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Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 2/15/17

Louise M. Sause, 104, of East Lansing, Michigan, died peacefully at her home Feb. 7, 2017. A professor emeritus at Michigan State University, she joined its fledgling education department in 1954 after receiving a doctorate from Columbia University. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Aug. 4, 1912, she was the oldest of four children of Michael J. and Margretta Reisinger Sause.
A graduate of Ursuline Academy, her career spanned over 60 years, beginning as a primary school teacher in the Youngstown city schools after graduating from Kent State University, while working summers on her masters at Columbia, and then teaching at Indiana State and Purdue.
As a professor of educational psychology at MSU, she consulted with and traveled to meet educators on every continent except Antarctica; she taught in Peru for a year as well as in other schools around the world. In retirement she continued to travel extensively, including to China and Russia, visiting classrooms and exchanging ideas with local teachers.
Off campus, Louise was involved in local and national affairs, testifying before Congress and the Michigan legislature multiple times on issues affecting children. She served as a board member of the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency. She was instrumental in establishing local Head Start programs and developing MSU's chapter of the League of Women Voters, one of the nation's only chapters for college students. Always concerned for students, she was an active mentor at St. John Church and Student Center and guided scores of doctoral candidates at MSU. She helped people from every walk of life, becoming a friend to anyone who crossed her path. A philanthropist, she supported many local charitable causes, and was a longtime supporter of the Michigan Women's Foundation and educational scholarships at MSU.
Recognized by the city of East Lansing with its 1999 Crystal Award, her former student Kathy Sansone-Murphy said "There are people all over the world who had their start with Louise. She is just an inspiration for all those she meets. She just never stops."
Awarded the Crystal Apple Award in 2002 as the College of Education celebrated its 50th anniversary, Louise was cited as exemplifying an exceptional teacher. In retirement, it was noted, she continued to be "an advocate for programs and laws that keep the needs of the young child in the forefront of education." Indeed, she continued an active life and was in contact with former students and fellow educators who regularly visited her home, many from around the globe, up until her last days.
She was predeceased by her brothers William and Robert Sause, both of Youngstown, in 1997 and 2011, and by her sister Jean S. Argetsinger of Burdett, three weeks ago. She is survived by 10 loving nieces and nephews, 24 grand and 24 great-grand nieces and nephews.
Funeral services have been held. A private burial will be held at the family plot in Calvary Cemetery, Youngstown, Ohio at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in memory of Louise to St. John Church and Student Center, or the MSU "Dr. Louise Sause Scholarship Fund," MSU Development, 535 Chestnut Road, Room 300, East Lansing, MI 48824-1005.
The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing, Michigan.
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Death Notices
DANIEL H. HENRIES, 86, of Penn Yan, Feb. 7, 2017 at Strong Memorial Hospital. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
CRAWFORD G. MCFETRIDGE JR., 61, Dec. 21, 2016. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
RUTHANN L. MEADE, 72, of Odessa, Feb. 9, 2017. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls..
JAMES T. MONROE, 71, of Rochester, Feb. 7, 2017 at home. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
Louise M. Sause, 104, of East Lansing, Michigan, Feb. 7, 2017 at home. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing
ROBERT D. SULLIVAN, 92, Feb. 4, 2017 at Clifton Springs Hospital. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.

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Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 2/8/17

DUNDEE--Harvey R. Greenberg, 64, of the town of Barrington, passed away at home Feb. 1, 2017. He is survived by his wife Judi, his daughter Megan and his sister Lola. He was predeceased by his first wife, Janiece.
Harvey was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, graduated from the Cranford High School class of 1970 and attended the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, where he received a bachelor of science in mathematics with high honors and a master of science in computer sciences in 1974. Through the AFROTC program, he received a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force.
His first military assignment was as a Minuteman Missile Launch Officer in Minot, North Dakota, where he also studied business administration, earning his M.B.A. in 1980. His career took him to various scientific and technical jobs, among which was program manager for the E-8C Joint STARS surveillance aircraft. He retired as a colonel in 1996 from Hanscom AFB in Massachusetts and then started a second career in project management and software related to publishing and content management from which he retired in 2013.
Harvey stayed extremely busy in retirement. His many passions included classical music, cooking, baking, wine, flying, travel and watching the sunset over Keuka Lake from his beloved home on Dutch Street. He served on the boards of the Penn Yan Flying Club and the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival, volunteered at local wine competitions and worked as a tasting room assistant at Domaine Leseurre winery.
Honoring his wishes there are no prior calling hours; a memorial service will be held in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network ( Online condolences can be sent by visiting

Robert D. Sullivan Peacefully, surrounded by family, Bob passed away at Clifton Springs Hospital Feb. 4, 2017. He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Helen Ann Dodd Sullivan; daughter, Kathleen; son, Michael; grandson, Justin Ebert; brother, Patrick Sullivan; brother and sister-in-law, Jack (Janice) Sullivan; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jean (Bill) Koval and brother-in-law Leo Dodd.
Bob is survived by his daughters, Maureen (Ralph) Ebert, Colleen Sullivan and Karen (John) Griffin. He leaves grandchildren Jeremy (Erin) Ebert, Jennifer Ebert, Erin (Nathanial) Michniacki, Matt (Adrienne) Nolan, Kevin (Stefanie) Nolan, Sarah (Jake) Minns, Anna Sullivan and several great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Claudia Sullivan; sister-in-law, Mary Dodd; along with many nieces, nephews and friends.
Bob graduated from Dundee Central School, then immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy to serve in WWII. He served on the USS Smartt and later on an Escort Destroyer. After his military service, he attended a trade school in New York City. He was a business agent for the Operating Engineer's Union Local 832, covering the Southern Tier Region.
Bob and his wife raised their five children on their farm in Dundee. Bob "retired" from his job with the Local 832, to his farm of over 200 acres where he continued to grow crops and raise cattle and chickens, well into his 80s. He was a walking historian. He loved meeting folks and sharing stories.
He was an active member of St. Andrew's/St. Michael's Catholic Church. Bob was a member and past president of the Herford Association. Many summers were spent transporting kids and cattle to various fairgrounds for competition. He served several years on the board for the Letts Memorial Home. Bob and his late wife, Helen, were active in Yates County square dancing.
The family would like to extend an appreciation and a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Farnsworth and staff from the wound clinic and hospital staff at Clifton Springs Hospital for his care.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Yates County ARC, St. Michael School or the Dundee/Clifton Springs Ambulance/Fire Department(s).
Calling hours were held Tuesday, Feb. 7 from 4-7 at Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel in Penn Yan. A memorial mass will be held Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Penn Yan.
Memories of Bob may be shared with his family and friends at

Death Notices
MICHAEL R. BLONDER, 66, Jan. 31, 2017. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
Harvey R. GREENBERG, 64, of Barrington, Feb. 1, 2017 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
ROBERT F. LOGAN, 87, of Penn Yan, Jan. 31, 2017 at the Canandaigua VAMC. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
BETTY L. SNYDER, 92, Jan. 31, 2017. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
ELEANOR R. STILES, 92, of Penn Yan, Jan. 23, 2017 at Soldiers & Sailors Hospital. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.

Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 2/1/17

Himrod--Howard G. "Scruby" Covert, 81, of Himrod died suddenly Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 at Geneva General Hospital in Geneva.
Friends are invited to calling hours from 2-4 and 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 at the Himrod Fire Department, 3530 Himrod Road, Himrod, where a Fireman Service will be held at 7 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee, with Pastor Ted Herron officiating. Burial will follow in Grove Mount Cemetery, Himrod.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Himrod First Responders, 3530 Himrod Road, Himrod, NY 14842-9608.
Howard was born Dec. 22, 1935 in town of Milo, the son of Howard L. and Lucy (Baxter) Covert. A graduate of Dundee Central School in 1954, he went to work for Libby's where he met his future wife; and on June 4, 1955 in Seneca Number 9 Church in Geneva, he married the former Virginia I. MaGee. After a job working for the town of Milo, he accepted a position driving truck for Penn Yan Express where he worked for 27 1/2 years until his retirement in 1988.
Mr. Covert was a dedicated Life Member with over 45 years of service to the Himrod Fire Department, having received numerous awards including the Presidential Award in 1997, and just last week Fireman of the Year. He was also a member of the Teamsters Union, and enjoyed camping and the outdoors. He wrote a column for the Dundee Observer and the Penn Yan Chronicle-Express about the current news of Himrod for many years and was a past president of Grove Mount Cemetery.
Howard is survived by his wife of almost 62 years, Virginia "Ginny" Covert at home; a daughter, Debra Conley, who resides with them; a son, Donald (Sherri) Covert of Mondovi, Wisconsin; two grandsons, Darren (Tessa) Covert of Penn Yan and Andrew Conley of Canandaigua; a granddaughter, Courtney (Khristian Perez) Conley of Miami, Florida; and two step-grandsons, Max and Luke, along with many nieces, nephews and countless friends.
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Duane R. Derr, 66, of Montour Falls, passed away Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 at home. He was born in Elmira July 25, 1950, the son of Raymond and Martha (Lisk) Derr, and graduated from Elmira Free Academy. On Aug. 18, 1972, he married his wife of 44 years, Elizabeth Daugherty.
Duane had a great passion for music. He was lead guitarist for Silver Eagle Band and Wild Country. He was an avid snowmobiler and also a former volunteer fireman with the Odessa Volunteer Fire Department. Duane loved spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents and a brother Ronald Derr.
Duane is survived by his wife Elizabeth; four children, Stephanie (Paul) Marion of Cayuta, Susan Beebe of Alpine, Richard (April) Derr of Montour Falls and Christine Derr of Alpine; brothers, Dennis (Penny) Derr and Gerald (Cindy) Derr all of Elmira; six grandchildren, Matt (Ariel) Lauper, Rebecca Lauper, Kyle Beebe, Michael Hancock, Ashlynn Derr and Kendall McCracken; two great-grandchildren, Alexander and Samantha Lauper; and by several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to call Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 5-7 p.m. at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home. A celebration of his life will follow at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family for funeral expenses.
To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit

Bradford/Dundee--Diane T. DeStephen, 57, of Bradford died unexpectedly Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 at Schuyler Hospital, in Montour Falls.
Friends are invited to calling hours from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee, where a Catholic service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 7 p.m. with Father Patrick Connor officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tyrone Volunteer Ambulance Corp., P.O. Box 69, Tyrone, NY 14887, or Schuyler County Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.
Diane was born Oct. 2, 1959 in Penn Yan, the daughter of Franklin and Josephine A. Danilowicz Dibble. She graduated from Dundee Central School in 1978, and continued her education at Corning Community College majoring in early childhood development, and also became a dental assistant. She began her dental career at Eaves Family Dental before accepting a position with the late Dr. Michel in Watkins Glen. On Feb. 13, 1988 in Bradford she married Brian V. DeStephen. After starting their family Diane returned to work as a teller for Bath National Bank in Dundee and Hammondsport, where her love of children, and her college major helped her become a teacher's aid for Hammondsport Central School. The last 10 years, she had enjoyed being a homemaker.
Mrs. DeStephen had been a Sunday School teacher for St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church in Bradford. She enjoyed supporting all of her children's many endeavors, collecting all kinds of snowmen and cooking. But her favorite activity was caring for her animals and spoiling her grandsons.
She is loved and will be dearly missed by her husband of almost 29 years, Brian V. DeStephen at home; a daughter, Courtney R. (David) Howell of Dundee; a son, Nathan A. DeStephen of Bradford; two grandsons, Cyle and Brantley J. Howell; her parents, Frank and Joan Dibble also of Bradford; a brother, Greg F. Dibble of Dundee and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and her faithful furry babies Mollie and Millie.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting

Brandon B. Niver, 33, of Millport, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. He was born in Montour Falls Nov. 25, 1983, the son of Arthur B and Nora L. Niver.
He was an avid outdoorsman and loved animals. He was wonderful at hunting, fishing and trapping. He also enjoyed Motocross. In 2008, Brandon was Regional Vintage Motocross Champion expert (#114). Brandon was very family oriented. He was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend, and had a great sense of humor.
He is survived by his fiancée and love of his life, Melanie Farrell; his parents, Arthur B. and Nora Lynn (Rogers) Niver; sister, Tricia (Underdown) Post and Stephen Post Jr.; brother, William P. Niver; grandmother, Gladys Niver; four nieces and nephews, Cameren and Grace Underdown, and Anna and Abigail Post; aunts and uncles, William Niver Johnson (Alice Niver Johnson), Paula Solat, Pamela (Richard) Kreutter, Frank (Beth) Rogers, Thane (Kay) Rogers, Cindy Merill and Elizabeth Rogers; and by many cousins. He was predeceased by grandparents, Paul Niver and Brian L. and Betty A. Rogers, and uncles, Charles Solat and Victor Merrill.
Relatives and friends are invited to call Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 from 2-3 p.m. at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A memorial service followed at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family at 266 Vanderhoff Road, Millport, NY 14864 or to Brandon Niver Gofundme account. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit

Dorothy J. Kloppel, 98, passed away peacefully Jan. 20, 2017 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls. She had been a resident at Seneca View since late 2004. Dorothy was born Oct. 29, 1918 and was the eldest child of Clarence and Dorothy James of Seventh Street in Watkins Glen. She graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1936. Having won the Elmira College Key, she started her freshman year at Elmira in September of that year. Later she worked as a secretary at Watkins Salt Company and then at Sampson Naval Training Station.
Dorothy married George O. Kloppel in 1946. They had grown up on the same street in Watkins Glen and were members of the same high school graduation class. They made their first home in the large Queen Anne house that until 1965 occupied the site of the current HSBC bank, across the street from the Mobil station that was operated by George and his father, Ernie Kloppel.
As a resident of Watkins Glen for many years, Dorothy was known by those with whom she was close as a friendly, sensitive person who quietly excelled in music (piano), art and poetry. She is especially remembered by family for her rendition of "The Moonlight Sonata" as well as for her skillful sketches and paintings. Her poetry often focused upon life from the woman's point of view. She loved animals and was particularly fond of the several cats the family had over the years. Having endured long-term health problems, Dorothy also developed a philosophical side. It was perhaps best recognized through her vocalized conviction that love is more important than anything else in life. On the lighter side, her other interests included movies, walks, shopping in downtown Watkins Glen, fashions, good food, the Olympics and the members of her family. She also had a good sense of humor and loved to laugh!
Dorothy's last 12 years were spent at Seneca View. The family is forever grateful to the members of the dedicated, loving staff for successfully endeavoring to make those years happy ones. She definitely found a "second family!"
Dorothy is survived by her four sons, Robert (Shelby, North Carolina), Geo (W. Danby, New York), Tom (Sanford, Maine), Jon (Interlaken), and her sister-in-law, Helen James (Watkins Glen). She has three daughters-in-law, Carol, Patricia and Cynthia, the spouses of Robert, Geo and Jon respectively. There are also five grandchildren, Rob Kloppel (Brandon, Florida), Ben Kloppel (Shelby, North Carolina), Aaron Kloppel (Ithaca), Rachel Kloppel (Interlaken) and Amber Lia-Kloppel (Ithaca), one great-grandchild (Isabella), another on the way, and 10 nephews and nieces.
The family will meet privately at Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home. Dorothy will be laid to rest at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Alpine. You may sign a guestbook or light a "Candle of Remembrance" in her memory online at Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Dundee--Ruth C. Davis Smith, 84, of Dundee, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 at The Homestead, in Penn Yan.
Honoring her wishes there are no prior calling hours. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6 in Grove Mount Cemetery, Himrod.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Dundee Fire Company, or the Dundee Fire Company Emergency Squad, 12 Union St., Dundee, NY 14837.
Ruth was born March 3, 1932 in Dundee, the daughter of Charles A. and Arminta (Kress) Davis. She graduated from Dundee Central School in 1949. On Dec. 19, 1951 in Canandaigua, she married Clarence A. Smith, who passed away June 19, 1981. A life-long area resident, she was baptized in the Himrod Baptist Church, attended the former Starkey Methodist Church and sang in the choir, and was a past member of the Starkey Women's Group. In more recent years Mrs. Smith attended the Dundee Presbyterian Church, was active in the Dundee Senior Citizens and volunteered for the Dundee Santa Fund. In her spare time she loved reading and socializing.
She is survived by her two brothers, Arthur K. "Art" Davis of Hudson, Florida and Charles M. "Bud" (Jean) Davis of Freedom, Pennsylvania; several special nieces and nephews and her loving caregivers Helen Halbritter and Judy Duquette at the Sunset House in Dundee.
Besides her parents and husband she was predeceased by a sister Mrs. E. David "Alpha" Decker in 2000.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting

Dundee--John James (Jack) Sullivan passed away Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, at Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Penn Yan.
He was predeceased by his wife, Janice Murphy, brother, Patrick Sullivan and sister-in-law, Helen Sullivan (Robert.)
Jack was born in Youngstown, Ohio to Dr. and Mrs. John Kelly Sullivan (Laura O'Brien). He was in the first class to graduate from the "new" Dundee Central School where he played football, basketball, baseball, soccer and set many records in track and field events. He earned a basketball scholarship to the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana and was chosen as a walk-on for the football team his freshman year..
In 1943 he enlisted in the Army Air Force and served in the Pacific Theater. After the war, he attended Cornell Law School until he purchased Dundee Motors with his brother, Patrick. Around this time he moved his family to a farm on Lakemont-Himrod Road where he raised sheep, crops and Standard-bred horses.
Jack was a lifetime communicant of St. Andrew's Catholic Church, Dundee and later St. Michael's of Penn Yan. He was active in his community and was a former member of the American Legion, Rotary, VFW, USTA and the Dundee Historical Society. He was an avid reader, particularly of Louis L'Amour westerns and Robert Service poetry. "The Cremation of Sam McGee" was a particular favorite. He enjoyed fast horses, March Madness and swapping stories with "the boys" at Tara's coffee shop.
He will be sadly missed by his three daughters, Nancy Tracy (Mike) of Newcomb, New York, Mary Kay Sullivan (Jeff Lawton) of Dundee and Watkins Glen and Patricia Sullivan of Edenton, North Carolina. He is also survived by his four grandchildren, Shawn Tracy, Timothy Tracy, Rebecca Mitchell and Jeannette Sullivan; four great-grandchildren and his brother, Robert Sullivan.
At his request, there was a Mass of Christian burial at St. Michael's Church, Penn Yan, Friday, Jan. 27, at 10 o'clock followed by private burial at Lakemont Cemetery. Friends were invited to share fellowship with the family at the Moose Club in Penn Yan after the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of the following: the Keuka Comfort Home, Yates Co. Humane Society, Boystown and the Dundee Area Historical Society.
Please visit to send a condolence to the Sullivan Family.

Death Notices
SAMUEL G. BALDWIN, 89, Jan. 17, 2017. Arrangements by Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Howard G. "Scruby" Covert, 81, of Himrod, Jan. 29, 2017 at Geneva General Hospital. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
DUANE R. DERR, 66, of Montour Falls, Jan. 28, 2017 at home. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
Diane T. DeStephen, 57, of Bradford, Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
DOROTHY J. KLOPPEL, 98, Jan. 20, 2017 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, Montour Falls. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
BRANDON B. NIVER, 33, of Millport, Jan. 22, 2017. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
Ruth C. Davis Smith, 84, of Dundee, Jan. 29, 2017 at The Homestead, in Penn Yan. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
JOHN J. "JACK" SULLIVAN, 95, Jan. 22, 2017. Arrangements by Kenneth J. Perkins Funeral Home, Gorham.

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