Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 4/18/18
Michael G. "Mickey" Carrigan, 69, of Horseheads. He was born April 28, 1948 in Montour Falls, the son of the late Gerald and Josephine (Brown) Carrigan and passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, April 11, 2018. In addition to his parents, Mickey was predeceased by his nephew, Brennen Love. He is survived by his loving wife Mary Mahon Carrigan, his daughter Michele (Brooke) Hoover, brother Samuel (Dena) Carrigan, sister Kathy (Tom) Love, his dear nephews Kyle (Stephanie) Carrigan, Dale (Haley) Carrigan, Sean (Chelsea) Love and TJ Love; father and mother-in-law Donald (Mary) Mahon, step children Ellen (Tyler) Kent, Braxton (Suzette) Hill and Jordan Hill; sister-in-law, Elizabeth (Gregory) Behm; along with a host of cousins, extended family and many dear friends, including his canine companion Winston.
Family and friends were invited to visit the Barber Funeral Home, 413 S. Main St., Horseheads, Tuesday, April 17. Mickey's funeral service immediately followed there at 5 p.m., the Rev. Scott Wolf officiating. Committal and interment will be held privately in Lakeview Cemetery, Penn Yan. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make a donation in Mickey's name to a cancer research charity of your choice or to the Horseheads Community Animal Shelter, where Mickey found Winston, online at https://www.horseheadscommunityanimalshelter.com. A full tribute to Mickey's life can be read and condolences can be left at www.barberfuneralhome.com.
Dundee--James "Jim" Koehler, 65, passed away in the comfort of his home Monday, April 9, 2018.
There will be no calling hours. A Celebration of His Life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29 at the Dundee Baptist Church, 20 Seneca St., Dundee, with Lay Pastor Lew Ann Giles officiating.
Memorial donations may be directed to Hope Walk of Yates County, P.O. Box 174, Penn Yan, NY; Ontario-Yates Hospice, 756 Pre-Emption Road Geneva, NY 14456; Boy Scout Troop 25 c/o Scout Master Jake Clancey, 55 Main St., Dundee, NY 14837 and to Dundee Scholarships for DCS students, Dundee Central School, 55 Water St., Dundee, NY 14837.
Jim grew up in Western New York. He owned and operated his own dairy farm before moving to the Finger Lakes area to work as a breeding specialist for Genex /CRI. After retiring he was able to work part-time for the Yates County History Center as their agriculture historian and working many hours on digital imaging.
Known as a "walking encyclopedia" and a "Jack-of-all trades," Jim enjoyed sharing his knowledge with others. Community involvement was very important to Jim, he served as Scout Master for Dundee Troop 25, going on many camping, hiking and canoeing trips with his sons and the troop. He wanted to teach skills and give opportunities to the young men of Dundee. He was a Paul Harris Fellow of the Dundee Rotary Club serving as a past president and starting the club's scrap metal drive. He was president of the Dundee school board serving on the board for many years and participated in New York State School Boards Association, Four County School Board and Rural Schools Association of New York State, wanting DCS students to receive the best education possible. Jim enjoyed spending time with his family, having coffee with "the guys" in town, a good laugh, sailing on Seneca Lake, train rides, especially steam trains, and trips to the Adirondacks.
Jim is survived by his wife Denise of 31 years; sons Steven, Jeffery, Brian (Ashley) and Michael; grandsons Emmerich and Dominik; brothers Ken, Tom, Jack (Rosie), Ed (Diana) and Bob (Susan); sister Ann (Roger) D'arangelis; nephew Ken (Kasey) Koehler; other nieces and nephews; mother and father-in-law Sarah and Gordon Baubie.
Jim was predeceased by his parents Marian and Edward, a brother David, nephew Timothy and stepfather Arthur Wiltberger.
Arrangements are with the Baird Funeral Home 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
Barbara Jean Osborn, 70, of Watkins Glen passed away unexpectedly Friday, April 6, 2018 at her home in Irelandville. Barb was born in July of 1947 in Elmira. Barb was raised predominantly in the Twin Tiers area. She LOVED warm weather, the beach and being outside doing anything, as long as it was warm. She loved hunting with family and tolerated the cold for a good venison dinner. Anyone who knew Barb, knew she was a good soul. Her generosity and reserved nature were a blessing to anyone who knew her. If you ever received groceries on your porch, clothes in your car or an anonymous need filled, it might have been her doing. If she was aware of a need, she would always try to help.
Barb was a single mom for many years, until meeting her soul mate, Bob Osborn. They married in 1982. They blended families and lived in Rock Stream, until Bob's passing in 2007. Barb was a great wife and determined Mom. She taught her kids to always be aware of the needs of others. She also believed firmly in the importance of thank you notes. Barb worked many years at Schuyler Hospital in various positions until retiring shortly after Bob's passing. She had a much needed sabbatical in Florida to visit with her brother, Danny. She returned to Watkins and volunteered part time at Sangary Kennels in Rock Stream. Barb always said this would be her dream job. Barb valued her friendships and regularly met with friends for lunch. She had close friendships that spanned over 40 years. She will be missed deeply.
Barb is survived by her devoted youngest son, Brian Westlake of Watkins Glen; step-children, Robert Osborn (Tina Fesperman) of Oklahoma, Colleen Osborn of North Carolina, David (Julie) of Arizona and their sons, Dan, Rob and Lisa Osborn of California. Also, her brother, Daniel Hanlon of Florida, grandchildren, Damion Westlake of New York, Olivia Hanlon of New York and PJ Hanlon of New York. She is predeceased by her loyal son, Phillip Hanlon and loving husband of 25 years, Robert (Bob) Osborn.
There will be a celebration of Barb's life later in August. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Schuyler County Humane Society, P.O. Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865 (or online at www.SchuylerHumane.org). You may express condolences to the family or "Light a Candle of Remembrance" online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements entrusted to Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
James G. Root, 100, of Watkins Glen passed away at home Saturday April 7, 2018.
James was born June 22, 1917 to Edith M. Minsterman and James Albert Root. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1945 in Italy and North Africa. He served as a pioneer clearing mine fields and transporting ammunition. He acquired his pilots license in Elmira. James retired from Shephard Niles Crane and Hoist in Montour Falls as manager of crane engineering after 43 years of service. James was a very brilliant person, and could still remember all of his school teachers. He was a jack of all trades--farmer, engineer, carpenter, cabinet maker and electrician.
James is survived by son Lawrence (Chiev) Root; daughters Carol (Phillip) Cuellar and Diane (Michael) Naar; grandchildren Linda Page, Randy Lyon, Christine Carter, Mayumi Auert, Phillip Cuellar, Alana Middleton, Spencer Naar, Avery Naar and Mason Naar; 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, as well as nieces and one nephew.
James was preceded in death by his spouse Wanda A. Holmes, daughter Nancy E. Lee, mother Edith Minsterman and father James Albert Root and sisters Florence Henyan and Ethel Kuehn.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at the convenience of his family with interment at Montour Falls Cemetery.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com for the Root family.
Rock Stream--J. Clarence Sebring passed away Nov 16, 2017 at the age of 93.
Friends are invited to a celebration of his life at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Dundee Baptist Church.
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.
Arrangements by the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. To read full obituary and express online condolences visit www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
Martin G. West Jr., 81, of Bradford, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, April 15, 2018 at home. He was born in Montour Falls July 1, 1936, the son of Martin G. and Alma (Clark) West and attended Watkins Glen Central School. Marty served with the U.S. Army in Korea from 1954-1962.
He was employed as a construction worker for 19 years, then worked as an auto mechanic at Ron Parmenter Motors. He also had his own auto repair garage at home. He retired from Fleet Bank in Watkins Glen as maintenance supervisor in 1995, was employed part time at Schuyler Hospital and retired from Learn Motors on his 75th birthday, July 1, 2011.
Marty was an avid stock car race fan and driver at Chemung Speedway for many years. He loved MG cars and restored many of them. He was a member of the Mechanics Club in Montour Falls, American Legion Post #676, Montour Moose Lodge #426, a member of the Tyrone Methodist Church and was a long time bowler for over 50 years.
He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Mervin West and Ray West, and sister Stella Hover. He is survived by his wife, Connie Howell West, whom he married June 16, 1977; daughters, Debbie (Stephen) Bedient of Watkins Glen and Tammy (Jay) Little of Corning; grandchildren, Matthew Bedient of Seneca Falls, Jared Bedient of Canandaigua, Kyle Little of Lakeland, Florida and Amber Little of Corning; sister, Jolene (Carlton) Swick of Trumansburg; dear friends John and Linda Bailey of Bradford; and several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to call Wednesday, April 18, from 3-6 p.m. at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 19 at 11 a.m. at Tyrone United Methodist Church, 3647 Church Hill Road, Tyrone. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa. Contributions may be made to the Tyrone United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1, Tyrone, NY 14887 or the Tyrone Fire Department, P.O. Box 69, Tyrone, NY 14887. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com.
Michael G. "Mickey" Carrigan, 69, of Horseheads, April 11, 2018 at home. Arrangements by Barber Funeral Home, Horseheads.
JAMES M. "JIM" KOEHLER, 65, of Dundee, April 9, 2018, at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
PHILETUS MURRAY, 78, of Alpine, April 10, 2018. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
Barbara Jean Osborn, 70, of Watkins Glen, April 6, 2018 at home. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
James G. Root, 100, of Watkins Glen, April 7, 2018 at home. Arrangements by Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Martin G. West Jr., 81, of Bradford, April 15, 2018 at home.Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 4/11/18
Maxine S. Allen, 98, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, formerly of Corning and Painted Post, passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Maxine, who was predeceased by her husband Dr. John G. Allen, was born July 5, 1919 in Herkimer, New York. She was the only child of Walter and Ada (Smith) Bellinger. She graduated from Norwich high school in 1937 and from Miami University (Ohio). She and John, after raising their five children in Corning, would ultimately retire to New Port Richey, Florida, where they would spend time playing bridge with their friends. Maxine and John also spent several summers driving across the country in their motor home.
Maxine is survived by her daughter Libby Rattrie (Neil) of Jacksonville, Florida; and her four sons, Thomas Allen (Silvia) of Oradell, New Jersey, Michael Allen (Toni) of Riverside, Connecticut, Scott Allen (Joanne) of Fredericksburg, Virginia and Mark Allen (Beatrice) of Doylestown, Pennsylvania. She will be missed by her nine grandchildren, James, Bryan, Andrew, Jonathon, Emily, Danielle, Sean, Kimberly and Hannah and six great-grandchildren. Maxine was predeceased by her first husband Robert E. Parish (1963).
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen. A graveside service will be held at the Hector Union Cemetery, Route 79, Burdett, Saturday, April 14 at 11 a.m. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, www.alz.org. You may express condolences to the family online in "Obituaries" at www.Royce-Chedzoy.com.
Susan Ann Brill, 57, of Beaver Dams, passed away as the result of an early morning house fire March 27, 2018.
Sue worked as a senior case worker for the Schuyler County Department of Social Services and for the county for 35 years. She was most recently a senior supervisor in the Department of Social Services. She also served in several leadership capacities within the CSEA Union, including several terms as Schuyler County administrative unit president and local president.
She is survived by her father, Leon (Bernadette) Brill of Hanover Township, Pennsylvania; and step-brothers, Leonard Brill of Hanover Township, Pennsylvania and Mark Brill of Allentown, Pennsylvania. She was predeceased by her mother, Ellen C. (Wright) Brill.
According to the family's wishes, no public services will be held. Those wishing to remember Sue may consider a donation in her memory to "United Way of Schuyler County," PO Box 270, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.
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.
Rock Stream--Alice Marie Wicker Dinkins, 79, of Rock Stream passed away in the comfort of her home Monday, April 9, 2018.
Friends are invited to calling hours from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee, where her funeral services will be held at the conclusion of visitation at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Marilyn Wood officiating. Burial will be in Bath National Cemetery, Bath.
Alice was born April 25, 1938 in Thurston, New York, the daughter of Ernest and Marguerite (Wood) Wicker. On Jan. 17, 1959 in the Dundee United Methodist Church she married John E. Dinkins Sr. who passed away Aug. 17, 1999. Alice retired from Morris Chain Borg-Warner, of Ithaca in 1994.
Mrs. Dinkins was a long time member of the Dundee United Methodist Church and choir, as well as the Montour Falls Order of the Easter Star and a former chaperone of the Squires and Pages Drum and Bugle Corp. In her spare time she enjoyed needlepoint and coloring.
She is survived by two sons, Michael J. (Liz) Dinkins with whom she made her home, and Marshiel A. (Pamela) Dinkins of Montour Falls; two daughters, Michele K. (Michael) Cole of Watkins Glen and Marjorie E. (Michael) Tweedale of Bedford, Indiana; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, a brother Floyd (Helen) Wicker Sr. of Dundee, several nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a stepson John E. "Jake" Dinkins Jr. Dec. 4, 2006.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
Douglas William Voorheis, 75, passed away suddenly the afternoon of April 6, 2018 at Cayuga Medical Center surrounded and supported by his immediate family. Doug was born and raised in Reynoldsville. He proudly served his country in the Air Force as well as in the Navy as a Seabee. It was in the Air Force where Doug assembled parachutes that he developed his skill as a seamster. He later transferred this skillset over into a small side business which included boat top repair/replacement and upholstery work. Doug was also an accomplished machinist who worked tirelessly and meticulously at NCR, Shepard-Niles, Schuyler Dynamics and Borg Warner, where he retired in 2006. Upon completing his service, he married his first wife, Nancy Orchard. He built the home that he lived in adjacent to his childhood home located on the south end of the hamlet of Reynoldsville. Doug later married his second wife, June Fleet Voorheis, in the spring of 1987. Doug loved the outdoors and was an avid sportsman. He loved the home he built and took pride in developing the property the way his father had always dreamed. It was common for Doug to be seen gazing over his pond watching the wildlife that made his property their home. Doug is predeceased by his loving wife June Voorheis. Together their loving home served as a center place for all manner of large family get-togethers.
Doug leaves behind his daughter, Wendy (Dan Fox) Edwards and stepchildren Bonnie (Ronnie) Shiflett, Dennis (Sonya) Voorheis, Brenda (Michael) Cooper, Jacqueline (Jake) Jacobs, Bridget (Thomas) Lorow and Lawrence (Patricia) Banfield Jr. as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We find ourselves blessed to know Doug and June are reunited and their love now surrounds and fills a part of us all.
The family will be present to receive friends and family at Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St. in Watkins Glen, Thursday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with a funeral service beginning at 12 p.m. Immediately following will be a graveside service with military honors at Hector Union Cemetery, 4359 NY-79 in Burdett, with reception to gather after at the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church, 5178 NY-227, Reynoldsville.
The family asks that contributions in Doug's memory be made to the Burdett Fire Company, 3800 Willow St., P.O. Box 238, Burdett, NY 14818.
You may express condolences to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.
MAXINE S. ALLEN, 98, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, formerly of Corning and Painted Post, April 3, 2018. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
SUSAN BRILL, 57, of Beaver Dams, March 27, 2018. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
HOWARD "BUSTER" COMFORT, 80, of Reading Center, April 4, 2018. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
Alice M. Dinkins, 79, of Rock Stream, April 9, 2018 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
RICHARD M. DOANE, 79, Feb. 6, 2018. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
Douglas W. Voorheis, 75, of Reynoldsville, April 6, 2018 at Cayuga Medical Center. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
THE REV. GEORGE J. SPENCER, 86, of Penn Yan, April 4, 2018. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
ROBERT L. WADSWORTH, 52, of Penn Yan, April 4, 2018 at home. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
MARY JANE WEBBER, 76, March 31, 2018. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 4/4/18
Jack T. Davis, 92, of Horseheads passed away Friday, March 23, 2018. He was born in Cortland Aug. 27, 1925, the son of Harry Guy and Lydia (Poling) Davis. He graduated from Odessa high school in 1943 and from Ithaca College in 1949. Jack taught driver education and physical education for 36 years in Chadwicks high school and Odessa-Montour high school, where he also served as athletic director.
Jack served as a Motor Machinist's Mate Second Class with the U.S. Navy Amphibious Forces in the Pacific during WWII. He was a member of the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church, American Legion Post 676 and LCS Group. Jack was an avid fisherman and hunter, and enjoyed playing cards and all sports.
He was predeceased by his parents; his wife of 70 years, Grace (Bird) Davis; brothers, Guy (Leona) Davis, William (Ann) Davis, Donald (Gladys) Davis and Manley Davis; sister, Vera (Richard) Farnsworth; half-sisters Laverne and Victoria and son-in-law, William Tripp. Surviving are his daughter, Susan Tripp of LeRoy, New York; special friend, Rosa (Greg) Wickham; special nieces and nephew, Nancy (Tom) Downs, Kathy Farnsworth (John Teichmoeller) and Frank (Alicia) Davis; and several other nieces and nephews.
A special thank you to Dr. Keith Parker and the St. Joseph's Skilled Nursing Staff on 5C, especially Becca; also to the Cantandos and Ray Sullivan.
Relatives and friends are invited to call Saturday, April 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m.followed by burial with full military honors at Highland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 203, Odessa, NY 14869, Horseheads United Methodist Church, 1034 W. Broad St., Horseheads, NY 14845 or the Odessa American Legion Post 676, P.O. Box 137, Odessa, NY 14869. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com.
Penn Yan--Warren C. Johnson SR., 82, of Penn Yan died Wednesday March 28, 2018 at home.
Friends were invited to calling hours from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee, where his funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 4with Lay Pastor Lew Ann Giles officiating. Burial with military honors followed in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee.
Memorial contributions may be made to Himrod Conservation Club, 770 Rice Hill Road, Himrod, NY 14842.
Warren was born Aug. 4, 1935 in Little Marsh, Pennsylvania, the son of Curtis C. and Lillian Mae (Shaw) Johnson. He graduated from Dundee Central School in 1953. He worked for the town of Starkey for one year before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in 1955. He retired 12 years later after being injured in the Philippines in 1967. After three years of recuperation he went to work for his father, before buying his own farm, which he worked until 1977. On March 23, 1979 in Dresden, he married the former Martha A. Valerio. Besides his cattle farm, he also was a fur buyer from 1970-1981 when he retired fully.
Mr. Johnson was a member of the N.Y.S. American Legion, a former member of the Himrod Conservation Club, the NRA, the Penn Yan Country Club and Watkins Glen Golf Club. He loved golf, playing in golf leagues and was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying both hunting and fishing.
He is loved and will be dearly missed by his wife of just 39 years, Martha A. Johnson at home; three sons, Eugene Allen (Yong) Johnson of Penn Yan, Warren C. "Bubby" (Lori) Johnson, Jr. of Himrod and Richard A. Mosier of Penn Yan; two daughters, Cathy M. (Skip) Earl of Penn Yan and Kimberly A. (Dirk) Glen of Durham, North Carolina; two brothers, Robert (Pam) Johnson of Keuka Park and Lester D. Johnson of Wayne; four sisters, Frances Hodge of Wayne, Betty Conrad of Dresden, Nancy Johnson of Bloomfield and Joanne (Dave) Williamson of Watkins Glen; 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was pre-deceased by a daughter Karen M. Snyder in 2009, a brother Darwin Johnson, and two sisters, Shirley Berquist and Carol Plante.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
ARCHIE E. BARNES, 83, March 28, 2018. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
JACK T. DAVIS, 92, of Horseheads, March 23, 2018. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
EDWARD E. ELMER, 65, of Montour Falls, March 27, 2018. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
WARREN C. JOHNSON SR., 82, of Penn Yan, March 28, 2018 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
MATTHEW D. MCCONNELL, 71, March 28, 2018. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 3/28/18
ROSANNE KLEA ARMSTRONG, 92, of Wyckoff Road, Burdett, passed from this life peacefully at dawn Sunday, March 18, 2018. Rosanne had been a resident at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls for two years; her husband, John Gormley, gratefully having been allowed to assist in her daily care and support. With courage, determination and acceptance she transformed her "dementia" into a process of healing and completion. Abundant thanks to the entire staff for their compassionate care and to her co-residents for their friendship.
Rosanne was the first of four children of Wanda Amanda Kempton, a music teacher and an accomplished pianist, and Paul Harold Armstrong, an industrial chemical engineer. She was born in 1926 in the home of her maternal grandparents in Utica, Ohio. She grew up in Cleveland along with her siblings, Enaid, Edwin and Linda. The family spent many happy sojourns at a family cottage on Hamilton Lake in Northern Indiana. She was exposed to the fine arts as a young girl with frequent visits to the Cleveland Museum of Art and attendance at concerts of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. She attended John Marshall high school where she was a member of several school organizations and the illustrator for the school paper. She graduated in 1943 and with two scholarships she attended the Cleveland Institute of Art which set her on a life-time of creative accomplishments. She once said her deepest desire was to become an artist. She continued throughout her life to produce sketches, paintings, portraits and water colors that brought delight to many. As an art teacher she taught many children, now adults, to appreciate the beauty in life and how to express it in their own creative works.
Later on, as an excellent and very loving and sensitive and compassionate yoga teacher for several years, she helped many people learn how to improve and enhance their physical and spiritual lives. Her own deep and developing spirituality was always quietly, peacefully and gently evidenced. She studied under several Native American teachers. She revered the sacredness of Mother Earth, Father Sun, and Grandmother Moon--all manifestations of the Great Mystery that encompasses us with love and calls us forward. She was an excellent cook, loved gardening, loved music, had a lovely singing (and humming) voice and was an avid reader.
Rosanne raised four beautiful and wonderful children in her first marriage: Mark, Heidi, Matthew and Peter and set them on their way with her constant love and support. And she suffered and survived the heart-breaking loss of Matthew when he was 37. And now her five grandchildren, Klea, Joshua (Emily), Brittany (Christopher), Ethan and Caitlin continue in their own lives to mirror the goodness, the truth and the wisdom they learned from her as well as from their good parents. Brittany and her husband, Christopher, are now preparing for the birth of Rosanne's first great-grandchild in September.
Rosanne is survived by her husband for 45 years John; her son Mark (Diane) and family, daughter Heidi (Blake) and her son Joshua, son Peter (Claire), sister Linda, special niece Salowa (Kirk), special nephew Brian (Shelly); other nieces and nephews, in-laws and many dearly cherished friends.
In two different marriages she sacrificed and gave so many years of her life faithfully, patiently, lovingly and supportively as a help-mate to her spouses. During her whole life Rosanne has helped many of her friends when they have been troubled or having difficulties in their lives and they will never forget her. Her kindness, her generosity, her love of life, her joyousness, her radiant smile and her unique sense of humor and full-hearted laughter have enriched the lives of all who have known her. The way Rosanne lived her whole life is the Masterpiece of this remarkable woman. The world is a better, more beautiful place because of her presence in it.
A gathering of family and friends to honor and celebrate Rosanne's life is planned for a future date. Arrangements are under the direction of 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.
GLORIA J. HUTCHINGS, 75, of Montour Falls, entered into eternal rest Saturday, March 24, 2018. Gloria was born in Montour Falls May 21, 1942, the oldest daughter of the late Delos and Betty Owen. She is survived by her children, Jim (Evelyn) Hunter of New York, New York, Karen Hunter (Bill Teemley) of Burdett and Michelle Hunter of Elmira; three grandsons, Ryan (Tawny) Cilley, Brandon (Caitlin) Cilley and Jesse Hunter; five great-grandchildren, Alayah, Eli, Liviana, Odin and Oliver; five siblings, Ginny (Jerry) Costley, Linda (John) Bernas, Pam (Steve) Gardner, Bruce (Mary) Owen and Dawn (Jim) Hines; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents as well as a beloved aunt, Reva Goundrey, whom she helped care for many years.
Gloria retired in 2002 after 25 years from Southern Tier Central Planning Board. She enjoyed being a Longaberger consultant for several years and cherished her handmade baskets. She was a dedicated member of Southern Finger Lakes Women (Formerly BPW) and served in local and district officer positions, and was named their Woman of the Year in 2005. She was also a longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Fern Chapter #142 and the Montour Falls Moose. She was a member of the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church for many years and served as finance secretary and parish treasurer. She donated a remarkable 10 gallons of blood in her lifetime.
Relatives and friends are invited to call Friday, March 30 from 10-11 a.m. at the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church, 305 Church St., Odessa. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 203, Odessa, NY 14869. Arrangements are under the care of Vedder and Scott Funeral Home in Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com.
PAUL A. PARADISO, 88, of Watkins Glen, died peacefully in the home of his daughter Kathryn and his future son-in-law Bill March 24, 2018. Surrounding them were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by daughters, Kathryn Paradiso (Bill Grant) and Margaret Bouse (Russ); grandchildren, which his life revolved around, Sarah Paradiso, Joshua Moll (Lindsey Cochrane), Rebekah Moll (Casey Hansen), Corey Grant (Kayla Hawk) and Jacqueline Bouse; great-grandchildren, Lorelei Hill, Hunter Cochrane and Harper Cochrane; two sisters, JoPat Wright (Jack) and Mary Cook (Dave); brothers-in-law, Frank Bierline (Harriet) and Fred Bierline (Carol); as well as many nieces and nephews; and three godchildren, Mary Rose Laux, Mike Cook and Micheal Nittoly. He was predeceased by wife Carole Bierline Paradiso, infant daughter, sister Cliss Paradiso; brothers, Jim Paradiso and Robert Paradiso; and parents, Horace Paradiso, Angie Specchio and Lela Keefer.
Paul had always found great pleasure in the community, but most of all his family. He started working at his family's business in Watkins Glen, The Snack & Shake, and then at Paradiso's Family Restaurant, where he met the love of his life. They courted, then married and began the journey of building a family. Together they raised two daughters, who were given all they needed and most of what they wanted. Their home was so kind and loving that it became the place where family and friends often gathered. The door was always open and the coffee always on. In Watkins Glen, Paul had a very successful banking career. While working he also found time to participate in the Rotary Club, serving as president. He helped with fundraisers like the spaghetti dinners and Camp Star for the underprivileged children. He was also a Lions Club member. His pride was belonging to the "Watkins Glen Tomorrow" project, in which his "baby" was helping to develop the waterfront of Seneca Lake and designing the now world-famous pier at the south end. In his retirement, he helped his grandchildren during their formative years, entertaining and caring for them with a non-judging ear. They were all the apples of his eye and will be forever grateful of his many gifts, but mostly time and encouragement.
My father Paul, who I refer to as Dad and Pops, has always been by my side. From childhood where he was my playmate, to young adulthood when he helped me raise my children. In his senior years, I had the honor of having him in our home, returning the favor at the end of his glorious life. Which, by the way, could not have been possible without the loving and caring heart of Colista. He is my hero. His absence will always be felt. Our family would also like the express our deepest thanks to Dr. Ben Saks and his nurse Reagan.
The family received friends and relatives at Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen Tuesday, March 27, from 4-5 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 5 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer's Assoc., 435 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620 (or online at www.alz.org/rochesterny). You may express condolences to the family or "Light a Candle of Remembrance" online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.
Tampa, FLorida/Dundee, NEW YORK--Marsha D. Wertz, 71, of Tampa, Florida, was struck by a car while crossing the street and died tragically, Wednesday, March 7, 2018. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
A Celebration of Her Life will be held later this spring at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607 for either Springfield, Massachusetts, or Tampa, Florida, hospitals.
Marsha was born Jan. 21, 1947 in Danville, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Jay Wertz and Bettie (Tillinghast) Wertz- Dunkelberger. Her father passed away before she was born, and so she was raised by her mom's second husband, the late Charles R. Dunkelberger who loved her as his own. She graduated from Dundee Central School in 1965, and went on to earn her Licensed Practical Nursing Certification. Marsha worked as an LPN for many years in both Chicopee, Massachusetts and Tampa, Florida. She retired and lived in Tampa, Florida.
She was a volunteer for the Rough Rider's Teddy Bear Run, Shriner's hospital and various other Gasparilla-krewe in Tampa.
She is loved and will be missed by her son, Christopher F. Hoime of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; two daughters, Kimberly A. Dziel of Chicopee, Massachusetts and Elizabeth Hoime Murphy of Millis, Massachusetts; five grandchildren, Tyler Hoime, Caroline and Jackson Dziel, Liam and Rachael Murphy; two great-grandchildren, Alexandria and Owen Hoime; three sisters, Nancy J. (Robert) Brancato of Kenmore, New York, Barbara J. Katz of Rochester and Yvonne E. (Leonard) Jordan Jr. of Aurora, New York; a brother, Thomas W. (Leslie) Dunkelberger of Dundee; numerous nieces and nephews.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
DUNDEE--George Edward Williams, 63, of North Port, Florida, formerly of Dundee, passed away March 12, 2018 after a short battle with cancer at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
George was born in Penn Yan July 3, 1954. George grew up in Dundee where he went to school. Shortly after graduating from Dundee Central School, George joined the United States Marine Corps. After leaving the Marine Corps George went on to work at Sacketts Oil, before they changed their name to Wheelers Gas Station. George accepted a position with the village of Dundee where he worked for 21 years while also volunteering for the Local Civil Defense. After retiring from the village George briefly worked in the winery industry at Pompous Ass Winery, before moving to Florida in the winters. George enjoyed watching NASCAR and fishing in his free time.
George is survived by his companion of 12 years, Judy Johnson; his son Charles Williams; stepsons Richard Pym and Gregory Pym; sisters Joyce Downey, Darrell (Rodney) Bassett, Debbie (Edward) Evans and Karen (Larry) Towner along with several aunts, uncles and many nieces and nephews.
George is predeceased by his father Edward Williams, his mother Arline Jayne Williams, his brother Donald Williams and his sister Pamela Darue.
Upon George's wishes there will be no calling hours. Memorial services will be held at a later date at Hillside Cemetery in Dundee.
To leave online condolences to the family visit www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com
ROSANNE K. ARMSTRONG, 92, of Burdett, March 18, 2018. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
DAVID M. DAVIS, 59, of Odessa, March 24, 2018. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
JACK T. DAVIS, 92, of Horseheads, March 23, 2018. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
JANE A. FRANZESE, 76, of Watkins Glen, formerly of The Villages, Florida, March 21, 2018 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, Montour Falls. Arrangements by Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
GLORIA J. HUTCHINGS, 75, of Montour Falls, March 24, 2018. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
PAUL PARADISO, 88, of Watkins Glen, March 24, 2018. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
GEORGIA T. SHILL, 74, March 19, 2018. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
MARSHA D. WERTZ, 71, of Tampa, Florida, March 7, 2018. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
GEORGE E. WILLIAMS, 63, of North Port, Florida, formerly of Dundee, March 12, 2018 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.