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Obituaries  2014

 

OVID/CONKLIN, NY
Kirk Arthur Goodman, age 42, of Conklin and formerly of Ovid passed away on Thursday, June 12, 2014.

A Graveside Service with Military Honors will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Ovid Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to suicide prevention or veterans with PTSD, in Kirk’s memory.

Kirk was born on July 17, 1971 in Waterloo, a son of Harold and Phyllis (Hazard) Goodman.  Upon graduation from South Seneca High School, Kirk joined the United States Army he proudly served his country for five years during the Persian Gulf War and was honorably discharged in 1994. He worked for several years as a tattoo artist and piercing professional until he obtained his truck driver’s license.

Kirk is survived by his mother, Phyllis Goodman of Lebanon, PA; three brothers, Carl B. (Joan) Murray of Ovid, John F. Murray of Atlanta, GA, and Eric H. (Kathy Rockholz) Goodman of PA; a sister, Rita Armstrong of Lebanon, PA; and close friends, His 607 MC family, his extended MC family, His Highline family, and his extended music famliy and Colleen (Buck) Staples. He was preceded in death by his father; grandfather, Pearl Hazard; and second father, Jon Murray.

Arrangements are under the direction of Covert Funeral Home in Ovid. For additional information please call 1-877-828-3411 or visit www.covertfuneralhome.com


 

Constance R. Dreier, age 52 of Falls Street, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.
Connie was born in Johnson City, NY on March 12, 1962. She had worked as a nursing assistant of the Rochester area. She then spent the majority of her later life in the Finger Lakes Region of New York.

Connie is survived by her daughter Eunice Dreier of Ovid, sons Paul Dreier-Mozeley and Jonathan Dreier, both of Lodi, also surviving is her husband, William Dreier of Gates, NY; also surviving are her brothers in law, Kenneth, Richard and Thomas Dreier all of Fairport.
A Memorial Service will be held at 6:00pm on Friday, June 27th at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main Street in Ovid. For additional information, please call 1-877-828-3411 or visit www.covertfuneralhome.com


Albert Clinton Reese, Sr., age 73
of Ovid, passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at Geneva General Hospital.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid with Rev. Diane Walker officiating. The family asks those who wish to make a contribution in Albert’s memory to kindly consider the South Seneca Ambulance Corps, PO Box 280, Ovid, NY 14521.
Albert was born on February 9, 1939 in Hector, a son of the late Elwood and Hazel (Champion) Reese. He enjoyed playing the guitar and singing.
Albert is survived by a son, Albert (Shelly) Reese Jr. of Interlaken; a granddaughter, Nicole Reese; brother in law Arnold Blodgett of Islin, NJ; and several nieces
and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Alice Blodgett.
 


John F. Haust, age 62,
of Geneva, passed away at Geneva General Hospital with his family by his side on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 after losing the battle to lung cancer.
The family will be present to receive friends from 4:00 to 7:00pm on Friday, July 20, 2012 at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid.  A Memorial Service conducted by fellow Moose Lodge members will begin at 7:00pm, at the funeral home. The family asks those who wish to make a contribution in John’s memory to kindly consider Fingerlakes Radiation and Oncology, 7 Ambulance Drive, Clifton Springs, NY 14432.
John was born on November 21, 1949 in Waterloo, a son of the late Leonard “Butch” and Virginia (Rogers) Haust. He was employed for 33 years with Gould’s Pump in the foundry with the Steelworkers Union Local #3298. John was a member of the Moose Lodge and loved spending time with his family.
He was loved and will be dearly missed by his partner of 27 years, Doris Zwick; children, Jennifer (Martin) Wagner, John “Ben” (Stacey) Haust, Jeff Zwick, and Tricia (Tim) Snyder; grandchildren, Chelsea and Kayla Snyder, Emily and Adam Zwick, Hunter and Sydney Haust, and Meghan Wagner; brother, Bob (Sharon) Haust; sisters, Bonnie Westervelt and Sheri Thompson; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.


Raymond Patten of Interlaken,
retired teacher from South Seneca Central School, passed away at home on Thursday, July 12, 2012 after a short illness.
He leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Darlene; son, Russ of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; son, Michael and his wife Laurie (Tibbits) and the grandchildren that he adored, Ashley Howd and her husband Christopher, Jonathan and Kristen Patten of Locke, NY.
Thanks to all the friends who helped out during his time of illness, and for providing him and us with so many memories that helped him fill his days to the end with such wonderful stories.
In keeping with Ray’s wishes, there will be no service or calling hours.
The family asks those who wish to make a contribution in Ray’s memory to kindly consider the Interlaken Fire Department, PO Box 274, Interlaken, NY 14847.


Lois Ann Scott, age 73,
of 521 Snowbird Lane, Flagler Beach, Florida, formerly of Ovid died at the Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House on January 23, 2012.
Friends are invited to attend a graveside ceremony, that will be held at 11:30am on Saturday, July 14, 2012 in Ovid Union Cemetery with Rev. Diane Walker of the Ovid Federated Church, officiating. A reception will immediately follow at   American Legion Post #463 in Ovid.


Esther C. Dresser, age 87,
longtime resident of Lodi, died peacefully at her home on Lodi Center Road, on Friday (June 29).
The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00pm and 7:00 to 9:00pm on Monday (July 2) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid. A graveside ceremony will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday (July 3) at Sand Hill Cemetery, 1900 Route 5&20, in Stanley, NY.  Kindly consider a donation to the South Seneca Ambulance Corps, PO Box 280, Ovid, NY 14521, in Esther’s memory.
Esther was born on December 28, 1924 in Geneva, a daughter of the late Charles and Anna (Jensen) Cooley. She was a graduate of Geneva High School, and after her marriage to Kenneth L. Dresser, they made their home in Lodi. She had been a member of the Lodi Presbyterian Church, and was a founding member of the former So. Seneca Community Assistance Corps, which established the first Strawberry Festival and Craft Fair in Ovid. She and Ken made crafts in their shop at home, and enjoyed visiting area craft fairs. She was also known as the “Cake Lady”, Esther decorated cakes for special events, holidays and birthdays for many years.
She is survived by her children, Kenneth (Connie) Dresser of Lodi, Gary (Jeanne) Dresser of Newfield, Mark (Linda) Dresser of Trumansburg, Jeff (Lisa) Dresser of Ovid, Susan (Roger) Austin of Spring Hill, FL, Cindy (Ross) Woodard of Ovid, and Carol Dresser of Ithaca, 17 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, her sister, Rita Edington of Center Conway, NH, step-sisters, Dorothy Ryan of Bath and Beth Moore of Canisteo and her special caregivers, Linda Barnard and Robyn Griffin. Esther was preceded in death by her son, David M. Dresser in 1968, her husband, Ken in 1997, and by her daughter in law, Barb Dresser in 2003.
A special “thank you” to Linda Barnard, whom Esther often referred to as her “adopted daughter”, to Adam and Nichole Crane, for all their care, Morgan and Olivia, her “rays of sunshine” on a cloudy day, and always to Cindy and Ross, often saying that Cindy was not only her daughter, but truly her best friend. Esther will be dearly missed.


Dion R. Hammond, age 52,
of Romulus, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, 26 June 2012, after losing a brave battle against cancer, while being cared for at the Clifton Springs Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to any of the following: The American Cancer Society; Finger Lakes Radiation Oncology Center (Clifton Springs); and either the North or South Seneca Ambulance Corps.
Dion was born on 12 February 1960 in Waterloo, a son of Barbara Wade Hammond and the late Duane Hammond. He attended Romulus Central School, graduating in 1978.
Dion was employed by Fuccillo Ford of Seneca Falls (formerly Lucchesi Ford) and he ultimately worked nearly 23 years between the two establishments.
Dion was a private person who was liked by many. If you were among the lucky few who were allowed to enter his small circle of close friends, you were blessed. He was a true, loyal, intelligent, witty, interesting, and unique friend who was there for you whenever you needed him.
Along with collecting coins since a very young age, Dion also collected autographed antiquarian books and antiquarian clocks, especially the Seth Thomas’ clocks that he cherished. He collected Jimi Hendrix and World War II memorabilia. Dion was a connoisseur of trivial facts, plus he was also known for his expertise in remembering dates, facts and figures of all kinds. 
Dion is survived by his loyal and loving wife of 11 years, Cynde (Bond) Hammond, Romulus, NY; his two sons, Joshua (Chrissy) Hammond, and grandson, Noah, Waterloo, NY; Jonathan Hammond, Seneca Falls, NY; his devoted mother, Barbara Wade Hammond, Romulus, NY; his sister, Donna (Bob) Hart, Newark, NY; his two brothers, Daren (Cheryl) Hammond, Phelps, NY and Drew (Michelle Buttaccio) Hammond, Cortland, NY; two sisters-in-law, Carol Lee (Allan) Harris, Waterloo, NY and Sande Bond (Allen) Smith, Interlaken, NY; aunts, uncles, and several nieces and nephews, who all adored him.
Dion was preceded in death by a sister, Diane; a brother, Dana; and by his father, Duane.
There will be a memorial service held at a later date and the details will be forthcoming.


Thomas Edward Burns, age 58,
of Lodi, died unexpectedly at Strong Memorial Hospital on Friday, June 22, 2012
A Celebration of Tom’s Life will be held on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at the Interlaken Sportsmen’s Club, 8561 Tunison Road, Interlaken starting at Noon.
Tom was born in Ithaca on March 17, 1954, a son to Ralph and Ruth (Jones) Burns. He worked for various area repair shops before owning and operating Tom’s Auto Repair in Trumansburg. In 2001, he relocated and reopened Tom’s Auto Repair in Lodi.  
Tom was a member of the Interlaken Sportsmen’s Club and truly loved fishing, trap shooting, hunting, and playing horseshoes. Always an outdoorsman, Tom enjoyed annual trips to the Adirondacks where he would camp and canoe with family and friends.
Tom is survived by his wife Doreen Burns of Lodi; two children, JoAnne Goodman of Ithaca and Thomas “Tommy” Burns Jr. of Lodi; three grandchildren, Dylan Goodman, DeShawn Falbru, and Marcellus Smith; mother Ruth Burns of Trumansburg; sister, Barbara (Tom) Wright of Trumansburg; two brothers, Jeff (Sondra) Burns of Trumansburg and John Burns (Natalie Travia) of PA; nieces and nephews, Kari Wright, Steve Wright, David (Melissa) Burns, and Tina (Casey) Lincoln; three great-nieces; one great-nephew; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Burns; sister, Mary Myra Burns; and brother, Bill Burns.


Dorothy Jane Hill, age 64,
of 5558 Route 96, Romulus, died unexpectedly at home on Sunday, June 17, 2012.
The family will be present to receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00pm on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, June 21, at the Fingerlakes Baptist Church, 1000 Yale Station Road (MacDougall), Geneva, New York with Pastor Barry Somerville officiating. A reception will immediately follow at the Romulus Fire Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family asks those who wish to make a contribution in Dorothy’s memory to kindly consider the Romulus Fire Department Auxiliary, PO Box 2, Romulus, New York 14541.
Dorothy was born in Sodus on April 27, 1948, a daughter of Roy and Eva (Eaton) Hyde.  After working for the NYS Department of Mental Health for 14 years, she went to work for Parker Hannifin as a welder for many years. After moving to Romulus, Dorothy worked as a cafeteria monitor in the Romulus School District for several years before she delivered meals in the Willard and Ovid communities for the Meal on Wheels Program.
Dorothy was a member of the Fingerlakes Baptist Church and a lifetime member of the Romulus Fire Department assisting with the fire police. She was an avid collector of salt and pepper shakers and enjoyed knitting gloves, hats, and sweaters for friends and family members. Dorothy loved all animals and her dog Spunky held a special place in her heart.
Dorothy is survived by her husband of 19 years, Steven Hill of Romulus; three sons, Richard (C.J. Napoleon) Breemes of Marengo, David Breemes of Palmyra, and Scott Breemes of FL; two daughters, Kay (Robert) Shields of Newark and Michelle Chatteron of CT; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; her mother, Eva Hyde (Art Manders) of Savannah; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Roy; and a brother, Steven Hyde.


Fabian “The Champ” G. Gonzalez, 21,
was born in Newark, NY, on March 30, 1991.  He passed away tragically on May 26, 2012 while visiting family in Bronx, NY.  He was an only child and proud son of Stephanie Saldaña-Sanchez and the late Roberto J. Gonzalez.  The funeral service was held at the Parkchester Funeral Home on June 2 and 3, and prayers of committal with military honors were held on June 6, at Glenwood Cemetery, Lochland Road, Geneva, NY.  Fabian was an “army brat” and lived in New York, Texas, North Carolina, Florida and Alabama.  After high school he served in the US Air Force, and was stationed at Holloman AFB in New Mexico.  Fabian worked Security Forces (Military Police) and was deeply involved with protecting AFB personnel and property.  He followed in mother’s footsteps and was proud to serve.  Fabian could accomplish anything he set his mind to do.  After attending 3 high schools in a span of 4 years, he graduated from Daleville High School in Daleville, Alabama in 2009; as planned.  At a very early age, he participated in many youth development activities.  His interests included swimming, boxing, basketball, Tae Kwon Do, and organized soccer.  He spent countless hours gaming and playing chess online with anonymous gamers around the globe.  Fabian also, spent many supervised summer breaks at his grandparents’ home in Geneva, NY, Kissimmee, Florida, and Bronx, NY.  He enjoyed the company of his Persian cat “Tati,” dancing and listening to hip-hop music on his MP3 player, posting photos of himself on Facebook, wearing fitted baseball caps to match his eclectic collection of footwear, traveling to visit with family and friends, reading Harry Potter books, leaving notes on the kitchen refrigerator, singing loudly in the shower, and attending the latest matinee movie with his mother and stepfather, eating Spanish cuisine, such as, “arroz con gandules and pernil,” and munching on his favorite late night snack - “Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.”  Fabian also, doted on his brand new 2010, Mitsubishi Lancer, a high school graduation gift from his mother.  He named his vehicle the, “Champion.”  Fabian’s trademark was greeting relatives with a kiss on the forehead and saying, “bendicion.”  Fabian is survived by his beloved mother, Stephanie Saldaña-Sanchez; stepfather, James D. Sanchez; paternal grandparents, Roberto and Zulma Gonzalez; maternal grandparents, Angel L. and Maria Santiago-Saldaña; maternal grandmother, Iris D. Torres; aunts and uncles from the Gonzalez, Saldaña, Santos, and Wilson family; cousins from the Gonzalez, Santos, Saldaña, and Wilson family; half brothers and half sisters, and other loving relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his loving father, Roberto J. Gonzalez and great-grandparents, Rafael Antonio and Elena Navarro.  In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Crime Victims Support Services of the North Bronx, at 1138 Neill Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461, in Fabian’s memory.


Emanuel T. Swarey, 20, of Ovid, passed away unexpectedly Monday, June 11,2012.
Emanuel was born on January 8, 1992 in Athens, Wisconsin to Lydia and Enos Swarey.
He loved to fish, his job as a residential carpenter, and he loved to spend time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his parents, Lydia and Enos Swarey, his 5 brothers, John (Ashley) Swarey, Chris (Sally) Swarey, Henry (Sara) Swarey,David  and Levi Swarey;  3 sisters, Sylvia Swarey, Ella (John) Stolfzus, and Rachael Swarey. and numerous nieces and nephews.  Emanual was preceded in death by his niece,  Emily Swarey in 2010. He is very loved and will be missed.
Friends are invited to attend a candlelight vigil at Deans Cove on Route 89 at 7:30pm , on Friday, June 15, 2012


John R. Willson, age 87,
of Interlaken, died at the Keuka Comfort Care Home in Penn Yan, Tuesday June 12, following an extended illness.
John was born on October 8, 1924, in the Town of Ovid, a son of the late Charles and Nellie (Jarvis) Willson.  Following graduation from Interlaken High School, he trained at Sampson and proudly served his country in the US Navy during WWII.  He was married to the Miss Winifred “Winnie” Jennings in Lodi, on February 6, 1949. His military time served him well upon his return to the states, and he shortly thereafter began a long career at Seneca Army Depot, where he worked as a mechanic.  His retirement was busy, remodeling the family home, building a ’34 Chevrolet coupe from a pile of parts on his garage floor, and restoring a ’55 Chevy  with his son, David. He and Winnie wintered in Estero, FL for many year, and they  were active members of the Lodi Presbyterian Chruch.
John is survived by his wife of 63 years, Winnie; his sons, Robert (Vickie) Willson of Colfax, NC and David Willson of Farmington, NY; grandchildren, Matthew and Daniel Wilson, Abigail (Adam) Bull, Courtney (Jay) Horny, Ryan Wilson, and a great grandson, Bruce Horny. He was preceded in death by his siblings.
A Celebration of John’s life will be held at Noon on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the Lodi Presbyterian Church, officiated by Pastors Jim and Nancy Yao. Friends are invited to attend a luncheon, hosted by the family at the Lodi Fire House, following services. Prayers of committal with military honors will be held privately at Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken.  Kindly consider a donation in John’s memory to the Lodi Presbyterian Church, PO Box 278, Lodi, NY 14860.


Alfred J. “Chip” Cunningham, age 56,
longtime resident of Ovid and Lodi, died unexpectedly on Friday (June 1) at Cayuga Medical Center.
The family will receive friends at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid from Noon to 2:00pm on Thursday (June 7), a funeral service will then follow at 2:00pm.  Prayers of committal will be held at West Lodi Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, monetary contributions for the benefit of Chip’s children may be mailed to Nikki Cunningham, 2071 W. Seneca Street, Ovid, NY  14521.
Chip was born on December 3, 1955 in Dallas, Texas, the only child of the late Alfred and Betty (Whitlock) Cunningham. He was a graduate of South Seneca and has worked as a corrections officer at the former Seneca County Jail in Waterloo for many years, prior to his early retirement. 
He is survived by his wife, Mary “Sue”  of North Carolina; children, Holly (Tommy) Weaver of Geneva, Nicollette (Holdan Hayes) Cunningham of Ovid, Timmy and Aliyah Cunningham, both of North Carolina, his granddaughter, Hope Weaver and his anticipated granddaughter, Addison Hayes, his cousins, nieces and nephews.


Stanley R. Hanes, age 74,
of 1708 County Road 132, Ovid, passed away at Geneva General Hospital on Friday, June 1, 2012.
The family will be present to receive friends from 10:00am to 12:00pm on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid. A Memorial Service will immediately follow at 12:00pm at the funeral home with Rev. John Kotun officiating. Prayers of committal will follow in Ovid Union Cemetery. The family asks those who wish to make a contribution in Stanley’s memory to kindly consider the Ovid Fire Department, PO Box D, Ovid, NY 14521 or the Manning Lilla American Legion Post 463, PO Box 401, Ovid, NY 14521 or the South Seneca Ambulance Corps, PO Box 280, Ovid, NY 14521.
Stanley was born in Hector Township, Pennsylvania on May 5, 1938, a son of the late Eugene and Emma (Johnston) Hanes. He joined the US Army Reserves in 1956 and served his country until he was honorably discharged in 1965. Stanley worked as a welder at Frazier Industrial in Waterloo until his retirement in 2000.
Stanley was a very active member of the Ovid community serving in the following organizations; Manning Lilla American Legion Post 463, Ovid Fire Department, South Seneca Ambulance Corps, Lodi Rod and Gun Club, and South Seneca Sportsmans Club. He loved hunting in the fall and winter and fishing in the spring and summer. 
Stanley is survived by his son, Mike Snyder and family, Alex, Benjamin, and Jack Snyder all of Ovid; two brothers, Paul (Carol) Hanes of Sabinsville, PA and Fred (Betty) Hanes of Horseheads; a sister Pauline Davis of New Cumberland, PA; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents,
Stanley was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn in 2006; two brothers, Frank and Charles Hanes; and a sister, Shirley Morgan.


Gwendolyn Z. “Patsy” Troutman, age 93,
of 5741 State Route 89, Romulus, went home to be with Jesus on Monday, May 21, 2012.
A Celebration of Patsy’s life will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at Calvary Chapel Seneca Falls, 2291 Route 89, Seneca Falls. Prayers of committal will be held privately at Mount Green Cemetery in Romulus. The family asks those who wish to remember Patsy in the form of a contribution to kindly consider Finger Lakes Oncology/Patient Assistance Fund, 6 Ambulance Dr., Clifton Springs, NY 14432 or the Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes, 551 Exchange St., Geneva, NY 14456.
Patsy was born in Seneca Falls on April 5, 1919, the youngest of eight children to the late Frank and Bertha (Mosher) Thomas. Following her graduation from Mynderse Academy in 1937, she worked as a seamstress and bookkeeper for Ginsbergs Dress Factory in Seneca Falls. In 1939, she married Doug Troutman of Romulus and they raised their four children together in East Varick. Patsy devoted her life to her family and church. She was a very active member of the Romulus Presbyterian Church serving as an elder, trustee, and member of the choir and women’s association. She also taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for many years. Patsy loved being a mother and grandmother and was always willing to do anything for her family. Her grandchildren were a special delight to her in her later years.
Patsy is survived by four children, H. Dennis (Penny) Troutman of Granby, CO, Walter (Cheryl) Troutman of Ovid, Nancy (Jim) Bromka of Romulus, and David (Donna) Troutman of Romulus; nine grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Patsy was preceded in death by her husband, H. Douglas Troutman; two infant sons; and seven siblings.


Linda L. Simmons, age 70,
of Deerlick Springs Road and Spring Hill, Florida, died on Tuesday (May 22) at Strong Memorial Hospital from complications related to a ruptured brain aneurysm. 
Linda was born in Cuba, NY on February 19, 1942, a daughter of the late James and Ruth (Sowersby) Jerolds. She graduated from nursing school in Buffalo in 1962, and had an extensive career, working at Willard Psychiatric Center, Lakeside Nursing Home and the Reconstruction Home, Charter Glades Psychiatric Center, and lastly at the Ruth Cooper Center in Ft. Myers, FL.
Linda is survived by her husband of 30 years, Andy; her children, Lisa (Eric Lee) Clauson, and Chris (Darlene) Clauson all of Dryden, and her step-children, Dawn (Greg “Hotsie”) Getman of Ovid, Andy Simmons Jr. of Holly Pond Alabama, Tom Simmons of Ft. Myers, FL, and Danny Simmons of Interlaken, 5 grandchildren, and her beloved dogs, Wilson and Winston.
Prayers of committal will be held at Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Romulus on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 11:00am.  A celebration of Linda’s life will be hosted by her family at the Trumansburg Golf Course on Saturday, June 9, 2012 from Noon to 4:00pm, all friends are invited. In lieu of flowers, friends may remember Linda in the form of a memorial to the Beverly Animal Shelter, 50 East River Road, Waterloo, NY 13165.


Kathleen Bridget (Lochren) Kindred R.N., age 89,
formerly of East Lake Road in Varick, died on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at St. John’s Home in Rochester.
The family will be present to receive friends from 10:00am to 11:30am on Saturday,(May 19) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Bart Minson,OFMCap at 12:00pm on Saturday, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Ovid. Prayers of committal will immediately follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. The family asks those who wish to make a contribution in Kathleen’s memory to kindly consider, the ALS Association, Upstate New York Chapter, 890 7th North Street, Suite 108, Liverpool, NY 13088 or the VA Medical Center, c/o Residents Fund, 400 Fort Hill Ave., Canandaigua, NY 14424.
Kathleen was born in the Town of Romulus on December 24, 1922, a daughter of the late Michael and Ellen “Nellie”(Nicholson) Lochren. Upon graduation from Ovid High School in 1940, Kathleen attended the Willard School of Nursing, graduating in 1944. She was employed as a registered nurse for many years at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. In 1982, she retired from Dr. Whitney’s private practice in Geneva.
Kathleen is survived by four children, Steven Kindred of Bergen, Ronald (Peggy) Kindred of Macedon, Dennis (Lysa) Kindred of Spencerport, and Mary (Peter) Merlo of Victor; ten grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and many nieces. She was preceded in death by her husband, Preston Kindred; a brother, Norman; and a sister, Gladys.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank You” to the caring staff of 3 South at St. John’s Home.


Bobbie O. Hepker, age 83,
of 517 Lerch Road, Geneva died on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at Geneva General Hospital.
In keeping with Bobbie's wishes, no public services will be held. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. The family asks those who wish to make a contribution in Bobbie's memory to kindly consider the West Fayette Presbyterian Church, 1063 Route 336, Geneva, NY 14456.
Bobbie was born in Wellsville on July 1, 1928, a son of the late Olin and Dorothy (Patterson) Hepker. After graduating from high school, Bobbie enlisted in the US Army and served his country for 20 years before retiring with the rank of Master Sergeant in 1966. The family settled in Caywood, NY. He worked at Schweitzer Air Craft in Elmira for several months before accepting a position at the Seneca Army Depot. Bobbie worked in the Maintenance Division of Special Weapons and retired in 1983.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Onnolee Foote  Hepker; two children, Craig (Debbie) Hepker of Penn Yan and Amy  Hepker of Seneca Falls; two grandchildren, Danielle (John) Zeno of  Penn Yan and Shannon Leonard Smith of Waterloo; six grandchildren, Anthony,  Ayrielle, Kaitlynne, Izabella, Lauryn, and Robert; a sister in law, Shirley Hepker of Olean, NY and Robert (Jayne) Foote of Idaho; and  several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Bobbie was  preceded in death by a  brother, William Hepker.
The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Bobbie's caregivers, Tiffanie Manino, Katherine O'Malley, and Mel Reynolds.


George Thomas "Tom" Porter, age 53,
former resident of the Trumansburg area, died on April 17, 2012 in Florida, following a recent cancer diagnosis.
Tom was born on January 23, 1959 in Waterloo, NY, the eldest son of George and Delsie "Mickey" Porter. The family had lived in Trumansburg, and he was a 1977 graduate of Trumansburg High School. He had worked throughout the area, to include Ithaca Billiard and Pine Tree Farms.  He was a lifetime member of the Interlaken Sportsmen's Club, he loved the outdoors...hunting and fishing. He started camping at an early age with his friends and family in the blueberry patch. Tom was proud to be a father, and always looked forward to being able to watch his son, Cole grow up.
He is survived by his son, Cole Porter of Interlaken, his mother, Mickey Skinner of Okeechobee, FL; a sister, Robin (Herb) Farr of Lodi; brothers, Rod Porter of Interlaken and Steve (Melissa) Porter of Mississippi, and a very large extended family. He was preceded in death by his father in 1976.
Friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of Tom's life to be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the Interlaken Sportsmen's Club, 8561 Tunison Road, Interlaken.


Clarence W. “Junior” Porter, age 75,
of Ithaca, formerly of Ovid, died Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at Hospicare.
The family will be present to receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00pm on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid.  A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, May 9, at the funeral Home. Prayers of committal will immediately follow in Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken. The family asks those who wish to make a contribution in Junior’s memory to kindly consider Hospicare of Tompkins County, 172 E. King Road, Ithaca, NY 14850 or Tompkins County SPCA, 1640 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, NY 14850.
Junior was born in Ovid on November 17, 1936, a son of the late Clarence and Carrie (Quigley) Porter. After attending Ovid Schools, he worked at Willard Psychiatric Center prior to working in manufacturing at GE in Seneca Falls. Junior worked in maintenance at the Campus Hill Apartments in Ithaca prior to his retirement in 1996.
Junior enjoyed attending car shows with his vintage cars,NASCAR, collecting various items he purchased at flea markets.
In addition to his parents, Junior was preceded in death by his siblings, Frank, Ray, George, Carl, and Florence Champion. He is survived by his longtime partner, Tina Mooney of Ithaca; children, Rosemary Daull of Delaware, Phyllis (David) Kaiser of Ovid, and Scott (Lynn) Porter; numerous grandchildren; siblings, Irene Stephens, Betty (Dick) Westbrook, Bill (Sylvia) Porter, and Howard (Sherry) Porter; and many nieces and nephews.


Charles R. “Charlie” Morgan, age 60,
of Bromka Road, died suddenly on Thursday, April 26, 2012.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00pm and 6:00 to 8:00pm on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid.  A funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, May 3, 2012 at the Ovid Federated Church, 7137 No. Main Street, officiated by Rev. Diane Walker. Prayers of committal will be held privately at the Glenwood Cemetery in Homer, NY. Kindly consider a donation to the Beverly Animal Shelter, 50 E. River Road, Waterloo, NY 13165 or the Romulus Foundation for Educational Opportunities, 5705 Main Street, Romulus, NY  14541 in Charlie’s memory, in lieu of flowers.
Charlie was born on March 6, 1952 in Cortland, NY a son of the late Leonard B. and Josephine R. (Crandall) Morgan. Following graduation from Homer High School, Charlie earned his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences from Cornell University. He was married on January 29, 1977 to Anne, which brought him to Romulus. He operated Morgan Appraisal Services for many years, until he obtained the position of municipal appraiser for the Town of Phelps, a job he truly enjoyed.  Charlie was a fan of the Yankees, the Giants, and most importantly…all sports of Syracuse University. He was at home in his garden, and loved being in the outdoors. He was an extraordinarily active and vital member of the Ovid-Willard Lions Club, having held the position of treasurer for many years. Charlie was a true gentleman and a champion for doing the right things for his community.
Charlie is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Anne, his siblings, MaryJo (Earl) Frost of Homer, Luanne (Tim) Reagin of Lowville, Louis (Lisa) Morgan of Homer, his sister in law, Theresa (Jamie) MacCheyne of Romulus, a brother in law, Stanley Maleski Jr. of Trumansburg, a large extended family, the parents of his god children Harry and Augie; Megan and Charlie Mullins, of Sheldrake, his other adored god children, and his many four legged friends.  He was preceded in death by his brother, John and by his wife’s parents, Stanley and Jeanette Maleski.


Ricky Lynn DeLong, age 56,
of Ovid, died at home on Friday, April 20, 2012.
The family will be present to receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00pm on Friday, April 27, 2012 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid.  A reception will immediately follow at the Legion in Ovid. The family asks those who wish to make a contribution in Rick’s memory to kindly consider the Edith B. Ford Memorial Library, PO Box 410, Ovid, NY 14521 or the Ovid Community Thrift Store, c/o Ovid Federated Church, PO Box 340, Ovid, NY 14521.
Rick was born in Geneva on November 25, 1956, a son of the late Ernest and Verlie (Stapleton) DeLong. He worked as a painter for many years with the Union Painter’s Local 178 in Ithaca.
Rick embraced nature in any way that he could. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, and birdwatcher and recently began photographing wildlife. He was a collector of all things large and small and appreciated the history various items held. The Ovid community was very important to Rick. He could often be found volunteering at the Ovid Community Thrift Store or researching and sharing local history with everyone he met.
Rick is survived by three children, Luke Apgar of Trumansburg, Valerie DeLong (Frank Figured) of Geneva, and Candace DeLong (Paul Wooden) of Waterloo; three grandchildren, Khloe Apgar, Eli Wooden, and Grant Figured; three siblings, Belinda “Sis” (Chuck) Krebbeks, John DeLong (Debra Todd), and Penny (Patrick) Burke; girlfriend Rhonda Bragg; special nephew Cory (Megan) VanNederynen; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.


David E. Updike, age 60,
died unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, March 22, 2012.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 9:00pm on Tuesday (March 28) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid.  A funeral service will be held at 2:00pm on Wednesday (March 29) at Ovid Federated Church, 7137 No. Main Street, officiated by Pastor Diane Walker. Prayers of committal will be held at Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken. The family has established an educational endowment for his grandchildren, in lieu of flowers, donations in David’s memory may be directed to: David Updike Memorial Fund, PO Box 24, Willard, NY  14588.
David was born on May 7, 1951 in Seneca Falls, the only son of Elmo and Elma (Champion) Updike. As a lifetime resident of the area he has always farmed in Lodi. He operated his trucking company, hauling grapes, hay and straw. David was more than just a spectator at motorsports, he was a stock car driver, tractor puller and snowmobiler. David was a true family man, his pride and joy came from watching his children grow to start their own families. The best way to start a conversation was to ask him about his grandchildren!
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Vicki; his daughters, Tammy (Paul) Raulerson of St. Augustine, FL and Lori Russell of Willard, a son, Michael (Fawn) Updike of Lodi, his grandchildren, Cassie Russell, David Raulerson, Davin Updike and his expected granddaughter, Rylee Updike; his mother, Elma Updike of Interlaken, a sister, Wanda Updike of Lodi, and a very large extended family. David was preceded in death by an infant son, David Jr. in 1976, and by his father in 1994.


Patricia T. Bachman, age 80,
formerly of Sheldrake and Verona Village, died peacefully on Sunday (March 18) at Seneca Nursing and Rehab Center in Waterloo, where she had resided for the past 4 years.
Pat was born on March 14, 1932 in Asbury Park, NJ, the only daughter of the late Elwood and Adeline (Finzer) Thomas.  They moved to the Rochester area as a young girl, and she attended parochial schools there, and went on to graduate with a business degree from Nazareth College.  She worked at Kodak for a period of years, before she moved to Kidders with her young family. Pat worked as an administrative secretary at South Seneca Central Schools in Ovid for more than 20 years.  She was a devoted parishioner of Holy Cross Catholic Church.
She is survived by her daughters, Jodi (Ray Jr.) Zajac of Interlaken and Julie (Randy) Botteri of Marathon, FL, her three grandchildren, Raymond III, Tracey and John Zajac. She was preceded in death by two brothers.
A Scripture Service led by Fr. Bart Minson, OFMCap of Holy Cross Church,  will be held at 10:00am on Friday,  (Mar 23) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid. Committal will be held privately by the family. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a Memorial Mass in Pat’s name to Holy Cross Catholic Church, PO Box 337, Ovid, NY 14521.


Jack H. Champion Sr., age 73,
lifelong resident of Lodi, died at Huntington Living Center in Waterloo on Friday, (Mar 16) following an extended struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.
The family will announce an opportunity to celebrate Jack’s memory in the near future, to which all friends and family will be invited.  In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Jack’s memory to the Interlaken Sportsmen’s Club, , 8561 Tunison Road, Interlaken, NY 14847.
Jack was born on July 5, 1938 in Montour Falls, a son of the late Harold and Dorothy (Bennett) Champion.  He had attended Interlaken High School, and went to work at an early age. Jack had worked at Sampson and Newark State Schools, and at Seneca Engineering in Montour Falls. He spent several years working with his brother at Bobs Welding and Fabrication in Lodi as a welder. He was also a heavy equipment operator and truck driver for the towns of Ovid and Lodi. Jack was an avid stock car racer in his early years, at the Dundee, Chemung and Ovid race tracks. Jack’s appreciation for the outdoors was important to him, as he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was also part of the Champion family music legacy, as a singer and musician.
He is survived by his wife, Pearl; his children, Lois (Jerald) Hayward, Nancy (James) Miller, Jacqueline (Bill) Hayward, Jack Champion Jr., Larry (Louise) Champion, Marjorie (Brad) Rathbun and stepson, Todd Bennett; 14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; his siblings, Elma Updike, Calvin Champion, Bob (Dorothy) Champion, Lester (Sharon) Champion, Bonnie (Brent) Ward, Marge (Ross Searles) MacCheyne, and Ralph (Barbara) Champion,; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.  Jack was preceded in death by his sister Jean Beaman and brother, Harold LeRoy Champion.


Mary Worrell, 83,
passed away peacefully on March 13 of heart failure.  Mary was born in Ithaca on July 16, 1928, the daughter of the late Floyd Darling, Sr. and Martha (Kerns) Darling. She was a lifelong resident of the Interlaken/Ovid community, growing up in Interlaken where she had fond memories of the family farm, enjoying school, family, and friends. Upon graduation from Interlaken Central School in 1946, Mary began working at Cornell as a mimeographer.  She married Richard “Dick” Worrell I in 1949; they were married for 42 years until Dick passed away in 1992. 
Mary was the consummate volunteer. She was involved with many organizations and it was a family joke that she knew everyone in New York State! She was a life member and past officer for the auxiliaries of the Interlaken Fire Dept., Central NY Firemen’s Association, Seneca County Firemen’s Association & the Interlaken & Ovid Legions. She was a member and served as an officer for the South Seneca Music Boosters and South Seneca Senior Citizens.
Mary is survived by her children Peggy (Tom) Young, Zephyrhills, FL; Rich Worrell II, Willard; Jacquie (Sam) Wright, Trumansburg; Jamie (Jennifer Updike) Worrell, Interlaken, NY; & Brenda Riley, Trumansburg.  She was a loving grandmother to her 9 grandchildren Joli Wright (Mike) Zifchock and Michelle Wright, Trumansburg; Jessica Worrell (Corey) Burns, Elmira, NY; Sean (Kerstin) Young, Ocala, FL; Jon & Julie Riley, Trumansburg; Seth & Emma Worrell, Interlaken and Collin Worrell, Willard.  Mary adored and was adored by her great grand children – Dylan, Samantha & Michael Zifchock & Alorah & Alaynah Burns. She is also survived by her siblings Fred (Toni) Darling, Fairport; Joanne Glosser, Clearwater, FL; Floyd (Mary) Darling, Jr., Homosassa, FL; & sister-in-law Iny Darling, Interlaken; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. Mary was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Richard Worrell I, brother Clifford Darling, brother-in-law Chuck Glosser, son-in-law Bill Riley, and daughter-in-law Joyce (Westervelt) Worrell.
Mary will be remembered as a kind woman who was loved by her community. Wherever she went, Mary made friends, and she leaves many who will remember her thoughtfulness and compassion.  Mary loved to read, do crossword puzzles, garden, and play bingo and euchre. She was an avid Yankees and NASCAR fan.
Calling hours will be held at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main Street in Ovid on Saturday, March 17 from 2-4 pm with a memorial service to follow.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial gifts in honor of Mary to the Covert Funeral Home, PO Box 218, Ovid, NY 14521 for allocation by the family or the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery, PO Box 243, Seneca Falls, NY 13148


Mary M. Waters, age 59,
lifetime resident of Romulus, died peacefully at her Seneca Street home on Wednesday (Mar 7).
The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00pm on Sunday (Mar 11) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid. A Scripture Service at the funeral home will be led by Father Bart Minson, OFMCap of Holy Cross Church at 4:00pm on Sunday. Prayers of committal will be held privately by the family at Holy Cross Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Mary’s memory to the Romulus Foundation for Educational Opportunities, 5705 Main Street, Romulus, NY 14521, www.romulusfoundation.org, or Holy Cross Cemetery, PO Box 337, Ovid, NY  14521.
Mary was born on October 21, 1952 in Waterloo, the only daughter of the late James and Esther(Nickerson) Waters.  She was a 1970 graduate of Romulus High School and attended Cayuga Community College. She worked in food service at Willard Psychiatric Center, and as an aide at Geneva Living Center North. She was an active volunteer at the Ovid American Legion and VFW Posts, and the organizer of the Wednesday Night Euchre Club. Mary’s quick wit and willingness to help others will be fondly remembered by all who knew her.  For the past 10 years, her joy came from spending time with her grandson, Brayden. Whether it be fishing, attending school activities or basketball games, Mary was happiest being “Grandma”.
She is survived by her daughter, Laura Waters, her grandson, Brayden Barnes, both of Waterloo, a brother, Thomas Waters and his son, Eric, and her close circle of friends.


Henry W.Funk, age 71,
of Waterloo, passed away at home on March 3rd after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Prayers of committal with military honors will be held at 1:00pm  on Friday, March 30, 2012 at Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Romulus. A Masonic service will be held at the American Legion Winnek Post #396, 1115 Lochland Road,Geneva, NY on at 11:30am on Saturday, March 31st 2012, with a luncheon hosted by the family.  In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA  01104-2396 in Henry’s memory.
Henry was a lifelong resident of Upstate NY having grown up in Ovid. After high school he served in the US  Navy  from 1959 to 1963, and was stationed on a destroyer where he was the recipient of The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.  Henry worked at the Seneca Army Depot as a guard and in the property disposal unit.  While at the Depot, Henry worked in Germany for six months assisting in setting up a base there. After the closing of the Depot,  Henry worked for the US Postal Service in Rochester as an HVAC technician until his retirement.  Henry was active in the Geneva American Legion and VFW, German American Society, NRA, Ducks Unlimited, Verein Deutsch-Drahtharar/Group of North America, and promoted the establishment of the Veteran’s Cemetery at the former Sampson Naval Base in Romulus, NY.
Henry was an active Mason, having been raised in the Farmerville-Union lodge in 1982 where he served as Master and a member of Ark Lodge of Geneva, NY since 2003. He was a member of the Damascus Shriners of Webster NY, The Sons of Italy and served as past President of the Geneva Shrine Club.
Henry is survived by his loving wife Shirley, cousin Louie Paul (Marie), other cousins, nieces and nephews, his dog Dieter and many close friends


Michael A. Phillips, 58,
of Interlaken passed away on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at FF Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua.
Mike was born on August 5, 1953 in Ithaca, New York. He was a lifetime resident of Interlaken, New York.  Mike graduated from South Seneca High School in Ovid, New York with a football scholarship to Morehead State University in Kentucky. After receiving a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Morehead, he accepted a position with Camp McCormick in Brooktondale as a Recreation Therapist. Mike also worked as a Recreation Therapist at Willard Psychiatric Hospital and later for Elmira Psychiatric Center. At the time of his retirement from Elmira Psychiatric Center in 2008, he was a Residence Manager for two community residences.
 Mike’s love of football since a little boy was evident, as he cheered on the New York Giants year after year. He successfully played the position of tackle in football through high school and college. He was also a devoted NASCAR and Indy fan but his most memorable times were those spent with family, especially his two granddaughters.
 Mike is survived by his wife of 32 years, Marcia A. Maloney Phillips of Interlaken; daughter, Sharon Barrett of Syracuse; mother, Anne Phillips of Interlaken; Brother, Stephen Phillips of Interlaken; sister, Laure (Gordy) Skutt of Ballston Lake; granddaughters, Anjelica and Cassandra Barrett of Syracuse; three nieces, Kathleen and Jessica Maloney and Jenny Adams and one nephew, Michael Skutt. Michael was predeceased by his father, Arthur Phillips.
 The family will be present to receive friends from 9:30 to 11:30 am on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 S. Main St, Ovid. Services will begin at 11:30 am on Saturday, at the funeral home. Following the services, friends are invited to join the family for a reception at the South Seneca Sportsman’s Club, 6894 Yarnell Rd, Ovid, where Mike had been a lifetime member.
 In lieu of flowers, those who wish to make a contribution in Mike’s memory are asked to kindly consider the Kidney Cancer Assn., PO Box 4668, New York, NY 10163-4668, the National Down Syndrome Society, 666 Broadway, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10012 or South Seneca Sportsman’s Club, 6894 Yarnell Rd, Ovid, New York 14521.


Charles Russell Coney, age 70,
of Lodi, died unexpectedly at home on Sunday, February 19, 2012.
Funeral Services will begin at 11:00am on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid. In lieu of flowers, the family asks those who wish to make a contribution in Charles’ name to kindly consider the American Heart Association, PO Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220.
Charles was born in New Castle, Delaware on April 30, 1941, a son of the late Liston and Anice (Dickens) Coney. Following his graduation from H. Fletcher Brown Vocational High School, Charles joined the US Army and was honorably discharged on July 10, 1964. He returned to Delaware and married Viola Mae Champion on April 9, 1966. After returning to Lodi in 1975, he briefly worked at Cornell University before working as an electrical lineman at the Seneca Army Depot for 19 years prior to his retirement in 1995.
Charles enjoyed fishing, woodworking, reading, and completing puzzles. Most of all, he cherished time spent with his family, and especially his grandchildren. 
Charles is survived by his wife of nearly 46 years, Viola Coney of Lodi; three children, Charles L. (Nancy) Coney of Lodi, Melissa A. (Christopher) Brewer of Lodi, and Andrew L. (Rachel) Coney of Ovid; four grandchildren, Mitchell, Cheyenne, Sierra, and Kyra; three step-grandchildren, Shane, Eli, and Jessica (Joe); two step-great-grandchildren, Shealie and Julia; sister, Doris Pethel of DE; brother, Alton (Phyllis) Coney of DE; mother-in-law, Lillian Champion; sisters-in-law Irene Williamson, Connie (Ken) Dresser, and Phyllis Smith; brother-in-law, Ron Champion; Viola’s aunt, Jeanne Thompson; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Coney; sister-in-law, Loma Coney; brother-in-law Brady Pethel; and father-in-law, Jerome Champion.


Brenda L. Niver, age 45,
of Romulus, died at Geneva General Hospital on Monday, January 23, 2012.
She remained optimistic throughout her entire battle with cancer and always lived by the motto “Just Remember Through It All, Never Give Up.”  She did not take any “bull” unless it had horns.
A Memorial Service will be held at 4:00pm on Saturday, January 28th at Ovid Federated Church, 7137 Main Street, Ovid, officiated by Pastor Diane Walker and Pastor Ralph Selin. Friends are invited to attend a reception following the service. The family asks those who wish to remember Brenda in the form of a contribution to kindly consider Interlakes Oncology and Hematology, 675 Washington Street, Geneva, NY 14456.
Brenda was born in Ithaca on September 8, 1966, the daughter of Edson and Betty (Terry) Baker. Brenda was a graduate of South Seneca High School. She worked as a distribution technician at Genex in Ithaca for the past several years.
Brenda had a heart full of love for all creatures, and a deep passion for the care of her horses, bulls, dogs, and cats. Those who knew her will remember her fearless attitude, both regarding her illness and life in general. She allowed nothing to stand in her way, and her strong will shone through in every aspect of her life. Even when displaying her trademark stubbornness, however, she maintained a cheerful attitude, and her smile drew attention wherever she went. A loving mother and devoted wife, she was loved by all, her family was always a priority to her, and she could find joy simply spending time with her loved ones.
Brenda is survived by her husband, Brian C. Niver of Romulus; daughter, Ninja M. DeParde of Romulus; step children Dennis and Rebecca Niver of Richmond, VA; mother, Betty J. Baker of Interlaken; grandmother, Beatrice E. Terry (Richard) Greenwalt of Ovid; a grandson, Brodie Niver of Richmond, VA; a godson, Mathew “Bucky” Moore; two sisters, Terry L. (Wendell) Moore and family of Interlaken; Connie M. (John) Lucas and family of Aberdeen, MD; special friend Michelle E. Langley of Interlaken; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews; mother in law, Carol S. Patterson of Richmond, VA; and many very special friends.  She was preceded in death by her father, Edson W. Baker, Sr.; brother, Edson W. Baker, Jr.; grandfather, Earl S. Terry; and grandparents Charles and Maude Baker.


Henry LeConte “Hal” Morris Jr., age 89,
lifetime resident of Ovid, died peacefully at his home on County Road 131 on Monday (Jan 23rd).
A Memorial Service to commemorate Hal’s life will be held at 11:00am on Saturday (Jan 28) at the Ovid Federated Church, officiated by Rev. Diane Walker.  A reception will follow the service at the church, friends are invited to stay and share memories with the family. A private committal will be held at the West Lodi Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the South Seneca Central School Business Office, 7263 Main Street, Ovid, NY 14521, for the creation of a business scholarship in Hal’s memory.
Hal was born in Ovid on April 23, 1922, the only son of the late Henry L. and Katherine (Porter) Morris, Sr. He graduated from Ovid Central School in 1940, and proudly served his country during WWII from 1942-1945. Hal graduated from Cornell University in 1950 with his bachelor’s degree, and again served in the US Air Force from 1950 to 1951. For more than 20 years, Hal worked as the business manager for South Seneca Central School District, and as tax collector until 1998.
He is survived by his wife, Roberta Morris, his daughters, Denise Morris of Ovid, and Cynthia (Paul) Zimbrich of Rochester, and his grand daughters, Alayna, Hanna, and Dannielle Zimbrich. Hal was preceded in death by his sister, Katharine.


Lois Ann Scott, age 73,
of 521 Snowbird Lane, Flagler Beach, Florida, formerly of Ovid, died at the Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House on Monday, January 23, 2012.
Lois was born on August 6, 1938 in Greenfield, OK, a daughter of the late Homer and Lois (Albin) Duncan. Prior to her retirement, Lois worked at Willard Psychiatric Center for 26 years as a therapy aide. In 1993, she made her home in Flagler Beach where she served as a member of the Flagler County Volunteers and Flagler Beach United Methodist Church. Remaining active in her retirement, Lois also worked as a cook at Pine Castle Retirement Center and was the Activity Director at Bulow RV Resort. When she wasn’t busy volunteering, Lois enjoyed crocheting, playing cards, and traveling to visit with family and friends. 
Lois is survived by three children; Brenda (Craig) Lynch of Lincoln University, PA; Brian (Grace) Scott, and Craig Scott, both of Dover, DE. Five grandchildren, Christopher and Jennifer Lynch, Amanda and Bradley Scott, and Zachary Cooke; three great-grandchildren, Hallie Slack, and Kayla and Taylor Workenaour; siblings, Dean Duncan of Midwest City, OK and Ruth (Louis) Patrignani of Port Orange, FL; and a sister in law, Sally Duncan of Port Orange, FL. In addition to her parents, Lois was preceded in death by her husband, George W. Scott; two sons, Bradley W. and Jeffrey W. Scott; and a brother, Bill Duncan.
Committal Services at Ovid Union Cemetery will be announced at a later date.
The family asks those who wish to make a contribution in Lois’ memory to kindly consider The Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House, 150 Memorial Medical Parkway Palm Coast, FL 32164.


Violet M. Smith, age 95,
longtime resident of Kingtown Road, died on Friday, January 20th at the Alterra Clare Bridge Cottage of Ithaca.
Graveside services will be held privately at Frear Memorial Park in Ithaca. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Hospicare of Tompkins County, 179 East King Road, Ithaca, NY 14850 in Violet’s memory.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara (William) Kirk of Trumansburg; grandchildren, Mike and Scott Kirk, Michele Baker and Jeffery Smith, and four great grandchildren. Violet was preceded in death by her husband, George, a daughter, Connie and her siblings, Charles “Mike”, William and Oscar Lawson, Margaret Gauras and Evelyn Costa.


Betty M. Potter, age 87,
formerly of Verona Village, died at Seneca View Nursing Facility in Montour Falls on Friday (Jan 13th).
The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 3:00pm on Tuesday (Jan 17th) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main St in Ovid. An auxiliary ceremony and funeral service officiated by Pastor Judy Peppard, will follow at 3:00pm. Interment will be held at Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken in the spring. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Betty’s name to the South Seneca Ambulance Corps, PO Box 280, Ovid, NY  14521.
Betty was born in Reynoldsville on February 23, 1924, a daughter of the late Jerome and Edith (Newberry) Champion Sr. She attended Watkins Glen Schools and worked at the former Sampson Naval Base in Romulus. She retired as a therapy aide from Willard Psychiatric Center after many years of service. She was very active with the American Legion Post #463 Auxiliary, serving as president twice. She always had beautiful flowerbeds at her home in Interlaken before moving to Verona Village in Ovid.  She would often greet Halloween trick-or-treaters with her own costume on. Betty truly enjoyed having her grandchildren and great grand children come to visit her. She was a gentle little lady who could at time show her “spunk”!
She is survived by her sons, Jimmie (Marcia) Bennett of Montour Falls, and Dean (Jean) Potter of Canandaigua;  grandchildren, Kevin, Jerry, and Gary  Carmell, Todd and Henry Bennett, Erin Updyke , Tammy, Christopher, Ryan  and Samantha Potter, and several great grandchildren.  Betty was preceded in death by a daughter, Gloria in 2008 and by her seven siblings.


Natalie J. Wheeler,  age 39,
of 808 Winifred Dr. Webster (formerly of Ovid) passed away Tuesday, January 10 at Strong Memorial Hospital after an extended illness.  Born February 3, 1972 in Neptune, New Jersey, Natalie was raised in Florida where she developed a passion for swimming, surfing and diving.  When she and her husband moved to New York from Florida five years ago, Natalie brought the warmth with her.  Her smile and sunny personality captivated many New Yorkers, helping her make friends wherever she went.    In addition to her love of the water, Natalie also enjoyed flying and singing---wowing many karaoke crowds with her voice.  More than any of her hobbies; however, Natalie deeply loved her children, Katlyn and Nikolas, who survive her.  In addition to her children, Natalie leaves behind her beloved husband Christopher D. Wheeler, her father Jose Navarrete Vistoso, step-father Michael Connelly, brothers Shawn and Patrick Connelly, aunt Deborah Harris, Uncle Timothy (Robin) Gennell and family, mother-in-law Shirley Wheeler, sisters-in-law,  Denise (Dee) Williams, Carrie (Ismael) Carmenatty, brothers-in-law; Tim (Kelly) Wheeler and Kevin (Kelly) Wheeler, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her mother Karen Genell Connelly.  A memorial service will be held at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main Street, Ovid at 4:00 PM, Monday, January 16, with Pastor Diane Walker officiating.  A time of fellowship will be held at the Ovid Federated Church immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to a trust for Natalie’s children. Contributions should be sent c/o Shirley Wheeler, 8253 Brokaw Road, Interlaken, NY 14847. 
In light of Natalie’s illness, the family asks friends to kindly consider the lasting gift of organ donation.


Phyllis M. Wheeler, age 86,
of Hector, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 passing away at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls.  

Born on October 14, 1925 in the Town of Covert, Phyllis was the daughter of the late Lewis and Mildred (Emmons) Dawson II. Phyllis had a variety of occupations throughout her lifetime, as a young girl during World War II, she rode a motorcycle to Ithaca to work at Ithaca Gun, and after her marriage to Ora Jay Wheeler on November 11, 1946, she took temporary work to help the family. Those workplaces included Babcock Hatchery in Jacksonville, Ridley’s Book Bindery in Ithaca, Taballi’s Restaurant in Interlaken, and lastly, the Tompkins County Hospital. She and Jay made their home in Hector nearly 40 years ago. 

Besides Jay, her three children and their families were the “light” of her life. She enjoyed bowling, boating, dancing, playing cards with her family and friends, and of course, loved to gamble. As a homemaker, Phyllis enjoyed cooking and could even pass venison as roast beef to her guests. She was feisty so no one ever dared criticize her meals. (Truth being, they were always delicious!) 

Phyllis is survived by her children, Cynthia (Tom) Lilly of Ithaca; Charles Wheeler and Susan (Charles Hendry) Wheeler, all of Valois; grandchildren, Andrew Lilly, Chuck Haviland, Shelby Hagar, Chad Haviland, Joshua and Olivia Waschezyn; 12 great grandchildren; a special nephew, Roger (Rita) Swartwood of Burdett; and longtime friends, Verna May of Lansing and Barbara Wheeler of Penn Yan. Last, but not least, she leaves behind her very loving, barking, circling dog, Holly, a Sheltie Collie. 

A Committal Service will be planned later in the year for both Phyllis and Jay at the family plot in Grove Cemetery in Trumansburg. 

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865 or Schuyler County Hospital, Medical-Surgical Unit, Steuben Street, Montour Falls, NY 14865.


Larry W. “Champ” Kenyon, age 63,
died unexpectedly at his home on Sanibel Island, FL.
The family will receive friends from 2-4pm and 7-9pm  on Thursday, January 19th, 2012 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid.  A Memorial Service to commemorate Larry’s life will be held at 11am on Friday, January 20, 2012  at the funeral home, officiated by Rev. Diane Walker of the Ovid Federated Church.
Prayers of committal will be held at Ovid Union Cemetery, and the family will be hosting a reception at the Golden Buck following the services. Kindly consider a donation to the Four Towns Community Center, PO Box 91, Ovid, NY 1421 or, South Seneca Sports Boosters, PO Box 146, Ovid, NY 14521  or the American Diabetes Assoc., 160 Allens Creek Road, Building 160, 1st Floor Rochester, New York 14618  in Larry’s memory.
Larry was born on April 20, 1948 in Seneca Falls, the oldest son of Lloyd B. and Maxine (Van Nostrand) Kenyon.  He was a 1966 graduate of Ovid Central High School, and he earned his Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1970. During the early 1970’s he had worked for the Dole Company in Hawaii, and in admissions at Cornell University. He eventually settled on Sanibel Island, Florida as it’s beauty was the closest thing to Hawaii, yet closer to his family and friends on the east coast. His long career in the hospitality industry of Florida, allowed Champ to brush elbows with people of all walks of life, and many conversations led to extensive travels around the country visiting the places he heard about from patrons.  It’s fair to say that sports were the highlight of Champs everyday world..it’ didn’t matter the venue, the team or the location..he was instrumental in organizing trips, leagues, tournaments and was always found on the sidelines or in the stands. The highlight of his summers was to travel back home to Ovid, where he spent time at the family cottage on Cayuga Lake and spent time with family and friends.  In the most recent years, his stays were often extended, to catch the start of the fall season for his nieces’ and nephew’s sporting events.
Larry is survived by his parents; a brother, Greg (Mary) Kenyon of Ovid and their children, MacKenzie, Matthew and Allison; and the extended families of his parents and his many friends and colleagues in Florida


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