Minnie Human of Wellford, SC; and many nieces and nephews, whom he loved dearly.

In addition to his parents, J.C. was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Sally J. (Campbell) Human; sister, Hazel Human Ness; brothers, Ernest Human Jr., Charles (Helen) Human and Calvin Human; and brother-in-law, Ronnie Zampell.
 
Family and friends may call from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 6 at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Memories of J.C. may be shared with his family and friends at vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: David L. Fraboni

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

David L. Fraboni

Age 74, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at home surrounded by his family.

He was born in Corning, NY on June 28, 1947, the son of Amedeo and Keziah (Johnson) Fraboni. He graduated from Watkins Glen High School and served with the U.S. Army. David was an electrician at Watkins Glen International for over 30 years.

He is survived by three daughters, Michelle (Earl) Gaylor of Montour Falls, NY, Brenda Fraboni of Watkins Glen and Dylan Fraboni of Big Flats, NY; two sons, Mickey (Nancy) Fraboni of Watkins Glen and David Fraboni, Jr. of Montour Falls; and by several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no services. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Robert W. Teed

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

Robert W. Teed

Age 78, of Rock Stream, NY, passed away on January 25, 2022.

Robert was born on March 23, 1943, the son of the late Merle and Mildred Teed. He honorably served in the U.S. Army. Bob was well known as a skilled welder and fabricator, owning his own business and building many race cars. Bob and his friend, Dave Dickerson, founded Head Mechanic Association, a NYS certification program for school bus mechanics. He served as the association's President, Vice-President and Secretary and served on the association's State Board. As a SBDI certified mechanic, he also worked for many contractors, including the Hammondsport, Bath, and Bradford School Districts and for Watkins Glen International Raceway.

Robert was predeceased by his wife Shirley; brother and sisters-in-law, Glen and Andrea Boyce, and Nina Teed; and brother-in-law, David Baker.

He is survived by his sons, Kevin Teed, Bobby (Melissa) Teed, and Artie Teed, and daughter, Michelle Evans, all of Rock Stream; brothers and sisters, Mark Teed of Millport, Lon (Marion) Houck of Tennessee, Edith Biegel of Arizona, Helen Baker of Tennessee, and Mary Houck of Washington, DC; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ron and Mary Campbell of Wayne; 8 grandchildren, Ashley (RJ) Richtmyer of Watkins Glen, Natasha Evans of Horseheads, Anthony (Kaylin) Teed of Hector, Stacey (Kyle) Benjamin of Montour Falls, Zach Teed of Watkins Glen, Trista Teed of Watkins Glen, Allison Teed of Dundee and Dakota Evans of Reading Center; 5 great-grandchildren, Leah and Mya Teed, Grea Teed, Beau Bowen, and Aurora Richtmyer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held March 5th at the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. He will be interred at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Bath with military honors at a later date. You may leave a memory of Bob in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

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

Obituary: Joyce VanAmburg

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

Joyce VanAmburg

Age 96, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on January 26, 2022.

Joyce was born on December 22, 1925 in Waymart, Pa. to Homer and Myrtle Curtis. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Charles VanAmburg Jr.; sister, Doris Howell, and brothers, Erwin and Robert Curtis.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara (Robert) DeDominick of Watkins Glen; her son, Curt VanAmburg and (Kelly) of Gibson, NY; and her beloved granddaughters, Allison (J.P. Nawn) DeDominick of Ithaca, NY, and Whitney DeDominick of Watkins Glen.

Joyce left the family farm in Pennsylvania after graduating and went to work at the GLF (Agway) in Ithaca. It was in Ithaca where she would meet her future husband. After their move to Elmira, Joyce worked at the Elmira Chemung Canal Bank until the arrival of her daughter. The family eventually settled in Watkins Glen. During this time, she worked as a bookkeeper for Central Asphalt.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Elmira and attended the Watkins Glen Methodist Church.

Joyce could quilt, crochet, knit and sew just about anything. She was especially talented at making Halloween costumes for her granddaughters. An avid walker, long before it was popular, she continued to walk a few miles a day up until the age of 91. Joyce was a loving mother and grandmother who our family will greatly miss.

At Joyce’s request there will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held in the spring at the convenience of the family.

The family wishes to extend many thanks to Dean and his staff at Bampa’s House in Corning as well as Schuyler Ambulance and the Med. Surg. Staff at Schuyler Hospital.
Memorial donations can be made in Joyce’s name to Bampa’s House, P.O. Box 965, Corning, NY 14830.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home. You may leave a memory of Joyce in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Edward F. Gublo

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

Edward F. Gublo

Age 89, of Millport, NY joined his heavenly Father on Monday, January 31, 2022. Edward was born on February 29, 1932 in Elmira, NY to Anna (Piecuch) and Jacob Gublo. He married Ellen (Pipher) on September 30, 1961 and enjoyed 60 years of marriage and raised four children on Mt. Airy Farm.

Edward is survived by his wife, Ellen, and their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren: Jacob (Cheryl) Gublo of Yardley, PA (Michael, Steven, and David), Harry "Chris" Gublo (Kim Teemley) of Millport, NY (James and Stefanie (Laughlin) Gublo and Jennifer, Emily Gublo of Tinker AFB, OK, Elaine Gublo (J.J. Lisefski) of Beaver Dams, NY (Westyn and Paislee), John (Jane) Gublo of Beaver Dams, NY (Jeremie Burchard (Kaitlyn and Cadence), Kira Burchard (Keshaun, Quavel, and Zacarias), Steven, Dominick, Margaret, Liam), and Sophie Gublo-Jantzen (Lucas) of Red Creek, NY (Morgan and Robert), sisters-in-law Patricia (the late Bernard) and Lorna (the late Frank), and his youngest sister Patricia Roche of Elmira Heights, NY. Edward also had many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends he enjoyed visiting with at every opportunity.

Edward was predeceased by his parents, siblings (Theodore Gublo, Genevieve (John) Semesky, Sophie (George) Mitrus, Wanda (Robert) Palizay, Rose, Mary Anne (Floyd) Janeski, John (Laura) Gublo, Bernard Gublo, Margaret (William) Stocum & (James Forsythe), Frank Gublo, Victoria (Floyd) Janeski), and an infant son.

He served his country and community with honor, as a member of the United States Army, Air Force and the United States Army Reserves. He served in the Korean War, earning the rank of Sergeant. He later became a corrections officer at Mattawan, Auburn Correctional Facility, and the Elmira Reformatory, retiring from public service in 1987. While serving his community as a corrections officer, Edward joined the Army Reserve Corps, attaining the First Sergeant rank. During his time working as a corrections officer, he developed a love for thoroughbred race horses and was a respected owner, breeder, and trainer at Finger Lakes Race Track for four decades. In 2002, Edward chose to retire from horse racing and continued caring for horses on his farm for another 20 years

Edward was an active member of the Schuyler Catholic Community, regularly attending Mass at St. Mary's of the Lake and St. Benedict's parishes. He volunteered as a chaperone for the church youth group, helped count weekly collections, and sang in the Resurrection Choir. In addition to his devotion to the Church, Edward enjoyed hunting in his younger years, providing family and close friends the opportunity to hunt on his property. Above all, Edward's favorite joy was spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren --always letting them "honk" his nose and delighting in their laughter.

Kalec Funeral Home in Elmira, NY will host calling hours on Friday, February 4, 2022 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Fr. Jeff Tunnicliff will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's of the Lake Roman Catholic Church in Watkins Glen, NY at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 5. Burial will be at the convenience of the family at Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen. Please note: masks are required to attend the calling hours and Mass. You may watch the Mass live at https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/8822625690 or it can be viewed later.

Edward asked that donations in his honor be directed to St. Jude's Children's Hospital (envelopes available at the funeral home or church).

Obituary: Alva Hoffa Robbins II

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

Alva Hoffa Robbins II

Age 78, of Wellsville, NY and formerly of Odessa, NY, passed away peacefully with his faithful family by his side in Wellsville on Tuesday, January 25, 2022. He was the son of the late Charles and Virginia (Ross) Robbins, born on March 10, 1943.

He is survived by his four children, Amy (Wally) Turner, Mary (Ray) Smith, Alva (Amanda) Robbins, and Nicole (Chris) Bresett.

Of all the people he touched, his most proud achievement in life was marrying his wife Cynthia Ann Robbins, who supported him in all of his adventures, and shared 46 devoted years with him before she passed. He took extreme pride and love in all of his grandchildren.

Alva was a simple man who led a simply wonderful life, a life full of family, faith and fond memories. He enjoyed simpler pleasures, the joy of a Sunday afternoon drive, fishing trips to lakes unknown, always taking the scenic route to unspecified destinations, camping adventures to Canada, tending to his garden as he connected with nature and all things wild, or his acute awareness of the importance of life lived with his loved ones over any material possession. His drive was his family, and he strove to instill sound values in his children and to better their lives to the end. He was a man of limited words with a strong facade and a deep love for those who surrounded him throughout his life; a man who lifted you up with a kind word, or a funny joke, a humble ear or the very shoes on his feet. Alva was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend; a simple man, yes, but simply a good man, as well.

The love he spread on this earth continues to grow through his children and grandchildren, from this immeasurably loved man. On behalf of Alva and the family we would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the staff at Jan and Bev's for the loving, compassionate care that they gave during Dad's final years of life. Because of the amazing care that he was given, the family has requested that contributions be made in Alva's name to Jan and Bev's Home Care Inc., 102 N. Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895, that will directly support the staff that positively impacts the lives of our loved ones everyday.

At Alva's request, no services will be held. A private burial in his honor along with his wife Cynthia will be held this spring. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Charles H. Lynch

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

Charles H. (Charlie) Lynch

Age 85, of Horseheads, NY, passed away on Friday, January 28, 2022 after a period of declining health.

Charles was born on November 12, 1936 in Frankfort, Ohio to the late Harry E. and Vivian D. Lynch. In his early years, after moving from Ohio, the family moved to Hepburnville, PA, where he worked many hours caring for his animals on their farm, Victory Hatchery. The family then relocated to Chemung, NY. He attended Waverly Central Schools, graduating in 1954. He then went on to work for Elmira News, Bond Paper Company, and Schuster Industries, where he received numerous awards for his salesmanship. He and his wife Sharon made their home in Waverly for nearly 50 years before moving to Montour Falls. In his retirement he worked as the medical delivery driver for Quinlan’s Pharmacy in Montour Falls.

In addition to his parents, Charles was predeceased by his wife, Sharon Swayze Lynch, infant sister Kathryn Lynch, brother John O. Lynch, stepsister Barb Flick, and his brothers-in- law, Jim Rice and Jim Kellogg.

He is survived by his companion, Mary Marlatt; his children, Jeff and Marcia Lynch of Waverly, Linda Douglas, New Port Richey, FL, Jim and Chris Lynch, Chemung, Bonnie and Jim Howell, Montour Falls, Bill Lynch, Owego and Joe Lynch; his special grandson, friend and caregiver Tyler Stevens; grandchildren, Payton Lynch, Michael and Katrina Stevens, Charlie Lynch, Jeffrey Lynch, Stephanie Lynch, Richard and Morgan Lynch, Angela Lynch, Jennifer Steel, Kyle and Megan Douglas, Adam and Marc Rodriguez Douglas, Amber and Sam Abdelli; great grandchildren, Aziza and Sonja Abdelli, Jacob, Jenna, Zack Davis, Grace Steel, Trenton and Claire Lynch, Olivia and Nicholas Stevens, Victor, Alana, Damien, Madeline and Amelia Douglas, Sunshyne Lynch; his siblings, Azubah Rice, Lyndora Kellogg, Milton and Sandra Lynch, Wayne and Debbie Lynch; brother-in-law Fred and Toni Sue Swayze along with numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 p.m, Monday January 31 at the Odessa United Methodist Church, 305 Church St., Odessa NY, with Pastor Mike Kelly officiating. Interment will be held at the North Chemung Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in memory of Charles to the Montour Falls Fire Department or the Humane Society of Schuyler County. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Ronald E. Keck

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Ronald E. Keck

Age 71, formerly of Beaver Dams, NY, passed away on January 21, 2022.

Ron and his wife, Mary, raised their two children together in Beaver Dams. After retiring from the Horseheads School District, they moved to Florida.

Ron was predeceased by his wife, Mary Keck, in 2019 and his parents. He is survived by his daughters, Wendy Keck Swarthout and Jamie Eaves; four grandchildren, Nicole (Alex) Clark, Michael Eaves, Nathan Swarthout and Christopher Dillon; his brothers and sisters; as well as many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Obituary: Sandra M. Davis

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

Sandra M. Davis

Age 69, a longtime resident of Romeo Apartments in Montour Falls, NY and currently of Odessa, NY, passed away on Sunday, January 23, 2022 at home after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Montour Falls on December 5, 1952, the daughter of Walter and Isabella (Landon) Davis, Sr.

Sandra was a member of the Watkins Glen Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses since 1983, where she enjoyed sharing up building Bible truths with her family, friends and neighbors.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Cynthia (Eddie) Duet of Odessa; grandchildren, Kelsey (Matthew) Ingwersen, Nathan (Mikaya) Duet, LeNay Duet and Reese Duet; brothers, Dale Davis of Alpine, NY, Harry Davis of Montour Falls and Ransome Davis of Odessa; sisters, Diane Carns of Florida, Carol Kinner of Cayuta, NY, Cynthia Miller of Cayuta and Rebecca Johnston of Tennessee; many nieces and nephews; as well as her dearest friend, Shirley Gerow.

She was predeceased by her parents, Walter Davis Sr. in 1981 and Isabella Davis (1985); and brothers, Lewis Davis (1944 at 2 years old), Walter Davis, Jr. (2004), John Davis Sr. (2017), David Davis (2019) and Dana Davis (2021).

Sandra’s family would like to extend their gratitude to all of the nurses that cared for her throughout her illness and passing. Sympathy cards may be sent to the Duet residence at 400 Merchant Ave., Odessa, NY 14869.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home in Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com.

Obituary: James T. Minichello

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

James T. Minichello

Age 74, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on January 19, 2022.

James was born on June 2, 1947 in Old Forge, Pennsylvania, the son of the late Anthony “Tony” and Dora (Dipipi) Minichello. He retired from AKZO Salt Company and was a communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church in Watkins Glen.

Jimmy was an avid hunter and fisherman and known and loved by many. He could often be found at Chef's chatting with his buddies. Coffee at the kitchen table will never be the same for his family and friends.
 
James is survived by his wife, Sue Minichello; five children, Dora Minichello of Florida, Robert (Adrienne) Minichello of Montour Falls, NY, Tammi Rhodes of Watkins Glen, Ross (Sarah) Searles of Beaver Dams, NY, and Scott Searles of Watkins Glen; sister, Annette Warden of Pennsylvania; several cousins; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held in June and announced at a later date. 
   
Those wishing to share a memory of James may visit his obituary at www. RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Patricia L. Champion

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

Patricia L. Champion

Age 79, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away peacefully at home on January 21, 2022.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Wednesday (Jan. 26) from 3 p.m.-6 p.m.; followed by a memorial service at 6:00 p.m. Interment at Seneca Union Cemetery will occur at a later date.

Pat was born in Malone, NY, the daughter of the late Raymond and Ada (Cromp) Johnson. Pat worked at the New York State Fire Academy in Montour Falls.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband “Sonny” Leon Champion; and brothers and sister-in-law, Harley and Susanne Johnson, and Raymond Gallow.

She is survived by her children, Jim and Dulcie (Gifford) Champion, Michael (Leah) Champion, and Michelle (Gregory) Harrington; sister, Darlene Johnson of Malone, NY; sister-in-law, Judy Gallow-Forney; brother-in-law, Delbert Champion; grandchildren, Jeffrey P., Idalise (Britz), Lilia J., Mary A., Stephen J., Timothy S., Brooks M., Chandler D. Champion, Chase Michael Champion, Jacob R. Harrington, Krista (Campbell) and Carl Standish, Dustin, Ian, Ryan, and Roselyn (Ennis) Campbell; great-grandchildren, Claire, Charlotte, Collette Standish, and baby Campbell on the way; very dear cousins, Richard and Terri (Pasto) Campbell, Mary Anne Campbell, Terri (Champion) and John Sujko, John, Chip, and Sarah Champion, Gloria Pangallo; nieces and nephews, Lisa Johnson (Collins and Mark), Desara Johnson (John), Paula Johnson Elswick, Rick Gallow (Penny), Heather (Gallow) and Jan Cote, and Nicole (Stephen) Ryan; and many other nieces and nephews; and many, many dear friends, too many to list!

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorial donations in her memory be made to the Schuyler County Baseball and Softball League.

Those wishing to share a memory of Pat may visit her obituary at www. RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Phyllis Elaine DeSarno

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

Phyllis Elaine “Mimi” DeSarno

Age 79, passed away peacefully in the presence of her caring husband and oldest granddaughter early in the afternoon on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, NY. Phyllis was born to Florence E. Decker and George S. Maltby in Sayre, PA on Nov 16, 1942.

She was a strong, dignified and kind-hearted woman. Her grandchildren called her "Mimi," which was very fitting for our beloved Phyllis. Mimi is a woman who was able to stand tall without augmentation, inquisitive in the face of authority figures, yet tactful, insightful, and a product of her own unconditional love and determination.

She always had a way of solving anything and everything. Her entire being was and still is dedicated to educating others, organizing and orchestrating beautiful events. She did what was impossible in an age where women's experiences were still very much oppressed and considered to be insignificant. Her voice and opinions challenged and inspired others to make a difference in their lives and the lives of many others. She worked alongside some influential professors of the Arts, Science and Histories as a Department Secretary at California State Northridge from 1967-1971 with her husband Buzz.

Drawn towards seismology and cultural anthropology, her coworkers and the students were always grateful for her work ethic and bright, humorous, yet highly intellectual and progressive personality. She managed to organize and operate almost everything that could be. She made imprints on the hearts and minds of every single person she came across regardless of age, race, or orientation as she traveled alongside her hubby state by state, never missing a beat. She lived a long, eventful life with a tendency to view the world through the kaleidoscope-colored lenses of her youth.

Phyllis absolutely adored the holidays. Early on she organized events for Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen to celebrate "Village Christmas" and the annual Easter egg hunts. She always had her hand in many of the parades and businesses of both locations. Her grandbabies remember the endless hours she would spend decorating the whole house for each and every holiday where we would all help cook amazing dinners, play silly pranks and watch funny holiday-themed movies together. We will miss our old yearly traditions without her. Ordering a big batch of fresh fries while watching people carry in the shiny trout. When we would go to the Italian festival and ride the horrible nausea-inducing rides, or even the school events where she would put all the teachers in check; and smile at us proudly. That cute and cuddly redhead had the biggest and boldest personality, put the fear of God and awe into the likes of any young Bambi that tried to step to her flock. She taught us how to confront, dismantle and reconstruct someone's whole being in a matter of a second. She taught us how to speak with light-hearted, sarcastic, yet firm energies; which has helped us through the many battles of our lives. We definitely have our own humorous language as a family by now! The funniest person we all knew, will always be Phyllis DeSarno.

Phyllis is survived by her kind and attentive husband of 57 years, Bill “Buzzy” DeSarno; her loving brother David; her daughter Aalia and son-in-law Kemwa (our step-dad, we call him dad) and her three favorite grandbabies, Mahraka “Zak”, Culture and Nambdi; all of which she loved more than life itself. She was and remains a "different breed," a one-of-a-kind patient, witty and loving soul. Her ashes will travel alongside her close family members to be scattered all around the beautiful, yet bittersweet Earth to let her soul see what her eyes did not; free and unattached from her human vessel.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Those wishing to share a memory of Phyllis may visit her obituary at www. RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Doris Jane Wilcox Hugo

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

Doris Jane Wilcox Hugo

Age 93, of New Albany, PA, passed away on Monday, January 17, 2022 at Guthrie Troy Hospital. Doris was born in Towanda, PA on December 3, 1928, the daughter of Harry and Eloise Sheridan Wilcox of Monroeton.

Doris’ father was the first forest ranger assigned to the newly built Kellogg Mt. fire tower and she loved exploring, along with friends, the woods and creeks on the mountain. Since there wasn’t yet a house, they slept on the floor of the tower. While attending high school in Towanda, Doris and three of her friends worked at what was to be Sylvania in later years, assembling detonators for bombs used in WWII. She went to work for Dunbar Lewis Feed Mill in Monroeton as a secretary, and after her marriage to Howard Hugo in 1951, she was employed by Lyle Wilcox Market, and in later years, for Browning Oil Co. in New Albany.  She made many birthday and wedding cakes that were part of many lives in the New Albany area.
 
Doris was very active in the fire auxiliary, a Cub Scout leader, Junior Miss Judge, and was the town librarian for many years, which she loved very much. She had been active in the Memorial Hospital and was one of the founding members of Rainbows End, the second-hand shop. Also known as a very knowledgeable local historian, she was a member of the Bradford County Historical Society. She was more than happy to share her research with whomever called upon her.

Doris is survived by her sons and spouses, Roger and Chris Hugo of Watkins Glen, NY,  Ross and Clara Hugo of New Albany, PA, Brent and C. James Vanderpool Hugo of Monroeton, PA; grandchildren, Morgan (Brett T) Hugo Mapp of Philadelphia, Courtney (Ryan) Hugo Muldowney of Northumberland, PA, and Mason (Kileen Brown) Hugo of Monroeton; two great grandchildren, Brentlee and Layklee; a sister, Sharon Goodstal of Swan Lake, NY; a sister-in-law, Virginia Hugo of New Albany; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Howard in 2004.

Friends are invited to join the family at a graveside service on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery in New Albany, immediately followed by a luncheon to share memories at the New Albany Social Hall, 134 Main St., New Albany, PA. Memorials in the name of Doris may be directed to the New Albany Fire Department, PO Box 167, New Albany PA 18833.

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

Obituary: Ella B. Clayton

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

Ella B. Clayton

Age 95, formerly of Reading Center and Campbell, NY, passed away on January 13, 2022.

Ella was born in Buffalo, NY on November 30, 1926, the daughter of the late Claude and Ella Bennett deLorraine. She was also predeceased by her husband Henry Clayton, brothers Harry deLorraine and Claude deLorraine, and sister Marjorie Lovelass.

Ella and her husband raised their five children together in Reading Cener, where they were members of the Reading Community Church. After her husband retired, they moved to Campbell.

She is survived by her son, Henry L. Clayton, Jr. of Tulsa, OK; daughters, Marjorie Iven of Oklahoma City, OK, Janet Clayton of Utica, NY, Mary Ortyl of Zionsville, IN, and Ruth McCarthy of Painted Post, NY; sister, Ruth de Lorraine of Campbell; 15 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A graveside funeral service will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery (Cemetery Rd.), in Reading Center on Saturday, January 22 at 11:00 a.m.

You may express condolences or leave a memory of Ella at her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen, NY.

Obituary: James Matthew Gilbert

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

James Matthew Gilbert

Age 41, of Elmira, NY, died January 16, 2022.

In life, there are people whom you may only meet for a brief period of time, yet they touch your heart forever. James was one of those people.

James arrived as an early Christmas present for his parents Kim and LaVonne on December 15, 1980 and continued to bring them joy up until the very end. When his sister Megan joined the family a few years later, he was her first friend. He met his wife Amy at BOCES and they started dating at 17 years old. James was welcomed into Amy’s family by her parents, Ralph and Mary Lou, and her brother, Adam. He not only was loved by these people, but also by his extended family and group of friends from all over the world.
 
As a teenager, James discovered a passion for Underground Rap and became part of the Juggalo culture. He was an avid fan of Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid, Anybody Killa, The Snowgoons, Esham, Lex the Hex Master, Claas, Boondox, Blaze, Tech N9ne, and many more (pretty much any rapper who wasn’t played on the radio). He was also lucky to not only be a fan of, but also a great friend to, Bukshot. A few years ago, Bukshot gifted James with a dream come true with the help of the Dream Foundation and University of Rochester Blood and Marrow Transplant Social Worker Mike Ellis. Bukshot brought James down to Louisville, Kentucky to watch Bukshot in the recording studio and just hang out with him as the homies that they were. Bukshot gave James’ family a gift too, a mini documentary about this meeting that can be found on YouTube by searching “Bukshot” and “Dream.” In this video, James’ image and voice will live forever.

At the young age of 28, James was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and thus began a 13-year battle with not only this disease, but also the complications stemming from the treatments for it. Traveling this long road, James was lucky to be supported by an amazing medical team at the University of Rochester. Every single person who cared for him did so with compassion. James was particularly lucky to have Dr. Michael Becker and Dr. Everett Porter on his side, and they were there until the end.
    
James said he wanted to be remembered as a good person, and in the days since his death those who loved him have said just that about him. He was a kind person, an unofficial promoter for Underground Rappers everywhere, and a trusted friend who could keep a secret (TK, he never told anyone how you got your nickname!).

James is survived by his parents, Kim and LaVonne Gilbert; sister, Megan Hojnoski and her husband Chris; niece, Rose Marie Shellenberger; nephews, Nicholas James Shellenberger and Emmet Hojnoski; wife, Amy Van Buren Gilbert; father-in-law, Ralph Van Buren; brother-in-law, Adam Van Buren; his beloved canine buddy Orlando; his stem cell donor and special friend Philipp Mechenbier and Philipp’s wife Anke, along with a loving extended biological family, wonderful friends, and his worldwide Juggalo family. He was predeceased by his maternal grandmother, RoseMarie Kendrick, and his mother-in-law, Mary Lou Van Buren.

Family and friends of James are welcome to come to a celebration of his life to be held Sunday, January 23rd at 1:00 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY. There are no prior visiting hours. You may write a memory of James in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation to the Dream Foundation (https://www.dreamfoundation.org) -- an organization that helps grant final wishes to terminally ill adults, or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (https://www.lls.org) -- an organization that helps fight these diseases.
 
“It ain’t about you, it ain’t about me. This whole thing’s way bigger than we both see ... you have to show that when the road gets tough you gotta be that hero.” Bukshot

Obituary: Theodore H. Siri Jr.

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

Theodore H. "Ted" Siri Jr.

Age 78, of Watkins Glen, NY, after a long and courageous battle of 22 years, passed away peacefully at his son's home in Utah with his family by his side on December 18, 2021.

Ted was born in San Francisco on December 5, 1943 to the late Ted and Louise Siri, who then raised him in Santa Rosa, CA. He graduated from Santa Rosa High School and then moved to Ukiah, CA, where he joined the Local #3 Operating Engineers, where he worked for Absco Paving & Parnum Paving. During this time he also joined the National Guard for seven years.

He decided to become an antique dealer and moved to Watkins Glen, where he became a successful store owner of The Teddy Bears Den, an antique, souvenir, and the largest NASCAR store on the East coast for 22 years. Ted stayed an antique dealer until his passing. He was also a member of the Northwestern Bottle Collectors Association for 50 years and built the best San Francisco Antique Beer Bottle Collection on the West Coast.

Ted loved hunting, fishing, the outdoors, NASCAR, dirt track racing on Friday nights, and his passion, antiques.

Ted is survived by his loving family, his wife of 22 years Theresa Siri; three sons, Ted (Tonya) Siri and Garrett Siri of Highland, Utah, and Tyler Siri of Horseheads, NY; brother, Richard (Bev) Siri, and sister, Arleen Place of Santa Rosa, CA.; eight grandchildren, Jordan (Stephanie), Mykenna(Kyle), Taylor (Paul), J.T., Braden, Nick, Lauren, and Maya; and several nieces and nephews. He will be missed by many friends both in California and New York.

There will be a graveside service for Ted at Montour Cemetery, Mill St., Montour Falls that will be announced at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home in Montour Falls.

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

 

 

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