Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of Dec. 2:
Betty V. Glick, 95, of Monterey passed away Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. She was born in Painted Post April 25, 1925, the daughter of William and Esther (Walker) Linderman.
Betty retired from Schuyler County where she served as county clerk and previously as a supervisor at DMV. She was a lifelong member of the Monterey Baptist Church. Betty spent a lot of time reading her Bible and doing Bible word searches. She was an avid domino player and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, John B. Glick; son John W. Glick; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Steve Button, and son-in-law, Doug Lovelace.
Betty is survived by a son, James (Alice) Glick; daughters, Beth A. Lovelace, Mary E. Glick (Greg Cornish) and Mary V. Glick; sisters-in-law, Mary Jane Glick, Inge Glick and Dolores Glick; 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services are being held privately by the family. Burial will be in Maltby Cemetery in Monterey. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Monterey Baptist Church, 911 County Road 16, Beaver Dams, NY 14812. 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
Hazel V. Pym
, 72, of Dundee passed away Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira.
Honoring her wishes there will be no prior calling hours. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 9, 2021 in Tyrone Union Cemetery, Tyrone.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 1120 S Goodman St., Rochester, NY 14620.
Hazel was born Sept. 6, 1948 in Montour Falls. On Sept. 19, 1964 in Altay, she married Charles W. Pym Sr. who passed away April 30, 2001. A lifelong area resident, after raising her family she accepted a position in food service at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, working there for three years before taking a job in the custodian department for Dundee Central School, retiring in 2001. Mrs. Pym was a member of Altay Baptist Church, was an avid gardener, enjoyed hunting and collecting angels and Indian art, as her family background was Native American.
She is survived by a son, Charles W. Pym Jr. of Penn Yan; four daughters, Wanda L. Wood also of Penn Yan, Katherine A. (Dennis) Beers of Campbell, New York, Linda M. (Max) Gee of Dundee and Mary C. (Clark) Searles of Knoxville, Tennessee; 11 grandchildren, Richard Pym, Brendon Bowerman, Gregory Pym, Charles Williams, Bryan Beers, Jeffrey Beers, Jennifer Pym, Brice Bowerman, Christopher Pym, Dale Beers and Landon Searles; 11 great-grandchildren, Ares, Kade, Kinleigh, Trysten, Colten, Gregory Jr. and RaeLynn Pym, Olivia, Sofia, Ariel and Aubree Beers; a brother, Jesse J. Wood Sr. of Potter, New York; two sisters, Donna D. Torres with whom Hazel made her home and Wilma J. (Robert) Robinson of Penn Yan, along with countless nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her mother Anna M. (Rumsey) White in 2004, five brothers and one sister.
Arrangements entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com
.Horace "Art" VanDyke
, 80, of Rock Stream passed away Nov. 23, 2020.
Art was born Dec. 23, 1939 in Auburn, New York, the son of Horace and Dorothy VanDyke. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Frances (Oliver) VanDyke; their children, Kelly (Tom) Schlee of Ithaca, Michael (Sheila) VanDyke of Rock Stream, Robert (Angie) VanDyke of Norfolk, Virginia and a very special friend who was loved as their son, Mike Miller of Dundee; five grandchildren, Marissa and Dylan Schlee, Shaun VanDyke, Jacklyn VanDyke and Andrew (Ana) Watson; four great-grandchildren, Kileigh and Artie VanDyke and Angel and Andryana Watson; siblings David VanDyke and Cora Sue Davis of Watkins Glen and Helena VanDyke of Ithaca.
Art and Fran met 67 years ago, they married shortly after high school and raised their family in Rock Stream. Art graduated from Watkins Glen high school in 1958 and the next day began his 39-year career and retired as a maintenance foreman from Akzo Salt. He owned and retired from VanDyke Pumping in 2007. Art and Fran also proudly owned and operated a grape vineyard which is still functioning today.
Art had special love for his family, valued the many family trips, especially the cross-country trip in 1975, his many fishing trips with members of his immediate and extended family, as well as the trip with his wife to Alaska. Art shared his love of racing, especially NASCAR, with his family. His children and grandchildren have fond memories of the time he spent reading to them. He also cherished exploring the wonders of nature, he would often say, "I am the happiest on my mountain."
The family received friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen, Saturday, Nov. 28 from 2-4 p.m., followed by a memorial service celebrating his life at 4 p.m.
The family would like to thank Schuyler County Ambulance for their assistance and care for Art. Memorial donations in his memory may be made to Schuyler County Vol. Ambulance, PO Box 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891. Condolences may be written to the family in his obituary online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com
, 81, of Painted Post passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home Nov. 20, 2020. Born in Warren, Michigan and having grown up in Spencer, New York, Ed worked as a union carpenter in Ithaca and Rochester before settling in Dundee, where he eventually ran his own small business as a builder and general contractor until retirement. He spent a number of years there homestead farming as a hobby and a way to spend with and provide quality food and a quality life for his family. He enjoyed hunting and the outdoors with friends and family which was something that always put a smile on his face and gave him near childlike excitement when people would gather, something he was able to continue to do and enjoy until he was 78 years old. He especially loved having his kids and grandkids around to visit and get together to eat and share life with. He spent time motorcycling, camping, boating and fishing over the years and was a NASCAR fan, having traveled to races in several states. After retirement he and wife Eleanor moved to Taylorsville, North Carolina where they settled in to enjoy southern life. They met many good people there whom they made true friends with, but due to his declining health they moved back to New York to be closer to family again in 2016. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, spending untold hours helping out and working in an effort to give his family a better life, Ed is loved and will be dearly missed.
He is survived at home by his loving wife of nearly 55 years, Eleanor (Cole) Wojcinski, originally of Athens, Pennsylvania, whom he married Dec. 31, 1965. Also surviving are his children Rick (Claudia) Wojcinski of Cortland, New York, Edward (Robin) Wojcinski Jr. of Watkins Glen and Eva (Jack) Hodge of North Tonawanda, New York; grandchildren, Drew Wojcinski and Jayson Wojcinski of Cortland, Stevie (Brian) Dann of Penn Yan, Emilee (Adam) Miller of Dundee, Nico (Ashley) Hammond of Beaver Dams, Megan (Josh) Cadwell of Dundee, Briana Hodge and Hunter Hodge of North Tonawanda, New York as well as six great-grandchildren, Blake, Heaven, Kollin, Konner, Sophia and Fynn. He was predeceased by his parents Edward F. Wojcinski and Melva Mae (Carlyle) Wojcinski, son Dean E. Wojcinski, sister Betty J. (Wojcinski) Cotton and nephews Randy M. Cotton and Daniel E. Cotton.
Funeral services were held at Allen-Manzer Funeral Home in Spencer, New York, Friday, Nov. 27, with visitation from 2 to 4 p.m. A private family service followed.
BETTY V. GLICK, 95, of Monterey, Nov. 24, 2020. Arrangements by Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
HAZEL V. PYM, 72, of Dundee, Nov. 28, 2020 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
HORACE "ART" VANDYKE, 80, of Rock Stream, Nov. 23, 2020. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
HELEN S. WARREN, 90, Nov. 19, 2020. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
EDWARD WOJCINSKI, 81, of Painted Post, Nov. 20, 2020 at home. Arrangements by Allen-Manzer Funeral Home, Spencer.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of Nov. 25:
Dundee--Aaron C. Hall, 57, of Dundee passed away on one of his favorite days, "Opening Day of Deer Season" Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020 in the comfort of his bedroom after a long brave battle with health issues.
There are no calling hours. Honoring his wishes he was buried in Second Milo Cemetery after a graveside service at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, with Lay Pastor Lew Ann Giles officiating.
In lieu of flowers his request would be to plant a tree.
Aaron was born Aug. 12, 1963 in Penn Yan, one of 10 children of the late Charles L. and Daisy Mae (Randall) Hall. He graduated from Penn Yan Academy in 1982. On Aug. 23, 1986 on his parents' family farm on Chubb Hollow Road he married the former Cheryl A. Litteer.
Having been a welder and a former employee of Seneca Food, he was the proud owner of 10 H Contracting of Dundee until he became disabled in 2010. Raised and formerly attended the Second Milo Baptist Church, he was a former member of the Himrod Conservation Club, and a former dirt track racer in Dundee, in the number 10 H. He also enjoyed his former days as a member of the Newark Valley Garden Tractor Pulling Club. His greatest passions: being a gifted and accomplished wood carver, hunting and fishing. He was so happy to have been able to fulfill his lifelong dream of hunting moose in Alaska.
He is loved and will be missed by his wife of 34 years, Cheryl A. Hall at home; two sons, Robert Charles Hall of Anchorage, Alaska and Daniel Aaron Hall, and a daughter, Ashley Lynn Hall, both of Dundee; three grandsons, Colten and Weston Hall and Landon Cooke; a brother, Edward (Anne) Hall of Branchport; seven sisters, Diana Parmelee of Penn Yan, Donna Marusarz of Elmira, Ruthie Baker of Jamestown, New York, twins Susan (Dana) Gibson of Dundee, and Sara (Paul) Hansen of Penn Yan, Rebecca (Randy) Johnson of Vonore, Tennessee and Amy (Ken) Jerby of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and out-laws.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a brother Jon A. Hall in 2006.
AARON C. HALL, 57, of Dundee, Nov. 21, 2020 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of Nov. 18:
Vera A. Allen
, 92, of Penn Yan, formerly of Barrington, passed away Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020 at the Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home.
Vera was born Nov. 3, 1928 in Rochester, the daughter of Carlis and Helen Rowe. Vera enjoyed crafts, sewing, quilt making, bowling, playing cards, old old movies with Rock Hudson, baseball, entertaining friends, Barrington Rifle Club, flowers and yard sales. She had a love of animals and meeting new people at the family vegetable stand "ALLEN'S FRUITS & VEGETABLES." She especially enjoyed being with her grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Vera was predeceased by her husband, Roger H. Allen; her brother, Carlis Rowe; her sister, Helen Tharrett and nephew Carlis Eric Rowe. Vera is survived by her daughter, Carli Allen of Penn Yan; son, Roger D. "Del" (Sharon A.) Allen of Penn Yan; son, Jeff (Kim) Allen of Florida and daughter, Leslie (Tom) Dunkelberger of Dundee; grandchildren, Angela Wodarski, Teresa Yeoman, Stacey Yeoman, Nichelle "Nikki" Allen, Kimberly Allen, Leah (Ryan) Dailey, Christopher Allen, Amanda (Jason) Allen, Brandi (Teddy) Allen Bowen, Courtney Stahl, Julie (Courtney Eddinger) Dunkelberger, Jessica (Mike) Mullins, Jenna (Kris) Owen and Jillian (Jason) Plumlee; great-grandchildren, Cody, Samantha, Courtney, Chantel, Cleon, Ryan, Micheala, Kaeden, Addison, Declan, Hunter, Juliet, Alice, Jason, Jada, Bailey Mae, Karli, Conner, Cason, Reece, Finley, Harper, Jacob, Josie and Abigail; great- great-grandchildren, Charlie and Delilah; special cousins, Katherine and John Meisch, as well as many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. at the Hillside Cemetery in Dundee. All those in attendance are asked to follow social distancing guidelines and wear a face covering. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Humane Society of Yates County, PO Box 12, Penn Yan, NY 14527 or to the PennYan Manor Nursing Home, 655 N. Liberty St., Penn Yan, NY 14527. To light a candle of remembrance or to share a memories of Vera with her family and friends, please visit townsendwoozinger.com
John (Jack) F. Culligan
, 82, of Watkins Glen passed away Nov. 11, 2020.
Jack was a lifelong citizen of Watkins Glen. He retired from Akzo Nobel Salt Company after 35 years. He was a United States Army veteran. He was active in many organizations and clubs throughout Schuyler County.
Jack was predeceased by his parents, Lawrence and Mary Ellen (Powers) Culligan and grandson Joshua M. Culligan. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Nancy, son Darrin (Tina) Culligan and daughter Danna Watson, grandsons Aaron D. Culligan, Dylan R. Watson and Alexander J. Watson, brother William (Mary Ann) Culligan, sister Margaret Covert and also several nieces and nephews.
Per his wishes, there will be no public service. A private graveside internment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to a charity of your choice.
A special thank you to his sister Margaret Covert for all her care and support.
HOWARD ROBERT HATHAWAY, 64, of Watkins Glen died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020 at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca.
Honoring his wishes there are no calling hours or public service. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Inurnment will be in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee.
Howard was born Jan. 2, 1956 in Penn Yan, one of four sons of the late John Lawrence and Marcia Ann (Hendrick) Hathaway. He graduated from Dundee Central School in 1974. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in August of that year, serving until 1977. Moving to Oklahoma in the 1980s, he worked for his "Uncle Terry" at Fields Hot Shot Service in Burns Flat, Oklahoma before becoming a truck driver for Anadarko Dozer in Elk City, Oklahoma. In 1987 he reenlisted in the Army for another two years, being honorably discharged in 1989. On Feb. 6, 2010 in Elk City, Oklahoma he married the former Ruth Ann Larkin, and together they moved back east to New York in 2011. Mr. Hathaway was a member of the Wayne American Legion, loved Hot Rods and fast cars, NASCAR, and hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his wife Ruth Ann Hathaway at home; two sons, Michael R. (Cindy) Hathaway of Himrod and John H. Hathaway, and a daughter Nicole (Henry) Armstrong, both of Burns Flat, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Lorie A. (James) Snyder of Canandaigua and Hannah Hall of Garner, North Carolina, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents he was pre-deceased by his three brothers, Gerry Hathaway on Jan. 8, 1988, Roy C. Hathaway on Aug. 16, 2009 and Tim L. Hathaway on Nov. 18, 2015; and a niece Sarah Elizabeth Williams also on Nov. 18, in 2019.
Donna Grow Wickham Johnson
, 82, formerly of Lodi, passed away Nov. 6, 2020. Donna was born in Canandaigua, the daughter of Emery and Helen Grow. She was predeceased by her husband Bill Wickham in 2009. Donna was an active and hard-working member with numerous community organizations, including the First Presbyterian Church of Hector, Valois-Logan Hector Vol. Fire Company Auxiliary and Zonta Club of Watkins Glen-Montour Falls, board member and volunteer with Schuyler County Historical Society, New York State Wine Grape Growers Association, Women for New York State Wines and the Hector-Pert Memorial Library.
She is survived by her husband Arlo Johnson, daughter Patricia Wooley (Mike Katzenstein) of Aurora, New York and her children, Joe, Paige, Zack, Caroline, George, Sam, Nicholas and Madelyn Rafferty; son Nathan Wooley of Santa Cruz, California and children Scott and Averyanna; step-daughter Mechelle Snadecker (Mike Wollek) of Phelps, New York and sons Daniel and Austin; stepchildren, Judy (Roger) Butterfield, Will (Bernice) Wickham, Fred Wickham, Lydia Wickham (Rick Evans), Lindsay Wickham (Tricia Schucker), Chris (Brittany) Wickham and all of their children; brother and sisters, William (Nancy) Grow of Palm City, Florida, Laurel (Donald) Buchanan of Marion, North Carolina and Alice Grow of Ithaca; sister-in-law Mary Jane (John) Hoare, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
The family received friends and relatives at the First Presbyterian Church of Hector, 5561 State Route 414, Hector, from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, followed by a graveside funeral service at 2 p.m. at the Hector Presbyterian Church Cemetery. The Rev. Ben Masters officiated.
Memorial donations in her memory may be made to the Hector Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, or The Muscular Dystrophy Association. Condolences may be left at her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com
. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
, 90, formerly of Valois and Elmira, passed away Nov. 8, 2020.
MaryLou was predeceased by her husband Richard Sowers in 2019 and a brother Bob (Betty) Freeman She is survived by her son, Rick Sowers of Horseheads; daughter, Kim (Dave) Rogers of Valois; brothers, Max (Mary Alice) Freeman, James (Sue) Freeman, Doug Freeman and sister Betty (Carl) Drake. She is also survived by two granddaughters, Laura Decker and Carrie Sowers, and one great-grandson, Kingston Decker.
Mary Lou was born in Montour Aug. 7, 1930, graduated from Elmira Free Academy in 1948. She was active on the EFA class of 48 reunion committee for many years. She worked at JJ Newberry in Elmira before changing careers and working with elementary children at Ridge Road Elementary School in Horseheads. She enjoyed large family get-togethers and her yearly shopping trips with her sister and other female family members. Frankly, she enjoyed shopping period. She was a tremendous cook, and her wonderful meals were loved by all.
Memorial donations in her memory may be made to Alzheimer Association, 435 Henrietta Road, Rochester NY 14620.
A private burial and committal service will be held at the convenience of the family at Seneca Union Cemetery in Valois.
A Celebration of Life will be held on her birthday on Aug. 7, 2021. Place and time will be announced.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com
Arrangements entrusted to Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Howard J. Strong, 96, of Penn Yan died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 in the comfort of his home.
Honoring his wishes there are no calling hours or services planned. A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family in Grove Mount Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his memory would be appreciated and may be made to Grove Mount Cemetery c/o Jared Webster, 3414 North Plum Point Road, Himrod, NY 14842 or the Milo Center Methodist Church, P.O. Box 299, Penn Yan, NY 14527.
Howard was born May 8, 1924 in the town of Milo, the youngest son and one of 13 children of Guy M. and Inez (Sayre) Strong. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1946 and was proud to have been a Sea Bee. On Nov. 13, 1947 in the town of Milo he married the former Lillian M. Travis and enjoyed 56 years of marriage before she passed away March 4, 2003. A self-employed dairy farmer all of his life, retiring in 1975, Mr. Strong was a member of Milo Center Methodist Church and a long-time member of the Farm Bureau. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed hunting, loved picnicking at his camp, watching baseball, playing cards and puzzles. In his younger years he and his family enjoyed his camp in Old Forge.
He is loved and will be missed by his daughter Marilyn A. Strong of Rome, New York; two sons, Philip G. (Pat) Strong of Penn Yan and Steven H. (Kathy) Strong of El Paso, Texas; two grandchildren, Craig (Jessica Summers) Strong and Jessica (Brian) Fish; six great-grandchildren, Kelly, Jillian, Carrie, Molly and Dylan Strong and Lillia Fish; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and countless Mennonite friends and neighbors.
Besides his parents and his wife, he was pre-deceased by all of his siblings, six brothers and six sisters; and two very dear grandsons, Robert and Daryl Strong.
The family would like to thank the staff at Pre-Emption Family Medicine, especially Wendy Hill for her excellent care.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent to the family by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com
Vera A. Allen, 92, of Penn Yan, formerly of Barrington, Nov. 8, 2020 at the Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
RICHARD J. "DICK" BIRCHENOUGH, 83, of Penn Yan, Nov. 8, 2020 at home. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
John (Jack) F. Culligan, 82, of Watkins Glen, Nov. 11, 2020. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
HOWARD R. HATHAWAY, 64, of Watkins Glen, Nov. 11, 2020 at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
Donna Grow Wickham Johnson, 82, formerly of Lodi, Nov. 6, 2020. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
PHYLLIS LEWIS, 90, Nov. 7, 2020 at Keuka Comfort Care Home. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
MaryLou Sowers, 90, formerly of Valois and Elmira, Nov. 8, 2020. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Howard J. Strong, 96, of Penn Yan, Nov. 10, 2020 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of Nov. 11:
Allison Carrie Gallow
, 23, of Hector passed away Nov. 2, 2020.
Allison is survived by her parents, Craig and Melissa Gallow of Hector; brother Brad Gallow of Hector, sister Kaylin (Anthony) Teed of Reading Center, nieces Leah and Mya Teed, paternal grandparents Judy and Harold Forney, maternal grandparents David and Linda Ryan, maternal great-grandmother Hellen Mullen, several aunts, uncles and cousins and her pup Bella. She was predeceased by her grandfather Raymond Gallow.
Allison always had an ear for music, listening to songs old and new from all genres, and writing some of her own. Her bright smile and loving heart will be greatly missed.
The family received friends and relatives Friday, Nov. 6 from 4-6 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen. Funeral services and burial at Seneca Union Cemetery will be private.
Memorial donations can be made to a mental health support group of choice.
Expressions of sympathy and condolences may be posted online in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com
.John H. Mason
, 83, of Hector passed away Oct. 31, 2020 at Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls.
John was active with the Valois-Logan-Hector Volunteer Fire Company for over 50 years, serving as fire chief in the early 70s, as well as several assistant chief, safety officer and deputy chief terms. John also served on the board of directors.
John was a life-long citizen of Hector. He retired from the NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control in 2001. John also worked for Schuyler County as a dispatcher and as the fire coordinator.
John was predeceased by his parents, Glen and Leona Mason. He is survived by his brothers and sisters, James A. Mason (Susanne) of Trumansburg, Anne E. Watson (Frank) of Jeffersonville, Vermont, Glen C. Mason II of Hector and Paul H. Mason (Linda) of Fenton, Michigan and numerous nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the V-L-H Fire Company, P.O. Box 46, Hector, NY 14841 or the Hector-Pert Memorial Library, P.O. Box 82, Hector, NY 14841.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at a later date in the spring or summer and will be announced.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com
. Arrangements are entrusted to Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
ALLISON C. GALLOW, 23, of Hector, Nov. 2, 2020. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
JOHN H. MASON, 83, of Hector, Oct. 31, 2020 at Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
ELIZABETH A. RAWLEIGH, 73, Nov. 4, 2020 at home. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of Nov. 4:
, 92, of Watkins Glen passed away Oct. 25, 2020 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Home, Montour Falls.
There are no prior visiting hours. A private graveside service was held at Lakeview Cemetery in Watkins Glen.
Marion was born Aug. 10, 1928 in Dundee, the daughter of Leon and Winifred Brimmer Morley.
Marion is survived by her sons, John R. Colunio and Rick (Moe) Colunio, both of Montour Falls; daughter, Jeannie (Ken) Mattson of Phoenix, Arizona; seven grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Marion was predeceased by her husband Albert Colunio Oct. 7, 2003, daughter-in-law Jackie Colunio and by two brothers and one sister.
Memorial donations in her memory may be made to Seneca View Skilled Facility, c/o Schuyler Health Foundation, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family online in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com
. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Penn Yan--Kenneth F. Mast
, age 64 years, 11 months and 21 days, of Penn Yan died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020 in the comfort of his home with family at his side.
Kenneth was born Nov. 6, 1955 in Tuscola, Illinois, the son of Fred A. and Mary O. (Diener) Mast. On Nov. 20, 1976 in Shirksville, Pennsylvania he married the former Esther Mae Faus. They moved to Yates County from Myerstown, Pennsylvania in 1987. Kenneth was a self-employed contractor and owner of Mast Restoration, Dundee, until he retired in 2015. He was a member of Zion Fellowship, Canandaigua, Gideons International since 2001.
He is loved and will be forever missed by his wife of 43 years, Esther M. Mast at home; six children, Marjorie S. (Russell) LaBarr of Himrod, Cynthia L. (Stuart) Witter of Tyrone, Milford L. (Aubrey) Mast of Fort Collins, Colorado, Arnold E. (Sarah) Mast of Canandaigua, Mary Florence (Xavier) Hope of Rochester and Arvilla Grace Mast of Potter; 12 grandchildren, Ezra, Lilliana, Suzanna, Azaela LaBarr, Preston, Vincent, Truman, Lance, Olivia Witter, Azariah and Elliott Mast and Chloe Mast; his mother, Mary O. Mast of Myerstown, Pennsylvania; seven brothers, Allen Mast of Troy, Pennsylvania, Willis (Ruth) Mast of Myerstown, Pennsylvania, Vernon (Beth) Mast of Heron, Montana, Olen Mast of Myerstown, Pennsylvania, Roger (Faye) Mast of Dolphin, Pennsylvania, James (Christine) Mast of Troxelville, Pennsylvania and Harold (Stacey) Mast of Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania; brother-in-law James Herschberger of Summersville, Kentucky and countless nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.
Ken was predeceased by his father in 2010, his only sister Velma Herschberger in 2020 and a sister-in-law Tina Mast in 2019.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions there were no prior calling hours. His funeral service was by invitation only, and for immediate family Saturday, Oct. 31 from the Assembly of God Church, 1952 Gibbs Road, Penn Yan, with Pastor Samuel Stoltzfus and Pastor Alan Travis officiating. Burial was in Grove Mount Cemetery, Himrod.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 36, Dundee, NY 14837. Cards and letters may be sent c/o The Church, 1952 Gibbs Road, Penn Yan, NY 14527. To leave online condolences and share memories visit www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com
Arrangements entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee.
, 86, of Watkins Glen passed away Oct. 17, 2020.
There are no prior visiting hours. A private committal service will be held at the convenience of the family at Holy Cross Cemetery.
He was predeceased by his wife Rhea, father James, mother Mary and brother Charles. He is survived by two sons, John and Marty Nickerson, daughter-in-law Sharon Nickerson and sisters Phyllis Switzer and Liz Paradiso. Mel worked at Shepard Niles in Montour Falls and was a United States Navy Veteran.
Those wishing to make a memorial donation in his memory may do so to the Schuyler County Volunteer Ambulance Assoc., PO Box 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.
, 52, of Trumansburg passed away Oct. 26, 2020 after a brief illness.
The family will receive friends at the Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Company, 4495 County Route 6, Mecklenburg, Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 3-5 p.m., followed by a funeral service celebrating his life at 5 p.m.
Paul was predeceased by his daughter Rachel Bower Taber in 2007. He is survived by his parents, C. Lynn and Jean Taber; brother Carl (Joan) Taber, sister Nancy Taber, dear friend Ellen Tremante, brother-in-law Jeffrey Richards; aunt and uncle, Olivia and Norman Culver; nieces and nephews, Sean (Molly) Taber, Stephen (Katherine) Taber, Lacey Richards (Chris Pearson), Lily Richards and C. Luke Richards; and special friends, James and Martha Gunning and Brian (Amanda) Gunning.
Paul's life was spent outdoors and at the Taber Hill Farm. He graduated from Trumansburg Central School in 1986 and was a dedicated volunteer at the Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Company. He was especially known by family and friends to have a special way to tell stories. He will be missed by everyone!
Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the Mecklenburg Vol. Fire Co., PO Box 108, Mecklenburg, NY 14863.
You may express condolences to the family or share a memory of Paul online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com
. Funeral arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
MARION COLUNIO, 92, of Watkins Glen, Oct. 25, 2020 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Home, Montour Falls. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
KENNETH F. MAST, 64, of Penn Yan, Oct. 27, 2020 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
MELVIN NICKERSON, 86, of Watkins Glen, Oct. 17, 2020. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
PAUL TABER, 52, of Trumansburg, Oct. 26, 2020. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of Oct. 28:
Reverend Barbara Jeanne Gifford of Branchport and more recently Canandaigua went to be with her Lord Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020.
Barbara was born May 18, 1937 in the town of Milo to Velda (Daggett) and Karl Mortensen. She graduated from Penn Yan Academy in 1954 and that August married, "the perfect man," the love of her life, Ronald "Ed" Gifford. She and Ed raised five children on their dairy farm in the town of Pulteney.
Her diverse interests and energy led her through a career as a beautician as the owner and operator of Barb's Beauty Shop, then at the age of 50 to the ministry. She graduated from the Continental School of Beauty in Corning, Wesley Theological Course of Study at American University, Washington D.C., and attended Empire State College. She served as a pastor in Friend, Italy Valley, Bluff Point and Branchport United Methodist Churches.
She was well known for her rendition of God Bless America for which she sang and played the autoharp at Prattsburgh Schools and Section V basketball games. She was a charter member of the Prattsburgh Ambulance Corp. and was noted for her community column in the Chronicle-Express.
Her music and baking skills (especially her sticky buns) were enjoyed at many church and community events. Her family affectionately referred to her as "the Reverend Mother."
Barbara was predeceased by her parents, Karl and Velda Mortensen, and infant son, Timothy.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Ed, and loving children Jeffrey (Wendy) Gifford, Penn Yan, Valerie (Kurt) Knoblauch, Canandaigua, Rodney (Pat) Gifford, Newark, Laurie (Jim) Adams, Gorham and Mark (Alexa) Gifford, Penn Yan. She was blessed with 13 grandchildren: Amanda (Mike) Lockwood, Kyle (Kendal Dudek) Gifford, Ryan (Bethany), Brent (Kelly) and Andrew (Melissa) Knoblauch, Jennifer (David) Lindemann, Melody (Shawn) Spalti, Emily and Jacob Gifford, Carrie Beth (Nate) Wood and Nick (Amy) Adams, Eric and Sydney Gifford and 16 great-grandchildren ranging in age from 3 months to 12 years old.
She is survived by her four siblings, Karl Mortensen, Branchport, Earl Mortensen, Sarasota, Florida, Kay Albert, Penn Yan, Ruth Robbins, Prattsburgh and a plethora of dear friends, extended family, nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family will have a private ceremony, followed by burial at Prattsburgh Rural Cemetery. In the spirit of gathering which she enjoyed so much, plans for a post Covid celebration of Barb's life will be announced.
Those who wish to honor her memory and legacy may make donations to the Branchport United Methodist Church c/o Dave Thorn, 3988 Belknap Hill Road, Branchport, NY 14418 or Italy Valley United Methodist Church c/o Janet Perry, 2162 Dunn Road, Branchport, NY 14418 or toward the development of a scholarship in Barbara and Ronald's name at Prattsburgh Central School c/o P.O. Box 396, Penn Yan, NY 14527.
Arrangements made through Townsend Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Penn Yan. Memories of Barbara may be shared with her family and friends at townsendwoodzinger.com
.Richard "Rick" Mason Morley
, 73, passed away Oct.18, 2020 peacefully at home after a courageous battle with cancer in Wesley Chapel, Florida with his wife Laura by his side.
A celebration of his life will be held for the public at a future date yet to be determined in New York. He will be buried at Hillside Cemetery, Dundee.
Rick was born Jan. 3,1947 in Bath, the son of Lester (1999) and Kathryn (1981) Morley of Dundee. He graduated from Dundee Central School in 1965.
Rick worked 29 years alongside his mother and father at their family business, L.M. Morley & Son's John Deer Business in Himrod. Since then his life has been driving truck with his wife and their dog Bo. Rick enjoyed keeping his truck and John Deere tractors looking nice, country music, dancing and being around family and friends from New York to Florida. He was known for his smile and laughter. He enjoyed life being a Moose member and his time in the Dundee and Himrod Fire Departments. Rick was a collector of John Wayne and hats. He loved living in Florida with the heat and sunshine. Rick was a hard worker, loving husband and father and will be missed dearly.
Rick was predeceased by his parents, daughter Leslie Marie Morley (1989), son Richard Coy Bedient (2011) and his brother Ronald Morley (2014). He will be deeply missed by his wife Laura of 38 years, his son Richard Jr. (Stacey) Morley of Dundee, daughters Carlene Bedient of Watkins Glen, Kimberly Bedient Steed (Matt) of Corning and Donna Bedient Wollschleger (Mark) of Bloomfield; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephew, sisters-in-law and brother-in-laws and lifelong friend Alan Conley of Penn Yan.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Yates County Humane Society.Kevin S. North
, 65, of Penn Yan passed away Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 at FF Thompson Hospital following a valiant struggle with MS.
Kevin was born in Penn Yan Sept. 21, 1955, the son of the late Albert and Marilyn (Matteson) North. Kevin graduated from Penn Yan Academy in 1974. He was one of the first licensed home inspectors in the Yates County area and was a very successful and skilled contractor. Kevin owned and operated Finger Lakes Home Inspection and North Construction of Penn Yan for more than 30 years. He loved his work and spent a great deal of his time mentoring younger aspiring contractors. Kevin was a devoted and loving husband and father, and had an unforgettable sense of humor and brought laughter and joy to all of his loved ones. Even in difficult times, Kevin always found a way to put a smile on others' faces.
Kevin is survived by his loving wife of 39 and a half years, Catherine "Cathy" (Rogers) North; daughter, Catrina North of Windsor, California; sister, Lori North of Tampa, Florida; cousins, Jeff and Debbie North, Patty (North) Rathbun and Pam (North) Mandrino; sisters-in-law, Debbie (Ed) Wheeler of Napa, California and Vickie (Jim) Odell of Penn Yan; many nieces and nephews and many dear friends in "The Card Party Group" and his faithful companion, Thelma. In addition to his parents, Kevin was predeceased by his brother, Brian North.
A celebration of Kevin's life will be held and announced at a later date. Kevin's family wishes to extend heartfelt appreciation to the Penn Yan Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps for the excellent care Kevin received over the years. They ask that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Kevin's name to the Penn Yan Volunteer Ambulance Corp., PO Box 272, Penn Yan, NY 14527. Memories of Kevin may be shared with his family and friends at townsendwoodzinger.com
.Michael Paul Pollack
, 93, passed away Oct. 17, 2020 at Geneva General Hospital. He was born July 9, 1927 to Michael and Helen Kolcon Pollack at their home in Spring Valley, New York. After serving in the U.S. Navy and receiving an honorable discharge, he was employed as a steam fitter at Lederle Laboratories in Pearl River, New York until his retirement. Being surrounded by family was one of the most important things to him.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife Shirley Simpson Pollack, his son Tom Pollack, his brothers John Pollack and Joe Pollack, and his sisters Mary Fusselman and Susan Pollack. He is survived by his sister Irene Tiesler, his children Michael (Teena) Pollack, Paul Pollack, Diane Pollack-Hoffman, Teresa (Al) Gottshal, Helen Hobart (Ron-deceased), Geoffrey (Theresa) Pollack, Mark Pollack (Dawn-deceased) and Rodney Pollack, in addition to many nieces and nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Services open to the public were held at Hillside Cemetery in Dundee Thursday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. with military honors. A celebration of life followed the service at 760 Beardslee Road in Dundee. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to St. Jude's Hospital.
Lala Elizabeth Blanchard (Krueger) Sissel
, 83, of Watkins Glen went home to be with the love of his life and soulmate of 63 years, Reetha, Oct. 22, 2020. His hugs, warm smile and amazing sense of humor will always be remembered. He always had a kind word and a funny comeback for all. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather (Papa) and great-grandfather (Big Papa). Howard was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved the outdoors. He was a very talented artist and woodworker. There was nothing he couldn't fix. He was always willing to lend a hand to anyone that needed help.
Howard was a loyal member of the Burdett United Methodist Church. He served as head usher and secretary for many years. He retired from Shepard Niles with over 40 years as a technical illustrator. He was a Boy Scout leader for many years. He took the Boy Scouts on many camping trips regardless of the weather.
Howard is predeceased by his soulmate/wife, Reetha; parents, Peter and Esther Shumway; brothers, Roy Shumway, Arthur Shumway and Elwin Shumway along with his beloved grandson, Daniel Shumway II.
Howard is survived by his children, Chip (Sharon) Shumway of Horseheads, Daniel (Nancy) Shumway of Watkins Glen and Dawn (Mark) DePue of Horseheads; grandchildren, Kelly (Bill) Reese, Jennifer Tabor, Jackie DePue and Megan (Robert) Smith; great-grandchildren, Gabby Reese, Quentin Reese, Tyler Fee, Luke Tabor, Johnathan Shumway, Aurora Smith and Faith Smith along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family had a private memorial service Tuesday, Oct. 27 at Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen. Anyone wishing to make a donation in honor of Howard may do so to Burdett United Methodist Church.
You may express condolences to the family in Howard's obituary online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com
, 89, of 4125 Route 14, Rock Stream died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 peacefully in her sleep.
She was born Sept. 4, 1931, in Muscatine, Iowa. Her birth parents were Edward Albert Krueger and Jessica Cunningham Krueger. She was the daughter of Charles and Lily Blanchard.
Mrs. Lala Sissel was a Sunday School teacher and pianist at Calvary Baptist Church of LeRoy and then Roanoke Community Church. Lala Sissel worked alongside her husband in the Baptist church.
She is survived by three sons, Stephen (Kathy) Sissel of Ohio, Mark (Julie) Sissel of New York state and Timothy (Gayle) Sissel of Missouri; four grandchildren, Jenn, Jonah, Isaiah and Seraphina; two great-grandchildren, Alec and Addie; and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of Lyle Krueger and the late Lila and Lola Krueger. Lala was predeceased by her husband, the Rev. Raymond L. Sissel, and her son, John R. Sissel.
A private burial service was held at Bath National Cemetery in Bath, New York. In memory, a bible donation may be made by visiting www.sendtheword.org
, clicking on the orange button, and selecting an "In Memory Card." Arrangements were completed by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
ALBERT L. DEPEW, 81, of Montour Falls, Oct. 18, 2020, and his wife, THELMA HAWLEY-DEPEW, 76, Oct. 19, 2020. Arrangements by Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
REVEREND BARBARA J. GIFFORD, 83, of Canandaigua, formerly of Branchport, Oct. 24, 2020. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
RICHARD "RICK" M. MORLEY, 73, of Wesley Chapel, Florida, Oct. 18, 2020 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
KEVIN S. NORTH, 65, of Penn Yan, Oct. 20, 2020 at F. F. Thompson Hospital, Canandaigua. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
MICHAEL P. POLLACK, 93, Oct. 17, 2020 at Geneva General Hospital. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
HOWARD SHUMWAY, 83, of Watkins Glen, Oct. 22, 2020. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
LALA E. SISSEL, 89, of Rock Stream, Oct. 15, 2020. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzo Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
JOYCE C. STERNES, 89, Oct. 17, 2020 at Geneva General Hospital. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of Oct. 21:
Rachael M. Butler
, 89, of Horseheads passed away Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. She was born Jan. 4, 1931 in Watkins Glen, the daughter of Frank and Felicia Ross DeSarno. Rachael was a 1950 graduate of Watkins Glen high school and graduated from RBI in 1951. After graduating Rachael worked as a bank teller in Rochester, and then became a nanny for a private family in Brighton, New York. She worked for Dresser-Rand for a short period of time when she had her first two daughters and then became a stay at home mother. From 1981-1983 she modeled for Rosenbaum's Department Store at the Arnot Mall and in 2001 she was a model for Diamond GYM to encourage seniors to exercise. Rachael was a big supporter of the SPCA.
Mrs. Butler married her husband Robert Roy Butler on July 2, 1955 and he predeceased her April 13, 2019. She was also predeceased by her siblings William, Samuel, Dominic, Catherine and her twin brother Frank "Junior" DeSarno.
Rachael is survived by her children, Lynn Butler-Dube and Richard Dube of Huntington, Vermont, Rebecca and Mark Wood of Gillett, Pennsylvania, Sherry and Gary Gorski of South Miami, Florida and Eve Butler Charbonneau and John Charbonneau of Spring, Texas; grandchildren, Maya Dube, Jade Wood Talmon, Ethan Wood, Zakary Gorski, Hunter Gorski and Carson Charbonneau; several nieces, nephews, step-grandchildren Lynnae Dube, Brian Dube and Nicole Lewis, four step-great grandchildren and a host of caring friends.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the travel restrictions the family has decided to have a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's of the Lake Church in the spring of 2021. Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery in Watkins Glen at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Lynch Funeral Home, 318 West Broad St., Horseheads. Words of condolence and memories may be shared at www.lynchsfuneralhome.com
Rachael M. Butler, 89, of Horseheads, Oct. 8, 2020. Arrangements by Lynch Funeral Home, Horseheads.
Marie Decker, 77, of Odessa, Oct. 15, 2020. Arrangements by Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
EVA J. JENSEN, 91, of Penn Yan, Oct. 14, 2020. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
MICHELLE L. NEWTON, 43, Oct. 16, 2020 at Rochester General Hospital. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.