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Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 12/17/14

Charles A. Richards, 92, of Odessa, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility after a short illness. He was born in Alpine March 26, 1922, the son of Jesse and Lillian (Angell) Richards. Charles graduated from Odessa high school and Cornell University. He and his brother Rexford owned and operated a dairy farm in Alpine for many years. He was also a longtime bus driver for Odessa-Montour School and enjoyed meeting the students as adults.
Mr. Richards was a member of the Odessa Baptist Church, Odessa Fire Department, charter member of the Schuyler County Ambulance and a past member of the Watkins Rotary. In his later years, he enjoyed the friendship of his high school classmates and took several trips with them. He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years Alyce Richards, two sons, Larry and Bruce Richards, a sister, Helen Morse, and his brother, Rexford Richards. Charles is survived by his daughter, Carol Limner of Ovid; daughters-in-law, Sonia Richards of Texas and Sherry Richards of Alpine; sister-in-law, Jan Richards of Watkins Glen; 10 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and close friends.
Relatives and friends called Friday, Dec. 12, from 3-6 p.m. at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 13, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home followed by burial in Laurel Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Schuyler County Ambulance or the Odessa Library.
To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visitwww.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com.

Betsy (Betty) Searles, devoted and beloved wife, mother and grandmother left this earth Dec. 12, 2014 for her next creative endeavor. She leaves behind to uphold her extremely high standards of kindness, her husband Butch (Wayne) Searles, her children, Tina Marie (Joel) Beckman, Chip (Michelle) Searles, Todd (Sarah) Searles, and her treasured grandchildren in order of appearance, Samantha Stevenson, Nathan Stevenson, Logan Searles, Hailie Searles, Trevor Searles, Hannah Brennan and Olivia Searles.
Born in 1950 in Germany, with deep family roots in Arkansas and New Jersey, she was an Army brat who as a young girl settled in the hills of Hector for the rest of her life. Here in the hills of Hector she found her passions for horses, art and her best friend, Judy Robbs. Her wonderful paintings and stained glass can be found all over the world. Many of you know her from ARC Veterinary Clinic where for years she worked with the animals and friends she loved.
Services will be private.
Anyone wishing to honor Betsy is encouraged to donate to a scholarship set up in her name by her family. Please make checks payable to the Betsy Searles Art Scholarship and send to Trumansburg Central School District, Att: Treasurer, 100 Whig St., Trumansburg, NY 14886.
To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visitwww.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com.

Beaver Dams--Elouise M. Shannon, 91, of Beaver Dams passed away Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.
Honoring her wishes there are no prior calling hours. A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family on a date to be announced in the spring at Hillside Cemetery, Route 14A, Dundee.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to CareFirst, 11751 E. Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830-3657.
Elouise was born April 21, 1923 in Corning, the daughter of Harry J. and Eva Mae Barnes Smith. On Oct. 24, 1943 in the Rev. Lynn Crawford's home in Bradford, New York, she married George W. Shannon Sr., who passed away Dec. 2, 1989. A life long area resident, Mrs. Shannon attended North Baptist Church in Corning in her younger years. She was a true animal lover, enjoyed her many cats, loved gardening and was a wonderful country cook.
She is loved and will be missed by two sons, George W. (Darleen) Shannon Jr. of Beaver Dams and Kevin R. (Angela) Shannon of Martinsville, Virginia; three daughters, Kathleen L. (Earl) Frost of Elkland, Pennsylvania, Anne S. Brungard of Rushford, New York and Erin O. (Carl) Doyle of Horseheads; nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her twin brother Eldred Smith on the day after their birth, and a sister Fannie Eldred in 1990.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visitingwww.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.



Death Notices
ROBERT W. HARRISON, 84, of Watkins Glen, Dec. 12, 2014 at home. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Charles A. Richards, 92, of Odessa, Dec. 9, 2014 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, Montour Falls. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
ARLENE V. SANTUS, 88, Dec. 12, 2014. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
BETTY D. SEARLES, 64, of Hector, Dec. 12, 2014. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Fall
Elouise M. Shannon, 91, of Beaver Dams, Dec. 11, 2014. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
VERA VANATTA, 90, Dec. 9, 2014. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Home, Penn Yan.



Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 12/10/14

James S. Bardeen, 74, of Burdett passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 at home. The family received visitors at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen, Friday, Dec. 5. A memorial service followed at 1 p.m. at the funeral home, and burial with military honors at Hector Union Cemetery in Burdett.
He was predeceased by his wife Leda in 2005, parents Morris and Jamesine Bardeen and brother, Brian Bardeen. He is survived by his daughters, Melissa Bardeen of Watkins Glen and Sharon (Thomas) Wiedemer of Montour Falls; son, James (Patty) Kuttner of Omaha, Nebraska; two grandchildren, Jared Detrick and Sara Kuttner; brother, Michael Bardeen of Burdett; sister, Susan Lurcock of South Carolina and several nieces and nephews. He was a member of the Hector Presbyterian Church. He was also an avid outdoorsman, especially enjoying fishing and bird watching.
Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the Hector Presbyterian Church, PO Box 96, Hector, NY 14818. You may sign a guestbook or light a "Candle of Remembrance" at www.Royce-Chedzoy.com.

Frances "Dolly" R. Bulkley, 97, of Odessa, passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 at the Seneca View Nursing Facility in Montour Falls. In keeping with Frances' wishes, there will be no calling hours and burial will be held at Laurel Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Frances was born Oct. 4, 1917 in Needham, Massachusetts, the daughter of Edward and Marcia Robinson. She worked at Cotton-Hanlon as a sales representative. Frances was predeceased by her husband Allen H. Bulkley Jr., her parents, her brother Fred and sister Phyllis Coddington, all of Massachsetts, and her daughter-in-law Margaret "Connie" (Cole) Bulkley. She is survived by her son, Allen H. Bulkley III of Odessa; her daughter and son-in-law, Marcia and Kurt Bischoff of Odessa; her sister-in-law Margaret "Maggie" (Bulkley) Fager; her bother-in-law John and wife Marlene Bulkley of Weeki Wachi, Florida; grandchildren, Kay and Arnie Hughes of Odessa, Allen IV and Beth Bulkley of Romulus, Bradley and Theresa Clark of Odessa, Brian and Stephanie Clark of Hillsborough, North Carolina, Jennifer (Bischoff) Stanbro of Campbell, New York and Kurt Jr. and Gina Bischoff of Bloomington, Illinois; great-grandchildren Sarah, Alison, Madison, David, Matthew and wife Kassie, Tyler, Gillian, Hannah, Bryce, Brett, Cameron, Katie, Brennan, Aiden, Hunter and Marissa; and great-great-grandson Cameron.

Michael "Jack" H. Hartney, 89, of Watkins Glen died peacefully at Seneca View Dec. 4 after a short illness. Born in Athol, Massachusetts, Oct. 17, 1925, he resided in Orange, Massachusetts until 1966, moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and Hanceville, Alabama, before moving to Watkins Glen in 2006.
A member of the Orange High School Class of 1943, he was the leader of the drum section of the Orange High School Band under the direction of Malcolm Hall and a member of the post-war American Legion Post 172 Drum and Bugle Corps of Orange. For many years he played in a dance band that played regularly at the Warwick Inn and the Gardner Hotel.
A veteran of World War II, Jack served in the United States Navy stationed primarily on Guam in the South Pacific. In the service he was an airplane mechanic for the Pacific forces.
After the war Jack worked for several automobile dealerships in Orange and Athol, Massachusetts as a mechanic. Then he began a long career at the Rodney Hunt Machine Company in Orange as a sales representative serving all of the New England states. He served briefly as an elected member of the Orange Airport Commission.
After moving to Atlanta he was employed with various companies in the southern United States as a sales representative for large industrial machinery companies. In Hanceville, Alabama, he became a certified pilot, a life-long dream that began during his military service. And, until his retirement Michael worked at Speedring, Inc. in Cullman, Alabama, and IMD Group, Inc. of Birmingham.
Jack built one of the first street hot rods in New England from the 1932 Ford roadster that his mother had helped him purchase while he was 15. He was a charter member, number 88, of the National Hot Rod Association. He is featured in the book, Cool Cars, Square Roll Bars, for his efforts to bring drag racing to New England, and was inducted into the New England Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 2008. He was responsible for bringing the sport of drag racing to the Orange Airport in the late 1950s under the sponsorship of the Orange Kiwanis Club. The club realized thousands of dollars from their sponsorship which benefited local agencies and causes. In the early 1960s he constructed a dragster in his Brookside Road garage that went on to win numerous time trials and car show awards. The dragster nearly won the national championship for its class in 1963. The 1932 Roadster and dragster have been restored by his nephew, Steven LeBlanc, and the restored dragster won its class at the 2008 World of Wheels Car Show in Boston, Massachusetts. Both restored vehicles returned to the Orange Airport for the Drags Reunion in September 2010.
As a racing spectator Jack attended the Indianapolis 500 in 1948 and for more than 50 consecutive years beginning in 1960. In 2007 he attended the 24 hours Grand Prix at LeMans, France. He moved to Watkins Glen in 2006 and became a frequent spectator at the many events at the Watkins Glen International track. He had been a spectator at the second Grand Prix in Watkins Glen in 1949.
A member of the Episcopal Church, he was active at Saint John's Episcopal Church in Athol, Massachsetts, and Saint James' Episcopal Church in Watkins Glen.
He is survived by his son, the Rev. Michael Hartney (Susan) of Watkins Glen; grandchildren Dr. Edgar Kemp (Heidi) of Kirksville, Missouri, Leslie Kemp (Jane) of Davis, California, David Cameron Hartney (Michelle) of Las Vegas, Nevada and Elton Matthew Hartney James (Ashley) of Los Angeles, California; great-grandsons Samuel, Max and Alex Kemp, Owen and Declan Kemp and great-granddaughter Lily Hartney James; sister Geraldine LeBlanc (Al) of Venice, Florida; nephew Steven LeBlanc of Milford, Massachusetts and niece Diane (Kenneth) Cypher of Marlborough, Massachusetts. He is predeceased by his mother Constance Feindel Hartney, his father Elton Clarence Hartney, his first wife Juliet Richter Sylvain and his second wife Betty English Hartney.
His body will lie in state Friday, Dec. 12 at Saint James' Episcopal Church, Decatur and Sixth Streets in Watkins Glen, where his family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Vigil prayers will be offered at 8.45 p.m. The Requiem Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at the Church Saturday, Dec. 13, at 11 a.m. After cremation, burial will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Watkins Glen at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Endowment Fund of the Episcopal Parishes of Schuyler County, 112 Sixth St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891, or the International Motor Racing Research Center, 601 South Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

Joyce C. Miller, 88, of Reading Center, passed away Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Watkins Glen. A private burial will be held at Seneca Union Cemetery.
Joyce was a member of the Reading Community Church in Reading Center. She was predeceased by her husband, Elwyn L. Miller, Nov. 6, 2008. She is survived by her children, Stephen (Jolene) Miller of Watkins Glen, David Miller of Penfield and Janet Miller of Fairport; six grandchildren, Jesse Miller and Will Greenburg, Julie (John) Malysa, Hunter Miller, Brittany Miller, Rebecca Miller and Natalie Miller; two great-grandchildren, Ava and Kasha Malysa; brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Betty Calhoun of Horseheads; and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her memory may be made to Seneca View Skilled Nursing, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865 or the Reading Center Community Church, PO Box 23, Reading Center, NY 14876. You may view her memorial or sign a guestbook online at www.Royce-Chedzoy.com. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Rock Stream--David L. Perry, 77, of Rock Stream went home to be with the Lord Saturday Dec. 6, 2014.
Dave was born May 26, 1937 in the town of Tyrone, a son of Mathew and Bessie Mae Scott Perry Sr. He graduated from Dundee Central School in 1955. He served in the U.S. Army for two years, during which time he was stationed in Alaska. On Aug. 21, 1959 in the town of Troupsburg he married the former Laura L. Yanushot. They moved to California, where he worked in the construction business. He returned to New York in 1962. With the experience he gained in the construction field in both Alaska and California, he became a superintendent for Dalrymple Construction in Elmira during the late 60s. From 1972-1986, he was co-owner of J& L Service in Dundee with his brother John. Also in 1972 he formed Dave Perry Excavation, of Rock Stream, which he operated until becoming too ill to work in 2011.
A very independent self motivated person, and borderline workaholic, Dave loved wheeling and dealing, was an Amsoil Distributor and dreamed of retiring on his sod farm in Montana. Unfortunately that, like getting his pilot's license, will remain as one of his dreams.
He is loved and will be dearly missed by his wife of 55 years Laura L. Perry at home; a daughter Lorena (Jeff) Tobey of Rock Stream; four granddaughters Lisa (Russ) Austin of Florida, Sarah Tobey of Watkins Glen, Michelle (Zach) Portelli of Oswego and Jamie Tobey of Rock Stream; a great-grandson Rocco Portelli of Oswego; two sisters Mary (Roger) Stanley of California and Julia (Bill) Fultz; and a brother Mathew (Betty) Perry Jr., both of Dundee; a special niece Judy Perry of Rock Stream, his best friend and cousin Bob Perry of Watkins Glen, three very dear sisters-in-law Barbara McConnell of Addison, Veronica Perry of Rock Stream and Joyce Perry of Dundee; several more in-laws, outlaws, nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends.
He was predeceased by a daughter Deborah Fuller in 2008, two brothers Clifford and John Perry, and three sisters Dorothy House, Joyce Epperson and Barbara Saucie.
Friends were invited to calling hours Tuesday, Dec. 9 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee; where his funeral service was held at11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10 with Pastor Bob Stuart officiating. Burial followed in Pleasant View Cemetery, Reading Center.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the church he attended, Monterey Baptist Church, 911 County Road 16, Beaver Dams, NY 14812.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

PENN YAN--Arlene Sorensen Richmond, 90, passed away peacefully at the Penn Yan Manor Monday, Dec. 8, 2014.
Calling hours will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, immediately followed by a memorial service celebrating Arlene's life at Weldon Funeral Home, 102 E. Main St., Penn Yan. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks those who wish to make a contribution in Arlene's memory to kindly consider the Alzheimer's Association, 435 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester NY 14620, or the Penn Yan Manor Activities Program, 655 North Liberty St., Penn Yan, NY 14527.
Arlene was born May 11, 1924 in Penn Yan, the son of David and Jennie (Thomsen) Sorensen. Arlene was a graduate of Penn Yan Academy and served in the United States Cadet Nurse Corps in World War II, graduating from E J Meyer Memorial School of Nursing in 1946. In addition to being a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, Arlene will be remembered for her work as a registered nurse and volunteer.
Arlene is survived by Roger, her loving husband of 69 years; son Stephen (Ann) Richmond; daughters Lauren (Alan "Herbie") Snyder, Cynthia (Stephen) Swarthout, Debra (Scott) Hafleigh and Tracy (Thomas) Walker; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sister Josephine Kjar and brother Robert (Mabe) Sorensen; several nieces and nephews.
Arlene was predeceased by her parents, her brother Howard and infant daughter Naomi Fay.

James J. Sullivan, 70, of Montour Falls passed away Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 at Schuyler Hospital. In keeping with his wishes there will be no public calling hours or services. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com.

Beaver Dams--Joyce E. Thompson, 87, of Beaver Dams passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home surrounded by her loving family Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014.
Joyce was born Aug. 17, 1927 in Clifton Springs, the daughter of Samuel G. and Estella M. Lee Madigan. On Dec. 8, 1945 in the Wayne Baptist Church she married Dean L. Thompson who has been waiting for her to join him with the Lord since June 17, 2011.
A life long area resident, who wintered in Florida for many years, Mrs. Thompson was a member of the Faith Baptist Church in Dundee. She enjoyed embroidery, was the best cook and baker, loved camping, square dancing and even clogging when she was visiting Florida. But most of all she loved her family and all times spent with her children and many grandchildren.
She is loved and will be dearly missed by her four sons Dean Lewis (Catherine) Thompson of Reading Center, Bruce E. (Phyllis) Thompson of Tyrone, Brian D. (LouAnn Miller) Thompson of Millport and Byron D. (Marjorie) Thompson of Watkins Glen; three daughters Sharon E. Thompson of Montour Falls, Sharee E. Pulos who resided and cared for our mom in her Beaver Dams home and Starlene J. (Timothy) Ector of Watkins Glen; 24 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; a brother Steven Madigan of Addison, a sister Mary (Bill) Allen of Penn Yan, a special sister-in-law Leona Thompson of Altay and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband she was predeceased by a grandson, Richard Lee Thompson, and five brothers.
Friends were invited to calling hours Monday, Dec. 8 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Her funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9 at Faith Baptist Church, 13 Harpending Ave., Dundee, with Pastor Lawrence Semans officiating. Burial followed in Tyrone Union Cemetery, Tyrone.
In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests memorial contributions be made to CareFirst, 11751 E. Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830-3657; the Monterey Fire Dept., 1465 South St., Beaver Dams, NY 14812 or to Schuyler County Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.


Death Notices
JAMES S. BARDEEN, 74, of Burdett, Dec. 2, 2014 at home. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Frances "Dolly" R. Bulkley, 97, of Odessa, Dec. 4, 2014, Seneca View Nursing Facility, Montour Falls. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
Michael "Jack" H. Hartney, 89, of Watkins Glen, Dec. 4, 2014 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, Montour Falls. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
JOYCE C. MILLER, 88, of Reading Center, Nov. 30, 2014. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
DAVID L. PERRY, 77, of Rock Stream, Dec. 6, 2014. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
ARLENE S. RICHMOND, 90, of Penn Yan, Dec. 8, 2014 at Penn Yan Manor. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
James J. Sullivan, 70, of Montour Falls, Dec. 3, 2014 at Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
JOYCE E. THOMPSON, 87, of Beaver Dams, Dec. 6, 2014 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.

Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 12/3/14

Himrod--Leslie S. "Les" Irwin, 45, of Himrod passed away unexpectedly Sunday Nov. 30, 2014 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital in Penn Yan.
Leslie was born July 7, 1969 in Corning, the son of Harold L. and Jean M. Trank Irwin. He attended Dundee Central School, played several sports and graduated with honors from the school of "Hard Knocks." Les was the founder, former driver and current sponsor of Lew Baby Motorsports of Himrod. He was also the proprietor of the former Irwin Disposal of Himrod, until he was disabled by health issues. He enjoyed playing softball, hunting, antique cars and being a "diehard" Pittsburgh Steelers fan. But his true passion was dirt track racing, which he lovingly coached and provided the opportunity and his knowledge to his son Lance.
He is loved and will be dearly missed by his two sons, Nicholas R. Irwin and Lance L. Irwin, both at home; a daughter Shaman Blood of Penn Yan, his mother Jean M. Irwin of Himrod, a brother Dale L. (Christine) Irwin of Reading Center, niece Courtney Irwin, nephew Matthew Irwin, his dear friend and companion Janine Brink and her son Gavin, the mother of his sons Missy Irwin, all of Himrod; his very best friends Jack Ayers, Alf Clark, Roy Gavigan and John Burd; several aunts, uncles and cousins, along with countless more friends.
He was pre-deceased by his father Harry Irwin in 2008.
Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 at the Baird Funeral Home, Dundee, where his funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5 with Lay Pastor Lew Ann Giles officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Dundee Central School Sports Boosters, P.O. Box 53, Dundee, NY 14837.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.


Himrod--Jeffrey J. Searles, 27, of Himrod passed away Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan.
Jeffrey was born May 12, 1987 in Geneva, the son of Neil W. Searles and Marilyn S. Goldsmith Searles. He graduated from Dundee Central School in 2006. He worked and was the self appointed "Social Director" at the ARC of Yates in Penn Yan. He enjoyed attending Emmanuel Baptist Church. A true people person, Jeff loved music, dancing and attending sporting events, but his favorite activity was racing; any form of racing, dirt track to NASCAR, if it involved high speed action, he was there.
He is loved and will be dearly missed by his mother "Lynn" G. (Mark) Sutherland at home, his father Neil W. (Maureen Hendrix) Searles of Himrod; two brothers, Quinn (Chris) Sutherland of Dundee and Shawn (Kerri) Searles of Penn Yan; five sisters Barbara Sutherland of Florida, Heather (Nick) Sorce of Dundee, Jennifer (Scott Ingerick) Searles of Geneva, Kristie (Chris Miller) Sutherland and Kimberly (Link Hoffman) Sutherland, both at home; maternal grandmother Marjorie Williams of Florida; maternal grandparents Alfred (Kay) Goldsmith of Long Island, New York; paternal grandmother Ethel Searles of Penn Yan and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was pre-deceased by his maternal step-grandfather Walter Williams and paternal grandfather Frank Searles.
Friends called from 4-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2 at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 332 Main St., Penn Yan with Pastor Ron Woudenberg officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Himrod Fire Department, 3530 Himrod Road, Himrod, NY 14842 or the Seneca Lake Duck Hunters Assoc., P.O. Box 15 Dresden, NY 14441.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

Death Notices
MARGARET P. BATES, 70, of Penn Yan, Nov. 24, 2014 at the Homestead Nursing Home, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
ESTHER M. CURREN, 74, of Montour Falls, Nov. 22, 2014 at home. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
J. C. LYNNE DARCY, 15, of Rock Stream, Nov. 28, 2014 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
LESLIE S. "LES" IRWIN, 45, of Himrod, Nov. 30, 2014 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
LEO A. JACOBUS, 90, Nov. 29, 2014. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
JEFFREY J. SEARLES, 27, of Himrod, Nov. 26, 2014 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.

Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 11/27/14

Robert Michael "Mike" Hammond, 54, of Watkins Glen passed away Nov. 16, 2014. A graveside committal service was held Wednesday, Nov. 19 at Sugar Hill Cemetery, 100 Locust Lane, Watkins Glen at 1 p.m. He is predeceased by parents, Frank J. and Helen C. Hammond, brother Jim Hammond and devoted dog "King." He is survived by six brothers and sisters, Ruth Maxwell, Bill (Jeannie) Hammond, Ken (Rebbi) Hammond, Nancy (Kevin) Reynolds, Joe (Penny) Hammond, and Linda Cotton; numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the Schuyler County Humane Society, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865 (Schuylerhumane.org).
You may sign a guestbook, extend condolences to the family or "Light a Candle" in his memory online at www.Royce-Chedzoy.com. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.


Painted Post--Isabelle R. "Issi'' Jones, 79, of Painted Post passed away Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls.
Honoring her wishes there are no prior calling hours and her services will be private at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Rock Stream Cemetery, Rock Stream.
Those wishing to make memorial contributions may send them to Southern Tier Hospice Inc., 11751 E. Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830-3657 or the Rock Stream Presbyterian Church, Old Lake Road, Rock Stream, NY 14878.
Isabelle was born Jan. 11, 1935 in Reading Center, a daughter of the late Marcus E. and Ellen Jayne Denison. She graduated from Dundee Central School in 1952. On Aug. 29, 1953 in Dundee she married John B. "Jack" Jones. Formerly of Rock Stream and Watkins Glen, she had lived in Painted Post since 1970. She was a former advertising director for 20 years, employed by Corning Building Co. and C.B.C. Furniture, retiring from them in 1994. From 1994 to 2002 she was a typesetter and graphic artist for the Corning Penny Saver. A real people person, she continued her love of dealing with people by becoming a greeter at Walmart.
Besides her busy work schedule, Mrs. Jones was a member and vice president of the Rock Stream Cemetery Association, and in her spare time she loved outdoor activities, including walking, bike riding and swimming, as well as indoor hobbies of canning and playing cards.
She is loved and will be dearly missed by her husband of 61 years, "Jack" Jones at home; two daughters, Jennifer J. (Robert) Wise of Rotterdam, New York, Marilyn E. Jones and a son Brian S. Jones, both at home; a granddaughter Zoe J. Wise of Rotterdam, a sister Deborah Ann Dailey of Rock Stream and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by a sister Madeline E. Sather and a brother Harold Denison.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.


Penn Yan--Melanie Lattimore Knapp, 38, of Penn Yan, formerly of Auburn, departed this life Nov. 21, 2014 at Clifton Springs Hospital fighting her cancer to the end.
A gathering, including a Nightingale Nursing ceremony, is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29 at the Chapel at the Spa Apartments (adjacent to the hospital), 11 E. Main St. in Clifton Springs. The Rev Gail Conners will officiate. It is requested in lieu of flowers, contributions for the benefit of Mel's children can be made to her mom, Deborah Rogers, 132 Burns Terrace, Penn Yan NY 14527.
Melanie graduated from Penn Yan Academy in 1994. While raising three children, she attended FLCC Nursing School to fulfill her dream of becoming a nurse and graduated in 2008. She worked as an ICU nurse at Clifton Springs Hospital. Melanie was known to all her friends and family for her independent mind and free spirit. She loved the company of friends and singing along to her favorite songs. Melanie was admired by her co-workers for her nursing skills and interest in meeting the end-of-life needs of patients. She will be sadly missed by all of her friends and those lives she touched with her compassion.
Melanie is survived by her son Brenden T. Knapp, daughters Tayler M. and Callie E. Knapp, her mother Deborah Rogers of Penn Yan, her father Thomas Lattimore of Seattle, sister Rebecca Lattimore of Santa Rosa, California, brother Ryan Beattie of Rochester, several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins and her loving boyfriend Dr. Christopher Wright who tended to her tirelessly until the end.
Funeral arrangements have been made with the Cheney Funeral Home, 70 Main St., Phelps.


PENN YAN--Emilie Trank, 83, formerly of Penn Yan, passed away peacefully Thursday, Nov. 19, 2014 at the Bixby Home in Interlaken.
Emilie was born Feb. 2, 1931 in Frankfort, Germany, the daughter of Heinrich and Katerina Wagner Rein. She married her husband, William J. Trank on July 8, 1955 in Frankfort, Germany. Besides being a loving mother and grandmother, Emilie loved to shop and dine out. She had a gift for gab and enjoyed having conversation with people.
Emilie is survived by her children, Sylviane (Tom) Cogan, Patrick (Laurie) Trank, Clare Baker, Christine Sebring and Curtiss Trank; grandchildren, Damien, Katrina, Colin, Marlaina, Jeremy, Jessica, Derek, Brianna, Gabriel, Heather, Robby and Tiffany; as well as numerous great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Emilie was predeceased by her husband, William J. Trank; brother, Heinrich Rein Jr.; sister, Henni Dekeyser; and son-in-law, Robert Sebring.
Friends and family called Monday, Nov. 24 at the Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, 201 E. Elm St., Penn Yan, where her funeral service followed with Pastor Dave Spencer officiating. Interment followed at Hillside Cemetery in Dundee.
Memorial donations may be made in Emilie's memory to the Bixby Home, 8342 N. Main St., Interlaken, NY 14847 or to Lifetime Care, 3111 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY 14623.
Friends and family may sign the guestbook at www.townsendwoodfuneralchapel.com.


Himrod--Steven E. Webster, 72, of Himrod died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital in Penn Yan.
Calling hours will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30 with a Fireman's Prayer Service at 8 p.m. at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee, where his funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1 with Lew Ann Giles officiating. Burial will be in Grove Mount Cemetery, Himrod. A celebration of his life will follow at the Himrod Fire Hall.
Steven was born June 25, 1942, in Elmira, the son of the late Emerson A. and Anna E. Spencer Webster. He graduated from Dundee Central School in 1960. He moved to Rochester and was an employee of Kodak for seven years. When his mother passed in 1969, he returned to Himrod to take over the family business, the Gold Coast Trailer Park. Steve was also a Dundee Central School bus driver for 22 years and a past president of CSEA. He retired in 2003, turning his business over to his son.
He enjoyed helping people and was a member of the town of Milo for 32 years on the planning board and as a town councilman. He was a Yates County legislator for 12 years and a past member of the Dundee Rotary Club, where he was named a Paul Harris Fellow in 2003.
Besides his family, Steve's next greatest love was the Himrod Fire Department. He joined the department in 1970 and over more than 30 years, rose through the ranks of line officers, including chief. He received numerous awards for dedication and service including Yates County Fireman of the Year in 1983 and the Roger A. Ribble Memorial Award in 2005.
His favorite pastime was hunting at his camp in Pennsylvania during turkey and deer seasons. There was always a close knit group of guys staying there and Steve was the head chef.
He is loved and will be dearly missed by his wife of 38 years, Debra A. Webster at home; son Jared S. (Melanie) Webster of Himrod, daughter Corteney A. (Scott) Boudinot of Dundee; four grandchildren, Casey L. and Jessica A. Mortensen, both of Ohio, and Steven J. and Aidan A.R. Webster, both of Himrod; sister Judi Webster of California, many relatives and countless friends.
Steve was predeceased by his parents, three-year-old brother Jared Lee in 1941, sister Marilyn "Peggy" Knapp in 2005 and daughter Stacy K. Mortensen in 2012.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Himrod Fire Department, 3530 Himrod Road, Himrod, NY 14842.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

Death Notices

PAUL F. COMPTON JR., 48, of Watkins Glen, Nov. 18, 2014. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
EUGENE A. DELAND, 90, of Dresden, Nov. 23, 2014, Huntington Living Center, Waterloo. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
ROBERT M. "MIKE" HAMMOND, 54, of Watkins Glen, Nov. 16, 2014. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Isabelle R. "Issi'' Jones, 79, of Painted Post, Nov. 24, 2014 at Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
Melanie L. Knapp, 38, of Penn Yan, Nov. 21, 2014 at Clifton Springs Hospital. Arrangements by Cheney Funeral Home, Phelps.
Emilie Trank, 83, formerly of Penn Yan, Nov. 19, 2014 at the Bixby Home, Interlaken. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
IRENE E. WACHALA, 69, Nov. 21, 2014 at The Homestead, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
Steven E. Webster, 72, of Himrod, Nov. 22, 2014, at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.






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