Obituaries

The following obituaries are for Arkport Alumni.  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 the the family and friends of these Arkport classmates.


2016-2017 Alumni Deceased


Class of 1957        Richard 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 Lawence                 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


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.


Joyce Lawrence Laska

October 19, 1919 -

December 15, 2016

Columbus, GA- Joyce Lawrence Laska, 97, of Columbus, Georgia died Thursday, December 15 at Spring Harbor.

Mrs. Laska was born October 19, 1919 in Arkport, New York to the late Fred and Jesse Pierce Lawrence. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Laska. After her marriage to John Laska in 1939, they moved to Castleton on the Hudson, and her only son, John Larry Laska, was born in Albany, New York. Subsequently the family moved to Largo, Florida and later to Clearwater where Mrs. Laska lived for almost fifty years. She worked for 20 years with the Board of Elections of Pinellas County.

In 2004, Mrs. Laska moved to Columbus and was a longtime resident at Spring Harbor Retirement Community, where she enjoyed the many activities offered there. An excellent cook, skilled card player and, at 94, a two year member of the championship WI Bowling team at Spring Harbor, Joyce took advantage of opportunities to be engaged in life. Her family in Columbus enjoyed having her close by, and they visited almost every day. She was a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church and was a member of the Fellowship/Jesus is Lord Sunday School Class.

Survivors include her son, John (Kayron) of Columbus, grandsons Chrysor Jordan ( Hilde ) of Bilthoven, The Netherlands, and Lawrence Laska of Columbus.

Funeral services will be at 3:00 pm, on Monday, December 19, 2016 in the Turner Chapel of St. Luke United Methodist Church, Columbus, Ga, with Revered Cynthia Cox Garrard officiating. The family will greet friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Spring Harbor Foundation, Columbus Hospice, or to the St. Luke music scholarship fund, or the St. Luke TV ministry fund in memory of Joyce Laska.


Shelton A. Lawrence

Shelton A. “Punk” Lawrence – 79 – of 8412 County Route 48 (Oak Hill Rd.), Arkport, died early Monday morning (December 26, 2016) at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville, following a long illness.

Born in North Hornell on June 24, 1937, he was the son of Arnold & Katie (Kimble) Lawrence.

Punk was a lifelong resident of Arkport and resided his entire life on the Lawrence Family Farm. He was a graduate of Arkport Central School (class of 1955).

For the majority of his life, Shelton was active in the operation of the Lawrence Family Farm, a dairy farm in Arkport established by his grandfather and remained a family owned business through five generations. He stayed active in the business until he was forced to “slow down” due to ill health about 18 months ago. Throughout the years, Shelton enjoyed the farming life and also loved working on the farm equipment.

Shelton was preceded in death by his son, Scott Lawrence; 1 brother, Herman “Donald” Lawrence; 1 sister, Phyllis Hoyt.

He was married on December 3, 1960 (56 years) to the former Barbara Glover who survives. Also surviving are his son, Joseph Lawrence of Arkport; his grandson, Blake (Crystal Caldwell) Lawrence of Arkport; 2 sisters, Sandra Lawrence of Arkport and Violet (Don) Lang of Arkport; several nieces & nephews.

At Shelton’s request there will be no calling hours. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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



David L. Porter

Aug. 22, 1938 – Nov. 2, 2016


David L. Porter, 78, passed away at his home in Crescent City, Calif. on November 2, 2016.


David was born August 22, 1938 in Hornell, New York. He served in the US Navy and received an honorable discharge. Following that, David began what would be a 30-year career with General Motors – retiring as a Journeyman Mechanic in 1989. He and his wife, Barbara, moved from Orange County to Mariposa, Calif. – then, in 1997, to Klamath. In 2001 they moved to Crescent City.


David loved to travel and have fun. His beautiful smile and sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him.


Survivors include his wife, Barbara, children, Mary Jane, Phyllis, David Jr., Virginia, Teresa, Danny, Leann and Diana; sister, Joanne, brother-in-law, Ardeen and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.


In lieu of flower, the family has requested contributions be made to an Alzheimer’s research organization of the donor’s choice.


No public service will be held.


David was a member of the class of 1956 and received his dipolma in 1958 as a member of the US Navy Graduate Program.    His parents were Veronica "Gracie" and Ralph "Stub" Porter, long time residents of Arkport.  Stub was a member of the class of 1932.


Virginia “Ginny” Argentieri


Virginia L. “Ginny” Argentieri – (91) – formerly of 1130 Airport Road, Hornell, and a former resident of Updykes’s Willow Ridge Nursing Facility died Sunday evening (November 20, 2016) at Elderwood at Hornell Nursing Facility where she had resided for the past 2 ½ months.

Born in Birdsall, NY on April 27, 1925, she was the daughter of Harry & Pearl (Strong) Leith and the step-daughter of Lee Ellis.

Ginny spent her early years in North Almond Valley, moving to the Arkport area at the age of twelve. She was a graduate of Arkport Central School (class of 1942) and later graduated from the former Hornell Business School.

She was employed for about 5 years as a key punch operator for the Hornell Erie Accounting Bureau where she met her future husband, Robert “Bob” Argentieri. Ginny was also employed for many years as a sales clerk at the former McBride’s Clothing and later as a receptionist & secretary at the St. Ann’s Parish office. For several years she worked as a receptionist in the Physical Therapy Department of St. James Mercy Hospital.

Ginny was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church.

She was married on September 1, 1947 to Robert J. “Bob” Argentieri who died May 10, 2012. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Francis Leith and Arthur Leith.

Also surviving are 2 sons, Robert (Anne) Argentieri of Holmes, NY and Jeff (Liz) Argentieri of Groveland, NY; 6 grandchildren, Sam (Kim Haller), Peter, Nellie, Danielle, Nicholas & Morgan; 1 great-grandson, Julian; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family of Virginia L. “Ginny” Argentieri will receive friends on Friday from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saturday at 12:00 (Noon) at St. Ann’s Church with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Ginny’s family request the memorial contributions in her name be made to St. Ann’s Academy, PO Box 446, Hornell, NY 14843 or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6932 Arlington Road (2nd Floor), Bethesda, MD 20814. Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.

Ginny’s family would also like to thank the wonderful staff both Updyke’s Willow Ridge Nursing Facility (where she resided for 2 ½ years) and the staff at Elderwood at Hornell Nursing Facility (where she resided for 2 ½ months) for the excellent and loving care that she received during her final years on earth.


Colleen Hale Rokus


Colleen M. Rokus, age 85, of Edgewater, died Monday, September 19, 2016 at Halifax Health Medical Center, Daytona Beach.

Born in Hornell, New York to Mr. And Mrs. Charles and Adeline Casler Hale, Mrs. Rokus was a retired medical secretary for Suffolk County, New York. 

Services will be announced at a later date.

 


Barbara Colleen Weekley


Barbara Colleen Weekley, 87, a resident of Wesbury United Methodist Community in Meadville, Pa., passed away on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016.

Colleen was born on May 11, 1929, in Pleasantville, to the late Arthur (Pud) and Annis Carson Weekley.

She was a graduate of Pleasantville High School, Class of 1947; Houghton College, Class of 1952; and earned her master’s degree from SUNY-Geneseo, N.Y.

She took courses at Allegheny College and at the University of London, England, in preparation for teaching in Nigeria, West Africa, where her main goal there was to train the Nigerians to be teachers.

Colleen returned to the states and taught one year at SUNY at Geneseo, N.Y.

Her next move was to become the principal at Arkport High School, in New York. She taught there for five years before becoming principal.

She remained principal until her retirement 27 years later.

The next career move found her as director for the Hornell Chapter of the American Red Cross for 4 1/2 years. During most of those years, she was an advocate for women in prison. She stated her greatest reward was working with a 19-year-old illiterate in jail. She learned to read at the second-grade level in a year, and the sheriff said she never returned to jail. It taught her that a person could make a difference.

She served for 20 years on the board of Snell Farm, a residential program for delinquent boys, and as the chair of Attica Prison and Groveland Prison Visitor Centers.

She received a legislative resolution from the state of New York, honoring her for her work upon her retirement.

In 1994, she was honored as a Distinguished Alumni of Houghton College.

She also received The County Award, recognizing her community service, along with numerous other awards.

Colleen was a member of Pleasantville United Methodist Church, and the Pleasantville Woman’s Club. She served on the community festival committee, historical society and senior citizens.

She enjoyed traveling and reading.

In 1999, Colleen moved back to Pleasantville to be close to her family.

She is survived by a sister, Jean Atkins, of Titusville; a niece, Susan Phillips, and husband, Sam; a nephew, Randal Atkins, and wife, Connie; and numerous great nieces, great nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Ray Atkins; and niece, Linda Graham.

A memorial service will be conducted for family and friends at Pleasantville United Methodist Church, on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 2 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pleasantville United Methodist Church, 427 N. Main St., Pleasantville, Pa., 16341, or to the Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department, Pleasantville, Pa., 16341.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Gordon B. Garrett Funeral Home, 303 N. Washington St., Titusville.


Dorothy J. Ames

Dorothy J. “Dot” Ames – (89) – of 107 Circle Dr., Bath, NY, died early Friday morning (August 26, 2016) at Elderwood at Hornell Nursing Facility where she had resided for the past five years.

Born in Arkport on January 11, 1927, she was the daughter of Earl & Gladys (Wescott) Crooks.

Tragically, both of Dorothy’s parents died when she was a young child and she spent the next several years living with relatives. During these years, Dot lived in Thacherville, Albany, Hornell and Arkport. She attended several schools, including Alfred-Almond Central School and was a graduate of Arkport Central School (class of 1945).

Following high school, Dot resided in Buffalo for several years and worked at a local radio station. She lived in Hornell for over 30 years and had been employed at Elmhurst Dairy and also as a waitress at the former Big Elms Restaurant. She has resided in Bath since 1979.

Dorothy was a former member of the Southside Baptist Church in Hornell and most recently attended Bath Presbyterian Church. In her younger years, Dot enjoyed attending her children’s sporting events and school functions and more recently she loved rooting for her grandchildren. She also enjoyed going for walks and nice, long bike rides.

She was preceded in death by her brother, John “Jack” Crooks; her sister Gloria Giglio; her great-granddaughter, Brittni Gemmell; and her former husband, Robert “Bob” Gemmell.

Dot was married on April 6, 1979 to Fred Ames who survives. Also surviving are 3 sons, John (Karen) Gemmell of Hornell, William Gemmell of Connecticut and Timothy (Gail) Gemmell of Poughkeepsie, NY; 3 daughters, Cynthia “Cindy” (Robert) Stackpole, of Fairfield, CT, Linda Gemmell of Fairfield, CT and Nancy Langton of Fairfield, CT; 2 step-children, Patricia Ames of Phoenix, AZ and Nadine (Micah) Rosenblum of Baltimore, MD; her sister, Muriel “Mimi” Rawady of Rochester; 8 grandchildren, Kevin (Carol) Gemmell, John (Kristi) Gemmell, Keegan Gemmell, Alec Gemmell, Sarah Gemmell, Robert “Bob” Langton, Justan Gemmell and Zak Mallard; 2 step grandchildren, Harrison Rosenblum and Artemis Rosenblum; 4 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; nieces & nephews.

The family of Dorothy J. “Dot” Ames will receive friends on Thursday from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY where funeral services will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 1:00 PM Rev David Barnard officiating. Burial will be in Heritage Hill Cemetery, Arkport, NY.

Dot’s family request that memorial contributions in her name be made to Elderwood at Hornell Activities Fund, 1 Bethesda Dr., North Hornell, NY 14843 or to the Hornell Humane Society, 7649 Industrial Park Road, Hornell, NY 14843. Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.


Russell P. White


Russell P. (Russ) White, 79, of Harrisburg, Pa., passed away on Tuesday (Aug. 23, 2016) at his home.

He was born Sept. 28, 1936, in Hornell, N.Y., to the late Fordyce and Flossie (Wyant) White. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marlene (Neu) White, 4 children, Karen White, Thom White (Leigh Lauer), Laura (Larry) Heim and Don (Jen) White; 6 grandchildren, Jon and Herb White, Alyssa Wampler (Stephen Zack), Xander Heim and Lexi and Austin White; as well as sister-in-law, Pearl White; and several nephews and nieces.

Russ was preceded in death by 3 brothers, 2 sisters, and their spouses. Richard White, Elnora White, Leon ( Edna ) White, Robert White and Cora (Howard) Burdick.

Russ graduated from Arkport High School in 1953. He served in the US Army from 1959-1962 in France. He was a member of the Arkport Legion and later the Harrisburg Legion. He was employed at Erie-Lackawanna/ Conrail Railroad for 30 years as supervisor of Labor Relations. His favorite pastime was playing baseball and golfing, but most of all loved spending time with his beloved family and friends.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.


Penny M. Harvey


Penny M. Harvey, 53, of 29 Second Street, passed away unexpectedly Monday (August 22, 2016) at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA.


Born in Tacoma, WA, April 9, 1963, the daughter of Ernest and Della “Sue” Root Beyea, she had resided in the

Canisteo and Hornell area most all of her life. She was a graduate of Arkport Central School, and had been employed at the Steuben ARC in Hornell ; volunteered at the Hornell Senior Citizens Center assisting with the Meals On Wheels Program, and was a long time volunteer for the Steuben Rural Ministry in Canisteo.


She was predeceased by her father, Ernest Beyea in 2006 and her brother Donald Beyea in 1998.


She is survived by her children, Rebecca Harvey-Matt (Tim Prior) of Hornell and her children; Ayden, Urijah and Keegan, and Anthony (Holly Willis) Harvey of Hornell, and his children; Nathan, Andrew and Danyl, her mother Sue Beyea of Canisteo, her sisters, Cindy (Tom) Mills of Canisteo, and Judith (Rusty) Collins of South Carolina, her brothers, Roger (Laurie) Beyea of Canisteo and Jeffrey Beyea of Canisteo, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.


To send as remembrance to the family please visit, www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com. The family is being assisted by Gerald R. Brown, Director at Brown & Powers Funeral Home of Canisteo.


Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Saturday (Aug. 27, 2016) at the Canisteo Wesleyan Church, 25 Greenwood Street, in Canisteo at 1 PM. Rev. Donald Maynard will officiate. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Canisteo.


Friends may make memorial contributions to: Steuben Rural Ministry, PO Box 61, Canisteo, NY 14823.


William T. Morgan


William T. “Bill” Morgan, affectionately known as “Bumper”, age 70, of 8712 Burns Road, Arkport, passed away Monday afternoon (August 22, 2016) at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville, following a long illness.


Born in Wayland, NY on March 29, 1946, he was the son of Raymond & Geraline (Eichorn) Morgan. From the age of 8, Bill was raised by his aunt & uncle, Clyde & Lillian Akins.


Bumper grew up in Arkport and was a graduate of Arkport Central School (class of 1965). Following high school graduation, he enlisted in the US Air Force and served his country from 1965 until his honorable discharge in 1967.

After being discharged from the US Air Force, Bill returned to the Arkport area and began working for the New York Telephone Company. He began as a mail driver and later became a lineman and a splicer. For the last five years he served as an inspector, retiring in 1995 following 28 years of service to the company.


Bumper was a 28 year member of the Hornell Elks Lodge where he served 2 terms as Exalted Ruler. He was also a 42 year member of the Arkport American Legion where he served on the American Legion Board, tended bar and was a member of the American Legion Color Guard. He was also a life member of the National Rifle Association (NRA).


An avid outdoorsman, Bumper enjoyed hunting, fishing, mowing his lawn and working in his flower & vegetable gardens. For many years, he served as a coach in the Arkport Little League and also the Arkport Cinderella Softball League. He loved watching football on TV and especially enjoyed rooting for the New York Giants.


He was married on October 28, 1967 to the former Sara Hults who survives. Also surviving are 2 daughters, Billie Jo (Fred) Thompson of Canisteo and Heather (Mike Jones) Kurtz of Livonia; 2 sons, Tim Morgan of Buffalo and Jeremy (Ashley) Morgan of Columbus, OH; 2 brothers, David (Linda) Morgan of Arkport and James Morgan of Wayland; 1 sister, Beverley Morgan of San Diego, CA; 6 grandchildren, Lillian Thompson, Melody Thompson, Kate Kurtz, Emma Kurtz, Ava Morgan and Sophia Morgan; several nieces & nephews.


The family of William T. “Bumper” Morgan will receive friends on Thursday from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY where a Memorial Service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 6:00 PM with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating.


Bill’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to either the Arkport American Legion, 1 Carter St., Arkport, NY 14807 or to Arkport Junior Baseball, C/O Mark Young, 12 Northridge Dr., Arkport, NY 14807 or to Arkport Girls Softball, C/O Jean McConnell, PO Box 298, Arkport, NY 14807. Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.



Jessica Ruth Newell


Jessica Ruth Newell, 38, of 134 Strathmore Drive, passed away unexpectedly Sunday (August 14, 2016) at her home.


Born in Dansville, December 12, 1977, the daughter of Thomas E. and Ruthie Dungan Newell, she spent her early life in Arkport, and later moved to Myrtle Beach and finally to Rochester, where she resided the past several years. Jessica was a graduate of Arkport Central School, Class of 1996, and received her Associates Degree from Alfred State College. She was employed as a waitress at Roc Fish Restaurant in Rochester.


Jessica was a former member of the Arkport United Methodist Church and currently attended Our Father’s Church in the Town of Greece, She was a member of the Arkport American Legion Post. Jessica will be remembered for her infectious laugh and her winning smile. She was a great friend to all and a caring and devoted mother to her daughter Macy Jean. She was a beautiful person inside and out and will be greatly missed by all.


She was predeceased by her Mother, Ruthie Newell in 2014, her maternal grandparents, Ernest and Onnolee Dungan, and her paternal grandparents, James and Jean Newell.


She is survived by her daughter, Macy Jean Mitchell age 4 of Rochester, her father, Thomas Newell of Hornell, as well as several aunts, uncles, and cousins who love her dearly. Jessica also leaves many close friends in the Arkport area as well as Rochester and Myrtle Beach.


To send as remembrance to the family, please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com. The family is being assisted by Gerald R. Brown, Director at Bender-Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 354 Canisteo Street, Hornell.


The family will be present to receive friends on Friday (August 19, 2016) at the Arkport United Methodist Church, at the corner of West Avenue and Main Street in Arkport, NY 14807 from Noon until 2 PM at which time a Memorial Service will be held honoring Jessica’s life. Rev. Pam Carey will officiate.


Friends may make memorial contributions to: The American Diabetes Association, 6390 Fly Road, East Syracuse, NY 13057, to the Arkport United Methodist Church, Corner of West Ave. and Main Street, Arkport, NY 14807, or to the Arkport Central School Library, 35 East Avenue, Arkport, NY 14807.



MARY L. (BARNES) ELLIS

ARKPORT-Mary L. (Barnes) Ellis, 65, of Willey Road, passed away Tuesday evening (Aug. 9, 2016) in the presence of her loving family, at Unity Hospital in Rochester, after a sudden illness.

Born in North Hornell on April 10, 1951, she was a daughter of the late Charles Lincoln Barnes and Stella Rice Barnes. Besides her parents, she was also predeceased by her infant brother, Charles Lincoln Barnes; her sister, Peggy McDonald and her sister-in-law, Kathy Barnes.

A graduate of Hornell High School, Mary also graduated from Steuben-Allegany BOCES where she became an LPN; she was employed at the former Bethesda Community Hospital in North Hornell and later at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville.

Mary was a long time active member of the Larger Parish Church in Canaseraga and also was a member of Campers Haven in Bath where she enjoyed spending time camping.

She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed attending all of her grandchildren’s sporting events.

Her loving family includes her husband of 46 years, Rodney L. Ellis, who she married on June 27, 1970, at the former Spencer United Methodist Church in Hornell; her two daughters, Wendy (Shannon) Milliman and Tonya Ellis (fiance, Jeff Shutt) all of Hornell; her four grandchildren, Griffin and Graysen Milliman and Gavin and Kaiden Ellis; her two sisters, Anne (Seth) Corwin of Hornell and Bonnie Barnes of Bath; her brother, Lincoln (Elaine) Barnes of Hornell; also several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in Hornell is honored to serve the family of Mary L. (Barnes) Ellis.

Calling hours are 3-6 p.m. Saturday at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell. Friends are invited to meet her family at the Larger Parish Church, 20 Pratt St., Canaseraga where a funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday., with Pastor Jess Flint officiating. Interment will be in Heritage Hill Cemetery, Arkport.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in her memory to the Larger Parish Church, 20 Pratt St., Canaseraga, N.Y. 14822. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home.


Mary B. Howe

Mary B. Howe – 77 – of 4 Oak Hill St., Arkport, was taken unexpectedly Tuesday evening (August 9, 2016) at St. James Mercy Hospital.

Born in Hornell to parents Arthur and Mildred (Collins) Brunskill on September 4, 1938, Mary spent her formative years growing up in the Hornell community. Working as a receptionist at the former Bethesda Hospital during high school, Mary graduated from Hornell High School in 1956. Immediately following high school, Mary took a job as a telephone operator for New York Telephone Company. Mary’s quick wit, warm personality, and sharp sense of humor served her well later in life as a waitress for the Village Café in Arkport, finally retiring ten years ago.

Mary was a member of Christ Episcopal Church of Hornell for many years. An avid music fan, Mary especially enjoyed country music, particularly Vince Gill. Mary’s warm, kind and loving personality shone through in everything she did. She was always available in times of need, ready with a warm meal, an unexpected visit for a sick friend, or just a sympathetic ear. Though Mary has passed, she will fondly be remembered by all who benefitted from her giving heart and inviting spirit.

Mary was married to Kenneth “Nip” Howe for almost 50 years. “Nip” passed on September 17, 2007. She was also preceded in death by her beloved daughter, Karen Howe who passed October 8, 1988; 2 brothers, William Brunskill and Mason Brunskill; 2 sisters, Catherine Brill and Ella Mae Wilkins.

In addition to being a caring wife and friend, Mary’s life revolved around her children, grandchildren and extended family. Her family is extremely grateful for all of the sacrifices she made to provide them
with love and support. We will miss her dearly.

Mary leaves a legacy of many children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Surviving are her daughter, Debbie (David) Hunt of Cohocton; 2 sons, John (Laurie) Howe of Bear, DE and Bill (Kristine) Howe of Warsaw, NY; 2 sisters, Jean Lunn of Hornell and Helen Frost of Mesa, AZ; 6 grandchildren, Rachael VanCaeseele, Megan (Corrye) VanCaeseele-Cook, Alaina Howe, John Howe, Zach Howe and Payton Howe; 2 great-grandchildren, Quentyn VanCaeseele-Cook and Raegan Howe; as well as several nieces & nephews.

The family of Mary B. Howe will receive friends on Saturday from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Noon) at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY where funeral services will be held at the conclusion of calling hours on Saturday at Noon with Father Tom Gramley officiating. Following the service, burial will be at Heritage Hill Cemetery, Arkport, NY.

Mary’s family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to Christ Church food pantry, PO Box 336, Hornell, NY 14843. Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.



Charlotte Fox

WAYLAND- Charlotte M. Fox, 81, of 54 Southview Heights, passed away July 14, 2016 at the Livingston County Center For Nursing & Rehabilitation in Mt Morris.

Charlotte was born April 13, 1935 in Hornell to Henry and Neola Tuttle. She was

a graduate of Arkport Central School. Charlotte was a member of Steuben County 8 and 40 Salon 286, a member of the Auxiliary Club in Wayland, and she enjoyed participating in the Glee Club at the nursing home where she was known as The Foxy Lady. Charlotte loved animals and was a collector of many farm animals. She loved to attend Penny Socials, and looked forward to playing cards every morning with her friend Lorraine Dill.

Most of all she enjoyed lasagna diners with her family when they were prepared by Mary Morsch and David Croston, and her visits with Michael Croston.

Charlotte was predeceased by her parents Henry and Neola Tuttle, her husband John Fox, brother Robert Tuttle, sister-in-laws, Marlene Cy, Carmen Brokaw and a brother-in law Darwin Torrence.

She is survived by her son Richard (Nicole) Fox of Dansville her grandson Aloysius Fox of Dansville, her siblings Jeanne (Harold) Westbrook of Alton, Vt., Barbara Torrence of North Carolina, Mary Lou Belles of Corning, and Richard (Carolynn) Tuttle of Washington. A brother in law George (Waneta) Fox of Dansville, sisters-in laws Sandy Fox of Dansville and Bernadette (Jim) Kridler of Oklahoma, along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Charlotte’s family and friends may call from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. on Monday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 West Naples St, Wayland.

Funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Funeral Home. , with Rev Oscola Wharton officiating. Internment will be immediately following in the St. Joseph Cemetery in Wayland.

Contributions may be made in Charlotte’s memory to the Vincent House, 310 second Avenue, Wayland, NY 14572.  


Michael R. Mansfield

WELLSVILLE — Michael R. Mansfield, 63, of Wellsville, died Thursday, June 30, 2016 in his home.

Born Feb. 25, 1953, in Coudersport, Pa., he was the son of James B. and Aleta M. Youmans Mansfield. A graduate of Arkport High School, he worked at his father’s service station in Hornell for several years and attended the Spartan School of Aeronautics for two years. He served honorably with the United States Air Force from 1976 until 1995, retiring as a MSGT. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology from the University of Maine and a master’s degree in Management in Human Relations from Ebeling Christian University.

After the service, he was employed by Xerox in Henrietta, N.Y. and Webster, N.Y. for over 16 years. He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and was a licensed airframe and power plant mechanic.

Surviving are his father, James B. Mansfield; two brothers, Donald Mansfield and Thomas (Cindy) Mansfield; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his mother; and a brother, Richard Mansfield.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, July 9, 2016 in the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, Pa. The Rev. Marty Zdrojewski will officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Barbara White Rauber

Class of 1974

Dansville- Barbara Rauber age 60, passed away early Tuesday morning June 28, 2016, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester after a short illness.

She was born in Hornell, on April 20, 1956, a daughter of Robert and Pearl (Wyant) White. On May 5, 1984, at St. Anne's Church in Hornell she was married to Kenneth A. Rauber, who predeceased her on October 13, 2014. She was also predeceased by her father Robert and a brother Daniel White.

Barb was a Registered Nurse at Stony Brook Pediatrics in Dansville for many years. She and Ken also owned and operated Rauberdale Farms in the Town of Dansville. Barb was very active in her children's lives following them around as a volleyball, hockey, soccer, football, and baseball mom. Barb and Ken enojoyed going on Sunday afternoon rides in the country, and traveling to Western Mexico in the early spring when the farm was quiet. She was a Communicant of the Holy Family Catholic Community at St. Mary's Church in Dansville.

She is survived by her mother, Pearl White of Arkport, three children, Kevin, Timothy and Anna Rauber all of Dansville; a sister Patricia White and a brother David.

Friends may call Friday from 4 to 8 pm at the Hindle Funeral Home, 271 Main St., Dansville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:00 am at St. Mary's Church in Dansville. Interment will be next to Ken in Holy Cross Cemetery, Dansville. Online remembrances may be left at HindleFuneralHome.com.

The courtesy of no flowers would be greatly appreciated. Barb's family wishes to have memorials made to the Vincent House PO Box 566, Wayland, NY 14572, or St. Mary's Church, 40 Elizabeth St., Dansville, NY 14437.


EARL O. “BUD” ESTEY


ARKPORT/HORNELL-Earl O. “Bud” Estey, 91, a former resident of Arkport and Green Acres Mobile Home Park in Hornell, passed away Thursday morning (June 23, 2016) at Elderwood of Hornell, where he has resided for nearly the past two years.

Born in Turlock, Calif. on May 17, 1925, he was a son of the late Wilmot and Myrtle (Wright) Estey. Besides his parents, he was also predeceased by his three sisters, Irene Smalley, Madeline Baird and Alice England; also his two brothers, Patrick Estey and Rudolph Estey.

A former resident of New Brunswick, Canada, Bud attended school there and was married in Centerville, New Brunswick, Canada in 1950 to the former Fernand J. “Fern” Boucher, who survives.

His love for farming began at an early age when he assisted his family on their farm, later after moving to Arkport, where he resided for 61 years, he was employed by the Goodwin Potato Farm from 1954 to 1972 and worked part time for the Jenkins Farm. In 1972 he began his employment with Arkport Central School and retired as the head of maintenance in 1992.

Bud was an active member of the Bishopville United Methodist Church and enjoyed volunteering at the church breakfasts; where he could often be found in the kitchen washing dishes. He was also a former member of the Arkport Exchange Club and the Buds and Blossoms dance group.

He especially liked to keep busy and spent time gardening, raising raspberries and mowing lawns for private residences and commercial properties.

His loving family includes his wife of 66 years, Fern; his three children, Jane Roselie (Neal) Estey-Harris of Black Mountain, N.C., Robert (Sandy) Estey of Montour Falls and Richard Estey of Caledonia; his four grandchildren, Marcy (Sam) Brubaker, Heather (Shane) McHale, Jennifer (Eric) Woodworth and Christopher (Holly) Estey; also his eight grandchildren and his brother, Fred Estey of Fairport; as well his nieces and nephews.

His family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of Elderwood of Hornell for the wonderful care he received while he resided there.

The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc in Hornell is honored to serve the family of Earl O. “Bud” Estey.

Calling hours are 2-4 p.m. Tuesday at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell, where a funeral service will be held in his memory following callings hours at 4 p.m. Tuesday, with Pastor Pam Carey officiating. Private interment will be in Heritage Hill Cemetery, 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



Onalee Helmer Faulkner


ONALEE HELMER FAULKNER

FREMONT/HORNELL-Onalee Helmer Faulkner, 97, passed away peacefully early Wednesday morning (June 8, 2016) at Updyke’s Willow Ridge in Hornell, where she has resided the past three years.

Onalee was born at home on Dutch Street in Stephens Mills on November 23, 1918, the third child of Elvero and Mary Gates Helmer. Onalee graduated from Hornell High School in 1935. She was honored to celebrate her 80th high school reunion at the annual alumni banquet last June.

Following high school, Onalee attended Geneseo Normal School graduating in 1938 at the age of 19 with her teacher’s certification. She later returned to SUNY Geneseo and received her BS degree. Onalee’s teaching career began in rural schools including a one room schoolhouse on Crosby Creek where she was only slightly older than many of her students. She also taught in Angelica and then Bryant and Lincoln Schools in Hornell completing 23 years in the Hornell School District. Onalee was a dedicated and patient teacher who would go to extremes to help her students learn.

Onalee and Vincent W. Faulkner were married on July 19, 1943 in Hornell while Vincent was in the Army during WW II. They provided their family with a wonderful life while living on farms on Miller Hill, Hornell and then Sharps Hill, Arkport. They enjoyed a great partnership for 46 years until Vince’s death in April, 1989.

Vince came home from the war on Valentine’s Day, 1946 to Onalee and their five month old baby girl. Mary Ellen (David) Clarke of Painted Post was followed by two sons, Ronald Vincent Faulkner of Hornell and Dan Michael Faulkner of Geneseo. Surviving in addition to their children are dearly beloved granddaughters, Pamela Goins of York, S.C., Traci Langton of Indian Land, S.C., and Christine Faulkner of Geneseo, N.Y. ; 5 great grandchildren; her brother in law, John O. Faulkner and many very dear to her heart nieces and nephews.

Along with Vince, Onalee was predeceased by her parents; sister, Burdella(Emerson) Homet, and brother, Dorr Helmer.

Onalee was a member of Arkport Presbyterian Church, an 84 year member of Stephens Mills Grange, South Dansville Evening Star, organized Fremont Old Home Days celebrations, delivered Meals on Wheels, and the Fremont Cemetery Association. Onalee was very knowledgeable in the history of the area and greatly enjoyed Canisteo Valley Historical Society meetings. She worked tirelessly tracking down former graduates of HHS as a member of the Hornell Alumni Association of which she served as treasurer for six years. Onalee spent endless months searching for and contacting members of Vince’s Army platoon and reunited them many times across the country.

Onalee was generous and kind and found her happiness by making others happy. Friends, relatives, and neighbors were always welcomed. There were Fresh Air children from the Bronx for many summers as well as AFS exchange students Laotian “son” Sack and New Zealand “daughter” Liz. Cards were played, ice cream dished out, piano and organ music to sing to, and love abounded. As only a true friend would do, Onalee dedicated every night for over a year in caring for her dear disabled friend.

Onalee lived a long life of giving, caring, and sharing. She was gracious, thoughtful, and generous. All who knew her will miss her quick sweet smile and her loving heart.

Onalee’s family wish to thank the staff at Updyke’s Willow Ridge for the devoted and tender care of Onalee for the past three years. We are most grateful for the love and compassion you shared with her.

The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell is honored to serve the family of Onalee Helmer Faulkner.

There will be no calling hours or service as Onalee wished. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery, South Dansville at the family’s convenience.

Memorials in honor of Onalee can be made to the Hornell High School Alumni Association, PO Box 135, Hornell, N.Y. 148

Hallett, Elaine J. “Karney”



Calling hours Sunday 2-5 at the Richard H. Keenan Funeral Home, Egypt Location, 7501 Pittsford Palmyra Rd., Fairport. Funeral Mass Monday 11:15 at Church of the Assumption, Fairport. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the KEEP Foundation c/o Pittsford Central Schools, P.O. Box 243, Pittsford, NY 14534.


DAVID E. WELLINGTON


HORNELL-David E. Wellington, 69, of Hornell, passed away early Saturday afternoon (May 7, 2016) at Hornell Gardens where he has resided since 2012.


Born in Hornell on Aug. 15, 1946, he was a son of the late Carroll and Anna (Edwards) Wellington.


A high school graduate, David was employed at one time at the former Big N and K Mart in Hornell.


The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell was in care of the funeral arrangements for David E. Wellington.


There were no calling hours or funeral service. Interment was in Glen View Cemetery, Pulteney.



HARRY WILLIAM SCHEITHAUER



Harry William Scheithauer died May 5, 2016 at the Gardens of Venice, Venice, Sarasota County, Florida. He was born Sept. 23, 1926 in Hornell to Arnold and Genevieve Hurne Scheithauer.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his son James in 1958, and his brothers James in 1931 and Robert in 1999.

He married Georgianna Glover, daughter of A. Ross and Daphne Gelser Glover, on Oct 16, 1948 at the First Baptist Church in Canaseraga, N.Y. She survives along with their son, David Scheithauer (Susie) of Ohio; and brother John of Florida.

Harry graduated from Arkport High School. Harry served in the U.S.

Navy with duty aboard submarines during World War II. He was an electrician’s mate in the South Pacific area with two years of service. Harry was a signalman maintenance chief with the Delaware, Lackawana and Western Railroad Company.

Harry lived in Arkport, Canaseraga, New Jersey, Ohio, and finally at the La Casa Park in Northport, Florida.

A memorial service was held in Venice, Florida. Harry was cremated with burial with his son Jimmy to follow at a later date at the Canaseraga Cemetery

Davis, Ward H.


Saturday February 20, 2016, Ward H. Davis, of Owego and Endwell, made his final journey to join his wife, Helen Davis. Also predeceased by his granddaughter, Joyce Williams. Born April 20, 1927 in Hornell, NY, he graduated from Arkport Central School and was a World War II Army Veteran. Ward was Past Governor and life member of Owego Moose. He worked for the New York State Department of Transportation for over 40 years and lived in the Owego area for over 30 years. He is survived by his brother, Richard Davis; stepchildren, Bonnie Holbrook, Jo Ann Torma and Harvey Evelin; step-grandchildren, Anne Smith and Stacy Brown; six step great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Special thanks to his Good Shepherd friends and the nursing staff. At Ward's request, there will be no services.


Gerwin Sick


Gerwin L. Sick, 86, of 9 Sullivan St, passed away Wednesday (April 6, 2016) at his home.


Born in the family home in the Town Of Dansville, April 1, 1930, the son of Schuyler and Leona Rowe Sick, he had resided in Arkport for many years. Gerwin was a graduate of Arkport Central School, Class of 1949, and had been employed in his early life on the family farm on Oak Hill, and later for Hooker & Smith Dump Truck Service, B.R. DeWitt Concrete, Ivan Mastin Milk Hauling, and the former Foster Wheeler Corporation in Dansville where he retired. After his retirement he work at Polly-O-Dairy in Campbell and after his retirement from the Dairy, he worked on the Mahaney Farm in Arkport.


He was predeceased by his father in 1982, his mother in 2002, his brother Clifford Sick in 1995 and his wife, Donna Slatt Sick in 2012. He was also predeceased by his sisters-in-law, Anna Sick in 1990 and Sharon Sick in 2006.


He is survived by two daughters, Melissa Whitney of North Carolina and Gay Sick of Florida, two sons, Guy (Tammy) Sick of Hornell and Michael (Tina) Sick of Arkport, one brother, Roger (Lisa Leven) Sick of Wayland and 4 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and 2 step-great grandchildren, nieces , nephews and cousins.


To send a remembrance to the family please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com. The family is being assisted by Gerald R. Brown, Director.


The family will be present to receive friends at the Bender - Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 354 Canisteo St, Hornell on Saturday from 11 AM until 1 PM and from 6 PM until 8PM where Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 2 PM with Rev. Pam Carey officiating. Burial will follow in Heritage Hill Cemetery, Arkport.


Friends may make memorial contributions to: The American Diabetes Association, 6390 Fly Road, Syracuse, NY 13057




Geroge E. Wellington


George E. Wellington – 76 – of 42 Fulton St., Hornell, died early Friday morning (April 1, 2016) at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, NY, following a brief illness.

Born in Hornell on July 5, 1939, he was the son of Frank & Geraldine (Partridge) Wellington.

George grew up in Arkport and was a graduate of Arkport Central School (class of 1957). From 1960-1969 he was employed as a mechanic at the former Russ Davis Ford Garage in Hornell. In 1969 he began working as a mechanic at the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), retiring in 2001. Throughout the years, George continued his education by taking classes at the Wellsville Campus of Alfred State College. For many years, he served as a part time bartender at the former Big Elms Restaurant.

He was a member and Past Exalted Ruler of the Hornell Elks Lodge and also a member of the Hornell Sportsman’s Club. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting — especially deer hunting. One of his fondest memories was taking a trip to Montana where he went Big Game Hunting.

George enjoyed watching sporting events especially NFL Football. He also loved rooting for his beloved Hornell Red Raiders. Another fond memory was working as a mechanic for two weeks at the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid.

He was married on October 13, 1962 to the former Carol Fawcett who died September 10, 2011. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Francis Wellington who was killed in action during WWII; 2 sisters, Lois Lisi and Ruthie Stewart.

Surviving are his daughter, Kim (Will) Schmitt of Hornell; 1 brother, Leon Wellington of Arkport; 3 grandsons, Andrew (Sally) Schmitt of Arkport, Brian (Kate) Schmitt of Canisteo and Kyle (Christy Dodd) Schmitt of Hornell; 1 great-granddaughter, Cora Schmitt; his “cousin”, Margie (Mark Van Durme) Terry along with Ryan & Sean Terry; several nieces, nephews and in-laws.

The family of George E. Wellington will receive friends on Monday from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY where funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 AM with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fremont, NY.

George’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to the Hornell Sportsman’s Club, PO Box 301, Hornell, NY 14843. Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.


Francis O’Dell - Class of 1952


Francis L.”Fran” Odell – 81 – formerly of Arkport, died Sunday evening (March 20, 2016) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, following a long illness.

Born in Hornell on October 29, 1934, he was the son of Everett & Eileen (O’Laughlin) Odell.

Fran grew up in Arkport and was a graduate of Arkport Central School. He was a veteran of the US Navy, serving his country for four years during the Korean Conflict.

Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, Fran returned to Arkport and was employed at the former Erie Lackawanna Railroad for several years. He moved to Kansas City, MO to attend trade school where he became a licensed electrician.

Fran resided for a time in Plattsburg, NY and later moved to the Rochester, NY area. He was employed for over 30 years at Bausch & Lomb in Rochester, retiring about 16 years ago as an Electronic Technician. Following his retirement, he moved back to the Arkport where he lived for about 9 years, returning to Rochester in 2009.

He was a member of the Arkport American Legion and throughout his lifetime enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also loved to travel and “search for treasure” by walking the beaches & parks with his metal detector. His greatest joy was simply being with his family!

Fran was married on April 5, 1958 to the former Marie Rechichi who died in 2009.

Surviving are his daughter, Stacey (Todd) Greanier of Rochester; 3 sisters, Connie Leyman of South Carolina, Doris Stewart of Hornell and Norma Michaels of Canandaigua; 2 grandsons, Maximilian Greanier and Tiberius Greanier; many nieces & nephews.

The family of Francis L. “Fran” Odell will receive friends on Tuesday (March 29, 2016) from 11:00 AM until 12:00 PM (noon) at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY where a Memorial Service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 12:00 PM (Noon) with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating.

Fran’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to the Palliative Care Unit at Strong Memorial Hospital, C/O Stacey Greanier, 47 sunrise Crescent, Rochester, NY 14622. Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.

In recognition of Fran’s service to his country during the Korean Conflict, the American Flag at the Dagon Funeral Home will be flown at half-staff.


Mark J. Loree


Mark J. Loree – (88) – of 25 Twin Dr., Dansville, formerly of North Almond Valley died Wednesday afternoon (March 16, 2016) at the Livingston County Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation in Mt. Morris, NY, following a long illness.

Born in Hornell on January 30, 1928, he was the son of Mark B. & Anna (Joyce) Loree.

Mark grew up in North Almond Valley and attended Arkport Central School.  In 1942 at the age of 14 he took over the family farm when his father died.  Mark married Emma Emo on May 12, 1951.  Together they established the Loree Homestead where they had 6 children and raised dairy and beef cattle.  In 2004 they retired from farming and moved to Dansville.  Along with farming, Mark was also employed at the Crowley Dairy, formerly Grandview Dairy from 1965 to 1990.  Mark’s greatest joys were his family and his life on the farm.

He was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church.  He enjoyed singing in the St. Ann’s Choir, the St. Ann’s Resurrection Choir and the annual Christmas Cantata.

Mark enjoyed playing sports and watching sports, especially softball, baseball & basketball.  He especially loved playing with and watching his kids and grandkids in their athletic endeavors.  Mark had a deep love & appreciation of music and he enjoyed square dancing with his beloved Emma.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Anna & Mark B. Loree and his brother, Paul Loree.

Mark is survived by his wife of 64 years, Emma Emo Loree.  Also surviving are 4 daughters, Linda (Edith Findeis) Loree of Clifton Springs, Patricia (Thomas) McDonald of Wayland, Erma (George) Kobosko of Melbourne, FL and Mary Loree of Bellefontaine, OH; 2 sons, Mark (Gina-Marie) Loree of Wellington, FL and Donald (Michelle) Loree of Surprise, AZ;  sister, Mary Patti of Arkport;  brother, Thomas (Hazel) Loree of Dansville; 7 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; 5 step grandchildren, 14 step-great-grandchildren and 6 step great-great grandchildren; nieces,  nephews, cousins and many friends.

The family of Mark J. Loree will receive friends on Thursday (March 31, 2016) from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM at St. Ann’s Church where a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 AM.

Marks’ family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to St. Ann’s Church, 27 Erie Ave., Hornell, NY 14843; or to Livingston County Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation (TCU), 11 Murray Hill Dr., Mt Morris, NY 14510.

The Loree family wishes to thank Mark’s Doctors, nurses, aides and staff for their care and compassion during his illness, especially the TCU section of the Livingston County Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation, and the staff at Nicholas H. Noyes Hospital.

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


Joyce J. Enderle


Joyce J. Enderle, 79, of 4743 Route 305 South, Cuba, passed away Thursday (March 10, 2016) at Wellsville Manor Care Center after a lengthy illness.

Born on Aug. 20, 1936, in Hornell, N.Y., she was a daughter of Joseph and Priscilla Hurlbut Jones.

On April 16, 1960, in the Horseheads Presbyterian Church she married her husband of 55 years, Gary B. Enderle, who survives.

Joyce was a graduate of Arkport Central School Class of 1954. She then went to SUNY Geneseo where she graduated in 1958 with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education.

She taught second grade for three years at Horseheads Elementary School.

After she met her husband she was a substitute teacher for several different schools and in 1970 she and her husband moved to Cuba. In addition to being a homemaker, wife and mother she was a substitute teacher for many years at Cuba Central School before retiring.

Joyce was a member of the Cuba United Methodist Church where she was involved with the United Methodist Women’s Group both locally and with its Mountain View District.

Being musically talented, she was the church organist and pianist for many years.

She was also a Sunday School Teacher.

Active in the community, she delivered Meals on Wheels, was a volunteer for the Cuba Little League and Allegany County Office of the Aging.

Mrs. Enderle enjoyed gardening, canning, helping others when needed, but most of all enjoyed spending time with her family.

Surviving in addition to her husband are 2 sons, Gordon C. (Nancy) Enderle of Madison, Wis., Thomas G. (Amy) Enderle of Brockport; a daughter, Janet E.

Enderle of South Dayton; her grandchildren Joshua, Jacqueline, Rhys, Mya, Ava, Ethan; a daughterin- law, Debra Enderle of Cuba; 3 sisters, Anna (John) Roach of Buffalo, Dorothy Dunham of Auburn, Doris Jones of Gowanda; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a son, David A. Enderle, on March 3, 2007; and 3 sisters, Helen Karr, Mary Thompson, and Ruth Woodruff.

Friends will be received at the Cuba Untied Methodist Church, 49 East Main Street, Cuba, on Saturday (April 16, 2016) from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at which time a Memorial Service will be held. The Rev. Burton Smith, Jr. will officiate.

Burial will be in Cuba Cemetery, Cuba, N.Y.

Memorials may be made to the Cuba United Methodist Church, 49 East Main Street, Cuba, N.Y., or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent at www.rinkerfuneralhome. com.


BLANCHE ROBORDS


ARKPORT- Blanche Robords, 88, of Arkport, N.Y. passed away at home Monday morning (Jan. 18, 2016.) She was born on April 30, 1927 in the town of Urbana to Earl and Gussie Barkley. She was one of six sisters. Blanche was married to Lewis "James" Robords on September 10, 1949 at the Arkport Presbyterian Church, where they were active members.


Blanche is survived by her devoted husband, James, their six children, Dianne (Bob) Jones, Arkport, N.Y., William of Dansville, N.Y., Virginia (Dale) Mecomber of Skaneateles Falls, N.Y., Karen Kelly of Hornell, N.Y., Brian (Patricia) of Arkport, N.Y., and Douglas (Aziz) of North Brunswick, N.J. Also, her 21 adored grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren plus one great great grandchild due this month.


She was pre-deceased by her parents and siblings.


Blanche graduated from Arkport Central School in 1945, where she met and then fell in love with her husband of 66 long years, James. Despite working as a secretary prior to marrying Jim, she chose to spend her years as a homemaker and raising her children. Blanche was a 4H leader to the Good Luck Gals for many years. She loved to spend time with her husband square dancing, bird watching and traveling to tropical places while even trying snorkeling and white water rafting. She was a member of the Ladies Home Bureau and Bowling League. In her later years she enjoyed reading, sewing, playing cards (she was a "card shark"), gardening and putting up nets to keep the birds (grandkids) out of her blueberries. She also loved going to her grandchildren, then later, her great grandchildren's sporting events, cheering as loudly as she could. Blanche lived a long and full life. She was loved by many.


The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in Hornell is honored to serve the family of Blanche Robords.


Calling hours are 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell where a funeral and committal service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, with Richard “Dick” Russell officiating. Interment will be in Heritage Hill Cemetery, Arkport.


In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in her memory to the Arkport Presbyterian Church, 15 Main St., P.O. Box 6, Arkport, N.Y. 14807. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home.



Roberta Norton


Roberta J. Norton, 69, of 5th Street, formerly of Hammer Creek Rd., passed away Thursday (January 14, 2016) at Robert Packer Hosptial, Sayre PA.


Born May 2, 1946 in Champaign IL, the daughter of Olean and Veronica Pyer Aultman, she had resided in Canisteo all of her adult life. She was a graduate of the Arkport Central School class of 1964 and received her bachelor’s degree from the Empire State College.On November 4, 1967 she married Jerry Norton who predeceased her on January 19, 2010. She enjplaying cards with the ladies at the Canisteo Manor, enjoyed scrapbooking and always had season passes to the Woodhull Raceway. She was a retiree of the Canisteo Central School District.


She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Jerry Norton, and two brothers Raymond and Roger Aultman.


She is survived by her daughter Michelle (Jack Muhleisen) Norton of Hornell, one son Jay (Kelly) Norton of Wind Gap PA, grandson Brady Norton of Wind Gap PA, a sister Rita Kame of Fremont, a brother Ronald (Polly) Aultman of Canisteo, brother-in-law David (Linda) Norton of Geneseo, sister-in-law Bonnie Norton of Canisteo, as well as several nieces and nephews.


To send a remembrance to the family please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com. The family is being assisted by Gerald R. Brown, Director.


The family will be present to receive friends on Monday (1/18/16) , from 1PM until 3PM at the Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 6 Spruce St., Canisteo. A memorial service will be held on Monday following calling hours at 3PM, Deacon Robert McCormick officiating.


Friends may make memorial contributions to: the American Diabetes Association Syracuse NY office, 6390 Fly Road 2nd floor, East Syracuse, NY 13057.


Donald Karns Sr.


Donald L. Karns Sr., 79, of State Rt. 36, passed away Friday (January 8, 2016) at his home.


Born in Hornellsville, January 12, 1936, the son of Hardy and Grace Higgins Karns, he had resided in Arkport all his life. Donald was a graduate of the Arkport Central School class of 1953 and served his country in the United States Army. He owned and operated Karns Backhoe service and was a member of the Arkport American Legion Post 1248 and the South Dansville-Wayland F&AM Lodge 478. Donald formerly attended Hillside Baptist Church in Hornell as well as the Grace Baptist Church in Dansville and loved hunting, fishing, gardening, and spending time with his family.


In addition to his parent’s Donald was predeceased by his siblings, Edgar, Earl, Harold “Jimmy” Karns and Ruby Flanders.


He is survived by his loving wife Joyce Erskine Karns of Arkport, one son, Donald (Julie) Karns Jr. of Hornell, two daughters, Brenda Karns of Oneida and Barbara Karns of St. Augustine FL, grandchildren, Annie (Adam) Guy-Brackman, Ashley (Andy) Fialkowski, Rebecca Guy, Joshua Karns, and Katelynn Karns, great grandchildren, Sarahbeth, Katelynn, and Chance Fialkowski, several nieces and nephews.


To send remembrance to the family please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com The family is being assisted by Adam E. DuBois Director.


The family will be present to receive friends from 4PM-7PM on Tuesday (January 12, 2016), at the Bender - Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 354 Canisteo St, Hornell. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 1PM at the funeral home, Rev. Dathan Corbett officiating. Burial will be in Heritage Hill Cemetery, Arkport.


Friends may make memorial contributions to the Charity of the Donor’s choice.


Elaine M. Palmer


Elaine M. Palmer, Nunda: Age 79, died December 1, 2015. She was born September 29, 1936 in Hornell, NY to the late Robert and Gertrude Wheeler. She is predeceased by her husband, Ronald and son, Rick. She is survived by 3 sons, Ronald (Kelly) Palmer of Geneseo, Paul (Rebekah) Palmer of Nunda and Mike Palmer of Portageville; daughter, Lisa (Anthony) Burnett of Nunda; 14 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild; brother, Bill (Shirley) Wheeler of Cordova, TN; numerous nieces and nephews.


Friends may call at the Oakland Wesleyan Church on Friday 2-4 & 7-9. Memorial Service will be held Saturday 11 AM at the church. Rev. Paul Palmer Officiating. Interment will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, West Sparta. Arr. with the Mann Funeral Home, Nunda NY.



Christian "Duffer" Andrew Munn


Christian Andrew Munn, of Mint Hill, died unexpectedly in his home on Saturday.

Christian, or Duffer as many knew him by, the son of Christopher Munn and Patricia

Walker was born on May 11, 1971, in Dansville, New York. Duffer spent most of his early

years living with his grandparents in rural New York where he attended and graduated

from Arkport High School. Upon graduation he enlisted into the United States Army as a

mechanical engineer where he served 4 years of active duty and spent time in Bosnia and Germany. Duffer married his wife, Christa Joseph, also from Arkport, on November 19,1995, during his time as an enlisted man.


Upon their return to the United States he and his wife moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where the innovative and entrepreneurial Duffer began working as an in-ground pool installer for 14 years. He took great pride in his work and always enjoyed the satisfaction of his customers. Later he switched professions to property surveying where he was able to spend more time outdoors in nature without the physical stressors of the construction industry. Duffer’s hobbies included disc golfing,playing pool, and spending time with his dog “Floyd”. He also enjoyed spending time with friends and family, helping them to complete home renovations and landscaping tasks whenever the opportunity presented itself.


Survivors, besides his wife Christa, are, his sister Christine Page of Manlius New York;

brother, Douglas Munn of Canastota New York; father Christopher Munn of Canastota;

mother Patricia Walker of Ontario Center New York; aunt Corinne Chausse of Monroe

North Carolina; uncle, Randolph Munn of Monroe, grandmother Mary Munn of Monroe

North Carolina; as well as several cousins, nieces, and nephews.


Services will be held Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at Heritage Funeral Home 4431

Old Monroe Rd., Indian Trail, NC. Visitation will begin at 1PM followed by the service at

2PM.

Memorials on Duffer’s behalf may be contributed to the Show Hope foundation at

http://showhope.org/give-hope/donate/   


Dale E. Wing


Dale E. Wing – 85 – of Burleson, TX, formerly of Arkport, died Friday morning (October 30, 2015, following a brief illness.

Born in Hornell on April 19, 1930, he was the son of Leonard and Mabel (Woodworth) Wing.

Dale attended Arkport Central School and later had many years of training in the aircraft industry.

He was a 20 year veteran of the US Air Force and had been stationed in many locations, including Japan, New York, England and Florida.  He also served a tour of duty in Vietnam.  He retired in 1968 as a Chief Master Sergeant.  Following his honorable discharge from the military, Dale served as a Field Representative with Pratt and Whitney Aircraft. Throughout his career, he served in many locations including California, Texas, Holland, Germany and Missouri.  He retired in 1985 following 15 years of service.

Dale was an avid runner and athletic walker for most of his life.  He loved to travel and go to new and exciting places.  He enjoyed listening to music and events with family.

He was married on April 7, 1956 to the former Josephine “Josey” Solinas, who died December 31, 1989.  He later married the former Leonora “Lee” Baird who died January 1, 2011.  Dale was also preceded in death by 9 brothers and sisters.

Surviving are his son, Tom (Rene’) Wing of Fresno, CA; his daughter, Toni (John) Wing-Jenkins of Burleson, TX; 7 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

Dale will be remembered as a man who lived by his own terms and considered his children to be his greatest accomplishment.  He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

The family of Dale E. Wing will receive friends on Thursday from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY, where funeral services with full military honors will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 1:00 PM with Father John Cullen officiating.  Burial will be in Heritage Hill Cemetery, Arkport, NY.

To leave an online condolence or share a memory, visit www.dagonfuneralhome.com

In recognition of Dale’s military service, the American Flag at the Dagon Funeral Home will be flown at half-staff.


Gary Dellivan Haynes


Canandaigua: Sat., October 24, 2015, at age 78. He is survived by his wife, Jeannette (Jan) Haynes; son, Scot (Valerie) Haynes; four grandsons, Frank, Mike, Scot Jr. and Gary II; seven great-grandchildren; step-mother, Elizabeth "Ibbie" Callan; sister, Linda Haynes; and brother, Brian Haynes. Gary was a graduate of the U of R, where he played soccer and basketball. He had a successful business career and enjoyed many sports, especially tennis and golf, but most of all, in life, Gary enjoyed spending time with his family.


A Memorial Service will be held at St. Mary's Church, 95 N. Main St., Canandaigua, Friday, October 30, at 2:00pm. Arrangements are by Johnson-Kennedy Funeral Home, Inc., Canandaigua. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Galisano Children's Hospital, 601 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14642.


Condolences may be offered at www.johnsonkennedy.com.



RUBY A. FLANDERS


Ruby A. Flanders, 93, of Hornell, passed away Monday evening (Sept. 21, 2015) at McAuley Manor in North Hornell.


Born in North Hornell on May, 20, 1922, she was a daughter of the late Hardy and Grace Higgins Karns. On Dec. 31, 1941, she was married to Theodore H. “Ted” Flanders, who predeceased her on Jan. 10, 1997. Besides her parents and husband, she was also predeceased by her grandson, Theodore Scott Flanders and her three brothers, Harold, Edgar and Earl Karns.


A former resident of Arkport, Ruby resided on the Big Creek Road in the Town of Fremont for more than 50 years before moving to Hornell in 1995.


She was employed by the Hornell City School District as a cafeteria associate at the Hornell Senior High School for 17 years, retiring in 1994.


Ruby was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and the White Shrine of Jerusalem as well as the Arkport and Southern Tier Senior Citizens.


Her loving family includes her three daughters, Marjorie (Walter) Sackett of Lima, N.Y., Connie (Patrick) Terry of Florida and Candace (Martin) Hogan of Hornell; her four sons, Ted L. (Barbara) Flanders of Las Vegas, Nev., Dr. Thomas (Katherine) Flanders of Delhi, N.Y., Timothy (Diane) Flanders of Williamson, N.Y. and Chris (Wendy) Flanders of Florida; her 17 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; her brother, Donald (Joyce) Karns of Arkport; also her nieces and nephews.


Ruby’s family would like to express their sincere appreciation to McAuley Manor for the exceptional care that she received while residing there for the past two and a half years.


The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in Hornell is honored to serve the family of Ruby A. Flanders.


To honor her wishes there will be no calling hours. A funeral service will be held in Ruby’s memory at the convenience of her family at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell. Interment will follow at the Howard Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in her memory to the Fremont Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 462, Arkport, N.Y. 14807. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home.


Phyllis M. Hoyt


Phyllis M. Hoyt – 88 – of 14 Lisman Lane, Arkport, died late Saturday evening (August 29, 2015) at her home surrounded by her family following a brief illness. 

Born in North Hornell on December 1, 1926, she was the daughter of Arnold “Jake” & Kathryn (Kimball) Lawrence.

 Phyllis grew up in Arkport and was a graduate of Arkport Central School (class of 1944).  Following high school, she resided in New York City for several months, with ambitions of pursuing a modeling career.  

After returning to Arkport, Phyllis attended Alfred University.  She was then employed for a short time at New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) in Perry, NY.  Phyllis left the work-force for several years to begin raising a family and later began working at the Montgomery Ward Catalog Store in Hornell. 

Phyllis was then employed as a Librarian Aide at the Arkport Central School for 26 years before retiring in 1991. 

A lifelong member of the Arkport Presbyterian Church, Phyllis was also a member of the Canisteo Valley Historical Society & the Arkport Alumni Association.  She and her sister “Madge” were avid “Flee Marketers” who both enjoyed buying & selling antiques.  

Phyllis was married on July 5th, 1947 to Robert W. Hoyt who passed away in 1994.  She was also preceded in death by her brother, Donald Lawrence. 

Surviving are 2 sons, Michael (Ann) Hoyt of Arkport and Stephen (Pamela) Hoyt of Arkport; 2 sisters, Madlyn “Madge” (Donald) Lang of Arkport and Sandra Lawrence of Arkport; 1 brother, Sheldon (Barbara) Lawrence of Arkport; 6 grandchildren, Benjamin (Vaughn) Hoyt of Arkport, Tracie (Michael) McCarthy of Arkport, Carleton (Angela) Hoyt of Rochester, Ryan Hoyt of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Patrick Moore of Arkport and Kerri-Ann (Matthew) Messecar of Corning; 8 great-grandchildren, Noah Hoyt, McKennah Cuozzo, Karman Hoyt, Aaron McCarthy, Mikah Hoyt, Lucas McCarthy, Zacharie Hoyt, Everett McCarthy,  Brayden Howell and Thomas Moore; several nieces & nephews.

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

Phyllis’ family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to either the Arkport Central School Library, 35 East Ave., Arkport, NY 14807 or the Arkport Presbyterian Church, 15 Main St., Arkport, NY 14807.  


Sally A. (White) Graham


Sally A. Graham, 57, of 144 Lincoln Street, passed away surrounded by family on Monday (August 17, 2015) after a brave fight against a long illness at Strong Memorial Hospital.


Born in North Hornell, June 2, 1958, the daughter of Jack and Dorothy (Ormsby) White, she was a lifelong area resident, graduating from Arkport Central School “Class of 1977”. Sally was a licensed beautician, starting out her career by running her own beauty shop in Arkport, and later working at the Hair Zoo in Hornell for 20+ years. She had also worked with her dad Jack for several years in the carpentry business. She enjoyed sewing, scrapbooking, playing Yahtzee, baking, but most of all spending time with, and spoiling her grandkids. Sally also loved Halloween, and dressing up in many elaborate costumes.


She was predeceased by her father Jack L. White, and her aunt Bonnie White.


She is survived by her daughter Nicole Graham (Jeremy Becker) of Hornell, 2 sons Steven (Amy) Graham of Hornell, Matthew (Tracy) Graham of Hornell, her mother Dorothy White of Hornell, her former husband Steven Graham of Hornell, 3 sisters Donna (Mike) Clark of Hornell, Jackie (Peter) Clark of VA, Sheri (Pat) Mosko of Arkport, her brother Jack (Melissa) White of Canaseraga, her grandchildren Justus, Jalyn, Kenneth, Cooper, Dominic, Parker, Andrew, Brendan, and Cora, her uncle Bill White of Hornell, her in laws Paul and Marjorie Graham as well as several brother and sister in laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.


The family will be present 1-5pm Friday, August 21, 2015, at the Bender - Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 354 Canisteo St, Hornell, where funeral services will be held at 6:00 PM with Rev. Lenny Fuller officiating. Burial will be in Rural Cemetery in Hornell.


To send a remembrance please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com


Friends may make memorial contributions to: Any local Hospice, or the American Heart Association.


W. Donald "Don" Jenkins


W. Donald “Don” Jenkins - 74, of Leesburg, Florida; formerly of Arkport, NY entered into rest unexpectedly on Sunday, August 16, 2015.

He was the loving husband of Janice Adele (Bright) Jenkins for 56 years. Don was born in Quakertown, PA to the late Walter & Lucy Margaret (Auckland) Jenkins.

He graduated from Quakertown High School, class of 1958. Following his graduation, he married his high school sweetheart and they moved to Arkport, NY to work on the Auckland vegetable farm with his grandfather and uncles. In 1972, Don purchased his own land and established the “Jenkins Farm Market” on Route 36 in Arkport. He continued working the land until 2000 when he and his wife moved to Florida. Don and Jan continued their love for farming in Florida, supplying family and friends with fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the year.

He also worked as a distributor for Conklin Company, Inc. in Shakopee, MN & Eniva Nutraceutics Corporation in Plymouth, MN. Don was a member of Grand Island Baptist Church in Grand Island, FL & formerly a member of Hillside Baptist Church in NY where he served as a deacon at both churches. He was a member of the Gideons International and also served on the board of directors for South Dansville Township in NY.

Don was a hardworker and was always working on something. He loved spending time with his family and friends. Don enjoyed going to auctions and collecting antique tractors.

He is survived by two sons, Keith Jenkins & wife, Fay of Leesburg, FL, John K. Jenkins & wife, Kimberly of Leesburg, FL; a daughter, Cheryl Lynn Reisman & husband, Rodney of Leesburg, FL; twelve grandchildren – Joelle, Jessica, Kelly, Brittney, Jason, Hillary, Hunter, Chyanne, Skye, Kole, Autum & Zoey; nine great-grandchildren – Jesalyn, Isaiah, Avry, Brienna, Isabelle, Liam, Cerene, Sawyer & Juliette; three sisters, Margaret Lucy Watson & husband, Leonard of Belmont, NY, Patricia J. Defibaugh of Boca Raton, FL and Joy Jenkins Lynn of Williamsport, PA.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 4:00 pm at Grand Island Baptist Church, 13229 County Road 44, Grand Island, Florida 32735 where friends may meet with the family from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

A private burial will take place at the family farm in Leesburg, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Grand Island Baptist Church, 13229 County Road 44, Grand Island, FL 32735.

Arrangements by: Anders-Detweiler Funeral Home & Crematory, 130 East Broad Street, Souderton, Pennsylvania 18964. To send online condolences to the family, visit www.andersfh.com


Anna E. Trentanelli


Anna E. “Ann” Trentanelli – 84 – of 7 Mill Street Hornell, died Monday afternoon (August 10, 2015), at her home surrounded by her loving family, following a long illness.

Born in North Hornell on January 27th, 1931 and was the daughter of Elmer and Hazel (Clark) Smith. 

Ann was a graduate of Arkport Central School (class of 1949).  She worked on the production line at Merrill Silk Mill then subsequently at Westinghouse facility.  After raising her family she returned to the workforce as part of the Hornell school system, for 26 years providing food services before retiring.

Ann was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ignatius Loyola Church.  She was a parishioner of St. Ann’s Church where she served by helping to maintain the church.  She was a member of the Carducci Lodge (Sons of Italy), Hornell Ladies of Columbus, and the Chapel of Perpetual Adoration of St. Ann’s. She was the activity coordinator at McAuley Manor, and worked the gift shops at St. James Hospital and McAuley Manor.

Ann lived for her family with a deep love for her husband, children, grandchildren, brother, and sisters.  She enjoyed attending to her beautiful garden, crocheting items for families in need, as well as spending quality time with her grandchildren. 

She was married on July 6th, 1957 in St. Ann’s Church to John F. Trentanelli  who died July 3, 2014.  She was also predeceased in death by her brother Donald Smith; and sisters Doris Bloom and Kate Storm.  

Surviving are her two sons Stephen (Patricia) Trentanelli of Andover, NJ, and Salvatore (Karen) Trentanelli of Corning, NY, her brother John Smith of Hornell, sister-in-law RoseAnn Rizzuto of formerly of Arkport, her brother-in-law Richard “Dick” Schieder of Hornell; her grandchildren Ann Marie (Dennis) Weaver, Stephen Trentanelli, Anthony Trentanelli, Ignatius Trentanelli, Nicholas Trentanelli, and John Trentanelli; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

The family of Ann S. Trentanelli will receive friends on Thursday from 3:00 PM  –  6 :00 PM  at Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church Street Hornell, NY.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10:00 AM at St. Ann’s Church.   Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Ann’s family request that memorial contributions in her name be made to Care First Hospice, 3805 Meads Creek Rd, Painted Post, NY 14870. 



Otto C. Gates


Otto C. Gates – (97) – formerly of 9127 Strobel Road, Arkport, died late Friday evening at Hornell Gardens where he had resided for the past five years.

Born in the Town of South Dansville on November 26, 1917, he was the son of Clair & Agnes (Eveland) Gates.

Otto was a lifelong resident of the South Dansville area and had attended the former Cobb School in South Dansville. 

He was employed for 46 years as a general farm hand for Stanley Osborn Farms, retiring in 1985.  He was a member of the South Dansville Methodist Church.

Otto was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Frances Gates and Mildred Downey.

He was married on November 28, 1943 to the former Sarah G. Rex who survives.  Also surviving are 1 daughter, Thelma “Jean” Gates of Arkport; 3 sons, Donald (Charlene) Gates of Jasper, Dave (Mindy) Gates of Arkport and Roger “Charlie” Gates of Arkport; 7 grandchildren, Amy (Jeremy) Stephens, Carrie (Bryan) Paul, Donald (Stephanie) Gates, Karen (Michael) Smith, Karla (Johnny) Yarka, Kristie (Tommy) Radford & Donovan Gates;  18 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandson; several nieces & nephews.

The family of Otto C. Gates will receive friends on Wednesday from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY, where funeral services will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 7:00 PM with Rev. Donald Maynard officiating.  Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery, South Dansville, NY.

Otto’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contribution in his name be made to either Samaritans Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 or to Food Bank of the Southern Tier, 945 County Rt. 64, Elmira, NY 14903 or to Hornell Gardens Activities Fund, 434 Monroe Ave., Hornell, NY 14843. 



Dorr Edward Olds


Dorr Edward Olds, 86, passed away Thursday (July 16, 2015) at Manor Hills in Wellsville following a lengthy illness.


Mr. Olds was born on Oct. 15, 1928 in Arkport to Theodore and Lillian (Stone) Olds. He was a 1945 graduate of Arkport Central School. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1946-47. On May 8, 1965 at the Independence Church, he married Barbara Ann Clark, who survives.


Dorr worked as a civil engineer for the NYS Department of Transportation in Friendship for 33 years until his retirement in 1985.


In addition to his wife of 50 years, Dorr is survived by two sons, Norman F. (Sue) Olds of Andover and Edward (Kara) Olds of Rochester; six grandchildren, Levi Olds, Carly Olds, Emily Olds, Dr. Kristie (Matt) Petree, Kylie Olds and Samuel Olds; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.


He was predeceased by one brother, Ronald D. Olds; three sisters, Arlene Miller, Margurite Baker and Genie Hemmer; and one grandson, Jake Olds.


Dorr was an avid reader. He enjoyed a broad spectrum of books from novels, drama, nature books and other interests. He loved to go hiking and take in the beauty of the outdoors. Additionally, he appreciated music and liked to practice his artistic talents with painting nature and doing caricatures of his friends that always were warmly received.


Visitation will be held on Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the Baker-Swan Funeral Home, 3256 Riverside Drive in Wellsville. The funeral service will be on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Dennis Munro of the North Bingham Community Church, officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in Independence Union Cemetery.


Memorial contributions in Dorr’s name may be made to SPCA Serving Allegany County, 1374 SR 19A, Wellsville, NY 14895.



John T. Senka


John T. Senka – (68) – of 2282 County Route 50, Wayland, NY (Town of Dansville) died Monday morning (July 13, 2015) at his home, following a Brief illness.

Born in Weehawken, NJ on July 12, 1947 and was the son of John & Julia (Jurkovic) Senka.  He was raised in Arkport when his widowed mother married his stepfather, Joseph Katsur.

He was a graduate of Arkport Central School (class of 1965). He attended Alfred State College where he met the love of his life, Sandy Nikl. 

John served in the US Army Infantry from 1967-1969, including a combat tour of duty in South Vietnam.  He received numerous decorations — among them the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Army Commendation for Valor Medal.  He was severely wounded in December of 1968. 

Following his Honorable Discharge, he returned home to marry his college sweetheart, Sandy.  They married on November 15, 1969 in Endwell, NY.

John began his career in the insurance business in 1969 as a debit agent with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.  He became manager of the Dansville, NY office.  Throughout the years he helped many young men and women get started in insurance careers.

In 1983, he and his family moved to Montour Falls, NY where he became a Principal/President of the Senka agency.  John loved the insurance business — especially helping families at the time of a loss.  He taught insurance classes for many years at Corning Community College in an effort to help young people and to “give back” to the insurance industry.

John’s greatest love and proudest achievement was his family — his wife, Sandy and his children, Debbie, Johnny and Jeff along with their spouses and his grandchildren.

He and Sandy developed “Oak Tree Farm” throughout their marriage and spent weekends mowing the meadows and enjoying nature.  In 2004, John authored the book “Wounded Body-Healing Spirit” which dealt with his combat experiences as well as his struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Clinical Depression.  It was an unselfish endeavor to help others.  He truly enjoyed helping veterans at the Bath VA Hospital and would often supply them with some of the things that they needed — sometimes as simple as a suitcase in which to carry their clothing.

John was a spiritual man who believed strongly in God and cherished his personal relationship with Him.  He was a member of many service and fraternal groups, including the VFW, American Legion, DAV, Moose and Lions.  He served on many boards, including Livingston Mutual Insurance Company, Schuyler County Chamber and St. Joseph’s School Board.  In 2012, John was the recipient of the Watkins Glen chamber of Commerce’s Prestigious Catholic Award.  He was a Roman Catholic.

Surviving are his wife, Sandy; sons, Johnny (Carola) Senka of Arkport and Jeff Senka of Odessa, NY; his daughter, Debbie (Don) Ames of Montour Falls, NY; his sister, Jean (Mike) Howe of Bloomfield, NY; his brothers, Joe (Kim) Katsur of Wayland and Bob (Bonita) Katsur of Wasilla, AK; his grandchildren, Grace Ames, Everett Ames, Ava Senka and Johnny Senka; many nieces, nephews and valued friends.

The family of John T. Senka will receive friends on Monday from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 11:00 AM at St. Ann’s Church in Hornell, NY.  Burial with full military honors will follow at the Bath VA Cemetery, Bath, NY at 1:00 PM.

John’s life was, in many ways, about service.  He used his time, resources and faith to serve those in need.  He would love to inspire others to be of service and make a difference in the life of a family member, friend or stranger, a person, a fellow human being.  So, we ask that, in lieu of flowers, you decide where you can best serve the needs of others and do that in honor of John’s spirit of concern and generosity.

 

In honor of John’s military service, the American Flag at the Dagon Funeral Home will be flown at half-staff.


Shirley J. Burdett


Shirley J. Burdett of 1190 Cty Rt 66, Hornell, NY died at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA on July 6, 2015.  She was born February 3, 1926 in the town of Burns and was the daughter of the late Roy and Wanda (Howe) Glover and was a lifelong resident of the Arkport/Hornell area.  She attended Arkport schools.  Shirley was married on April 27, 1945 to Dorr R. Burdett in the Arkport Methodist Church. Dorr predeceased her on October 3, 1998.  She was employed for two years at Barrett and Stuart Photography Studio in Hornell, NY and then was a partner in the same business for 7 years. She was a manager for 11 years at Meadowbrook Color Lab, Hornell, NY and retired, September 30, 1990 from Fleet Bank, Hornell branch, as an officer (formerly Security Trust Company), after 18 years of service.


Shirley was a past secretary and treasurer of the Chemung Valley Antique Car Club for 11 years, past treasurer for the Arkport Exchange Club for 12 years and is a current member of the Canisteo Valley Historical Society, Inc.


She is survived by her beloved children, Michael (Linda) Burdett of Concord, NC and Michelle Burdett Saxton of Hornell, NY. Also, she is survived by her grandchildren, Jason (Rachael) Burdett and Jamie (Silas) Burdett Stamey, both of Concord, NC also her step-grandchildren Megan (Cameron Duke) Saxton, Alfred, NY, Jacob (Evelyn) Saxton of Goldsboro, NC and Jarrod (Heather Remchuk) Saxton, Buffalo, NY.  The joys of her life were her great-grandchilden Ethan and Emmerson Burdett and Emmalynn Stamey.


Shirley is survived by her cherished siblings, Ellen (Frank) Cappadonia, Fremont, MI, Lance (Cheryl) Glover, Alexander, NY and Sharon Schultz of Sodus Point, NY, her sister-in-law Nancy Glover of Arkport, NY, brothers-in-law David Bartlett of Hornell, NY and John Giglio of West Seneca, NY plus many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.


She was predeceased by brother Larry Glover, sisters Vivian Gallese, Marjorie Christie and Sandra Bartlett, along with brothers-in-law Frank Gallese, Edward Christie, Alan Shultz, Milo Boag, sisters-in-law, Gladys Boag, Lois Giglio, Joyce Scholla, niece Sherry Shultz and nephew David Boag.


To honor Shirley’s wishes there will be no calling hours or funeral service.  Her wish was to be remembered without ceremony by those who knew and cared about her in whatever way they may find comfort.


Those who may wish to honor Shirley’s memory donations may be made to Life Line Services and the area Meals on Wheels.


Funeral services are in the care of Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home. 285 Main Street, Hornell, NY.


Patrick Edwin Mahany, Jr. 


Patrick Edwin Mahany, Jr. was born on December 8th, 1950 in Hornell, New York. First born son to Patrick Edwin Mahany, Sr. and Phyllis Isabelle Milliard, he was the eldest of five siblings: Timothy (deceased), Sean, Michelle and Kevin. Patrick is survived by wife Karen and three children, Kathleen Celeste, Shawna Suzanne, and son Ryan Patrick. Patrick was a proud grandfather to Maxwell Allen, McKenzie Anne, Michael Ryan, Jackson Ryan, Grayson Sean, and great-grandfather to Matthew Allen.


Patrick grew up on the family's potato farm in Arkport, New York. He worked on the farm with his father, coached his brother's little league, and competed in horse competitions with the family's quarter horses and thoroughbreds. Patrick was known in and around Arkport as Patty, and was also known for continuously getting into mischief with his brothers. He graduated high school from Arkport Central School in 1968 where he played soccer and was named most valuable player.


Patrick enjoyed his sports cars and rotated through many of them including a Ford Falcon convertible and an MGB. He bought his first corvette off the showroom floor after he returned from Vietnam in 1972. Though he was much older than the younger ones, his siblings remember him as a loyal and loving brother who stood up to bullies and always brought fun, laughter, and light to family gatherings.


He had a zest for life and did all of his activities, whether it was hiking, skiing, water skiing, soccer, watching the Denver Broncos, and driving his sports cars with passion and exuberance.


Knowing he would be drafted into the military, Patrick joined the Army in 1969 and graduated flight school in 1970. He served one tour in Vietnam from April 1970 to April 1971 where he flew 1200 combat hours. He was shot down three times and earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. Once he returned from combat, he was stationed in Fort Knox until getting out of the military in 1974, and then joined again in 1975 for three years. He once landed his helicopter on the farm in New York in exchange for 100 pound sack of potatoes for his commander. Always coming back home to visit his parents, Patrick is a member of the Arkport American Legion to this day.


After his military career, Patrick worked a variety of flying jobs including private and personal pilot, flew men and equipment to offshore oil rigs in Gulf of Mexico, fought fires in California and Arizona, long lines school in Washington in 1981, transported oil explorers and scientists in Alaska, the Forest Service in Moab, Utah, Life Flight for Rocky Mountain Helicopters in Florida. He joined Flight for Life in June 1987 until September 1998, took a short break and returned December 1999 to present. He was based out of St. Anthony's North in Westminster from 1987 until moving to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco, Colorado in 2004.


Patrick served as the Base Manager, the Program Safety Officer, and a member of the Hospital Safety Committee. He was instrumental in bringing night vision goggles to the flight program and getting them approved by FAA to make night flying safer for himself and the crew. He knew that the safety of the crew ensured the safety of those they were transporting in the many critical situations they were asked to fly in. Above all, Patrick served his crew members and colleagues in any capacity he could and fought hard for their voices to be heard and their needs to be met.


He embodied the spirit of service to others, whether it be his crew and colleagues, whom he greatly loved, or the people he and his crew worked to save daily. At any given time, Patrick could be found watching weather reports and DTC updates for road conditions to be prepared for any critical situation. He was not only a skilled pilot from years of experience, but was also a trusted one with each crew member who had full confidence in his skill and abilities.


Outside of work and hospital committee duties, Patrick was elected Vice President of Local 109 Pilot's Union and worked tirelessly to speak on behalf of the pilots and represent their needs to Air Methods. He was also an active member of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association where he attended large and small gatherings of his combat brethren. Patrick was an extremely proud Veteran and was adamant for Veteran's rights and benefits.


Patrick's legacy of flying lives on with his son, Ryan, a Blackhawk pilot for the U.S. Army. Patrick was an accomplished pilot with 45 years of flying experience and wisdom he humbly imparted, but only when asked. Ryan's Army Aviation buddies saddled up to Patrick on a number of occasions, bourbon in hand, asking questions about his career. He imparted valuable wisdom to his son and his buddies by opening up his home and heart, and of course taught them a few songs from Vietnam.


Patrick selflessly gave his love to his family and friends. People describe his presence when he entered a room, though they likely heard his booming voice first, and he always brought a vibrant and contagious joy that set everyone at ease. His gregarious and boisterous personality left an impression on everyone he met, even for a moment. His mustache was most memorable and distinguished, along with his ever present Flight for Life or Denver Broncos cap.


He was a beloved husband of 12 years to Karen Sue Tullberg Mahany. They fell deeply in love and married on June 22nd, 2003. They parented their four dogs and enjoyed taking them on daily hikes in the mountains of Summit County. They enjoyed traveling in the RV to Lake of the Ozarks or visiting family, and getting out on the boat in the summer months.


Above all, Patrick was a friend to many and hero to all.


"No greater love hath a man, than to lay down his life for a friend." John 15:13


The Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, July 10, 2015 at 10:00 in the morning at Dillon Amphitheater, W Lodgepole Street in Dillon. A reception will follow at Copper Mountain.


I. Jack Wraight


C. Jack Wraight, Wayland: 71 years of age, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2015. Jack was predeceased by his parents, Lawrence and Doris (Moon) Wraight; his wife, Patricia Wraight; sisters, Patricia Davis and Ann Smith; and brother, Keith Wraight. He is survived by his companion Rosalie Forsythe of Wayland; his sons, Aaron (Marie) Wraight, LA, Justin (Crystal) Wraight, NC; granddaughters, Emma, Sarah, Cora and Sylvie; sister, Wendy (Jeff) Gifford, Penn Yan; his sister-in-law, Deborah Wraight, Canandaigua; other sisters and brothers-in-law, Darlene (William) Moesch, Prattsburgh and Rose (Doug) Bailey, Hammondsport; Rosalie's children, Tamara (Timothy) Schubmehl, Todd (Jill) Forsythe and Teri (TJ) Cotter; their children, Kyleigh, Dane, Mia, Aydan, Brogan and Nora; along with several nieces and nephews.


Jack's family and friends may call Monday, 6:00 - 8:00pm and Tuesday 4:00 - 7:00pm at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, Wayland. Funeral service Wednesday, 11:00 am at the funeral home.




Lawrence E. "Larry" Kame



Lawrence E. “Larry” Kame – 77 – of 1073 Sharps Hill Road, Arkport, died early Wednesday morning at Rochester General Hospital following a brief illness. 

Born in Hornell on October 2, 1937, he was the son of Floyd & Ruth (Bossard) Kame. 

Larry, affectionately known as “Huck”, grew up in Arkport and was a graduate of Arkport Central School (class of 1955).  He was a veteran of the US Air Force, serving his country from 1958 – 1962.  While serving in the military, he was stationed at several locations including Iceland and Morocco. 

In 1962, Larry began working for AT&T which later became New York Telephone and then Verizon.  He retired in 1992 as line manager following 30 years of service. 

Larry had been a member of the Arkport American Legion, Hornell Moose and the G. Carducci Lodge (Sons of Italy).  He was and avid New York Yankee fan but his greatest joy was spending time with his family — especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

He was married on February 27, 1960 to the former Muriel Norton who died May 1, 2002.  He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Theresa “Terri” Kame who died in 1982. 

Larry was married on December 19, 2003 to the former Joanne McMichael Rechichi who survives.  Also surviving are 2 daughters, Tracy (Don) Wagoner of Canton, GA and Lori (Tim) FitzGerald of Oak Park, CA; 2 step-daughters, Christine Yanni of Bath and Mary (Ron Campbell) Reynolds of Hornell; 1 step-son, Thomas (Yvonne) Rechichi of Arkport; 2 sisters, Irene Tychi of Hornell and Betty (Richard) Dresser of Arkport; 1 brother, Vincent (Patricia) Kame of Owego; 11 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; several nieces & nephews. 

The family of Lawrence E. “Larry” Kame will receive friends on Friday from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY where a funeral service with full military honors will be held on Saturday at 11:00 AM with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating.  Burial will be in Heritage Hill Cemetery, Arkport, NY. 

Larry’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to Rochester General Hospital (Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit), 1425 Portland Ave., Rochester, NY 14621.  Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home or click here to print a memorial form.

In recognition of Larry’s military service, the American Flag at the Dagon Funeral Home will be flown at half-staff.


Suzanne "Suzi" F. Bennett Obituary


Suzanne F. ”Suzi” Bennett, 53, of 36 Narry Lane, passed away Sunday (May 17, 2015) at Noyes Hospital in Dansville after a long and courageous battle with diabetes.


Born in Hornell, NY, February 18, 1962, the daughter of Robert and Jacqueline McKibben Widmer, she had resided in Arkport during her early life and in Mt. Morris the past 20 years.


Suzi was a graduate of Arkport Central School, class of 1980, and received her LPN degree thru the Hornell BOCES. She had been employed as an LPN for Steuben, Allegany and Livingston-Wyoming Arc. She was a member of Our Lady of The Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church in Hornell. She was a member of the Mt. Morris Ambulance Corp., a member of several volunteer fire departments, and was active in the Special Olympics.


She is survived by her husband, Edward Bennett of Mt. Morris, her parents, Robert and Jacqueline Widmer of Arkport, 2 step-sons, Edward (Mary) Bennett of Dansville, and Daniel (Sarah) Bennett of Mt. Morris; step-daughter, Kellie Carrier of Brighton, her brother, Robert (Pamela) Widmer of Sparta, two sisters, Patty Cartwright of Arkport and Rae Ann (Wayne) Mason of Hornell, four grandchildren, several nieces and nephews including Jason Rodriguez, Alicia Rodriguez, Erica Smith, Samantha Cartwright, Jesse Cartwright, Dustin Mason, Francesca “Cheka” Mason, Seth Harrison, William (Rebecca) Craft, Johnny, Duane ,Fred, Lyanne, Nicole, and Michael Bennett, Elaina and Tina DeBoard, Brothers and Sisters-in-law, Cindy Bennett (John-Deceased), Al and Patty Bennett, Brother and Sister-in-Law, Fred and Brenda Bennett, Sister and Brother-in-law, Peggy and Tim DeBoard.


To send a remembrance to the family or to light a candle in Suzi’s memory, please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com. The family is being assisted by Gerald R. Brown, Director.


The family will be present to receive friends at the Bender- Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 354 Canisteo Street in Hornell on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM and again on Thursday from 4 to 6 PM. Funeral services will be held following calling hours on Thursday at 6 PM. Deacon Robert McCormick will officiate. Burial will be in Heritage Hill Cemetery, Arkport.


Obituary for Joyce D. Howe


Obituary

ARKPORT – Joyce D. Howe, 89, of 7 East Avenue, Arkport, passed away peacefully at home, attended by her family members, on Sunday (May 3, 2015), following a lengthy illness. She was born in North Hornell, October 30, 1925 the daughter of the late LeGrande and Cecile (DaVern) McCarthy. On September 28, 1946, she married Jack (“Bing”) Howe, who survives.


Joyce was a 1943 graduate of Arkport Central School, and attended Cortland State Teacher’s College. During World War II she worked in war industry on B-29 bombers. Joyce was a successful business woman, and for many years served as Post Master of the Arkport Post Office. In addition, she served as an officer of the International Society of Post Masters (ISPM), and the National Association of Post Masters. She and her husband traveled to many countries throughout the world in connection with her ISPM duties. She never failed to send post cards to her children and grand-children from the countries she visited. Joyce was also an active member of the Canisteo Historical Society as well as the Business and Professional Women’s Association. At the time of her death, she was the longest continuous member of the Arkport Presbyterian Church.


From an early age, Joyce loved to dance. She would seldom leave the dance floor if music was playing. As a member of the National Campers and Hikers Association, she enjoyed camping with her family, and especially enjoyed visits to the family owned pond in Arkport. Joyce was a loving mother, grand-mother, and great-grand mother, who treasured every moment spent with her family.


Surviving besides her husband of more than 68 years, “Bing” Howe, are sons Jack (Donna) Howe, of Lake Havasu City, AZ; and Donel (Lisa) Howe, of Arkport; a daughter, Kelly (Larry) Rose of Howard; as well as her seven grand-children; Kimberlee Howe, Ryan (Jodi) Howe, Jason Rose, Charles (Marisa) Howe, Kristy Rose, Michelle (Kevin) Gilmore, and Jamie Rose; four great-grandchildren, Logan and Kaleb Howe of Arkport; Kennedy and John Gilmore, Las Vegas, NV. She is also survived by a brother, Dean (Carolyn) McCarthy, of Hornell; sister-in-law, Marie Brands, Arkport; and brother-in-law, DuWayne (Carol) Howe, New Port Richey, FL; in addition to several cousins, nieces, and nephews.


The family will receive callers from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday (May 6, 2015), at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main Street, Hornell. A funeral service will be conducted at the Arkport Presbyterian Church, 15 Main Street, at 11:00 a.m., Thursday (May 7, 2015), with a graveside service to follow at Heritage Hill Cemetery, Arkport. Donations can be made to the Arkport Presbyterian Church; or to CareFirst Hospice, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, N.Y. 14870. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home.


Norris B. Hann


Hann, Norris B. SARATOGA SPRINGS Norris B. Hann passed away on April 23, 2015, at the Wesley Health Care Center, under the care of the Community Hospice of Saratoga. Norris was born July 23, 1944, the son of the late Cecil and Letha (Eichorn) Hann. He grew up in Stephens Mills and graduated from Arkport Central School. He got married and they raised his daughters in Dansville. Norris followed many paths in his varied careers, but perhaps most enjoyed his last, as an interior designer for Nelick's/Thomasville Gallery in Troy. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Walter Hann, and sister, Janice Dixon. Norris is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sandra Kurtz Hann; his daughters, Stacey Michaels (Rich) of New Hartford and Wendy Spina (Michael) of Rotterdam; his three grandsons, Daniel Michaels, Matthew Michaels and Michael Spina Jr.; his sister, Cheryl Hann of Ithaca, and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the Malta Presbyterian Church, 118 Dunning St., Malta. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs (584-5373). In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in his memory be made to Malta Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 2134, Malta, NY 12020. Online remembrances may be made at burkefuneralhome.com.



Frank C Rose


August 25, 1923 - April 22, 2015

Lexington, Kentucky

Frank C. Rose, 91, passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 in Lexington, Kentucky. He was born August 25, 1923 in Mt. Morris, New York to the late Mary and Charles Rose.

He received his BS degree from the Pennsylvania State and his Masters in Education from Alfred University. He served in the United States Army Air Corps as a Captain Pilot in B-24's completing 23 aerial combat missions in the E.T.O. He served as a teacher, coach, Jr-Sr. High Principal and school Superintendent in three schools in New York State.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Frances, who was a native of Danville, Kentucky and a second wife, Patsy Edger from Lexington.

Survivors include daughter, Terry (Robert) Saunders, Marietta, Georgia; Mary Frances Grosebard, Houston Texas; three grandchildren; two great grandsons; sisters; Mary Grant, Joan Cardigan from Geneseo, New York and Ruth Ann Cuppermill from Virginia; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Information

Graveside service will be held 11:00 AM, Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Bellevue Cemetery in Danville, Kentucky.


George J. Hoeffner

George J. Hoeffner – (87) – of 6 Oak Hill St., Arkport, died early Saturday morning (March 14, 2015) at McAuley Manor, following a long illness.  Born in Floral Park, Long Island on February 22, 1928, he was the son of Phillip & Theresa (Wulforst) Hoeffner.

George has resided in the Arkport – Fremont area since the age of 13.  He was a graduate of Arkport Central School (class of 1946).  George was a lifelong potato farmer operating (along with his brothers) Hoeffner Brothers Farms in Fremont, NY and also in Eastville, VA.   In his retirement years, George was affectionately known as “The Corn Man”, for operating a roadside stand on the Almond Road for his brother.

He was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church.  George was a deeply religious man who recited the rosary several times every day; said his daily prayers; and watched daily Mass on television.

George was a 3rd Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.  He loved working on jig-saw puzzles and crossword puzzles.  He also loved working outside and was meticulous about tending to his lawn & shrubberies.

He was married on November 7, 1953 to the former Lorraine Howe who died in 1989.  He was also preceded in death by 2 brothers, Philip Hoeffner and Robert Hoeffner; 3 sisters, Irene Briggs, Marion “Dolly” Dorfer and Theresa Hoeffner.

Surviving are 3 daughters, Roxanne (John) Andrews of Saratoga Springs, NY, Patty (Joseph) Damrath of Hornell and Theresa (Richard) Persichilli of Arkport; 3 sisters,  Helen Burke of Hornell, Emma Potter of Moore, OK and Josephine “Sis” Donahue of Rochester; 1 brother, Thomas (Ann) Hoeffner of Hornell; 5 grandchildren, Benjamin Andrews, Jonathon Andrews, Caitlin (Marty) DiPetta, Colleen Damrath and John Damrath; 1 great-granddaughter, Gracie Anna DiPetta; many nieces & nephews.

From George’s daughters, Roxanne, Patty & Theresa:  Dad spent countless hours putting puzzles together for his family & friends.  These family members and friends were a part of a puzzle that made up dad’s life.  You may never know where you fit in, but always remember that dad’s life would not have been complete without you!!

The family of George J. Hoeffner will receive friends on Tuesday 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 Wednesday at 10:00 AM at St. Ann’s Church with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

George’s family request that memorial contributions in his name be made to St. Ann’s Church, 27 Erie Ave., Hornell, NY 14843. 



Lois W. Lisi


WELLSVILLE/ARKPORT - Lois W. Lisi, 78, of the Andover Road, Wellsville, formerly of Arkport, passed late Monday afternoon (March 2, 2015) at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville.


Born in Hornell on April 23, 1936, she was a daughter of the late Frank and D. Geraldine Partridge Wellington. Besides her parents, she was also predeceased by her brother, Francis Wellington, who was killed in action during World War II; her sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Lynford Stewart of Arkport and her two sisters-in-law, Helen Wellington of Arkport and Carol Wellington of Hornell.


A graduate of Arkport Central School, Lois also attended the former Hornell Business School.


She was employed by the late Dr. Irving Felberg in Hornell and also at the former Bethesda Community Hospital in North Hornell. For several years, before her retirement, she was self employed doing billing for several area anesthesiologists.


Lois has resided in the Wellsville area for nearly the past 12 years and was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. While residing in Arkport she was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and was a communicant of St. Ann's Church in Hornell.


An avid reader, she also enjoyed gardening and shopping, especially for shoes. Lois loved her "fur grand babies" and will be remembered most of for her wonderful sense of humor.


Her loving family includes her husband, John A. Lisi; her daughter, Ann (J. Curtis) VanPelt of Wellsville; her two brothers, Leon Wellington of Arkport and George Wellington of Hornell; also many nieces and nephews, as well as several cousins.


The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in Hornell is honored to serve the family of Lois W. Lisi.


Calling hours are 4-7 p.m. Friday (March 20, 2015) at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell. Friends are invited to meet her family at St. Ann's Church in Hornell where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in her memory at 11 a.m. Saturday (March 21, 2015). Interment will be at the convenience of her family at St. Ann's Cemetery, Hornell.


In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in her memory to either the Hornell Area Humane Society, 7649 Industrial Park Road, Hornell, N.Y. 14843 or to the David A. Howe Library, 155 N. Main St., Wellsville, N.Y. 14895. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home.



Ronald Robert Doan


ARKPORT/COVINGTON, Ga. - Ronald Robert Doan of Covington, Ga., passed away peacefully at home February 2, 2015.


Born on Aug. 12, 1948, he grew up in Hornell and graduated from Arkport Central High School in Arkport.


He founded The Doan Group, a nationwide auto and property damage appraisal company in June of 1981 in Buffalo, N.Y. He later moved his family and corporate office to Georgia in 1994. A true visionary, he built a successful corporation on just an idea. Using two bulldozers, he transformed his residence on 76 acres into a beautiful piece of property with ponds, barns, horses, goats, geese and various animals throughout the years.


Ron has had several hobbies including wagon trail driving. With his covered wagon and two Haflingers, he joined other like-minded wagoneers to travel the back roads of Georgia. His most recent hobby was breeding and raising Boer show goats.


He is preceded in death by his parents, Audrey Norton Doan and Robert Doan.


He is survived by his wife, Sally; son, Jeffrey (Linda) Doan of Yarmouth, Maine; daughter, Nicole (Jason) Parnell of Monroe, Ga.; sister, Barbara (John) Nilson of Arkport; five granddaughters; nephew, Jason Nilson and niece, Brandy Nilson; as well as aunts, uncles and cousins.


A memorial to celebrate Ron's colorful life will be held on Monday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. at Gregory B. Levett and Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., located at 1999 Hwy 138 SW, Conyers, Ga., 30013. The phone number is (770) 285-6673.


Donations are suggested to Sacred Journey Hospice, 138 Peach Drive, McDonough, Ga., 30253; or to Begin AdTech Script American Cancer Society



William "Bill" Williams (1939 - 2015


William (Bill) E. Williams passed away suddenly at his home on Friday, January 9, 2015.


Bill was born February 2, 1939 in Batavia, NY. He was the son of the late Charles and Dorothy Williams. He attended Arkport Central Schools.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Roger C. Williams and Thomas E. Williams.


Bill is survived by his loving wife of 54 years Loretta (Muller) Williams; children William E. Williams, Jr (Martha) of Townsend, DE and Christopher J. Williams (Michelle) of Smyrna, DE, and the apples of his eye his four grandchildren Colleen, Brian, Rebecca, and Matthew. He is also survived by a very special Aunt Mary Louise Gottschall who was more like a sister, two great cousins, his sister-in-law Beth Williams of Raleigh, NC, a niece and a nephew.


After 44 years of service Bill Retired from Johnson Controls Battery Division in Middletown, but his true passion was farming, which he pursued throughout his life.


Bill was an avid reader, loved doing puzzles. His greatest love was working on and refurbishing his antique tractors, and spending as much time as possible with his four grandchildren.


Bill and Loretta were married at St. Joseph's Church, where he was very active in the early May Fair fundraisers. He also served as a minister of hospitality for over 50 years.


A visitation will be held on Wednesday evening, January 14th from 6-8 pm at Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad St., Middletown, DE.


Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, January 15th at 11 am at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 371 E. Main Street, Middletown, DE. Interment will be at Old Bohemia Cemetery, Warwick, MD.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Visit www.daniels-hutchison.com to send online condolences.