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Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 3/18/20
Guy P. Beebe
, 81, of Montour Falls passed away March 8, 2020.
There are no prior visitation services. A graveside committal service with military honors was held Tuesday, March 17 at 11 a.m. at Laurel Hill Cemetery, County Route 10, Alpine.
He is survived by his loving wife Virginia "Ginger" Beebe; sons, Lawrence (Stacy) Beebe of Huntington Beach, California and Christopher (Laura) Beebe of Mission Viejo, California; daughters, Frances (Lindsey) Rodhouse of Hoschton, Georgia and Tonya (Jeffrey) Coulter of Memphis, New York; eight grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Connie, Gladys, Harlene and Marian; and brothers-in-law, Jesse (Jo) Pully and David (Olinda) Pully. He was predeceased by his brothers, Paul, Clyde, Merton, Neal and Nelson Beebe; sister, Elsie Brewer; and step-sister, Ione Haven.
Guy honorably served his country in the United States Air Force. He worked as a general foreman at Westinghouse/Cutler Hammer in Horseheads. His hobbies included many kinds of woodworking, including carving ducks and wood turning. He also enjoyed spending time on his beloved John Deere.
The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen, Sunday, March 22, from 2-4 p.m., followed by a time of sharing and remembrances at 4 p.m.
A committal service with military honors will be held Monday, March 23 at 11 a.m. at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa.
In support of his wife Ginger, the family wishes you may consider a memorial donation in his memory to the Alzheimer's Association, 438 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620. You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com
.Dundee/Hampton Bays, Long Island, New York--Kelly Lynn Bray
, 24, of Hampton Bays, New York, died unexpectedly Thursday, March 5, 2020 at University Hospital-Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, in Southampton, New York.
A Celebration of Her Life was to be held Sunday, March 29 at the Dundee American Legion. The event will be rescheduled for a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are graciously requested and may be made by searching the Kelly and Amelia fund raiser set up on Facebook, or by reaching out to the family.
Kelly was born July 27, 1995 in Rochester, the daughter of David R. Bray and Stephanie A. Keech. She graduated from Hammondsport high school in 2013. She attended SUNY Alfred from 2013-2015, earning an associate's degree. She was currently studying veterinary technology at Penn Foster. She has lived on Long Island since 2015, previously of Dundee. Together with her fiancé Jonathan M. Fava, they welcomed their beautiful daughter Amelia Rose July 4, 2018.
An animal lover all her life, she held numerous jobs all relating to the care of animals; her resume includes Long Island Game Farm, kennel technician at The Moriches Hospital for Animals, Veterinary Assistant at Eastport Animal Hospital and Westhampton Beach Animal Hospital; and vet tech at Hampton Veterinary Hospital. She was the founder of "Peace of Mind Home Pet Care," her own growing business helping families care for their pets. Kelly was a former medical technician at Turtle Rescue of the Hamptons, and was a Chinchilla Rescue Mom. Animals were her passion, but she also enjoyed drawing and being a pen pal.
She is dearly loved and will be forever missed by all who knew her. The greatest of these being her 20-month-old daughter Amelia Rose Fava, her mother Stephanie A. (Shane) Johnson of Dundee, father David R. (Meredith) Bray of Florida, brother Anthony (Autumn Mitchell) Johnson of Dundee, sisters Michelle Bray of Florida and Amanda Bishop of Rushville, stepsisters Amanda L. (James) Krielder III of Dundee and Michelle A. (Ben) Ingerson of Elbridge, New York, aunt Karen L. (Shawn Allen) Keech, uncles Ronald J. (Tracey Christensen) Keech, Carl Bray and Johnny McCormick, aunt Dawn (Tim) Kriegar, grandparents Judy Johnson, Thurman Bray and Darlene (Tom) McCormick, great-grandmother Doris Schichler and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was most recently predeceased by grandfather Cecil "Skip" Johnson, grandmother Patricia Keech and sister Sarah Williams.
Arrangements entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences to the family can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com
.Mary W. Solomon
, 82, of Burdett passed away March 5, 2020.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur St. Watkins Glen Saturday, March 28 at 11 a.m., followed by a reception at the church.
Mary is survived by her loving husband, Leonard Solomon; son, Adam Solomon of Burdett; sister, Jane Coulter of Big Flats; three grandchildren, Brienna, Adrienna and Jenna Solomon; niece and nephews, Christine (Alex) Wolcott, Stephen (Lori) Coulter and Matthew (Ellen) Coulter.
She was predeceased by her daughter, Stacey Soloman.
Mary was a well-known local artist, working in oil and acrylic paints, multimedia art, illustrations and wrote stories. She was also a great greeting card designer.
Memorial donations in her memory may be made to the Schuyler County Humane Society, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865 (or online at SchuylerHumane.org).
You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com
. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Death NoticesGUY P. BEEBE
, 81, of Montour Falls, March 8, 2020. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.KELLY L. BRAY
, 24, of Hampton Bays, New York, March 5, 2020. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.EUGENE "GENE" DUPUY
, 68, of Watkins Glen, March 12, 2020 at Schuyler Hospital. Arrangements by Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.BENNY L. FULKROD
, 80, of Penn Yan, March 11, 2020 at The Homestead. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.JAMES R. PARTON
, 90, of Branchport, formerly of Ontario, New York, March 6, 2020 in Penn Yan. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Penn Yan.MARY W. SOLOMON
, 82, of Burdett, March 5, 2020. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.EDNA M. TEARS
, 79, March 15, 2020. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 3/11/20
Ronald E. Baker
, 90, of Horseheads passed away Sunday, March 1, 2020.
Ron was born Nov. 14, 1929, a son of Russell and Mary (Bollen) Baker of Vestal, New York. He was also predeceased by his younger brother, Derald Baker.
Ron graduated from Vestal high school where he played both football and basketball. He received his bachelor's degree from Harper College and his master's degree from Syracuse University. Ron retired from Corning Incorporated after 40 years of service.
Ron is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Georgia Baker; his brother, Thomas Baker; daughter, Diane (Bruce) Stanton; daughter, Laurie (Anthony) Speciale; son, Michael Baker; son, Jamie (Denise) Baker; grandchildren, Danica (Craig) Harvey, Matthew Baker, Mckenna Baker and great-grandchildren, Dominic and Giavanna Harvey.
Ron was a wonderful husband, father and family man. He will forever be in our hearts. The family wants to thank the Chemung County Nursing Facility staff for their exceptional care of our loved one during his stay there. Funeral services will be a private graveside service at Lakeview Cemetery in Watkins Glen held at the convenience of the family.
You may express condolences to the family in his obituary online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com
. Arrangements entrusted to Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.Tyrone--Eleanor R. Guild
, 98, formerly of Tyrone, died Friday March 6, 2020 at The Homestead, in Penn Yan.
Honoring her wishes there are no prior calling hours or public service. Inurnment will be held in Bath National Cemetery, at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to Waneta Lake Baptist Chapel, 8855 West Waneta Lake Road, Hammondsport, NY 14840.
Eleanor was born Dec. 3, 1921 in Sonora, New York, the daughter of Albert L. and Dorothy L. (Borden) Little. She graduated from Elmira Heights high school in 1939. On May 7, 1942 in Elmira she married Raymond P. Guild who passed away April 14, 1996. She had lived along Waneta Lake since 1964, having previously resided in Ithaca, Elmira and San Antonio, Texas, while her husband served in the US Army during World War II. Owner of her own beauty shop in her early years, she sold real estate for a while. She was happiest as a stay at home mom, crocheting, making wedding cakes, gardening, feeding her birds, ceramics and being a seamstress. Mrs. Guild was a member of the Waneta Lake Baptist Church and former organist.
She is survived by five daughters, Sharon R. Wyllie of Brooktondale, New York, Elizabeth (Dana) Furman of Jacksonville, North Carolina, Cindy (Tom) Sensabaugh of Naples and twins Suzan (Bob) Byington also of Naples and Pamela (Bob) Wilson of Gorham; nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
She was pre-deceased by her daughter Barbara A. Morehouse, twin of Elizabeth, in 1998; and a granddaughter, Judy D. Kimball, who was also a twin, July 30, 2019.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com
.Dundee--Kerrijo (Holden) Monroe
, 48, of Dundee died unexpectedly Monday March 2, 2020 at home.
Honoring her wishes there will be no prior calling hours or public funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a contribution may reach out to the family.
Kerrijo was born Aug. 3, 1971 in Corning, the daughter of the late James E. Holden Jr. and Cynthia A. (Campbell) Holden. She graduated from Dundee Central School in 1990. On July 23, 2011 in Dundee, she married Jerry A. Monroe. Kerrijo was a former residential coordinator employed by The ARC of Yates, in Penn Yan.
She is loved and will be sadly missed by her husband, Jerry A. Monroe at home; her mother, Cynthia A. Holden of Bath; a son, Zeth (Erin Farrell) Martz; mother-in-law, Sarah Andrews, all of Penn Yan; two sisters-in-law, Kathryn (Kim) Harris of Himrod and Lynda (Jim Kreager) McWilliams of Waterloo; three grandsons, Carson Bates, Coltin Martz and Xavier Martz; several nieces and nephews and countless friends.
She was predeceased by her father and a grandson Declan Martz.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. To leave a condolence or share a memory with the family, visit www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com
.Edward Lee Kimble Sr.
, 85, of Painted Post and formerly of Millport, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2020, surrounded by loving family. The greatest joy in his life was being a devoted husband, father, grandfather and pet lover. He was born in Elmira Jan. 9, 1935, the son of Samuel and Violet (Frost) Kimble. Ed graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School, attended Jean Summers Business School and was a graduate of the Adjutant General School in Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. He served honorably with the US Army from 1957-1959.
Ed was a tax preparer and accountant for 56 years and was president of E.L.K. Office Services, Inc. Ed was a financial advisor for Highland Cemetery for many years.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Alice Joyce (Conklin) Kimble; children, Cynthia (David) Kimble-Phelps, Camilla (Charles) Cooper, Edward (JoAnn) Kimble Jr. and Cecilia (Scott) Flynn; son-in-law, Timothy Cooper; grandchildren, Faith Knope, Charity Knope, Hope (Antonio) Burgos, Alicia (William) Bennett, Renee Cooper, Daniel Cooper, Samuel Cooper, Benjamin Cooper, Jenna Kimble, Amelia (Brett) Dick, Edward (Jessica) Kimble III and Christopher Magee Jr.; nine great- grandchildren; in-laws, Betty Henagan, Lawrence (Barbara) Conklin, Norman Conklin and Arthur (Kathryn) Conklin; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a son, Scott Samuel Kimble; daughter, Corinna Jay (Kimble) Cooper; siblings, Raymond Kimble, Margaret (Kimble) Bailey, Wallace Kimble and Violet (Kimble) Gleason.
Funeral services will be held privately for the immediate family only. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. Contributions in memory of Edward may be made to The Kimble Scholarship Fund, Odessa-Montour Central School, 300 College Ave., Odessa, NY 14869. This fund will now honor Edward L. Kimble Sr. and Corinna J. Cooper. To leave the family a message of condolence or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderscottandzinger.com
.Ida J. Smalley
, 65, of Rock Stream passed away at home March 6, 2020.
Ida was born Feb. 27, 1955 in Montour Falls, the daughter of Eugene and Thelma Hoyt.
She is survived by her loving husband, Michael C. Smalley Sr.; children, Michael C. (Rebecca) Smalley Jr. of Shiloh, North Carolina and Jennifer (Gary) Davis of Elmira Heights; mother, Thelma Hoyt; sister, Jean (Maynard) Finley; four grandchildren, Garrett Davis, Cierra Davis, Jonathan (Jenni) Jackson and Ashley (Adam) Wood; three great-grandchildren, Hailey Koestler, Jayden Disch and Jonathan Jackson Jr.; and many nieces and nephews.
Ida worked for the Schuyler County Board of Elections for many years. She also worked at and enjoyed the local dirt track racing scene.
The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen Wednesday, March 11 from 3-4 p.m., followed by a memorial service celebrating her life at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider yellow and purple ribbons. Memorial donations in her memory may be made to a charity of one's choice. You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com
Death NoticesRONALD E. BAKER
, 90, of Horseheads, March 1, 2020. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.GAIL R. CHRISTIANSEN
, 85, of Penn Yan, March 3, 2020. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.ELEANOR R. GUILD
, 98, formerly of Tyrone, March 6, 2020 at The Homestead, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.EDWARD L. KIMBLE SR.
, 85, of Painted Post, formerly of Millport, March 5, 2020. Arrangements by Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.KERRIJO MONROE
, 48, of Dundee, March 2, 2020 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.PHYLLIS N. PETERSEN
, 86, of St. Petersburg, Florida, formerly of Penn Yan, March 2, 2020 in Pinellas Park, Florida. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Penn Yan.IDA J. SMALLEY
, 65, of Rock Stream, March 6, 2020 at home. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.CATHERINE L. SMITH
, 80, of Odessa and Inverness, Florida, March 1, 2020. Arrangements by Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.ROBERT L. SMITH
, 100, of Palmetto, Florida, Feb. 24, 2020. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.RONALD L. UTTER
, 78, of Montour Falls, March 3, 2020 at home. Arrangements by Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 3/4/20
Gifford W. Hurlbut
, 92, of Montour Falls passed away peacefully Feb. 20, 2020 at the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility.
According to his request there will be no public visitation. There will be a graveside service at the Bitley Cemetery in Branchport, New York, at the convenience of the family in the spring.
Gifford was an avid gardener and a lover of animals. His happiest times were visits from friends and family, especially to share his produce from the garden.
He is predeceased by his parents, Gifford G. Hurlbut and Florence (Lewis) Hurlbut, and a sister, Margaret (Hurlbut) Liddle. He is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Floyd Hull of Watkins Glen; niece, Beth (Bill) Meehan; nephews, James (Marjorie) Liddle and Timothy (Anne) Hull; great-niece and great-nephew, Jessica (Patrick) Henderson, Jay (Lindsey MacIntosh) Meehan and Matthew (Jennifer) Liddle.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the St. James' Episcopal Church, 112 Sixth St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or the Schuyler Hospital Chaplaincy Program, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865.
You may express condolences to the family at his obituary online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com
. Arrangements entrusted to Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.Seneca Falls/Himrod/Dundee--Karen Culver Morse
, 69, of Seneca Falls, formerly of Yates County, died unexpectedly Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 at home.
Karen was born March 16, 1950 in Penn Yan, the daughter of the late Edward Lewis and Juanita Alena (Hopkins) Culver. She graduated from Penn Yan Academy in 1968. She continued her education after raising her family, graduating in 1994 with an associate degree in liberal arts from Finger Lakes Community College, where she was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Karen was a former owner of Long Bow Mobile Home Park and the Showboat Motel, both in Himrod. She was a member of the Himrod Community Church, and had also attended Penn Yan First Baptist Church. She was also a former member of the "Varitones" of Penn Yan.
She is loved and will be dearly missed by her daughter, Denise M. (John) Hand of Greenville, South Carolina; two sons, Raymond H. Broome Jr. of Baltimore, Maryland and Andrew J. (Megan) Scheg of Oswego; six grandchildren, Jessica, Danielle, Autumn, Elizabeth, Trey and Jade; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Patricia (Barry) Carroll of Bridgewater, Virginia; one niece and one nephew.
Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Raymond H. Broome Sr. in 1976.
Honoring her wishes there were no prior calling hours. Friends were invited to a Celebration of Her Life at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 1 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee, with Pastor Valerie Lerch officiating. Inurnment will be in Grove Mount Cemetery, Himrod, at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Assoc., 60 Bay St., Staten Island, NY 10301.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com
Death NoticesEUGENE BUTTERS
, 89, formerly of Cayuta, Feb. 27, 2020 at Elcor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Horseheads. Arrangements by Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.WALLACE D. "WALLY" FULMER
, 88, Feb. 16, 2020. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.GIFFORD W. HURLBUT
, 92, of Montour Falls, Feb. 20, 2020 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.KARL W. GUENTHER
, 81, Feb. 25, 2020 at Penn Yan Manor. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Penn Yan.KAREN CULVER MORSE
, 69, of Seneca Falls, formerly of Yates County, Feb. 24, 2020 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 2/26/20
Stephen W. Coolican
, 55, of Alpine passed away Feb. 21, 2020.
A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at the Mechanics Club in Montour Falls Sunday, March 8 from 2-5 p.m. Everyone is welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes you consider a donation in his memory to the United Way of Schuyler County, PO Box 270, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 (www.UnitedWayOfSchuylerCounty.org
Steve is survived by his wife, Colleen; son, Justin; stepchildren, Taylor Brown, Marisa Alton and Ryan Alton, all of Alpine; brothers, J. David (Abbie) Coolican of Montour Falls, Michael (Sally) Coolican of Watkins Glen and Paul Coolican of Montour Falls; sister, Karen (Wayne) Wasiczko of Selah, Washington; aunt, Patricia Coolican of Corvallis, Oregon; niece and nephews, Christie, Brian, Sean, Mark, Jeffrey, Nicole and Rachel Coolican, Kimberly and Jennifer Wasiczko, Trisha Kruger and Allyson Hubbard; and great-nieces and nephew, Molly and Addy Coolican, Alexis Hubbard and Isabella and Isaac Kruger. He was predeceased by his parents John and Jean Coolican, and sister Elizabeth.
Steve owned Cooly's Butcher Bay in Alpine. He was born Nov. 2, 1964. He graduated from Watkins Glen high school and received a culinary degree from SUNY Cobleskill. He was a member of the Mechanics Club in Montour Falls and a local Food Bank volunteer and venison donation program coordinator. He was known as a very avid outdoorsman, and especially enjoyed deer hunting, fishing and snowmobiling. He will be dearly missed by his family and countless friends.
You may express condolences online at his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com
. Arrangements entrusted to Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.Robert "Bob" Charles DelBono
, 81, of Penn Yan passed away Friday, Feb. 14, 2020.
Bob was born Aug. 7, 1938 in New York City, the son of Louis and Prima (Tamborlani) DelBono. Bob is well known in Yates County both as a former long time principal of Dundee Elementary School and a current long time resident of Penn Yan. Bob started his career in education teaching fourth grade in Elmira as a young man from New York City. In 1969, Bob and Margy along with their two kids moved from Elmira to Penn Yan where he accepted the principal position in Dundee. Bob remained as principal in Dundee for 29 years until he retired in 1998. While at Dundee, Bob was instrumental in shaping and guiding the lives of countless children. Bob has done random acts of kindness anonymously over the years. He also supported numerous organizations such as St. Jude's and the NAACP in the 1960s. Bob enjoyed playing golf, socializing and spending time with his seven grandchildren.
Bob is survived by his loving wife, Margaret "Margy" of 59 years; his two children, Susan (Greg) and John (Helena), along with his adoring grandchildren Gregory, William, Johnny, Caroline, Nicole, Sean and Ryan.
Friends and family called from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Townsend-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, 201 E. Elm St., Penn Yan. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael's Church, Liberty Street, Penn Yan, Thursday, Feb. 20 at 1 p.m. Floral arrangements are welcomed. Memorial contributions may be made in Bob's memory to St. Jude's, 501 St. Jude's Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To share a memory, condolence or light a candle, please visit townsendwoodzinger.com
.Arnold "Ed" Grover
, 82, of Odessa passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Odessa May 19, 1937, the son of Norman and Thelma (Wilson) Grover.
Ed was highway superintendent for the town of Hector for 29 years. He also operated Ashland Oil Company in Odessa. Ed enjoyed hunting, fishing and working in the garage. He also collected tractors and lanterns.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Patricia "Pat" Grover; children, Barbara (Robert) Burleigh of Newfield, Diana Smith of Odessa and Rod (Carol) Grover of Odessa; six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Bert J. Truax and Raymond Grover, and by a son-in-law, Bill Smith.
Relatives and friends are invited to call Saturday, Feb. 29 from 2-4 p.m. at Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A memorial service will follow at 4 p.m. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderscottandzinger.com
.Johannes "John" Vangsnes
died peacefully Feb. 11, 2020 at the age of 97. He was born in Bergen, Norway Dec. 14, 1922 to Elsa and Per Vangsnes. His childhood was filled with skiing and hiking in the mountains surrounding Bergen and the fjords of Hardanger.
At the age of 17, John joined the Norwegian resistance movement in opposition to the occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany. Upon learning that he and others were at risk of capture, John and a compatriot devised an escape plan. After taking the train from Bergen to Trondheim they skied to safety in neighboring Sweden. While a refugee in Sweden, John continued his studies at the University of Uppsala. When transport out of Sweden became possible, he joined the Royal Norwegian Air Force, based in Canada during occupied Norway.
After World War II, John returned to Norway where he studied for a year at the University of Oslo. His growing commitment to working for international peace and security inspired him to earn an MA in international relations from Columbia University in New York and led to a career at the United Nations from 1949-1960. His responsibilities at the UN included managing encrypted diplomatic communications and supporting peacekeeping missions in Pakistan, India and Somalia. It was at the UN that he met Doris (China) Franceschina who became his wife of 51 years.
In 1960, John and China visited the Finger Lakes region of Central New York. The area reminded them of the fjords of western Norway and it became clear that this was where they wanted to raise their children. They bought a 200-acre farm with vineyards overlooking Seneca Lake, and moved with their three children to "Troll Farm." Over the next 35 years, John established himself as a successful grape grower for the local wine industry. During this time, he became a leader in promoting the economic interests of grape growers in New York state. While managing the farm, John also taught world history at the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour high schools.
John believed that exercise was key to a long and happy life. He was a tennis enthusiast, playing regularly on his backyard court until the age of 75. He loved taking long walks, planting trees, sailing on Seneca Lake and swimming in his pool on summer nights.
A Norwegian-American immigrant, John held fast to the belief that we are all global citizens, here to make the world a better place. He reflected often on his experiences and good fortune, and was always ready to share stories about of his life, especially his beloved homeland, with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
John was preceded in death by his wife, China. He is survived by his son, Peter Vangsnes (Melanie), Waterford, Virginia and daughters, Nicola Vangsnes, Durham, North Carolina and Gillian Ryan (Jim), Ithaca; grandchildren, Alexandra Vangsnes, Paris, France, Caroline Vangsnes, Boston, Massachusetts, Flannery Hysjulien (Reilly Coch), Ithaca, Liam Hysjulien (Crista Cuccaro), Durham, North Carolina, Aidan Hysjulien (Sara Janda), Athens, Georgia, Erik Devenpeck, Ithaca, Carla Devenpeck, Denver, Colorado, and Kaylee Ryan, Denver, Colorado; great-grandchildren, Nora Coch and Clay Hysjulien, Ithaca; brother, Einar Vangsnes (Eve), and sisters, Ingeborg Frøysland (Harry) and Greta Taraldsen, Bergen, Norway; many nieces and nephews and some very good friends.
A celebration of John's life will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to an organization of one's choice or to UNICEF at unicefusa.org
.Norvelle "Bud" George VanWormer
, 88, formerly of Burdett, passed away Feb. 14, 2020.
Bud was born on Feb. 26, 1931 in Cleveland, Ohio to Henrietta (Pearson) VanWormer and George VanWormer.
He married Violet Lorraine Usher July 29, 1950. They raised six sons and one daughter, Larry, Ronnie, David, Glen, Clinton, Dale and Nancy.
Bud became a respected welder, and his career took him to the west coast where he would spend 10 years of his life in California as an iron worker. In 1965, he would return to New York and the beautiful scenery he so dearly missed.
For many years he enjoyed hunting, fishing and anything to do with the outdoors.
He was known for his desire to help others, witty personality and strong work ethics.
Bud was preceded in death by four sons, Glen, David, Dale and Ronnie, his daughter-in-law Cheryl and great-granddaughter Lilly.
He is survived by his wife Violet, sons Larry and Clinton (Laurie) and daughter Nancy (Bill); 21 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Feb. 29 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 2590 State Route 414, Watkins Glen, at 1 p.m.
You may express condolences to the family online in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com
. Arrangements entrusted to Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Death NoticesSTEPHEN W. COOLICAN
, 55, of Alpine, Feb. 21, 2020. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.Robert C. "Bob" DelBono
, 81, of Penn Yan, Feb. 14, 2020. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Penn Yan.ARNOLD E. GROVER
, 82, of Odessa, Feb. 19, 2020 at home. Arrangements by Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.CINDY LOU OVENS
, 67, of Penn Yan, Feb. 21, 2020 at Unity Hospital, Rochester. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Penn Yan.SHIRLEY M. SISSON
, 84, of Penn Yan, Feb. 22, 2020 at Penn Yan Manor. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
Johannes "John" Vangsnes, 97, Feb. 11, 2020 at Cayuga Ridge Extended Care, Ithaca.NORVELLE "BUD" VANWORMER
, 88, formerly of Burdett, Feb. 14, 2020. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.EDWARD J. VOLZ
, 58, of Branchport, Feb. 19, 2020. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 2/19/20
Dundee--Mary Letitia Swain Tennies
, 84, died in the hope of resurrection to eternal life early Wednesday morning, Feb. 12, 2020 at the Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home.
Friends may call Friday, Feb. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Kenneth J. Perkins Funeral Home in Gorham (after which the casket will be sealed) and again Saturday, Feb. 22 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Seneca No. 9 Presbyterian Church in Stanley, where funeral services and burial will be held immediately afterward.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Seneca No. 9 Presbyterian Church 4400 Number 9 Road, Stanley, NY 14561 or to the Bellona Memorial Presbyterian Church, 93 Pre-Emption Road, Bellona, NY 14415.
Mary was born Sept. 8, 1935 to the late Harold M. and Mary Elizabeth (Sayers) Swain. She was born and grew up on the family farm in Swain, New York. She was the valedictorian of her class at Canaseraga Central School.
Mary lived a long life filled with hard work, caring and support for her family and for countless other people. She was a graduate of Hornell Business School and later, after raising her children, refreshed her business administrative and bookkeeping skills at the Community College of the Finger Lakes. As a minister's wife she served right alongside her husband Herbert in churches in western Pennsylvania and upstate New York. She was his "administrative assistant" and a leading contributor to church life: outreach, gatherings, adult and youth groups, choirs, Sunday school and vacation Bible school. In her retirement she was ordained as an elder in the Dundee Presbyterian Church.
Mary was also regularly involved in child care over the years, lovingly establishing herself as "Aunt Mary." She was the primary caregiver for her mother-in-law Frances Tennies, in the last years of Frances's life. After moving to the North Country in the early 90s, Mary worked in the office of Basins Inc., a quarry company dealing with commercial marble.
Mary was well known for her baking skills, her work ethic, her compassion and her physical and emotional stamina.
Mary is survived by her husband, Herbert L. Tennies of Dundee; her children, Mark (Sherry) Tennies, Heather Montfort (Steven), Barbara Aumick (Chris) and Amber Tennies; her grandchildren, Brittney, Morgan, Shawn, Caroline, Deziree, Dustin, Cori, Michael, Dominic, Angela and Cash; her great-grandchildren, Remi, Mezziah, Isabella and Giovanni; and her brothers, David and James.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her grandson Matthew and sister Catherine.
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to send a message of condolence to the Tennies family.Jane Blake Wheeler
, 89, of Dundee passed away peacefully in her sleep in the comfort of her home Monday, Feb. 10, 2020.
Honoring her wishes there will be from no calling hours. A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family in the spring in Hillside Cemetery, Millard Street, Dundee, with Lay Pastor Lew Ann Giles officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dundee Fire Company Emergency Squad, 12 Union St., Dundee, 14837 or to Ontario-Yates County Hospice Assoc., 756 Pre-Emption Road, Geneva, NY 14456.
Jane was born June 29, 1930 in Amsterdam, New York, the daughter of Francis W. and Ruth A. (Allen) Blake. She graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1948, and went on to Eastman Dental School becoming a certified dental hygienist. On Dec. 23, 1950 in Watkins Glen, she married Roger Clark Wheeler who passed away Sept. 15, 1998.
Mrs. Wheeler was a dental hygienist for the Watkins Glen Central School Health Department for many years. She was also co-owner of the former Wheeler Poultry Farm which housed as many as 22,000 chickens, as well as growing grapes for area wineries. Mrs. Wheeler was a member of the former Dundee Presbyterian Church, former Home Bureau member and played on many bowling leagues in Watkins Glen, Dundee and Penn Yan.
She is survived by two sons, Thomas R. (Freida) Wheeler of Clearwater, Florida and Steven B. (Martha) Wheeler of Dundee; a step grandson, Stephen (Karyn) Brown, also of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Nancy L. Bunce.
Arrangements entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com
, 98, of Hector passed away Feb. 11, 2020.
The family received friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen, Sunday, Feb. 16 from 3-5 p.m. A funeral service was held Monday, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by burial at Union Cemetery of Hector and a reception at the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church.
Ida was born April 2, 1921 at home in Reynoldsville, the daughter of William and Theresa (Swick) Voorheis. She was one of 13 children. Ida graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1938. She was a lifelong member of the community and the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church, always making food and pies for church dinners. She was also a member of the Burdett Wednesday Afternoon Club, Burdett Mothers Club and a volunteer at the Schuyler County Historical Society. She was also a correspondent for The Watkins Review&Express community news column for Reynoldsville. Ida was also a former assistant town clerk for the town of Hector. She enjoyed working in the local vineyards and being with her family.
Ida was predeceased by her husband Charles White and 10 siblings. She is survived by five children, Suzanne (Burge) Morris of Dresden, Lois Horton of Scottsboro, Alabama, William (Debra) White of Reynoldsville, Brian (Jennifer) White of Hammondsport and Jerry (Dawn) White of Reynoldsville; sisters, Glenna (Edward) Berry of Burdett and Pearl Perry of Ithaca; brother-in-law, Clifford Updike of Yuma, Arizona; 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation in her memory may be made to her church, Care First or Seneca View SNF at Schuyler Hospital. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
You may express condolences or leave a memory of Ida in her obituary, online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com
Death NoticesGARY R. PAPPA
, 71, of Rock Stream, Feb. 7, 2020 at Guthrie Corning Hospital. Arrangements by Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.MARY L. TENNIES
, 84, of Dundee, Feb. 12, 2020 at Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home. Arrangements by Kenneth J. Perkins Funeral Home, Gorham.JANE B. WHEELER
, 89, of Dundee, Feb. 10, 2020 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.IDA WHITE
, 98, of Hector, Feb. 11, 2020. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Published April 8, 2020