Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 10/16/19
Dundee--James F. (BUGSY) Hand, 66, of Dundee died unexpectedly Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center in Elmira.
A Celebration of Jim's Life will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 at the Dundee V.F.W., Seneca Street Ext., Dundee.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to the Humane Society of Yates County, P.O. Box 12, Penn Yan, NY 14527.
Jim was born Aug. 17, 1953 in Oswego, New York to the late Willard J. and Marjorie L. (Winter) Hand. He graduated from Waverly high school in 1971. Jim served for a short time with the Dundee Police Department before accepting a position in the maintenance department of the Dundee school district, retiring after many years in 2008. He also worked part time and security at the former O'Leary's in Penn Yan, and in the tasting room of Hickory Hollow Winery.
Jim enjoyed riding motorcycles and was a member of the Star Motorcycle Club; doing wood working projects for friends and family, was a true animal lover and will be missed by his cats.
Jim is survived by his two children, Elesha (Chris) Wager of Penn Yan and Brennan (Rachel) Hand of Albany, New York and two grandsons, Ethan and Ryan Wager. He is also survived by eight brothers and sisters, Maude (David) Coleman of Bryan, Texas, Tom (Phyllis) Hand of Wichita Falls, Texas, Vic Hand of Endicott, New York, Alice (Harry) Schneider of Milan, Pennsylvania, Linda Johnson of Penn Yan, Bill (Cheryl) Hand of Bonita Springs, Florida, Kathy (Andy) Simmons of Dundee and Becky (Don) Ayers of Montour Falls, plus several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by an infant brother William C. Holland.
Arrangements by the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
HAMMONDSPORT--Carol L. Smith, 81, of Hammondsport passed away Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 at home after a brief but fierce battle with cancer. She was born Dec. 25, 1937, in Buffalo, the daughter of Raymond and Ruth (Dininny) Jones.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 62 years, Ona F. Smith; children, Carol M. Smith, Gary M. Smith, Deborah (Peter) Carlsen and Dawn Smith (Brian Hefler); grandchildren, Craig (Rebecca) Carlsen, Kristen (Jake) Hurd, David Smith, Brandi (Jason) Wahl, Jackie Hefler, Cole (Stephanie) Schehr and Kaylee (Trevor) Tuthill; nine great-grandchildren; brother, Kenneth (Stella) Jones; sister, Phyllis (Ben) Chartrand and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her infant daughter Jacqueline Kaye Smith, grandson Ryan Schehr and siblings, Lois Fultz and Cathy Scott.
Mrs. Smith will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was always ready for visitors and enjoyed having coffee and lots of food available to fill her family, friends and pets. Her favorite past times were visiting family and friends, shopping and playing lottery.
Family and friends called at Fagan's Funeral Home in Bath Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 5-7 p.m. Burial will be in Bath National Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her name, may be made to St. Jude's.org.
DOLORES L. DUTTON, 90, of Beaver Dams, Oct. 8, 2019. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
JAMES F. HAND, 66, of Dundee, Oct. 9, 2019 at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center, Elmira. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
KORBIE L. HIGGINS, 28, Oct. 12, 2019. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
PATRICIA A. KEECH, 71, of Dundee, Oct. 6, 2019 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
COY F. MINER JR., 26, Oct. 12, 2019. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
TERRANCE SEALS, 57, of Horseheads, Oct. 11, 2019. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
MYRA J. SHERMAN, 73, of Hammondsport, Oct. 5, 2019 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
Carol L. Smith, 81, of Hammondsport, Oct. 12, 2019 at home. Arrangements by Fagan's Funeral Home, Bath.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 10/8/19
Honorable Dale E. Jaynes, 72, of Burdett went to his heavenly home very peacefully with his family and friends by his side Oct. 1, 2019. He was born Dec. 10, 1946 to his parents, William (Bill) Jaynes and Alta (White) Jaynes who predeceased him, as well as his daughter, Kristina (Jaynes) Burke. Dale is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 50+ years, Linda (Hillerman) Jaynes of Burdett; sons, W. Scott Jaynes of Rochester, Sean Jaynes of Ballston Lake, New York and son-in-law Allan G. Burke of Burdett (special friend Chrissy Wetmore); grandchildren, Alex Burke and Kristofer Burke of Burdett, Jaeden Jaynes and Isaac Jaynes of Ballston Lake, New York; brothers-in-law, William Hillerman of Nassau, New York and Larry (Sue) Hillerman of Reno, Nevada; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
Dale served in the "Brown Water Navy" in Vietnam, his temporary assignment with Mobile Support Unit 2, until January of 1971, deploying the various Special Operations Units, Seal Teams, Special Forces, and Force Re-Con, etc., was most memorable to him. Because of this assignment, Dale received many awards and medals. In April of 1971, he became a member of the Burdett Fire Department, serving for 48 years and holding the offices of secretary, treasurer, lieutenant, captain, assistant chief, chief deputy and chief. Dale was a member of Schuyler County Volunteer Ambulance and served as a paramedic for 22 years until 1992.
In August of 1973, Dale was appointed as a charter member of the Schuyler County Fire Investigation Unit by Emergency Management Director Harlow J. Bailey. Dale was still a member, holding the position of chief investigator, pro-board-certified, level two, the highest level in New York state.
Dale dedicated his life to the service of others, putting their needs ahead of his own, over the years.
Dale was hired by International Salt in 1976, and worked for each company that later purchased the plant. He received his journeyman card as a maintenance welder-pipefitter, a position he held up to his retirement in 2007.
In 1984 Dale joined the Boy Scouts of America to be in scouting with his sons, Scott and Sean. As his sons advanced up through the ranks so did Dale, achieving the positions of Asst. Scout Master, Asst. District Commissioner, Chapter Advisor for Order of the Arrow, and finally achieving the rank of Vigil Honor. While in Scouting in 1996 he was presented with a Bachelor of Commissioner Science, in 1997 achieved his degree as Master of Commissioner Science and finally in 1998 received his Doctorate of Commissioner Science from the New York-Pennsylvania College of Commissioner Science. His crowning award was the joy he got while advising the young men as ceremony advisor in the Order of the Arrow TKaen DoD Lodge #30 BSA.
In May of 1998, Dale was appointed Hector Town Justice. In July 1998, he graduated from Basic Judicial School at SUNY Canton and continued to go to judicial schooling every year to present. He continued in the position of justice of Hector to the present day.
In September of 2000, he was appointed by resolution of the Schuyler County Legislature to the position of deputy fire coordinator, a position he still holds today. He was also a member of the Odessa American Legion Post 676, since his discharge from active duty.
He was president of the Union Cemetery of Hector in Burdett for over 10 years. Dale was a member of the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church, where he served for many years as church council chairman, as well as trustee chairman. Among all the titles that Dale has held, being called Papa or Grandpa was his most treasured.
Those wishing, in lieu of flowers, may donate to the Burdett Fire Department, PO Box 238, Burdett, NY 14818 or the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church, 5092 State Route 227, Burdett, NY 14818.
The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen, Friday, Oct. 11 from 2-6 p.m. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 at 11 a.m. at the Burdett Fire Department (3830 Willow St.), Route 79, Burdett. A reception will be announced.
You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.
Dundee--Cathy A. Scott, 71, of Dundee died unexpectedly Monday, Sept. 30, 2019 at Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls.
Cathy was born June 14, 1948 in Elmira, the daughter of the late Raymond O. and Ruth M. (Dininny) Jones. She was a former Certified Nurse's Assistant employed by Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home, Penn Yan.
She is loved and will be missed by her son Ronald J. Scott of Dundee, her daughter Sharon R. Wilcox of Hornell, nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Carol (Ona) Smith of Hammondsport and Phyllis (Ben) Chartrand of Kinderhook, New York; a brother, Ken (Stella) Jones of Anaheim, California and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and the father of her children, she was predeceased by two sons, Jeffrey and Kenneth Scott, a grandson SPC Christopher Scott and a sister Lois Fultz.
There were no prior calling hours. Friends were invited to a graveside service at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 in Hillside Cemetery, Route 14, Dundee with Pastor David Semans officiating.
Arrangements are by the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
Dundee--Elmer S. Stoltzfus, 90, of Dundee died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 in the comfort of his home after a five-month battle with cancer.
Elmer was born Sept. 21, 1929, in Honey Brook, Pennsylvania, the son of Stephen B. and Sarah L. (Smoker) Stoltzfus. On Nov. 13, 1951 in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, he married the former Rebecca F. Zook.
He was a retired farmer and a well loved U.S. postal carrier. Interests and hobbies included gardening, beekeeping and chair caning. He had an avid interest in all aspects of birding. A member of Crystal Valley Mennonite Church, he had a love for singing of hymns and reading his Bible. His love for Jesus Christ was first place in his life.
He was faithfully committed to Rebecca, the love of his life, and to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Besides his wife, he is survived by sons, Elam S. (Esther) Stoltzfus of Blountstown, Florida and Aaron Z. (Bernice) Stoltzfus of Goshen, Indiana; daughters, Barbara (John) Glick of Narvon, Pennsylvania, Anna Stoltzfus of Dundee, Martha (Lester) Smoker of Grand Ridge, Florida, Sarah (James) Youngman of Dundee, Ruth (Samuel) Stoltzfus of Penn Yan, Rebecca (Marlin) Bontrager of Kalona, Iowa and Dorcas (Joe) Miller of Myerstown, Pennsylvania; a sister-in-law, Sarah Stoltzfus of Kirkwood, Pennsylvania; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was dearly loved by 47 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by brothers Levi Stoltzfus and Emanuel Stoltzfus and three sisters, Barbara Stoltzfus, Amanda Stoltzfus and Sadie Stoltzfus. He was also predeceased by three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Calling hours were from 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 at the Crystal Valley Mennonite Church, 2420 Route 230, Dundee, where his funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 with Mel Lapp, Jos Beiler and Lester Glick officiating. Burial followed in the Crystal Valley Mennonite Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Crystal Valley Church Building Fund, 2420 Route 230, Dundee, NY 14837.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent to the family by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
BRUCE E. COVERT, 80, of Watkins Glen, Oct. 1, 2019. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
MICHAEL S. FLOOD, 72, of Penn Yan, Oct. 4, 2019 at Geneva General Hospital. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
HON. DALE E. JAYNES, 72, of Burdett, Oct. 1, 2019. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
LUCETTA M. NAUMAN, 86, of Penn Yan, Oct. 6, 2019 at the Living Center, Geneva. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
CHARLES R. "CHARLIE" OSBORN, 95, Sept. 30, 2019 at The Homestead, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
CATHY A. SCOTT, 71, of Dundee, Sept. 30, 2019 at Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
ELMER S. STOLTZFUS, 90, of Dundee, Oct. 1, 2019 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 10/1/19
Charles William Brown Jr., 93, of Asheboro, North Carolina, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019 at Randolph Health in Asheboro.
A private memorial service will be held.
A native of Clarion, Pennsylvania, Mr. Brown was born Feb. 4, 1926, the son of Charles W. Brown Sr. and Ester Small Brown. He enjoyed making furniture and stained glass which has been sold all over the world. He had served in the US Navy during World War II as a coxswain on a LST.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Brown.
Surviving are his daughters, Leah Lamotte-Kerr and husband Robert of Farmington, New York and SueAnn Walker and husband Robert of Asheboro; sons, William Brown and wife Donna of Tucson, Arizona and Charles Brown III and wife Missy of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; sister, Jean Howell Dundee of New York; grandchildren, Robert, Christian, Jason, Colin, Meredith, Samantha, Geoffery, Charles IV, Alec and Perri; great-grandchildren, Desmond and Elise.
Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association Western Carolina Chapter, 4600 Park Road, Suite 250, Charlotte, NC 28209.
Condolences may be made online at www.ridgefuneralhome.com.
JOHN "BRUCE" ALLEN, 76, of Watkins Glen, formerly of Duxbury, Massachusetts, Sept. 24, 2019. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
CHARLES W. BROWN SR., 93, of Asheboro, North Carolina, Sept. 25, 2019 at Randolph Health, Asheboro. Arrangements by Ridge Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Asheboro.
RAYMOND MCLOUD, 86, Sept. 27, 2019. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
CHESTER D. SPICER, 76, of Lowman, Sept. 26, 2019. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
LAWRENCE A. "SCOOP" WISE, 65, Sept. 21, 2019 at Keuka Comfort Care Home. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
DONALD G. YEREANCE, 71, of Poughkeepsie, Sept. 21, 2019 at home. Arrangements entrusted to Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home, Poughkeepsie, and Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 9/25/19
Helen Templar, 96, of Watkins Glen passed away Sept. 23, 2019. Helen was born at home in Bradford Sept. 7, 1923, the daughter of Floyd and Mae Switzer. After graduating from Bradford Central School, she married Herbert "Allen" Templar. Together, they raised three children on their farm on Templar Road.
She was predeceased by her parents and husband; also by her two siblings, Harriett Southwick and Walter Switzer. She is survived by three children, Roger (Shirley E.) Templar of Florida, Shirley Templar of Milan, Pennsylvania and Jean (William) Hammond of Wyoming; and two grandchildren, Samantha Hammond and Marshall Hammond.
The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen, Friday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by a funeral service celebrating her life at 1 p.m. A committal service will be held immediately following funeral services at the Bradford Cemetery. Memorial donations in her memory may be made to "Schuyler Health Foundation" Attn: Seneca View Activities Dept., 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865. The family wishes to thank the staff at Seneca View for their excellent care and love they gave to Helen.
You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.
BARBARA J. SCOTT, 75, of Penn Yan, Sept. 23, 2019 at the Homestead Nursing Home. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
Helen Templar, 96, of Watkins Glen, Sept. 23, 2019. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 9/18/19
Robert Cooper Jr., 77, of Trumansburg, passed away Sept. 9, 2019.
He is survived by his wife Marilyn; four children, Kenneth C. Colburn II (Belinda), Carlea Cooper Fernandes, Schaun Lupo (Carl Sr.) and Venesia Green (Scott); seven brothers and sisters, Charles (Pat) Cooper of California, Marvin (Eileen) Cooper of New York, Ralph (Bonnie) Cooper of New York, Roberta, Diana (Dave), Beth and Justine; 13 grandchildren, Tyler Fernandes (Cassy), Samantha Fernandes (Cody), Breann Fernandes (Jake), Jennifer Cooper (Chad), Ralph Lupo (Emily), Carl Lupo Jr., Doug Lupo, Alex Colburn (Hannah), Brandon Green, (Lauri), Kayli Green (John), Jordan Colburn, Sean Colburn and Hunter Colburn; and nine great-grandchildren, Jason, Isabella, Irvin and Christopher Ellis, and Isaac Lupo, Michael Blake and Paytynne, Carter and Mason Green.
Bob was born July 14, 1942 in Romulus, the son of Robert Cooper Sr. and Bertha. He was a member and elder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Trumansburg, and warmly remembered by many as a mentor and friend. As an avid year-round hunter, his love for the outdoors started as a rancher and with the rodeo in Santa Maria, California. He later pursued dairy farming and raising game fowl in New York. He was also known as a skilled contractor. His love of animals, including horses, continued with his pursuit of co-founding, with his brother-in-law Lee Newhart Jr., the National Majestic Tree Hound dog breed and the National Majestic Tree Hound Association.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 14 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 319 Pennsylvania Ave., Trumansburg, followed by a reception.
Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Assoc., 435 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620.
You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements entrusted to Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Dundee--Karen S. Davenport, 59, of Dundee passed away Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 in the comfort of her home with her family at her side.
Honoring the family's wishes there will be no prior calling hours. A celebration of her life will be held at the convenience of the family on a date to be announced.
Memorial contributions may be made to Dundee Fire Company Emergency Squad, 12 Union St., Dundee, NY 14837.
Karen was born Jan. 3, 1960 in Penn Yan, daughter of the late Leon E. "Chub" and Bernice Emma (Phillips) Woodard Jr. She graduated from Dundee Central School in 1978. On April 22, 1978 in Dundee she married Reginald L. Davenport. A lifelong area resident, Karen was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. She became a Methodist pastor after raising her family, and had been the pastor of the former Starkey Methodist Church.
She enjoyed collecting anything that was in a series, but her happiest times were spent with her family, especially her grandchildren; and she was so excited and wishing to be able to welcome her newest granddaughter and first born child of her son.
She is loved and will be deeply missed by her husband of 41 years, "Reggie" L. Davenport at home; daughter Shawn C. (Rodney) Cole of Dundee; son Ryan L. (Rebecca) Davenport of Penn Yan; five grandchildren, Preston, Lacy and Myah Cole, Hannah and Nathan Fitzwater; her sister Kathy S. Woodard of Canandaigua, her twin brother Keith E. (Agnes) Woodard Sr. of Dundee and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents she was predeceased by a grandson Dominic Cole in 2009, and a brother-in-law Russel L. Davenport in 2007.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent to the family by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
Shirley Jane (Wilcox) Ditmars, 84, passed away peacefully Sept. 8, 2019 at the Clifton Springs Nursing Home.
She is predeceased by her husband, James Ford Ditmars.
Shirley is survived by four children, 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; her brother, sister and extended family.
Shirley was born Jan. 22, 1935 in Lakemont, the daughter of Arthur and Rena Wilcox.
She owned and operated Ditmars Proprietary Home in Naples for many years.
Contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Shirley's memory.
Arrangements by the R.A. Patrick Funeral Home, Clifton Springs, New York.
Penn Yan--Virginia K. Gleason, 92, of Bath passed away Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 at the Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home in Penn Yan.
Honoring her wishes there will be no prior calling hours or formal service. A committal service will take place in Wayne Village Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Born Virginia Mae Kilbury Oct. 1, 1926 in North Hornell, she was the only child of the late Ernest and Leona (Wise) Kilbury. She never traveled far from Steuben County and worked for her family and businesses her entire life. She was co-owner of the Redwood House Carpet and Decorating A-Frame in Bath for many years. She was an avid quilter and seamstress and got much enjoyment from helping people.
She is survived by her son James A. (Paula) Gleason of Lockport, New York, daughter Jodie Flood of Bath, son-in-law Malcolm Lane of Dundee, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents she was predeceased by her daughter Cynthia S. Lane April 15, 2019.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent to the family by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
Marilynn A. VanNordstrand, 97, of Odessa, passed away Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. She was born in Elmira Aug. 20, 1922, the daughter of Oscar and Nellie (Cook) Anderson. She received her bachelor's degree from Elmira College. Marilynn retired as director of Schuyler Head Start in Montour Falls. She was a longtime member of the Odessa Baptist Church and Watkins Glen VFW Auxiliary.
She was predeceased by her husband Fay C. VanNordstrand, and by two daughters-in-law, Marilyn VanNordstrand and Judy VanNordstrand.
Surviving are three sons, James VanNordstrand of Newark Valley, Fay "Butch" VanNordstrand of Odessa and Mitchell (Beth Houck) VanNordstrand of DeRuyter, New York; three sisters, Carol Precit and Kay Dunbar of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Nelda Kendall of Troy, Pennsylvania; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, a great-great-grandson and many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to call Saturday, Sept. 28, from 1-2 p.m. at Odessa Baptist Church, 111 Fowler Place, Odessa. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Odessa Baptist Church Capital Building Fund, P.O. Box 149, Odessa, NY 14869. Arrangements are under the direction of Vedder and Scott Funeral Home. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com.
Lincoln B. Wager, 89, of Watkins Glen passed away peacefully Sept. 14, 2019, while a resident of Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls.
The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen Thursday Sept. 19 from 5-7 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. at the Watkins Glen First Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, followed by burial at Union Cemetery of Hector with military honors; a reception will be announced.
Lincoln was born at home in Watkins Glen Feb. 15, 1930, the son of Lincoln G. Wager and Edna (Hakes) Wager. He was a graduate of Watkins Glen high school and, after school, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After returning from Korea, Lincoln began working for the NYS DOT, where he was employed for 36 years.
Although he played sousaphone in a marching band for many years, Lincoln was best known for his tenor singing voice, sharing his vocal talents as a lifelong choir member of the Watkins Glen First Presbyterian Church, while also accepting frequent requests from members of the community to sing at special events. Many will remember him as the man who sang the National Anthem at local football and basketball games at Watkins Glen high school.
In addition to his love for music, Lincoln was an avid sports fan. He loved roller skating, bowling, baseball (he was a rabid Mets fan), football and basketball, but his real passion was for Watkins Glen Senecas team sports. For more than 50 years at WGHS, he was basketball scorekeeper, football scoreboard operator and whenever requested, he would keep the scorebook for the Seneca baseball team. His interest in and enthusiasm for sports grew in the 1990s to include soccer, when many of his grandsons began to play the "other football," which made him very proud.
Lincoln was predeceased by his parents; children Penny Wager, Bruce Wager and Michiel Barr; grandson John Barr, brother Robert Wager and sisters June Elizabeth Wager, Mary Ellen Wager, Dorothy Smith and Rosalind Maine.
He is survived by his children Debra (Raymond) Bailey, Kevin (Meg) Wager and Larry (Rebecca) Wager; sister-in-law, Linda Wager; 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; his many dear cousins, nieces, and nephews and his special friend, Jeanette Randall.
The family would like to extend their most sincere and heartfelt thanks to the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Staff for their attentive and compassionate care. You have a very difficult job, but you do it exceptionally well. We are forever grateful.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation in Lincoln's memory to the "Watkins Glen Sports Booster Club," PO Box 267, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or the Watkins Glen First Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891.
You may express condolences to the family or leave a remembrance online in "Obits" at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.
ROBERT COOPER JR., 77, of Trumansburg, Sept. 9, 2019. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
KAREN S. DAVENPORT, 59, of Dundee, Sept. 16, 2019 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
MICHAEL J. FLYNN, 73, of Penn Yan, Sept. 9, 2019. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
VIRGINIA K. GLEASON, 92, of Bath, Sept. 14, 2019 at the Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
GARY M. PORTER, 73, of Interlaken, formerly of Penn Yan, Sept. 6, 2019 at Geneva General Hospital. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
MARILYNN A. VANNORDSTRAND, 97, of Odessa, Sept. 12, 2019. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
LINCOLN B. WAGER, 89, of Watkins Glen, Sept. 14, 2019. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 9/11/19
Dundee--Betty Jean Heath, 76, of Spring Street, Dundee passed away Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan.
There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 at the Arc of Yates, 235 North Ave., Penn Yan.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Arc of Yates, 240 North Ave., Penn Yan, NY 14527.
Betty was born March 9, 1943 in Tompkins Memorial Hospital in Ithaca, the daughter of the late Claude and Florence (Wixson) Heath. She has lived in Yates County since 1994, previously of Ontario County, a resident of the Arc of Yates. Miss Heath was a member of the former Dundee Presbyterian Church and involved with Skylarc Studios. She loved and collected Betty Boop souvenirs, playing Bingo, shopping, going out to eat, getting her hair cut and nails done. Her favorite time was visiting with friends, and one-on-one time with her favorite staff members.
Predeceased by her parents, she is survived by one aunt, Alice Hamerez of Ithaca. She will be sadly missed by all the staff and friends who loved her dearly.
Arrangements by the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
James Clarence Preston, 92, of Hector, and beloved husband of Gretta for 66 years, went to be with his Lord Sept. 2, 2019. He passed peacefully at home while holding his bride's hand.
"Jim" was born in Friendship, New York to Clarence and Livonia (Pierce) Preston. Losing his mother at a young age, he grew up in farming communities across New York state, and graduated from Ithaca high school in 1944. Jim proudly volunteered to serve his country during WWII that same year. In the Navy, unable to pursue his love of flying due to color blindness, he became a Patrol Craft Radarman 3rd class, having graduated from Sampson Naval Base Training Camp in Romulus, New York. Never losing his interest in farming, agriculture and rural community development, after his honorable discharge in 1946, Jim graduated from Cornell University in 1950 and started his working career as a Cornell Cooperative Extension agent. Jim loved traveling across the counties where he worked, and knew every back road because he rarely took the same route twice. He was much appreciated by those he met, and with his knowledge and winning personality, Jim made many lifelong friends of the farmers he served. He was a member of the Extension professional's Epsilon Sigma Phi Honorary Fraternity.
In 1951, Jim met "the love of his life" while working in Steuben County. He married Gretta Robbins in 1953 in Bath. Having loved his time as a student at Cornell, and while starting a family, Jim continued his education, earning his master's degree from University of Wisconsin in 1959. By 1963, Jim and Gretta had welcomed three daughters into the world, and that year Jim accepted his dream job in Cornell Cooperative Extension at Cornell University, moving the family to Ithaca. Jim's love of education continued, and he earned his doctor of education at Cornell in 1968. Jim accepted his second dream job at Cornell as a professor in the Department of Rural Sociology, and at the same time became director of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development. Jim then developed the Empire State Food and Agriculture Leadership Institute (LEAD New York), and became its first director. His two-year pilot program for the institute was so valued and well received that it continues today, having graduated 17 classes. In recognition of his significant contributions Jim humbly received the honor of Professor Emeritus upon his retirement from his much-loved Cornell.
Jim had many hobbies, but loved time spent with his family the best. The family trips every summer will never be forgotten by his daughters. Unfailingly kind and loving, there were still rules to live by that Jim did not waver from and he instilled those values in "his girls." Cindy, Joan and Barb could not have been prouder to call him "Dad" for he was the best one ever. Jim shared his love of gardening, boating, hunting, fishing, archery, golf, square dancing, cards, horseback riding and many other hobbies with anyone in the family with the same interests; those memories of his enthusiasm will remain forever. He remained an avid reader up until his death. Family as well as friends will remember Jim's love of most any Cornell sport, as well as any sport that had one of his children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren playing. He never missed a Cornell hockey game if he could help it, and that went double for watching his family play any sport of their choice. His family will never forget the encouragement of his "cheering" that could be heard like a foghorn across any playing field. Always closely involved with his home and school communities, Jim happily took leadership roles whenever called upon. He made friends everywhere he went and his commitment to church, Rotary, and Cornell Alumni Associations was unwavering. He was a member of RSVP, Alpha-Zeta fraternity, Naval Patrol Craft Association, Parkinson's Support Group and many others. Jim was honored to have been recognized three times in Rotary as a Paul Harris Fellow, most recently in the week preceding his passing. Jim's love of traveling was shared with Gretta. They visited all 50 of the United States, on most trips using their motor home, including to Alaska and back. They did not stop their trips until Parkinson's disease forced Jim to slow down in his 80s. There was "no quit" in the man as he did everything "right" in managing his Parkinson's, rather than let Parkinson's manage him. He will forever be an example to his family of the best way to deal with what life hands you!
Jim is survived by his beloved wife Gretta (née Robbins) Preston, much loved sister Ruth (Robert) White of Cary, North Carolina, sister-in-law Vera Robbins of Bath, daughters Cynthia (Michael) Hagin and Joan (Fred) Denmark Jr., both of Trumansburg; daughter Barbara (William) Yaeger of Cumming, Georgia; grandchildren, Timothy (Kate) and Todd (Lonnie) Denmark, Katelyn (Chris) Hubbell and Stephanie (Jeff) Steuer, Erica (John Whiting) Yaeger and Mackenzie (Henry Candela) Yaeger; great-grandchildren Allison, Cole, Emma and Robert Denmark, and many loving nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by his loving in-laws Joseph and Ethel Robbins of Bath, his brother Roger (Grace), infant sister Betty, brothers-in law Joseph (Doris), Harold (Patricia) and Albert Robbins, sisters-in-law Norma (George) Freeman and Thelma (Art) Covert.
The family will be present to receive friends Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Hector Presbyterian Church, Route 414, Hector, with calling hours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and memorial service immediately following at 1 p.m.
Burial will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you kindly consider a donation in Jim's memory to LEAD New York, Cornell University, 275B Warren Hall, 137 Reservoir Ave., Ithaca, NY 14853 or the Hector Presbyterian Church, PO Box 96, Hector, NY, 14886. Arrangements with Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home (www.RoyceChedzoy.com), Watkins Glen.
Nancy (nee Robbins) SLATER, 83, of Endicott passed peacefully Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019 while surrounded by her family. She was the beloved wife and soulmate of 63 years to the late Gary B. Slater and cherished mother of Gary Lee (Lisa), Craig (Deborah), Terri (Stephen) and Karen; adored grandmother of Emily, Kaylin (Michael), Jared (Christine), Leah (Jon) and Dylan; great-grandmother of Dominic, AnnMarie and Michael; daughter of the late Lawrence and Genevieve Robbins; sister to the late Jerry (Nancy), late Barbara (late Carl), late Curt (Nancy), Beverly (Ed), Thomas (Carol) and Linda (Ron); sister-in-law to the late Jack (Hermie) and late Roland (Rosalie). She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Nancy was a guiding light and spirit of her family. She was a valued friend to many; she possessed the biggest giving heart. Her beautiful smile will be remembered and cherished by all who she touched.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Nancy's name to her church, First Presbyterian, 29 Grant Ave., Endicott, NY 13760 or to CareFirst, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14870.
The family would like to thank the team of caring professionals at Guthrie Medical Hospital, as well as her family friend and physician Dr. L. Gehring.
Services held privately. Condolences at www.barberfuneralhome.com.
IRA HOWARD ABRAMOVITZ, 63, of Penn Yan, Sept. 5, 2019 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Townsend Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
PEARL M. ALLISON, of Penn Yan, Sept. 8, 2019. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
MARYANN GUARNEY, 76, of Penn Yan, Sept. 6, 2019. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
DONALD R. HALL, 89, of Penn Yan, Sept. 5, 2019 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Townsend Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
BETTY JEAN HEATH, 76, of Dundee, Aug. 30, 2019 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
JOHN LAURINO, 82, of Penn Yan, Sept. 1, 2019 at The Homestead, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Townsend Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
ALBERT C. NORTH, 93, Sept. 3, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
JAMES C. PRESTON, 92, of Hector, Sept. 2, 2019. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
NANCY SLATER, 83, of Endicott, Aug. 11, 2019. Arrangements by Barber Funeral Home, Horseheads.
SHIRLEY A. WICH, 93, formerly of the town of Montour, Sept. 4, 2019 in Horseheads. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.