Obituaries 2009


Harold S. Lane, age 83,
of 2341 County Road 129, died at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca on Tuesday (Dec 29) following a lengthy illness.
Friends may call from 3:00 to 6:00pm on Monday (Jan 4) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid.  A Scripture Service will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday (Jan 5) at the funeral home. Interment will be held at Maple Grove Cemetery in Waterloo in the Spring. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Beverly Animal Shelter, 50 East River Road, Waterloo, NY 13165, in Harold’s memory.
Harold was born on May 7, 1926 in the Town of Romulus, a son of the late Alden and Frances Lane. He proudly served his country in the US Navy during WWII, having trained at Sampson Naval Base. Following his discharge in 1946, he served 5 years in the Reserves, and as called back to active duty in 1950, and served in Korea until 1951. He eventually moved back to Romulus, from Waverly, NY and began farming, which he continued until his retirement in 1991.  He was an avid gardener, collector of toy tractors, and enjoyed refurbishing horse drawn farm implements.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Beverly, a brother, Walter Lane of Waverly, NY; sisters, Josephine Osovski of Lyons and Jeanette Fredendall of Clyde, several nieces and nephews and his wife’s family, The Clarks. Harold was preceded in death by his brothers, Leo and Joseph, and a sister, Irene.

Lillian “Lily” Harvey, age 77,
 of Waterloo, died at Geneva General Hospital on Sunday, December 27, 2009.
Lillian was born on August 17, 1932 in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of the late Holger and Selma (Hagman) Andersen. She was a compassionate caregiver all of her life and spent more than 25 years  working as an LPN at Eger Health Center on Staten Island. She and her husband wintered at Briny Breezes, Florida for many years.  She moved to the Waterloo area in 2006, after having been a resident of Staten Island since 1961. She made many friends through her artistic endeavors, most specifically painting. She had a host of hobbies, all of which expressed her artistic talents. Lillian had an all encompassing heart that gave her the ability and strength to take care of her family and friends.
She is survived by  her children, Barbara A. (Linda Beck) Rosenblum of Geneva, Nancy E. (Ralph) Ferrara of Great Kills, Staten Island, and Steven J. (Diane) Harvey of Parlin, NJ; a granddaughter, Allie Harvey; a son in law, Seth (Trudy) Rosenblum of Jay, NY; a nephew, Joseph (Francine) Devine of Lake Ariel, PA; a niece, Sharon Murray of Pensacola, FL and her beloved pet, Laci. Lillian was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph A. Harvey in 2007, and by a brother, Leonard Andersen.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, December 31, 2009 from 2:00 to 4:00pm at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid. Funeral Services and burial will be held later in the week on Staten Island. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Lillian’s memory to the Beverly Animal Shelter, 50 E. River Road, Waterloo, NY 13165.

Betty F. Ferrand, age 83,
of Interlaken, died peacefully at her home on Friday, December 25, 2009 with her loving family at her side following a two year illness that eventually led to acute leukemia.
Betty was born on March 8, 1926 in Ensinore, Cayuga County, New York, a daughter of the late Archie C. and Ellen “Nellie” (Hawkins) Fortner. She attended schools in the Ithaca area, and graduated from Ithaca High School in 1944. At the age of 62, she obtained her Associates Degree from TC3. After high school, she worked at Babcock Poultry Farm for 12 years as a secretary and office manager. She and her husband then operated a poultry farm for 13 years, and in 1977, Betty worked as an aide in the Resource Room at South Seneca Central School, until her retirement.
Betty was a pillar of the Interlaken Community, as a member of the Interlaken Reformed Church and active participant at the “Kitchen Cupboard”, member of the Interlaken Historical Society,  a volunteer tutor, among many other community projects. She was an avid Cornell Basketball and Football fan, an avid reader, and many persons were the recipients of her birthday, anniversary and Christmas cards. She was a talented pianist and enjoyed playing in the handbell chorus. Betty’s devotion to her family was undoubtedly her greatest motivation and most rewarding joy throughout her lifetime, particularly her grandsons.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Raymond H., and daughters, Cathy F. (Mike) Bullock of N. Logan, UT, and Ellen F. (Eugene) Whitley of Wake Forest, NC; her two grandsons, Micah and Benjamin Whitley and a brother, Everett “Bud” Fortner of Hinsdale, NY and his daughters, Cheryl Hopkins and Susan Keim and their families. Betty was preceded in death by her siblings, Lyle Fortner, Ameta Anheier and Evelyn Fortner.
A Memorial Service to celebrate Betty’s life will be held at 2:00pm on Sunday, January 3, 2010 at the Interlaken Reformed Church, with pastor Derek VandeSlunt officiating.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Betty’s memory to the Tompkins County American Red Cross- Blood Services, 201 W. Clinton Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, Lifetime Care Hospice, 1120 So. Main Street, Newark, NY  14513 or the Charity of one’s choice.
Betty’s family would like to extend a personal Thank-you to the doctors and staff of the Ithaca Medical Group, Cathy and Brenda of the Oncology Unit and the lab staff at Cayuga Medical Center for all of their care and consideration to Betty during her illness.

Edward J. McArdle, age of 79,
formerly of Ovid, passed away at Lewis County General Hospital Residential Health Care Facility, Lowville, on Sunday, December 20, 2009.
The family will be present to receive friends on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 from 9:00 to 10:00 am at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Ovid, New York. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:00am at the church. Prayers of committal will immediately follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. 
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions in Edward’s name be directed to the Lewis County Friends of Hospice, PO Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367 or the American Cancer Society, 1400 Winton Rd. North, Rochester, NY 14609.
Born on April 19, 1930 in Willard, Edward was the son of the late Edward Joseph and Mary Agnes (Ploechl) McArdle. Following his graduation from high school, Edward went on to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree from Empire State College. He honorably served his country as a Captain in the United States Air Force including one deployment to Korea. Edward worked as a Nurse Administrator at Willard Psychiatric Center prior to his retirement.
Edward was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Disabled American Veterans. He enjoyed golfing and collected various items throughout the years.
In addition to his parents, Edward was preceded in death by a sister, Geraldine Bradley. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Marilyn McArdle of Lowville; six children, Kevin (Susan) McArdle of Lowville, Patrick (Lisa) McArdle of Melbourne, Florida, Kelly (Donald) Breen of Theresa, NY,  Mary (Edward) Collins of Lowville, Margaret “Maggie” McArdle of Hillsboro, NC, and Kerry (Matthew) Hamling of Northboro, MA; and 13 grandchildren. 


Marion M. Covert, age 90,
formerly of Hayts Corners, died on Saturday (Dec 19) at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca.
Friends may call from 10:00am to 11:00 on Wednesday, Dec 23, 2009 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid. A Funeral Service will then follow at 11:00am at the funeral home. Prayers of committal will be held at Mount Green Cemetery in Romulus.
Marion was born in the Town of Varick on October 6, 1919, a daughter of the late Hemferd and Hazel (Deal) Falkenberg. A lifetime resident of Seneca County, in the 1940’s she made her home in Hayts Corners, with her husband, David F. “Mike” Covert, who died in 2003.
Marion had been befriended by her neighbors, the Sears family, and for the past few years  Marion has made her home in Pennsylvania, with part of that extended family, Clinton and Ellie Wolfe and their daughter, Moria


William W. Ward, 95,
formerly of Waterloo, died Monday (Nov. 30) at the Beechtree Nursing Center in Ithaca.
The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 3) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main St., Ovid, where a funeral service will then follow at 1 p.m. officiated by the Rev. Stephen Beals. Prayers of Committal will be held in Maple Grove Cemetery in Waterloo.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to American Cancer Society, 1400 Winton Road, Suite 1, Rochester 14609, in William's memory.
William was born Jan. 16, 1914, in Norfolk, St. Lawrence County, the youngest of seven children, to the late William M. and Bessie Ward. He moved to Waterloo as a teenager, and just days before his high school graduation joined the CC camps as a way to help his family during the Great Depression. He later worked in Seneca Falls delivering ice and coal, and then as a welder. Most of his adult career was spent as a truck driver, retiring from Penn Yan Express in 1976. He was also a member of former Teamsters Local 506.
He is survived by his children, Claudia Brown of Alabama, Joan Cousin of New Jersey and William J. Ward of Waterloo; his grandchildren, Claudia (Anthony) Passero, Melody Brown and Michael Brown, all of Alabama, Gary (Hanyo) Brown of Japan, Ryan (Tammy) Cousin and Cameron Cousin, all of New Jersey, Mackenzie (Brad) Covert of Ithaca and Sean (Frank Martinez) Ward of Buffalo; and several great-grandchildren.
William was preceded in death by his wife, Concetta "Connie" Ward, in 2000

Ross L. Bamburg, age 66.
of Ovid, passed away at the Keuka Comfort Care Home in Penn Yan on Saturday, November 28, 2009.
Born in West Monroe, Louisiana on April 5, 1943, Ross was the son of Ellis L. and Flora Belle (Eubanks) Bamburg. At the age of 18 Ross entered the US Army and over the ensuing 20 years he served with valor. He had been stationed in Germany and fought in  VietNam, from which he received a Purple Heart for his courageous service. Prior to his Honorable Discharge on July 31, 1981, SSG Ross served in the 295th Military Police Company at the Seneca Army Depot in Romulus. He was proud of his membership in the American Legion Post #463 in Ovid, developing many friendships with fellow service men and women.
Ross was a natural behind a camera lens and spent many years developing countless rolls of film while operating Ross’s Photos. He enjoyed capturing memorable events at weddings, parties, receptions and community events.
In addition to his parents, Ross was preceded in death by his wife Carolyn J. Bamburg on December 31, 2005. He is survived by three step-sons Kevin Lawton of Sunnyvale, CA, Michael Lawton of Colorado Springs, CO and Mark Lawton of Mayfield; two grandchildren; three brothers-in-law William C. (Shirley) Smith of Hammondsport, James Moore of Ovid and Wendell (Terry) Moore of Ovid; one sister-in-law Nancy Langley of Interlaken and many nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Ovid Federated Church on Thursday, Dec 3,2009 at10:00am with the Rev. Diane Walker officiating. In appreciation of Ross’s dedicated service, a Military Honors Tribute will be performed at the church.
The family asks those who wish to remember Ross in the form of a contribution to kindly consider Keuka Comfort Care Home, 35 Route 54 East Lake Rd., Penn Yan, NY 14527.

Ronald M. Rice, 67,
formerly of Ovid and Willard, died on October 6, 2009 in Vacaville, Ca.
Ron was born on July 19, 1942 in Waterloo, NY, to Malcolm Rice and Frances Kinne, who preceded him in death.  Ron's grandparents were the late Anna and Henry Kinne of Ovid, and James and Anna Rice of Willard.
Survivors include a sister, Carole Rice, of Concord, CA., brother, Gary DeWeerd, of Alpharetta, GA;  nephew, Kyle DeWeerd, of Alpharetta, GA; nieces, Megan & Chelsea Balint, of Alpharetta, GA.; aunts Elizabeth Furst, of Auburn, NY and Virginia Raisner, of Somers Pt., NJ, and several cousins.
Ron was cremated in California and prayers of committal will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery in Ovid on Saturday, November 21, 2009, at 2:00 pm.
Covert Funeral Home in Ovid, NY, has assisted the family with arrangements.

Agnes M. Jacot, age 68,
of Lodi, died on Sunday, November 8th at Schuyler Hospital surrounded by her family and friends.
The family will receive friends from 1:00pm to 2:00pm on Wednesday (Nov 11) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid.  A funeral service will then be held at 2pm, officiated by Rev. Diane Walker of the Ovid Federated Church. Prayers of committal will be held privately for family members at West Lodi Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial in Agnes’ name may be directed to either South Seneca Ambulance, PO Box 280, Ovid, NY 14521 or Valois-Logan-Hector Volunteer Ambulance, PO Box 46, Hector, NY 14841.
Agnes was born in the Town of Hector on June 13, 1941, daughter of the late Jacob and Mable (Struble) Clark. She was a graduate of Ovid High School. She was a lifetime caregiver, and her working career as a therapy aide began at Sampson State Hospital, to Willard Psychiatric Center, as a nurse’s aide at Lakeside Nursing Center, and finally as a community resident aide at both the Ovid and Interlaken Community Residences, retiring in January of 2000.  She had been a member of the Lodi Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Rick;  sons, Gerald “Duce” (Christine Carlsen) Veeder of Seneca Falls, Robert “Fritz” Veeder of Virginia, and Dennis “Bucky” (Kristen) Jacot of Raleigh, NC; grandchildren, Katelyn and Diamond Veeder, Brian Moss Jr., Matthew Carlsen-Derby, Gage and Ella Jacot;  special friends Toni and Jami Willard of Trumansburg, NY, sisters, Gertrude Charles of Schuykill Haven, PA and Jean Mettler of Freeville, NY and several nieces and nephews.  Agnes was preceded in death by her infant sons, Gary Allen Veeder and Stephen Michael Jacot, and by her siblings Henry Clark, Wesley Clark, Thelma Lisk, Lettie McCoy, Yvonne (Bonnie) Haskins, William Clark and Walt Clark.

Laura M. “Peggy” Holley, age 89
formerly of Hayts Corners, passed away at the home of her daughter, on Tuesday, November 3, 2009.
A private family service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, November 7, 2009 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street Ovid, NY, officiated by Rev. Diane Walker and Fr. Bart Minson. Prayers of committal will be held at Ovid Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Geneva General Dialysis Center, 196 North Street, Geneva, NY 14456, where Laura received loving care for nearly 2 years.
Laura was born on December 6, 1919 in Ithaca, NY the only daughter of the late Patrick and Wilma (Barrus) Sullivan.  She was married to Francis E. Holley on December 5, 1942, as newlyweds, they moved to Arizona for her husband’s military service, and then they established their home in Hayts Corners, where the couple lived for nearly 60 years.  Peggy dedicated her life to her family, and treasured her time spent with children, grandchildren and eventually great grandchildren. 
She is survived by her children, Barbara (Gary) Alger of Ovid, John “Jack” (Linda) Holley of Ovid; grandchildren, Chris (Carol) Alger of Fulton, Shelley Reynolds of Ovid, Laurie (Andrew) Nass of Romulus, and Kathy Robinson of Ovid; great grandchildren, Joshua Alger, Mitchell and Abigail Alger, Brett Robinson, Holley Reynolds and Ethan King; by her husband’s extended family and special friends, Cindy Doolittle and Donna Morrell. Peggy was preceded in death by her husband, Francis, a grandson, Michael Holley and by her brothers, William and Jack Sullivan.

Joyce K. Worrell, age 46, of 1511 County Road 132, died peacefully in the loving arms of her sister, Pam, at Clifton Springs Hospital on Monday, October 19, 2009, following a courageous battle with lung cancer.
Joyce, daughter of Richard and Beverly Westervelt of Trumansburg, who survive her, was born on October 26th, 1962 in Ithaca, NY.  She graduated from Trumansburg High School and attended SUNY Morrisville. Many will remember Joyce as the smiling face in the office of the Ovid Big M where she had worked for 24 years.  In addition to being a loving, caring, nurturing and patient wife, mother, daughter, sister, and aunt, her family will always remember her love of cooking, gardening and sewing.  Joyce also found time for woodworking, floral design, crocheting and knitting.  She was passionate about everything she did, putting her heart and soul into all she did to insure a comfortable and soothing life for her family.  Her beautiful, welcoming home was a reflection of her many talents.
In addition to her parents, Joyce is survived by her husband of 17 years, Richard C. Worrell II; son, Collin Worrell at home; daughter, Jessica Worrell (fiancé, Corey Burns) of Elmira Heights; unborn granddaughter, Alorah Joyce Burns, who is expected in December 2009; siblings; Richard (Rose) Westervelt of Ithaca; Darrick Westervelt of McLean, NY; Mark (Linda) Westervelt of Boca Raton, FL; Pam (Richard) Blass of Lodi; her mother-in-law, Mary Worrell of Ovid; the rest of her husband’s family; as well as several nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, October 22, 2009 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid.  A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 pm on Friday, October 23, 2009 at the Ovid Federated Church, officiated by Rev. Diane Walker.  In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Joyce’s memory to the South Seneca Central School Campus Beautification Fund, 7263 Main Street, Ovid, NY 14521 or the American Cancer Society, 1400 Winton Road North, Rochester, NY 14609.

Genevieve M. Stawasz, age 88,
of 2155 South Street, passed away at Geneva General Hospital on Tuesday, (Oct. 6) following a brief illness.
The family will receive friends on Thursday (Oct 8) from 5:00 to 7:00pm at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00am  on Friday, (Oct 9) at Holy Cross Catholic Church, officiated by Father Bart Minson, OFMCap. Prayers of committal will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Ovid Food Pantry, c/o OFC, PO Box 340, or Holy Cross Catholic Church, PO Box 337, Ovid, NY 14521, in Gen’s memory.
Gen was born on May 12, 1921 in Syracuse, a daughter of the late Anthony and Mary (Romanska) Klisiewicz. She graduated from Vocational High School in Syracuse and then worked in Washington, DC during WWII, after she met her husband, Joseph. Over a period of many years, she worked as a clerk at the A&P store in Ovid, in addition to her devotion as a homemaker to her family. Gen was one of the original organizers of the Ovid Food Pantry, having volunteered for the past 28 years.
She is survived by her children, Joseph A. (Constance) Stawasz of Ocala, FL, Marylinda (David Wood) Stawasz of Arlington, VA, Toni (Nelson) Edwards of Syracuse, and Terri Stawasz of Ovid; grandchildren, Anya S. Harris, David J.S.Harris and Genevieve I.S. Harris; her sisters, Stephanie Petralito of Camillus and Virginia Klisiewicz of Winchester, MA. Gen was preceded in death by her husband  Joseph G. Stawasz in 1997, and by a sister Laura Bernozzi.

Bob Harman of the Covert Farm in Ovid, NY died on Wednesday, September 16, 2009.
Born in Rochester, New York, a son of the late H. A. and Lottie Lee (Covert) Harman.  A former professional actor, Bob Harman began his art career doing caricatures of his fellow performers. His paintings, including portraits of Marion Anderson, Archibald Macleish, Dean Acheson and John D. Rockefeller II, are owned by many institutions. In 1971 he created “The Hollywood Panorama” a 5x9 foot montage of 1001 film stars against a background of famous sets and Hollywood landmarks. It was published in book form by E.P. Dutton. He followed this with three more books including, “Enchanted Faces”-portraits of film actresses between the two World Wars. Dubbed the “Artist of the Stars”, his column “Movie Memories” appeared for 5 years in a national newspaper. In 2000 he was selected as one of the artists to be represented in the special one year bicentennial exhibit at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. For several years he was retired in Santa Barbara, CA and his family home in Ovid, NY.
Funeral Arrangements were completed privately in New York. For condolences, please visit www.covertfuneralhome.com

Charles D. Niver, age 65,
of Ithaca, passed away at Cayuga Medical Center on Thursday, September 3, 2009 following a brief illness of cancer.

Born in Ithaca on November 22, 1943, the son of Charles and Dorothy (Oltz) Niver.

He was affiliated with numerous organizations in the Ithaca area throughout the past, and had friends everywhere that he had worked and visited.

Charles is survived by his mother; and children, Brian C. (Brenda) Niver of Romulus, Trinnie Niver and Brandy (Barry) Niver all of Ithaca, and Chad Conklin of Trumansburg; his grandchildren, Dennis, Rebecca, Autumn and Morgan and a great grandson, Brodie; a sister, Carolee (Harold) Niver Ball of Interlaken, a nephew Harold (Nicole) Ball Jr. and his son Haiden, and a niece, Angie Ball and her daughter Hanna, and several stepchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, a sister, Kathryn Elizabeth Niver and a stepson Donald Tompson.

A memorial service will be held at Noon on Monday, September 7, 2009 at the Family Service Center, 110  So.Geneva Street, Ithaca, officiated by Pastor Ralph Selin.

A time of fellowship for family and friends will follow at Stewart Park in Ithaca.

Kindly consider forwarding memorial contributions to Brian C. Niver at 2197 Bromka Road, Romulus, NY  14541


Charles Rodney Brown, age 63,
of 624 Ithaca Road in Spencer, died on Tuesday, August 28,2009 as the result of a tragic farming accident.
Charlie, also known as Rodney by his family, was born on October 31, 1945 in Ithaca, the only son of Gordon C. and Georgia (Merrill) Brown. He graduated from Trumansburg High School in 1963.  In 2007, he retired from EIT in Endicott, NY (formerly known as IBM) after many years of service to the company. He was very proud of having recently received his 18 gallon pin from the American Red Cross, having been a faithful blood donor for many years. He truly enjoyed his family, projects around the house, and working with his farming family.
He is survived by his wife, Donna of Spencer, and a son, Thomas (Susan) Brown and their children, Mikaela and Katelin all of Richford, NY and a daughter, Colleen Alton and her children, Taylor, Marisa and Ryan, all of Montour Falls, his mother, Georgia Brown of Trumansburg, a sister, Sharon (Ford) Drake of Johnson City, NY and a large extended family. Charlie was preceded in death by his father, Gordon.
Private services were held at Covert Funeral Home, and prayers of committal were held at Ovid Union Cemetery. Please keep Charlie and his family in your thoughts and prayers, remembrances may be directed to Donna or to www.covertfuneralhome.com.


Honorable Kathleen M. Greule, age 64,
of Willard, died at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester on Monday, August 3, 2009 following an extended illness.
Kathy was born on July 30, 1945 in Buffalo, NY the eldest daughter of the late Edward and Mary Jane (Curran) Snyder. Following graduation from Brocton Central School she attended and graduated from the Willard School of Nursing in 1969. Her nursing career at Willard extended to the closing of the facility.   Public service was an important part of Kathy’s background, she was the first woman elected to serve on the Village of Interlaken Board, and also served as their Village Clerk. She became a second generation Justice, serving the Town of Romulus for more than 12 years, retiring in 2007. She held her offices with esteem, honor, fairness and dignity. Kathy had a soft spot for children, her volunteer efforts were directed to the Seneca County Youth Bureau, representing the Town of Romulus, and the Seneca County Children’s Committee. She had been a member of the Seneca County American Red Cross, teaching CPR and working with the Disaster Action Team. Professionally, she was a member of the NYS Magistrates Assoc. and a member and past-president of the Seneca County Magistrates Assoc. and the Decorative Artist’s Society. At one point, Kathy even found time to work as a “stringer” for the Finger Lakes Times. While living in Interlaken, she became a member of their American Legion Auxiliary. She was a faithful communicant and Junior Warden of the Christ Episcopal Church in Willard. In recent years, Kathy will be remembered for her cancer survival and volunteerism for the Relay for Life.
She is survived by her husband of almost 7 years, John H. Yells Jr.; a son, Honorable Donald (Yvonne) Greule of Willard; a daughter, Bethann (Frank) Selice of Rochester, and her grandchildren, Kristopher, Katelin and Donald; and step-children Micheil Yells and Kelley Bannerman, and siblings, E. Mark Snyder of Brocton, NY, Patricia Hall of Canandaigua, NY, Martha Snyder of San Diego, CA, and John Snyder of Jamestown, NY along with a large extended family. Kathy was preceded in death by her husband of 27 years, Honorable Donald R. Greule in 1992 and by a brother, Eric Snyder.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00pm and 7:00 to 9:00pm on Friday, August 7 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street. Kathy’s life will be celebrated by the Very Reverend Richard Strauss and the Reverend Martha Forisha at Trinity Episcopal Church in Seneca Falls at 11:00am on Saturday, August 8, 2009. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Kathy’s memory to the Seneca County Youth Bureau, 1 DiPronio Drive, Waterloo, NY 13165

Robert L. Wilkins, age 83,
died at his home on Ellis Hollow Road on Monday, August 3, 2009.
Bob was born on June 19, 1926 in Lodi, NY, a son of the late Lodi Abraham and Minnie (Click) Wilkens. He was a longtime resident of Tompkins County, and had worked at many service stations for over 25 years, Ithaca Agway for more than 15 year, and was then employed at the Belle Sherman School as a custodian for 15 years, retiring in 1988. Following his retirement, he worked at Rothschild’s. Bob had been a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church for many years.
He is survived by his sons, Kenneth (Maxine) of Olyphant, PA, Robert J.(Noreen) of Orlando, FL,   John (Wendy) of Rochester, MN  and Arnold  of Rochester, NY, seven grandchildren, a great grand daughter and his extended family. Bob was preceded in death by his brothers, Lawrence Clarence, Herbert and David, and a sister, Gertrude Tanner.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 7:00pm on Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid. A Scripture Service will be held at the funeral home at 10:00am on Thursday, officiated by Fr. Bart Minson, OFMCap. Prayers of committal will be held at Ovid Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Ovid Union Cemetery, PO Box 175, Ovid, NY 14521, in Bob’s memory.

Terry M. Strope, age 56,
longtime resident of Interlaken, died Thursday at Geneva General Hospital.
Terry was born on September 10, 1952 in Ithaca, a son of Eben and Annamay Strope. He served in the US Army during the early 1970’s and worked as a welder for many years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, as well as being a fan of auto racing.
He is survived by his mother, Annamay Strope, his fiancé, Rose Wallenbeck both of Interlaken; a daughter, Sheli Jo (Randal) Berger of Williamsport, PA; brothers, Philip A. Strope of Ovid, and Eben A. Strope Jr. of Auburn; sisters, Lana M. (James) Bushey of Newfield, Debbie (Danny) Denman of Ovid, and Toni M. (Donald) Corwin of Trumansburg; a grandson, Colin C. Berger of Williamsport, PA and several nieces and nephews. Terry was preceded in death by his father, his fraternal grandparents, Ebenezer and Helen Strope, maternal grandparents, William and Dorothy Daines, and his uncles, James Swartz Daines and William Colburn.
At Terry’s request, there will be no services, but please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Finger Lakes Radiation/Oncology  Center, 7 Ambulance Drive, Clifton Springs, NY 14432


Erma P. Waters, age 92,
formerly of the Chosen Spot Apartments, died on Wednesday (July 22) at the M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center in Canandaigua.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00am on Saturday (July 25) at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 7231 So. Main Street, in Ovid, NY, by father, Bart Minson,  OFMCap. Prayers of committal will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery in Ovid.
Erma was born on January 2, 1917 in the Town of Romulus, a daughter of the late Benjamin and Georgia (Falkinberg) Keefer. She had been employed for many years at Willard State Hospital, retiring from the medical supply department in 1972.  She had been a parishioner of Holy Cross Church and a member of the former Friendship Chapter of the Easter Star in Fayette. She and her husband, John, wintered in Zephyr Hills, FL for many years following their retirement. Erma had moved from Romulus to Canandaigua a number of years ago, to be near her family.
She is survived her daughter, Beverly (Robert) Schenk of East Bloomfield, NY and a granddaughter, Marcie (Stephen) Stine-Kassebaum of Valencia, CA, and great grandchildren, Connor Stine, Katie and Joseph Kassebaum, a sister, Grace Cooper of Rochester, sisters in law, Mary Waters of Zephyr Hills, FL and Rita O’Brien of St. George, Utah and several nieces and nephews. Erma was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, John P. Waters and by her siblings, William and Calvin Keefer and Ruth Olsowske.

Randy R. Scott, age 26
of Yelm, WA, formerly of Lodi, passed away suddenly on Thursday, July 2, 2009.
Randy was born on December 4, 1982 in Ithaca, NY. He attended South Seneca High School through 11th grade, during which time he was a band member and an outstanding natural athlete. Randy graduated from High School  in Thayer, Missouri. He joined the US Army  in 2001 and proudly served his country, which included several missions in the Middle East, until he was medically discharged in 2004. He was awarded for his expert marksmanship.  Randy fought lymphoma and survived extensive chemotherapy for the past several years.
He truly enjoyed his time spent with family, at first being the uncle to his nieces and nephews, but the true happiness came at the birth of his son, Ransom.
Randy is survived by his wife, Chantel of Washington, his son, Ransom; his mother, Doreen (James) VanVleet of Ovid, and father, Paul (Sue) Scott Sr. of Thayer, MO;  and siblings, Paul L. (Buffie) Scott Jr. of Ovid, Donna (Jason) Crawford of Hayts Corners, Kurtiss (Sarah) Scott of Lodi, Nicholas (Meghan) Scott of Interlaken, and Jessica Scott of Thayer, MO, several nieces and nephews and a large extended family.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, July 12, 2009 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid. A Memorial Service will then be held following the visitation. Prayers of committal will be held at West Lodi Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation toward Ransom’s future education, to Doreen VanVleet, 1917 Ovid-Lodi Townline Road, Ovid, NY 14521


Daniel J. Slike of Oakridge Road in Lake Wylie, died at the Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, SC on July 4,2009
Calling hours will be held at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid, from 2:00 to 4:00pm and from 7:00 to 9:00pm on  Thursday (July 9). A  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00am on Friday (July 10) at Holy Cross Catholic Church, by Fr. Bart Minson, OFMCap. Prayers of committal will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Womens Auxiliary  Of  Motorsports, Inc. 41 Odell School Rd, Suite K. Concord, NC 28027  in Dan’s memory.
Dan was born on September 2, 1951 in Oil City, PA, a son of James A. and Lucille (Cavanaugh) Slike. He was a 1970 graduate of Ovid High School, after which he joined the US Army and served from 1971 to_1974.  He moved from the Ovid area, and worked for US Airways in Florida and South Carolina..*** He was a member of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship team 1996-1997  for BACE Motorsports, and worked in the circuit for the past several years.  
He was very talented in so many areas, as an auto and truck mechanic, singer and guitar player and a friend to the many people he encountered in his travels.
Dan is survived by his mother, Lucille Slike of Ovid, NY, a son, Daniel J. Slike of Waterloo, NY, a daughter, Heather Sturgill of_Sieverille, TN, his siblings, Timothy J. Frick of Orlando, FL, William J. Frick of New Port Richey, FL, Joseph Frick of Corning, NY , Mary Jane Rappleye of Ovid, NY, Arthur D. and Christoper L. Slike, both of Lake Wylie, SC, Steven A. Slike of Cumming, GA, and Thomas J. Slike of Pine City, NY, and by a host of nieces and nephews and extended family. Dan was preceded in death by his father, James and by a brother, Michael.


Jerome A. “Jerry” Van Riper, age 67,
of Intrlaken, died at Caygua Medical Center in Ithaca on Friday, June 26, 2009
A celebration of Jerry’s Life will be held at 6:00pm at the Arthur E. Bouton American Legion Post #770 4431 Seneca Road, Trumansburg on Thursday, July 2, 2009.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the South Seneca Campus Beautification Fund, 7263 Main Street, Ovid, NY 14521.
Jerry was born on August 5, 1941 in Geneva, NY a son of the late Alburtus and Catharine (Goodge) Van Riper. He was a graduate of the Ovid High School Class of 1959, and graduated with a BS in Economics from Cornell University in 1963. He proudly served his country as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army from 1963 to 1965. Following his military service he worked for Jewel Home Shopping from 1963 to 1976, traveling nationwide to include California, where he met his future bride, Susie. They were married on June 26, 1971. He was the Financial Manager for Facilities and Business Operations at Cornell University from 1976 until his retirement in 2000. He was a member of the Alpha Zeta Fraternity while at Cornell, and a board member and treasurer of Alpha Zeta Corporation Board since 1985. Jerry was an active member of the Ovid-Willard Lions Club, joining in 1983, and a Life Member of the South Seneca Sportsmen’s Club, the Ovid American Legion Post #463, he also served on the South Seneca Central School Board from 1983 to 1995. “Poppie” enjoyed his time spent with his grandchildren, along with hunting, bowling, traveling, gardening, visiting casinos and early morning breakfasts in Ovid with his friends. In his quiet time he enjoyed his stamp and coin collections.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Susie; his daughters, Kelly Van Riper of Interlaken, Kathy (Ronald) Poole of Dryden, Karen (Russ) Denmark of Willard; his grandchildren, Nathaniel Poole, Hunter, AJ and Ashley Denmark,; his brother, LeRoy Van Riper of Orchard Park and sisters, Loretta Bates of Tampa, Florida, Elaine (Earl) Houseknecht of Lodi, Judy (Allan) Brown of Coldwater, OH and Sandy (Rick) Stewart of Columbia, MD, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Jerry was preceded in death by a sister, Diane Moore.


Marie Maysey Wedding Greene, age 91,
formerly of Ovid, passed away, Friday, June 26, 2009 at the Huntington Living Center in Waterloo.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 from 5:00 to 7:00pm at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid. A funeral service will then follow at 7:00pm, officiated by Rev. Diane Walker of the Ovid Federated Church.  Additional services and burial will be held in Cloverport, Kentucky. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Marie’s name to the Timothy School, 973 Old Lancaster Road, Berwyn, PA 19312. www.timothyschool.com
Marie was born on June 22, 1918 in Addison, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Owen and Pearl Maysey. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kentucky, and her Professional Administrators License from Eastern University in St. Davids, PA. Marie married Ernest Conrad Wedding in September of 1942. She was the co-founder and director of the Timothy School for autistic and emotionally disturbed children, originally in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Marie had been a permanent resident of 37 states, mainly while traveling for her husband’s work with his utility company .She had been a worthy matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, both in Kentucky and Ohio. While living in Ovid, she was a member of the Ovid Federated Church and the 20th Century Club. Marie married George Greene in 1998.
Marie is survived by her husband, George Greene of Watrerloo, a son, E.Conrad (Patricia) Wedding Jr. of Ovid, and daughters, Gail Parrish of Centreville, VA  and Molly Sue (John Pretnar) Wedding of Mohegan Lake, NY; grandchildren, Kristen and Ashleigh Wedding, TJ (Heather) Parrish, Christie Parrish, Audrey, Beatrice, Carson and Dexter Pretnar and a great granddaughter, Vincenza Wedding, her sister, Meard (James) Sippel of Huntsville, Alabama, a brother in law, Hugh Wedding, numerous nieces and nephews, and her husband’s sons, Bob and Ron Greene and their families. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Conrad Wedding in 1990.


Janet L. Alger, age 75,
of Romulus, passed away at home on Wednesday, June 24, 2009.
A private memorial service will be held on Sunday, officiated by Rev. Stephen Beals of the West Fayette Presbyterian Church and Prayers of Committal will be held at Mt. Green Cemetery in Romulus. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Janet’s memory to either Lifetime Care Hospice, 1120 South Main Street, Newark, NY 14513   or West Fayette Presbyterian Church, 1063 Route 336, Geneva, NY 14456.
Janet was born in the Town of Romulus on February 18, 1934, one of three daughters born to the late George C. and Mary (Crisfield) Updyke.  She was a lifetime resident of Romulus and graduated from Romulus High School. She then started a long career at Willard Psychiatric Center, at the time of her retirement in 1989, she was the dining room superintendent. She and her husband wintered in Clearwater, Florida for several years.
Throughout Janet’s illness her family and friends have shown their love and devotion to her.
She is survived by her husband, Charles “Sneezy” Alger; a daughter, Cindy (Rod Spencer) Willower of Waterloo; a son, Stephen (Pat) Haring of Waterloo and grandchildren, Ryan (BillieJo)  and Melissa Willower; her sisters, Alice (Junior) Karlsen of Romulus and Norma Jean (Art) Harriman of Florida, and a large extended family. She was preceded in death by a step-grandson, Michael in January of 2009.


Helen “Lynn” Vincent, age 81,
died unexpectedly at her home in Willard on Tuesday, June 23, 2009.
The family will receive friends from 10:00am to Noon on Saturday, June 27, 2009 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid.  A Scripture Service will then be held at the funeral home at noon, led by Fr. Bart Minson, OFMCap of Holy Cross Catholic Church, followed by Prayers of Committal at Holy Cross Cemetery in Ovid.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in Lynn’s memory to the American Red Cross, Disaster Relief Fund, 83 W. Bayard St, Seneca Falls, NY 13148.
Lynn was born in Hudson, NY on January 22, 1928 the youngest of ten children to the late Harry and Anna Bazaiko. Upon graduation from Hartwick College in Oneonta in 1950, Lynn began a long career at Willard Psychiatric Center, starting as a staff nurse, and subsequently was promoted to head nurse and then to instructor in Willard’s School of Nursing, and served as the Principal of the School from 1970 to 1977, she served as a Utilization Review Coordinator until her retirement in 1991. She was a parishioner of Holy Cross Catholic Church, a Volunteer for the American Red Cross, the Ovid Thrift Shop, and the Romulus Historical Society. She enjoyed her home and independence, family vacations and the Willard Picnics.

She is survived by her son, John S. (Pam) Vincent of Rush and two grandchildren, Alexandra and Konstantin, her brother, Sam Ritter of Hudson, NY and a sister, Sophie Salo of California, with numerous nieces and nephews, and many close friends. Lynn was preceded in death by her husband, John W. Vincent in 1986, and by her siblings


Deborah L. Granger, age 53,
of Willard, died at Clifton Springs Hospital on Monday, June 22, 2009 following an extended illness.
The family will receive friends from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Thursday, June 25, 2009 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid. A memorial service will be held on Sunday July 26, 2009 at the Ovid Federated Church, officiated by Rev. Diane Walker. Prayers of Committal will be held at Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a memorial contribution in Debbie’s name to the Beverly Animal Shelter, 50 E. River Road, Waterloo, NY 13165 or the Arthritis Foundation, PO Box 126, Fayetteville, NY 13066.
Debbie was born on December 24, 1955 in Seneca Falls, NY the oldest child of Arthur W. and Florence (Porter) Champion. She was a 1975 graduate of Ovid High School and worked in Food Service at Willard Psychiatric Center for nearly 10 years before she was forced to retire due to debilitating arthritis.  Debbie’s greatest joys in life were family gatherings and the company of her cats.
She is survived by her parents, and daughters, Linda (Dana) Stoutenger of Phoenix, NY, and Tina (Bob Macdonald) Granger of Savannah, and her grandchildren, Morgan and Dana Stoutenger Jr. and Gavin Macdonald, her siblings, Jeffery (Lenora) Champion of Terrell, TX, Tammy (Mike) Reynolds of Interlaken and Dawn (Ralph) Stedge of Crestview, FL, several nieces, nephews, numerous aunts, uncles and many cousins. Debbie will deeply missed by all who knew her.


Gertrude J. Bossard, age 88,
of Romulus, passed away at Geneva General Hospital on Friday, June 19, 2009.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00pm on Monday, June 22, 2009 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street in Ovid. A Memorial Service will follow at 7:00pm, officiated by Mr. Marlin Nolt of the Seneca Mennonite Fellowship. Interment will be held privately by the family at Frear Memorial Park in Ithaca. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the South Seneca Ambulanc Corps, PO Box 280, Ovid, NY 14521 for the Romulus Fire Dept, PO Box 2, Romulus, NY 14541.
Gertrude was born on July 18, 1921 in Ithaca, NY the only daughter of Wesley Warbulton and Bernice Joyce. She attended Ithaca High School, and was married Paul Tuckerman. As young parents, they raised their family in the Ithaca area. She worked  for many years, and eventually retired from the Dodd’s Nursing Home where she was proudly advanced to Certified Aide. Following Paul’s death she had lived in Waterloo for many years while she was married to Myron “Frog” Bossard.  She cherished time with her large family,  and will be fondly remembered for her love of dogs and cats.
She is survived by her children, Charles (Cheryl) Tuckerman of Newfield, Dawn (Lewis Jr.) Moore of Romulus, Patricia (Jerry) Pallace of Newfield, and Arthur L. Tuckerman of Florida; 11 grandchildren to include, Brian (Ines) Delong, Patrick (Betty) Delong, Pamela (Scott) Whitmore, Dale (Kim Hardwick) Delong, Christy Moore, Lewis (Tonya) Moore III, Maria and Jacqueline Shade, 16 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. Gertrude was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years,  Paul Tuckerman in 1976, and by her husband of 27 years, Myron “Frog” Bossard in 2004, and by a son, Ralph Tuckerman.


Louise A. Grover Carter passed away quietly at home, on June 14, 2009 with her family at her bedside, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Fayette, NY on Aug. 4, 1922, a daughter of the late Orval C. and Nellie Mae (Hoose) Grover.
She is survived by her son Jimmy (Shari) Carter of Ovid and her daughter Aloma Barnes of Lansing, her grandchildren, Jaymi (Scott) Ritchie of Opelika, AL. Jayci (Shawn) Brown of Franklinville NY, and Vickie, Roger and Tammy, several Great Grandchildren and 1 Great Great Grandchild, as well as several sisters, a brother, and several nieces and nephews and her special Hospice friends Amy Stewart and Marty Shields. She was preceded in death by her husband Cleo Carter, her brother Junior and 2 grandchildren, Jimmy and Mikie.
Services were entrusted to Covert Funeral Home and a private service was held for the immediate family, as arranged by Louise.


Gordon A. Carroll Sr., age 61,
of Willard, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 9, 2009.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 3:00pm on Sunday, June 14, 2009 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main St, Ovid. Prayers of committal will follow at Ovid Union Cemetery, officiated by Rev. John Kotun, former chaplain at Willard Psychiatric Center.
You may chose to remember Gordy by donating to the So. Seneca Ambulance Corps, PO Box 280, Ovid, NY 14521 in his memory.
Gordon was born on May 13, 1948 in Waterloo, NY, the only son of the late Albert and Betty (VanBuren) Carroll. He was a 1966 graduate of Ovid High School. He had a 31 year career at Willard Psychiatric Center, and was the Director of Fire and Safety at the time of it’s closing. He then worked for the Seneca County Correctional Facility for 5 years, retiring in 2001.  Gordy enjoyed his retirement, and found time for touring on his Harley, and spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Deborah, and his children, Gordon “Butch” (Jen) Carroll Jr. of Willard, Christopher Carroll of Albany, and Sarah (Kurtiss) Scott of Lodi, his grandchildren, Quintin, Geoffrey and Carter Carroll,  Alexandria and Makenzie Scott, and a sister, Linda (William) Rose of Seneca Falls and stepchildren, Holly Wright of Auburn and Phillip (Missy) Wright of Savannah, and his nephew and nieces, Jerry (Laurie) Olschewske, Michelle (Chris) Hamilton and Marcee (Robert Kohler) Olschewske.


James A. Delong, age 72,
of  Interlaken, died unexpectedly on Monday, June 8, 2009.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00pm on Friday, June 12, 2009 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid.  Private burial services will be held at Fair View Cemetery in Sheldrake. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Jim’s memory to the South Seneca Ambulance Corps, PO Box 280, Ovid, NY 14521.
Jim was born at the family home in the Town of Ovid, a son of the late Frank and Cecil (Hilkert) Delong. He has been a lifetime resident of the area and was self employed as a truck driver and scrap hauler. He lived each day with a positive attitude, and would take on a job with a smile and a handshake, and then step quickly to the next task. He was a loving father and grandfather, and made a point to find time in his busy schedule for his large extended family.  
He is survived by his children, Brian S. (Ines) Delong of Hector, Patrick J. (Betty)  Delong of Hector, Dale A.  Delong of Montour Falls, and Pamela A. (Scott) Delong Whitmore of Raleigh, NC; 5 granddaughters, 5 grandsons;  his siblings, Winfield, Frank and Guy Delong and Blanche Christiansen, Bernice Coleman, Bertha Ferris and Frances Steen and their families; the mother of his children, Dawn Moore. Jim was preceded in death by his siblings, Marcus and Clyde Delong and Beatrice Rosecrans.


Roberta J. Hayes, age 72,
of Lodi, died at Geneva General Hospital on Wednesday, June 3, 2009.
A memorial graveside service will be held at the West Lodi Cemetery announced at a future date for this summer.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the So. Seneca Ambulance Corps, PO Box 280, Ovid, NY 14521 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105, in Roberta’s memory.
Roberta was born on May 2, 1937 in Wanego, West Virginia, a daughter of the late Roy L. and Gladys (King) Drake Sr. As a young woman, she came to the Interlaken area to visit family, and stayed upon finding employment at Willard Psychiatric Center.  She had a 31 year career at Willard, working in medical supply and as a psychiatric aide. She was married to Harry Hayes on September 4, 1959. Following their retirement, they wintered in Hudson, FL at a senior community where they made a number of very close friends.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Harry Hayes of Lodi; her children, Grant (April) Hayes of Dunbar, W Virginia, and Kristin Swain of Ft. Wayne, IN; 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; her siblings, Reva Ameigh of Melbourne, FL and Roy L. (Barb) Drake Jr. of Charleston, W. Virginia. Roberta was preceded in death by her daughter, Sheree Smith, a brother, Ronnie Drake and by a sister, Carlene Williams. 


Paul T. Martin, age 79,
lifetime resident of Ovid, passed away at the Bixby   Home in Interlaken on Tuesday, June 2, 2009
The family will receive friends from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Monday, June 8, 2009 at Covert Funeral Home in Ovid. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:00am on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at Holy Cross Catholic Church by Father Bart Minson, OFMCap. Prayers of committal will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery. Kindly consider a donation to the Ovid Fire Dept, PO Box D, or Holy Cross Catholic Church, PO Box 337, Ovid, NY 14521 in Paul’s memory.
Paul was born in Seneca Falls, NY on December 29, 1929, a son of the late James and Monica (McCarriagher) Martin. He was a 1950 graduate of Ovid High School and worked as a laundry attendant at Willard Psychiatric Center for many years. Paul, fondly known as “Doc”, was a fixture of Main Street in Ovid, often found at the Ovid Hardware or Jim and Georgia’s Diner visiting with friends. He was a devoted and active Life Member of the Croton Engine and Hose Company. The Ovid Fire Department was a very important part of Paul’s life, and he will be remembered for his devotion to his community.
He is survived by his sister, Frances (Art) Poulsen of Waterloo; and his brother, Tom (Ginny) Martin of Ovid;  and by his nieces and nephews, David (Carol) Martin, Tom (Cheryl) Poormon, Bill (Holly) Poormon, Julie (Steve) Branom, Vicki Wilson Terri (Clint) Smith and Timothy Poormon.  Paul was preceded in death by his sister, Helen Poormon.  


Roger A. “Moe” Bowers, age 71,
of Willard, passed away at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester on Friday, May 29, 2009.
In accordance with Moe’s wishes, there will be no services, instead please remember him and the time you spent together, and perhaps consider a donation to VFW Post #6200, Memorial Fund, PO Box 1, Ovid, NY 14521 or the American Cancer Society, 1400 Winton Road North, Rochester, NY 14609 in his memory.
Moe was born on September 22, 1938 in Geneva, the youngest of 11 children to the late Raymond and Helena (O’Dea) Bowers. He joined the US Army in the late 1950’s and then worked for the Stromberg-Carlson Company on the telephone crew. His work took him to Hawaii, Largo, FL, Boise, ID and eventually Jamestown, NY. He also worked at Fold-Pack in Newark for 18 years. Upon his retirement, he moved back to the Ovid area and enjoyed his summer job at Sampson State Park on the maintenance crew.
He is survived by his daughter, Ginny (Jared) Bowers Hall of Wolcott, and his grand daughter, Sydney Madison Hall, his siblings, Jack (Anna) Bowers of Chili, Barbara Vienna of Manchester, Ray (Gert) Bowers of Reno, NV, and Bruce (Roseanne Pedula) Bowers of Ovid, and numerous nieces and nephews. Moe was preceded in death by his siblings, Donald, Richard and Robert Bowers,  Jane Russer, Carol Brooks and Joan Baker.


Anna E. Shannon, age 92,
formerly of Lodi and Watkins Glen, passed away at home in Willard on Sunday, May 31, 2009.
A Memorial Mass will be at 11:00am held on Monday, June 8, 2009 at St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church, 905 N.Decatur Street, Watkins Glen, celebrated by Fr. Barn Minson, OFMCap. Prayers of Committal will be held at Ovid Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to either the St. Mary’s of the Lake or Holy Cross church parishes in Anna’s memory.
Anna was born on December 27, 1916 on Long Island, NY a daughter of the late Albert and Ella M. (Fess) Evans. She had worked at Willard Psychiatric Center as a staff attendant and house mother for the nursing students for 29 years, retiring in 1976. Anna worked for JC Penney in both Ithaca and North Carolina for a total of 22 years. She made North Carolina her home for more than 25 years after her retirement, and returned to Watkins Glen in 2001. In most recent years, she has made her home in Willard with her daughter, Sally.
She is survived by her son, Marshall E. (Paulette) Shannon of Sodus Point, NY and Robert E. (Carol) Shannon of Durham, NC; and daughters, Sally A. Smith of Willard and Jean Greene of Hillsboro, NC , numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren and by her brother, Llewellyn Evans of New Jersey. Anna was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall Shannon in 1960, and by 5 siblings.


Eva Perkins, age 97,
of Interlaken, died Thursday, May 28, 2009 at the Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca.
Eva was born on April 22, 1912 in Skaneateles, the daughter of the late Seward and Hila Collard. She graduated from Skaneateles High School in 1929 and the Syracuse City Normal School Class of 1933. In 1937, she was married to Edward “Ted” Perkins in Florida. After moving to the Interlaken area, Mr.& Mrs. Perkins operated Lakelawn Motel at Kidders, Interlaken for 12 years.
After retirement, Mrs. Perkins served many years on Senior Citizen Committees in Seneca County, including the Seneca County Seniors, Inc., Seneca County Action Council (an advocacy group or seniors) in the 1980’s, and SALT Committee (Seniors and Lawmen Together). She was Seneca County Office for the Aging Outstanding Citizen of the Year in 1987, and past president and member of the Office for the Aging Advisory Council for over 20 years.
Eva was a member of the Interlaken First Baptist Church, South Seneca Seniors, Interlaken American Legion Auxiliary, Green Thumb Garden Club, Lodi Grange #213, and the Trumansburg Senior Citizens.   
Driving safely and living in her own apartment to the age of 96, she was a person who cheered everyone with her presence or phone calls. She was always helping someone by taking her friends to a meeting, visiting or writing to her friends that were shut-in or making special food for her church friends. She also enjoyed feeding her birds and working in her garden.
She is survived by her son, Gerald (Karen) Perkins of Interlaken,  and her grandchildren; Colleen (Brian) Redditt of Lodi and their 2 sons, Kathy (Pete) Millis of Seneca Falls, and their 2 daughters and son, Tim Perkins of Glendale, AZ and his 2 daughters and son, Tom (Liz) Perkins of Flagstaff, AZ and their son and daughter (due in August).Christine Williams of Ovid and her 2 daughters, Billie (Mike) Brinkerhoff of Seneca Falls and their daughter, Gail (Pat) Bassett of Adams Center and their 2 daughters and son, Jerry (Tara) Perkins of Carthage, NC and their 2 sons and daughter, and a step grandson, Jeff (Heather) McLaughlin of Ovid and their son and daughter, 1 great great grand daughter and several nieces and nephews.
Eva was preceded in death by her husband Edward “Ted” Perkins in 1967 and by her sons, Thomas and William, and by her brothers, Tom Collard and Dick Whitey.
The family will receive friends from Noon to 2:00pm on Monday, June 1, 2009 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid, where a funeral service will then follow at 2:00pm officiated by Pastor Travis Lankford of the Interlaken Baptist Church. Prayers of Committal will be held privately by the family at Lake View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Eva’s memory to the Interlaken First Baptist Church, PO Box 411, or the Interlaken Fire Dept, PO Box 274, Interlaken, NY 14847


Wayne and Andrea (Bardeen) Hill mourn the loss of their infant son, Bryce Wayne Hill.
A private memorial service will be held at Covert Funeral Home, Ovid, NY.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in memory of Bryce may be directed to the Golisano Children’s Hospital, Office of Gift and Donor Records, PO Box 270032, Rochester, NY 14627.
In addition to his parents, Bryce is survived by a sister, Karah, and his twin brother, Brant; paternal grandparents, Eric and Betsy Hill of Cannington, Ontario, Canada; maternal grandmother, Debbie Edwards of Willard; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.


Francis E. Hudson, age 84,
of Romulus, died on Monday (May 25) at the Huntington Living Center in Waterloo, following an extended illness.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Thursday, June 25, 2009 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid, NY, officiated by Rev. Diane Walker of the Ovid Federated Church. In lieu of flowers, donations in Francis’ memory may be directed to the Romulus Fire Dept, PO Box 2, Romulus, NY 14541, South Seneca Ambulance, PO Box 280, Ovid, NY 14521 or the Alzheimers Assoc, 435 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620.
Francis was born on June 26, 1924 in Geneva, NY. son of the late Frank and Elizabeth (Linehan) Hudson. He joined the US Army at the age of 16, and proudly served his country during WWII and the Korean Conflict. His military career continued for several more years, and in 1967 he retired as a Master Sergeant with more than 20 years of active service time. Following his military retirement he moved his family to Romulus, and worked at General Crushed Stone in Oaks Corners for 20 years. He was a founding member of the South Seneca Ambulance Corps, and volunteered for the fire department, and did anything that was asked of him to better his community which led to him holding the first office of Emergency Services Director for Seneca County. Francis was a member of the VFW Post #6200 and the American Legion Post #463, both in Ovid.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lillian of Romulus, sons, John C.  (Stephanie) Hudson of Branchport, Guy M. (Bobbi) Hudson of Red Creek, David L. (Kelli) Hudson of Meridian, Idaho, Kevin M. (Jeanette) Hudson of Clifton Springs; daughters, Michael (Daniel) Strally of Romulus, Robin L. Hudson of Farmington, and Carole (Chalit) Prasemsup of Weaverville, CA, 16 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren; a sister, Florence (Albert) Reggi of Lady Lake, FL, and several nieces and nephews


Harold N. Mikkelsen, age 76,
of Lodi, died Friday (May 1) at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA.
A Graveside Service will be held at 2:00pm on Tuesday, (May 5) at the West Lodi Cemetery, officiated by  Susan Frost of the Lodi Presbyterian Chapel, a reception will be held at the Lodi Fire House following the services at the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Harold’s name may be directed to the Lodi Fire Dept. PO Box 299, Lodi, NY 14860
Harold was born on April 11, 1933 in Lodi, a son of the late Niels and Ruth (Burch) Mikkelsen. He was a lifelong resident of the Ovid and Lodi areas, and had worked for Getman’s Gas Company for 48 years.
Harold is survived by his wife, Lois, and children Sandra (Paul) Adams of North Carolina, Louis Mikkelsen of Ovid,  Nancy (Mark) May of Newfield, Harold (Penny) Mikkelsen Jr. of Lodi, , and Bob Mikkelsen of Lodi; grandchildren, Melissa (Josh) Waters, Eric Babcock, Matthew (Jessica) Adams, Joshua, Chad (Amber) and Holly (Nick) Mikkelsen, and Krista (Michael) Goodrich; great grandchildren, Ashley, Connor, Dylan, Austin, Arianna and Jared, a half-sister, Mary (John) Wheaton of Geneva, his faithful companions, BabyGirl and Puddles and by a host of nieces and nephews. .
He was preceded in death by his sisters Eleanor, Evelyn, Margaret, Mary, Rosie, and Dagmar, and by brothers, Harry, Henry and Herbert.

Arrangements are under the direction of Covert Funeral Home, Ovid, NY 


Aletha R. Hicks, age 96,
of Waterloo, and longtime resident of Romulus, passed away on Thursday (Apr 30) at Geneva General Hospital.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 pm on Monday, May 4, 2009 at the Romulus Presbyterian Church, where a funeral service will then be held at 2:00 pm officiated by Joy Novak. Prayers of Committal will be held at Mount Green Cemetery in Romulus. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Aletha’s memory to North Seneca Ambulance or American Diabetes Association.
Aletha was born on September 15, 1912 in the Town of Romulus, the only daughter of the late Albert and Bertha (Dunning) Covert. She was married to Charles C. Hicks in 1935.  Along with raising their family, Aletha worked at the Romulus Post Office for 19 years, retiring in 1977. Being an active member of the Romulus Presbyterian Church for many years was an important part of her life and there was nothing that she loved more than spending time with her family and friends.
She is survived by her sons, Albert C. Hicks, of Beverly, MA and Gerald A. Hicks of Summerville, SC; her daughter, Janice M. Parker of Cazenovia, eight grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, several great-great grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews. Aletha was preceded in death by her husband, Charles in 1986, her brothers, Wayne and Erford Covert, a granddaughter, and a great-grandson.

Arrangements are under the direction of Covert Funeral Home, Ovid, NY.


Doris Marie Porter Habalou , age 58
of Interlaken, passed away at Strong Memorial Hospital on Saturday, April 25, 2009.
The family will be present to receive friends on Thursday, April 30, 2009 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 S. Main St., Ovid. Memorial Services will be private. A celebration of Doris’s life will be held at the VFW Post 6200 in Ovid on Friday, May 1, 2009 at 12:00pm. The family asks those who wish to remember Doris with an expression of sympathy to kindly consider the Beverly Animal Shelter, 50 East River Road, Waterloo, NY 13165.
Born in Waterloo, New York on November 8, 1950, Doris was the daughter of Ray and Theresa (Nages) Porter. Doris put herself through nursing school working nights and going to school and raising her children during the days. After becoming an LPN, Doris worked at Willard Psychiatric Center for over 30 years and recently retired from Elmira Psychiatric Center.
Doris will always be remembered for putting her family and friends before herself and always having a kind and loving heart. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and could be found at every kind of sporting event cheering her grandchildren on. Doris’ compassion and love will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
Doris is survived by three sons, Steven (Connie) Golden of Lansing, Daniel (Karla) Golden of Trumansburg, and Nicholas (Nicole Cokely) Ike of Lodi; one daughter, Michelle Buck of Seneca Falls; five grandchildren, Mason, Allison, and Zoe Golden, and Savannah and Jada Buck; her mother, Theresa Porter; two brothers, Michael (Sunny) Porter and John (Debbie) Porter; one sister, Diane (Joe) Porter-Cruciani; five nieces and nephews, Monica, Lucretia, David, Joey, and Ray; her companion Albert Caster; and her close friends, Brenda McGuane, Linda Lanphear, Carol Grace, Mary Thompson, and Linda Steinruck. Doris was preceded in death by her father, Ray C. Porter.


David Lee “Herbie” Schneider, age 78
of Romulus, formerly of Mars, Pennsylvania, passed away at Geneva General Hospital on Friday, April 24, 2009.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid, NY, officiated by Rev. Diane Walker. Kindly consider a donation to the Geneva General Hospital, 3rd Floor West Wing, 196 North St., Geneva, NY 14456, in Herbie’s memory, in lieu of flowers.
Herbie was born on November 21, 1930 in Pittsburgh, PA to the late Estol and Mary Lee (Oar) Schneider. He served in the United States Army working at the Pentagon. Upon being honorably discharged from the military, he went to work as an engineer at the John Harrison Company in Pittsburgh. Herbie truly enjoyed life and could be found out on the road riding one of his many motorcycles or fishing at a near-by lake. He was a member of several clubs and associations including the West Penn BMW Association, Finger Lakes Moose Lodge #823, and the VFW in Mars, Pennsylvania.
Herbie was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne Schneider and a brother, Rick Schneider. He is survived by two sons, Eric (Keri Raymer of Greenfield, MA) Schneider of Romulus and Mark (Lori) Schneider of Mars, PA; one daughter, Terry (Gary) Grubbs of Karns City, PA; two grandchildren, Heather and Casey Grubbs; four sisters, Jerry Black, Mary Lou Swaney, Rexanne Schwadron, and Pam Wissell; and many nieces and nephews.


Martha J. Reed, age 90,
formerly of Hayts Corners, passed away on Sunday, April 19, 2009 in Beverly, Mass.
A Memorial Scripture Service will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid, officiated by Father Bart Minson, OFMCap. Prayers of Committal will be held at Ovid Union Cemetery. In lieu flowers, kindly consider a donation in Martha’s memory to the Holy Cross Building Fund, PO Box 337, Ovid, NY 14521. 
Martha was born on January 9, 1919 in Syracuse, a daughter of the late Stanley and Mary Szczesniak.  Martha proudly served her country during WWII in the US Army, she served in the US Army Reserves from 1948 to 1950 while working for the Veterans Administration in Syracuse. In 1950, she re-entered active duty and again served her country during the Korean Conflict, and was discharged in 1951 as Sergeant in the Women’s Army Corps. She was married to William Reed in March of 1951, and they returned to Poplar Beach to begin their family. She operated the Hayts Corners Post Office from the front porch of their home on Hayts Corners Road for 15 years, retiring in 1979.  She was a faithful communicant of Holy Cross Church in Ovid, and a Life Member of the VFW Post #6200 in Ovid. Following the death of her beloved husband, Bill, in 2002, Martha moved to New Hampshire to be with her daughter, Mary.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Kathryn Reed of Durham, NH and son, William Michael Reed of Las Vegas, NV,  and a grandson, Michael Joseph Reed of Columbus, OH.


Christine S. Goslicki, age 82,
formerly of Ovid, passed away Friday (April 17) at Lakeside Nursing Home in Ithaca.
Prayers of Committal will be held at 3:30 on Saturday, May 2, 2009 at Holy Cross Cemetery in Ovid.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Holy Cross Catholic Church, PO Box 337, Ovid, NY 14521 or Lakeside Nursing Home, Resident Activity Fund, 1229 Trumansburg Road, Ithaca, NY  14850.
Christine was born in Hayts Corners on September 13, 1926, a daughter of the late Michael and Frances (Tomczak) Goslicki. She was a 1946 Graduate of the Ovid High School, and remained at home on the family farm for many years. Debilitating arthritis required her move to Lakeside Nursing Home in 1982, where she made new friends and became part of the Lakeside Family. She frequently enjoyed crossword puzzles and visits from her family and friends.
She is survived by her brother, Chester (Elinor) Goslicki if Ovid and by several nieces nephews and extended family members. Christine was preceded in death by her sisters, Cassie Arnold and Nellie Brown.
Covert Funeral Home of Ovid has assisted the family with the arrangements.

Stanley J. "Brownie" Brown, age 76,
of Ovid, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday (April 8) following an extended illness.
Honoring Stan’s wishes, there will be no formal services and a memorial gathering is being planned for a near future date, but keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Beverly Animal Shelter, 50 E. River Road, Waterloo, NY  13165 in his memory.
Stan was born on July 19, 1932 in Napa, Calif, the son of the late Walter and Hazel (Brooking) Brown. He graduated from high school in San Jose, Calif., and then joined the US Air Force, had been stationed at Sampson and proudly serving his country during the Korean Conflict. He was married to Evelyn Hay Fulkerson on May 8, 1966. They made their home in the Ovid area, and he worked as a parts manager at Del Rossa Ford in Penn Yan for many years.
Stan is survived by his children, Susan (Donovan) Smith of Canandaigua, Catherine (William) Achilles of Ovid, his stepchildren; Rebecca (Eric) Thompson of Lowville, Virginia Waugh of Ocala, FL, Joseph Fulkerson of Oregon, David (Amanda) Fulkerson of Weedsport, and Mark Fulkerson of Ovid, a sister; Shirley Johnson of Calif,  8 grandchildren and 4great grandchildren.

Covert Funeral Home of Ovid has assisted the family with arrangements.


Patricia J. George, age 74,
 of Interlaken, passed away at Cayuga Medical Center on Friday (March 27).
The family will receive friends on Monday (March 30) from 2:00 to 4:00 and from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main St., Ovid. A scripture service will be held on Tuesday (March 31) at 11:00 am at the funeral home, led by Fr. Bart Minson, OFMCap of St. Francis Solanus Church. Prayers of Committal will be held at Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to either the "The Paige George Literacy Foundation" 3036 East Church Street, Pine Plains, NY 12567 or Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Attn: Gift Management Services, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244 in Patricia’s memory for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research..
Patricia was born on May 31, 1934 in Queens, New York, a daughter of the late Lionel “Leo” and Adele (Carbonneau) Poli.  She graduated from high school there, and enjoyed roller skating, even to level of competition.  Following her marriage to H. William George, they established their family farm in Pine Plains, NY, once her children were all in school; she worked as a secretary at Seymour Smith Elementary. She was a parishioner of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, and a member of the Pine Plains Republican Committee. Throughout her life, she was passionate about swimming, the beaches on Long Island, and her love of reading. Her family was paramount in her everyday living, and her energies were devoted to that of a farmer’s wife, mother and grandmother. She and her husband moved to Interlaken in 1988, where they established yet another family homestead.
She is survived by her children; Pamela M. George (fiancée Tom) of Pine Plains, John B. (Cindy) George II of Interlaken, Kathryn (Christopher) Trombetta of Pine Plains, William A. (Diane) George of Mesa, AZ, Michael F. (Tammy) George of Pine Plains, Kevin Leo George of Ithaca, and Laura Patricia George of Danbury, CT; grandchildren; Andrea (Peter) Serroukas, Amanda M. Hughes, John Michael Hughes, Jane (John) Riggins, Katherine (Michael) Coonradt, John B. George III, Josiah, Christopher and Ryan George, Gredaline, Michael II, Logan & Payton George, Courtney and David Bothwell; great grandchildren; Isabella and Sophia Serroukas and Jackson Riggins; a sister, June Serviss of Hanover, NH; four nieces and five nephews. Patricia was preceded in death by her husband, H. William George in 1997, and by a granddaughter, Paige George, as well as by her sisters, Leah Laedke and Barbara King.

Mr. Nicholas “Nick” Nichols, age 83,
of Valois, passed away at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 following a brief hospitalization.
Nick was born on September 11, 1925 in Sofia, Bulgaria a son of the late Christopher and Isobel Nichols. He was a WWII veteran and then began a career with the US Postal Service, from which he retired as a supervising mechanic on Staten Island. Seeking a simpler life, he and his wife moved to Lodi in 1969. Nick later worked at the Watkins Glen School District as a bus mechnic from 1971 to 1982. As an avid gardener, his home and gardens were always meticulous and well maintained.
He is survived by his wife, Beatrice L. Nichols, and special friends Harriet and Mark Wagner. Nick was preceded in death by a brother and sister.
In accordance with his wishes, there will be no formal services for Nick, kindly remember him in your thoughts and prayers.
Covert Funeral Home of Ovid has assisted the family with the arrangements.  


Francis F. Rorick, age 76,
of Lodi, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, (Mar 8), surrounded by his loving family.
The family will receive friends from 11:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday (Mar 14) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid, NY. A reception will then be held at 1:00pm at the American Legion Post #462 in Ovid, to which all are invited. Interment will be held privately by the family at the Jones Cemetery in Trumansburg.
Fran was born on January 17, 1933 in Victor, NY a son of the late Leo and Grace (Sincebaugh) Rorick, the family relocated to Lodi, where he was raised and attended the Lodi school house until the 8th grade, and later enlisted in the US Coast Guard, serving from 1952 to 1960, and returned to Lodi. He then met Mary Wright at Lacky’s Restaurant in Ovid, where she worked as a waitress. They married on May 26, 1963 and went on to purchase Jay’s Soda Bar in Ovid, which the couple ran together for many years. Homeade doughnuts were a specialty to all of the community in such an abundance that son Keith “Wolfie” would have to get up early before going to school, while Mary readied the grills.  When Grandson Joshua came along there were always special pancakes awaiting him that Fran would make in the shapes of Rabbits and Josh’s favorite “Tow Trucks with M&M’s” Fran and Mary lived and owned a home in the Town of Ovid while raising their son, Keith and later retired to the homestead in Lodi on Mill Street-“Wild Acres”. Mary passed away in March of 1995 and Francis remained on the farm where he raised Sika deer, emu, fox and exotic birds. Fran had a special fondness for animals, particularly his dogs, “BoBo” and “Rusty”. Along with his pet talking bird, “Winkie”. A full blooded Indian, Fran was known simply as “The Indian”.
He is survived by his son, Keith S. (Sharon) Dickinson of Interlaken, an adopted daughter, Robin Ingalls of Ithaca, a grandson, Joshua Lee Dickinson of Geneva, and a sister Nancy Watson of Florida, and his extended Wright family of  Trumansburg. In addition to his family, Fran had many close friends. He will be sorely missed. Fran was preceded in death by his brothers, 9 year old Donald and Kenneth “Wahoo” Rorick, and a sister, Clara Bell Rorick.


Ethel M. Judd, age 71
of  Geneva, NY passed away on Tuesday (Mar 3) at Geneva Living Center South, following extended health problems.
The family will receive friends from 10am to Noon on Friday (Mar 6) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid, a funeral service will then follow at Noon, officiated by Pastor Ralph Selin .Interment will be held at Ovid Union Cemetery.
Kindly consider a contribution to the American Legion Post #463, PO Box 401, Ovid, NY 14521 or the Finger Lakes Community Cancer Center, 6 Coulter Road, Clifton Springs, NY 14432 in Ethel’s memory.
Ethel was born on December 25, 1937 in Asco, West Virginia, a daughter of the late Irwin and Thelma (Keaton) Francis. She has been a resident of the Ovid area for 35 years, and had worked at Verona Village as the assistant manager for more than 10 years before her retirement. Ethel was an avid gardener, and treasured her family, priding herself in her home cooked meals and holiday gatherings.
he is survived by her husband, Franklin of Geneva; a son, Allen Judd of McSherrystown, PA; daughters, Victoria (Lewis LeFleur Sr.) Hussey of Auburn, Deborah Harris of Newark, NY, Donna (Mike) Sherwood of Trumansburg, Tina (Len) Carlsen of Lodi, and a step daughter Vicki Banks of Larwvill, IN, 14 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren; bothers, Henry (Tina) Francis of Waterloo, Wendall (Sharon) Francis of Fort Wayne, IN; sisters, Ruth (Ivan Scutt) Lapp of FL, Earnie (Doug) Clemens of FL, Edie Storrs of FL, and Rosetta (Chuck) Chambers of Lyons and a special family friend Edwin Wessig. Ethel was preceded in death by her brothers, David Paul and James Francis and son in law, Kenneth Mazur.

Henry Earl Stevens, age 97,
of Interlaken, passed away on Monday (Mar 2) at Geneva General Hospital.
The family will receive friends from 1:30pm to 2:30 on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid, followed by a funeral service at 2:30pm, officiated by Rev. Diane Walker of the Ovid Federated Church.  Prayers of committal will be held at Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken.
Earl was born on March 10, 1911 in the Town of Lodi, a son of the late Tunis and Eva (Ellston) Stevens.  He was a lifetime resident of the area, and had worked at the Interlaken Central School as a bus driver and mechanic for over 30 years. He was an avid gardener, woodworker and meticulous about maintaining his Munson Road home. Additionally he worked with his son’s equipment and helped to maintain the farm machinery. Earl and his wife Helen were able to winter in Clearwater following their retirement.
He is survived by his sons, Robert (Linda) Stevens of Ovid, and Karl (Bonnie Schlappi) Stevens of Interlaken; grandchildren, Shera (Gordon) Marshall, Thomas (Brenda) Stevens, Kyle (Jackie) Brace, Kerry (Kathy Leonard) Brace, Kimberly (Kurt) Minges, and Karla (Daniel) Golden; great grandchildren, Steffanie, Scott, Kayla, Talon, Kaylee, Grant, Bree, Bailey and Zoe. Earl was preceded in death by his wife, Helen in 1992, by his daughter Betty Brace in 1998, and by his sister, Ruth King in 1972.


Beverly A. Steele, age 80
of Romulus passed away at home on Saturday, February 28, 2009.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 3rd from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 S. Main St., Ovid. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, March 4th at 11:00 am at the Romulus Fire Hall with Pastor Joy Novack officiating.
The family asks those who wish to make a contribution in Bev’s memory to kindly consider the Romulus Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 2, Romulus, NY 14541 or So. Seneca Ambulance, P.O. Box 280, Ovid, NY 14521.
Born in Salamanca, New York on May 19, 1928, Bev was the daughter of Lloyd and Alva (Hedin) Foster. Following graduation from the LeRoy High School, Bev attended RIT’s Art School.  On May 21, 1955 she married James R. Steele and the couple made their home in Romulus. Bev thoroughly enjoyed her position as secretary for the High School Principal and the Guidance Counselor at the Romulus Central School District. It was a genuine labor of love for Bev as she looked over hundreds of children through the years as though they were her own. Both she and the district were saddened when she retired in 1985.
Bev devoted countless hours to her community through her involvement on the committee which celebrated the 200th Anniversary of the Town of Romulus and the committee responsible for the construction of the Romulus School Playground. She was also a member of the Romulus Volunteer Fire Department’s Ladies Aux. and the Northern Central Fireman’s Ladies Aux. and was a former member of the Romulus Central School’s Board of Education.
In her leisure time Bev enjoyed drawing, tending flowers, admiring her collection of Amberina Glass and, of course, eating those mouth-watering mandarin oranges. In addition to her husband James Steele of Romulus, Bev is also survived by one son Robert (Donna) Steele of Fayette; one daughter Sandy (Bob) Travis of Romulus; four grandchildren Danielle (Maurice Russ) of Romulus, Derek Morrell of Romulus, and Danny and Ciara Steele of Fayette; two great-grandchildren Damar and Kenyan Russ of Romulus and many cousins and friends. The family extends a special thank you to Bev’s “Second Daughter” Corky Trotter who gave selflessly of her time and energy to care for Bev.


Earl W. Ballard (Papa Smurf, Papa Bear), 70,
of Ovid, New York died on Monday, February 9, 2009 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester following an extended illness. Earl is once again on a grand hunting trip with his dad!
The family will be present to receive friends from noon to 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 14, 2009 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 S. Main St., Ovid. Services, at the funeral home, will begin at 2:00 pm on Saturday with the Rev. Ralph Selin officiating. Prayers of Committal and a Military Honors Tribute will follow at the Cronk Cemetery in Trumansburg. Immediately following the services at the cemetery, friends are invited to join the family for a reception at the American Legion in Ovid.
Earl was born on June 3, 1938 in Geneva, NY, the son of the late Kenneth C. and Mary E. (McLaughlin) Ballard. He lived most of his life in the Ovid area. Earl served in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Virginia. He served aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid, which is now a land, sea, and space museum which is docked in New York City. He was an avid hunter going on trips to such places as Colorado and New Mexico with his dad, and to Pennsylvania with his dad and son. Earl worked for the State of New York at the Rochester State Hospital, Sampson State Hospital, and the Department of Transportation, retiring in 1993.
Earl was a member of the I.O.O.F. of Seneca Falls and the Geneva Moose Lodge. He was involved with the Boy Scouts of America, serving as past Scoutmaster for Troop 78 in Ovid. He was also a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, serving as a past Camp Commander of D.G. Caywood Camp #146 in Ovid. Within the Sons of Union Veterans, Earl also served as the Jr. Vice Department Commander and Personal Aid to his son Ken, the NY Department Commander. He was a member of the Civil War Reserve Group where he served as a First Lieutenant in the Empire Fifers, Fife and Drum Corps. He held memberships in the American Legion Post #463 in Ovid, the Ovid VFW Post #6200, the NRA and the North American Hunting Club. He enjoyed listening and dancing to country music, driving and watching stock car racing, bowling, and was a fan of NASCAR racing.
Surviving Earl are his wife Mary A. (Reedhead) Ballard of Ovid; one son Earl Ken Ballard of Interlaken; one step-daughter Kim (Mike) Dwello of Waterloo; on step-son Joe (Joy) Callaghan of Naples, NY; six grandchildren Amber (Jarrod), Josh, Lisa, Bryce, Sage and Eliza; one great-granddaughter Jaylyn; one great-grandson Collyn and his adoptive family LaVerne and Diana Weeks of Hector.

Lewis C. “Ike” Martz, Sr., age 71
of Ovid, passed away at Geneva General Hospital, following a courageous battle with cancer, on Thursday, February 5, 2009.
The family will be present to receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 pm on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 S. Main St., Ovid. Services will begin at 11:00 am on Wednesday, February 11th at the Ovid Federated Church with the Rev. Diane Walker officiating. Interment at Ovid Union Cemetery will be scheduled at a later date.
The family asks those considering a contribution in Lewis’ memory to kindly consider the South Seneca Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 280, Ovid, NY  14521 or the American Cancer Society, 1400 Winton Rd. North, Rochester, NY  14609.
Born in Seneca Falls, New York on October 29, 1937, Lewis was the son of Elmer and Ruth Miller Martz. Lewis worked at Willard Psychiatric Center for 37 ½ years before his retirement on November 15, 1991. No stranger to hard work, he also operated Martz Backhoe for many years while working at Willard. He was also a real estate agent for Vangalio Real Estate in Ovid for a number of years before and following his retirement from Willard.
Since he was a boy, Lewis had a passion for baseball. He followed the NY Yankees closely and enjoyed reminiscing about his days as a pitcher for a team in the Willard Softball League. He also belonged to the Ovid/Willard bowling league for many seasons. Lewis’ most precious memories were those of family outings, especially when he spent time with his grandson Jared.
Lewis is survived by his wife of 35 years, Janice (Covert) Martz of Ovid; one son Lewis C. Martz, Jr of Ovid; one daughter Heidi (Jeff) Kresser of Cicero; one grandson Jared Martz of Waterloo; one brother Elmer (Carol) Martz of Ovid and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Kenneth J. Smith, age 67,
longtime resident of the Finger Lakes Region, died at the VA Medical Center in Canandaigua on Tuesday, February 3, 2009.
A funeral service will be held at 10:00am on Thursday, February 5, 2009 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid, NY, officiated by Rev. John Kotun. Interment will be held at Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken. Kindly consider a donation to the Trumansburg Fire Dept, PO Box 218, Trumansburg, NY 14886, in Kenny’s memory, in lieu of flowers.
Kenny was born on August 10, 1941 in Seneca Falls, NY the only son of the late Frank T. and Gladys (Strickland) Smith. He attended the Interlaken High School and proudly joined the US Army in 1960.  He served his country in Germany, working with electronics until 1963. Upon his return stateside, he lived in various group settings with fellow veterans.
He is survived by his twin sister, Dorothy (Richard) Arden of Trumansburg; a nephew, Robert (Angel Moore) Arden of Mecklenburg; a niece, Carol Arden of Binghamton and their families, as well as by his cousins, and special friends, Scott and Linda Vesley of Trumansburg.

Edna L. McCoy,
of 8047 Hall Road, died on Monday (Feb 2) at the Beechtree Care Center in Ithaca.
Calling hours will be held from Noon to 2:00pm on  Saturday, (Feb.7) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main St, Ovid followed by the a funeral service at 2:00pm, officiated by Rev. Derek VandeSlunt of the Interlaken Reformed Church. Interment will be held at Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Interlaken Reformed Church, PO Box 335, or the Interlaken Fire Dept, PO Box 274, Interlaken. NY 14847
Edna was born September 26, 1914 in the Town of Covert, a daughter of the late Otto and Maud (Rallings) McCoy. Edna was a graduate of Interlaken High School and had worked at the Newark State School during WWII. She then began a long career at Willard Psychiatric Center, working as an LPN, retiring in 1972. She cared for her parents in their home on the family farm until their deaths, and with her brother, “Buster” they maintained the McCoy farm for many years.
She is survived by her grandson,Charles McCoy; great grandsons, C.J., Joseph and Carl McCoy; sisters-in-law, Phyllis McCoy and Lillian Renauld, nieces and nephews, Sally (Dick) Keenan, Shirley (Dick) Fox, Nancy (Karl) Chase, Alan(Dawn) McCoy, Mary (Cy) Snyder, John (Carol) McCoy, Paul (Pat) McCoy, Joann (Carl) Marsh, Diane, Steve and Joe McCoy and their families, and several cousins. Edna was prededed in death by her son, Charles McCoy;grandson, Richard McCoy; brothers, Eldred “Buster”, William, James, and Myron and by a sister, Betty Cool.

Ted R. Griffith, age 86,
formerly of Verona Village, died on Monday (Feb 2) at the Bixby Home in Interlaken.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Friday (Feb 6) at the Ovid Federated Church, officiated by Rev. Diane Walker. A Memorial Service will also be held at the 1st Baptist Church, 12 Baldwin Street, Johnson City, at 2:00pm on Saturday (Feb 7), officiated by Pastor Chris Tracy.
Ted was born on July 2, 1922 in Detroit, MI, a son of the late Adam and Miriam (Mosteller) Griffith. He served as a signalman in the US Navy during WWII, upon his return from overseas, he began a long career as a salesman, working for Stanton  Business Machines of Binghamton, NY, and Weaver Typewriter Sales and Service, of Charlotte, NC.  He truly enjoyed life, whether that entailed fishing, playing his guitar and banjo, or working in the Ticket Booth at Bona-Vista Golf Course, where he had worked following his retirement, and “giving a lesson or two” to those struggling with their game!
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jean B. Griffith of Interlaken, a daughter, Bonnie J. Griffith of Trumansburg, and his beloved grandchildren, Sgt. Bradford Griffith of Ft. Bragg, SC and Gretchen Griffith of Charlotte, NC, also surviving are his sisters, Doed Do Lee Wilson of Binghamton and Corrine Stermensky of Castle Creek, NY; and by his brother and sisters in law, Richard (June) Scott of Johnson City, Jane Mordia of Endwell and several loving nieces and nephews.   Ted was preceded in death by his son, Ted Ronald Griffith, his brother John Griffith, his sister June Gillespie, and by his  brothers and sister in law, George Mordia, Willard and Betty Burge.
Contributions may be made to The Bixby Home, 8342 N. Main Street, Interlaken, NY 14847, for the continued loving care of Jean Griffith.
Arrangements are under the direction of Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid, NY 14521 

Jean Champion-Grant-Beeman, 70,
of PennYan, passed away on January 28, 2009 after losing her battle with cancer. She was predeceased by her parents Dorothy and Harold Champion of Lodi, NY and brother Harold Champion Jr. also of Lodi, NY.
Jean is survived by her children of the late William L. Grant Sr.; William L. Grant Jr. of Penn Yan, NY, son Samuel H. Grant of Penn Yan, NY, daughter Linda E. Grant-Robertson of Endicott, NY, and son Donald Depew of Scranton, PA. She is also survived by; sister Elma Updike of Lodi, NY, brother Calvin Champion of Lodi, NY, twin brother Jack Champion of Lodi, NY, brother Lester Champion of Elmira, NY, brother Robert Champion of Lodi, NY, sister Margie MacCheyne of Lodi, NY, sister Bonnie Ward of Lodi, NY and brother Ralph Champion of Lodi, NY. Her grandchildren are: Anna Grant-Elwell, William Grant III, James Grant, Michael Komula, Andrew Komula, Jennifer Komula-Casey, Donald Depew Jr, Ava Depew and Conrad Depew. Jean’s great-grandchildren held a special place in her heart: Kali and Alyssa Elwell, Zachary and Bryton Grant, Elle Grant, and Jakob Casey.
Jean was employed at Willard Psychiatric Center, had worked as a waitress for many years and was the owner of a flower shop while living in Pennsylvania. One of Jean’s many great talents was her ability to create heirloom-worthy crafts including beautiful flower arrangements. Her creativity also came through in the kitchen as she always seemed to be baking and cooking something delicious. Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners will never be the same for the family as they remember the cookies and various goodies and Jean’s willingness to share recipes for them all.
Jean intertwined her life with her family, taking special joy in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be remembered for kicking up her heels while singing a song with her late husband William, son Willy and brother Bob at local jamborees, family get-togethers, and even around the camp fire. Jean held a special spot in everyone’s heart and lives, giving her whole heart to anyone that would let her.
The family will be present to receive friends on Saturday, January 31, 2009 from noon-2:00 pm at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 S. Main St., Ovid. Services, at the funeral home, will begin at 2:00 pm on Saturday, immediately following the calling hours. The service will be led by Patricia Waid. Prayers of Committal at Lakeview Cemetery in Interlaken will be private.
The family asks those who wish to remember Jean with an expression of sympathy to kindly consider the Humane Society of Yates County, 1216 State Rt. 14A, Penn Yan, NY 14527.
For additional information, please contact the funeral home at 1-877-828-3411 or www.covertfuneralhome.com.

Ruth I. Wiggins, age 95,
died at Lakeside Nursing Facility on Sunday, January 25, 2009.
A graveside ceremony will be held at Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken in the Spring.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ruth’s memory may be directed to Hospicare of Tompkins County, Tompkins County SPCA or the Trumansburg Ambulance Fund.
Ruth was born in Oneida, NY on December 3, 1913, the youngest of seven children to Ernest L. and Mary E. (Phillips) Climenson. She had worked at Willard Psychiatric Center for 25 years as an LPN, and retired in 1975. Following her retirement, she moved to  Lake Placid, FL, and had lived briefly in Maryland before returning to the Trumansburg area several years ago. She was a member of the Church of the Epiphany in Trumansburg.
She is survived by her sons, Don (Cheryl)McGuire of Southport, NC, Robert (Penny) McGuire of Trumansburg and step-sons, John and Robert Wiggins, 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Ruth was preceded in death by her husbands, Charles McGuire in 1951, and by John Wiggins in 1976.

Karen L. Munson, age 48,
of Ovid, died unexpectedly early Friday, January 16, 2009 from complications of asthma that she has struggled with for 10 years.
Karen was born on December 31, 1960, in Ithaca, a daughter of David and Bonnie (Daily) Tanner. She was a graduate of Newfield High School and has been a resident of the area all of her life. In 1983 she married Jonathan P. Munson, and worked at Egg Specialties in Interlaken until they decided to start their family, and she raised two fine girls, Jennifer and Jessica.
She is survived by her husband, Jonathan; daughters, Jennifer Munson of Interlaken, and Jessica (James) Clark of Newfield; her grand daughter, Lydia; father, David Tanner of Randall, MN, mother, Bonnie Tanner of Newfield; brother, Steve (Kathy) Tanner of Newfield; sister, Kim (Doug) Eggersdorf of Lansing and several nieces and nephews. Karen was preceded in death by her brother, Kevin Tanner.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00pm on Friday, January 23, 2009 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid.  A funeral service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, January 24, 2009 at the funeral home with Don Sheridan officiating. Prayers of committal will be held at Ovid Union Cemetery. Kindly consider a donation to the Mary Parkes Center for Asthma,
400 Red Creek Dr Ste 110, Rochester, NY 14623, in Karen’s memory.  


John R. Tillinghast, age 82,
longtime resident of Waterloo, and formerly of Ovid, died on Sunday (Jan 11).
Calling hours will be held on Thursday (Jan 15) from Noon to 2:00pm at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main St, Ovid. A Graveside service will be held at Ovid Union Cemetery in the Spring.
John was born on September 22, 1926, the fourth son of  the late Jesse L. and Mildred (Sanderson) Tillinghast. He was a graduate of Ovid Central School.
He was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife, Esther, and his siblings; Malcomb, Charles, Jesse W., Hubert and Margaret. John is survived by his niece, Melanie (Terry) Trenchard of Geneva and a nephew, Paul Tillinghast of Georgia, and their families.

Matthew Earl Houseknecht, infant son of William “Bucky” and Michelle (Meeks) Houseknecht died unexpectedly on Friday (Jan 9).
The family will receive friends from Noon to 2:00pm on Sunday (Jan 18) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid. Matthew’s life will be celebrated at 2:00pm at the funeral home, with Pastor Timothy Dean officiating.. Prayers of committal will be held at Lake View Cemetery in the Spring. Please consider assisting Bucky and Michelle in establishing a memorial to Matthew.
Matthew was born on September 13, 2008 in Geneva, and lived with his family at 6639 Route 96A in Ovid. I
n addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister, Hailey Mariam-Marie Houseknecht, his paternal grandparents, Terry Houseknecht, Janet (Charlie Morrow) Edkin, and his maternal grandparents, Bonnie (Steve Burt) Castor, and great grandparents, Earl (Elaine) Houseknecht and Marie Staples, along with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Dani Lee Holford, 47,
of Interlaken, passed away peacefully at home Saturday, January 10, 2009 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born February 2, 1961 to Wallace E. and Velma Janne (Percy) Williams, Dani had an unparalleled love of life and a natural wit.  Always the life of the party, Dani was a straight shooter who loved spending time with her family, friends and horses.
From dressing up each Halloween to tubing on the lakes each summer, Dani was a kid at heart who never missed an opportunity to have a good time.  When many people in her situation would have found it hard to muster a smile, Dani was tirelessly optimistic.
Dani was a dedicated employee of the Town of Ithaca, where she worked for nearly two decades, and the Franziska Racker Centers.Dani is survived by her mother, Velma Janne Williams of Interlaken, husband Donald Holford Jr., and her son Garth Wallace Holford at home; step-sons Donald Holford III of Ovid, Kennith (Robin) Holford of Wolcott and Adam (Sherri) Holford of Seneca Falls and granddaughters Kaylee, Megan and Hannah.  She is also survived by her siblings; Deb Yanowiak of Newfield, New Jersey and Dee “SFB” (Denise) Williams of Ovid, father-in-law, Donald Holford Sr., of Ovid; brothers and sisters-in-law; Thomas Holford of Seneca Falls, Alfred (Darlene) Holford of Ovid and Sheila Covert of Jacksonville, Florida and several nieces and nephews including, Trystan Raines, Kalli Bennett, Amanda Miller, Jason Williams, Charity Couch , Casey Williams, Dylan Williams, Rex and Norman Martin and Rodney Williams, several great nieces and nephews and many, many wonderful friends who helped to care for and comfort her during her illness.
She was predeceased by her father, Wallace E. Williams, and her brother Darryl B. Williams. 
The family will receive friends at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main Street, Ovid, NY, Thursday, January 15, 2009 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.  A celebration of Dani’s life will follow at the South Seneca Sportsman’s Club, Yarnell Road, Ovid.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Clifford A. Darling, age 78,
of Interlaken, died on Saturday (Jan 10) at Cayuga Medical Center, following a brief illness.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 8:00pm on Tuesday, (Jan 13) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid. Masonic Rites will be offered by the Farmerville Lodge # 183. A funeral service will be held at 10:30am on Wednesday, (Jan 14) at the Interlaken Reformed Church with Pastor Derek Van deSlunt officiating. Prayers of committal will be held at Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken in the Spring. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Cliff’s memory to: Hospicare of Tompkins County, 172 East King Road, Ithaca, NY 14580, Interlaken Reformed Church PO Box 335, Interlaken, NY 14847 or So. Seneca Ambulance, PO Box 280, Ovid, NY 14521.
Cliff was born in Ithaca on October 17, 1930, a son of the late Floyd and Martha (Kerns) Darling. He was a 1949 graduate of the Interlaken Central School. Cliff had a  50 year history as a dairy farmer with Lawara Farms, retiring in 1992. He worked at Egg-It, Egg Specialties and then Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery following his retirement.  He was a 39 year Master Mason with the F&AM Farmerville Lodge #183, a Life Member of the So. Seneca Sportsmen’s Club, a former member and president of the Interlaken Fire Dept, and little league coach.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Inez, and daughter, Patricia (Jim) Langley of Romulus, and son, Rick (Kathy) Darling of Interlaken, and his grandchildren, Courtney Darling and Aaron Langley; sisters, Mary Worrell of Ovid, Joanne Glosser of Clearwater, FL and brothers, Fredrick (Toni) Darling of Fairport, Floyd (Mary) Darling Jr, of Homosassa, FL, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Cliff was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Amy in 1963.

Aletha M. Townsend, age 88,
formerly of Lodi, died on Tuesday (Jan 6) in Fenton, MI following an extended illness.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 -3:00pm on Saturday (Jan 10) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main St, Ovid, where a funeral service will then be held at 3:00pm, officiated by Rev. Diane Walker. Interment will be held at the West Lodi Cemetery in the Spring. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Lodi Historical Society in Aletha’s memory.
Aletha was born on March 14, 1920 in Elmira, a daughter of the late R.Raymond and Elizabeth (Bellows) Newell. She taught at Ferguson’s School of Dance in Elmira prior to her marriage to John C. Townsend Jr. Upon moving to Lodi, she assisted her husband with the family farm, and devoted her time and energy to raising her family.
She is survived by a son, John C. (Peggy) Townsend III and grandson Paul of Fenton, Mi.; daughter Ginger Townsend of Atlanta, GA, granddaughter Tara (Brian) Bristow and great grandsons Bennett and Carter.  Also survived by sisters Betty (Frank) Ziegler, Marjorie Bates, Irene Bassett, Shirley Chase; brother Ralph R. (Jackie) Newell; and many loving nieces and nephews. 

John B. Maleski, age 78,
of Ovid & Leesburg, FL, died at the Leesburg Regional Medical Center, on January 2, 2009 following complications from heart surgery.
The family will receive friends from 2 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm on January 9 at Covert Funeral Home, Ovid, NY.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am on January 10 at Holy Cross Church. Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Whitesboro, NY.  In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in John’s memory to South Seneca Ambulance, PO Box 280 or the Ovid Fire Dept. PO Box D, Ovid, NY  14521 or another charity of one’s choice.
John was born on March 24, 1930 in the Town of Varick, a son of the late Anthony H. and Stella (Grabowski) Maleski. He was a 1948 graduate of Ovid High School and a life- long resident of Ovid.  He was married to Marilyn Jones on November 29, 1958 in Utica NY and the two had just celebrated their 50th anniversary.  John retired from Willard Psychiatric Center, where he had worked as a refrigeration mechanic for 20 years. Prior he was a local farmer.  John was also a volunteer driver for So. Seneca Ambulance, a member of BPOE 992 of Seneca Falls, and was a communicant of Holy Cross Church.  Following their retirements, John and Marilyn have wintered in Leesburg FL since 1991.
John is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marilyn, and his children,
Kayanne (Reinhard) Gsellmeier of Rochester, Debra DiLallo of Ovid, and Charles (Susan) Maleski of Waterloo; grand daughters Kristyn and Paige Maleski; by a sister, Roseanne (Bill) Frick of New Port Richey, FL; a brother, Eugene (Sally) Maleski of Seminole FL, a brother Donald (Barbara) Maleski of Hamlin, NY, two aunts, Marguerite Maleski of Union Springs, NY and Helen (Peg) Bloniarz of Canandaigua, NY, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.