Obituaries/Death Notices week of 3/5/14
Willard “Jeff” Grover, 57, of Bennettsburg passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014. Jeff worked at the Watkins Glen State Park for 29 years. He was a kind, giving and generous soul, and loved to hunt and fish with his boys. Jeff will be dearly missed by his family.
Jeff was predeceased by his parents, Willard Sr. and Betty (Holford) Grover. He is survived by his wife Kathryn. They would have celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary March 27, 2014. He is also survived by his four children, Michael (Jatana) Grover of Trade, Tenn., Stephen Grover of Beaver Dams, Lawrence Grover of Bennettsburg and Joshua Grover of Bennettsburg; sister, Debra (Mitch) Turner of Bennettsburg and two grandchildren, George and Nevaeh Grover.
The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen, Wednesday March 5 from 1 to 3 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 3 p.m. Burial will be held at the Union Cemetery of Hector in the spring. Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the Schuyler County Veterans Memorial Park, PO Box 137, Odessa, NY 14869.
You may express condolences to the family or light a free “Candle of Remembrance” at www.Royce-Chedzoy.com.
Death Notices 3/5/14
RICHARD A. ALDERMAN, 71, Feb. 25, 2014. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
ROBERT C. FENSTEMAKER, 66, Feb. 24, 2104. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
EDNA D. FOX, 93, of Penn Yan, Feb. 25, 2014 at home. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
WILLARD “JEFF” GROVER, 57, of Bennettsburg, March 1, 2014. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
GWENDILYN E. HALL, 72, of Penn Yan, Feb. 25, 2014 at Soldiers & Sailors Hospital, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
PATTY A. WILCOX, 66, Feb. 24, 2014. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
Obituaries/Death Notices week of 2/26/14
Rock Stream—Carl A. Heller Jr., 79, of Rock Stream, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, March 3 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee, where Catholic funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. with Father Leo Reinhardt officiating. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Watkins Glen.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Dundee American Legion Bradley-Jessop Post #660, 10 Spring St., Dundee, NY 14837.
Carl was born Oct. 27, 1934 in Waterloo, N.Y., the son of the late Carl A. and Jennie Frantz Heller Sr. He graduated from Waterloo High School in 1952 and from Freeman Business School in Geneva. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954-1957 as a radio operator, with the last two years in Kyoto, Japan. On April 2, 1977 in Dundee he married the former Mary R. (Bartusiak) West.
He spent the better part of his career of 31 years with Seneca Foods Corp. in Dundee, retiring in 1999. He joined the American Legion in 1975, serving as Dundee Post 660 Commander, treasurer, and Yates County Commander. He was a member of 40/8 Voiture 698 serving as local Chef Commander & Grande NY Cheminot. He was also a member of St. Mary’s of the Lake in Watkins Glen.
He is survived by two sons, David B. (Ilene) Heller and Steven M. Heller, both of San Diego, Calif.; two stepsons, Norman A. (Bethany) West with whom he made his home and Noel E. (Patricia) West of Northport, Fla.; six grandchildren, Alex, Breanna and Juliann West, Danielle, Dillan and Desiree Isterling; several nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.
He was predeceased by his lovely wife of 27 years, Mary, in 2004; a brother Paul Heller and two sisters, Jane Osborn and Mary O’Loughlin.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
HECTOR—Richard Reno, 74, of Hector passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, Feb. 21 at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., in Watkins Glen. Burial with military honors was accorded at Holy Cross Cemetery after the mass.
Dick was the proprietor of Chateau LaFayette Reneau Winery. Prior to building and opening the winery in 1986, Richard sold commercial printing for Eusey Press in Massachusetts for 33 years. Richard was born in Cleveland, Ala., the son of Robert and Melba Reno. He served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Massachusetts and Germany.
Richard is survived by his loving wife and partner, Betty; son, Christopher Reno of Wyoming; daughter, Daphne Gruener of North Carolina; sisters, Bonnie (Sidney) Brannon of Alabama, Monnie Riddle of Tennesee and Donna Reno of Alabama; also three grandchildren, Robert Reno, Samantha Reno and Cecily Gruener.
Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the Salvation Army, online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. You may sign a guestbook or light a free “Candle of Remembrance” at www.Royce-Chedzoy.com.
DUNDEE—William “Bill” Sistek of Sonora died Feb. 11 in Dundee. He was 83.
Mr. Sistek was born Jan. 11, 1931 in Montour Falls, the son of Frank and Clara Sistek.
Bill served two tours with the U.S. Army during the Korean War, achieving the rank of Master Sergeant. After graduating from the College of Forestry at Syracuse University, Bill spent his career as a landscape architect with the U.S. Forest Service in Nevada City and Sonora, Calif.
Bill frequently returned to the Finger Lakes region, living in the lakeside cabin he built in the 1950s. His passion was to live simply and enjoy the beauty of nature. He was an avid birder and loved fishing in Seneca Lake. Bill was fond of spending time with his good friends in the Mennonite community of Dundee.
Bill is survived by his wife Barbara of Sonora, Calif., his sons Bill Jr. of Point Richmond, Calif., David of Arroyo Grande, Calif., Neal and George, both of San Luis Obispo, Calif. and six grandchildren.
Memorial donations can be made to the Lakeland Mennonite Church in Rock Stream, the Finger Lakes Land Trust and the Dundee Library.
A memorial will be held in Dundee later this year.
Death Notices 2/26/14
Charles H. “Bud” Burlew Jr., 77, Feb. 17, 2014. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
Mitchell A. Cotten, 68, of Dundee, Feb. 20, 2014. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
RONALD G. GAYLOR, 52, of Odessa, Feb. 20, 2014. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
Carl A. Heller Jr., 79, of Rock Stream, Feb. 16, 2014 at Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
MARJORIE E. LONG, 84, Feb. 22, 2014. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
BEATRICE MCPARLAND, 81, of Watkins Glen, Feb. 18, 2014. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
Richard Reno, 74, of Hector, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
CONSTANCE L. “CONNIE” SCOTCHMER, 78, of Wayne, Feb. 18, 2014 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
William “Bill” Sistek, 83, of Sonora, Calif., Feb. 11, 2014 in Dundee.
PHYLLIS STOPKA, 72, Feb. 16, 2014. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
GERALD D. VANSKIVER, 78, of Odessa, Feb. 20, 2014 at Schuyler Hospital. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
Robert L. Wilcox, 78, Feb. 16, 2014. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
Obituaries/Death Notices week of 2/19/14
Judith A. Leonard, 72, of Watkins Glen, passed away at home at Jefferson Village Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen, Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 1-3 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 3 p.m. Burial will be held at Glenwood Cemetery in Watkins Glen in the spring.
Judy is survived by her son Jeff (Verica) Leonard and granddaughter Angelina of Indiana; sister, Jean Fazzary of Watkins Glen; niece, Sue (Ed) Menio and family of Watkins Glen; nephew, Steve (Jan) Fazzary and family of Venice Center, N.Y. and family friend, Tracy Bannon and family of Watkins Glen.
Judy was born in Bath, the daughter of Burdett “Dett” and Marion (Koon) Odson. She worked as a nursing supervisor and director of staff development at Schuyler Hospital for many years. Judy graduated from Watkins Glen High School. She continued her studies at the University of Buffalo, receiving her nursing associates, then her bachelor’s at Alfred University and master’s in Adult Education at Elmira College. Judy was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Watkins Glen. She served her community in many years, including with the Schuyler County United Way Board of Directors, Girl Scouts, camp councilor, and as a Red Cross CPR trainer.
Memorial donations in her memory may be made to Schuyler Hospital, c/o “Schuyler Health Foundation,” 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865; or American Red Cross, 911 Stowell St., Elmira, NY, 14901. To light a free “Candle of Remembrance” for Judy, please visit www.Royce-Chedzoy.com.
Esther Jane Lathan Passmore, 84, of Romulus, formerly of Willard, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014.
A memorial gathering was held at her home at 5440 McDuffie Town Road, Romulus, Saturday, Feb. 1 from 2-6 p.m. The family asks those who wish to remember Esther in the form of a contribution to kindly consider the Hospice of Wayne and Seneca Counties (800-562-1650), or the Alzheimer’s Foundation, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl., New York, NY 10001. Esther will be interred at the Walton Cemetery later in the spring at the family’s convenience.
Esther was born in Walton Oct. 15, 1929, daughter of the late Alton and Sara (McLaughlin) Lathan. She married William Passmore and moved to Lodi in 1951 where she raised her four children and worked on the family grape farm until 1978. She then worked at Willard Psychiatric Center as an administrative assistant until her retirement in 1994.
Esther is survived by four children, Anne Passmore (Don Davis) of Parish, Andrew (Sue) Passmore of Romulus, William (Denise) Passmore of Voorheesville and Margaret (Willard Burns) Passmore of Marianna, Pa.; four grandchildren, Dave (Bonnie), Kyle (Shannon), Zachary and Caleb; and the father of her children, William Passmore of Hector. In addition to her parents, Esther was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and Richard.
We would like to thank Tami Bovard and Jessica Andrews for their compassion, caring and love for our mother. They will forever be part of our family.
Esther was a devoted and loving mother, who made all around her happy with her Christmas bread, eggplant Parmigiana, lasagna, potato salad, macaroni salad, cookies, cake, iced tea and pies. She was an extremely welcoming and gracious presence in our lives, full of love, hope, kindness, warmth and generosity. She will be greatly missed.
For additional information, please contact Covert Funeral Home at 1-877-828-3411 or visit www.covertfuneralhome.com.
Dundee—Betty Ann Raabe, 81, of Dundee passed away with her family at her side, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira.
Betty was born Oct. 7, 1932 in Elmira, the daughter of Edmund J. and Mary Bogart. On Dec. 4, 1955 in New York City she married Ralph Raabe. They worked side by side as owners of Pioneer Trailer Moving of Horseheads. Summering on Starkey Point since 1972, they moved from Horseheads to Dundee permanently in 1994. Formerly a very active member of the First Baptist Church in Horseheads, she became a member of the Faith Baptist Church in Dundee, where she continued to be active in many ways including teaching Sunday school. Outside of her immediate family, her church family and its pastors were her greatest joys in life. When she had spare time Betty enjoyed all kinds of crafts, but especially collecting rubber stamps and creating her own greeting cards.
She is loved and will be dearly missed by her husband of 58 years Ralph Raabe at home; two daughters, Robin Ann (Phillip) Hubbard of Horseheads and Roxanne (Mark) Clute of Cohoes, N.Y.; seven grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; two brothers, Edmund John Bogart of Elmira Heights and Gordon King of Phoenix, Ariz.; a niece, two nephews and countless friends.
Friends called from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Faith Baptist Church, 13 Harpending Ave., Dundee, where her funeral service was held at noon, with Pastor Lawrence and Pastor David Semans officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee, at the convenience of the family in the spring.
Even though her favorite flowers were yellow, the family prefers memorial donations to the Faith Baptist Church, 13 Harpending Ave., Dundee, NY 14837.
Arrangements are by the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
Thomas C. Ross, 66, of Watkins Glen, passed away Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center. He was born in Montour Falls Aug. 14, 1947, the son of the late Dean “Chuck” and Ernestine Ross. Tom served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and worked at Shepherd Niles for 35 years. He loved NASCAR and the Buffalo Bills.
He is survived by his beloved daughter, Kristy (Jason McBride) of Rochester; a sister, Pat Lauper of Montour Falls; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Relatives and friends are invited to call Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A service will follow at 6 pm. Burial will take place in the spring. For directions, florists or a guestbook, please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com.
Death Notices 2/19/14
CHARLES A. BILCHER, 79, of Penn Yan, Feb. 3, 2014 at home. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
ROBERT C. CRANE, 86, of Penn Yan, Feb. 11, 2014 at Keuka Comfort Care Home, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
BEVERLY COBB, 77, of Montour Falls, Feb. 8, 2014. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
ANGELA HOAGLIN, 36, Feb. 9, 2014. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
SHERRY L. LAYTON, 36, of Atlanta, N.Y., Feb. 10, 2014 at home. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
JUDITH A. LEONARD, 72, of Watkins Glen, Feb. 14, 2014 at home. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
DENNIS B. MONTGOMERY, 63, of Odessa, Feb. 13, 2014 at home. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
Esther Passmore, 84, of Romulus, Jan. 29, 2014 at home. Arrangements by Covert Funeral Home, Ovid.
Betty Ann Raabe, 81, of Dundee, Feb. 12, 2014 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
TRACY J. RIDDLE, 67, of Elmira, Feb. 10, 2014. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Thomas C. Ross, 66, of Watkins Glen, Feb. 16, 2014 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
Obituaries/Death Notices week of 2/12/14
DUNDEE—ELSIE E. BRIGGS, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away at Strong Memorial Hospital Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Calling hours were held Saturday, Feb. 8 from 2-4 p.m. with funeral services beginning at 4 p.m. at Weldon Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Dundee Ambulance Corp or a charity of one’s choice.
Elsie was born Aug. 31, 1932, the daughter of Oscar and Agnes Corbitt Mortensen. She was a member of the Barrington Grange and the Penn Yan Moose Lodge.
She is survived by Lewis Briggs; one son, Ronald (Cindy) Briggs of Dundee; five daughters, Phyllis (Bruce) Thompson of Weston, Lois Kay (Charles Walker) Hotaling of Florida, Laurie (John) Sworts of Dundee, Dawn Bacher of Dundee and Stacy (John) Wormuth of Penn Yan; grandchildren, John, Reita, Jeff, Alisa, Rhonda, Heather, Allen, Jason, Christopher, Jim, Kathleen, Ryan, Adam Matthew and Cara; also 11 great-grandchildren; one brother, Roy Mortensen of Penn Yan; one sister, Leona (Kenneth) Wright of Penn Yan and several nieces and nephews.
Elsie was predeceased by her son Thomas, two brothers and four sisters.
Friends may sign the guestbook at weldonfuneralhome.com.
Ronald (Ron) M. Morley, 64, of Edgewater, Fla. passed away Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 at Bert Fish Memorial in New Smyrna Beach. Honoring his wishes, there were no formal calling hours. A memorial service will be posted at a later date.
Ron was born Sept. 26, 1949 in Bath, the son of Lester and Kathryn Morley of Dundee. He served in the Army Reserves for seven years and worked in the propane industry for 34 years. Ron is survived by his wife of 42 years Shirley (Dombroski) Morley, son Bentley (April) Morley of Weaverville, N.C.; step-grandchildren Harley Steedley, James Steedley and Dayna Hasson. He is also survived by his brother Richard “Rick” (Laura) Morley of Wesley Chapel, Fla.; their son Ricky Morley of Dundee, N.Y. and daughter Donna (Mark) Wollschleger of Bloomfield, N.Y. and many other nieces and nephews.
A Mopar enthusiast, he enjoyed fixing the body, engine and interior of classic cars. He also enjoyed car shows and museums, aircraft, military and tractor museums. A member of M.O.B.—Mopars of Brevard, he enjoyed cruise-ins and attending the Carlisle, Pa. show every year.
Ron was predeceased by his niece Leslie Morley in May 1989 and nephew Coy Bedient in September 2011.
Share a memory with the family at www.BaldwinCremation.com.
BEAVER DAMS—Wilma S. Russell, 91, formerly of Beaver Dams, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Wilma was born Aug. 31, 1922 in Searsburg, N.Y., the daughter of Howard and Estella (Wilcox) Shriner. Wilma graduated from Trumansburg High School and the Elmira Business Institute. She worked and volunteered at Schuyler Hospital’s Skilled Nursing Facility for many years. She was also a member of the Moreland Community Presbyterian Church and Grange.
Wilma was predeceased by her husband, Irving L. Russell; son, Arthur Russell; and brothers, Arthur and Harold Shriner. She is survived by her sister, Eloise Light of Trumansburg; her son, Harold (Janett) Russell of Watkins Glen; daughter-in-law, Denise Russell of Denver, N.C.; grandchildren, Christian Russell of Beaver Dams, Niki (Antonio) Castellaneta of Watkins Glen, Rory Russell of Watkins Glen, Geoffrey (Anna) Russell of Sherrills Ford, N.C., Shannon (Chad) Trickle of Iron Station, N.C. and Sean (Amy) Russell of Denver, N.C.; great-grandchildren, Alexis and Braden Castellaneta, April and Michael Russell, Courtney and Carlee Trickle and Andrew and Ashley Russell.
A memorial service will be held at the Moreland Community Presbyterian Church and announced at a later date. Memorial donations may be made in her memory, in care of her church, at 3045 Beaver Dams-Moreland Road, Beaver Dams, NY 14812. You may express your condolences or sign a guestbook online atwww.Royce-Chedzoy.com. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Eunice Strafella, 94, formerly of Leesburg, Fla. and the Appleridge Community in Horseheads, passed away Feb. 6, 2014 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls. She is survived by her daughter, Faye Phillips (David Youst) of Hector and stepdaughter Janet Conrad of Hudson, N.H.; brother Elmer Hawkins of Johnstown, N.Y.; two granddaughters, Elizabeth Curley and Genevieve Rankin; and great-granddaughter Lauren Curley.
According to her wishes there will be no services. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home of Watkins Glen. You may sign a guestbook or express condolences to the family online at www.Royce-Chedzoy.com.
PENN YAN—WILLIAM JOHN TAAFFE, 59, of Penn Yan died unexpectedly in his home Dec. 25, 2013. He is survived by his beloved son, Braegar, a student at Keuka College and a part time employee of the Switzerland Inn on Keuka Lake. Taaffe was a loving father who showered his son with wisdom, praise and pride. Braegar is also the son of Cindy Skovrinski of Penn Yan, Taaffe’s former wife of 18 years. Additionally, Taaffe is survived by his two adoring sisters, Patricia Taaffe Kendall of Trumansburg, N.Y. and Valerie Taaffe Held of Westport, Conn. and his treasured cousin Michael Monahan of Penn Yan. He was loved by and an enthusiastic advocate for his nephew Andy and nieces Alison, Jenna and Elizabeth.
Taaffe had a keen sense of family and was fiercely dedicated to his. Beyond that, he was a brilliant business professional with a passion to serve the community he loved. Throughout his working life, Taaffe held leadership positions. His career highlights included key roles with Iron Age, Triad Systems, Knapp Shoes, Capital Aviation, Seneca Flight Operations and the local Industrial Development Agency. More recently he was CEO of Taaffe Management Consulting.
Taaffe devoted his energies to job creation in Penn Yan with his work at the local Industrial Development Agency which his vision helped form. He was a moving force in the architecture and implementation of Lakeside Country Club’s back nine. He was instrumental in the expansion of Penn Yan airport facilities to enhance the local business climate and he was active in efforts for downtown redevelopment. He helped initiate the Yates Community Center, now nearing fruition. Taaffe served for many years on the board of directors of Soldiers & Sailors Hospital in Penn Yan and, more recently, he was co-chair of the Yates Community Endowment Development Committee. He served his community with humility and generosity and enhanced the lives of all who call Penn Yan their home.
Taaffe, known universally to his family, friends and the community as “Willie,” had a rare quality of developing and nurturing long term friendships. His many “best” friends were blessed by his being their stellar advocate, coach, mentor and motivator—all seasoned with his gift of humor. Willie was a student of human behavior and had the rare ability to focus on complex issues. He listened with deep understanding, asked probing questions and then provided just the right combination of humor and wisdom.
Taaffe had wide ranging interests. He was a lifelong golfer who focused on the sport last summer. His newly improved game reminded some of the 16-year-old Willie who won a club championship. He enjoyed painting and his works hang proudly in the homes of friends and family. He loved music and his guitars that made it. Most of all, he was a man of enormous spirituality who read avidly to help understand life’s meaning. As he encountered the beauty of the golf course on a sunny day, a view of Keuka Lake from a hilltop, or a remote ocean shore in his travels, he felt as if he were within a splendid cathedral under a blue dome.
A celebration of his life was held Dec. 28, 2013 at Lakeside Country Club, Penn Yan. Donations in his memory may be made to Yates Community Endowment, Willie Taaffe Memorial Fund, c/o Lyons National Bank, 205 Liberty St., Penn Yan, NY 14527.
Death Notices 2/12/14
ELSIE E. BRIGGS, 81, of Dundee, Feb. 4, 2014 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
DANNY G. DAUGHERTY, 59, of Alpine, Feb. 3, 2014 at Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
JOHN D. GOODRICH SR., 68, Feb. 8, 2014 at home. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
RONALD (RON) M. MORELY, 64, of Edgewater, Fla., Jan. 22, 2014 at Bert Fish Memorial, New Smyrna Beach. Arrangements by Baldwin Cremation.
WILMA S. RUSSELL, 91, formerly of Beaver Dams, Feb. 4, 2014. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
WILLIAM J. TAAFFE, 59, of Penn Yan, Dec. 25, 2013 at home. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
Obituaries/Death Notices week of 2/5/14
Dundee—Anna H. Burkholder, 9 years, 8 months, 20 days, of Dundee died accidentally Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 at Strong Memorial Hospital, in Rochester, N.Y. from injuries sustained from being hit by a car.
Anna was born May 10, 2004 in the town of Starkey, the youngest daughter of Mahlon Z. and Ada M. Hoover Burkholder. She was a fourth grade student at Scenic Valley Mennonite School, in Dundee.
She is loved and will be dearly missed by her parents, Mahlon and Ada Burkholder; siblings Emma, wife of Eddie Zimmerman of Dundee, Alta Burkholder, Eli Burkholder, Mabel Burkholder, Ellen Burkholder and Nora Burkholder, all at home; a niece Jalene Zimmerman, paternal grandfather Amos H. Burkholder of Liberty, Ky., maternal grandfather Frank N. Hoover of Penn Yan and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was predeceased by both of her grandmothers, Emma Z. Hoover Oct. 3, 2002 and Anna N. Burkholder April 21, 2011.
Friends were invited to call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3 at the family home 5254 Ray Crosby Road, Dundee. Her funeral service began at 9 a.m. at home, and 9:30 a.m. Tuesday Feb. 4 at the Gravel Run Mennonite Church, Ray Crosby Road, Dundee, wth the Rev. Melvin Hoover, Bishop Samuel Hoover and the Rev. Rufus Burkholder officiating. Burial was in Gravel Run Mennonite Cemetery. Pall bearers were Isaac Burkholder, Rufus Zimmerman, Alvin Shirk, and LaVern Hoover.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee.
Michelle A. Gardenier, 39, of Dundee passed away at home after declining health Jan. 28, 2014. The family received friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen, Sunday, Feb. 2 from 1 to 2 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m.
Michelle was born in Sodus, N.Y. May 23, 1974 and graduated from North Rose-Wolcott High School. She is survived by her nine-year-old son, Justice Knapton of Tyrone; her long time companion, Greg Knapton, also of Tyrone; father, David (Brenda) Guinup of Savannah; mother, Deborah Luna of Oklahoma; also several brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins. You may sign a guestbook or “Light a Candle” in her memory online at www.Royce-Chedzoy.com.
Penn Yan—Isabel Miller, 96, formerly of Albion passed away Jan. 30, 2014 at the Homestead in Penn Yan. She was born in Rochester, the daughter of Emery and Mary Conley and had lived in the Rochester and Albion areas for many years before moving to Penn Yan. She worked at Delco Products in Rochester and loved to crochet.
She is predeceased by her husband, Joseph Miller; two children, Marie and Thomas and grandchildren, Joann and Mary. She is survived by grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours were Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 from 7-8 p.m. at the Merrill-Grinnell Funeral Home, 12 Ingersoll St., Albion. Burial will be in White Haven Memorial Park. An online guestbook is available at www.merrillgrinnell.com.
Death Notices 1/29/14
CAROLYN N. BUCKLEY, 85, Jan. 31, 2014. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
Anna H. Burkholder, 9, of Dundee, Jan. 30, 2014 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
MICHELLE A. GARDENIER, 39, of Dundee, Jan. 28, 2014 at home. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
ISABEL MILLER, 96, formerly of Albion, Jan. 30, 2014 at the Homestead, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Merrill-Grinnell Funeral Home, Albion.
MARY A. TYRRELL, 76, Jan. 27, 2014 at Soldiers & Sailors Hospital, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.