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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 . 

ABER Harold Leonard "Sonny" or Whitey"
85 years, formerly of East First St., Corning, NY and Turner Park, Montour Falls, NY, died Saturday, November 14, 2009, at Absolut Care of Three Rivers. He was born July 20, 1924 in Highland Park, Michigan, the son of the late Harold and Ann Leonard Aber. He was a graduate of Watkins Glen and Montour Cook Academy (class of 1943). Harold was a Veteran of the United States Navy serving during World War II 1943-1946. He was employed as a machinist working in the store room department at the Fall Brook Plant and later at Sullivan Park. Harold retired in 1984 and received his 50 year pin in 1997. He was a member of St. Patrick's Church of Corning, NY and St. Joseph's Church of Campbell, NY. A lifetime member of the Corning VFW, past member of the Horseheads Lodge of Elks and the Montour Mechanics Club. Harold truly enjoyed life. He was kind and loving and never was judgmental of others. Surviving are his daughter, Sandra Aber (Keith) Myers of Rittman, OH; grandchildren, Jennifer (Jim) Fleck, Kellianne (Richard) Peterman and Charles King; great-grandchildren, Austin King, Brandon King and Weston Fleck; sister-in-law, Suzanne Aber; nephews, John and Jay Aber; special friend, Louise "Weedie" Maloney of Corning, NY. He was predeceased by his brother, J. Douglas Aber on October 29, 2009. Friends may call at the Haughey Funeral Home, 216 E. First St., Corning, NY Wednesday, November 18, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Patrick Connor officiating. Committal Prayers and Interment will be held at the family plot in the Montour Cemetery, Montour Falls, NY. The family would appreciate memorial donations may be given in Harold's name to the charity of one's choice.   Published in Star-Gazette on November 17, 2009

ALVE, Eino Victor Lt. Colonel, Retired, United States Air Force
Surrounded by his family, Eino Victor Alve, aged 88, died on May 29, 2009 at Elderwood Senior Care in Waverly, NY. Mr. Alve was a life-long resident of Spencer, NY, born April 21, 1921 to Frank Ribert and Vera Sophia Alve. He is survived by Edna Alve, his wife of 63 years, and four daughters: Susan Rautine (and her husband Arvo) of Spencer; Christine Myers of Redlands, CA; Annette Alve of Bronxville, NY; and Lynn Alve of Ithaca. He has five grandchildren, Tanya Rautine, Jennifer Strasser (married to Lance Strasser), Amy and Ryan Myers, and Elizabeth Alve-Hedegaard. Three great-grandchildren survive him, Tanya's children, Arika and Ty Struzinsky (their father Steven, was a longtime friend to Mr. Alve) and Jennifer's son, Connor Strasser. Mr. Alve has one surviving sister, Violet Gray. Mr. Alve graduated from Spencer High School, served in the United States Air Force, and upon returning from the World War II attended Cornell University as a student of veterinary medicine until he purchased a dairy farm in Spencer. He expanded the farm into a successful family business until selling ownership to his daughter Susan and son-in-law, Arvo Rautine, who continue its operation. The Air Force awarded Mr. Alve with the Distinguished Flying Cross, a military medal for aviators in honor of their heroism and extraordinary achievement during flight. He enlisted in 1940 and became the pilot of a B-24 airplane stationed in Norfolk, England. He successfully completed 35 missions over Germany, a number far exceeding the average, and safely brought his crew back to home base every time. He continued to serve the country as a member of the Air Force Reserves until 1981. In retirement, Mr. Alve wrote his wartime memoirs in a self-published book, Rembrances of Shack Rabbit, which is available at the Spencer Library. Elementary school students in Norfolk, England have corresponded with Mr. Alve and use the book in their history classes. In recent years he had been an active volunteer restoring airplanes at the War Museum in Elmira, NY. When a restored B-24 Bomber made a visit to Elmira, the crew honored Mr. Alve with a place in the pilot's seat for a flight over upstate New York. Mr. Alve was a dedicated member of his community serving as a volunteer in many civic and farm organizations. In his more youthful years he was an assistant chief of the Spencer volunteer fire department, justice of the peace, member of the town board and one of the founding members of the first volunteer effort to improve Nichols Pond in the 1960's. More recently, he had taken great pleasure in walking the newly groomed trail around the pond. He had a deep, respectful partnership with the earth and it gave him a sense of peace knowing that other caring volunteers shared his respect and vision of a beautiful pond, playground and nature preserve in downtown Spencer. It was Mr. Alve's desire that no funeral services be held. However, those wishing to remember him may do so through a contribution to the Spencer Volunteer Fire Department or Spencer Emergency Squad.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/30/2009

ANDERSEN - Andrew Walter Andersen, 82, of Austinville, Pa., died on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009 at his home. He was the loving husband of the late Sandra (DREBER) Andersen.  Services are private and at the convenience of Andrew's family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vickery Funeral Home, Inc. 100 West Main Street Troy, Pennsylvania.  Andrew was born Oct. 25, 1926 in Brooklyn, N.Y. the son of the late John and Ellie Andersen. He was a World War II and Korean War veteran, serving in the Merchant Marines. After serving his country, Andrew stayed working on ships as a seaman until his retirement. He was a member of the Troy Vets Club and was a 50 year member of the Free & Accepted Masons.  Andrew is survived by his son Erik J. Andersen of Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., his daughter Andrea J. Andersen and husband Paul Fleming of Enfield, Conn., his grandchildren Katie and Sean Fleming, and several nieces and nephews.  Andrew was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Sandra, his brother James Andersen and his sister Elsa Thayer.  27 August 2009, Towanda Daily Review.

ANDERSON Elmer Leonard
Age 86, died July 30, 2009 at Hospice House in Ft. Pierce, FL. Len was born in Chicago, IL and moved to Corning in 1950 and retired to Jensen Beach in 1988. He was a Research Engineer for Corning Inc. in Corning, NY, earning a number of patents during his career of almost 35 years. Len was a Veteran of the U.S. Army serving in WWII, a graduate of Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL. He was member of Grace United Methodist Church of Corning, NY and Trinity United Methodist Church of Jensen Beach, FL and he enjoyed singing in the choirs of both churches. He was an avid bridge player and enjoyed golfing and playing pool. He was a long term active Rotarian in both Corning and Jensen Beach. Before moving to Florida, his hobbies included raising cattle, horses and orchids. Len has been honored through the establishment of the E. Leonard Anderson Scholarship Fund, available annually to a graduating senior from Corning East or Corning West High Schools. Primary criteria in the selection process include the demonstration of the highest standards of personal values, strong career interest in engineering, excellent academic achievements, and active participation in the community. Survivors include his second wife of 27 years, Eleanor Pienkoski Anderson of Jensen Beach, FL and Painted Post NY; daughter, Gail Whitehead of Luttrell, TN; three sons, Gary Anderson of Mars Hill, NC, Bruce Pienkoski of Albany, NY, Brian Pienkoski of Rochester, NY; a sister, Helen Pryber of Vero Beach, FL; 10 grandchildren, Denise Helms, Mellissa Whitehead, David Whitehead, Laura Pienkoski, Sarah Pienkoski, Aimee Pienkoski, Bradley Woehrlen, Andrew DePotter, Fredrick Pienkoski, and Zoe Pienkoski; two great-grandchildren, Eli and Kylie Helms; and a godchild, Lindsay Ullman. He was predeceased by his first wife of 23 years, Janet Brown Anderson of Corning, NY; and his parents, Elvar and Helga Johnston Anderson of Chicago. Contributions may be made to the Community Foundation of Elmira, Corning and Finger Lakes Inc., co, E. Leonard Anderson Scholarship, 307 B.E. Water St., Elmira, NY 14901 or a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to Aycock Funeral Home, Jensen Beach, FL. Memorial services will be held at Grace United Methodist church of Corning, NY on August 21, 2009 at 1 p.m.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/19/2009

Age 87, of Reading Center, NY, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009. Friends and family may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 26th, 2009, at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 Fifth St., Watkins Glen. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 27th, 2009, at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Memorials may be made in his name to the charity of one's choice. Bill was born on October 19, 1921 in Glasgow, Scotland, the son of the late George and Lily Anderson. Bill served as a Technical Sergeant during WWII in the US Army Air Force from 1940 to 1945. He attend high school in Hawthorne, NJ, received his BA Degree from Hope College in Michigan and his MA in Administration from Albany State Teachers College. He did additional graduate work at University of Rochester, UCLA, University of Oklahoma and Oak Ridge in TN. Bill taught science for two years in Poland, NY and then 20 years at the Dundee Central School beginning in 1951. He served as Vice Principal and retired after 18 years as the high school Principal at Dundee Central School. He was a former member of the Dundee Presbyterian Church, the Dundee Masonic Lodge, the Dundee Fire Dept. and Emergency Squad, the Dundee Village Planning Board and the American Field Service. Bill was an active Board Member of the Town of Reading, volunteered for Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary and the Schuyler County Office of the Aging, and a member of the Dundee Flying Club. He was an active communicant of St. Mary's of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen, served as a Stephens Minister, and was a member of St. Mary's Resurrection Choir. Bill had a passion for flying, as he did for golfing. Bill is survived by his wife of 37 years, Kay Anderson; his children, Douglas Anderson of Detroit, MI, Mark Anderson of Kingsland, GA, Joy Hodges of Reading Center, NY, Timothy Hodges of Rochester, NY, and Kathleen Wilson of Scottsdale, AZ; grandchildren, Matthew Anderson, Diana Anderson, Jeffrey Anderson, Benjamin Anderson, Wesley Anderson, and Delaney Hodges; and beloved niece, Susan Brennan. In addition to his parents, Bill was predeceased by his former wife, Diana Hossick, mother of Douglas and Mark Anderson; and his sister, Margaret Brennan.   Published in Star-Gazette on September 24, 2009

Age 95, of Elmira, died Thursday, October 22, 2009 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center. John was born in Kingston, PA, on March 9, 1914, son of John and Elizabeth Tkach Barnes. He is predeceased by his wife Mary-Ruth Edwards Barnes, and daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Riley Sanford. John is survived by his children, Vivian Marsh, with husband Herb, of Montgomery, PA, Caroline Ostriche of Newville, PA, Michael Barnes, with wife Dr. Ada Hall, of Neenah, WI, and Margaret Barnes of Carmel, NY; grandchildren, Robert (Michelle) Knoll, Stephanie (Randy) Myers, Michele (Jay) Northrop, David (Cori) Ostriche, Carl Sanford, Mel and Annie Barnes; great-grandchildren, Joseph and Allison Northrop, Alexandra and Austin Myers, Brittani, Breanna, Braeden and Trevor Knoll, Xayn Kurta. Also surviving are sisters, Elizabeth Ligus, Helen Bray, both of Dallas, PA, Mary Marshall of West Palm Beach, FL; along with several nieces and nephews. A US Army Air Corps veteran of WWII, John flew a number of missions in the Pacific as a gunner on a B29. He worked for over 50 years in retail sales and retired in 1976. John was a volunteer at Arnot Ogden Medical Center with 25 years of service, "retiring" at age 90. He was also a long time active member of North Presbyterian Church. John loved to work with his hands. He was an avid woodworker, furniture refinisher and caner. John loved the time he spent with his grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, especially the camping trips and ball games. A private family service will be held. Those wishing may remember John with a donation to North Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, 921 College Avenue, Elmira NY 14901. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home.   Published in Star-Gazette on October 25, 2009

BARRETT Orin R. (Beans)
died peacefully on Friday, August 14th, 2009, following a brief illness. Born March 24, 1925 to Earl and Grace Barrett of Elmira, NY, he attended public schools in Elmira, graduating from Southside High School, Class of 1943. He enlisted in the Air Force and served with the 509th Bomber Group, serving on the South Pacific island of Tinian during the final days of World War II. He married Mary Ella (Ayers) of Sayre, PA in 1949 and settled down to raise their family. He spent most of his working life with the Pennsylvania Railroad, retiring from Conrail in 1983. He enjoyed golf, bowling and pulling the occasional slot machine, but his great love was his family, and all the neighborhood children who called him "Grandpa." Orin attended St. James Church in Waverly. He was predeceased by his parents; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Frank (Burdette) and Mary, Charles and Pauline, William and May, George, and Maxwell; and his sister and brother-in-law, Mary Mae and Wayne Whitney; sister-in-law, Kathleen Glann; and sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Richard Hilker. Orin is survived by his wife of 60 years and best friend, Mary Ella; his children, James (Charlene) Barrett of Binghamton, Nancy (Michael) Gray of Horseheads, Earl (Sandra) Barrett, Denise Barrett and Emory Young, Mark Barrett and Beth-Anne Maloney, and Matthew Barrett, all of Waverly. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Megan, Faren and Broc Jones, Kelsey, Sharon, Michael, Ella, Kamry, Jade, Cassia, and Emily; and great-grandchildren, Isabella and Lucas Broxton and Lucas Carter. Also surviving are his sister-in-law, Esther Barrett; brother-in-law, James Glann; and many special nieces and nephews. He was also a loving friend to Jean and Steve Kennedy, Bob and Val Hugg, Patricia Anderson, Norris and Marilyn Jernigan, and his many friends from Southside High School in Elmira. Orin was a member of the Cayuta Hose Company #4, the J.E. Hallett Fire Company, the VFW and the American Legion. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, August 17th, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. at Saint James Church Blessed Trinity Parish in Waverly NY. Family and Friends are invited to call at the Luckner Funeral Home, 449 Park Avenue, Waverly NY, Sunday afternoon from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Interment will be in Saint James Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Orin's name to the Valley Food Pantry.   Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/15/2009

BAUER Adelia C. "DeDe"
Age 93, of Route 54, Bath formerly of Appleridge in Horseheads, died Saturday, June 27, 2009, at Steuben County Health Care Facility in Bath, NY. DeDe was born June 20, 1916 in Wooster, Ohio, the daughter of the late Emery and Gertrude (Adell) Bauer. DeDe graduated from Milne High School, Albany, NY in 1933, and later from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY in 1939. DeDe earned her Ph.D. in chemistry in 1957 from the University of Iowa. She served as a pharmacist in the U.S. Navy during World War II. She was employed by the National Institute of Health, of Bethesda Maryland as a Doctor of research for over thirty years, retiring in 1988. DeDe was a member of the Potamac Applachian Trail Club and was an avid hiker, photographer and world traveler. DeDe also enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She is survived by her niece and local caregiver, Candy Whiting of Corning; sister, Adell (Gage) Hotaling of Massachusetts; and two brothers, Robert (Marie) Bauer of Florida, and William (Lori) Bauer of Utah; nephew, John (Gayle) Bauer of Corning, NY; niece, Barbara (Henrick) Tranberg of Copenhagen, Denmark; several other nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews She was predeceased by her brothers, Emory Bauer and Richard Bauer. By DeDes' wishes there will be no formal funeral services. Her remains were donated for medical research to SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. The family suggests donations to Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, 118 Park St. SE, Vienna, VA 22180-4609. Arrangements entrusted to Carpenters' Funeral Home LLC, 14 E. Pulteney St. in Corning.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 6/30/2009

BLAIR Curtiss A.
Age 85, died at home in Elmira, October 14 2009. He was born November 27, 1923 in Pumpkin Hook, NY to Howard E and Harriet (Andrews) Blair. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Phyllis Stafford Blair; a sister, Betty Blair of Horseheads; daughters, Jacquelyn (Thomas) Moore of Fairport, NY, Linda Brennan of Sidney, NY, and Terry (Gregory) Garlow of Fort Collins, Co; nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents; his brothers, Howard and Douglass; and daughter, Nancy Orlando. Curtiss was a captain and pilot in the Army Air Corps during WWII. He also was a proud graduate of Cornell University. He retired at the age of 80 from Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. He also managed and owned Riverdale farm in Elmira, a member of the American Legion, Masons and the Rotary Club. A special thanks from the family to Ken, Tina, Jeannice, and Ann who took such good care of him. At his request, there will be no calling hours or funeral service. Burial at the convenience of the family in Woodlawn Cemetery Canandaigua, NY. Those wishing may make a donation in Curtiss' memory to Southern Tier Hospice or the American Legion. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Kalec Funeral Home.  Published in Star-Gazette on October 16, 2009

BRAMBLE Russell B.
82, of Tampa, died October 21, 2009. He was born March 4, 1927 in Elmira, NY. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Zondra. He retired from Thatcher Glass after many years and later owned Central Welding Co. He was a WWII veteran. He excelled in all sports in his youth. He was a professional boxer and golden glove champion as well as a professional diver. His hobbies included golfing, wood working and gun collecting. He enjoyed playing poker and watching football games. He was a kindhearted person who loved children and animals. He was blessed with many friends and will be greatly missed. Interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to LifePath Hospice. Arrangements made by Blount Curry Carrollwood Chapel, 3207 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa, FL.  Published in Star-Gazette on October 24, 2009

BUCK Frederick J.
Age 85, of West Hill Rd. A. He was born February 28, 1924 in Elmira, son of the late Floyd and Ollie (Hammond) Buck and died Sunday, September 6, 2009, peacefully at home surrounded by his family. He is survived by his daughters, Marian Mosher and Jeanne (Frank Ribble) Reese, both of Elmira; grandchildren, Cynthia Reese of Palmyra, NY, Michael Reese and Christine Phinney, both of Elmira; great-grandchildren, Alicia, Cassandra, Kianna, Brandon and Maria. Mr. Buck was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Philippines during WWII. He was the founding chief of the West Hill Volunteer Fire Department; retired from Pittsburgh Testing Lab in Williamsport, PA and was a former employee of Dalrymple Contracting for many years. At Mr. Buck's request, private services will be held at the convenience of his family. Thank you to all the home based primary care associates from the Veterans Administration with special thanks to Carrie and Debbie for all their personal attention during his declining health. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Frederick through donations to the Disabled Veterans of America, 344 W. Genesee St., 2nd Fl., Syracuse, NY 13202. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Published in Star-Gazette on September 9, 2009

COLBY - Lester E. Colby, 76, of Oak St., Warsaw, N.Y., formerly of Wyoming, N.Y., died Sunday, April 23, 2000, at Wyoming County Community Hospital, Warsaw. Born June 9, 1923, in Elmira, N.Y., he was the son of Leonard and Cornelia Celmer  [birthname Rarick] Colby. For many years he owned and operated Lester Colby Construction in Wyoming, N.Y. He was a veteran of World War II having served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Wyoming Hook and Ladder Co., Wyoming Exempt Firemen, American Legion, Wyoming Sportsmen's Club and was an avid baseball and softball player and was a former Little League coach. He was a former Middlebury town clerk and a former member of Wyoming Village Board. Preceding him in death were two brothers, Louis Colby and Donald Colby. Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Marjorie Stevens Colby; and several nieces and nephews. There are no calling hours. Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 3, at 7 p.m. at Robinson and Hackemer Funeral Home, 246 N. Main St., Warsaw. Burial will be made at Wyoming Cemetery, Wyoming, N.Y. Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice Family Care, 550 E. Main St., Batavia, N.Y. 14020. - Wellsboro Gazette, May 3, 2000

COOLEY David - On Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, David Allen Cooley, Sr., died peacefully in his home while surrounded by his family.   He was born on Nov. 3, 1923, in Towanda, Pa. He spent most of his life in and around the Towanda area. Upon graduating from Towanda High School in 1941, Dave, as he was known to his family and friends, joined the Army where he served with the Army Air Corps as a tail gunner on a B-24 bomber in the Pacific Theater during World War II. While he was in training for the Air Corps in Walla Walla, Washington, he married his devoted wife, Laura. After having received an honorable discharge from the service, Dave fulfilled his life-long dream of becoming a farmer when he and Laura purchased a dairy farm in LeRaysville. He operated a successful dairy farm for twenty-six years before retiring from farming; however, retiring did not mean Dave stopped working — he grew a lavish garden and shared his produce with friends and family until failing health forced him to stop.  Dave's greatest joy in life was his wife and family. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Laura WALMSLEY Cooley; his six children, daughter and son-in-law, Gloria and Richard Broughton of Morris, Pa., son and daughter-in-law, David and Gayle Cooley of LeRaysville, Pa., son Wayne Cooley of St. Charles, Mo., daughter and son-in-law, Terry and Barry Brown of Rome, Pa., son Craig Cooley of Binghamton, N.Y., and daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Bruce Robbins of LeRaysville, Pa.; twelve grandchildren; and two beautiful great-granddaughters. Also surviving are his two brothers and sisters-in-law, Ralph and Eileen Cooley and Vern and Joan Cooley of Towanda, Pa., brother Max Cooley of Elizabethtown, Pa., his sister-in-law, Eleanor Cooley of Sayre, Pa,; and many nieces and nephews. Dave was predeceased by his parents, Reed and Mildred Allen Cooley of Towanda; his sisters, Eleanor Daly and Donna Smith, both of Towanda, Pa.; a brother, Reed Manley Cooley of Sayre, Pa.; and his sister-in-law, Ruth Cooley of Elizabethtown, Pa.  Abiding with his wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral services.  Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the HOPS Ambulance Association c/o Mr. James Seipler, RR 1, Box 280, Rome, Pa 18837 in loving memory of David Allen Cooley, Sr. Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley Family of the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols, N.Y.  17 Sept. 2009, Towanda Daily Review.

CULVER George J.
85, of Phoenix, AZ, died on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009 at the John C Lincoln North Mountain Hospital. He was born in Chemung, NY, on March 16, 1924, the son of Thomas and Sarah Culver. A graduate of Waverly High School, he received a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University and a Master's Degree in Retailing at the University of Pittsburgh. He served as a buyer at Sibley's, in Rochester, for several years before moving on to the Sakowitz Dept. Store in Phoenix. George was a World War II veteran, serving in the Military Police and stationed in France. He was called back into service during the Korean conflict. An accomplished musician, he received awards for his talent as a trumpet player. He was a member of the Syracuse University Band and served as Army Bugler while stationed at Camp Polk, LA. He is survived by two sisters--Betty Arcangeli, of Hornell, and Eleanor Young, of Brandon, VT, and several nieces and nephews. Services will be held at a later date with arrangements made by the Bishop and Johnson Funeral Home. He will be interred in the family plot at the Hicks Cemetery in Hicks, NY.  Published in Star-Gazette on November 28, 2009

RONALD G. DAY (1927-2009)
Ronald G. Day, 82, of Mansfield, died Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, at the Green Home, Wellsboro.  He was born May 8, 1927, in Mansfield, the son of Ralph and Lenora Markowitz Day.  Ron was employed by Penelec and Ralph's Service Center. He was a World War II United States Air Force veteran, a member of Friendship Lodge #247 F&AM, a life member of the Lone Camp, Cedar Run and served on the Mansfield Water Authority.  Ron is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former, Jane Loveland; two daughters and a son-in-law, Barb and Rich Rosencrans of Montoursville, Judy Case of Stockton, N.J.; a granddaughter, Erin Case of Stockton; a great-granddaughter, Haley Chmill; a sister, Patricia Hodge of Ontario, Calif.; and a brother, Dr. Robert Day of Fallbrook, Calif. Friends are invited to call at the Gary Wilston Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 130 S. Main St., Mansfield, on Sunday, Nov. 15, from 1 to 2 p.m. Friendship Lodge #247 F&AM will conduct services there at 2 p.m., followed by a funeral service with the Rev. Joy Hulslander officiating.  Published in The Wellsboro Gazette from November 13 to November 24, 2009

DISCENZA Joseph John Jr.
80, of Watkins Glen, New York, died on Tuesday, September 15, 2009, at Schuyler Hospital with daughter, Ginny and granddaughter, Hollie by his side. Joseph was born October 3, 1928, the son of the late Joseph J. and Rose Salvatore Discenza. He was predeceased by his brother, Perry (Pat) Discenza; sons-in-law, William Pastore and John Yeager. He was also predeceased by brothers-in-law, Anthony (Murph) Schimizzi, Richard Eschler, and Harold Barnes. Joseph is survived by his wife of 58 years, Catherine Schimizzi Discenza; daughters, Virginia Yeager, Jacqueline Pastore, and Patricia (Robert) Nelk; granddaughter, Hollie Heath (Clint Kellogg); and grandchildren, Joseph, Emma, and Anthony Nelk. He is also survived by brother-in-law, Dominick (Carol) Schimizzi; sisters-in-law, Mary Rose Eschler, Josephine Barnes, Nona Schimizzi; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Joseph served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division and MP in the U.S. Army; was employed for 34 years at Westinghouse and 25 years as a part-time Watkins Glen police officer. Joe was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. He had the ability to bring out the best in his daughters, and he always encouraged and supported them. Joe enjoyed hunting and woodworking, making several items his family treasures. His greatest pleasure was his grandchildren and he enjoyed spending time with them in his workshop. Following Joseph's wishes, there will be no prior calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary's of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen on Saturday, September 19, at 1:30 p.m. Arrangements are being handled by Haughey-Wood Funeral Home. The family gratefully declines flowers as they will provide their own. Those wishing may remember Joseph by making a donation to St. Mary's of the Lake Church, POB 289, Watkins Glen, NY 14891; or Schuyler County Volunteer Ambulance, POB 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891. The family extends thanks to Doctors Borzell and Cummings for their care and compassion in treating Joseph. Joe's girls (wife, daughters, granddaughter) are eternally grateful for the angels at Schuyler Hospital in the ER, ICU, and Med-Surg units who treated Joe with the utmost kindness and compassion while respecting his wish to die with dignity. Published in Star-Gazette from September 17 to September 18, 2009

DOYLE Alton Bailey
Age 84, of Guilford, NY lost his battle with cancer on August 29, 2009. Al was born in Syracuse, NY on February 19, 1925 to Frank Cooley and Josephine (Bailey) Doyle. He was a graduate of Elmira Free Academy and Springfield College (MA) and served in the United States Navy on the USS Chepachet AO78 during World War II. He was a coach of numerous sports and athletic director at Oxford Academy and Central School from 1950-1971, appointed Oxford School District Director of Public Health, Physical Education and Recreation in 1957. At Oxford he was the head coach of Varsity Football for 16 years, basketball for 8 years, baseball for 20 years, track and field for 8 years, and varsity wrestling for one year and JV wrestling for 3 years. Al was instrumental in reinstituting the interscholastic wrestling program at Oxford Academy. He was also the founding force of the Clyde Cole Wrestling Tournament, New York State's second oldest high school wrestling tournament. During his career at Oxford, "Coach" Doyle was at the helm of two League Championship football teams, Susquehanna League Champions in 1953 and Pioneer League Champions in 1963. Al was proudly affiliated with the New York State Public High School Athletic Association for many years, first as State Football Coordinator (1967-1971) as Field Representative (1971-1975), and becoming the Association's first Executive Director in 1975, a position from which he retired in 1990. He was inducted into the NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame in its inaugural year, 2003. He was a member of the NYS Wrestling Hall of Fame, the Elmira Sports Hall of Fame, Section 4 Athletic Council Hall of Fame and was recently notified of his induction into the Springfield College Hall of Fame. During his career in athletic administration he served as President of the NYS Federation of Secondary School Athletic Associations (1981-1983), served on the Executive Committee of the National Federation of State High School Associations (1980-1983), as its president in 1982-1983; was chairman of the National Federation Competition Committee 1987-2000, and a member of the Empire State Games Advisory Committee. He was and Oxford/Delmar Rotarian, a member of Oxford Lodge #175 F&AM, a member of the Oxford Police Department, a Sergeant in the Chenango County Sheriff's Department and Captain of the Oxford Emergency Squad. After his retirement as an athletic administrator, always the politician, Al began a new career in public service, first as Guilford Town Justice, and for many years, until his death, as Guilford Town Supervisor. He was an active member of the Chenango County Board of Supervisors. In 2009 he was honored with the Chenango County Liberty Bell Award for his life-long service to his community. Al was married to Nancy Jane Kinne of Penn Yan, NY in 1948, losing her to cancer in 2000. He is survived by his two daughters, Barbara Jo Hennessey of Nassau, NY, and Katharine Ann Miller of Horseheads, NY; his two sons-in-law, David G. Hennessey and Charles H Miller; four grandchildren, Corey Stephen Wessels of Castleton, NY, Jennifer Virginia Sacci of East Greenbush, NY, Ryan Joseph Miller of Philadelphia, PA, and Joseph Alton Miller of Ocean Grove, NJ; and three great-granddaughters, Brianna Taylor Bujak and Mallory Katharine Paschall of East Greenbush and soon-to-be Ella Grace Wessels of Castleton. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 32 Main St., Oxford, NY with rector, the Rev. Ralph Osborne, officiating. Burial with Full Military Honors will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery, Guilford. Friends may call at the Behe Funeral Home, 21 Main Street, Oxford, NY on Tuesday, September 1, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Oxford Dollars for Scholars, PO Box 192, Oxford, NY 13830 for an athletic scholarship.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/31/2009

FELL John R.
91, died at home May 24, 2009. He was born in London, England to Richard and Eleanor Macaree Fell. During World War II he served in the British Army as a camouflage artist in North Africa, Italy and Greece. After the war, he attained teaching degrees at Coventry College and London University. Later he continued post-graduate studies at Elmira College and Alfred University in New York State. He taught Art and Pottery for ten years in London schools prior to his marriage in 1957 to the former Marjorie Clendenin of Trout Run. With her, he immigrated to the United States and in 1958 began teaching in the Elmira public school system. In addition he pursed a successful career as an artist, exhibiting in many museums in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida, including a number of one man shows most recently at Lycoming College in 2002. After retiring from teaching in 1980, he served as curator of the Gmeiner Museum in Wellsboro. He also conducted adult classes there, as well as summer classes on his lawn in Trout Run. He loved art, music and nature, particularly this area of Pennsylvania. He had a happy outlook on life, liked everybody and will be sorely missed. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a nephew, Peter (Karen) Clendenin of Hallieford, VA; a niece, Lucinda (Reynold) Scott of Buffalo, NY; two nephews, Jasper Jacob and John Kelley of London, England; a niece, Harriet Macaree of Nice, France; and 10 great-nieces and nephews. A Memorial service will be held at a later date. Contributions in his memory may be made to the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., Williamsport, PA 17701 or the Lycoming County SPCA, 2805 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA 17701. Arrangements are being handled by the Maneval Funeral Home, Ltd.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/27/2009

Anthony J. Folcarelli, Sr., 82, of Mansfield, PA, died Friday, October 23, 2009 at Bath VA Medical Center in Bath, NY. He had formerly lived in Philadelphia, Hatfield and Telford, PA. Born in Philadelphia in 1927, he was the oldest child, son of the late Joseph and Mary (DiTullio) Folcarelli who moved to Hatfield in 1938. He was a Veteran of World War II, having joined the US Navy when he was 17, being a signalman aboard the USS Taconic communications ship. He later graduated from Hatfield High School with the class of 1947. He was an artist who attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Philadelphia Museum College of Art. He married Carolyn L. Linder in 1954 after becoming a Master Plumber, establishing Anthony J. Folcarelli Plumbing & Heating Co., and toiled away raising his own family of 6 children in Telford, PA, where he lived for over 40 years until he and his wife retired to their mountain home and farm in Mansfield in 1998. He was a true outdoorsman who loved fishing, hunting, raising animals on his farm (especially horses) and was an avid vegetable and flower gardener his whole life. He took great pride in tending his property. In the 1960's he operated "Joe's Italian Treat" pizzeria with his father and Carolyn. He loved cooking and baking his whole life long and even built a bakery in his Mansfield barn. He belonged to St. Marie Goretti Parish in Hatfield, PA for 45 years until he moved to Mansfield where he joined Holy Child Church. He was a member of the American Legion and the Moose Lodge. He will be forever remembered as a loving husband, a wonderful provider, the BEST father, and a hard-working man with a huge heart of gold, who was loved greatly by all of his family and his many friends. He was a man of the earth who never sat still, always busy working on his own projects, while helping others with theirs. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his youngest daughter Dolores and his brother Joseph. He is survived by his wife of over 55 years, Carolyn, and their 3 daughters and 2 sons, 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren: Debbie Palombo, husband Larry and sons Matthew and Nathaniel of Tampa, FL; Anthony J. Folcarelli, Jr., daughter Morgan of Mansfield, PA; Carol Ann Haber, husband James and sons Jared and Travis of Perkomenville, PA; Joseph Folcarelli, wife Lori of Mansfield, PA and their children Randi Lea Brauchle (husband Steve and daughters Julianna and Allison) of Elkland, PA, Amy, of FL and Joseph in the US Army, AL; Maria Carreras and her children Moises (partner Sonia Henson, her daughter Makenna) and Regina (partner Michael Hamm and their children Mason and Olivia) all of PA. He is also survived by his sister and 3 brothers: Susan Bishop (husband Dick); Ralph Folcarelli (wife Carol); Richard Folcarelli; and John Folcarelli (wife Sandi); as well as his wife's brother and 4 sisters: Howard Linder, Jr. (partner Sophie); Lois Royer (husband Don); Mary Yerk (husband Lamar); Florence Lynch (husband Jack) and Lollie Snyder (husband James) and many, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.  Anthony had a large family who loved him dearly and he will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to Bath VA Medical Center, Voluntary Services, 76 Veterans Avenue, Bath, NY 14810. All services will take place at the Jacquelyn A Buckheit Funeral Chapel, 637 S. Main Street, Mansfield, PA. The family will receive friends from 7-9 PM Friday, November 6, 2009. A Memorial Service with military honors will be held Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 10 AM.  Published in Star-Gazette on November 3, 2009

Age 83, of Sayre, PA, passed on at his home on October 24, 2009 with his loving family by his side. Alex was born on December 23, 1925 in New York, NY, a son of the late Harry and Tatiana Grubb. He married the love of his life, Clara Zolli in 1971. After high school Alex attended Cornell receiving his bachelors and heard the call of his country joining the Navy in 1943 where he served as an Ensign during WWII. Alex loved working with his hands and was a wood worker-cabinet maker. He was a Bio Medical Technician for Arnot Ogden Medical Center and retired in 1991. Although his greatest pleasure was found with his grandchildren and being surrounded by his family and many friends. In addition to his wife, Clara Grubb; Alex is survived by his sons, William and Linda and their children, Jim and Nick of Sayre; Kenneth and his son, Kyle of Sayre; his daughters, Amanda and Lisa of New York. Several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive. Alex was predeceased by a son, Curtis Grubb in 1992. Alex's wishes were for a private memorial service and will be held at the convenience of the family. Friends may kindly consider a memorial contribution to Bradford County Humane Society, Rt 220, Ulster, PA 18850. Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley-Tioga Point Cremation and Burial Options, Inc., 802 N. Main St., Athens, PA 18810.  Published in Star-Gazette on October 26, 2009

Age 83, of Bragg Towers, Elmira, NY, died Saturday, September 26, 2009, unexpectedly at St. Joseph's Hospital. He is survived by his brother, William Hackett, Jr. of Easton, PA; sister, Catherine Frazier of Philadelphia, PA; special friends, Pamela Jones, Marion Gaskins and Joe Cavallaro. Sam retired from Moore Business Forms. He was on the tenant's board at Bragg Towers and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during WWII. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Thursday, October 1st, from 10 to 11 a.m. His funeral and committal services will follow at 11 a.m. Minister Jerry Hayes will officiate. Interment will take place in Bath National Cemetery. A special thank you goes out to Sandra Brown, Arletta Taylor, Leland Roberts and Darryl Johnson.  Published in Star-Gazette on September 30, 2009

HARRISO, George Schnee
Yea, Though I walk through the valley Of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil, for thou art with me.  Psalm 23:4
Ardently devoted husband and father, died on November 13, 2009 at Bethany Manor, Horseheads, NY. George was born in Sunbury, Pennsylvania on April 2, 1919 to George P. and Eleanor H. Harrison. He was raised in Elmira and remained an Elmiran for his entire life. George married Eleanor C. Harder on November 17, 1943. They are the proud parents of George W. Harrison and Edward S. Harrison. Over nearly 66 years of marriage, George devoted himself to his wife and sons as he assumed the role and responsibility of primary provider, enabling his wife to remain at home and care especially for Edward, who was born with Cerebral Palsy and mental retardation. With continuous love and support George encouraged Eleanor to pioneer for programs and services within the community for those who are mentally and physically challenged for over 60 years, beginning from a near zero-based level. George's career spanned employment with American LaFrance, BMT Machine Tools, and Westinghouse Electric Corporation, from which he retired in 1984. He was past program director for Junior Achievement of Chemung County and a member/trustee of Centenary United Methodist Church. He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, golf, winemaking, playing cards and bread baking. Every summer he would ensure a family vacation, usually to the beaches in the Carolinas. George is predeceased by his beloved wife, Eleanor, on August 29, 2009. He is survived by his sons, George W. Harrison and his wife, Virginia, of Halfmoon, NY and Edward S. Harrison of Pine City, NY. His grandchildren are Dr. Zachary E. Harrison and his wife, Evon, of Las Vegas, NV and Olivia M. Claypool and her husband, Steven, of Ballston Spa, NY. George's great-grandchildren are Jacob Carl Harrison Claypool, Emma Marie Claypool, and Kylee Thompson. He is also survived by nieces, Claudia (David) Webber and Nadine Duckworth; and nephews, Robert (Marti) Jump and Richard (Linda) Jump. The family would especially like to express their gratitude to the staff of Skill 3 Bethany Manor for their care and compassion demonstrated to George during his last several years. A Memorial Service to honor George's life will be held on Sunday, December 6, 2009, at 3:00 p.m. in New Beginnings United Methodist Church, 330 West Church St., Elmira, NY. It was George's request that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Chemung ARC Fund, 711 Sullivan, Elmira, NY 14901.  Published in Star-Gazette from November 16 to November 20, 2009

JENSEN Robert Mecum
Of Horseheads, NY, formerly of Woodfield Farm in Odessa, NY, died Tuesday, October 13, 2009, at home at the age of 82. Bob served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S. Rolette from 1944-1946, receiving the Asiatic Pacific and American Area Medals. He retired for Lucent (New York Bell Telephone Company) after 31 years of service in 1985. Bob's civic activities included: Schuyler County 4-H horse programs; Odessa-Montour Central School Board of Education; President, Havana Glen Board; Board of Directors, Highland Cemetery; Horseheads Elks Club; Member of Sampson WWII Navy Veterans; and American Legion in Odessa, NY. As a war-era veteran, he was interested in the Wings of Eagle Program in Horseheads and participated in the restoration of warplanes. His beloved daughter, Jennifer Leigh; parents, Irving and Leah Jensen; brother, Richard and sister-in-law, Dorothy Jensen; his mother and father-in-law, John and Helen Moore; brother-in-law, John "Dinty" Moore and wife, Evi predeceased him. Survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Margaret A. Moore Jensen; daughters, Margaret Cafferty of Virginia, Kathleen Jensen (Craig Umbehauer) of Virgil, NY; grandchildren, Brett James Cafferty, Emily Kathleen Cafferty and Kristy Leigh Jensen. Also survived by brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Madeline Jensen of Florida; and sister-in-law, Helen B. Moore of Tenafly, NJ. Calling hours will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, October 15, 2009, at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. Services will be held on Friday, October 16, at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home with interment to follow at the Highland Cemetery in Odessa, where full Military Honors will be accorded. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association , 435 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620.  "Bob was an avid golfer who is now shooting par on Championship courses with the finest green and no roughs."  Published in Star-Gazette on October 15, 2009

Herbert E. Johnson, 90, of New Cumberland and formerly of Blossburg, died Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, in Harrisburg Hospital.  He was a retired electrician with Interpace Co. (formerly J.P. Ward Foundries) of Blossburg. He was a World War II Army veteran; a 50-year member of both Blossburg Lodge 350, F&AM and Williamsport Consistory, A.A.S.R. Mr. Johnson was born in Morris Run, to the late Eli and Effie Haglund Johnson. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jean M. Lindie Johnson; his daughter, Dusty J. McMillen and her husband, J. Paul of Camp Hill; two grandsons, Michael McMillen, Daniel McMillen and wife Christine and their two children, Madigan and Liam McMillen; and a brother in law Keith Lindie of Blossburg.  Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. The Johnson family respectfully requests that memorial contributions be made in Mr. Johnson's name to PA Automotive Association Foundation, 1925 N. Front St. / P.O. Box 2955 Harrisburg, Pa. 17105 to benefit local charities.  Parthemore Funeral Home and Cremation Services, New Cumberland and Freeberg Funeral Home, Blossburg have been entrusted with arrangements.  Published in The Wellsboro Gazette from October 21 to October 27, 2009

KRETCHMER Paul "Curly"
Age 89 of Elmira, NY died peacefully on Wednesday November 18, 2009 at St. Joseph's Hospital. Paul was a United States Army veteran of WW II and a Pearl Harbor survivor. Also the past President of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. There will be no calling hours. Funeral Services will be held privately and are entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home, Inc.  Published in Star-Gazette on November 21, 2009

KUTKA Alfred F. Jr
Age 87, of Elmira, NY, formerly of Yonkers, NY, died on Friday, September 11, 2009, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Elmira, NY. Alfred is survived by wife of 66 years, Maybelle F. Kutka; sons, Alfred F. (Diana) Kutka of Fishkill, NY and Bob (Esther) Kutka of Elmira, NY; grandchildren, Jennifer M. (Alex) Colandrea, Jason M. (Lauren) Kutka, and Daniel Lee (Jamie) Kutka; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Kutka, Cecelia Tapley, and Shannon Maybelle Colandrea. Alfred was a United States Navy Veteran of WWII, a member of the VFW and the American Legion. He was a retired Corrections Officer from the Elmira Correctional Facility, for the New York State Department of Corrections. Alfred enjoyed jewelry making, hunting, competitive pistol shooting and was an Endowment Member of the N.R.A. It was Alfred's request that there be no calling hours and a private graveside service be held at the convenience of the family in Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NY.  Published in Star-Gazette on September 15, 2009

McALOON - Attorney George Patrick McAloon, 82, died early Tuesday, March 31, 2009 from complications of a short illness At Crouse-Irving Hospital, Syracuse. Mr. McAloon was born in Cos Cob, Connecticut on January 17, 1927, the son of James P. and Margaret Izat McAloon, formerly of Glasgow and Ardrie, Scotland. In July of 1944, after graduation from Greenwich High School, he entered the Unites States Army Air Force and served overseas with the 20th Air Force on Guam, and later Hawaii. He returned home in November of 1946 and was honorably discharged in December of 1946 with the rank of Sergeant. Mr. McAloon graduated from St. Lawrence University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in June of 1950. He later attended Columbia Law School and graduated from Albany Law School in 1954 with a Bachelor of Laws, later changed to a Juris Doctorate. Mr. McAloon was admitted to the NY State Bar in March of 1955, and the U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York in 1958. He married Mary Rose Scanlon, on August 2, 1958, at the Church of the Holy Family, Watertown. Mr. McAloon began his career with Dunk, Conboy, McKay and Bachman working from 1954 to 1957 in Watertown. He then moved his practice to Alexandria Bay, N.Y. in 1957 and continued to practice there until 2008.He later was associated with the Scanlon, Willmott, Aylward Law Firm, Watertown, becoming a partner in April 1973. Mr. McAloon served as Assistant District Attorney under William McClusky, District Attorney from February 1968 to April 1973. He was Acting Village Justice, Village of Alexandria Bay in 1957 and later appointed Village Police Justice. In 1961, he was appointed village attorney and remained as such until 1989. He was chairman of the Grievance Committee in the Jefferson County Bar Association from 1976 to 1985, and member of the 5th District Grievance Committee from 1976 to 1988. He was a member of the Jefferson County Bar Association, serving as president from 1979 to 1980. He is also a member of the New York State and American Bar Associations. Mr. McAloon was Republican Committeeman for the Fourth Election District Town of Alexandria from 1957 to 1997. He was a member of the Alexandria Central School Board District of Trustees from June 1958 to June 1971. He served as president for three separate terms. He acted as Town of Alexandria Attorney from 1961 through 1975 and Alexandria Central School District Attorney from 1971 through 1996. He was a member of the Alexandria Bay Rotary Club, serving as president from 1962 to 1963 and was a recipient of the Paul Harris Medal. Mr. McAloon served as a Trustee of St. Cyril’s Roman Catholic Church in Alexandria Bay, NY. He was a member of the St. Lawrence Alumni Executive Council from 1985 to 1991 and has served as class reporter for the Class of 1950, St. Lawrence University, from June 1 to his death. Mr. McAloon is survived by his wife of 50 years Mary Rose (Scanlon); a brother Col. (ret.) James McAloon and wife Constance; a sister Margaret and husband Thomas Leach and children, Daniel and Lisa McAloon, Alexandria Bay, N.Y.; Anne McAloon, Alexandria, Va., George and Barbara McAloon, Watertown, James and Cortney McAloon, Syracuse, N.Y., Mary Rose and Matthew Talada, Waverly, N.Y. and Robert and Rebecca McAloon, Hunterville, N.C. and nine grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are with the Costello Funeral Home in Alexandria Bay, N.Y. Calling hours will be Friday April 3rd, from 2p.m. until 4 pm and 7p.m. until 9p.m. A funeral mass will be at held at St. Cyril’s Catholic Church on Saturday April 4 at 10 a.m. Donations may be made to St. Cyril’s Church, the MacSherry Library, or the River Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 567, Alexandria Bay, NY 13607. - Sayre Morning Times, April 2, 2009

Age 89, of Elmira, died Thursday, October 29, 2009, at the Bath VA Medical Center. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary; son, John (Judy) Mellor Jr., Guilderland, NY; grandson, Steven (Nicole) Mellor, Rensselaer, NY; granddaughter, Lori (Peter) Banfield, Clifton Park, NY; great-granddaughter, Pyper Banfield; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by his parents, John A. Mellor and Cecelia Everts; sisters, Jane Pasmore and Eleonor Long. John was a communicant of Christ the Redeemer Parish, a member of Elmira Heights American legion, a US Army Veteran, WWII. Those wishing may make a donation in John's memory to Catholic Charities or to a charity of one's choice. There will no calling hours. You are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial in St. Casimir's Church at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 31. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Kalec Funeral Home.   Published in Star-Gazette on October 30, 2009

MILLARD - Clifford N. Millard, 85, of 5 Pine Street, Waverly, N.Y., died Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at Elderwood Senior Care, Waverly, N.Y. surrounded by his loving family. Born December 17, 1923 in Rush, Pennsylvania the son of the late Walter and Dora Birchard Millard. After graduating from Rush High School he enlisted in the Army and served in WWII European, African, Middle Eastern Campaign and awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Five Bronze Stars and the WWII Victory Medal. He was employed by Dean Phipps/National Auto for the majority of his adult life. He enjoyed working on cars, traveling, bowling, and square dancing. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, American Legion, VFW, Rotary and Waverly United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Shirley (Keene) Millard; sister Marjorie Buckley and brother Walter (Junior) Millard; children Rose Millard of Troy, Dale Marshall of Elmira, Paul and Rose Millard of Waverly, June Marshall of Elmira, Gene and Lyn Millard of Waverly, Sue and Rusty Morgan of Athens, Pam and Steve Zwierlein of Nichols, Norma and Joe Kurtz of Candor, Patty Millard of Waverly; stepsons Bob and Kathy Millage of Barton, Ron Millage of Barton and daughter-in-law Becky Millard of Waverly; 22 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers Claude, Lawrence, Kenneth, Pat; sister Evelyn; and son Fred. A time for gathering with family and friend will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 3, 2009 at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, N.Y. The celebration of Clifford's life will be held 11 a.m., Saturday April 4, 2009 at the funeral home with the Rev. Anne Bey Canfield honoring his memory. Burial will be held in Barton Cemetery, Barton, New York. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be made to one's favorite charity or American Cancer Society, 13 Beech Street, Johnson City, NY 13790. - Sayre Morning Times, April 2, 2009

MRUK Anthony T.
Age 83, of Elmira Heights, NY. He was born July 6, 1926 in Elmira, son of the late Ignatz and Helen (Dusza) Mruk and died Wednesday, August 12, 2009, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. He was predeceased by his sister, Sophia and is survived by his wife of 55 years, Elizabeth (Plesa) Mruk; daughters and sons-in-law, Cynthia and Charles Kanach of OK, Karen and Ronald Bukowski of NY, Denise and Kurt Cox of FL, and Christine and Jamie Secor of NY; granddaughters, Jordan Mruk Bukowski and Marissa Ann Bukowski; sisters, Frances and Rose Mruk, both of Elmira. Tony was raised in Elmira, was a communicant of St. Casimir's Church, and graduated from EFA. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army having earned the rank of Sergeant in the Fighting 69th Infantry Division during WWII. He worked for Westinghouse Corp and retired after 37 years of dedicated service as both mechanic and foreman. Tony was known throughout his life for his 'fix it' skills and willingness to help. Tony will be remembered in the community for his love of aviation and WWII airplane restoration with the Experimental Aircraft Association, Wings of Eagles Discovery Center (National Warplane Museum) and National Soaring Museum. His family and friends will remember him where he was most at peace, on Seneca Lake, as a fisherman with his creative copper-trolling systems and handmade lures. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Monday, August 17th, from 9 to 11 a.m. His funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Committal prayers and interment, with Military Honors, will follow in Bath National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Tony through donations to the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center, 17 Aviation Dr., Horseheads, NY 14845.   Published in the Star-Gazette from 8/14/2009 - 8/15/2009

OWEN Jacque
Born: September 24, 1924. Died: August 04, 2009. Services: A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 8, 2009, at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, The Villages. Visitation: A gathering of family and friends will be from 10:00 a.m. till service time Saturday. Jacque M. Owen, 84, of The Villages, died Tuesday, August 4, 2009. He was born in Johnson City, New York and moved to The Villages from Horseheads, New York 22 years ago. He was a member of Lady Lake Methodist Church, American Legion Post 347, Life member of VFW post 8083, and a life member of Elk's Lodge. Mr. Owen was a retired auto salesman and served in the US Navy during WWII and the Normandy invasion. He loved beagles and taking them to the field trials, was an avid New York Yankee fan, an avid western book reader and played golf. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Anne; two daughters, Cheryl Crosby, Pompano Beach, FL, Pamela Fillak, Cape Coral, FL; a son, Thomas Owen, Horseheads, NY; two brothers, Robert Owen, Atlanta, GA and Donald Owen, Sarasota, FL; a sister, Joyce Decker, winter resident of FL; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren. Memorials: Memorials may be made to The Villagers for Hospice, 601 Casa Bella, The Villages, FL 32162 or Lady Lake United Methodist Church, 109 West McClendon, Lady Lake, FL 32159. Cemetery:  Florida National Cemetery. Location: Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services - The Villages.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/6/2009

RAUH Francis A., Jr. "Fran"
Age 82, of Elmira, died at his home, on Friday, June 5, 2009. Fran was the son of the late Francis A. "Doc" and Anna Ceasar Rauh. In addition to his parents he is predeceased by his wife, Marjorie Rauh. Fran is survived by his children, Deborah and Peter Peterson of Elmira, James and Mary Kay Richardson of Cohasset, MA; grandchildren, Douglas Peterson of Elmira, Nicole Peterson of North Syracuse NY, Chelsea, Lacey, Evan, and Sam Richardson all of Cohasset; great grandson Hunter Peterson; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jeanne and John Tablewski of San Diego, CA, Mary Anne and Larry Wisenski of Vista, CA; sister-in-law Mary Doane of Horseheads; along with several nieces and nephews. Fran served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a graduate of St. Bonaventure's University and continued his education at Elmira College where he received a Master's Degree. Francis was retired from Capabilities, Inc. Friends are invited to a Memorial Service on Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at McInerny Funeral Home, corner of Water and Walnut Sts., Elmira. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make donations in Francis' memory to either Southern Tier Hospice, 1157 E. Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830, SPCA, Route 352, Elmira, NY 14903, or Falck Cancer Center, 600 Roe Avenue, Elmira, NY 14905. The children would like to extend a special thank-you to Carla Smith for the loving care she gave to both Fran and Marjorie over the last several years. They also want to thank the dedicated staffs at the Falck Cancer Center, SDS Infusion Center at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, and Southern Tier Hospice for their wonderful care.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 6/7/2009

RAO John J.
Age 84, of Elmira, NY, died Monday, October 19, 2009, at the Bath VA Hospital in Bath, NY. John was born on September 24, 1925 in Brooklyn, NY, son of the late John and Mary (Diliberto) Rao. John served our country in the United States Army during WWII and the Korean War. He was a member of the VFW Post #901 and Knights of Columbus Council #229. He is survived by his wife, Blanche of 50 years; son, Daniel (Patricia) Rao of Wellsburg, NY; grandchildren, Becky Rao, Mary and Heather McCallister; great-grandchildren, Gabriel Potter and Daveionta Johnson; sisters, Tina, Margaret and Rosemary. Family and friends are invited to call Wednesday, October 21, 2009, from 12 to 2 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. A prayer service will be held there on Thursday, October 22, at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Mass Of Christian Burial in St. Mary's Church at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Bath National Cemetery with Full Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of John can be made to the Bath VA Hospital.  Published in Star-Gazette on October 20, 2009

REINSMITH  James M. "Jim"
Formerly of Elmira, NY, died July 27, 2009. Mr. Reinsmith served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. A graduate of Penn State University, he was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. He worked for thirty years with Corning, Inc. in Corning, NY and was a manager of several departments in the Human Relations Division. He also sang with the Elmira Symphony and Choral Society and performed with the Elmira Little Theater. After retiring he was a member of the Corning Country Club, Coordinator of Volunteers at the National Soaring Museum, and later built a home in Sun City West, Arizona for winter golf purposes. He moved from Elmira and Sun City West to Greenville in 1996, after meeting and marrying a wonderful class mate (Shirley Kroske), whom he re-met at the fiftieth high school reunion in Pittsburgh in 1995. In Greenville he was a member of John Knox Presbyterian Church where he sang with the Chancel Choir. He also sponsored, with his wife Shirley, many organ recitals and special music events. During his life Jim loved all kinds of music, from jazz and classical to pipe organ and opera. Surviving are his loving wife, Shirley Kroske Reinsmith; his son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Jude Reinsmith, of Ann Arbor, Michigan; his son Randall Reinsmith of Juneau, Alaska; and his sister, Cynthia Forrest Olson and her husband, Lee, of Somers, New York. His daughter, Elizabeth Reinsmith Besford, predeceased him in 1999. Also surviving are his wife's children, Deborah Humphries and her husband, Alva, Douglas Kroske and his wife, Suzi, and Mark Kroske and his wife, Cindy, and all their children, Jason, David, Christyn, Stephen, Ryann, Jennifer, Michelle, Brittany and William, plus eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by step-children, Michael Dandrea and his wife, Barbara, of Horseheads, NY, and Karen Dandrea of Elmira, NY, and their children, Kyle, Blake, Aaron, James, Andrew and Elizabeth. A memorial service will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at John Knox Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. John Brearley and the Rev. Joseph Gaston officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. at The Mackey Mortuary, Century Drive. Memorial contributions may be made to John Knox Presbyterian Church, 35 Shannon Drive, Greenville, SC 29615, or the American Diabetes Association, 16A Erozzini Court, Greenville, SC 29615.

REXFORD Theresa Mae
Theresa Mae Rexford, age 40, of Dundee, NY died unexpectedly Sunday November 1, 2009 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, in Penn Yan, NY. Friends may call from 4-6 pm Friday (Nov. 6) at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water Street, Dundee. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. The family respectfully requests and graciously asks that instead of flowers, memorial contributions be made to a Fund being established for her 14 year old daughter, Corrina Wilcox. Donations should be sent to Richard or Connie Rexford in c/o Serv U Credit Union, 46 Millard St. Dundee, NY 14837. Theresa was born August 23, 1969 in Montour Falls, NY, the daughter of Richard K. and Connie A. Buckley Rexford. She received her formal education from Dundee Central School and then returned to school later in life; graduating at the top of her class and receiving her Cosmetologist License from BOCES in Coopers Plains. She has worked at Chrissy's Beauty Salon in Dundee ever since. In her spare time, she enjoyed scrapbooking and raising her family. She is loved and will be forever missed by her 3 daughters, twins Marissa J. Smith of Dundee, and Miranda J. Smith of Watkins Glen and Corrina Mae Wilcox at home; her parents, Richard & Connie Rexford; maternal grandparents, Elmer & Betty Buckley; paternal grandmother, Carolyn Rexford all of Tyrone; 2 brothers, Chad J. (Suzie) Rexford of Breesport, NY and Timothy D. (Amberly) Rexford of Dundee; nieces and nephews, Thomas, Nicole and Erica Rexford of Breesport, Ethan and Caroline Rexford of Dundee; her companion of 6 years, Greg Bell and his children, Brandon and Brittney and her baby, Zoey at home; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and countless friends.
Published in Star-Gazette on November 3, 2009

84, of Elmira, died Friday, October 16, 2009 at home. Survived by his wife of 56 years, Betty; his daughters, Lynn of Syracuse, NY, and Marianne (Tim) Barron of Southport; his grandchildren, Matt and Aimee Barron; and his brother-in-law, Theodore Chapman of Horseheads. He was predeceased by his daughter, Bonnie; parents, Clarence and Helen; and his sister, Norma. He proudly served in the U.S. Army in Europe during WWII. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice.  Published in Star-Gazette on October 18, 2009

RUMSEY - Richard B. Rumsey, 90, died Saturday, July 25, 2009, in Anderson, S.C. Mr. Rumsey was born March 5, 1919, in Mainesburg, a son of the late Walter B. Rumsey and Iva M. Rumsey. Mr. Rumsey was raised in Mansfield, where he graduated from Mansfield High School. He served in the United States Air Force during World War II as a bombardier-navigator. He attended Syracuse University and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in 1948. He was comptroller with a company in Niagara Falls, N.Y., before retiring in 1981. Mr. Rumsey attended the River of Life Church of God, where he was active within the senior group.  Survivors include his wife, Alma M. Rumsey of the home; a son, Dale Robert Rumsey and wife, Andrea of Anderson, S.C.; one granddaughter, Brittany Rumsey of Anderson, S.C.; two brothers, Jerald Rumsey and wife, Deanna of Mansfield, James Rumsey of Canton; and two sisters, Lois Peters of Dallas, Texas and Audele Longley of Park Forest, Ill. In addition to his parents; one brother, Murice Rumsey and one sister, Elizabeth Seelye, predeceased him. The funeral service was held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29, in the Remembrance Chapel of Forest Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, conducted by Dr. Stoney Abercrombie and Rev. Heinrich Scherz. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to River of Life Church of God, 601 South McDuffie St., Anderson, S.C. 29624.  The McDougald Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

RUTTY Robert A.
Robert "Bob" Rutty, 91, of Lakeland, died at the Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale, FL on October 4, 2009. He was a quiet and gracious man, whose loyalty, work ethic, strength and dignity were an inspiration to his family and friends. Robert Arthur Rutty was born to Charles Rutty and Grace Payne Rutty in Eveleth, MN on November 16, 1917, the youngest of seven siblings. He grew up in Elmira, NY, graduating from Southside High School and worked at both Whipple's Automotive and Clute Motors. In 1939, he married Esther Sagar. They attended Epworth Methodist Church and were enthusiastic participants in the Friday night dances at the West Hill Community Cabin. During WWII, he served in the South Pacific as a platoon Sgt. in the USMC. Bob and Esther moved to Lakeland, FL in 1956, where he was employed at Lakeland Ford for 37 years. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 64 years, Esther, his siblings, Marion Johnson, Alice Fletcher, Reid Rutty, Ruth Bennett, Grace Storch and Bernard Rutty. He is survived by his daughters, Andra Vick of Bartow, FL and Sherrill Jones of Stony Brook, NY, 7 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and a close-knit circle of nieces and nephews.  Published in Star-Gazette on November 1, 2009

SANDERS Forrest S.
Age 90, of Peoria, AZ. Sandy served in WWII as a Navy Air Corp. pilot. He then began an extensive musical career which included teaching for 51 years at Miami University, Ithaca College, and Elmira College. He is survived by his children, Leslie Sanders of Auburn, NY, Forrest (Skip) Sanders II of Ithaca, NY, Penny Williams of Wallingford, CT, and Scott Sanders of Canton, OH; and six grandchildren. Sandy was predeceased by his wife, Betty L. (Bea); and daughter, Pauline Sanders. A memorial in his honor will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Sun City, AZ on Thursday August 27th at 9:00 a.m.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/26/2009

died September 19, 2009 from complications due to Parkinson's disease at the age of 87. Born on March 28, 1922 in Mt. Carmel, PA, Mr. Schwenkler graduated from Elmira Free Academy in 1940. He earned a B.S. in Forestry from Syracuse University in 1943 and a Master's Degree in 1947. Mr. Schwenkler was drafted into the USNR. He served aboard the USS Phelps, USS Lamar and the USS Lavaca from 1943-1946. He remained in the Naval Reserves after the war and was honorably discharged as a Lt. in 1956. Mr. Schwenkler married Alice Roscoe in 1948 and raised a family of six children in Ft. Washington, PA before a job transfer took him to Geneva, IL in 1974. He lived there until Alice died. In 1992, he moved to Dunedin, FL where he lived the remainder of his life. In 1947, Mr. Schwenkler began a 40 year career working for Container Corporation of America. He retired as Director of Manufacturing of the Folding Carton Division in 1987. Mr. Schwenkler was a gracious, gentle man generous with his hospitality. A loving father, grandfather, brother and friend. He was greatly loved and is dearly missed. Wife, Alice, son, Steven, and grandson, James preceded Mr. Schwenkler in death. He is survived by daughter, Trudy Schwenkler of Ambler, PA; daughter, Nancy (Jim) Bennett of Palm Harbor, FL; son, Joseph (Mary) Schwenkler of Flemington, NJ; son, John (Alice-Marie) Schwenkler of Williamsburg, VA; son, Robert (Trisha) Schwenkler of Boise, ID; daughter-in-law, Gerri Schwenkler of Lecanto, FL; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandson; sisters, Jean (John) Garvey of Corning, NY, Mary Cain of Elmira, NY, Theresa (Hank) Garvey of Elmira, NY; brother, Ed Schwenkler of Elmira, NY. A Memorial Mass will be held October 31, 2009 at St. Anthony's Church, Ambler, PA at 11:00 a.m. Greet the family from 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Suncoast Hospice, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760.  Published in Star-Gazette on September 24, 2009

SMITH Marvin Ray (Billy)
86, of Spencer, died peacefully at home after a courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, July 2, 2009. He was predeceased by his parents, Herrick and Leotta (Congdon) Smith; son, Mark Douglas Smith; brothers, Ben and Dayton Smith; sisters, Alice Casterline, Beatrice Brock and Muriel Westervelt. Marvin is survived by his wife of 62 years, Madolin Kemmerer Smith, Spencer; daughter, Melanie (Richard) Collins, Apalachin; sister, Letheda (Peggy) Teeter, Venice Center; brother-in-law, William (Marleah) Kemmerer; sister-in-law, Pamela (Joseph) Kartychak; family and many friends. After serving in the Army Air Force during WWII, Marvin was employed at Spencer Ford Sales as a mechanic for 42+ years. Anyone who knew Marvin knew him as a heck of a guy. He was a member of Spencer Fire Department and Horseshoe Club. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed camping. There will be no calling hours or service. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in memory of Marvin may be made to Spencer Emergency Squad. Allen-Manzer Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 7/3/2009

STETZ Joseph  "Gabby"
died peacefully Monday, July 27, 2009, in Simi Valley, CA. Joseph was born on April 16, 1922 in Elmira Heights, NY, son of the late Charles and Catherine (Neporany) Stetz. Joseph was also predeceased by his wife, Marianna Stetz; sister, Anna Stetz; and brother, Stephen (Anna Fecich) Stetz. Joseph served our county honorably in the United States Army during WWII. He was the owner of the Stetz Service Center in Elmira, and the past commander of the Catholic War Veterans Post. He taught at the Elmira Reformatory in Elmira Heights for several years, later retiring as a teacher in the Los Angeles School District. Survivors include his children, Father Mark Stetz, Kathy and children, Matthew, Alyssa Milne, John (Sharon) and children, Joseph and Bernadette Stetz, Melanie Stetz; brother, Slako Stetz; brother-in-law, Merrill (Brandy) Konish; several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on August 5, 2009 at St. Peter Claver Church in Simi Valley, CA. Interment was held in San Fernando Mission Cemetery. There will be a Mass of Remembrance for Joseph on Saturday, September 5, 2009, at 5 p.m. in St. Nicholas Catholic Church. All family and friends are invited.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/30/2009

SUFFERN - Donald D. Suffern 93 of 105 Elm St., Waverly, NY died on Friday February 8, 2008 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.  Donald was born on July 26, 1914 in Corning, NY, the of his late parents John S. and Flora YOUNG Suffern.  Donald loved talking to people and helping them. He also loved to read. He attended Corning Schools and earned a GED degee later on in life. He served in the United States Army Air Corp as a B29 mechanic. He was a member of the the Waverly United Methodist Church, Lions Club of Waverly, and The Waverly American Legion. He loved music and dancing, his family, traveling, camping, and wilderness adventure. In their 80s Donald and his beloved wife Florence went white water rafting the Grand Cannon from start to finish four times.Florence and Donald celebrated the lives they'd been given. In spite of diffculties and challenges, that was what they did best. Before entering the service he owned a mink farm in Waverly. After the service he worked as a butcher at Suffern's Grocery Store in Waverly. In 1949 he worked for Stroehmann's Bakery as a delivery man for Tioga and Chemung counties. Donald worked for Ellsworth Gamester Construction Co. of Waverly. He ended his career working as a self-empolyed carpenter.  Donald and Florence were involved in their extended family and played an instrumental roles in the lives of their nieces and nephews.  Donald is predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Florence Ackley,whom he married on May 19, 1946; brother John Suffern and sister Alice Willard.  A memorial service of remembrance to celebrate the life of Donald will be held on Saturday February 16, 2008 at noon at the Waverly United Methodist Church Chapel with Pastor Anne Bey Canfield officiating.  Memorial contributions in Donald's name made be made to the Waverly United Methodist Church 158 Chemung St., Waverly, NY 14892.  Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Blauvelt Funeral Home 625 Broad St. Waverly NY.   Blauvelt Funeral Home, Waverly, New York obit.

Age 91, of Binghamton, NY, died Wednesday, July 22, 2009, in West Chester, PA, surrounded by his family. Born February 7, 1918 in Brooklyn, NY, he was the youngest child of Russian immigrants, Rose and Morris Sussman. Orphaned young, he brought himself up "by the bootstraps," training as an apprentice to a printer, and later working 28 years for Gannett newspaper, The Binghamton Evening Press. Bob served his country as an Army sergeant on the front lines of WII as well as in the Korean War. He was a lifetime scholar who took college classes into his late 80's. Bob was an opera buff, a real estate broker, and an exercise devotee who made the Binghamton YMCA his second home. He was active in the social and religious life of Temple Israel synagogue. Predeceased in 1994 by beloved wife, Louise, he is survived by three daughters, Rosalyn (Richard) DuBois of Horseheads, NY; Elizabeth (Richard) Nassau of West Chester, PA; and Deborah (John) Gallant of Lima, NY. He took great joy in his ten grandchildren, Jeffrey (Melissa), Michael and Sara DuBois; William (Allison), Samuel, Benjamin and Leah Nassau; and Joseph (Stephanie), Daniel and Laura Gallant. In addition, Bob leaves best friend, Norman Sweeney; special niece, Rosanne Goodstein; cousins, Freda Rosenberg and Joseph Motz; sister-in-law, Sylvia Azersky; brothers-in-law, Sid Ayers and Murray Rappaport; and numerous nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service, 12 noon, Friday, July 24, 2009, at Temple Israel, 4737 W. Deerfield Place, Vestal, NY 13850. Shiva to be arranged. Interment Temple Israel Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Temple Israel at the above address or Broome Community College, P.O. Box 1017, attn: BCC Foundation, Binghamton, NY 13902. Arrangements by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc., West Chester, PA.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 7/24/2009

Age 83, of Burdett, NY and formerly of Elmira, died after an extended illness on Saturday, September 26, 2009. Blanche is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Walt Baldwin; their four children, Michael (Judith) Baldwin, of Amesville, OH, Daniel Baldwin, of Burdett, Jeffery (Sue) Baldwin, of Burdett, Michele Baldwin, of Watkins Glen; four grandchildren, Jeremiah, Jacob, Joseph, and Jonathan Baldwin; four great-grandchildren, Nehemiah, Abigail, Alexandria, and Mackenzie; sister and brothers, Francis Brusso, of Wayne, Richard (Carol) VanDeusen, of Elmira, and Robert (Myrtie) VanDeusen, of Elmira; sisters-in-law, Nancy (Henry) Bellavigna, and Barbara (Dave) Stoner. She was predeceased by her parents, Raymond and Winifred VanDeusen. She served her country during WWII as a member of the Women's Army Corps. She worked at Rose, Kimball & Baxter, and Izard's Department Store in Elmira; she worked as a Schuyler Home Health Aide until she retired. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one's choice. You may sign a memorial guestbook online at Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.  Published in Star-Gazette on September 28, 2009

WALTZ Abigail Waltz Kent
MRS. ABBIE W. KENT, widely known in Lycoming County as a Red Cross nurse, died in the Williamsport Hospital at 4:30 p.m., Friday, September 2, 1966.  She was 75.  Mrs. Kent was closely associated with the Red Cross Bloodmobile and other activities of the agency.  She was formerly the agency’s director of nursing services.  She established and taught courses in pre and post natal care and also served as an instructor in first aid courses throughout the county.  Mrs. Kent organized classes to train high school girls to be competent baby sitters and also taught various courses at the Laurelton State School and Hospital.  Mrs. Kent was a registered nurse for over 50 years and was a member of many professional organizations associated with nursing.  She served as an Army nurse during WWI.  She was the recipient of numerous citations and honors for her work, including the Grit Noritorious Service Award.  At the time of her death, Mrs. Kent was a resident of the Williamsport Home.  Mrs. Kent was born here May 11, 1891, the daughter of Gottlieb and Fannie Randall Waltz.  Her father was a contractor and builder.  Mrs. Kent was educated in the city’s public school and graduated from the Williamsport Hospital of Nursing in 1913.  She became affiliated with the Red Cross in 1927 and served the agency for over 29 years.  She was a lifelong member of Central Baptist Church.  Surviving are two sons, Mark N. of Salem, Oregon and Ornan W. of McKeesport and six grandchildren.  The funeral will be at Maneval’s, 711 West Fourth St. at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.  The Rev. Henry Meyers, her pastor, will officiate.  Burial will be in Twin Hills Memorial Park.  Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday.  Submitted by:  George and Peg Boyce.  Williamsport Sun Gazette -  September 3, 1966

WARD Merrill E.
Merrill Eugene Ward, a longtime resident of Horseheads and Elmira, died peacefully in his sleep on June 13 after a brief illness. He was 83 years old. Merrill was born December 12, 1925, in Sunbury, PA, the son of the late Harry Matthew and Bertha Mae (Fabel) Ward. Merrill was predeceased by his beloved wife of 53 years, Rebecca Beryl (Lyons) Ward of Altoona, Pennsylvania; brothers, Clarence, Andrew, Max, Vaughn, Harry, and Robert; and sisters, Jeanne, June, Betty, Thelma, Bertha, and Letha. He is survived by his sister, Mollie Dill of Sunbury; stepson, David Wainwright of San Diego, CA; daughter-in-law, Carol Weber of Colorado Springs, CO; grandchildren, Jon Wainwright of Austin, TX and Judy Monroe of Lillington, NC; great-grandchildren, Katy and David Wainwright of Austin, and Chelsea, Taylor, and Keaton Monroe of Lillington; sister-in law, Janice Ferguson of Little Rock, AR; his many nieces, including Peggy Kuhns, Yvonne Koble, and Angel Rohrbach of Sunbury, Helen Kocher of Mechanicsburg, PA, Merle Lash of Anchorage, AK and Carole Snyder of Selinsgrove PA; and his many nephews, including Max Ward of Lewisburg, PA, Melvin Reichner of Shamokin, PA, James Ward of Arlington Heights, IL and Thomas Ward of Mifflinburg, PA. Merrill served his country honorably in the United States Navy during World War II aboard the escort carrier U.S.S. Hoggatt Bay (CVE-75), which participated in many of the major operations in the Pacific Theatre, including the battles of the Marianas, Peleliu, the Philippines, and Okinawa. Merrill faithfully attended and greatly enjoyed the annual reunions of those who served aboard the Hoggatt Bay, and will be sorely missed by his comrades at this fall's reunion and in the years to come. Merrill was a graduate of Northumberland High School in Northumberland, PA. After the War, Merrill joined the Pennsylvania Railroad and worked for many years as a flagman on the run from Elmira to Sodus Point, supplying coal to the Great Lakes freight ships. Later he worked for many years at the Mohawk Bakery on Lake Street in Elmira, and later still for Thatcher Glass in Elmira. He retired as a foreman with Anchor Glass in Elmira Heights. Merrill's last years in Horseheads were filled with activities and friends. He enjoyed long walks each day, breakfast or lunch up the road at Gerould's Pharmacy, weekly dinners out with friends, occasional excursions over to Tioga Downs, and frequent visits with his friends and neighbors. Merrill especially enjoyed helping friends, neighbors, and even strangers wherever he was needed and whenever he could. A special thanks goes to St. Joseph's Hospital for sponsoring the Widow/Widowers Support Group, which Merrill joined after the death of his wife in December 2004. This program offers its participants help during the grieving process after the death of a loved one. The family is grateful for the lasting friendships that Merrill developed while he was a member of the "Group," including his dear friends Pat Kerbein, Richard Nemeth, Russell Gugino, Gail Fritz, and many others. The family is also especially grateful for the tender loving care Merrill received during his final days from Southern Tier Hospice, from his caregivers Bonnie Butler, Tina Brown, Carole Hollecek, Pam Sheldon, and Kathy Shutt, and throughout his time in Horseheads from his friends, Stu Jacklin, Betty Jacque, Teri Sheesley, and many others. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 South Main St. in Horseheads on Tuesday, June 23, 2009, from 10-11:00 a.m. where his service will follow at the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. Commensurate with his military service, Military Honors will be accorded at the funeral home at the conclusion of services. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Merrill's name may be made to Southern Tier Hospice at 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 6/21/2009

WEAVER,Margaret R.
(Peg, Aunt Peg), a communicant of St. Mary Our Mother Church died June 29, 2009. She was born in LaPorte, PA on August 14, 1923. She is the daughter of the late Frederick J. and Anna (Mac Dermott) Weaver. The family lived in Elmira where Margaret attended St. Mary's grammar school then graduated from Southside High School. She served in the United States Navy at the end of WWII. In 1951, Margaret graduated from Ithaca College with a major in Physical Education. She served the Newfield Central School District from 1951 until 1993 as a teacher, administrator and school board member. Margaret is survived by brothers, G. David Weaver (Mary Jane), F. Michael Weaver; sister, A. Mary Harrison; special friend, Mary Humpton; Mary's niece, Tina Brown, Tina's son, Aric and her daughter, Ashley Nichols; and many dear nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brothers, John, Joseph, William and Anthony Weaver. At her request there will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Mary Our Mother Church, 816 W. Broad St., Horseheads on Friday, July 3, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. with the Rev. Christopher Linsler, Celebrant. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make a donation to: Newfield Central School Reading Program, 247 Main St., Newfield, NY 14867 c/o Joanne James. Arrangements with Barber Funeral Home in Horseheads.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 7/1/2009

WHITE Donald
A lifelong resident of the Millerton, PA community died on Friday evening, October 30, 2009 at home following an illness under the care of his loving family at the age of 83. Born on October 13, 1926 in Tioga County, Don was the son of the late Bert & Leona Wheeler White. Dedicated to his country, Don served in the United States Navy during WWII. He was employed as a Mason with Local Union #3. Civic minded, Don was a member of the VFW, Moose, the American Legion, and was a member of the Jackson Center United Methodist Church. His interests included, NASCAR, fishing, enjoyed music and dancing. He married Rena Gilbert on August 20, 1987 in Southport. Together they cherished a close and loving family. Surviving is his loving wife, Rena Gilbert White, Millerton, PA; Don's sons, Donald (Penny) White, Danny (Marlene) White, Timothy White, and Jimmy Steele; Rena's daughters, Julie Ann (Donald) Bull and Carrie (Brian Smith) Cady; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Wayne (Beverly) White; several special nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Elouise Sproule and brothers, Lester and Lawrence Albert. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport on Friday, November 6, 2009 between the hours of 4-6 pm. A memorial service will follow the visitation at 6:15 pm with Pastor Jennifer Wolf officiating. Memorials may be directed to organization of your choice in Don's memory. Remember the songs "Act Naturally, Waiting for a Train" Which Don always sang. He was the greatest star of our family.  Published in Star-Gazette from November 1 to November 4, 2009

Age 86, of Elmira, NY, died on Friday, July 10, 2009, at the Bath VA Center. Solomon is survived by his wife, Lottie Williams of Elmira; sons, Abdul of Buffalo, NY and Daren Brooks of Elmira; daughters, Marsha (Carl) Jenkins of Elmira and Pauletta Deborha (Jerome A.) Page of Greensboro, NC; sister, Hassie Williams of Buffalo, NY; 17 grandchildren; special niece, Marsha of Buffalo; along with a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Solomon served our Country in the US Army during WWII. Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, July 14th, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will take place there at 11 a.m. with Rev. Clifford Proper officiating. Interment will follow in Bath National Cemetery with full Military Honors.   Published in the Star-Gazette on 7/12/2009

? PARKER Ethel (Barbara) Parker
 age 90, formally of Waverly, New York and of Horseheads, New York died Monday, April 13, 2008 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Elmira, New York.  She is survived by sister Estelle Frendburg of Phoenix, AZ. , son Geoffrey Parker (Gina) of Richland, WA, daughter Louise McIntosh(Steve) of Horseheads, NY and son Gary Parker of Mission, KS. Grandchildren, Adrienne(Ken) Cotton and Greg Parker of WA, Stacy Gardner (Todd) of Horseheads, Lori Nourse( Mike) of Charlotte, NC and James Parker of KS .Great Grandchildren Alyssa & Kayla Gardner of Horseheads and Alex and Ella Nourse of NC and many loving nieces and nephews.  Barbara was a true Christian who always had a helping hand to lend to anyone who needed it. She has earned her crown in heaven.  She was a member of First Church of the Nazarene in Waverly, New York for over 50 years and taught Sunday School for over 43 years. She had been active for many years in WIC, My Brothers Keepers, Womens Veteren's Asso., and a active bowler. Barbara served with the US Navy during WWll.  A time for gathering with family and friends will be 11:00 A.M., Monday, May 18, 2009 at First Church of the Nazarene in Waverly, New York. The celebration of Barbara's life will be by Pastor Paul Montague who will honor her memory at 11:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be made to: American Cancer Society, 1316 College Ave., Elmira, NY 14901. Burial will be held in Riverside Cemetery, Lowman, New York.   Blauvelt Funeral Home, Waverly, New York obit.  Mrs. Parker was born January 06, 1919 in Sayre, PA.  Blauvelt Funeral Home, Waverly, NY obit.
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