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Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 8/15/18

Dundee--Margarida P. Mendes, 88, of Dundee, formerly of Danbury, Connecticut, passed away Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 at The Homestead, in Penn Yan.
Friends are invited to calling hours from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee, where her funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. with Lay Pastor Lew Ann Giles officiating. Burial will be private in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dundee Fire Company Emergency Squad, 12 Union St. Dundee, NY 14837.
Margarida was born Feb. 18, 1930 in Portugal, the daughter of the late Serafin and Maria Luz Pierra. She was forced to work in the potato fields as a young child to help support her family. On April 28, 1957 in Portugal she married Andre Lopes Mendes. Andre moved to the United States in 1961 to establish a new life for his wife and three-year-old son. They were reunited with him in Danbury, Connecticut in April 1963. Margarida worked several different jobs throughout her life, with longest time being for American Radionics, and retired from Ullman Devices of Ridgefield, Connecticut in 1995. With their health declining, and the stairs harder to climb, they moved to Dundee in 2012 to live next door to their daughter. Andre passed away seven short months later on June 28, 2013. Since then, she has enjoyed being close to family and vacationing with her daughter all along the East Coast and Florida. "The Survey Says" she loved coffee, Steve Harvey, Spanish soap operas and sharing her meals with Ruger.
She will be dearly missed by her son, Marcel L. (Donna) Mendes of Cocoa, Florida; her daughter, Cilinia M. (Baird R.) Booth of Dundee; three granddaughters, Kayla M. Mendes of Fishkill, New York, Corrina M. (Dustyn) Thompson of Dundee and Cara Lynne (Tyler Kelly) Booth of Newburgh, New York; numerous nieces, nephews and in-laws; and her favorite "Fur Buddy" Ruger.
Besides her husband she was predeceased by two brothers.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

Thomas P. Moran, 68, of Odessa, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. He was born in Albany, New York, March 12, 1950, the son of John and Ellen Moran.
Tom married his wife Linda Jan. 2, 1987 in Catharine, New York. He was an iron worker with Northeastern Stud Welding, retiring after 37 years. Tom enjoyed hunting, racing and collecting sports cards.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Linda (Bailey) Moran; one daughter, Melissa Little; three sons, Tommy Moran, Shawn (Kelly) Moran of Albany and Michael (Jill) Hines of Alpine; two sisters, Wanda Sprague of Alabama and Jennifer (Danny) Thomas of Mississippi; one brother, John (Judy) Moran of Mississippi; seven grandchildren, Paul Wheeler, Ashley Wheeler, Michael Hines, Casey Hines, Jaci Hines, Cassie Hines and Katelin Moran; and two nephews. He was predeceased by his parents John and Ellen Moran, and by his stepfather, Ken Scott.
Relatives and friends were invited to call Saturday, Aug. 11 from 1-3 p.m. at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A service will follow at 3 p.m. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com.

Death Notices
FLORENCE C. BARRY of Victor, Aug. 10, 2018 in Keuka Park. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
JEAN F. BATES, 78, Aug. 11, 2018. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
MARGARIDA P. MENDES, 88, of Dundee, formerly of Danbury, Connecticut, Aug. 9, 2018 at The Homestead, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
THOMAS P. MORAN, 68, of Odessa, Aug. 6, 2018. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
LINDA A. MURPHY, 63, Aug. 9, 2018 at The Homestead, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
DONALD M. "44" SMITH, 96, Aug. 7, 2018. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.


Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 8/8/18

Scott M. Freeman, 55, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Odessa passed away unexpectedly Friday, July 27, 2018. He was born in Elmira Dec. 17, 1962, the son of the late Frank D. and Pearl M. (Phillips) Freeman. He graduated from Horseheads high school and attended Corning Community College. Scott worked for States Farms Construction for 30 years.
He is survived by his partner, Larry Metzger, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; daughter, Paige Freeman of Newfield; siblings, Diana (Ron) White of Belleview, Florida, Doug (Loretta) Freeman of Lakeland, Florida, Greg Freeman (Scott Schaff) of Elmira and Lisa Freeman of Corning; special friend, Carl States of Odessa; and by many nieces, nephews and friends.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, Aug. 11 at 11 a.m. at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Odessa. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Laurel Hill Cemetery, 2572 Steam Mill Road, Odessa, NY 14869.
Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com.

D. VIRGINIA "VICKI" GLEASON, 82, of the hamlet of Wayne, passed to her heavenly residence Sunday, April 22, 2018. Raymond C. Gleason, her husband, predeceased her in May 2015. She leaves behind two sons, Mark R. Gleason of San Francisco, California and Jeffrey B. Gleason of Rochester. She is also survived by her daughter-in-law, Carla Gleason; two grandchildren, Timothy S. Gleason and Rebecca L. Gleason; many great-grandchildren as well as nieces and nephews.
"Vicki" was known as a housewife, a special mom and grandmother, a 4-H club leader and a Sunday School teacher and she worked in the neighboring vineyards. She led a full and well deserved life and she will truly be missed. In lieu of flowers, please make your personal donations to the American Cancer Society and the Wayne Village Baptist Church.
A cemetery service will be held at the Wayne Cemetery Aug. 16 at 1 p.m.
Arrangements are by the LaMarche Funeral Home of Hammondsport.

Florence M. Klopf, born Jan. 27, 1935, went to be with the Lord Aug. 6, 2018 after a short illness. She was predeceased by her loving husband Wilfred J. Klopf, a brother Edward J. McMahon and sisters Patricia LeGabed and Helen Gill.
Florence was born in Binghamton, the daughter of Raymond and Mary McMahon. She leaves behind children Edward J. Klopf (Wendy Youngs), Marilyn Fitzpatrick, Diana Klopf, Albert H. Klopf (Dawn) and Gustave Klopf, 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. Siblings include Eleanora Hogancamp, James McMahon (Scarlett), Roger McMahon (Sharon), William (Billy) McMahon and sister-in-law Doris Klopf.
Florence was active with the Moose Club, Wayne American Legion, Tyrone Fire Axillary and Weston Presbyterian Church.
Calling hours will be at LaMarche Funeral Home, 35 Main St., Hammondsport, Friday, Aug. 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. and Aug. 11 at 10 a.m. to noon, with funeral to follow. Internment will be at Tyrone Union Cemetery. The family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made in her name to the Tyrone Fired Department Emergency Squad, Tyrone, NY 14887.

John C. Wood, 83, of Valois passed away Tuesday, July 31, 2018 in Montour Falls. He was born Dec. 8, 1934 in Liberty, Pennsylvania, the son of Lawrence E. and Helen L. (Warrick) Wood.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Jane (Abbey) Wood; four daughters, Deborah Fowler of Kansas, Tammy (Tim) Schiewe of Texas, Suzanne (Mark) Peterle of Kansas and Amy (Tony) Ray of California; two sons, James (Dianne) Wood of Hector and Timothy (Trina) Wood of Burdett; stepsons, Larry Grant of Campbell, Bill (Kathy) Grant of Burdett and Christopher (Shana) Grant of Himrod; two sisters, Audrey Fleegle of Texas and Sally (James) Steffen of Virginia; two brothers, David (Betty) Wood of Binghamton and Floyd (Judy) Wood of Pennsylvania; foster brother, Raymond (Sandra) Anderson; 30 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Lewis (Luper) Wood, Richard (Dick) Wood and Roger Wood; brother-in-law, Donald Fleegle and sister-in-law, Janet Wood.
John served with the U.S. Army in 1957 and retired from Willard State Hospital in 1989 after 37 years. John and Jane have owned and operated several businesses over the years including Wood's Tree Service, trash removal service, coal yard business, Wood's Last Stand and deer processing. Current businesses include B&W Logging and J&J Redemption Center. You could find John stripping wire and always up for a conversation at the redemption center. He will be greatly missed by many, especially by his grandson, Jonathan, who frequently joined him for lunch and was always there to help out when needed. John enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family sharing his knowledge and traditions that will be carried on for years to come.
Honoring John's wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral. A private graveside service will be held in Seneca Union Cemetery in Valois at a later date. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Valois Logan Hector Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 46, Hector, NY 14841.
Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com.

Death Notices
EMMA M. BEACH, 77, July 30, 2018. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
SCOTT M. FREEMAN, 55, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Odessa, July 27, 2018. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
D. VIRGINIA "VICKI" GLEASON, 82, of Wayne, April 22, 2018. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
FLORENCE M. KLOPF, 83, Aug. 6, 2018. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
PAULINE F. STACHOWIAK, 82, Aug. 1, 2018 at Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
LUTHER R. WALBRIDGE, 88, Aug. 4, 2018. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
VROMAN "BUD" WEBSTER, 86, July 30, 2018. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
JOHN C. WOOD, 83, of Valois, July 31, 2018 in Montour Falls. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.


Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 8/1/18

Dundee--Frances Marie Elling Lawson, 92, of Dundee, died peacefully Wednesday, July 25, 2018 in the comfort of her home.
Honoring her wishes there will be no prior calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at a location in Dundee yet to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ontario-Yates County Hospice Assoc., 756 Pre-Emption Road, Geneva, NY 14456.
Frances was born March 5, 1926 in Penn Yan, a twin daughter of Fred and Helen Hansen Elling. Fran was a graduate of Penn Yan Academy and Albany Training School for Practical Nurses (1946). She worked as a licensed practical nurse in Clifton Springs and Schenectady and was the first LPN hired at Bellevue Hospital (1952) in New York City. During her time in NYC, as a member of the Oratorio Society of NY, she had the privilege of performing Handel's Messiah at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra on two occasions.
She married William Lawson in March 1954 and settled with him on their farm, Branxholm, in Dundee where they raised their six children. She opened her home to many foreign students during their studies at Cornell University, and hosted several international agricultural educational group members, sponsored by the Grange, over the years.
She was an active member of the Dundee Presbyterian Church, the Crystal Valley Grange, Cornell Cooperative Extension Home Dem and also led a 4-H group. She cherished her experience with Ontario-Yates Hospice during the 10 years she volunteered her time to provide care and comfort to hospice patients.
She is survived by her twin sister, Florence Ann Tripoli of Mesa, Arizona; her children, William (Jane) Lawson of Dundee, Helen Lawson of Elmira, Florence (Peter) Swartz of Skaneateles, Alice (Frederick) Shoemaker of Dundee, Gertrude (Michael) Frenz of Rockville, Maryland and George (Melissa) Lawson of Dundee; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and 23 nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her parents Fred Otto and Helen Elling, her brothers Milfred Otto Elling (Virginia) and Oscar Andrew Elling (Jean).
Fran's family wishes to express their gratitude to the nurses, staff and volunteers of Ontario-Yates Hospice; Mary Cornish, whose guidance was invaluable and for the kindness of her neighbors at St. Mark's Terrace in Dundee.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

DUNDEE--Roy J. "Jack" Terry, 84, of Dundee passed away July 26, 2018.
Jack was born May 27, 1934 in Odessa, the son of Clarence and Elva (Dean) Terry. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Fort Knox, Kentucky. He followed a career in marine mechanics, and co-owned Glen Harbor Marina in Watkins Glen (1972-1986) and most recently RJ Marine (1988-2015) in Dundee. He was a lifelong member of the International Association of Machinist AFL-CIO. He also loved the outdoors, especially hunting, flowers and wildlife.
He was predeceased by his parents, as well as infant daughters, Cheryl Sue and Sharon Kay, and his brother Robert Terry. Survivors include his daughter, Connie Jo Terry of Prattsburgh; sisters, Ruby Humphry of Burdett, Sylvia Bowers of Mansfield, Arlene Ballings of Chemung and Carol Smith of Mansfield; several nieces and nephews and dear friends, Art Ryder of Dundee, Pete Lamirand of Dundee, Pete Hansberger of Watkins Glen, Elden York of Pennsylvania, Roy Watson of Pennsylvania and David Haight of Montana.
The family wishes to thank the wonderful and caring staff at Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Penn Yan for his excellent care.
A memorial service celebrating his life was held July 29 at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen, followed by burial with military honors at Cayuta Cemetery.
Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the Finger Lakes SPCA, 72 Cameron St, Bath, NY 14810. You may express condolences to the family or "Light a Candle of Remembrance" online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Death Notices
FRANCES M. LAWSON, 92, of Dundee, July 25, 2018 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
ETHEL E. TEARS, 94, July 19, 2018 at The Homestead, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
ROY J. "JACK" TERRY, 84, of Dundee, July 26, 2018. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.


Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 7/25/18

Robert O. Kunzmann, 77, of Brevard, North Carolina, passed away June 5, 2018.
He was born in New Haven, Connecticut Aug. 5, 1940, the son of Louis and Bessie (Williams) Kunzmann. He graduated from West Haven high school in Connecticut and later graduated from Colgate University. In his primary school years, he sang in a boy's choir in the New Haven, Connecticut area and was active in the Boy Scouts. After college, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard. Bob worked for Shepard-Niles as a salesman from his home area of Connecticut.
He is predeceased by his parents and spouse Susan Kenney Kunzmann.
He is survived by a son, Brian Kunzmann; daughter, Elizabeth Kunzmann Thomas; brother and sister-in-law, David and Carol Kunzmann of Watkins Glen; daughter-in-law, Rebecca Portnoy and two grandchildren, Riley and Jamie Kunzmann, all of Connecticut.
A graveside memorial service will be held at Glenwood Cemetery in Watkins Glen at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Death Notices
JOAN L. BUNN, 86, of the Penn Yan area and Sierra Vista, Arizona, July 18, 2018 at Geneva General Hospital. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
BLAINE L. CLARK, 77, July 13, 2018. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
MICHAEL E. ELDRED, 64, July 15, 2018. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
Robert O. Kunzmann, 77, of Brevard, North Carolina, June 5, 2018. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
DANIEL D. MULLER, 64, July 14, 2018. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
JAMES SANDERS, 67, of Millport, July 18, 2018. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
MICHAEL J. WOLAK, 69, July 17, 2018. Arrangements by Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.


Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of 7/18/18

CAPTAIN JOSEPH HOY LEIDENFROST, 56, of Camden, Maine and formerly of Hector, passed away June 15, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Joe was born June 26, 1961 in Montour Falls, spent his early years on his grandparents' farm in Hector where he learned to sail on Seneca Lake, attended Watkins Glen elementary school and graduated from Roth high school in Rochester. He held various managerial positions in the food and retail industries in the Rochester area before moving to Key West to embark on a maritime career.
With no formal training, Joe worked his way up from first mate to Schooner captain. During his early career he worked for the Schooner Appledore and the Schooner Nathaniel Bowditch. His first command was the Schooner Mercantile and the Grace Bailey owned by Ray Williamson. He also captained the Roseway out of Boston Harbor and captained various private charters in Maine and the Caribbean.
Joe cherished each day and enjoyed all of Maine's coastal beauty. He will be missed by all who loved him and whose lives he taught and touched.
He leaves behind his daughter Abby, his mother Jacqueline, his father Dan Hoy of Fort Bragg, California, his uncles John of Hector, Dr. Ronald of St. Louis, first cousins, Dr. Jeremy, Nicholas, Luke and Emily Leidenfrost of St. Louis, Jocelyn of Bend, Oregon, Dr. Isadora Leidenfrost of Chicago and Elizabeth of Hector.
A celebration of Joe's life will be held in October on the Penobscot Bay on the Schooner Ladona, formerly Nathaniel Bowditch.

Dundee--Marilyn Jean Luke, 74, of Dundee passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home with her family at her side Tuesday, July 10, 2018.
Family and friends were invited to calling hours from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, July 13, at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. There was no formal service. Inurnment will be private in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kinzua Bridge "State Park," 296 Viaduct Road, Mt. Jewett, PA 16740.
Marilyn was born Aug. 2, 1943 in Erie, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Arthur M. and Angelina (Pircio) Nielsen. She graduated from Wesleyville high school in 1961, Penn State University with a B.S. in art education and received her master's degree in reading from Potsdam in 1999. On May 27, 1967, in St. Luke's Church, in Erie, Pennsylvania she married James E. Luke; they have lived locally since 1977, previously of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.
She spent a great deal of time in the area of education, teaching both art and reading. She was also an instructional graphic artist and department head. In addition, she was a small business owner involved in the grape industry, learning about grapes and how the grape goes from bloom to wine.
Mrs. Luke was a very active member of society, having been a member of the Ladies of the Moose Lodge #1519 Penn Yan, the NRA, Ogdensburg Garden Club, Dundee and Penn Yan Libraries, Oliver House Museum, Yates County Genealogical Society and 4-H.
She is loved and will be dearly missed by her husband of 51 years, James E. Luke at home; three daughters, Elizabeth A. (Curt) Meeder of Sherman, NewYork, Christina I. (Christopher) Brink of Dundee and Victoria M. (Kyle) Boehmer of Kerrville, Texas; six grandsons, Henry and Daniel Meeder, James Boehmer, Christopher "Connor" Brink, Alexander and John Boehmer; a brother, Robert L. (Nancy) Nielsen of Pinehurst, North Carolina and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was pre-deceased by a stillborn daughter Catherine Luke in 1969.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

Beverly A. Martin, 83, of Beaver Dams passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at home. She was born in Montour Falls Feb. 16, 1935, the daughter of Starr and Claribel (Finch) Martin and graduated from Watkins Glen high school.
Beverly worked at Schuyler Hospital for many years and at Walmart in Watkins Glen. She enjoyed music, reading, flowers, chickadees and taught accordion and guitar. Her favorite color was purple.
She is survived by a cousin, Starr "Buzzy" Martin of Pine City; friends, Anita (David) Smith of Watkins Glen, Valerie Rhodes of Beaver Dams, Karen Hines of Beaver Dams and by her cat Garfield.
A graveside service was held Friday, July 13 at 3 p.m. at Glenwood Cemetery in Watkins Glen. Contributions may be made in Beverly's name to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com.

Harland Lee Stephens, 87, of Montour Falls, passed away Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility. Harland was born in Canisteo, May 5, 1931, the son of Miles and Bernice (Potter) Stephens. He was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Betty Jane Henry, in April 2001.
Harland was a lifelong entrepreneur, ranging from Pepsi-Cola distribution to real estate, to antiques. He loved dancing, wood carving and writing poetry.
Harland is survived by his children, Dale (Lisa) Stephens of Hampton, Virginia, Yolanda (Billy) Peters of Sieverville, Tennessee and Dirk (Debbie) Stephens of Montour Falls. He was also grandpa to eight grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
A special thanks to Dr. Borzell and Seneca View Skilled Nursing for the outstanding care given to Harland. A private service will be held with his family. Arrangements are being handled by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance," please visit www.vedderandscottfuneralhome.com.

Death Notices
JOSEPH D. HOY LEIDENFROST, 56, of Camden, Maine, formerly of Hector, June 15, 2018. Arrangements by Direct Cremation of Maine, Belfast, Maine.
MARILYN J. LUKE, 74, of Dundee, July 10, 2018. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
GREGORY J. MARION JR., 79, of Penn Yan, July 13, 2018. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
BEVERLY A. MARTIN, 83, of Beaver Dams, July 10, 2018 at home. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
WILLIAM SALTARELLI, 78, of Himrod, July 10, 2018 at home. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, Penn Yan.
HARLAND L. STEPHENS, 87, of Montour Falls, July 12, 2018 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls.














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