Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 4/22/15
Ruth Dean Teeter-Hammond-Bush, 84, of Reynoldsville passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls. She was born March 10, 1931 in Reynoldsville, the daughter of Paul and Reva (Landon) Dean and attended Watkins Glen high school. She worked at Ceracchi Cable TV, NCR-Ithaca and Ithaco. She was a member of the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church and the Reynoldsville Community Club. Ruthie loved music and dancing, bowling and playing the organ.
Ruthie is survived by her daughters, Carol Waterman of Ithaca, Ginger Sears of Freeville, Luanne (Joseph) Collins of Ithaca and Barbara Bennett of Reynoldsville; sisters, Jane (Andy) Simmons of Interlaken and Nancy (Fay) Combs of Burdett; stepchildren, Melodie Hammond, Jon (MaryLee) Hammond and Lon (Anna) Hammond; several grandchildren, great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husbands, Richard D. Teeter, Mervin L. Hammond and Raymond G. Bush; grandson, Jason Bennett; sisters, Velma Teeter and Dora Bush; and son-in-law, Donnie Sears.
Relatives and friends were invited to call Tuesday, April 21 from 1-2 p.m. at the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church, 5076 State Route 227, Burdett. Funeral services followed at 2 p.m. with burial in Frear Memorial Park Cemetery in Ithaca. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church. To leave the family a message of condolence, sign a guestbook, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com.
Dundee--Priscilla J. Galek, 70, of Dundee passed away unexpectedly Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls.
There are no prior calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26 at the Tyrone United Methodist Church, Church Street, Tyrone, with the Rev. Patricia Brown officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tyrone United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1, Tyrone, NY 14887.
Priscilla was born Oct. 29, 1944 in Elmira, one of three daughters of the late Henry and Madeline Miller Jones. On June 6, 1964 in St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Bradford, she married John S. Galek, who passed away July 25, 2005. Priscilla loved Jesus, and attended the Tyrone Methodist Church. Her favorite color was yellow; she enjoyed gardening, quilting and writing poetry. Her proudest accomplishments were having two songs she wrote copy written, and several poems published.
A loving mother and wife, she will be dearly missed by her son John S. Galek II at home; four daughters, Jane M. Galek of Alpine, Cindy A. Galek at home, Josephine P. Galek of Canandaigua and Priscilla M. (Michael) Rodriguez of East Rochester; 10 grandchildren, Rowanne Hill, Delilah Biddle, Haley Biddle, Sadie Biddle, Thomas Kennedy, Kalaya Rodriguez, Sarah Rodriguez, Ezekiel Rodriguez, Zoey Rodriguez and Mayah Rodriguez; a great-granddaughter Lilith Hill, a sister Berdena Staurowsky of Geneva and several nieces and nephews.
She was pre-deceased by a sister Ruth Smith.
Arrangements are by the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visitingwww.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
Bradenton, FLorida/Himrod--Viola E. Ovens, 92, of Bradenton, Florida, formerly of Himrod, died Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Surrey Place in Bradenton.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee, where a funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. with Lay Pastor Lew Ann Giles officiating. Burial will follow in Grove Mount Cemetery, Himrod.
Memorial contributions may be made to Himrod Community Church, Himrod, NY 14842 or to the Humane Society of Yates County, P.O. Box 12, Penn Yan, NY 14527.
Viola was born Aug. 20, 1922 in Himrod, the daughter of Herbert and Martha Kress Brown. On June 11, 1942 in Himrod she married John W. Ovens, who passed away Sept. 1, 2003. Mrs. Ovens was a member of Himrod Baptist Church. The animal world lost a true friend, as she cared and fed all strays that showed up at her door, at one point loving 25 cats.
She is survived by a daughter Joan V. (Paul) Ambrose, also of Bradenton, Florida; a son, Michael L. (Sandy) Ovens Sr. of Palmetto, Florida; a sister-in-law Linda (Kenny) Lane of Spring Hills, Florida; four grandsons, John (Stacie) Ambrose, James (Dawn) Ambrose, Michael Ovens Jr. and Justin Ovens; six great-grandchildren, Trevor, Wyatt and Evan Ambrose, Ryan Snow, Phoebe and Ruth Ambrose; several nieces and nephews and her dear friends Loretta and Edward Howell of Himrod.
She was pre-deceased by a sister, Anna M. Clark of Painted Post.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
William T. Smith passed away Saturday, April 4, 2015 at home with his son and daughter-in-law. He was 81 years old, was a member of American Legion Post 355 in Penn Yan, a Life Member of DAV, a loyal Marine and beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend. Services will be held at Bath National Cemetery Friday, April 24 at 2 p.m. A reception will follow at 2003 Ellis Road in Barrington.
Friends and family may sign the guestbook at www.townsendwoodfuneralchapel.com.
STEPHANIE ANN BATES, 38, of Branchport, April 18, 2015. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
John R. Bauman, 87, of Rochester, April 10, 2015 at Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
Ruth Dean Teeter-Hammond-Bush, 84, of Reynoldsville, April 15, 2015 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, Montour Falls. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
RONALD EVELAND, 87, of Penn Yan, April 3, 2015 at home. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
Priscilla J. Galek, 70, of Dundee, April 2, 2015 at Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
Richard H. JACKSON, 59, of Sugar Hill Road, Watkins Glen, April 13, 2015 at Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Viola E. Ovens, 92, of Bradenton, Florida, formerly of Himrod, Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Surrey Place, Bradenton. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
William T. Smith, April 4, 2015 at home. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
RAYMOND C. SNELL, 80, of Penn Yan, April 10, 2015 at Soldiers & Sailors Hospital. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 4/15/15
Jim Whiting, 88, died March 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, with his loving wife Bernita at his side. He had lived 15 years with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).
James Vincent Whiting was born in 1926 in Canton, Pennsylvania, to George and Grace Whiting. He grew up in Watkins Glen, served in the U.S. Navy, and on Nov. 20, 1945, married his high school sweetheart, Bernita. He studied cartooning in Chicago and New York City before returning to Watkins Glen to raise a family and build his cartooning career, publishing in The Saturday Evening Post, LOOK magazine, and more than 75 others. Beginning in 1956, he hosted local radio station WFLR's "Morning Show" for 28 years.
He and Bernita moved to North County San Diego in 1984 where, at age 58, he refocused his cartooning on illustrations for books, manuals, newsletters, advertisements and web sites. He founded the Southern California Cartoonists Society (SCCS) and helped institute the annual "Cartoonists Day" at the San Diego Blood Bank. In 2005, Jim published a memoir titled Analecta: Selected Reflections of a Cartoonist's Life, a tribute to the many people he knew and admired. He loved tennis, and played until age 86. His greatest joy was bringing someone a smile. He was positive, warm, funny, encouraging and inclusive--a truly successful man--and he will be sorely missed.
Jim was preceded in death by his brothers, Dann and Bill Whiting. He is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, Bernita Blanchard Whiting; their five children, Jim (Patricia) of Los Angeles, Donna (Harry) Orlyk of Salem, New York, John (Mary) of Odessa, Andi (Frank) Osborne of Watkins Glen and David (Susan) of Hector; 11 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Ruth (Bill) Whiting of Homer, New York, Mila (Dann) Whiting of Watkins Glen and Joan Blanchard Valent Schwei of Carlsbad, California; and several cousins, nephews and nieces.
A celebration of Jim's life will be held in upstate New York this summer, location and time to be announced.
MERLYNN A. BURCHETT, 73, April 6, 2015. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
PRISCILLA J. GALEK, 70, of Dundee, April 2, 2015 at Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
NORMA J. MILLER, 65, of Penn Yan, April 6, 2015 at Soldiers & Sailors Hospital, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
MICHAEL J. MOORE, 37, of Naples, April 6, 2015 at home. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
JIM WHITING, 88, March 30, 2015, Los Angeles, California.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 4/8/15
THOMAS CORNISH, 62, died March 29, 2015. Born Oct. 2, 1952, he was an avid golfer with his best pal Dave, a U.S. Army vet and spent many years as a fireman and fire police for the Wayne firehouse.
He is survived by his son Delbert (Crystal) Cornish, Sonja Cornish, Tammy (David) Andrews, Robin (Troy) Thompson, Lisha (Mike) O'Hare, Larry Rossman; brothers and sister, Robert Cornish, Kenneth (Angie) Cornish, Susan Cornish and Kathy (Shelly) Rinehart; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife Lucille Cornish in 2012. He will be missed.
Arrangements are by the LaMarche Funeral Home of Hammondsport.
Frederick Isengard, 78, of Burdett passed away April 1, 2015 at home after an extended illness. Fred was born in Auburn, New York, the son of William and Helen Isengard. He honorably served five years in the National Guard and worked as a professional truck driver for the Teamsters Local #317 of Syracuse. Fred was a longtime member of the Ithaca and Montour Falls Moose Lodges.
He was predeceased by his parents; daughter, Patricia; infant daughter, Bobbi Lynn Snyder; son-in-law, Joe Ameigh; and great-grandson, Lucas Preble. He is survived by children, Walter (Judy) Isengard, William (Janet) Isengard, Dana Isengard, Hank Isengard, Melanie (Greg) Shepard, Roseanne Stott and Kathy Yancey; sister, Mary Hunt; 11 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and several cousins.
A celebration of his life will be held at the Ithaca Moose Lodge, 367 Elmira Road, Ithaca, Saturday, April 11, starting at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Care First, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14870 (CareFirstNY.org). You may view his memorial or light a "Candle of Remembrance" in "Obituaries" at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.
Margaret "Maggie" Rousseau, 82, of Watkins Glen, passed away Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Schuyler Hospital. Margaret was born June 11, 1932 in New York City. She resided in Wassaic Developmental Center for 51 years, then in Monroe Developmental Center for five years before making her home in Watkins Glen, where she was loved and cared for by staff from The Arc of Schuyler. Margaret is survived by her family, friends and volunteers of The Arc of Schuyler, including special friend and advocate Barbara Specchio. People will miss her "bear hugs" and sweet smile. She enjoyed music, shopping, socializing, and had an extensive scarf collection.
Friends called at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen, on Wednesday, April 8 from 10 to 11 a.m. A celebration of Margaret's life was held at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery and a reception at The Arc of Schuyler, 210 12th St., Watkins Glen. Memorial contributions in Margaret's name may be made to The Arc of Schuyler, 203 12th St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. You may sign a guestbook or light a "Candle of Remembrance" in her memory online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.
Wanda J. Sebring, 88, of Rock Stream died Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls.
Honoring her wishes there were no prior calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 11 at the Dundee Baptist Church, Seneca Street, Dundee, with the Rev. Claude Pullis officiating. The celebration of her life will continue with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. at "Veraisions" at the Inn at Glenora Winery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to 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. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
THOMAS CORNISH, 62, March 29, 2015. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
H. LUCILLE ERWAY, 95, March 31, 2015. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
Frederick Isengard, 78, of Burdett, April 1, 2015 at home. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
MICHAEL E. KAUTZ, 65, of Burdett, March 30, 2015 in Rochester. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
Margaret "Maggie" Rousseau, 82, of Watkins Glen, April 2, 2015 at Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Wanda J. Sebring, 88, of Rock Stream, March 11, 2015 at Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
CECIL VAN HOUTEN, 60, March 31, 2015. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 4/1/15
JOANN E. BAILEY, 64, of Penn Yan, March 24, 2015 at the Homestead Nursing Home. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
STEWART E. CORSE, 88, of Dundee, March 24, 2015 at home. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
BARBARA A. CUMMINGS, 54, March 23, 2015. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
MARION E. FRENCH, 88, March 25, 2015. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
RICHARD C. HAMILTON, 85, March 25, 2015. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
EARL M. HERRICK, 100, March 25, 2015. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
JAMES B. MONROE, 82, of Cayuta, March 27, 2015 at home. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
MARION S. SEARLE, 99, March 26, 2015. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
MARIAN L. WECKELMAN, 91, of Penn Yan, March 21, 2015 at Keuka Comfort Care. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 3/25/15
Marjorie F. Brink, 84, of Horseheads passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon, March 21, 2015 surrounded by her loving family. Marjorie was born Sept. 17, 1930 in Odessa, daughter of Arthur and Dorothy Flatt. She worked as a secretary for more than 30 years at Westinghouse and ISTC. She was a wonderfully loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister.
She is predeceased by her loving husband, Robert Brink, sister Barbara Flatt and brother-in-law Donald Riley. Survivors include her loving son, Michael (Lorie) Brink of Elmira and their children Olivia and Michael; daughter, Kathleen Brink of Horseheads and her children Michele (Chad) Denson, Rachel and Eliana; great- granddaughter, Madalynn; brother, Donald (June) Flatt; sister, Beverly Riley and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family will welcome relatives and friends to Oakwood United Methodist Church, 212 Oakwood Ave., Elmira Heights, Thursday, March 26 from 3 to 5 p.m. Funeral service will follow at 5:30 p.m. with the Rev. Fred Dyer. Marjorie will be laid to rest alongside her husband in Laurel Hill Cemetery Friday, March 27 at 11 a.m.
Marjorie was a member of the Oakwood United Methodist Church for more than 50 years.
In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests memorials be made in Marjorie's name to the Oakwood United Methodist Church. The family would also like to extend a special thank you to Candy Kirkwood for her loving support and kindness. Condolences and words of comfort may be expressed in Marjorie's Book of Memories at www.sullivansfuneralhome.com.
Dundee--Charles Curran Jr., 89, of Dundee, died Saturday March 21, 2015 at Veterans Administration Hospital at Bath.
Charlie was born March 26, 1925 in Dundee, the son of Charles D. and Catherine Zachman Curran. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a combat medic in the 102 Infantry Ozark Division.
After returning from the service, he cut meat for Adams Market in Dundee before starting his own trucking company hauling for Penn Yan Express. In 1958 he accepted a position with Home Gas where he worked for 23 years, retiring from Columbia Gas in 1980. He continued to stay busy by becoming the head of maintenance for the Dundee State Bank, and then Bath National Bank for another 19 years, retiring for good in 1999.
Mr. Curran was a very active community member, being a Life Member and Past Chief of the Dundee Fire Dept., having been a member for over 65 years. He was a Life Member of the Dundee VFW Post, Past Commander of the Dundee American Legion, a past village of Dundee trustee and had been a president of the former Seneca Lake Sportsman's Club. He will also be remembered as an avid collector and tinkerer. He loved building wooden trucks, could fix almost anything and was rarely seen without one of his half eaten cigars hanging from the corner of his mouth.
He is survived by his four step sons whom he loved as his own, Thomas "Tug" (Pat Axtell) Carruthers, Bill Carruthers, Ray (Nancy) Carruthers and Stephen (Pam) Carruthers, all of Dundee; a step daughter Lynnette Grant of Prattsburgh, several nieces and nephews and numerous step grandchildren and great- grandchildren.
He was pre-deceased by threebrothers, Irving, Edward and Harry; and two sisters, Hattie Stades and Myrtle Ovenshire.
Friends were invited to calling hours from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee, where his funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 25. Entombment with Military Honors will be in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or to Father Flannigan's Boys Town, 14100 Crawford St., Boys Town, Nebraska 68010.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
PENN YAN--CARLOTTA R. HINSON, 94, of Hamilton Street, Penn Yan, died March 16, 2015 at the home.
At Carlotta's request, there will be no prior calling hours. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Carlotta's name can be made to the Penn Yan Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 227 Main St., Penn Yan, NY 14527, or Mercy Flight, 2420 Brickyard Road, Canandaigua, NY 14424.
Carlotta was born Dec. 5, 1920 in Middlesex, the daughter of Tyler and Ada Walters Reynolds. After graduating from high school in 1940, Carlotta moved to Naples and worked for the Market Basket Grocery as a cashier and moved into management training. In 1942, she moved to Dundee, where she was the manager for the Dundee Market Basket Grocery. In 1944, she married Robert Hinson and moved to the Hinson property in Lakemont, where she was the postmaster of the Lakemont Post Office located on the property and a small grocery store within the post office.
In 1956, Carlotta moved her family to Singer Island, Florida, where she owned and operated an efficiency apartment motel, Ocean Shore Apts., until moving back to Penn Yan in 1971. After moving back to Penn Yan, she was employed by Michael Sterns Clothing as a hand finishing seamstress. After Michael Sterns closed in 1977, she was self-employed until her retirement in 1995.
She is survived by her daughter Connie McNamara and son Ronald (Kathy) Hinson, both of Penn Yan; one sister, Leona Berryman of Lakemont; three grandchildren, Kelly (Mike) Verbridge of Williamson, Kara Hinson of Fairport and William (Meredith) Yarbrough of Fairport; three great-grandchildren, Eden Yarbrough, Molly Verbridge and Cole Yarbrough; and several nieces and nephews.
Carlotta was predeceased by her parents, Tyler and Ada Reynolds; three brothers, Gordon, Willie and Donald Reynolds; sister, Lucille A. Best and grandson, Keith E. Yarbrough.
Patricia Irish Horan, lifelong caregiver and nurse, beloved wife, super mom, and to many, an angel among us, left this life behind in North Port, Florida at 3 p.m. March 9, 2015 to reconnect with her true essence. Pat (or Patty) had been battling cancer for almost three years and although the disease appeared to be in remission from late 2013 through late 2014, cancer returned with a vengeance in October. She fought with all her strength to beat the disease, but ultimately her body gave up while her spirit moved on.
Pat was surrounded by family and friends as she peacefully passed to her true home. It was a warm, sunny afternoon with birds singing and a breeze blowing through the room, her favorite music playing softly in the background, and those who loved her quietly talking to her as she said "goodbye for now." Patty left us much too early and we all miss her more than most can imagine. Her three sisters, her three children, her step daughter Lisa and husband Rob, her two dear friends, Maddy and Kathy, and her loving husband held her spirit as she rejoined her loved ones who went before her.
Pat was born June 18, 1947 in Elmira to Jack and Mina Irish of Watkins Glen. Pat's parents, as well as her grandparents, Leonard and Lu Irish and Ralph and Mary Curry, predeceased her.
Pat was a 1965 graduate of Watkins Glen Central School and in 1968 she graduated from the Arnot Ogden School of Nursing in Elmira. She also earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of New Hampshire.
Pat is survived by her husband Ernie; daughter Melissa McKee and her husband Matt and their children Emily and Adeline; son Jonathan Danchik and his wife Sonya and their children Tydus and Percy; and son Todd Danchik and his wife Denee and their children Kyle and Scott. Pat is also survived by sisters Nancy Piccolino and her husband Joe, Diane McCawley and her husband Dave, and Janet Valent and her husband Oscar. Also surviving are step children Lisa Williams and her husband Rob, Shannon Hillman and her husband Jason and their children Hailey and Ryan. Pat also leaves many loving nieces and nephews. And last but definitely not least, she leaves behind her cherished golden retriever, Murphy. We all feel blessed to have been granted the time we had with her here on earth, even though the time was far too short.
Celebrations of Pat's beautiful life will be held in Maine and upstate New York this summer. Locations and times will be announced soon.
All who know Pat well love her unconditionally, the way she loves them. We miss her terribly.
Denis J. Lacey, 67, passed away at Geneva General Hospital Tuesday, March 17, 2015.
Family and friends were invited to attend a Celebration of Denis's Life Sunday, March 22 from 2-4 p.m. at the Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, 201 E. Elm St., Penn Yan.
Denis was born in Gourock, Scotland Dec. 11, 1947. He emigrated with his family to Wawa, Canada when he was 11 years old. After graduating from high school, Denis married and had his first two children, Neal and Erin. Later in life, Denis met his wife Karen while on vacation in Barbados. It was love at first sight and Karen and Denis were married a few months later. They had two children, Caitlin and Kyle.
Denis loved to travel and made friends everywhere he went, even if they didn't speak the same language. No one remained a stranger as Denis had the ability to chat with anyone about anything whether risqué, politically correct or not. His fun and laughter brought people together whether they were young or old. His work as an employee of Canadian Airlines and later work as a corporate travel agent allowed him and his family to travel to many distant places over the years. Denis lived a full adventurous life and had an overwhelming amount of stories that his family will forever cherish in his memory.
Denis was also a volunteer at Ontario-Yates Hospice; this allowed him to pass his jokes, laughter and stories to many in the local community. His outgoing personality, generosity, outlandish sense of humor and ability to make one smile will be greatly missed by his family, friends and community. One of Denis's greatest accomplishment in life are his four children and his granddaughter Fiamma, all of whom he adored. Denis was always the life of the party. Although born in Scotland, both Denis's parents were born in Ireland and fittingly, he passed to his next destination on St. Patrick's Day. Denis's family and friends will forever celebrate his life and treasure the memories they have made with him.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Karen Anne (Matthews) Lacey; son, Neal (Melanie) of Sault Ste. Marie, Canada, daughter, Erin (Massimiliano) Landi and their daughter, Fiamma of Toronto, Canada; daughter, Caitlin Lacey of Ithaca, and son, Kyle Lacey of Penn Yan; sisters, Catherine (Brian) Fisher of Kanata, Canada, Noreen (Heinz) Fellinger of Wawa, Canada; brother-in-law, Michael Laude of Hanmer, Canada. Denis was predeceased by his parents, James and Jeanette Lacey; brother, Jim Lacey; sister, Sharon (Lacey) Laude.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook at www.townsendwoodfuneralchapel.com.
Joyce S. Angelo, 79, March 15, 2015. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
MARJORIE F. BRINK, 84, of Horseheads, March 21, 2015. Arrangements by Sullivan Funeral Home, Horseheads.
ELIZABETH J. CAMPO, 85, March 22, 2015. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Watkins Glen.
Charles Curran Jr., 89, of Dundee, March 21, 2015 at Veterans Administration Hospital, Bath. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
CYNTHIA S. HEGGIE, 66, of Penn Yan, March 13, 2015 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
CARLOTTA R. HINSON, 94, of Penn Yan, March 16, 2015 at home. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
Patricia Irish Horan, formerly of Watkins Glen, March 9, 2015 in North Port, Florida.
Denis J. Lacey, 67, of Penn Yan, March 17, 2015 at Geneva General Hospital. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
RICHARD P. LERCH, 78, of Penn Yan, March 17, 2015 at Keuka Comfort Care Home, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
ALICE M. WOOD, 95, March 15, 2015. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.