Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 11/22/17
Rock Stream--J. Clarence Sebring died peacefully with his family close Thursday, Nov 16, 2017.
This date was significant as it was the 72nd wedding anniversary of Clarence and his late wife, Wanda (Kenyon) Sebring.
A celebration of his life will be held at the convenience of the family in the spring, on a date to be announced.
Clarence was born Jan. 20, 1924 in Altay to William and Claribel Sebring.
He lived his entire life in the Dundee area and was the superintendent of buildings and grounds for the Dundee Central School. His life was full of inventions, airplane flying, assisting anyone in need of a mechanical fix, performing vocal music and a huge sense of humor.
Clarence had an insatiable drive to resolve a problem and was very investigative in finding solutions. This was the basis for much of his success in life. He also had a great sense of humor and was the first to laugh or see the humorous side of a situation. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him--a truly unique individual with multiple talents, a generous spirit and a smiling countenance. As it is said in John 12:43, "well done thy good and faithful servant."
He is survived by a son Tim J. (Jean) Sebring of Penn Yan, a daughter Andrea M. (Arthur) Mansfield of Westfield, New York; four grandchildren, Megan (Matthew) Via, Dustin (Molly) Sebring, Clay Mansfield and Scott (Courtney) Sebring; five great-grandchildren, a brother Burr A. Sebring of Barrington, Rhode Island and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife Wanda in 2015, a brother W. Cole Sebring in 2011 and a granddaughter Kathryn Mansfield in 1995.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to either the Dundee Baptist Church, 20 Seneca St., Dundee, NY 14837 or the Tyrone Volunteer Ambulance Corp., P.O. Box 69, Tyrone, NY 14887.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
Dundee--Edward Gilbert Sisson, 89, of Dundee died Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at the Penn Yan Manor.
Edward was born March 10, 1928 in New York, New York, the son of Edward Bellamy and Elsie Lorenz Sisson. He graduated from Peter Stuyvesant high school and studied commercial art at Cooper Union in New York, New York. Edward served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956 in Amarillo, Texas. He then worked for New Jersey Bell Telephone Company for 26 years until he retired in 1982.
On July 21, 1951 in New York City, he married Lois Marie Williamson. Edward and Lois resided and raised their family in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey where he proudly designed and built the family's home. Upon retirement, he fulfilled his dream of owning a farm when they moved to Dundee.
His many hobbies included gardening, woodworking, drawing and painting, and he was an avid reader. He treasured his lifelong friendships from the Air Force and phone company. Over the years, he was a member of many organizations, including AFL-CIO IBEW Local 827, Dundee Rotary Club, Dundee Library and Penn Yan Art Guild. He was an active member of the Dundee United Methodist Church where over the years he served as Sunday School superintendent, chairman of board of trustees, a member of Administrative Council and the choir, and many other church committees.
Edward was predeceased by his loving wife Lois in 2009 after 58 years of marriage. He is survived by two daughters, Catherine Helen (David) Timpy of Wilmington, North Carolina and Nancy Jean (Michael) Bernhard of Montgomery, Texas; a son, Edward Ralph Sisson of Westmont, New Jersey; five grandchildren, Sarah, Evan and Jordan (Cassie) Timpy, Amanda and Alexander Bernhard; a brother, Ralph R. (Harriet) Sisson of Brockport, New York and two nephews. He was predeceased by his nephew, Evan B. Sisson.
There are no prior calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25 at the Dundee United Methodist Church, 35 Water St., Dundee, with the Rev. Marilyn Wood officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dundee Fire Company Emergency Squad, 12 Union St., Dundee, NY, 14837.
Arrangements are by the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
LARAE J. BARNEY, 81, formerly of Beaver Dams, Nov. 12, 2017 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, Montour Falls. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
ELSIE D'AUGUSTINE, 95, of Penn Yan, Nov. 14, 2017 at Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
ROBERTA M. "BERT" FLEISHMAN, 65, Nov. 17, 2017. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
SEVERANCE F. GOULD, 82, Nov. 12, 2017. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
JANICE E. SACKETT, 66, of Penn Yan, Nov. 10, 2017. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
J. CLARENCE SEBRING, 93, of Rock Stream, Nov. 16, 2017. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
EDWARD G. SISSON, 89, of Dundee, Nov. 18, 2017 at the Penn Yan Manor. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
MARY LOU WEBSTER, 66, of Odessa, Nov. 12, 2017 at home. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 11/15/17
Barbara Grace Chouinard, 84, of Montour Falls, passed away Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls. She was born in Mineola, New York Aug. 10, 1933, the daughter of Gerard Oscar Peterson and Ella Louise Manion Peterson. She graduated from Northport high school with the Class of 1951. Barbara co-owned Noel Gifts in Watkins Glen from 1986-2008, and previously operated the Pine Hollow Nursery in Greenlawn, Long Island for 25 years. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Catharine. Barbara was predeceased by her husband, Richard Chouinard, May 1, 2011.
Barbara is survived by her daughter, Suzanne L. (Jack) Cole of Jay, Maine; son Richard G. (Christine) Chouinard of Montour Falls; six grandchildren, Wallace Scott Chouinard (Erin), Elizabeth Louise Cole (Brian Magnin), Daniel Julian Cole (Danielle), Andrew Chouinard (Laura), Timothy Richard Cole (Brittany) and Ashley Kendra Chouinard (Alex Malinowski); four great grandchildren, Madeline Grace Magnin, Lily Mae Cole, Jaina Chouinard and Maida Rose Marie Magnin.
Relatives and friends called Friday, Nov. 10 at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Memorial services began at 12 p.m., with her daughter, the Rev. Suzanne Cole, officiating. Burial followed in Montour Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church, 112 Sixth St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or to the American Cancer Society. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com.
Dundee--Edith L. McFall, 77, of Dundee died Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, with her loving family at her side.
Honoring her wishes there are no prior calling hours and her services will be private at the convenience of the family. Inurnment will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Penn Yan.
Edith was born May 1, 1940 in Penn Yan, daughter of William and Gertrude (Brewster) Perry. On May 3, 1958 in the Penn Yan United Methodist Church, she married Leslie E. McFall, who passed away June 5, 2013. She was a home health aide for many years, having also worked for the Long House Motel in Watkins, Glen; she retired in 1991. Mrs. McFall was a member of the Altay Baptist Church and a former member of the Montour Falls Ladies of the Moose. Her true happiness was raising her family, caring for her beloved husband and camping.
She is loved and will be dearly missed by her daughters Ann M. (Clyde) Allen of Corning and Pamela J. (Robert) Gardiner of Hammondsport; her son Robert A. (Carrie) McFall of Penn Yan; six grandchildren, Aleasha (Tom) Erick, Justin (Brittany) Gardiner, Chantee, Ariel, Brittney and Shyanne McFall; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother Thomas (Shelly) Bicksler of Bellona; five sisters, Elizabeth May (Walt) Johnson of Penn Yan, Mary Jane (Harold) Kerrick of Penn Yan, Vicky (Steve) McFall of Barrington, Cathy Rivas of Canandaigua, Patricia Perry of Penn Yan and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a daughter Cynthia L. McFall in 1969, and two brothers Rick Perry Sr. and Gene Perry.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
Joyce E. Tunnicliff, 84, of Watkins Glen went to be with the Lord Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls. Joyce was born in the town of Reading May 20, 1933, the daughter of Sevelon J. and Harriet (Grant) Tunnicliff. In addition to her parents, Joyce was predeceased by her sisters, Mary Wenban and Nettie Palmer; brothers, Sevelon J. II, Harold James, Robert Albert, George Ernest Tunnicliff; and nephew, Gordon James Wenban. Joyce is survived by her nieces, Beth Palmer-Vann, Joan (Bill) Brick, Mary Lou (Tom) McKinney, Sandra (Vern) Chrystler and nephew, Charles Tunnicliff; many great-nieces and nephews.
Friends and family may call from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17 at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 Fifth St., Watkins Glen where a funeral service celebrating her life will follow at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Jeff Tunnicliff. Interment will follow at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Joyce's memory to the Schuyler County Humane Society, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865. Memories of Joyce may be shared at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com.
BARBARA G. CHOUINARD, 84, of Montour Falls, Nov. 3, 2017 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, Montour Falls. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
EDITH L. MCFALL, 77, of Dundee, Nov. 10, 2017 at Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
JOYCE E. TUNNICLIFF, 84, of Watkins Glen, Nov. 9, 2017 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, Montour Falls. Arrangements by Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
FRANCES M. VANHOUSEN, 84, of Penn Yan, Oct. 30, 2017 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 11/8/17
Wayne--Patricia Anne (Brahl) Beckwith, 78, died Friday Oct. 27, 2017.
She is survived by husband, Carl, a devoted husband and care taker of 58 years; brother Michael Kusovich (Steven Brewer), brother-in-law Harold Beckwith (Josephine), sister-in-law Patricia Graf, three nephews Robert (Sarah), Danny (Julie) and David (Dana), four great-nieces, one great-nephew, one great-great-niece and cousin Maureen (Ron) Baker.
Pat worked at R.T. French Co. for 31 years.
Pat is also survived by many friends and neighbors.
Per her request there will be no calling hours or service. Entombment will be at the convenience of family.
Memorial contributions may be made to Keuka Comfort Care Home, P.O. Box, 107, Penn Yan, NY 14527, Wayne American Legion Meade-Price Post 1208 Inc., P.O. Box 101, Wayne, NY 14893 or to Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road, Fairport, NY 14450.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, Dundee. To leave online condolences for the family visit bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
Ted Collins, 80, of Cayuta passed away Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 in Elmira. He was born in Montour Falls Oct. 18, 1937, the son of Ned and Mildred Collins. Ted attended Odessa high school and served with the U.S. Army. He was a forklift operator at Cotton-Hanlon for 44 years. He was predeceased by his parents and by his brother, Larry Collins.
He is survived by his son John (Ronna) Collins of Newfield; three sisters, Betty (Ray) Austin of Horseheads, Pamela Lesky of Florida and Wanetta Williams of Canandaigua; sister-in-law, Ruth Collins of Cayuta; two grandchildren, Leigh Ann (Justin) Dailey of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, and John Kaleb Collins of Anchorage, Alaska; great-granddaughter, Madison Dailey; and several nieces and nephews.
Burial will be in Cayuta Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com.
PATRICIA A. BECKWITH, 78, Oct. 27, 2017. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
VALERIE A. BRANN, 76, of Penn Yan, Oct. 28, 2017 at Geneva General Hospital. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
TED COLLINS, 80, of Cayuta, Nov. 3, 2017 in Elmira. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
ROBERT W. EVANS, 86, of Branchport, Nov. 1, 2017 at Geneva General Hospital. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 11/1/17
Charles Donald Ackley Sr., 87, of Burdett, passed away Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 at Schuyler Hospital. He was born May 12, 1930, the son of Arley and Grace (Clark) Ackley. He married Lillian E. Litteer Dec. 2, 1950. She passed away July 14, 2014.
Charles retired from Cargill after 33 years of service. He loved to play music with his son Chuck. He enjoyed reading, fishing, hunting, and loved to take his daily walk to the H&E to see all of his friends.
He is survived by his six children, Charlene (Albert) Root, Kathleen Leff, Darlene (Richard) Jaynes, Eileen (Rick) Dean, Charles (Jan) Ackley and Marlene (William) McMinds; 11 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Donald Litteer; sisters-in-law, Avis Litteer and Sadie Wheeler. He was predeceased by his great- grandson, Nathan Welch; son-in-law, William Leff; brothers-in-law, Andrew Barrett, Robert Litteer and Skip Litteer; and sisters-in-law, Emma Barrett and Virginia Litteer.
Relatives and friends were invited to call Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 12-2 p.m. at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services began at 2 p.m.followed by burial in Beaver Dams Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Burdett Fire Department. The family would also like to extend their gratitude to the staff at Schuyler Hospital for the care given to Charles. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance", please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com
Lakemont/Dundee--Deborah J. Andrews, 66, of Lakemont passed away Oct. 28, 2017 surrounded by her family in Geneva.
At Deborah's request, there will be no calling hours or services. The family will hold a private celebration of Debbie's life.
Born in Ovid, New York May 31, 1951, she was the daughter of the late Harry and June (Lathrop) Houck and a graduate of Dundee Central School Class of 1970. On Aug. 14, 1971, she was married to Earl J. Andrews. Deborah was employed at the Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home for 30 years and provided care and love to many residents. Deborah had enjoyed the last 10 years of her retirement caring for her husband and grandchildren. "Grammy" has imposed many things upon her family that they will cherish forever.
She is survived, and will be deeply missed, by her husband of 47 years, Earl J. Andrews; her son, Shawn (Keeley) Andrews; her daughter, Stephanie (Jason) Herrick; her four granddaughters Kayla, Hayley, Hannah and Paislee, all of Dundee; and her two sisters, Darlene Hunter and Donna Telech.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dundee Fire Company Emergency Squad, 12 Union St., Dundee, NY 14837.
The family wishes to express a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Lifetime Care, the Dundee Fire Company First Responders and the nurses and physicians at Geneva General Hospital.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
Delivan "Augie" W. Gates, 83, of Vestal passed away unexpectedly at Binghamton General Hospital Oct. 21, 2017. He was the owner of Broome Bituminous Products of Vestal. He was predeceased by his parents Delivan and Lela Gates and niece Gail Marie Hughey. He is survived by a large and loving family: especially by his beloved wife and the love of his life for 60 years, Helen; by his five beloved children, Seana Gates of Denver Colorado, Michael and Mary Jo Gates of Cincinnati, Ohio, Christopher and Cheryl Gates of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Daniel and Karen Gates of Vestal and KellyAnne Gates of Vestal. Augie will be greatly missed by his 10 grandchildren: Christine and (Sean Brinkman) Gates, Elizabeth Gates and Matthew Gates of Ohio; Brent and (Olga), Christian and Benjamin Gates of Virginia; Erika, Lauren, Carlyne and Natalie Gates of Vestal; four great-grandchildren: SJ and Rogan Brinkman and Brooklyn and Alex Gates.
He is survived by his sister, Marlene Lum of Watkins Glen; his sister-in-law Pat Ellison and (Honorable William Ellison, deceased), brother-in-law Harry Suits and (Josie, deceased), brother-in-law Frank Suits and Elizabeth Suits, brother-in-law (THE William "Bill" John Suits deceased), and by many nieces and nephews.
Augie was a graduate of Watkins Glen high school where he excelled in many athletics. He graduated from Hobart College in 1956 where he played lacrosse and football. He served his nation proudly as a U.S. Marine Corp captain for five years, where he and Helen started their family at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He then worked as an engineer for the Rochester Phone Company in Geneseo. In 1964 they moved to Vestal. Augie was a member of the Watkins Glen Elks Club and a past president of the Vestal Kiwanis Club. He served as president of the Geneganslet Lake Association and was a former board member of the New York State Asphalt Pavement Association. Augie was an early director of the Vestal Youth Football league, a Vestal Recreation board member and served on the Vestal planning board for many years. Augie belonged to Our Lady of Sorrows Church for 52 years, where he served as an usher with many of his close friends. Augie worked in the Asphalt Industry for over five decades and was very proud of his work, including starting and running his own business, Broome Bituminous Products, for the past 30 years. Augie was an avid golfer and tennis player and enjoyed playing throughout the winter months in Stuart, Florida. He loved spending his summers at Geneganslet Lake with his family, fishing and boating. He left behind many dear friends from both Watkins Glen, Florida and Vestal.
The family wishes to thank those who were by his side these last several months, especially his dear friend Kenny Karoglanian.
Augie was a loving husband and father who was proud of his family. He was a generous man who regularly supported local youth sports. Augie was a man of honor and integrity who will be greatly missed by his family, friends and everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.
A funeral mass was held at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Vestal. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen. In lieu of flowers a donation in his memory can be made to the Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry, 801 Main St., Vestal NY 13850. Arrangements by the Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 East Main St., Endicott.
Penn Yan--Chester R. "Chet'' Simonsen, age 89, of Penn Yan, formerly of Rushville, died Friday Oct. 27, 2017 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital in Penn Yan.
Calling hours will be from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee, where his funeral service will be held at 5 p.m. with the Rev. John Busch and Lay Pastor Craig Wetherby officiating. The family will continue to greet friends at a reception afterwards. Inurnment will be in City Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Penn Yan Chapter of Future Farmers of America, 305 Court St., Penn Yan, NY 14527 or the American Heart Assoc. Finger Lakes Chapter, 2113 Chili Ave., Rochester, NY 14624.
Chester was born April 12,1928 in Geneva, a son of Regnar and Nellie (Rice) Simonsen. On March 7, 1948 in Wayne, he married the former Mary Ellen Harrison, who passed away July 21, 2015. In his younger years he drove truck for Frank Menter, hauling salt and fertilizer. Chet's true passion was farming, owning his own agricultural and dairy farm in Rushville for many years. After the farm sold, he went to work for Birkett Mills, spraying, spreading and mixing chemicals and fertilizers for 30 years, retiring in 1990. In his spare time he enjoyed gardening, fishing and collecting antique clocks.
He is survived by two sons, Richard R. (Dorothy) Simonsen of Campbell and Thomas E. (Diane) Simonsen of Dundee; two daughters, Charlene M. (Jay) Cook of Denver, Colorado and Lisa A. (Bruce) Henderson of Penn Yan; 14 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren; a sister Margaret Gage of Canandaigua, a brother-in-law Ron Harrison of Penn Yan and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a grandson Dana Simonsen in 1994, a brother Earl Simonsen and three sisters, Gertrude Gage, Anna Wetherby and Irene Babcock.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
CHARLES D. ACKLEY SR., 87, of Burdett, Oct. 27, 2017 at Schuyler Hospital. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
DEBORAH J. ANDREWS, 66, of Lakemont, Oct. 28, 2017 in Geneva. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
CHARLES DUTTON, 89, of Beaver Dams, Oct. 25, 2017 at home. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
Delivan "Augie" W. Gates, 83, of Vestal, Oct. 21, 2017 at Binghamton General Hospital. Arrangements by Allen Memorial Home, Endicott.
DALE F. MUELLER, 94, Oct. 24, 2017 at home. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
JEANETTE L. SCHWARTZ, 44, Oct. 28, 2017. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
CHESTER R. "CHET" SIMONSEN, 89, of Penn Yan, formerly of Rushville, Oct. 27, 2017 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
GUNTER WEICHENTHAL, 79, Oct. 20, 2017 at Rochester General Hospital. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.