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Service: Laurie Sample (Barra, Banker)

The following was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Laurie Sample (Barra, Banker)

A Celebration of Life for Laurie Sample (Barra, Banker) will be held on July 10, 2022 at Havana Glen Park in Montour Falls, NY.

Laurie passed on Dec. 8, 2021. She graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School in 1973.

If you are a family member or were a friend of Laurie, please come and help celebrate her life with us on July 10 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. We will be at the middle pavilion, near the playground. Summer BBQ and sides will be served.

Please RSVP to her sister Kathy Sample at 303-597-6506.

Obituary: Leslie George Haller

The following was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home in Montour Falls.

Leslie George Haller

Age 89, of Odessa, NY, passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, NY. He was born in Montour Falls, NY on June 20, 1933, the son of the late George and Dora (Edsall) Haller.

Les graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School with the Class of 1952. He then served with the U.S. Army from 1952-1954 during the Korean War in Panama. On May 5, 1956, he married B. Carolyn Hicks in the Erin Methodist Church.

Leslie was a plumber and steamfitter with Local Union #109 in Ithaca for 59 years. He was a member of the Montour Falls United Methodist Church, a 50-year member of the Montour Falls Fire Department, a member of the “Seneca Chiefs” Drum and Bugle Corp. in Watkins Glen, and a 50-year member of the Mechanics Club. He was also a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge in Montour Falls and a member of the Montour Moose Lodge.

Les was an avid pilot and enjoyed flying small planes for many years, particularly his Cessna. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding a Harley Davidson in his younger years.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, B. Carolyn (Hicks) Haller; two daughters, Nancy (Haller) Fitzgerald of Hermosa Beach, CA and Cynthia (Haller) Storms of WI; one son, Philip and his wife Oksana Haller of Peoria, AZ; one brother, Louis J. Haller of North Carolina; nine grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and by many special nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Mary Lee (Haller) Johnson, and by his son-in-law, Matthew Fitzgerald.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, June 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Montour Falls United Methodist Church, 124 Owego St., Montour Falls. His funeral service will begin at 12:00 noon at the church followed by burial with military honors in Montour Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Montour Falls Fire Department, 111 Lee St., Montour Falls, NY 14865 or the Odessa Fire Department, 300 Main St., Odessa, NY 14869. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Melanie A. Peters

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Blauvelt Funeral Home, Waverly.

Melanie A. Peters

Heaven must have needed a little shaking up and excitement. God called Melanie A. Peters, 48, of Watkins Glen, NY home on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

When she was hired by the Watkins Glen Post Office, the village had no idea of what they were in for. She could always captivate the room wherever she went with her beautiful face, smile and bigger than life personality. She was soft-hearted, kind, funny, smart, brave, exciting, although a little bit mischievous and up for anything; she was the original wild child. If you met her, you loved her and would never forget her. She loved life, making the most of every minute and doing it her way. She hung on to it with all she had, kicking and screaming all the way out. Her passion was her beloved children, Joseph Rockwell (Connelly) of Seattle and Jessica Peters (Jacob) at home, her family and her menagerie of animals, who are just as lost as we are.

Welcoming her home were her grandparents, Ray and Amelia Forker and Mildred Voorhees, and her beloved Trixie.

In addition to her children, she is survived by her parents, Rose (Forker) Ripley and Vern Voorhees, who has considered it an honor to call her their daughter; her ex-husband and friend, Chris Peters; his son, Matthew and his family; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, too many to count.

Special thanks to hospice, Jen and Danielle and Mary.

The world is a darker place and Heaven gained a beautiful bright light. 

A celebration of Melanie’s life will be held at the convenience of the family. The family is being assisted by the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, NY. Those wishing to send a message of sympathy to Melanie’s family may visit our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at www.blauveltfuneralhome.com

Service: Barbara Sue (Allen) Ariano

The following was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Barbara Sue Ariano [nee Allen]

A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. June 25th at St. Mary's of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen, NY for Barbara Sue Ariano, 77, who died at her home outside Raleigh, N.C. on February 23, 2022 surrounded by loving family.

Barb was born in January 1945 in Oakland, CA to Capt. and Mrs. James Allen. In the fall of 1945 she and her mother and a dog headed east by train to a new chapter at a fixer upper called White Gates on Kayuta Lake. She was the salutatorian of the Odessa Class of 1962 and graduated from the Cornell arts school in 1966. Her working career was with BOAC airlines, Arc of Rockland County, and an extensive career on Wall Street as an analyst and working with Eliot Spitzer's nemesist Richard Grasso (head of the NY Stock Exchange; as Barb said when he had hair).

She met the love of her life Anthony Ariano and together had two outstanding children, Catherine and Michael, raised at their lovely home in Spring Valley, NY. Together they  worked hard running the family business, 3 C Sanitation, for many decades. In typical Allen fashion, Barb was a very charitable, giving person but was also a fantastic cook and loved singing in her all-girl group. Barb and Anthony loved retirement at their summer home above Seneca Lake on Jolly Rd.

Besides husband Anthony and children she is survived by brother James Jr, of Wilmington, DE and Joe of Alpine, NY.

Following the June 25 funeral mass, burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery. A memorial luncheon will be held at noon at the Harbor Hotel. In lieu of flowers please do a charitable deed.

Obituary: Bonnie Geisel

The following was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home in Montour Falls.

Bonnie Geisel

Age 72, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Schuyler Hospital. She was born in Indiana, PA on January 28, 1950, the daughter of Edward and Emma Geisel. She attended Ben Franklin School in Indiana, PA.
 
Due to being handicapped, Bonnie wasn’t able to work but she loved doing dishes and drinking her coffee. She lived most of her life with her mom, and missed her dearly when she passed away last year. Bonnie always talked about going back to Florida, where she enjoyed going to church and seeing her Pastor, John Kutz.

Bonnie is survived by five sisters, Debra Phelps of Millport, Jane Gublo of Beaver Dams, Kathi Ames of Horseheads, Tonia Williams of Clearwater, FL and Audrey Callahan of Gonzales, FL; and one brother, Edward Geisel, Jr. of Ohio. She was predeceased by her father in 1987 and mother in 2021.

A memorial service will be held at Farm Hill United Methodist Church in Cantoment, FL. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home in Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Larry D. Freeman

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Larry D. Freeman

Age 82, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on January 30, 2022.

A Memorial Celebration will be held at Frog Hollow Marina in Watkins Glen on Saturday (June 25) at 11 a.m.  A reception will follow until 2p.m. 

Larry was born in Elmira, NY, the son of the late Frank and Marian (Courtwright) Freeman. He was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Lois Smith.  

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Valerie Freeman; daughter and son-in-law, Martha and Kenny Barrell of Port Clinton, PA; brother Joseph (Tina) Munn of Elmira; three grandchildren, Kevin Barrell, Eric Barrell (Felecia Wetzel) and Jordan Thomas; and one great-grandson, Francis Stanley Barrell.

After retiring as a Maintenance Supervisor at Sweet Street Desserts in Reading, PA, in 2001, he and Valerie moved to Watkins Glen. Larry loved spending time on their boat at Frog Hollow Marina and on Seneca Lake, and fishing with family and friends.  

Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. You may share a memory of Larry with his family and friends by visiting his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Frank L. Davis

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Frank L.  Davis

Age 74, of Watkins Glen, NY, left his physical body on June 13, 2022, passing away after a long illness.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Saturday, July 23, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; followed by a memorial service at the funeral home at 3 p.m. A reception and military honors will follow at the Burdett Fire Department at 4:15 p.m.

A native son of Dundee, NY, Frank was born on July 21, 1947 to Minnie Marie Davis (d.1991) and was the brother of Paul Davis (d.2003). Frank spent his youth with his friends in Dundee on Edwina Street, playing with his menagerie of pets (there wasn't an animal he didn't love or adopt), climbing trees (and falling out of them), working on area farms and mastering a variety of sports -- basketball, football, hockey and baseball. Frank attended Dundee Central School from kindergarten through his senior year in high school, receiving an Academic Regents Scholarship. He moved on to attend State University of New York at Oswego, achieving a BS in Education.

Upon graduation from college, Frank was selected for Air Force Officer Training in 1969, fulfilling a lifelong dream of becoming a pilot. He flew OV-10s during the Vietnam War, and spent most of his career at Travis Air Force Base, where he raised his family in Vacaville, CA. He ended his 22-year military career on the C-5 Galaxy after the first Gulf War in 1991, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Frank was also a pilot for United Airlines and retired as a Captain on the 747-400 in 2007 after a 29-year career.

Frank was never content with just riding out his retirement years. He and his wife, Donna, moved to Watkins Glen, and opened "Sunset on Seneca Bed and Breakfast” on the shore of Seneca Lake, and garnered a loyal following with their guests. Frank was also a dedicated volunteer with the New York Guard and the American Red Cross. He deployed to numerous disasters across the country, always ready and willing to help where needed.

Frank was larger than life, never without a smile, even toward the end. His laugh was just as infectious as his sense of humor, and he had the most impressive cache of "Dad jokes." He possessed a desire to help others and was always available to lend a hand to those in need. This world has lost one of its best.
   
Frank is survived by his wife of 29 years, Donna Davis, Burdett, NY; his former wife of 16 years, Julie Davis, Vacaville, CA; his children, Brenée Ulman (spouse Trevor), San Diego, CA, Erika Driver, Soda Springs, CA, and Michael Melendez (spouse Rebecca), Roseville, CA; his grandchildren, Ella Driver, Lillian Ulman and Landon Ulman; his cousin Raymond Gary (Ernie) Granston (Jan), and his niece Tammie Flynn (Tom).

We love you Frank, Papa, Grandpa. Although you will not be physically with us, you will always be by our side. May your family continue to make you proud in everything we do.  You will be missed more than anything, each and every day, and your memory will forever be a blessing to us all.
   
Memorial donations may be made to Schuyler County Ambulance, the Burdett Fire Department, Care First Hospice, or the Southern Tier Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Obituary: Lawrence W. Hendrickson

The following was submitted to The Odessa File by the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home in Watkins Glen.

Lawrence W. Hendrickson

Age 71, of Alpine, NY, passed away on June 7, 2022 in the company of family after an arduous 10-year battle with cancer.

The family will graciously receive friends at the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, 119 Fifth St., Watkins Glen, NY, on Wednesday, June 15 from 10-11 a.m., directly followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. Pastor Roger Decker will be leading the funeral service.

Larry was born on November 10, 1950, the son of Otis C. Hendrickson and Winifred V. Hendrickson. He was raised in Watkins Glen.

Larry is survived by his son Randy, daughter Carrianne, and brother Gordon (Susan) Hendrickson of Beaver Dams. He is also survived by several grandchildren, two brothers-in-law (Roger Decker and Bill Gascon), and many wonderful nieces, nephews, and devoted friends. In addition to his parents, Larry was predeceased by his sisters Maria Bucchioni, Mary E. Gascon, and Roxanne Decker, and his infant son Tadd.

Larry was an extremely intelligent and unique individual with many varied interests throughout his life. He was quite mechanically inclined and was able to solve many home, computer, and auto problems because of this heightened aptitude. He was very fond of and nostalgic about his hometown of Watkins Glen, and continued to walk several miles a day there until recently, when his health made it no longer possible. He was passionately protective of his family and quick to respond to anything he thought challenged his devotion regarding them. He was very interested in couples country dancing, and listening to music of many styles including oldies, country, classical, and musicals.

He will be greatly missed by all of us.

Memories of Larry may be shared with his family and friends at haugheywoozinger.com

Service: Diana A. Groll

The following was submitted to The Odessa File by the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home in Watkins Glen.

Diana A. Groll

A Mass of Christian Burial for Diana A. Groll of Hector, NY, who passed away on February 17, 2022 at age 62 after a long, private battle with cancer, will be held on Friday, June 24 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. The praying of the Rosary will be held in the Link of the church at 9:30 a.m. prior to Mass.

She is survived by her loving husband of 36 years, Bob Groll. She is also survived by her daughters, Megan (Phil) Brown of Leavenworth, KS, Elise Groll and her fiancée, Chris Meyer, of Milford, CT, and grandson, Alexavier Brown. Other survivors include her brother Joe (Suzanne) Roccisano of Dunkirk, her sister, Rose (Vince) Barto  of Findlay, OH, John (Barbara) Groll of Pittsburgh, PA, Marilyn (Tom) Gaska of Endicott, Susan (Kevin) Cheesebrough of State College, PA, and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by an aunt, Carmela Manno of Akron, OH, many cousins and her close friends Sue and Henry Rocholl

Donations may be made in Diana’s name to the Schuyler Outreach Food Pantry, 112 Tenth St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or Schuyler County Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 45, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Edward J. Karski

The following was submitted to The Odessa File by the McInerny Funeral Home in Elmira.

Edward J. Karski

Age 86, of Elmira, NY, passed away on Monday, June 6, 2022 at Corning Hospital. 

Ed was born in Elmira, a son of John and Katherine Mazur Karski. He is survived by Patricia Peppard Karski, his loving wife of 45 years; daughter Susan Karski of Elmira; and brothers and sisters-in-law, John “Jack” and Ann Karski of Elmira, Richard “Dick” and Judith Karski of Horseheads, and Thomas “Tom” and Marilyn Karski of Elmira. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
 
Ed was a 1953 graduate of Elmira Free Academy. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving from 1958 to 1960. Ed was a retired machinist from Shepard Niles in Montour Falls. He was a car and train enthusiast. Most importantly, he was a loving husband, father, brother and uncle.
 
Family and friends are invited to call at the McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water St., Elmira, on Tuesday, June 14 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. Committal prayers will take place at Woodlawn National Cemetery. 

Obituary: Richard Scuteri

The following was submitted to The Odessa File by the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home in Watkins Glen.

Richard Scuteri

Richard Scuteri, of Watkins Glen, peacefully went to heaven and into the hands of his Savior, surrounded by his loving family on June 5, 2022 at 2:02 p.m.

He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Elizabeth (Bellner) Scuteri; seven children, Michael (Paula) Scuteri, Victor (Wendy) Scuteri, Frank (Robin) Scuteri, Vincent (Bonnie) Scuteri, Donna Miller, Catherine Herrick, and Gina Brown; sister-in-law, Barbara Neukam; 43 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; several cousins, nieces, and nephews; and special friend, Robert Mahoney.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Anita (Russo) Scuteri; baby daughter, Sarah Elizabeth; brother, Gino Scuteri; grandson, Paul DeDominick; sons-in-law, Michael Brown, Charles “Harry” Herrick, and John Miller; brother-in-law, Donald Bellner; sister-in-law, Evelyn Bellner; three grandbabies; and six great-grandbabies.

He was born almost 90 years ago, on June 20, 1932 in Bronx, NY where he later attended Samuel Gompers Career and Technical Education High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1952 and served for 20 years until his retirement in 1972, serving in the Vietnam War from 1969-1970. While in the service, he met “the girl he was going to marry.” Richie and Betty were married on August 14, 1953 at Lackland Air Force Base Chapel, San Antonio, Texas.

Starting at the age of five, he spent every summer in Watkins Glen until his enlistment. He loved Watkins Glen so much, he knew from a young age Watkins Glen would later become his home. When he moved to Watkins Glen after his retirement from the service, he introduced the “cannoli” pastry to the community in 1971 by selling cannoli on the front porch of his home at 409 East 4th St. He became an entrepreneur in 1972 when he opened the 4th Street Italian Specialty store in Watkins Glen, Scuteri’s Pizza “the garage” in 1975, and Scuteri’s Ristorante Italiano in 1978. He retired from the restaurant industry in 1997, although he loved helping his son make dough balls throughout his retirement.

He was a Grand Marshal of the Sports Cars Club of America at the Watkins Glen Race Track and a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America and Watkins Glen VFW Post 2674 until its closure. He was elected the mayor of Watkins Glen in 1984. He was a member of the St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church. He had a heart for the unborn and unwavering conviction about the sanctity of life. He went to Washington, D.C. to walk in the March for Life two times, once in a severe snowstorm.

He was an avid reader and a history buff. Music lived inside of him. He was a phenomenal drummer, starting at the age of 7 when he got his first drum set. He loved spending time with family, hearing of the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren, and took great pride in his family. He was well known and respected in the local community. He was a very caring, compassionate person. He was a great story teller, able to command anyone's attention, and was a natural born leader. He was a man of strong faith, believing in the power and strength of Jesus Christ's love and the beauty and peace that would await him after his passing.

The family will receive friends and relatives at St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen on Saturday, June 11 from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., followed by a funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery. A reception will be announced.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Southern Tier Pregnancy Resource Center, 375 W. Water St., Elmira, NY 14905. Memories of Richie may be shared with his family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Alexander A. Cole

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Alexander A. Cole

Age 79, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on June 5, 2022.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th, Watkins Glen, on Thursday (June 9) from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m.; and burial at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Hammondsport with military honors. A reception will be announced.

He was born in Bath, NY on July 26, 1942, the son of Harry and Elizabeth Cole.

Alex was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during the U.S.-Cuban Missile Crisis. After his service in the Navy, he served as a Deputy Sheriff for Schuyler County. He also worked as a mechanic and driver for the Watkins Glen Bus Garage and as a security officer for Borg-Warner. Alex retired from Al’s Trucking Company in Elmira Heights. He was also a member and past-Exalted Ruler of the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge and a member of the Montour Moose Lodge.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marjorie Cole; daughter, Teresa A. Wood of Odessa; sons, Tracey (Karen) Cole of Beaver Dams and James H. Cole of Elmira; brothers, Roger (Gloria) Weaver of North Carolina and T. Edward Weaver of Florida; eight grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Obituary: Eileen "Holly" Zeltt

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Eileen “Holly” Zeltt

Age 62, of Hector, NY, passed away on May 30, 2022 in Syracuse, NY after a long illness.

She is survived by her parents, Peter and Joyce Ungar; her beloved husband, Jay Zeltt, with whom she'd spent the last 51 years; her daughter, Brooke Zeltt (Matt Staub), and two beautiful granddaughters, Gemma Peyton Staub (7) and Willow Jae Staub (2).

Holly was born in Trenton, New Jersey. She had resided in Bucks County, Pennsylvania for most of her life and the last 10 years in Hector. Holly worked for the State of New Jersey for 36 years in the Department of Gaming Enforcement as a Sec 1.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday (June 10th) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Riverside Memorial Chapel, 1310 Prospect St., Ewing Township, NJ. A private family gathering will follow in Morrisville, PA. Local arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Nancy B. Voorheis

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Nancy B. Voorheis

Age 83, of Burdett, NY, passed away on June 1, 2022.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4h St., Watkins Glen, NY on Wednesday, June 8, from 12 noon-2 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. at the funeral home; and burial at Hector Union Cemetery.

Nancy was born on May 22, 1939, the daughter of the late Kenneth and Irene (Knapp) Bush.

Nancy graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1957 as Class Salutatorian. She was a lifelong member of the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church. She was also a member and secretary of the Ladies Wednesday Afternoon Club in Burdett, the Reynoldsville Community Club, and the Reynoldsville United Methodist Women's group. She retired from Cornell University.

She is survived by her husband, Keith T. Voorheis, and celebrated 60 years of marriage on May 26.

Nancy was predeceased by their son, Keith L. Voorheis.

She is also survived by her daughter, Gen (James) Switzer of Candor; seven grandchildren, Christopher Switzer, Cindy (Josh) Briggs, Courtney Switzer, Clifford (Danielle) Switzer, Taylor Voorheis, Keith (Abi) Voorheis, and Jessica Voorheis; sisters, Carolyn (Charles) Voorheis of Burdett, and Doris (the late Arvine) Pike of Burdett; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Obituary: Kathryn B. Fraboni

The following was submitted to The Odessa File by the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home in Watkins Glen.

Kathryn B. Fraboni

Age 84, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, June 4 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen followed by burial in Glenwood Cemetery.

Kay was born on June 30, 1937 in Pittston, PA. She was a graduate of Odessa Central School and received her LPN from Tompkins County Hospital.

Kay is survived by her husband, Amedeo A. Fraboni of Watkins Glen; son, Frank (Sara) Fraboni of NC; daughters, Kathryn (Alan) McBride of DE and Cindy (Brian) Pierce of Dansville, NY; daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Fraboni, Watkins Glen; sister, Angeline (Chris) Franzese, Watkins Glen; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins, along with friends she loved dearly.

Kathryn was predeceased by her parents, Joseph Borzell and Catherine Ipolitto; son, Anthony J. Fraboni; sister, Dr. Blanche Borzell (James Robertson), and great granddaughter, Sophia Grace McBride.

Kay was long dedicated to public health in many of the surrounding hospitals and doctors' offices. She was a talented artist, dedicated to her church, loved reading scriptures from the Bible and had a wit about her that will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Bampas House, P.O. Box 965, Corning, New York 14830, or the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Brian Linwood DeHond

The following was submitted to The Odessa File by the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home in Watkins Glen.

Brian Linwood DeHond

Age 70, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on May 22, 2022 at the Cortland Regional Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (Misty Glen) after a long struggle with cancer and diabetes.

Brian was born in Williamson, NY to Linwood DeHond and Jeannette P. DeHond on Dec. 9, 1951. In 1970 he graduated from Bloomfield High School. He also studied at Monroe Community College. For over 10 years, prior to his retirement, Brian was a Medical Office Assistant for Lourdes Family Practice in Owego, NY. He was a remarkable guitar player, even taking time to teach guitar techniques to some high school students.

Brian is survived by his companion, Bonnie A. Romeo of Montour Falls; daughter Kimberly (Michael) McCarthy of N. Fort Myers, Florida; sons Jesse (Marisa) of Tampa, Florida, and Garrett (Ha-Young Park) of Seoul, South Korea; brothers Bruce (Marie) of Rush, NY and David (Lori) of Dillsburg, PA. In addition, Brian is survived by his aunt, Carol P. Franzese, and numerous cousins. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Aidan McCarthy, Isabella and Alyssa DeHond, and Leon Park DeHond. Brian is also survived by his friend of many years, James Strauss of Rochester, NY. Brian was predeceased by his parents.

Burial will be on Thursday, June 2, at noon at Holy Cross Cemetery on Route 14 in Watkins Glen, NY. The Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements. Memories of Brian may be shared with his family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com.

Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County (124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865), Schuyler County Volunteer Ambulance Association (909 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891), or the charity of your choice.

Obituary: Joan Elizabeth Oates

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Joan Elizabeth Oates

Joan Elizabeth Oates, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Friday, May 27, 2022. 

Joan was born in 1953 in Rockville Centre, Long Island, with her twin sister, to parents Helen and John Lantela. Joan had a happy childhood growing up on the Island and had fond memories as a young adult enjoying beach house living with her best friends. Upon meeting her husband in Bayville, NY, Joan and Mike married in 1980 and moved to Schuyler County, NY.

Joan is survived by her husband of 41 years, Michael James Oates; her daughters, Molly Oates of Watkins Glen and Kathryn (Stephen) Jones of White Plains, NY; her grandson Hank; sisters, Judy (Thomas) Sturniolo and Susan (Arthur) Rommel; and several nieces, nephews, and friends she loved dearly.

She was preceded in death by her beloved parents; her sister, Ellen (William) Schieb; and her brother, John Lantela. 

Joan will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, and friend. She was the captain of her high school kickline team as well as an adventurous backpacker traveling through Europe in the 1970s. As an employee of the United States Postal Service, she was also a noted and respected labor leader. She was known for her kindness, generosity, humor, and love of laughter as well as cooking outrageous meals for loved ones. For the last twenty years, Joan lived with a chronic illness, facing it with grace and strength while still putting others before herself. Her family will be forever grateful to all of her caretakers.

A celebration of life will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. at Joan’s home on Saturday, June 4, 2022. All friends and family are welcome.

Obituary: Philip Archer

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Philip Archer

Age 81, of Watkins Glen, NY, loved by many, passed away on May 24, 2022 at home.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Sunday, May 29 from 2-4 p.m.; followed by a memorial service at 4:00 p.m. 
                                                                     
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Beverly Buczek Archer; children, Hope Decker (Andrew) of Canandaigua, NY and David Archer, Galway, Ireland; grandchildren, Abby (Andy) Coon, Milwaukee, WI, Alex Decker, Canandaigua, Aidan Decker, Canandaigua, Breffni Archer, Galway, Ireland, and Ailbhe Archer, Galway, Ireland; sister, Sue Smith (Bill) of Rush, NY; and sister-in-law, Pat Archer, Brownville, NY.

He was predeceased by his parents, Kenneth and Louise (Rich) Archer; brother Bill Archer, Brownville; and grandson Tiernan Archer, Galway, Ireland.

Service to his community was an important part of who Phil was. He served as a trustee on the Montour Falls Library, Southern Tier Library System, and Library Trustees Association boards. He was also a member of the Eaton’s Neck Fire Department as a commissioner, chief, fireman, and EMT. He was a president, board member, and conference co-chair of the Northeastern Educational Research Association.

Phil’s kind and generous soul always made room for family, friends, good food, and a good joke. He dearly loved this beautiful life and the people he got to share it with.

Donations in Phil’s memory can be made to the Montour Falls Library, 406 W. Main St.,, Montour Falls, NY 14865 or to the Southern Tier Library System, 9424 Scott Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870 for a scholarship in his name.

Obituary: Anthony J. Fraboni

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Anthony J. Fraboni

Age 62, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on May 19, 2022.

Services will be held May 25, 2022 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen, followed by burial at St. Mary's Cemetery.

Tony was born on August 27, 1959 at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, NY. He was a graduate of Watkins Glen Central School and received his BS from Syracuse University.

Tony is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Viglione Fraboni, of Watkins Glen; son Mark A. (Tristine Mace) Fraboni of St. Perersburg, FL; brother Frank (Sarah) Fraboni of Oriental, NC; sisters Kathy (Alan) McBride of Bear, DE, and Cindy (Brian) Pierce of Dansville, NY; sisters-in-law Margaret Kuznets of Hubbard Lake, MI, and Chanh Viglione of Tully, NY; brothers-in-law Thomas Viglione of Kansas City, Kansas and Alex Kuznets of Cherry Hill, NJ; parents Kathryn and Amedeo Fraboni and Beverly and Thomas Viglione, all of Watkins Glen; several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles, and friends he loved dearly.

Tony was predeceased by his great niece Sophia McBride, aunt Dr. Blanche Borzell, uncle Jim Robertson, and brother-in-law John R. Viglione.

Tony was long dedicated to public service. He served as treasurer for the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce, and was on the Tri-County Housing Board and the Watkins Glen Public Library Board. He was a former village Planning Board member, and a village trustee. As a trustee he was instrumental as a member of the Joint Project Committee in the construction of a regional water treatment plant along the canal between Watkins and Montour Falls. A longtime VP and branch manager of Community Bank in Watkins Glen, he retired in 2021. He was an active Rotarian, having served as its president, and the moving force behind a successful annual fund-raising Rotary auction. He was a Paul Harris Fellow, and received the Chamber of Commerce Community Spirit Award and Max Neal Award. He was also an Odessa File Essential of Schuyler County.

Tony was an avid SU basketball fan, snowmobiler, jet skier, boater, and cigar smoker. He and his sense of humor will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Bampa’s House, P.O. Box 965, Corning, NY 14830, or the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865.

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Joyce C. Francis

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Joyce C. Francis

Age 85, of Montour Falls, NY and Poplar Point, Dundee, NY, passed away on May 18, 2022.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Tuesday (May 24) from 2-4 p.m.; followed by a memorial service at 4:00 p.m. 

Joyce was born on September 18, 1936 to the late Pete and Clara Clark.

Joyce is survived by her children, Pat (Daryl) Avery of Montour Falls, Jackie (Guy) Close of San Diego, CA, Carol Zigl of Plum Tree, IN, Jim Burnham (Laurie Sampson) of Newfield, NY and Joyce Burnham (Les Baldwin) of Watkins Glen, NY; a twin sister, Joan Frisk of Montour Falls, NY; grandchildren Traci Fitzgerald, Jacob Close and Maria Zigl: great-grandchild Keagan Fitzgerald; special stepdaughter Sharon (Scott) Slater, and many nieces and nephews she loved dearly.

Joyce was also predeceased by her husband, Bill Francis; her brothers Jack, John, Jerry and Joe Clark; her son-in-law, Jerry Zigl, and brother-in-law Joe Wade.

Mom taught us the importance of family. Nothing made her happier than a busy, loud, “everyone should be here” family gathering and it didn’t matter the occasion; it could be a holiday, birthday or just because she thought it was time to get together.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to your favorite charity in Mom’s memory or simply be kind and share your treasures with those not as gifted as you.

You may share a memory of Joyce with her family by visiting her obituary at RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Cecile A. McIlwain

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Cecile A. McIlwain

Age 82, of Beaver Dams, NY, passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. She was born in Elmira, NY on June 14, 1939, the daughter of the late Charles and Katie (Dibble) Manwaring, and graduated from Painted Post High School.

Cecile was an aide at Barnell Homes in Beaver Dams for many years. She loved to work on plastic canvas and ceramics, and enjoyed putting on toy parties.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Warren S. McIlwain; six children, Warren S. McIlwain, Jr. (Jerri) of AL, Julie McIlwain of Risingville, NY, Sherry (Steve) Woodworth of Corning, NY, Lisa McIlwain of Wellsboro, PA, Lori McIlwain of Lawrenceville, PA, and Scott (Caroline) McIlwain of Beaver Dams; a sister, Rose Bennett of Painted Post; seventeen grandchildren; and many great grandchildren.

Cecile’s family will hold services privately. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home in Montour Falls.

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Virginia M. Peters

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Virginia M. Peters

Age 78, of Odessa, NY, passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. She was born in Ithaca, NY on October 12, 1943, the daughter of the late Carl and Irma (Boyce) Pertl, and graduated from Odessa-Montour High School.

Virginia worked at Schuyler Hospital for over 40 years. She was a member of the Montour Moose Lodge. Virginia liked to travel and was always up for an adventure. She loved to help people.

She is survived by her three daughters, Lorraine Cole (Tom Mallow) of Horseheads, NY, Tracy Fitzpatrick of Odessa and Heather Goossen (Jack McCauley) of Montour Falls, NY; two step children, Brian Peters of Montour Falls and Karen (Joe) McLaine of Newfield, NY; two grandsons, Ryan (Kelli) Goossen of TN and Tyler Goossen of FL; and two great grandsons, Declan Goossen and Derrick Eddington. She was predeceased by her husband, Jim Peters, in 2000.

A celebration of Virginia’s life will be held on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at the Montour Moose Lodge, 2096 State Route 14, Montour Falls. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home in Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Donald W. Litteer

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Donald W. Litteer

Age 84, of Dundee, NY, entered unto rest on Sunday, May 8, 2022 at Soldiers & Sailors Hospital in Penn Yan, NY. His niece Donna and her husband Brad were with him when he passed.

He was born in Altay, NY on May 23, 1937, the son of the late Frederick and Ethel Litteer, and attended Dundee Central School. He worked at Corning Glass for many years.

After Donnie left Corning Glass, he transitioned into truck driving. At some point in his career he began driving for R.K. Howell. He drove what his family lovingly referred to as “The Big Green Truck.” Donnie loved that truck and would keep it washed and greased.

Donnie enjoyed hunting, and turkey shoots. Whether it was a moving or standing target, his nephew Marty said, he was an excellent shot. He also enjoyed fishing and stock car racing.

His sister Sadie said that in his younger years, he was the proud owner of some beautiful cars and a motorcycle. She remembers a beautiful turquoise 1954 Harley Davidson that Donnie enjoyed riding. Her mother would tell her not to ride with him, but she would whenever she got a chance.

Donnie’s nephews, Marty Litteer and Chuckie Ackley, have many wonderful stories they share about their adventures with Uncle Donnie in their younger years. His nephew, Jimmy Barrett, was faithful to check on and visit with him. Phil Wright, Donnie’s nephew, checked on him and invited him for meals.

In Donnie’s later years, he loved mowing his lawn and loved the flowers that came up each year that his wife Virginia had planted. Donnie also enjoyed company and reminiscing about days gone by. He was always there to lend a helping hand to his friends when needed. He had many special friends that visited right up until the end: Brenda and Jeff O’Connell, Steve Hill, Charlie Reed, Francis and Lester Johnson, Jim Yeoman, Joe Mattison, Eddie and Elva Zimmerman, and Shelly and Jack Ayers.

Donnie was predeceased by his loving and kind dog, Hershey, that rode with Donnie frequently to the Classic Café for morning coffee; his friends used to tease him. Hershey will be laid to rest with Donnie and Ginny.

Donnie’s household was run by his beloved cat, Buddy. Buddy gave orders and everyone did what they were told. Buddy was a wonderful companion and housemate. Even if you weren’t a cat lover, Buddy would win you over with his personality (although he was pretty dominating). Donnie’s sister, Sadie, oversaw the household responsibilities that were beyond Buddy the cat’s capabilities.

Donnie had some health issues that required a caregiver. Jeff O’Connell became his primary caregiver with the help of his wife Brenda. In April of 2022, he had some further health issues and his sister Sadie, niece Donna and her husband Brad had to assist with his care so he could remain in his home as long as possible. His nephew, Stoney Mattison, kept Donnie and his caregivers well fed with home cooked meals.

Donnie was predeceased by the love of his life, Virginia L. Litteer. They were married for 56 years. Donnie missed his beloved wife right up until his last breath. He often spoke about how much he missed her.

He was also predeceased by his sister, Emma Barrett; brother, Fred (Skip) Litteer; brother, Robert Litteer, and sister, Lillian Ackley.

He is survived by his sister, Sadie Wheeler of Dundee; sister-in-law, Avis Litteer of Penn Yan; and by several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date. Donnie will be laid to rest in Tyrone Union Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Edith A. (Specchio) Kelly

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Edith A. (Specchio) Kelly

Age 76, of Burdett, NY passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, peacefully at home.

She was born on December 23, 1945, the daughter of the late Francis “Pompey” and Edith Specchio. She was also predeceased by her companion, Donald Romeo.

She is survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law, Theodore & Patricia Specchio and James & Kathy Specchio; her children, Craig (Cindy) Kelly, Randy (Amy) Kelly, Kim (Tim Lock) Kelly, Corie (Andy) Stansfield and Gary (Brenda) Kelly; her grandchildren, Andrew Kelly, Kari-Ann (Taylor) Gates, Joshua (Stacey) Kelly, Jacob (Katie) Kelly, Alycia (Craig) Bianco, Samantha Steinruck, Brittany (James) Kelly, Taylor (Dalton) Kelly, Braeden Lock, Joseph (Courtney) Stansfield, Jessica (Christopher) Duane, Zachary (Makenzi) Kelly, Kendal (Katelyn) Crout, and 11 great grandchildren who were her pride and joy. She is also survived by her best friend and “sister” Marge Arcangeli and by the father of her children, Gary Kelly.

She spent her life as a homemaker and made a career out of raising children; her own, her grandchildren and her great grandchildren. In addition to her own family, she helped touch the lives of over forty children and their families by being a childcare provider. Edie attended Watkins Glen High School and has resided in Burdett her entire life. Besides being a beloved “Gram,” “GG” and “Bam Bam,” she enjoyed her flower gardens, watching her birds and attending her great grandchildren’s sporting events. Edie was a devoted member of the Burdett Presbyterian Church.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, May 16, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, 119 Fifth St., Watkins Glen, NY. Her memorial service will follow at 6:00 p.m. Suggested donation can be made to the Burdett Presbyterian Church in her memory. Memories of Edie may be shared with her family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Service: Theodore H. 'Ted' Siri Jr.

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Theodore H. "Ted" Siri Jr.

A graveside service for Theodore H. "Ted" Siri Jr. will be held on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at Montour Cemetery (Upper Entrance), Mill St., Montour Falls, NY. A celebration of Ted's life will immediately follow at Kookalaroc's Bar and Grill in Watkins Glen.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home in Montour Falls.

Ted, 78, of Watkins Glen, died on Dec. 18, 2021 after a long and courageous battle of 22 years. He passed away peacefully at his son's home in Utah with his family by his side.

He is survived by his loving family: his wife of 22 years, Theresa Siri; three sons, Ted (Tonya) Siri and Garrett Siri of Highland, Utah, and Tyler Siri of Horseheads, NY; brother, Richard (Bev) Siri; sister, Arleen Place of Santa Rosa, CA; eight grandchildren, Jordan (Stephanie), Mykenna (Kyle), Taylor (Paul), J.T., Braden, Nick, Lauren, and Maya; and several nieces and nephews.

Obituary: Constance M. Smith

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Constance M. (Connie) Smith

Age 74, of Big Flats, NY passed peacefully to heaven on April 25, 2022 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY after a sudden illness.

Connie was a successful business owner of Tattersandscraps and a proud ‘up-cycler’ and maker of handmade items and original designs from antique, vintage and new materials. She did beautiful work and appreciated all her customers and people that visited her online shop. She had previously worked as a legal secretary for several agencies. Connie also worked at the John Voorheis Nationwide office in Watkins Glen as a secretary with her mom and Jackie.

She was predeceased by her parents, William and Celia Wakeman of Watkins Glen, and her nephew Steven Wakeman of IL. She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Jack Smith II; brothers and their wives, Bill & Maggie Wakeman of TX, and Larry & Kathy Wakeman of NY; sister and her husband: Carla and Joe Mospan of CA; niece Jill Hoos and great niece Jessica; nephew and wife Robert & Ksandra Wakeman and great niece; and several aunts and uncles, cousins, and friends. Connie was also predeceased by her many furry feline friends that she adored. 
              
Connie was a beautiful person, an excellent wife, my best friend, an excellent cook and helped me many times. Her lovely eyes, beautiful smile and laugh will be missed by all.
                                                                              
I want to thank Arnot Ogden Medical Center ICU for keeping her stable until the Strong Memorial Hospital Cardiac ICU Critical Care Transport Team arrived. The Critical Care Team did a wonderful job keeping me informed, getting Connie ready for the trip and successfully transporting her to the Rochester Unit. I want to thank Strong Memorial Cardiac ICU daily personnel for their overall professionalism caring for Connie, and especially the nurses for taking care of her. But unfortunately she had other organ problems before the heart surgery could be performed.
                                                                                    
There will be a private celebration of life for Connie at the convenience of her family. Interment will be in Montour Cemetery at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to alleycat.org, or to plant a tree in her memory visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Lorna Aidan McGonigal

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File at the request of a family member.

Lorna Aidan McGonigal

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -- Lorna Aidan McGonigal, 43, passed away from a sudden, unexpected illness on May 1st, 2022, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she lived with her loving husband, Tyler Schott, and their wonderful daughter, Zora. Lorna was born in Ithaca, NY, on April 9th, 1979, the daughter of Linda Fazzary and George McGonigal of Hector.

Lorna graduated from the Alternative Community School in Ithaca in 1997. She then attended Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, where her gifts for learning foreign languages (including French and Arabic), for writing and for art moved to the forefront of her studies. She transferred to Moore College of Art in Philadelphia. Lorna later secured admission to the University of Pennsylvania, where she took classes while working as an administrative/grant writing assistant at the University's School of Nursing. She graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree in Urban Studies and a Minor in Linguistics.

Lorna has a beautiful and special spirit, and is very loved. She was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter and friend. Caring and thoughtful, ready to help family, friends or strangers -- that was Lorna. Her heart could move mountains. She was sensitive, and also very witty and funny. Lorna loved art, music and literature, was an incredible writer and a fabulous cook. She was interested in a wide range of issues related to social justice and human rights. She was a feminist and abhorred racism. Lorna lived her life, and taught her daughter Zora, true to her beliefs. She loved walking in Philadelphia, photographing the cityscape and spending time with the daughter she adored.

Lorna is survived by her husband, Tyler Schott; her daughter, Zora; her mother, Linda Fazzary of Burdett; her father, George McGonigal (Cathy Emilian) of Ithaca; her father- and mother in-law, David and Anita Schott of Ithaca; brother-in-law, Jared Schott of Apex, NC; her Aunt Peggy and Uncle Tom Richardson (cousins Jessica Franzese, Katie and Sam Richardson) of Watkins Glen; Grandpa Carl Crispell of Ithaca, and Cathy's son, Keaton Daley. Uncles Morgan (Sue) Fazzary of Georgia and Mark Fazzary of Florida also survive her, as do her Great Aunt and Uncle, Barbara and Joe Fazzary of Watkins Glen. Lorna loved her many cousins, and her siblings by another mother (Yvonne Singh), Sian and Cian. She was predeceased by her grandparents, Pauline and Frank Fazzary, Jane McGonigal Crispell, Richard McGonigal, and Uncle Stewart Fazzary.

Lorna was a creative, bright and beautiful person, special and unique. She will be missed beyond words.

A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 315 N. Cayuga St.,Ithaca, NY on Saturday, May 14th at 1 p.m. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in Lorna's name may be made to Planned Parenthood or to the National Pancreas Foundation.

Obituary: Doris Force-Huston

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Doris Force-Huston

Age 94, of Montour Falls, NY, died in her home on May 9, 2022 surrounded by loved ones. Doris was born October 11, 1927, the eldest of Fred and Grace Cope of Beaver Dams, NY.

Taking after her father, Fred, who played fiddle at grange hall dances, Doris loved music and sang blues and jazz. She sang with The Lewis Sisters at venues in Elmira, Corning, Albany, and surrounds. Her sisters, Arlene and June, also sang with Doris at family parties and events. After marrying and having children, she continued to sing and play piano right up to her 94th birthday.

Doris married Arlo Havens (deceased) and is survived by her son, Terry Havens, also a musician. She married Joseph Filippetti and is survived by Peter Filippetti, Fred Filippetti, Steven Filippetti, and Nathan Filippetti. Fred and Steve are also musicians. Doris married Sam (Francis) Force (deceased) and is survived by her daughter Cynthia G. Neale. She also married Donald Huston (deceased) of Valois, NY at age 70. She is survived by her siblings, Arlene Cope Learn, June Cope Benjamin, Kenneth Cope, and Sandra Cope Bates. Doris had eleven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces.

Everyone loved “Dory!” Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church, 305 Church St., Odessa, NY. Doris’s funeral service will follow at 12:00 noon (masks, please).  A celebration of her life dish-to-pass picnic will be held after services at Havana Glen, Montour Falls with music by her family.

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Larry C. Mosher

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Larry C. Mosher

Age 58, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at home. He was born in Montour Falls on May 10, 1963, the son of the late Philip L. “Stubby” and Irene E. (McMullen) Mosher and graduated from Odessa-Montour High School, Class of ’81.
 
Larry worked at Watkins Glen International for 36 years, then went on to work for the Village of Montour Falls until 2021. Larry was an avid hunter and a member of the Spencer Masonic Lodge, Montour Moose Lodge, Mechanics Club, and Millport Hunting & Fishing Club.  He will be missed by many friends and family, but most of all his sense of humor will be deeply missed. 
 
He is survived by three daughters, Stephanie Segura of Dundee, Stacy Arnold of Beaver Dams and Ashley Castillo of Beaver Dams; brothers, Phil (Sherry) Mosher of Ladson, SC and Mike Mosher of Montour Falls; sisters, Sandra (Harry) Harrison of Montour Falls and Renee Mosher (Chuck) of Montour Falls; five grandchildren; nieces and nephews Billy Mosher, Jason Mosher, Shane Mosher, Josh Coon, Sammie (Chad) Coon, and many other nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and sisters, Jane Briggs and Bonda Orso.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, May 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A graveside service will follow at 12:00 noon at Montour Cemetery, Mill St., Montour Falls.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Masonic Lodge of Spencer, 1 Temple Lane,  P.O. Box 333, Spencer, NY 14883. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Donald J. Romeo

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Donald J. Romeo

Age 75, of Watkins Glen, NY left us after a very long and hard fight with his cancers  on Friday, May 6, 2022 at the Bampa's House in Corning.

Donald was born in Montour Falls, NY on August 11, 1946, the son of the late Dominic J. “Mim” and Ethel N. Romeo. Don attended Morrisville College and took classes at Corning Community College. He was a drafting designer for Shepard Niles Crane and Hoist, American LaFrance, Corning Glass, and World Kitchen.

Don was an inspired photographer, who photographed many Watkins Glen High School sporting events and travel teams. His passion was taking photos for Land of Legends Raceway in Canandaigua, NY, “Don's Happy Place.” Don will be awarded a photography award from Land of Legends this year. He also took photos at the Dundee Raceway and often appeared at many other racetracks and sports car event. His family expresses their thanks to the Faulk Cancer Center and U of R for their care of Don.  

Don is survived by his sisters, Sandra Romeo of Horseheads, NY, Bonnie A. Romeo of Montour Falls, and Karen Romeo of Watkins Glen, as well as his companion, Edie Kelly. In addition, he is survived by Tony Vickio (who was like a brother), his goddaughter, Beth Vickio-Howard; many caring friends throughout the United States and Canada; as well as the descendants of Dominick and Carmela Franzese.

Friends and family may call from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 at the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen. A private graveside service at Holy Cross Cemetery, Watkins Glen, will be held at the convenience of the family.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bampa's House, PO Box 965, Corning, NY 14830, Schuyler Ambulance, PO Box 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891, the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865, or to a charity of one's choice.

Memories of Don may be shared with his family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Janice Kron

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Janice Kron

The inevitable conclusion of the long goodbye (Alzheimer’s) arrived for Janice Kron on May 7, 2022 at the age of 77 while a resident at Beechtree Center for Rehabilitation in Ithaca, NY. After several years on this painful journey, we hold in our hearts the many more years of adventure she lived and shared with us. Janice was an explorer at heart.

Born on August 26, 1944, in Corning, NY, it didn’t take long for the freedom and love of the 1960’s to set her pace for the future. Janice was a glass worker, bartender, waitress, home health aide, bookkeeper, and office assistant over the years. However, she found the greatest joy exploring the world as a travel agent. Traveling to Europe, Africa, and throughout the islands in the Caribbean Sea. She enjoyed the depths of coral reefs diving in Bonaire and the heights of the Cliffs of Moher. She also journeyed at home, being a frequent volunteer to take her grandchildren to soccer, baseball, wrestling, basketball. Often including a side adventure to a place that caught her eye. Whether she was Mom, Grandma, or Gigi, she loved her family and would instantly change her plans to help any of us.

Janice was predeceased in life by her parents, Marvin and Evelyn Snyder. She was also on this world longer than her son, Ronald Shutter, and her sister, Nancy Snyder. She leaves her love in the hearts of her sisters Myra Giberson and Marie Jordan. Her husband, whom she became friends with again later in life, Robert Kron. Her daughters, Wendy (Brian Simpson) Shutter of Montour Falls, NY and Victoria Kron of Ithaca. Her daughter-in-law, Margaret Shutter of Horseheads, NY. Her grandchildren, Melissa (Ben) Fleischacker of Hankinson, ND, Austin Kron of Ithaca, Matthew (Maddie) Simpson of Horseheads, Matthew Shutter of Alpine, NY, Desiree Simpson of Elmira, NY, and Morgan (Nicole) Shutter of Horseheads. And until the day she died, her face would beam with light when shown pictures of her beautiful great grandchildren, Brayden Kron, Bentley Simpson, Aubree & Mackenzie Shutter, Gage & Roni Sue Fleischacker.

There will be no calling hours. In memory of Janice, the next time you are traveling around town, take a moment and stop somewhere new and different. Explore your world. Moreover, never forget to thank those who spend their careers taking care of your loved ones. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: James F. LaRow

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James F. LaRow

Age 65, of Newfield, NY passed away on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca, NY. He was born in Montour Falls, NY on March 14, 1957, the son of the late Sanford and Frances (Hagadorn) LaRow, and graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School.

Jim was maintenance and a forklift operator at Wagner Hardwoods for over 35 years. He loved taking a long, easy ride on his motorcycle. He could often be found with a tool in his hand to work on a car or his latest home improvement project. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Jim always kept the door open for anyone looking to come in and shoot the breeze. He always looked forward to taking a drive in his ’69 Firebird. He was also an animal lover.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jill (Lawrence) LaRow; three sons, Jeff (Lisa) LaRow, James LaRow, Jr., and Joseph LaRow; sister, Brenda Collins of Newfield; two brothers, Timothy LaRow of Cayuta, NY and Paul (Betty) LaRow of Raeford, NC; mother-in-law, Ellnora Coil of Newfield; granddaughter, Makayla LaRow; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother, Sammy LaRow.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Contributions may be made in Jim’s memory to the Southern Tier Animal Control, 2897 Westinghouse Rd., Horseheads, NY 14845.

Obituary: Gene H. Smith

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Gene H. Smith

Age 67, of Reading Center, NY, passed away after a long illness, at home with family by his side, on May 1, 2022.

He worked for Shepard Niles for nearly 30 years, and the WGCSD until he retired in 2016. He loved taking walks on state land with his wife and family, as well as working in their extensive gardens and tinkering with DIY projects.

He is survived by his much-loved wife JoAnn; children Jacinta of Reading Center, Aaron (Abbey) of Waukegan, IL, and Devlin (Vanessa) of Huntsville, AL; and grandchildren Alex,
Piper, Gabe, Lula, Alana, Kaden, Emberly, Brent and Garrett. He was predeceased by his
cherished father, Harry Smith, and much-loved father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lee and Louise Radcliffe.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either the Wildlife Wishing Well in Ithaca, or The Humane Society of Schuyler County in Montour Falls.

A Celebration of his life will be held at their home, 4087 State Route 14A in Reading Center, on May 14 from 5-7 p.m.

Please visit www.RoyceChedzoy.com to send a message of condolence to Gene’s family. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Memorial service: Margaret Bauman

The following was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member

A memorial service for Margaret June (Pound) Bauman of Watkins Glen, who died March 15, 2022 at the age of 90, will be held on Saturday, May 7 at the Odessa Baptist Church, 110 Fowler Place, Odessa, NY.

The service will be at 11:30 a.m., and will be followed by a meal in the church's Fellowship Hall.

Organizers say it would be helpful to know if anyone attending the service plans to stay for the meal. If so, please contact Richard Bauman at (607) 734-0309.

Anyone with photos related to Mrs. Bauman's life are encouraged to bring them to the service.

Obituary: Sharie Elizabeth Beaver

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Sharie Elizabeth Beaver

Age 79, of Burdett, NY, passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at Elderwood at Waverly after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born in Buffalo, NY on June 19, 1942, the daughter of the late Edward and Elizabeth (Pfohl) Werick.

Sharie received her Bachelor's Degree in Food Science from Cornell University. She was the owner/operator of Stillman's Greenhouse in Montour Falls for forty years. She enjoyed traveling, walking and gardening, but her greatest love was her family, friends and community.

Sharie was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Stanley Beaver, on January 15, 2021. She is survived by her daughter, Laurie (Mark) Guminski of Lakewood, CO; son, Steven (Melanie) Beaver of Watkins Glen; sister, Catherine Fine of Flagstaff, AZ; brother, Edward Werick III of Buffalo, NY; and three grandchildren, Brian Swartwood, Kaitlyn Valla and Spencer Beaver.

There will be a celebration of life for Sharie and Stan on Thursday, May 5, 2022 from 3-5 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Private burial will be in Montour Cemetery. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Vernon K. Webster

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Vernon K. Webster

Age 92, of Rock Stream, NY passed away on April 28, 2022 after a brief illness.

The family will receive friends at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 112 Sixth Street, Watkins Glen, NY from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. on Wednesday (May 4); followed by a Requiem Eucharist Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. at the church. A reception and time to greet the family will follow at the church fellowship hall. A committal interment with military honors will be held on his birthday, July 6, at Pleasant View Cemetery in Reading Center at 11:00 a.m.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Marion; son Donald Webster of Watkins Glen; daughter Tina Churches (Bruce) of Branchport; grandson Jeremy Webster (Dawana) of Rhome, TX, and granddaughter Laura Sabatini (Jason) of Trumansburg.

Vernon was a Korean War Veteran who continued his service in the Army Reserves until 1989. He retired from Shepard Niles. Vernon was also a member of the VFW, Elks, and St. James’ Episcopal Church in Watkins Glen. He was also a member of the Mechanics Club and Dundee Flying Club. Donations in his memory may be made to St. James’ Episcopal Church.

You may share a memory of Vernon with his family by visiting his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Marilyn Kay Cooper

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Marilyn Kay (Voorheis) Cooper

Age 75, of Trumansburg, NY passed away on April 27, 2022.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, May 3 at 11:00 a.m. at the Union Cemetery of Hector in Burdett, followed by a get-together at the Burdett Fire Station.

Marilyn was born in Montour Falls, NY on November 24, 1946, the daughter of the late Lyle and Myrtle (Usher) Voorheis. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Trumansburg, and will be warmly remembered by many.

She is survived by her son, Kenneth C. Colburn II (Belinda); daughters, Schaun Lupo (Carl Sr.), Venesia Green (Scott), and Carlea Cooper Fernandes; brothers, Wayne (Florence) Voorheis and Melvin (Judy) Voorheis; sisters, Bonnie Covington and Sandra Christensen; brother-in-law Lee Newhart; sister-in-law Sharon Voorheis; 13 grandchildren, Jennifer Cooper (Chad), Ralph Lupo, Carl Lupo Jr., Doug Lupo, Maple Colburn, Brandon Green (Lauri), Kayli Green, Jordan Colburn, Sean Colburn, Hunter Colburn, Tyler Fernandes (Cassey), Samantha McDaniel (Cody), and Breann Fernandes; 12 great-grandchildren, Jason, Isabella, Christopher, Isaac, Michael, Blake, Paytynne, Carter, Mason, Saxon, Russell, and Liam; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Marilyn was predeceased by her husband, Robert Cooper Jr., in 2019; and also by her parents, Lyle and Myrtle Voorheis, brother Carl Voorheis, and sisters, Joyce Newhart and Arlene Reddick.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen, NY.

Obituary: Nora E. Hults

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Nora E. (Whitehead) Hults

Age 92, formally of Pulteney, NY, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Monday, April 25, 2022 at the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY. She was born on April 28, 1930, the daughter of the late Ira and Cora (Cleveland) Whitehead.

Nora was predeceased by her husband of 44 years, Russell T. Hults; two sons, Larry and Donald Hults; a brother, Dwight Whitehead; a sister, Louise Shattack; and by a great granddaughter, Sierra Rose Parker.

She is survived by three sons, Francis, Daniel and Phillip Hults, all of Bath, NY; four daughters, Cheryl Allen (Dennis Lindsley) of Odessa, NY, Debra Hines (David deceased) of Watkins Glen, NY, Susan Hults (Jack White deceased) and Deb Hoad; many grandchildren; great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 5 from 10-11 a.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Nora’s funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by burial in Thomas Cemetery in Pulteney. Following graveside services, there will be a gathering at a place to be announced. Please bring a dish to pass and your own table service.

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Charles W. Doane

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Charles W. Doane

Age 73, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on April 25, 2022.

A private family graveside service will be held at Beaver Dams Cemetery. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date, and will be announced.

Chuck was born on September 7, 1948 in Montour Falls, NY, the son of Maurice and Grace Doane. Chuck was a self-employed carpet installer for many years and retired from Warehouse Carpet in Horseheads. He was a 52 year-member of the BPOE #1546 Elks Lodge in Watkins Glen and the Mechanics Club in Montour Falls.

Chuck coached the Watkins Glen Sporting Goods Little League Baseball team for many years. He was a lifelong Yankees Baseball and Syracuse Basketball fan.

He is survived by his companion, Patricia Sabatini; three children, Adam Doane, Anthony Doane and Kalinda Doane, all of Watkins Glen; sisters Sandra Doane Sears and Debra Doane, both of Beaver Dams; two grandchildren, Jordan and Michael Doane; great-grandson Levi Swayze; his four-legged companion, Angus; and several nieces and nephews.

Please visit www.RoyceChedzoy.com to send a message of condolence to Chuck’s family.

Obituary: Rodney S. Jaynes

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Rodney S. Jaynes

Oh, the last goodbye’s the hardest to say, and this is where the cowboy rides away.

On April 22, Rodney’s wings were ready and the Lord called him home. He leaves behind his family and friends with broken hearts, but all had lives that were enriched by the man we called Husband, Dad, Grampa, Brother, Friend, and Competitor.

Rodney, 73, a resident of Beaver Dams, NY since childhood, proudly answered the call of his country when he was needed. He served in the U.S. Army and spent time in the Vietnam War. After returning home, he and his Dad had a successful riding stable and bought and sold many, many horses. He eventually had a rewarding career in Heavy Road Construction and retired from the Schuyler County Highway Department, where he served as Deputy Superintendent.

He always worked road construction to pay the bills, but there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that his true passion, and in his later years his salvation, was horses. He was a true cowboy. He loved horse trading and took great pride in happy customers. Over the years he had rode Broncs, Barrel Raced, and for the last few years excelled in Ranch Sorting and Team Penning. If RJ was there, it was going to be a good show with tough competition. He loved to ride with everyone! His trademark was to show up to a show with a new horse and being asked “What’s this horse?” he’d smile and say “I’ll let you know, I just bought her last night.” More often than not, he’d have that horse in the Winner’s Circle that day. In his earlier years, that feat may have taken some beer to accomplish, but later in life, it was pure talent and true horsemanship.

He was just as tough at Horse Auctions. If he saw one he liked, he was most likely going to own that horse when the auction was over. He had a great eye and unmatched talent in getting one to ride just right. Rodney will be truly missed by so many in the arenas and sales barns for years to come.

Rodney was so very proud of his family and the life he created. He was the best Husband, best Friend, Daddy, Grandpa, and Brother ever. He could be counted on day or night to help anyone who needed it. Whether you needed a hug, or a laugh, or a horse to ride, he was your man. He loved being Grampa, and took great pride in teaching his grandkids about horses and riding. They spent many days riding around with Grampa on the golf cart or Gator helping him do farm work. They will cherish those days and memories forever.

Rodney leaves behind his family that misses him dearly: his wife, Susan; son, Stephen and his fiancé, Missy Gonzalez; son, Michael, and daughter, Kimberly Johnson; brothers and sisters in law, Kenneth and Mary Jaynes, Larry and Charlotte Jaynes, and sister, Anna Snyder; father-in-law, Bill Cisco; his grandchildren, Kylie Colegrove, Tas, Oakley, and Faye Jaynes, Gavin and Kadence Johnson, Drew Holmes, and Gavin and Bella Gonzalez. He leaves behind nieces and nephews and many special friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Ralph and Mary Jaynes, and mother in law, Ellen Cisco.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Flint Funeral Home, 10 Wall Street in Addison on Friday, April 29, 2022 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. A celebration of Rodney’s life and military honors will immediately follow at 6:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Tunnels 2 Towers or the Wounded Warrior project.

Rodney’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at the Bath VA Medical Center for their dignity and compassionate care.

Obituary: Minarod J. Gascon, Jr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Minarod J. Gascon, Jr.

Age 86, of Monterey, NY passed away early in the morning on Wednesday, April 6, 2022.

He is survived by his daughter, Laura (Brian) Goodwin; son, Brian Gascon (Andrea Johnson); three grandchildren, Megan Goodwin (Jim S.), Kimberly Goodwin (Christopher G.), and Brandon (Jessica) Goodwin; and three great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Patricia Gascon, in 2020.

He will always be loved greatly and missed beyond words. Even more fortunate is that we knew we were loved by him. RIP daddy. We love you!

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, April 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. His funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m.

Minarod was a 20-year U.S. Army veteran and will be buried with full military honors at Maltby Cemetery. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: John N. Payne

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Bishop & DeSanto (formerly Avoca) Funeral Home, Avoca.

John N. Payne

CAMPBELL/AVOCA – John N. (Judd) Payne passed away quietly, surrounded by his loving wife and children, on Monday, April 18, 2022 after waging a fierce battle with Plasma Cell Leukemia.

In his short 62 years here, John made an impression on nearly everyone he ever met. He was the type of man who would go out of his way to help a perfect stranger, he never had a bad word to say about anyone, and he always had a story to tell. His wit, humor, and kindness were famous, as was his passion for all things automotive. Not many people in the world love Chevy trucks or Buicks as much, or know as much about them, as John Payne.

A hard worker since his youth, John was employed at Philips Lighting in Bath for 25 years. It was there, in 1984, that John met the woman of his dreams. It was her car that he spotted first, a 1964 Chevy Nova. When he finally met the woman who owned it, he knew he’d found a keeper. Thirty-seven years later, Deb was still the light of his life.

Together they built a beautiful life, raising three children and later watching their grandchildren grow. He will be deeply missed by his daughter Jenifer Payne and his grandsons, Xavier & Xander; his daughter Ashley (Halen) Allison and his granddaughters Annabelle, Hazel, and Skylar, and his son Justin Payne. John couldn’t have been prouder of the children they raised, but everyone knows it was the grandkids who stole his heart away.

In 2004 he left Philips to pursue a lifelong dream of owning a salvage yard. He took the big leap with his career change when he purchased Jaynes Used Auto Parts in Reading Center. He spent the next 17 years working ceaselessly to build and grow his business and to provide for his family.

When John wasn’t working with cars, he was an avid hunter and family man. He and Deb loved to spend their summers camping and swimming with their kids and grandkids and many friends. Recently they purchased a cottage on Waneta Lake where they enjoyed their “Lake Time” with their friends and family.

In addition to his devoted wife, loving children, and grandchildren, John is survived and will be missed by his mother (“Ma”), Ellen Payne nee Frankfather; his brothers, Steve (Deb) Bliss, Ron Bliss, and Dave (Bobbie) Bliss, and his sister Laurie Stevens nee Payne; as well as by several nieces and nephews and many other family and friends.

John was predeceased by his father, Nelson F. Payne, his paternal grandparents, John & Grace Payne nee Haley, and his maternal grandparents, Harry Frankfather and Delores Storebeck nee Bendle.

Calling hours will be held at the Bishop & DeSanto (formerly Avoca) Funeral Home, 22 N. Main St., Avoca, on Saturday, (April 23, 2022) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. A private service will be held later at the family’s convenience. A celebration of John’s life will be held for all family and friends at the Bath VFW beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday (April 23, 2022).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Inc. (LLS) to further research in the fight against blood cancers, online at https://givenow.lls.org/give/394054/#!/donation/checkout or by mail, PO Box 22324, New York, NY 10087.

The Bishop & DeSanto (formerly Avoca) Funeral Home is honored to assist John’s family with the arrangements.

To leave your own personal remembrance or condolence you may visit the Facebook page of Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home.

Obituary: Leonard Donald Knapp

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Leonard Donald Knapp

Age 71, of Watkins Glen, NY died very unexpectedly on Friday, April 8, 2022 at his home from a heart attack.

Born May 30, 1950, the son of Leonard and Lola Smith Knapp, Lenny lived all of his life in Watkins Glen, with the exception of college and construction work in Texas. He graduated from WGCS in 1968, SUNY Alfred in 1970, and SUNY College at Buffalo (including a semester in Siena, Italy) in 1972. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Watkins Glen and the Improved Order of Red Men.

In addition to working at Shepard Niles and Schuyler Hospital, Lenny was a skilled carpenter. He was also a loving and dependable brother and son who cared for his parents around the clock at the end of their lives, honoring their wishes to remain at home.

Lenny enjoyed hunting with his grandfather as a boy, and maintained an enthusiasm for it all of his life. He liked being out in the woods and walking with his dogs in the fields. He was an avid gardener and a problem solver who had an expansive interest in life, always wanting to share what he discovered with others.

Survivors include his sister Linda McIntyre, niece Laurel McIntyre, cousins Chuck Knapp, Lee Huey, Jane Leszyk, Jackie Gublo, and Jill Gaylord, and many dear friends.

A memorial gathering will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at the Watkins Glen Presbyterian Church. Donations in Lenny’s memory to the organization of one’s choice will be appreciated, as will written remembrances of his life from people who knew him.

The family thanks Kyle of the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home and Dr. Benjamin Saks for their assistance at this sad time.

Obituary: Frederick R. Scott

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Frederick R. Scott

Age 72, formerly of Odessa, NY and longtime funeral director and former owner of Vedder and Scott Inc. Funeral Home in Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2022 in Roanoke, Virginia.

Services will be held locally and will be announced at a later date. A full obituary will follow.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com.

Obituary: Douglas Hagin

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Douglas Hagin

Age 64, of Watkins Glen and formerly of Lansing, NY, passed away peacefully at home after an extended illness, on April 19, 2022.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Sunday (April 24) from 2 p.m.-5 p.m.; followed by a memorial service at the funeral home at 5 p.m.

He is survived by his wife Sandra Hagin; son Casey Hagin of Ithaca; daughter Kelsey (Dylan) Bailey of Horseheads; brother Bill (Jo) Hagin of Ithaca; sister Phyllis (Daryl) Haynor and their children, Kristen and Nicolas of Oakton, VA; and his beloved fur babies.

Doug was an Insurance Agent for 40 years, co-owning and operating E.C. Cooper Insurance in Watkins Glen since 2005. Doug was a member and Paul Harris Fellow of the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club, a member of the BPOE Elks Lodge in Watkins Glen, and a member and volunteer with the VetsRide motorcycle organization.

Doug was always a competitive person; from high school baseball to getting the bug to ski and becoming an instructor to racing on a professional circuit. After that, he decided to settle down and and continue his competitive qualities through his kids.

He was passionate about everything he did in life, like hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and spending time on Tug Hill with some of the best people. As of late, his greatest passions were his motorcycles, his family (2&4 legged), catching more fish than his daughter, and swimming faster than his son.

Doug was the kind of person who could make friends anywhere. He was a true friend and would do anything for anyone. He will be truly missed by all.

Memorial donations may be made in Doug’s memory to CareFirst or the Schuyler County Humane Society. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home.

Obituary: Richard E. Huyler, Jr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Haughey Funeral Home, Corning.

Richard E. Huyler, Jr.

Age 62, of Corning, NY passed away at his residence on April 17, 2022 with his family by his side.

Rick was born on November 17, 1959 in Corning, the son of Richard Huyler and Dora May Wright.

He attended Corning East High School, then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving with the 4th Battalion, 10th Marines, 2nd Marine Division from 1976-1979.

On July 1, 1995, he married Tracy Carey in their backyard in Beaver Dams, NY.

Rick worked at American LaFrance, was a self-employed contractor for several years, then worked for FM Howell in Elmira from 1993-2020.

He attended Grace Lee Memorial Wesleyan Church in Beaver Dams.

Rick enjoyed playing the guitar, drawing, watching NASCAR races, being a carpenter and building things, and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Tracy, of Corning; daughters, Alicia Huyler-Young of Corning and Elizabeth Huyler of Corning; grandchildren, Kollyn Huyler, Megan Huyler, Shannon Welch, Azreal Demby, Skyler Young, and Lukas Young; sisters, Dawn (Kevin) Wright of Palmyra, NY and Helen (Randy) Jackson of Lakeland, FL; brothers, Al (Kathy) Washburn of Puyallup, WA, Carl Washburn of Spokane, WA and Dale Wright; stepfather, Charles Wright; aunt, Geraldine (Ralph) Pipe; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Frank (Mary) Carey; brothers-in-law, Frank (Michelle) Carey and Robert Carey; and several nieces and nephews.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents, Richard E. Huyler, Sr. and Dora M. Wright; son, Richard Huyler, III; sister, Laura Huyler; and stepmother, Jan Huyler. 

Friends are invited for a public visitation on Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Grace Lee Memorial Wesleyan Church, 2075 Chambers Road in Beaver Dams with a funeral service to follow at noon with Pastor Greg Wixson officiating. Burial will be in Beaver Dams Cemetery.

Memorial donations, if desired, can be made to CareFirst, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14870, www.carefirstny.org, or to Guthrie Corning Cancer Center, 2 Guthrie Drive, Corning, NY 14830, www.guthrie.org/giving-guthrie/honor-memorial-giving.

Rick's family has entrusted his care to the Haughey Funeral Home, Inc.

Obituary: Karen A. Specchio Walther

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Lynch Funeral Home, Horseheads.

Karen A. Specchio Walther

Age 58, of Horseheads, NY passed away unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, April 12, 2022.

Karen is survived by her son: Dylan Walther and fiancé Tianna Angrove of Horseheads, NY; her cherished gifts: grandsons Aiden and Cole Walther; Mother Barbara Specchio of Watkins Glen; brother Larry Specchio (Laura); sister Laurie DeNardo (Robin); special nieces: Dr. Patti DeNardo Beall, and Alyssa Specchio. Karen was pre-deceased by her husband Jeff Walther on March 7, 2008, and by her father Theodore Specchio on October 12, 2014.

Karen was blessed by the care she was given by so many of her wonderful aides, especially Ann and Eileen. She loved spending time with family and the memories created on Seneca Lake.

Relatives and friends called at the Lynch Funeral Home, Horseheads on Saturday, April 16, with Karen's funeral service held at the conclusion of calling hours. Private burial will be held at Maple Grove Cemetery in Horseheads, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband Jeff.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Carefirst/Hospice to honor the wonderful care provided to Karen. Address: Carefirst, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14870. Words of condolence and memories may be shared at www.lynchsfuneralhome.com

To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Karen Walther, please visit the funeral home's Tree Store .

Obituary: Robert C. Searles

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls..

Robert C. Searles

Age 86, of Alpine,NY passed away at home on April 14, 2022. Bob was born on January 15, 1936 in Trumansburg, NY to the late Charles John Searles and Marjorie Marie Leonard Searles.
 
Bob retired as a mechanic in Ithaca. In his spare time, he loved working on the family farm with his brother and helping others with farming. Bob was an avid NASCAR fan, and he loved to hunt, bird watch and garden. He was always so proud of the big beets he grew. Bob was a gentle soul and very caring.

He was predeceased by his longtime friend, Emma; son Robby; brother Wayne; sisters Margie and Pat, and stepson David. He is survived by his son Rick (Kristen) of Ithaca; daughters Tammy (Jimmy) of Louisiana and Nancy (Jimmy) of Louisiana; sisters Donna (Tom), Wanda and Sandy; special nephews Chip (Michele) of Mecklenburg and Todd (Sara) of Trumansburg; special niece Tina (Joel) of Lodi; stepchildren Joanne (Bob), Andy (Sue), Carolyn, Elberta (Buck), Jim (Janet), Bruce (Connie), Charlie and Linda; and his special doggy friend, Bow Wow. Bob had several nieces and nephews, many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He will truly be missed by all who loved and knew him. 

Bob’s interment will be held on Sunday, April 24 at 11:00 a..m at Laurel Hill Cemetery, County Road 10, Alpine. Following the interment, the family will receive friends and family at his home, 3218 State Route 228, Alpine from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Donna K. Compton

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Donna K. Compton

Age 69, of Burdett, NY, passed away on April 14, 2022.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Thursday (April 21) from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.; followed by a memorial service celebrating her life at 8 p.m.

She is survived by her loving husband Paul; daughter Heather (Kevin) Gokey of Montour Falls; son James (Hannah) Compton of Burdett; three grandchildren, Kayla, Madelyn and Layne; mother Helen Moore of Montour Falls; and numerous brothers and sisters.

Donna loved her grandchildren and spending time at their home on Three Mile Bay. She also loved owls, especially collecting figures of them. Donna was the office manager at Gokey & Compton Heating & Air Conditioning in Montour Falls.

Please visit www.RoyceChedzoy.com to send a message of condolence to Donna’s family.

Obituary: Robert E. Allen

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Robert E. Allen

Age 68, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on April 13, 2022.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Friday (April 22) from 12 noon-2 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. at the funeral home and burial at Hector Presbyterian Cemetery. A reception will follow at Logan Community Center.

Bob was predeceased by his son Brandon Robert Allen and two brothers, Bernard and Henry Allen.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Lori Allen; sons Jason Allen of Montour Falls and Jeremy Allen of Elmira; stepson Joshua Brown of Burdett; mother Estellene ‘Esty” Allen of Montour Falls; sister Nancy Morse of Montour Falls; grandchildren Andrew, Jamielynn, Bella, Jason, and Sean; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Please visit www.RoyceChedzoy.com to send a message of condolence to Bob’s family.

Obituary: John C. Barnes

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

John C. Barnes

Age 72, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on January 28, 2022.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Friday, April 29 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; followed by military honors presented at 1:00 p.m.

John worked at Watkins Glen International Raceway as an Electrician and prior for the Village of Watkins Glen. He especially enjoyed time spent fishing and hunting with his friends.

John was born in Montour Falls, NY, the son of John “Jack” and Mary (DeWitt) Barnes. He honorably served in the United States Marine Corps.

He was predeceased by his parents, and daughter Jennifer Purvis. Also, a brother and sister, William Barnes and Nancy Williams.

Survivors include two daughters, Jannie (Jason) Taft of Campbell, NY and Dannielle Kinner of Pennsylvania. Also, sisters Patricia Henderson (Loren Walp) of Odessa, NY and Catherine (Bob) Buckingham of California; nieces and nephews, Heather Henderson of Odessa, Chris Barnes and family of Georgia, Shannon Ortega of California, Ryan Bradley of California, Matthew Buchanan of Odessa, and Jeffery Steiner of Spencer, NY; and one granddaughter, Jade (Joe) Taft.

Please visit his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com to share a memory of John with his family.

Obituary: Kenneth B. Hilliard

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls..

Kenneth B. Hilliard

Age 89, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away peacefully on Friday, April 8, 2022. He was born in Willimantic, CT on June 2, 1932, the son of the late Wallace and Bessie (Frink) Hilliard.

Ken, who served with the United States Air Force for several years, worked as a draftsman estimator at Vistawall Architectural Products in Lincoln, RI through the 1980’s and 1990’s and The Glass Company and Energy Savers in Elmira, where he retired in 2006.

He was an avid NASCAR fan; he was also a spotter for Spraker Racing for many years and enjoyed watching football. Ken loved antique automobiles, and was a founding member of the Rear Gears Hot Rod Club in Willimantic, CT and the Hector Car Show. He also worked for the Race Communications Association at the Watkins Glen race track in the early ‘70’s.

He is survived by a son, Mark P. Hilliard (Kelli Curtis) of Owlshead, ME; daughter, Sharron J. Hilliard (James Teribury) of Watkins Glen; grandchildren, Mitchell Hilliard (Lori) of Melbourne, FL, Corey Teribury (Sierra) of Montour Falls, NY, Michelle Chapman (Lucian Weese) of Ohio and Morgan Hilliard (Christine) of Maine; great grandchildren, Koby Hilliard of Elmira, Greyson Teribury of Montour Falls, Matthew, Brady and Carter Chapman of Ohio, and Cameron and Otis Hilliard of Maine; and special great niece, Kelly O’Sullivan. He was predeceased by his son, Mitchell K. Hilliard, in 2007.

A celebration of Ken’s life will be held on Saturday, April 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Valois Logan Hector Volunteer Fire Company, 5736 State Route 414, Hector. He will be buried next to his mother at a later date in Columbia, CT. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Valois Logan Hector Volunteer Fire Company.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Ruth Mosher Roy

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Ruth Mosher Roy

Age 105, of LaBelle, Florida and formerly of the Southern Tier, died peacefully on April 9, 2022. Ruth was born September 16, 1916.

Her early years were spent in Center Mills, in the town of Horseheads, NY, across the street from her great grandfather’s grist, plaster, and lumber mills. She attended school in Montour Falls, NY and graduated from Cook Academy there. She earned her B.A. and later her M.A. in Education from Elmira College.

She fell in love and married Gerald M. Roy on September 24, 1939. She worked at Cornell University before she had children. She taught at Southside High School in Elmira after her children were grown until she retired in 1978.

She was predeceased by her husband Gerald, son Robert Roy, son-in-law Richard Wade, and grandchildren Timothy Roy, Sarah Roy, and Jill Beese. She is survived by her children Elizabeth Wade, Rhonda Roy, Tom (Ann) Roy and George “Rick” (Nancy) Roy;   grandchildren Barbara (Duane) Frantz, Lynn Wade, James (Sherri) Wade, Kristen (Patrick) Macarchuk, Logan (Kelsey) Roy, Emma (Ryan) Dodge, Isabel Roy, Albert (Rosemary) Roy, Andrew (Lauren) Roy, and Matthew (Alicia) Roy; 14 great grandchildren, and 8 great great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be scheduled at the Church of the Good Shepherd, LaBelle, Florida. Ruth’s interment will be later this summer at the Tioga Point Cemetery in Athens, Pa., Deacon Rick Roy, officiant.

Obituary: Donald 'Steve' Rappleye

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Donald “Steve” Rappleye

Age 64, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on April 11, 2022.

The family will receive friends and family at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Saturday, April 16 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m. and burial at Tyrone Union Cemetery.

Donald was predeceased by his father, Winston Rappleye, and two brothers, James and Kevin Rappleye. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Bonnie; four sons, Donald Rappleye Jr. of Fort Wayne, Ind., Jesse (Jaime) Rappleye of Dresden, Corey (Sarah) Rappleye of Watkins Glen, and Logan Rappleye of Montour Falls; mother, Mary Rappleye; three brothers, John (Peggy) Rappleye of Beaver Dams, Gary Rappleye of Caitlin Hill, and Winston Rappleye of Watkins Glen; and six grandchildren whom he adored.

Don loved the outdoors and farming, and especially spending time with his family and grandchildren. He was loved by his family and friends.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Obituary: Gary Robert Anderson

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Fountain Funeral Home, Avon Park, Florida.

Gary Robert Anderson

Age 78, of Sebring, Florida passed away on Monday afternoon, April 4, 2022 at the Highlands Regional Medical Center, Floyd County, Kentucky.

A native of Montour Falls, NY, he had lived in Florida since he was 12 in Lakeland and then Sebring. He was a graduate of Kathleen High School in Lakeland. Gary retired as a Radio Operator from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years of service, then worked for the Polk County (FL) Sheriff's Office as a booking officer for 15 years.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Rackauskis-Anderson; daughters, Potsie Anderson and Marian (Brian) Anderson Orr; stepchildren, Robert Simpasit, Roger Stovall, Jeremy Stovall and Josh (Nino Shioshvilli) Stovall; and 15 grandchildren.

A graveside service with military honors will be held on Thursday, April 14 at 9:30 a.m. at Sarasota National Cemetery.

Obituary: June Elizabeth Howell

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls..

June Elizabeth Howell

Age 75, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on Thursday, April 7, 2022. She was born in Corning, NY on June 3, 1946, the daughter of the late Ralph and Fern Coy.

June worked as a cleaner for many years at the laundromats in Montour Falls and Watkins Glen. She was predeceased by her husband, Delroy Howell, and by her brothers, Ronald Coy and Ralph Coy, Jr. She is survived by her sister, Dolores Breon of Beaver Dams, NY; nieces, Debborah (Tom) Manning of Beaver Dams, Melissa (John) Carpenter of Virginia and Rebecca Breon of Elmira, NY; and great nieces, Alexis Carpenter and Gabriella Carpenter, both of Virginia.

June’s memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 12 at 11:00 a.m. at the Montour Falls United Methodist Church, 128 Owego St., Montour Falls. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Montour Falls United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 309, Montour Falls, NY 14865.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home in Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Todd Morgan

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Todd Morgan

Age 68, of Weeki Wachee Acres, Spring Hill, FL passed away on March 15, 2022 at Oak Hill Hospital, Brooksville FL.

He was born in Elmira, NY, and raised in Alpine, NY, and moved to the Spring Hill area in 1993. He was Christian by faith and loved helping people in any way that he could. He was a horticulturist and became a dear friend to his many rose clients in Tampa and surrounding areas.

He was predeceased by his maternal and paternal grandparents and his mother and father, Ronald and Madalyn Morgan of Alpine, NY.

He is survived by his siblings, Robert Sipka (Sharon), Bedford, VA, Richard Sipka (Marion), W. Warwick, RI, Karen Hancock of Lowman, NY, and Glenn Morgan of Horseheads, NY; and by numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Final arrangements will be made at a later date.

Obituary: Michael C. Koloski Jr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Michael C. Koloski Jr.

Age 82, of Montour Falls, NY passed away at home on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

Michael was born in Brooklyn, NY on December 16, 1939, the son of the late Michael C. and Ursula (Fazio) Koloski Sr. He married Linda McInenly on September 19, 1959. Mike owned and operated his own roofing and siding company in New Jersey known as K&K Siding. He had retired as a welder from Shepard Niles in Montour Falls.

Mike enjoyed life. He raised pigeons and enjoyed cruising, eating seafood and long walks. He loved his hunting parties on “Crazy Acres” and his party shirts.  He was a member of the Mechanics Club and was a communicant at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church.

Michael is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Linda M. (McInenly) Koloski; daughters, Lynette Koloski (Tony LaRocca) and Michele (Jeff) Blanchard; son, James Koloski; grandchildren, Peyton Westlake, Victoria (Connor) Mason and Craig Blanchard; his beloved cat, Sammy; special nephew, Michael (Sue) Rentschler; great nephews, Brian (Courtney) and Timothy (Paige) Rentschler; and great great nephews, Tucker and Brady Rentschler. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Michael “Mikey” Koloski, and granddaughter, Jade Ann Koloski.

Friends and family may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 3 at the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen, NY. A Mass will be celebrated on Monday, April 4 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Watkins Glen.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mike’s memory to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865. Memories of Michael may be shared with his family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Kevin P. Waters

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Kevin P. Waters

Age 61, of Jefferson Village Apartments, Watkins Glen, NY, passed away unexpectedly on March 28, 2022 following a short illness.    

A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, Watkins Glen on Friday (April 1) at 10:00 a.m. An interment and committal will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Cortland, NY at 1 p.m. that same afternoon. The family invites friends and family to join them for one or both celebrations of Kevin’s life. There will not be a formal reception at this time. We invite you to gather, share stories and celebrate Kevin’s memory in your own way. Celebrate family, friendship and remember Kevin’s kind and gentle spirit. This is the legacy he leaves for all of us.

Kevin was predeceased by his father, Eugene; his stepbrother, Brian; his nephews, David and Jack, and his beloved guide dog, Bounce. He is survived by his mother, Sandy; his brothers, Michael (Betsy) and William (Kim); sister, Elizabeth (Joel); his nieces and nephews, Madison, Elizabeth, MaryClare, Katherine, Teddy, Vivi, Dean (Courtney), and Ben (Zoe); his faithful companion Saxton (his guide dog), and many amazing cousins and friends who were like family to Kevin.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Schuyler County 911 Dispatch Center or Freedom Guide Dogs https://freedomguidedogs.com/donation-page/

You may share a memory of Kevin by visiting his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Roberta Barrett Gwilt

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Roberta Barrett Gwilt

Age 71, of Syracuse, NY passed away peacefully on March 4, 2022. In recent years she dealt with various health issues, which limited her physically, but she met them with the same courage, spirit, and humor that she exhibited throughout her life. She was a caring mother, grandmother, sister, colleague, and friend.

Roberta was born in Elmira, NY to Robert and Carolyn Barrett in 1950. She grew up in Montour Falls, NY, graduating from high school and going on to receive her B.S. (1972) and M.S. (1976) in Library Science from Syracuse University.

She joined the Syracuse University Libraries in 1978 where she had a fulfilling 45-year career, contributing to the University through her teaching, scholarly research, and professional service. She took pride in her work and that was reflected in the level of passion she exhibited over her decades of dedicated leadership, mentorship, and advocacy. She positively impacted faculty and students alike, developing cherished friendships with many colleagues, particularly Terriruth (TC) Carrier, Charles Tremper, and Dorcas MacDonald.

Roberta loved spending time with her family, particularly her grandchildren who adored their “Grammie.” To them she passed down a love of reading, an appreciation for nature, and a love of cats (a.k.a. tiny terrors/furry sharks/ love sponges). She always had a furry friend in her company throughout her life, and after her passing, her beloved cat Teenie joined her on March 21st. Our hearts are glad to know they have each other still. She loved watching football, reading a good murder mystery, listening to a favorite record, and could never turn down an offer for ice cream.

She shared many wonderful memories with Daniel Gwilt, her lifelong love, most of which were focused on music, travel, and motorcycles -- all of which she enjoyed. They took many trips together traveling the country and experiencing the excitement of new places and faces. They shared countless evenings listening to favorite musicians, recalling adventures (old and new), and dreaming up new plans for future trips.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her daughter Alaina (Jared) Valletta; grandchildren Farrah, Kyle, and Danielle; her brother Tim Barrett; nieces Allison Spain and Valerie Duggan; her cat Weenie, and Daniel Gwilt, who devoted his days to her care and comfort, enabling her to spend as much time as possible in her retirement enjoying the things she loved, with those she cared so deeply for. She will forever be in our hearts.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, April 8 from 4-7 p.m. at Butler-Badman Funeral Home, 4504 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse.

The family would like to extend the most heartfelt thanks for all who assisted her at Upstate 9th Floor Neurology, as well as the ICU nurses and staff. Your care and compassion are sincerely appreciated.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her name to the ASPCA -- to which she was an annual donor -- or a local animal shelter / advocacy group of your choosing. Please leave a note in the funeral home online guestbook sharing a memory.

Obituary: Raymond E. Estelle

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Raymond E. Estelle

Age 61, of Watkins Glen, NY and formerly of Lakewood, NJ, passed away at home on March 18, 2022.

Ray was born in Neptune, NJ on March 27, 1960, the son of Harry Raymond Estelle and Marianne (Reya) Estelle.

He was predeceased by his mother Marianne and his sister Susan.

Raymond is survived by his lifelong special friend, Laura Crow; and his sidekick and four-legged buddy, Chico. He is also survived by his father Harry and sister Laurie, nieces, nephews, and many numerous friends.

Ray was a kind, generous, happy “Gentle Giant.” He enjoyed life to the fullest and always thought of other people before himself. He was a kind soul and will be missed.

Those wishing to leave a memory of Ray may visit his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Drive, Montour Falls, NY 14865 (or online at SchuylerHumane.org). Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Daniel J. Rahilly Sr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls..

Daniel J. Rahilly Sr.

Of Montour Falls, NY, passed away peacefully on March 25, 2022 at home with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Lisa, and their three sons, Patrick, Daniel Jr. and Jesse; daughters-in-law, Nancy, Catrine, and Shannin; and eight grandchildren, Michael, Gabriel, Conner, Cameron, Emma Rose, Madison, Jace, and Chelsea.

Anyone who knew Dan appreciated his big heart, his ready laugh, and the kindness he bestowed upon everyone he met -- which by the way he never met a stranger. Dan was known for his love of family and his love of his work, where a day never went by that he wasn’t swinging a hammer. Building was his passion -- a legacy he passed on to his children. Dan never saw an obstacle; he was an optimist who always had an open door for those in need.

Dan’s loss will be felt in the local community as he was a friend and acquaintance to so many.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Obituary: Jack (Albert John) Haughey

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Haughey Funeral Home, Corning.

Jack (Albert John) Haughey

CORNING, NY -- Jack (Albert John) Haughey, 84, owner and Funeral Director of the Haughey Funeral Home in Corning from 1966 until his retirement in 2012, died Thursday, March 24, 2022 peacefully at his home in the comfort and care of his family.

Jack was born at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, NY on September 7, 1937, the son of John and Geraldine (Snyder) Haughey. He received his education in the Watkins Glen School District, New England College, and Simmons School of Mortuary Science and completed his internship in Norwich, NY.

Jack is survived by his wife of 65 years, Patricia Ann Carpenter; his daughters, Cheryl Ann Haughey, Fort Myers, FL, Margaret Ann, EdD (Lee, DBA) Schimmoeller, Forest, VA, Elizabeth Ann (Michele) Gallo, Georgetown, TX, Amy Ann (Mark) Eagle, Oneonta, NY, and Michele Ann (Shawn)  Donegan, Wolcott, NY; his grandchildren, Brittany Haughey Kibler, Leigha Ann Schimmoeller (DPT), Kenneth Carpenter Schimmoeller, Jack Haughey Schimmoeller, Kelly Haughey Gallo, Jacqueline Ann (John) Dillard, Megan Ann (Joel) Maloney, Sgt. Connor Haughey (Darian) Eagle, Carlie Ann (Lt. Seth) Bixler, Abigail Ann (Stephen) Ruggles, and Cale Haughey Donegan; and great grandchildren, Lucy and Stella Dillard, Patricia, Clement, Chester and Rowan Maloney, and Clancey Ruggles; sisters, Susan (Raymond) Garrett, Elizabeth Suits, and Mary Jo Haughey; brother-in-law, Carlton Carpenter, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Jack was predeceased by his parents, John Albert and Geraldine Haughey; a sister, Alice Joyce Haughey; a grandson, Clancey Gerald Donegan, and his mother- and father-in-law, Meta Alice and Kenneth Earl Carpenter.

Jack was an accomplished high school athlete, receiving numerous honors and awards in basketball, football and tennis. Continuing his athletic passions, he pursued professional boxing.

Jack followed his heart in the service of others and trained to become a funeral director, purchasing a business in Corning with his wife Pat. His commitment to families in the community was evident as he worked to create a Home focused on building trust and caring for others in their time of need. Jack’s outreach extended throughout Corning, as he participated in many community organizations over the years. He was a member and engaged volunteer of St. Patrick’s Church/All Saints Parish and was instrumental in the development of local televised masses; he coached youth basketball at All Saints, and was an active member of the Knights of Columbus Third Degree and Fourth Degree and past Grand Knight, past President of the local Lion’s Club, and a member of Corning Elks Club.

Although Jack worked around the clock, endlessly sharing love and compassion with what he called “his families,” he always had time for his wife and daughters, lovingly referred to as “the girls.”  Jack was actively involved in his daughters’ education, always putting their schooling and faith first. Jack’s grandchildren and great grandchildren were his world. He loved them unconditionally and was very proud of their accomplishments. His grandbabies brought the biggest smiles to his face even in the last days of his life. Papa cherished every minute he spent with them, and they cherished him right back!

When Jack retired he was fortunate to find a local, caring professional in Jon Carpenter to carry on the Haughey Funeral Home legacy. He enjoyed spending time with his best friend and love of his life, Patricia. Jack loved skeet shooting and pheasant hunting with his beloved dog companion, Dude, and spending quality time with family and friends at Seneca Lake.

Our family would like to extend special thanks to Visiting Angels, Penni and Shirley, and the many caring friends at Appleridge for the care, compassion, and respect they gave Jack during the past year.

Calling hours for Jack will be Wednesday, March 30 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Haughey Funeral Home, Inc., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s Church, 155 State Street in Corning, on Thursday, March 31 at 9:30 a.m.  Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Odessa, NY.

Jack was very passionate about the youth in our community, and he would be grateful if in his honor you were able to donate to the NICU at Arnot Ogden at arnothealth.childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at stjude.org.

Obituary: Mary Jennie (Cerrato) Camp

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Mary Jennie (Cerrato) Camp

Died at home in Candor on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 surrounded by her loving family. Mary was born in the Bronx, New York, on July 15, 1942, to the late Luigi and Bertha (Weber) Cerrato. She passed away at the age of 79 after a life well-lived.

Mary was a loving and caring soul who most enjoyed spending time with her family. She never tired of hosting Sunday dinners, holidays, and family gatherings with her many children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Mary’s greatest pleasure was being a wife, mother, and homemaker. Since her retirement in 1996, she relished her time with family, friends and her adored pets. When not hosting, or visiting, her family, Mary spent her quiet time doing jigsaw puzzles, landscaping her beautiful yard, undertaking countless home projects and decorating for the holidays.  

Mary is survived by and will be greatly missed by her beloved husband, Thomas Camp; her two sons, Michael Esposito and Vincent Esposito; and her four daughters, Connie (John) Meyers, Elaine (Raymond) Davis, Angela Bond, and Patricia (Gary) Woodin; brother James (Barbara) Cerrato, and sister Cathy Inez. Mary was also a much-loved grandmother and great-grandmother to several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by her second husband, Salvatore Consacro, her grandson, Jeremy Esposito, and her son-in-law, Bruce Bond.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, March 26 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; with the funeral service at 12:30 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 East Fourth Street, Watkins Glen, NY. A graveside service, for the family, will immediately follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Watkins Glen.

To offer condolences to the family, please visit her obituary at RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Terri Ann Scheffey

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Terri Ann Scheffey

Age 69, of Watkins Glen and formerly of Rock Stream, NY, was called home to be with her Lord on March 22, 2022.  

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home on Sunday (March 27) from 3 p.m.-5 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 5 p.m. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Rock Stream Cemetery.

Terri loved her Lord and always followed the spirit wherever He led her. She enjoyed life whether it was on to the next adventure, playing with her grandchildren or working in her garden surrounded by her pets. One of her biggest accomplishments was being a loving mother of 6 children. She was generous to those in need. 
 
Terri was predeceased by her parents, and by brother Thomas Benner of Virginia.  

She is survived by her loving husband and partner of almost 50 years, Daniel Scheffey; six children, Daniel Elias Scheffey (Lauren Moody) of Florence, TX, Joseph Scheffey (Ivana) of Midland, TX, Leona (David) Russell of Scottsville, NY, Jennifer (Crispin) Lewis of Dominica, Nelly (Leon) Crisp of Raleigh, NC, and Anna Scheffey-Hohle (Steven Hohle) of Burdett, NY; sister Martha (Larry) Herr of Lebanon, PA; and 10 grandchildren, Elizabeth, Katie, Isobel, Otto, Samuel, Cooper, Adeline, Isaac, Chrissan and Chrisna.  

To offer condolences to the family, please visit her obituary at RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Barbara E. Brown

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls..

Barbara E. Brown

Age 84, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Monday, March 21, 2022 at Cayuga Medical Center. She was born in Montour Falls, NY on July 8, 1937, the daughter of the late Claude and Marion Caslin, and graduated from Watkins Glen Central School.

Barbara was an ART Medical Transcriptionist. At one point in time, she could type 180 words a minute. She worked for many hospitals over the years, including Arnot Ogden Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Schuyler Hospital, Ira Davenport Hospital, the VA Medical Center in Bath, and East Pasco Hospital in FL.

Her first job was at age 15, waitressing at Chef’s until she graduated from high school. Barbara enjoyed fishing, boating and spending time with her family.

She is survived by two daughters, Kimberly Kendall of Watkins Glen and Suzanne Kendall of Glendale, Oregon; son, Kenneth (Sandra) Kendall of Montour Falls; brothers, Judd Caslin of Burdett, NY and Steven Caslin of Rockford, IL; sister, Diana Burt of Jacksonville, FL; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; and by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Brown, and by a son, Mitchell Kendall.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, March 28 at 2:00 p.m. at Sugar Hill Cemetery, Locust Lane in Watkins Glen. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home in Montour Falls.

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Joan B. Specchio

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Joan B. Specchio

Age 86, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on March 7, 2022. She was born in Montour Falls, NY.

Joan is survived by her husband of 66 years, Raphael A. Specchio Jr.; her son, Perry Specchio; daughters, Kimberly (Scott) Cramer, Katrina (Kirk) Elam, and Kelley Elliott; granddaughter, Jasmine (Michael) Margreno; brother-in-law, Anthony (Annabelle) Specchio; sister-in-law, Anne Louise Ames; brother-in-law, Michael (Bonnie) Specchio; and many cousins, nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces.

Joan was predeceased by her parents, Emil and Rose (DeDominick) Biever, her brother and sister-in-law, Pierre and Geta Biever, her nephew Philip Biever and her son-in-law, Ronald Elliott.

Joan was a loving mother. She loved her four children with her whole heart. Her children were her greatest accomplishments. They were blessings and her life’s purpose. Joan, “The Nana,” loved her granddaughter Jasmine and Jasmine’s husband, Michael with her whole heart. Joan also loved Kevin Hartman like one of her own children.

Friends and family may call from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 30 at the “Link” at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen. A Mass will be celebrated at the church immediately following. Burial will follow at Glenwood Cemetery, Watkins Glen.

Respectful of Lent, donations are requested in lieu of flowers to the St. Jude Foundation, the SPCA, your local animal rescue sanctuaries or your local food pantries. Memories of Joan may be shared with her family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: David J. Fraboni

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

David J. Fraboni

Age 81, of Green Valley, Arizona, passed away on March 17, 2022. He was born in November 1940 in Ithaca, NY and grew up in Watkins Glen, NY.

He graduated from Watkins Glen High School (class of ’58) and Lehigh University. He was a CPA at Price Waterhouse in Buffalo and retired as the regional Tax Partner.

He is survived by his wife Sandra of 61 years and children Karin (Thomas) Laue of Green Valley, AZ. David II (Linda) of Ponce Inlet, FL, Angela of San Diego, CA and Joel (Maria) of Prague, CZ; grandchildren Emily (Rob) Drost, Andrew (Jillian) Laue, Kathryn (Jesus) Orozco, Trevor (Holly) Laue; David III (Leslie) and Nicholas Fraboni, Mark (Mariah), Mitchell, Marissa, and Makail Fraboni, and Varina and Viktoria Fraboni; and 11 great-grandchildren plus his younger brother Michael (Elsie) and many extended family members.

He was predeceased by his parents, Venico and Edith (Salvatore) Fraboni; brother Venico A., and sister-in-law Joann.

Gifts may be made in his memory to the David J. and Sandra H. Fraboni Memorial Endowment Scholarship Fund at Lehigh University or The Greater Buffalo Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America, or a charity of your own choice.

The family is planning a memorial mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Tucson, AZ. Interment will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Watkins Glen at a later date.

Obituary: Barbara Norton

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Barbara Norton

Age 82, of Beaver Dams, NY, passed away in the comfort of her daughter's home in Moyock, North Carolina on January 13, 2022.

She was predeceased by her husband, Paul R. Norton.    

She is survived by her son, Ricky (Valerie) Norton, of Tulsa, OK; daughters, Michelle (Leo) Micale of North Attleborough, MA, Yvette (David) Schaeffer of Moyock, NC, Yvonne (Steve) Germain of Arizona, Suzette (Pete) Reginia of Georgia, Paula (Earl) Leonard of Beaver Dams, and Heather (Bruce) Merrill of Ohio; sister, Marjorie Reed of Maryland; 17 grandchildren, especially grandson Earl Leonard Jr., to  whom she was very close; and 15 great-grandchildren. 

There are no services planned at this time.  Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Remembrances may be left in her obituary at RoyceChedzoy.com.

Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Ruth Schintzius Young

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by Sullivan's Funeral Home, Horseheads.

Ruth Schintzius Young

Age 84, of Horseheads, NY passed away on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at home on Sayre Street surrounded by her family after a short illness. Ruth was born on July 7, 1937, in Booneville NY, the only child of Dr. William C. Schintzius and Rose Agnus Crilley Schintzius.

Ruth has left behind in life her daughters Deborah Lynch (Timothy Pratt) of Horseheads, and Cynthia K. Hess of Lexington, Kentucky, as well as her three stepsons, Daniel Barrows-Young (Alison) of Sandpoint, Idaho, Steven Young (Gricel) of Tampa, Florida, and Russell Young (Shiela) of Fort Collins, Colorado. She has eight grandchildren, Chelsea Rose Tiffany (Matt), Elizabeth Hess, Jeremy Young (Elizabeth), Joshua Young, Sara Jane Young,Tristan Barrows-Young, Hilary Young, and Brianna Young; and three great-grandchildren: Evelyn Young is her great-granddaughter and Hendrix Gochnour and Cyrus Young are her great-grandsons. Ruth was predeceased by her cousin Paul Phillip Merchant and his wife Gail O’Neill-Merchant.

Ruth was valedictorian of Booneville High School and was a graduate of Cornell University. She was a Cornell University Ph.D. candidate in Entomology. 

For 30 years Ruth was a Corning East High School Chemistry/Biology teacher. During her tenure she formed the ecology club, the Chem bowl, the first ever recycling center in Corning and for the last 7 years of her teaching career was the president of the Corning/Painted Post teachers union. Notoriously, Ruth wore a black arm band during the Vietnam war years.

Ruth was a passionate warrior for truth and justice. Her political activism spanned her entire adult life. She was a lifelong Democrat and carried petitions for John F. Kennedy. A cross was burned in her yard during her time as a voter registration advocate for African Americans living in 1960s California. Sorrowfully, Ruth was friends with Andrew Goodman, James Cheney and Michael Schwerner, the college students who in 1963 were murdered in Mississippi while helping to register African Americans to vote. Ruth became a founding member of the Upstate Democratic Rural caucus. She was also a founding member of the following organizations:

  • Coalition to protect New York (CPNY)
  • Finger Lakes Progressives
  • We are Seneca Lake (whereupon Ruth was twice arrested for protesting the storage of natural gas in the salt mines adjacent to Seneca Lake)
  • People for a healthy environment
  • Stewardship of Queen Catharine Marsh (marsh land protection organization)

Ruth was also a member of the following organizations:

  • Anti-Frac New York Committee
  • Chemung County Democratic Committee
  • Member and Chair of Schuyler County Democratic Committee
  • The campaign manager of her late husband Charles E. Young for Schuyler County Legislature
  • A two-term District One Schuyler County Legislator
  • A 1992 Presidential delegate for Bill Clinton
  • Served on local, state and national campaigns for Democratic candidates throughout her 66 years of activism. Especially Bernie Sanders.
  • Ruth attended the recent climate change summit in Washington, D.C. , hosted by Senator Bernie Sanders.

In the 1970s, Ruth worked on her own time with her late husband Charles on renewable energy projects. They designed and built one of the first functional methane generators for the Chatfield Dairy Farm in Bath, NY. Ruth and Charlie worked on wind-power design with Woody Stoddard at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. They helped to design some of the first wind turbine electrical efficiency processes of that era. 

Ruth was just as passionate for advocating animal rights. She campaigned for the county charter to include animals as sentient beings. She was instrumental in starting the first functioning animal shelter in Schuyler County. Ruth cared for several pets and had a particular love for cats, three of which are still with us. 

Ruth was a member of the National Audubon Society (NAS) and supported and collected data for the Ornithology lab at Cornell University. She was an avid bird watcher. On several occasions she travelled with the NAS throughout Central America, including Cuba, Panama, Costa Rica, Belize and Jamaica. Ruth also travelled to South Africa and Ireland with her granddaughters Chelsea and Elizabeth.  

Ruth enjoyed two trips this last year to the Outer Banks of South Carolina with her daughters and to Idaho to visit her stepson Daniel and his wife Alison.

Ruth and her late husband Charlie had a love for music, especially jazz. They were together for 38 years and were married at the Green Pastures Restaurant in Elmira in 1975. The two helped organize yearly jazz festivals in the town of Hector. 

Ruth was an avid organic gardener and lover of plants. She planted many trees, sunflowers, and milkweed for the butterflies, and would enjoy the birds visiting her garden.   

Ruth has been interred at the Greensprings Natural Cemetery Preserve on Irish Hill Road in the town of Newfield.

Family and friends are invited to call at Sullivan’s Funeral home, 365 E. Franklin St. at Rt. 13, Horseheads, on Saturday, March 26 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: People for a Healthy Environment, 235 Prospect Hill Rd., Horseheads, NY 14845 and/or 350.org

Obituary: Margaret Bauman (Pound)

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Margaret June Bauman (Pound)

It is with great sadness that we report the passing on March 15, 2022 of Margaret June Bauman (Pound), 90, of  Watkins Glen, NY, at the Elderwood assisted living facility in Waverly, NY after a brief illness not related to Covid..

Margaret was a kind and gentle lady who was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, gramma, great gramma and adopted surrogate mom to many friends and relatives. She was a lifelong supporter of the 4-H program and for many years was a 4-H girls club leader, passing on her values and her knowledge of cooking, baking, gardening, and food preservation. Known to the local community as the Card Lady-- for her long operation of the Country Cards business in Odessa -- she was still being hailed as the Card Lady when out shopping years later.

She was born on May 12, 1931 to Beatrice Kaufman and Harold J. Pound, was one of eight children and was raised on the family farm outside Odessa, NY. She attended Odessa-Montour Central School and was an active member in local 4-H.

Margaret met her future husband, Oakley, through 4-H. They were married on March 26, 1949 in Burdett, NY and enjoyed 57 years together. From this union, five children were born: Richard, Susan (Charles) Haeffner, Steven, Patrick (Melissa), and William.

Margaret is survived by sons Richard, Steven and Patrick; sisters Elsie Cole, Irene (Steve) Rice and Martha (Bruce) Hunter; grandchildren Jonathan, David (Ali) and William Haeffner, Leisl (Kevin) Moriarty, Trevor (Elise) Bauman, Christopher (Nicole) Bauman, Elizabeth (James) Chase, and Jordyn (Sherry) Hazelton-Mohr; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, husband Oakley, daughter Susan, son William, and siblings Carl, Harry, Marie and Ruth Mary.

In 1974, Margaret opened Country Cards on Main Street in Odessa. Country Cards offered gift cards, wedding invitations, office supplies, jewelry, candy and various other items, and was a popular shopping spot for area residents for three decades -- a place to which the local children flocked during lunchtime and after school to buy penny candy, baseball cards and other snacks and drinks.

After 30 years in business, Margaret and Oakley retired to the home they built in 1965, where they hosted friends and family and enjoyed the grandchildren. Margaret's favorite pastimes were tending a variety of plants, many of which were 30 or more years old; reading; and watching ice skating, Dancing with the Stars and America's Got Talent on TV. She was a voracious reader and loved the Amish, American Indian and Old West history books, and followed local history newspaper columns every week. 

Margaret continued to live in the family home until her passing. 

At this time there are no services planned. A memorial service to celebrate her life is being planned in early May, the place to be determined. It will be followed by a meal featuring bacon, tomato juice and toast -- her traditional breakfast. There will be no calling hours, and burial will be at the convenience of the family.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to:

--The Montour Falls Library, 406 West Main St., Montour Falls, NY 14865. Phone: (607) 535-7489.
--The Schuyler County Historical Society, 108 N. Catharine St., Montour Falls, NY 14865. Phone: (607) 535-9741.
--The Dutton S. Peterson Memorial Library, 106 First St., Odessa, NY 14869. Phone: (607) 594-2791.

Obituary: Joanna G. Ely

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Blauvelt Funeral Home, Waverly, NY.

Joanna G. Ely

Age 82, of Montour Falls, NY died on March 15, 2022 at Elderwood in Waverly, NY.

She was predeceased by her parents, Walter C. and Marium (Crane) Gilbert; her husband, Malcolm G. Ely; her sister, Janice Ahart; her brother, Ralph D Gilbert; her sister-in-law, Vicci Gilbert; and her loving sons, Paul R. Bedient Jr and Merle W. Bedient.

Joanna is survived by her children, Debbra (Jim) Bond, Tina Snider, Sonya Personius, Frank (Barbara) Bedient and Paul Jr’s wife, Pam. She will be missed tremendously by her brothers, Edon “Donny” (Diana) Gilbert and Walter C. Gilbert Jr.; 17 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Joanna served as a Schuyler County Legislator, WGCS School Board Member, on Schuyler County Cinderella Softball League and many other boards and committees throughout her lifetime. She retired from Schuyler Hospital as an Admission Clerk. She proudly received her Associate in Science degree at the age of 55.

Books, fabrics, photos, more books, plants, elephants, birds, even more books, and music were just a few of her favorite items to collect. Joanna loved her time alone when she would have her retail therapy sessions. Her favorite pastime was taking care of her lawn and her many gardens. We knew never park on the grass ...

The family would like to thank the staff of the North Unit at Elderwood of Waverly for their exceptional care and love they gave to Joanna. Also, Blauvelt Funeral Home for their kind and caring manner during a difficult time.

A Celebration of Joanna’s life will be held during the summer.

Any donations should be directed to the Watkins Glen Public Library. Buy a plant, make a quilt, plant flowers, watch the birds in remembrance of Joanna.

The family is being assisted by the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly. For those wishing to send a message of sympathy to Joanna’s family, you may visit our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at www.blauveltfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Irene E. Pellacore (Sgrecci)

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Irene E. Pellacore (Sgrecci)

Age 88, passed away quietly in her sleep from natural causes on January 28, 2022. She is survived by her daughter Darlene Alexander, 4 granddaughters, 4 great-grandchildren, her sister Elsie Bossard, her brothers Louis Sgrecci and David Andretti (Sgrecci) and his wife Della, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Irene was raised in the village of Watkins Glen, NY (Parents: Louis Sgrecci, Alma Arcangeli), where she spent many happy times on her two grandmothers' farms. On August 8, 1950, she married Frank Pellacore and moved to California. She had a long employment history, from working in a candy factory to providing administrative support to hi-tech companies. For the last three years of Irene’s life she lived comfortably in Oregon with her daughter and two cats. Irene’s laughter and humor, her joy in playing cards with her nieces, and her love for all animals will be remembered by all who knew her.

The Sgrecci family immigrated to America from Italy to New York through Ellis Island beginning in the early 1900s. Other relatives arrived as well, such as the Arcangeli’s, Salvatores, Barbers, Moscon's, and many others. These and additional families arriving from Italy and Ireland had the privilege of building on the history of the Watkins Glen village and St. Mary’s Church. Many of these activities and relationships are recounted in the book “Through the Windows of St. Mary’s of the Lake -- A 150 Year Reflection," written by Jean Argetsinger and Patricia Suits Ellison.

Interment will occur at a later announced date at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Watkins Glen. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Wildlife Safari, Winston, Oregon. For any questions, please email Ms. Alexander at alexdarlene1@yahoo.com.

Obituary: Ruth J. Thurston Pierce

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Ruth J. Thurston Pierce

Age 84, of Beaver Dams, NY and Inverness, FL, passed away on Wednesday, March 9, 2022. She was born in Gouverneur, NY on January 7, 1938, the daughter of the late Donald and Jessie Parow. Ruth made her life has a homemaker, caring for her family.

Ruth is survived by her husband of 12 years, Thomas C. Pierce; daughter, Lucinda Hart of Elmira, NY; son, Kent (Rachel) Thurston of Watkins Glen, NY; and five grandchildren, Samuel Brouwere, Allison Brouwere, Trevor Thurston, Colby Thurston and Madison Brouwere. She was predeceased by her late husband, Kenneth Thurston, and by her daughter, Sharonelle Doane.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, March 18 from 4-6 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. Ruth’s funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 19 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery. A celebration of her life will be held at the Beaver Dams Volunteer Fire Department following her funeral.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to a charity of your choice. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Martha Jennings Payne

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Martha Jennings Payne

Age 89, of Mt. Pleasant, TN, and formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on March 4, 2022.

Martha was born December 12, 1932, the daughter of Leon Jennings and Emma May Jennings of Watkins Glen.

She followed and served with her husband as an Air Force wife for 20 years, then settled back in Watkins Glen to raise their family. She co-owned a ceramic shop in Watkins Glen with her lifetime friend Christine Cosgrove.

She is survived by son Rob (Janice) Payne of Chattanooga, TN, and son Jim (Christy) Payne of Williamsport, TN; daughter-in-law Roxanna Payne, Richmond, VA; grandchildren Jessica Parnell (Cory), Aaron Payne, Kathleen Payne, and Lacey Payne, and great-grandson Braden Parnell.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Payne; son Donald Payne, grandson Ryan Payne; her parents; her brothers Earl and Eugene Jennings, and sister Phyllis Jennings Chrisman Buck.

Friends and family may call from 12 noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 19 at the Haughey- Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. Her funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association. Memories of Martha may be shared with her family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Donald L. Kelly

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Donald L. Kelly

Age 90, of Burdett, NY passed away on March 4, 2022.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Friday (March 18) from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 6 p.m.; burial with military honors will be held on Saturday (March 19) at 10:00 a.m. at Lodi Cemetery.

Don was born in Valois, NY on December 31, 1931, the son of Charles Ezra Kelly and Helen Kelly. He retired from the New York State DOT as a Bridge Repair Supervisor. He honorably served in the United States Air Force, serving in Greenland, Iceland, and Newfoundland. Don served as a Scoutmaster for many years in Schuyler County, taking his troops on countless adventures, hikes and even trips to Canada.

He was predeceased by his parents; sister Adelaide Garland; brother Charles “Pete” Kelly, and infant brother Ezra Kelly. He is survived by his wife of 68½ years, Priscilla; four children, Donna (Donald) Smith of Texas, Keith (Diane) Kelly of Texas, Kenneth (Char) Kelly of Minnesota, and Emery (Darlene) Kelly of Tyrone; 5 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Burdett Fire Department, PO Box 238, Burdett, NY; or to the Tyrone Fire Department, PO Box 69, Tyrone, NY 14887.

Obituary: Frederick F. Stadelmaier

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Frederick F. Stadelmaier

Age 63, of Odessa, NY, passed away at home after a brief and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on March 4, 2022.
 
The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Wednesday (March 9) from 3 p.m.-6 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 6 p.m. He will be buried at Pleasant View Cemetery in Reading Center in the spring.

Fred was born in Elmira on December 10, 1958, the son of the late Frederick W. and Stella (Piecuch) Stadelmaier. He graduated from Southside High School in 1977 and worked for Elm Chevrolet and Clifford Chevrolet, and retired from Panelogic, Inc.
 
Fred could fix anything on a car and was always ready to help his friends and family with their automobile repairs. Over the years, he enjoyed events with the 4-Wheel Drive Club, attending NHRA drag racing events, and riding the many Harley-Davidson motorcycles he owned throughout his life.

He was predeceased by his father in 1975, his mother in 1985, sister Gale Stahl in 2014, and brother-in-law Robert Shaw in 2007.

He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Sharon (Edsall) Stadelmaier; daughters Melody (Jamie) Lachut of Horseheads and Ashton (Kyle) Dillon of Dundee; four sisters, Norine Shaw of York, PA, Julia (Richard) Taylor of Pine City, Catherine Stadelmaier of Wellsburg, and Christine Stadelmaier of Elmira; two granddaughters, whom are the Light of his Life, Rory Shea Lachut and Peyton Michelle Dillon. He is also survived by Emily (Justin Taylor) Wahrendorf and her daughter Josselyn Barrington; nieces, nephews, and many special cousins.

Memorial donations may be made to CareFirst, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870 (or online at www.CareFirstNY.org).

The family wishes to thank Robin Holden and the team at CareFirst; and Dr. Bael and the staff at the Oncology Unit at Cayuga Medical.

You may express condolences or leave a memory of Fred in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Kay Goossen

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Kay Goossen

Age 72, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on Thursday, March 3, 2022. She was born in Montour Falls on January 13, 1950, the daughter of the late Fred and Thelma (Berry) Goossen, and graduated from Watkins Glen Central School.

Kay worked in the cafeteria and as a cleaner at Watkins Glen Central School for many years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Montour Falls. Kay loved serving others, as she volunteered a lot of her time working with children through 4-H and Vacation Bible School. She also loved her farm animals.

She is survived by her brother, Harry (Gen) Goossen of Montour Falls; two nephews, Ronald (Rhonda) Goossen and Lyle (Rachel) Goossen; niece, Debbie (Ted) Pipe; and by several great nieces and great nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Fred Goossen, Jr.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, March 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Her funeral will begin at 1:00 p.m. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery of Hector.

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Laurie A. Ector

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Laurie A. (Loomis) Ector

Age 62, of Odessa, NY passed away on Sunday, February 27, 2022 at Guthrie Robert Packer in Sayre, PA.

She was born in Montour Falls, NY on September 24, 1959, the daughter of the late Guy M. and Flora L. Loomis, and graduated from Watkins Glen Central School. She attended GST BOCES for two years and 1½ at Corning Community College.

Laurie was a homemaker. She volunteered at the Schuyler County Food Pantry. She was a member and Deacon at First Baptist Church in Montour Falls.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Jonathon M. Ector; daughter, Lisa Haight (Eric Dates) of Elmira, NY; sons, Robert (Nichole) Ector of Southport, NY and Michael Ector of Horseheads, NY; five grandchildren, Falisady Haight (Mason Lawrence) of Elmira, Keagan Ector of Southport, Kortanny (Chris Debose) of Elmira, Kaitlynn Ector of Southport, and Kenndra Haight of Elmira; brother-in-law, Dan Ector of Odessa; and by several nieces and nephews.

There will be no services at this time. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Mildred Albertini Bianco

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Mildred (Millie) Albertini Bianco

Age 89, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, Montour Falls, NY.  Millie was born on May 18, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of the late Joseph and Gertrude Mosconi Albertini.
 
She was employed with Dr. Joseph Roberts as a medical assistant and with Dr. Michael Eisman. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, cooking, baking, reading, doing crossword puzzles, and watching sports, especially the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs.
 
She is survived by her children, Mary Bianco-Dore of Watkins Glen, John Bianco of Reading Center, and Corin (Garry) Morse of Bath; grandchildren, Faith and Noel Morse, Michelle (Kevin) Dore-Wade, Theresa and John Michael Bianco; great-grandchild Cash Wade; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Albertini and Carol Bianco; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 44 years, John Bianco, on May 12, 1997. She was also predeceased by her brothers John and Richard Albertini and numerous sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
 
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, March 3 from 4-6 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Her funeral service will follow at 6:00 p.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery at a later date.

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Raymond E. Dann Jr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Raymond E. Dann Jr.

Age 86, of Hammondsport, NY, passed away on Feb. 26, 2022.

Ray was born in Syracuse, NY on September 7, 1935, the son of the late Raymond E. Dann Sr. and Dorcas (Dempster) Dann.

Raymond owned and operated Ray Dann’s Town and County Trading Post in Tyrone for more than 56 years, and was a Rural Route Carrier for Watkins Glen for many years.

Raymond graduated from Dundee High School in 1954 and enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in Japan and was a helicopter operator. After his service, he studied at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical School and graduated top of his class in 1959.

In 1964, he married the love of his life, Glenna M. Dann. They celebrated 57 years together.
Raymond was a member of the Tyrone United Methodist Church and member and volunteer with the Tyrone Volunteer Fire Department.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Friday (March 4) from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Tyrone Union Cemetery in the spring.

Raymond was predeceased by his parents and son, Michael Dann; brother, Brent Dann, and sister, Carolyn Knowlton.

He is survived by his wife, Glenna Dann; daughters, Diane (Lloyd) Young of Almond, NY and Jennifer Dann (Sean) Johnson of Los Angelas, CA; brother, Lynn Dann (Debbie) of South Carolina; sister, Susan Cherock of Liverpool; sister-in-law, Jeanne Dann; and grandchildren, Megan Lee (Tom Clenshaw), Vincent Long, Glenn (Mary) Sherwood, Sully Sherwood (Paris Oakes), Katelyn (Clayton) Lounsberry, and Casey Young.

Memorial donations may be made to the fire department or church. You may leave a remembrance or condolence of Ray in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Gary D. Mead

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Gary D. Mead

Age 80, of Starkey Point, NY, passed away in Venice, FL on Sunday, February 27, 2022.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY, on Monday, March 7 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., and Tuesday, March 8 from 12 noon-1 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home; and burial at Lakeview Cemetery.

Gary enjoyed golfing, traveling, and spending time on Seneca Lake.

He retired from the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance. He was the District Audit Manager of the Rochester office at the time of his retirement in 1997.

Gary was predeceased by his wife of 37 years, Caroline, in 2010.

He is survived by children, Doug Mead of Conway, SC, Barbara (Marc) Pukos of Churchville, Michael (Jenn) Matthews of Onondaga, Diana (Carl) Davidson of Venice, FL, Jeff (Vicki) Matthews of Penn Yan, Karen Lacey of Penn Yan, Susan Matthews of Geneva, and Scott (June) Mead of Churchville; brother, Robert (Donna) Mead of Perry; sister, Nancy (Terry) Austin of Hudson, FL; sister-in-law, Nancy Mead of Perry; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation of America, 1650 South Ave., #300, Rochester, NY 14620 (or online at http://epiny.org).

Condolences and remembrances of Gary may be left in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Alvin J. White

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Alvin J. White

Age 71, of Burdett, NY, passed away on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 in Buffalo, NY. Al was born in Montour Falls, NY on August 10, 1950, the son of Herbert and Mabel White. He graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School and also studied at SUNY Cortland.

Al was an Aircraft Senior Quality Control Engineer and Manager with Schweizer Aircraft, Sikorsky Aircraft and Therm Incorporated for 45 years, retiring in 2015. Upon his retirement, he was elected to Supervisor of the Town of Hector in 2016.

He was a native of Burdett, and his family has lived in the area for nine generations. For 40 years, Al has served his community. He was a retired volunteer firefighter for the Burdett Fire Department and retired Advanced EMT for the Schuyler County Ambulance Corps. He served on the Hector Town Board as a council person since 1998, was Vice Chairman for the Schuyler County Republican Committee and was on the Board of Directors for SCOPED. He was Chairman of the Schuyler County Council of Government and a past Little League coach. He loved golfing, watching his grandsons play sports and spending time with his family.

Al is survived by his wife of 50 years, Anita (McFall) White; two daughters, Cassandra (Joe) Pitcher of Ontario, NY and Melanie (Matt) Walters of Burdett; one sister, Charlotte Dickens of Burdett; and five grandchildren, Cody Pitcher, Zachary Pitcher, Joshua Pitcher, Brett Walters and Alex Walters. He was predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Robert White and Andrew White.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, March 4 from 4-7 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St. Montour Falls. His funeral will be held on Saturday, March 5 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Union Cemetery of Hector.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Burdett Fire Department, 4124 Lake Ave., Burdett, NY 14818 or to the Burdett Presbyterian Church, 3995 Church St., Burdett, NY 14818. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Gloria M. Van Galder

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the James D. Barrett Funeral Home, Elmira.

Gloria M. (Cook) Van Galder

Age 84, formerly of Alpine, NY, passed away on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 in New Port Richey, FL. She was born on April 8, 1937 in Sayre, PA to the late Martin and Eileen (Cortright) Cook. 

She was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, TSGT Robert R. Van Galder, USAF (Ret.); son, Robert M. Van Galder, and grandson, Michael J. Gee. She is survived by her companion, Lt. Col. John Buckman, USMC (Ret.); her children, Cathy L. (Horst) Poethke of Ponder, TX, Ronald E. (Jeanne) of Montour Falls, NY, Richard K. (Anne) of Peachtree Corners, GA, Randall E. (Lisa) of Phoenix, AZ, and Cindy M. Malley of New Port Richey, FL; 17 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service for Gloria on Monday, July 18 at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home in Elmira, NY. Interment will follow in Woodlawn National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wreaths Across America (Wreathsacrossamerica.org).

Obituary: Elizabeth Ann Ferri

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Elizabeth Ann Ferri

Age 86, of Beaver Dams, NY, went to be with the Lord on February 8, 2022.

Elizabeth was born in Philadelphia on April 1, 1935, the daughter of the late John and Dorothea Weisser. She worked as the secretary at the Watkins Glen Central School for many years.

Elizabeth was predeceased by her parents; her husband of 50 years, George Ferri Sr.; son George Ferri Jr., daughter Anita (John) McCarthy, and brother John Weiser. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Doolittle; and her son, Mark Ferri, brothers, David Weiser, Timothy and Michael Weiser; nine grandchildren, Travis Friele, Mathew Elliott (deceased) Shannon Cornish, Sara (Matt) Matwiejow, Brian Doolittle, Ivy, Hannah, Noelle and Taylor McCarthy; ten great-grandchildren, Kayla and Brandy Cornish, Meagan Rivera, Sierra Cornish, Madison and Marshall Matwiejow, Oliver McCarthy, Celeste Dale, Briah Koehler and Preston DuPay; and two great-great grandchildren, Avalynn Carmel and Skylar Cornish
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Elizabeth along with her husband George built their old-fashioned log home from the ground up where they raised their children and also shared treasured memories with friends and family. Elizabeth spent her life embracing the things she loved which entailed raising and showing horses and sharing that passion with her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed gardening, knitting, and spending time with the ones she held dear.

Her fondness of animals brought the occasional forest friend to her doorstep where she welcomed, fostered and set free. One such experience led her to publish a children's book, “Raising Felicia Fawn,” based on her real-life experience. Elizabeth also enjoyed time traveling with her husband in their later years together.

A Requiem Eucharist funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on April 2, 2022 at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 112 Sixth Street, Watkins Glen.

Please join us with a luncheon following the service to reminisce about the life of our dear loved, Elizabeth.

You may leave a condolence or memory of Elizabeth in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Diana A. Groll

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Diana A. Groll

Age 62, of Hector, NY passed away on February 17 after a long private battle with cancer.

She was born on August 17, 1959 in Watkins Glen, NY to Harry and Emma Roccisano, who preceded her in death. She was a graduate of Watkins Glen High School and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from Ithaca College.

Until her retirement in 2017 she taught instrumental music in the Watkins Glen Central School District. In addition to leading the high school music program, she began the Music Club at the school and took her students on yearly trips to New York City to see Broadway shows. She also directed her students in annual performances at Village Christmas, and supervised band trips to Darien Lake. She shared her love of music with her students, and encouraged them to participate in regional and state solo festivals. She was also a National Board Certified teacher.

Diana was an accomplished clarinetist, and played professionally in the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes. She also contributed her musical talents to the Corning Area Community Concert Band and played at Elmira College’s commencement ceremonies. She also privately taught woodwind students.

The place she most enjoyed offering her musical talents was at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, where she led the Music of the Lord Choir. She started in music ministry at the church as a teenager, and continued until 2020. One of her greatest joys was directing the choir on Sundays. In addition to directing she played flute and clarinet.

In her spare time Diana enjoyed sewing, quilting and gardening. Many babies were the recipients of her handmade bunnies and baby quilts, and the garden she tended next to her home was the source of delicious meals during the beautiful Seneca Lake summers.

She is survived by her loving husband of 36 years, Bob Groll. She is also survived by her daughters, Megan (Phil) Brown of Leavenworth, KS and Elise Groll and her fiancee, Chris Meyer, of Milford, CT. Other survivors include her brother Joe (Suzanne) Roccisano of Dunkirk, her sister, Rose (Vince) Barto of Findlay, OH, John (Barbara) Groll of Pittsburgh, PA, Marilyn (Tom) Gaska of Endicott, Susan (Kevin) Cheesebrough of State College, PA, and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by an aunt, Carmela Manno of Akron, OH, many cousins, and her close friends Sue and Henry Rocholl.

Above all, her daughters Megan and Elise were the lights of her life. She was looking forward to the birth of Megan’s son, her first grandchild, and Elise’s wedding later this summer. They were what she was most proud of.

Diana was a good and faithful servant who will be greatly missed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date. Donations may be made in Diana’s name to Schuyler Outreach Food Pantry, 112 Tenth St,, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or Schuyler County Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 45, Watkins Glen, NY 14891. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Murlyn 'Mert' Silliman

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Murlyn “Mert” Silliman

Age 88, of Montour Falls, NY passed away at home on Wednesday, February 16, 2022.

Mert was born in the Town of Reading, NY on June 4, 1933, the son of Ernest and Emily Silliman.

Mert graduated from Odessa Central School and served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955. He worked maintenance at Watkins Glen Central School for 20 years and was the owner of Falls Woodcraft for 36 years. He was a devoted husband for 36 years, a member of the Mechanics Club and a natural-born story teller and local historian.

Mert is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Winona (Welch) Silliman; daughter, Wendy (Tom) Zimmer; son, Steve (Gretchen) Silliman; stepdaughter, Petra (Bob) Carson; stepson, Joe (Julianne) Bond; and thirty-seven and counting grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Ernest and Emily Silliman, he was predeceased by his wife, Irene Silliman, and daughter, Sharon “Sharee” (Silliman) Angle.

Friends and family may call from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. A celebration of his life will follow at the Mechanics Club in Montour Falls.

Memorial donations may be made to the Montour Falls Fire Dept., 111 Lee St., Montour Falls, NY 14865, or in honor of his late daughter, Sharee (Silliman) Angle, to the Pancreatic Cancer Research Society. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Linda Wilson

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Linda Wilson

Age 77, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on February 12, 2022 in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her loving family after a brief battle with leukemia.

She is survived by her loving children, Lorena (William) Clark of Watkins Glen, Ronald Wilson Jr. (Carlotta Wilson) of Alpine, NY, William Wilson of Watkins Glen, Mark Wilson of Watkins Glen, and Jerry Wilson of Watkins Glen; brother, Jerry Lamb of Endicott, NY; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. 

Linda was born in Corning, NY, the daughter of the late William and Martha (Button) Lamb. She was also predeceased by her husband, Ronald Wilson Sr.

Please consider donating in her memory to the American Cancer Society (www.Cancer.org) or the American Heart Association (www.Heart.org).

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Beaver Dams Fire Department on Saturday, February 26 from 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

You may leave a condolence for the family or a memory of Linda at her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: John C. Barnes

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John C. Barnes

Age 72, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on January 28, 2022.

John worked at Watkins Glen International Raceway as an Electrician and prior for the Village of Watkins Glen. He especially enjoyed time spent fishing and hunting with his friends.

John was born in Montour Falls, NY, the son of John “Jack” and Mary (DeWitt) Barnes. He honorably served in the United States Marine Corps.

He was predeceased by his parents, and daughter Jennifer Purvis. Also, a brother and sister, William Barnes and Nancy Williams.

Survivors include two daughters, Jannie (Jason) Taft of Campbell and Dannielle Kinner of Pennsylvania. Also, sisters Patricia Henderson (Loren Walp) of Odessa and Catherine (Bob) Buckingham of California; nieces and nephews, Heather Henderson of Odessa, Chris Barnes and family of Georgia, Shannon Ortega of California, Ryan Bradley of California, Matthew Buchanan of Odessa, and Jeffery Steiner of Spencer; and one granddaughter, Jade (Joe) Taft.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date to be announced. You may share a memory of John with his family and friends by visiting his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Shirley C. Lewis

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Shirley C. Lewis

Age 87, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on February 5, 2022 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY.

Shirley was born in Bath, NY on November 21, 1934, the daughter of Jacob and Catherine (Rial) Shaw. She worked as a Utility Clerk for Dresser-Rand, Inc. for many years.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Arch L. Lewis Jr., and several nieces and nephews.

Shirley and her husband attended the Moreland Presbyterian Church. She worked as an Avon Rep for 17 years and was a member of the Montour Moose Club and Ladies of the Moose Auxiliary. She will be interred at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Coopers Plains at a later date.

Friends and relatives are invited to a funeral service at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Wednesday, February 16 at 2:00 p.m.

Memories of Shirley may be left in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Angela Marie Standish-Ives

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Angela Marie Standish-Ives

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the loss of our ANGEL Angela Standish-lves, 39, of Burdett, who passed away on February 12, 2022.

She is survived by her loving son, whom she adored, Jacob Standish-Ives, and niece Paulette Standish; mother, Mary Standish and Linwood Standish Jr., both of Burdett; sister Rebecca Standish of Dundee, and Greg Standish of Burdett; paternal grandmother, Janet Standish of Valois; maternal grandparent, Vera Giasi of Rock Stream; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Jake Ives, and grandfathers, Linwood Standish Sr. and Michael Giasi.

Angela had a masters degree in special education from Grand Rapids University, Bachelor from Cortland State in Education and Bachelor in Nursing from Elmira College.

She worked at Boynton Middle School as a Special Ed Teacher, then decided it was time to be an outstanding RN at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center. The last job was working for Tompkins County Health Department as a COVID investigator.

Angela was the most incredible person if you ever got a chance to meet. She definitely impacted your life in some way and you were so very lucky to meet her. She was empathetic, encouraging and most of all humble. Her favorite thing was spending time with her son Jacob. He was her world, as well as her niece, Paulette. She lived a hard life, but she always kept her head up, even when she lost her husband Jake Ives. She lived every day with such pain, she hardly showed it.

She was the toughest person you ever met, having a full body cast as a baby. Then being diagnosed with MS as a teenager, to a tumor in her back, and then a broken ankle. Through it all you would never hear a complaint from her. Oh, sweet Angela, how does life go on without you? Comprehending your absence is unfathomable. Your attributes are unmeasurable. Sleep well, I'm glad you’re with your husband Jake.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Thursday (Feb. 17) from 3-5 p.m.; followed by a time of sharing at 5 p.m. A Celebration of Life and reception will be held from 6-7 p.m. at the Burdett Fire Department.  
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to support her son at www.GoFundMe.com, at “Blessings for Jacob,” or the Burdett Fire Department.

You may leave a condolence or memory of Angela in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Joyce A. Groves

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Joyce A. Groves

Age 74, of Monterey, NY passed away on Friday, February 11, 2022. She was born in Corning, NY on June 1, 1947, the daughter of the late Earl and Mabel (Lockwood) Comfort.

Joyce was an LPN at Schuyler Hospital for many years. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed playing cards and board games. Joyce also loved spending time with and buying treats for her two dogs, Duke and Maggie.

She is survived by her children, Gerald Groves of Monterey, Terry (Susan) Groves of SC, and Krista (Allen) Coats and Kelly (Melvin) Groves, both of Monterey; 13 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; one niece and three nephews; and two very close friends, Sandy Heneries and Donna Stastyshyn. She was predeceased by her brother, David Comfort, and sister, Patricia Gascon, in 2020.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, February 15 from 4-6 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Her memorial service will follow at 6:00 p.m. Burial will be held at a later date in Maltby Cemetery, Monterey.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Bruce D. Pipe, Sr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Bruce D. Pipe, Sr.

Age 62, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Monday, February 7, 2022. He was born in Corning, NY on February 18, 1959 and graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School.

Bruce worked as a machinist at Omni Turbine Technology in Newfield. He loved riding Harleys and enjoyed scratch-off lottery tickets.

He is survived by his son, Bruce D. Pipe, Jr. (Stacie) of Greensboro, NC; parents, Ralph D. (Geraldine) Pipe of Painted Post; mother, Joyce (Norman) Knight of Watkins Glen; two grandchildren, Rebecca Meyers and Ethan Pipe; one great grandson, Mason Copeland; siblings, Karen Arnold of Watkins Glen, Holly (Bill) DeGraw of Cayuta, Ted (Debbie) Pipe of Burdett, Sandy (Billy) Earl of Dundee and Marcy Bordonaro of Penn Yan; step brothers, David Turner and Eugene Ellis; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a sister, Tina Pipe; step brother, William Turner; and step sister, Charlene Rumsey.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, February 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Burdett Fire Department, 4124 Lake Ave., Burdett, NY 14818. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Mary Anne Young

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Mary Anne Young

Age 84, of Metter, GA, formerly of Rock Stream, NY, a member of the Metter United Methodist Church and a retired realtor, got her angel wings on January 5, 2022.

Mary was born on April 17, 1937 in Elmira, NY and graduated from Dundee Central School. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clayton and Bessie O’Harra and a daughter, Tammy Brannen.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Charles “Chuck” Young Sr.; her sons, Charles “Charlie” Young, Jr. (Denise) and Albert Young (Vicki); daughters, Cheryl Hendricks and Shawna King (Harrell); 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Due to the rise in illnesses at this time, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Obituary: Larry D. Freeman

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Larry D. Freeman

Age 82, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on January 30, 2022.

Larry was born in Elmira, NY, the son of the late Frank and Marian (Cortwright) Freeman. He was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Lois Smith.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Valerie Freeman; daughter and son-in-law, Martha and Ken Barrell of Port Clinton, PA; brother-in-law, Joseph (Tina) Munn of Elmira; three grandchildren, Kevin Barrell, Eric (Felecia) Wretzel and Jordan Thomas; and one great-grandson, Francis Stanley Barrell.

Larry honorably served in the United States Army. After retiring as a Maintenance Supervisor at Sweet Street Desserts in Reading, PA in 2001, he and Valerie moved to Watkins Glen. Larry loved spending time on their boat at Frog Hollow Marina and Seneca Lake, and fishing with family and friends.

A Memorial Celebration will be held this summer at Frog Hollow Marina in Watkins Glen.

Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. You may share a memory of Larry with his family and friends by visiting his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: J.C. Human

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

J.C. Human

Age 85, of Beaver Dams, NY passed away at home on Saturday, January 29, 2022.

J.C. was born in Greensville, SC on July 24, 1936, the son of the late Ernest O. and Viola (Barbare) Human. He and his late wife, Sally J. (Campbell) Human, were married in Elmira, NY on August 15, 1972. J.C. served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He retired from General Electric in Elmira and from SP Wilson in Montour Falls, NY.

He is survived by his daughters, Rita (Eric) Blackwell of Landrum, SC and Debra (Richard) Fowler of Boiling Springs, SC; sister, Helen Zampell of Inman, SC; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Minnie Human of Wellford, SC; and many nieces and nephews, whom he loved dearly.

In addition to his parents, J.C. was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Sally J. (Campbell) Human; sister, Hazel Human Ness; brothers, Ernest Human Jr., Charles (Helen) Human and Calvin Human; and brother-in-law, Ronnie Zampell.
 
Family and friends may call from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 6 at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Memories of J.C. may be shared with his family and friends at vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: David L. Fraboni

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David L. Fraboni

Age 74, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at home surrounded by his family.

He was born in Corning, NY on June 28, 1947, the son of Amedeo and Keziah (Johnson) Fraboni. He graduated from Watkins Glen High School and served with the U.S. Army. David was an electrician at Watkins Glen International for over 30 years.

He is survived by three daughters, Michelle (Earl) Gaylor of Montour Falls, NY, Brenda Fraboni of Watkins Glen and Dylan Fraboni of Big Flats, NY; two sons, Mickey (Nancy) Fraboni of Watkins Glen and David Fraboni, Jr. of Montour Falls; and by several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no services. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Robert W. Teed

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Robert W. Teed

Age 78, of Rock Stream, NY, passed away on January 25, 2022.

Robert was born on March 23, 1943, the son of the late Merle and Mildred Teed. He honorably served in the U.S. Army. Bob was well known as a skilled welder and fabricator, owning his own business and building many race cars. Bob and his friend, Dave Dickerson, founded Head Mechanic Association, a NYS certification program for school bus mechanics. He served as the association's President, Vice-President and Secretary and served on the association's State Board. As a SBDI certified mechanic, he also worked for many contractors, including the Hammondsport, Bath, and Bradford School Districts and for Watkins Glen International Raceway.

Robert was predeceased by his wife Shirley; brother and sisters-in-law, Glen and Andrea Boyce, and Nina Teed; and brother-in-law, David Baker.

He is survived by his sons, Kevin Teed, Bobby (Melissa) Teed, and Artie Teed, and daughter, Michelle Evans, all of Rock Stream; brothers and sisters, Mark Teed of Millport, Lon (Marion) Houck of Tennessee, Edith Biegel of Arizona, Helen Baker of Tennessee, and Mary Houck of Washington, DC; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ron and Mary Campbell of Wayne; 8 grandchildren, Ashley (RJ) Richtmyer of Watkins Glen, Natasha Evans of Horseheads, Anthony (Kaylin) Teed of Hector, Stacey (Kyle) Benjamin of Montour Falls, Zach Teed of Watkins Glen, Trista Teed of Watkins Glen, Allison Teed of Dundee and Dakota Evans of Reading Center; 5 great-grandchildren, Leah and Mya Teed, Grea Teed, Beau Bowen, and Aurora Richtmyer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held March 5th at the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. He will be interred at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Bath with military honors at a later date. You may leave a memory of Bob in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Joyce VanAmburg

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Joyce VanAmburg

Age 96, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on January 26, 2022.

Joyce was born on December 22, 1925 in Waymart, Pa. to Homer and Myrtle Curtis. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Charles VanAmburg Jr.; sister, Doris Howell, and brothers, Erwin and Robert Curtis.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara (Robert) DeDominick of Watkins Glen; her son, Curt VanAmburg and (Kelly) of Gibson, NY; and her beloved granddaughters, Allison (J.P. Nawn) DeDominick of Ithaca, NY, and Whitney DeDominick of Watkins Glen.

Joyce left the family farm in Pennsylvania after graduating and went to work at the GLF (Agway) in Ithaca. It was in Ithaca where she would meet her future husband. After their move to Elmira, Joyce worked at the Elmira Chemung Canal Bank until the arrival of her daughter. The family eventually settled in Watkins Glen. During this time, she worked as a bookkeeper for Central Asphalt.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Elmira and attended the Watkins Glen Methodist Church.

Joyce could quilt, crochet, knit and sew just about anything. She was especially talented at making Halloween costumes for her granddaughters. An avid walker, long before it was popular, she continued to walk a few miles a day up until the age of 91. Joyce was a loving mother and grandmother who our family will greatly miss.

At Joyce’s request there will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held in the spring at the convenience of the family.

The family wishes to extend many thanks to Dean and his staff at Bampa’s House in Corning as well as Schuyler Ambulance and the Med. Surg. Staff at Schuyler Hospital.
Memorial donations can be made in Joyce’s name to Bampa’s House, P.O. Box 965, Corning, NY 14830.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home. You may leave a memory of Joyce in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Edward F. Gublo

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Kalec Funeral Home, Elmira.

Edward F. Gublo

Age 89, of Millport, NY joined his heavenly Father on Monday, January 31, 2022. Edward was born on February 29, 1932 in Elmira, NY to Anna (Piecuch) and Jacob Gublo. He married Ellen (Pipher) on September 30, 1961 and enjoyed 60 years of marriage and raised four children on Mt. Airy Farm.

Edward is survived by his wife, Ellen, and their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren: Jacob (Cheryl) Gublo of Yardley, PA (Michael, Steven, and David), Harry "Chris" Gublo (Kim Teemley) of Millport, NY (James and Stefanie (Laughlin) Gublo and Jennifer, Emily Gublo of Tinker AFB, OK, Elaine Gublo (J.J. Lisefski) of Beaver Dams, NY (Westyn and Paislee), John (Jane) Gublo of Beaver Dams, NY (Jeremie Burchard (Kaitlyn and Cadence), Kira Burchard (Keshaun, Quavel, and Zacarias), Steven, Dominick, Margaret, Liam), and Sophie Gublo-Jantzen (Lucas) of Red Creek, NY (Morgan and Robert), sisters-in-law Patricia (the late Bernard) and Lorna (the late Frank), and his youngest sister Patricia Roche of Elmira Heights, NY. Edward also had many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends he enjoyed visiting with at every opportunity.

Edward was predeceased by his parents, siblings (Theodore Gublo, Genevieve (John) Semesky, Sophie (George) Mitrus, Wanda (Robert) Palizay, Rose, Mary Anne (Floyd) Janeski, John (Laura) Gublo, Bernard Gublo, Margaret (William) Stocum & (James Forsythe), Frank Gublo, Victoria (Floyd) Janeski), and an infant son.

He served his country and community with honor, as a member of the United States Army, Air Force and the United States Army Reserves. He served in the Korean War, earning the rank of Sergeant. He later became a corrections officer at Mattawan, Auburn Correctional Facility, and the Elmira Reformatory, retiring from public service in 1987. While serving his community as a corrections officer, Edward joined the Army Reserve Corps, attaining the First Sergeant rank. During his time working as a corrections officer, he developed a love for thoroughbred race horses and was a respected owner, breeder, and trainer at Finger Lakes Race Track for four decades. In 2002, Edward chose to retire from horse racing and continued caring for horses on his farm for another 20 years

Edward was an active member of the Schuyler Catholic Community, regularly attending Mass at St. Mary's of the Lake and St. Benedict's parishes. He volunteered as a chaperone for the church youth group, helped count weekly collections, and sang in the Resurrection Choir. In addition to his devotion to the Church, Edward enjoyed hunting in his younger years, providing family and close friends the opportunity to hunt on his property. Above all, Edward's favorite joy was spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren --always letting them "honk" his nose and delighting in their laughter.

Kalec Funeral Home in Elmira, NY will host calling hours on Friday, February 4, 2022 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Fr. Jeff Tunnicliff will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's of the Lake Roman Catholic Church in Watkins Glen, NY at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 5. Burial will be at the convenience of the family at Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen. Please note: masks are required to attend the calling hours and Mass. You may watch the Mass live at https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/8822625690 or it can be viewed later.

Edward asked that donations in his honor be directed to St. Jude's Children's Hospital (envelopes available at the funeral home or church).

Obituary: Alva Hoffa Robbins II

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Alva Hoffa Robbins II

Age 78, of Wellsville, NY and formerly of Odessa, NY, passed away peacefully with his faithful family by his side in Wellsville on Tuesday, January 25, 2022. He was the son of the late Charles and Virginia (Ross) Robbins, born on March 10, 1943.

He is survived by his four children, Amy (Wally) Turner, Mary (Ray) Smith, Alva (Amanda) Robbins, and Nicole (Chris) Bresett.

Of all the people he touched, his most proud achievement in life was marrying his wife Cynthia Ann Robbins, who supported him in all of his adventures, and shared 46 devoted years with him before she passed. He took extreme pride and love in all of his grandchildren.

Alva was a simple man who led a simply wonderful life, a life full of family, faith and fond memories. He enjoyed simpler pleasures, the joy of a Sunday afternoon drive, fishing trips to lakes unknown, always taking the scenic route to unspecified destinations, camping adventures to Canada, tending to his garden as he connected with nature and all things wild, or his acute awareness of the importance of life lived with his loved ones over any material possession. His drive was his family, and he strove to instill sound values in his children and to better their lives to the end. He was a man of limited words with a strong facade and a deep love for those who surrounded him throughout his life; a man who lifted you up with a kind word, or a funny joke, a humble ear or the very shoes on his feet. Alva was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend; a simple man, yes, but simply a good man, as well.

The love he spread on this earth continues to grow through his children and grandchildren, from this immeasurably loved man. On behalf of Alva and the family we would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the staff at Jan and Bev's for the loving, compassionate care that they gave during Dad's final years of life. Because of the amazing care that he was given, the family has requested that contributions be made in Alva's name to Jan and Bev's Home Care Inc., 102 N. Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895, that will directly support the staff that positively impacts the lives of our loved ones everyday.

At Alva's request, no services will be held. A private burial in his honor along with his wife Cynthia will be held this spring. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Charles H. Lynch

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Charles H. (Charlie) Lynch

Age 85, of Horseheads, NY, passed away on Friday, January 28, 2022 after a period of declining health.

Charles was born on November 12, 1936 in Frankfort, Ohio to the late Harry E. and Vivian D. Lynch. In his early years, after moving from Ohio, the family moved to Hepburnville, PA, where he worked many hours caring for his animals on their farm, Victory Hatchery. The family then relocated to Chemung, NY. He attended Waverly Central Schools, graduating in 1954. He then went on to work for Elmira News, Bond Paper Company, and Schuster Industries, where he received numerous awards for his salesmanship. He and his wife Sharon made their home in Waverly for nearly 50 years before moving to Montour Falls. In his retirement he worked as the medical delivery driver for Quinlan’s Pharmacy in Montour Falls.

In addition to his parents, Charles was predeceased by his wife, Sharon Swayze Lynch, infant sister Kathryn Lynch, brother John O. Lynch, stepsister Barb Flick, and his brothers-in- law, Jim Rice and Jim Kellogg.

He is survived by his companion, Mary Marlatt; his children, Jeff and Marcia Lynch of Waverly, Linda Douglas, New Port Richey, FL, Jim and Chris Lynch, Chemung, Bonnie and Jim Howell, Montour Falls, Bill Lynch, Owego and Joe Lynch; his special grandson, friend and caregiver Tyler Stevens; grandchildren, Payton Lynch, Michael and Katrina Stevens, Charlie Lynch, Jeffrey Lynch, Stephanie Lynch, Richard and Morgan Lynch, Angela Lynch, Jennifer Steel, Kyle and Megan Douglas, Adam and Marc Rodriguez Douglas, Amber and Sam Abdelli; great grandchildren, Aziza and Sonja Abdelli, Jacob, Jenna, Zack Davis, Grace Steel, Trenton and Claire Lynch, Olivia and Nicholas Stevens, Victor, Alana, Damien, Madeline and Amelia Douglas, Sunshyne Lynch; his siblings, Azubah Rice, Lyndora Kellogg, Milton and Sandra Lynch, Wayne and Debbie Lynch; brother-in-law Fred and Toni Sue Swayze along with numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 p.m, Monday January 31 at the Odessa United Methodist Church, 305 Church St., Odessa NY, with Pastor Mike Kelly officiating. Interment will be held at the North Chemung Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in memory of Charles to the Montour Falls Fire Department or the Humane Society of Schuyler County. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Ronald E. Keck

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Ronald E. Keck

Age 71, formerly of Beaver Dams, NY, passed away on January 21, 2022.

Ron and his wife, Mary, raised their two children together in Beaver Dams. After retiring from the Horseheads School District, they moved to Florida.

Ron was predeceased by his wife, Mary Keck, in 2019 and his parents. He is survived by his daughters, Wendy Keck Swarthout and Jamie Eaves; four grandchildren, Nicole (Alex) Clark, Michael Eaves, Nathan Swarthout and Christopher Dillon; his brothers and sisters; as well as many nieces and nephews.

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

Obituary: Sandra M. Davis

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Sandra M. Davis

Age 69, a longtime resident of Romeo Apartments in Montour Falls, NY and currently of Odessa, NY, passed away on Sunday, January 23, 2022 at home after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Montour Falls on December 5, 1952, the daughter of Walter and Isabella (Landon) Davis, Sr.

Sandra was a member of the Watkins Glen Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses since 1983, where she enjoyed sharing up building Bible truths with her family, friends and neighbors.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Cynthia (Eddie) Duet of Odessa; grandchildren, Kelsey (Matthew) Ingwersen, Nathan (Mikaya) Duet, LeNay Duet and Reese Duet; brothers, Dale Davis of Alpine, NY, Harry Davis of Montour Falls and Ransome Davis of Odessa; sisters, Diane Carns of Florida, Carol Kinner of Cayuta, NY, Cynthia Miller of Cayuta and Rebecca Johnston of Tennessee; many nieces and nephews; as well as her dearest friend, Shirley Gerow.

She was predeceased by her parents, Walter Davis Sr. in 1981 and Isabella Davis (1985); and brothers, Lewis Davis (1944 at 2 years old), Walter Davis, Jr. (2004), John Davis Sr. (2017), David Davis (2019) and Dana Davis (2021).

Sandra’s family would like to extend their gratitude to all of the nurses that cared for her throughout her illness and passing. Sympathy cards may be sent to the Duet residence at 400 Merchant Ave., Odessa, NY 14869.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home in Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com.

Obituary: James T. Minichello

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

James T. Minichello

Age 74, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on January 19, 2022.

James was born on June 2, 1947 in Old Forge, Pennsylvania, the son of the late Anthony “Tony” and Dora (Dipipi) Minichello. He retired from AKZO Salt Company and was a communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church in Watkins Glen.

Jimmy was an avid hunter and fisherman and known and loved by many. He could often be found at Chef's chatting with his buddies. Coffee at the kitchen table will never be the same for his family and friends.
 
James is survived by his wife, Sue Minichello; five children, Dora Minichello of Florida, Robert (Adrienne) Minichello of Montour Falls, NY, Tammi Rhodes of Watkins Glen, Ross (Sarah) Searles of Beaver Dams, NY, and Scott Searles of Watkins Glen; sister, Annette Warden of Pennsylvania; several cousins; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held in June and announced at a later date. 
   
Those wishing to share a memory of James may visit his obituary at www. RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Patricia L. Champion

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Patricia L. Champion

Age 79, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away peacefully at home on January 21, 2022.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Wednesday (Jan. 26) from 3 p.m.-6 p.m.; followed by a memorial service at 6:00 p.m. Interment at Seneca Union Cemetery will occur at a later date.

Pat was born in Malone, NY, the daughter of the late Raymond and Ada (Cromp) Johnson. Pat worked at the New York State Fire Academy in Montour Falls.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband “Sonny” Leon Champion; and brothers and sister-in-law, Harley and Susanne Johnson, and Raymond Gallow.

She is survived by her children, Jim and Dulcie (Gifford) Champion, Michael (Leah) Champion, and Michelle (Gregory) Harrington; sister, Darlene Johnson of Malone, NY; sister-in-law, Judy Gallow-Forney; brother-in-law, Delbert Champion; grandchildren, Jeffrey P., Idalise (Britz), Lilia J., Mary A., Stephen J., Timothy S., Brooks M., Chandler D. Champion, Chase Michael Champion, Jacob R. Harrington, Krista (Campbell) and Carl Standish, Dustin, Ian, Ryan, and Roselyn (Ennis) Campbell; great-grandchildren, Claire, Charlotte, Collette Standish, and baby Campbell on the way; very dear cousins, Richard and Terri (Pasto) Campbell, Mary Anne Campbell, Terri (Champion) and John Sujko, John, Chip, and Sarah Champion, Gloria Pangallo; nieces and nephews, Lisa Johnson (Collins and Mark), Desara Johnson (John), Paula Johnson Elswick, Rick Gallow (Penny), Heather (Gallow) and Jan Cote, and Nicole (Stephen) Ryan; and many other nieces and nephews; and many, many dear friends, too many to list!

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorial donations in her memory be made to the Schuyler County Baseball and Softball League.

Those wishing to share a memory of Pat may visit her obituary at www. RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Phyllis Elaine DeSarno

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Phyllis Elaine “Mimi” DeSarno

Age 79, passed away peacefully in the presence of her caring husband and oldest granddaughter early in the afternoon on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, NY. Phyllis was born to Florence E. Decker and George S. Maltby in Sayre, PA on Nov 16, 1942.

She was a strong, dignified and kind-hearted woman. Her grandchildren called her "Mimi," which was very fitting for our beloved Phyllis. Mimi is a woman who was able to stand tall without augmentation, inquisitive in the face of authority figures, yet tactful, insightful, and a product of her own unconditional love and determination.

She always had a way of solving anything and everything. Her entire being was and still is dedicated to educating others, organizing and orchestrating beautiful events. She did what was impossible in an age where women's experiences were still very much oppressed and considered to be insignificant. Her voice and opinions challenged and inspired others to make a difference in their lives and the lives of many others. She worked alongside some influential professors of the Arts, Science and Histories as a Department Secretary at California State Northridge from 1967-1971 with her husband Buzz.

Drawn towards seismology and cultural anthropology, her coworkers and the students were always grateful for her work ethic and bright, humorous, yet highly intellectual and progressive personality. She managed to organize and operate almost everything that could be. She made imprints on the hearts and minds of every single person she came across regardless of age, race, or orientation as she traveled alongside her hubby state by state, never missing a beat. She lived a long, eventful life with a tendency to view the world through the kaleidoscope-colored lenses of her youth.

Phyllis absolutely adored the holidays. Early on she organized events for Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen to celebrate "Village Christmas" and the annual Easter egg hunts. She always had her hand in many of the parades and businesses of both locations. Her grandbabies remember the endless hours she would spend decorating the whole house for each and every holiday where we would all help cook amazing dinners, play silly pranks and watch funny holiday-themed movies together. We will miss our old yearly traditions without her. Ordering a big batch of fresh fries while watching people carry in the shiny trout. When we would go to the Italian festival and ride the horrible nausea-inducing rides, or even the school events where she would put all the teachers in check; and smile at us proudly. That cute and cuddly redhead had the biggest and boldest personality, put the fear of God and awe into the likes of any young Bambi that tried to step to her flock. She taught us how to confront, dismantle and reconstruct someone's whole being in a matter of a second. She taught us how to speak with light-hearted, sarcastic, yet firm energies; which has helped us through the many battles of our lives. We definitely have our own humorous language as a family by now! The funniest person we all knew, will always be Phyllis DeSarno.

Phyllis is survived by her kind and attentive husband of 57 years, Bill “Buzzy” DeSarno; her loving brother David; her daughter Aalia and son-in-law Kemwa (our step-dad, we call him dad) and her three favorite grandbabies, Mahraka “Zak”, Culture and Nambdi; all of which she loved more than life itself. She was and remains a "different breed," a one-of-a-kind patient, witty and loving soul. Her ashes will travel alongside her close family members to be scattered all around the beautiful, yet bittersweet Earth to let her soul see what her eyes did not; free and unattached from her human vessel.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Those wishing to share a memory of Phyllis may visit her obituary at www. RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Doris Jane Wilcox Hugo

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Doris Jane Wilcox Hugo

Age 93, of New Albany, PA, passed away on Monday, January 17, 2022 at Guthrie Troy Hospital. Doris was born in Towanda, PA on December 3, 1928, the daughter of Harry and Eloise Sheridan Wilcox of Monroeton.

Doris’ father was the first forest ranger assigned to the newly built Kellogg Mt. fire tower and she loved exploring, along with friends, the woods and creeks on the mountain. Since there wasn’t yet a house, they slept on the floor of the tower. While attending high school in Towanda, Doris and three of her friends worked at what was to be Sylvania in later years, assembling detonators for bombs used in WWII. She went to work for Dunbar Lewis Feed Mill in Monroeton as a secretary, and after her marriage to Howard Hugo in 1951, she was employed by Lyle Wilcox Market, and in later years, for Browning Oil Co. in New Albany.  She made many birthday and wedding cakes that were part of many lives in the New Albany area.
 
Doris was very active in the fire auxiliary, a Cub Scout leader, Junior Miss Judge, and was the town librarian for many years, which she loved very much. She had been active in the Memorial Hospital and was one of the founding members of Rainbows End, the second-hand shop. Also known as a very knowledgeable local historian, she was a member of the Bradford County Historical Society. She was more than happy to share her research with whomever called upon her.

Doris is survived by her sons and spouses, Roger and Chris Hugo of Watkins Glen, NY,  Ross and Clara Hugo of New Albany, PA, Brent and C. James Vanderpool Hugo of Monroeton, PA; grandchildren, Morgan (Brett T) Hugo Mapp of Philadelphia, Courtney (Ryan) Hugo Muldowney of Northumberland, PA, and Mason (Kileen Brown) Hugo of Monroeton; two great grandchildren, Brentlee and Layklee; a sister, Sharon Goodstal of Swan Lake, NY; a sister-in-law, Virginia Hugo of New Albany; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Howard in 2004.

Friends are invited to join the family at a graveside service on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery in New Albany, immediately followed by a luncheon to share memories at the New Albany Social Hall, 134 Main St., New Albany, PA. Memorials in the name of Doris may be directed to the New Albany Fire Department, PO Box 167, New Albany PA 18833.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Ella B. Clayton

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Ella B. Clayton

Age 95, formerly of Reading Center and Campbell, NY, passed away on January 13, 2022.

Ella was born in Buffalo, NY on November 30, 1926, the daughter of the late Claude and Ella Bennett deLorraine. She was also predeceased by her husband Henry Clayton, brothers Harry deLorraine and Claude deLorraine, and sister Marjorie Lovelass.

Ella and her husband raised their five children together in Reading Cener, where they were members of the Reading Community Church. After her husband retired, they moved to Campbell.

She is survived by her son, Henry L. Clayton, Jr. of Tulsa, OK; daughters, Marjorie Iven of Oklahoma City, OK, Janet Clayton of Utica, NY, Mary Ortyl of Zionsville, IN, and Ruth McCarthy of Painted Post, NY; sister, Ruth de Lorraine of Campbell; 15 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A graveside funeral service will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery (Cemetery Rd.), in Reading Center on Saturday, January 22 at 11:00 a.m.

You may express condolences or leave a memory of Ella at her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen, NY.

Obituary: James Matthew Gilbert

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

James Matthew Gilbert

Age 41, of Elmira, NY, died January 16, 2022.

In life, there are people whom you may only meet for a brief period of time, yet they touch your heart forever. James was one of those people.

James arrived as an early Christmas present for his parents Kim and LaVonne on December 15, 1980 and continued to bring them joy up until the very end. When his sister Megan joined the family a few years later, he was her first friend. He met his wife Amy at BOCES and they started dating at 17 years old. James was welcomed into Amy’s family by her parents, Ralph and Mary Lou, and her brother, Adam. He not only was loved by these people, but also by his extended family and group of friends from all over the world.
 
As a teenager, James discovered a passion for Underground Rap and became part of the Juggalo culture. He was an avid fan of Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid, Anybody Killa, The Snowgoons, Esham, Lex the Hex Master, Claas, Boondox, Blaze, Tech N9ne, and many more (pretty much any rapper who wasn’t played on the radio). He was also lucky to not only be a fan of, but also a great friend to, Bukshot. A few years ago, Bukshot gifted James with a dream come true with the help of the Dream Foundation and University of Rochester Blood and Marrow Transplant Social Worker Mike Ellis. Bukshot brought James down to Louisville, Kentucky to watch Bukshot in the recording studio and just hang out with him as the homies that they were. Bukshot gave James’ family a gift too, a mini documentary about this meeting that can be found on YouTube by searching “Bukshot” and “Dream.” In this video, James’ image and voice will live forever.

At the young age of 28, James was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and thus began a 13-year battle with not only this disease, but also the complications stemming from the treatments for it. Traveling this long road, James was lucky to be supported by an amazing medical team at the University of Rochester. Every single person who cared for him did so with compassion. James was particularly lucky to have Dr. Michael Becker and Dr. Everett Porter on his side, and they were there until the end.
    
James said he wanted to be remembered as a good person, and in the days since his death those who loved him have said just that about him. He was a kind person, an unofficial promoter for Underground Rappers everywhere, and a trusted friend who could keep a secret (TK, he never told anyone how you got your nickname!).

James is survived by his parents, Kim and LaVonne Gilbert; sister, Megan Hojnoski and her husband Chris; niece, Rose Marie Shellenberger; nephews, Nicholas James Shellenberger and Emmet Hojnoski; wife, Amy Van Buren Gilbert; father-in-law, Ralph Van Buren; brother-in-law, Adam Van Buren; his beloved canine buddy Orlando; his stem cell donor and special friend Philipp Mechenbier and Philipp’s wife Anke, along with a loving extended biological family, wonderful friends, and his worldwide Juggalo family. He was predeceased by his maternal grandmother, RoseMarie Kendrick, and his mother-in-law, Mary Lou Van Buren.

Family and friends of James are welcome to come to a celebration of his life to be held Sunday, January 23rd at 1:00 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY. There are no prior visiting hours. You may write a memory of James in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation to the Dream Foundation (https://www.dreamfoundation.org) -- an organization that helps grant final wishes to terminally ill adults, or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (https://www.lls.org) -- an organization that helps fight these diseases.
 
“It ain’t about you, it ain’t about me. This whole thing’s way bigger than we both see ... you have to show that when the road gets tough you gotta be that hero.” Bukshot

Obituary: Theodore H. Siri Jr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Theodore H. "Ted" Siri Jr.

Age 78, of Watkins Glen, NY, after a long and courageous battle of 22 years, passed away peacefully at his son's home in Utah with his family by his side on December 18, 2021.

Ted was born in San Francisco on December 5, 1943 to the late Ted and Louise Siri, who then raised him in Santa Rosa, CA. He graduated from Santa Rosa High School and then moved to Ukiah, CA, where he joined the Local #3 Operating Engineers, where he worked for Absco Paving & Parnum Paving. During this time he also joined the National Guard for seven years.

He decided to become an antique dealer and moved to Watkins Glen, where he became a successful store owner of The Teddy Bears Den, an antique, souvenir, and the largest NASCAR store on the East coast for 22 years. Ted stayed an antique dealer until his passing. He was also a member of the Northwestern Bottle Collectors Association for 50 years and built the best San Francisco Antique Beer Bottle Collection on the West Coast.

Ted loved hunting, fishing, the outdoors, NASCAR, dirt track racing on Friday nights, and his passion, antiques.

Ted is survived by his loving family, his wife of 22 years Theresa Siri; three sons, Ted (Tonya) Siri and Garrett Siri of Highland, Utah, and Tyler Siri of Horseheads, NY; brother, Richard (Bev) Siri, and sister, Arleen Place of Santa Rosa, CA.; eight grandchildren, Jordan (Stephanie), Mykenna(Kyle), Taylor (Paul), J.T., Braden, Nick, Lauren, and Maya; and several nieces and nephews. He will be missed by many friends both in California and New York.

There will be a graveside service for Ted at Montour Cemetery, Mill St., Montour Falls that will be announced at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home in Montour Falls.

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Paul John Burgess

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Paul John Burgess

Age 76, of Odessa, NY passed away unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, December 25, 2021.
                              
A visitation for Paul is planned for Sunday, January 23 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 Genesee Street, Montour Falls, NY. All are invited to attend. The funeral will follow immediately at 3 p.m.

Born in Rathfarnum, Dublin, Ireland on May 23, 1945, Paul was the oldest son of John and Sheila Burgess. In 1967, Paul met Susan O’Brien, an American student at Trinity College in Dublin. They fell in love and got married in Dublin. In 1968, the newlyweds immigrated to Susan’s hometown of Elmira, New York. After a few years, they purchased a farmhouse in Odessa. They raised their children Oisin (Owen) Burgess and Sheila Burgess Klemann.

It was on the farm that Paul could collect and care for countless animals of all shapes and sizes, becoming a true Irish country gentleman. His animals were a constant source of entertainment. He was a master storyteller; he would enrapture his listeners with tales of the animals that were filled with lots of humor. After a short detour that took Paul and Susan to live in El Paso, Texas to work with their son Oisin, they returned to Odessa, where he resided for the rest of his life.

Paul is survived by his wife of 54 years, Susan Burgess of Odessa; son, Oisin Burgess of El Paso, Texas; daughter, Sheila (Stephen) Klemann of Watkins Glen, NY; sister, Laura (Ronald) Mathews of Montour Falls; brother, Rory (Rosemary) Burgess of Dublin, Ireland; his sister, Caroline Kavanaugh and deceased husband Noel Kavanaugh of Ireland, and sister Lynn (Peter) LaGrue of Ireland. Paul is also survived by six grandchildren, Alexis Naylor, Aislinn Klemann, Alannah Klemann, Aubrey Klemann, Tye Burgess and Riley Vasquez; two great grandchildren, Noah and Caleb Vasquez; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Glen Gators Swim Team Scholarship, P.O. Box 614, Montour Falls, NY 14865. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Earl 'David' Molyno

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Earl “David” Molyno

Age 72, of Bradford, NY passed away on Friday, January 14, 2022 at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, NY.

Dave was born in Elmira, NY on November 9, 1949, the son of the late Niles and Kathryn (Sharman) Molyno. Dave served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years, retiring as a Master Sergeant in 1989. He was a member of the Tyrone Fire Dept. and was always doing for others. Dave had a very special bond with each of his grandchildren, especially his youngest grandchild, his best friend, Grace.

Dave is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Gayle L. (Masin) Molyno; daughters, Elizabeth (Russell) Ayers and Jennifer (Christopher Gray) Medina; grandchildren, Derek (Jessica), Troy, Nicolas (Brionna), Elizabeth, Madelyn, Chase, Mya, and Gracelyn; great grandchildren, Ryker, Leon and Anton; sisters, Sandy Casterline and Carol Furman; brother, Robert Simons; brother-in-law, John (Katie) Masin; and sisters-in-law, Tracey (George) Lewis and Loretta Hartsock. In addition to his parents, Dave was predeceased by his son, John Molyno; sister, Kathy Harshinburger, and his dear friend Dr. William Saks.

Friends and family may call from 12 noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 22 at the Bradford Baptist Church, 2788 Yawger Hill Rd., Bradford, NY. A memorial service celebrating his life will follow at the church at 1 p.m. with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Tyrone Fire Dept., 3600 NY 226, Tyrone, NY 14887.

Memories of Dave may be shared with his family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Richard E. Cole

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by New Comer Cremations & Funerals, Syracuse.

Richard E. Cole

Age 84, of Montour Falls, NY passed away at home on Friday, January 7th. He was the son of the late Earl and Rhea Cole.

He graduated from Ithaca College in 1959 and went on to serve in the U.S. Army from 1960 until 1963. Richard married Mary Schettler in 1962 and together they had four children. Richard served as director of the Office for the Aging in Schuyler County from its inception in 1976 until 1992.

He was an accomplished pianist who loved the Lord, his family and music.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary; children, Donna (Philip) Losito, Cynthia (Donald) Dykes, Gary (Letty) Cole and Andrew Cole; grandchildren, Chelsea Dykes, Ryan (Cari) Dykes, Christine Losito, Laura (Joe) Woznica, Garrison Cole and Jackson Cole.

Friends are welcomed to pay their respects and share memories of Richard on March 5th at Montour Falls United Methodist Church from 1-4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of CNY

Obituary: Sally J. Human

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Sally J. (Campbell) Human

Age 73, of Beaver Dams, NY passed away on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, NY.

Sally was born in Elmira, NY on August 29, 1948, the daughter of Milton and Marion (Bastilla) Campbell. She graduated from Horseheads High School. Sally had worked for Schuyler Hospital and Cayuga Medical Center and retired from Cayuga Health Central.

Sally is survived by her husband of 49 years, J. C. Human; three daughters, Debra (Richard) Fowler of Boiling Springs, SC, Rita (Eric) Blackwell of Landrum, SC, and Tammy (Tim) Schram of Scio, NY; nine grandchildren; six great grandchildren; sister, Linda Hewitt of Virginia Beach, VA; brother, Albert (Ursula) Campbell of Rittersdorf, Germany; uncle, Norville Campbell of Elmira; as well as many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Sally was predeceased by her brother, Richard Campbell.

Family and friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, January 14 at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Sally’s name to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865. Memories of Sally may be shared with her family and friends at vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Herbert L. Oliver

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Herbert L. Oliver

Age 90, of Horseheads, NY passed away on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at home.

He was born February 27, 1931 in Penn Yan, NY, to the late Robert and Ruby (Morrow) Oliver. Herbert was also predeceased by his wife of almost 58 years, Clarabell Oliver, in 2015, and their grandson, Jacob Erik Oliver, in 1996. He was also predeceased by his brothers, John and Ray Oliver. Herbert is survived by his sons and daughters, Gerald (Bonnie) Roe of Tennessee, Kevin (Linda) Roe of Arizona, and Keith (Vicky) Oliver, Kathy (Mike) Kinner, and James (Cristina) Oliver, all of Horseheads; sisters, Edna Husted of Watkins Glen, Frances VanDyke of Dundee, Joane (Charles) Stevenson of Burdett, and Mary Hoose of Townsend; 13 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

He was a member of Monterey Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran. He was also a member of the Elmira Heights American Legion, Montour Moose Club, and locally active in the Vigilantes and "Posse Group." He was a well-known horse dealer and enjoyed everything horse related. Herbert and his late wife, Clara, owned and operated C & H Tack Shop in Horseheads. He retired from AKZO Nobel Salt after 41 years of service, retiring as the Packaging Superintendent.

Family and friends may call at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Friday, January 14 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.; where his service will follow at 6:00 p.m. with his friend and Pastor, the Rev. Robert Stuart, officiating. A committal service with military honors will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Beaver Dams Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital (www.StJude.org).
Condolences and remembrances at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: James E. Wilson

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

James E. Wilson

Age 77, of Himrod, NY died at home on January 8, 2022 from pulmonary fibrosis.

Born in Summit, N.J. to A. Ned and Grace (Edmiston) Wilson, he attended Oratory Prep, Maryknoll Seminary and St. Anselm’s College. Jim was proud to have marched and demonstrated in Selma, Alabama in 1965 to protest Bloody Sunday and to affirm people’s right to vote. Jim was affiliated with the Catholic Worker movement in NYC in the mid 60’s. He actively and vocally protested the war in Vietnam. He served two years in Federal Prison for refusing to report for induction into the armed services as a conscientious objector.

At the Catholic Worker he observed and interacted with Dorothy Day. He was influenced by her stance on non-violence and personalism to support those in need. Jim enjoyed making soup, providing clothing and shelter for the poor and downtrodden. He begged for vegetables at the NYC market and broke up an occasional fight or two at St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality. Dorothy Day named Jim as an Associate Editor of the Catholic Worker newspaper in 1966. Jim loved writing and continued to write throughout his life and career. Just prior to his passing he published a book detailing his extraordinary life, Choosing the Hard Path: a Personal History and Memoir.

During his adult life he lived in NYC, Spencer, Watkins Glen, Glenora, and Himrod, NY. He was the first executive director at The Arc of Schuyler, working there for 32 years until retiring in 2011. At The Arc, he assisted in the forefront of the movement to close institutions for people with developmental disabilities in New York State. He enjoyed many friendships with the people receiving supports and their families. He pushed for State and National recognition of direct support professionals that work on the front lines supporting people with intellectual challenges to bring attention to the unique skills and talents the job required.

In addition to holding leadership positions on various local boards, Jim also served on State and regional boards including the Chemung, Schuyler, Tioga BOCES, Tioga County Community Services Board, CSS Workforce Development Board, American Red Cross, and NYS Association for Community and Residential Agencies. Jim also Chaired NYSARC, Inc. (now The Arc New York) Executive Directors Association for eight years.

Jim will be especially remembered for his sense of humor, his commitment to social justice, peace and nonviolence, and advocacy for the full inclusion of people with disabilities in everyday life.

Survivors include his wife and life partner, Jeannette Frank of Himrod; sons, Nathan (Wendy) Wilson of Maplewood, N.J., and Brian Wilson (Jesse Wennik) of San Francisco, California; brother, Gregory Wilson of Califon, N.J.; sisters, Anita Wilson of Edgartown, Mass. and Marilyn (Michael) Golden of Manassas, Va.; and granddaughters, Dylan Grace and Rylie of Maplewood, N.J. Jim was predeceased by his parents.

According to Jim’s wishes, there will be no funeral services. A memorial service and gathering of friends and family will take place at a future date. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Joyce A. Newhart

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Joyce A. Newhart

Age 76, of Ithaca, NY passed away on January 1, 2022.  

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Saturday, January 15, from 11 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; followed by a funeral home service at 1:00 p.m.; burial at Union Cemetery of Hector.  

Joyce was born in Montour Falls, NY in 1945, the daughter of the late Lyle and Myrtle Voorheis. She was predeceased by her brother and sister, Carl (Sharon) Voorheis and Arlene Reddick; sisters-in-law, Shirley Newhart and Donna Rogers, and brother-in-law, Robert Newhart.

She is survived by her loving husband, Leon “Lee” Newhart. They celebrated their 58th anniversary the day after Christmas. She is also survived by her three children, Ken (Nancy) Newhart of Trumansburg, Rebecca (Greg) Lee of Tennessee, and Vanessa (David) Hoaglin of Tennessee; two brothers, Melvin (Judy) Voorheis of Tennessee, and Wayne (Florence) Voorheis of Utah; three sisters, Sandra Christensen of Utah, Marilyn Cooper of Trumansburg, and Bonnie Covington of Spencer; sister-in-law, Sharon Voorheis; brothers-in-law, Fred Newhart and Peters Rogers; sister-in-law, Jacqueline Newhart; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. 

Joyce was a life member of the NYS Button Society. She was a knowledgeable collector and dealer, sharing her passion in the communities with exhibits, shows and talks. Joyce and Lee’s favorite pastime was antiquing together in shops, homes and markets. 

You may share a memory of Joyce with her family and friends by visiting her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Francis E. Elliott

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, Trumansburg.

Francis E. Elliott

ITHACA -- Francis E. Elliott, age 70, passed away at home on Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021.

Francis was born in Corning, NY on September 30, 1951, a son to the late Charles F. and Alberta (Rumsey) Elliott. Francis worked for a number of years and retired from U.S. Salt in Watkins Glen, NY.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman who served as president of the Millport Hunting and Fishing Club for several years, where he proudly started the children’s Hunter Safety Course. Francis had a personality larger than life and the gift to gab to anyone who crossed his path, and let’s not forget he was a big-time story teller. An amazing family man and a loving grandfather, he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Francis is survived by his loving companion, Barbara Workman and her family; his children, Karie (John) Radford, Chris (Amanda) Elliott, Molly Elliott and Malori (Andrew) Clark; several grandchildren; sister-in-law, Maylonda Elliott; and several nieces, nephews and lifelong friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Matthew Elliott; sisters, Flossie Elliott and Debora Scranton; and a brother, Albert Elliott.

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date for the Spring/Summer of 2022.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks those who would like to make a contribution in Francis’s memory to kindly consider St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or a charity of one’s choice
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For additional information, please contact the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home at 607-687-8151 or visit www.ness-sibley.com.

Obituary: Craig W. Lattin

The following obituary was posted online by the McInerny Funeral Home, Elmira.

Craig W. Lattin

Age 63, passed away on Friday, December 24, 2021. Craig was born in Penn Yan, NY, a son of Martha Klube Lattin and the late H. William Lattin, Jr.

Craig had a long, rewarding career with the Watkins Glen School District. His jobs varied over the years. He was a coach, Physical Education teacher, Intramural director and was the Dean of Students at the high school for the last seven years of his career. His impact on the students at the school was far reaching.

Craig enjoyed collecting sports memorabilia, drinking IPA’s and watching sports. His favorite teams were the NY Yankees and the Minnesota Vikings. He was a devoted son, husband, father, grandfather and friend, who will be forever loved and missed.

He is survived by his wife, Rosalind “Rosie” Kramer Lattin; son and daughter-in-law, Tyler and Valarie Lattin, with their son, Grayson; daughter and son-in-law, Regan and Joseph Evans, with their son Hayes; and brother and sister-in-law, Todd and Zulme Lattin.

Calling hours will be held at the McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water Street, Elmira, on Saturday, January 8, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Obituary: Scott Signori

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

In memory of Scott Signori
1967 - 2021


Scott Edward Signori (aka “Scooter”, “Scoots”, “Doi”), chef and owner of the Stonecat Cafe, passed away on December 26, 2021 at his home in Hector, New York. He died peacefully surrounded by and in the care of his loving children, family and friends.

Scott was the dedicated, compassionate father of two children, Wiley David Skywalker (12) and Sophia Raven (15), both of whom embody Scott’s engaging personality, kind, dedicated heart, sharp intellect, and love of laughter. The strength, composure, love, and care displayed by his children prior to and during his illness are a testament to the values he conveyed as a father and community leader. Scott’s unique attributes of leadership, creativity, passion, and optimism allowed him to create both a loving home and a social hub for the community connecting people, food, the land, music, and art.

Scott was a self taught chef who became a leader in the farm-to-table movement in the Finger Lakes. Using his mastery of the smoker, Scott enhanced the flavor profiles of the meats, fruits, vegetables and cheeses in his dishes, which were served up with a smile in a beautiful, comfortable, and welcoming environment on the banks of Lake Seneca. The Stonecat was a converted fruit stand and found a loyal following among foodies and music lovers alike. It was frequented by clientele looking for fine dining with local wine as well as folks wanting a local beer and catfish sandwich at the laid-back, Bohemian vibed bar. He routinely featured local artists and musicians at the “Cat” and hosted a winter music event each year with dozens of bands playing across three days.

The Stonecat, which was on the Finger Lakes wine trail, was highlighted in articles by The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Southern Living, Newsweek, the Finger Lakes Times, the Rochester City Newspaper, and Edible Finger Lakes, which proclaimed him a Local Hero. Here’s a quote from Scott in the Edible Finger Lakes article:

“My best attribute as a chef is being nice,” Signori says. “I think the competitiveness that’s been propagated on the Food Network isn’t doing this industry any favors. I feel like our mission is to wake people up to life. I believe we should make food as it was made for us by our parents and grandparents: with love. The only competition should be who can best fill the room with nourishment, love and good times.”

Scott was raised in McLean, Virginia and graduated from McLean High School in 1986. Among his first few jobs in high school was one at Mother Nature’s restaurant where he was first exposed to food preparation using healthy, natural ingredients. After a year at Northern Virginia Community College, he was accepted to Virginia Tech and cooked at Backstreets Pizza and the Hokie House. It was during this time that Scott began to experiment with creating his own dishes simply cooking for his friends or putting unusual combinations of ingredients on pizzas. Scott graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Communications in 1990.

After college, Scott moved to Washington, DC, where he created his own restaurant, the Escape Cafe, in 1993. The Escape was a tapas restaurant at 17th and R St NW in the DuPont circle area. It was during this time that Scott also began to journal, paint, and write lyrics for a local band. These pursuits began to influence the decor and clientele of the Escape and that vibe carried forward to influence his future eating establishments. The Escape became a hangout for foodies from all walks of life. Scott started one of the first drag queen brunches, had musicians such as Jewel and Paula Cole and decorated the walls with pieces from local artists and photographers. The clientele at the Escape went there not just for his culinary creations but also simply just to hang out with him.

In 1997, Scott relocated to the Finger Lakes area to help start the Sheldrake Point winery. He literally went from riding his skateboard in DC to driving a tractor in Ovid, NY overnight. Scott established the initial restaurant for Sheldrake on a shoestring budget and creative modification of the existing farming structures. In 1999, Scott established a business relationship with Bloomer Creek Vineyards and they purchased property in Hector, NY, along Lake Seneca. Scott converted a fruit stand on the property into the Stonecat Cafe and thus began his magnum opus. Shortly thereafter he purchased the Restaurant from Bloomer Creek and in 2016 bought the adjacent house and barn from the Bonds, who were the original owners of the fruit stand. The house was converted into a rental property, the Stonecat Guest House.

Scott was born in East Lansing, Michigan on November 14, 1967. He was the son of David Tobia Signori Jr. (Linda) and Nancy (McClafferty) Signori Dalton (Dave) and brother of David Tobia Signori III (Pamela), Christine Elizabeth Signori and Gina Signori Stebbins (Chad). He will also be missed by his nieces Lily and Bella and nephew Sam.

Scott married Jessica Anne Giles in 2003. Jessica, the mother of his two children, worked alongside him running the front of the house and developing the Stonecat. Since 2014, Scott’s best friend has been Daphne Nolder. Daphne is a manager and head pastry chef at the Stonecat as well as the manager of the attached Guest House. Daphne led a team of brave and loving caretakers throughout Scott’s 16-month glioblastoma cancer treatment. Daphne and her supportive family alongside Scott’s family led primarily by his daughter, Sophia, provided him with loving home care fulfilling his wish to pass peacefully in his own home. He was buried on his own land in the presence of his community during a meaningful and spiritual burial ceremony.

The family wishes to thank Scott’s neurosurgeon, Dr. Andrea Wasilewski and her staff, University of Rochester Medical Center, for compassionate, honest care in the face of a devastating illness, to the Carefirst hospice staff who came in during the final days and made all the difference to the family and Scott, to friends Paula Fitzsimmons, his health POA, and her husband, Phil Davis, for shepherding us through the final weeks, to friends Crow Marley and Ellen Stechman for spiritual guidance, and to so many others for their services and all of the ways they showed up for their beloved friend.

A celebration of his life will be held at his home in the spring, with tables of great food and wine, live music, art festooning the trees and his pond, and hundreds of Scott fans.

Donations may be made to: https://senecalakeguardian.org/

Obituary: Joseph Andrew Besecker

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.

Joseph Andrew Besecker

Age 32, of Dundee, NY passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 1, 2022.
 
Honoring his wishes to be cremated, calling hours will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Saturday, January 15 at the Dundee American Legion, 10 Spring St., Dundee; with a memorial service at 4:00 p.m. with Pastor David Semans officiating. Joseph will continue to be remembered at a Celebration of His Life reception following the service.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his memory to the Dundee Fire Company, 12 Union St., Dundee, NY 14837.

Joseph was born on February 14, 1989 in Elmira, NY, the son of Randy and Connie Besecker. He graduated from Horseheads High School in 2007; during his senior year he enrolled in the U.S. Marines. Discharged under Honorable circumstances in June 2008, he met his wife Trista, shortly after.

Following his wife (then girlfriend) to Buffalo, Joseph met his best friend Garrett while working in the electronics department of the Niagara Falls Boulevard Walmart. It was Garrett who introduced Joseph to DND, and the two bonded over their shared interest in computers and Star Wars. After the birth of his first daughter, Joseph and Trista moved back home to her native Dundee in 2011. Joseph and Trista were married on May 11, 2013. The father to three beautiful girls, Joseph put his heart and soul into being the best father he could be. Teaching his children to ride bikes and play frisbees, he let them ride with him as he mowed the yard, helped to build them a play house and took them camping to his favorite childhood campground in the Adirondacks
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Joseph had many jobs throughout his life, working as a CSM at Walmart, and as an employee of Lowes. He finally landed a dream job at Corning Incorporated, working with computers, which was his lifelong passion and hobby. From there he made many friends and work colleagues before moving to Salient Management Company, where he was a level 2 Technical Support Specialist. Though customer service was never his favorite thing to deal with, he loved the challenge that working on computers brought.

He was an avid book lover, video game enthusiast, and Star Wars aficionado. His free time was spent playing DND with beloved friends, reading Harry Potter to his daughters, messing around with his 3D printer, bowling, or watching his favorite TV shows, such as The Mandalorian and Marvel franchise.

He is survived, loved and dearly missed by his wife Trista L Besecker; their three daughters, Aurora L. Besecker, Freya L. Besecker, and Sybil A. Besecker, and son Callan A. Besecker, of Dundee; his parents, Randy (Connie) Besecker of Horseheads; his brother, Brandon (Lisa) Besecker of Vestal; and his niece, Kylie Besecker of Elmira, and nephew, Alexander Besecker of Vestal.

Also his paternal grandparents, Joyce (Gerald) Crainey of Pine Valley; maternal aunts, Carol Terwilliger (Chris) May of Elmira, and Kathleen (Richard) Hufford of Horseheads; paternal aunts, Monica (Kevin) Gardner of Burdett, Tammy (Mike) Merrick of Waverly, Andi Crainey Brooks of Arizona, and Julie (Neil) Pfister of Ohio; his father-in-law, Richard (Carryl) Nageldinger of Elmira; mother in-law, Sherry (David) Corcoran of Dundee; sister-in-law, Jessica (Chris) Heeman of Dundee; nephew, Desmond Heeman of Dundee, and many cousins.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water Street, Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

Obituary: Gerald A. "Jerry" Loose

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Gerald A. "Jerry" Loose

Age 54, of Newport News, Virginia, passed away on Dec. 19, 2021 from Covid.

Jerry grew up in Watkins Glen, NY and graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1985. He received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Mansfield University in 1989. After graduation, he worked at Northern Tier Youth Services in Blossburg, Pa. and Kidspeace in Orefield, Pa.

He joined the Newport Police Department in 1994 and was promoted to Sergeant in 2000. Jerry was a mentor to young officers on the force and a great friend to everyone. He was the light in the room at every function. He was a tremendous chef and could fix anything with the help of YouTube. He loved to golf and go on long motorcycle rides with his many friends. He made lifelong friends who loved him dearly.

Jerry is survived by his parents, James A. Loose and Barbara A. Loose; his brother, John C. Loose and his wife, Marianne; his sister, Debra Gonyeau and her husband, Steve; his nieces, Lauren and Grace Loose; nephews, Nathan and Cameron Gonyeau and his longtime partner, Jana Smith.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022 at the First Baptist Church, 12716 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, Va. with Police Honors. Masks are required.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to Lauren's First and Goal Foundation at www.lfgf.org. Arrangements are by the Weymouth Funeral Home, Newport News.

Obituary: Jerry Bates Gapp

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Cremation and Burial Society of Pennsylvania.

Jerry Bates Gapp

Jerry Bates Gapp, of Carlisle, Pa., our beloved husband, father, dad, “Poobah” and grandfather, died December 25, 2021 at age 84. He was born in Meadville, Pennsylvania to Donald W. and Sarah Bates Gapp.

Jerry graduated from Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio, Colgate University, and Binghamton University. As a CPA, he was with the firms of Coopers & Lybrand and Carnavale & Company. Later, he went to RKB Enterprises as Treasurer and subsequently became President of the company.

Always a mentor and motivator, he formalized what he loved to do when he began teaching at Elmira College as an Associate Professor of Accounting. Whether guiding students in the classroom or sitting in the diner drinking coffee, Jerry was persistent when encouraging students, family and friends to reach their potential. He guided countless people through his teaching, academic advising, and strategizing for life beyond the college campus.

In 1990 Jerry was asked to take over the role of Financial Vice President and Treasurer of Elmira College, where he used his business background and skills to enrich the college and the lives of the students and staff who passed through its halls. As a former colleague wrote, “Jerry made Elmira College a better place, me a better administrator, but most importantly he was a model of how to care for those in your life with an open heart.” Jerry was also proud to have directed the renovation and expansion of Emerson Hall. He retired from Elmira College in 2003 after 22 years of service.

Jerry was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Elmira, where he served as an elder. He belonged to the Elmira Country Club and the Elmira City Club. He was active in the Rotary and was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow. Jerry served on the boards of many charitable organizations, including the United Way of the Southern Tier, the Chemung County Historical Society, the Humane Society of Schuyler County, the Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development, the Schuyler County Industrial Development Agency, and the Letort Regional Authority in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. In addition, he served on the Board of Directors of Schuyler Hospital and the Elmira Savings Bank.

Jerry cherished his summers at the family’s cottage in Canada with the kids, at “The Shack” on Seneca Lake, and most recently at the cottage at Central Oak Heights, Pennsylvania. He and Paula enjoyed boating through the Finger Lakes and the Erie Canal on the “Watergapp” -- a 40’ wood cabin cruiser he restored with the help of his father-in-law Paul and his son Chris. Their adventures and misadventures provided many laughs and great memories.  He was an avid reader and a history buff, with particular emphasis on the Civil War. Family and friends knew him as a “punster” and the straight man to Paula’s act.

Jerry was most admired and respected for his honesty and integrity. A steady presence, he provided constant support, guidance, and reassurance to his entire family. When in need, Jerry was always there to “fix it.” He was loving and generous to all. His son Chris wrote that “ he gave our family every joy that you could ask for in life.” Jerry was the heart, soul and strength of the family and he will be missed.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 45 years, Paula Mays Gapp of Carlisle, PA; children Stephen (Anne) Gapp of Sharon, NH,  Christopher (Diane) Carvell of Carlisle, PA, Jeffrey Gapp of NH, Taneen Laura Carvell of Arlington, VA, and Heather (Peter) Myerson of Chelmsford, MA; grandchildren Maria Gapp, Hannah Myerson, Lauren Gapp, and Elizabeth Carvell; brother R. Bruce Gapp, and best friends Stu Sotherden and Sandi Devine. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Emily Myerson.

At his request there will be no service. Instead, we may honor his memory by striving to reach the potential he saw in each of us.

Gifts in memory of Jerry Gapp may be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865 or on their website: http://schuylerhumane.org.

Arrangements are by the Cremation & Burial Society of PA, Inc.

Obituary: Joyce L. Reynolds

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Joyce L. (Carman) Reynolds

Age 93, of Montour Falls, NY passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 26, 2021 at the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls. Joyce was born in Elmira, NY, daughter of the late William and Lena Carman. 

She graduated from Odessa-Montour High School in 1946. She started her career at the Cotton & Hanlon retail store. She then went to work for AmeriGas for 43 years, working as an office manager, retiring at 75 years old.

Joyce was predeceased by her husband, Gilbert Reynolds (Gibby), in 2000 and her two brothers, William and Robert Carman.

Gibby and Joyce were married in Odessa, NY in 1948. Joyce was a devoted wife, taking care of Gibby for over 25 years after suffering from an illness.

She is survived by her three sons, Douglas (Diana), Dale (Marilyn), and Dudley Reynolds; grandchildren, Michel (Tim) Ray, Stacy Reynolds-Moore, Brian (Arlene), Brett (Brenda), Benny, Stephanie (Scott), Levi and Markus Reynolds; and nine special great-grandchildren.

Joyce had a love for animals, especially her cats and dogs. She enjoyed walks with her dogs, feeding and watching the birds, and loved working in her gardens. Her greatest joy was having the whole family over for holiday dinners and celebrations. The cookie jar and candy drawer were always full for the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Joyce also enjoyed going out to dinner with her family and longtime friends.

A private memorial will be held by her family. There will be no funeral services per Joyce's wishes. Memorial donations can be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County. She will rest in peace with Gibby at Highland Cemetery, Odessa.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Roy Calvin Clark

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Roy Calvin Clark

Age 84, of Watkins Glen, NY, was born in Lexington, Virginia and born into eternity on Thursday, December 23, 2021 at the Bath VA Medical Center.

He is survived by his loving family, including his wife of 64 years, Joyce C. Clark; daughter, Valerie (Dean) Tyler; two grandchildren, Olivia (Timothy) Parker and Carson Tyler; four great grandchildren, Julia, Beckett, Conall and Brooks Parker; three sisters, Virginia Trussell, Nadine (Johnie) Staton, and Doris Sandridge; brothers-in-law, Wayne (Cathy) Cope, Keith (Sandy) Cope, LaVern Dingy, and William Facemire; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his mother, Nellie Clark, and father, Calvin Dale; son, Terry Clark; sisters, Elizabeth Wright and Lois Facemire; brother, Robert Clark; brothers-in-law, William Wright, John Trussell, and George Sandridge; mothers-in-law, Mae Cope and Ada Walenta; fathers-in-law, John Cope and Charles Walenta; sister-in-law, Barbara Dingy; and grandson, Evan Tyler.

He joined the Navy when he was 17 years old, serving on the USS Cassin Young, which is now a museum in Boston. He came to Watkins Glen with a buddy while on leave. That is when he met his wife and quickly vowed to live in Watkins Glen. He worked at Woody's Body Shop in Corning for 26 years. He enjoyed cars and racing, but his greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He also found joy investing in the lives of his family and friends.

A Celebration of Life in memory of Roy’s life will be at a later date. Everyone is invited to a graveside committal service with military honors on Thursday, Dec. 30 at 2:15 p.m. at Montour Cemetery (top entrance).

We would like to thank all of our family and friends for their prayers and support during this difficult time. Thank you to all of the Bath VA Medical Center staff that provided excellent care over the years. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to do so may remember Roy with a gift to the Moreland Presbyterian Church, C/O Fran Thayer, 43 King Road, Beaver Dams, NY 14812 or to the Bath VA Voluntary Service, 76 Veterans Avenue, Bath, NY 14810.

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Sharon M. Post

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Sharon M. Post

Age 77, of Burdett, NY passed away on Friday, December 24, 2021 at home. She was born in Carbondale, PA on February 12, 1944, the daughter of the late Michael and Mabel (Cole) Kindle.

Sharon worked at the Montour Pharmacy for over 30 years. She also worked for S.P. Wilson. Sharon was a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was always available to anyone who needed her without question. Her neverending love and support will be greatly missed.

She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Michael Post; brothers, Michael and Jim Kindle; and sisters, Pat Daily, Frances Moore and Donna Wayland.

Sharon is survived by her daughter, Michelle (Jim) Meckley of Watkins Glen; sons, David Post and Stephen Post, Sr. (Tammy), both of Burdett; sister, Lucille Hessling of Montour Falls; brother, D. Scott Kindle of Washington State; nine grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; her dogs, Elmo and Jake; and her cat, Shirley Feeney.
 
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Dominick A. Schimizzi Sr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Dominick A. “Primo” Schimizzi Sr.

Age 86, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Friday, December 24, 2021 at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, NY.

Primo was born on July 14, 1935 in Montour Falls, NY (known as the 1935 Flood Baby) to the late Dominic and Concetta (Timpani) Schimizzi. He served in the U.S. Army until returning home to care for his mother. He had worked as a salesman for Metropolitan Life, Suburban Propane and Triple S Blue Stamps. He also worked for Central Asphalt and Suit-Kote.

Primo is survived by his sons, Dominick A. “Buddy” (Barbara) Schimizzi Jr. and Donald J. (Pamela) Schimizzi; grandchildren, Maxwell, Alex, Anthony (Meg) and Kyle (Diana) Schimizzi; great grandchildren, Zoe, Enzo and Niko; sisters, Mary Rose Eschler, Catherine Discenza and Josephine Barnes; sister-in-law, Nancy Fazzary; as well as many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Primo was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Carol E. Schimizzi, in 2011; son, David J. Schimizzi, in 2016; brother, Anthony “Murph” Schimizzi; brothers-in-law, Richard Eschler, Joseph Discenza, Harold Barnes, and Dominick “Art” Fazzary; and sister-in-law, Nona Burnett Schimizzi.

Services will be held at the convenience of his family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Schuyler County Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or to the American Cancer Society. Memories of Primo may be shared with his family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Laurie (Sample) Banker

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Laurie (Sample) Banker

Age 66, of Painted Post, NY passed away, in her sleep, in her home on December 8, 2021.

Laurie grew up in Montour Falls, NY and later lived in Corning, Watkins Glen, Hornell and Painted Post. Laurie was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.

She was born on February 7, 1955 to Frank and Lorraine Sample of Montour Falls. She was predeceased by her parents, older sister Susan, and baby nephew Billy.

Laurie is survived by her children, Frank Barra, Tony Barra and Christa Barra (Scott Evans); grandchildren, Braxton, Brody and Paige; her younger sister, Kathy Sample; nephews, Jeffrey, Rich, Ben, Raymond, Phillip, and Daniel, and nieces, JoLyn and Kelli.

Laurie was devoted to her family and never stopped talking about her love for, and pride in, her children. She attended elementary school in Montour Falls and Jr./Sr. High at OMCS in Odessa, graduating in 1973. She had a beautiful singing voice and performed in several musicals at OMCS. As a teenager she had a horse, aptly named Dynamite.

Laurie most loved spending time with her family and friends. She was a homemaker for many years and retired in 2016. Her most recent employment was at Famous Brands in Watkins Glen.

Laurie was loved by so many and will be deeply missed. At her request there will not be any calling hours or funeral service. The family wishes to thank all who loved and supported Laurie throughout her life.

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Elizabeth Louise Crowley

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Sullivan Funeral Home, Horseheads..

Elizabeth Louise (Betty Lou) Crowley

Age 90, of Ridge Road in the Town of Veteran, NY, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 16, 2021, surrounded by her family. She was blessed with 62 years of marriage to the love of her life. She had an indescribable ability to light up a room and always made everyone feel welcomed and loved wherever she was. Her smile was so bright and contagious.

The daughter of the late Harold and Frances Sapp Ogden, she was predeceased by her brother and sister-in-law, Fred (Joan) Ogden, and multiple members of the Crowley family.

Betty Lou is survived by her loving and devoted husband, William A. Crowley; children, Mary Frances (Stephen) Isherwood, William F. Crowley, Elizabeth M. (Kent) Duane, and Anne V. Crowley (David J. Wilcox); grandchildren, Michael and Caitlin Isherwood, Christopher (Jessica) and Justin Duane, Sean and Via Crowley, and Emma and Joe Wilcox; one great-granddaughter, Emma M. Duane; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Betty Lou was a gifted writer and had a tireless passion and love for helping others. Her impish and loving spirit created a magnetism, along with the love shared with her husband, that attracted new friends no matter where their travels took them. She had a passion for seeing the world and thoroughly enjoyed adventures, far and wide.

After graduating from Horseheads High School, she earned a degree in English Literature from Alfred University, at a time when it was rare for women to attend University. At Alfred, she was the proud recipient of the White Blazer award for her achievements in basketball, active in her sorority and relished all aspects of college life. Upon graduation, she worked in NYC at a major advertising firm before returning to Elmira as an executive secretary at Thatcher Glass.

After marrying her beloved husband, her career shifted to her family, where she devoted 150% of her love and time to her family and home, supporting her husband at every point in his career and creating a wonderful home for their family filled with love, warmth, values, and faith. She was extremely proud of her husband and children and was their biggest cheerleader and PR agent. She treasured their home in its parklike setting, with her “jewel-box” view overlooking the hills of Horseheads.

Betty Lou was actively involved at St. Mary Our Mother Church for many years as a lector and Eucharistic Minister, Confirmation teacher, Cursillo counsellor, member of CFM (Catholic Family Movement), and the sole woman on the Building Committee. She was also Chairperson of the Town of Veteran Zoning Board of Appeals.

The family will welcome relatives and friends to Sullivan’s Funeral Home, 365 E. Franklin St., at Rt. 13, Horseheads, NY on Monday, December 20 from 4-7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, December 21 at St. Mary Our Mother Church, Broad St., Horseheads, NY at 10 a.m. with Fr. Christopher Linsler. As all are welcomed, we will be adhering to all NYS regulations and social distancing.

Those wishing to remember Betty Lou please consider donations in her memory to Doctors Without Borders at Doctorswithoutborders.org or Donate Life America (Betty Lou was a 28-year transplant survivor) at Donatelife.net. Condolences and words of comfort may be expressed at Betty Lou’s Book of Memories at www.sullivansfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Robert J. Smalley

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Robert J. “Bob” Smalley

Age 85, of Beaver Dams, NY passed away at home on December 11, 2021.

Robert was born in Montour Falls, son of the late Lester N. and Florence (Weaver) Smalley.

Bob was predeceased by his wife, June (Howell) Smalley, in 2002; brothers, Gene and Tom; and sisters, Valnetta Crissinger and Sharon Bingell.

He is survived by a brother, Michael Smalley, and sister, Kathy Ector. He is also survived by children, Robin (Pete) Johnson of Millport, NY, Zeloma Rogers (Robert James) of Kentucky, and Joshua Smalley of Texas; six grandchildren, Amber, Lydia, Jared, Emily, Caleb Johnson and Laura Reynolds; and 9 very special great-grandchildren.

Bob married his high school sweetheart in 1956. He honorably served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956-1976, traveling the United States with his family. After settling at Caywood Shores, he served 15 years Civil Service at Seneca Army Depot. He took great pride in his employment during later years with Watkins Glen International and Walmart in Painted Post.

He enjoyed stock car racng, family get-togethers, riding his motorcycle, driving his Chevy SSR and doing anything that would make someone smile. His greatest joy was time spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Saturday, December 18 from 10 a.m.-12 noon; followed by a funeral service at 12 noon at the funeral home; and burial with military honors at Hector Presbyterian Cemetery. A reception will follow.

Those wishing to share a memory of Bob with his family or friends may visit his obituary at www. RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: James H. Kibbe

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

James H. Kibbe

Age 60, of Sugar Hill, passed away suddenly at his home on Monday, December 13, 2021.

Jim is survived by the love of his life, Janet Blankenship; pets, Smokey and Daisy; sister, Debra Rice; brother, Scott (Terry Dhuy) Kibbe; step-daughter, Amanda (Krystal) Sly; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, James and Phyllis Kibbe.

Jim worked for many years as a mechanic at Specchio Ford, and most recently at Maguire’s in Watkins Glen.

Jim loved his “estate on Sugar Hill,” doing yard work, watching the deer and birds in his yard, riding his motorcycle, camping, fishing and just going for long drives with Janet.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date at the fire pond on Tower Hill. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Willis H. Silvernail

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Willis H. Silvernail

Age 95, of Mims, Florida and formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on October 28, 2021.

He was predeceased in death by his parents, Ernest and Esther Mildred Smith; his wife, Gertrude, and brother, Karl Silvernail. He is survived by his special loving niece, Laura Lee Jowers of Mims, FL; and cousins, David (Anita) Smith of Rock Stream, NY, Gene (JoAnn) Smith of Reading Center, NY, Esther (Eric) Williams of Coudersport, PA, Robert (Jacqueline) Silvernail of Coudersport, Orrin (Sammie) Campbell of Manchester, TN, and Virginia Silvernail of Elmira, NY.

Willis owned and operated his own semi-truck for many years, driving for various companies. In his younger years, he worked at the family-owned Silvernail Rotary Service Station in Watkins Glen.

Interment will be at Sugar Hill Cemetery in Watkins Glen at a later date. Remembrances and condolences may be expressed in his obituary at RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Teresa Adella Hradisky

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Teresa Adella Hradisky

Age 54, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA.

She was born on March 11, 1967 in Sayre, the daughter of the late Charles and Darlene Simpson. Teresa was an administrative assistant at Ithaca College for 28 years. She was a member of the Cayuta Free Church.

She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Joseph P. Hradisky, Jr.; two sons, Ian Hradisky and Alec Hradisky, both of Montour Falls; a sister, Kathleen Simpson- McConville of Burlington TWP, NJ; four brothers, Brian (Wendy) Simpson of Montour Falls, Steven (Alice) Simpson of Wyoming, Earle (Dee) Simpson of Tennessee and Robert (Glenna) Simpson of Montour Falls. She was predeceased by her daughter, Courtney Hradisky, in 2001.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: John S. Mathews, Jr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

John S. Mathews, Jr.

Age 81, of Alpine, NY passed away on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. He was born in the Town of Catharine on September 26, 1940, the son of the late John S. Mathews and Margaret P. Swartwood.

John served with the U.S. Army from 1960-1963. He retired from the Ithaca City School District.

John is survived by his wife, Anna Mathews; children, Gerlinde Mathews, John Samuel Mathews, IV, Dan and Tammy (Packer) Mathews and Raymond and Casey (Fitzgerald) Mathews; sister, Louella Miller; and his grandchildren, Darrick Mathews, Jacob Mathews, Danny Myers, Anneliese Myers, Ellie Mathews and Hannah Mathews.

Services were held privately by his family. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Hope M. Decker

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Hope M. (Merrick) Decker

Age 88, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, NY.

Hope was born in Watkins Glen on April 14, 1933, the daughter of the late Floyd and Ada (Bookman) Merrick. She graduated from Watkins Glen High School, Class of 1952, and from the Rochester Business Institute. Hope was the Manager of Grants & Loans for the School of Nutrition at Cornell University, retiring in 1988. She was a member and former President of the Women of the Moose and a member and past President and Treasurer for the VFW Auxiliary.
 
Hope is survived by her very special niece, Elizabeth Personius and her husband, Ed, of Rock Stream, NY; special great niece, Marguerite Moody and her husband, Rob, of Rochester, NY; special great nephew, Nathan Personius and his wife, Izabela, of New Berlin, NY; extra special great-great nephew, Lucas Gabriel Personius; extra special great-great niece, Abigail Hope Personius; step daughters, Patty Ann, Karen and Robin; sister-in-law, Mary Jane Decker of Odessa; and nieces and nephews, Mike Ballard, Marie, Dana, Alvin, Diana, and Richard Merrick. In addition to her parents, Hope was predeceased by her husband, Wilbur Decker Jr., in 2008.

A private graveside burial will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen at the convenience of her family. Memorial donations may be made to the Watkins Glen Alumni Association, Scholarship Fund, 303 12th St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. Memories of Hope may be shared with her family and friends at vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Kevin G. Kelly

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Kevin G. Kelly

Age 63, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 peacefully at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Montour Falls, NY on October 22, 1958, the son of the late Floyd and Ruth Kelly. On August 21, 1988, he married the love of his life, Terri Overly, in Reading Center.

Kevin worked as a carpenter for Silverline Construction for many years. He was a carrier for the Star Gazette and also a farmer. He enjoyed hunting and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Terri Kelly; one daughter, Katelyn Loan (Nathan Miller) of Geneva; five sons, Robert Kelly (Deanna “Rosie” Labar) of Watkins Glen, Nicholas Kelly of Alger, OH, Jacob Kelly (Lindsey Snyder) of Cortland, NY, Zachary Kelly (Shianna Mattison) of Watkins Glen, and Mark Doherty of Utica; one sister, Patricia Dense of Burdett; three brothers, David (Mary) Kelly, Gary Kelly and Jason (Pam) Kelly, all of Burdett; seven grandchildren, Kaylana Rekczis, Owen Loan, Jason Loan, Maxton Kelly, Julius Kelly, Mairin Doherty and Lincoln Kelly; and by several nieces and nephews.

Kevin was a father figure to many kids who passed through his life, particularly Paul Cummings, Mackenzie Secord and Bill Haskins. He was predeceased by two brothers, Phillip Kelly and Neal Kelly.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, December 17 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, 119 Fifth St., Watkins Glen. His memorial service will follow at 4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Tyrone Fire Department or the Burdett Fire Department in his memory. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Peter C. Coats

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Peter Carroll Coats

Age 71, of Mecklenburg, NY passed away unexpectedly on December 7, 2021.

Peter was an avid Penn State fan and 53-year football season ticket holder. He was a lifelong member of the Mecklenburg community, where he was heavily involved in the church and the Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Company for over 50 years.

Peter graduated from Trumansburg High School with the Class of '68 and then continued his education at Penn State University and Ithaca College. After graduating college, he spent the next 37 years working for the Tompkins County Health Department before retiring in 2017.

Growing up, Peter enjoyed spending days on the farm with his cousins and lifelong childhood friends. In recent years, you could find Peter at trivia on Wednesday nights, walking the dogs out back in the woods, or on his tractor.

He is survived by his Irish-tempered wife of 38 years, Liz, son Shane (Holly), daughter Lauren (Cole), brother Rick (Laurie) Heimes, and grandson Hunter Coats. He was predeceased by his parents, Warren and Barbara Coats.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Friday, February 11, 2022 from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. and 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held the following day, Saturday, Feb. 12 at the Mecklenburg United Methodist Church at 10:00 a.m. A procession to the Mecklenburg Firehouse will follow funeral services for a firefighter’s service and reception in his memory.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Peter's memory to the Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Company and/or the Mecklenburg United Methodist Church. You may share a memory of Peter with his family and friends by visiting his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

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Obituary: Eugene F. Reasor

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Eugene F. “Gene” Reasor

Age 90, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away peacefully on December 8, 2021.

He was born on September 23, 1931 in Horseheads, NY, the son of Arthur and Myrtle (Howard) Reasor. He honorably served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Gene was the Transportation Supervisor for Watkins Glen Central School for many years and served with the Watkins Glen Village Police Department. 

He was a life-member of the Montour Falls Moose Lodge. He loved playing cards and horseshoes, and spending time with his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his wife Harriett in 2010. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Gary Reasor Sr. and Annette Reasor; four step-daughters; five grandchildren, Gary Reasor Jr. (Jaime Reasor), Amy (Paul) Wilkinson, Amanda Reasor (Corey Daugherty), MeLinda Reasor, and John Reasor; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865 (or online at SchuylerHumane.org).

According to his wishes there are no funeral services. 

Those wishing to share a memory of Gene with his family or friends may visit his obituary at www. RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Richard S. Palmer

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Richard S. “Dick” Palmer

Age 79, of Alpine, NY made his final journey home on December 7, 2021. He was born in Barton, NY on January 10, 1942, the son of the late Ernest Palmer and Leatha (Palmer) Cantaloupe.

Dick loved his time growing up on the Palmer Farm in Erin with his grandparents, as he talked about it often. He worked most of his adult life at Kennedy Valve in Elmira, where he was Foreman in Assembly. After that, Dick went on to proudly serve as the Superintendent of Public Works for the Village of Odessa under Mayor Bob Carpenter, who was a mentor and like a second father to Dick. He retired from the DPW in Odessa after serving for over 10 years.

After retiring, you’d often find Dick at car shows, taking great pride in showing off his 1923 Ford T-Bucket, just one of the many fast cars he owned.  He enjoyed spending time with friends at Montour Marina Campground, or scouting out and finding rare Hot Wheels with his grandson Kyle, the apple of his eye. Dick loved fast cars, motorcycles, racing and Dale Earnhardt Sr. Dick was the guy everyone loved, a straight shooter who often told it “his way.”

Dick is survived by his devoted wife of 48 years, Connie (Gee) Palmer; his daughter and son-in-law, Kristina and Blake Pierce of Montour Falls; grandsons Kyle (Olivia) States of Odessa and Cole Pierce of Montour Falls; brother and sister-in-law Mike and Lori Cantaloupe and their daughter Morgan of Port St. John, Florida; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Linda (Gee) and Curt Bolden of Horseheads; additional grandchildren Ryan, Mackenzie and Kristina; three great-grandchildren; and his very spoiled pup, Jeter. Dick was predeceased by his son, Scott W. Palmer, in 2012.  

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, December 12 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Dick’s memorial service will follow at 4:00 p.m.

Contributions may be made in Dick’s memory to CareFirst NY, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870, to whom the family will forever be grateful. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Norma E. Densmore Silliman

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Norma E. Densmore Silliman

Age 88, of Montour Falls, NY passed away unexpectedly at home on Saturday, December 4, 2021.

Norma was born in Elmira, NY on January 12, 1933, the daughter of the late Alton and Edith (French) Densmore. She worked diligently on the family-owned dairy farm and was devoted to raising her five children. She had driven school bus for the Watkins Glen Central School District for many years and had been a volunteer with the Schuyler County Ambulance Association. She enjoyed crocheting, working with crafts, and bird watching.

Norma is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, LeGrand E. “Lee” Silliman; four daughters, Alice Silliman, Carol Tuton, Donna (Michael) Young, and Winona (Paul) Beebe; son, Carl (Dian) Silliman; four grandchildren, Michael Tuton, Ryan Tuton, Amber Beebe and Bryon Beebe; as well as several great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Norma was predeceased by her brothers, Charles Densmore and the Reverend Robert Densmore, and sisters, Pearl Spearman and Roberta Ellison.

At Norma’s request, there will be no calling hours. A private memorial service will be held at the family’s convenience with burial at Montour Cemetery, Montour Falls. Memories of Norma may be shared with her family and friends at vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: David P. Scholtisek

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

David P. Scholtisek

Age 77, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away at home on Thursday, November 18, 2021.

David was born in Watkins Glen, NY on October 5, 1944, the son of the late Herman and Norma (Simpson) Scholtisek.

He is survived by his children, Dede Labonte, Theresa (Darren) Porter, Charles (Kelly) Scholtisek, David M. (Coral) Scholtisek, Joseph Scholtisek, and John Schmidt; fourteen grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and sister, Beverly Naylor. 

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Henry Scholtisek, and brother-in-law, Eugene Naylor.

Memories of David may be shared with his family and friends at vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: William R. Bowen

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Covert Funeral Home, Ovid.

William R. “Bill” Bowen

Age 71, of Beaujon Road, Ovid, passed away at Geneva General Hospital on Friday, November 12, 2021.

Bill was born in Montour Fall, NY on January 5, 1950, a son of the late George and Hazel Bowen. He graduated from Odessa-Montour High School and had worked as a forklift operator at Shepard Niles for nearly 20 years. He later worked as a delivery driver for Getman’s Gas Company, which later became Ferrell Gas, until his health forced an early retirement. Bill spent the past several years as an Amish driver and hauler.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Barb; his children, Chris (Jackie) Bowen of Odessa and their children, Wyatt, Cody and Christopher; Dawn (Ray) Baldwin of Trumansburg; his siblings, Lisa (Gary) Laue and Kate (Phil) Rumsey, all of Enfield, George (Blanche) Bowen of Montour Falls; his stepchildren, Michael Wilkins of Ovid and his sons, Michael and Josh, and James J. (Sara) Brewer and their children, Mackenzie, Shelby, Kasey, Lindsey and Hayley, Avery along with many nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his stepdaughter, Amy Brewer.

Services will be held privately at Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Romulus. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org in Bill’s memory.  

For additional information, please contact the Covert Funeral Home at 607-869-3411 or visit www.covertfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Patricia (Stillman) Emery

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Patricia (Stillman) Emery

Age 78, of Montour Falls, NY went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 27, 2021. She was a beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend.
 
Patricia was born in Cortland, NY, the daughter of the late Henry "Hank" Stillman and Nannette Weirick Wakefield. She was a 1961 graduate of Virgil Central School. Her employment career started at Sears and Roebuck in Cortland, followed by Jerry's Boatarama in Watkins Glen, NY; the Law Offices of Osco Peterson and James Halpin in Odessa, NY; Weiler Surveying & Tax Mapping in Horseheads, NY, and last, the County of Schuyler HR Department, where she retired in 2012. After retirement, Pat worked part-time as a clerk for the Town of Montour until 2019. In her spare time, Pat was an avid reader, and enjoyed crocheting and working in her flower beds. She was full of fun and  laughter, and had a wonderful sense of humor.
 
Pat is survived by her husband of 60 years, Raymond Emery; son, Dean (Toby) Emery of Orlando, FL; daughter, Darlene Emery Munroe of Montour Falls; sisters, Charlotte Carter of Cortland and Denise (David) Primeaux of Abbeville, LA; brother, William Wakefield of Grand Rapids, MI; and special niece, Jodi Sangiorgi McLyman of Fayetteville, NY. Also surviving her are her sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
 
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to all who cared for her, the staff at Arnot Ogden, Odessa Rescue, Schuyler Ambulance and caring neighbors. Also many thanks to all family and friends who prayed for her during her illness.
   
In honor of her wishes, a celebration of her life will be at the family's convenience. An interment will be planned at a later date at the Virgil Cemetery in Virgil, NY. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Joanne Tanner

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Joanne Tanner

Age 65, of Odessa, NY passed away at the home of her son on Thursday, November 25, 2021.

Joanne was born in Montour Falls, NY on July 13, 1956, the daughter of the late George and Iona Tanner. She was a graduate of Odessa-Montour High School. She had worked for Home Depot in Ithaca, was a school bus driver for Odessa-Montour, had worked as a bank teller, as well as worked at her parents' business, George A. Tanner Inc. She was a member of the Wesleyan Church of Odessa.

Joanne enjoyed music and singing and doing puzzles.She loved to spend time with her family.

Joanne is survived by her sons, John and his wife, Melinda, and Eric and his wife, Chianna; five grandchildren, Savannah, Penelope, Todd, Isaiah, and George; sisters, Patricia Frasier and Lois Hubbell, both of Alpine; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends and family may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 4 at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Her funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa.
 
To share a memory or to light a candle of remembrance, please visit vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Rita Dott Acker

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Rita Dott Acker

Age 95, of Watkins Glen and formerly of Beaver Valley and Horseheads, NY, passed away on November 21, 2021.

Rita was born in Vintondale, PA, the daughter of the late Edwin and Mary (Kish) McConnell. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church in Watkins Glen for the past several years.

She was predeceased by her husbands, Ivan Dotts and George Acker; daughter, Bernadette (Richard) Marks; son, Oliver Dotts; and brothers, Bernard and Edwin McConnell.

She is survived by her children, Ivanna (Daniel) Fenti of Florida, Nanette (Patrick) Hanley of Watkins Glen, Francis Dotts (wife Patricia Abel Dotts) of Pine City, NY, and Mary Jo (Steven) Karski of North Carolina; daughter-in-law, Patricia Brace-Dotts; 11 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.

There are no services. A private family interment at Holy Name Cemetery in Ebensburg, PA will be held at the convenience of the family. 

Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Camille Sue Alger

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Camille Sue Alger

Age 80, of Rock Stream, NY, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on November 27, 2021. She was born on December 21, 1940 in Towanda, PA, the daughter of William R. and Sarah Chaffee Neal.

Sue was predeceased by her parents; husband, Gordon L. Alger (2004); daughter, Jeanne Marie Johnson (2020); brother, Skip Neal (1993); grandson, Mark Johnson, Jr. (1977), and great grandbaby Nora (2013).

Sue graduated from Trumansburg Central School, class of 1958. She married Gordon LeRoy Alger in 1959 in Winchester, VA.

She is survived by son-in-law David Johnson (Rock Stream, NY) and family, Barbara Alger (Dundee, NY) and family, Gordon A. (Terri) Alger (Rock Stream NY) and family, Mary (John) Rekczis (Rock Stream, NY) and family, and William Alger and daughter, Makenzie (Watkins Glen, NY). Sue is also survived by two sisters, Sarah Spearman and family (Wilseyville, NY) and Joanne Neal (Watkins Glen); brother-in-law, Frank (Michele) Alger of Mesquite, TX; 13 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and 2 great, great grandchildren.

Sue would like to be remembered for her faith, the many blackberries she picked and shared for 50 years, and her wild black raspberry jelly that so many enjoyed. Sue was also an avid reader, and enjoyed writing stories and poetry. She will be dearly missed by her family, friends and all who met her.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Ben Saks and the staff at Schuyler Hospital for the wonderful care given to her.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, December 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Her funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m., followed by burial in Highland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865 or to a charity of one’s choice. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: William S. Clark

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

William S. Clark

Age 64, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on November 22, 2021 at home.

A Celebration of Life will be held at his home at 2151 CR-23, Watkins Glen on Saturday (Nov. 27) from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. for family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Lorena Clark; sons, Richard Clark and Dean Ensley of Watkins Glen; daughters, Carma Croft of Newark and Heather Clark of Staunton, VA; sisters, Deborah Clark of Bushnell, FL and Belinda Clark of Dundee, NY; brother, Curtis Clark of Bushnell, FL; and 8 grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Lisa (Gascon) Clark; parents Richard and Joan Clark; and brother T.J. Clark.

Bill worked for Shepard Niles, the Schuyler County Highway Department, the Watkins Glen School District, and Swartout Recycling as an equipment operator.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1120 S. Goodman St., Rochester, NY 14620 (or online at www.cancer.org).

You may share a memory of Bill with his family and friends by visiting his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: John Lederman

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

John Lederman

Age 77, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at Corning Hospital. He was born in Montour Falls, NY on May 15, 1944, the son of the late William and Magelia Lederman and attended Watkins Glen High School.

John was a truck driver for Agway for 26 years. He was a member of the Montour Moose Lodge and the Mechanics Club. John loved spending time with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed fixing old cars, carpentry, gardening, tinkering on projects and making rock and metal sculptures.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Phyllis L. (Sherman) Lederman; two sons, Michael and Donna Lederman of Campbell, NY and Steven and Julie Lederman of Watkins Glen; sister, Jean Woodward of Montour Falls; two brothers, William “Bill” Lederman of Montour Falls and Jack Lederman of Owego; three grandchildren, Michelle Eldridge (Lederman), Carla Lederman and Aleksasha Scolaro; and five great grandchildren, Magelia Lederman-Nichols, Lucas Eldridge, David Eldridge, Dominic Scolaro and Whitney Scolaro. He was predeceased by his brothers, Carl, Arthur and Bob Lederman.

Services will be held in the spring. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: MaryLou LaRue

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

MaryLou LaRue

Formerly of Rock Stream, NY, passed away on Friday Nov. 19, 2021 at the age of 88.

She was born and raised on a farm in Indiana, eventually moving to suburban St. Louis, then suburban Detroit, then to Big Flats, NY. After marrying Cliff, they built a home in the woods of Schuyler County and developed it into a wildlife sanctuary certified by the National Wildlife Federation.

She earned a BS degree in horticulture from Purdue University and worked in floral and landscape design, as well as being Field Administrative Assistant for the American Heart Association. Volunteering was a big part of her life -- including the Girl Scouts, Tanglewood Nature Center, the American Red Cross, and as an EMT for Schuyler Ambulance. MaryLou loved all of nature, animals, music, sewing, crocheting, reading, motorcycling, and traveling. She and Cliff traveled most of the U.S. and parts of Canada by camping with their motorcycle.

She leaves behind her husband, Cliff LaRue; daughters, Debbie (Frank) Devine of Vermont and Diane (Carl) Silliman of Montour Falls, NY, as well as step children Gary LaRue of Horseheads, Sue (Keith) Bishop of Montour Falls, and Dawn (Carl) Butler of Pennsylvania. She also leaves several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family would like to extend thanks to the staff of Bethany Manor for the loving care they have given to MaryLou and Cliff, and for the caring support they are giving Cliff during his time of loss.

At MaryLou’s request there will be no calling hours or services. Memorial donations may be made in her name to your favorite animal shelter or wildlife preservation organization.

Arrangements entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home (www.RoyceChedzoy.com)

Obituary: Rudolph M. Paige

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Rudolph M. “Rudy” Paige

Age 82, of Grove City, Ohio, passed on Sunday, November 21, 2021 at StoryPoint Nursing Facility, Grove City, Ohio. Rudy was born in Montour Falls, NY on December 21, 1938, the son of the late Jacob E. Paige and Violet (Maki) Paige.

Rudy grew up in Mecklenburg, NY on a farm with his brothers, Harvey and Richard, where ethics and hard work was instilled in their everyday living. After graduating he worked at Morse Chain, Ithaca, NY. On June 24, 1960 he eloped with his wife of 61 years, Wilma J. Jenkins Paige. Rudy joined the U.S. Air Force and served from 1962-1966 before moving to Ohio, where he and Wilma resided to the present time. He worked as a glass glazier for many years.

Rudy and Wilma had a love for Harley-Davidson motorcycles, belonging to a group called “The Farrow Harley Owners Group” of Columbus, Ohio. They regularly went on “Breakfast Rides” with the group; they traveled thousands of miles together. Rudy will be remembered for being the quiet, reserved one with an infectious smile.

Rudy is survived by his wife, Wilma Jenkins Paige; two brothers, Harvey (Ruth) of Ohio, and Richard of Mecklenburg, NY; nephew, Gene Paige; niece, Eva Paige Thornber and one great niece, Brooke Violet Paige; as well as sisters-in-law, Kay Jenkins Kannegiser and Mary Jenkins Hubbell, and many nieces and nephews from his wife’s side of the family. He was predeceased by a sister-in-law, Nancy Adams.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, November 29 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. with a funeral to follow at 2:00 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY. Burial will be at Laurel Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Seneca Santa of Schuyler County, P.O. Box 22, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or to a charity of one’s choice.

Obituary: Marjorie Jean Merrill

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Marjorie Jean Merrill

Age 88, formerly of Alpine, NY, passed away at her home in Mount Pleasant, TX on November 16, 2021. Marjorie was born February 3, 1933 in Monterey, NY to Leonard Lewis Tyler and Ruth Dann Tyler.

Marjorie is survived by children, Thomas (Barbara) Merrill of Dalton, NY, William (Annette) Merrill of Corning, NY, daughter-in-law Cindy Merrill of Beaver Dams, NY, Ann (Danny) Francis of Mount Pleasant, TX, Nancy (Danny) Harrison of Sumner, TX, daughter-in-law Juliana Merrill of Paris, TX, and Jeffrey Merrill of Detroit, TX.
    
Also surviving her are 23 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; great/great grandchildren; by her loving sisters, Jane Mullins of Post Oak, TX, and June Merrill of Beaver Dams, NY; a brother, Leonard Tyler of Watkins Glen, NY, and many nieces, nephews and their families.
                    
Marjorie was preceded in death by her loving husband of 52 years, William Wyatt Merrill; two sons, Victor (Deat) Merrill, John Merrill and his infant son Robert Dean Merrill; two daughters, infant Marjorie and Barbara Gail Armistead and her husband Walter John Armistead of Paris, TX, and siblings Jesse Tyler and Walter Tyler.

A memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced by the family.
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Curry-Welborn Funeral Home.

Obituary: Philip Charles Bond

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Philip Charles Bond

Age 77, of Hector, NY, passed from this life peacefully in his sleep after a courageous and long battle with Alzheimer’s disease on November 16, 2021.

Philip was born in Montour Falls, NY on April 20, 1944, one of five children born to the late James and Elsie (Foote) Bond. He graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1962 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed in Germany and served four years. He then worked at Schweizer Aircraft in Big Flats, NY, and then became a foreman at Morton Salt Company. An opportunity arose in the '80’s to become a co-owner of the family restaurant (Mr. Chicken) until he retired in 2016.

Philip was best known for his love of racing cars, snowmobiles, and motorcycles and his need for speed. His favorite pastime was playing horseshoes, collecting classic cars and playing with his grandchildren who lovingly called him Bompa.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Wilma (Bush) Bond, and his children, Robin Bertholf (Greg), Tad Bond, and Kari Markley (Jody), 10 grandchildren, Alexis, Danae, Nicholas, & Melina Bertholf, Brandon, Philip & Deven Bond, Joe DeNardo, Timothy & Dylan Markley; three great grandchildren, Hadley Bond, Paxton & Lincon DeNardo; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings, Hank, Doug, Art and Barbara.

Per Philip's wishes, there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to the Hector Fire Department at hectorfire.com. You may share a memory of Phil with his family and friends by visiting his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com
Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Philip J. Swaney Sr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Philip J. Swaney Sr.

Age 74, of Cayuta, NY, passed away on November 5, 2021.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at Sampson Veteran’s Cemetery in Romulus on Friday, November 19 at 1:00 p.m.

He is survived by his wife, Catherine Copp-Swaney; children, John Swaney, Courtney Bermudez Swaney, and Philip J. (Kellie) Swaney, Jr.; and several stepchildren, grandchildren, and step-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Marilyn Rose Swaney, in 2014 and by a brother. He also leaves behind his beloved pets.

He was a member of American Legion Post 555 in Watkins Glen, NY. He was also a past member of the American Legion Post in Broadalbin and Watkins Glen. Phil was a Fifth Special Forces Army medic in Vietnam. He received the Silver Star, the third-highest military decoration for valor, for "gallantry in action" on Oct. 14, 1967, during his third tour of duty in Vietnam. According to his citation, he risked his life to rescue eight wounded soldiers from a battlefield.

He leaped from a medevac helicopter into an area of heavy fighting between American soldiers and Viet Cong in the Mekong Delta, according to the citation. He carried six soldiers to the helicopter and treated the wounded as they were being flown back to a field hospital, then returned to bring two more soldiers to safety. He escaped injury that day but was wounded three times during his 30 months in Vietnam. Following his service in the Army, he served in the U.S. Navy.

He and his late wife Marilyn led the effort to create an Honor Our Heroes Program which provides full-color window stickers and license plates to veterans who have been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Coast Guard Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Silver Star or Bronze Star. He was the first veteran to be recognized under a new state program that he was instrumental in developing and given the first window decal bearing a likeness of the Silver Star under New York's new Honor Our Heroes Program.

Philip was a retired teacher. He taught and coached at South Seneca and Watkins Glen Central Schools.

Philip requested that donations be made to The Humane Society of Schuyler County, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865 (or online at SchuylerHumane.org).

You may share a memory of Phil with his family and friends by visiting his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen

Obituary: Zachary Michael Lisk

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Zachary Michael Lisk

Age 29, passed away unexpectedly in his home in Punta Gorda, Florida on Monday, October 25, 2021.

Zachary was born on August 20, 1992 in Elmira, New York. His positive, fun loving personality and willingness to help all around him made him loved by all. He could make a room light up with his infectious smile and laugh for hours with his sarcastic charm. From the time he was a young boy, he was full of adventure and loved life to the fullest. He knew how to keep everyone on their toes!

One of Zachary’s biggest passions was snowboarding. He loved getting on the slopes and feeling so free. He lived in NY, CA, TN, NC and FL and made many friends everywhere! Traveling and exploring took him on many adventures where he was able to make many lasting friendships. His unconditional love and affection for family, friends, and animals will be cherished by all. 

Zach attended and excelled at playing varsity soccer at Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen High Schools, graduating from OMCS in 2012. Since returning to Florida in August of this year, he worked for Premier Landscaping. They told us that they were as thankful for his work as he was to be hired by them on his first day returning to Florida.

Zachary is survived by his parents, Gregory (Jill) Lisk, and Elissa (Daniel) Heichel; sisters, Gabrielle Lisk (Brittany Ritter), and Shelby Heichel; grandparents, David (Beth) Lisk, Patricia (Rick) Butler, Robert (Joy) Catherwood, and Cindy Hood; many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins; and long-time companion, Natasha Feocco.

The family will have a private burial service at Laurel Hill cemetery on November 23 at 2:30 p.m. for his close family and friends. A celebration of Zach’s life will be held for family and friends on Tuesday, November 23 from 4-7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 300 N. Madison Ave., Watkins Glen.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Zachary’s honor to your local SPCA.

Service: John L. Ney

The following service announcement was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

John L. Ney

A service with military honors will be held for John L. Ney, 89, of Burdett on Monday, November 22, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Woodlawn National Cemetery, 1825 David St., Elmira.

Mr. Ney died on June 27, 2020.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Obituary: Richard J. Wagner

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Richard J. Wagner

Age 66, of West Palm Beach, Florida, passed away on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. He was born in Elmira, NY on July 10, 1955, the son of the late William and Elaine (Graves) Wagner.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Joanne (Burch) Wagner; daughter, April (Shannon) Mann of Alpine; two sons, Matthew (Candace) Wagner of Wauwatosa, WI and William Wagner of Milwaukee, WI; five sisters, Diana (James) Wilson of Clayton, NC, Deborah (Michael) Rock of Weatherly, PA, Cheryl Andrews of Pickens, SC, Elaine Patten of Brookhaven, MS and Karen (David) Greeno of Pickens, SC; four brothers, Bill (Pat) Wagner of Liberty, SC, Wayne (Carol) Wagner of Mt. Dora, FL, Walt (Donna) Wagner of Sayre, PA and Mark Wagner of Crossville, TN; five grandchildren, Lane Wagner, Brynn Wagner, Nora Wagner, Theo Wagner, and Levi Mann; and by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, November 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, American Kidney Association or American Cancer Society. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Baldassare (Baldo) Mannino

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Baldassare (Baldo) Mannino

Baldassare (Baldo) Mannino passed away at the age of 31 years old on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. He was a talented young man and a beloved son, brother, cousin, and friend.

He is survived by his parents, Giovanni and Mariella, as well as his brothers, Clemente and Federico. His dog, Tyson, will also miss him and his walks dearly.

Baldo era un gran lavoratore. Aveva un gran cuore, ed era molto sensibile, avvolte un po' caparbio. Ma era un ragazzo con un gran talento, educato e aveva rispetto per le persone. Gli piaceva lavorare all'aria aperta, amava tanto la campagna e la natura. Per chi lo ha conosciuto, era un ragazzo adorabile.

Baldo was interested in history, particularly of the United States. He also liked mathematics and English and “studied” them just to learn more than he already knew. He was his own version of Einstein! He enjoyed reading, but only if the book was about a topic that interested him! Baldo loved his family (including his dog Tyson), and anything to do with agriculture. His dream was to soon be able to have his own land that he could cultivate and start an organic farm to table business, and also start his own family. He was sensitive, caring and intellectual. His heart was huge and so was his personality and infectious smile. When Baldo laughed it was almost impossible to keep from laughing as well. He had a way of spreading joy, even if it wasn’t intentional, and even if you were not feeling particularly joyful! Blowing you a thousand kisses back, Baldo! You will be forever missed and remembered!

A memorial service will be held on Monday, November 15, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Burial will follow in Montour Cemetery.

Obituary: Shirley A. Salvatore

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Shirley A. Salvatore

Age 86, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Cayuga Medical Center. She was born in Montour Falls, NY on October 12, 1935, the daughter of Frank and Dorcellia Arcangeli and graduated from Watkins Glen High School.

Shirley began work right out of high school at Seneca Lodge. After marrying Len Salvatore in 1955 and starting a family, she went back to work as a teller at Marine Midland Bank and assisted in opening the new bank and trained the staff. After several years, she started work for Elmira/Watkins Glen Transit, where she spent many years as office manager and tour guide. Her last and most beloved position was as the office manager at Captain Bill’s, where she spent 25 plus years greeting visitors and training staff. After retirement, she enjoyed traveling on cruises and spending time with her family and friends.

Shirley was a communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen and a member of the St. Mary’s Guild. She did catering for the Onyx Club at the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Race Track and was a member of the Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary, treasurer of the Italian American Festival and treasurer of Leslie School of Dance.

Shirley is survived by her husband of 66 years, Leonard (Len) Salvatore; daughter, Sharon Malick; brother, Harry Arcangeli; sisters-in-law, Sue Olevnik and Eva Arcangeli; one chosen daughter, Barbara (Chris) Cook; one chosen granddaughter, Jennie Martine Scarbrough (Jason); and by many nieces and nephews, including special niece, Kristina Olevnik.

She was predeceased by her father, Frank Arcangeli; mother, Dorcellia (Arcangeli) Olevnik; brothers, Francis (Sonny) Arcangeli and Robert Olevnik; in-laws, Leo and Josephine Salvatore; son-in-law, Vincent (Vince) Malick; and brother-in-law, Robert (Bob) Salvatore.

Shirley’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, November 17 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Donations in Shirley’s memory may be made to the Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Douglas J. Coleman

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Douglas J. Coleman

Age 67, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on November 5, 2021.

Born in 1954 in Salzburg, Austria, he was a child of the U.S. Army to parents serving in the post-war occupation of Europe. He followed his family everywhere throughout numerous military moves until settling in Watkins Glen at “The Old Miller Farm” on Jennings Road in 1963, with his mother and father, the late Major James P. Coleman and Catherine J. Coleman; and siblings, James P. Coleman, Eileen, Thomas, Mary, and Catherine.

Doug was a 1973 graduate of Watkins Glen High School. During his high school and college days he was a gifted athlete in tennis and football, holding a record for the longest punt at Watkins Glen High School and being a ranked tennis player in college.

After service in the Army, he took a B.S and M.S. at Geneseo State, thereafter becoming a well-known teacher at Dundee for over thirty years. During his teaching career he led the girls track team to become the winningest track coach in New York State up to that time (88 straight).

A strong patriot, he was a member of the American Legion and VFW, a dedicated NYSDEC firearms instructor, and a fierce supporter of republican government -- that it would not “perish from the earth.”

Doug is survived by his siblings, LTC James P. Coleman (USAR, ret.), Eileen Boyle, Tom Coleman, Mary Sopp, and Catherine Coleman; his son, Connor Davis; numerous beloved nieces and nephews, and the whole Coleman Clan in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

Calling hours will be on Friday, the 19th of November, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, the 20th of November, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen. Graveside committal will follow the mass and will be at 12:15 p.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery, Watkins Glen.

You may share a memory of Doug with his family and friends by visiting his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Melinda Sue Donnelly Jiusto

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Melinda Sue Donnelly Jiusto

Age 63, of Worcester, MA, and formerly of Odessa, NY, died on October 24, 2021 after a courageous twelve-year struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

Mindy was born in Elmira, NY on January 29, 1958. After moving to Montour Falls in 1968 and then to Odessa in 1972, Mindy attended Odessa-Montour Central School, where she excelled as a student. Additionally, for many years Mindy played flute in the school band and was also a member of the tennis team. While in school Mindy met lifelong friend Gayle Maata (Greuber) and close friends Cathy Castor (Forney) and Andi Crainey (Brooke), among many others. After graduation, Mindy attended the University at Buffalo until her interests led to enlistment in the United States Army. Upon completion of her military service, Mindy obtained an Associate's Degree from Schenectady County Community College, and then a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics at the University at Albany.

In 1997, Mindy, husband Scott, and sons Max and Joe moved to Worcester, MA, where Mindy worked as Community Programs Director at The Community Builders, Inc. Mindy was active in her community and served on the Joe Schwartz Little League Board.  

Mindy and her family traveled extensively throughout the years, not only in the continental U.S., but also visiting such places as London, Venice, Milan, Zurich, Cape Town, Ireland, and Puerto Rico. At home, Mindy loved to knit, crochet, sew, quilt, embroider, paint, and garden. Family and friends were gifted with a multitude of her beautiful handiworks, which became ever more dear as Parkinson’s slowly eroded her ability to create, express and share her many talents.

Those closest to Mindy stand in awe of the strength, determination, perseverance, and courage she embodied during the final, difficult years of her life. Mindy will be remembered as a loving, generous, and creative person who cared deeply about her family, her friends, and the greater good.

Surviving Mindy is her husband, Scott Jiusto of Worcester, MA, and sons, Max (Krissy) Jiusto of Boston, MA, and Joe (Bridget Merrill) Jiusto of Worcester, MA. Also surviving are parents Mike and Bonnie Donnelly of Odessa, NY, and sisters Julie Donnelly Blaha of Odessa, NY and Colleen Donnelly (Paul Hack) of Portland, OR. Surviving in-laws include Chere Jiusto of Helena, MT, Mike Jiusto of Rome, NY, Dave Jiusto of Canisteo, NY, and their partners; and a host of well-loved nieces, nephews and cousins. Mindy was preceded in death by brother Tom Donnelly in 2008, brother-in-law Doug Blaha in 2006, father- and mother-in-law Jim and Jeanne Jiusto, as well as other extended relatives.

The family would like to extend special thanks and appreciation to caregivers Joyce, Marylynda, and Tip, and also the staff at the Summit ElderCare Program in Worcester, MA.

A celebration of Mindy’s life will be held at the convenience of the family in the spring of 2022.

Obituary: Beverly Ann Bauman

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Beverly Ann Bauman

Age 85, of Montour Falls, NY, passed on Sunday, November 7, 2021 at Schuyler Hospital. She was born in Corning, NY on September 16, 1936, the daughter of the late Howard James Miller and Marion Elizabeth (Harris) Miller.

Beverly would tell the stories of growing up on the Lindley farm. She was a homemaker, and she enjoyed raising her children and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She liked to go shopping and getting her hair done. Early on Beverly was a member of Lindley Community Church, and after marrying Don, became a member of Glen Baptist Church in Watkins Glen.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Donald David Bauman; three daughters, Barbette (Clay) Hagood, Karen (Mark) Isaacson and Elissa (Kevin) Gleason; one son, Richard (Susan) Michael; a brother, Gary (Patsy) Miller; eleven grandchildren, Michael, Kevin J., Kara, Kevin D., Shauna, Andrew, Nathaniel, Ashley, Brooke, Christopher, and Joseph; and twelve great grandchildren, Kaylee, Anthony, Reign, Teagan, Camden, Landon, Elijah, Caleb, Josiah, Seth, Asher, and Lorelei. She was predeceased by her brother, Alan Miller.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, November 13 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Glen Baptist Church, 3311 Reading Rd., Watkins Glen. Beverly’s funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by burial in Montour Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home in Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Barbara J. Cilley

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Barbara J. Cilley

Age 80, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 4, 2021.

Barbara was a member of Montour Falls Women of the Moose since 1977.

She is survived by her sons, James (Mary Kay) Cilley, Brian (Lori) Cilley, and Ray (Jennifer) Cilley; sisters, Doris (Punky) Fritz and Linda (Butch) Woods; brother, Robert Merrill; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Barbara was predeceased by her husband, Armin (Bud) Cilley.

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

Obituary: John L. May, Jr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

John L. May, Jr.

Age 80, of Burdett, NY, passed away on October 25, 2021

John was born in Newark, NJ, the son of John Sr. and Eliza May. He worked as a machinist at Switzer Aircraft in Hammondsport, retiring in the early 1990s.

John was predeceased by his father, John L. May, Sr., and son, Carter A. May. He is survived by his son's mother, Paula Ayers. Other survivors include his mother, Eliza Greene (NJ); daughter and son-in-law, Tanya and Buddy Reed of Powder Springs, GA; brothers, Jerome May (MD), Bryan Shepard, Ronnie Shepard, and Tommy Lee Johnson (NJ); sisters, Antoinette May and Debra Deas (Ala.); three grandchildren, Matthew Reed, Tyana Reed and Lorenn Reed; and a host of nieces, nephews, loved ones and friends. 

There are no funeral services.You may share a memory of John with his family and friends by visiting his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Linda Barber

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Linda Barber

Age 76, of Millport, NY, passed away on November 4, 2021.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Friday (Nov. 12) from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 6 p.m. A committal service will be held at Lakeview Cemetery on Saturday (Nov. 13) at 11 a.m.

Linda drove bus for Watkins Glen Central School and van for The Arc of Schuyler. She enjoyed traveling to Florida every year and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed gardening, canning fruits and vegetables, and growing flowers.

She was predeceased by her husband, Paul Barber, Jr., and her parents, Elsworth and Elizabeth Jones. She was also predeceased by her beloved dog, Annie.

She is survived by six children, Michael (Tina) Barber, James P. Barber, David Barber, Lee Ann Barber, Tammy Barber, and Joe (Victoria) Barber; sister, Constance (Richard) Emmerth; grandchildren, Errick, Brennan, Mahalamae, Anna May, Trace, Jayden, Zachary, Cody and Josiah; two great-grandchildren, Layla and Henley; and other family, including nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County or The Arc of Schuyler. You may visit her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com to share a memory of Linda with her family and friends.

Obituary: Lorraine E. Just

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Lorraine E. Just

Age 74, of Cayuta, NY, and formerly of New Bern, NC, passed away on Sunday, October 31, 2021. She was born on May 2, 1947 in Montour Falls, NY, to the late Harold and Margaret (Englert) Just.

Ms. Just was a graduate of Odessa-Montour Central School, class of 1965. She earned an associate degree from Jackson Community College in Jackson, MI, and later a Bachelor of Science from SUNY Cortland. Lorraine went on to complete her formal education in 1980, when she was awarded the degree of Master of Arts in Education from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. For two years, she proudly served in the United States Marine Corps, where she taught school for the Department of Defense and the University of Maryland, in Germany.

Upon her return from Germany, Lorraine taught public school in Craven County, NC for 32 years. After retiring from teaching public school, Ms. Just was a teacher at St. Paul’s Catholic School, where she attended Catholic Church, in New Bern, NC. Lorraine was actively involved in her church, and spent evenings ministering at the women’s jail in Craven County, NC. For more than 25 years, she was a leader and neighborhood chairman in the Girl Scouts of America, serving half of the state of North Carolina.

Ms. Just was a brilliant educator who loved children and received many awards throughout her tenure. As a testament to her love for helping children, Lorraine was a state-certified foster parent to many children, aged from infant to teens, for several years in the 1990’s.
 
Lorraine was preceded in death by her brother, Frank Just, of Montour Falls. She is survived by her two sons, James Just and Brian (Libby) Just, both of North Carolina; brother, Ronald (Susan Deeley) Just, of Cayuta, NY; her beloved grandchildren, Angela and David, of North Carolina; special nephews and nieces, Anthony, Adam, Tracey, Michael, Mary, Morgan, and James Jr.; and special sister-in-law, Sandra Just. Lorraine is also survived by many special friends she had made over the years, with whom she enjoyed spending her time: Fran, Dori, Millie, Pat, Connie, Loretta, Rita -- to name a few.

Lorraine will be remembered for her love of the outdoors, spending time with family, traveling, shopping, and cooking; as well as for her love of the Lord. Lorraine’s family would like to extend deep thanks and gratitude to her friend and caregiver of the past 9 months, Susan Deeley, who selflessly gave her time and love in looking after Lorraine, alongside her brother, Ron.

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, November 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Her funeral will follow at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be in Montour Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests that you make a donation in Lorraine’s memory to the American Alzheimer’s Association, or another charity of your choice. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Joan Ann Lesoine

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Joan Ann Lesoine

Age 87, of Burdett, NY, passed away on October 22, 2021. She was born in Lanesboro, PA on July 5, 1934, the daughter of Enid M. and John C Baumann.

She is survived by her daughters, Karen Juckett of Florida and Gwen Bizal of New York; and grandchildren, Kristen Juckett, George Juckett, Annette Bizal and John Bizal. She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Grant Lesoine, and her brother, John (Skip) Baumann.

She loved her various cats and dogs and enjoyed many hobbies including art and music, including 33 years of attending the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Orchestra at the Bardavon Theatre in Poughkeepsie, NY; also, social ballroom dancing, painting, gardening, quilting and singing in the Chancel Choir of the Presbyterian Church of Watkins Glen.

She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Watkins Glen, the Burdett Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, Ballroom Dance Clubs, Quilt Clubs and Grand Prix Fitness.

She enjoyed eating lunch at all the local eateries and shopping for fabrics at all the quilt shops.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Sunday, November 7, from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. A Memorial Service celebrating her life will follow at 2 p.m.; and a reception will follow at the Harbor Hotel.
 
You may visit her obituary at RoyceChedzoy.com to share a memory of Joan with her family and friends.

Obituary: Patricia A. Strickland

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Patricia A. (Wall) Strickland

Age 70, of Watkins Glen, NY, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, October 29, 2021. She was born in New Haven, CT on May 3, 1951, the daughter of the late William and Ila Wall.

Patricia received her Bachelors in Education from Southern Connecticut State University. She was a Rural Carrier for the USPS for 31 years, retiring in 2020.

Patricia loved riding horses. She was an expert equestrian and won Jr. Working Hunter for the state of Connecticut one year, and qualified to show at Madison Square Garden. She was a devoted wife, mother and friend who was always willing to help anyone who needed it. She loved spending time with her granddaughters and also enjoyed reading and bird watching.

She is survived by her daughters, Brooke (James) Wickham of Alpine and Bethany Beligotti of Richmond, VA; sister, Karen (Vin) Morneault of St. Agatha, ME; brother, William (Kathy) Wall of Cornish, NH; four granddaughters, Adeline, Brinlee, Coralie, and Dellah; and five nephews, Brian, Roger, Paul, William and David. She was predeceased by her husband, Barry Strickland.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, November 2 from 4:00-5:15 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Patricia’s memorial service will follow at 5:15 p.m. Private burial will be held by her family at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Alpine.

Contributions may be made in her memory to Calvary Baptist Church-Awana Program, 5 Bradley St., P.O. Box 413, Trumansburg, NY 14886. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Virginia L. Kerbein

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Virginia L. Kerbein

Age 72, of Watkins Glen, NY entered unto rest on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY.

Virginia was born on June 25, 1949 in Elmira, NY, the daughter of the late George and Sophia (Gublo) Mitrus. She was a high school graduate and a devout Catholic. Virginia enjoyed her scottie dogs.

Virginia is survived by her sister, Kathleen (Richard) Decker; aunts, Ed (Ellen) Gublo, Patricia Roche, Pat Gublo, and Lorna Gublo; as well as five nieces and nephews and numerous cousins.

Friends and family may call from 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 27 at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at the church at 11 a.m.  Interment will be at St. Pe ter & Paul’s Cemetery in Elmira. 

Memories of Virginia may be shared with her family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Mary S. Clifford

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Mary S. Clifford

Of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, October 18, 2021 at the tender age of 82.

She was predeceased by her parents, Elmer and Dorothy (Baldwin) Schmidt of Honeoye Falls, and her brother, Bernard Schmidt. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Thomas B. Clifford of Watkins Glen; sisters, Rita Balconi of Phoenix, AZ and Jean (Jim) DeSena of Denver, CO; and her five children, Paul (Stacey Edwards), Matthew (Anna), Peter (Wendy), Nora (Joseph) Bell and Neil (Julia Parete). Mary is also survived by her 12 grandchildren, Katie, Nicole, Kathleen, Ginny, Joey, Fiona, Kevin, Tim, Georgia, Meghan, Riley, and Noah.

Mary was born in Rochester, NY on Halloween in 1938. She spent her childhood on the shores of Conesus Lake, where she enjoyed water skiing behind her father’s boat, a Chris-Craft named “My Mary.” She attended Nazareth College, where she majored in Business.

Mary met her husband Tom while in college and they were married in 1962 in Rochester at St. Anne’s Catholic Church. While rearing five young children, Mary also pursued her career as an Avon Lady on the side. She and the family moved to Watkins Glen in 1976 and opened Clifford Chevrolet-Buick, Inc. Mary went to work at the car dealership shortly thereafter, where she served as the office manager, bookkeeper and de facto boss for the next 22 years. Her organizational skills and attention to detail kept the good ship Clifford afloat through many difficult times, and her steady influence was a source of pride and inspiration to her family.

Throughout the years Mary enjoyed her family, quietly shepherding her brood to and from
school, church, and other various endeavors while guiding them through the ups and downs of everyday life. In addition, she was a longstanding member of the League of Women’s Voters and a regular at Mary Jane Henby’s beauty salon, where her famous beehive hairdo was sculpted on a weekly basis while the next coat of Fire Engine Red nail polish was applied.

While she was often understated in person and avoided the limelight, Mary was a tireless
behind-the-scenes worker who always rose to the occasion. She took immense pride in caring for her family. Dinner was on the table at six o’clock sharp every night, and while she would be the first to dismiss any allusions to culinary artistry, she did have her “specialties,” namely Scuteri’s pizza on Friday nights (an absolute stroke of genius). She was a devoted wife and mother who took the time to let each of her children know they were loved in their own special way.

Although she was an unassuming and practical person, Mary had a sharp eye for style and
fashion that rivaled that of Jackie O. It was well-known that Mary enjoyed a good card game and a healthy manhattan in her time. She was a gin rummy fiend in particular, and was the
undisputed champion of the family (sorry, boys!). She lived for the occasional bus trips to
Atlantic City with friends to do battle with the one-armed bandit. Put her in front of a slot
machine with a bucket of quarters and a pack of Virginia Slims and she was a happy woman.

A special shout-out to the folks at Wright’s Beverage who kept her in a steady supply of
scratch-offs and lottery tickets for the last 20 years -- it was a good run, folks. While she
never hit the big one, it didn’t stop her from trying. Ultimately, it was her family and her husband, Tom, that hit the jackpot.

Also a special thank you to Anita, Kathie, Pam, DeAnne and Muriel, who took such loving and tender care of Mary these last few months. Our appreciation is endless. Mary maintained a quiet humor, grace and dignity throughout the entirety of her life and will be remembered fondly by all who knew her. She had a light and a twinkle in her pretty blue eyes all the way to the end.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Bernard J. Schmidt Memorial
Scholarship at Nazareth College.

Calling hours will be held at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen on Wednesday, October 27 from 4-7 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen at 12 noon on Thursday, October 28 with subsequent services at Holy Cross Cemetery. A reception will follow at the new Seneca Events Center located at Clute Park. All are welcome. 

You may visit her obituary at RoyceChedzoy.com to share a memory of Mary with her family and friends.

Obituary: Jacqueline Whittaker

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Jacqueline “Jackie” Whittaker

Age 51, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed quietly on October 11, 2021. She was born in Ithaca, NY on November 11, 1969, the daughter of the late Jack Clark and Cheryl Eldred, and attended Odessa-Montour High School.

Jackie was lead cashier at APlus for 12 years, Linda’s Citgo, and previously worked with Corning Glass.
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She is survived by her daughter, Jacqueline Whittaker (Charles Burlew) of Watkins Glen; son, Hunter Doane of Watkins Glen; sisters and brothers, Jill Weeks (John Kress) of Watkins Glen, Kevin O’Connor of Dryden, NY, Krista O’Connor of Watkins Glen and Kyle Eldred of FL; stepsister, Cindy; aunts and uncles, Sharon Ennis and Florence Eldred, Beverly, John Eldred, Janie Clark and Joyce Clark; nieces and nephews, Lilly, Tristin, Izzy, Brooke, Sydney and Ella; and cousins, Joanna Clark, Tami, DJ (Marie) Clark, Shelly Smith and Michael Ennis.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, October 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Richard R. Voorhees

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Richard R. Voorhees

Age 66, of Beaver Dams, NY, passed away on Friday, October 8, 2021 peacefully after a very brief illness.

He was predeceased by his father, Darwin Voorhees; mother, Mildred Voorhees (Pierce), and sisters, Barbara Caruso and Shirley Burnett. He is survived by his brother, Kenneth (Ruth) Voorhees; sister, Mary (Tom) Wade; brother, K. Michael (Rebecca) Voorhees; sister, Janet (William) Ray; sister, Kathy and Calvin Dean; brother, Vernon Voorhees, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He grew up and lived in Bennettsburg, NY most of his life in the family home. He has received excellent care and good friendship at the Barney Family Care Home in Beaver Dams for the past 7 years.

He will be remembered as an outgoing person who wanted to share in conversation and laughter with everyone he met. He loved to share stories, play cards with friends, listen to music, take road trips with friends and family, enjoy a meal and lots of laughter. He never had a bad word to say about anyone and could be counted on to share a kind thought with those who were going through difficult times. He will be missed by his many friends at the ARC Rainbow Room in Watkins Glen. He found great joy in being able to learn Zoom to stay regularly connected during the pandemic with his family and friends in the local congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. His thoughtful comments and regular attendance will be missed by all. He truly believed and found comfort in the Bible’s promise at Jeremiah 29:11 that God will provide “thoughts of peace, and not calamity, to give you a future and a hope.”

A memorial service by Zoom will be held on November 13, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.; for more information please call (607) 594-4173. Interment will be at the Hector Union Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are being handled by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen, NY.

Obituary: Tina (Canfield) Kent

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Tina (Canfield) Kent

Age 60, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Friday, October 15, 2021 after a courageous battle with ALS, surrounded by her loving family and friends. 

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m.  A Memorial Mass will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 33 E. First St., Corning, on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 11:00 a.m.; masks are required at the church. Following the funeral, a committal service and burial will be held at Lakeview Cemetery in Watkins Glen; followed by a reception.

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Lee “Corky” Kent; daughters, Jaime, Jacqueline and Megan Canfield, all of Elmira; mother, Doris Ector; brothers, Charles (Laurie) Ector of Truxton, NY, Randy (Ellen) Ector of Lawrenceburg, IN, Steve (Lynn) Ector of Watkins Glen, and Joey (Megan) Ector of Stanwood, WA; two grandchildren, Ayda and Arlo; beloved dogs Tico and Cody; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; and special friends Debbie Corsaro, Sandra Graham, and Sandi Ceasar.  She was predeceased by her father, Joseph Ector. 

Tina worked as a Respiratory Therapist at Schuyler Hospital for 21 years. She also worked at St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira and Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Penn Yan. 

Memorial donations may be made to The ALS Association, Upstate New York Chapter, 135 Old Cove Rd., Suite 213, Liverpool, NY 13090. The family wishes to thank the staff at Schuyler Ambulance, Care First and Schuyler Hospital for their exceptional care. 

You may visit her obituary at RoyceChedzoy.com to share a memory of Tina with her family and friends.

Obituary: Joyce C. Blank

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Joyce C. (Miller) Blank

Age 88, of Burdett, NY, passed away on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at Seneca View SNF in Montour Falls, NY. She was born in Reading Center, NY on March 8, 1933, the daughter of the late Stanley and Theresa (McCoy) Miller. She married Elwyn L. Blank in Reading Center on July 22, 1953. He passed away on June 4, 2017.

Joyce was a homemaker and at one time worked in the cafeteria at Watkins Glen Elementary School. She was a member of the Beaver Dams United Methodist Church and volunteered with the Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary. Joyce was a talented artist and a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  

Joyce is survived by her daughter, Pamela Joy Blank-Jarvis of Tucson, AZ; sons, Christopher Elwyn Blank of Rochester, NY and Trenton Joel Blank of Tucson, AZ; sister, Carol J. Miller Babcock of Altamonte Springs, FL.; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, October 16 from 9-10 a.m. at the Beaver Dams United Methodist Church, 1285 County Road 19, Beaver Dams, NY. Her funeral service will begin at 10:00 a.m., followed by burial at Pleasant View Cemetery, Cemetery Rd., Reading Center.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Mary Yvonne Cole

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Mary Yvonne Cole

Age 85, of Watkins Glen, NY, went to be with her Lord on Monday, October 11, 2021. She was born in Moorefield, West Virginia on October 23, 1935, the daughter of the late Lisle and Anna Virginia Anderson.

Yvonne graduated from Odessa High School, where she was a member of the High School Drama Club and Chorus. She was a lifelong homemaker, always taking care of her family.

Yvonne loved music throughout her life. She accompanied her chorus in high school, and was the musical director and organist at several churches in the area. She and her husband Albert sang and ministered to a variety of nursing homes and churches over the years. Yvonne also taught piano lessons and worked for a short time at Kelley Music in the 1970s. She was a member of the Van Etten Assembly of God.

She is survived by two daughters, Jackie (Stanley) Cernik of Watkins Glen and Pattie (Rudy) Difiglia of Candor, NY; two sons, Dennis (Nancy) Cole of Odessa, NY and Mike (Michele) Cole of Watkins Glen; 14 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a very dear and close niece, Judy Benton of Horseheads, NY. She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Albert Cole; four brothers, and two sisters.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, October 23 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A graveside service will follow in Highland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Schuyler Ambulance, 909 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Nancy L. Grover-Tyler

The following obituary was supplied to The Odessa File by a family member.

Nancy L. Grover-Tyler

Beloved wife, sister and aunt, formerly of Alpine, NY, passed away on Oct. 10, 2021 at her home in Kauai, Hawaii in the loving arms of her husband, Clark. She had fought a courageous battle with breast canccr.

Nancy, born in Schuyler County in 1962, grew up in Alpine and graduated from Odessa-Montour High School in 1980.

She is lovingly missed by her husband, Clark; siblings Sherry Avery (Bill Benton), Mike Krusen, Alyce and David Stratton, Bob Richardson, Peg (Cam) Grover, Rose Osborn, Ellen Grover, and John Grover; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was a beautiful warrior.

Obituary: Randall Edwin Stone

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Randall Edwin Stone

Age 67, of New Port Richey, FL, formerly from Odessa, NY, passed away on October 7, 2021.

He was predeceased by his mother, Dorothy Dodge Stone, his father, Bill Stone, his step mother, Betty Stone, and a brother, Lawrence Stone. He is survived by former wife Carol Lineman Stone of Montour Falls, NY; daughters, Kristen Stone Heichel of Montour Falls, Katie (Kyle) Holtz of South Glens Falls, NY, and Kelly Stone of Nashville, TN. He enjoyed being a grandfather to Alexis, Allison, Molly, David, Julia, Alex and Audrey. He is also survived by siblings Bill (Brenda) Stone, Danielle (Doug) Woodward, Greg (Sue) Stone, and Tamara (Jerry) Lipscomb, and by nieces and nephews who were very special to him.

Randall was a proud graduate of Elmira Southside High School during the flood of 1972. He went on to attend Roberts Wesleyan College and graduated in 1978 with a degree in education. He later graduated from Colgate Rochester Divinity School with a Masters of Divinity and was ordained as an American Baptist Minister.

Throughout his life Randall wore many hats. He was a teacher, firefighter, coach, EMT, chaplain, sports writer, radio personality, master of puns, sports officiant, race fan, off-ice official, GED tutor, and spent his later years serving individuals facing difficult life circumstances.

His faith and trust in God were a very important part of who he was. Following God’s call, he pastored First Baptist Church of Deposit and Odessa Baptist Church. At the time of his death he was serving as an interim pastor at Emmanuel Community Church in Palm Harbor, FL.

He spent his retirement years in Florida, where he had many friends. He enjoyed going to the beach and travelling. He was very proud of his grandchildren and enjoyed watching them perform in musicals and sports. Randall had placed his faith in Jesus Christ, his personal Savior; therefore his family rejoices in the peace that he is reunited with loved ones in heaven.

A memorial service will be held at the Odessa Baptist Church, 110 Fowler Place, Odessa, NY on October 16 at 11 a.m.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.northmeadowlawnfuneral.com for the Stone family.

Obituary: Harriet Sims Bierline

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family friend.

Harriet Sims Bierline

Age 78, passed away unexpectedly on September 19, 2021, in Sebring, Florida. She was born September 3, 1943, in Bainbridge, Ohio. She graduated from the Sewickley Valley Hospital of Nursing in 1964 and married Frank Joseph Bierline, Jr., the love of her life, in Beaver Dams, New York.

Harriet worked as a nurse in Illinois, Utah, and New York. She was a faithful caregiver to her patients and family. While working as a full-time nurse and raising two growing boys, Harriet obtained her Master's degree. She later became the Trauma Nurse Coordinator for Arnot Ogden hospital in Elmira, New York, and at one time was Arnot Ogden's Emergency Department Head Nurse. On two separate occasions in her career, Harriet worked as the Office Nurse Manager for Doctor Ned Clark and Foster House. After retirement, she was again called back to provide care for others and joined the workforce as the night shift supervisor of Elcor Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Harriet was a loving and devoted mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, aunt, and friend to many. Harriet also volunteered for the PAL (Pupil Assistance through Learning) program. Through this program, Frank and Harriet expanded their family and adopted their only daughter, Anna Jayne, in 1998.

Harriet was a three-time breast cancer survivor and carried that warrior spirit with her as she lived life to the fullest. Harriet loved entertaining and dining with friends, especially at Lib's Supper Club in Elmira, NY. She always ordered her favorite dish -- shrimp scampi. She enjoyed visiting the Finger Lakes wine region and was often heard telling people that New York wines beat any other U.S. wine. She was partial to a good bottle of Red Cat from Hazlitt Cellars. Harriet took pride in her adopted home state of New York and all it had to offer. She taught her family to make traditional upstate recipes like Spiedies and family recipes like clothespin cookies. The holiday season was always a great time to visit as Harriet baked dozens of traditional cookies, pies, and cakes. There were always the traditional cookies and a few new flavors to test out.

Harriet enjoyed local theater, crossword puzzles, knitting, Mahjong, golf, and reading. She had a vocabulary that outpaced all her family. Harriet loved to garden and get her hands in the dirt. She said it was good for the soul.

Harriet retired to Sebring, Florida in 2017 to be closer to family. It is in Sebring that she continued her passion for Mahjong and golf. She even purchased her own golf cart and could often be seen driving the cart around the neighborhood. She and Frank continued to enjoy local stage productions in Sebring and embraced all the cultural opportunities that surrounded them.

Harriet was preceded in death by her son, Frank Joseph Bierline, III. She is survived by her husband, Frank Joseph Bierline, Jr.; children Jeff Bierline (Kristen), Anna Jayne, Janet Bierline (daughter-in-law); eight grandchildren (Joseph Bierline, Zachary Bierline, Daniel Bierline, Tyler Bierline, Jacob Bierline, Madison Armstrong, Dallen Bierline, and Reagan Bierline), and countless nieces and nephews. She cherished and adored her relationship with each one of them. Many years ago, Harriet began a tradition of taking each grandchild on a trip of their choosing in the continental United States on their 13th birthday. Countless wonderful memories were made during these adventures.

A celebration of Harriet's life will occur at a later date in New York and Florida. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:

American Brain Tumor Association, https://www.abta.org/
8550 West Bryn Mawr Avenue
Suite 550
Chicago, Illinois 60631

Obituary: Steven John VanGalder

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Steven John VanGalder

Age 64, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at home after a brief illness. He was born in Montour Falls on October 1, 1957, the son of the late Glenn J. and Theresa (Anne) VanGalder.

Steve graduated from Odessa-Montour High School. He was a lifelong carpenter, working for various places in the area. He also stayed and worked at the Mace farm, where he enjoyed helping with the mowing and other farm chores.

Steve was a devoted father and grandfather to his son, Nicklaus, and grandson, Calvin. He is also survived by a sister, Joyce (Dennis) Boling of Suwanee, GA; brothers, Glenn (Debbie) VanGalder of Odessa, David (Sandy) VanGalder of Newfield and Thomas (Linda) VanGalder of Marietta, GA; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of Steve’s life will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Daisy Mary Burczynski

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Daisy Mary (Miles) Burczynski

Age 95, of Millport, NY, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, October 1, 2021 surrounded by family. She was born on October 24, 1925 and had lived in the same NY home for over 70 years.

Daisy was the daughter of Isaac Daniel Miles and Janie (Anderson) Miles of Thomasville, Georgia. She was orphaned at 14, and she and her sister, Martha, went to live with an older sister in Florida. She met and married her beloved husband, Joseph Burczynski, on May 1, 1944. He predeceased her on September 23, 2011. Together, they raised four sons in the home they built.

In addition to her husband, Daisy was predeceased by her grandson, Andrew Burczynski, on December 30, 2020; her daughter-in-law, Belinda Burczynski, on July 14, 2021, and her niece, Patricia Collins, on November 1, 2020.

She is survived by her four sons and their families; son, Mike (Claire) Burczynski and their family, Ted Burczynski (Jennifer, Michael, Chloe), Heather Burczynski (Cane Ridge, TN); son, Tom (Lori,) Burczynski and their family Jennifer Webster (Mike, Lindsay, Adam, Brooke, Morgan), Joe Burczynski (Priscilla, Anderson, Ariel, Aveline), Catherine Grover, (Gabriel), Beth Smith (Justin, Caleb, Wesley); son, Frank (Connie) Burczynski and their family, Amy Rusby (Jason, Jake, Meghan), Stacy Hess (Mike, Jessica, Michaela), Faye Packard (Jarret, Caitlin) and son, Dan and his family Josh Burczynski (Katie, David, Matthew, Aaron, Elizabeth), Zachary Burczynski (Megan, Emily), Sarah Potts (Chris, Caleb, Ben). Daisy is also survived by a sister, Irene Singletary, Warrenton, GA and several nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and friends.

The family welcomed relatives and friends to Sullivan’s Funeral Home, Horseheads, NY, on Wednesday, October 6. Daisy’s funeral service was held immediately following with Fr. John DeSosio. She will be laid to rest at Maple Grove Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Daisy may consider donating to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial Giving, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

Obituary: Rosemarie Dillon

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Rosemarie Dillon

Age 87, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Monday, October 4, 2021 at her home from pancreatic cancer, surrounded by her three children. She was born in Brooklyn, NY on April 19, 1934, the daughter of the late Joseph and Mildred Weber, and graduated from Sewanhaka High School.

Rosemarie worked as a traffic manager for AT&T for five years. She later was bookkeeper and office manager for Dillon Heating and Cooling, and also bartender at the M&M Club. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen.

She was an avid euchre player and organized weekly tournaments at the Moose Club for many years. She loved her “Euchre family”! She was also a very active grandmother and loved being around her family.

She is survived by two sons, Gary Jerabeck (partner Jorge Villarroel) of San Francisco, CA and Craig Jerabeck (partner Denise Mooney) of Canandaigua, NY; daughter, Jeanette Myrick (Stephen) of Mount Hope, NY; five grandchildren, Elizabeth (Jerabeck) Watson, Craig Jerabeck, II, Katherine Jerabeck, Alexander Myrick and Patrick Myrick; one great granddaughter, Nora Rose Watson; two nephews, Edward Weber and Stephen Weber; and one niece, Nancy Weber. Rosemarie was predeceased by her husband, Alex Dillon, and by her brother, Edward Weber.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 8 at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Her funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in Union Cemetery of Hector in Burdett.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Falck Cancer Center, 571 E. Market St., Suite 102, Elmira, NY 14901 or at arnothealth.org. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: John D. Fazzary

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Haughey Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

John D. Fazzary

Age 93, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away peacefully on September 25, 2021 at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, NY.

John was born in Watkins Glen on July 25, 1928, the son of the late Dominic and Mary (Pastore) Fazzary. He was a graduate of Watkins Glen High School, Class of 1946. He served in the U.S. Army from 1950-1952. John was a school bus driver for Watkins Glen Central School for 55 years and worked at Jimmy's Radio and Electric as the TV repairman for 50 years. John enjoyed watching the Boston Red Sox, horse racing and playing golf and cards. He enjoyed attending high school basketball games (that his son John coached).

In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Shirley A. (Yaw) on September 9, 2003 and his siblings Jimmy, Frank, Mary, Anthony, Michael and Rose.

John is survived by his children, Mickey Fazzary, Patti (Donna) Fazzary and John (Cathy) Fazzary; grandchildren, Jessica (Adrian) Moreno, Erin Fazzary, Allyson Hancock, Jonathon Fazzary, and Alynn Silliman; great grandchildren, Nakendra, Adelin and Luna Grace and Monico; brother, Joseph Fazzary; as well as several nieces and nephews.

A private gathering for his family will be held at the Haughey Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. A graveside service at Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen will be held on Saturday, October 2 at 12:30 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the Watkins Glen Fire Department, 201 N. Perry St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or to the Schuyler County Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891. Memories of John may be shared with his family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Monica Jackson

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Monica Jackson

Age 46, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away at Clara Maass Medical Center, Bellville, NJ on Sunday, September 19, 2021 following an illness that began July 26, 2021.

She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and aunt. Monica was a crafter, creator, small business owner and entrepreneur. She was a frequent vendor at area craft shows and the Watkins Glen Italian Festival and evolved her crafting into her Etsy shop, Creations by Monica.

She is survived by her husband of 26 years, John Jackson, together with whom she managed the Seneca Clipper Inn for more than the last decade. Her three daughters, Nancy, Katarena and Jasmine, all of Watkins Glen, were the inspiration and motivation for everything Monica did, every decision she made, every endeavor she undertook. When she became a Girl Scout leader, she mentored and role modeled for dozens of girls that participated in her troop throughout the years.

Her father, Richard Seeley of Addison, NY, and her sister, Melissa Seeley-McPherson, also of Addison, survive her as well. She was predeceased by her mother, Mini Marie Seeley, and her mother-in-law, Nancy Krom. Monica is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, brother- and sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews, all of whom she was devoted to. Family was absolutely the catalyst for life for Monica. She will be greatly missed by everyone whose path she crossed and journey she brightened along the way.

A Go Fund Me has been established for the family to assist them as they face unexpected medical and end of life costs associated with losing their wife and mother so suddenly. Monica supported her community generously with her time, talents and gifts. Her family humbly appreciates the support of their community during this transitional time of catastrophic loss.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-for-john-nancy-kat-and-jazz

Obituary: Stephen H. LaMoreaux

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Stephen H. LaMoreaux

Age 79, of Astor, FL, passed away on September 15, 2021. He was born on February 11, 1942 to Elmo and Armida (Sgrecci) LaMoreaux.

Survivors include his children, Stephanie Thibodeau (Freddy Vaught) of Palm Coast, FL, Michael LaMoreaux of Hector, NY, and Nathan LaMoreaux (Amanda Cornwall) of Bath, NY; seven grandchildren, Samantha and Savanna Thibodeau and Emiley Vaught of Florida, Ryanna and Ali LaMoreaux of New York, and Mara and Maddie Cornwall of New York; a brother and sister-in-law, David and Kate LaMoreaux of Burdett, NY; sister, Mary LaMoreaux; nephews, Peter LaMoreaux and Philip LaMoreaux; and cousins, Carl Sgrecci, James Screcci, Henry Sgrecci, Gail Cashen, Betsy Galbraith, and Linda Hagen. 

Stephen graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1960 and attended Forestry School at Syracuse University. A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10 at the Burdett Fire House.

Obituary: Jane L. May

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Jane L. May

Age 60, of Ithaca, NY died on Sunday, September 12, 2021.

Jane was a very caring person. She loved her kids and family. She had many struggles in life, but her love for her family was never ending. She loved gardening and cooking. Her favorite thing to do was getting together for dinner with her family. Jane spent a lot of time with her granddaughter and great granddaughter. She had many jobs in her lifetime. She was a waitress, bartender, and saleswoman. Her favorite job was working in the vineyards and with fruits and vegetables. Jane will be deeply missed by her family.

Jane was predeceased by her parents, Kenneth L. May and Laura A. (Augustine) May; brother, John Lyon; niece, Caroline Lyon; and nephew, Daniel Bennett.

Jane is survived by her children, Frank Klimek, Brandon Margreno (Katie), Natalie Steinberg and Conor Riley; granddaughter, Dakota; great granddaughter, Zayliah; brothers, Craig (Angela) May, David (Margaret) Lyon; sisters, Rebecca (DJ) Chutas and Jill (Kenneth) Dann; nephews, Kenny (Mandy) May, Dakota (her Buckaroo) Chapin, RC Brown, Stephen (Calyn) Polakow, and Garrett Lyon; nieces, Gloria (Dave) Stigers, Alecia Bennett, Kayla May, Mattie Dann, Stephanie Sanchez and Sydney Lyon; and by several great nieces and nephews.

May she rest in peace.

There will be no services. A celebration of her life will be held at the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Terry A. Dense

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, Trumansburg.

Terry A. Dense

Age 68, of Odessa, NY passed away at home on Monday, September 13, 2021.

Terry is survived by the love of his life and wife of 45 years, Pat Dense (formerly Kelly) and his three adoring children, Kelly Wendt-Dense (David Barrett) of Newfield, Melissa Jenkins-Dense (Sean) of Newfield, and Brett Dense (Andrea) of Etters, PA; eight grandchildren who he loved with his entire heart, Shawn Wendt, Mackenzie Wendt, Marcus Elliott, Malcolm Jenkins, Kennadi Jenkins, Aubree Dense, Declan Dense and Bowen Dense; a brother, Jeffrey Dense (Marti) of Groton NY; a sister, Linda Seymour of Spencer, NY; beloved brothers-in-law Gary Kelly of Burdett, David Kelly (Mary) of Burdett, Kevin Kelly (Terri) of Tyrone and Jason Kelly (Pamela) of Burdett; sisters-in-law Sharon Kelly of Newfield and Susan Kelly of Burdett; 40 nieces and nephews; and Annabelle Manning of Alpine, NY, who he considered to be his “mother” and lifelong source of love.

He was predeceased by his mother, Edna Dense, and father, George Dense; his mother- and father-in-law, Floyd and Ruth Kelly of Burdett; and by his loved brothers-in-law Neal Kelly of Burdett and Philip Kelly of Newfield.

Terry was incredibly proud of his childhood and upbringing in “Little Russia” in Cayuta, NY. He reminisced often of simple joys and how to make do with what you are given in life. He made friends into family that have not left his side. He carried that energy though his entire life, learning skills that he knew could benefit him and help him provide and build a life for his family. There was nothing that made him happier than spending every moment he could with his wife and beloved dog Lacey, back porch sitting, adventures with his grandchildren, eating good food, and caring for the beautiful property he and Pat carefully created. He never hesitated to take that step back, watch his kids and grandkids and be truly happy and thankful for the life he had created and acknowledge the love that surrounded him.

The family will be present to receive friends from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17 at the Burdett Fire House, 4124 Lake Street, Burdett.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the family to assist with funeral expenses and arrangements.

For additional information, please contact the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home at 607-387-8151 or visit www.ness-sibley.com

Obituary: Phil A. Lynd

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Phil A. Lynd

Age 56, of Canastota, NY and formerly of Watkins Glen, passed away on Friday, September 10, 2021. He was born in Elmira, NY to Alton Jr. and Sue Ann (Edger) Lynd and upon graduating high school served in the U.S. Army.

Phil worked for many years as an electrician for Syracuse University and enjoyed golfing and playing darts with his friends. He was also an avid motorcycle enthusiast.

Phil was predeceased by his mother, Sue Ann (Edger) Lynd; his brother, Todd Lynd; and nephew, David Lynd.

He is survived by his children, Morgan and Kane Lynd and their mother, Donna Lynd; his siblings, Paul (Yvonne), Mike, and Janice Lynd; his companion, Janey Smith; as well as his nieces and nephews, Brooke and Britney Visscher, Joshua Moore, Trinity McDonald, Jordan Sims and Marc Lynd.

Calling hours will be from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, September 16 at the Thomas J. Pirro Jr. Funeral Home, 3401 Vickery Rd. (corner of Buckley Rd.), North Syracuse. He will be laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Elmira.

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Obituary: Alma J. Ely

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Alma J. Ely

Age 88, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on September 9, 2021.  

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Donald F. Ely; sons, Stephen (Tammy), Dale (Karen), and Jerry (Caroline); grandchildren, Jonathon, Caitlin (Rob), Chelsea, Taylor and Josh; niece Cheryl Meyer; and nephews, Leon and Gary Jaworski. She was predeceased by her parents, Stanley and Flossy Correll; brother, Irwyn “Red” Correll; and sisters, Shirley Jaworski and Barbara Crocker.

Alma was a loving mother and grandmother. She and Don were founding members of the square-dancing group Gingham Squares, holding their first dances in their basement in Watkins Glen. She enjoyed playing cards with close friends, working in her flower garden, and baking Christmas cookies with the grandkids.

A private celebration will be held at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. You may visit her obituary at RoyceChedzoy.com to share a memory of Alma with her family and friends

Obituary: William Howard Spader Jr.

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William Howard Spader Jr.

Age 77, passed away on September 8, 2021 after a brief illness. Bill was born in Montour Falls, NY on January 4, 1944. He was the son of Howard and June Spader and resided in Scottdale, PA, where he had moved in retirement.

He was pre-deceased by his wife, Sylvia; his parents and sister Lelia. He is survived by daughter Kim (Dennis) Scott of Clinton, MI and son William (Rebekah) of Scottdale, PA., as well as his granddaughters Tricia Villarreal, Hailey Scott and Grace Scott and grandsons Derek Scott, Brad Lewis, and Caleb and Keegan Spader.  Also surviving his passing is sister Betty McMahon of Waconia, MN.

He joined the U.S. Army in 1962, where he learned cooking, and spent many years as a cook, ending up as a chef for Seneca Lodge in Watkins Glen, NY for 30 years.

He had a passion for gardening. He was known for his cooking and ability to grow anything and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Obituary: Martin S. Marsh

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Martin S. Marsh

Of Valois, NY, passed away on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

Marty is survived by his children, Elise Kessler, Harold (Pam) Marsh, and Kristine Flahive. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and his beloved dog Trixie.
He was predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Beatrice Marsh; brother, Allen Marsh; sister, Marilyn Fitch, and sons-in-law, Paul Flahive and Kevin Kessler.

Marty worked on the family farm, was a member of the Schuyler County Sheriff's Department in the 1960's and early '70's, and retired from the Trumansburg Home Telephone Company.

Marty loved his family, hunting, living on the lake, Sunday football with family (GO Bills), his PBR and cigars were always by his side.

There will be a private burial. In lieu of flowers, please kindly consider making a donation to the Humane Society of Schuyler County. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Addie L. Schuster

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Addie L. Schuster

Age 96, of Odessa, NY, passed away on Monday, August 16, 2021. She was born in Rome, NY on March 7, 1925, the daughter of Edward and Addie (Thompson) Schuster.

Addie worked at Acme Market in Watkins Glen for many years.

She was predeceased by her parents; sister, Martha Schuster; and brother, Andrew Schuster.  She is survived by her many friends and her personal caregiver, Sandy Montgomery of Odessa.

Addie will be laid to rest with her family in Rome Cemetery, Rome, NY.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Ronald Lohmann

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Ronald Lohmann

Age 78 of Newfield, NY, passed away on Sunday, September 5, 2021 at home. He was born in Copenhagen, Denmark on October 8, 1942, the son of Eigil Lohmann and Maria Jez. Ron married his wife, Sharon, on May 12, 2006 in Las Vegas, NV.

Ron moved from Copenhagen to the United States when he was 26 years old. He worked in various retail stores, including W.T. Grant and Grand Jewels, as buyer or manager for many years. He was a printer and manager for W.L. Coughtry, Inc. in Albany for 25 years before it sold. Ron then became a school bus aide at Mohonasen Central School, retiring in 2016.

Ron was an avid New York Rangers and Minnesota Vikings fan. He enjoyed traveling and reading several newspapers every day.

He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Sharon (Herforth) Lohmann; two daughters, Tanya (Shawn) Warlik of Rotterdam, NY and Stephanie (Ben) Yauchler of Delanson, NY; stepchildren, Melanie Voorheis, Laura (Paul) Landphair, Nathanial (Michelle) Voorheis and Logan (Amanda) Voorheis; and eleven grandchildren.

A celebration of Ron’s life will be held on Saturday, October 2 at 1:00 p.m. at the home of Stephanie Yauchler, 1443 Mudge Rd., Delanson, NY 12053. Contributions may be made in Ron’s memory to the West Danby Fire Station, 47 Sylvan Lane, Spencer, NY 14883, or to the American Cancer Society.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by theVedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Margaret Jean Johnson

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Margaret Jean (Doolittle) Johnson

Age 88, of Millport, NY, passed away on September 3, 2021 surrounded by her family. She was born on October 28, 1932 in Montour Falls, NY, the daughter of the late Elmer and Mary (Considine) Doolittle.

Jean graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School in 1951. She married her husband, Victor Johnson, on May 30, 1958, and he predeceased her on March 1, 2008. Jean was also predeceased by her two brothers, James Doolittle and John Doolittle.

Survivors include her three children, David Johnson of Millport, Barbara (Barry) James of Elmira, NY, and Patricia Johnson (John Montgomery) of Bellingham, WA; grandchildren, Brandon James of Monterey, CA, and Douglas Johnson, of Dundee, NY; and sister-in-law Louise Doolittle of San Diego, CA.

Jean was employed by Shepard Niles Crane & Hoist Corporation for several years before leaving to raise her family. When her children were older, Jean returned to Shepard Niles and retired as Traffic Clerk in 1997.

A loving and generous mother, Jean was a remarkable cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends, especially over the holidays. She was famous for her delicious pies.  Among Jean’s favorite pastimes, she enjoyed family picnics, playing cards, doing puzzles, and her trips to the casino. Jean took great pleasure in her weekly adventures around the Finger Lakes region. She was a dedicated sports fan, cheering for her beloved New York Yankees and Syracuse Orangemen.

Private family services and burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be sent to the Montour Falls Fire Department, PO Box 369, Montour Falls, NY 14865.

Obituary: Cynthia Lee Schoffner

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Cynthia Lee Schoffner

Age 73, of Burdett, NY, went home to be with the Lord on September 3, 2021. Cynthia’s life story began on August 19, 1948, in Corning, New York, where she was born to two doting parents, Bernard and Beverly VanSkiver.

Cynthia grew up in Moreland, NY and at the age of 5, contracted polio during the polio epidemic. Her loving parents spent time by her bedside at St. Joseph’s Hospital while she was in an iron lung and was taken care of by Catholic nuns. After polio, at age 12, she had to have spinal surgery and her parents took loving care of her while she was in a 100-pound cast for 9 months and in and out of body casts until she was 16. It was why her mother, Beverly, strove to become a nurse while taking care of Cynthia and raising her four children.

Cynthia graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1966 and attended Corning Community College. Her parents instilled in her a sense of work ethic, honesty, morals, values, and always doing good deeds for others. Her first job was at Guild Brothers' Clothing in Watkins Glen until 1970, and then she worked for the Town of Ithaca as a municipal accountant until 1982 and the Town of Hector from 1983 until 2006, when she retired. In addition, Cynthia worked for the Town of Catharine, Town of Cayuta, Village of Odessa, and Village of Painted Post. Cynthia was also a member of St. James' Episcopal Church, where she was Church Treasurer, Vestry Member, and Sunday School Teacher. 

Cynthia was married to the love of her life, Francis Schoffner, in 1972. 

She leaves behind her beloved husband and soulmate Francis; her sister, Sylvia Miller; brothers, Bernard Stephen VanSkiver and Curtis Van Skiver; 4 daughters, Bridgette Searles, Brennen Riddick, Lori (Jeff) Bolick, and Brenda (Dennis) Marshall; and her grandchildren, Brittany Riddick, Brienna Solomon, Adrienna Solomon, Jenna Solomon, Brandy Carson,  Brandon (Monica) Munda, Nathan Bolick, Kathryn Bolick, and Cy Marshall.

She is also survived by her Uncle Paul Blank; aunts Eva (VanSkiver) Orloski, Mary Jane (VanSkiver) Doolittle, and Joyce Blank, along with nieces Tamarynde (Anthony) Cacciotti, Lysette (Robert) Miller, Amber Johnson, and Heidi Bennett, nephews Daniel VanSkiver, Walter (Amy) Lakomy, and James (Vicky) Fergus, and numerous cousins. Cynthia was pre-deceased by her parents, Bernard and Beverly VanSkiver. 

When Cynthia was young, she loved riding her horse, bicycling and playing with friends, swimming in the neighborhood swimming hole, and driving her Corvette. She especially loved spending time with her family on camping trips, picnics, and at family pool parties, helping her daughters and granddaughters, being the family photographer, sewing, building a beautiful retirement home with her beloved husband, Fran, working in her vegetable and flower gardens, and her cats, Samantha and Tabatha.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen on Monday (Sept. 6) from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. with a funeral service to follow at 4 p.m. A graveside committal service will be held at Fairview Cemetery in Painted Post on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.  

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Care First (Hospice), 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14870 (www.CareFristNY.org).

Cynthia leaves behind her children and grandchildren as her legacy to this Earth and a gentle reminder from heaven that we are never far apart, but her spirit will live on within your heart.

She was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother. She will be forever in our hearts and dearly missed by her family and friends.

Obituary: Wayne D. Kinner

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Wayne D. Kinner

Age 67, of Cayuta, NY, passed away on Monday, August 30, 2021. He was born in Elmira on January 18, 1954, the son of Alvin and Marion Kinner.

Wayne graduated from Odessa-Montour High School in 1972. On August 3, 1974, he married Carol Davis at the Odessa Baptist Church.

Wayne worked at Wagner Hardwoods for over 50 years, where he worked with lumber and on blueprints for the machines. He was very mechanically inclined and enjoyed working on machinery. He also liked camping and doing puzzles.

He was predeceased by his father, Alvin Kinner, on March 29, 2007; step-father, Sam Kinner, on December 28, 2009; a sister, Rosemary Parker, on July 8, 2018; a great granddaughter, Realyn Weishoff; in-laws, Walter Davis Sr. and Isabella (Landon) Davis; brothers-in-law, Walter Davis, Jr. (Ellen), John Davis, Sr., David Davis and Dana Davis; and sister-in-law, Bethany Davis.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Carol (Davis) Kinner; son, Michael (Celia) Kinner; daughter, Melody Vicioso; mother, Marion Kinner; granddaughters, Rosa and Anna Maria Vicioso, Melinda Clark and Melanie Tuma; three brothers, Fred (Donna) Kinner, Bruce (Kim) Kinner and Terry (Pat) Kinner; six sisters, Paula Kinner, Lorraine (Ernie) Bohart, Alvina (Danny) Smart, Deborah (Ron) Lauper, Shari (Kevin) West and Tracey (Bob) Russell; brothers-in-law, Dale (Kathy) Davis, Harry (Gloria) Davis, and Ransome Davis; and sisters-in-law, Diane (Randy) Carns, Sandra Davis, Cynthia Miller, Rebecca (James) Johnston, Carol Ann Davis, Carol Davis and Diana Davis.

In accordance with his wishes, there will be no services. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: William C. Kennison

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Kalec Funeral Home, Elmira.

William C. (Bill)  Kennison

Age 55, of Endicott, NY passed away unexpectedly at home on August 2, 2021.

He was a graduate of Odessa High School, Class of 1984. Bill served in the U.S.M.C. and U.S.N.R.’s.

He is survived by his mother, Arleeta Weissenborn; stepmother, Cherie Kennison; children, Crystal & Matthew Kennison and Kaylina Crerar; brothers, Lawrence Kennison and Sebring Parks; also, former wife, Linda; several stepbrothers and stepsisters, and extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles A. Kennison; two stepfathers, as well as Kaylina’s mother, Rebecca Crerar.

He will be buried in Lakeview Cemetery next to his father in Watkins Glen, NY. A celebration of life will be held privately with close family and friends at the convenience of family.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Kalec Funeral Home, Elmira, NY.

Obituary: Victor A. Franzese

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Victor A. Franzese

Aged 81, passed away on August 28, 2021 at his home in Watkins Glen, NY.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of 58 years, Linda (Pandick) Franzese; his daughter, Nancy (Gino Grassi) Franzese of Watkins Glen; son Andrew Franzese of Watkins Glen and son Adam (Rhonda) Franzese of Lexington, SC; his grandchildren, Victoria (Jordan) Young, Samantha (Kurtis) Dunn, AJ (Sadie) Harrison, Joseph Sutterby, and Brayden Franzese; great-grandchildren, Avrum, Ezra, and Toby Young, Elaine and Luke Dunne, and soon to arrive baby Harrison; his brother-in-law, Tom (Debbi) Pandick; his siblings, Patrick (Barbara) Franzese, Christopher (Angeline) Franzese, Vallerie Franzese-Lynch, and Elizabeth Franzese. He was the son of the late Joseph J. and Helen (Baccile) Franzese.

Having been raised in the family motel business and graduating from SUNY Delhi’s inaugural Hotel Management Program, he became the owner of Glen Motor Inn with his wife in 1990. He served on numerous business associated boards and committees throughout his career. He was a past president of the then Schuyler County Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the then Schuyler County Industrial Development Agency (SCIDA), and served on the Watkins Glen Tomorrow Project and the board for the Finger Lakes Association. He was a positive influence for many as an employer and business owner.

He fell in love with car racing at the age of 8 after having a ride in Tommy Cole's Cadillac-Allard. He attended the first street race in 1948, spectating from the front row with his parents. He spent the rest of his life as a driver and team owner for various types of race cars. He fielded a competitive team, Glen Racing Limited, in the original Canadian-American Challenge cup series in 1970 and '71 with sponsorship from Great Western Champagne. This association led him to be part of the marketing team for Great Western, whereby he poured the champagne in the Victory Lane at Watkins Glen International for many drivers.

He competed in numerous series for SCCA, IMSA, HSR, and SVRA. He received a stone in the Watkins Glen Drivers Walk of Fame in 2010. He has served the international racing world in so many ways over his lifetime, too numerous to list.

He was a proud member of the exclusive social club, The Boot Group.

His favorite organization to donate to was St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Other organizations are the International Motor Racing Research Center and St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church in Watkins Glen.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, September 1 at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. A funeral mass will be held Thursday, September 2 at 11 a.m. at St Mary’s of the Lake Church. You may visit his obituary at RoyceChedzoy.com to share a memory of Vic with his family and friends.  

Obituary: David Paul Christensen

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.

David Paul Christensen

Age 78, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on August 21, 2021.

David is survived by his brother and sister, Hans (Virginia) Christensen of Fredonia and Gunhild Carroll of Macedon; sister-in-law, Donna Christensen of Saratoga; and numerous nieces and nephews; as well as his family at the Arc of Chemung-Schuyler. He was predeceased by his parents, James and Esther, and a brother, James. 

David will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by friends and family as being a man of few words with a large, tender smile. He enjoyed the finer things in life such as an orderly environment (everything has its place), being dressed “just so,” a well-made peanut butter sandwich and a good piece of gum. He enjoyed trains and people-watching. At any given time, you could tell by David’s expressive eyes and head shakes or nods what he was thinking.  

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday (August 31) at 10:00 a.m. at Lakeview Cemetery in Penn Yan. 

Arrangements are with the Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan (WeldonFuneralHome.com).

Obituary: Sherwood N. Underdown

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Sherwood N. Underdown

Age 58, of Trumansburg, NY passed away at home on Wednesday, August 25, 2021.

Sherwood was born in Montour Falls, NY on March 24, 1963, the son of Norman J. and Elizabeth “Betty” J. (Lummuka) Underdown. He was a 1981 graduate of Odessa-Montour Central School.

He earned his certification in Electrical Distribution, Class A and Class B Electronics from the U.S. Navy in 1984 and earned his Associates Degree in Technical Maintenance Electrician in 1984.  He had worked as an Electrical Maintenance Technician for Cargill Salt from 1989 to 1999 and then from 1999 to the present at Borg-Warner in Ithaca, NY. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1981 to 1985 and then transferred into the U.S. Navy Reserves. Sherwood was very much a Patriot.

He was a member of the Searsburg and Odessa Church, as well as the Odessa Conservation Club. He was an avid Buffalo Bills fan, bow hunter, and fisherman, and enjoyed camping, genealogy and his family history. He also enjoyed listening to the '80's music with the Eagles being his favorite. Movie times with his children were cherished, especially when watching the Wild Hogs and Tenth Kingdom.

Sherwood is survived by his “simulated wife” as he would refer to her, JoAnn Freelove; daughter, Alexandria Underdown; son, Jesse Underdown; mother, Betty Underdown; brothers, Jon and Dwight Underdown; nieces and nephew, Casey Underdown, Evan Underdown and Tricia Underdown and her family. Sherwood was predeceased by his father, Norman J. Underdown, on February 9, 2015.

Friends and family may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, August 31 at the Vedder-Scott &  Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls.  A graveside service with military honors will be held following at 1:30 p.m. at Laurel Hill Cemetery on County Rte. 10 in Odessa. To share memories of Sherwood with his family and friends, please visit vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: William Michael Brooke

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

William Michael Brooke

Age 66, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at Corning Hospital in Corning, NY.

Bill was born on December 23, 1954 in Angola, Indiana, the son of the late Donald and Violet Mary (Peters) Brooke. He attended Odessa-Montour Central School. On August 23,1986 he married Debra Coons in Odessa.

Bill’s many jobs included fry cook and maintenance at Hidden Valley 4H Camp, driver for Progressive Transportation, school bus driver for Head Start and many long dedicated years driving for the Odessa-Montour school district. Bill always liked to tinker with old ham and CB radios in his spare time. He was an avid NASCAR and Formula One fan, and was very fortunate to have attended a NASCAR race in  his lifetime.

Bill is survived by his wife of 35 years, Debra (Coons) Brooke; daughter, Kimberly Brooke; step daughter, Stacey (Robin) Lokken; grandson, Zachary Smith; step grandsons, Jacob and Jonathan Lokken; brothers, Robert (Kathleen) Brooke of Winter Haven, FL and Lawerance (Abbey) Brooke of Sarasota, FL; sisters, Kathie Brooke of Cape Canaveral, FL and Patty (Cliff) D’Angelo of Winter Springs, FL; and five nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Bill was predeceased by his paternal grandmother, Mary Brooke; maternal  grandfather, Victor Peters; uncle, Victor Peters; and nephew, Carlin D’Angelo.

A celebration of his life will be held at the convenience of his family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society. Memories of Bill may be shared with his family and friends at vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: John Collinsworth Wilkins Jr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

John Collinsworth Wilkins Jr.

Age 95, a resident of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on August 22, 2021 at the Bath VA Medical Nursing Home, Bath, NY.

He was born in 1926 and raised in New Orleans’ 9th ward. John was a World War II veteran who served in the Navy as a Medic on the USS John Hancock aircraft carrier.

In the early 1950s, he designed and handmade Mardi Gras costumes and parade floats for various crews and balls. In the late 1950s, he moved to New York City and was assistant bank manager for Chemical Bank, now known as Chase Bank.

In 1959, he owned a dress design business on Long Island. He then moved to Jersey City, New Jersey where he met his wife Mary at his antique shop. October of this year, they would have been married 50 years.

They have two daughters, Janine (Bryan) Strniste (ME), and Louise Wilkins (WG). He moved his family to Watkins Glen in 1983, where he taught stained glass through the Padua Free University in Watkins and at his glass studio, J&L Studio. Many of his students became close friends. He also made many other close friends while living in Watkins Glen. In the mid 1990s he was art director for three years at Alpha House, a drug rehabilitation center in Trumansburg, NY.

He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Leon (Elizabeth) Gorny (AZ); his sisters-in-law, Helen and Eleanor Gorny (NJ); his niece, Jennifer (Dr. Mathew) Alexander (TX), and former sister-in-law Yvonne (John) Zimmerman (CO).

Calling hours will be at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Monday (Aug. 30) from 5-7 p.m.; followed by sharing of stories and remembrances at 7:00 p.m. Masks and social distancing are requested by family. Burial will be at the Bath National Cemetery on Tuesday (Aug. 31) at 1:00 p.m. with Naval Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of “John Collinsworth Wilkins, Jr.” to Parkinson’s Foundation www.parkinson.org (follow “Donate,” “Tribute Gift,” or you can contact the foundation at 1-800-473-4636); or the Schuyler County Volunteer Ambulance Association, 607-535-7273. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home.

Condolences and Remembrances will be shared at his funeral and may be written in his obituary "Memory Wall" found at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Diana M. Rumsey

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Diana M. Rumsey

Age 61, of Odessa, NY, passed away on Friday, August 20, 2021. She was born in Elmira, NY on January 14, 1960, the daughter of Clifford and Lois (Lane) Rumsey. Diana graduated from Odessa-Montour High School in 1978.

Diana worked in non-profits as a fundraiser and grant writer. She worked for Operation Smile, Food Bank of the Southern Tier, and most recently at Ithaca College.

She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Dennis Jenkins; son, Matthew (Alysson) Jenkins of Norfolk, VA; stepchildren, Christopher and Jessica Jenkins of Senath, MO; mother, Lois Rumsey of Odessa; sister, Deborah (Hiram) Lyon of Rochester; and two nephews, Hiram and Ethan Lyon. She was predeceased by her father, Clifford Rumsey, in 2006.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, August 25 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Her funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m., followed by burial in Highland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Douglas Edward Mathews

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Douglas Edward Mathews

Age 58, of Ithaca, NY, passed away on Tuesday, August 17, 2021. He was born in Montour Falls, NY on April 20, 1963, the son of Owen and Julia Mathews, and graduated from Odessa-Montour High School.

Doug was a project manager in the construction industry for 15 years and most recently worked as a service manager for Maguire Automotive in Ithaca. He was a member of His Tabernacle Ithaca. Doug was a sports enthusiast, and an avid Syracuse Orange basketball and football fan. He loved college football GameDay!

He is survived by his sons, Jonathan Mathews of Knoxville, TN and Michael Mathews of Charlotte, NC; father, Owen Mathews of Watkins Glen; four brothers, Brian (Janet) Mathews of Watkins Glen, Ronald (Mary) Mathews of Ithaca, Alan (Nancy) Mathews of Horseheads and Gregory (Diana) Mathews of Virginia Beach, VA; and sister, Brenda Thurston of Daytona Beach, FL. He was predeceased by his mother, Julia (Scanlon) Mathews, in 2020.

A private memorial service will be held by the family. Contributions may be made in Doug’s memory to His Tabernacle Ithaca building fund toward the children’s wing, 609 W. Clinton St., Ithaca, NY 14850.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: William H. Macnamara

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

William H. Macnamara

Age 88, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away peacefully on August 16, 2021.

Bill was born in Brooklyn, NY, the son of Lester and Helen (Renner) Macnamara. He moved his family to Watkins Glen and worked at International Salt Co. for 28 years, retiring in 1996. He honorably served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Bill and Pat were members of the First Presbyterian Church and enjoyed traveling and seeing Broadway shows together. He enjoyed watching baseball and local sports. 

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Patricia; and her children, Deborah (Bud) Cross, Janice Learn, Kathleen (James) Armstrong, Barbara (Frank) Rossi, Robert (Nancy) Washburn and Amy (Stacey) Becker; sons, William (Penny) Macnamara of Avoca, Neil (Kristin) Macnamara of Worcester, MA., and Christopher (Sarah) Macnamara of Burlington, KY; also eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and two nephews, Richard and William Macnamara. He was predeceased by his first wife of 34 years, Jeannette; daughter Beth Ann Macnamara; and brother Paul.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Friday (Aug. 20) from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Watkins Glen on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen, with military honors. 

Memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. You may express condolences online in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

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Obituary: Roberta Jean Cunningham

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Barber Funeral Home, Horseheads.

Roberta Jean (Gardner) (Slater) Cunningham

IN THE STILLNESS OF THE MORNING, YOU HEARD A GENTLE CALL; YOU TOOK GOD’S HAND AND GENTLY LEFT US ALL.

On August 14, 2021 our hearts were broken; after a brief battle with lung cancer, Roberta Jean (Gardner) (Slater) Cunningham, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed away. She was born on April 14, 1945 to Robert and Edna (Cleveland) (Parker) Gardner.

Roberta was predeceased by her parents; her husband George Cunningham; and her siblings Mary Anne, Helen, William (“Ace”), George, Francis Parker and Mary Stout. Surviving Roberta are her daughters, Mr. Edwin (Doreen) Miller of North Carolina, Mr.  Delbert (Veronica) Sipes of Odessa, New York, Ms. Katrina Smith of Elmira, New York, and Mr. Leonard (Dawn) Adams of Pine City, New York; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will also be remembered dearly by a very special niece, Ms. Stella Gardner.

Her life was a gift to all those who knew her, serving others in ministry, as 4H Leader, in Girl Scouts, and as volunteer for the American Cancer Society. She enjoyed baking, crocheting, sewing, and time spent with family. She found joy and satisfaction in her employment as well, serving as a secretary and job coach with Capabilities Inc., in Elmira, New York.

Family and friends are invited to visit the Barber Funeral Home, 413 S. Main St. in Horseheads on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 10 a.m. Roberta’s funeral service will take place there at 11 a.m., with committal and prayers to follow at Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats, NY.  Condolences may be left at www.barberfuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Sherri L. Boughton

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Sherri L. Boughton

Age 47, of Horseheads, NY, passed away on Thursday, August 12, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born in Elmira, NY on June 24, 1974, the daughter of Roger W. and Bonnie E. (Loveless) Smalley. Sherri graduated from Odessa-Montour High School in 1993 and later from Corning Community College in 1996 with an Associates Degree in Accounting.

Sherri married Bruce E. Boughton, II on September 13, 1997 in Odessa, NY. She was a member of Elmwood Ave. Baptist Church in Elmira Heights.

Sherri is survived by her loving husband of 23 years, Bruce; daughter, Mikayla; son, William; parents, Roger and Bonnie Smalley of Alpine; and sister, Brenda and Brett Reynolds of Alpine along with nephew and niece Caleb and Cara Reynolds who always had a special place in her heart.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, August 17 from 4-7 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Sherri’s funeral service will follow at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Sherri’s memory to an account at Chemung Canal Trust Company in the name of Bruce in trust for the kids for future expenses. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Ann H. Hull

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Ann H. Hull

Age 89, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Monday, August 9, 2021. She was born in Montour Falls, NY on December 13, 1931, the daughter of the late Gifford and Florence (Lewis) Hurlbut.

Ann graduated from Watkins Glen High School. She worked for Dr. Robert Michel and Dr. Jeffrey Schultz in Watkins Glen for over 30 years. She was a member of St. James' Episcopal Church in Watkins Glen.

She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Floyd S. Hull; daughter, Beth (William) Meehan of Watkins Glen; son, Tim (Anne) Hull of Candor; two grandchildren, Jessica (Patrick) Henderson  and Jay Meehan (Fiancé Lindsay); and two great grandchildren, Pierce and Anna Henderson. She was predeceased by her brother, Gifford H. Hurlbut, Jr., and by her sister, Margaret Liddle.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, August 16 from 4-6 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Ann’s funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 17 at 11:00 a.m. at St. James' Episcopal Church, 112 Sixth St., Watkins Glen. Burial will follow in Montour Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. James' Episcopal Church, 112 Sixth St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891, or to the Watkins Glen Fire Department, 201 N. Perry St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Terrence Callahan

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Terrence Callahan

Age 67, of Lyndonville, NY, husband of Lisa Callahan, entered into rest on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at home.

He was born in Montour Falls, NY on May 24, 1954, the son of Shirley Mickel Callahan and the late John Callahan. Terry was a 1972 graduate of Odessa-Montour Central School. He retired from the Air Force after 20 years of service, and after returning to NY, went on to work in the Mental Health field. He received his B.S. in Social Work from SUNY Buffalo in 2005, and his Masters of Social Work in 2006 from the University of Buffalo.

Father of Katie Callahan Shaw and father-in-law of the late John Shaw. Beloved grandfather of Hayley, Finn and the late Lillian Shaw. Brother of Ruth Callahan Davis, Jane Callahan, and Patricia Callahan and the late Matthew Callahan. Also survived by six nieces, two great nieces, a great nephew, many cousins, aunts and an uncle.

Terry had a wonderful sense of humor and could always be counted on to make his family laugh. He will be sorely missed.

The family will have a private service at a later date.

Photo in text: Terrence Callahan and grandson Finn Shaw.

Obituary: Pierre A. Biever

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Pierre A. Biever

Age 83, of Burdett, NY, passed away on Sunday, August 8, 2021 at Montour Falls, NY after an extended illness. The family will receive friends and family on Sunday, August 15 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N Genesee St., Montour Falls.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur Street in Watkins Glen, at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 16 with Father Jeff Tunnicliff officiating. Burial will follow in the Union Cemetery of Hector, Burdett..

Pierre was born in Burdett on June 13, 1938, the son of the late Emil and Rose (DeDominic) Biever. He married his wife of over 60 years, Geta, on April 19, 1958 at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen and he lived in Burdett all his life.

He was predeceased by his wife Geta, his son Philip, his parents Emil and Rose Biever, his father- and mother in-law John and Margaret (Clymer) Gunning, his brother and sister-in-law Ralph and Sue Dean, and his brother-in-law Bruce Gunning.

Pierre retired from International (U.S.) Salt with 46 years of service as a laboratory technician and machine operator.

He is survived by his son Mark (Sharon) of Sterling, VA., daughter-in-law Sherry Biever of Burdett, sister Joan (Raphael) Specchio of Watkins Glen, sister-in-law Sandra Gunning of Reynoldsville, and brother-in-law Clair (Peg) Gunning of Montour Falls. He is also survived by 4 grandchildren: Peter Biever of Burdett, Philip Biever of Chesapeake, VA, Ryan Biever of Virginia Beach, VA. and Lydia Biever of Burdett. He is also survived by many cousins, nephews and nieces.

He was an avid shot-gunner and crack rifle shot, spending many Sunday afternoons shooting with his wife and sons Philip and Mark.

Pierre was an honest and fair man ensuring the citizens and workers he served were treated fairly. Pierre served the village of Burdett for 4 years as Village Trustee and 25 years as the Mayor; during this period several projects were started and completed during his tenure including, but not limited to, public water, street light replacement/expansion, village land area expansion and Route 79 highway and sidewalk replacement. He also served tirelessly as United Steel Workers Local 12460 President for 25 years, leading several contract renewal negotiations preserving the rights and benefits of the employees of International Salt. Pierre also was a member of the County Fireman’s Association and a Schuyler County Democratic Committee man.

Pierre was a member of the Burdett Fire Department for 65 years, serving in various Admin officer positions for 12 years.

Pierre was an amateur astronomer and a member of the Elmira-Corning Astronomical Society. He also was a member of the Schuyler County Historical Society and was intrigued with U.S. and New York State history and its Iroquois heritage. He was a life member of BPOE Lodge 1546, the NYS Rifle and Pistol Association and the National Rifle Association. In later years he was also a member of the Trumansburg Fish and Game Club.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Burdett Volunteer Fire Department, 4124 Lake Avenue, P.O. Box 238, Burdett, NY 14818. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Greg Palmer Voorheis

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Greg Palmer Voorheis

Age 72, of Roswell, GA was welcomed home on July 23, 2021. He died peacefully but unexpectedly while visiting family and loved ones in his beloved New England.

Greg was born on July 27, 1948 to Winifred (Palmer) Voorheis and John Voorheis in Watkins Glen, NY. Greg graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1966, the State University of New York at Oswego, magna cum laude with a B.A. in History in 1971, and went on to obtain his Master of Education from the University of Vermont in 1976. 
 
Greg was a stranger to no one, and his warm soul made an impact on all who knew him. He was a loving and devoted partner, caring brother, loyal friend, and doting father. He took great care in choosing the “right” words when expressing himself. He was kind, nurturing, passionate, thoughtful, wise, and genuine. He was an amazing storyteller and when he laughed it was contagious. Greg had a beautiful singing voice and if you had the joy of hearing him sing you would likely remember it to this day.
 
Greg began his professional career as a teacher of special education at Watkins Glen High School. Later, he moved to Vermont and began work for the University of Vermont, overseeing adult education programs. He became very involved in the study of how adults learn, developing and teaching groundbreaking courses for teachers in that field. Greg served for 32 years as the Senior Grants Manager, Administrator, and Planner for the Vermont Department of Labor. He consulted and worked for the Vermont Department of Children and Families and for the Community College of Vermont both before and since his retirement.

Greg had more than 30 years of experience writing grants that awarded the State of Vermont (and beyond) more than $37 million. Although this may sound like a bureaucratic effort, it was never that. Throughout his life, Greg wanted to connect with his community to serve and to work in a way that mattered. He genuinely loved people, and indeed, he did make an incredible difference in the lives of so many through his work. Greg made lasting impacts in the quality of the teaching of adults, in the lives of mature or disabled workers, in the recruitment and education of nurses during critical shortages, and in the operations of the hospitals of Vermont. Greg served as the Chair of the Board, as well as Chair of Executive, Governance, and Finance Committees of the Central Vermont Medical Center.  He was a Trustee of the University of Vermont Health Network Board, a Trustee of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, Commissioner of the Governor’s Blue-Ribbon Commission on the Future of Nursing, and served as a consultant on numerous state commissions across his professional life.
 
He is survived by his daughter, Lindsey (David) Adams, son Timothy (Janelle) Voorheis, granddaughters Sydney and Madelyn, brothers Gary (Peggy) Voorheis and Jeff (Lydia) Voorheis, and sisters Gaye (Paul) Fedorchak and Kelley (Rich) Parker, as well as many nephews and nieces, and his former wife, Anne (Jim) Gilson. He was predeceased, just one year ago, by his beloved partner of 20 years, William “Bill” Hill-Alto.

An intimate service of family and close friends will be held in John’s Creek, Georgia, on September 4, 2021. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donation to the Bill Hill-Alto Scholarship Fund of Randolph Union High School, Randolph, VT (send via mail to Randolph Union High School c/o Donna Pittsley, 15 Forest St, Randolph VT, 05060 with “Bill Hill-Alto Scholarship” in the memo line); Stephen Ministries (https://www.stephenministries.org/aboutus/default.cfm/717); send by mail to Stephen Ministries, 2045 Innerbelt Business Center Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63114-5765, Phone (314) 428-2600; or to Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta, GA (https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1705/02-health-sciences/interior-hybrid.aspx?sid=1705&gid=2&pgid=2125&cid=3552&appealcode=USJH6)

Celebration: Arthur Joel "Art" Peck III

The following notice was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Arthur Joel “Art” Peck III

A Celebration of Life for Art Peck, who passed away unexpectedly at the age of 75 on Nov. 25, 2019, will be held on Saturday, Aug 14 from 3-5 p.m. at Watkins Glen International in the Jack Daniels Club.

The Porshe Club will be dedicating a tree in his honor around 4:30/4:45. Shortly after 5 p.m., when the track is all clear, we will be able to take a memorial lap around the track in Art Peck's honor. Please join us if you can.

Art was born on May 10, 1944 and was raised in Watkins Glen. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Joel Peck Jr. and Margaret Hodges Peck Adams. He is survived by his adoring wife, Donna Colf Peck; son, AJ (Janel Barrows) Peck and their children, Emily and Allison; daughter, Cyndie (Kevin) Grove and their children Jacob, Toby, Alianna, Riley, Ethan, and Emmarae; and sisters, Grace Ann Pelino and Jean Swinnerton.

Art was a 32nd Degree Master Mason and member of Zereditha Lodge #451 in York, PA. From watching road races in Watkins Glen as a small boy to working on different race teams, Art spent a good portion of his life at the Watkins Glen racetrack. He began volunteering in various roles at Watkins Glen International more than 30 years ago. Most recently, he thoroughly enjoyed giving rides to WGI guests in the track pace cars and giving personal tours to Track VIPs. You could frequently see Art driving around the infield on his green golf cart.

He was a Past District Governor, a Past Council Chair, a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, and a dedicated member and Past President of the Corning Lions Club. Art also enjoyed driving his “FRN2FRND” Porsche. He was fond of supporting the community through Lions Club, helping his family and friends, as well as sending out his daily jokes. He will be greatly missed by all who came into contact with him.

Tax deductible donations can be made in Art’s memory to Bampa’s House at PO Box 965, Corning, NY 14830.

You may leave a remembrance or express condolences online in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.  Arrangements entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Anthony J. Ferry, Jr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Anthony “Tony” J. Ferry, Jr.

Age 93, lifelong resident of Watkins Glen, NY and recently of Oak Hill Manor, Ithaca, passed away on Wednesday, August 4, 2021.

Tony was born in Montour Falls, NY on September 14, 1927, the son of the late Anthony J. and Nellie A. Specchio Ferry, Sr. Tony attended photography school in New York City following graduation from high school. He was a self-employed professional photographer for over 60 years. During his career as a photographer, Tony photographed many weddings, high school photos, and generational photos. Tony also worked as a photographer for the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office and for the Watkins Glen Fire Dept. He was a lifelong communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen and was an avid NY Yankees and Syracuse Orangeman fan. Tony never knew a stranger and loved to talk to all he met.

Tony is survived by his niece, Joyce A. Ferry of Willseyville, NY and very special cousin, Joseph J. Orbin; as well as many other cousins and friends. In addition to his parents, Tony was predeceased by his brother and sister-in-law, Frederick L. and Viola Ferry Sr.; nephew, Frederick L. Ferry Jr.; and grandparents, Antonio and Julietta Specchio.

Friends and family may call on Tuesday, August 10 from 4-7 p.m. at the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen. His Memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday, August 11 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Watkins Glen.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Tony’s name to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina St., Montour Falls, NY 14865 or to the Restoration Fund at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, PO Box 289, Watkins Glen, NY 14891. Memories of Tony may be shared with family and friends at www.haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Nicky Lee McFall

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Nicky Lee McFall

Age 35, of Campbell, NY, passed away on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 in Watkins Glen as a result of a motorcycle accident. He was born in Montour Falls on February 11, 1986, the son of Charles and Nancy (Rider) McFall. He was employed with Hale Roofing, Inc. in Horseheads for the past five years.

Nicky enjoyed fixing cars, taking his boat out, kayaking, riding his motorcycle, or just tinkering with things. He loved spending time with his family and friends, but he took the most pride in spending time with his wife.

He was predeceased by his grandfathers, Frank Rider in 2020 and Howard McFall in 1994; grandmother, Gail McFall; stepdaughter, Theresa Tyson in 2004; and by several uncles.

He is survived by his wife, Heather M. (Bower) McFall, whom he has been with for 13 years; sons, Payton Kelly of Silver Springs, FL, Damion and Gavin Gublo of Elmira; a daughter, Jade Gublo of Elmira; parents, Charles and Nancy McFall of Burdett; sisters, Tammy McFall (Paul) of Campbell and April (Donald) Ball of Montour Falls; brothers, Ronald McFall (Melissa) of Corning and Shane Jennings; grandmother, Edie Ryder of Montour Falls; 16 nieces and nephews; several aunts, uncles, cousins; and by a special person in Nicky’s life, Chuck Kendall.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, August 10 from 4-6 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A memorial service will follow at 6:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Nicky’s memory to ABATE of New York-motorcycle awareness. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Richard Francis Merrill

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Richard Francis Merrill

Age 66, passed away at home in Watkins Glen, NY and into the hands of his Savior on August 1, 2021. 

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Monday, August 9, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. and again from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.; followed by a private funeral service taking place on Captain Bill’s Seneca Legacy for family and close friends.  

Richard is survived by his beloved feline companions, Sabastian, Solomon, and Sophia; loving mother, June Merrill; nine siblings, Donald (Lucinda) Merrill, Bruce (Heather) Merrill, Phillip (Heather) Merrill, Virginia Merrill Taylor, Christine (John III) Paris, Linda (Rodney) Wheat, Deborah (Mark) Dawson, Bonnie (Vincent) Scuteri, and Tammy (Mike) Cole; uncle, Len Tyler; aunts, Marjorie Tyler Merrill, Jane Mullins, Judith Merrill, and Betty Tyler; 38 nieces and nephews, 63 great-nieces and nephews, and 19 great-great nieces and nephews.  

Richard was preceded in death by his canine companion, Bubba; beloved father, Christian Francis Merrill; grandparents, Francis Merrill, Orpha Button Merrill, Ruth Dann Tyler Merrill, and Leonard Tyler; several aunts and uncles; and nieces, Emily Sue Merrill Fedoriw, Charity Hope Cole, and Seglinda Lynn Taylor. 

Richard was born in Elmira, NY on November 22, 1954. He graduated from Corning West High School and Coopers Career Center for cosmetology. Richard later graduated from Liberty Baptist College in Lynchburg, VA, where he studied puppeteering and chalk art. During the summers, he worked at Miracle Mountain Ranch as a rodeo clown and a counselor to teen boys, where he impacted and led many young lives to Christ.  

Richard also spent time in Paris, TX, where he worked at Campbell’s Soup. Richard was employed at a variety of businesses in NY throughout his life, including Ken’s Hair Salon in Corning, Elmira Stamping, Toshiba, Polly-O Dairy, and lastly World Kitchen, where he decorated plates.   

Throughout his life, he loved drawing, bird watching, and spending time with his cats. He took great interest in all of the animals around him. He loved his family, but he was a man of solitude and enjoyed sitting at the lake by himself. Richard was a comedian among his family, friends, and coworkers and could often be found playing a prank on someone. He was a great storyteller and always tried to fill a void. He was a man of strong faith, believing in the power and strength of Jesus Christ's love and the beauty and peace that would await him after his passing.  

You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Francis Parker

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Francis Parker

Age 87, of Montour Falls, NY passed away at home on Friday, July 30, 2021.

Francis was born in Montour Falls on August 26, 1933, the son of Edna (Cleveland) and William S. Parker. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and the New York State National Guard. He worked as a foreman for the NYS DOT in Watkins Glen, NY. He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Francis is survived by his daughters, Cynthia Parker and Melissa (Steven) Zoeke, all of Montour Falls; son, Christopher (Ronald) Parker of Long Island; five grandchildren, Courtney Mills and Corey Mills, both of St. Croix, Jeremy Zoeke of Montour Falls, Jordan Zoeke of Angier, NC, and Abelgayle Parker of Montour Falls; great granddaughter, Evelyn Jean Zoeke; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife of 65 years, Jean Parker, and their daughter, Cheryl Mills.

Friends and family may call from 12 noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 5 at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. His funeral will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. There will be a reception to follow at 3:00 p.m. at the Montour Moose Lodge, State Rte. 14, Montour Falls. Military honors will be held at Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira, NY at the convenience of his family.

To share a memory of Francis or to light a candle of remembrance, please visit vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Kelly Lynn McFall

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Kelly Lynn McFall

Age, 51, of Burdett, NY, passed away on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at home. He was born in Burdett on October 13, 1969, the son of the late Howard and Abby Gail (Lunn) McFall. Kelly loved collecting model cars.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Kevin McFall and Cameron McFall.

He is survived by his three sons, Howard McFall, Kelly McFall II and Daniel McFall, and their mother, Amy McFall; four brothers, Stephen McFall, Sr. of Barrington, Charles (Nancy) McFall of Burdett, Daryl McFall and Stacy (Robin) McFall of Bath; three sisters, Gail (Chris) Rumsey of Bradford, Sharon (Leland) Bergeron of LA, and Dawn (George) Teeter of Corning; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and his dogs, Cece and Remy.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Ronald B. Williams

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Ronald B. Williams

Age 80, of The Villages, FL, passed away on July 15, 2021.

Ron was a graduate of Watkins Glen High School in 1958. He received his Bachelor of Science from Cornell in 1964. After graduation, he attended the University of Michigan, where he pursued a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture. Ron came back to the Rochster area, where he established Ron Williams' Consulting and Construction Co. After retirement, he and his wife Cindi moved to Florida, where he took up golf and watercolor painting.

He is survived by his wife, Cindi Williams; daughters, Jennifer (Bruce) McGinnis and Sarah (Tim) McCadden; siblings, Barb (Rick) Hughey and Steve Williams; nieces, Marnie and Tammy Davis, Katie Mattle, and nephew, Josh Williams; father- and mother-in-law, Bob and Barb Baker; stepchildren, Krislyn, Kelli and Katie; and several step grandchildren. He was predeceased by his father, Clifford, and mother, Lula Belle.

At the convenience of the family, there will be a Celebration of Life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to the Rochester Salvation Army, 70 Liberty Pole Way, PO Box 41210, Rochester, NY 14604. To leave an online condolence, visit: www.miller1889.com.

Obituary: Paul E. Osborne

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Paul E. Osborne

Age 64, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on July 8, 2021.

He is survived by his loving wife Rose Osborne; son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Charlette Osborne; brothers, William Osborne Jr. (wife Tessie) of Watkins Glen and Edward (wife Janet) Osborne of Watkins Glen; brothers-in-law, Mark (wife Paula) Wallenbeck of Beaver Dams and James “Wally” Wallenbeck of Beaver Dams; four grandchildren, Ashlin, Zachary, Jaylee and Alexander; and several nieces and nephews.

He worked as a Men’s Health Therapy Aide at Willard and Elmira Psychiatric Centers for 32 years, until retiring in 2012. 

A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Condolences and remembrances may be posted in his obituary online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Nancy Russell

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Nancy Russell

Age 86, of Rock Stream, NY, passed away on July 14, 2021. 

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Christopher Berry of Rock Stream; 8 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, and long-time companion, Stan Smith of Rock Stream.

Nancy was born in Syracuse on March 30, 1935, the daughter of Cranston and Ellamae Miller. Nancy was a communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen and worked at the Watkins Glen Public Library for many years. She loved and adored her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

According to her wishes there are no services. Memorial donations may be made to the Watkins Glen Public Library, 610 S. Decatur Street., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. 

Remembrances and condolences for the family may be left in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Ingeborg Ursula Dinklage

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Ingeborg “Inge” Ursula Dinklage

Age 69, of Watkins Glen, NY, departed this earthly plain on Saturday, July 24, 2021, to finally “have a cigarette and drink a beer with the devil” after battling multiple cancers during the last seven years of her life. To our surprise, he has surprisingly not sent her back yet, so they’re either making out well, or he sent her upstairs for the good Lord to handle her instead. For that we apologize, because your departed loved ones are probably no longer resting in peace but having a great time getting into trouble with her instead.  

Her first rebellious action was her unexpected birth to the late Siegfried and Annie Frech. She was their third and last child, born in East Germany on May 13, 1952. Her parents must have quickly realized that her personality would be too much to handle for the Communist bloc, as they successfully escaped to the West not long after she was born.

Not a fan of rules or tradition, Inge used her good looks, quick wit, and outspoken personality to make friends easily and to win over many suitors, including her first husband, whom she married at just 16 years old, and later her third and final husband, a handsome and much younger American G.I at 35, all without ever being able to speak a lick of English.

Inge immigrated to the United States in 1989 with her family, where she discovered some of her favorite pastimes, which included playing Bingo and watching The Price Is Right.

For the last three decades in America, her friends and family enjoyed not only her delicious home-cooked German meals, but also her solid yet unconventional advice and sense of humor, that included such tips as “Marry someone rich that has one foot on a banana peel and the other in the grave” and “If you’re going to do drugs, do enough the first time to put you out of your misery for good.”

Clearly, she never took her own advice, as she was a woman of limited means, but that never stopped her from making sure those around her were well cared for, including the family pets, who always mysteriously ended up with leftover table food. We firmly believe if it wasn’t for one of her children taking so long to find one of those “better fishes in the sea,” that she probably would have left us a lot sooner, but she held out until all of her kids FINALLY had someone else to look after them after her final departure.

Inge is survived and will be sorely missed by her five children, including her four daughters, Ellen Arnold, Mona Schrorers, Sabrina Revelee, and Nadine Noky Witting, and her youngest (and very spoiled) son, Brian Dinklage; their significant others; twelve grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, and one pampered shih tzu.
 
A special thanks to Bob Barker for teaching Inge how to speak English; Pastor Arthur, and Care First Hospice for their compassion and care while tending to the final days of Inge’s passing, and to David Zinger for assisting with final arrangements.

In lieu of flowers or a “boring old funeral,” Inge would suggest having a beer for her instead and to send Care First at carefirstny.org a donation and/or a letter to Ellen Arnold and Family, P.O BOX 114, Montour Falls, NY 14865. To light a candle of remembrance or to leave her family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Celebration: David and Carol Kunzmann

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David and Carol Kunzmann

A celebration of both of their lives will be held at the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge on Sunday, August 1 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

A private graveside memorial service for Carol and David will be held at Glenwood Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

They were lifelong residents of Watkins Glen and passed away in June.

Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Helen R. James

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Helen R. James

Age 95, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing in Montour Falls.

Helen was born on July 29, 1925 in Rochester, NY, the daughter of the late Hollis J. and Frances M. (Steeves) Ketchum. She was an active member of the Rochester Choral Society, Peach Orchard Music Society and the Elmira Choral Society, and the First Presbyterian Church of Watkins Glen. 

Helen was the former secretary for the Schuyler County Neighborhood Justice Project and a teacher’s aide for Watkins Glen Elementary School. She volunteered for the Watkins Glen Library and Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary. Helen was awarded the Volunteer of the Year for Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary in 2003 and was the first to receive the Marie Bailey Award from Schuyler County United Way in 1985.

She loved NASCAR, basketball, baseball and was an avid Yankees fan. Exercise and workout was the start of Helen’s day for many years. She was full of fun and laughter and had a wonderful sense of humor.

Helen is survived by her sons, Richard (Julie) James and John James; granddaughter, Amber James; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Helen was predeceased by her husband, Robert F. James, in 2002; brother, Robert Ketchum; and sisters-in-law, Margie Ketchum and Alberta Ketchum.

In keeping with Helen’s wishes, a private celebration of her life will be held at the convenience of her family. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865, Watkins Glen Public Library, 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or to the First Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. To light a candle of remembrance or to share a memory of Helen with her family and friends, please visit vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Craig N. Gallow

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Craig N. Gallow

Age 51, of Hector, NY, passed away on Thursday, July 15, 2021 after a long and hard fight from injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle accident on January 10, 2020.

Craig graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1988. He pursued his college education in Criminal Justice, and graduated from the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy in 1992.

Craig served his community as a Schuyler County Deputy Sheriff, retiring as a Lieutenant in the Criminal Investigations Department after 26 years of service. After retirement Craig held the position of Director of Security at Watkins Glen International Racetrack.

Craig was an avid hunter and fisherman from a young age. In later years he enjoyed gardening, caring for his fruit trees and his land that he was so proud to own. He was always listening to either country music or a baseball game on his headphones as he mowed the lawn, pruned and sprayed the trees, or while cutting firewood. He was always a devoted NY Yankees fan.

Craig’s greatest love was for his family, especially his two granddaughters. He always cared for his community. He was tough, yet tender, strong, but humble.

He will be sorely missed.

Craig is survived by his wife, Melissa Gallow of Hector; son Brad (Sarah) Gallow of Hector; daughter Kaylin (Anthony) Teed of Hector; granddaughters Leah & Mya Teed of Hector; mother & stepfather Judy (Harold) Forney of Valois; brother Richard (Penny) Gallow of Claremont, NH; sister Heather (Yan) Cote of West Palm Beach, Florida; sister Nicole (Steve) Ryan of Valois; father and mother-in- law, David & Linda Ryan of Odessa; sister & brother-in-law Becky (Roger) Willis of Watkins Glen; and many uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

He was predeceased by his daughter Allison Gallow, father Raymond Gallow, paternal grandparents Richard & Rada Gallow, and maternal grandparents Otis & Gladys Bush.

The family will receive friends and relatives on Tuesday, July 20 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. Funeral services and burial at Seneca Union cemetery will be at the convenience of the family.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Robert Packer Hospital, Dr. Kim Rickert, the staff at Schuyler Hospital, Dr. Ben Saks, the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department, family, and friends for all of the care, prayers, and support that was given to Craig and his family over the last 18 months.

Memorial donations can be made to the Valois, Logan, Hector Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 46, Hector, NY 14841.

Obituary: Onolea R. Herforth

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Onolea R. Herforth

Age 86, of Burdett, NY, passed away on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at home surrounded by her family. She was born in Breesport, NY on July 13, 1935, the daughter of the late James and Muriel Burdsall. On December 8, 1962, she married Theodore P. Herforth. Onolea was a receptionist for Schuyler County Social Services, retiring in 1996.

Onolea was fierce in her devotion to her family. She was quick with a smile. She showed her love with food, but never step into her kitchen while she was cooking! She was the understanding ear. You could tell her anything and felt safe in doing so. When in her home, whether you were a friend, neighbor or family member from down the road or across the state, she made you feel like the most important person in her world. Onolea loved babies and always snuggled them up. Everyone in the family was cheek to cheek with grandma when they were little.

Surviving is her husband of 58 years, Theodore P. Herforth; four daughters, LuAnn (Timothy) Horrocks of Hector, Sharon (Ronald) Lohmann of Newfield, Lynn (Stanley) Ink of Burdett and Chris Newhart (Richard Sherman) of Ithaca; two sons, Michael Cox and Steve (Brenda) Herforth, both of Burdett; seventeen grandchildren; twenty-five great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, James Burdsall; sister, Kay Watson; and stepson, Russell Herforth.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, July 20 from 1-3 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, followed by a service at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Union Cemetery of Hector at a later date. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, July 31 at 1:00 p.m. at 4665 State Route 79 in Burdett.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Schuyler County Ambulance Association, 909 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or Burdett Fire Department, 4124 Lake Ave., Burdett, NY 14818. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Arrangements: John H. Mason

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John H. Mason

A Celebration of Life and a Fireman's Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 24 at the V-L-H Fire Company in Hector for John H. Mason of Hector, who died at the age 83 on October 31, 2020. The service will be followed by a luncheon.

John was active with the Valois-Logan-Hector Volunteer Fire Company for over 50 years, serving as Fire Chief in the early '70's, as well as several Assistant Chief, Safety Officer and Deputy Chief terms. John also served on the Board of Directors.

John was a life-long citizen of Hector. He retired from the NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control in 2001. He also worked for Schuyler County as a Dispatcher and as the Fire Coordinator.

John was predeceased by his parents, Glen and Leona Mason. He was survived by his brothers and sisters, James A. Mason (Susanne) of Trumansburg, Anne E. Watson (Frank) of Jeffersonville, VT, Glen C. Mason II of Hector and Paul H. Mason (Linda) of Fenton, MI, and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to the V-L-H Fire Company, PO Box 46, Hector, NY 14841 or the Hector-Pert Memorial Library, PO Box 82, Hector, NY 14841.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Nancy Marie Grover

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Nancy Marie Grover

Age 50, of Watkins Glen and formerly of Valois and Hector, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 5, 2021. 

She is survived by three sisters, Diana (Jody) Russell of Burdett, Kathryn Baker of Watkins Glen, and Vicky (Dale) Fredericks of Montour Falls; and special friends, Tim Fergeson and Pam Pierce.

Nancy worked as a cashier at WalMart in Watkins Glen. She loved playing DJ on her computer, NASCAR and talking online with friends all over the world.

A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. Condolences and remembrances may be left in her obituary online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Jan T. Kruger

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Jan T. Kruger

Age 62, of Odessa, NY, passed away on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at home. He was born in Montour Falls, NY on February 27, 1959, the son of the late Frank and Marilyn (Carle) Kruger, and graduated from Odessa-Montour High School.

Jan worked as a truck tire technician at Parmenter Tire, Auto and Truck Service in Odessa for many years. He later worked at Odessa-Montour Central School. Jan was an avid NASCAR fan, enjoyed watching the birds, and in his earlier years enjoyed camping with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Carol Kruger; two daughters, Liz (Rich) Perrone of TN and Mandy (Anthony) DeGraw of Montour Falls; brother, Keith (Diana) Kruger of Hector; five grandchildren, Nina, Mara, Chandler, Gavin and Deegan; four step grandchildren; a great granddaughter; and nephews, Jeffrey and Travis.

Services will be held privately by the family. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Merrield "Mick" McClain

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Merrield “Mick" McClain

Age 76, of Myrtle Beach, SC, passed away peacefully at home with his daughter by his side on June 23, 2021.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Glenwood Cemetery in Watkins Glen (bottom entrance).

Mick graduated from Dundee Central School in 1962. He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians but had to report to active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1963 to 1965, where he served on the USS Essex. He worked for International Salt in Watkins Glen for 40 years until he retired in 2005. 

He served three terms as Governor and Treasurer for Moose Lodge #426; Treasurer and member of Tyrone Fire Dept., and AMVETS Post #2278; lifetime member of Elks Lodge #1546, VFW Post #8649 in Watkins Glen, and a member of American Legion Post #660 in Dundee.  

Mick was predeceased in death by his parents, Robert and Alberta McClain; wife of 30 years Ellen; brothers Carlton, David and Thomas McClain; stepson Todd Pike; and his beloved sidekick, Jax. 

He is survived by his sons, Edd Pike of Watkins Glen and Michael (Jennifer) McClain of Anderson, SC; daughter Marlea (Mario) Craft of Myrtle Beach; sister Melody (Cliff) Hartford of Lincolnton, NC; sisters-in-law, Debbie and Bernice McClain; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; his aide of 4.5 years, Chanel (Alex) White; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Mick enjoyed spending time with his great-grandchildren. They kept him going, from racing in his wheelchair to giving rides. Condolences and remembrances may be left in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Laura L. Parker

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Laura L. Parker

Age 88, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. She was born in Elmira, NY on September 13, 1932, the daughter of the late Louis and Laura (Ayers) Fosdeck and graduated from Odessa-Montour High School.

Laura was a final test operator for Westinghouse Picture Tubes from 1952-1963. After her family arrived, she became a stay at home mom. In 1969, she became the Village Clerk-Treasurer for the Village of Odessa until 1970, then became Deputy Clerk-Treasurer. She was a member of the Penn-York Campers Club and Harris Hillbilly’s Camping Club. She and Mahlon enjoyed many camping trips involving 49 states. Laura was a former Den Mother for the local Cub Scout Den for 3 years. She also worked as monitor and pool spotter for Odessa-Montour Central School for six years.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Kelley Parker of Gilford, NH; grandson, Brad Lee Michael Parker; two step grandsons, Dustin and Christopher Overholts; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Mahlon Parker, in 2018; children, Leon, Joseph and Ellen Parker; brothers, Richard Fosdeck and Louis Fosdeck; and sisters, E. Ruth Fosdeck and Theresa A. VanGalder.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, July 12 from 1-2 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Laura’s funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Dutton Peterson Library, 106 First St., Odessa, NY 14869. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Arrangements: Blanche M. Collins

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Blanche M. Collins

Calling hours on July 18, 2021 and a memorial mass on July 19 have been planned for Blanche Collins, 87, formerly of Millport, NY, who passed away on December 22, 2020.

She was born in Powell, PA on October 4, 1933, the daughter of the late Norman and Lucretia (Hamilton) Herring. She graduated from Towanda Valley High School in 1951.

Blanche was Postmaster at the USPS office in Millport for many years. She was a member of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen and a member of the Women of the Moose Lodge #426. She was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Thomas E. Collins, in 2018; daughter-in-law Patricia Collins on November 1, 2020, eleven siblings, and by her loving dogs, Missy and Princess.

She is survived by her daughters, Deb (T.J.) Riley, Katrina (Gary) Ector and Cindy (Rocky) Rumsey; sons, Thomas P. Collins, Steven R. (Janet) Collins, Joe (Julie) Collins and Tim (Wendy) Collins; sister-in-law, Sandra Collins; brother-in-law, Dave Talada; fifteen grandchildren; twenty-one great grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

The Collins family would like to extend their gratitude to Seneca View SNF for the many years of care given to Blanche.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, July 18, 2021 from 2-4 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A memorial mass will be held on Monday, July 19 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen.

Contributions may be made in her memory to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865 or Seneca View Skilled Nursing Unit 3 Activities Dept., 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Dorothy Watson Terry

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Fagan's Funeral Home, Bath.

Dorothy Nettie Watson Terry

Age 83, of Bath, NY, died Sunday, July 4, 2021 at the Taylor Health Center. She was named Dorothy Nettie after her maternal grandmother Jeannette Kimball. She was born in Snedekerville, PA (now Columbia Cross Roads), the daughter of the late Ivan and Ruth Watson.

Dorothy grew up on the Watson Homestead Dairy Farm in Columbia Cross Roads and graduated from Troy High School in 1955. She started her working career at Izard's Department Store in Elmira, NY.  In 1972 (until 1986), she became the co-owner of Glen Harbor Marina in Watkins Glen, NY, where she lived for 17 years. She had many other jobs over the years that included working for Troy Meatpacking in Troy, PA and the Corning Glass Store (retail) in Watkins Glen. In 1990 she moved to Bath, where she lived in Lake Country Estates and made a lot of wonderful friends.

She was predeceased by her twin sister Doris, who died at infancy, and her siblings, Harol Watson, Velma Roy Beach, and Merle Watson, and sisters-in-law, Beverly Watson and Lucille Watson.

Dorothy married Roy John (Jack) Terry on March 30. 1957 and gave birth to Cheryl Sue Terry, born June 28, 1958 (died June 30, 1958) and Sharon Kay Terry, born April 28, 1960 (died May 9, 1960).

On February 20, 1964 she gave birth to her miracle baby, Connie Jo Terry of Prattsburgh, NY, retired teacher of Avoca Central School (2019) and currently employed at Steuben Prevention Coalition, Bath, and GST BOCES. She is also survived by her siblings; Roy Watson of Troy, PA, Eleanor (James) Boor of Columbia Cross Roads, PA and Linda (Luther) Wrisley of East Smithfield, PA.
 
Family and friends are invited to call at Fagan's Funeral Home in Bath on Saturday, July 10 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.  A memorial service will follow at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Obituary: John W. Miller

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

John W.  Miller

Age 64, of Rock Stream, NY and beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, went to be with Jesus on Friday, July 2, 2021. John was born to Clifford and Mary Miller on June 27, 1957 in Montour Falls, NY.

He was predeceased by both his parents and sister, Bonnie. He leaves behind his loving wife of 46 years, Donna Scuteri Miller; his four children, Angela (Shannon) McDowell, Joshua (Samantha) Miller, Jimmy (Tara) Miller, and Caleb (Autumn Cook) Miller; eight grandchildren, Casey, Bryce, Navaya, Samara, Mickey, Mya, Chandler, and Axell; and one great-granddaughter, Amillie. 

He is also survived by his three brothers, Clifford (Cecilia) Miller, Dale (Christie) Miller, and Kevin Miller; and his four sisters, Ann (John) Shirley, Frances Griffith, Harriet Consier and Mary (John) Haviland, along with many other family members including the Scuteri family. 

John was a hard worker, supporting his family doing construction, first for Elmira Structures and then as an independent contractor. He enjoyed motocross racing in his early years and later was the personal trainer and mechanic for his sons in their racing careers. His greatest joy was spending time with Donna, their children and grandchildren at their home. John enjoyed the simple pleasures of life, helping others and enjoying each day to the fullest. 

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Friday (July 9) from 12 noon-2 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m.; with burial at Pleasant View Cemetery, Reading Center.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution to Heathers Home Orphanage in honor of John’s memory would be appreciated. Address is 369 Sandbank Road, Erin, NY 14838. Website: HeathersHome.org. Remembrances and condolences may be left in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Ann Lee Lant

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Barber Funeral Home, Horseheads.

Ann Lee Lant 

Age 67, of Horseheads, NY, passed peacefully surrounded by her family at home on Thursday, July 1, 2021. She was born on August 28, 1953, in Elmira, NY, daughter of the late William T. and Beatrice M. (Brucklacher) Seymour.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Walter Lant; siblings Martin Seymour, John (Kathy Cleveland) Seymour, Gary (Susan) Seymour, Keith (Marge Seamon) Seymour, Jean Seymour, Brenda (John) Rockwell, and Nancy (Rick) Stratton. And beloved in-laws Carolyn (Dave) Post, Ross (Shirley) Lant, Martin (Rhonda) Lant, as well as numerous nieces and nephews that she deeply loved and guided.

The family would like to thank Judy Pierce for her unwavering support and friendship. Ann was predeceased by her sister-in-law Marge Lant, nephew Thomas Rockwell, and niece Jill Post.

Ann graduated from Odessa High School 50 years ago, and after graduation, she attended Mrs. Beardsley’s Secretary School. You could usually find Ann’s name listed as the Secretary of any organization she was a part of. Ann grew up at Seymour Farm and married into Lantland Farm, spending her entire life farming; she cooked for everyone, worked in the barn and was the “gopher.” She had a deep love for cows and was active for many years in the dairy princess program, as well as the Holstein club at both the local and state level. She enjoyed her time spent at the Town of Veteran Historical Society.  Ann was an excellent cook, and an avid crocheter and crafter, and a true treasure to all of her family and friends.  We will miss the peanut brittle.

Family and friends are invited to visit the Barber Funeral Home, 413 So. Main St., Horseheads on Tuesday, July 6 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Her funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 7 at 11 a.m. in the Community Wesleyan Church, 2095 Grand Central Ave., Horseheads. Committal prayers and interment will follow in Millport Cemetery.

Flowers will be provided by the family and donations in Ann’s honor can be made to the Town of Veteran Historical Society, 777 Ridge Rd., Horseheads, NY 14845 or the Junior and Senior Holstein Clubs, 382 East Sullivanville Rd., Horseheads, NY 14845. Condolences at www.barberfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Ricky S. Prince

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Ricky S. Prince

Age 67, of Montour Falls, NY, lost his life on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. 

He enjoyed working mainly in marine construction on Seneca and other nearby lakes, although he considered himself semi-retired for the last five years. He moved his family to the Finger Lakes area in 1985 from the suburbs of Long Island and often said it was “one of the best things I ever did.”

He is survived by his beloved family: wife, Ruth; daughter, April (Kyle) Bronson; son-in-law, Randy Savoie; grandchildren, Mason and Hannah Savoie; brother, Jeffrey (Sharon) Prince; his in-laws: father Willard and the five Prostka sisters and their families, and many friends, both old and new.

He was predeceased by his children, Samantha and Zachary Prince; parents, Harold and Doris Prince; brothers, Harry and Stevie Prince, and mother-in-law, Ruth Prostka.

Ricky was a passionate reader of American history and as a young adult had participated in Civil War reenactments. His brother and “17th street” friends enjoyed many lively discussions on history, politics and sports.

Ricky was the family’s “chief cook and bottle washer” for the past fifteen years. He searched the internet for different recipes to try and became a very creative cook. One of his specialties, Buffalo Chicken pizza, will be missed by many family and friends.

Ricky was a thoughtful friend. He enjoyed sharing funny jokes and cartoons, historical moments, political memes, movie quotes or “just thinking about you” texts with friends and family. 

No formal services will be held as per Ricky’s wishes. 

Our family healing process will be helped by your stories of Ricky: please share your memories, whether they are funny, mishaps, or random. You may leave a Remembrance or express condolence to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Cristie A. Winkky

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Cristie A. Winkky

Age 68, of Hector, NY, passed away on June 19, 2021.  

Cristie worked hard at Big Johnson Country Tavern in Hector for many years. She was everybody’s best friend and did all she could to make Hector a community. She was a strong woman full of heart and left a mark on everyone who knew her.

She is survived by her son, Robert Winkky of Elmira Heights; daughter, Kiira Winkky of Elmira Heights; brothers, Ingvald Martinson III of Asbury, NJ, and Corie Martinson of Riegelsville, PA; and sisters, Cindie Bonsall of Hellertown, PA and Cibbie Lattig of Easton, PA.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, June 27 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hector Food Bank, Valois-Logan-Hector Vol. Fire Dept. or the EB Pert Memorial Library.

Condolences may be expressed online in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Mabel I. (Bly) Wood

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Mabel I. (Bly) Wood

Age 93, of Alpine, NY, passed away on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at home. She was born in Southport, NY on April 21, 1928, the daughter of the late Ellsworth and Jennie (Miller) Bly. Mabel graduated from Horseheads High School and attended Miss Beardsley’s Private Business School.

Mabel was secretary to the principal at Odessa-Montour High School for over 20 years. She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Catharine and a member of Bone Builders. Mabel volunteered for the Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary, the Dutton Peterson Library in Odessa and for the Schuyler Historical Society. She also enjoyed quilting.

Mabel is survived by her four children, Suzanne (Don) Learn of Horseheads, Sandra (Stephen) VanVoorhies of Groton, MA, Thomas (Pat) Wood of Alpine and Jennifer (Dr. James) Winkler of Montour Falls; 17 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren; 4 great great grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward “Tim” Wood, on May 7, 2009, and by her brother and sister-in-law, Roy and Mae Bly.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 27 at 2:00 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 4938 County Road 14, Odessa. The family will provide flowers. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Contributions may be made in Mabel’s memory to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 4938 County Rd. 14, Odessa, NY 14869 or the Dutton Peterson Library, 106 First St., Odessa, NY 14869.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Arrangements: Judith R. Marciniak

A service has been set for 11 a.m. on July 9, 2021 for Judith Ann Roberts Marciniak, a loving wife and mother of three children who died on Feb. 23, 2021 at the age of 79.

Judy’s friends and family will gather at that time at Saint Mary's of the Lake in Watkins Glen for a Mass, followed by a celebration of her life and legacy at the Elks Lodge in Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Rocco R. Marcellino Sr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Rocco R. Marcellino Sr.

Age 82, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away at home on Thursday, June 17, 2021.

Rocco was born in Montour Falls, NY on September 28, 1938, the son of the late John B. and Nellie (Carey) Marcellino. In his early years, he had worked for Central Asphalt in Cortland, NY and later as a motor equipment mechanic for the NYS DOT at the Owego and Watkins Glen shops. He was also the former owner and operator of the Gulf Station in Watkins Glen. Rocco was a member of the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge #1546, where he had tended bar and put on his famous Italian Smorgasbords for 38 years. In addition to the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge #1546, Rocco was a member of St. Mary's of the Lake Church.

Rocco is survived by his grandson, Rocco Marcellino III; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many wonderful friends. In addition to his parents, Rocco was predeceased by his wife, Theodora Marcellino; daughter, Gina Ann Marcellino in 2015; son, Rocco R. Marcellino Jr. in 2018; sisters and brothers in law, Helen (Charles) Human and Rose (Jim) Huber; and  brothers and sisters in law, Joseph (Natalie) and John (Lucille) Marcellino.

Friends and family may call from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, June 26 with an Elk's Memorial Service to follow at the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, 119 Fifth St., Watkins Glen. A graveside service will immediately follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in Watkins Glen. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his memory to St. Mary's Cemetery and Holy Cross Cemetery, c/o St. Mary's of the Lake Church, PO Box 289, Watkins Glen, NY 14891. Memories of Rocco may be shared with his family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Roger VanderVliet

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the family.

Roger VanderVliet

Age 79, of Paterson, NJ, passed away on Tuesday, May 24, 2021. He was born in Paterson, NJ on July 25, 1941, but lived his adult life in Alpine, Montour Falls and Hector, NY.

Roger loved his countryside farm with all different animals, spending time raising his sheep, and all the different pets and projects with his family. He loved the Lord with all his heart and was a very active member in many organizations including Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) with his wife, Odessa Wesleyan Church Board, Chambers Wesleyan Camp Committees, Gideons International handing out many Bibles wherever he could, and starting up many different Bible studies to share with all different groups of people who would listen to him. Roger spent his entire career at Ithaca Agway Farm & Home store for 35+ years.

He enjoyed participating with his kids in all the Schuyler County 4-H programs and traveling the world to spend his vacations and retirement wherever they were living. He loved watching his grandchildren play all sports, creating many traps and marble runs, listening to them play their instruments and singing, and playing as many board/card games as possible.

He was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Jean Hopkins of Paterson, NJ, and his daughter, Kathleen VanderVliet. He is survived by two daughters, Laura VanderVliet (Nilson Moreira da Silva) and Nancy Lombart (Henry); two grandchildren, Philippe and Emilie; his two brothers, Robert VanderVliet (Donna) and Ronald VanderVliet (Harriet), as well as many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on Friday, July 2 at 10:00 a.m. at the Odessa Wesleyan Church, 304 Church St., Odessa, NY with a Celebration of Life at the Chambers Wesleyan Camp at 114 Campground Rd., Beaver Dams, NY from 12:30-3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a memorial contribution to either of these locations in his honor.

Obituary: Richard L. Clawson

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Richard L. (Butch) Clawson

Age 74, of Valois, NY, passed away on June 15, 2021 after a long battle with cancer. Butch was born in Seneca Falls, NY on June 18, 1946, son of Lewis and Roween Clawson. 

A 1964 graduate of Watkins Glen Central School, he was a drummer in the high school band and also  a member of the football and baseball teams. He graduated from Corning Community College in 1966 and RIT in 1969 in Rochester, NY, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He was married on June 8, 1968 to Lucy (Tuma) Clawson.

He worked on construction for 35 years with Streeters Associates of Elmira. Butch was also a bus driver for the South Seneca Central School District for 17 years. He was a Past Master of the Myrtle-Jefferson Lodge #131 in Montour Falls. He was also a member of the Seneca Union Cemetery Assoc. in Valois. 

Butch and his wife Lucy took over the family grape farm in 1978. Butch took great pride in farming his vineyards. He and his wife enjoyed going to the Pickin’ in the Pasture Bluegrass Festival at their dear friends Alexander’s sheep farm in Lodi every summer. 

He is survived by Lucy Clawson, wife of 53 years; daughter, Brenda Clawson (Heath Strassburg) and Madison (granddaughter) of Hector; daughter, Marcy (Kasey) Ofinowicz and Hannah (granddaughter) of Rochester; sister, Shirley Gleisner of Rochester; sisters-in-law, Christina Wise of Jacksonville, FL, and Lois Tuma of Corning; nephews, Gregory Gleisner of Rochester, and Scott Tuma of Painted Post; nieces, Deborah Mateyka of Rochester, and Suzanne Blanchard of Horseheads; niece and Goddaughter, Marybeth Peigler of Jacksonville, FL; Goddaughter, Sarah Melnyk of Elmira; and cousins, Jan Scofield of Titusville, FL, and Marie Baumgardner and David Ely,  both of Burdett.

A private family funeral and Masonic service will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Myrtle-Jefferson Lodge #131, P.O. Box 413, Montour Falls, NY 14865; or Valois-Logan-Hector Vol. Fire Company, P.O. Box 46, Hector, NY 14841.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen (www.RoyceChedzoy.com).

Obituary: David L. Kunzmann

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

David L. Kunzmann

Age 87, longtime resident of Watkins Glen, NY, and recently of Bethany Nursing Home, Horseheads, NY, passed away on June 3, 2021 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. He was born in New Haven, CT on May 8, 1934, the son of Louis and Bessie (Williams) Kunzmann.

He graduated from West Haven High School in 1952 and then in 1956 from Middlebury College (VT), where he lettered in varsity hockey. David was also an Eagle Scout. After graduating from college, he began work for Shepard Niles Crane & Hoist Corp. He served in the U.S. Army Artillery 1957-1959 before returning to Shepard Niles, where he worked until he retired as Manager of Contract Administration.

David coached Twin Tiers Youth Hockey. He served for 15 years on the Schuyler Hospital board. He participated on the Cornell Cooperative Extension board, and volunteered for 13 years at the Office for the Aging. He was an Honorary Life Member of the Watkins Glen Elks Club, a member the Watkins-Montour Lions Club where he received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award, and he was a member of the Moose Club. He also volunteered for the Humane Society of Schuyler County and Wags to Riches Boutique.

He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Robert and sister-in-law Susan (Kenney) Kunzmann. He was survived for two days by his childhood sweetheart, Carol Grandy Kunzmann, who was his wife for 64 years, and who passed away on June 5, 2021. He is also survived by his daughter Wendy and husband Dr. Stephen Solomon of Owego NY; son Steven Kunzmann of Tega Cay, SC; grandchildren Phillip and wife Kristie (Wicklund) McBride of Owego, NY, Adam and wife Kerri (Desrochers) McBride of Denver, NC; great grandchildren Keili, Adaline, and Aden McBride of Denver, NC, and Julianna McBride and McKayla Walker of Owego, NY; special family friends Donn McBride of Endicott, NY and John Tunnicliff and his family of Clifton Springs, NY; and a niece and three nephews.

David loved his family, and cats (especially “Tripper”), to sail on Seneca Lake, travel to tropical islands, attend shows at the local theatres, and take walks with Carol. He enjoyed and spent hundreds of hours creating his model HO train layout in the basement, and playing his Lowrey organ.
 
We send out a special thank you to The Bethany Manor Nursing Home and staff who treated David with care and compassion. He loved having a set schedule, activities, friends, meals and the morning snack cart. When his wife, Carol, joined him at the nursing home, together they were able to enjoy their love of people, playfulness and humor.
 
There will be a celebration of both of their lives at the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge on August 1 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. A graveside memorial service for Carol and David will be held at Glenwood Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to The Humane Society of Schuyler County, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865, or a charity of your choice.

Thank you to all of our friends for the expressions of kindness that have been offered during this difficult time.

Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. (www.RoyceChedzoy.com)

Obituary: Carol Grandy Kunzmann

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Carol Grandy Kunzmann

Age 85, longtime resident of Watkins Glen, NY, and recently of Bethany Nursing Home, Horseheads, NY, passed away on June 5, 2021. She was born in Derby, CT on February 25, 1936, the daughter of Milton B. and Shirley L. (Bradshaw) Grandy.

She graduated from West Haven High School in 1953 and then from Arcadia University (formerly Beaver College) (PA) in 1957, and later earned her Master’s Degree at Elmira College (NY). After, she began her career as a lifelong educator. She retired from teaching in the Watkins Glen High School as a Reading Specialist and then she worked for BOCES in the External Diploma Program.

Over the years, Carol had been a 4-H leader, the SADD advisor, organizer and chairperson of Helpline and Drug Free Schools committee, Trustee of the Watkins Glen Public Library and the Motor Racing Research Library, a member of Schuyler County Mental Health Association, a mediator for the Neighborhood Justice Program, a member of the Child Abuse Task Force, and a member of the Mental Health Association. She also served on the Village of Watkins Glen Housing Authority Board, and she volunteered for the Humane Society of Schuyler County and Wags to Riches Boutique.

She was predeceased by her parents; and for two days, by her childhood sweetheart and husband of 64 years, David L. Kunzmann, who died June 3, 2021; her brother Bradshaw Grandy of FL, and brother-in-law Robert and sister-in-law Susan (Kenney) Kunzmann of Ridgefield CT.  She is survived by her daughter Wendy and husband Dr. Stephen Solomon of Owego, NY; son Steven Kunzmann of Tega Cay, SC; grandchildren Phillip and wife Kristie (Wicklund) McBride of Owego NY, and Adam and wife Kerri (Desrochers) McBride of Denver NC; great grandchildren Keili, Adaline, and Aden McBride of Denver NC, and Julianna McBride and McKayla Walker of Owego, NY; special family friends Donn McBride of Endicott, NY and John Tunnicliff and his family of Clifton Springs, NY; and a niece and three nephews.

Carol loved her cats, to sail on Seneca Lake, travel to tropical islands, attend shows at the local theatres and take walks with David. She enjoyed her card-making hobby, reading and gardening. Carol loved her family, friends, and students, and opened her arms and her heart to help anyone in need.

We send out a special thank you to The Bethany Manor Nursing Home and staff where Carol was taken in with care and compassion after a severe stroke; and where she joined her husband David. Together, they were able to enjoy their love of people, playfulness and humor while at the home.
 
There will be a celebration of both of their lives at the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge on August 1 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. A graveside memorial service for Carol and David will be held at Glenwood Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to The Humane Society of Schuyler County, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865, or a charity of your choice.

Thank you to all of our friends for the expressions of kindness that have been offered during this difficult time.

Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. (www.RoyceChedzoy.com)

Obituary: Deborah H. Scheffler

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Townsend-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Deborah H. Scheffler

Age 70, of Penn Yan, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at home.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 27, 2021 from 2-4 p.m. at the Townsend-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, 201 E. Elm Street, Penn Yan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Debbie's name to Literacy Volunteers Ontario-Yates, 117 E. Elm Street, Penn Yan, NY 14527 or www.lvoy.org.

Debbie was born in Cortland, NY, the daughter of the late Beverlye (Bishop) and William Higgins.

She is survived by her daughter, Sarah (Michele) Scheffler of Lake Ronkonkoma, NY; son, Micah (Erin) Scheffler of Rochester, NY; grandchildren, Owen and Isabel; sisters, Susan (Stan) Higgins-Ferrell of Estero, FL and Daphne Dow of Chesapeake, VA; brothers, William (Joan) Higgins of Fort Myers, FL and Timothy (Julie) Higgins of Groton, NY; and numerous nieces and nephews. Debbie was predeceased by her parents and her husband of 48 years, Raymond Scheffler (2018).

To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.townsendwoodzinger.com

Obituary: Barbara Joyce Bird

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Barbara Joyce Bird

Age 83, of Alpine, NY, passed away on Sunday, June 13, 2021 at home with her family by her side. She was born in the Town of Catharine on May 25, 1938, the daughter of George and Mabel Brown.

Barbara loved life, her kids and grandchildren, great grandchildren and neighbors. She also enjoyed going to rummage sales.

She is survived by three daughters, Colleen (Charlie), Kathy (Marty) and Tammy (Sam); son, James; six grandchildren, Gwen, Toni Rae, Tia, Dan, Rachael and Jacob; thirteen great grandchildren; and by eleven nieces and nephews.

Barbara will be buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Tim Lewis Woodford

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family friend.

Tim Lewis Woodford

Age 66, formerly of Schuyler County, died June 3, 2021 in Florida. He had been residing in Hillsborough, Fla.

Tim attended Odessa High School. He was an avid motorcyle rider. Accordingly, there will be a motorcyle ride in New York in August as a memorial.

He was a son of the late Harold Woodford and Rowena Gardner Woodford. He is survived by a sister, Roberta Woodford of Horseheads, NY, and a daughter, Michelle Woodford, of Pittsford, NY.

Obituary: Joseph C. Strait, Jr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Joseph C. “J.R.” Strait, Jr.

Age 63, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at his home. He was born in Elmira, NY on November 8, 1957, the son of Joseph C. Strait, Sr. and Elaine L. Strait.

He graduated from Horseheads High School in 1975, and completed the vocational program for Electronics at GST BOCES, Pauline Bush Campus. Joe was a Senior Field Service Technician for Eastern Copy Products for 34 ½ years.

Joe enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. His greatest love beyond his family was music. Joe (known as J.R. in the music community) was lead guitar player and vocalist for the bands Phoenix, Phoenix 2 and All Access.

He was predeceased by his loving wife, Marilyn (Jerzak) Strait; mother, Elaine (Lummuka) Strait; father, Joseph C. Strait, Sr., and mother-in-law, Delann S. Jerzak.

He is survived by two sons, Joseph C. Strait, III of Watkins Glen and Robert Bond of Elmira; sister, Julie (Joe) Clugstone of Watkins Glen; brother, James (Denise) Strait of Horseheads; father-in-law, Martin G. Jerzak, Sr. of Elmira; and by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Joe will be laid to rest beside his late wife, Marilyn, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Elmira.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 10, 2021. Time and place will be announced on Facebook. Friends and family may contact Joe's sister, Julie, for further details.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: John H. Hoare Jr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

John H. Hoare Jr.

A devoted family man who enjoyed his long career as a CPA, and was an active member of the community, John H. Hoare Jr. of Basking Ridge, NJ died peacefully in the care of hospice on June 6, 2021 after taking a fall. He was 86.

He was born December 20, 1934 to parents Mabel Goltry Hoare and John H. Hoare, Sr. in Montour Falls, NY and grew up in Watkins Glen, NY. He loved his hometown and was proud to have sold programs for the very first Grand Prix hosted by the village in 1948. As a youth, he was active in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). When he earned his Eagle Scout Award, he received the ultimate honor of being invited to the Oval Office to be congratulated by President Harry S. Truman.

John graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1952 where he held the student office of Senior Class President. He attended Cornell University in Ithaca, NY where he graduated with both a BA in Economics in 1956 and an MBA in 1957. While a student, he was a brother in Acacia Fraternity and played in the Big Red Marching Band. John also passed the rigorous try-outs to become a Chimesmaster, playing daily concerts on the chimes console in the McGraw Bell Tower for all to hear on the Cornell Campus. He has since served on the Chimes Advisory Council and loved getting to know the current day Chimesmasters.

While John was still in high school, he met the love of his life, Mary Jane Wickham. They were married on June 29, 1957. With Mary Jane dying just two months ago, they were a couple for over 70 years, spending 63 years as husband and wife. Together they raised a family of three children and owned homes in Corning, NY, Bloomfield, NJ, Penfield, NY, and Basking Ridge, NJ. Upon their retirement, they downsized to a townhouse in Bridgewater, NJ while spending their summers at their lake house on Seneca Lake in Hector, NY. In 2017, they moved back to Basking Ridge and into Fellowship Village, which provided them both with a comfortable place to live out their final years together among many old and new friends.

John had a very strong work ethic and enjoyed his life-long career as a Certified Public Accountant. His first job out of college was with Corning Glass in Corning, NY. He was then hired by Price Waterhouse (Coopers) and worked for them in their offices in New York City and Rochester, NY. After a short time with Bessemer Trust Co., he started his own business, John H. Hoare, PC in 1978 in New York City, specializing in oil and gas partnership taxation.

In the midst of his busy work life, John always found it important to be an active citizen and faithful church member. In Basking Ridge, he was a member of the Bernards Township Parks and Recreation Committee and the Board of Health. He served on the Planning Board for 10 years as Vice Chairman under Harry Dunham. He was the treasurer for the Boy Scout Troop 54 (Liberty Corner) and coached softball in the Bernards Township Recreation League.

John was an active member of the Presbyterian Church USA his whole life. He was an ordained Elder and treasurer in the Penfield Presbyterian Church and served on the Rochester Area Council of Churches. In 1971, he was delegate to the Presbyterian General Assembly (a national gathering). After joining The Presbyterian Church in Basking Ridge in 1974, John served in a variety of volunteer positions including greeter, collections team member, and as a long-time delegate to the Elizabeth Presbytery.

John is survived by his daughter Elizabeth Cowles (Richard), son John (Sherry), and daughter Kimberly, his grandchildren Shannon Martin, Andrew Hoare (Tiana), Erin Cowles Niehoff (Matthew), Kasey Hoare, Alyssa Cowles Blachez (Paul) and Jessica Hoare, great-grandson Henry, his brother- and sister-in-law Fred and Sheila Wilten, several nieces and nephews, and their families. He was predeceased by his wife Mary Jane, his sister Margaret and his daughter-in-law Kimberly Boquist Hoare.

The family will be holding a graveside service to inter the ashes of John and Mary Jane at the Hector Presbyterian Church in Hector, NY at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 12.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a memorial contribution to The Presbyterian Church in Basking Ridge, NJ, the Cornell Chimes General Fund, or the Hector Presbyterian Church in Hector, NY. For Further information, or to leave an online condolence message, please visit www.gcfuneralhome.com Gallaway & Crane Funeral Home, 101 S. Finley Avenue, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.

Obituary: David L. Hines

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

David L. Hines

Age 64, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on May 31, 2021, after a prolonged battle with COPD and CHF. David was born on July 25, 1956 to John and Martha Hines.

David proudly joined the U.S. Navy in 1973, and soon after met his wife, Debra J. Hines (Hults). They were married in 1975 and had four daughters. David worked as a machinist at Seneca Foods and enjoyed doing repair jobs for folks in need. He was a joyous and spiritual family man, and will be sorely missed.

David was predeceased by his mother and father, and brother John. He is survived by his wife, Debra; daughters Jean Legare (Chris), Jessica Sczepanski (Justin), Joy Hines (Matt Weaver), and Jennifer Hines (Tyler Howland); siblings, Helen Sullivan (Robert) and Fred Hines (Jane); and grandchildren, Rebecca, Alexis, Patricia, Julia, Austin, Emma, Owen, Liam, and Sophia.

Calling hours and services will be held at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Saturday, June 12, from 12 noon-1 p.m. funeral at 1 p.m.; followed by burial with military honors at Tyrone Union Cemetery.

Condolences and remembrances may be left in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Donations are appreciated to help the family with medical and funeral related expenses: https://gofund.me/a9bd1378

Obituary: Edith Louise Eldridge

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Edith Louise Eldridge

Age 88, of Rock Stream, NY, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, April 2, 2020.

A celebration of Edith’s life will be held on Saturday, June 12 at 1:00 p.m. at the Grace United Methodist Church in Corning, New York with Rev. Mike Kelly officiating.

She was born on June 6, 1931, in Woodhull, NY, the daughter of Evangeline M. Vine and Rowley M. Hadley. In addition, Gerald L. Card was an influential and dedicated stepfather.

In life after death, she joins her husband of 64 years, Kenneth Ward Eldridge; her parents, and her brothers, Herbert H. Hadley and S. Eugene Card.

After graduating from Woodhull High School, Edith worked at Corning Glass Works, where she would later retire as an executive secretary after 30 years. Edith was an avid quilter, master cook, and lover of animals. She was the bedrock figure for her immediate family.

She is survived by her children, Bruce (Alice), James (Lydia), Anne (Rich), T. Andrew (Kathryn), and Paul (Lisa), as well as 12 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. In addition, she is survived by her brothers, Richard Card (Diane) and Wilbur Card (Martha); and sisters, Marie Monroe, Vivian Wilson (Marvin), and Lydia Card.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Edith can be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865 (or online at HumaneSchuyler.or).  Arrangements with Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Charles W. Calhoun Sr.

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Charles W. “Chuck” Calhoun Sr.

Age 90, formerly of Hector, NY, passed away valiantly on Memorial Day, May 31, 2021, after a long personal battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Chuck was born in Watkins Glen, NY on December 5, 1930, the son of Ralph and Erma Calhoun. He proudly served his country, starting in 1951, in the U.S. Marine Corps. After returning home and completing college at the Rochester Business Institute, he was offered a job at the Watkins Salt Company (later to become Cargill, Inc.), where he spent his entire career. He retired in 1988 as their Eastern Office Manager.

Chuck will forever be fondly remembered as a Founder, in 1964, along with Carl Isley and Vern Alling, of the famous Squires Jr. Drum and Bugle Corps of Watkins Glen, which earned national acclaim and prestige during its 17 years of existence. The corps brought immense pride to the local community, training literally thousands of young people about the value of teamwork and dedication to excellence, and instilling in them a love of music and pageantry that has been passed down through the generations. The bonds created through Chuck’s vision and leadership will never be forgotten.

Chuck’s other passions were his rabid support for his Mets, NY Giants, and SU Basketball teams; and his love for Seneca Lake, which he and wife Betty were fortunate to gaze upon from their retirement home on Valois Point for over 25 years.  

Chuck is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Betty Jane (Bassett) Calhoun; four children, Charles “Bill” (DeeAnn) Calhoun of Lansing, Judy (Michael) Murawski of Valois, Christopher (Elizabeth) Calhoun of Norwich, and Carol Naylor of Ithaca; seven grandchildren, Megan (Trevor) Stelick, Catherine (James) Drury, Jason Calhoun, Anna (Benjamin) Knorr, Benjamin Calhoun, Jonathan Calhoun, and Melissa Naylor; two great-grandchildren, Nolan Stelick and Margot Knorr; brother-in-law Frank (Lillian) Bassett of Canton, NY; and sister-in-law Alta Day of Watsonville, CA. He was predeceased by his sister and infant sister, Joyce Ann Miller and Julia May Calhoun; brother-in-law John Thomas Bassett, and sister-in-law Lois Ann Keller.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Saturday, June 5 from 12 noon-2 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home and military honors at Seneca Union Cemetery in Valois. The family kindly requests COVID protocol be followed, and everyone wear masks when indoors.  

The family wishes to thank Dr. Donnelly and Joyce at Arnot Health, and Dr. Tom at Dermatology Assoc. of Ithaca, for their dedicated care. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Valois Logan Hector Volunteer Fire Company.

Expressions of sympathy or Remembrances may be left at the link in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

 

 

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