Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 7/20/16
HAMMONDSPORT--Edward James Barry IV, 73, of Hammondsport died July 16, 2016 in Hammondsport.
James was born Nov. 29, 1942 in Milton, Pennsylvania. His parents were Edward James Barry III and Kathryn Barry. He had one sister, Carol Barry Patterson, of Danville, Pennsylvania.
Jim married his college sweetheart Ruth Girton June 26, 1965 in her hometown of Millville, Pennsylvania. The couple celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary this past June. The two met in a college sociology class titled "Marriage and the Family" while they were attending Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. It was a love story that Jim often shared with friends and strangers alike.
A graduate of Milton High School (Pennsylvania) in 1960, Jim then graduated from Lycoming College in 1964. He took additional master's level classes at both Bloomsburg State and Geneseo State after accepting a teaching post at Hammondsport central high school. He, along with Ruth, taught at the school for several decades. He enjoyed reuniting with his former students years after they graduated.
Jim was an avid and accomplished outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing on Keuka Lake and hunting deer and turkey on his beloved recreational property nicknamed "The Farm." He often could be found showing off pictures of his latest harvest to fellow outdoorsmen friends. He was a member of the Hammondsport United Methodist Church, a life member of the National Rifle Association, and for many years volunteered teaching hunting safety courses for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. He often joked that he was also a proud card-carrying member of Sam's Club. James was a charter member of the Hammondsport Ambulance Corps and served on the board of directors of the Reginald Wood Memorial to Scouting in Hammondsport. He was incredibly proud of his three sons who all earned the rank of Eagle Scout with Boy Scout Troop 18 in Hammondsport.
Jim is survived by his beloved wife Ruth of Hammondsport, sons Travis James Barry of Bath, Brock Edward Barry of Salisbury Mills, New York and Lance Michael Barry of Franklin, Tennessee. Their wives are Heather Barry of Bath, Allison Barry of Salisbury Mills and Mindy Barry of Franklin. Grandchildren include Shannon, Dana, Colton, Elijah, Benjamin and Brooke Barry. Step-grandchildren are Skyler, Dakota and Brooke Wheaton. Also, "Megan," Jim and Ruth's adored chocolate labrador retriever.
He is predeceased by his parents and sister.
Never a fan of lengthy funeral proceedings, a brief memorial service will be held in Jim's honor Saturday, July 23, at 2 p.m. at Hammondsport United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Jim's name to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements are by the LaMarche Funeral Home of Hammondsport.
Dundee--Ronald J. Johnson Sr., 66, of Dundee, left this world unexpectedly Friday, July 15, 2016 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira.
Honoring his wishes there are no prior calling hours. Friends and family are invited to share memories at a celebration of Ron's life starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 at the home of his daughter and son-in-law Dawn and Jesse Jayne, 5036 Bill Bailey Road, Dundee.
In lieu of flowers Ron wished memorial contributions be made to The House of John, 14 Spring St., Clifton Springs, NY 14432.
Ron was born April 4, 1950 in Penn Yan, a son of the late Clinton S. and Mary Berloue Johnson. A life-long local resident, he was a truck driver delivering petroleum for Earl T. Wadham's Inc. of Phelps, until sustaining a back injury in 1983. On March 29, 1987 in Dundee he married the former Cheryl A. Smith. Together they founded the Johnson Family Care Home in 1988, and have been providing loving care to special friends ever since. Ron loved cars, hunting and fishing in his spare time. He was a member of Classic Cruisers Hot Rod Club of Penn Yan.
He is loved and will be dearly missed by his wife of 29 years Cheryl A. Johnson at home; three sons, Ronald J. Johnson Jr. of Arizona, Eugene L. (Melissa Irwin) Melendez of Himrod and Ramon C. Johnson of Dundee; a daughter, Dawn L. (Jesse) Jayne of Dundee; 11 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, a loving nephew Calvin M. Smith of Dundee, his favorite brother-in-law Adrain J. (Gina) Lozada of Rochester, a sister-in-law Bonnie B. Heeman, also of Dundee, numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and countless friends. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a sister and fivebrothers.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visitingwww.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
Kayla Michelle Kress, 24, of Watkins Glen passed away July 16, 2016. She is survived by her parents, Shawna Dillon of Watkins Glen and John Kress (Jilly Weeks) of Watkins Glen; sister, Caitline Dillon of Alpine, brother Corey Kress of Himrod; her special companion and best friend, dog Milo; aunts, Corinn (Michial) Miller of VanEtten and Faith Madigan of Watkins Glen; uncle Dan Kress of Beaver Dams and several other aunts, uncles or cousins. She was predeceased by maternal grandparents, Michael and Diana Dillon; paternal grandparents, Thomas and Barbara Zuris Kress; uncles Michael Madigan and Kenneth Dillon.
A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date.
Kayla had a beautiful smile and a heart of gold. Kayla loved the outdoors and was a determined gardener.
You may express condolences to the family or "Light a Candle of Remembrance" online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
James M. Tucker, 55, of Elmira Heights passed away after a brief illness July 15, 2016. The family received friends and relatives at the Reading Community Church, Reading Center, Tuesday, July 19 from 4-6 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 6 p.m. at the church. A reception was held at the church following funeral services. A committal service with military honors will be held Friday, July 22 at 10 a.m.at Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira.
Jim was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Adele Tucker. He is survived by his loving wife, Brenda; their children, Lacey Tucker of Watkins Glen and Matthew Hauck (Samantha Laird-Hauck) of Elmira Heights; brothers and sisters, Patricia (Anthony) LoSecco of Florida, Margaret "Midge" (Robert) Frantz of North Carolina, Fred Tucker of Watkins Glen and Russell (Kathryn "Kitty") Tucker of Florida; father-in-law and mother-in-law Ray and Shirley Evans of Elmira Heights, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Raymond (Shawna) Evans of North Carolina, Joseph (Amy) Crane of Watkins Glen and Deborah (Michael) Watson of North Carolina; grandchildren, Deegan Hauck and Rissa and Alexa Breeds; special nephews, Joe and Branden Crane; special friend, Brenda Dandrea; and several other nieces, nephews and cousins.
Jim was born in Montour Falls. He graduated from Watkins Glen high school in 1979. After school, Jim enlisted proudly and served honorably in the United States Navy. Jim worked as a supervisor for Southern Tier Logistics in Horseheads.
You may express condolences to the family or "Light a Candle of Remembrance" online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Michael A. Yuhasz, 79, of Watkins Glen passed away July 18, 2016. The family will receive friends and relatives from 5-7 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen, Thursday, July 21. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. A committal service with military honors will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Heather Yuhasz; two brothers, John Jr. and Andrew Yuhasz; and sister, Anna Wasley. He is survived by his wife, Carol; children, Allison (Jake) Kolar, Kristie (Michael) Herrick, Michael Yuhasz, Jennifer Padilla, Jeffrey Yuhasz and Heidi Yuhasz; brother-in-law Ronald (Taryn) Bath, sister-in-law, Angie Yuhasz; 10 grandchildren, Jamie, Cyrus, Ashley, Tristan, Emma, Sophia, Teleri, Mihail, Jude and Soren; great-grandson, Hunter; and several nieces and nephews.
He was born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, the son of John and Mary Yuhasz. He honorably served in the United States Army and played football during his time in the military. After serving in the Army, he worked in the steel mills in Pennsylvania, then enrolled at Mansfield University, earning his bachelor of science in education while also coaching football. He taught and coached football at Athens Central School. Later, he taught and was a supportive teacher at Hendy Avenue School in Elmira, and earned his master's in education and administrative degree at Elmira College. He moved to Watkins Glen with his family in 1971 when he accepted the position of Watkins Glen elementary school principal where he taught until his retirement in 1996. He also coached football for Watkins Glen high school. He served as a Schuyler County legislator for several terms after his retirement. He was a Rotarian and a member of the Elks Lodge, American Legion and Masonic Lodge. He was also an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
Donations in his memory may be made to Schuyler County Catholic Charities, 607 N. Franklin St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. You may express condolences to the family or "Light a Candle of Remembrance" online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.
E. JAMES BERRY IV, 73, of Hammondsport, July 16, 2016. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
ELSIE MAY DAVIS, 99, of Branchport, July 12, 2016 at home. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
Ronald J. Johnson Sr., 66, of Dundee, July 15, 2016 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
MARILYN M. KLEMENT, July 11, 2016. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
Kayla M. Kress, 24, of Watkins Glen, July 16, 2016. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
PATRICK M. MACE, 57, July 15, 2016. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
ALICE P. RUGGIERO, 75, of Branchport, July 16, 2016. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
ROBERT C. SULLIVAN, 70, of Watkins Glen, July 14, 2016. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
James M. Tucker, 55, of Elmira Heights, July 15, 2016. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Michael A. Yuhasz, 79, of Watkins Glen, July 18, 2016. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 7/13/16
Hugh Gordon Wyllie, 88, of Hector and Palmetto Bay, Florida, passed away July 8, 2016. Born in Auburn, New York Aug. 30, 1927 and raised in Ithaca, he is survived by his wife of 65 years, Helen (Sis); son, Stuart (Carol) Wyllie; daughter, Nancy (Gene) Mueller and four grandchildren, Laura Wyllie, Philip Wyllie, Alexander (Stephanie) Mueller and Preston Mueller.
Throughout his business career he held various positions in the commercial real estate industry including executive vice president Chrysler Realty, president Southeast Properties and was a founding member, past chair and also served as CEO of NACORE International. He and his wife shared a love of boating on Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes region and Miami, Florida, where he served as commodore of Coral Reef Yacht Club.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date in Florida. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
HUGH G. WYLLIE, 88, of Palmetto Bay, Florida, and Hector, July 8, 2016. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 7/6/16
Claraneal "Clary" Creighton, 93, of Hector passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home with daughter Phyllis and grandson Allen by her side July 1, 2016. The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen,Thursday, July 7 from 5-7 p.m. A funeral service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church.
Clary was born in Newfield, New York, the daughter of Lochary Van Kirk and Amanda Rogers Van Kirk. She was employed as a laboratory technician of plant science in the Ornamental Horticulture Department at Cornell University. After taking early retirement, she continued to work as a laboratory technician for Phillip Morris in Richmond, Virginia. Clary was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She was a member of the Methodist Church, a former RSVP volunteer and former member of the Women's Auxiliary of the V-L-H Fire Department. She passionately loved horses, flowers, fishing and her friends.
She was predeceased by her parents; sisters, Betty Pakkala and Barbara Van Kirk; brother, Edwin "Jack" Van Kirk and his wife Anna; great-niece Diane Pakkala Dibble and former husband and friend, John Creighton. She is survived by her two daughters, Amanda Creighton of New Jersey and Phyllis Creighton Cady of Burdett; sister, Annie Ostrander of Newfield; her cherished grandson, Allen (Caitlin) Cady of Burdett; two great-grandchildren, Bryce and Emma Cady, who were the lights of her life; nieces and nephews, Sandy (Rick) Van Kirk, Richard (Georgette) Pakkala, Tom (Julie) Van Kirk, Bobby Ostrander and Ricky Ostrander; also special niece and nephew, Eddie and Linda Van Kirk; and several great nieces, nephews, cousins and many wonderful friends made along her life's journey.
Those wishing may consider a memorial donation in her memory to the V-L-H Fire Department, PO Box 46, Hector, NY 14841 or Reynoldsville United Methodist Church, 3420 Coates Road, Burdett, NY 14818.
You may express condolences to the family or "Light a Candle of Remembrance" online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.
Himrod--Diane M. Reagan, 53, of Himrod passed away unexpectedly Thursday, June 30, 2016 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, in Penn Yan.
Diane was born Aug. 9, 1962 in Hornell, the daughter of the late William and Virginia House Weaver. She graduated from Hornell high school in 1980. On Aug. 17, 1985 in Hornell, she married James Douglas Reagan. They have lived locally for 20 years, previously of Hornell and Avoca.
Diane was a teachers aide at Dundee Central School and co-owner of Reagan's Canoe & Kayak. She loved her job working with children with special needs, home decorating and spoiling her family and grandchildren.
She is loved and will be forever missed by her husband of 30 years, "Doug" Reagan at home; three daughters, Nicole M. (John) Bush of Penfield, Katelyn A. Reagan of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Samantha L. Reagan of Rochester; three grandchildren, Giuliona A. Betts, Kyla B. Bush and John James "JJ" Bush; a brother, Joseph Weaver of Rochester; a sister, Patricia (Timothy) Ewell of Irondequoit; in-laws James "Gary" (Joan) Reagan of Bath and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by a brother-in-law, Scott Forshee of Bath.
Friends were invited to calling hours from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee, where her funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 6, with Lay Pastor Lew Ann Giles officiating. Inurnment in Grove Mount Cemetery, Himrod, will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Himrod First Responders, 3530 Himrod Road, Himrod, NY 14842.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
WILLIAM R. COVERT, 70, June 27, 2016. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
CLARANEAL CREIGHTON, 93, of Hector, July 1, 2016 at home. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
PHILLIP C. HARRINGTON, 67, July 3, 2016. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
ELEANOR M. PARKER, 88, June 30, 2016 at Geneva General Hospital. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
DIANE M. REAGAN, 53, of Himrod, June 30, 2016 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 6/29/16
Helen Marie "Mickey" Sipperley Balthasar, 79, of Watkins Glen, passed away Sunday, June 19 very quickly (after a diagnosis of cancer on June 11, 2016) at Highland Hospital surrounded by her daughters and grand daughters.
Mickey was born in Watkins Glen July 15, 1936 to Willis and Sophia (Janowski) Green.
Mickey is survived by her daughters Julie (Joe) Gibbons and grandchildren Grace and Jed Gibbons of Rochester and Jodi (Karl) Kania and grandchildren Teddy and Safia Kania of Canandaigua. She is also survived by her late husband's children Robert, Edward, Donald (Kathie), grandsons Brian and Kevin, son James and granddaughter Jennifer, daughter Virginia (Lee) Gross and granddaughters Kendell and Camryn, and the late John Balthasar (son).
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Edward C. Balthasar in 2013 and her Brother William F. Green in 1988.
Mickey graduated from Watkins Glen high school in 1954 and attended nursing school in Rochester before transitioning to work as a dance instructor at Arthur Murray School of Dance. Dancing was a passion she continued to enjoy her entire life and was able to teach those in the community.
She took a job as a legal secretary to Vince Tofany in Rochester, and she became a member of the Young Republican club in Rochester which is another passion she continued throughout her life. Her service to her political party in Rochester, Nunda and Watkins Glen was admirable as she campaigned for many as well as worked election days as a poll inspector.
Mickey then made raising her family and tending the family business her focus.
She obtained a job in 1977 as a project secretary at Senior Community Service Employment Program in Mt. Morris, New York. She transferred her job as project secretary with this agency back to her home town of Watkins Glen. She then moved back into the house where she was born in the summer of 1986, bringing her teen age daughters to live with her, her parents and her brother.
In 1993 Mickey took a job as an activities aid at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls. She continued with this job until her retirement in 2004.
Mickey had a full life of serving her community and friends through activities she enjoyed such as being active as a majorette leader, a choreographer for community plays in Nunda, New York, Mt. Morris Bowling Leagues, the Watkins Glen International Race Track, SELGA and the Watkins Glen Golf Course. She was an election inspector and a Republican Party Poll Watcher; she worked on various political campaigns, St. Mary's Guild, St. Mary's Resurrection Choir and a true passion for her was the Prayer Shawl Ministry at St. Mary's of the Lake. She also enjoyed participating in Moose Club, Elks Club and Mechanics Club activities.
Friends and family called from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, June 28 at the Link at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen, where her mass of Christian Burial followed at 11 a.m. in the church.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Mary's of the Lake Church, PO Box 289 Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or to the BPOE, Watkins Glen Lodge 1546, 300 N. Madison Ave., Watkins Glen, NY 14891.
Mickey was an inspiration in our community as a positive can-do personality full of energy and light. She will be sorely missed.
Memories of Mickey may be shared at www.haughey-Woodfuneralhome.com.
Sandra S. Miller, 72, of Newfield, New York (formerly of Norwich, New York and Ithaca, New York) passed away Saturday, June 18, 2016 surrounded by family at Cayuga Medical Center. Sandy was born in May 1944 in Lafayette, Indiana. As a child, Sandy was fortunate enough to travel to many locations across the world due to the demand for her father's expertise. She worked for many years at Ithaca College, most recently as warehouse supervisor. She enjoyed buying and selling collectibles at various antique shows, including the long-term booth she had at Tioga Downs Antiques and General Marketplace. Sandy also sold advertising and collectible toys with her son Mark through their shared website. Sandy was well known for her quick wit, great sense of humor and her knack for puns. Frogs were her favorite and her fear of spiders might be seen as comical by some. Sandy was a loving mother and grandmother.
She is predeceased by her mother and father Margaret and Floyd Slate, and her daughter Denise VanAmburg of Watkins Glen. She is survived by her sister Sally (Tom) McEnteer of Owego, New York and brother Rex (Maggie) Slate of Bulgaria. She is also survived by her son, Mark (Alicia) Miller of Moon Township, Pennsylvania; son-in-law Tom VanAmburg of Watkins Glen; and three grandchildren, Brian and Jessica VanAmburg of Nashville Tennessee and Emily Miller, of Moon Township, Pennsylvania, as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends called Friday, June 24, 2016 at Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St. in Watkins Glen from 4-6 p.m. A graveside service celebrating Sandra's life took place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Pleasant View Cemetery in Reading Center.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The American Heart Association (online at www.heart.org). You may express condolences to the family or "Light a Candle of Remembrance" online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.
NATHAN BAILEY, 87, of Montour Falls, formerly of Alpine, June 21, 2016 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
HELEN MARIE "MICKEY" BALTHASAR, 79, June 19, 2016. Arrangements by Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Sandra S. Miller, 72, of Newfield, June 18, 2016 at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
LU E. MURDOCK, 88, of Penn Yan, June 21, 2016 at Keuka Comfort Care Home. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
DONNA M. OSBORNE, 59, of Penn Yan, June 19, 2016 at home. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
DAVID R. ROGERS SR., 81, of Penn Yan, June 21, 2016 at home. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
LEROY R. SLACK JR., 53, of Penn Yan, June 18, 2016 at Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.