Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 5/20/15
Dundee--Scott S. Howell, 53, of Dundee died unexpectedly Thursday, May 14, 2015 at Geneva General Hospital.
There are no prior calling hours. A private celebration of his life will be held on the family farm on South Plum Point Road in Himrod, at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice in Scott's memory.
Scott was born Jan. 29, 1962 in Montour Falls, the son of Donald and Marion Carlson Howell. He graduated from Dundee Central School in 1980.
He is survived by two sons, Derek J. (Amy) Howell of Amsterdam, New York and Steven K. (Desiree Johnston) Howell of Dundee; a daughter, Brandi L. (Jason Covey) Howell of Watkins Glen; three grandchildren, Sydney, Urijah and Magnus Howell; his parents, Donald and Marion Howell of Himrod; two sisters, Kimberly (Paul Clark) Howell of Elmira and Deborah Roloson of Binghamton; three brothers, Kevin (Karen) Howell of Dundee, Jamie (Gabrielle) Howell of Germany and Donald (Lisa) Howell also of Dundee; several nieces, nephews and the mother of his children, Michele Cole of Watkins Glen.
Arrangements are by the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visitingwww.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
Dundee--Ronald G. Laurencin, 84, of Dundee died unexpectedly Monday, May 18, 2015 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital in Penn Yan.
Friends are invited to calling hours from 12-1 p.m. Friday, May 22 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee, where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. with Lay Pastor Lew Ann Giles officiating. Burial will follow in Lakemont Cemetery, Hayes Road, Lakemont.
Memorial contributions may be made to Dundee Fire Company Emergency Squad, 12 Union St., Dundee, NY 14837.
Ronald was born July 3, 1930 in West New York, New Jersey, the son of George and Dorothy McLaughlin Laurencin. On Nov. 1, 1980 in Little Ferry, New Jersey, he married the former Dorothy E. Claflin-Soéhnel. He was employed as a Quality Control Engineer by Aero Gear, of Moonachie, New Jersey, retiring in 1992. He has lived locally since 1993, previously of Little Ferry, New Jersey. Mr. Laurencin was an active member and deacon of the Dundee Baptist Church. He loved classic cars and was an antique toy enthusiast.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years Dorothy E. Laurencin at home; two daughters, Denise Laurencin of Bergenfield, New Jersey, Sue (Robert) Dermody of Roosevelt, New Jersey and their two children Cheyenne and Luke Dermody; three stepchildren, Jacqueline (Michael) Flynn of Sun City Center, Florida, Steven Soéhnel of Buffalo, Lawrence (Virginia) Soéhnel of Piermont, New York and many close friends.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
PENN YAN--DONALD L. STEMRICH, 81, of Penn Yan, formerly of Ashley, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 10, 2015.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of John and Sarah Devitt Stemrich.
He was a retired conductor for the New Jersey Transit, having that position for many years.
He also served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.
Don will be remembered for his quick wit, his love of nature and many hobbies.
You never knew where his conversation would take you, be it the distant galaxies, political rants or the joys of rock and fossil collecting along the shores of Seneca Lake.
Don was preceded in death by his wife, Loretta B. Graham Stemrich; brothers, James, Thomas, Robert and Raymond; sisters, Mary Sarah (Tina) Cavanaugh and Madeline Grimsley.
He is survived by his children, Molly (David) Polons, Donald (Carol), Shanna (Dale) Billings, Patrick (Michelle) and Katie (Michael) Pugh; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by brothers, Patrick and Carl; sister, Gloria Cheeseman; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Surviving him also is his companion, Linda Devlin of Penn Yan, her family and his dog Willow.
We would like to thank his doctors, nurses and aides for their compassionate care.
It was Donald's request that there be no calling hours.
Donations in his memory may be sent to Keuka Comfort Care Home Hospice, 35 Route 54, Penn Yan, NY 14527.
Alta G. (Wedderspoon) Sydelko, 96, of Millport passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Schuyler Hospital. She was born in Cooperstown April 21, 1919, the daughter of James R. and Nancy May Wedderspoon.
Alta graduated from Cooperstown high school, and married George P. Sydelko in 1945 in Texas. She was a homemaker and a former Chemung County 4-H leader. She was a volunteer for the Millport school and library, and a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and William C. Bragg of Winchester, Virginia; her son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Pamela Sydelko of Woodbridge, Illinois; sister, Nola E. Osterhoudt of Sharon Springs, New York; three granddaughters, two grandsons, three great-granddaughters and six nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, George P. Sydelko, who died in 1993.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 16 at 2 p.m. at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Burial followed in Montour Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Millport Fire Department, 2016 Crescent St., Millport, NY 14864. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visitwww.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com.
GAYLE I. DRAPER, 71, May 16, 2015. Arrangments by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
M. JOANN FORNWALT, 81, May 16, 2015. Arrangements by Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
MARY E. HALLAHAN, 96, May 10, 2015 at Schuyler Hospital. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
Scott S. Howell, 53, of Dundee, May 14, 2015 at Geneva General Hospital. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
WILLIAM JAKUBOWICZ. 66, May 14, 2015. Arrangments by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
Ronald G. Laurencin, 84, of Dundee, May 18, 2015 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
WALTER RITTER JR., 86, May 18, 2015. Arrangments by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
DONALD L. STEMRICH, 81, of Penn Yan, May 10, 2015. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
Alta G. Sydelko, 96, of Millport, May 12, 2015 at Schuyler Hospital. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
JAMES J. WHITE, 69, May 11, 2015. Arrangments by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 5/13/15
John R. Hall Jr. went home May 4, 2015. As you would expect, he did it on his own terms, surrounded by his family and animals in his home on Mitchell Hollow Road, Odessa. His parents, Joan, his wife of 49 years, and his son-in-law, Frank Cowen met him when he arrived. He is survived by his sister, Mary Jo McIntyre, daughters: Jody (David) Swartout, Julee (Frank) Cowen, Bobbi (Doug) Smorol and Stacy Jo, who lived at home and cared for him. He proudly told everyone that he had seven beautiful grandsons and he loved each one of them unconditionally. John had six great-grandchildren and another one expected in August. His last days were spent with his German Shepherds, Buddy and Cody and that silly barn cat with the frost-bitten ears, Barney.
John was born in Beaver, West Virginia in 1930. He moved with his family to Odessa at the age of seven. He was well known for his work ethic at an early age, working alongside his father at Cotton Hanlon Lumber Mill on weekends at age nine and starting a horse drawn garbage route in Odessa when he was only 12.
John attended Syracuse University on a full scholarship. He graduated with honors as a civil engineer in 1952. He served four years in the Navy after college as he and Joan started their family. After a short career at IBM, he started his own successful construction company which ran for 30 years.
He bought his first horse at the age of 12 and never was without a horse after that. John raised and sold some of the finest Clydesdale horses in the country. With the help of his girls, he successfully showed a six horse hitch for many years at county fairs and the state fair. He enjoyed swapping stories with horsemen all over the United States and Canada.
John was a man of integrity, honesty and kindness with a sense of humor that lives on through his family. He was a true gentleman. The world was a better place because he was here.
Relatives and friends called Wednesday, May 6 from 5-7 p.m. at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, and Thursday, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. with funeral services immediately following. Interment will be in Highland Cemetery in Odessa. Donations can be made in his memory to Children's Miracle Network or Schuyler Co. Humane Society. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com.
Lloyd E. States, 74, of Burdett passed away Monday, May 4, 2015, at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center and went to be with our lord and savior.
Lloyd is survived by his wife, Annette (Nandelstadt) States; daughters Debra (Bruce) Melanson of Montour Falls, Tina and Laurie States of Dundee and Lloyd Robert (Alicia) States of Dundee; stepson, James (Sue) Welch of Newfield and stepdaughter Donna Colunio of Watkins Glen; grandchildren, Steven Melanson of Denton, Texas, Joseph (Katie) Melanson of Elmira, Michelle Melanson of Montour Falls, Austin States of Dundee, Angel States of Rochester, Joseph (Bree Donahue) Colunio of Watkins Glen, Michael (Felissia) Welch of Solbotna, Alaska and Nicole (Matt) Lynough of Elmira, as well as eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother, Alice States, brothers James (Carlene) States and Kenneth (Judy) States, sister, Alice (Lavern) Potter; and Kasey, his golden retriever and faithful companion. He was predeceased by his father, Lloyd A. States and sister, Martha Dobell.
Lloyd is a veteran and served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1965. He worked at International Salt in Watkins Glen, and then found his true calling as a Carpenter following in his Dad's footsteps.
He will be remembered for his love of fishing, hunting, and great sense of humor. He loved telling jokes and making people laugh.
Relatives and friends called Friday, May 8 from 5-7 p.m. at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral Services were held Saturday, May 9 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial followed in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa. Those wishing to remember Lloyd may do so through memorial donations to the Schuyler County Humane Society. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com
Helen M. Wood, 87, of Elmira Heights and formerly of Montour Falls, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2015. She was born in Montour Falls Sept. 6, 1927, the daughter of John and Minnie (Hollenbeck) Carlson. She retired from Shepard-Niles after many years of service. She was predeceased by her husband George Wood, a brother, John Carlson; and her sister Mildred Knapp.
She is survived by her children, Patricia Barber of Elmira Heights, Debra Wheeler of Horseheads, and George Wood; sisters, Betty Carlson and Lois Notarfonzo of Watkins Glen; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be private. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com.
SHIRLEY J. DREW of Penn Yan, May 8, 2015 at Soldiers & Sailors Hospital. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
JOHN R. HALL JR., 85, of Odessa, May 4, 2015. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
DOROTHY E. KENNEDY, 88, of Beaver Dams, May 8, 2015 at home. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
ANNA C. PETERSON, 96, May 6, 2015. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
Lloyd E. States, 74, of Burdett, May 4, 2015, at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center, Elmira. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
Helen M. Wood, 87, of Elmira Heights, formerly of Montour Falls, May 6, 2015. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 5/6/15
Jean Blanchard Drake, 98, of Watkins Glen passed away April 25, 2015. According to her wishes, funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family.
Jean was born in Georgetown, Mass. Dec. 1, 1916, the daughter of Ray and Flavilla (Waterhouse) Blanchard. Jean grew up in Mt. Dora, Florida and was a member of the Eastern Star Chapter 119, White Shrine and The Garden Club of Tallahassee, Florida. She was a lifelong member of the Watkins Glen United Methodist Church.
She was predeceased by her husband Charles E. Drake Sr. in 1984, daughter Paula Drake, sons-in-law Allan P. Waite Sr. and Floyd "Chuck" Richardson; two grandsons, Jaime Richardson and Mark Davis; two brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by her children, Sylvia Waite of Watkins Glen, Linda Richardson (David Costley) of Painted Post, Charlotte "Shari" (Charles) Parmenter of Elmira, Charles (Deborah) Drake of Watkins Glen and Ernest (Josanne) Drake of Watkins Glen; sister, Phyllis Hartley of Pierson, Florida; 17 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, 13 great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to Schuyler County Ambulance, PO Box 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or the Seneca View Activities Dept., 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865. You may sign a guestbook online or light a "Candle of Remembrance" in her memory at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Funeral arrangements are by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
John (Jack) Hern Hayes, born Dec. 6, 1927 in Montour Falls, died at home Tuesday, April 28, 2015 in Mt. Upton, New York.
John, or Jack as he was called as a youth, attended Odessa Central School from 1933 to 1946. He attended an extra year of high school because, as he told his children, "My car would not stop at the school my 10th grade year."
After graduation in 1946, John was employed at Corning Glass in Ithaca.
In the 57th MP Military Police Company in Korea from 1950 to 1953, John received the Korean Service Medal with five Bronze Stars, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the United Nations Service Medal.
After returning from Korea, John started his career as an artificial inseminator for Finger Lakes Proved Sire Services in Dryden. A ruptured appendix changed his service area to Mount Upton, New York, where he worked with local dairy farmers until 1983. His truck was "BC" (bull cheater), and a big red bull topped the truck cab.
John was the rural letter carrier for Mount Upton, New York Postal Service from 1963 to 1992.
John, a chicken show "string man" from a very young age, raised show chickens his entire life. At many times his barn had over 1,500 chickens and he was Master Exhibitor #41 in the American Poultry Association. He raised over 30 different varieties. Blue Andalusians were always his favorite. He hatched his own eggs to achieve many Grand Champions at The Great New York State Fair. He also competed and won in county fairs all over New York and even Ohio.
John was a regular at the Chamber's Auction House in Unadilla where he would sell sometimes up to "20 head." On the way home, he would stop at the "Rockiedale" for a cold beer to clear his throat. John also shipped his prize winning eggs all over the U.S. His string of prize winning chickens lives on to this day.
John met his Georgia Peach bride in 1962 at the Rock Inn Restaurant where he was a bartender as a second job. He always kidded she talked "hound dog" and he was married to his southern bride for three years before he realized all she wanted was a ride home.
Keeping his incredible wit right until the very end, John will be very missed by those he is survived by: his wife of 52 years, Jewell Barefield Hayes; son, Jack Hayes and his wife, Suzette Hayes, and their family: Jenna Hayes Buttice, Brooks Buttice, Hadley Buttice; Brett Hayes; Eric, Amanda and Lissette Loitsch, Andrea Loitsch, Michael Loitsch; son, Jim Hayes and his family: Stacy Lum, Ashleigh Hayes Bishop, Coty Bishop and Kadyn Bishop, Ryan Hayes, Megan Hayes; daughter, Jonie Hayes Bassett and Keith Bassett; twin sister, Jean Hayes Morris and sister, Dorothy Hayes; and his six Blue Andalusian chickens.
Per John's wishes, there will be no services or calling hours. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family online at www.landersfh.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.
Yolanda L. Holmes, 66, of Springwater, and formerly of Montour Falls, ended her battle with breast cancer Thursday, April 30, 2015. She was born in Montour Falls Dec. 6, 1948, the daughter of the late Horace and Betty Degraw Holmes. She graduated from Odessa High School and Fingerlakes Community College. Yolanda was a nurse at The LaRue House and Southview Nursing Home. She enjoyed drawing, horseback riding, and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her children, Melissa Guild of Watkins Glen, Carlton (Michele) Guild of Watkins Glen, Angela (Michael) Costello of Charlotte, North Carolina, Ameigh Coates of Springwater and Rindy Tokarz of Honeoye; a sister, Fran (Ron) Pierce of Watkins Glen; a brother, Richard Holmes of Montour Falls; 11 grandchildren, Joseph Schliesmann, Brittany Guild, Kyle Tokarz, Bridgette Guild, Alexandra Coates, Thomas Coates, Garrett VanOstrand, Aleice Guild, Dana Guild, Alaina Costello, and Sophia Maloney; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son-in-law, Jason Coates, in 2014.
Relatives and friends called Monday, May 4 from 4-6 p.m. at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A service followed at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Yolanda's name to Livingston County Hospice, 2 Murray Hill, Mt. Morris, NY 14510. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com.
Helen Howell, 87, formerly of Dundee, passed away Nov. 28, 2014 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls. Helen was born Feb. 9, 1928 in Scarbro, West Virginia and was the daughter of Michael and Mary Novak. She resided for many years in Dundee with her husband Richard Loren Howell who predeceased her Oct. 1, 2010. She worked for many years at Allison's clothing factory in Geneva before her retirement.
She is survived by a loving nephew and his wife, Donald and Lisa Howell of Dundee. She was one of nine children and is survived by three sisters, Mary Ann Comfort of Hickory, North Carolina, Veronica Hann of Hornell and Anna Earley of VanEtten.
A private burial is scheduled at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Newark Valley.
Phyllis A. Patterson, 75, of Erin passed away May 1, 2015 with family and friends at her side. She was born June 1, 1939, daughter of the late Duane and Bessie (Simpson) Patterson. She was also predeceased by her sisters, Shirley (Hughes) and Helen (Dino) Patterson. Phyllis is survived by her son, Steve (Wendy) Weber; and her grandchildren, Kevin (Mindy) and Megan; and great-granddaughter, Paige Grace. Her pride in and love for grandchildren was immeasurable. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews, Sherry (Phil) Beiver, Brenda (Tom) Spernyak and James (Felicia) Strong; grandnieces and nephews, Peter, Lydia, Joseph, Katherine, Kurtis and Jamie; and many loving cousins. She leaves behind her long time friend and roommate, Jeanne Breon and loving neighbors, Steve and Sandy. Those friends made her wish to be at home for as long as possible come true. Above all else, Phyllis cherished her family and friends. She was a caring mother, a devoted aunt, and an amazing and wonderful grandmother.
The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen, Wednesday, May 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 8 p.m. A private burial at the Union Cemetery of Hector in Burdett will be held at the convenience of the family. You may sign a guestbook or light a "Candle of Remembrance" online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.
Penn Yan/Barrington--Claudia M. Scoggins, 66, of East Lake Road, Penn Yan, died Tuesday, April 28, 2015 in the comfort of her home.
Honoring her wishes there are no calling hours, and services will be private at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial contributions to Ontario-Yates County Hospice Assoc., 756 Pre-Emption Road, Geneva, NY 14456.
Claudia was born Feb. 2, 1949 in Snohomish, Washington, the daughter of the late Donald and Mickey Turner Acton. She has lived locally, off and on since 1987, formerly of Washington and Montana, where she was employed by "The Mint" in Libby, Montana.
She is survived by a daughter, Lisa K. (Ken Christensen Jr.) Wheeler of Penn Yan; a son, Jorge G. Villanueva of Everett, Washington; a daughter, Mickey (Larry) Cole of New Pine City, Oregon; eight grandchildren, Alisha, Angelique, Michael, Alexander, Maddison, Carter, Kennedy and Jackson; two great-grandchildren, Carter and Royce; a brother, Steven (Carrie) Acton of Soldotna, Alaska; a sister, Susan Willett of Libby, Montana; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was pre-deceased by a brother Marcus Acton of Snohomish, Washington.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
Jean B. Drake, 98, of Watkins Glen, April 25, 2015. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
John (Jack) H. Hayes, 87, April 28, 2015 at home in Mt. Upton, New York. Arrangements by C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.
Yolanda L. Holmes, 66, of Springwater, formerly of Montour Falls, April 30, 2015. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
Helen Howell, 87, formerly of Dundee, Nov. 28, 2014 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, Montour Falls.
DORIS I. NORHTRUP, 91, April 30, 2015. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
WILLIAM A. MILLER, 52, April 25, 2015. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
Phyllis A. Patterson, 75, of Erin, May 1, 2015. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Claudia M. Scoggins, 66, of Penn Yan, April 28, 2015 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 4/29/15
Marian Louise "Dottie" Boyce, 89, of Watkins Glen was carried by the angels to Heaven Sunday, April 19, 2015. Marian was born Dec. 3, 1925, the daughter of Clifford and Marcella (Mathews) Morehouse. She was a 1943 graduate of Watkins Glen high school. She married her husband Frederick H. Boyce Feb. 16, 1946 and he predeceased her in 1984 after 38 years of marriage. Marian was predeceased by her brother and sister-in-law, Clifford and Darlene Morehouse of Watkins Glen.
Her work career spanned many decades which included a bank teller, office worker and law secretary. Most of her life was spent working for Dr. Larry and Ruth Freeman at the American Life Foundation in Irelandville. She retired from Schuyler County Public Health and as the Dix town clerk. While in her 80s her work career included internal claims auditor for the Watkins Glen school, and Town of Dix and Schuyler County Historian. Marian and Fred raised their family in the small hamlet of Townsend. Her life was filled with volunteering. She was aSunday school teacher, 4-H leader and advocate for the Schuyler County Youth Fair. With her love for learning, she was proud to serve as a Watkins Glen school board member. Marian was a 75-year member of Townsend Grange #1208. She was essential in coordinating the members in the operation of a food concession stand at WGI. She looked forward to organizing the annual Grange Halloween party to see the neighborhood children with their costumes. At the state Grange level she served on committees and was a past NYS Grange Jr. Deputy. Her great knowledge of the Townsend area and Schuyler County led her to many years of volunteering at the Schuyler County Historical Society. We all enjoyed her many stories of how life was in her younger years growing up. Most of all, her happiest times were spent with family. Birthday parties, graduations, weddings and summer picnics gave her the most joy. Marian was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother, sister, aunt and dear friend to many. She will be greatly missed by her family and by all who knew her.
Marian is survived by her children, Donald (Jean) Boyce of Camden, Maine, Marcie (Raymond) Ergott, Patty (Michael) Bilinski and Clifford (Nancy) Boyce, all of Watkins Glen; brother, Frank Morehouse of Watkins Glen; nine grandchildren, Stephanie (Stephen) Higgins of Ridgeland, South Carolina, Pamela (Brian) Altemose of Rochester, New Hampshire, Donald (Brenda) Boyce Jr. of Lisle, James (Holly) Ergott of Corning, Robert (Lori) Ergott of Burrillville, Rhode Island, Heather (Jeremy Dawson) Bilinski of Beaver Dams, Matthew Boyce and Ryan Boyce of Fairport and Molly Bilinski of Cortland; 16 great- grandchildren, Sara and Seth Higgins, Ellen (Timothy) Spicer, Christian, Benjamin, Hannah, Andrew and Daniel Altemose, Jacob, Derick and Jessica Ergott, Christopher, Justin and Nicholas Lorello, Emma Ergott and Madaline Bryerton; two great-great-grandsons, Cullen Thibodeau and baby Quinn Spicer due to arrive any day. She is survived by special niece and nephews, Kenna (David) Sawdey, Blaine (Kathy) Morehouse, Bob Teed and Glenn (Andra) Boyce Sr. She is also survived by many other nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family received friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen, Friday, April 24, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Funeral services were held at the funeral home Saturday at 11 a.m., followed by burial at Beaver Dams Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may send memorial donations in Marian's name to Schuyler County Historical Society, P.O. Box 651, Montour Falls, NY, 14865 or Watkins Glen Public Library, 610 South Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY, 14891. You may view her memorial or light a "Candle of Remembrance" in "Obituaries" at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.
Dundee--Barbara Coffman of Detroit, Dundee and the world, died at home Tuesday April 21, 2015 surrounded by her loving family.
"A woman of valor who can find? For her worth far above rubies . . ." That ancient proverbial honorific jumps to mind, but Bobbie's voice quickly interrupts: "What? Are you suggesting that a valorous woman is harder to find than a valorous man? Do you really think I'm going to lay still for that?"
She never thought she deserved honors just for being herself, open and generous, passionate advocate for women, children and the needy, a fierce believer in fairness, equality and education.
Bobbie earned her BA and Ph.D in psycholinguistics at the University of Michigan, taught at Keuka College and spent most of her work years as a psychologist for troubled children in Yates and Steuben Counties. In addition, she volunteered at Red Cross Emergency Services, Family Planning, Milly's Pantry, Lakeview Mental Health Services, Yates County Community Health, Dundee Library, Yates County Progressives, Our Town Rocks, for local blood drives and elections.
Bobbie was also a passionate traveler who loved to experience new cultures, relished the music of other peoples, loved trying to dance their dances, too. She loved nature, especially birds and flowers. Her ultimate gardening goal was to have her beds in bloom from spring snowmelt to the last fallen leaf of autumn.
She liked to decorate herself as well. When bald from cancer, she wore brighter clothes and lipstick, longer and shinier earrings. She never thought of herself as a victim. Wherever she went, color and brightness followed.
She is survived by her husband Steve, sister Isabel, son Zack, daughter Annie and precious grandsons Xander and Tommy.
Friends called from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 23 at Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St. Dundee. Services are private at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Milly's Pantry, which supports the disadvantaged children of Yates County. (millyspantry.org).
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
Dianna G. DILLON, 74, of Watkins Glen passed away in the comfort of her home after a courageous battle with cancer April 25, 2015. According to her wishes, there are no visiting hours. A graveside service will be held Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 1 p.m. at Second Milo Cemetery, Route 14A, Penn Yan. She was born in Montour Falls Nov. 13, 1940, the daughter of Margaret May Erle Mitchell and Kenneth Dewey Mitchell. She worked at Schuyler Hospital as a Linen Supervisor for 35 years. She loved her dogs and to do crafts.
She is survived by her daughters, Faith Madigan of Watkins Glen, Corinn (Michial) Miller of Van Etten and Shawna Dillon of Watkins Glen; sister, Joan Clark of Watkins Glen; grandchildren, Daryl Madigan, Michael Madigan, Caitline Dillon, Kayla Kress and Dustin Steves; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Michael Dillon; and her sons, Michael Madigan, Brent Dillon and Kenneth Dillon.
You may sign a guestbook online or light a candle in her memory at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Funeral arrangements with Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Dundee--Alison M. Hall, 100, of Dundee died Tuesday, April 21, 2015 in the comfort of her home.
Honoring her wishes there are no calling hours or services. Inurnment will be in Hillside Cemetery in Dundee.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ontario-Yates County Hospice Assoc., 756 Pre-Emption Road, Geneva, NY 14456 or to the Dundee Fire Company Emergency Squad, 12 Union St., Dundee, NY 14837.
Alison was born Aug. 28, 1914 in Plymouth, England, one of identical twin daughters of Ernest Frederick and Leta Carson Dawson. In 1937 in Quetta, India she married Col. Francis Wyndham A. Butterworth who was killed in action during WWII Nov. 2, 1944. In 1948, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada she married Robert C. Hall, who passed away July 14, 1984.
Having been a world traveller as well as living in many different countries, Mrs. Hall has lived locally since 1985, previously of Green Valley, Arizona. She attended the Dundee Presbyterian Church for many years and was a member of the Red Hat Society, The Dundee Library Womens Study Club and the Penn Yan Arts Council. She enjoyed playing bridge as a member of the Penn Yan Ladies of the Moose, and was the oldest MINI Cooper enthusiast in the United States, and member of Whine Country Coopers MINI Car Club.
In her spare time she enjoyed painting, and had many pieces of her artwork displayed in area wineries. She was a life-long golfer and loved omelets, having 1,487 since March 24, 2011. She celebrated her 100th birthday with "The MINI Cheese Omelet Adventure," a road rally which concluded at the Classic Café Dundee with cheese omelets for all.
She is loved and will be dearly missed by two daughters, Marilyn (Jim) Reid of Ontario, Canada and Beverly (Gordon) Watson of Burlington, Vermont; eight grandchildren, Alison M. (John) Emmons of West Grove, Pennsylvania, Craig S. Nelson with whom she loved sharing her home, Kent B. (Janelle) Nelson of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Michael (Fiona) Thompson, Mark Thompson and Mary Thompson all of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Alexandra (Sam) Kenna of Boston, Massachusetts and Lindsay (John) Lochheim of Charlotte, Vermont; 10 great- grandchildren; a niece, Valerie Podesta of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; and two nephews, Jeremy (Sarah) Nicholson of Wendover, England and Peter (Carol) Nicholson of Ringwood, England. She will be especially missed by her ever faithful dog Sam.
Besides her husbands she was predeceased by her twin sister Leta Nicholson in 2006, her daughter Alison M. Nelson in 2008 and her son Derry Hall in 2010.
The Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee, is honored to have been entrusted with her arrangements. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
Marian L."Dottie" Boyce, 89, of Watkins Glen, April 19, 2015. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
JAMES A. CHAFFEE, 86, of Montour Falls, April 22, 2015 at Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
Barbara "BOBBIE" Coffman of Dundee, April 21, 2015 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
DIANNA G. DILLON, 74, April 25, 2015 at home. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
ALISON M. HALL, 100, of Dundee, April 21, 2015 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.