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Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of April 14:
Dundee--Frank A. Schotkowski Bloom
, 91, passed away April 6, 2021 at Soldiers & Sailors Hospital, Penn Yan.
Frank was born Dec. 17, 1929 in Savona, the son of George and Anna (Gorzalka) Schotkowski. After George's passing, Anna remarried Stanley Kwiatkowski Bloom, Frank's stepfather.
Frank attended Savona Central School and graduated from Dundee Central School in 1947. He bought the farm in 1952 located in the town of Barrington, Dundee, where he and Joyce called home for 66 years and raised their family. Frank married the love of his life, Joyce Ann "Juice" Fultz on April 16, 1955. They had five children.
Frank possessed many talents and trades including general farming, dairy farming, pole barn construction, school bus driver, Bloom Farm Supply dairy farm equipment sales and Bloom Real Estate broker. He loved the outdoors and was most happy on a tractor farming, working the fields or in the shop working on equipment. He won the state level tractor plowing competition in 1955. He enjoyed bowling, scoring a high game of 297 in the 1994-95 season, and was often seen competing on TV. He taught us how to live, work hard and take time to play--spend time with family. Family time was special to him.
He is loved and will be dearly missed by his wife, Joyce A. Bloom and his children: Katherine Walters of Phelps, Susan Snyder (David Hyer) of Alpine, Patricia Ely (Edward Deutsch), Frank Michael Bloom (Barbara Lusk) and Steve Bloom (Chris), all of Dundee; 11 grandchildren, Jeremy (Patty) McCarley, Robert (Leah) McCarley, Matthew (Aly) Walters, David (Marci) Dykes, Daniel (Jodi) Dykes, Jonathon Ely, Brenda Willmes (Andy), Brandis Checho (Steve), Cierra, Shane and Sydney Bloom and 11 great-grandchildren, Jeremy McCarley Jr., Violet and Hannah McCarley, Chase and Lynnel Walters, Gillian and Colby Dykes, Quinn and Britton Willmes, Alex Parker, Jaxsen Checho and his kitty, Cuddles.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his half-brother, Joseph Schotkowski.
Honoring his wishes, there will be no calling hours or public service. A private graveside service was held at Hillside Cemetery, Dundee, April 9, 2021. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Dundee Fire Company Emergency Squad, 12 Union St., Dundee, NY 14837.
Arrangements are entrusted by Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. To send condolences and share memories to the family please visit www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com
William (Bill) J. Griffith Jr., 76, of Watkins Glen passed away Dec. 15, 2020.
Family and friends are invited to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen Wednesday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; a funeral service will be held at 12 p.m., followed by a burial and committal service at Hector Presbyterian Cemetery.
Bill is survived by his sister, Sally (James) McMahon; brother, Robert (Jill) Griffith; nieces Megan (Andy) Cull and Amy McMahon, and nephew Evan Griffith. He is also survived by many friends at The Arc of Chemung-Schuyler.
Memorial contributions in Bill's name may be made to The Arc of Chemung-Schuyler, 711 Sullivan St., Elmira, NY 14901; Schuyler Hospital, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865; or CareFirst NY, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14870.
James M. (Jim) Schoonover passed away peacefully at home, March 25, 2021 in Kenneth City, Florida.
Jim was born in Corning, Dec. 24, 1947, the son of the late Lyle and Delma Schoonover. He graduated from Dundee Central School in 1966. He retired from the Schuyler County Sheriff's Department before moving to Florida.
He is survived by his loving wife, Lisa Lambert and children, Aaron Schoonover of Missouri, Melanie Worton of North Carolina and Joshua Schoonover of Georgia; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; four sisters, Annette (Tom) Wahl of Bloomfield, Joyce Mills of Ocala, Florida, Lynda (Wayne) Schoonover of Pinellas Park, Florida and Christine Schoonover of St. Petersburg, Florida; two brothers, John (Wendy) Schoonover of Wellsville and Layne (Pat) Schoonover of Clearwater, Florida and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by three sisters, Judi Robertson, Nanci Magee and Norma Millard.
Memorial donations may be sent to Altay Cemetery, c/o Deb Brooks, 4226, Dundee, NY 14837 or to Suncoast Hospice Foundation, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760.
FRANK A. SCHOTKOWSKI BLOOM, 91, of Dundee, April 6, 2021 at Soldiers and Sailors Hospital, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
GARY R. DUPRA, 68, of Penn Yan, March 31, 2021 at home. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
RICHARD ESCHLER, 68, April 1, 2021. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
TAMMY L. JAMES, 56, of Penn Yan, April 6, 2021. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
LEONARD G. LANG, 95, of Penn Yan, April 2, 2021. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
JOAN E. MARTIN, 45, of Rushville, April 9, 2021 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
James M. (Jim) Schoonover, March 25, 2021 at home in Kenneth City, Florida.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of April 7:
David J. Brace
, 73, of Watkins Glen passed away March 27, 2021.
David graduated from Thomas A. Edison high school in 1965. He served in the Navy aboard the USS Independence. After returning to Elmira Heights, he worked at Brace Tool & Machine before beginning a long career at Ingersoll-Rand and Dresser-Rand. He enjoyed time spent on Keuka Lake while growing up. He shared laughter and good times with the many friends he made at Dresser-Rand, Seneca Lodge, Watkins Glen International (The Glen) and at the Vintage Grand Prix Festival in the many years he lived in Watkins Glen. David loved his Doberman Pinschers, a good joke, a cold beer and the home he shared with Joyce. He will be missed. A "Celebration of Life" will be held at a future date.
He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years and best friend, Joyce Whitney Brace; stepchildren, Joanna Haynes (Jeffrey) of Hilton, New York and Paul L. Meacham Jr. (Stacey) of Seneca, South Carolina; step-grandchildren, Gracie Jean Iatomassi, Finn Meacham and Nico Meacham; brothers and sister, Robert D. Brace (Marlene) of Horseheads, Thomas N. Brace (Cyndi) of Elmira and Susan I. Brace of Watkins Glen.
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one's choice or the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen. You may leave condolences or a remembrance of David online for the family in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com
. Arrangements entrusted to Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Robert Wright Ellis
, 86, passed away March 24, 2021 at Beverly Hospital, Massachusetts. Robert was the beloved husband of the late Phoebe (Adams) Ellis. Born in South Orange, New Jersey, he was the son of William and Beatrice (Wright) Ellis. Robert was a 1952 graduate of Columbia high school in South Orange, New Jersey and went on to graduate from Cornell University in Ithaca in 1956.
Bob grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey playing baseball, camping, sailing and fishing. He spent his summers on Keuka Lake where he learned to sail K-boats. Bob made his living on Wall Street and he was a loyal fan of Alan Abelson's weekly column in Barrons. He was a devoted reader and he relished sharing his favorite authors. In the summertime it was Bob's habit to read Mark Twain or James Thurber out loud to his wife and children. Bob was a kind, generous and fun grandfather. Shortly after Bob's wife Phoebe passed away, Bob moved to Harwich to be close to children and grandchildren. He always welcomed family and friends, and dogs most of all, to visit and share beautiful days on Cape Cod.
Robert is survived by two sons, Robert Ellis and his wife Jen of Wellesley, Massachusetts and William Ellis and his wife Gwynne Cunningham of Richmond, Virginia; daughter Jean Ellis and her husband Lou Katz of Manchester, Massachusetts; sister Betty Carruthers of Placida, Florida and cousin Curt Wright of Penn Yan; six grandchildren, Carla Pearson, Daniel Katz, Julia Katz, Emmie Foster, Libby Cornelssen and Jack Ellis; and two great-grandchildren, both born this year, Phoebe Pearson and Maya Foster. Robert was predeceased by his brother John Ellis of Rochester.
Arrangements by Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot St., Beverly. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Family Food Pantry of Cape Cod, Harwich or the Museum of Science in Boston. The family will be holding a private service in August in Harwich. Information and condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com
Matthew Peter McGarry, 41, of Montour Falls passed away Sunday, March 28, 2021. He was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia Aug. 5, 1979 to Thomas and Marjorie (Cardone) McGarry. He was predeceased by his older brother Dan in 1999. Matt graduated from Odessa-Montour high school and Corning Community College. He was a volunteer at the Watkins Glen Public Library and an avid sports fan, especially the Buffalo Bills.
Matt had a positive attitude and a great sense of humor despite having Muscular Dystrophy and being limited to a wheelchair. He was an inspiration to many friends and relatives.
The family received friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen, Monday, April 5 from 4-6 p.m. A private funeral mass for Matthew will be held at St. Mary's of the Lake Church at the convenience of the family. Committal services and burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Niagara Falls, New York on Wednesday, April 7 at 1 p.m.
Donations may be made to St. Mary's of the Lake Church or the Muscular Dystrophy Association (www.mda.org
). Words of condolence may be left in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com
Dundee--Corey L. Miller
, 59, of Dundee gave up the fight in the comfort of his home Saturday, April 3, 2021 surrounded by his family.
Honoring his wishes there will be no calling hours or public service.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Hope Walk of Yates County, 467 N. Main St. Penn Yan, NY 14527.
Corey was born July 24, 1961 in Penn Yan, the son of the late Jack V. and Marjorie C. (Corey) Miller. He graduated from Dundee Central School in 1979. On June 25, 1983 in the Dundee Methodist Church he married the former Joyce E. Howell. A lifelong area resident, he lived in North Carolina from 1983-1984. Corey had worked in construction and property maintenance for 40 years, before accepting a position with the U.S. Postal Service as a rural route carrier for 10 years employed by the Penn Yan Post Office, retiring due to his health in December of 2020.
A former Dundee fireman and a member of the Dundee Fireman Benevolent Assoc., Corey loved the great outdoors, fishing, golf and hunting, especially bow hunting.
He is loved and will be dearly missed by his wife of 37 years, Joyce E. Miller at home; two sons, Adam T. (Emilee) Miller of Dundee and Devon J. Miller of Buffalo; a daughter, Laura L. Miller also of Dundee; two grandchildren, Sophia Jean Miller and Samuel James Scofield; siblings Timothy J. (Kelly) Miller of Watkins Glen, Teresa K. (Larry) Howell of Dundee, Tracey S. (Patti) Miller of Dundee and Susan M. (Ron) Pulver of Farmington, along with several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, outlaws and countless friends.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a brother Terry M. Miller in 2011.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. To send condolences and share memories to the family please visit www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com
Hammondsport--Kenneth Scot "Ken'' Priggen, 70, of the town of Wayne died Thursday, April 1, 2021 at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, Newark, New York.
Honoring his wishes there are no calling hours or public service planned.
Those wishing to make a memorial contribution may consider a donation to the Dundee Library, 32 Water St., Dundee, NY 14837.
Kenneth was born Oct. 11, 1950 in Brooklyn, New York, the only son of the late Charles and Eleanor (Koester) Priggen. He graduated from Pearl River high school in 1968 and went on to receive his bachelor of engineering degree from WPI, Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
On June 21, 2001 in Rochester he married Patricia Jo "PJ" Johnston. They have lived locally for 15 years, previously of Pittsford.
Ken's career as an engineer included working for Atlantic Research Corporation where he helped to design and build a coal gassification plant in South Korea, as well as positions with Ultralife and HV&L Industries. Ken was a past real estate agent for Century 21 in Penn Yan.
An accomplished and respected pool player, he had been a member of several pool clubs and leagues throughout his life, including the Yates County Pool League. He loved wine making and was proud of his accomplishments, including gardening, growing the "best corn ever."
He is loved and will be forever missed by his wife of 19 years Patricia "PJ" Johnston at home, his dog Sammy, a sister Barbara (Jack) Brunkhurst of Pearl River, New York and their two children, along with countless friends.
Arrangements are entrusted with the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com
DAVID J. BRACE, 73, of Watkins Glen, March 27, 2021. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
ROBERT W. ELLIS, 86, March 24, 2021 at Beverly Hospital, Beverly, Massachusetts. Arrangements by Campbell Funeral Home, Beverly, Massachusetts.
LEONARD G. LANG, 95, of Penn Yan, April 2, 2021 at home. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
MATTHEW P. MCGARRY, 41, of Montour Falls, March 28, 2021. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
COREY L. MILLER, 59, of Dundee, April 3, 2021 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
KENNETH S. "KEN" PRIGGEN, 70, of the town of Wayne, April 1, 2021 at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, Newark. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of March 31:
Dundee--Debra E. Arthurs
, 65, of Dundee passed away unexpectedly Sunday, March 21, 2021 at Elcor Nursing Home, in Horseheads.
Honoring the family wishes, there will be no calling hours. Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dundee Fire Company Emergency Squad, 12 Union St. Dundee, NY 14837.
Debra was born Sept. 5, 1955 in Keyser, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Milford and Esther (Lynn) Smith. She graduated from Penn Yan Academy in 1973. On May 5, 1978 in Penn Yan she married William C. Arthurs. A lifelong area resident and devoted housewife, she enjoyed watching her favorite sitcoms, nurturing her beautiful flower beds, collecting all the United States quarters, reading encyclopedias, caring for her precious cats; but most of all, her most cherished love was her husband and daughters.
She is loved and will be dearly missed by her husband of 42 years, William C. Arthurs at home; her daughters Cindy Arthurs also at home and Angela Arthurs of Penn Yan, along with several nieces, nephews and in- laws.
Arrangements entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com
Mary Jane (Wickham) Hoare
Dec. 15, 1934-March 23, 2021
Mary Jane Wickham arrived on the scene Dec.15, 1934 to parents Flossie Miner Wickham and Don J. Wickham on their Hector family farm. After starting her education in a one-room schoolhouse (of which she was justifiably proud), she graduated from Watkins Glen high school in 1952. She met her future husband in band, where they both played French horn. She attended Buffalo State with her bachelors in home economics, and taught at the Dundee Central School.
Mary Jane and John married June 29, 1957 and moved to their first home in Corning, followed by their second home in Bloomfield, New Jersey. The next move was to Rochester (Penfield), where there was a big yard, great friends and many laughs. In 1974, the family moved to Basking Ridge, New Jersey and joined the Presbyterian Church, where she was a deacon for several years. She and John downsized to a Bridgewater, New Jersey condo in their retirement years, before moving to Fellowship Village in 2017. They spent many beautiful summers on Seneca Lake in Hector, at their family cottage.
After launching her children into the world and out of the house, she went back to school for her Emergency Medical Technician certification. She was an EMT with the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad for 19 years, holding multiple leadership positions. She strongly believed that people not only need a handout, but a hand up; with her altruism and insight, she served on the Somerset County Board of Social Services for 35 years. She chaired the Hospitality Committee at Fellowship Village.
Mary Jane is survived by her husband of 63 years, John; her daughter Elizabeth Cowles (Richard), son John (Sherry) and daughter Kimberly; her grandchildren Andrew Hoare (Tiana), Shannon Martin, Erin Cowles Niehoff (Matthew), Kasey Hoare, Alyssa Cowles Blachez (Paul) and Jessica Hoare, great-grandson Henry and several nieces and nephews, and their families. She is predeceased by her parents, her brothers William and David, sisters-in-law Jeanette, Donna and Pat, and daughter-in-law Kimberly Boquist Hoare.
Visitation was Friday, March 26 from 4-6 p.m. at Gallaway and Crane Funeral Home, 101 S. Finley Ave., Basking Ridge. A memorial service was held Saturday, March 27, 1 p.m. in The Presbyterian Church Memorial Garden.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make memorial contributions to the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad, The Presbyterian Church in Basking Ridge or the Hector Presbyterian Church in Hector.
Kathryn "Kae" Naylor, 79, formerly of Beaver Dams, passed away March 23, 2021.
The family received friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen, Friday, March 26 from 5-7 p.m. A funeral service was held Saturday, March 27 at 11 a.m. at Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, followed by burial at Sugar Hill Cemetery.
Kae was born in Montour Falls Oct. 24, 1941, the daughter of Everett and Ruth Taylor.
She is survived by her children, Craig Ormond of Acworth, Georgia, Chris (Callie) Naylor of Brandon, Florida, Scott (Terry) Ormond of Madisonville, Tennessee, Keith (Penny) Ormond of Wayland, New York, Ernest Naylor of Zephyrhills, Florida, Bobbi Kae (Gary) Moody, Valrico, Florida and Ruth (Alister) Nicholls, of Cambridge, New Zealand; sister, Mary Ellen (Steven) Weissman of New Windsor, New York; sister-in-law Wilma Taylor, special cousin Elizabeth Blaisdell, 22 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and her dog Bridget, whom she adored!
Kae and her late husband were known as the original "House Flippers," buying, renovating and reselling properties in New York and Florida.
She was like a mom to everyone, chaperoning every school event for her children. She always made you feel like you could do anything!
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one's choice.
With profound sadness we announce the passing of Donna R. Strong, 78, Wednesday, March 24, 2021. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and friend to all whose lives she touched. She was born in Elmira June 21, 1942. She was the previous co-owner of the Wigwams Bait & Tackle in Montour Falls. Her passion for wedding florals led her to own and operate Especially Unique Wedding Designs while living in St. Petersburg, Florida. Even after returning to Watkins Glen, she was very active with wedding florals and crafting.
She was the beloved mother of BetteLynn (Anthony) Bravo of Reading Center and Pam (Louis) Antunez of Mount Vernon, New York. She was also the proud grandmother of Louie (Leshawn) Antunez IV, Jesse Antunez, Jakob Antunez, Troye Cornwall, Joshua Bravo, Angelina Bravo and a very special cousin, Johnna (Jim) Blake. She will be forever in our hearts and dearly missed by many.
Relatives and friends are invited to call Saturday, April 3, 2021 from 1-3 p.m. at Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, 119 Fifth St., Watkins Glen. Due to the fact that Donna had so many interests, the family requests in lieu of flowers a donation to be made in her name to a charity of your choosing. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.haugheywoodzinger.com
Dundee--Thomas Paul Tuttle
, 75, died March 18, 2021 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester.
Tom was born April 6, 1945 in Corning, son of Paul F. and Dorothy L. (Lewis) Tuttle. He grew up in Corning, loved outdoor sports and won trophies diving at city pool events. His occupation was an orderly at Corning Hospital, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Penn Yan and the Steuben County Infirmary Bath. Besides patient care, ER and OR orderly he was assistant to Corning pathologist, Dr. John Poore. Tom also enjoyed being a watchman at Ingersoll-Rand, making old-fashioned in-home bottled milk deliveries for the former Scudder dairy, working at the bowling alley setting up bowling pins (before the automatic setting machines) and helping his brother Richard at the Corning Music and News. In May 1972, Tom married devoted and loving Yvonne. They were just shy of their 49th anniversary.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, brother Richard L. Tuttle and loving son, Thomas Paul Tuttle II (Tommy).
Tom is survived by his wife Yvonne, the light of his life, daughter Melinda (Roland) Hall of Twin Mountain, New Hampshire, step-grandson Danté Hall of Jacksonville, Florida, step-granddaughter Rachel Hall (Justin) and step-great-grandson Riley of MacClenny, Florida, brother Philip (Judy) Tuttle of Corning, brother Leland (Joni) Tuttle of Madison Heights, Virginia, several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Cornell Baker Institute for Animal Health, 235 Hungerford Hill Road, Ithaca, NY 14853. Tom, through personal experience, became an advocate in the research aspects of canine cancer detection in their owners.
There are no calling hours. Thomas was cremated and burial will be in a private ceremony.
Arrangements entrusted to Baird Funeral Home Dundee. To send online condolences visit www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com
Dundee--Marie M. Wright, 77, of Dundee passed away peacefully at home, succumbing to a terminal illness Wednesday, March 24, 2021.
There will be no public memorial and in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lamoka Baptist Camp, 3646 E. Lamoka Lake Road, Tyrone, NY 14887.
Marie was born April 13, 1943 in Sayre, Pennsylvania to Paul McClure and Doris Hess McClure. She was the eldest of several half-sisters.
On Jan. 13, 1961 in Sarasota, Florida she married Harold L. Wright Sr., who predeceased her Oct. 23, 2019. They lived in Florida, North and South Carolina before moving to Tyrone in 1971 to own and operate Sunset View Farm, a dairy farm until 1999. Marie spent her life being a devoted farm wife and mother to her three children. She earned a degree in business management from EBI later in life and worked at Best Western in Pine Valley and Longhouse Motel in Watkins Glen.
A faithful, devoted, active member of the Faith Baptist Church, her family and church were the most important things in her life. She was passionate about volunteering her time and energies to various church activities, especially the children's programs.
She is loved and will be dearly missed by her two daughters, Anna Marie M. Wright of Stanley and Patricia (Timothy Spaulding) Nash of Chesapeake, Virginia; her son Harold L. Wright Jr. of Buffalo, her two grandsons Stephen J. Nash of California and Jonathan M. Nash of South Carolina.
Arrangements entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent to the family by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com
DEBRA E. ARTHURS, 65, of Dundee, March 21, 2021 at Elcor Nursing Home, Horseheads. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
Mary Jane Hoare, 87, formerly of Hector, March 23, 2021. Arrangements by Gallaway and Crane Funeral Home, Basking Ridge, New Jersey.
WILLIAM "BILL" MUELLER, 96, formerly of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, March 14, 2021 in Watkins Glen. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
KATHRYN "KAE" NAYLOR, 79, formerly of Beaver Dams, March 23, 2021. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
ROGER H. PERRY, 95, of Canandaigua, formerly of Englewood, Florida, March 3, 2021 at M. M. Ewing Continuing Care Center, Canandaigua. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
DONNA R. STRONG, 78, of Watkins Glen, March 24, 2021. Arrangements by Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
THOMAS P. TUTTLE, 75, of Dundee, March 18, 2021 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
Marie M. Wright, 77, of Dundee, March 24, 2021 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of March 24:
Klara K. Butler, 82, of Watkins Glen passed away March 14, 2021.
Klara was born in Kitzingen, Germany in 1939, the daughter of George and Marie Winkler. She was predeceased by her husband Charles Butler Sr. in 2008 and daughter Diane Butler Marburger in 1994. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Gail Butler of Watkins Glen; brothers, Edgar Winkler and George Winkler, both of Germany; sisters, Irene Weinheimer of Arizona, Eleonore Peebles of Oklahoma and Jutta (Richard) Johnson of Florida; four grandchildren, Brandi Wildeman of Pennsylvania, Dewayne (Theresa) Butler of Watkins Glen, Joshua (Abbie) Butler of Maryland and Nicholas (Megan) Butler of Louisiana; six great-grandchildren, Ariel Wildeman of Florida and Daine Butler and Malina Butler, both of Watkins Glen, and Charles Butler, Nora Butler and Lucy Butler, all of Maryland.
Klara was a faithful communicant of St. Mary's of the Lake Catholic Church.
In Germany she worked at Baeren-Schmidt candy factory after completing school in the eighth grade. She arrived in America in 1956 at the age of 16 speaking very little English with one suitcase and 20 dollars in her pocket. She was proud to become an American citizen in 1965. She worked various jobs throughout her life, retiring from a local dentistry in Watkins Glen as a receptionist. She was a very caring and generous person not just to her family, but also to many others in her life.
According to her wishes, there will be no visitation services and a private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family at Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen.
Memorial donations in her memory may be left to Schuyler County Ambulance, PO Box 3, Watkins Glen, NY 14891; Care First Hospice (online at CareFirstNY.org) or St. Mary's Catholic Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891.
Condolences and remembrances may be left in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.
Arrangements entrusted to Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Dundee--Edna L. Kent
Doris Lillian Navestad
, 99, of Dundee passed away Saturday, March 20, 2021 at The Homestead in Penn Yan.
Honoring her wishes there will be no prior calling hours or public services. Inurnment will be in Rock Stream Cemetery, Rock Stream.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dundee Fire Company Emergency Squad, 12 Union St., Dundee, NY 14837 or the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516.
Edna was born Feb. 21, 1922 in Montour Falls, the daughter of Frank and Alice (West) Burnett. She graduated from Odessa Central School in 1941. She served as a WAC during WWII from 1942-1945, and upon being honorably discharged she moved to Rochester. On Aug. 2, 1947 in Rochester she married Kenneth S. Kent and together they moved to Dundee in 1948 to raise their family. After which, Edna was employed by Seneca Foods in Dundee as a machine operator for 21 years, retiring in 1986. Mrs. Kent was a devoted member of the Dundee Presbyterian Church, a former collector for the Dundee United Fund, volunteered at the Dundee Food Pantry and was a multi-term president of the Dundee Senior Citizens Organization.
She is survived by several loving nieces, nephews and dear lifelong friends.
She was predeceased by her only child Kenneth R. Kent in 1969 while serving in Vietnam; her husband Kenneth passed away July 3, 1972. She has outlived all her siblings; four brothers Earl, Raymond, Elmer and Ralph Burnett, and four sisters Ida Burnett, Ruth Spitole, Grace Grover and Julia Burnett, along with their respective spouses.
She entrusted her arrangements with the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com
, 89, of Burdett passed away Thursday, March 18, 2021 after a lengthy struggle with dementia. She was born at home in Ozone Park, New York on March 26, 1931, to Harry and Pauline (Voss) Croker.
On April 24, 1954 she married Per J. Navestad at Community Methodist Church in Ozone Park. They raised four children at their home in Oceanside, New York. For the 25 years prior to moving to Burdett in 1987, the family spent part of every summer, at first, tent camping, and then vacationing at their country cabin in Tyrone.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Per; daughter, Wendy (Robert) Wirth; sons Paul, Eric (Cheryll), and Gary (Tina) Navestad; grandchildren Amy (Anthony) Bo, Lori (Erich) Asperschlager, Gregory, Brian, Julie, Paige and Perry Navestad; great-grandchildren, Andrew and Ryan Bo, Juliet and Leah Asperschlager and special niece, Janet (Hurbert) Jordan.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sisters Charlotte Lanigan and Joan Croker, sister-in-law Ann "Tula" Navestad and grandsons, Ethan and Elijah Navestad.
Doris was a stenographer for McCrory's Department Store in New York City before becoming a homemaker and stay-at-home mom. She was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church of Oceanside where she organized several successful craft fairs. When she returned to work, she was employed by the town of Hempstead as an instructor of craft classes for senior citizens at five different Long Island locations. Even after she was a senior herself, she enjoyed telling stories about "her seniors" and the projects they worked on together.
After retiring to Burdett, Doris became involved with several activities. She was a member of the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church, and was one of the founding volunteers of the Reynoldsville Food Pantry, a cause that was very important to her. She was also one of the Literacy Volunteers of Chemung and Schuyler Counties and an RSVP Reading Buddy. She belonged to the Burdett Ladies Wednesday Afternoon Club, was a member of the Vintage Red Hat Divas, Choose to Trust group and several quilt guilds.
She collected fabric, enjoyed sewing, making quilted clothing and other quilted projects. She found great joy working in her flower garden, a hobby she shared with her grandfather. She loved to decorate her living room for holidays and at the change of every season. Doris enjoyed her family and the frequent, four-generation family gatherings that took place pre-COVID.
She always joked about the saying "She who dies with the most fabric wins." As her family, we think she was the winner, but not for that reason alone. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and GG-ma who will be missed by all. A part of her will live on in the many handmade creations she leaves behind.
Doris's wish was to remain in her home until the end. She received loving care from her daughter and granddaughters, Amy and Lori, and the wonderful CareFirst team of Dean, Patsy, Lori, Erica, Iva, Melissa and Syd. Thanks to Shannon Slater of Schuyler County Office for the Aging for the years of caregiver support.
There will be no visitation or services at this time. The family plans to hold a celebration of life when it is safe to gather again. Memorial donations may be made to CareFirst, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14870 or the Reynoldsville Food Pantry c/o Linda Jaynes, 5092 State Route 227, Burdett, NY 14818. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com
. Tammy Lynn Osborne
, 48, of Gang Mills passed away Saturday, March 6, 2021 at Guthrie Corning Hospital. She was born in Elmira on June 16, 1972, the daughter of Warren and Rita Osborne.
Tammy resided in a home with her extended family in Gang Mills. She touched too many lives to list. She had a lot of love to give and gave it freely.
She is survived by her father, Warren Osborne of Watkins Glen; two sisters, Denise Sarro of Horseheads and Irma Brownley of Gang Mills; a nephew, Aiden Sarro of Horseheads, several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by her mother, Rita Osborne in 2016.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com
Dundee--Timothy John Westfall
, 56, of Dundee died Thursday, March 18, 2021 at F. F. Thompson Memorial Hospital in Canandaigua after a brave battle with cancer.
Honoring his wishes there will be no prior calling hours. A celebration of his life will be held at the convenience of the family.
His family respectfully asks that anyone wishing to make a memorial contribution in his memory, to please consider sending them to the family c/o the funeral home for his 9-year-old son's future.
Tim was born Dec. 2, 1964 in Penn Yan, the son of the late Edgar J. and Rosella M. (Rider) Westfall. He attended Dundee Central School but went to work before graduation. He served and was honorably discharged from the Army National Guard in 1985. He has worked as a farmer since the age of 14, on both dairy and agricultural farms, from grapes to cash crops until an accident broke his back in 1991, leaving many different farms in Yates County missing his talents. A lifelong Crystal Valley area resident, his greatest passion in life was being in the great outdoors hunting and fishing.
He is survived and will be dearly missed by his soulmate and companion, Shannon D. (Hoose) Krause with whom he shared his home; the mother of his two oldest sons, Barbara E. (Tongate) Westfall of Dundee; three sons, William Thomas (Hannah-Rose Brown) Westfall of Penn Yan, Timothy Michael Westfall of Dundee and young Christopher Jonathan Westfall at home; a granddaughter, Crystal Elizabeth Westfall; four brothers, Michael P. Westfall, Joel T. (Tammy) Westfall both of Dundee, Mark K. Westfall of Penn Yan and Lyle W. (Annette Keck) Westfall also of Dundee; four sisters, Cathy A. (Jerry) Krnotch of Newfield, New York, Barbara Jean Dennis of Colorado, Debbie L. Ferguson of Keuka Park and Sandy M. Scott of Dundee, along with numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Arrangements entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com
KLARA K. BUTLER, 82, of Watkins Glen, March 14, 2021. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
EDNA L. KENT, 99, of Dundee, March 20, 2021 at The Homestead, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
DORIS L. NAVESTAD, 89, of Burdett, March 18, 2021. Arrangements by Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
MELINEE R. MILLER, 57, of Watkins Glen, March 17, 2021 at home. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
TAMMY L. OSBORNE, 48, of Gang Mills, March 6, 2021 at Guthrie Corning Hospital. Arrangements by Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
CHARLES M. WATKINS JR., 87, of Penn Yan, March 16, 2021 at Keuka Comfort Care Home. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
TIMOTHY J. WESTFALL, 56, of Dundee, March 18, 2021 at F. F. Thompson Memorial Hospital, Canandaigua. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
Published April 14, 2021