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Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 8/20/14

PENN YAN—Stephen O. Chase, 56, of Penn Yan, passed peacefully while in the presence of those who loved him, at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Sunday afternoon.
Steve was born into a military family and was himself a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army and military history was his life’s passion. From a young boy on, you could usually find Steve nose-deep in some book...probably military-related. But as anyone who ever sat down and had coffee with him could attest to, Steve had a wide variety of interests. Those same people could also describe with amazement Steve’s encyclopedic memory, and how you could forget about ever beating him in a game of trivia.
Steve was also a life-time fan of the Cincinnati Reds, in particular their Hall-of-Fame catcher, Johnny Bench. Other than family friends, Steve was most passionate about his dogs...from his first, Sloopy, the Okinawan hound he got for Christmas in 1966, to the four he now leaves behind—Emma, Bobbie, Promise and Lance.
Finally, being a military dependent and having served himself, Steve lived all over the world and the United States, from Taiwan to Germany and from California to Delaware. But of all the places he called home, he was most fond of Penn Yan. He called it “my little slice of paradise.” He loved being a member of the volunteer fire department and helping his Mennonite friends. Most afternoons you could find Steve at Martin’s Hardware Store or Morgan’s Store in Benton, in the back, enjoying coffee with “the boys.” However, if you asked Steve why these last nine years have been the happiest of his life, without a moment’s hesitation, he would reply, “My wife...Elizabeth!”
Steve is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Burris-Chase; his son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Elizabeth Chase of Liverpool, New York and their son Alex Taylor; stepson, Jeffrey Carpenter and his wife Ashley of Canastota, New York, and their children Zacary, Lucas and Grace; his mother-in-law, Mary Burris of Penn Yan; and his four brothers, Philip Chase of Beavercreek, Ohio, Dr. Thomas Chase of Brookings, South Dakota, Seth Chase of Albany, New York and Levi Chase, Vancouver, Washington. He was predeceased by his parents, Levi and Jean Chase and his brother, Geoffrey Chase.
A celebration Steve’s life will be held this Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Benton Fire Department. Those attending this blessed event should be dressed in their most comfortable clothes and bring their favorite coffee mug. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the Humane Society of Yates County, 1216 Route 14A, Penn Yan, NY 14527.

Elizabeth A. Clemons, 79, of Beaver Dams, passed away on Friday at Guthrie Corning Hospital. She was born in Breesport Sept. 10, 1934, the daughter of Stanley and Marjorie Harding, and graduated from Horseheads high school. Elizabeth retired from Westinghouse as a supervisor, where she worked for over 30 years.
She was predeceased by her husband Francis Clemons and by her daughter Kathy Clemons. She is survived by her nephews, Jeffrey Beach of Winder, Georgia and Donald Beach of Breesport; her aunt, Joyce Beach of Erin; and cousin, Onolea Herforth of Hector.
Elizabeth will be laid to rest beside her husband with a private family service in Hilltop Cemetery in Breesport.
You may leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a free “Candle of Remembrance” at www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com.

PENN YAN—Kenneth C. Colf, 82, of Penn Yan went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Aug. 13. Calling hours were held  Saturday from 10-12 with funeral services starting at 12  p.m., all at Weldon Funeral Home. Burial with military honors followed in Lakeview Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to either Penn Yan Ambulance Corp or Soldiers & Sailors Hospital.
Ken was born March 27, 1932, the son of Fred and Hattie Gage Colf. Ken was a great jokester who loved gardening, hunting and fishing. He served in the U.S. Army and was store manager at Acme in Penn Yan for 19 years. He is survived by his wife Mary of Penn Yan; three sons, Kevin (Sandra) Colf of Stanley, Randy (Virginia) Colf of Penn Yan, Michael (Ann) Colf of Middlesex and stepson Gordon (Sharon) Briggs of Zephyrhills, Florida; two daughters, Mrs. (David) Lorraine (Lori) Ferguson of Holcomb, Mississippi and Mrs (Rick) Dawn Fredericksen of Penn Yan; 24 grandchildren, several great- grandchildren; two brothers, Harold (Barb) Colf of Bambridge and James Colf of Canandaigua; one sister; Mary (Gil) Floyd of Phoenix, Arizona as well as several nieces and nephews. Ken was predeceased by his parents, his first wife Margaret in 1972, five brothers and one sister. Friends may sign the guest book at weldonfuneralhome.com.

Dundee—Anna M. “Annie’’ Howell, 78, of Dundee, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 at Keuka Comfort Care Home in Penn Yan.
Friends are invited to call from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee, where her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 with the Rev. Lucinda O’Leary officiating.  Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee.
Memorial contributions may be made to Keuka Comfort Care Home, P.O. Box, 107, Penn Yan, NY 14527.
Anna was born Aug. 4, 1936 in the town of Starkey, the daughter of Leon R. and Margaret M. Lusk Coon.  She graduated from Dundee Central School in 1955, and continued her education at “The School of Hard Knocks.”  
A life long local resident, she worked her entire life in the restaurant business, having been employed by various locations in Western New York, including “The Bag Piper” Dundee, “Lakeside Country Club,” Penn Yan, “The Knotty Pine” Branchport, “McSeagulls” Sodus Point, and “Main Street Restaurant” Dundee, retiring in 2005.
Mrs. Howell was a member of Dundee Presbyterian Church, the Dundee V.F.W. American Dads, an honorary member of the Dundee American Legion, member of the Montour Falls Women of the Moose and former member of the Dundee Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary.  In her spare time, she enjoyed sewing, and was an accomplished seamstress.  She was an “Awesome Grandma and Great Grandma” and was an avid NASCAR fan and devoted #3 Dale Earnhardt fan.
She is loved and will be dearly missed by her three sons Steven K. Howell of Webster, New York and Ronald A. Howell and Randy S. (Lisa) Howell; and two daughters, Debra A. (Mike) Naylor and Wendy L. Cagle all of Dundee, a dear daughter-in-law Jayne Howell of Dundee; seven grandchildren, Noah Naylor, Kristie (Peter) Germano, Stefanie (Mike) Furlong, Jamie (Mike Miller) Cagle, Trisha Howell and Samantha and Nicholas Gavigan; five great-grandchildren, Jaedyn J. Brewer, Riley M. Miller, Allessa Germano, Keiarra Howell and Cameron Michael Furlong, born exactly one hour after Annie passed away.  She will also be missed by three sisters, Shirley Meyers, Beverly (Harry) Carlyon and Barbara (Bob) Trank, all of Dundee; and numerous nieces, nephews and in-laws.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by a sister Betty E. Smith in 1998, a brother Robert L. Coon in 1999, two grandsons Jason Naylor in 2002 and Keith Cagle in 2006, and her husband and father of her children Kenneth Howell in 2013.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

 

Death Notices 8/20/14

Stephen O. Chase, 56, of Penn Yan, Aug. 17, 2014 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn  Yan.
ELIZABETH A. CLEMONS, 79, of Beaver Dams, Aug. 15, 2014 at Guthrie Corning Hospital. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
KENNETH C. COLF, 82, of Penn Yan, Aug. 13, 2014. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
ANNA M. HOWELL, 78, of Dundee, Aug. 17, 2014 at Keuka Comfort Care Home, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
PAUL J. MUTTER, 88, of Livonia, formerly of Keuka Park, Aug. 14, 2014 at Highland Hospital, Rochester. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
PAULINE WAUGH, 100, formerly of Watkins Glen and Pine City, Aug. 9, 2014 at Seneca View Nursing Facility, Montour Falls. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home.

 

Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 8/13/14

Robert Dwight Clark, loving husband, father, teacher and talkative friend to all he met, passed away peacefully at his home July 26, 2014. He was born Jan. 18, 1933 in Elmira, New York to Robert and Helen (Tuttle) Clark. Robert graduated from Hammondsport high school in 1951. He attended the University of Massachusetts Greenskeeping School. Robert attended Ohio State University at Bowling Green and graduated from Eastern Oregon University—La Grande in 1958. Robert did graduate work at Northern Colorado University Greeley. He came to know Jesus as his Lord and Savior in his 30s.
Robert married Carol Kopp at Kent, Oregon July 28, 1957. He is survived by his wife; son, Dr. Robert Clark and his wife Carolyn (Tyus) of Fort Worth, Texas; daughter, Jenae Baughman and her husband Lewis of Shawnee; sister, Deborah Gleason of Dundee; six grandchildren, two nephews, one niece and several great nieces and nephew.
He taught at Hillsborough high school in Tampa, Florida, Skaneateles (New York) high school and Davis high school, Yakima, Washington where he was the science department chairman. Other teaching locations were Academia Menonita Betania in Aibonito, Puerto Rico and Bandung Alliance International School in Bandung, Indonesia. He substituted in the Shawnee, Oklahoma schools from 1998 until 2011 when his Parkinson’s progressed. In 1964, he received a Fulbright grant to teach Maarif Koleji in Samsung, Turkey. Following that he taught for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Hooper Bay, Alaska and at Fairbanks high school, where he started a rocket program. After a year working in an Oregon grain elevator he taught eight years in Honduras at Escuela International Sanpedrana and Tela Railroad Company (Chiquita Bananas). Returning to the United States, he and his wife owned and operated Helping Hands Preschool–Daycare in Newton, Kansas for 11 years. He and Carol worked in Yellowstone Park; Branson, Missouri, where he worked on Thousand Hills Golf Course, and also managed a guest house in Opalaka, Florida.
Bob loved amateur radio, travel, teaching and bicycling, often riding backwards to the delight of his grandchildren. He was a member of the Salvation Army in Shawnee and taught Sunday school and did devotionals at the shelter.
Remembrances can be made to the Salvation Army or the Parkinson’s Foundation.
Visitation started at 8 a.m. July 30 and continued through service time, with the family gathering from 5-7 p.m. Service was at 10 a.m. July 31 at Cooper Funeral Home Chapel with Captain Phillip Canning of Salvation Army officiating. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.

George (Bud) Roy Confer, 90, of Montour Falls and Lakeland, Florida, passed away Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 in Lakeland. He was born in Montour Falls Feb. 2, 1924, the son of G. Roy and Lena Nelson Confer. He served with the U.S. Marine Corp during WWII from 1941-1945. Bud was one of the founding members of the Seneca Chief’s Drum and Bugle Corp. He was also an instructor for the Squires Jr. Drum and Bugle Corp and the Pages, a feeder Corp. He was a member and past chief of the Montour Falls Fire Department, the Mechanics Club, Watkins Glen Elks #1546 and the American Legion #4 of Lakeland Florida.
Bud is survived by wife of 48 years, Ann; his children, Sharon (William) Van of Huntsville Alabama, Karen (Dan) Rock of Odessa, Jeffrey (Linda) Confer of Montour Falls and Jason (Lisa) of Crofton, Maryland; four grandsons, Brian (Joy) Rock, Chad and Tate Confer and Cayden Confer; three great-grandchildren, Gavin, Henry and Samantha  Rock. He was predeceased by his step-mother Eleanor and his sister Betty.
Relatives and friends are invited to call Thursday, Aug. 14 from 4-7 p.m. at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors will follow in Seneca Union Cemetery in Valois.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300 Jacksonville, FL  32256, Montour Falls Fire Department, P.O. Box 369, Montour Falls, NY 14865 or a charity of your choice.
You may leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a free “Candle of Remembrance” at www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.

Penn Yan—Marshall R. Todd, 72, of Penn Yan died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 at Hospeace House in Naples.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee.  His funeral service will be held at noon Thursday, Aug. 14 at the Barrington Community Church, 4560 Old Bath Road, Dundee with the Rev. Gerald Vanaman officiating.  Burial will follow in Second Milo Cemetery, Second Milo.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospeace House, P.O. Box 343, Naples, NY 14512.
Marshall was born Dec. 28, 1941 in the town of Milo, the youngest son of the late Everett S. and Mary J. Slocum Todd.  He graduated from Dundee Central School in 1959.  On Oct. 23, 1970 in Second Milo he married the former Susie M. Ross.  A life-long local resident and self-employed beef cattle farmer, Marshall worked as a heavy equipment operator for 30 years for the N.Y.S. D.O.T. out of Penn Yan, retiring in 2003.
Mr. Todd was a devoted member, deacon and trustee of the Barrington Community Church. In his younger years he was a member of F.F.A. (Future Farmers of America) and was a cattle judge on the state level, the Barrington Grange and 4-H.
He is loved and will be dearly missed by his wife of 43 years, Susie M. Todd at home; two daughters, Julie A. (Wayne) Wheeler and Sarah J. (Timothy) Rood, both of Penn Yan; two grandchildren, Alora A. Bouton and Lukas M. Rood; his brother John (Bonnie) Todd of Auburn and several nieces, nephews and countless friends.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

Florence M. Waltman, 79, of Dundee passed away Monday, July 7, 2014 at Seneca View Nursing Facility. She was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania July 12, 1934, the oldest of seven children to the late Ernest and Margaret Reeder Hunter. She was predeceased by her husband, John C. Waltman.
Florence is survived by her daughter, Nancy McShaw, and by her brothers, Raymond (Florence) Hunter, Norman (Carol) Hunter, John (Connie) Hunter and Ernest (B.J.) Hunter; sisters, Margaret (John) Dillworth and Linda (Kenny) Marshall.
A celebration of her life will be held Sunday, Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls.
You may leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a free “Candle of Remembrance” at www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com.

 

Death Notices 8/13/14

DENNIS W. BAILEY, 64, Aug. 9, 2014. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
Robert D. Clark, 81, July 26, 2014 at home. Arrangements by Cooper Funeral Home, Tecumseh, Oklahoma.
George (Bud) Confer, 90, of Montour Falls and Lakeland, Florida, Aug. 4, 2014 in Lakeland. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
LYMAN E. ERWAY SR., 74, Aug. 4, 2014. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
JOHN C. HOUCK, 71, of Penn Yan, Aug. 7, 2014. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
Marshall R. Todd, 72, of Penn Yan, Aug. 10, 2014 at Hospeace House, Naples. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
R. NELL TOMPKINS, 67, Aug. 6, 2014. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
Florence M. Waltman, 79, of Dundee, July 7, 2014 at Seneca View Nursing Facility, Montour Falls. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 8/6/14

Charlena R. Brown, 92, of Watkins Glen, passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014 following a fall. She is predeceased by her husbands, Arthur L. Curry, Lee Bartlett and George A. Brown; her mother Irma Richtmyer and brother Lauren Richtmyer. She is survived by nieces, Janet Valent (Oscar), Pat Horan (Ernie), Diane McCawley (Dave) and Nancy Piccolino (Joe); cousins, great-nephews and nieces. She was a lifelong resident of Watkins Glen, served as principal of the Watkins Glen Middle School and was a member of the Watkins Glen First Presbyterian Church.
At her request there will be no calling hours or graveside services. However, a memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, Thursday, Aug. 7 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to her church. You may sign a guestbook, light a “Candle of Remembrance” or extend condolences to the family online at www.Royce-Chedzoy.com.
Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Dundee—Natilee M. Denton, 91, of Dundee died Thursday July 31, 2014 at Schuyler Hospital, in Montour Falls.
Natilee was born March 21, 1923 in Lakemont, the daughter of Frederick and Lela Warner Moon. She graduated from Dundee Central School in 1940, and went on to receive her business degree from Elmira Business Institute. On June 29, 1946 in the Dundee Methodist Church she married Col. LeRoy M. Denton (U.S.A.F.) who passed away April 22, 1974. She worked at the Dundee State Bank after business school and before starting her family. She had lived in the area all her life except for the 20 years she and her family followed her husband’s career path in the Air Force, moving thoughout the U.S. and abroad from 1951–1971.
Mrs. Denton was a very active community volunteer, a member of the Lakemont Congregational Christian Church, was a treasurer of the former Starkey United Methodist Church and attended the Dundee United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Dundee Library, Dundee Historical Society and volunteered for years for Meals on Wheels and the Dundee Food Pantry. She served on the Yates County and Dundee school election boards, was an organizer of the Starkey Antique Fair and always supported her family in all their many endeavors and activities. In whatever spare time she had left, she enjoyed crafts and sewing, baking and cooking, and was an avid reader.
She is loved and will be dearly missed by her five children, Candace L. (Joe Lutomske) Denton of Watkins Glen, Vincent L. (Lillian) Denton of Riverview, FL, Jerome F. (Donna) Denton of Elmira, Brenda D. (Sean) Keegan of Dundee, Laurie D. (William) Salser of Stuart, Virginia; 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Jean Cadwell of Dundee, and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by two brothers and one sister.
A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee, with Lay Pastor Lew Ann Giles officiating. The family greeted friends afterwards. Honoring her wishes burial was private in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dundee Library, 32 Water St., Dundee, NY 14837.
Arrangements by the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

Himrod—Mary Kathleen Mair (Bentley), born Sept. 5, 1924, the daughter of Basil and Florence Gardner Bentley, passed quietly and peacefully to the Lord July 29, 2014. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of nearly 73 years, William Dixon Mair. Mr. and Mrs. Mair were married in the Deveaux Chapel in Niagara Falls Dec. 6, 1942 and together raised four children, Sandy (Capt. Bill Ret. USMC) Peters, William I. Mair, Paul (Audrey) Mair and Elizabeth Mair, as well as her loving dog, Quincy.
“Kathleen” spent her life as a lover of nature and animals and was an accomplished, yet humble, artist and interior designer. She spent her golden years with her love, Bill, and surrounded by nature tending to her beautiful garden and home.
She lived a fulfilling life and is further survived by her loving grandchildren Michael Mueller, Tammy Mueller, Mathew (Sarah) Mair, Melissa VanAmeron and Sarah Mair, as well as several great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be privately held at the convenience of the family and in lieu of flowers donations can be made in her honor to the Humane Society of Yates County, P.O. Box 12, Penn Yan, NY 14527.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

Jeanette R. Margreno, 85, of Watkins Glen passed away Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen, Wednesday, August 6 from 5-7 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 7 p.m.
She was predeceased by her husband, John J. Margreno; parents, Mary Hitchens and Donald Gaylord; brothers and sisters, Dolores “Dutch” Colunio, Norma Davis, Dora “Sis” Gaylord, Elizabeth “Betty” Morley, Gordon “Bud” Gaylord, Richard “Dickie” Gaylord and Lonie Gaylord. She is survived by her children, Tony (Connie) Margreno, Michael (Tammi) Margreno, Mary (Gary “Mort”) Mortimer and Johnny (Jackie) Colunio; sister, Bernie (Joe) Salamendra; grandchildren, Michael (Jasmine) Margreno, Brandon Margreno, Meeka (Greg) Loiacono, Stephanie Margreno, Christine (Jim) Muson, Michele, and John Jr. Colunio; nine great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren; aunt Lillian Personius, special companion and faithful dog Princess, best friend Dorothy D’Agostino and many special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Jeannette and her late husband owned and operated Johnny’s Lanes in Watkins Glen. She was an avid Yankee and Nascar fan, and an avid bowler. She also loved to dance and play cards.
The family would like to thank Care First and especially Aunt Barb, and of course Connie too, for their faithful caregiving.
Memorial donations in her memory may be made to a charity related to cancer of one’s choice. You may sign a guestbook, light a “Candle of Remembrance” or extend condolences to the family online at www.Royce-Chedzoy.com.

Penn Yan—Lloyd W. Peelle, 93, of Penn Yan, formerly of Rock Stream, died Thursday, July 31, 2014 at the Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home.
Lloyd was born Oct. 25, 1920 in Hollis, New York, the son of John W.T. and Margaret Wilson Peelle. He graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts in 1938, and received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University in 1943. On April 10, 1943 in Odessa, he married the former Marcia A. Rundle, who passed away in August 1980. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944 –1946. Lloyd was a self employed cattle and fruit farmer, having owned Peelle Farms Inc. in Rock Stream until his retirement in 1981.
Mr. Peelle had been a very active member in several organizations. He was a former Elder of the Rock Stream Presbyterian Church, a past master of the Dundee Masonic Lodge #123 F&AM, a past president, Paul Harris Fellow and star in many annual variety shows of the Dundee Rotary Club. He was also a past member of the Starkey town board. In his spare time he enjoyed downhill skiing, which he took up at age 75 and enjoyed until 2007 at the age of 87.
He is survived and will be missed by his son Dr. Kenneth R. (Rosemarie) Peelle of North Andover, Massachusetts; his daughter Jennifer A. (John) Birosh of Penn Yan; three granddaughters, Brooke S. (Eric) Guthrie of North Andover, Massachusetts, Lydia C. (Jay Ketcham Secor) Peelle of Nashville, Tennessee and Allison A. Peelle of East Syracuse; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard (Rosemary) Peelle of Corning; a sister, Janet Ewing of Fort Collins, Colorado; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends called from 3-4 p.m. Sunday Aug. 3 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee, where his funeral service began with a Masonic service at 4 p.m., and continued with the Rev. Lucinda O’Leary officiating. Burial with military honors was at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 4 in Rock Stream Cemetery, Old Lake Road, Rock Stream.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dundee Rotary Club, 51 Seneca St., or to the Dundee Masonic Lodge 123 F&AM, 83 Bigelow Ave., Dundee, NY 14837.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

John T. Tillman, 85, and Jean P. Tillman, 86, of Viera, Florida, passed away July 10, 2014 and Sunday, July 20, 2014. John was born and raised in Watkins Glen. Jean was born in Rochester, New York and raised in Watkins Glen. High school sweethearts, they were married and later moved to Hollywood, Florida in 1955. John worked as a civil engineer until his retirement. Jean, a homemaker, raised three children.
The couple of 61 years are survived by their sons, John T. Tillman Jr. and Mark Tillman; and daughter, Ann T. Flassig. They also leave seven grandchildren.

 

Death Notices 8/6/14

CHARLENA R. BROWN, 92, of Watkins Glen, July 29, 2014. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
GEORGE R. CONFER, 90, Aug. 4, 2014. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
NATILEE M. DENTON, 91, of Dundee, July 31, 2014 at Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
EARL P. EAVES JR., 82, of Penn Yan, July 28, 2014 at Rochester General Hospital. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
RICHARD K. HUTCHESON, 78, Aug. 1, 2014. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
MARY K. MAIR, 89, of Himrod, July 29, 2014. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
Jeanette R. Margreno,  85, of Watkins Glen, Aug. 3, 2014. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
LLOYD W. PEELLE, 93, of Rock Stream, July 31, 2014 at Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
John T. Tillman, 85, and Jean P. Tillman, 86, of Viera, Florida, July 10, 2014 and July 20, 2014.

Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 7/30/14

Darlene K. Bingham, 63, of Burdett passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014 in the comfort of her home surrounded by her loving family. She was predeceased by her father, Edward C. Lott; mother, Flora Givin Lott; and grandmother, Gladys Lott. She is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Doug Bingham; children, Benjamin (Robin) Bingham, and Amy Bingham (AJ Matwiejow); two beloved grandchildren, Alexis and Owen Bingham; step-mother, Virginia Lott; brother, Rick Lott; and nieces and nephew, Rebecca, James and Jessica Lott.
Darlene was active with the Schuyler County Board of Elections, Democratic Committee and the Logan Community Center. Darlene was a gifted seamstress and quilter, a skilled cook/baker and a dedicated gardener, paying special attention to her rose gardens. Darlene was passionate about her love for animals, helping them in any way she could.  A special thank you to Care First-Hospice, Seneca View, Schuyler Hospital Rehabilitation team, and Cayuga Cardiology for their compassionate care over the past six months.
According to her wishes, services will be private. There will be a celebration of life Saturday, Aug. 30 from 12-4 p.m. at the Logan Community Center.  Memorial donations in her memory may be made to the Schuyler County Humane Society, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865 (www.schuylerhumane.org), or the Logan Community Center, c/o Lori Allen, 118 Broadway St. Apt. 13, Montour Falls, NY 14865.  You may sign a guestbook, light a “Candle of Remembrance” or extend condolences to the family online at www.Royce-Chedzoy.com.
Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Willard B. Mosher, 91, of Valois, came to the end of his journey July 24, 2014. He was surrounded by his loving wife of 71 years, Gloria, and his children and grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, Alice and Arthur Mosher; son, Willard S. Mosher, great-granddaughter Christina Voorheis; brothers and sisters-in-law, Alfred and Hilda Mosher and Everald and Nina Mosher; sister-in-law, Evelyn Hart Mosher; brothers-in-law, Ed Rosenberger and George Green; nieces and nephews, Judy Hollenbeck, Ethel Green, Robert Mosher, Donald and wife Phyllis Mosher, Duane Ellis, Jimmy Rosenberger and Tommy Mosher.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria Larrabee Mosher, daughters, Patricia Dunbar-Mosher of Alpine, Linda (Roland) Voorheis of Valois, Diana (Michael) Gianvito of Sunrise, Florida and Kathleen (Nolan) Seaton of Ithaca; son William E. Mosher of Valois and Cheyenne Mushei, whom Willard and Gloria raised since she was nine months old; brother, W. Frederick Mosher; sisters, Barthilda Rosenberger, I. Betty Mae (William) Green, Mary Louise Mosher Green (Don) and Marzetta Parkhurst; 23 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The family received friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen, Tuesday, July 29, from 12-1 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m. A committal service was held at Nichols Cemetery in Nichols at 3 p.m.
You may sign a guestbook, light a “Candle of Remembrance” or extend condolences to the family online at www.Royce-Chedzoy.com.

 

Death Notices 7/30/14

Darlene K. Bingham, 63, of Burdett, July 20, 2014 at home. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
PHILLIP S. KELLOGG, 84, of Penn Yan, July 17, 2014 in Houston, Texas. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
Willard B. Mosher,  91, of Valois, July 24, 2014. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
RONALD K. PEPPARD, 70, of Odessa, July 20, 2014. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 7/23/14

Betty J. Kessler, 70, formerly of Hector, passed away Dec. 30, 2013 in Fountain Hills, Arizona. Born Feb. 25, 1923 in Geneva, she was the daughter of Herbert and Helen Wright. Betty grew up in Hector, attending a one room school house. She met her late husband Richard H. Kessler as classmates in Watkins Glen high school. She was predeceased by her husband Richard H. Kessler in 2006. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Richard C. and Carla Kessler, and daughter and son-in-law, Debra J. Kessler and Phil Fricano; grandson, Fritz R. Kessler, and cousin Joe Wright.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 at the Hector Presbyterian Church. You may sign a guestbook, light a “Candle of Remembrance” or extend condolences to the family online at www.Royce-Chedzoy.com. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Dundee—Roxan E. Meier, 55, of Dundee died accidentally Thursday July 17, 2014 in a motor vehicle accident.
Roxan was born April 20, 1959 in Bath, the daughter of the late Boyd J. and Julia D. Hyer Hilligus Sr. She graduated from Bath-Haverling High School. On July 25, 1987 in Himrod she married Buddy J. Meier.
A life long area resident, Mrs. Meier was a very active member of Faith Baptist Church, where she was a former AWANA Leader. Due to her love of crafts and making cards, she was the craft organizer for AWANA, Vacation Bible School and Sunday School, and she also enjoyed volunteering in the nursery.
She is loved and will be dearly missed by her husband of 27 years, Buddy J. Meier at home; two daughters, Cordelia A. Meier of Penn Yan and Marla R. (Thomas) Bahr of Naples; two sons, Buddy J. (Jessica) Meier Jr. of Greene, New York, currently serving in the US Army, and Christopher S. Meier of Dundee; five grandchildren; five sisters, Dorothy I. (Bill Goundry) Green, Cleo H. (Paul) Pollack Sr., Teena L. (Mike) Pollack Sr. all of Dundee, Penelope F. Jamison of Campbell, New York and Mary Etta Rose Hilligus of Dundee; three brothers, Boyd J. Hilligus Jr. of Dansville, New York, Elwood T. (Paula) Hilligus Sr. of Dundee and Gary (Amy) Farnsworth of Cleveland, Ohio; countless nieces, nephews and friends.
Besides her parents, she was pre-deceased by two brothers, Michael E. Hilligus in 1976 and William C. Baker in 1991.
Friends called from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 22 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Her funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 23 at Faith Baptist Church, 13 Harpending Ave., Dundee, with Pastors Lawrence and David Semans officiating. Burial followed in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee.
Memorial contributions may be made to the AWANA Youth Program 13 Harpending Ave. ,Dundee, NY 14837.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

Dundee—Michael J. Meyers, 48, of Dundee died Saturday July 19, 2014 at his home after a long battle with brain cancer.
Friends are invited to call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 24 at the Lakeland Mennonite Church, 389 Rock Stream Road, Rock Stream, where services will start at 1 p.m. with Pastor Dale Eby officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Lakeland Mennonite Church, Rock Stream, NY 14878 or to the Cancer Research Institute c/o Brain Cancer Division One Exchange Plaza 55 Broadway, Suite 1802 New York, NY 10006.
Michael was born Jan. 25, 1966 in Geneva Hospital to Paul M. and Shirley (Coon) Meyers. He grew up in Dundee and graduated from Dundee High School in 1983. On Feb. 15, 2003 he married the former Mary A. Baker.
Mike had worked at the ARC as a coach as well as a welder/painter for Mercury Aircraft. He was a main cook/chef at Savards in Watkins Glen until an injury disabled him. An avid musician, he was a regular fixture in local bands playing guitar and vocals. Along with Kim Johnson he was one of the original founders of “A Touch of Christmas,” an annual event in Dundee. He enjoyed his family, friends, and the outdoors.
He is loved and will be dearly missed by his wife Mary A. Baker Meyers at home; his children, Douglas Paul Meyers of Dundee, Jacquelynn Rene Meyers of Watkins Glen and a step-son Justin Scovil; his mother, Shirley Meyers; a brother, Leonard “Lenny” Meyers and a sister Theresa (David) Marchionda, all of Dundee. He is also survived by two grandsons and three step-grandsons as well as nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins in the area.
He was predeceased by his father Paul and a sister Cindy.
Arrangements are by the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

 

Death Notices 7/23/14

LOIS J. CHRISTENSEN, 89, of Penn Yan, July 18, 2014. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
Ronald W. Gage, 65, of Branchport, July 16, 2014 at home. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
DANIEL D. GRIFFIN, 54, July 14, 2014. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
Roxan E. Meier, 55, of Dundee, July 17, 2014. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
Michael J. Meyers, 48, of Dundee, July 19, 2014 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.