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Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 10/29/14

Mary Rose Cherock, 90, of Watkins Glen passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family Monday, Oct. 20, 2014.
Mary was born in Watkins Glen Jan. 9, 1924, the daughter of Peter and Teresa (Scuteri) Frank. She was a 1942 graduate of Watkins Glen High School. Mary had worked as an aide and receptionist for Dr. Roberts' office in Watkins Glen and at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls. Mary Rose was a communicant of St. Mary's of the Lake Church, being actively involved with the Catholic Daughters, St. Mary's Choir and the St. Mary's Bazaar. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who loved her family dearly.
Mary Rose is survived by children, Patti (Dennis) Macy and Peter (Andrea) Cherock; her grandchildren, Ryan Cherock, Ambry (Frank) Giattino, Alexis (Rob) Cherock Bellavigna and Amanda Cherock; great-grandchildren, Isabella and Mason Bellavigna, Landon and Onna Giattino and Connor and Carter Cherock; brother, Albert "Bucky" Frank; sisters, Tuttie Mikkelson and Josephine Miller; several nieces, nephews and cousins and very dear friend and neighbor, Anna Jean DeDominicis.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 65 years, William P. Cherock Jr. Nov. 5, 2011; brothers, Dominic "Tom" and Harry; and sisters, Viola, Catherine, Carol and Ann.
A memorial service celebrating her life was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen with Father Steve Lape officiating. In lieu of flowers memorials in memory of Mary Rose may be made to Care First Hospice, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830 or Catholic Charities of Schuyler County, 607 N. Franklin St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891.
Friends and family may sign the guestbook at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com.

PENN YAN--Kenneth Robert Christensen Sr., 88, passed away peacefully Saturday Oct. 18, 2014 at his home on Keuka Lake.
Honoring his wishes there are no prior calling hours. A Celebration of His Life will be held on Keuka Lake at the Viking Resort on a future date to be announced.
Born May 29, 1926, in Penn Yan, a son of Christen Robert and Sigrid Vitbrew Christensen, he grew up and attended high school in Penn Yan.
Ken joined the 96th Deadeyes Infantry Division in 1944-1946 and fought valiantly for his country as a sharpshooter and forward observer in Leyte, Philippines and Okinawa, Japan during WWII. The exploits of his division are recorded on http://www.96thdeadeyes.org/
After the war, Ken traveled to New Orleans where he met and married Rose Wermann Walker, had two children and started a pool construction company, the earliest of his businesses. In 1961, the family moved back to Penn Yan where they built the Viking Resort on Keuka Lake. Generations of families continue to vacation at the Viking Resort.
In his 60s Ken explored the Caribbean in the off season and built a small dive resort, "The Castaways" in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Ken loved the water and was an avid sailor, owning and sinking numerous boats, rebuilding several A and E scows, vintage motor boats and Chris Crafts amongst many others. He was always ready to take guests out for a sail or a cruise or a ski. He designed and built by hand the Viking Spirit tour boat which cruised Keuka Lake for 21 years. He water-skied, usually jump-starting off a dock or diving board and skiing in to step on shore so his slacks didn't get wet. In his earlier days, he also flew small planes.
Ken is survived by his son, Kenneth Robert Christensen Jr. of Penn Yan; his daughter, Karen Ingrid Christensen (Jeffrey Lawton) of Santa Barbara, California; his sister, Bernice Morris Olsen of Marathon, Florida; his grandchildren Kenneth Robert Christensen III (Lindsay) and Andarlene Elizabeth Edwards; his great-grandson Blake Robert Christensen, and his nieces, Linda Mertsock and Bonnie Morris.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Ontario-Yates County Hospice Assoc. 756 Pre-Emption Road, Geneva, NY 14456; or the charity of your choice.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences may be left on Ken Christensen Sr.'s online guest book at http://www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

Penn Yan--Marian Nelson Mann, 84, passed away Oct. 21, 2014 at Clifton Springs Hospital.
Family and friends were invited to a memorial service for Marian Saturday, Oct. 25, at 4 p.m. at the Dresden United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation in Marian's name to Keuka Comfort Care Home, PO Box 107, Penn Yan, NY 14527 or Memorial Committee at Dresden United Methodist Church, Box 172, Dresden, NY 14441.
Marian was born May 27, 1930 to the late Stanley and Agnes (Nielsen) Nelson. She started working as an account clerk typist in the Yates County Clerk's Office in January 1949, which at that time also encompassed the Jury Commissioner's Office. Marian was appointed as deputy county clerk in Yates County in July 1952, appointed deputy commissioner of jurors in February 1969, was elected as the Yates County clerk and appointed as the commissioner of jurors in January 1979, retiring Jan. 1, 2008.
She was a hard worker all of her life. Marian was an active member of the Dresden United Methodist Church, overseeing many church committees. She volunteered at Keuka Comfort Care Home, Border City School, The Living Well, was Volunteer of the Year for 2013, a member of the Council of Churches and the town of Benton board of assessment. She enjoyed reading, knitting, traveling with friends and going to Merry-Go-Round Theater in Auburn.
Marian is survived by her children, Deborah Mann of Lansing, New York, Jeffery (Jennie) Mann of Penn Yan and Tracy Mann of Penn Yan; brother, Stanley (Doris) Nelson of Smethport, Pennsylvania; sister, Janet Smith of Woodland, California; brother-in-law, Jerry Nissen of Penn Yan; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, William E. Mann, March 3, 1997; sisters, Linda Nissen and Gail Nelson.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook at www.townsendwoodfuneralchapel.com

Bath--Jane L. Morrow, 65, of Bath died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 in the comfort of her home.
Jane was born Sept. 26, 1949 in Penn Yan, a daughter of the late Charles James and Melva Jean Nageldinger Trank. She graduated from Dundee Central School in 1967 and attended Humboldt Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota. On March 18, 1972 in Dundee she married Gary F. Morrow, who passed away July 27, 2002.
Jane had lived in Bath since 2009, previously of Savona, where she was a devoted member and board member of the Savona Federated Church. Known as "a community mom," she was a former Girl Scout leader and den mother of Cub Scouts, and was a past president of the Savona Cinderella Softball League.
She is loved and will be dearly missed by her companion and dear friend Samuel J. Stewart with whom she made her home; her three children, daughter Mary M. Knight of Horseheads, son MSGT. Stephen J. Morrow Ret. USAF of Jacksonville, Arkansas and daughter Karen M. (Keith) Nealey of Bath; a brother Kenneth (Marjorie) Trank of Bath, a sister Jean M. Irwin of Himrod; six grandchildren, Kayla (Kyle Kohler) Wagner, Alexus Nealey, Skye Knight, Dustin Morrow, Trequan Nealey and Dante Nealey, along with several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and husband, she was pre-deceased by a son-in-law Elliott "Dutch" Knight in 2012.
The family received friends from 12 to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee, where a celebration of her life was held at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Lucinda O'Leary officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society of Yates County, P.O. Box 12, Penn Yan, NY 14527, or the Finger Lakes SPCA, 72 Cameron St., Bath, NY 14810.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

Dundee--Barry J. Rickerson, 54, of Dundee died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester.
Honoring his wishes calling hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Services will be private at the convenience of the family.
The family respectfully requests no flowers, and graciously asks that those wishing to donate in Barry's memory to help with his expenses send contributions to his mother Janet Rickerson, 72 Water St., Dundee, NY 14837.
Barry was born July 30, 1960 in Penn Yan, the son of Earl D. and Janet M. Allen Rickerson. He graduated from Dundee Central School in 1978, having lettered in football, wrestling, and track. He moved to Florida, raised his family, relocated to Tennessee where he was employed in maintenance by Sleep Inn of Knoxville, Tennessee.
While living in Tennessee he developed a brain disorder and could no longer work. His brother Brian and his family watched over him and his needs until he decided to return to New York. He moved in with his "dear" Aunt Pat and Uncle Lanny Gilbert. He helped Pat who was recovering from knee surgery, with housework and yard work. They treated him with much kindness and made sure he took his meds and made it to doctor's appointments. They loved him like a son, and his family is forever grateful for their help.
He is survived by his son Jason Rickerson of Jacksonville, Florida; daughter Nichelle "Nicki" M. Rickerson and step daughter Lisa Rickerson, both of Lakeland, Florida; his mother Janet M. Rickerson and brother Ray Rickerson, both of Dundee; brother Brian (Kim) Rickerson of Knoxville, Tennessee; sister Amy Rickerson also of Lakeland, Florida; maternal grandmother Bea Allen of Dundee; five grandchildren, Kayleigh Paxton, Haylie Carver, Kayson Rickerson, Aydin Hall and Shilous Hall, all of Florida; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his father Earl "Bud" Rickerson in 1995 and his Uncle Jim Allen in 2011.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

Death Notices
E. MARIE BALE, 100, Oct. 24, 2014. Arrangements by Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Mary Rose Cherock, 90, of Watkins Glen, Oct. 20, 2014 at home. Arrangements by Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Kenneth R. Christensen Sr., 88,of Penn Yan, Oct. 18, 2014 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
JOHN R. CLARK, 96, of Montour Falls, Oct. 22, 2014 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, Montour Falls. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
Marian N. Mann, 84, of Penn Yan, Oct. 21, 2014 at Clifton Springs Hospital. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
Jane L. Morrow, 65, of Bath, Oct. 21, 2014 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
DONALD R. NIELSEN, 87, Oct. 26, 2014. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
Barry J. Rickerson, 54, of Dundee, Oct. 26, 2014 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.



Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 10/22/14

DUNDEE/ST. CLOUD, FLORIDA--Duane R. Jayne, 81, of St. Cloud, Florida passed away Oct. 15, 2014. He was born Jan. 17, 1933 in Dundee to Raymon and Ethel (Phillips) Jayne. He was a Korean War Veteran, serving from 1953 to 1955 with the rank of sergeant. He was a dairy farmer and a member, officer and director of various farm organizations before moving to Florida in 1979. He invested in real estate and he was one of the original founders of Center State Bank.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Verna; his sons, Jesse (Dawn) of Dundee and Joseph (Constance) of St. Cloud, Florida; daughter Jerri Jayne McDaniel of Dundee and a special and dear friend, Deborah Lamborn Groom of Dundee. He has 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by two brothers, Franklin and Raymon (Jess) Jayne of Dundee.
A visitation was held Sunday, Oct. 19, 4-8 p.m. with funeral services Monday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m. at the Osceola Memory Gardens Funeral Home, St. Cloud, Florida with Brother Duane Wingate officiating. Entombment will be in The Memory of Life Mausoleum in The Osceola Memory Gardens Cemetery in Kissimmee, Florida. Arrangements under the direction of Osceola Memory Gardens Funeral Home and Crematory, 2000 13th St. St. Cloud, FL 34769. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Samaritan Care Hospice of Florida. 1300 N. Semoran Blvd. #210 Orlando, FL 32807.
Online condolences can be given at www.osceolamemgds.com.

Death Notice

MARY BOYNE, 85, Oct. 17, 2014. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
Duane R. Jayne, 81, of St. Cloud, Florida, formerly of Dundee, Oct. 15, 2014. Arrangements by Osceola Memory Gardens Funeral Home, St. Cloud, Florida.
MARGARET E. LOOMIS, 93, of Penn Yan, Oct. 9, 2014. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.



Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 10/15/14

Rock Stream--C.M.SGT. Wendell Lamar Lacy U.S.A.F. Ret., 81, of Rock Stream passed away at his home surrounded by his loving wife and children Friday, Oct. 10, 2014.
He was born Jan. 18, 1933 in Lanett, Alabama, a son of the late Lester V. and Alice Hamby Lacy. On Dec. 19, 1953 in Mineral Wells, Texas, he married the former Alberta E. Travis. Lamar was a career non-commissioned officer in the United States Air Force, retired in 1979, and went on to work for the NYS DOL as a job counselor for veterans.
He is survived by his wife of almost 61 years, Alberta E. Lacy at home; his five loving children Dr. Lamar Ronald Lacy of Florence, Italy, Joni Lynn (Gary) Palmer of Clay, New York, Mark Arthur (Nancy) Lacy of San Antonio, Texas, Janet Elizabeth Alexander of Prattsburgh and Julie Ann (Lance) Pinckney of Hamlin, New York. Additionally he is survived by his amazing grandchildren and great-grandchildren Jennifer Lacy (Greg) Krichbaum and their five children Joshua, Landon, Kolton, Emmalyn and his namesake, Lacy; Cara Anne (Rod) Sprague and their three children Ryan, Cayden and Madelyn; Joni Elizabeth-Marie McAdams, Mark (Caroline) Lacy Jr. and their daughter Addison; Sarah (Sean) Patterson and their two boys Noah and Aiden; Chad Richard Lamar McAdams, Ashleigh Roberts, Hillary (Jason) Latona, Mary Agnes (Brandon Clark) Lacy and their two children Ava and Maddox; Erin Lacy, and Cody Lamar Alexander of Lavergne, Tennessee. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Friends called from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St. Dundee, where his funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, with the Rev. Phil Tennies officiating. Burial followed with military honors in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee.
In lieu of flowers, any donations should be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project at http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.


Rosemary T. Peelle, 89, of Corning went to be with her Lord Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 in the comfort of her home surrounded by her family. Rosemary was born July 26, 1925 in Keuka Park to Bert S. and Mary L. (Beauchamp) Tuttle. She married Richard Peelle Aug. 3, 1946 in Penn Yan.
Rosemary's role as mother, grandmother and great-grandmother brought her great joy throughout her life. In her early years in Richmond, Indiana she was an avid western horseback rider. Rosemary later worked at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art in Corning as a docent for many years. She had a great love for music and composed many of her own piano pieces. Rosemary enjoyed oil painting and cross-stitching. The family homes are adorned both with her paintings and personalized cross-stitch works. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
Rosemary is survived by her husband of 68 years, Richard Peelle; her five children: Karen (Allen) Fusco of Painted Post, John (Lyn) Peelle of Phoenix, Arizona, Cathy (Ricky) Lathrop of Elmira Heights, Linda Hunter of Tampa, Florida and Susan Murphy of Tucson, Arizona; 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and sister-in-law, Janet Ewing of Fort Collins, Colorado.
The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning. A Catholic funeral service will immediately follow there.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Rosemary's name may be made to Saint Labre Indian School, Native American Way, Ashland, MT 59004-1001 or the United Way of Steuben and Chemung Counties, 29 Denison Parkway E., Corning, NY 14830.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.phillipsfuneralhome.com.

Theodore "Ted" F. Specchio, 81, of Burdett passed away unexpectedly at his home Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014.

Ted was born Oct. 4, 1933 in Watkins Glen, the son of the late Lawrence and Mary (Chiacchierini) Specchio. Ted served in the U.S. Army from 1955-57. He retired as a civil engineer with the NYS DOT in Hornell and later worked for Hunt Engineers. He was a member of the Watkins Glen Fire Dept. since 1955, serving as a past chief and fire commissioner. He also served as deputy fire coordinator for Schuyler County as "Car 5." Ted was a proud member of the BPOE, Watkins Glen Lodge #1546, where he served many offices, including as a Past Exalted Ruler, VP of the PEF union. Ted was also a communicant of St. Mary's of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen and volunteer for the Office for the Aging and American Red Cross. Ted loved spending time with his family, traveling to Arizona and years in fire service and the Elks, especially his many casino bus trips.
Ted is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Barbara (Lee) Specchio; his children, Larry Specchio (Laura) of Chenango Forks, Laurie DeNardo (Robin) of Watkins Glen and Karen Walther of Horseheads; granddaughters, "Dr. Pat" DeNardo and Alyssa; grandson, Dylan Walther (Tianna); great-grandson Aiden; brother, Lewis Specchio; brothers-in-law, Philip Smith and Robert (Laura) Lee; sisters-in-law, Patricia Angelo and Shirley Ormsbee; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, Ted was predeceased by his sisters, Carol Symes and Julia Smith, and son-in-law, Jeffrey Walther.
Calling hours will be held Thursday, Oct. 16 at Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 Fifth St. Watkins Glen 4-6 p.m. with Elks service at 6:15 p.m. Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17 with intermittent services immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ted's memory to the Arc of Schuyler County, 203-205 12th St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or to the Watkins Glen Elks #1546 Banquet Fund, PO Box 346, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.
Friends and family may sign the guestbook at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com.

Death Notices

PHOEBE L. ANDREWS, 98, Oct. 8, 2014. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
MELVIN G. GREEN, 73, of Himrod, Oct. 3, 2014 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
WENDELL LAMAR LACY, 81, of Rock Stream, Oct. 10, 2014 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.

THOMAS E. NORTHUP, 86, of Penn Yan, Oct. 8, 2014. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
SHIRLEY H. OSBORNE, 81, of Penn Yan, Oct. 12, 2014 at The Homestead Nursing Home, Penn Yan.
Rosemary T. Peelle, 89, of Corning, Oct. 12, 2014 at home. Arrangements by Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Corning.
Theodore "Ted" F. Specchio, 81, of Burdett, Oct. 12, 2014 at home. Arrangements by Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 10/8/14

Libby M. Church, 67, formerly of Montour Falls, passed away Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 at Taylor Health Center in Bath. She was born in Montour Falls April 12, 1947, the daughter of the late Frank and Viola Peppard Church. She was predeceased by two brothers, Richard and Bob Church. Libby is survived by a brother, William (Barb) Church of Odessa; sister, Betty Apfel of Tacoma, Washington; sister-in-law, Esther Church of Owego and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 4, at 10 a.m. at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery. You may leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or light a "Candle of Remembrance" at www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com.

Death Notices

LIBBY M. CHURCH, 67, formerly of Montour Falls, Oct. 2, 2014 at Taylor Health Center, Bath. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

WILLIAM K. FRANCIS, 82, of Dundee and Sarasota, Florida, formerly of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, Oct. 1, 2014. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.

VIRGINIA L. MARKS, 82, of Penn Yan, Oct. 2, 2014. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.









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