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Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 9/20/17

James Dean Combs, 51, of Watkins Glen, unexpectedly went to be with the Lord Sept. 12, 2017 surrounded by family and friends. He was born in Ithaca March 28, 1966 to Fay and Nancy (Dean) Combs. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Ray and Alice Fay (Stewart) Combs and Paul and Reva (Landon) Dean, as well as many uncles, aunts and cousins. He was a brother to Julie (James) O'Brien, Valerie (Michael) Moore and Raymond (Lisa) Combs. He was an uncle to 12 nieces and two nephews. He also had many great nieces, nephews and cousins.
He grew up in Reynoldsville and was a member of Reynoldsville United Methodist Church. In 1984, Jim graduated from Watkins Glen high school where he was an All-American football player, as well as a successful basketball and track athlete. He was inducted into the WGHS football hall of fame and spent many years coaching small-fry, high school and semi-pro football teams. While attending Cortland State University, Jim met his wife Mary Ann (Mattera) Combs. They were faithfully married for 30 years and have three children: Matthew (Brittany) Combs, Steven (Sarah) Combs and Deanne (David) Houseknecht. One of his greatest joys in the past year was becoming "Papa Jim" to his grandsons Clive and Valor. Jim was a dedicated employee of NYSEG for 28 years and built strong friendships with his coworkers. He also enjoyed doing masonry work with his father and brother for many years. He was a gifted communicator, a mentor and father-figure to many, and one who was eager to minister to those around him. Jim will be remembered as a man of strong faith, a great son and brother, a loving husband and father, and a kind friend.
The family received friends and celebrated his life Friday, Sept. 15 at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen; the Rev. Mike Kelly of the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church officiated. A private committal service and burial were held at Montour Cemetery in Montour Falls. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to St. Jude's Children's Hospital (www.stjude.org). You may express condolences to the family or "Light a Candle of Remembrance" online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Bradford--Jeffrey A. Morehouse, 56, of Bradford passed away in the comfort of his home Friday, Sept.15, 2017.
Friends are invited to calling hours from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee, where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. with Lay Pastor Lew Ann Giles officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bradford Volunteer Fire Company, Main St., Bradford, NY 14815 or to CareFirst, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Corning, NY 14870.
Jeffrey was born Feb. 5, 1961 in the town of Urbana, the son of Douglas N. and Carrie Ella (Hayes) Morehouse. He graduated from Bradford high school in 1979. Jeff was a contractor all his life, having worked with his dad at Morehouse Construction in Bradford and then Austin Construction for many years. On Nov. 19, 2011 in Bradford, he married the former Lisa A. Byrnside Buckley. He retired due to his health in 2012. Jeff was a member of the Sons of the American Legion in Wayne and the N.R.A.; in his spare time he loved hunting and NASCAR.
He is loved and will be forever missed by his wife Lisa A. Morehouse at home; five children Derrick L. LaBar, Jeffrey D. Donnelly, Justin M. (Ashley) Buckley, Haley S. (Ken) Rumsey and Tasha R. Morehouse; 15 grandchildren, his mother Carrie Ella (William) England of Sahuarita, Arizona, stepmother Becky Morehouse of Bradford and his best friend Doug (Suzanne Pajawa) Linstrom of New Jersey.
He was predeceased by his father Douglas N. Morehouse Dec. 9, 2016 and a granddaughter Annalise Buckley June 22, 2017.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

Penn Yan--Eloise Shaner, 91, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at her home.
Friends may call Friday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Kenneth J. Perkins Funeral Home in Gorham. A memorial service will follow at 12 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in City Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ontario-Yates Hospice, 756 Pre-Emption Road, Geneva, NY 14456.
Eloise was the daughter of George and Esther Cole Jayne. She graduated from Penn Yan Academy in 1943 and from Rochester Business Institute. Eloise married Kenneth R. Shaner Jan.14, 1947 at the Penn Yan United Methodist Church. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last January.
Eloise was a member of the Penn Yan Moose Club and a former member of the Dresden Fireman's Auxiliary and the North Central Fireman's Association Auxiliary. She had been an active volunteer at the Seneca Lake Duck Hunters Club. Eloise enjoyed reading and gardening.
Eloise is survived by her husband, Kenneth R. Shaner; three daughters, Diana Knapp, Kathryn (Gene) Reed and Karen (Larry) Towner; two sons, John (Joyce) Shaner and Steven (Michele) Shaner; eight grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert Jayne and David (Celia) Jayne; two sisters, Carolyn (Stewart) Merritt and Velma (Monte) Silliman; several nieces and nephews; two sisters-in-law, Betty Shaner and Janet Shaner; and brother-in-law, Donald Shaner.
Eloise was predeceased by one granddaughter, Michelle Reed; son-in-law, Paul T. Knapp; three sisters and two brothers.
Please visit www.kenperkinsfuneralhome.com to send a message of condolence to the Shaner family.

Dundee--Claudia F. Sullivan, 89, of Dundee died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 at her home of 50 years overlooking her beloved Seneca Lake.
Honoring her wishes there are no prior calling hours. A celebration of a life well lived will be held Saturday, Sept. 23 at 11:30 a.m. at the Dundee United Methodist Church, 35 Water St., Dundee, with the Rev. Marilyn Wood officiating. Inurnment will be private in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee.
Donations in Claudia's memory may be made to the Yates County Humane Society, P.O. Box 12, Penn Yan, NY 14527; Ontario-Yates Hospice 756 Pre-Emption Road, Geneva, NY 14456 or Dundee Volunteer Fire Department, 12 Union St., Dundee, NY 14837.
Claudia was born Feb. 5, 1928 to David A. and Laura (Pierce) Symonds. She graduated from Dundee Central School as a member of the class of 1946. She continued her education at RIT where she earned an associate's degree in commercial art. She furthered her education at Buffalo State Teachers College, earning her bachelor's degree in art education in 1959. Her art career began as a commercial artist at Artistic Greeting Cards in Elmira as a card designer. Later she was a staff artist at advertising agencies in Binghamton and Rochester.
Claudia's teaching career began in Clifton Springs and continued in the Geneva City School District where she taught for more than 20 years, retiring in 1987. As a dedicated teacher she taught a variety of art classes including classes in commercial art. She nurtured and inspired her students by encouraging and supporting them to be successful not only in art but in life. Claudia assisted with many student art shows along with set design for high school theatre productions.
Art ran like a thread through Claudia's life. It was her passion. She taught it, she utilized her talents to serve and bring great joy to others. The art that she created illustrated the things that were important to her. The subjects she captured in paint, pen and ink or collage ranged from local landmarks, scenes of the family farm, to nature and animals. She exhibited and volunteered at the Glenora Festival of Music and Art for many years. Her works decorate her home and the homes of her family and friends.
A lifelong member of the Dundee United Methodist Church, she actively participated in the church community from singing in the choir and teaching Sunday school to sitting on or chairing various committees. In 1999 she was honored by the Dundee United Methodist Church as woman of the year for her dedicated service. In addition to church she was active in a number of organizations. These include the town of Starkey planning board, Dundee Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, board member of the Dundee Area Historical Society, Penn Yan Art Guild and the Ontario County Retired Teachers Association.
Claudia is survived by her best friend and constant companion Dora her German Short Hair Pointer; six nieces, Nancy (Michael) Tracy, Mary (Jeff) Lawton, Patricia Sullivan, Maureen (Ralph) Ebert, Colleen Sullivan and Karen (John) Griffin; nephew, David (Jane) Symonds; and several dear cousins and friends.
In addition to her parents and her husband Patrick she was predeceased by her brother Howard Symonds, twin sister Clarissa Hinkleman, sister Dorothy Symonds, sister-in-law Gladys Symonds, brothers-in-law Jack (Janice) Sullivan and Bob (Helen) Sullivan, a niece Kathleen and nephew Michael Sullivan along with several friends, family and beloved dogs.
Arrangements are by the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

Dundee--Susanna M. Wenger, 50 years, 22 days, of Dundee passed away after a courageous battle with cancer Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 at Geneva General Hospital, in Geneva.
Susanna was born Aug. 22, 1967 in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Ivan Z. and Hettie M. (Martin) Sensenig. On March 14, 1989 in Ephrata, Pennsylvania she married Reuben M. Wenger. A loving mother and homemaker, she was a member of the Old Order Mennonite Groffdale Conference.
She is survived by her husband Reuben M. Wenger; six sons, Jonathon S. at home, Alvin S. of Ephrata, Pennsylvania, Marlin S., Cleon S., Arnold S. and Earl Lamar S. Wenger all at home; five daughters, Marie S. of Dundee, Susie Elaine S., Linda S., Luann S. and Grace S. Wenger all at home; six brothers, Allen (Mary) Sensenig of Dundee, Daniel Sensenig of Ephrata, Pennsylvania, Reuben (Elsie) Sensenig of N. Bangor, New York, Eli (Martha) Sensenig of Owen, Wisconsin, Earl (Amy) Sensenig and Elvin (Susan) Sensenig also of Ephrata, Pennsylvania; seven sisters, Alta wife of Marlin Martin of Penn Yan, Mary wife of Titus Martin and Anna wife of Ivan Stauffer all of New Holland, Pennsylvania, Mabel wife of Martin Hoover and Ester Newswanger of Curtis, Wisconsin, Elsie wife of Stephen Brubacher of Lancaster, Wisconsin, and Arlene wife of Eugene Hoover of Stevens, Pennsylvania; countless nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.
Besides her parents she was predeceased by a stillborn son Leonard S. Wenger March 14, 2012, and a brother-in-law Aaron Newswanger.
Friends were invited to calling hours from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17 at the family home, 1773 Haley Hill Road, Dundee. Her funeral service began at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18 at the Gravel Run Mennonite Church, Ray Crosby Road, Dundee. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee.

Penn Yan--Shylo Rae Zirkle, 20, of Penn Yan died unexpectedly Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at home.
There are no prior calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Penn Yan United Methodist Church, corner of Main and Chapel Streets, with the Rev. Jeff Childs officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Rose Hill Treatment Center, 100 County Route 43, Massena, NY 13662; http://rosehillrehab.org.
Shylo was born May 27, 1997 in Medina, North Carolina, the daughter of Ronald M. Zirkle and Wendy R. Harper. She had lived locally since 2009, previously of Brunswick, Ohio. A former summer employee of the Esperanza, she enjoyed swimming and spoiling her dear nephews, Tim Jr. and Benny, whom she absolutely adored.
She is loved and will be dearly missed forever by her mother Wendy R. (Ron McQuaid) Christensen with whom she made her home; her father Ronald M. Zirkle of Rock Hill, South Carolina; two sisters, Jessica (Josh) Zirkle Barnes of Statesville, North Carolina and Katlyn N. (Tim) Simonsen of Penn Yan; three nephews, Tim Jr. and Benjamin Simonsen and Mason Barnes; two nieces, Riley and Madilynn Barnes; maternal grandfather Gary (Wendy) Harper of Tennessee, maternal grandmother Mary (Bob Coon) Whipkey of Prattsburgh, paternal grandfather Ronald (Bonnie) Zirkle Sr. of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; maternal great-grandparents Jake and Laura Whipkey of Dundee, along with several aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends.
Arrangements are by the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

Death Notices
JAMES D. COMBS, 51, of Watkins Glen, Sept. 12, 2017. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
BETTY A. FRITZ, 89, of Penn Yan, Sept. 10, 2017 at home. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
JOHN W. GLICK, 66, of Beaver Dams, Sept. 8, 2017 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, Montour Falls. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
PATRICIA A. HINES, 70, of Penn Yan, Sept. 9, 2017 at home. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
KATHRYN T. LUDEKING, 94, Sept. 14, 2017. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
JEFFREY A. MOREHOUSE, 56, of Bradford, Sept. 15, 2017 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
ELOISE SHANER, 91, of Penn Yan, Sept. 16, 2017. Arrangements by Kenneth J. Perkins Funeral Home, Gorham.
VERNA E. SPRAGUE, 63, Sept. 14, 2017. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
CLAUDIA F. SULLIVAN, 89, of Dundee, Sept. 12, 2017 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
SUSANNA M. WENGER, 50, of Dundee, Sept. 13, 2017 at Geneva General Hospital. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
SHYLO R. ZIRKLE, 20, of Penn Yan, Sept. 16, 2017 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.

Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 9/13/17

Irene J. Hubbell-Albanese, 87, of Montour Falls passed away Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. She was born in Montour Falls, Oct. 3, 1929, the daughter of Harris and Martha (Edminster) Jenkins.
Irene worked for the Schuyler County Farm Bureau Office and E.L.K. Office Services. She was a paper carrier for the Star Gazette, where she was affectionately referred to as the "Paper Doll." She also worked at Agway Petroleum in Ithaca, and at the Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 142, Montour Falls United Methodist Church, Trust Group, Fireman's Auxiliary of Montour Falls and Central New York, and Good Fellowship with the church.
Irene is survived by her children, Robert (Barbara) Hubbell, Bruce (Ligia) Hubbell, Brian (Lois) Hubbell, Eugenia (Curt) Edsall, Brent Hubbell, Blaine Hubbell and Julie Ann (Joseph) Collins; 15 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Hubbell (Jack Williams), Kay Frances Kannegiser and Wilma (Rudy) Paige; Daniel West, whom she referred to as her "adopted son" and several nieces and nephews. Irene was predeceased by her husbands, Eugene Hubbell and Anthony Albanese; sisters, Marjorie Bailey and Harriet Bailey, and grandson Matthew Edsall.
Relatives and friends are invited to call Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 4-7 p.m. at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. at Montour Falls United Methodist Church, 124 Owego St., Montour Falls. Burial will follow in Montour Cemetery. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com.

Nancy L. Starkweather, 80, of Montour Falls entered into eternal rest Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 after a courageous battle with brain cancer. She passed at home surrounded by her loving extended family.
Nancy was employed as a nurse at Schuyler Hospital for more than 50 years. Cooking, sewing, shopping and her family were the most important things to her. She was a very giving person to everybody in her life, always to the exclusion of herself.
She was predeceased by her father, Charles M. Wilkinson in 1944 during WWII; her mother, Lillian Wilkinson Crandall in 1987; stepfather, Harley Crandall in 1993; son, Thomas Starkweather in 1988; sister, Helen DeSarno in 2011 and stepbrother, Roy Crandall in 2010.
She is survived by her daughter, Terri Dillman of Montour Falls; sons, Timothy (Kym) Starkweather of Alpine and Todd (Ann) Starkweather of Odessa; her significant other of 43 years, Arthur F. Joslyn of Montour Falls, and his children, daughters Kim Joslyn and Michelle Bump of Montour Falls, and sons James (Shannon) Joslyn of Beaver Dams and Anthony Joslyn of Montour Falls; sister, Susan (Roger) Ferretti of Kirkville, New York; stepsister, Connie (Wayne) Emerson of Tennessee; half-sister, Pat (Leslie) Hill of Delaware; 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, cousins and very special friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to call Thursday, Sept. 14 from 1-3 p.m. at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. at the funeral home, followed by a celebration of Nancy's life at the Montour Moose Lodge. Interment in Highland Cemetery to be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be greatly appreciated to the Schuyler County Humane Society. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com.

Raymond C. Swisher, 79, of Beaver Dams passed away Sept. 3, 2017. The family will receive friends and relatives Saturday, Sept. 16, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 12 p.m. at the funeral home.
He was predeceased by his wife Hisae in 2016. He is survived by his son Karl (Courtney) Swisher of Ballston Spa, New York; daughters, Joanne (Onat) Yildirim of Istanbul, Turkey and Judy Stoddard of Tully, New York; sister, Rosalie (Ron) D'Souza of Lagrangeville, New York and seven grandchildren, Keira, Justin and Colden Swisher, Q Yildirim and Hannah, Ian and Maya Stoddard.
Memorial donations in his memory may be made to a charity of one's choice. You may express condolences to the family or "Light a Candle of Remembrance" online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Death Notices
IRENE HUBBELL-ALBANESE, 87, of Montour Falls, Sept. 9, 2017. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
MARK R. DANN, 63, of Montour Falls, Aug. 31, 2017 at home. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
FLOYD E. "BRUB" LONG JR., 84, Aug. 28, 2017. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
WILLIAM E. G. PROPER, 73, of Hector, Sept. 2, 2017 at home. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
JAMES B. REED SR., 77, of Pine Valley, Sept. 5, 2017. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
NANCY L. STARKWEATHER, 80, of Montour Falls, Sept. 8, 2017 at home. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
RAYMOND C. SWISHER, 79, of Beaver Dams, Sept. 3, 2017. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
PHILIP E. UHLER, 83, of Alpine, Aug. 29, 2017 at Schuyler Hospital. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.


Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 9/6/17

Himrod--Ronald Ralph Belles, 76, of Himrod passed away peacefully at home Monday, Aug. 28, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.
Honoring his wishes there are no prior calling hours. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. at Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee, followed by a gathering at his home on Seneca Lake to celebrate his life.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ontario-Yates Hospice, 756 Pre-Emption Road, Geneva, NY 14456.
Ron was born Dec. 10, 1940 in Grand Coulee, Washington, the son of Claude O. and Rhoda (Bates) Belles.
On March 8, 1964 in Reno, Nevada he married the former Joan E. Marsh. Ron and his wife raised their family in Perinton, New York and owned BTW Overhead Door Co. & Seneca Drums Mobile Home Park.
Ron leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Joan E. (Marsh) Belles at home; children, Kathy (Belles) Marra of Perinton, Jeff (Julie) Belles of Canandaigua and Chrissy Belles of East Rochester; nine adoring grandchildren, Cody (Renee) Belles, Casey Belles, Bryan Marra, Scott Marra, Mark Belles, Tyler Marra, Matthew Belles, Olivia Premo and Michael Belles; great grandsons Zeppelin Belles and Landon Marra; one brother-in-law, Jack Pape of California. He will not only be missed by numerous nieces and nephews, but many caring friends and neighbors on Seneca Lake along with many friends at his winter home in Melaque, Mexico. "Happy Trails..."
Besides his parents and his elder son Gregory Ralph Belles, he was predeceased by all nine of his older siblings, Kermit Belles, Evelyn Grey, Kenneth Belles, Virginia Keller, Burton Belles, Robert D. Belles, Claude O. Belles Jr., Gloria Sutton and Joy Pape.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

Gerald Keith (Jerry) Fultz, 69, died suddenly Aug. 28, 2017 while at his Allentown, Pennsylvania house. Since his retirement in 2007 he returned to the family Log City farm and his Harpending Avenue, Dundee house.
There are no calling hours. A memorial service for Jerry Fultz will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12 at the Baird Funeral Home 36 Water St., Dundee.
Jerry was born Aug. 8, 1948 to Earl L. and Annie, (Betty) Leach Fultz. He graduated from Dundee Central School in 1966, graduated from Delhi University in 1968. He was hired immediately by a Scout from Buckeye Pipeline Company of Allentown, Pennsylvania. Required to serve in the Military at that time he joined the U.S. Navy Seabees construction force serving a tour in Viet Nam before discharge. Following his return from service he began his 39-year career with Buckeye and purchased a home in Allentown, Pennsylvania. During the course of his employment he furthered his education at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania receiving his Pipeline Engineering degree. Over the years he was head of Buckeye's engineering department. Towards retirement years Jerry was Project Manager for many pipeline installations which meant being away from home base two or three years at a time. The last two projects were in San Diego California and Memphis Tennessee.
Jerry was a "to himself" kind of guy but he did enjoy watching the Stock Market result, sports on TV, kept up with the DCS football games from results published in the Dundee paper and in person when he was home. He enjoyed NASCAR races and reading about the Dundee races and following his cousin's race results. He mostly enjoyed spending quiet time at the family farm and the walks around the fields and woods. He did look forward to, supported and enjoyed his DCS Class of 1966 reunions and connecting with classmates.
Surviving him are his beloved pet dog Miss Jerri Buddy Fultz, his brother Earl L. Fultz of Estacada, Oregon, cousin Bill (Julia) Fultz of Dundee, many second and third cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his parents and brother Ray Fultz in 1970.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Dundee Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 153, Dundee, NY 14837.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

Michael L. Post of Burdett passed away Aug. 28, 2017 with his family by his side. Michael was born to Evelyn Elaine Watson and Robert Alan Post of Middletown, New York, March 31, 1943. Michael was predeceased by his sisters Sharon and Christine and brother Robert.
Michael is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sharon Post; sons, Stephen (Tammy) Post of Burdett, David (Wendy) Post of Kenmore, New York, and daughter, Michelle (James) Meckley of Watkins Glen. He also leaves behind grandkids, Chandra Post, Stephen (Tricia) Post Jr., Bryan Post, Christopher Jacot, Hannah Post, Lucas Post, Liam Post and Alicia (Tomasz) Kuczynski; as well as 10 great-grandkids. One of Michael's enjoyments in life was to watch his grandsons race motorcycles for the last eight years.
At Michael's request, there will be no services. However, friends and family stopped by Saturday, Sept. 2, from 2-5 p.m. at Michael and Sharon's home, 4203 Mathews Road, Burdett, for a gathering in his memory. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com.

Penn Yan/Himrod--Ethel Marie Searles, 93, formerly of Himrod, died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 in the comfort of her daughter's home in Penn Yan.
Honoring her wishes there are no prior calling hours. A private graveside memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family in Hillside Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Dundee United Methodist Church, 35 Water St., Dundee, NY 14837 or to the Himrod Fire Department, 3530 Himrod Road, Himrod, NY 14842-9608.
Ethel was born Sept. 10, 1923 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Alexander and Ethel Creely Yehle. On Oct. 23, 1943 in Crown Point, Indiana, she married Frank William Searles. Moving to New York to dairy farm in Irelandville, and then to Himrod in 1947, she and her husband raised beef cattle and 15 acres of grapes until retiring to Dundee in 1981.
Mrs. Searles was a member of the Dundee United Methodist Church and the Himrod Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. In her spare time she enjoyed crochet, knitting, cruises, her vegetable garden and watching her lifelong favorite baseball teams, the Phillies and Mets.
A loving mother and grandmother, she will be missed by her three sons, Louis J. Searles of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Ross E. (Margie McCheyne) Searles of Ovid and Neil W. (Maureen Hendrix) Searles of Himrod; her daughter Christine M. Heavner with whom she was making her home; seven grandchildren, Ross, Scott and Sarah Searles, Heather (Nick) Sorce, Shawn (Kerri) Searles, Jennifer (Scott) Ingerick and Chrissy Decker English; nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Frank April 11, 2008, a grandson Jeffrey Searles Nov. 26, 2014, her son-in-law John Heavner April 25, 2002 and her brother Edward Yehle Aug. 4, 1997.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

James Richard Symes, 88, born Aug. 24, 1929, went to join his beloved wife Eileen Aug. 31, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. "Dick," as everyone knew him, retired from the NYS DOT as a crane and shovel operator in 1990, after 42 years of service. Dick was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was predeceased by his wife Eileen and daughter Renee Symes. He is survived by five children, David (Mary) Symes of Watkins Glen, Teresa (Fred) Letteer of Odessa, Michael (Peg) Tomassi of Odessa, Tammy (Wade) Pike of Burdett and Lori (Wally) Wasson of Burdett; seven grandchildren, Dustin Letteer, Aubrey and Patrick Tomassi, Marissa, Amanda and Mitchell Pike and Johnathan Wasson; brothers and sister, Robert (Joyce) Symes of Montour Falls, Margaret (Paul) Winn of Virginia and Thomas (Nellie) Symes of California; special friends Robin Bauer, Walt Ector, Jerry Bond, Clayton Harris and Harry Packer.
Dick was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt, fish and camp. In his younger days, he enjoyed going to the Adirondacks to go bear hunting with the "boys." Eileen and Dick loved to go camping in the Adirondacks. His many loves included his collection of guns, tinkering with his tractors and spending time with his family. He was a member of the 3B Sportsman Club, Elks Club, Moose Club, Millport Rod and Gun Club, NWTF and the NRA.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org).
The family received friends at Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen, from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5; a celebration of his life was held at the funeral home at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. A committal service was Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen. You may "Light a Candle of Remembrance" or leave condolences online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Death Notices
TASHA M. BEAVER, 48, of Montour Falls, Aug. 29, 2017 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
RONALD R. BELLES, 76, of Himrod, Aug. 28, 2017 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
VIVIAN P. BLAIR, 91, Aug. 29, 2017. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
DARRYL R. BROWN, 51, of Penn Yan, Aug. 24, 2017 at home. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
BARBARA M. BULLOCK, 82, of Penn Yan, Aug. 29, 2017 at home. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
LEWIS L. DUNHAM JR., 67, of Montour Falls, Aug. 31, 2017 at home. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
DARREN R. FOX, 56, of Penn Yan, Aug. 27, 2017. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
GERALD K. FULTZ, 69, Aug. 28, 2017 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
THERESA "TESS" GERMAN, 71, Aug. 29, 2017. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
PAMELA A. KRESS, 68, of Watkins Glen, Aug. 29, 2017 at Cayuga Medical Center. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
LAWRENCE A. MUSCARELLA, 75, of Penn Yan, Aug. 26, 2017. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
MICHAEL L. POST, 74, of Burdett, Aug. 28, 2017. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
ETHEL M. SEARLES, 93, formerly of Himrod, Aug. 31, 2017 in Penn Yan. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
JAMES R. "DICK" SYMES, 88, of Burdett, Aug. 31, 2017. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 8/30/17

John A. Davis Sr., 71, of Odessa, passed away Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 at home. He was born in Ithaca Oct. 13, 1945, the son of the late Walter LeRoy Davis Sr. and Isabella Rose Landon Davis. John served with the U.S. Army from 1965-1967. On Aug. 22, 1970, he married the former Carol A. Jandrew in Farmersville, New York. John worked as a truck driver until his retirement in 2007. He was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Watkins Glen.
John was predeceased by his father Walter Davis April 5, 1981, mother Isabella Landon Davis Aug. 24, 1985, son Christopher Davis July 30, 1985 and brother Walter Davis Jr. June 23, 2004. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Carol; two daughters, Teresa (Alan) Winnie of Alpine and Donna Davis of Watkins Glen; one son, John (Sarah) Davis Jr.; five sisters, Sandra Davis of Montour Falls, Diane (Randy) Carns of Winterhaven, Florida, Carol (Wayne) Kinner of Cayuta, Cindy Miller of Massachusetts and Becky (James) Johnston of Tennessee; five brothers, Dana (Carol) Davis of Cripple Creek, Colorado, Dale (Kathy) Davis of Alpine, Harry (Gloria) Davis of Watkins Glen, David (Daine) Davis of Odessa and Ransome Davis of Odessa; 15 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Relatives and friends are invited to call Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 2590 State Route 414, Watkins Glen. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com.

Dundee--Nancy C. Peelle, 79, of Dundee, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital in Penn Yan.
Nancy was born Oct. 15, 1937 in Penn Yan, the daughter of Lynn Howell and Dorothy M. (Smith) Carpenter. She graduated from Dundee Central School in the class of 1955. On June 15, 1957 she married Morris Child Peelle of Rock Stream who predeceased her Feb. 12, 1986. She continued her education and graduated from Keuka College and Elmira College with a master's in education and became an elementary school teacher at Dundee Central School in 1970 until she retired in 1994.
Nancy enjoyed reading, gardening, music, cooking and her students. She was a very conscientious member of the community, being a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Dundee, Dundee Rotary, St. Mark's Terrace board and past member of The Order of Eastern Star and the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital board. She was a volunteer for the Red Cross Blood Bank, the board of elections and taught safe driving classes. She also was a supporter of the Dundee Library, the Dundee Women's Study Club and the Dundee Historical Society.
She is survived by two sons, Anthony L. "Tony" (Josephine L.) Peelle and Sanford M. (Lisa M.) Peelle; two grandchildren, Anthony Perkins Peelle and Brooke Sienna Peelle, all of Dundee; four nieces, Dana (Denis Norton) Perkins, Holly (Walt) Coiner, Karlin (Jay) Silva and Melissa Perkins (Mark) Fitzgerald.
Besides her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by her brother-in-law Thomas Boxley Perkins and sister-in-law Carolyn Peelle Perkins.
Friends were invited to calling hours from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 29 at Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. A private graveside service was held at the convenience of the family in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 1425 W. Jefferson Road #19, Rochester, NY 14623; the Dundee Fire Company Emergency Squad, 12 Union St., Dundee, NY 14837; or a charity of your choice.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

Wandah D. (Speary) SMITH, 87, of Horseheads passed away Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 at Seneca View Nursing Facility. She was born in Dundee and raised in Rock Stream. Wandah was predeceased by her loving husband of 56 years, David F. Smith, in April 2004. She was also predeceased by her parents, Maurice and Myrtie (Storms) Speary; sisters, Kathleen Kitner and Francesca Speary; brothers, Malcolm and Norman Speary. She is survived by her daughters and son, Myrna O. Smith of Watkins Glen, Glenn D. (Barbara) Smith of Horseheads and Diane D. (Douglas) Cross of Ithaca; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; brother, Douglas (Iva) Speary of Watkins Glen and sister-in-law, Anna Lee Speary of Dundee.
Wandah was a long time member of the First Presbyterian Church of Horseheads and Horseheads Chapter #423, Order of Eastern Star.
Family and friends were invited to call at the First Presbyterian Church, 2943 Westinghouse Road, Horseheads, Monday, Aug. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Funeral service was held there in church at the conclusion of calling hours at 1 p.m. Interment followed in Rock Stream Cemetery, Rock Stream.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Wandah with memorials to the First Presbyterian Church 2943 Westinghouse Road, Horseheads, NY 14845. Condolences and remembrances at www.barberfuneralhome.com.

Death Notices
JOHN A. DAVIS SR., 71, of Odessa, Aug. 21, 2017 at home. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
FLOYD D. "BRUB" LONG JR., 84, Aug. 28, 2017. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
NANCY E. NARAGON, 72, of Penn Yan, Aug. 21, 2017 at home. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
NANCY C. PEELLE, 79, of Dundee, Aug. 23, 2017 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
STEVEN J. SHAVER, 65, of Montour Falls, Aug. 17, 2017 at Schuyler Hospital. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
Wandah D. SMITH, 87, of Horseheads, Aug. 22, 2017 at Seneca View Nursing Facility. Arrangements by Barber Funeral Home, Horseheads.
RUTH A. TIMM, 92, of Watkins Glen, Aug. 19, 2017 at home. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
FORREST G. "HARVEY" VANDELINDER JR., 66, Aug. 23, 2017. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.










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