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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carol J. Ferrell RN, PhD, of 114 Crestmont Road, transitioned from this life on Thursday, December 31, 2012 from the Willow Point Nursing Home, where she was under the care of Hospice.
Carol was born in Johnson City, a daughter of the late Christian and Helen (Kolba) Robertson. She was a graduate of the Binghamton General Nursing Program, and started her nursing career in the OR of Lourdes Hospital. While working at the Broome County Health Department Carol created a nationally recognized wellness program, and went on to become the instructor of the LPN program at BOCES for more than 20 years. She was the school nurse at the Owego Free Academy and the director/supervisor of nursing for various facilities throughout the Triple Cities. Her most recent retirement was from the Family and Children’s Society in Binghamton, where she was a nursing instructor for the community outreach program. Carol was very meditative, soulful and in touch with the natural world around her. She taught advanced energy healing and attended seminars and workshops around the world, in her endeavor to further her education and understanding of her Universe.
She is survived by her husband, Douglas S. Ferrell of Binghamton; her sisters in law, Susan Christensen of Ovid, NY, Linda (Bob) Hart of Colorado Springs, CO, and Joan (Jim) Bartholomew of El Cerrito, CA and their families, and her many cousins from the Kolba family. Carol was preceded in death by her brother in law, Richard “Dick” Christensen.
Services for Carol will be held at a later date, while her family is here in the summer of 2013.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Carol’s memory to the National Wildlife Federation, PO Box 1583, Merrifield, VA 22116, www.nwf.org or the Broome County Humane Society, 2 Jackson Street, Binghamton, NY 13903 www.bchumanesoc.com

Frank L. Swaney, age 58 of 3444 West Covert Road, Interlaken, passed away at home on Monday, December 31, 2012 at the .
In keeping with Frank’s wishes, there will be no public services. The family asks those who wish to remember Frank in the form of a contribution to kindly consider the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 4043 Maple Road Suite 105, Amherst, New York 14226.
Frank was born in Ithaca on May 4, 1954, a son of the late Andrew and Betty (Hoyt) Swaney. After obtaining his Associate’s Degree from Finger Lakes Community College, Frank began working as a carpet installer for Carpet Bazaar in Ithaca. In 2007, due to his leukemia diagnosis, Frank retired after 35 years of service.
Frank loved carpentry and completed many custom projects around his home and restored many antiques. Truly a gifted artist in many areas, Frank would draw incredibly detailed sketches. He worked for countless hours in the yard growing many varieties of vegetables and caring for multiple flower beds. His family and friends will deeply miss joining him around the bonfire to hear him sing and play guitar.
Frank is survived by his wife, Amy Jo Swaney of Interlaken; three children, Ericka (Jeff) Babineau of Highland, Jason (Bettina) Swaney of Manassas, VA, and Joseph (Cecily) Hill of Trumansburg; six grandchildren; three siblings, Andrew (Maureen) Swaney of VA, Phillip Swaney of Interlaken, and Sue (Joe) Bernagozzi of FL; and many nieces and nephews.

Christopher Micah Kendall, age 38 of Ithaca, died at home on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 due to complications related to diabetes and kidney disease.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at the Ovid Federated Church, 7137 Main Street, Ovid with Rev. Diane Walker officiating. In lieu of flowers, the kindest gift in Chris’ memory would be for you to consider becoming an organ donor or to donate to the American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852 or to a charity of one’s choice.
Chris was born in Pensacola, Florida on December 2, 1974. After graduating from South Seneca High School in 1992, Chris joined the US Army Reserves where he was trained as a pharmacy technician. He proudly served his country when his reserve unit was called to active duty. Following his honorable discharge from the Army Reserve he attended Tompkins Cortland Community College. Chris worked in several jobs in the Ithaca area before he became dedicated to the mission of Finger Lakes ReUse. He was employed there until complications of health prevented his involvement.
Chris had a lifelong passion for reading, was a talented poet, had an eclectic taste in music, was proud of and enjoyed his extensive Lego collection. He was a devoted New York Rangers hockey fan and unfortunately was unable to fulfill his dream of attending a game at Madison Square Garden.
Chris is survived by his son, Orion Kendall of Bronx, NY; parents, Bea and Joe Marrone of Ovid; siblings, Kristen (Josh) Denise of Rochester and Jeremy (Gina) Marrone of Douglasville, GA; maternal grandparents, Beatrice (Richard) Greenwalt of Ovid; godmother, Betty Baker of Ovid; a large extended family; and countless Facebook friends across the world. He was preceded in death by his cousin, Brenda Niver.

Herbert Orlan, age 82, died peacefully at his home under the care of hospice and in the company of his family on Thursday, December 27, 2012.
Herb was born in the Bronx on July 2, 1930, a son of the late Abraham and Flora (Rothouse) Orlansky.
Following his retirement from the NYC Public School System, he and his wife retired to Gaylordsville. During his retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and traveling.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, and sons and daughters-in-law Adam and Margie Orlan, and Daniel and Tracey Orlan, and grandchildren, Jessica, RC, Jarad and Cassie.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the New Milford VNA and Hospice, 68 Park Lane Road, New Milford, CT 06776 or the ALS Association. The ALS Association, Development Department, 27001 Agoura Road, Suite 250, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301
Covert Funeral Home of Ovid assisted the family with the arrangements and burial at Greensprings Natural Cemetery Preserve in Newfield.

Sandra J. Saylor, longtime resident of County Road 129, died at the Hospicare Residence in Ithaca on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 following an extended illness.
A Memorial Service to commemorate her life will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, January 5, 2012 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main Street in Ovid.
Prayers of committal will be held at Ovid Union Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the American Legion Post #463, PO Box 401, or the South Seneca Ambulance Corps, PO Box 280, both in Ovid, NY 14521.
Sandy was born in Montour Falls on October 28, 1945, a daughter of the late Earl and Winnifred (White) Blanchard. Sandy had a long career at Willard Psychiatric Center, and after it’s closing, worked with Finger Lakes DDSO in Ithaca. She had been active in the American Legion Post #463 Ladies Auxiliary and loved travelling, camping, fishing with her family. She will be well remembered for her knitting and crocheting and most fondly for the time she shared with her family.
She is survived by her children; Robert V. (Jennifer) Saylor II of Ocean Isle, NC, Timothy J. (Melanie) Saylor of Bastian, VA and Kimberley A. (Jason) Bailey of Ithaca, NY, her grandchildren, Robert III, Cole and Gage Saylor, Mikayla and Kristin Saylor, Ryan and Jacob Bailey, her siblings, Connie Gable of Ovid, NY and Larry Blanchard of McLean, NY. Sandy was preceded in death by her husband, Robert V. “Bob” Saylor in 1999, and by a sister, Gerry Starkweather.

Charles G. “Charlie” Cherwak, age 42, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 26, 2012.
The family will receive friends from Noon to 2:00pm on Monday, December 31, 2012 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid. A funeral service will then be held at 2:00pm at the funeral home, officiated by Pastor Jim Yao of the Lodi Presbyterian Church. Interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery in Ovid. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider that an educational fund will be established at the Finger Lakes FCU in Willard upon the birth of his twins or a donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, New York, NY 10004 in Charlie’s memory.
Charlie was born in Ithaca on May 13, 1970, the only son of Charles and Martha (Gregg) Cherwak. He attended South Seneca Central School, and worked side by side with his father on the family farm in Lodi. He was an excellent mechanic and had his father’s “know how” when it came to working with machinery. He often travelled to New York City with produce and grape juice for the green markets. Despite his often poor health and very limited vision, he strove to keep the farm going.
He is survived by his loving wife, Rebecca “Becky”, and his expectant twins, Casey C. and Molly I. Cherwak and his mother, Martha, all of Lodi; his sisters in law, Patricia (Paul) DeGaray and Slycce McShea; a brother in law, James P. McShea; his father in law James P. (Patricia) McShea; his aunts, Sally Hubbard and Mary Gregg. Charlie was preceded his father, Charles “Charlie” Cherwak in 2011.

Elmer W. “Mike” Martz, age 73, of 7364 State Route 96, died on Sunday, December 23, 2012 at Geneva General Hospital after a short illness.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on Friday, December 28, 2012 at Covert Funeral Home in Ovid. A Memorial Service, led by Rev. Diane Walker of the Ovid Federated Church will then be held at the funeral home at 4:00pm on Friday. Kindly consider a donation to the South Seneca Sportsmen’s Club, PO Box 26, Ovid, NY 14521 in Mike’s memory.
Mike was born in Seneca Falls on May 26, 1939, a son of the late Elmer and Ruth (Miller) Martz. He was a member of the Ovid High School Class of 1957, and proudly served in the US Army during the early 1960’s. Mike had a long career at Willard Psychiatric Center, retiring after more than 37 years of service as a therapy aide. He was an avid gardener, and took great pride in maintaining his gardens and lawns. His home was always joyfully decorated for the holidays, with special attention to creating a Winter Wonderland for his grandchildren at Christmas time. Mike loved bowling and had a sanctioned 300 game to his credit. Mike had also been a life member and very active in the South Seneca Sportsmen’s Club for many years and loved working on the breakfast crew during the fall and winter.
Mike was a devoted husband, father, grandfather (Papa), and great-grandfather. He loved reading to his Great-grandson Tony.
He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Carol, and his children, Lisa (Gary) Whitney of Coventry, RI, Michael (Jennifer) Martz of Fayette, Dedee (Bruce) Wilkes of Phelps, Jeffrey (Molly) Martz of Buffalo, Kevin Martz of Corning and Merideth Mayo of Ovid; 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandsons; his sisters in law, Janice Martz of Liverpool and Shirley Works of Lake City, FL and their families. Mike was preceded in death by his brother Lewis Martz in 2009 and his mother Ruth Martz in200.

Elery E. “Al” Shade, age 72, of Main Street in Ovid, died Monday (December 10, 2012) following a lengthy hospitalization at Strong Hospital in Rochester.
The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid, on Friday (December 14). A memorial service will then follow at 1:00 p.m., officiated by Fr, David Mihalyi of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Waterloo.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the future education to Annabelle, c/o Maria Norman, 101 Crestview Lane, Newfield, NY 14867.
Al was born on October 4, 1940 in Lock Haven, Penn., the youngest of nine children, born to the late Jesse and Maude (Coon) Shade. He moved from the Ithaca area to Ovid 1981 and was married to Marlene Westervelt Swarthout in 1989. He had been a self employed mason for many years, and worked for the last 12 years of his career as a Project Manager in commercial construction in the Buffalo area. He made many friends while working at the transfer station for the Town of Ovid. He was an avid hunter, and his love of wildlife poured into his passion of painting and woodcarving.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Marlene; his children, Elery E. Rumsey of Newfield, Charles (Adah) Swarthout of Nampa, Idaho, Christie McKeldin of Manassas, Va., Maria (Sean) Norman of Newfield, and Jacyln Temple of Fort Huachuca, Ariz.; five grandsons; and a much anticipated granddaughter, Annabelle.

Donald L. Stevens, of Trumansburg, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at the age of 83.
In keeping with Don’s wishes, there will be no service or calling hours. The family asks those who wish to remember Don in the form of a contribution to kindly consider Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery Memorial Trail, 1 DiPronio Drive, Waterloo, NY 13165.
Don was born on August 3, 1929 in Sayre, Pennsylvania, a son of the late Orin and Anna (LaDue) Stevens. He joined the United States Air Force in 1950 and served his country during the Korean War before being honorably discharged from Sampson Air Force Base in 1952. In 1954, Don opened a full service gas station in Ithaca. Two years later, his best friend and brother in law joined him to form the Stevens and Murray Station, where they worked together until retiring in 1987. Several months later, he came out of retirement and worked as a building and grounds supervisor at Cornell University until retiring for a second time in 1997. At that point, Don began working part time at Millspaugh Brothers in Trumansburg which felt like a second family.
Don was an avid outdoorsman and was a former member of the Trumansburg American Legion, Elks, and Moose Lodge.
He is survived by two children, Donald C. Stevens (Lori Shaw) of Trumansburg and Donna K. Stevens (Don Boylan) of Trumansburg; four grandchildren, Dylan Stevens, Jessica Boylan, Sean Stevens, and Alana Shaw; and several nieces and nephews. In 1995, he was preceded in death by the love of his life, Kathleen; and by his brothers in law Bob Murray (Helen), Donald Murray, and Ken Murray (Coppy).

Connie E. Jewett, age 78, died on Monday, November 26, 2012 at Geneva General Hospital, following an extended stay at Seneca Nursing & Rehab Center in Waterloo.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, November 30, 2012 at the Varick United Methodist Church on Ernsberger Road, officiated by Rev. Barbara De’Angelis. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Seneca Nursing & Rehab, Patient Recreation Fund, 200 Douglas Drive, Waterloo, NY 13165.
Connie was born on July 2, 1934 in Owego, NY, a daughter of the late Claude and Dorothy (Smith) Eccleston. She and her husband had lived in Hayts Corners for nearly 30 years, and retired to Verona Village in Ovid. She worked as a cook for Seneca County Home Delivered Meals for more than 17 years, prior to her retirement. Connie was also an active member of the American Legion Post #463 Ladies Auxiliary, serving as chaplain.
She is survived by her children, Glenn “Bob” (Audrey) Fields of Port St. Lucie, FL, Julie (Howard) Lincoln of Waterloo, and Bonnie (Jack) Langley of Ovid, 6 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren; her stepchildren, William ( Vanessa) Jewett of Breesport, NY, Janet Jordan of Newark Valley, NY, Charles (Marlene) Jewett of Concord, NC and their families and her sisters, Louise, Barbara, Carol and Marie.
Connie was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard in 2004.

Louis G. Wheeler, age 85, formerly of Trumansburg, died on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at Seneca Nursing & Rehab Center in Waterloo.
Louis was born in Horseheads, NY on March 22, 1927, a son of the late Halsey and Sylvia (Johns) Wheeler. Upon graduation from High School, he served in the US Army during WWII. He was married to Helen Darling on July 11, 1947, and they soon started their family.
Louis had a long career as an experimentalist in plant science at Cornell University, and his love of nature followed into his gardening and bird watching. Louis had been an active member of the Arthur Bouton American Legion Post #770 of Trumansburg, and the Trumansburg Senior Citizens.
He is survived by his children; Douglas W. (Karen) Wheeler of Trumansburg, Barbara (Charles P.) Teeter of Santa Fe, NM and Deborah ( Harold) Bush of Ovid; grandchildren, Jennifer Foy, Laura Harper, Jason Scofield, Sarah Rustyak, Heather Roybal, Carrie Eastman and Ben Teeter; great grandchildren, Chyna, Coner, Bryce, Maureen, Sebastian and Gavyn; and a sister, Myrtle Lee and his former daughter in law, Rosemarie Saikkonen. Louis was preceded in death by his wife, Helen in 2002, a grandson, Paul Scofield, and by his brothers, Earl, Roy and Robert.
A private graveside service with military honors will be held at Grove Cemetery in Trumansburg. Kindly consider a donation in Louis’ memory to American Legion Post #770, PO Box 456, Trumansburg, NY 14456 or the Trumansburg Senior Citizens , C/O Linda Dresser, 5190 Perry City Rd., Trumansburg, NY 14886.

Virginia Mae (Gambee) McAvinney, age 86, of Old Saybrook, CT, entered the glory of eternity with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, November 15, 2012. The family will receive friends at the Finger Lakes Baptist Church, 1000 Yale Station Road, MacDougall, from Noon to 1:00pm on Saturday, December 1, 2012. Memorial service will follow at 1:00pm, officiated by Rev. Joseph C. McAvinney, burial will be at Mount Green Cemetery in Romulus.
In lieu of flowers, please consider contribution memorials to: Gladeview Health Care Resident’s Council Scholarship Fund 60 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475.
Virginia was born in Seneca Falls, graduated from Romulus Central School and Auburn Memorial Hospital’s School of Nursing as an Army Cadet Nurse. The delight of her life was faith in her Lord Jesus Christ (leading in bible studies, Sunday School, Good News Club and Youth for Christ) and devotion to her family, nurturing their hopes, dreams, challenges and accomplishments. She was a long term resident of Cayuga, NY and then Clinton, Ct. Following her husband’s retirement, they moved to Clermont, FL. After the death of her husband, William J. McAvinney Jr. in 1998, she moved back to Clinton, CT.
She is survived by her sons, William J. III (Virginia) of Fredricksburg, VA and the Rev. Joseph C. (Diane) of Philadelphia, PA; daughters, Margaret (Ronald) Casbohm of St. Louis, MO, Cathleen (Richard) Herman of Ontario, NY and Patricia (Jeffrey) Cashman of Clinton, CT; grandchildren, Timothy (Keri) Casbohm, Rebecca (Greg) Baughman, Jileen, Katrina, Stephanie and Matthew (Megan) Herman, Julia (Lamar) Evans, Melissa (Curtis) Farrington, Susannah (James) Williams, Christiana (Tyler) Cooper, Erin McAvinney, Deborah (John) Crosley, Shaun (Juliette) McAvinney and Heather Cashman; great-grandchildren, Evan, Madisyn and Zachary Casbohm, William and Calvin Baughman, James Williams, Russell, Shayla and Elliott Crosley, Conner, Natalie and Katherine McAvinney, Reese Herman. Virginia was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, Millard, Wellington, Norman, Teddy, Margaret (Woodard), Fanny (Miller), and Mary (Somerville) Gambee.

Millicent A. “Milly” Humulock, in her 87th year, passed away peacefully on November 14, 2012 at her home surrounded by her loving family, located at 2930 Vineyard Rd, Romulus, NY.
On Saturday, December 1, 2012, there will be a calling hour at Holy Cross Church for an opportunity to offer prayers from 9:00am to 10:00am. During this period, the Altar Rosary Society will recite the Rosary. Those who wish, please join the recitation of the Rosary. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00am, by Father Bart Minson, OFM Capuchin. The Holy Cross Church is located at 7231 Main Street, in Ovid. After Mass, there will be a gathering to celebrate the life of Milly in the Parish Meeting Hall, located next to the church. The Altar Rosary Society of the Holy Cross Church will host the gathering. In lieu of flowers, the family requests those who wish to make a contribution in Milly’s memory, kindly consider the Holy Cross Catholic Church, at PO Box 337, Ovid, NY 14521.
Born on March 27, 1925 in Champaign, Illinois, Milly was the eldest of two daughters of the late Milton and Eula Mae (Hale) Patterson. She met Alexander, in September 1951, they were married on December 27, 1951, at the time he was attending the USAF Aircraft Maintenance Officer School at the nearby Chanute Air Force Base.
Milly travelled with Alex on various military assignments, first in France, where they honeymooned in Paris. Their first child, a son, was born in Chateauroux. Next assignment was Larson, AFB, Washington State, followed by Wright-Patterson, AFB, Ohio, and lastly, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. While in nearby Maryland, Milly, after the children “left the nest” worked as an administrative assistant for 19 years on Andrews Air Force Base, prior to her retirement.
Throughout her life, Milly was an active thespian participating in plays in the various cities in which she resided, i.e., high school, college, and her husband’s military assignments. Upon moving to Romulus, Milly, was an active member of the Holy Cross Church and served as a Eucharistic Minister and Lector, was a member of the Altar Rosary Society, and the Romulus Historical Society. She enjoyed sewing and was a master cake maker. Most of all, Milly cherished and deeply loved her entire family, a family that reciprocated her love.
Milly is survived by her loving family, her husband of 61 years, Lt. Col. Alexander Humulock, Jr., USAF Retired; six children, Alexander A. (Michelle) Humulock III of Memphis, TN, Richard P. (Joan) Humulock of Mechanicsville, MD, Rebecca B. (Bob) Stallings of Baden, MD, Stephanie T. (Rick) Lewis of Richmondville, NY, Christopher P. (Kim) Humulock of Narragansett, RI, and Andrew M. (Michelle) Humulock of Grays Lake, IL. There are 17 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Milly was preceded in death by her younger sister, Barbara (Patterson) Bellinger.

Michael C. Singer, age 60, resident of Kinne Road, died unexpectedly on Thursday, November 1, 2012.
Michael was born on March 19, 1952 in Cambridge, Mass, the adopted son of Harold I. and Sylvia (Sborowsky) Singer. He was an avid musician, and had recording studios at his homes throughout New England, including his home of 16 years in Ovid, where he was a member of the Ovid Federated Church.
He is survived by his children, Zachary Singer of Ovid, Erica (Jason) Ungleich of Interlaken, Noah and Abigail Singer of Romulus; his grandchildren, Lily Foust, Jaden Ungleich and Ava Singer; a brother, Eric Roberts; a sister, Joyce Mora and her son, Alex.
A Memorial Service to celebrate Michael’s life will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at the Ovid Federated Church on Main Street in Ovid, with Rev. Diane Walker officiating. Kindly consider a donation in his memory to the Ovid Federated Church, PO Box 340, Ovid, NY 14521, in lieu of flowers.

Frances D. Gambee Cashady, age 99, longtime resident of Kentucky Avenue, and formerly of Lodi and Romulus, died on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at Hospicare of Tompkins County.
Prayers of committal will be held privately at Mount Green Cemetery. A Memorial Mass celebrated by the Very Reverend Richard Strauss, at 11:00am on Monday, November 12, 2012 at Christ Church, on Main Street in Willard. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Frances’ memory to Christ Church, PO Box 275, Willard, NY 14588 or Hospicare of Tompkins County, 172 East King Road, Ithaca, NY 14580.
Frances was born on January 7, 1913 in Seneca Falls, a daughter of the late Joseph W. and Frances (Toomey) Dyson. She was a 1931 graduate of Mynderse Academy. Frances had been a member of the Friendship Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star in Fayette for more than 50 years, and a member of the Silver Star Chapter in Oneida. Many may remember her many years at Romulus Central School as the assistant cafeteria manager, retiring in 1975. Frances was an integral part of the Christ Church in Willard, serving in various capacities over many decades, to include a lay Eucharistic Minister. She remained very active in the church until the time of her recent illness.
She is survived by her children, Lawrence (Kathy) Gambee of Herndon, VA, and Patricia (Charles) Hutchinson of Binghamton, NY, 7 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren. Frances was preceded in death by her husbands, Millard F. Gambee in 1979 and Thomas Cashady in 1989, five brothers and her sister.

Seth A. Wengerd, age 30, died unexpectedly at the family farm, 7705 South Town Building Road, on Sunday, October 28, 2012. Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 with burial at the Amish Community Cemetery in Ovid. He is survived by his parents, Andy and Lena Wengerd, his wife Ada, and six children, and and his extended family.
Covert Funeral Home of Ovid assisted the family with arrangements.

Betty J. Ferrell, age 60, longtime resident of the Finger Lakes, died on Saturday (Oct 20) at FF Thompson Hospital.
The family was present to receive friends from 11am to Noon on Thursday (Oct 25) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid. A funeral service was held at Noon at the funeral home, with prayers of committal at Grove Cemetery in Trumansburg.
Betty was born on February 2, 1952 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, a daughter of the late Richard and Alice (Doty) Holford. She worked for several years in a nursing home as a CNA.
Betty is survived by her husband, John Ferrell of Canandaigua; three children, Jonathan (Amy) VanHorn of Missouri, Crystal (Matthew) Ferrell Lafler of Canandaigua, and Harley (Patricia) Ferrell of Canandaigua; four grandchildren, Catalin, Cierra, Courtney, and Bryan; and her seven siblings, Alice Doty, Jack (Tonya) Toles, Richard Holford Jr., Mary Watkins, Ruth Harrington, Beverly Coleman, and Josie Holford. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Willow; and a brother, Marvin Jones.

Paul L. Brown Jr., age 59, of 2850 Munson Road, died on Friday, October 19, 2012 at Cayuga Medical Center.
The family will receive friends from 3:00pm to 6:00pm on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid. As a tribute to the love of his grandchildren, Paul would be honored if you would consider a donation in his memory to the Paul Brown Education Fund, c/o Finger Lakes FCU, 7116 Co. Road 132, Ovid, NY 14521, in lieu of flowers.
Paul was born on March13, 1953 in Waverly, NY, the only son of the late Paul L. and Addie (Quick) Brown Sr. In his youth, he was a Boy Scout and attended Boys State, he graduated from Romulus High School, where he participated in the Ag Program at BOCES. Paul had a long career with South Seneca Central Schools, retiring just this summer, as the Director of Facilities. He was actively involved with the operation of Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken, and had been a former member of both the Seneca and Interlaken Sportsmen’s Clubs. He played in various country music bands, loved singing and karaoke and had a long list of instruments that he had mastered. His logical thought process and determination to always follow a task through to completion was demonstrated time and time again. He was very handy with construction projects, all of which was self taught. Paul loved to host his family and friends at his home, but most of all, his grandsons were the greatest joy.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Peggy, and his daughters, Elizabeth D. (Michael) Cunningham of Waterloo, and Ida J. (Markland T.) Clause of North Tonawanda, his grandsons, Zachary Payne, Connor and Ian Cunningham; his sisters, Beatrice (Steven) Wingler of Romulus, and Deborah Leach of Candor; his mother in law, Joyce Mueller of Waterloo, many nieces and nephews, and his wife’s family. Paul was preceded in death by his brother in law, Arthur Leach and father in law, Harold Mueller and an infant brother, Lloyd.

Bessie Wech, age 83, of 6547 So. Cayuga Lake Road, died peacefully at her home on Friday, October 19, 2012.
The family will receive friends at Covert Funeral Home from 2:00 to 4:00pm and 7:00 to 9:00pm on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. A funeral service will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, at the funeral home. Prayers of committal will be held at Ovid Union Cemetery at 1:00pm . Kindly consider a donation in Bessie’s memory to your local volunteer ambulance corps or the Seneca-Cayuga ARC, 1083 Waterloo-Geneva Road, Waterloo, NY 13165
Bessie was born on May 19, 1929 in Mountaintop, PA, a daughter of the late Wesley J. and Weltha M. (Coleman) Barber. Following high school she was married to Walter Wech and they moved to Willard in 1953. She retired from Willard Psychiatric Center as the head supervisor of the housekeeping department after 33 years of service. Additionally, she and her husband established the “Lazy W” Campground in 1972, where they held many fundraisers for the Special Childrens Center. She sold the campground in 1987, and with her family built a new home nearby. Bessie’s home was the hub of the family, and her joy came from hosting the family holidays and family reunions. She had been an active member of the Arthur G. Depew VFW Post #6200 Auxiliary, and with her husband, was instrumental in the construction of the building as it stands today.
She is survived by her children; Walter (Sheila Powers) Wech of Ovid, Elaine (Rick) Patterson of Elbridge, Sue (Jon Pilowa) Johnson of Camillus, Robert (Juanita Wright) of Lodi, William (Roxanne Panipinto) Wech of Interlaken and Tracy Wech of Ovid; 11 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and a great great granddaughter; her brothers, Merle (Julie) Barber of Orange, MA and Irvin Barber of Dallas, PA , a sister Barbara Ann Gordner of Ovid and many nieces and nephews., Bessie’s death occurred the day after the death of her brother Nelson Barber. They were best of friends and their lives were lived in tandem, it only seemed appropriate that they should take this journey together as well. Bessie was also preceded in death by her husband, Walter Wech in 1978.

Nelson W. Barber, age 91, longtime resident of Willard, died peacefully at the Sturgill Hospice Center in Brooksville, Florida on Thursday, October 18, 2012.
The family will receive friends at Covert Funeral Home from 2:00 to 4:00pm and 7:00 to 9:00pm on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. A funeral service will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, at the funeral home. Prayers of committal will then be held at Maple Grove Cemetery in Waterloo with military honors. Kindly consider a donation in Nelson’s memory to the Hospice Foundation, 12107 Majestic Blvd, Hudson, FL, 34667, in lieu of flowers.
Nelson was born on October 10, 1921 in Bald Mountain, PA, a son of the late Wesley J. and Weltha M. (Coleman) Barber. Following high school he proudly served in the US Army during WWII. He moved to Willard in 1953, and worked as an electrician at Willard Psychiatric Center for 30 years. Additionally, he worked for the Atlantic-Inland Inspection Agency for 27 years. Nelson was an active member of the VFW Post #6200, and was instrumental in the construction of the building as it stands today. He served the Post in various offices, including that of Commander and Chaplain, and may be most remembered for his longtime commitment to the Honor Guard. Additionally, Nelson was a member of the Manning –Lilla American Legion Post #463, and formerly a member of the Ovid-Willard Lions Club, and the Masonic Lodge.
He is survived by his son, Nelson A. and his wife Brandi, Barber of Spring Hill, FL, his son in law, Tom Faas of Old Bridge, NJ; 7 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren; brothers, Merle and his wife Julie, Barber of Orange, MA and Irvin Barber of Dallas, PA , a sister Barbara Ann Gordner of Ovid and many nieces and nephews. At the time of his death, he was survived by his sister, Bessie Wech of Ovid, but sadly, she died the following day on Friday, October 19, 2012. They were best of friends and their lives were lived in tandem, it only seemed appropriate that they should take this journey together as well. Nelson was preceded in death by his loving wife Doris in 1995, and by his long time companion and sweetheart, Anna Dewall in 2008, by his daughter, Doris Ann Faas, earlier this year.

June L. “Junebug” McCarthy, age 84, longtime resident of Ovid, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at Seneca Nursing & Rehab Center in Waterloo, NY, following an extended illness from a debilitating stroke in 2005.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid.
Kindly consider a donation in June’s memory to Lifetime Care Hospice, 1120 So. Main Street, Newark, NY 14513, in lieu of flowers.
June was born on April 3, 1928 in Allentown, PA, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Ball) Campanella. She lived in New Jersey, where she raised her five children before retiring and moving to Ovid in 1989. She had been a member of the ladies auxiliary of both the VFW and American Legion in Ovid. June enjoyed life and spending time with friends and family. June was on everyone’s invitation list, as she brought her bright smile, quick wit and sense of stylish flare to every party.
She is survived by her children; Thomas Brown of Seneca Falls, Robert (Carol) Brown of Ovid, Cynthia (Ronnie) Steve of Ovid, Sandra (Val) McDaniel of Bradenton, FL, and Timothy Brown of Houston, TX; her sister, Phyllis Coumbe of Westfield, NJ, her stepchildren, Sheila Fort of Saint Cloud, FL and Brian McCarthy of Woodbridge, NJ; 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. June was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald McCarthy in 1992, and by George Brown, her former husband and the father of her children in 2011.

Dawn M. Getman, age 55, of Brokaw Road, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 5:00pm on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid. A reception will then follow at the Manning-Lilla American Legion Post in Ovid. Kindly consider a donation in Dawn’s memory to one of her special organizations: St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the Seneca Co. Community Christmas Project, 23 Center Street, Waterloo, NY 13165.
Dawn was born on February 5, 1957 in Geneva, NY, the only daughter of Andrew J. and Jean (MacCheyne) Simmons. She was a 1975 graduate of South Seneca Central School, and remained a resident of the area throughout her adult life. She had worked for many years as a waitress at local wineries, the Golden Buck, and lastly, The Statler Hotel in Ithaca before her early retirement in 1994. Dawn was a “special aunt” to many youth in the community, always remembering birthdays and holidays with gifts and cards. She loved to watch the children in her life grow and mature, staying in touch with many of them throughout the years. Her quiet work behind the scenes made for brighter days in the case of many children.
She is survived by her husband, Greg “Hotsie” Getman; her mother, Jean Simmons of Lodi, her father, Andy Simmons of Spring Hill, FL and Interlaken; her brothers, Andy Simmons of Eva, AL and his daughter Amanda, Tom Simmons of Ft. Myers, FL and his sons, Zachary and Dylan, and Dan Simmons of Interlaken; her step siblings, Lisa (Eric Lee) Clauson and Chris (Darlene) Clauson of Dryden and her mother in law, Betty Jean of Ft. Myers, FL. Dawn was preceded in death by her step-mother, Linda Simmons and her father in law, Horky Getman.

Susan “Suzie” Cordon, age 53, of 7691 State Route 414, died on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, as a result of a fall while shopping on Monday.
A graveside ceremony will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, October 19, 2012 at West Lodi Cemetery, officiated by a family friend, Fred Morey. Kindly consider a donation in Suzie’s memory to the American Legion Post #463, PO Box 401, or VFW Post #6200, PO Box 1, Ovid, NY 14521.
Suzie was born in Waterloo on August 7, 1959 , a daughter of the late John and Josephine “Josie” Edwards. Her mother died shortly after her birth, and Suzie was welcomed into home of, and raised by her aunt and uncle, Nelson and Edna Rosbaugh. For decades, she triumphed over many significant health issues including a kidney transplant and subsequent dialysis. Her determination and will to live was remarkable. Suzie had been an active member of the auxiliary of both the American Legion and VFW in Ovid.
She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Kenneth M. Cordon, her Mom, Edna Rosbaugh of Lodi; her sisters, Sharon (Jan) Seinkner of Satellite Beach, FL and Sandy (Al) Horine of Vestal a brother, Timothy (Valerie) Rosbaugh of Hector; her stepsiblings, Sharon Peterson of Wilmington, NC, and Wayne “Butch” Brown of Elmira, Frank and Jack Langley, Linda Shupe, Karen Larsen, and all their families. Suzie was preceded in death by her mother, Josie, her father, John and her Dad, Nelson “Junior” Rosbaugh.

Lyle Kelsey, of  OVID/AUBURN
A graveside service will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, October 18, 2012 at Grove Cemetery in Trumansburg for Mr. Lyle Kelsey, age 57, formerly of Ovid, who died on March 18, 2011.

Benjamin Franklin, age 87, died on October 10, 2012 at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca. Despite being diabetic since the age of 20, he lived a remarkably long and healthy life.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at Kendal at Ithaca, 2230 North Triphammer Road, Ithaca. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ben’s memory to the American Heart Association, 3500 Winton Place, Suite 4, Rochester, NY 14623 (www.americanheart.org), the American Diabetes Association, 6390 Fly Road, 2nd Floor, East Syracuse, NY 13057 (www.diabetes.org), or the First Presbyterian Church, 315 North Court Street, Ithaca, NY 14850. Donations may be made in Ben’s memory to the “Benjamin Franklin Memorial Award for Academic Merit”, which will be awarded to a Senior at South Seneca High School. Donations can be mailed to South Seneca Central School, 7263 Main Street, Ovid, NY 14521, c/o Sue Albro
Ben, the son of George T. Franklin and Sarah Lott Franklin, was born July 30, 1925. He attended the Ovid School System, including the Ovid High School and Ovid Central School (which is now South Seneca Central School). Following graduation from high school, Ben enlisted in the U.S. Army, and served in the 87th Infantry Division.
Ben was a Jeep driver when he was in the 87th Division. The 87th was involved in the Battle of the Bulge and, due to the geographic location, the 87th became a part of Gen. Patten’s army and moved rapidly through Germany until it reached Czechoslovakia, where it met up with the Russians at the end of the war.
Following an Honorable Discharge after World War II, Ben enrolled at Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences in a pre-law course, double registered in Arts and Science and The Cornell Law School. Following graduation from the Law School and admission to the New York State Bar, Ben joined his father George T. Franklin as the 4th generation of the Franklin family to practice law in Ovid, NY.
Ben practiced law for 33 years in Ovid. After his father died, James A. Gabriel, Cornell Law (1972) became a partner, and still practices in the Franklin law office.
On Feb. 26 1955, Ben and Carolyn Usher were married in Ithaca. Carol was from Tully, NY, but was working in Tompkins County at that time for what is now known as Cornell Cooperative Extension. Ben was an active member of the Ovid-Willard Lions club for many years. He also served for many years as Attorney for the Ovid Village and Town boards.
Ben and Carol lived in Ovid until 1996 when they moved to Kendal at Ithaca, where Carol still resides. At Kendal, Ben served on the Audit Committee, the Nominating Committee, and the Residents’ Council.
Ben and Carol have two sons, James Alan Franklin, Boulder, CO, born March 1, 1956 and Bruce Richard Franklin, Corning, NY, born July 9, 1958; and his wife’s family Ruth U. (Herbert) Wisner of Eugene, OR, Janet U. (George) Stokoe of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Lynn D. (Andrea) Usher of Melbourne Beach, FL. He was preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Franklin.

Stanley Schwartzberg died peacefully in his sleep October 2 at his home in Ovid, NY. He was predeceased by his first wife, Jeanne Marquiss Schwartzberg. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Mary Lou, his children Mark Schwartzberg (Sasha Kuftinec) of New Hampshire, Laury Schwartzberg (Andrew Terentjev) of Seattle, David Schwartzberg (Tru Tran) of Massachusetts, Sarah Schwartzberg Cutcher (Kenneth) of Ohio, Colleen Charvella of Fairport and Mark Campanelli (Amber) of Colorado. Additionally, he is survived by his 14 beloved grandchildren.
Dr. Schwartzberg was born in Brooklyn, NY where he attended Brooklyn Technical High School and the City College of New York where he studied film and photography. He studied medicine at the University of Rochester going on to specialize in pediatrics, which he practiced for 34 years, retiring to Ovid in 2000. He will be remembered for his love and respect of art, books, deep thought, family, sailing and his fellow man.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Edith B. Ford Memorial Library, 7169 N. Main Street, Ovid, NY 14521.

Christopher Wm. “Chris” Trim, age 41, lifetime resident of Lodi, went home to his Lord on Monday, October 1, 2012, following an extended and courageous illness.
Chris was born in Waterloo, NY on January 27, 1971. He graduated from South Seneca Central School in 1989, and continued his education at RIT and Cayuga Co. Community College, earning his degrees in computer technology. He had worked at The Computing Center in Ithaca, as a network engineer, for a number of years before his first diagnosis of a brain tumor seven years ago. He had been an active member of the LakeView Assembly of God Church in Watkins Glen, acting as treasurer and teen leader. Chris had a very strong faith, he was a devoted Christian and believer in God and His will. He found great comfort in reading the Bible daily. Despite his physical limitations, he never missed a soccer game, a concert, or school event that included one of his boys. He was truly proud of their accomplishments, and savored his time spent with them.
Chris is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 18 years, Kathy and their two sons, Elijah and Peter; his parents, William and Ann Trim; his brothers, Randy (Diane) of Bemus Point, NY, Kevin (Heather) of Portal, GA, and Gary (Kelly) of West Port Charlotte, FL; his mother in law, Donna Hallett, of Lodi; a brother in law, Luke (Donna) Hallett of Ithaca and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service to honor Chris and celebrate his life will be held at 11:00am on Friday, October 5, 2012 at the 1st Assembly of God Church, 197 Bostwick Road, Ithaca, New York. Pastor Jeff Quigley, a longtime friend of the family will officiate, and a reception will be hosted by the church following the service. Kindly consider a donation in Chris’ memory to the Lodi Whittier Library, PO Box 208, Lodi, NY 14860 www.lodilibrary.net or Compassion International, 12290 Voyager Parkway , Colorado Springs, CO 80921 , www.compassion.com , in lieu of flowers.

Rita Louise (Tillinghast) Cazalas, age 68, of Tampa, Florida, passed away unexpectedly at home on Friday, September 21, 2012. A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00pm on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid with Rev. Diane Walker officiating. Prayers of committal will immediately follow in Ovid Union Cemetery. The family asks those who wish to make a contribution in Rita’s memory to kindly consider the Child and Family Resource Center, Attn: Dawn Waite, 115 Falls Street, Seneca Falls, NY 13148.
Rita was born on November 14, 1943 in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, a daughter of Donald and Blanche (Nogle) Tillinghast. She was a graduate of Interlaken High School. Rita loved to cook and was happiest in the kitchen cooking for her children and grandchildren. She loved to shop and was also was known for her great decorating sense.
Rita is survived by three children, Kurt (Crystal) Schlappi of Peachtree City, GA, Kimberly (Leonard Jr.) Weber of So. Williamsport, PA, and Kristen (Joseph) Stahl of So. Williamsport, PA; five grandchildren; her mother, Blanche Tillinghast of Ovid; and three siblings, Donna Gibson of Dundee, John Tillinghast of Interlaken, and Sandra Ike of Interlaken. She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Tillinghast.

Helen A. Murray, 84, formerly of Updike Road in Mecklenburg, died Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at Beechtree Care Center in Ithaca.
Helen was born on May 11, 1928 in Massachusetts, a daughter of the late Howard and Pearl Ames. She had worked for a number of years as a bookkeeper at Agway, Inc in Ithaca. Helen enjoyed their country home in Mecklenburg, making it a safe haven for her family. Along with her husband Robert, she enjoyed camping and gardening.
The family would like to express a special thank you to the staff and administration of Beechtree Care Center, as they have provided exceptional care and kindness to Helen over the past several years, including that of Robert during his extended stay at the facility.
Helen is survived by her son, Douglas (Terri) Murray of Candor; grandchildren, Brenda Manheim, Douglas Murray Jr. and Cassie Bowers; a step-grand daughter, Amanda Whitmarsh and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Elaine Updike in 2001, and by her husband of more than 56 years, Robert in 2003; and sisters, Ida White, Peg VanFleet and Betty Kirkpatrick.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00pm on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at Beechtree Care Center, 2nd floor Family Room, 318 South Albany Street in Ithaca, officiated by Cheryl Hine of Mecklenburg United Methodist Church.Memorials in Helen’s name may be directed to the Recreation Dept of Beechtree Care Center.

Katherine Anna “Kay” Walawender, age 80, of 6711 County Road 129, Ovid, died on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at the Keuka Care Comfort Home in Penn Yan.
The family will be present to receive friends from 4:00 to 8:00pm on Sunday, August 19, at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00am on Monday, August 20 at Christ Lutheran Church, 7966 County Road 153, Interlaken with Pastor Cory Eckstrom officiating. Prayers of committal will immediately follow in Sampson Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks those who wish to remember Kay in the form of a contribution to kindly consider Christ Lutheran Church, c/o Cindy Myers 2090 Rte 96A Ovid, NY 14521.
Kay was born in Auburn on December 28, 1931, a daughter of the late George and Katerine (Yurco) Klimek. After graduating from Skaneateles High School in 1948, Kay went to work for Welch Allyn until 1954. In 1964, she went to work for the Seneca County Treasurer’s office before becoming the Seneca County Highway Department senior clerk and secretary in 1972, remaining there until her retirement in 1989.
Kay’s love for playing the organ began at an early age. She starting playing at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Skaneateles for the English service and went on to be the organist at Christ Lutheran Church in Interlaken for over 50 years. Kay was a very active member of the Christ Lutheran Church for many years participating in many Bible studies and as a member of the Mary Martha Guild. Kay also enjoyed spending time with friends and family playing countless games of euchre, scrabble, and tending to her large garden.
Kay is survived by her husband of 61 years, Edward Walawender of Ovid; nine children, Edward “Jerry” Walawender Jr. of Vancouver, WA, Brian (Brenda) Walawender of Lansing, Kim (Robert) Clark of Plantation, FL, Victoria (Richard) Hancy of Ovid, Kathleen (Stephan) Small of Golden, CO, Julie (Steven) Wright of Elbert, CO, James Walawender of Waymart, PA, Stephen Walawender of Geneva, and Jeffrey Walawender of Ashburn, VA; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her six siblings, Joseph, George, John, and Steve Klimek, Pauline Kappesser, and Josephine Doty.

Ida Wilson Burdell of Glenaire Retirement Community in Cary, North Carolina passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at the age of 87.
Prayers of committal will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, August 25, 2012 in Ovid Union Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Glenaire Foundation, 200 West Cornwall Road, Cary, North Carolina, 27511.
Ida was born December 6, 1924 in Seneca County, a daughter of the late Henry Wilson and Jessie McCoy.
Ida is survived by her husband of 66 years, nine of her ten children, 20 grandchildren, and 35 great grandchildren. After her children were grown, she spent much of her time as a volunteer worker in a non-profit thrift shop. She was a member of the Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church in Cary and a lifetime member of Presbyterian Women.

Arline Wiggins Haviland, age 95, lifetime resident of the Interlaken and Kidders Landing, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, July 25, 2012. Rest in the arms of the Beloved Father.
Arline was born on September 8, 1916 in the Village of Interlaken, a daughter of the late Gurnsey and Mildred Kathreen (Martin) Wiggins. Her childhood years were spent in Townsendville, and she was a graduate of Interlaken High School. She was employed at Seneca Army Depot during WWII, and then began a long career at Willard Psychiatric Center as an LPN, retiring in 1972. Her early church life started with the First Baptist Church in Interlaken, and had then been a member of the Interlaken Reformed Church.
Arline lived for her family, and loved her home on the shore of Cayuga Lake in Kidders. She hosted big family events, picnics and meals, finding great joy in feeding everyone.
Our Mother, Grandma and friend will be greatly missed! She is survived by her children; Ann Loree of Belona, NY, James (Judy) Haviland of Trumansburg, Virginia (Henry) Hickman of Fayetteville, AR, and John (Mary) Haviland of Kidders; 12 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. Arline was preceded in death by her husband James A. “Bunny” Haviland in 1996, and by her sisters, Janet Stickane, Jean Tunison and Winfred Royce, and by her son in law, John Loree. Your presence will be missed, but we shall meet again!
Private services will be held at the Lake View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Arline’s memory to either the First Baptist Church of Interlaken, PO Box 311, or the Interlaken Reformed Chruch, PO Box 335, Interlaken, NY 14847. For online condolences, please contact the family by visiting www.covertfuneralhome.com .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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