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Obituary: William J. Griffith, Jr.

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

William J. (Bill) Griffith, Jr.

Age 76, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on December 15, 2020.

Family and friends are invited to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Wednesday, April 21 from 11 a.m.-12 noon. A funeral service will be held at 12 noon, followed by a burial and committal service at Hector Presbyterian Cemetery.

Bill is survived by his sister, Sally (James) McMahon; brother, Robert (Jill) Griffith; nieces, Megan (Andy) Cull and Amy McMahon, and nephew, Evan Griffith. He is also survived by many friends at The Arc of Chemung-Schuyler.

Memorial contributions in Bill’s name may be made to The Arc of Chemung-Schuyler, 711 Sullivan St., Elmira, NY 14901; Schuyler Hospital, 220 Steuben St. Montour Falls, NY 14865; or CareFirst NY, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14870.

Obituary: Richard Eschler

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

Richard Eschler 

WATKINS GLEN -- Richard Eschler, well-loved husband, father, grandfather, son, uncle and friend, passed away peacefully on April 1, 2021 at the age of 68.

Richard was born on June 21, 1952 in Ithaca, NY to Richard Earl and Mary Rose Eschler. 

He was predeceased by his father, Richard Eschler; brother, William Eschler; in-laws, Charles Robert III and Marion Dean; and brothers-in-law, Charles Robert Dean IV and Jim Hoit.

He is survived by his wife, Andrea Dean Eschler; mother, Mary Rose Eschler; children, Rebecca (George) Maffei, Jonathan Eschler (Alice Schavoir) and Amanda (Chad) Halliday; siblings, Catherine Eschler, Stephen (Kathy) Eschler, Anne Eschler, Marita Hoit, Ellen (Ron) Pasto, Timothy (Marica) Eschler, Johnathan (Gail) Eschler, and Eddie Wong; sister-in-law, Holly (Ed) Hollenbeck; brother in-law, James Dean; grandchildren, Dorothy, Sawyer, August, Forrest, Lulu, Reed and Meri; many nieces and nephews and their children of whom he was extremely proud; and special family members, Catherine (Joe Yarabek) Eschler, Lemon Yarabek, Sage Shadoan and Sequoia Shadoan. 

Richard studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology, majoring in art and design. He brought all of his skills together in his trade as a woodworker, mainly as an artful and precise cabinet maker, creating kitchens for many homes in the Owego area. At his heart, Richard was an artist. He partnered with his wife in her mosaic business, encouraged her, and continued his own craft woodworking at home, handcrafting decorative boxes and mirrors that reflected the beauty he saw in the world. Richard was always true to others and himself. He led by example as a quiet, loving, calm, thoughtful and hardworking man.

A gathering of family and friends will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to a charity of your choice.  

Condolences and Remembrances may be left in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Thomas Duane Rappleye

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

Thomas Duane Rappleye

Age 84, Harrodsburg, KY, husband of Betty Jo Divine Durham Rappleye, died Sunday, April 4, 2021 at his home. Born January 17, 1937, in Elmira, NY, he was the son of the late Harold G. and Cecelia (Harvey) Rappleye.

He graduated in 1954 from Odessa-Montour Central School. He was a retired Corning Glass employee, a U.S. Navy veteran, and a member of the Bluegrass Pike Baptist Church. Tom was also a member and past commander of the DAV, and a member of the VFW and American Legion #46, Harrodsburg.

Other survivors include: a daughter, Terri (Gordon) Alger of Rock Stream, NY; a step daughter, Debbie Swope of Harrodsburg; a step son, Chuck (Norma) Durham of Harrodsburg; a sister, Sandra (Kenneth) Swab of Bethesda, MD; a brother, Donald (Darla) Davis of Wake Forest, NC; a son-in-law, James Wilson of Harrodsburg; two nieces, Donielle Davis of Wake Forest, NC and Kelli Moyer of Harrisburg, PA; a nephew, Kenneth Smeltz of Harrisburg, PA; three grandchildren, Shannon Alger of Rock Stream, Axel Alger of Rock Stream, and Lee Thomas (Kat) Wilson of Lawrenceburg; four step grandchildren, Nicholas Swope of Louisville, Elizabeth (Blake) Arnold of Harrodsburg, Nikki (Jonathan) Elliott of Harrodsburg, and Lee (Sidney) Durham of Bardstown; and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Donna Wilson of Harrodsburg, and a sister, Nancy Jones of Harrisburg, PA.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7 at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel, Harrodsburg, by Terry Morrison. Burial with military honors will follow in Ebenezer Cemetery, Salvisa, KY. Visitation will be from 12 noon until 2 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to the Disabled American Veterans, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Springs, KY 41076 (www.dav.org). Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.ransdellfuneralchapel.com.

Obituary: Evelyn J. Aldrich Frederiksen

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

Evelyn “Tillie” J. Gray, Aldrich, Frederiksen

Age 95, of Burdett, NY, passed away on Thursday, April 1, 2021 following a short illness. The angels carried her home to be with Christ. She was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church in Millport, NY.

Tillie was born to Leland and Grace Button Gray on February 1, 1926 in Penn Yan, NY. She had worked at Corning Glass in accounts payable and then later she owned the Four Seasons Gifts in Watkins Glen, NY until 1973.

There are no words that can express all the talents she excelled at. Sewing is what comes to mind as she was always making rugs, quilts, toys for Seneca Santa. Her daughter Cindy would get up in the morning for school to find a new outfit to wear that day.

Her character was quiet, she never made noise but was always observing and was never far from a sewing machine. She lived a rich and full Christian Life. She would go without to make sure someone else had. She was priceless and loved by all whom she knew. Always being the glue that kept us all together. Now her time has come to rest. Fly High. Love your entire family.

Tillie was predeceased by her first husband, Thomas Aldrich, in 1972; second husband, Albert Frederiksen, in 2007; son Harold Aldrich in 1990, son Terry Aldrich in 2019, granddaughter Pam Aldrich in 2011, grandson Forrest Leland Aldrich in 2002, and sister Pauline E. Franklin in 2004. She is survived by her daughter and best friend Cindy and son-in-law Bob Lovell of Burdett; grandchildren Lisa Cattone of Genneco, NY, Lori Aldrich and Michael McGlamry of FL, Matthew Aldrich of FL, Daniel and Della Haselman-Masin of NJ, Tammy and Scott Keith of CT, Heather and Doyle Waters of Bradford, Tracey Masin and Anthony Battilana of Buffalo, Jessica West of TN, Aaron Aldrich of TN, Grace Aldrich of FL, and Christy Aldrich of NH; step grandchildren, Amy Pearson of FL, Ed and Deb Lovell of Watkins Glen, Roberta and Andy Makely of CO, and Ross and Jackie Lovell of Montour Falls; as well as many great and great great grandchildren and nephews.

Family and friends may call from 12 noon to 1p.m. on Friday, April 9, 2021 at the Townsend Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, 201 E. Elm St., Penn Yan, NY. Her funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. with Pastor Charles Deyo officiating. Interment with committal prayers will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Penn Yan.

Memorial donations may be made in Tillie's memory to the New Hope Baptist Church, 5528 State St., Millport, NY 14864 or the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865. Memories of Tillie may be shared with her family and friends at townsendwoodzinger.com.

Obituary: Matthew Peter McGarry

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

Matthew Peter McGarry

Age 41, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Sunday, March 28, 2021.  

He was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia on August 5, 1979 to Thomas and Marjorie (Cardone) McGarry. He was predeceased by his older brother Dan in 1999. Matt graduated from Odessa-Montour High School and Corning Community College. He was a volunteer at the Watkins Glen Public Library and an avid sports fan, especially the Buffalo Bills.

Matt had a positive attitude and a great sense of humor despite having Muscular Dystrophy and being limited to a wheelchair. He was an inspiration to many friends and relatives.  

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Monday, April 5 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. A private funeral mass for Matthew will be held at St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church at the convenience of the family. Committal services and burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Niagara Falls, NY on Wednesday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m.

Donations may be made to St. Mary’s of the Lake Church or the Muscular Dystrophy Association (www.mda.org). Words of condolence may be left in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: David J. Brace

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

David J. Brace

Age 73, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on March 27, 2021.

David graduated from Thomas A. Edison High School, Elmira Heights, NY, in 1965. He served in the Navy aboard the USS Independence. After returning to Elmira Heights, he worked at Brace Tool & Machine before beginning a long career at Ingersoll-Rand and Dresser-Rand. He enjoyed time spent on Keuka Lake while growing up.

He shared laughter and good times with the many friends he made at Dresser-Rand, Seneca Lodge, Watkins Glen International (The Glen) and at the Vintage Grand Prix Festival in the many years he lived in Watkins Glen. David loved his Doberman Pinschers, a good joke, a cold beer, and the home he shared with Joyce. He will be missed.  A “Celebration of Life” will be held at a future date.

He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years and best friend, Joyce Whitney Brace; stepchildren, Joanna Haynes (Jeffrey) of Hilton, NY, and Paul L. Meacham Jr. (Stacey) of Seneca. SC; step-grandchildren, Gracie Jean Iatomassi, Finn Meacham, and Nico Meacham; and brothers and sister, Robert D. Brace (Marlene) of Horseheads, NY, Thomas N. Brace (Cyndi) of Elmira, NY, and Susan I. Brace of Watkins Glen.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice or the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen. You may leave condolences or a remembrance of David online for the family in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Donna R. Strong

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

Donna R. Strong

With profound sadness we announce the passing of Donna R. Strong, age 78, on Wednesday March 24, 2021. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and friend to all whose lives she touched.

She was born in Elmira, NY on June 21, 1942. She was the previous co-owner of the Wigwams Bait & Tackle in Montour Falls. Her passion for wedding florals led her to own and operate Especially Unique Wedding Designs while living in St. Petersburg, FL. Even after returning to Watkins Glen, NY, she was very active with wedding florals and crafting.

She was the beloved mother of BetteLynn (Anthony) Bravo of Reading Center, NY and Pam (Louis) Antunez of Mount Vernon, NY.  She was also the proud grandmother of Louie (Leshawn) Antunez IV, Jesse Antunez, Jakob Antunez, Troye Cornwall, Joshua Bravo, Angelina Bravo and a very special cousin, Johnna (Jim) Blake. She will be forever in our hearts and dearly missed by many.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 3 from 1-3 p.m. at the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, 119 Fifth St., Watkins Glen, NY. Due to the fact that Donna had so many interests, the family requests in lieu of flowers a donation to be made in her name to a charity of your choosing.

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

Obituary: Douglas A. Yaw

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

Douglas A. Yaw

Age 72, of Ovid, NY, passed away on Thursday, March 25, 2021. He was born in Montour Falls, NY on June 13, 1948, the son of the late Philip and Mary (Crout) Yaw, and graduated from Odessa-Montour High School in 1966.

Doug worked at NCR and Transact in Ithaca for many years. He loved classic cars, muscle cars and attending car shows. His pride and joy was his 1950 Chevy pickup. Doug was a hardcore racing fan and enjoyed racing years ago at Butler Drags.

Doug is survived by his beloved wife of 16 years, Peggy (Margaret) Yaw; daughters, Kristin Sims, LeAnn Morris and Tracey Newman; son, Aaron Yaw; brother, Philip Yaw; and by several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Richard Yaw; and sisters, Evelyn Gascon, Margaret Yaw and Phyllis Smith.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 3 from 4-5 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A memorial service will follow at 5:00 p.m. Burial will be in Union Cemetery of Hector at a later date.

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

Obituary: Kathryn "Kae" Naylor

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

Kathryn “Kae” Naylor

Age 79, formerly of Beaver Dams, NY, passed away on March 23, 2021.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins, NY on Friday, March 26 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.  A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 27 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home; followed by burial at Sugar Hill Cemetery.

Kae was born in Montour Falls, NY on October 24, 1941, the daughter of Everett and Ruth Taylor.

She is survived by her children, Craig Ormond of Acworth, GA, Chris (Callie) Naylor of Brandon, FL, Scott (Terry) Ormond of Madisonville, TN, Keith (Penny) Ormond of Wayland, NY, Ernest Naylor of Zephyrhills, FL, Bobbi Kae (Gary) Moody, Valrico, FL, and Ruth (Alister) Nicholls, of Cambridge, New Zealand; sister, Mary Ellen (Steven) Weissman of New Windsor, NY; sister-in-law Wilma Taylor; special cousin Elizabeth Blaisdell; 22 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, and her dog Bridget, whom she adored!

Kae and her late husband were known as the original “House Flippers,” buying, renovating, and reselling properties in New York and Florida. She was like a mom to everyone, chaperoning every school event for her children. She always made you feel like you could do anything!

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

Obituary: Mary Jane (Wickham) Hoare

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

Mary Jane (Wickham) Hoare

Age 86, of Basking Ridge, NJ, and formerly of Hector, NY, died on March 23, 2021. She was born on December 15, 1934 to Flossie Miner Wickham and Don J. Wickham on their Hector family farm.

After starting her education in a one-room schoolhouse (of which she was justifiably proud), she graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1952. She met her future husband in band, where they both played French horn. She attended Buffalo State with her bachelors in home economics, and taught at the Dundee Central School. Mary Jane and John married on June 29, 1957 and moved to their first home in Corning, followed by their second home in Bloomfield, NJ. The next move was to Rochester, NY (Penfield) where there was a big yard, great friends, and many laughs.

In 1974, the family moved to Basking Ridge, NJ and joined The Presbyterian Church, where she was a deacon for several years. She and John downsized to a Bridgewater, NJ condo in their retirement years, before moving to Fellowship Village in Basking Ridge in 2017. They spent many beautiful summers on Seneca Lake in Hector, NY at their family cottage.

After launching her children into the world and out of the house, she went back to school for her Emergency Medical Technician certification. She was an EMT with the Liberty Corner, NJ, First Aid Squad for 19 years, holding multiple leadership positions. She strongly believed that people not only need a handout, but a hand up. With her altruism and insight, she served on the Somerset County Board of Social Services for 35 years. She chaired the Hospitality Committee at Fellowship Village.

Mary Jane is survived by her husband of 63 years, John; her daughter Elizabeth Cowles (Richard), son John (Sherry), and daughter Kimberly; her grandchildren Andrew Hoare (Tiana), Shannon Martin, Erin Cowles Niehoff (Matthew), Kasey Hoare, Alyssa Cowles Blachez (Paul) and Jessica Hoare; great-grandson Henry, and several nieces and nephews, and their families. She was predeceased by her parents, her brothers William and David, sisters-in-law Jeanette, Donna, and Pat, and daughter-in-law Kimberly Boquist Hoare.

Visitation will be on Friday, March 26 from 4-6 p.m. at the Gallaway and Crane Funeral Home, 101 S. Finley Ave, Basking Ridge. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 27, at 1 p.m. in the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church Memorial Garden. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make memorial contributions to the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad, The Presbyterian Church in Basking Ridge, or the Hector Presbyterian Church in Hector, NY.

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Obituary: Tammy Lynn Osborne

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

Tammy Lynn Osborne

Age 48, of Gang Mills, NY, passed away on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at Guthrie Corning Hospital. She was born in Elmira, NY on June 16, 1972, the daughter of Warren and Rita Osborne.

Tammy resided in a home with her extended family in Gang Mills. She touched too many lives to list. She had a lot of love to give and gave it freely.

She is survived by her father, Warren Osborne of Watkins Glen, NY; two sisters, Denise Sarro of Horseheads, NY and Irma Brownley of Gang Mills; a nephew, Aiden Sarro of Horseheads; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by her mother, Rita Osborne, in 2016.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Klara K. Butler

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

Klara K. Butler

Age 82, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on March 14, 2021. Klara was born in Kitzingen, Germany in 1939, the daughter of the late George and Marie Winkler.

She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Butler, Sr., in 2008 and by a daughter, Diane Butler Marburger, in 1994. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Gail Butler of Watkins Glen; brothers, Edgar Winkler and George Winkler, both of Germany; sisters, Irene Weinheimer of Arizona, Eleonore Peebles of Oklahoma, and Jutta (Richard) Johnson of Florida; four grandchildren, Brandi Wildeman of Pennsylvania, Dewayne (Theresa) Butler of Watkins Glen, Joshua (Abbie) Butler of Maryland, and Nicholas (Megan) Butler of Louisiana; six great-grandchildren, Ariel Wildeman of Florida and Daine Butler and Malina Butler, both of Watkins Glen, and Charles Butler, Nora Butler and Lucy Butler, all of Maryland.

Klara was a faithful communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church.

In Germany she worked at Baeren-Schmidt candy factory after completing school in the eighth grade. She arrived in America in 1956 at the age of 16 speaking very little English, with one suitcase and $20 in her pocket. She was proud to become an American citizen in 1965. She worked various jobs throughout her life, retiring from a local dentistry in Watkins Glen as a receptionist. She was a very caring and generous person not just to her family, but also to many others in her life.

According to her wishes, there will be no visitation services, and a private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family at Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

Memorial donations may be left to Schuyler County Ambulance, PO Box 3, Watkins Glen, NY 14891; Care First Hospice (online at CareFirstNY.org) or St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

Condolences and remembrances may be left in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

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

Obituary: Doris Lillian Navestad

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

Doris Lillian Navestad

Age 89, of Burdett, NY passed away on Thursday, March 18, 2021 after a lengthy struggle with dementia. She was born at home in Ozone Park, NY on March 26, 1931, to Harry and Pauline (Voss) Croker.

On April 24, 1954 she married Per J. Navestad at Community Methodist Church in Ozone Park, NY. 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.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Per; daughter, Wendy (Robert) Wirth; sons Paul, Eric (Cheryll), and Gary (Tina) Navestad; grandchildren Amy (Anthony) Bo, Lori (Erich) Asperschlager, Gregory, Brian, Julie, Paige, and Perry Navestad; great-grandchildren, Andrew and Ryan Bo, Juliet and Leah Asperschlager, and special niece, Janet (Hurbert) Jordan.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sisters Charlotte Lanigan and Joan Croker, sister-in-law Ann “Tula” Navestad, and grandsons Ethan and Elijah Navestad.

Doris was a stenographer for McCrory’s Department Store in New York City before becoming a homemaker and stay-at-home mom. She was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church of Oceanside, where she organized several successful craft fairs. When she returned to work, she was employed by the Town of Hempstead as an instructor of craft classes for senior citizens at five different Long Island locations. Even after she was a senior herself, she enjoyed telling stories about “her seniors” and the projects they worked on together.

After retiring to Burdett, Doris became involved with several activities. She was a member of the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church, and was one of the founding volunteers of the Reynoldsville Food Pantry, a cause that was very important to her. She was also one of the Literacy Volunteers of Chemung and Schuyler Counties and an RSVP Reading Buddy. She belonged to the Burdett Ladies Wednesday Afternoon Club, was a member of the Vintage Red Hat Divas, Choose to Trust group, and several quilt guilds.

She collected fabric, enjoyed sewing, making quilted clothing, and other quilted projects. She found great joy working in her flower garden, a hobby she shared with her grandfather. She loved to decorate her living room for holidays and at the change of every season. Doris enjoyed her family and the frequent, four-generation family gatherings that took place pre-COVID.

She always joked about the saying “She who dies with the most fabric wins.” As her family, we think she was the winner, but not for that reason alone. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and GG-ma who will be missed by all. A part of her will live on in the many handmade creations she leaves behind.

Doris’s wish was to remain in her home until the end. She received loving care from her daughter and granddaughters, Amy and Lori, and the wonderful CareFirst team of Dean, Patsy, Lori, Erica, Iva, Melissa, and Syd. Thanks to Shannon Slater of Schuyler County Office for the Aging for the years of caregiver support.

There will be no visitation or services at this time. The family plans to hold a celebration of life when it is safe to gather again. Memorial donations may be made to CareFirst, 3805 Meads Creek Rd,. Painted Post, NY 14870 or the Reynoldsville Food Pantry, c/o Linda Jaynes, 5092 State Route 227, Burdett, NY 14818. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Melinee Rose Miller

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

Melinee Rose Miller

Age 57, of Cross Road, Watkins Glen, NY, passed away unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Saturday, March 20 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.; followed by a memorial service at 6 p.m.

She is survived by her loving and dedicated husband, Tony E. Miller; her son whom she loved and adored, Steven J. Miller; sisters, Elaine (Robert) VanZile and Valerie VanZile; brother-in-law, Randy Hemenway; sister-in-law, Colleen Martini; and several nieces and nephews. 

Melinee formerly worked at Schuyler Hospital as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.  You may express condolences to the family or leave a remembrance of Melinee at her obituary online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Sharyl H. Maphis

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

Sharyl H. Maphis

Age 72, of Odessa, NY, passed away on Sunday, March 14, 2021. Sharyl was born on June 12, 1948 in Elmira, NY, the daughter of the late Gerald D. Hood, D.C. and Norma L. Stiles Hood. She was a graduate of Thomas A. Edison High School in Elmira Heights, NY.

Sharyl married her husband Neil R. Maphis on September 28, 1985 and they would have celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary this year. Sharyl was an active member of The Odessa Baptist Church. She held several jobs, including working with Coldspring Construction and the Office Director for Mary Kay Cosmetics, working with her mother Norma. She loved her family and friends and cherished the times she spent with them.

Sharyl is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 35 years, Neil R. Maphis; sons and daughters-in-law, Christian and Stacia Maphis of Montour Falls, NY and Chad and Virginia Maphis of Elmira; grandchildren, Aidan Maphis and Nadia Maphis of Montour Falls, and Kayleigh Maphis, Austin Maphis, Angelina Maphis, and Aleigha Maphis, all of Elmira; sisters, Suzanne Sindelar of Florida and Cindy Hood of Big Flats, NY; several nieces, nephews and cousins, and a multitude of caring friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Lynch Funeral Home, 318 West Broad St., Horseheads, NY on Saturday March 20 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Sharyl’s funeral service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 12 noon. Sharyl will be laid to rest near her parents in Maple Grove Cemetery in Horseheads.

Words of Condolence and Memories may be shared at www.lynchsfuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Warren Albert Cross

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

Warren Albert "Bud" Cross

Age 92, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 from natural causes. He was born on November 18, 1928 in Philadelphia, PA, the son of the late Albert Cross and Evelyn Scrimshaw.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Barbara Ann Cross (nee Jacobs); sons, William and Robert Cross; his sister, Dorothy Howell; and brothers-in-law, Al (Jean) Baker and Robert Jacobs.

He was the loving father of Marius "Bud" (Debra), Barbara Havens (David), Gregory, David (Elizabeth), and Albert (Latasha); Robert’s wife, Vivi; William’s companion, Judy Allen; grandfather to Chad Cross, Zachary Cross, and Katrina Kaczynski; Ashley Salzer and Emily Amisano; Michelle Cross and Stephanie Thoman; Michael Havens, Fran Walker, and Kate Keller; Gregory Cross; Andrew Cross, Alison Buehler, Emily Cross, Joey Cross, and Sophie Cross; and Josiah Cross; and great-grandfather to 21. He was also survived by former daughters-in-law Sharon Cross, Marilyn Wilson Cross, Rosie Villavicencio Cross and Maureen Palcos; and sister-in-law, Kaye Jacobs.

Bud was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy and for many years enjoyed boating on Seneca Lake. He was very active through his retirement years, content and busy outside with projects in his yard, gardening, and especially on the Christmas tree farm owned by his good friend, the late Joe Stevenson.

Memorial services will be held on July 2, 2021 at Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira, NY. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes contributions be made to Seneca View SNF Activity Fund, 220 Steuben 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, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Francis S. Just

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

Francis S. “Frank” Just

Age 71, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. He was born in Montour Falls on September 26, 1949, the son of the late Harold and Margaret (Englert) Just.

Frank worked as a heat treater at Shepard-Niles for many years. He was a life member of the Mechanics Club and a former member of the Montour Moose Lodge. Frank loved gardening, fishing, cooking and baking, especially Christmas cookies. He loved classic cars and restored a 1965 Oldsmobile 442, a 1968 Oldsmobile Delta 88, and a 1968 Impala Fastback, which he still owned. He also raised Cocker Spaniels for many years.

Frank is survived by his wife, Sandra K. Just; children, Anthony Just of Painted Post, Tracey Gay (James) of Montour Falls and Michael Just (Marty) of Cayuta; a sister, Lorraine Just; a brother, Ronald Just; three grandchildren, Mary, Morgan and James, Jr.; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a son, Stephen Just, and a special cousin, Beverly Ostrowski.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, March 16 from 4-7 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A celebration of Frank’s life will be held at a later date. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Robert Preston

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

Robert “Bob” Preston

Age 73, of Hector, NY, passed away unexpectedly on March 7, 2021.

Bob was born on October 22, 1947 in Johnson City, NY, the son of the late Perrion and Janice Preston. He was a retired lineman for NYSEG. He was also the founder of Starlite Speedway in Hector.

Bob's greatest joy was his family. He loved to travel and made many trips from his home in Hector to Alaska, where he loved to fish. Bob's favorite hobby in recent years was his small dirt race track, Starlite Speedway, in which he spent countless hours, days, and weeks preparing and operating.

He enjoyed hunting, tending his cows, and frequenting the local Dandy Mart. He enjoyed reminiscing about extended family and often spoke fondly of his cousins, whom he greatly missed. Bob was immensely proud of his sons Jerald and Jonathan, daughter-in-love Valarie, and grandson Nathaniel, for their unwavering, selfless, and dedicated service to our country, and for whom he was constantly worried.

In his younger years he enjoyed moments pole vaulting with his son Ron, with whom he competed in the Empire State Games; attending softball games and track meets for his daughter Rebecca, and talking for hours about everything with Cathleen.

He is survived by five children, Cathleen Preston of Reno, NV, Jerald (Lois) Hayward of Lodi, NY, Ronald Preston of Oneida, NY, Rebecca (TR) Wescott of Montrose, PA and Jonathan (Valarie) Preston of Niceville, FL; brother, William (Ella) Preston of Hector, and sister, Patricia Preston (Carl Hubbell) of Trumansburg; and 10 grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Tuesday, March 16 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 6 p.m.  His burial will be held at a later date at Riverside Cemetery in Appalachin, NY.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: David W. Cherock

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

David W. Cherock

Age 72, of Port Orange, FL and formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, entered unto rest on Sunday, February 28, 2021 in Daytona Beach, FL.
 
David was born in Watkins Glen on November 22, 1948, the son of the late John and Grace Cherock. He was a graduate of Watkins Glen High School and Data Tech Institute in Arlington, VA. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era. David married Sandra A. Menio in Watkins Glen on October 25, 1969.

David worked in Information Technology and was a Fiber Optics Technician for Corning, Inc. for 28 years and Brighthouse Networks in Daytona Beach, FL for 6 years, retiring in 2003/2009. He was a member and trustee for F.O.E. 4469 Eagles Club, Daytona Beach Shores, Daytona Beach. He enjoyed many years working and traveling on the road with three different Sprint Car Teams. He loved taking trips to the Caribbean and Italy and his pride for his Italian/American heritage was tremendous.

His most treasured moments were being a close role model, advisor and mentor to his children and grandchildren. He emulated his father John by always helping people with projects such as gardening, decks, patios, painting, etc., but his favorite time spent was helping the Menio Family construct and build Kookalaroc's Bar & Grill in Watkins Glen, and celebrating with friends there. He was loved, cherished and admired by many near and far with his infectious smile, sense of humor and all around good nature that made anyone feel welcome. This enormous loss of life for anyone who knew him will be profound and everlasting.

He was a communicant of St. Mary's of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen and Epiphany Catholic Church in Port Orange, FL.
 
David is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Sandra A. (Menio) Cherock; daughters, Nicole M. (Jason Kriner) Cherock and Christy A. Cherock, all of Port Orange FL; grandchildren, Gianna M. Villanueva, Alexia M. Luna and Kamaria Felder; brother, John (Betty) Cherock of Victor, NY; niece, Jennifer Cherock-Hopper; and many aunts, uncles and cousins of the Cherock and Scaptura families.
 
Friends and family may call from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 7 at the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen. Those in attendance are asked to follow social distancing guidelines and to wear a face covering. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held privately for his immediate family and friends due to restrictions. Interment with Navy Honors will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

In lieu of flowers, in honor of David and our veterans, charitable donations may be made to a veterans organization of one's choice. Memories of David may be shared with his family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Judith R. Marciniak

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

Judith R. Marciniak

On Tuesday, the 23rd of February 2021, Judith Ann Roberts Marciniak, loving wife and mother of three children, passed away at the age of 79.

Judy was born on March 25,1941 in Elmira, New York to Dr. Joseph Y. and Mona Roberts. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Robert Marciniak, and her three children, Adam, Catherine and Matthew.

She graduated from Hood College in Maryland and held a Master’s in Education from Elmira College in New York.

Judy was passionate about her family and supporting her community. As a teenager, she lifeguarded at the Glen Motor Inn in Watkins Glen, NY. As a young adult she was a social worker in both Baltimore and Philadelphia. While raising three children, she opened the first Cornell Cooperative Branch for Children in Montour Falls, NY, managed her husband's medical practice, and was even a frequent substitute teacher. Judy also liked to support and run numerous local events like church bazaars and sports boosters like the Watkins Glen Wrestling Invitational (later the Mike Watson Memorial Tournament).

She made and maintained very strong and close personal relationships throughout her life. Many of them were with a group of girls from Watkins Glen who kept their friendships active throughout their lives with the annual "Fugawee" meeting. The stories regaled, the new memories created, and laughter heard was always something she looked forward to every year.

Judy grew up in Watkins Glen  on 7th Street. She left Watkins in her junior year of  high school to attend the Northfield School for Girls in Massachusetts, graduating in 1959. After attending college in Maryland, she returned home to marry her sweetheart, who she had known since the 8th grade. The two of them grew up living only a block away from one another, Judy on 7th Street and Bob on 8th Street. Judy and Bob married on July 10, 1964.  They enjoyed a wonderful life together living in various locations such as Philadelphia, Colorado Springs, El Paso, Watkins Glen, and finally retiring, splitting time between Lakeland, Florida in the winter and Watkins Glen in the summer.

Most of all, Judy was the best mom three children could ever imagine. There was always love (to include tough love), uplifting conversations, sit-down home cooked meals every day, cheering at every sporting event her children attended regardless of bad weather and long wait times. She kept a home filled with her personal touches and forever had a head full of paint speckles from her endless days of remodeling and Do It Yourself (DIY) projects. She was a true pioneer for HGTV. She made every holiday special and full of family tradition which lives on in her children’s homes.

She leaves behind a library's worth of books (as there was hardly a time she did not have one in her hand), a lasting love of Helen Reddy’s “I am Woman,” and a living legacy with eight grandchildren: Ally, Connor, Max, Alex, Alivia, Anneke, Hannah, and Alena.

Judy’s friends and family will gather at 11 a.m. on July 10, 2021 at St. Mary's of the Lake in Watkins Glen for a Mass, followed by a celebration of her life and legacy at her home.

Obituary: Linda L. Wager

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

Linda L. (Dean) Wager

Age 77, of Burdett, NY, passed away on Friday, February 26, 2021 at her home after a brief illness. She was born in Montour Falls on May 2, 1943, the daughter of the late Beattie and Mary (Potter) Dean. Linda graduated from Odessa-Montour High School Class of ’61 and Jean Summers Business School.

Linda retired as a caregiver at Unity House of Ithaca, NY. She enjoyed quilting, knitting, gardening, bowling, baking and spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert C. Wager, in 2018 and by her sister, Edna Lambert.

She is survived by her children, Karen (Robert) Arden of Burdett, Ashley (Tracy) Foy of Richlands, NC and Scott (Jeanne) Wager of Vestal; sister, Jane (Ronald) Salyer of Penn Yan, NY; grandchildren, Kaitlin and Ashley Crane, Zachary and Cole Wager, Phillip and Jordan Foy, Curtis and Spencer Heath, Nicholas and Tyler Arden and Justin Townsend; seven great grandchildren, special loved ones, Brian Swartwood and CJ Maki, Jr.; and by several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. A memorial service will follow at 4:00 p.m. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Thomas S. Darling

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

Thomas S. Darling

Age 71, of Spencer, NY, went to God on Thursday, February 25, 2021. He passed away peacefully at his home after a short illness.

Tom was born in Elmira, NY on June 29, 1949, a son of the late Stanley M. and Helen J. Couch Darling. He was predeceased by his brother Martin Joel (Jody) Darling in 2009.

Tom is survived by his wife, Lillian E. Marshall Darling; sister, Anne L. Darling Hull (Timothy) and niece Jessica; brother, John (Jack) H. Darling (Francine) and nieces Emily, Abbey and Dana; Jody’s daughters Alexis and Ashley; step-mother Joyce Darling, as well as extended family and friends.

Tom was graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School in 1967.

An avid sports fan, he eagerly supported the Boston Red Sox and any sports team that represented Syracuse University.

As his tribute to honor our nation’s veterans, Tom sent our soldiers to their rest by playing Taps at the graveside, representing the Odessa American Legion.

A skilled craftsman, Tom was proud to have contributed his abilities in the restoration of the Malabar X schooner at the Cayuga Wooden Boat Works. He displayed a plaque that read: “There are good ships and wood ships, ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships, may they always be.”

Tom was also a talented bluegrass musician who developed life-long friendships through the music they lovingly shared at their “Picking Parties.” A favored hymn, In the Garden, holds a gift of comfort and hope to those who grieve his loss.  

A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. There will be a celebration of life at a later date.

The family suggests that donations in Tom’s memory be made to: Lourdes Hospice, 4102 Vestal Road, Vestal, NY 13850, or the charity of choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Jack L. Lewis, III

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

Jack L. Lewis, III

Age 43, of Alpine, NY, passed away on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. He was born in Montour Falls, NY on October 12, 1977, the son of Jack L. Lewis, Jr. and Noel Lewis and attended Watkins Glen High School.

Jack enjoyed spending time with his family, bowling, playing baseball, wrestling and sledding with his son. He liked watching football and was a Cowboys fan. He was predeceased by his favorite niece, Chante Northrop, and grandparents, Fannie Lewis, Mary Rinker and Al Depew.

He is survived by his children, Alia, Alexis, Allison, Allyssa and Aliza Lewis, all of Sayre, PA, and Marshall Lewis of Alpine; parents, Jack Lewis, Jr. (Joann) of Watkins Glen, NY and Noel Lewis (Donald Messersmith) of Alpine; two sisters, Alicia Hunsinger of Cayuta, NY and Danielle Lewis of Watkins Glen; two brothers, Cody Lewis of Ohio and Derek Woodworth of Ithaca, NY; and by several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, March 4 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A memorial service will follow at 1:00 p.m. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Charles A. Simpson

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

Charles A. Simpson

Age 88, of Cayuta, NY, passed away on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. He was born on August 25, 1932, the son of the late Harry and Adeline Simpson.

He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Mr. Simpson retired from Schweizer Aircraft in Elmira. He was predeceased by his wife, Darlene Simpson, in 2019, and by his sisters and brothers
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Surviving are his children, Kathleen Simpson-McConville, Steven (Alice) Simpson, Earle (Dee) Simpson, Robert (Glenda) Simpson, Brian (Wendy) Simpson, and Teresa (Joseph) Hradisky; grandchildren, Casey, Sean, Georgiana, Rhea, Cody, Chris, Megan, Dakota (Denna), Matthew (Madelyn), Desiree, Alec, and Ian; a great grandchild, Bentley; and by several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held by the family at a later date in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Irene R. VanNederynen

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, Trumansburg.

Irene R. VanNederynen

Age 88, of Mecklenburg, NY, passed away at home with family by her side on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.

Irene was born on July 20, 1932 in Ithaca, a daughter of the late Roger and Julia (Lecoq) Roberts. She worked for NY Holstein as the office manager for many years prior to her retirement and loved collecting cow memorabilia. She served her community as part of the 4-H program and was a 50-year member of the Mecklenburg Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Irene enjoyed country music concerts, bowling, senior bus trips, bingo and attending the State Fair. Always active in her family's lives, Irene loved hosting picnics and chicken barbeques at her home.

Irene is survived by her husband, Stanley VanNederynen; four children, John VanNederynen, Jane (Steve) Ike, Larry (Linda) VanNederynen, and Barbara (Jeffrey) Adams; nine grandchildren, Steve (Jessica) Coyle, Michael (Regina) Coyle, Jeffrey (Jessica D.) Coyle, Heather Coyle, Victoria (Mark Warren) VanNederynen, Tom (Krystal) VanNederynen, Matthew (Kayla) Kelly, Jason (Jessica) Kelly, and Cory (Marie S.) VanNederynen; 15 great grandchildren; siblings, Gordon (Sandy) Roberts and Carol Rundle; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gordon (Eleanor) VanNederynen; and several nieces, nephews, and extended family. In addition to her parents, Irene was preceded in death by brothers, Edward and Ralph Roberts.

The family will be present to receive friends on Saturday, February 27, 2021 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, 23 South Street, Trumansburg. A Funeral Service will immediately follow at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A Celebration of Irene’s Life at the Mecklenburg Fire Department will be announced in the Spring.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks those who would like to make a contribution in Irene’s memory to consider the Mecklenburg Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, PO Box 108, Mecklenburg, NY 14863 or Care First (Schuyler County hospice provider), 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14870, or a charity of your choosing.

For additional information, please contact the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home at 607-387-8151, or visit www.ness-sibley.com

Obituary: James R. Drake

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

James R. Drake

Age 85, of Odessa, NY, passed away on Sunday, February 21, 2021. He was born in Montour Falls, NY on June 21, 1935, the son of the late Leland and Vivian (Sucher) Drake.

Jim graduated from Odessa High School and Alfred University. He served with the U.S. Navy from 1953-1957.

Jim retired from Shepard Niles, where he worked as a draftsman for many years. He was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, the Odessa Fire Department, Mechanics Club and Soaring Eagles Golf Course. Jim was an avid bowler and golfer, enjoying these sports as much for the friendships he made as for the competition.
 
Above all things, Jim was a family man. His unconditional love and devotion to his wife, children, and grandchildren was unwavering. Jim enjoyed sports of all kinds, especially those played by his children and grandkids. He spent countless hours on the sidelines cheering for and supporting his loved ones.

Jim is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lois F. (Dean) Drake; children, Wendy (Steve) Weber and James R. Drake, Jr., both of Elmira, and Michael S. (Elaine) Drake of Glenville, NY; son-in-law, O. Kenneth Peterson of Burdett, NY; two sisters, Marcia Dimick of Trumansburg, NY and Gail Crowe of Mocksville, NC; six grandchildren, Kevin (Mindy), Megan (Ryan), Matthew, Ella, Andrea (Cody) and Hunter (Ashley); 10 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Tammi Peterson, in 2009, and by a great grandson, Colson James, in 2018.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, February 26 from 1-2 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A memorial service for family and close friends will follow at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery in the spring with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Odessa Fire Department, 300 Main St., Odessa, NY 14869 or the American Legion Post 676, 2532 Steam Mill Rd., Odessa, NY 14869. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Charles F. Albro

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Cheney Funeral Home, Phelps, NY.

Charles F. Albro

Age 92, formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away unexpectedly on February 13, 2021 in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

He proudly served as a Marine in WWII and retired from the Watkins Glen Police Dept. He was an active member of the American Legion, VFW, Moose Club and lifetime member of the Elks Club. In recognition of his sacrifices and achievements in WWII, he was selected to participate in the Honor Flight.

Charles was an honorable man, loving husband, father and grandfather. A fun loving and family oriented man, with a love for dancing and card playing.

He is survived by his four children, Darlene (Louis) Latorra, Daniel (Maria) Albro, Charlene (Anthony) Ames and Timothy (Stacy) Albro; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren. 

Charles was predeceased by his loving wife, Louise Albro; brother, Frank Albro, and sisters, Bernice Scharett, Barbara Chadwick and Dorothy Cook.

The family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. Service will be announced at a later date. The family encourages donations to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in memory of Charles. Donations may be made at WWW.VFW.org

Funeral arrangements have been made with the Cheney Funeral Home, 70 Main Street, Phelps, NY.

Obituary: Patricia Suits Ellison

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

Patricia Sullivan Suits Ellison

Age 93, of Watkins Glen, NY and wife of the late Hon. William N. Ellison, Supreme Court Judge, passed away on February 16, 2021.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Friday, Feb. 26 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. A private funeral mass will be held at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church; and burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Pat was predeceased by her husband and by her parents, Harry J. and Mary Grace Sullivan Suits; two sisters, Helen Dwyer and Mary Grace Suits; two brothers, William J. Suits and Harry J. Suits; a sister-in-law, Joanne D. Suits, and brother-in-law Delevan Augie Gates of Vestal, NY.

Pat, a graduate of Watkins Glen School, received her Bachelor degree in Business and Economics at Nazareth College and immediately became Schuyler County Surrogates Court Clerk, Court Reporter and Grand Jury Stenographer, while her husband attended Cornell Law School.

Pat and Bill are survived by their four children, Harry A. (Melissa), William Jr. (Diane), Mary Patricia (Marie), and Anne (Jefferey) Snelling, and grandchildren Zachary and Rory Ellison, Ellen, Mark (Sinead), and Michael Ellison; and Abigail and Hannah Snelling. Pat is also survived by a sister, Helen S. Gates of Vestal, a brother, Frank H. Suits of Cortland; and her dear friends Phillip (Mary) Barnes and Ken Wilson. Pat was grateful for the assistance of her trusted aides.

Pat was one of the founders of the Schuyler County League of Women Voters; instrumental in formation of the first Schuyler County Mental Health Clinics, and served for 40 years on mental health-related state and community boards as well as the United Way, Chemung-Schuyler chapter of the American Red Cross, and Schuyler County Arc, and devoted time and fund-raising effort to St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, Schuyler Hospital, the Watkins Glen Library and the Motor Racing Library. Pat co-authored a hardcover book with Jean S. Argetsinger titled Through the Windows of St. Mary’s of the Lake: A 150-Year Reflection.

Pat received many awards from state and local boards as well as the New York State Division for Women award for “Women Who Make a Difference”; the “Citizen of the Year'' by the Schuyler County Chamber of Commerce, and a Paul Harris Fellow from the Rotary Club for her volunteerism and work in Mental Health. Pat, however, felt her finest accomplishments were to assist her husband in his many endeavors and in her four children and grandchildren.

Please send any donations to St. Mary’s of the Lake Church.

Obituary: Robert H. Berry

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

Robert H. Berry
AKA “Bob, Buz, Clamdigger & Clammy”

Age 82, of Himrod, NY, passed away on February 9, 2021 due to complications from kidney and heart disease.
  
Bob was a resident of Himrod for the past six years, and previously Oneonta, NY, for over 50 years. He spent the past 20 summers on Cayuga Lake at the Treman Marina. 

Bob was born in Greenport, Long Island, the son of the late George Berry and Florence Adams. He grew up in Southold, Long Island, where his love for fishing began as a young boy on the Peconic Bay. During his youth, Bob worked at the Southold Fishing Station prepping fishing boats for their daily trips. Bob attended Southold High School, where he played basketball and ran cross country.

At the age of 17, Bob joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed on the USS Tripoli and General George Randall. During his Navy service, his ship served as off-shore protection throughout the Lebanon Conflict. Additionally, his ship took Elvis Presley to Germany, and he was very proud to have obtained Elvis's autograph.

Following the Navy, he moved to Oneonta, where he settled and raised a family. He worked at SUNY Oneonta in the maintenance department as an electrician for 30 years. In Oneonta, he was a member of the Eagles Club, Elks Club, and American Legion. He also played slow-pitch softball for many years.  

Bob had a contagious smile, a heart of gold, and he was everyone’s friend. He loved to help others, especially assisting in the docking of boats at Treman Marina, where he was an icon.  

He enjoyed cutting firewood, and he was an avid hunter and fisherman. He fished Cayuga Lake with his Marina friends, and the Peconic Bay with his son Bob and nephews Walter and George.

Bob was a lifelong sports fan. He enjoyed football, especially the New York Giants, and basketball. He was his grandchildren’s biggest cheerleader on and off the field.  

Lastly, Bob loved to live life. With his infectious personality he always loved to be where the party was, but the truth is, he was the party. 

Bob is survived by his wife of 60 years (and together since 8th grade), Madeline; their children, Rebecca (John) Gilfus, and Robert (Leigh) Berry Jr.; grandchildren, Eric, Corrinna, Natalie, Brianne, Landon, and Ruby; and great-grandchildren, Amelia and Camden. 

He also leaves behind his brother, George (Sandy) Berry, Southold, LI; sister, Grace (Jack) Dolquiest, Bonita Springs, FL; half-brother, Rick (Tammie) Berry; and several nieces and nephews. 

There will be no services at this time. The family will be having a private celebration of life in the spring.

Donations toward a bench to be placed in Treman Marina in memory of Bob can be mailed to Community Bank, 245 Main Street, Oneonta, NY 13820, Attn: Lesley Vanwarner -- "Robert H. Berry Bench."  

“A life well lived inspires others to fully enjoy all that this world has to offer.” 

Obituary: Douglas A. Havens

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

Douglas A. Havens

Age 66, of Fultonville, NY and formerly of Montour Falls, NY, died on Monday, February 15, 2021.

He was born in Montour Falls, the son of the late Earl and Lena Havens, and attended Odessa-Montour Schools. He worked at Riverside Motel in Fultonville, NY.

He is survived by his daughter, Kari Leach of FL; brothers, David Havens of Montour Falls and Thomas Havens of Watkins Glen; sister, Joyce Havens of Montour Falls; and by several grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held in Montour Cemetery at a later date.

Obituary: Floyd John Wicker Sr.

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

Floyd John Wicker Sr.
11/23/1932-2/10/2021


Tyrone/Dundee: Floyd John Wicker Sr., age 88, passed away unexpectedly at Soldiers & Sailors Hospital, Penn Yan, NY.

Honoring his wishes, there will be no services.

Floyd was born in Chemung, NY to the late Ernest and Marguerite (Wood) Wicker. He worked on various farms in his younger years as well as hauling milk and working at Penn Yan Boats and Seneca Foods. He was then employed at Shepard Niles Crane and Hoist Crane in Montour Falls for 34½ years as a machinist.

Floyd is survived by his wife of 66 years, Helen (Yost) Wicker; two sons, Floyd (Jill) Wicker Jr. and Allan Wicker (James Sargent); and a daughter, Tammy (Kevin) Hartman. Grandchildren include Steven Wicker, Brett (Alyssa) Wicker, Stewart Easling, Amanda Easling (Michael Mashewske), and Jared Hartman. He is also survived by great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Alice Dinkins.

Donations may be made to the Altay Baptist Church, 4289 Six Corners Rd., Dundee, NY 14837; or the charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water Street, Dundee, NY. To leave online condolences to the family, visit www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

Obituary: William Olliffe Passmore

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

William Olliffe Passmore

Age 90, of Hector, NY, died peacefully on February 8, 2021 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, Montour Falls, after a long struggle with COPD and cardiac issues. 

Bill was a grape farmer and a chemist, but his favorite, though short-lived, livelihood was his work in early adulthood as a merchant seaman. It took him around the world, and while at sea, gave him a lot of time for reading. He graduated from Cornell University with a degree in agronomy, and worked as a chemist for Corning Glass; much later he was a computer scientist with Tymnet, an early data communications company.

A lifelong learner and scholar, he was particularly interested in history and mathematics. In his early 80s, he studied and converted to Judaism. He also began studying East Asian art and history in online courses because it was something he hadn’t studied before. He was a dedicated gardener and an amateur artist who loved creating and sharing beauty. He also loved fly-fishing with his son Andrew and grandson David.

He leaves behind four children: Anne Passmore (Ovid), mother of grandson David Passmore; Andrew (Sue) Passmore (Romulus); William (Denise) Passmore (Voorheesville), parents of grandsons Kyle Passmore, Zachary Passmore and Caleb Passmore; and Margaret Passmore (Wil Burns) (Ovid). He also leaves loving companion Karey Solomon, with whom he lived for more than 20 years.

He will be missed by family, all of whom he greatly loved, and an extended family of friends. He was pre-deceased by his sister Elizabeth “Betty” Passmore, who served in World War II as a member of the Women’s Air Command (WAC) and died in 1944; and ex-wife Esther Passmore in 2014.  

There will be a private graveside service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill’s honor to the VLH Fire Company. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Timothy Bond
and Kathleen Winslow

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

Timothy Bond and Kathleen Winslow

Died tragically on February 8, 2021 in a house fire in the village of Burdett, NY.

They left behind their eight children, Karla Wall, Kimberly Bond, Shane Bond, Belinda Bond, Kyle Bond, Erin Bond, Ethan Bond and Avery Bond. Kathleen is survived by her siblings, Robin Leary and Pamela Leary. She was predeceased by her parents, Thomas H. Leary, Jr., and Norma Elizabeth (Fobian) Leary. Timothy is survived by his siblings, Linda Knapp, George Bond, Jr., Debbie Opdyke, Viola Woodworth, Leslie Crane and Craig Bond. He was predeceased by his parents, George Bond Sr. and Barbra Fredricks.

They also left behind their grandchildren, Amber Bond, Cody Wall, Hannah Rosier, Joseph Esposito, Caleb Stone, Donald Solberg, Nicolas Hernandez, Isabella Bond, Lilly Bond, Jack Bond and Dimitri Bond; and great-grandchildren, Jade, Tziah, Mirak. Braylon and Carson.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; a memorial service will follow at 4 p.m. There will be a Celebration of Life at the Burdett Fire Department at 5 p.m.

Expressions of condolences or memories may be left in their obituary online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Vincent Francis Kuhn

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the James Funeral Home, Huntersville, North Carolina.

Vincent Francis Kuhn

Age 82, of Cornelius, NC, passed away on February 7, 2021. Born and raised in Watkins Glen, NY, “Bud” worked for IBM for 35 years. He married Judith Paul, from New Hampshire, in 1962, and raised four children in Apalachin, NY until transferring to Charlotte, NC in 1979.

Upon retirement, Vince and Judy moved to Cornelius, NC, where he was a golfer and member of Cowans Ford County Club. Both were faithful founding members of St. Marks Catholic Church.

Vince is survived by his wife of 58 years, Judy; his brother, James, of Florida; his four children, their spouses, and ten grandchildren: Susan and Richard, and Andy, Samantha and Amy Chui of New York City; Stephen and Shelly, and Alec, Tyler and Sarah Kate Kuhn of Lake Wylie, NC; Paul and Margaret, and John and Joseph Kuhn of Huntersville, NC; and Nancy and Kevin, and Haley and Avery Rudolph of Raleigh, NC.

His heart, humor and happiness lives on in them. The family would like to thank Todd and Charlotte Westmoreland for years of friendship and support.

The funeral mass was held on Wednesday, February 10 at St. Mark Catholic Church in Huntersville. The inurnment was scheduled for Thursday, February 11 at 1:00 p.m. at Northlake Memorial Gardens in Huntersville.

James Funeral Home, of Huntersville, is serving the family.

Obituary: Steven G. Andrews

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

Steven G. Andrews

Age 69, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born in Montour Falls on November 21, 1951, the son of the late Gerald and Phoebe Andrews.

Steve graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School, Class of 1969. After graduation, he served with the United States Navy during Vietnam on the USS Gridley DLG-21.

Steve was Chief Gas Fitter for NYSEG for 37½ years before retiring in January of 2021. He was a member of the Montour Falls United Methodist Church, the Mechanics Club and the Odessa American Legion. Steve spent much of his spare time hanging out in his garage and detailing his cars.

Surviving are his wife of 38 years, Jane (Darcangelo) Andrews; two daughters, Nancy (Dave) Ozmon of Schenectady, NY and Kristy (Jeff) Larkin of Rochester, NY; the light of his life, grandson Oliver P. Ozmon; his beloved canine companion, Maggie; and by several cousins.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at Montour Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Steve’s memory to the Montour Falls Fire Department, 111 Lee St., Montour Falls, NY 14865 or the 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, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Carmela Fazzary Simiele

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

Carmela Fazzary Simiele

Age 97, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away peacefully on January 7, 2021. She was born on July 9, 1923 in Watkins Glen, the daughter of the late Antonio and Maria (Palamara) Fazzari.

Carmela was a communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church and a member of the St. Mary’s Guild. She was employed at Shepard-Niles Crane and Hoist and provided child care services in her home for many years. Carmela was always known to be kind and compassionate to her family and friends. She will be remembered for her beautiful smile, contagious laugh and great sense of humor. Carmela was very dedicated to her faith and the church, which was evident in the way she lived her life.

In addition to her parents, Carmela was predeceased by her husband, Medio Simiele, on February 21, 1996; siblings, Michael (Angelina) Fazzary, Jennie (Joseph) LaFace, Tomasine (Roy) Sacco, Andrea Fazzary, Mary (Louis) Perazzini, Frances (James) Peters, Dominick Fazzary, Henry Fazzary, and son-in-law, Patrick McCallum.

She is survived by her children, Sandra McCallum, Kathi (Luis) Sanabria and Karen
(David) Palma; her grandchildren, Michele, Stephanie,  Steve, Chrystie, Sean, Michelle, Marisa and Ashley; 14 great grandchildren including “Gianna” with whom she had a special bond; her brothers, James (Marie) Fazzary and Sam (Doris) Fazzary; sisters-in-law, Reda Fazzary and Nancy Fazzary; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held in her memory at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen at a later date for family and friends.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, P.O. Box 289, Watkins Glen, NY 14891, Schuyler Health Foundation, 220 Steuben St, Montour Falls, NY 14865, or a charity of your choice.

We would like to express a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Spaulding and his staff, Dr. Saks and the staff at Schuyler Hospital, Schuyler Volunteer Ambulance, the Schuyler Physical Therapist Team, especially Catharine Relation, who all provided kindness and compassion to Carmela’s care. A special thank you to Debbie Parkhurst for the loving and professional care she provided for Carmela in her home.

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

Obituary: Eileen C. Walker

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

Eileen C. Walker

Age 77, of Dundee, NY, passed away comfortably and peacefully on January 20, 2021, surrounded by her loved ones.

Eileen was born in Albany, NY on June 23, 1943, the daughter of the late Frederick and Evelyn Walker.

She is survived by seven children, Michael Moyer (Linda Case) of Dundee, NY, Manuel Tesillo (Manny) of Ovid, NY, Luis (Zulma) Tesillo of Morena Valley, CA, Anna (Matthew) Clifford of Watkins Glen, NY, Maria (Glen) Stevenson of Cedar City, VT, Evelyn and Kimberly; brother, Thomas P. Walker of Ticonderoga, NY; sisters, Anne Alger of Burdett, NY and Losi (Butch) Sim of Schenectady, NY; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

An animal lover, she also leaves behind her beloved cat Ginger. Her children were fortunate to grow up learning responsibility through having many different types of pets and animals that she allowed them to have in the home. 

Everyone that knew would agree they were fortunate to have been graced by her presence, wit, and absolute great sense of humor. She was always upbeat with a positive outlook on life no matter the circumstances. She could turn anyone's day around with her words, jokes, infectious laugh and smile. 

Eileen loved playing many card games with her friends and going to Bingo at all the hot spots, such as the Casino, American Legion and with her friends at St. Mark's Terrace. She also loved her scratch-off lottery tickets, joked about "winning big" and sharing such good fortune. She would not let anyone get in the way of her having fun and would say, "Oh, I'm just having fun!"

She enjoyed sharing many stories and loved reminiscing about her family and about life where she was born, where she grew up, places she had been, places she had lived and things she had done. She would talk your ear off about these things to those who were willing to give their time to listen.

We will always remember her as a positive, humorous person with kindness, love, selflessness, and a willingness to share everything she had with others. Eileen was a wonderful woman, daughter, mother, sister, grandmother and friend. We will truly feel a void in our lives and miss her every day.

You may express condolences or leave a remembrance of Eileen in her obituary online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Dawn M. Leszyk

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, Elmira.

Dawn M. Leszyk

Age 82, of Elmira, NY, passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. She was born on November 30, 1938 in Blossburg, PA, daughter of the late Wesley and Phyllis (Hill) Baker.

She was predeceased by her loving husband of 58 years, John, on January 12, 2020; her sister, Kathleen Meehan, and brother, Harry Baker. Dawn is survived by her children and their spouses, John Leszyk & Michelle Przekop of The Villages, FL, Mark Leszyk of Watkins Glen, NY, Matthew Leszyk of Corning, NY, Jennifer & Greg Emmons of Watkins Glen, Luke & Jane Leszyk of Watkins Glen and Mary & Dirk Cosgrove of Watkins Glen; grandchildren, Jason, Paul, Danielle, Cassandra, Emily, Ryan, Stephanie and Casie; great grandsons, Atticus and Chandler; sisters, Joanie Collin of Horseheads and Patty Murray of Elmira; stepmother, Frances Baker of Elmira, along with several nieces and nephews.

Dawn was a registered nurse, retiring from St. Joseph’s Hospital. She and John moved to the country, Parrott Road, Cayuta, built a house and lived there for 50 years.

Family and friends are invited to visit the Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake Street at Washington Ave., Elmira on Wednesday, February 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. Her funeral service will be held there on Thursday, February 11 at 10 a.m. Committal prayers and interment will follow in St. Peter & Paul’s Cemetery. COVID-19 protocols will be strictly enforced.

Dawn’s family thanks Woodbrook Assisted Living and the Chemung County Nursing Facility for the wonderful care they gave to Dawn and John.

Obituary: Betty M. Lovell Miles

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

Betty M. Lovell Miles
(December 30, 1923- January 14, 2021)


Elizabeth M. “Betty” Lovell Miles moved her residence from Englewood, Florida/ Wilkesboro, North Carolina to Heaven on January 14, 2021. She was 97. She was previously deceased by her husband of 63 years, Richard “Dick” Miles.

Mom/ GiGi is survived by her three adult children, Diane (Roger) Cameron of Webster, NY, Dolores “Dee” (Burl) Huffman of Wilkesboro, NC, and Bruce (Mary Ellen) Miles of Ellicott City, Maryland; seven grandchildren, Todd Cameron, Scott (Kristine Cameron), Tracey (Chad) Cubert, Jesse (Kelly) Huffman, Rachael (Peter) Morrow, Jeffrey (Allison) Miles, and Brian Miles; and 15 great grandchildren. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Betty graduated from Odessa High School in 1939 and Keuka College in 1943. She taught French and Latin for 25 years and loved to travel. She took her French students on numerous trips to Europe.
   
Dick and Betty were 50-year residents of Webster. She loved her home in Englewood. Betty was always very organized, she loved dancing through life with Dick, she wrote long letters and sent cards to so many people. Mailboxes will be empty and phones won’t ring as often.

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

Obituary: Loren M. "Mike" Fleming

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

Loren M. “Mike” Fleming

Age 64, formerly of Bath, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, January 29, 2021 at The Falls Home in Montour Falls, NY.

He will be buried in Bath National Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Harry J. "Bud" Suits, Jr.

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

Harry J. “Bud” Suits, Jr.

Age 91, of Hector, NY, passed away peacefully in his home on Peach Orchard Point in Hector, NY on Saturday, January 30, 2021.

He was predeceased by his parents, Harry J. Sr. and Grace Suits; Joanne D. Suits, the love of his life for 44 years; brother, William “Billy” Suits; brothers-in-law, The Honorable William N. Ellison and Delivan “Augie” W. Gates; and his lifelong friend Bruce Beardsley.

Harry is survived by his three beloved children, J. Kevin (Mary) Suits of Tyrone, NY, Patricia (Kevin) Dowling of Carlisle, PA, and Sheila (James) Carnahan of Redfield, NY.

He will be dearly missed by his six grandchildren: Patrick (Betsy) Suits of Tyrone, NY, and Cullen Suits of Watkins Glen, NY, Tara (Nolan) Hughes of Oceanside, CA, Erin Dowling and Kellie (Christopher) Miller of Nashville, TN, and Molly (Christopher) Grassi of Bethesda, MD; and three great grandchildren: Nolan Patrick Suits, Naomi Lauretta Suits and Johanna Claire Hughes.

He is survived by his sisters, Patricia S. Ellison of Watkins Glen, and Helen Gates of Vestal, NY; brother, Frank Suits of Homer, NY, and many nieces and nephews.

Harry was a graduate of Watkins Glen High School and LaSalle Military Academy. He proudly served his country from 1953 to 1955 as a Corporal in the U.S. Army, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. After his enlistment he was Superintendent and then Chairman of the Suit-Kote Corporation, formally known as Central Asphalt.

Harry was very involved in his local community. He was a member of the American Legion, former Exalted Ruler of the Elks Club, co-founder of Timespell at Watkins Glen State Park, President of the New York State Liquid Asphalt Distributors Association, President of the Finger Lakes Automobile Club (AAA), Advisory Board member of the Marine Midland Trust Company, Director of the Schuyler County Heart Chapter, and Co-Commissioner of the Small Fry Football League. He was a lifelong communicant of Saint Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church and the Watkins Glen Chapter of the Knights of Columbus.

Harry was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was a generous man and proudly supported his local community. He loved spending summers on Seneca Lake boating and sailing, especially with his kids and grandkids. His family shares many beloved memories of their boating trips to the 1000 Islands and Canada.

The family wishes to thank those who have recently expressed their love and concern. We extend our sincere gratitude to Sandy Sullivan for her outstanding care for Bud these last few years.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Friday, Feb. 5 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. A private funeral mass will be held for family and friends, and private burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Donations can be made to Saint Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church Memorial Fund, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. Condolences may be left for the family at his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.  Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Marilyn E. Fitch

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

Marilyn E. Fitch

Age 82, of Lodi, NY, passed away peacefully on January 26, 2021.  

Marilyn was predeceased by her husband, Kent, and brother, Alan Marsh. She is survived by her sons, David Fitch of Hector, Thomas Fitch (Brenda Warren-Fitch) of Burdett, and Mark (Charmaine) Fitch of Horseheads; brother, Martin “Marty” Marsh of Lodi; seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.  

Marilyn was born on May 23, 1938, the daughter of Thomas and Beatrice Marsh. She grew up on a farm family, which she loved, with two older brothers, with many fond memories and stories to tell. Marilyn was a loving wife and mom to three “very busy” boys. We always knew when we had crossed “the line” with her, but that smile of hers always let us know it would be all right!

She worked as a Registered Nurse at Willard State Hospital, with a break to work at a health clinic on the Navajo Reservation in the late sixties, until her retirement in 1993. She enjoyed many interests, from home winemaking with her best friend Pat Marsh, to traveling in the USA, Mexico and Europe. She enjoyed playing piano and organ, and singing in the choir.  There are also many fond memories of entertaining friends and family, crossword puzzles and porch sitting with mother-in-law Charlotte, at the lake, and camping with husband Kent and sons, all across the country. She also enjoyed the ocean, whether in the Outer Banks, Texas, or Florida.

A graveside memorial service and celebration will be held at a later date at Seneca Union Cemetery in Valois and will be announced. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. Condolences may be left for the family in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Janet Bockes Stamp

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

Janet (Sylvia) Bockes Stamp

Age 87, passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 in Penn Yan, NY. Mrs. Stamp was a longtime resident of Watkins Glen, NY, and was the widow of Charles N. Stamp, Sr., a lifelong resident of Watkins Glen. 

Mrs. Stamp was born in Borodino, NY, to Smith (who tragically died three days prior to her birth) and Pearl Lader Bockes. At a young age, Janet moved with her mother and stepfather, Arthur Brown, to East Syracuse, NY, where she graduated from the East Syracuse school district. She attended Potsdam College, training to become a teacher. She taught elementary school in Watkins Glen for almost 30 years.

She was a regular attendee at the United Methodist Church of Watkins Glen before it closed, and then attended the Odessa United Methodist Church. Janet was a member of the Schuyler County Historical Society, participated in the walking program at the local school and volunteered at Schuyler County Hospital for many years. She was a member of the NYS Retired Teachers' Association and the Retired Teachers Association of Schuyler County as well as a member of the Montour Moose Lodge #426 in Montour Falls, NY. She was a longtime participant in various bowling leagues in the county. 

Mrs. Stamp is survived by her brother, Olin (Grace) Bockes of Savannah, GA. Additionally, survivors include her husband's children, Lorraine Stamp Sheesley of Watkins Glen, Thomas (Rhonda) Stamp of San Bernardino, CA, Gayle (Thomas) Stamp Digan of Reston, VA, and Janice Stamp Anglin (Glen Fowler) of Norman, OK. She was predeceased by her husband's son, Charles N. Stamp, Jr. of Watkins Glen. Grandchildren include Tracy Lynn Bush, Stephen Sheesley, Terry Lynn Herr, Lara Garahan, Christine Turner, Jennifer Lopez, Thomas Digan, Jr. and John Digan. Also included are 17 great grandchildren. Also surviving are her nephews and niece, David (Holly) Bockes of Wytheville, VA, Diane (Byron) Bockes Boyd of Savannah, GA, Richard (Mary) Bockes of Woodbridge, VA, and two great nephews. 

There will be no calling hours, and no date has been set for a service, which will be held at the convenience of the family. Donations in Janet's name may be given to the Humane Society of Schuyler County (www.SchuylerHumane.org). Remembrances and Expressions of Sympathy may be recorded for the family in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Dale Ernest Cleveland

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

Dale Ernest Cleveland

Age 57, of Big Flats, NY, on January 23, 2021, while surrounded by family and loved ones, entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Dale was predeceased by his parents, Virgil and Mildred Cleveland. He is survived by his loving wife, Jeanette; his four children and their spouses, Thomas and Dana Cleveland of Ogden, UT, Matthew and Sami Cleveland of Horseheads, NY, Nicholas and Katie Cleveland of Beaver Dams, NY and DeAnna and Daniel Willcox of Taylor Ridge, IL; brother and sister-in-law, Carl and Joanne Cleveland of Highlands Ranch, CO; sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Dennis Weigel of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin; and one grandchild, Oliver. 

Dale was a man of great faith, and his faith in Christ was reflected in all of his walks of life.  Dale faithfully and joyfully served his Savior, family, church, country and anyone in need.  He was a hard worker and well respected by everyone who crossed paths with him.

Dale was a craftsman in all things and an expert woodworker, and a jack of all trades.  Often, he was given the nickname MacGyver for his creative ideas to fix things. Dale's family was his whole world. He married his high school sweetheart and together they raised four amazing children, and he was very proud of them. Simply put, Dale was a man who greatly loved and is loved greatly.  

The family will be present to receive friends at the Higher Hope Church, 356 Maple St., Big Flats on Friday, January 29 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.; followed by a Celebration of Life service at 4 p.m. at the church. A committal service with military honors will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Montour Cemetery (top entrance), Coykendall Rd., Montour Falls, NY.  

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Higher Hope Church.

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

Obituary: Leslie Bruce Vaughn

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

Leslie Bruce Vaughn

Age 84, of Horseheads, NY, went home to be with his Lord and savior on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. Leslie was born on June 13, 1936 in Sayre, PA to the late Leslie G. Vaughn Sr. and Susie Morse.

He was a 1954 graduate of Watkins Glen Central School, and attended Syracuse University and was a 1970 graduate of Elmira College. He worked as a quality control engineer at Westinghouse for over 30 years, and was later employed by Purolator and Surface Finish Technology. He was an avid member of the Boy Scouts of America and a lifelong member of the Watkins Glen and Horseheads First United Methodist Churches. He frequently participated in the Walk to Emmaus as well as serving as a supply pastor at the Breesport and North Chemung Methodist Churches.

He is survived by his wife, Doris Vanderhoef Vaughn, with whom he celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary this past September; son, Gregory B. Vaughn of Averill Park, NY; daughter, Pamela (Carl) Garritt of Cragsmoor, NY; sister, Nancy (Ernest) Williams; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Martha “Luella” and Harold Forrest; grandchildren, Victoria and Elaina Garritt; and several extended family members, colleagues and friends.

The family welcomes your condolences and prayers at this time, but services will be held at a later date. He will be laid to rest in Laurel Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Those wishing to make a donation, please consider the Alzheimers Association in Leslie’s memory. The family would like to thank Elcor Health Service for the wonderful care that was given to Leslie. Condolences and words of comfort may be expressed at Leslie’s Book of Memories at www.sullivansfuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Joann M. DeLeury

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

Joann M. (Povero) DeLeury
October 28, 1943 - January 16, 2021


Joann passed away on January 16, 2021 after an extended illness.

She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Domenica Povero; her husband, John H. DeLeury, and her son, John D. DeLeury. She is survived by her children, Kimberly Joslyn of Ithaca, NY, Michelle (Michael Colunio) Bump, James (Shannon) Joslyn of Beaver Dams, NY, Anthony Joslyn of Montour Falls, NY, and Terri DeLeury of Greece, NY. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Noah and Cassidy Bump, Hannah Joslyn, and Brad and Spencer Gay.

Joann enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, and spending time with the family she loved.

In keeping with Joann's wishes, there will be no calling hours. A private burial will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery in the spring. 

Anyone wishing to do so can make a memorial contribution to the Humane Society of Schuyler County. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Thomas W. Rockwell

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

Thomas W. Rockwell

Age 26, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on January 16, 2021. 

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Friday, Jan. 22 from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. A private funeral service will be held for the immediate family at their convenience.  A committal graveside service will be held at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23 at Highland Cemetery, 4647 Jackson Hill Road, Odessa.

He is survived by his parents, John and Brenda Rockwell; sister, Sarah Rockwell of Watkins Glen; paternal grandmother, Grace Rockwell of Odessa; aunts and uncles, Randy Rockwell of Elmira, Martin Seymour (Sherry Richards), John Seymour (Kathy Cleveland) and Ann (Walter) Lant, all of Horseheads, Gary (Susan) Seymour of Valatie, NY, Keith Seymour (Marjorie Seamon), Jean Seymour, and Nancy (Rick) Stratton, all of Horseheads; nieces and nephew, Ray, Bianca, and Briana; and numerous cousins.

He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Thomas Rockwell; and maternal grandparents, William and Beatrice Seymour.

Thomas was a graduate of both Watkins Glen High School and Corning Community College. He worked for the Village of Watkins Glen Waste Management services for the past year. Prior to that, he was a dedicated employee of the Blakemore’s family farm, Sleeper Ridge, for many years. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to farm, hunt, fish and especially turkey hunt.

Thomas was a member and officer of the Catharine Valley Long Spurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and enjoyed guiding local youth on their first turkey hunt. He was also a 20-year member of the New York Holstein Association, during which he enjoyed showing cattle and talking breeding. He also enjoyed going to cattle sales and auctions with his Uncle Walter. He and his dad enjoyed time together just tinkering on engines in the garage and working on projects around the farm. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

You may express condolences to the family in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com .  Donations may be made in memory of Thomas to: Seneca Santa Inc., PO Box 22, Watkins Glen NY 14891 or National Wild Turkey Foundation, PO Box 420, Lacona, NY 13083.

Obituary: Stanley James Beaver

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

Stanley James Beaver

Age 80, of Burdett, NY, passed away on Friday, January 15, 2021 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Kingston, NY on January 24, 1940, the son of the late James and Charlotte (Stoutenburg) Beaver.

Stan received his Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture from Cornell University. He was the owner/operator of Stillman’s Greenhouse in Montour Falls for forty years. Stan was a Rotarian for many years with the Watkins Montour-Rotary Club. He enjoyed bowling, fishing and golf, but his greatest love was his family, friends and community.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sharie Elizabeth (Werick) Beaver; daughter, Laurie (Mark) Guminski of Lakewood, CO; son, Steven (Melanie) Beaver of Watkins Glen; sister, Beverly Markham of Simi Valley, CA; two brothers, Dennis Beaver of Saugerties, NY and Lauren Beaver of Spokane, WA; and three grandchildren, Brian Swartwood, Kaitlyn Valla and Spencer Beaver.

There are no services planned at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Joseph S. Matwiejow

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

Joseph S. Matwiejow

Age 81, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on January 14, 2021.He was born at home in Tyrone on June 8, 1939, the son of Stanley and Mary Matwiejow.

Joe was predeceased by his parents; his sister, Angie Rice of Okeechobee, Fl.; nephews, Jimmy Matwiejow and Stevie Pulver, and by several close friends. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Betty Matwiejow; sister, Stella Pulver of Hammondsport, NY; daughters, Michelle Johns, Anne (Richard) Cleveland, and Lisa Matwiejow; sons, Richard (Sharon) Matwiejow, and Anthony Matwiejow (Amy Bingham); grandchildren, David Matwiejow, Bradley Johns, Jennifer & Kyle Smith, R.J., Chad & Ashley Matwiejow; and six great-grandchildren.

Joe graduated from Dundee High School and went on to work for Penn Yan Builders. He was a former Fire Chief of the Tyrone Fire Department, as well as Fire Chief and Director of the Watkins Glen Fire Department with 64 total years of service. Joe was a Member of the Finger Lakes Trollers Association, and member of Moose Lodge #426.

Joe loved all motorsports, but will be remembered most for his love of hunting and fishing.

A celebration of his life will be held and announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe’s memory can be made to the Watkins Glen Fire Company, 201 N. Perry St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY 14865. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Margaret V. Redmond Mann

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

Margaret “Marge” V. Redmond Mann

Age 85, of Millport, NY, passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2021 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 21, 1935, the daughter of the late James and Jane (O’Neil) Scowcroft.

Marge was a hairdresser in Odessa for many years. She was a member of St. Benedict’s Church in Odessa. She was predeceased by her husbands, Denny Redmond, Irving Yahle and Eugene Mann, and by her son, James Patrick Redmond.

Marge is survived by her daughters, Jane (George) Pyhtila and  Margaret (Ron) Havens; sons, Denis and John Redmond; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren; sisters, Ann McGure, Lucy Pigoski, Ella Bowman and Dolores Van Rossem; and a brother, James Scowcroft.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, January 19 from 3-5 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held privately by the family at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church. Burial will be in the spring at Sugar Hill Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Cora K. Maphis

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

Cora K. Maphis

On January 10th, after 94 years on Earth, Cora left to be with other family members already in Heaven. She will be truly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by sons, Neil (Sharyl) Maphis and Wayne (Pandora) Maphis; daughter, Karen (George) Fuller; grandchildren, Lori (Fuller) Bart, Chad Maphis, and Christian Maphis, and ten loving great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her loving husband (Bill) of 75 years. Together they built and operated a very successful farm and grocery business, Maphis Eggland. Also, she was predeceased by her parents, Howard and Eunice Marshall; five sisters and brothers; a granddaughter, Kimberly K. Fuller, and a grandson, Kevin Maphis.

Cora had a love of Country and Polka music; many Saturday nights were enjoyed at square dances. She also enjoyed time with family, travel and a nice dish of ice cream.

Services will be private, with burial at Maple Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please perform an act of kindness, show support for a local business, or make a donation to the Odessa Fire Department or Schuyler Ambulance in her memory.

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

Obituary: Joan (Colgan) Taber

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

Joan (Colgan) Taber

Age 64, of Mecklenburg, NY, passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 in the presence of family. 

She was born on February 10, 1956 in Auburn, NY, to the late Gordon and Mary (Delaney) Colgan. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, James Colgan, and his wife, Janet Wilbur; and by her brother-in-law, Ned Mock (husband to her sister, Marie Mock). 

Joan is survived by her husband of 37 years, Carl Taber; her sons, Steve Taber (Katie Taber), and Sean Taber (Molly Taber); and her grandchildren, Teaghan, Penny, Lucy and Dylan. She also leaves her sisters, Marie Mock and Marcia Slocum (Donald Slocum), along with nieces and many cousins.

She was a 1974 graduate of Southern Cayuga Central School and a 1976 graduate of SUNY Cobleskill. She was devoted to her animals. She volunteered a lot of her time with St Benedict's Catholic Church (Odessa, NY), in which she was an active member for many years. In addition, she spent much of her time volunteering with Cornell Companions by visiting local nursing homes with her dog Tank by her side. She retired from Cornell University, Quality Milk Production Services and spent many years working in the agricultural industry.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 14 at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glenfrom 3 p.m.-6 p.m. A private funeral mass will be held in her honor at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Odessa at a later date.

A link to view the mass will be available following the closing of the mass via email. Please send a request to RoyceChedzoy@gmail.com, subject line "Joan Taber Funeral Mass Video."

In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor can be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County.

Obituary: Patricia T. Reinhart

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

Patricia T. Reinhart

Age 75, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.  She was a resident at the Manor Nursing Home in Penn Yan, NY.  

She was born on January 24, 1945 in Russell, Kansas, the daughter of Roger and Patricia T. Reinhart. Patricia was a 1962 graduate of Watkins Glen High School, and worked at the Watkins Review and Express for her father. She went on to spend several years managing The Longhouse Lodge Motel. Her happiest times were spent working at the Watkins Glen Golf Course, enjoying many friendships with “her golfers.”

Patricia was predeceased by her parents, Roger and Patricia Reinhart. She is survived by her son, Kyle (Ann) Tuttle of Venice, FL; her daughter, Kelley Ellison of Dundee, NY; her grandchildren, Erik Ellison of Athens, GA, Haley (Dale) Carrigan of Watkins Glen, Gregory Ellison of Norfolk, VA, Adam Tuttle of Salt Lake City, UT, and Desiree Ellison of Tampa, FL; precious great-granddaughters, Parker M. Carrigan,and Emma R. Ellison; and special friends, Germaine Washington and Jeanette Franzese.

With Alzheimer’s, it takes a village of support, so her family would like to give special thanks to all the staff at the Manor Nursing Home in Penn Yan; her friends and neighbors at The Watkins Glen Middle School Apartments, Joyce Ameigh, Gloria Scranton, and Shannon Slater of Schuyler County Office for The Aging. The love, compassion, and care you gave our mother these past few years will forever be appreciated.

Per her wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral service. The family will have a celebration of Patricia’s life at a later date.

Those wishing to remember Patricia can make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association, or plant a tree in her name. Offers of condolences to the family may be written in her obituary link at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Richard W. Robertson Sr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, Trumansburg.

Richard William Robertson Sr.

Age 78, of Trumansburg, NY, passed away peacefully, with his beloved wife Judith at his side, on January 4, 2021.  

He was born on August 2, 1942 in Deposit, NY, the son of the late William W. and Eva Baskerville Robertson. He married Judith Gifford on September 23, 1960.

Richard was a most honorable man and provider in every sense of the word. He was a hero and role model to his family, and a leader in industry and community. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was a builder, building everything from cradles for his children to baseball fields to corporate parks. Richard loved his family, baseball, fishing on Cayuga and Lamoka Lakes, and tending his "gentleman’s" farm and orchard in Trumansburg.

He graduated from Delhi College and moved to the Ithaca area in 1962. In 1966, he and Judith moved to Seneca Road in Trumansburg, where they raised their family and built their legacy. Richard spent his career in the construction industry as a project manager and ultimately co-owner of McGuire & Bennett, Inc. His leadership resulted in the eventual merger with Wellco Inc., creating a strong local company now operating as Welliver McGuire Inc.

Richard is survived by his wife of 60 years, Judith Ann Robertson; sister, Bonnie Franks; brother, Randy Robertson; six children, Scott (Susanne) Robertson of Buckley, WA, Richard Jr. (Susan) Robertson of Mecklenburg, NY, Joel (Kim) Robertson of Binghamton, NY, Amy (Thomas) Planty of Rock Stream, NY, Molly (John Cascini) Hill of Gorham, NY, and John (Kristen) Robertson of Ithaca, NY; eighteen grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Richard was predeceased by his father- and mother-in-law, William and Grace Gifford; and his sister-in-law, Catherine Johnson.

Services will be held privately by the family at the Trumansburg First Baptist Church on January 11, 2021. A Celebration of Richard’s life and scattering of ashes will be held at a later date at the family home.

Donations may be made in Richard’s honor to the organization of your choice.

For additional information, please contact Ness-Sibley Funeral Home at 607-387-8151, or visit www.ness-sibley.com

Obituary: Manona B. Tuttle

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

Manona B. Tuttle

Age 88, of Burdett, NY, passed away on December 30, 2020 at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, NY.

Manona was born on October 15, 1932 in Silver Springs, NY, the daughter of the late Gilbert and Beaulah Pangborne. When she was young she and her siblings were adopted by Mrs. Overly as a family. Manona graduated from Silver Springs High School and then ventured to New York City and became a nanny.

She was introduced to her late husband, Charles L. Tuttle, by her younger sister, Alice. They were married in 1955 and bought their first home in 1956. A year later she and Charlie began their family with the arrival of their daughter, Sheila, in 1957 and son, Charles II, in 1959. Manona was a 4-H leader in the 1970s, along with her dear friend, Virginia Kellogg Lott. She had worked part-time as a vineyardist, tying and harvesting grapes, and worked as a house cleaner with her daughter for several years. Manona had also volunteered at the gift shop at Schuyler Hospital.

She is survived by her daughter, Sheila Tuttle of Burdett, and son, Charles L. Tuttle II of Elmira. In addition to her parents, Manona was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Charles L. “Tut” Tuttle, on January 16, 2016; brothers, Bob and David Overly, and her younger sister, Alice Quinata of Tyrone, NY.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date to be announced. To light a candle of remembrance or to share a memory with her family and friends, please visit vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Julia Scanlon Mathews

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

Julia Cathrine (Scanlon) Mathews

Age 82, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. She was born in Montour Falls, NY on January 30, 1938, the daughter of the late John and Pauline Scanlon.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Owen D. Mathews; six children, Brian O. (Janet) Mathews, Brenda S. Thurston, Ronald D. (Mary) Mathews, Alan J. (Nancy) Mathews, Gregory S. (Diana) Mathews and Douglas E. Mathews; 16 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; twin sister Joan Todd; brother Jack Scanlon, and by several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held privately by the family. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Donations in Julia’s memory may be made to St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Blanche M. Collins

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

Blanche M. Collins

Age 87, formerly of Millport, NY, passed away on Tuesday, December 22, 2020. She was born in Powell, PA on October 4, 1933, the daughter of the late Norman and Lucretia (Hamilton) Herring. She graduated from Towanda Valley High School in 1951.

Blanche was Postmaster at the USPS office in Millport for many years. She was a member of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen and a member of the Women of the Moose Lodge #426. She was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Thomas E. Collins, in 2018; daughter-in-law, Patricia Collins, on November 1, 2020; eleven siblings, and by her loving dogs, Missy and Princess.

She is survived by her daughters, Deb (T.J.) Riley, Katrina (Gary) Ector and Cindy (Rocky) Rumsey; sons, Thomas P. Collins, Steven R. (Janet) Collins, Joe (Julie) Collins and Tim (Wendy) Collins; sister-in-law, Sandra Collins; brother-in-law, Dave Talada; fifteen grandchildren; twenty-one great grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

The Collins family would like to extend their gratitude to Seneca View SNF for the many years of care given to Blanche.

A memorial mass will be held at a later date at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen. Contributions may be made in her memory to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865 or Seneca View Skilled Nursing Unit 3 Activities Dept., 220 Steuben 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, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Virginia 'Ginger' Beebe

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

Virginia “Ginger” Beebe

Age 82, formerly of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on December 20, 2020 at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse due to complications from Covid-19. 

Ginger was predeceased by her loving husband Guy earlier this year, after 56 years of marriage. She is survived by her sons, Lawrence (Stacy) Beebe of Huntington Beach, CA, and Christopher (Laura) Beebe of Mission Viejo, CA; daughters, Frances (Lindsey) Rodhouse of Hoschton, GA, and Tonya (Jeffrey) Coulter of Memphis, NY; eight grandchildren; brothers, Jesse (Jo) Pully, and David (Olinda) Pully; and sisters-in-law, Connie, Gladys, Harlene, and Marian.

Born in Lancaster, PA in 1938, Ginger graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School, then went on to earn her degree in Ceramics Engineering from Alfred University. She was a Coordinator for Literacy Volunteers of America and, prior to that, a teaching assistant at OMCS.

Ginger was a longtime member of the choir at St. Mary’s of the Lake in Watkins Glen and a member of Catholic Daughters. She also volunteered in the community as a 4-H leader, a driver for Meals on Wheels and a member of the Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary. In her younger years, Ginger was a competitive bowler. She also enjoyed cake decorating, crocheting, gardening and scrapbooking. But most of all, she loved traveling across the country to visit her grandchildren.

A private burial will be held at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa, NY. A celebration of Ginger’s life will take place at a later date for family and friends.

The family wishes that you may consider a donation in Ginger’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 438 E. Henrietta Rd., Rochester, NY 14620. Offers of condolences to the family may be written in her obituary link at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Ann 'Tula' Navestad

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

Ann “Tula” Navestad

Age 93, of Burdett, NY, passed away on Sunday, December 27, 2020 in the comfort of her brother’s home. Born at home in Ozone Park, NY on March 24, 1927 to Peder and Dagny (Borgen) Navestad, she spent the next 88 years in that home before relocating to Montour Falls five years ago, to be near family.

She is survived by her brother, Per (Doris) Navestad of Burdett; niece, Wendy (Robert) Wirth; and nephews, Paul Navestad, Eric (Cheryll) Navestad, and Gary (Tina) Navestad. She was a great-aunt to Amy (Anthony) Bo, and their sons Andrew and Ryan; Lori (Erich) Asperschlager, and their daughters, Juliet and Leah, and Gregory, Brian, Julie, Paige and Perry Navestad. Her very best friend of 80 plus years, Marilyn Rudy of Middle Island, NY, also survives.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her long-time companion, Vincent Pacera, in 2007, and by great-nephews Ethan and Elijah Navestad.

In her younger years, Tula was a talented oil painter whose paintings are still enjoyed by family and friends in the U.S. and Norway. She was a Ms. Fix-it who could “fix” almost anything with masking tape, wire hangers, clothes pins, or duct tape. After a minor fender bender, she put the pieces back together with duct tape. The car was silver and you almost couldn’t tell it happened! She was a cat lover who provided food, water, and shelter for many of the feral cats in her Ozone Park neighborhood. Before retiring, she was a secretary for an insurance company in Garden City, NY.

In her final months, care was provided by family members, Wendy Wirth, Cheryll Navestad, Amy Bo, and Lori Asperschlager. Thanks to Shannon Slater, Schuyler County Office for the Aging, for the education opportunities and support offered concerning the caregiving journey.

The family would also like to thank Dr. Singh and Teresa from Schuyler Hospital Primary Care for helping us manage Tula’s decline, and CareFirst for support from Jenn, Lori, Patsy, and Julie during these last two months.

Her wishes were for no services, but sometime in the future, when it is safe to do so, the family will gather for a celebration of life.

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

Offers of condolences to the family may be written in her obituary link at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Thelma Jean Fuller

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

Thelma Jean Fuller

Age 77, of Hector, NY, passed away on December 22, 2020.

Thelma was born on January 23, 1943 in Versailles, Kentucky, the daughter of the late John and Lucy Roach. Thelma worked and retired as a CNA from Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca.

She was also predeceased by a son, Jon Thomas Fuller, in 2020 and a daughter, Jamie Leigh Fuller Rios, in 2004; and by 13 brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Jon C. Fuller; children, Timothy Charles Fuller of St. Louis, MO, Kelly Jean Fuller of Miami, Florida, and Jason Cragg Fuller (Patricia Alger) of Watkins Glen; daughter-in-law, April Lee Fuller of Ithaca; grandchildren, Jessica, Michelle, Tiffany, Maria, Erica, Carolyn Fuller Rios, Rochelle Fuller, and Jonathan Cragg Fuller, and several great-grandsons. Also, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Richard “Skip” H. (Anne) Fuller of Rochester, Garry T. (Robin) Fuller of Augusta, Georgia, Henry H. Fuller of Rochester, Annie Morales of Middlesex, and Elfriede Fuller of Rochester; beloved neighbors and friends, Inez DeLong and family of Hector, and Mr. and Mrs. Ozelle and Pat Vickers of Rochester; and special nieces and nephew, Theresa Edgington, Patty Cable, and Deveret Roach, and their families, all of Kentucky.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Saturday, Jan. 9 from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; followed by a Memorial Service at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home. 

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

You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: William P. Paradiso

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

William P. “Bill” Paradiso

Age 78, of Watkins Glen, NY, died on December 23, 2020. 

Bill, or Uncle Bill as many called him, was a graduate of Watkins Glen High School, where he was a member of the football and track teams. He received degrees from Corning Community College, The University at Albany, and SUNY Oswego. He spent most of his career working in educational administration at Red Hook Central School, SUNY campuses at Delhi, Oswego, Old Westbury and Alfred, and at Southeastern Academy in Orlando, Florida.

Bill was a lifelong fan of the New York Yankees and the New York football Giants. In earlier years, he was a competitive golfer and bowler, having appeared on the televised Bowling for Dollars in Syracuse, and recorded many 700 series and a few holes in one. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, who loved him very much.  

Bill was predeceased by his parents, Nick and Lucy; sisters Mary Lou and Rosanne, and niece Kristen Ricci.

There will be no services at this time. A private burial will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

You may leave a message of condolence at his obituary online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Robert & Dorothy Champion

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Covert Funeral Home, Ovid.

Robert and Dorothy Champion

Ages 76 and 73, died on December 22 and December 23, 2020, respectively, at their home, 9562 Lodi Center Road, Lodi, both of cancer.

Bob was born in Valois on September 26, 1944, one of 10 children to Harold S. and Dorothy (Bennett) Champion. Dorothy was born in Montour Falls on January 3, 1947, one of 8 children to Clyde and Alice (Hoyt) Bulkley. They were married on June 26, 1964, and from that point forward their lives, much like their deaths, were intertwined and spent together.

Bob’s early career was working as a welder at Seneca Engineering in Montour Falls, and Dot was a short-order cook at the Ovid diner. Together they owned and operated Bob’s Welding & Fabricating, Dot as the secretary/bookkeeper, Bob as the manufacturer. Together they sang and played in jamborees; Bob’s ear for music began at a very young age, and he had played in many bands and venues all over the region. Dorothy loved canning, gardening and crafting; Bob’s hobbies included fishing, hunting, trap shooting and playing cards.

Together they enjoyed the Interlaken Sportsmen’s Club and the Moose Lodge of Montour Falls, along with putting together benefits to help their friends, family and neighbors in need. At the center of it all, with glowing hearts, was their family, and the Champions are known for their closeness and tight family bonds.

Together their family includes their children, May (Floyd) Barnes, Edith Wittig, and Robert “Bob” (Trish) Champion Jr., all of Lodi; grandchildren, Adelaid (Richard)  Neary, Alicia (Arthur) Masloski, Floyd Barnes Jr., Lawrence Barnes, and Cora and Jasmine Champion; great grandchildren, Wyatt Richar, Sydney Barnes, Heidi Neary, and Samara Masloski; Bob’s siblings, Yvonne (Brent) Ward of Interlaken, and Ralph (Barb) Champion Sr. of Valois; Dorothy’s siblings, David (Joann) Bulkley of Addison, Clyde “Scottie” (Debbie) Bulkley of Corning, Shirley (Richard) Horton of Bradford, Gen (Harry) Goosen of Montour Falls, Beverly (Chuck) Parker of Hornell, Sidney (Gordie) Maddison of Troy, PA, and Marsha Spotts of North Carolina; and a sister-in-law, Molly Bulkley of Beaver Dams.

They were preceded in death by their infant daughter, Elma L. Champion, and a grandson, Loyd Barnes; son-in-law David Neary; Bob’s siblings, Calvin, Jack, Harold Leroy, Lester, Elma Updike, Jean Depew and Marge McCheyne; and Dot’s brother, Thomas “Skipper” Bulkley, and sister, Lorraine Levadas of Syracuse.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 29 at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street in Ovid. All Covid-19 protocols will be in place: masks, social distancing and occupancy limitations. Please attend only if you’re willing to adhere to those guidelines as set forth by NYS.

A private funeral will be held on Wednesday, December 30. Prayers of committal will be held in the late spring of 2021 and all will be invited to attend, based on Covid-19 guidelines at that time.

Kindly consider a donation in Bob & Dorothy’s memory to Lifetime Care Hospice, 330 Monroe Ave., Suite 400, Rochester, NY 14607.

For additional information, please contact the Covert Funeral Home at 607-869-3411 or visit www.covertfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Dorothy Irene Cogsdill

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

Dorothy Irene (Lovell) Cogsdill

Age 99, of Watkins Glen, NY, died on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility after a life well lived. She was born in Watkins Glen on August 20, 1921, the daughter of the late Oliver and Ida (Paige) Lovell. She graduated from Watkins Glen High School and from the Elmira Business Institute.

Dorothy was secretary in the Watkins Glen Central School guidance department for 20 years, retiring in 1983. She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Watkins Glen, where she served as secretary-treasurer, and was a member of the altar guild. Dorothy was a member of the 49ers bowling team at Johnny’s Lanes in Watkins Glen, and a longtime member of Ladies Home Bureau.

She was predeceased by her husband, C. Ned Cogsdill, in 1990; sister, Elizabeth Roberts, in 1995; daughter, Nedra Morse, in 2010; son, Timothy Cogsdill, in 1982, and by a granddaughter, Rebecca Mofett, in 2020.

Surviving are two daughters, Sandra Zigas and Helen (Kelly) Cogsdill; nine grandchildren, M. Jason, Marcus, Nathaniel, Christopher, Noah, Daniel, Matthew, D. Renee and Michael; 10 great grandchildren, Elizabeth, Hannah, Amanda, David, Vincenzo, Misha, Ivan, Alyssa, Sydnee and Kaela; four great great grandchildren; and by four nieces and nephews, Paul and Caroline, Jill and James.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Contributions may be made to St. James Episcopal Church, 112 6th St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 for the bell tower fund or food pantry, or to the Schuyler County Police Benevolent Fund.

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

Obituary: William J. Griffith, Jr.

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

William J. (Bill) Griffith, Jr.

Age 76, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at his home.

Bill was born at Schuyler Hospital on September 14, 1944 to William J. and Mary Fassett Griffith, who both predeceased him.

Bill loved being with his family and friends. He enjoyed attending day services at The Arc in Watkins Glen. Bill loved his community and thoroughly enjoyed his coffee. He loved helping at his home and considered himself a “supervisor.” He knew all staff schedules, what they should be doing, and was considered a gentle enforcer, offering to “straighten you up” with his foam hammer. He will be remembered as a kind, loving and gentle man who will be missed by many.

Bill is survived by his sister, Sally (James) McMahon, and brother, Robert (Jill) Griffith; nieces, Megan (Andy) Cull and Amy McMahon, and nephew, Evan Griffith. He is also survived by many friends at The Arc of Chemung-Schuyler.

The family cannot thank enough the staff at The Arc for all they have done for Bill throughout the years. Thanks to the staff at Schuyler Hospital, who took great care of him, especially Dr. Ben Saks, who spent so much time explaining Bill’s condition and options available to the family. Also, thanks to CareFirst for the support they provided Bill during his last year.

A memorial service will be held at a later date, in the spring of 2021. Expressions of sympathy may be written in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Memorial contributions in Bill’s name may be made to The Arc of Chemung-Schuyler, 711 Sullivan St., Elmira, NY 14901; Schuyler Hospital, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865; or CareFirst NY, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14870.

Obituary: Richard S. Brown

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

Richard S. Brown

Age 73, of Burdett, NY, was welcomed to heaven on December 14, 2020, quickly taken from us by Covid-19.

Rich was a wonderful Christian man, dedicated to his precious family and the love of his life and wife of 46 years, Lois. He cherished his children and grandchildren. Rich was born in Syracuse, NY, the son of Richard C. and Marilyn Brown. He is survived by his loving family, wife Lois J.P. Brown; son, Richard D. (Tammy) Brown, and daughter, Kristen (Don) Adams; sister, Susan (David) Kling; and seven grandchildren.  

He was dedicated to his friends, career and hobbies; always being there to help and understand friends, family and co-workers.

He was especially proud of his service to his country through the U.S. Air Force from 1969 to 1971, serving in Phan Rang AFB in Vietnam as a C-123 crew chief. When he ended his Vietnam tour, he was stationed at Griffiss AFB as a B-52 crew chief with Strategic Air Command. A true proud American Veteran.

Through the years, Rich served as Educator, Assistant Chapter Director and Director of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association Chapter F.; and he and Lois served as NYS Couple of the Year in 1997. He served as a Boy Scout troop leader, was an American Legion member, and served as quartermaster with the Watkins Glen VFW. He also served as president of the Schuyler County Seneca Chiefs Motorcycle Club; and for 15 years, he and Lois served as tour leaders with the Americade Motorcycle Rally in Lake George, NY. Rich especially enjoyed his membership and participation with the Glen Regional Corvette Club and he treasured his Corvette friends. Rich was a Xerox Customer Service Technician, mostly in the Ithaca area, for 41 years. He also served with the Town of Hector for the last five years. Needless to say, Rich’s smiling face always let you know that you were very special to him. Rest in Peace, wonderful loving and devoted gentleman. You are dearly missed.

A private family service will be held at this time. A memorial celebration will be held at a later date and announced in the spring or summer of 2021.    

Condolences to the family may be written in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Elizabeth J. 'Jeannie' Derr

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

Elizabeth J. "Jeannie" Derr

Age 70, of Catharine, NY, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. Born in Elmira, NY on September 25, 1950, the daughter of Willard and Shirley Daugherty, she graduated from EFA high school in Elmira, NY and worked at the skilled nursing unit at Schuyler Hospital.

Jeannie enjoyed family picnics, cleaning, soap operas and yard sales. She was a very soft-spoken woman with a kind heart who loved her whole family. She will be missed by many, but also reunited with her loved ones who have already passed on.

She was predeceased by her husband, Duane "Butch" Derr, and three brothers Jim (Connie) Daugherty, Ron (Pam) Daugherty and Dan (Deb) Daugherty. She is survived by her four children, Stephanie (Paul) Marion, Susan (Mike) Beebe, Richard (April) Derr, and Christine (Bryon) Derr; two brothers, Willard Jr. (Barb) Daugherty and Ralph (Deb) Daugherty; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.

There will be no services held. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Any memorial donations can be made to an Alzheimer's Association of your choice. Condolences and memories can be shared with family and friends at www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Mark D. Rice

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

Mark D. Rice

Age 59, of Montour Falls, NY, passed peacefully at his home on December 17, 2020. He was born in Elmira, NY, the son of Kay and (the late) William Rice.

After graduating from Horseheads High School and working for various area businesses, Mark found his true niche working in construction with the Laborers Local 785 Union. There, he applied his deep-rooted grit to work hard -- building many local bridges and schools. He was a model to his coworkers and a loyal friend to all.

Mark always had a wild story to tell with his subtle but contagious humor. He had an appetite to learn about anything and everything through reading, adopting the latest technology and quiet observation. His hobbies and interests included local history, being outdoors, rock music and trivia, woodworking, yardwork, studying the weather, bonfires, NASCAR, Syracuse sports and the Yankees. Mark loved a good sale and was an environmental advocate, recycling all he could and making sure everyone else did too!

He is survived by his wife, Deb (Kibbe) Rice; children and step-children, Jessica (Johnny Cook), Tyler and Peyton Westlake, Justin (Stephanie) Kibbe, and Crystena Kibbe; grandchildren, Ayla, Aiden and Alec Westlake; step-grandchild, Kaliea Ervay; mother, Kay Rice; brother, Dennis (Judith) Rice; sister, Holly (Robert) Donaldson; and a long list of friends, especially Ted Kania and Mark and Denice (Westlake) Blaha.

In remembrance of Mark’s love for his hometown, reading and local history, donations may be sent to the Montour Falls Memorial Library. Or, contributions may be made to your organization of choice.

At Mark’s request, there will be no calling hours. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

Obituary: Thomas K. Wise

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

Thomas K. Wise

Age 72, of Watkins Glen, NY, died Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at home. He was born August 15, 1948 in Bath, NY, the son of Leland and Della Gilbert Wise.

He was the co-owner and business partner of Brennan’s restaurant in Elmira, NY as well as chef and manager of many restaurant operations and businesses in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Saturday, December 12, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; followed by a Celebration of Life service at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

He is survived by his Life Partner of 44 years, Bruce Brennan of Watkins Glen; his brother-in-law, George Wessels; his niece, Lisa Barrett (Steve) of Corning, NY; two nephews, Scott Wessels (Mona) of Smithfield, VA and Eric Wessels of Corning, NY; great nephews Peter Wessels, Christopher Barrett, Issek Pierce, Elijah Wessels and Justin Wessels; great nieces Brittany Wessels, Marissa Barrett, Morgan Wessels, Madison Wessels and Mckenzie Wessels, and several great-great nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Karol Wessels and niece Wendy Wessels.  

Thom’s greatest love in life was sharing his family and love of great food with those he loved. Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry. Your part in Thom’s life has created a wonderful tapestry that we shall always cherish.

The love that you all have shared with Thom in his life has given peace to him in more ways than you can ever know. Please share in that peace with him. Please share small but so incredible acts of kindness with others in your life to share what Thom meant to me and family and others in his life. Memorial donations accepted in acts of kindness to others.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Donald F. Decker

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by New Comer Cremations & Funerals.

Donald F. Decker

Age 87, of Freeville, NY, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 6, 2020. Donald, who was born in Schuyler County, served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict.

He retired from the NYS Department of Corrections, having served in several facilities. He enjoyed gardening and playing guitar and piano. Donald’s interests also included science fiction and politics. Most of all, he enjoyed his time with his children and grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Alta Decker; three siblings, Edward Decker, Jr., Frances Seagren and Marjorie Soutar, and one grandson, Max Ramiro Ortiz.

Donald is survived by his two daughters, Brenda Decker and Samantha (Phillip) Decker-Ortiz; four grandchildren, Randall Decker, Amanda Empson, Hannah Empson and Sophia Ortiz; a brother, Robert (JoAnn) Decker. and several nieces and nephews.

Services in Odessa are private for the family. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude Childen’s Hospital or the Wounded Warrior Project.

Obituary: Lynn Walter Hughey

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

Lynn Walter Hughey

Age 87, was called to greener pastures on Friday, December 4, 2020 from his home in Watkins Glen, NY. He was born on August 23, 1933, the son of Walter and Marguerite (Buck) Hughey. Lynn spent his entire life on Hughey Farm, showing pride in his land and love for his cows.

When he married Joyce (Ector), they continued the farm where they raised their four children in the fresh country air. They taught them lessons of respect, kindness and the value of hard work. He put his all into farming and family.

He was blessed to have his sons, Walt and Dale (Denice), working by his side every day along with the love and care given to him by daughters Judy (Paul) Ginther and Diane (Bill) Woods. Lynn’s wife, parents and special daughter-in-law, Gail, left him much too soon. It was his time to join them.

The love for him overflows. He will be dearly missed by his children, 13 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, sisters, Joyce Darling and Barb Baldwin, family, friends, his many farm cats, and his beloved dog Buddy.

A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. There will be a celebration of life at a later date. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Mary Parmenter VanAmburg

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

Mary Frances Parmenter VanAmburg

Age 80, of Watkins Glen, NY, went peacefully with her angels on December 4, 2020 at the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, Montour Falls, NY.

Mary and her twin sister, Anna, were born in Elmira, NY on February 2, 1940. Her childhood and teen years were spent with her Aunt Jenny Hackett on a farm in Gillette, PA, prior to relocating to Elmira. She married and moved to Watkins Glen. Even after she divorced her husband, they remained lifelong friends.

She and her best friend and mother-in-law, Lena VanAmburg, and adopted sister Nancy were inseparable. They spent many years together, known by friends as the “Three Stooges.” Mary was a gentle soul with a smile that would light up the room. She loved her animal babies, soap operas, gambling, and her church. Scratch-off tickets on a bench, with Lena in downtown Watkins Glen. Mary retired from the Watkins Glen School District. She loved her work there and enjoyed her many friends who worked with her.

She leaves behind her longtime love and partner, John Albee of Watkins Glen; Nancy and Denny Rodabaugh, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her twin, Anna, Aunt Jenny, and brother, Billy.

There will be no prior calling hours as requested by Mary. A service celebrating her life will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at the Haughey Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen. Those in attendance are asked to practice social distancing and to wear a face mask. Mary will be laid to rest at Pleasant View Cemetery in Reading Center, NY.

Joining her in eternal sleep will be her predeceased pet bird, “Baby.” Donations may be made in Mary's memory to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865. Memories of Mary may be shared with her family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Stacey Shrout

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

Stacey Shrout

Age 38, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. She was born in Sayre, PA on September 20, 1982 and graduated from Troy Area High School, Class of 2001.

Stacey enjoyed cleaning, watching TV, couponing, travel and water activities, but loved hanging out with her mom the most. She was predeceased by her brother, Randy Deats, in 2000; her fiancé, Duane Pozzi, in 2018; and a grandmother, Vivian Vargson, in 1999.

She is survived by her parents, Diane Shrout and Andy Rhoads of Beaver Dams, and James Shrout, Jr.; two brothers, Michael Deats (Casey) and Jay Shrout (Rebecca); grandparents, Basil Rhoads and Shirley Wells, and Donald Deats; and aunts and uncle, Brian and Teresa Deats and Karen Shrout-McLean.

Due to Covid 19, a celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Betty Lou Miller

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

Betty Lou Miller

Age 82, of Watkins Glen, NY, born on August 12, 1938, passed away on November 29, 2020.

A graveside funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4 at the Tyrone Union Cemetery, Tyrone, NY with Pastor Mike Corriero of the Agape Bible Church.

Betty Lou was predeceased by her husband, Floyd Miller, in 2017; by their son, Richard “Rick” Miller, in 1985; and by her brother, Franklin Moore, in 2014 and her sister, Patricia (Moore) Eaton, in 2010.

She is survived by a son, Kevin Miller, with Elizabeth Boswell, in New Hartford, NY, and numerous nieces and nephews.

As well as her family and friends, she loved and was loved by many pets that were dear to her -- dogs, cats and birds alike.

Betty Lou was born in Endicott, NY, the daughter of James and Edith (Vansciver) Moore.  On New Year’s Day in 1958, in the Tyrone Methodist Church, she married the love of her life, Floyd Miller.

In the early parts of her life, Betty Lou worked making vacuum tubes for Westinghouse in Bath, NY, and candy packaging for Ann Page Candies at the A&P Plant in Horseheads, NY.  She also worked for the Watkins Glen Housing Authority, doing various jobs including housekeeping, painting, and maintenance at the Jefferson Village Apartments in Watkins Glen. She and Floyd enjoyed league bowling long ago, and later were members of the Agape Bible Church in Ithaca.

You may express condolences to the family online in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Funeral arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Mario A. Pevo

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

Mario A. Pevo

Age 54, of Alpine, NY, died on Saturday, November 28, 2020. He was born in Montour Falls, NY, on April 6, 1966, the son of Jack and Eleanor (Hibbard) Pevo.

He graduated from Odessa-Montour High School and served with the U.S. Navy from 1985-1989.

He was predeceased by his father, Jack Pevo, and by his brother, Peter Pevo. He is survived by his mother, Eleanor Pevo; sisters, Jacqueline Romanki (Steve) and Elisa Millspaugh (Fred); sister-in-law, Becky Pevo Bond; and by many close friends.

Services will be held privately by the family. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Watkins Glen.

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

Obituary: Georgia Pert Paladino

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

Georgia Pert Paladino

Age 88, of Odessa, NY, went to be with our Lord on November 22, 2020. She is survived by her daughters, Terri Poulin and Michelle (John Sr.) Bouvier.

She graduated college with a teaching degree. Although she enjoyed her profession, she became a stay-at-home Mom and went on over the years to foster numerous children, each one having a special place in her heart.

In 1996, Georgia was awarded RSVP Senior Citizen of the Year for countless hours of volunteering, driving clients all over the state for medical or personal reasons, Meals on Wheels, and wherever she could help. Her compassion for giving to others in their time of need will forever be remembered.

Georgia was an accomplished ballroom dancer; her beauty on the dance floor was magical to all who watched. Our Dad Jerry was eagerly awaiting her arrival, to do the dance one more time.

She was a communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake.

Georgia was predeceased by her parents, Elizabeth Beattie Pert and Jack Pert, husband Jerry, and siblings Barbara, Beth and Sally.

Besides her daughters, Georgia is survived by grandchildren Chester (Ayumi) Pereira, Deric J Paladino and Joe Paladino, and John Bouvier Jr and Samantha Therese Bouvier; and great grandchildren Ariana Pereria, Wanderlei, Max and Liam Paladino, and Caysie A. Landon.

Per Georgia’s wishes, there will be no services. Arrangements are being handled by the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. Due to current restrictions, a celebration of her life will be held at a later date, with a Mass being said in her honor. She will be remembered for her compassion, generosity and unconditional love. We will miss you, Mommah.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you lend a hand to someone in need.

Obituary: Betty V. Glick

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

Betty V. Glick

Age 95, of Monterey, NY, passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2020. She was born in Painted Post, NY on April 25, 1925, the daughter of the late William and Esther (Walker) Linderman.

Betty retired from Schuyler County, where she served as County Clerk and previously as a supervisor at DMV. She was a lifelong member of the Monterey Baptist Church. Betty spent a lot of time reading her Bible and doing Bible word searches. She was an avid domino player, and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, John B. Glick; son, John W. Glick; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Steve Button, and son-in-law, Doug Lovelace.

Betty is survived by a son, James (Alice) Glick; daughters, Beth A. Lovelace, Mary E. Glick (Greg Cornish), and Mary V. Glick; sisters-in-law, Mary Jane Glick, Inge Glick and Dolores Glick; 13 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; five great great grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are being held privately by the family. Burial will be in Maltby Cemetery in Monterey. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Monterey Baptist Church, 911 County Road 16, Beaver Dams, NY 14812.

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

Obituary: Horace 'Art' VanDyke

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

Horace “Art” VanDyke

Age 80, of Rock Stream, NY, passed away on November 23, 2020. Art was born on December 23, 1939 in Auburn, NY, the son of Horace and Dorothy VanDyke.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Frances (Oliver) VanDyke; their children, Kelly (Tom) Schlee of Ithaca, Michael (Sheila) VanDyke of Rock Stream, Robert (Angie) VanDyke of Norfolk, VA, and a very special friend who was loved as their son, Mike Miller of Dundee; five grandchildren, Marissa and Dylan Schlee, Shaun VanDyke, Jacklyn VanDyke, and Andrew (Ana) Watson; four great-grandchildren, Kileigh and Artie VanDyke, and Angel and Andryana Watson; and siblings, David VanDyke and Cora Sue Davis of Watkins Glen and Helena VanDyke of Ithaca.

Art and Fran met 67 years ago, they married shortly after high school and raised their family in Rock Stream. Art graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1958 and the next day began his 39-year career, retiring as a maintenance foreman from Akzo Salt. He owned and retired from VanDyke Pumping in 2007. Art and Fran also proudly owned and operated a grape vineyard which is still functioning today. 

Art had special love for his family, valued the many family trips, especially the cross-country trip in 1975, his many fishing trips with members of his immediate and extended family, as well as the trip with his wife to Alaska. Art shared his love of racing, especially NASCAR, with his family. His children and grandchildren have fond memories of the time he spent reading to them. He also cherished exploring the wonders of nature, and would often say “I am the happiest on my mountain.”   

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; followed by a memorial service celebrating his life at 4 p.m. 

The family would like to thank Schuyler County Ambulance for their assistance and care for Art. Memorial donations may be made to Schuyler County Vol. Ambulance, PO Box 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891. Condolences may be written to the family in his obituary online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Gary Kevin Lawrence

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

Gary Kevin Lawrence

Age 57, of Montour Falls, NY, died on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at home. He was born in Blossburg, PA on July 30, 1963, the son of Gerald Lawrence and Theresa Clark.

Gary graduated from Odessa-Montour High School and served with the U.S. Navy for six years as a cook. He was a family man and well known in the community. He was the type of man who would take the shirt off his back and give it to you. He was the type of person who would not take no as an answer. He was always there when you needed him and always there with an “I love you.” You would always find him with coffee, smokes, and his lottery tickets. He was also known as a “taxi guy."

He was predeceased by his father, Gerald Lawrence, in 1974; mother, Theresa Clark (Lawrence Wytrwa) Winton, in 2015; brother, Edson (Ted) Lawrence, in 2019; brother-in-law, Kenneth (Ken) E. Gridley Jr., in 2017, and by his aunt, Pat Clark, in 2020.

Surviving are his four sisters, Sandy (Frank Just) of Montour Falls, Dawn (Dan) Stillwell of Ithaca, NY, Darlene Gridley of Montour Falls, and Tina (Gregg) Stiles of Morristown, TN; four brothers, Bruce (Mary) Lawrence of Montour Falls, Dusty (Charlene) Lawrence of New Woodstock, NY, Phillip (Wendy) Wytrwa of Trumansburg, NY, and Scott (Brent) Wytrwa of Montour Falls; special friend, Roxie Parker of Burdett, NY; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, December 4 from 5-7 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Burial will be in Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira, NY at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the VA Medical Center in Bath, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Chante M. Northrop

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

Chante M. Northrop

Age 23, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. She was born in Elmira on October 30, 1997 and attended Watkins Glen High School. She worked at Pudgie’s Restaurant in Watkins Glen.

Chante loved spending time with her two beautiful children, family and friends. She enjoyed bowling, arts and crafts, and had an overwhelming love for animals of all kinds.

She is survived by her mother, Alicia Hunsinger (John Farwell IV) of Cayuta; her children, Mia Barron and Jameson Pearsall; siblings, Damien Northrop of Rochester, Destiny Northrop, Christine Hunsinger, and Austin States, all of Cayuta; grandparents, Jack (Joann) Lewis, Jr. of Watkins Glen, Noel Lewis (Donald Messersmith), and Doug (Rhona) Northrop; and by several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, Nov. 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A private memorial service will follow. Burial will be in Beaver Dams Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Bruno (Hicks) Tallarida

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

Bruno Antony Tallarida

Age 63, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, November 12, 2020 in Canal Winchester, OH. He was born on June 15, 1957 in Montour Falls, NY.

Bruno graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1975 and attended Corning Community College before relocating to Sarasota, FL. He worked for many years as a nurse at the Manatee County Jail. He was an avid bowler and skilled card player. He took great pride in renovating his home. Bruno loved spending time at the beautiful beaches of Sarasota with his family and friends. In recent years he relocated to Canal Winchester, OH, where he worked as a nurse at another correctional facility.

Bruno was predeceased by his first wife, Debbie Rudolph Tallarida, and his mother and stepfather, Catherine and Sullivan Ennamorato.

He is survived by his loving wife, Tiffany Gatt Tallarida; daughter, Tina Rudolph; grandchildren, Tyler, Ava, and Aliyah; great grandchild, Mark; mother-in-law and father-in-law Elaine and Larry Gott; brother-in-law, Larry Jr.; sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and Lawrence Montopoli; brother and sister-in-law, Anthony and Gail Hicks; uncle and aunt, Gary and Mary Lewis; cousins, Ande and Mike Davis, and Cheri and Duane Appel; several nieces and nephews, and many friends from NY to FL to OH.

He will always be remembered for the great way he could tell a story and make you feel like you had lived it. The family welcomes your condolences and prayers at this time. A private burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

Obituary: John (Jack) F. Culligan

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

John (Jack) F. Culligan

Age 82, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on November 11, 2020.

Jack was a lifelong citizen of Watkins Glen. He retired from Akzo Nobel Salt Company after 35 years. He was a United States Army veteran. He was active in many organizations and clubs throughout Schuyler County.

Jack was predeceased by his parents, Lawrence and Mary Ellen (Powers) Culligan, and grandson Joshua M. Culligan. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Nancy; son Darrin (Tina) Culligan and daughter Danna Watson; grandsons Aaron D. Culligan, Dylan R. Watson and Alexander J. Watson; brother, William (Mary Ann) Culligan; sister, Margaret Covert, and several nieces and nephews.

Per his wishes, there will be no public service. A private graveside interment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to a charity of your choice. 

A special thank you to his sister, Margaret Covert, for all her care and support.

Condolences for the family may be left at his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.  Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: William 'Bill' Davis

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

William (Bill) Davis

Age 78, a loving husband, loving father and genuinely kind soul, passed away peacefully at his home in Ocala, Florida on Friday, Nov. 6, with his wife of 18½ years, Sheila Davis, by his side. His wife finds comfort in describing it as his journey to his next quest.

Bill was born in Watkins Glen, NY on Sept. 14, 1942 to Loran Donald Davis and Gladys Gillette Davis. Bill lived his childhood years in Watkins Glen, where he found his calling in athletics and easily settled into his second home on the athletic fields. Bill had many outstanding athletic achievements during his high school and college years, excelling in football, basketball and baseball. His love and talent for baseball led to an undefeated pitching season while playing for Ithaca College, followed by an opportunity to pitch for the Chicago Cubs minor league affiliates in 1964 and 1965.

For 31 years to follow in the Watkins Glen school district, Bill relished his role as father, physical education teacher and coach. He served as athletic director for 12 years and built a strong and resilient athletic department. Bill adored his coaching and teaching experiences. He worked to instill confidence in his student athletes and to remind them of the joy to be found in sports. He made his students feel important and was always quick to create unique nicknames for any child who came his way. Bill was his children’s biggest fan and always enjoyed spending time with them, young and grown.

In 1990 he was inducted into the Watkins Glen Athletic Hall of Fame, a place well suited to honor his athletic legacy.

Bill enjoyed his life and loved his family and friends. He lived an authentic life, a life without regrets and a life he would live again if given the chance. Bill carried a love for gardening, landscaping, and cooking. He enjoyed traveling and spending quiet time with his wife Sheila. He filled his days playing softball, tennis and golf, often managing or coaching when the need arose. Bill had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to laugh. He had an ability to tell a story, like a masterful story-teller fabricating details to enhance the humor and spark a laugh. Bill was consistent and non-wavering, yet fun and lighthearted. He brought joy to the lives of those who loved him, and his presence will be forever missed.

Bill leaves behind his wife, Sheila Davis, and his two daughters, Tamrya (Tammy) and Marnie Davis. Bill also leaves behind cousins, Steve and Paul Gillette.

In memory of a life well lived, a Celebration of Life will be held in Ocala, Florida. The family will also hold a small, private ceremony in Watkins Glen at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to send a donation in Bill’s name to the Watkins Glen High School Boosters Club, 12th Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

Obituary: Donna Wickham Johnson

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

Donna Grow Wickham Johnson

Age 82, formerly of Lodi, NY, passed away November 6, 2020. Donna was born in Canandaigua, NY, the daughter of Emery and Helen Grow.

She was predeceased by her husband Bill Wickham in 2009. Donna was an active and hard-working member with numerous community organizations, including the First Presbyterian Church of Hector, Valois-Logan Hector Vol. Fire Company Auxiliary and Zonta Club of Watkins Glen-Montour Falls, board member and volunteer with the Schuyler County Historical Society, New York State Wine Grape Growers Association, Women for New York State Wines, and the Hector-Pert Memorial Library.

She is survived by her husband Arlo Johnson; daughter Patricia Wooley (Mike Katzenstein) of Aurora, NY and her children, Joe, Paige, Zack, Caroline, George, Sam, Nicholas, and Madelyn Rafferty; son Nathan Wooley of Santa Cruz, CA and children Scott and Averyanna; step-daughter Mechelle Snadecker (Mike Wollek) of Phelps, NY and sons Daniel and Austin; stepchildren, Judy (Roger) Butterfield, Will (Bernice) Wickham, Fred Wickham, Lydia Wickham (Rick Evans), Lindsay Wickham (Tricia Schucker), and Chris (Brittany) Wickham, and all of their children; brother and sisters, William (Nancy) Grow of Palm City, FL, Laurel (Donald) Buchanan of Marion, NC and Alice Grow of Ithaca; sister-in-law Mary Jane (John) Hoare; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the First Presbyterian Church of Hector, 5561 State Route 414, Hector, NY from 1 p.m.- 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14; followed by a graveside funeral service at 2:00 p.m. at the Hector Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Rev. Ben Masters will officiate.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hector Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, or The Muscular Dystrophy Association. Condolences may be left at her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: MaryLou Sowers

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

MaryLou Sowers

Age 90, formerly of Valois, NY, passed away in Elmira, NY on November 8, 2020.

MaryLou was predeceased by her husband Richard Sowers in 2019 and a brother, Bob (Betty) Freeman. She is survived by her son, Rick Sowers of Horseheads; daughter, Kim (Dave) Rogers of Valois; brothers, Max (Mary Alice) Freeman, James (Sue) Freeman and Doug Freeman, and sister Betty (Carl) Drake. She is also survived by two granddaughters, Laura Decker and Carrie Sowers; and one great-grandson, Kingston Decker.  

Mary Lou was born in Montour Falls, NY on August 7, 1930, and graduated from Elmira Free Academy in 1948. She was active on the EFA Class of '48 reunion committee for many years. She worked at JJ Newberry in Elmira before changing careers and working with elementary children at Ridge Road Elementary School in Horseheads, NY. She enjoyed large family get-togethers and her yearly shopping trips with her sister and other female family members. Frankly, she enjoyed shopping, period. She was a tremendous cook, and her wonderful meals were loved by all.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Association, 435 Henrietta Rd., Rochester, NY 14620

A private burial and committal service will be held at the convenience of the family at Seneca Union Cemetery in Valois.

A Celebration of Life will be held on her birthday on August 7, 2021. Place and time will be announced.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Susan Anne Iles McCarty

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

Susan Anne Iles McCarty

Age 52, of Watkins Glen, NY and formerly of Endwell, NY, passed away unexpectedly in Watkins Glen on October 27, 2020.

She is survived by her son, Trey McCarty, who she loved above all others; her former husband, Skip McCarty; her parents, Anne and Arnie Iles; her brother, Jim Iles; her sister and brother-in-law, Elaine Iles Michl and Brian Michl; and her nephews, Evan and Sean Michl.

Sue was born on October 19, 1968 at Ideal Hospital in Endicott, NY. She attended Union-Endicott High School in the class of 1986. While at UE she was an enthusiastic member of the marching band, with which she had the exciting experience of performing in the 1984 Orange Bowl parade. She continued her education at SUNY Geneseo and graduated in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. She then worked for many years as an administrator at The Falls Home in Montour Falls, NY, and The Arc in Watkins Glen, among other places.

Sue's family meant everything to her. She loved unconditionally. She was a devoted mother to Trey, a loving sister to Jim and Elaine, a precious daughter, and a loyal friend to many. She had a sweet personality and was kind to and thoughtful of others. She loved animals, especially her best dog friend Max and her many cats. Your family misses you so much, Sue. We will love you forever. Until we meet again.

The family received friends on November 1 and 2 in Owego, NY. Donations in Sue’s memory can be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County (124 Marina Drive, Montour Falls, NY 14865) or to Mercy House of the Southern Tier (212 N. McKinley Avenue, Endicott, NY 13760). Condolences may be made to the McCarty family (3237 Upper Foots Hill Road, Montour Falls, NY 14865) or the Iles family (2725 Columbia Drive, Endwell, NY 13760).

Obituary: Allison Carrie Gallow

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

Allison Carrie Gallow

Age 23, of Hector, NY, passed away on November 2, 2020.

Allison is survived by her parents, Craig and Melissa Gallow of Hector; brother Brad Gallow of Hector; sister Kaylin (Anthony) Teed of Reading Center; nieces Leah & Mya Teed; paternal grandparents Judy and Harold Forney; maternal grandparents David and Linda Ryan; maternal great-grandmother Hellen Mullen; several aunts, uncles, and cousins, and her pup Bella. She was predeceased by her grandfather Raymond Gallow.

Allison always had an ear for music, listening to songs old and new from all genres, and writing some of her own. Her bright smile and loving heart will be greatly missed.

The family will receive friends and relatives on Friday, Nov. 6 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. Funeral services and burial at Seneca Union Cemetery will be private. 

Memorial donations can be made to a mental health support group of choice. Expressions of sympathy and condolences may be posted in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: John H. Mason

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

John H. Mason

Age 83, of Hector, NY, passed away on October 31, 2020 at Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls.

John was active with the Valois-Logan-Hector Volunteer Fire Company for over 50 years, serving as Fire Chief in the early 1970's, as well as several Assistant Chief, Safety Officer and Deputy Chief terms. John also served on the Board of Directors. 

John was a lifelong citizen of Hector. He retired from the NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control in 2001. John also worked for Schuyler County as a Dispatcher and as the Fire Coordinator.

John was predeceased by his parents, Glen and Leona Mason. He is survived by his brothers and sisters, James A. Mason (Susanne) of Trumansburg, Anne E. Watson (Frank) of Jeffersonville, VT, Glen C. Mason II of Hector and Paul H. Mason (Linda) of Fenton, MI, and numerous nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to the V-L-H Fire Company, PO Box 46, Hector, NY 14841 or the Hector-Pert Memorial Library, PO Box 82, Hector, NY 14841.

A Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held at a later date in the spring or summer and will be announced.  

Condolences may be expressed to the family at his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: William H. Maphis, Jr.

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

William H. “Bill” Maphis, Jr.

Age 96, of Odessa, NY, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 1, 2020.

He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Cora; sons, Neil (Sharyl) Maphis and Wayne (Pandora) Maphis; daughter, Karen (George) Fuller; sisters, Helen Phelps (NY), Thelma Webber (FL); grandchildren, Lori (Fuller) Bart, Chad Maphis, and Christian Maphis, and 10 loving great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, William and Sena Maphis; sister, Hazel; brothers, Glen, Earl and Wilmer Maphis; granddaughter, Kimberly Fuller, and grandson, Kevin Maphis.

Bill started his working career on the railroad, then to General Electric, and finally as builder, owner and operator of Maphis Eggland and Grocery. He was a very successful and popular businessman. He will be greatly missed by his entire family.

Per his wishes, there will be no public service. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Horseheads. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bill’s memory to the Odessa Fire Department, Schuyler County Ambulance, or a charity 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, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Paul Taber

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

Paul Taber

Age 52, of Trumansburg, NY, passed away on October 26, 2020 after a brief illness.

The family will receive friends at the Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Company, 4495 County Rte. 6, Mecklenburg, NY on Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 3 p.m.-5 p.m.; followed by a funeral service celebrating his life at 5 p.m.

Paul was predeceased by his daughter, Rachel Bower Taber, in 2007. He is survived by his parents, C. Lynn and Jean Taber; brother, Carl (Joan) Taber; sister, Nancy Taber; dear friend, Ellen Tremante; brother-in-law, Jeffrey Richards; aunt and uncle, Olivia and Norman Culver; nieces and nephews, Sean (Molly) Taber, Stephen (Katherine) Taber, Lacey Richards (Chris Pearson), Lily Richards, and C. Luke Richards; and special friends, James and Martha Gunning, and Brian (Amanda) Gunning.    

Paul’s life was spent outdoors and at the Taber Hill Farm. He graduated from Trumansburg Central School in 1986 and was a dedicated volunteer at the Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Company. He was especially known by family and friends to have a special way to tell stories. He will be missed by everyone!

Memorial donations may be made to the Mecklenburg Vol. Fire Co.., PO Box 108, Mecklenburg, NY 14863.

You may express condolences to the family or share a memory of Paul online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Funeral arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Wayne G. Pelchar

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

Wayne G. Pelchar

Age 72, of Alpine, NY, passed away after a short illness on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. Wayne was born on September 16, 1948 in Wilkes-Barre, PA, son of the late John and Stella Chlubicki Pelchar.

He is survived by his loving wife, Cathy Travis Pelchar; precious daughter, Heather Carlyle; adored son-in-law, Scott Carlyle; as well as three estranged sons; two grandchildren; brother, John “Jack” (Carol) Pelchar; brother-in-law, Robert “Buzz” (Connie) Travis; nephew, John Pelchar; several great nieces and a great nephew; loving canine sidekick “Jack” and a host of friends. 

He was pre-deceased by nephew Christopher Pelchar Sr.

Wayne served his country honorably with the U.S. Coast Guard; was a life member of the Montour Falls Moose Lodge #426 and a life member of the Watkins Glen Elks BPOE 1546, serving as P.E.R.; a member of the Odessa American Legion Post 676, and a member of their Honor Guard. After retiring from a career as a Deputy with the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Dept., he owned and operated Custom Contracting while working alongside his friend, Chuck Densmore. 

As all are welcomed, we will be adhering to NYS regulations for social distancing. The family will welcome relatives and friends to Schuyler County Veterans Memorial Park, Odessa, NY on Sunday, November 15 at 2 p.m. for a celebration of his life with military honors. 

Those wishing to remember Wayne, please consider donations to a charity of one’s choice. Wayne was a believer in donating to many causes. Words fail to adequately describe how much of an impact Wayne had in the lives of those around him.

Condolences and words of comfort may be expressed at Wayne’s Book of Memories at www.sullivansfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Marion Colunio

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

Marion Colunio

Age 92, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on October 25, 2020 at the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, Montour Falls, NY.

There are no prior visiting hours. A private graveside service was held at Lakeview Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

Marion was born on August 10, 1928 in Dundee, NY, the daughter of the late Leon and Winifred Brimmer Morley. 

Marion is survived by her sons, John R. Colunio and Rick (Moe) Colunio, both of Montour Falls; daughter, Jeannie (Ken) Mattson of Phoenix, AZ; seven grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. Marion was predeceased by her husband, Albert Colunio, on October 7, 2003, daughter-in-law Jackie Colunio, and by two brothers and one sister.

Memorial donations may be made to the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, c/o Schuyler Health Foundation, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family online in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Melvin Nickerson

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

Melvin Nickerson

Age 86, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on October 17, 2020.

There are no prior visiting hours. A private committal service will be held at the convenience of the family at Holy Cross Cemetery.

He was predeceased by his wife Rhea, father James, mother Mary, and brother Charles. He is survived by two sons, John and Marty Nickerson, daughter-in-law Sharon Nickerson, and sisters Phyllis Switzer and Liz Paradiso. Mel worked at Shepard Niles in Montour Falls and was a United States Navy veteran.

Those wishing to make a donation in his memory may do so to the Schuyler County Volunteer Ambulance Assoc., PO Box 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. www.roycechedzoy.com

Obituary: Howard Shumway

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

Howard Shumway

Age 83, of Watkins Glen, NY, went home to be with the love of his life and soulmate of 63 years, Reetha, on October 22, 2020.

His hugs, warm smile, and amazing sense of humor will always be remembered. He always had a kind word and a funny comeback for all. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather (Papa), and great grandfather (Big Papa). Howard was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved the outdoors. He was a very talented artist and woodworker. There was nothing he couldn’t fix. He was always willing to lend a hand to anyone who needed help.  

Howard was a loyal member of the Burdett United Methodist Church. He served as Head Usher and Secretary for many years. He retired from Shepard Niles with over 40 years as a Technical Illustrator. He was a Boy Scout leader for many years. He took the Boy Scouts on many camping trips regardless of the weather.

Howard was predeceased by his soulmate/wife, Reetha; parents, Peter and Esther Shumway; brothers, Roy Shumway, Arthur Shumway and Elwin Shumway, along with his beloved grandson, Daniel Shumway II.

Howard is survived by his children, Chip (Sharon) Shumway of Horseheads, Daniel (Nancy) Shumway of Watkins Glen, and Dawn (Mark) DePue of Horseheads; grandchildren, Kelly (Bill) Reese, Jennifer Tabor, Jackie DePue, and Megan (Robert) Smith; great-grandchildren, Gabby Reese, Quentin Reese, Tyler Fee, Luke Tabor, Johnathan Shumway, Aurora Smith, and Faith Smith; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will be having a private memorial service on Tuesday, October 27 at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen. Anyone wishing to make a donation in honor of Howard may do so to the Burdett United Methodist Church.

You may express condolences to the family in Howard's obituary online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Lala Blanchard Sissel

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

Lala Blanchard Sissel

Mrs. Lala Elizabeth Blanchard (Krueger) Sissel, 89, of 4125 Route 14, Rock Stream, NY, died Thursday, October 15, 2020 peacefully in her sleep.

She was born September 4, 1931, in Muscatine, Iowa. Her birth parents were the late Edward Albert Krueger and Jessica Cunningham Krueger. She was the daughter of the late Charles and Lily Blanchard.

Lala Sissel was a Sunday School Teacher and pianist at Calvary Baptist Church of LeRoy and then Roanoke Community Church. She worked alongside her husband in the Baptist church.

She is survived by three sons, Stephen (Kathy) Sissel of Ohio, Mark (Julie) Sissel of New York State, and Timothy (Gayle) Sissel of Missouri; four grandchildren, Jenn, Jonah, Isaiah, and Seraphina; two great-grandchildren, Alec and Addie; and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of Lyle Krueger, and the late Lila and Lola Krueger. Lala was predeceased by her husband, Reverend Raymond L. Sissel, and her son, John R. Sissel.

A private burial service was held at Bath National Cemetery in Bath, NY. In memory, a Bible donation may be made by visiting www.sendtheword.org, clicking on the orange button, and selecting an “In Memory Card.” Arrangements were completed by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen, NY.

Obituary: Albert L. Depew
and Thelma Hawley-Depew

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

Albert L. Depew and Thelma Hawley-Depew

Albert L. Depew, 81, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2020. His wife, Thelma Hawley-Depew, 76, passed away on Monday, October 19, 2020. They were married on June 19, 1993.

They were predeceased by their parents, Ralph and Dorothy Depew and Louis Rought; and brothers and sisters, Robert Depew, Polly Patchen, Gert Braster, Phillip Pomeroy and Joseph VanNess.

Al and Thelma are survived by her mother, Teresa Rought; children, Noel Lewis, Tina Scriven, Bill Bannister, Donny Depew and John D. Hawley along with their spouses; grandchildren, Jessica and Nicole Scriven, Jack Lewis III, Alicia Lewis, Derek Woodworth, Ava, Donny and Conrad Depew, and John, Justin and Jackson Hawley; 15 great grandchildren; six great great grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Kenny Depew, George Depew, Steven Deming, and Narda Webber; 22 step brothers and step sisters; many nieces and nephews; and by lifelong friend, James Fazzary.

Al was employed with Polly Dairy for 45 years. He loved NASCAR and the NY Yankees. Thelma enjoyed gardening and spending time with her great granddaughter, Emma. Al and Thelma were members of the Montour Moose #426 and the Mechanics Club.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, October 30 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A private funeral will follow. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Marie Decker

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

Marie Decker

Age 77, of Odessa, NY, passed away on Thursday, October 15, 2020. She was born in Manhattan, NY on May 1, 1943, the daughter of the late John and Theresa Petrovich.

Marie graduated from Chadwicks Union Free School in 1961 and later from St. Luke’s Memorial Hospital of Nursing in 1964.

Marie enjoyed her involvement with the American Legion Auxiliary beginning with attendance at Empire Girls State while in high school. When she moved to Odessa with her husband, they were involved in the Legion and Legion Auxiliary. Marie served in a variety of offices, including Auxiliary President for a number of years. Marie was Schuyler County Auxiliary President the same year Wayne served as County Commander. In 2015, Marie was a charter member of the Phineas Catlin Camp Auxiliary to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. In addition to being president of the auxiliary, she attended many Civil War reenactments, helping Gary with the display.

After 40 years of dedicated service as a registered nurse at Schuyler Hospital, she worked in the hospital gift shop. She spent many enjoyable hours knitting items for the shop. Marie was also a member of the Montour Moose Club.

She was predeceased by her husband, Wayne F. Decker, in 2007. She is survived by her life partner, Gary Chapin; and by her sisters-in-law, Mary Jane Decker and Hope Decker.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, October 23 from 6-8 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, October 24 at 11:00 a.m. at Laurel Hill Cemetery, County Road 10, Alpine.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Legion Auxiliary, c/o Joan Scott, 4467 County Road 14, Montour Falls, NY 14865 or the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Frank Robert Morehouse

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

Frank Robert Morehouse

Age 76, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away unexpectedly on October 3, 2020.

Frank is survived by his children, Robert L. Morehouse and Dawn Hornsberger, as well as his grandchildren, Leah and Zac Morehouse, and Jessica Hornsberger and Jenna Mosher, with great-grandchildren Amelia, Jack, and Emerson. His nieces and nephews are Donald (Jean) Boyce, Marcie (Raymond) Ergott, Patty (Michael) Bilinski, Clifford (Nancy) Boyce, Kenna (David) Sawdey, and Blaine (Kathy) Morehouse, with many other nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Clifford Morehouse and Marcella Morehouse Champlin, his sister Marian (Fred) Boyce, and brother Clifford (Darlene) Morehouse, Jr.

Frank was a graduate of Watkins Glen High School in 1962. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1963 to 1965, and was a member of the Loyal Order of the Montour Falls Moose #426. He was a die-hard N.Y. Yankees, Giants, and Rangers fan who enjoyed Watkins Glen H.S. Basketball and Football. He was an avid reader who also enjoyed his daily Sudoku puzzles.

A graveside service with military honors will be held on Saturday, October 10 at 12:00 noon at Beaver Dams Cemetery. The family will have a private gathering at a later time.

Donations may be made to the Watkins Glen Sports Boosters, stating “In memory of Frank Morehouse” and sent to 301 12th St., 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, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Patricia J. Gascon

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

Patricia J. Gascon

On October 1, 2020, beloved wife and mother, passed away peacefully at age 81, with her loving family surrounding her at her Beaver Dams home.

She is survived by her husband, Minarod J. Gascon, Jr.; children, Brian Gascon (Andrea Johnson), and Laura (Brian) Goodwin; brother, David (Sharon) Comfort; sister, Joyce Anne Groves; three grandchildren, Megan Goodwin, Kimberly Goodwin and Brandon (Jessica) Goodwin; and three great-grandsons, Owen, Rowen and Lincoln Goodwin.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 4-6 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 6:00 p.m. A committal service will be held at Maltby Cemetery, Coon Hollow Rd., Beaver Dams on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m.  

You may express condolences to the family online in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Louise K. Eckelberger

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

Louise K. (Yost) Eckelberger

Age 88, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 1, 2020. Louise was happy to be able to go back to her home that she built with her husband Carl and passed away there on their wedding anniversary.

Louise was born in Montour Falls on April 5, 1932, the daughter of the late Lewis and Nellie (Mathews) Yost. She married Carl Eckelberger on October 1, 1951. They had 54 wonderful years together until his death on February 2, 2006. Carl was in many ways the love of her life. Their mutual love of nature and desire to make a difference was the basis of their relationship. They literally spent thousands of hours observing and nurturing wildlife and supporting many charities. Louise had not always been kind to animals, as she had been known to drive off a bear or two pilfering seeds from her front porch with just her trusty broom.

Louise was always at the center of any holiday or family gathering as she was an amazing cook, baker, and hostess. She loved having the family all together in her home, and especially enjoyed spending time with her great grandchildren. Louise was a member of the Montour Falls United Methodist Church for her entire life. If you had to describe Louise with just a word, it would be “compassionate.” Compassionate about God, family and life. God and family were the foundation, life was the glue. Louise also served as clerk for the Town of Montour from 1986-1996.

She is survived by daughter, Jody (Randy) Fuller of Corning, NY and estranged daughter, Susan Eckelberger; a son, Warren (Mary Rae) Eckelberger of Macedon, NY; six grandchildren, Teri (John) Parks, Amy Munnings, Warren (Kristine) Eckelberger, Philip C. Learned, II, Carl Learned and Jason Ector; nine great grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Nancy (Ely) Yost of Fairport, NY. She was predeceased by her brother, Lewis Yost.

The family would like to thank Care First Hospice for their care and kindness, and Dr. Paulette Lewis for her years of quality care and caring. Louise had several aides at the end of her life helping to care for her at her home, and the family thanks them for their kindness and caring during a difficult time. Louise would ask that in her memory you would perform an act of kindness for someone in your life less fortunate than you.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, October 10, 2020 from 1-2 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A private funeral service will be held by the family. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery. Flowers will be provided by the family.

You may remember Louise through a donation to one of her favorite charities, Salvation Army or St. Jude’s Hospital for Children. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Francis Paul Affeldt

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

Francis Paul Affeldt

Age 79, passed away on Friday, September 25, 2020 in his home in Rock Stream, NY. Francis was born on April 4, 1941 to Francis George Affeldt and Helen Faye Affeldt in Elmira, NY.

After graduating from Horseheads High School, he enlisted in the United States Navy i n 1960. He was a shipfitter on board the USS John Hood until his honorable discharge in 1962. After his discharge, he was employed as an electrician at Cornell University, was a member of Local 139 and ran his family farm until he retired in 2005.
 
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Paula Sheehan Affeldt; his sisters, Julia Taylor and Kathleen Knab; brother, James Affeldt; his sons Mike and Shane, and his daughter Denielle. He is also survived by six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
 
Francis was an active member at Saint Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen for 45 years. His life will be honored at a private service on October 1, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. For remote attendees, the service will be broadcast via Zoom. Please contact sierra.adibi@gmail.com for details.

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

Obituary: Beatrice S. Smyder

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

Beatrice S. Smyder

Age 88, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 25, 2020. She was born in Montour Falls on September 2, 1932, the daughter of the late Gerald and Kathryn Symes.

Beatrice graduated from Watkins Glen High School and from the Elmira Business Institute. On July 2, 1955, she was married to John W. Smyder, Jr. in the Watkins Glen Methodist Church by her grandfather, the Reverend Charles Fryer.

Beatrice was a self-employed seamstress, bookkeeper and stay-at-home mom. She was an active member and teacher at the Methodist and Presbyterian Churches in Watkins Glen. While at the Presbyterian Church, she loved teaching and being part of the congregation. She loved helping with Vacation Bible School for years at both churches and always enjoyed getting dirty, painting, playing on the floor and creating craft activities with the children.  Anything that would help them learn about Jesus while making it fun.

Bea also loved teaching an adult Sunday school class. She always thought that she learned more in the preparation to teach than members of her class. This was a great source of joy for her.

Bea loved sewing and knitting. There were many people in town who benefited from her skills as a seamstress, whether it be alterations or a wedding dress. She loved talking and visiting with friends and family. She also loved the beach and enjoyed snorkeling in later years.

She is survived by her daughter, Ellen (James) Mathers of Montour Falls; a son, John (Linda) Smyder of Wylie, TX; a brother, Kenneth (Joyce) Symes of Zephyr Hills, FL; two grandchildren, Gregory (Heather) Smyder and Geoffrey (Christa) Smyder; and five great grandchildren, Kyle, Blake, Joanna, Emily and Elizabeth. She was predeceased by her husband, John W. Smyder, Jr.

A private graveside service will be held by the family at Holy Cross Cemetery. 

Contributions may be made in her memory to the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association and American Alzheimers Association. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Robert Warren Cross

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Robert “Bob” Warren Cross

Age 68, formerly of Watkins Glen, New York, and most recently residing in Vero Beach, Florida, passed away peacefully on September 20, 2020. 

Bob was born to Warren A. and Barbara A. Jacobs Cross on September 25, 1951 in Elmira, NY. He graduated from Watkins Glen Central School District in 1969 and went on to proudly serve his country as a member of the United States Navy from 1969 to 1973. Upon returning home from the military, he dedicated his professional life to serving others. Bob’s greatest accomplishment was raising his two daughters, Ashley and Emily, alongside Marilyn Wilson Cross. 

Bob leaves behind his children, Ashley (Johntyler) Salzer and Emily (Denis) Amisano. He recently became a loving grandfather to Cooper and Bennett Salzer and Evvie and Luca Amisano. He is also survived by his father, Warren A. Cross; sister, Barbara (David) Havens; and brothers, Marius (Debra) Cross, Gregory Cross, David (Elizabeth) Cross, and Albert (Latasha) Cross. Bob also leaves behind many nieces and nephews as well as longtime friends: Sharon Cross, Rosie Cross, Maureen Hannan Palcos, Michael Learn, Billy Field and loving companion Bibiana “Vivi” Montoya. Bob was predeceased by his mother Barbara and his brother William D. Cross. 

Bob was a New York State correction officer until he retired in 2009 from Willard Drug Treatment Campus. He was most passionate about being a Drill Instructor at Camp Monterey. He loved being able to have a positive and influential impact on his platoons throughout his years of service. After retiring, Bob spent the remainder of his days in Florida. He loved spending time with family, golfing, gardening, and playing pinochle. He had strong, unwavering faith in God and attended church every Sunday. 

A memorial service celebrating Bob’s life will be held at Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira, NY on Friday, July 2, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Memorial gifts may be made to the Melissa B. Wilson Scholarship Fund: 111 15th Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

Obituary: Kimberly Sue Smith

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

Kimberly Sue (Chapman) Smith

Age 55, of Alpine, NY, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Sunday, September 20, 2020. She was born in Ithaca, NY on October 3, 1964, the daughter of Stanley and Jeanne (Gunning) Chapman.

Kim graduated from Odessa-Montour High School in 1982 and Arnot Ogden School of Radiologic Technology in 2004.

Kim was many things, but her greatest joy in life was her family. She was a proud mother and grandmother who spent countless hours with her grandchildren. Whether it was hiking through the woods, visiting the beach, attending sporting events, teaching them to garden or play a new board game, she did it all.

She made family dinner every Sunday after church and for any special occasion. She enjoyed bowling, playing dominoes with her friends, sewing and listening to Christian music. Kim worked as a Radiologic Technologist at Cayuga Medical Center for 16 years and was a member of Ithaca First Assembly of God. She loved unconditionally and helped in any way she could. We were lucky to have her and she will be sorely missed.

Kim is survived by her husband of 35 years, Charles Smith; four sons, Justin (Beth) Smith of Lewisburg, PA, Nicholas (Casie) Smith of Alpine, Lucas Smith of Alpine, and Matthew (Dawn) Gleason of Goldsboro, NC; her mother, Jeanne Chapman of Alpine; sister, Kelly (Mark) Hasselwander of Queensbury; brother, Douglas (Tracy) Chapman of Alpine; five grandchildren, Caleb, Wesley, Dalton, Silas and Sawyer Smith; and by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her father, Stanley Chapman. 

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, September 26 from 10 a.m.-12 noon at Ithaca First Assembly of God, 197 Bostwick Rd., Ithaca. Her funeral service will follow at 12:00 noon. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Ithaca First Assembly of God, 197 Bostwick Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850 or Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY, 1100 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, NY 13210. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Jessie Ketter

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Jessie Ketter

Age 34, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away in her home on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.  Jessie was born in Elmira, NY on June 14, 1986.

Jessie had worked as a clerk in Watkins Glen and Reading Center Post Offices for the past three years. She had also worked at Schuyler Outreach in Watkins Glen for 14 years, assisting many families and changing many lives for the better.

She had a very big heart and was abundantly happy to be a part of the Schuyler County foster care system. She was overjoyed to be raising a sweet little boy who had made her day, her week, her year, her life. She was an open advocate for foster parenting and encouraged many people to become foster parents. Just one day in the life of a kid could change their lives forever, is what she often said.

Jessie is survived by her spouse, Robert Holford; son, Kayden; sister, Jamie Ketter & Chewy Novak; brother, Jarrad and Nikitia Peters; parents, Michael and Melanie Peters and Kimber and Bill Hill, and nieces and nephews Cammi, Lucas, Sydney, Hudson, and Calvin.  She was predeceased by her biological father, Joseph Ketter.

Friends and family may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, September 28 at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. To share memories of Jessie with her family and friends or to light a candle of remembrance, please visit vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Linda Ameigh Chilson

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Linda Ameigh Chilson

Age 57, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Sept. 21, 2020 at home.

She was predeceased by her husband, Michael; mother, Ida Ameigh; brother, Joseph Ameigh; brothers-in-law, Harold Chilson and Kenneth Hartford; grandson, Rylee Brion-Chilson, and niece, Carey Ellis-Carins.

She is survived by her children, Robert Chilson (Katie Brion) of Athens, PA, Josh Chilson of Watkins Glen, and Megan Chilson of Watkins Glen and father Lynn Ameigh Jr.; brothers and sisters, Kathleen Hartford of North Carolina, Jim Ameigh of Watkins Glen, Susan Farr of Hector, Marian Ameigh of Watkins Glen, and Michael Ameigh of Watkins Glen; brother-in-law, Paul (Beverly) Chilson of Monroeton, PA; sister-in-law, Anna Mae Ellis of Summerfield, FL; seven grandchildren, Jacob Charles Brion, Kayla Anna Marie Brion, Jessie James Brion, Matthew Jordan Brion-Chilson, Cayden Michael Brion-Chilson, Karley Marie Brion-Chilson and Courtney May Brion-Chilson; and special buddy, dog Taz.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Friday, Sept. 25 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home, with interment at Sugar Hill Cemetery at a later date.

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

Obituary: Hilbert B. "Bud" Mikel

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Hilbert B. "Bud" Mikel

Age 92, longtime resident of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away after a brief illness on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at his home in East Berlin, PA. His children and close family members were at his side. Bud enjoyed a full life and leaves a legacy of family and friends and will be missed by many. 

He was born on June 19, 1928, in Altoona, PA, and grew up with Depression Era values. After graduating from Hagerstown High School, Bud and his family migrated to Watkins Glen, where he met the love of his life, Alice Davis. They were married in the fall of 1950 and shared 53 years together until Alice died on October 17, 2003. Shortly after their wedding, Bud was drafted into the Army. He was deployed to France during the Korean Conflict, where he was a Master Sergeant in the Quartermaster's Corps. 

Bud had a multitude of interests, and was most noted as an outdoor sportsman. He was an expert lake trout fisherman, and like most of his buddies, fished with copper wire on large mounted reels. He knew the lake's sweet spots and seldom came home without his limit. Bud was also an avid deer hunter, and silent hunted the deer herds at Altavista, his beloved cabin retreat and tree farm near Altay. When asked why he spent every day there and continued to mow and trim his trees when it became clear that he wasn't going to sell any, he simply stated, "because that's the way I like to see them." 

Bud's other interests included storytelling, crossword puzzles and Jeopardy. Any who knew Bud spent hours in the thrall of his many stories and anecdotes, which were often enhanced with his penchant for sound effects. Who hasn't heard his "pitter patter" of deer hooves as they bounded through the forest or the train's "choo choo" as it passed by? His wit was also exhibited as he worked his daily crossword puzzles, which he often completed. Jeopardy was also part of his daily ritual, where he and the family would blurt out answers at the TV. More often than not, Bud put the rest of us to shame. 

Bud's other interests included longtime memberships in the VFW, American Legion, and of course the Watkins Glen Elks. He truly enjoyed his Wednesday evening get-togethers at the Elks with his pals, where they would tip a few and trade lies. 

Bud is survived by his son, Steve (Valerie) and his two daughters, Polly Zinn (Scott) and Becky Mikel (Deb Bilger); Abbe, Andrea, Ashlee, Krista, Morgan, Nathan, Nikki and Travis, his eight grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; brother James E. Mikel (Del); niece Joni Peet (John Custer); and nephew Mike Herbert (Dawn). He was predeceased by a sister, Joan Herbert, and niece Sharon Hastings.

Funeral services will be private. Feiser Funeral Home, Inc., 306 Harrisburg St., East Berlin, PA is in charge of arrangements. Memories may be shared at www.feiserfuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Beverly Flatt Riley

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Beverly Flatt Riley

Age 87, of Odessa, NY passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Born in Medina, NY on March 3, 1933 to the late G. Arthur and Dorothy (Smith) Flatt, she moved to Odessa in 1938 and spent her life there raising her family.

She graduated from Odessa Central School and Alfred Agricultural and Technical Institute, majoring in Secretarial Science. She worked for several area companies before finding her niche at Odessa-Montour Central School, where she spent 25 years as the payroll/personnel clerk before retiring in 1995.

Bev married the love of her life, Donald Riley, in 1953. She spent most of her life at Far View Farms, where she was raised and where she raised her family. Her spare time was spent tending to gardens (both flower and vegetable) and a fruit orchard, freezing and canning the bounty. Even in her later years, much to her family’s dismay, she could be seen roaming around the grounds planting flowers and pulling weeds.

She was a gifted seamstress who made clothing and did alterations for family and local clientele. She loved to bake pies, a favorite at her church bazaars and Williams Sweet Shop, which she owned and operated with Don in the late 1950s. Her cookies, pies, breads, and candy were loved by the community and her family, who still looked forward to returning home to enjoy her baked goods. Bev also enjoyed crafts, creating both artistic and practical items. She crocheted hundreds of scrubbies and knitted dish cloths for the church bazaars.  Her faith was very precious to her as she was a 75-year member of the Odessa Catharine United Methodist Church.

The most important thing to Bev was her family. She was a loving mother, teaching her children the same compassion she had for all people, that hard work was a blessing, and faith could help you through the darkest times. She reveled in her children's and grandchildren’s successes and acutely mourned their losses. She was the ultimate Mom, always putting her children before herself. In her later years when she couldn’t travel, she loved watching her children and grandkids grow through her electronic picture frame.

Bev lived a full life, making many friends through her work, church, and social groups.  Remembered for her beautiful smile, kind heartedness and giving spirit, she will be missed by those whose lives she touched.

She is survived by her children, Douglas (Vanessa) Riley of Hilton Head, SC, John (Sheila) Riley of Berlin, CT, Donna Riley Roberts of Odessa, NY, and Kathleen (Stephen) Smith of Croton-on-Hudson, NY; grandchildren Scott (Katie), Colin (Jenna), Cara, Philip, Brian, Kevin, and Jennifer; great-grandchildren Melissa, Quinn, and Samantha; Carole Bahns of Horseheads, a special niece who Bev regarded as another one of her children; and many other nieces and nephews.

Beverly was predeceased by her husband, Donald Riley; her grandson, Sean Riley, and her three siblings, Donald Flatt, Marjorie Brink, and Barbara Flatt.

Services will be held on Tuesday, September 22 at 2:00 p.m. at the Odessa Catharine United Methodist Church, 305 Church Street, Odessa. Burial will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Relatives and Friends are invited to call from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Contributions may be made in Beverly’s memory to the Odessa Catharine United Methodist Church. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

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

Obituary: Jeffery L. Harris

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Jeffery L. Harris

Age 55, of Alpine, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, September 17, 2020. He was born in Montour Falls on April 2, 1965, the son of the late Robert and Viola (Eastham) Harris. He graduated from Odessa-Montour High School and attended Corning Community College.

Jeff retired from Cayuga Correctional Facility, where he worked as a corrections officer for 25 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating. He was predeceased by his beloved “Boy” Edgar.

He is survived by his sisters, Bonnie Hayes of Elmira, Jeannie (Fred) Rundle of GA, Sandy Stillman (Dan Keegan) of Montour Falls, Lynnette Ratliff of TN, and Beth (Mike) Rounds of Montour Falls; brothers, Fred (Sharon) Fitch of Watkins Glen and Terry Harris of Elmira; and by several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, September 23 at 2:00 p.m. at Montour Cemetery, Mill St. (upper entrance), 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, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Calling hours set for Dianne Kimmey

Dianne W. (Kellogg) Kimmey of Watkins Glen, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, July 19, 2020. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, September 18, 2020 from 5-7 p.m. at Grace Lee Memorial Wesleyan Church, 2075 Chambers Rd., Beaver Dams.

Obituary: Andrea "JoJo" Vorrasi

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Andrea “JoJo” Vorrasi

Age 73, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away at home on Sept. 10, 2020.  

JoJo was predeceased by her husband, John Vorrasi; mother, Barbara Tinguad; sister, Carol Brannaka; brother-in-law, Charles Smith, and granddaughter, Candice Vorrasi.  

She is survived by her children, Karen (Jack) Webster of Lodi, John (Tammy) Vorrasi of Lodi and Danny Vorrasi of Ithaca; sisters, Donna Smith of Watkins Glen and Diane Kasian of Newfield; four grandchildren, Raymond Anderson, Nicholas Anderson, Brelynn Vorrasi and Amanda Vorrasi; great-grandchildren, Jaxon Anderson, Jasmine Robinson, Aubree Robinson, Natalie Vorrasi and Sarah Vorrasi; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Thursday, Sept. 17 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 6:00 p.m.

You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Franklin P. Rider

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Franklin P. Rider

Age 82, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his wife and children, on September 6, 2020.

Frank was born in Lodi, NY on July 13, 1938, the son of Howard Rider, Sr. and Beatrice (Moses) Rider.

He worked as a Heavy Equipment Operator for several construction companies, including Narde Paving Co. and the Village of Elmira Heights. After "retirement" he worked by his wife's side at Davis Farms, running heavy equipment and doing general farm work as he never liked to "sit still." Until Parkinson's stole his independence, he stopped at Chef's Diner nearly every evening for coffee, rice pudding, and to catch up on all the news. 

He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Rosella Westfall, and brother Lawrence Rider.  

He is survived by his wife, Marion “Edie” Rider; children, Sherral (Charles) Richtmyer, Cindy Bixby, Nancy (Charles) McFall, John (Jenny) Benjamin-Rider, and Sheila (Rodney) Cody; brothers and sisters, Howard Rider, Jr. (Meredith Lango), Bessie Woodward, Donald (Sheron) Rider, Martha (Ron) Stowell, and Lewis Rider; 21 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great-grandchildren.  

According to his wishes, there are no public services. In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor can be made to www.CareFirstNY.org

You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: James E. Peterson, Sr.

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

James E. Peterson, Sr.

Age 85, of Beaver Dams, NY, passed away on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at home. He was born in Elmira on November 23, 1934, the son of the late Stanley F. Peterson and Eleanor L. Pearson (Pipp).

James was a security guard at Watkins Glen International Race Track from the 1980s through the late 1990s.

He was predeceased by his wife of 39 years, Jane Marie Peterson, in 2016; by daughters Marie Jane Peterson in 1983 and Karen Peterson in 2017; by a son, David Peterson, in 1995; and by a sister, Linda Pipp, in 2000.

He is survived by five daughters, Karen (Jim), Marie, Margo, Kathy and Mary Beth; four sons, Robert of Kentucky, David of Ohio, James (Kristine) of Burdett, and Shawn (Amanda) of Beaver Dams; a brother, Rev. William Pipp of Carlisle, PA; and by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A service of remembrance will be held at the convenience of the family. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Sabella J. Bradley

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Sabella J. Bradley

Age 84, of Painted Post, NY and formerly of Odessa, NY, passed away on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. She was born in Montour Falls, NY on May 30, 1936 the daughter of the late Dorinda Ryan and Richard James.

On July 1, 1955, she married LaVerne Bradley. He predeceased her in 1987.

Sabella was an executive secretary at Cornell University, retiring in 1990. She lived life to the fullest. She was a world traveler, a talented seamstress, and an avid quilter. She loved all her family intensely, and was especially taken with the great grandchildren, or “The Greats” as she called them. Her family will miss her dearly.

She is survived by her children, Constance Sawyer of Lindley, NY, James (Mary Kay) Bradley of Rochester, NY, and Jeffrey Bradley of Baldwinsville, NY; grandchildren, Lindsay (Rick) Loucks of Painted Post, Joshua (Laurie) Sawyer of Lindley, Shannon (Cody) Marker of Carlisle, PA, and Haley Bradley of Rochester; great grandchildren, Sawyer Lyon of Painted Post, Ronnie Sawyer of Lindley, and Chase Marker of Carlisle, PA; sisters, Shirley (Frank) Garton of Trumansburg, NY and Sheila Ryan (Bill Murawski) of Plymouth, MA; and by several nieces, nephews, cousins and devoted friends. She was predeceased by her brother, Curtis Ryan.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, September 14, 2020 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A private funeral service will be held by the family. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Stephen Anthony Fazzary

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Stephen “Steve” Anthony Fazzary

Age 67, of Trumansburg, NY, passed away at home on Sunday, September 6, 2020.

Steve was described as a quiet comedian, unless of course enjoying any of the many family parties and work events over the years, at which time his outgoing personality would emerge. Steve’s humor was ever present, and he enjoyed a party no matter if he was attending or throwing it.

His greatest accomplishment was starting two businesses where he could combine his love of beer, pizza and music: Northeast Pizza in Ithaca, NY and then The Scale House Brewery in Hector, NY. Employees and customers alike felt like they were at "home," and always enjoyed a great time, especially on open-mic nights, when Steve would get on the drums, which was one of his favorite things to do.

He was an enthusiastic entrepreneur, always thinking and planning another great idea. Known for calling and waking his children up, just to bounce some ideas off them, he was always eager to try and never afraid to fail! His entrepreneurial spirit took him to five states and many moves in-between, where he pursued his passion for the family tradition of cheesemaking and, later, brewing beer. He loved the adventure the entire way.

Steve enjoyed many years spending time with Jan at the house on Cayuga Lake, talking about sailing, enjoying campfires, and spending time with friends and family. He also adored his only grandson, Charlie, happy to see his charm and good looks would be carried on.

Steve was pre-deceased by his mother, Jean Fazzary. He is survived by “my beautiful lake girl” of 25 years, Jan Ruzicka of Trumansburg; his father, James Fazzary (step-mother Marie) of Orange City, FL; daughter Jessica Robinson (Obin) of Norfolk, VA; son Lucas Fazzary (Jennifer) and grandson Charlie of Jersey City, NJ, and sister Suzanne Menio (Edward) and their children, Jade and Chelsea; and many nieces and nephews. Other family include Jan’s son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Allison Moore of Glenville, NY and their daughters, Aliza and Amelia Moore.

Everyone is invited to a graveside service at Holy Cross Cemetery, Rt. 14, Watkins Glen on Monday, Sept. 14 at 11:00 a.m. A private funeral service for the family will be held at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home. You may join the service live on Zoom or streamed later, by sending a request to the familyatStephenFazzaryFuneral@mail.com. You may leave a Remembrance or express a condolence to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Michael Anthony Koloski

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

Michael “Mikey” Anthony Koloski

Age 60, passed away unexpectedly at home in Montour Falls, NY on Wednesday, September 2, 2020. Mikey was born on August 25, 1960 in Bayonne, NJ, the son of Linda (McInenly)  and Michael C. Koloski Jr.

What can be said about a man with a heart bigger than any wallet, any house, and any one person? His love for music, theater, art, friendship, fellowship, laughter, colorful party shirts, and most importantly family, was paralleled to no one. Mikey would, if he saw you were cold, give you the coat off his back and hot meal. He was a light in so many people’s lives.  Mikey did not know what made a family, what the boundaries were. Why didn’t he know? Because with Mikey everyone was family.

A heart of gold was silenced but, the memory of Mikey’s goodness is not. A heart bigger than life itself, Mikey’s heart.

Mikey is survived by his parents, Linda and Michael Koloski Jr.;  sisters, Lynette Koloski (Tony LaRocca) and Michele (Jeff) Blanchard; brother, James Koloski; and nieces and nephew, Peyton Westlake, Victoria Blanchard and Craig Blanchard. Mikey was predeceased by his niece, Jade Ann Koloski, and his beloved dog, Shelby.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mikey’s memory to the Southern Tier Food Bank, 388 Upper Oakwood Ave., Elmira, New York 14903.  A funeral Mass for Mikey will be held privately to his family at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church with interment at Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen. Memories of Mikey may be shared with his family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Dennis G. Kelley

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Dennis G. Kelley

Age 76, of Penn Yan, NY and formerly of Elmira, NY, Dundee, NY and Gillette, PA, passed away on Friday, August 21, 2020. He was born in Sayre, PA on December 2, 1943, the son of Catherine I. (Kelley) Barr.

He graduated from Troy High School in Troy, PA with the Class of 1962, and served with the U.S. Army from 1962-1967. Dennis was a postal carrier with the U.S. Postal Service for 15 years, retiring in 1999.

He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, playing euchre, and socializing in local VFW’s and American Legions. He also enjoyed spending time in Florida after retirement. 

He was predeceased by his mother, Catherine, in 1996, and by a grandson, Robert E. Lee Jr., in 2019. He is survived by his daughter, Debra K. VanDerEems (John) of Watkins Glen and their sons, Jacob and Nathan VanDerEems; two sons, Lawrence E. Gray (Brenda) of Dundee and his children, James Gray (Sara) and Samantha Gray (Todd), and Dennis L. Kelley (Michelle) of Mt. Pleasant, PA, and their daughters, Jillian Kelley and Devon Halterman; and five great grandchildren, Anna, Patrick, Robby, Ryan and Aubrey.

Interment will be held in Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Bath VA Center, 76 Veterans Ave., Bath, NY 14810 or the Wilmot Cancer Center, 601 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14642.

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

Obituary: Brian David Field

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Brian David Field

Brian David Field, a man who showed his children and grandchildren how to be the best versions of themselves, passed away in his sleep on Friday, August 14, 2020 at home in Indianapolis, Indiana.

He was 87 years old.

The first of two sons, Brian was born May 16, 1933, to Beatrice Atkinson Field, a teacher, and Arthur H. Field, a supervisor at Watkins Glen Salt Factory. He was raised in the village of Watkins Glen, New York, which rests on Seneca Lake in upstate New York’s Finger Lakes region.

Brian graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1951 where he played football and was a member of the Drum and Bugle Corps. After high school, Brian  attended Penn State University. Less attention to studies and more attention to fun led him to drop out of college and join the U.S. Army. He served as a corporal in Korea from 1953 to 1955.

After leaving the army, Brian matriculated at Syracuse University, where he joined Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He was president of his fraternity his junior year and graduated in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Syracuse is also where Brian met his wife of 60 years, Nancy Elizabeth Yeoman. The two married on July 9, 1960, at the Second Presbyterian Church in Princeton, New Jersey, Nancy’s hometown. Three children followed: Elizabeth (Betsy), Cynthia (Cindi), and Jeffrey.

Brian’s first job after college was with Aetna Insurance in Hartford, Connecticut, where the couple initially lived. In 1963, they moved to Springfield, Illinois, with a job transfer and then transferred again in 1968 to Indianapolis. His final job was as an insurance producer at MJ Insurance, where he worked for his good friend Michael Bill. Very much an extrovert, Brian relished playing Santa Claus at MJ Office parties, and co-workers remember him as being “bigger than life.” Even after he retired in 2010, he liked to return to the office to visit.

But family was everything to Brian. Known as “Pop Pop “to his grandchildren, he exemplified to all what it truly means to be loved. Brian rarely missed his children’s or grandchildren’s school or sporting events. He attended hundreds of their soccer, baseball, swimming, football, and wrestling competitions. Brian was also a star grill master at family parties and was a connoisseur of “Pittsburgh rare” style steaks. His dessert of choice was strawberry rhubarb pie and he loved to eat anything except broccoli.

Full of life and fun, Brian also spent many hours playing golf with his friends at Hillcrest Country Club and was especially proud of his multiple holes in one. He continued to play golf well into his seventies.

Brian and Nancy bought a condominium in Jupiter, Florida more than 30 years ago and split time between Indianapolis and Florida from then on. He was in his element playing gin rummy by the Sea Colony pool with his friends and also looked forward to attending Spring Training games at Roger Dean Stadium. Brian was proud to serve as president of Sea Colony Condominiums for several years.

Influenced by his teacher mother, Brian also loved to read, especially spy stories, biographies, and World War II history books. He didn’t watch a lot of television (other than golf and news) until he was unable to play golf due to declining health and mobility. His favorite movies were westerns with John Wayne and old war movies.

A Methodist growing up, Brian joined Faith United Presbyterian Church when he moved to Indianapolis. He had a beautiful tenor voice and loved to sing in the church choir in his younger years with his daughter Betsy.

Brian was also a life member of the Elk’s Club (Watkins Glen, New York #1546) and Mason 32nd Degree Lodge 398.

In the end, it is only fitting that Brian’s favorite song was “Joy to the World” by Three Dog Night. He genuinely loved life and all those around him.

Brian David Field is survived by his wife Nancy; his children, Betsy Field (Brian Stasey), Fishers, IN, Cindi Pauszek (Bob), Indianapolis, IN, and Jeffrey Field, Charlotte, NC; grandchildren, Brian McGuffog, New York, NY, Elly McGuffog, New York, NY, Jimmy Wallace, Richmond, VA, Andrew Pauszek, Indianapolis, IN, Robert Pauszek III, Chicago, IL, and Matthew Pauszek, Mishawaka, IN; and his brother, Lawrence Field, Lincoln, NE.

There will be a private family service and burial at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Obituary: Charles A. Wicks, Sr.

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

Charles A. Wicks, Sr.

Age 89, of Watkins Glen, and formerly of Pine City, NY and Murrells Inlet, SC, was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on Wednesday, August 19, 2020.

He was born in Elmira, NY on November 1, 1930, the son of the late Clifford and Alice Wicks, and attended Rider University in New Jersey. Chuck served with the U.S. Navy on the USS Elokomin during the Korean War. On June 21, 1953, he married the former Joyce A. Little at Oakwood United Methodist Church in Elmira Heights.

Chuck worked as an accountant for Millbrook Bread in Elmira. He was a member of the Belin Memorial United Methodist Church in Murrells Inlet, SC.

He was predeceased by a brother, Lawrence Wicks; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Winifred Palmer.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Joyce A. Wicks; three daughters, Deborah (Gary) Bailey of Beaver Dams, Susan (David) Bourne of Geneva, and Beth Ann Wicks of Rochester; a son, Charles Wicks, Jr. (Brandi) of Seneca Falls; a brother, Robert (Lucy) Wicks of Carlisle, PA; six grandchildren, Jeremy Bailey, Jessica (Marc) Perrine, Benjamin (Hannah) Bailey, Julie (Luis) Castello, Crystal (Herschel) Mikel and Frank (Danielle) Eldredge; seven great grandchildren, Olivia and Brecken Perrine, Shepherd Bailey, Reyna Castello, Andre and Maria Mikel, and Frankie Eldredge; and five nieces and nephews, Jill Baun, Audrey Wicks, Geoffrey Wicks, Mike Palmer and Mary Lanzieri.

A special thank you to Dr. Saks, Amanda Kinsman, and all of the nursing staff at Schuyler Hospital for the love, comfort and caring during Dad’s final days.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, August 23 from 2-4 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A private service will be held by the family. Burial will be in Woodlawn National Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Carl Walter Isley

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

Carl Walter Isley

Age 88, of Watkins Glen, NY, died peacefully on August 17, 2020. 

He was born in Montour Falls, NY, on August 24, 1931, the son of Carl James and Carolyn Mahoney Isley. For 43 years, Carl was employed by Shepard Niles Crane and Hoist as a salesman and Vice-President of Sales-Service. A proud graduate of Saint Bonaventure University, he served in the Army Rangers and Army Reserves.

Carl was an active member of the community. He served as President of the New York State Jaycees and co-founded the Squires Drum and Bugle Corps. In addition, he was a board member of the Watkins Glen Central Schools, the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Corporation, and the Watkins Glen Golf Course. To benefit Schuyler Hospital, Carl co-chaired the Schuyler County Dixieland Jazz Festival with his late wife, Fran. Carl was a communicant of and volunteer at St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church and enjoyed leather tooling and reading in his free time. 

Carl was predeceased by his beloved wife of 55 years, Fran, and his cousin, Richard Moran.  He is survived by his five children, 12 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, Sharon (David) Herzig and their children John (Kate) and Stephanie (Nicholas) Johnson; Craig Isley; Scott (Lisa) Isley and their children Christopher, Michael (Samantha), Carla, Elyse, and Olivia; Allison (Mark) Majka and their children Jordan and Sydney; and Carl (Joelle) Isley and their children Callan, Gavin, and Alana; his cousin, William (Jane) Isley and family; and his brother-in-law, Alfred C. (Faye) Woodward and family. 

Our sincerest gratitude to the Watkins Glen community, the staff at Bethany Village and Elcor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Horseheads, NY, and Dr. Paul T. Donnelly M.D. of Watkins Glen, NY, who cared for our beloved father, Carl, and treated him with compassion, patience, and love.

A private interment will be held at the Glenwood Cemetery, Watkins Glen. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Carl’s memory may be made to: The Watkins Glen Public Library, 610 S. Decatur Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or Schuyler County Ambulance, 909 S. Decatur Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

The Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home of Watkins Glen is assisting the family. Please share your condolences at: www.RoyceChedzoy.com at his obituary.

Obituary: Samantha Rose Prince

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

Samantha Rose Prince

Age 37, of Watkins Glen, NY and formerly of Avalon, CA, lost her battle on the morning of August 17, 2020 after four long years with her courageous battle against a terrible disease -- cancer. She was a mother, a daughter, a granddaughter, a sister, a niece, a loving companion, a friend, a cousin, and a FIGHTER!!

She is survived by her partner, Randy Savoie; children, Mason and Hannah; step-daughter, Kaelyn Savoie; parents, Ricky and Ruth Prince of Montour Falls, NY; sister, April (Kyle) Bronson; grandfather, Willard “Bill” Prostka; father-in-law, Ronnie Savoie Sr.; sister-in-law, Lauren Savoie; brother-in-law, Ronnie Savoie, Jr. (Wendy); uncle, Jeffrey (Sharon) Prince; and numerous other aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

She was predeceased by her brother, Zachary Prince; grandmothers, Doris Prince and Ruth Prostka; uncles, Harry and Stevie Prince, and sister-in-law, Karen Lafontaine.

Samantha graduated from Watkins Glen Central School in 2001 and worked for the Catalina Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau as a Special Events Coordinator and Manager.  Samantha was a published Children’s Book Illustrator, and loved playing games, watching movies and dancing with her children!
 
The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 2 p.m.-5 p.m.; followed by a Memorial Service celebrating her life at 5 p.m. You may join the service live on Zoom or later view it streamed, by sending a request to the family at SamanthaPrinceMemorialService@gmail.com

We were not able to help her, but we are not powerless to help support her family and ensure her legacy. Samantha's wish was that her children, Mason (11) and Hannah (9), be taken care of: the surviving Prince-Savoie family will be forever grateful for your donation. You may donate in her memory at the “Samantha Prince Memorial” at GoFundMe.com. Your generosity will allow them to start a new chapter in which they will face the future with health, security and optimism. 

You may leave a Remembrance or express a condolence to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com 

Obituary: William McMinds

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William “Bill” McMinds

Age 58, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Monday, August 17, 2020 at University Hospital in Syracuse.

Bill was born in Montour Falls, NY on April 2, 1962, the son of the late James and Catherine (Troy) McMinds. On August 25, 1990, he married the former Marlene Ackley in Burdett, NY.

Bill was a truck driver. He enjoyed metal detecting, motorcycles, racing, hunting, and hanging out with his family and friends.

Surviving is his wife of 30 years, Marlene McMinds of Watkins Glen; daughters, Courtney (Brent) Miller of Watkins Glen and Megan McMinds (Ryan Swank) of Watkins Glen; special friend, Marcia Marvin and her family, Brandon Marvin (Kareena Hoyt) and Zachary (Ashley) Marvin; sisters, Joan McMinds (Allen) and Jenny Brown; brothers, James (Mary) McMinds and Jeff (Patti) McMinds; sister-in-law, Cherri McMinds; four “bonus” grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Mary Coats-Schuyler, and brother, Martin McMinds.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be held on Saturday, August 22 at 1:00 p.m. at the American Legion Clarence Oliver Post 154, 236 Scottwood Ave., Elmira, NY. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

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

Obituary: Bernard Lavern Travis

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

Bernard Lavern Travis

Age 74, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Friday, August 14, 2020. He was born in Penn Yan, NY on October 26, 1945, the son of Lloyd and Theresa Travis. Theresa died a few years later. Lloyd later married Zadie.

Bernard is survived by his beautiful wife, Inga; brother, Lloyd (and Sandy) Travis; daughter, Brenda (and Carmine) Calabria; son, Michael (and Tina) Travis; daughter Tonya (and Dusty Shelton); and step-daughter Deona (and Bob) Muller. Bernie and Inga have 24 grand and great grandchildren along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Bernie was predeceased by his parents, brother Donald and wife Barb, and son, Troy.

Bernie was a veteran and proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1963 to 1965.

Bernie’s children were raised on what they call Old McDonald’s Farm. He had every animal at some point. A few of everything scattered here and there. He raised his children knowing the value of hard work, the value of earning your own money and unconditional love.

Bernie loved children. He had an incredible way with them. He saw no blood lines -- just family. And every kid that he ever met learned that he lost his finger to the Indians. He took so much pride in being Papa Bernie. He knew everyone’s birthday. His favorite thing was to play with the kids and, especially, when he could put them up on the horses.

Horses were his other love. In his 20s, Dad rode in the Double EE Ranch Rodeo in Pennsylvania. He competed in the calf roping and the barrel race. He even tried the bucking bronco once.

Bernie would never pass up a good cup of coffee, a horse ride or an old western. And never ever pass up the opportunity to tell a joke or a great story. Or to sing RINGO at every family reunion.

There will be a celebration of life in honor of Bernard to be announced at a later date.

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

Obituary: Pauline A. (Howard) Ski

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

Pauline A. (Howard) Ski

Age 84, of Beaver Dams, NY, passed away quietly at home with her family by her side on Monday, August 3, 2020.

Pauline enjoyed the simple pleasures of life. She loved her yard that displayed her flowers and favored snow white and dwarves. You would never see a starving bird or skinny squirrel nearby, as her feeders were always full. She loved old movies, especially westerns, and enjoyed crocheting. She loved to bake banana bread and cookies only to give them away. She had a sweet tooth, a jar of jelly beans always close at hand next to her chair and ice cream in her freezer.

Pauline is described as selfless by her children, one who always gave of her time and listened to anyone that needed to talk. She had a face that was always smiling and arms that were always willing to give a warm hug. She had a great sense of humor, a feistiness, and a contagious laugh. Her life centered around her children and family. She touched the hearts of all who crossed her path. It is a comfort to know that our mom made a difference to others.

Pauline was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Edward H. Sokolowski; her son, Steve E. Sokolowski, and her dog Sweetpea.

She is survived by a son, Cullen Sokolowski; daughters, Jackie Roupp (Terry), Billie Jo Dyer (Steve), and Laurie Roby (Ray); sisters, Marion Kinner and Betty Howard; brothers, Paul Howard and Frederick Howard Sr.; nine grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.

There will be a celebration of life in honor of Pauline to be announced at a later date (2021).
To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Steven D. Kastenhuber

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

Steven D. Kastenhuber

Age 61, of Burdett, NY, died on July 30, 2020.  

Friends and family are invited to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Thursday, Aug. 20 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.; with a time of sharing memories at 6:00 p.m.

He is survived by siblings, Debbie (George) VanDyke, Kathy (David) Miller, and Kenneth Kastenhuber, all of Trumansburg; special friends, Jeremey and Jessie Brown, and Joe and Jenny Brown; good friends and neighbors, Scott and Barb Houseknecht; and his dog Connor, all of Burdett.

He worked for Schuyler Wrecker in Burdett.

Please consider a memorial donation to Seneca Santa -- to remember his love of Christmas and for children, c/o Seneca Santa, PO Box 22, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.  

A reception in his honor will be held on his birthday on September 14, 2020.  

You may express condolences or leave a Remembrance of Steve online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Leslie J. Farrington

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

Leslie J. Farrington

Age 95, of Hector, NY, passed away peacefully on Sunday July 26, 2020.

He was blessed to have lived independently with his wife Joan Farrington in their Hector home, with a sharp mind, until the day of his passing.

Les was born on Feb. 26, 1925, in Detroit, Michigan to Samuel and Eva Farrington. He proudly served in the Army Air Corps from 1944-1945 as navigator in a B-25 in the Pacific. He returned and married Margaret Mobley of Las Cruces, New Mexico in 1946. In 1949, Les graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in accounting. Les and Margaret raised their three children, Greg, Vicki and Paul Farrington, in the Los Angeles area where he was the president of Griffin Printing & Lithograph Inc. Les and Margaret had 36 wonderful years together until her death in 1983.

Les was fortunate to fall in love and marry Joan Brown of Elmira in 1984. Joan, already having two children of her own, Chuck Kendall and Kim Kendall became an equal part of his family and were very dear to Les. Together, Les and Joan loved dancing, traveling, camping across the country in their RV, socializing with their friends and contributing to their community in Hector. Les had a curious mind, he loved learning new things, discovering new technology and discussing world affairs. He also enjoyed using his hands; building, gardening, cooking and even sewing.

Les is survived by his loving wife Joan of 36 years, along with his children, his many beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hector Presbyterian Church in Hector.

Services are being postponed until all who loved Les can attend safely to celebrate his amazing life, thank you. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Mary Lou Van Buren

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

Mary Lou Van Buren

Age 73, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on July 28, 2020 after a very brief but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Mary Lou was laid to rest in a private family ceremony on August 3, 2020.

Mary Lou is survived by her husband Ralph, her daughter Amy and her son-in-law James, her son Adam, and her favorite “canine person,” Orlando.

Mary Lou leaves behind a legacy of kindness and friendship. All those who knew her and loved her will be left with a loss that cannot be filled. Her family is very appreciative of all of those who reached out to them with kind words and caring thoughts.

To best honor Mary Lou, her family suggests that you perform an act of kindness, as Mary Lou so often did. You may donate to your favorite charity, send flowers to someone, write a letter to someone, or do anything that will brighten someone’s day -- acts of kindness always mean so much.

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

Obituary: Robert W. Moll, Jr.

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

Robert W. Moll, Jr.

Age 72, formerly of Rock Stream and of Avoca, NY, passed away on August 1, 2020 at Bath VA Medical Center, Bath, NY.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Sunday, Aug. 9 from 2 p.m.-3 p.m.; followed by a Memorial Service at 3 p.m. Interment with military honors will be held at a later date.

Robert was born in Lewisburg, PA, the son of Robert W. Moll, Sr. and Ruth (Dorman) Moll. He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals.

He is survived by a son, Richard Moll of Avoca; a daughter, Selenna (Kenneth) Fiessler of Florida; brothers, Mickey (Donna) Moll of Nevada, and Raymond (Anna) Moll and Harry (Teresa) Moll, all of North Carolina; sisters, Linda (Craig) Hutchings of Elmira, NY and Freida (Thomas) Wheeler of Florida; six grandchildren, Joshua, Rebekah, Faith, Shane, Clayton and Kyle; and great grandsons, Hunter and Harper. He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Stanley Moll.

Those wishing to express condolences or leave a remembrance of Bob online may go to his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Charles B. 'Chip' Jenkins

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

Charles B. “Chip” Jenkins

Age 72, formerly of Colton, New York, passed away on Thursday, July 30, in Alpine, New York. Born October 5, 1947, in Batavia, New York, and raised in Westport, Connecticut, he graduated from St. Lawrence University and after that made the North Country his home.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Anne M. Sibley (Alpine, NY); and three children, Noah (Chicago, IL), Andrew (Ithaca, NY) and Clare (Ames, IA), as well as his brother, William H. Jenkins (Tempe AZ), three nieces and one nephew. He was predeceased by his parents, Dorothy Starr Jenkins and William H. Jenkins.

Chip is remembered for his quirky personality, sense of adventure, and generosity. He valued his friends and cared deeply about family. He was a rebellious youth, frequently pushing boundaries and even being expelled from high school. Despite constantly challenging authority, he had at his core strong ethics and values.

Chip loved books and was a true intellectual. He had varied interests and over the years pursued each with an obsessive passion, including bicycling, canoeing, raising chickens, upland game hunting, and hiking. In the last 20 years he found a home at Trinity Episcopal Church in Potsdam, New York, and appreciated the embrace of that “family.”

He worked for many years at the St. Lawrence University Bookstore, and then as Director of the North Country Research Center at St. Lawrence. He pursued a Masters in Environmental Science at Bard College. He left his career to become a stay-at-home father, working part-time in textbook sales for John Wiley & Sons and as a financial planner. He loved being “Dad” and reveled in having outdoor adventures with his children.

Unfortunately, in the last decade Chip slowly faded away as he was affected by frontotemporal dementia. In his later years, when he could no longer hold a conversation, read, or pursue his earlier hobbies, he still enjoyed getting out in the woods for a hike, and especially going on daily walks with his dog, Booker. It was while he was on one of those daily walks that he passed away suddenly.

A private funeral was held, due to social distancing requirements of the pandemic; burial will take place at a future date.

Donations in Chip’s memory can be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, 8 Maple Street, Potsdam, NY 13676 or the Adirondack Mountain Club, 814 Goggins Road, Lake George, NY 12845.

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

Obituary: Thomas P. Rondinaro

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

Thomas P. Rondinaro

Age 89, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on August 1, 2020, in the house where he was born. 

A Memorial Service celebrating his life will be announced and held at a later date.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mabel; Jeffery, Michael and Tina and Christopher and Jackie; Robert, Ryan, Celeste and Felicia.

Tom was the youngest of a large family and was predeceased by 10 brothers and sisters.

Memorial donations may be made to Care First, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14870 (or online at: carefirstny.org). Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen..

Obituary: Theodore Haischer

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

Theodore (Ted) Haischer

Age 87, passed away very unexpectedly on July 17, 2020 at his home in Lake Placid, Florida.

Ted was born on Feb. 14, 1933 in Corning, NY, son of Harry and Marion Cutler Haischer. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and was a member of the VFW. After returning home from the war, Ted joined Corning Incorporated and retired with 35 years of service.

An important part of Ted’s life was spending precious time with his granddaughter Makayla. He enjoyed going to her softball games and was quite vocal cheering her on. During the winter months he spent time in Florida at his winter home with his wife, enjoying the company of friends and family and serving as President of the Home Owners Association. 

He married Joanne Gramoglia in 1955. He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Joanne Gramoglia Haischer; his sister, Georgia (Kay) Haischer Kidd, and his brother, Karl Haischer. He is survived by his son, Thomas Haischer; his sister, Martha Haischer Card (Bill); and sisters-in-law Roxanne Haischer and Katherine Gramoglia Celelli, along with several nieces and nephews.

Obituary: Beverly J. Tuckerman

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

Beverly J. Tuckerman

Age 81, passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2020 due to complications from ovarian cancer, at her Poplar Bluff, MO home surrounded by her children. Beverly was born October 22, 1938 in Ithaca, NY to the late William and Edna Bower.

Beverly graduated from Ithaca High School in 1958. She married Ralph Tuckerman on June 20, 1959. They moved to Elmira, NY and bought Cory’s Hardware, running it as the family business for 22 years. In 1982 they moved to Cayuta Lake in Alpine, NY. Beverly became the lead florist at Stillman's Greenhouse in Montour Falls, NY.

Beverly and Ralph celebrated 47 years of marriage until his death on July 28, 2006. Beverly retired and moved to Poplar Bluff, MO in 2008.

Beverly attended the Odessa-Catherine Methodist Church, serving faithfully on numerous committees and singing in the choir. She was also a member of the Elmira Women’s Bowling League. Beverly led the Wrangler’s Marching Corps in Elmira. She maintained the Schuyler County Veterans Memorial Garden and worked on special projects at the Poplar Bluff Veterans Museum. Beverly enjoyed gardening, floral arranging, sports, fishing, quilting, cooking, bowling, NASCAR, the New York Yankees, the St. Louis Cardinals, all the woodland critters that visited her back porch, and her cat “Spike.” Beverly loved her family. She enjoyed any time she could spend with them whether in person, by phone or on facetime. She always said they were her greatest blessing.

Beverly is survived by her children, Penny Tuckerman of Endicott, NY, Cindy (Michael) Shane of Poplar Bluff, MO, and Ricky (Kirsten) Tuckerman of Brooksville, FL; eight grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; and sisters, Nancy Gambitta, Cora Fellows and Linda (William) Warner. She was also preceded in death by her brothers-in-law, Lawrence Gambitta and Bruce Fellows.

A graveside  service will held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 31, 2020 at Frear Memorial Park in Ithaca, with the Rev. Sheila Price officiating. In lieu of flowers, she has requested a donation be made to the following organizations: Odessa-Catherine Methodist Church, 305 Church St., Odessa, NY 14869 or Elara Caring Tri-County Hospice Services Inc., 1614 W. Business Hwy. 60, Suite A-2, Dexter, MO 63841.

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

Obituary: Ellen Noreen Simpson

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

Ellen Noreen (Champion) Simpson

Age 75, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at home. She was born in Penn Yan, NY on January 13, 1945, the daughter of Everett LaVern and Erva (Wixson) Champion.

Ellen was a housekeeper for 13 years at The Falls Home, and was a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She was a homemaker and enjoyed fishing, taking pictures, canning, traveling, camping, dancing and playing cards. She loved to laugh, and watch the hummingbirds and chipmunks.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Harry Simpson; brother, Raymond Champion; and sisters, Virginia Gardner and Mary Smith.

Surviving are three daughters, Ann Marie Smith-Tasker (David) of Beaver Dams, Janet (David) Franzese of Montour Falls, and Regina (Gary) Westervelt of Watkins Glen; three sons, Harry Simpson, III of Montour Falls, Brian Simpson of Horseheads, and Duane (Ginger) Simpson of Beaver Dams; three sisters, LaVerna Swinehart of Missouri, Patricia Grover of Odessa, and Henrietta Quick of Enfield; 11 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, August 1, 2020 from 12:00 noon-2:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Richard A. Clugstone Jr.

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

Richard A. Clugstone Jr.

Age 47, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack on July 22, 2020. He was born February 23, 1973 in Elmira, NY.

Rick graduated from Dundee Central in 1992. He held jobs at Acme, Elderlee, Stanley Access, and Wagner Lumber. He had a wonderful sense of humor, often laughing with family and friends.He enjoyed fishing and playing recreational baseball, and loved playing the drums and spending time with his beautiful daughter and her family.

He was predeceased by his loving wife, Diana Clugstone, and his uncle, William A. Coston Sr. He is survived by his pride and joy, daughter Caitlin (Dallas) Hatch, and the light of his life, grandson Jackson Hatch. He is also survived by stepchildren, Cassie, Zach, and Ben Arnold; his mother, Karen Hadley; grandparents, William H. and Ruth Coston; brothers, Andy (Kristin) Vakiener, Eric (Lynnette Bucinell) Hadley, and Nick (Ashley) Hadley; aunts, Marge (Byron) Thompson, Cindy (Jeff) Dezell, Angela Coston, and Ruth (Jeff) Rhodes; cousins, Sheli (Sean) Wixson, Dennis (Jamie) Thompson, Jeffrey Dezell, Amber (Casey) Taylor, Jeremy Dezell, Billy (Brittany) Coston, David (Staci) Coston, Jessica Rhodes and Adrianna Rhodes; nieces and nephews, Henry and Augustus Vakiener, Rilee Smith, Ericksen and Matthew Hadley, Kiara Baker, and Bailey and Colton Hadley, as well as several other step-cousins, second cousins, extended family and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at the convenience of the family. Donations in Rick’s memory may be made to a charity of choice, such as the SPCA, the Glioblastoma Foundation and the Montour Falls Fire Department..

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

Obituary: Jeanne Marie Johnson

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

Jeanne Marie Johnson

Age 61, of Rock Stream, NY, went home to be with the Lord on July 23, 2020.  

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Wednesday, July 29 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.; a funeral service will be celebrated Thursday, July 30 at 11:00 a.m. at the Good Samaritan Baptist Church, 54 Main St., Dresden, NY; followed by burial at Highland Cemetery in Odessa, NY.  

She is survived by her loving husband and best friend, David Johnson; sons, David Johnson II (Becky Bailey) of Farmington, and Daniel Luke (Laura) Johnson of Dundee; daughter, Deb (Tracy) Moore of Watkins Glen; mother, Camille “Sue" Alger; brothers, Gordon (Terri) Alger of Rock Stream and Will Alger of Watkins Glen; sisters, Barbara Harbot of Dundee and Mary (John) Rekczis of Rock Stream; grandchildren, Jeff (Linda) Johnson, Nick Johnson, Micah Gonzales-Gefell, Ella Johnson, Ben Johnson, Zack Chapman, Connor and Makayla; two great-grandchildren, Genesis and Lilah Johnson; and aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends. She was predeceased by her father, Gordon L. Alger.

Jeanne worked many years as a receptionist and secretary at the front door of the Arc of Schuyler in Watkins Glen, and retired in 2017. Jeanne was a faithful member of the Good Samaritan Baptist Church of Dresden, NY, teaching Sunday School and junior church, and led the Reading Center Youth Summer Recreation Program for many years.  

She said she was not going to die of cancer, she was going to live with cancer! In her 50s, she decided she wanted to run 5Ks and she was determined to do it.  
 
She had a heart of gold and was a champ in every way! Jeanne always loved to bake, read, ride her bicycle, camp, and hang out with family. Jeanne and her husband home-schooled their children for many years, and they were a pleasure to work with and teach (except high school math!). She loved music and singing so much, singing in her church choir and to her children. She even took banjo lessons and played the mountain dulcimer. She and her husband even became certified scuba divers, and also enjoyed riding their motorcycles together. Jeanne was always concerned with the spiritual well-being of all those she met, and was eager to share the love of Jesus.

Donations in her memory may be made to CareFirst, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870 (or online at www.carefirst.org) or a charity of one's choice. You may leave a remembrance or condolence online at her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Service: Bernard G. MacDougall

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

Bernard G. MacDougall, 75, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Friday, April 3, 2020 in his home. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Odessa Baptist Church, Fowler Pl., Odessa, NY. Burial with military honors will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Contributions may be made in Bernie’s memory to the Odessa Fire Department, 300 E. Main St., Odessa, NY 14869.

Obituary: Dianne W. Kimmey

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

Dianne W. (Kellogg) Kimmey

Of Watkins Glen, NY, one week shy of her 83rd birthday, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, July 19, 2020. She was born in Elmira, NY on July 26, 1937, the daughter of the late Merle Kellogg and Wilma Borck, and graduated from Vienna High School in Vienna, OH.

Dianne was a homemaker, nanny, bookkeeper, church secretary and treasurer. She retired “for the last time” in 2017. She was a member of the Calvary Nazarene and Grace Lee Memorial Wesleyan Church.

Dianne enjoyed knitting, sewing, quilting, hugging babies (no matter how old they were), WEVFD Ladies Auxiliary, and watching all family sporting events. She especially enjoyed New York Yankees games and she passed away peacefully watching the Yankees defeat the New York Mets.

Dianne was predeceased by her loving husband of almost 33 years, Harold Kimmey Jr., in 1993. Surviving are three sons; Bruce (Darla) Kimmey, Harold (Debby) Kimmey III, and Tod (Wendy) Kimmey, all formerly from Elmira, NY.; one sister, Lois (Marc) Mood of Horseheads, NY; two brothers, Theodore (Cathy) Borck of  South Carolina, and Jay (Dianna) Borck of Pennsylvania; eight grandchildren, Dominic Kimmey, Mya (Tommy) Reese, Jared (Crystal) Abbott, Alyssa Abbott, Scott (Ally) Kimmey, Nancy (David) Dein, Anna Feliciano, and Brian Kimmey; six great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Dianne was known to adopt many, many people, and in the community was known as mom and grandma to many.  A Celebration Service of her life will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

Contributions may be made in her memory to the West Elmira Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, 1299 West Water St., Elmira, NY 14905. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Sue E. Dean

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

Sue E. Dean

Age 76, of Burdett, NY, passed away on July 20, 2020. The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Tuesday, July 28 from 4-7 p.m.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home on Wednesday, July 29 with Rev. Mike Kelly officiating, followed by burial at the Union Cemetery of Hector.

Sue was born in Montour Falls, NY on October 31, 1943, to loving parents John and Margaret Gunning. She worked for many years at BorgWarner Automotive in Ithaca. Sue was a member of the Burdett Volunteer Fire Dept. Auxiliary and Burdett Presbyterian Church. Sue loved being outdoors in her gardens, working on needlework projects, and creating the most beautiful wedding cakes. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and involved member of her community. Sue left her family and friends with laughter-filled stories and memories to be cherished for generations to come.

She was predeceased by her parents, John and Margaret Gunning; husband, Ralph Dean; brother, Bruce Gunning; and sister, Geta Biever. She is survived by her children, Melissa (Kyle) Hubbel of Alto, MI, Brian Dean of Willow Spring, NC, and Amy Dean of Fuquary Varina, NC; six grandchildren, Sarah Hubbel, Brooke (Jake) VanderVeen, Ashley (Brian) Whitacre, Bradley (Jessica) Dean, Alissa (Jon) Bullitis, and Morgan Dean; four great-grandchildren, Noah Hill, Chase Whitacre, and Autumn & Maisie Dean; brother, Clair Gunning (Peg States); sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Sandra Gunning, Dorothy Royce, Beverly Davis, Lois (Jim) Drake, Joel (Kathleen) Dean, and Pierre Biever; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

For those wishing, you may consider a memorial donation to the Burdett Fire Dept., PO Box 238, Burdett, NY 14818. You may also express condolences to the family or leave a memory about Sue online in “Obituaries” at www.Royce-Chedzoy.com.

To send flowers to the family of Sue E. Dean, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store link at the bottom of her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Herbert W. Arnold

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

Herbert W. Arnold

Age 82, of Montour Falls, NY, and formerly a 30-year resident of State College, PA, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2020 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, Montour Falls.

Herb was born at Mercy Hospital in Auburn, NY on September 13, 1937, the son of the late William H. and Ruth E. (Bollinger) Arnold. He served with the Army Reserves from 1956-1963.

Herb graduated from Union Springs High School in 1955, and went on to attend night school at RIT for math and photography. He was an appliance salesman at O.W. Houts & Son in State College, PA for 25 years, retiring in 2001.

Herb loved music. He sang in the church choir and sang solos at church. He worked well with his hands and built things, and fixed Kirby vacuum cleaners. He loved to play the Kimble Organ, and even did this for the residents at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility.

He was predeceased by his wife, Sharon Hatt Arnold, in 2013, and by a granddaughter, Deborah Marie McFeaters Morales, in 2018.

Surviving are his daughter, Kathleen M. Arnold McFeaters and her husband George “Bill” McFeaters of Avoca; son, William R. Arnold and his wife Ellen Arnold of Montour Falls; and eight grandchildren, James B. (Sarah) McFeaters, Brandon Arnold, Jasmin Hescher, Isaac N. McFeaters, Darren Arnold, Arron Arnold, Matthew P. (Tara) Morales, and Kaelyn Arnold; and one great grandson, Mason Truax.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. at Mt. Nittany Residence, 301 Rolling Ridge Dr., State College, PA. The family will receive family and friends prior to the service from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Burial with military honors will be held on Monday, July 27 at 3:00 p.m. in Grove Cemetery, Trumansburg, NY.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 600 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Centre Hall, PA 16828; First Baptist Church of Avoca, 1 Church St., Avoca, NY 14809, or Seneca View SNF, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

 

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