Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 1/28/15
Gina Ann Marcellino, 51, of Montour Falls passed away at home Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015.
Gina was born Sept. 4, 1963 in Montour Falls, the daughter of Rocco R. Marcellino Sr. and the late Theodora A. "Teddy" (Franklin) Marcellino. She was a 1981 graduate of Watkins Glen high school and received her business certificate from Elmira Business Institute. Gina worked as a receptionist for 18 years at Schuyler Primary Care in Montour Falls. She had also worked at Seneca Lodge and the NYS Fire Academy in Montour Falls. She was an avid sports enthusiast and enjoyed playing softball and basketball, and seeing younger folks aspiring in sports. She was a member of the Montour Moose Lodge.
Gina is survived by her father, Rocco R. Marcellino Sr.; her brother, Rocco R. Marcellino Jr.; nephew, Rocco Marcellino III; many cousins including Patty Meehan and Chuck Human; and special friend, Vickie Van Horn and her grandchildren Lucas and Logan.
Friends and family called from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23 at Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 Fifth St., Watkins Glen. Her funeral service was held at the funeral home Saturday, Jan. 24 at 11 a.m.
Friends and family may sign the guestbook at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com.
Dundee--Rodney D. Orr, 68, of Highland Dr., Dundee died Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 at Keuka Comfort Care Home, in Penn Yan.
Honoring his wishes there were no calling hours and the family will have a small gathering in the woods, near the family cabin, a place he loved to go. This will take place in the spring, when the weather is better suited and the family will be notified.
Rodney was born Dec. 7, 1946 in Penn Yan, the son of the late William D. and Irene Hines Orr. Rodney was an avid movie buff and could tell a great story, sometimes blending reality and fiction. But that didn't matter, to him, these were his stories, his experiences and this, along with family, are what made him happy. He didn't have a lot of money or material things, but he had a love of family, and this was all the wealth he needed. Sometimes he would just people watch, sit back and enjoy life. It may have seemed a simple existence, but we should all take a page from his book. We should relax, slow down, enjoy what we have, stop worrying about what we don't have. This is truly living, and that's what Rodney D. Orr did!
He is survived by his sons Rodney Soles of Avoca, Paul Orr of Wayne and daughter Theresa Irvin of Dundee. He was predeceased by a brother William R. Orr Sr. May 28, 2014.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visitingwww.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
Israel "Ike" L. Ramos, 68, of Watkins Glen passed away Jan. 19, 2015 at the Bath VA Medical Center. The family received friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen, Monday Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 12 p.m. at the funeral home. Services concluded with military honors and burial at the Bath National Cemetery.
Ike was born Jan. 11, 1947 in Mathis, Texas. He honorably served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. He was predeceased by his wife, Sharlene. He is survived by his daughter, Kristin Rider and daughter and son-in-law, Krystal and Billy McCarty; four grandchildren, all of Watkins Glen; also sister Carmen Rios and several other family members of Texas.
You may light "Candle of Remembrance," sign a guestbook or express condolences to the family online at www.Royce-Chedzoy.com.
GINA ANN MARCELLINO, 51, of Montour Falls, Jan. 20, 2015 at home. Arrangements by Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
JAMES E. MORRELL, 72, Jan. 24, 2015. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
RODNEY D. ORR, 68, of Dundee, Jan. 16, 2015 at Keuka Comfort Care Home, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
ISRAEL "IKE" RAMOS, 68, of Watkins Glen, Jan. 19, 2015 at Bath VA Medical Center. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 1/21/15
Dundee--Elizabeth A. (Smalley) Cotten, 73, formerly of Dundee, slipped into the arms of her Lord and Savior Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at the Corning Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare. Peaceful was her passing. Many are those who will miss and mourn her. Unconditional love is her legacy. Liz's strength of character, steadfast faith and ready smile were inspirations to those around her.
Elizabeth, daughter of the late Donald and Isabelle Barrett Smalley, was born in Schuyler County Jan. 27, 1941. She grew up in Montour Falls and attended the Odessa-Montour School District. She was a member of the Barrington Community Church, spreading joy through her musical talents on the piano.
Liz was predeceased by Mitchell, her devoted husband of 31 years, Feb. 20, 2014. She is survived by her beloved children Cori (Gary), BJ, Mike (Stacy), Patti (Tracey), Miki (Norm), Trina (Brian) and Tammy. She was the proud grandmother of 25 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Other survivors include her siblings Earnest (Dianna), Frank (Mary), Roger (Bonnie), Mary (James), brother-in-law Dick (Phyllis), numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends.
Heartfelt thanks are extended to the Mennonite Community and the second floor staff at the Corning Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare for their friendship, continuous prayers, love, and support.
Family and friends were welcomed at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., in Dundee, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. A committal service followed directly afterward at the Lakeland Mennonite Church in Rock Stream, with Pastor Dale Eby officiating. Per Liz's request, a worship service will be held at the Barrington Community Church in Dundee at a later date, for her family and church family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to World Vision P.O. Box 9716 Federal Way, WA 98063 (worldvision.org) in Liz's memory.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
Dundee--Shirley Catherine Coon Meyers, 75, of Dundee passed away peacefully at her home Jan. 15, 2015 surrounded by her loving family.
Honoring her family's wishes, there will be no calling hours. A memorial celebration of her life with a reception afterward will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Lakeland Mennonite Church, 389 Rock Stream Road, Rock Stream with Pastor Dale Eby officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Lakeland Mennonite Church for families in need, c/o Dale Eby, 4518 Lakemont-Himrod Road, Dundee, NY 14837.
Shirley was born in the town of Starkey, Nov. 11, 1939. She was the daughter of Leon R. and Margaret M. Lusk Coon. On May 25, 1957, she married her high school sweetheart, Paul A. Meyers. They had four children together and resided in the Meyers' family home and raised their children. Shirley loved camping, houseplants, and her backyard flowerbeds and birds. She was well known for her love of her pets. Over the years she shared her life with many dogs and several birds, with all of them becoming her family. She loved taking care of her family and teaching them how to cook as her waffles were amazing. Being a lifelong resident of Dundee, Shirley also worked at Dundee Seneca Foods Inc. She babysat her grandchildren and visited with her friends over coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.
She is loved and will be missed by her two children, Lenny Meyers and Terry (Dave) Marchionda both of Dundee; daughters-in-law, Kim Johnson and Mary Meyers; six grandchildren, Jessica (Eric) LeBeck, Jenelle Meyers, Tiffany Donk, Lou Marchionda, Douglas Meyers and Jackie Meyers; three great-grandchildren, Kaige and Kaiden Meyers, and Travis Bush Jr.; two sisters, Beverly (Harry) Carlyon and Barbara (Bob) Trank, all of Dundee; her goddaughter, Tammy (Robert) Conover Druker who took care of her during her illness and her children Deb Conover, Kelly VanDeventer and Darian Druker; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, Shirley was predeceased by her husband Paul A. Meyers, a daughter Cindy Lou Meyers, a son Michael Meyers, two sisters Betty Smith and Annie Howell, a brother Bob Coon, three great-nephews Jason Naylor, Keith Cagle and Richard Taylor.
Arrangements are by the Baird Funeral Home 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visitingwww.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
Jean H. VanderVliet, 76, of Hector passed away Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 at Schuyler Hospital. She was born July 1, 1938 in Paterson, New Jersey, the daughter of the late Halstead and Evanna (Winans) Hopkins. Jean graduated from Boonton High School in New Jersey, received her bachelor's degree from Montclair State University and later received her master's degree from Elmira State College. Jean was a lifelong educator. She taught in the Odessa-Montour schools, Watkins Glen middle school and Immaculate Conception School in Ithaca.
She was a committed member and organist at the Odessa Wesleyan Church. She was a member of Gideons Auxiliary, the NYS Retired Teachers Association, a volunteer at the Hector Library, a volunteer with Cooperative Extension and 4-H leader. Jean enjoyed playing the piano and photography. She also enjoyed traveling, enjoying numerous trips around the country and to Europe visiting her daughters, once taking a missionary trip to the Czech Republic.
Jean is survived by her beloved husband of 52 years, Roger; daughters, Laura Jean VanderVliet of Aiken, South Carolina and Nancy (Henry) Lombart of Merrimac, Massachusetts; sister-in-law Denise Hopkins of Cincinnatus, New York and two grandchildren, Philippe and Emilie Lombart. Jean was predeceased by a daughter, Kathleen VanderVliet in 2013, and her brother Hal Hopkins in 2014.
Relatives and friends were invited to call and view a display of her photography Tuesday, Jan. 20 from 12-1 p.m. at the Odessa Wesleyan Church, 304 Church St., Odessa. A service followed at 1 p.m. Burial will be in the spring at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Odessa Wesleyan Church. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderand
LAWRENCE E. "LARRY" AYERS, 74, of Watkins Glen, Jan. 15, 2015 at Keuka Comfort Care Home, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
SALLIE ANN BUSH, 73, of Penn Yan, Jan. 11, 2015 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
Elizabeth A. Cotten, 73, formerly of Dundee, Jan. 11, 2015, at the Corning Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
RUBY A. MCCORMICK, 96, Jan. 13, 2015. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
Shirley C. Meyers, 75, of Dundee, Jan. 15, 2015 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
Jean H. VanderVliet, 76, of Hector, Jan. 16, 2015 at Schuyler Hospital. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 1/14/15
Doris M. Barber Harrington, 66, of Meads Hill Road, Watkins Glen, passed away Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 after an extended illness. The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen, Friday, Jan. 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m.
She was born March 12, 1949 in Troy, Pennsylvania to Robert B. and Nina L. (Barrett) Barbar. She was employed at Borg Warner as an inspector for many years before she became ill. She is survived by her significant other of 30 years, Ronald Bullivant; her mother, Nina L. Barber; step-daughter, Susan Bullivant (and granddaughter, Hearstin Masson); several aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. Doris was predeceased by her father, Robert B. Barber Sr.; brother, Robert B. Barber Jr.; sister, Ann (Barber) Easling; and brother-in-law, Ernie Easling. You may light a "Candle of Remembrance" or express condolences to the family online at www.Royce-Chedzoy.com.
Penn Yan--Juanita Spence, 89, of Penn Yan died Jan. 6, 2015 at Clifton Springs Nursing Home, with a standing room only crowd at her side. Within moments, the sky in the west turned golden.
Family and friends are invited to call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16 at Townsend-Wood Funeral Home, E. Elm Street, Penn Yan. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 17 at Dresden United Methodist Church.
Juanita was born May 14, 1925 to L. Warren and Grace Sisson Rogers on Bluff Point. She attended school on Bluff Point before advancing to "the big school" in Penn Yan, and although she never took algebra, she graduated from Penn Yan Academy in 1942.
She married Bernhardt C. Petersen June 30, 1946 in Bluff Point. Bernhardt died in a hunting accident in 1952. Juanita married Theodore Spence March 20, 1953 in Penn Yan.
They raised their five children on a farm near Himrod before moving to Log Cabin Road in Torrey to be the first year-round residents there in 1971.
Juanita held a number of jobs ranging from a medical office professional to being the first local employee hired at the Morton Salt Mine in Himrod, but she became most well-known for her work as the first office manager for the New York Wine & Grape Foundation in Penn Yan.
She was a founding member of Women for New York State Wines, and was an avid promoter of New York State Wines, earning the Wine & Grape Foundation's Unity Award.
A natural songbird, she shared her love of music with the community through the Orpheus Club, Himrod Baptist Church, Dresden Methodist Church, Penn Yan Community Chorus and friends around Seneca Lake beach fires.
While she was dedicated to the wine and grape industry since her childhood as the daughter of a Bluff Point grape grower, her life was devoted to her family. She will be missed by her surviving children, the Rev. Lynn (Lorrie) Spence of Clifton Springs, Lyle (Shelley) Spence of Worland, Wyoming, Susan (Christian Claessens) of Canandaigua and Gwen (Mark) Chamberlain of Dundee; grandchildren, Lisa (Doug) Smith of Oaks Corners, Casey (Missy) Spence, Patrick (Jessica) Spence and Amanda Spence of Clifton Springs; Christine (Jeremy) Busch of Loveland, Colorado, Laura (Paul) Spence-Newhouse of Pasadena, California; Kevin (Lenny) Cole of Lake Alfred, Florida and Bradley (Lauren) Cole of Dundee; 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Cornelia (Ron) Ketchum of Gorham; many dear nieces and nephews; and too many friends to count.
In addition to her first husband, Bernhardt, and her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Ted, in 1999; their son, Daniel, in 2013; brothers, Ray, Robert, Warren and Fred Rogers and her step-father, George Barrett.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Juanita's memory may be made to Dresden United Methodist Church, Box 172, Dresden, NY 14441; Cobblestone Springs, 4306 Lakemont-Himrod Road, Dundee, NY 14837; or Friends of the Outlet Trail, P.O. Box 65, Dresden, NY 14441.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook at www.townsendwoodfuneralchapel.com.
THOMAS F. ARLINGTON, 33, of Burdett, Jan. 9, 2015. Arrangements by Royce-Chedozy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
DOROTHY J. BEAM, 83, Jan. 5, 2015. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
GENEVIEVE "GENNY" BEAVER, 85, Jan. 8, 2015 at The Homestead, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
DOROTHY COREY, 76, of Burdett, Jan. 5, 2015. Arrangements by Royce-Chedozy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
DORIS HARRINGTON, 66, of Meads Hill Road, Watkins Glen, Jan. 11, 2015. Arrangements by Royce-Chedozy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
TONY HEPBURN, 72, Jan. 5, 2015. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
CHESTER J. HOFFMAN, 92, of Penn Yan, Jan. 4, 2015 at Geneva General Hospital. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
FLORENCE M. KELLEY, 97, of Burdett, Jan. 3, 2015. Arrangements by Royce-Chedozy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
VIRGINIA C. O'TOOLE, 95, of Montour Falls, Dec. 31, 2014 at Schuyler Hospital. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
MARYLOU PEPPARD, 72, of Montour Falls, Jan. 3, 2015 at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
JUANITA SPENCE, 89, of Penn Yan, Jan. 6, 2015 at Clifton Springs Nursing Home. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 1/7/15
Samuel Williams Argetsinger, 62, died at his home overlooking Seneca Lake Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. Sam was born in Ithaca Aug. 20, 1952, to Jean S. Argetsinger and the late Cameron R. Argetsinger.
Sam was raised on the land adjoining Tug Hollow Creek near Burdett, in the old farm house where his grandfather, James Cameron Argetsinger I, was born in 1883 and his great-grandfather L.W. Argetsinger first cultivated grapes. Sam eventually became the proud owner of the family farm, and accolades for his renowned Riesling grapes soon followed. Sam's middle name is derived from his paternal grandmother's family, early community leaders who settled here in the first decade of the 19th century and farmed much of the Skyline Drive territory.
Prior to returning to his roots and restoring the family farm, Sam's early years on dairy farms in Maine and New York left a lasting impression on him. After moving back to upstate New York, Sam became a highly respected logger. Following one of his many public addresses regarding forest management, The New York Forest Owner newsletter remarked that "not a man or woman in the audience wouldn't have liked to hire Sam Argetsinger right on the spot to work in their woods. All were touched by his sensitivity to the emotions many landowners feel for their woodlot."
Sam was a lifelong student of Native American history and culture and a deeply spiritual man. He studied and spoke the Seneca and Onondaga languages, and his forest and land management philosophy was influenced by Iroquois teachings. Sam was highly regarded for his knowledge of forest ecology, land management and Iroquois history. He was widely sought-after for his unique ability to translate this knowledge to students, landowners, policymakers and the communities in which he worked. Sam was a spellbinding public speaker who could hold audiences for hours. His stories, both original and folklore, and his exploits were the stuff of legend.
He taught and applied the principles of environmental stewardship and took the long view in his approach to land and natural resource management. In November 2013, Sam concluded a four-year project, working with local and state government agencies and non-profit partners, to ensure that the ecology of his family's 75 acres of vineyards, creek and forest property will be protected from development and managed according to his high standards of environmental stewardship in perpetuity. As a recent Finger Lakes Land Trust Newsletter stated: "Walk around the vineyard with Sam, who is the fourth generation of his family to work the land, and you get a clear sense of the passion he brings to his role as land steward and caretaker."
Sam is survived by his three children, Bree of Denver, Colorado, Beren of Ithaca and Will of Tokyo, Japan; their mother Susann Gary Argetsinger of Whitefield, New Hampshire; his mother Jean of Burdett; his beloved aunt Louise Sause of East Lansing, Michigan; and his dear friend, Jesi Turner of Montour Falls. He is also survived by his five brothers and three sisters: J.C. (Joan) of Montour Falls, Louise (Tom) Kanaley of Rochester, Michael (Lee) of Chicago, Illinois, Marya Smith of Elizabeth, Illinois, Getchie (Kevin Potter) of New York, New York, Peter (Sjoukje) of Sebring, Florida, Robert of Illinois and Philip of Phoenix, Arizona; as well as his 12 nieces and nephews and 17 great-nieces and nephews, all of whom adored him and many of whom he hosted at a wonderful party at his home on the day after Christmas.
Sam graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1970, where he was president of his class and an outstanding athlete and scholar. Always interested in history, especially of the Napoleonic era and of all things concerning nature and the environment, Sam was a wonderful writer. He attended Syracuse University where he met Susann, who described him as having the heart of a poet. He was much in demand for his essays, especially concerning forestry, grape growing, and Iroquois history and tradition. There was not a fellow human being who was not captivated by Sam's charm and willingness to help in any endeavor. Sam was larger than life, he touched the hearts and minds of many, and will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
A funeral mass was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, The family received friends afterwards at the International Motor Racing Research Center, 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sam's name to the Finger Lakes Land Trust, with whom he worked closely to conserve his vineyards and the family's farm. Donations can be made at www.fllt.org, or 202 E Court St., Ithaca, NY 14850, 607-275-9487.
Almerida Lewis, 89, died peacefully Dec. 28, 2014 surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Watkins Glen to Antonio and Marietta (Sforza) DeDominicis. She was married to Ned S. Lewis June 15, 1946.
She lived in Montour Falls and worked at Schuyler Hospital until retiring in 1993.
Almerida was a 25+ year active member of Catholic Daughters #628, as well as St. Benedict's Society, Schuyler County Senior Citizens Club, RSVP, as well as being a eucharistic minister and fund raiser. She loved her family, her relatives and her home as well as baking, bowling and playing cards.
She is survived by her sons Les (Jill) Lewis and Carl Lewis, daughter Janet Lewis, granddaughters Katie and Christine Lewis, special nieces Joan Specchio (Watkins Glen), Diana Springfield (St. Augustine, Florida), cousin Annajean DeDominicis and special nephew Pierre Bievier (Burdett), half nephew Joe Butterazzi (Savona), as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. She is also god mother to Kristen Bellinger and Joanna Modla,
She was predeceased by her loving husband Ned S. Lewis, and baby daughter Cathy Ann, as well as brothers Samuel, Ernest, Joseph, Americo, and her sisters Rose Bievier, Mary Modla, Luginia Sardo, Lena Solometo and Edith Bellinger.
Friends and family called Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 at the Link in St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church, 905 N. Decatur St. Watkins Glen, with funeral mass following at 11 a.m. She will be buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen. In lieu of flowers the donations may be made to charity of one's choice. Arrangements by Haughey-Wood Funeral Home.
The family would like to say a special thanks to the wonderful staff at Bethany Courtyards and Manor. A special thank you to Dr. Thomas Rodgers and Dr. William De Luccia and their wonderful caring staffs.
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.
Elaine M. Strait, 76, of Watkins Glen, passed away Dec. 19, 2014 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania. She was a long term cancer survivor and passed from health related complications. She was born in Ithaca Jan. 20, 1938, the daughter of William and Ellen (Nurmi) Lummuka. She graduated from Horseheads High School where she was the piano accompanist for the Chamber Singers. Elaine retired from Westinghouse after many years of service and previously worked at Bell Phone Company in Elmira. She enjoyed camping, music, doing crossword puzzles, spending time with her family and was a big support for her grandson Joseph III. Elaine was the epitome of Finnish "Sisu" and had great courage, determination and perseverance. She was predeceased by her husband Joseph Strait Sr., and by her daughter-in-law, Marilyn (Jerzak) Strait. She is survived by her children, Joseph Strait Jr. of Watkins Glen, James (Denise) Strait of Horseheads and Julie Strait (Joseph Clugstone) of Watkins Glen; sister, Sharon (Donald) Dilworth of Clayton, New York; seven grandchildren, Joseph Strait III, Robert Bond, Nicole Gleckner, Kristin Strait, Kaarina Strait, Thomas Cook and David Strait; five great-grandchildren and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends called Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014 at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A funeral service followed at 3 p.m. with burial in Millport Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Rochester Ronald McDonald House or the American Cancer Society. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com.
Mary Rose Bostwick Gardner-Coyle-Voorheis, 74, of Alpine, formerly of Dundee and Mecklenberg, passed away peacefully Friday, Dec. 26, 2014 in the comfort of her home surrounded by her heartbroken family.
"Rose" was born Oct. 13, 1940 in Elmira, the daughter of Robert T. and Mary Rose Thomas Bostwick. She graduated from Horseheads High School in 1959 and went on to graduate from Del Kadere Beauty School of Elmira in 1960. She was a self employed hair dresser for 35 years, owning Rose's Hairstyling.
A loving mother and grandmother, she will be dearly missed by three daughters, Rose E. (Rob) Gardner-Linton of Odessa, Tisha M. (Dan) Terwillegar of Mecklenburg, Beverly J. Myers at home; a son Robert W. (Ashley) Gardner of LaVerne, Tennessee; 12 grandchildren, Jessica, Nicholas, Aaron, Britteny, Nina, Michelle, Eliza, Chloe, Aleeya, Kimberly, Katherine and Jaeny; two great-grandsons, Aaron and Tobias; and her loving caregivers angels on earth Paula Vail and Gwen Franklin.
Friends were invited to call Friday, Jan. 2 at the Reynoldsville Methodist Church, 5170 State Route 227, Burdett, where her funeral service started at 1 p.m. with Pastor Mike Kelly officiating. Burial was in Powers Cemetery, Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania the following day.
Memorial contributions may be made to Care First, 11751 E. Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830-3657.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
SAMUEL W. ARGETSINGER, 62, Dec. 28, 2014. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
GLEN E. BATES JR., 98, of Big Flats, Dec. 25, 2014. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
JEFF G. BROWN JR., 87, of Dundee, Dec. 23, 2014 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
Kent K. Greenfield, 73, of Dundee, Jan. 3, 2015 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
BENJERMIN S. HALL, 15, Jan. 2, 2015. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
Virginia E. Harte, 93, of Penn Yan, Dec. 25, 2014 at Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
MARK T. HAZLETON, 51, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, originally of Poughkeepsie, New York, Dec. 23, 2014 at Conway Medical Center, Conway, South Carolina. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
Almerida Lewis, 89, Dec. 28, 2014. Arrangements by Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Dr. James H. Marshall, 80, of Alpine, Dec. 29, 2014 at home. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home, Elmira.
JOYCE C. MILLER, 88, of Reading Center, Nov. 30, 2014. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Robert J. Plattner, 54, of Dundee, Dec. 31, 2014 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
BEVERLY J. SCHREIBER, 81, of Penn Yan, Jan. 1, 2015 at Penn Yan Nursing Home, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
MARIE R. STOPKA, 79, Jan. 3, 2015. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
ELAINE M. STRAIT, 76, of Watkins Glen, Dec. 19, 2014 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
Mary Rose Bostwick Gardner-Coyle-Voorheis, 74, of Alpine, formerly of Dundee and Mecklenberg, Dec. 26, 2014 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.