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James O’Connell, age 85, of Indian Hills in Waterloo and Poplar Beach in Romulus, passed away Friday (December 30, 2011) at Geneva General Hospital.
Friends may call and share stories, laughs and a few tears at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid, on Monday (January 2) from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 10:00am on Tuesday (January 3), at the Ovid Federated Church and interment will follow at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, Meals on Wheels Program, 83 W. Bayard Street, Seneca Falls, NY 13148, in Jimmy’s memory.
Jimmy was the son of the late James and Irene (Hogan) O’Connell of Romulus, New York and was born on February 19, 1926. Jimmy was a devoted husband to his wife Joy who passed away 4 years ago. They had been married for 58 years. They resided in the Romulus area and enjoyed rebuilding the family home on Poplar Beach. During the past few years, he relocated to Indian Hills in Waterloo and enjoyed his new neighbors. Jimmy was a World War II Veteran and worked at the Seneca Army Depot for 37 years as the special weapons inspector. After retirement, he worked at George Lynd Hardware in Ovid, New York and loved interacting with those on the street and in the store. He was a member and former chief of the Romulus Fire Department and South Seneca Sportsman Club. A devoted loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend he always put his family first. He loved spending time with family and friends and was known as “Poppie” or “Sausage” especially by his euchre friends. Jimmy in his early years enjoyed playing sports, hunting,and was well-known for his ability to pitch horseshoes. Jimmy spent numerous hours sitting on the deck overlooking Cayuga Lake and supervising the swimming, fishing and boating activities. He enjoyed traveling with Joy to visit family and friends. He is survived by his daughter Diane (John) Sabourin Plattsburgh, grandchildren Erin and Kevin, daughter Reenie (Richard) O’Marra Louisville, Kentucky, granchildren, Tim (Dawn) and Neil Larsen, son Edward (Kathleen) O’Connell Waterloo grandchildren Beth and Dan (Kristen) and great-grandson Mason James, daughter Laurie (Edward) Bishop Le Roy, grandchildren Kaley and Meghan, son Patrick of Auburn.á He is also survived by 5 step-grandchildren and spouses and 9 step great-grandchildren. Jimmy was preceded in death by his sister, Mary. The family would like to thank Jimmy for his loving support and for always putting his family first. In addition, the family would like to thank his friends that stopped by the house or made a phone call to show their friendship over the past four years!á Finally, the family would like to give “special” thanks to Corky Trotter, his home caretaker, that allowed him to be independent in his own home and to share some extra laughs with.

Francisco Santiago, age 81, of Geneva passed away at Geneva General Hospital on Sunday (Dec 25).
The family will receive friends from 3:00 to 5:00pm on Thursday, (Dec 29) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main St, Ovid. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 11:00am on Friday, (Dec 30) officiated by Pastor Juan Bautisa Colon, prayers of committal will be held at Glenwood Cemetery in Geneva. The family requests that contributions in Francisco’s memory be made to the Geneva Hispanic Church of God, 33 Kirkwood Ave, Geneva, NY 14456 in lieu of flowers.
Francisco is survived by his wife, Rosa E. Velazquez, his sons, Francisco Jr. or Newark, Miguel (Nancy), Victor Manuel, his daughters, Betty J. (Antonio) Reyes, Rosa I. (Joe Bermudez) Maria I. (Angel Saldana), and Denise M. (Angel Ortiz) Santiago all of Geneva, 18 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and sisters, Julia, Santa, and Petronila Santiago of Florida and Puerto Rico.

Ella Mae Wilson Yonge, age 90, formerly of Potter Road, died at the home of her daughter in law in Odessa, on Friday (Dec 23).
Ella Mae was born on September 8, 1921 at the family homestead in the Town of Covert, a daughter of the late Byron B. and Jennie (Davis) Holford. She was a devoted homemaker and was referred to as “Ovid’s Cleaning Lady” assisting the Allen, Franklin and Covert families, among others. She took in laundry and prepared meals in addition to her housekeeping. She was a lifetime resident of the area, and had been a member of the Interlaken Reformed Church. She was proud of the special Palm Sunday in which she and all of her children were baptized.
She is survived by her son, Leonard (Barb) Wilson of Interlaken; a daughter, Shirley (Jack) Hasselaar of Beverly, West Virginia, her daughter in law, Genevieve Wilson of Odessa and numerous grand and great grandchildren. Ella Mae was preceded in death by her husbands, Alfred Wilson in 1945 and by Ralph Yonge in 1982, and by her sons, John in 1956, Buddy in 2006, Elmer in 2010 and by her siblings, Grace, Floyd and Byron.
The family will receive friends from 11:00am to Noon on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid. A funeral service will then be held at the funeral home at Noon on Tuesday, led by Mark Beardsley. Prayers of committal will be held at Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken. Kindly consider a donation to the American Cancer Society, 1120 Goodman St Rochester, NY 14620 in Ella Mae’s memory.

William G. “Bill” Hallett, of 1466 Shaw Road, passed away at his home on Friday, (Dec 23). A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, (Dec 28) at Lakeview Assembly of God, 3601 Stateá Route 14 in Watkins Glen, co-officiated by pastors Mark Houseknecht and Marvin Reed. Kindly consider a donation to the American Heart Association, 3400 Winton Place, Suite 4, Rochester, NY 14623, National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, PO Box 5018 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018 or the Lakeview Assembly of God in Bill’s memory.
Bill was born on April 13, 1938 in the town of Lansing, a son of the late Ulysses S. Grant and Katie L. (Garnsey) Hallett. His family moved to the Lodi area when he was a young boy, and he graduated from South Seneca High School in 1955. He served his country in the US Army from 1961 to 1963. Bill worked at Wagner Vineyards for several years, before and during a long career at Goulds Pumps in Seneca Falls. He began as a machinist and was promoted to foreman during his 29 years with Goulds. Following his early retirement, Bill worked at Seneca Falls Technology.
His hobbies included gunsmithing, wood working, and the past several years his time and devotion was directed to his special grandsons.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Donna; his children, Lucas (Donna) Hallett and their children, Ambria, Tevin and De’Angelo all of Ithaca, and Kathy (Chris) Trim and their boys, Elijah and Peter all of Lodi, and by his three brother’s families. Bill was preceded in death by his brothers, David Colby, John and Fred Hallett.

Isabel M. Manning, age 90, formerly of Ovid, died in Greensboro, North Carolina on Friday, December 9, 2011.
The family will receive friends from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Tuesday, Dec 13th at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid. A funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, Dec 14th at the funeral home, officiated by Rev. John Kotun. Prayers of committal will be held at Ovid Union Cemetery. Kindly consider a donation to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, 355 Lexington Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10017, in memory of Isabel.
Isabel was born on December 7, 1921 in Penn Yan, a daughter of the late Harry and Selma (Larsen) Lamphier. She was a graduate of the Penn Yan Academy, and had a career that spanned more than 30 years at Willard Psychiatric Center, primarily at Elliot Hall. Isabel was a loving mother and devoted grandmother. She took great pride in caring for her patients at Willard, and after retiring, helping elderly people in surrounding communities. She was a Gold Star Mother, and an honorary member of the Manning-Lilla American Legion Post #463 in Ovid.
She is survived by her children; Charles W. (Sharon) Manning of Romulus, Lance Manning of Middleburgh, NY, Collin S. (Joan) Manning of Nazareth, PA, Victoria (Bob) Willson of Colfax, NC, and Frank (Lena) Manning of Kennett Square, PA, 6 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, a sister in law, Fay (Vernon) English and numerous nieces and nephews. Isabel was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Manning in 1977, a son, Bruce Manning in 1967 and by her brothers, Roland, Raymond, Maurice “Babe” and by a sister, Viola “Tootsie” who recently passed away in November.

Wayne D. Ewing, age 60, of Ovid, died unexpectedly at the VA Medical Center in Syracuse on Thursday, December 8, 2011.
A Memorial Service with military rites to honor Wayne’s life, will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at the Ovid Federated Church, 7137 N. Main Street, officiated by Pastor Diane Walker and Rev. David Mihalyi. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Wayne’s memory to the Ovid Ecumenical Food Pantry or the OFC Teen Outreach Program, PO Box 340, Ovid, NY 14521.
Wayne was born in Ludington, MI on November 14, 1951, a son of the late H. Dean and Lois (Fugere) Ewing. Following his high school graduation he was drafted into the US Army, which led to a 20 year career. He was assigned to the 245th Military Police Company, and served throughout the United States and in Germany. He retired from Seneca Army Depot in 1991, and pursued a degree at TC3. With his credentials as a paralegal, he embarked on a second career, working at the Midey Law Firm, and for nearly 20 years, he has worked at the Bradshaw Law Firm in Seneca Falls. His intense interest and respect for the judicial system led to his elected position of Ovid Town Justice, an office he has held for over 17 years. He was a member of the former Fayette Masonic Lodge and an active member of the NYS Magistrates Association.
Wayne enjoyed his camping season at SnedAcres with dear friends and family. He also enjoyed camping throughout New York State, especially the Lake George Balloon Fest every September. He has many fond memories of his travels,especially this past summer, fishing at Dean’s Cove and being introduced to DirtMotor Sports.
He is survived by his wife, Jennie; his children, Jason (Diana) Ewing, Jolene (Chris) Holley, and Jeremy Ewing; grandchildren, Amanda, Summer, Matilda, Briana and Alexandra; stepsons, Trevor (Teneka) Harmon and their daughter, Khloe, and James Alvarado; his sister, Kathleen (Mike) Darke and their children, Jenifer, Mike and Michelle; his brother, Gary (Vicki) Ewing, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Wayne was preceded in death by a wife, Elizabeth “Betsy” in 2003 and by a niece, Heidi Darke.

Richard J. “Dick” Christensen, age 69, of Ovid, died Saturday (Dec 3) at Geneva General Hospital.
A private reception will be held by Dick’s family to celebrate his life, as he had requested during his recent illness. Prayers of committal and military honors will be held at Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery in June of 2012, to which all are invited to join his family for the ceremony. A picnic reception will follow at Sampson State Park on the day of the burial. Kindly consider a donation in Dick’s memory to the Lodi Rod & Gun Club, PO Box 44, Lodi, NY 14860, in lieu of flowers. In the days and months ahead, please remember Dick with a smile, and keep him and his family in your prayers.
Dick was born on September 22, 1942 in Ithaca, a son of the late William and Catherine (Keenan) Christensen. He was a lifelong resident of the area, graduating from Ovid Central School in 1960. He attended Cortland State Teachers College, and graduated from the Willard School of Nursing. Upon graduation, he entered the US Army and served as a nurse in a military hospital in Vietnam. During his professional career he was employed at Willard Psychiatric Center and retired from the Dick VanDyke Addition Treatment Center in 2000. He loved hunting deer in the deep woods of the Finger Lakes National Forest, was an avid sky diver and became an accomplished bowler later in life, competing in numerous leagues and tournaments in Trumansburg, Ithaca, and Geneva. Dick was also elected as Seneca County Coroner, serving from 1994 to 2003. His gentle demeanor and genuine kindness will be fondly remembered by his family and the community.
He is survived by his wife, Susan; a son, Lars Christensen of Brooklyn,NY; a daughter, Elka (Michael Brewster) Christensen of Sydney, Australia; his brothers, John “Jack” (Emma) Christensen of Hayts Corners, Carl (Gail) Christensen of Willard, a brother in law, Doug (Carol) Ferrell of Binghamton, and sisters in law, Linda (Bob) Hart of Colorado Springs, CO, and Joan (Jim) Bartholomew of El Cerrito, CA, and several nieces and nephews. Dick was preceded in death by his brother, Paul earlier this year.  

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