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Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 8/26/15

Dundee--Richard P. "Rich'' Wheeler, 59, of Dundee passed away Friday Aug. 21, 2015 surrounded by his loving family at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, in Penn Yan.
Friends are invited to calling hours from 1-3 and 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28 at Assembly of God Church, 50 Reed St., Geneva, with Pastor Chris Pilet officiating. Burial to follow will be private in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Dundee Fire Company or Emergency Squad, 12 Union St., Dundee, NY 14837 or to Ontario-Yates County Hospice Assoc., 756 Pre-Emption Road, Geneva, NY 14456.
Rich was born July 20, 1956 in Auburn, New York, the son of the late Paul C. and Gladys E. Engvall Wheeler. He graduated from Dundee Central School in 1974. On March 26, 1977 in the Dundee Presbyterian Church he married the former Linda J. Cooper.
He was employed by WFLR radio before entering the insurance business, managing the Elliott Insurance Agency in Dundee and the Beaumont & Stork Insurance Agency in Hammondsport for many years before founding R. P. Wheeler Insurance Agency in Geneva.
Mr. Wheeler was a very active and prominent member of the community. He was always looking for ways to make the world a better place to live and grow. His faith was strong and he loved bringing God into people's lives which he showed by being very active in his church, as a founding member, deacon and pianist for the Living Hope Baptist Church in Geneva. He was instrumental in creating the A.W.A.N.A. Club at the Faith Baptist Church in Dundee. He had also been active in the community as a former member of the Dundee Fire Department and Emergency Squad. He also assisted in starting the first credit union in Dundee, known as the Keuka-Seneca Federal Credit Union. He was the 50th president of the Dundee Rotary Club and had been very involved in countless Rotary Shows over the years. He also had lots of pride in his country, by supporting local government as a former Yates County Republican chairman, and being the delegate at the 1996 Republican National Convention in San Diego, California.
Rich was a true people person. He loved to entertain as he did so many times as the leader of his band Rich Wheeler and Company. His love of music will always be remembered. He loved boating and frequenting coffee shops and diners, often volunteering his time and services. He enjoyed reading, especially the Bible, and shared his passion by giving numerous copies of John MacArthur Study Bibles to fellow Christians.
He is loved by all, but will be very missed by his wife of 38 years Linda J. Wheeler at home; two daughters, Christina M. (Benjamin T.) Thorp and Laura J. (Todd) Niver; and four granddaughters, Kelsey Thorp, twins Madison and Jenna Thorp and Lyla Niver, all of Dundee; his brother James E. Wheeler, also of Dundee; sister Deborah E. (Frank) McMullen of Rochester along with numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins, and countless friends.
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Death Notices
MARY BETH GREENE, 40, of Penn Yan, Aug. 16, 2015 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
MARLENE J. LERCH, 69, Aug. 17, 2015 at home. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
JOSE N. MEDINA, 72, of Lowman, Aug. 22, 2015. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
GERALD L. ORSLEY, 72, of Himrod, Aug. 19, 2015 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
ROBERT M. SCHIEK, 93, of Penn Yan, Aug. 15, 2015 at The Homestead Living Center, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
Richard P. Wheeler, 59, of Dundee, Aug. 21, 2015 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
YOLANDA E. WHEELER, 87, Aug. 21, 2015. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.

Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 8/19/15

ASHEBORO, NORTH CAROLINA--Mary Elizabeth Kuver Brown, 83, of Asheboro, North Carolina, died Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015 at Clapp's Convalescent Nursing Home in Asheboro.
No services are planned at this time.
A native of Yates County, Mrs. Brown was born May 18, 1932, the daughter of William and Katherine MacMillan Kuver. She enjoyed crafts and singing in the church choir.
Survivors include her husband, Charles Brown, of the home; daughters, Sue Ann Brown Walker and husband Robert of Asheboro, North Carolina, Leah Jane Lamont Kerr and husband Robert of Farmington, New York; sons, William Brown and wife Donna, Charles W. Brown III and wife Melissa, all of Pennsylvania; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
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PENN YAN--RALPH J. HUBBELL, 85, of Penn Yan went to be with our Lord Aug. 11, 2015 at the Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home surrounded by his loved ones.
Ralph was born in Montour Falls Hospital Sept. 20, 1929 to Ralph C. and Effie (Eggleston) Hubbell. He graduated from Dundee Central School in 1948. Ralph served in the U.S. Army/Korean War from 1951 to 1952. He worked at Mercury Aircraft in Hammondsport, Keuka College and lastly retired with the Geneva American Can Company after 34 years. Ralph was a member of the Barrington Rifle Club and past member of the White Springs Fire Company in Geneva.
Ralph is survived by his loving and dedicated wife, Mary Louise (James) of 49 years; their daughter, Rae Jean Hubbell of Penn Yan; granddaughter, Emily Coon of Penn Yan; mother-in-law, Louise (Lynn) James of Penn Yan; and his loving cat companion, Jenna.
He was previously married to Doris (Smith) Finger and their children are Linda Hubbell of Boston, Massachusetts, Robert Hubbell of Texas and Randy Hubbell of Penn Yan. Their grandchildren are Jamie, Sofia, Ryan, Janelle, Robin and William.
Ralph is also survived by his loving siblings: Paul (Linda) Hubbell of Bath, Ken (Pat) Hubbell of Geneva, Dorothy (Jack) Brickey of Lakeland, Florida and Steve (Patti) Hubbell of Missouri and their children.
Ralph was predeceased by his sister Lucienne (Hubbell) Endresen, nephew Aaron Hubbell of Missouri and several aunts and uncles.
There will be a Military Honor Service at the Hillside Cemetery in Dundee Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. Calling hours will be at Barrington Community Church, 4560 Old Bath Road, Dundee, from 3-5 p.m. followed by a memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ralph's memory may be made to the Barrington Community Church.
Ralph's family would like to express a sincere thank you to everyone at the Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home for the compassion, respect and excellent care they gave to Ralph. Ralph and his wife Mary will miss the friends he had made at the Penn Yan Homestead Nursing Home.

Elmira--Howard H. Kimball Jr., 86, of Elmira, previously of Glenora, left behind a most interesting life of business, hobbies, friends, accomplishments and hootenanny Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015 in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Elmira June 28, 1929 to Howard H. and Angeline Keller Kimball Sr., he attended school in Elmira Heights and spent summers on the old family farm in Monterey.
Drafted into the Army during the Korean War, he served as a lieutenant with the Rangers till wounded. He was awarded the Purple Heart and other medals. He returned to Elmira and married his sweetheart and best friend Nancy F. Marks and yes, it was the uniform! She passed away June 25, 1998.
His service to his community and to others was always of great importance to him throughout his life. He entered the hardware business of Rose Kimball & Baxter and eventually became president. He was president of the Arctic League, Arnot Art Museum and the Tripp Foundation. He was mayor of Elmira, chairman of the advisory board of Marine Midland Bank and a legendary "Whiz Kid." He was appointed by Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and a member of the first NYS Job Development Authority and the Adirondack Study Commission. He also had great enjoyment in founding Seneca Lake Pure Waters, Dundee Cable Corp and the prestigious Gin Rummy Tournament of Glenora. He founded NYS Wine Grape Growers Assoc. and was one of the four founders of the now famous Glenora Wine Cellars in Dundee. Howard was a great friend to, on the staff of, and an associate of the Houghton family of Corning.
He was an avid fisherman and traveler with a love for Montana's rivers, the mountains of Colorado, rivers and streams of the Adirondacks, the crystal clear Caribbean waters and the salt water flats of the Florida Keys and Bahamas.
He was an avid art collector of much note. He befriended a local artist, Thomas Buechner, helping him in placing some wonderful paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Smithsonian in Washington, the Chicago Museum of Fine Art, the Arnot Art Museum and many others.
Howard is survived by his three children, Martin (Julie), Henry (Lynda) and Polly (Steve) Eslinger; seven grandchildren, Andrew, Julia, Christopher, Allison, Alden, Alex and Seth; six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, Howard was predeceased by two sisters, Calista Pitts and Patricia Miller.
Howard extends a heartfelt goodbye to all and a thank you to his good friend, care giver and fishing pal John. Few experience true friendship and he was honored to have had the opportunity!
Honoring his wishes there were no prior calling hours. A private graveside service with military honors was held in Lakemont Cemetery with Kim Harris Larson officiating. Friends were invited to a celebration of Howard's life at Glenora Wine Cellars, Saturday Aug. 15, 2015 at 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Howard with memorials to the Arctic League, 249 W. Clinton St., Elmira, NY 14901 and Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association PO Box 247, Geneva NY 14456.
Arrangements were by the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by

Penn Yan/Dundee--Karen C. Maynard, 62, of Penn Yan, previously of Dundee, ended her fight Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her loving family.
Honoring her wishes there are no prior calling hours. A celebration of her life will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20 at the Dresden United Methodist Church, 60 Cornelia St., Dresden with her sister Kim Fultz and the Rev. Marilyn Wood officiating, and followed by a dinner reception for everyone at the Dresden Fire Department. Private inurnment will be in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee, at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 1400 Winton Road North, Rochester, NY 14609-5896.
Karen was born May 27, 1953 in Penn Yan, the daughter of the late Francis Johnson and Marion Dixon Johnson. She graduated from Dundee Central School in 1972. Karen was a very active member of the community, volunteering for countless fund raisers and benefits. She was a former member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, volunteered for the Troop Rides, was a past member of the Yates County Pool League, and will be remembered for her joy of cooking, camping, casinos and fishing.
A loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend, she will be missed by her four children, Denita L. Bayer, Rebecca A. (Dave) Andersen, Judy Danson all of Penn Yan, and Arthur (Roxanne) Temple of Honeoye, New York; her companion, dear friend and caregiver Tom E. Boorom, her mother Marion A. Harris, both of Penn Yan; 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Cecil "Skip" (Sharon McMillen) Johnson of Penn Yan; three sisters, Diane L. (David) Nelson of Dresden, Wendy L. (Todd) McCutchen of Drummonds, Tennessee and Kim M. (Kevin) Fultz of Dundee; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was pre-deceased by her father Francis Johnson in 1977 and her beloved stepfather Marshall L. "Bing" Harris in 2008.
Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by

Beverly VanSkiver, 86, of Horseheads passed away at home surrounded by her loving family Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. Beverly worked as a registered nurse for many years and retired from Corning Hospital. Beverly was born in Corning, the daughter of Charles and Leona Blank. She was the eighth of 11 children. She was predeceased by her parents and eight siblings, Harold, Basil, Shirley, Virginia, Sidney, Charles, Keith and June.
She is survived by her loving husband, Bernard "Bernie" VanSkiver; four children, Cynthia (Fran) Schoffner of Burdett, Sylvia Miller of Lockport, B. Stephen (April) VanSkiver of Chesapeake, Virginia and Curtis VanSkiver of Monterey; two brothers, Elwin (Joyce) Blank of Burdett and Paul Blank of Beaver Dams; six grandchildren, Bridgette Searles, Brennen Riddick, Tamarynde Cacciotti, Lysette Miller, Amber Johnson and Daniel VanSkiver; and eight great-grandchildren. Beverly enjoyed many hobbies, including sewing, cross-stitching, gardening, berry picking, baking, playing piano, swimming and camping. She especially enjoyed teaching her enjoyments to her grandchildren.
The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen, Thursday, Aug. 20 from12-1 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m at the funeral home. You may sign a guestbook, light a "Candle of Remembrance" or express condolences to the family online at

Death Notices
MARY E. BROWN, 85, of Asheboro, North Carolina, formerly of Yates
County, Aug. 16, 2015 at Clapp's Convalescent Nursing Home, Asheboro. Arrangements by Ridge Funeral Home, Asheboro.
Melanie L. Croft, 52, of Elmira, formerly of Montour Falls, Aug. 9, 2015 at home. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
RALPH J. HUBBELL, 85, of Penn Yan, Aug. 11, 2015 at Penn Yan Manor. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
HOWARD H. KIMBALL JR., 86, of Elmira, formerly of Glenora, Aug. 11, 2015. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
KAREN C. MAYNARD, 62, of Penn Yan, Aug. 15, 2015. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
HELEN SCHOEFFLER, 95, Aug. 14, 2015. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
Beverly VanSkiver, 86, of Horseheads, Aug. 14, 2015 at home. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 8/12/15

Margaret S. Bartow, 75, of Satsuma, Florida, died peacefully with her family on Seneca Lake, July 30, 2015.
Margaret (Meg) was born Aug. 1, 1939 in Ipswich, England. She was a beloved child of Maude Minter, sister to Peter Minter (Meg), loving and devoted wife to Harold (Harry) Bartow, and exceptional mother to nine children. Margaret moved to Watkins Glen with her family in 1970 from Ipswich, England. She spent her years in Watkins Glen raising her children and transforming a 50-acre landscape into a self-sustaining farm raising animals, planting organic vegetable gardens and stewarding a habitat for a multitude of wildlife. She was a unique individual and a graceful force who taught her family to fight for what they believe in, and to enjoy life fully but with respect. Knowledge was her beacon, and she could always be found with a book or a crossword puzzle in hand.
After raising her children, Meg earned a master's degree in education from Elmira College. She went on to teach in the Watkins Glen School District for 12 years before retiring to Florida with her husband. She had a great passion for teaching and was beloved by her students and colleagues alike for her genuine interest in sharing knowledge and empowering individuals.
She is pre-deceased by her first child and daughter, Gay Bartow. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 58 years; children Sandra Bartow, Angela Baker (Bill), Clayton Bartow, Fiona Gibson (Martin), Peter Bartow (Solange), Paul Bartow (Martha), Philip Bartow and Sarah Bartow; grandchildren, Nicole Gibson, Kyle Gibson, Stuart Bartow (Jillian) and Margaret Bartow-Cannon; greatgrandchildren, Charlee Bartow, Camryn Bartow and Remy Bartow: and wonderful nieces and nephews, Mandy Pryar (David), Ken Minter (Christine), Taylor, Megan and Claire Minter.
Margaret was a champion for all of her family's endeavors and especially loved to spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who were a great joy in her life. She has left an incredible mark on those who knew her and she will be forever missed by her family and friends.
A private celebration of her life will be held in New Jersey and England at a later date with her family. The family asks in lieu of flowers, a donation be made in her honor to the Humane Society of Schuyler County.

Bath--Ione P. Irvin, 98, passed away peacefully Saturday, July 18, 2015, at The Fred & Harriet Taylor Health Facility in Bath. She was born Feb. 11, 1917, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Charles and Nellie France. Throughout her life Ione was constantly hard at work. From a telephone operator in her early years to owning her own small hot dog stand called Oney's Coneys in Florida, she was always on the go. She ended her working years managing the dessert and salad kitchen at her family's restaurant, The Branding Iron, on Keuka Lake. She made her home for many years at Lakeview Apartments in Bath where you could find her volunteering in the gift shop and driving her friends to and from appointments, restaurants and shopping trips. She greatly enjoyed travelling, dining out and her family for which her kindness, hard work ethic and devotion was an inspiration. She was always there when she was needed, and her calming words, warm hugs and chocolate rice pudding will be greatly missed.
Ione is survived by daughter, Judith A. Pear of Hammondsport; son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Janet Drew of Hernando, Florida; daughter-in-law, Sharon Drew of Ft. Wayne, Indiana; her grandchildren: Vicky (Chris) Gary, Kathy (Gary) Para, Michael (Sue) Waldrop, Mark Waldrop, Kenneth D. Drew, Sherry (David) Caldwell, Dawn (Jason) Cowley, Christie Clark, Tammy Pennsinger, Chuck (Pamela) Drew, Wendy (Rick) Milan; 26 great-grandchildren (including special great-grandson Michael R. Waldrop); 44 great-great-grandchildren, one great-great-great-grandchild and many beloved nieces and nephews. Ione was predeceased by her mother and father; five sisters and one brother; son, Kenneth E. Drew; son-in-law, Robert Pear; grandson, James A. Waldrop; granddaughter, Julie Glen; great-grandson, Gary R. Para.
There will be no calling hours or services. A private celebration of life will be held by the family at a future date. The family wishes to thank Taylor Health Center for the excellent care and love given to Ione while in residence there. Condolences and remembrances

Death Notices
Margaret S. Bartow, 75, of Satsuma, Fla., July 30, 2015 on Seneca Lake. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
Ione P. Irvin, 98, Bath, July 18, 2015, at The Fred & Harriet Taylor Health Facility, Bath. Arrangements by Barber Funeral Home, Horseheads.
DOUGLAS C. MINNERLY, 59, Aug. 2, 2015. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
Roma I. Raplee, 87, Aug. 2, 2015 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira. Arrangements by Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Charlie E. Spacek, 59, of Penn Yan, July 30, 2015. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.

Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 8/5/15

Frank E. Blanchard Jr., 58, of Mecklenburg passed away unexpectedly Monday, July 27, 2015 at home. He was born in Bath Sept. 12, 1956, the son of the late Frank and Mildred Blanchard, Sr. He graduated from Watkins Glen High School and served honorably with the U.S. Air Force. Frank worked at Therm in Ithaca for 37 years.
He is survived by his soulmate, Bonnie Mayer; Grace and Hope Edger who considered him their dad; brothers, Kenneth Blanchard of Beaver Dams and Alan Blanchard of Texas.
Relatives and friends are invited to call Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 from 4-8 p.m. at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please

Rhion Alexander Rathbone, 22, of Alpine passed away unexpectedly Thursday, July 30, 2015. He was born in Cortland July 25, 1993, the son of Shawn Rathbone and Debora Fellwock. He graduated from Odessa-Montour High School and attended Corning Community College. Rhion worked at Walmart at one time. He was an avid writer and recently published his poetry book online. He was a true comedian at heart.
He is survived by his mother, Debora Fellwock of Odessa; his father, Shawn (Jamie) Rathbone of Auburn; siblings, Ashley Parker, Ethan Fellwock, Jim Magel, Emma and Ella Rathbone, and Kayleigh Robinson whom Rhion considered his sister and his twin; his paternal grandparents, John and Norma Rathbone of Cincinnatus; maternal grandparents, John Grover of Alpine and Bea Grover of Montour Falls; aunts and uncles, Lisa (Will) Shrout, whom Rhion considered his second mother, Joel, Clay (Nikole) and Jeff Grover, Sandra (Mike) Randall, Amy (Jason) Morgan and Maryanne (Gray) Frederick; cousins, Jordan Robinson, Taylor, Olivia and Paden Grover, Gabriel Grover, Melissa and Jenn Randall, Amanda Miller and Geoffrey and Geran Frederick; and his best friend, Adam Dionne. He was predeceased by his grandmother Helen Jean Grover and his great-grandmother Millie Jenks.
Relatives and friends were invited to join together for a celebration of Rhion's life Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 from 3-6 p.m. at the Montour Moose Lodge. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please

David L. Sworts, 91, of Dundee passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at the Penn Yan Manor. Calling hours were held Thursday, July 30 from 2-4 with funeral services at 4 p.m., all at Weldon Funeral Home. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Himrod Fire Department.
David was born May 23, 1924, the son of William and Emma Ingoldsby Sworts. He was a past commander and current member of both the American Legion and VFW in Dundee, the Himrod Fire Department and was active in the Dundee Presbyterian Church and the Marine Corp League.
David is survived by two sons, John D. (Laurie) Sworts of Dundee and Henry (Beverly) Dobbin of Florida; one daughter, Barbara (Herbert) Sweet of Hyde Park, New York; several grand and great-grandchildren; a brother, Keith (Jeanne) Sworts of Fairbanks, Alaska and his long time companion Helen Jensen. He was predeceased by his wife Helen and a sister Jeanne.
Friends may sign the guest book at

Death Notices
Frank E. Blanchard Jr., 58, of Mecklenburg, July 27, 2015 at home. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
Robert M. Houghtelling, 5 months and 22 days, of Montour Falls, July 29, 2015. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Rhion A. Rathbone, 22, of Alpine, July 30, 2015. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
Donald J. Redman, 79, of Penn Yan, July 30, 2015 at F. F. Thompson Hospital, Canandaigua. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
David L. Sworts, 91, of Dundee, July 28, 2015 at the Penn Yan Manor. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.

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