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Millard E. “Butch” Meeks Jr., age 60, of Lodi, had died at his home when checked upon by a friend on Friday, December 28, 2007.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00am on Friday, January 4, 2008 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid, officiated by The Rev. Martha Forisha of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Seneca Falls. Interment will be held at the Meeks family grave of West Lodi Cemetery in the Spring. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Butch’s memory may be directed to the Lodi Presbyterian Church, PO Box 278 Lodi, NY 14860 or the charity of one’s choice.

Born January 8, 1947, in Seneca Falls, the youngest of ten children to the late Millard E. and Eva (Arnold) Meeks Sr. He attended the Mynderse Academy and began working as a carpenter at a young age, working for various construction firms over several years. Butch was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman.
Butch is survived by his sister, Barbara (Charlie) Andrus of Savannah, NY and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Elbert, Floyd, Charlie, Theodore, Judy, Wanda, Rosemary and Archie.

Malcolm E. Posey, age 52
of Ovid, passed away at his home on Wednesday, December 26, 2007 following a short cancer illness.
Malcolm was born on July 27, 1955 in Washington, DC, a son of Richard M. and Eileen E. (Jennings) Posey. He had worked as a computer programmer for NASA in Washington, and then taught in the public school system of Montgomery County, Maryland. Following an early retirement, he and his family followed their dream, and moved to Upstate NY, and made their home in Ovid. He continued teaching on a substitute level for Ovid, Trumansburg and Ithaca Schools.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda K. Posey, and their four young sons, Benjamin Z., Jonah C., Julian G., and Henry L. Posey all at home in Ovid, his father, Richard M. Posey, siblings, Estella Churchman, Charles Posey, and Donna Albrecht, numerous nieces and nephews, his mother in law, Nancy Erickson, sister in law, Nicole Romero, and his brother in law, Robert Erickson. Malcolm was preceded in death by his mother, Eileen.
The family will receive friends from 2-4pm and 7-9pm on Friday, (Dec 28) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid. A Celebration of Malcolm’s life will be held at the Seneca Community Church in Romulus at 2pm on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 1400 Winton Road North, Rochester, NY 14609.

John G. Sorensen, age 77
of Willard, died on Tuesday, December 25, 2007 as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident in the Town of Covert.
The family will receive friends from 11am to Noon on Saturday, (Dec 29) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid, where a funeral service will be held at Noon, officiated by Pastor Nissa Deibler of the Zion Lutheran Church in Geneva. Interment at the Hillside Cemetery in Dundee will be delayed until Spring.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the South Seneca Sportsmen’s Club, Youth Program, 6894 Yarnell Road, Ovid, NY 14521 or the Arthritis Foundation, 3300 Monroe Avenue, Suite 319, Rochester, NY 14618.
John was born in Penn Yan, on June 2, 1930, a son of the late John and Astrid (Neilsen) Sorensen. He graduated from High School in Penn Yan and began a long career in the trucking industry. After many years as a local driver, he worked as a safety supervisor and terminal manager in Scranton, PA for the former Penn Yan Express. He then drove for T & D Trucking for more than 10 years. John was an avid outdoorsman, and supporter of sportsmen’s activities. He was a member of the NRA, and an active member of the South Seneca Sportsmen’s Club, representing the Club in numerous competitions. John had also been an active member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Geneva. He proudly nurtured his family, his home, and his love of nature.
John is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary-Ruth (Weeks) Sorensen, his children; Constance (James) Fraboni of Riverview, FL, John E. (Lorrie J.) Sorensen of Newark, NY and Kristina (David) Wight of Ithaca, NY, 8 grandchildren, and a brother, Peter (Betty) Sorensen of Rochester. He was preceded in death by a son, Harry W. Sorensen and a sister, Nancy Long

Frances I. Huff, age 80
of Lodi, died peacefully at her home on Saturday, December 22, 2007.
Fran was born April 21, 1927 in Elmira, NY a twin daughter of the late John S. and Vera L. (Mitchell) MacDonald. She moved from Horseheads to Lodi more than 60 years ago. She had been employed by Willard Psychiatric Center for more than 35 years, retiring as a therapy aide in 1983. Fran was an avid reader and found great interest in genealogy and knitting. She took a keen interest in her community and the people and events that surrounded her. Fran treasured the time she spent with her family.
Fran was a twin, who had twin grandsons and just this year, became a great grandmother to a set of twin boys.
She is survived by her children, John (Ginger) Huff of Edwardsville, IL, Michael (Darlene) Huff of Lodi, and Vanlon (John) Keel of Romulus, her twin sister, Phyllis (James) Joslyn, of Willard, and a sister, Joan (Joseph) Hudak of Temple, GA, 13 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, nieces and a nephew. Her husband, Halsey C. Huff, preceded Fran in death.
A private graveside burial will be held at the West Lodi Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, friends may honor Fran by contributing to the Lodi Whittier Library, PO Box 208, Lodi, NY 14860 or the South Seneca Ambulance, PO Box 280, Ovid, NY 14521
Arrangements are under the direction of Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid, NY.

Stanley F. Maleski, 92,
ofRomulus, passed peacefully at home on Saturday (December 15, 2007) following a brief illness.
Calling hours will be held from 3 to 7pm on Tuesday (Dec 18) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street in Ovid. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10am on Wednesday (Dec 19) at Holy Cross Catholic Church by Fr. William Winters, OFMCap. Interment will be at Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Stanley’s name may be directed to the Beverly Animal Shelter, 48 River Road, Waterloo, NY 13165.
Stanley was born April 11, 1915 at the family home in Romulus, a son of the late Matthew and Mary (Skozeski) Maleski. Stanley worked the family farm in Romulus, taking great pride in his family heritage and the farming industry.
He was married to Jeanette Creswell on August 17, 1949.
Stanley is survived by his daughters, Anna M. (Charles) Morgan of Romulus, Theresa S. (James) MacCheyne of Interlaken, a son, Stanley F. (Sheila) Maleski Jr. of Trumansburg, his much beloved and adored granddaughters, Stephanie Rose and Jessica Nicole Maleski,

Robert L. “Bob” Klemann, age 69,
of 5784 Route 96A, passed away at his home on Tuesday, (Dec. 4) following a brief cancer illness.
Bob was born on July 20, 1938, a son of the late Frederick and Helen Klemann. At the young age of 17, he joined the US Navy, serving from 1956 to 1962. He had been a pipe fitter and welder for the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union #13 of Rochester, working in various types of construction. He and his wife also operated the roadside produce stand in Kendaia. He was always happy to teach his grandchildren and all children about his love of hunting and fishing, as well as tinkering on a dozen projects all at once in his shop. He was a member of the NRA and the NYS Rifle and Pistol Assoc. and a Life Member of the MacDougall Sportsmen’s Club.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce, his children; Cliff (Debbie) Klemann of Romulus, Debra E. Klemann of Texas and Patty (Bob) Bradley of Clifton Springs and Lou (Sherry) Covert of Romulus who was like a second son to Bob; his grandchildren, Steven, Amanda, Jonathan, Sara, Tina and Sean and a great grand daughter, Liberty; his siblings John (Jean) Klemann of Georgia, Theresa (Lou) Ebling of Florida, Michelle Kemak of Angola, NY, Tom (Debbie) Klemann of Palmyra, Mike (Linda) Klemann of Newark, Jackie (Jonathan) Everdike, Janet (Gary) Hamburg, Penny (Greg) Goodman. Bob was preceded in death by his stepmother, Elsie “Skip” Klemann.
The family received friends from 4:00 to 7:00pm on Friday, (Dec 7) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid. There was a reception hosted by the family at the MacDougall Sportsmen’s Club, 3800 MacDougall Road, where friends were invited to stop in to share stories and memories. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the MacDougall Sportsmen’s Club or the charity of one’s choice

Paul James Charles, age 54,
of Newfield, NY, passed away suddenly Tuesday, December 4, 2007, at his home. Born February 12, 1953 in Ithaca, he was the son of the late Kenneth H. and Jane Pearl Charles. A 1971 graduate of Ithaca High School, Paul was proud of having coordinated two “Walks Against Hunger” while still a high school student.
Following his graduation from the State University at Albany, Paul worked with troubled youth in Virginia, leading them on wilderness camping and survival expeditions. In 1985 he returned to Ithaca to care for his mother during her terminal illness, and subsequently cared for his father during the last years of his life. While in Ithaca, Paul served as a volunteer with Loaves and Fishes. A talented cook, he began a career in food service, in the course of which he attended the Johnson & Wales College of Culinary Arts in Norfolk, Virginia. After several years in North Carolina, Paul moved back to the Ithaca area earlier this year, fulfilling his wish to “come home.” Paul expressed his creativity through photography and poetry. His Christian beliefs were central to his life.
Paul is survived by his brother, Mark Charles of Ann Arbor, Michigan; an aunt, Emily Cooley of Canandaigua; and several cousins. Special thanks to Joel Rabinowitz, the residents and staff of Newfield Garden Apartments, and Mrs. Hollister and members of the First Baptist Church for their kindness to Paul.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, December 18, 2007, at the First Baptist Church in Ithaca. Friends may also pay their respects at the church on Monday, December 17, from 7-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Loaves and Fishes of Tompkins County, or to the First Baptist Church of Ithaca.
Arrangements are under the direction of Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid, NY. www.covertfuneralhome.com

Elizabeth A. “Betty” Chambers, age 81,
of Geneva, died Sunday at Seneca Nursing & Rehab Center in Waterloo.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday (Dec 5) at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street in Ovid, officiated by Pastor Diane Walker of the Ovid Federated Church. Prayers of Committal will be held at the Ovid Union Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Betty’s memory may be directed to North Seneca Ambulance, PO Box 817, Seneca Falls, NY 13148,the American Cancer Society, 1400 Winton Road North, Suite 1, Rochester, NY 14609 or Lifetime Care Hospice, 1120 So. Main St., Newark, NY 14513
Betty was born on March 3, 1926 in Tunkhannock, PA, a daughter of the late Paul C. and Isabelle V (Deats) Ball. She attended various schools throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania, and made her home with extended family in Seneca County as a young wife and mother. She worked at Willard Psychiatric Center for a short time, but mostly enjoyed harvesting grapes, apples and strawberries while they were in season. Betty was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker which lovingly carried over into grandmother.
She is survived by her children; Thomas R. (Sandi) Chambers of Eagle Point, OR, Carol (John) Myers of Geneva, Sharon L. (Reed Balewski) Secor of Waterloo, Michael (Caroline) Chambers of Savannah and Linda (David) Turner of Geneva, 7 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren; sisters; Alice Ball of Scranton, PA, Helen (Dick) Baxter of Olympia, WA and Edna Herrick of New Port Richey, FL and a close personal friend, Jan Marquart. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Russell T. Chambers in 1988, and by an infant son, Robert W. Chambers in 1945, and by her siblings, Frank Ball, Louise Pabich and Janie Dixon.

Lloyd Corbin Northrup, age 87
o Ovid, died on Sunday (Dec 2) at the Seneca Nursing & Rehab Center in Waterloo.
A private graveside ceremony will be held at Mount Green Cemetery in Romulus. As a memorial to Lloyd, the family would ask you to consider taking a quiet moment to reflect on the life of their father and think of the special memories that you may have shared with him.
Lloyd was born in Victor, NY on April 2, 1920, a son of the late Corbin H. and Dora M. (Everett) Northrup. He served his country in the US Army during WWII. Lloyd was dedicated to his service at the Holy Cross Church, where he spent 42 years as the sexton, caring for the church buildings, grounds and the cemetery. He spent many years digging graves by hand when the church did not have power equipment, rarely deterred by even the winter weather. He felt that everyone deserved a proper burial, and took great pride in the way in which it was accomplished. Many will remember him as the crossing guard at the church as well. He was an avid hunter, outdoorsman, and gardener, often having gardens in multiple locations.
He is survived by his children; Louise M. Warne, Linda M. (Gary) Xavier, Laura Arcangeli and Leonard Northrup all of Ovid; grandsons, Lorne J. Wandell, Brent C. and Nicholas Xavier, Justin Arcangeli and Scott Northrup. Lloyd was preceded in death by his siblings, Sherman, Doris, Ruth, Ralph, and Willis “Mickey”.
Arrangements are under the direction of Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid, NY. www.covertfuneralhome.com

George J. Wegner, 88,
formerly of Lodi, died October 23 at Lakeside Nursing Home.
Born September 19, 1919 in Owego, NY, George was a son of the late George H. and Emma Mae (Beechler) Wegner. A veteran of WWII and a retiree of Cornell University, George’s favorite pastimes were hunting and fishing. He never passed up an opportunity to share the outdoors with his children or take his grandchildren on a fishing excursion.
He was a member of the Interlaken Baptist Church and a former member of the Lodi Sportsmen’s Club.
George was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Grant Wegner; a daughter, Deborah; granddaughter, Nancy; three great-grandchildren, Steven, Brandon and Brittany; his three sisters and his two brothers.
He is survived by his daughters, Kathy (Mark) Jackson of Interlaken, Lana Wegner-Harden of Interlaken, Betty (Hampton) Hathaway of Lodi, and Karen Peterson of Shippensburg, PA; his son, Robert (Debbie) Wegner of Trumansburg; 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
George’s family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff of Lakeside Nursing Home for the love and care he received during his stay.
A graveside service, officiated by Rev. Ralph Selin, will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 27, at Grove Cemetery, Trumansburg, NY.
Covert Funeral Home, 7199 S. Main St., Ovid, NY, is assisting the family.

Sharon A. Hoffarth, age 68,
of Lower Lake Road in Willard, passed away at the Lifetime Care Hospice Unit at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, on Saturday (Oct 20).
A memorial graveside service will be held at 11am on Thursday (Oct 25) at Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken.
In lieu of flowers, please remember Sharon to either the American Cancer Society or the Diabetes Foundation.
Sharon was born in Cortland, NY on September 22, 1939, a daughter of the late Bernal and Lucille (Underwood) Ike. She returned to Waterloo from Colorado eight years ago, and worked at Huntington Living Center as a health care aide, retiring just before her 68th birthday. Sharon’s greatest joy was her work, she loved her patients and cared deeply for them. Sharon truly devoted her life to her work and family.
Sharon is survived by her sons, Ransom and Ralph McBride of Colorado, stepchildren; Emil and Virta Hoffarth, brothers; Gary (Helene) Ike of Seneca Falls, Jack Ike of South Carolina, Bruce (Rose) Ike of Waterloo; sisters, Judith (Sandy Doane) Rosbaugh of Ovid, Avis Kissell of Willard and Pamela (William) Kirk of Waterloo, and 7 grandchildren. Sharon was preceded in death by her sons, Robert and Eugene Hoffarth, her sisters; Patricia Stevens, Joanne Hayes, Donna Dobbs, Anita “Kay” Veeder, and a brother Mahlon D. Ike.
Arrangements are under the direction of Covert Funeral Home, Ovid, NY.

Fred “Uncle Fred” Gradel, age 46,
of Lampila Road, died unexpectedly at the Arnot Ogden Hospital in Elmira.
Fred was born in Endicott, NY on June 8, 1961, a son of Ferdinand and Ruby Gradel. He was a graduate of the Owego Free Academy, and had been employed as a waiter at the Statler Hotel on the Cornell University Campus since 1989. Affectionately known as “The Wizard” by his friends and family, his thirst for knowledge was never ending. His love of nature, the plants, trees, and flowers that made up the World around him, gave him great joy everyday.
Fred is survived by his father, Ferdinand R. (Anne Dalconzo) Gradel of Owego, his mother, Ruby E. Weaver, a sister, Cindy (Rod) Martin and a brother Tom (Janice) Gradel, nieces, Stephanie and Bethli Beeman, Desirae, Taylor and Lauren Gradel all of Newfield, his beloved “children” Magpie and Kitty, and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, October 19, 2007 at Greensprings Natural Cemetery Preserve on Irish Hill Road in Newfield. Please dress casually. Following the ceremony a reception will be hosted by his family at the Newfield Fire Hall. In lieu of flowers, Fred’s family asks that you please plant a tree in his memory or donate to the Tompkins County SPCA in his name.
Arrangements are under the direction of Covert Funeral Home, Ovid, NY. www.covertfuneralhome.com

Eldred L. “Buster” McCoy, age 85,
of 8047 Hall Road, died on Sunday, (Oct 7) at Geneva General Hospital following a very brief illness.
Calling Hours will be held on Wednesday (Oct 10) from 4-7pm at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main St, Ovid. The funeral service will be held at 2pm on Thursday (Oct 11) at the funeral home officiated by the 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 the Interlaken Reformed Church, PO Box 335 or the Interlaken Fire Dept, PO Box 274, Interlaken, NY 14847.
Eldred was born in the Town of Covert on May 22, 1922, a son of the late Otto and Maud (Rallings) McCoy. Upon graduation from the Interlaken Central School, he proudly served his country in the US Air Force during WWII, having been stationed in Italy, Africa and Corsica. Eldred worked as a cook at Willard Psychiatric Center for 37 years, and operated the McCoy family farm in Interlaken.
He is survived by his sister, Edna; 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. Eldred was preceded in death by his brothers, William, James, and Myron, and by a sister, Betty Cool.

Olive L. Baker Hurd, age 87
longtime resident of Lodi Point, passed away on Monday (Sept 24) at the Huntington Living Center in Waterloo.
The family will receive friends from 6-9pm on Wednesday (Sept 26) and from 10-11am on Thursday (Sept 27) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main St., Ovid.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11am on Thursday (Sept 27) at the funeral home with Pastor Diane Walker and Fr. John Tokaz co-officiating. Interment will be held at the West Lodi Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Olive’s name may be directed to the Lodi Fire Dept Ladies Auxiliary, PO Box 299, Lodi, NY 14860 or Lifetime Care Hospice of Seneca Co., 1120 S. Main St., Newark, NY 14513.
Olive was born on January 7, 1920 in Lodi, NY a daughter of the late James and Emma (Landon) Baker. She graduated from Lodi High School and worked at the Seneca Ordinance Depot During WWII as a munitions handler. Olive then worked at Willard Psychiatric Center in Food Service. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Lodi Fire Dept, and the Lodi Presbyterian Church Ladies Assoc. Olive and her husband, Fran enjoyed many years of camping, she also enjoyed her time spent with family, especially her grandchildren. Crafting and crocheting were favorite pastimes for Olive as well.
Olive is survived by her husband, Francis E. Hurd of Waterloo, a son, Charles L. (Linda) Hurd of Waterloo, a daughter, Connie (Paul) Polce of Trumansburg; grandchildren, Andrew (Kelly) Hurd of Auburn, NY, Matthew Hurd of Waterloo, Paula (Adam) Chard of Oneonta, NY, and Sally Polce of Trumansburg; great grandchildren, Mackenzie, Mercedes, Miranda and Mattia Hurd, and her special friend Frances Matteson of Lawton, OK. She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Dorothy Covert, and brothers, William, James and Edward Baker.

Mary Allen Rejmer, age 93
a former resident of the Seneca and Tioga County areas, passed away at her home in Lake Forest, CA on Sept. 10, 2007.
Born June 10, 1914 in Geneva, NY, Mary was a daughter of the late John and Lillian (Baldridge) Allen. She spent her childhood and early adult life in southern Seneca County before traveling to Wheaton, IL to attend college. In 1941 Mary moved with her late husband, Frank M. Rejmer, to Berkshire, NY where she resided until her retirement in 1978. She then moved to CA where she resided until the time of her death. Mary spent many years teaching piano in the Newark Valley Central School District, and was the church organist at Berkshire Methodist Church. She was a former member of the Berkshire Reading Club, Daughters of the American Revolution, Christian Women’s Club, and Wheaton Alumni Association. Her religious faith was important to her as she was a former member of Interlaken Baptist Church, Interlaken, NY, Berkshire Methodist Church, Berkshire, NY, and Coast Bible Church in San Juan Capistrano, CA.
Mary is survived by her daughter, Mary Louise Rejmer Gibson of Larchmont, NY; her son, David P. Rejmer of Chicago, IL; two grandchildren Andy Rejmer and Abbey Rejmer Kremser; and three great grandchildren.
Those who wish to remember Mary in the form of a contribution are asked to kindly consider Coast Bible Church, 26300 Via Escolar, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92692.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, September 15, 2007 at Ovid Federated Church, Ovid, NY, followed by interment in Lakeview Cemetery, Interlaken, NY.
Covert Funeral Home, 7199 S. Main St., Ovid, NY is assisting the family.

Susan M. Langner, age 63,
of Interlaken, passed away on September 11 at her home.
Born March 30, 1944 in Chicago, Susan was a daughter of the late Charles and Virginia McHorter. She was a graduate of Elmhurst College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and moved from Chicago to the Interlaken area in 1994. Susan was an avid fisherwoman, loved tending her rose garden, playing bridge and euchre, working crossword puzzles, and especially enjoyed her feline companions.
She is survived by her husband, Bernard Langner; two sons, Douglas (Yvonne) Ellinger of San Diego, CA, Scott (Sua) Ellinger of Washington, DC; four grandchildren, James and Lucas Ellinger of San Diego, CA, and Scott Jr. and Virginia Ellinger of Washington, DC.
The family will receive friends from Noon to 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14, 2007, at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main St., Ovid, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father John Tokaz, OFMCap at 2 p.m. on Friday at Holy Cross Church in Ovid. Interment will be on Monday, September 17, in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, South Bend, IN.
Those wishing to remember Susan in the form of a contribution are asked to kindly consider the Beverly Animal Shelter, 50 East River Rd., Waterloo, NY 13165; or the SPCA of Tompkins County, 1640 Hanshaw Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850.

William J. Clair,
formerly of East Lake Road in Romulus, passed away on Monday (Sept 10, 2007) at Geneva General Hospital.
Calling hours were from 6 to 8pm, on Thursday (Sept 13) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Stree, Ovid. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11am on Friday (Sept. 14) at Holy Cross Church in Ovid. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery in Ovid.
Bill was born on May 6, 1915, in Romulus, a son of the late Timothy A. and Katherine (McKenna) Clair. He had been a lifetime resident of the Ovid-Romulus area, and had been a faithful communicant of the Holy Cross Church. Bill retired from Willard Psychiatric Center as a staff attendant, and then worked as the chief of security at Geneva General Hospital. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and truly enjoyed his home on Seneca Lake.
He is survived by his children, Richard (Ruth) Clair of Waterloo, Sharon Guerrie of Geneva, and Patricia Blake of Georgia, 16 grandchildren and 20 grandchildren; sister, Mary Rose Corcoran and brother, James Clair both of Ovid, and numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his loving wife of 67 years, Eleanor in 2005, and by his son, Timothy P. Clair, sisters, Alice Hoppy and Dorothy Riley, and son in law Eugene J. Guerrie.

Janice Chambers, age 73,
died Sept. 9, 2007 at Lakeside Nursing Home, Ithaca, NY.
A memorial service will be held at Lakeside Nursing Home on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 2:30pm, followed by inurnment at Jones Cemetery, Trumansburg, NY.
Covert Funeral Home, 7199 S. Main St., Ovid, NY is assisting the family.

David A. Vesley, age 72,
Wyers Point Road, died on Thursday (Sept 6) at Geneva General Hospital.
David was born on November 16, 1934 in Ithaca, NY a son of the late Frank and Mary Vesley, and attended Ithaca High School. He worked as a ticket agent for Eastern Greyhound Lines. He raised and trained Brittany Spaniels for more than 40 years, and traveled the country judging various competitions. He was a certified bird dog trainer and judge, and operated his own “Briarwood Kennels” in Ithaca. Dave had been a member of the South Seneca and Interlaken Sportsmens Clubs.
He is survived by his longtime companion, Jean Marie Poorman of Ovid, and stepsons, Wayne Hinkle of Brooktondale, and Scott Vesley of Trumansburg and their families.
Private services will be observed in accordance with Mr. Vesley’s wishes. Arrangements are under the direction of Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid, NY.

James E. Thorp, age 78,
longtime resident of Ovid, died at Seneca Nursing & Rehab Center in Waterloo on Monday,(Sept 3).
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father John Kanka, OFMCap at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Ovid at 11:00am on Friday, (Sept 7) Interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Jim was born on November 22, 1928 in Plains, Pennsylvania, a son of the late Robert and Margaret (McGuiness) Thorp. He retired from Ithaca College where he had worked as a custodian. Jim is survived by several cousins and his closest friends.
Arrangements are under the direction of Covert Funeral Home, Ovid, NY.

May B. Grover Steinruck . age 71
of Valois, passed away at home on September 4 after an extended illness. She was 18 days shy of her 72 birthday.
Born September 22, 1935 in Montour Falls, May was a daughter of the late William H. and Mabel E. (Mead) Fisher. She attended the Lodi School and graduated from Ovid High School. May was employed for 35 years at Willard Psychiatric Hospital as a Therapy Aide and a Licensed Practical Nurse. She was an avid volunteer for South Seneca Ambulance when they began operating in the early 70’s. May took great pleasure in researching local history and her family’s genealogy. She also loved to quilt and sew.
In addition to her parents, May was preceded in death by her husband, Elias A. Grover; a son, SPC4 James W. Grover; and a sister, Cora M. Frederick.
She is survived by her daughter, Darlene (Bob) Grover of Lodi; son, John (Linda) Grover of Joliet, IL; sisters, Eileen (Richard) Symes of Watkins Glen and Reda (Henry) Fazzary of Watkins Glen; stepchildren, Susan Steinruck (Jeff) of Burdett, Amy (Randy) Kelly of Burdett, Michael Steinruck of Valois and Christopher (Patti) Steinruck of Goldsboro, PA; grandchildren, Steven and Lisa Mead, Elias and Krystal Grover, Brittney and Taylor Kelly, Samantha, Derek “Dozer”, Haley, Xavier, William and Christian Steinruck,; great grandchildren, Ryan, Samantha, Joshua, Lola, Sierra and Jasmine; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 S. Main St., Ovid on Friday, Sept. 7 from 7-9pm and on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 9-11am. A funeral service, officiated by Susan Pentz of the Lodi Presbyterian Chapel, will be at 11am at the funeral home, followed by burial at Seneca Union Cemetery.
Those wishing to remember May in the form of a contribution are asked to kindly consider Lifetime Care of Seneca County, 1120 S. Main St., Newark, NY 14513.

Ruth E. Turo, age 86,
of Trumansburg died on Wednesday, (Aug 29) at Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca.
Ruth was born in Lodi, NY on May 22, 1921, a daughter of the late Bert and Mary (Asay) Egan. She dedicated her talents and energy to her family, making a loving home for her husband and four daughters. Her home baked goods were cherished gifts to friends and family, and she always looked forward to parties and family get togethers. She had been a member of the Interlaken Reformed Church, and the ladies auxiliary of the American Legion Post in Interlaken.
She is survived by her husband of 67 years, James O. Turo of Trumansburg, her daughters, Cynthia (Howard Hair) Turo of Interlaken; Deborah (Robert) Perrotto of Seneca Falls; Wendy (Rayburn) Coolbaugh of Trumansburg; and Sally (Pete) VanIdistine of Ithaca; and grandchildren, Ally (Mike) Ostrowski, Kathy (Don) Stuck, Diana Perrotto, Erika (Christine Ablett) Woodams, and B.J. Woodams; her sisters, Elizabeth Egan of Jacksonville; and Eleanor Tomkins of Baldwinsville. Ruth was preceded in death by her sisters, Margaret Proper and Thelma Herman, and by her brothers, Llewelyn, Donald and Arthur Egan.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, September 6, 2007 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid. The Rev. Derek VandeSlunt of the Interlaken Reformed Church will officiate and interment will be private at Frear Memorial Park in Ithaca. The family will be hosting a reception at the American Legion Post #770 in Trumansburg following the memorial service to which all are invited. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ruth’s name may be directed to the Interlaken Reformed Church Food Pantry, POBox 335, Interlaken, NY 14847, Hospice of Tompkins County 172 E.King Road, Ithaca, NY 14850 or the Trumansburg Ambulance, POBox 418, Trumansburg, NY 14886.

Kasson L. Butler, 87,
Ovid, died Thursday, August 2, 2007 at the Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca.
The son of Floyd L. and Lena Lewis Butler, he was born October 12, 1919 in Erwin, NY. He attended Campbell Central Schools and was employed for nearly 30 years at the Dresser-Rand Company in Painted Post, NY. During World War 2, he served in the European Theatre as a Military Police Officer and Honor Guard in the United States Air Force. He was a member of the Campbell United Methodist Church for over forty years before joining the Ovid Federated Church when they moved in 1999.
He is survived by his wife, Ionne; sons Wayne (Molly) and Kevin (Laurie) Butler; daughter Kim (Walter) Flower and his five grandchildren: Scott, Sarah, Jessica and Mary Beth Butler and Cody Flower; sisters Janice Craft of Corning and Betty Buck of Bath. He was predeceased by his brother and four sisters, as well as a daughter Krista Lee and granddaughter Krista.
A Memorial Service will be/was held at the Ovid Federated Church on Saturday, August 4 at 2:00 p.m., with the Rev. Diane Walker officiating. Memorials may be made to the Ovid Federated Church Memorial Fund or Helping Hand Fund, PO Box 340, Ovid, NY 14521

Robert C. Kinne, age 86.
Formerly of Ovid, died July 31, 2007 at Geneva General Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00am, Friday, August 3 at Christ Episcopal Church, Main St., Willard, NY, with Rev. Father Richard Strauss officiating. Burial will follow in Ovid Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the charity of one’s choice. Born May 17, 1921 in Romulus, NY, Robert was a son of the late Harry and Anna (Clark) Kinne. After graduation from high school, Robert enlisted in the U.S.Army where he was involved in the Normandy Invasion. Upon his return home, he worked the family owned dairy farm his entire career. Robert appreciated being outdoors and working the land. He was a good neighbor and was always willing to help out anyone when the need arose. Robert also loved playing euchre and attending stock car races, and he took great joy in family gatherings.
He is survived by three sisters, Ruth (Charles) Bounds of Vacaville, CA, Elizabeth Furst of Auburn, NY, and Virginia Raisner of Somers Point, NJ. Eight nieces and nephews also survive Robert.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Covert Funeral Home, 7199 S. Main St., Ovid, NY

George B. Dickens,
lifetime resident of the Ovid/Romulus area, died peacefully on July 10, 2007.
A graveside service with Military Honors will be held at 1:00pm on Thursday, July 19, 2007 at Ovid Union Cemetery, officiated by Pastor Rob Foote.
In lieu of flowers, donations in George’s memory may be directed to the Romulus Fire Dept, PO Box 2, Romulus, NY or Lifetime Care Hospice, 1120 South Main St, Newark, NY 14513.
George was born on December 10, 1926 in the Town of Romulus, to the late Frank and Lena (Daub) Dickens. He was a graduate of the Ovid High School and proudly served his country during WWII in General Patton’s 3rd Army from 1945 to 1946. He was a member of both South Seneca and Interlaken Sportsmen’s Clubs and the Ovid VFW Post #6200 and American Legion Post #463.
He is survived by his special family, Pam, Billy, Donna and Scott Armitage of Romulus and his special friends, Martin, Lisa, Sarah and Matthew Brewer, Dick McCall and Carolyn Martin. George was preceded in death by his brother, Francis and sister, Edith.
Arrangements are under the direction of Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main St, Ovid.

Howard J. Smith, age 80,
lifetime resident of the Ovid and Willard areas, died in Clearwater, FL on Sunday, July 15, 2007, following a brief illness. The family will receive friends on Thursday (July 19) from 4:00 to 7:00pm at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main St in Ovid. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday (July 20) at 10:00am at Holy Cross Catholic Church by Fr. William Winters, OFMCap. Interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Ovid Color Guard, VFW Post #6200, PO Box 1, Ovid, NY 14521 or the charity of one’s choice. Howard was born on May 18, 1927 in Ovid, a son of the late Earl Smith and Pearl Smith Trafalet. He graduated from Ovid High School in 1945 and immediately joined the US Army Air Force, serving his country during WWII, stationed in China. He attended the Ithaca School of Music, and will be remembered for his participation in the Ovid Drum and Bugle Corps and Geneva Appleknockers. He will also be remembered for his participation in the Stan Sell Band, playing at the Romulus Hotel, and later in the band, “For Dancers Only,” in which he played the trumpet for many years. He worked in the recreational therapy department at Willard State Hospital, where he enjoyed operating the Willard Radio Station WWSH, showing movies for the patients and local community at the Hadley Hall Theater, and playing on the hospital softball team. He retired from Willard in 1982. He had also been a member of the VFW Post #6200 in Ovid. He is survived by his children, James C. (Mary) Smith of North Miami Beach, FL, Richard E. (Sonya) Smith of Seneca Falls, NY, Robert F. Smith of Little Meadows, PA, Roger J. (Donna) Smith of Clifton Springs, NY, and Leatha (Tom) Smith-Fo of Middletown, NY, 16 grandchildren, a brother, Arthur Smith of Syracuse, several nieces and nephews, and his wife’s family. Howard was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Elizabeth M. “Betty” Carroll Smith in 1996.

Pauline “Joy” O’Connell age 77,
Pauline Coryell was the daughter of the late LeRoy and Evelyn (DePew) Coryell of Ovid, New York, and when born on April 10, 1930 the newspaper declared that “JOY” was brought to the Coryell family to join her brother George. Joy O’Connell was a beautiful person that continued to bring joy to those who have known her over the years. She is survived by her devoted and loving husband of 58 years, James “Jimmy” O’Connell They resided in the Romulus area and rebuilt the family home on Poplar Beach.
Joy worked in the health field over the years with starting her career with Dr. Riemer in Romulus along with a few other area physicians and eventually retiring from Seneca Army Depot as Champus Advisor for the health clinic. Joy was active in the Ford Library Book Club, member of the Romulus Alumni Association and MacDougal School House.
A devoted loving wife, mother, grandmother, friend and daughter who always put her family first. She loved spending time with her husband, family and friends. Joy enjoyed music, boating and swimming in Cayuga Lake, gardening, euchre, reading, theatre, traveling, and spending endless hours laughing with her family and friends.
She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, James “Jimmy” O’Connell; and daughter Diane (John) Sabourin Plattsburgh, grandchildren Erin and Kevin, daughter Reenie (Richard) O’Marra Louisville, Kentucky, grandchildren, Tim and Neil Larsen, son Edward (Kathleen) O’Connell Waterloo, grandchildren Beth and Dan, daughter Laurie (Edward) Bishop Le Roy, grandchildren Kaley and Meghan, son Patrick of Auburn. She is also survived with 5 step-grandchildren and 5 step great-grandchildren. Joy was preceded in death by her brother, George. Friends may call and share stories, laughs and a few tears at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid, on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 from 4:00 to 8:00pm. A funeral service will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at the Ovid Federated Church, and interment will follow at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Romulus Alumni Association, 5705 Main St. Romulus, NY 14541 or Edith B. Ford Memorial Library P.O. Box 401 Ovid, NY 14521
The family would like to thank Joy for her loving support and for always putting her family first.

Virginia “Ginny” Haust, age 80,
of 3656 Route 96, died in the comfort of her home on Monday (June 4).
The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 7:00pm on Wednesday (June 6) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid. A Scripture Service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday (June 7) at 2:00pm, officiated by Fr. William Winters, OFMCap of Holy Cross Catholic Church. Interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery in Ovid.In lieu of flowers, donations in Ginny’s memory may be directed to Lifetime Care Hospice, 1120 So. Main St, Newark, NY 14513 or to the American Lung Assoc, 1595 Elmwood Avenue. Rochester , NY 14620.
Ginny was born on February 26, 1927, in Mays Point, NY. She had been a lifetime resident of Seneca County, and graduated from Mynderse Academy in Seneca Falls. She worked from her home in MacDougall as a telephone operator for Trumansburg Telephone Co, and then as an operator at Willard Psychiatric Center, from where she eventually retired.
She is survived by her children, Robert L. (Sharon Snover) Haust of Seneca Falls, John (Doris Zwick) Haust of Geneva, Bonnie Westervelt of Auburn and Sherri (Martin) Thompson of Waterloo; her longtime friend and companion, Bob Harwood of Waterloo; grandchildren, Adam Utter, Jennifer Wagner, Ben Haust, Dylan Thompson, Amanda Westervelt and Sarah Blakely and by 5 great grandchildren, her sisters, Clara Rotunda of Florida and Mona Greco of Geneva. Ginny was preceded in death by her mother, Lena, her husband, Leonard “Butch” Haust in 1988 and by her sisters, Helen Cooney and Edna Schweitz.

James Malcolm Stevens, age 61,
of 6195 Poplar Beach Rd., Romulus, died Monday (May28) at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30am, Saturday, June 2, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 149 Honness Lane, Ithaca, with Rev. Robert M. Foote and Rev. Dr. Louis Jasper officiating.
A son of the late J. Richard and Helen (Lockwood) Stevens, Jim was born on August 1, 1945 in Binghamton, NY. He was president of JMS Marketing in Romulus, NY.
Jim is survived by his wife Diane (Gunsauls) sons Scott Stevens (Ekaterina) of Endicott, Breen (Theresa) of Charleston, SC; a daughter Barbara Ekstrom (Zackery) of Kansas City; 1 grandson, Jesse Stevens of Charleston, SC; 1 granddaughter, Sasha of Endicott; a sister, Janet (Thomas) Breen of Fremont Ca.; a brother in-law, Robert (Lorraine) Gunsauls of Denver, CO; his father-in law, Gerald Gunsauls of Binghamton; 3 nieces, Mandy (Brian)Whatley; Natalie Breen (Nick); Megan Gunsauls; 1 nephew, Nick Gunsauls and a cousin, Jean (John) Davidge of Binghamton; several special friends, co-workers, and church family.
Jim was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church (Kidders – Interlaken) He served as President of the congregation and lay leader for several years. Jim was a member of South Seneca Sportsmen’s Club, serving currently as Vice President and Chaplain. He was also involved in the Friends of the National Rifle Association. He served in the National Guard from 1970 thru 1974. He attended Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas. He was National Sales Manager of Binghamton Hardware Co. until 1983 when he then formed his own Manufacturer’s Representative Agency. With the dedicated support of his two sales managers, Paul & Steve, Office Manager, Deb and “jack of all trades”. Glen; Jim led his company to a very successful business covering the northeast territory.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made Miracle Flights for Children, 2756 N. Green Valley Pkwy. #115, Henderson, NV 89014, or the building fund at Christ Lutheran Church, 2090 Rte. 96A, Ovid, NY 14521.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Covert Funeral Home, 7199 S. Main St., Ovid, NY.

Margaret Louise Riley, 72,
of 7289 Ann St., Ovid died at her home on Saturday, May 19.
Funeral services will be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main St., Ovid, NY.
Born in Ovid on February 26, 1935, Margaret was a daughter of the late Niels and Ruth (Burch) Mikkelson.
Margaret was employed for 30 years as a Therapy Aide at Willard State Hospital. She was a communicant of Ovid Federated Church.
Survivors include her companion, Norman “Zeke” Wells of Ovid; two daughters, Sandra J. (Joe) Pine of Hayts Corners, and Mary L. (Willie J.) Kemp of Lyons; three sons, Ronald L. (Helen) Riley of Ithaca, Donald F. (Pam) Riley of Ovid, and Louis R.(Kim) Riley of Weston, FL. Margaret is also survived by nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and a brother, Harold (Lois) Mikkelson of Lodi.
In addition to her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by her three sisters, Evelyn, Mary and Eleanor.

Margaret L. “Peg” Efraimson, age 86,
formerly of Gilbert Road, died on Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at the Seneca Nursing & Rehab Center in Waterloo, following an extended illness.
A Celebration of Peg’s life will be held at 3:00pm on Sunday, May 20, 2007 at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main Street, Ovid with Father

David Mihalyi of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church officiating. The family will host a reception following the service at the Golden Buck in Ovid. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Peg’s name may be directed to the American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Awareness, 6725 Lyons St
East Syracuse, NY 13057.
Peg was born in Syracuse, NY on March 23, 1921 the only daughter of the late Earl F. and Ora A. (Rawley) Keefe. After she and her husband, Arvo, had established their family, Peg began a 16 year career at the University of New York in Syracuse, first at the School of Law, and ultimately retired from the School of Nursing. She and Arvo enjoyed extensive travel, winters in Myrtle Beach and camping at Bowman Lake. Peg always supported the endeavors of her husband and was the supportive arm of an active family.
Peg is survived by her children, Allen (Holly Gronberg) Efraimson of South Hampton, NY, Linda (Barb Rosenblum) Beck of Geneva, and Eric Efraimson of Waterloo; his grandchildren, Lisa Efraimson, Julie (William) Swank, Benjamin (Leslie) Efraimson, Brian (Chris Kuhlman) Dill, David Efraimson and Tiffany Beador; and great grandchildren, Aiden Arvo and Ava Efraimson and Macy Jane Swank. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Arvo in 2004.

Joseph A. Harvey, age 76,
of 7310 South Main Street, Ovid and formerly Seidman Avenue on Staten Island, died Monday (Apr 30) at Seneca Nursing & Rehab Center in Waterloo.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Holy Child Parish on Staten Island on Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Harvey’s name may be directed to the Beverly Animal Shelter, 50 East River Road, Waterloo, NY 13165.
Joseph was born on May 15, 1930 in Brooklyn, NY, a son of the late Henry and Rosalie Harvey. He proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict as a radio operator in the Philippines. He moved to Staten Island in 1961, and for 15 years he worked at the former J.Henry Schroeder Bank His career continued with JP Morgan Bank, retiring in 1988 after 25 years of service to the bank. He was a faithful communicant of Holy Child Parish, and served as an usher for many years, and was a 4th Degree Knight of the Tottenville Knights of Columbus Council #1675.
He is survived by his wife, Lillian O. Harvey, daughters; Barbara A. Rosenblum (Linda Beck) of Geneva, Nancy E. (Ralph) Ferrara of Staten Island, and a son; Steven J. (Diane) Harvey of Parlin, NJ, a nephew, Joseph (Francine) Devine of Lake Ariel, PA, a niece, Sharon Murray of Pensacola, FL, his son in law, Seth Rosenblum of Jay, NY his cousins of Metropolitan, NY and his beloved pet, Laci. Joseph was preceded in death by his sister, Rosalie Devine.
Local arrangements have been entrusted to the Covert Funeral Home of Ovid.

Daniel L. Steve, age 51,
of 2167 West Wycoff Road, died at his home on Saturday, April 28.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid, NY. A reception will also be hosted by the family at the VFW Post #6200 on Wednesday evening from 7:00 p.m. to which all are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you kindly consider a donation in Danny’s memory to the Four Towns Community Center, Youth Sports Program, PO Box 91, Ovid, NY 14521.
Danny was born on December 4, 1955 in Ithaca, the only son of Ronald L. and Judith F. (Chaffee) Steve. He attended schools in Trumansburg and Ovid and worked with his father at Ronnie’s Body Shop in Ovid for more than 15 years. Danny had recently completed medical training to work as a medical assistant at North Medical Urgent Care in Liverpool. Dan was in awe by Seneca Lake and its sunsets, often photographing its beauty from Lodi Point.
He is survived by his loving family, a son, Jesse Steve of Ovid; a daughter, Amber Steve of Geneva; his mother, Judy Steve of Ovid; his father, Ronnie L. (Cindy Waid) Steve of Ovid; his sisters, Terri Steve of Georgia, Veronica Trifoso of Missouri, and Vicki (Brooks) Hendrix of Trumansburg; as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Dorothy L. VanLone, age 90,
lifetime resident of Willard, died on Friday (Apr. 27) at FF Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00pm on Sunday (Apr 29) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00am on Monday (Apr 30) at Holy Cross Catholic Church by Fr. William Winters, OFMCap. Interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery in Ovid. In lieu of flowers, friends may remember Dorothy with a contribution to the American Cancer Society, 1400 Winton Rd N, Rochester, NY 14609.
Dorothy was born on October 9, 1916 in Willard, NY, a daughter of the late Cornelius A. and Margaret Murphy. Upon High School graduation she attended nurses training and worked as an LPN at Willard Psychiatric Center, retiring in 1972. She was a faithful communicant of Holy Cross Church, and took great pride in maintaining her home and living independently until just prior to her death.
She is survived by her son, Jack (Kathy) VanLone of Waterloo, her former daughter in law, Nancy Schoonover of Geneva, a niece, Joyce Coene of Chili, NY, grandsons, David and Jeffrey VanLone and Mark and Joseph VanLone, and 3 great grandchildren.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her son, James in 1974, and by her husband, Alvis in 1993, and by her sister, Frances Jordan in 2002.

Bertha “Tillie” Kuleszo, age 86
of 2520 Bromka Road, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday (April 22) following a long illness.
In honoring her wishes, there will be no public services, however friends are asked to join the family at the Romulus Fire Hall on Thursday (Apr 26) from 1:00 to 3:00pm to offer their condolences and to share memories of Tillie. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Tillies name may be directed to Holy Cross Church, PO Box 337 or Ovid Federated Church, PO Box 340, Ovid, NY 14521.
Tillie was born on February 9, 1921 in the town of Romulus, a daughter of the late Charles and Phyllis Tillinghast. Tillie was a communicant of Holy Cross Catholic Church and a member of the Ovid Federated Church in Ovid. For several years she was the organist for Sunday Mass, weddings and funerals at Holy Cross. She was also involved in the raising and national showing of parakeets for years, until her interests turned to Arabian horses. Being a gifted equestrian, she showed her horses herself, riding them in English class, bringing home several trophies, ribbons and awards. It was not uncommon to see Tillie at the drive-thru window of the bank or the stopping for ice cream in Ovid on horseback. Tillie was employed in her early years as an LPN at Willard State Hospital. Later she drove school bus for Romulus Central School until her retirement. Tillie loved to attend the theatre and travel, for the last couple of years she spent her winters on the Gulf Coast of Florida.
Tillie is survived by her children, Veronica Williams of Spartanburg, SC, Valerie Hedrick of Cowpens, SC and Leo E. Kuleszo of Romulus, 7 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and by her younger sister, June Moss of Seneca Falls, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Edward Leo Kuleszo and her siblings, Clyde and Mildred.
Arrangements are under the direction of Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid.

Alfred C. Ahouse, age 78
of 2238 South Street, died on Sunday, April 22, 2007 at Geneva General Hospital.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 9:00pm on Tuesday (Apr 24) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid. A funeral service will be held at Noon on Wednesday at the funeral home with Pastor Rob Foote of Trinity Lutheran Church of Ithaca. Interment will be held at West Lodi Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Al’s name may be directed to Four Towns Community Center, PO Box 91, Ovid, NY 14521 or the Beverly Animal Shelter, 50 East River Road, Waterloo, NY 13165.
Al was born on August 7, 1928 in Nanticoke, PA, a son of the late Victor B. and Ida E. Ahouse. He moved to the Lodi area in the late 1940’s, and began his 35 year career as a Union carpenter with the Corning Local #700. Al was also a farmer and milk tester for the Dairyland Improvement Corp and Cornell Cooperative Extension. He also served as the Lodi Town Supervisor from 1968 to 1974. Al was an avid hunter, and his friends and family will fondly remember his devotion to the Green Bay Packers.
Al is survived by his companion of 31 years, June Kenyon, his children; Gary (Anne) Ahouse of Jermyn, PA, David C. Ahouse of Lodi and Melanie Ahouse of Ovid, a step-son, Dennis (Karen Morrow) Kenyon, his step-daughter’s husband; Larry “Bart” Caslin, grandchildren; Alex, Wesley, Gary, David, Ashley, Regan, Jonathan, Nicolas and Trevor, two great grandchildren, siblings; Morgan Ahouse, Bernard (Irene) Ahouse, Olga Bragg, and Mildred (Robert) Toole, numerous nieces and nephews, and the mother of his children, Barbara Coulters. He was preceded in death by his step-daughter, Brenda Caslin and by a sister, Ruth Brooks.

Nellie F. Brown, age 69
lifetime resident of the Ovid area, died on Thursday (Mar 22) at Huntington Living Center in Waterloo.
Nellie was born on June 12, 1937 in Romulus, New York a daughter of the late Michael and Frances (Tomczack) Goslicki. Upon graduation from Ovid High School, she was employed by Willard State Hospital, and retired as a therapy aide after many years of service.
She is survived by her children, Henry M. Brown of Ovid, Joanne Brown of Elmira, Thomas W. (Virginia Graber) Brown of Ovid and Edward Brown of Ovid, her grandchildren, Heather Brown and Michael Proctor; her brother, Chester (Elinor) Goslicki of Ovid and a sister, Christine Goslicki of Ithaca. Nellie was preceded in death by her sister, Cassie and by her grandson, Robert Brown.
A graveside ceremony will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, April 14, 2007 at Holy Cross Cemetery of Ovid, officiated by Fr. William Winters OFMCap, of her parish, Holy Cross. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Lifetime Care Hospice, 1120 South Main Street, Newark, NY 14513.
The family would like to offer a special acknowledgment to the Huntington Living Center and Lifetime Care Hospice for the exceptional care that Nellie received during her extended illness.
Arrangements are under the direction of Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid.

Dollie D. Hamilton McLaughlin, age 82,
of Ovid, NY, went to her heavenly home March 31, 2007 after a long battle with cancer.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Patrick McLaughlin; her parents, Harvey and Clairbelle Hamilton; sisters, Margaret, Nina and Elsie and brothers Frank and Orson.
Dollie is survived by one sister, Alice Parsons of Rushville; a daughter, Patricia (David) Brust of Interlaken; sons, William McLaughlin of Ovid and Bruce (Donna) Parsons of Newark. Bruce was raised by Dollie’s sister Alice. Alice resides in Rushville. Many memories are left with her six grandchildren, Terry (Cindy) Brust of IL, Tammy (Jim) Steuer of Sheldrake, Teresa Brust Anderson DeRose of IL, Scott McLaughlin of Interlaken and Adam and Matthew McLaughlin both of Ovid. She is also survived by six great- grandchildren, Courtney Brust, Gunnar Anderson, Richard DeRose and Alyssa DeRose all of IL and Joy and Jeff Steuer of Sheldrake and several nieces and nephews.
There are many others who also rightfully claim Dollie as “mom“. Her extended family includes many close friends who supported her in so many wonderful ways during good times and through difficult ones. Dollie spent many hours crocheting, working newspaper word puzzles and jigsaw puzzles. Line dried clothes and visits with family and friends on the backyard swing reflect who she was.
In her younger years Dollie worked in local vineyards tying vines and picking grapes. She also worked on the Muck Farms and later took on inside jobs where she wore many hats, including nursing home kitchen staff in Interlaken. Dollie retired from the Seneca Army Depot on May 6, 1977, with 20 years of civil service, where she was a lift truck operator, commissary shelf stocker and thoroughly enjoyed her duties of a switch board operator.
There will be a Graveside Service on Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at 2:00pm at the Lake View Cemetery, County Road 150, Interlaken. A Memorial Service will be held at the First Baptist Church, 4443 East Seneca Rd., Trumansburg, on Saturday, April 14, 2007 at 11:00am with the Rev. Pete Hood officiating. Family and friends are invited to attend both services, as their schedules allow.
In keeping with Dollies’ wishes, contributions may be sent, in lieu of flowers, to the American Cancer Society, Lakes Region Office-Rochester, 1400 Winton Road North, Rochester, NY 14609 or to Hospice of Seneca County, 3111 South Winton Road, Rochester, NY 14623-2905.
The family has entrusted arrangements to the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main Street, Ovid. (607) 869-3411.

Ruth C. Hyland, age 91,
longtime resident of Ovid, died on Friday, March 30, at the Living Center at Geneva North.
The family will receive friends at the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Ovid from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Monday, April 2. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the church at 11:00am by Fr. William Winters, OFMCap. Interment will be held at St. James Cemetery in Trumansburg.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ruth’s memory may be directed to the charity of one’s choice.
Ruth was born on May 4, 1915 in York, PA, a daughter of the late Clarence and Belle (Daron) Creager. Upon completion of High School, Ruth moved to Ovid in 1934. She was a communicant of Holy Cross Church and had worked at Willard Psychiatric Center as a dining room attendant for a number of years. Ruth had lived at Verona Village for nearly 20 years prior to her move to the Johnson Home for Ladies in Seneca Falls in 2003.
She is survived by nearest nieces and nephew, Sharon (Mark) Ricci of Burton, OH, Valerie Potter of Painted Post, and Ronald Eva of Genoa, and an extended number of nieces and nephews.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph and by their only daughter, Elizabeth. Also preceding her in death were her brothers, Chester, Harry, Earl, Charles Walter, Raymond and her sisters, Anna and Minerva.

Leonard McMillen Jr., age 69,
of 8618 County Road 137, died at the Arnot Ogden Hospital in Elmira following a brief illness.
Leonard was born on January 24, 1938 in the Town of Ovid, a son of the late Leonard and Mildred (Weeks) McMillen Sr. He had worked at Ithaca Tire Company for 25 years, before he was employed by the Town of Lodi. He spent 14 years working in all areas of the Highway Department, retiring in 1995. His retirement years were spent doing the things he enjoyed most, fishing, spending time with family and enjoying the community that he loved so much.
He is survived by his wife, Edna and children; Len (Tina) Carlsen and Kristine (Gerald Veeder) Carlsen all of Seneca Falls, Laurie VanZile of Medina, Penny Shaffer of Ithaca, several step-children to include Lynn Rodas of Seneca Falls, his brother, James McMillen of Buffalo and sisters, Donna (Larry) Creswell, Joyce Denmark of Lodi, Anne (Robert) McCord of Jacksonville, and a sister in law; Ruth (Hubble) McMillen of Jacksonville, 15 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Leonard was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Shirley Jean, and by his brothers, Kenneth, Floyd, and Harold and by a sister, Carolyn.
The family will receive friends from 11:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday, March 24, 2007 at Covert Funeral Home in Ovid. A funeral service will follow at the funeral home at 1:00pm on Saturday, officiated by Rev. Cynthia Harvey of the Lodi Presbyterian Chapel. A Spring Interment will be held at West Lodi Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Leonard’s name may be directed to the West Lodi Cemetery, c/o Lois Jennings, P.O. Box 214, Lodi, NY 14860.

Mabel Reese, age 99,
died Friday, (Mar 2) at Geneva Living Center South. Calling Hours will be held from 3:00 to 5:00pm on Friday, (March 9) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am on Saturday (Mar 10) at the funeral home with the Rev. Roy Tory of First Baptist Church of Seneca Falls officiating. Spring Interment will be held at Southwick Cemetery in Junius.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Romulus Foundation, 5707 Main Street, Romulus, NY 14541 in Mabel’s memory.
Mabel was born on March 6, 1907 in the town of Junius, a daughter of the late George and Blanche Feek. She was a graduate of Waterloo High School; and obtained her teaching credentials from Cortland State Normal School in 1931, and received her Bachelors Degree from SUNY Cortland in 1954. Mabel taught in many Seneca County Schools. The majority of her career was spent at Romulus Central School where she taught 5th grade for over 25 years, retiring in 1969.She then worked as a remedial reading instructor at South Seneca Central School for three years after her retirement.
Mabel had been a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Seneca Falls, and served on the Board of the Southwick Cemetery for 50 years. Mabel is survived by her son, Duane F. (Judy) Buck of Ovid, grandchildren, Mary Dale Buck, of Oklahoma City, OK, Duane (Kristi) Buck Jr of Cape Coral, FL, Marcia Manee of Fort Myers, FL, and Joseph Buck of Meridian MS, great grandchildren, Elise and Jenna Manee, Molly and Lily Buck,; a stepdaughter, Joyce (Francis) Brady of Seneca Falls and her children, Jeffrey (Kim) Brady and Daniel (Wei Wei) Brady and their children, Lauren, Kathleen, Coleen and Orion Hunter; her nephew, Holger (Alice) Karlsen Jr. of Romulus, Janet (Bob) Bailey of Geneva and Norma Karlsen of Houston, TX. Mabel was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Clarence Reese in 1989.

June D. Langley, age 85,
passed away on Monday, February 26, 2007, at the Geneva Living Center North.
Born on May 15, 1921 in Cleveland, OH, June was a daughter of the late Clarence S. and Emily A. (Durrant) Ostberg.
June resided on Prospect St. in Willard for thirty years, while employed by Willard Psychiatric Center as a ward attendant. She had also resided in St. Cloud, FL and was a previous resident of Verona Village in Ovid.
She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Willard, a life member of VFW Post 6200 Auxiliary, a member of CSEA, NewYork Covered Bridge Society, and a former member of Eastern Star.
June was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, William Langley, a son Thomas Langley; two granddaughters, Suzanne and Nancy Sue; a sister, Berta Feasel; and a step-brother, Ted Stivers.
She is survived by four sons, William (Melody) Langley of Ovid, Robert (Linda) Langley of Victor, James (Patricia) Langley of Romulus, Larry (Lynda) Langley of Seneca Falls; two daughters, Judy (Gary) Reinhard of Lima, and Susan (Bob) Neal of Indialantic, FL; seventeen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. June is also survived by two sisters, Carol (Joe) Kaiser of Ovid and Betty (Art) Millspaugh of Trumansburg; and several nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to call at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 S. Main St., Ovid, NY, on Friday, March 2, 2007, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. at the Christ Episcopal Church, Main St., Willard with Fr. Richard Strauss officiating. Interment will be in Ovid Union Cemetery at a later date.
Those wishing to remember June in the form of a contribution are kindly asked to consider the South Seneca Volunteer Ambulance Corp, PO Box 280, Ovid, NY 14521, or the Christ Episcopal Church, PO Box 275, Willard, NY 14588

Julie Ann (Mayo) Hayes, age 48
of Romulus, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, February 26, 2007.
She had been employed at Willard Psychiatric Center for 16 years. She loved spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren, and delighted in helping other people. Julie loved the holidays and decorating and especially shopping and cooking. She enjoyed candles, driving, gardening, cleaning and home health care.
She is survived by her father, Charles Hayes of Romulus; her brothers, David (Laurie) Hayes and Dennis (Gwen) Hayes, all of Ovid; her children, Greg Mayo of Geneva, Steven Mayo of Syracuse, and Brittany Hollister of Seneca Falls; her grandchildren, Gregory and Cody Mayo of Geneva; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Julie was preceded in death by her mother, Joanne Hayes; a brother, Michael; and a sister, Susan Hayes. She will be sadly missed and never forgotten. We love you, Mom!
A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 3, 2007, under the direction of Covert Funeral Home, Ovid, NY.

Kay P. Florence, age 68
of 5550 Route 96, Romulus, passed away at home on February 21, 2007. Friends may call at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main St., Ovid, on Tuesday, February 27, 2007, from 9-11 a.m. Services will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Dr. John Kotun officiating.

Marie C. Wilson, age 85,
of 196 North St., Geneva, died on Thursday, February 22, 2007, at the Geneva Living Center South.
Born in Pontiac, MI on April 13, 1921, Marie was a daughter of Lee Roy and Mable (Ryan) Calkins.
She was employed for many years as a nurse’s aide at the VA Medical Center in Bath and retired from the VA Medical Center in Canandaigua.
Marie was a member of the Moose Club and she also enjoyed being a Foster Grandparent for over ten years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Dempsey, and a son, Ernest Cornell.
Marie is survived by her son, David Dempsey of Geneva; a stepson, Gerald Dempsey of Horseheads; a sister, Helen Calkins of Ann Arbor, MI; a brother, Keith Johnson of Zephyr Hills, FL; seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
A spring graveside service at Grove Cemetery in Trumansburg will be announced at a later date.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Covert Funeral Home, 7199 S. Main St., Ovid, NY 14521.

Glenn A. Larison, age 83,
of 7420 State Route 414, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, February 16, 2007.
Glenn was born on August 22, 1923 in Van Etten, New York, a son of the late Andrew and Verna (Shoemaker) Larison. He was a retired builder, having worked for the Geuy Construction Co. in Rosewood, Ohio for many years. He and his wife, Jean moved to Ovid from Conover, Ohio in 2004.
He is survived by his wife, Jean; children, Michael (Diana) Larison of Big Indian, NY, David (Tacy) Larison of Sidney, Ohio, and Leslie (Ron) Stackhouse of Van Etten, NY, step sons, Garth (Ruth) Dugolinsky of Neptune, NJ, and Brent (Susan) Dugolinsky of Oneonta, NY, 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, a brother, Archie (Ruth) Larison of Van Etten, NY and a sister, Doris Larison of Elmira, NY.
At the request of Mr. Larison there will be no services, memorials in his memory may be directed to the charity of one’s preference.
Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid, NY has assisted the family with arrangements.

Gordon J. “Curly” Coryell, age 89
of 230 Ashton Place in Clifton Springs and formerly of Romulus passed away at his home on Sunday.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, (Feb 14) at Grace Episcopal Church-Willowdale, 3874 East Lake Road, Geneva, celebrated by Fr. Clark West. Interment will be held at Mount Green Cemetery in Romulus. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Grace Episcopal Church–Willowdale, P.O. Box 135, Geneva, NY 14456, or House of John, 14 Spring St, Clifton Springs, 14432 or Ontario-Yates Hospice, 756 Pre-Emption Road, Geneva, NY 14456.
Gordon was born on September 1, 1917 in Romulus, NY a son of the late J. Wallace and Mary Alice (Church) Coryell. He was a 1935 graduate of Romulus High School. He proudly served his country during WWII in the US Army from 1945 to 1946. He worked as a carpenter for the Finger Lakes Council Local Carpenter’s Union for more than 30 years. He had been a Mason with the F&A.M. Fayette Lodge #539, a life member of the Romulus Volunteer Fire Dept, and served on the Romulus Cemetery Assoc. His early church life began at the former St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Romulus, and then became active at the Grace Episcopal Church-Willowdale. Gordon was an avid fisherman and enjoyed his time spent on the lake. He was also an active family man, and treasured his time spent with children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his children, David R.(Heidi) Coryell of Ovid, Mary C. (Gary) Sabin of Farmington, and JoAnne C. (Curt) Niemeyer of Scottsville, 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Gordon was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn in 2004, and by his brother, Willis A. and sister J. Lois Coryell.
Arrangements are under the direction of Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid, NY.

Agnes I. Zammett, age 85,
of Verona Village, died at Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca on Saturday (Jan 20).
The family will receive friends from 7-9pm on Wednesday (Jan 24) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid. A Scripture Service will be held at the funeral home at 10am on Thursday (Jan 25) officiated by Fr. William Winters, OFMCap of Holy Cross Catholic Church. Interment will be held at St. James Cemetery in Trumansburg.
Agnes was born on October 8, 1921 in Romulus, NY, a daughter of the late Raymond and Pearl (Braisington) Steen. She had worked at Willard State Hospital for several years prior to her retirement in the early 1960’s. She had been a communicant of Holy Cross Church, and a former member of the Ovid American Legion Post #463 Ladies Auxiliary. She was active in her retirement, often found to be bowling, playing bingo, and she especially enjoyed baking for her family.
She is survived by her sons; John R., James A., and Ricky E. Zammett, all of Ovid, and a daughter, Ann Bond of Binghamton, 8 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Agnes was preceded in death by her former husband, John J. Zammett, brothers, Lester, Gordon and Adrian Steen and by a sister, Myrtle Scanell.

Elizabeth Alice Myers, age 93,
of Prospect St. Ovid, died on Monday, January 18, 2007.
Born on February 3, 1913 in Ashley, Pennsylvania, Elizabeth was the daughter of George and Anne Cunningham Drumheller.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy E. Myers; one son, Robert Myers, Sr. and one daughter, Priscilla MacCheyne. Elizabeth is survived by one daughter, Carol Myers of Ovid; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren and a large number of extended family and friends.

In keeping with Elizabeth’s wishes, no public services will be held. She will be laid to rest in the Albert Cemetery, Mountaintop, PA where she lived and raised her family.

The family have entrusted arrangements to the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 S. Main St., Ovid.

Stanley S. Sherry Jr., age 81,
of Interlaken, died on Monday, January 15, 2007, at the VA Medical Center in Canandaigua
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 19, 2007, at the Interlaken Reformed Church, officiated by Pastor Derek VanDeSlunt. Interment will be held at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Stanley’s name may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., East Syracuse, NY 13057. Arrangements are under the direction of Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid, NY 14521. ..More information
James K. “Jim” Howard, age 54
of 5196 Route 89, died on Sunday, (Jan 14) at Highland Hospital in Rochester.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Tuesday (Jan 16) at the Varick United Methodist Church (Ernsberger Road) officiated by Rev. Barbara DeAngelis. Private prayers of committal will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jim’s name may be directed to the charity of one’s choice.
Jim was born on October 29, 1952 in Rochester, NY, a son of Thomas and Alice (Hicks) Howard. He was a graduate of Fairport High School. Jim worked for the Kodak Corporation as a group leader in construction at the various facilities in the Rochester area. A quiet and simple man, he considered that time spent hiking and hunting was time well spent. His early retirement afforded him the opportunity to spend the past summer on his beloved Cayuga Lake. He also enjoyed a good round of euchre with friends and family.
He is survived by his parents, Tom and “Corky” of Romulus, a niece, Yvonne Oakden of North Carolina, his friend of many years and former wife, Marie of East Rochester, his aunts and uncles, James (Barbara) Hicks of Willard, Virginia LaBour of Seneca Falls, William S. Howard and Nancy Howland both of Rochester, and several cousins. Jim was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas A. Howard in 1984, and by his nephew, Mason Stacey, Mason’s wife, Chaunacey and by their son, Brett in 2003.
Arrangements are under the direction of Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main St, Ovid.

Lewis L. VanHorn Jr. age 52,
of 6436 Iron Bridge Road, died unexpectedly on Saturday, (Jan 6) in Covington, Louisiana.
A visitation for friends will be held on Friday (Jan 12) from 4:00 to 7:00pm at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main St, Ovid. A private memorial ceremony will be held at the family home on Saturday.
Lewis was born on June 16, 1954 in Seneca Falls, the son of Louis L. and Madeline (Hay) VanHorn Sr. He was very fond of the outdoors, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. His fondness for the outdoors also led to his profession as an arborist, and he moved to Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to apply his skills in the clean-up effort.
He is survived by his parents, and siblings, Leslie (Barbara) VanHorn Sr. of Willard, David (Charlene) VanHorn of Romulus, Cynthia (Fred) Brown of Willard, and Jeffrey VanHorn of Colorado Springs, CO, and several nieces and nephews. Louis was preceded in death by his sister, Sonta in 1982.

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