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Obituary: Joshua James HallerThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (11)

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

Joshua James Haller

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (12)Age 34, of Odessa, NY, died unexpectedly at his home on the evening of April 21, 2024.

Born on January 8, 1990 in Pensacola, FL., he was the son of Mary (Haller) Johnson.

Josh was a brother, uncle, son, cousin, nephew, and dear friend to so many. The caliber of person that he was could never be accurately described in such few words. He left a lasting impression on anyone he met, and for those of us who knew him deeply, his memory will carry on with us for a lifetime. He brought so much goodness and love to the world in a way that only he could, and without him the world will never be the same. We will carry on with what love we shared until we meet him again. Josh will always be loved.

Josh was a combat veteran who served in Afghanistan with B Co. 204th Engineer Battalion Army National Guard in 2008. He was a skilled sprinkler fitter with the Sprinkler Fitters Local 669 U.A. He also spent time as a volunteer firefighter. He loved working with his hands: woodworking, mechanic, you name it, from chainsaws to bulldozers he could fix it. He loved the outdoors, was an avid gun collector and great marksman.

He is survived by his sister Tomeesha Haller, brothers Anthony Haller, Shaun Johnson, and Justin Johnson, and his loyal dog Weber. Josh was preceded in death by his grandparents and his mother.

Friends and family are invited to Josh's Celebration of Life on Saturday, May 11, 2024 starting at 10:30 a.m. at the American Legion Post 0443, 316 Lake St., Elmira, NY. Military honors will be provided by the United States Army and the Vietnam Vets of Elmira at 2:30 p.m.

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

Celebration of Life: Hazel E. AngleThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (13)

The following notice was submitted by a family member.

Hazel E. Angle

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (14)A Celebration of Life for Hazel E. Angle of Watkins Glen, who died April 30 at the age of 90, will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, June 1 at the Lakeside Pavilion in Clute Park, Watkins Glen.

Please inform the attendant that you are attending Hazel’s Celebration of Life as parking is prepaid for guests. Reach out to any of the family for further details.

RSVP if you would like to participate in one of Hazel’s favorite games: BINGO but with a spin, plant bingo!

Obituary: Nick J. Paradiso Jr.The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (15)

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

Nick J. Paradiso Jr.

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (16)Nick J. Paradiso Jr. of Watkins Glen, NY passed on April 30, 2024.

Nick grew up in Watkins Glen, graduated from Syracuse University, married Terry, the girl of his dreams, in 1967 and together they had three children. He spent his working years at the State University of New York with stops in New Paltz, Albany and Syracuse before returning to Watkins Glen when he retired. He took great pride in his work with the University and when he left his last post at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry, the Board of Trustees granted him status as Vice President Emeritus.

He served on a variety of boards including school boards in Guilderland and Syracuse, planning boards in the Village of Manlius and the Town of Reading, the University Hill Corporation and the Metropolitan Development Association in Syracuse, the SUNY Business Officers and Human Resource Associations, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the College and University Personnel Association, and was a founding board member of Habitat for Humanity in Schuyler County.

Nick especially enjoyed spending time with his best friend Terry and the rest of his family, having his sons grow to become his friends and watching his grandchildren mature from babies to adults with lives of their own. He and Terry took several great trips, going across country by both car and train, to Mexico, the Bahamas, Hawaii, Alaska, Italy, France, and Ireland. He was a fan of the late President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, who taught him the virtues of public service; the author James Michener, yellow Mustang convertibles, the movie Field of Dreams, the New York Yankees and anything Syracuse Orange. In his spare time, he played a little golf, did some fishing, read hundreds of books, and managed to coach several little league baseball teams, each of which was a variation of the Bad News Bears. What the teams may have lacked in on-field success, they more than made up for with learning the value and joy of being a member of a team.

He was predeceased by his lovely daughter Kristen, his parents Nick and Lucy, his sisters Mary Lou and Rosanne, his brother Bill, and his in-laws, Ken and Jean Nusspickel. He is survived by his wife, Terry, their sons Nick (Cindy) and Dan (Heather), son-in-law Chris Ricci along with grandchildren Joshua (Kirsten), Taylor (Kody), Zach (Hannah), Dana (Josh), Samantha, Daniel and Max and great grandchildren Kennedy, Kanien, and Ren.

In honor of Nick’s love for the fall season in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, the family will hold a celebration of Nick’s life in Watkins Glen in September.

Nick was especially passionate about addressing hunger in our country. He believed that nobody should ever worry about where to find their next meal. He and Terry were proud to support the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. Should people wish to do so, contributions can be made to the Food Bank in memory of Nick. In addition, or in lieu of any such contributions, Nick simply asked for acts of kindness toward others, whether friends, family or strangers.

Condolences may be offered to the family in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Rev. Richard John BeligottiThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (17)

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

Reverend Richard John Beligotti

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (18)Age 81, of Venice, FL, passed away on Friday, April 26, 2024. He was born on September 8, 1942 to Sarafino and Linda Beligotti in Montour Falls, NY.

Father Richard was a graduate of St. Andrew's and also St. Bernard's Seminaries. He was ordained with his twin brother, Rev. Robert L. Beligotti, on June 1, 1968 by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen in Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester, NY. He had numerous assignments in the Diocese of Rochester across 45 years before receiving Senior Status in 2013, and retiring from full-time ministry. He moved to Venice in 2015, and assisted at Epiphany Cathedral.

Father Richard and his brother, Father Robert, took two sabbaticals: in the spring of 1987 at the American College in Louvian, Belgium and in the fall of 2009 at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Italy. One of his great loves was the rich liturgical tradition of the Church's Gregorian Chant and the Church's sponsorship of great sacred art by many gifted artists.

In addition to his brother, Father Robert, surviving family members include cousins Ronald and Richard Sabatini, Joyce, Joan, and Kathy Pierpoline, and Dino and Danny Beligotti.

Calling hours for Father Beligotti will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY, followed by an Evening Prayer Vigil at 6:00 pm. Calling hours will resume on Wednesday, May 8 from 9:30-10:15 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial with the Most Reverend Salvatore R. Matano, Bishop of Rochester, presiding. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

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

Obituary: Hazel Nemeth AngleThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (19)

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

Hazel Nemeth Angle

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (20)Age 90, a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend passed away on Tuesday, April 30. Originally from Blairstown, NJ, Hazel was born to Irene (Gouger) and Joseph Nemeth on January 24, 1934. Having moved to Watkins Glen in the 1950s, Hazel’s warmth and generosity have touched countless lives across her community.

Known for her quick wit and sassy nature, Hazel’s hard working nature was evident in her long career, starting at Al’s Tavern by the original start-finish line of the Watkins Glen Road Course which she owned with her husband. She also worked with Carol Bower and her catering company, where she met many cherished friends. During this time she also worked in the kitchens of Camp Monterey and the Elmira Psychiatric Center, finally retiring at 72. Six months later she was tired of retirement and she soon joined the B.C. Cate cafeteria, then transitioned to the high school, and even worked at The Falls Home, where she out-aged many residents. Hazel retired completely only in the last two years.

Devoted to her family, Hazel cherished the time spent with her grandchildren and great
grandchildren and was a regular at Monday Night Bingo at the Horseheads Elks Lodge with her family. Her handmade crocheted towels and peanut butter balls were beloved gifts she shared abundantly.

Hazel leaves behind a loving family: sisters Freda and Anna; children Albert (Janice), Donna, Ernie (Dianne), Diane (Chris), Doug (David), Patrick (Unchalee), Kelly, and Bob
(Donna); and her cherished grandchildren Alison (Tony), Trevor, Kristy, Renee (Tearle),
Ryan, Adam (Sam), Logan, Cheyenne (Bailey), Brittany (Dan), Ridge, Bobby, Nick, and
Noah (Jenna). She was also blessed with 13 great-grandchildren; Ayden, Andre, Breeana, Luke, Ryleigh, Parker, Tannir, Hunter, Emmett, Sophia, Chloe, Brynleigh, and Lucas.

Predeceased by her husband Albert, sons Wilbur and Richard, and brothers Joseph, John, Robert, Ralph, and Howard, her spirit will live on in the memories of those she loved.

Details of Hazel’s memorial services will be announced later.

Obituary: Eric LokkenThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (21)

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

Eric Lokken

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (22)Age 84, of Burdett, NY went home to God’s care on Sunday, April 28, 2024. He was born on August 20, 1939 on his family’s farm just outside of Burdett, the son of Walter and Florence (Sally) Hyatt Lokken.

He attended school in Burdett and Watkins Glen, NY, and in 1959 purchased the farm next door to his parents' farm which he operated for 65 years. Enlisting in the United States Army, he served from 1961 to 1964 as a Radio Relay Operator, mostly in West Germany. Returning home, he began work with Westinghouse Electric, which later became Eaton Corporation in Horseheads, NY, where he worked for over 35 years, mainly as a machinist.

He was one of the early theatrical performers in the Burdett PTA Players, which later became the Lake Country Players; the Leader of the Outdoorsmen shooting sports 4-H Club for 10 years; and a firefighter in the Burdett Volunteer Fire Department for over 60 years.

Eric was always willing to help a neighbor in need or mentor a youth and was well known within the Burdett community.

He was predeceased by his parents and by his sisters, Glenna Lokken Brotzman and Ione Lokken Schoneman. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Bonnie Pike Lokken; his sons, Ryan Lokken and Robin (Stacey) Lokken, and daughter, Dayna (Daniel) Karius; and seven grandchildren, Emily, Andrew, Jacob, and Jonathan Lokken, and Kaiden, Louden, and Austen Karius.

Relatives and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life, to be held at the Burdett Volunteer Fire Station at 4124 Lake Avenue, Burdett, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 12.A private service and burial will be held at Hector Union Cemetery.

To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit his obituary at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home website, roycechedzoy.com.

Obituary: Mary F. CookThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (23)

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

Mary F. Cook

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (24)On April 24, 2024 at age 86, Mary Frances Paradiso Cook, formerly of Montour Falls and Watkins Glen, NY joined a long list of beloved relatives in heaven.

Born and raised the daughter of Oratio (Horace/”Ratsy”) Paradiso and Angeline (Angie) DeAngelo Paradiso Specchio, “Mary Frances” was sister to her tightly knit group of siblings: Paul, Robert (Bob), James (Jim), Clistina (Cliss) Paradiso and Josephine Patricia (Jo Pat) Paradiso Wright. Mary is survived by her husband of 66 years, John David Cook; and four children and their spouses, Susan Cook and Robert Cupo, Michael and Teri Cook, Patricia and Scott Griswold, and Thomas and Kathy Cook. Grandchildren include Michele Cupo, Chelsea Griswold Northrop, Scott Griswold, Jr., Stefanie Cupo, Thomas Cook, Jr., Jessica Griswold Kaplan, Stuart Cook, Katie Howard, Kristen Narcise, Samantha Charles, Michael Slaven, Jr., and Michelle Thomas. Great grandchildren are Kyle, William, Vincent, Emmy, Theodore, Blair, Sawyer, Gia, Luca, Mckenzie, Jared, Andrew, Emily, and Adam, and there is great great granddaughter Anna Leigh.

Highly sociable, family-oriented, public spirited and altruistic, Mary persevered and always forged ahead to realize her dreams. Mary’s friends, family and acquaintances were always welcomed to her dinner table, and her food and baked goods were delivered to anyone in her community that she knew to be experiencing one of life’s rough patches. She worked as a waitress, school nurse and school office secretary at Watkins Glen High School. Later, as a full-time restaurateur, she successfully founded “Cook’s Kitchen” in Montour Falls. Another entrepreneurial venture, “The Cleaning Factory,” is now owned and operated by her son Michael Cook.

To beautify the business sections of town, Mary planted and watered flowers along the main streets. She volunteered for Schuyler Hospital and Catholic Charities. Serving as both Montour Falls Memorial Library and Village Trustees, Mary took an interest in local history, promoting area businesses and tourism. She was instrumental in filing a grant application to repair and restore historic sites in Montour Falls, and she helped formulate plans that transformed the old railroad bed through Catherine Valley into a hiking and biking trail stretching from Watkins Glen to Elmira.

Obituary: James D. JohnsonThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (25)

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

James D. (Jim) Johnson

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (26)Born November 3, 1953 in Elmira, NY, the first born son of Paul and Christine Johnson of Odessa, NY, he passed away on March 21, 2024 at his home in Springfield, IL.

He graduated from Odessa Montour High School in 1971 and immediately enlisted in the Army at age 17, initially serving in the Old Guard. He earned a BA, Houghton College, 1978 while in the Army Reserve Special Forces, MD; United Theological Seminary and MA, University of Illinois. Jim had a 37-year active duty and Illinois National Guard career, becoming Chaplain in 1978. He served at Fort Myer, VA; Fort Benning, GA; Ft Lewis, WA; Camp Lincoln, IL; Kosovo; Bosnia; Germany; Iraq; Kuwait and Macedonia. Jim retired as Brigade Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel. He was pastor of three United Methodist churches and Chaplain of Illinois Lincoln's Challenge. He was very proud of his service and wore his uniform and medals respectfully. He was awarded the Bronze Star and too many awards and medals to mention. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion; was an Illinois and National AMVETS Chaplain; was a Four Chaplains inductee; and was a Grand Mason.

Jim was pre-deceased by his parents Paul and Christine Johnson; and his long-time companion, Mivuet Nassrullah.

He is survived by his brother Duane (Rachel) Johnson, sisters Darlene (Steve) Terrell and Anita Johnson, former spouse Barbara Manning, step-son Jason Manning, many nieces and nephews, and long-time care-giver Querida Guider.

Jim did back-to-back combat zone deployments and sustained injuries in Iraq. He valued his brotherhood of battle buddies who were all determined to protect one another. Jim was honored to have sacrificed for America. He would simply say "I'm a soldier." He stood for God and Country and proudly served the United States of America.

A private burial is planned at a future date. Donations may be made to any Veterans organization of your choice.

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

Obituary: K'ythrn Ann Williams IronsThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (27)

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

K’ythrn “Kathy” Ann Williams Irons

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (28)Age 69, of Kennesaw, GA passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2024. She was born to Charles “Chub” and Jean Webster Williams on April 1, 1955 in Montour Falls, NY.

With her family, she lived in Montour Falls, spending idyllic and happy summers in Himrod, NY on the shores of Seneca Lake. She attended Odessa-Montour High School, Corning Community College and Keuka College (Penn Yan, NY), graduating with a bachelor’s degree majoring in Art. After becoming a born-again Christian and being water-baptized on July 5, 1980, she moved to Cortland, NY to join Cortland Covenant Community Church, later called New Life Fellowship.

As her Art major hinted at, she loved color and design, and worked in retail sales, first at Howlands in Ithaca, NY, then Chappels Department store in Cortland. Her co-worker Gloria Werninck introduced Kathy to her nephew and future husband, Douglas “Doug” Irons the day after Thanksgiving, 1983. Instantly smitten, he quit his job in Albany, NY and moved to the Cortland area in June 1984. They married on May 30, 1987 and moved to the metro Atlanta area in 1990, making their home in Kennesaw, GA starting in 2002.

Kathy loved all things Upstate NY, especially Seneca Lake, sailing, water- and snow-skiing, and bicycling. She loved all creatures, especially dogs and cats, who loved her in return. Kathy and Doug never had children, but were “dog parents” to Cherise, Daisy, and Angel over the years.

She is survived by her loving husband, Doug Irons; nephews, Cole, Nick and Chas Williams; nieces, Christina Williams Jackson and Ronelle Williams Thornton; cousins, Don King, Jody Hall Swartout, Julee Hall Cowen, Bobbi Hall Smoral, and Stacy Hall; grand-nephews, Henry, Mitchell, and Teddy Jackson, Mason Williams, and Anthony Williams; and grand-niece Gabrielle Williams. Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Jean Williams, and two brothers, Jeffrey and Steve Williams.

Kathy will be missed by many, but her memory will forever be in their hearts.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, May 3, 2024 from 5-7 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Kathy’s funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 4 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by burial in Grove Mount Cemetery in Himrod.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the SPCA, Mercy Corps, Keuka College in Penn Yan, or Liberty Church of Marietta, GA. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Kathleen M. (Kay) LaneThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (29)

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

Kathleen M. (Kay) Lane

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (30)Age 77, of Burdett, NY passed away on April 27, 2024.

She was born on March 10, 1947 in Montour Falls, NY, the daughter of the late Daniel and Evelyn (Davis) Welch. She was predeceased by her parents, as well as by her sister Barbara Welch.

She is survived by her husband, Gene Lane; children, Donna (Timothy) DeGraw, Jean Blauvelt (Brian), Carol Frederick, and Michael (Stacey) Arnold; step children, Genine (Guy) Bushfan, Stacey Lane, and Marci Lane (Kevin); brother Gary Welch (Georgia); nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Thursday (May 2) from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 6 p.m., Rev. Mike Kelly officiating. Burial will be private at Hector Union Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Kay loved collecting Carousel Horses of every shape, size and color. She also followed NASCAR (Chase Elliot), women’s college basketball, and local high school sports. She was especially a big Caitlin Clark fan.

Memorial donations may be made to the Burdett Fire Dept., PO Box 238, Burdett, NY 14818, or the American Cancer Society (Cancer.org).

Obituary: (Deborah) Su Clauson-WickerThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (31)

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

(Deborah) Su Clauson-Wicker

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (32)Age 72, passed away on April 18, 2024.She had been battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Born in Elmira, NY, and raised near Odessa, NY, Su’s home and heart were in southwest Virginia. She received bachelor’s degrees in psychology and communications from Cornell University and a master’s degree in Communications Studies from Clarion University. Su spent two years as a house mother at a home for adolescent girls in Emporia, Virginia before relocating to Blacksburg.

After working in print news, radio, and television, she served as editor of the Virginia Tech Magazine for a decade. Su was the author of several books, including West Virginia Off the Beaten Path and Inn to Inn Walking Guide: Virginia and West Virginia, which won the “West Virginia’s Best Book” media award. She continued working as a free-lance feature journalist for the Roanoke Times, Blue Ridge Country, and other regional publications until 2022. Su had a special gift for storytelling and wouldn’t hesitate to explore the subject matter herself, whether it was participating in a tap dance class, modeling a bathing suit in a fashion show, or testing aerial silks at a yoga studio.

Su was an integral part of the Blacksburg community and dedicated countless hours of volunteer service to promote awareness of history, conservation, nature, and the arts in the New River Valley. She interpreted history as a Smithfield Plantation “serving wench,” helped at the Blacksburg Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program (MCEAP) Clothing Shop, organized an annual plant swap at the town library, volunteered at the Lyric Theatre, and co-authored a book on the history of the Lyric.

Su loved gardening and working with indoor and outdoor plants, and warmed hearts with the delightful roadside plant and flower stand at her home. In addition toadopting feral and geriatric cats and nominating others for “Leading Lights” community service awards, she was a practitioner of Reiki and always willing to share her love, energy, and positivity with friends, neighbors, and strangers alike. Su practiced a life of low impact on the planet that resulted in an indelible effect on the people around her.

Su is survived by her husband, Bruce Wicker; her brother, David Clauson; her sister, Janet Clauson (John Fetter); nephews Ira Garrison, Tobias Iaculli, David Fetter, and Steven Fetter; and nieces Lucy Garrison and Lydia Garrison.

Obituary: Sally EdelmanThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (33)

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

Sally Edelman

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (34)Age 88, of Tampa, Florida and formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away peacefully on March 30, 2024.

Sally was preceded in death by her husband, Richard, and her parents, Frank and Mae Wilkinson.She is survived by her children, Melissa Doak (Claudia Brenner), Jennifer Cainas (Michael Hayes), and Luke Doak; along with five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Sally was born in Concord, New Hampshire and was raised in Wolfeboro Falls, New Hampshire. She was passionate about education and was a proud graduate of Brewster Academy and the University of New Hampshire. She moved to upstate New York in 1973 and retired to Watkins Glen, moving to Tampa in 2023.

She was an active member of the Lakeview Assembly of God Church for many years until her health declined. Sally was a gifted seamstress and gardener, an avid reader, and enjoyed a great conversation at her kitchen table with family and friends. She will be greatly missed.

A celebration of life service will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee Street, Montour Falls, NY with Pastor Mark Houseknecht officiating. Sally will be laid to rest with her husband Richard at Trinity Memorial Gardens in Trinity, Florida.

Obituary: Cheryl A. BoyntonThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (35)

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

Cheryl A. Boynton

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (36)Age 78, of Horseheads, NY passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. She was born in Montour Falls, NY on January 25, 1946, the daughter of Francis and Joyce (Stone) Crane. She graduated from Odessa-Montour High School with the Class of 1964 and went on to attend college in Cobleskill for a year.

Cheryl married Harry Boynton in 1998. She was an accountant at Cornell University and later a school bus driver for the Horsheads School District. Cheryl loved cars -- classic, antique, and sports cars. She was a member of the Glen Region Sports Car Club, DAR-Chemung Chapter and Rebekah Lodge (Odd Fellows). She also enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family.

Cheryl is survived by her husband of 25 years, Harry Boynton; daughter, Rebecca (Tom) Neilson of CA; two stepsons, William Boynton and Robert (Peggy) Boynton of Great Falls, MT; two grandchildren, Keri (Adam) Leach and Styles Trinkl; three great grandchildren, Aiden, Aria and Avery; sister, Peggy Yaw; brothers, Francis (Lorraine) Crane, Terry Crane and Richard (Sylvia) Crane; special friend, Barbara Luther; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; and by her brother, Jay Crane.

Relatives and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life for Cheryl on Sunday, April 21, 2024 from 1-3 p.m. at the Mechanic’s Club, 237 W. Main St., Montour Falls. 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: Walter R. GuilesThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (37)

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

Walter R. Guiles

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (38)Age 80, of Spencer, NY passed away on Monday April 1, 2024 at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital with his family by his side.

Born and raised in New York, he was the son of the late Earl Guiles. He was a brother, a father, and a friend to so many.

Walt was a kind loving soul who will be dearly missed by many. He enjoyed mowing the lawn and spending time with his family. Walter was a lover of musical artists like Johnny Cash, and the television show Walker, Texas Ranger. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was rarely seen without a smile on his face or telling a quick-witted joke.

Walt is survived by his children, Glen Guiles, Lisa Watson, Courtney Starkweather and his youngest daughter, Natalia; grandchildren, Kayla Bryan, Kristha Bryan, Naomi Bryan, Ria, Ashley Guiles, Aspyn and Jeffrey Jr. Starkweather, Orien and Galexy Jackson; great grandchildren, Ashten Bryan, Andrew, Wendy, and Natalie.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, April 19, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St. in Montour Falls, NY. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Donna L. ThurmanThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (39)

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

Donna L. Thurman

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (40)Age 81, of Alpine, NY passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, April 14, 2024. She was born on October 18, 1942, the daughter of Donald M. and Evelyn M. France.

Donna was raised in Schoharie, NY, on a dairy farm. She graduated from Schoharie High School and went to work at Remington Rand in Cobleskill, where she met Al Thurman. She was a secretary and he worked in the mail room. She could always tell when the mail was coming because Al would be whistling “Blue Moon” while he walked down the hallway to her desk. They were married on January 28, 1962. They raised two daughters, Michelle and Marcy. They lived in Elmira, NY for a short time before finding their forever home in Alpine.

Even though they left the Schoharie Valley, Donna remained rooted there as that is where much of her family remains. She also stayed in touch with classmates and attended as many class reunions as possible.

Donna’s greatest joy was her family. She enjoyed a very close relationship with her daughters her entire life. Her grandchildren -- Julie, Stephen, Thomas, and Amy -- along with her great granddaughter Fiona, were the light of her life. She loved spending time with them and was extremely proud of all of them.

Donna retired from Cornell University after 25 years. Early on in retirement Donna and Al were very involved with the Humane Society of Schuyler County. Volunteering and fostering cats brought them tremendous joy. After Al’s passing, Donna continued her volunteer work at the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility at Schuyler Hospital, where she assisted with bingo in the activities center. The residents brought her as much joy as she brought them.

Donna continued her support of the Humane Society by volunteering at their store Wags to Riches in Watkins Glen. Wags gave Donna purpose and she looked forward to going there every week. It was more than a job to her. She loved connecting with customers and the other volunteers who became her dear friends.

Donna’s favorite place to be was home, her “Little Yellow House” as she called it. But what made it so special were the people around it and those who cared for her. You all meant the world to her and her family.

Donna is survived by her daughters, Michelle (Steve) Stowell of Cortland, NY and Marcy (Chris) Brenner of Fair Haven, NJ; one sister, Sandra (France) Daley of Odessa, NY; three brothers, Leland (Cheri) France of North Blenheim, NY, Dennis (Diane) France of Schoharie and Douglas (Audrey) France of Milford, NY; four grandchildren, Julie (Garrett) Ciotoli of Cortland, NY, Stephen (Breanne) Stowell, Jr. of Wendell, ID, Thomas Brenner of Washington, D.C., and Amy Brenner and fiancé Andrew Thane of Wallingford, CT.; great granddaughter, Fiona Ciotoli; aunt, Norma (Underhill) Simmons; sister-in-law, Karen (Tom) Thorpe; and by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, and by her husband, Albert R. Thurman, Jr. in 2007.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, June 2, 2024 from 1-3 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 Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Sandra Jean StatesThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (41)

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

Sandra Jean States

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (42)Age 71, of Odessa, NY entered unto rest on Thursday, April 11, 2024 at home. She was born in Elmira, NY on June 13, 1952, the daughter of Marcus Elmont Hipple and Cora Ellen Ayrton Hipple.

She graduated from Ithaca High School and later from C.C.C. with a degree in Nursing. Sandy was a registered nurse for many years in both Schuyler and Tompkins Counties. On July 20, 1996, she married Robert States in Montour Falls, NY.

She was predeceased by her parents; brother, Mark Hipple; sister, Debra Hipple; granddaughter, Jenieve Savunen; and stepson, Joel E. States.

She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Robert G. States; two daughters, Torrie Savunen of Horseheads, NY and Autumn VanOstrand of Odessa; one son, Jeffrey (Amy) Savunen of Horseheads; six grandchildren; two sisters, Susan (Randy) Randall of Daytona Beach, FL and Karen Harvey of Spencer, NY; brother, James (Evelyn) Hipple of Honolulu, HI; aunts, Joan Lockwood and Bonnie (Bob) Bastion; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A celebration of life will follow at the Mechanics Club, 237 W. Main St., Montour Falls. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Dennis J. SmithThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (43)

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

Dennis J. Smith

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (44)Age 70, beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend, passed away peacefully on April 9, 2024, in his home in Watkins Glen, NY, with Leslie, his loving wife of 50 years, by his side. Born on December 23, 1953, in Hornell, NY, Dennis lived a life filled with love, happiness, and joy. While raising a family and working, he and his wife also enjoyed raising and showing Shetland Sheepdogs for over 40 years.

Dennis earned his Associate's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Alfred State, and then began his engineering career at Sear Brown in Elmira, NY, where he worked for many years. He then moved to Tetra Tech, Inc. in Ithaca, NY, where he excelled as a Senior Electrical Engineer and became highly respected for his work on projects spanning multiple continents. His knowledge and skills were sought after by numerous partners within the field.

Throughout his life, Dennis was an active member of several clubs. He was a member and past president of the Finger Lakes Kennel Club and the Central NY Shetland Sheepdog Club, and a member of the Elmira Kennel Club and the American Shetland Sheepdog Association. Dennis also served as an area coordinator for the Guiding Eyes for the Blind, and an instructor for the Schuyler County Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Dog Pack. Additionally, Dennis was a past member of the Dundee Flying Club, holding a pilot's license, and where he and his family enjoyed many fly-in breakfasts on Memorial and Labor Days.

Dennis was an active family man, and dear friend to many. His charming and joking personality shone through in all interactions, and his big smile and laugh were contagious. His commitment to those he loved was evident. and he cherished his marriage to Leslie. His mischievous eye twinkle will be missed, but will remain in memories.

Dennis is survived by his loving wife Leslie; sons Jeremy Smith (Cheyenne Wells) of Savona, NY and Bradley Smith (Bethany Brown) of Watkins Glen; brother Roger (Joanne) Smith of Apalachin, NY; sister Diane (Robert) Davison of Cocoa Beach, FL, and grandchildren Amanda, Emily, Zoey, Emma, Kimberly, Liam and Ewan. He was predeceased by parents Dean and Margaret Smith, and brother Duane Smith.

A visitation and memorial service to honor Dennis J. Smith's life will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4thSt., Watkins Glen. The visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by the memorial service at 1:00 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made in his memory to CareFirst NY Hospice of Steuben County (CareFirstNY.org) or the American Cancer Society (Cancer.org)

Obituary: Priscilla May Pike KellyThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (45)

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

Priscilla May Pike Kelly

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (46)Age 91, of Reynoldsville, NY passed away peacefully in Texas where she had been staying with family while undergoing cancer treatments. Priscilla took flight to Heaven on February 9, 2024. She joined her husband of 69 years, Donald Lee, parents Leon J. and Ruth H. Pike, brother Arvine J. Pike, and one of the many young men who were unofficially adopted into the family, son Robin McShane.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Saturday (April 20th) from 11 a.m.-12 noon; followed by a funeral service at 12 noon. She will be laid to rest with a graveside service at the West Lodi Cemetery on Lodi Station Road in Lodi at 1:30 p.m. that afternoon.

Priscilla is survived by her children, Donna Kelly-Smith (husband Donald), Keith W. (wife Diane), Kenneth R. (wife Charlene), and Emery L. (wife Darlene). She was a proud grandmother of 3 granddaughters, 2 grandsons, and 6 great-grandchildren.

Priscilla was a graduate of Watkin Glen High School and Jean Summers Business School. She worked at Cotton Hanlon in Odessa until becoming a full-time mother to her four children and any young person that her children brought home in need of a meal or safe place to stay. Priscilla later returned to the work force, finishing out her career at The Retired Senior Volunteer Program. After retiring from RSVP, she continued to serve as coordinator for the Golden Globe Newsletter for 45 years.

Priscilla was known as “The Cake Lady” by many as she was famous for her scratch baked wedding cakes. She always brought a cake to community events, weddings, birthdays, or other gatherings.

Priscilla attended Reynoldsville Methodist Church. She was a member of The Ladies Wednesday Afternoon Club. She was a founding member of The Burdett Community Players, later known as Lake Country Players, preferring to be behind the curtain rather than under the lights.

Priscilla had a servant’s heart, caring for those in need and a lifetime of helping others. She was loved by those who met her regardless of how long or little they had known her. In lieu of flowers the family would like to honor Priscilla’s request for donations to either the Burdett Fire Department or Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Obituary: Bessie Lamos BarrigarThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (47)

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

Bessie Lamos Barrigar

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (48)Age 84, of Odessa, NY, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at her home. She was born in Long Lake, NY on October 11, 1939, the daughter of the late Maurice and Lillian (Bailey) Lamos.

She received her MA in Education and was a teacher in the Odessa-Montour School District for 18 years, retiring in 1995. In addition to being a teacher, she was also a Pastor’s wife. She supported his ministry in three states. Bessie was an excellent pianist and soloist, and used these talents for the Lord.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Harry E. Barrigar; three daughters, Pastor Tamara Veilleux (Tony) of Odessa, Loueda Bleiler (Dr. Brian) of Odessa, and Beth Horner (Bill) of Gillett, PA; foster daughter, Becky Carr (Chuck) of Williamsport, PA; two brothers, Father Bill Lamos (Julie) of CA and Rev. Marv Lamos (Jackie) of Gloversville, NY; eleven grandchildren; several great grandchildren, great great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Ruthann Meade; and by four grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, April 15, 2024 from 6-8 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY and on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 from 1-3 p.m. at Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church, 13255 Berwick Turnpike, Gillett, PA. Her memorial service will follow at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Long Lake Cemetery in Long Lake, NY on Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Odessa Wesleyan Church, 203 College Ave., Odessa, NY 14869.

Obituary: Nancy A. FazzaryThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (49)

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

Nancy A. Fazzary

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (50)Age 80, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, surrounded by her family. Nancy was born in Buffalo, NY on October 30, 1943.

Nancy married Dominick "Art" Fazzary in February, 1962. They worked together driving taxi at Watkins Glen State Park for several years before taking over LaFaces in 1972, changing its name to "Art & Nancy's". This is where Nancy not only mothered her own 5 children, but also the numerous young people who frequented their establishment. Nancy never hesitated to "hold a tab" for anyone. Art & Nancy's was often referred to many as "the store" where it gave many parents peace of mind knowing their children were chaperoned while hanging out with friends after a HS game, or dance, while enjoying pizza, eclairs, Mexican sundaes, playing pinball, pool and foosball.

After 37 years of marriage she continued serving the community following Art's passing with the help of many family members. Nancy loved bowling with her sister and close friends, playing euchreand bingo, listening to Elvis music and spending endless hours in her flower garden.

She is survived by her children, Tina Fazzary Ector, Donna (John) Patykula, Dominick Jr. (Teresa) Fazzary, Michael (Jeannette) Fazzary and Jeffrey (Heidi) Fazzary; 14 grandchildren, Caleb (Mary), Elizabeth (Andrew), Nathaniel, Krista, Dylan (Kayla), Connor, Leeah, Bloom, Gem, Sequoia, Ixchel, Quil, Gabrielle (Calvin) and Dominick; 6 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law Sam (Doris) Fazzary and James (Marie) Fazzary, sister-in-law, Reda Fazzary, along with several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceasedby her husband, Dominick “Art” Fazzary; parents, Harold and Donna (Lilley) Mickel; step daughter, Diane Gamble; sister, Carol (Dominick) Schimizzi; and many greatly loved in-laws.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 13, 2024 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. Her funeral service will begin there at 2:00 p.m., followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

The family would like to thank the staff at Schuyler Hospital and Seneca View for their care and compassion during her final days. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association at: act.alz.org.

Obituary: Lynn CoolicanThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (51)

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

Lynn Coolican

Age 78, of Elmira Heights, NY passed away on April 6, 2024. She was predeceased by her infant son; parents Dorothy and Robert Howell; grandparents Dan and Ethel Brace; in-laws, Richard M. Coolican, Elizabeth Fordham Smith and Wayne Smith; and brother-in-law Morrie Smith.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Richard J. Coolican; daughter and son-in-law, Heather and Angelo Tolomei; grandchildren, Ryan Tolomei and Shannon Tolomei (Jacob Goldstein); sisters-in-law, Julie Symes (Greg Harding) and Mary Gauck (Tom Morgan); and nephew Zachary Smith and his daughter Rayne.

Lynn was known for her passion for flower gardening and her love of her grandchildren. She enjoyed her dogs Muffin and Frosty, and cats Graham and Smokey. She was a big fan of Celtic Thunder.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY. Burial will follow in Pleasant View Cemetery in Reading Center, NY.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, Shriners Hospital for Children, PO Box 947765, Atlanta, GA 30394, or an animal shelter of your choice.

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

Obituary: Nancy Anne WalshThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (52)

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

Nancy Anne Walsh

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (53)Age 54, of Elmira and Burdett, NY, passed away on February 6, 2024.

Nancy Anne Walsh was born in Atlantic City, NJ, on August 26, 1969. Two months later she arrived at the home of her adoptive family (parents Jack and Nancy Walsh and siblings John, Robert, and Kathy Walsh) in Madison, NJ. Annie was a beautiful baby. Early on she began opening her family’s eyes to new ways of seeing and doing things. It was traditional for the children and their dad to retire to the playroom when dinner was over, and the dishes were done. The children would often try to figure out new ways to play with their toys, perhaps creating a catapult to see how far a stuffed animal could fly. This kind of play was very upsetting to Annie. She thought that toys should only be used the way they were supposed to be used -- the way she saw them being used on TV. Her individual insights were enlightening to all of us as we came to cherish the contributions she made, which were uniquely hers.

The local YMCA had a father-child program (Indian Guides and Indian Princesses) in which John, Robert and Kathy had each participated when they were old enough to attend school. Each had to choose an “Indian” name. When Annie was five years old, she became an Indian Princess, too. She chose the name Rainbow. Over the later years the name Rainbow came to be emblematic of her life -- clouds and darkness penetrated with bursts of sunshine enhanced by her unique insights and loving, caring spirit. By the time Annie had reached 6th grade she was a star -- a straight A student voted most popular in her class who set school records in athletics. In gym class one day the teacher tried to teach the students to climb a rope. The teacher wasn’t doing very well demonstrating the technique. Annie stepped up, took hold of the rope, and climbed hand over hand to the top of the rope, 30 feet above the floor.

By high school some aspects of Annie’s behavior had started to become worrisome. Counseling didn’t help. We didn’t realize at the time that a devastating psychiatric illness was starting to appear. After graduating from high school Annie decided to move out on her own, near home and enrolled in college part time. Her life continued to go awry. It wasn’t until she was in her early 20’s that her illness was diagnosed -- schizoaffective disorder -- a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar illnesses. From there on Annie’s life became a series of ups and downs -- ranging from time spent in psychiatric hospitals and halfway houses to time living on her own and being creative. During the many years that Annie lived in the Berkeley, CA area she was the featured poet at various poetry readings. Through it all our Rainbow, Annie, continued to be a caring, loving, insightful family member. Her understanding of being adopted was typical of her upbeat insights. She told her brother Robert, “I know I am in the right family -- the family where God wants me to be. It just took God a bit longer than usual to get me there.”

When Annie died at age 54, our Rainbow left us too soon. It is comforting to recall that in Biblical scriptures the Rainbow is God’s symbol of God’s Covenant with the world

Nancy Anne Walsh is survived by her mother, Nancy I. Walsh, San Antonio TX; father, John M. Walsh III (Martha Pierce), Elmira and Burdett, NY; brothers John C. Walsh (Marla), Charlotte, NC, and Robert M. Walsh (Libby Hampel), Columbia MO; sister Katherine W. Brown (Tony), San Antonio, TX; and many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

A memorial service celebrating Annie’s life was held on April 5 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, San Antonio, Texas. Interment will take place at Glenwood Cemetery in Watkins Glen, NY at the family’s convenience. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, gifts in Annie’s memory be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness or the charity of your choice. Local arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Fledra Rose EctorThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (54)

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

Fledra Rose Ector (Parmalee)

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (55)Age 85, of Watkins Glen, NY has left this earth, to join the love of her life on April 4, 2024. Fledra was born on May 28, 1938 in Penn Yan, New York. She was the daughter of Charles and Winifred Parmalee.

Fledra graduated from a small school house in Bellona, NY, where she also met the love of her life, Robert Ector. After getting married, the pair started a little farm in Watkins Glen, where they had eight children.

Fledra was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Ector (1996); her parents Charles Parmalee and Winifred Gary Parmalee; her brother Charles Parmalee; and her son Robert James Ector (2006). She is survived by her children, Jon Ector, Bonnie Rappleye, Tim (Starlene) Ector of Watkins Glen, Holly Ector (Gordon Sherwood) of Bath, NY, Sam (Kathy) Ector of Watkins Glen, Daniel Ector of Odessa, NY, and Andrew Ector of Watkins Glen; 25 grandchildren; and 49 great grandchildren.

Fledra was a wonderful devoted wife, mother, daughter, grandmother and great grandmother to all of her family. She loved to accomplish all of her wonderful knitting and crochet projects, she loved to make her family blankets, sweaters and clothing. When it came to love she had for all her family, there was no comparison.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. Her funeral service will begin at 1:00 pm, followed by burial in Hillside Cemetery in Dundee, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Brian J. RappleyeThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (56)

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

Brian J. Rappleye

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (57)Age 61, of Rock Stream, NY, peacefully passed away on April 2, 2024.

Brian was born on October 23, 1962 in Montour Falls, NY. He is survived by his mother Genevieve (Harry) Goossen; son Joseph Swarthout; brothers Harold J. (Vivian) Rappleye and Randy (Tina) Rappleye; sisters Darlene Rappleye and Kim (Dale) Delong; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Harold (Pete) Rappleye.

Brian's career began driving truck for the Town of Reading, then as a truck driver and equipment operator for Callahan Construction. His most recent and satisfying position was working for Elmira Structures, Inc.

You could always find Brian enjoying a couple of beers after work. Brian enjoyed hunting, riding ATVs, NASCAR, watching old western movies and his much-loved dog companions.

A gathering to honor Brian's life will be held on Tuesday (April 9th) at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4thSt., Watkins Glen from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.; followed by a funeral service honoring his life at 8:00 p.m. Brian will be laid to rest at Lake View Cemetery in Watkins Glen the following day.

In lieu of flowers, donations gratefully received in memory of Brian may be directed to CareFirst (CareFirstNY.org) in his memory.

Obituary: Ann E. BeardsleyThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (58)

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

Ann E. Beardsley

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (59)Age 93, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on March 29, 2024.

She was born in Penn Yan, NY on August 28, 1930, the daughter of Willis and Alice (Connolly) Emmons. Ann graduated from Watkins Glen High School and first worked as a telephone switchboard operator in the village. She continued to work for many years at AKZO (US Salt) in Watkins Glen before retiring.

Ann now reunites with her husband, W. Bruce Beardsley, who preceded her in death in 2017. Alongside him, she joins her brother William Emmons in eternal peace. Ann's legacy lives on through the hearts of those she held dear: her son and daughter-in-law, William and Marlana Beardsley; her brother and sisters, Walter (Edith) Emmons, Marylou Haight, Carol Everett, and Patricia (Richard) Pierce; sister-in-law Jean Beardsley; and grandsons Kyle and Jarrod Beardsley.

A private service will be held to honor Ann's life. In this time of remembrance, condolences and memories may be shared with the family via her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

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

Obituary: Patricia Ann HaugheyThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (60)

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

Patricia Ann Carpenter Haughey

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (61)Age 88, of Corning, NY, died Friday, March 29, 2024, surrounded by her loving daughters. Patricia was co-owner of Haughey Funeral Home, along with her loving husband, Jack, from 1966 until their retirement in 2012.

Patricia was born at home in Swartwood, NY on August 20, 1935, the daughter of Meta (Woolever) and Kenneth Carpenter. She received her education in the Odessa School District and studied nursing at SUNY Plattsburgh, where she received her nursing degree.

Patricia is survived by her daughters: Cheryl Ann Haughey of Dundee, NY; Margaret Ann, EdD (Lee, DBA) Schimmoeller of Forest, VA; Elizabeth Ann (Michele) Gallo of Georgetown, TX; Amy Ann (Mark) Eagle of Oneonta, NY; Michele Ann (Shawn) Donegan of Wolcott, NY; grandchildren: Brittany Kibler (Devin) Bryan; Leigha Schimmoeller, DPT (Anthony) Vassallo; Kenneth Carpenter Schimmoeller; Jack Haughey Schimmoeller; Kelly Haughey Gallo; Jacqueline Gallo (John) Dillard; Megan Ann (Joel) Maloney; Connor Haughey (Darian) Eagle; Carlie Ann (Lt. Seth) Bixler; Abigail Ann (Stephen) Ruggles; Cale Haughey Donegan (Jada Johnson); great-grandchildren: James Bryan, Lucy and Stella Dillard; Patricia, Clement, Chester, Rowan, and Micah Maloney; and Clancey Ruggles; as well as her niece, Carol (Jay) Clarke and nephew, Brian Carpenter (John Gordon); sisters-in-law, Susan (Raymond) Garrett, Elizabeth Suits, and Mary Jo Haughey; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Patricia was preceded in death by her loving husband of 65 years, Jack; parents, Meta and Kenneth Carpenter; brother, Carlton Carpenter; sister-in-law, Alice Joyce Haughey; grandson, Clancey Gerald Donegan; and her mother and father-in-law, Geraldine and John Haughey.

Patricia was a lifelong learner, accomplished artist, avid reader, nurse, successful businesswoman, and compassionate counselor. Her passion for helping others in the community was evident in her commitment and service to others through her work at Haughey Funeral Home. For many years, Patricia also served as the Executive Director of the Steuben County Council on Alcoholism. Patricia’s outreach extended throughout Corning, as she participated in many community organizations over the years. She was a member and engaged volunteer of St. Patrick’s Church/All Saints Parish, Catholic Daughters, Corning Hospital, a member of The Board of Directors for the Salvation Army, and a member of Business Professional Women.

When Patricia retired, she enjoyed cooking, gardening, and spending time at Seneca Lake with her best friend and love of her life, Jack. After retirement, Patricia returned to her love of painting and created many beautiful works for her family.

Patricia’s dedication to her family was paramount. She lovingly raised five daughters alongside her husband Jack. She was actively involved in the education of her daughters, always putting their schooling and faith first. Patricia’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her world. She loved them unconditionally and was very proud of their accomplishments. Her grandbabies loved their “Bubbie,” and they brought the biggest smiles to her face even in the last days of her life. Bubbie cherished every minute she spent with them, and they cherished her right back! One of the best memories her grandchildren have is the Muffy Bear picnics she hosted at her home on Seneca Lake. The laughter and love she shared with her family created many lifelong memories.

Calling hours for Patricia will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2024, from 4:00-6:00 PM at Haughey Funeral Home, Inc., 216 E. First Street in Corning. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Church, 155 State Street in Corning on Friday, April 5, 2024 at 9:00 AM with Father Matthew Walter officiating. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa.

Patricia was very passionate about reading and education, and she would be grateful if in her honor you were able to donate to the Southeast Steuben County Library at https://ssclibrary.org/donate/ or the Salvation Army Corning Corps at https://easternusa.salvationarmy.org/empire/corning/.

Patricia's family has entrusted her care to Haughey Funeral Home, Inc., www.haugheyfuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Richard E. WellsThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (62)

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

Richard E. Wells

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (63)Age 91, of Rock Stream, NY passed away on March 24, 2024.

He was born in Sayre, PA, the son of Grover and Ada Wells. He served in the United States Navy from 1952-1955. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He owned and operated Wells Custom Cut Meats in Rock Stream for over 30 years.

He was also a skilled Mason and a member of Local Union #3. Some projects he built were the Watkins Glen Public Library, the Dundee Water Plant, and the former Jamesway Building in Montour Falls.

His favorite project he ever built was his family. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was also a caring friend and neighbor.

According to his wishes, there are no services. Condolences to the family may be offered in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen is assisting the family.

Obituary: Brian Charles PappalardoThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (64)

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

Brian Charles Pappalardo

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (65)Age 64, of Elmira, NY, a long-time Elmira Star Gazette employee, passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2024, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center, surrounded by his family.

Brian was born in Harrisburg PA, a son of the late Paul and Rita (Mailey) Pappalardo. He is survived by his sister Karen Pappalardo; brothers, with their families, Mark and Andrea Pappalardo with sons, Gregory and Richard; and Andrew and René Pappalardo with children, Taylor, Meg and "AJ" (Andrew John).

Brian’s career in journalism started while he was a senior in high school when he went to work for the Star Gazette, starting as a sports agate clerk. This part-time job would turn into a 32-year career with the newspaper. From his high school days to his completion of three college degrees -- an Associates Degree in Business from Corning Community College, a Bachelors of Arts in English from Elmira College, and a Masters of Arts in Communications from Ithaca College -- Brian held various positions with the newspaper. He was a reporter, page designer, copy editor, and night editor.

While working at the newspaper, Brian also worked at Elmira College for a couple of years, where he was a writing tutor and instructor. After his newspaper career, Brian made a successful transition to a freelance writing career. His clients were a diverse mix, including a Fortune 500 company, an eating disorder treatment center, a law firm, a ski resort and a food bank. Brian loved his career in writing and even had a theory, called the “Pappalardo Theory of Relativity”: “Everything that happens in the world has a connection to Elmira.”

Brian loved his circle of friends that he had had since his high school days, along with his Star Gazette family. He was an avid reader and New York Yankees fan. In addition to his journalism career, Brian also enjoyed writing screenplays. He loved his family; and was a fun uncle to his nieces and nephews.

Those who wish to may remember Brian with a donation to either the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, 388 Upper Oakwood Avenue, Elmira Heights NY 14903, or to glaucoma.org.

Private services will be held. McInerny Funeral Home, Elmira, is assisting the family.

Obituary: Oranell Charlotte TelehanyThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (66)

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

Oranell Charlotte Telehany

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (67)Oranell Charlotte Telehany, lovingly known as Nellie, was born on July 8, 1936 in Buffalo, NY. She departed this life on March 19, 2024, leaving a legacy of love and support while receiving care at Three Rivers in Painted Post, New York.

Oranell was a beacon of strength to those who knew her, always lighting the way with her wisdom and care. It was not uncommon for stray animals to find their way to her home for love and food. Her green thumb was a testament to her nurturing spirit, as she loved all forms of gardening, be it flowers, fruits or vegetables.

Oranell was a woman of impressive accomplishments. She served as the personal secretary for NY State Senator Dutton Peterson for several years, taking great pleasure in volunteering for political activities. She also spent years at National Cash Register (NCR) in Ithaca and retired from there as a supervisor. Not only was she successful in her career, but she also excelled in her hobbies. In her retirement, she discovered the art of marquetry at the Corning Senior Center and became so skilled that she won a ribbon at the fair. Yet, despite her many achievements, what mattered most to Oranell was her family. She was incredibly supportive of her three daughters and tirelessly wished for nothing less than a better life for each of them.

Oranell is survived by her daughters, Lisa Centurelli, Mary Crainey, and Jennifer Skinner, along with her brother, Jared (Mary) Brown. Her legacy also continues through her three granddaughters, two grandsons, two great grandsons, three great granddaughters and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jared and Charlotte Brown; her husband, Michael Telehany; her infant brother, Robert Brown; and sons-in-law, Russell Crainey and David Centurelli.

Oranell Telehany lived a life full of love, care, and support. Her memory will live on in the hearts of those who loved her. The family thanks the staff at Three Rivers for their years of caring for mom. We invite all who knew and loved her to leave memories and upload photos to the memorial page, to celebrate the life of this incredible woman.

In accordance with her wishes there will be no service. There will be a private burial at a later date.

Oranell's family has entrusted her care to Haughey Funeral Home, Inc., www.haugheyfuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Roland L. VoorheisThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (68)

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

Roland L. Voorheis

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (69)Age 76, of Valois, NY, passed away at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca, NY on March 17, 2024 following a brief hospitalization. He was surrounded by his entire family.

Roland was born in Montour Falls, NY on March 26, 1947, one of eight children born to Edwin and Betty (nee Crippen) Voorheis. He worked for the family paving business until he left to work in the oilfields in Oklahoma, Alabama and Ohio, where he spent many years as a watchman and operator. He then returned to the area, where he worked for Dalrymple Contracting and eventually Seneca Stone. He was an equipment operator and an expert in paving and road construction. In his retirement, he operated the family farm in Valois with his wife and sons.

He was a proud man who worked hard to earn everything he had. He didn’t make excuses and was quick to stand for what was right. His sizable stature and massive hands intimidated some, but those close to him found comfort in his presence. He was a gentle-hearted giant who wouldn’t hesitate to help a friend in need, without asking for anything in return.

His family was his whole world, and he would take on the whole world for his family. His door was always open, all you had to do was pull up a chair at the kitchen table. No one left without a cup of coffee or a bite to eat. He would “charge you the same” whether you ate or not, so you might better enjoy. He was known for telling animated stories, sharing words of wisdom, and affectionately picking on his loved ones, especially his grandkids. When he winked at you and flashed that mischievous grin, it was a sure sign that he was up to no good. He was always down for a game of euchre, and he’d even give you lessons whether you wanted them or not.

Roland made a positive impact on everyone who crossed his path and had the ability to turn strangers into dear friends. He always said that a man’s handshake was as good as his word, and if he shook your hand, you knew he would stand behind it. He was a firm believer in God, family, and Country. Although we wanted more time, he lived a full, honest life. He accepted Jesus Christ into his life, and he knew that he would be reunited with his loved ones in Heaven.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Linda; his children, Vincent of Lodi, Ernest of Valois, Joanna (Mark) Clark of Alpine and Kurtis (Dawn Potts) of Lodi; his grandchildren, Jennifer, Kyle, Michelle, Derek, Ernie Jr., Laura, and Ashley; eight great grandchildren, and his siblings, Theodore Herforth, Gail (Adolph Bussey) Mazourek, and Linda Abbott. Roland was preceded in death by his granddaughter Christina and by his siblings, Edwin “Buck”, James, Jeanie Pike, and Carol Osborne.

The family would like to thank the South Seneca Ambulance responders, Dr. Francis, and all the wonderful nurses at Cayuga Medical Center ER and ICU for the excellent, compassionate care they provided.

Family and friends are invited to attend his Celebration of Life held on April 6, 2024 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Montour Falls Moose Lodge. A private burial will be held by his family at Hector Union Cemetery in Burdett.

Obituary: Alan R. DrakeThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (70)

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

Alan R. Drake

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (71)Age 67, of Odessa, NY and more recently Cayuga Ridge Rehabilitation Center, passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2024 after an extended illness of post cortical atrophy and aphasia.

Alan was the only son of Calvin R. and Eleanor R. Drake of Watkins Glen, NY. He was born on December 13, 1956 in Montour Falls. Alan attended Watkins Glen High School and was a member of the basketball and tennis teams, and he played trumpet in the high school band. After high school, Alan attended Arizona State University, where he majored in fine arts with a focus on photography.

After college, Alan returned to Watkins Glen and resumed working in the Watkins NAPA store with Gerry Strang, a job he had started when he was still in high school. Alan had over a 30-year career behind the counter at the NAPA store in Watkins and later at the Trumansburg location. His easy and calm manner and his knowledge of parts and stock made him an ideal person to deal with the public. Alan always had a kind word and a smile for anyone who entered the store.

In addition to working at NAPA, Alan was also known as an accomplished photographer; he enjoyed doing wedding photos as well as capturing pictures of the local landscapes. In 1999, Alan and his wife, Kathy, formed Kaladre co*ckers and went on to raise award-winning co*cker Spaniels. With their fur babies, they traveled the dog show circuit where their dogs won many ribbons and championships. After many years of raising co*cker Spaniels, their focus turned to raising Boston Terriers. Alan and Kathy were (are) members of the Elmira Kennel Club, assisting with and participating in various dog shows on the East Coast and Canada. Following his retirement, Alan remained at home in the care of his wife until January 2024.

He is survived by his wife, Katherine (Chapman) Drake; sisters, Deborah (Brian) Hather, Sarah Matthews and Wendy Drake; brother-in-law, Dr. Edward (Jean) Chapman DVM; nieces and nephews Mark Matthews, Brandon (Danielle) Matthews, Megan (Martin) Thrasher, Juliet (Jay) Abendroth, Meredith (Brian) Kohlbecker and Ella Chapman, along with several nieces and nephews.

The family would also like to thank Antoinette Morse, Alex Evans, Mary Kellogg, Dee Hughey and the staff at Cayuga Ridge Rehabilitation Center for their kindness and respectful care of Alan.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, March 23, 2024 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Alan’s funeral service will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by burial in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Odessa. Memorial donations can be directed to the Elmira Kennel Club or a local charity of one's choice. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: John QuatranoThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (72)

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

John Quatrano

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (73)Age 81, of Victor, NY, peacefully passed away on Monday, February 5, 2024 at Light Hill Hospice in Canandaigua, NY after a courageous battle with prostate cancer.

He is survived by his wife Ellen, son Philip (Vicki Barniak), daughter Anne Rine, son-in-law Jamie Rine, and grandsons Nicholas, Andrew and Jason Rine. He is also survived by his brothers Louis Quatrano and Anton Bahns; sisters Phyllis Mathews and Christine Bonsignore; sister-in-law Dorothy Chatt, and many nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his father, Angelo, and his mother, Vera.

He loved growing up in Watkins Glen, NY, in the WGHS Class of 1961.After graduating from Alfred State College, John proudly volunteered to serve his country in the Army as a nuclear weapons specialist in the British occupied section of Germany. When he returned from service, he spent time working on his car before deciding to continue his schooling in Buffalo, where he met his wife to be, Ellen. They married on July 25, 1970.

The next chapter of their story took them to Canandaigua and eventually to Victor, where they raised their children. John enjoyed his career as a machinist and the associated challenges in research and development of new products. All benefited from his ability to repair anything using his technical skills, creativity and extensive collection of tools.He also enjoyed spending time with hisgrandsons at their sporting events and on special trips they would take.

Please join in a celebration of his life to be held on Saturday, April 13 at the Presbyterian Church of Victor, 70 East Main Street, Victor, NY. The service begins at 11 a.m., followed by a reception and luncheon in Corey Hall.

John will be laid to rest at the New York State Veteran’s Cemetery in Romulus at the convenience of the immediate family.

The family would like to thank all of the wonderful staff and volunteers at Light Hill who cared for John as he completed his journey. Please consider sending a check to Light Hill, 5160 Parrish Street Extension, Canandaigua, NY 14424 in John’s memory.

To leave a message of condolence, please visit millerfuneralandcremationservices.com

Obituary: Patricia Alvene TrenchardThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (74)

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

Patricia Alvene Trenchard

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (75)Age 67, of Lakeland, FL and formerly of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 after a 2 1/2-year battle with cancer.

Pat was born in Montour Falls on April 30, 1956, the daughter of the late Harland and Ruth (Hopper) Trenchard. She achieved a degree from an automotive mechanic school.

Pat loved all animals, but had a deep love for her three dogs. She also loved to go to Disney World and Universal Studios to ride her favorite rides, Soarin’ and the River Ride. Pat was actively involved in her neighborhood and would happily help anyone in their time of need. She always lived life to the fullest and her famous quote was “One Life, One Ride.”

Pat is survived by her daughter Shondra Trenchard and adopted daughter Bianca Bristol of Winter Haven, FL; two sisters, Ruth Columbus of Henrietta, NY and Carol Allen of Alpine, NY; one brother, Harland Trenchard of Odessa, NY; and by 21 nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Gloria Legare, in 2009; and by a brother, Tom Trank, in 2021.

A graveside service for Pat will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at Montour Cemetery (Upper Entrance), Mill St., Montour Falls. 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: Charles R. EdminsterThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (76)

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

Charles R. Edminster

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (77)Age 91, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 under the care of the wonderful staff and nurses at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY.

He was born on December 7, 1932 in Montour Falls to Russell and Carrie (Foster) Edminster. Charlie “Bud” served with the United States Navy from 1951-1955, working as a Chief Gunners Mate during the Korean War. After serving in the Navy, he worked at Shepard Niles for 41 years before retiring in 1992 to enjoy traveling with his wife.

Charlie enjoyed hunting, fishing and collecting guns and knives. He could often be found in his chair, with a dog in his lap, enjoying western shows or drinking his homemade wine at his basem*nt poker parties.

He was predeceased by his daughter Sharon Dickens, daughter-in-law Greta (Yeaples) Edminster and brother LeRoy Edminster.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Patricia (Rolls) Edminster; his daughter Gail (Dan) Franzese; sons Jeffrey Edminster, Steve Edminster, Mike (Linda) Edminster, and Scott Edminster; brother Don (Donna) Edminster; sister-in-law Lyla Edminster; and great friends Jack and Peggy. Charlie also had 10 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and even a couple of great great grandchildren!

Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, March 18, 2024 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. His funeral will begin at 12:00 noon, followed by burial with military honors in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

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

Obituary: Deborah L.L. WrightThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (78)

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

Deborah L.L. Wright

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (79)Age 50, of Odessa, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, February 29, 2024 at home. She was born on December 6, 1973, the daughter of the late Phillip and Barbara Wright.

Deborah loved many people and would spend hours talking with friends on the phone, it didn’t matter day or night. She was known for being very generous to all.

She is survived by her daughter, Juanita Wright (Richie); her beloved dog Jackson, who was her baby; sister, Melissa Personius; brother, Phillip Wright; two grandchildren, Mason Wright and Levi Taylor; five nieces and nephews, Charlie and Nicholas Wright, Marlana Hetherington, Adrionna Personius and Shawn Wright; and cousins, Karrie (Dana) Armstrong, Kendra Kilmer, Kley and Ben Greenfield and Selma Foote.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, March 15, 2024 from 2-3 p.m. at the Montour Falls United Methodist Church, Owego St., Montour Falls. Deborah’s memorial service will begin at 3:00 p.m. followed by a reception with a dish to pass.

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

Obituary: Doris (Jean) WoodworthThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (80)

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

Doris (Jean) Woodworth

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (81)Age 89, longtime resident of Montour Falls, NY, passed away peacefully on March 5, 2024 following an extended diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Dementia at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls.

She was born on April 17, 1934. Jean graduated from Watkins Glen High School, where she was a sports enthusiast and a talented athlete. Jean loved her family unconditionally and devoted her life to being a wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker. She was an avid reader and enjoying baking and gardening. Her famous brownies with pink icing were a neighborhood favorite. She was also an impeccable housekeeper. Jean was particularly fond of animals, especially a gray cat named Princess.

Jean is survived by her two sons whom she adored, Stephen (Theresa) Woodworth and Gary (Jacqueline) Woodworth, in addition to several grandchildren and great grandchildren: Derek Woodworth, Luke (McKenna) Apgar, Matthew (Taylor) Woodworth, Margaret Woodworth, Hayden Woodworth, Natalee Woodworth, Khloe Goodrich, Brooke Apgar, and Benjamin Woodworth.

Jean was the wife of the late Bruce Nary Woodworth. She was also predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Alda Strong, as well as her sister, Eileen Layton, and her brother and sister-in-law, Bud and Joan Strong.

The family wishes to thank the staff members at the Seneca View Nursing Facility and the Elcor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their tremendous care and compassion.

There will be no calling hours as per the family’s request. The family will hold a private service. 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, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Joseph F. SmyderThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (82)

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

Joseph Franklin Smyder

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (83)Age 87, of Vestal, NY, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and friend, passed from this life into eternal life on March 3, 2024, after an extended illness.

His devoted wife, Janet L. (Berry) Smyder, predeceased him by only a week. He was also predeceased by parents, John William Smyder, Sr. and Leona Mae (Butler) Smyder, and one brother, John "Bub" William Smyder, Jr. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Joseph F. Smyder, Jr. and Beth Smyder (Chesapeake, VA); daughters and son-in-law, Valerie A. Smyder (Vestal, NY) and Kathleen J. (Smyder) and Sean L. Powell (Fairfax Station, VA); five grandchildren, Rebecca M. and Rachel M. Smyder, and Summer N., Madeleine C. and Sophia G. Powell; two great grandchildren, Kathleen and Liam Powell; brother and sister-in-law, Jerome P. and Fran Smyder; as well as his sisters and brothers-in-law, Jean (Smyder) and James Scaptura and Jeraldine Ann (Smyder) and Brian J. O'Donnell.

Joe was a proud member of the United States Navy, serving honorably from 1954-1975, including two tours during the Vietnam War. After honorably retiring from military service as an AMHC, Joe moved his family from Virginia to Vestal after accepting a position with Singer Link in Kirkwood, NY. There, he worked as a quality control engineer, specializing in simulator hydraulic systems for commercial and government projects, including NASA.

After retiring from this career in the mid-1990s, he joined his beloved wife as a school bus driver for 10 more years. Joseph was a long-time member of the Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, where he served as a tenor and baritone in the traditional and funeral choirs for several years before falling ill.

Joe loved enjoying his vacation property on Seneca Lake with his immediate and extended family. He provided priceless childhood memories for them through boating, waterskiing, and fishing. In the winter, he would travel to the lake to hunt with his father, brothers, and other family members. He had a joyful and easy sense of humor, with a warm and welcoming laugh. His jokes, "dad-isms" and sayings were plentiful and memorable. He had great musical ability which included playing the French horn and singing a beautiful, rich tenor and baritone in the church choir. He had an innate ability to harmonize seamlessly and often sang favorite songs to his children. Joe was a kind, gentle, good humored and loving grandfather. He always greeted family with a smile and huge hug and said goodbye the same way.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to the Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Vestal or Mercy House of the Southern Tier, 212 N. McKinley Ave., Endicott, NY. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 801 Main St., Vestal. The family will receive friends at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church directly before funeral services that same day. Burial for Joseph and Janet will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Watkins Glen, NY, on Monday, March 11, 2024 at 11:30 a.m.

Obituary: Beverly J. ViglioneThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (84)

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

Beverly J. Viglione

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (85)It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Beverly J. Viglione of Watkins Glen, NY, who left us on March 4, 2024, at the age of 86. Beverly's journey began September 24, 1937, into a busy and bustling farming family in Cato, NY.

Beverly's life was adorned with various pursuits that brought her joy. She walked through life's path from Cato-Meridian High School, work at Shepard Niles, wife, mother, homemaker, work at Lakewood Vineyards, and retirement from the U.S. Post Office. An ardent lover of the outdoors, she found solace in lifelong activities such as caring for and riding her horses, hunting, sewing, painting, gardening, creating beautiful quilts for family, and healing quilts for church friends fallen ill.

Among those who welcomed Beverly into eternity are her parents D. Ray and Mabel Crandall; her son John R. Viglione; son-in-law Anthony J. Fraboni; and granddaughter Samantha Viglione. Additionally, she joins her 13 siblings; Robert, Raymond, Ray, Pearl, Timothy, Glen, Ora, Clarence, Genevieve, Lela, Alice, Marion and Virginia.

Left to cherish her memory is her devoted husband of 63 years, Thomas C. Viglione; son Thomas C. Viglione Jr. of Kansas City, MO; daughters Elizabeth Fraboni of Watkins Glen and Margaret Kuznets (Douglas Gerow) of Hubbard Lake, MI; daughter-in-law Chanh Viglione of Syracuse, NY; son-in-law Oleg Kuznets of Marlton, NJ; grandchildren Mark Fraboni (Tristine Mace) of St. Petersburg, FL, Sarah Kuznets of Marlton, NJ, Thomas Viglione of Kansas City, MO, and Ashley Viglione of Syracuse, NY; special caregiver Melissa Smith; and beloved cat Missy.

Please join us to honor Beverly's life at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen on Wednesday, March 13, from 2 p.m.-3 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. She will find her final resting place at Pleasant View Cemetery in Reading Center, NY.

Beverly's presence touched countless lives during her time with us. She will forever be remembered for her gentle, creative spirit and kindness. May she rest in peace surrounded by God’s eternal love and tranquility.

Obituary: Bruce Alden ReynoldsThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (86)

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

Bruce Alden Reynolds

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (87)Age 65, of Watkins Glen and formerly of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on February 29, 2024 at home.

Bruce was born on November 26, 1958 in Montour Falls, the son of the late Alden and Shirley (Hodge) Reynolds of Odessa. He graduated from Odessa-Montour Central High School in 1977.

He is survived by his two sons, Michael Reynolds and Bradley Reynolds, both of Montour Falls; brother-in-law Rocky Rumsey of Millport; and two nephews, Matt and Kyle Menio. He was predeceased by his sister, Debra A. Rumsey.

Bruce drove truck for Stewart P. Wilson, Inc. in Montour Falls. He loved dirt tracks and drag racing, and spending time there with family and friends. He especially loved Outlaw Speedway in Dundee. Bruce helped his family run Reynolds Marine and Montour Marina for many years.

Friends and relatives are invited to pay their respects and celebrate Bruce's life at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Saturday, March 9 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. A memorial service will follow promptly at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Schuyler County Humane Society, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865 (or online at www.SchuylerHumane.org).

Obituary: Rebecca E. ThompsonThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (88)

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

Rebecca E. Thompson

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (89)Age 68, of Watkins Glen, NY, joined the lord on Wednesday, February 28,2024.

Rebecca will be dearly missed by her children: Michelle Congdon (Art), Casey Doane, Mia Somers (Eric), Kyle Cox, Megan Scardina (Andrew) and Alexandra Thompson. She took great pride in her 15 grandkids and great grandson. Rebecca is also survived by her brothers Robert Lewis (Zandra) and Jack Lewis (Joann) and sister Julie Rinker (Larry), and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her mother, Fannie Lewis, and brother, Tom Lewis.

Rebecca was born in Montour Falls, NY on August 14,1955, and spent the majority of her life in Watkins Glen. A devoted and hard worker, she was a part of the Savard’s family restaurant in Watkins Glen for over 20 years as well as feeding the folks at the Falls Home. Her love of food, especially baking, made anyone who stepped into her home feel more than welcome. Even if you weren’t a life-long Cowboys fan like her, Rebecca would still welcome you with the most kind and compassionate heart. All she ever asked for was world peace. Her bright smile and contagious laugh will be deeply missed by her family, friends and all who knew her.

Calling hours for Rebecca will be on Friday, March 8, 2024 at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Service immediately to follow. Memories of Rebecca may be shared with her family and friends at vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Priscilla May Pike KellyThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (90)

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

Priscilla May Pike Kelly

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (91)Age 91, of Reynoldsville, NY, passed away peacefully in Texas where she had been staying with family while undergoing cancer treatments. Priscilla took flight to Heaven on February 9, 2024. She joined her husband of 69 years, Donald Lee, parents Leon J. and Ruth H. Pike, brother Arvine J. Pike, and one of the many young men who were unofficially adopted into the family, son Robin McShane.

Priscilla is survived by her children, Donna Kelly-Smith (husband Donald), Keith W. (wife Diane), Kenneth R. (wife Charlene), and Emery L. (wife Darlene). She was a proud grandmother of three granddaughters, two grandsons, and six great-grandchildren.

Priscilla was a graduate of Watkin Glen High School and Jean Summers Business School. She worked at Cotton Hanlon in Odessa until becoming a full-time mother to her four children and any young person that her children brought home in need of a meal or safe place to stay.

Priscilla later returned to the work force, finishing out her career at The Retired Senior Volunteer Program. After retiring from RSVP, She continued to serve as coordinator for the Golden Globe Newsletter for 45 years.

Priscilla was known as “The Cake Lady” by many as she was famous for her scratch baked
wedding cakes. She always brought a cake to community events, weddings, birthdays or other gatherings.

Priscilla attended Reynoldsville Methodist Church. She was a member of The Ladies Wednesday Afternoon Club. She was a founding member of The Burdett Community Players, later known as the Lake Country Players, preferring to be behind the curtain rather than under the lights.

Priscilla had a servant’s heart, carrying for those in need and a lifetime of helping others.
She was loved by those who met her regardless of how long or little they had known her.
In lieu of flowers the family would like to honor Priscilla’s request for donations to either the Burdett Fire Department or Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Calling hours and a funeral service will be held at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen, NY on April 20, 2024. Calling hours will be at 11:00, with a funeral service directly following at noon, and a graveside service at the Ovid New York Cemetery at 1:30 that afternoon.

Obituary: Judy Ellen SimpsonThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (92)

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

Judy Ellen (Sickel) Simpson

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (93)Age 63, of Westfield, PA entered unto rest on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at UPMC, Williamsport.

Judy was born in Philadelphia, PA on December 13, 1960, the daughter of the late Ernest Sickel and Mary Pecketz. She attended the Brandywine Heights Area School District in Topton, PA. and was married in Oley, PA on February 14, 1984 to Frank James Simpson of Watkins Glen.

She worked in manufacturing, doing assembly and packing. She was a member of the Valley Christian Church in Westfield, PA. Judy enjoyed walking and hiking for miles with her headphones, listening to worship music, exercising to Gilad, baking her cheesecake, fudge, PB Buckeye Balls, and chocolate chip cookies (a family favorite), reading her Bible and Daily Bread, and making others laugh.

Judy is survived by her husband of 40 years, Frank James Simpson; daughters, Miranda (Ryan) Wood of Cameron, NC and Venise (Josh) Cox of Woodhull, NY; son, Brandon (fiancee Laurie) Simpson of Hazelton, PA; step-sons, Carl of Corning, NY, Kevin (Tracey) of Painted Post, NY and Jared of Binghamton, NY; 16 grandchildren; sisters, Mary Simmler of Chateaugay, NY, Melanie (Ed) Shiner of Chateaugay, and Sherry Sickle of Reading, PA; and sisters-in-law, Verna (Ernie) of Red Hill, PA and Kathryn (Roy) of St. Regis Falls, NY.

Judy was predeceased by her mother, Mary, in 2007; father, Ernest, in 1999; brothers, Franklin in 1978, Ernie in 2023 and Roy in 2023, and her sisters, Marlene in 2008 and Christine in 2013.

Family and friends are invited to attend her funeral service on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery in Reading Center, NY. Memories of Judy may be shared with her family and friends at vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Robert Henry WellsThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (94)

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RobertHenry Wells

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (95)Age 78, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on February 25, 2024 at his daughter's home in Baldwinsville, NY.

Bob was born in Watertown, NY on March 16, 1945 to Arthur Jacob Wells and Dorothy Ruth (Cramer) Wells. He was a 1963 graduate of Spring Valley High School in Rockland County. Bob was a life-time salesman working as a district sales manager for All-State Insurance Company for many years, with the majority of his career serving more recently with the George E. Hoare Memorial Co. in Watkins Glen.

Bob was a dedicated friend and family man. He enjoyed returning to Baldwinsville to spend time visiting with his family. He especially enjoyed traveling by car to Florida on a moment’s notice, stopping along the way to visit with his many dear friends and family members. He was an avid car enthusiast, and always lit up when speaking of his beloved Corvettes. He told many fond stories about the vehicles he has owned over the years and the great memories they provided him. Bob was also a very proud and dedicated member of AA and put his heart and passion into helping others achieve the sobriety successes he enjoyed for more than 25 years.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his former spouse Regina Celestian, son, Bryan Wells, daughter Cindy Yaple (Gary), grandchildren Frankie (Dustin), Kristi (Lance), Jacob, Alyssa (Baker), Greyson, and his extended family of Mike (Sue), Dani (Jim), Nick, Ashlee (Rachel), and Ryan (Chelsey) and his many great grandchildren.

Family and friends may call on Saturday, March 9, 2024 from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm at the Gates Funeral Home, Baldwinsville, where calling hours will be followed immediately by funeral services. Memorial contributions may be made in Bob’s name to AstraZeneca Hope Lodge in Boston, MA and Hospice of CNY.

Obituary: Alice L. FrazierThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (96)

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Alice L. Frazier

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (97)Of Rock Stream, NY, passed away on Feb. 23, 2024 at the age of 100 years, 10 months, and 3 days old.

She was born in Queens, NY on April 20, 1923, one of nine children of the late William and Gertrude (Gay) Freeman. She worked for many years in Queens as a Bank Loan Officer. Alice and her late husband resided in Rock Stream for many years, and were members of the Glen Baptist Church in Watkins Glen.

She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas Miles Frazier, on March 9, 1997. She was predeceased by all of her brothers and sisters; a son, Douglas Thompson; a daughter, Sharon Sharkey; and a great-granddaughter, Ashley Jerzak.

She is survived by her son Dennis (wife Darlene) Sharkey of Rock Stream; daughter Beverly (husband Mitchell) Rea of Burdett; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; 2 sisters-in-law, Blanche Frazier and Monica Freeman; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Friday (March 8th) from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 7 p.m. A graveside committal service will be held on Saturday (March 9th) at 11 a.m. at Lake View Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Janet L. SmyderThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (98)

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Janet Lee (Berry) Smyder

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (99)Age 85, of Vestal, NY and formerly of Burdett, NY, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend, passed from this life into eternal life on February 25, 2024, after a brief illness.

She was predeceased by her parents, William Sewart Berry and Agnes Gertrude Gould Berry, one sister (Nancy Berry Teemley), and one brother-in-law (Jimmy Teemley). She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Joseph F. Smyder, Sr.; her son and daughter-in-law, Joseph F. Smyder, Jr. and Beth Smyder (Chesapeake, VA); daughters and son-in-law, Valerie A. Smyder (Vestal) and Kathleen J. and Sean L. Powell (Fairfax Station, VA); five grandchildren, Rebecca M. and Rachel M. Smyder, and Summer N., Madeleine C. and Sophia G. Powell; two great grandchildren, Kathleen and Liam Powell; brothers and sisters-in-law, Eddie and Glenna Berry and George and Mary Berry; and sister, Thanna B. Landon.

Jan was a long-time member of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, Vestal, where she served our Lord through worship, Bible studies and as a Eucharistic Minister. In addition to her roles as a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, she also provided daily, loving safety for 30 years to thousands of Vestal students as their school bus driver.

She was well known for her kind and gentle spirit, her loyalty and for always thinking of others. She heroically cared for her beloved husband as his health deteriorated, and felt it was her calling. She adored her children and was regarded by them as being incredibly loving, supportive and involved, a true angel on Earth. Her cookies and pies were famous, which she selflessly gifted to friends, family, and church. Her grandchildren have precious memories of learning to bake with her. She promised to give her recipes to them after her passing, ensuring her gift for baking with love was a legacy for generations.

Growing up on a dairy farm in Burdett, Jan found a love for all animals. She especially loved her rescue dogs and considered them her family. Most of all, she had an unwavering love for our Lord Jesus Christ and practiced her Catholic faith with devotion.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in her memory may be made to Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Vestal or Mercy House of the Southern Tier, 212 N. McKinley Ave., Endicott, NY. Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 4, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 801 Main St., Vestal. The family will receive family and friends at the Coleman & Daniels Funeral Home, 765 Main St., Vestal from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 3rd.

Burial will take place on Tuesday, March 5 in Holy Cross Cemetery, Watkins Glen, NY.

Obituary: Mildred Stacker-HastyThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (100)

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Mildred Erlean Stacker-Hasty

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (101)Age 75, of Corning, NY entered unto rest on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at The Corning Center.

Mildred was born in Manhattan, NY on May 25, 1948, the daughter of the late McKinley and Bertha O.D. (House) Stacker, Jr. She graduated from Babylon High School and Farmingdale College. She married the late DeWitte Hasty in Babylon, NY in March of 1976. She worked as a Health Care Professional for 28 years before retiring in 1999.

Mildred is survived by daughters, Noel Felton, Claudette Hasty, and Claudrene Hasty; sons, Quinton-Alan B. Hasty, and Derrick D. Hasty; sister, Carol Slater?; brothers, Umeme (Jennifer) Stacker and McKinley “MacK” (Oneyda) Stacker; brother-in-law, LeRoy Jackson; a host of grand, great grand and great-great grandchildren; as well as a host of nieces, cousins and other family members.

In addition to her parents, Mildred was predeceased by her husband, DeWitte W. Hasty; son, Leonard W. Hasty; and sister, Linda Jackson.

Family and friends may call from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, 2024 at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. Her funeral service will be held on Monday, March 4th at 12 noon at the funeral home, Rev. Quinton-Alan Hasty officiating. Memories of Mildred may be shared with her family and friends at vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Joan C. KinnerThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (102)

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Joan C. Kinner

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (103)Age 74, of Odessa, NY, passed away on February 15, 2024 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on February 10, 1950, the daughter of Herbert and Helen (Moore) Sheffield.

Joanwas a dedicated member of thecafeteriateam forthe Odessa-Montour Central School and enjoyed many years working in the Argetsinger Vineyards.

She was predeceased by her father in January 2007. She was also predeceased bytwo of hersisters, Donna Compton and Bonnie White,andgranddaughter Mariah.

She is survived by her mother, Helen (Moore) Haight;andthree children, Betty Lynn (Stacey) Smith of Beaver Dams, NY, Marion (Adam) Reed of Odessa, and Shirley Kinner (Frank Reed) of Watkins Glen, NY. As well as by herbrothers and sisters, Patrick (Cheryl) White ofCayuta, NY, Herb (Lisa) Sheffield of Ithaca, NY, Lloyd Sheffield of Ithaca, Helen Alford of Trumansburg, NY, Nancy (Dan) Greenwalt of Erin, NY, Sandra Babco*ck of Montour Falls, NY, and Debbie Hart of Ithaca;sevengrandchildren,Mindy, Jessica, Grant, Heavyn, Carri, Brielle, and Jana;and 10great-grandchildren, Brookelyn, Kayleigh, Avery, Thoryn, Greyson, Kiona, Maddisyn, Arryah, Mckennah, and Augustus.

Known for her passion for crocheting and the joy she found in dancing and singing -- what truly captured Joan's heart was preparing home-cooked meals for her family. Her love knew no bounds when it came to those dear to her heart.

In honoring Joan's life; a private celebration will be held by her familyat a later date. For those who wish to share their memories or extend condolences to the family, you may do so through Joan's obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Robert Joseph Baumgardner Sr.The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (104)

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Robert Joseph Baumgardner, Sr.

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (105)Age 69, of Burdett, NY, passed away on February 21, 2024. He lived for over 50 years with a significant traumatic brain injury which included a seizure disorder. He had a huge seizure on Friday afternoon and had to be put in a medically induced coma. He did not get better. He was gracious in life and passed away peacefully.

Joe grew up on Virginia’s eastern shores. He was a talented and lettered athlete in football, baseball and track at the Onanco*ck High School.

Joe was easygoing and had limitations, but he was always a very kind, compassionate, gentle man who loved his two sons and his five grandchildren tremendously. Joe attended the Rainbow Chasers Club in Watkins Glen and was best buddies especially with Steve and John. Despite some limitations Joe always gave his best efforts and did what he could to make whatever needed to be changed or fixed better. To those of us who appreciate compassionate people, Joe was top of the list. He will be missed by many who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Marie Ely Baumgardner; sons, Robert Jr. (Andrea) Baumgardner of North Ridgeville, OH, and Joel (Rachel) Baumgardner of Elmira Heights, NY; brothers and sister, Eddie (Flo) Baldwin of Onanco*ck, VA, and Leroy (Laura) Baumgardner and Pam (Johnny) Taylor, both of Melfa, VA; and five grandchildren, Nathaniel, Landon, Ellie, Molly and Avery. He was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Frances Baumgardner, brother John, and sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Richard Colonna.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Hector Presbyterian Church on Saturday (Feb. 24) at 1:00 p.m. The family will receive friends at the church prior to services from 12 noon-1:00 p.m.

Please consider in lieu of flowers, a donation in his memory to the First Presbyterian Church of Hector, 5511 SR-414, Hector, NY 14841.

You may leave a memory or condolence for the family in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. The Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home of Watkins Glen is assisting the family.

Obituary: Linda Rose Smith The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (106)

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Linda Rose (Smolos) Smith

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (107)Age 65, of Beaver Dams, NY, passed away on February 18, 2024 in Sayre, PA. Linda was born on December 5, 1958 in Urbana, NY to the late Margaret (Novak) Smolos and Leo Smolos.

Linda was a courageous, giving, and compassionate individual who dedicated her career to working at Schuyler Hospital and David’s Bridal, where she cherished her interactions and friendships with others. She graduated from Bradford Central School in Bradford, NY. Linda enjoyed traveling, snowmobiling, visiting and sometimes winning at casinos, baking, cooking and making pierogies, but most of all spending quality time with her family.

She will be deeply missed by her beloved husband of 46 years, John; and her fur babies Mya, Mia, Cujo, Mouse and JJ. Linda is survived by her sisters, Janice Shepard and Marie Smolarz; brother Leo “Butch” (Lori ) Smolarz; brothers-in-law Raymond (Janet) Smith, Michael (Valerie) Smith, William (Sandra) Smith, and Richard Smith; sister-in-law Robin (William) Rhodes; as well as by her many wonderful nieces, nephews, and cousins. Linda was preceded in death by her sister, Christine Price, her parents, and her mother-in-law, Joan Smith.

A celebration of life and a Catholic Mass for Linda will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Stanislaus Church in Bradford, NY, the American Cancer Society or the SPCA in her memory. The family wishes to thank the Falck Cancer Center, Arnot-Ogden Hospital and Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, especially the wonderful, kind and caring nurses and caregivers.

Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen is assisting the family.

Obituary: Dawn Renee PennypackerThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (108)

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Dawn Renee Pennypacker

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (109)Age 55, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born on May 24, 1968 in Olean, NY, the daughter of Michael Duffy and Cindy Dick. Dawn graduated from Alfred State College. She was an IT Specialist with Siemens Energy for 17 years. On June 13, 2009, she married Kenneth S. Pennypacker in Montour Falls.

Dawn loved cooking, baking and spending time with her family. She enjoyed scary movies, puzzles, and reading murder mystery books. In her free time, she enjoyed lounging on the back deck, fishing, visiting camp and gambling at the casinos.

Dawn is survived by her husband of 15 years, Kenneth S. Pennypacker; three sons, Jerry Jordan of Horseheads, Jesse Jordan of Watkins Glen, NY and Scott Pennypacker of Montour Falls; her mother, Cindy Dick of Wellsville, NY; sister, Tracy Martorana of Leroy, NY; brother, Dean Duffy of Ontario, NY; aunts and uncles, Jack Osgood, Nancy Barlow and Steve Dick; nieces and nephews, Jeffrey Duffy, Paige Webb, Jesse Pennypacker, George Pennypacker, Joseph Pennypacker and Emma Pennypacker; and cousins, Audie Osgood, Heidi Johnson, Cory Osgood, Kirk Osgood, Kellee Nowak, Josh Leonard, Chad Leonard, Tracy Barlow, David Barlow, David Dick, Jason Dick and Jennifer Charrette. She was predeceased by her father, Michael Duffy; stepfather, James Dick Jr; uncle, James Osgood; and aunt, Judy Leonard.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, February 24, 2024 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Dawn’s memorial service will begin at noon, followed by burial 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, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Karen KressThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (110)

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Karen Kress

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (111)Age 69, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, February 9, 2024 surrounded by her children, granddaughter Colette and loving husband Gene -- just the way she wanted it. Simply going home to heaven, undoubtedly passing back into her mother’s embrace.

Born on December 20, 1954 to Charlotte and James Baker, she was one of four children. She bought the house next to where she grew up on Clarence Street and raised her children to be as connected to family and place as she was. She was a caretaker to her parents and aunt as they aged. She took care of her own, a mother, sister, aunt and grandmother, always putting family first.

Early in life, she began working at Schuyler Hospital, becoming head of housekeeping before leaving to raise her family. Later, she embraced her passions and built a successful business, “Gifts from the Heart,” over thirty-three years at the Windmill Farm and Craft Market, where she served as a board member, vendor and volunteer. Her shop was a beloved stop on the North Street of Shops, an anchor for repeat visitors who would come year-after-year to see the one-of-a-kind creations made by their friend Karen.

Karen’s greatest joy was being a grandmother, first to Cora, and then to Colette -- miracles which initially seemed hard to get. She reveled in all the time she had with them -- making cookies, doing crafts, making play-doh, singing, playing on the playground or simply just being content. She loved having them home with her.

Her love and care are enduring for those who she loved, providing faith and comfort even in her absence.

She was predeceased by her mother and father, Charlotte and James, uncle Pete Spearman and cousin Michael Robertson. She is survived by her husband Gene; children, Melanie, Shelly, and Adam (Amy) Kress; her grandchildren, Cora Murphy and Colette Kress; her siblings, James (Pam) Baker, Don (Diane) Baker and Linda (David) Gokey; as well as her nieces, Stephenie Monroe and Carly Zeno (Anthony).

In keeping with her wishes Karen was laid to rest next to her parents in a private graveside service in Montour Cemetery.

For all those wishing to remember her, the family asks that you send a contribution for a memorial stone to be placed in front of her shop at the Windmill. Contributions can be sent via paypal to alk58@cornell.edu or mailed/dropped off to Gene.

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

Obituary: Richard "Griff" GriffithThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (112)

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Richard "Griff" Griffith

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (113)Age 80, of Burdett, NY, and formerly of Trumansburg, passed away on Monday, Nov. 20, 2023. Born in Geneva, NY, he was the son of Kay and Prof EE Griffith.

After graduating from Geneva High School and Hobart College, Griff led the most interesting bachelor life one could ask for. As a roadie for the band "Blue Oyster Cult," he traveled the States and met many famous musicians. He enjoyed the years he spent traveling to NYC to sell Christmas trees and he had quite a reputation for his potato pancakes when he traveled to cook at festivals. Griff spent many years bartending at the Rongo in Tburg or you could catch him in Geneva watching a Hobart lacrosse game. He was most proud of working with the security crew at Grassroots for so many years that he lost count. In his later years, he worked at the local Arc homes in Ithaca until he finally decided to retire on his 75th birthday.

Griff enjoyed telling stories (very slowly) to anyone who would listen. He loved living in the woods on Texas Hollow until his health began failing and he moved in with his niece in Burdett.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Edward "Ace" and Gary; sister-in-law, Cathy Griffith; niece, Peggy DeMinck; and his beloved Texas Hollow Cats, Beat It, Scram, and the Interloper.

He is survived by three nieces, Debbie (Bill McNicholas) Griffith of Waterloo, NY, Lisa (Ron) Grandel of Virginia, and Terry (Chico) Taney of Burdett.

In accordance wih Griff's wishes, there will be no service. Instead, please simply raise a beer and re-tell one of his jokes or stories.

Obituary: Rosemary E. JenkinsThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (114)

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The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (115)Rosemary E. Jenkins

Age 63, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2024 at Schuyler Hospital. She was born in Washington D.C. on November 29, 1960, the daughter of James and Elizabeth Jenkins.

Rosemary is survived by her companion of 19 years, Paul Green; a daughter, Beverly Jenkins; sister, Rebecca White; and niece, Casey McClary.

In keeping with her 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, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Michael E. LearnThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (116)

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Michael E. “Mike” Learn

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (117)After 73 years of making his mark in the world, Mike passed peacefully from this life into eternal rest on Friday, February 2, 2024, in New Port Richey, Florida. Mike was born in Corning, NY on November 20, 1950, the son of the late Elwyn and Verna (Young) Learn.

Mike was a lifelong resident of Schuyler County and enjoyed his days on the shores of Seneca Lake. In recent years he found a home and community he loved in Hudson, Florida.

Mike was an alum of Watkins Glen, Class of 1969. He was a multi-sport athlete and was inducted into the WG Sports Hall of Fame in 1994. Mike attended Ashland University in Ohio and studied business. He was a proud member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. Upon graduation, he returned home and worked for Learn Motors, eventually taking ownership of the business which he ran until his retirement in 2014.

Mike embodied these words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: “The purpose of life is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Mike made a difference! He was an integral part of the Watkins Glen community. He worked hard and found joy in the simple pleasures of life, whether it was outdoor activities, cheering at sporting events, or co*cktails with friends he cherished every moment.

Mike was devoted to his family, friends, and community. He gave freely of his time and was an active member of several service organizations: Rotary International, Elks Club, Moose Club, and Mechanics Club. He also volunteered his time to support the United Way, Seneca Santa, and many other community efforts. He never said no to someone in need. Mike’s absence will be felt deeply by so many who loved and respected him.

He is survived by his children: son, Jeffrey (Christin Bresett) Learn, and daughter, Alicia (Philip McIlroy) Learn; his partner and best friend, Esther Heichel; his bonus children Jenna (John) Niedermaier, Daniel (Elissa) Heichel, David Heichel, and Jeffrey (Ryan) Heichel. Mike’s love for and pride in his family was immense and his legacy lives on in his 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren who have all been blessed to experience the love he so freely shared. He also leaves behind his fur baby, Marley, and countless other family and friends.

Despite spending over 15 years battling a rare medical condition, he showed unwavering courage and tenacity. You never heard him complain; his smile and laughter still prevailed even on his toughest days, right up to the end.

Mike’s family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to Gloria Epp and Mary Dore for their constant care and compassion in assisting Esther to provide him with the best care at home.

A celebration of Mike’s life will be held this spring. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. Details are to be announced at a later date.

We respectfully ask that in lieu of flowers, you honor Mike by considering donating your time, talents, and resources to any local charity.

Obituary: Donald B. Friends The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (118)

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Donald B. Friends

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (119)Age 74, of Willseyville, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Feb. 5, 2024.

He was born in Elmira, NY on October 8, 1949, the son of Lewis and Mary (Sims) Friends. He was predeceased by his parents and several brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his wife Denise; children, Charlie (Amanda) Friends of Cayuta, NY, Amy (Mitch) Gleckner of Pine City, NY, and Becky Strong (Jim) of Willseyville; brother Henry Friends of Elmira; brother-in-law David Wilson of Phelps, NY; 10 grandchildren, Shelby, Daniel (Caitlyn), Sean, Kori, Madisyn, Jake, Cole, JulieAnn, Xander, and Jocelyn; two great granddaughters, Macie and Kinsley; special nephew Josh; and several other nephews, nieces and great nephews and great nieces.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Saturday (Feb. 10th) from 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; followed by a memorial service with military honors at 4 p.m. A reception will be announced.

Donald worked for various companies in Elmira and Tompkins County. He retired from Chemung County Transit.

He graduated from Elmira Free Academy in 1969 and was immediately drafted in the U.S. Army, honorably serving in Vietnam. He loved spending time with family and friends, and enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing and cornhole.

The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at Robert Packer Hospital for their wonderful care and compassion.

A memory or condolence may be left in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Thomas M. CheplickThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (120)

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Thomas Michael Cheplick

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (121)It is with bittersweet yet comforting thoughts that we remember Thomas Michael Cheplick, who fell asleep in the Lord on Saturday, February 3rd at the age of 95.

Born in Olyphant, Pennsylvania, Tom left his hometown to join the Army and served honorably in the Korean War. After his service, he attended Muhlenberg College and graduated from Mansfield University, obtaining his BS in Education. He eventually moved to Elmira Heights, where he fell in love, not only with his adopted town but also his soul mate, Mildred Petelchuk. In April, they would have celebrated 69 years of marriage.

Tom was hired at Thomas Edison High School to teach Science and Physics and remained there for 38 years before retiring. By all accounts, he was a beloved teacher and mentor -- and liked nothing better than to hear from former students. He had a genuine interest in their lives and achievements.

Along with academics, and because of his own participation in college baseball and football, he also coached numerous young people in tennis, swimming, football and, especially, baseball. And although he was averse to accolades, it was a well-deserved honor when he was inducted into the New York State Coaches Hall of Fame as well as the Edison Sports Hall of Fame, along with his big brother Dave. He rooted for the New York Giants, Syracuse basketball, Penn State football and was a lifelong fan of the Philadelphia Phillies.

It would be very difficult to find anyone who did not know or was not impacted by Tom Cheplick. For many summers, he ran the Heights summer recreational swimming program. He oversaw the teaching of thousands of kids how to swim. He eventually became involved with the Corning LPGA tournament, volunteering his time. He was a tonsured Reader and mainstay in the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church choir in Elmira Heights, where he worshipped for over seven decades. Ever the lover of music, Tom was a beautiful tenor with the Mark Twain Barbershoppers. He loved traveling, gardening, dancing, and reading; his interests and hobbies were many and varied. But of all the words written about Tom, he was most proud of his family.

He is survived by his wife Mildred (Petelchuk) Cheplick and his sister, Maryanne (Cheplick) Turko; his children Thomas (Maria) Cheplick, Steven (Shirley) Cheplick, Julie (David) Cordingley, and Deanna (Tim) McLaughlin, and his grandchildren, Andrew (Jillian) and Alyson (Chris) Cordingley, Larissa and Julianna Cheplick, Thomas, Nikolai, Melania, and Alexei Cheplick, and Shannon Woodruff (family), along with much beloved nieces and nephews.

All can attest to his kind, humble, and sincere nature. His devotion to God guided everything. His family welcomes you to visiting hours at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 140 Horseheads Blvd., Elmira Heights on Friday, Feb 9th, from 4 p.m. with a Panakhida service at 7 p.m. On Saturday, there will be Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. followed by his final resting place in the church's cemetery.

We respectfully ask that in lieu of flowers, please consider sending a check to the Cheplick Family Scholarship Fund administered by the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and Finger Lakes, Inc. at 301 S. Main Street in Horseheads, NY 14845. Or by visiting their website https://communityfund.org/give/ and selecting the "Cheplick Family Scholarship."

Service: Nadine (Brown) CrippenThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (122)

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (123)The following notice was submitted to The Odessa File by the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Nadine (Brown) Crippen

A celebration of Nadine (Brown) Crippen's life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church, 305 Church St., Odessa NY, with light refreshments to follow.

Nadine, of Alpine, NY, passed away at the age of 93 on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2023.

Obituary: Loretta ManningThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (124)

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

Loretta Manning

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (125)Age 92, of Frederick, Maryland and formerly of Montour Falls, New York, passed from this life on Monday, January 15, 2024 at Country Meadows in Frederick, MD.

Born on July 8, 1931 in Syracuse, NY, she was the daughter of the late John Thomas Petta and Anna (Terry) Petta.

An alumna of North Syracuse High School, Loretta was valedictorian, president of her class, and voted most likely to succeed. She continued her education later in life at Elmira College, Elmira, NY, and resided in Montour Falls until moving full time to Fort Myers, Florida in 2005.

Before retiring, Loretta worked as Odessa-Montour Central School’s District Treasurer for many years. Prior to that she worked as the Assistant to the President of Corning Community College and the Bursar of Lakemont Academy. She served on the Odessa-Montour School Board of Education, the School Board Association for Schuyler-Chemung-Tioga Counties, the Board of Directors of the Chemung County School Districts Federal Credit Union, the Ann Page Federal Credit Union, and held the position of President of the Schuyler County Democratic Women. She also managed the family construction company after the death of her husband, Richard Manning.

She is survived by her son, Anthony R. Manning (Margaret); her granddaughters Ashley Urban (Stephen), Leigh Margaret Manning (Inwook), Jordan Manning (John), and Mattalin Zetts (Adam); her great grandsons Ian Jamison, Hugo and Elam Hwang, and Micah Zetts; her step-daughter Sherry Manning Champagne (Norm); her step-sons William Chapman and Richard Chapman; her step-grandsons Alexander Chapman, Brendon Chapman, Brandon Chapman, Kevin Chapman, and their children; her sister-in-law Judy Gray, and her four special step-nieces.

She was predeceased by her husband, William R. Chapman, her first husband Richard W. Manning, her brother Thomas Petta, her step-son Dick Manning, and her step-daughter Vivian Leigh “Mimi” Manning Perry.

Because of her father’s Naval service during WWII, Loretta was a member of the American Legion in Fort Myers, Florida and was recognized for her abundant contributions of many years, including hand-knitted hats and scarves for active-duty servicemen. Loretta’s favorite pastimes included collecting antiques, playing bridge, visiting Disney World, cheering for Syracuse University sports teams, and enjoying her most cherished role -- that of a beloved “Grammy.”

A celebration of Loretta's life journey will take place on February 24, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. in Frederick, MD with interment at a later date at Hope Cemetery inCorning, NY. Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family at StaufferFuneralHome.com. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Obituary: Patricia J. FellThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (126)

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

Patricia J. “Pat” Fell

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (127)Age 84, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on Monday, January 22, 2024. She was born in Noxen, PA on January 25, 1939, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Gladys Dobson.

Pat worked at International Salt in Watkins Glen for over 30 years. She enjoyed snowmobiling with her husband Bob. She also enjoyed reading her many books. Pat loved watching over all the wild birds in her backyard that would come back year after year.

Pat had a beautiful soul and was always there for her family whenever they just needed someone to listen. She had a special way of always making everything better. Pat will be truly missed by everyone who came into her life.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Fell; sons, Frank (Colleen) Pastore and Jeff (Rose) Pastore, all of Watkins Glen; grandsons, Brad (Erica) Pastore of Saratoga Springs, NY and Daniel (Sara) Pastore of TX, Adam Pastore of Watkins Glen, and Jason (Makalia) Smith of VT; and granddaughter, Erica Smith of DE. She was predeceased by her brother, John; and sisters, Anne and Virginia.

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, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Bodizsar Francis Wood The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (128)

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

Bodizsar Francis Wood

Infant baby of Erica and Frank A. Wood of Van Etten, NY, joined the angels in heaven on January 18, 2024. He was welcomed by his grand-grandfather, Alex Cole, and grandfather, Frank G. Wood.

He is survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Also, maternal grandparents, Nate and Beckie Lockwood of Florida; paternal grandmother Teresa Wood of Odessa; and great-great grandparents, Harry and Anita Lockwood of Odessa, and Marge Cole of Watkins Glen.

A Service of Committal will be held Friday (Jan. 26) at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY at 11:00 a.m.

May he join the angels in heaven and watch-over as a guardian angel for his family on earth.

Obituary: Mary Wallenbeck The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (129)

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

Mary Wallenbeck

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (130)Age 74, of Odessa, NY is in Heaven! All of her family was by her side as Jesus welcomed her home. As a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend she will be missed dearly.

Mary was born on October 14, 1949, the daughter of the late James and Mary Wolfe. She was a resident of Odessa for over 47 years. She retired as the Health Manager at Schuyler Head Start after 33 years of service.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Jesse Wolfe, and brother-in-law, Shawn Northrup. She is survived by her husband, John E. Wallenbeck; sons Bill and Angela Mosher of Alpine, NY, Mike and Sonja Wallenbeck of Nashville, Tenn., and Brian Wallenbeck and Theresa Mathews of Alpine; brother Jeffery Wolfe; sisters Martha Northrup and Darlene Gillis; six grandchildren, Emily, Ethan, Maddy, Jenna, Julia, and Ashli; three great-grandchildren, Penny, Thatcher, and Jack; sisters-in-law Sandra Wolfe and Alice Clawson; very special, best friend Debra Elliott; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Wednesday (Jan. 24) from 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held Thursday (Jan. 25) at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of Christ, 165 Miller St., Horseheads.

It's been reassuring and comforting for all of us to know that for Mary being absent from her body was to be present with her Lord. We are resting in God's promise in his gift of salvation to all of us that Mary so humbly and undeservedly received Him.

Obituary: Burton L. SchoonoverThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (131)

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

Burton L. Schoonover

Age 83, of Elmira, NY, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2024. He was born in Barton, NY on November 28, 1940 to Edwin and June (Wood) Schoonover. Burton served with the U.S. Navy as a Radar Specialist from 1958-1962.

Burton was a man of many talents. You might say he was a Renaissance Man. He was a highly accomplished woodworker, model ship builder, tinker, artist, musician and animal lover. He designed and built his own timber frame home, created several cherished stained glass pieces, crafted his own instruments and made muzzleloaders. He was a primitive tipi camper and served many years as President of the Land of the Senecas Muzzleloaders Club.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Karen (Searle) Schoonover; a daughter, Tiffany Schoonover (John Owens) of Erin, NY; a son, Scott Schoonover (Tammy Ettenberger) of Horseheads, NY; niece, Melissa (Jimmy) Albright of OH; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was predeceased by his parents and his cherished grandmother, Margaret “Mag” Wood, from whom he learned many of his life talents.

At Burton’s request, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Chemung County SPCA, 2435 State Rt. 352, Elmira, NY 14903.

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

Obituary: Gladys E. ChaffeeThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (132)

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

Gladys E. Chaffee

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (133)Age 88, formerly of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Thursday, January 18, 2024 at Elcor Nursing Home in Horseheads, NY. She was born in the Town of Catharine, NY on May 30, 1935, the daughter of the late William and Gladys (Lisk) Thomas.

Gladys was a lifelong homemaker. She babysat and helped raise her friend Anne’s children. She enjoyed watching TV; her favorite channel was Hallmark. Gladys loved to sit outdoors in her rocking chair. She loved dogs, especially her dog Cocoa who waited at the rainbow bridge for her, and Anne’s dog Rosie.

Gladys is survived by her son, Jimmy Chaffee of Watkins Glen; step-daughters, Stephanie and Ida Chaffee; two grandchildren; and special friend and caregiver, Anne Centurelli and her children, Darryl, Jessica, Amy and Joshua. She was predeceased by her husband, James Chaffee, and a son, David Thomas.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at 1:30 p.m. at Laurel Hill Cemetery, County Road 10, Alpine, NY. 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.

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: Gerri Dawn BenedictThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (134)

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

Gerri Dawn Benedict

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (135)Age 67, of Burdett, NY passed away on Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at home.

She was born in Ithaca, NY on July 18, 1956, the daughter of the late John Taylor and Grace (Forgatch) Wilken. She graduated from Trumansburg Central School with high honors and attended TC3. Gerri was a secretary in the Ithaca City School District for many years. She was a member of the Montour Falls United Methodist Church. Gerri loved her dogs and enjoyed remodeling and decorating houses.

She is survived by her husband of 30 years, John Winner Benedict; two daughters, Julie Bauman and Jamie Bauman; two sons, John R. Benedict and Chris R. Benedict; brothers, David Taylor of San Diego, CA and Rodney Taylor; father, Dr. John Taylor of San Diego; four grandchildren, Bryce, Jake and Ellie Benedict and Ciera Babco*ck; and cousin, Lisa (Lee) Forgatch.

She was predeceased by her mother, Grace Wilkin; grandparents, John and Mary Forgatch; and aunt and uncle, Bob (Irma) Sayman.

After Gerri passed, John found a framed photo of their wedding with a note attached that Gerri left for him that read “Life is an occasion -- RISE TO IT. Don’t be sad because I died ... Be happy because I lived. I had a wonderful life!”

A service will be held by the pond at Gerri and John’s home on a date in the Spring.

Contributions may be made in her memory to the Montour Falls United Methodist Church, 124 Owego St., Montour Falls, NY 14865. 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: Daniel Mundo The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (136)

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

Daniel Mundo

Age 67, of Montour Falls, NY passed away peacefully on Friday, January 12, 2024 at Schuyler Hospital. Daniel was born on April 27, 1957 at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City to Elsie and Jose Mundo. He has lived in Montour Falls since 1991, with The Arc of Chemung-Schuyler.

Daniel’s laugh was always special as he laughed with his whole body and had the biggest smile anyone could imagine. He loved any obnoxiously loud toy and would put it right next to his ear and replay it over and over, smiling ear to ear. Daniel was well known for being a jokester to his peers, staff and anyone that he could get a reaction from. He would scrunch up his nose, make funny noises with his mouth and would win over the attention of anyone around.

Daniel was a foodie; he loved all sorts of various foods. If offered an endless supply of shrimp, he would have eaten for days given the opportunity. A perfect day for Daniel was listening to various genres of music, sitting outside listening to nature and his surroundings.

Daniel is survived by four siblings. He was predeceased by his parents. Daniel is also survived by his entire family at The Arc of Chemung-Schuyler, who will miss him greatly, as well as countless friends.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Wednesday, January 24, 2023 at 12:00 noon. A celebration of Daniel’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. A graveside burial will be scheduled at a later date due to inclement weather.

Obituary: Anne Marie Walker The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (137)

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

Anne Marie Walker

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (138)Age 72, formerly of Valois, NY, passed away on January 15, 2024.

Anne was born in Albany, the daughter of Fredrick and Evelyn Walker. She worked for The Arc of Schuyler in Watkins Glen for many years. She loved her Wheel of Fortune and Hallmark movies! She also enjoyed playing bingo, solving crosswords, and working on puzzles.

She was predeceased by her parents and her sisters, Eileen and Lori Walker. She is survived by her two daughters, Patricia (Jason) Fuller of Watkins Glen, NY and Sheryl (Al) Walter of Alpine, NY; and brother Thomas Walker of Ticonderoga, NY. Anne also leaves behind seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Saturday, January 27, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 1:00 p.m., Rev. Mike Kelly officiating.

Donations in her memory may be made to The Arc of Chemung-Schuyler, 203 12th St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

You may leave a message of condolence for Anne's family in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Charles E. DeckerThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (139)

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

Charles E. “Butch” Decker

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (140)Age 76, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Monday, January 15, 2024. He was born in Montour Falls, NY on September 8, 1947, the son of the late William and Doris Field. He married his wife, Vicky Bennett Decker, in Montour Falls on February 24, 1973.

Butch retired out of Monterey Corrections as a NYS Correction Officer after 28 years and was a Taxidermist in his spare time.

Charles was an avid hunter, fisherman and trapper. He was a former member of the Millport Hunting Club, Mechanics Club and Fingerlakes Trollers Association. He loved watching the Miami Dolphins and watching his grandson Jax play sports.

He was predeceased by his parents; sisters, Judy Croft and Gail Ann Burgess; brother, Robert Decker; and nephew, David Decker.

Charles is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Vicky Decker; son, Chuck Decker (Kristen Page) and their son Jax of Watkins Glen; daughter, Michelle Kendrick of SC; brothers, David (Lois) Decker of Rock Stream, NY and William (Megan) Field of Odessa, NY; brother-in-law, Richard Croft of Odessa; sister-in-law, Rita Decker of Odessa; granddaughter, Courtney Hickey; and by several nieces and nephews.

There will be a celebration of life held at a later date. Contributions may be made in his memory 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, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Muriel Klaas GraeberThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (141)

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

Muriel Elizabeth Klaas Graeber

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (142)Age 98, of Hector, NY and formerly of Valois, NY, died following a short illness on Thursday, January 11, 2024 at Cayuga Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ithaca.

Muriel was born in Hackensack, New Jersey on July 2, 1925, the daughter of the late William and Christina Klaas. She married Leroy Graeber on December 13, 1946 in Dumont, New Jersey. In her early years she worked at the telephone company in New Jersey. After she got married and moved to Valois, she became a homemaker. Years later she worked in the vineyards in Valois and Hector. She had also worked at NCR in Ithaca for many years.

She volunteered at the Valois Logan Hector Fire Dept. Auxiliary, serving breakfast and helping with the yearly summer fair. She loved to travel with her husband; one of the best was to Alaska and Nova Scotia. She loved to read books, play cards, do jigsaw puzzles, sew, crochet, knit, embroider, and garden. In the summer she enjoyed watching hummingbirds at the feeder and in the winter birds at the feeders. Her greatest joy was to see pictures of and have visits from her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchild.

In addition to her parents, Muriel was predeceased by her husband, Leroy; her four sisters and four brothers, sisters-in-law, and brothers-in-law. She leaves behind many family and friends who loved her dearly. Muriel is survived by her daughter, Lorraine Augustine and her husband, Edward, of Watkins Glen, NY; son, Lee Graeber of Hector, and special person, Angelita Graeber of Hector; six grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

A service of remembrance with interment at Woodlawn National Cemetery will be held at the convenience of her family. Donations may be made in Muriel’s memory to the Valois-Logan-Hector Fire Department, PO Box 46, Hector, NY 14841. Memories of Muriel may be shared with her family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com.

Obituary: Richard O. BaumanThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (143)

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

Richard O. "Dick" Bauman

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (144)Age 73, of Elmira, NY, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Monday, January 8, 2024, due to a heart attack. Richard was born in Montour Falls, NY on August 30, 1950 to the late Oakley Richard and Margaret Pound Bauman.

Richard graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1968 and went on to Alfred State College, graduating with an HVAC degree. After college, Richard went to live in Rochester, NY, working at Strong Memorial Hospital where he met Beverley Ann Estes. Richard and Beverley were married in 1972 and moved to Odessa, NY in 1973. Richard then opened Bauman Appliance on Main Street in Odessa.

Afterward Richard was introduced to R/C airplanes by some of the locals in the area and learned to fly. Shortly after, the appliance store was transitioned into a hobby store primarily and became D&B Hobby. Richard made many local lifetime friends in the hobby industry and taught many people to fly and build airplanes while supporting flying clubs, 4-H and Boy Scouts. After Richard and Beverley divorced, he ran the store until he closed it in the mid 2000's.

Richard was an avid photographer and loved all forms of aviation and auto racing. After closing D&B Hobby, Richard was able to turn his lifetime passions into a profession, taking photos at many sporting events, air shows and racetracks all over the world.

Richard is survived by his daughter Elizabeth (James) Chase and grandchildren Cody, Landen, Lindsey, Alyssa and Alex of Windsor, NY; son Christopher (Nicole) Bauman and grandchildren Mackinley, Grady and Griffin of Indianapolis, IN; brothers Patrick (Melissa) Bauman and Steven Bauman; brother-in-law Charlie Haeffner; nieces and nephews Jonathan, David and William Haeffner, Leisl (Kevin) Moriarty, Trevor (Elise) Bauman and Jordyn (Sherry) Hazelton-Mohr; many great nieces and nephews; special friend Linda Harnas; and many friends that he loved or considered family. Richard was predeceased by his parents; sister Susan Haeffner; and brother William Bauman.

At this time there are no services planned. Per Richard’s wishes, when the weather is warmer, there will be a party to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Richard’s memory may be made to:

--International Motor Racing Research Center, 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891, (607) 535-9044.
--National Warplane Museum, 3489 Big Tree Lane, Geneseo, NY 14454, (585) 243-2100.
--Donald J. Trump for President 2024, Trump Save America Joint Fundraising Committee.

Arrangements are entrusted to the McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water St., Elmira. Online condolences can be sent to the family by visiting https://mcinernyfh.com.

Obituary: George A. Roy, Jr.The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (145)

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

George A. Roy, Jr.

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (146)On January 10, 2024, George A. Roy, Jr., age 85, passed away peacefully surrounded by family in his Beaver Dams home after a long illness. Born on October 5, 1938 in Poughkeepsie, New York to George and Alma Lepicier Roy, George grew up on a dairy farm in Burlington Flats, New York.

He was a graduate of Edmeston Central School and later attended Cornell University and Hartwick College. George served in the United States Navy submarine force from 1958 to 1961. He then worked as a Financial Advisor for Prudential Financial for 55 years before his retirement.

His most defining and cherished role was that of husband to the love of his life, Doris. They married in 1962 and went on to have three wonderful children, George, Susan, and Sally. Together they raised their family on a small farm in Beaver Dams.

George cherished his friendships and the many communities he was involved in. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Corning, where he served as head usher for many years. A Scottish Rite 32nd degree Mason, he was a member of the Myrtle-Jefferson Masonic Lodge #131 in Montour Falls, the Old Oak Masonic Lodge #364 in Horseheads, and the Corning Painted Post Lodge #168 F. & A.M. He was also a member and past President of the Watkins-Montour Lions Club and was the recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellow award. He was also an active member of the Twin Tier Five Rivers Fly Fishing Club.

In his free time, George will be remembered for his love of woodworking, fishing, hunting, trapping, and farming. There was almost nothing he could not fix if he tried.

George was predeceased by his brother Gabriel. George is survived by his wife of 61 ½ years, Doris Roy; three children: George (Angelica) Roy, III, Susan (John) Gloss, Sally Siconolfi; seven grandchildren: Elizabeth, Julia and Charles Gloss, Alessandra and Daniela Siconolfi, Alexander and Isabella Roy; and his beloved brother, Gene (Yvonne Eckert) Roy.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate his life at a funeral service on January 14th at 1 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 33 E. 1st St., Corning. A private burial will take place at Bath National Cemetery. Phillips Funeral Home, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning has been entrusted with George’s care.

George's family will provide flowers. Donations in George's name may be made to: Christ Episcopal Church, 33 E. 1st St., Corning, NY 14830; CareFirst, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870; Twin Tier Five Rivers Fly Fishing Club by visiting www.TwinTiersfff.org, or to Meals on Wheels by visiting www.cmowheels.com.

Obituary: Nancy Lee Muddle The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (147)

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

Nancy Lee Muddle,
9/9/1939-12/18/2023

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (148)Nancy “Nan” was born on September 9, 1939, to parents John Livingston and Vivian (Marshall) Wade in Elmira, NY, and passed after a tough fight against cancer on December 18, 2023.

An alumna of Watkins Glen High School, Nancy was an energetic cheerleader for years. After graduation, she worked as an executive secretary for General Dynamics in Rochester, NY. She met her husband, Jan Arthur Muddle of Gloversville, NY, who was working as a patent draftsman for Smith Corona in Syracuse, NY.

After their marriage in Syracuse, Nan and Jan lived in the NY towns of Cortland, Greece, Rochester, and Webster before moving to Lincolnton, NC. After 15 years in North Carolina, they re-settled in Leesburg, FL. On September 14, 2023, Nan and Jan celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Nan and Jan are the proud parents of three daughters, Kara, Kelli, and Krista, and grandparents to Krista’s children Sebastian and Ariella Knope. Nan is survived by her husband, daughters, grandkids, sister-in-law Pat, wife to brother Garth (predeceased), brother Tom and his wife Mary, sister Carole and her husband Arnie True, and several nieces, nephews, and friends.

Nancy made friends wherever she went. She loved humorous stories and was an avid reader, especially of history. She was a talented singer, bookkeeper, event planner, crafter, and student. She will be remembered for her fierce love of animals, perseverance, bright spirit, friendly demeanor, and endearing love. She had an uncompromising devotion to her family for which she created a strong foundation.

“Nan” will be deeply missed and remain in our hearts forever.

“She made broken look beautiful and strong look invincible. She walked with the universe on her shoulders and made it look like a pair of wings.” ~Ariana Dancu

A Celebration of Life for Nan will be held at the Baldwin Brothers Funeral home at 1350 Burleigh Blvd, Tavares, FL on Friday, January 12 from 10 a.m.-12 noon, with burial following at Bushnell Military Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Vintage Paws Sanctuary (vintagepaws.org) as Nan was expressly empathetic to senior rescue dogs.

Obituary: Stephen Joseph Trechter The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (149)

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

Stephen Joseph Trechter

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (150)Stephen Joseph Trechter, born on October 17, 1941, passed away peacefully on January 2, 2024 at his home of 45 years on Sugar Hill in Watkins Glen with his loving family nearby.

He was born in Great Bend and raised in Manhattan, Kansas. After attending seminary school, he studied at Kansas State University and began his career as an English professor in DeKalb, Illinois and then Frostburg, Maryland before moving to Sugar Hill in 1978, and teaching until his retirement from the Campbell-Savona School District.

Stephen is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Kathy, his sisters Marilyn and Sara, his sons James Truxon (wife, Amy) and Samuel (wife, Heather), his daughter Kate Alfaro, his grandchildren Maria, Jeremy, Layla, Zoey, Lara, and Flynn and his nieces and nephews, Ben, Hannah, and Daniel and their families.

Stephen’s real calling in life was working on their small farm with his wife Kathy for the last 45 years. He was a master gardener, grew fruit trees and blueberries, produced maple syrup, and at various times raised sheep, cows, goats, pigs, and chickens. Home for him, and a day's labor, often meant digging a full garden bed or splitting a cord of firewood by hand. He was also a music lover, an intellectual, a poet, and awriter. He leaves behind a philosophy and quiet model of hard work, environmental conservation, and minimalist living that will continue to be passed forward.

Stephen was also a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He had a kind heart and sense of humor. He loved music, cooking pancakes, crossword puzzles, and spending time with his family. His time with us will be forever remembered and missed.

A celebration of Stephen’s life will be held at a later date. You may leave a memory or condolence for the family to read in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Stephen would be most pleased if donations were made in his name to The Finger Lakes Land Trust -- an organization he strongly supported as it seeks to protect land and keep it in its natural state in the Finger Lakes region.

Obituary: Melissa Ann DaddonaThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (151)

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

Melissa Ann Daddona

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (152)Our beloved Melissa Ann Daddona, age 48, of Watkins Glen, NY died unexpectedly on December 26, 2023 while at the family cottage on Seneca Lake. Survived by her fur babies Hannah and Seneca. Melissa was born in Hackensack, NJ on October 4, 1975.

Melissa is survived by her parents, James and Carole Daddona (LaPoma); sister, Candace Atkins; nephews, Nic and Corbin Atkins; loving partner, Patrick Dotts; cousins, Kathy Sindoni and Jon (Amanda) Sindoni; aunts, Delores LaPoma, Sandy LaPoma and Kathy LaPoma; Terri (Russell) Hill, Debbie Barton, Tom LaPoma, and Teddy and Carla LaPoma; and many other extended family members too numerous to mention. Melissa was predeceased by her brother-in-law, Daniel Atkins, Patricia Brown (Daddona), Don LaPoma, and David LaPoma.

Our spirited girl left after a good life of hard work and a fierce love for family, friends and all things furry.

In lieu of flowers, please give to a local animal shelter of your choosing. Animals were her passion and she helped and loved many through her life.

She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Elmira College. She served as Executive Assistant at Southern Tier Custom Fabricators.

A celebration of her life will be held on January 13, 2024 from 1-4 p.m. at the Seneca Lake Event Center at Clute Park, Watkins Glen.

Memories of Melissa may be shared with her family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: John Q SmithThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (153)

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

John Q Smith, born December 20, 1943, and died December 20, 2023.

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (154)John Q Smith, known as Q by many of his friends, died after a long struggle with frontotemporal dementia. He stayed with us until his 80th birthday and passed away in his home surrounded by family, with his wife (Joanne) of 58 years by his side. Thanks to Care First NY and local home aides for helping Joanne and her family to stay in his home for this special time of his life.

John Q was a prolific reader and writer and loved to be outdoors. We suspect he might at this moment be writing a critique about the lack of canoeing opportunities in the afterlife. John Q grew up in Watkins Glen, NY and remained a New York resident throughout his life, passing away in his Montour Falls home. He is survived by his wife Joanne Smith, his children Steve Smith (married to Annie Marie) and Kelly Smith (married to Tony), five grandchildren, and his sister Pamela Overacker (married to John). He also had many cousins, nieces, and nephews in the area that will dearly miss him.

John Q was an English teacher in the Elmira City School system for three decades before retiring to enjoy his true passions of canoeing, camping, and cross-country skiing. He was not a fan of crowds and most loved being with his friends and family on remote waterways. He loved the stories of the Canadian Voyagers and may well have paddled as far as those intrepid traders during his lifetime. John Q almost always travelled with his wife Joanne, who often sat in the bow of the canoe while John Q steered them to another adventure. When the children were younger he would encourage them to keep going that last mile so that they could enjoy “Jolly Time Adventure Land.” Although we usually ended up at another remote campsite, we hope he has found that ever promised place. John Q was also very musical and would often entertain his family and friends with his whistling and harmonica.

If you would like to support two organizations in honor of John Q, please make donations to the CareFirst NY at carefirstny.org so that they can continue to support families and loved ones as they near their final days. John Q also loved the Montour Falls Library (montourfallslibrary.org) and volunteered there.

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: Jesse Lee EllisonThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (155)

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

Jesse Lee Ellison

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (156)Age 89, of Tyrone, NY, died on Saturday, December 23, 2023. He was born in Lindley, NY on November 20, 1934, the son of the late Jesse Claude Ellison and Viola (Miller) Ellison. He graduated from Bradford Central School with the Class of 1954. He then served with the U.S .Army Reserves from 1955-1963.

Jesse’s career began driving tractor trailer, hauling brick freight and cattle. He then was a bus driver for Greyhound for 25 years, retiring on April 1, 1990. After retiring from Greyhound, he drove for Trailways, was a real estate broker and then became Tax Assessor for the Town of Tyrone.

On October 24, 1992, Jesse married his wife Marvella in Tyrone. Jesse was a member of the Tyrone United Methodist Church, the Mechanics Club and Ducks Unlimited.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Marvella (Sechrist); two sons, Claude Ellison of Tyrone and Jamie (Rosie) Ellison of Beaver Dams, NY; two brothers, Leland Ellison of MO and Raymond Ellison of Monterey, NY; two sisters, Kathleen Tinker of Painted Post, NY and Bonnie Birch of NC; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, David Ellison.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, January 2, 2024 from 3-5 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. His memorial service will follow at 5:00 p.m. Burial will be in Tyrone Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

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

Obituary: Donald David BaumanThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (157)

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

Donald David Bauman

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (158)Age 88, of Montour Falls, NY passed on Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at his daughter’s home in Corning, NY. He was born in Elmira, NY on August 11, 1935, the son of the late William Bauman and Josephine King.

Donald loved to hunt with his brothers and especially with his nephews. Don would always talk about his late wife, Beverly, and how he missed his honey. Don would always enjoy visits from his family and friends; he greatly appreciated all the love he was shown and was able to pour out over the years. Don was a member of Glen Baptist Church in Watkins Glen. More recently he attended Central Baptist Church in Corning with his daughter, Elissa Gleason, and family since April 2022.

Don is survived by his three daughters, Barbette (Clay) Hagood, Karen (Mark) Isaacson, and Elissa (Kevin) Gleason; one son, Richard (Susan) Michael; twelve grandchildren, Clayton, Michael, Kevin J., Kara, Kevin D., Shauna, Andrew, Nathaniel, Ashley, Brooke, Christopher, and Joseph; and 17 great grandchildren, Taylor, Kelsie, Kaylee, Anthony, Reign, Teagan, Camden, Landon, Elijah, Caleb, Josiah, Seth, Asher, Lorelei, Henry, Azariah, and Luke. He was predeceased by his wife, Beverly Ann Bauman, and his brothers, Robert Bauman, Oakley Bauman, and Gordon Bauman, and sister, Ruth Marshall.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, December 28, 2023, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the Glen Baptist Church, 3311 Reading Rd., Watkins Glen. Donald’s funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by burial in Montour Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Glen Baptist Church, Watkins Glen or Central Baptist Church, 11791 E. Corning Rd., Corning NY 14830.

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: Richard C. BaileyThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (159)

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.

Richard C. Bailey

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (160)Age 82, of Bradford, NY passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 19, 2023.

Richard was born on July 6, 1941 in Penn Yan, NY, the son of the late Spencer D. and Natalie M. (Gleason) Bailey. He was a graduate of Dundee Central School. He married his high school sweetheart, the former Mildred A. Thompson, in 1962. Richard made his career as a farmer, working for several different farms in the area and eventually owning and operating his own dairy farm, Lamoka Valley Farms, in Tyrone, NY.

Richard was a dedicated member of the Tyrone Volunteer Fire Department; Sons of the American Legion Meade-Price Post 1208, Wayne, NY; the Lamoka Lodge 463 F&AM, Tyrone; and the Tyrone Chapter # 612, Order of The Eastern Star. Additionally, he served as a Councilmember on the Tyrone Town Board.

He is loved and will be forever missed by his wife of 61 years, Mildred A. Bailey; his three children, Steven R. (Deborah) Bailey of Montour Falls, NY, Tina M. (Charles) Cummings of Churchville, NY, and Curt S. (Kathleen) Bailey of Bradford, with whom he made his home. He will be fondly remembered as Poppy to his five grandsons, Nathaniel Bailey, Nicholas Bailey, Maxwell Bailey, John Glick, Jr., and Christopher (Tracey) Glick; his four great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. Richard is also survived by two brothers, John (Linda) Bailey and Harry (Roberta) Bailey of Bradford, and many nieces and nephews.

Honoring his wishes, there will be no calling hours. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Inurnment will be in Tyrone Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tyrone Volunteer Fire Department.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water Street, Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

Obituary: Bobbie Ray EstesThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (161)

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

Bobbie Ray Estes

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (162)Age 78, of Watkins Glen, NY died on Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY.

Bobbie was born in Lyon County, Kentucky on February 18, 1945, the son of the late Elbert J. and Nola (Henson) Estes. Bobbie retired in 1983 as a MSG from the U.S. Army after serving 20 years. In his 20 years of service, he served in Vietnam and earned the National Defense Service Medal, an Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, a Bronze Star Medal and Meritorious Service Medal. He married Kathleen Haight in Reading Center, NY on November 26, 1993.

Bobbie is survived by his daughter, Krisi Dossett of Elkton, KY; sons, Michael (Jessica) Estes of Murray, KY, Kevin (Dana) Estes of Paducah, KY, and Matthew (Sam) Estes of Syracuse, NY; sisters, Faye Lutz of Eddyville, KY and Joyce Greer of Possum Trot, KY; brothers, Billie Estes and Jackie Estes, both of Eddyville, KY; eleven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and eleven nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Bobbie was predeceased by his wife of 29 years, Kathleen M. Estes, on April 14, 2023; his sister, Becky Suiter; and brothers, Jerry Estes of Cadiz, KY and Joe Estes of Houston, TX.

A graveside service with Military Honors will be held on Saturday, December 23, 2023 at 11 a.m. at Lakeview Cemetery, Watkins Glen. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Defense for Devon Fund, c/o Community Foundation, 301 S. Main St., Horseheads, NY 14845, or Robert M. Swinnerton Scholarship Fund, c/o Hector Area Lions Club, P.O. Box 102, Hector, NY 14841. Memories of Bobbie may be shared with his family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Nadine (Brown) CrippenThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (163)

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

Nadine (Brown) Crippen

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (164)Age 93, of Alpine NY, passed away on Sunday, December 17, 2023.

Nadine was born on July 19, 1930 in Elmira, NY to the late Eldon A. & Kate D. (Cook) Brown. She had four siblings, Donald, Clayton, Robert, and Sharon, who all predeceased her. She graduated from Horseheads High School in 1949 and Arnot Ogden Nursing School in 1952. While raising a young family, Nadine worked as an RN in various doctor offices and at Arnot Ogden Hospital until early 1964, when the family moved from Horseheads to Odessa, NY. In the fall of that year she started work at Schuyler Hospital, eventually becoming Head Nurse of the Emergency Department. She retired in 1992.

Being a mother of five active kids and a nurse, she was well known in the community. She always had a kind word towards people and would lend a helping hand to anyone who asked. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Horseheads and Alpine. In later years, she attended and was an active volunteer at the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church. She was a volunteer for many years at the Dutton S. Peterson Memorial Library in Odessa and was active in the Schuyler County Home Bureau. Nadine thoroughly enjoyed quilting and many other craft projects which were lovingly gifted to her children, grandchildren, and friends.

Nadine was a selfless, patient, compassionate and dedicated mother. She raised five children during the sixties and seventies and often went without to ensure her children were well cared for. Her door was always open and she made sure there was always enough food for the many neighborhood kids who walked through the door at dinner time. Nadine loved gardening and helping her family. She was quick to help take care of grandchildren or run errands. It was common to see her, well into her 80s, on a bright summer day mowing her son’s massive yard using that Kubota tractor while barn swallows flew about. Nadine also enjoyed hiking with the family. She was a happy and content person.

She loved her family immensely and they loved her the same. Of all her accomplishments, raising and helping raise three generations of children was what she was most proud of.

She is survived by her children: Patricia Sams of Canandaigua, NY, Robert Crippen of Newfield, NY, Martin (Judy) Crippen of Raleigh, NC, Donald (Mary) Crippen of Odessa, NY, and Donna (Tom) Bauman of Apopka, FL.

She is grandmother of Michael (Sarah) Sams of Pittsburgh, PA, Brian Sams of Palmyra, NY, Nichole Crippen (Joe Lorenzo) of Benson, NC, Kimberly Crippen of Cary, NC, Marcia Crippen of Durham, NC, Tracy (Nick) Sangprakarn of Montour Falls, NY, Craig (Amy) Crippen of Odessa, NY, Kevin Bauman of Apopka, FL, and Kyle Bauman of River Fall, WI. She also has eight great-grandchildren.

She will be dearly missed and never forgotten. A celebration of Nadine‘s life will be held on February 10, 2024 at the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church, 305 Church St., Odessa at 2:00 p.m., with light refreshment to follow.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Nadine’s memory to the Dutton S. Peterson Memorial Library, 106 First St., Odessa, NY 14869 or to a charity of your choice.

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

Obituary: Dennis LaytonThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (165)

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

Dennis Layton

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (166)Age 70, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on December 18, 2023 at Schuyler Hospital after a long battle with cancer.

Dennis was born on December 27, 1952 in Elmira, NY to Reginald and Ethel (Saunders) Layton of Wellsburg, NY. He was predeceased by his parents; his sister, Gayle Draper; and his brother, Raymond (Butch) Layton.

Dennis is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Janice; sons, Randy and Braden Layton (Kaitlyn Mills); his sister, Carol Jones; nephew, Joby Prior; his dear friends, Donald and Denise Oestreich; his sisters and brother in-law, Maureen (Patrick) Cornell, Roy (Linda) Burger, Bonnie Yezarski (Mike Putnam) and Nancy (Tim) Hepburn; and several nieces and nephews.

Dennis worked as a Plumbing Heating Technician by trade, but was also known for being able to fix or repair just about anything. He was very active as a volunteer firefighter in his younger years, serving as a junior firefighter at Wellsburg NY and as Assistant Chief when he lived in Conesus, NY from 1972-1984. Dennis was a member and past president of the Finger Lakes Trollers Association. He also served on the National Lake Trout Derby committee, and helped establish a weigh station at the south end of Seneca Lake.

Dennis was raised on Seneca Lake; his parents owned a cottage near Peach Orchard Point, where he spent every summer fishing the lake. Dennis and his wife Janice purchased and operated “Fred’s Place Bait and Tackle” from 1984 until 1993. Dennis was also an avid sportsman who enjoyed the outdoors, from deer hunting in the woods of NY and PA, to a bear hunting trip to Ottawa, Canada, where he got a bear. He also fished the St. Lawrence River, deep-sea fished in Florida, and took a fishing trip to Gloucester, Mass. Dennis loved to tell tales about his many adventures to anyone who would listen. But most of all Dennis loved his family, and spending time with his sons. He will be dearly missed by his friends and family.

Per Dennis’ request, there will be no calling hours. A private ceremony will be held by family at a later date. Anyone wishing to donate in his memory may do so to the Finger Lakes Trollers Association, Attn: John Evangelista, 3708 Pheasant Lane, Endwell, New York 13760.

The family is being assisted by the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York. Those wishing to send a message of sympathy may visit our Facebook page or atwww.blauveltfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Janice Angela Vaughn-YoungThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (167)

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

Janice Angela Vaughn-Young

Age 55, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2023 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center with her family by her side.

Jan was born in Ithaca, NY on October 16, 1968, the daughter of the late Edward Vaughn, Sr. and Angelita Bruman, whom she is survived by. She is also survived by her husband, Scott Young; sons, Anthony Vaughn, Alexander Rice and Simon (Emmie) Rice; brother, Edward (Susan) Vaughn; sisters, Deborah (Mark) Holton and Diana (William) Vaughn-Russell; brother-in-law, Edward Overhiser; and by several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. In addition to her father, she was predeceased by her sister, Kathleen Overhiser, and brother, Brady Vaughn.

Jan loved going on cruises to see the world, watching TV game shows, driving while listening to her favorite music, and above all spending time with family and friends. Jan was a U.S. Army veteran and went on to become an RN for over 20 years. She will be remembered best for her passion for helping others with her heart of gold. We will miss her ability to bring joy and laughter into any room with a funny joke or sarcastic comment.

Jan was a strong woman and always determined to handle anything life threw at her with grace and humor. She never let the difficult things break her spirit or make her smile fade.
She was a real go-getter when she wanted something. She was determined to make it happen. Jan was never afraid to speak her mind or stand up for what she believed in. She showed us that no matter what you go through, there is always something to be grateful for. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

A Celebration of Life for Jan 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, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Daniel Lee BolzThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (168)

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

Daniel Lee Bolz

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (169)Age 55, of Dundee, NY and formerly of Medina, NY, passed away at home on Friday, December 1, 2023.

Daniel was born in Buffalo, NY on November 6, 1968, the son of Dottie Flanders and Daniel L. Bolz Sr. He attended school in Lyndonville, NY and married Michele Laubacher in Medina on January 24, 1995.

He worked Cap 1 Stock at Walmart in Watkins Glen for the past 10 years. He was a member of the Grace Wesleyan Church. He enjoyed NASCAR, tooling around in the woods, drawing, and listening to music.

Daniel is survived by his fiancée, Tammy Cary, and her daughter and granddaughters; wife, Michele (Laubacher) Bolz; daughter, Kristen of Montour Falls; son, Daniel “DJ” of Dundee; sister, Cindy of Lockport, NY; mother, Dottie of Mississippi; father, Daniel Sr. of NY; seven nieces and nephews; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held at his home at 702 Fenno Rd., Dundee on Saturday, December 16, 2023 beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Memories of Daniel may be shared with his family and friends at vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Debra Coons Morgan BrookeThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (170)

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

Debra S. Coons Morgan Brooke

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (171)Age 67, of Montour Falls, NY entered unto rest on Sunday, November 26, 2023 at Schuyler Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born in Dundee, NY on August 5, 1956, the daughter of Fred S. Coons and Eleanor Delia Bailey, and graduated from Corning Community College. On August 23, 1986 she married William Michael Brooke.

Debra’s favorite thing to do was putting puzzles together. She also enjoyed being on the bowling league in Dundee.

Debra is survived by her daughters, Stacey (Robin) Lokken of Burdett, NY and Kimberly Brooke of Montour Falls; one sister, Patricia Rumsey of Reading Center, NY; three grandchildren, Jacob Lokken (Jessica) and Jonathan Lokken (Leah), both of Watkins Glen, and Zachary Smith of Montour Falls. She was predeceased by her parents; husband William Brooke; brother, Calvin (Fran) Coons; sisters, Jean (David) Troy and Judith Houck; and brother-in-law, George Rumsey.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, December 17, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. at the Burdett Volunteer Fire Department, 4124 Lake Ave., Burdett. 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: Anita Louise BiancoThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (172)

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

Anita Louise (Legg) Bianco

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (173)Age 76, of Watkins Glen and formerly of Geneva, NY, passed away on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY.

Friends and family may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 12, 2023 at the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen and again from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 13 at the Link 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. Mary's Cemetery, Watkins Glen.

Memorial donations may be made in Anita’s name to the Montour Falls Moose Lodge #426, 2096 Co. Rd. 14, Montour Falls, NY 14865, the Schuyler County Child Care Coordinating Council, 207 E. 2nd St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or the Mechanics Club, 237 W. Main St., Montour Falls, NY 14865.

Anita was born on May 13, 1947 in Montour Falls to the late James M. & Mary E. (Tenti) Bianco. She worked as a Secretary for Hobart and William Smith College for over 30 years. Anita enjoyed working with children at MyPlace in Watkins Glen. She was a member of the Montour Falls Moose Lodge #426, the Mechanics Club and St. Mary’s of the Lake Church.

Anita is survived by her sons, William (Stacey) Legg and Sean (Tammy) Legg; daughter, Cassandra (RJ) Wilson; grandchildren, Bretlyn & Mackenzie Legg, Kaileigh, Rebecca & Sarah Legg; step-grandchildren, Ronnie Wilson IV & Braidyne Wilson; and sister, Diane Bianco Johnson.

Memories of Anita may be shared with her family and friends athaugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Joseph Allen Augustine The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (174)

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

Joseph Allen "Joey" Augustine

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (175)Age 28, of Ithaca and formerly Watkins Glen, NY, passed away unexpectedly on December 3, 2023.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Friday (Dec. 8) from 1 p.m.-2 p.m.; followed by a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. He will be laid to rest with his mother at Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

He was predeceased by his mother, Elaine Voorhees Augustine, in 1997; maternal grandparents Gerald and Jeanne Voorhees; and paternal grandparents Richard and Joan Augustine.

He is survived by his father, John E. Augustine of Watkins Glen; brother, Anthony “Tony” Augustine of Ithaca; sister, Sara Augustine of Philadelphia; uncles, Chris (Terri) Augustine of Big Flats (cousins Zachary and Lauren Augustine), and Richard “Dickie” Augustine of Watkins Glen (cousin Hope Augustine); and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and relatives.

Joey was a loving and happy person who loved the outdoors, hunting, video games and his family. He will be greatly missed by everyone.

You can leave a memory of Joey or condolence to the family in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: Jack LeRoy Dougherty Jr.The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (176)

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

Jack LeRoy Dougherty Jr.

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (177)Age 85, of Palm Harbor, Florida, passed away on November 27, 2023. He was born on August 10, 1938 in Jersey Shore, PA. Jack was a hardworking and dedicated individual who spent his career as a Steel Detailer. He was known for his meticulous attention to detail and strong work ethic.

Jack grew up in Odessa, NY, graduating from Odessa Central School in 1956. He was very active in Boy Scout Troop 50. His parents were Jack and Ruth Dougherty, who lived on Church Street in Odessa until 1970.

Outside of his professional life, Jack had a passion for biking, golfing, and fishing. He enjoyed spending his free time pursuing these hobbies, finding solace and joy in the great outdoors. Jack's active lifestyle reflected his adventurous spirit and his zest for life.

Jack will be remembered as a kind and dedicated family man. He cherished his 65-year marriage to his beloved wife, Peggy, and together they raised four children: Jack III (Skip), Julie, Jerry, and Joel. He was a devoted father and took great pride in his children's accomplishments.

In addition to his wife and children, Jack is survived by his brother, David, nephew David Jr., and niece Kari. He leaves behind 13 grandchildren: Genessa, Gelaina, Gary, Bobby, Sarah, Michael, Kortlyn, Kennedy, Joshua, Jared, Julia, Hannah, and Hunter. Jack was also blessed with six great-grandchildren: Rowen, Carmella, AriYana, Lincoln, Eli, and Jack. His family was his greatest joy, and he cherished every moment spent with them.

A celebration of life for Jack will be held on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 2853 Sunset Point Road, Clearwater, FL. Following the service, there will be a celebration of life gathering from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., where friends and family can come together to share memories and support one another.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Jack's memory to Suncoast Hospice. Donations can be made online athttps://suncoasthospicefoundation.org/donations2/.Your generosity will help support their important work in providing compassionate care to those in need.

Obituary: Danny L. MattisonThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (178)

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

Danny L. Mattison

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (179)Age 43, of Beaver Dams, NY passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2023. He was born in Corning, NY on March 19, 1980, the son of Sam and Pat Mattison, and graduated from Corning West High School in 1998.

Danny enjoyed hanging out with his friends and family. He was a jack of all trades and enjoyed running heavy equipment. He liked riding bikes and playing video games. He loved his daughters and his buddy Jack.

He is survived by his wife, Amberly Mattison of Corning; two daughters, Kaitlynn Mattison (Kollyn Huyler) and Amanda Mattison; his parents, Sam and Pat Mattison of Beaver Dams; two sisters, Becky Mattison of NC and Kim Mattison of Corning; and by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother Andy Mattison.

A celebration of Danny’s life will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY.

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

Obituary: Gary E. KellyThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (180)

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

Gary E. (Pops) Kelly

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (181)Age 81, of Burdett NY passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Sunday, November 19, 2023.

Gary was born in Montour Falls, NY on August 24, 1942, the son of the late Floyd and Ruth Kelly. He was a graduate of Watkins Glen High School. He was a bus driver, a farmer, and a heavy equipment operator for his brother David at Silverline Construction, where he worked many years and loved excavating the most! He was also a Cub Scout master.

He and his wife Mary owned and operated Kelly’s Kitchen catering business together for 15 years, and their deer cutting business as well. He was a member of the Burdett Fire Department for 58 years and past chief. He was the past chief on the fire investigation unit, deputy coordinator, past president of the Burdett Fire Department and the Schuyler County Firefighters Association, and a member of the Elks Lodge 1546 for 41 years.

Gary is survived by his mother-in-law, Vera Franzese; children, Craig (Cindy) Kelly, Randy (Amy) Kelly, Kim (Tim Lock) Kelly, Corie (Andy) Stansfield, Gary (Brenda Crout) Kelly, Kenny (Amanda) Field, Kelly Field, and Kristin Field; 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; his siblings, David (Mary) Kelly, Patricia Dense, and Jason (Pamela) Kelly; sisters-in-law Susan Kelly, Sharon Kelly, and Terry Kelly; in-laws Chuck and Roe Franzese, Joe Franzese, John and Doreen Franzese, Bob Franzese, Angela & Neil Seamon, and Virginia Franzese; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; his fur babies Baylee (who will miss riding around Schuyler County in the POPSK Avalanche!) and Lola (who will miss him dearly); and many friends and family who all loved Gary, or as most knew him: Pops.

Gary was predeceased by his parents Floyd and Ruth Kelly; wife Mary Kelly; father-in-law Joseph Franzese; brothers Neal, Kevin and Phillip Kelly; brothers-in-law Terry Dense and Michael Franzese; sister-in-law Diana Franzese; mother of his 5 children Edith Specchio Kelly, and his best friend Harold Secord.

Special thanks to all who helped make sure he was well taken care of, especially Sherri Kelly and Phyllis Creighton Cady for letting us get him home where he wanted to be and taking such great care of him!! Also thanks to all the hospice care staff; a special thanks to Robin Thoman Holden for all you did as his nurse!!

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Gary Kelly to the Burdett Fire Department.

The family would like to invite all to a celebration of life at the Burdett Fire House on Friday, November 24, 2023 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Memories of Gary may be shared with his family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Raymond L. Wright Sr.The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (182)

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

Raymond L. Wright Sr.

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (183)Age 69, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY.

Ray was born in Elmira on April 29, 1954 to the late Faith (Rapplee) Clark of Watkins Glen. He graduated from Klasoldern American High School and married Michele K. Webb at the Full Baptist Church in Beaver Dams, NY on December 9, 1989. He served in the U.S. Army for 13 years and then in the Army reserves.

Ray worked as a machine operator at Yammer Toshiba in Horseheads for 15 years and then retired from Corning Glass Works after 14 years of service. He was a member of the Altay Baptist Church. Ray loved camping, boating, fishing, hunting, working on cars, fixing stuff, playing cards and Euchre. He also loved sci-fi movies, riding horses, rodeos and western movies.

Raymond is survived by his wife of 34 years, Michele K. (Webb) Wright of Elmira; daughter, Jessica (Steven Bozich) Wright of Corning; sons, Raymond L. Wright Jr., Jeffery L. Wright and Shawn Wright, all of Elmira; brothers, Lewis James Wright of Millerton, PA and Gary Wright of Watkins Glen; and grandchildren, Janelle Grover and Nicole Bozich.

Ray was predeceased by his first daughter with Michele, Angela Wright, in 1989; mother, Faith (Rapplee) Clark, on March 9, 2010; and grandparents, Walter and Lila Mae Rapplee.

Friends and family may call from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 27, 2023 at the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen. His funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Scotchtown Cemetery in the Town of Erin, NY.

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

Obituary: Colleen Catherine Ross The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (184)

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

Colleen Catherine Ross

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (185)Age 40, of Corning, NY, left this world on November 7, 2023.

Colleen was born in Corning, NY on February 11, 1983. She worked as a cook at Pierri’s Central Restaurant in Painted Post for many years. Colleen will always be remembered for her warm smile and friendly demeanor that made every person she knew feel special.

She is survived by her loving daughter Tessa Renee Watson, and partner of 14 years Cloyse Huyler; mother Julie Blencowe; and half-brother R.D. Blencowe, all of Corning.

You are invited to join the family at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen this Friday (Nov. 17) from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Together, we will celebrate Colleen's life, her love for Seneca Lake and find solace together. A Celebration of Life will take place at Marconi Lodge in Corning on Sunday the 19th from 1-5 p.m.

Her vivacious spirit brought laughter and joy to all who knew her. Aside from being the heart and soul of social gatherings, Colleen had a passion for bow-hunting. She demonstrated great skill, which led to numerous awards in various New York State Leagues.

A lover of nature's beauty, Colleen spent countless hours chasing sunsets and sunrises with her camera in hand. Each photo she captured held a piece of her vibrant personality and zest for life.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt "thank you" to the Corning Police Department for their compassionate care and professional service during this difficult time. Your support has meant the world to us.

You may express your condolences or share a cherished memory with Colleen's family by visiting her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Marian Anne HabbershawThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (186)

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

Marian Anne Hodge Habbershaw

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (187)Age 97, formerly of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023 at Bethany Manor in Horseheads, NY. She was born in Elmira, NY on Feb. 14, 1926, the daughter of the late John E. Hodge and Leda M. (Andrews) Hodge.

Marian was a member of the Montour Falls United Methodist Church and a long-time member of the Order of the Eastern Star Fern-Tyrone Chapter #142.

She was predeceased by her husband, Richard R. Habbershaw, and by her sister, Shirley B. Reynolds.

Marian is survived by her children, John (Mary Beth) Habbershaw, Douglas (Sherry) Habbershaw and Linda (Thomas) Van Galder; eight grandchildren, Glen, Douglas, Jr., Eric, Michelle, Jason, Daniel, Michael, and Thomas; 10 great grandchildren (the 10th great grandchild being born the morning of her death on 11/8/23); and by many nieces and nephews.

Marian attended Cook Academy in Montour Falls, where she was honored to be valedictorian of her class. Upon the closing of Cook Academy, she finished her senior year in the first graduating class of Odessa High School in 1944. She worked for Shepard Niles Crane and Hoist in her early adult years and then, until she retired, she worked with her family's insurance agency (John E. Hodge Agency, Inc.).

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. 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, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Robert E. WatkinsThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (188)

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

Robert E. Watkins

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (189)Age 71, of Watkins Glen, NY and formerly of Chemung County, passed away on November 5, 2023. He was born in Elmira, NY on September 19, 1952, the son of Robert “Andy” Watkins and Margaret Christy Watkins, and graduated from Southside High School.

Robert retired from the NYS Department of Corrections. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed spending time with his grand “Fur Babies.” He also loved NASCAR and muscle cars.

He is survived by his daughter, Katherine Watkins of Sayre, PA; son, Robert P. Watkins (Trish Hawken) of Elmira, NY; three stepchildren, Alexis, Aiden and Dylan Harford; granddaughter, Lillian; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents; and by his brother and sister-in-law, John and Patricia Watkins.

Services will be held at a future date. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Mary A. Rappleye The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (190)

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

Mary A. Rappleye

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (191)Age 95, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on November 4, 2023.

She was born March 27, 1928, the daughter of Clyde and Lula Wheaton. She graduated from High School in Odessa. Mary formerly worked at the A&P Plant in Horseheads and later discovered her passion working at AIM Independent Living Center in Corning, where she enjoyed helping the elderly. Her presence brightened the lives of those around her.

She was predeceased by her sons James, Gary, Donald and Kevin Rappleye; and brothers Clyde and Fred Wheaton. She is survived by her sons John (Peg) Rappleye of Monterey, and Winston “Charlie” (Marlene) Rappleye of Watkins Glen; daughter-in-law Bonnie Rappleye of Watkins Glen; sister-in-law Clara Wheaton of Montour Falls; 17 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

A graveside memorial service will be held at the Montour Cemetery (bottom entrance, first driveway) on Wednesday (Nov. 15th) at 1:00 p.m. A reception and time to share memories will follow at the Monterey Fire Department.

You may share condolences or leave a memory of Mary in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

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

Obituary: Thomas Bernard PowersThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (192)

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

Thomas Bernard Powers

Age 88, of Grove City, Ohio passed away on November 9, 2023.

He was born October 24, 1935 in Montour Falls, New York to the late Bernard and Lucille (Peck) Powers. He retired from JC Penny. Thomas was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Alice Powers, and brother Jim Powers. He is survived by his daughter Barb (Bob) Brotherton; son Jeffrey (Mary) Powers; grandchildren Sarah (Mike) Schleehauf, Brett (Tiffany) Brotherton, David Powers, Jonathan Powers and Grace Powers; great grandchild Logan Schleehauf, and sister-in-law Ruth Powers.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday November 15, 2023 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 3782 Broadway, Grove City, Ohio, with Rev Fr. Joe Yokum Celebrant. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Arrangements completed with the Spence-Miller Funeral Home, Grove City, Ohio, where an online guest book may be signed at www.spencemillerfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Nathalie Ann StantonThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (193)

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

Nathalie Ann Stanton

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (194)Age 94, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Monday, November 6, 2023 at her home.

She was born in Springfield, PA on February 23, 1929, the daughter of the late Roy and Frances Bailey, and graduated from Odessa High School.

Nathalie worked as an accountant for many years. Her hobbies included golfing, biking, dancing and reading. She loved playing cards and games with her family.

She is survived by two daughters, Shelly Borra of Alpine and Robin (John) Johnson of Moravia; one son, Terry (Diane) Mannion of Hector; five grandchildren; several great grandchildren; her beloved cat, Shadow, who was her constant companion; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services 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, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Ann Clute ObenshainThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (195)

The following obituary for Ann Clute Obenshain, 82, of Crestwood, Kentucky -- who passed away on Oct. 22, 2023 -- was submitted to The Odessa File by a family member.

Ann Clute Obenshain

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (196)Our fabulous, stunning and remarkable mother (Mom/ Maman/ Mum), Ann, passed away peacefully with her daughters by her side on October 22, 2023. She was a beacon of kindness and light and was absolutely adored by so many. Truly one of a kind.

Ann possessed an unwavering dedication to her daughters, Liza and Meg, and her entire family. Her garden was her happy place and she loved sharing her knowledge and passion for plants, flowers, birds and the outdoors with anyone who would listen.

Ann was an ardent believer in the power of education and helping others. Her bright smile greeted everyone at the Y for many years and she fully embraced the Y’s community and values.

Ann was a proud yankee from upstate New York. She was born in Schuyler County and grew up in Watkins Glen. Her father was Warren W. Clute Jr. and her mother Elizabeth Johnston Clute.

She then lived in Kentucky starting in the early seventies -- adopted by the southern warmth of Kentucky. She formed strong bonds and friendships here while remaining close to her precious circle of lifelong friends, the “Fugs.”

We are immensely grateful for the loving care and guidance provided by everyone she encountered at Baptist East in the past few months.

A very special thanks goes to her chaplain Patrick who provided constant strength through his presence.

In her honor, at the top of your lungs, please shout:

GO CARDS!!

Bring the buck buck bucket HERE!!

And as she recently stated, “Whatever you do today, do it well.”

A celebration for Ann will take place at a future date.

In lieu of flowers or other gifts, please donate in her memory to the Oldham County (Kentucky) Y: https://www.ymcalouisville.org/locations/oldham-county-family

Obituary: Ralph Nemeth The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (197)

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

Ralph Nemeth

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (198)Age 86, formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, died on October 30, 2023.

“Watch out for that other guy” is great wisdom from a great man. That man is RalphNemeth, who went home to be with our God and Savior at the age of 86 years young. (Young compared to eternity!)

Ralph was born in Blairstown, NJ on August 20, 1937. He left high school to join the United States Air Force, where he served for over 21 years as a Communications Specialist, among other specialties. He served in Germany, Italy, Turkey and Spain before his Honorable Discharge in 1975, when he settled in Watkins Glen. He then worked as a skilled machinist at Shepard Niles Crane and Hoist in Montour Falls for 10+ years before an injury forced an early retirement there. He also lived in Florida and then settled in middle TN for the last 16 years of his life here on earth.

Though some of his ways could be considered cantankerous at times by outsiders, those who truly knew him knew the fierce love and caring soul he had for others ... and his great sense of humor. When he wasn’t enjoying time with his family or a great church service with Pastor Allen at WOC, he enjoyed using his green thumb to create his own iterations of roses, as well as create a little FL in TN with his amazing Banana Palm trees.

While he will always be continuously and sorely missed by those of us still under the sun, we know Heaven is rejoicing at his arrival and he is reunited with those who have gone home before him. In fact, he, Poppy and Uncle John are likely telling stories to each other right now!

Ralph is survived by his son, BudNemethand his family, Wife - Courtney, Children - Baylee (and husband Matthew Donnell), Kaylee and KooperNemeth. His daughter AngieNemethand her children and grandchildren. His ex-wife, KatherineNemeth. His sisters, Freda Barnes, Hazel Angle and Anna Arzberger.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Irene (Gouger)Nemeth,and siblings Joe, John, Robert and HowardNemeth.

A Celebration of Life Service in NY will be at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, at a future time to be announced. (www.roycechedzoy.com)

Obituary: Tod C. BlodgettThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (199)

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

Tod C. Blodgett

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (200)Age 59, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away surrounded by loving family on October 26, 2023.

Tod was born in Walton, NY to the late Robert Blodgett and Nancy (Davis) Blodgett. He graduated from Walton High School and worked in construction for many years.

Tod was an outstanding dad to five children: Brett Schaffer (Reagan Ball), Brittiny Blodgett, Alicia (Kevin) Gallagher, Keith Blodgett, and Celeste Blodgett. He was a doting grandpa to Jack, Millie, Adeline, Ronan, Emersyn, and Finn. He was a loyal brother to Vicky (Dennis) Fusco, Pete (Linda) Blodgett, (the late) Bob Blodgett, and Toby Blodgett. He was a fun and loving uncle to several nieces and nephews. He was a kind friend to many.

If there was a baseline to being a good dad, Tod far exceeded it. He raised two boys that wouldn’t have otherwise had the experience of a loving father. He nurtured three girls who never went without feeling cherished. He valued his friendships and was an open book to whomever crossed his path. He held space for anyone who needed encouragement, or a safe place to be.

Tod made his kids laugh until they cried, terrified the hell out of them for innocent fun, taught them that integrity and being kind are prerequisites to success, and that there is no maximum amount of love one has to share.

Tod was quick and witty, sharp, wild, and ridiculous at times. He never stopped talking, but told captivating stories (that we choose to believe are all true). He took pride in his work and made even the most arduous tasks meaningful and important. He was forgiving and generous. He was the definition of resilience. His kids were the sun, moon, and stars to him.

He will be missed beyond measure. And never, ever forgotten.

A memorial will be held in Tod’s honor fronm 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at the Moose Club, 2096 Co. Rd. 14, Montour Falls. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. To leave his family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Christopher Daniel Smith The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (201)

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

Christopher Daniel Smith

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (202)Age 51, of Pine City, NY, went home to God on October 28, 2023 after an extended battle with cancer.

Chris was born in Allentown, PA on August 28, 1972, the son of Albert and Helen Sullivan. He graduated from Horseheads High School in 1991.

He is survived by his wife, Christina M. (Christian) Smith; mother, Helen Sullivan; brothers and sister, Henry, Joel, and Melanie; daughter, Alyssa; step-brother, Kevin, step-sister, Jennifer; and several nieces and nephews.

Chris was a fun-loving soul, with an off-beat sense of humor, and loved to laugh and joke. He was a phenomenal cook and had a real zest for life. He was always active and could never sit still! He really enjoyed being outdoors.

He was passionate about watching the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Mets play and win. He was a much-loved husband and son, and a very dear friend. He will be missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Thursday (Nov. 2) from 12 noon-1 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m.; and burial at Tyrone Union Cemetery. You may leave a memory of Chris or a condolence for his family in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Jeanne Witte Wrinkle WaylandThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (203)

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

Jeanne Witte Wrinkle Wayland

Age 83, passed away on October 29, 2023 at Bethany Manor in Horseheads, NY.
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Jeanne was born on March 22, 1940, to Howard and Ethel (née Court) Witte in Oceanside, Long Island, NY. She graduated from East Rockaway High School and Oswego Teachers College. She later obtained her Masters in Reading Education from Elmira College.

On Long Island, Jeanne taught kindergarten at the North Belmore school district for 7 years. In 1976, she moved to Bath, NY with her then husband William Neal Wrinkle and their two children. She continued teaching in the Bath (Haverling) and Corning-Painted Post school districts until she retired in 2003. She also gave private piano lessons to many students, which was a great pleasure for her. She traveled to Thailand, China, and the Philippines on her own after she retired.

Jeanne married her beloved second husband Paul O. Wayland in 2007 and spent the next 16 years talking about how much she loved him and how lucky she was to have found him. Together they traveled to several National Parks and sites along the West Coast. She and Paul loved cruising, with travel to both the East and West Caribbean, Alaska, New England, and Nova Scotia. She and Paul spent the cold winter months in Venice, Florida and summers in several locations in Chemung County, NY.

Jeanne was a long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bath, where she sang in the choir; Trinity Presbyterian Church in Venice, and First United Methodist in Horseheads.

In addition to her husband Paul, Jeanne is survived by her son William H. (Flora) Wrinkle of Cagayan De Oro, Philippines; her daughter Nancy Court Wrinkle (Daniel) Molden of Chicago, Illinois, and grandchildren, Vincent Molden, Evie Molden, Walter Molden, and Samantha Wrinkle. She is also survived by her five stepchildren: Jeffrey (Dorothy) Wayland of Ontario, NY, Randall (Heather) Wayland of Farmington, NY, Gregory (Ratree) Wayland of Gainesville, FL, Brenda (Eric) Hopson of Tracy, California, and Sharon (Dave) Sidle of Trumansburg, NY; 10 step-grandchildren: D.J. (Emily) Wayland, Alaina (Cody) Wayland (Hipkins), Madison Wayland, Beech Wayland, Brenan Wayland, Shalane Wayland, Emma Hopson, Lee (Kaylan) Sidle, Charles (Emelia) Sidle, and Ida Sidle; and two step-great-grandchildren, Emerie and Arthur.

Jeanne was predeceased by her parents, her brother Robert F. Witte, his wife Susan, and her cousin Carol.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1034 Broad St., Horseheads, NY. Interment will be private in Montour Cemetery at a later date.

Donations may be made in her honor to First United Methodist Church, 1034 W. Broadway, Horseheads, NY 14845. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com.

Obituary: Lewis Stanley VanNederynen The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (204)

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, Trumansburg.

Lewis Stanley VanNederynen

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (205)Age 92, of Mecklenburg, NY passed away at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, Montour Falls, NY on Monday, October 23, 2023.

Stanley was born on June 7, 1931 in Ithaca, NY, a son of the late Frederick and E. Marie (Rockwell) VanNederynen. He was a farmer and spent many years as a cattle artificial inseminator serving farms across Schuyler, Tompkins, and Seneca counties.

Stanley was a member of the Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Department in the 1960s and served as a past president. He was proud of his garden, always growing enough sweet corn for the entire neighborhood. His favorite hobbies were hunting and fishing, often tying his own fishing lures.

Stanley is survived by his children, Jane (Steve) Ike, Larry (Linda) VanNederynen, Barbara (Jeffrey) Adams, and Kristen (Mark) Wells; 12 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Gordon (Sandy) Roberts, Carol Rundle, and Eleanor VanNederynen; longtime friend Mary Jane Wells; several nieces, nephews, and extended family; and beloved cat, Kat. In addition to his parents, Stanley was preceded in death by his loving wife Irene in 2021; son John VanNederynen in 2023; and brother Gordon in 2022.

The family will be present to receive friends on November 3, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, 23 South Street, Trumansburg, NY. A Memorial Service will immediately follow at the funeral home at 12:00 noon, followed by burial at Grove Cemetery in Trumansburg.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks those who would like to make a contribution in Stanley’s memory to consider the Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 108, Mecklenburg, NY 14863.

For additional information, please contact the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home at 607-387-8151.

Obituary: Deborah A. Grow The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (206)

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

Deborah A. Grow

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (207)Age 67, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on October 15, 2023 after an extended illness.

She was born in Montour Falls, NY on Sept. 18, 1956, the daughter of Hank and Jean (Voorheis) Simmons.

She is survived by her son, Sam Ventra of Watkins Glen; daughter Breanna Ventra of Horseheads, NY; brothers Hank (Patsy) Simmons of Watkins Glen, Bruce Simmons of Burdett, NY, Glen Simmons of Watkins Glen, and Ted Simmons of Watkins Glen; sister Laurie Landon of Burdett; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday (Oct. 28th) starting at 1:00 p.m. at the home of Bruce Simmons, 3500 South Hill Road, Burdett.

She will be interred with her parents at the Union Cemetery of Hector in Burdett at the convenience of the family.

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

Obituary: Dorothy Kovacs The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (208)

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

Dorothy (“Dot”) Kovacs

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (209)Age 87, of Ithaca, NY passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at Hospicare, Ithaca on September 10, 2023 of natural causes.

Loving daughter of Veronica and Dezso Kovacs, she was born in New York City on January 11, 1936 and spent her childhood in Bayonne, NJ. After graduating from Fairleigh Dickinson College, Dorothy worked for over 20 years as a registered nurse until her retirement in 1995. She treated her elderly patients with the same endless love and care that she graciously showered upon her family.

Dorothy loved singing, dancing, swimming (floating), playing with her grandchildren, eating, and just plain having fun. In her later years, she was most at peace when visiting her little duck pond in Horseheads, NY (see below poem).

She is survived by her three children and their spouses, Henry (Kathleen) Rocholl IV of Pompano Beach, FL, Eric (Kathlyn) Rocholl of Fayetteville, PA, and Denise (Jim) Searle of Watkins Glen, NY. She had 11 grandchildren: Hannah Rocholl, Matthew (Devita) Rocholl, Amy (Kevin) Hewes, Heather (Jordan) Patterson, Beth (Chidera) Ogbogu, Scott (Zeke) Loudin, Alexander (Nateah) Rundle, Abigail Rundle, Jasmine Searle, Deven (Maddy) Searle, and the late Jonathan (Michelle) Murdough; and seven great grandchildren: Mickayla, Henry, Martin, Veronica, Ellodie, Eden and Killian.

Her big heart and inquisitive mind will be sorely missed by the entire family, but she is now with the Lord. Freed of her worldly concerns, she is undoubtedly engaged in long and lively conversations with EVERYONE in heaven! In lieu of formal services, Dorothy’s wish was for the family to hold a private celebration of life, which will be conducted at a future date.

Per Dorothy’s wish, please make any donations in her honor to the American Cancer Society (donate.cancer.org) and/or your local hospice care center (hospicare.org).

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

My Little Duck Pond
(by Eric Rocholl)

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (210)As I ponder life’s curious ways,
My duck pond wonders not.
Should I stay, or will I go? Which way? I do not know.
My duck pond’s ripples soft reply: No currents churn below.
Are they hungry? Have they lost ... their ducklings in the rough?
My duck pond’s waters buoyant wave; for fowl there is enough.
A bobber jerks, the line goes taught; poor fish, a fight for life.
The stick will hold, the hook doth fold, pond’s days are void of strife.
The clouds grow dark, and lightning strikes, for cover all must seek.
My pond awakes, the raindrops make, a cleansing for the weak.
The sun returns, and light grows sharp, my eyes a pain they feel
Rainbow appears, my pond, no fears; a glory God reveals!
I often wonder, how many days?
Yet pond no time shall see.
You warm my heart and soothe my soul, for time eternity!

Obituary: Thomas C. DoolittleThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (211)

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

Thomas C. Doolittle

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (212)Age 67, of Elmira, NY passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and loved ones, on Monday, October 16, 2023 at St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Facility.

Thomas was born in Elmira on May 9, 1956 to the late Clifford and Virginia (O’Daniels) Doolittle. Tom worked as a mechanic for VanSkiver’s Motors for most of his career.He enjoyed listening and dancing to good old Rock and Roll music being played by a live band every chance he got.

Tom was very skilled in home improvement and maintenance. He was always making the house a better home for his family. Tom’s auto mechanic skills were put to good use by repairing and replacing the brakes (and anything else that went wrong) on the family’s vehicles. Above all, Tom enjoyed adventures with his kids from Keuka Lake days and camping when they were young to the later years simply grabbing a hardy meal and catching a show together. Tom was loyal, had a kind and quiet soul, loved animals, and never complained.

Along with Tom’s parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Debbie (Doolittle) Rice; brother, Gary Doolittle; and step-brothers, David Buchanan and Jeffrey Buchanan. Tom is survived by his first wife, Sarah Kim Doolittle, and their children, Joshua Doolittle of Orlando, FL, and Erica (Matt) Edminster, and granddaughter, Kyra Edminster, all of Syracuse, NY; sister, Terry (Thomas) Vine of Horseheads, NY; step-mother Mary Doolittle of Deltona, FL; step-brothers Michael Buchanan of Odessa, NY, Christopher Buchanan of Montour Falls, NY, and Nathan Buchanan of Deltona, FL, along with many beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Tom is also survived by his closest companion, and ex-wife, Debra (Doolittle) Kittle, of Elmira Heights, NY, along with her children, Michelle (Rodney) McClelland, of Horseheads, NY, Kammie Schlesselman, of Buffalo, NY, and Carl Lewis Jr., of Elmira Heights, NY. Tom also acquired six loving bonus grandchildren that he cared for and enjoyed spending time with over the years: Zachary, Zoey, Sadie, Sophie, Benjamin, and Lillian.

A private service will be held by the family.Memorial donations may be made in Tom’s memory to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA), or to your local SPCA.

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

Obituary: Richard Luis EgidioThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (213)

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

Richard Luis Egidio

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (214)Age 63, of Southington, Connecticut, passed away on Monday, October 2, 2023 in Montour Falls, New York. He was born on November 28, 1959.

Ricky (Jiggy) was a devout individual who loved the Lord and dedicated his life to spreading God’s word.

Richard is survived by his two sisters, Lisa Garcia and Kimberly Garcia, as well as his extended family members, Theodore, Mark, Michael, Teri and Tina. He was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Griscom, and father, Richard Egidio.

Church services will be held in memory of Ricky (Jiggy) on Saturday, October 28, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Living Church, 20 Grove St., Plantsville, CT. Please join us in remembering Richard Luis Egidio, a loving individual who dedicated his life to faith.

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

Obituary: Barbara Ann Loose The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (215)

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

Barbara Ann (Barb) Loose

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (216)Age 80, died peacefully on October 14, 2023 in The Villages FL.

Barb was born in Sheepshead Bay, NY on February 7, 1943. She graduated from Great Neck North High School in Great Neck, NY.

Barb and her husband Jim raised their family in Watkins Glen, NY. She was a member and volunteer with The First Presbyterian Church of Watkins Glen and, later, the First Presbyterian Church of Glens Falls, NY and North Lake Presbyterian Church in Lady Lake, FL. Barb enjoyed helping others and volunteered her time with various organizations, including The Arc of Schuyler County, and served as the treasurer for the Watkins- Montour Rotary Club in NY. Barb was employed as a banker for many years in both Watkins Glen and Ithaca, NY and retired as the Manager of the Finger Lakes Bank in Odessa, NY.

Barb was extremely social and had many wonderful friends in both New York and Florida. She enjoyed spending time golfing, camping, playing mahjong and traveling. She loved reading, taking art classes, creating pottery and painting. Her happiest times were spent with her family and on the sidelines of her children’s and grandchildren’s games and meets. After retirement in 1997, Barb and Jim shared their time between Watkins Glen, Queensbury, NY and The Villages, FL.

Barb is survived by her son, John, (Marianne) of West Point, NY, daughter Debra Gonyeau (Steve) of Hudson Falls, NY, and grandchildren, Lauren and Grace Loose and Nathan and Cameron Gonyeau. She is also survived by two brothers, Daniel Mazza (Sara) and Stephen Mazza; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ronald and Roberta Loose, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, James A. Loose; her son, Gerald Loose; brother, Mauro Mazza, and her mother, Agnes Mazza.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barb’s memory to:

Lauren’s First and Goal Foundation / www.lfgf.org
1002B Bartlett Loop West Point, NY 10996

Obituary: Joan K. (Brown) Farrington The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (217)

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

Joan K. (Brown) Farrington

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (218)Age 86, of Hector, NY, passed away peacefully on October 14, 2023, her birthday, while she slept after a wonderful day of celebrating with family, friends and the caring staff at Seneca View.

Joan was predeceased by her parents, Francis Brown and Henrietta (Kiefer) Brown; her siblings, Beryl Brown, Rita Nowlan (m. Wayne) and John Brown, and her loving husband Leslie Farrington. She is survived by her children, Chuck Kendall (m. Toni Snyder) and Kimberly Kendall; step-children, Greg Farrington (m. Paula), Paul Farrington and Victoria Farrington, as well as many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Joan was born in Elmira, NY in 1937. She graduated from Odessa High School and then married and settled in Hector, NY in her late teens. She raised her two children well, taught Sunday school at Hector Church, and spent many quality hours with Martha Murphy and her group of friends who she valued greatly. Joan was known for lending a helping hand and a listening ear to anyone in need.

Joan remarried and moved to Southern California in 1969. She had been attending Ithaca College while in New York and then eventually attained her Master’s Degree from Cal State University. She enjoyed being a college instructor at Glendale Community College for many years, worked several part-time jobs in various leadership positions, and for fun taught line dancing!

Joan and Les were married in 1984 and built their own log home, with Chuck’s help, in Pine Mountain Club, Southern California. They enjoyed living there for many years and hosted several memorable family holidays. Once they both retired they sold their home, bought an RV and thoroughly enjoyed life on the road. They purchased a home in Hector in 2001, continued to snowbird for a few years and then settled into Hector year-round.

Joan led an extremely full and active life! She loved a good garage sale or thrift shop and had the art of taking a few garments of clothing and turning them into an outfit to be admired. She and her husband were often seen at community events, especially if there was music and dancing. Even in their elderly years they were at Rasta Ranch for Monday night blues, at music in the park in Watkins on Tuesdays, in Trumansburg for the farmers market on Wednesday, the Oasis at Hazlitt’s on Fridays and in Hector church every Sunday, even though she almost always entered fashionably late!

After Les passed in July of 2020, Joan transitioned to assisted living in Elmira before eventually residing at Seneca View, where she appreciated visits from her friends and family. She lived a courageous and fun life, filling her days as a wonderful mother, an adoring grandmother, a loving wife and an active member in the community. She uplifted many lives along the way and will be dearly missed.

The funeral will be at Hector Presbyterian Church on Saturday, October 28th at 4:00 p.m., with a reception immediately following. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home (www.RoyceChedzoy.com).

Obituary: Joan Oswald The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (219)

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

Joan Oswald

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (220)Age 70, of Horseheads, NY passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 28, 2023 at Elcor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Joan was born on February 20, 1953 in Corning, NY, to Henry and Waneta (Borden) Oswald, who predeceased her.

Joan lived in this area her whole life and enjoyed being a part of her community. She was a very friendly and caring woman, who loved helping people. She attended the day program at The Arc of Schuyler in Watkins Glen for many years and participated in various volunteer opportunities, including setting up at the Silver Spoon Café.

Joan was an avid bowler and played in-person, on the Wii, and on her tablet! She was a member of the Elks Lodge in Horseheads, and enjoyed going to play bingo. Joan enjoyed looking her best and often wore dresses and jewelry and loved getting her nails done.

Joan was part of The Arc of Chemung-Schuyler family for over 20 years and she will be greatly missed! Many thanks to Elcor for her compassionate care for the last several years.

A graveside service will be held at the Woodlawn National Cemetery on Friday (Oct. 20) at 11:00 a.m. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Betty Jeanne Reno The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (221)

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

Betty Jeanne Reno

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (222)Age 77, passed away on October 11, 2023 in Hector, NY. She was born on July 19, 1946 to Stephen and Dulyse Molnar in Massena, NY.

She was a graduate of SUNY Oswego and subsequently worked as a teacher in the Camden Central School District for 10 years.

With her husband, Richard, she cofounded Chateau Lafayette Reneau winery in Hector in 1986, and helped mature it into a thriving business. She was an avid gardener, growing beautiful displays of flowers, fruits, and vegetables every year, which she then preserved in many ways and shared with friends and family. She was an involved member of St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church in Watkins Glen. Nothing brought her more joy than spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband, Richard Reno, and parents Stephen and Dulyse Molnar. She is survived by brother Robert (Mary Kay) Molnar of Tully, NY; sister Carolyn (William) Foley of Oswego, NY; stepchildren Christopher Reno of Atlanta, GA and Daphne Gruener of Durham, NC; three step-grandchildren, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday (October 19) at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. There are no prior visitation hours.

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

Obituary: Donald Fred McFarlandThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (223)

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

Donald Fred McFarland

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (224)Of Burdett, NY, passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2023 at Schuyler Hospital. He was born in 1935 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, to Donald Fred McFarland, Sr., and Frances Risinger McFarland.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sarah Howell McFarland; daughter, Sarah Frances Ruth McFarland, Burdett; son, Frederic Howell McFarland (Martha), Wilmington, Delaware; two very special granddaughters, Ruth Glenn McFarland and Frances June McFarland, Wilmington; niece, Melissa Howell, Seneca Falls, and nephew, Howard Howell, San Francisco.

Donald grew up in Detroit. He earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry at the Illinois Institute of Technology, a Master of Arts at the University of Michigan, and Master of Education and Doctor of Education degrees at Wayne State University. After earning his doctorate, Donald joined the faculty at the State University of New York at Fredonia. During his 31 years at SUNY Fredonia, he served as Chairman of the Department of Education, Professor of Science Education, Professor of Mathematics, and Professor of Computer Science. He also received post-doctoral Fellowships at New York University and Cornell University.

Donald was interested in science fiction and history, computer technology, coin collecting, ballroom dancing, and classical music. He was an accomplished pianist who started lessons at age 4. Donald enjoyed international travel, especially train travel. A retirement gift from his wife in 1996 was a three-week train trip throughout Europe, including the Orient Express.

He was a member of American Mensa, the Myrtle-Jefferson Masonic Lodge in Montour Falls, and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Life Member of the National Science Teachers Association. Donald served his country during the Vietnam War, achieving the rank of first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps.

According to his wishes there will be no memorial services. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery of Hector. Arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Pandora Lee MaphisThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (225)

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

Pandora Lee Maphis

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (226)Age 69, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away at home peacefully on Friday, October 13, 2023, just 2 days shy of her 70th birthday.

She was born on October 15, 1953, the daughter of Henry and Ethel Addison of New York City. Pandora graduated with two college degrees, a Bachelor of Arts from the City University of New York in 1979 and a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in 1981. Pandora worked as a social worker for the VA for many years.

Pandora was the wife of Wayne Maphis for over 30 years. She was a kind hearted, fun loving person who enjoyed life, traveling and eating out. She will be greatly missed by those who really knew her.

A private funeral service will be held by her 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, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Melissa Amy BowerThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (227)

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

Melissa Amy Bower

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (228)Age 43, of Dryden, NY, and formerly of Monterey, NY, entered unto rest on Friday, October 6, 2023.

She was born in Sacramento, CA on August 8, 1980, the daughter of Merlyn Bower and Connie Lathrop. She attended West Corning High School. Melissa was a homemaker, and her greatest joy was being a mom. She also enjoyed crafts.

Melissa is survived by her daughters, Ashlyn Little and Viola Wood; mother, Connie Lathrop of Dryden; father, Merlyn Bower of Albany, NY; sister, Heather Bower McFall; three brothers, Harry Dicus of Zephyrhills, FL, Clyde Dicus of Rome, NY and Floyd Dicus of Elkland, PA; and nieces and nephews, Jade, Damion and Gavin Gublo, Teesha and Sabrina Dicus, Harry Dicus, Jeremy Sannes-VenHuizen, Timothy Bower and Shane Bower. She was predeceased by her brother-in-law, Nicky McFall.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY.

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: Jud (Gerald) Caslin The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (229)

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

Jud (Gerald) Caslin

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (230)Age 82, of Burdett, NY, passed away on October 11, 2023.

He is survived by his loving wife, JoAnn Caslin; children, Traci (Michael) McClernon, Teresa (Harry) Moll, and Tiffany (Ron) Switzer; grandchildren, Alya Belknap, Billy Shaw, and MaryJo McClernon; brother, Steve (Joyce) Caslin; sister, Dianna (Keith) Burt; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers Doug and Gary Caslin, and sister Barbara Brown.

Jud was a member of Local Carpenter’s Union #277 in Horseheads.

The family will receive friends at the Burdett Presbyterian Church, 3995 Church Street, Burdett on Saturday (Oct. 14) from 12 noon-2:00 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 2:00 p.m.; and burial at the Union Cemetery of Hector, Burdett.

Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. (www.RoyceChedzoy.com)

Obituary: Angel L. Colon The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (231)

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

Angel L. Colon

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (232)In memory of Angel L. Colon, who passed away on September 21, 2023 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Home, Montour Falls, NY. He was 76 years young. He was born in Puerto Rico, his parents Victor Colon and Gladys Colon Dilan.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 56 years of marriage, Maryann Colon. He has two surviving children, Jamie L. Colon and Martin D. Colon, and a loving sister, Anna Colon Velarde. He also leaves behind nine grandchildren who loved him very much; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins whom he loved dearly.

Maryann would like to thank Seneca View for taking good care of her husband, and Dr. Saks for caring for him in his last moments. She truly appreciates it from the bottom of her heart. Also a special thank you to her sister Diane Salterieli who helped her to get through this. Without her she would have been lost, as well as her daughter and son. Also a special thanks to friends and neighbors for all the cards and prayers from Jefferson Village Apartments.

Maryann thanks the Lord that Angel is free to spread his wings. She fell in love with him the first time she saw him; she loved him then, yesterday, today and tomorrow until they meet again.

Angel will be laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen on Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. Memories of Angel may be shared with his family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Edward Wilder Gates The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (233)

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

Edward Wilder Gates

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (234)Age 91, of Burdett, NY, died in a car accident on Wednesday, September 27, 2023. He was born on November 5, 1931, to Lillian Francis Cowdell Gates and Paul Wilder Gates.

He grew up in Ellis Hollow, NY, and was the oldest with three sisters: Lillian, Annette, and Rosemary, who all called him Ted. His father was a history professor at Cornell University with a focus on land policy. His mother, also a historian, was a proper English lady who taught him the correct way to eat soup, a skill he loved to demonstrate. In Ellis Hollow, Ed raised chickens and developed a passion for birdwatching, spending time in the woods with his friends Dickie May and Bill Hamilton.

Ed briefly attended Cornell University for college before joining the U.S. Army at the age of 19. He was stationed in Germany where he abhorred standing in lines but liked riding his motorcycle to go birdwatching. This was also where he learned the German phrases he would frequently bark at his family for the rest of his life. “Dein Wunsch ist mein Befehl,” was his favorite: Your wish is my command.

After the Army, Ed earned his degree from Columbia University for physics. He loved math and would quiz anyone and everyone on complex math problems. In 1956, he met his first wife, Margot Wolters, and in 1960 they moved to Upstate NY where Ed worked for General Electric, whom he referred to as Greatly Eccentric. Edward and Margot had three sons: Lansing, John, and Geoffrey.

In 1967, Ed and Margot bought a dairy farm in Burdett, NY, on Skyline Drive. He started out with 25 cows and a stanchion tie-stall barn. With the help of his family, Ed grew this farm from 200 acres to a sprawling 4,000 acres with a modern double 18 milking parlor. Seneca Valley Dairy Farms now milks 1,400 cows and has a herd average of 28,500. Carrying on his life’s work are his sons John and Lance and grandson Taylor. Ed worked sunup to sundown all his life and lost part of two fingers to farming -- though he always claimed he got hungry and ate them. One of his greatest joys was mowing fields and hedgerows and he hated to see good farmland go to waste.

In 1986, Ed met his second wife, Elaine, at Cornell Cooperative Extension. They shared a passion for the outdoors and traveled to Costa Rica for their honeymoon, where he always said he saw more birds than he could write down. Ed and Elaine had two daughters: Alice and Grace. Edward fostered a great love for reading in his daughter Alice and the two of them would spend hours in Barnes and Noble together. His pride and joy were Grace’s paintings and he loved seeing what crazy outfit she put on next and counting how many countries she had been to.

Later in life, Edward traveled the world, going to Thailand, Laos, Belize, and Jamaica to birdwatch; he particularly liked the challenge of trying to distinguish various types of shorebirds. Ed loved Pepsi (not co*ke!) and Tootsie Rolls, and frequently said: “What the farmer doesn’t know, he doesn’t eat.” He instilled in his family a hard-working drive and rarely took a day off, splitting wood into his 90s for the wood stove he loved to sit beside. He was a member of the Burdett Fire Department for 50 years until the infamous paprika incident, and a proud member of Farm Bureau: “Farms keep Schuyler County green!” He enjoyed studying the geology of the Finger Lakes and tracking the glacial advancements in the area. He would like everyone to remember that there is good farmland in the National Forest despite what Far Above Cayuga’s Waters claimed in the 1930s.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine Dalrymple; daughters, Alice and Grace; first wife, Margot Wolters; sons, Lance (m. Diane), John (m. Susie), and Geoffrey (m. Barbara); granddaughters, Siara and Madison; grandsons, Taylor (m. Kari-Ann), Gavin, Colin, Wolfgang, and Sebastian; great-granddaughter, Amelia Wilder Gates; and sisters, Lillian (m. Richard) Goodman, Annette (m. Preston) Shimer, and Rosemary (m. Joseph) Campos.

As long as we remember him and his mischievous spirit he “ain’t dead yet.”

There will be an informal gathering of friends and family at the Burdett Fire House on Sunday, October 8, from 12 noon-2 p.m.

**In lieu of flowers, please renew your Farm Bureau membership.

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

Obituary: Leroy F. Edminster The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (235)

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

Leroy F. Edminster

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (236)Age 82, of Alpine, NY, passed away on Thursday, September 21, 2023 at Bampa’s House in Corning. Leroy was born in Montour Falls, NY on August 19, 1941, the son of Russell and Carrie Edminster, and attended Odessa-Montour Central School.

He married Lila E. Bishop on July 22, 2000 at his home in Alpine. Leroy worked as Foreman/Lumber Inspector for Coastal Lumber in Cayuta, NY for 41 years, retiring in 2003.
He enjoyed his daily two-mile walks in the country and his yearly walk through the gorge in Watkins Glen. He also enjoyed playing pool every weekend with friends at the former “Odessa House.”

Leroy was predeceased by his parents and his stepson, Eric Bishop.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Lila; son, Darryl (Paula) Edminster of Homer, NY; stepdaughter, Jennifer (Jonathon) Schwehm of New Jersey; two brothers, Charles (Patricia) Edminster of Watkins Glen, and Donald (Donna) Edminster of Ocala, Florida; four grandchildren; and by many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life for Leroy will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cayutaville United Methodist Church, 3231 County Road 6, Alpine, NY.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cayutaville United Methodist Church, 3231 County Road 6, Alpine, NY 14805 or Bampa’s House, 170 East First Street, Corning, NY 14830. 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: Ronald T. Riley The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (237)

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

Ronald T. Riley

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (238)Age 80, of Montour Falls, NY, went home peacefully to be with our Lord on September 20, 2023 at Elcor Rehab Facility, surrounded by the love of family and friends.

Ron was born in Montour Falls on January 8, 1943 to Jack and Rose (Bartone) Riley. Ron graduated from OMCS in 1961 and Broome Technical College in 1963. He married Mary Fedkiw on October 7, 1967 at St. Charles Borromeo in Elmira Heights, NY.

Ron’s career in the Fire Industry began at American LaFrance in Elmira, NY and his love for that industry continued even after he and his family moved to Miami, FL, where he worked in sales for Mars Signal Light, SEFAC and Stertil Koni. Two of Ron’s favorite things about his career were the opportunity to travel around the U.S. as well as overseas and making lifelong friendships along the way.

Ron had a wonderful sense of humor, a zest for life and a genuine love for people.
Whenever you saw him, he was always smiling, laughing or joking.

Ron was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was always ready to pack a bag with Mary and head out to visit their grandchildren in Ukraine, Germany, Switzerland or wherever else they might be.

Ron was a lifelong active member of Miami Elks Lodge 948, which he dearly loved, and also a member of the Montour Falls Moose #426.

After 38 years in Miami, they retired to Montour Falls in 2017. At their ripe old age, their son Todd encouraged them to open a little Ukrainian restaurant in Watkins Glen called Babcha’s Pierogies.

They ran their little shop for five successful seasons where Ron thoroughly enjoyed their customers and treated each one as if they were old friends.

Ron was predeceased by his mother, Rose Bartone Riley, in 1990 and his father, Jack Riley, in 2011.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary; their daughter, Elizabeth (Danyo) Kulchyckyj of Philadelphia; sons, David (Jennifer) Riley of Sevierville, TN and Todd Riley of Miami Beach; six grandchildren, Gregory, Vika and Lukash Kulchyckyj, Taylor and Cristina Riley, and Brooke (Garrett) Fowler; two great grandchildren, Landon and Memphis Fowler; brother, Timothy (Deb) Riley of Montour Falls; and by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, September 29, 2023 from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Ron’s service will follow at 7:00 p.m.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery, 1200 Walnut St. in Elmira, NY (please use Bancroft Rd. Entrance). A Celebration of Life reception for Ron will be held at 1:00 p.m. at The Mechanics Club, 237 W. Main St. in Montour Falls, following the burial.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Ron’s memory for the church roof repair fund to: First Baptist Church of Montour Falls, PO Box 578, Montour Falls, NY 14865.

To leave Ron’s family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Carol Y. Kinner The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (239)

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

Carol Y. Kinner

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (240)Age 71, of Cayuta, NY, passed away on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, NY. She was born in Penn Yan, NY on December 19, 1951, the daughter of the late Walter and Isabella (Landon) Davis.

Carol was a homemaker for many years, caring for her family. She was a Jehovah’s Witness and a member of the Kingdom Hall in Montour Falls.

She was predeceased by her husband, Wayne Kinner; her parents; siblings, Walt Sr., Dana, John, Sandy, and David; and great granddaughter, Reyalyn.

Carol is survived by her son, Michael Kinner; daughter, Melody Vicioso; grandchildren, Austin Kinner, Marissa Tuma, Melinda Clark, Terra Vicioso, Aaron Vicioso, Michael Vicioso and Alfred Vicioso; great grandchildren, Brendon, Autumn, Hazelyn, Emmalee, Jeremy, Everett, Dominyck and Keagin; siblings, Dale, Diane, Harry, Cindy, Ransome and Becky; and by many nieces and nephews.

A service will be held for Carol on Monday, September 25, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2590 State Route 414, Montour Falls. Burial will be in Cayuta Cemetery.

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: Gail E. Carpenter The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (241)

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

Gail E. Carpenter

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (242)Age 65, of Odessa, NY passed away on Monday, September 18, 2023.

Gail was born January 6, 1958, the daughter of the late Robert and Althea Carpenter of Odessa.

She was a skilled toolmaker, having worked in many industries throughout her life. Gail also received her associate’s degree in computer science from the University of Phoenix. She loved working with her hands, and could fix anything.

Gail loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and gardening. She also loved her animals, riding her motorcycle, and especially playing her guitar and making music.

Gail was predeceased by her brother-in-law, Jerry Arrasmith of Atlanta, and her best friend, Jo Ann (Mayo) Nembhard of Phoenix.

She is survived by her partner, Monica Powers of Odessa; brother, Steven Carpenter of Atlanta; sister, Mary (David) Wolfe of Montour Falls, NY; and “bonus” niece Hannah Rosier, also of Montour Falls.

Friends may leave memories and condolences in her obituary at Herson Wagner Funeral Home. com

Obituary: Katherine A. Davis The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (243)

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

Katherine A. Davis

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (244)Age 67, of Alpine, NY, passed away on Friday, September 15, 2023 at the Steuben Center in Bath, NY. She was born in Ithaca, NY on April 28, 1956, the daughter of Freeman Edwin Badmone and Geraldine May Spears and graduated from Penn Yan Academy. On April 30, 1977, she married Dale Davis in Tyrone, NY.

Katherine was in customer service for over 40 years, retiring in 2018. She was a person who was more about helping others. She was very hard working and her customers were very important to her. She had a strong bond to her family. Family and friends closest to her would describe her as a crazy, loving, independent and powerful woman who cared deeply for other human beings.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Dale Davis; daughter, Tabitha L. Davis of Alpine; two granddaughters, Felisha Ann Cook of Alpine and Lexa Updike of Trumansburg, NY; 26 brothers and sisters; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents and by several siblings.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Rev. Leonard A. Miller The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (245)

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

Rev. Leonard A. Miller

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (246)Age 85, of Lindley, NY, went to be with his Lord on September 19, 2023.

The family will receive friends at the First Baptist Church, 213 E. Fifth St., Watkins Glen, NY on Friday (Sept. 22) from 3-4 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at the church at 4 p.m., his son Pastor Jeffery Miller officiating. His burial will be held at Hope Cemetery in Corning on Saturday (Sept. 23) at 11:00 a.m.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Frances Miller; three children, Randy (Sara) Miller of Manchester, CT, Jeff (Diana) Miller of Dansville, NY, and Ginger (Wayne) Martin of Jersey Shore, PA; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild due in November. He was predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Donald and Thomas Miller.

He was born in Corning, NY, the son of Arnold and Gertrude (Smithyman) Miller. He grew up in Painted Post and graduated from Painted Post High School, Class of 1957. Upon graduating, he enlisted and honorably served two years in the United States Army.

His early road in ministry started at the Corning Church of the Nazarene. He later served at the First Baptist Church of Watkins Glen for 30 years, retiring in 2018. In addition to pastoring, he spent a long career in the sheet metal fabrication industry. He loved hunting and fishing, and was a classic-car enthusiast. But most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family.

According to his wishes, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the church.

A memory or expression of condolence may be left in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Robert J. Everett The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (247)

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

Robert J. Everett

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (248)Age 89, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away peacefully at home on September 13, 2023.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Thursday (Sept. 21) from 12 noon-2 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. and burial with military honors at Lakeview Cemetery at 3:15 p.m.

Bob was born in Dundee, NY on August 18, 1934, the son of George and Harriett Everett. Upon graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1957. After his service in the Army, he returned home and began working for Powers Manufacturing Company (Bucher-Emhart Glass) in Elmira. He retired as a Production Engineer.

He volunteered his time to many local organizations, including serving 40 years as BOCES board member, vice president and president, as well as a member of the Watkins Glen Central School Board of Education, 45 years with the Reading Town Council, and as a Watkins Glen Grand Prix volunteer.

Bob was a devoted husband and partner to his loving wife of 66 years, Carol (Emmons) Everett.

He is survived by his wife Carol; son Jeffery (Tammy) of Watkins Glen; daughters Karen (Mark) Storm of Watkins Glen, and Lisa (Kevin) Beebe of Watkins Glen; five grandchildren, Christine (Ken) Pratt, Carrie (Jason Horton) Langley, Joshua (Cecilia Martinez) Langley, Kayla Ellis, and Andrew (Kelee Corey) Rudy; great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Aubree, Aslyn, and Kynsley Rudy, Arrah Pratt, Jackson and Hadley Ellis, and Jaden Bailer; sisters-in-law, Ann Beardsley, Mary Lou Haight, and Pat (Richard) Pierce; brother-in-law, Walter (Edie) Emmons; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by daughter Linda Everett, and brother George.

The family wishes to offer a special thanks to Liz, Patty and Alex from Heart to Heart for their loving and excellent care. Those wishing may consider a donation in Bob’s memory to the Reading Center Community Church, PO Box 23, Reading Center, NY 14876.

You may leave a cherished memory or condolence for the family in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Sally Louy The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (249)

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

Sally Louy

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (250)Age 58, of Elmira and formerly Watkins Glen, NY, passed away peacefully on August 16, 2023.

The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 16) at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. Funeral services will follow directly at 6:00 p.m.

She was born May 10, 1965 in Montour Falls, NY, the daughter of the late Donald and Betty Louy.

She is survived by two sisters, Donna Ennis of Lyons, NY, and Helen (Arthur) Nelson of Rock Stream, NY; brother, Michael Louy of Painted Post, NY; uncle, David (Penny) Russell of Odessa, NY; aunts, Margaret (Dale) Grant of Woodhull, NY, and Jane Nicholson of California; special niece, Faith (Brian) Thompson of Elmira and their children, Michael Abby, Alexader McKie, Logan Cameron, Bryan Thompson and Helen Thompson; and several other nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to CareFirst Hospice, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870.

Obituary: Brooke Taylor Gardner The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (251)

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

Brooke Taylor Gardner

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (252)Age 33, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Thursday, September 7, 2023. She was born on August 10, 1990.

Brooke was the loving daughter of Russell and Victoria Gardner, a caring sister to Michael (Michelle) and Ryan (Amelia). She was the proud aunt to nephew Troy and niece Sophie and dear granddaughter of Dorothy Lott. Brooke will be missed by many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She also leaves behind her constant companion and four-legged best friend, Twitch.

Brooke never met a stranger. She always had a big smile and a kind heart. She was often described as a ray of sunshine by her friends and all who knew her. Her imagination and creativity were endless. Brooke was happiest when she was adventuring in a sundress and muck boots. Brooke was employed by Prisebox BBQ and they quickly became her second family.

She left us far too early and we are all heartbroken. We are thankful for the time we had and know that she has joined her Grandfather Clifford Lott and Grandparents William and Geraldine Gardner. Brooke would want you to remember to take time to jump in mud puddles and smile at strangers.

There will be a private burial for Brooke. Please consider making a donation to the Schuyler County Humane Society (PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865) in Brooke’s name.

Sleep tight, sweet girl. We love you.

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: Gloria (Filippetti) Menio The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (253)

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

Gloria (Filippetti) Menio

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (254)Age 100, of Watkins Glen, NY went to be with our Lord on Sunday, September 10, 2023 at Seneca View Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY.

Gloria was born on May 20, 1923 in Watkins Glen, the daughter of the late Thomas and Christina (Martine) Filippetti. She graduated from Watkins Glen High School and married Edward Menio in Watkins Glen on August 7, 1943.

She had worked for 20 years as a telephone repair clerk for NY Telephone. She was a member of the FOE, BPOE, Moose Club, and Mechanics Club, and was a communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church. She loved cruising, gambling, singing, playing cards and dancing. She had previously resided in Port Orange, FL for 30 years, and family was very important to her.

Gloria is survived by her daughters, Sandra Menio Cherock and Christina (Simon) Birtley; sons, Edward (Suzanne) Menio, Thomas (Lorraine) Menio, and Mark (Francis) Menio; 11 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; sister, Teresa Filippetti Cope; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Gloria was predeceased by her husband, Edward Menio; brothers, Ernest, Joseph and Thomas Filippetti; and sisters, Rachel F. Vickio, Henrietta F. Crouch, Mary F. Vickio, and Loretta F. Van Horn.

Friends and family may call on Saturday, September 16, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Link at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated following at 11:00 a.m. at the Church. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

Her family would like to thank Dr. Saks and the staff at Seneca View for the compassion and wonderful care shown to their mother.

Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516. Memories of Gloria may be shared with her family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Megan E. O'Hearn The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (255)

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Megan E. O’Hearn

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (256)Age 58, of Binghamton, NY passed away on Friday, September 8, 2023 at Mercy House, Binghamton. She was born November 21, 1964 to Harold and Ellen O’Hearn.

Megan will be dearly missed by all. She was a kind-hearted person. She graduated from Susquehanna Valley High School in 1983 and went on to Broome Community College and graduated December of 1993 with an AAS in Early Childhood. Megan was a preschool teacher at Campus Preschool for the last 25 years. She enjoyed going to Rehoboth Beach with friends and loved grilling, playing cornhole and hanging out with friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Harold J. O’Hearn. Megan is survived by her wife, Kelli Cruise, Binghamton; her mother, Ellen O’Hearn, Johnson City; and brothers, Timothy (Claudia), Watkins Glen, Sean (Lisa), Bentonville, Arkansas, Brian (Teresa), Gorham, New Hampshire, and Michael (Jacquelyn), Vestal. She leaves behind her best friend of 40 years, Fran Volosevich, as well as her 12 nieces and nephews, and four cats, Teegan, Mango, Lollipop and Peanut.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 13, 2023 at DeMunn Funeral Home, 36 Conklin Avenue, Binghamton. Inurnment will follow in Riverhurst Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the funeral home from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 12.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Mercy House, Project Paw or the Broome County Humane Society.

Obituary: Dawn Marie Vincent The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (257)

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

Dawn Marie Vincent

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (258)Age 52, of Alpine, NY went to be with Jesus on Monday, September 4, 2023 at home after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Hammonton, NJ on November 24, 1970, the daughter of Peter F. and Carol Bruno, Sr. She graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School in 1989.

Most of Dawn’s career was in Hotel Housekeeping. She was a member of His Tabernacle Family Church in Horseheads, NY. Dawn loved her family and spending time with friends. She enjoyed singing, going dancing, shopping, walking around the mall, and eating good food.

Dawn is survived by her fiancé, George W. States, III; two daughters, Rachel Bruno of Interlaken, NY and Jacqulyn (Gavin) Corey of Corning, NY; mother, Carol Bruno of Odessa, NY; two sisters, Carol Bruno of Lafayette, TN and Lisa (Bryan) Rhoads of Odessa; two brothers, Frank Bruno and Peter Bruno, Jr. both of Millport, NY; seven nieces and nephews, Shana, Nicole, Alyssa (Katie), Stephanie, Noah (Brooke), Mikayla, and Hannah; and great niece and great-nephews Elijah, Amelia, Hudson and Ayden. She was predeceased by her father, Peter F. Bruno, Sr.

A celebration of life for Dawn will be held on Friday, September 15, 2023, from 6-8 p.m. at His Tabernacle Family Church, 16 Level Acres Drive, Horseheads. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Woodforest Bank, c/o George States, Walmart Store, Horseheads, NY 14845.

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

Obituary: Charles F. DarlingThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (259)

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

Charles F. Darling

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (260)Age 94,of 4906 Route 88, Sodus, NY and 4125 Route 14, Rock Stream, NY, died on Thursday, August 31, 2023 at home in his cottage in Rock Stream on Seneca Lake where he spent more than 65 years fishing, swimming, and boating.

Born on August 27, 1929 in Montour Falls, NY, son of John B. Darling and Marie Bates Darling, Charles, known by many as Charlie, was an area resident of Sodus for most of his life and an area resident of Rock Stream near Watkins Glen, where he grew up and spent his summers for his entire life. He graduated from Watkins Glen High School and then attended and graduated from RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) with an associate’s degree in mechanical engineering.

He married Martha Jane Valorn on September 19, 1953 and they were married less than three weeks shy of 70 years. It was rare to find the two apart.

Mr. Darling was a lifelong member of the AMCA (Antique Motorcycle Club of America) and the EMPIRE Chapter. He served as national AMCA Treasurer from 1972-1976 and Treasurer of the EMPIRE Chapter approximately 33 years, from 1974-2007. Charles was a member of the First Reformed Church in Sodus.

Mr. Darling was an engineer, a motorcycle enthusiast, and an avid fisherman. If he wasn’t working on one of his antique motorcycles or fishing in Seneca Lake, you could find him out in the vegetable garden, tinkering with one of his old tractors, or involved in extensive genealogical research building a family tree.

Charles is survived by his wife of almost 70 years, Martha V. Darling; two children, Edward J. Darling and his wife Susan of North Rose, NY, and Julie Ann Darling Sissel and her husband Mark of Rock Stream; and three grandchildren, Jonah Sissel, Isaiah Sissel, and Seraphina Sissel. Charles was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather and he loved nothing more than to spend time with his family.

Visitation hours will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2023 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen, NY. The funeral service will be held immediately following at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at Rock Stream Cemetery at 3:15 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Schuyler County Historical Society or to the First Reformed Church at Sodus. Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home.

Obituary: June Ellen CullenThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (261)

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

June Ellen (Spencer) Cullen

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (262)Age 94, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away to join her husband, the love of her life, on Sunday, August 27, 2023. She was born in the Town of Reading, NY on April 21, 1929. June was predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Edward J. Cullen.

June was a lifelong resident of Schuyler County. She graduated from Watkins Glen High School after attending a one-room schoolhouse in Reading Center, NY. She loved her time during her youth spent on the family farm. She was a great lover of cats! Her many volunteer activities included: RSVP driver, Well Baby Clinic, 4-H, Boy Scouts, Squires Drum and Bugle Corps, Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary, American Red Cross and many, many Rotary functions. She was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow by the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club in honor of her service.

She and her husband traveled internationally for many Rotary International events. June for many years performed with the Peach Orchard Music Society with her beautiful soprano voice. She also was an extraordinary seamstress, with many wedding gowns and wedding dresses to her credit. She was a caring neighbor and friend. The loving partnership she and Ed created throughout their life, in support of their family and community, is to be admired by all. Support of her family was her life’s focus; she gave them all unwavering love and care.

June is survived by daughters Barbara (Robert) Chapman of Rock Stream, NY, and Sheryl Callan, New Jersey, and son Stanley (Anna) Cullen of Rock Stream; brother Richard (Mary Alice) Spencer of Lyons, NY, brother-in-law Charles Cullen of Pittsburgh, PA, sister-in-law Nancy Davis of Hector, NY, four grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Please join us for a celebration of her life on Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. at the Reading Community Church, Reading Center. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Humane Society of Schuyler County (124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865) or the Reading Center Community Church (PO Box 23, Reading Center, NY 14876).

You may leave a memory of June or condolence for the family in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Daniel W. Impson The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (263)

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

Daniel W. Impson

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (264)Age 74, of Beaver Dams, NY passed away on Friday, August 25, 2023 at home.

Daniel was born in Montour Falls, NY on October 30, 1948 to the late Maynard A. and Irene M. (Harrinton) Impson. He married Darlene Dunbar on June 24, 2000 in the Town of Catlin, NY. He worked for Shepard Niles and 5 Star Bank. He enjoyed classic cars, car shows, mechanics, cats, fishing, traveling, and photography, but above all he enjoyed his family.

Daniel is survived by his wife of 23 years, Darlene; daughter, Angela McFall; sons, Chris (Lori) Impson, Jamie (Shannon) West and Kevin (Robin) West; 12 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; his brother, Edward Impson; one niece, one nephew; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends and family may call from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30, 2023 at the Vedder Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. His funeral service will follow at the funeral home at 5 p.m. Burial will be at Beaver Dams Cemetery on Thursday, August 31, 2023 at 11 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865.

Memories of Daniel may be shared with his family and friends at vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Shirley Marie DuVall The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (265)

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

Shirley Marie DuVall

Age 66, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on Monday, August 21, 2023 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY. She was born on November 5, 1956 and graduated from Watkins Glen High School.

She worked as a Home Health Aide in Corning, NY. Shirley loved to attend auctions. She was an amazing euchre player who taught her grandchildren how to beat her at the game. She loved the color red and all kinds of angel knickknacks. She loved to go fishing and to watch NASCAR and WWE. Shirley enjoyed sitting and sharing a cup of tea with her best friend Arlene Kimble and playing cards with her good friend Sandy Just.

She is survived by four sons, Robert (Stephanie) Chiacchiarini of Montour Falls, Brian (Ashley) Chiacchiarini of Water Valley, Mississippi, Michael (Suzi) Smith of Falconer, NY, and Jesse (Dezera) Knapp of Watkins Glen, NY; sister, Sharon (Mary Lea) Nelson of Watkins Glen; 15 grandchildren, Rebecca (Dylan), William (Brittany), Nicole, Brandon, Aaron, Lilly, Vanessa, Kaite, Makayla, Karlee, Kaylee, Braydon, Brooklyn, Korey and Remi; and nieces, Kendra Cornish, Nateah Cornish, Casey Watkins, Ashley Whitacre, Abby Miller and Faith Nelson. She was predeceased by her mother, Arlene, and brother, Arthur Nelson.

A Celebration of Shirley DuVall’s Life will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. at Robert and Stephanie Chiacchiarini’s house, 4200 County Road 14 (Jackson Hill Road), Montour Falls. 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: Alfred James FooteThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (266)

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Alfred James Foote

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (267)It is with great sadness that the family of Alfred James Foote, age 72, shares that he passed away peacefully at his home in Morristown, TN, on July 29, surrounded by his wife and children after a short battle with liver disease.

Jim will be lovingly remembered by his wife Patricia; son Robert (Tina) Foote of Odessa, New York; daughter Rebecca (Kenneth) Borove of Freeville, New York; stepchildren, Maggie (Michael) Daniels of Carmel, Indiana, and Martin (Misty) Glover of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania; grandchildren Shaiyan (Timothy) Kizis, Christopher (Callie) and Isabel Foote, Parker (Deanna) Borove, Gavin and Conor Daniels, Andrew, Grace, Ryan and Nathaniel Glover and great-grandson, Kaihler Kizis. Jim was predeceased by his parents, Alfred W. and Evelyn (Steen) Foote, and survived by his sisters Janet (James) Barrett and Jean (Steve) Oltz, as well as several nieces and nephews.


Jim was born in Ithaca, NY, on May 20, 1951, and graduated from Ithaca High School, Class of 1969. He then became a member of the Ithaca Fire Department. On July 6, 1976, Jim joined the Schuyler County Sheriff's Department as a Deputy Sheriff. He was promoted to Deputy Sheriff Sergeant, a title he held until his retirement in 2001. “AJ,” as he was commonly known by his colleagues and the community, continued part-time with the Sheriff's Department until 2021. For ten years after his retirement, he was a Fraud Investigator for Schuyler County and worked part-time for Wegman’s Security. Jim was as devoted a civil servant as he was a husband, father, and grandfather.


In 2015, Jim and Patti bought a house on Douglas Lake in East Tennessee and moved permanently to Tennessee in May 2021. Jim enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, fishing, hunting, antiquing, and going to auctions and estate sales. Jim was a caring, kind man who was always willing to help anyone who needed it. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.


There will be no funeral service. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday the 21st of October at the Montour Falls Moose Club in Schuyler County, NY from 1:00-3:00.

Obituary: Patricia A. CarrThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (268)

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

Patricia A. (Patty) Carr

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (269)Age 58, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on August 16, 2023 after a long illness. Born in Plant City, Florida, Patty's family moved to the Watkins Glen area in 1974 where she went on to graduate from Watkins Glen High School in 1983.

A lifelong resident of the area, she worked as a deli clerk for P&C before choosing to remain at home to raise her children.

She was predeceased by her mother, Doris Carr; sister-in-law, Sarah Carr (Robert), and niece, Katherine Carr (Robert).

She is survived by her daughter, Stephanie LaValley, and son, Jamison LaValley; her children's partners, Jeremiah Hillman (Stephanie) and Jesse Turner (Jamison); her granddaughters, Emilee and Abigail (Stephanie), all of Watkins Glen, and granddaughter, Paislee (Jamison) of Benton, TN, as well as her children's stepfather, Wayne Weller of Montour Falls.

She is also survived by her father, John Carr; brothers, John Carr Jr., and Robert Carr; nephews Cyrus Carr (Robert) and Nicholas Carr (Robert) of Prattsburgh, NY; her brother-in-law, Thomas Cox, Sr.; great-nephew, Thomas Cox III (Thomas Jr) and great-niece, Alana Cox (Thomas Jr.) of Mosheim, TN; Thomas Cox Jr. and his wife Nikki Cox of Exeter, PA; her aunts Darlene Bacon and Carol Coy of Riverview, FL; and many, many cousins.

Her Celebration of Life will be at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th Street, Watkins Glen on Thursday (August 24). The family will receive friends and relatives at the funeral home from 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; followed by her service at 4:00 p.m.

Obituary: Carol Bliss Griggs The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (270)

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

Carol Bliss Griggs

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (271)Age 69, of Alpine, NY passed away peacefully at home in the early hours of August 17, 2023. She was born in Pittsburgh, PA on August 14, 1954, the daughter of Theodore and Jane Bliss.

Carol attended St. James Catholic Church in Trumansburg, NY and was an active member of the church choir.

She studied and worked in the fields of archaeology, geology, and dendrochronology. Her work extended to Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, and parts of Asia. Within the United States her work ranged from the mid-west to the Great Lakes and all over the state of New York. Carol earned her Ph.D from Cornell University, where she worked as a Senior Research Associate in Dendrochronology for 29 years.

Carol loved the outdoors, including flower gardening, camping, and hiking; she provided weather data to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network every day for 14 years. Carol also played fiddle and loved music.

She is survived by her dedicated husband of 38 years, Bill Griggs; her daughter Katie Fry of Marshall, NC; her three sons, Thomas Griggs, Michael Griggs, and Francis Griggs; her three siblings, Steve Bliss, Andy Bliss, and Nancy Byrd; six grandchildren; and six nieces and nephews. Carol was predeceased by her father, Theodore Bliss (2008), and her mother, Jane Bliss (2019).

Carol was loved by everyone who knew her and will be sorely missed.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, August 25, 2023 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. in The Link at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY. Her funeral mass will follow at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

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

Obituary: William V. Wolverton The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (272)

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William V. "Bill" Wolverton

Age 80, of hom*osassa, Florida went home to heaven to be with his Savior on August 15, 2023 after a brief illness.

Born in Bath, NY to Harold and Emily Wolverton, Bill was raised in Bradford, graduating from Bradford High School, before earning a degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Georgia. Shortly after graduation, Bill married his high school sweetheart, Jeanne Bartusiak. Bill spent the following four years serving our country in the United States Air Force, where he was named Outstanding Airman of his unit for his exemplary conduct and duty performance. After being honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1969, Bill applied his degree from Georgia and began a long career with John Deere.

After retirement, Bill and Jeanne returned to Bradford and built their retirement home overlooking the surrounding hillside. Bill enjoyed riding his John Deere tractors and working on his Christmas tree farm on the land surrounding their home. During this time, Bill became active on the Bradford Central School Board as well as serving for 12 years as the Bradford Town Justice.

Bill was no stranger to profound loss. He first lost his son, United States Army Specialist Richard Wolverton, when an Iraqi Scud missile hit the barracks he and his fellow soldiers were occupying in 1991, in service to their country during Operation Desert Storm. Fifteen years later, in 2006, Bill also lost his wife Jeanne to cancer.

Two years after Jeanne's death, Bill's path would cross with that of Mary Delametter Houck, and the two were married three years later in Bradford. Bill and Mary renewed their vows shortly thereafter on the beach in Isabela, Puerto Rico, surrounded by family and close friends. Five years ago, Bill and Mary relocated to hom*osassa, Florida.

Bill's kindness and generosity were obvious to everyone who knew him, and especially his family. Bill is survived by his loving wife Mary, son Rob (Kathy) Wolverton of Bradford, NY, daughter Wendy Gauthier of Corning, NY, daughter-in-law Marlene Wolverton of Latrobe, PA, Jacob Houck of Scranton, PA, and Joseph (Samantha) Houck of Bradford, NY, as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Bill's life is planned for Sunday afternoon, August 27, from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Bradford Fire Hall. Bill's cousin and life-long best friend, Pastor Judy Peppard, will lead the celebration. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to your local community hospice or the American Cancer Society.

Obituary: Abelgayle L. Parker The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (273)

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

Abelgayle L. Parker

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (274)Age 26, of Montour Falls, NY passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 14, 2023.

Abelgayle was born in Corning Hospital on August 4, 1997 to Cynthia J. Parker and Michael E. Brown. Abelgayle was a lifelong resident of Montour Falls.She graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School with the Class of 2016 and also attended the Finger Lakes School of Massage, graduating in 2017. Abby was currently employed by Walmart in Watkins Glen, where she was a sales associate for the past six years. Abby had a lifelong love for art, her cats, social media, her family and friends.

Abby was predeceased by her loving grandparents, Francis and Jean Parker of Montour Falls; her father, Michael E. Brown of Burdett; and her aunt, Sheryl Mills of Virginia.

Abelgayle is survived by her mother, Cynthia Parker; aunt, Melissa (Steven) Zoeke; uncle, Christopher Parker (Ronald); aunt, Peggy States; sisters and brother Harley, Carrie and Aaron Brown; and step mother, Gina Brown.

Relatives and friends may call on Tuesday, August 22, 2023 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Her memorial service will begin at 5:00 p.m. A reception will follow at the Montour Falls United Methodist Church.

Memories of Abby may be shared with her family and friends at vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Beverly ArcherThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (275)

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Beverly Archer

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (276)Age 79, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away peacefully at home on July 12, 2023 after a brief illness.

She is survived by her sister Helen Lawhead (Tim), Belfair, Washington; brother Thomas Buczek (Fran), Kerrville, TX; children Hope Decker (Andrew), Watkins Glen, NY and David Archer, Galway, Ireland; and grandchildren Abby (Andy) Coon, Milwaukee, WI, Alex Decker, Rochester NY, Aidan Decker, Watkins Glen, NY, Breffni Archer, Galway Ireland, and Ailbhe Archer, Galway Ireland.

She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Philip Archer; her parents, Thomas and Helen (Jakubaszek) Buczek; her brother, Michael Buczek, Horseheads NY, and her grandson Tiernan Archer, Galway Ireland.

Beverly was a painter, an illustrator, a quilter, and most recently a mixed media and collage artist. She appreciated, cultivated, and created beauty. She also was an outstanding cook and baker. She put her heart into the food she made for the people she loved.

She was a quiet force in her corner of the world. She deeply loved her family and friends. Beverly appreciated life and experienced the little everyday things as monumental gifts.

Donations in Beverly’s memory can be made to the Watkins Glen Public Library, 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 for the “Art for All” project to honor one of her last wishes that all children have quality art supplies and instruction.

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

Obituary: Harriette (Neal) Fox The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (277)

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Harriette (Neal) Fox

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (278)Age 89, of Odessa, NY passed away on Wednesday, August 9, 2023 at her home in Odessa.

Harriette was born on September 9, 1933 in Elmira, NY, the daughter of the late Marion and Clinton J. Neal. She earned her RN at Arnot Ogden School of Nursing, a teaching degree from SUNY Oswego, and her master’s degree from St. Bonaventure. She worked as an RN and as a dental assistant, and she created the first Dental Assisting Class at SCT BOCES in Elmira.

Harriette was the principal at Western Delaware and OCM BOCES, retiring in 1999.She also worked for the Chemung County Health Department, retiring at the age of 84.

She loved hiking and canoeing in the Adirondacks with her husband Howard and family. She enjoyed living at their lake house on Seneca Lake for many years. Harriette also loved caring for her grandchildren and great grandchildren, watching them grow.

Harriette is survived by her two daughters, Cindy (Gary) Emerson and Deborah (Eric) Griffin; grandchildren, Cody (Natalie) Evans, Brian (Valerie) Emerson, Christie (Kyle) Leach, and Kate (Gerard) LeClair; and great grandchildren, Shiloh and Maggie Leach, Kali Jean Emerson, Aeowyn and Marilla Evans, and Aiden, Grace and Phoebe LeClair; and her niece Yvonne (Joseph Campbell) Taylor.Harriette is also survived by her canine companion, Cheekitah.

In addition to her parents, Harriette was predeceased by her husband, Howard, in 2013; and her sisters, Barbara Soper and Wilda Beligotti.

Harriette will be buried at Hector Presbyterian Cemetery in Hector, NY with her husband. Her family held a private celebration of her life at The Elf in the Oak in Burdett, NY.

Contributions may be made in Harriette’s memory to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, 388 Upper Oakwood Ave., Elmira, NY 14903 or to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865.Memories of Harriette may be shared with her family and friends at vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Charles Marvin (Bud) Sayre The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (279)

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Charles Marvin (Bud) Sayre

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (280)Age 84, of Newfield, NY and formerly of Cayuta, NY, passed away on August 10, 2023 at home surrounded by his children. He was born on October 29, 1938.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Elizabeth Poyer-Sayre; his children, Ebony Lynn (Stacy) Coleman of Norco, CA, Josanne Callahan of Watkins Glen, NY, Laura (Stanton) Rosenthal of Tallahassee, FL, Charlene (David) Pruitt of Watkins Glen, Stacey Cummings of Schenectady, NY, Chad Sayre of Newfield, and Rhonda Poyer of Trumansburg, NY; 18 grandchildren, and 19 great grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, James (Janet) Sayre; sisters Patricia Barnes, Shirley Sherman, Carol (Dan) Argetsinger, and Donna (Terry) O’Brien, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Bud was predeceased by his mother, Evelyn Mae Sayre, in 2009; his father, Albert James Sayre, in 1989; a son, Johnny, in 1990; a brother, Ronald Sayre, in 2022; a son-in-law, Bryan Cummings, in 2022;, a granddaughter, Savannah Newton, in 2003; a grandson, Ryan Pruitt, in 2017; and his mother-in-law, Gladys Oltz, in 2000.

Bud was a graduate of Waverly Senior High School in 1958. He attended Corning Community College and TC3.

He served in the Navy from 1956 to 1962. At the age of 16 he was in the Navy Reserves, and went on to serve on the Joseph P. Kennedy DD850.

He retired from Therm Inc. after 20 years. He also worked at Westinghouse for 17 years, American LaFrance for 7 years and Shepard Niles for 7 years.

He was the best father, husband, brother and friend, caring for his wife for nine years after her illness. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trap shooting and his motorcycles. He was a life- long member of the Newfield Rod and Gun Club, Montour Moose, The American Legion and The Snowmobile Club. He always enjoyed being in a club/group setting. He will be remembered for having the best sense of humor. His greatest legacy is working hard. He was a man of few words, teaching his children by example.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to any Veterans organization or to the Newfield Rod and Gun Club at 156 Stark Rd., Newfield, NY 14867.

A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. A celebration of life will be held at the Newfield Rod and Gun Club on August 19, 2023 at 2 p.m.

Obituary: Arlene Cope Learn The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (281)

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

(Evalyn) Arlene Cope Learn

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (282)Age 91, of Catharine, NY went to be with the Lord on Monday, August 7, 2023. She was born in Montour Falls, NY to Fred and Grace Cope. She graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School in 1950 and was married that year.

Arlene was a loving farmer’s wife (Wonderview Farms), helping with many chores including calf feeding, bookkeeping, running for machinery parts, and milking cows in her earlier years. She was an amazing cook who oftentimes had to “add water to the pot” to feed visitors at mealtime. She brought food to the fields and hosted many picnics at the Learn pond. She was unfailingly kind, loving, and supportive to everyone around her. She absolutely adored children and made each one feel special. Arlene was giving and thought of others before herself.

Arlene was a gifted writer, whose article on the family dairy farm was featured in Farm & Ranch Magazine in 1979. She worked at Cornell University as a secretary. She volunteered with Farm Bureau, Environmental Council, 4-H, and Literacy Volunteers. Her home church was the Catharine United Methodist. She loved reading and music. Her family adored her and she will be greatly missed.

Arlene was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Wendell, son (Steven) Brian Learn, brother-in-law Malcolm (Esther) Learn and sister-in-law Lois (Donald) Stump. Arlene is also reuniting with her siblings: Doris Force-Huston, Kenneth Cope, June Benjamin and her husband Bob.

She is survived by her sister, Sandy (Paul, deceased) Bates, sister-in-law Teresa Cope, and daughter-in-law Liz Learn (Brian, deceased). Arlene is also survived by her sons, Michael (Alice) Learn and Douglas (Angela) Learn, and daughters Kathleen (Richard) Rava and Nancy Learn. Grandchildren include Andrew (Alicia) Learn, Elizabeth (Sam) Corbett, Christopher (Liz) Learn, Barbara (Shane McLean) Learn, Craig Learn, Nicholas (Casey) Rava, Eric (Sarah) Rava, Rachel (Fred Aguilar) Rava, Grace Rava, Thomas (Emily Doppel) Peckham, Rosemary (Luke) Eberhardt, and Violet Learn. Great grandchildren include Ava, Grace & Tess Learn; Lily & Katie Corbett; Addison & Olivia Learn; Jacob & Tyler Rava; and Dahlia, Micah & Jonah B. Rava. Arlene was beloved by many nieces and nephews.

A Graveside Service will be held on Monday, August 14, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Highland Cemetery in Odessa, NY. The funeral service will follow at noon at the Odessa-Catharine Methodist Church, 305 Church Street, Odessa with a luncheon at the church following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Memories of Arlene may be shared with her family and friends at vedderscottzinger.com.

Obituary: Jeffrey James Collins The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (283)

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

Jeffrey James Collins

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (284)Age 66, of Montour Falls, NY died on Thursday, August 3, 2023 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center. He was born in Montour Falls on December 28, 1956, the son of Richard Eugene Collins and Virginia B. Rumsey. He graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School with the class of 1975 and attended TC3.

Jeff was a residential and commercial carpenter. He enjoyed Classic Cars, motorcycles and helping out his friends.

He is survived by a daughter, Seneca Collins; a son, Schuyler Collins of Montour Falls; his mother, Virginia Jensen of Burdett; two brothers, Rick Collins of Odessa and James Collins of Albuquerque, NM; two sisters, Suzanne Tucker of Delancey, NY and Tonya Burnham of Cayuta, NY; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Sherry (Reid) Collins, in 1998 and by his father, Richard Eugene Collins, in 2019.

Services will be held privately by the family.Contributions may be made in Jeff’s memory to The Arc of Chemung-Schuyler, 711 Sullivan Street, Elmira, NY 14901.

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: Joyce Ann Symes The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (285)

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

Joyce Ann Symes

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (286)Age 94, of Millport, NY passed away on August 3, 2023. She was born in Burdett, NY on August 23, 1928, the daughter of Lou and Lula Baker.

She was married to Robert Symes on May 19, 1957 in the Burdett Methodist Church, where she was a member. They enjoyed 66 years together. Joyce worked as a housekeeper for many years.

She is survived by her husband, Robert; cousins Bill and Mary Jo Couch; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and her brother Charles Baker.

A private graveside service will be held at the Union Cemetery of Hector in Burdett.

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

Obituary: Emily Anne Johnson The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (287)

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

Emily Anne Johnson

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (288)Age 27, of Mecklenburg, NY, died unexpectedly in an accident on Friday, July 28, 2023. She was born in Montour Falls, NY on July 8, 1996, the daughter of Harry and Robin (Smalley) Johnson and graduated high school in 2013.

Emily enjoyed serving the customers where she worked at Mazourek Farms in Newfield. She recently took a great interest in small equipment repair while working with Richard and Bob, her Mazourek family. In her youth she was a member of 4-H, where her love for horses began, and she was able to spend many hours at Dun Roamin Farms doing chores and riding.

She participated in productions with the Lake Country Players beginning at the age of 5. She enjoyed shooting darts and spending time with her family, especially her nieces and nephews. She also loved spending time with the love of her life, Chris Housenecht, his family and their dogs, Lyla and Rambo.

She is survived by her parents, Pete and Robin Johnson; her boyfriend, Chris Housenecht; son, Kayson of Robbinsville, NC; three sisters, Amber Johnson (Jamal Grow) of Boone, NC, Lydia Johnson (Matt Simmons) of Montour Falls and Laura Reynolds of Montour Falls; two brothers, Caleb Johnson of Watkins Glen and Jared Johnson (Mariah Phillips) of Watkins Glen; and by several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, August 5, 2023 from 12 noon-1 p.m. at the Grace Lee Memorial Wesleyan Church, 2075 Chambers Rd., Beaver Dams, NY. A Celebration of her life will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the church followed by burial 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, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: David A. 'Poppy' Lynch The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (289)

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

David A. “Poppy” Lynch

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (290)Age 73, of Odessa, NY, entered unto rest on Wednesday, July 26, 2023 at Schuyler Hospital.

David was born in Ithaca, NY on May 18, 1950, the son of the late Herman and Esther Lynch. He married Suzanne Michener on July 29, 1988 in Cayutaville. He was a salesman, driver and cooler man for Pepsi from 1969 to 2017 and for Dandy Mini Mart from 2017 to the present. David was a hardworking family man, and loved spending time with his grandchildren and grilling.

David is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Suzanne (Michener) Lynch; daughters, Jennifer (Ray) Hubbell of Enfield, Cassandra (Justin) Dunlop of Tyrone, Samantha (Barry) Scott of Millport, and Sheena (Robert) Kio of Watkins Glen; sons, David (Wanda) Lynch of Thomasville, NC and Christopher (Jolinda) Lynch of Cayutaville; 31 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; sisters, Sharron (Lynch) Tuttle and Kathy (Lynch) Allis; as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, David was predeceased by his sister, Constance (Lynch) Auble; brothers, Herman B. Lynch Jr., Michael Lynch and Robert E. Lynch, and nephew, Earl “Boo” Tuttle Jr., all of Ithaca-Enfield.

Friends and family may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 18, 2023 at the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen. A celebration of David’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 19 at the Lynch home, 209 Speedway, Odessa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692. Memories of David may be shared with his family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Hugh Thomas HavensThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (291)

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

Hugh Thomas (Tommy) Havens

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (292)Age 66, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away peacefully on Monday, July 24, 2023 at Cayuga Medical Center. Tommy was born on September 24, 1956 in Montour Falls, NY, to Earl and Lena Havens.

Tommy lived in the Schuyler County area his whole life, making his home with The Arc of Schuyler since 1982.

Tommy is well known by many people around the community and by those working in local businesses.Whenever you would see Tommy out and about, he was always laughing, smiling, and joking with people. He enjoyed walking around town and stopping to chat, especially going to the neighborhood laundromat to socialize. He was an active member of the knitting/crochet club in Watkins Glen. You could always catch him at home with his ball of yarn, making something new!

Tommy is survived by his brother and sister, David Havens and Joyce Havens, and his niece, Keri Leach. He was predeceased by his parents and brother, Doug Havens. Tommy is also survived by his entire family at The Arc of Chemung-Schuyler, who will miss him greatly, as well as countless friends.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen, on Thursday, August 3, 2023, at 12:00 noon. A celebration of Tommy’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m., with interment immediately following at the Montour Falls Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in Tommy’s name be made to The Arc of Chemung-Schuyler, 203 Twelfth Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

Obituary: Robert William Fair The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (293)

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Robert William Fair

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (294)Age 80, of Alpine, NY passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, July 27, 2023. He was born in Kinston, NC on April 13, 1943, the son of Oliver and Ruth Fair.

Robert owned and operated Fair’s Body Shop for over 45 years and Fair’s Logging for 10 years. He was influential in starting the Schuyler County Ambulance Association. He was a paramedic for Schuyler Ambulance and Erway Ambulance for many years.

He was involved in snowmobile, motorcycle and car racing, winning many trophies. He was a past member of the Montour Moose Club and Mechanics Club. Bob was a true sportsman, and especially enjoyed deer hunting.

Bob was predeceased by his parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law Edward and Trudy Phoenix; and sons-in-law, Edwin Quick and Mickey Fazzary.

He is survived by his wife, Susan; children, Vicki (Carl) Ramsey, Gidget Davis, Tiffany (Phil) Learn, Martha (Mike) Henry, Lisa (Terry) Eccleston, Lori Fazzary, Anne Quick and Edward (Heather) Stone; 19 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren.

A memorial service for Bob will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. at the Cayutaville United Methodist Church, 6280 Cayutaville Rd., Alpine. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to a charity of your choice.

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

Obituary: Marguerite D. LaTorre The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (295)

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Marguerite D. LaTorre

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (296)Age 72, of Horseheads, NY passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, July 27, 2023. She was born in New York City on September 5, 1950, the daughter of Frank and Fay Santeramo.

She is survived by her partner, Tom Krnotch; sons, Louis (Kim) LaTorre and Robert LaTorre; mother, Fay Santeramo; brother, Andrew (Marie) Santeramo;grandchildren, Joseph LaTorre, Katrinna LaTorre and Ryan LaTorre; and niece, Andrea (Gerard) Scalera.

A memorial service for Marguerite will be held on Friday, August 4, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY.

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

Obituary: Eleanor A. Thompson The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (297)

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Eleanor A. Thompson

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (298)Age 90, of Odessa, NY passed away on Wednesday, July 26, 2023. She was born on May 20, 1933 in Bridgewater, New York.

She married Arthur Thompson on May 31, 1952. Eleanor worked as a receptionist at the Masonic Home in Utica, New York, until her retirement in 1998. She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur, and son, Gary Thompson.

She is survived by two daughters, Dawn Thompson (Homer Wixson) and Ruth Thompson; daughter-in-law, Cindy Thompson; and five grandchildren, Heather, Jesse, Cody, Brandy, and Chance Thompson.We would also like to include the Wixson family for recognition as family members.

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a future date. 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: Suzanna M. MinichelloThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (299)

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

Suzanna M. Minichello

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (300)Age 77, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on July 19, 2023.

Sue was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, the daughter of Nicolaas and Wilhelmina Bonte-Gelok. She worked as a machine and control room operator at US Salt and retired in 2003.

She was predeceased by her husband James Minichello in 2022. She was also predeceased by her parents and brothers, Henk, Casey, and Nick Bonte-Gelok.

She is survived by her sister and brother, Frances Bonte-Gelok and Jhon Bonte-Gelok and her children, Tammi Rhodes (Mike McCall), Ross (Sarah) Searles, and Scott Searles (Ashley); stepchildren Robert (Ade) Minichello and Dora Minichello; grandchildren, John-Michael Rhodes, Mitchell Rhodes (Vikki) and their father Michael Rhodes, Creed, Trinity and Jakob Searles (Dustin Wheaton), Dylon Hotaling and Suzanna Searles; step-grandchildren, Kaili, Katarina and Sarina Minichello; great-grandchildren, Eleanor Rhodes, Chase Dennis and Delilah Wheaton, and several nieces and nephews.

Sue had a heart bigger than life and was always helping others. When she wasn’t spending time with family and friends you could find her watching the birds and squirrels from her deck that overlooked her beautiful flower garden. She was as beautiful as she was fierce and said whatever she was feeling without apology. We thank you momma/mom/ma/nana for sharing your life with us, you will never be without our love.

Sue's cherished memory will forever remain in the hearts of her surviving family. A Celebration of Life will be held on September 1, 2023 at the Watkins Glen State Park from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

To offer condolences or share memories of Sue, please visit www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home.

Obituary: Frank P. Spena Sr. The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (301)

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

Frank P. Spena Sr.

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (302)Age 75, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Monday, July 24, 2023 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira.

Frank was born in Montour Falls, NY on October 12, 1947, the son of the late Nicholas J. and Marie C “Mellie” (Scaptura) Spena. He graduated from Watkins Glen High School, Class of 1965, and Williamsport Community College as a machinist in 1968.

Frank loved and excelled in ping pong, tennis, badminton, volleyball and snowmobile and auto drag racing. He placed 2nd and 3rd at the NYS snowmobile grass drag championship in 2000 and 2001. He earned a NYS SS championship in 1972 driving his Chevy Camaro Z/28 and was the local area Ford Aurora electric slot car champion in 1963.

Frank built and operated Madison Carpet and Furniture Cleaning for 25 years in the Southern Tier and Northern Pennsylvania area. During this time he was also the #1 salesman in the country with Sears Carpet Cleaning. Frank had also worked for Shepard Niles, Texas Eastern Transmission, the NYS DOT as a highway maintenance engineer and inspector, and a commodities trader.

He was also a local, state and national public political advocate. He was particularly proud of his role in making it illegal for large trucks to come down Corning Hill. He was a member of the Trumansburg Fish & Game Club, the NRA, the NYS Rifle Association and the Schuyler County Environmental Management Council. Frank played in the Seneca Chiefs drum and bugle corps and loved the time he spent helping the Squires drum and bugle corps. He enjoyed snowmobiling, cars, model trains and dogs. He was particularly fond of the family dog Hobo.

Frank was a member of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen. He was a member and had supported many Pro Life groups including the Catholic Priests for Life, National Right to Life, NYS Right to Life, and the Susan B. Anthony Pro Life. Frank attributed all his efforts to his Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ.

Frank is survived by his son, “Chip off the old block” and love of Dad’s life, Frank “Chub” Spena Jr. of Elmira; sister, Mary Rose (Greg) Laux of North Tonawanda, NY; nephews, Nicholas and Bradley Piersons, as well as numerous cousins.

Family and friends may call on Friday, July 28, 2023 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Link at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the church. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. Memories of Frank may be shared with his family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Caroline Ebel DeSarnoThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (303)

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

Caroline Andres Ebel DeSarno

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (304)Age 72, of Hector, NY, passed away suddenly on Monday, July 10, 2023. She was born on August 29, 1950 in Manhattan to Patricia Hall Ebel and Lawrence Ebel.

Carol grew up in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY and graduated from Hastings High School in 1968. She attended Corning Community College, where she met the love of her life, Quentin Louis DeSarno. They married on March 13, 1969 in Watkins Glen. They made their home in Hector and joined a very close community of friends and family nearby. Carol and Lou raised two sons, Alexander Carmen and Emerson Daniel.

Carol was an extremely productive, creative, and energetic woman. Over the years, she owned and operated three small local businesses: Charlotte’s Web, Norma’s Fabrics, and The Tofu Lady. She was also employed by Cornell University’s School of Human Ecology in Ithaca, NY and BUSCA Books in Hector.

Her most outstanding work was raising her boys on “Mother Seneca,” teaching the wonders of nature ... how to swim, sail, kayak, ski, bike, hike, garden, cook, and bake. Most importantly, she stressed reading, writing, music, art, and how to be kind to the Earth and all living things.

No matter what life threw at her, she would power through it with grace and spiritual strength. Carol was a “cool chick” who smoked a corncob pipe back in the day and drove a motorcycle. She loved to read, write, paint, take photos, ride horses, garden, cook, and bake, and would share all she could with others. When she wanted to learn something, she would figure it out and stayed open and adventurous always. Most of all, her “soul would sing” in Nature; it was by far her happiest place to be. She was also a very strong supporter and participant at the Wisdom’s Goldenrod Center for Philosophic Studies, in Hector, since 1972.

Carol is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Quentin Louis DeSarno; son Emerson Daniel; siblings Camilla, Constance, and Lawrence Ebel; in-laws Phyllisa DeSarno (Peter Widynski), William DeSarno, and Yvonne Overbeck; eight nieces; six nephews, and several great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son Alexander Carmen and her parents.

There were so many things about this woman that made her a “Best Friend” to her family, her friends, and anyone looking for kindness. She had a calm demeanor and her voice was warm and soothing. Even now, Carol has a light that radiates through her loving circle of dear friends. An Earth Angel has earned her WINGS! Fly high our sweet Caroline!

Donations in her memory may be made to the Schuyler Humane Society; Seneca Lake Pure Waters; or Wisdom’s Goldenrod Center for Philosophic Studies.

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

Obituary: Cynthia Jane RappleyeThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (305)

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

Cynthia Jane Rappleye
(the community aka Momma Cindy)

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (306)Age 62, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 18, 2023. She was born January 27, 1961 in Montour Falls, NY, the daughter of Franklin and Elizabeth (Schoffner) Stoddard.

Momma Cindy will be remembered for her love of others, genuine heartfelt chats, ability to relate to others, and giving way more than she ever received. She was always humble, thoughtful and caring. She enjoyed living in the country, a good book, and naps. Even though she struggled the majority of her life with health issues, she always looked out for others.

Momma Cindy is survived by her resilient, strong, and loving two daughters: Kristin (Nicholas) Haner of Watkins Glen and Angel Rappleye (Mike Zaric) of Tyrone, NY. She also leaves behind the following grandchildren, aka furbabies: Mr. Mi-Yagi, Pudge, Diesel "Kitty", Silas, SJ, Bandit, Bashful, and a neighborhood Fart Squirrel. Cindy had a connection and love for all Hoppy Toads; she even had the ability to hold and pet them until they fell asleep in her hand.

Cindy was predeceased by her parents, Franklin and Elizabeth Stoddard, and brother Joe Dee Stoddard.

Burial and a future celebration of life will be determined at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider helping those around you in need with love and support.

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

Obituary: Lois Lundberg CarterThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (307)

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

Lois Lundberg Carter

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (308)Age 85, of Burdett, NY, passed away on July 21, 2023 after a brief illness.

She is survived by husband James, daughter Jennifer, son Jeffrey, and grandson Sean Simmons and his wife Joy Ng, and many other relatives.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Mildred Lundberg, and brother Robert.

She was born May 3, 1938 in Summit, New Jersey and graduated as Valedictorian at Summit High. She pursued higher education at Cornell University (BS), and Elmira College (MS).

After college, she and Jim, newly married, lived on a naval base in Spain for three years, where their children were born. She was a devoted mother and partner, nurturing her children’s growth and supporting Jim’s career in public education as a teacher and superintendent of schools in Wilmington, Delaware, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania and New York (Cold Spring, Elmira and Utica) and as a professor at Elmira College.

She and Jim traveled across the country and around the world, experiencing long lasting memories that they shared in presentations and memorabilia detailed in scrapbooks and artwork displayed in the home.

She loved nature, whether collecting seashells on Florida beaches, kayaking on Seneca Lake, birding at nature centers or tending to her colorful flowerbeds at each place she called home.

Like her mother, Lois had a keen interest in organizations that motivated women to achieve their highest goals. She was a member of the Presbyterian Women Churchwide, where she led and organized their national conference; the Philanthropic Educational Organization; the Wednesday Morning Club, where members would present their research on local topics, and the Wednesday Afternoon Club, where they could share talents and interests.

She was deeply committed to her local church and community, volunteering for the Hector Refugee Project and Hospice, hosting exchange students, leading museum tours, collecting water quality samples and giving treats to kids at the annual “Trunk or Treat.”

For many of her friends, especially those in Briny Breezes, Florida, where she and Jim would spend the winter season, she was known for her talents in craft making, including stained glass, quilts and seashell art. Over the past few years she also knitted and shared hundreds of “Peace Pals,” cute dolls with wild, colorful hair that brought smiles to young and old alike.

She enjoyed researching local and family history, tracing her genealogical roots to find long-lost relatives in the U.S. and Norway.

Quiet, humble, thoughtful and admired for her love and concern for others, especially her family, Lois touched many lives with her compassion and generosity.

A funeral service will be held at Hector Presbyterian Church, 5511 State Route 414, in Hector, NY on Friday, July 28. A Visiting Hour will be held at 1 p.m., followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m.

Burial and reception will follow. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Andrew W. Tanner The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (309)

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

Andrew W. Tanner

Andrew W. Tanner of Dundee, NY passed away on Saturday, July 22, 2023 at Soldiers & Sailors Hospital in Penn Yan, NY.

Andrew is survived by his wife of 57 years, Bonnie L. (Schaffhouser) Tanner; daughters, Tamara L. Tanner Everett (Jeff) and Becky A. Tanner Farley (Richard); grandchildren, Carrie Langley (Jason), Joshua Langley (Cecelia), Amanda Hill (Adam), Travis Aldrich, and Tom Aldrich (Kaylee); several great-grandchildren; sister, Pat Specchio; and brothers-in-law, Steve Schaffhouser, Bob Schaffhouser, Art Schaffhouser, James Capogrossi, and Dale Heichel. He was predeceased by his daughters Debra and Andrea.

Andrew worked for the Schuyler County Department of Transportation for 30 years. He moved to Florida for 25 years after he retired. He served with the U.S. Navy from 1963-66. He loved golf, cruises, and Stetson University Baseball (Beacher Creatures). He was a fan of the New York Mets and New York Giants. His best friends were Dick Coyle, Joe Seib, Tom Beecher and his dog, Buster Brown.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 28, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery, State Route 14, Watkins Glen, NY. Flowers will be provided by the family. A celebration of his life will be held at the convenience of his family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Stetson University Giving Challenge, Office of Development, 421 North Woodland Boulevard, Unit 8286, Deland, Florida 32723.

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

Obituary: Harold W. Bartow The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (310)

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Townsend-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Penn Yan.

Harold W. Bartow

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (311)Harold W. Bartow has reunited with Meg, his beloved wife, as of July 11, 2023.

Father of nine, he had the good fortune of being happily married for 58 years to his best friend whom he met in England while in the United States Air Force. The family eventually settled in Watkins Glen on a 50-acre farm, surrounded by state land ... an ideal setting for raising the family.

He graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. degree, and worked with International Salt where he was instrumental in establishing the credit union, as well as working with the union on behalf of employees, all while serving in the Air National Guard in Syracuse for in excess of 20 years.

If you ever knew Harry, he was always smiling, laughing, joking around and teaching you about life through his many experiences. After Meg’s transition, Harry began traveling more extensively, always engaging with the many people he encountered along the way ... he never ever met a stranger! He loved Meg, family, life, a proper pint of Guinness, exploring, train travel, Great Britain, humor, good-hearted people, reading, poetry, and telling stories about all of his truly remarkable adventures.

You are loved and will be missed so very much by your many family members and friends.

Harry is survived by his children Sandy, Angie, Clay, Fiona, Pete, Paul, Phil, and Sarah; nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grands, and all of the extended family in the States, Great Britain and Spain. “Mind how you go,” Dad!

Memories of Harold may be shared with his family and friends at townsendwoodzinger.com

Obituary: Dale Richard Brown The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (312)

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by Alexander's Midway Funeral Home, Springtown, Texas.

Dale Richard Brown

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (313)Age 75, a native of Schuyler County, passed away on Friday, July 14, 2023 in Weatherford, Texas. He was born May 16, 1948 to Harold and Elsie (Gowdy) Brown in Montour Falls, New York.

Dale received a full scholarship to Columbia University, where he earned a BA in Sociology. After graduation he worked in the publishing business for 30 years. Later he returned to his true calling as a teacher. He taught school for Lake Worth, Texas ISD for 15 years until his retirement.

Dale enjoyed working on his farm, bird watching, star gazing and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Shirley Dense. He is survived by former wife Brenda Brown; brother, Nick Brown; sister; Mary Pound; sons, Andrew Brown and wife Chrissy, and Dylan Brown and husband Randall; daughter, Molly Brown Ross and husband John; grandchildren, Britt, Caleb, Loretta, Ashton, Carson, and Penelope; numerous nieces and nephews, and extended family and friends.

Dale will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Celebration: Suzanne Davies-Morton The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (314)

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

Suzanne Davies-Morton

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (315)Suzanne Davies-Morton of Watkins Glen, NY died on January 2, 2023. Sue leaves a legacy of loving a good time, usually on a beach in warm weather -- so to honor her spirit of compassion, intensity, love, service, laughter, and fun -- a celebration of life will be held on Saturday, July 22, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. at the The Tiki Bar on Seneca Lake.

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

Celebration: Dr. James J. Norton The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (316)

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

Dr. James J. Norton

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (317)A celebration of his life for Dr. James J. Norton, who passed away on February 13, 2023 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility at the age of 100, will be held on Saturday, July 22, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. at St. James' Episcopal Church, corner of North Decatur and 6th Street, Watkins Glen.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. James' Episcopal Church, Watkins Glen.

Memories of Dr. Norton may be shared with his family and friends at vedderscottzinger.com.

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Obituary: William G. Ward The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (318)

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

William G. “Bill” Ward

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (319)Age 84, of Mecklenburg, NY passed away on Tuesday, July 11, 2023 at Cayuga Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ithaca with his wife and daughter by his side after an extended illness. He was born in Montour Falls, NY on June 10, 1939, the son of Albert and Gertrude Ward.

Bill attended Watkins Glen High School. He married the former Linda L. Howell on December 7, 1968 in Dundee, NY and they enjoyed 54 years of marriage. Bill was a Truck Driver for Agway of Ithaca, retiring after 32 years. He also was a Corrections Officer at the Schuyler County Sheriff's Department, retiring from there in 2015.

Bill was a member of the Mecklenburg United Methodist Church, spent 56 years with the Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Company (past Fire Chief), and was a member of the Schuyler County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association. He loved to go for rides with his wife and was an avid hunter. Bill was always ready to lend a helping hand and loved his family with all his heart.

He was predeceased by his parents, in-laws Howard and Mildred Howell, grandson Bret Dudgeon, sister Rosemary Williammee, and son Daniel Thorp.

He is survived by his loving wife, Linda; daughter, Caminda (Ted) Dudgeon of Cayuta, NY; two sons, Christopher (Kathleen) Ward of Mecklenburg and Paul (Beth) Thorp of Ithaca, NY; daughter-in-law, Darlene Thorp of Whitney Point, NY; nine grandchildren, Sharon, Josh, Chris, Katie, Ryan, Ashlee, Matt, Samantha and Casey; seven great-grandchildren, and several loving nieces and nephews.

Bill’s family would like to thank his caregivers at Cayuga Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for making his last few months easier.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, July 16, 2023 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 North Genesee St., Montour Falls. Bill’s funeral service will begin at 1:00. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery of Hector.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 108, Mecklenburg, NY 14863, Mecklenburg United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 66, Mecklenburg, NY 14863, or the Schuyler County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, 106 Tenth Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

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

Obituary: Barbara Ann Stermer The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (320)

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

Barbara Ann (Biddle) Stermer

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (321)Barbara Ann (Biddle) Stermer passed on July 6, 2023 at the age of 84.

She married the love of her life, Frank Edward Stermer, on June 28, 1958. She worked alongside him on the Stermer Farm they started in 1965, and was proud to be “a domestic engineer” raising five children in the countryside, giving them the love and knowlege needed to grow into wonderful human beings. They then traveled the country together and loved their visits to Arizona and Florida the most.

After her husband’s passing, she continued their traditions of lunches with the Marines, visits to their favorite clubs and continued to volunteer at functions, as she also believed in the importance of each and every person who served our country and the public services of these members, and was steadfast in her beliefs in honor, duty and doing things right.

She enjoyed her family get-togethers for birthdays, picnics and holidays and any shenanigans she could have fun doing. Many people knew her as “Barbie.” She was a Lifetime Member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary, Lifetime AMVets Ladies Auxiliary 1313, Member of Ladies Auxiliary American Legion 1612, Member Women of the Moose - Montour Falls, Member Horseheads Elks Lodge 2297, and an Honorary Lifetime Member of the E.J. Brewer Detachment of the Marine Corps League.

She is survived by her children, Tammy (partner Bruce Rosier) Schreier, Cindy (Lester) Cady, Glenda (Robert) Stermer-Simpson, Keith (Ceridwen) Stermer, and Wayne Stermer; known as “Grammy” to her grandchildren Tabrina (Andy) Schreier Jaworski, Kurtis (Jessica) Vondracek, Allen (Caitlin) Cady, Kristina Vondracek, Ceinwen (Dan) Gauss, Dakota (Denna) Simpson, Morgan (Florian) Stermer-Wagner, Cameron Schreier, Bronwyn Stermer, Hannah Rosier, and Rhys Stermer; 13 great grandchildren; a brother, Darwin “Saki” (Susan) Biddle; brother-in-law, Earl (Cindy) Stermer; and sister-in-law, Lugene Biddle. She was predeceased by her parents, Darwin Delewis and Marie Evaline (Boatman) Biddle; siblings Robert Biddle, Mary Ellen Biddle, and Charles “Teddy” Biddle; and nephew Charles “Chucky” Biddle.

On August 7, a celebration of life for friends and family where they can gather and share their memories will be held at the Horseheads Elks Lodge #2297, 6 Prospect Hill Rd., Horseheads, NY, starting at 2 p.m. in their lounge.

In lieu of flowers, you are welcome to send a donation to the E.J. Brewer Marine Corps League: E.J. Brewer Detachment, PO Box 236, Horseheads, NY 14845.

Condolences and remembrances athttps://barberfuneralhome.com/

Obituary: Scott Wytrwa The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (322)

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

Scott Wytrwa, aka Kristine

Age 54, of Montour Falls, NY passed away unexpectedly at home on Thursday, July 6, 2023.

Surviving are partner of 20 years, Brent Weed of Montour Falls; sisters, Sandy Just of Montour Falls, Dawn (Daniel) Stillwell of Ithaca, Darlene Gridley of Montour Falls, and Tina (Gregg) Stiles of TN; and brothers, Bruce (Mary) Lawrence of Montour Falls, Dusty (Charlene) Lawrence of New Woodstock, and Phillip (Wendy) Wytrwa of Trumansburg.

Predeceased by his parents, Peter Wytrwa and Theresa (Clark) Winton, and by two brothers, Edson and Gary Lawrence.

A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, July 18, 2023 from 3-7 p.m. at the Mechanics Club, 237 W. Main St., Montour Falls. 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 http://www.vedderscottzinger.com

Service: Patricia A. MacnamaraThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (323)

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

Patricia A. Macnamara

The family of Pat Macnamara invite all who knew and loved her to join in celebrating her beautiful life on Saturday, July 29, 2023.

A calling hour beginning at 10:00 a.m., followed by a service at 11:00 a.m., will be held at the Watkins Glen First Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur Street. Interment at 1 p.m. will be at Glenwood Cemetery in Waverly.

Following interment, family and friends are invited to a luncheon at Tomasso's Restaurant, 398 County Rd. 60, Waverly.

Obituary: Per J. Navestad The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (324)

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

Per J. Navestad

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (325)Age 98, of Burdett, NY, passed peacefully on Wednesday, July 5, 2023 surrounded by family. He was born at home in Ozone Park, NY on January 17, 1925 to Peder and Dagny (Borgen) Navestad.

On April 24, 1954 he married Doris L. Croker at Community Methodist Church in Ozone Park. They raised four children at their home in Oceanside, NY. For the 25 years prior to moving to Burdett in 1987, the family spent part of every summer, at first tent camping and then vacationing, at their country cabin in Tyrone that Per built.

He is survived by his children, Wendy (Robert) Wirth, Paul, Eric (Cheryll), and Gary (Tina) Navestad; grandchildren Amy (Anthony) Bo, Lori (Erich) Asperschlager, Gregory (Natalie fiancée), Brian, Julie, Paige, and Perry Navestad; and great grandchildren, Andrew and Ryan Bo, and Juliet and Leah Asperschlager. In addition to his wife of 66 years, Doris, and his parents, he was predeceased by his sister Ann "Tula" Navestad, and by grandsons Ethan and Elijah Navestad.

On the day before his 18th birthday, Per was sworn into the U.S. Navy. He attended Quartermaster School before being sent to the war zone. He took part in a dress rehearsal for D-Day code-named “Exercise Tiger,” the U.S. military’s deadliest training incident during World War II. As Quartermaster 3/C he was stationed in the wheelhouse or control room of LST 499. He was steering the ship, taking orders from the officer who was on the bridge above him. Other LSTs were being torpedoed around him with very few survivors. He survived. Six weeks later was June 6th, 1944, D-Day at Normandy. LST 499 dropped anchor and waited for instructions. Then on June 8th, Per was at the wheel again getting ready to transport wounded soldiers to England when the ship hit a mine and sank in shallow water just off Utah Beach. Once again, he survived. Exercise Tiger was a top-secret mission and for 40 years, news of the event was kept secret. It was only released to the public in 1984.

After the war, Per became a union carpenter and worked in many different settings including new construction and remodeling banks, grocery stores and movie theaters, and had a special opportunity to work on the Christian Science Pavilion at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair.

In addition to woodworking Per enjoyed being a photographer and in his younger years spent many hours in his dark room developing and printing black-and-white images. He moved on to shooting color film and then digital images. He grew many vegetable gardens over the years and his most recent gardening was spent in his raspberry patch.

As a member of the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church he was involved with the planning and carrying out of several projects. For many years he was an RSVP volunteer at the Reynoldsville Food Pantry. He was also the one who carved the original wooden “Welcome to Burdett” signs.

At the age of 80, with encouragement from Doris, and long before “aging in place” was popular, they made a decision to build an accessible home where they could live out their years. The family -- Bob, Eric, Per, and Wendy -- made this dream come true. Per mostly coached during the framing process but was a large contributor to the inside finish work.

At 86, he taught himself the art of fan-carving and carved intricate birds from single pieces of wood. He sold his birds at many craft fairs around the area.

He was a man of few words, but very detailed with pencil and paper. He was never without a writing implement and a pad to jot down whatever he was working on or thinking about. His favorite style of shirt was those with two pockets and room for a pocket protector in each. He had beautiful penmanship and was a stickler for neat numbers. Anything that Per built had to be “sufficiently overbuilt” in order to be good enough.

Per enjoyed his family and the frequent, four-generation family gatherings celebrating holidays and birthdays. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and GG-pa who will be missed by all. A part of him will live on in the many handmade creations he leaves behind.

He received loving care from his daughter Wendy; son-in-law Bob, who was more like a son; granddaughters Amy and Lori; and great granddaughter Juliet. In his final weeks, the CareFirst team of Robin, Brandy, Sam, Patsy, Erin, and Amanda provided additional care. Thanks to Shannon Slater of Schuyler County Office for the Aging for the years of caregiver support.

There will be no visitation or formal services. The family will hold a celebration of life for Per, Doris, and Tula at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church c/o Linda Jaynes, 5092 State Route 227, Burdett, NY 14818 or CareFirst, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: William Andre ShebelThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (326)

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

William Andre Shebel

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (327)Age 72, of Tyrone, NY, passed away on June 25, 2023.

Bill was born in New Brunswick, NJ, the son of John and Doris Shebel. He had a distinguished military career, enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1968. He served his country in Vietnam and later became an instructor at the West Point Military Academy. Bill's dedication to his country and his commitment to shaping future leaders were truly commendable.

Aside from his military service, Bill possessed a multitude of talents. He was a skilled carpenter who painstakingly renovated or built several homes throughout his life. His passion for culinary arts led him to become an excellent cook known for preparing delectable dishes. With a green thumb, he also invested time and love into gardening and farming.

Bill is survived by his loving wife Sheryl Shebel and their children: sons William and Timothy Shebel; daughter Jessica Shebel; and sons Joshua and Jacob Shebel. He is also survived by nine brothers and sisters: Joy, Pamela, Mary, Susan, Kathleen, Robert, Theresa, John, and Luanne; two grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held on Friday, July 7 at 11:00 a.m. at Bath National Cemetery in Bath, NY. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen.

Service: R. Jeffrey CastorThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (328)

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

R. Jeffrey Castor

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, August 11 from 6-8:30 p.m. in Eldridge Park's Dance Hall for R. Jeffrey Castor, 66, who passed away on March 3, 2023. He was laid to rest privately at Maple Grove Cemetery.

Jeff -- a graduate of Odessa-Montour High School -- was the proud business owner of Southport Crown and Bridge. He loved the outdoors and was happiest when floating down the lake or exploring. He will be missed for his quick wit, contagious laugh and commitment to supporting his community.

Family and friends attended his service at Sullivan's Funeral Home, Horseheads, on March 18.

He was predeceased by his parents, Dr. Richard and Mrs. Diana Castor. He is survived by his daughter, Sarah Castor, and his five siblings.

Service: Susan Smith Miller The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (329)

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

Susan Smith Miller

A memorial service for Susan Smith Miller, formerly of Hector, NY and Vero Beach, FL, who died on April 12, 2023, will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at St. James’ Episcopal Church, Watkins Glen.

A reception will be held immediately following at the Kellogg residence, 5260 Peach Orchard Pt., Hector. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home.

Obituary: Beverly Beattie Potter The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (330)

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

Beverly Clare Beattie "Noni" Potter

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (331)Age 80, of Clarence Center, NY and a former resident of Schuyler County, passed away peacefully on June 28, 2023 after a short battle with cancer. She was born on February 6, 1943, in Kingston, NY, to the late Warren and Iris (Carson) Beattie.

Beverly was a loving sister, mother, and grandmother, survived by her sister, Anne Beattie, and her daughters, Kristen (David) Webster and Kimberly (Mark) Potter. She was also adored by her granddaughter, Kaylee.

Beverly had a zest for life and cherished her time with her loved ones. Her granddaughter, Kaylee, brought immeasurable joy and laughter into her life. Beverly loved spending time with Kaylee, who was the light of her life. They shared many special moments together. She also enjoyed daily walks with her granddog, Zeus, who was her faithful companion. Beverly found solace in drawing and reading the New York Times. She cherished the moments spent with her sister, Anne, and was delighted that she had moved closer. Additionally, she treasured the time she spent with her daughters and was grateful for their close proximity, allowing frequent visits. Shopping trips and lunches with her loved ones were always a source of joy for Beverly.

Beverly's educational journey included graduating from Odessa-Montour Central School in 1961 and Russell Sage College in 1965. She was a dedicated student who valued the pursuit of knowledge.

A celebration of Beverly's life will be planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hospice Buffalo (https://www.hospicebuffalo.com/give-get-involved/donate-now) or WNY Heroes (https://wnyheroes.org/get-involved/donate/). These organizations hold significance to Beverly's family and reflect her compassionate nature.

Beverly ("Noni") will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Her memory will be cherished, and her legacy of love and laughter will live on in their hearts.

Obituary: William H. Osborne The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (332)

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

William H. Osborne

William "Bill" Osborne, 69, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Thursday, June 29, 2023 at home. He was born in Montour Falls, NY on May 28, 1954, the son of William and Bessie Osborne.

Bill married Teresa “Tessie” (Thorpe) Osborne on August 28, 1976 in Reynoldsville, NY. He was a heavy equipment operator and foreman at the Schuyler County Highway Department for 40 years, until his retirement in 2016. He worked one season at Captain Bill’s in Watkins Glen.

Bill was a very devoted husband, father and grandfather! He enjoyed hunting, fishing and every moment he could spend with grandchildren and animals. Bill was a mentor to anyone looking to learn new skills or wanting a hunting and fishing partner.

He was predeceased by his father, William Osborne, in 2002; father-in-law, Roland Thorpe, in 2021; brother-in-law, Kevin “Pokey” Thorpe, in 2009; and brothers Michael in 1981 and Paul in 2021.

Bill is survived by his wife of 47 years, Tessie; two daughters, Ellen (Tim) Kathan of Horseheads, NY and Kelly (Tom) Skerven of Wisconsin Rapids, WI; mother, Bessie Osborne, living at Seneca View Nursing, Montour Falls; mother-in-law Roberta Thorpe of Reynoldsville; in-laws, Dan and Joan Thorpe of Mecklenburg, NY, Trina and Tim Wood of Burdett, NY, Charles Thorpe and Mary Morse of Burdett, NY, Matthew Thorpe, Erin, NY, and Martha Thorpe of Burdett, NY; four grandchildren, Jenna, Zachery, and Skyler Kathan, and Axton Skerven; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and by many grand dogs and cats along with a multitude of adopted grandkids.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, July 5, 2023 from 12 noon-2 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 North Genesee St., Montour Falls. His service will follow at 2 p.m. with burial in the Union Cemetery of Hector. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Care First Hospice, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14870.

To share a memory of Bill, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com.

Obituary: Christopher A. Franzese The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (333)

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

Christopher A. Franzese

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (334)Age 75, owner of the Villager Motel & Glen Manor in Watkins Glen, NY, was called home by God surrounded by his loving family at the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA, on Wednesday, June 28, 2023.

Chris was born on March 11, 1948 in Montour Falls, NY. He graduated from St. Anthony’s of Padua (Watkins Glen) and Elmira College. As a life-long resident of Schuyler County, Chris was dedicated to his family and community. He loved sports; coaching the Watkins Glen Rams Youth Football Team and working for Roger Penske Racing.

Chris served as the Town Justice of Reading and Acting Village Justice of Watkins Glen. He was a member of the Watkins Glen School Board, past President of the Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce, a founding member and past President of the Schuyler County Lodging Association, and a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Montour Falls (#426). Along with his wife, Angie, Chris owned and operated the Villager Motel & Glen Manor for 37 years.

He is survived by his loving wife, Angeline J. Franzese, past Chairman of the Schuyler County Legislature, and his daughters, Dr. Christine Franzese (Dr. Michael Shoemaker-Moyle), Helen Franzese, Esq. (Scott Durkin, M.A., Esq.), Dr. Blanche Franzese (Dr. John-David Beuhler), and Angie B. Franzese; his grandchildren, Isadora, Aidan, and Phena (Durkin), Catherine and Christine (Moyle), and Lincoln and Quentin (Beuhler); his brother, Patrick Franzese (Barbara), and sisters, Vallerie Franzese-Lynch, NP, and Elizabeth Franzese; his brother-in-law, Amedeo Fraboni; his sister-in-law, Linda Franzese; his nieces and nephews, Blanche “Ta” Robertson, Esq. (Saif Agha, Esq.), James Robertson (Emily Smith), Frank (Sarah) Fraboni, Kathy (Alan) McBride, Cindy (Brian) Pierce, Liz Fraboni, Mark Franzese, Matt (Christine) Franzese, Mary (Rob) Easton, Michelle (Mark) Simiele, Joseph (Michelle) Lynch, Andrew Franzese, Adam Franzese, and Nancy Franzese, as well as many cousins in Pennsylvania and New York, and his beloved dog, Sally Ann.

Chris was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Helen (Baccile) Franzese; his in-laws, Joseph and Blanche (Karpovich) Borzell; his brother, Victor Franzese; his sisters-in-law, Kathryn (Borzell) Fraboni, LPN, and Dr. Blanche Borzell; his brother-in-law, Dr. James Robertson, and his nephew, Tony Fraboni.

A special thanks and appreciation to the staff of the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA, and his sister, Vallerie, for their excellent and compassionate care.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, July 2, 2023 from 2-5 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, July 3 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.

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

Obituary: Merle Raymond Cratsley The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (335)

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

Merle Raymond Cratsley

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (336)Age 82, passed away on June 26, 2023 at his home in Odessa, NY, where his wife Lois had been caring for him as he was being treated for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.

Merle was born on May 19, 1941, the son of Frances and Raymond Cratsley; and was the younger brother of Lorraine.

Merle’s childhood was spent playing with neighborhood friends: the Drakes, Martins, and Bulkleys. Merle loved reading, electric trains, and airplanes. He looked up to his favorite cousin, Wilbur Hawley, who piloted missions in England during WWII.

Merle played football, basketball, and baseball and was in the band throughout high school at OMCS, where he graduated in 1959.

Merle studied at Syracuse University and Elmira College and spent time in the Army. He met his lifelong friend Terry Holdridge in Texas while on a cross-country trip with Craig Hill.

When employed at Artistic Card in Elmira he met Lois Diane Williams, whom he married in 1965. They built a home in Odessa and welcomed two daughters, Cynthia and Elizabeth. As a family, they enjoyed outdoor activities, snowmobiling, family vacations, and spending time at their cabin in the woods and their cottage on Seneca Lake.

Merle had a long career as a salesman traveling over a large swath of central New York, gathering stories along the way. After his retirement, he delved into his passion, creating a nine-hole golf course in his backyard. Merle loved spending time mowing, caring for the greens, and being outside as much as he loved socializing with the many people who came to play golf, or just share a story in the “clubhouse.” Merle especially enjoyed hosting a weekly “Couples’ Golf Night” and “a Men’s League Night” and participating in “Bubbles and Broth,” a gourmet dinner group with dear friends.

Merle was a member of the Odessa Methodist Church; a lifetime member of the Moose Club and the Watkins Glen Elk’s Lodge #1546; a 50-year member of The Masonic Lodge #131; and a lifetime member and past president of the Mechanic’s Club. Members and friends there will remember his quick wit and ability to tell a fabulous story recalling all the historical facts as well.

Merle is survived by Lois, his wife of 58 years with their dear pup, Bailey; daughter Cynthia, her husband Danny Ward, and her sons Caleb, Tristan, and Gabriel Harrington; daughter Elizabeth, her husband Boomer Gossett, his right-hand man on the hill, and his sons Dillon and Kristopher; his sister Lorraine Rhynehart of Eustis, Florida; nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

The family would like to thank the caring and compassionate staff at Cayuga Medical Center and Schuyler Hospital, especially Dr. Ahmad, Dr. Saks, Pat Kelly, and the Swing Bed Program. A special thank you to Dr. Colleen Crandall as well.

No formal services are planned at this time. In his memory, take a walk in the woods and enjoy the beauty of God's creation.

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

Obituary: Rev. J. Keith KisselThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (337)

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

Rev. J. Keith Kissel

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (338)Age 87, of Watkins Glen, NY, a retired minister who had served at both the Watkins Glen and Montour Falls United Methodist Churches, passed away on March 11, 2023 in Davenport, FL. Born on February 15, 1936 in Jersey Shore, PA, he lived his life according to his unwavering faith.

Keith is survived by his cherished wife Jane S. Kissel, and his nine children, Brian (Lizzie) Kissel, Bonnie (Ted) Gerrish, Belinda (George) Richardson, Diana Kissel, Minnie (Mickey) Baus, Barbara Peterson, Yvonne Volcy, Kimberly (Brian) Megquier, and Marjory (Jason) Gullstrand. He also leaves behind his brother, Jack Kissel; a brother-in-law, Robert (Dorothy) Sylvester; 17 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Keith was preceded in death by his parents, Harriet “Elizabeth” and John R. Kissel; his sister Joan, and brother-in-law Richard Smith.

Starting at the age of 7, Keith knew he had a calling to the ministry. After graduating from West Virginia Wesleyan, he tried to avoid it by joining the military. Keith was very proud to serve his country as a corpsman with the U.S. Navy while bilaterally also serving with the Army and Marine Corps. Stationed for a time in Okinawa between the time of the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, Keith's contributions went beyond simple service to his fellow men. Once honorably discharged, he left to attend graduate school and continue raising his beloved family. Once he graduated with his Masters in Divinity, he started his career with the United Methodist Church. Thus began more than a 50-year career in caring for others, spreading joy, love and light to those around him. Keith specialized in rebuilding churches. His personable touch, his genuine welcome, and warm smile invited all to join him at Christ's table. He especially enjoyed having the children in church. Whether it was for baptisms, confirmations, or just story time at the altar, children held a very special place in his heart.

A lifelong reader, Keith's favorite authors were Clive Cussler, James Patterson and Tom
Clancy. He admired Thomas Kincaid's artwork and appreciated fine works of art/sculpture. His favorite artist was God. Unabashedly delighting at fresh cut flowers, Keith marveled at how beautiful each bloom presented itself. He was an avid gardener, but a terrible weeder. He enjoyed his boat and the occasional fishing expedition.

The love he gave throughout his life will never be forgotten. Many have sat with him, talked with him, and he touched too many lives to count in his amazing journey on this earth. May Keith rest in peace forevermore with a smile on his face knowing how much he was loved and admired.

The Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2023 at the Montour Falls United Methodist Church located at 124 Owego Street with Rev. Michael Kelly presiding. The service will start at 11:00 a.m. with a luncheon following.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Montour Falls United Methodist Church. Memories or condolences may be left on Keith's obituary page at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Local arrangements with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen, have been made available for those unable to attend the service in person.

Obituary: John T. (Jack) BallThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (339)

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

John T. (Jack) Ball

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (340)Age 76, of Burdett, NY, passed away unexpectedly at home on June 18, 2023.

Jack was born in Warwick, NY, the son of the late Alfred and Lois Ball. He worked for IBM for over 30 years, followed by 10 years at GST BOCES in Horseheads. He was a member of the Montour Moose Lodge.

He is survived by his wife Connie; daughters Brenda (Stephen) Alteri of Big Flats and Susan Ball of Burdett; step-children, Colleen Coro of Corning, Carla Fayerweather of Horseheads, and Christopher Cordaro of Massachusetts; brother James (Marcia) Ball of Texas; sister Janice Allison of Kentucky; grandchildren, Ashley (Matthew) Cowen and Nicholas Alteri; step-grandchildren, Sophia and Trevor Henneman, Nolan, Nathan and Helen Fayerweather, and Nicholas Cordaro; and great-grandchildren, Declan and Harrison Cowen.

Jack was an avid fisherman and loved to camp with his wife, friends, and family. He always had a beautiful garden and gave many of the vegetables away; often anonymously leaving them on porches. Many of those who knew Jack received houseplants that he started from his own.

Jack always enjoyed time spent at the family farm in Pratts Hollow, NY. He also loved going to NASCAR races with his nephew Mike each summer. For many years, Jack could be found on Thursday afternoons in Bill Martin's garage for a little R & R with friends and his beloved Budweiser.

Jack could cobble anything and make it work, no matter how seemingly broken it was. Not surprisingly, his CB handle back in the day was "Mr. Fixit." Over the years he spent many hours repairing things for friends and family. He enjoyed mindbender puzzles that were impossible for anyone to unlock. He was brilliant at these and usually solved them within an hour of starting them.

Jack was neighborly and always had his scanner on so that he was up to date on current local happenings.

His grandchildren would sometimes find Dollar Store trinkets left on their porches from Grandpa Jack. A man of few words, he showed his feelings in other ways.

There will be a Celebration of Life held at the Burdett Fire Department (3830 Willow St.), Rt. 79, Burdett, NY on Wednesday, July 12 from 4:00 pm - to 6:00 pm. There will be a time for Remembrances and Stories shared at 5:00 pm.

Donations in Jack's memory may be made to the Burdett Volunteer Fire Department. You may leave a memory of Jack or condolence for his family in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. (Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen)

Obituary: Alice L. (Davenport) FordThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (341)

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

Alice L. (Davenport) Ford

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (342)Age 94, of Watkins Glen (Tyrone), NY and formally of North Chemung/Lowman, NY, went home to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on Tuesday, May 9, 2023.

She was born on July 27, 1928 in Towanda, PA to Harvey E. and Dorothy G. (Lewis) Davenport, and was the youngest of six children. Alice was a loving wife, mother, sister, and grandmother.

She was a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Alice was preceded in death by her husband Victor Ford, daughter Kolleen Howard of Noel, MO, and grandson Justin Ford of Van Etten, NY.

She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen Siglin of Pleasant Grove, UT; son Roland Ford (Patricia) of Van Etten, NY; 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and loving companion Edward Perry.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Altay Baptist Church, 4287 Six Corners Rd., Dundee, NY on Saturday, July 8, 2023 at 11:00 AM.

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

Obituary: James Albert LooseThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (343)

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by Jacqueline Allen, Licensed Funeral Director, The Villages, Florida.

James (Jim) Albert Loose

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (344)Age 84, formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, died on June 13, 2023.

Jim was born in Martinsburg, PA on August 13, 1939. He graduated from Williamsburg High School in 1957 and attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in 1961. After graduation, he served in the Merchant Marines as a licensed Engineer. Upon completing his service, Jim started his career as an Engineer at International Salt Company in Watkins Glen, NY. He spent his career at the salt plant, working his way up to become the plant manager. Jim was instrumental in designing and engineering the power system for the plant.

Jim and his wife Barbara raised their family in Watkins Glen, where he was a lifetime member of the Elks, Moose and Rotary Clubs. Jim was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow in the Rotary. He was a member of The First Presbyterian Church of Watkins Glen, First Presbyterian Church of Glens Falls, NY and the North Lake Presbyterian Church in Lady Lake, FL.

Jim had many wonderful friends he considered family. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends golfing, camping, and traveling. He shot a hole in one on the 10th hole at Heather Hills Golf Club. He loved to watch all kinds of sporting events, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers and Syracuse Orangemen. He happily spent many afternoons on the sidelines of his children’s and grandchildren’s games and meets. Jim was a lifelong learner who loved to read, particularly history and politics. He was hard working but knew how to have fun. He was a great mentor, and a loving husband, father and grandfather. After his retirement in 1997, he and Barb shared their time between Watkins Glen, Queensbury, NY and The Villages, FL.

Jim is survived by his wife of 59 years, Barbara (Mazza); son John (Marianne) of West Point, NY; daughter Debra Gonyeau (Steve) of Hudson Falls, NY, and grandchildren Lauren and Grace Loose and Nathan and Cameron Gonyeau. He is also survived by a brother, Ronald Loose (Roberta); brothers-in-law, Daniel Mazza (Sara) and Steven Mazza, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his son, Gerald Loose; brother Dean Loose, and his parents John and Beulah Loose.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim’s memory to:
Lauren’s First and Goal Foundation / www.lfgf.org
1002B Bartlett Loop, West Point, NY 10996

Obituary: Luanne Webster BennettThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (345)

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.

Luanne Webster Bennett

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (346)Age 72, originally of Dundee and formerly of Watkins Glen, NY passed away Friday, June 16, 2023 at the Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home in Penn Yan, NY.

Honoring family wishes, there are no prior calling hours. A Celebration of Her Life will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Friday, June 30 in the Dundee VFW pavilion, Seneca Street Ext., Dundee.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dundee Fire Company or the Emergency Squad, 12 Union St., Dundee, NY 14837.

Luanne was born on August 28, 1950 in Penn Yan, the daughter of the late Howard Donald and Elinor (Miller) Webster. She graduated from Dundee Central School in 1968, and went on to graduate from the Elmira Beauty School. On March 1, 1969 in Dundee, she married Walter L. Bennett, who passed away on May 2, 2022.

A life-long area resident, Luanne worked for several beauty salons before she opened her own in Dundee appropriately named Luanne's Beauty Salon. She will also be remembered for her many years working at Walmart in Watkins Glen, and as a member of the Dundee Baptist Church.

She will be forever missed by her three children, son Jeffrey W. (Holly) Bennett of Elmira, daughter Antoinette "Toni" (Ralph) Warren of Dundee, and son Kenneth (Ruby) Bennett of Penn Yan; five grandchildren, Amber Warren (Jeremy) of Union Star, MO, Dustin (Samantha) Warren of Dundee, Chelsey (Stephen) Chappell and Tori Bennett, both of Penn Yan, and Ethan Bennett of Elmira; three great grandchildren, Avery and Madison Warren, and Brylee Chappell; two brothers, Terry W. Webster of Penn Yan, and Howard Michael (Lorrie) Webster of Belton, MO; four sisters, Linda D. (Joseph) Young and Donna M. (Robert) Bergmark, both of Dundee, Mari E. (John) Gauck of Montour Falls, and Judy L. (Anthony) DeLaurentiis of Trumansburg, along with countless nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water Street, Dundee; online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

Obituary: Judith Farr LampmanThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (347)

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

Judith Farr Lampman

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (348)Judith Farr Lampman passed away this last Saturday, June 3, 2023 at her home in Watkins Glen, NY surrounded by friends and family. As many already know, Judy was in a fight with MDS, a form of bone marrow and blood cancer.Although there is no cure for MDS, Judy managed to settle things on her terms, and for those that know her, this is not a surprise.

She is survived by her two sons, Dexter Siglin (wife Nicole Siglin, and grandchildren Dexter, Ava and Ronan) and Joshua Lampman (wife Valerie Lampman).

Judy was the very definition of a free spirited and independent woman of the world, whose artistic talents and sense of adventure empowered her to chase dreams that most people would shy away from. Having an amazing singing voice, she performed vocals in one of the most popular regional rock bands for years called (of course) Seneca. Not one to settle for anything, Judy also put herself through school, graduating from Elmira College with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

She quickly put that to use by co-anchoring on-air weekend news at NBC affiliate WETM, which she did for many years. During this time Judy fell in love with Terry Lampman, whom she would eventually marry and move with to Reston, Virginia, where they started a whole new adventure.

Her life with Terry took her from Northern Virginia to Tallahassee, Florida, to the cities and wilds of Australia where they made their home for many years, then to the shining city of Hong Kong where they called home until returning to Northern Virginia many years and thousands of miles later.

The call of Seneca Lake was always on both Judy and Terry’s minds so they soon secured land where they would eventually build their dream home with majestic views of the water they always dreamed about. They so enjoyed being back in upstate NY, they purchased a small hotel in Watkins, and renamed it the Seneca Clipper Inn, which Judy took the lead in running day to day while Terry focused on his technology career.

When her love Terry left us in 2011, although broken hearted, Judy did not fold or fade away. She stayed active in her community, bought a new home, renovated a rental house, became a landlord, traveled back to Australia, visited Spain, and was in Boston and New Jersey to see her sons frequently.

Most of all in these later years, she was supported and loved by a fierce group of friends and family in the Watkins area, whom she often spoke of and was eternally grateful to have in her life. To say Judy will be missed does not come close to the truth of it ... to her friends, family, and the hundreds she touched over the years, a part of us is missing that can never be replaced. But we will do what she would want us to do ... carry on with curiosity and adventure in our hearts.

Her family is planning a celebratory event this summer in Watkins befitting the extraordinary life of this renaissance woman. In lieu of cards and flowers, please see her Dana Farber memorial page and donate to one of the best organizations on the planet: https://bit.ly/4627uZN

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

Obituary: Jennie L. JoslynThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (349)

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

Jennie L. Joslyn

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (350)Age 87, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on June 10, 2023.

Her husband of 61 years, Richard Joslyn, predeceased her seven years ago, on June 10, 2016. She was also predeceased by her daughter-in-law, Carmela Joslyn, and granddaughter, Julia Joslyn.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan Reed; two sons, Richard Joslyn II and Timothy Joslyn; sister Gail Wyre; three grandchildren, Jennifer (Brian) Mahuta, Jackie Joslyn, and Justin (Morgan) Reed; two great-grandchildren, Bridgett and James Mahuta; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Monday (June 19) from 1pm-2pm; followed by a funeral service at 2:00pm; with burial at Hector Union Cemetery. A reception will be announced.

The family wishes to express a special thank you to Peggy Freeman for all of your help.

Celebration of Life: Harold Secord The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (351)

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

Harold Wallace Secord

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (352)Please join Fran, Cheli and Mackenzie for a Celebration of Life for Harold Secord on Sunday, June 25, 2023 from 12-3 p.m. at the Burdett Fire Department. Food and beverages will be provided.

Anyone wishing to, please feel free to bring your favorite food, desert or drinks, but please no alcohol.

Harold, of Burdett, passed away at the age of 79 on Sunday, February 5, 2023.

Obituary: Frank 'Joe' Hammond The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (353)

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

Frank “Joe” Hammond

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (354)Age 65, of Montour Falls, NY passed away suddenly on Wednesday, June 7, 2023. He was born in Montour Falls on September 30, 1957, the son of Frank and Helen Hammond and graduated from Watkins Glen High School. On May 12, 1979, he married Penny Moore in Beaver Dams, NY.

Joe was a truck driver for over 30 years, retiring in 2020. He was a current board member for the Town of Dix. Joe enjoyed watching NASCAR and Western movies, and listening to classic country music. He also enjoyed refurbishing tractors. He cherished his pick-up trucks. He made sure they were always in pristine condition. Joe loved going to fairs and traveling west. His dream was to live in Kansas.

Joe loved and cared for his family and looked forward to visits from his grandchildren. He loved his goats and cats, and had a crow named John Henry that he fed every day.

Joe is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Penny Hammond; daughter, Danielle (Jesse) Gingrich of Burdett, NY; son, Waylon Hammond of Watkins Glen, NY; sisters, Ruth Maxwell of TN, Nancy (Kevin) Reynolds of Corning, NY and Linda (Lee) Bockus of VA; brother, Bill (Jeannie) Hammond of WY; grandchildren, Emma Gingrich, Liam Hammond and Connor Hammond; one aunt; and by several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and brothers, Jim and Mike Hammond.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 from 4-7 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 444 Liberty Ave., Suite 1300, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Lois Fay Drake The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (355)

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

Lois Fay Drake

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (356)Age 83, of Odessa, New York, passed away on Monday, June 5, 2023 with her family at her side. She was born on December 24, 1939 to Earl W. Dean and Lillian R. (Carrigan) Dean. She graduated from Watkins Glen Central School in 1956.

Lois was married to James R. Drake, Sr. on June 11, 1959. She worked in banking for 23 years at Tompkins Trust in Odessa. She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church and the Odessa Fire Department Auxiliary. She was a Cub Scout and Girl Scout Leader. Lois’s favorite hobby was supporting her grandchildren and great grandchildren in all their activities.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband James Drake in 2021; her daughter Tammi L. (Drake) Peterson in 2010; and great grandson Colson James Thompson in 2018.

She is survived by one daughter, Wendy (Steve) Weber of Elmira, NY; two sons, James
R. Drake, Jr. of Odessa, and Mike (Elaine) Drake of Scotia, NY; son-in-law O. Kenneth Peterson of Burdett, NY; four grandchildren, Ella Faye Drake, Kevin Weber, Matthew Peterson, and Megan (Weber) Thompson; and four great grandchildren, Paige Weber, Mallory Weber, Kase Thompson, and Clara Thompson. Lois was one of 13 siblings and is survived by one brother, Joel (Kathy) Dean of Parish, NY; and by many nieces and nephews along with a special cousin, Sandy Gunning.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY on Thursday, June 15, 2023 from 2-3 p.m. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery, Odessa. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Jeanne M. Voorhees The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (357)

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

Jeanne M. Voorhees

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (358)Age 86, formerly of Montour Falls and Watkins Glen, New York, passed away on Thursday, June 1, 2023. She was born in Montour Falls on September 21, 1936, the daughter of the late Adolph and Mary (Knapp) Landry.

Jeanne retired from Corning, Inc. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen. She was also a member of Women of the Moose and the Mechanics Club. Jeanne was an avid reader and enjoyed knitting.

She was predeceased by her husband, Gerald Voorhees; infant son Gerald; daughter Elaine Augustine; sister Rita Mathers; twin brother John Landry; and niece Joanne Fitch.

She is survived by her two grandchildren, Tony and Joey Augustine; two sisters, Ann (Dan) Neumire of Reading Center and Mary (John) Bond of Watkins Glen; brother George (Kate) Landry of Clearmont, Florida; brother-in-law Bob Mathers of Corning; along with several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 North Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Mary’s of the Lake Church. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Alfred M. Landon Sr.The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (359)

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

Alfred M. Landon Sr. (Al)

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (360)Age 84, of Burdett, NY passed away on May 30, 2023 in his home surrounded by family. Al was born to Ellen and Edwin Landon on December 29, 1938 in Trumansburg, NY.

Al loved to hunt with his sons and his friends. He loved old music and cars, horseback riding, snowmobiling, camping, collecting records and to dance. He always dragged his daughters and granddaughters onto the dance floor any chance he could get. He enjoyed flea marketing, telling stories, sitting on his front porch, and spending time at his winter home in Dunnellon, Florida and at the family cabin in the Adirondacks.

Al is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Elizabeth Landon; five children, Bob (Shelly) Landon, Pam (Tom) Taylor, Pat (John Swayze) Wilcox, Butch (Traci) Landon and Lorie (Mark) Mann; 13 grandchildren, Alicia Wilcox, Andrew Wilcox, Nicholas Dunlop, Joe Landon, Briana Colunio, Andrea Brower, Megan Donahue, Zach Landon, Stephanie Taylor, Craig Landon, Desirae Landon, Skyler Mann and Dakota Landon, and 15 great grandchildren.

There will be no funeral services. Please join us at his wishes of a celebration of life at the Burdett Fire House on Sunday, June 11 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please donate in the memory of Alfred Landon to the American Cancer Society (https://donate.cancer.org/).

Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen (RoyceChedzoy.com).

Memorial Service: Robert Earl VaryThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (361)

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Robert Earl Vary

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (362)A small memorial service for Robert Earl Vary, formerly of Odessa, NY, who died on June 14, 2022 in Whiting, NJ at the age of 70, will be held on June 10, 2023 at 12 noon at Glatfelter Lodge on the campus of Gettysburg College.

All are welcome to this informal gathering to celebrate Bob's life. The service will be streamed via Zoom for those unable to attend in person. Lunch will be provided immediately following.

If you are interested in attending, wish to be included in the livestream, or would like something read in your absence, please email Rob Vary at rnvary@gmail.com for details.

Bob left behind his daughter, Katharine, her husband James, and their son Alistair; his son, Robert and his wife Annelise; and his ex-wife and loving friend, Erna.

Obituary: Taylor Ann ReasorThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (363)

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

Taylor Ann Reasor (Murphy)

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (364)Age 25, of Cayuta, NY lost her battle with depression on May 21, 2023.

Taylor was born on March 7, 1998 at Cayuga Medical Center (CMC) in Ithaca, NY, and at the age of 4, moved to Trumansburg, where she grew up and called home. Trying to define what Taylor meant to all who knew her in just a few words is impossible. Everyone who met her loved her. She was beautiful, smart, humble, kind, quirky, artistic, athletic, musical, funny, and above all, she was compassionate. Taylor’s desire to care for people stemmed from watching her dear Mimi fight and ultimately lose her battle with cancer. The foundation in which she lived and ultimately became her career was formed by watching the nurses who helped ease Mimi’s transition from this world into the next.

Taylor graduated from Charles O. Dickerson High School in Trumansburg in 2016 where she spent her senior year as a New Visions student focused in the Health Sciences Program. Following graduation, while pursuing her education part time, she worked at CMC, Brookdale and Bridges while gaining experience in the field that she loved: nursing. Taylor overcame many obstacles during this time, but with her determination and drive, she graduated from TC3 in May 2022, passed her boards, became an RN and went on to continue working at CMC in the Intensive Care Unit as an overnight ICUNurse.

One of the happiest days of her life was when she married her husband John on November 17, 2022 at a beautiful and intimate ceremony at the Will’N Away B&B in Montour Falls. They went on to buy their first house in Cayuta shortly thereafter, where Taylor and John worked together to turn their house into a home. Taylor loved her precious fur babies; dogs Bailey and King, and cat Shaggy. She loved reading outside in her swing chair, singing and playing her ukulele, writing stories and poems, skiing at Greek Peak, going on walks and hikes, and above all loved spending time with her family and husband. Taylor will be dearly missed and always remembered.

Taylor was preceded in death by her grandparents, John “Jack” (Papa) and Gail (Mimi) Murphy and infant cousin Connor Rickett.

She leaves behind (husband) John Reasor, (mother) Tammy Murphy, (father) David Murphy, (sister) Michaela Murphy, (brother) Jack Murphy, (stepfather) Joel Starley, (grandparents) Steve and Liane Waters and Freda Tewell, (father/mother-in-law) Gary and Annette Reasor, (sisters-in-law) Morgan Hall, Christina Bogart, Amy Wilkinson, Amanda and Melinda Reasor, (brother-in-law) Gary Reasor Jr., (uncles) Duane Waters, Justin Tewell, Kevin Rickett, Loren Gardner and Ryan Murphy, (aunts) Angela Waters, Samantha Tewell, Crystal Rickett and Kristen Gardner, and (cousins) Kate, Ellie, Anna, Kenlee, Elizabeth, Jon, Cassie and Cameron.

No words will ever be able to truly describe the impact that Taylor had on others and how much she will be missed. Weinvite all that know and love her to join us in celebrating her beautiful life at the Stewart Park Pavilion in Ithaca, NY on June 9th from 1-3 p.m., with the ceremony starting promptly at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that each person consider the life-saving gift of organ donation, and if desired, a donation in her honor be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Finger Lakes, Inc.), PO Box 6544, Ithaca NY 14851-6544. A box will also be available at the pavilion should anyone want to consider a donation to Taylor’s grieving husband John to help him navigate this difficult time.

Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen, NY. (www.RoyceChedzoy.com)

Obituary: Robert L. Benjamin The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (365)

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

Robert L. “Bob” Benjamin

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (366)Age 91, of Montour Falls, New York, passed away on Friday, May 26, 2023 at Schuyler Hospital. He was born on October 5, 1931 in Bradford, Pennsylvania, to the late Marion Lewis Benjamin and Vera Mae (Stephens) Benjamin.

Bob grew up in Limestone, NY, where he graduated from Limestone High School in 1949. He married N. June Cope (Benjamin) on October 11, 1954 in Odessa, NY. His last place of employment was Precision Filters Inc. in Ithaca, NY, where he worked for 24 years. He retired in 2000.

Bob attended the Montour Falls United Methodist Church. He was very active in the church, doing the church bulletin until two weeks before his passing. He was a member of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., where he volunteered as an archival researcher, and a member of the National Soaring Museum in Elmira for several years. He served with the Civil Air Patrol and was a skilled worker emeritus.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1949-1952, then joined the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 1971.

Bob was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, June, on April 17, 2023; brothers, James, William and Howard; and grandson, Ryan Gregory.

He is survived by his six children, Jeffrey (Kelly) Benjamin, Manchester, CT, Ken (Carletta) Benjamin, Colchester, CT, Kimberley (Tony) Scott, Montour Falls, NY, Jenny (John) Benjamin-Rider, Richmond, ME, David (Jill) Benjamin, Elmira, NY, and Tim (Michelle) Benjamin, Montour Falls; eight grandchildren, Louie, Erin, Cassie, Jackie, Amanda, Carlyle, Daniel and Matthew; step-grandchildren, John Jr., Megan, Jessica, Wallace, Wanda and Luci; great-grandchildren, Kelan, Zoe and Hudson; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to his Celebration of Life service on Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at the Montour Falls United Methodist Church, 124 Owego Street, Montour Falls. Private burial will be in Highland Cemetery in Odessa, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Montour Falls United Methodist Church or the Schuyler County Humane Society, 124 Marina Drive, Montour Falls, NY 14865.

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: Gary Lewis Ayers The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (367)

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

Gary Lewis Ayers

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (368)Age 71, of Delhi, NY and formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at the Delhi Nursing Center.

Gary was born in Montour Falls, NY on December 2, 1951, the son of the late Daniel and Janet Ayers. He attended Watkins Glen High School until he was drafted into the service in 1969. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Gary had worked for Corning Glass until retiring in 1986. He was a member of the Rainbow Chasers Club and he went to the bowling alley to visit with his friends. Gary also enjoyed walking around Watkins Glen to visit with everyone.

Gary is survived by his daughter, Tabatha Grayce Owens (JJ) of Willis, TX; son, Sean Michael Ayers (Melisa) of Dundee, NY; grandchildren, Adam Owens, Kaytlyn Owens and William Owens; great granddaughter, Julia Owens; sister, Kathy Dunn of Watkins Glen; brother, Don Ayers of Montour Falls; aunt and uncles, Nancy Johnson,Jim Campbell and Lewis Campbell; and nieces and nephews, Amber Pratt, Andy Chrisman II, Jeremy Dunn, and Nicole, Rebecca, Whitney and Jeremiah Ayers. He was predeceased by his brother, Ron "Thumbsy" Ayers.

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: Robert B. Smith The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (369)

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

Robert B. Smith

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (370)Age 62, of Odessa, NY, passed away on May 24, 2023. He was born in Montour Falls, NY on January 17, 1961, the son of Dale and Elfriede Smith. He graduated from Newfield High School and served honorably with the U.S. Army.

Robert worked in construction for many years. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, American Legion and the VFW.

He is survived by his son, Michael (Dani) Smith of Etowah, TN; daughter, Candace (Mickey) Andrews; father, Dale Smith of Odessa; two sisters, Nancy (Jim) Brown of Athens, TN and Tammy (George) Cutter of Newfield; two brothers, Rick (Diane) Smith of Odessa and Tony (Doris) Smith of Groton, NY; step sister, Peggy Jelliff; step brothers, Darrell Seymour, Dennis Seymour and Billy Seymour; and eight grandchildren, Leon, Violet, Lucian, Aldrin and Peregrine Smith, Katie Kelly, Jenny Morrow and Sadie Kelly. He was predeceased by his mother, Efreide Smith; step mother, Katie Smith; brother, Donald J. Smith; and daughter, Brandy Kelly.

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: Wendy Sue GreenThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (371)

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Wendy SueGreen(Robbins)

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (372)Age 44,of Elmira,NY, passed away unexpectedly onTuesday, May 23, 2023 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira.

Wendy was born in MontourFalls, NY on September 5, 1979, the daughter of Melanie Croft and Randy Robbins. She went toOdessa-Montour Central School andwas a stay-at-homeMom whoenjoyedspending time withfamily,friends, and her dogs.She loved laughing, movie time with her kids,cooking and dancing around to her favorite music, just having a good time. She was the life of the party and was always in glitter and glam.

Wendyis survived by her two sons, Damien Gleason and Zackery Robbins (Monica Dorman), and hersignificantother, Matthew Gleason, all of Elmira; her father Randy Robbins and step-mother Carol Robbins; sister, Nikki Gilbert; brothers, Billy Thompson, Richard Robbins and families, all of Florida; aunts, Marlene Croft (Ralph Stoothoff), Elmira, Gail Burton, and Vickie Heindel, Florida; and uncles, William Croft (Mary Croft), Tennessee and Walter Croft Jr., Montour Falls (and families).Wendy was preceded in death by herhusband, Peter Green,mother Melanie Croft, stepmother Jeannie Robbins, and grandparents Betty and Kenny Rogers, and Gail and Walter Croft Sr.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude tothe Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home for their care. Any donations can be made athttps://gofund.me/20325238. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Nikki M. Tague The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (373)

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Nikki M. Tague

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (374)Age 62, of Montour Falls, NY passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at Schuyler Hospital. She was born in Cortland, NY on November 28, 1960, the daughter of the late Gordon and Louise Marshall.

Nikki was a homemaker, caring for her husband Bill and grandson Shawn. She was proud of her Seneca Indian heritage. She loved animals, especially cats and birds. She also enjoyed knitting.

Nikki is survived by her husband and companion of over 20 years, William A. Tague; sons, Larry Janack and Shawn Janack; sister, Dixie Bishop; brothers, Gordon “Spike” Marshall, Jr. and Mickey “Mouse” Marshall; grandchildren, Gordon Janack, Neil Janack, Alexis Janack, Cici Janack and Shawn Janack; and by her in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her son, T.J. Janack, and brother, Jay Marshall.

A memorial service will be held for Nikki on Saturday, May 27, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Lee Memorial Wesleyan Church, 2075 Chambers Rd., Beaver Dams, NY. A luncheon will follow at the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the church. 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: W. Virginia WilsonThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (375)

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Murphy Funeral Home, Palmyra, NY.

W. Virginia Wilson

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (376)Age 101, April 4, 1922-May 19, 2023, of Palmyra, NY, formerly of Odessa, NY, passed away at DeMay Living Center with her family at her side.

She was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth L. Wilson, her parents, Chester and Clara Hayes of Odessa, NY, and her brother, Merle Hayes of Odessa, NY.

She is survived by her last love, Cornelius Vanderwerf, Palmyra; sons, David (Jacqueline) Wilson of Shortsville, NY, and Leslie (Irene) Wilson of Montour Falls, NY; granddaughters Melissa Williamson of Manchester, NY and Kristen (Phillip) Bauman of Elmira Heights, NY; great grandchildren Madison (Cole) Reed of Belmont, NY, McKinleigh Williamson of Manchester, NY, and Jaxson, Victoria, Jameson, and Alexandria Bauman, of Elmira Heights; and great-great granddaughter, Lily. She leaves behind many nieces and nephews and her beloved church family.

She was the last surviving member of the Odessa, NY High School Class of 1939. She graduated from Elmira Business Institute and held several bookkeeping positions in banking and other businesses. She last worked for the Town of Palmyra as Deputy Town Clerk. She was a long-time, devoted member of the Palmyra Reformed Church.

Friends and family are invited to visit at the Murphy Funeral Home, 123 East Jackson Street in Palmyra, NY on May 30, 2023, from 5-7 p.m. Virginia's memorial service and celebration of her life will be held on May 31 at 11:00 a.m. at the Palmyra Reformed Church, 232 Canandaigua Street, Palmyra. A private graveside service will be held at the Palmyra Village Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest beside her loving husband.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Palmyra Reformed Church or the Rochester Regional Health Hospice Care.

Celebration of Life: John W. Chapman The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (377)

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

John Wait Chapman

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (378)A Celebration of Life for John Wait Chapman, a native of Montour Falls who died April 22, 2023 at the age of 74 in Ocala, Florida, will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 2 p.m. at the South Pavilion of the Watkins Glen State Park (East Room). Friends are welcome.

Born to Mary (Chapman) Bottcher and Rupert “Pete” Chapman, he passed just under two months after his wife of nearly 40 years, Nancy Chapman.

He is survived by his two sons, Chris (Houran) Chapman of Brooklyn, NY and Shon Chapman of East Stroudsburg, PA; his two siblings, Mary Anne (Bill) Culligan of Portland, Oregon and Robert (Barbara) Chapman of Watkins Glen, NY; five grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and dozens of songs and the memory of thousands of performances.

Graduating from Watkins Glen CentralSchool in 1967, he was a pianist in the vein of Bill Evans, music and composing a lifelong pursuit and spiritual journey. An anti-establishment, peace-loving conscientious objector who later spent five years in the Navy. A carpenter/craftsman/builder by day and musician/composer by night; he built a house on Cayuga Lake with the help of family and friends over the course of six summers. A father, son, brother, artist, DYI enthusiast, intellectual, recluse, family-man, and ultimately human being.

Obituary: Sharon Anne BryingtonThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (379)

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Sharon Anne (Landon) Bryington

Widowed, formerly of Odessa, NY, passed away early Saturday morning, May 13, 2023 in her Danville, KY home. She was born July 29, 1947 in Montour Falls, NY, the daughter of the late Joseph and Gladys (Everts) Landon and graduated from Odessa-Montour High School.

Sharon was a housewife, avid reader and accomplished poet who loved crocheting and telling everyone about her nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Junior Bryington, and is survived by brothers Stanley (Betty) Landon of Odessa, NY, Joseph Landon of Alpine, NY and James (Carolynn) Landon of Ocala, FL; her four children, William Joseph (Donna) Bryington of Danville, KY, Daniel Lee (Veronica) Bryington of Odessa, Karen Anne (Tim) Ingall of Lansing, NY and Thomas James (Shannon) Bryington of Millport, NY; grandchildren Miranda, Billy Joe, Laurelle, Cameron, Amanda, Eamon, Ashley, Victoria, and Isiaha; and great grandchildren Chase, Eleanor and Saiyre.

Obituary: David 'Mickey' FazzaryThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (380)

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

David "Mickey" Fazzary

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (381)Age 68, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Friday, May 12, 2023 unexpectedly at home. Mickey was born on June 16, 1954 to the late John and Shirley Fazzary. He grew up in Watkins Glen with his sister Patti Fazzary and brother Johnny (Cathy)Fazzary.

Mickey is survived by his wife, Lori Fazzary; four daughters; three granddaughters; two grandsons; a nephew, Jonathan; and several cousins.

Mickey was a dedicated father and grandfather, determined to provide for his family and give them everything he could. He was exceptionally proud of all of his children, Jessica Fazzary, Erin Fazzary, Allyson Hunter, and Alynn Silliman. Anyone who knew him knew that he was the most thoughtful father and grandfather anyone could ask for.

After graduating from high school, he started his career at Shepard Niles.Mickey loved to cook for the people in his life that he cared about the most. He also passionately rooted for the Cleveland Browns, Syracuse basketball and the New York Yankees. He could often be found riding his motorcycle with friends, hunting, or hanging at the Moose Club.

A Celebration of Mickey’s Life will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2023 from 12-4 p.m. at the Montour Falls Moose Lodge, 2096 County Road 14, Montour Falls. The family requests that all flowers are sent directly to the Montour Moose Lodge.

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: Beverly Clark VanAmburgThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (382)

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Beverly Clark VanAmburg

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (383)Age 83, of Dundee, NY, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, May 12, 2023. She was born in Rochester, NY on November 5, 1939, the daughter of the late Roy and Juliana Routly, and attended Rochester Schools.

Beverly worked at Ithaco Electronics Co., Avon and Sears. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Dundee. Beverly loved bird watching and feeding her birds.

She is survived by two sons, Christopher N. Vary and his wife Charlene H. Vary, and Richard C. Vary II and his wife Jennifer A. Vary; a sister, Marilyn Heers of Rochester; six grandchildren, Stephanie Vary, Samantha Vary, Alyssa Kinner, Olivia Vary, Kayla Vary and Elijah Vary; four step grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and by many nieces and nephews, especially Denise Yaniro. She was predeceased by her loving and adoring husband of 24 years, Lyndon D. Clark; and sisters Lois Launier and Carol Blohm.

A calling hour for Beverly will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2023 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Faith Baptist Church, 13 Harpending Ave., Dundee. Her memorial service will begin at 11:00 a.m. A reception will follow at the church.

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

Obituary: Marcia C. ViglioneThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (384)

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Marcia C. Viglione

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (385)Age 87, longtime Tustin, California resident, died early Wednesday morning, May 10, 2023 at Saint Joseph Hospital, Orange, California. Her husband John and youngest son Jim were with her when she passed to be with her Lord, Jesus.

Marcia was born November 28, 1935, in Rome Township, Ohio, the daughter of George and Ida Mae (Callander) Creed. Growing up in Saybrook, Ohio, she was a 1953 graduate of Ashtabula High School. In 1954, she met her future husband, John W. Viglione (LtCol, USMC Retired), while working for United Airlines at LaGuardia Airport. He was a student at the Academy of Aeronautics, Queens, New York. Married June 7, 1958, she became the wife of an USMC officer and pilot, resulting in 11 relocations in 24 years. Along the way she became the mother of four children, at times raising them by herself while John served overseas.

When her youngest, Jimmy, started kindergarten she joined the Cherry Point MCAS workforce as a civil service secretary. When the needs of the service moved them to northern Virginia she worked at the Pentagon in the same capacity. With her eldest finishing college and her youngest starting high school, the family moved back to Southern California, where she studied to become a successful realtor, working with both North Hills and Coldwell Banker Realties. The California soil proved a good match for her green thumb, readily growing her beloved rose bushes and various vegetables.

Marcia was an accomplished Bridge player, periodically hosting Bridge groups in her home while the kids were in school. Her love for singing found its first expression during her high school years singing in the high school choir, and later while singing for many years in the Aldersgate UMC choir. She also put her bookkeeping talents to work while active in the USMC Officers’ Wives League, serving as Treasurer. All her activities expressed her love for people through service and social interaction.

Her greatest joy was her nine grandchildren, spending time with them or hearing about them. She was widely known for her kindness and loyalty as a true friend. While she didn’t talk much about her faith in her Lord Jesus, she lived His commandment to love one another.

Marcia is survived by her husband, John W. Viglione; her sisters Nancy Louden (husband Russ), and Judy Eager; her children, John (Pam) Viglione, Joanne V. Levesque (David), Jennifer Viglione, and Jim (Cathy) Viglione; and her grandchildren Michael Viglione, Rachel Viglione, Sarah Viglione, Matthew Levesque, Emily Viglione Espino (Gage), Elizabeth Levesque, Christopher Viglione, Dominic Viglione, and Sophie Viglione.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 19, 10:00 a.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church of Tustin, 1201 Irvine Blvd., with Pastor Timothy Ellington officiating. Viewing will begin at 9:00 a.m. Interment will be at the Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola Naval Air Station, Florida, at a date TBD. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, toysfortots.org, or the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, t2t.org.

Obituary: Elizabeth A. StrattonThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (386)

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Elizabeth A. (Rouse) Stratton

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (387)Age 89, of Watkins Glen, NY died on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY. She was born in Tioga, PA on July 23, 1933, the daughter of the late Robert and Mary Rouse. She graduated from Northside Blodgett High School in Corning and was a Navy Reservist.

Elizabeth was a homemaker. She loved the Westminster Dog Show, watching it every year. Elizabeth also enjoyed watching the Puppy Bowl at Super Bowl time.

Elizabeth is survived by two daughters, Karen E. (Donald) Spaccio of Montour Falls, NY and Bonnie Gill of Towanda, PA; a son, Thomas R. (Susan) Knapp of Bradenton, FL; a sister, Maxine (Nicolas) Faulisi of South Corning; six grandchildren, Arthur Gill of San Diego, CA, Sarah A. Gill of Waverly, NY, Sadie L. (Bill) Murphy of Wyalusing, PA, Lorraine E. Gill of Laceyville, PA, Andrew M. (Jess) Spaccio of Candor, NY and Dominic R. (Carissa) Spaccio of Montour Falls; nine great grandchildren; and one great great granddaughter. She was predeceased by her sister, Miriam Bronson; brother, Rodney Rouse; and by her husbands, Robert W. Knapp, Alan Hicks and Robert Stratton.

Private services were held on Friday, May 12, 2023 at 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, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: William Dellwood VanFleetThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (388)

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William Dellwood VanFleet

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (389)Age 99, of Trumansburg, NY, moved from farming on earth to farming in the sky on Tuesday May 9, 2023. Known to most as William, Dad, Grandpa, Studmuffin, Great Grandpa, Uncle Bill or Uncle Willie, he was a friend to many. On April 5th, 1924, he was born at home and lived his life on the farm he worked.

He was predeceased by his wife, Peg, a son, Robert Bryan, his parents, Percilla Lewis and William Bryan Jennings VanFleet, an incredibly special uncle Charlie, brother Earl, sister Irene and brother-in-law Ted Fletcher, sister Thelma Harford, niece Laurie Fletcher, nephew James Fletcher and by many, many friends.

He is survived by his son, David, and daughter-in-law, Nianne (Taber) VanFleet; a cherished granddaughter, Jennifer VanFleet Stratton and her husband Craig Stratton; and his very special and well-loved great granddaughters, Ashlynn and Kendall Stratton. Not a day went by that he did not think of his three special girls. His nephew Bill Fletcher shared a very special relationship with him. The two Bills spent lots of good times together over the years and made wonderful memories. He and Walter Harford, his brother-in-law, shared many good times at the lake together. He is survived by many nieces and nephews, as well as special friends too many to mention.

He spent almost three years at Seneca View, where the staff cared for his every need. He was the “sugar daddy” as he supplied candy to staff at Seneca View. As his granddaughter said, “he is now in heaven serving candy to the angels.”

He was creative, caring, bossy, an amazing storyteller, a traveler, tractor driving, spunky, loving, history remembering man. On Friday before his death, as his time was trickling away, Jennifer told him she loved him and his response was “you better; I am the only grandpa you got.”

Please remember him with stories, by sharing some hard candy, remembering his love of women, his love of the land and the closeness he shared with his neighbors and friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, May 20, 2023 from 1-2 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. Bill’s memorial service will follow at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Mecklenburg Fire Department or take a walk and remember him for a few moments. May he rest in Peace. To leave a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: LeRoy J. Swartz, Sr.The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (390)

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

LeRoy J. Swartz, Sr.

Age 81, of Burdett, NY, passed away on May 11, 2023.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Emily Swartz; daughter Kimberlee Swartz; son LeRoy J. Swartz Jr.; and two grandchildren, Amber (Matt) Kautz, and Brandon (Kalea) Swartz.

He retired from AKZO NOBEL in Watkins Glen. Funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

Memories or condolences may be left in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Robert G. 'Jerry' HarnasThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (391)

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

Robert G. “Jerry” Harnas

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (392)SMSgt. USAF Ret., age 73, of Watkins Glen, NY, entered unto rest on Thursday, May 11, 2023. Jerry was born on August 18, 1949 in Elmira, NY, the son of the late Joseph and Ann Harnas, and graduated from Watkins Glen High School.

Jerry served with the U.S. Air Force as a Specialty Aerospace Maintenance Superintendent, retiring in 1994 after 25 years of dedicated service. After retiring from the Air Force, Jerry was an auto mechanic at several area dealerships. On July 22, 2000, he married his wife Linda.

Jerry was a member of the Odessa Conservation Club, where he loved to share his knowledge of Hunters Education and Archery with local youth organizations.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 23 years, Linda (Bartone) Harnas; son, Robert Harnas; Linda’s sons, Kevin (Afsana) Doane and Steven Doane; four sisters, JoAnn, Liz, Judy and Mary; five brothers, Tom, Dave Jack, Paul and Andy; three brothers-in-law, David and Michael Bartone, and Scott Blackwell; and a special grandson, Beckett Doane.

A special thank you to Justine Clarkson from Arnot Ogden Medical Center for her continued care and support to Jerry and his family.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held for Jerry on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery, State Route 14, Watkins Glen. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Schuyler County Ambulance, 909 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

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

Service: Elaine Stanton-HicksThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (393)

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

Elaine Stanton-Hicks

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (394)Age 66, of Valois, NY, passed away on May 8, 2023 after a battle with cancer.

A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held Saturday (May 13) at 11:00am at the Valois-Logan-Hector Fire Company, 5736 NY-414, Hector, NY. A reception will follow.

She is survived by her husband Michael Hicks; son George (Tracy) Hemphill; mother Janet George; brothers and sisters, Richard (Sue) Stanton of Prattsburg, Susan Stanton of Avon, Michelle Wrightman of Hornell, and Lorie Mosbacher of Wayland; two grandchildren, Chandler Hopkins and Reagan Johnson; brothers-in-law, Joe Hicks of Hornell, and Tim (Yvonne) Hicks of Clark Mills, NY; and many nieces and nephews.

Elaine was born on June 27, 1956 in North Hornell, NY, the daughter of Ronald and Janet Stanton. She honorably served in the United States Army. Elaine served as a long-time member, volunteer, treasurer and board member of the Valois-Logan Hector Fire Company. She was also a member and past-president of the former Schuyler County Fireman’s Association, and attended the Hector Presbyterian Church. She worked and retired from Cornell University as an HVAC Engineer. Elaine's many joys included being a surrogate mother to all the children in the neighborhood; her horses; and playing at the casinos.

You may leave a memory of condolence for the family in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home.

Obituary: Helen Ann LeatzawThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (395)

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

Helen Ann Leatzaw

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (396)Helen Ann Leatzaw of Montour Falls, NY, passed away peacefully on April 1, 2023 at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls.

She was a richly talented person, a Devoted Wife and Mother, True Friend, Talented Artist and Innovator, Caretaker, Camp Leader, Life-long Student, Dedicated Teacher, and Avid Nature Lover. She had no fear to take on any project, no matter how daunting it might appear, and give it her best.

After the birth of her first son, the weight of the fact that her Grandfather, her Father, her Brother, her Brother-in-Law, and now her Husband had all served in war, motivated her to search for the truth about God and His will for humanity.

In her search she found the answers that she had so earnestly been looking for. Those answers were so valuable to her that she determined that living her life according to these truths must become the guiding force in her life, and that by adhering to them she was ensuring the best future for herself and her dear family.

And so, as time proved, what defined her the most was her belief in the importance of Faith and Integrity, instilled in her by her parents, and reinforced by her careful and honest study of the Bible.

That determination made her the glue that kept her family together during the storms of life. One of the most beautiful qualities of our Mother is that her “glue” extended far beyond her husband and family, to her many dear friends and to all those she saw as truly in need.

Helen was born at DeGraff Hospital in North Tonawanda, New York to Douglas D. Joyce, Sr. and Helen W. Joyce. She is survived by her dear brother, Douglas D. Joyce, Jr., his wife Marion and their family. She is also survived by the family of her dear sister, Margaret Joyce Balling, now deceased. As well as her beloved cousin, Bette Joyce Smith, her husband Lloyd and their family. She is also survived by her sons: R. Allyn Leatzaw, Jr. and his wife Lou Ann; Paul Leatzaw and his wife Ivonne. Helen’s daughters: Christina and her husband W. Thomas Cecil III; Jeannette and her husband Aldo Minchella. Helen’s grandchildren: Joel Cecil and his wife Sophia; Hannah and her husband Anthony Sofia; Ryan Leatzaw and his wife Kiana; Jeremy Minchella; Abigail and her husband Alain Louissaint; Austin Leatzaw; Sarah Cecil; Bennett Minchella and his wife Josy; Joshua Leatzaw; Andre Minchella and his wife Murielle; and Myles Leatzaw. Her great grandchildren: Noah, Mazzaroth, Stella, Kelani, and Harper.

Words cannot adequately express our most sincere gratitude to the Watkins Glen Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses for the many years of love and support to both of our parents. They both loved you all dearly.

To the outstanding community of professionals whose support made it possible for Helen to live her best life in her later years: We feel indebted to you all, as you all did not just your jobs, but went above and beyond. You have all shown such personal interest, compassion, and respect. You are a treasure to your community.

Helen’s Memorial Service will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2023 beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Watkins Glen Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2590 NY-414, Watkins Glen.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to www.JW.org; when on the Home Page scroll down to “Donations” and follow the prompts. While you're on the website, please take a moment to look for the answers to the questions you care about most. Our Mom would have loved that.

If you would like to see some photos and maybe leave a message, please visit her Memorial Webpage at www.VedderScottzinger.com.

Obituary: Josephine Marie StandishThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (397)

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

Josephine Marie Standish

Age 92, of Watkins Glen, NY, better known to most as “Pee Wee,” passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2023 at home.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, May 19, 2023 from 4-7 p.m. at the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, 119 Fifth St., Watkins Glen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, May 20 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.

Obituary: Patrick 'Ricky' Van HornThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (398)

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

Patrick “Ricky” Van Horn

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (399)Age 60, of Pine City, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY.

Ricky was born in Montour Falls, NY on November 11, 1962, the son of Doyle James and Terry Ann (Dull) Van Horn.

Ricky is survived by his mother, Terry A. Van Horn; sister, Patricia (Van Horn) Rekczis; niece and nephews, Tara (Jimmy) Miller, Gregg (Amber) Rekczis Jr., and Patrick (Rebecca) Rekczis; great nieces and nephews, Bryce and Axell Miller, Jasmine Craven, Aden and Easton Rekczis, Aubree and Isaiah Rudy, and Patrick, Parker and Ila Rekczis;aunts and uncles, Harry (Sandy) Van Horn, Barbara Van Horn, Franklin “Barney” (Marsha) Van Horn, Deborah Lewis, Michelline Coble and Chad (Charissa) Coble; as well as several cousins. He was predeceased by his father, Doyle “Jim” Van Horn; and uncles, Steven Coble and Ralph “Pete” Van Horn.

Friends and family may call from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2023 at the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen. A memorial service celebrating his life will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Seneca Union Cemetery in Valois, NY.

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

Obituary: John Wait ChapmanThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (400)

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

John Wait Chapman

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (401)Age: 74
Born: Sunrise Feb 14, 1949 (Montour Falls, NY)
Deceased: Sunset April 22, 2023 (Ocala, Florida)

Born to Mary (Chapman) Bottcher and Rupert “Pete” Chapman, and he passed just under two months after his wife of nearly 40 years, Nancy Chapman.

He is survived by his two sons, Chris (Houran) Chapman of Brooklyn, NY and Shon Chapman of East Stroudsburg, PA; his two siblings, Mary Anne (Bill) Culligan of Portland, Oregon and Robert (Barbara) Chapman of Watkins Glen, NY; five grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and dozens of songs and the memory of thousands of performances.

Graduating from Watkins Glen CentralSchool with a Regents Scholarship in 1967, he had dreams of traveling far away but decided at the last minute to stay relatively close with a state school. He was a man of many intertwined, occasionally contradictory, profiles and perspectives. A self-described loner, he nonetheless pledged Phi Beta Kappa while at SUNY Binghamton. Considering the possibility of the "life of the mind" as a career, he majored in ancient languages -- specifically Sanskrit.

A pianist in the vein of Bill Evans, music and composing were a lifelong pursuit and spiritual journey; cursing out about every venue manager that he interacted with as a band leader was his portrait of an artist as a young man. An anti-establishment, peace-loving conscientious objector who later spent five years in the Navy. A carpenter/craftsman/builder by day and musician/composer by night; he built a house on Cayuga Lake with the help of family and friends over the course of six summers. A father, son, brother, artist, DYI enthusiast, intellectual, recluse, family-man, and ultimately human being.

His smile and wry wit will be missed even while he lives on through so many of us that he touched.

A memorial service will be held in Watkins Glen at a later date.

Service: Floyd S. HullThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (402)

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

Floyd S. Hull

Floyd S. Hull, 92, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Tuesday, February 28, 2023. A graveside service with military honors will be held for Floyd on Friday, May 5, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. at Montour Cemetery (Upper Entrance), Mill St., Montour Falls, NY.

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

Obituary: Richard H. OwlettThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (403)

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

Richard H. Owlett

Age 80, of Alpine, NY died peacefully on Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center after an extended illness.

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer; three children, Susan Viditz-Ward, Kristina Smith and Paul Silver; seven grandchildren; and his Basset Hound, Winston.

A memorial service will be scheduled by the family at a future date.

Contributions may be made in his memory to Arnot-Ogden Medical Center, the Montour Falls Library, or your local Volunteer Fire Department or Animal Shelter.

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

Obituary: Curtis I. BallardThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (404)

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.

Curtis I. Ballard

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (405)Age 74, of Dundee, NY passed away on April 22, 2023.

Curt was born in Penn Yan, NY on September 25, 1948, the son of Ivan and Henrietta Ballard, and married Penny McKie on April 22, 1967. They enjoyed 56 years together. He retired from AKZO-NOBEL in Watkins Glen.

Curt was a former member and volunteer with the Bradford Volunteer Fire Department and was a lifelong friend and supporter of the Tyrone Volunteer Fire Department.

He is survived by his wife, Penny Ballard; daughters, Carol, Christine, Tracy and Florence; brothers Greg (Michele) Ballard, and Roy (Suzanne) Ballard; step-sister Bonnie White; seven grandchildren, Penny, Dominic, Brandon, Joshua, Ricky, Zachary, and Bryan; several great-grandchildren; and several loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, and sisters Yvonne Olsen and Joyce Ballard.

The family will receive friends at the Weldon Funeral Home, 102 E. Main St., Penn Yan on Sunday (April 30) from 1 pm-3 pm; followed by a memorial service at 3 pm. He will be interred at Hillside Cemetery in Dundee at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Tyrone Fire Department, P.O. Box 69, Tyrone, NY 14887 or Schuyler EMS, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865

Obituary: Emma Louise NickersonThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (406)

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

Emma Louise (Knapp) Nickerson

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (407)Age 56, of Beaver Dams, NY passed away on Saturday, April 22 2023 at home. She was born on August 3, 1966 in Dover, New Jersey. Emma graduated from Dundee High School in 1985. She married Jeffrey A. Nickerson on August 19, 2006 in Montour Falls, NY. She worked as a Direct Support Professional with the Arc of Schuyler for four years, and later she was a housewife caring for her family.

Emma loved taking care of her new home, her fur babies, her grandchildren and her husband. She never missed a chance to brag about her grandbabies and her daughter Emily, who is currently serving in the U.S. Navy. She enjoyed being outside enjoying good weather and gardening. She enjoyed talking to her family and friends. She loved going shopping with her daughters and trying to figure out what she wrote on her shopping list. She loved cranking up and rocking out to '80’s music.

Surviving Emma are her husband of 17 years, Jeffrey Nickerson; three daughters, Emily Gublo, of Moore, OK, Elaine Gublo, Beaver Dams, NY and Julia (Jason) Nickerson-Carpenter of Blue Ridge, Georgia; a son, Randy Nickerson, of Austin, TX; two sisters, Crickett Robles of Corning, NY and Sheryl Elliott of Horseheads, NY; two brothers, Michael (Cherie) Knapp of Elmira, NY and Raymond (Gail) Knapp of Charlotte, NC; four grandchildren; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents, her brother Joseph Knapp in 2016, and baby Johnny D. Cleary in 2003.

A celebration of Emma’s life will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, April 29, 2023 at the Hammondsport/Bath KOA Resort, 7531 County Road 13, Bath, NY. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Emma’s name to The Arc of Chemung-Schuyler, 711 Sullivan Street, Elmira, NY or Ronald McDonald House Charities at RMHC.org

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: Minnie E. LeljedalThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (408)

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

Minnie E. (Bender) Leljedal

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (409)Age 97, of New Albany, PA passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2023 surrounded by family. She was born on July 31, 1925 to Cleve and Belle (Forrest) Bender in New Albany, PA.

A graduate of New Albany High School, she continued on to graduate from Mansfield State with a degree in Home Economics. She married James “Bob” Leljedal in New Albany and lived and taught in LeRaysville, PA. Bob and Minnie then moved to Monroeton, PA to start a family and lived there for several years before moving to New Albany, PA, where they started Leljedal’s Hardware and together owned two other successful businesses, Sewing Center in Towanda, and a deli in New Albany. Retirement was spent in Florida for several years, and they enjoyed their later years being wonderful grandparents to four grandchildren.

Surviving Minnie are her children, Ben (Lorraine) Leljedal of New Albany and Chris (Roger) Hugo of Watkins Glen, NY; grandchildren, Morgan (Brett) Mapp of Philadelphia, Courtney (Ryan) Muldowney of Northumberland, PA, Kelsey (John) Vidumsky of Philadelphia, and Stephen Leljedal of New Albany; sister-in-law, Katherine Leljedal of Towanda; nephew, Carl (Tina) Bender of Florida; several nieces and nephews; and close family friends Bill and Ann McIntosh of Jacksonville, Florida. She was predeceased by her husband Bob in 1990.

A graveside service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the New Albany Fire Department, P.O 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, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Service: Doris Maxine SpauldingThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (410)

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

Doris Maxine "Max" Spaulding

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (411)A memorial service for Maxine Spaulding of Hector, NY, who died March 26, 2023 at the age of 88, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at the Montour Falls Methodist Church.

Max was born on November 16,1934 to Maxwell Lester Cole and Velma Loder Schneider in Canton, PA and spent her childhood growing up in Southport, NY.

On June 27, 1953, Maxine married Robert W. Evans from Elmira, NY. Bob and Max had three children, Sharon, Scott, and Rick. More than a decade later, Max met the love of her life, Clarence “Sheik” Spaulding. They married on November 25, 1968, in Valois, NY. Max, her sons and Sheik became a family and resided in Hector.

Maxine was predeceased by her husband, Clarence “Sheik” Spaulding; sons Robert Scott and Richard Francis Evans; sister Maxine Manning; and brothers Donald, George “Joe” and Terry Cole. She is survived by her daughter Sharon Maximiek (Gino DePasquale) of Rochester. NY; daughter-in-law Lydia Wickham of Burdett, NY, and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

In lieu of flowers and in Maxine’s memory, donations may be made to the Hector Church Memorial Education Fund or to the Valois-Logan-Hector Fire Department Ambulance Fund.

Obituary: Ruth Hickleton LikoudisThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (412)

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

Ruth Hickleton Likoudis

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (413)Ruth Hickleton Likoudis, formerly of Montour Falls, NY, passed away in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Friday, April 14, 2023 at 91 years of age after a brief illness. She was born on February 5, 1932 to parents Dr. George Taylor and Ruth Aikin Hickelton of Williamsville, NY.

Our beloved mother is survived by her loving husband of 71 years, noted Catholic writer James Likoudis. She is survived by brothers, George Hickelton (Ashland, VA) and John Hickelton (Staffordville, CT); and sister Elizabeth Hickelton (Palm Springs, CA). Ruth was preceded in death by sisters Jean (Edward) Frank and Margaret (James) Kistner.

Ruth had six children, Paul (Deceased) (Paulette) Likoudis, Therese (Johnny) Williams of Ann Arbor, MI, Mark (Kathryn) Likoudis of Gibsonia, PA, Celine (Mark) Schanzer of Spring, TX, Catharine (Thomas) Kader of College Station, TX; and Margaret (David) Byerley of West Chester, PA. She is also survived by 35 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.

Ruth became a devout Catholic in 1951 and amidst the storms that would beset the Church, she never failed in her fidelity to the Church's teachings. She lived by her favorite saying, "February's child loves to work, so life's duties will not shirk."

A graveside service for Ruth will be held on Friday, April 28, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Montour Cemetery (upper entrance), Mill St., Montour Falls, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ruth's memory may be made to Assumption Grotto Church, https://give.aod.org/.

Local 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: N. June BenjaminThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (414)

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

N. June Benjamin

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (415)Age 88, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on Monday, April 17, 2023 at Arnot Ogden Hospital in Elmira, NY surrounded by loved ones. She was born in Montour Falls on November 28, 1934, the daughter of Fred and Grace (Thurston) Cope.

June graduated from Odessa Central School in 1954. She later graduated from Elmira Business Institute in 1982. She was married to Robert Benjamin on October 11, 1954 in Odessa, NY. She was a homemaker for 68 years. June was a member of the Montour Falls United Methodist Church. She was actively involved in the church, singing in the choir and teaching Sunday School. She did literacy tutoring for a few years. She was also involved in her children’s lives as a Boy Scout Troop Leader and a member of the PTA. June loved singing, crocheting, and spending time with her loved ones.

She was predeceased by her parents; sister, Doris; brother, Kenneth; and grandson Ryan Gregory.

She is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, Robert Benjamin; three daughters, Kimberley Scott (Tony), Montour Falls, Jenny Benjamin-Rider (John), Richmond, ME, and Sue Gale, Horseheads, NY; four sons, Jeffrey (Kelly), Manchester, CT, Kenneth (Carletta), Colchester, CT, David (Jill), Elmira, NY, and Timothy (Michelle), Montour Falls; two sisters, E. Arlene Learn, Catharine, NY and Sandra Bates, Odessa; sister-in-law, Teresa (Filippetti) Cope; eight grandchildren, Louie, Erin, Cassie, Jackie, Amanda, Carlyle, Daniel, and Matthew; three great-grandchildren, Kelan, Zoe, and Hudson; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life for June will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 24, 2023 at the Montour Falls United Methodist Church, 124 Owego Street, Montour Falls. Private burial will be in Highland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Montour Falls United Methodist Church, 124 Owego Street, Montour Falls, NY 14865 or the Schuyler County Humane Society, 124 Marina Drive, Montour Falls, NY 14865. 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: Joyce Anne VanVleetThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (416)

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

Joyce Anne VanVleet

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (417)Age 88,of Montour Falls, NY, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, April 17, 2023 at the Huntington Living Center in Waterloo, NY.

No newcomer to the “Land Between the Lakes” and a direct descendant of Ezekiel VanVleet and George Faussett,Joyce’s family has lived here since 1789.

Joyce started school at the one-room school house in Caywood, which she loved to speak about, and graduated from the Odessa-Montour Central School. In her early days, Joyce and her sister Jean picked many apples and cherries at their farm on the hill in Lodi. She worked at her grandfather’s Red and White Store. With her sister Jean, Joyce led a Girl Scout Troop and took figure skating lessons at Cornell’s Lynah Rink.

Joyce was a life-long and very active member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a faithful member and servant of the Montour Falls United Methodist Church, serving for many years as treasurer and in the choir. She was always working on things like church dinners, VBS or rummage sales.

A lover of music, Joyce was a member of the Peach Orchard Music Society, the Elmira Choral Society, and Odessa-Montour combined choir cantatas organized by Kim Laursen.

Joyce worked her entire work career at Shepard Niles in Montour, working in the accounting and payroll. She was a member of the Montour Village Planning Board of Appeals and was on the election board for many years. She was a proud member of the Red Hat Society.

Joyce was a 70-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, joining on December 3, 1952. She was a member of the Fern Tyrone Chapter #142. Joyce was Grand Representative to Wyoming in 1965 and 1966, and District Deputy Grand Matron, Chemung Schuyler Tioga District in 1992. She held several offices in three Chapters including Matron and Treasurer.

Joyce enjoyed spending summers at her cottage at Lodi Point with her friends whom she also went out to lunch with twice a week. Joyce LOVED to go out with her friends for lunch two and three times a week.

She was predeceased by her parents, Helen Brown and Sidney Warner VanVleet, and her beloved sister Jean Vera VanVleet. She leaves two surviving cousins: John “Jack” Newman (Jill Shove) of Rose, NY, and Robert Mark Brown of Lodi.

Joyce loved her dear extended family including Mary Personius (1921-2012), Vicki Cadwell, Ruthie Hayes, Mary Tilinghast and Richard Little, but “Little Zach” Little was her favorite.

The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to those caregivers who have cared for Joyce day and night since last June: Hannah Rose, Gracie Johnson, Laura Reynolds, Antoinette Morse, Siera Carbone, and Damion Brown. A special thanks as well to Joyce’s loyal tenant and ever-watching angel upstairs,Wendy Drake.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, April 23, 2023 from 1-2 pm at the Montour Falls United Methodist Church, 124 Owego St., Montour Falls, NY. Joyce’s memorial service will follow at 2:00 pm. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Joyce’s memory to the Montour Falls United Methodist Church or the Order of the Eastern Star Fern-Tyrone Chapter #142.To leave a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Stanley C. CovertThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (418)

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

Stanley C. Covert

Age 86, of Trumansburg, NY passed away on April 12, 2023.

Stan was born in Montour Falls, NY on June 27, 1936, the son of LeRoy and Leona (Clyde) Covert. He owned and operated the AM-PM Convenience Store in Watkins Glen.

He was predeceased by his wife Winifred in 2012, their son Daniel S. Covert in 2016, and his brothers Norman, Richard, Thomas and LeRoy Jr. He is survived by his daughter-in-law, Shelly Covert of Trumansburg; brother, William Covert of Corning; and three grandchildren, Vanessa Covert, Valerie Covert-Knight (Thomas Knight), and Ethan Covert; and great-grandson Logan Knight.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4thSt., Watkins Glen on Sunday (April 30th) from 12 noon-2 p.m.; followed by a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. He will be buried at the Union Cemetery of Hector in Burdett.

Obituary: Charles John CiprichThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (419)

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

Charles John Ciprich

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (420)Age 81, of Sun City Center, FL and Burdett, NY, Chuck crossed the finish line passing away from a lengthy battle with cancer on April 16, 2023 in Florida, surrounded by family.

Chuck was born in Sayre, PA on November 30, 1941 to John and Olive (Franklin) Ciprich and grew up in Burdett, where he remained until his retirement years took him part-time to Florida. He was predeceased by his parents, brother Richard Ciprich, sister Rita Watts and nephew Richard Jr. (Cy) Ciprich.

Chuck is survived by his biggest fan, his wife of 60 years, Faith Ann (Vickio) Ciprich, who was always by his side; his three daughters, Dolores (William) Hrynko, Maria (Scott) Eaton, and Claudine (Tony) Ciprich-Fusare; grandchildren Desirée Ellison, Jacq Goehner, Victoria Kolb, Charles Eisenhart, Wyatt Eaton, and Brad Hrynko, and four great grandchildren.

Chuck had the ambition of five men and succeeded in all his endeavors. He was an Army Veteran, and worked 35 years for the LeHigh Valley Railroad and Conrail Railroad. He had a passion for racing from the age of 17, which he devoted most of his life to, becoming a locally famous race-car driver, winning many titles and awards, ending up at Indy, and always a driver that so many loved.

His friendly personality will be missed by all. So gather together, celebrate in the winners' circle of his last race, tell a fun story about him, raise your glass and, in his words, have “just one more!”

There will be no services at Chuck’s request, and burial will take place at a later date.

Obituary: Susan Smith MillerThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (421)

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Susan Smith Miller

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (422)Age 80, died peacefully on April 12, 2023 in Vero Beach, FL from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

Sue was born on May 25, 1942 in Elmira, NY and was predeceased by her parents, Donald and Elizabeth (Betty) Smith. She was raised in Watkins Glen, NY and graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1960.

Sue met the love of her life, Edward Miller, on a blind date in New York City, while Ed was in medical school and she was studying to be a nurse. She earned her BS-RN degree in 1964 from SUNY Plattsburgh University, and in June of that same year Ed and Sue married.

During their 58 years of marriage they lived in several locations. Initially, she worked as a school nurse outside Rochester, NY. They moved to the Midwest while Ed completed his medical training and served in the U.S. Air Force before settling in Binghamton, NY in 1970. During the years raising her two daughters in Binghamton, Sue was an active member of the community. A dedicated church member of Christ Episcopal Church, she served on the vestry and authored a history book, “Christ Church, 1810-1985.” After Ed’s retirement in 2007, they spent winters in Mount Dora and eventually Vero Beach, Florida. Sue spent every summer of her life on the shores of Seneca Lake, her favorite place. She especially enjoyed boat rides, beach bonfires, water activities, local wine, and time with her family.

She will always be remembered for her generous heart, kind spirit, love of laughter and joyful way -- she had a talent for curating lasting memories for friends and family. Sue was hostess extraordinaire and well known for her cooking and extensive appetizer spread where everyone was welcome. Her grandchildren will never forget the cornucopia of gifts and surprises, beloved sherry cake, lakeside s’mores, duck eggs hatching in her geranium planter, annual obligatory tree picture, and endless hours of game playing.

Sue is survived by her husband Ed of Vero Beach, FL; her daughters Kimberly Morse of Vero Beach, FL and Deborah (Dave) Allen of Massachusetts; sister Joan Sala of Watkins Glen, and her four grandchildren: Addison, Ashley and Tyler Morse and Sawyer Allen.

She will be missed by her family, as well as her many friends. Burial will be at Pleasantview Cemetery in Reading Center, NY. A memorial service will be held in Watkins Glen sometime this summer. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the charity of your choice in memory of Susan Smith Miller.

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

Obituary: Kathleen M. EstesThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (423)

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

Kathleen M. Estes

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (424)Age 67, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Friday, April 14, 2023. She was born in Montour Falls, NY on May 11, 1955, the daughter of Richard and Mary Lou (Emmons) Haight.

Kathleen worked for 26 years in Civil Service, and later worked as a Teaching Assistant in Watkins Glen Central School for 16 years, retiring in 2021. She was a former member of the PTA and PTO. Kathleen loved her dogs and was supportive of Defense for Devon.

She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Bobbie Estes; son, Matthew Estes of Syracuse; stepsons, Michael (Jessica) Estes of Murray, KY and Kevin (Dana) Estes of Paducah, KY; stepdaughter, Krisi Estes of Cadiz, KY; her mother, Mary Lou Haight of Watkins Glen; brother, Michael (Mary Kay) Haight of Norman, OK; 11 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her father, Richard Haight.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 from 1-2 p.m. at the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, 119 Fifth St., Watkins Glen. Her funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m., followed by burial in Lakeview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Defense for Devon Fund c/o Community Foundation, 301 S. Main St., Horseheads, NY 14845, or Robert M. Swinnerton Scholarship Fund c/o Hector Area Lions Club, P.O. Box 102, Hector, NY 14841. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit www.haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Ann Ella (Adams) BugbeeThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (425)

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Ann Ella (Adams) Bugbee

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (426)Age 91, of Watkins Glen, and formerly of Sidney, NY, died peacefully at Bethany Manor Nursing Home in Horseheads, NY on April 9, 2023.

Ann is survived by her children, Pamela (Steve) Laurion of Menomonee Falls ,WI, Peter (Mary Bennett) Bugbee of Benbrook, TX, Paul (Stacy Nunberg) Bugbee of Putnam Valley, NY, Polly (Frank) Garrison of Odessa, NY, and Patrick (Amy) Bugbee of Jacksonville FL; 13 grandchildren, Richard Bennett, Michelle Leopold, Benjamin Laurion, Philip J (PJ) and Jonathan (Jack) Bugbee, Jocelyn, Sage, Nakiaha, Tassia, Autumn, Keyonna and Zuri Garrison and Brianna Bugbee. She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, E. Joseph Bugbee, and her sister, Nancy Gillette.

Ann was born on January 28, 1932 in Canandaigua, NY to Lester and Bertha (Lewis) Adams. After graduating from Canandaigua Academy in 1949, she attended Highland Hospital School of Nursing in Rochester, NY and became a Registered Nurse in 1952. She married E. Joseph Bugbee on July 5, 1952. Ann worked at Sidney Hospital and others, for the American Red Cross and The Jacksonville Blood Bank. She enjoyed spending time with her family, playing bridge, square dancing, travel, and volunteer work at The Sidney United Methodist Church.

There will be no services at Ann’s request. To honor Ann’s memory please consider donating to the American Red Cross and donate blood as often as possible. The family would like to thank the Staff at Bethany Manor for their compassionate care.

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

Obituary: Misty Velvet WestfallThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (427)

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Misty Velvet Westfall (Fassnacht)

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (428)Age 40, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away after a long battle for her life due to multiple organ failures on Friday, April 7, 2023. She was born in Akron, Ohio, on Friday, August 13, 1982 to Roy and Sherri Fassnacht, and was predeceased by her father and beloved stepmother, Linda Fassnacht.

Misty lived in Ohio until she moved to Watkins Glen with her father in 1998. She brought her fun, outgoing personality and love of dance, music, and shows with her. She quickly started making life-long friends, many of whom came to be more like family. Misty later reconnected with her classmate, Paul Westfall, and together they built a beautiful life and family, marrying in 2011.

Misty had always wanted to be a mother, and in 2010, they were absolutely delighted to bring home Makaylah. Aden joined the family in 2013, and then Olivia was born in 2014. Misty worked very hard toward her Master's degree in Social Science and Human Services through Purdue online, while also raising her three beautiful children with Paul. Misty cherished her kids and her community and made sure the kids had every opportunity to grow, learn, and connect as well, through programs like dance, gymnastics, football, cheerleading, basketball, and Girl Scouts.

Misty was always a friend you could reach out to when in need, always found the time and ways to help others, showed up to volunteer for community programs like Schuyler Outreach, and recruited many friends to volunteer with her as well. Misty left a mark on her forever home in Watkins Glen as well as her friends and family, as she will be truly missed.

Friends and loved ones are invited to a celebration of life on Saturday, May 6, starting at noon, at the Seneca Lake Event Center (Clute Park in Watkins Glen). Friends and family are arranging a dish-to-pass as well. If you wish to send flowers, the family is using Stillman's delivery at 607-535-7366, or if you wish to donate to her memorial fund, this is the link: https://gofund.me/843042b9

Obituary: Henry J. GrondskiThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (429)

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Henry “Hank” J. Grondski

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (430)Age 80, of Odessa, NY, passed away on Tuesday, April 11 2023. He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on January 1, 1943, the son of Henry Grondski, Sr. and Sophie (Stanley) Sinko.

Hank graduated from Thomas Edison High School. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1961 to 1964.

He was married to Ellen on February 14, 2005 in Reading Center, NY. He worked at Thomas & Betts in Horseheads, NY for 18 years until retirement in 2005. He was a member of the American Legion in Horseheads, the Eagles Club, and the Mechanics Club. He enjoyed golfing and was an avid sports fan of the Yankees, Washington Commanders, and Boston Bruins, and a diehard SU fan.

He is survived by his loving wife Ellen of 18 years; step-daughters, Joyce Cole of Horseheads and Krishna Stedding of Tennessee; step-son, Lieutenant Colonel Joseph O. Edington of Florida; his sister Patricia (Thomas) Mitchell of Webster, NY; six step-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A celebration of life for Henry will be held on Saturday, April 29 from 2-5 p.m. at the Mechanics Club, 237 W. Main St., Montour Falls, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

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

Memorial Service: Elaine C. StevensThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (431)

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Elaine C. Stevens

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (432)A memorial service celebrating the life of Elaine C. Stevens of Valois, NY, who passed away on August 22, 2022 at the age of 91, will be held at the Hector Presbyterian Church at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2023, followed by a reception at the church.

Her remains will be interred at the Seneca Union Cemetery that afternoon at 4:00 p.m.

Elaine was born and grew up in Little Gap, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Emery and Ellen Serfass.

She was predeceased by her husband, James T. Stevens; parents Emery and Ellen; father-and-mother-in-law, Oscar and Roxana Stevens; and sister, Barbara Fisher.

She studied at Gettysburg College and received her master’s from Elmira College. She taught English for 7th and 8th grades, and later high school, at Watkins Glen Central School for 23 years. She was a much-loved teacher by her students. She especially loved gardening and flowers. Elaine attended the Hector Presbyterian Church for many years.

Memorial donations may be made to the Scholarship Fund c/o Hector Presbyterian Church, 5511 State Route 414, Hector, NY 14841 or the Humane Society of Schuyler County, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865 (or online at SchuylerHumane.org)

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

Obituary: Charles Roland TarshusThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (433)

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Charles (Chuck) Roland Tarshus

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (434)Age 88, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on April 7, 2023.

He is survived by his wife Regina; children, Daniel (Kathy) Tarshus of Penn Yan, Scott (Dayda) Tarshus of Elmira, Christopher (Teri) Tarshus of Ithaca, Donald Mason (Desmond) of Austin, TX, James Mason, and Roxane (Shawn) Rogers of Beaver Dams; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister, Susan Martin.

Private funeral services will be held at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen. He will be buried with military honors at Sampson Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Romulus, NY.

Known affectionately by family and friends as Chuck or C.R., he was born in Buffalo, NY on August 27, 1934. Chuck was raised in Elmira, NY and attended school there before studying Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Miami. Following his education, he served in the United States Air Force. After serving, Chuck worked for 30 years at Corning, Inc. as a process engineer.

Always quick with a joke or a story, Chuck was an avid motorsports enthusiast, active outdoorsman, and enjoyed hunting and fishing, travel, and spending time tinkering on projects.

In lieu of flowers please donate to an organization of your choice.

Obituary: Doris Maxine SpauldingThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (435)

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Doris Maxine "Max" Spaulding

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (436)Age 88, of Hector, NY, passed away on Sunday, March 26, 2023 at the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY. Max was born on November 16,1934 to Maxwell Lester Cole and Velma Loder Schneider in Canton, PA and spent her childhood growing up in Southport, NY.

On June 27, 1953, Maxine married Robert W. Evans from Elmira, NY. Bob and Max had three children, Sharon, Scott, and Rick. More than a decade later, Max met the love of her life, Clarence “Sheik” Spaulding. They married on November 25, 1968, in Valois, NY. Max, her sons and Sheik became a family and resided in Hector.

Maxine was a member of the Hector Presbyterian Church and was known for her gift of song, love of children, and zest for life! She and Sheik welcomed many “Fresh Air” children each summer from New York City and traveled often to Camden Yards in Baltimore to watch the Orioles play.

Maxine was predeceased by her husband, Clarence “Sheik” Spaulding; sons Robert Scott and Richard Francis Evans; sister Maxine Manning; and brothers Donald, George “Joe” and Terry Cole. She is survived by her daughter Sharon Maximiek (Gino DePasquale) of Rochester. NY; daughter-in-law Lydia Wickham of Burdett, NY, and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 29 at 2 p.m. at the Montour Falls Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers and in Maxine’s memory, donations may be made to the Hector Church Memorial Education Fund or to the Valois-Logan-Hector Fire Department Ambulance Fund.

Obituary: Ricky SouleThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (437)

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Ricky Soule

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (438)Age 70, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on April 4, 2023 surrounded by his Arc family in his home in Montour Falls.

Ricky was born October 4, 1952 in Waverly, NY, the son of the late Floyd and Mildred Soule. Rick grew up on Talmadge Hill South, where he lived until his mother passed away. After his mother's death in 1998, he moved to The Arc of Schuyler home in Montour Falls where he found his new family.

He often entertained the residence and staff with songs he played on his beloved organ. He was a jokester and enjoyed playing tricks on you, always calling you by the wrong name on purpose, and loved getting a smile out of you.

Ricky is survived by four siblings, Norma Engelbert, Lana Robbins, Raland Soule, and Rance Soule; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and his entire Arc Family.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 12 noon-3:00pm at the Ithaca Street Community Center, 32 Ithaca St., Waverly, NY on Sunday April 16, 2023. A graveside service will follow at the Emory Chapel Cemetery in Waverly, NY at 3:30 p.m. A map to both places may be found in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Memorial donations may be made to The Arc of Chemung-Schuyler,203-205 Twelfth St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

Obituary: Tammy L. BellThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (439)

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Tammy Lov Bell

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (440)Age 47, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 31, 2023 after a battle with cancer. God called a good soul home for eternal peace on this day and she will be missed and loved forever.

She was born in Ithaca, NY on March 13, 1976. She was predeceased by brothers Ronnie and Skeeter Bell and her mother, Aloma Barnes.

She is survived by her father, Ronald Bell of Spencer, NY; children, Ashley Bell Bryington of Troy, NY, Vikki Bell Bryington of Beaver Dams and Isiaha Bell Bryington of Sayre, PA; sisters, Peggy Shaver of Enfield, Connie Bell of Spencer, and Tammy Little of Candor; as well as two grandchildren, Chase and Eleanor.

Tammy was a very positive, uplifting, always-smiling woman, who looked at the beauty in all that she loved and believed in.

A memorial will be held in her honor to celebrate her life at a later date. Fly high our beautiful butterfly.

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: Joan Givin KalmbachThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (441)

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Joan Givin Kalmbach

Age 64, formerly of Schuyler County, NY, passed away on Thursday, March 23 at Suncoast Hospice/Empathy Health in Pinellas Park, Florida. Joan was born February 6, 1959, in Montour Falls, NY, the daughter of the late C. Earl “Sonny” and Ruth Givin of Burdett, NY.

She graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1977, Corning Community College in 1979 and Buffalo State in 1981, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Special Education and completing her Master’s degree at Elmira College. She taught at several schools in New York and Florida. After her teaching career, she was a dispatcher for the Pinellas Park County Sheriff’s Department.

She enjoyed line dancing, and motorcycle riding with her husband and the Patriotic Guard. She also enjoyed Bible study and serving the Lord.

She was preceded by her daughter, Michaela Givin Kelly, at childbirth. She is survived by her husband, Ward Kalmbach of Largo, Florida; her step-children, Ray, Jenny, Destiny and Cyndi Kalmbach; her sisters, Barbara Abbey and Tammy (John) Vona of Alpine, NY; her nieces, Alicia Abbey of San Antonio, Texas, and Courtney Vona of North Tonwanda, NY; her nephew, Philp Vona of Rochester, NY, as well as several grandchildren, cousins, and close friends.

A Celebration of Joanie’s Life will be held this summer in Schuyler County.

Obituary: Elizabeth H. HornThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (442)

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

Elizabeth H. Horn

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (443)WATKINS GLEN: Died on March 22, 2023 at the age of 89. She was born on August 23, 1933 in Philadelphia to Mabel McKay Hamilton and George Alexander Hamilton. (She had an elder brother, George Jr.).

After graduating from Allentown High School, Elizabeth earned a B.A. in mathematics at Vassar College and an M.S. in education from Marywood University. She worked for a time as a statistical analyst in Agricultural Economics at the University of Idaho before turning in her professional life to more direct service to others, first as a counselor with the Pennsylvania Department of Rehabilitation, then as field director for the Pennsylvania Prison Society, and finally as executive director of Metro CareRing (now Metro Caring), an ecumenically supported emergency service for those in need in the Denver area.

The recipient of many awards, Elizabeth was also appointed by several mayors, governors, and one U.S. president to serve on various committees and commissions. She resided in many places over her long life, including Dublin, London, Ibiza, Majorca, and Fairbanks, Alaska. She spent a month walking around Corsica, and three months touring Europe from northern Norway to Sicily. In addition to travel in Mexico City, Moscow, St. Petersburg, the Galapagos Islands, and Greece, she visited every state in the U.S. except Hawaii.

A varsity lacrosse player in college, she loved racquetball, skiing, and sailing her Sunfish and Hobie Cat. She continued sewing, knitting, and refinishing old furniture into her last days.

She had three children with H. D. Rossiter, whom she married in 1956: Christina Delia, Robert Daniel, and Darien Garret. In 1986 she married the Rev. Gilbert J. Horn, a Presbyterian minister.

Elizabeth was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Watkins Glen, having served as an elder in several Presbyterian churches prior to that.

She is survived by her son Rob, her grandchildren Scott Ian and Katrina Elizabeth, her stepsons John (Janice), Gregory (Kristen), and Peter (Robyn), and her step-grandchildren Alexander, Jordan, Ava, and Brooke.

Her family will celebrate her life in a private ceremony in late summer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Metro Caring in Denver. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Shirley Jane CabecaThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (444)

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Shirley Jane Cabeca

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (445)Age 85, of Alabaster, AL and formerly of Cayuta, NY, passed away on Monday, March 27, 2023 at Shelby Baptist Medical Center due to complications from COVID and COPD.

Shirley was born in Cayuta on September 19, 1937, the daughter of the late Richard C. and Adella M. (Wood) Collins and graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School in Odessa, NY. She proudly served with the U.S. Air Force from 1957-1960. On February 12, 1960, she married Gilbert V. Cabeca in Birmingham, AL. He passed away in 1998.

Shirley worked most recently as a court clerk with Tompkins County Surrogates Court in Ithaca, NY. She was a former member of the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church. She enjoyed puzzles, movies, traveling and flower arranging. Shirley loved to watch Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune.

Shirley is survived by two sons, Brett R. Cabeca, and Lance W. Cabeca and his wife Rachel Cook Cabeca, all of the Birmingham, AL area; a sister, Nancy Collins-Tucker and her husband, Dixon Tucker of Norfolk, VA; and by five cousins, Kenneth Wood, Karla Edwards, William “Billy” Wood, Lawrence Wood and Carol Ann Wood.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 1, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. Her funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m. Burial with military honors will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Rd., Kanab, Utah 84741-5000 or to Wags to Riches, 313 N. Franklin St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Charles 'Bud' LovellThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (446)

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Charles “Bud” Lovell

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (447)Age 97, of Catharine, NY, entered into a well-deserved eternal rest on March 28, 2023 at his home that he built in 1956-57. He was born on November 1, 1925 to Cecil and Edna Lovell.

Bud graduated from Odessa High School. He was married in 1949 to Cleo Bird and spent 44 years of wedded bliss together before her passing in 1993. He retired from Shepard Niles after 44 years as a machinist. He was a long-time member of the Mechanics Club in Montour Falls.

Bud built a cabin in the woods where he enjoyed hunting, cutting wood, and picnicking with family. He spent many enjoyable hours fishing bullheads in the canal at Watkins Glen. He enjoyed going out to eat with family and riding the bull at Texas Roadhouse on his 97th birthday. He always looked forward to the family picnic at Havana Glen.

He was predeceased by his wife; parents; sister, Ellen (Chuck) Crane; and in-laws, Genevieve (Robert) Potter, Grace (Jack) Davis and Ray Bird.

Bud is survived by his children, Carolyn Seymour (Charlie), Shirley (Jim) Hoxie, and Randy (Sally) Lovell; nine grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, 16 great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, and great nieces and great nephews.

His wishes were to die at home and were fulfilled by his loving family with special thanks to grandchildren Missy, Jennifer, Amielia, Robin and Tommy; and our home boys that kept that fire burning.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, April 3, 2023 from 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. His funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m. Interment with military honors will follow in Highland Cemetery, Odessa, NY.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Odessa Fire Department. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Nicholina Marie TipaldosThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (448)

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Nicholina Marie (Minichiello) Tipaldos

Age 90, of Southport NC and formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, died on Thursday, March 9, 2023.

Mrs. Tipaldos was born on December 16, 1932 in Elmira, NY to the late Thomas and Marie Minichiello.

Survivors include her sons, Martin Tipaldos (Teresa) and Andrew Tipaldos (Heather); grandchildren Vernon, Jason, Aaron, Angelica, Cassandra and Cathleen; and 10 great grandchildren.

Nikki was very well known and loved in her hometown of Watkins Glen. She was a member of St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church and loved to crochet baby outfits to give away.

She was preceded in dealth by husband, Peter Tipaldos, and sisters Mary and Rita.

Obituary: R. Jeffrey CastorThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (449)

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R. Jeffrey Castor

Age 66, of Elmira, NY passed away on March 3, 2023 surrounded by family.

He was predeceased by his parents, Dr. Richard and Mrs. Diana Castor. He is survived by his daughter, Sarah Castor, and his five siblings.

Jeff -- a graduate of Odessa-Montour High School -- was the proud business owner of Southport Crown and Bridge. He loved the outdoors and was happiest when floating down the lake or exploring. He will be missed for his quick wit, contagious laugh and commitment to supporting his community.

Family and friends attended his service at Sullivan's Funeral Home, Horseheads, on March 18. A celebration of life was held in Eldridge Park's Dance Hall on August 11. He will be laid to rest privately at Maple Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks those wishing to remember Jeff to please consider contributions to the Eldridge Park Carousel Preservation Society.

Obituary: Gary L. EctorThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (450)

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Gary L. “Hair” Ector

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (451)Age 68, of Montour Falls, NY, entered unto rest on Thursday, March 16, 2023 at home from Corticobasal Degeneration Dementia. Gary was born Gary Lee Swarthout on December 22, 1954, the son of Dorothy (Sample) Ector in Penn Yan, NY.

Gary graduated from Odessa-Montour High School in 1973. He was inducted into the Odessa-Montour Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. On November 23, 1975, he married Katrina (Collins). He was later married in the Catholic faith by Rev. Paul Bonacci on March 13, 2013.

Gary began his career with SHC Kmart Corp. in 1975, and worked his way up to district manager in the New York metro area until his retirement in 2006. In 2005, Gary was named District Manager “Coach of the Year” Northeast Division SHC, Kmart Retail. After retiring for only four months, he was hired by Kohl’s Department Store to open and manage the Horseheads store until 2010.

Gary was a communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen. He was also a member of the Mechanics Club in Montour Falls.

Gary is survived by his wife of 47 years, Katrina; sons, James (Deb) Ector and Michael (Suzette) Ector; beloved nieces, Jackie and Jessica Collins, whom he loved like daughters; goddaughter, Jackie Riley Hollar; foster daughter, Beth Richards; four grandchildren, Alexxis, Dylan, Collin and Wyatt Ector; great niece, Kennedy Grace, who sprinkled her love on her uncle Gary; sisters, Blanche (George) Bowen and Louise (Leslie) Sills; step sister, Kathy Sample; brothers, Walter (Rita) Siedel, Joseph (Vicky) Ector, Charles (Joy) Ector and Walter (Denise) Ector, Jr.; step brother, Daniel (Helen) Teed; sisters-in-law, Deb (TJ) Riley and Cindy (Rocky) Rumsey; brothers-in-law, Thomas Collins, Steve (Janet) Collins, Joe (Julie) Collins and Tim (Wendy) Collins; and by many nieces and nephews. Gary is also survived by lifelong friends and neighbors, Robert Brooke (Kathleen Proctor) and James (Rebecca) Guild; and by special cousins, Julie (Larry) Rinker and John Robert (Deb) Ganung.

He was predeceased by his parents, Dorothy and Walter Ector, Sr., mother and father-in-law, Blanche and Thomas Collins; and by his beloved uncle and best friend, Frank Sample. He was also predeceased by his lifetime friend, Russell James Cornell and sister-in-law, Patricia Collins.

Gary’s wish to die at home was fulfilled because he had special people who stepped up to help care for him: his beloved nieces, Jackie Collins and Desra Clemons, family friend, Linda West, and the nurses from CareFirst -- Brandy and Robin. This journey was completed because of all of you. Thank You! Our family would also like to thank the neighbors, Thomas, Joanna Dupay and family, and Deb Wheeler for all the help they have given. We are blessed to have you as our neighbors and friends. To our family, I know our mom is very proud of all of you for all the support you have given us. To our son, Michael and his wife Suzette, thank you for all the help you have given to us, and for the remodeling you have done to make our home more accessible.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, March 23, 2023 from 4-7 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, March 24 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery.

The family requests no flowers. Contributions may be made in Gary’s memory to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Connie A. RexfordThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (452)

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

Connie A. Rexford

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (453)Age 72, of Tyrone, NY, passed away on Saturday, March 4, 2023. She was born on September 14, 1950, the daughter of Elmer and Betty Buckley, and attended Watkins Glen High School.

Connie, along with her husband Richard, operated Rexford Heating & Air Conditioning for 25 years. She was devoted to her family, helping them out anyway she could. She enjoyed gardening and spending time at the lake with family and friends.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Richard K. Rexford; two sons, Chad (Suzie) of Watkins Glen, NY and Tim (Dawn) Rexford of Tyrone, NY; her mother, Betty Buckley of Watkins Glen; two sisters, Linda Diecenburg of Dundee and Katherine (Dean) Thompson of Reading Center; brothers, Chet Buckley of Beaver Dams, Carl Buckley of Watkins Glen, and Gordon Buckley of Monterey, NY; several grandchildren; and by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter, Theresa Rexford; grandson, Thomas Rexford; and by a sister, Shirley.

At the family’s request, there will be no services. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Louis Sgrecci IIThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (454)

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

Louis Sgrecci II

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (455)Age 93, of Watkins Glen, NY, like two heroes from his youth -- Gene Autry and Roy Rogers -- rode off into his final sunset on Monday, March 13, 2023, surrounded by family.Louie, known as Lou, The Camel, The Greek, and Dudey, spent most of his life in Schuyler County. He was born in Beaver Dams, NY on November 9, 1929, the son of Louis and Alma Arcangeli Sgrecci.

He was predeceased by his Italian parents; his wife JoAnn Coykendall Sgrecci; and sisters Mary Davis, Paula Bossard, and Irene Pellacore.

He is survived by his daughters, LuAnn (Jim) O’Connell of Milton, PA, and Jill Sgrecci (Paul Wheeler); son Dana (Gail) Sgrecci; nine grandchildren, Tabitha (Adam), Grace (Brian), Joe, Mary, and Joyce O’Connell; and Nick, Brock, Camille and Max Sgrecci; two step-grandchildren, Brad and Kristin Wheeler; one brand new great granddaughter, Evelyn; sister, Elsie Bossard and brother, Dave (Della) Andretti; and many nieces and nephews.

Louis retired as a machinist from Shepard Niles Crane and Hoist and was a WWII U.S. Marine veteran. He was a lifetime member of the Montour Falls Mechanics Club and a long-time member of the Montour Falls Moose Club, where he had many friends with whom he enjoyed socializing. Louie really enjoyed watching old westerns and cowboy movies, mysteries and war documentaries, and reading books -- anything to do with trains or cowboys. He liked anything mechanical, especially old tractors, and enjoyed working on his son’s dairy farm.

There will be a private family burial and a celebration of life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Montour Falls Moose #426, 2096 Co. Rd. 14, Montour Falls, NY 14865, or the Schuyler County Ambulance, 909 South Decatur Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

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: Denise KiddThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (456)

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

Denise Kidd

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (457)Age 54, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on Saturday, March 4, 2023. She was born in Geneva, NY on September 15, 1968, the daughter of Carlita M. VanDusen and James A. Kidd.

Denise was a Nurse Aide graduate of Stratford Career Institute. She also received her Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies from Grand Canyon University in 2016. She lived in Geneva, Lyons, Macedon, and Clifton Springs, NY fora time and later inLaBelle, Floridabefore finally settling in Montour Falls.

She worked at one time in Burger King Management in Waterloo, NY and alsoat the Arc in Canandaigua, NY.

She was predeceased by her parents and by her son RJ.

She is survived by adopted son Jason Arden; adopted daughter Jessica Arden; granddaughter Yassmin Arden; godchildrenBrandonButton, Brandon Williams, Ciara Slater, and Alana Clark; and by her cousins, friendsand ex-husbands.

Denise was a very loving person; she loved being a parent, loved her friends and family, and loved helping people. She enjoyed repairing cars and driving them; resulting in many spontaneous car rides to anywhere. She loved animals and was an avid pit bull supporter. In her youth, Denise attended church with her mother. She loved cooking with her mother and grandmother; and was an awesome cook. She was a big fanof Guy Fieri and cooking shows in general.

Denise loved fairs, carnivals, and festivals. She was an avid NYS Fair-goer-- never missed a year. She was a caring person to everyone.Denise enjoyed shopping at Walmart, where she would sit down and just watch people.

Burialwill be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Waterloo, in the spring.Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave a message of condolence, please visit vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Michael J. MaloneyThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (458)

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

Michael J. Maloney

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (459)Maloney, Michael J., of Waneta Lake, NY, the longtime Sheriff of Schuyler County and a leader in law enforcement throughout the Southern Tier, died on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 after a long illness. He was 82.

Maloney was born Nov. 16, 1940, in South Buffalo, an Irish enclave on the shores of Lake Erie. His father, Patrick, and mother, Margaret McGorty, were immigrants from counties Clare and Cavan respectively. Michael was the fourth of their six children.

Maloney was raised in a family of deep Catholic faith. He spent four years at the Diocesan Prep Seminary in Buffalo and eight years at Divine Word Seminary in Conesus.

In 1964, while working at O-Neh-Da Vineyard, he met Carrie Klien. They were married in November 1967. Soon after, they moved to Tyrone. They made their home in Schuyler County and had four children: Patrick, Michael, Kathleen and Matthew.

Maloney was hired as a deputy at the Schuyler County Sheriff's office in 1968. By 1971, he was appointed Undersheriff. On Aug. 1, 1973, Maloney was appointed Schuyler County Sheriff. At the time, he was the youngest sheriff in New York State.

Over a 32-year span leading the sheriff’s office, Maloney implemented safety programs that were ahead of their time. They include starting a K-9 Unit and a Stop DWI program in 1983. He established a Drug Awareness Resistance Education program for county students while also creating drug-free school zones near local schools. For more than 25 years, he was coordinator for police training for Schuyler, Chemung and Steuben counties.

Through tragedy and triumph, Maloney led local law enforcement’s efforts to keep the community safe. Maloney was on the scene of the 1992 mass shooting that killed four workers at the county office building in Watkins Glen. It was an incident that, Maloney later told The New York Times, “transformed” the community.

Maloney’s career also spanned the resurgence of Watkins Glen International, the world renowned speedway where NASCAR races draw nearly 100,000 fans each summer. Maloney was a key part of the team coordinating security for the track’s major events.

He retired on Dec. 31, 2005. Upon the end of his service, the Schuyler County Legislature remarked that "Mike’s friendship to everyone and willingness to listen to anyone with a problem, is going to be sorely missed by everyone in the County." Later, the county renamed its jail the Michael J. Maloney Public Safety Building.

Maloney is survived by his wife, Carrie; four children, Patrick, Michael, Kathleen (Corey) Taylor and Matthew (Jennifer); six grandchildren, Brina Maloney (Christopher Johnson), Mitchell (Kaila) McElroy, Ryan Taylor, Milo Taylor, Kiernan Maloney and Brogan Maloney; two great-grandchildren, Savannah and Calvin McElroy; a brother, Msgr. Thomas Maloney of Tonawanda; three sisters, Sister Sally Maloney RSM of Buffalo, Beatrice (Gordon) Sear of Olean and Patricia (James) Connolly of Hamburg; and many nieces and nephews. Special recognition to Brittany Case, his “granddaughter” and “hair stylist.”

His parents and a sister, Rosemary “Posey” (Charles) Drumm, predeceased him.

Calling hours will be held at the Tyrone Fire Department on Sunday, March 19, 2023 from 1:00-4:00 p.m., followed by a memorial service and reception. At the reception, the family will host a dinner open to all and featuring Mike's favorite meal:spaghetti and meatballs. A private funeral mass will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Tyrone Fire Department, P.O Box 69, Tyrone, NY 14887. The family would also like to thank the staff at Penn Yan Soldiers & Sailors Hospital for their outstanding care and compassion these last few weeks.

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

Obituary: David D. KariusThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (460)

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

David D. Karius

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (461)Age 67, of Corning, NY, passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2023 at home. He was born on March 15, 1955, the son of the late Fred and Doris Karius.

He is survived by his wife, Debra; sons, Derrick and Daniel Karius; step children, Devin Barber and Marie Bowers; brothers, Donald and Scott Karius; sister, Sherry Mangus; six grandchildren; and four step grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, Fred Karius, Jr.

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

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

Obituary: Marie E. HooseThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (462)

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

Marie E. “Tody” Hoose

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (463)Age 76, of Odessa, NY passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at Cayuga Medical Center. She was born in Saratoga Springs, NY on November 4, 1946, the daughter of the late William and Ellin Bailey. On December 14, 1968, she married Norman Hoose in Barrington, NY.

Marie was an LPN at Schuyler Hospital for 24 years, retiring in 2014. She enjoyed collecting Frogs and Egyptian figurines.

Marie is survived by her daughter, Christina Hoose of Odessa; two sons, James Hoose (Brian Thompson) of Interlaken, NY and Michael (Melissa) Hoose of Watkins Glen, NY; sister, Donna (Harold) Short of Cameron, NY; two grandchildren, Ryan Barrett and Kayla Waterman; eight great grandchildren; four nephews, Brian Deming, Troy Deming, David Deming and Billy Bailey; and two cousins, Leion Wilson and Bobby Wilson. She was predeceased by her husband, Norman Hoose; brother, William G. Bailey; nephew, Joseph Bailey; cousin, Kirk Wilson, and by her beloved dog, Bubby.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. A private burial will be held by the family in Branchport Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Nina Lucille BarberThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (464)

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

Nina Lucille (Barrett) Barber

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (465)Age 92, formerly of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Dec. 23, 2022 in Florida.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Thursday, March 16, from 12pm-1pm; followed by a funeral service at 1:00pm. A committal service and burial will immediately follow at Bradford Memorial Park in Towanda, PA at 3pm.

Nina Lucille was born in Towanda, PA, on April 26, 1930, the daughter of Lloyd and Dorothy (Alexander) Barrett. She married Robert B. Barber, who predeceased her on March 9, 2013.

She is survived by a sister, Doris Williams; four grandchildren, Michele Stone, Marie (Scot) Bowers, Devin (Susan) Barber, and Susan Bullivant; six great-grandchildren, Trentin and Boyd Barber, Thea and Wynlynn Bowers, Esteban Lopez, and Kearstin Masson; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband; son Robert B. Barber Jr.; daughters Ann Easling and Doris Harrington; son-in-law, Ernest Easling; brothers and sisters, Earl, Howard, Duane, Lloyd and Fredrick Barrett; and sister, Myrtle Wandell.

Nina was the Office Manager for over fifty years at the family business, Barber’s Excavating and Trucking, Barber’s Garage, Barber’s Disposal, Barber’s Ice, and the Sinclair Gas Station. She was a former member of the Montour Moose Club.

You may leave a condolence for the family online at www.Royce-Chedzoy.com.

Obituary: Debra J. Moyer-Haight

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (466)

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

Debra J. Moyer-Haight

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (467)Age 68, of Beaver Dams, NY, passed away on January 12, 2023. She was born in Elmira, NY on September 17, 1954, the daughter of the late Samuel and Lucy (Hubley) Moyer.

Debra graduated from Horseheads High School and later from BOCES as an LPN. She was a senior accountant with BOCES for more than 30 years. Debra was an avid race fan and enjoyed living near the Watkins Glen International Race Track.

She was predeceased by her husband, Roy Haight; brother, Bobby Moyer; brother-in-law, Ralph Kinney, and nephew, Rodney Kinney. Debra is survived by her sister, Roxann Kinney of TX; niece, Renay Kinney of TX; a great niece and nephew, Hailey Johnson and Dalton Jones, both of TX; and by many friends.

Miss Me But Let Me Go

When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom filled room
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little, but not for long
And not with your head bowed low
Remember the love that once we shared
Miss me, but let me go.
For this is a journey we all must take
And each must go alone.
It's all part of the master plan
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick at heart
Go to the friends we know.
Laugh at all the things we used to do
Miss me, but let me go. -Author Unknown

At the family’s request, there will be no services at this time. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com.

Obituary: Josephine Marie StandishThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (468)

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

Josephine Marie Standish

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (469)Age 92, better known to most as “Pee Wee,” of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2023 at home. She was born on September 5, 1930, a daughter of late James and Anna (Colunio) Compese.

She was preceded in 2002 by her husband of 50 years Carl L. Standish, Sr., her sister and best friend, Eloise Specchio, and brother Jamie Compese.

She is survived by daughters, Ann (Mike) Hoyt of Watkins Glen and Joni Standish of Watkins Glen; sons, Carl (Janice) Standish, Jr. of Watkins Glen and Jeff (Terri) Standish of Breesport, NY; eight grandchildren, Kerri-Ann (Mathew) Messecar of Corning, NY, Patrick Moore, Arkport, NY, Christie Standish of Watkins Glen, Carl (Krista) Standish, III of Watkins Glen, Brandon (Meghan) Standish of Cayce, SC, James Standish of Watkins Glen, Jeffrey (Kaleigh) Standish of Conifer, CO, and Paige Standish of Breesport; step-grandchildren, Ben (Vaughn) Hoyt and Tracie (Mike) McCarthy and families of Arkport; ten great grandchildren, Brayden Howell, Thomas Moore, Tristan Rockwell, Mathew Santulli, Claire, Charlotte, Colette, Carlson Standish and Delaney, Magnolia Standish with the 11th little guy on the way. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Lewis Specchio and sisters-in-law, Janet Standish and Nancy Compese; special niece and nephew, Sandra (Justin) McMaster and Mark (Bonnie) Specchio; and by many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Her whole life was devoted to her family and her work. She was a fantastic cook. Her spaghetti sauce or “gravy” as her son Skeet calls it and her pies were the best. She loved that her children shared her passion for cooking. Growing up our home was always the place to hang out. She enjoyed having all our friends at her house and for sure they didn’t go home hungry. She was also a strong supporter of the “Squires.” She loved her Yankees -- especially Derek Jeter. She always enjoyed it when the cameras showed him walking away. If you know PeeWee, you know what I mean!

She held many jobs in her lifetime. Nick’s Red & White, Ray Dann’s Super Duper, Bus Driver for WG School and drove the 1st BOCES Bus to Corning -- I think they had to put blocks on the gas and brake pedals so she could reach them -- Lol. She worked 12 years for Smith’s IGA, 22 years for the NYS Fire Academy, retiring at age of 77, and worked the next 10 years with her daughter Ann at the Unique Country Boutique, or as a lot of people called it, “Pee Wee’s” store.

She loved her Italian heritage and oh the stories she would tell. One of her proudest moments was having the honor of being the “Grand Marshal” for the Italian festival parade in 2016. She was the Matriarch of our family. She truly loved our family gatherings for holidays and birthdays. It was her joy and passion to have her family gathered sharing memories and laughing about all our antics of the past. We will continue to set a place for her at the head of the table and raise a glass or two in her honor and memory.

A Special thanks to Dr. Donnelly for his care and kindness towards our Mom over the years. Our family is eternally grateful to our sister Joni, niece and nephew Christie & Tristan for all the loving care given to our mom over the past three years. You fulfilled mom’s wish and we are forever thankful. For all of us you gave your best, now the time has come for you to rest. So go in peace, you’ve earned your sleep, your love and memories we’ll eternally keep.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, May 19, 2023 from 4-7 p.m. at the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, 119 Fifth St., Watkins Glen. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2023 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.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Seneca Santa, the Watkins Glen Fire Department or St. Mary’s of the Lake Church. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Virginia S. HansonThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (470)

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

Virginia S. Hanson

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (471)Age 98, of Odessa, NY, entered into rest on February 19, 2023. Virginia was born on March 5, 1924 in Hampton, NJ to William and Irene Sampson.

Virginia served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, from 1944-1946, stationed in Baltimore, MD. Virginia lived the early part of her life, after service, in High Bridge, NJ, being a member of the High Bridge Fire Department Auxiliary and a Cub Scout den mother. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in both NJ and NY.

Virginia was preceded by her loving husband, of 62 years, Carl E. Hanson of Montour Falls NY, and son Dale R. Hanson of High Bridge, NJ.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Gary J. and Deborah C. Hanson of Odessa, NY, her granddaughters and their husbands Bethany and Mathew Harbourt of North Hollywood CA, and Laura and Michel Canning of Chicago IL, and her great granddaughter Elina Harbourt.

Arrangements for the burial of Virginia and Carl's ashes will take place at Evergreen Cemetery in Clinton, NJ, as well as a celebration of life there at a future date. A celebration of life in Schuyler County, NY will take place at a later date.

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

Obituary: Donald ShreibmanThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (472)

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.

Donald Shreibman
March 18, 1938 - February 12, 2023

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (473)Lakemont: Donald Shreibman, age 84, born into a prominent West Elmira family, as a young man attended the University of Illinois before joining the long-standing family business established by his grandfather in 1893, Shreibman Jewelers of Elmira, NY -- which he would later own and operate for many years.

Donald loved Elmira and was a devoted Rotarian and patron of the Clemens Center. He also loved his country and served in the Army reserves. He had many hobbies and enjoyed photography and could always be seen with his camera taking photos of things he loved such as cars, family, friends, and pets, to name a few. He was an avid sports fan, following not just the Elmira Pioneers and Elmira hockey, but was a serious NY Yankees fan and never missed the World Series -- no matter who was playing.

Donald was a voracious reader, filing his photographic memory with the latest news, and held a very advanced, up-to-date political knowledge -- which he loved to discuss with others. In his later years, Donald helped in his wife's successful antique business, O'Shaughnessy Antiques in Watkins Glen, NY -- where he was not just excellent company but a true fixture at the shop and loved by many locals with whom he shared a mutual love of sports and political happenings. He had many friends, who will miss his conversation and positive attitude.

Donald was predeceased by his parents, Charles "Jake" and Irene C. Levine Shreibman. He is survived by his loving wife, Louise Burack O'Shaughnessy; sister-in-law, Toby (Mark) Goldstein; his "adopted family," Rena (George) Pendleton, "grandchildren" George & Greg Pendleton, "brother" Wayne Kellogg Sr., and "nephews" Wayne Jr. and Fred Kellogg; and his two beloved little dogs, Bobby and Gloria.

We will all miss Donald and his infectious laugh, his smile, his generosity, kindness, brilliant insight, and positive view on life.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to a local no-kill shelter of your choice as Donald was an animal lover and supporter of the local shelters. Honoring his wishes there are no prior calling hours or public service. Arrangements arre entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home 36 Water St. Dundee, NY. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

Obituary: Floyd S. HullThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (474)

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

Floyd S. Hull

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (475)Age 92, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at Bethany Manor in Horseheads, NY. He was born in Ambridge, PA on December 3, 1930, the son of the late Curtis and Evelyn (Bendle) Hull. Floyd served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

Floyd worked as a welder at Shepard Niles Hoist & Crane in Montour Falls, NY for many years, retiring in 1994. He was a 56-year member of the Watkins Glen Fire Department and NYS Fire Police Association. Floyd was a charter member of the Schuyler County Volunteer Ambulance and Past Master of Myrtle-Jefferson #131 F. & A.M, in Montour Falls.

Floyd is survived by his daughter, Beth (Bill) Meehan of Watkins Glen; son, Tim (Anne) Hull of Candor, NY; sister, Linda Gould of Burdett, NY; two grandchildren, Jessica (Pat) Henderson and Jay (Lindsay) Meehan; and two great grandchildren with another one expected in September. He was predeceased by his wife, Ann H. Hull, on August 9, 2021.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, March 10, 2023 from 4-6 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Floyd’s funeral service will follow at 6:00 p.m. Burial will be in the spring at Montour Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to St. James Episcopal Church, 112 Sixth St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or the Watkins Glen Fire Department, 201 N. Perry St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Dr. Jim NortonThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (476)

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

Dr. Jim Norton

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (477)Age 100, passed away on February 13, 2023 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY.

He was first and foremost a country kid and a country doctor.

He stayed that, and added surgeon, family practitioner, and lifelong community volunteer to his life.

Raised in New Hartford, NY, he was a child of the Great Depression. He sometimes marveled at all that transpired in his nearly 101 years. Most of us can barely imagine all he saw, and all that changed since 1922.

He was both heartened and saddened by changes in American medicine. He saw unbelievable advances in medicines and technology, and whole diseases eradicated. But he always said he practiced in the Golden Age of medicine. He respected those whom he considered to be true physicians and had less regard for anyone he considered “just a highly trained technician with some initials after their name.” He respected doctors who listened, put a hand on the patient’s arm, and dug for answers. He saw a new thing called “medical insurance” come into being. And a big shift away from making house calls to the patient -- instead the patient came to the doctor. It made sense and he understood the economics of it, but he learned so much from house calls. They went by the wayside, but he never gave up his leather medical bag. His family received produce, baked goods, and even an heirloom hand-embroidered tablecloth as grateful gifts. When the driver of a steel laden, runaway truck on the Odessa hill crashed into a creek, Jim stood in freezing water holding an IV bag with one hand and the man’s hand with his other. When that man became a blueberry farmer in NJ, Jim’s family received trays upon trays of blueberries every summer for the rest of that man’s life.

All of which is to say that being a doctor, and an integral part of the community, meant the world to him.

He went to medical school in Syracuse, where he met the love of his life, future wife and mother of his children, Marjorie. She too went to medical school when it was difficult and rare for women to do so. When people called the house asking for Dr. Norton, he jokingly asked if they wanted him or the smart one.

Quick humor was another of his well-known trademarks. But he was serious about his community, and his desire to make a difference. After returning from occupied Japan where he honed his surgical skills as an Army Captain post-WWII, he gave up a very promising opportunity in Syracuse. He absolutely yearned for rural life. He and Marjorie moved to Montour Falls, where they were instrumental in the development of a new Schuyler hospital. He was directly responsible for the construction of the 14A bypass over Rte. 14 north of Watkins Glen, after a series of accidents were ignored. (After a particularly horrific accident at which he was coroner, yet again, he sent a telegram full of indignation to the governor of New York. There were work crews there the next day.) He, Marge, and other community members stepped up to campaign against heavy load trucks on the Odessa hill where runaway trucks were an issue.

He served on a wide variety of boards: the vestry of his church, the school board, hospital board and many more. He and his family hosted 4th year medical students in a rural health rotation; he and his wife went to Yugoslavia as part of a medical advisory team, and he volunteered in many other capacities. He served as Coroner for years, and was called out at all hours. At one time during the height of his medical career he wanted to move the family to Alaska to be a bush pilot/doctor (Marge let that one fizzle out). After retirement he volunteered twice at the Rosebud reservation.

In his many years he served on other boards and committees, including Elmira Psychiatric Center, Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency Mental Health Committee, and NY-Penn American Red Cross Blood Services. He taught at the NYS Fire Academy in Montour Falls, Schuyler County EMT and Municipal Police training courses. He held numerous appointments including: Co-Founder/Medical Director of the Schuyler County Volunteer Ambulance, Founder/Chairman of the Schuyler County Medical Scholarship Committee and Founder of the Schuyler County Central Emergency Control. He was a member of the Staff and Honorary Staff at Schuyler Hospital and Arnot-Ogden Medical Center, President’s Council at Elmira College, NYS Task Force on Rural Health, Chairman of the Elmira Hospitals Committee, NYS Legislative Commission on Rural Health Resources, the Mark Twain Arts Council, Sullivan Trail Council (Boy Scouts), Watkins-Montour Lions Club and Rotary Club, Schuyler Co. American Cancer Society, Schuyler County Mental Health Board, and Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes. He was a Chief of Surgery at Schuyler Hospital, and Schuyler County Medical Officer. He volunteered for the Schuyler County Office for the Aging, delivered Meals on Wheels, played tennis into his 90’s and water-skied up to 80.

Eventually he slowed down and after Marjorie passed away, he met and married Joy Hoffman. They provided meaningful companionship and help for each other and he spent the remainder of his years primarily at his beloved home overlooking Seneca Lake. He was blessed with wonderful friends, wonderful memories, and knowledge of a life lived fully.
There will be many to greet him on his next journey, including Marjorie and daughters Mary Evelyn and Barbara, and sister Bea. He is survived by his children Nancy (Phil) Townsend, Bob (Linda) Norton, Virginia (Hal) Rice, 8 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, Joy Hoffman, cousins, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. James Episcopal Church, Watkins Glen. Memories of Dr. Norton may be shared with his family and friends at vedderscottzinger.com.

Obituary: Rev. Thomas Frances ElliottThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (478)

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Rev. Thomas Frances Elliott, C.S.C.

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (479)Rev. Thomas Frances Elliott, C.S.C., 82 -- brother of Marianne Morin of Watkins Glen, NY -- died at Holy Cross House, Notre Dame, Ind. on February 20, 2023 after a short illness.

Fr. Elliott was born on March 24, 1940 in Brooklyn, NY, the oldest of two children of Joseph and Filomena (Lofaro) Elliott.

Fr. Elliott graduated from N. Tarrytown High School in N. Tarrytown, NY in 1957. After graduating from high school, he began studies at the University of Notre Dame. At the age of 19, he began his life in Holy Cross at St. Joseph Hall as a candidate for the priesthood. He entered the Holy Cross Novitiate in Jordan, Minn. on August 15, 1960, professed first vows on August 16, 1961 and professed final vows on August 16, 1964. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, he began theology studies at Catholic University in Washington, DC and graduated in 1969. He was ordained a Holy Cross priest on May 27, 1967 at St. Teresa Church in N. Tarrytown, NY.

From 1969 to 1979, Fr. Elliott was assigned to the Formation Program at Moreau Seminary and also served as the Province Archivist, assisted at Holy Cross Parish in South Bend, IN and assisted at Fatima Retreat Center in Notre Dame, IN. From 1980 to 1986, he was assigned as Associate Pastor at St. Stanislaus Parish in South Bend, IN. In 1986, he went to Boston, MA for training in Hospital Chaplaincy. He has served in various hospitals as chaplain, including Boston University Hospital in Boston, MA (1987-1990), O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, CA (1990-1991), Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago (1991-1995) and St. Vincent Medical Center in Bridgeport, CT (1995-2001). He served as Chaplain for the School of Sisters of Notre Dame in Wilton, CT from 2001 to 2021. In 2021, Fr. Elliott retired to Holy Cross House in Notre Dame, IN.

He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his sister, Marianne (Bob) Morin of Watkins Glen, and the Morins' six children, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.

The Funeral Mass will be at 3:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Notre Dame, Ind. You may also join via livestream at https://livestream.holycrossusa.org

Burial will be in the community cemetery at Notre Dame. Kaniewski Funeral Home, South Bend, is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorial contributions in support of the mission and ministries of the Congregation of Holy Cross can be made to: United States Province of Priests and Brothers, Office of Mission Advancement, P.O. Box 765, Notre Dame, IN 46556-0765 or online at https://donate.holycrossusa.org

Obituary: Thomas R. RexfordThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (480)

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Thomas R. Rexford

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (481)Age 29, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Monday, February 20, 2023. He was born on February 24, 1993.

He is survived by his parents, Chad (Suzie) Rexford of Watkins Glen and Ellen (Steve) Orr of Penn Yan, NY; three sisters, Nichole Rexford of Elmira Heights, NY, Erika Pruden (Patrick) of Beaver Dams, NY, and Tristyn Orr of Penn Yan; one brother, Tyler Orr of Penn Yan; grandparents, Rich (Connie) Rexford of Tyrone, Larry Wilcox and Guy Crofoot; Uncle John “JR” Sanders; and by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his grandmothers, Joanne Wilcox and Sue Crofoot.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, February 27, 2023 from 5-7 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: William Howard VanThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (482)

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William Howard "Bill" Van

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (483)Age 74, of Huntsville, AL, the husband of former Montour Falls, NY resident Sharon Confer Van, died on Feb. 19, 2023 surrounded by his loved ones after a short battle with illness.

He is survived by his spouse, Sharon Confer Van of Huntsville, AL ; sister, Margaret Van Lusby of Lewisville, TX, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard Van in 1995 and Betty Hudson Van in 2017, and brother Robert Spence Van in 2021.

Bill was in the U.S. Navy from 1968-1972 had a BA in Mathematics and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1976.

He had a longtime career in Systems Engineering and retired from Northrup Grumman in 2017. On September 12, 1992, he married Sharon Confer Van. Bill was a member of the Crosspoint Church in Madison, volunteered at the Downtown Rescue Mission for 18 years, and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity.

Bill was a baseball fan and in his younger years was a pitcher. Bill enjoyed working with numbers, computers, sports and especially college football, travel and exploring the outdoors. He was a born-again Christian and his most loved activity was studying and teaching the Bible.

Visitation was held at Crosspoint Church, Madison, AL on Friday, February 24, followed by a Celebration of Life with Pastor John Dees officiating. Burial will be at the family’s convenience. Pallbearers will be Jeffrey P. Confer, brother of Sharon Van, and long-time friends James WD Howell, John Mazos, and Dan Glenn. Berryhill Funeral Home, Huntsville, AL, is assisting the family.

Obituary: Jake Leon MattisonThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (484)

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Jake Leon Mattison

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (485)Age 25, of Beaver Dams, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, February 17, 2023. He was born in Montour Falls, NY on September 16, 1997.

Jake enjoyed fishing and cooking.

He is survived by his parents, Harold “Pete” Mattison, Jr. (Jane Nichols) of Beaver Dams, Melissa Mattison of Beaver Dams; son, Eli Mattison of Corning; brother, Bradley Zurlick of Addison; grandmother, Aggie Miller of Watkins Glen; and by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

At the request of the family, 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, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Sarah A. GroverThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (486)

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Sarah A. (Swank) Grover

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (487)Age 81, of Enfield, NY passed away on Friday, February 17, 2023 at the Cayuga Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Ithaca.

She was born on January 19, 1942, the daughter of the late Hurley and Laura (Wilson) Swank in Eagles Mere, PA. Sarah grew up in Interlaken, NY before graduating from Interlaken High School in 1960. She was a longtime resident of the Odessa/Enfield area. She was a member of the Montour Moose Club as well as the Enfield Seniors.

Retiring from Cornell University after 25 years of service in 1996, Sarah enjoyed reading, sewing, fishing, cooking and baking for her family, friends and groups. Her true loves, however, were playing cards with her family and friends, bingo and traveling.

Sarah was preceded in death by her husband of seven years, Edgar E. Warne; son, Phillip C. Grover II; sister; Ruth A Beattie; and brothers, Lamonte E. Swank and Gordon M. Swank.

Sarah was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She leaves behind her husband of 55 years, Phillip C. Grover of Enfield, as well as her daughters, Susan (Arthur) Howser Jr. of Enfield and Molly (Billy) Swertfa*ger of Enfield; son, Stanley (Denise) Warne of Interlaken; grandchildren, Amy Landon, Anna Jennings, Stacey Warne, David Moore II, Jeffery Warne, Amanda Grover and Jenna Swertfa*ger; eleven great grandchildren; as well as her brothers, Lawrence Swank of Trumansburg, and Hurley (Linda) Swank of Seneca Falls; and sister-in-law, Joyce Swank of Ovid.

Sarah will be remembered by her family and friends for her sense of humor, direct thinking and sage advice. She will be deeply missed.

At Sarah’s request there will be no calling hours or services.

Contributions in memory of Sarah may be made to the Enfield Food Pantry, C/O The First Baptist Church of Enfield Center, 800 Enfield Falls Road, Newfield, NY 14867.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Marion WebsterThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (488)

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Marion Webster

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (489)Age 90, of Montour Falls and formerly Rock Stream, NY, passed away on February 16, 2023 after a brief illness.

She was predeceased by her husband of 69 years, Vernon, in April of 2022.

She is survived by her son, Donald Webster of Watkins Glen; daughter, Tina Churches (Bruce) of Branchport, NY; grandson, Jeremy Webster (Dawana) of Rhome, TX; and granddaughter, Laura Sabatini (Jason) of Trumansburg, NY.

Marion was the office manager for Drs. Tague and Norton, and moved with them to Schuyler Hospital. She earned her teaching certificate and started her second career teaching Adult Education with BOCES in both New York State and Pennsylvania. She was also a past president of the NYS Society of Medical Assistance. Marion was an active member of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Watkins Glen, Zonta, and the VFW in Watkins Glen.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday (February 21) at 11:00 a.m. at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 112 6th St., Watkins Glen; burial will be at the convenience of the family at a later date. A reception will be held at the church.

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

Obituary: Anita M. WhiteThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (490)

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Anita M. (McFall) White

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (491)Age 68, of Burdett, NY, passed away on Thursday, February 9, 2023. She was born in Corning, NY on May 3, 1954 and graduated from Corning East High School. On February 12, 1972, Anita married Alvin White in Watkins Glen, NY.

Anita was a Licensed Insurance Agent Broker. She worked for the Sidle Insurance Agency for 32 years, retiring in 2016. She was a member of the Burdett Fire Department Auxiliary for 37 years, Burdett Village Welcoming Committee and the Burdett Youth Committee. She volunteered for the Burdett Village Christmas, Seneca Santa, and Burdett Presbyterian Church.

Anita loved living in Burdett and took great pride in her home. She had a great passion for gardening and could always be found outside working in her yard. Anita’s decorating over the holidays was legendary with beautiful lights during the Christmas season and the spooky Halloweens that all the neighbor children and adults loved.

Anita’s hobbies included sewing, crocheting, reading and watching true crime documentaries. She had a passion for giving. She always enjoyed donating handmade baskets, sewing baby blankets, and designing centerpieces for parties and weddings.
Anita was a devoted wife, mother and “Mimi”, who absolutely loved spending time with her grandchildren, all of whom she was so very proud.

Anita was predeceased by Alvin White, her husband of 50 years, in 2022, and her grandmother, Nina Hough. She is survived by two daughters, Cassandra (Joe) Pitcher of Ontario, NY, and Melanie (Matthew) Walters of Burdett, NY; five grandchildren, Cody Pitcher, Zachary Pitcher, Joshua Pitcher, Brett Walters, and Alex Walters; uncle, Bill McFall, and aunt, Sheila McFall; and cousins, Kevin McFall, Sean McFall, Kelly VanHorn, and Ryan McFall.

A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring. Burial will be in Union Cemetery of Hector, Burdett, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Burdett Presbyterian Church, 3995 Church Street, Burdett, NY 14818 or the Burdett Fire Department, 4124 Lake Avenue, Burdett, NY 14818. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home in Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Nancy Anne TeeterThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (492)

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Nancy Anne Teeter

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (493)Nancy Anne Teeter, of Georgetown, TN and formerly of Odessa, NY, was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She left this world suddenly on January 16, 2023, at age 86.

Nancy was born to John and Esther Van Buskirk on September 3, 1936 in Elmira, NY. At Odessa-Montour High School, she was a social butterfly and very active in sports and extracurricular activities, such as cheerleading and track and field. Nancy married her high school sweetheart, Jack Teeter. They were married for 66 years. Together, they had three children: Thomas, Kathleen, and Jacquelyn.

Nancy deeply enjoyed traveling with the Squires Drum and Bugle Corps as a chaperone. She was an active church member, and after moving to Colorado organized and helped manage the tornado distribution center where she received her Town of Windsor Volunteer Award in 2008. She was very devoted to her grandchildren and played a very important role in each of their lives.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, as well as her sister, Jacquelyn Hochberg. She is survived by her husband, Jack, her children, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She will be laid to rest at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Odessa. Nancy will be greatly missed.

Obituary: Edward A. StephanyThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (494)

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Edward A. Stephany

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (495)Age 91, formerly of East Lake Road, Romulus, and most recently of Ashton Place, Clifton Springs, NY, passed away on February 12, 2023 at the Wayne County Nursing Facility with his loving and devoted family by his side.

Friends and family are invited to call at the Mull Funeral Home, 113 Virginia Street, Waterloo, NY on the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 16. A funeral mass will be celebrated at Saint Mary’s Church, 25 Center Street, Waterloo at 10:00 a.m. Friday. Burial will follow in Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Waterloo. Please check the Mull Funeral Home for details.

The family requests memorial contributions be directed to The Finger Lakes Boating Museum, 8231 Pleasant Valley Road, Hammondsport, NY 14840.

Ed was born October 19, 1931 in Rochester, NY, the son of the late Alfred J. and Mildred H. (DeHond) Stephany. He was a 1949 graduate of Brighton High School and a graduate of RIT, and was also known to fondly regale his family with stories of his days as a Chi Phi at Rensselaer Polytechnic. He was the very first RIT co-op and an engineer at Goulds Pumps, Seneca Falls for 40 years, retiring in 1992; having served as both Director of International Sales and Head of Research and Development. He served in the U.S. Army as an Engineer at Fort Knox and spoke highly of Norman J. Gould and the company for holding his position and crediting him with service during his time in the Army. He was a founding member and “Admiral” of the Finger Lakes Boating Museum; former member of the Romulus School Board; member of the Watkins Glen Yacht Club and past president of the Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association.

Ed is survived by his daughter Lynn (Lou) Vistocco of Geneva; sons Mark (Leira) of Watkins Glen, Andrew (Lisa) of Crawfordville, FL, and Dean (Karen) Stephany of Waterloo; grandchildren, Louis, Stephanie and Sarah Vistocco, Erin (John) Hieb and Christopher, Austin, Kristen and Michael Stephany; great-grandchildren Ahvianna Vistocco, Jackson and Madelyn Hieb; sister Jean Mastasio of NJ; brother Alfred “AJ” (Judy) Stephany of Lima; and numerous beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ed was preceded in death by his wife Jane (DiPronio) Stephany in 2016, his sisters Shirley Westbrook and Millie Smith and brother Greg Stephany.

Obituary: Greeba Hays ConklinThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (496)

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Greeba Marguerite Hays Conklin

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (497)Age 97, of Reading Center, New York passed away at Corning Hospital surrounded by family on February 10, 2023.

Greeba was born May 12, 1925 in Barrington, NY, the daughter of the late Aaron and Hazel (Martin) Hays. She is survived by her sons Gary (Alice) Conklin and Gregory (Joetta) Conklin and four grandchildren: Jessica Conklin, Jennifer Conklin, Jaclyn Conklin and Andrew Conklin. She is also survived by one brother-in-law, Richard Haight, and two cousins, Robert Canfield and Richard Bailey, along with many nieces and nephews.

Greeba was predeceased by George, her loving husband of 62 years, in 2011, along with brother and sister-in-law Bruce and Norma (Palmer) Hays, sister and brother-in-law Jeanetta and Delbert Crocker, sister Aileen Haight and nephews Carl Hays and Keith Haight.

Greeba was a graduate of Dundee Central School. She was employed by Mercury aircraft in Hammondsport, NY. Greeba loved watching her grandchildren participate in school activities. She enjoyed hosting family dinners where everyone would gather around her table and tell stories of their adventures.

She was a lover of animals, having many pets over the years, both as a child and an adult. She enjoyed feeding and watching birds later in her life.

The family would like to thank the staff on 2B and Dr. Singh at Guthrie Corning Hospital for their care and compassion during this time.

There will be a celebration of Greeba's life at a later date. Burial will be alongside her husband, George, in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Reading Center.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Reading Center Community Church, P.O. Box 23, Reading Center, NY 14876.

Please leave condolences or a memory of Greeba at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Stephen Edward GilletteThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (498)

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Stephen Edward Gillette

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (499)Age 81, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on January 31, 2023.

Stephen was a father, husband, friend and an all-around good person.

Stephen was a graduate of Watkins Glen High School in 1959, attended Corning Community College, and was a member of the U.S. Army Reserves.

Stephen began his career working for the Glen National Bank. He then managed and purchased Glen Auto Parts. Doris Pike, a longtime friend, was an integral part of the Glen Auto Parts business. Stephen purchased and later sold a number of NAPA Auto Parts stores in the area. He retired in 2007.

Stephen enjoyed Seneca Lodge, and his involvement there was one of his greatest pleasures. Friendships made there were so important to him.

Stephen was a member of the Watkins Glen Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the Watkins Glen Elks Club.

Steve had a passion for tennis, bow hunting, skiing, and golf, and for over 50 years attended races, including NASCAR, at Watkins Glen International Racetrack.

Stephen worked hard for his community by donating and volunteering his time, and was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce.

He was on the board of directors for Finger Lakes Fire Insurance Company, the Watkins Glen Housing Authority, and Schuyler County United Way.

Kathy and Steve loved traveling including trips to Alaska, Hawaii, England, and the Caribbean. In retirement, they enjoyed seeing the wonders of New York State. They also spent many, wonderful family vacations in Islamorada and Key West. Steve and Kathy spent several winters in Key West, Florida.

Stephen enjoyed being with family and neighbors at the cabin on Seneca Lake and being part of the 15 Club Road owners.

Steve was predeceased by his parents, Irene and Fred Gillette of Watkins Glen. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, sons, Brian (Monica Lovejoy) and Adam, and brother Paul.

There will be a celebration of life at a later date. No flowers or other memorials, please. You may leave a message of condolence to the family, on the online obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are through the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Dennis K. PierceThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (500)

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Dennis K. Pierce

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (501)Age 80, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2023. He was born in Middle River, Maryland on October 23, 1942, the son of Rush and Lucy Pierce.

Dennis was a retired truck driver. He was a member of the American Legion and Odessa Lions Club, and was a Moose Member for 40 + years. He was a dedicated Little League Coach while Keith played. He enjoyed working in the garage with Keith on his latest projects. He loved to do adult coloring books and display them in the hallways of the Middle School
Apartments for everyone to enjoy. Dennis also dedicated many years to the Mello-Dears as a driver and helper. He was an avid bowler and was known for his “sh*t-eating” grin and sense of humor. He was also a United States Army Veteran, serving in Germany.

Dennis is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Coral “Corky” (Bird) Pierce; his daughter, Pamela Sague (Shawn), Endicott, NY; son, Keith T. Pierce (Kristi), Odessa, NY; sisters, Diane Sclucha (Terry), Owego, NY, and Marcia Pierce Root, West Virginia; brothers, James Pierce (Margaret), Candor, NY, and Curt Pierce, Valirco, Florida; grandchildren,Matthew Lovelace (Jennifer), Brach Manuel (Amber), Elizabeth Manuel, Katelin Pierce, and Samuel Pierce; great-grandchildren, Zander and Skylar Lovelace, and Jadyn, Mariah, and Christopher Barnes; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; sister Phyllis Sherwood; sister Geraldine Hunsinger; brother-in-law Donald Hunsinger; sister Beverly Allis; brother-in-law Gene Allis; brother Rush “Buzzy” Pierce, Jr.; sister-in-law Beatrice Pierce; and sister Susan Pierce.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 from 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. Burial will be private in Bath National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Montour Falls Fire Department, P.O. Box 369, Montour Falls, NY 14865. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Melissa L. GreistThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (502)

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Melissa L. Greist

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (503)It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Melissa Greist, age 48, of Watkins Glen, NY, on Thursday, February 2, 2023. She was born on August 22, 1974, in Pottstown, PA.

Melissa moved to NYC in 1993 after graduating high school to start a loving journey with her high school sweetheart, Alva. They lived together in NYC for three years, and in 1995 got married and started a family with their first-born son and daughter soon to follow. Melissa will be fondly remembered for her love of nature and botanicals. She enjoyed tending her gardens and foraging for flowers and herbs, using their ingredients for making candles, soaps, and home remedies. She had a creative mind when it came to arts and crafts, which she used to make gifts and decorate her home.

In her life, she had three huskies, Rahura, Sabo, and Kuala. She cared and loved her pets like they were her children. She always loved going out and experiencing new things. She was a social butterfly, touching many lives. Most importantly, she was a very caring person for family and friends. She was quick to be there for anyone when they were in need.

Melissa is survived by her husband, Alva Greist, Sr; son and daughter-in-law, Alva Jr. and wife Samantha of Rock Stream; daughter Rachael Greist of Watkins Glen, grandson Carson Alva Greist; mother and step-father, Barbara and Archie Williard of Pennsylvania; sisters and brothers-in-law, Stephanie and Dennis Hayes of Pennsylvania, and Kelly and Adam Greist of Corning; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joseph Greist and Omawati “Fanny” Persaud of Georgia, and mother-in-law Patricia Greist of Corning.

She was predeceased by her father, Donald Lapish.

Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday (Feb. 11) from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. A funeral service will immediately follow at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home, with Deacon Tom Ruda officiating. Melissa will be cremated and return home to her family, where they will fashion a garden in her memory.

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

Obituary: Ellen Lawrence-NitcheThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (504)

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Ellen Lawrence-Nitche

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (505)Age 73, of Boynton Beach, Florida, passed away on February 5, 2023, after an extended illness.

Ellen was born and raised in Hollis, New York, attended Long Island University, and graduated from the New York School for Dental and Medical Assistants with many certifications in health care. For most of her life she was an office manager and medical assistant and loved helping patients for the many doctors she worked for. She always felt it was her calling.

Later in life, moving to Florida, she owned the Jazzi Nail Salon and Jazzi Hair Salon in Boca Raton. She enjoyed the beauty business, traveling, and seeing and talking to her many friends, especially Carole Finkelstein and Judy Langstein. Ellen cherished her family members and, most of all, her three daughters who were the center of her life.

Ellen is survived by her husband, Stephen A. Nitche, who was born and raised in Watkins Glen, NY, and graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1970; and by her brother David Steven Simon of Westchester NY, daughters Melanie R. Busch (Jon) of Conway SC, Allison B. Lanham of Stamford CT, and Vanessa M. Lawrence of Escondido CA; stepsons, Anthony L. Nitche of Woburn, MA, and Joseph M. Nitche (Julie) of Chelmsford, MA; grandchildren Dylan R. Busch (Alyssa), Shoreham NY, Brandon M. Busch, Rocky Point NY, Megan N. Busch, Lauren A. Busch and Aidan M. Busch, Conway SC, and her great-grandchild, Nathan Busch. Ellen also is survived by her loving dog, Jada, who misses her terribly.

Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, Murray,and Ina Simon, both of New York.

A memorial service in her honor will be held on Friday, February 10, 2023, at Sinai Memorial Chapels, 15120 Jog Road in Delray Beach, Florida. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit: www.sinaimemorialchapelsinc.com

Obituary: Harold Wallace SecordThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (506)

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

Harold Wallace Secord

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (507)Age 79, of Burdett, NY, one of the last original Burdett Boys, passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2023 early in the morning after severe heart damage.

He was predeceased by his parents, George Wallace Secord and Alice Rae Bassage Secord; sister, Carol Carnahan, and brother Howard Secord.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Frances Tuttle Secord; only child Michele (Steven West) Secord; only grandchild MacKenzie Cole Secord; great grandchildren, Ariah Rae Secord and Victoria Secord; brother, Marvin Secord; sister, Barbara (Bob) Smith; and best friends Gary Kelly and Greg Smith.

A memorial dinner will be held this summer. Details will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to Burdett Presbyterian Church, 3095 Church Street, Burdett, NY 14818.

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

Obituary: Louis Arthur Basl, Jr.The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (508)

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Louis Arthur Basl, Jr.

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (509)Age 72, of Palmetto, Florida, died Jan. 3, 2023.

Lou, born on Jan. 31, 1950, grew up in Moravia, NY, graduated from Moravia Central High School in 1968 andserved four years in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam.

In the 1980's he joined and enjoyed the Hector Sailing Association before motoring out of Watkins Glen with local friends on KoKo-Nor to eventually sail from Staten Island to Spain (and back). In total, with his partner, Amanda, Lou had sailing adventures for seven years along the east coast of the U.S., the Bahamas, and the Mediterranean, living for a time in Turkey.

Lou settled in Palmetto, FL, marriedDawna Haverlock Hayes in 1998 and retired from Electro Design Engineering, Inc. in 2015. He was active in the Experimental Aircraft Association for years and built two airplanes.

Lou is survived by his wife, Dawna; step-children; Rebecca Hayes, Mike Hayes and his wife, Kristy and their children, Kaylee, Alexis, Madelyn and Ashley; brother, Kurt Basl; sister, Gail Weeks and brother-in-law, Keith Weeks; sister, Lynn O'Donnell, sister, Eve Basl-Jay; nieces and nephews;and other family and friends includinghis forever friend, Amanda Creighton. Lou was preceded in death by his parents; Louis and Helen Basl.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Tidewell Hospice online attidewellhospice.org.

Lou's Celebration of Life is 2-4 p.m. on February 11th, 2023 at National Cremation & Burial Society, 2990 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota, FL.

Obituary: James Frederick DeckerThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (510)

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James Frederick Decker

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (511)Age 60, of Midlothian, TX, went to be with his Lord and Savior on January 27, 2023.

Known to his family and friends as "Jim," he was born on October 10, 1962 and grew up in the Village of Odessa in Schuyler County, New York. He played sports at Odessa-Montour Central School and graduated from Gardner-Webb College in North Carolina.

He later moved to Texas (home of Tom Landry’s Cowboys) and attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. While in seminary he discovered his calling was outside of professional ministry and he became a Dallas Police Officer. After promotion to Senior Corporal, he had a stint in CBD bikes before he was selected to the SWAT Unit where he served as entry and a sniper. Later, as a Sergeant, he worked at the Northwest Division and found a passion for training. He would continue to train recruits and veteran officers at the Dallas Police Academy and within the Narcotics Unit until he retired after 30 years of service. Following retirement, he spent his time teaching courses at the Regional Police Academy in Arlington.

Jim and his family were members of First Baptist Church Midlothian since 1994. It gave him great joy to baptize all four of his children as they came to accept Christ. They still remember the scriptures he would write down for them along with the acronym "FTL" (For the Lord). His spirit for teaching carried into church where he enjoyed leading Sunday school classes. Being a hunter from a young age in the woods of upstate New York, he loved taking his boys hunting and he was incredibly proud to see each get their first deer. He was most proud when his daughter, Katie, arrived to join the family (she was always his favorite daughter). His blessings continued when he became a grandfather and he was lovingly known as "Sarge."

Jim was preceded in death by his father, Donald Decker. He is survived by his mother, Peggy Decker of Newport News, VA; his children, Caleb (Alison) Decker of Burleson, TX, Shane (Joanna) Decker of Houston, TX, and Grant Decker and Katie Decker, both of Fort Worth, TX; his former wife, Kathleen Decker of Kennedale, TX; his grandchildren, Susanna and Vivian Decker of Burleson, TX; and his siblings, Donna (Chris) Beardsley of Newport News, VA, and Mark (Tammy) Decker of Mansfield, TX. He is also survived by his nieces and nephew, Brian, Amber, Jessica, Kylie and Lindsey.

A visitation will be held at 4 p.m. followed immediately by a memorial service at 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 11, 2023, at Midlothian Funeral Home located at 200 E Ave East, Midlothian, TX, 76065. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Samaritan’s Purse. https://www.samaritanspurse.org/our-ministry/donate-online/

Obituary: Doris M. "Punky" FritzThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (512)

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

Doris M. “Punky” Fritz

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (513)Age 76, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on January 28, 2023 at home. She was born on November 22, 1946, the daughter of the late Clarence and Muriel (Coats) Merrill.

Punky was a house cleaner for many years. She enjoyed crochet, pottery, crafts and going to rummage sales. She was a member of the Montour Moose Lodge.

She is survived by two sons, Patrick Casselberry of Watkins Glen and Gene (Jesse) Casselberry of Cayuta; sister, Linda (Butch) Wood of Millport; brother, Bob Merrill of Watkins Glen; four grandchildren, Crystal Casselberry, 23, Heidi Casselberry, 22, Eugene Casselberry, Jr., 19, and Calie Casselberry, 13; two great grandchildren, Cole Casselberry, 2, and Aubrey Casselberry, 8 months; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister and brother-in-law, Barb (Bud) Cilley.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, February 19, 2023 from 1-4 p.m. at the Montour Moose Lodge, 2096 State Route 14, Montour Falls. 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: Donald M. PhillipsThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (514)

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

Donald M. Phillips

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (515)Age 92, of Odessa, NY (formerly of Cayuta, NY) winged his way to heaven on January 30, 2023.

Don was born in Elmira, NY to Merrill and Leona (Morrell) Phillips. He graduated from Horseheads High School. Don was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1948-51 and served honorably as a radio operator. During that time, he purchased his own plane, learned to fly, and used that as his primary transportation between the base in Fort Eustis, VA and home.

After his discharge, Don worked for a short time at Anchor Glass before he started his lifelong career at Westinghouse (and ultimately IST after Westinghouse was sold) as a chemist/engineer. In his early years at Westinghouse, he met his future wife, Bertha Bly. They married in 1954, moved to Cayuta, and started raising their family of four children.

Don loved and respected the outdoors and instilled that passion in his family. Some of the most memorable family moments came as they drove around the back roads of Connecticut Hill in his beloved army jeep, often stopping to skip stones in a pond, pick wild blueberries, hike a stream, or teach pistol shooting techniques and safety rules to his children. Don was an avid target shooter and for many years was an active member of the Odessa Conservation Club’s pistol team. Always one for promoting and practicing gun safety, for several years he co-taught target shooting skills to middle and high school students in the Junior Rifle Club.

Fun-loving, humorous and young at heart, Don’s zest for life was contagious. He enjoyed lots of adventures and jokes with his grandchildren, being the biggest “kid” in the group. There were hikes on Connecticut Hill, kayaking on the Chemung River, egg toss games at the annual picnic breakfast in the Hector Land Use Area, squirt-gun battles, snowball fights, hiding irritating gifts in places where the grandkids wouldn’t expect to find them (beds, dresser drawers), conducting a “gravity” experiment with hard boiled eggs and then substituting raw eggs, discreetly planting flakes of gold in their mining tins while panning for gold in Valdez, Alaska (creating a mini gold rush among the tourists when the kids started screaming they’d found gold), and placing in his yard a potato chip bag with a movement ball hidden inside and a raccoon’s tail sticking out for the grandchildren to discover. Just a few of the great memories left by a great man.

Don loved flying. After starting his family, however, he sold his airplane to buy a house, but the love of flying still ran deep in his veins. He started building and flying radio control airplanes and sailplanes. He became a volunteer member at what was then called the National Warplane Museum. While there, he helped rebuild and restore several vintage airplanes, and in later years he helped keep the museum grounds groomed. He was always very precise and paid great attention to detail in all he did, whether work or play. “No job is worth doing unless it’s done right” was the motto by which he lived.

In addition to being a member of the Odessa Conservation Club and pistol team, Don was a member of the Bath pistol team, American Legion Post 676, the National Warplane Museum/Wings of Eagles Discovery Center, and several RC airplane flying clubs.

Don was predeceased by his parents and his beloved wife, Bertha, after almost 60 years of marriage. He was also predeceased by his youngest daughter, Sharon Douglas (Scott) Wheeler in 2019, and his son-in-law, Thomas Peters, in 2022. He is survived by his daughter, Carol Peters, of Odessa, and sons, Marc Phillips (Anne Morris) of Anchorage, AK, and Daniel (Daneen) Phillips of Burdett, NY. Don had six grandchildren of whom he was immensely proud: Nicholas (Amanda) Phillips, Jennifer (Patrick) Frymark, Samantha (Alva) Greist, Johnathan Wasson (Lindsey Wratten), and Olivia and Andrea Douglas, as well as six great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, MaryEllen (John) Ford, and brother, Arland (Beverly) Phillips, many nieces and nephews, and his best buddy -- canine companion Maggie -- who will miss him very much but will continue to keep his daughter company.

Don and his family would like to acknowledge and thank Dr. Saks and the dedicated staff at Schuyler Hospital for the excellent care they provided during his brief stay. Their attention and compassion made a traumatic situation less so. When remembering this tough time, their kindness, support and thoughtfulness will not be forgotten.

At Don’s request, there will be no calling hours. Instead, a celebration of his life will be scheduled at a later date. Don will be interred at Woodlawn National Cemetery with military honors. Anyone wishing to pay tribute to Don’s memory is encouraged to donate to a charity of their choice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Harmonei Jean TuttleThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (516)

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Harmonei Jean Tuttle

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (517)Age 21, of Burdett, NY entered into her final resting place at Arnot Ogden Medical Center on Saturday, January 28, 2023 surrounded by family. She was born in Elmira, NY on May 22, 2001.

As a small child Harmonei could be found climbing all over her sister, filling buckets with salamanders and garter snakes, or watching Dora the explorer. Harmonei attended Watkins Glen School, where she was involved in several sports throughout her school years. As a young child Harmonei played soccer, football, basketball and softball. In middle school and high school she played volleyball, basketball and was a cheerleader. Harmonei was an amazing artist and had an incredible talent for writing. She loved to spend any time she could with her family, but her pride and joy were her little sister and her three nieces.

Harmonei was a giver. Any time she possibly could she found things to give to other people; whether it was something she made or something someone else was getting rid of, she always thought of other people who may be in need. Harmonei could always be found outside with her cousins and sister building forts, going on adventures, swimming, four wheeling or playing in the mud.

Harmonei was predeceased by her best friend and loving cousin Tyler J. Churchill, her maternal grandfather Gary W. Tuttle, maternal grandfather Harry T. Landon, paternal grandmother Helen Zafonte, great grandmother Jean L. Pike, and her very best furry friend and beloved companion, Shadow Grey.

She is survived by her mother Gretta (Judson) Smith of Watkins Glen, NY; father Christopher Zafonte of Burdett; sisters Haleigh (Justin Brace) Porter of Dundee, NY, Stella Zafonte of Watkins Glen and Brynn Smith of Watkins Glen; brother Brandon Harley of Bryn Mawr, PA; paternal grandfather Ernie Zafonte; maternal grandmother Laurie Landon; maternal uncles Gregory W. Tuttle of Burdett and Gary M. Tuttle of Burdett; nieces Jolene Ann Holley, Ellie Grace and Lauretta R. Brace of Dundee; cousins Courtney, Brittany, Jordan, Zach, Kelsey, Laurie Jean, Linsey, and Diane, as well as many other special family members too numerous to name them all.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, February 10, 2023 from 4-7 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. A memorial service will be held at Reynoldsville United Methodist Church, 5099 State Route 227, on Saturday, February 11 at 11 a.m. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Sharon A. FraboniThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (518)

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Sharon A. Fraboni

Age 81, of Elmira, NY, passed away on Saturday, January 28, 2023. She was born in Sayre, PA on April 19, 1941, the daughter of Edwin and Pearl (Saymon) Lamberson.

Sharon graduated from Thomas Edison High School. She enjoyed crocheting and going to the casino.

She is survived by her daughter, Tammy (Mark) Edsall of Corning, NY; son, Michael Jaynes of Elmira; grandchildren, Corey Hankinson and Jessica Rose (Eric); and great-grandchildren, Porter, Taytum, and Haddie. She was predeceased by her husband, Anthony Fraboni (2008), and daughter, Kathy Sue Hollander (1967).

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, February 3, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. Sharon’s funeral service will follow at 12:00 noon. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Chemung County SPCA, 2435 State Route 352, Elmira, NY 14903. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: John R. SchoffnerThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (519)

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

John R. Schoffner

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (520)Age 80, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on January 26, 2023.

John worked as a machine operator at Dresser-Rand for over 40 years and retired in 2005. He loved his family and loved spending time camping, fishing, and hunting. He loved going to New York Yankee games and heading to Watkins Glen International to watch NASCAR.

He is survived by his sons, David (Heather) Schoffner of Bradford, Greg (Jennifer) Schoffner of Beaver Dams, Eric Schoffner (Jenn Landon), Montour Falls, and Lisa Schoffner-LaRow (Jeff LaRow) of Watkins Glen; sister Marion Harrison; brother Ronnie (June) Schaffner; 10 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by wife Valarie Schoffner, son Kenneth Schoffner, brother Robert Schoffner, and sisters Lizzy Stoddard and Doris Oliver.

According to his wishes there are no services. You may leave a condolence in his obituary online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

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

Obituary: Diane Marie 'Tuffy' KasianThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (521)

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Diane Marie “Tuffy” (Parsons) Kasian

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (522)Age 71, of Newfield, NY, passed away at home on January 24, 2023. Diane was born on the 27th of June in 1951 on Staten Island.

Diane was strong-willed, brave and rebellious straight through to the end. Diane loved spending time at her home in the country. She spent most days of her last years with her youngest granddaughter, Clara, who kept her smiling every day.

Diane had a career as a Maintenance Supervisor at Cornell University. She worked at Cargill Salt Company and at US Salt Company in Watkins Glen for several years. She was the original co-founder of HiWay HiFi in Ithaca.

She is survived by her children, Scott (Seeley) (Mandy) Hunter, Chase (Karyl Demeree) Kasian and Barbara Kasian; and Lee Kasian; her twin sister, Donna Smith; eight granddaughters, and one grandson. She was predeceased by her sisters, Andrea “JoJo” Vorrasi and Carol Brannaka. All of whom she loved and touched deeply.

Please join us in celebrating her life at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Wednesday (Feb. 1) from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.; followed by a memorial service at 6:00 p.m.

A memory or condolence may be left at RoyceChedzoy.com.

Obituary: William E. YawThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (523)

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William E. “Bill” Yaw

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (524)Age 89 and 364 days, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Jan. 21, 2023 at home.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, Jan. 29 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, 2096 CR-14, Montour Falls. A brief service with military honors will be held at 2 p.m.

Bill was born on January 22, 1933 in Hector, NY, the son of Vernon and Eva (Clark) Yaw. After graduating from Watkins Glen High School, he enlisted in the United States Army. He received distinctions for Sharpshooter Rifle Weapons qualification and a Good Conduct Medal. Upon completing his honorable service, he returned home. He worked as a truck driver for various local companies, including Suit-Kote Corporation and D&T Franzese in Watkins Glen, and RC Billing in Bath.

He was a longtime member of the Moose Lodge and Mechanics Club in Montour Falls.

Bill loved fishing, his family, and especially the little ones.

He is survived by his children, Debra (Gary) Schmidt, Bonita (Mark) Specchio, William “Billy” Yaw, and Jackie Yaw Leszyk (Joe Crane); life partner, Maxine Cunningham; grandchildren, Eric (Megan) Schmidt, Lindsay (Ben) Winstead, Mark Jr. (Karen) Specchio, Matthew Specchio (Mallory McCullouch), Cassidy Yaw, Tai Givin, Cassandra (Chris) Crout, and Danielle Leszyk; 14 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, and the Burger King Coffee Club and staff!

He was predeceased by his parents; brother Phillip (Mary) Yaw; and sisters, Shirley (John) Fazzary, and Beverly (Dick) Lodge.

The family wishes to thank all of the Schuyler Hospital staff, especially nurse Mary Jo Rhoads, and thank you to the Watkins Glen Volunteer Fire Department.

Memorial donations may be made to the Watkins Glen Fire Company, PO Box 429, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

A memory of Bill or condolences for his family may be left in his obituary at RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home.

Obituary: Roseleah H. LodgeThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (525)

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

Roseleah H. Lodge

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (526)Age 87, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away at Schuyler Hospital on January 23, 2023 after a brief illness surrounded by her loving family.

Roseleah was born on May 19, 1935 in Montour Falls, NY, daughter of Ralph C. Kendall and Rosella M. Fowler. She graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1952.

After high school, she completed her nursing education in Rochester to become a Registered Nurse. She worked at Schuyler Hospital for over 40 years, wearing many hats. She was an OB nurse, ER nurse, director of nursing, established the hospital’s first personnel department and served as personnel director for many years. She went back to school to get her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, all while working full time and helping to raise her six children. She went on to become Vice President of Schuyler Hospital until she retired in 1996.

Roseleah was very active in the First Presbyterian Church of Watkins Glen. She served as an Elder, Ruling Elder, and up until she passed away, had faithfully served as the financial Secretary since about 2006. She also was a member of the choir for many, many years and was honored with the Woman of Faith award in 2011.

She was a fantastic knitter and also loved to crochet. Her lasting legacy will be all of the countless baby blankets and, of course, dozens of Christmas stockings that she knitted for so many family and friends.

She also had a love of cooking and baking. There was a time when she cooked for a crowd every Thursday evening, and family and friends would gather in Roseleah and Lauren's garage to feast.

She was best known for her oyster stew at our family Christmases, party mix, pumpkin roll and a variety of cookies throughout the holidays.

She gathered once a month with the women she called family and friends known as the “cookie club” to go out to lunch and just be together. Her favorite drink when out to lunch was a frozen Margarita.

She and Lauren were avid boaters in their day and travelers, especially after they both retired. The last couple of years she spent time with some of her children and sister-in-law every Monday to enjoy a glass of Chardonnay.

Roseleah was predeceased by her brothers David and Edward Kendall as well as the love of her life, Lauren Lodge, who passed away on April 15, 2016.

She is survived by her six children, Susan (Bill) Edwards, Greg (Heather) Lodge, Kurt (Jane) Lodge, Kevin (MaryBeth) Lodge, Kathy (Doug) Richtmyer, and Kristy Lodge; 13 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren, and one great great grandson on the way; special sister-in-law Linda Gibson, and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Royce Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur St. in Watkins Glen. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Obituary: Betty Louise HowardThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (527)

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Betty Louise Howard

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (528)Age 92, of Odessa, NY, went home to be with the Lord on January 20, 2023. She was born to Fred and Louise (Raab) Howard on November 27, 1930 in Elmira Heights, NY.

Betty enjoyed camping, square dancing, country music, crocheting, watching birds at her feeders, and most of all, spending time with her family.

She is survived by her children: Thomas (Judy) Doan, Larry (Donna) Doan, Louise (Steven) Vedder, Cathy (Jim) Hall, Roxie (Barry Wixson) Doan, Bobby (Lynn) Personius, and Randy (Laurie Nusbaum) Personius; stepchildren: Norman, Ronald, Dennis, Michelle, Daniel, Jeffrey and Gregory Personius; grandchildren: Lisa, Billie Sue, Toma, Mickie, Donny, Jeremy, Gregory, Kristopher, Mathew, Jackie, Benjamin, Daniel, Randi Michelle, Ashley and Adrionna; 32 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; sister Marion; brothers Fredrick and Paul; several nieces and nephews, and her cat Stella.

Betty was predeceased by her parents, infant sister Jeanette, sister Pauline, husbands Herbert Doan and Norman Personius, and her dog of 17 years, Chico.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at the American Legion, State Rt. 228, Odessa. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com.

Obituary: David Pierson MosherThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (529)

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David Pierson Mosher

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (530)Age 56, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on January 17, 2023 at Arnot Ogden Hospital in Elmira, NY. He was born in Ithaca, NY, on July 10, 1966. He was predeceased by his father, Pierson (Pete) Mosher, and his sister, Deborah Mosher.

He is survived by his mother, Gloria Burnett Mosher; his brother, James John Mosher; Jason and Travis Johns who he considered his sons; his two close friends, Clifford Lott and Shane Dunn; three cousins, Dale Bradley (Sonnie), Daniel Bradley (Sherrie) and Donna (Tom) Taber; and by his two dogs, Paisley and Sadie.

David worked in construction and was highly proficient with computer work. He was very active with the Odessa Conservation Club and spent many hours as an instructor of firearms. He was a member of the Moose Club in Montour Falls.

A celebration of life for David will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 at the Montour Moose Lodge, 2096 State Route 14, Montour Falls. 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: Sylvia VanSkiver-MillerThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (531)

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Sylvia VanSkiver-Miller

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (532)Age 70, of Lockport, NY passed away on Tuesday, Jan 10, 2023.

Sylvia was born December 2, 1952 in Beaver Dams, NY to parents Beverly and Bernard VanSkiver.

She was a graduate of Watkins Glen High School, and worked as a self-employed seamstress.

She is survived by her brothers, Steven and Curtis VanSkiver; daughters, Tamarynde Cacciotti and Lysette Miller, and 2 grandchildren. Sylvia is also survived by her ex-husband and lifelong friend Randall Miller from Lockport, NY.

A private graveside service will be held in Fairview Cemetery, Painted Post, NY. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Dr. Frank W. BrownThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (533)

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Dr. Frank W. Brown

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (534)Dr. Frank W. Brown passed away on January 14, 2023 in Saratoga Springs, NY. He was 96 years old. His son Joel was at his side, where he had been for many days as Frank lingered in a deep sleep. Joel played recorded music that Frank had performed in his past and the sound that lulled him to sleep as a child ... the cascading water of Chequaga Falls. Frank Brown was a beloved member of his community; music teacher and performer, husband and father. He will always be remembered for his kindness, thoughtfulness and talent.

Frank was born on June 30, 1926 in Montour Falls, NY. His elementary school music teacher noticed his fine ear for melodies, which prompted his mother to cash in an insurance policy to buy him a clarinet. He learned to play jazz by ear and soon played local gigs with older musicians.At age 17, Frank enlisted in the United States Air Force. There, he played clarinet and alto sax in the 448th Air Force concert and jazz bands.In 1951 he graduated from Ithaca College as a music major, and that same year married fellow music major, Eleanor Ruth Russell. They had four children: Linn, Darron, Joel and Benjamin.

Dr. Brown was the band director at Odessa-Montour Central School in Odessa, NY for over 30 years.During that time, he earned a Master’s degree from Ithaca College and a Doctorate in Music Education from the University of Illinois.After retiring from OMCS, he went on to teach music in Florida, including at the Sarasota Military Academy and the Lab High School at Florida State University.

As well as being a gifted music educator, Frank was an active performer who appeared with many illustrious jazz ensembles. He played with Reggie’s Red Hot Feet Warmers, Jay and Molly Unger, Medicare 7, 8 or 9, and The Dukes of Dixieland, and Eddie Moore and His Orchestra, to name a few. In Tallahassee, he formed the Frank Brown Big Band, leading the group in the music of his era. His son, Joel, a member of Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play, was instrumental in Frank’s opportunity to play with them at Carnegie Hall with soprano Dawn Upshaw. Frank and Triple Play reunited for a concert with Dave Brubeck at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.

As a recording artist, Frank’s discography includesFrank Brown Turned Loose, Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play Live at the Arthur Zankel Music Center featuring Dave Brubeck and Frank Brown, Frederika Von Strada’s Across your Dreams, Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play Watching the World, Joel Brown’s Places and Christmas Cedar and Spruce, and Reggie’s Red Hot Feet Warmers Happy Feet.

He was predeceased by his wife, Elly, and their youngest son, Ben. He is survived by his daughter, Linn Brown and husband, Dr. Richard Fredekind of Oakland, CA; his son, Dr. Darron Brown of Indianapolis, IN; Myrene Brown of Zionsville IN; his son, Joel Brown and wife, Peggy, of Saratoga Springs, NY; his grandson, Jason Brown and family; his granddaughter, Caitlin West and family; his grandson Andrew Brown and family; his granddaughter, Dr. Calla Brown and family; his grandson, Dr. Frank Brown Cloud and family; his grandson Marshall Brown; his daughter-in-law, Claudia Bustamante; his granddaughter, Jamie Brown; and his granddaughter, Jenny Baxter and family. Frank was also the proud great-grandfather of eight.

The family would like to thank Eleanor Lattin, Cindy Ciaschi, Robert Moore, and several other wonderful helpers in Watkins Glen, NY. The family would also like to thank the wonderful, loving staff and Hospice workers on 2 Hathorn, at the Wesley Health Center in Saratoga Springs.

There are no services planned at this time.

For a full bio and links to recordings featuring Frank Brown, please visit: linnbrown.com/frank-brown

Obituary: Kenneth FishThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (535)

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

Kenneth Fish

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (536)Age 67, of Montour Falls, NY passed away in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loving family on January 8, 2023.

Ken was born in Bradford County, PA on June 19, 1955, the son of Robert and Tessie Fish.

He was predeceased by his parents, brother Jack (Francis) and beloved dog Cocoa. He is survived by his brother Eddie and sisters Tessie, Chat, Rose and Margret; daughters Korie, Lois (Tynie) Hall, and Jackie; eight grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

His greatest loves were fishing, his kitty and his three daughters.

According to Ken's wishes, he will be cremated. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, his family's wish is that donations be made to the charity of your choice.

The Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen, is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary: Clinton S. Smith, Jr.The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (537)

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

Clinton S. Smith, Jr.

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (538)Age 91, of Hornby, NY and formerly of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Monday, January 2, 2023. He was born in Corning, NY on December 20, 1931, the son of Clinton S. Smith, Sr. and Jennie Rose Hammond.

He was married September 1, 1950 in Monterey, NY. He was a laborer for Ingersoll Rand of Painted Post for 20 years. He also loved playing his guitar, singing at family functions, and playing at his church for his church family. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He spent his time in Germany as C Company Mess Sergeant.

He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Betty, in 2014 and by many sisters and one brother.

He is survived by, and truly loved, his adopted son, Doc Mayo, of Alpine, NY, and nieces and nephews: Norma (Tim) Cummings of Montour Falls; Cindy (Lester) Fuller of Montour Falls and Fillmore, NY; David (Diane) O’Bryan of Montour Falls; Lillian (James) Buckley of Beaver Dams; Caroline (Scott) McIlwain of Beaver Dams; and Jesse O’Bryan of Beaver Dams; and great nieces: Jessica (Hector) Gonzales of Albermale, NC and Jennie (Benny) Fields of Lincolnton, NC.

A funeral service for Clinton will be held at the Odessa Wesleyan Church, 304 Church Street, Odessa, NY on Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 11:00 a.m., followed by burial in Oldfield Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Odessa Wesleyan Church. 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: Suzanne Davies-MortonThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (539)

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

Suzanne Davies-Morton

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (540)Age 64, of Watkins Glen, NY died on January 2, 2023 after a private battle with cancer. She was at home in the care of her husband, the love of her life, Christopher A. Morton Sr.

Suzanne was born on May 5, 1958, the daughter of Winfred and Shirley Davies, and raised in Elmira, NY. She graduated from Southside High School in 1976. She spent several years away from home, returning to the area and meeting her husband in 1983. Chris proposed on Valentine's Day 1986, and the pair eloped in the living room of a local judge in July of the same year. To this day, her husband describes her as a true gift from God.

Sue had two children, Sara and Christopher "Alex." She was a devoted, passionate, active and loving mother; and in recent years a fun, loving, and caring grandmother to her two grandsons, Kylo and Jasper. She taught her children, and her grandchildren, to care about the world around them, to laugh especially when the world seems dark, to approach each day with passion and tenacity, and gave them each her infamous attitude. Her laugh brought joy to her family, friends, and loved ones.

In addition to her family, Sue leaves a legacy of service to her community through her work with children, from teenage drug counseling to working with children in foster care and adoption. Sue poured her heart into her work and tried to make the world better, one life at a time. When not with her family or working, she was giving of herself in other ways. In her last days, dozens of people came to see her who described her as being the anchor in their lives when they could not find a light in chaotic times. Perhaps she was a lighthouse rather than an anchor for those she loved.

Suzanne is survived by her husband of 36 years, Christopher A. Morton; daughter, Sara A. Morton, Esq.; grandson, Jasper; son, Christopher A.W. Morton Jr.; grandson, Kylo; granddaughter in spirit, Marley; her centenarian mother Shirley Porter (ne Rockwell); nephews, D'Andre Webb, Zachery Morton and Andrew Morton; niece, Haleigh; and by several grandnephews and nieces.

She was predeceased by her father, Winfred; and sister, Stephanie Webb.

Sue leaves a legacy of loving a good time, usually on a beach in warm weather --so to honor her spirit of compassion, intensity, love, service, laughter, and fun, a celebration of life will be held later in the spring.

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: Gary D. BrownThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (541)

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

Gary D. Brown

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (542)Age 60, of Hector, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 2, 2023 at home.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Friday (Jan. 6) from 12 noon-2pm, followed by a funeral service at 2pm; Rev. George J. Norton, Jr. officiating; burial at Hector Presbyterian Cemetery in Hector. A Dish-to-Pass dinner will be held following the burial at the Logan Community Center, 5242 CR 4, Burdett, NY.

Gary was born in Montour Falls, NY on April 4, 1962 to Donald R. and Barbara (Burnett) Brown of Burdett.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 36 years, Lisa (Taylor) Brown; daughter, Melinda Brown (Richard Button); son, Philip and Leann (Lupo) Brown; grandsons, Jacob Klee and Bentley Button; step-grandchildren, Hailie, Daniel, Drake, Cadance, Emilie and Jaxon Button; mother, Barbara (Burnett) Brown; sister, Lori (Brown) Allen; nephew, Joshua Brown; sister-in-law Rebecca Kipferl (Jeff Kipferl), Brenda Joly (John Joly); several cousins, and loads of friends.

He was predeceased by grandparents, Ralph and Hazel (Fitch) Burnett, and Nelson and Hazel (Shipman) Brown; father, Donald R Brown; aunt, Nona (Burnett) Schimizzi; uncle, H. Wallace "Wally" Burnett; brother in-law, Robert Allen, and several great-aunts, uncles, cousins and lots of friends.

Memories of Gary may be shared in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Patricia A. MacnamaraThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (543)

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

Patricia A. Macnamara

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (544)WATKINS GLEN, NY: After 90 years of unquestionably making the world a better place, Pat passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2023.

Unwavering kindness, forgiveness, charity and love were present each and every day in the life of Patricia A. Macnamara. Pat was, and will continue to be, a guiding light to all of us who wish our time here on earth be one led by the better angels of our nature.

Pat was devoted to her family, community and faith. Her children all feel fortunate for having a mother who loved them with a heart of gold and a soul of pure caring and compassion. Her love for children was limitless as she spread joy from one generation to the next, as her nineteen grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren have all experienced the wonder of being with "Grandma Pat."

Pat's love for young people was also expressed through her involvement with organizations like the Fresh Air Fund, Big Sisters and volunteering as a Reading Buddy. An active community member, she volunteered time for the Cancer Drive, as a poll worker and in local theater with the Lake Country Players. Over the years Pat was an active member of the Baptist, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches. She was involved in the choir, a number of faith groups and was a Sunday school teacher.

Pat also loved art and studied with Waverly artist Lily Belle Isle, who became a close friend. Pat's family will cherish her accomplished drawings and paintings she created during their childhood.

Pat was born on October 15,1932. She grew up in Waverly, NY, and raised her six children in the area prior to moving to Watkins Glen in 1983. Pat's non-stop love for life could even be felt at where she worked, whether at Paluzzi’s in Sayre, PA, Tobey’s Doughnut Shop or Famous Brands in Watkins Glen. She continued to work well past retirement at Famous Brands, where her co-workers lovingly called her "Patty Mac."

Pat was predeceased by her mother, Frances Hulett, and father, Kenneth Jackson; husband, William Macnamara, and sister, Janice Brew.

She is survived by her children: daughters, Deborah (Marius) Cross, Janice Learn, Kathleen (James) Armstrong, Barbara (Frank) Rossi, and Amy (Stacey) Becker, and son, Robert (Nancy) Washburn, as well as her Fresh Air daughter, Myrna Prince; stepsons, William (Penny) Macnamara, Neil (Kristin) Macnamara and Christopher (Sarah) Macnamara; sister, Lyndal Homet, brother, Kenneth (Debbie) Jackson; and ex-husband and friend, Floyd Washburn.

Pat's family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the nurses, aides, doctors, and staff at ElderWood in Waverly for their constant care and compassion.

A Celebration of Pat's Life Ceremony will be held at a later date to be announced.

To leave a message of condolence, please visit www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Jay RussellThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (545)

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

Jay Russell

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (546)Age 66, of Burdett, NY, passed away on December 30, 2022.

He is survived by his wife Jean; four children, Josh (Taylor) Russell of Ashville, NC, Erica Russell of New York, Morgan (Steve) Mendelsohn of Lake Placid, NY, and Brittany Predmore (Justin Bennett) of Spencer, NY; brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Karen Russell of Mecklenburg, NY; eight grandchildren, Dylan, Kaden, Bentley, Kylie, Ellie, Julian, Jackson and Brianna, his granddaughter and best friend; 3 nephews, a niece, beloved dog Hennessy, and 33 beloved Alpaca! Jay was predeceased by his parents George and Bertha Russell and his brother and sister-in-law Kenneth and Ann Russell.

Jay was born on December 16, 1956. He graduated from Trumansburg High School. He was a star athlete in football, basketball, and baseball. He went on to attend SUNY Oswego where he majored in Education and played baseball. Jay was a Technology Teacher at the George Junior Republic School in Freeville, teaching grades 7-12. He enjoyed teaching troubled youth and coached basketball there.

He was a life member of the Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Company, where he served as the past Fire Chief, Rescue Captain and current President; member and Trustee of the Mecklenburg United Methodist Church; proud Alpaca farmer, National Champion breeder, and owner of Russell’s Alpaca Acres. He was also Treasurer of the Empire Alpaca Association and enjoyed work as a Ring Steward.

Services will be held on Saturday, January 14. The family will receive friends and relatives at the Mecklenburg United Methodist Church, 6063 Turnpike Rd., Mecklenburg, from 2pm-3pm; followed by a memorial service at 3:00pm at the church. A procession and fireman's service at the Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Company and reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Company or the Mecklenburg United Methodist Church.

You may leave a memory of Jay in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

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

Obituary: Frank W. BassettThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (547)

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

Frank W. Bassett

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (548)Age 88, formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, has passed away at his home in Canton, NY under the care of his family and hospice.

There will be no public services. Arrangements are with the French Funeral Home in Edwards, NY. Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com. Please, no flowers or donations.

Frank was born on July 5, 1934 in Watkins Glen to the late Henry and Ethel (Middaugh) Bassett. He graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1952 and from Forestry College in Syracuse in 1956. Frank married Lillian M. Streeter on August 27, 1960 in Athens, PA.

Frank was a forester for New York State for 31 years and was the owner and operator of Bassett and Keller Consulting Forestry for 20 years. He was a former member of the Canton Barber Shop Organization.

He is survived by his wife, Lillian Bassett; four children, Deborah (William) Keiffer, Roger (Donna) Alexander, Frank (Mary) Bassett, and Thomas (Lisa) Bassett; two sisters, Alta Day and Betty Calhoun; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Frank was predeceased by his parents; a daughter, Becky Watts; a brother, John Bassett; and a sister, Lois Keller.

To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Frank Bassett, please visit the French Funeral Home Tree Store.

Obituary: Ron 'Thumbsy' AyersThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (549)

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

Ron “Thumbsy” Ayers

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (550)Age 67, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on Friday, December 30, 2022.

Thumbsy was born in Montour Falls on August 12, 1955, the son of the late Janet and Daniel Ayers. He graduated from Watkins Glen High School and married Denise Dabich at Shequaga Falls. He retired from Odessa-Montour School after 14 years of service and was a 25-year employee of Jeff’s Septic Inc.

Thumbsy was a member of the Mechanics Club and Montour Moose Club and a past member of both the Montour Falls Fire Dept. and Odessa Fire Dept. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed bowling and golfing, and attending local sporting events. Ron also loved the New York Yankees and Notre Dame Fighting Irish College football.

Thumbsy is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Denise (Dabich) Ayers; his beloved cat, Rosie; sister, Kathy Dunn of Watkins Glen, NY; brother, Gary Ayers of Delhi and Don (Becky) Ayers of Montour Falls; in-laws Leonard (Mary) Dabich, Julie (Eric) Anderson, Kelly (Duane) Ayers, and Len (Pam) Dabich; his special nieces, Amber Pratt, Nichole Inthanongsak, Rebecca Ayers, Whitney Ayers, Bethany Dabich, and Ella Ayers; special nephews, Jeremiah Ayers, Andy Chrisman, Jeremy Dunn, and Joseph Dabich; as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends and family may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 5, 2023 at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. His funeral will be held at the funeral home on Friday, January 6 at 11 a.m., with Jeremiah Ayers officiating. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

In lieu of flowers,contributions may be made in Thumbsy’s memory to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865 or to Forest View Gang Mills Fire Dept., 125 Forest Dr., Painted Post, NY 14870. Memories of Thumbsy may be shared with his family and friends at vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Philip Eugene MosherThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (551)

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

Philip Eugene Mosher

Age 76, passed away peacefully while at home in South Carolina on December 19, 2022. He was born on October 31, 1946, in St. Charles, Missouri and raised in Montour Falls, New York.

He is survived by his wife, Sherry; his three sons and their wives, Bill and Angie, Jason and Amanda, Shane and Monica; six grandchildren, Jasper, Hannah, Riley, Emily, Ella and Michael; brother and sisters, Mike, Sandra and Renee; including nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Philip and Irene of Montour Falls, he was predeceased by his sisters and brother, Jane, Vonda and Larry.

He retired in June 2010 from Schweizer Aircraft, Elmira, NY, after dedicating 44 years.
Following his retirement, he moved to Summerville, South Carolina, where he spent his remaining years with his loving wife of 43 years. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He adored his grandchildren and wanted to spend every moment he could with them. He will be greatly missed by many.

A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held in Montour Falls at a later date.

Obituary: Comly "Kimp" HornerThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (552)

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (553)The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Comly “Kimp” Horner

Age 80, of Davenport, FL and formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on October 23, 2022.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Horner, and their children.

There are no services.

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

Obituary: Basil Alan RhoadsThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (554)

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

Basil Alan Rhoads

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (555)Age 59, of Beaver Dams, NY, passed away unexpectedly on December 14, 2022. He was born in Corning, NY, the son of Basil C. and Shirley Jean Rhoads.

He worked construction in Texas, then with auto mechanics and carpentry. His enjoyments were spending time with his dogs Diesel and best friend Rucco. He also enjoyed time spent with his son Andrew and his family racing stock cars around area tracks. He also enjoyed his time 4-wheeling and recently was fixing up an older model motorcycle.

He was predeceased by his wife, Shirley Wells, who passed in 2021; his father, Basil C. Rhoads; and granddaughter, Stacey Shrout.

He is survived by his mother, Shirley J. Rhoads; one son, Andrew Rhoads (Diane Shrout) of Beaver Dams; sisters, Sheila (Paul) Daudelin of Beaver Dams, Terry Freeze of Lima, NY, Jeanne (Don) Struble of Hemlock, NY, and Lori Rhoads of Lakeville, NY; grandchild, James (Rebecca) Shrout of Beaver Dams; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service 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, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Virginia SillsThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (556)

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

Virginia Sills

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (557)Age 100, of Burdett, NY passed away on December 19, 2022 surrounded by her loving family in the log cabin she built with her husband when he returned from World War II.

Virginia was born in Mecklenburg, NY on September 1, 1922, the daughter of the late Earl and Lillian (Miller) Slocum. She worked at Remington Rand, Elmira, NY, for Schuyler Agricultural Services, picked grapes, did housekeeping, and worked for the postal service.

She especially enjoyed food preparation while making pies and thousands of piecrusts for Mr. Chicken in Watkins Glen. She dedicated her life to family and farm and eagerly looked forward to deer hunting season/story telling each year.

Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie E. Sills; her sisters, Irene (Edward) Long, Vivian (Roger) Thall, Charlien (John) DeLeury, and Marjorie (Judson) George; and her brothers, Gerald (Catherine) Slocum, Donald (Ruth) Slocum and Earl (Ann) Slocum.

She is survived by her daughter, Ruth Sills, and son, Leslie A. Sills Sr. (wife Louise). She is also survived by granddaughters Kimberly (Larry) Morley and Vicky (Gerald) Grady, grandson Leslie A. Sills Jr. (Kim), seven great grandchildren, six great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Virginia will rest alongside her husband in the Union Cemetery of Hector in Burdett, NY. The calling hours will be scheduled for the immediate family at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home in Montour Falls.

A special thanks to Vicky Grady and Kimberly Morley for their loving care and devotion to their grandmother.

Anyone who wishes may visit www:vedderscottzinger.com to leave the family a message of condolence. Memorial donations may be made to the Burdett Fire Department.

Obituary: Leroy E. Miller IIIThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (558)

The following obituary was submitted to The Odessa File by the Leslie-Miller Funeral Home, Claysburg, Pennsylvania.

Leroy E. Miller III

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (559)Age 71, of Portage, PA and formerly of Schuyler County, NY, passed away on Monday, December 19, 2022 at home. He was born January 27, 1951 in Waverly, NY, a son of the late Leroy E. Miller Jr. and Grace B. (Strope) Miller.

He married Sharon Kerns, and she preceded him in death on September 4, 1999.

Surviving are three daughters, Stacy Miller of Gallitzin, PA, Heather Miller of Alum Bank, PA, and Heidi Walter of Portage; six grandchildren; two great granddaughters; two brothers, James Miller in Florida and David Miller of New York; and a sister, Carolynn Landon in Florida.

Leroy was a 1969 graduate of Odessa High School, Odessa, NY. He was employed for 20 years at a Salt Plant in New York and was also employed at U.S. Foodservice, Altoona, PA.

Leroy enjoyed motorcycles, metal detecting, hunting and taking pictures.

At his request, no services will be held.

Arrangements are by the Leslie-Miller Funeral Home, Claysburg, PA.

www.lesliemillerfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Dora A. ClarkThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (560)

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

Dora A. Clark

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (561)Age 96, of Floral City, FL, passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2022 at home. She was born in South Bradford, NY on May 24, 1926, the daughter of the late LeRoy and Gladys (Gee) DeGraw.

Dora loved birds and flowers. She raised chickens many years ago and sold the eggs.

She is survived by two daughters, Shirley Jean Beach of Horseheads, NY and Christine Sharon Baker of Webster, NY; a sister, Beatrice Fazzary of Watkins Glen, NY; granddaughters, Brenda LePage, Wendy Bond, and Karen Bourden; grandson, Gary Lynn Beach; niece and caregiver, Yvonne Thomas, and by many other nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Lewis Clark, and by her daughter, Joyce Marie Parker.

Dora’s funeral will be held on Thursday, December 22 at 11:00 a.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee, NY.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Pluta Cancer Center Foundation, 125 Red Creek Dr., Rochester, NY 14623. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Ruth Drusilla VoorheesThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (562)

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

Ruth Drusilla Voorhees

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (563)WATKINS GLEN: Passed away on December 5, 2022. She was 79 years old.Born February 6, 1943 to Clyde and Florence Cobb, she was one of 10 children.

Ruth was a wife, mother of five, and grandmother to many.Ruth was also a friend to all whom she met. Her greatest joy was in serving her god, Jehovah, and caring for the many friends she met in her service. She enjoyed cooking, especially Italian food, crafting, and gardening. She was happily married for 29 years to Ken Voorhees, who predeceased her by a few days.

She is survived by 4 children, including David Coss, Pollyanna Proctor, Penny Bishop, and Lisa (Will) Bocchino. She was predeceased by her son Dan Coss.

Services will be December 31, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, 2590 NY-414, Montour Falls. Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen (www.RoyceChedzoy.com).

Obituary: Kenneth Darwin VoorheesThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (564)

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

Kenneth Darwin Voorhees

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (565)WATKINS GLEN: Passed away November 29, 2022. He was 73 years old.

Born October 27, 1949 to Mildred Pierce Voorhees and Darwin Voorhees, he was one of 9 children.

He grew up with a love for the outdoors, practical jokes, and family. He also loved being a husband and father. But his greatest love was for his god Jehovah to whom he remained faithful to the end.

He is survived by his children, Dawn (Nate) Buczek, Tammy (Jason) Miller, Tiffany Voorhees, Matthew Voorhees, and Stacey Voorhees-Brown. He was a grandfather to 10 grandchildren, including Logan and Cole Buczek and Jackson Grant. He is also survived by siblings Mike, Mary, Janet, Vernan, and Kathy. His loving wife Ruth Voorhees passed away shortly after him. They were married for 29 years. He was predeceased by his parents and sisters Shirley and Barb, and brother Rick.

Ken will be remembered for his dad jokes, pranks, card playing, and mechanical prowess.

Services will be December 17th at 1:30 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2590 NY-414, Montour Falls. Arrangements are by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen (www.RoyceChedzoy.com).

Obituary: Richard S. ThompsonThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (566)

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

Richard S. Thompson

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (567)Age 65, of Odessa, NY, passed away on Friday, December 9, 2022 at home. He was born in Elmhurst, Illinois on May 25, 1957, the son of John and Dorcas Thompson.

Richard was a self-employed artist and small business owner for 40 years. He was a true Renaissance man who excelled as a leather craftsman, carpenter, cook, world traveler, and multi-instrumentalist. Thompson was also known for his encyclopedic knowledge on a variety of subjects -- largely self-taught as an avid reader.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Diane Koi-Thompson; daughter, Stephanie Koithan, San Antonio, TX; son, Joseph Thompson, Montreal, Canada; his mother, Dorcas Thompson, Sioux Falls, SD; five sisters, Sandrea Thompson, Tempe, AZ, Laury Burns, Tempe, AZ, Karen Thompson, Golden, CO, Sue Cullumber, Chandler, AZ, and Marjorie Thompson, Milford, NY; and brother, Paul Thompson, Sioux Falls, SD. He was predeceased by his father, John Thompson.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, December 21 from 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m. at the home of Diane and Richard, 406 Church Street, Odessa. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cancer Research Institute, 29 Broadway, Floor 4, New York, New York 10006-3111.

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: Helen I. (Taylor) GasconThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (568)

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

Helen I. (Taylor) Gascon

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (569)Age 86, of Montour Falls, NY, passed from our world to another on Tuesday, December 13, 2022. Forever her family’s North Star, she will continue to shine brightly for all who love and miss her.

In 1955, she married her Watkins Glen High School sweetheart, Gerald Gascon. Most likely because he had a car! Their devotion and commitment to each other is a testament to true love that has sustained their long, full 68 years together. Helen and Jerry formed a tight knit group that included her brother Chuck Taylor and his wife Sherri, and his brother Buddy Gascon and his wife Linda. This big extended family was everything to her.

For a short time, she picked grapes in the vineyards along the Seneca Lake she so loved. Helen’s true lifelong work was caring for her family, on whom the sun rose and set. And how she did! Her children, Jerry Jr., Lisa, Flo (and her husband Marc Lavallee), and Bobbi (and her husband Earl Wilson) were gifted her endless attention and undying love. She led them with patience, understanding, generosity, care. Mom was always there and her living children will mourn forever, yet hold gratitude she’s reunited with the two she has missed for so very long.

Grandchildren followed: Carma (Clark) Croft; Ricky Clark; Camille Lavallee; and Juliet Lavallee.

Great-Grandchildren weren’t far behind: Ryan Clark-Sulkey (married to Lizzie Odom); Bryson Croft; Cody, Miley, Carter, and Colton Clark.

Her pride and joy, she could not have possibly loved them all more. They will carry her forward and keep her spirit lively.

She held her many special nieces and nephews in her heart as her own. They are still arguing over who’s her favorite!

Helen was a member of the First Baptist Church of Watkins Glen, where she sang in the choir and was married. Later, she became a member of the First Baptist of Montour Falls, where she was an integral part of the congregation. She especially loved volunteering at the Food Pantry each week.

Famous for her lasagna, zucchini relish, and apple pie, Helen was happiest at a family picnic or holiday gathering. Her greatest wish was always to have her entire family under one roof. Together. And when they weren’t a stream of cards, $5 bills, and random gifts kept the Post Office operating year-round. Giving was her nature.

She could often be found sitting at the lake, eating lunch and watching the boats and ducks. Or driving all the way around it, listening to Elvis or the country music Jerry played in the car, and stopping at the Amish farms for apples and tomatoes for her beloved canning season. She enjoyed sewing and creative projects and was ready to babysit at the drop of a hat.

And if a motorcycle run happened by the house, she ran outside and waved to every single rider. She was special in every sense.

Throughout her days Helen collected friends and acquaintances the way the sun lights our days: with warmth and regularity. She was always there. Always kind. Always helpful. Always listening. Always with arms held as wide as her open heart. Neighbors became friends. Friends became family. Their names are too many to list and there is no doubt they know who they are, for they were treated to numerous years of laughter, meals, card games, phone calls, visits, cards, and gifts.

Helen sadly lost many loved ones and showed us how to carry on: her beloved son Jerry Jr. (at age 13) and beloved daughter Lisa (at age 21); sister Gladys (Taylor) Durtche; brother Chuck Taylor; sister-in-law Sherri Taylor; sister-in-law Linda Gascon; brother-in-law Gary Gascon; her parents, Kenneth and Myrtle Taylor; parents-in-law, Warren and Myrtle Gascon; great-grandson Carter Clark; numerous family and friends.

So many more are left behind in her wake. We want to give her one last gathering of her loved ones to share our memories and bless her safe passage. Please join us for calling hours at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 17, 2022 with a service to follow at noon at the First Baptist Church, 221 W. South St. in Montour Falls.

Christmas was her time to shine. The decorations, the gift giving, the children, the caring for others -- this was her favorite holiday. To honor her memory, please make an unwrapped gift donation to Seneca Santa by December 18. Collection sites are throughout Watkins Glen. Or give a gift to any child who needs a brighter Christmas day. Joy to the world because Helen Gascon was here. May her light always shine and her love continue to grow.

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: Theresa Anne Babco*ckThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (570)

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

Theresa Anne (Terri) Babco*ck

Age 61, passed away on November 14, 2022. She was born on January 9, 1961 in Potsdam, New York to Richard George and Carol J. Babco*ck.

She is survived by her mother, Carol Babco*ck, and brother, Aaron Babco*ck of Altamonte Springs, FL; sister, Amy Lynn (John) Amrhein of Oviedo, Fl; nephew, Dr. Scott Allen Amrhein of Winston-Salem, NC; niece, Kate Lauren Amrhein, Modesto, CA; aunt, Marilyn Franklin, Rochester NY, and many cousins whom she cherished.

She was predeceased by her father; by aunts Wanda VanSkiver, Dorinda Miller and Joyce Blank, and by an uncle, Floyd Miller.

When Terri was 7 years old, her family moved to Florida from New York State. She attended Primrose Center of Orlando for 37 years and Inspire of Central Florida for about 10 years. Terri loved going to her workshop. She also liked dancing, listening to music, movies, singing, and bowling, and she bowled in the Special Olympics. She joined a diet support group called TOPS and was their Queen in 1998 by losing 70 pounds.

Terri lived her 61 years at home with her loving and caring family.

A Memorial Service was held Saturday, December 3rd at Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home, East Altamonte Springs, Florida, where many of her family, friends and caretakers shared their loving memories. Terri was a very important person who definitely made an impact in the lives of all she met, teaching us compassion and patience. We will miss her beautiful smile, the twinkle in her eyes, and her infectious giggle.

Obituary: Ralph A. "Pete" VanHornThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (571)

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

Ralph A. “Pete” VanHorn

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (572)Age 79, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2022. He was born in Dearborn, Michigan on May 4, 1943, the son of Harry Frank VanHorn and Mildred Borr.

Pete retired in 2000 from Iron Workers Local #33. After he retired, he worked for Grant’s Greenhouse delivering flowers to florist shops; Classy Chassy Car Wash for many years; as a guard for Loomis Fargo; part-time at the Glen Dairy Bar; as a mail carrier one summer; and security at the WGI race track for a few years. He also was a volunteer firefighter in Watkins Glen in his younger years.

He was predeceased by his parents, step-mother Sue VanHorn and brother Doyle J. VanHorn.

Pete is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Barbara Osborne VanHorn; son, Mark Alan VanHorn (husband Michal Bomboy); daughter, Karen Sue VanHorn (Kevin Dobell Sr.); brothers, Harry Van Horn (Sandy), Franklin Van Horn (Marcia), and sister-in-law Terry VanHorn; granddaughters, Nicole Freeman Wu (husband Luc Wu) and Karrisa Stutzman; grandson, Justin Stutzman; his great-granddaughter, Evelyn Wu (who was special to Pete, and his pride and joy); and by many nieces and nephews.

He had many special friends and coworkers that have passed away and many friends that are still with us!

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: David A. VanAmburgThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (573)

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

David A. VanAmburg

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (574)Age 79, of Horseheads, NY passed away at home on Saturday, December 10, 2022.

David was born in Watkins Glen, NY on December 28, 1942, the son of the late William and Lena (Colunio) VanAmburg. He graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1962 and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 to 1966. He married MaryAnn Gay on August 1, 1965 in Watkins Glen.He worked as the superintendent of packaging at US Salt Co. (formerly Akzo Salt Co.) for 30 years, retiring in 1997. Upon his retirement he drove bus for the Horseheads School District for a couple of years. He was a member of Horseheads Methodist Church.

David was an avid runner, having completed The Wineglass Marathon and The Boston Marathon several times, as well as running in local 5K’s. This love for running started when he ran track in high school. In addition to running, he added cycling and rode all over counties wide.

During his high school years, he worked at Johnny’s Lanes as a pin setter. This love of bowling carried into his adult life. He and MaryAnn traveled throughout NYS competing in tournaments.

Upon retirement, Dave and MaryAnn became snowbirds in their beloved “Bounder” to enjoy sunny Florida. Much to MaryAnn’s chagrin, that Bounder and Dave never missed a Bluegrass Festival. He had a love for all kinds of music and his vinyl and CD collection is too numerous to mention.

David’s love for his country was displayed everywhere he was. The American Flag could be found in his barn, garage, t-shirts, living room, and on and on.

According to him, the greatest baseball team of all time was The Yankees. Jim is a Boston Red Sox fan and the banter between the two was hysterical. Along with the Yankees, the greatest football team was the 49ers. And in true fashion, they won against the Bucs when they weren’t supposed to.

Some things we will miss is Dad’s glue jobs “Let ‘er slide,” his calls to Jim when it snowed to ask how much he got (Dad always had more), his “expertise” of what roads to take when traveling -- we never seemed to do it right.

He enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports and oftentimes we’d have to remind him they were kids and not professionals. Poppa -- we hope you have endless Pepsi, Pizza, black jelly beans, bubble gum and Fig Newtons. We Love You!

Dad lived large, had definite opinions, Loved Us in his way that we didn’t always understand. His heart truly never left Watkins Glen and his beloved Seneca Lake.

David is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, MaryAnn (Gay) VanAmburg; daughter, Dawn (John) Nasakaitis of Horseheads; son, James (Katy) VanAmburg of Centre Hall, PA; four grandchildren, Jakob Nasakaitis, Mackensie (Cole) Berry, Emma Latchet, and Ava VanAmburg; two great grandchildren, Waylen and Callum Berry; sister, Nancy (Denny) Rodabaugh of Watkins Glen; brother, Joe VanAmburg of Sarasota, FL; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, David was predeceased by his son Michael David in 1969 and brothers Jack, Tom and Ted.

A private graveside service with military honors will be held at the convenience of his family at Pleasant View Cemetery in Reading Center, NY. In lieu of flowers, David would be honored if contributions were made in his memory to any Veteran’s organization of one’s choice. Memories of David may be shared with his family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: Lynn C. Ameigh, Jr.The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (575)

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

Lynn C. Ameigh, Jr.

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (576)Age 88, of Townsend, NY, passed away on Sunday, December 4, 2022.

Junior was born on October 20, 1934, the son of Lynn, Sr. and Genevieve Ameigh.

He was predeceased by his parents; wife Ida May Ameigh; children, Linda, Joseph, and Jonathon Ameigh; brothers and sisters, Lee, Frank, Don, Mary, Jerome, Jack, Velma and Charlotte; and great-grandsons, Lucas and RyLee.

He is survived by his four children, Kathleen Hartford of North Carolina, Michael (Brittany) Ameigh of Rock Stream, James (Janet “Nurse Betty”) Ameigh of Sugar Hill, and Susan Farr (James Augustine) of Hector; daughter-in-law, Marian Ameigh of Watkins Glen; brothers and sisters, Nelson Ameigh, Milton Ameigh, Peggy Ramos, Judy Wolverton, and Richard Ameigh; brothers-and-sisters-in-law, Arvilla (Dave) Wilson of Phelps, Donald (Denise) Friends of Willseyville; and Henry (Mary) Friends of Elmira; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

Lynn worked as a heavy equipment operator for the Schuyler County Highway Department. He and his wife also owned and operated the Townsend Grocery Store for 14 years. He enjoyed collecting horses, John Wayne memorabilia, building wood crafts, and riding his Four-Wheeler and Zero-Turn lawnmower with his cat Mollie.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Friday (December 9) from 4:00pm-6:00pm; followed by a funeral service at 6:00pm. Burial will be at Sugar Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations may be made to the Schuyler County Humane Society (SchuylerHumane.org).

Obituary: Patricia J. BesleyThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (577)

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Patricia J. Besley (Brown)

Age 69, of Beaver Dams, NY, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Monday, November 28, 2022. She was born on October 28, 1953 in Gloversville, NY, the daughter of the late William L. and Maxine (Campbell) Brown Sr.

In addition to her parents, Patricia was predeceased by her sister "Little" Betty Jane Brown; and her brother-in-law Karl Haischer.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 44 years, George Besley Sr.; with their children Wendy (Jason Switzer) Rogers, George (Stacy) Besley Jr., Kody Besley, Jeffrey Besley, and John Besley; grandchildren Maddison, Colton, and Caleb Besley, Zane, Kaylie, and Clara Rogers, and Natalie Switzer; siblings Roxanne Haischer, Terry (Sally), John (Laurie), Randy (Cheri), and William Brown Jr.; along with her best friends Jill Gaylord and Pam Palmer. She was cared for in her last days by her closest loved ones, including Mike Besley.

Patricia loved her farm, loved her work on the land, and greatly enjoyed her service as a nurse at Schuyler Hospital for 43 years after receiving her license as an LPN. Most important was her family. She doted on her grandchildren, with sleepovers of all six at the house. She and George were longtime foster parents; they cared for over 60 children through the years and gave them better lives through all the support and love they could. A cook remembered for gathering the family over the holidays, and with accolades for her pies and "the best baking around," Patricia tended to so many, and enriched lives over her many years and many roles.

Family and friends are invited to visit the Central Assembly of God, 1 Brenway Dr, Horseheads, NY on Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Private committal will be held with her family; Patricia will be laid to rest in Montour Falls Cemetery.

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Obituary: Frances ChapmanThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (578)

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Frances “Fran” Chapman

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (579)Age 88, formerly of Cayutaville, NY, passed away on Monday, November 21, 2022. She was born in Alpine, NY on November 22, 1933, the daughter of the late Frank and Elizabeth Chrisman Masin. Fran graduated from Odessa High School, where she was a cheerleader, played field hockey and was the captain of the basketball team.

Fran was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a longtime member of the Cayutaville United Methodist Church. Fran enjoyed teaching ceramics and playing Euchre. She was an avid gardener and had many rock walls around her properties.

She was predeceased by her husband, Gordon Chapman, on October 21, 2005; brothers, John Masin and Mike Masin; and sisters, Linda Williammee and Dorothy Blanchard.

Fran is survived by three daughters, Judy (Gary) Urban of Hector, NY, LaNora Chapman of Buckeye, AZ and Deborah (Larry) Updike of Trumansburg, NY; one son, Dennis (Laura) Chapman, Apex, NC; one sister, Clara Bea (Tommy) Scott, Lynchburg, VA; four grandchildren, Susan Scalia, Chris (Nikki) Randall, Brian Randall, and Michelle “Sigrid Bloom” (Eric Crisp); six great grandchildren, Mathew and Meghan Swan, Juliana (Dylan Adams) Randall, Brennan and Kamryn Randall, and Matthias Beinick; one great great granddaughter, Oaklynn Adams; and by several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Fran will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 2:00 pm at Cayutaville United Methodist Church, 3231 County Road 6, Alpine, NY. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105-3678. 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: John R. CunninghamThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (580)

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

John R. Cunningham

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (581)Age 67, of Watkins Glen, formerly of Monterey, passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 16, 2022.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Tuesday (Nov. 22) from 3pm-5pm; followed by a memorial service at 5pm. A reception will be announced.

John was born in Corning, the son of the late Harold “James” and Helen Cunningham.

He was also predeceased by his brothers, Walter and Frank Cunningham.

He is survived by his wife, Ramona Cunningham; beloved dog Gracie; sisters, Janet Switzer of Watkins Glen, Marge Cunningham of Monterey, and Mary Cunningham (Joe Mattison) of Monterey; god daughter, Brittany Cunningham; special nieces and nephews, Franklin (Pam) Switzer, Debbie (Steve) Monks, Amanda (Karl) Goltry, Angela Mattison (Daryl), and Kailey Araki; great-niece Loralei Mattison; sisters-in-law, Monica (Derrick) Araki, and Eva Cunningham; and several other nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews, and cousins.

John worked for Wagner Vineyards in Lodi for 39 years.

Memorial donations may be made to the Schuyler Humane Society (SchuylerHumane.org) or St. Jude Children’s Hospital (StJude.org).

You may leave a condolence or leave a memory of John in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Michael J. SchamelThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (582)

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

Michael J. Schamel

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (583)Age 80, of Hector, NY, died on Saturday afternoon, November 12, 2022, surrounded by those closest to him.

He, more than almost anyone, embodied the spirit described by Hunter S. Thompson: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!"

Though not religious nor outspoken, Michael had a strong faith and truly lived his values every day of his eighty years. He was passionate in his love of Seneca Lake and shared all that he had so others could also experience the (highly contagious) joy of life on The Lake. After spending summers in Hector throughout childhood, he moved here full time in 1969 and he and his brothers started Schamel Brothers Contractors, now owned and operated by his youngest son. A couple of years later, he and his bride-to-be purchased land and built what was to become their lifelong home overlooking Seneca Lake.

Mike is survived by his wife of fifty years, Karen, and their children Kathleen, Michael, Matthew and Adam (and their spouses Samantha, Shannon and Brit); as well as his slightly insane doodle Tipper, whom he may have loved more than all the rest. His grandchildren Callan, Finn, Aiden, Charlotte and Easton will sorely miss their Pops, whom they adored. Schamel siblings Jack, Gail, Guy, Pat, Tony, Norman and lifelong best friends Lee and Honker will share their memories and laughs in his absence.

Mike also leaves behind a thirty plus-year tradition of annual October canoe trips he planned with his sons, brothers and other friends. Initially conceived on a whim, this trip grew to be a lasting and very important part of each autumn after the summer dock-building busy-ness had subsided, and before the start of pulling boats. The tradition evolved into many iterations, including a 20th-year celebratory RV trip across Alaska, certainly a highlight of Michael’s recent years. Covid limitations were no deterrent and found Pops out building a lean-to in the woods (a tribute to Raquette Lake, his second favorite place on earth) so that he could continue the camping tradition with his grandsons.

Mike gave literally everything he had, to anyone who asked. He donated enough blood and plasma to sink a small ship and was insistent that his body be used for science and learning (upstate.edu) when he was finished destroying it. In lieu of flowers, his legacy can be honored by supporting Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (senecalake.org) or Schuyler County Habitat for Humanity (www.schuylerhabitat.org)

The world won’t be the same without this larger-than-life figure who embodied on a daily basis what it means to live the good life and share that abundance with all those around him. He truly did live one of those lives that dreams are made of. But not for one minute did he ever forget how lucky he was to have done so. He was a remarkable man and an exceptional role model.

The Schamels look forward to hosting those interested in sharing a story, a laugh and a beer at the Grist Iron Cafe (gristironbrewing.com) in Hector on Thursday, December 1, from 3-6 pm. Undoubtedly a SLAD (Seneca Lake Appreciation Day) or twelve will follow when weather permits.

Arrangements with Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

(Photo: Michael and Karen Schamel)

Obituary: Joanne Wohnsiedler BellThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (584)

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

Joanne Wohnsiedler Bell

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (585)Age 90, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away surrounded by her family on Oct 4, 2022.

She was loving, kind with a great sense of humor, love of music and an original foodie.

Joanne Wohnsiedler, aka Mom, was born on April 15, 1932, to George & Alice Twinning Wohnsiedler, DVM, Carthage, NY. The family consisted of an older brother George Jr. and younger sister Nancy, both deceased. Growing up she enjoyed spending time with her Grandfather Wohnsiedler and a pair of sister neighbors, who taught her to knit and bake.
She left Carthage for Cornell University, graduated with a degree in Human Ecology in 1954. She married Kenneth L. Bell the day prior to graduation. She taught school for a short time.

She summed up what she was proudest of: "The best crop we raised was our four girls." Her passions were her daughters. She introduced us to her loves, sewing, knitting, cooking, and baking, chocolate desserts to be more specific.

Kenneth & Joanne relocated to Watkins Glen from Stone Ridge, NY with the purchased Grant’s Greenhouses in November 1968. Mom took over the financial end of the business, learned to take floral orders, make corsages, etc., while balancing the many moving balls of family life.

They sold the business in September 2001 and retired. She was finally able to do what she loved! Pet her beloved cat Zoey, bake/sew, and visit her children and grandchildren. Joanne and Kenneth enjoyed their home on Orchard Avenue for 17 years, then moved to Brookdale outside Ithaca, May of 2018.

She may have passed from this earth but is deeply loved and missed. She is survived by her daughters: Melinda Turner, husband Steven and son Grant H, Cynthia Kloppel, husband Jon, children Aaron, Racheal Kloppel Hale, husband Sam and daughters Harper and Jordan, Constance Sandstrom, husband Mark, children Ursula, Catherine and Peter, Virginia Barr and husband Steven Barr.

She will be laid to rest with her husband at Glenwood Cemetery in Watkins Glen in a private service. Arrangements with Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

(Photo: Joanne and Kenneth Bell)

Obituary: Elizabeth (Betty) MatwiejowThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (586)

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

Elizabeth (Betty) Matwiejow

Age 80, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away in the comfort of her home surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Betty was born in Montour Falls, NY on February 16, 1942, the daughter of Earl and Grace Ameigh. She proudly shared the same birthday as her mother.

Betty lived a gracious and humble life, giving selflessly and asking for nothing in return. She believed in lifting others up whether they were her children or the children who came to her daycare, tirelessly guiding and supporting others through many years. Betty derived great joy from gardening and canning, ensuring her family was well fed and cared for as evidenced by a fully stocked canning room and freezers.

She unconditionally loved all of her children and nurtured them in the same manner that she cared for her gardens while supporting them all to follow their own paths. There could be no greater love than hers and as such, she was easy to love. Her message to others was to take in the beauty around you and love each other by rising above differences of opinion.

She is survived by her daughters, Michelle Johns, Anne (Richard) Cleveland and Lisa Matwiejow; sons, Richard (Sharon) Matwiejow and Anthony Matwiejow (Amy Bingham); grandchildren, David Matwiejow, Bradley Johns, Jennifer and Kyle Smith, R.J., Chad and Ashley Matwiejow; eight great grandchildren; brothers, Robert (Donna) Ameigh and David (Estella) Ameigh of Dundee, NY; and special friend Gail Andrews of Bath, NY. Betty was predeceased by her parents and her husband of 60 years, Joe Matwiejow.

A private burial will be held in the spring in the Rock Stream Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, Betty’s wish is that donations be made to the charity of your choice.Arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Laura Jane KentThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (587)

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Laura Jane Kent

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (588)Age 77, of Hall, NY and formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Friday, November 4, 2022.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022 at 2 p.m. at the Little Church Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Stanley (NY) Fire Hall.

Memorial contributions can be made to Stanley-Hall-Gorham Ambulance, PO Box 57, Hall, NY 14463.

Laura was born on February 27, 1945, a daughter of the late Bernard and Evelyn Terwilliger Thorpe. She was a graduate of Gorham Central School, Class of 1963. Laura lived in Watkins Glen for many years before she moved to Hall in 2014. She loved to sew, do crossword puzzles and visit with friends. Laura was an avid NASCAR fan.

Laura is survived by her children, Leslie (Becky) Lamphier, Dawn (Mike) Weed and Richard Lamphier; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as her favorite kitty, Scottie.

Laura was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Larry Kent, and her friend, Gilbert LaRoux.

Please visit www.kenperkinsfuneralhome.com to send a message of condolence to Laura’s family.

Obituary: Harry Louis ArcangeliThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (589)

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Harry Louis Arcangeli

Age 84, of Lakemont, NY passed away on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at Robert-Packer Hospital, in Sayre, PA from injuries sustained from an accident.

Calling hours were held Sunday, Nov. 13 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water Street, Dundee. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, Nov. 14, at St Mary's of the Lake Catholic Church in Watkins Glen with Father Jeffrey Tunnicliff officiating. Burial was to follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Route 14, Watkins Glen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society of Yates County, P.O. Box 12, Penn Yan, NY 14527 or the American Heart Assoc. Finger Lakes Chapter, 2113 Chili Ave., Rochester, NY 14624.

Harry was born on August 19, 1938 in Watkins Glen, the son of the late Frank and Dorcellia (Olevnik) Arcangeli. On Dec. 30, 1982 in St. Mary's Church, he married the former Catherine M. Ellis. He was the owner of Lakemont Service, in Lakemont, NY, and a workaholic, still repairing cars right up to the day of his accident. When he was not working or going to auctions, he was a devoted member of the Dundee Flying Club and always worked every pancake breakfast. He attended St. Mary's, and was a member of the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years, Catherine M. Arcangeli, at home; five children, Jeffery L. (Tamiko) Arcangeli, Lori J. (Donnie Reikard) Groff, Gregory F. (Tina) Arcangeli, Michael D. Arcangeli, and Ashley Arcangeli; eight grandchildren, Rachel Arcangeli, Lindsay Groff, Dalton Groff, Kristin (Chris) Graziano, Joshua (Danielle) Arcangeli, Ryan Madden, Carson Vanopdurp, and Lillian Vanopdurp; a great granddaughter, Autumn Parrett; several nieces and nephews, and countless friends.

Besides his parents he was predeceased by a sister, Shirley Salvatore, and two brothers, Francis "Sonny" Arcangeli and Robert Olevnik. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

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Obituary: Kenneth F. Barber Sr.The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (590)

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Kenneth F. Barber Sr.

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (591)Age 79, of Valois, NY, passed away on November 9, 2022.

Ken owned and operated his own vineyards, Barber Vineyards and then Stone Arch Farms in the Valois area for over 60 years. He was a member of the V-L-H Fire Department and former President, lifetime member of the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge, and a life member of the Myrtle-Jefferson Masonic Lodge.

Ken was former President of the NYS Grape Growers Association. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing and talking about the great elusive Muskie that always seemed to get away right at the boat. Ken enjoyed his ponds and took great pride in them and fed his fish every day. On occasion he would end up in the pond with his truck or tractor and he would have to get towed out. He had a great sense of humor. People always remembered him as he was hard to forget once you met him as he could talk for hours.

Ken was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Anne Barber.

He is survived by Cheryl Johnson, his beloved longtime companion; his five children, Shelly (Al) Reese of Interlaken, Dawn (Jeff) Ross of East Hanover, NJ, Kenny Barber Jr. of Hector, Brad (Sheila) Barber of Hector, and Krissy Hendley of Kirkwood, NY; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several cousins. He is also survived by Cheryl Johnson’s children -- Joey Bereza from South Dakota, and Kim Bereza of Watkins Glen and their children, and his long-time best friend and former grape grower Tim Rosbaugh.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Friday (Nov. 18) from 12 noon-2 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m.; and burial at Seneca Union Cemetery in Valois. A Celebration of Life will be held at the V-L-H Fire Department in Hector immediately following his burial.

Memorial donations may be made to the V-L-H Fire Department, PO Box 46, Hector, NY 14841.

Obituary: Barbara L. SpecchioThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (592)

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

Barbara L. Specchio

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (593)Age 86, of Watkins Glen, NY entered unto rest on Sunday, November 6, 2022 in the comfort of her home.

Barb was born in Geneva, NY on March 10, 1936, the daughter of the late William Stephen and Laura Marie Lee. Barb graduated from Desales High School in Geneva. She married Theodore “Ted” Specchio on October 4, 1958 at St. Mary's of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen.

She was the secretary for many years for Schuyler Arc and was a strong advocate representing the voice of families with a child with developmental disabilities. Barb was a communicant of St. Mary's of the Lake Church and a past member and president of the St. Mary's Guild. She was also a secretary for the Legion of Mary, and a member of the board of directors for Schuyler Arc.

Barb is survived by her children, Larry Specchio (Laura) of Chenango Forks, NY and Laurie DeNardo (Robin Burnett), Watkins Glen; grandchildren, Dr. Patricia Beall (Jeremy), Dylan Walther (Tianna) and Alyssa Specchio; great-grandchildren, Aiden and Cole Walther and Theodore and Brinlee Beall; sisters, Patricia Angelo of Gastonia, NC and Shirley Ormsbee of Waterloo, NY; many nieces and nephews; and many special friends, Althea, Betty, Janice and Julie, as well as her caretakers, Sandy and Eileen.

In addition to her parents, Barb was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Theodore “Ted” Specchio, in October 2014; daughter Karen Walther in April 2022; sister Virginia Rondinaro in 1990, and her brothers, Richard Lee in 2008 and Robert Lee in 2019.

Friends and family may call from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 11, 2022 at the Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen. A Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 12 at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's of the Lake Church, PO Box 289, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or to Care First Hospice, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870. Memories of Barb may be shared with family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com

Obituary: William J. FleckThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (594)

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

William J. Fleck

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (595)Age 73, of Montour Falls, NY, and formerly of Huntington, NY, passed away on September 6, 2022.

Bill was born in Huntington, the son of the late William and Evelyn (Stamps) Fleck. He worked for Touro Law Center in Huntington as a custodian. He lived at The Falls Home in Montour Falls for the past several years. He was a well liked and compassionate member of the community, and will be sorely missed.

He is survived by his sons Stephen J. Fleck of Reno, NV, and Joshua Fleck of Penn Yan, NY; brothers John and Joseph Fleck of Watkins Glen, NY; and sister Barbara Grover of Reno, NV.

According to his wishes, there are no services. You may leave a condolence or memory of Bill for his family in his obituary at RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Janet Arlene (Noble) WoodThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (596)

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

Janet Arlene (Noble) Wood

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (597)Age 99, of Montour Falls, NY passed of natural causes on Oct. 21, 2022 at her home on Foot’s Hill Road.

Janet (known as “Peg”) was born Sept. 19, 1923, the youngest of six children to William and Emma (Restvale) Noble in Seneca Falls, NY. She grew up on a dairy farm on the shores of Cayuga Lake and loved being on the lake. She graduated from Mynderse Academy and enjoyed tumbling and cheerleading.

Peg married Merle Wood in 1945 while he was still in the Marine Corps. After Merle’s discharge they moved from Mississippi and settled in Montour Falls until they bought their forever home on Foot’s Hill Road and raised their two sons, Gary and John. Peg enjoyed fast motorcycle rides with Merle’s Harley Indian. They enjoyed their summers in a simple cottage on the lake and in a boat.

Peg was a joyful person who loved people. She was a Girl Scout leader even though she did not have a girl. She worked in the school cafeteria and at Guild Brothers Clothing Store in Montour Falls for 22 years. On nice days she would run over to her boat and enjoy her lunch in the middle of Seneca lake. Then dash back to finish her work shift.

Peg was an adventurer. Besides boating, she loved roller coaster rides, hang gliding, and zip lines. She even went sky diving at the age of 90! She loved traveling to see Gary and his family in CA and going to Hawaii and Florida with her son, John.

She was a faithful member of the Odessa Methodist Church for nearly 75 years. She baked for the “bake sales” and supported the church in all of its events.

She is survived by her sons, John of Alexandria, VA, and Gary (Ethel) of Lake Forest, CA; three grandchildren, Kevin (Kellie), Brian (Cristina), and Janet (Travis); and five great-grandkids: Joshua, Jacob, Makenna, Kylie and Hunter.

The family would like to give special thanks to those who provided companionship, meals, delivery service and handyman services over the past few years. A memorial service will be held at the Odessa Methodist Church at 12 noon on November 19, 2022.

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

Obituary: Jacqueline ZavalaThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (598)

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

Jacqueline Zavala

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (599)Age 34, of Ithaca, NY, formerly of Burdett, NY, our sweet Jacqueline passed on to be with her Lord on Friday, October 28, 2022 at home.

She lived courageously and joyously despite living with chronic pain and her diagnosis of Synovial Sarcoma. Jacqueline was a devoted mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend who deeply loved her children Jayleen and Jason. She worked at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca.

She was predeceased by her father, Jose Zavala; and grandparents, Bernard Faraino, Gisela Melchior, and Graciano Zavala.

She is survived by her daughter, Jayleen A. Zavala; son, Jason L. Rogers-Zavala; mother, Marion Zavala; grandmother, Ramonita Zavala; brother, Angelo (Amy) Zavala; and sisters, Monique (Shane) Frankovic and Chantalle Zavala.

Jacqueline always met others with a smile, a warm embrace, and hopeful words. She was generous with her heart and comforted others even when she was enduring difficulties.
Family was of utmost importance to her. In the past year, Jacqueline had shared many happy moments with her family. She had been helping her daughter practice for her driver's license and beaming with pride watching her at cheerleading. She was uplifted watching her son Jason's excitement when at his Kung Fu class and cheering him on. In spite of the pain and heartbreak she felt due to her illness.

The family will receive friends at the Glen Baptist Church, 3311 Reading Rd., Watkins Glen NY from 10 a.m.-12 noon on Saturday (Nov. 5), followed by a funeral service at 12 noon at the church; burial following at East Lawn Cemetery in Ithaca. A Celebration of Life will be held next year in her memory, and will be announced by her family.

You may leave a condolence or memory in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituary: Leona (Davis) SanduskyThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (600)

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

Leona (Davis) Sandusky

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (601)Age 90, of Montour Falls, NY, entered unto rest on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at home. She was born in Montour Falls on October 7, 1932, the daughter of the late Ernest and Bernice Davis. Leona graduated from Watkins Glen High School with the Class of 1951.

Leona worked at Borg Warner in Ithaca as an assembler and was a prep cook at Blue Ribbon Diner in Montour Falls for several years. She loved bowling, quilting, reading and her church, New Hope Baptist Church in Millport. She loved the big family parties with her children and grandchildren. She loved playing cards and country music. She was an avid Mets fan and looked forward to the baseball season every year. Leona donated to the paralyzed veterans for 14 years.

She was predeceased by her husband, John Sandusky; son, Elvin West; brothers, Doyle, Levi and Glen Davis; and sisters, Frances Forbes, Agnes Wyre, Ruth Sawyer and Dorothy DeGraw.

Leona is survived by four daughters, Judy West Ebert of Corning, Virginia West (Jeff Jay) of North Rose, Vicky West LaVee (Timothy) of Dansville, and Mary West Petty (Richard) of Marion; two sons, William West (Terisita) of Dandridge, TN and James West (Mistie) of Chittenango, NY; one sister, Ellen Misner of Montour Falls; 12 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; and by many nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her cat, Levi, her companion for the last 13 years.

Leona’s family would like to extend their deepest thanks to the staff and residents at Catharine Court, Care First Hospice and New Hope Baptist Church for the care and compassion shown to their mother throughout her illness.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, November 5, 2022 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, 5528 State St., Millport. Her memorial service will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to New Hope Baptist Church, 5528 State St., Millport, NY 14864 or Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865. 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

Celebration of Life: Charles W. DoaneThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (602)

Charles W. Doane

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (603)A Celebration of Life for Charles W. Doane of Watkins Glen, NY, who died on April 25, 2022 at the age of 73, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022 at the Watkins Glen Elks Club.

Please join us in sharing your favorite stories and memories of Chuck.

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.

Obituary: Carol Andrea KotmelThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (604)

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

Carol Andrea Kotmel

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (605)Age 77, of Montour Falls, NY, died peacefully in her sleep at Arnot-Ogden Hospital on October 27, 2022. Her husband Francis and eldest daughter Kelly sat with her and held her as she passed.

Carol was born on May 21, 1945 in Montour Falls to her mother Beatrice (Darling) Dean while her father, Robert Dean, was in France fighting in World War Two. She was a happy baby and the apple of her father’s eye when he returned home.

Carol grew up as the middle child of the family, with an older sister, Sylvia, and a younger brother, Carlton (Carty). She enjoyed going to the neighbor’s house to watch the Mickey Mouse Club on TV, playing with dolls, and spending time with her best friend Mary Smalley.

She attended Odessa-Montour High School, where she was head majorette, and played intramural sports such as archery and track and field. She won many trophies due to her amazing athleticism, and in fact could outrun most of the boys in her class. Her nickname back then was “string bean Dean” because of her long legs and slender build.

She graduated with high honors and went on to attend Jean Summers Business School, where she also graduated at the top of her class. She confided in close friends and family that she attended Jean Summers because it only took a year to graduate and she was eager to marry and begin a family as soon as she could.

Upon graduation from business school, her wish came true when she married the love of her life and high school sweetheart, Francis Kotmel. Together they moved to Whitesville, New York where she gave birth to their first child, Kelly Andrea Kotmel. She was known by everyone in the town as “Mrs. Coach” because her husband was the Director of Athletics at the local high school.

After a few years away from family and friends Carol, together with Francis and Kelly, moved back to Montour, where the young couple bought Francis’s family home. There the couple had as many as nine horses at a time, including one named “Funny Face,” Fran’s playful nickname for his bride.

A couple of years later, the family welcomed another bright and beautiful daughter, Karen Elisabeth, into the family, and a year after that, a bouncing baby boy came along that Carol and Fran named Michael Francis, after their dear friend Peter Michael Morris.

The Kotmel family lived “up on the hill” for the next 20 plus years. Carol was the quintessential devoted wife and mother. She was a Girl Scout leader, took her kids to and from swim practices, attended all of her children’s sporting events, and was known for throwing terrific slumber parties for her girls. She was a wonderful baker and even took classes in cake decorating.

During those years, Carol busied herself with sewing projects like re-covering furniture, as well as cooking and all things domestic, but she still made time for activities for herself. She was in a bowling league for many years and played on an adult women’s volleyball team as well.

Once her kids were older she went back to work at Carpenter’s Insurance, and stayed there when it changed hands to become Senka’s Insurance. She and the family traveled a lot to follow her two youngest kids as they swam for the AAU River Rats swim team. She also helped to plan and execute several family vacations to Florida, Washington, D.C., and Mexico.

After her children graduated from high school and went off to college, Carol moved with Fran to Sarasota, Florida. There she worked in health care and retired after 15 years of doing medical billing for Intercoastal Medical Group.

Carol was a very loving person and a fierce supporter and protector of her friends and family, always giving all she could to encourage and help them whenever necessary. She had nine grandchildren who she absolutely fawned over and who referred to her as “Grammy.” She enjoyed spending tons of time with all of them, taking them on trips across the country as well as to theme parks in Florida. She had a Buffalo Bills bedroom set up for the grandkids and hosted marvelous family weekends where everyone was swimming, doing puzzles, and playing in the yard. But she will probably be most fondly remembered for how magical she made Christmastime in her home. She felt a great joy in giving and liked to stay up late at night on Christmas Eve to transform her home into a winter wonderland with piles of gifts under the tree.

She loved when everyone gathered together and shared their love for one another. She made lovely cookies and pies with the grandchildren as well as Christmas ornaments for the tree.

Even after moving back to New York, she made frequent trips to Florida and Indiana to see her children, grandchildren, and great-granddaughter.

In her later years, Carol enjoyed playing Euchre with neighbors and friends, where she often made her famous chocolate-peanut butter cake. She enjoyed family get-togethers playing Scrabble (a game in which she was, more often than not, the winner), Uno, and Yahtzee. She was a sharp lady who loved to do crossword puzzles and make lists upon lists for everything. She was also a huge sports fan who cheered enthusiastically for the New York Yankees and the Buffalo Bills.

Carol was predeceased by her father, Robert Dean; her mother, Beatrice (Darling) Dean-Stevens, and her sister, Sylvia (Dean) West.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Francis Kotmel; her daughters, Kelly Andrea Kotmel-King and Karen Elizabeth Sherrard; her son, Michael Francis Kotmel; and her nine grandchildren, Aaron King, Joshua King, Jacob King, Nicholas King, Kason Sherrard, Adison Sherrard, Krislyn Kotmel, Maddux Kotmel, and Ryker Kotmel, and one great-grandchild, Roselyn May Langlais-King. She is also survived by her sister’s children, Martin, Steven, Daniel, and Christina West, as well as her brother, Carlton Dean and his wife Nancy Dean, and their four children, Barbara, Amy, Jennifer, and Clinton.

Carol will be deeply missed and always be intensely loved by those who were lucky enough to have had her in their lives.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Carol’s name to Insulin for Life or the American Heart Association.

A celebration of life will be held around Thanksgiving at the family home. Details will be shared ASAP.

Obituary: Raymond G. 'Ernie' GranstonThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (606)

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

Raymond Gary “Ernie” Granston

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (607)Age 76, of Burdett, NY, passed away on October 25, 2022.

Ernie was born on May 3, 1946 in Montour Falls, NY, the son of Raymond and Eleanor (Davis) Granston.

Ernie graduated from Watkins Glen High School, Class of 1964. He was an outstanding athlete in basketball, football and track. He served as a class officer and class president. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam, serving on the USS Shangri-La. After the Navy, Ernie worked and served with the New York State Police Troop E, and retired as a Zone Sergeant. After he retired, he joined the Schuyler County Sheriff’s department and served as a Sheriff Deputy for many years.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge, Moose Club, Mechanics Club, and the VFW Post 2674.

He is survived by his loving wife, Janice Granston; brother-in-law, Jeffrey (Cici) Eggersdorf; special cousins, David Eggersdorf and Donna Davis; special nephew Robert (Jen) Beattie; special friend David Bartone; and several nieces. He was predeceased by his parents; brother and sister, William and Diana, and cousin Frank Davis.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Friday (Nov. 4) from 1pm-4pm; followed by a funeral service at 4pm; and interment with military honors at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Burdett Fire Department or the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Assoc.

Obituary: John J. Frank, Jr.The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (608)

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

John J. Frank, Jr.

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (609)Age 91, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on October 23, 2022.

John was born on January 25, 1931, the son of the late John J. Frank Sr. and Alice (Olsen) Frank. He was owner and operator of Frank's Clothes Shop in Watkins Glen. John honorably served in the U.S. Army and was a life member of the Elks Lodge in Watkins Glen, and served as Past Exalted Ruler. He was also a communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church.

There are no prior calling hours. A Funeral Mass will be held Friday (Oct. 28) at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen; followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife Barbara; their two sons, David Frank and Jimmy Frank; sister Margaret Staahl of Pennsylvania; and brothers-in-law Richard (Shirley) Robbins of Florida, and J.C. (Susan) Robbins of Rock Stream. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Joseph Staahl.

John was an avid fisherman and loved the outdoors. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Donations in his memory may be made to The Arc of Chemung-Schuyler Fund, 203 12th St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

Obituary: Susan Searles BraatzThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (610)

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

Susan Searles Braatz
June 24, 1954 - October 19, 2022

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (611)Born June 24, 1954, Susan grew up on her parents’ dairy farm. Graduating from OMCS in 1972, she continued her education, earning an Associate’s Degree in Secretarial Science at Tompkins Community College. Susan married Herbert Braatz in 1984, living in a home built by her father and uncle located in Smith Valley (Alpine).

Working as a receptionist/secretary for Eastern AI and Cornell for many years, Susan also enjoyed her time as a member and in a working position in the local Weight Watchers organization. Many weekends were spent at Cool Lea Campground helping her sister with the various duties of running the business. Sue loved card making, canning, baking, sewing and reading. She was an excellent seamstress and the best pie baker in the family.

She was predeceased by her parents, Ward and Anna Searles, and a brother, Gordon. Sue is survived by Herb Braatz, brother Fordyce Searles, sister Rose Ann Simpkins, close cousins Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman, Janice Shuler Oshiro and Colleen Shuler, and several nieces and great nieces.

Susan spent her last years at Bethany Village and Cayuga Ridge Nursing facility suffering from early onset dementia. Friends may call on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth Street, Watkins Glen, with a funeral service following at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be in Hector Union Cemetery following the funeral.

Memorial contributions in Susan’s name may be made to: Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 108, Mecklenburg, NY 14863.

Obituary: Merle Charles CollinsThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (612)

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

Merle Charles Collins

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (613)Age 78, of Cayuta, NY passed away on Monday, October 17, 2022 at home. He was born in Montour Falls, NY on October 27, 1943, the son of the late Eugene and Leah (Wright) Collins and graduated from Odessa-Montour High School.

Merle was a machinist for over 40 years, with the majority of his career with Shepard Niles in Montour Falls. He enjoyed many activities with his wife Sue, such as bowling, hunting, fishing, bird watching, snowmobiling and square dance clubs.

He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Susan I. (Parrott) Collins, in 2018; parents, Eugene Collins in 1981 and Leah (Wright) Collins in 1985; sister, Anna Mae (Collins) Elmo, in 2018; and brother, Richard Collins, in 2019.

Merle is survived by two sons, Mark (Lisa) Collins of Alpine, NY and John (Shannon) Collins of Lowman, NY; three daughters, Carol (David) Marsh of Alpine, Christina (Joseph) Zimmer of Montour Falls and Donna (Robert) Angle of Cayuta; sixteen grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held privately by the family. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Care First Hospice, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870 or Schuyler County Food Pantry, 221 W. South St., Montour Falls, NY 14865.

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: Larry J. HooverThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (614)

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

Larry J. Hoover

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (615)Age 74, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away on Monday, October 10, 2022 at home. He was born in Montour Falls, NY on September 9, 1948, the son of the late Robert and Hilda Hoover.

Larry received his Bachelor’s Degree from Elmira College. He went on to serve honorably with U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Larry worked for Shepard Niles in Montour Falls for 10 years and later retired from BMS Manufacturing in Watkins Glen, where he was a purchasing agent for 30 years. He was a member of the American Legion and an avid fan of the Buffalo Bills and Syracuse Orange. Larry was also a vintage car enthusiast, who had a passion for MG sports cars.

Larry is survived by three daughters, Kerry Hoover and Meagan (Scott) Yaw, both of Watkins Glen, and Shawna Hoover of Kathleen, GA; brother, David (Becky) Hoover of Colorado Springs, CO; two grandchildren, Isabella and Rory Yaw; and one niece, Abigail Hoover.

A private service will be held by the family. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Legion or the American Heart Association. 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: Thomas J. PetersThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (616)

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

Thomas J. Peters

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (617)Age 72, of Odessa, NY, entered Heaven on Friday, October 14, 2022. He was born in Montour Falls, NY on May 3, 1950 and graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School in 1968.

Tom was an electrician and assembler of cranes and hoists at Shepard Niles, Inc. for 26 years, retiring in November of 1994. He served his community as a member and past chief of the Odessa Fire Department, past deputy fire coordinator in Schuyler County, a member of FASNY, a member and former officer with I.A.M Union, and a member of the Mechanics Club in Montour Falls.

Tom is survived by his wife of 46 years, Carol L. Peters; and by his daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia L. and Steve Vercelloni of Lakewood, CA.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 20 from 4:00-6:00 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. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Odessa Fire Department, 1928 County Road 15, Odessa, NY 14869. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: David E. YoungThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (618)

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

David E. Young

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (619)Age 91, of Rock Stream, NY died on Thursday, October 13, 2022 at Arnot Ogden Hospital in Elmira, NY.

He was born on May 13, 1931 in Mifflin County, PA. He was predeceased by his father, Stanley; mother, Sarah; brothers, Joseph and Paul, and his son Philip. He is survived by his wife, Harriet; his children, Rebecca Voorhees (Michael) of Montour Falls, NY and Stanley (Jodi Muirhead) of Big Flats, NY; daughter-in-law Rose Young of Watkins Glen, NY; eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Dave and Harriet celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in May. Dave was a longtime member of the Watkins Glen Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He helped many over the years by being a spiritual counselor and a very good listener. He was known for being a hard worker and an honest businessman for over 50 years in the area. He was the founder of Young’s Tires in Horseheads, NY.

A beautiful place he and Harriet shared with many was his fishing camp, Pogamasing, in Northern Ontario, Canada. The more friends and family that joined them, all the better.
In later years they enjoyed the warmer climate of Englewood, Florida. Dave and Harriet were legendary for their hospitality. There was always room for one more at their table.
Dave shared and truly looked forward to the promise found in Revelation 21:4, a time here on earth when “death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.”

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, October 22 from 1-3 p.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY. David’s funeral service will follow at 3 p.m., in person and on Zoom. For Zoom information please call (607) 742-2783. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Beatrice L. DomanskiThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (620)

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

Beatrice L. Domanski

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (621)Age 96, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on Monday, October 10, 2022. She was born in Montour Falls, the daughter of the late James and Leona (Thompson) Crippen and graduated from Cook Academy in Montour Falls.

Beatrice retired from Schuyler Hospital after many years of dedicated service. She was a longtime member of Bethel Fellowship Church. She enjoyed reading her Bible and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her daughter, Evon (Richard) Peet of Monroe, LA; brother, James (Vicki) Crippen of CA; sister, Marjorie Hakes (Ray) of Breesport, NY; two grandchildren, Gordon Peet and Todd (Pamela) Peet, both of Greentown, PA; three great grandchildren, Emily, Alexis and Christopher; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Leo Domanski.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, October 15 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Bethel Fellowship Church, 2035 State Route 14, Montour Falls. Her funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by burial in Highland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Bethel Fellowship Church, 2035 State Route 14, Montour Falls, NY 14865.

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: Lee SillimanThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (622)

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

Lee Silliman

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (623)Age 93, of Montour Falls, NY passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on what would have been his 69th wedding anniversary, October 10, 2022. Lee was born on June 16, 1929 in Montour Falls and lived all of his 93 years in the family home.

Lee was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Norma, in December 2021. He is survived by his children: Carl (Dian) Silliman, Alice Silliman, Carol Tuton, Donna (Michael) Young, and Winona (Paul) Beebe; as well as four grandchildren: Michael Tuton, Ryan Tuton, Amber Beebe, and Bryon (Aubrey) Beebe; and two great grandchildren.

Lee was a dairy, then beef farmer for over 60 years. He was known by many throughout the community for his skills in repairing refrigeration equipment, especially for local commercial businesses. Lee also enjoyed working with electricity and had installed service in homes and garages. At times, Lee would even identify the source of local power outages and inform the power company so that they could restore service more quickly.

Lee spent much of his time in his garage where he enjoyed repairing, fabricating and tinkering on all sorts of things. Friends and neighbors learned to drop off their items needing repair and he would work on them there. Whether it was your ice machine, electric motor, tractor or something else, you could count on Lee. He liked to fix things for people so that they didn’t have to buy new, and often bartered for his services.

Lee loved to play cards with family and friends. He was fond of Euchre and Scat, especially when he won!

At Lee’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. 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: Grant Earl Bellows Sr.The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (624)

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Grant Earl Bellows Sr.

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (625)Age 51, of Alpine, NY passed away on Monday, October 3, 2022 at home. He was born in Elmira, NY on August 11, 1971, the son of the late Marsha Schwieger and Raymond Bellows.

Grant is survived by his three sons, Brooks (Eliza Terwillegar) Stevenson, Grant (Arynn Cummings) Bellows Jr., and Jason (Lisa Ayers) Bellows; four grandchildren, Oliver Stevenson, Triston Bellows, Silas Bellows, and Savannah Bellows, and a grandson to arrive; the mother of his sons, Cindy Daugherty; sisters, Natalie Rifenburg Smith of Tampa, FL, Robin Rifenburg of Elmira, Johannah Huhta of Riverview, FL and Myanna Bellows of Denison, TX; brothers, Brooks (Sue Haley) Bellows of Elmira, Raymond (Dawn) Bellows of Beaver Dams, NY, Greg Bellows of Elmira, James (Carrie) Rogers of Elmira, Thomas (Jodi) Bellows of Waverly, NY and Raymond (Rosetta) Bellows of Elmira; and numerous nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents, Grant was predeceased by his sister, Rebecca Bellows.

A private ceremony will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. Memories of Grant may be shared with his family and friends at vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: William L. HallThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (626)

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William L. Hall

Age 78, of Elmira, NY, passed away on October 2, 2022.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Sunday (October 9) from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 3:00 p.m.

Bill was born on September 4, 1944 in West Virginia and served in the U.S. Army after graduating from high school.

He is survived by his wife, Tina Hall; children, Michael, Candy, Mary, Amy, Shannon, William Jr., Chris, Bobbijo, Alexis, and Andrew; 17 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister, Sandy Kresge.

Condolences may be expressed in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com

Obituary: Don Bullen, Sr.The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (627)

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Don Bullen, Sr.

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (628)Age 80, of Hopkinsville, KY died at 6:14 p.m. Sunday, October 2, 2022 at Tri Star Skyline Medical Center, Nashville, TN.

Funeral services will be at 12:00 noon on Monday, October 10 at Restoration House Family Worship Center, Hopkinsville, with Pastors Richard Dixon and Don Bullen, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West. His family will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be Sunday, October 9 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the church. Hughart, Beard & Giles Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

A native of Troy, New York, he was born July 2, 1942 the son of the late George Bullen and Dorothea Willsey Bullen. Don faithfully served his country in the United States Army. In his working years he was a plant manager at the Plymouth Tube Company and a maintenance supervisor at Western State Hospital. Don was also a long-time volunteer at Christian Way Farms.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Roberta “Bobbie” Mrazek Bullen.

Survivors include his wife, JoAnn Hall Bullen; his sons, Don (Michelle) Bullen, Jr., Dan (Amy) Bullen and Doug Bullen, all of Hopkinsville; sister, Nancy Evelyn (Kenneth) Beers of Painted Post, NY.; his grandchildren, Hannah, Sarah, Alison, Ella, Jack, Joshua, Matthew and Andrew; and one great grandchild, Daniel Wilbanks.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Don Bullen are suggested to the Hopkinsville Civitan Club or the Alpha Pregnancy Care Center, Hopkinsville.

Obituary: John Charles FayThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (629)

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John Charles Fay

Age 84, of Alpine, NY entered unto rest on Friday, September 30, 2022 at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, NY.

John was born in Summit, NJ, the son of the late Albert L. and Eva E. Fay, Sr. He graduated from Bernard’s High School, Class of 1956. John started working at the age of 16 at Harrison Laboratory in New Jersey (later purchased by Hewlett-Packard) and retired at the age of 38. He had attended All Saints Episcopal Church in New Jersey. He loved hunting, fishing, trapping and attending auctions looking for that diamond in the rough.

John is survived by his brother Albert L. Fay, Jr., niece Dawn M. Fay, nephew Albert L. (Maria) Fay III, and great niece Taylor R. Fay. John had very special friends in New York including Bob and Sue Fair, the Snow Family (especially Jeremiah, Theresa and Sean) and his best friend -- his pet dog Gina. In addition to his parents, Albert and Eva, John was predeceased by sister-in-law Linda M. Fay.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Thursday, October 6 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cayutaville Methodist Church, 3231 Co. Rt. 6, Alpine. Memories of John may be shared with his family and friends at vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Brian Allen CilleyThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (630)

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Brian Allen Cilley

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (631)Age 59, of Alpine, NY passed away at home on Thursday, September 22, 2022.

Brian was born in Montour Falls, NY on July 3, 1963, the son of Armin (Bud) and Barbara Cilley. He married his high school sweetheart, Lori Hoffman, in Odessa on March 29, 1986.

He was, in his own words, a “jack of all trades, master of none.” Brian was always willing to help anyone and had worked since 1980. He was a member of the Montour Moose and the Moose Riders.

Brian is survived by his loving wife of 36 years and together for 41 years, Lori Hoffman Cilley; daughters, Jacklyn Cilley and Mariah (Ryan Springstead) Cilley, both of Alpine; three grandchildren, Noah age 9, Mason age 6, and Briana soon to arrive; and his brothers, Jim (Kay) Cilley of Cayuta, NY and Ray (Jen) Cilley of Corning, NY.

A celebration of Brian’s Life will be held at the Montour Falls Moose Lodge from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 9, 2022. Memorial contributions can be made c/o Lori Cilley, 5862 Cty. Rt. 14, Alpine, NY 14805. Memories of Brian may be shared with his family and friends at vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Theoda M. CornellThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (632)

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Theoda M. Cornell

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (633)Age 84, of Elmira, NY died on Sunday, September 25, 2022 at home. She was born in Montour Falls, NY on November 20, 1937, the daughter of the late Henry and Marria Rarrick, and attended Watkins Glen schools.

Theoda worked at the Falls Home for three years and also at Jefferson Hotel for four years. She was of the Baptist faith. Theoda enjoyed puzzle books and watching TV, especially her favorite show, Reba.

She is survived by her daughter, Ruth Delamater (Michael Brooks) of Elmira; son, Mark Harvey of Elmira; sister, Estellene Allen of Montour Falls; and six grandchildren, Jonathan Prendergast, Olivia Tate, Anthony Harvey, Dakota Delamater, Adam Delamater and Dakota Brooks. She was predeceased by her husband, Murray Cornell, in 1993.

Relatives and friends are invited to a graveside service on Wednesday, October 5 at 12:00 noon at Montour Cemetery, Mill St., Montour Falls. 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: Dale A. ReynoldsThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (634)

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Dale A. Reynolds

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (635)Age 70, of Odessa, NY passed away on September 26, 2022 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY.

Dale was born the son of Gilbert R. and Joyce L. Reynolds on January 6, 1952 in Elmira, NY. He was a lifelong resident of Odessa, graduating from Odessa-Montour Central School in 1970 and Alfred State College in 1972.

He owned and operated Reynolds Logging & Lumber Company for 40 years until his retirement in 2012. Dale enjoyed building things in his shop, whether it was a log truck or a piece of furniture from wood sawed from his sawmill; he took pride in what he created. Until health issues slowed him down you could find him at the local restaurants having coffee with his friends or at the local speedways on Friday and Saturday nights watching the races.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mari Lynn Appel Reynolds; sons Brett (Brenda), and Benny (Jeanne Ruggles); daughter, Stephanie (Scott Duntley); four grandchildren, Caleb, Cara, Jessa and Cassidy; his brothers, Douglas (Diane) and Dudley Reynolds; and many nieces and nephews. Dale was predeceased by both parents.

Per Dale’s wishes there will be no calling hours. A private burial service will be held at the convenience of the family 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, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Obituary: Emma Jean WescottThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (636)

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

Emma Jean (Naylor) Wescott

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (637)Age 78, of Ithaca, NY passed away on September 24, 2022.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Wednesday (Sept. 28) from 12 noon-2 p.m.; followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. at the funeral home; and burial at Sugar Hill Cemetery.

She is survived by her loving companion of 23 years, Russell Bennett; her loving children, Joe Hannon of Alexandria, LA; James (Sarah) Wescott of Melbourne, FL; Lorrie (Tim) Cribb of Tioga, PA; Jamie Martinez of Bentley, LA; and Jenny Henry of Norman, OK; brothers, Harry Naylor and Jack Naylor; and several loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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

Obituary: Peter Francis WardThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (638)

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Peter Francis "Pete" Ward

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (639)Age 90, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2022.

Born in Elmira, NY on February 14, 1932 and raised in Odessa, NY and Ft. Lauderdale, FL, he was the son of Dr. Francis C. Ward and Florence Daley Ward. He honorably served in the U.S. Army (1954-1956) and was stationed in Japan. He loved to travel the world and took advantage of his years with the British Overseas Airways Corporation to visit Turkey, England, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries.

Back in Schuyler County, he worked at the Big M Supermarket in Montour Falls. Not ready to retire when the market closed, he worked for the National Car Rental agency and other local tourist-related businesses before joining the staff at Walmart in Watkins Glen, where he worked from 2008 until retiring in 2012 at the age of 80. He enjoyed his contact with his coworkers and customers so much that he continued to visit the store daily, pausing on his way home for refreshment at his beloved Burger King or the Mechanics Club, where he was a lifetime member. On his 90th birthday he was honored with greetings from his friends at Walmart, Burger King, the Club and Catherine Court, where he lived for almost 30 years. He loved people and traveling, but most of all he loved to dance.

Pete was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Lawrence Daley Ward. He is survived by his sisters, Margaret Kelley of Smithfield, NC and Barbara (Skip) Halpern of Washington, DC; nieces, Kristen (Paul) Griswold of Smithfield, NC and Sarah (Tim Geraghty) Halpern of Ridgewood, NY; nephew, Michael Bowers of McLean, VA; great nephews, Spencer (Kasey) and Matthew (Shea) Griswold; great nieces, Caroline Griswold, Lily and Izabel Bowers, and Evelyn Geraghty; and great-great nephew Rowan Griswold.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, Sept. 26 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. His memorial service will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by burial with military honors at Laurel Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Pete’s memory may be made to the Schuyler County Veterans Memorial, P.O. Box 137, Odessa, NY 14869. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com

Service: Shane Christopher CoatsThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (640)

Shane Christopher Coats

The Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (641)A service will be held on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 for Shane Christopher Coats of Caddo Mills, Texas, and formerly of Mecklenburg, NY, who passed away on July 24, 2022 at the age of 32 after a long, tough battle with Ewing's Sarcoma.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, from 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Mecklenburg United Methodist Church, 6063 Turnpike Road, Mecklenburg, followed by a procession and fireman's service at the Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Department. A reception will follow.

Shane was an avid Penn State fan, just like his father, and was a 4th generation firefighter with the Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Company. He graduated from Trumansburg High School with the class of 2008 and then continued his education at Colorado State University-Pueblo and Southern Maine Community College. Shane’s many journeys took him from New York to North Carolina to Texas, and everywhere in between. When he wasn’t saving lives as a paramedic in Greensboro, NC, he was working outside and inside sales across the country for Dana Safety Supply and, most recently, Stalker Radar in Richardson, TX.

Shane loved to travel, was an avid hunter, and enjoyed many drink and bingo nights at the Corner Bar with friends in Greensboro. He was dedicated and loved his family, always being just a phone call away for the next adventure with his many cousins, whether it was graduations or bonfires, camping, or joining in the many motorcycle rides and events throughout the years. Shane was truly loved by all, making friends everywhere he went. In more recent years, you could find him at home relaxing in his recliner with a Coors Light in hand, spending time with family, or grilling and trying something new in the smoker.

He is survived by his wife of four years, Holly; son Hunter; mother Liz; sister Lauren (Cole); mother-in-law Beverly Keith; sister-in-law Heather Crosby (David); and numerous loving aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his father, Peter Coats, grandparents Warren and Barbara Coats, grandparents Donald and Rita Lawrence, and father-in law James Keith.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Shane's memory to his son's educational fund. “Freebird!”

Local arrangements are with the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen, NY.

Obituary: Rocky J. TeeterThe Odessa File: People of Schuyler County (642)

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Rocky J. Teeter