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Obituary: Rev. Leonard A. Miller

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

Rev. Leonard A. Miller

Age 85, of Lindley, NY, went to be with his Lord on September 19, 2023.

The family will receive friends at the First Baptist Church, 213 E. Fifth St., Watkins Glen, NY on Friday (Sept. 22) from 3-4 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at the church at 4 p.m., his son Pastor Jeffery Miller officiating. His burial will be held at Hope Cemetery in Corning on Saturday (Sept. 23) at 11:00 a.m.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Frances Miller; three children, Randy (Sara) Miller of Manchester, CT, Jeff (Diana) Miller of Dansville, NY, and Ginger (Wayne) Martin of Jersey Shore, PA; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild due in November. He was predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Donald and Thomas Miller.

He was born in Corning, NY, the son of Arnold and Gertrude (Smithyman) Miller. He grew up in Painted Post and graduated from Painted Post High School, Class of 1957. Upon graduating, he enlisted and honorably served two years in the United States Army.

His early road in ministry started at the Corning Church of the Nazarene. He later served at the First Baptist Church of Watkins Glen for 30 years, retiring in 2018. In addition to pastoring, he spent a long career in the sheet metal fabrication industry. He loved hunting and fishing, and was a classic-car enthusiast. But most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family.

According to his wishes, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the church.

A memory or expression of condolence may be left in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Robert J. Everett

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

Robert J. Everett

Age 89, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away peacefully at home on September 13, 2023.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Thursday (Sept. 21) from 12 noon-2 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. and burial with military honors at Lakeview Cemetery at 3:15 p.m.

Bob was born in Dundee, NY on August 18, 1934, the son of George and Harriett Everett. Upon graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1957. After his service in the Army, he returned home and began working for Powers Manufacturing Company (Bucher-Emhart Glass) in Elmira. He retired as a Production Engineer.

He volunteered his time to many local organizations, including serving 40 years as BOCES board member, vice president and president, as well as a member of the Watkins Glen Central School Board of Education, 45 years with the Reading Town Council, and as a Watkins Glen Grand Prix volunteer.

Bob was a devoted husband and partner to his loving wife of 66 years, Carol (Emmons) Everett.

He is survived by his wife Carol; son Jeffery (Tammy) of Watkins Glen; daughters Karen (Mark) Storm of Watkins Glen, and Lisa (Kevin) Beebe of Watkins Glen; five grandchildren, Christine (Ken) Pratt, Carrie (Jason Horton) Langley, Joshua (Cecilia Martinez) Langley, Kayla Ellis, and Andrew (Kelee Corey) Rudy; great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Aubree, Aslyn, and Kynsley Rudy, Arrah Pratt, Jackson and Hadley Ellis, and Jaden Bailer; sisters-in-law, Ann Beardsley, Mary Lou Haight, and Pat (Richard) Pierce; brother-in-law, Walter (Edie) Emmons; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by daughter Linda Everett, and brother George.

The family wishes to offer a special thanks to Liz, Patty and Alex from Heart to Heart for their loving and excellent care. Those wishing may consider a donation in Bob’s memory to the Reading Center Community Church, PO Box 23, Reading Center, NY 14876.

You may leave a cherished memory or condolence for the family in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Sally Louy

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

Sally Louy

Age 58, of Elmira and formerly Watkins Glen, NY, passed away peacefully on August 16, 2023.

The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 16) at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. Funeral services will follow directly at 6:00 p.m.

She was born May 10, 1965 in Montour Falls, NY, the daughter of the late Donald and Betty Louy.

She is survived by two sisters, Donna Ennis of Lyons, NY, and Helen (Arthur) Nelson of Rock Stream, NY; brother, Michael Louy of Painted Post, NY; uncle, David (Penny) Russell of Odessa, NY; aunts, Margaret (Dale) Grant of Woodhull, NY, and Jane Nicholson of California; special niece, Faith (Brian) Thompson of Elmira and their children, Michael Abby, Alexader McKie, Logan Cameron, Bryan Thompson and Helen Thompson; and several other nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to CareFirst Hospice, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870.

Obituary: Brooke Taylor Gardner

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

Brooke Taylor Gardner

Age 33, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Thursday, September 7, 2023. She was born on August 10, 1990.

Brooke was the loving daughter of Russell and Victoria Gardner, a caring sister to Michael (Michelle) and Ryan (Amelia). She was the proud aunt to nephew Troy and niece Sophie and dear granddaughter of Dorothy Lott. Brooke will be missed by many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She also leaves behind her constant companion and four-legged best friend, Twitch.

Brooke never met a stranger. She always had a big smile and a kind heart. She was often described as a ray of sunshine by her friends and all who knew her. Her imagination and creativity were endless. Brooke was happiest when she was adventuring in a sundress and muck boots. Brooke was employed by Prisebox BBQ and they quickly became her second family.
 
She left us far too early and we are all heartbroken. We are thankful for the time we had and know that she has joined her Grandfather Clifford Lott and Grandparents William and Geraldine Gardner. Brooke would want you to remember to take time to jump in mud puddles and smile at strangers. 

There will be a private burial for Brooke. Please consider making a donation to the Schuyler County Humane Society (PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865) in Brooke’s name.

Sleep tight, sweet girl. We love you.

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: Gloria (Filippetti) Menio

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

Gloria (Filippetti) Menio

Age 100, of Watkins Glen, NY went to be with our Lord on Sunday, September 10, 2023 at Seneca View Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY.

Gloria was born on May 20, 1923 in Watkins Glen, the daughter of the late Thomas and Christina (Martine) Filippetti. She graduated from Watkins Glen High School and married Edward Menio in Watkins Glen on August 7, 1943.

She had worked for 20 years as a telephone repair clerk for NY Telephone. She was a member of the FOE, BPOE, Moose Club, and Mechanics Club, and was a communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church. She loved cruising, gambling, singing, playing cards and dancing. She had previously resided in Port Orange, FL for 30 years, and family was very important to her.

Gloria is survived by her daughters, Sandra Menio Cherock and Christina (Simon) Birtley; sons, Edward (Suzanne) Menio, Thomas (Lorraine) Menio, and Mark (Francis) Menio; 11 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; sister, Teresa Filippetti Cope; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Gloria was predeceased by her husband, Edward Menio; brothers, Ernest, Joseph and Thomas Filippetti; and sisters, Rachel F. Vickio, Henrietta F. Crouch, Mary F. Vickio, and Loretta F. Van Horn.

Friends and family may call on Saturday, September 16, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Link at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated following at 11:00 a.m. at the Church. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

Her family would like to thank Dr. Saks and the staff at Seneca View for the compassion and wonderful care shown to their mother.

Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516. Memories of Gloria may be shared with her family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Megan E. O'Hearn

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

Megan E. O’Hearn

Age 58, of Binghamton, NY passed away on Friday, September 8, 2023 at Mercy House, Binghamton. She was born November 21, 1964 to Harold and Ellen O’Hearn.

Megan will be dearly missed by all. She was a kind-hearted person. She graduated from Susquehanna Valley High School in 1983 and went on to Broome Community College and graduated December of 1993 with an AAS in Early Childhood. Megan was a preschool teacher at Campus Preschool for the last 25 years. She enjoyed going to Rehoboth Beach with friends and loved grilling, playing cornhole and hanging out with friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Harold J. O’Hearn. Megan is survived by her wife, Kelli Cruise, Binghamton; her mother, Ellen O’Hearn, Johnson City; and brothers, Timothy (Claudia), Watkins Glen, Sean (Lisa), Bentonville, Arkansas, Brian (Teresa), Gorham, New Hampshire, and Michael (Jacquelyn), Vestal. She leaves behind her best friend of 40 years, Fran Volosevich, as well as her 12 nieces and nephews, and four cats, Teegan, Mango, Lollipop and Peanut.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 13, 2023 at DeMunn Funeral Home, 36 Conklin Avenue, Binghamton. Inurnment will follow in Riverhurst Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the funeral home from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 12.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Mercy House, Project Paw or the Broome County Humane Society.

Obituary: Dawn Marie Vincent

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

Dawn Marie Vincent

Age 52, of Alpine, NY went to be with Jesus on Monday, September 4, 2023 at home after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Hammonton, NJ on November 24, 1970, the daughter of Peter F. and Carol Bruno, Sr. She graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School in 1989.

Most of Dawn’s career was in Hotel Housekeeping. She was a member of His Tabernacle Family Church in Horseheads, NY. Dawn loved her family and spending time with friends. She enjoyed singing, going dancing, shopping, walking around the mall, and eating good food.

Dawn is survived by her fiancé, George W. States, III; two daughters, Rachel Bruno of Interlaken, NY and Jacqulyn (Gavin) Corey of Corning, NY; mother, Carol Bruno of Odessa, NY; two sisters, Carol Bruno of Lafayette, TN and Lisa (Bryan) Rhoads of Odessa; two brothers, Frank Bruno and Peter Bruno, Jr. both of Millport, NY; seven nieces and nephews, Shana, Nicole, Alyssa (Katie), Stephanie, Noah (Brooke), Mikayla, and Hannah; and great niece and great-nephews Elijah, Amelia, Hudson and Ayden. She was predeceased by her father, Peter F. Bruno, Sr.

A celebration of life for Dawn will be held on Friday, September 15, 2023, from 6-8 p.m. at His Tabernacle Family Church, 16 Level Acres Drive, Horseheads. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Woodforest Bank, c/o George States, Walmart Store, Horseheads, NY 14845.

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: Charles F. Darling

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

Charles F. Darling

Age 94, of 4906 Route 88, Sodus, NY and 4125 Route 14, Rock Stream, NY, died on Thursday, August 31, 2023 at home in his cottage in Rock Stream on Seneca Lake where he spent more than 65 years fishing, swimming, and boating.

Born on August 27, 1929 in Montour Falls, NY, son of John B. Darling and Marie Bates Darling, Charles, known by many as Charlie, was an area resident of Sodus for most of his life and an area resident of Rock Stream near Watkins Glen, where he grew up and spent his summers for his entire life. He graduated from Watkins Glen High School and then attended and graduated from RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) with an associate’s degree in mechanical engineering.

He married Martha Jane Valorn on September 19, 1953 and they were married less than three weeks shy of 70 years. It was rare to find the two apart.

Mr. Darling was a lifelong member of the AMCA (Antique Motorcycle Club of America) and the EMPIRE Chapter. He served as national AMCA Treasurer from 1972-1976 and Treasurer of the EMPIRE Chapter approximately 33 years, from 1974-2007. Charles was a member of the First Reformed Church in Sodus.

Mr. Darling was an engineer, a motorcycle enthusiast, and an avid fisherman. If he wasn’t working on one of his antique motorcycles or fishing in Seneca Lake, you could find him out in the vegetable garden, tinkering with one of his old tractors, or involved in extensive genealogical research building a family tree.

Charles is survived by his wife of almost 70 years, Martha V. Darling; two children, Edward J. Darling and his wife Susan of North Rose, NY, and Julie Ann Darling Sissel and her husband Mark of Rock Stream; and three grandchildren, Jonah Sissel, Isaiah Sissel, and Seraphina Sissel. Charles was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather and he loved nothing more than to spend time with his family.

Visitation hours will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2023 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen, NY. The funeral service will be held immediately following at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at Rock Stream Cemetery at 3:15 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Schuyler County Historical Society or to the First Reformed Church at Sodus. Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home.

Obituary: June Ellen Cullen

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

June Ellen (Spencer) Cullen

Age 94, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away to join her husband, the love of her life, on Sunday, August 27, 2023. She was born in the Town of Reading, NY on April 21, 1929. June was predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Edward J. Cullen.

June was a lifelong resident of Schuyler County. She graduated from Watkins Glen High School after attending a one-room schoolhouse in Reading Center, NY. She loved her time during her youth spent on the family farm. She was a great lover of cats! Her many volunteer activities included: RSVP driver, Well Baby Clinic, 4-H, Boy Scouts, Squires Drum and Bugle Corps, Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary, American Red Cross and many, many Rotary functions. She was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow by the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club in honor of her service.

She and her husband traveled internationally for many Rotary International events. June for many years performed with the Peach Orchard Music Society with her beautiful soprano voice. She also was an extraordinary seamstress, with many wedding gowns and wedding dresses to her credit. She was a caring neighbor and friend. The loving partnership she and Ed created throughout their life, in support of their family and community, is to be admired by all. Support of her family was her life’s focus; she gave them all unwavering love and care.

June is survived by daughters Barbara (Robert) Chapman of Rock Stream, NY, and Sheryl Callan, New Jersey, and son Stanley (Anna) Cullen of Rock Stream; brother Richard (Mary Alice) Spencer of Lyons, NY, brother-in-law Charles Cullen of Pittsburgh, PA, sister-in-law Nancy Davis of Hector, NY, four grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Please join us for a celebration of her life on Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. at the Reading Community Church, Reading Center. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Humane Society of Schuyler County (124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865) or the Reading Center Community Church (PO Box 23, Reading Center, NY 14876).

You may leave a memory of June or condolence for the family in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Daniel W. Impson

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

Daniel W. Impson

Age 74, of Beaver Dams, NY passed away on Friday, August 25, 2023 at home.

Daniel was born in Montour Falls, NY on October 30, 1948 to the late Maynard A. and Irene M. (Harrinton) Impson. He married Darlene Dunbar on June 24, 2000 in the Town of Catlin, NY. He worked for Shepard Niles and 5 Star Bank. He enjoyed classic cars, car shows, mechanics, cats, fishing, traveling, and photography, but above all he enjoyed his family.

Daniel is survived by his wife of 23 years, Darlene; daughter, Angela McFall; sons, Chris (Lori) Impson, Jamie (Shannon) West and Kevin (Robin) West; 12 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; his brother, Edward Impson; one niece, one nephew; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends and family may call from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30, 2023 at the Vedder Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. His funeral service will follow at the funeral home at 5 p.m. Burial will be at Beaver Dams Cemetery on Thursday, August 31, 2023 at 11 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865.

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

Obituary: Shirley Marie DuVall

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

Shirley Marie DuVall

Age 66, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on Monday, August 21, 2023 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY. She was born on November 5, 1956 and graduated from Watkins Glen High School.

She worked as a Home Health Aide in Corning, NY. Shirley loved to attend auctions. She was an amazing euchre player who taught her grandchildren how to beat her at the game. She loved the color red and all kinds of angel knickknacks. She loved to go fishing and to watch NASCAR and WWE. Shirley enjoyed sitting and sharing a cup of tea with her best friend Arlene Kimble and playing cards with her good friend Sandy Just.

She is survived by four sons, Robert (Stephanie) Chiacchiarini of Montour Falls, Brian (Ashley) Chiacchiarini of Water Valley, Mississippi, Michael (Suzi) Smith of Falconer, NY, and Jesse (Dezera) Knapp of Watkins Glen, NY; sister, Sharon (Mary Lea) Nelson of Watkins Glen; 15 grandchildren, Rebecca (Dylan), William (Brittany), Nicole, Brandon, Aaron, Lilly, Vanessa, Kaite, Makayla, Karlee, Kaylee, Braydon, Brooklyn, Korey and Remi; and nieces, Kendra Cornish, Nateah Cornish, Casey Watkins, Ashley Whitacre, Abby Miller and Faith Nelson. She was predeceased by her mother, Arlene, and brother, Arthur Nelson.

A Celebration of Shirley DuVall’s Life will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. at Robert and Stephanie Chiacchiarini’s house, 4200 County Road 14 (Jackson Hill Road), 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: Alfred James Foote

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

Alfred James Foote

It is with great sadness that the family of Alfred James Foote, age 72, shares that he passed away peacefully at his home in Morristown, TN, on July 29, surrounded by his wife and children after a short battle with liver disease.

Jim will be lovingly remembered by his wife Patricia; son Robert (Tina) Foote of Odessa, New York; daughter Rebecca (Kenneth) Borove of Freeville, New York; stepchildren, Maggie (Michael) Daniels of Carmel, Indiana, and Martin (Misty) Glover of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania; grandchildren Shaiyan (Timothy) Kizis, Christopher (Callie) and Isabel Foote, Parker (Deanna) Borove, Gavin and Conor Daniels, Andrew, Grace, Ryan and Nathaniel Glover and great-grandson, Kaihler Kizis. Jim was predeceased by his parents, Alfred W. and Evelyn (Steen) Foote, and survived by his sisters Janet (James) Barrett and Jean (Steve) Oltz, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Jim was born in Ithaca, NY, on May 20, 1951, and graduated from Ithaca High School, Class of 1969. He then became a member of the Ithaca Fire Department. On July 6, 1976, Jim joined the Schuyler County Sheriff's Department as a Deputy Sheriff. He was promoted to Deputy Sheriff Sergeant, a title he held until his retirement in 2001. “AJ, as he was commonly known by his colleagues and the community, continued part-time with the Sheriff's Department until 2021. For ten years after his retirement, he was a Fraud Investigator for Schuyler County and worked part-time for Wegman’s Security. Jim was as devoted a civil servant as he was a husband, father, and grandfather.


In 2015, Jim and Patti bought a house on Douglas Lake in East Tennessee and moved permanently to Tennessee in May 2021. Jim enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, fishing, hunting, antiquing, and going to auctions and estate sales. Jim was a caring, kind man who was always willing to help anyone who needed it. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.


There will be no funeral service. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday the 21st of October at the Montour Falls Moose Club in Schuyler County, NY from 1:00-3:00.

Obituary: Patricia A. Carr

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

Patricia A. (Patty) Carr 

Age 58, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on August 16, 2023 after a long illness. Born in Plant City, Florida, Patty's family moved to the Watkins Glen area in 1974 where she went on to graduate from Watkins Glen High School in 1983.

A lifelong resident of the area, she worked as a deli clerk for P&C before choosing to remain at home to raise her children. 

She was predeceased by her mother, Doris Carr; sister-in-law, Sarah Carr (Robert), and niece, Katherine Carr (Robert). 

She is survived by her daughter, Stephanie LaValley, and son, Jamison LaValley; her children's partners, Jeremiah Hillman (Stephanie) and Jesse Turner (Jamison); her granddaughters, Emilee and Abigail (Stephanie), all of Watkins Glen, and granddaughter, Paislee (Jamison) of Benton, TN, as well as her children's stepfather, Wayne Weller of Montour Falls. 

She is also survived by her father, John Carr; brothers, John Carr Jr., and Robert Carr; nephews Cyrus Carr (Robert) and Nicholas Carr (Robert) of Prattsburgh, NY; her brother-in-law, Thomas Cox, Sr.; great-nephew, Thomas Cox III (Thomas Jr) and great-niece, Alana Cox (Thomas Jr.) of Mosheim, TN; Thomas Cox Jr. and his wife Nikki Cox of Exeter, PA; her aunts Darlene Bacon and Carol Coy of Riverview, FL; and many, many cousins. 

Her Celebration of Life will be at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th Street, Watkins Glen on Thursday (August 24). The family will receive friends and relatives at the funeral home from 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; followed by her service at 4:00 p.m.

Obituary: Carol Bliss Griggs

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

Carol Bliss Griggs

Age 69, of Alpine, NY passed away peacefully at home in the early hours of August 17, 2023. She was born in Pittsburgh, PA on August 14, 1954, the daughter of Theodore and Jane Bliss.

Carol attended St. James Catholic Church in Trumansburg, NY and was an active member of the church choir.

She studied and worked in the fields of archaeology, geology, and dendrochronology. Her work extended to Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, and parts of Asia. Within the United States her work ranged from the mid-west to the Great Lakes and all over the state of New York. Carol earned her Ph.D from Cornell University, where she worked as a Senior Research Associate in Dendrochronology for 29 years.

Carol loved the outdoors, including flower gardening, camping, and hiking; she provided weather data to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network every day for 14 years. Carol also played fiddle and loved music.

She is survived by her dedicated husband of 38 years, Bill Griggs; her daughter Katie Fry of Marshall, NC; her three sons, Thomas Griggs, Michael Griggs, and Francis Griggs; her three siblings, Steve Bliss, Andy Bliss, and Nancy Byrd; six grandchildren; and six nieces and nephews. Carol was predeceased by her father, Theodore Bliss (2008), and her mother, Jane Bliss (2019).

Carol was loved by everyone who knew her and will be sorely missed.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, August 25, 2023 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. in The Link at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY. Her funeral mass will follow at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in Laurel Hill 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: William V. Wolverton

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

William V. "Bill" Wolverton

Age 80, of Homosassa, Florida went home to heaven to be with his Savior on August 15, 2023 after a brief illness.

Born in Bath, NY to Harold and Emily Wolverton, Bill was raised in Bradford, graduating from Bradford High School, before earning a degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Georgia. Shortly after graduation, Bill married his high school sweetheart, Jeanne Bartusiak. Bill spent the following four years serving our country in the United States Air Force, where he was named Outstanding Airman of his unit for his exemplary conduct and duty performance. After being honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1969, Bill applied his degree from Georgia and began a long career with John Deere.

After retirement, Bill and Jeanne returned to Bradford and built their retirement home overlooking the surrounding hillside. Bill enjoyed riding his John Deere tractors and working on his Christmas tree farm on the land surrounding their home. During this time, Bill became active on the Bradford Central School Board as well as serving for 12 years as the Bradford Town Justice.

Bill was no stranger to profound loss. He first lost his son, United States Army Specialist Richard Wolverton, when an Iraqi Scud missile hit the barracks he and his fellow soldiers were occupying in 1991, in service to their country during Operation Desert Storm. Fifteen years later, in 2006, Bill also lost his wife Jeanne to cancer.

Two years after Jeanne's death, Bill's path would cross with that of Mary Delametter Houck, and the two were married three years later in Bradford. Bill and Mary renewed their vows shortly thereafter on the beach in Isabela, Puerto Rico, surrounded by family and close friends. Five years ago, Bill and Mary relocated to Homosassa, Florida.

Bill's kindness and generosity were obvious to everyone who knew him, and especially his family. Bill is survived by his loving wife Mary, son Rob (Kathy) Wolverton of Bradford, NY, daughter Wendy Gauthier of Corning, NY, daughter-in-law Marlene Wolverton of Latrobe, PA, Jacob Houck of Scranton, PA, and Joseph (Samantha) Houck of Bradford, NY, as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Bill's life is planned for Sunday afternoon, August 27, from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Bradford Fire Hall. Bill's cousin and life-long best friend, Pastor Judy Peppard, will lead the celebration. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to your local community hospice or the American Cancer Society.

Obituary: Abelgayle L. Parker

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

Abelgayle L. Parker

Age 26, of Montour Falls, NY passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 14, 2023.

Abelgayle was born in Corning Hospital on August 4, 1997 to Cynthia J. Parker and Michael E. Brown. Abelgayle was a lifelong resident of Montour Falls. She graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School with the Class of 2016 and also attended the Finger Lakes School of Massage, graduating in 2017. Abby was currently employed by Walmart in Watkins Glen, where she was a sales associate for the past six years. Abby had a lifelong love for art, her cats, social media, her family and friends.

Abby was predeceased by her loving grandparents, Francis and Jean Parker of Montour Falls; her father, Michael E. Brown of Burdett; and her aunt, Sheryl Mills of Virginia.

Abelgayle is survived by her mother, Cynthia Parker; aunt, Melissa (Steven) Zoeke; uncle, Christopher Parker (Ronald); aunt, Peggy States; sisters and brother Harley, Carrie and Aaron Brown; and step mother, Gina Brown.

Relatives and friends may call on Tuesday, August 22, 2023 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Her memorial service will begin at 5:00 p.m. A reception will follow at the Montour Falls United Methodist Church. 

Memories of Abby may be shared with her family and friends at vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Beverly Archer

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

Beverly Archer

Age 79, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away peacefully at home on July 12, 2023 after a brief illness.

She is survived by her sister Helen Lawhead (Tim), Belfair, Washington; brother Thomas Buczek (Fran), Kerrville, TX; children Hope Decker (Andrew), Watkins Glen, NY and David Archer, Galway, Ireland; and grandchildren Abby (Andy) Coon, Milwaukee, WI, Alex Decker, Rochester NY, Aidan Decker, Watkins Glen, NY, Breffni Archer, Galway Ireland, and Ailbhe Archer, Galway Ireland.

She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Philip Archer; her parents, Thomas and Helen (Jakubaszek) Buczek; her brother, Michael Buczek, Horseheads NY, and her grandson Tiernan Archer, Galway Ireland.

Beverly was a painter, an illustrator, a quilter, and most recently a mixed media and collage artist. She appreciated, cultivated, and created beauty. She also was an outstanding cook and baker. She put her heart into the food she made for the people she loved.

She was a quiet force in her corner of the world. She deeply loved her family and friends. Beverly appreciated life and experienced the little everyday things as monumental gifts.

Donations in Beverly’s memory can be made to the Watkins Glen Public Library, 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 for the “Art for All” project to honor one of her last wishes that all children have quality art supplies and instruction.

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

Obituary: Harriette (Neal) Fox

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

Harriette (Neal) Fox

Age 89, of Odessa, NY passed away on Wednesday, August 9, 2023 at her home in Odessa.

Harriette was born on September 9, 1933 in Elmira, NY, the daughter of the late Marion and Clinton J. Neal. She earned her RN at Arnot Ogden School of Nursing, a teaching degree from SUNY Oswego, and her master’s degree from St. Bonaventure. She worked as an RN and as a dental assistant, and she created the first Dental Assisting Class at SCT BOCES in Elmira.

Harriette was the principal at Western Delaware and OCM BOCES, retiring in 1999. She also worked for the Chemung County Health Department, retiring at the age of 84.
 
She loved hiking and canoeing in the Adirondacks with her husband Howard and family. She enjoyed living at their lake house on Seneca Lake for many years. Harriette also loved caring for her grandchildren and great grandchildren, watching them grow.
 
Harriette is survived by her two daughters, Cindy (Gary)  Emerson and Deborah (Eric) Griffin; grandchildren, Cody (Natalie) Evans, Brian (Valerie) Emerson, Christie (Kyle) Leach, and Kate (Gerard) LeClair; and great grandchildren, Shiloh and Maggie Leach, Kali Jean Emerson, Aeowyn and Marilla Evans, and Aiden, Grace and Phoebe LeClair; and her niece Yvonne (Joseph Campbell) Taylor. Harriette is also survived by her canine companion, Cheekitah.

In addition to her parents, Harriette was predeceased by her husband, Howard, in 2013; and her sisters, Barbara Soper and Wilda Beligotti.

Harriette will be buried at Hector Presbyterian Cemetery in Hector, NY with her husband.  Her family held a private celebration of her life at The Elf in the Oak in Burdett, NY.

Contributions may be made in Harriette’s memory to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, 388 Upper Oakwood Ave., Elmira, NY 14903 or to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865. Memories of Harriette may be shared with her family and friends at vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Charles Marvin (Bud) Sayre

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Charles Marvin (Bud) Sayre

Age 84, of Newfield, NY and formerly of Cayuta, NY, passed away on August 10, 2023 at home surrounded by his children. He was born on October 29, 1938.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Elizabeth Poyer-Sayre; his children, Ebony Lynn (Stacy) Coleman of Norco, CA, Josanne Callahan of Watkins Glen, NY, Laura (Stanton) Rosenthal of Tallahassee, FL, Charlene (David) Pruitt of Watkins Glen, Stacey Cummings of Schenectady, NY, Chad Sayre of Newfield, and Rhonda Poyer of Trumansburg, NY; 18 grandchildren, and 19 great grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, James (Janet) Sayre; sisters Patricia Barnes, Shirley Sherman, Carol (Dan) Argetsinger, and Donna (Terry) O’Brien, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Bud was predeceased by his mother, Evelyn Mae Sayre, in 2009; his father, Albert James Sayre, in 1989; a son, Johnny, in 1990; a brother, Ronald Sayre, in 2022; a son-in-law, Bryan Cummings, in 2022;, a granddaughter, Savannah Newton, in 2003; a grandson, Ryan Pruitt, in 2017; and his mother-in-law, Gladys Oltz, in 2000.

Bud was a graduate of Waverly Senior High School in 1958. He attended Corning Community College and TC3.

He served in the Navy from 1956 to 1962. At the age of 16 he was in the Navy Reserves, and went on to serve on the Joseph P. Kennedy DD850.

He retired from Therm Inc. after 20 years. He also worked at Westinghouse for 17 years, American LaFrance for 7 years and Shepard Niles for 7 years.

He was the best father, husband, brother and friend, caring for his wife for nine years after her illness. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trap shooting and his motorcycles. He was a life- long member of the Newfield Rod and Gun Club, Montour Moose, The American Legion and The Snowmobile Club. He always enjoyed being in a club/group setting. He will be remembered for having the best sense of humor. His greatest legacy is working hard. He was a man of few words, teaching his children by example.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to any Veterans organization or to the Newfield Rod and Gun Club at 156 Stark Rd., Newfield, NY 14867.

A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. A celebration of life will be held at the Newfield Rod and Gun Club on August 19, 2023 at 2 p.m.

Service: Todd Morgan

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

Todd Morgan

A Celebration of Life for Todd Morgan, formerly of Alpine, NY, who passed away at the age of 68 on March 15, 2022 in Florida, will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on September 30th at the Montour Falls Moose Club.

Obituary: Arlene Cope Learn

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

(Evalyn) Arlene Cope Learn

Age 91, of Catharine, NY went to be with the Lord on Monday, August 7, 2023. She was born in Montour Falls, NY to Fred and Grace Cope. She graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School in 1950 and was married that year.

Arlene was a loving farmer’s wife (Wonderview Farms), helping with many chores including calf feeding, bookkeeping, running for machinery parts, and milking cows in her earlier years. She was an amazing cook who oftentimes had to “add water to the pot” to feed visitors at mealtime. She brought food to the fields and hosted many picnics at the Learn pond. She was unfailingly kind, loving, and supportive to everyone around her. She absolutely adored children and made each one feel special. Arlene was giving and thought of others before herself.

Arlene was a gifted writer, whose article on the family dairy farm was featured in Farm & Ranch Magazine in 1979. She worked at Cornell University as a secretary. She volunteered with Farm Bureau, Environmental Council, 4-H, and Literacy Volunteers. Her home church was the Catharine United Methodist. She loved reading and music. Her family adored her and she will be greatly missed.

Arlene was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Wendell, son (Steven) Brian Learn, brother-in-law Malcolm (Esther) Learn and sister-in-law Lois (Donald) Stump. Arlene is also reuniting with her siblings: Doris Force-Huston, Kenneth Cope, June Benjamin and her husband Bob.

She is survived by her sister, Sandy (Paul, deceased) Bates, sister-in-law Teresa Cope, and daughter-in-law Liz Learn (Brian, deceased). Arlene is also survived by her sons, Michael (Alice) Learn and Douglas (Angela) Learn, and daughters Kathleen (Richard) Rava and Nancy Learn. Grandchildren include Andrew (Alicia) Learn, Elizabeth (Sam) Corbett, Christopher (Liz) Learn, Barbara (Shane McLean) Learn, Craig Learn, Nicholas (Casey) Rava, Eric (Sarah) Rava, Rachel (Fred Aguilar) Rava, Grace Rava, Thomas (Emily Doppel) Peckham, Rosemary (Luke) Eberhardt, and Violet Learn. Great grandchildren include Ava, Grace & Tess Learn; Lily & Katie Corbett; Addison & Olivia Learn; Jacob & Tyler Rava; and Dahlia, Micah & Jonah B. Rava. Arlene was beloved by many nieces and nephews.

A Graveside Service will be held on Monday, August 14, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Highland Cemetery in Odessa, NY. The funeral service will follow at noon at the Odessa-Catharine Methodist Church, 305 Church Street, Odessa with a luncheon at the church following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Memories of Arlene may be shared with her family and friends at vedderscottzinger.com.

Obituary: Jeffrey James Collins

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Jeffrey James Collins

Age 66, of Montour Falls, NY died on Thursday, August 3, 2023 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center. He was born in Montour Falls on December 28, 1956, the son of Richard Eugene Collins and Virginia B. Rumsey. He graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School with the class of 1975 and attended TC3.

Jeff was a residential and commercial carpenter. He enjoyed Classic Cars, motorcycles and helping out his friends.

He is survived by a daughter, Seneca Collins; a son, Schuyler Collins of Montour Falls; his mother, Virginia Jensen of Burdett; two brothers, Rick Collins of Odessa and James Collins of Albuquerque, NM; two sisters, Suzanne Tucker of Delancey, NY and Tonya Burnham of Cayuta, NY; and by several nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by his wife, Sherry (Reid) Collins, in 1998 and by his father, Richard Eugene Collins, in 2019.

Services will be held privately by the family. Contributions may be made in Jeff’s memory to The Arc of Chemung-Schuyler, 711 Sullivan Street, Elmira, NY 14901.

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: Joyce Ann Symes

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Joyce Ann Symes

Age 94, of Millport, NY passed away on August 3, 2023. She was born in Burdett, NY on August 23, 1928, the daughter of Lou and Lula Baker.

She was married to Robert Symes on May 19, 1957 in the Burdett Methodist Church, where she was a member. They enjoyed 66 years together. Joyce worked as a housekeeper for many years.

She is survived by her husband, Robert; cousins Bill and Mary Jo Couch; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and her brother Charles Baker.

A private graveside service will be held at the Union Cemetery of Hector in Burdett.

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: Emily Anne Johnson

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

Emily Anne Johnson

Age 27, of Mecklenburg, NY, died unexpectedly in an accident on Friday, July 28, 2023. She was born in Montour Falls, NY on July 8, 1996, the daughter of Harry and Robin (Smalley) Johnson and graduated high school in 2013.

Emily enjoyed serving the customers where she worked at Mazourek Farms in Newfield. She recently took a great interest in small equipment repair while working with Richard and Bob, her Mazourek family. In her youth she was a member of 4-H, where her love for horses began, and she was able to spend many hours at Dun Roamin Farms doing chores and riding.

She participated in productions with the Lake Country Players beginning at the age of 5. She enjoyed shooting darts and spending time with her family, especially her nieces and nephews. She also loved spending time with the love of her life, Chris Housenecht, his family and their dogs, Lyla and Rambo.

She is survived by her parents, Pete and Robin Johnson; her boyfriend, Chris Housenecht; son, Kayson of Robbinsville, NC; three sisters, Amber Johnson (Jamal Grow) of Boone, NC, Lydia Johnson (Matt Simmons) of Montour Falls and Laura Reynolds of Montour Falls; two brothers, Caleb Johnson of Watkins Glen and Jared Johnson (Mariah Phillips) of Watkins Glen; and by several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, August 5, 2023 from 12 noon-1 p.m. at the Grace Lee Memorial Wesleyan Church, 2075 Chambers Rd., Beaver Dams, NY. A Celebration of her life will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the church followed by burial in Montour Cemetery.

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. 'Poppy' Lynch

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David A. “Poppy” Lynch

Age 73, of Odessa, NY, entered unto rest on Wednesday, July 26, 2023 at Schuyler Hospital.
 
David was born in Ithaca, NY on May 18, 1950, the son of the late Herman and Esther Lynch. He married Suzanne Michener on July 29, 1988 in Cayutaville. He was a salesman, driver and cooler man for Pepsi from 1969 to 2017 and for Dandy Mini Mart from 2017 to the present. David was a hardworking family man, and loved spending time with his grandchildren and grilling.
 
David is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Suzanne (Michener) Lynch; daughters, Jennifer (Ray) Hubbell of Enfield, Cassandra (Justin) Dunlop of Tyrone, Samantha (Barry) Scott of Millport, and Sheena (Robert) Kio of Watkins Glen; sons, David (Wanda) Lynch of Thomasville, NC and Christopher (Jolinda) Lynch of Cayutaville; 31 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; sisters, Sharron (Lynch) Tuttle and Kathy (Lynch) Allis; as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, David was predeceased by his sister, Constance (Lynch) Auble; brothers, Herman B. Lynch Jr., Michael Lynch and Robert E. Lynch, and nephew, Earl “Boo” Tuttle Jr., all of Ithaca-Enfield.

Friends and family may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 18, 2023 at the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen. A celebration of David’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 19 at the Lynch home, 209 Speedway, Odessa. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX  75284-0692. Memories of David may be shared with his family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Hugh Thomas Havens

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Hugh Thomas (Tommy) Havens

Age 66, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away peacefully on Monday, July 24, 2023 at Cayuga Medical Center. Tommy was born on September 24, 1956 in Montour Falls, NY, to Earl and Lena Havens.

Tommy lived in the Schuyler County area his whole life, making his home with The Arc of Schuyler since 1982.
 
Tommy is well known by many people around the community and by those working in local businesses. Whenever you would see Tommy out and about, he was always laughing, smiling, and joking with people. He enjoyed walking around town and stopping to chat, especially going to the neighborhood laundromat to socialize. He was an active member of the knitting/crochet club in Watkins Glen. You could always catch him at home with his ball of yarn, making something new!

Tommy is survived by his brother and sister, David Havens and Joyce Havens, and his niece, Keri Leach. He was predeceased by his parents and brother, Doug Havens. Tommy is also survived by his entire family at The Arc of Chemung-Schuyler, who will miss him greatly, as well as countless friends.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen, on Thursday, August 3, 2023, at 12:00 noon. A celebration of Tommy’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m., with interment immediately following at the Montour Falls Cemetery.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in Tommy’s name be made to The Arc of Chemung-Schuyler, 203 Twelfth Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

Obituary: Robert William Fair

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Robert William Fair

Age 80, of Alpine, NY passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, July 27, 2023. He was born in Kinston, NC on April 13, 1943, the son of Oliver and Ruth Fair.

Robert owned and operated Fair’s Body Shop for over 45 years and Fair’s Logging for 10 years. He was influential in starting the Schuyler County Ambulance Association. He was a paramedic for Schuyler Ambulance and Erway Ambulance for many years.

He was involved in snowmobile, motorcycle and car racing, winning many trophies. He was a past member of the Montour Moose Club and Mechanics Club. Bob was a true sportsman, and especially enjoyed deer hunting.

Bob was predeceased by his parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law Edward and Trudy Phoenix; and sons-in-law, Edwin Quick and Mickey Fazzary.

He is survived by his wife, Susan; children, Vicki (Carl) Ramsey, Gidget Davis, Tiffany (Phil) Learn, Martha (Mike) Henry, Lisa (Terry) Eccleston, Lori Fazzary, Anne Quick and Edward (Heather) Stone; 19 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren.

A memorial service for Bob will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. at the Cayutaville United Methodist Church, 6280 Cayutaville Rd., Alpine. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association 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: Marguerite D. LaTorre

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Marguerite D. LaTorre

Age 72, of Horseheads, NY passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, July 27, 2023. She was born in New York City on September 5, 1950, the daughter of Frank and Fay Santeramo.

She is survived by her partner, Tom Krnotch; sons, Louis (Kim) LaTorre and Robert LaTorre; mother, Fay Santeramo; brother, Andrew (Marie) Santeramo; grandchildren, Joseph LaTorre, Katrinna LaTorre and Ryan LaTorre; and niece, Andrea (Gerard) Scalera.

A memorial service for Marguerite will be held on Friday, August 4, 2023 at 2:00 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: Eleanor A. Thompson

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Eleanor A. Thompson

Age 90, of Odessa, NY passed away on Wednesday, July 26, 2023. She was born on May 20, 1933 in Bridgewater, New York.

She married Arthur Thompson on May 31, 1952. Eleanor worked as a receptionist at the Masonic Home in Utica, New York, until her retirement in 1998. She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur, and son, Gary Thompson.

She is survived by two daughters, Dawn Thompson (Homer Wixson) and Ruth Thompson; daughter-in-law, Cindy Thompson; and five grandchildren, Heather, Jesse, Cody, Brandy, and Chance Thompson. We would also like to include the Wixson family for recognition as family members.

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a future date. 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: Suzanna M. Minichello

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Suzanna M. Minichello

Age 77, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on July 19, 2023.

Sue was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, the daughter of Nicolaas and Wilhelmina Bonte-Gelok. She worked as a machine and control room operator at US Salt and retired in 2003.

She was predeceased by her husband James Minichello in 2022. She was also predeceased by her parents and brothers, Henk, Casey, and Nick Bonte-Gelok.

She is survived by her sister and brother, Frances Bonte-Gelok and Jhon Bonte-Gelok and her children, Tammi  Rhodes (Mike McCall), Ross (Sarah) Searles, and Scott Searles (Ashley); stepchildren Robert (Ade) Minichello and Dora Minichello; grandchildren, John-Michael Rhodes, Mitchell Rhodes (Vikki) and their father Michael Rhodes, Creed, Trinity and Jakob Searles (Dustin Wheaton), Dylon Hotaling and Suzanna Searles; step-grandchildren, Kaili, Katarina and Sarina Minichello; great-grandchildren, Eleanor Rhodes, Chase Dennis and Delilah Wheaton, and several nieces and nephews.

Sue had a heart bigger than life and was always helping others. When she wasn’t spending time with family and friends you could find her watching the birds and squirrels from her deck that overlooked her beautiful flower garden. She was as beautiful as she was fierce and said whatever she was feeling without apology. We thank you momma/mom/ma/nana for sharing your life with us, you will never be without our love.

Sue's cherished memory will forever remain in the hearts of her surviving family. A Celebration of Life will be held on September 1, 2023 at the Watkins Glen State Park from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
 
To offer condolences or share memories of Sue, please visit www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home.

Obituary: Frank P. Spena Sr.

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Frank P. Spena Sr.

Age 75, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Monday, July 24, 2023 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira.

Frank was born in Montour Falls, NY on October 12, 1947, the son of the late Nicholas J. and Marie C “Mellie” (Scaptura)  Spena. He graduated from Watkins Glen High School, Class of 1965, and Williamsport Community College as a machinist in 1968.

Frank loved and excelled in ping pong, tennis, badminton, volleyball and snowmobile and auto drag racing. He placed 2nd and 3rd at the NYS snowmobile grass drag championship in 2000 and 2001. He earned a NYS SS championship in 1972 driving his Chevy Camaro Z/28 and was the local area Ford Aurora electric slot car champion in 1963.

Frank built and operated Madison Carpet and Furniture Cleaning for 25 years in the Southern Tier and Northern Pennsylvania area. During this time he was also the #1 salesman in the country with Sears Carpet Cleaning. Frank had also worked for Shepard Niles, Texas Eastern Transmission, the NYS DOT as a highway maintenance engineer and inspector, and a commodities trader.
 
He was also a local, state and national public political advocate. He was particularly proud of his role in making it illegal for large trucks to come down Corning Hill. He was a member of the Trumansburg Fish & Game Club, the NRA, the NYS Rifle Association and the Schuyler County Environmental Management Council. Frank played in the Seneca Chiefs drum and bugle corps and loved the time he spent helping the Squires drum and bugle corps. He enjoyed snowmobiling, cars, model trains and dogs. He was particularly fond of the family dog Hobo.

Frank was a member of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen. He was a member and had supported many Pro Life groups including the Catholic Priests for Life, National Right to Life, NYS Right to Life, and the Susan B. Anthony Pro Life. Frank attributed all his efforts to his Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ.

Frank is survived by his son, “Chip off the old block” and love of Dad’s life, Frank “Chub” Spena Jr. of Elmira; sister, Mary Rose (Greg) Laux of North Tonawanda, NY; nephews, Nicholas and Bradley Piersons, as well as numerous cousins.

Family and friends may call on Friday, July 28, 2023 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Link at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen.  A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the church. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. Memories of Frank may be shared with his family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Caroline Ebel DeSarno

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Caroline Andres Ebel DeSarno

Age 72, of Hector, NY, passed away suddenly on Monday, July 10, 2023. She was born on August 29, 1950 in Manhattan to Patricia Hall Ebel and Lawrence Ebel.

Carol grew up in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY and graduated from Hastings High School in 1968. She attended Corning Community College, where she met the love of her life, Quentin Louis DeSarno. They married on March 13, 1969 in Watkins Glen. They made their home in Hector and joined a very close community of friends and family nearby. Carol and Lou raised two sons, Alexander Carmen and Emerson Daniel.

Carol was an extremely productive, creative, and energetic woman. Over the years, she owned and operated three small local businesses: Charlotte’s Web, Norma’s Fabrics, and The Tofu Lady. She was also employed by Cornell University’s School of Human Ecology in Ithaca, NY and BUSCA Books in Hector.
 
Her most outstanding work was raising her boys on “Mother Seneca,” teaching the wonders of nature ... how to swim, sail, kayak, ski, bike, hike, garden, cook, and bake. Most importantly, she stressed reading, writing, music, art, and how to be kind to the Earth and all living things.

No matter what life threw at her, she would power through it with grace and spiritual strength. Carol was a “cool chick” who smoked a corncob pipe back in the day and drove a motorcycle. She loved to read, write, paint, take photos, ride horses, garden, cook, and bake, and would share all she could with others. When she wanted to learn something, she would figure it out and stayed open and adventurous always. Most of all, her “soul would sing” in Nature; it was by far her happiest place to be. She was also a very strong supporter and participant at the Wisdom’s Goldenrod Center for Philosophic Studies, in Hector, since 1972.

Carol is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Quentin Louis DeSarno; son Emerson Daniel; siblings Camilla, Constance, and Lawrence Ebel; in-laws Phyllisa DeSarno (Peter Widynski), William DeSarno, and Yvonne Overbeck; eight nieces; six nephews, and several great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son Alexander Carmen and her parents.
 
There were so many things about this woman that made her a “Best Friend” to her family, her friends, and anyone looking for kindness. She had a calm demeanor and her voice was warm and soothing. Even now, Carol has a light that radiates through her loving circle of dear friends. An Earth Angel has earned her WINGS! Fly high our sweet Caroline!
 
Donations in her memory may be made to the Schuyler Humane Society; Seneca Lake Pure Waters; or Wisdom’s Goldenrod Center for Philosophic Studies.

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

Obituary: Cynthia Jane Rappleye

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Cynthia Jane Rappleye
(the community aka Momma Cindy)

Age 62, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 18, 2023. She was born January 27, 1961 in Montour Falls, NY, the daughter of Franklin and Elizabeth (Schoffner) Stoddard.

Momma Cindy will be remembered for her love of others, genuine heartfelt chats, ability to relate to others, and giving way more than she ever received. She was always humble, thoughtful and caring. She enjoyed living in the country, a good book, and naps. Even though she struggled the majority of her life with health issues, she always looked out for others.

Momma Cindy is survived by her resilient, strong, and loving two daughters: Kristin (Nicholas) Haner of Watkins Glen and Angel Rappleye (Mike Zaric) of Tyrone, NY. She also leaves behind the following grandchildren, aka furbabies: Mr. Mi-Yagi, Pudge, Diesel "Kitty", Silas, SJ, Bandit, Bashful, and a neighborhood Fart Squirrel. Cindy had a connection and love for all Hoppy Toads; she even had the ability to hold and pet them until they fell asleep in her hand.

Cindy was predeceased by her parents, Franklin and Elizabeth Stoddard, and brother Joe Dee Stoddard.

Burial and a future celebration of life will be determined at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider helping those around you in need with love and support.

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

Obituary: Lois Lundberg Carter

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Lois Lundberg Carter

Age 85, of Burdett, NY, passed away on July 21, 2023 after a brief illness.

She is survived by husband James, daughter Jennifer, son Jeffrey, and grandson Sean Simmons and his wife Joy Ng, and many other relatives.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Mildred Lundberg, and brother Robert.

She was born May 3, 1938 in Summit, New Jersey and graduated as Valedictorian at Summit High. She pursued higher education at Cornell University (BS), and Elmira College (MS).

After college, she and Jim, newly married, lived on a naval base in Spain for three years, where their children were born. She was a devoted mother and partner, nurturing her children’s growth and supporting Jim’s career in public education as a teacher and superintendent of schools in Wilmington, Delaware, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania and New York (Cold Spring, Elmira and Utica) and as a professor at Elmira College.

She and Jim traveled across the country and around the world, experiencing long lasting memories that they shared in presentations and memorabilia detailed in scrapbooks and artwork displayed in the home.

She loved nature, whether collecting seashells on Florida beaches, kayaking on Seneca Lake, birding at nature centers or tending to her colorful flowerbeds at each place she called home.

Like her mother, Lois had a keen interest in organizations that motivated women to achieve their highest goals. She was a member of the Presbyterian Women Churchwide, where she led and organized their national conference; the Philanthropic Educational Organization; the Wednesday Morning Club, where members would present their research on local topics, and the Wednesday Afternoon Club, where they could share talents and interests.

She was deeply committed to her local church and community, volunteering for the Hector Refugee Project and Hospice, hosting exchange students, leading museum tours, collecting water quality samples and giving treats to kids at the annual “Trunk or Treat.”

For many of her friends, especially those in Briny Breezes, Florida, where she and Jim would spend the winter season, she was known for her talents in craft making, including stained glass, quilts and seashell art. Over the past few years she also knitted and shared hundreds of “Peace Pals,” cute dolls with wild, colorful hair that brought smiles to young and old alike.

She enjoyed researching local and family history, tracing her genealogical roots to find long-lost relatives in the U.S. and Norway.

Quiet, humble, thoughtful and admired for her love and concern for others, especially her family, Lois touched many lives with her compassion and generosity.

A funeral service will be held at Hector Presbyterian Church, 5511 State Route 414, in Hector, NY on Friday, July 28. A Visiting Hour will be held at 1 p.m., followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m.

Burial and reception will follow. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Andrew W. Tanner

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

Andrew W. Tanner

Andrew W. Tanner of Dundee, NY passed away on Saturday, July 22, 2023 at Soldiers & Sailors Hospital in Penn Yan, NY.
 
Andrew is survived by his wife of 57 years, Bonnie L. (Schaffhouser) Tanner; daughters,  Tamara L. Tanner Everett (Jeff) and Becky A. Tanner Farley (Richard); grandchildren,  Carrie Langley (Jason), Joshua Langley (Cecelia), Amanda Hill (Adam), Travis Aldrich, and Tom Aldrich (Kaylee); several great-grandchildren; sister, Pat Specchio; and brothers-in-law, Steve Schaffhouser, Bob Schaffhouser, Art Schaffhouser, James Capogrossi, and Dale Heichel. He was predeceased by his daughters Debra and Andrea.

Andrew worked for the Schuyler County Department of Transportation for 30 years. He moved to Florida for 25 years after he retired. He served with the U.S. Navy from 1963-66. He loved golf, cruises, and Stetson University Baseball (Beacher Creatures). He was a fan of the New York Mets and New York Giants. His best friends were Dick Coyle, Joe Seib, Tom Beecher and his dog, Buster Brown.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 28, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery, State Route 14, Watkins Glen, NY. Flowers will be provided by the family. A celebration of his life will be held at the convenience of his family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Stetson University Giving Challenge, Office of Development, 421 North Woodland Boulevard, Unit 8286, Deland, Florida  32723.

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: Harold W. Bartow

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

Harold W. Bartow

Harold W. Bartow has reunited with Meg, his beloved wife, as of July 11, 2023.

Father of nine, he had the good fortune of being happily married for 58 years to his best friend whom he met in England while in the United States Air Force. The family eventually settled in Watkins Glen on a 50-acre farm, surrounded by state land ... an ideal setting for raising the family.

He graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. degree, and worked with International Salt where he was instrumental in establishing the credit union, as well as working with the union on behalf of employees, all while serving in the Air National Guard in Syracuse for in excess of 20 years.
 
If you ever knew Harry, he was always smiling, laughing, joking around and teaching you about life through his many experiences. After Meg’s transition, Harry began traveling more extensively, always engaging with the many people he encountered along the way ... he never ever met a stranger! He loved Meg, family, life, a proper pint of Guinness, exploring, train travel, Great Britain, humor, good-hearted people, reading, poetry, and telling stories about all of his truly remarkable adventures.
 
You are loved and will be missed so very much by your many family members and friends.

Harry is survived by his children Sandy, Angie, Clay, Fiona, Pete, Paul, Phil, and Sarah; nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grands, and all of the extended family in the States, Great Britain and Spain. “Mind how you go,” Dad!

Memories of Harold may be shared with his family and friends at townsendwoodzinger.com

Obituary: Dale Richard Brown

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by Alexander's Midway Funeral Home, Springtown, Texas.

Dale Richard Brown

Age 75, a native of Schuyler County, passed away on Friday, July 14, 2023 in Weatherford, Texas. He was born May 16, 1948 to Harold and Elsie (Gowdy) Brown in Montour Falls, New York.

Dale received a full scholarship to Columbia University, where he earned a BA in Sociology. After graduation he worked in the publishing business for 30 years. Later he returned to his true calling as a teacher. He taught school for Lake Worth, Texas ISD for 15 years until his retirement.

Dale enjoyed working on his farm, bird watching, star gazing and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Shirley Dense. He is survived by former wife Brenda Brown; brother, Nick Brown; sister; Mary Pound; sons, Andrew Brown and wife Chrissy, and Dylan Brown and  husband Randall; daughter, Molly Brown Ross and husband John; grandchildren, Britt, Caleb, Loretta, Ashton, Carson, and Penelope; numerous nieces and nephews, and extended family and friends.

Dale will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Celebration: Suzanne Davies-Morton

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

Suzanne Davies-Morton

Suzanne Davies-Morton of Watkins Glen, NY died on January 2, 2023. 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 on Saturday, July 22, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. at the The Tiki Bar on Seneca Lake.

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

Celebration: Dr. James J. Norton

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

Dr. James J. Norton

A celebration of his life for Dr. James J. Norton, who passed away on February 13, 2023 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility at the age of 100, will be held on Saturday, July 22, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. at St. James' Episcopal Church, corner of North Decatur and 6th Street, Watkins Glen.

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.

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Obituary: William G. Ward

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

William G. “Bill” Ward

Age 84, of Mecklenburg, NY passed away on Tuesday, July 11, 2023 at Cayuga Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ithaca with his wife and daughter by his side after an extended illness. He was born in Montour Falls, NY on June 10, 1939, the son of Albert and Gertrude Ward.

Bill attended Watkins Glen High School. He married the former Linda L. Howell on December 7, 1968 in Dundee, NY and they enjoyed 54 years of marriage. Bill was a Truck Driver for Agway of Ithaca, retiring after 32 years. He also was a Corrections Officer at the Schuyler County Sheriff's Department, retiring from there in 2015.

Bill was a member of the Mecklenburg United Methodist Church, spent 56 years with the Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Company (past Fire Chief), and was a member of the Schuyler County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association. He loved to go for rides with his wife and was an avid hunter. Bill was always ready to lend a helping hand and loved his family with all his heart.
 
He was predeceased by his parents, in-laws Howard and Mildred Howell, grandson Bret Dudgeon, sister Rosemary Williammee, and son Daniel Thorp.

He is survived by his loving wife, Linda; daughter, Caminda (Ted) Dudgeon of Cayuta, NY; two sons, Christopher (Kathleen) Ward of Mecklenburg and Paul (Beth) Thorp of Ithaca, NY; daughter-in-law, Darlene Thorp of Whitney Point, NY; nine grandchildren, Sharon, Josh, Chris, Katie, Ryan, Ashlee, Matt, Samantha and Casey; seven great-grandchildren, and several loving nieces and nephews.

Bill’s family would like to thank his caregivers at Cayuga Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for making his last few months easier.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, July 16, 2023 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 North Genesee  St., Montour Falls. Bill’s funeral service will begin at 1:00. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery of Hector. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 108, Mecklenburg, NY 14863, Mecklenburg United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 66, Mecklenburg, NY 14863, or the Schuyler County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, 106 Tenth Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

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

Obituary: Barbara Ann Stermer

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

Barbara Ann (Biddle) Stermer

Barbara Ann (Biddle) Stermer passed on July 6, 2023 at the age of 84.

She married the love of her life, Frank Edward Stermer, on June 28, 1958. She worked alongside him on the Stermer Farm they started in 1965, and was proud to be “a domestic engineer” raising five children in the countryside, giving them the love and knowlege needed to grow into wonderful human beings. They then traveled the country together and loved their visits to Arizona and Florida the most.

After her husband’s passing, she continued their traditions of lunches with the Marines, visits to their favorite clubs and continued to volunteer at functions, as she also believed in the importance of each and every person who served our country and the public services of these members, and was steadfast in her beliefs in honor, duty and doing things right.

She enjoyed her family get-togethers for birthdays, picnics and holidays and any shenanigans she could have fun doing. Many people knew her as “Barbie.” She was a Lifetime Member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary, Lifetime AMVets Ladies Auxiliary 1313, Member of Ladies Auxiliary American Legion 1612, Member Women of the Moose - Montour Falls, Member Horseheads Elks Lodge 2297, and an Honorary Lifetime Member of the E.J. Brewer Detachment of the Marine Corps League.

She is survived by her children, Tammy (partner Bruce Rosier) Schreier, Cindy (Lester) Cady, Glenda (Robert) Stermer-Simpson, Keith (Ceridwen) Stermer, and Wayne Stermer; known as “Grammy” to her grandchildren Tabrina (Andy) Schreier Jaworski, Kurtis (Jessica) Vondracek, Allen (Caitlin) Cady, Kristina Vondracek, Ceinwen (Dan) Gauss, Dakota (Denna) Simpson, Morgan (Florian) Stermer-Wagner, Cameron Schreier, Bronwyn Stermer, Hannah Rosier, and Rhys Stermer; 13 great grandchildren; a brother, Darwin “Saki” (Susan) Biddle; brother-in-law, Earl (Cindy) Stermer; and sister-in-law, Lugene Biddle. She was predeceased by her parents, Darwin Delewis and Marie Evaline (Boatman) Biddle; siblings Robert Biddle, Mary Ellen Biddle, and Charles “Teddy”  Biddle; and nephew Charles “Chucky” Biddle.

On August 7, a celebration of life for friends and family where they can gather and share their memories will be held at the Horseheads Elks Lodge #2297, 6 Prospect Hill Rd., Horseheads, NY, starting at 2 p.m. in their lounge.

In lieu of flowers, you are welcome to send a donation to the E.J. Brewer Marine Corps League: E.J. Brewer Detachment, PO Box 236, Horseheads, NY 14845.

Condolences and remembrances at https://barberfuneralhome.com/

Obituary: Scott Wytrwa

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

Scott Wytrwa, aka Kristine

Age 54, of Montour Falls, NY passed away unexpectedly at home on Thursday, July 6, 2023.

Surviving are partner of 20 years, Brent Weed of Montour Falls; sisters, Sandy Just of Montour Falls, Dawn (Daniel) Stillwell of Ithaca, Darlene Gridley of Montour Falls, and Tina (Gregg) Stiles of TN; and brothers, Bruce (Mary) Lawrence of Montour Falls, Dusty (Charlene) Lawrence of New Woodstock, and Phillip (Wendy) Wytrwa of Trumansburg.

Predeceased by his parents, Peter Wytrwa and Theresa (Clark) Winton, and by two brothers, Edson and Gary Lawrence.

A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, July 18, 2023 from 3-7 p.m. at the Mechanics Club, 237 W. Main 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 http://www.vedderscottzinger.com

Service: Patricia A. Macnamara

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

Patricia A. Macnamara

The family of Pat Macnamara invite all who knew and loved her to join in celebrating her beautiful life on Saturday, July 29, 2023.

A calling hour beginning at 10:00 a.m., followed by a service at 11:00 a.m., will be held at the Watkins Glen First Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur Street. Interment at 1 p.m. will be at Glenwood Cemetery in Waverly.

Following interment, family and friends are invited to a luncheon at Tomasso's Restaurant, 398 County Rd. 60, Waverly. 

Obituary: Per J. Navestad

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

Per J. Navestad

Age 98, of Burdett, NY, passed peacefully on Wednesday, July 5, 2023 surrounded by family. He was born at home in Ozone Park, NY on January 17, 1925 to Peder and Dagny (Borgen) Navestad.

On April 24, 1954 he married Doris L. Croker at Community Methodist Church in Ozone Park. They raised four children at their home in Oceanside, NY. For the 25 years prior to moving to Burdett in 1987, the family spent part of every summer, at first tent camping and then vacationing, at their country cabin in Tyrone that Per built.

He is survived by his children, Wendy (Robert) Wirth, Paul, Eric (Cheryll), and Gary (Tina) Navestad; grandchildren Amy (Anthony) Bo, Lori (Erich) Asperschlager, Gregory (Natalie fiancée), Brian, Julie, Paige, and Perry Navestad; and great grandchildren, Andrew and Ryan Bo, and Juliet and Leah Asperschlager. In addition to his wife of 66 years, Doris, and his parents, he was predeceased by his sister Ann "Tula" Navestad, and by grandsons Ethan and Elijah Navestad.

On the day before his 18th birthday, Per was sworn into the U.S. Navy. He attended Quartermaster School before being sent to the war zone. He took part in a dress rehearsal for D-Day code-named “Exercise Tiger,” the U.S. military’s deadliest training incident during World War II. As Quartermaster 3/C he was stationed in the wheelhouse or control room of LST 499. He was steering the ship, taking orders from the officer who was on the bridge above him. Other LSTs were being torpedoed around him with very few survivors. He survived. Six weeks later was June 6th, 1944, D-Day at Normandy. LST 499 dropped anchor and waited for instructions. Then on June 8th, Per was at the wheel again getting ready to transport wounded soldiers to England when the ship hit a mine and sank in shallow water just off Utah Beach. Once again, he survived. Exercise Tiger was a top-secret mission and for 40 years, news of the event was kept secret. It was only released to the public in 1984.

After the war, Per became a union carpenter and worked in many different settings including new construction and remodeling banks, grocery stores and movie theaters, and had a special opportunity to work on the Christian Science Pavilion at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair.

In addition to woodworking Per enjoyed being a photographer and in his younger years spent many hours in his dark room developing and printing black-and-white images. He moved on to shooting color film and then digital images. He grew many vegetable gardens over the years and his most recent gardening was spent in his raspberry patch.

As a member of the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church he was involved with the planning and carrying out of several projects. For many years he was an RSVP volunteer at the Reynoldsville Food Pantry. He was also the one who carved the original wooden “Welcome to Burdett” signs.

At the age of 80, with encouragement from Doris, and long before “aging in place” was popular, they made a decision to build an accessible home where they could live out their years. The family -- Bob, Eric, Per, and Wendy -- made this dream come true. Per mostly coached during the framing process but was a large contributor to the inside finish work.

At 86, he taught himself the art of fan-carving and carved intricate birds from single pieces of wood. He sold his birds at many craft fairs around the area.

He was a man of few words, but very detailed with pencil and paper. He was never without a writing implement and a pad to jot down whatever he was working on or thinking about. His favorite style of shirt was those with two pockets and room for a pocket protector in each. He had beautiful penmanship and was a stickler for neat numbers. Anything that Per built had to be “sufficiently overbuilt” in order to be good enough.

Per enjoyed his family and the frequent, four-generation family gatherings celebrating holidays and birthdays. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and GG-pa who will be missed by all. A part of him will live on in the many handmade creations he leaves behind.

He received loving care from his daughter Wendy; son-in-law Bob, who was more like a son; granddaughters Amy and Lori; and great granddaughter Juliet. In his final weeks, the CareFirst team of Robin, Brandy, Sam, Patsy, Erin, and Amanda provided additional care. Thanks to Shannon Slater of Schuyler County Office for the Aging for the years of caregiver support.

There will be no visitation or formal services. The family will hold a celebration of life for Per, Doris, and Tula at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church c/o Linda Jaynes, 5092 State Route 227, Burdett, NY 14818 or CareFirst, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: William Andre Shebel

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

William Andre Shebel

Age 72, of Tyrone, NY, passed away on June 25, 2023.

Bill was born in New Brunswick, NJ, the son of John and Doris Shebel. He had a distinguished military career, enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1968. He served his country in Vietnam and later became an instructor at the West Point Military Academy. Bill's dedication to his country and his commitment to shaping future leaders were truly commendable.

Aside from his military service, Bill possessed a multitude of talents. He was a skilled carpenter who painstakingly renovated or built several homes throughout his life. His passion for culinary arts led him to become an excellent cook known for preparing delectable dishes. With a green thumb, he also invested time and love into gardening and farming.

Bill is survived by his loving wife Sheryl Shebel and their children: sons William and Timothy Shebel; daughter Jessica Shebel; and sons Joshua and Jacob Shebel. He is also survived by nine brothers and sisters: Joy, Pamela, Mary, Susan, Kathleen, Robert, Theresa, John, and Luanne; two grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held on Friday, July 7 at 11:00 a.m. at Bath National Cemetery in Bath, NY. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen.

Service: R. Jeffrey Castor

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

R. Jeffrey Castor

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, August 11 from 6-8:30 p.m. in Eldridge Park's Dance Hall for R. Jeffrey Castor, 66, who passed away on March 3, 2023. He was laid to rest privately at Maple Grove Cemetery.

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.

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

Service: Susan Smith Miller

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

Susan Smith Miller

A memorial service for Susan Smith Miller, formerly of Hector, NY and Vero Beach, FL, who died on April 12, 2023, will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at St. James’ Episcopal Church, Watkins Glen.

A reception will be held immediately following at the Kellogg residence, 5260 Peach Orchard Pt., Hector. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home.

Obituary: Beverly Beattie Potter

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

Beverly Clare Beattie "Noni" Potter

Age 80, of Clarence Center, NY and a former resident of Schuyler County, passed away peacefully on June 28, 2023 after a short battle with cancer. She was born on February 6, 1943, in Kingston, NY, to the late Warren and Iris (Carson) Beattie.

Beverly was a loving sister, mother, and grandmother, survived by her sister, Anne Beattie, and her daughters, Kristen (David) Webster and Kimberly (Mark) Potter. She was also adored by her granddaughter, Kaylee.

Beverly had a zest for life and cherished her time with her loved ones. Her granddaughter, Kaylee, brought immeasurable joy and laughter into her life. Beverly loved spending time with Kaylee, who was the light of her life. They shared many special moments together. She also enjoyed daily walks with her granddog, Zeus, who was her faithful companion. Beverly found solace in drawing and reading the New York Times. She cherished the moments spent with her sister, Anne, and was delighted that she had moved closer. Additionally, she treasured the time she spent with her daughters and was grateful for their close proximity, allowing frequent visits. Shopping trips and lunches with her loved ones were always a source of joy for Beverly.

Beverly's educational journey included graduating from Odessa-Montour Central School in 1961 and Russell Sage College in 1965. She was a dedicated student who valued the pursuit of knowledge.

A celebration of Beverly's life will be planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hospice Buffalo (https://www.hospicebuffalo.com/give-get-involved/donate-now) or WNY Heroes (https://wnyheroes.org/get-involved/donate/). These organizations hold significance to Beverly's family and reflect her compassionate nature.

Beverly ("Noni") will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Her memory will be cherished, and her legacy of love and laughter will live on in their hearts.

Obituary: William H. Osborne

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

William H. Osborne

William "Bill" Osborne, 69, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Thursday, June 29, 2023 at home. He was born in Montour Falls, NY on May 28, 1954, the son of William and Bessie Osborne.

Bill married Teresa “Tessie” (Thorpe) Osborne on August 28, 1976 in Reynoldsville, NY. He was a heavy equipment operator and foreman at the Schuyler County Highway Department for 40 years, until his retirement in 2016. He worked one season at Captain Bill’s in Watkins Glen.

Bill was a very devoted husband, father and grandfather! He enjoyed hunting, fishing and every moment he could spend with grandchildren and animals. Bill was a mentor to anyone looking to learn new skills or wanting a hunting and fishing partner.

He was predeceased by his father, William Osborne, in 2002; father-in-law, Roland Thorpe, in 2021; brother-in-law, Kevin “Pokey” Thorpe, in 2009; and brothers Michael in 1981 and Paul in 2021.

Bill is survived by his wife of 47 years, Tessie; two daughters, Ellen (Tim) Kathan of Horseheads, NY and Kelly (Tom) Skerven of Wisconsin Rapids, WI; mother, Bessie Osborne, living at Seneca View Nursing, Montour Falls; mother-in-law Roberta Thorpe of Reynoldsville; in-laws, Dan and Joan Thorpe of Mecklenburg, NY, Trina and Tim Wood of Burdett, NY, Charles Thorpe and Mary Morse of Burdett, NY, Matthew Thorpe, Erin, NY, and Martha Thorpe of Burdett, NY; four grandchildren, Jenna, Zachery, and Skyler Kathan, and Axton Skerven; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and by many grand dogs and cats along with a multitude of adopted grandkids.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, July 5, 2023 from 12 noon-2 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 North Genesee St., Montour Falls. His service will follow at 2 p.m. with burial in the Union Cemetery of Hector. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Care First Hospice, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14870.

To share a memory of Bill, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com.

Obituary: Christopher A. Franzese

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

Christopher A. Franzese

Age 75, owner of the Villager Motel & Glen Manor in Watkins Glen, NY, was called home by God surrounded by his loving family at the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA, on Wednesday, June 28, 2023.

Chris was born on March 11, 1948 in Montour Falls, NY. He graduated from St. Anthony’s of Padua (Watkins Glen) and Elmira College. As a life-long resident of Schuyler County, Chris was dedicated to his family and community. He loved sports; coaching the Watkins Glen Rams Youth Football Team and working for Roger Penske Racing.

Chris served as the Town Justice of Reading and Acting Village Justice of Watkins Glen. He was a member of the Watkins Glen School Board, past President of the Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce, a founding member and past President of the Schuyler County Lodging Association, and a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Montour Falls (#426). Along with his wife, Angie, Chris owned and operated the Villager Motel & Glen Manor for 37 years.

He is survived by his loving wife, Angeline J. Franzese, past Chairman of the Schuyler County Legislature, and his daughters, Dr. Christine Franzese (Dr. Michael Shoemaker-Moyle), Helen Franzese, Esq. (Scott Durkin, M.A., Esq.), Dr. Blanche Franzese (Dr. John-David Beuhler), and Angie B. Franzese; his grandchildren, Isadora, Aidan, and Phena (Durkin), Catherine and Christine (Moyle), and Lincoln and Quentin (Beuhler); his brother, Patrick Franzese (Barbara), and sisters, Vallerie Franzese-Lynch, NP, and Elizabeth Franzese; his brother-in-law, Amedeo Fraboni; his sister-in-law, Linda Franzese; his nieces and nephews, Blanche “Ta” Robertson, Esq. (Saif  Agha, Esq.), James Robertson (Emily Smith), Frank (Sarah) Fraboni, Kathy (Alan) McBride, Cindy (Brian) Pierce, Liz Fraboni, Mark Franzese, Matt (Christine) Franzese, Mary (Rob) Easton, Michelle (Mark) Simiele, Joseph (Michelle) Lynch, Andrew Franzese, Adam Franzese, and Nancy Franzese, as well as many cousins in Pennsylvania and New York, and his beloved dog, Sally Ann.

Chris was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Helen (Baccile) Franzese; his in-laws, Joseph and Blanche (Karpovich) Borzell; his brother, Victor Franzese; his sisters-in-law, Kathryn (Borzell) Fraboni, LPN, and Dr. Blanche Borzell; his brother-in-law, Dr. James Robertson, and his nephew, Tony Fraboni.

A special thanks and appreciation to the staff of the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA, and his sister, Vallerie, for their excellent and compassionate care.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, July 2, 2023 from 2-5 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 Monday, July 3 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Merle Raymond Cratsley

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

Merle Raymond Cratsley

Age 82, passed away on June 26, 2023 at his home in Odessa, NY, where his wife Lois had been caring for him as he was being treated for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.

Merle was born on May 19, 1941, the son of Frances and Raymond Cratsley; and was the younger brother of Lorraine.

Merle’s childhood was spent playing with neighborhood friends: the Drakes, Martins, and Bulkleys. Merle loved reading, electric trains, and airplanes. He looked up to his favorite cousin, Wilbur Hawley, who piloted missions in England during WWII.

Merle played football, basketball, and baseball and was in the band throughout high school at OMCS, where he graduated in 1959.

Merle studied at Syracuse University and Elmira College and spent time in the Army. He met his lifelong friend Terry Holdridge in Texas while on a cross-country trip with Craig Hill.

When employed at Artistic Card in Elmira he met Lois Diane Williams, whom he married in 1965. They built a home in Odessa and welcomed two daughters, Cynthia and Elizabeth. As a family, they enjoyed outdoor activities, snowmobiling, family vacations, and spending time at their cabin in the woods and their cottage on Seneca Lake.

Merle had a long career as a salesman traveling over a large swath of central New York, gathering stories along the way. After his retirement, he delved into his passion, creating a nine-hole golf course in his backyard. Merle loved spending time mowing, caring for the greens, and being outside as much as he loved socializing with the many people who came to play golf, or just share a story in the “clubhouse.” Merle especially enjoyed hosting a weekly “Couples’ Golf Night” and “a Men’s League Night” and participating in “Bubbles and Broth,” a gourmet dinner group with dear friends.

Merle was a member of the Odessa Methodist Church; a lifetime member of the Moose Club and the Watkins Glen Elk’s Lodge #1546; a 50-year member of The Masonic Lodge #131; and a lifetime member and past president of the Mechanic’s Club. Members and friends there will remember his quick wit and ability to tell a fabulous story recalling all the historical facts as well.

Merle is survived by Lois, his wife of 58 years with their dear pup, Bailey; daughter Cynthia, her husband Danny Ward, and her sons Caleb, Tristan, and Gabriel Harrington; daughter Elizabeth, her husband Boomer Gossett, his right-hand man on the hill, and his sons Dillon and Kristopher; his sister Lorraine Rhynehart of Eustis, Florida; nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

The family would like to thank the caring and compassionate staff at Cayuga Medical Center and Schuyler Hospital, especially Dr. Ahmad, Dr. Saks, Pat Kelly, and the Swing Bed Program. A special thank you to Dr. Colleen Crandall as well.

No formal services are planned at this time. In his memory, take a walk in the woods and enjoy the beauty of God's creation.

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: Rev. J. Keith Kissel

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

Rev. J. Keith Kissel

Age 87, of Watkins Glen, NY, a retired minister who had served at both the Watkins Glen and Montour Falls United Methodist Churches, passed away on March 11, 2023 in Davenport, FL. Born on February 15, 1936 in Jersey Shore, PA, he lived his life according to his unwavering faith.

Keith is survived by his cherished wife Jane S. Kissel, and his nine children, Brian (Lizzie) Kissel, Bonnie (Ted) Gerrish, Belinda (George) Richardson, Diana Kissel, Minnie (Mickey) Baus, Barbara Peterson, Yvonne Volcy, Kimberly (Brian) Megquier, and Marjory (Jason) Gullstrand. He also leaves behind his brother, Jack Kissel; a brother-in-law, Robert (Dorothy) Sylvester; 17 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Keith was preceded in death by his parents, Harriet “Elizabeth” and John R. Kissel; his sister Joan, and brother-in-law Richard Smith.

Starting at the age of 7, Keith knew he had a calling to the ministry. After graduating from West Virginia Wesleyan, he tried to avoid it by joining the military. Keith was very proud to serve his country as a corpsman with the U.S. Navy while bilaterally also serving with the Army and Marine Corps. Stationed for a time in Okinawa between the time of the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, Keith's contributions went beyond simple service to his fellow men. Once honorably discharged, he left to attend graduate school and continue raising his beloved family. Once he graduated with his Masters in Divinity, he started his career with the United Methodist Church. Thus began more than a 50-year career in caring for others, spreading joy, love and light to those around him.  Keith specialized in rebuilding churches.  His personable touch, his genuine welcome, and warm smile invited all to join him at Christ's table. He especially enjoyed having the children in church. Whether it was for baptisms, confirmations, or just story time at the altar, children held a very special place in his heart.

A lifelong reader, Keith's favorite authors were Clive Cussler, James Patterson and Tom
Clancy. He admired Thomas Kincaid's artwork and appreciated fine works of art/sculpture.  His favorite artist was God. Unabashedly delighting at fresh cut flowers, Keith marveled at how beautiful each bloom presented itself. He was an avid gardener, but a terrible weeder. He enjoyed his boat and the occasional fishing expedition.
 
The love he gave throughout his life will never be forgotten. Many have sat with him, talked with him, and he touched too many lives to count in his amazing journey on this earth. May Keith rest in peace forevermore with a smile on his face knowing how much he was loved and admired.

The Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2023 at the Montour Falls United Methodist Church located at 124 Owego Street with Rev. Michael Kelly presiding. The service will start at 11:00 a.m. with a luncheon following.
 
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Montour Falls United Methodist Church.  Memories or condolences may be left on Keith's obituary page at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.  Local arrangements with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen, have been made available for those unable to attend the service in person.

Obituary: John T. (Jack) Ball

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

John T. (Jack) Ball

Age 76, of Burdett, NY, passed away unexpectedly at home on June 18, 2023.

Jack was born in Warwick, NY, the son of the late Alfred and Lois Ball. He worked for IBM for over 30 years, followed by 10 years at GST BOCES in Horseheads. He was a member of the Montour Moose Lodge.

He is survived by his wife Connie; daughters Brenda (Stephen) Alteri of Big Flats and Susan Ball of Burdett; step-children, Colleen Coro of Corning, Carla Fayerweather of Horseheads, and Christopher Cordaro of Massachusetts; brother James (Marcia) Ball of Texas; sister Janice Allison of Kentucky; grandchildren, Ashley (Matthew) Cowen and Nicholas Alteri; step-grandchildren, Sophia and Trevor Henneman, Nolan, Nathan and Helen Fayerweather, and Nicholas Cordaro; and great-grandchildren, Declan and Harrison Cowen.

Jack was an avid fisherman and loved to camp with his wife, friends, and family. He always had a beautiful garden and gave many of the vegetables away; often anonymously leaving them on porches. Many of those who knew Jack received houseplants that he started from his own.
 
Jack always enjoyed time spent at the family farm in Pratts Hollow, NY. He also loved going to NASCAR races with his nephew Mike each summer. For many years, Jack could be found on Thursday afternoons in Bill Martin's garage for a little R & R with friends and his beloved Budweiser.

Jack could cobble anything and make it work, no matter how seemingly broken it was. Not surprisingly, his CB handle back in the day was "Mr. Fixit." Over the years he spent many hours repairing things for friends and family. He enjoyed mindbender puzzles that were impossible for anyone to unlock. He was brilliant at these and usually solved them within an hour of starting them.
 
Jack was neighborly and always had his scanner on so that he was up to date on current local happenings.

His grandchildren would sometimes find Dollar Store trinkets left on their porches from Grandpa Jack. A man of few words, he showed his feelings in other ways.

There will be a Celebration of Life held at the Burdett Fire Department (3830 Willow St.), Rt. 79, Burdett, NY on Wednesday, July 12 from 4:00 pm - to 6:00 pm. There will be a time for Remembrances and Stories shared at 5:00 pm.

Donations in Jack's memory may be made to the Burdett Volunteer Fire Department. You may leave a memory of Jack or condolence for his family in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. (Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen)

Obituary: Alice L. (Davenport) Ford

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

Alice L. (Davenport) Ford

Age 94, of Watkins Glen (Tyrone), NY and formally of North Chemung/Lowman, NY, went home to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on Tuesday, May 9, 2023.

She was born on July 27, 1928 in Towanda, PA to Harvey E. and Dorothy G. (Lewis) Davenport, and was the youngest of six children. Alice was a loving wife, mother, sister, and grandmother.

She was a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Alice was preceded in death by her husband Victor Ford, daughter Kolleen Howard of Noel, MO, and grandson Justin Ford of Van Etten, NY.

She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen Siglin of Pleasant Grove, UT; son Roland Ford (Patricia) of Van Etten, NY; 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and loving companion Edward Perry.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Altay Baptist Church, 4287 Six Corners Rd., Dundee, NY on Saturday, July 8, 2023 at 11:00 AM.

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

Obituary: James Albert Loose

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by Jacqueline Allen, Licensed Funeral Director, The Villages, Florida.

James (Jim) Albert Loose

Age 84, formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, died on June 13, 2023.

Jim was born in Martinsburg, PA on August 13, 1939. He graduated from Williamsburg High School in 1957 and attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in 1961. After graduation, he served in the Merchant Marines as a licensed Engineer. Upon completing his service, Jim started his career as an Engineer at International Salt Company in Watkins Glen, NY. He spent his career at the salt plant, working his way up to become the plant manager. Jim was instrumental in designing and engineering the power system for the plant.          

Jim and his wife Barbara raised their family in Watkins Glen, where he was a lifetime member of the Elks, Moose and Rotary Clubs. Jim was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow in the Rotary. He was a member of The First Presbyterian Church of Watkins Glen, First Presbyterian Church of Glens Falls, NY and the North Lake Presbyterian Church in Lady Lake, FL.

Jim had many wonderful friends he considered family. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends golfing, camping, and traveling. He shot a hole in one on the 10th hole at Heather Hills Golf Club. He loved to watch all kinds of sporting events, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers and Syracuse Orangemen. He happily spent many afternoons on the sidelines of his children’s and grandchildren’s games and meets. Jim was a lifelong learner who loved to read, particularly history and politics. He was hard working but knew how to have fun. He was a great mentor, and a loving husband, father and grandfather. After his retirement in 1997, he and Barb shared their time between Watkins Glen, Queensbury, NY and The Villages, FL.  

Jim is survived by his wife of 59 years, Barbara (Mazza); son John (Marianne) of West Point, NY; daughter Debra Gonyeau (Steve) of Hudson Falls, NY, and grandchildren Lauren and Grace Loose and Nathan and Cameron Gonyeau. He is also survived by a brother, Ronald Loose (Roberta); brothers-in-law, Daniel Mazza (Sara) and Steven Mazza, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his son, Gerald Loose; brother Dean Loose, and his parents John and Beulah Loose.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim’s memory to:
Lauren’s First and Goal Foundation / www.lfgf.org
1002B Bartlett Loop, West Point, NY 10996

Obituary: Luanne Webster Bennett

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

Luanne Webster Bennett

Age 72, originally of Dundee and formerly of Watkins Glen, NY passed away Friday, June 16, 2023 at the Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home in Penn Yan, NY.
 
Honoring family wishes, there are no prior calling hours. A Celebration of Her Life will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Friday, June 30 in the Dundee VFW pavilion, Seneca Street Ext., Dundee.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dundee Fire Company or the Emergency Squad, 12 Union St., Dundee, NY 14837.

Luanne was born on August 28, 1950 in Penn Yan, the daughter of the late Howard Donald and Elinor (Miller) Webster. She graduated from Dundee Central School in 1968, and went on to graduate from the Elmira Beauty School. On March 1, 1969 in Dundee, she married Walter L. Bennett, who passed away on May 2, 2022.
 
A life-long area resident, Luanne worked for several beauty salons before she opened her own in Dundee appropriately named Luanne's Beauty Salon. She will also be remembered for her many years working at Walmart in Watkins Glen, and as a member of the Dundee Baptist Church.

She will be forever missed by her three children, son Jeffrey W. (Holly) Bennett of Elmira, daughter Antoinette "Toni" (Ralph) Warren of Dundee, and son Kenneth (Ruby) Bennett of Penn Yan; five grandchildren, Amber Warren (Jeremy) of Union Star, MO, Dustin (Samantha) Warren of Dundee, Chelsey (Stephen) Chappell and Tori Bennett, both of Penn Yan, and Ethan Bennett of Elmira; three great grandchildren, Avery and Madison Warren, and Brylee Chappell; two brothers, Terry W. Webster of Penn Yan, and Howard Michael (Lorrie) Webster of Belton, MO; four sisters, Linda D. (Joseph) Young and Donna M. (Robert) Bergmark, both of Dundee, Mari E. (John) Gauck of Montour Falls, and Judy L. (Anthony) DeLaurentiis of Trumansburg, along with countless nieces and nephews.

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

Obituary: Judith Farr Lampman

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

Judith Farr Lampman

Judith Farr Lampman passed away this last Saturday, June 3, 2023 at her home in Watkins Glen, NY surrounded by friends and family. As many already know, Judy was in a fight with MDS, a form of bone marrow and blood cancer. Although there is no cure for MDS, Judy managed to settle things on her terms, and for those that know her, this is not a surprise.
 
She is survived by her two sons, Dexter Siglin (wife Nicole Siglin, and grandchildren Dexter, Ava and Ronan) and Joshua Lampman (wife Valerie Lampman).
 
Judy was the very definition of a free spirited and independent woman of the world, whose artistic talents and sense of adventure empowered her to chase dreams that most people would shy away from. Having an amazing singing voice, she performed vocals in one of the most popular regional rock bands for years called (of course) Seneca. Not one to settle for anything, Judy also put herself through school, graduating from Elmira College with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

She quickly put that to use by co-anchoring on-air weekend news at NBC affiliate WETM, which she did for many years. During this time Judy fell in love with Terry Lampman, whom she would eventually marry and move with to Reston, Virginia, where they started a whole new adventure.

Her life with Terry took her from Northern Virginia to Tallahassee, Florida, to the cities and wilds of Australia where they made their home for many years, then to the shining city of Hong Kong where they called home until returning to Northern Virginia many years and thousands of miles later.

The call of Seneca Lake was always on both Judy and Terry’s minds so they soon secured land where they would eventually build their dream home with majestic views of the water they always dreamed about. They so enjoyed being back in upstate NY, they purchased a small hotel in Watkins, and renamed it the Seneca Clipper Inn, which Judy took the lead in running day to day while Terry focused on his technology career.
 
When her love Terry left us in 2011, although broken hearted, Judy did not fold or fade away. She stayed active in her community, bought a new home, renovated a rental house, became a landlord, traveled back to Australia, visited Spain, and was in Boston and New Jersey to see her sons frequently.
 
Most of all in these later years, she was supported and loved by a fierce group of friends and family in the Watkins area, whom she often spoke of and was eternally grateful to have in her life. To say Judy will be missed does not come close to the truth of it ... to her friends,  family, and the hundreds she touched over the years, a part of us is missing that can never be replaced. But we will do what she would want us to do ... carry on with curiosity and adventure in our hearts.

Her family is planning a celebratory event this summer in Watkins befitting the extraordinary life of this renaissance woman. In lieu of cards and flowers, please see her Dana Farber memorial page and donate to one of the best organizations on the planet: https://bit.ly/4627uZN

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

Obituary: Jennie L. Joslyn

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

Jennie L. Joslyn

Age 87, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on June 10, 2023.

Her husband of 61 years, Richard Joslyn, predeceased her seven years ago, on June 10, 2016. She was also predeceased by her daughter-in-law, Carmela Joslyn, and granddaughter, Julia Joslyn.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan Reed; two sons, Richard Joslyn II and Timothy Joslyn; sister Gail Wyre; three grandchildren, Jennifer (Brian) Mahuta, Jackie Joslyn, and Justin (Morgan) Reed; two great-grandchildren, Bridgett and James Mahuta; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Monday (June 19) from 1pm-2pm; followed by a funeral service at 2:00pm; with burial at Hector Union Cemetery. A reception will be announced.

The family wishes to express a special thank you to Peggy Freeman for all of your help.

Celebration of Life: Harold Secord

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

Harold Wallace Secord

Please join Fran, Cheli and Mackenzie for a Celebration of Life for Harold Secord on Sunday, June 25, 2023 from 12-3 p.m. at the Burdett Fire Department. Food and beverages will be provided.

Anyone wishing to, please feel free to bring your favorite food, desert or drinks, but please no alcohol.

Harold, of Burdett, passed away at the age of 79 on Sunday, February 5, 2023.

Obituary: Frank 'Joe' Hammond

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

Frank “Joe” Hammond

Age 65, of Montour Falls, NY passed away suddenly on Wednesday, June 7, 2023. He was born in Montour Falls on September 30, 1957, the son of Frank and Helen Hammond and graduated from Watkins Glen High School. On May 12, 1979, he married Penny Moore in Beaver Dams, NY.

Joe was a truck driver for over 30 years, retiring in 2020. He was a current board member for the Town of Dix. Joe enjoyed watching NASCAR and Western movies, and listening to classic country music. He also enjoyed refurbishing tractors. He cherished his pick-up trucks. He made sure they were always in pristine condition. Joe loved going to fairs and traveling west. His dream was to live in Kansas.

Joe loved and cared for his family and looked forward to visits from his grandchildren. He loved his goats and cats, and had a crow named John Henry that he fed every day.

Joe is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Penny Hammond; daughter, Danielle (Jesse) Gingrich of Burdett, NY; son, Waylon Hammond of Watkins Glen, NY; sisters, Ruth Maxwell of TN, Nancy (Kevin) Reynolds of Corning, NY and Linda (Lee) Bockus of VA; brother, Bill (Jeannie) Hammond of WY; grandchildren, Emma Gingrich, Liam Hammond and Connor Hammond; one aunt; and by several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and brothers, Jim and Mike Hammond.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 from 4-7 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 444 Liberty Ave., Suite 1300, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Lois Fay Drake

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

Lois Fay Drake

Age 83, of Odessa, New York, passed away on Monday, June 5, 2023 with her family at her side. She was born on December 24, 1939 to Earl W. Dean and Lillian R. (Carrigan) Dean. She graduated from Watkins Glen Central School in 1956.

Lois was married to James R. Drake, Sr. on June 11, 1959. She worked in banking for 23 years at Tompkins Trust in Odessa. She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church and the Odessa Fire Department Auxiliary. She was a Cub Scout and Girl Scout Leader. Lois’s favorite hobby was supporting her grandchildren and great grandchildren in all their activities.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband James Drake in 2021; her daughter Tammi L. (Drake) Peterson in 2010; and great grandson Colson James Thompson in 2018.

She is survived by one daughter, Wendy (Steve) Weber of Elmira, NY; two sons, James
R. Drake, Jr. of Odessa, and Mike (Elaine) Drake of Scotia, NY; son-in-law O. Kenneth Peterson of Burdett, NY; four grandchildren, Ella Faye Drake, Kevin Weber, Matthew Peterson, and Megan (Weber) Thompson; and four great grandchildren, Paige Weber, Mallory Weber, Kase Thompson, and Clara Thompson. Lois was one of 13 siblings and is survived by one brother, Joel (Kathy) Dean of Parish, NY; and by many nieces and nephews along with a special cousin, Sandy Gunning.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY on Thursday, June 15, 2023 from 2-3 p.m. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery, Odessa. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Jeanne M. Voorhees

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

Jeanne M. Voorhees

Age 86, formerly of Montour Falls and Watkins Glen, New York, passed away on Thursday, June 1, 2023. She was born in Montour Falls on September 21, 1936, the daughter of the late Adolph and Mary (Knapp) Landry.
 
Jeanne retired from Corning, Inc. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen. She was also a member of Women of the Moose and the Mechanics Club.  Jeanne was an avid reader and enjoyed knitting.

She was predeceased by her husband, Gerald Voorhees; infant son Gerald; daughter Elaine Augustine; sister Rita Mathers; twin brother John Landry; and niece Joanne Fitch.

She is survived by her two grandchildren, Tony and Joey Augustine; two sisters, Ann (Dan) Neumire of Reading Center and Mary (John) Bond of Watkins Glen; brother George (Kate) Landry of Clearmont, Florida; brother-in-law Bob Mathers of Corning; along with several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 North Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Mary’s of the Lake Church. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Alfred M. Landon Sr.

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

Alfred M. Landon Sr. (Al)

Age 84, of Burdett, NY passed away on May 30, 2023 in his home surrounded by family. Al was born to Ellen and Edwin Landon on December 29, 1938 in Trumansburg, NY.

Al loved to hunt with his sons and his friends. He loved old music and cars, horseback riding, snowmobiling, camping, collecting records and to dance. He always dragged his daughters and granddaughters onto the dance floor any chance he could get. He enjoyed flea marketing, telling stories, sitting on his front porch, and spending time at his winter home in Dunnellon, Florida and at the family cabin in the Adirondacks.

Al is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Elizabeth Landon; five children, Bob (Shelly) Landon, Pam (Tom) Taylor, Pat (John Swayze) Wilcox, Butch (Traci) Landon and Lorie (Mark) Mann; 13 grandchildren, Alicia Wilcox, Andrew Wilcox, Nicholas Dunlop, Joe Landon, Briana Colunio, Andrea Brower, Megan Donahue, Zach Landon, Stephanie Taylor, Craig Landon, Desirae Landon, Skyler Mann and Dakota Landon, and 15 great grandchildren.

There will be no funeral services. Please join us at his wishes of a celebration of life at the Burdett Fire House on Sunday, June 11 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please donate in the memory of Alfred Landon to the American Cancer Society (https://donate.cancer.org/).

Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen (RoyceChedzoy.com).

Memorial Service: Robert Earl Vary

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

Robert Earl Vary

A small memorial service for Robert Earl Vary, formerly of Odessa, NY, who died on June 14, 2022 in Whiting, NJ at the age of 70, will be held on June 10, 2023 at 12 noon at Glatfelter Lodge on the campus of Gettysburg College.

All are welcome to this informal gathering to celebrate Bob's life. The service will be streamed via Zoom for those unable to attend in person. Lunch will be provided immediately following. 

If you are interested in attending, wish to be included in the livestream, or would like something read in your absence, please email Rob Vary at rnvary@gmail.com for details. 

Bob left behind his daughter, Katharine, her husband James, and their son Alistair; his son, Robert and his wife Annelise; and his ex-wife and loving friend, Erna.

Obituary: Taylor Ann Reasor

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

Taylor Ann Reasor (Murphy)

Age 25, of Cayuta, NY lost her battle with depression on May 21, 2023.

Taylor was born on March 7, 1998 at Cayuga Medical Center (CMC) in Ithaca, NY, and at the age of 4, moved to Trumansburg, where she grew up and called home. Trying to define what Taylor meant to all who knew her in just a few words is impossible. Everyone who met her loved her. She was beautiful, smart, humble, kind, quirky, artistic, athletic, musical, funny, and above all, she was compassionate. Taylor’s desire to care for people stemmed from watching her dear Mimi fight and ultimately lose her battle with cancer. The foundation in which she lived and ultimately became her career was formed by watching the nurses who helped ease Mimi’s transition from this world into the next.

Taylor graduated from Charles O. Dickerson High School in Trumansburg in 2016 where she spent her senior year as a New Visions student focused in the Health Sciences Program. Following graduation, while pursuing her education part time, she worked at CMC, Brookdale and Bridges while gaining experience in the field that she loved: nursing. Taylor overcame many obstacles during this time, but with her determination and drive, she graduated from TC3 in May 2022, passed her boards, became an RN and went on to continue working at CMC in the Intensive Care Unit as an overnight ICU Nurse.

One of the happiest days of her life was when she married her husband John on November 17, 2022 at a beautiful and intimate ceremony at the Will’N Away B&B in Montour Falls.  They went on to buy their first house in Cayuta shortly thereafter, where Taylor and John worked together to turn their house into a home. Taylor loved her precious fur babies; dogs Bailey and King, and cat Shaggy. She loved reading outside in her swing chair, singing and playing her ukulele, writing stories and poems, skiing at Greek Peak, going on walks and hikes, and above all loved spending time with her family and husband. Taylor will be dearly missed and always remembered.

Taylor was preceded in death by her grandparents, John “Jack” (Papa) and Gail (Mimi) Murphy and infant cousin Connor Rickett.

She leaves behind (husband) John Reasor, (mother) Tammy Murphy, (father) David Murphy, (sister) Michaela Murphy, (brother) Jack Murphy, (stepfather) Joel Starley, (grandparents) Steve and Liane Waters and Freda Tewell, (father/mother-in-law) Gary and Annette Reasor, (sisters-in-law) Morgan Hall, Christina Bogart, Amy Wilkinson, Amanda and Melinda Reasor, (brother-in-law) Gary Reasor Jr., (uncles) Duane Waters, Justin Tewell, Kevin Rickett, Loren Gardner and Ryan Murphy, (aunts) Angela Waters, Samantha Tewell, Crystal Rickett and Kristen Gardner, and (cousins) Kate, Ellie, Anna, Kenlee, Elizabeth, Jon, Cassie and Cameron.

No words will ever be able to truly describe the impact that Taylor had on others and how much she will be missed. We invite all that know and love her to join us in celebrating her beautiful life at the Stewart Park Pavilion in Ithaca, NY on June 9th from 1-3 p.m., with the ceremony starting promptly at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that each person consider the life-saving gift of organ donation, and if desired, a donation in her honor be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Finger Lakes, Inc.), PO Box 6544, Ithaca NY 14851-6544. A box will also be available at the pavilion should anyone want to consider a donation to Taylor’s grieving husband John to help him navigate this difficult time.

Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen, NY. (www.RoyceChedzoy.com)

Obituary: Robert L. Benjamin

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

Robert L. “Bob” Benjamin

Age 91, of Montour Falls, New York, passed away on Friday, May 26, 2023 at Schuyler Hospital. He was born on October 5, 1931 in Bradford, Pennsylvania, to the late Marion Lewis Benjamin and Vera Mae (Stephens) Benjamin.
 
Bob grew up in Limestone, NY, where he graduated from Limestone High School in 1949. He married N. June Cope (Benjamin) on October 11, 1954 in Odessa, NY. His last place of employment was Precision Filters Inc. in Ithaca, NY, where he worked for 24 years. He retired in 2000.

Bob attended the Montour Falls United Methodist Church. He was very active in the church, doing the church bulletin until two weeks before his passing. He was a member of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., where he volunteered as an archival researcher, and a member of the National Soaring Museum in Elmira for several years. He served with the Civil Air Patrol and was a skilled worker emeritus.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1949-1952, then joined the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 1971.

Bob was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, June, on April 17, 2023; brothers, James, William and Howard; and grandson, Ryan Gregory.

He is survived by his six children, Jeffrey (Kelly) Benjamin, Manchester, CT, Ken (Carletta) Benjamin, Colchester, CT, Kimberley (Tony) Scott, Montour Falls, NY, Jenny (John) Benjamin-Rider, Richmond, ME, David (Jill) Benjamin, Elmira, NY, and Tim (Michelle) Benjamin, Montour Falls; eight grandchildren, Louie, Erin, Cassie, Jackie, Amanda, Carlyle, Daniel and Matthew; step-grandchildren, John Jr., Megan, Jessica, Wallace, Wanda and Luci; great-grandchildren, Kelan, Zoe and Hudson; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to his Celebration of Life service on Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at the Montour Falls United Methodist Church, 124 Owego Street, Montour Falls. Private burial will be in Highland Cemetery in Odessa, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Montour Falls United Methodist Church or the Schuyler County Humane Society, 124 Marina Drive, 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: Gary Lewis Ayers

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

Gary Lewis Ayers

Age 71, of Delhi, NY and formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at the Delhi Nursing Center.

Gary was born in Montour Falls, NY on December 2, 1951, the son of the late Daniel and Janet Ayers. He attended Watkins Glen High School until he was drafted into the service in 1969. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Gary had worked for Corning Glass until retiring in 1986. He was a member of the Rainbow Chasers Club and he went to the bowling alley to visit with his friends. Gary also enjoyed walking around Watkins Glen to visit with everyone.

Gary is survived by his daughter, Tabatha Grayce Owens (JJ) of Willis, TX; son, Sean Michael Ayers (Melisa) of Dundee, NY; grandchildren, Adam Owens, Kaytlyn Owens and William Owens; great granddaughter, Julia Owens; sister, Kathy Dunn of Watkins Glen; brother, Don Ayers of Montour Falls; aunt and uncles, Nancy Johnson, Jim Campbell and Lewis Campbell; and nieces and nephews, Amber Pratt, Andy Chrisman II, Jeremy Dunn, and Nicole, Rebecca, Whitney and Jeremiah Ayers. He was predeceased by his brother, Ron "Thumbsy" Ayers.

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: Robert B. Smith

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

Robert B. Smith

Age 62, of Odessa, NY, passed away on May 24, 2023. He was born in Montour Falls, NY on January 17, 1961, the son of Dale and Elfriede Smith. He graduated from Newfield High School and served honorably with the U.S. Army.

Robert worked in construction for many years. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, American Legion and the VFW.

He is survived by his son, Michael (Dani) Smith of Etowah, TN; daughter, Candace (Mickey) Andrews; father, Dale Smith of Odessa; two sisters, Nancy (Jim) Brown of Athens, TN and Tammy (George) Cutter of Newfield; two brothers, Rick (Diane) Smith of Odessa and Tony (Doris) Smith of Groton, NY; step sister, Peggy Jelliff; step brothers, Darrell Seymour, Dennis Seymour and Billy Seymour; and eight grandchildren, Leon, Violet, Lucian, Aldrin and Peregrine Smith, Katie Kelly, Jenny Morrow and Sadie Kelly. He was predeceased by his mother, Efreide Smith; step mother, Katie Smith; brother, Donald J. Smith; and daughter, Brandy Kelly.

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: Wendy Sue Green

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

Wendy Sue Green (Robbins)

Age 44, of Elmira, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira.

Wendy was born in Montour Falls, NY on September 5, 1979, the daughter of Melanie Croft and Randy Robbins. She went to Odessa-Montour Central School and was a stay-at-home Mom who enjoyed spending time with family, friends, and her dogs. She loved laughing, movie time with her kids, cooking and dancing around to her favorite music, just having a good time. She was the life of the party and was always in glitter and glam.

Wendy is survived by her two sons, Damien Gleason and Zackery Robbins (Monica Dorman), and her significant other, Matthew Gleason, all of Elmira; her father Randy Robbins and step-mother Carol Robbins; sister, Nikki Gilbert; brothers, Billy Thompson, Richard Robbins and families, all of Florida; aunts, Marlene Croft (Ralph Stoothoff), Elmira, Gail Burton, and Vickie Heindel, Florida; and uncles, William Croft (Mary Croft), Tennessee and Walter Croft Jr., Montour Falls (and families). Wendy was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Green, mother Melanie Croft, stepmother Jeannie Robbins, and grandparents Betty and Kenny Rogers, and Gail and Walter Croft Sr.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home for their care. Any donations can be made at https://gofund.me/20325238. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Nikki M. Tague

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

Nikki M. Tague

Age 62, of Montour Falls, NY passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at Schuyler Hospital. She was born in Cortland, NY on November 28, 1960, the daughter of the late Gordon and Louise Marshall.

Nikki was a homemaker, caring for her husband Bill and grandson Shawn. She was proud of her Seneca Indian heritage. She loved animals, especially cats and birds. She also enjoyed knitting.

Nikki is survived by her husband and companion of over 20 years, William A. Tague; sons, Larry Janack and Shawn Janack; sister, Dixie Bishop; brothers, Gordon “Spike” Marshall, Jr. and Mickey “Mouse” Marshall; grandchildren, Gordon Janack, Neil Janack, Alexis Janack, Cici Janack and Shawn Janack; and by her in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her son, T.J. Janack, and brother, Jay Marshall.

A memorial service will be held for Nikki on Saturday, May 27, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Lee Memorial Wesleyan Church, 2075 Chambers Rd., Beaver Dams, NY. A luncheon will follow at the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the 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: W. Virginia Wilson

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Murphy Funeral Home, Palmyra, NY.

W. Virginia Wilson

Age 101, April 4, 1922-May 19, 2023, of Palmyra, NY, formerly of Odessa, NY, passed away at DeMay Living Center with her family at her side.

She was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth L. Wilson, her parents, Chester and Clara Hayes of Odessa, NY, and her brother, Merle Hayes of Odessa, NY.

She is survived by her last love, Cornelius Vanderwerf, Palmyra; sons, David (Jacqueline) Wilson of Shortsville, NY, and Leslie (Irene) Wilson of Montour Falls, NY; granddaughters Melissa Williamson of Manchester, NY and Kristen (Phillip) Bauman of Elmira Heights, NY; great grandchildren Madison (Cole) Reed of Belmont, NY, McKinleigh Williamson of Manchester, NY, and Jaxson, Victoria, Jameson, and Alexandria Bauman, of Elmira Heights; and great-great granddaughter, Lily. She leaves behind many nieces and nephews and her beloved church family.

She was the last surviving member of the Odessa, NY High School Class of 1939. She graduated from Elmira Business Institute and held several bookkeeping positions in banking and other businesses. She last worked for the Town of Palmyra as Deputy Town Clerk. She was a long-time, devoted member of the Palmyra Reformed Church.

Friends and family are invited to visit at the Murphy Funeral Home, 123 East Jackson Street in Palmyra, NY on May 30, 2023, from 5-7 p.m. Virginia's memorial service and celebration of her life will be held on May 31 at 11:00 a.m. at the Palmyra Reformed Church, 232 Canandaigua Street, Palmyra. A private graveside service will be held at the Palmyra Village Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest beside her loving husband.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Palmyra Reformed Church or the Rochester Regional Health Hospice Care.

Celebration of Life: John W. Chapman

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

John Wait Chapman

A Celebration of Life for John Wait Chapman, a native of Montour Falls who died April 22, 2023 at the age of 74 in Ocala, Florida, will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 2 p.m. at the South Pavilion of the Watkins Glen State Park (East Room). Friends are welcome.

Born to Mary (Chapman) Bottcher and Rupert “Pete” Chapman, he passed just under two months after his wife of nearly 40 years, Nancy Chapman.

He is survived by his two sons, Chris (Houran) Chapman of Brooklyn, NY and Shon Chapman of East Stroudsburg, PA; his two siblings, Mary Anne (Bill) Culligan of Portland, Oregon and Robert (Barbara) Chapman of Watkins Glen, NY; five grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and dozens of songs and the memory of thousands of performances.

Graduating from Watkins Glen Central School in 1967, he was a pianist in the vein of Bill Evans, music and composing a lifelong pursuit and spiritual journey. An anti-establishment, peace-loving conscientious objector who later spent five years in the Navy. A carpenter/craftsman/builder by day and musician/composer by night; he built a house on Cayuga Lake with the help of family and friends over the course of six summers. A father, son, brother, artist, DYI enthusiast, intellectual, recluse, family-man, and ultimately human being.

Obituary: Sharon Anne Bryington

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

Sharon Anne (Landon) Bryington

Widowed, formerly of Odessa, NY, passed away early Saturday morning, May 13, 2023 in her Danville, KY home. She was born July 29, 1947 in Montour Falls, NY, the daughter of the late Joseph and Gladys (Everts) Landon and graduated from Odessa-Montour High School.

Sharon was a housewife, avid reader and accomplished poet who loved crocheting and telling everyone about her nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Junior Bryington, and is survived by brothers Stanley (Betty) Landon of Odessa, NY, Joseph Landon of Alpine, NY and James (Carolynn) Landon of Ocala, FL; her four children, William Joseph (Donna) Bryington of Danville, KY, Daniel Lee (Veronica) Bryington of Odessa, Karen Anne (Tim) Ingall of Lansing, NY and Thomas James (Shannon) Bryington of Millport, NY; grandchildren Miranda, Billy Joe, Laurelle, Cameron, Amanda, Eamon, Ashley, Victoria, and Isiaha; and great grandchildren Chase, Eleanor and Saiyre.

Obituary: David 'Mickey' Fazzary

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

David "Mickey" Fazzary

Age 68, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Friday, May 12, 2023 unexpectedly at home. Mickey was born on June 16, 1954 to the late John and Shirley Fazzary. He grew up in Watkins Glen with his sister Patti Fazzary and brother Johnny (Cathy) Fazzary.

Mickey is survived by his wife, Lori Fazzary; four daughters; three granddaughters; two grandsons; a nephew, Jonathan; and several cousins.

Mickey was a dedicated father and grandfather, determined to provide for his family and give them everything he could. He was exceptionally proud of all of his children, Jessica Fazzary, Erin Fazzary, Allyson Hunter, and Alynn Silliman. Anyone who knew him knew that he was the most thoughtful father and grandfather anyone could ask for.  

After graduating from high school, he started his career at Shepard Niles. Mickey loved to cook for the people in his life that he cared about the most. He also passionately rooted for the Cleveland Browns, Syracuse basketball and the New York Yankees. He could often be found riding his motorcycle with friends, hunting, or hanging at the Moose Club.

A Celebration of Mickey’s Life will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2023 from 12-4 p.m. at the Montour Falls Moose Lodge, 2096 County Road 14, Montour Falls. The family requests that all flowers are sent directly to the Montour Moose Lodge.

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: Beverly Clark VanAmburg

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

Beverly Clark VanAmburg

Age 83, of Dundee, NY, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, May 12, 2023. She was born in Rochester, NY on November 5, 1939, the daughter of the late Roy and Juliana Routly, and attended Rochester Schools.

Beverly worked at Ithaco Electronics Co., Avon and Sears. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Dundee. Beverly loved bird watching and feeding her birds.

She is survived by two sons, Christopher N. Vary and his wife Charlene H. Vary, and Richard C. Vary II and his wife Jennifer A. Vary; a sister, Marilyn Heers of Rochester; six grandchildren, Stephanie Vary, Samantha Vary, Alyssa Kinner, Olivia Vary, Kayla Vary and Elijah Vary; four step grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and by many nieces and nephews, especially Denise Yaniro. She was predeceased by her loving and adoring husband of 24 years, Lyndon D. Clark; and sisters Lois Launier and Carol Blohm.

A calling hour for Beverly will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2023 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Faith Baptist Church, 13 Harpending Ave., Dundee. Her memorial service will begin at 11:00 a.m. A reception will follow at the church.

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: Marcia C. Viglione

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

Marcia C. Viglione

Age 87, longtime Tustin, California resident, died early Wednesday morning, May 10, 2023 at Saint Joseph Hospital, Orange, California. Her husband John and youngest son Jim were with her when she passed to be with her Lord, Jesus.

Marcia was born November 28, 1935, in Rome Township, Ohio, the daughter of George and Ida Mae (Callander) Creed. Growing up in Saybrook, Ohio, she was a 1953 graduate of Ashtabula High School. In 1954, she met her future husband, John W. Viglione (LtCol, USMC Retired), while working for United Airlines at LaGuardia Airport. He was a student at the Academy of Aeronautics, Queens, New York. Married June 7, 1958, she became the wife of an USMC officer and pilot, resulting in 11 relocations in 24 years. Along the way she became the mother of four children, at times raising them by herself while John served overseas.

When her youngest, Jimmy, started kindergarten she joined the Cherry Point MCAS workforce as a civil service secretary. When the needs of the service moved them to northern Virginia she worked at the Pentagon in the same capacity. With her eldest finishing college and her youngest starting high school, the family moved back to Southern California, where she studied to become a successful realtor, working with both North Hills and Coldwell Banker Realties. The California soil proved a good match for her green thumb, readily growing her beloved rose bushes and various vegetables.

Marcia was an accomplished Bridge player, periodically hosting Bridge groups in her home while the kids were in school. Her love for singing found its first expression during her high school years singing in the high school choir, and later while singing for many years in the Aldersgate UMC choir. She also put her bookkeeping talents to work while active in the USMC Officers’ Wives League, serving as Treasurer. All her activities expressed her love for people through service and social interaction.

Her greatest joy was her nine grandchildren, spending time with them or hearing about them. She was widely known for her kindness and loyalty as a true friend. While she didn’t talk much about her faith in her Lord Jesus, she lived His commandment to love one another.

Marcia is survived by her husband, John W. Viglione; her sisters Nancy Louden (husband Russ), and Judy Eager; her children, John (Pam) Viglione, Joanne V. Levesque (David), Jennifer Viglione, and Jim (Cathy) Viglione; and her grandchildren Michael Viglione, Rachel Viglione, Sarah Viglione, Matthew Levesque, Emily Viglione Espino (Gage), Elizabeth Levesque, Christopher Viglione, Dominic Viglione, and Sophie Viglione.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 19, 10:00 a.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church of Tustin, 1201 Irvine Blvd., with Pastor Timothy Ellington officiating. Viewing will begin at 9:00 a.m. Interment will be at the Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola Naval Air Station, Florida, at a date TBD. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, toysfortots.org, or the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, t2t.org.

Obituary: Elizabeth A. Stratton

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

Elizabeth A. (Rouse) Stratton

Age 89, of Watkins Glen, NY died on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY. She was born in Tioga, PA on July 23, 1933, the daughter of the late Robert and Mary Rouse. She graduated from Northside Blodgett High School in Corning and was a Navy Reservist.
 
Elizabeth was a homemaker. She loved the Westminster Dog Show, watching it every year. Elizabeth also enjoyed watching the Puppy Bowl at Super Bowl time.

Elizabeth is survived by two daughters, Karen E. (Donald) Spaccio of Montour Falls, NY and Bonnie Gill of Towanda, PA; a son, Thomas R. (Susan) Knapp of Bradenton, FL; a sister, Maxine (Nicolas) Faulisi of South Corning; six grandchildren, Arthur Gill of San Diego, CA, Sarah A. Gill of Waverly, NY, Sadie L. (Bill) Murphy of Wyalusing, PA, Lorraine E. Gill of Laceyville, PA, Andrew M. (Jess) Spaccio of Candor, NY and Dominic R. (Carissa) Spaccio of Montour Falls; nine great grandchildren; and one great great granddaughter. She was predeceased by her sister, Miriam Bronson; brother, Rodney Rouse; and by her husbands, Robert W. Knapp, Alan Hicks and Robert Stratton.

Private services were held on Friday, May 12, 2023 at Montour Cemetery. 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: William Dellwood VanFleet

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

William Dellwood VanFleet

Age 99, of Trumansburg, NY, moved from farming on earth to farming in the sky on Tuesday May 9, 2023. Known to most as William, Dad, Grandpa, Studmuffin, Great Grandpa, Uncle Bill or Uncle Willie, he was a friend to many. On April 5th, 1924, he was born at home and lived his life on the farm he worked.
 
He was predeceased by his wife, Peg, a son, Robert Bryan, his parents, Percilla Lewis and William Bryan Jennings VanFleet, an incredibly special uncle Charlie, brother Earl, sister Irene and brother-in-law Ted Fletcher, sister Thelma Harford, niece Laurie Fletcher, nephew James Fletcher and by many, many friends.

He is survived by his son, David, and daughter-in-law, Nianne (Taber) VanFleet; a cherished granddaughter, Jennifer VanFleet Stratton and her husband Craig Stratton; and his very special and well-loved great granddaughters, Ashlynn and Kendall Stratton. Not a day went by that he did not think of his three special girls. His nephew Bill Fletcher shared a very special relationship with him. The two Bills spent lots of good times together over the years and made wonderful memories. He and Walter Harford, his brother-in-law, shared many good times at the lake together. He is survived by many nieces and nephews, as well as special friends too many to mention.

He spent almost three years at Seneca View, where the staff cared for his every need. He was the “sugar daddy” as he supplied candy to staff at Seneca View. As his granddaughter said, “he is now in heaven serving candy to the angels.”

He was creative, caring, bossy, an amazing storyteller, a traveler, tractor driving, spunky, loving, history remembering man. On Friday before his death, as his time was trickling away, Jennifer told him she loved him and his response was “you better; I am the only grandpa you got.”
 
Please remember him with stories, by sharing some hard candy, remembering his love of women, his love of the land and the closeness he shared with his neighbors and friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, May 20, 2023 from 1-2 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. Bill’s memorial service will follow at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Mecklenburg Fire Department or take a walk and remember him for a few moments. May he rest in Peace. To leave a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: LeRoy J. Swartz, Sr.

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

LeRoy J. Swartz, Sr.

Age 81, of Burdett, NY, passed away on May 11, 2023.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Emily Swartz; daughter Kimberlee Swartz; son LeRoy J. Swartz Jr.; and two grandchildren, Amber (Matt) Kautz, and Brandon (Kalea) Swartz.

He retired from AKZO NOBEL in Watkins Glen. Funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

Memories or condolences may be left in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Robert G. 'Jerry' Harnas

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

Robert G. “Jerry” Harnas

SMSgt. USAF Ret., age 73, of Watkins Glen, NY, entered unto rest on Thursday, May 11, 2023. Jerry was born on August 18, 1949 in Elmira, NY, the son of the late Joseph and Ann Harnas, and graduated from Watkins Glen High School.

Jerry served with the U.S. Air Force as a Specialty Aerospace Maintenance Superintendent, retiring in 1994 after 25 years of dedicated service. After retiring from the Air Force, Jerry was an auto mechanic at several area dealerships. On July 22, 2000, he married his wife Linda.

Jerry was a member of the Odessa Conservation Club, where he loved to share his knowledge of Hunters Education and Archery with local youth organizations.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 23 years, Linda (Bartone) Harnas; son, Robert Harnas; Linda’s sons, Kevin (Afsana) Doane and Steven Doane; four sisters, JoAnn, Liz, Judy and Mary; five brothers, Tom, Dave Jack, Paul and Andy; three brothers-in-law, David and Michael Bartone, and Scott Blackwell; and a special grandson, Beckett Doane.

A special thank you to Justine Clarkson from Arnot Ogden Medical Center for her continued care and support to Jerry and his family.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held for Jerry on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery, State Route 14, Watkins Glen. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Schuyler County Ambulance, 909 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

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

Service: Elaine Stanton-Hicks

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

Elaine Stanton-Hicks

Age 66, of Valois, NY, passed away on May 8, 2023 after a battle with cancer.

A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held Saturday (May 13) at 11:00am at the Valois-Logan-Hector Fire Company, 5736 NY-414, Hector, NY.  A reception will follow.

She is survived by her husband Michael Hicks; son George (Tracy) Hemphill; mother Janet George; brothers and sisters, Richard (Sue) Stanton of Prattsburg, Susan Stanton of Avon, Michelle Wrightman of Hornell, and Lorie Mosbacher of Wayland; two grandchildren, Chandler Hopkins and Reagan Johnson; brothers-in-law, Joe Hicks of Hornell, and Tim (Yvonne) Hicks of Clark Mills, NY; and many nieces and nephews.

Elaine was born on June 27, 1956 in North Hornell, NY, the daughter of Ronald and Janet Stanton. She honorably served in the United States Army. Elaine served as a long-time member, volunteer, treasurer and board member of the Valois-Logan Hector Fire Company.  She was also a member and past-president of the former Schuyler County Fireman’s Association, and attended the Hector Presbyterian Church. She worked and retired from Cornell University as an HVAC Engineer. Elaine's many joys included being a surrogate mother to all the children in the neighborhood; her horses; and playing at the casinos.

You may leave a memory of condolence for the family in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home.

Obituary: Helen Ann Leatzaw

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

Helen Ann Leatzaw

Helen Ann Leatzaw of Montour Falls, NY, passed away peacefully on April 1, 2023 at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls.

She was a richly talented person, a Devoted Wife and Mother, True Friend, Talented Artist and Innovator, Caretaker, Camp Leader, Life-long Student, Dedicated Teacher, and Avid Nature Lover. She had no fear to take on any project, no matter how daunting it might appear, and give it her best.

After the birth of her first son, the weight of the fact that her Grandfather, her Father, her Brother, her Brother-in-Law, and now her Husband had all served in war, motivated her to search for the truth about God and His will for humanity.

In her search she found the answers that she had so earnestly been looking for. Those answers were so valuable to her that she determined that living her life according to these truths must become the guiding force in her life, and that by adhering to them she was ensuring the best future for herself and her dear family.

And so, as time proved, what defined her the most was her belief in the importance of Faith and Integrity, instilled in her by her parents, and reinforced by her careful and honest study of the Bible.

That determination made her the glue that kept her family together during the storms of life. One of the most beautiful qualities of our Mother is that her “glue” extended far beyond her husband and family, to her many dear friends and to all those she saw as truly in need.

Helen was born at DeGraff Hospital in North Tonawanda, New York to Douglas D. Joyce, Sr. and Helen W. Joyce. She is survived by her dear brother, Douglas D. Joyce, Jr., his wife Marion and their family. She is also survived by the family of her dear sister, Margaret Joyce Balling, now deceased. As well as her beloved cousin, Bette Joyce Smith, her husband Lloyd and their family. She is also survived by her sons: R. Allyn Leatzaw, Jr. and his wife Lou Ann; Paul Leatzaw and his wife Ivonne. Helen’s daughters: Christina and her husband W. Thomas Cecil III; Jeannette and her husband Aldo Minchella. Helen’s grandchildren: Joel Cecil and his wife Sophia; Hannah and her husband Anthony Sofia; Ryan Leatzaw and his wife Kiana; Jeremy Minchella; Abigail and her husband Alain Louissaint; Austin Leatzaw; Sarah Cecil; Bennett Minchella and his wife Josy; Joshua Leatzaw; Andre Minchella and his wife Murielle; and Myles Leatzaw. Her great grandchildren: Noah, Mazzaroth, Stella, Kelani, and Harper.

Words cannot adequately express our most sincere gratitude to the Watkins Glen Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses for the many years of love and support to both of our parents. They both loved you all dearly.

To the outstanding community of professionals whose support made it possible for Helen to live her best life in her later years: We feel indebted to you all, as you all did not just your jobs, but went above and beyond. You have all shown such personal interest, compassion, and respect. You are a treasure to your community.

Helen’s Memorial Service will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2023 beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Watkins Glen Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2590 NY-414, Watkins Glen.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to www.JW.org; when on the Home Page scroll down to “Donations” and follow the prompts. While you're on the website, please take a moment to look for the answers to the questions you care about most. Our Mom would have loved that.

If you would like to see some photos and maybe leave a message, please visit her Memorial Webpage at 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, of Watkins Glen, NY, better known to most as “Pee Wee,” passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2023 at home.

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 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.

Obituary: Patrick 'Ricky' Van Horn

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Patrick “Ricky” Van Horn

Age 60, of Pine City, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY.

Ricky was born in Montour Falls, NY on November 11, 1962, the son of Doyle James and Terry Ann (Dull) Van Horn.

Ricky is survived by his mother, Terry A. Van Horn; sister, Patricia (Van Horn) Rekczis; niece and nephews, Tara (Jimmy) Miller, Gregg (Amber) Rekczis Jr., and Patrick (Rebecca) Rekczis; great nieces and nephews, Bryce and Axell Miller, Jasmine Craven, Aden and Easton Rekczis, Aubree and Isaiah Rudy, and Patrick, Parker and Ila Rekczis; aunts and uncles, Harry (Sandy) Van Horn, Barbara Van Horn, Franklin “Barney” (Marsha) Van Horn, Deborah Lewis, Michelline Coble and Chad (Charissa) Coble; as well as several cousins. He was predeceased by his father, Doyle “Jim” Van Horn; and uncles, Steven Coble and Ralph “Pete” Van Horn.

Friends and family may call from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2023 at the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen. A memorial service celebrating his life will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Seneca Union Cemetery in Valois, NY.

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

Obituary: John Wait Chapman

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

John Wait Chapman

Age: 74
Born: Sunrise Feb 14, 1949 (Montour Falls, NY)
Deceased: Sunset April 22, 2023 (Ocala, Florida)

Born to Mary (Chapman) Bottcher and Rupert “Pete” Chapman, and he passed just under two months after his wife of nearly 40 years, Nancy Chapman.

He is survived by his two sons, Chris (Houran) Chapman of Brooklyn, NY and Shon Chapman of East Stroudsburg, PA; his two siblings, Mary Anne (Bill) Culligan of Portland, Oregon and Robert (Barbara) Chapman of Watkins Glen, NY; five grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and dozens of songs and the memory of thousands of performances.

Graduating from Watkins Glen Central School with a Regents Scholarship in 1967, he had dreams of traveling far away but decided at the last minute to stay relatively close with a state school. He was a man of many intertwined, occasionally contradictory, profiles and perspectives. A self-described loner, he nonetheless pledged Phi Beta Kappa while at SUNY Binghamton. Considering the possibility of the "life of the mind" as a career, he majored in ancient languages -- specifically Sanskrit.

A pianist in the vein of Bill Evans, music and composing were a lifelong pursuit and spiritual journey; cursing out about every venue manager that he interacted with as a band leader was his portrait of an artist as a young man. An anti-establishment, peace-loving conscientious objector who later spent five years in the Navy. A carpenter/craftsman/builder by day and musician/composer by night; he built a house on Cayuga Lake with the help of family and friends over the course of six summers. A father, son, brother, artist, DYI enthusiast, intellectual, recluse, family-man, and ultimately human being.

His smile and wry wit will be missed even while he lives on through so many of us that he touched.

A memorial service will be held in Watkins Glen at a later date.

Service: Floyd S. Hull

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Floyd S. Hull

Floyd S. Hull, 92, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Tuesday, February 28, 2023. A graveside service with military honors will be held for Floyd on Friday, May 5, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. at Montour Cemetery (Upper Entrance), Mill St., Montour Falls, NY.

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

Obituary: Richard H. Owlett

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Richard H. Owlett

Age 80, of Alpine, NY died peacefully on Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center after an extended illness.

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer; three children, Susan Viditz-Ward, Kristina Smith and Paul Silver; seven grandchildren; and his Basset Hound, Winston.

A memorial service will be scheduled by the family at a future date.

Contributions may be made in his memory to Arnot-Ogden Medical Center, the Montour Falls Library, or your local Volunteer Fire Department or Animal Shelter.

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: Curtis I. Ballard

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

Curtis I. Ballard

Age 74, of Dundee, NY passed away on April 22, 2023.
 
Curt was born in Penn Yan, NY on September 25, 1948, the son of Ivan and Henrietta Ballard, and married Penny McKie on April 22, 1967. They enjoyed 56 years together. He retired from AKZO-NOBEL in Watkins Glen.

Curt was a former member and volunteer with the Bradford Volunteer Fire Department and was a lifelong friend and supporter of the Tyrone Volunteer Fire Department.
   
He is survived by his wife, Penny Ballard; daughters, Carol, Christine, Tracy and Florence; brothers Greg (Michele) Ballard, and Roy (Suzanne) Ballard; step-sister Bonnie White; seven grandchildren, Penny, Dominic, Brandon, Joshua, Ricky, Zachary, and Bryan; several great-grandchildren; and several loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, and sisters Yvonne Olsen and Joyce Ballard.
    
The family will receive friends at the Weldon Funeral Home, 102 E. Main St., Penn Yan on Sunday (April 30) from 1 pm-3 pm; followed by a memorial service at 3 pm.  He will be interred at Hillside Cemetery in Dundee at a later date.
 
Memorial donations may be made to the Tyrone Fire Department, P.O. Box 69, Tyrone, NY 14887 or Schuyler EMS, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865

Obituary: Emma Louise Nickerson

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

Emma Louise (Knapp) Nickerson

Age 56, of Beaver Dams, NY passed away on Saturday, April 22 2023 at home. She was born on August 3, 1966 in Dover, New Jersey. Emma graduated from Dundee High School in 1985. She married Jeffrey A. Nickerson on August 19, 2006 in Montour Falls, NY. She worked as a Direct Support Professional with the Arc of Schuyler for four years, and later she was a housewife caring for her family.

Emma loved taking care of her new home, her fur babies, her grandchildren and her husband. She never missed a chance to brag about her grandbabies and her daughter Emily, who is currently serving in the U.S. Navy. She enjoyed being outside enjoying good weather and gardening. She enjoyed talking to her family and friends. She loved going shopping with her daughters and trying to figure out what she wrote on her shopping list. She loved cranking up and rocking out to '80’s music.

Surviving Emma are her husband of 17 years, Jeffrey Nickerson; three daughters, Emily Gublo, of Moore, OK, Elaine Gublo, Beaver Dams, NY and Julia (Jason) Nickerson-Carpenter of Blue Ridge, Georgia; a son, Randy Nickerson, of Austin, TX; two sisters,  Crickett Robles of Corning, NY and Sheryl Elliott of Horseheads, NY; two brothers,  Michael (Cherie) Knapp of Elmira, NY and Raymond (Gail) Knapp of Charlotte, NC; four grandchildren; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents, her brother Joseph Knapp in 2016, and baby Johnny D. Cleary in 2003.

A celebration of Emma’s life will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, April 29, 2023 at the Hammondsport/Bath KOA Resort, 7531 County Road 13, Bath, NY. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Emma’s name to The Arc of Chemung-Schuyler, 711 Sullivan Street, Elmira, NY or Ronald McDonald House Charities at RMHC.org 

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: Minnie E. Leljedal

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

Minnie E. (Bender) Leljedal

Age 97, of New Albany, PA passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2023 surrounded by family. She was born on July 31, 1925 to Cleve and Belle (Forrest) Bender in New Albany, PA.

A graduate of New Albany High School, she continued on to graduate from Mansfield State with a degree in Home Economics. She married James “Bob” Leljedal in New Albany and lived and taught in LeRaysville, PA. Bob and Minnie then moved to Monroeton, PA to start a family and lived there for several years before moving to New Albany, PA, where they started Leljedal’s Hardware and together owned two other successful businesses, Sewing Center in Towanda, and a deli in New Albany. Retirement was spent in Florida for several years, and they enjoyed their later years being wonderful grandparents to four grandchildren.

Surviving Minnie are her children, Ben (Lorraine) Leljedal of New Albany and Chris (Roger) Hugo of Watkins Glen, NY; grandchildren, Morgan (Brett) Mapp of Philadelphia, Courtney (Ryan) Muldowney of Northumberland, PA, Kelsey (John) Vidumsky of Philadelphia, and Stephen Leljedal of New Albany; sister-in-law, Katherine Leljedal of Towanda; nephew, Carl (Tina) Bender of Florida; several nieces and nephews; and close family friends Bill and Ann McIntosh of Jacksonville, Florida. She was predeceased by her husband Bob in 1990.

A graveside service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the New Albany Fire Department, P.O 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, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Service: Doris Maxine Spaulding

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Doris Maxine "Max" Spaulding

A memorial service for Maxine Spaulding of Hector, NY, who died March 26, 2023 at the age of 88, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at the Montour Falls Methodist Church.

Max was born on November 16,1934 to Maxwell Lester Cole and Velma Loder Schneider in Canton, PA and spent her childhood growing up in Southport, NY.

On June 27, 1953, Maxine married Robert W. Evans from Elmira, NY. Bob and Max had three children, Sharon, Scott, and Rick. More than a decade later, Max met the love of her life, Clarence “Sheik” Spaulding. They married on November 25, 1968, in Valois, NY. Max, her sons and Sheik became a family and resided in Hector.

Maxine was predeceased by her husband, Clarence “Sheik” Spaulding; sons Robert Scott and Richard Francis Evans; sister Maxine Manning; and brothers Donald, George “Joe” and Terry Cole. She is survived by her daughter Sharon Maximiek (Gino DePasquale) of Rochester. NY; daughter-in-law Lydia Wickham of Burdett, NY, and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

In lieu of flowers and in Maxine’s memory, donations may be made to the Hector Church Memorial Education Fund or to the Valois-Logan-Hector Fire Department Ambulance Fund.

Obituary: Ruth Hickleton Likoudis

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

Ruth Hickleton Likoudis

Ruth Hickleton Likoudis, formerly of Montour Falls, NY, passed away in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Friday, April 14, 2023 at 91 years of age after a brief illness. She was born on February 5, 1932 to parents Dr. George Taylor and Ruth Aikin Hickelton of Williamsville, NY.

Our beloved mother is survived by her loving husband of 71 years, noted Catholic writer James Likoudis. She is survived by brothers, George Hickelton (Ashland, VA) and John Hickelton (Staffordville, CT); and sister Elizabeth Hickelton (Palm Springs, CA). Ruth was preceded in death by sisters Jean (Edward) Frank and Margaret (James) Kistner.

Ruth had six children, Paul (Deceased) (Paulette) Likoudis, Therese (Johnny) Williams of Ann Arbor, MI, Mark (Kathryn) Likoudis of Gibsonia, PA, Celine (Mark) Schanzer of Spring, TX, Catharine (Thomas) Kader of College Station, TX; and Margaret (David) Byerley of West Chester, PA. She is also survived by 35 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.

Ruth became a devout Catholic in 1951 and amidst the storms that would beset the Church, she never failed in her fidelity to the Church's teachings. She lived by her favorite saying, "February's child loves to work, so life's duties will not shirk."

A graveside service for Ruth will be held on Friday, April 28, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Montour Cemetery (upper entrance), Mill St., Montour Falls, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ruth's memory may be made to Assumption Grotto Church, https://give.aod.org/.

Local 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: N. June Benjamin

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

N. June Benjamin

Age 88, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on Monday, April 17, 2023 at Arnot Ogden Hospital in Elmira, NY surrounded by loved ones. She was born in Montour Falls on November 28, 1934, the daughter of Fred and Grace (Thurston) Cope.

June graduated from Odessa Central School in 1954. She later graduated from Elmira Business Institute in 1982. She was married to Robert Benjamin on October 11, 1954 in Odessa, NY. She was a homemaker for 68 years. June was a member of the Montour Falls United Methodist Church. She was actively involved in the church, singing in the choir and teaching Sunday School. She did literacy tutoring for a few years. She was also involved in her children’s lives as a Boy Scout Troop Leader and a member of the PTA. June loved singing, crocheting, and spending time with her loved ones.

She was predeceased by her parents; sister, Doris; brother, Kenneth; and grandson Ryan Gregory.

She is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, Robert Benjamin; three daughters,  Kimberley Scott (Tony), Montour Falls, Jenny Benjamin-Rider (John), Richmond, ME, and Sue Gale, Horseheads, NY; four sons, Jeffrey (Kelly), Manchester, CT, Kenneth (Carletta), Colchester, CT, David (Jill), Elmira, NY, and Timothy (Michelle), Montour Falls; two sisters, E. Arlene Learn, Catharine, NY and Sandra Bates, Odessa; sister-in-law, Teresa (Filippetti) Cope; eight grandchildren, Louie, Erin, Cassie, Jackie, Amanda, Carlyle, Daniel, and Matthew; three great-grandchildren, Kelan, Zoe, and Hudson; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life for June will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 24, 2023 at the Montour Falls United Methodist Church, 124 Owego Street, Montour Falls. Private burial will be in Highland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Montour Falls United Methodist Church, 124 Owego Street, Montour Falls, NY 14865 or the Schuyler County Humane Society, 124 Marina Drive, 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: Joyce Anne VanVleet

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

Joyce Anne VanVleet

Age 88, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, April 17, 2023 at the Huntington Living Center in Waterloo, NY.

No newcomer to the “Land Between the Lakes” and a direct descendant of Ezekiel VanVleet and George Faussett, Joyce’s family has lived here since 1789.

Joyce started school at the one-room school house in Caywood, which she loved to speak about, and graduated from the Odessa-Montour Central School. In her early days, Joyce and her sister Jean picked many apples and cherries at their farm on the hill in Lodi. She worked at her grandfather’s Red and White Store. With her sister Jean, Joyce led a Girl Scout Troop and took figure skating lessons at Cornell’s Lynah Rink.

Joyce was a life-long and very active member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a faithful member and servant of the Montour Falls United Methodist Church, serving for many years as treasurer and in the choir. She was always working on things like church dinners, VBS or rummage sales.

A lover of music, Joyce was a member of the Peach Orchard Music Society, the Elmira Choral Society, and Odessa-Montour combined choir cantatas organized by Kim Laursen.

Joyce worked her entire work career at Shepard Niles in Montour, working in the accounting and payroll. She was a member of the Montour Village Planning Board of Appeals and was on the election board for many years. She was a proud member of the Red Hat Society.

Joyce was a 70-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, joining on December 3, 1952. She was a member of the Fern Tyrone Chapter #142. Joyce was Grand Representative to Wyoming in 1965 and 1966, and District Deputy Grand Matron, Chemung Schuyler Tioga District in 1992. She held several offices in three Chapters including Matron and Treasurer.

Joyce enjoyed spending summers at her cottage at Lodi Point with her friends whom she also went out to lunch with twice a week. Joyce LOVED to go out with her friends for lunch two and three times a week.

She was predeceased by her parents, Helen Brown and Sidney Warner VanVleet, and her beloved sister Jean Vera VanVleet. She leaves two surviving cousins: John “Jack” Newman (Jill Shove) of Rose, NY, and Robert Mark Brown of Lodi.

Joyce loved her dear extended family including Mary Personius (1921-2012), Vicki Cadwell, Ruthie Hayes, Mary Tilinghast and Richard Little, but “Little Zach” Little was her favorite.

The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to those caregivers who have cared for Joyce day and night since last June: Hannah Rose, Gracie Johnson, Laura Reynolds, Antoinette Morse, Siera Carbone, and Damion Brown. A special thanks as well to Joyce’s loyal tenant and ever-watching angel upstairs, Wendy Drake.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, April 23, 2023 from 1-2 pm at the Montour Falls United Methodist Church, 124 Owego St., Montour Falls, NY. Joyce’s memorial service will follow at 2:00 pm. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Joyce’s memory to the Montour Falls United Methodist Church or the Order of the Eastern Star Fern-Tyrone Chapter #142. To leave a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Stanley C. Covert

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

Stanley C. Covert

Age 86, of Trumansburg, NY passed away on April 12, 2023.

Stan was born in Montour Falls, NY on June 27, 1936, the son of LeRoy and Leona (Clyde) Covert. He owned and operated the AM-PM Convenience Store in Watkins Glen.

He was predeceased by his wife Winifred in 2012, their son Daniel S. Covert in 2016, and his brothers Norman, Richard, Thomas and LeRoy Jr. He is survived by his daughter-in-law, Shelly Covert of Trumansburg; brother, William Covert of Corning; and three grandchildren, Vanessa Covert, Valerie Covert-Knight (Thomas Knight), and Ethan Covert; and great-grandson Logan Knight.
 
The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Sunday (April 30th) from 12 noon-2 p.m.; followed by a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. He will be buried at the Union Cemetery of Hector in Burdett.

Obituary: Charles John Ciprich

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Charles John Ciprich

Age 81, of Sun City Center, FL and Burdett, NY, Chuck crossed the finish line passing away from a lengthy battle with cancer on April 16, 2023 in Florida, surrounded by family.

Chuck was born in Sayre, PA on November 30, 1941 to John and Olive (Franklin) Ciprich and grew up in Burdett, where he remained until his retirement years took him part-time to Florida. He was predeceased by his parents, brother Richard Ciprich, sister Rita Watts and nephew Richard Jr. (Cy) Ciprich.

Chuck is survived by his biggest fan, his wife of 60 years, Faith Ann (Vickio) Ciprich, who was always by his side; his three daughters, Dolores (William) Hrynko, Maria (Scott) Eaton, and Claudine (Tony) Ciprich-Fusare; grandchildren Desirée Ellison, Jacq Goehner, Victoria Kolb, Charles Eisenhart, Wyatt Eaton, and Brad Hrynko, and four great grandchildren.

Chuck had the ambition of five men and succeeded in all his endeavors. He was an Army Veteran, and worked 35 years for the LeHigh Valley Railroad and Conrail Railroad. He had a passion for racing from the age of 17, which he devoted most of his life to, becoming a locally famous race-car driver, winning many titles and awards, ending up at Indy, and always a driver that so many loved.

His friendly personality will be missed by all. So gather together, celebrate in the winners' circle of his last race, tell a fun story about him, raise your glass and, in his words, have “just one more!”

There will be no services at Chuck’s request, and burial will take place at a later date.

Obituary: Susan Smith Miller

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Susan Smith Miller

Age 80, died peacefully on April 12, 2023 in Vero Beach, FL from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.  

Sue was born on May 25, 1942 in Elmira, NY and was predeceased by her parents, Donald and Elizabeth (Betty) Smith. She was raised in Watkins Glen, NY and graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1960.

Sue met the love of her life, Edward Miller, on a blind date in New York City, while Ed was in medical school and she was studying to be a nurse. She earned her BS-RN degree in 1964 from SUNY Plattsburgh University, and in June of that same year Ed and Sue married.

During their 58 years of marriage they lived in several locations. Initially, she worked as a school nurse outside Rochester, NY. They moved to the Midwest while Ed completed his medical training and served in the U.S. Air Force before settling in Binghamton, NY in 1970. During the years raising her two daughters in Binghamton, Sue was an active member of the community. A dedicated church member of Christ Episcopal Church, she served on the vestry and authored a history book, “Christ Church, 1810-1985.” After Ed’s retirement in 2007, they spent winters in Mount Dora and eventually Vero Beach, Florida. Sue spent every summer of her life on the shores of Seneca Lake, her favorite place. She especially enjoyed boat rides, beach bonfires, water activities, local wine, and time with her family.

She will always be remembered for her generous heart, kind spirit, love of laughter and joyful way -- she had a talent for curating lasting memories for friends and family. Sue was hostess extraordinaire and well known for her cooking and extensive appetizer spread where everyone was welcome. Her grandchildren will never forget the cornucopia of gifts and surprises, beloved sherry cake, lakeside s’mores, duck eggs hatching in her geranium planter, annual obligatory tree picture, and endless hours of game playing.

Sue is survived by her husband Ed of Vero Beach, FL; her daughters Kimberly Morse of Vero Beach, FL and Deborah (Dave) Allen of Massachusetts; sister Joan Sala of Watkins Glen, and her four grandchildren: Addison, Ashley and Tyler Morse and Sawyer Allen.

She will be missed by her family, as well as her many friends. Burial will be at Pleasantview Cemetery in Reading Center, NY.  A memorial service will be held in Watkins Glen sometime this summer. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the charity of your choice in memory of Susan Smith Miller.

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

Obituary: Kathleen M. Estes

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

Kathleen M. Estes

Age 67, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Friday, April 14, 2023. She was born in Montour Falls, NY on May 11, 1955, the daughter of Richard and Mary Lou (Emmons) Haight.

Kathleen worked for 26 years in Civil Service, and later worked as a Teaching Assistant in Watkins Glen Central School for 16 years, retiring in 2021. She was a former member of the PTA and PTO. Kathleen loved her dogs and was supportive of Defense for Devon.

She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Bobbie Estes; son, Matthew Estes of Syracuse; stepsons, Michael (Jessica) Estes of Murray, KY and Kevin (Dana) Estes of Paducah, KY; stepdaughter, Krisi Estes of Cadiz, KY; her mother, Mary Lou Haight of Watkins Glen; brother, Michael (Mary Kay) Haight of Norman, OK; 11 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her father, Richard Haight.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 from 1-2 p.m. at the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, 119 Fifth St., Watkins Glen. Her funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m., followed by burial in Lakeview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Defense for Devon Fund c/o Community Foundation, 301 S. Main St., Horseheads, NY 14845, or Robert M. Swinnerton Scholarship Fund c/o Hector Area Lions Club, P.O. Box 102, Hector, NY 14841. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Ann Ella (Adams) Bugbee

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Ann Ella (Adams) Bugbee

Age 91, of Watkins Glen, and formerly of Sidney, NY, died peacefully at Bethany Manor Nursing Home in Horseheads, NY on April 9, 2023.

Ann is survived by her children, Pamela (Steve) Laurion of Menomonee Falls ,WI, Peter (Mary Bennett) Bugbee of Benbrook, TX, Paul (Stacy Nunberg) Bugbee of Putnam Valley, NY, Polly (Frank) Garrison of Odessa, NY, and Patrick (Amy) Bugbee of Jacksonville FL; 13 grandchildren, Richard Bennett, Michelle Leopold, Benjamin Laurion, Philip J (PJ) and Jonathan (Jack) Bugbee, Jocelyn, Sage, Nakiaha, Tassia, Autumn, Keyonna and Zuri Garrison and Brianna Bugbee. She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, E. Joseph Bugbee, and her sister, Nancy Gillette.

Ann was born on January 28, 1932 in Canandaigua, NY to Lester and Bertha (Lewis) Adams. After graduating from Canandaigua Academy in 1949, she attended Highland Hospital School of Nursing in Rochester, NY and became a Registered Nurse in 1952. She married E. Joseph Bugbee on July 5, 1952.  Ann worked at Sidney Hospital and others, for the American Red Cross and The Jacksonville Blood Bank. She enjoyed spending time with her family, playing bridge, square dancing, travel, and volunteer work at The Sidney United Methodist Church.

There will be no services at Ann’s request. To honor Ann’s memory please consider donating to the American Red Cross and donate blood as often as possible. The family would like to thank the Staff at Bethany Manor for their compassionate care.

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

Obituary: Misty Velvet Westfall

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

Misty Velvet Westfall (Fassnacht)

Age 40, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away after a long battle for her life due to multiple organ failures on Friday, April 7, 2023. She was born in Akron, Ohio, on Friday, August 13, 1982 to Roy and Sherri Fassnacht, and was predeceased by her father and beloved stepmother, Linda Fassnacht.

Misty lived in Ohio until she moved to Watkins Glen with her father in 1998. She brought her fun, outgoing personality and love of dance, music, and shows with her. She quickly started making life-long friends, many of whom came to be more like family. Misty later reconnected with her classmate, Paul Westfall, and together they built a beautiful life and family, marrying in 2011.

Misty had always wanted to be a mother, and in 2010, they were absolutely delighted to bring home Makaylah. Aden joined the family in 2013, and then Olivia was born in 2014. Misty worked very hard toward her Master's degree in Social Science and Human Services through Purdue online, while also raising her three beautiful children with Paul. Misty cherished her kids and her community and made sure the kids had every opportunity to grow, learn, and connect as well, through programs like dance, gymnastics, football, cheerleading, basketball, and Girl Scouts.

Misty was always a friend you could reach out to when in need, always found the time and ways to help others, showed up to volunteer for community programs like Schuyler Outreach, and recruited many friends to volunteer with her as well. Misty left a mark on her forever home in Watkins Glen as well as her friends and family, as she will be truly missed.

Friends and loved ones are invited to a celebration of life on Saturday, May 6, starting at noon, at the Seneca Lake Event Center (Clute Park in Watkins Glen). Friends and family are arranging a dish-to-pass as well. If you wish to send flowers, the family is using Stillman's delivery at 607-535-7366, or if you wish to donate to her memorial fund, this is the link: https://gofund.me/843042b9

Obituary: Henry J. Grondski

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

Henry “Hank” J. Grondski

Age 80, of Odessa, NY, passed away on Tuesday, April 11 2023. He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on January 1, 1943, the son of Henry Grondski, Sr. and Sophie (Stanley) Sinko.

Hank graduated from Thomas Edison High School. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1961 to 1964.
 
He was married to Ellen on February 14, 2005 in Reading Center, NY. He worked at Thomas & Betts in Horseheads, NY for 18 years until retirement in 2005. He was a member of the American Legion in Horseheads, the Eagles Club, and the Mechanics Club. He enjoyed golfing and was an avid sports fan of the Yankees, Washington Commanders, and Boston Bruins, and a diehard SU fan.

He is survived by his loving wife Ellen of 18 years; step-daughters, Joyce Cole of Horseheads and Krishna Stedding of Tennessee; step-son, Lieutenant Colonel Joseph O. Edington of Florida; his sister Patricia (Thomas) Mitchell of Webster, NY; six step-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A celebration of life for Henry will be held on Saturday, April 29 from 2-5 p.m. at the Mechanics Club, 237 W. Main St., Montour Falls, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

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

Memorial Service: Elaine C. Stevens

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Elaine C. Stevens

A memorial service celebrating the life of Elaine C. Stevens of Valois, NY, who passed away on August 22, 2022 at the age of 91, will be held at the Hector Presbyterian Church at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2023, followed by a reception at the church.

Her remains will be interred at the Seneca Union Cemetery that afternoon at 4:00 p.m.

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, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865 (or online at SchuylerHumane.org)

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

Obituary: Charles Roland Tarshus

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Charles (Chuck) Roland Tarshus

Age 88, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on April 7, 2023.

He is survived by his wife Regina; children, Daniel (Kathy) Tarshus of Penn Yan, Scott (Dayda) Tarshus of Elmira, Christopher (Teri) Tarshus of Ithaca, Donald Mason (Desmond) of Austin, TX, James Mason, and Roxane (Shawn) Rogers of Beaver Dams; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister, Susan Martin.

Private funeral services will be held at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen. He will be buried with military honors at Sampson Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Romulus, NY.
 
Known affectionately by family and friends as Chuck or C.R., he was born in Buffalo, NY on August 27, 1934. Chuck was raised in Elmira, NY and attended school there before studying Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Miami. Following his education, he served in the United States Air Force. After serving, Chuck worked for 30 years at Corning, Inc. as a process engineer.

Always quick with a joke or a story, Chuck was an avid motorsports enthusiast, active outdoorsman, and enjoyed hunting and fishing, travel, and spending time tinkering on projects.

In lieu of flowers please donate to an organization of your choice.

Obituary: Doris Maxine Spaulding

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

Doris Maxine "Max" Spaulding

Age 88, of Hector, NY, passed away on Sunday, March 26, 2023 at the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY. Max was born on November 16,1934 to Maxwell Lester Cole and Velma Loder Schneider in Canton, PA and spent her childhood growing up in Southport, NY.

On June 27, 1953, Maxine married Robert W. Evans from Elmira, NY. Bob and Max had three children, Sharon, Scott, and Rick. More than a decade later, Max met the love of her life, Clarence “Sheik” Spaulding. They married on November 25, 1968, in Valois, NY. Max, her sons and Sheik became a family and resided in Hector.

Maxine was a member of the Hector Presbyterian Church and was known for her gift of song, love of children, and zest for life! She and Sheik welcomed many “Fresh Air” children each summer from New York City and traveled often to Camden Yards in Baltimore to watch the Orioles play.

Maxine was predeceased by her husband, Clarence “Sheik” Spaulding; sons Robert Scott and Richard Francis Evans; sister Maxine Manning; and brothers Donald, George “Joe” and Terry Cole. She is survived by her daughter Sharon Maximiek (Gino DePasquale) of Rochester. NY; daughter-in-law Lydia Wickham of Burdett, NY, and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 29 at 2 p.m. at the Montour Falls Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers and in Maxine’s memory, donations may be made to the Hector Church Memorial Education Fund or to the Valois-Logan-Hector Fire Department Ambulance Fund.

Obituary: Ricky Soule

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Ricky Soule

Age 70, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on April 4, 2023 surrounded by his Arc family in his home in Montour Falls.

Ricky was born October 4, 1952 in Waverly, NY, the son of the late Floyd and Mildred Soule. Rick grew up on Talmadge Hill South, where he lived until his mother passed away. After his mother's death in 1998, he moved to The Arc of Schuyler home in Montour Falls where he found his new family.

He often entertained the residence and staff with songs he played on his beloved organ. He was a jokester and enjoyed playing tricks on you, always calling you by the wrong name on purpose, and loved getting a smile out of you.

Ricky is survived by four siblings, Norma Engelbert, Lana Robbins, Raland Soule, and Rance Soule; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and his entire Arc Family.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 12 noon-3:00pm at the Ithaca Street Community Center, 32 Ithaca St., Waverly, NY on Sunday April 16, 2023. A graveside service will follow at the Emory Chapel Cemetery in Waverly, NY at 3:30 p.m. A map to both places may be found in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Memorial donations may be made to The Arc of Chemung-Schuyler, 203-205 Twelfth St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

Obituary: Tammy L. Bell

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Tammy Lov Bell

Age 47, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 31, 2023 after a battle with cancer. God called a good soul home for eternal peace on this day and she will be missed and loved forever.

She was born in Ithaca, NY on March 13, 1976. She was predeceased by brothers Ronnie and Skeeter Bell and her mother, Aloma Barnes.

She is survived by her father, Ronald Bell of Spencer, NY; children, Ashley Bell Bryington of Troy, NY, Vikki Bell Bryington of Beaver Dams and Isiaha Bell Bryington of Sayre, PA; sisters, Peggy Shaver of Enfield, Connie Bell of Spencer, and Tammy Little of Candor; as well as two grandchildren, Chase and Eleanor.

Tammy was a very positive, uplifting, always-smiling woman, who looked at the beauty in all that she loved and believed in.

A memorial will be held in her honor to celebrate her life at a later date. Fly high our beautiful butterfly.

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: Joan Givin Kalmbach

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Joan Givin Kalmbach

Age 64, formerly of Schuyler County, NY, passed away on Thursday, March 23 at Suncoast Hospice/Empathy Health in Pinellas Park, Florida. Joan was born February 6, 1959, in Montour Falls, NY, the daughter of the late C. Earl “Sonny” and Ruth Givin of Burdett, NY.

She graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1977, Corning Community College in 1979 and Buffalo State in 1981, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Special Education and completing her Master’s degree at Elmira College. She taught at several schools in New York and Florida. After her teaching career, she was a dispatcher for the Pinellas Park County Sheriff’s Department.

She enjoyed line dancing, and motorcycle riding with her husband and the Patriotic Guard.  She also enjoyed Bible study and serving the Lord.

She was preceded by her daughter, Michaela Givin Kelly, at childbirth. She is survived by her husband, Ward Kalmbach of Largo, Florida; her step-children, Ray, Jenny, Destiny and Cyndi Kalmbach; her sisters, Barbara Abbey and Tammy (John) Vona of Alpine, NY; her nieces, Alicia Abbey of San Antonio, Texas, and Courtney Vona of North Tonwanda, NY; her nephew, Philp Vona of Rochester, NY, as well as several grandchildren, cousins, and close friends.

A Celebration of Joanie’s Life will be held this summer in Schuyler County.

Obituary: Elizabeth H. Horn

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

Elizabeth H. Horn

WATKINS GLEN: Died on March 22, 2023 at the age of 89. She was born on August 23, 1933 in Philadelphia to Mabel McKay Hamilton and George Alexander Hamilton. (She had an elder brother, George Jr.).

After graduating from Allentown High School, Elizabeth earned a B.A. in mathematics at Vassar College and an M.S. in education from Marywood University. She worked for a time as a statistical analyst in Agricultural Economics at the University of Idaho before turning in her professional life to more direct service to others, first as a counselor with the Pennsylvania Department of Rehabilitation, then as field director for the Pennsylvania Prison Society, and finally as executive director of Metro CareRing (now Metro Caring), an ecumenically supported emergency service for those in need in the Denver area.

The recipient of many awards, Elizabeth was also appointed by several mayors, governors, and one U.S. president to serve on various committees and commissions. She resided in many places over her long life, including Dublin, London, Ibiza, Majorca, and Fairbanks, Alaska. She spent a month walking around Corsica, and three months touring Europe from northern Norway to Sicily. In addition to travel in Mexico City, Moscow, St. Petersburg, the Galapagos Islands, and Greece, she visited every state in the U.S. except Hawaii.

A varsity lacrosse player in college, she loved racquetball, skiing, and sailing her Sunfish and Hobie Cat. She continued sewing, knitting, and refinishing old furniture into her last days.

She had three children with H. D. Rossiter, whom she married in 1956: Christina Delia, Robert Daniel, and Darien Garret. In 1986 she married the Rev. Gilbert J. Horn, a Presbyterian minister.

Elizabeth was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Watkins Glen, having served as an elder in several Presbyterian churches prior to that.

She is survived by her son Rob, her grandchildren Scott Ian and Katrina Elizabeth, her stepsons John (Janice), Gregory (Kristen), and Peter (Robyn), and her step-grandchildren Alexander, Jordan, Ava, and Brooke.

Her family will celebrate her life in a private ceremony in late summer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Metro Caring in Denver. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

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

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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

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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

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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 August 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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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