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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice

St. Nicholas Cemetery, Horseheads,  Chemung County, New York
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BAGLIONI - RAKICH, Louise
Age 79, formerly of Elmira, NY, and Naples, FL, died
Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at her son's home in Adamstown, MD. Louise was born on November 14, 1930 in Pennsylvania, daughter of the late Marsilio and Clara (Fox) Baglioni. Louise is survived by her son, Joseph (Pat) Rakich of Adamstown, MD; grandchildren, Julie (Antonio) Gutierrez, Carl John Minotti, Michael (Michele) Minotti, Samantha Rakich, Stephanie Rakich, Michaeline Rakich, Tyler Rakich, Tina Cavin and Joelie Pitts; great-granddaughter, Daniella Gutierrez; sisters, Alma and Albenia. Louise was predeceased by her husband, Michael Rakich on March 21, 2005; and daughter, Michaeline Caracciolo on December 31, 2009, sister, Kathrine Duris. Family and friends are invited to call Tuesday, February 9, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow in Holy Trinity Orthodox Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Louise can be made to National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, 16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd., Emmitsburg, MD 21727.

 

BARAN Pauline Kostiw

Age 92, of Elmira, NY, died on Saturday, September 15, 2012, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. Pauline was born on February 7, 1920 in Bolotnia, Ukraine, daughter of the late William and Anna (Chopek) Baran. Pauline is survived by her beloved husband of 67 years, William; sons, Michael V. (Carolyn) and Robert W. (Sandra) Kostiw; loved and cherished grandchildren, Michael (Kim) Kostiw, Kristen (Kyle) Blackburn, Jessica (Jon) Reed, Robert J., Joseph M., Matthew S. and Katelyn M. Kostiw; great-grandchildren, Ellie, Alice Pauline, Charlotte, Lucas and Brady; niece, Anna Baran; very dear friend and cousin, Lorraine Davis. Pauline has been a longtime member of St. Nicholas Church and National Ukrainian Association. She was also a staple in the preparation of making piroghis and pigs in the blanket for church and parish functions. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She will be missed dearly by those that knew her. Family and friends are invited to call Monday, September 17, 2012, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Panahyda will take place there at 7:30 p.m. Panahyda will also take place Tuesday, September 18, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home followed by Divine Liturgy at 11:00 a.m. in St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church with Father Robert Batcho as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Pauline can be made to St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church.  Star Gazette – September 17, 2012

 

BOLAK - HYDZIK, Mary (Bolak)
Age 91 formerly of Elmira, NY, died Tuesday, September 16, 2008, in Rockville, MD. Mary was born on July 5, 1917 in Elmira, daughter of the late Kuzma and Anna (Kotyk) Bolak. Mary was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Hydzik and daughter, Mildred Bunke. Survivors include her daughters, Anna (James) Herrick of Elmira and Marie (Fred) Wiker of Gaithersburg, MD; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to call Saturday, September 20, 2008, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Panykhda will be held at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church with Fr. Vasili Godenciuc as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Food Bank of Southern Tier at 945 County Rte# 64, Elmira, NY 14903, or St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church at 410 E. McCann's Blvd., Elmira Heights, NY 14903.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/19/2008

BONYAK Paul
Age 92, of Elmira Heights, NY, died on Friday, September 11, 2009, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. He was born on March 16, 1917 in Lykens, PA to the late John and Mary (Roman) Bonyak. Paul was predeceased by his wife, L. Madelene Bonyak in 2004; sons, Thomas and William Bonyak and James Fish; daughters, Shirley Weiskopf and Pauline Oliver; and several brothers and sisters. Survivors include his sons, Robert Bonyak of FL, Joseph (Rita) Fish of Erin and Thomas Fish of Ontario, NY; son-in-law, Donald Weiskopf of Elmira Heights; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews. Paul was a past Commander of the Catholic War Veterans and a longtime member of the American Legion Post 154 in Elmira Heights. He was also a longtime communicant of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church. Paul loved to play bingo and skat. In his free time, Paul enjoyed all of what nature had to offer including camping, traveling, fishing and boat trips on the St. Lawrence River. Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 17th, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Panykhda will be held there at 7 p.m. Panykhda will continue there on Friday, September 18th, at 10 a.m., followed by the Divine Liturgy at 10:30 a.m. in St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church with Father Vasile Godenciuc as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery with Full Military Honors.  Published in Star-Gazette on September 14, 2009

BURKE JEAN M. BILYNSKY
Jean M. Age 49, of Panama City, FL, formerly of Endwell, NY, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, August 20, 2006, at home after an extended illness. She is survived by her husband, William; sons, Daniel Bilynsky, a student at Florida State University, and Brian Bilynsky, a student at Stetson University in Florida; brother, Patrick Burke of Meshoppen, PA; sisters-in-law, Catherine Horan of Waverly, and Mary Daugherty of Elmira; brother-in-law, Michael Bilynsky of Elmira; along with several nieces, nephews, friends; and her beloved dog, Candy. Jean was a graduate of SUNY Binghamton and was formerly employed with Bard Parker in Hancock, NY as an accountant. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Friday, August 25th, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Panikhyda will be held at 7:30 p.m. Panikhyda will continue there on Saturday, August 26th, at 9:30 a.m., followed by Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. in St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church. Rev. Vasile Godenciuc, Celebrant. Committal prayers and interment will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Jean through donations to the American Cancer Society, 33 Adams Ave., Endicott, NY 13760.  Star-Gazette.com Obituaries for 08/24/06

BUSTEN  Frances MICHALKO
Age 94 of Elmira, NY. She was born June 27, 1916 in Elmira, daughter of the late Louis and Paraska Busten and died
Monday, September 20, 2010, at St. Joseph's Hospital. She was predeceased by her husband, George; and children, Paraska, Pauline, George Jr. and James. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Anne Michalko of Rochester, NY, Dr. Charles and Betty Michalko of Pittsford, NY; daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy and Roger Bennett of Horseheads; daughter-in-law, Maureen Piasecki of East Aurora, NY; grandchildren, George Michalko, Michelle Graber, Matthew Michalko, Lillian Chotkowski, Dr. Karl Michalko, Sheryl Pastalan, Roger Bennett and Mark Bennett; 15 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Michalko was the oldest member of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church where she was an active volunteer and a pyrohy lady. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Friday, September 24th, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Panikhida will be held at 7 p.m. Prayers will be offered at the funeral home on Saturday, September 25th, at 9:30 a.m. followed by Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. in St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church. Rev. Vasile Godenciuc, Celebrant. Committal prayers and interment will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery. - Elmira Star Gazette, September 22, 2010

 

CAROSCIO Lena "Lee" Cherkis

Elmira: Age 88, died at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center on Tuesday, March 1, 2011. Lena was born May 3, 1922, a daughter of Thomas and Maryanna (Carrescia) Caroscio. She was predeceased by her husband John P. Cherkis on January 2, 2011. Lena is also predeceased by her son John T. Cherkis, daughters-in-law, Kim Rudy Cherkis and Terry Nist Cherkis Doud, brother William Caroscio, brother and sister-in-law, Victor and Mary (Lockern) Caroscio, brothers-in-law, Anthony Maio and Henry Novick. She is survived by her children, Ann Cherkis, Mary Cherkis Donahue, and Joseph Cherkis (Jennifer Corrao), all of Elmira; grandchildren, Christopher Cherkis, Christin (Eric) Bresett; great grandson Caleb Bresett; sisters, Mary Maio, Dorene Novick; sister-in-law Edith Caroscio; along with several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Lee was a homemaker and a retiree of the Elmira City School District where she worked as a library aide. She enjoyed being outside, working in her garden and filling the bird feeder, then watching the birds come and feed. Lee took great joy in her time spent with her grandchildren and great grandson. She was a faithful communicant of Blessed Sacrament Parish, where she was a member of the Sacred Heart Society. Family and friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of W. Water and Walnut Sts., on Friday, March 4, 2011 from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 9:15 A.M. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 A.M. at Ss. Peter & Paul Church. Interment will follow at St. Nicholas Cemetery. Lee's family would like to extend their sincere thanks to Dr. Robert Mauri, her caregivers, Maria Regina Miller Gublo, Connie Judd, Margaret Keenan, the AOMC staff, especially those in the ICU, and on 3C and 4B, Meals On Wheels, and to Father Rick Farrell for the care and concern provided to their mother during her illness. Those wishing may remember Lee with a donation to Blessed Sacrament Parish, 604 Park Place, Elmira, NY 14901.  Star Gazette – March 3, 2011

 

CARUSO Msgt. Rocco Paul, Ret. Age 82, of 3046 Arnold Ave., Horseheads, NY. He was born October 27, 1924 in Geneva, NY, son of the late Joseph and Mary (Romeo) Caruso and died Sunday, January 21, 2007, at Tioga Nursing Facility. Msgt. Caruso retired from the U.S. Air Force in December 1964 after 21 years of duty to the armed forces. He was predeceased by his wife, Catherine Matkosky; brothers, Charles, Joseph II and Angelo; sisters, Mary Fayant and Flora Cantando. Sgt. Caruso etered the Navy in December 1942 and served in that branch during WWII. In 1947 while in the Navy reserve, Caruso enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force until his retirement from Griffiss AFB, Rome, NY in 1964. During WWII, Caruso saw action in the North Atlantic with the 38th Destroyer Div. credited with sinking a German sub, transferring to the SW Pacific Theater, earning 15 battle stars, and the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation. During his career he was also in the occupation forces in Japan and took part in the Korean Conflict earning the Korean Presidential Unit Citation. He enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1947 and served in Ft. Slocum, NY (1st AF), Spokane AFB, Washington (98th Bomb Group), Giger FL, Washington, Okinawa (Hg Squadron), McCord AFB, Washington (325th Installation Squadron), Hamilton AFB San Rafel, CA, Korea (Operations Squadron), Chanute AFB, IL (HTC), Toul Rossier AB, France and Griffiss AFB, Rome, NY, earning 15 battle stars, 2 presidential unit citations and numerous service ribbons and citations. Mr. Caruso was a member of Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Church. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service, was a member of the American Legion, Post 154, the Air Force Society and a Plank Member, Sampson WWII Navy Veterans, Inc. He is survived by his sister, Anne Hockstaff of Elmira; sister-in-law, Vera Caruso of Rancho Cardova, CA; along with several nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira, on Wednesday, January 24th from 2 to 4 and at Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Church, 137-139 Horseheads Blvd., Elmira Heights, from 7 to 9 p.m. A Memorial service will be held at 8 p.m. His funeral service will be held there on Thursday, January 25th at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Jason Kappanadze will officiate. Committal prayers and interment will follow in Holy Trinity Orthodox Cemetery. All are invited to join the family for a luncheon at Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Church immediately following the services. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Rocco through donations to Holy Trinity Orthodox Church.

 

CASIL Samuel

Age 93 of Elmira, NY. He was born February 28, 1919 in Elmira, son of the late Paul and Pauline (Ryndziniak) Casil and died Monday, December 17, 2012. He was predeceased by his brother John and sisters Kathryn Bowers and Maryann Comfort. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Harriet; daughter and son-in-law Christine and Paul Soos of Niagara Falls, NY; son and daughter-in-law Charles and Ana Casil of Deerfield Beach, FL; granddaughter Stephanie Soos of Niagara Falls, NY, sister-in-law Virginia Casil of Horseheads along with several nieces and nephews. Sam was a member of Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Church. He retired from Conrail; was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during WWII and was a member of the American Legion Post 154. Sam loved to travel, work around the house and to visit his children. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Thursday, December 20th from 7 to 9 pm. Memorial service will be held at 7:30 pm. His funeral service will be held there on Friday, December 21st at 9:30 am. Rev. Jason Kappanadze will officiate. Committal prayers and interment will follow in Holy Trinity Orthodox Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Sam through donations to CareFirst, 11751 E. Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830.  Star Gazette – December 19, 2012

 

CHECK Tillie Check
Age 91 of Elmira Heights, NY. She was born July 2, 1919 in Elmira Heights, daughter of the late Thomas and Eva Check and died
Sunday, December 5, 2010 at her home. She was predeceased by her siblings Myron Check, Frank Check, Kathryn Sharp and Ann Ruszak. Tillie is survived by her brother William Check; sister-in-law Ann Check along with several nieces and nephews who she loved dearly. Tillie lived in the "Heights" her entire life. She was employed with Remington Rand for 27 years and retired from LRC Electronics and was a member of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church. At her request there will be no calling hours. Family and friends are invited to her Divine Liturgy on Saturday, December 11th at 10 am in St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 410 E. McCanns Blvd., Elmira Heights. Rev. Vasile Godenciuc, Celebrant. Committal prayers and interment will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family. Star Gazette - December 9, 2010

 

CHECK William

Age 85 of Elmira, NY. He was born August 25, 1926 in Elmira, son of the late Thomas and Eva (Czyszyezak) Check and died Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. He was predeceased by his wife Teresa on March 1, 2006 and son Gerald W. Check on April 18, 2002 and is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law Carol and Scott Apthorp of Elmira and Susan and Tony DeOrio of Horseheads; daughter-in-law Lois Downs of Horseheads; grandsons Matthew Apthorp, Philip (Shadee) DeOrio and Jamey DeOrio; granddaughter Sarah Check; great granddaughter Lily Riane Apthorp along with several nieces and nephews. Mr. Check was retired from American LaFrance; was a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union 112, Elmira and was a veteran of WWII and a member of the C.W.V. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Friday, January 6th from 5 to 7 pm. His funeral service will be held there on Saturday, January 7th at 11 am. Deacon William Dougherty will officiate. Committal prayers and interment will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery. William enjoyed attending the Day Program at Elcor and his family extends a thank you to the staff there for making his time there fulfilling.   Star Gazette – January 4, 2012

 

CHERESNOWSKY Peter Age 93, of Elmira Heights, NY, died Monday, May 2, 2005, at St. Francis Nursing Home in Williamsville, NY. Peter was born in Yonkers, NY, son of the late Wesley and Ksenia (Kachmar) Cheresnowsky. Peter retired as a Stationary Engineer for the Elmira Correctional Facility Power Station after many years of service. He has been a longtime communicant of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church. Peter was predeceased by his wife, Helen, in 1997; sisters, Catherine Kohan and Mary Templer; brothers, John and Stephen Cheresnowsky. Survivors include son, Peter D. Cheresnowsky of Amherst, along with his fiancée, Kathleen A. Savaree of Buffalo, NY; sisters, Ann Stys of Sayre, PA, and Sister Helen SSMI of Sloatsburg, NY; brothers, Anthony (Elizabeth) Cheresnowsky of Sayre, PA, and Wesley (Catherine) Cheresnowski of Broken Arrow, OK; grandson, Christopher Chersenowsky of Amherst, NY; several nieces and nephews. Panykhda will be held on Friday, May 6, 2005, at 9:30 a.m. at James D. Barrett Funeral Home, followed by the Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church at 10 a.m. with Rev. Vasili Gudenciuc as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery.

 

CHERKIS John P.

Elmira: Age 89, died Sunday, January 2, 2011 at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. John was born March 21, 1921, the son of John and Anastasia Cherkis. He is predeceased by his son John T. Cherkis and sisters, Sophie Page and Stella Conklin. John is survived by his wife of 55 years Lena Caroscio Cherkis; children, Ann Cherkis, Mary Cherkis Donahue, and Joseph Cherkis (Jennifer Corrao), all of Elmira; grandchildren, Christopher Cherkis, Christin (Eric) Bresett; great grandson Caleb Bresett; sisters-in-law, Mary Maio, Dorene Novick and Edith Caroscio; several nieces and nephews. John was a WW II veteran having served with the U.S. Coast Guard. He worked at Remington Rand for over 30 years before going to work at the Elmira Correctional Facility from where he retired. Growing up John enjoyed playing basketball. He enjoyed being outdoors and was an avid fisherman. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of W. Water and Walnut Sts., on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 11:45 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:30 p.m. at Ss. Peter & Paul Church. Military honors will be held at the conclusion of the funeral mass. Interment will follow at St. Nicholas Cemetery. John's family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the 5th floor staff at the Chemung County Nursing Facility for the wonderful care provided to John the past 5 plus years.  Star Gazette – January 4, 2011

 

CHOCHON Harry

Age 88, of Horseheads, NY, died on Monday, October 15, 2012 at home. He was born on June 12, 1924 in the Ukraine. He was predeceased by his wife, Catherine Chochon. Harry is survived by his daughter, Patricia Chochon of Horseheads. He retired from Corning Inc. after 30 plus years of service. There will be no prior calling hours. Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service for Harry on Thursday, October 18 at 1 p.m. in St. Nicholas Cemetery with Father Robert Batcho officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to the James D. Barrett Funeral Home.   Star Gazette – October 17, 2012

 

CHURCHMAN Olga
Age 89, of Elmira, NY. She was born March 22, 1919 in Elmira, daughter of the late Damian and Sophia (Sikorska) Churchman, and died Wednesday, November 26, 2008, at St. Joseph's Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit. She was predeceased by her brothers, Stephen and Raymond; sisters, Sophia Cassetta and Irene Strang; nephew, Richard Cassetta; niece, Mary Ann Shafer. Olga is survived by her beloved nephews, nieces and their families, Tom (Linda) Cassetta, Dr. Brian (Chris) Cassetta, Gregory (Veronica) Cassetta, Daniel Cassetta, Jean (Craig) Brown, Mark (Linda) Churchman, Rae Anne (Ray) Windsor, Amy (Leonard) Tally, Sue Hall, Patricia (Brent) Seppanen, William Strang, Steve (Barbara) Churchman; and sister-in-law, Jane Churchman. Olga retired from Remington Rand and the A&P Plant. She will be most remembered for her faith and her dedication and service to others. She was a devout communicant of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Saturday, November 29th, from 9 to 10 a.m. Prayers will be offered there at 10 a.m., followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:30 a.m. in St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church. Rev. Vasile Godenciuc, Celebrant. Committal prayers and interment will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery. Those wishing may remember Olga through donations to St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 410 E. McCann's Blvd., Elmira Heights, NY 14903.   Published in the Star-Gazette on 11/28/2008

COICO - SENKO
Clara M. Resident of Chemung County Nursing Facility Age 79, former resident of Villa Serene, died Saturday, June 10, 2000 at the Chemung County  Nursing Facility. Clara was born July 16, 1920 in Passaic, NJ, daughter of the  late Cosimo and Addalerato Coico. She was married to the late John Senko who   died October 18, 1984. Clara worked at Remington Rand for 30 years and, after her retirement, she was one of the original pyrogy ladies at the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church. She is survived by her sisters, Sue Travani of Elmira and Elvira Cerio of Horseheads and their families; numerous nieces,  nephews and their children. Clara will be remembered as a special angel by the husband and family of her late sister-in-law, Julia Senko Reppard, for whom Clara was caregiver and nurse during Julia's final struggle with cancer in 1977. Julia's children, Cheryl Spear, Donna Reppard and Cindy Braly and their children will  remember Clara's loving kindness forever. Family and friends are invited to call  Tuesday, June 13th from 5 to 8 PM at the Barrett Funeral Home. Divine Liturgy will be held 9:30 AM on Wednesday, June 14th at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Church  with Rev. Januez Jedrychowski officiating. Interment will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery.

CUSCHANEY –MARY A. VISCHANSKY of 1340 College Ave., Elmira died Thursday May 21, 1992 at the Heritage Nursing Home, Athens.  Prayer service will be held at the Barrett Funeral Home, 1004 Lake St., Elmira on Tuesday at 9 a.m. followed by a burial service at 9:30 a.m. followed by a burial service at 9:330 a.m. in Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, 140 Horseheads Blvd., Elmira Heights, N.Y.  The Rev. Friar Joseph T. Chupeck will officiate.  Interment will be in Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cemetery.  –Elmira Star Gazette

DEMYAN - OBUHANYCH, Helen D.
Age 92, of Horseheads, NY, died on Friday, November 9, 2007. She was born on September 23, 1915 in Corning, NY to the late Joseph and Susan (Slyoma) Demyan. Helen was predeceased by her sisters, Maria Demyan and Ann Bleznuck; and brothers, John, George and Michael Demyan. Survivors include her loving husband of 66 years, Harry Obuhanych of Horseheads; sons, Robert (Vikki) Obuhanych of Portland, OR and Thomas (Ko) Obuhanych of Cody, WY; daughters, Barbara (Dr. Peter) Cullen of NC and Mary (Robert) Harris of Horseheads; grandchildren, Mark, John, Robert, Thomas and Daniel; great-grandchildren, Elle and Chase; along with several nieces and nephews. It was Helen's wish that all services be held privately. Interment will take place in Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the charity of one's choice. The family would like to give a special thanks to all of Helen's doctors and caregivers that helped her during her time of need.

DUCHY (DUCHIJ) Michael (Mike)
Age 89, of 550 E. Church Street, Elmira, New York, died Friday, July 3, 2009, at St. Joseph's Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit. He was born on January 20, 1920 in the Ukraine. He was predeceased by his wife, Anna (Dychka), on April 26, 1995. He is survived by his daughter, Stella Houseknecht of Coral Springs, Florida; daughter and son-in-law, Katherine and Rolando Navaro of Land O'Lakes, Florida; sons and daughters-in-law, Walter and Christine (Wilson) Duchy of High Point, North Carolina, Peter and Marie (Graham) Duchy of Elmira Heights and Joseph and Ruth Duchy of Horseheads; grandsons, Alan M. Houseknecht of San Diego, California, Peter M. Duchy of Buffalo, New York, Jody Wilson and Kirk Wilson; granddaughters, Christine Houseknecht of Coral Springs, Florida, Melissa Duchy and Ashley Duchy of Horseheads, New York; great-grandson, Kerrick M. Duchy of Elmira Heights. Mike was a retiree of U.S. Steel and a devout, longtime communicant of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church. He will be most remembered by his unwavering faith and his friendship and service to others. Panikhida will be held at Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Monday, July 6th, at 10:30 a.m. followed by the Divine Liturgy at 11:00 a.m. in St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Rev. Vasile Godenciuc, Celebrant. Committal prayers and interment will follow at St. Nicholas Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mike's memory may be made to St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 7/4/2009

DYKA - CHOPKO, Mary D.
Devoted wife, loving mother and caring grandmother. Age 90, of Elmira, passed peacefully at her home with her family by her side, on Sunday, November 15, 2009. Mary was born in Sannyky, Ukraine on May 14, 1919, the daughter of Wasyl and Anna Zamrij Dyka. Mary and her husband John, along with 2 of their children, immigrated to the United States in 1949. She was predeceased by her husband John and daughters-in-law, Glenda and Diana. Mary is survived by her children, Bohdan of Lakewood, CO, Orest (Barbara) of Horseheads, Lubomyr of Denver, CO, Lesia (Louis) Fadale, of Elmira Heights, Anna of Elmira, and John G. of Elmira; grandchildren, Debra, Zachary, Michael, and Gregory. Mary enjoyed working in her lovely garden and with her flowers. She retired from Elmira Floral Products. Mary was a devoted member of the Ukrainian Church. Father Vasile Godenciuc will celebrate a Mass of Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Church on Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Private interment will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary's memory may be directed to either St. Nicholas Church, 410 E. McCann's Boulevard, Elmira Heights NY 14903 or Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 E. Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830. The family would like to acknowledge the exceptional care provided by Dr. Rizk and her staff. Also, Southern Tier Hospice, especially Debbie, Susan, Deb J., Stacey and others at Hospice who contributed to her wonderful care. Our heartfelt thanks to Rene.  Published in Star-Gazette from November 17 to November 18, 2009

FECICH - STETZ
Mrs. Anna (Fecich) Age 82 of 209 W. 17th St., Elmira Heights, NY died Thursday, November 29, 2001 in Maryland. She was predeceased by her husband Stephen on February 20, 1999, brother Alex Fecich and sister Mary Crowley. Survived by her son Stephen Michael Stetz of Atlanta, GA; daughters and sons-in-law Pat and Dr. William Labuda of Rockville, MD, Bonnie Stetz of Elmira, Stephanie and Roger VanDusen of Sanford, FL, Mary Kathryn and Melvin Bohart of Boise, ID; brother John Fecich of Horseheads; sisters Sophie Conklin of Millport, Julia Eldred and Helen Gilkey both of Horseheads; 11 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren along with several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Stetz was a communicant of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church and was a member of the Catholic War Veterans Post 1176 Auxiliary. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barrett Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 4th from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM. Panakhyda will be held at 7:15 PM. Panakhyda will continue at the funeral home on Wednesday, December 5th at 9 AM followed by Divine Liturgy at 9:30 AM in St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church. Rev. Janusz Jedrychowski will officiate. Interment will be in St. Nicholas Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, in her memory.

 

FECICH John Fecich

Age 84, of Horseheads, NY, died on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY. John was born on April 17, 1927 in Elmira, son of the late Frank and Mary (Mysnik) Fecich. John served our country honorably in the US Navy during WWII. He retired from American Bridge in Elmira Heights after many years of service. John has been a longtime parishioner of St. Nicholas Church in Elmira Heights and a longtime member of the Catholic War Veterans Post #1178, and the American Legion Post #154. John is survived by his wife of 59 years, Doris (Lewis); daughter, Mary Elizabeth Eagen (significant other, Terry Shea) of Albany, NY; sisters, Julia Eldred of Horseheads, NY, Sophie Conklin of Millport, NY and Helen Gilkey of Big Flats, NY; grandchildren, Melissa (James) Preston of Rensselaer, NY and Carri Davis of Elmira; great-grandsons, Jah-Ziah Davis of Elmira, Luke Preston of Rensselaer, NY; several nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his son, John Fecich; sisters, Anna Stetz and Mary Crowley; brother, Alec Fecich. Family and friends are invited to call Thursday, May 26, 2011, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. A Panykhda service will follow at 5 p.m. with Father Teodor Czabala officiating. Interment will take place in St. Nicholas Cemetery at the convenience of the family.  Star Gazette – May 25, 2011

 

FEDOCK - ROBBINS
Pearl A. Age 86, Erin, NY, died Saturday, February 25, 2006, in Screven, Georgia. She was born in Mount Carmel, PA, October 6, 1919. She was predeceased by her parents, Wasil and Mary Thresa (Mardyniak) Fedock; husband, George Elmer Robbins; daughter, Carol McKee Carmen; siblings, Michael, Pete, Andy, Helen, Metro, John, Stephen. Pearl is survived by two daughters, Mary (Walter) Bunce, GA, Hattie (Wayne) Hannula, NY; grandchildren, Merrilea Schmeltz, Michael McKee, George, and Walter, and Jon Bunce, Preston and Timothy Hannula; 13 great-grandchildren; siblings, Mary Dunham, Chuck Fedocks, Anne Bugsbee, and Thresea Maki; nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held Friday, March 3, 2006, at 11:00 a.m. in the Allen-Manzer Funeral Home, Spencer, NY, with Father Jason Kappanadze officiating. Interment is at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cemetery, Horseheads, NY.

 

FURCH - KOLYNICH Mary
Age 93 of 420 East Franklin Street Horseheads, NY died on Saturday September 13, 2008 at home surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Kolynich was born June 24, 1915 in Youngstown, Ohio the daughter of the late Michael and Julia Lukaczyk Furch. She married her husband, Frank T. Kolynich and he pre-deceased her on March 21, 1979. Mrs. Kolynich was also pre-deceased by her brother John Furch in 2006. Mary was a longtime member of Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Church in Elmira Heights, NY. She loved her family and friends and also enjoyed gardening, sewing, and making jewelry. Mrs. Kolynich is survived by her daughter: Eileen Kolynich of Lansing, NY; son and daughter-in-law: James F. & Rosemary Kolynich of Elmira, NY; sister-in-law: Anne Furch of Horseheads, NY; nephews: Donald Furch and Theodore (Vicky) Petris; her lifelong friend Mary Benyo; several cousins, her beloved cat Ginger, and a host of caring friends. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY on Monday September 15, 2008 from 7-9 PM. A Memorial Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday Evening at 7:30 PM with the Rev. Jason V. Kappanadze officiating. Mrs. Kolynich's Funeral Service will be held in Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Church 140 Horseheads Blvd. Elmira Heights, NY on Tuesday September 16, 2008 at 10 AM with Rev. Jason V. Kappanadze officiating. Mrs. Kolynich will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband Frank in Holy Trinity Orthodox Cemetery in Horseheads, NY. Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/14/2008

GILKEY Lee R.
Age 90, of Horseheads, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008, at Elcor Health Center. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 So. Main St., Horseheads, on Wed., Feb. 13, 2008, from 3-4:00 p.m. His service will follow there at the funeral home at 4:00 p.m. with the Rev. Christopher L. Linsler officiating. Interment in St. Nicholas Cemetery in Elmira Heights, NY.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/13/2008.

GILKEY - Lee R. Gilkey, 90, of Horseheads, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008 at Elcor Health Center. He was retired from J.J. Newberry’s after 46 years of service and served in the United States Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theatre. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Helen J. Gilkey; daughter, Deborah Gilkey Beckwith of Dallas, Texas; brother, John Fecich of Horseheads. Calling hours are 3-4 p.m. Wednesday at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 S. Main St. Services will be held there at the conclusion of calling hours at 4 p.m. Wednesday, the Rev. Christopher L. Linsler officiating. Burial will be in Saint Nicholas Cemetery, Elmira Heights.- Corning NY Leader, 11 February 2008

GUSTIN
Francis J. Jr. "Gus" Age 80 of Wygant Rd. Horseheads unexpectedly at home Wed. Dec. 12, 2001. He is survived by wife of 55 years, Florence (Guidus) Gustin, daughters and sons, Alan Gustin of Gary, TX, Barbara (Michael) Chopko of Horseheads, NY, Mary Ann (Peter) McIntosh of Horseheads, NY, Michael (Dr. Shari) Gustin of Webster, NY, Thomas (Teri) Gustin of Horseheads, NY; grandchildren, Valerie (LeVell) Wynn of Stillwater, NY, Laura (Dan) Howard of Orlando, FL, Mark Gustin of Cape Coral, FL, Michael Chopko of Buffalo, NY, Debra Chopko with fiance Steven Osborne, Heather and Sara McIntosh and Bethany, Lindsay, and Zachary Gustin all of Horseheads, NY; Great grandchildren, Cody and Christopher Wynn at home; Brothers and sisters, William (June) Gustin of Elmira, NY, Delores (Chester) Layton of Horseheads, NY, Ronald Gustin of Brownsville, TX, Robert (Gudrun) Gustin of San Antonio, TX, Donna (Carl) Davis of Stillwater, MN; Also predeceasing were his parents, and sisters, Dorothy Crowley and Arlene Simpkins. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, Gus was born Aug. 7, 1921 in Elmira, NY the son to the late Francis Sr. and Aletha (Johnson) Gustin. He was a veteran of the US Army and also a member of the Elmira Heights American Legion Post #154. Gus was a retired VP of Industrial Sales and Marketing with the former LeValley McLeod in Elmira. A 42 year member, Past two-time Exalted Ruler and past Dist. Deputy of the Elmira Elks Lodge #62, Gus was also a member of the Elmira Heights Vol. Fire Dept. where he spent much time there growing up in the Heights. Mr. Gustin was an avid outdoors and sports enthusiast, his interests included fishing, being a dedicated Notre Dame Fan and local Youth Baseball Coach. He had also been active with the Chemung Co. Republican Committee. Friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 So. Main St., Horseheads on Friday Dec. 14, 2001 from 2-4:00pm and 7-9:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Church of St. Mary Our Mother 816 W. Broad St. Horseheads on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. The Rev. Thomas W. Burr will celebrate the Mass Interment St. Nicholas Ukrainian Cemetery in Elmira Heights where full military honors will be accorded. Expresssions of sympathy may be directed to: St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation, 555 E. Market Street, Elmira, NY 14901. NOTICE: Officers and member of Elmira Elks lodge #62 will gather at the Barber Funeral Home, Horseheads on Friday at 8:45 pm to conduct a memorial service for their departed brother, Francis Gustin. Signed, Tim McCracken, Exhaulted Ruler

HARABIN Paul, Sr.
Age 89, of 1006 Hoffman St., Elmira, NY. He was born June 19, 1918 in Larksville, PA, son of the late Matis and Xenia (Vach) Harabin and died Tuesday, December 11, 2007, at the Chemung County Nursing Facility after an extended illness. He was the last survivor of his family, being predeceased by parents and all of his brothers and sisters, George, Mathew, Joseph and Jacob Harabin, Mary Buynak, Anna Lavernick, Kathryn Dudascik and Martha Rivell. Paul is survived by his wife of 63 years, Anna (Zubriski); children and their spouses, Judith and Richard Johnson of Charlotte, NC, Paul, Jr. and Marie of Southington, CT, John Mathew and Donna of Pine City and Jean Marie and George Potter of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren, Christina Stoots and Karen Mongold, both of Concord, NC, Cindy Uanino of Sterling, CT, Daniel Harabin of Charlotte, NC, Richard Harabin of York, PA, Paul and Erin Harabin, both of Southington, CT and Lauren Potter of Charlotte, NC; six great-grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews. Mr. Harabin was a communicant of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church. He retired from Flight Service at the Elmira Corning Regional Airport and was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving from 1937 to 1941 and again from 1944 to 1945 during World War II. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Friday, December 14th, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Panikhyda will be held at 7 p.m. Prayers will be offered there on Saturday, December 15th, at 9:30 a.m. followed by Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. in St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church. Rev. Vasile Godenciuc, Celebrant. Committal prayers and interment will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Paul through donations to St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church. Paul's family would like to extend a very special thank you to the 3rd and 5th floor staff at the Chemung County Nursing Facility for the wonderful care they provided him.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 12/13/2007.

HOBCZUK - GALLOW
Mary I. Age 52, of 350 Diven Ave., Elmira, NY. She was born October 25, 1953 in Elmira to Nicholas and Anna (Hucul) Hobczuk and died Sunday, December 18, 2005, at Elcor Health Services after a brief illness. She was predeceased by her mother, Anna in 1990; brother, Nikolaj in 2003; and sister-in-law, Penny Lunduski in 1994. Mary is survived by her husband of 20 years, Eugene R. Gallow; children, Eugene and Andrea, both at home; father, Nicholas Hobczuk of Elmira; brothers and sister-in-law, Michael Hobczuk of Elmira, John and Debbie Hobczuk of Horseheads, Stefka Trifoso of Elmira; sister-in-law, Bonnie Hobczuk of Pine City; mother-in-law, Louise (Gene) Benson of Gillett, PA; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Peter and Ann D'Arcangelo of Elmira, Luann and Timothy Pelot of Horseheads, MariAnn D'Arcangelo of Daytona Beach, FL, Doreen Post of Gillett, PA, Ricardo D'Arcangelo of Horseheads; along with several nieces and nephews; best friend (sister), Claudia Hopkins of Pine City. Mary was employed with the NYS Family Court in Elmira and was a veteran of the U.S Army. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira, on Tuesday, December 20th from 6 to 9 p.m. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 21st at 10 a.m. in St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 410 E. McCanns Blvd., Elmira Heights. Rev. Vasile Godenciuc, Celebrant. Committal prayers and interment, with Military Honors, will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery.

 

HOBCZUK Nicholas "Nikola"

Age 95, formerly of Norton Street, Elmira, died peacefully on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at Elcor Health Services, Horseheads. Nikola was born in Kolamea Province, Ukraine on June 25, 1917, son of Nikola and Sophie Hobczuk. He was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Anna Hucul Hobczuk in 1990. Nikola was also predeceased by son Nikolaj Hobczuk and daughter Mary Gallow. He is survived by son Michael Hobczuk, Elmira; son and daughter-in-law, Rev. Deacon John and Deborah Hobczuk, Horseheads; daughter Stephanie Trifoso, Elmira; son-in-law Eugene Gallow, Elmira; daughter-in-law Bonnie Hobczuk, Pine City. Also surviving are 8 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Nikola was a devout Ukrainian Catholic. He was a member of St. Nicholas Ukranian Church, Ukranian Congress Committee, St. Nicholas Church Choir and was a pyroghy worker. He retired from American Bridge. Nikola enjoyed gardening and working as a handyman around the house. Family and friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water St., on Monday, November 19, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Parastas will be held at the funeral home at 4:30 p.m. A Divine Liturgy will be held at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Committal prayers and interment will follow at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Cemetery. Donations in Nikola's memory may be directed to Sobor Cathedral Kiev for the Patriarchal of the Resurrection of Christ in Kiev, c/o Diocese of Stamford, 14 Peveril Road, Stamford CT 06902-3019. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and at the church service. The Hobczuk family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the staff at Maple Creek Gardens for the wonderful and compassionate care provided to Nikola over the last several years.   Star Gazette – November 17, 2012

 

HOLCHUK
Leonard J. Age 82, of Elmira Heights, NY, died on Saturday, December 2, 2006. He was born in Hanover, PA, on December 22, 1923 to the late John and Mary (Zeedock) Holchuk. Leonard was predeceased by his wife, Mary Holchuk on October 3, 2006; brother, Raymond Holchuk; sister-in-law, Helen Riopko; brother-in-law, Harry Riopko; and nephew, Mark Riopko. He is survived by his son, Alan (Eloise) Holchuk of Elmira Heights; daughters, Cheryl (Fred) Lucas of Honeoye Falls, NY, Yolanda (Anthony) Troccia of Horseheads and Deborah (Tim Hayes) Southard of Elmira Heights; sister-in-law, Vera Riopko of Elmira Heights; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews. Leonard was a veteran of the US Army, proudly serving our Country during WWII. He was inducted into the Who's Who in Technology and was a member of the BPOE Elks Lodge #62 in Elmira. Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, December 4th from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Divine Liturgy will take place at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church on Tuesday, December 5th at 9:30 a.m. with Father Vasile Godenciuc officiating. Interment will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Southern Tier Hospice or the American Cancer Society. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home.

 

HOLIK Anna Petelchuk

of Norcross, Georgia, formerly of Hamilton Township, New Jersey, died on Saturday, February 25, 2012. Beloved wife of the late Dr. Paul Petelchuk, she was the loving and devoted mother to Patricia Anne and her husband George Lutz of Bergenfield, New Jersey, Paula Marie and her husband Don Booten of Nashville, Tennessee, and Pamela Christine and her husband Samuel Costa of Atlanta, Georgia. Anna is survived by her brothers-in-law Frank Peters and David Cheplick, sister-in-law Evelyn Meade, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Mildred and Thomas Cheplick. She was predeceased by her parents Anastasia and Michael Holik, her sisters Mary Fatcheric and Mary Vanelli, and other sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. She is survived by her 6 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. Anna will truly be missed by her colleagues and friends, especially her close friend Ufahamu Kent of Snellville, Georgia. Anna was born in Syracuse, New York in 1920, and graduated from the Syracuse Public Schools. For over 20 years, she lived and traveled around the world with her husband and family while her husband was an officer in the United States Air Force. In Hamilton, New Jersey she was a devoted member of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Church, Trenton, New Jersey. Over the years, she was involved with several organizations within the church, but more importantly, she gave a helping hand to anyone in need. She enjoyed gardening, baking and sewing throughout her life. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Wednesday, February 29th from 7 to 9 pm. Memorial Service will be held at 8:30pm. Prayers will be offered there on Thursday, March 1st at 9:30 am followed by her funeral service at 10 am in Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Church, 140 Horseheads Blvd., Elmira Heights. Rev. Fr. Jason Kappanadze will officiate. Committal prayers and interment will follow in Holy Trinity Orthodox Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Anna through donations to St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, 575 Scarsdale Road, Yonkers, New York 10707.   Star Gazette – February 28, 2012

 

HOODAK William L.
Age 89, of Grand Central Ave., Elmira Heights, died after an illness Sat., June 21, 2008, at St. Joseph's Hospital. Bill was predeceased by his wife, Anne (Zawko) Hoodak, Oct. 12, 2002. His surviving family includes his sons, Ronald (Lucy Contando) Hoodak of Elmira, Roger Hoodak of Elmira Heights; grandchildren, Alexander James Hoodak and Elizabeth Anne Hoodak, both at home; special family friend, Janice "Ma" Shappee of Horseheads; several extended family members, in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends. William was born Feb. 14, 1919 in Elmira, NY, the son to the late Peter and Eva (Telech) Hoodak. Mr. Hoodak was a communicant of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Elmira Heights and a retired electrician with the Elmira Local IBEW # 139. He was also a veteran of the US Army Air Corps service during WWII. His service duties of which he was very proud include being a flight engineer on a B29 bomber. He was a life member of the Elmira Heights American Legion and was very active with the Hoodak Motorsports Racing team in Elmira Heights having competed in several SCCA road racing classes and having won four NY State Road Racing Championship Series GT-1 championships. He was also predeceased by his brother, Steven Hoodak. Friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 S. Main St., Horseheads, on Tuesday, June 24, 2008, from 12:00 (noon) - 1:00 p.m. His funeral service will follow at the funeral home at 1:00 p.m. with the Rev. Teodor Czabala Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery in Elmira Heights where Military Honors will be accorded.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 6/22/2008.

 

HORAN Richard J.

Age 56, of Waverly, NY. He was born February 25, 1949 in Manchester, NH, son of the late James and Margaret (Mitchell) Horan and died Wednesday, January 25, 2006, unexpectedly, in Webster, NY. He was predeceased by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Joseph Lamberson; and brother, Timothy. Richard is survived by his wife, Catherine (Bilynsky) Horan; children, Christine Horan, a graduate of SUNY Cortland, NY, and Kevin Horan, a student at the University of Buffalo, NY; niece, Charlene (James) Morgan of Port Monmouth, NJ; nephews, James (Sophia) Lamberson of Keyport, NJ and Paul (Christine) Lamberson of Springfield, NJ; great-nieces, Ashley, Christine and Allison Morgan, Alexandra, Gianna and Nicole Lamberson; great-nephew, Michael Morgan. Richard was a graduate of Belmont Abbey College, Charlotte, NC, and currently employed with Arnold Magnetics in Rochester, NY. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira, on Monday, January 30th, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Panikhida will be held at 7 p.m. Panikhida will continue there on Tuesday, January 31st, at 9:30 a.m. followed by Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. in St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 410 E. McCanns Blvd., Elmira Heights. Rev. Vasile Godenciuc, Celebrant. Committal prayers and interment will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery.

 

HRYNKIW Michael

Age 91 of Elmira Heights, NY.; he was born July 19, 1919 in Molodiatyn, Ukraine son of the late Peter and Anna (Smetaniuk) Hrynkiw and died Friday, March 04, 2011 at Bethany Manor. He was predeceased by his wife Eva and brother Gregory. Michael is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Paul and Heather Hrynkiw of Elmira Heights; grandchildren Gregory and Tiffany Hrynkiw of Elmira Heights, Mark and Rebekah Hrynkiw of Elmira, Annastasia and Shane Scott of Elmira and Nicholas Hrynkiw of Elmira Heights; great grandchildren Ethan Michael and Michael Robert Hrynkiw; niece Lisa Hrynkiw-Cardamone of Horseheads. Mr. Hrynkiw emigrated from the Ukraine in 1950 and became an American citizen in 1955. He retired from Remington Rand; was a member and former president of the Ukrainian American National Club; member of the Ukrainian National Association and the Eagles Club. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Monday, March 7th from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. His funeral service will be held there on Tuesday, March 8th at 11 am. Rev. Scott Lowmaster will officiate. Committal prayers and interment will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery.  Star Gazette – March 5, 2011

 

HUCUL Iwan "John"

Age 81 of Millport, NY. He was born January 17, 1932 in Ukraine, son of the late Michael and Dominica (Stasiv) Hucul and died Monday, October 14, 2013 at home after an extended illness. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary; children Theresa (Peter) Solecky of Endicott, NY, Steven (Janette) Hucul of Horseheads, Pauline (Timothy) Clark of Horseheads; grandchildren Andrea (Jason) Smith, Nicholas (April) Solecky along with their father Andrew Solecky; Amanda Barends, Mallory (Brennan) Mosher, Zachary Hucul, Emily Clark and Matthew Clark; great grandchildren Isabella and Nathan Solecky, Austin and Emma Barends, Lucas and Jaxson Mosher; sisters Anastasia Kremel and Martha Magera both of Elmira; brother Wasyl (Joyce) Hucul of Horseheads along with several nieces and nephews. John was a communicant of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church. He retired from American Bridge after 32 years and later worked for Elmira Floral Products. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during Korea; was a member of the American Legion, V.F.W., the Catholic War Veterans and the Ukrainian American National Club all in Elmira Heights. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Thursday, October 17th from 4 to 7 pm. Panikhyda will be held at 6 pm. Prayers will be offered there on Friday, October 18th at 9:30 am, followed by Divine Liturgy at 10 am in St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church. Rev. Robert Batcho, Celebrant. Committal prayers and interment will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember John through Donations to St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church or CareFirst. Iwan's family would like to thank Dr. Mauri, the Dialysis staff at Ivy Medical and CareFirst, especially Debbie and Courtney for the compassionate care they all provided to John.  Star Gazette – October 17, 2013

 

JAMELSKI William A.
Of Elmira, NY died very unexpectedly as a result of an accident on Sunday evening, March 15, 2009. Bill was born on February 16, 1935 in Elmira, NY, the son of the late William and Mary Adamowsky Jamelski. He served his country honorably with the US Army and later worked and retired with over 30 years at Thatcher Glass in Horseheads as a mold maker. Bill is survived by his children, Julie Chevalier (Steve Edgerly and daughters) of Horseheads, NY, Lori (Brent) Moyer of Elmira Heights, NY and William Jamelski (Sue Bilger and daughters) of Elmira, NY; grandchildren, Nicholas, Dustin, Billy, Bri, Kayla, and Whittany; great-grandchildren, Zachary and Nolan; former wife and friend, Barbara Jamelski; longtime companion, Florence Granger; special friend, David Quinn; great-aunt, Maria Adamowsky; four legged companion, Teddy; and several cousins and friends. Bill was a kind-hearted true friend to everyone. Bompa, as he was known to all of his grandchildren, enjoyed spending time with all of the grandchildren. He could usually be found at a ball field, standing along the fence, near a dugout or along the sidelines cheering on his favorite player. He very rarely missed a game. Bill also spent many winters in Zephyrhills, FL tending to his orange trees, running around in his golf cart and spending time with many friends and family at his second home. He truely enjoyed his time in the south. Another love of Bill's was his Polka music. He had danced many years in a polka dance group and made many friends along the way. His smile, generosity, even to strangers, and his spirit for life will be sorely missed. The family will welcome relatives and friends to Sullivan's Funeral Home, 365 E. Franklin St. at Rt. 13, Horseheads, NY on Thursday, March 19, 2009 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Mr. Jamelski's Funeral Service will be held immediately following at 7:30 p.m. with Fr. Jason Kappanadze. Interment will be held at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cemetery with Military Honors at the convenience of the family.

 

KOHAN - SHUTT, Sophie (Kohan)
Age 89, formerly of 319 E. 9th Street, Elmira Heights, died on Saturday, August 9, 2008. She was born on April 11, 1919 in Elmira, NY to the late Alex and Matrona (Kuryla) Kohan. Sophie was predeceased by her husband, Willis Lester Shutt Sr. in 1986. Survivors include her children, Willis (Sharon) Shutt Jr. and Robert Shutt (Sandy); seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; sister, Anna Toby; special niece, Lois Hamilton; along with several other nieces and nephews. Sophie retired from the Elmira Heights School District after many years of service and was a member of the Ukrainian American Club. There will be no prior calling hours. Family and friends are invited to attend Divine Liturgy on Wednesday, August 13th at 10 a.m. in St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church with Father Vasile Godenciuc as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the James D. Barrett Funeral Home.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/11/2008

 

KOHENA Julius D. "Jerry" Kohena

Age 81, of Hector and formerly a longtime resident of Elmira Heights, died March 1, 2012 in Myrtle Beach, SC. Julius was born Orthodox Christian Palm Sunday on April 13, 1930 in Elmira, NY to John and Elizabeth (Haverlak) Kohena. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Shirley (Hilton) Kohena; son and daughters, Kathleen Kohena of Horseheads, NY, John (Loueva) Kohena of Hector, NY, Kristin Kohena, also of Horseheads, NY; grandchildren, Jennifer Spicer of Horseheads, NY, Christopher (Greta) Spicer of Bloomingdale, NY; great-grandchildren, Sage, Bevan, and Tully; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of many friends. He was predeceased by his brother, Gerald Kohena. Jerry was a veteran of the US Army and a retired administrator with the Elmira Heights Central School District. After his retirement, he continued the work for the District as the Chairperson for the Committee on Special Education. He also worked as a Real-estate Broker for the Blauvelt Gallery of Homes in Horseheads. Among his many contributions, Jerry played an instrumental role in the development and design of UCP in Chemung County, now known as Able 2. He also continued his service as the Director of the Anne B. LeMark Children's Center. Of his many proud accomplishments was the establishment of the Julius D. Kohena Dental Clinic. He was also a member of Elmira Heights Rotary, a Paul Harris Fellow and played a vital role in the development of Camp Star, most recently held Watson Homestead. He was member of the Elmira Heights American Legion, Elmira Heights Masonic Lodge and Horseheads Elks Club. For his lifetime service to the Elmira Heights community, he was the recipient of the Elmira Heights Community Service award in 1985. Family and friends are invited to call at the Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Church, 139 Horseheads Boulevard, Elmira Heights, NY on Thursday, Mar. 8, 2012, from 5-7:30 p.m. Memorial Service (Panahida) at 7:30. His Funeral Service will take place there in the Church on Friday at 10:00 a.m. Graveside service with military honors will follow in Holy Trinity Orthodox Cemetery in Elmira Heights. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Jerry with memorials to Able 2, PO Box 1554, Elmira, NY 14902; Pathways Inc. 33 Denison Parkway West, Corning, NY 14830, pathwaysforyou.org; or the ARC of Schuyler, 203 Twelfth Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.   Star Gazette – March 6, 2012

 

KOMER John (Komarnisky) Komer

Age 96, of Horseheads, NY, died on Monday, January 30, 2012, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. John was born in Elmira on October 5, 1915 to the late Andrew and Anna Komarnisky. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, at 1 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home with Father Jason Kappanadze officiating. Interment will follow in Holy Trinity Orthodox Cemetery.  Star Gazette – January 31, 2012   

 

KOZEMKO Theodore S.

Age 72 of Elmira Heights, NY. He was born June 22, 1938 in Sayre, PA, son of the late Samuel and Julia (Dubenko) Kozemko and died Monday, May 30, 2011 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center after an extended illness. He was predeceased by his father in 1971, mother in 2009 and brother Samuel in 1999. Ted is survived by his brother Michael J. Kozemko of Elmira Heights; aunt Frances Sarfaty of Rochester; cousins Debbie and Travis Moon of Houston, TX, Marilyn Bahantka and Joyce Piasecki both of Elmira Heights, Eugene and Gail Kozemko of Elmira, Francis and Charlotte Bahantka of Elmira, John and Darlene Bahantka of Horseheads; dear friends Patti Mowchan of Elmira Heights and Lisa Lance of Binghamton. Ted was a member of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church. He retired from Anchor Glass; was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during Korea; a member of the Clarence R. Oliver, American Legion Post 154 and was an avid sports fan. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Thursday, June 2nd from 4 to 7 pm. His Memorial Service will be held at 7 pm. Memorial will continue at the funeral home on Friday, June 3rd at 9:30 am followed by his funeral service at 10 am in Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Church, 140 Horseheads Blvd., Elmira Heights. Rev. Fr. Jason Kappanadze will officiate. Committal prayers and interment will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Ted through donations to Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Church. Ted's family would like to give a special thank you to Mary Ann Spain and Dan Smarsh for their many hours of help provided to Ted throughout his illness and to Southern Tier Hospice and the nurses on 2B at the Arnot Odgen Medical Center.  Star Gazette – June 2, 2011  

 

KOWALCHIK William B.

Elmira: 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. Graveside services will be held today, Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Nicholas Cemetery on Legion Road in Elmira Heights NY. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home.  Star Gazette – May 14, 2011

 

KOWALSKI Edward J. Sr.
Age 92 of Horseheads, NY died on Thursday February 25, 2010 at Elcor Nursing Home. Ed was born November 10, 1917 in Buffalo, NY the son of the late Steven and Rose Malnoski Kowalski. He served his country with The US Army Air Corps from October 26, 1942 to May 13, 1943. Ed married his wife, Margaret C. Przymusik Kowalski, on May 29, 1943 and she pre-deceased him on September 8, 2006. He was also pre-deceased by his daughter Shirley Kowalski on August 28, 1953 and by his brothers Walt Kowalski, Chet Kowalski, and Stanley Kowalski. Ed was a member of Bentley-Trumble American Legion Post # 442 in Horseheads and served as Chaplain for Post #442 and as Chemung County Chaplain for several years. Mr. Kowalski retired from Corning Inc. on December 31, 1986 after 46 ½ years of dedicated service. Ed is survived by his son and daughter-in-law: Edward J. & Sandra Kowalski Jr. of Horseheads, NY; sister: Marion R. Reynolds of Horseheads, NY; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law: Catherine Kowalski of Horseheads, NY, Margaret B. "Peg" Kowalski of Horseheads, NY, Alberta & Thomas Shaw of Elmira Heights, NY, and Joyce Wood of Elmira, NY; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends. Mr. Kowalski's Funeral Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment in Holy Trinity Orthodox Cemetery in Horseheads, NY. Those wishing may remember Ed through memorials to Southern Tier Hospice 11751 East Corning Road Corning, NY 14830. Arrangements entrusted to the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY. - Elmira Star Gazette, Feb.28.2010

 

KOZEMKO Julia M.
Age 90, of Elmira Heights, NY. She was born August 12, 1918 in Bernice, PA, daughter of the late Michael and Anna (Lock) Dubenko and died Friday, May 29, 2009, at St. Joseph's Hospital. She was predeceased by her husband, Samuel, in 1971; son, Samuel, in 1999; brother, John; and sisters, Clara and Irene. She is survived by her sons, Theodore and Michael Kozemko, both of Elmira Heights; sister, Frances Sarfaty of Rochester, NY; several nieces and nephews including Debbie and Travis Moon of Houston, TX, Marilyn Bahantka and family of Elmira Heights and Joyce Piasecki of Elmira Heights. Mrs. Kozemko was a communicant of Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Church and a member of the American Legion Post 154 Auxiliary. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Monday, June 1st, from 4 to 7 p.m. She will then be taken to Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Church, 140 Horseheads Blvd., Elmira Heights for a memorial service at 7 p.m. Her funeral service will be held there on Tuesday, June 2nd, at 10 a.m. Rev. Jason Kappanadze will officiate. Committal prayers and interment will follow in Holy Trinity Orthodox Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Julia through donations to Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Church. Her family thanks Dr. Corbalan and Cindy Evans along with Rose Roman and the 6th Floor staff at the Chemung County Nursing Facility for the wonderful care they provided to her.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/31/2009

 

KOZEMKO Theodore S.

Age 72 of Elmira Heights, NY. He was born June 22, 1938 in Sayre, PA, son of the late Samuel and Julia (Dubenko) Kozemko and died Monday, May 30, 2011 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center after an extended illness. He was predeceased by his father in 1971, mother in 2009 and brother Samuel in 1999. Ted is survived by his brother Michael J. Kozemko of Elmira Heights; aunt Frances Sarfaty of Rochester; cousins Debbie and Travis Moon of Houston, TX, Marilyn Bahantka and Joyce Piasecki both of Elmira Heights, Eugene and Gail Kozemko of Elmira, Francis and Charlotte Bahantka of Elmira, John and Darlene Bahantka of Horseheads; dear friends Patti Mowchan of Elmira Heights and Lisa Lance of Binghamton. Ted was a member of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church. He retired from Anchor Glass; was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during Korea; a member of the Clarence R. Oliver, American Legion Post 154 and was an avid sports fan. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Thursday, June 2nd from 4 to 7 pm. His Memorial Service will be held at 7 pm. Memorial will continue at the funeral home on Friday, June 3rd at 9:30 am followed by his funeral service at 10 am in Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Church, 140 Horseheads Blvd., Elmira Heights. Rev. Fr. Jason Kappanadze will officiate. Committal prayers and interment will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Ted through donations to Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Church. Ted's family would like to give a special thank you to Mary Ann Spain and Dan Smarsh for their many hours of help provided to Ted throughout his illness and to Southern Tier Hospice and the nurses on 2B at the Arnot Odgen Medical Center.  Star Gazette – June 2, 2011  

KOWALCHIK
Walter Age 74 of Wilmington MA, died Saturday, July 28, 2001 in Boston. Walter was a retired senior engineer from Burroughs Co. He served in the U S Navy from 1950 to 1954. Walter is survived by his wife, Elvira; son, Robert of Wilmington MA; sister, Mary Chimileski of Elmira; two brothers, Michael of Montoursville PA and William of Elmira Heights; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of Water and Walnut Sts., on Wednesday, August 8, 2001 from 9:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. There will be a funeral service at 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home with Father Janusc Jedrychowski officiating. Interment with full Military Honors will follow in St. Nicholas Ukrainian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Walter's memory may be directed to St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 410 E. McCann's Blvd., Elmira Heights NY 14903 or to the SPCA, Route 352, Elmira NY 14903.

KRIEL Steve Age 82, of Rocking Chair Rd. and formerly a longtime resident of Locust St. in Elmira, died Thursday, Aug. 11, 2005, surrounded by his family at Bethany Village. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Ruth (Gruskiewicz) Kriel, with whom he just recently celebrated 48 years together with on August 10, 2005. Also surviving are his sons, Gregory (Sherri) Kriel of Horseheds, Gary (Danielle) Kriel of Montour Falls, Kevin (Kimberly) Kriel of Carefree, AZ; granddaughters, Mackenzie, Mallory, Kristen, Jennifer and Alanna; great-grandsons, Tyler and Anthony; brother, John (Julia) Kriel of Harvey's Lake PA; sisters, Ann Borick of LaPorte, PA and Nettie (Frank) Jaworski of Silver Springs, MD; sister-in-law, Helen Kriel of Mildred, PA; and many numerous nieces and nephews. Also predeceasing were his brothers, Michael and Peter Kriel; and sister, Mary Huray. Born April 7, 1923 in Cherry Township, PA, the son of the late Harry and Justina (Camara) Kriel, Steve was also a veteran of the US Army. He was a member of Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Church in Elmira Heights. For a brief time, Steve worked at the Remington Rand and later for many years he worked in and retired from the Maintenance Department of the Elmira City School District. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 So. Main St., Horseheads, on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2005, from 2-4:00 and 7-9:00 p.m. Memorial service (Panahida) will take place at 7:30 p.m. His funeral service will take place in Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Church 137-139 Horseheads Blvd. Elmira Heights Monday, Aug. 15, 2005, at 11:00 am with committal prayers to follow in Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Cemetery in Elmira Heights. (Cemetery name and location are in error)

 

LUCZKIW Anna Petryk

Age 92, of Elmira Heights, NY, died on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at St. Joseph's Hospital. She was born on February 8, 1920 in the Ukraine to the late John and Katrina (Murka) Luczkiw. Anna was predeceased by her husband Wasyl Petryk. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Pappas of CT; son, Michael Petryk of Elmira Heights; grandchildren, Alexandra (Dwain) McCullough of CA and Katrina Pappas of VA. Anna was a longtime member of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church. She was a Sacred Heart member, sang in the choir, made piroghis and pigs in a blanket and was very active with the church. Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, March 22nd from 6 to 8 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Panahyda will take place there at 7:30 p.m. Divine Liturgy will be held on Friday, March 23rd at 9:30 a.m. in St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church with Father Robert Batcho as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Church, Altar Cloth & Vestment Fund.  Star Gazette – March 21, 2012
 

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