Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 2/13/19
Dr. Blanche Borzell of Watkins Glen, the first female family practice physician in Schuyler County, passed away at Schuyler Hospital Feb. 9, 2019. She was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Oct. 14, 1945. The family moved to Alpine, then Watkins Glen where she attended high school. This was followed by Cornell University (B.A.) and Upstate Medical Center (M.D.). After a residency in family medicine, she opened her practice in Watkins Glen. This year would have marked 43 years of serving the community. She was also a coroner for the county for over 30 years, serving as chief coroner for over 20 of them. Additionally, she was on the board of directors and first vice president of NYSACCME, a diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine, and a clinical associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Upstate Medical University. But most important was her role as a beloved wife, mother and grandmother.
She is survived by her husband, Jim Robertson; children, Blanche Robertson (Saif Agha) and James Robertson; grandchildren, Ali and James Agha, Ryley, Maisie and Grayson Robertson; sisters, Kay (Amedio) Fraboni and Angeline (Christopher) Franzese; her godchildren, Tony Fraboni and Christine Franzese, and other nieces and nephews, Frank Fraboni, Kathy McBride and Cindy Pierce; Helen, Blanche and Angie Franzese; and Alan and Neil Pitcairn, as well as many cousins in Pennsylvania and New York, and her close friend Ellen Rieback. She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Blanche (Karpovich) Borzell.
A special thanks and appreciation to the staff of Schuyler Hospital for their excellent and compassionate care.
Relatives and friends are invited to call Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 4-7 p.m. at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Thursday, Feb. 14, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Schuyler Health Foundation, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865. To leave the family a message of condolence or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com.
Dominica Davis, 86, of Watkins Glen passed away at home, surrounded by her devoted children Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019.
Friends and family called Monday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Link at St. Mary's of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen. Dominica's Mass of Christian Burial immediately followed calling hours in the church. Burial will be at the convenience of the family at Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in Dominica's name to the Cayuga Hematology Oncology patient fund, 101 Dates Dr., Suite 102 Ithaca, NY 14850.
Dominica was born Oct. 8, 1932 in Montour Falls to Sam and Isabelle Pangallo Barber. She worked and retired from Schuyler Hospital. Dominica enjoyed cooking, shopping and loved her family, especially her grandchildren.
She is survived by her children, Michael (Andrea) Davis, Darla Davis, Doreen (John) Franzese and Mari (Chuck Cooley) Davis; grandchildren, Danette, Darcy, Michael, Matthew, Sara, Joseph, Zachery and Kiera; 10 great-grandchildren. Dominica was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Robert S. Davis, March 19, 2013 and her sister, Annie Riley.
Friends and family may sign the guestbook at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com.
Judith K. (Judy) Saltsman, 75, of Hector peacefully moved to her heavenly home Jan. 29, 2019. She was born the beloved daughter of John and Eliza Baker June 9, 1943 in Elmira. Sept. 29, 1962 she married the love of her life, Norman (Chuck) Saltsman.
Judy is survived by her daughter Kimberlee Karius, son Todd Saltsman, granddaughter Amanda Allen and grandson Brandon (Jessica) Karius; her precious great-grandchildren Paisley and Julia Allen, Briar Karius and the soon to arrive Kenzie Karius; her goddaughter Brenda Clawson and her daughter Madison Grace, sister-in-law Roxann Baker, Aletha Smith, Norma (Richard) George, Lucy Saltsman, Marge Saltsman and Chris Saltsman; many loving nieces and nephews and their families as well as a host of others she called loving family and friends, her extended family Chris Aho, Shelley Aho, Kenneth (Cassandra) Aho, their children, Heather Aho and her children.
Judy was preceded in passing by her father, John Baker, and her mother, Eliza (Seager) Baker; her dedicated and loving husband, Norman (Chuck) Saltsman; John W. Baker, her older brother, whom she admired and loved until the end.
Judy led a full and very active life. Her greatest and most loved roles were wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She held the role of matriarch not only to those she gave birth to, but to so many she shared her love with. She also was a cafeteria worker, vineyard laborer and avid cake decorator. Judy enjoyed bowling and was secretary and treasurer of one of the leagues she belonged to, in fact, the bowling alley is where the love of her life first laid eyes on her. To support her husband and the community, she joined the Valois-Logan-Hector Ladies Auxiliary in 1982. In 37 years Judy served many positions including treasurer, vice president and president for over 20 years. She worked in the bakery at P&C and then Tops from the mid 1990s until June 2011, when she retired.
A Celebration of Life has been scheduled for Saturday, May 4 at 2 p.m., at the Valois-Logan-Hector Firehouse, Hector, officiated by Pastor Tom Davis. Burial of Norman (Chuck) and Judith (Judy) Saltsman will be held Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m., at Pleasant Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to the VLH Ladies Auxiliary, c/o Nancy Davis, 5433 Davis View Lane, Hector, NY 14841
Arrangements were made by the LaMarche Funeral Home in Hammondsport.
NANCY L. ANDERSON, 78, of Penn Yan, Feb. 4, 2019 at Geneva General Hospital. Arrangements by Townsend Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
DR. BLANCHE BORZELL, 73, of Watkins Glen, Feb. 9, 2019 at Schuyler SHIRLEY A. COVERT, 94, of Penn Yan, Feb. 4, 2019 at home. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
Hospital. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
DOMINICA DAVIS, 86, of Watkins Glen, Feb. 6, 2019 at home. Arrangements by Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
JUDITH K. (JUDY) SALTSMAN, 75, of Hector, Jan. 29, 2019. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 2/6/19
Mary P. Borra, 104, of Alpine, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 in the comfort of her home.
Mary was born in Arcevia, Province of Ancona, Italy, Jan. 7, 1915, daughter of Rosa (Ruzziconi) and Pietro Biagetti. Mary had worked for Remington Rand in Elmira as well as for Odessa-Montour school and BC Cate elementary school in Montour Falls.
She is survived by nieces and nephews, Rosemarie (George) Biagetti-Vanderhaar, Sandra (Fred) Biagetti-Oravetz, California, Joanne (John) Stugart, Meherrin, Virginia, Carl (Ellen) Biagetti, Silver Spring, Maryland, Mary Ann Biagetti, Virginia Beach, Virginia, Lida (Michael) Riedlinger, Pittsford, New York, Robert E. (Pam Coyle) Borra, Alpine, James A. (Melissa Chipman) Borra, Hector, Frank A. (Pat) Borra and Richard R. (Mary) Borra, Cortland, as well as several great-nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Mary was predeceased by her husband, Louie Borra; brothers and sisters-in-law, Joseph (Clara) Biagetti, Frank (Nicolina) Biagetti (Watkins Glen), Angelo (Pauline) Biagetti (Palm Springs, California); brother in-law and sisters in-law Anthony (Connie) Borra and Mary (Richard) Randolf (Alpine) and nieces Rosanne Biagetti Doane and Mary M. Borra (Watkins Glen) and nephew William Borra (Colorado).
"Mary Borra," "Aunt Mary" was kind, she loved life and family. She was quiet but had an infectious laugh and loved to dance as she and Uncle Louie were square dancing champions known region wide. Sundays or any day of the week being with Aunt Mary meant spending time with her in gardens of wonderful vegetables and beautiful flowers likes Lupines and Lambs Ears, Gladiolus and Daisies too. And if you were with her long enough you would get to eat something special like homemade pasta or chicken soup and holidays were extra special with wonderful Italian dishes for the celebration with family. What Aunt Mary loved most was to sit on the porch with Uncle Louie and watch the day go by.
A Memorial Mass celebrating her life will be announced at a later date. Memories of Mary may be shared with her family and friends at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com.
Thomas LaVerne Davis, 74, of Bradford passed away Jan. 29, 2019 after an extended illness. He was born in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania Feb. 7, 1944, the son of Floyd and Marian (Stradley) Davis. He honorably served in the U.S. Army in the 1960s and retired from the Naval Air Station in Alameda, California, where he worked on jets. He is survived by his wife Carol Davis, several children and stepchildren.
According to his wishes there are no services. You may leave an expression of sympathy or "Light a Candle of Remembrance" online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements entrusted to Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Barbara A. Elliott, 66, of Dundee, formerly of Wayne, entered unto rest Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 at the Homestead in Penn Yan. She was born in Bath, New York June 27, 1952, the daughter of Clarence Hurd and Mary Wood. Barbara was a bookkeeper for the Arc of Steuben. She was a member of the Open Range Cowboy Church and a member of the Wayne Fire Department Auxiliary. Barbara loved to read and watch old westerns.
She is survived by three daughters, Mary Dumbleton of Wayne, Barbara Groves of Bath and Peggy (Phil) O'Dell; two sons, Patrick (Tabitha) Matuszek of Monterey and Donald (April) Elliott of Seattle, Washington; a sister, Joyce Storm of Whitney, Texas; two brothers, Lloyd (Betty) Hurd of Abbyville, South Carolina and Thomas Matuszek of Washington; 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; uncle Kip (Jerry) Wood of Penn Yan and nine nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father Clarence Hurd, her mother Mary Wood, grandmother Ada Wood and stepfather Joseph Matuszek.
A celebration of Barbara's life will be held Friday, Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. at the Wayne Baptist Church, 69 County Road 26, Wayne, followed by a reception at the church. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Hammondsport at the convenience of the family. Contributions may be made in her memory to the Homestead, 418 N. Main St., Penn Yan, NY 14527, or to Open Range Cowboy Church, 582 FM 1713, P.O. Box 1603, Whitney, TX 76692. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com.
Susan Estelle Mullin Watkins was born Jan. 8, 1945 in Elmira and died Jan. 25, 2019 in Rochester. Susan was the only child of Newell Disbro Mullin and Hannah Elizabeth Baker Mullin who preceded her in death in the 1980s. She was married for several years to Carl N. Watkins and they had a son, Sean. Carl preceded her in death in 2017. Susan is survived by her loyal companion of many years, David Shipman of Penn Yan, loving sons Sean C. Watkins of Phoenix Arizona, and David L. Desmarais of Ogunquit, Maine, and their partners Kate and Tina. Also surviving are her dear cousins and many friends.
Susan was a graduate of Southside high in Elmira (1963) and Syracuse University (1967) where she earned a dual degree in journalism and liberal arts. In her early career, Susan was a reporter for the Elmira Star Gazette, Martha's Vineyard Gazette and several Syracuse area newspapers. Later she was co-editor/publisher of the Dundee Observer in partnership with her long-time friend Susan (Flood) McCann (A.K.A. The Snoop Sisters) and news director for WFLR Radio, both of Dundee. Susan wrote several books including "Conversations with Seth." She was an avid gardener and her flowers were well known to her neighbors. Her other interests included genealogy, bird watching and baseball which she pursued as a voracious reader, fearless explorer and little league fan.
At Susan's request there will be no funeral, instead a Celebration of Life event will be held later this year at a time and place to be advertised later in this publication. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to The University of Rochester Medical Center Palliative Care Program, Office of Advancement Unit 4-1200, P.O. Box 278996, 300 E. River Road, Rochester NY 14627 or Hope Walk of Yates County, P.O. Box 174, Penn Yan NY 14527.
MARY P. BORRA, 104, of Alpine, Jan. 22, 2019 at home. Arrangements by Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
JOHN F. CLEMONS, 79, of Montour Falls, Jan. 31, 2019. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
THOMAS L. DAVIS, 74, of Bradford, Jan. 29, 2019. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
BARBARA A. ELLIOTT, 66, of Dundee, formerly of Wayne, Jan. 25, 2019 at The Homestead, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
DORIS T. FITZPATRICK, 86, of Penn Yan, Jan. 26, 2019 at The Homestead, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
SUSAN E. WATKINS, 74, Jan. 25, 2019 in Rochester. Arrangements by Rochester Cremation.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 1/30/19
Dundee--Anastasia Agnes Rapacki of Dundee passed away peacefully just two days after her 95th birthday, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019 in the comfort of her home.
Anastasia was born Jan. 21, 1924 in Eynon, Pennsylvania, the eldest daughter of Anthony and Josephine Yatsonsky Konasavage. She graduated from Archibald high school in Archibald, Pennsylvania in 1942. On Oct. 1, 1949 in Eynon, Pennsylvania she married Theodore J. Rapacki Sr. who passed away Sept. 18, 2007. They have lived locally since 1968, previously of South Bound Brook, New Jersey. She was a 13 year employee of RCA in Harrison, New Jersey and had been a hood maker for the former Barden-Robeson Basket Factory in Penn Yan.
Mrs. Rapacki was a member of the former St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Dundee before transferring to St. Mary's in Watkins Glen.
She is loved and will be dearly missed by her son, Theodore J. "Ted" Rapacki Jr. of Dundee; three daughters, Ann Marie Rapacki with whom she made her home, Theresa Rapacki of Ithaca and Bernardine C. (Duane C. Smith) Rapacki of Elmira; a brother, Anthony (Pauline) Konasavage Jr. of Moscow, Pennsylvania; two sisters, Eleanor (John) Grabin and Alice Susco, both of Eyon, Pennsylvania; several nieces, nephews and her four-legged "fur babies" Brindle, Bella and George.
Besides her parents and husband, she was pre-deceased by a sister Rose Kobylash Sept. 2, 2001.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at St. Mary's of the Lake Parish, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. The family received friends prior to the mass in the "Link" of the church from 10:15-11 a.m. Burial in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee, will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Dundee Fire Company Emergency Squad, 12 Union St., Dundee, NY 14837.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
HARVEY J. "JACK" HATHAWAY, 84, Jan. 19, 2019 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, Montour Falls. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
RUTH H. HIGGINS, 89, Jan. 27, 2019. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
AMANDA J. HOYT, 84, of Cayuta, Jan. 20, 2019. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
ANASTASIA A. RAPACKI, 95, of Dundee, Jan. 23, 2019 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 1/23/19
Jay E. Arcangeli, 51, of Burdett died tragically in a farming accident Jan. 16, 2019, while chasing his dream to be a beef farmer. Jay was born Dec. 11, 1967 in Montour Falls to Joseph and Linda Arcangeli. He was preceded in death by his father Joseph Arcangeli. Jay is survived by his wife and soulmate of 21 years, Kathy (Kneller) Arcangeli; their two children whom he loved and adored, Alyssa and Joseph; mother, Linda Arcangeli; brothers and sisters, Joseph (and Nicki) Arcangeli of Tennessee, Janice (and Ray Neira) Arcangeli of Burdett, Jared Arcangeli (and Cheryll East) of Burdett; mother-in-law and father in-law, Ernestine and Larry Baxter of Granville, Pennsylvania; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Leslie and Shawn Raymond of Wyalusing, Pennsylvania; also 11 nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and especially the firehouse crew!
Jay was the Deputy Superintendent of Schuyler County Highway Department.
His family owned and operated Jay and Kathy Arcangeli Feed store and raised beef cattle at their farm. He was the former highway department superintendent for the town of Hector and former bridge foreman for Silverline Construction company. He was a volunteer with Burdett Fire Department and was also a member of the Farm Bureau and Hector Grazing Association. His passions in life were his kids, raising his beef cattle and hunting and fishing.
The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen, Monday, Jan. 21 from 4-8 p.m.
A funeral service will be held at the funeral home Tuesday Jan. 22 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Richard Evans officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to help cover funeral expenses or directly to Burdett Fire Department in Jay's name. (A "HELPING HAND" Go Fund Me donation link may be found at the end of his obituary on the funeral home website.)
You may "Light a Candle of Remembrance" or leave an online condolence of support for the family at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. There are no words to stop the tears, you left us way too soon! I didn't get to say goodbye, but my last three words were "I Love You!"
Penn Yan--Wayne E. LeShure Sr., 88, of Penn Yan passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital in Penn Yan.
Family and friends are invited to call from 3-5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 at the Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, 201 E. Elm St., Penn Yan. A memorial service for Wayne will take place at the funeral home at 5 p.m. Memorial donations may be made in his name to Alzheimer's Association, 435 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620.
Wayne was born at the family home in Dresden, Aug. 2, 1930, the son of Charles and Hattie LeShure. Wayne was employed at The Seneca Army Depot until his retirement in 1986-87. Wayne loved the Mennonite community and drove them around to wherever they needed to go. He enjoyed his Sunday drives around the lake, going to the Auction Barn and most of all, enjoyed being with his family. Wayne was well known for his many stories that he loved to share and was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone. Wayne was a life member of the Dresden Fire Department.
Wayne is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Cora; children, Rodger LeShure Sr. of Montour Falls, Kathleen LeShure of Penn Yan, Julia (AJ) Jensen of Dundee and Henry LeShure of Penn Yan; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. He was predeceased by his sons, Wayne Jr. and David and his grandson Bradley.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook at www.townsendwoodfuneralchapel.com.
Penn Yan--Robert G. Webster, 87, of Penn Yan, died unexpectedly Thursday Jan. 17, 2019 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan.
Robert was born May 2, 1931 in the town of Milo, one of five sons of Howard Eugene and Olive Christine Morley Webster. He graduated from Dundee Central School in 1950. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. On April 2, 1955 in Binghamton he married the former Rose Kohlage.
A lifelong area resident, he was a farmer as a boy and after the Navy he worked as a Yates County Deputy Sheriff from 1960-1973. After 13 years with the Sheriff's Department he accepted a position as a security guard for Eastman Kodak in Rochester, retiring in 1989. After retirement he worked for K-Ventures in Penn Yan.
Mr. Webster was a loyal member of the Milo Center United Methodist Church. He was also an honorary member of the Penn Yan Fire Department.
He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Rose; foster son, William "Bill" Lyman of Ovid and Bill's two sons Robert and Adam; two sisters, Nancy Fullagar of Billerica, Massachusetts and Carol (Charles) Leach of Penn Yan, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents he was predeceased by his four brothers Donald, Kenneth, Jack and Dick Webster.
Family and friends were invited to calling hours from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. His funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday Jan. 23 with a reception after at the Milo Center United Methodist Church, with Pastor Kimberly Lyons officiating. Burial was private in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Milo Center United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 299, Penn Yan, NY 14527.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
JAY E. ARCANGELI, 51, of Burdett, Jan. 16, 2019. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
MARY C. COOK, 90, of Penn Yan, Jan. 18, 2019 at F. F. Thompson Hospital, Canandaigua. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
DEBORAH J. FOX, 67, of Penn Yan, formerly of Preble, New York, Jan. 16, 2019 at Hospeace House, Naples. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
WAYNE E. LESHURE SR., 88, of Penn Yan, Jan. 17, 2019 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
DELORIS R. MCCONELL, 93 of Prattsburgh, Jan. 19, 2019 at the Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
ROBERT G. WEBSTER, 87, of Penn Yan, Jan. 17, 2019 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 1/16/19
Geta A. Biever, 79, of Burdett passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 at Elmira after a brief but intense illness. The family will receive friends and family at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen, Wednesday Jan. 16 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and 7 until 9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary's of the Lake Church on 905 N. Decatur St. in Watkins Glen with Father Steven Lape officiating at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. Burial will follow in the Hector Union Cemetery in Burdett, and a reception to be announced.
Geta was born in Montour Falls, April 20, 1939, the daughter of John and Margaret Gunning. She married her husband of over 60 years, Pierre, April 19, 1958 at St. Mary's of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen and she lived in Burdett nearly all her life.
She was predeceased by her son Philip, her parents John and Margaret Gunning, her brother Bruce Gunning, her father and mother in-law Emil and Rose Biever and her brother-in-law Ralph Dean.
Geta retired from the U.S. Postal Service with 31 years, serving at the Burdett and Montour Falls post offices. She also served as a secretary to Attorney William Elkins of Burdett.
She is survived by her husband, Pierre; son, Mark (Sharon) of Sterling, Virginia; daughter in-law, Sherry Biever of Burdett; brother, Clair (Peg) Gunning of Montour Falls; sister, Sue Dean of Burdett; sister in-law, Sandra Gunning of Reynoldsville and brother and sister in-law Raphael and Joan Specchio of Watkins Glen. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Peter Biever of Burdett, Philip Biever and Ryan Biever both of Virginia Beach, Virginia and Lydia Biever of Alpine. She is also survived by many cousins, nephews and nieces.
She was an avid shot-gunner spending many Sunday afternoons shooting clay pigeons with her husband and sons Philip and Mark. Geta also was a wonderful cook and baker, who made many beautiful wedding cakes.
Geta was a member of the Burdett Fire Department Auxiliary for many years serving as president for the past 35 years. She was also a den mother for Cub Scout Pack 52 of Burdett. She was a longtime member of the Burdett PTA Players. In later years she was also a member of the Trumansburg Fish and Game Club.
She was a most loving person and wonderful wife and mother. She liked people. These words from an old poem can best describe how people who knew her, felt about Geta:
Everywhere you go
Sunshine follows you
Everywhere you go
Skies are always blue
People like you
They seem to know
You pick roses out of the snow
The whole world says "Hello"
Everywhere you go.
Geta you will be sorely missed, and we will miss you forever. For those wishing, you may consider a memorial donation in her memory to the Burdett Fire Department. You may express condolences to the family or "Light a Candle of Remembrance" in her memory online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com
Rock Stream--Barbara Louise Brown, 79, of Rock Stream, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019 at home.
There were no prior calling hours. A Celebration of Her Life open house will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the home of her daughter, 2971 Ellison Road, Watkins Glen.
Memorial contributions may be made to Schuyler County Humane Society, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865.
Barbara was born Feb. 7, 1939 in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Roy David and Cora Josephine Platt Jones. On June 7, 1958 in Warren Center, Pennsylvania, she married Kenneth W. Brown who passed away April 5, 2002.
Formerly of Webster, New York, she was a secretary employed by Xerox during the 1970s. She and Ken moved to Rock Stream in 1978 and became owners of the former Ken & Barb's restaurant on Route 14, retiring in 1995.
She is survived by her son Scott K. (Jeanie) Brown of Lakemont; daughter Shareen K. "Shari" (Dennis) Moore of Watkins Glen; eight grandchildren, five great- grandchildren; a sister, Yvonne (Charlie) Franklin of Palmyra; a brother, Donald Jones of Hemet, California and several nieces, nephews and in-laws.
Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a daughter Sandra K. Brown-Fultz of Brockway, Pennsylvania in 2017.
Arrangements are by the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
Kenneth Ward Eldridge of Rock Stream passed away Jan. 13, 2019, at the age of 86. Born in Galeton, Pennsylvania, Ken was raised in the Watkins Glen area. After graduating from Watkins Glen Central School, Ken began his career at Corning Glass Works in 1952, where he would later retire as a senior process engineer. Ken will be remembered for his sharp wit and sense of humor. He was a formidable competitor in table tennis. He loved hunting, gardening and his hobby farm, which included a notable collection of farm equipment.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Edith Hadley Eldridge; his children, Bruce (Alice), James (Lydia), Anne (Rich), T. Andrew (Kathryn) and Paul (Lisa), as well as 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. In addition, he is survived by his brother, Gene, and sisters, Antoinette Whitehead and Linda Nemeth. Ken is predeceased by his father, Leon; his mother, Edna; his brother, Leon Jr. and his sister, Patricia Wood.
A celebration of Ken's life will be held Friday, Jan. 18 from 1-3 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen, followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Mike Kelly officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Kenneth may be made to Schuyler County Office of the Aging, 323 Owego St., Unit 7, Montour Falls, NY 14865.
You may "Light a Candle of Remembrance" or extend condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.
Mark E. Hills, 60, of Watkins Glen, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 at home. He was born in Troy, Pennsylvania Dec. 2, 1958, the son of the late Thomas J. and Janice L. (Wixson) Hills. Mark graduated from Watkins Glen high school and later served with the U.S. Army from 1977-1979. He was an entrepreneur and contractor. He loved music and was a racing enthusiast.
Mark is survived by his children, Debra Hills (Stephen Beckwith) of San Diego, California, Brandon (Michelle) Hills of Watkins Glen and Stacey (Joseph) Weber of San Diego, California; siblings, Donna Beardsley of Watkins Glen, Timothy Hills of Dunedin, Florida and Janet Mathews of Horseheads; seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home in Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com.
Barrington/Penn Yan--Philip Lee "Phil'' Morehouse, 80, of Penn Yan, died unexpectedly Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, in Penn Yan.
Friends are invited to calling hours from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan 17 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18 at the Dundee Baptist Church, 20 Seneca St., Dundee, with Lay Pastors Lew Ann Giles and Priscilla Andrews officiating. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee.
The Celebration of His Life will continue starting at 1 p.m. Friday at the Penn Yan Moose Lodge. Everyone who knew and loved Phil is welcome.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dundee Fire Company, or Emergency Squad, 12 Union St., Dundee, NY 14837; or the Barrington Rifle Club, c/o Calvin Crosby, 2021 Hobson Road, Penn Yan, NY 14527.
Phil was born Nov. 18, 1938 in Penn Yan, the only son of Clarence and Dorothy Bailey Morehouse. He graduated from Dundee Central School in 1957, after which he served in the U.S. Army Reserves. On June 20, 1959 in the Dundee Baptist Church he married the former Mary P. Covell. Phil was the owner of Morehouse Construction in Barrington, only semi-retiring in 2015. He was a member of Operating Engineers Local #832, a life member of the Barrington Rifle Club and was a former member of the town of Barrington variance board.
Phil was happiest on motorized vehicles, whether it was digging in the dirt, mowing grass or golf cart ride with his dog. He looked forward to spending time on Keuka Lake, having informal safety meetings at the shop, hanging with the guys down at the club or just playing cards. He loved tractor pulling and the annual trips to Bowling Green for the National Tractor Pulls. He enjoyed spending winters in Florida with family and friends, but his greatest love of all was time spent with his children and grandchildren.
He is loved and will be dearly missed by his wife of 59 years, Mary C. Morehouse at home; son, Mike (Chris) Morehouse of Penn Yan; daughter, Cathy M. (Sam) Marusarz of Dundee; grandson Mitch L. Morehouse of Penn Yan; three granddaughters, Amanda L. Morehouse of Victor, New York, Brooke S. (Travis) Filson of Lorraine, New York and Chelsey M. Marusarz of Dundee; a niece, Karla Newberry of Roswell, New Mexico; nephew, Jim Sisson of Albuquerque, New Mexico; several cousins, countless friends and his four legged companion "Ginger."
Besides his parents he was predeceased by two sisters, Linda Potter and Janet Sisson.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
Dundee--Lloyd Richard Snyder, 91, of Dundee died Sunday Jan. 13, 2019 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital in Penn Yan.
The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee, where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Lay Pastor Lew Ann Giles officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dundee Baptist Church, 20 Seneca St., Dundee, NY 14837.
Lloyd was born July 27, 1927 in Mentor, Ohio, the son of Albert and Della Clark Snyder. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, stationed in Korea. On June 12, 1948, he married the former Barbara L. Cadiou. They had two children whom they raised in Ohio before moving to New York in 1974. She passed away March 28, 1989. He returned to Mentor, Ohio to marry longtime family friend Sharlene Kidwell Pettet Feb. 24, 1990, merging their families as one. She also predeceased him Jan. 26, 2011.
Mr. Snyder was a self-employed contractor specializing in plaster walls and home construction for over 35 years, retiring in 2004. A devoted member of the Dundee Baptist Church, he enjoyed tinkering in his spare time, but his greatest joy was time spent with grand and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his daughter, Lynda L. (Steven) Lopresti of Montour Falls; his son, Richard K. (Susan) Snyder of Melbourne, Australia; stepdaughter, Patricia Floro of Mentor, Ohio; stepsons, Gary R. (Darla) Pettet of Raleigh, North Carolina and James W. Pettet of N. Fort Myers, Florida; 14 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents and two wives he was pre-deceased by a younger brother, Harold Snyder of Ohio, and an older brother, Melvin Snyder of New Mexico.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to his caregivers, to whom he grew very close, Sissy, Stella, Stacey and Brooke.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
Branchport--Kathryn C. "Kay" Tietjen, 90, of Branchport died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018.
Friends and family are invited to call at LaMarche Funeral Home in Hammondsport Saturday, Jan. 19 from 1-3 p.m. A service will be held immediately after at the funeral home. A private burial will be held at Glenview Cemetery in Pulteney at the convenience of the family.
Kay was born Sept. 25, 1928 in the town of Jerusalem, New York, the daughter of Fred and Virginia Martin. She graduated from Hammondsport Central School in 1947. On April 15, 1950, she married Norman "Zeke" Clark who passed away May 2, 1964. On Sept. 23, 1966, she married Mike Tietjen Sr. who passed away Aug. 18, 2003. She was also predeceased by her sister Molly Tyler.
Kay worked as a secretary in the Hammondsport Central School District in several offices for many years. She was a 71-year member of the Vine City Order of the Eastern Star in Hammondsport. She was a member of the Pulteney Presbyterian Church Prayer Shawl ministry and a charter member of the Pulteney Ladies Auxiliary "Smokey Belles." She was known by all for her impeccable style and penmanship. Kay thoroughly enjoyed sewing, baking, and meticulously maintaining her home, as well as the three cottages she and Mike Sr. built together; and most of all, her love of Keuka Lake and the view of the lake from her front porch.
She is loved and will be dearly missed by her five children, Carolyn (Carl) Schuler of Higganum, Connecticut, David (Carmen Ball) Clark of Hammondsport, Susan Smith of Big Flats, Pam (Kevin) Fingar of Branchport and Mike (Michelle Socha) Tietjen Jr. of Branchport; four grandchildren, Matthew Smith of Loudon, New Hampshire, Barbara (Dee'on) Bellamy of Longs, South Carolina, Meghan and Benjamin Fingar of Branchport; three great-grandchildren, Dee'on, Taylor and Dylan Bellamy, all of Longs, South Carolina, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Pulteney Presbyterian Church and Modeste Bedient Memorial Library in Branchport.
To share a memory of Kay or send a condolence to the family, visit www.lamarchefuneralhome.com.
GETA A. BIEVER, 79, of Burdett, Jan. 11, 2019 at Elmira. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
BARBARA L. BROWN, 79, of Rock Stream, Jan. 8, 2019 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
LLOYD S. DEAL, 79, of St. Mark's Terrace, Penn Yan, Jan. 6, 2019. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
WALTER F. DREWNO, 71, Dec. 27, 2018. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
KENNETH W. ELDRIDGE, 86, of Rock Stream, Jan. 13, 2019. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
MARTIN K. HAMMOND, 75, of Millport, Jan. 4, 2019. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
MARK E. HILLS, 60, of Watkins Glen, Jan. 7, 2019 at home. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
DANNY C. MCNEIL, 64, of Penn Yan, Jan. 8, 2019 at home. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
PHILIP L. "PHIL" MOREHOUSE, 80, of Penn Yan, Jan. 12, 2019 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
LEO M. POLA, 64, of Keuka Park, Dec. 28, 2018. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
LLOYD R. SNYDER, 91, of Dundee, Jan. 13, 2019 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
KATHRYN C. "KAY" TIETJEN, 90, of Branchport, Dec. 18, 2018. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.