Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 10/7/15
Nathalie (Nate) A. Marcellino, 87, of Puyallup, Washington passed away Oct. 20, 2014. The family attended services that were held Sept. 26, 2015 at Holy Cross Cemetery, Watkins Glen. Deacon Thomas Ruda of St. Mary's of the Lake Catholic Church officiated.
Nathalie was born Feb. 24, 1927 to John and Erma Gilbert in Penn Yan. She married Joseph A. Marcellino Sr. in 1960 and resided in Watkins Glen until Joseph's death in 1981. She moved to the Seattle, Washington area in 1982 where she resided with her daughter. Nathalie's granddaughter Rhea Simpson lovingly cared for her grandmother during her later years. Nathalie worked for Corning Glass in her younger years and later retired from Auburn Public Health Clinic in Auburn, Washington. She was a member of the Elks. Her favorite past time was ceramics and making beautiful porcelain dolls.
Nathalie was proceeded in death by her parents, her husband Joseph, stepmother Evelyn Palmer Gilbert, brother Harold Gilbert and sister Ellen Sugrue. She is survived by daughters Joy Mundy of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, Cheryl Payne of Crestview, Florida, Josette Marcellino of Puyallup, Washington, Jacalyn Petite of Edgewood, Washington; sons, Steven Payne of Campbell, New York and Joseph A. Marcellino Jr. of Tomball, Texas; sisters, Joanne Gilbert of Penn Yan, Sandra Gaylor of Dundee and brother Dale Gilbert of Lima, New York. Nathalie is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Nathalie's children will always remember how special their mother made their holidays. She baked incredible pies and tarts, and the Christmas tree was always surrounded by piles of gifts. Their father Joe made his Christmas eve squid sauce, and loved to invite friends who had no family to their home for a holiday dinner.
The family requests that any donations or remembrances be sent to St. Mary's of the Lake Catholic Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or to Joy A. Mundy, 3787 Buena Vista Plaza, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406.
Rock Stream--Valencia D. Mascaro, 51, of Rock Stream passed away peacefully Monday Sept. 28, 2015 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira.
Valencia was born Nov. 6, 1963 in New Orleans, Louisiana, the daughter of James F. and Jacqueline B. Willis Gummerson Sr. She graduated from Franklin High School in Franklin, New Jersey in 1981 and went onto receive her C.N.A. degree from Newton, New Jersey, becoming certified in four states. She had lived locally for 10 years, previously of Dunnellon, Florida. Ms. Mascaro was the owner of Kountry Kuzins Kritter Kennel in Rock Stream. A true animal lover, she enjoyed cooking and crafts.
She is loved and will be missed by her only child Cheyenne A. Mascaro, currently at Pace University; her mother, Jacqueline B. Gummerson of Dundee; paternal grandmother, Margaret L. Begraft of Ocala, Florida; a brother, James F. (Maryrose) Gummerson Jr. of Mohegan Lake, New York; a sister, Tina M. (John) Medvitz of Dundee and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her father James F. Gummerson Sr. in 2001, and a stepson Tony James "T.J." Mascaro in 2013.
A memorial service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St. Dundee with the Rev. Max Bishop officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Yates County, P.O. Box 12, Penn Yan, NY 14527 or to A.S.M.B.S. American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Foundation, 100 S.W. 75th St. Suite 201, Gainesville, FL 32607.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
John W. (Jack) Shimonsky, 84, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015.
Jack is survived by his wife, Lynne Montgomery, stepdaughters Patricia Ames and Nadine (Micah) Rosenblum, step grandchildren Artemis and Harrison Rosenblum, sister Sonja McGuiness, children Deborah (Lew) Hand, John, and several grandchildren.
He proudly served in the Navy and was a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the USS Wright Association.
Jack was retired from county highway work that included several years with Steuben County, where he especially enjoyed survey work among his other duties, Schuyler County as assistant county highway superintendent and later superintendent and Yates County as county highway superintendent.
During his retirement years he was an avid armchair birder and delighted in caring for the various cats that he and Lynne rescued.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Eastview Veterinary Clinic in memory of John Shimonsky, 1260 Route 14A, Penn Yan, NY 14527, 315-536-9871 to support their program of offering services to those animal owners with limited financial resources.
Jack's body was donated to Anatomy Gifts Registry in Hanover, Maryland.
There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Branchport.
Distribution of ashes will be announced at Greensprings at Irish Hill in Newfield at a later date.
Penn Yan--Elda S. Strong, 93, of Penn Yan passed away Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 at the Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home.
There are no prior calling hours. A graveside memorial service with joint interment with her husband Guy will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 in Lakeview Cemetery, Penn Yan, with Lay Pastor Lew Ann Giles officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Manor Crest Foundation, 411 Clinton St., Penn Yan, NY 14527.
Elda was born July 10, 1922 in Dundee, the daughter of Herbert and Eliza Clark Spencer. On July 29, 1942 in Dundee she married Guy Strong, who passed away Feb. 2, 2004. A life-long area resident, Elda worked for many years as a home health aide employed by Yates County Home Health of Penn Yan, until her retirement in 1993. Mrs. Strong was a member of Second Milo Baptist Church and the Ladies of The Moose Lodge #1519. In her spare time she enjoyed camping and bird watching.
A loving mother and grandmother, she will be missed by her son Van L. (Sandy) Strong, a brother Carl R. Spencer, a daughter-in-law Donna J. Strong, all of Penn Yan; six grandchildren, Andrea (Richard) Kingsley, Emily (Jody) Swann, Felicia (Tom Fletcher) Strong, Stacey Strong, Leslie (Jeff) Jorritsma and Charles (Jeannie) Lafferty; eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband she was predeceased by a son Carroll H. Strong in 1987, and a sister Helen C. Manley in November 2014.
The Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee, is honored to be entrusted with her arrangements. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
James R. Webster, 75, of West Monroe passed away Oct. 1, 2015 at The Francis House. He was born April 5, 1940, in Romulus, New York to Richard and Lorna Reed-Webster of Ovid.
James worked as a deputy for Seneca County as well as Schuyler County for several years. He retired after working at Mercury Aircraft for 27 years. He was dedicated to Elks and achieved a position as state vice president at Post 1722 in Penn Yan.
He spent his days entertaining people and making laughter wherever he went. He had a great love for music and singing. He was also known as The King of Karaoke.
In 2007, he married Edna Boyce and they lived in West Monroe, New York.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Lorna Webster; wife, Edna Webster; sister, Mary Shaw; and brother, William Webster.
James is survived by his daughters, Brooke Pocyntyluk and her fiancé Stephen Connors, Brenda (Thomas) Fitch, Bonnie (Greg) Presley, Christy Webster and her mother Pam Webster; sons, Gary and Brian Webster; sister, Margaret "Peggy" Harmon; grandchildren, Kim, Courtney, Michelle, Chelsea, Thomas and Joshua; great-grandchildren, Derec, Dylan, Dennis and Trinity.
Calling hours were Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 4-7 p.m. at New Comer Funeral Home, 705 N. Main St., N. Syracuse. Services followed at 7 p.m.
Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Francis House, 114 Michaels Ave., Syracuse, NY 13208.
To leave a special message for the family please visit www.NewcomerSyracuse.com.
Clarence B. Ansley, 93, of Penn Yan, Sept. 29, 2015 at Geneva Hospital. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
Samuel Butera, 77, Sept. 30, 2015 at Geneva General Hospital. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
Nathalie (Nate) A. Marcellino, 87, of Puyallup, Washington, Oct. 20, 2014.
Valencia D. Mascaro, 51, of Rock Stream, Sept. 28, 2015 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
John R. Murray, 90, of Keuka Park, Sept. 26, 2015 at home. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
Robert L. North, 93, of Penn Yan, Sept. 29, 2015 at home. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
John W. (Jack) Shimonsky, 84, Oct. 1, 2015.
Elda S. Strong, 93, of Penn Yan, Sept. 30, 2015 at the Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
James R. Webster, 75, of West Monroe, New York, Oct. 1, 2015 at The Francis House. Arrangements by New Comer Funeral Home, Syracuse.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 9/30/15
PULTENEY--Lyle G. Conrad, 77, died Sept. 22, 2015, at his home in Pulteney.
He was born May 3, 1938, in Keuka Park to Daniel Gordon and Emma Marie Conrad.
He graduated from John Marshal High School in Rochester in 1955, and Cornell University in 1959, with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture and life sciences.
Lyle's mother was a teacher and instilled in him a passion for outdoor activities including fishing and gardening, which led to his decision to become a biology teacher and the sponsor of the outdoor club. Many former students mention he piqued their interest in ecology and biology that led them to pursue careers in science. Other friends and family have fond memories of camping, skiing and canoeing with him, which helped them learn to appreciate nature.
His interests also included his family, gardening (especially flowers), photography, painting with watercolors, caving and wine tasting.
He retired to his beloved Keuka Lake in 1986 after teaching high school biology, and earth and environmental sciences for 27 years in Northern Virginia.
He was an active member of the Penn Yan First Baptist Church. He belonged to the DC Grotto of the National Speleological Society, Yates County Art Council, Penn Yan Art Guild and the Photography Club.
Lyle was predeceased by his second wife, Lynn Hodge Conrad. He is lovingly remembered by Gwenyth and Trevor Conrad, children of his first marriage to Grace (Mercer) Littlefield; Lynn's children Bri and Colin Hodge and Trent Hess; and his nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 3 at 11 a.m., with visitation starting at 10:30 a.m., and a reception following the service. The location will be the Penn Yan First Baptist Church, 224 Main St., Penn Yan.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made for Bibles to either The American Bible Society at 1-866-895-4448 (for distribution to refugees and members of the Armed Services), or Youth With A Mission El Paso-Juarez via ywamepj.org (for distribution in Juarez, Mexico, supporting daughter Gwen's mission).
To share memories or leave kind words, go to weldonfuneralhome.com.
Michael Dann, 49, of Tyrone, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 at home.
The family will receive friends and relatives from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 at Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home Saturday at 11 a.m. The committal service and burial will be held on his 50th birthday, Oct. 14, 2015 at noon at the Union Cemetery of Tyrone.
He is survived by his loving companion Tammy; parents, Ray Jr. and Glenna Dann of Hammondsport; sisters, Diane Sherwood (Lloyd Young Jr.) of Almond, New York and Jennifer Dann of Los Angeles, California; nieces and nephews, Megan Lee, Vincent Long, Glenn Sherwood and Sully Sherwood.
Michael worked for Randall Roofing & Siding in Bradford. He also loved farming, cutting hay and firewood and snowplowing. He also worked with his father at Ray Dann's Town & Country Trading Post.
Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the Tyrone United Methodist Church, 3647 Church Hill Road, Tyrone, NY 14887 or Tyrone Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 69, Tyrone, NY 14887.
You may light a "Candle of Remembrance" or express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.
Kathleen M. Lewis, 68, of Montour Falls, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility. She was born in Syracuse Sept. 3, 1947, the daughter of the late Edward and Madeline (Montuori) Shea. She graduated from Liverpool High School with the Class of 1966. On June 24, 1967, she married Alton Lewis in Liverpool, New York. They enjoyed 32 years of marriage until his sudden passing in the line of duty Nov. 29, 1999.
Kathleen was proud of her family. She loved raising her sons and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a receptionist in the Elmira City School District for many years. She was a communicant of St. Mary's of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen. She enjoyed volunteering at the Montour Falls Fire Department and helping with their many fundraisers over the years.
She is survived by her three sons, Michael (Vicki) Lewis of League City, Texas, Kevin (Roni) Lewis of Montour Falls and Thomas (Jenny) Lewis of Watkins Glen; three brothers, Edward (Joan) Shea of Boca Raton, Florida, Dennis Shea of Sugarland, Texas and Timothy Shea of Bar Harbor, Maine; a sister, Patricia (Bob) Hines of Baldwinsville; special sister-in-law, Donna Shea; six grandchildren, Philip, Kara, Derrick, Daniel, Tyler and Emma; several great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Relatives and friends called Sunday, Sept. 27 from 4-7 p.m. at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Burial followed in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com.
Pamela Eldridge Thomas, 59, of Rochester, New York and formerly Watkins Glen, passed away Sept. 21, 2015. She was predeceased by parents, Leon Eldridge Jr. and Millie Marshall Eldridge; her twin brother, Paul; brother, Leon III and sister Nannette. She is survived by sisters, Sandy Robertson of Trumansburg and April Spena of Elmira; brothers, Ken Eldridge of Watkins Glen and Karl Eldridge of Florida; special aunt, Linda Nemeth of Horseheads and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A graveside service was held Saturday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. at Sugar Hill Cemetery in Watkins Glen, with words of committal from Deacon Thomas Ruda.
You may light a "Candle of Remembrance" or express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
LYLE G. CONRAD, 77, of Pulteney, Sept. 22, 2015 at home. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
MICHAEL DANN, 49, of Tyrone, Sept. 27, 2015 at home. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
MICHAEL J. ESTELLE, 59, of Montour Falls, Sept. 25, 2015 at home. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
MYRTLE HAMILTON, 86, Sept. 26, 2015. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
JAMES A. JOHNSON, 50, Sept. 25, 2015. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
KATHLEEN M. LEWIS, 68, of Montour Falls. Sept. 23, 2015, at Seneca View Skilling Nursing Facility. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
WILLIAM T. MORAN, 81, of Penn Yan, Sept. 18, 2015 at Soldiers & Sailors Hospital. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
MARY SIMONDS, 95, of Montour Falls, Sept. 21, 2015 at Seneca View Skilling Nursing Facility. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
PAMELA THOMAS, 59, of Rochester, formerly of Watkins Glen, Sept. 21, 2015. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 9/16/15
Dundee--Joyce V. Miller Bellis, 85, of Dundee passed away Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, in the comfort of her daughter Linda's home with family at her side.
Honoring her wishes there are no calling hours and services were private at the convenience of the family. She was buried alongside her husband in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dundee Fire Company Emergency Squad, 12 Union St., Dundee, NY 14837.
Joyce was born April 13, 1930 in Penn Yan, the daughter of Raymond R. and Helen Jayne Miller Sr. She attended Dundee Central School. On May 3, 1953 in Dundee she married Gabe C. Bellis, who passed away July 11, 2012. A life-long area resident, Joyce first worked in her parents' Miller's Restaurant. She then helped her husband at his gas station the former Kenyon Gas Station on Route 54. She was also a former vineyard worker, and worked for 12 years at Seneca Foods in Dundee. A loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be missed by all who knew her, she loved time spent with family, cooking and baking and cheering for the New York Yankees.
She is survived by her three daughters, Cindy (Paul) Redmond of Auburn, Connie (Robert) Walts of Phoenix, Arizona and Linda (Steve) Benson of Auburn; four grandchildren, Kara (Vinnie) LaMacchia, Michelle (Kevin) Lepak, Nathan (Jennifer) Benson and Patrick Benson; five great-grandchildren, Vinnie and Robbie LaMacchia, Maeve and Aiden Lepak and Emaline Benson; two brothers, Roger F. (Cora) Miller and Raymond J. (Jane) Miller; a sister Irene J. Harris, all of Dundee; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by two brothers Jack V. Miller in 1986, Clayton R. Miller in 2002, and a sister Evelyn M. Myers in 1992.
Arrangements were by the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visitingwww.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
Penn Yan--Frances J. "Fran'' Coons, 71, of Penn Yan gave up her fight Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 in the comfort of her home with her daughters and her sister at her side.
Frances was born April 28, 1944 in Penn Yan, the daughter of the late Orrin and Ruth Barkley Phillips. She graduated from Dundee Central School in 1962. On Sept. 19, 1964 in the Starkey United Methodist Church she married Calvin F. "Cal" Coons, who passed away April 6, 2010.
A life-long area resident, "Fran" began her 30-year working career starting at Seneca Foods in Dundee, soon finding her passion for the food service field. She accepted a food service supervisor position at the Falls Home in Montour Falls, followed by Bethany Village in Horseheads, owning and operating the "Chuckwagon" in Watkins Glen, and retiring from Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital in Penn Yan in 2010.
Mrs. Coons was a member of the former Starkey United Methodist Church and attended the Benton United Methodist Church. She was a former 4-H leader, a Sunday School teacher and enjoyed her membership of the Watkins Glen Golf Club and its Woman's Leagues. She loved the time spent outdoors horseback riding or playing golf. She enjoyed baking, playing the organ, dancing and playing cards, and relaxed by reading, creating photo albums and keeping journals. In recent years, she enjoyed being a member of the Penn Yan Community Chorus and various women's groups.
She will be deeply missed by her four daughters, Darlene E. Coons of Germantown, Maryland, Cheryl J. Hasty of Corning, Brenda L. (Eric) Rinehimer of Weare, New Hampshire and Bonnie F. (Rhey Dominick) Alcid of Gaithersburg, Maryland; 10 grandchildren, Drexel and Ayla Axeloons, Whitley, Racheal, Isiah and Malcolm Hasty, Emmet and Molly Rinehimer, Rhey Oliver and Nora Vivienne Alcid; her sister Barbara Nadjadi of Savona and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and husband she was predeceased by a brother Donald Phillips Jan. 21, 2005, and a sister Bernice Woodard March 18, 2011.
Friends are invited to calling hours from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23 with Pastor Natalie Bowerman and Pastor Karen Davenport officiating. A graveside service of inurnment with her husband "Cal" will follow in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Ontario-Yates County Hospice Assoc., 756 Pre-Emption Road, Geneva, NY 14456, or Thrive to Survive, PO Box 1146, Geneva, NY 14456.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
Bradford/Tyrone--Helen D. Klopf, 93, of Weller Island, Bradford, died Monday, Sept. 7, 2015 at Ira Davenport Hospital in Bath.
Honoring her wishes there are no prior calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee, with Pastor Richard Schied officiating. Inurnment will follow in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee. A reception will be held at the Tyrone Fire House after the burial.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Dundee Library, 32 Water St., Dundee, 14837, the First Unitarian Church of Rochester, 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, 14610, or the Tyrone United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1, Tyrone, NY 14887.
Helen was born Dec. 27, 1921 in Dundee, the daughter of Gustave and Mary Wood Klopf. She was a member of the first graduating class from Dundee Central School's new building in 1939. She went on to graduate from Keuka College with a bachelor's degree in business education, and then earned her master's degree in counseling and business education from the University of Rochester in 1945. She had lived locally since 2002, previously of Irondequoit, where she taught at the high school level at Irondequoit Central School District for 20 years, followed by several more years teaching bookkeeping night classes at R.I.T., finally retiring in 1979.
Miss Klopf was a member of First Unitarian Church of Rochester, attended Tyrone United Methodist Church, and was a member of the NYS Retired Teachers Association. She loved reading and music.
She is survived by her sisters-in-law Doris Klopf and Florence Klopf, both of Weller Island, and several nieces and nephews.
She was pre-deceased by two brothers, Wilfred Klopf in 2003, George Klopf in 2005 and a sister Julia Sturton in 2009.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
WAYNE--MARTHA J. MCCANN, 82, of Bubbling Springs Road passed away Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 at her home.
She was born in Bath Nov. 5, 1932, the daughter of John and Mildred Houck McIntire.
Her husband Paul L. McCann predeceased her June 21, 2002.
Martha had been the office manager for McCann's Furniture Barn in Hammondsport for many years.
Her greatest joy was her family and for the past 13 years she loved working on her son Kevin's farm.
Surviving are her sons Roger (Chris) McCann of Sun City, Florida, Stephen McCann of Wayne, Michael (Mary) McCann of Wayne and Kevin (Pat) McCann of Dundee; sister Ann (Melvin) Kost of Victor, brothers Donald (Donna) McIntire of Bath, John (Marlene) McIntire of Wayne and Ronald (Judy) McIntire of Wayne; beloved aunts Bea Bellis and Harriett Sackett, both of Florida; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Friends called Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at the LaMarche Funeral Home in Hammondsport where funeral services took place Wednesday at11 a.m. Interment will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Hammondsport. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to the Wayne Volunteer Fire Department or Ambulance Corps.
Joyce V. Miller Bellis, 85, of Dundee, Sept. 17, 2015. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
DAVID R. BURKE, 73, of Watkins Glen, Sept. 11, 2015 at home. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
Frances J. "Fran'' Coons, 71, of Penn Yan, Sept. 15, 2015 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
Helen D. Klopf, 93, of Weller Island, Bradford, Sept. 7, 2015 at Ira Davenport Hospital, Bath. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
MARTHA J. MCCANN, 82, of Wayne, Sept. 19, 2015 at home. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 9/16/15
Dundee--Mary E. Dillon, 80, of Dundee died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls.
Honoring the family's wishes, there are no prior calling hours. A graveside memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20 in Second Milo Cemetery, with the Rev. Lucinda O'Leary officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Schuyler Hospital Health Foundation, P.O. Box 828, Montour Falls, NY 14865 or to the American Cancer Society, 1400 Winton Road North, Rochester, NY 14609-5896.
Mary was born Jan. 16, 1935 in Penn Yan, the daughter of LaVerne Charles and Austa Webster Richards. On Jan. 20, 1951 in Penn Yan she married Guy "Wendall" Dillon, who passed away Oct. 2, 1996. A life-long area resident, Mary had worked in the vineyards for a while when not being totally consumed with raising her family of 12 children. After they were grown and all on their own she took a position in the housekeeping department of Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, where she worked until she was 75, retiring in 2010. Mrs. Dillon enjoyed attending Lakemont Congregational Christian Church with her son Terry. She was a member of the Penn Yan V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary and enjoyed all kinds of arts and crafts, bingo night and casinos. But her greatest joy in life was spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by four sons, Wendall "Joe" (Mary) Dillon of Bradford, Dan John (Beverly) Dillon of Bath, Terry Charles (Perrin) Dillon of Lakemont, Scott Jeffery (Idelle) Dillon of Penn Yan; seven daughters, Judy A. Dillon of Gaston, South Carolina, Elsie Jane Briggs of Dundee, Joy M. Gee of Watkins Glen, Eileen R. Schultz of Lima, New York, Cherie L. Dillon of Dundee and Anna E. (Walt) Dyson of Dundee; 28 grandchildren, 62 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter and countless nieces and nephews.
She was pre-deceased by three grandchildren, Billy and Karen Gee in 1982 and Nicholas Dillon in 2005; a son, Richard Allen Dillon, Oct. 4, 2001; four brothers and four sisters.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visitingwww.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
Thomas Malina, 66, of Montour Falls flew to our Lord's arms Sept. 7, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. Tom was born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, March 8, 1949 and attended Our Lady of Consolation Elementary School in Brooklyn, then St. Anthony of Padua Minor Seminary and Preparatory School in Watkins Glen. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds, but chose to attend Ithaca College on a full athletic scholarship. Tom entered the wholesale wine industry as a salesman and progressed steadily to become a regional manager for Banfi International, overseeing eight states. In 1992, he chose to stay close to his family and became the proprietor of Castel Grisch Estate Winery & Restaurant for more than 20 years. As an active member of St. Mary's of the Lake he could be seen every Sunday in the front row holding a child. He also organized the Padua Alumni reunions. Tom's favorite activity was coaching baseball for Schuyler County Little League, and teaching and playing with his grandchildren.
The family received friends and relatives Thursday, Sept. 10 at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery. He is survived by his wife Barbara; daughters, Carrie (Rodney) Phelps of West Palm Beach, Florida and Theresa (Dewayne) Butler of Watkins Glen; eight brothers and sisters, Dr. Bruce (Diane) Malina of Omaha, Nebraska, Dr. Joseph (Ida) Malina of Austin, Texas, Dr. Robert (Eva) Malina of Bay City, Texas, Mary Ann (Leonard) Dmuchowski, Eastnorth Port, New York, Christina Malina Scherer, Bay Side, New York, Barbara Malina (Scott Wachter) of Berkeley, California, Edward (Elaine) Malina of Burdett and Dr. Joanne Malina (Charles Thompson) of Montrose, New York; seven grandchildren, Shana, Ryan, Kayly, Kelsey and Kody Phelps, Daine and Malina Butler; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his memory may be made to St. Mary's of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or Schuyler County Little League, 122 Falls View Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865, c/o Kevin Lewis, treasurer. You may sign a guestbook, light a "Candle of Remembrance" or express condolences to the family online at RoyceChedzoy.com.
Dundee--Peggy L. Menken, 66, of Dundee passed away Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca.
Honoring her wishes there are no prior calling hours. A graveside memorial service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 in Bellona Cemetery, Bellona, with the Rev. Marilyn Wood officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Dundee Fire Company Emergency Squad, 12 Union St., Dundee, NY 14837.
Peggy was born Dec, 1, 1948 in Penn Yan, the daughter of the late Charles Lee "Baldy" Chambers and Mary L. Mashewske Chambers. She graduated from Penn Yan Academy in 1966. On March 17, 1990 she married Patrick "Don" Menken who passed away Aug. 20, 2004. She had lived back in the area since 2005, previously of Raleigh, North Carolina where she was the owner of P.M. Enterprises, a cable TV wiring and cable installation company. In her spare time she enjoyed all kinds of crafts, sewing, knitting, crocheting and baking.
She is survived by her son John D. (Klaressa) Nielsen of Savannah, New York, her daughter Cindy M. Nielsen of Penn Yan, her mother Mary L. Chambers of Dundee; seven grandchildren, Jamie, Courtney, Abby and Cassie Nielsen, Damon, Leeann and Carlee Walker; five brothers, C. Edward (Sandra) Chambers of Avon, New York, Martin L. (Linda) Chambers of Penn Yan, James A. (Julie) Chambers of Montana, Robert L. (Jen) Chambers of Penn Yan, William R. Chambers of Branchport and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband, she was pre-deceased by a sister Carol Ann Chambers July 4, 1973, her father Charles Lee Chambers Dec. 28, 2004, and a brother Bruce Chambers March 3, 2014.
Arrangements are by the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visitingwww.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
DUNDEE--Diane L. Nice, 53, of Dundee passed away Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital in Penn Yan.
Diane was born Sept. 17, 1961 in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Franklin C. and Doris (Lewis) Durchsprung. Diane was a member of the 1979 graduating class of Springfield Township High School in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. She had also attended Montgomery County College. Diane had worked as a computer and sales consultant for Avnet Co. and for the past nine years worked as the school secretary for the Dundee Central School. She enjoyed camping, baking, shopping and going to the beach. She had been involved in the Girl Scout Troop of Oreland, Pennsylvania and was a board member and coach for the Yates County Soccer League. She always offered her assistance and service to area organizations, especially those involving the children of the community. Diane was a devoted and loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and aunt, who enjoyed her family and friends.
In addition to her parents, Franklin and Doris Durchsprung of West Chester, Pennsylvania, she is survived by her husband, David R. Nice; son, Harry David Nice; daughter, Lacey Ray Nice; grandchildren, Elliot, Quintin and Isaiah Kotz; brother, David Lee Durchsprung of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; sister, Debra (Charles) Norman of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; mother-in-law, Harriet Smith; sister-in-law, Cheryl (Stuart) Holmes; brothers-in-law, G. Scott (Sandy) Nice and Bruce A. Nice; nieces and nephews, Tracy, Stephen and Kaitlyn Norman, Nicole and Zachary Durchsprung, Lisa Comly, Jennifer Straub, S. Clayton Holmes and Jesse Nice.
Friends and family called from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 at the Townsend Wood Funeral Chapel, 201 E. Elm St., Penn Yan. Her funeral service was held at the funeral home Friday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. Private committal services will be held at the convenience of the family at Hillside Cemetery in Dundee. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society or to a local Backpack Program.
Friends and family may sign the guestbook at www.townsendwoodfuneralchapel.com.
Mary E. Dillon, 80, of Dundee, Sept. 8, 2015 at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
FREDERICK W. GELDER, 81, Sept. 6, 2015 at home. Arrangemements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
Thomas Malina, 66, of Montour Falls, Sept. 7, 2015. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Peggy L. Menken, 66, of Dundee, Sept. 4, 2015 at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
CHARLENE STANTON MILLARD, 82, formerly of Dundee, April 2015 in Largo, Florida. There will be a short graveside service 11 a.m. Sept. 24 in Hillside Cemetery.
Diane L. Nice, 53, of Dundee, Sept. 8, 2015 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.