Obituaries

The following obituaries are of 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.


2017-2018 Alumni Deceased


Class of 1957Richard Crawford                             January 19, 2017

Class of 1968        James Munson                                  January 31, 2017

Class of 1979        Gregory Kennell                               March 3, 2017

Class of 1954        Paul King                                          March 6, 2017

Class of 1955        Lee Ryan                                          April 8, 2017

Class of 1958        Wayne Harrington                            April 26, 2017

Class of 1951        Reba Norton Mahany                       May 1, 2017

Class of 1947        Marjorie Doan Wyant                      May 12, 2017

Class of 1945        Dorothy Monaghan DeVinney Olds    May 16, 2017

Class of 1949        Madlyn Lawrence Lang                   May 26, 2017

Class of 1950        Doris Ellis Renken                           August 16, 2017

Class of 1979        Karen Robords Kelly                       June 5, 2017

Class of 2013        Julia Beers                                        June 9, 2017

Class of 1946        Marjorie Griffin Jewell                    June 11, 2017

Class of 1969        Rodney Alexander                           June, 2017

Class of 1982       Diane Goodwin                               July 5, 2017

Class of 1955        Barbara Glover Lawrence                 July 15, 2017

Class of 1948        Nora Odell Michaels                        July 21, 2017

Class of 1943        Donald Perry                                    July 22, 2017

                              Elaine Glover Acomb                      July 31, 2017

Class of 1972        Robert H. Kilbury                            September 11, 2017

Class of 1952        Maureen Howe Fuller                      September 27, 2017

Class of 1966        Kenneth E. Isaman                          October 2, 2017

Class of 1947       Janis Baker Jess                               November 16, 2017

Class of 1957        David Pierce                                    November 17, 2017

Class of 2001        Nicholas Osmin                               January 6, 2018

Class of 2003        Sean Van Iderstine                          January 25, 2018

Class of 1978        Kathi Lawton                                   February 23, 2018

Class of 1971        Shelly Haynes                                  February 16, 2018

Class of 1959        Frank Hoerner                                  February 14, 2018

Class of 1950        Earlyne Sampson Kennell               March 9, 2018

Class of 1948        Rex McGraw                                   March 23 2018

Class of 1950        Donna Kilbury Davidson                April 2, 2018

Class of 1996 Laura Dodge Bess                         May 1, 2018

Class of 1953         Robert Alger                                 May 16, 2018

Class of 1956        Alden Dunham                                      May 17, 2018

Class of 1983        David Stauffer                               May 27, 2018

Class of 1958        Carol Dunham Falzoi                            September 7, 2018

Class of 1947        M. Leon Wellington                              September 15, 2018

Class of 1942        Pearl Wyant White                                October 14, 2018

Class of 1966        Fredrick Calnan                                     November 1, 2018

Class of 1973        Philip Poyer                                           November 16, 2018

Class of 1946        James Piatt                                            November 25, 2018


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. 



Philip Poyer

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 Kennell

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.


Frank Hoerner

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.


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.

Norma Odell Michaels


Norma Caroline Odell Michaels was born March 10, 1930 and passed away on July 21, 2017. She grew up in Arkport, New York and later settled in Geneva then eventually moved to Canandaigua. She is survived by three daughters: Terri DeGroote (Alan), Candi Shrull and Gaye Michaels. She was a grandmother to Caleb, Chelsea, Nicholas, Cassidy, Michael, Carlos, Indiana and several great-grandchildren. Norma was a professional framer who owned Calla Framing and Gifts. Donations in her name can be made to Wood Library or Habitat for Humanity of Ontario County.


David R. Pierce


David R. Pierce, 80, of County Road 14, passed away Friday (November 17, 2017) at Noyes Memorial Hospital.


Born in South Dansville, November 11, 1937, the son of Ralph and Evelyn (Woodard) Pierce, he was a lifelong area resident, and had served in the US Navy. In 1958 he married Helen M. (Askins) Pierce, who predeceased him on January of this year. He was a retired welder from the NYSDOT in Hornell, and was a member of the Iron Workers Local Union #33. David enjoyed hunting, farming, welding, going to the Casino, but most of all he loved his grandkids.


He was predeceased by his parents, his wife Helen M. Askins Pierce, and his sister Beverly Perry.


He is survived by his 3 sons Michael Pierce of Hornell, Marty Pierce of Arkport, Thomas Pierce of Arkport, his grandchildren Cody Pierce, Kristen Pierce, Sarah Pierce, Kyle Pierce, Jason Pierce, Breann Pierce, and Aylah Morris, 2 great grandchildren, his sister Sandra (Charles) Stevens of Almond, his brother Roger (Pat) Pierce of Sodus, his brother in law George (Susan) Askins of Canisteo, and nieces and nephews.


The family will be present 1-3 & 5-7 PM Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at the Bender - Brown & Powers Funeral Home 354 Canisteo Street in Hornell, where funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM. Burial will be in Heritage Hill Cemetery.


To send a remembrance please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com , the family is being assisted by director Chester A. Gosper IV.


Friends may make memorial contributions to: American Kidney/Diabetes Foundation


Janis Baker Jess

Janis Jess, age 88, of Marion was called to her Heavenly home by her Savior Jesus Christ, on Thursday, November 16, 2017. Janis entered into this world on July 19, 1929 to the late Earnest and Sara (Hulbert) Baker in North Hornell, NY. On September 27, 1947, she married the late George Jess.

Janis was member of the Fite Memorial Baptist Church in Marion. She was a prayer warrior and was active in the church. She lived her life according to the scripture, 1 Corinthians 15:55: "O death, where is thy sting?

O grave, where is thy victory? " She also enjoyed reading, and was a fantastic seamstress. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George Jess; and a brother, Lyle Baker. Janis will be greatly missed by her son, David (Carla) Jess, DDS of Howard, OH; granddaughter, Katie Wilson; grandson Dan Jess; five great-grandchildren, and her special furry companion, Angel.

Boyd-Born Funeral Home is honored to serve the Jess family. Donations can be made to Fite Memorial Baptist Church in her memory.


Maureen L. (Howe) Fuller

ARKPORT- Maureen L. (Howe) Fuller, age 82, of 11 Brush Street, Arkport, passed away on the morning of Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Maureen passed away peacefully in her home in the presence of her family.

She was born in Hornell on January 30, 1935 to Gaylord and Harriet (Sherner) Howe. On February 11, 1956, she married her high school sweetheart, Robert L. Fuller at the First Presbyterian Church in Arkport, with Rev. Luther Cross officiating. Bob passed away on August 30, 2008. He and Maureen enjoyed 52 years of marriage.

Maureen graduated from Arkport Central School in 1952. She enrolled and graduated from St. James Mercy Hospital School of X-Ray Technology in September of 1954 and became licensed in the State of New York. She was also a member of the American Registry of X-Ray Technicians. Maureen was employed at the former Dansville Memorial Hospital for 17 years. She was then employed from 1974 to 1991 at the radiology office at 20 Elm Street in Hornell for Doctor MacFarland and Doctor Auringer where she specialized in x-ray, radiation therapy, and CT scanning. In 1993, she worked at the office of Doctor Horey until her retirement in 1999.

Maureen was baptized at the First Presbyterian Church in Arkport and chose to become a member at 14 years old. Maureen and Bob were married there, attended there throughout their marriage, and Maureen was an elder in the church.

She enjoyed many hours of flying with Bob after he earned his private pilot’s license and co-owned a Cessna 182. They also enjoyed camping in several states. The spring, summer and fall months were spent with their children, grandchildren, other family members, and friends at their land and pond called “The Hill” in the countryside of Arkport. From 2000 to 2009, Maureen and Bob spent the winter months in Haines City, Florida.

Her family includes her two children, son, Steven R. Fuller, of Fremont, married to Susan Fuller, and her daughter, Robin Greek, of Swain, married to Ed Greek. Her grandchildren, in order of age, are Steven (Amanda) Fuller, Sarah Fuller, Samuel (Sarah) Reger, Anna Reger, and Leah (Chad) Pierce, and step-grandchildren Christopher (Christine) Aumick, Zachary Aumick, Brittany Aumick, Ronald Greek, Shelley Greek, and Tammy Gamble. Maureen was very proud to have seven great-grandchildren, Lilly, Reece, Brooklyn, Lincoln, Xavier, Henry, and Maxon.

Maureen is also survived by her brother, Michael (Jean) Howe of Bloomfield, N.Y.; twin sister, Mitzi McGarrigle of Newfield, N.Y.; sister, Marilyn Hynes of Cohocton, N.Y. as well as her, brothers-in-law, James Fuller of Hantersville, NC and William Pryor of Arkport. Maureen was predeceased by her parents, husband, and brothers-in-law, Richard McGarrigle and Roy Hynes, and sister-in-law, Nancy Pryor.

The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in Hornell is honored to serve the family of Maureen L. (Howe) Fuller.

Calling hours are 4-7 p.m. Friday at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Mai St., Hornell, where a funeral service will be held following calling hours at 7 p.m. Friday with Rev. Bruce Incze officiating. Private committal services and interment will be held on Saturday at Heritage Hill Cemetery in Arkport.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in her memory to their favorite charity


KENNETH E. ISAMAN


Kenneth E. Isaman, 68, of Arkport, NY, died peacefully at Elderwood Nursing Home on October 2nd, 2017 at 9:25am after a struggle with Lewey Bodies Disease Dementia. Ken is survived, by his wife, Sheryl C. (Chace) Isaman of Arkport, 3 children; Jeffrey E. Isaman & wife Jennifer, 48, of Clemmons, North Carolina, Lori A. Isaman, 46, of Hornell, NY and Stephanie L. Isaman, 40, of Bella Vista, AR and 4 grandchildren, Logan C. Isaman (Lori), Lucas & Ethan Isaman and Alison Mansell (Jeff). He is also survived by a brother, Keith Isaman, 63 of Arkport, NY and his 3 children. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Donald C. Isaman of Arkport, NY and Mary B. Isaman (Johnson) of West Union, NY.

Kenneth was a 1966 graduate of Arkport Central School, 1970 graduate of Alfred University with a Cum Laude Bachelor of Arts. He joined his father at Isaman Chrysler Plymouth from 1966-1976 as a lead Car Salesman and in 1977-1980 operated his own business as Ken Isaman Chrysler Plymouth. In 1981, Ken Isaman Auto Sales opened and Ken has sold cars until present as a hobby. He also worked in the insurance field for many years.

Ken’s biggest passion was local and community service and helping others. He served on the Town Board of Hornellsville for 27 years and was the Town Supervisor for over 10 years. He also served as a Steuben County Legislator for 12 years. His community service was an integral part of his life acting as Rotary President two times for the Hornell Club, receiving the Paul Harris Fellow Award, actively involved for many years with fundraising and helping the Boy Scouts of America, in turn winning the Boy Scout Silver Beaver Award. Other various board positions include Salvation Army, United Way and Five Star Bank.

To send a remembrance to the family, please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com. The family is being assisted by David W. Ames, Director.

The Family will be present on Thursday (October 5, 2017) from 12-4PM at the Bender – Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 354 Canisteo St. Hornell, NY 14843. There will be a reception to honor Kenneth Isaman at the American Legion on Seneca Street in Hornell at 6PM on Thursday (October 5, 2017).

In remembrance, in lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to the Hornell Salvation Army, Southern Tier Food Bank or the Hornell Humane Society.


ROBERT H. KILBURY


Robert Horton Kilbury, 63 of Austin, Texas, died on Monday September 11, 2017.


Robert grew up in Arkport, NY, and was the son of the late Howard Horton and Eleanor Guthiel Kilbury.


He is survived by his daughter, Monica Marie Kilbury and his granddaughter, Kayla Marie Kilbury, both from Austin, Texas.  He is also survived by extended family, including sisters Linda Kurtz of Rochester, NY, Shirley (John) Chapman of Bath, NY and Bobbi Jo (David) Teagarden of Bethel, Conn: brother David Goodwin of Avondale, Ariz.; niece Bobbi Lin Chapman, grandniece Brianna Wacenske and grandnephew Brendan Wacenske all of Bath, NY.; and nephews Joseph Teagarden and Julian Teagarden of Bethel, Conn.


Robert was predeceased by his brother Howard George Kilbury.


Services were held September 15, 2017 at Beck Chapel, Beck Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Austin, Texas



ELAINE GLOVER ACOMB 1925-2017

Elaine M. Acomb, of Painted Post, NY, died Monday, July 31, 2017, at her home.

Elaine was born November 16, 1924 in Hornell, NY to George and Alta Howe Glover. She married Franklin Acomb in 1944, they were married for 62 years. Frank predeceased her in 2006.

Elaine went to Arkport Central School, Breens Business School, and Del Kadar School of Cosmetology. She opened a beauty shop and operated it for 45 years.

Elaine had many interests and won many awards for the many hours she volunteered in the community. She volunteered at the Corning Museum of Glass, a Docent at Rockwell Museum, LPGA, Corning Hospital, Founders Pavilion, Patterson Inn, Girl Scouts, Cancer and Heart Assoc. She was president of Quota International Service Club, which helped hearing impaired children world-wide. While she was president of Quota Club, they raised money to buy a therapy dog for a hearing impaired little girl, bought a device to check hearing for the newborns for a local hospital, bought many TTY's for many individuals who could not afford them on their own, as well schools, businesses and hotels. She was elected Governor of the Quota Clubs in the 17th District of Quota International. While she was Governor, she received the Key to the City of Corning, a Letter of Merit from the Supervisor of the Town of Erwin and Mayor of Painted Post. While Governor of Quota club, she asked each member to do random acts of kindness each week, such as calling someone, sending cards, giving cookies, etc. She was past president of Pricilla's Club, Corning Areas Woman's Club, and a member of the Red Hats. Elaine and Frank also enjoyed hosting a Fresh Air child for several years.

Elaine and Frank loved to travel extensively in Europe and the United States including Hawaii and Alaska.

Elaine was an avid reader, reading a book a week, many on politics. She was an amazing cook. Each year at Christmas she baked over 3000 cookies, which she gave to family and friends. She gave many to friends in nursing homes that were unable to bake for themselves.
> Elaine dearly loved her family and they dearly loved her and will miss her so very much as will her many good friends.

She is survived by daughter, Suzette Simmons of Painted Post, NY and son, Steven C. Acomb of Painted Post, NY; four grandsons: George (Deanna) Simmons, Matthew Simmons and Frank and Josh Acomb, two great grandsons, Gregory and Corbin Simmons.

At her request, there will be no calling hours and burial will be at the convenience of the family.
> In lieu of flowers, she asked that donations be sent to Corning Christian Academy, 11 Aisne Street, Corning, NY.

Elaine's family has entrusted her care to Haughey Funeral Home, Inc.


Donald James Perry


Donald James Perry, age 91, passed away on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Richard M Campbell Veterans Nursing Home. Born on November 24, 1925, in Arkport, NY, he was the son of the late Robert Perry and the late Ethel Porter Perry. He was the loving husband of the late Mable Morley Perry.


Don is survived by his children, Becky Boyd (David), Trina Shoaf (Dave), Rob Perry (Sandy), Randy Perry (Carolyn), Trudy Cole (Anthony), Toby Perry (Susan), Todd Perry (Cheryl), and Tim Perry (Terri); 36 grandchildren; and 67 great-grandchildren.


The family will receive friends at Victory Baptist Church prior to the funeral on Saturday, July 29, 2017, from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. The Funeral Service will follow at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Greenville Memorial Gardens with military honors.



Barbara A. Lawrence

Barbara A. “Barb” Lawrence – 79 – of 8412 County Route 48 (Oak Hill Rd.), Arkport, died Saturday evening (July 15, 2017) at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville, following a long illness.

Born in Hornell on January 23, 1938, she was the daughter of Clarence & Olga (Gowiski) Glover.

Barb was a lifelong resident of Arkport and was a graduate of Arkport Central School (class of 1955). She later attended Hornell Business School and became a secretary. In her younger years, she served as a secretary for several area doctors and veterinarians.

She was married on December 3, 1960 to Shelton “Punk” Lawrence who died December 26, 2016. In the 1970’s, Shelton took over the operation of the Lawrence Family Farm, a family owned dairy farm in Arkport which is now in its sixth generation of operation. For over 40 years, Barb served as bookkeeper and account manager for the farm.

Barb was an avid reader and also enjoyed working on crossword puzzles. She loved to travel throughout the United States and every year would take a vacation with some of her closest and dearest friends.

In addition to her husband, Shelton, Barb was preceded in death by her son, Scott Lawrence.

Surviving are her son, Joseph Lawrence of Arkport; her grandson, Blake (Crystal Caldwell) of Arkport; 1 sister, Beverly Vales of Arkport; 1 brother, Donald (Rosemary) Glover of Long Island, NY; several nieces & nephews.

At Barb’s request there will be no calling hours. Private graveside services will be held at Heritage Hill Cemetery in Arkport at the convenience of the family.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.

Barb’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to Noyes Memorial Hospital Activities Fund, 111 Clara Barton St., Dansville, NY 14437



Diane M. Goodwin

Diane M. Goodwin Hornell Diane M. Goodwin, 53, of 27 Dennis Avenue, passed away peacefully, Wednesday (July 5, 2017) at St James Mercy Hospital. Born in North Hornell, June 7, 1964, the daughter of Milton Goodwin Jr. and Connie Saxton Goodwin Moser, she was a lifelong area resident, graduating from Arkport Central School. Diane was employed at Hi-Tech Ceramics in Alfred, for nearly 29 years. She was a lover of NASCAR, especially the driver Jimmie Johnson, and also had a passion for animals. She is survived by her son Richard “Richie” Mincer of Hornell, her mother Connie Mosher of North Hornell, her father Milton Goodwin Jr. of Cameron, 2 brothers David (Trish) Goodwin of Arkport, Daniel Goodwin of Allentown, PA, her best friend Jeanne Cartwright of North Hornell, and 4 nephews. To send a remembrance please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com, the family is being assisted by director Chester A. Gosper IV. The family will be present to receive friends from 1-2pm on Wednesday (July 12, 2017) at the Bender-Brown & Powers Funeral Home 354 Canisteo Street in Hornell. A Memorial Service will take place following calling hours at 2:00pm. Friends may make memorial contributions to: Hornell Area Humane Society, or the American Cancer Society.



Marjorie Griffin Jewell

Marjorie Irene Griffin Jewell, 87, of 7603 Airport Road, passed away Sunday (June 11, 2017) at home surrounded by family.

Born in Bishopville, N.Y., July 27, 1929, a daughter of Carl Joel and Agnes Pryor Griffin, she had resided in the Hornell area her whole life. Marjorie graduated Arkport Central School at age 16, she then attended a Commercial School in Hornell and started working for the New York State Department of Transportation in the Real Estate office at age 17. She was a member of the Bishopville Methodist Church. Marjorie loved to quilt and belonged to a Quilt Guild, she enjoyed knitting, making crafts, painting and trying to make things that she saw in magazines. She loved to travel across the United States to see family members, She was a devoted wife and an excellent mom, grandma and aunt. You could always tell that Marjorie was thinking of you by the numerous cards and letters she sent.

She was predeceased by her parents; a sister, Alice Perry; brother, Charles Griffin; her first husband, John Hagadorn; as well as her second husband, Donald Jewell.

She is survived by her son, Nelson (Shelley) Jewell of Livonia; daughter, Dona Joi (John Kralles) Freeman of Rochester; six grandchildren, Michael (Danielle) Jewell, Alyssa Jewell, Samantha Jewell, Jewell Freeman, Tori Bloomquist and Samuel Bloomquist; two brothers, Franklin (Corrinne Miller) Griffin of Fremont and Roger (Gloria) Griffin of Bishopville; a sister-in-law, Nancy Griffin of Almond; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.


Julia Beers

Julia M. Beers – 22 – of 7997 Knolltop Court, Arkport, NY died Friday morning (June 9, 2017) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, following a three year battle with Crohn’s Disease.

Born in Syracuse, NY on November 30, 1994, she was the daughter of Thomas F. Beers and Mary Jo (Morrison) Beers.

A resident of Arkport, NY since the age of four, Julia was a graduate of Arkport Central School (class of 2013) and later attended SUNY Fredonia.

Throughout her three year battle with Crohn’s Disease, Julia kept family & friends updated and informed about her struggles by posting on her daily blog on the internet.  She was always willing to share her story with others via her “internet diary.”  Julia was an inspiration to others because of her blog, which can be found at www.SincerelyJuliaMary.com .

Julia was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, James R. Beers.

Surviving are her father, Thomas F. Beers of Arkport; her mother, Mary Jo Beers of Buffalo; 2 sisters, Sarah Beers and Laura Beers of Arkport; paternal grandmother, Mary “Dona” Beers of Granville Summit, PA; maternal grandparents, Jim & Jackie Morrison of Arkport; several aunts, uncles & cousins.

At Julia’s request there will be no prior calling hours.  A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 8th at 2:00 PM at the Granville Center Church of Christ, 1819 Beers Road, Granville Summit, PA 16926.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.

Julia’s family request that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to The Cleveland Clinic Foundation – Crohn’s & Colitis Research Fund, PO Box 931517, Cleveland, OH 44193-1655.


Marjorie "Marge" Wyant

Marjorie “ Marge” Wyant, 87, of Panacea (Ochlockonee Bay), Fla., died May 19, 2017 at Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee following a short illness.


Marge was born in 1929 in Dansville, N.Y., the daughter of Pamelia "Mildred" and Arthur Doan. Marge was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Robert "Mick" Wyant, in 2012. She is survived by her children: Shirley (Dave) Schmidt; Alan (Lynda); Stacy (Chris); Craig (Lisa Pope); Pam (Mike) Thomas; and Laurie (Art) Coulson; 18 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was predeceased by her brother Bob, sisters Winnie and Louise, and grandson Jake Thomas.

Marge was a 1947 graduate of Arkport (N.Y.) High School and was a devoted wife and mother.

Marge was an active member of the Ochlockonee Bay Fireman's Auxiliary, member of the Ochlockonee Bay United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women, and member of the Homemakers. Marge was a phenomenal cook and a whiz with scissors and a sewing machine. She made curtains for her grandchildren's bedrooms and dress-up costumes at Halloween that rivaled those at costume shops. Marge loved to play games, including Continental rummy, dominoes and solitaire, and spent countless hours surrounded by her children and grandchildren at the kitchen table, with dice, cards and scorecards spread around. Marge always had time for the children in her life, putting aside her work to play games, put together a puzzle or do a craft. She was a den mother for her sons when they were in Scouts. All of the neighborhood children knew they would always have a safe and fun place to hang out at the Wyants'.

Marge loved to sit and have her morning coffee and watch the birds visiting her many feeders. She also fed neighborhood cats and the occasional squirrel. She had a tender heart and a quick smile. Marge loved to dance, jitterbugging with Mick or taking her granddaughters to the Senior Center for an afternoon of dancing and visiting.

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.


KAREN E. KELLY

HORNELL - Karen E. Kelly, 59, of 16 Beechwood Terrace, Hornell, passed away unexpectedly Monday morning (June 5, 2017) at home.

Born in Hornell to James and Blanche (Barkley) Robords on November 16, 1957. She grew up in Arkport on her family’s dairy farm. She graduated from Arkport Central School in 1975. She then spent time living in West Palm Beach, Florida where she had her first of two daughters with then husband, Richard Kelly. They then returned to New York where they resided in Hornell and had their second daughter. Karen went on to attend Alfred State College graduating with her degree as an RN in 1986.

Karen was predeceased by her mother, Blanche, last January.

She is survived by her two daughters, Sarah Drew of Greenwood and Caitlin (Allen) Cady of Burdett; her son-in-law, David Drew of Hornell; her six adored grandchildren, Michael and Matthew Kilsdonk, Bryce and Emma Cady and Mason and Breydon Drew. She is also survived by her father, James Robords of Arkport; her siblings, Dianne (Bob) Jones of Arkport; Ginny (Dale) Mecomber of Skaneateles Falls, Brian (Patricia) Robords of Arkport, Doug (Aziz) Robords of North Brunswick, NJ; along with several nieces and nephews.

Karen enjoyed many activities throughout her life. 4H as a child with her mother; drawing, painting, sewing and crafting throughout her entire life. She thoroughly enjoyed making Sarah and Caitlin's Halloween costumes for them during their childhood and as Sarah got older she personally made nearly every single prom dress she ever wore, and there were a lot, even though she often was sewing her into to them moments before she walked out the door. Karen also spent a lot of time as the dugout "mother" while her girls spent years playing softball. She found pure joy in her profession as a maternity nurse, first at St. James Hospital in Hornell, then later at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls. She loved caring for expectant mothers, new mothers and especially the newborn babies. Karen personally had a hand in delivering her four grandchildren, Michael, Bryce, Matthew and Emma, as well as a close family friend's son, Austin, Erin said she would not have been okay without her there. Karen was also an avid cat lover and leaves behind her beloved babies "Chewy" and "Andonis". Above anything else, she loved spending her time with her grandchildren and daughters.

Karen was an amazing mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend. She was loved by so many and will be missed dearly.

The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., in Hornell is honored to serve the family of Karen E. Kelly.

Calling hours are 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell where a funeral service will be held in her memory at 11 a.m. Friday.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in her memory to the Hornell Area Humane Society, 7649 Industrial Park Road, Hornell, N.Y. 14843. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home.


Doris Renken


Mrs. Doris (Ellis) Renken, 85, of Stamford, formerly of New Canaan, passed away Saturday, August 13, 2016 at Edgehill Assisted Living in Stamford. She was the widow of Ralph Renken.

Doris was born in Arkport, New York on March 23, 1931, daughter of the late Loren and Helen (Ellis Miller) Renken. She was an Executive Assistant at Kodak Manufacturing in Rochester, New York for many years.  She was an active member of PEO and of several churches in New Canaan including: Grace Church, the Congregational Church and United Methodist Church.  Doris liked to dance, sing, arrange flowers, and entertain.  She had a strong sense of humor and character.

Doris is survived by her two daughters, Anne Renken of Fairfield and Lynn Renken currently in Nairobi, Kenya, her two grandchildren, and her sister, Virginia Michalski of Agawam, Mass.

All services will be private. A scholarship has been set up in honor of Doris Renken.  All scholarship inquiries should be sent to PEO Chapter N C/o Laura Dijs, 608 Cheese Spring Road New Canaan, CT 06824.  Tel:  203-962-6024.



MADLYN LANG


ARKPORT Madlyn Lang , 85, of 30 West Avenue, Arkport, died Friday (May 26, 2017) at the Vincent House, in Wayland, following a long illness.

Born December 28, 1931, she was the daughter of Kathryn Kimball Lawrence and Arnold (Jake) Lawrence. Madge grew up on her parent’s farm in Arkport, and was a graduate of Arkport Central School (Class of 1949). Madge then graduated from Rochester Business Institute, earning accreditation as a medical secretary. She worked for various doctors in both Corning and Hornell.

Madge then began employment at the Arkport Central School, serving in a variety of positions including kindergarten aide, nurse’s aide, and attendance clerk throughout her career. She retired from Arkport in 1990.

Madge was a member of the Canisteo Valley Historical Society and the Arkport Alumni Association. She and her sister, Phyllis, were avid flea marketers and garage sale experts, who enjoyed buying and selling. For years the two would set up at area flea markets, often returning with more treasures than they started out with! She and Don enjoyed their winters in Florida after retirement.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Donald Lawrence and Shelton Lawrence, and sister, Phyllis Hoyt.

Madge was married on September 26, 1952 to Donald E. Lang, who survives. She is also survived by her two sons, Jeffrey (Denise) Lang, of Arkport, and Christopher Lang of Atlanta, Georgia; her sister, Sandra Lawrence; and her two grandchildren, Adam Lang and Sadie Lang.

For everyone that knew her, she was a considerate, energetic and honest lady. She will be dearly missed by family and friends.

At the family’s request, there will be no calling hours, simply a private burial with family.

Madge’s family request that memorial donations in her name be made to either the Vincent House, P.O. Box 566, Wayland, N.Y. 14572; or the Arkport Central School Library, 35 East Avenue, Arkport, N.Y. 14807.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Bender-Brown and Powers Funeral Home, Hornell NY. To send a remembrance to the family, please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com. The family is being assisted by David W. Ames, Director.



Reba Norton Mahany

Reba Norton Mahany – 83 – of 9696 Oak Hill Rd., Arkport, died Monday afternoon (May 1, 2017) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, following a brief illness.  She has resided at Updyke Willow Ridge Nursing Facility since January, 2016.

Born in Wellsville, NY on October 11, 1933, she was the daughter of Lyle & Katherine (Jones) Norton.

Her family resided for a time in Allentown, NY later Alfred, NY, eventually moving to Arkport.  She was a graduate of Arkport Central School (class of 1951) and later graduated from Hornell Business School (Federal Commercial School).  She had resided in Arkport for most of her adult life and had been employed for a time at Crowley’s Dairy and also as secretary at the former Marion Rohr Corporation.

Reba was married on October 23, 1954 to R. Murray Mahany who died September 5, 2014.  She was involved in farming her entire adult life and in a “Joint Venture” with her husband, three sons and her son-in-law, owned & operated Poverty Knob Farms in Arkport raising potatoes, oats, wheat, corn, green beans and alfalfa.

Being recognized by Cornell University for her hard work of raising six children and still tirelessly working on the family farm, she was honored by actually having a potato — the “Reba Potato” named after her.  In 1993, the Mahany family received the State of New York Governor’s “Outstanding Farm Family Award” presented by Gov. Mario Cuomo.  Reba and Murray were also honored when they were presented with the “Industry Leadership Award” by the Empire State Potato Growers.

Reba was a former member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church.  For the past 22 years, she was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church of Canaseraga.

In addition to her husband, Murray, she was preceded in death by 4 sisters, Rita Smith, Muriel Kame, Charlene Kramer and Karen Clancy.

Surviving are 3 sons, Robert (Debora) Mahany of Dansville, Gary (Patricia) Mahany of Arkport and Gregory (Karen Meade) Mahany of Arkport; 3 daughters, Brenda (Dennis) Acomb of Dansville, Linda (Mark) Mahoney of Hornell and Susan (Rick Wilcox) Cotter of Dansville; her former son-in-law, Daniel Cotter; 18 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; several nieces & nephews.

The family of Reba Norton Mahany will receive friends on Friday from 3:00 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 11:00 AM at St. Mary’s Church in Canaseraga.  Reba will be buried next to her husband at Heritage Hill Cemetery in Arkport overlooking the fields that she loved.

Reba’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.


Wayne Harrington

Wayne  H. Harrington, 77, of Allison Park, died Wednesday, April 26, 2017, following a brief illness.  Born in North Hornell, NY, Wayne was the son of the late Hubert H. Harrington and Thelma (Baker) Harrington.  He graduated from Arkport Central School, Alfred University with a BS in Ceramic Engineering, Cleveland State University with a MS in Chemistry, Vanderbilt University with a PHD in bio-chemistry.

After serving in the military at Ft. Sill, OK, Wayne traveled in various places around the world, working in several capacities in the chemical engineering/biochemistry fields, also writing numerous publications and receiving awards for his work.  A significant part of his career was spent working for the UN World Health Organization, focusing on dealing with new and emerging health challenges due to changing disease patterns, globalization and urbanization.  The Malaysian Ministry of Health, the Solomon Administration and the Thailand Government were some of agencies with which Wayne collaborated on proper chemical waste handling and disposal.

After retirement, intent on keeping active, Wayne worked for the New Orleans, LA School District as a computer network technician until the Hurricane Katrina disaster in 2005 ended that position.  After  traveling, visiting friends and family, he settled in the Pittsburgh, PA area.  He enjoyed his cats, music, computer design and building, mechanical repair, furniture restoration, and yard work.  He also enjoyed spending quiet time with his “best girl” Betty, and teaching his grandchildren how to build a “real” volcano for middle school science class.

Wayne is survived by his sons, Timothy and Brian (Nancy), grandchildren Timothy Jr., Michael, Meghan, Andrew, and Kevin, sister Maryellen (Dwight) Haynes, nieces Linda and Judith, several cousins, and his beloved friend and companion, Betty.

A Memorial Service and interment will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Arkport, NY, Heritage Hill Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alfred University or to a charity of your choice.


Lee A. Ryan

Lee A. Ryan 79, of 54 Main Street, went to be with our Lord on April 8, 2017 following a struggle with Alzheimer’s and other illnesses. Lee was born in Wellsville on January 9, 1938, the son of Lee Roy and Louise Ormsby Ryan (Doan) and spent the majority of his formative years working on the family farm with his brothers. This time in his life, he developed a great respect for those who work in farming and agriculture.


Lee was a proud Class of 1955 graduate of Alfred Almond Central School, lettering in multiple sports. Later, he was a strong supporter of the Alfred Almond Alumni Association along with his wife Donna.


Lee was recruited right off the family farm in Almond to work in the insurance business in 1962. Along with Donna and numerous staff people, they operated the Lee A. Ryan Insurance Agency from 1962-1994. He continued other entrepreneurial pursuits while being involved in many civic and Christian organizations. Some of his many volunteer involvements include The Alfred Almond Bible Church, The Gideons, The Almond Historical Society, The Alfred Almond Alumni Association, The Hornell Area Life Underwriters, the Hornell Area Barbershoppers, the Nationwide Insurance Hall of Fame, the Family Life Network/Ministries and the National Guard.


He was predeceased by his father; Lee Roy Ryan, and his mother; Louise Ormsby Ryan (Doan). The couple also lost a two day old son, Eric Lee Ryan on January 20, 1960.


He is survived by his wife, the love of his life and best friend, Donna Ryan (Burdett) to whom he was married on December 20, 1958, his three children and their spouses; Jeff and Lisa Ryan of Canisteo, Jenny and Bill Baker of Almond, and Heidi and David Lindley of Anderson, Indiana; ten grandchildren and their spouses: Brett Ryan of Charlotte, North Carolina, Bryce Ryan of Cuba, NY, Reagan Ryan of Houghton, NY, Slade Ryan of Canisteo, Lindsy and Greg Palmer of Rochester, Ryan and Holli Baker of Rochester, Tyler Baker of Almond, Philip and Chelsey Lindley of Niceville, Florida, Erika Lindley of Anderson, Indiana, and Patrick Lindley of Anderson, Indiana, three great grandchildren; Elle Palmer, Audrey Palmer, and Calvin Lindley, and Harper Joy Leigh Baker expected to arrive next month, his brothers and sisters, Larry and Betty Ryan of Bath, David and Linda Ryan of Odessa and Linda and Bruce Cornell of Almond, sisters-in-law; Betsey and Galen Stout of Canandaigua, Jan and Carl Leathersich of Canisteo, many special nieces and nephews, cousins, and numerous close friends.


To send a remembrance to the family, please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com.


The family will be present to receive friends at the Alfred Almond Bible Church, State Route 21, Almond, NY on Friday (April 14, 2017) from 4PM until 7 PM. A Celebration of Lee’s life will be held on Saturday (April 15, 2017) at the Alfred Almond Bible Church at 1 PM. Pastor John Prince and Rick Snavely will officiate. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Almond.


Donations in memory of Lee A. Ryan would be appreciated at; The Hornell Camp of Gideons International, PO Box 352, Hornell, NY 14843, or to Faith In Action, 20 Broadway Mall, Hornell, NY 14843


PAUL R. KING

Paul R. King, beloved husband of Elizabeth Camp King for 55 years passed peacefully on March 6, 2017 at the age of 80 after a lengthy illness.

Loving father of Thomas (Cynthia) King and John Anthony Garrison King. Devoted grandfather of Brandin King and Jessica (Keith) Pfeffer and adored great-grandfather of Kendall Pfeffer. Other survivors include two sisters, Helen (William) Beveridge and Myrtle (Relph) Crissey; and many nieces and nephews.

Paul was born in Hornell and raised nearby in Arkport. A graduate of Arkport High School, Paul received his undergraduate degree at Bowling Green University and graduate degree at Alfred University. Paul served as a high school teacher, wrestling coach and professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Alfred State College. His social work and research with the Native American Algonquin tribe in Northern Canada led to him being adopted by the tribe as a full family member.

Memorial contributions may be given to Hoxworth Blood Center, 3130 Highland Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio, 45219 and University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Medical Student Education, 3230 Eden Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio, 45267. Sympathy may be expressed at www. springgrove.org.


Gregory P. Kennell

After a Herculean battle to survive against all odds, Gregory Kennell (aka: Greg Kay Jones) has lost his final battle. He died at Staten Island University Hospital on Friday, March 3 at 4:45 am.


Greg was born in Hornell N.Y. and was raised in Arkport N.Y. He attended SUNY New Paltz. He later moved to New York City where he worked as a Curator of fine art, working in many of New York City's prestigious art galleries. He was a long time MAC board member where he fought tiressly for the voice of the cabaret community. Greg later worked at Staten Island Designer Greeting, greeting card company. In between Mr Kennell worked as a graphic designer for some of the biggest and brightest Broadway, Jazz and Cabaret artists, designing CD packages and promotions. Greg was most proud of - his work as first art director for Cab Scenes Magazine from 1995- 2001.


Gregory Kennell met Mark Simeone (known as Marcus Simeone) on April 6th 2001 and remained together until 2009. After a brief separation in 2009 Marcus was alerted that Greg was gravely ill in a comatose state in St Vincent's hospital in Manhattan. According to Greg and Marcus the best years of their relationship were Greg's post paralysis as they spent the next 7 years not only fighting for better health care and advocating for Greg's own health but seeing the world spending time with friends and enjoying life, he in his wheelchair and Marcus by his side.


Besides Marcus, Greg is also survived by his beloved mother Earlyne, his brother Jeffery Kennell and his wife Cordula and their three children Maggie, Lena and Wyatt. He was also very proud of and doted on his three adopted godsons: Albert Cardone, Bernard Daniels and Michael Wagner. As well as their adoptive daughters Victoria Davis, Lizzie and Terriann Eadicicco. Their families welcomed him openly and became part of a large extended and giving family who visited and selflessly helped him through many hurdles - as well as sharing the good times.



A memorial, as well as a celebration of Greg's life through reading performance and song in Greg's memory will be at All Saints Church 2922 Victory Blvd on Staten Island on Saturday March 18th at 12 pm. All are invited to attend. Marcus and family be receiving guests after the memorial at a reception at the church.


Richard l. Crawford, 79, passed away Thursday (Jan. 19, 2017) at Olean General Hospital.


He was born on July 21, 1937, in Crawford Creek, the son of the late Roy Eugene and Nicolas (Smith) Crawford.


On Dec. 10, 1960, he married the former Betty Burdick who predeceased him in 2009.


Mr. Crawford was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was previously employed as a Union Laborer in Olean. He was also a Camp Counselor at the Division of Youth camps in Great Valley and Limestone.


Mr. Crawford was an avid sports fan, especially of the LA Dodgers and San Francisco 49ers, as well as the local sports teams which he always supported. He also attended Holy Name of Mary in Ellicottville.


He is survived by a son, Randy Crawford of Salamanca; a daughter, Renee Perkins of Little Valley; two sisters, Irene Shevlin of Rochester and Carol (Ron) Stevens of Perry; a grandchild, Bailey Perkins; and several nieces and nephews.


Besides his loving wife, Mr. Crawford is predeceased by four brothers, Jack Crawford, Dennis Beals, Tom Beals, and Donald Beals; a sister, Mary Bollinger; and a brother-in-law, Richard Shevlin.


There will be no visitation.


A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 4, 2017, from Mentley Funeral Home Inc. 411 Rock City St. Little Valley.


Any memorials may be made to the Ellicottville-Great Valley Ambulance


JAMES L. MUNSON


ARKPORT-James L. Munson, 67, passed away Tuesday (Jan. 31, 2017) at his home in Arkport.


Born in North Hornell on Aug. 12, 1949, he was a son of the late Joseph and Luna Henry Munson. Besides his parents, he was also predeceased by his wife, Jeanne; his brother, John Munson and his brother-in-law, Robert Chura.


A graduate of Arkport Central School, Jim was a former resident of Mills, Wyoming and was employed as an equipment operator for the Black Thunder Mines in Gillette, Wyoming. He returned to reside in Arkport about five years ago.


His loving family includes his sister, Mary Ann Chura of Hornell; his sister-in-law, Shirley Munson of Canaseraga; also several nieces and a nephew.


The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell is honored to serve the family of James L. Munson.


Calling hours are 2-4 p.m. Monday (Feb. 6, 2017) at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell where a funeral service will be held in his memory following the calling hours at 4 p.m. Monday with Pastor Pam Carey officiating.


Interment will be held at the convenience of the family at Heritage Hill Cemetery in Arkport.


In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory to the Bishopville United Methodist Church, 8528 Bishopville Road, Arkport, N.Y. 14807. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home.






 

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