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World War Two
Obituaries of WW2 Military
Chemung County NY
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World War Two Obituaries
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Joyce's Search Tip - February 2010 
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Reading a series of obituaries from a single cemetery, as they are presented here, is like reading the multi-generational history of a community. These people were the local populace at a particular time. The people buried here knew each other, were neighbors, relatives and school mates. They attended church together and engaged in "trade" or business.  All people are listed in alphabetic order by surname at BIRTH. Women identified by a married alias only and  for whom a birth surname can not be identified, are listed on the last page for the cemetery's obituaries.

This page will include obituaries for military personnel who served during World War Two. Many obituaries are already included on the site in the Obituaries by Cemetery section of the site on the various individual cemetery pages. This is for obituaries of people who had some connection to this three county area such as born her, lived here, spouse from here. Those buried in a known local cemetery will continue to be included on the appropriate Obituary by Cemetery pages. As with all obituary pages on this site, women will be in order using their surname at birth rather than a married alias. 

BEACKER Vernon F. Beacker

86, of Galeton, PA, died on Wednesday, January 12, 2011, at the Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA. Born May 19, 1924, in Carter Camp, PA, he was a son of the late Carl and Margaret (Gerner) Beacker. He graduated from Galeton High School. He was a Veteran, having served with the Military Police in the United States Army during WWII. Vern owned the Perma-Stone Inn in Galeton for 50 years before turning it over to his son. He was a former member of the Galeton Drill Team and a former pitcher for the Germania baseball team. He was a member of the Galeton Masons, the Galeton VFW and the Galeton Moose. Vern helped form the Potter County Beagle Club and he owned his own kennel of 35 dogs that won many blue ribbons in field trials. His favorite beagle, Perma-Stone Shorty, became a champion in 13 states. Vern loved to hunt and fish and had his own butcher shop where he processed deer. Surviving are his companion, Alberta Keck, Galeton; a son, Tiger Crawford, Galeton; a brother, Milton (Ethel) Beacker, Gaines; and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, on Friday, January 14, 2011 from 6:00-8:00pm and on Saturday, January 15, 2011 from 10:00-11:00am with Funeral Services following at 11:00am. The Rev. Karl W. O. Runser, III will officiate.  Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.  Star Gazette – January 11, 2011


BRITTAIN Roy L. Brittain

83, of Circle Drive, Waverly, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010 at home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on April 28, 1927 in Sayre, Pa., the son of the late Walter J. and Catherine Taylor Brittain.  Roy was a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII, having played the snare drum in the Army Band, and was honorably discharged on Dec. 2, 1946.  Roy was a member of the Walt Brittain band and was a retired photographer from the Evening Times, Sayre. After his retirement, Roy was a connoiseur of dish pick up and maître d’ at Ann’s Coffee Shop in Waverly.  Roy was a member of the Waverly American Legion and VFW, Waverly Moose, Sayre Elks, and the Masons. Roy was also a lifetime member of the Waverly Hook and Ladder Co. No. 2.  He is survived by his loving companion Ann Dunning; sons Stephen Brittain of Freeville, N.Y., Gregory Brittain of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., and Scott  (Ooch) Brittain of Waverly; daughters Susan (Michael) Ross of Danvers, Mass., and Denise Brittain and her husband, Rick Gross, of Springfield, Ore.; grandchildren Jessica Gross, Jordan Gross and Kim Brittain.  Roy is also survived by Ann’s children: Wayne Blakeman of Lockwood, N.Y.; Ronald (Garnet) Blakeman of Schertz, Texas; Jennie Cofield of Dover, Del.; Ann Marie Stedge of Waverly; Octive (David) Healey of Winter Springs, Fla.; Jodi (Steve) Austin of Waverly; and Ann’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his parents, wife Elizabeth, son Jeffrey, and brother Walt Jr.   Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family and have been entrusted to McKee Memorial Chapel, Waverly, N.Y.  Those wishing may make contributions to the American Cancer Society in Roy’s memory.   Towanda Daily Review – January 18, 2011


CIZEK Vernon J. Cizek

 89, of Germania, PA, died Friday, January 21, 2011 in The Green Home, Wellsboro, PA. Born April 20, 1921, in Germania, he was a son of the late John J. and Anna (Sykora) Cizek. Vern was a Veteran having served in the United States Army Air Force during WWII. On April 20, 1947 he married the former Marguerite Wood who preceded him in death on February 9, 2008. Vern, along with his wife, owned and operated the Germania Well Drilling Company for many years and was associated with drilling for 69 years. He was a member of St. Bibiana's Catholic Church in Galeton, the Coudersport American Legion, the Galeton VFW, and a life member of the Germania Fire Company. He was a former member of the Galeton Masonic Lodge #602, the So. Wmspt-Zafar Ghrotto, and the Coudersport Consistory. Surviving are a son, Duane (Gwen) Cizek of Germania; four daughters, Bonnie (Bill) Rawson of Germania, Sandra (Krish Krishnan) Cizek-Wood of Indiana, PA, Barbara (Bill) Green of Galeton, PA, and Diana Cizek of Williamsport, PA; seven grandchildren, Michael Rawson, Mark (Crystal) Rawson, Brad (Bev) Cizek, Ryan (Amy) Leach, Scott (Jessica) Cizek, Eric (Megan) Green, and Alishia (Charlie) Sullivan; six great-grandchildren, Tyler and Zach Rawson, Kaden and Karson Green, Sophia Cizek, and Brody Sullivan; a brother, Paul Cizek; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, Vern was predeceased by a great-grandson, Carter Sullivan, a brother, Norman Cizek, and a sister, Helen Wagner. Friends may call at St. Bibiana's Catholic Church, Galeton, on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 from 10:00-11:00AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00AM, with the Rev. Joseph Dougherty as Celebrant. Military Honors will be accorded by the Potter County Honor Guard. Interment will be in Germania Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Bibiana's Catholic Church, Galeton. Arrangements are entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton.     Star Gazette – January 22, 2011


COLEMAN Richard Edward Coleman

84 of Lockwood, N.Y., died on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, from his home in Englewood, Fla. He was born in Johnson City, N.Y. on May 19, 1926, the son of Howard A. and Lela (Shaffer) Coleman.  He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia Ann (Shaw) Coleman; his son, Lance Richard Coleman; his sister and brother-in-law, Anita and Edward Kitchen; and step brother, Fran Woodmansee.  He is survived by his children, Colette Lynn and Bernard “Cork” Hendershot, Eric Lee and Lynn Coleman, Linda Louann Coleman; his ten grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; his step sister-in-law, Betty Woodmansee; several nieces, nephews; and his special friend, Gloria Kunzman.  Dick was a Veteran of WWII, serving with the US Navy and later with the Merchant Marines. He was an accomplished businessman as owner and operator of Ross Corners Body Shop, C & P Auto Parts, R. Coleman Equipment Excavating Company and Coleman & Son Lumber Company. Dick enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, boating and flying. Especially though, he always loved get-togethers with his friends and family.  A funeral service will be held at Richards Funeral Home, Rte. 17c West, Owego, on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 at 3 p.m. at 3 p.m., with his brother-in-law Allen Shaw officiating. Interment will be at a later date in North Barton Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to visit at Richards Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2p.m. until the time of service.  Sayre Morning Times – February 5, 2011


DeBELLIS Adam (Amedeo) DeBellis

died peacefully on Jan. 15, 2011 at home in Danbury, Conn., at the age of 85 surrounded by his family.  A survivor of the Great Depression, veteran of World War II, and scholar of language, history, and religion, Adam will always be remembered by family and others as a loving and dedicated husband, father, and grandfather.  Adam was born April 29, 1925, son of John DeBellis and Filomena Belucci, in Hazelton, Pa. Adam resided in Rochester, N.Y., San Gabriel, Calif., and the Hudson Valley of New York, where he married Agnes DeVito of Newburgh in 1953 and raised his family. During World War II, Adam served in the 311th Army Infantry Division as a machine gunner, earning a Purple Heart decoration for service during the Rhineland Campaign in 1945. Adam was employed by IBM Corporation where he held both technical and management positions in their Systems, Components and Office Products Divisions throughout his 42 year career. After retiring from IBM in 1990, Adam served as president of N.I.D.O. (Noi Itialiani D'Oggi, We Italians of Today), pursuing his love for Italian language and culture.   Adam is survived by his wife, Agnes, of 57 years; two sisters, Emilia Lamana and Yolanda Ruggeri of Rochester, N.Y.; sons, John of Houston, Texas and Anthony of Danbury, Conn.; daughter, Victoria Supraner of Charlottesville, Va.; five grandchildren, Andrea, Moira, Anthony, Adam, and Emilia; and two great-grandchildren, Michael and Jonah.  Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20 at Brooks Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Ave., Newburgh. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 21 in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 145 Benkard Ave., Newburgh. Cremation will be in Cedar Hill Crematory, Newburgh. Donations to St. Francis of Assisi Church may be made in lieu of flowers.   Towanda Daily Review – January 18, 2011


FIELDER Dr. Frank G.

Alpine: Dr. Frank G. Fielder, retired veterinarian of Alpine, New York, NY died January 20, 2011. He was 96 years of age and a resident of Schuyler County New York since 1976. Francis George Fielder was born April 16, 1914 in Armidale, New South Wales, Australia. He attended Dubbo High School graduating as School Captain in 1932. Frank earned his Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree from the University of Sydney in 1938, and served as District Veterinary Officer to New South Wales from 1940 until 1942. Frank enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy in 1942. He served during WW 11 in the Pacific theater upon the HMAS Arunta, a tribal class destroyer assigned to convey escort and anti-submarine duties with the US 7th Fleet. He saw action on the Australian coast, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Philippines and Borneo. During the Battle of the Philippines he thwarted a kamikaze attack upon his ship, and for his actions was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in 1945. Frank was discharged from reserve service in 1948 at the rank of Lieutenant. In 1949 Frank immigrated to the United States for Post-Graduate Veterinary training at Colorado University, earning the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1950. He accepted a position in the Large Animal Clinic at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, and while in Ithaca he met Betty Lee Huff, secretary to the Dean of the Veterinary School. They were married in 1951. Frank received a Master's Degree in Veterinary Surgery from Cornell University in 1957. During the intervening years 1952 through 195, he was employed as an Assistant Professor at the Veterinary School of the University of Pennsylvania. Frank became naturalized citizen of the United States in 1953. In 1955 he left academia and accepted a position with Schering Corporation in the Department of Small Animal Toxicology and Pathology. He was retired from Schering-Plaugh in 1975. Frank attained his New York State Veterinary License for private practice in 1976, relocated to Alpine, New York and opened the Finger Lakes Animal Hospital. He and Betty operated the hospital together until her death in 1993. Frank continued in the practice alone until retirement on his 90th birthday in 2004. Frank fostered a lifelong interest in vocal music, pursing his interests through involvements in semi-professional and church choirs. He was a member of the St. Paul's and St. John's Episcopal Church Choirs, and a licensed Lay Reader and Chalice Presenter until 2008. Frank especially loved to sing and perform services at St. Paul's, Montour Falls, NY. Frank also cultivated a lifelong love of physical activity, especially tennis, playing competitively into his seventies. Frank is preceded by his wife Betty lee Huff and a sister Muriel Inez Annette Mack. He is survived by his son Francis George Fielder and daughter-in-law Donna, granddaughters Elizabeth Dory (Nee Fielder) and Suzanne Fielder, and nephews Joseph and Austin Mack of Australia. A memorial service to honor his memory will be held at 1 PM Saturday, February 5, 2011, at St. John's Episcopal Church, Catherine, New York. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be sent "In memoriam Dr. Frank G. Fielder" to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, Building Fund, 2386 County Road #10, Alpine, New York 14805.  Star Gazette – February 4, 2011


FINCH Howard C. Finch

89, of Blossburg, died peacefully at home, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011.  Howard was an U.S. Army World War II veteran.  He is survived by his son, Howard W. and his wife, Maria Finch of Blossburg.  A private family service will be held in Hatboro, Pa.  Funeral arrangements are under the care of Freeberg Funeral Home, Blossburg.   Williamsport Sun Gazette – January 27, 2011


FREDERICK Donald B. Frederick

of Waverly, N.Y. died peacefully at his home on the morning of Sunday, December 19, 2010. He was born on August 21,1920, in Lowell, Massachusetts, the son of Richard and Helen Frederick. Don graduated from Union Endicott High school In 1939, where he excelled in music. He continued his education at Potsdam Teacher's College where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education in 1943. Having enlisted in the Army Air Corps. during WWII, he also completed the academic requirements for the Army Air Force Aircrew that same year at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont.  Upon completion of his years of service in the Air Corps, Don married Jane Kellerman of Endicott, N.Y., with whom he shared 52 years of marriage until the time of her passing in 1998. Mr. Frederick attended Union College of Albany Law School where he received a Juris Doctorate degree in 1950. He was admitted to the bar in the states of New York and Pennsylvania. In 1958, he was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Don purchased the law practice of the Honorable Edward Eaton in 1952, and began his career of over 50 years as an attorney in the village of Waverly. Always actively engaged in his community, Mr. Frederick served as the attorney for the Waverly School Board, and the Tioga General Hospital. He served as a past president of the Tioga Bar Association. He volunteered his time as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Guthrie Health System, as a member and past president of the Waverly Rotary Club, and served many years as the secretary for the Board of Trustees of the Waverly Free Library. Don was also a member of the Chemung Valley /Waverly Mason's Lodge 350, the Elks and the Moose. In spite of numerous civic duties, Don's main concern was for his family for whom he was always very grateful. He was fond of boating, skiing and playing the clarinet; an instrument that inspired his lifelong love of music. In more recent years he focused his attention on the pursuits of his grandchildren, and was a devoted attendee at all their musical, theatrical and sporting events whenever possible. In addition to his parents and wife Jane, Mr. Frederick is predeceased by his brother Richard Frederick II and his wife Dorothy, and his two sisters and their husbands, Harriet and Louis Amendt , and Eleanor and Bates Huffman. He is also predeceased by his brother-in- law, Howard Robison. Don is survived by his children: Donald Frederick, Jr. of Waverly, and David (Wendy) Frederick of Charleston, S.C., Mary(Kenneth) Finlayson of Waverly, Susan Jane (Patrick) Merz of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Linda (Michael) Debach of Troy, Pa.; and one sister, Gertude Robison of Annapolis, Md. Also surviving are a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Annette and Carl Riechers of Endicott, N.Y.  He is also survived by grandchildren Jane and Andrea Finlayson of New York City; Emily Merz of West Jordan, Utah; Chelsea, Natalie and Mallory Merz of Salt Lake City, Utah; Lindsay Debach of Troy, Pa.;, Michael Frederick Debach of New York City; Katie Debach of Mansfield, Pa.; Geoffrey Debach of Troy, Pa. and two great grandsons, Nathan and James Brown of West Jordan, Utah.  Friends and family are invited to a time of remembrance and celebration of Don's life on Jan. 22, 2011, at the Waverly Presbyterian Church at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Frederick's memory can be made to Stray Haven in Waverly, the Animal Care Sanctuary in East Smithfield, Pa., the Waverly Free Library, or the charity of one's choice.  Sayre Morning Times – December 30, 2010


GAGE John (Jack) Gage, Jr.

 age 86 formerly of Watkins Glen, NY died on January 31, 2011 in Ruskin, Florida. He was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran. He co-founded the Watkins Sporting Goods in Watkins Glen, NY. Jack is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Phyllis; daughter Jill (Wayne) Meissner of Ruskin, FL; sons Jack (Ellen) Gage of Colorodo Springs, CO; Jeff (Sue) Gage of Beaver Dams, NY; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  Star Gazette - February 11, 2011


GALLEHER Roscoe C. "Chan" Galleher

age 90 of E. Church Street in Elmira died Wednesday, January 12 after an extended illness. Mr. Galleher was born in Marion, OH on October 29, 1920 to Roscoe C. and Harriet N. (Kraner) Galleher. After graduating from Elmira Free Academy, he enlisted in the United States Army where he served as a tank commander in Patton's Third Armored Division in France and Germany. Upon re-entering civilian life, he worked a number of years for Sears-Roebuck before settling in Hornell where he became news director for radio station WLEA. He moved on to become news director and station manager of WATS radio in Sayre, PA. Upon retirement, his lifelong love of woodworking, led him to seek part time employment in the retail lumber business. His other hobbies included fishing, boating and gardening. He has held memberships in the American Legion and the United States Power Squadron. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mary; two sons, David (Nancy) Galleher of Geneva, NY and Drew Galleher of Muskegon, MI; two granddaughters, Kelly (Dan) Chacchia of Webster, NY and Bethany (Jeff) Scaglia of Geneva; and three great grandchildren. At Mr. Galleher's request, there will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Those wishing may make a donation in his name to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements are by Kalec Funeral Home of Elmira.  Star Gazette – January 16, 2011


GAUSS Frank A. Gauss

age 85, of Corning died on Friday, January 28, 2011. Frank was born in Corning, on July 31, 1925, the son of Louis and Margarette (Torrence) Gauss. He married Eleanor Loomis on February 13, 1946 in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Corning.   Frank enjoyed the outdoors, working on the family farm, and studying in school. He served in Patton's Army in the European theater during World War II, landed on the third day of the Normandy Invasion, participated in the liberation of France and fought his way into Germany. He received a purple heart for his service to his country. Frank graduated from the University of Rochester with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. He spent his working career from 1951 until 1988 with the Corning Glass Works, starting in accounting and later as a Plant Manager at the Holding Point in Horseheads. He and Eleanor loved to travel and were able to go to Europe several time through the years. They regularly traveled to Cape Cod for the sea air and lobster dinners. They always looked forward to spending their winters in Florida with good friends and family. Frank and Eleanor enjoyed camping, biking and hiking, especially on the Appalachian Trail. He had great faith and he and Eleanor volunteered together at the church, visiting those in need and bringing comfort and communion. He was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church in Corning and loved his church family, enjoying Bible study weekly, when he was able. Frank has been a member of the American Legion, VFW and DAV, and took pride in donating to many good causes.  Along with beloved wife and companion, Eleanor, Frank is survived by his children; Kathryn (Tony) Stepnowski, Pamela (Noah) Fraboni-Fehl and Frank "Dutch" (Brenda) Gauss Jr.; brother: Raymond (Diane) Gauss; brother-in-laws, Richard Gilkinson and Lloyd Bailey; sister-in-laws; Constance Gauss; Ruth Delorraine and Norma Merrill; Aunt, Mildred "Midge" Gauss; Cousins, Dorothy Moore and Charles (Jennifer) Torrence; Grandchildren, Christian Fraboni, Hanna (Wade) Mitchell, William (Penny) Willow, Ruby Hare, Corinna Oyer, Veronica (Dana) Knowles, Jennifer (Don) Wells, Sarra (Jeremy) Willis, Bryce Stepnowski, Frank Gauss III and Whitney Fehl. He has 14 great grandchildren with a new one coming in the Spring. Frank is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings Louis Gauss, Jr, Elsie Gilkinson, and Richard "Bob" Gauss, his sister-in-laws, Agnes Gauss, and Doris Bailey, brother-in-law, Noble Merrill and beloved Grandson, Noel Fraboni.  Calling hours will be held on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at Phillips Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney Street, Corning, from 6-8pm. A service celebrating Frank's life will be held on Friday, February 4, 2011 at the Faith Lutheran Church, 71 W. 1st Street, Corning at 11am. "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:16    Star Gazette – February 1, 2011


GIANTOMASI Robert J. Giantomasi

Age 83, of 301 Oak Ave., Elkland, PA, died January 17th, 2011 at the VA Medical Center in Bath, NY. He was born February 11, 1927 in Elkland, PA - the son of Nick and Josephine Cardman Giantomasi. He was a veteran of the Navy in World War II, a retired carpenter, avid hunter, and a New York Yankees fan. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Kitty); daughters, Nancy Schoonover of Elmira and Marty (Donald) Irwin of Rochester; granddaughter, Kendra (Lou) Rossetti of Penfield; great grandson, Owen Rossetti of Penfield; his brother, Roger Giantomasi of Elmira; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Jean Croft, and sister-in-law, Ruth Giantomasi. It was Bob's request that services be private. Those wishing to remember Bob may do so through donations in his name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital ., 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN., 38015 ( or Paradise Gardens Animal Shelter, 598 Kent Hill Rd., Woodhull, NY. 14898. Arrangements have been entrusted to Kenyon Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Elkland PA 16920.  Star Gazette – January 18, 2011


GULICH Andrew Gulich

Age 84, of Horseheads, formerly of Elmira, died Thursday, January 6, 2011, at Elcor Heath Services. Survived by daughters, Yvonne Powers & Rose Ann Gulich; sons, Robert, Ronald & Gary Gulich; several grand & great-grandchildren; brothers, John, Steve, Frank, & Mike Gulich; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Andy was a WWII US Navy Veteran, former employee of GE and Sears. He was a communicant of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church. Those wishing may attend his calling hours starting at 11 a.m. at the Kalec Funeral Home Tuesday, January 11, followed by his Funeral Service at 12 Noon, Rev. Jason Kappanadze officiating. Burial to follow in Bath National Cemetery.  Star Gazette – January 10, 2011


HAGAR Claude W. Hagar

 86, of 1217 Mulberry St., Montoursville and a guest at Valley View Nursing Center, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, at the home. He was born Jan. 9, 1924, in Rich     mond Township, Tioga, Pa., a son of Claude L. and Jennie Bly Hagar.  Claude retired in 1983 from Edwards Motor Transit, where he worked as a bus mechanic, and had also worked for Susquehanna Transit. He was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War, and was a member of the V.F.W Post No. 6757 in Mansfield. He was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Montoursville; the Eureka Lodge No. 335 and the Williamsport Consistory. He enjoyed woodworking and watching sports on T.V. Claude was married to C. Esther Egli, with whom he was married to for 54 years. Surviving, besides his wife, are nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by ten brothers and sisters. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, at Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville, with Rev. James R. Bramer officiating. Interment will follow in Montoursville Cemetery. Friends will be received on Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund at Bethany Lutheran Church, 369 Broad St., Montoursville, PA 17754.  Williamsport Sun-Gazette – December 30, 2010


HERNER Raymond F. Herner, 90, a resident of the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital formerly of 27 Walnut St., Towanda, Pa., died Monday morning, Dec. 27, 2010 at Memorial Hospital, N. Towanda Twp., Pa. Born Sept. 23, 1920 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., he was the son of the late Floyd and Catherine Berger Herner. Raymond was a graduate of Beaumont High School Class of 1938 and later attended Williamsport Technical Institute. On Dec. 26, 1943 he married the former Helen J. Wilbur in Beaumont, Pa. Raymond served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II as a surgical technician in North Africa. Upon returning home from the military, Raymond was employed by the Eclipse in Elmira, N.Y. He was employed by E.I. DuPont in Towanda for 8 years and was later employed by Sylvania Electric in Towanda for 25 years until his retirement in 1985. Raymond was a former amateur radio operator and also enjoyed radio controlled airplanes and boats as his hobbies. He was a member of Towanda American Legion Post No. 42. Surviving are: his son and daughter-in-law, Mark Alan Herner and Janet McMinn Herner of Severna Park, Md.; two granddaughters, Mary Jo Herner and her husband, James Wilson of New Orleans, La., Cindy Miracle of Royston, Ga.; several great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Greta Herner of Hampton, Va.; sisters, Margaret Siperko of Beaumont, Pa., Arvilla Kieper of Miners Mills, Pa.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen J. Wilbur Herner on March 21, 2010; a son, Dennis Robert Herner on April 7, 1999; and his brother, Melvin L. Herner on Dec. 25, 2010. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa.  The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to Memorial Hospital E.M.S., 1 Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA 18848 in Raymond F. Herner's memory. Towanda Daily Review – December 31, 2010


HOLLINGSWORTH Claude Eston Hollingsworth, Jr.

84, died at his home in Gastonia, NC on February 15, 2011, and went to be with his Lord. Mr. Hollingsworth was born April 27, 1926 in White County, TN, the eldest son of the late Claude Eston Hollingsworth, Sr. and the late Mary Emma (Broome) Hollingsworth. He attended White County High School, where he excelled as student and athlete. Following graduation, Mr. Hollingsworth joined the US Army, being involved in the liberation of Europe in 1944-1945. He served in the 95th Infantry Division and received the Bronze Star for valor. In the postwar years, Mr. Hollingsworth attended Tennessee Technological Institute, where he earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering. Moving to Memphis, TN, he worked for the City of Memphis and in 1950 married Claudia Waren with whom he had three daughters. The family was active in the Baptist church there. During his 29-year employment with the US Steel Corporation American Bridge Division, Mr. Hollingsworth lived and worked in Memphis, TN, Chicago, IL, Pittsburgh, PA, and Elmira, NY, rising to the level of Plant Engineer. He was involved in numerous construction projects throughout the US and abroad including the Superdome, the Sears Tower and the New River Gorge Bridge. Mr. Hollingsworth was active in Baptist pioneer missions in Chicago, Pittsburgh and Upstate New York, working tirelessly to found new churches in these areas. After his retirement from US Steel in 1984, Mr. Hollingsworth moved to Gastonia, NC, where he was employed as an engineer at Owen Steel of North Carolina until his permanent retirement in 1994. A widower, he married Sue Barrett Payne of Gastonia in 1997. While in Gastonia, Mr. Hollingsworth was active in Gideons International and was for many years a volunteer in the local jail ministry. Mr. Hollingsworth is survived by his wife, Sue Barrett Hollingsworth; his sister, Mrs. Mary Alma Cole of Sparta, TN; three daughters, Diane Hollingsworth of Durham, NC, Elaine (Donald) Custer of Emlenton, PA, and Patricia (David) Duryea of Rochester, NY, as well as grandchildren Donald and Andrew Custer, Ben, Richard, and Sam Duryea, Beth Bennett, and great-grandchildren David, Brett, Katherine, Kaitlyn, and Andrew Claude Custer. Funeral services will take place at First A.R.P. Church of Gastonia at 2 p.m., Sunday, February 20, 2011, with the Rev. Eddie Spencer and Rev. Mark Tankersley officiating. Burial will follow at Gaston Memorial Park with military honors presented by the Gaston Co. World War II Last Man Club. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, February 19, at McLean Funeral Directors in Gastonia. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to Gideons International, Gaston Central Camp, P.O. Box 637, Gastonia, NC 28053, or to First ARP Church, 317 S Chester Street, Gastonia, NC 28052, or to Gaston Community Church, P.O. Box 550741, Gastonia, NC.  Star Gazette – February 19, 2011


HOUSEWEART Robert S. "Bob" Houseweart

87, of the Masonic Village, Elizabethtown, and a Benton area native, died early Wednesday morning, Feb. 23, 2011 at the Masonic Village.   Born Feb. 13, 1924 in Benton Township, he was a son of the late Arthur S. and Lillian (Evans) Houseweart. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice (Krum) Houseweart on April 9, 1996.  He was a 1938 graduate of Benton High School and in his younger years was a member of the Raven Creek Presbyterian Church. He was a 35 year member of the Wysox Chamber of Commerce.  He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army (Infantry) as a Staff Sergeant during the occupational forces after World War II.  Mr. Houseweart was a business owner and a contract milk hauler for Dairylea Cooperative in Bradford County for more than 30 years. He had also done contract work with Agway, retiring in the late 1980's. Mr. Houseweart and his late wife had lived in Wysox, Bradford County for many years. While living in Wysox, he was a member of the Wysox Presbyterian Church. He moved to York, Pennsylvania in 1994 where he lived until entering the Masonic Home in Elizabethtown in 2006. He was a member of Oriental Lodge, No. 460, F. & A. M., of Orangeville, the Caldwell Consistory of Bloomsburg and was also a member of the Wysox Volunteer Fire Company.  Surviving are his two daughters, Diane H. Whitehill and her husband, Douglas, of York, Jane H. Stacey and her husband, James, of Martinsville, Indiana; a granddaughter, Meghan Compton and her husband, Matthew, of Avon, Indiana; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was the last member of his immediate family. In addition to his wife, Alice; he was preceded in death by the following siblings, Harold W. Houseweart, Florence Polk, G. Wesley Houseweart, Raymond Houseweart and Doyle E. Houseweart.  Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday at the McMichael Funeral Home Inc., 4394 Red Rock Road, Benton (Rt. 487). A viewing will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at noon Saturday. A Masonic service will be held Saturday following the viewing hour. Private burial will be in the Esther Furnace Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Wysox Volunteer Fire Company; Attn: Jack Kilmer, P. O. Box 2, Wysox, PA 18854.  Star Gazette - February 25, 2011


HUNTER Frederick G. Hunter

26-year Army veteran- Word has been received here of the death of former Athenian Frederick G. Hunter on December 14, 2010 in Bedford, Va. Born May 9, 1922 in Towanda, Pa. the son of Milton D. Hunter and Pearl Kunsman Hunter. He came to Athens in 1925 and graduated from Athens High School in 1940. He entered the Army the fall after he graduated.  On June 6, 1945 he married the former Mille Stellato in Bethlehem, Pa. and they had three children, two of whom survive: Joyce Roberts of Bryan, Ohio and Terry Boone of Roanoke, Va.  A son, Robert, died in 1971. Preceeding Mr. Hunter were his parents and a sister Bertha in 1959. Surviving beside his two daughters are his best friend Twila Snyder; six grandchildren; a brother, Duane of Athens, and in our area, nieces Dawn Fenton of Athens Township, Marlene Edwards of Athens and nephews John Hunter of Ulster and Manville Hunter of Florida. Military rites for this 26-year Army veteran were held Monday, Dec. 20 at the City Point Military Cemetery in Hopewell, Va.  Sayre Morning Times – December 30, 2010


HURD Arthur J. Hurd

age 84, is now being comforted in the hands of our Lord and Savior.  My beloved husband, our father and grandfather died peacefully on January 12, 2011 in the presence of his family due to unexpected heart complications. Art and his wife Beulah, recently moved from Horseheads, NY to 933 Caney Creek Rd. #2, Pigeon Forge, TN  37683.  Art was born on July 9, 1926 at Corning Hospital to Arthur M. & Fannie A. (Force) Hurd. He lived in Caton, NY while attending Northside High School and worked at the Corning Glass Works.  He enlisted in the Navy and served from 1943 to 1946.  Art held the rank of Fireman First Class serving in the South Atlantic and South Pacific.  Art married Beulah M. Maynard in the Presho Methodist Church on November 23, 1946.  He was a long time member of the United Methodist Churches.  Art and Beulah managed the Rotary Service Station of Watkins/ Montour Rd. from 1957-1972.  He served as a Special Deputy with the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department for many years.  Art retired from Shepard Niles in 1988.  He is survived by his wife Beulah, his three children, Larry (Debbie) Hurd of AZ, Cathy (Mike) Rivers of NY and Gary (Helen) Hurd of TN. He is survived by seven grandchildren: Philip (Tiffany) Learn of TX, Jennifer (Eugene) Swarthout of NY, Eric (Kelly) Hurd of VA, Andrew (Heather) Hurd of NC, Michael Mumley of PA, Brandy (Michael) Wood of PA and April Rivers of GA. In addition, Art is survived by 8 great grandchildren.  There will be no service at this time. Burial will be at the Elmwood Cemetery, in Caton, NY at a much later date.  Family and friends are planning a celebration of his life on his birthday, July 9th, 2011 at Clute Park in Watkins Glen.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be made to the Beaver Dams United Methodist Church, the American Heart Association, or a charity of one’s choice.  Corning Leader – January 20, 2011


JOHNSON Norman Joseph Johnson

loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather died February 10, 2011 at the age of 89. He was predeceased by his parents and three sisters. He was born in Baldwin, L.I. where he became interested in golf while working as a caddy. An ardent and skilled golfer throughout his life he achieved the distinction of having seven hole-in-ones. His interest in golf was coupled with an interest in all sports, especially baseball. He learned the grocery business while working at several chains in the New York City area then opened and operated a delicatessen in Brooklyn and later in Elmont. He retired sold the deli and moved to Cayuta with his family in 1973 where he took on the job of tax assessor for several towns in Schuyler County and acted in that capacity for 29 years. He served with the U.S. Army 98th Division, Occupational Forces Japan, during WWII and in the last 15 years was active in organizing reunions of his 98th Division comrades. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Jane (McClary) Johnson; son Norman G. Johnson of Clinton, New Jersey; daughter Frances C. (Joseph) Dannelley of Ithaca; son Robert E. (Anne Marie) Johnson of Cayuta; grandchildren Niles (Leigh) Johnson; Sara Johnson; Robert M. Johnson; Tamara (Joseph) Dillon; great grandchildren Nicola Johnson, Malcolm Dillon and Samuel Dillon; and his close friend and loyal cat "Lucky." Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Vedder & Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee Street, Montour Falls, NY on Monday, February 14th from 5-7PM. His funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday February 15th at St. Mary's of the Lake, Watkins Glen, NY at 10:00AM. Interment will follow at Cayuta Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. The family would like to thank the nursing staff at Cayuga Medical Center, Father Leo Reinhardt of Immaculate Conception and Reverend Tim for their kindness, consideration, counsel and sympathy during Norman's final days.  Star Gazette – February 12, 2011



Sergeant Paul L. Johnson of Odessa, NY died Tuesday, January 25, 2011, surrounded by his family. Paul was a man who devoted his 94 years to loving, caring and encouraging his family. He was a man of great integrity, wisdom and quick wit even on his most difficult days. He was born in Elmira, NY on December 15, 1916 to Claude and Wanda Johnson. He is preceded in death by his siblings, Thelma Adams Bennet and Elden L. Johnson. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Christine N. Swain Johnson; and his four loving children: James D. Johnson, Springfield, IL, Darlene (Steve) Terrell, Strawberry Plains, TN, Duane (Rachel) Johnson, Odessa, NY and Anita Johnson, Little Elm, TX. He is also survived by his sister, Lacrete "Dot" Johnson Wood from Horseheads, NY and her children, whom he deeply loved and cherished. His grandchildren are Jason (Kisomone) Manning, Jenny (Tracy) Wolfe, Jessica (Brandon) Parrott, Joshua (Arebeth) Johnson, Melissa (Joshua) Personius and Jared Johnson. His great-grandchildren are Kailey and Chloe Wolfe, Emily and Ashlyn Parrott. He is also survived by his loving former daughter-in-law, Malia Compese and Barbara Manning. He was a WWII veteran on active duty April 1941-September 1945 in Northern France and the South Pacific. Service metals received: American Defense, Asia-Pacific, European African Eastern and Good Conduct. He was a former employee of Remington Rand and NCR. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Schuyler County Volunteer Ambulance Association or Southern Tier Hospice in Corning, NY. Military Honors will be rendered at spring burial. Arrangements entrusted to the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY.  Star Gazette – January 27, 2011


KNAPP Richard Everett Knapp

83, of Hanover, beloved husband of 60 years to Kathleen McAtee Knapp, entered into God's eternal care Sunday, January 9, 2011, at Cross Keys Village-The Brethren Home Community following a period of declining health. Born April 17, 1927 in Lawrenceville, PA, he was the only child of the late Cecil W. and Mildred Evangeline Quackenbush Knapp. He was a graduate of Lawrenceville High School and later attended Mansfield State University. He spent his entire professional career employed by Corning, Inc. and retired in 1982. A veteran of the United States Army during World War II, he spent years acquiring a collection of World War II German Militaria. He was a member of the Harold H. Bair American Legion Post #14, and a lifetime member of the VFW, with his local membership held with the Hanover VFW Post #2506. He was also a lifetime member of the Corning NY Elks Lodge B.P.O.E #1071, a new member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, York Street in Hanover and an avid hunter and fisherman. In addition to his wife, he is survived by several cousins and their families. A private service will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association , 3544 N. Progress Avenue, Suite 205, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9638. Arrangements are under the care of Panebaker Funeral Home, Inc., 311 Broadway, Hanover.  Star Gazette – January 11, 2011



Age 88, passed away, Thursday, January 27, 2011 at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. Bill was born February 12, 1922 in Elmira, son of Anthony and Catherine (Segal) Kowalczyk. He was predeceased by wife Irene and brothers, Michael and Walter Kowalchik and sister Mary Chimileski. Bill is survived by several nieces and nephews. He was a WW II veteran serving with the U.S. Navy and was a retired union carpenter. Services to be held in May 2011 will be announced at a later date. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home.  Star Gazette – January 30, 2011


LOMBARDI Daniel J. Lombardi

Elmira: Age 88, died in the comfort of his home on Friday, January 21, 2011 with his loving wife by his side. Daniel was born May 19, 1922, the son of Dominic and Saveria (Julian) Lombardi. He is survived by his wife of 38 years Hazel Meeker Lombardi; along with several in-laws. Daniel was a U S Army veteran serving his country during WWII. He was retired from Trayer Products. Daniel was a proud member of the "Knot Hole Gang". He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Parish, attending Ss. Peter & Paul Church. Private funeral services will be held. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home.  Star Gazette – January 23, 2011


LUCK William N. Luck

91, of Dushore, Pa., died at the Memorial Hospital in Towanda, Pa., on Thursday. Jan. 27, 2011. He was born on Nov. 28, 1919, a son of the late William and Florence Hislop Luck of Jersey City N.J. William was raised by his mother and step-father Daniel Weidmuller in Jersey City.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during WWII in the European and Philippine theaters. On May 16, 1948 William married the late Alice Booth Luck in Bayonne N.J. William and Alice lived in Jersey City for nearly 50 years. He retired from the Jersey City Police Department as deputy chief after 40 years in the department.  He is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He enjoyed reading, fishing, photography, CB radios and especially his pet dogs, Holly and Muffin, and his cat Black Bar. William is survived by his only daughter, Alice E. Luck at home in Dushore, and several cousins. A funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 31, at the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore, Pa., with Pastor John Klim of the Fundamental Bible Church of Dushore.  Interment will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the Fairview Cemetery of Dushore.  Towanda Daily Review – January 30, 2011


MACRI Frank J. Macri

age 84 of Horseheads, NY formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, died unexpectedly after a long illness on Wednesday, January 26, 2011. Mr. Macri is survived by his wife, Rosemary (Pastore) Macri. Sons; David Macri and Robert (Laura Cartarius-Macri) and two grandchildren, Chad & Devin Macri along with his beloved nieces, Mary Field and Barbara Malina. Mr. Macri was a Veteran of WW II, a member of the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge, he worked for Cargill Salt Co. for 46 years and was an avid fishermen. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Watkins Glen, NY. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY.   Star Gazette – January 29, 2011


MANN Robert C. Mann

Age 85, of E. Bennett Circle, Elmira, died unexpectedly on Sun. Mar. 6, 2011. He was born Oct. 21, 1925 in Elmira, NY, a son of the late Tracy and Grace (Palmer) Mann. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Mary (Harris) Mann; son, Gregg Mann of Lowman, NY; daughter, Patricia (Girma) Hundie of Greenbush, SC; grandson, Jonathan Meck; as well as nieces and nephews. Mr. Mann was also predeceased by his sister, Shirley Neal; and brother, Gordon Mann. He was a WWII veteran of the US Army Air Corps where he served as a nose gunner aboard a B-24. Bob was retired from the US Postal Service where he worked as clerk in various local offices including Elmira, Southport, Elmira Heights, and the Sullivan St. Center. He was also an active volunteer and member of the North Presbyterian Church. Bob was well known in his neighborhood for offering help to those who needed it; he was available to lend a hand to anyone. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 S. Main St., Horseheads on Sat. Mar. 12, 2011 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. His service will follow calling hours there at 12:00 noon. His burial service will take place at a later date where Military Honors will also be accorded.   Star Gazette – March 8, 2011


McDONALD John J. McDonald

90, the husband of Geraldine Y. (Kreft) McDonald, of Montour Falls, NY and most recently Manchester, CT ,died on Saturday (January 29, 2011) at St. Francis Hospital, Hartford, CT. John was born in Syracuse, NY, the son of Joseph and Mary (O'Brien) McDonald. He received his Bachelor's degree from Syracuse University and his Masters in Hospital Administration from Columbia University. He was the founding administrator of Falmouth Hospital, Falmouth, MA and served there from 1960 - 1967 and later was the Hospital Administrator for the Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, NY. He served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. John was a member of the Rotary Club of Watkins Glen, was a local admission representative for West Point and was honored as a member of the Odessa-Montour Falls Hall of Fame and for many years was a lay reader at St. Benedict Church, Odessa. Besides his wife, John is survived by his son and daughter-in-law John J. McDonald, Jr. and Debi of Winthrop, MA and his daughter and son-in-law Kathleen M. and Glen Koehler of Manchester ;his grandchildren Natalia McDonald, Emily McDonald Koehler, Abigail McDonald Koehler and Nicholas McDonald Johannessen and his nephews Herb Gstalder and his wife Bobbie, James Sparkes and his wife Karen and Roger Gstalder. John was predeceased by his daughter Suzanne Johannessen, his brother William McDonald and his sisters Claire Sparkes and Mary Jane Gstalder. A memorial service in New York will be announced at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Schuyler Hospital Health Foundation P.O.Box 828 Montour Falls, NY.  Star Gazette – February 10, 2011


McDONALD Richard J. "Dix" McDonald

On January 19, 2011, Richard J. "Dix" McDonald of Painted Post, NY died peacefully at home with his wife and daughters, surrounded by love and prayers. Dix was born on May 26, 1921, and grew up in Bovill, ID, where he lived until he enlisted as a Private in the infantry. He became a Captain in the Air Corps during WWII, and retried a Lt. Col. from the US Air Force Reserve. He took life-long pride in having served his country. During the war, he corresponded regularly with Selma "Belle" Hoech, the woman he would adore for the rest of his life. The couple married June 14, 1945 in Lewiston, ID, and in 1946 entered Washington State University where Dix earned a B.S. in Psychology, as well as a B. Ed, and a M.A. in education. Following graduation, Dix and Bell moved to Bellevue, WA, where Dix was a classroom teacher, school psychologist, reading specialist, and elementary principal. In 1956 he accepted the position of Director of Research and Guidance of the Corning-Painted Post School District in Corning, NY and the family moved East. During a leave of absence, Dix earned his Ed. D from Columbia University in NYC, and returned to Corning as Assistant Superintendent. One year later in 1963, he was named Superintendent of the Corning-Painted Post School District and served for nine years. In 1973 he was appointed Superintendent of the Steuben-Allegheny Counties BOCES, and served until his retirement in 1982. Dix actively participated in many NYS Educational organizations, and in1982 he was honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the NYS Council of School Superintendents. Always very community service minded, Dix held board membership in too many local services organizations to enumerate, some of which include Spencer Crest Nature Center, Environmental Emergency Services, Southern Tier Library Service, and Family Service Society. Most recently he co-founded and was president of the developing Corning Area Aging in Place. A member of All Saints Parish Community, Dix's strong faith was reflected in every part of his life. He was a man of great kindness and integrity. Dix's regular workouts at the YMCA kept him in physical condition to pursue his love of the natural world, hiking, camping, canoeing, and cross-country skiing. At the age of 88 he was proud to still enjoy primitive camping with his family in the Adirondacks. He also loved to travel, and was an avid cross-word puzzle solver. Nothing was more important to Dix than his family. He is survived by the love his life, Belle, and his dear daughters Maureen (Ray) Ferris, Lisa (Tom) LiVigne and Mindy McDonald CSJP; dear son Ric died in 1994. Five grandchildren, Christine Ferris (Keith) Wing, Andrea Ferris (Steve) Hassett, Craig Ferris, Gregory (Katie) LiVigne, Nicholas LiVigne, and two great-grandchildren all mourn the passing of their beloved "DeeDad". Calling hours will be held at Haughey Funeral Home, 216 E. First St., Corning, NY on Monday January 24, from 4-7 pm. The funeral will be on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 10:00 am at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church at 115 East High Street in Painted Post. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 E. Corning R., Corning, NY 14830, Corning Area Meals on Wheels, 144 Cedar Street, Corning, NY 14830, or Charity of One's Choice.  Star Gazette – January 23, 2011


PATNO Gerald F. Patno

West Elmira: Age 85, died Monday, January 17, 2011 at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. Jerry was born May 20, 1925 in Florence, VT, the son of the late Andrew and Mabel (Elliott) Patno. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Lois Mengee Patno; sons, Edward A. (Sheryl) Patno of Pine City, Wayne D. Patno with Karen Cook of Pine Valley; daughters, Joanne Brownell of Florida, Muriel Edger of Canada; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ransom and Elaine Converse of Simi Valley, CA; sister-in-law Mary G. Mengee of Newfield, NY; grandchildren, Jeremy (Ali) Patno of Raleigh, NC, Jon (Cara) Patno of Springfield, VA, Andrea (William) Bauman of Horseheads, Dennise (Michael) Zobel of Rochester, Dennis (Stephanie) Webster of Wilmington, NC; great-grandchildren, Andrew Bauman, Landon Patno, Sydney Zobel and Drew Zobel. Also surviving are special nieces and nephews, Carol M. (Douglas) Laney, Margene M. (Gregg) Thomas, Mark (Mary) Converse, Steven (Lori) Converse; along with several great nieces and great nephews. Jerry was predeceased by his brother-in-law Eugene L. Mengee. Jerry was a U. S. Navy veteran serving during WW II. He was retired from the Elmira Correctional Facility. Jerry was a licensed pilot who loved flying. He was an active member of North Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder and then a Deacon. Jerry also taught Sunday School at the church and volunteered in the Food Pantry there. He was also a volunteer at the Community Free Kitchen and Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Jerry was a member of the Elmira Heights American Legion Post #154. Family and friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of W. Water and Walnut Sts., on Friday, January 21, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held there on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Gary Chorpenning conducting the service. A reception will follow at North Presbyterian Church, 921 College Avenue, Elmira. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family. Donations in Jerry's memory may be directed to North Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, or Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Activities Fund 4D, 600 Roe Avenue, Elmira, NY 14905. Jerry's family wish to express their sincere appreciation to the 6th floor staff at the Chemung County Nursing Facility for their love and care.  Star Gazette – January 19, 2011


PERIS Henry “Hank” Louis Peris

96 years formerly of West Second St., Corning, NY died Friday February 4, 2011 at the Absolut Care of Endicott.  He was born April 23, 1914 in Carthage, NY the son of the late Joseph and Victoria Todini Peris. He was a graduate of Corning Free Academy and a Veteran of the United States Army Air Corp. during World War II (1943-1945).  Henry and Rose Ida Passetti were married November 25, 1943 in St. Mary’s Church, Corning, NY.  He was employed with Corning Inc. General Machine Shop, Quality Assurance (Ferranti Machine). A member of Corning Glass Works Local 1000 and retired in 1976 with 40 years service with the company. Henry was a member of All Saints Parish, attending St. Patrick’s Church and St. Mary’s Church, the Holy Name Society, Noctural Adoration Society, an Usher and volunteered to open the church for many, many years. He was a Drum Major for the Army Air Force Marching Band and a Clarinet Player for the Band. He was a member of the Corning Lodge of Elks #1071 and the American Legion John P. Eaton Post. Surviving his devoted wife, Rose Ida of 67 years. Sons, Henry (Sharon) Peris of Rochester, NY, John (Kathy) Peris of Elmira, NY and James (Candy) Peris of Horseheads, NY. Daughter, Theresa (Charles) Kenna of Endwell, NY. Grandchildren, Beth Anne, Jennifer, Matthew, Brian, Jonathon, Thomas, Stephen, Bethany, Karen, Kristanna and Fourteen Great Grandchildren. Sister in laws, Angelina Cuda of Corning, NY. And Mary (Philip) Quattrini. Brother-in-law, Michael Cuda. And several Nieces and Nephews.  He was predeceased by Brothers, August Peris and Joseph (Carmella) Peris and Sister, Concettina (August) Passetti. Friends may call at the Haughey Funeral Home, 216 E. First St., Corning, NY. Tuesday, February 8, 2011 from 4-7pm. A Prayer Service will be offered at the Funeral Home Wednesday February 9, 2011 at 1:00pm with a Mass of Christian Burial St. Mary’s Church 1:30pm. Committal Prayers, Full Military Rites and Interment will be held at the family plot in St. Mary’s Cemetery. The family would appreciate Memorial Donations in Harry’s name to: Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 E. Corning Rd., Corning, NY.  Corning Leader – February 6, 2011


RICOTTA Samuel “Slim” J.

Waukesha, WI: (formerly of Rochester, NY) died peacefully on Thursday, December 23, 2010, at the age of 96. Sam was born in Rochester on March 25, 1914, the son of Joseph and Josephine (nee Barone) Ricotta. His parents were immigrants from Valledolmo, Sicily, Italy, coming through Ellis Island. After graduation from John Marshall High School in Rochester, as the Great Depression was starting, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and was stationed at Harriman State Park, Bear Mountain, NY.  Sam retired from Eastman Kodak as a color technician. He had a creative eye in his personal photography, and earned several awards for pictures he entered in photographic competitions.  Sam was a proud veteran of the U. S. Army where he earned the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. He was a Military Policeman at a prisoner of war camp at Fort Stewart, Georgia. He also served in North Africa and Italy during WWII. Because of his height and thin build, he became known for the rest of his life to family and friends as “Slim.”  Slim had a green thumb, and famously grew several peach trees from pits. He also enjoyed hunting pheasants, and at one time raised and bred champion AKC beagles.  Sam was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Josephine Ricotta, his brothers Anthony (Mary) Ricotta, and Charles (Josephine) Ricotta; his sisters, Rose Ricotta, Mae Barone, Nita (Angelo) Cappello, and Irene (Edward) Guariglia; his beloved son-in-law, Marty Frank, his nephews, Phil Barone, and Rob Cappello, and his former wife, Donatella “Donna” Ricotta.  He is survived by his daughters Suzanne (Cookie) Frank (the late Marty Frank) of Waukesha, WI; Jacqueline Ricotta (Randy White) of Newtown, PA; and Lynne Ricotta of Corning, NY. He is further survived by his grandchildren, Chadd (Effie) Frank and Brenton “BJ” Frank of Waukesha, WI, and Elizabeth (Tom) Lang of Chicago, IL; David Nicholas Ricotta (fiancée Jen Auchu) of Hornell, NY, Drew Lambert of Buffalo, NY; and Samuel and Jacob White of Newtown, PA. He is further survived by his great grandchildren, Sofia and Anthony Frank of Waukesha, and Emelia Lang of Chicago, along with many nieces, nephews and friends.  Visitation will be held at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 401 Rogers Parkway, Rochester, NY 14617, on Monday, January 3, 2011, at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 2461 Lake Ave., Rochester, NY will follow.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 3333 N. Mayfair Rd., Milwaukee, WI 54233, or to St. Margaret Mary church would be appreciated.  Corning Leader – January 1, 2011


RYAN Charles Harris Ryan

94, of Ringdale and Highlands Care Home at Laporte, Pa., died Friday Jan. 28, 2011. He lived in Sullivan County most of his life.  Born Feb. 17, 1916 in Bernice, Sullivan County, Pa; a son of the late Fred Smith and Clara Mae Millhime (Ryant) Ryan.  He attended the Bernice school and played first base for the Bernice baseball team in the 1930s, playing and batting with both hands. He joined the Civil Conservation Corps at Camp 95 at Laporte, Sullivan County in January 1934 and helped to dig out the Worlds End swimming hole at the park. He also helped build many forest roads in the area, and was a member of several hunting clubs in the area, including one at Thornedale in the late 1920s.  He later joined the U.S. Army in 1941-1945 and was under General George Patton and Dwight Eisenhower, and served overseas in England, Scotland, France, The Rhineland, (Germany), Ardennes, and Central Europe. He was in Normandy during the Battle of the Bulge.  While in the service, he was with the 190th Field Artillery, a part of the Big Red One and the Third Army which helped liberate many concentration camps and was only 10 miles from Moscow when the war ended.  He received 5 Bronze Stars, and 3 Bronze Arrowheads, and served in the European, African, Middle Eastern theaters.  In July 2002 he received a certificate and medals from the Consul General Of France for helping to liberate them from the Germans during the Second World War. After returning home, he worked many jobs helping to build Route 17 from Waverly to Elmira, N.Y., the Remington Rand Company of Elmira, and the Ithaca Gun Company. Returning back to Sullivan County, Pa. in 1948, he worked for The Sullivan Coal Company, and E.J. Shoe Company in Bernice, Pa. and Boise Cascade of Muncy Pa. He was also a Mason and worked for George Taylor Construction helping to build many of the schools from Benton, Wyalusing, Camptown and Sayre, and finally working for State Highway Department in Laporte, Pa., retiring in 1974 after 20 years, as an equipment operator.  On April 20, 1946, he married the former Arlene Marie Purhenn at her home in Towanda, Pa. She preceded him in death on Sept. 11, 1992, and also his mother Clara (Millhime-Ryan) O'Neill, his father Fred Smith Ryan, grandfather, David Barchline Millhime, grandmother, Colissa (Sayman-Millhime) Napolsky.  He enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing, along with building picnic tables, lawn ornaments and rocking horses for his grandchildren until his health no longer permitted.  He was a life member of the Dushore American Legion Post 996.  Surviving are three children and their spouses: Linda (Carl) Crawford, Theresa (Jerry) Adams of Dushore, Pa., and Lee Ryan of Rome, Pa.; six grandchildren: Troy Shawn Crawford of Dushore, Victoria Crawford Clouse of Camptown, Angela Adams Hall of Troy, Scott (Brittney) Adams of Dushore Pa.; Cassandra Adams (Jonathan) Chemcheck of Scranton; 7 great-grandchildren; Dustin Crawford-Albright, Jacob Hall, Julia Clouse, Mika, Hunter and Abigail Adams and Steven Chemcheck.  Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 at the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore PA 18614 with Rev. Michael Hughes officiating.  Friends and family are invited to call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and from noon on Wednesday until the time of the service.  Interment will follow in the Presbyterian Cemetery, Mildred, Pa.  Memorials may be directed to the Happy Tails Animal Shelter, 305 Second St., Towanda PA 18848, in Charles' memory.  Towanda Daily Review - January 30, 2011


SMITH Edward J. Smith

Age 92, of Elmira Heights, NY, died on Saturday, January 8, 2011, at Chemung County Nursing Facility. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Virginia L. Smith; son, Gary E. (Corenna) Smith; grandchildren, Christina (Larry) McCloud, Scott, Bradley and Steven Smith; also four great-grandchildren. Edward proudly served his country in the United States Army. He retired in 1980 from Facet Enterprises after many years of service. It was his request that there be no calling hours and a Private Funeral Service be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home, Inc.   Star Gazette – January 10, 2011


SPRAGUE Ralph H. Sprague

Elmira: Age 99, died on Friday, January 21, 2011 at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. Gus was a son of the late Claude A. and Nellie (Holahan) Sprague. In addition to his parents Gus is predeceased by his first wife Angeline and second wife Eleanor; brothers, Gerald and Andrew Sprague; sister Marion Sprague. He is survived by his wife of 16 years Florence "Pat" Giammichele Sprague; step children, Joseph Giammichele with Phyllis Woodruff of Horseheads, Nicholas Giammichele with wife Sherry of Lockport NY, Rose "Ria" Giammichele of Horseheads; sister Martha Sprague of Winter Haven FL; several step grandchildren and step great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Gus is also survived by his best friend and canine companion, Lucy. He was a veteran of both WW II and Korea having served with the US Army from 1939 - 1965. Gus retired from the U. S. Postal Service in 1977. He was a lifetime member of the Elmira Heights American Legion Post #154, the I.A.V. Club and N.A.R.F.E. Gus had a very active life dancing and socializing with many friends associated with widow & widowers group, and the Chemung Valley Senior Citizens. He was loved by all who knew him and he will be greatly missed. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of W. Water and Walnut Streets, on Friday, January 28, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A prayer service will be held there on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 10:15 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. in St. Casimir's Church. Donations in memory of Gus may be directed to the S.P.C.A., Route 352, Elmira NY 14901, or to a charity of one's choice. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the 3rd floor nursing staff at the Chemung County Nursing Facility for the wonderful care given to Gus over the last six years. Members of the Italian American Veterans Club will meet at McInerny Funeral Home on Friday, January 28, 2011 at 7:00 p.m., to conduct a prayer service for our deceased comrade, Ralph H. Sprague. Signed, Geno Dunn, Commander.  Star Gazette – January 23, 2011


STONE Frederick A. Stone

Was born September 29, 1926 in Susquehanna, PA, the son of the late Stanley and Ella Merle (Buck) Stone, died peacefully on Monday, March 7, 2011, at the Elcor Health Services in Horseheads, NY at the age of 84. He is survived by his loving wife, Helen G. "Betty" Stone; beloved son, Philip A. "Phil" (Michele) Stone; and sister, Geraldine McKnight of Zephyrhills, FL. Frederick was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church. He retired as Chief of the Domiciliary Operations at the VA Medical Center in Bath, NY after several years of dedicated service. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II with the rank of Sergeant. He was a life member of the following organizations in Bath: American Legion, VFW, Masons and Elks. At his request, there will be no calling hours. Interment will take place privately at the convenience of his family at the Colum Barium at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, Bath, NY. Family and friends are invited to remember him by making a contribution to either Memorial Fund at Trinity Episcopal Church, 304 North Main Street, Elmira, NY 14901 or St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, 122 Liberty Street, Bath, NY 14810. Arrangements have been entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport NY.  Star Gazette – March 9, 2011


WETTLAUFER George C. Wettlaufer Sr.

age 85, of Dushore, Pa., died peacefully in his home on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011 with his loving family at his side.  George was born in Kellysburg, Pa., on May 16, 1925, the son of the George and Alice Almeda Smith Wettlaufer.  George was a Gunner's Mate Second Class in the U.S. Navy 1941 – 1943. He received the following medals: American Campaign, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign, Asiatic Pacific Campaign, World War II Victory, and Philippine Liberation. He married the former Hazel Henry of Kellysburg, Pa., on Nov. 14, 1945; they just celebrated their 65th anniversary.   George was a lifetime logger. He spent his life working in the woods with his two sons, George and Dennis, and also cherished being able to work with his grandsons in the logging business. He enjoyed the annual fishing trip with his family to Canada. He was an avid hunter and quite a storyteller.  He was a lifetime member of the NRA, and a member of the American Legion Post No. 452.   Surviving are: his spouse, Hazel, at home; sons and daughters-in-law, George (Patty) Wettlaufer, Dushore, Pa.; Dennis (Christy) Wettlaufer, Muncy Valley, Pa.; daughters, Donna Guglielmi, Dushore, Pa., Barbara Wettlaufer, Williamsport, Pa.; grandchildren, Mellissa (Ed) Mapes, Sugar Run, Pa., George (Kelly) Wettlaufer, Sonestown, Pa., Robert (Kay) Wettlaufer, New Albany, Pa., Jeffrey (Linda) Wettlaufer, Dushore, Pa., Daniel (Nicole) Wettlaufer, Muncy Valley, Pa., Brian (Jennifer) Wettlaufer, Dushore, Pa.; sister, Mary Edwards, Jersey Shore, Pa.; numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three sisters, Nellie Folk, Violet Pace, and Flossie Bennett; a brother, William (Billy) Wettlaufer; and a grandson, BJ Guglielmi. A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. The family will provide the flowers and request that donations be made to the Dushore Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 1, Dushore, PA 18614. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA 18614. Towanda Daily Review – January 11, 2011

Chemung County NY

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Published On Site 8/30/2010
By Joyce M. Tice