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Dorothy V. McCauley, age 93, former longtime resident of Ovid, died in Florida on Friday, (Dec 24) peacefully and suddenly at her home in Florida. She had gone to the theater to see the show Oliver just a few days before.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00pm on Sunday, (Jan 2) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00am on Monday (Jan 3) at Holy Cross Catholic Church, by Fr. Bart Minson OFMCap. Prayers of Committal will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery. Kindly consider a donation to the Bowen McCauley Dance,818 N. Quincy Street Suite 104,Arlington, VA 22203 WWW.BMDC.ORG. a family charitable organization, in Dorothy’s memory.
Dorothy was born on April 16, 1917 in New York City, a daughter of the late Malachy and Rosann (McGowan) McGloin. She graduated from St. Jean the Baptist Schools in NYC, and had worked as a telephone operator for the Congregational Ministries.
She relocated to Ovid from Long Island in 1970, following her husband’s career path. She was a faithful communicant of Holy Cross Church and a member of the Altar & Rosary Society, while also serving as a volunteer for the Ovid Food Pantry and Thrift Shop for more than 15 years. Dorothy was also a member of the 20th Century Club, and will be largely remembered for her work as a master seamstress, quilter and quilt teacher. She moved to Miami in 2006 and lived in an apartment at the Palace Suites, and independent living community. Dorothy had many friends there and will be missed dearly by all who knew her.
Dorothy is survived by her children, Barbara C. (Wade) Semerena of Miami, FL, Dr. Dorothy I. McCauley of New York City, and John F. (Lucy) McCauley Jr. of Arlington, VA, grandchildren, Gregory and Judy Flood of Staten Island, NY. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, John F. McCauley in 2005, by a daughter, Frances and her husband, William Flood; , and by her siblings, Martha, Anne and Malachy.

 

Robert P. “Bob” Close, age 84, lifetime resident of Lodi, died at his home on Monday, (Dec. 27) following an extended illness.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00pm and 6:00 to 8:00pm on Friday, (Dec. 31) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 10:00am on Saturday (Jan. 1), officiated by Rev. Diane Walker of the Ovid Federated Church. Kindly consider a donation in Bob’s memory to Lifetime Care Hospice, 1120 South Main Street, Newark, NY 14513 or South Seneca Ambulance Corps, PO Box 280, Ovid, NY 14521 in lieu of flowers.
Bob was born in Lodi on October 22, 1926, the only son of the late Marion D. “Pete” and Clara E. (Austin) Close. He attended the Lodi School and graduated from Ovid Central High School in 1944. He joined the US Navy in 1945, and proudly served during WWII. On April 1, 1948 he purchased Quality Oil Co, from his father, and it was renamed Close Oil Company, which he and his family operated until 1989. He was an active volunteer and a 65 year member of the Lodi Fire Dept., a 65 year member of the American Legion Post #463 in Ovid, a life member of both the South Seneca and Interlaken Sportsmen’s Clubs, and a former member of the Lodi Grange and Odd Fellows Lodge.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Gloria, a daughter, Darlene J. Ahouse of Trumansburg; a son, David (Sue) Close of Lodi, and grandchildren, Stephen and Jill Ahouse, Kari( Jonathan) Blake, Jennifer and Kevin Close; cousins, Jean Grace, Roger Austin and Carol Voorhees, and several nieces and nephews.

 

Elmer E. Wilson, age of 73, of Interlaken, passed away at home on Friday, December 24, 2010 .
Elmer was born on August 4, 1937 in Interlaken the son of Alfred Wilson and Ella Mae Yonge. He served in the Army receiving an honorable discharge in 1962. Elmer was an all around handyman, working as a carpenter, mason, and trimming metals.
He loved hunting and fishing and was a lifetime member of the Interlaken Sportsman’s Club. He enjoyed traveling to the Herkimer Diamond Mines, playing cards, and going to the Turning Stone Casino to play Smoking 7’s.
Elmer is survived by his mother, Ella Mae of Interlaken and West Virginia; his companion, Carolyn Taylor of Interlaken; a daughter, Hope Wilson of Ovid; step-daughter, Tine (Mark) Ciritillo of Newport, VA; two grandchildren, Michael and Katie Prindle; two step-grandchildren, Sarah and Stephen Robinson; his great-granddaughter, Lily Bug; a brother, Leonard (Barb) Wilson of Interlaken; a sister, Shirley (Jack) Hasselear of West Virginia; close friends, Diane Vandonsel and Pixi Blondie Lott; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Alfred Wilson; step-father, Ralph Yonge; and two brothers, Buddy and John Wilson.
A Celebration of Elmer’s Life will be announced in the Spring.

 

Ionne A. Butler, age 81,
of Ovid, died Wednesday (Dec. 22, 2010) at her home in Ovid.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at the Ovid Federated Church, with Rev. Diane Walker officiating.
Kindly consider a donation in Ionne’s memory to the Ovid Federated Church Memorial Fund, or the Helping Hands Fund, PO Box 340, Ovid, NY 14521, in lieu of flowers.
The daughter of the late Harry B. and Pansy (Scott) Lohmeyer, she was born April 1, 1929 in Kansas City, MO. She grew up primarily in the Syracuse area graduating from Blodgett Vocational High School and earned a business diploma from Central City Business Institiute. She was married to Kasson L. Butler in 1951. Ionne worked as a bookkeeper/accountant prior to raising her family. Later she worked at Watson Homestead, but worked most of her career as a Steuben County public health aide. She had been a member of the Campbell UMC for more than 40 years, before joining the Ovid Federated Church when they moved to Ovid in 1999, where she was active in several Bible studies. With her active prayer life, she prayed daily for her family and friends, as well as people and needs both near and far.
She is survived by her sons; Wayne (Molly) Butler of PennYan, Kevin (Laurie) Butler of Ovid; her grandchildren, Scott (Linsay), Sarah (Ben Besemer), Jessica, MaryBeth and Cody: and a great-grandson, Greyson. Ionne was preceded in death by her husband, Kasson in 2007, and by her daughters, Kimberly and Krista and by a granddaughter, Krista.

 

Rebecca “Irene” Heroux, 87,
of Interlaken, died on Thursday, (Dec 23, 2010) at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday (Dec 29) from 11:00 to 1:00pm at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30pm on Wednesday, at St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church in Interlaken, with Fr. Bart Minson, OFMCap officiating. Prayers of committal will be held at Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken. A reception will be hosted by the family at the American Legion Post #770 in Trumansburg, following the services. Kindly consider a donation in Irene’s memory to the Interlaken Fire Dept, PO Box 374, Interlaken, NY 14847, American Legion Post 770, 4431 Seneca Road, Trumansburg, NY 14886 or the American Diabetes Assoc., 6390 Fly Road, East Syracuse, NY 13057.
Irene was born in Wilmington, NC, on January 22, 1923, a daughter of the late James T. and Rebecca (Reville) Land Sr. She had been a billing clerk in Wilmington, and was married to Gerard Heroux and moved to Interlaken. Irene worked at Vance Crane & son for several years, but mainly devoted her time and energy to her family.
She is survived by a daughter, Amanda “Mandy” (David) Fulkerson of Weedsport , a son, James “Jim” (Renee) Heroux of Trumansburg, , grandchildren, Robert, James, Christian(Courtney), Sean and Emily, and great grandchildren, Jamie, Megan, Alexandria, Joseph; sisters, Jean Russell and Laura McCloud, all of North Carolina. Irene was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Gerard “Chick” Heroux in 2005, by a son, Jerry in 1984, by sisters, Mildred, Faye and Peggy, and brother JT.

 

Mary (Koch) Diaz, formerly of East Lake Road, died on Sunday (Dec 20) at Geneva Living Center North. The family will be present to receive friends from Noon to 1:30pm on Monday, (Dec 27) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00pm on Monday (Dec 27) at Holy Cross Catholic Church by Fr. Bart Minson, OFMCap. Prayers of committal will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery. Kindly consider a donation in Mary’s memory to the Ecumenical Food Pantry, c/o Ovid Federated Church, PO Box 340, Ovid, NY 14521 in lieu of flowers.
Mary was born in Syracuse, NY, the only daughter of the late Theodore J. and Hazel I. (Nourse) Koch. She was a graduate of LeMoyne Business School, and worked as an accountant at Traveller’s Insurance Company in Syracuse. She was married to Dr. Hernan V. Diaz on September 9, 1961, and moved to the Romulus area in 1965. She was a faithful communicant of Holy Cross Church, active in the Altar Rosary Society and various committees within the church. For many years, Mary was fundamental in the operation of the Ovid Food Pantry and received special recognition for her many years of service.
Mary is survived by her nieces, Margaret Stamos of Endicott and Janice Fals of Romulus, and nephews, James Koch of Dryden, Robert Koch of Baldwinsville, Paul Koch of Ithaca, Christopher Koch of Montclair, NJ and Theodore Koch of NYC.
The family would like to express their appreciation and gratitude to the caregivers at Seneca Lake Terrace and the Living Centers at Geneva General Hospital.

 

William R. (Will) Roach, at the age of 78
of Romulus passed away at Geneva General Hospital on Saturday, December 11, 2010.
The family will be present to receive friends from 4:00 to 7:00pm on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid.
Will was born on May 17, 1932 in Kendaia, a son of the late Richard and Helga (Christensen) Roach. He joined the US Air Force in 1949 and was honorably discharged in 1953. Will worked as a plumber at the Seneca Army Depot for 20 years before retiring.
He was a member of the UA Local 13 and the Elks Club. Will could be found certain nights of the week at the local market in Romulus catching up with friends and playing scratch offs.
In addition to his parents, Will was preceded in death by his twin brother, Walter Roach, and two sisters, Joan Gruber and Gerry Rubertino. He is survived by his son, Jeff (Theresa) Roach of Huntington Beach, California; two brothers, Richard Roach of Florida and Gary Roach of Waterloo; and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to everyone who has helped and supported Will over the past several months.
Committal Prayers will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, December 18, 2010 in Sand Hill Cemetery, 1751 Sand Hill Road, Geneva, New York.

 

Leatha M. Carroll, age 76, of Ovid, died at her home on Sunday, (Dec . 12) following an extended illness.
The family will receive friends from 9:00 to 10:30am at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid, on Saturday, (Dec 18). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00am on Saturday at Holy Cross Catholic Church by Fr. Bart Minson, OFMCap. Prayers of committal will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery. Kindly consider a donation to Lifetime Care Hospice, 1120 So. Main Street, Newark, NY 14513 or Rochester Brain and Spinal Tumor Project, Attn: Cathy Hain, University of Rochester Medical Center
300 East River Road, Box 278996, Rochester, NY 14604 in Leatha’s memory.
Leatha was born on September 18, 1934 in Kane, Pennsylvania, a daughter of the late Clyde D. and Edith (Bennett) Lord. She grew up in Duke Center, PA and graduated from Otto High School in 1952. She attended the University of Buffalo and received her nursing degree through Buffalo General Hospital in 1955, where she also met her future husband, Mark J. Carroll. After their marriage, Mark’s Air Force career as an officer took them across the US and to Japan, and Leatha worked in various nursing capacities while also raising a young family. They returned to Ovid in 1968, and Mark’s death occurred just a few months later. She worked at Willard Psychiatric Hospital as a head nurse in the Hatch building, retiring in 1989. While also working at Willard, Leatha worked in the Med-Surge unit at Seneca Falls Hospital until it’s closing, and then worked in the detox units at both Taylor Brown and Geneva General Hospitals, and finally retired upon reaching the age of 65. She had been a member of the VFW Post #6200 Ladies Auxiliary and most recently the president of Carroll Golf Inc., operating the Bonavista Golf Course and Restaurant in Willard. Leatha was very devoted mother and grandmother and was always present to support her grandchildren at their sporting events, whether it be basketball, football, baseball, softball, wrestling, soccer, track, rugby or dance recitals. She rarely missed an event. She was also a longtime, diehard Buffalo Bills and Syracuse University Orangemen Fan. Leatha will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.
She is survived by her children, Mark (Nancy) Carroll of Tampa, FL, Joseph (Lori) Carroll of Willard, Yvonne (Steve) Carroll of Geneva, and Linda (Gunter) Minges of Willard; grandchildren, Jennifer (Bernie) Barb, Jill Carroll and Adam, Michael, Justin and Robert Carroll, Alicia, David Lee (Jessica) and Jeffrey Siurano, Hans, Hilary and Hallie Minges; great grandchildren, Lexi, Marshall and Logan Barb, Kylee and Cameron Carroll, Devon and Kara Siurano and step great grandchildren, Adam, Tristen and Seth; brothers, Richard (Doyce) and Robert (Aggie) Lord, several nieces ,nephews and her husband’s extended family. Leatha was preceded in death by her husband, Mark J. Carroll in 1968 and a brother, Delbert Lord.

 

John E. “Rick” Dunbar, of Poplar Beach, died at a Hospice care residence in Naples, Florida on Tuesday, November 30, 2010.
Rick was born on February 5, 1947 in Willard, NY, a son of the late John J. and Betty (Brooke) Dunbar. He served in the US Army from 1969 to 1971. Rick had a long career with the New York State Parks Department, retiring as Park Manager of Oquaga Creek State Park in Bainbridge, NY. Rick was a true outdoorsman, and had a fondness for hunting, fishing, golf, boating and cross country skiing, he had been a longtime member of the South Seneca Sportsmen’s Club. Additionally, Rick enjoyed woodworking, and extensive travel, especially after his retirement.
He is survived by his wife, Helen, a daughter, Kiersten B. (Chris) Dunbar-Fitzgerald of Hillsboro, NC, stepchildren, Chris (Rose Wickens) Covert of Geneva, Karen (Michael) Miller of Naples, FL, 5 grandchildren and sisters, Janyce Lukowski of Schenectady and Carla Medved of Waterbury Center, VT.
A memorial service will be announced for a later date in 2011 .Kindly consider a donation to Lifetime Care Hospice, 1120 South Main Street, Newark, NY 14513 or the American Cancer Society, 1400 Winton Road North, Rochester, NY 14609 in Rick’s memory.

 

Maxine M. Nivison Utterback passed away Nov. 17, 2010 at her home in Kansas City, Kansas.
Maxine was born May 8, 1942 in Caywood, NY, a daughter of the late Benjamin B. and Adele (Heisel) Nivison.
After growing up in New York State, she moved to Kansas City, KS in 1967. Maxine worked for Burnstein Applebee Company for 10 years and UMKC School of Dentistry for 20 years. After retiring from UMKC in 2000, she enjoyed traveling and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert D. Utterback and brother Roland Nivison. She leaves her children, Brian (Lene) Yeo of Fairway, KS, Chris Yeo of Kansas City, MO, Vickie McCulloch of Triplett, MO and Casey (Nicole) Utterback of Blue Springs, MO, sisters, Beatrice Licak of Willard and Ethel Williams of Lodi, and a brother, Albert (Ann) Nivison of Willard, several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 23, at Highland Park Funeral Home, Kansas City, KS with burial at Highland Park Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society, 6700 Antioch Road, Suite 100, Merriam, KS 66204.

 

Bertha D. Ferris, age 90, former longtime resident of and Interlaken, died peacefully at the Latta Raod A Nursing Home in Rochester on Saturday, November 27, 2010.
The family will receive friends from 11:00am to Noon on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid. A funeral service will immediately follow at Noon, officiated by Rev. Diane Walker. Prayers of committal will be held at Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the American Cancer Society, 1400 Winton Road North, Rochester, NY 14609.
Bertha was born on January 31, 1920 in Romulus, NY a daughter of the late Frank and Cecil (Hilkert) DeLong. She graduated from Interlaken High School in 1938, and while raising her family, worked at Willard Psychiatric Center as a nurse’s aide, retiring in 1975.
She is survived by her children; Kenneth (Sue) Ferris of Cayuga, NY, Linda Zakrzewski of Greece, NY, and Richard Ferris of Ovid, 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; sisters, Bernice Coleman of Romulus and Frances Steen of Ithaca; and brothers, Frank DeLong Jr. of Ovid, Winfield (Beverly) DeLong and Guy DeLong all of Interlaken and many nieces and nephews. Bertha was preceded in death by her husband, Harold in 1979, and by her siblings Marcus, Clyde, and James DeLong, Beatrice Rosecrans and Blanche Christensen.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to the entire staff at Latta Road A Nursing Home for the outstanding care, compassion and love given to Bertha.

 

Lt. Colonel James R. Caward (USAF retired),  of Interlaken, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, November 19, 2010, following an extended illness.
The family will receive friends from 11:00am to 1:00pm on Friday, November 26, 2010 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid. A funeral service will immediately follow, officiated by Rev. Kenneth Lynn, former chaplain of Seneca Army Depot. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, www.StJude.org or the charity of one’s choice in Jim’s memory. Burial will be held at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors at a future date.
Jim was born on October 28, 1913 in Terry, PA, a son of the late George C. and Mary (Wheaton) Caward Sr. Beginning in his teens, Jim worked construction, as an auto mechanic, and as a machine repairman at Ingersoll Rand. 1939 was a significant year as Jim enlisted in the National Guard and also met Lois, the love of his life, before leaving for Fort Bragg, NC in 1941. Following a courtship of 3 years, Lois took a southbound train and came back home with Jim’s last name.
He proudly served his country during WWII. Following his discharge in 1945, he was placed on Reserve Duty and recalled to Active Duty with the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict, again serving from 1951 to 1966. It was during this time that he served as a missile control launch officer in Italy, and vehicle maintenance officer in FL, SC, Germany, and England. He retired from Andrews Air Force Base in 1966, and made his home in Camp Springs, MD. In 1975, he moved to his home in Interlaken. During his time in the Finger Lakes, he was a member of the former Interlaken American Legion and the former Officer’s Club of Seneca Army Depot,
Jim was an avid outdoorsman and animal lover, talented gardener, popular cook, accomplished card player, and known by all who loved him as a man who could fix anything. Many might not know that, along with a few friends, Jim built the Air Force bobsled for the 1952 Oslo Olympics. Jim Caward’s dedication to his country was surpassed only by his selfless devotion to his family.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 68 years, Lois H. Caward of Interlaken, a son, Kevin Caward of Auburn, a daughter, Sherry Caward of Alexandria, VA, and a granddaughter, Heather Caward of Geneva, his siblings; Gerald Caward of Lansing, Martha Stilwell of Trumansburg, Edith Green of New Jersey and Anita Caward of NC, and several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends. Jim was preceded in death by his daughter in law, Elaine, and by siblings, Raymond, George Jr., Dorothy Tanner and Grace Allison.
The family would especially like to thank all the caregivers who lovingly helped Jim remain at home through his illness. A huge thank you to the entire Lifetime Care team.
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Mary Louise Rejmer Gibson, age 61, of Larchmont, NY passed from this life to the next on October 31st after a valiant eight year fight with cancer.
She is survived by her husband Gary Gibson to whom she was married for 37 years and her brother David Rejmer of Chicago. She was preceded in death by her brother John and parents, Frank and Mary Allen Rejmer of Berkshire, NY. She was loved by her nine surviving in laws and twenty nieces and nephews and many friends and neighbors.
A memorial service was held in Rye, NY on November 6th, 2010. Prayers of committal will be held at Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken on Sunday, November 28, 2010at 2:00pm, a reception will be hosted by the family following the interment.
Ora “Jay” Wheeler, age 89
of Hector N.Y., passed away peacefully on Monday November 8, 2010 at Seneca View Nursing Home in Montour Falls, N.Y.
Born on February 10, 1921 in Reynoldsville, N.Y., Jay graduated from Randolph High School in 1940. He worked for the Ford-Mercury dealership in Wellsville, N.Y. as a mechanic until 1941.
Jay joined the Army in late 1941 as a member of the “Blue Devils” 88th infantry group from the Corning-Jamestown area. Their tour of duty included Italy, Sicily, and Northern Africa, spending much of their time in mountainous terrain. Jay was discharged from the Army in November 1945. Jay played both trumpet and saxophone in the “Blue Devils” band, and enjoyed “Big Band” music all of his life.
Jay retired in 1983 from Carpenter’s Union Local 603 after thirty-five years of service. Most of those years were spent at Cornell University, Ithaca College, and both downtown Ithaca and Elmira, working for Streeter Associates of Elmira N.Y. They specialized in commercial construction, and Jay was a superintendent on many of these projects.
Jay, and his wife Phyllis, decided to move to Hector from Jacksonville, N.Y. in 1974. Jay and Phyllis established their retirement home on “THE HILL”, along with “Jay’s Garage”.
“Jay’s Garage” was a meeting place for many of his friends, where he always found time to discuss carpentry work, or just any problem that someone might have with a building project. He was a “Jay of all Trades”, and everyone was always asking for his advice.
Jay spent many hours in his garage with his dogs (he loved his dogs), making furniture, cabinetry, and other items. People admired how he could make “something that would last a lifetime”.
Until Jay’s death, he was surrounded by the homes of some of his children and grandchildren. Of course, Jay played a huge hand in helping build their homes! Jay really was the “Man of the Hill”.
Jay was a member of Carpenter’s Union Local 603 and a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed bowling at the Tri-County Lanes with his friends. One of his favorite pastimes was boating on Cayuga Lake, and spending weekends at Taughannock Falls State Park with his family on his boat at the marina.
Jay and Phyllis Marie Dawson were married on Veteran’s Day in Interlaken, N.Y. in 1946. Phyllis stayed by his side until June 2009 when his Alzheimer’s Disease placed him in Seneca View Nursing Home in Montour Falls, N.Y.
Upon his arrival at Seneca View, Jay made many friends. As you walked down the hallway, you could see Jay in his wheelchair “wheeling around” and hollering, “Hey Babe! Hey Babe!”. Jay kept the place hopping! The Seneca View staff loved him very much, and he loved them.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Phyllis, his children, Cynthia (Tom) Lilly of Ithaca, Charles (Barbara) Wheeler and Susan (Charles Hendry) Wheeler, all of Valois; grandchildren, Andrew Lilly, Chuck Haviland, Shelby Hagar, Chad Haviland, Joshua and Olivia Wheeler, 12 great grandchildren, and a special nephew, Roger (Rita) Swartwood.
A Celebration of Jay’s life will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, December 4, 2010 at the Odessa American Legion Post #676, 2532 Steam Mill Road. The family will then receive friends at a reception at the American Legion until 4:00pm. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Seneca View Patient Activities Fund, 220 Steuben Street, Montour Falls, 14865.

 

Clara L. (Argus) McGadey, age 92,  longtime resident of Main Street, passed away at Seneca View Nursing Facility in Montour Falls on Wednesday, November 3, 2010.
The family will receive friends from 10:00am to 11:00am on Friday, November 5, 2010 at Holy Cross Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at by Fr. Bart Minson OFMCap at 11:00, prayers of committal will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery. Kindly consider a donation in Clara’s memory to Holy Cross Church, PO Box 337, Ovid, NY 14521, in lieu of flowers.
Clara was born on March 23, 1918 in the Town of Ovid, a daughter of the late Arthur and Anna (Murphy) Argus. She was a graduate of the Ovid High School, and had a long career at Willard Psychiatric Center as a staff attendant. She had lived in her family home on Main Street in Ovid from the 1920’s until her health necessitated long term care in 2005. Clara was a devout parishioner of Holy Cross Catholic Church. She was a wonderful homemaker and terrific cook, her Sunday dinners were a family event for many years.
She is survived by her children, Ronald (Norma) Argus of Orange, CT, Darcel (Larry) Wright of Burdett, Sheryl (Mark) Hildreth of Interlaken, Susan (Chet) Sandifur of Ovid; grandchildren, Denise, Lisa, Sheri, Chrissy, Kenny, Brandy, Shannon, Edward, Kori, and Kayla; numerous great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, her brother, Donald Argus of Florida. Clara was preceded at death by her husband, Denis J. McGadey in 1987, and by her brothers, Alton, Larry, Philip and Alfred

 

Charles H. Jennings, age 87, lifetime resident of Lodi, died in Albany on November 1, 2010. Calling hours and reception will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2010 from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Lodi Historical Society Building. A funeral service will then be held at the Historical Society at 1:00pm, officiated by Pastor Derek VandeSlunt of the Interlaken Reformed Church. Prayers of committal with Military Honors will be held at West Lodi Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Lodi Historical Society, PO Box 279, Lodi, NY 14860 or to the Interlaken Reformed Church, PO Box 335, Interlaken, NY 14847, in Charles’ memory.
Charles was born in Lodi on October 1, 1923, a son of the late Charles L. and Helen (Bainbridge) Jennings. He attended the Lodi High School, and graduated from Ovid High School in 1942. He was drafted into the US Army in 1943, while attending Houghton College. He was a Sergeant with the 84th Infantry Division, and was severely wounded near the end of WWII. He was honored with a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his courage and valor. Following a lengthy recovery in England, he returned to Germany to work behind the lines before returning home and continuing his education at Houghton. After graduating from Houghton in 1948, Charles earned a law degree from Northwestern University in 1950, and opened his private practice in Lodi. Under the Rockefeller Administration, he was appointed Chief of the Bureau of Surplus Real Property in Albany under the Department of State in Albany and eventually Director of the Division of Land Utilization under the Office of General Services. He was married to Virginia Taylor in 1961, and for 20 years they maintained homes in Slingerlands, NY and Lodi. Upon his retirement from New York State, they returned full time to Lodi while Charles devoted his time to his private practice. He was one of the founders of the Lodi Historical Society in 1976 and served as its first president. He was also instrumental in the restoration of the former Lodi Methodist Church to what is now known as the Lodi Historical Society as well as the restoration of the 1852 E. & G. G. Hook Tracker Organ. While serving as Lodi town supervisor for several terms, among many accomplishments, he helped save the West Lodi Cemetery from neglect and financial distress. He had also been an active member of the Interlaken Reformed Church and a participant of the Farmerville-Union Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons. Charles was a wealth of knowledge and a wonderful resource for the Lodi community, and his joyful presence will be greatly missed.
Charles is survived by his wife of 49 years, Virginia “Ginny” Jennings of Albany, his daughter, Amy (Craig) Pemberton of Selkirk, a grandson, Joseph Craig Pemberton, a sister, Leona Rosbaugh of Lodi, a brother, George (Lois) Jennings of Lodi, and several nieces and nephews.

 

Renee M. (Zajac) Folwell, age 42, of Farmington and formerly of Willard, passed away unexpectedly on Friday (Oct. 29).
The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00pm on Wednesday, (Nov. 3) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid. A Scripture Service will be held for the family on Thursday, officiated by Fr. Bart Minson, OFMCap of the Holy Cross Catholic Church, with interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Ovid. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Pathway Home, PO Box 516, Seneca Falls, NY 13148 or www.pathwayhome.org in Renee’s memory.
Renee was born on June 3, 1968 in Ithaca, the daughter of Raymond and Judith (Barnick) Zajac. She was a 1987 graduate of South Seneca High School and attended Cayuga County Community College. For more than 17 years, she worked for the Seneca County Dept. of Social Services as a social worker.
She is survived by her husband, Guy Folwell; children, Michele and Michael Iannone all of Farmington; father, Raymond Zajac Sr. of Willard; brothers, Steven J. (Kimberly) Zajac of Ovid and Raymond A. (Jodi) Zajac Jr. of Interlaken, grandmother, Mary Barnick of Waterloo; stepchildren, nieces and nephews and by her parent’s families. Renee was preceded in death by her mother, Judith K. Zajac.

 

Catherine M. Deming, age 93, of Romulus, died on Friday, October 29, 2010.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00pm on Monday, November 1, 2010 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main Street, Ovid, NY. The family will receive friends from 11:00am to 1:00pm at Coleman & Daniels Funeral Home Inc, 300 East Main Street, Endicott. A funeral service will immediately follow at the funeral home at 1:00pm officiated by Pastor Larry Jennings of the Warren Center Baptist Church. Prayers of Committal will be held at Vestal Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Tioga County Historical Society, 110 Front Street, Owego, NY 13827 in Katy’s memory.
Katy was born on July 24, 1917 in Candor, NY a daughter of the late Frank L. and Ethel L. (Jackson) Meddaugh. She graduated from the Candor High School and moved to Endicott to work for the IBM Corp. during WWII. Shortly after the war she met and was married to Richard Deming on July 23, 1948. In addition to raising her boys, Katy had been employed as a secretary for Fernstrom’s Moving Company in Endicott for several years. Katy was very interested in her family history and genealogy, and had a collection of family stories published to preserve them for generations to come. Upon their retirements, Dick and Katy travelled extensively and wintered in Florida. In 1997, they made their summer home (since 1973) on Cayuga Lake their full-time residence.
Katy is survived by hers sons, Alvin (Leona) Deming of Ovid, David (MaryJo) Deming of Crossville, TN, and a grandson, Michael Deming of Arlington, VA, and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Richard in 2003 and by her brothers, Elmer and Preston Meddaugh and a sister and brother in law, Rachel and Henry Hollenbeck.

 

Jo A. Harkins, age 75, died at Cayuga Medical Center on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 following an extended illness.
Jo was born on December 24, 1934 in Elmira, New York, a daughter of the late Arthur and Freda (Hagar) Woodard. She had attended Trumansburg Schools, and remained a lifetime resident of the area. For more than 18 years, she worked as a personal care attendant at the Ithacare Facility in Ithaca, which then became Longview. Her world revolved around her children and grandchildren, and all of the family events held special meaning for her, most importantly Thanksgiving.
She is survived by her children; Edward (Brenda) Mullenix of Willseyville, Deb Mullenix of Trumansburg, Treasa (Larry) Holtzman of Fredricksburg, VA, Francis (Crystal) Mullenix of Lansing, Kimi (Rick) Binder of Canandaigua and Lynn Harkins of Trumansburg, her 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren, her siblings, Eva Troutman, Eleanor Para, Larry and Mike Woodard and their families, and a host of nieces and nephews. Jo was preceded in death by an infant son, Joseph Harkins, and by her siblings, Betty, Alice, Hazel, Art, Stasia and Nancy,
The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00pm on Sunday, October 31, 2010 at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid. A Scripture Service led by Father John Tokaz of St. James Catholic Church in Trumansburg will be held at 11:00am on Monday, November 1, 2010 at the funeral home, prayers of committal will be held at Ovid Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St, East Syracuse, NY 13057-9364 or the Tompkins County SPCA, 1640 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, NY 14850.

 

William “Bill” Sager, 82 of Willard, died Sunday (September 26, 2010) at Geneva General Hospital.
A Memorial Service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 8) at the Covert Funeral Home , 7199 S. Main St., Ovid, with Pastor Dave Fraher officiating. A reception will follow the service at the VFW Post 6200 in Ovid.
Bill was born on May 27, 1928 in Ithaca to the late Ralph and Phoeby “Frances” Sager. He honorably served his country as an airplane mechanic. Following his time in the Army, Bill worked as a tool maker and machinist at Ithaca Gun and Morse Chain.
Bill loved to fish and enjoyed spending time outdoors gardening. He enjoyed getting to know new people and was genuinely liked by everyone
that knew him.
He is survived by two daughters: Andi and Mari; a brother, Ralph “Bradley” Sager; a nephew, Thomas Sager; two nieces, Julie and Sheryl; and his adopted family and caregivers, Cynthia (Frederick “Buster”) Brown, Madeline (Christopher) Cona, Jory, Aryanna, Lilyanna, Frederick (Stephanie) Brown II, Samantha, Frederick III, Nathaniel, Shaina and Sarah
(David) Wheeler. In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Sager; and a nephew, Brian Sager.

 

Charles E. “Chuck” Hanzel, age 68,  of 427 Castle Street, died at Clifton Springs Hospital on Sunday, September 26, 2010, following a courageous battle with cancer.
A Memorial Service will be held at St. Peter’s Memorial Church, 149 Genesee Street in Geneva, at 10:30am on Saturday, October 2, 2010, officiated by The Very Reverend James Adams. Prayers of Committal will be held at Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery upon its opening in the spring of 2011. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Hematology Oncology Assoc. of Central NY, 5008 Brittonfield Parkway, E. Syracuse, NY 13057, in Chuck’s memory.
Chuck was born on June 9, 1942 in New Prague, Minnesota, a son to George H. and Josephine (Kodadek) Hanzel. He joined the US Navy in 1963 and proudly served until 1967, during which time he also met his future bride, Suzi. Chuck worked in the eyewear/optical industry his entire life, serving as a sales representative for various companies, most recently for the worldwide company, Safilo Group of New Jersey. He was a proud and active member (past president) of the Finger Lakes Air Pirates. Chuck participated in “Wings Across America” and more notably the recreation of a ¼ scale model of the 1908 June Bug for the Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport. The group also participated with Cornell University in collecting corn pollen for local experimentation.
He is survived by his wife, Suzi of Geneva; daughters, Stephanie Glading of Geneva, Pamela (Jerry) Bowles of Syracuse; grandchildren, Geoffrey Havranek, Timothy Cuffe III and Alexandra Bowles; siblings, Barbara Hanzel, Joe (Karyn) Hanzel, Peg (Curt) Bruzek and Patrice Hanzel and his mother, Josephine, all of Minnesota. He also leaves behind many close friends whose lives he touched every day. Chuck was preceded in death by his father, George.

 

David E. Mordovanec, age 65., of Ithaca, passed away at home on Friday, September 10, 2010.
In accordance with David’s wishes, there will be no formal services at this time. An informal gathering may be planned by his friends and family at a future date, which will be announced through the Ithaca Journal and the funeral home website.
As a memorial to David, kindly consider a donation to the SPCA of Tompkins County, 1640 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, NY 14850.

 

Shirley J. Lichak, age 69, of Romulus, died at Geneva General Hospital on Saturday, September 4, 2010.
A Memorial Service to honor her life will be held at 5:00pm on Wednesday, (Sept 8) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid, Reverend Diane Walker of the Ovid Federated Church will officiate. In lieu of flowers kindly consider a donation to the SNAP Program (Meals on Wheels) 2275 County Road 129, Ovid, NY 14521 or the American Lung Association, 1595 Elmwood Ave, Rochester, NY 14620.
Shirley was born on March 6, 1941 in Montour Falls, a daughter of the late Emerson R. and Lucille (Moore) Howell. She had been employed as a therapy aide at Willard Psychiatric Center for more than 30 years when she retired in 1991. Shirley supported her community by serving on the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post #6200 for many years.
She is survived by her husband, Mike Lichak Sr., a son Mike (Deana ) Lichak Jr. of Romulus and a daughter, Brenda (David) Cornish of Port Byron, her grandchildren, Amanda (Ryan) Gould of Clyde, Matthew Cornish of Port Byron, and Christine Lichak of Romulus, her sister, Nancy (Gerald) VanHorn of Florida and several nieces and nephews. Shirley was preceded in death by her brothers, Robert, Harold and Richard.

 

Margaret E. Staples, age 72, longtime resident of the Spencer and Candor areas, died at Beechtree Care Center in Ithaca on Monday, August 30, 2010.
Margaret was born on March 31, 1938 in Scranton, PA, the eldest of 12 children to George and Marie (Heller) Staples Sr. Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at birth, Margaret defied the medical specialists of the era, and vowed to do everything they told her she “couldn’t”. She got out of her wheelchair as a young girl, completed her education, raised three healthy children, obtained her driver’s license and acted as a caregiver to her family for her entire lifetime. She was an avid sports fan, and no one was permitted to speak badly of the Yankee’s in her presence! She saw to it that every person in her family received a crocheted blanket, hats, mittens and dolls, and supported her children and grandchildren in their sports teams, especially EYOTA Fast pitch, the traveling softball league.
She is survived by her children; Melissa (Jeffrey) Ellenson of VanEtten, NY , Richard (Lisa) Percey Jr. of Spencer, NY and Robert (Cheryl) Percey of Owego, NY; 10 grandchildren, her siblings; William Staples, Thomas (Juanita) Staples, Marilyn (Cliff) Hickok, Marie (Jim) Everts, Diane Clark, Joan (Carl) Murray and Cindy Walborn and a host of nieces and nephews. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, George Staples Jr. and sisters, Dolores Ferrell and Janet Morrow.
The family will receive friends from Noon to 2:00pm on Thursday, September 2, 2010 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid, NY. A funeral service will immediately follow at 2:00pm, officiated by Rev. Diane Walker of the Ovid Federated Church. Prayers of committal will then follow at Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken. Kindly consider a donation to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244 (ww5.komen.org) or the United Cerebral Palsy, 1660 L Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036-5602 (www.ucp.org) in Margaret’s memory.

 

Helen M. Jennings, age 88, lifetime resident of the Ovid area, died at Cayuga Medical Center on Tuesday, August 17, 2010.
Helen was born on February 28, 1922 in the Town of Ovid, a daughter of the late Grover E. and Bessie R. (Stout) Terry. She worked at the “North End” of the Seneca Army Depot for many years as a courier, and as a farmer’s wife, Helen assisted in all aspects of operating the family farm. In addition, she worked as a book keeper, and was the interested in the family history and genealogy.
She is survived by her husband, Donald H. Bement, and children; Richard (Janet) Compton of Ovid, Edwin (Sharon) Compton of Ovid, Mary (Larry) Potts of Interlaken, Donna Brown of Spencer, Howard (Punky) Jennings of Lodi, and Kathy (Duncan) Kline of Ovid, 18 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren and sisters in law, Margery Swick and Beatrice Greenwalt of Ovid. Helen was preceded in death by a husband, Ralph E. Jennings, an infant son, Francis B. Compton, a grandson, Richard Compton and a son in law, Charlie Brown, in addition to her siblings.
Funeral Services were held privately at Covert Funeral Home in Ovid. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be directed to the Tompkins County SPCA, 1640 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, NY 14850.

 

Florence P. Champion, age 71, of Willard, died at home on Sunday, August 15, 2010.
The family will receive friends On Thursday, August 26, 2010 from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, August 27, 2010 at the Ovid Federated Church, followed by prayers of committal at Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken.
Kindly consider a donation to Beverly Animal Shelter, 50 River Road, Waterloo, NY 13165 or Lifetime Care Hospice, 513 W. Union Street, Newark, NY 14513 in Florence’s memory.
Florence was born on August 25, 1938 in Interlaken, a daughter of the late Clarence and Carrie (Quigley) Porter. She had attended Interlaken High School, and spent over 30 years at Willard State Hospital, working as a therapy aide. Florence was a faithful member of the Ovid Federated Church and volunteered in many different capacities. She was a devoted wife and mother, and especially enjoyed caring for her grandchildren
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Arthur, and children; Jeffrey (Lenora) Champion of Terrell, TX, Tammy (Mike) Reynolds of Interlaken, and Dawn (Ralph) Stedge of Crestview, FL, 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; her siblings, Irene Stephens, Betty (Dick) Westbrook, Frank (Carol) , Clarence (Tina), Howard (Sherry) and Bill (Sylvia) Porter. Florence was preceded in death by her daughter, Debbie Granger in 2009 and by her brothers, Carl, Ray and George Porter.

 

John H. “Jack”Carey Jr., age 74,  of 5444 East Lake Road, died on Tuesday, August 10, 2010.
The family will receive friends from 11:00 am to 1:00pm on Saturday, August 14, 2010 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid. A Scripture Service will then immediately follow the visitation at 1:00pm, officiated by Father Bart Minson OFMCap of Holy Cross Church in Ovid.
Jack was born in Geneva, the only son of the late John H. and Helen D. (Longcoy) Sr. He has always lived on East Lake Road, purchasing the home next door to his parent 53 years ago. Jack had worked for the Seneca County Highway Department, retiring as head mechanic after 35 years of service. He and his wife, Barbara, have wintered in Barefoot Bay, Florida since 1993.
He was a life member of South Seneca Sportsmen’s Club and the Varick Volunteer Fire Department, a member of the Barefoot Bay Boat and Yacht Club and a former member of the Seneca Falls Elks Club #992.
He was an avid sportsman, with a special passion for fishing, both in Florida and on Seneca Lake. The time he spent with family and friends had a special meaning, especially in his memories of watching his four grandsons develop and grow.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Barbara, a daughter; Debbie (John) Tanous of Auburn; a son, Steve (Dionne) Carey of Romulus; grandsons, Jeff and Kevin Bryant of South Lake Tahoe, CA, Kyle Carey of Tucson, AZ, and Greg Carey of Romulus; and a sister, Linda (Gene) Ewert of Cleveland, GA.

 

John S. Brooks, age 88, of 5025 Route 89, died on Friday, August 6, 2010.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Monday, August 16, 2010 at Christ Episcopal Church on Main Street in Willard, with the Reverend Father Richard Strauss officiating. Prayers of committal will be held at Mount Green Cemetery in Romulus. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Christ Episcopal Church, PO Box 275, Willard, NY 14588.
John was born in Seneca Falls on March 6, 1922, the only son of the late John S. and Irene (Conkling) Brooks. He was a lifetime resident of the town of Varick, working the family farm along the Cayuga Lake shore. He worked well into his 80’s as the vineyard manager for Cobblestone Farm, with nearly 40 years of experience in the wine industry. John had been a member of the Fayette Masonic Lodge and the Farm Bureau for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Caroline “Cookie” Brooks, and a daughter, Linda R. Slyck of Mountain Home, ID; grandchildren, Laurel K. McMahan of Mountain Home, ID, Alycia G. Slyck of Tokyo, Japan, Jonathan G. Slyck of Seattle, WA and their families.
John was preceded in death by his son, Dennis A. Brooks and by a sister, Amy Cosgrove.

 

Bertha L. Jones, age 82, of 9675 Case Road, Interlaken, passed away at Geneva General Hospital on Sunday, August 1, 2010.
The family will be present to receive friends on Thursday, August 5, 2010 from 11:00 to 1:00pm at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main St., Ovid. A funeral service will immediately begin, following calling hours, at the funeral home at 1:00pm. Prayers of committal will follow in Grove Cemetery in Trumansburg.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Pa Jones to help him in his time of need.
Bertha was born July 26, 1928 in Hector to the late Alfred and Martha Holford. She spent her life caring for her children and grandchildren. Bertha enjoyed traveling on vacations and holidays to fish and camp. She was a member of the All-American Horse’s Ass Club, CB Club, and the VFW Post 6200. Bertha was also a Gold Star Mother through the American Legion Post 463.
In addition to her parents, Bertha was preceded in death by three children, Marvin Jones, Keith Jones, and Martha Jones; and 11 siblings. She is survived by her husband, Ralph Jones; six children, Ralph (Rhea) Jones, Darla (Louis) Hathaway, Tom (Romalee) Jones, Charlene (Robert, Jr.) Champion, Tim Jones, and Jim Harrington; 20 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and two brothers, Ken and Donnie Holford.

 

Margaret R. “Peggy” Myers, age 86, of Ovid, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, July 30, 2010.
A memorial service will be held Friday, August 6, 2010 at 11:00am at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid with Father John Tokaz and Reverend Diane Walker officiating. Prayers of committal will immediately follow in Ovid Union Cemetery. A reception will follow at the VFW Post 6200 in Ovid.
If you would like to make a donation in Peggy’s memory, the family asks you to consider Lifetime Care of Rochester, 3111 Winton Rd South, Rochester, NY 14623.
Peggy was born on October 18, 1923 in Georgetown, Pennsylvania to the late George and Teofila (Zaladanic) Yankowski. She married Robert Myers Sr., and the two made Ovid their home. Peggy worked at Willard Psychiatric Center as a therapy aide before her retirement in 1976.
Peggy loved to crochet for her family and enjoyed getting together with friends and talking. She truly was a friend to everyone she met. Peggy enjoyed camping across New York State with her family. She was a member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church and was very active in their bazaar’s and cleaned the church for over 30 years. Peggy was also a member of the Holy Rosary Society, CB Club, and CSEA.
In addition to her parents, Peggy was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Myers, Sr.; a great-granddaughter, Lacey; and 7 brothers and sisters. She is survived by her two children, Linda (David) Mills-Hendrix of Ovid and Robert (Lynn) Myers of Webster; five grandchildren, Kevin (Deanna), Mike (Kathleen), Margaret (Mike), Cinnamon (Mike), and Danielle; 13 great-grandchildren, Justin, Daniel, Haleigh, Jessica, Brett, Adora, Jacob, Hunter, Craig, Logan, Garrett, David, and Ethan; a sister, Anne Sulkoski of Wilkes-Barre, Pa; sister-in-law, Mary Sharknas of Wilkes-Barre, Pa; a sister-in-law, Carol Myers of Geneva NY; and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews.

 

John C. Bullivant, age 80, of Interlaken, died at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls on Wednesday, July 28, 2010.
John was born in the Town of Covert on September 21, 1929, a son of the late John C. and Frances (Dimmick) Bullivant. He was a graduate of Interlaken High School and proudly served his country in the US Army from 1948 to 1952. He enjoyed a 33 year career at Seneca Army Depot, retiring as a demolition specialist. John was very supportive of his hometown, and had been member of the Fire Department, American Legion and charter member of the Sportsmen’s Club all of Interlaken.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Patricia, and daughters, June (Pete) Plumlee of Shawnee, OK, Cindy (Gary) Hurley of Ovid, and Peggy (John) Terry of Interlaken, a son, Gary (Sandra) Reynolds of Watkins Glen, 6 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Fred, Robert, Donny, Pete and Walt and by his sisters, Kate and Marian.
The family will receive friends from Noon to 1:00pm on Sunday, August 1, 2010, at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid. The funeral service will then immediately follow at 1:00pm, officiated by Rev. Diane Walker of the Ovid Federated Church. Prayers of committal will be held privately on Monday at Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken. Kindly consider a donation to the Interlaken Fire Dept., PO Box 274, or the Interlaken Sportsmen’s Club, PO Box 512, Interlaken, NY 14847 in John’s memory.

 

William E. “Bill” Bretherton Jr., of Ovid, passed away after a very short illness and lifetime of battling cancer at Geneva General Hospital on Saturday, July 24, 2010 at the age of 74.
A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date.
If you would like to make a donation in Bill’s memory, contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons Street, East Syracuse, NY 13057.
Bill was born on February 11, 1936 in Bradford, Pennsylvania to the late William and Elizabeth (Kline) Bretherton Sr. He enlisted in the US Army in 1967 and served as Military Policeman and Helicopter Gunnar during Vietnam and Korea. Bill was honorably discharged in 1976.
Bill was an avid football fan and followed the Pittsburgh Steelers faithfully. He was a member of VFW Post 6200 on Ovid and the American Legion 463 in Ovid.
In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by a daughter, Margo Bretherton; a sister, Margaret Wells; and two brothers, Jimmy and Walt Bretherton. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Bretherton of Ovid; three children, Tracy Bretherton of Inverness, FL and Annette Fuqua of Homosassa, FL, and Michael Bretherton of York, PA; three step-children, Deborah (Kenneth) Hohwald of Lodi, Ronald (Donna) Parish of Romulus, and John Parish of Romulus; four grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; one great-grandson; eight step-great-grandchildren; and three siblings, Sandra Britton of Erie, PA, Richard (Lisa) Bretherton of Kansas, and Sharon (Robert) King of Bradford, PA.

 

Romalee Jones, of Interlaken, passed away at the Hospeace House in Naples, New York on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at the age of 61.
The family will be present to receive friends on Thursday, July 22, 2010 from 4:00 to 7:00pm at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main St., Ovid. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, July 23, 2010 at 3:00pm at the funeral home officiated by Pastors Jim Yao and Nancy Mehan-Yao and Susan Frost. Prayers of committal will follow in West Danby Cemetery.
Kindly consider a donation to the Hospeace House, 7824 West Hollow Road
Naples, NY 14512, in Romalee’s memory.
Romalee was born on July 20, 1949, in Waverly to the late Harry and Sarah (Hulbert) Hamilton. She graduated from Ithaca High School and lived in Interlaken for the past 20 years. Romalee loved caring for her children and grandchildren and cherished every moment spent with her family.
In addition to her parents, Romalee was preceded in death by her son, James Campbell; and a grandson, Joshua. She is survived by her husband, Tom Jones of Interlaken; three children, William Campbell of Ovid, Sherry Jones of Romulus, and Patty Campbell of Geneva; seven grandchildren, Michael, Lisa, Bobby, Wesley, James, Jolene, VInesa; three great-granddaughter; a brother, Bill (Carol) Hamilton; a niece Alisha; and nephew, Timothy.

 

Lewis L. VanHorn, Sr., of 6436 Iron Bridge Road, Ovid, passed away at Geneva General Hospital on Saturday, July 17, 2010 at the age of 79.
The family would like to invite friends to a Memorial on Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 11:00am at Lewis and Madeline VanHorn’s home, 6436 Iron Bridge Road, Ovid. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Lewis’ memory can be directed to the South Seneca Ambulance Corps, PO Box 280, Ovid, NY 14521.
Lewis was born October 13, 1930 in Wolcott, to the late Alonzo and Mabel (Decker) VanHorn. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conlict, and received a Purple Heart while serving. Lewis was honorably discharged in 1952. He worked at the Seneca Army Depot as an ammunition operator and was given several awards throughout his 25 year career. Lewis enjoyed fishing and gardening.
Lewis is survived by his wife, Madeline VanHorn; four children, Leslie VanHorn, Sr., David (Charlene) VanHorn, Cindy (Buster) Brown, and Jeffrey VanHorn; 12 grandchildren, John, Stephen, Leslie, Madeline, Fred, Sarah, Michael, Danielle, Scott, Nicole, Tony, and Jason; 7 great-grandchildren, Jory, Lillyanna, Arianna, Hannah, Abby Lynn, Owen, and Blake; two brothers, Robert VanHorn and Larry (Darlene) VanHorn; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Lewis was preceded in death by a daughter, Sonta Rae VanHorn in 1982; and a son, Lewis VanHorn, Jr. in 2007.

 

Maurice Grant Stafford, Sr., 83, of Lodi, NY, while surrounded by family and friends, passed away at Schuyler Hospital on Wednesday, July 14, 2010, entering into the presence of his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
The family will be present to receive friends on Friday, July 16, 2010 from 12:00 to 1:00pm at the Covert Baptist Church, 9268 State Route 96, in the town of Covert. Funeral Services will begin at 1:00, at the church, officiated by Rev. Dave Pitcher. Prayers of committal will immediately follow at the Seneca Union Cemetery in Valois.
Contributions may be made in Grant’s memory to the Covert Baptist Church, 9268 State Route 96, Interlaken, NY 14847.
Grant was born on April 19, 1927 in Jackson, Michigan to the late Maurice A. and Ida M. (Thompson) Stafford. He served in the US Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946. Grant retired from Allied Chemical in Elizabeth, New Jersey and then, enjoying the challenge of hard work, continued employment as an independent contractor for A&E Moving Co., Mahwah, NJ.
Grant was an avid gardener and loved sharing his fresh grown produce with friends and family. He loved music, reading, and learning, and passed these loves onto his ten children. Grant also enjoyed a good, healthy debate with family and friends.
Grant is survived by his 10 children, Maurice (Barbara) Stafford, Jr. of Pennsylvania, Jo-Anne Hulburt of Michigan, Mike (Deborah) Stafford of Arizona, Carolyn (Stewart) McDivitt of New York, Debbie (Chuck) Wagner of Texas, Tim (Yolly) Stafford of Florida, Jim Stafford of New York, Sean (Paula) Stafford of New York, Patti (Juan) Bocher of Virginia, and Jeanne (Steve) Snyder of Virginia; 28 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren; a sister, Pat (Fred) Klouda; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends. He was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his children, Josephine Stafford; second wife Louise Stevens-Stafford; a son, David Adrian Stafford; and a sister, Ann Jones.

 

Vicki S. Hendrix, age 47, of 5304 Curry Road, died at her home on Sunday, July 12, 2010 following an extended and valiant fight against cancer.
Vicki was born in Ithaca on December 16, 1962 and lived in the Ovid area until after her graduation from South Seneca High School in 1980. She attended business school and worked with her father at Ronnie’s Body Shop for several years. She was employed at Hearth & Home and Arnold Printing in Ithaca, and 10 years ago, found her niche at the Tompkins Co. Soil & Water Conservation District where she served as the secretary/treasurer. Despite her busy schedule, she also found time to serve as book keeper for Dr. Richard Orzeck of the Trumansburg Veterinary Clinic and Steve Williams of Seneca Heating, in addition to providing income tax services for friends and family. Not only was Vicki an outstanding mother to her own children, but she made the Hendrix household “home” to many young people in Trumansburg. She had an incredible zest for life, and found great joy in the past few years traveling with her family and learning to appreciate the special moments in life.
She is survived by her husband and best friend of over 30 years, Brooks H. Hendrix, a daughter, Danielle (Jason) Plummer of Colorado Springs, CO, and a son, Brooks Hendrix II of Trumansburg, her father, Ronnie (Cindy Waid) Steve of Ovid her mother, Judy Steve of Ovid; sisters, Terri Steve of Atlanta, GA and Veronica Trifoso of Elmira, her nieces, nephews and their children, along with several aunts and uncles. Vicki was preceded in death by her brother, Daniel L. Steve in 2007.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00pm on Saturday, July 17, 2010 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid, NY. A reception, to which all are invited, will also be hosted by the family from 6:30pm on Saturday, at the American Legion Post #770, 4331 Seneca Road in Trumansburg. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you kindly consider a donation to Hospicare of Tompkins County, 172 East King Road, Ithaca, NY 14850 or the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons Street, East Syracuse, NY 13057-9364

 

Mike W. Ragan, age 78, of Hayts Corners, died peacefully at his home on Saturday (July 3, 2010).
Calling hours will be held from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Wednesday, (July 7) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main Street, Ovid. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00am on Thursday, (July 8) at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Father Bart Minson, OFCap officiating. Interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Holy Cross Church, PO Box 337, Ovid, NY 14521, The ALS Association,1275 K Street NW, Suite 1050, Washington, DC 20005 www.alsa.org or the American Cancer Society, 1400 Winton Road North, Rochester, NY 14609.
Mike was born in Youngstown, Ohio on April 24, 1931. He trained at Sampson Air Force Base immediately after High School, and served in the Air Force until 1952. Upon marrying Laurie Stahl in 1952, they returned to Ohio for a number of years and eventually made their home in Hayts Corners with their young family. He had worked at Willard Psychiatric Center as a mason for many years, retiring in 1990. During the 1970’s Mike worked part time as a Deputy Sheriff and as Constable for the Town of Romulus. Mike had also worked at Boyce’s Mobil Station in Ovid. He was a Life Member of the South Seneca Sportsmen’s Club, where he and his wife started the Euchre League and he coached the softball team. He was a lifelong fan of the Cleveland Browns and Indians, but also followed South Seneca sports teams very closely.
He is survived by his daughters, Michelle (Gene) Farney of Ovid, Cindy (Gary) Stannard of Ovid, and Cheryl (Kevin) Erdle of Interlaken, granddaughters, Kelly (Bill) Tennant, Kimberly and Erin Farney and a great granddaughter, Breanne Tennant, his family remaining in Ohio, and by his wife’s family. Mike was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Dolores M. “Laurie” Ragan in 2005, and by a brother, John Ragan.

 

MaryAnn Hoven, age 63 of Interlaken, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, July 1, 2010.
The family will receive friends from 10:00am to Noon on Tuesday, July 6 at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main St., Ovid, a memorial service will then follow beginning at Noon officiated by Revered Diane Walker of the Ovid Federated Church. Prayers of committal will immediately follow in Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken.
Kindly consider a donation to the South Seneca Ambulance Corps, PO Box 280, Ovid, NY 14521 or the American Heart Association, PO Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220, in MaryAnn’s memory.
MaryAnn was born on July 19, 1946 to the late Gordon and Katherine (Bullivant) Blew. MaryAnn resided in the Interlaken area for most of her life and worked as a Therapy Aide at Willard Psychiatric Center. She went on to work at the Elmira Psychiatric Center, where she retired from in 2007. MaryAnn loved flowers and especially enjoyed irises. Her cats held a special place in her heart. She was an avid collector of Coca-Cola memorabilia and could often be found drinking a bottle of Coke. MaryAnn truly treasured the time spent with her grandchildren.
MaryAnn is survived by her two children, Bradley (Sheila) Barber and Shelly (Albert) Reese; and three grandchildren, Nicole Reese, Sheena Stuttle, and Cierra Barber.

 

Stanley A. “Bill” Wagner, age 83, died at his home in Lodi on Saturday, June 26, 2010.
Bill was born in Elmira in 1927, a son of the late Stanley L. and Alta (Button) Wagner of Caywood. He was trained at Sampson Naval Base, and was a WWII Veteran. A lifelong grape grower, he was known as the founder of Wagner Vineyards Winery, established in 1978. Bill was a respected wine industry innovator and was instrumental in bringing renown to the Finger Lakes as a premium wine producing region. He is further known for establishing the Ginny Lee Café and Wagner Brewing Company, and he remained active in these businesses throughout his life.
He is survived by his children, Laura (Bob) Wagner Lee of Watkins Glen, Stephen W. Wagner of Lodi and John L. (Debra) Wagner of Lodi; grandchildren, Ginny, Stephen and Kevin Lee and Ian, Hayden and Adam Wagner; a sister, Marjorie (Milt) Chodack of Virginia, many nieces and nephews, and the mother of his children, Ruth VanVleet Wagner of Lodi. Bill was preceded in death by his sister, Carol Jodka Solometo.
The family will receive friends at a Time of Remembrance in celebration of Bill’s life on Thursday, July 1, 2010 at Wagner Vineyards from 6:00 to 9:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Lodi Historical Society, PO Box 279 or the Lodi Fire Department, PO Box 299, Lodi, NY 14860, in his memory.

 

Eska “Eskie” F. Shaff, age 77, of Leesburg, Florida, passed away on June 10, 2010 after an extended cancer illness.
The family will receive friends from 10:00am to 11:00am on Friday, July 23, 2010 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid. A memorial service will immediately follow at the funeral home at 11:00am, officiated by Pastors Jim Yao and Nancy Mehan-Yao of the Lodi Presbyterian Chapel. Prayers of Committal and Military Honors will be held at the Sampson Veterans Cemetery in Romulus at a later date. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Eskie’s name to the Cornerstone Hospice Gold Team, 2445 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778.
Eskie was born in Ithaca on June 26, 1932, a son of the late Glenn and Myrtle (Ryan) Shaff. He proudly served his county in the US Army during the Korean Conflict from 1952 to 1954. Eskie was married to Charlotte Saylor on June 25, 1955. He retired from Willard Psychiatric Center in 1987, where he had worked as a therapy aide. Their family greatly enjoyed camping which led to the decision in 1990 to sell their family home in Lodi, and travel extensively across the country. In 1996 they made their home in Leesburg, Florida, visiting their family and friends in New York every summer. Eskie was an avid bowler and bingo player and as some would say, a “Jack of all trades”. He truly enjoyed helping his family with projects, and also lending a hand to friends and neighbors. He was a life member of the VFW Post #6200 in Ovid and a member of CSEA.
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte, and a son, Paul (Donna) Shaff of Lodi, and daughters, Barbara Crawford of Apex, NC, and Bonnie (Gene) Davis of Sherman, TX ; grandchildren, Paul, Donna, Steve, Kurtiss, Kristen, Justin, Rachell and Jeremy, and 8 great grandchildren, a sister, Midge Mastronardi of Cortland, and several nieces and nephews. Eskie was preceded in death by his bothers, Glenn, Henry and Donald.

 

Richard W. “Rick” Mero, age 51, died unexpectedly on Monday, June 14, 2010 as a result of an auto accident.
The family will receive friends from 10:00am to 11:00am on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid. A memorial service will immediately follow at 11:00am at the funeral home, officiated by Pastor Barbara De’Angelis of the Varick United Methodist Church. The family kindly declines floral offerings, instead, please consider a donation in Rick’s memory to: Dr. Cothran- Research, Department of Integrative Biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-4458, memo to “ Research in Genetics and Health of Horse”.
Rick was born August 6, 1958 in SanFrancisco, CA, the son of Richard D. and Sonja (Katzburg) Mero. He graduated from Mattituck High School on Long Island and served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1976 to 1978. Rick later attended the Culinary Institute of NY in Poughkeepsie. He found his love and passion in horse training, and joined his family at the Phoenix Ranch in Romulus. He was an International Judge of Peruvian Horses and his contacts in the Equestrian Community extend around the globe.
He is survived by his father, Richard D. Mero of Cambi, OR and his mother, Sonja (Donald W.) Wirth of Romulus, and his children, Richard Joseph, Andrew R., and Tristan Phillip; daughters, Meghan Anna, Elaina Audrey, and Reyna Irene; his siblings, Brian, Stephen, Christian, Sandra, Leslie, Victoria and Amie; grandchildren, Dominique and Davina, his fiancee, Christine Bartoszewski; and his grandmother,Anna Katzburg. Rick was preceded in death by his brother, Donald and grandson, Dion.

 

Dorothy W. Vangalio, age 83, longtime resident of Ovid, passed away at Geneva General Hospital on Sunday (June 13).
The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 3:00 at the Ovid Federated Church on Friday (June 18). A memorial service will immediately follow at 3:00pm, officiated by Rev. Diane Walker and assisted by Rev. William Hoffman. Prayers of Committal will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery. Kindly consider a donation to the Ovid Federated Church, PO Box 340 or the Ovid Fire Dept., PO Box D, Ovid, NY 14521 in Dorothy’s memory.
Dorothy was born in Norwich, NY on June 29, 1926, a daughter of the late Edward and Edith (Russell) Weaver. She moved to the Ovid area in 1948, and worked as the librarian at Interlaken Central School, which then became the elementary school for South Seneca Central School District, retiring in 1981. For a number of years after her retirement, she worked as the secretary in the office of her son’s real estate firm. She was a member of the Ovid Federated Church, the 20th Century Club and the South Seneca Retired Teachers Assoc.
She is survived by her children, James E. (Michele) Vangalio and Patricia (Dean) Arcangeli, all of Ovid; her grandchildren, Angela (Jodie Shearer) Arcangeli, Gina (Zack) Singer, Kaitlin (Patrick) Woodard, Harland Kent, Lisa Vangalio, Vincent (Jamie) Vangalio, Staci (Martin) Hooker, Brian Kuhlman, Tracy (Wayne) Andrews; great grandchildren, Jade Parsons, Lucas Hooker, Skylar Howard, Chelsea Parsons, Emily Vangalio, Derek Andrews, Zackery Hooker, Ava Singer, Madelyn and Patrick Woodard, and a sister, Marjorie (Al) Brainard of Greene, NY. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, James in 1995, by a grandson, Tony Vangalio and by her siblings, Ruth and Roger.

 

Patty A. Snyder, age 48, of Ovid, passed away at her home, following a brief cancer illness.
The family will receive friends from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid. Kindly consider a donation to the Community Residence Activity Fund, 182 Buffalo Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424.
Patty was born in Ithaca, NY on April 7, 1962, a daughter to James E. and Betty J. (Everett) Wright. She attended Interlaken Central School. She worked at Lakeside Nursing Home, and became a certified nurse assistant. Through Finger Lakes Community College, she became a LPN, and worked at Huntington Nursing Home in Waterloo. For the past few years, she had worked at a Community Residence in Canandaigua for Finger Lakes DDSO. She lived to take care of others, not only her family, but also the residents of the nursing homes and the group home. She was a talented seamstress and handmade all of her nursing uniforms. She was most proud for being acknowledged as Employee of the Year for the Finger Lakes DDSO.
She is survived by her husband of 18 years, Robert “Bobby” Snyder of Ovid, her children; James (Stephanie) Luoma II, of Mahopac, NY , Patrick J. Luoma of Newark, Jerica L. Luoma of Enfiel; stepchildren, Christopher Snyder of Lodi, and Natala Snyder of Newark, her grandchildren, Lorelai and Jayden Luoma and Shawn Snyder, her mother, Betty J. Wright, her mother and father in law, Eliza and Dick Everts of Lodi; and sisters, Trudy (Buster) Updike of Interlaken, Terry (Jeff) Smith of Spring Hill, FL, Teressa Mozeley of Lodi, Carol Sue Wright of Dunellan, FL, and a half sister, Janet Williams of Lodi, her maternal grandmother, Grace Everett of Spring Hill, FL, and a host of nieces and nephews.

 

Jane H. Abbott, age 79, of Wyers Point, passed away on Thursday, March 25, 1010 at the Cape Canaveral Hospital in Cocoa Beach, Florida. A Time of Remembrance and Celebration of Jane’s life will be held on Saturday, June 19, 2010 from 2:00 to 5:00pm at the home of Bill and Fran Harris, 7121 Wyers Point Road, Ovid. Jane was the wife of Millard, and the mother of Gayla, Millard Jr., and Martha. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Ovid Historical Society, PO Box 77, Ovid, NY 14521 in Jane’s memory.
Beatrice Scott, age 81,
formerly of Willard, and resident of Huntington Living Center, died at Geneva General Hospital on Thursday, June 3, 2010.
e family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00pm on Friday (June 4) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Bart Minson OFMCap, at 10:00am on Saturday (June 5) at Holy Cross Catholic Church, prayers of committal will then be held at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Bea was born on March 5, 1929 in Willard, a daughter of the late Peter and Louise (Lallman) Lochren. She had attended Ovid Central School, and lived in the Ovid and Willard areas all of her life. She loved her family and had a charming smile that would melt your heart. Bea will be fondly remembered for her love of McDonald’s cheeseburgers, Coca-Cola and hot fudge sundaes!
She is survived by her daughter, Brenda VanVleet of Romulus, a son, William Scott of Ohio, her loving granddaughters, Jodie (Ben LaPierre) VanVleet of Newfield, and Monica Bunce of Hector and Tina, Crystal and Shawn Scott of Rochester, her great grandchildren, Samantha and Douglas John Bunce, sisters, Maryann Loquastro of Englewood, FL and Lorraine Percy of Webster, NY. Bea was preceded in death by her husband, William Scott in 1951, a sister Helen Ireland of Ft. Collins, CO, a son in law, Douglas VanVleet in 2003, and a grandson Charles Scott in 2008.

 

William Shirmer, age 89, of Ovid, passed away at his home on Wednesday, June 2, 2010 following a brief illness.
William was born on April 21, 1921 in Osterode, Germany, a son of the late Wilhelm and Luise (Lohringel) Schirmer. As a young man he immigrated to the United States and attended Rutgers University. Before he could graduate, he was drafted into the US Army and served as a medic during WWII. He completed his education at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and worked for Cooper Industries as a mechanical engineer for many years. He and his wife had lived in Ovid for nearly 10 years.
William is survived by his two children, Carol A. (Gerard) DeGaray of Ovid and William B. Schirmer of Port St. Lucie, Florida; three grandchildren, Michael and Paul DeGaray and Andrew Schirmer; two great-grandchildren, John Paul and Aaron DeGaray. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth in March of this year.
In keeping with William’s wishes, no services will be held. Kindly consider a donation to the Edith B. Ford Memorial Library, PO Box 410, Ovid, NY 14521

 

Grace Elizabeth (Allen) Saxton, 99 formerly of Port Byron NY – residing in later years in Ovid NY died at Seneca View in Montour Falls NY on Tuesday June 1, 2010 surrounded by her loving family. Grace was born January 1, 1911 in Spencerport NY, a daughter of the late William and Susie (King) Allen. Grace was predeceased by her husband Ross (Bug) Lynn Saxton and her brothers Jimmy, Louie and Robert Allen. Survived by daughter Ruth (Curtis) Thompson of Ovid NY, Grandaughters Susan Cummings of Charlotte, NC, Cindy (Michael) Mott of Lodi NY and Great Grandaughter Grace Elizabeth Mott. Two sisters Laura Cook of Pine Island, MN, Eunice Bornt of Crozet, VA and several nieces, nephews and countless friends.
Grace was a devoted nurse, wife, mother and grandmother making her home a loving base for family and friends. She was an avid reader, tended to her gardens and enjoyed the birds, wildlife, cooking baking and canning. She will be remembered by her wonderful wit and wisdom.
The Family would like to thank the staff at Seneca View for their care and support.
Private family services were held at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Port Byron NY. Friends wishing to remember Grace can make a memorial contribution to Interlaken Public Library PO Box 317, Interlaken, NY 14847.

 

Laurie A. McMillen VanZile, age 47, formerly of Lodi, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at Medina Memorial Hospital.
Laurie was born in Ithaca, NY on June 25, 1962, a daughter of the late Leonard and Shirley J. (Smith) McMillen Jr. She attended South Seneca Schools, and had lived in the area for many years. She had lived in Medina since 2000. She loved to visit her family in Lodi as often as she could, and will be fondly remembered and sorely missed by her loving family.
She is survived by her sons, Jasper and James Maine, and a grandson, Christopher, by her siblings, Len (Tina) Carlsen of Lodi, Penny Shaffer of White Plains, MO, and Kristine Carlsen of Seneca Falls, by many nieces and nephews and a large extended family.
The family will receive friends from 10:00am to 11:00am on Saturday, June 5, 2010 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid. A funeral service will immediately follow at the funeral home at 11:00am, officiated by Pastor Ralph Selin. Prayers of committal will be held privately at West Lodi Cemetery.

 

Catherine J. “Kay” Cool, age 87, of Ovid, passed away on Friday, May 21, 2010.
The family will receive friends at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid, from 4:00 to 7:00pm on Monday, May 24, 2010. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Cross Catholic Church by Fr. John Tokaz OFMCap at 11:00am on Tuesday, May 25, 2010. Following the Mass a luncheon will be hosted by VFW Post #6200, afterwards prayers of committal will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Geneva. Kindly consider a donation to the Holy Cross Memorial Fund, PO Box 337 or the South Seneca Ambulance Corps, PO Box 280, Ovid, NY 14521 in Kay’s memory.
Kay was born in her parent’s farm house north of Pawnee City, Nebraska on June 2, 1922. She was the daughter of the late Edward C. and Ameila (Wenzl) Buman. She drove a horse and buggy to St. Anthony’s grade school, and then graduated from the Steinauer High School in 1941. She graduated from the National Business Institute in Lincoln, NE, and later attended the former Auburn Community College (now CCCC) obtaining her degree in Business Administration in 1978. She had worked in Lincoln, NE, Topeka, KS and Hobart College in Geneva, however, she spent 22 years of service at Willard State Hospital, caring for patients, housekeeping and in the sewing room department. While working as a waitress in Lincoln, NE, she met Corporal Robert E. Cool, they were married on August 18, 1945 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Steinauer, NE. They made their home in Topeka, KS until after WWII, and moved to East Lake Road in Geneva, and then to Lodi Point. Kay moved to Ovid many years later. Kay was a member of the auxiliaries for the Ovid VFW Post #6200 and American Legion Post #463, Catholic Daughters of America #416, the Rosary-Altar Society of Holy Cross Church, where she taught religious education for 16 years, while also serving as a Eucharistic Minister. She enjoyed travelling to Canada, Alaska, Mexico and Florida, where she had a winter home, and her many trips to her homeland of Nebraska.
She is survived by her children, Thomas W. Cool of Auburn, Lee E. (Kyle) Cool of Ovid, and Rita K. (Denis) Noonan of Scarsdale, NY; her sisters, Winifred Krontz and Edith Kent of Nebraska; her grandchildren, Melissa and Brian (Kristeen) Cool, Kimberly and Nicholas Cool, Robert and Pierce Noonan, a great grandson, Carter Cool, her sisters in law, Irene Buman and Barbara Cool, a brother in law, Bill (Ada) Cool and numerous nieces and nephews. Kay was preceded in death by an infant son, Robert C. Cool in 1947, by her husband, Robert E. Cool in 1965, and by a brother, Robert E. Buman in 1988.

 

Myrtie D. Bullivant, age 95, of Ovid, passed away at Geneva General Hospital on Thursday, May 20, 2010 following a brief illness.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, July 17, 2010 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid, NY. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Beverly Animal Shelter, 49 River Road, Waterloo, NY 13165 or the charity of your choice, in Myrtie’s memory. In an unselfish gift to others and the advancement of medicine, Myrtie chose to donate her body to study, in hopes that others may learn about her physical longevity. Prayers of committal will be held at a later date at Ovid Union Cemetery.
Myrtie was born at home in Ovid on November 20, 1914, the only child of the late Ernest B. and Nora E. (Dunn) Dimmick. She attended Ovid High School, and during WWII, worked at Seneca Army Depot assembling ammunition cases in the war effort. Myrtie retired from Willard State Hospital in 1978, where she had worked as a therapy aide. She had lived in the same home in which she was born, and had remained fiercely independent until the last weeks of her life. She was an avid gardener, and always had an optimistic and upbeat approach to everyday life. She will be remembered for her patriotism to her country.
She is survived by her daughter, Sue Stapleton of Ovid, and son, Ernie (Dorothy) Bullivant of Peyton, CO, and grandsons, Robert “Hobie” Stapleton of Ovid and Jason Bullivant of Colorado, and three great grandchildren, a brother in law, John (Pat) Bullivant of Interlaken and numerous nieces and nephews, and her special friend “Daisy”. Myrtie was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick in 1992, and her son in law, Hobert Stapleton in 1999.

 

Delano R. Borden , age 68, of Ovid, NY passed away unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, May 12, 2010.
Del was born in Colon, Panama on July 26, 1941, a son of the late Madison and Elsie Borden. At the age of six he moved with his family to Colebrook, CT. He graduated in 1959 from Trumansburg High School, holding many records in baseball and basketball. He received his Master’s Degree in Health and Education from Ithaca College. Most of his 33 years of teaching were spent at Trumansburg. As an elementary Phys. Ed. Teacher and a coach, Del went beyond teaching skills, and tried to instill good values and sportsmanship. Del was a hard worker, a dedicated teacher and coach, and a fearless advocate as Teacher’s Association President. Following retirement in 1996, he and Kaye moved from their family home in Trumansburg to their present home on Cayuga Lake, and wintered in Punta Gorda, FL.
Besides excelling in sports, Del was a great dancer, had a beautiful singing voice, and enjoyed being in Booster Club plays. After retiring he enjoyed, boating, fishing, and swimming at his cottage. He liked country and Gospel music, camping, and playing cards. Del enjoyed using his backhoe and built many beautiful homes for his family. He loved nature and animals, his kitties, his children and grandchildren, and making family home movies. He was funny and a lot of fun. Del was a faithful Christian and avid Bible student. Most of all, Del was a wonderful husband, brother, uncle, and friend. He was the best father and grandfather a child could ever have.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Kaye (Kelley); son, Aaron (Patricia) Borden of Canandaigua; daughter, Laurie (Kenneth) Murray of Trumansburg; grandchildren, Lindsay (Patrick) Mitchell, Jordan (Diana) Murray, Olivia and Elise Murray, Noah, William, and Charles Borden, and great grandchildren, Nolan and Gerret Mitchell; siblings, Charles (Jane Weeks) of Geneva, Joseph (Cheryl) of UT, Mary (Alan) Jamison of Trumansburg, Elsie (Edward) Smolarsky of MD; sister-in-laws, Jean Greenwood of AL, and Ruth (Wayne) Doane of Trumansburg; brother-in-law Douglas Kelley; and numerous nieces and nephews. Del was preceded in death by his brother Page Greenwood and sister, Dorothy Cole.
The family will receive friends from 3:00- 4:00pm on Saturday, May 15, 2010 followed by a memorial service at 4:00. Both will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Pennsylvania Ave. in Trumansburg.

 

Donald H. MacCheyne, age 73, of Montour Falls, died at Schulyer Hospital on Sunday, April 18, 2010 following an extended illness.
Donald was born in Lodi on March 9, 1937, a son of the late George and Edith (Clark) MacCheyne. He had worked at Willard Psychiatric Center for more than 35 years, initially as a ward attendant, then in the dietary department, and eventually retiring from the transportation office. Following his retirement, he worked at the P&C grocery store in Watkins Glen. He enjoyed many trips visiting his family all over the country, from Kentucky, to California, Texas and his favorite destination….Las Vegas.
He is survived by his loving companion, Marleigh Wood; his sons, Michael (Mollie) of Allen, TX, D. Max (Kevin Clauss) of Lodi, and Kevin (Marisol) MacCheyne of Dover, NJ; his grandchildren, Nicole, Cody, Katelin, Chelsee, Aaliyah, Kobre and Cecilee and a great granddaughter, Athena; his siblings, Virginia (Thomas) Olsowske of Romulus, Jim (Georgia) of Interlaken, Richard of Lodi, and George (Eileen) of Lodi. Donald was preceded in death by his siblings, Norman “Pete”, Hazel MacCheyne, Betty Morse and Marian Kendall, by the mother of his children, Peggy, and by his wife Meribeth.
A private graveside service will be held at Seneca-Union Cemetery in Valois, officiated by Rev. Diane Walker of the Ovid Federated Church. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Lodi Fire Dept, PO Box 299, Lodi, NY 14860 or the American Cancer Society, 1400 Winton Road North, Rochester, NY 14609.

 

Georgia R. Sickler, age 77, of Ovid, died at Hospicare of Tompkins County on Sunday, April 11, 2010.
Calling hours will be held from 5:00 to 7:00pm on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main St, Ovid. A funeral service will be held at 2:00pm on Thursday, April 15, 2010 at the Ovid Federated Church, 7137 Main St., Ovid, with the Rev. Diane Walker officiating. Prayers of Committal will follow at Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Hospicare of Tompkins County, 172 E. King Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850 or to the American Cancer Society, 1400 Winton Road N., Rochester, NY 14609 in Georgia’s memory.
Georgia was born on June 1, 1932, the only child of the late William and Mildred (Slocum) Ravert. She grew up on Albany Street in Ithaca and graduated from Ithaca High School in 1950. Following graduation she went to work at the Ithaca Savings Bank and then, Tompkins Trust Company. Georgia moved to the Ovid area in 1970 and worked as a therapy aide at Willard Psychiatric Center until her retirement.
Georgia was preceded in death by her husband, Norman E. Sickler, Jr. in 2008. She is survived by her children, Sandi Maki of N.Carolina, Sheri (Justin) Wright of Syracuse, Lori (Joe) Carroll of Willard, Susan (Bill) Barry of N.Carolina, Robert Schlock of Cortland and Arissa (Doug) Albro of Ovid; grandchildren, Forrest and Wesley Wright, Michael, Justin and Robert Carroll, Mary Grace Grover, Anna and Aidan Barry, Blaze and Dakota Schlock and Michael Walters, Erika and Sarah Albro; great grandson, Atticus Grover; and cousin, Linda (Al) Larsen.

 

Ruth Lillian Schirmer, age 87, of Ovid, passed away at her home on Saturday, March 27, 2010.
Born July 13, 1922 in Jersey City, New Jersey, Ruth was the daughter of the late William and Frances (Conklin) Stevenson.
Ruth is survived by her husband, William Schirmer; two children, Carol A. (Gerard) DeGaray of Ovid and William B. Schirmer of Port St. Lucie, Florida; three grandchildren, Andrew Schirmer, and Michael and Paul DeGaray; and two great-grandchildren, John Paul and Aaron DeGaray. In keeping with Ruth’s wishes, no services will be held.

 

Rolland F. “Ron” Clark, age 63, of Ovid, died as the result of a tragic accident that occurred on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at Cargill, Inc. in Lansing.
Ron was born on May 3, 1946 in Waterloo, New York, a son of the late Albert J. and Geraldine F. (Osgood) Clark. He attended Waterloo schools and joined the US Army in 1964. He proudly served as a Ranger and Green Beret in the US Army during the Viet Nam Era, earning the distinction of being awarded Silver and Bronze Stars, and he valiantly earned two Purple Hearts. Upon his return from Viet Nam in 1970, he gladly took on the role of the big brother for his younger siblings, taking them to school events, shopping and on outings. He worked at Seneca Army Depot in Romulus for several years until it’s closure, and for the past 14 years, and even at the time of his death, was a faithful employee of Cayuga Crushed Stone, Inc. of Lansing. He was an active member of the VFW Post #6200 in Ovid, and honored his fellow comrades by serving in the Color Guard at funerals for many years. He had also been a former member of the American Legion Post in Waterloo.
He will be sadly missed by his siblings, Alfred (Carol) Clark of Ovid, Darlene Eubanks of Petersburg, Virginia and George (Victoria) Clark of Geneva, 3 nieces and 2 nephews , one of which is Specialist Daniel Hathaway now serving in the US Army in Iraq, and several great nieces and nephews. Ron was preceded in death by his companion of 22 years, Janice Pallesen in 2005.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00pm on Tuesday, March 30, at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid. A Memorial Service will immediately begin, following calling hours at the funeral home at 6:00pm. Ron will then be buried at Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Romulus upon it’s opening in the fall of 2010. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the VFW Post #6200 Color Guard, PO Box 1, Ovid, NY 14521 or the American Cancer Society, 1400 Winton Road North, Rochester, NY 14609, in Ron’s memory.

 

Janet M. Morrow, age 48, of Lodi, passed away at her home on Saturday, March 13, 2010, in the care of her loving family, following an extended cancer illness.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, March 20, 2010, at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid. Funeral services will begin at Noon, at the funeral home on Saturday, officiated by Rev. Diane Walker of the Ovid Federated Church.
Kindly consider a donation in Janet’s memory to the , 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244 www.komen.org
Janet was born in Ithaca, NY on January 15, 1962, a daughter of the late George and Marie (Heller) Staples. She was a 1980 graduate of South Seneca High School, and had worked at Willard Psychiatric Center, and then as an lpn at Finger Lakes DDSO in Waterloo. She was a member of the Ovid Federated Church, and was active as a Girl Scout Leader for many years.
She is survived by her husband, Charles Morrow of Lodi; children, William E. “Bucky” (Michelle) Houseknecht of Ovid, Michell Edkin of Lodi and Nichole Edkin of Lodi; a granddaughter, Hailey Houseknecht; siblings, William Staples, Thomas (Juanita) Staples, Margaret Staples, Marilyn (Cliff) Hickok, Marie (Jim) Everts, Diane Clark, Joan (Carl) Murray, and Cindy Walborn. Janet was preceded in death by a brother, George Staples Jr.; a sister, Dolores Ferrell; a nephew, Michael Staples; and a grandson, Matthew Houseknecht.

 

Richard William (Dick) Magnus, age 77, of Geneva passed away on Friday, March 19, 2010 after a long and courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Dick is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Joyce (Dodd); his five children, Penny Magnus of Berkshire, Linda Magnus of Windsor, Richard Magnus of Huntington, Debra (Rey)Valdez of Cumming, Georgia, and Steve Magnus of Glen Aubrey; his five grandchildren, Andrew and Nicholas Smetana, Allison, Abigail, and Keenan Valdez; brothers, Robert and William; many brother and sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews.
Dick was born on December 26, 1932 in Farmingdale, New York. He honorably served his country in the US Navy during the Korean War. Dick retired from IBM and was a member of it’s Quarter Century Club.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 8016 Footes Corners Road (at the intersection of Route 96) in Interlaken. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks those wishing to make a contribution in Dick’s memory to kindly consider The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 1332 North Halstead Street Suite 201, Chicago, IL 60642-2642.

 

Anna “Tootie” Allen, age 89, of Romulus, passed away at her home following an extended illness.
The family will receive friends on Friday (Mar 26) from 5:00 to 8:00pm at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid. A funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday (Mar 27) at the West Fayette Presbyterian Church, officiated by Rev. Stephen Beals, assisted by Rev. Diane Walker of the Ovid Federate Church. Prayers of committal will be held at Glenwood Cemetery in Geneva.
Kindly consider a donation to Lifetime Care Hospice, 1120 So. Main Street, Newark, NY 14513 or the West Fayette Presbyterian Church, 1063 Route 336, Geneva, NY 14456, in Anna’s memory.
Anna was born on August 24, 1920 in the Town of Varick, a daughter of the late Emerson and Leah (Coash) O’ Connor. She was a graduate of Waterloo High School, and the Eastman Dental School, where she trained to be a dental hygienist. She continued her education at Syracuse University, where she obtained her teaching certificate, and then at the University of Buffalo, she earned the accreditation to teach health in public schools. She worked at the Starpoint Central School District in Lockport, NY for 20 years, as a dental hygiene teacher. During her career, she was very active in the state association of her field. She and her husband retired to their lake home in 1975, and also spent many winters in Ocala, FL. She enjoyed china painting, flower arranging and singing in church choir.
She is survived by her daughters, Sharon Ross of Ovid, Susan G. (Tim) Allen of Atlantic Beach, FL, and grandchildren, Roger E. (Mary Beth) Ross, Christy A. Ross, Jon Allen, Shari Allen, Rachel (Rocky) Anaou and great grandchildren, Ethan, Justin and Jordan Brawley, a brother and sister in law, Dr. Willis and Vivian Allen and several nieces and nephews. Anna was preceded in death by her husband, Ethan “Oggie” Allen in 2008, a son, Jan Allen in 2006, a son in law, Roger Ross in 2006, and by her sister, Florence Albany and a nephew, Tim Albany.

 

Franklin L. Judd, age 75, of Geneva, NY, passed away on Sunday (Mar 14) at Geneva General Hospital.
The family will receive friends from 10am to Noon on Friday (Mar 19) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid, NY, a funeral service will then follow at Noon, officiated by Pastors Jim and Nancy Yao of the Lodi Presbyterian Chapel. Interment will be held at Ovid Union Cemetery.
Kindly consider a contribution to the American Red Cross in the Finger Lakes, 83 W. Bayard St, Seneca Falls, NY 13148, in Franklin’s memory.
Franklin was born on November 18, 1934, the youngest of 15 children, to the late Clarence and Effie (Appleton) Judd. He had been a resident of the Ovid are for over 35 years, and worked as a commercial truck driver for more than 31 years before his retirement, after which he worked at Verona Village in Ovid. He was an avid gardener, fisherman and hunter, and he enjoyed decorating his home for the Christmas Season. Franklin truly treasured his time spent with family and friends.
He is survived by a son, Allen Judd of Geneva; daughters, Victoria (Lewis LeFleur Sr.) Hussey of Auburn, Deborah Harris of Newark, NY, Donna Sherwood of Ithaca, Tina (Len) Carlsen of Lodi, and Vicki Banks of Larwill, IN, 14 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren; a sister, Wilma (Max) Crabill of Garrett, IN and a special family friend Edwin Wessig of Auburn, and his very special grandson, Zachary Wessig, who cared for his grandparents. Franklin was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel in 2009, by his siblings, and by a son in law, Kenneth Mazur.

 

Elizabeth M. “Betty” Wyckoff, age 81,
of Hayts Corners died unexpectedly at her home on Thursday. (Mar 11) She had been fighting a courageous battle against cancerThe family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00pm and 7:00 to 9:00pm on Monday, (Mar 15) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00am on Tuesday, (Mar 16) at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Ovid. Prayers of committal will be held at Ovid Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to South Seneca Ambulance, PO Box 280, Ovid, NY 14521 or the American Cancer Society, 1400 Winton Road North, Suite 1, Rochester, NY 14609.
Betty was born in Rochester on February 19, 1929, the only daughter of the late Charles and Ada (Rymell) Kinne. She was a lifetime resident of Hayts Corners, and a graduate of the Ovid Central School. She had worked at Willard State Hospital as an attendant, the Ovid Central School as a member of the cafeteria staff, and had been elected as the tax collector for the Town of Romulus for 36 years.
She was a faithful communicant of Holy Cross Catholic Church, and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of both the Ovid VFW Post #6200 and the American Legion Post #463. She had enjoyed bowling and travelling with her husband to the reunions of the 39th Bomb Group, his military unit, of which she served as the chaplain. In recent years she enjoyed the fellowship of the women’s Bible study of the Ovid Federated Church. Betty is survived by her children, Denny (Sue) Wyckoff of Canandaigua, James (Jodie) Wyckoff of Stittville, NY, William (Joanne) Wyckoff of Garden Ridge, TX and Linda Wyckoff of Virginia Beach, VA, 17 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Wyckoff, a daughter, Suzann Wech and a grandson, Benjamin Wyckoff.

 

Joseph Matarewski age 84, of Romulus, passed away on Sunday, March 7, 2010.
Funeral services will begin at 11:00am on Thursday, March 11, 2010 at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 S. Main St., Ovid. Prayers of committal will follow at Ovid Union Cemetery with a Military Honors Tribute.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Joseph’s memory may be directed to South Seneca Ambulance Corps, PO Box 280, Ovid, NY 14521 or the American Cancer Society, 1400 Winton Rd. North, Rochester, NY 14609.
Born on February10, 1926 in Old Forge, Pennsylvania, Joseph was the son of the late Paul and Mary (Veremenchah) Motaroski. He joined the Navy in 1944 and was honorably discharged in 1946. Joseph worked for 37 years as a Supervising Attendant at the Willard Psychiatric Center. Joseph enjoyed spending his free time doing carpentry work.
Joseph is survived by his wife of 55 years, Barbara Matarewski of Romulus; three cousins, Carol Limner of Ovid, Karl (Carol) Limner of Caledonia, and Thomas White of Rochester; one sister, Edna of Florida; one sister-in-law, Roberta French of Rochester; and many nieces and nephews.

C.Robert “Bob” Baker, age 67, of Ovid, died at Geneva General Hospital on Thursday, February 24, 2010.
His family will be present to receive friends for a time of remembrance from 4:00 to 6:00pm on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid.
He is survived by his children; Earl R. Baker of Wisconsin, Donald R. Baker, Cornelius R. Baker and Melonie C. Stump all of Arizona, Chad R. and Doug R. Baker, both of Ovid.

Emily R. Swarey, infant daughter of John and Ashley Swarey, died unexpectedly on Thursday, February 18, 2010.
The family will receive friends from Noon to 2:00pm on Monday, February 22, 2010 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid, followed by a funeral service at 2:00pm led by Pastor Diane Walker of the Ovid Federated Church. Prayers of committal will be held at Fayette Rural Cemetery.
Kindly consider a donation to the Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong, 300 East River Road, P.O. Box 278996, Rochester, NY 14627 (www.strongkids.org) charity of your choice, in memory of Emily.
Emily was born in Geneva on November 29, 2009. Although her time with us was brief, she brought so much happiness and joy to her world, that her sweet spirit will forever be cherished and remembered.
She is survived by her parents, her big brothers, Daimion Cornish and Anthony Delpapa, her maternal grandmother, Patty Cornish of Seneca Falls, maternal grandparents, John (Dawn) Cornish of Romulus, paternal grandparents, Enos (Lydia) Swarey of Seneca Falls and an uncles, Brandon Cornish of Seneca Falls, Mike Cornish and Liam Sullivan both of Romulus, and an aunt, Leigha Hoffman of Romulus, as well as a large extended family.

Norma Lincoln, age 80, of Lodi, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Friday, February 5, 2010.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 10, from Noon to 2:00pm at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid, a Memorial Service will follow at 2:00pm at the funeral home, officiated by Reverends Jim and Nancy Yao of the Lodi Presbyterian Chapel. Kindly consider a donation to the South Seneca Ambulance Corps, PO Box 280, Ovid, NY 14521 or the charity of your choice, in memory of Norma.
Norma was born in the Town of Ovid on April 21, 1929, the daughter of the late Wilbur and Inez (Spooner) Swick. She was a graduate of the Ovid High School. She began her work career as a housekeeper at Willard Psychiatric Center, and then transferred to Newark Developmental Center, retiring in 1984. She had been an active member of the former Ladies Auxiliary of the Lodi Fire Dept, and had many close friends and neighbors on Lodi Point and surrounding areas.
She is survived by her children; Diane (Donald) James of Baldwinsville, Donna (Paul) Shaff of Lodi, and Debra (Jake) Stimson of Millport, and David (Debra) Lincoln of Lodi; grandchildren, Dennis James, Paul L. Scott Jr., Donna Crawford, Kurtiss Scott, Steven Shaff, Denise A. Baker, Brad W. Davies, Andrea L. Stein and Stefanie Duggan, 13 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Norma was preceded in death by her brothers, Ronald and Wilber “LeRoy” Swick.

William W. “Bill” Verity Sr., age 68, of Lodi,, passed away Thursday, January 28, 2010 at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca.
A Time of Remembrance will be held at the Verity residence, from 1:00 to 7:00pm on Saturday, February 27, 2010.
Bill was born in Middletown, Connecticut on December 4, 1941, a son of the late Wesley and Lesley (Cappello) Verity. He spent most of his childhood on Long Island and from there, he proudly served in the US Navy from 1961 to 1965. His working career took him to Ohio, Tennesee and back to Long Island as a crane operator. He came to work at Willard Psychiatric Center in 1980 as a plumber and steamfitter, and then transferred to Southport Correctional Facility, retiring in 2003. He greatly enjoyed ocean fishing, woodworking and bird watching.
He is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn, and sons, William “Billy” Vertiy Jr. of Hector, Shawn and Kristen Verity of Burdett; brothers, David of Brooktondale, Gerry of Lindenhurst, LI; sisters, Judith of Albany, GA, Sandra of Vilas, NC, and Kathy of Versailles, KY and a host of nieces and nephews. He will be missed.
At Bill’s request, there will be no formal funeral services, yet the family asks you to please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. Kindly consider a donation to the Tompkins County SPCA, 640 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, NY 14850.

Phyllis L. Rainey, age 87, of Interlaken, passed away at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, NY on January 24, 2010. She was born in Castorland, NY on November 7, 1922, a daughter of Jesse H. & Jennie Linstruth Virkler.
She and her family moved to Baldwinsville, NY in her early years, and she graduated from Baldwinsville Academy and later from CCBI in Syracuse. She worked as a private secretary at the Syracuse office of Metropolitan Life Ins. Co, for 25 years. She was married Robert Rainey on May 30, 1959 and in May of 2009 they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at their home in Interlaken. Phyllis worked as a library aide at the Interlaken Central School for a number of years, while she and Bob operated Bolton’s Donut Shop in Ithaca. Together they owned and operated Happy Landing Restaurant in Interlaken from 1988 until their retirement in 2007.
She is survived by her husband, Robert and son, Michael, both of Interlaken; brothers, J. Lewis Virkler and Joseph Virkler both of Baldwinsville, NY, and many loving nieces, nephews and friends.
She will be greatly missed by all those who were close to her. Phyllis was preceded in death by her brothers LaVerne, Paul and Warren and by her sister, Helena Sherwood.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, January 28, 2010, at the Interlaken Reformed Church with Pastor Derek VandeSlunt officiating. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Interlaken Reformed Church, PO Box 335, Interlaken, NY 14847, in Phyllis’ memory.

Eleanor G. Warrick, age 69,  of Hayts Corners passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse on Saturday, January 23, 2010.
The family will be present to receive friends from 4-7 pm on Thursday, January 28, 2010 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 S. Main St., Ovid. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Bart Minton OFM Cap. at 11:00 am on Friday, January 29th at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Prayers of Committal will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.
The family asks those who wish to remember Eleanor in the form of a contribution to kindly consider St. Joseph’s Hospital, 1-8 Oncology Unit, 301 Prospect Ave., Syracuse, NY 13203.
Born in Geneva on June 5, 1940, Eleanor was the daughter of Alfred and Angelina Theresa (Priano) Crupi. She was a 1959 graduate of DeSales High School in Geneva and graduated in 1962 from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Elmira where she earned an RN degree. With a genuine concern for the welfare of others, Eleanor excelled as a nurse at area nursing homes, retiring from Lakeside Nursing Home in Ithaca in 2004. She considered the patients and fellow staff members at Lakeside to be part of her family.
Eleanor’s husband Tom and daughter Susan were her life’s delight. She was involved in Susan’s life events during school years and kept in close communication after graduation. Eleanor lived in their family home in Hayts Corners for several years after Tom’s passing on November 1, 2003. In recent years Eleanor resided in Liverpool as she followed a heartfelt desire to live closer to Susan.
While in Hayts Corners, she was a communicant of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Ovid. Throughout life Eleanor was thrilled at the prospect of travelling and took trips whenever the opportunity presented itself.
In addition to her parents and husband, Eleanor was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Collins and Betty French; and a step-granddaughter Nicole Warrick. She is survived by a daughter Susan (Richard) Dabrowski of Liverpool; a brother Anthony (Karen) Crupi of Batavia and three nephews, Michael Crupi , Alfred French, and Scotty French, Jr.; her four step-children Mike (Susan Cummings) Warrick; Robert (Gail) Warrick; Pam (Robert) Switzer and her step-grandchildren Ashley Warrick and Leigh Warrick.

Rebecca L. Reed, age 32, of Ovid, died at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester following an extensive illness.
The family will receive friends from 3:00 to 6:00pm on Sunday, January 24, 2010 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid. A funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Monday, (Jan 22) at the funeral home, with the Rev. Diane Walker of the Ovid Federated Church officiating. Prayers of committal will be held at Ovid Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in her memory, to the Trenton Surine Trust Fund, c/o Finger Lakes Federal Credit Union, 7116 Co. Road 132, Ovid, NY 14521, an educational fund established for Rebecca’s son.
Rebecca was born on May 17, 1977, and became the daughter of Terry and Janice (Brewer) Reed through adoption. She attended South Seneca Central Schools, and for more than 5 years worked at Elcor Health Services in Horseheads in the dietary department. She was a devoted employee and truly loved the residents of the facility. Rebecca had personality that was unique to only her, and her artistic abilities showed through her paintings, writings and photography.
She is survived by her fiancé, Ford Surine and a son, Trenton Surine both of Ovid, and her parents, Terry and Janice Reed of Willard; a brother, James Reed of Troy, NY and a sister, Christy (Mike Jacobs) Reed of Syracuse and their children, Benjamin, Aaron and Allison; her fiance’s family, Sylvia Thompson, Melvin Surine and Brandy Thompson all of Tioga, PA, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Rebecca was preceded in death by her grandparents.

Gordon M. Boyce, of Ovid, died at his home, on Friday, January 8, 2010 in the care of his loving family.
Gordon was born in the Town of Ovid on May 19, 1931, the youngest of five
children born the late Bert and Florence Amy (Ditmars) Boyce. He was a
1949 graduate of Ovid Central School, one of the original founders of the
South Seneca Speedway and a member of the Ovid Drum and Bugle Corps.
Gordon had been a lifetime resident of Ovid, and operated the Boyce
Brothers Farms until his retirement in 1998. He was an avid bowler and
outdoorsman, finding time in busy farm life to vacation at Long Lake every
summer, a tradition that his family continues. In addition, he attended
as many of the South Seneca sporting events as possible.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Betty, and daughters, Terry-le Boyce of Ovid, Penny Petry of Chesapeake, VA, Wendy English of Interlaken; grandchildren, Brooke Petry, Collin English and Donovan Snyder; a brother, Howard Boyce of Williamson; a sister, Hazel Jean Perrault of Pollock Pines, CA and several nieces and nephews. Gordon was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Boyce and a sister Mary Ellen Maguire.
Services will be held privately by the family and they ask his friends and neighbors to remember him in your thoughts and prayers. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a memorial contribution in Gordon’s name to the South Seneca Central School Wrestling Program, 7263 Main Street, the Ovid Federated Church, PO Box 340, or the Ovid Fire Dept, PO Box D, all of Ovid, NY 14521.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid, NY 

 

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