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Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of Nov. 23:

Joanne Wohnsiedler Bell, 90, of Watkins Glen passed away surrounded by her family Oct. 4, 2022.
She was loving, kind with a great sense of humor, love of music and an original foodie.
Joanne Wohnsiedler, aka Mom, was born April 15, 1932, to George and Alice Twinning Wohnsiedler, DVM Carthage, New York. The family consisted of an older brother George Jr. and younger sister Nancy, both deceased. Growing up she enjoyed spending time with her Grandfather Wohnsiedler and a pair of sister neighbors, who taught her to knit and bake.
She left Carthage for Cornell University, and graduated with a degree in human ecology in 1954. She married Kenneth L. Bell the day prior to graduation. She taught school for a short time.
She summed up what she was proudest of: "The best crop we raised was our four girls." Her passions were her daughters. She introduced us to her loves, sewing, knitting, cooking and baking, chocolate desserts to be more specific.
Kenneth and Joanne relocated to Watkins Glen from Stone Ridge, New York, with the purchased Grant's Greenhouses in November 1968. Mom took over the financial end of the business, learned to take floral orders, make corsages, etc., while balancing the many moving balls of family life.
They sold the business in September 2001 and retired. She was finally able to do what she loved! Pet her beloved cat Zoey, bake/sew and visit her children and grandchildren. Joanne and Kenneth enjoyed their home on Orchard Avenue for 17 years, then moved to Brookdale outside Ithaca, in May of 2018.
She may have passed from this earth but is deeply loved and missed. She is survived by her daughters: Melinda Turner, husband Steven and son Grant H., Cynthia Kloppel, husband Jon, children Aaron, Racheal Kloppel Hale, husband Sam and daughters Harper and Jordan, Constance Sandstrom, husband Mark, children Ursula, Catherine and Peter, Virginia Barr and husband Steven Barr.
She will be laid to rest with her husband at Glenwood Cemetery in Watkins Glen in a private service. Arrangements with Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Arling John Briggs, 89, of Penn Yan, formerly of Dundee, died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan.
There are no prior calling hours. A Celebration of His Life will be held May 9, 2023, with more details to be announced in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
Arling was born May 9, 1933 in Penn Yan, one of 12 children, 10 sons of Howard Seldon and Reita Elmina (Wallace) Briggs. He graduated from Dundee Central School. Arling was a farmer all of his life, working on every type of farm type, from agricultural to horse farm, having been employed over the years by several various farms, in Yates County. Mr. Briggs was a member of the Penn Yan Moose Lodge, and was a former member of the Dundee American Legion. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing in his younger years, but his love of horses and horse racing was a passion that lasted his lifetime.
He is survived by two daughters, Patricia A. (Ross) Andrews Sr. with whom he made his home for many years, of Penn Yan, and Renay Howard of Springfield, Missouri; five grandchildren, Santos Roderick and Gabrial Roderick, Morgan (Scott Voak) Andrews and Ross Andrews Jr., and Emma Howard; two great-granddaughters, Julia and Shellbee Roderick; two brothers, Stanley (Lyla) Briggs of Marathon, New York and Dave (Kay) Briggs of Orlando, Florida; a sister, Erma Mullins of Penn Yan; his former wife and life long friend Kathryn Horski of Penn Yan; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Beside his parents he was predeceased by seven brothers Leon, Charlie, Harold, Howard, Lawrence, Lewis and Robert Briggs; and a sister Sarah Hainsworth.
Arrangements by the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

John R. Cunningham, 67, of Watkins Glen, formerly of Monterey, passed away unexpectedly Nov. 16, 2022.
The family received friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Tuesday, Nov. 22 from 3-5 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 5 p.m. A reception will be announced.
John was born in Corning, the son of the late Harold "James" and Helen Cunningham.
He was also predeceased by his brothers, Walter and Frank Cunningham.
He is survived by his wife, Ramona Cunningham; beloved dog, Gracie; sisters, Janet Switzer of Watkins Glen, Marge Cunningham of Monterey, and Mary Cunningham (Joe Mattison) of Monterey; goddaughter, Brittany Cunningham; special nieces and nephews, Franklin (Pam) Switzer, Debbie (Steve) Monks, Amanda (Karl) Goltry, Angela Mattison (Daryl) and Kailey Araki; great-niece, Loralei Mattison; sisters-in-law, Monica (Derrick) Araki and Eva Cunningham; several other nieces and nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.
John worked for Wagner Vineyards in Lodi for 39 years.
Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the Schuyler Humane Society (SchuylerHumane.org) or St. Jude Children's Hospital (StJude.org).
You may leave a condolence or leave a memory of John in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.

Margo Lee Kelly, 78, of Dundee died unexpectedly yet peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022 in the comfort of her home.
Honoring her wishes there will be no calling hours. A Celebration of Her Life will be held at the convenience of her family.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Dundee Fire Company Emergency Squad, 12 Union St., Dundee, NY 14837.
Margo was born Aug. 26, 1944 in the village of Bath, the daughter of Peter L. and Lida (Reynolds) Westervelt of Hammondsport. She graduated from Bath High School in 1962. She started her career with Seneca Foods shortly after graduation, and spent the next 35 years in the office and lab finally retiring from Northland Cranberry.
Loving partner since 1985, she married Samuel R. Kelly Feb. 18, 1997 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Helping with the bookkeeping of Kelly Farms Milk Hauling, they were partners with the Hough family, operating Black Rock Speedway from 1995-2000, with Margo in charge of the concession stands. She loved all types of motor sports, tractor pulls and summer rides in the hot rod. In her spare time, she loved caring for her home, her yard, gardens, and entertaining friends and family on her front porch. But her greatest joy was taking care of her husband, and traveling, looking forward to wintering in Florida, as they have done for the last several years.
She is loved and will be dearly missed by her husband, Sam Kelly at home; her son, Clint Miller; four grandchildren, Katelynn (Patrick) Kerrick, Logan, CJ and Bella Miller; her sister Judy O'brachta, many nieces and nephew, along with Sam's children who were loved like her own, Bobby (Tammy) Kelly, Tim (Tracy) Kelly, Sam (Suzie) Kelly and Shannon Herrick; and literally countless friends.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by a brother Michael Westervelt of South Carolina.
Arrangements entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

Van R. Rice of Jersey Shore passed away peacefully at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.
He was born Sept. 2, 1930 in Corning to Vivian and Van Rice Sr. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Gertrude Rice; sisters, Verna and Betty; four half brothers; four half sisters, including Florence, a half sister he met for the first time in 2013; granddaughter, Jennie Cunningham; and a great-great-granddaughter, Ava McAndrew.
From the age of 2, he was raised on a Foster Farm for boys in Campbell, New York, living there until he married Gert when he was 19. On the farm he acquired many lifelong skills and the importance of a strong work ethic. In 1947, he received his chauffeur's and CDL licenses while driving for the Feed Mill. At the age of 20, he was employed by Corning Glass Works, working there for 39 years. He started in the mixing room making TV parts, he went on to be a machinist, fork lift driver and then a truck driver for the last 10 years.
After retirement, he was never idle, always finding odd jobs and doing things to help others. In Jersey Shore, he worked for many years at Weis grocery as a bagger until he was 80. Until recently, he delivered papers to the residents of Broad Street Apartments, where he lived.
Van loved to watch NASCAR races and socializing at the Jersey Shore VFW and American Legion while enjoying a beer and a chance to win at tear-off tickets. He loved spending time with family and would light up when someone would walk through the door to visit.
He is survived by his five children, Betty Ruggiers (Dave Herrmann) of Ithaca, Bonnie Cunningham (Scott) of Lock Haven, David Rice (Rosa) of Alpine, Judy Crippen (Martin) of Raleigh, North Carolina and Jo Lee Bailey of Jersey Shore; 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held sometime in 2023. He will be laid to rest in New York at the Montour Falls Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, Jersey Shore.
www.WelkerFuneralHome.com

Michael J. Schamel, 80, of Hector, died Saturday afternoon, Nov. 12, 2022, surrounded by those closest to him.
He, more than almost anyone, embodied the spirit described by Hunter S. Thompson: "Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a ride!"
Though not religious nor outspoken, Michael had a strong faith and truly lived his values every day of his 80 years. He was passionate in his love of Seneca Lake and shared all that he had so others could also experience the (highly contagious) joy of life on The Lake. After spending summers in Hector throughout childhood, he moved here full time in 1969 and he and his brothers started Schamel Brothers Contractors, now owned and operated by his youngest son. A couple of years later, he and his bride-to-be purchased land and built what was to become their lifelong home overlooking Seneca Lake.
Mike is survived by his wife of 50 years, Karen, and their children Kathleen, Michael, Matthew and Adam (and their spouses Samantha, Shannon and Brit); as well as his slightly insane doodle Tipper, whom he may have loved more than all the rest. His grandchildren Callan, Finn, Aiden, Charlotte and Easton will sorely miss their Pops, whom they adored. Schamel siblings Jack, Gail, Guy, Pat, Tony, Norman and lifelong best friends Lee and Honker will share their memories and laughs in his absence.
Mike also leaves behind a 30 plus-year tradition of annual October canoe trips he planned with his sons, brothers and other friends. Initially conceived on a whim, this trip grew to be a lasting and very important part of each autumn after the summer dock-building busy-ness had subsided, and before the start of pulling boats. The tradition evolved into many iterations, including a 20th-year celebratory RV trip across Alaska, certainly a highlight of Michael's recent years. COVID limitations were no deterrent and found Pops out building a lean-to in the woods (a tribute to Raquette Lake, his second favorite place on earth) so that he could continue the camping tradition with his grandsons.
Mike gave literally everything he had, to anyone who asked. He donated enough blood and plasma to sink a small ship and was insistent that his body be used for science and learning (upstate.edu) when he was finished destroying it. In lieu of flowers, his legacy can be honored by supporting Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (senecalake.org) or Habitat for Humanity in Hector.
The world won't be the same without this larger-than-life figure who embodied on a daily basis what it means to live the good life and share that abundance with all those around him. He truly did live one of those lives that dreams are made of. But not for one minute did he ever forget how lucky he was to have done so. He was a remarkable man and an exceptional role model.
The Schamels look forward to hosting those interested in sharing a story, a laugh and a beer at the Grist Iron Cafe (gristironbrewing.com) in Hector Thursday, Dec. 1, from 3-6 p.m. Undoubtedly a SLAD (Seneca Lake Appreciation Day) or 12 will follow when weather permits.
Arrangements with Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Death notices
Joanne W. Bell, 90, of Watkins Glen, Oct. 4, 2022. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Arling J. Briggs, 89, of Penn Yan, formerly of Dundee, Nov. 17, 2022 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
John R. Cunningham, 67, of Watkins Glen, formerly of Monterey, Nov. 16, 2022. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Margo L. Kelly, 78, of Dundee, Nov. 16, 2022 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
Van R. Rice of Jersey Shore, Nov. 8, 2022 at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital. Arrangements by Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, Jersey Shore.
Michael J. Schamel, 80, of Hector, Nov. 12, 2022. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.


Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of Nov. 16:

Harry Louis Arcangeli, 84, of Lakemont passed away Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania from injuries sustained from an accident.
Friends were invited to calling hours from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at St. Mary's of the Lake Catholic Church, 905 North Decatur St., Watkins Glen with Father Jeffrey Tunnicliff officiating. Burial followed in Holy Cross Cemetery, Route 14, Watkins Glen.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Humane Society of Yates County, P.O. Box 12, Penn Yan, NY 14527 or the American Heart Assoc., Finger Lakes Chapter, 2113 Chili Ave., Rochester, NY 14624.
Harry was born Aug. 19, 1938 in Watkins Glen, the son of Frank and Dorcellia (Olevnik) Arcangeli. On Dec. 30, 1982 in St. Mary's Church, he married the former Catherine M. Ellis.
He was the owner of Lakemont Service in Lakemont. A workaholic, he was still repairing cars right up to the day of his accident. When he was not working or going to auctions, he was a devoted member of the Dundee Flying Club and always working every pancake breakfast. He attended St. Mary's, and was a member of the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years Catherine M. Arcangeli at home; five children, Jeffery L. (Tamiko) Arcangeli, Lori J. (Donnie Reikard) Groff, Gregory F. (Tina) Arcangeli, Michael D. Arcangeli and Ashley Arcangeli; eight grandchildren, Rachel Arcangeli, Lindsay Groff, Dalton Groff, Kristin (Chris) Graziano, Joshua (Danielle) Arcangeli, Ryan Madden, Carson Vanopdurp and Lillian Vanopdurp; a great-granddaughter Autumn Parrett, and several nieces, nephews, and countless friends.
Besides his parents he was predeceased by a sister, Shirley Salvatore, and two brothers, Francis 'Sonny' Arcangeli, and Robert Olevnik.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

Kenneth F. Barber Sr., 79, of Valois passed away Nov. 9, 2022.
Ken owned and operated his own vineyards, Barber Vineyards and then Stone Arch Farms in the Valois area for over 60 years. He was a member of the V-L-H Fire Department and former president, lifetime member of the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge and a life member of the Myrtle-Jefferson Masonic Lodge.
Ken was former president of the NYS Grape Growers Association. Ken also enjoyed hunting and fishing and talking about the great elusive Muskie that always seemed to get away right at the boat. Ken enjoyed his ponds and took great pride in them and fed his fish every day. On occasion he would end up in the pond with his truck or tractor and he would have to get towed out. He had a great sense of humor. People always remembered him as he was hard to forget once you met him as he could talk for hours.
Ken was preceded by his parents Frank and Anne Barber.
He is survived by Cheryl Johnson, his beloved longtime companion; his five children, Shelly (Al) Reese of Interlaken, Dawn (Jeff) Ross of East Hanover, New Jersey, Kenny Barber Jr. of Hector, Brad (Sheila) Barber of Hector and Krissy Hendley of Kirkwood, New York; 10 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several cousins. He is also survived by Cheryl Johnson's children--Joey Bereza from South Dakota and Kim Bereza of Watkins Glen and their children, and his long-time best friend and former grape grower Tim Rosbaugh.
The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen, Friday, Nov. 18 from 12-2 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. and burial at Seneca Union Cemetery in Valois. A Celebration of Life will be held at the V-L-H Fire Department in Hector immediately after his burial.
Memorial donations may be made to the V-L-H Fire Department, PO Box 46, Hector, NY 14841.

Connie Christensen died of heart complications Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022 at the age of 69.
Born Jan. 16, 1953, Connie was the daughter of Delbert Levi Woodard Sr. and Jennie Margaret (Mattason) Woodard. After graduating from Dundee Central School in 1971, she followed in the footsteps of her sisters Betty and Liz to pursue an education and career in nursing. Her prolific nursing career spanned over 40 years, during which she dedicated herself to the needs of the Finger Lakes community where she was born and raised. After receiving her associate in applied science degree from Corning Community College in 1975, she began her decades-long devotion to the well-being of others as a registered nurse at Soldiers and Sailors (S&S) Memorial Hospital. During her 20-plus years at S&S, she held positions that required a tactful blend of both poise and professionalism while managing the intensive care unit, triaging patients in the emergency room or serving as the supervisor for the entire hospital.
Connie was a driven woman who pursued advanced education while continuing to work as a registered nurse and raise four children. She would receive her bachelor of science degree from Elmira College in 1994 and her master's degree from Binghamton University in 1997. She transitioned from acute care to focus on family medicine, working as a nurse practitioner with family healthcare practices until her retirement. Connie became a healthcare fixture within the Finger Lakes community. She touched many lives over the course of her career and throughout her life.
Connie's devotion to her career and craft as a healthcare professional was only outmatched by her devotion to her family.
Connie always put the needs of her family before her own. She and Carl Christensen raised four children in Dundee. As a loving and supportive mother, she did anything to ensure that her children wanted for nothing. Her grandchildren were a sustaining source of joy in her life and she doted on each of them with unbounded love. Connie selflessly opened her home to others--friends and family were always welcomed with an open door and a caring heart.
Connie was predeceased by her parents Delbert and Jennie, brother Donald Woodard, sister Beverly "Betty" Cornish, brother-in-law Donald Cornish, sister Elizabeth "Liz" Howell, brother-in-law Leslie "Les" Howell and son Peter Christensen.
She is survived by three children, Jennie (Eric) Bell, Mary Christensen (Jeremy Young) and Eric (Laura) Christensen; seven grandchildren, David, Allie and Leah Young, Bronwyn and Elizabeth Race, Mercede and Lauren Bell; brother Delbert (Dorine) Woodard Jr., brother Daniel (Rose) Woodard, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, dear friends Donna Neal, Ronna Smith, Barb Stone, Patsy Ballard, Janine and Gavin Brink, and countless other friends and colleagues.
Friends and family are invited to calling hours from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, 2022 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee, where a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, followed by a celebration of life at the Dundee American Legion. Online condolences can be sent and details can be found at www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
The family intends to establish a nursing scholarship in honor of Connie.

Lyle Kenneth Dencenburg, 68, passed away at home peacefully the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022.
He was born June 12, 1954 to the late Paul and Atha-Lee (Lyle) Dencenburg. On June 11, 1977 he was married to Linda L. Buckley.
He worked for many places during his career including as a mason, multiple construction companies, the town of Tyrone and the Yates County Highway Department. He was a long time member and past chief of the Tyrone Fire Department.
He is survived by his wife; son, Ryan (Lindsay Meade) Dencenburg; stepdaughter, Edwhenna Wolverton; grandchildren, Kayla Ward, Paeghton Dencenburg and Kendall Dencenburg; his brothers Jeff (Sharon) Dencenburg and Michael (Cathy) Dencenburg; nephews and nieces, Kyle, Jeffrey, Heather and Sean Dencenburg.
A special thank you to Jeffrey and Kyle Dencenburg for being there 24/7.
Honoring his wishes, there will be no calling hours or public service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tyrone Fire Dept., P.O. Box 69, Tyrone, NY 14887; the Dundee Library, 32 Water St., Dundee, NY 14837; St. Jude Children's Research Hosp., Memorial & Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905 or the animal shelter of the donor's choice.
Arrangements by the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

Norman Gary Knight, 73, passed Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.
A memorial service with military honors will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18, 2022 in the Altay Baptist Church, 4289 Six Corners Road, Dundee.
Norman was born March 17, 1949 in Miami, Florida, the son of the late J. Lynn and Avis M. (Road) Knight. He served in the U.S. Army from 1968-1970. On Nov. 3, 1979 he married the former Joyce Arlene Blake.
Norm was a welder and fabricator for Shepard-Niles Crane & Hoist, from 1980-1998. He transferred to Cameron Fabrication in Horseheads, then to Foster Wheeler before driving tractor trailers for 20 years for the former T&D Transportation out of Syracuse. He retired in 2018 and then began driving for local Mennonites for three years.
Norman was a member of the Altay Baptist Church and an 18-year member of the Montour Falls Fire Department. He was a member of "Team Love Bug" for Relay for Life-Schuyler Co. for 11 years. He and his wife founded Boating for a Cure on Seneca Lake. His love of motorcycles had him involved with the Patriot Guard, and a member of both C.M.A. Christian Motorcycle Assoc., and AZUSA Street Riders-Apostolic Motor Ministry of Jesus Christ, motorcycle club. He attended and rode in Rolling Thunder in Washington, D.C., twice. He was the 2014 T/A Petro Truck Stop Driver of the Year Award for having logged over 4 million accident free miles.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Arlene Knight; four daughters, four sons, 16 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and his dear friend and "brother" Harold (Monda) Ayers of Reading Center.
Arrangements entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. To read more visit www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

JoAnn Merola, 81, of Geneva passed away Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 at the Wayne County Nursing Home in Lyons.
Family and friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov.18 at the McGuigan & Bero Funeral Home, 45 High St., Geneva. Funeral service will follow calling hours at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. Thomas P. Mull will officiate. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Beverly Animal Shelter, 50 East River St., Waterloo, NY 13165 or your local police or fire department.
JoAnn was born Sept. 27, 1941 in Montour Falls, the daughter of Leo and Mary (Yaw) Welch. She retired after many years from the Lochland School in Geneva.
JoAnn was very involved in environmental and animal causes. She loved gardening, dancing, music and most of all her family. JoAnn's wishes were to hug a tree, take care of the earth, all of its creatures and dance until you can dance no more.
She is survived by her children, Pat (Amy) Welch of Geneva, Angela (Rick Raker) Merola of Geneva and Ann (Tom Bailey) Merola of Geneva; grandchildren, Alyson Welch and Sierra Merola Torres; sister, Nancy L. (Ron) Pugh of East Syracuse; brother, Scott Welch of Watkins Glen; several nieces and nephews.
JoAnn was predeceased by her husband, Robert J. Merola; grandson, Bradley Welch; brothers, Ronald and Tom Welch.
For tributes and condolences to the family, please visit www.mcguiganberofuneralhome.com.

Roger Frank "Rog" Miller, 93, of Dundee passed away quietly in his home Monday, Nov. 7, 2022.
There will be no public calling hours or formal service at this time. Roger's wish for when he was gone was for his children to have a Miller Family Harvest Party and think of him. To honor his wishes a Miller Family Harvest Celebration of Roger Frank Miller's life will take place in the spring. Details to follow.
The family respectfully requests that memorial donations be made to the Dundee Fire Company, 12 Union St., Dundee, 14837, of which he was a member for 73 years, joining in 1949.
Roger was born March 13, 1929, the son of Raymond C. And Helen (Jayne) Miller. He graduated from Dundee Central School in 1947. He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1947 to 1954 in Korea. He married Cora Jane Hess Dec. 13, 1952; they would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in just a couple of months. When he was young he began working at his mother's restaurant--Miller's Restaurant on Main Street in Dundee --and thus started his love for cooking. He went on to become a village mail carrier for the United States Postal Service and shortly moved to a rural letter carrier until he retired in 1984. For many of his younger years Roger could be found in his garage on Hollister Street butchering and processing hundreds of deer, pigs, cows, etc. Family, friends and hunting buddies spent countless evenings gathering in the garage. He enjoyed running a pig farm with his oldest brother Clayte for many years.
Roger owned and operated Miller's Catering for decades where many people enjoyed his famous roast beef and chicken and gravy with biscuits. Roger took his cooking skills on the road and had booths at The Windmill Farm & Craft Market in Penn Yan, Hanna Junction in Canandaigua and The Carousel Market in Elmira. Above all Roger loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and immensely enjoyed family and friend get-togethers. He loved telling stories around the fire pit with a beer in his hand and a cigar in his mouth. He passed his love for hunting on to any child and grandchild who would listen and taught them everything they needed to know about hunting and taking care of their deer.
He is loved and will be dearly missed by his wife, Cora Jane of Dundee; his children, Trudy (George) Farrell of Dundee, Tami Miller of Penn Yan, Ted (Kate) Miller and Roger C. Miller, both of Dundee, and Glen (Cathy) Miller of Bath; nine grandchildren, Zach (Jamie) Farrell of Geneva, Casie (Thomas Crowley) Farrell of Schenectady, Jason (Jill) Plumlee of Penn Yan, Crystal (John) Bentley of Dundee, Sarah (JD) Rogers of Franklin, Tennessee, Chad Miller of Penn Yan, Michael J. Miller of Key West, Florida, Eric (Kristine) Miller of Weston and Karen (Brandon) Hughes of Chesapeake, Virginia; 14 great-grandchildren, Grace and Zoey Farrell, Abigail and Emilia Plumlee, Lee Miller, Cassie Morrissette, Trey and Hailey Bentley, Cole and Ava Rogers, Delaney and Easton Hughes, Alexa and Zoey Miller; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.
Besides his parents he was predeceased by his grandson Joshua D. Plumlee, brother and sisters-in-law Clayton and Betty Miller, Jack and Marjorie Miller, sister and brothers-in-law Evelyn and Emery Meyers, Irene and Elbert Harris, Joyce and Gabe Bellis; nephews Corey Miller, Terry Miller, Jack Harris, Bill Harris and Michael J. Harris; and nieces Judith Harris and Nancy Dunton.
The family would like to thank the Dundee Fire Department, The Bath VA, Ontario-Yates Hospice and his many nurses and home health aides who helped us take care of him in his final weeks.
Arrangements entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

Death notices
HARRY L. ARCANGELI, 84, of Lakemont, Nov. 8, 2022 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pennsylvania. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
KENNETH F. BARBER SR., 79, of Valois, Nov. 9, 2022. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
CONNIE R. CHRISTENSEN, 69, of Dundee, Nov. 6, 2022. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
LYLE K. DENCENBURG, 68, of Altay/Dundee, Nov. 9, 2022. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
LAVERNE F. ERWAY, 85, of Hammondsport, Nov. 6, 2022. Arrangements by Bishop & DeSanto Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
STEPHEN A. ESKILDSEN, 75, of Penn Yan, Nov. 3, 2022 at F. F. Thompson Hospital, Canandaigua. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
NORMAN G. KNIGHT, 73, of Watkins Glen, Nov. 12, 2022 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
JOANN MEROLA, 81, of Geneva, Nov. 11, 2022 at Wayne County Nursing Home, Lyons. Arrangements by McGuigan & Bero Funeral Home, Geneva.
ROGER F. MILLER, 93, of Dundee, Nov. 7, 2022 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.


Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of Nov. 9:

With deep sadness the family of Arlene Beatrice Colburn, 89, announce her passing Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022 at Geneva Living Center North, in Geneva.
Arlene was born May 26, 1933 in Tyrone, the daughter of Charles and Marjorie (Morse) Colburn.
Throughout her life she worked in factories, and area vineyards. She loved country music, western movies and bird watching.
She is survived by her sister, Mable Rodriguez of Dundee; her children Benny (Cindy) Rodriguez, David Morse, Mario (Debbie) Martinez, Julie (Michael) Baughman, Edwin (Tracy) Martinez; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren who will miss her dearly, along with many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a son Agustin Agosto-Colburn Dec. 12, 2019.
There will be no prior calling hours. A joint graveside memorial service for both Arlene and her son Agustin will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022 in Hillside Cemetery, Route 14A, Dundee, with Lay Pastor Lew Ann Giles officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association, Rochester Chapter, 435 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620.
Arrangements entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

William J. Fleck, 73, of Montour Falls and formerly of Huntington, New York, passed away Sept. 6, 2022.
Bill was born in Huntington, New York, the son of the late William and Evelyn (Stamps) Fleck. He worked for Touro Law Center in Huntington as a custodian. He lived at The Falls Home in Montour Falls for the past several years. He was a well-liked and compassionate member of the community, and will be sorely missed.
He is survived by his sons, Stephen J. Fleck of Reno, Nevada and Joshua Fleck of Penn Yan; brothers, John and Joseph Fleck of Watkins Glen, and sister Barbara Grover of Reno, Nevada.
According to his wishes, there are no services. You may leave a condolence or memory of Bill for his family in his obituary at RoyceChedzoy.com.
Arrangements entrusted to Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Maureen F. McLaughlin, 67, of Auburn/Watkins Glen passed away at Cayuga Medical Center Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022.
She was born July 27, 1955 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Robert C. and Frances (née Staret) Feeney.
Maureen worked for a number of years at Bethany Village in Horseheads. She enjoyed sharing time with many residents during that transition in their lives, all the while being a loving mother. Her family began in Philadelphia, where she and her loving husband, Raymond, raised their three boys. Maureen and Raymond's life together began at the Jersey Shore and quickly turned into a cross country trek for Maureen who attended college in Oregon. She was a wonderful older sister who provided her siblings with endless support and encouragement. She was a free-spirit who desired to find joy in life and share with those around her.
Maureen is survived by her sons, Ian (Becky Allen) McLaughlin and Devin McLaughlin; siblings, Eileen (Tim) Jeffery, Irene (Keith) Gill, Siobhan Beckstrom and Bridget (David) Newmiller; grandson, Kolden McLaughlin; and several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased in death by her parents; son Miles McLaughlin and her husband Raymond McLaughlin.
A memorial service was held Monday, Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. at Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, 23 South St., Trumansburg. In lieu of flowers, the family asks those who would like to make a contribution in Maureen's memory to kindly consider Bethany Village https://www.bethany-village.org/donate/
For additional information, please contact Ness-Sibley Funeral Home at 607-387-8151, or visit www.ness-sibley.com.

Leona (Davis) Sandusky, 90, of Montour Falls entered unto rest Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 at home. She was born in Montour Falls, Oct. 7, 1932, the daughter of Ernest and Bernice Davis. Leona graduated from Watkins Glen High School with the Class of 1951.
Leona worked at Borg Warner in Ithaca as an assembler and was a prep cook at Blue Ribbon Diner in Montour Falls for several years. Leona loved bowling, quilting, reading and her church, New Hope Baptist Church in Millport. She loved the big family parties with her children and grandchildren. She loved playing cards and country music. She was an avid Mets fan and looked forward to the baseball season every year. Leona donated to the paralyzed veterans for 14 years.
She was predeceased by her husband, John Sandusky; son, Elvin West; brothers, Doyle, Levi and Glen Davis; and sisters, Frances Forbes, Agnes Wyre, Ruth Sawyer and Dorothy DeGraw.
Leona is survived by four daughters, Judy West Ebert of Corning, Virginia West (Jeff Jay) of North Rose, Vicky West LaVee (Timothy) of Dansville and Mary West Petty (Richard) of Marion; two sons, William West (Terisita) of Dandridge, Tennessee and James West (Mistie) of Chittenango, New York; one sister, Ellen Misner of Montour Falls; 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and by many nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her cat, Levi, her companion for the last 13 years.
Leona's family would like to extend their deepest thanks to the staff and residents at Catharine Court, Care First Hospice and New Hope Baptist Church for the care and compassion shown to their mother throughout her illness.
Relatives and friends were invited to call Saturday, Nov. 5, from 12 to 1 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, 5528 State St., Millport. Her memorial service followed at 1 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to New Hope Baptist Church, 5528 State St., Millport, NY 14864 or Humane Society of Schuyler County, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls, NY 14865.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.vedderscottzinger.com.

Barbara L. Specchio, 86, of Watkins Glen entered unto rest Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022 in the comfort of her home.
Barb was born in Geneva March 10, 1936, the daughter of William Stephen and Laura Marie Lee. Barb graduated from Desales High School in Geneva. She married Theodore "Ted" Specchio Oct. 4, 1958 at St. Mary's of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen. She was the secretary for many years for Schuyler ARC and was a strong advocate representing the voice of families with a child with developmental disabilities. Barb was a communicant of St. Mary's of the Lake Church and a past member and president of the St. Mary's Guild. She was also a secretary for the Legion of Mary, a member of the board of directors for Schuyler ARC.
Barb is survived by her children, Larry Specchio (Laura) of Chenango Forks, New York and Laurie DeNardo (Robin Burnett) of Watkins Glen; grandchildren, Dr. Patricia Beall (Jeremy), Dylan Walther (Tianna) and Alyssa Specchio; great-grandchildren, Aiden and Cole Walther and Theodore and Brinlee Beall; sisters, Patricia Angelo of Gastonia, North Carolina and Shirley Ormsbee of Waterloo, New York; many nieces and nephews and many special friends, Althea, Betty, Janice and Julie, as well as her caretakers, Sandy and Eileen.
In addition to her parents, Barb was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Theodore "Ted" Specchio in October 2014; daughter, Karen Walther in April 2022; sister, Virginia Rondinaro in 1990 and her brothers, Richard Lee in 2008 and Robert Lee in 2019.
Friends and family may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at Haughey-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, 119 Fifth St., Watkins Glen. A mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to St. Mary's of the Lake Church, PO Box 289, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or to Care First Hospice, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14870.
Memories of Barb may be shared with family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com.

Janet Arlene (Noble) Wood, 99, of Montour Falls passed of natural causes, Oct. 21, 2022 at her home on Foots Hill Road.
Janet (known as "Peg") was born Sept. 19, 1923, the youngest of six children to William and Emma (Restvale) Noble in Seneca Falls. She grew up on a dairy farm on the shores of Cayuga Lake and loved being on the lake. She graduated from Mynderse Academy and enjoyed tumbling and cheerleading.
Peg married Merle Wood in 1945 while he was still in the Marine Corps. After Merle's discharge they moved from Mississippi and settled in Montour Falls until they bought their forever home on Foots Hill Road and raised their two sons, Gary and John. Peg enjoyed fast motorcycle rides with Merle's Harley Indian. They enjoyed their summers in a simple cottage on the lake and in a boat.
Peg was a joyful person who loved people. She was a girl scout leader even though she did not have a girl. She worked in the school cafeteria and at Guild Brothers Clothing Store in Montour Falls for 22 years. On nice days she would run over to her boat and enjoy her lunch in the middle of Seneca lake. Then dash back to finish her work shift.
Peg was an adventurer. Besides boating, she loved roller coaster rides, hang gliding and zip lines. She even went sky diving at the age of 90! She loved traveling to see Gary and his family in California and going to Hawaii and Florida with her son, John.
She was a faithful member of the Odessa Methodist church for nearly 75 years. She baked for the "bake sales" and supported the church in all of their events.
She is survived by her sons, John of Alexandria, Virginia and Gary (Ethel) of Lake Forest, California; three grandchildren, Kevin (Kellie), Brian (Cristina) and Janet (Travis) and five great-grandkids: Joshua, Jacob, Makenna, Kylie and Hunter.
The family would like to give special thanks to those who provided companionship, meals, delivery service and handyman services over the past few years. A memorial service will be held at Odessa Methodist Church at 12 p.m., Nov. 19, 2022.
Arrangements with Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Ana M. Zavala, 66, of Trumansburg/Hector passed away at home surrounded by family and friends Oct. 30, 2022.
Ana was born May 3, 1956 in Brooklyn, New York, the first born of Graciano and Ramonita (née Ramos) Zavala.
Ana was the family genealogist and the glue of all her family gathers, holidays and events. She was a consummate baker and party planner for her nieces, nephews and family members creating beautiful cakes and desserts. She had a deep devotion to her faith and was a member of St. James Catholic Church for many years. Ana received a bachelor's in business from CW Post Long Island and pursued an associate's in Arts from TC3.
Ana is survived by her mother, Ramonita Zavala; siblings, George Zavala, Edda (William) Zavala-Agosto and Marion Zavala; her nieces and nephews, Monique (Shane) Frankovic, Angelo (Amie) Zavala, Chantalle Zavala, Addelis Agosto and Alexavier Agosto; her great-nieces and nephews, Jayleen Zavala, Luka Frankovic, Jason Rogers Jr., Chloe and Donovan Frankovic; and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. She is predeceased in death by her father, Graciano, brother, Joe Zavala and niece Jacqueline Zavala.
Calling hours were held Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 from 1-2 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 17 Whig St., Trumansburg. A funeral mass will begin at 2 p.m., burial immediately followed at St. James Cemetery in Trumansburg.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks those that would like to make a contribution in Ana's memory to kindly consider St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
For additional information, please contact Ness-Sibley Funeral Home at 607-387-8151, or visit www.ness-sibley.com.

Jacqueline Zavala, 34, of Ithaca, formerly of Burdett, our sweet Jacqueline passed on to be with her Lord Friday, Oct. 28, 2022 at home.
She lived courageously and joyously despite living with chronic pain and her diagnosis of Synovial Sarcoma. Jacqueline was a devoted mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend who deeply loved her children Jayleen and Jason. She worked at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca.
She was predeceased by her father, Jose Zavala, and grandparents, Bernard Faraino, Gisela Melchior, Graciano Zavala. She is survived by her daughter Jayleen A. Zavala, son Jason L. Rogers-Zavala, mother Marion Zavala, grandmother Ramonita Zavala, brother Angelo (Amy) Zavala and sisters Monique (Shane) Frankovic and Chantalle Zavala.
Jacqueline always met others with a smile, a warm embrace and hopeful words. She was generous with her heart and comforted others even when she was enduring difficulties. Family was of utmost importance to her. In the past year, Jacqueline had shared many happy moments with her family. Jacqueline had been helping her daughter practice for her driver's license and beaming with pride watching her at cheerleading. She was uplifted watching her son Jason's excitement when at his Kung Fu class and cheering him on. In spite of the pain and heartbreak she felt due to her illness.
The family received friends at the Glen Baptist Church, 3311 Reading Road, Watkins Glen, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 followed by a funeral service at 12 p.m. at the church; burial followed at East Lawn Cemetery in Ithaca. A Celebration of Life will be held next year in her memory, and will be announced by her family.
You may leave a condolence or memory in her obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.
Arrangements with Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Death notices
SUSAN S. BRAATZ, 68, formerly of Alpine, Oct. 19, 2022. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
ARLENE B. COLBURN, 89, of Dundee, Nov. 5, 2022 at Geneva Living Center North. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
William J. Fleck, 73, of Montour Falls and formerly of Huntington, New York, Sept. 6, 2022. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Maureen F. McLaughlin, 67, of Auburn/Watkins Glen, Oct. 29, 2022 at Cayuga Medical Center. Arrangements by Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, Trumansburg.
Leona (Davis) Sandusky, 90, of Montour Falls, Nov. 1, 2022 at home. Arrangements by Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
Barbara L. Specchio, 86, of Watkins Glen, Nov. 6, 2022 at home. Arrangements by Haughey-Wood Zinger Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
SALLY L. WESTBROOK, 70, of Hammondsport, Oct. 24, 2022. Arrangements by Bishop & DeSanto Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
Janet A. (Noble) Wood, 99, of Montour Falls, Oct. 21, 2022 at home. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Ana M. Zavala, 66, of Trumansburg/Hector, Oct. 30, 2022 at home. Arrangements by Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, Trumansburg.
Jacqueline Zavala, 34, of Ithaca, formerly of Burdett, Oct. 28, 2022 at home. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.


Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of Nov. 2:

Raymond Gary "Ernie" Granston, 76, of Burdett passed away Oct. 25, 2022.
Ernie was born May 3, 1946 in Montour Falls, the son of Raymond and Eleanor (Davis) Granston.
Ernie graduated from Watkins Glen High School, Class of 1964. He was an outstanding athlete in basketball, football and track. He served as a class officer and class president. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam, serving on the USS Shangri La. After the Navy, Ernie worked and served with the New York State Police Troop E, and retired as a Zone Sergeant. After he retired, he joined the Schuyler County Sheriff's Department and served as a sheriff deputy for many years. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, Moose Club, Mechanics Club and the VFW Post 2674.
He is survived by his loving wife, Janice Granston; brother-in-law, Jeffrey (Cici) Eggersdorf; special cousins, David Eggersdorf and Donna Davis; special nephew Robert (Jen) Beattie, special friend David Bartone and several nieces. He was predeceased by his parents, and brother and sister, William and Diana, and cousin Frank Davis.
The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. Fourth St., Watkins Glen, Friday, Nov. 4 from 1-4 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 4 p.m.; and interment with military honors at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the Burdett Fire Department or the Schuyler County Sheriff's Assoc.

Francis "Frank'' Horton, 83, of the town of Barrington.
He was tougher than leather until his time came peacefully, with his family beside him in his own home.
Honoring his wishes there will be no prior calling hours. There will be a Celebration of His Life Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022 from 1-5 p.m. at the Wayne Fire Hall, County Road 87, Wayne-Hammondsport Road, Wayne. Friends and family are invited.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ontario-Yates Hospice 756 Pre-Emption Road, Geneva, NY 14456
Frank worked on highway construction for Franzese out of Watkins Glen and RC Billings out of Bath and was a 50-year member of the Laborers Union. He was a "Frank" of all trades who could fix and repair anything and if he couldn't fix it, he would fix it so no one could! His favorite past times were fishing, hunting and spending time with Joan when he wasn't helping someone.
Frank is survived by his wife of 44 years, Joan Gaston-Horton and their seven children Tonya and John Niland, Tina Stanton, Dana McCloud, Sonya and Mike Conover, Holly Harvey, Lucy and Gary Clingerman, and Donald F. Horton; 14 grandchildren, umpteen great-grandchildren.
Your work on Earth is through love, and I'll meet you when my chores are done. Love, Me.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee; online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

Darlene Marie Schwartz, 80, passed away Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022.
A funeral service was held honoring her life at Zion Fellowship Church at 5188 Bristol Road, Canandaigua, New York, Saturday, Oct. 29, at 5 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Family Life Ministries, P.O. Box 506, Bath, NY 14810.
Darlene was born Oct. 7, 1942 in Canandaigua to Frederick and Betty LaDue Mitchell. She graduated from Marcus Whitman High School and married Carl J. Schwartz (Sr.). They lived their lives together in Middlesex and served as youth directors at the Middlesex Baptist Church, where they were members, from the early 1980s well into the 1990s. Darlene actively attended Zion Fellowship services.
Darlene was employed as a bus driver for Marcus Whitman, when she was not busy raising her four children. She later was a vendor at the Lown's House of Shoppes selling her wares at "Darlene's Place."
Darlene is survived by her four children, Yvonne (Leo) Campbell, Carlene (Clark) Kelsey Sr., Carl (Kerri) Schwartz Jr. and Quintin (Mary) Schwartz Sr.; as well as her 18 grandchildren, Lauren (CJ) Pollock, Ryan (Emma) Campbell, Aaron (Haylee) Campbell, Kaitlyn (Volodymyr) Aleksyeyev, Megan Campbell, Clark (Rachel) Kelsey Jr., Anna Laura (Kyle) Ierley, Prescott (Anna) Kelsey, Emma Danae (Daniel) Droz, Ruby Schwartz, Lily Schwartz, Daisy Schwartz, Thorn Schwartz, Quintin (Alexandra) Schwartz Jr., Jacob (Camille) Schwartz, Jennifer Stalker, Jason Stalker, Allison Panzica and Ethan Panzica; and eight great-grandchildren, Avalon and Maeva Pollock, Isaac Kelsey, Matthias Kelsey, Elijah Schwartz-Belmore, Quinn and Ryker Schwartz and Athena Schwartz.
She is also survived by her three brothers, Rick Mitchell, Victor (Kay) Mitchell and Adrian (Sandy) Mitchell; brother-in-law, Edward (Mary Janet) Schwartz; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Darlene was predeceased by her parents as well as her husband, Carl J. Schwartz (Sr.); her brother, David Mitchell and her sister-in-law, Anne Mitchell.
Please visit www.kenperkinsfuneralhome.com to leave a message of condolence for the Schwartz family.

S. Virginia (McCallum) Thomas, 92, of Elmira flew up with the angels to join her Lord and Savior and to be reunited with her husband of 57 years, James H. Thomas Sr., Monday, Oct. 10, 2022. She was surrounded by family at her bedside.
At her request, a private memorial service with her immediate family took place Oct. 24 at her home followed by a committal service at Woodlawn National Cemetery. Pastor Karen Slusser (granddaughter by marriage) presided, assisted by daughter Virginia Slusser.
The family requests memorial contributions be given to Chemung County Meals on Wheels, 409 William St., Elmira, NY 14901; Ontario/Yates Hospice, 756 Pre-Emption Road, Geneva, NY 14456, or the Keuka Comfort Care Home, PO Box 107, Penn Yan, NY 14527. We wish to express our sincere appreciation to Hospice and KCCH for all their help and support in caring for our Mom during her time with us in our home and her brief stay at KCCH. We would especially like to thank our Hospice nurse, Karen Strickland, for all of her help and her caring heart during the three months Mom was with us.
Virginia "Ginny" was born Feb. 3, 1930 in Penn Yan. She was the daughter of William Earl and Golda McCallum. She spent a lot of her childhood traveling back and forth from Webb Mills, New York and many different areas of Texas. She enjoyed being the little sister to her one big sister and five brothers during her adolescent years. They were very special to her and she spoke of them often in her final days. At the age of about 16 she went to work at F.W. Woolworth. There she met a handsome young man, Jim, who had returned from serving in the army in WWII. He also was an employee of the Woolworth company. In her words "he seemed to visit my candy counter a lot!" This was the beginning of a precious relationship that lasted for 57 years of marriage and now continues on through eternity. They were married Dec. 19, 1948 on a very snowy day at the Mosherville Baptist Church, in Mosherville, Pennsylvania. The Rev. J.T.M. Wilson officiated. Ginny was a mother who devoted her life to nurturing, counseling, listening and praying with and for her family. She was always there when her children arrived home from school to ask about their day and give them a hug. She was a woman of strong faith in her Lord and Savior and she never hesitated to share her faith with her children and grandchildren over the many years. Her family feels blessed to have had such a loving Christian mother, grandmother and great-grandmother in their lives. She'll be forever in their hearts and memories.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas were former members of North Presbyterian Church in Elmira and attended Maranatha Bible Chapel for many years.
She will be dearly missed by her daughter and "Best Friend Forever" Virginia (Roy) Slusser of Himrod; son James (Mary) Thomas of Horseheads; grandsons Craig (Karen) Slusser of Cranberry TWP, Pennsylvania and Shaun (Erica) Slusser of Dillsburg, Pennsylvania; great- grandchildren Bryan, Amanda, Jonathan and Elianna Slusser.
She was predeceased by her parents William and Golda McCallum; sister Evelyn (Bernard) Kasper; brothers Durwood (Kay) McCallum, Lester (Lois) McCallum, Chester McCallum, Elton McCallum and Earl (Marjorie) McCallum; her infant grandson Ryan Nathaniel Slusser; and by her loving husband of 57 years, James H. Thomas Sr., April 10, 2006.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee; online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.

Death notices
Raymond Gary "Ernie" Granston, 76, of Burdett, Oct. 25, 2022. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
Francis "Frank'' Horton, 83, of the town of Barrington. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
JOSHUA O. RILEY, 34, of Penn Yan, Oct. 23, 2022. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
Darlene M. Schwartz, 80, Oct. 22, 2022. Arrangements by Perkins Funeral Home, Gorham.
S. Virginia (McCallum) Thomas, 92, of Elmira, Oct. 10, 2022. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.













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