The following obituaries are for Arkport Alumni members and area friends. We hope we have not forgotten anyone, but if we did, please send an email to help us keep our records up-to-date. Our condolences go out family and friends of these Arkport classmates and friends.
2019-2020 Alumni Deceased
Class of 1977 Martin Pryor July 28, 2020
Friend Floyd Farley July 26, 2020
Class of 1985 Brian Morgan July 22, 2020
Class of 1956 Rodney Holden July 21, 2020
Class of 1959 Dwight Burger June 28, 2020
Class of 1946 Theolyn Pryor Foster June 15, 2020
Class of 1965 Janet Slocum Craig June 13 2020
Class of 1968 Kathy Kemp Doan April 17, 2020
Class of 1967 Nancy Haynes Drake April 17, 2020
Classmate Karen Fitzgerald April 14, 2020
Class of 1957 William Jones April 10,2020
Class of 1979 Debra Ellis Price March 14, 2020
Class of 1986 Steven Bridge March 12, 2020
Class of 1982 Robert Yates March 8, 2020
Class of 1954 Robert Auckland January 29, 2020
Class of 1962 Gary Falzoi January 29, 2020
Class of 1949 Jeanne Tuttle Westbrook January 22, 2020
Class of 1955 Lawrence Brown January 21, 2020
Class of 1967 Charles Flanders January 15, 2020
Class of 1952 Myrtle King Crissey January 8, 2020
Class of 1945 Stanley Pfaff December 5, 2019
Class of 1978 Paula “Polly” Clark Schwarz November 25, 2019
ACS Faculty Melody Troy November 22, 2019
Class of 1941 Marie Howe Brands October 26, 2019
Class of 1974 Paul Flanders September 7, 2019
Class of 1977 Rebecca Lunn Williams September 5, 2019
Class of 1969 Mary Linda Davison Rogers September 2, 2019
Class of 1968 Myron “Bud” Rider August 12, 2019
Class of 1951 Charlotte Libbey Weidman Evers August 10, 2019
Teacher Barbara McCaffery August 9, 2019
Class of 1977 Dana Sawszyczyn August 9, 2019
Class of 1948 James Fuller July 19,2019
Class of 1970 Lancing Schroeder July 16, 2019
Class of 1959 George Marks July 5, 2017
ACS Faculty Jeanne Stearns July 4, 2019
Class of 1945 Wendell “Barney” Glidden June 28, 2019
Class of 1968 Kurt Wolfgruber June 17, 2019
Class of 1988 Michele Dail Bonafede June 6, 2019
Class of 1964 Terrence Allison May 26, 2019
Class of 1986 Donald Stauffer May 23, 2019
Class of 1952 Charles Wulforst May 19, 2019
Class of 1986 Michael Parada May 9, 2019
Class of 1967 Larry Pyer May 1, 2019
Class of 1951 Sue Hendee Laraway Barker May 5, 2019
Class of 1947 Hugh Jones, Sr. April 29, 2019
Class of 1963 Carolyn Elsenheimer Mosher April 24, 2019
Class of 1948 Pauline Keirstead April 21, 2019
Class of 1944 Mary Loree Patti April 8, 201
Class of 1972 Kim Marks Charles April 5, 2019
Rhonda Aultman Sawczyszyn March 25, 2019
Class of 1964 Donald Mansfield March 15, 2019
Mother Eleanore “Ellie” Burzycki March 4, 2019
Mother Doris Ells March 4, 2019
Class of 1947 Marilyn Ellis Gilbert March 4, 2019
Class of 1944 Dorothy Wheeler Rae February 20, 2019
Class of 1943 Janice Canfield Kemp Ludwig January 31, 2019
Class of 1966 Duane Burley January 29 2019
Class of 1981 Richard Dunn January 18, 2019
Class of 1958 Donald McGrosso January 16, 2019
Class of 1970 Bruce Marvin January 16, 2019
Class of 1969 Brian Haynes January 11, 2019
Class of 1974 Nathan Meyers January 10, 2019
Class of 1986 David May January 3, 2019
Martin J. “Marty” Pryor – 62 – of 2180 Stone Hill Road, Arkport (Town of Dansville) died unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon (July 28, 2020) at his home.
Born in Hornell on July 23, 1958, he was the son of William “Bill” & Nancy (Fuller) Pryor.
Marty grew up in Arkport and was a graduate of Arkport Central School (class of 1977). He later received an Associate’s Degree in Business & Hotel Management from Delphi College.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy, who died December 2, 2006; his brother, Robert “Jay” Pryor who died in 1964.
Surviving are his father, William “Bill” (Kathie Pfaff) Pryor of Arkport; his daughter, Michelle (Richard Zimmerman) Pryor of Arkport; 3 brothers, Matt (Kelli Tierney) Pryor (son) of Arkport, Bill (Amy) Pryor of Philadelphia, PA and Todd (Yvonne) Pryor of Clifton Springs, NY; his granddaughter, Harper Zimmerman; 1 niece, Taylor Pryor.
At Marty’s request there will be no calling hours. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family with final interment in Heritage Hill Cemetery, Arkport, NY.
Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.
Marty’s family request that memorial contributions in his name be made to either the Hornell Humane Society, 7649 Industrial Park Road, Hornell, NY 14843 or the Fremont Fire & Ambulance, 8125 State Route 21, Arkport, NY 14807
Brian K. Morgan – 53 – of North Almond Valley Road, Arkport, NY (Bishopville), died Wednesday morning (July 22, 2020) at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, NY following a long illness.
Born in North Hornell on October 31, 1966, he was the son of Arthur & Doris (Hulett) Morgan.
Brian grew up in Bishopville and attended Arkport Central School. From the age of 13, he enjoyed farming and for many years worked on several area farms including the Brown Family Farm in Bishopville, Sugar Creek Farm in Ossian and the Karr Family Farm in Fremont, NY. He was a “Multi-Tasker” and could handle any farm related job.
For many years, Brian also was employed as a truck driver, driving for several area businesses such as Covered Wagon of Hornell, Scuba Construction of Almond and Leon Lacy Trucking of Arkport. He was a self taught “Jack of All Trades” who was extremely mechanically minded and had a reputation of a man who could fix just about anything.
Having a deep love of the nature and the outdoors, Brian enjoyed hunting, especially deer hunting (both shotgun & bow) and small game hunting. He also had an affection for animals and throughout the years enjoyed the company of his many pet dogs. Brian will be sadly missed by his canine friend, “Tibber”, a “Jack-A-Poo” (Jack Russell & Poodle mix) who helped comfort him through his long illness. He was also a long-time member of the Arkport American Legion.
Brian was preceded in death by his step-son, Daniel Crane; his father, Arthur Morgan; and his sister, Sherry Woods.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 28 years, Mary, who he married on August 1, 1992; his son, Jacob (Samantha Smith) Morgan of Bishopville; his step-son, Murray (Erica) Crane of Dansville; his mother, Doris Morgan of Bishopville; 3 brothers, Richard (Gail) Morgan of Greenwood, David (Gertrude) Morgan of Canisteo and Kevin (Marcie) Morgan of Avoca; 4 sisters, Janice Kepner of Hornell, Sandra (Al) Eymer of Bishopville, Donna (Lani) Barros of Burns, NY and Shelby (Leo Seamon) Eymer of Bishopville; 3 grandchildren, Arika, David & Julius; several nieces, nephews & cousins.
Floyd Patrick Farley
HORNELL-Floyd Patrick Farley, 83, passed away unexpectedly Sunday evening (July 26, 2020) at his home on Sharps Hill Road (Town of Fremont).
Calling hours are 4-7 p.m. Thursday (July 30, 2020) at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell. 25 PEOPLE WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE FUNERAL HOME AT ONE TIME. FACE MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE REQUIRED AND THE USE OF HAND SANITIZER AFTER ENTERING. Friends are invited to join his family at S. Ann’s Church, 31 Erie Ave., Hornell where a Mass of Christin Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday (July 31, 2020). THOSE ATTENDING WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR FACE MASKS AND PRACRICE SOCIAL DISTANCING. Committal prayers and interment, with military honors, will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Town of Fremont.
All the services will be live streamed and may be see either on the homepage of www.bishopandjohnsonfuneralhome.com (please see link for live stream) or on the Facebook page of Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. for 30 days beginning at 10 a.m. Friday (July 31, 2020).
In lieu of flowers those wishing may contribute in his memory to either St. Mary’s Cemetery in care of Our Lady of the Valley Parish or to the Hornell Area Humane Society.
Rodney Charles Holden, 83 of County Route 54, went to be with the Lord our God on Tuesday morning July 21, 2020 surrounded by his loving family.
Rodney was born on March 15, 1937 to Thurlow and Doris Elizabeth (Swartz) Holden at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell. He graduated from Arkport Central School in 1956. Rodney enlisted in the United States Navy and served and protected our country for four and a half years. During those years he had the opportunity to travel around the world and later, enlighten and entertain his family with tales of his adventures and a few misadventures.
In 1966, he married his best friend and love of his life, Betty Shader. They lived in Springwater for 30 years where they raised their 3 daughters. He worked tirelessly at various jobs to provide for his family. He retired in 1996 from Mixco in Rochester.
Rodney and Betty embarked on their next adventure and built a home on the farm that Rodney was raised on. Using trees from the homestead, Rodney worked alongside the builder to complete their new home.
Rodney loved the Lord. He was an active member of the South Dansville United Methodist Church. Rodney was one of the ushers who always did a good job according to the other usher. His absolute favorite position was the morning greeter. He loved seeing, greeting, and joking with his church family every week. Whenever there was a church dinner, you could be guaranteed to see him with his friends, the dish dryer and the inspector, keeping things running smoothly. His church family will miss his warm smile and embraces, funny quips, and his willingness to help whenever and wherever he was needed. He was an amazing example of Christ’s Love through his servant’s heart.
Rodney loved vacationing at the beach with his family; teaching his daughters and later, his grandchildren about giving rocks the float test, and the art of chasing a sea gull. Rodney traveled with his wife Betty to all 50 states, went on several cruises with friends and toured Ireland.
Rodney loved the woods. He was always cutting wood to keep his family warm during the winter. When he wasn’t cutting wood, he enjoyed giving tractor rides, which will be missed by his family.
Rodney was the best dad ever to his 3 daughters; Yvonne, Vickie and Valcia, whom he loved with all of his heart. He was also a best friend to his sons-in-law; Michael, Mark, and Billy. Rodney, AKA “PopPop” was blessed with five beautiful grandchildren; Trevor loved helping PopPop with various projects around the farm. He especially enjoyed learning about the different types of trees in the woods. Annie will always cherish her rides with PopPop in his truck to feed the chickens in the barn. PopPop loved teaching and Eden loved learning the songs from his school bus days, Navy days and other cute songs from his childhood. When caring for his chickens became a challenge, Charles adopted them. Charles loves his chickens and they love the care Charles gives them. Ollie and PopPop were sparring buddies. Whenever Ollie would spend the night, the two of them would carry on until they would get into trouble. They also shared a love for country music especially Eli Barsi.
Rodney loved animals. Dogs were his favorite. Over the years, he had several faithful companions. His walks on the beach often were delayed with conversations with other dog owners about their furry companions.
Rodney is survived by his loving wife; Betty of 54 years, his daughters; Yvonne (Michael) Stephenson, Vickie (Mark) Orgar, and Valcia (Billy) Holden-Taylor, his grandchildren; Trevor (Aubrey) Holden Stephenson, Annie Elizabeth-Rose Stephenson, Eden Mae Marie Stephenson, Charles Ernest Orgar and Oliver Michael Christian Taylor, his sister-in law and brother-in-law, a niece, nephew and cousins in California. Rodney was predeceased by his parents; Thurlow and Doris Holden, his sister; Marsha Anne Holden, several aunts, uncles and his very special four footed friends.
Dwight G. Burger Sr., age 78, passed away unexpectedly Sunday evening, June 28, 2020, in the ER at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville after being stricken at home.
He was born in the Town of Dansville on August 19, 1941, a son of the late Dana and Ruth (Kiefer) Burger. He was also predeceased by a son Dwight Jr., and siblings June (Ernie) Neu, Duane and Larry Burger. On August 19, 1961, he was married to the Carrie Wyant Burger.
Dwight, also known as Dad, Pa, or Poppy, enjoyed serving his country in the U.S. Navy from 1959 to 1962. He was an active member of the South Dansville Fire Department for many years. He loved spending time with his family, hunting, farming, reading books and being a handy man.
After he and Carrie raised their three children, they moved back to the house that Dwight was born in, The Burger Tree Farm. This is where he spent a lot of his time after retiring from Foster Wheeler, grooming the Christmas trees. He enjoyed seeing the bliss in the family’s eyes when they came to pick out their Christmas tree. When he wasn’t trimming Christmas Trees, he helped his wife, Carrie with C&G Country store, being the handy man and helping wherever was needed. Along with taking care of the beef cattle and ostrich’s they had on the farm.
He spent many years attending his granddaughter, Jessica’s horse shows (which he never missed a show) and his grandson, Ryan’s baseball games. He enjoyed traveling to North Carolina to see his daughter Karen and granddaughter Danielle, where they spent a lot of time making memories playing games and cooking delicious foods. Dwight was blessed with being able to enjoy some time with his great grandkids, Kyle and Kollin, who always made him laugh by telling jokes and all sorts of stories about the pranks they played on their dad and grandpa.
Surviving in addition to his dear wife Carrie, are his sister Caroline (Dean) McCarthy, brother Chet Burger, daughters, Kelly (Jeff) Harvey of Dansville, and Karen LaFevers of Hudson, North Carolina; three grandchildren, Ryan (Bethany Wise) Harvey, Jessica (Ryan) Backus and Danielle LaFevers, great-grandsons, Kyle and Kollin Harvey; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family at the South Dansville United Methodist Church. Interment will be in Rogersville Forest Lawn Cemetery, South Dansville. Ref. Hindle Funeral Home, Inc., 271 Main St., Dansville, NY 14437. Online memorials may be left at HindleFuneralHome.com
In lieu of flowers please make memorials to the South Dansville Fire Department, Fremont Ambulance Company or the American Heart Association.
Theolyn C. (Pryor) Foster
Theolyn (Geri) Foster, January 19, 1929 – June 15, 2020. A long- time resident of Cortland, New York. Theolyn is survived by one son, Edwin Foster Jr., Greer, SC., one daughter Jean Foster Smith of Effort PA and her sister, Louise Hollister, Hornell, NY. Survived by seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Theolyn was predeceased by her husband, Edwin Sr., Three sons Stephen J., Daniel J., Kelly M., One beloved grandchild Jacob. There will be no services at her request with cremation at convenience of the family. Arrangements by Wright Beard Funeral home, Cortland, NY. Notes of condolence may be sent to Edwin Foster, 4485 Skyland Dr., Greer, SC 29651.
Janet Slocum Craig
COLUMBIA – Janet Lorraine Slocum Craig, 73, wife of Albert Edward Craig, passed away Saturday, June 13, 2020. Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dunbar will supply masks and hand sanitizer and social distancing standards will be in place.
Janet Lorraine Slocum Craig was born in Hornell, N.Y., the daughter of the late Walter A. and Mabel Miller Slocum. She was employed as a Hardware Installer for a furniture manufacturing company, in NY; after moving to SC she took a position as a Retail Store Manager, where she loved engaging with customers and helping them with decorating ideas.
Jan enjoyed spending time with her family, friends, doing crafts and being active in her community. She was a member of the Red Hat Society, Divas and Diamonds, and the Magnolia Belles. She is survived by her husband, Albert Edward Craig; three daughters, Sandra Elizabeth Johnson of Leicester, N.Y., Patricia Anne Welton of Dansville, N.Y., and Kimberly Sue Ford of Montclair, New Jersey; three stepdaughters, Caroline Craig Overcash of Rock Hill, Sharon Martha Craig of Columbia, Janet Melissa Jackson of Charleston; three brothers, Charles Arthur Slocum of Texas, James Edward Slocum of Hornell, N.Y., George Slocum of Candor N.Y.; two sisters, Marcella Butler of Arkport, N.Y., Ruth Henry of Shermans Dale, PA; and three grandchildren, Emily Welton, Noah Overcash, and Abbigail Reese Jackson.
Memorials may be made to United Way of the Midlands, 1818 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201.
Nancy Jane Drake – 70 – of Hornell, NY, passed away on Friday, April 17, 2020 at Hornell Gardens Nursing Home, due to complications from COVID-19.
Nancy was born in Arkport, NY on August 8, 1949 to Franklin and Joy (Wilson) Haynes. She attended school and graduated from Arkport Central High School. She, later in life, went on to attend college at Alfred State College for computer and office management training.
Soon after high school Nancy married Paul Fisk and was later married to Richard “Doug” Drake (deceased). She lived most of her life in the Hornell area except for a few years when she lived in Buffalo, NY after attending college. She worked for many years as a waitress and bartender in local Hornell area establishments such as the Big Elms, Sunset Inn, Muhleisen’s and Lucy’s Tavern.
Nancy was an avid fisherwoman and loved being outdoors and around a good campfire. She was quick to laugh and was known for her fun-loving personality and for her feistiness in her later years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Franklin and Joy Haynes.
Nancy is survived by daughter Kimberly Fisk (Larry Humphreys) of Tampa, FL, son Jody and Jennifer (Cook) Fisk of Honeoye, NY, daughter Corianne Covert (Freeman Covert) of Folsom, CA, and her grandchildren Michael, Glen, Autumn, Melinda, Kyla and Hunter. Nancy also has two surviving brothers Bill (Janice) Haynes and Alan Haynes.
No arrangements are available at this time. There will be a memorial at a future date to be determined.
Karen L. Fitzgerald died early Tuesday morning (April 14, 2020) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, following a long illness.
Born in Rochester, NY on June 2, 1960, she was the daughter of Joseph & Minnie (Thompson) Fitzgerald.
In her younger years, Karen resided in several places, including Rochester, NY and Newtown, CT, eventually moving to South Dansville as a teen and attending Arkport Central School.
Most of Karen’s career was filled with jobs that helped people. She worked at Jack and Jill’s Daycare in Henrietta, NY and spent many years working for ARC of Steuben in multiple capacities. After leaving ARC, she became a babysitter and a caregiver.
Karen was a member of the Arkport Presbyterian Church where she served as a volunteer for their Release Time Program and their Vacation Bible School. She attended Ladies’ Bible Study and served on the board of Deacons. She enjoyed scrapbooking, needlework, card making and other crafts. Karen was also an avid fan of the Arkport Central School sports programs, although she was often caught cheering on both teams. Her spirit, positive attitude, kindness and sunny disposition will be missed by all.
In addition to her parents, Joseph & Minnie, Karen was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Mike Fitzgerald and Jimmy Fitzgerald; 1 sister, Mary Burnham.
Surviving are her daughter, Sarah (Jason) Platt of Suffern, NY; her twin sister, Sharon (Mark) Westhoff of Searcy, AR; her brother, Paul Fitzgerald of Rochester; several nieces & nephews.
Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic there will be no calling hours at this time. A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life (Karen’s 60th birthday party) will be held at a future date.
William “Bill” Jones
William R. Jones, 71, of Henry Street, a son of the late Cy and Helen Jones, passed away early Friday morning (April 10, 2020) at Elderwood at Hornell, after a brief illness.
Due to the present circumstances calling hours and a memorial service will be held at a future date at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell. A complete obituary will appear at that time.
Debra Ellis Price – No obituary available
Myrtle King Crissey – No Obituary available
Steven T. Bridge
Steven Terry Bridge, 52, passed away suddenly from a heart condition at his home on Thursday (March 12, 2020).
Mr. Bridge was born on April 10, 1967 in North Hornell to William M. and Nancy A. (Seaman) Bridge, Jr. He was a 1986 graduate of Arkport Central School. After high school, he joined the Army where he served for five years, completing his tour as a Black Hawk helicopter crew chief.
Steve worked as a truck driver for Brigg’s Farm and Hoopes Turf Farm. He also worked for Alstom in Hornell as a mechanical technician.
In addition to his mother, Steve is survived by his children, Jordan Bridge of Brockport, Andrea Vosburg and Brandon Vosburg both of Hornell and Carmin Zoccali of Henrietta; his brothers, Bill Bridge of Williamson, and Kevin (Shelly) Bridge of Andover; his sisters Vicky (Phil) Wierchowski and Gail Bridge Sears both of Alden; several nieces, nephews, and cousins and his beloved dog, Brandy.
He was preceded in death by his father, William M. Bridge Jr.
Steve spent a great deal of time outdoors as he loved to fish. He also took great pleasure in landscaping and gardening, primarily flowers. He was very mechanical which was useful in maintaining the koi pond that he installed in his own landscaping.
He and his son Brandon delighted in online gaming almost every evening. Often joining them were Steve’s nieces, nephews, and friends, even friends from the U.K. The highlight and purpose of his life was his family. He was their biggest fan as he followed all their sporting events and activities. He dedicated his life to being a wonderful father to JoJo, Andrea, Brandon, and Carmin.
A celebration of Steve’s life will be announced at a later time.
Robert A. Yates
Robert A. “Rob” Yates – of 1447 Vine St., Millbury, OH, formerly of Arkport, NY, died Sunday morning (March 8, 2020) at St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, OH, following a brief illness.
Born in Hornell on April 10, 1964, he was the son of Gilbert “Gil” & Diane (Nitsche) Yates.
Rob grew up in Arkport and was a graduate of Arkport Central School (class of 1982). He later graduated from Alfred University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Ceramic Engineering.
He moved to Glassport, PA in 1990 where he was employed at Guardian Industries. He briefly lived in McKeesport, PA, still working at Guardian Industries.
On May 14, 1994, he was married to the former Rose Nagy. Rob & Rose moved to White Oak, PA where he was employed at World Kitchens, a company that manufactured Pyrex Dishes. In 2015 they moved to Ohio where Rob worked as a Furnace & Batch Engineer for Johns Manville Company.
While living in Arkport, Rob was a communicant of St. Ann’s Church. He later belonged to St. Angela Church of White Oak, PA.
Rob enjoyed rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers and also enjoyed fishing at his sister’s pond (trying to catch a pike) along with river & stream fishing. He loved attending family functions such as family reunions and “Pond Parties” and weddings, always making an effort to attend no matter where he happened to be living at the time. His laugh was contagious and would usually make everyone in the room join in with laughter!
He loved playing chess with his son, Robbie; playing cards (especially euchre) with his family; and pitching horseshoes at family picnics. Rob had a deep affection for his pets and love feeding birds and listening to them chirp. He also enjoyed gardening — raising tomatoes, peppers & cucumbers.
Rob was a true family man whose greatest joy was simply spending time with his wife, Rose, and attending his son, Robbie and daughter Melissa’s functions, such as concerts and Boy Scouts. They were truly his “PRIDE AND JOY”.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Diane Yates who died in 2008; his brother, Gary Yates who died in 1979; and his brother-in-law, Jim Perry.
Surviving are his wife, Rose Yates of Millbury, OH; his son, Robert “Robbie” (Cara Mazurek) Yates of Millbury, OH; his daughter, Melissa Yates of Millbury, OH; his father, Gilbert “Gil” Yates of Arkport; 4 sisters, Sharon (Willy) Meinking of Almond, Mindy Perry of Hartsville, Brenda (Randy) Abrams of Bath and Cyndi (Ron) Gula of Ellicott City, MD; 2 brother, Daniel (Terry) Yates of Batavia, NY and Michael (Shari) Yates of North Tonawanda, NY; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces & nephews.
The family of Robert A. “Rob” Yates will receive friends on Friday from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:00 AM at St. Ann’s Church with burial in Fremont Cemetery, Fremont, NY.
ROBERT C. “BOB” AUCKLAND, age 83, went home to be with his Lord on February 29, 2020 at Forest Glen Health Campus with his loving family by his side. He was born on October 5, 1936 in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, Son of the late Robert and Ada (Lehr) Auckland. Bob moved to Arkport, New York at the age of 5, later graduating from Arkport Central School, class of 1954, where he was active in sports and other school activities. He proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1955-1957, and in September of 1957, he married his high school sweetheart, Mary (Latimer). Together, they had two daughters, Diane M. (David) Cornish and Denise A. (Rob) Martin. They have two granddaughters, Lindsay J. Cornish and Emily C. (Jonny) Thacker and two great-granddaughters, Lydia and Eden Thacker. He was preceded in death by beloved grandson, Andrew J. Martin. Bob is also survived by two brothers, William (Suzanne) Auckland, Thomas Auckland; sisters-in-law, Darlene Auckland, Shirlie (Charles) Parsons and several nieces and nephews. He was an Agency Manager with Prudential Insurance in Hornell and Corning, New York for 21 years. Bob earned numerous sales achievement awards, including the President’s Citation Award. However, Bob’s most prestigious award that he was the proudest of was the Prudential Community Service Award. This was not a sales award, but was granted for outstanding community service. The year Bob earned this award, he was 1 of 17 out of the 57,000 Prudential employees to earn this recognition. In addition to his service with Prudential, he was a Senior Development Officer with The Salvation Army, Cedarville University, and also served as Vice President of Retail and Commercial Lending with Huntington National Bank. His last 10 years of employment were spent with Ohio Living as Senior Vice President. Bob served in many different ministries within Southgate Baptist Church where he was a member. Bob was devoted to his community serving as a board member for many non-for-profit and for-profit organizations. Bob always loved being with his family and was always thankful for the wonderful years God gave him with his loving wife of 62 years. Having now departed this earth, Bob is now enjoying his eternal home with his Lord and Savior that was promised him in John 14:2-3. Bob’s family invites you to gather with them for a celebration of his life on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 1:00 pm at Southgate Baptist Church, Pastor Bobby Hile and Pastor Eric Mounts presiding. We are very grateful for the loving care and support our Forest Glen family gave us over the past seven years. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Southgate Baptist Church Building Fund or Salvation Army in Bob’s memory.
Gary A. Falzoi
Of North Tonawanda, February 29, 2020, age 75
Beloved father of Cara ( Michael) Hacker and Michael ( Kimberly) Falzoi; grandfather of Joshua, Daniel, David, Jonathan, Allison and Jonah; brother of John, Richard and Thomas.
Mr. Falsoi served in the US Navy during Vietnam, he taught at Spruce School in North Tonawanda for 40 years.
Visitation Thursday March 5, 2020 from 1:30 to 4 PM in the Vanguard Church, 375 Payne Ave. North Tonawanda where Funeral Services will follow at 4 PM.
Jeanne A. Westbrook , 89, of Alton, passed away at home January 22, 2020. Born in Hornell, the daughter of the late Henry Tuttle, and, Neola Van Keurn Tuttle. She enjoyed gardening, ice fishing, snowmobiling, spending time outdoors. Her and her husband had the opportunity to travel around the United States.
She is survived by her husband of 45 years Harold, Step Children, Terry Westbrook, Kevin Westbrook, and, Stephanie Hammer, brother, Dick Tuttle, sister, Barbara Torance, Grandchildren, Travis, Tonya, Cody, and, Luke.
Predeceased by two sisters, Charlotte Fox, and, Mary Lou Belles.
There are no calling hours or services. Arrangements are in care of the Farnsworth-Keysor Funeral Home, North Rose.
Lawrence R. Brown, 85, of Lafayette, passed away on Friday, February 21, 2020 at his home. He was born February 11, 1935, in North Hornell, NY. Larry graduated from Arkport Central School, Arkport, NY in 1955. On November 25, 1959, he married Melanie Brutsman in Almond, NY and she survives. Larry worked for the Lafayette Sanitation Department and retired in 1997. He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church and Wildcat Valley Rifle and Pistol Club. Larry enjoyed welding and collecting guns.
Surviving along with his wife are his children Scarlett (Fred) Braun of Oakboro, NC, Timothy (Wanda) Brown of Lafayette, Teresa (Chris) Changose of Goodland, Emily (Bryan) McCoy of Lafayette, Leslie (Barney) Lucas of Attica, Christopher (Rose) Brown of Darlington, 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Carol Metcalf. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the time of the service at 12:00 pm on Monday, February 24, 2020, at St James Lutheran, Pastor Peter Heckert officiating.
Charles W. Flanders
Long-time Mayor of the Village of Arkport, Charles W. Flanders, 70 of East Avenue, passed away Wednesday morning (Jan. 15, 2020) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, after a courageous fight with cancer for the past year.
Born in Hornell on July 14, 1949, he was the son of the late Robert and Marion (Brush) Flanders.
A lifelong resident of Arkport, Charlie was a graduate of Arkport Central School, class of 1967. From 1967 to 1968 he attended Boston Junior College and from 1968 to 1969 he attended the Rochester Business Institute, where he received an associate’s degree in broadcasting.
Charlie served on the Board of Trustees for the Village of Arkport from 1985 to 1986 and originally served as Mayor from 1986 to 1987. From 1996 to 2001 he served as a Supervisor for the Town of Hornellsville and in 2012 he was re-elected as Mayor and has served in that position until resigning on Jan. 3 due to health reasons. Charlies was a Holstein dairy farmer from childhood to the 1990’s and was also a popular School Bus Driver for Arkport Central School since 1999.
He was actively involved with the Hornell Tiersmen Drum Corps while he was in the 10th and 12th grades in high school and shortly after high school he played with the Dansville White Sabers. Since 2000 he was an active member of Mighty St. Joe’s Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps of Leroy, N.Y.
Charlie’s entire life centered around music and serving the community of Arkport.
His loving family includes his daughter, Jodi (Patrick) Moughan and two grandsons, Gabriel and Theodore Moughan all of Rochester; a step son, William Travis, Jr. of West Babylon, N.Y.; a sister, Louise Flanders of Avoca; an “honorary sister”, Jeanne Garth of England; also his loving fiancé and best friend, Heidi Beecher and her daughter, Shelby Beecher, both of Arkport; as well as several cousins.
The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., in Hornell is honored to serve the family of Charles W. Flanders.
Calling hours are 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 18, 2020) at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 19, 2020) at the Arkport Central School Performing Art Center (please use the East Ave. entrance). Private interment will be in Heritage Hill Cemetery, Arkport.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory to the Wilmot Cancer Center, 60l Elmwood Ave., Rochester, N.Y. 14642. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home.
Online condolences or remembrances of Charlie are welcomed on the Facebook page of Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc.
Stanley G. “Stan” Pfaff
ARKPORT — Stanley G. “Stan” Pfaff, 91, passed away peacefully Thursday (Dec 5, 2019) at Elderwood in North Hornell.
He was born March 22, 1928 in Dansville to George and Jeanette (Wenrick) Pfaff. He was a graduate of Arkport Central School and served his country in the U.S. Army from 1950 – 1952. On June 2, 1951 he married his beloved wife Helen Henry.
Stan was self-employed in plumbing and heating and worked for multiple people. He was always willing to help others and worked into his late 80’s.
He enjoyed riding his snowmobile and lawn mower. Stan spent time gardening and working in the yard. He was an avid reader and history buff. He also had a passion for hunting and fishing and was a member of the Dansville Fish and Game Club. Stan was a member of the Moose and former member of the Arkport Legion. Stan was a Justice of the piece and a member of the NY state magistrate’s association.
Stan is survived by his wife Helen; sons Donnie and Rick Pfaff; daughters Debbie (Bob) Connell and Shelly (Larry) Jackson, his grandchildren Scott Connell and Cody Pfaff and his great-grandchildren. He is also survived by sisterin- law Kathie Pfaff and several nieces and nephews. Stan was predeceased by his parents, his son Michael and his four brothers, Ted “Tiger”, Wayne, Dale and Donnie.
The Bishop & Johnson funeral Home, Inc. in Hornell is honored to serve the family of Stanley Pfaff.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Dansville Fish and Game Club, 79 Gibson St.
Obituary: Melody Jean McIntyre Troy
Melody Jean McIntyre Troy, 66, died peacefully on November 22, 2019 surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer.
Melody was born January 14, 1953 in Rutland, VT to William McIntyre and Helen (Mead) McIntyre. She grew up in Granville, NY and later returned to that area to reside. She attended college at Adirondack CC and SUNY Geneseo, where she earned her BA in education. She married her hometown sweetheart, John Troy, in 1974 and resided in Hornell, NY for over thirty years. They have 2 daughters, Catherine and Lisbeth.
Melody spent thirty years of her educational career at Arkport Central School, where she taught all of the elementary grades before becoming the fifth and sixth grade science teacher. She pursued her graduate (at Elmira College) and post graduate (at SUNY Cortland and SUNY Oswego) degrees while teaching, which led to her taking on the role of K-12 curriculum coordinator, and shortly thereafter she was chosen to become the K-12 principal. She later served as the superintendent of schools in Cambridge, NY prior to retiring from New York State in 2008. Being a lifelong teacher and an avid learner, she decided to resume her career as the principal of Sunderland Elementary School in Sunderland, VT. After her second retirement in 2016, she became a board member for the Slate Valley Museum in Granville, NY. Melody was a passionate educator who touched the lives of thousands of students and colleagues.
She is survived by her husband, John; their children, Catherine Troy and Lisbeth (William) Murphy; and their grandchildren, Josie, Carly, and William Murphy. She is also survived by her mother-in-law, Lorraine Troy; her siblings, Ruth Peets, Ralph Peets, Judy Genre, Bill (Kathy) McIntyre, Merry (Andrew) Farmer, and Malcolm McIntyre; several sisters-in-law; Eileen Troy (Bill Andrukiewicz), Connie Conese, Anne Penrod, Donna Brooks; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She also leaves behind her beloved cat Mr. Mister, as well as several close friends including Joanne, Margaret, Brenda, Marcia, Hilary, Marti, Ellen, Rosanna, Carolyn and many others.
She loved reading, art, cooking, antiquing, gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren and large extended family. She will be terribly missed and never forgotten by all who knew and loved her.
A celebration of Melody’s life will be held on the afternoon of April 18, 2020 in Granville, NY at the Slate Valley Museum. All will be welcome to join us in remembering a wonderful woman. In lieu of flowers, Melody’s family wishes that any memorial contributions be made in her name to the Arkport Central School Library or Sunderland Elementary School Library, or to the Slate Valley Museum. Online condolences can be made at https://robertmkingfuneralhome.com.
PAULA “POLLY” CLARK SCHWARZ
Paula “Polly” Schwarz passed peacefully at home on Nov. 25, 2019 following a brief illness.
She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Kevin Schwarz, and daughter Kaleigh.
Special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at Lifetime Care, Lipson Cancer Center at RGH and Unity Hospital for their kindness and support.
Polly will be remembered for her generous spirit and love of children. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Greece Education Foundation in her honor.
To celebrate Polly’s life, calling hours will be held at Vay-Schleich Meeson Funeral Chapel
in Greece, N.Y. on Wednesday Dec. 4, 2019 from 4-7 p.m.; and at Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home in Hornell, on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 from 2-5 p.m.
Online condolences or remembrances of Polly are welcomed on the Facebook page of Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home or at www. bishopandjohnsonfuneralhome. co
Obituary not available
Marie Howe Brands
ARKPORT – Marie Howe Brands, 96, passed away peacefully early Saturday morning (Oct. 26, 2019) at her home on Oak Hill Street.
She was born and raised in Arkport and proud to say she was one of 13 children. She graduated from Arkport Central School, Class of 1941. Marie enlisted in the Navy along with several of her brothers during WWII which gave her an opportunity to travel outside of Arkport to New York City, Washington, D.C., Virginia and Texas. At one time she was stationed with her brother, Jack “Bing”, in New York at Sampson Naval Base. She was proud to be a Navy Wave being honored with an American Campaign Medal and Ribbon and Good Conduct Medal and Pin. In addition, she was selected to walk with other Navy waves in Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s funeral procession. Red, White and Blue were her favorite colors which she proudly displayed both around and in her home. It wasn’t unusual on special occasions for her to wear these patriotic colors.
After returning to Arkport she was hired at Agway and retired after 25 years as Credit Manager.
Marie was a voracious reader, loved dancing, and was an active bowler when she was younger – competing and winning trophies in several leagues. She was proud to be a member and office holder in Eastern Star in Corpus Christie, Texas and the Hornell Chapter along with membership in the Hornell Legion. Both Marie and her deceased husband, Lyle organized a card group for many members of the community and would meet once a week to play Euchre. She never gave up her passion for cards or The Evening Tribune (Spectator) crossword puzzles in addition to answering many of the questions on Jeopardy.
Marie is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Crouch (Edward Eden); brothers, Jack “Bing” and Duane (Carol) Howe; with several nieces and nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews and cousins. Those who have predeceased her are her husband, Lyle Brands; parents, Charles and Irene (Kelly) Howe; brothers, Gaylord (Harriet) Howe, Gene (Irene) Howe, Charles (Betty) Howe, Kenneth (Mary) Howe, and sisters Alta (George) Glover, Wanda (Roy) Glover, Charlotte (Door) Sutfin, Lorraine (George) Hoeffner, Kathleen Baker, MaryLou (Raymond) McHale and sister-in-law, Joyce Howe.
Marie was blessed to have loved and been loved by so many friends, family – brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and especially great and great, great nieces and nephews. She was an independent woman who loved life, never taking it for granted. How blessed we all were to have had her in our lives.
The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in Hornell is honored to serve the family of Marie Howe Brands.
Calling hours are 4-6 p.m. Friday (Nov. 1, 2019) at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 2, 2019), with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating. Committal services and interment, with full military honors, will follow at Heritage Hill Cemetery, Arkport.
The United States flag and the Navy flag will proudly fly at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in recognition of Marie’s military service.
Memorial contributions may be made to either Faith in Action, Steuben County, P.O. Box 117, Hornell, N.Y. 14843 or CareFirst, 3805 Meads Creek Rd, Painted Post, N.Y. 14870. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home.
Paul Raymond Flanders, age 62, of Manlius passed away on Saturday, September 7, 2019 surrounded by his family. Paul had a distinguished career as Chief Financial Officer of Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. for 22 years. His accomplishments and awards included Central New York Financial Executive of the Year in 2012 and Franchise Times Deal of the Year for 2013. Paul had graduated Magna Cum Laude from R.I.T. Class of 1978. He was a member of the Calvary Club and the Century Club. He was a former director of Junior Achievement. Paul was an accomplished musician with the ability to play any instrument that he picked up and was an original member of Nik and the Nice Guys.
Paul loved being with his family and had treasured sharing his last vacation in Turks and Caicos with his entire family. He enjoyed travel, golf, cooking and grilling.
Paul is survived by his wife, Carole Ann and his daughters, Jess and Emily, as well as Tiffany and Shawn Kelly, Brittany and Bill Kittell, and his adored granddaughters, Kennedy, Alexa and Sadie. Paul was excited to welcome 2 more granddaughters expected in November. He is also survived by his brother, Bruce and his family of North Carolina. Paul was predeceased by his parents, Merle and Marian Flanders, as well as his first wife, Paula.
Family and friends may call from 3:00 to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, September 10th at Eaton-Tubbs Fayetteville Chapel, 7191 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville. The funeral will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, September 11th at DeWitt Community Church, 3600 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Burial will be in White Chapel Memory Gardens in DeWitt.
In lieu of flowers, please honor Paul’s wishes and contribute to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005 please include in the memo “direct this donation to the Syracuse, NY area” or Francis House, 108 Michaels Ave., Syracuse, NY 13208, in Paul’s memory.
Rebecca Lunn Williams
Becky “Rebecca” Williams age 60, died peacefully on Thursday, September 5th 2019, at the House of John in Clifton Springs.
There will be no prior calling hours. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
It is requested that memorial contributions be made to the House of John 14 Spring Street Clifton Springs, NY 14432 or any Humane Society.
Becky was born on August 31, 1959 in North Hornell, NY the daughter of Truman and Jean “Carolyn” Brunskill Lunn. She retired from Garlocks where she was a production supervisor. Becky had an artistic touch and enjoyed sewing, crafts and auto interior restorations. Becky loved gardening especially her Sun flowers and Black eyed Susans. She loved animals and adopted many pets to give them a good home. She also enjoyed photography. Becky looked forward to the annual Witches Wine Tour which was a tradition with all the women in the family.
She is survived by her son Eric and Jenn Williams of Lyons. Sister Cindy (Don) Wells of Ogdensburg, NY Brothers Wesley Lunn of Grove, NY, Steve (Paula) Lunn of Conesius,NY, Mike (Nichol) Lunn of Modesto, CA, Sister in law Jessie Cook and several nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her father Truman Lunn and brother Thomas Shroyer
Mary Linda Davison Rogers
Mary Linda Rogers, 69,of 2943 Rogers Road in Allegany, formerly of Wellsville, died on Monday (Sept. 2, 2019) at Olean General Hospital following a brief illness.
Mrs. Rogers was born in Bishopville on April 27, 1950 to Arthur and Carol L. (Harrington) Davison. She was a 1969 graduate of Arkport Central School and in 1986 she obtained her Associate’s degree from Alfred State College in Medical Assistant. On June 20, 1992, she married David Rogers who preceded her in death on December 28, 2014.
Mary worked for many years as a home health aide to disabled adults through ARC of Allegany County in Belmont and Wellsville. She also worked as manager of the Pastime Bar and P.J.’s Pub in Wellsville.
Mary is survived by her children, David A. (Rebecca) Brewster of Coudersport, Pa., Denise M. (Roy L.) Monahan of Allegany, and Russell B. (Bobbi) Brewster of Orefield, Pa. and their father Ralph Brewster; her siblings Joyce H. Hollister of Hornell and Charles D. (Trudy) Heffelfinger of Wheeling W. Va., grandchildren, Vanessa C. Brewster, Kirstine M. Brown, Michayla L. Brewster, Morgan L. Brewster, James A. Monahan, Christian R. Brewster, Joeleah M. Brewster, Brandon J. Brewster, Kaitlyn M. Brewster, Corbin R. Brewster and Tessa N. Nichols; two great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her husband, Mary was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Jessica L. Brewster in 1990 and Dyllon E. Brewster in 2012.
Mary loved people and was great at socializing which helped her in her people-oriented jobs. She had many friends and enjoyed spending time with them. She also loved cats and had several as pets during her lifetime.
While living in Wellsville, Mary was a member of the Wellsville First United Methodist Church and recently attended Five Mile Baptist Church after moving toAllegany. She was a life-long member of the Wellsville VFW Post 2530 Auxiliary and the WellsvilleAmerican Legion Auxiliary.
Charlotte Libbey Evers (Weidman)
Dansville- Charlotte L. Evers, (Weidman) age 87, went to be with the Lord on Friday August 16, 2019, in the Seneca View Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY with her family by her side. She was born on February 28, 1932, in Benezette, PA. She is the daughter of the late Arthur and Virginia “MacLean” Libbey.
She moved to Elkland, PA then to Arkport, NY in 1947, where she graduated from Arkport Central School in 1951. Then she moved to Dansville, NY after she got married and raised her family there. She went to work for Dansville Central School System in 1969, and then went to work for the State of New York in 1970, caring for people with disabilities. She retired in 1990. She was devoted member of the United Methodist Church and a member of the Dansville Loyal Order of the Moose 1130. She moved to Payson, Arizona in 1990 where she cared for her family members and became a volunteer in many organizations. Her passion was dancing and joined a line dance group that performed for area nursing homes. She also was very involved in Payson United Methodist Church. She loved to travel and spend time with her family and friends. Volunteering and taking care of people were a big part of her life.
She is predeceased by her brothers John Libbey, David Libbey and a sister Carol May, grandson Christopher Mann, a nephew Robert Libbey, and her special friend and dance partner Bobby Woods. She is survived by her children James Weidman of Dansville, Nancy Ehler of Watkins Glen, Bonnie Gray of Dansville and Thomas (Louanne) Weidman of Dansville, three bothers Robert (Karol) Libbey of Anchorage, Alaska, Ken Libbey of Georgia and Charlie (Sam) Libbey of Payson, Arizona; grandchildren Crystal (Ryan) Burns, Matthew (Amanda) Ehler, Robert Weidman, and greatgrandchildren Noah and Luke Mann, Leonard, Violet and Christopher Ehler, and Skyler Burns and many nieces and nephews.
Services will private at the convenience of the family. Any donations in memory of Charlotte can be made to the Humane Society and the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements are by the Hindle Funeral Home, 271 Main St. Dansville.
Dana M. Sazszyczyn
Dana M. Sawczyszyn – 60 – of 28 Green St., Canisteo, died unexpectedly Friday, August 9, 2019 at his home.
Born in Blossburg, PA on August 19, 1958, he was the son of Michael & Ola (Simons) Sawczyszyn.
Dana grew up in the Hornell-Arkport area and attended Arkport Central School. He later earned his General Education Degree (GED) from the University of Albany.
For many years, Dana served as office manager for Ed Degnan, Attorney-at-Law in Canisteo. Along with his duties as office manager, he often worked with clients, served important papers & filed legal documents. He also owned & operated Four Season Animal Damage Control, carefully trapping & releasing wildlife that had moved their way into homes and businesses.
Dana was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting, fishing & trapping. He was a member of the New York State Tri-County Trappers Association for several years, holding official offices within that time.
On February 14th, 1996, Dana married Rhonda Aultman on a live segment of the Brother Wease Morning Circus radio show on WCMF-FM/AM with 26 other couples. They were married for 23 years before Rhonda passed away on March 25th, 2019 following a long illness.
One of Dana’s hobbies was smart gambling. He spent many hours researching gambling techniques and traveled to various casinos and cities to utilize his knowledge. Cities and casinos Dana visited with Rhonda included Atlantic City, Turning Stone Casino, Salamanca, Hamburg, Batavia, Niagara Falls, Nichols & Monticello.
Dana was a very compassionate man who enjoyed simply spending time talking & laughing with his many friends. He will be missed by them, as well as by the many “feline friends” he provided care for.
Surviving Dana is his daughter, Sarah (Jason) Platt of Suffern, NY. Also surviving are Brenda Lee
(Danielle) Miller and Michael Mosher; and from the Rauber, McDaniel and Sawczyszyn families–multiple siblings, several cousins, and many beloved nieces and nephews.
At Dana’s request there will be no calling hours, but family & friends are invited to a “Farewell Toast” on Sunday, August 18th at 2:00 pm at Kanakadea Park, where stories of Dana will be shared in honor of his memory.
Funeral arrangements are in the care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.
Dana’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his and Rhonda’s name be made to: The Wilmont Cancer Center, 601 Elmwood Ave, Rochester, NY 146422.
Myron H. Rider
Myron “Bud” H. Rider Jr., 70, of State Rt. 21, passed away early Monday morning (August 12, 2019) at St. James Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Hornell, NY, September 18, 1948, a son of Myron H. and Nellie (Sprague) Rider Sr., he had resided in the Arkport area his whole life. Bud was a graduate of the Arkport Central School District, Class of 1968. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, dancing and bowling. On July 12, 1969 Bud married the former Julia Harrison who survives. Bud and Julia enjoyed relaxing weekends touring on the Harley. He loved to watch his kids and grandchildren’s sports games. He was a coach for Cinderella softball for 11 years. For 40 years he worked part time, side by side with his father on the family farm. He was employed by Kraft General Food for 33 years before his retirement.
He was predeceased by his parents, a brother; Bernard Rider and a sister-in- law; Beverly Rider.
He is survived by his wife; Julia, 3 daughters; Tina Marie Rider of Galeton, Pennsylvania, Desirae Lynn (Thomas) Hedges of Arkport, NY and Cori Ann (Dennis) Woodworth of Avon, NY, 1 son; Myron H. Rider III, 3 sisters; Carol Pappas of Corning, NY, Gloria (Doug) Pierce of Williamson, NY and Nancy (Gary) Wood of Massiloon, Ohio, 3 brothers, Roger (Ruthella) Rider of Claremore, Oklahoma, Joe (Helen) Rider of Poughkeepsie, NY and Jimmie Rider of Holland, NY, 10 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.
To send a remembrance to the family, please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com or on Facebook @brownpowersfh. The family is being assisted by David W. Ames, Director.
The family will be present on Friday (August 16, 2019) from 2-4PM and 6-8PM , at the Bender – Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 354 Canisteo St, Hornell. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 1PM at the funeral home, Rev. Patrick Harrison and Pastor Phillip Jones officiating. Burial will be in Fremont Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Vincent House in Wayland or to the Fremont Fire and Ambulance Corps.
Barbara Jean Roach McCaffery
BARBARA JEAN ROACH McCAFFERY, of Arkport, NY, died peacefully on August 9, 2019.
Barbara was predeceased by her beloved husband, Lyle S. McCaffery and siblings Marian Roach Sacket, James E. Roach, Harold Roach and Bernadine Roach Jackson. Barbara is survived by four nieces, three grand nieces, three grand nephews, her beloved friend, Julie Petit and many friends, including Tim Bailey.
Barbara was born on February 6, 1929 in Addison, NY, the youngest daughter of Cornelius and Phoebe LeMunyan Roach. She was a graduate of Canisteo Central School and completed undergraduate and graduate studies at State University College at Geneseo.
Her career spanned teaching kindergarten in Arkport, NY to teaching regular and special education in the SUC Geneseo Campus School, and coordinating Migrant Education grants for the states of New York and Minnesota. She also was a Migrant Education Evaluator for the state of Maryland.
In 1993, she received the Professional Educator’s Award from Delta Kappa Gamma (a state, national and international organization that promotes professional growth and excellence of women in education) of which she was a former President of her local chapter.
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 11:30 am in the Arkport First Presbyterian Church, 15 Main Street, Arkport, NY.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Arkport, 15 Main St. NY 14807 and/or to the Hornell Area Humane Society, 7649 Industrial Park Rd. Hornell, N.Y. 14843.
Mary L. Belles, 90, of Gorton Street, passed away peacefully Thursday (July 26, 2018) at Corning Guthrie Hospital.
Born in the Town Of Fremont, May 21, 1928, the daughter of Henry and Neola VanKuren Tuttle, she was a graduate of the Arkport Central School. Following graduation, she moved to Corning where she resided the remainder of her life. She was employed as a secretary for Corning Inc. for several years prior to her retirement.
She was a member of the John P. Eaton American Legion Auxillary Unit #746, and the Corning Democratic Committee. Mary Lou enjoyed snowmobiling, playing cards, and gatherings with her family and friends.
She was predeceased by her parents, her sister; Charlotte Fox and her brother; Robert Tuttle.
She is survived by two sisters; Barbara Torrence of North Carolina and Jeanne Westbrook of Alton, NY, one brother; Richard (Carolyn) Tuttle of Washington State, close friend and home assistant; Fee Fee Woodworth of Corning, Gloria Fay and daughter Faith Herring of Ohio, Lorraine Dill of Wayland, Pearline Bringham of Elmira, Candy Reed of Horseheads, longtime friends and neighbors in Haskinville, her nieces and nephews; Terry (Ron) McDaniel of Canisteo, Debra (Clay Johnson) Torrence of Bath, Rebecca (Doug) Bass of North Carolina, John (Sally) Tuttle, and Rick (Patti) Tuttle, both of Washington State, Richard Fox and many cousins.
James Edmond Fuller, 89 of Huntersville, NC passed away on July 20, 2019. Jim was born in Arkport, NY on June 24, 1930 to the late Willis James Fuller and Evelyn Edmond Fuller.
Along with his parent, Jim is preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Pryor and brother, Robert Fuller.
He is survived by his wife Rochelle Fuller of Huntersville, NC; mother of his children, Roberta Fuller of Corning, NY; son, Scott (Wendy) Fuller of Monroe, GA; daughters Pamela (William) Hart of Corning, NY and Melissa (Kevin) Hughes of Corning, NY; family Lisa (Joe) Yungwirth of Davidson, NC and Ray Kelly of Mooresville, NC; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren; all of whom he loved from the bottom of his heart.
Jim was a lifelong supporter of scouting; earning his eagle scout and badge as a Boy Scout. He was also an avid athlete at Arkport Central High School where he graduated in 1948. Jim attended Bowling Green University before enlisting in the United States Navy. He served in Korea from 1951 until 1955 and was honorably discharged. Jim operated automobile dealerships in Hornell and Bath, NY before moving to Corning NY, where he was the founder and President of Jim Fuller Chevrolet. Jim was active in the local Republican Party, served as the President of the Greater Corning Area Chamber of Commerce and on the board of many civic and charitable organizations. Jim enjoyed aeronautics and earned both his pilot’s license and instructor rating. After moving to Huntersville, NC, Jim founded and operated Inland Sea Realty Company. His most profound joy was his family. He was a proud father of his children, grandfather, and great grandfather. He loved his grand and great grandchildren dearly. He will be forever loved and missed by his family and many friends.
A private ceremony will be held by the family.
Lancing “Lance” D. Schroeder
Lancing “Lance” D. Schroeder, 66, of Oak Hill St., passed away Tuesday afternoon (July 16, 2019) at Noyes Hospital in Dansville.
Born in Cuba, NY, August 18, 1952, a son of James and Betty (Scott) Schroeder, he had resided in Arkport since 1968. Lance was a graduate of Arkport Central School, he then joined the United States Air Force and honorably served his country from 1970-1974. On August 20, 1977 he married the former Linda Buckholz who survives. He was a member of the American Legion and the Arkport Presbyterian Church. He was an Elder at the church as well as a Sunday School Teacher, VBS Teacher and a leader of different Bible studies. Lance volunteered for Faith in Action. He was a Little League Coach and an Umpire for several years. Lance enjoyed cooking, gardening and painting but most of all Lance enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents and a brother; Bryan Schroeder.
He is survived by his wife Linda of Arkport, a daughter; Kristen Schroeder of Arkport, a son; Kurt Kemp of Indiana, 4 grandchildren; Kaitlyn Bottomley, Allison Kemp, Ethan Rodriguez and Zoey Kemp, 4 great-grandchildren; Ayrianna, Alice, Jack and Rowan Bottomley, 1 brother; Martin (Marsha) Schroeder of Palmyra, 2 sisters; Lorraine (William) Layton of Maryland and Sharon (James) Cody of Washington as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
To send a remembrance to the family, please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com, or on Facebook @brownpowersfh. The family is being assisted by David W. Ames, Director.
The family will be present on Thursday (July 18, 2019) from 6-8PM, at the Bender – Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 354 Canisteo St, Hornell. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11AM at the Arkport Presbyterian Church, 15 Main St. Arkport, NY 14807, Rev. Bruce Incze officiating.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Arkport Presbyterian Church, 15 Main St., Arkport, NY 14807.
Wendell A. “Barney” Glidden
ARKPORT- Wendell A. “Barney” Glidden, 92, of Oak Hill Rd., passed away on June 28, 2019 at Noyes Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Presque Isle, Maine on January 17, 1927 son of the late Walter and Valma Glidden, he graduated from Arkport Central School in 1945. He married Lorraine McMichael on November 14, 1953. Barney had worked for Foster Wheeler as a welder for 30 some years. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Arkport for 57 years and served on the Trustee and Sessions Board for a total of 48 years. He belonged to the Foster Wheeler Bowling league and traveled on numerous fishing trips to Canada over the years.
In addition to his wife of 65 years, Lorraine, he is survived by 2 daughters and one son. Wayne A. (You Zhou) Glidden of Ellicott City, Maryland, Diane R. (Jeffery) Lutz of Sykesville, Maryland and Janice L. (Edward) Phelps of Arkport. 13 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, also a sister-in-law, Loretta McMichael Crossett. Many nieces and nephew.
He was predeceased by his parents and 3 sisters, Frances Ingalls, Helen Karr and Marion Barden.
The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. is honored to serve the family of Wendell A. “Barney” Glidden.
The family will be present on Wednesday July 3, 2019 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell. A funeral service will be held on Friday July 5, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Arkport Presbyterian Church. Interment at Rogersville Forest Lawn Cemetery in South Dansville immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory to First Presbyterian Church of Arkport, P.O. Box 6, 15 Main St., Arkport, NY 14807.
Online condolences or remembrances of Barney are welcomed on the Facebook page of Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home.
1950 – 2019
WOLFGRUBER–Kurt John. It is with the utmost sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved husband and father, Kurt John Wolfgruber. He died in his wife’s arms at his home on Monday, June 17th after a hard fought battle with pancreatic cancer. Kurt was born on September 4th, 1950 and raised in Arkport, NY. His father, Dr. Paul J. Wolfgruber of Cohocton, NY, was a general practitioner and chief of staff at Bethesda Hospital in Cornell, NY and his mother, Leona K. Wolfgruber of Arkport, NY was a registered nurse at Millard Fillmore Hospital in Buffalo, NY. Kurt and his former wife, Linda Wolfgruber, had four children, starting with Derek in 1980, Christian in 1984, Hayley in 1985, and Heidi in 1989. Kurt married his wife, Kim Adrienne White, in a magical ceremony at the Harmonie Club in Manhattan in December 2001. Kurt graduated cum laude from Ithaca College, where he played four years of varsity baseball. Following Ithaca, Kurt received an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Kurt then began his distinguished career at JPMorgan Investment Management in various research, portfolio management, and management leadership roles. He later served as President and Chief Investment Officer of OppenheimerFunds, Inc. Most recently, he served as a director of New Mountain Finance, an independent director of two funds managed by Amherst Holdings, and as a trustee for Exchanged Traded Concepts. His volunteer service included, among other things, serving as the chairman of the board of directors of Voices of September 11th, serving on the board of trustees of Ithaca College, and avidly supporting Southampton Fresh Air Home and Peconic Bay- keeper. In his free time, he could be found cheering fiercely for the Yankees and the Giants or hoping for a hole-in-one at many renowned golf courses. In Kurt we have lost a rare and magnificent man. He was the voice of reason for many, and his wise counsel guided all to desirable outcomes. His capacity to love others was endless, as was his compassion and kindness. Kurt will be immensely missed by all those he leaves behind, but will now be reunited with his parents and his brother, Wink. Services will be held at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, June 25 at 11am. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to Voices of September 11th, Southampton Fresh Air Home, or Peconic Baykeeper
Terence L. “Terry” Allison, 73, passed away Sunday morning (May 26, 2019) with his loving wife by his side at their home on Karr Valley Road.
Born in Mars Hill, Maine on Feb. 18, 1946, he was a son of the late John and Cecilia (McElroy) Allison. Besides his parents, he was also predeceased by his brother and sister-in-law, David and Judy Allison.
He moved to Arkport when he was two years old and attended St. Ann’s School in Hornell and graduated from Arkport Central School, Class of 1964. After graduating he enlisted with the U.S. Navy and proudly served his country from 1964 to 1967. Terry also resided in Hornell before moving to Almond 40 years ago.
He was employed by Wellsville Air Pre-Heater before he became employed as an assistant manager at Central Tractor in Hornell. Most recently he was employed at Bradley Supply Co. in Hornell.
Terry was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and was a communicant of St. Ann’s Church in Hornell. He was also a member of the Almond Historical Society and the Arkport Memorial American Legion Post and recently receive his 50-year membership certificate. An avid golfer, he belonged to the Hornell Golf Club and enjoyed taking trips to play golf.
Throughout the years he has read numerous books and was known to read at least three different newspapers a day. Some of his other favorite past times that he loved were music and sports.
Terry will be remembered most of all for being very kind and considerate to all of his family and friends.
His loving family includes his wife of 52 years, Cheryl, who he married at St. Ann’s Church in Hornell on April 22, 1967; two sisters-in-law, Virginia (Jonathan) Garrippa of Dover, Del. and Marlene (Tim) Canavan of Rochester; as well as several nieces and nephews, including his two Godchildren, Kevin and Erin Canavan.
The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St. in Hornell is honored to serve the family of Terence L. “Terry” Allison.
There will be no public calling hours. Friends are invited to join his family at St. Ann’s Church in Hornell where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday (June 1, 2019). Committal prayers and interment, with military honors, will follow at the Until the Day Dawn Cemetery in Angelica, N.Y.
The United States flag and the Navy flag will proudly fly at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in recognition of Terry’s military service.
George M. Marks
George M. Marks, age 77, of York, died Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at his residence.
He is survived by his wife, Bertha Kiefer Marks, children, Lisa Ashcraft of Honeoye, Connie (Billy Tombari) Cannon of Pavilion, George (Jessica Dunn) Marks of York, 8 grandchildren, Jhenna Ashcraft, Jennifer (Zachary Kelley) Cannon, Ashley Ashcraft, Jared Dean Rivers, Kyle, Justin, Stella and Taylor Marks, his sister, Kim Charles of Canisteo, several nieces and nephews.
George was born April 12, 1940 in North Hornell, NY the son of Merlin Lee and Winona Williams Marks. He was a US Navy Vietnam Era Veteran. George was employed by Wegman’s Grocery Stores in Rochester in their warehouse division.
No prior calling hours. Funeral Services will be private at the convenience of the family.
Memorials may be made to the York Ambulance Fund, PO Box 95, York, NY 14592.
Michele Dail Bonafede
BONAFEDE – MICHELE (nee Dail)
June 6, 2019, age 49
Beloved wife of Brian M. Bonafede; loving mother of Katrina M. and Jessica C. Bonafede; dear daughter of Marian D. Dail and Carmela J. (nee Biondo) Dail; dear sister of David (Shannon) Vitrano and the late Dennis Vitrano; caring daughter-in-law of Mariono A. and Mary (nee Colangelo) Bonafede; dear sister-in-law of Darren (Jessica) Bonafede and Jennifer (Joseph) Kogut; also survived by nieces and nephews. The family will be present on Friday from 4-8 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2600 Sheridan Drive (corner of Parker Blvd), where Funeral Services will be held on Saturday at 9:30 AM. Friends invited. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation. Share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.
Pauline M. Keirstead Class of 1948
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We have been advised of the passing of Donald Stauffer, class of 1986 on May 23, 2019. Our condolences go out to his mother Carol and brother Mike.
Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Charlie Wulforst. A member of the class of 1952, Charlie will be remembered fondly.
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Charles passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2019. Charles was a resident of Fremont, New York at the time of passing. Service and Cremation Direct Burial DVD Memorial Settling the Estate Bereavement Counseling Funeral Home Tours Charles J. Wulforst Hornell, New York Charles J. “Charlie” Wulforst – (84) – of 2306 County Road 54, Fremont, NY, died early Sunday morning (May 19, 2019) at Elderwood at Hornell Nursing Facility, following a long illness.
Mike Parada … Class of 1986
With broken hearts, Mike’s family shares the sad news that Mike passed away on the evening of May 9, 2019 after losing a hard-fought battle against acute respiratory illness and associated organ failure.
Mike passed peacefully, in the loving embrace of his brothers, Rob and Pete, who will miss him forever.
We know this news will come as a shock to many of Mike’s Facebook friends and truly share in their sorrow.
Funeral services are being arranged at Parker Bros. Memorial Funeral Home in Watervliet, NY. Viewing hours will be on Friday, May 17th from 4-7 pm. Funeral services will be held at the same location on Saturday, May 18th starting around 9:30 am. All are welcome.
Sue Hendee Laraway Barker
Sue Laraway Barker (Hendee) passed away on May 5, 2019 in Auburn, NY. She was 85.
Sue was born on March 18, 1934 in Hornell, NY to Earl Hendee and Gladys Kilbury. She grew up on the family dairy farm in the town of Fremont, NY. She graduated from Arkport Central High School Class of 1951, and later graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a degree in Elementary and Special Education in 1955.
She married John F. (Jack) Laraway on June 30, 1956. The Laraways first lived in Webster, NY and then built their home in Honeoye Falls, NY where they lived for 47 years. Jack worked as a technician at Eastman Kodak Co, and Sue taught kindergarten, first and second grades at Honeoye Falls Lima elementary school for over 30 years. She also participated in programs to aid in professional development of fellow educators. After she retired, she dedicated her time to enjoying her grandchildren, quilting, gardening, reading, and traveling. She was an active member of the Honeoye Falls Methodist Church.
She married long-time friend Jack Barker of West Bloomfield NY on November 22, 2011. They spent 5 years together attending area churches and traveling to regional club events.
Sue is survived by her three daughters, Deborah Mackie (James), Doreen Bailey (David) and Donna Ruggiero (Christopher), and five grandchildren; Adam and Matthew Bailey, Cory, Nicholas and Natalie Ruggiero, and several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by Jack Laraway (husband of 50 years), Jack Barker (second husband), Jack Hendee (brother) and Carol Hendee Marino (sister).
Friends may call Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 10 am to 12 pm at the Merton H. Kays Funeral Home, Inc. 59 Monroe Street, Honeoye Falls with burial to follow in Honeoye Falls Cemetery, to be followed by Services 2 pm at the West Bloomfield Congregational Church. To leave a condolence, please visit www.mertonkaysfuneralhome.com In lieu of flowers, please donate to Reading is Fundamental in memory of Sue Laraway Barker at www.rif.orgor by mail to:
Reading Is Fundamental 750 First Street, NE Suite 920 Washington, DC 20002
Carolyn Elsenheimer Mosher
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Hugh E. Jones, Sr.
AVOCA-Hugh E. Jones, Sr., 89 of Route 415, passed away Monday morning (April 29, 2019) at the Fred & Harriett Taylor Nursing Home in Bath, following a short illness.
He was born in North Hornell on May 5, 1929, a son of the late Orlo Dewey Jones and Hazel Margaret (Hammond) Jones. On July 13, 1963 he was married to Betty Ann (Learn) Jones, who survives.
He had two sons, Jeffrey Allen Jones of North Carolina and Hugh E. Jones, Jr. (by first marriage) of Wisconsin; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his siblings, Hildreth Hammond, Harriett Naumilket, Zada Perry, Harold, Howard and Homer Jones.
Hugh was an auto dealership manager most of his adult life. He served with the Navy after World war II and before the Korean Conflict. Hugh was an avid bowler and bowled in tournaments across the country. He also enjoyed golf.
The Avoca Funeral Home, 22 N. Main St., Avoca is honored to serve the family of Hugh E. Jones, Sr.
There will be no calling hours. A graveside service, with military honors, will be held in his memory at 11 a.m. Friday (May 3, 2019) at Valley View Cemetery, Avoca.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory to their favorite charity.
Donald J. Mansfield
Donald J. Mansfield, 72, of Mill Hall passed away Friday, March 15, 2019 at Jersey Shore Hospital.
Born Dec. 13, 1946 in Coudersport, he was a son of the late James and Aleta Yocum Mansfield.
After graduating from high school, Don earned his Associates Degree from Williamsport Area Community College.
Don was a truck driver for Milton Transport, and after having logged millions of miles over the years, retired in May 2018.
He was an outdoorsman, enjoying both hunting and fishing.
Don’s most cherished times were those spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Surviving are his finance, Grayce Mansfield of Mill Hall; four children: Carolyn (Jeff) McCutcheon, Donnie (Karen) Mansfield, MaryBeth (Luke) Burnell and Katie (Steven) Clark; eleven grandchildren; seventeen great grandchildren. He is also survived by brother Thomas (Cindy) Mansfield and nephews.
Along with is parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Dick and Mike Mansfield.
A private Celebration of Life will be held at the convenience of his family.
Because of Don’s love for animals, memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Clinton County S.P.C.A., 33 Mill Hall Rd., Lock Haven, Pa. 17745.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington.
A private Celebration of Life will be held at the convenience of his family.
Because of Don’s love for animals, memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Clinton County S.P.C.A., 33 Mill Hall Rd., Lock Haven, Pa. 17745.
Mary Elizabeth Patti
Mary Elizabeth Patti – (92) – formerly of Church St., Hornell, died Monday afternoon (April 8, 2019) at Elderwood of Hornell Nursing Facility where she had resided for the past 2 ½ years.
A native & life resident of Hornell, she was born May 12, 1926, and was the daughter of Mark & Anna (Joyce) Loree.
Mary attended North Almond Valley School through the 6thgrade, at which time she transferred to Arkport Central School, graduating in 1944. In 1945 she enrolled in St. James School of nursing where she graduated in 1948, having earned her New York State Registered Nurse’s License.
From 1949 – 1951, she was employed as evening supervisor and night supervisor at St. James Mercy Hospital. On June 7, 1951, she was married to Dr. C.E. Patti.
Since 1952, Mary has been a member of the St. James Women’s Board where she served as president for 2 ½ years. For 9 years she was a member of the St. James Mercy Hospital Board of Directors and has served as hospital historian since 1972. She was a member and past president of the Steuben County Medical Society Auxiliary.
In her younger years, Mary volunteered her time as Boy Scouts Leader and also Camp Fire Leader. She was active in the Hornell American Red Cross, serving as co-chairman of its board of directors. In the 1970s, she began teaching Red Cross Home Nursing in Hornell and also the Southern Tier Rochester Red Cross, teaching fellow registered nurses home nursing care, child care and disaster procedures. She continued teaching these courses until 1990 when her ailing husband required more time & care.
Mary began playing piano in grade school and while attending nursing school, played the organ in the St. James Hospital Chapel at the daily 6:00 AM (Latin) Mass. It was also during her nursing school days that she began crocheting & making quilts, a passion that she enjoyed her entire life. She took great pride in making beautiful quilts for her children & grand-children. These quilts have become family heirlooms, treasured by her family.
Mary will also be remembered for making her delicious home-made soups, again, sharing with family & friends. Throughout the years, family celebrations for any & all occasions were held at her home at 16 Church Street, sometimes with more than 30 people (family & friends) for dinner.
When Mary turned 80 years young, her children & grandchildren surprised her with a birthday party and gave her a most cherished gift — a trip to Rome, Italy and an audience with Pope Benedict. It was a thrill of a lifetime!!
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. C.E. Patti; her daughter, Camille D’Angelo; her brothers, Paul Loree and Mark Loree; her daughter-in-law, Lynne Patti; her son-in-law, Judge Thomas Higgins; two sisters-in-law, Hazel Loree and Dee Loree.
Surviving are her children, JoAnn (Richard) Argentieri of Hornell, Dr. James Patti of Okatie, SC, Judge Philip (Pauline) Patti of Raleigh, NC, William (Lorraine) Patti of Bath and Anne Marie Higgins of Syracuse; her brother, Thomas Loree of Dansville; sister-in-law, Emma Loree of Hornell; her son-in-law, Charles D’Angelo; 14 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren; along with many nieces & nephews.
The family of Mary Elizabeth Patti will receive friends on Monday from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at10:00 AM at St. Ann’s Church with burial in St. Ann’s Cemetery.
Mary’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to St. Ann’s Academy, PO Box 446, Hornell, NY 14843. Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.
Kim W. Charles
Kim W. Charles, 66, of Stephens Street, passed away Friday (April 5, 2019) at her home.
Born in Hornell, March 31, 1953, the daughter of Merlin and Winona Marks, she had resided in the Fremont-Canisteo area all her life. She was a graduate of Arkport Central School, Class of 1972.
Kim had been employed as a clerk at the former Milbrook Bread Store in Hornell.
Kim will be remembered as a kind, compassionate, selfless, giving and supportive person who loved her family greatly. She also loved Alan Jackson, animals, especially beagles, watching the Andy Griffith Show and the Golden Girls. After her employment at the Millbrook Store, she returned to school and received her Licensed Practical Nursing Degree from the Wildwood Boces Campus in Hornell. Kim loved to spend time with her grandchildren, sitting outside in the sunshine and loved herself a “good nap”.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Donald Charles to whom she was married on July 2, 1972, her sister; Darla Avery and two brothers, George and Duane Marks.
She is survived by her daughters; Jodie (Russell) Pierce of Canisteo, Candice (Marc) Priest of New Jersey, her son Michael (Jennifer Wing) Charles of Canisteo, and six grandchildren; Allison Pierce, Maddie Priest, Chase Priest, Garrett Charles, Lily Priest and Kendall Charles.
The family will be present to receive friends from 11AM until 1 PM Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at the Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 6 Spruce St., Canisteo. The family will observe a private funeral service with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery ,Canisteo.
Friends may make memorial contributions to: The Wilmont Cancer Center, 601 Elmwood Ave. Rochester, NY 14642.
Rhonda Aultman Sawczyszyn
of 28 Green St., Canisteo, died early Monday morning (March 25, 2019) at Highland Hospital in Rochester, following a long illness.
Born in Hornell on April 13, 1964, she was the daughter of Raymond & Marjorie (Wing) Aultman.
Rhonda grew up in the Hornell – Arkport area and attended Arkport Central School. Throughout the years, she resided in several locations, including Hornell, Arkport, Florida and had lived in Canisteo for the past 8 years.
She had been employed for a time at Sugar Creek in Canaseraga and had also worked in the Housekeeping Department of St. James Mercy Hospital.
Rhonda enjoyed “Therapy Gambling” and loved playing the slots in various casinos. Over the years, she and her husband, Dana, visited many casinos in various cities, including Atlantic City, Turning Stone Casino, Salamanca, Hamburg, Batavia, Niagara Falls, Nichols and Monticello.
She was preceded in death by her father, Raymond Aultman.
Rhonda was married on February 14, 1996 to Dana Sawczyszyn who survives. Also surviving are her step-daughter, Sarah (Jason) Platt of Suffern, NY; her mother, Marjorie McDaniel of Canisteo; her siblings, Tammy (Stephen) Rauber of Canisteo, Richard (Polly) McDaniel of Canisteo, Ray Aultman of Canisteo, Melissa Hammond of Canisteo, Angela Aultman; her step-brothers & step-sisters, Peggy (Cheech) Miles of Canisteo, Chip McDaniel of Rochester and Laurie McDaniel of Canisteo; several nieces & nephews. Although Rhonda did not have any biological children, she considered her nieces, nephews & her many day-care children her own children whom she loved and adored!
At Rhonda’s request there will be no calling hours. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday at 4:00 PM at the United Methodist Church of Canisteo.
Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.
Rhonda’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to
Wilmont Cancer Institute, C/O Strong Memorial Hospital, 601 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14642.
Eleanore L. “Ellie” Burzycki
Eleanore Lorraine “Ellie” Burzycki – 88 – of 27 East Ave., Arkport, died Tuesday evening (March 5th, 2019) at her home, following a wonderful life.
She was born in Buffalo, NY on February 23, 1931 to Joseph and Clara Ciesielski. Ellie was raised on Sunnyside Ave., a name that seemed to fit her personality! She graduated from Riverside High School in 1949 where she concentrated in secretarial studies.
She was married to the late Longin “Lon” Ludwig Burzycki, the love of her life, in 1956 at St. Florian’s Church in Buffalo. Lon brought her to Hornell shortly after they were married where he was currently living. They were lucky to celebrate 53 wonderful years together.
Ellie and Lon re-located to Arkport in 1958 after purchasing the cable franchise for Arkport Television. Ellie put her secretarial skills to use and kept the books for their business.
She was employed for the past 39 years by the Hornell City School District. Ellie loved her job, her students and fellow employees. They kept her going after Lon passed and it broke her heart to retire in June, 2018. She also served as crossing guard for the Arkport School District for 22 years.
Ellie was passionate about sports. Whether it was hockey, baseball, golf, basketball, soccer or car racing she enjoyed chatting about the games. But her favorite sport was football and her beloved Hornell Red Raiders. She also enjoyed playing cards, gambling and sitting and visiting with friends on her porch at 27 East Avenue. Ellie loved kids and they loved her in return. This was evident when the H.H.S. Class of 2012 dedicated the 78th edition of the Hornell-Maple Leaf Yearbook to her. She was very proud of this award.
Eleanore was a member of the Arkport American Legion/Auxiliary Post #1248, the Hornell American Legion, the AMVETS No. #245, the Hornell Elks Lodge, and the Hornell Association. She enjoyed her weekly visits to these establishments. She was always looked after and cared for by her fellow members.
She was preceded in death by her husband Longin; her brother Richard Ciesielski (the late Elizabeth Ciesielski); and infant son Eugene. She is survived by her daughters Judith Green of Arkport, (and her children Jared and Elanna), and Heidi (Jamie) Rankin of Ormstown, Quebec (and their children Hallie, Kellan and Kendall); her great-grandson Xavier, (son of Jared Green); her best friend of 80 years Evelyn May of Tonawanda; several nieces and nephews.
A Party in her honor was held on her 88th birthday Feb 23rd. It was truly of celebration of her life. She was blessed with an out pouring of cards, wishes, stories, flowers and gifts but most of all the love and laughter of those who attended.
A service will be held at the convenience of the family.
Ellie’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to: The Arkport American Legion, 1 Carter Street, Arkport, NY 14807
Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.
Marilyn Ellis Gilbert
On 3/4/19 at age 91. Widow of Harold Gilbert. Survived by a daughter Gloria (Randy) Pike, two granddaughters, Jennifer Pike, and Barbara (Chad) Lindsley, a special grandson SSGT Gregory La Faye, a great grandson Hudson Lindsley and two sons.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday at 11:00 am at the South Dansville United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be left at HindleFuneralHome.com.
Memorials to South Dansville United Methodist Church, County Route 46, or the Canisteo Valley Historical Society, PO Box 123, both of Arkport, NY 14807.
DORIS E. ELLS
HORNELL-Doris E. Ells, 97, formerly of Canisteo, Arkport and Green Acres Mobile Home Park in Hornell, passed away Monday afternoon (March 4, 2019) at Updyke’s Willow Ridge in Hornell, with her family by her side.
Born in Canisteo on Feb. 7, 1922, she was a daughter of the late Fred and Jennie Hubertus. On Aug. 4, 1943, she was married at St. Mary’s Church in Rexville to James A. Ells, who predeceased her on May 22, 1994, after 51 years of marriage. Besides her parents and husband, she was also predeceased by her two sisters, Marie (Al) Whittman of Rochester, Charlotte (William) Brill of Hornell; her two brothers, Harold (Lena) Hubertus of Bath and Joseph (Elaine) Hubertus of Canisteo; also her daughter in law, Helen “Wheeze” Ells.
A lifelong resident of the Canisteo, Arkport and Hornell area, Doris was a graduate of Canisteo Central School, class of 1941.
While residing in Arkport, she assisted her husband, Jim in the operation of the former Ells Service Station. Doris eventually moved to Green Acres Mobile Home Park and was currently residing at Updyke’s Willow Ridge in Hornell.
She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Rexville and most recently at St. Ann’s Church of Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Hornell.
Doris was formerly involved with the Arkport Central School PTA and volunteered at St. James Hospital in Hornell and was a member of a Bible Study at St. Ann’s Church. Throughout the years she also enjoyed cake decorating, ceramics and crocheting.
Her family will remember her as being a tremendous and dedicated mother who loved to attend her children and grandchildren’s activities.
Her loving family includes her three sons, James “Fritz” (Nancy) Ells of Campbell, William Ells of Almond and Stanley (Diane) Ells of Arkport; her eight grandchildren, Stephanie (Ronald) Thompson of Horseheads, Stephen Ells of High Point, N.C., David (Lisa) Ells of Rochester, Christopher (Polly) Ells of Fulton, N.Y. and Jennifer (Donald) Mentiply of Delanson, N.Y., Shannon (Leah) Ells of Montour Falls, Jason (Andrea) Ells of Henrietta and Jesse Ells of Arkport; also her nine great-grandchildren; as well as her nieces and nephews.
The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St. in Hornell is honored to serve the family of Doris E. Ells.
To honor her wishes there will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to join her family at St. Ann’s Church in Hornell where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in her memory at 10 a.m. Saturday (March 9, 2019). Committal prayers and interment will follow at Heritage Hill Cemetery, Arkport.
To acknowledge the wonderful care, she received, the family suggests that In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in her memory to Updyke’s Willow Ridge in care of James F. Ells, 4855 Cross St., Campbell, N.Y. 14821 or to CareFirst (Hospice), 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, N.Y. 14870. Envelopes for memorial contribution will be available at the church on Saturday.
Online condolences or remembrances of Doris are welcomed on the Facebook page of Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc.
Janice Canfield Kemp Ludwig
Janice Ethel Kemp Ludwig, 93, passed away Thursday morning (Jan, 31 2019) surrounded by her family. Formally of Arkport, N.Y., Janice had been living in Georgia with her family for the last few years.
Janice went to heaven to be with her husband Neil Ludwig, parents, Fred and Marian Canfield, sister Marian Bailey, brother Bob Rail and children Frederick Kemp and Julie Byron
She is survived by three children, Kathy Doan of Madison, Ga., James (Denise) Kemp of Covington, Ga., and Mark (Lisa) Ludwig of Seattle, Wash. Janice also has many grandchildren who she enjoyed getting to spend time with, Nicole (Jason) Parnell, Amanda Byron, Allison (Derek) Speaker, Victoria Ludwig, Elizabeth (Brian) Westberry, Kathryn Kemp, Maranda Kemp, Trenton Kemp, Zayden Kemp and Kurt Kemp. In addition, Janice had eight great-grandchildren who she adored, Sarah, Samantha, Grace, Hudson, Alex, Aubrey, Willow and Kaitlyn.
When Janice wasn’t spending time with her loved ones, she was either watching the New York Yankees, reading a good novel or shopping “Will you take me to Walmart?”- Janice Ludwig.
Janice will be most remembered as the Gold Star Mother of Arkport. She was not only a caretaker for her children and grandchildren, but anyone who entered her home.
At Janice’s request, there will be no calling hours. There will be a burial service at a date that is to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, her family is asking for donations to be sent to the First Presbyterian Church of Arkport.
Duane Albert Burley, 70, known to family and friends as “Duey,” passed away on January 29, 2019.
A Celebration of Duane Burley’s life will be held on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 5:00PM, at the Boone & Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Nate Wood officiating.
Duey will be lovingly remembered by his children, Stephen, Diana, Holly (Zonald) and Michelle (Maurice). Duey will also be fondly remembered by his four grandchildren.
Duey nourished us with his silly personality, wicked sarcasm/humor, and a smile that was contagious to all. Our dad (with those piercing baby blue eyes) was an amazing example of unconditional love and forgiveness. The end of life, what really matters is not what we bought but what we built together, not what we got but what we shared with each other; not our mistakes but the memories left behind. Sharing love and forgiveness is a legacy he has etched in our hearts and minds, which will lead us to a purposeful and fulfilling life.
A special thank you to the staff at the Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation in Eden, NC for their loving care and support. Also thank you to M. Price for watching over him in our physical absence and always making decisions with his best interest at heart and to Boone & Cooke Funeral Home for all of the arrangements.
Richard J. Dunn
Richard J. “Rich” Dunn – 56 – of 7978 State Route 36 (The Oaks), Arkport, NY died Friday evening (January 18, 2019) at home, following a long illness.
Born in Hornell on December 12, 1962, he was the son of Laurence “Larry” & Margaret (Rechichi) Dunn.
Rich grew up in Arkport and was a graduate of Arkport Central School (class of 1981). In 1983 he received his Associate’s Degree in Environmental Science from Delhi State College (SUNY Delhi).
He had been employed for several years at Gunlocke Corporation in Wayland and for nearly 20 years served as Assistant Commissioner for the Steuben County Landfill, Bath, NY. For about 15 years, Rich was employed as Maintenance Supervisor Greater Southern Tier BOCES in Hornell, retiring in 2016.
Rich had been a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church. He was also a member of the Sons of American Legion in Arkport. Rich enjoyed hunting (especially deer & turkey) and loved spending time with his friends at a hunting camp in Canaseraga, NY. He was an avid NASCAR fan and also enjoyed classic cars, having collected many throughout the years. Rich was a great friend to all and was always willing to help anyone or to simply “BE THERE” in their time of need! He also loved making maple syrup to be enjoyed by his family & friends.
He was preceded in death by his son, Joseph Paddock (died 2017) and also his father, Laurence “Larry” Dunn (died 2017).
Rich was married on August 24, 2002 to the former Terrie Payne Paddock who survives. Also surviving are his daughter, Jennifer (Jim) Mac Phail of Addison; his daughter-in-law, Tina Paddock of Henrietta, NY; his mother, Margaret Dunn of Arkport; 2 brothers, Michael (Linda) Dunn of Haymarket, VA and Daniel (Michelle) Dunn of Getzville, NY; 4 grandchildren, Mickayla (James Willis) Bailey, Dylyn Bailey, Saige Paddock and Jaide Paddock; 1 great-granddaughter, Adalynn Willis; several nieces & nephews.
The family of Richard J. “Rich” Dunn will receive friends on Wednesday from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY. A memorial service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 5:00 PM with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating. A reception for family & friends will immediately follow at the Arkport American Legion, Arkport, NY.
Rich’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to the Arkport American Legion, 1 Carter St., Arkport, NY 14807 or to Care First Hospice, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870. Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.
Dorothy June Wheeler Rae quietly departed this life on February 20, 2019 at Brookdale, Painted Post and into the loving arms of Jesus at the age of 92. She was the only child of Roy and Frances Ream Wheeler. She was born at Arnot Hospital in Elmira on June 28, 1926.
Due to the Great Depression, her family moved to Arkport, NY and her grandfather, Frank Ream, gave them a house. Her father rebuilt the property, adding a gas station and garage, where they prospered. She graduated from Arkport Central School and later from Hornell Business School. She worked for Tuttle and Rockwell Company while she attended business school. Subsequently, she went to Alfred Agricultural Technical School and became a Laboratory Technician. Soon, she went to work at Dansville Hospital and later at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira. She was also the nurse for Dr. Kelly and Dr. Mansouri in Elmira.
She married Arthur Rae in 1951. They settled in Horseheads where he taught music. While raising four children, she attended Corning Community College and became a Registered Nurse and worked at Sayre House. Mrs. Rae was a devoted member of Oakwood United Methodist Church, Northside Community Church, and Hope Church in Painted Post.
Her beautiful life will forever be cherished by her three surviving daughters, Kate Bowman of Lindley, NY, married to Bruce Bowman, Laurie Bethy Zeck of Leesburg, FL, married to William Zeck, and April Rae of Binghamton, NY; two granddaughters Kelsey Rae Smith and Sydney Caroline Smith; and two grandsons, Kit Rae Bowman and Douglas Rae.
She will be laid to rest in Presho Cemetery alongside her husband Arthur Rae and her daughter Marilee Rae. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Haughey Funeral Home, 216 E. First Street in Corning where calling hours will be held on Friday, February 22nd from 2 – 4 PM and funeral services will follow at 4:00 PM with Pastor David Hackett officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to CareFirst, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14830, CareFirstNY.org.
Bruce J. Marvin
Bruce J. Marvin, 68, of Oak Hill Road, passed away late Wednesday evening (January 16, 2019) at home surrounded by family.
Born in Hornell, January 14, 1951, the son of Fred Marvin Jr. and Betty Prior Westfall, he had resided in the Arkport area his whole life. Bruce was a graduate of the Arkport Central School. On April 6, 1979 Bruce married the former Cindy Hill who survives. He was employed 40 years for Cold Spring Construction in Akron, NY and served as a Fire Commissioner for the Arkport Fire District. Bruce enjoyed hunting especially with his granddaughter, Brianna, trapping, restoring Allis Chalmers antique tractors, TV westerns, carpentry work, snuggling with granddaughter Emmeline and giving high fives to grandson Foster. He was a member of the Bishopville United Methodist Church.
He was predeceased by his father; Fred Marvin Jr., his stepmother; Joyce Marvin and a brother; David Burdett.
He is survived by his wife Cindy of Arkport, his mother; Betty Westfall of Arkport, a daughter; Alicia (Aamir) Shaikh of Wellsburg, NY, 2 sons; Brent (Amy) Marvin of Spearfish, South Dakota, and Judson Marvin of Dansville, 3 grandchildren; Brianna Marvin, Emmeline Shaikh and Foster Shaikh, brothers; Fred (Peggy) Marvin III, Wayne (Dana) Burdett, Mark (Edna) Burdett, and Tracy (Karen) Burdett, sisters; Mary Marvin, Catherine (Charlie) Rabico, and Wendy (Bruce) Jordan, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
To send a remembrance to the family, please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com, or on Facebook @brownpowersfh. The family is being assisted by David W. Ames, Director.
The family will be present on Tuesday (January 22, 2019) from 4-8PM, at the Bender – Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 354 Canisteo St, Hornell. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday (January 23, 2019) at 11AM at the Bishopville United Methodist Church 8528 Bishopville Rd., Arkport, NY 14807, Rev. Dena Stevens and Rev. Pam Carey officiating.
In lieu of flowers friends are encouraged to make a donation in Bruce’s memory to the Arkport Fire Department, 6 Park Ave., Arkport, NY 14807.
Brian B. Haynes
Brian B. Haynes passed away on January 11, 2019 at age 67, predeceased by his father Ned B. Haynes and his brother Gary D. Haynes. He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth Callan, his sister Linda Haynes, and many cousins. He attended college at Salem W.V., Geneseo State, and Alfred State College.He worked in Washington D.C, and later at Bausch and Lomb. Brian enjoyed vacations at their family cabin in Canada.
His memorial service will be held at the Mumford United Presbyterian Church, 893 George Street,Mumford. On Saturday January 19, 2019 at 11 AM. Those wishing may contribute in his name to Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road Fairport NY 14450, or the American Diabetes Association
at 160 Allens Creek Road Rochester, NY 14618. To Share a memory or condolence please visit Alhartfuneralhome.com
Class of 1974 No obituary available
David S. “Dave” May – 50 – of 40 Meadows Park, Arkport, died Thursday evening (January 3, 2019) at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville, following a long illness.
Born in Endicott, NY on November 10, 1968, he was the son of David & Sharon (Holliday) May.
Dave grew up in Arkport and was a graduate of Arkport Central School (class on 1986). A carpenter by trade, he had been employed at DDS Construction of Rochester, Patrick Concrete of Rochester and Air Vent Aluminum of Arkport. Dave loved working with his hands and throughout the years remodeled numerous homes and also built many porches & decks.
As an outdoorsman, Dave loved riding 4-wheelers and also competing in demolition derby events. His favorite moments, however, were simply spending time with his son, Greg.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents, David & Sharon May.
Surviving are his son, Greg May of Arkport; 2 sisters, Cathy (Jay) Sugden of Green Cove Springs, FL and Becky (Gary) Nowaczyk of Fort Deposit, MD; his “Best Friend”, Charis Barber; nieces & nephews.
At Dave’s request there will be no calling hours. Private services will be held in Heritage Hill Cemetery in Arkport, NY at the convenience of the family.
Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.
Dave’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to the American Cancer Society, 13 Beech St., Johnson City, NY 13790.
Annamarie Lowry – 67 – of 36 Cameron Ave., Hornell, died late Monday evening (December 31, 2018) at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Presbyterian Hospital), surrounded by family and friends.
Born in Newburgh, NY on November 26, 1951, she was the daughter of Paul & Mary (Breitenbach) Taeschner.
Annamarie grew up in Newburgh and was a graduate of Newburgh Free Academy High School. She later graduated from SUNY Geneseo where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She had also earned more than 30 credits towards her Master’s Degree. She was married in 1977 to Dean Lowry and together they resided in Punxsutawney and DuBois, PA for several years where she officially began her teaching career.
Following the untimely death of her husband in an automobile accident in 1985, Annamarie moved back to the Hornell area. For more than 25 years, she served as a 2nd grade teacher at Arkport Central School. After 33 years of service, she retired in 2011. She loved her students and her “Arkport family.” Teaching was not just a job to her, it was a passion.
Her love of children and learning didn’t stop at work. Annamarie was a Campfire Leader for many years, where she fostered a love of learning and community service for the troop of which her daughter, Michele, was a part. She loved working on jigsaw, crossword, and other puzzles and was an avid reader who enjoyed reading novels and historical fiction. She also loved attending Theatre Productions in New York City and Rochester, NY.
Annamarie loved to travel and go on adventures with her daughter, her family, and her friends. She and Michele enjoyed exploring and learning about the history of all of the places that they went. However, she especially enjoyed taking sunny vacations to such places as Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, and Florida. Annamarie had been a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church.
In addition to her husband, Dean Lowry, Annamarie was also preceded in death by her parents, Paul & Mary Taeschner.
Surviving are her beloved daughter and best friend, Michele Lowry of Hornell; 3 brothers, Paul (Jeanne) Taeschner of Canandaigua, NY, Michael (Carolyn) Taeschner of Watauga, TX and Daniel (Mary) Taeschner of Newburgh, NY; several nieces & nephews.
In the last month of her life, in addition to spending every minute with her daughter, Michele, she especially enjoyed spending time with her nephew, Adam (Natasha) Taeschner, and receiving daily pictures of his daughter, Charlotte, who brought her such joy. She also enjoyed spending time with her brothers, her cousins, Jane, Cathy, Cara, and Jenna, and her best friend Shelley (Glenn) Thomas and her daughter Megan. She will be missed by many more cousins, family, and friends.
The family of Annamarie Lowry will receive friends on Friday, January 11, 2019 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY. A memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. Ann’s Church.
Annamarie’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to the Hornell Public Library in order to honor her love of reading and life-long learning. Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.
Grant Ormsby Barnes
Grant Ormsby Barnes passed away Dec. 23, 2018 at the age of 84.
He was born in Arkport, N.Y. on July 17, 1934. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert John Barnes and Dorothy Ormsby Barnes; his older brother, Charles Herbert Barnes; and more recently his wife of 52 years, Ann MacVicar Barnes.
He is survived by his twin brother, Graham Burdick Barnes; and many nieces and nephews.
Grant was very active and competitive in high school sports. As a teenager, he worked with his brothers on the muckland vegetable farm with their father. He loved the outdoors and in his spare time he enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family. Upon graduation from Arkport High School, he joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in Thule, Greenland, located north of the Arctic Circle.
In 1957, he went to work for the New York Telephone Company as a lineman and later as an installer technician. After being employed by the telephone company for 21 years, he became eligible to join thevolunteer organization, Telephone Pioneers of America (TPA) and served as president of the Capital Adirondack District. He retired from Verizon in 1991. He was also very active in preservingartifacts related to his
employment and a charter member (#219) of the National Insulator Association where he hosted the organization’s ‘National Convention and Show’ in Herkimer, N.Y. in 1980. He was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Punta Gorda Elks Lodge # 2606 and a 62-year member of The Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York, Hornellsville Lodge # 44.
Upon retirement to Burnt Store Colony in Punta Gorda, Grant was quickly surrounded by new friends. As a member of the community he volunteered with the Woodpeckers and at community meals. He was never happier (or short of partners) on the dance floor and tennis court or making up a fourth at bridge. He became quite the competitive tennis player, competing and most times winning in the senior tournaments in Florida. He was a member of a sailing crew that competed on the west coast of Florida. People who knew Grant would describe him as a nice guy and he will be missed by all.
Judith Robinson Dann
No Obituary available.
Addison, NY | Sandra A. Rice, 78, of Main St. Addison, passed away at home on Sunday, December 30, 2018 surrounded by the love of her family.
Born in Hornell on September 8, 1940, Sandy was the daughter of the late Earl and Margaret (VanDurme) Karns. She was raised in Arkport and was a 1958 graduate of Arkport Central School. Following high school, she attended the Doyle Beauty School in Buffalo.
On January 23, 1960, Sandy and Ralph H. Rice were married in Buffalo. As a young woman, Sandy practiced her trade as a beautician. She eventually left that field and became associated with Pine Valley Motors which was a Honda Recreational Vehicle Dealership.
She then served as the Town of Addison Town Clerk. During the times of her various jobs, Sandy studied at Corning Community College. She finally took a job as a teaching assistant in the special education department at Addison Central School. She retired from the school system with over 20 years of active employment.
She and Ralph were very active square dancers, belonging to several square dance groups in the region. Sandy was a member of the Middletown Historical Society in Addison and had attended the United Methodist Church of Addison.
Surviving Sandy is her husband of nearly 59 years, Ralph Rice of Addison, her sons and daughters in law, Kerry and Sharon Rice of Addison, Keith and Cristeta Rice of Richmond Hill, Ga. and Kurt and Robin Rice, also of Richmond Hill, her grandchildren, Jennifer Rice with Brian Fey, Melanie (Bill) Girouard, Dylan Rice, Dustin Rice and Angela Rice, great grandchildren, Emma, Colby, Madison, Carley and Aiden, sisters, Nancy Fitzmaurice of Leesburg, VA, Peggy Karns (John DuPont) of Hornell and Sue (Bill) Wyant of Seneca Falls, brother, Jim (Linda) Karns of Wellsville, sisters in law, Roma Karns, Audrey Llewellyn and Sue Shorthouse, brother in law, Llewellyn (Patti) Rice and many nieces and nephews.
Sandy was preceded in death by her brother, John Karns and her sisters in law, Elaine Smith and Darlene Ellis.
The family will receive friends on Friday, January 4 from 5 to 7 pm at the H.P. Smith & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1607 Main St. Woodhull, NY. A memorial service will follow there at 7 pm with Rev. Mark Flandreau officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are requested for the Middletown Historical Society.
Jack M. Hendee
HORNELL/ FREMONT, N.Y. — Jack M. Hendee, 88, of 8063 State Route 21, Hornell, (Town of Fremont) died Sunday morning (Dec. 16, 2018) at Elderwood at Hornell Nursing Facility, following a long illness.
Born in Hornell on Aug. 13, 1930, he was the son of Earl and Gladys (Kilbury) Hendee.
Jack grew up in Fremont and was a graduate of Arkport Central School (class of 1948). A lifelong dairy farmer, he was the fourth generation owner/manager of Hendee Homestead Dairy Farm in Fremont which was established by his great-grandfather and continues today by his sons, grandsons and great-grandsons (seven generations total). He retired following a career that spanned over 65 years.
He was a former member of the Hornell Elks Lodge and, in his younger years, enjoyed his many visits to the Blue Angel and Arkport American Legion. Jack was an avid woodworker who built many of the cabinets, doors, desks and furniture in his home.
Jack was married on Dec. 31, 1955 to the former Lois Young, who died Jan. 21, 2014. He was also preceded in death by his daughter-in-law,
Theresa Hendee who died Oct. 15, 2012, and his sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Carl Marino.
Surviving are four sons, Sam (Kate) Hendee of Hornell, Dave (Sue) Hendee of Almond, Jack (Linda) Hendee of Hornell and Joe Hendee of Prattsburgh; his sister, Sue; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
At Jack’s request there will be no calling hours. A “Celebration of Life” will be held at the convenience of the family.
Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, N.Y.
Jack’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to the Fremont Fire Department, PO Box 462, Arkport, N.Y. 14807.
Christine Henry Byron
Christine Henry Byron was born on December 22nd, 1952. She unexpectedly passed away on December 9th, 2018.
Predeceased by her father James Richard Henry May 29th, 1968. Two brothers Zachary James Henry May 7th, 2004 & Darcy Lane Henry August 25th, 1992.
Surviving is her husband Dennis Michael Byron of 11 years. Three children Tina Lynn Watkins (Son Hunter) of Canaseraga, Christopher Wing (Wife Michelle, Children Jorden, Dylan, Cameron, & Dalton) of Narvon, PA, & Joshua Wing (Wife Sarah, Children Mason & Raegan) of Hornell. Her mother Lois Ann Olecharski of Arkport, Sisters Lisa Howe (Donel) of Arkport, Tammy Henry (Eric) of Arkport, Julia Smith (Dan) of Alfred Station, Jodi Henry of Hornell, Wendy Henry (Mike) of Angelica, Toni Johnson (Dan) of Almond & Keely Olecharski (Steve) also of Arkport. Also Surviving are brothers Dennis Henry (Elaine) of Charleston, SC, Roderick Henry (Bonnie) of Arkport, Todd Henry of Ft Meyers, FL, & Barry Henry (Shelia) of Arkport. Also 2 Step Daughters Amanda Byron (Child Alex) of Arkport & Allison Speaker (Derek) of Tonawanda NY. Many nieces & nephews, great nieces & nephews, & Aunts and Uncles.
Christine loved spending time with her Family and especially her grandchildren. She loved music, dancing, and the NY Yankees.
To send a remembrance to the family, please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com. The family is being assisted by David W. Ames, Director
Donations can be made in her name to the American Heart Association.
Christine had wished to not have calling hours or a ceremony but, her friends and family will hold a celebration of life ceremony in her honor. Christine’s celebration of life ceremony will be held at the Canaseraga American Legion on Friday December 14th, 2018 from 5pm to 8pm.
Anna Jones Roach
Anna Jones Roach, 89, passed away Tuesday, December 4, 2018 in Buffalo. Anna was proud of her Arkport roots and spoke fondly of growing up on the family farm. She began school at the Old Union School, was active in many school activities, and graduated from Arkport Central School in 1947. After graduating from Geneseo State Teachers’ College, she taught for a few years in Perry, NY before her marriage to John Roach, also a teacher. She brought up their family in Kenmore and was active in the Deerhurst Presbyterian Church. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, a daughter, two sons, several grandchildren, two sisters, Doris Jones and Dorothy Dunham, and several nieces,nephews, and cousins. Anna was predeceased by two sons and four sisters.
Bryan J. Schroeder
Bryan Jon Schroeder, age 63, passed away unexpectedly on December 4, 2018. He was a longtime resident of Newark, Delaware; DuPont employee of 35 years (currently a Global Decision Support Consultant); and member of the Newark 3rd Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Bryan is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Peggy Jean (Monson) Schroeder; four children, Jessica, Jeffrey, Emily, and Katie; and four grandchildren.
The family is holding a funeral for Bryan to celebrate his life, open to those who knew him.
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 10:00 am
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
500 W Chestnut Hill Rd, Newark, DE 19713
All are invited to attend a graveside service immediately following the funeral.
Ebenezer United Methodist Church
525 Polly Drummond Hill Rd, Newark, DE 19711
Bryan was a gentle soul, loved and respected by all who knew him. His life’s work was to serve and minister to his family, community, and those in need. Bryan loved photography and working in his wife’s garden.
James D. Piatt
ARKPORT – James D. Piatt died peacefully on Sunday (Nov. 25, 2018) at the age of 89.
Survived by his wife of 68 years, Edith Catherine; two daughters Cathy (Dan) Baschmann and Susan Acciari; five sons James Jr. (Colleen), Steven (Mercedes), David (Jennifer), Robert (Anna Marie), and William (Suzanne); one brother Dean (Carol) Piatt; thirteen grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom he dearly loves.
Preceded in death by his parents Donavan E. and Leah (James) Piatt; two sisters Barbara (Herbert) Jennings, Dorothy (William) Farnsworth, one brother Bernard J. (Marguerite) Piatt, and son in law Ron Acciari.
Born March 4, 1929 in Angelica, he moved to Arkport with his family in July of 1940 where he has since lived, except for his four years in the Navy serving on board a naval troop ship as a hospital corpsman. Much of his military service was spent in the Pacific during the Korean conflict. Returning home to Arkport with his wife Edith and daughter Cathy, he attended Alfred State College. Upon completing college, he began work with the New York State Department of Transportation and retired after 31 years of public service as a highway engineer.
James served the community as a Scoutmaster, PTA President, volunteer fireman, Chairman of the Board of Assessment Review, member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, Sunday School Superintendent, and various church boards as a member of the Arkport Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of the Arkport American Legion, Arkport Exchange Club, and the Arkport Cemetery Association.
Among his loves was camping with his family, bowling, square dancing with the Buds and Blossoms, round dancing, and golf. He also very much enjoyed any excuse to gather his family together.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday (Dec. 4, 2018) at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m., followed by a Celebration of Jim’s Life at 4 p.m. at the Arkport Presbyterian Church in Arkport.
Jim’s family would like to thank everyone for their overwhelming support and prayers.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Arkport Presbyterian Church, 15 Main St., P.O. Box 6, Arkport, N.Y. 14807 or to a charity of donor’s choice.
Retired Staff SGT Philip Roberts Poyer, 63, entered into rest November 16, 2018 at Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, Augusta, Georgia. Husband of Lila Janet Barton Poyer.
He was born in Hornell, NY on May 24, 1955 to Carl and Etta Shull Poyer, has lived in Augusta for the past year coming from Valdosta, Georgia. He was Retired Staff SGT with the US Air Force.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at McNeill Funeral Home with military honors.
Additional survivors include three sons Robert Hoover, Joseph Hoover (Tammy), Steven Hoover Poyer (Jessie), three daughters Janice Vickers (Ron), Tammy Floyd (Larry) Kimberly Poyer Robinson (John), brothers Garold and Arland Hanning, sister Theresa Battagli (Vincent), fifteen Grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Frederick J. Calnan
DANSVILLE-Frederick J. Calnan, 69, of Circle Road, peacefully entered into rest early Thursday morning (Nov. 1, 2018) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Hornell on Nov. 13, 1948 he was a son of the late Richard and Elizabeth (Rink) Calnan.
A former resident of Arkport, Fred has resided in Dansville for the past 45 years. He was a graduate of Arkport Central School, class of 1966 and also attended Syracuse University School of Forestry; afterwards he proudly served his country with the U.S. Army. In 1986 he graduated Suma Cum Laude from Alfred University School of Ceramics with a Ceramic Engineering degree.
At one time, after the Army, Fred was employed as a road construction foreman. After graduating from Alfred, he held numerous management positions in the ceramic engineering field.
Throughout the years he served as a Boy Scout Leader and as a Little League Baseball Coach and was presently a member of the Daniel Goho American Legion Post #87 in Dansville, the Dansville Rod and Gun Club and the Dansville Area Historical Society.
Fred loved Golden Retrievers and was an avid old car enthusiast. He also enjoyed spending time doing woodworking, gardening and yard work, including plowing snow. Most importantly, Fred loved spending time with the grandboys, attending almost all of their games and activities. His greatest pleasure was helping them learn about area and American history.
His loving family includes his wife of 45 years, the former Barbara Evans who he married in Hornell on June 16, 1973; their son, Richard Calnan of Geneseo; his two beloved grandsons, Reilly (age 10) and Connor (age 13); his two sisters, Mary (Stephen) Curtis of Hornell and Sandra (William) Karns of Arkport; his brother, William (Mary) Calnan of Baldwinsville; his Golden Retriever companion, Midas; his nieces and nephews, Debra Raffa, Amanda Karns-Armeli, Edward Karns, Laura George, Matthew Calnan and Shawn Calnan; his great-nieces and nephews, Brooke, Haley and Kyle Armeli, Felicity and Lydia Karns and Rachel George; also his two aunts, Lucille Brown of Rochester and Eleanor Rink of Florida; his uncle, Thomas (Martha) Rink of Arkport; as well as several cousins.
The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell is honored to serve the family of Frederick J. Calnan.
Calling hours are 1-3 p.m. Sunday (please note location) at the Hindle Funeral Home, Inc. 271 Main St., Dansville, where a funeral service will be held in his memory following the calling hours at 3 p.m. Sunday.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory to either the Dansville Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 481, 14 Church St., Dansville, N.Y. 14437 or the Hornell Area Humane Society, 7649 Industrial Park Road, Hornell, N.Y. 14843.
Pearl T. White – 93 – of 17 Park Ave., Arkport, died early Sunday morning (October 14, 2018) at St. James Mercy Hospital following a brief illness.
Born in Arkport on November 7, 1924, she was the daughter of Everett & Mary (Hoffstetter) Wyant.
A lifelong resident of Arkport, Pearl was a graduate of Arkport Central School (class of 1942) an later graduated from Hornell Business School.
She had been employed for a time as a secretary at the former Arkport Lumber Company and for many years took time to raise her family as a “Stay At Home Mom.” Pearl returned to the workforce and for many years served as a bank teller at the former Arkport State Bank and later at Security Trust in Hornell. She retired in 1984.
Pearl was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church. She will be remembered as a quiet, gentle & kind woman who always opened her home to family & friends. She was a true homemaker who enjoyed cooking and baking and raising her family. Pearl was also an extremely strong woman who was a Breast Cancer survivor (over 20 years) and also survived Colon Cancer.
She was married on June 8, 1948 to Robert W. White who died March 3, 1991. Pearl was also preceded in death by her son, Daniel White who died in 2004; her daughter, Barbara Rauber who died in 2016; and also her five siblings.
Surviving are her daughter, Patricia White of Arkport; her son, David White of Dansville; 3 grandchildren, Kevin Rauber, Tim Rauber and Anna Rauber; several nieces, nephews & special friends.
At Pearl’s request there will be no prior calling hours. Family & friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday at 10:00 AM at St. Ann’s Church. Burial will be in Heritage Hill Cemetery, Arkport, NY.
Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.
Pearl’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to either The Vincent House, 310 Second Ave, Wayland, NY 14572 or to Faith in Action Steuben County, PO Box, 117, Hornell, NY 14843.
Morris Leon Wellington, 88, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.
Morris was born on July 9, 1930 to the late Jesse and Emmaline (Wellington) Pryor and was adopted by Frank and Geraldine (Partridge )Wellington.
He worked as a mechanic for Lamacchia Motors of Hornell.
He was predeceased by his wife Helen and four siblings.
Morris is survived by his son, Richard (Susan) Wellington of Arkport; two daughters, Cathy (Bernie) Smith of Arkport, and Linda (Mike) Burdett of Concord, N.C.; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two nieces.
Friends and family may call at the Mann Funeral Home of Canaseraga on Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral will follow on Thursday at the funeral Home at 3 p.m. with Rev. Jess Flint officiating. Burial will be at Arkport Cemetery.
Carol D. Falzoi
HORNELL-Carol D. Falzoi, 78, of Cemetery Hill Road, passed away late Friday afternoon (Sept. 7, 2018) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, after a brief illness.
Born in Presque Isle, Maine on Aug. 20, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Reta (Harris) Dunham. Besides her parents, she was also predeceased by her four brothers, Murray, Edwin Harley and Alden Dunham and her sister, Nora MacFarlane.
A resident of the Arkport and Hornell area for most of her life, Carol was a graduate of Arkport Central School and attended Alfred State College.
Before her retirement, she was employed for about 20 years at Alfred State College.
Carol enjoyed taking trips to the Casinos and also especially enjoyed watching the NY Yankees and Syracuse college basketball on television.
Her loving family includes her husband of 57 years, John F. Falzoi, who she married in Arkport on Feb. 11, 1961; her three children, Wendy Falzoi of Wayne, N.Y., Stephen Falzoi of Rochester, N.Y. and Seth Falzoi of Hornell; her three grandchildren, Sean Soper, David (Danielle) Soper and Benjamin Soper; her two great-grandchildren, Andrew and Lincoln; also, her brother, Roger Dunham of Binghamton, N.Y.
The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in Hornell is honored to serve the family of Carol D. Falzoi.
There will be no calling hours. A Time of Remembrance and Sharing Memories of Carol will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 13, 2018) at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell. Interment will be in Heritage Hill Cemetery, Arkport.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in her memory to the Hornell Public Library, 64 Genesee St., Hornell, N.Y. 14843. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home.
ROBERT EDWARD ALGER 1935 – 2018
ARKPORT – Robert “Bob” Alger, beloved and devoted husband to Lucy Alger, passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2018.
Born in Hornell on November 5, 1935, son of the late Everett and Helen Alger, he grew up in Arkport and attended Arkport Central School. He married Lucy Patricia Sciotti, his wife of 61 years. They have known each other since the seventh grade, over 73 years!
He worked for Potter Dewitt based in Batavia at the beginning of his construction career. He spent the next twenty-six years working for SJ Groves and Sons based in Minneapolis, MN. He worked all over the east coast and eventually ran the entire equipment department for Groves. He was the third from the last person to leave Groves when they went out of business, which shows how loyal he was to the company. He then went to work for The Lane Construction Corporation, based in Cheshire, CT. For over ten years he worked on projects from Ohio, to New York and finally Pennsylvania. He retired in 2004 and returned to his beloved home in Arkport that he built with his father over 60 years ago. Spending time with his wife Lucy in the house that he loved was very special to him. He loved to look over the valley down at the airport and watch all the activity there. In 1975 he purchased N6338A, his 1956 Cessna 182. This was his “baby”. He loved to fly and amassed over 4,400 hours in the air. He was at the airport every day talking with “his guys” about every topic imaginable! He was well known for his humor and one-liners and most of all the love of his family.
He is survived by his wife Lucy Alger. He was a devoted father and leaves behind his son, Robert Alger and wife Joanlee of Avon, CT and daughter, Nancy Houy and husband Jeff of Arkport.
He leaves behind many loving grandchildren including Eric and Max Houy and Robert and Lauren Alger.
He is predeceased by his brother Everett.
The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in Hornell is honored to serve the family of Robert “Bob” Alger.
His family will receive friends Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main Street, Hornell. On Sunday May 20, 2018 we will have a funeral service at the funeral home at 2:00 p.m., with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating, followed by a burial service at the Heritage Hill (Arkport) Cemetery; following this there will be a celebration of Bob’s life at the Hornell Golf Club, 473 Seneca Road in North Hornell.
Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (www.stjude.org) or to Honor Flight Rochester, Inc., P.O. Box 23581, Rochester, NY 14692. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home.
Laura Dodge Bess
Avoca, New York – Laura A. Bess, age 40, of Grant Street, passed away at home on May 1, 2018. She was born in Wellsville on November 24, 1977 to William and Sally Bliven Dodge. She was the loving wife of Donald Bess Sr. who survives her.
Laura attended Arkport Central School class of 1996. She enjoyed Nursing, music, laughter, life, and most of all her family and friends. Laura was employed at the Bath V.A. as a Registered Nurse. She was awarded an honorary master degree from the University of Binghamton, class of 2018, as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Laura is survived by her husband Donald; her son, Brett Ogden; her daughter, Skyler Partridge; her Mother and Father; her sister, Stacey Nieves; a brother, Jason Dodge; a niece, Emily; a nephew, Alex; as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and very special friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life Service on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 2 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street, Wellsville, New York. Memorials if desired may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.
Donna Kilbury Davidson
Donna Kilbury Davidson, 85, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2018 in Salem SC after a short illness. She grew up in Fremont and was a 1950 graduate of Arkport Central School. Donna and her husband lived and worked in the Manassas, VA area for many years. After retirement, they moved to Salem, SC. Donna was predeceased by her parents, Miles and Florence Kilbury and her brother, Dana. She is survived by her husband, John, plus several nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the Hornell Humane Society.
Rex Tracy McGraw, Jr.
WAREHAM, Mass. — Rex Tracy McGraw, Jr., 87, of Wareham passed away on March 23, 2018, at Tobey Hospital in Wareham.
Born in Hornell, N.Y. in 1930, he was the son of the late Rex T. and Marie A. (Berg) McGraw.
Rex was raised in Arkport, N.Y. and graduated from Arkport Central High School. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War.
Following his service in the Army, Rex attended Bowling Green State University, in Bowling Green, Ohio. He received his Bachelor and Master’s degrees at Bowling Green State University. He earned his Doctorate in Theatre Arts at the University of Indiana. He taught at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. While there, he established an “MFA in Directing Degree.” He later taught at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where he was Head of Acting and Directing in the graduate school. He held this position until his retirement.
Upon retirement, Rex moved to Wareham, to be near his family. He was a member of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the Zeiterion Theater, and the Marion Art Center. At the Marion Art Center he enjoyed directing plays, especially the works of Chekhov.
Rex is survived by his brother, Jack (Jaquie) McGraw of Mattapoisett, Mass.; his nephews, J. William (Jean) McGraw of Fort Mill, S.C., their children, Stephanie (Arnas) Bendoriatas, and Christopher McGraw, Mark (Paula) McGraw of Mattapoisett, and their children, Michael, Patrick, Kate and Andrew, Matthew (Sharon) McGraw of Fairhaven, and their children, Luke and Roy; his niece, Marie-Elizabeth McGraw Lemire and her children, Jack and Claire.
Rex’s visiting hours will be held on Saturday, April 7 from 3-4:30 p.m., followed by a Celebration of his Life from 4:30-5 p.m. in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Road, Route 6, Mattapoisett.
Earlyne Sampson Kennell, 85, died peacefully in her sleep on Friday March 9, 2018 at the Conesus Lake Nursing Home. Earlyne is survived by her son Jeff, daughter-in-law Cordula, and grandchildren, Maggie, Lena, and Wyatt Kennell, and her dear sisters, Marie Phelps and Dorothy (Dennis Spilman) Lysyczyn and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by her parents, Ralph and Iola Sampson, her husband of 44 years, Donald Kennell, her devoted son, Greg, and her brother Ed Sampson.
Earlyne was born in Caribou, Maine, where she attended a one-room school house before moving to Western New York in 1940. A part of the great migration that saw waves of Maine farming families move into the area, she grew up on Oak Hill in Arkport, surrounded by potato farms and neighbors who became lifelong friends. A graduate of Arkport Central School (class of 1950), she earned a degree in business from Bryant & Stratton in 1952 and worked for six years as a legal secretary at the Shults and Shults law firm in Hornell, NY.
She married the love of her life, Don, on September 16, 1956, and spent the early 1960’s as a stay-at-home mom before taking a job as secretary to the Superintendent of Arkport Central School in 1964, where she enjoyed a rewarding career that spanned over 40 years, and took her from typewriters to keyboards, from filing cabinets to the internet. From her post in the front office, she was the face of the school, and she loved greeting students on their way in and out of the building. Generations of Arkport kids remember her kindness (and her ever-replenished bowl of Hershey chocolate kisses).
Along with Don, Earlyne built the house where they resided on Lisman Lane and she took great pride in maintaining a home that was always open to relatives, friends, and visitors. She collected blue jays and bells, kept extensive scrapbooks and photo albums, and loved to travel, spending many summer vacations in her favorite getaway, Cape Cod. She spent many an evening at Arkport School Board Meetings, taking shorthand minutes in her role as district clerk, and in the pre-computer days, she unleashed her still-formidable typing skills in producing the school newsletter, the Ark-re-Porter. As a notary public, she signed countless official documents over the years.
She was a proud member of the Steuben County Secretary’s Association, serving as an officer of that group, and she mentored a number of young assistants, providing them with hands-on experience in office work. As a long-time member of the Presbyterian Church, Earlyne espoused the golden rule, and tried her best to practice what she preached, treating others as she wished to be treated herself. In her own quiet but resolute way, she championed the rights of women and gay people—at a time and place when such views were seen as heretical and involved genuine risk. Through it all, she never let go of her belief that people are fundamentally good, if sometimes misguided.
There will be a funeral service for Earlyne at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, 111 Main St. in Geneseo at 10 AM on Friday, March 16, 2018. Donations in Earlyne’s name may be made to the Arkport Central School Libraries, 35 East Ave., Arkport, NY 14807.
Wayland / Tennessee – Frank E. Hoerner, 76 years of age, passed away Wednesday afternoon February 14, 2018 at his home in Tennessee.
Frank was born November 6, 1941 in Buffalo the son of Frank A. and Florence (Bird) Hoerner. He grew up in the Buffalo and Depew areas and throughout his life has also resided in Arkport, West Sparta, Florida, Wayland and most recently Tennessee. Frank and Agnes “Carol” Malone were married November 7, 1981 and together have celebrated 36 years of marriage. Frank was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose and a member of the West Sparta Fire Department for many years. Frank also enjoyed sitting on his porch with an ice cold beer and throughout the years he liked to fish.
Frank was pre-deceased by his parents; and a son, Frank Hoerner. He is survived by his wife A. Carol Hoerner of Mooresburg, TN; his step-children, Julie (Jerry) Shutt of Wayland, Larry Cansdale of Mt. Morris, Dan (Sara) Cansdale of NC, Charles Cansdale of TN, Wendy (Tom) Marullo of Dansville and Sharlene (Lyman) Morey of TN; 25 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; brother Tom (Michelle) Hoerner of Cape Cora, FL, Jack (Chris) Hoerner of FL, Ted (Jerri) Hoerner of Toronto, Canada, Kathy Cook-Hoerner of North Fort Meyers, FL; along with several nieces and nephews.
Frank’s funeral service will be at a later date and will be announced by the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 West Naples St., Wayland.
Shelly Haynes, Jr.
Shelly Haynes, JR – 65 – of 71 Church St. Court, Hornell, died unexpectedly Friday evening (February 16, 2018) at his home.
Born in Hampton, SC on April 23, 1952, he was the son of Shelly & Ruby (Murdock) Haynes.
Shelly grew up in Hampton, SC and throughout the years resided in various locations and had been employed as a construction worker for most of his adult life. He has resided in Hornell for the past 27 years.
He had a passion for health and physical fitness, enjoying exercise while staying in shape. Shelly often enjoyed listening to Classic Rock Music and had many artistic talents, including drawing, painting, and turning ordinary objects into works of art. Shelly Haynes, JR was a great man who valued the time that he spent with his children and provided as much positive influence and love as possible.
Surviving are his 8 children, Demeterious L. Haynes (age 15); Shaun M. Haynes (age 19), Alexis K. Haynes (age 20), Calvin T. Haynes (age 25), Rebecca L. (Haynes) Moore (age 35), Tiesha L. Snyder (age 37), Heather L. Clemons (age 39), Tina M. Haynes (age 45); along with many grandchildren.
At Shelly’s request there will be no calling hours. A private Memorial Service will be held at the convenience of the family with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating.
Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.
Kathi A. Lawton
FT. MYERS BEACH, Fla./HORNEL-Kathi A. Lawton, 57, formerly of Hornell, passed away late Friday evening (Feb. 23, 2018) at her home in Ft. Myers Beach, Fla., after a long illness.
Born in Hornell on Feb. 29, 1960, she was the daughter of Keith Lawton, who predeceased her and Mary Elizabeth (Didas) Lawton, who survives.
Funeral services will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are with the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in Hornell.
Michael William Clancy, born Nov 1, 1957 in Hornell to Daniel Clancy and Barbara (Gesner) Towner, he unexpectedly left us on Wednesday (Jan. 31, 2018 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
Mike was a graduate of Arkport Central School, Class of 1975 and a graduate of Alfred University, Class of 1979 with a B.S. in Ceramic Engineering. He retired this past December from the Bath VA. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion, Arkport Post 1248.
He was an avid sports fan, with a keen interest in high school sports. He was always proud to say that he had the opportunity to try out as a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball club. Basketball was one of his favorite sports, which he didn’t just participate in but later went on to referee and coach. He also enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, and spending time at his land and cabin.
Mike was predeceased by his wife Karen (Griffin) Clancy. He left behind two daughters, Kristen Clancy of Canisteo and Megan Clancy of Fremont; two grandchildren, Zoey and Zander DuBois; one sister, Pat (Darrell) Gardner of Avoca; a niece, Chayanne Miller of Prattsburgh; his companion, Vanessa McCormick; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The Avoca Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Michael William Clancy.
Calling hours were held from 1-3 and 5-7 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 3, 2018) at the Avoca Funeral Home, 22 N. Main St. in Avoca. At Mike’s request there will be no funeral service.
Memorial contributions can be made to Prattsburgh Soccer League and Prattsburgh Junior League: POC Brian Putnam.
Sean Walter VanIderstine
ROCHESTER/ARKPORT – Sean Walter VanIderstine, 33, of Rochester, formerly of Arkport, died unexpectedly on Thursday (Jan. 25, 2018).
He was born on Nov. 4, 1984, in Hornell, to Brent R. VanIderstine and Catherine Crossett. He graduated from Arkport Central School in 2003 and also graduated from UTI Houston and attended Broome Community College.
Sean cared deeply about other people, loved cars, studied photography, was involved with a band, and just recently, found he loved being a cook at 585 Rockin’ Burger Bar in Rochester.
Sean was predeceased by his father, Brent VanIderstine, both grandfathers, Louis Crossett and Harry VanIderstine and also, Harry’s wife, Pam VanIderstine.
He is survived by his mother, Catherine Crossett VanIderstine of Arkport; his sister, Lisa (Aaron) Cornman of Carlisle, Pa.; his brother, Stephen VanIderstine of Auburn, N.Y.; his nephew, Benjamin Cornman of Carlisle, Pa. and his girlfriend, Samatha Tunney of Honeoye Falls, N.Y. Sean is also survived by grandparents, Loretta Crossett of Arkport and Virginia (Stanley) Farnsworth of Palm Bay, Fla.; four uncles, Russell (Anita) VanIderstine of Malabar, Fla., James (Marianne) Crossett of Cary, N.C., Joseph (Debra) Crossett of Eldersburg, Md. and Charles (Trisha) Crossett of Eldersburg, Md.; two aunts, Leslie (Don) Mix of Ogdensburg, N.Y. and Megan (Tim) Burke of Fort Orange, Fla.; along with other aunts, uncles, cousins and family.
The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St. in Hornell is honored to serve the family of Sean Walter VanIderstine.
A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.
Nicholas John Osmin,
age 34, of Huron, passed away Saturday, January 6, 2018, at his home. His memorial service was held at 1:00 PM, Thursday, January 11th at the Kuhler Funeral Home. A memorial service in New York will be announced at a later date.
Nicholas John Osmin, the beloved son of Sherry Osmin and Robert Osmin was born July 7, 1983 at Hornell, New York. In 2002, Nick enlisted in the United States Army with the 10th Mountain Division as a mechanic with his secondary MOS in infantry. Nick served a twelve-month tour in Afghanistan, earning multiple medals including the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, the Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, the Global War On Terrorism Service Medal and the Combat Service Ribbon.
Nick loved fishing in Port Aransas and working on the fishing ships before moving to Huron, South Dakota. He was a sketch artist and earned a national scholarship through the VA recreational therapy program. Nick loved his family and cherished his time with his children.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Bill Cole.
He is survived by his mother, Sherry and Porfirio Vasquez, Canisteo; his father, Robert Osmin of Port Aransas, Texas; his loving partner in life, Kari Luellman of Huron, South Dakota. Nick left behind two daughters, Keerstin Mary of Avoca, New York and Cyra Rogue of Huron, South Dakota; one son, Kristofer Osmin of Lyons, New York; one step daughter, Paige Wise of Hornell, New York; and one step son, Nathan Wise of Hornell, New York.
He will also be sadly missed by two sisters, Erica Brewer of Avoca, New York and Valerie Sexton of Jasper, New York and one brother, Nathan Osmin of Port Aransas, Texas.
Nick is also survived by his maternal grandparents, Shirley and Charles Marlatt and paternal grandmother, Eloise Turner, all of Canisteo, New York; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Ochlockonee Bay United Methodist Church, 2780 Surf Road, Panacea, FL 32346, Pastor John Quinton officiating. The family invites you to join them for a meal at the church following the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ochlockonee Bay United Methodist Church. Arrangements by ICS Cremation and Funeral Home, 357 NW Wilks Lane, Lake City, FL 32055.