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DAVID C. MAURO 
HORNELL -- David C. Mauro, 36, of Palm Springs, Calif., formerly of Hornell, died unexpectedly Monday (Oct. 14, 2002) in Palm Springs, Calif.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell.
 

GARLAND E. SCHOLES 
HORNELL -- Garland E. Scholes, 76, of 14 Conklin St., passed away Friday (Oct. 11, 2002) at St. James Mercy Hospital.
Born in Hornell, July 5, 1926, a son of Gordon and Florence Meyers Scholes, he had been a lifelong Hornell resident. He had been employed as a salesman for Millbrook Bread out of Elmira.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of WW II, a life member of the Hornell and Arkport Post of the American Legion, life member of the Hornell Moose Lodge, the Hornell VFW and the Hornell Association.

On March 13, 1948, he married the former Barbara Brown who preceded him on March 7, 1991.

He was also predeceased by two brothers, Wilton and Edward Scholes and two sisters, Virgil Lockwood and Gloria Burbridge.

Surviving are two daughters, Linda Thompson of Mt. Morris and Marsha Scholes (Ken Grimm) of Hornell; one son, Robert Scholes (Pat Clark) of Hornell; one sister, Carolyn (Donald) Buchinger of Canisteo; a cousin, Marilyn Montgomery of Hornell; four grandchildren, Michael Thompson, Karri Thompson, Kirk Scholes and Kirsten Scholes; as well as several nieces and nephews.

The family will be present to receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday at the Bender-Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 354 Canisteo St., Hornell, where a Moose memorial service will be held at 8 p.m. Monday. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Brian Diffenbacher officiating.

Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Canisteo.

Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Southern Tier Hospice, 346 Canisteo St., Hornell, N.Y. 14843.
 

RUTH A. DEATS 
CANISTEO -- Ruth A. Deats, 90, formerly of State Route #248, Canisteo, entered into rest at the Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville Friday evening (Oct. 11, 2002).
She was born in the town of West Union on Sept. 23, 1912, a daughter of Ariel D. and Bertha Mae Edwards Doty. On Sept. 23, 1932, she married Glenn Edward Deats, who died on Jan. 25, 1977. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Carol and Herman Doty; and a sister, Leah Nesbit.

Following her marriage to Glenn Deats, they lived in Canisteo until 1940 when they moved to Kenmore, where she worked in Belle Aircraft and Spaulding Fibre Co. They returned to Canisteo in retirement in 1972.

Ruth was a member of the Canisteo Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and had attended the First Presbyterian Church in Canisteo.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Marlene (Renato) Vellutino of Mt. Kisco; her grandson, Gian Carlo Vellutino; her brother, Homer Doty of Belmont; her three sisters, Lena Fuller of Angelica, Bertha Mae Brown and Shirley Canniato, both of Wellsville; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the H.P. Smith & Son, Inc. Funeral Home in Canisteo. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 11 a.m., with Rev. Todd Haines officiating. Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery in Canisteo.

Memorials in the name of Ruth A. Deats may be made to either the First Presbyterian Church of Canisteo, S. Main Street, Canisteo, N.Y. 14823; or to the Ambulance Fund of the Canisteo Fire Dept., c/o Gerald Bertram, 42 Fourth St., Canisteo, N.Y. 14823.
 

ESTHER BELLE CAMPBELL 
BOLIVAR -- Esther Belle Campbell, 86, of 351 Main St., died Friday (Oct. 11, 2002) in the Wellsville Manor Care Center after a brief illness.
Born July 19, 1916 in the Town of Clarksville, she was a daughter of John and Mattie (German) Hamilton.

On March 6, 1937 in Olean, she was married to Mott I. Campbell, who died April 21, 1996.

She had resided in Allentown for 60 years prior to moving to Bolivar. She attended the Wolf Run District School in Cuba. She was a child care provider for several families while in Allentown.

She was a 50-year member of the Allentown United Methodist Church prior to joining the Bolivar United Methodist Church, a member of the 4 C's Senior Citizen's Club, and was also a long time Rebekah Lodge member.

She will be remembered as an avid gardener.

She is survived by a daughter, Josephine "Judy" (Williams) Gans of Midland, Texas; two granddaughters, Christine Gans of State College, Pa. and Kathleen Gans of Santa Barbara, Calif.; a sister, Cecile V. O'Connor of Bolivar; three sisters-in-law, Kathleen Hamilton, Alice Dwight and Doris Winterhalter; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two sisters, Ida Farrell and Lida Sherman; and by a brother, Marvin Hamilton.

Friends may call today from 7-9 p.m. at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, where services will be held Monday at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Larry Smith of the Bolivar United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Bolivar.

Those wishing may make memorial contributions to the David A. Howe Library in Wellsville, or to the Home Care & Hospice, 1225 West State Street, Olean, NY 14760.
 

JOANNA I. CRUSER 
COHOCTON -- Joanna I. Cruser, 69, passed away Thursday (Oct. 10, 2002) at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell.
Joanna was born Dec. 15, 1932 in Wayland, a daughter of Wiley C. and Carrie (Lander) Mehlenbacher. She married Rudolph Cruser on Feb. 2, 1952 in Canaseraga, who survives. She enjoyed cooking and baking, but most of all she loved spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by two sons, Wiley Cruser in 1986 and Wayne Cruser in 1995.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Rudy; two grandchildren, Wiley Cruser II of Texas and Julia Paige of Austin, Texas; one great-granddaughter, Davia Paige of Austin, Texas; two nieces and several cousins.

There will be no prior calling hours. A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. the Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home, 100 E. Naples St., Wayland, are handling the arrangements.

Contributions may be made to the Memorial Sloan-Kittering Cancer Center, NY, NY 10021 in memory of Joanna I. Cruser.
 

RUTH A. DEATS 
CANISTEO -- Ruth A. Deats, 90, formerly of St. Rte. 36, entered into rest Friday (Oct. 11, 2002) at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville.
Arrangements are incomplete at the H.P. Smith & Son, Inc. Funeral Home, Canisteo.
 

RAYMOND L. MULLEN 
CANISTEO -- Raymond L. Mullen, 91, of 4221 St. Rte. 248 Bennetts Creek Rd., died late Friday night (Oct. 11, 2002) at his home.
Born Aug. 7, 1911 in Hartsville, he was a son of Herman and Mary (Stephens) Mullen. He had resided nearly all his life in the Town of Canisteo. He had been a self-employed dairy farmer, owning and operating the Raymond Mullen & Sons Farm on Bennetts Creek Rd. Raymond had attended the Bennetts Creek Bible Church.

He was predeceased by his wife, Marian Mullen, on Feb. 4, 1993; a sister, Mary Dennis; and four brothers, John, Daniel, Glenn and Thomas Mullen.

Surviving are his daughter, Betty (Tom) O'Rourke of Erwin; four sons, Dale Mullen of Hornell, Richard (Linda) Mullen of Rexville, Gary (Pat) Mullen of Canisteo and Keith (Karen) Mullen of Canisteo; 13 grandchildren; as well as several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

The family will be present from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Monday to receive friends at the Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 6 Spruce St., Canisteo, where funeral services will follow calling hours at 8 p.m. Burial will be in Bennetts Creek Cemetery.
 

FRED TROLLER 
RYE -- Fred Troller, 71, of 12 Harbor Lane, died Friday (Oct. 11, 2002) at his home.
Troller had served as chairman of the design department at the New York state College of Ceramics at Alfred University.

A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at his home.

ROBERT GILSON NYE III 
WELLSVILLE -- Robert Gilson Nye III, 64, of 3495 North Drive, died unexpectedly Wednesday (Oct. 9, 2002) at his home.
Born May 14, 1938 in Buffalo, he was the son of Robert G. and Dorothy (Simmons Turner) Nye Jr. He was married to Elaine Armstrong on Aug. 6, 1966 in Warren, Pa., who survives.

Bob was a graduate of Kenmore High School, attended Purdue University and Ithaca College, prior to entering the U.S. Air Force in 1959, where he served as a radar tech until 1963. Continuing with his education, he earned a bachelor of arts degree from Edinboro University in 1965.

He was employed as a registered representative for Advest Inc. of Hartford, Conn. from 1965-1995 and for Cadaret Grant & Co. Inc. of Syracuse from 1995 to his retirement in 2000. In his retirement he enjoyed driving for Adventure Limousine of Olean.

He was the trip leader for Camp Pathfinder in Algonquin Park, Canada for two years, and station manager for WJKB at Edinboro University. He was an active member of the Wellsville Rotary Club, where he served as president, treasurer and youth exchange chairman. He had been a member of the Rotary District 712 Advisory Committee, Governor's Aide and the District Nominating committee chairman for three years.

He was president of the District 712 Foundation for eight years and was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow by the members of the Wellsville Rotary Club. He was the fund raising chairman for the Wellsville Community Playground, was past president of the Wellsville Community Revitalization and Development Committee and the Wellsville Area United Way. He was a FEMA Grant Administrator, a member of the Wellsville Music Boosters, construction coordinator of the Marching Band Equipment Bus, past vice president of the Wellsville Little League, construction coordinator of the renovation of the Little League field and Lagoon 2 and 3 dugouts.

He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Wellsville and served as chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee, was a member of the Board of Finance, the board of Elders and the Diaconate Board.

Survivors in addition to his wife, Elaine, are two sons, David M. Nye of Atlanta, Ga. and John R. Nye, a senior at SUNY at Brockport; one daughter, Stacy (James) Coles of Buffalo; two grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Kelcei Coles; his aunt, Frances Nye Sauer of Sarasota, Fla.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends are invited to call today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. in the First Congregational Church in Wellsville. Rev. William Jones will officiate. Burial will be in Standards Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the S.P.C.A. serving Allegany County.
 

SANDRA J. BROWN 
DANSVILLE -- Sandra J. Brown, 61, passed away Sunday (Oct. 6, 2002) at the Eustis Nursing Facility in Florida.
Sandy was born Oct. 6, 1941 in Dansville, a daughter of Sidney and Ruth (Kemp) Howe Jr. She was a 1959 graduate of the Dansville High School. She married Richard A. Brown on April 11, 1964 in Wayland, he survives.

She was a former employee at the Dansville Pennysaver for over 20 years. She also was a jewelry manager at Wal-Mart in Florida for 16 years. She enjoyed cooking, reading, knitting and working her flower beds, but most of all she loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She was a member of the Dansville United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Church in Morrison and Leesburg, Fla.

She was predeceased by her father Sidney Howe Jr. in 1971; her brother, Robert Howe in 1981; her nephew, Peter Howe in 1989; and her mother-in-law, Frances Brown in 1992.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Richard; two daughters, Stacy (Louis) DiCairano of Leesburg, Fla. and Kathleen (Mike) Rogers of Groveland, Fla.; four grandchildren; her mother, Ruth Howe of Dansville; her brother, Larry (Wendy) Howe of Dansville; her father-in-law, Joseph Brown of Wayland; her sister-in-law, Pat Howe of Rochester; several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Chamberlin-Baird Funeral Home, 73 Main St., Dansville, where funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, with Rev. G. Calvin Sheasely officiating. Burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery, Dansville.

Contributions may be made to the Teresa House, 21 Highland Rd., Geneseo, NY 14454; the Vincent House, PO Box 566, Wayland, NY 14572; or the Livingston County Hospice, Livingston County Campus, Mt. Morris, MY 14510 in memory of Sandra J. Brown.
 

SCOTT L. FORSHEE 
BATH -- Scott L. Forshee, 42, of Bath, died Wednesday (Oct. 10, 2002) at Arnot Ogden Medical Center.
He was born April 30, 1960 in Hornell to Robert and Barbara Heyer Forshee.

Scott worked for the Rochester Coca Cola Bottling Co. in sales as a vending distributor for 23 years. He was an active member of the Bath Elks Club, serving on several committees. He was an assistant coach for Kiwanis girls basketball, and enjoyed camping and golfing.

Scott and Susan celebrated 19 years of marriage in July of this year.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Forshee of Bath; his daughter, Kristin, and son, Nicholas, at home; his mother, Barbara and stepfather, Charles Antinore of Haines City, Fla.; three brothers, Allen (Terri) Forshee of Canisteo, Steven (Kelly) Forshee of Canisteo and David (Terese) Forshee of Wayland; one sister, Lori (Michael) Schwartz of Wayland; his grandmother, Lucille McKinney of Canisteo; his grandfather, George Heyer of Harlingen, Texas; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gary (Joan) Reagan of Penn Yan; and many nieces and nephews.

Scott was predeceased by his father, Robert Forshee.

Friends may call on Saturday from 5-7 p.m. in Fagan's Funeral Home, 31 West Morris St., Bath, with an Elks service at 6:45 p.m. Calling hours will also be held on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Bath, with a funeral service at 4 p.m., Rev. Jeffrey McDowell officiating. Burial will be in Nondaga Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Scott's name may be made to the Elks Scholarship Fund or the American Heart Association.
 

JOANNA I. CRUSER 
COHOCTON -- Joanna I. Cruser, 69, passed away Thursday (Oct. 10, 2002) at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell.
Arrangements are with the Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home, 100 E. Naples St., Wayland. 
 

STAFF SGT. MICHAEL L. UTTER 
CAMP LeJEUNE, N.C. -- Staff Sgt. Michael L. Utter, 27, of Jacksonville, N.C., passed away Monday (Oct. 7, 2002) at Camp LeJeune, N.C. while on duty.
Michael was born in Elmira, April 29, 1975, and was the son of Dale L. and Sherylee Ilnicki Utter.

He was a graduate of Horseheads High School, was an eight year veteran of the Marine Corps., and was a tank commander.

He was a member of the VFW Post of Hornell.

He was the recipient of the following medals and awards, Marine Corps. Good Conduct Medal; The Navy & Marine Corps. Achievement Medal; The National Defense Service Medal; The Armed Forces Service Medal; the NATO Medal; The Armed Forces Expedition Medal; The Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; The Joint Meritorious Unit Award; and The Meritorious Unit Commendation.

He is survived by his mother, Sherylee Ilnicki (Edward Swan) of Jasper; his father, Dale L. Utter (Roseanne Chapman) of Big Flats; two brothers, Brian D. Utter of Jacksonville, N.C. and Steven S. Utter of Lackland AFB, Texas; his paternal grandmother, Velma Utter of Horseheads; two aunts; and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lester Utter and Michael and Norma Ilnicki.

Friends may call Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the H.P. Smith & Son, Inc. Funeral Home, 1607 Main St., Woodhull, where funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Jasper Cemetery, with full military honors.
 

FRANCIS J. "FRITZ" RIEFER 
HORNELL -- Francis J. "Fritz" Riefer, 79, of 237 High St., passed away Tuesday morning (Oct. 8, 2002) at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Buffalo, after a long illness.
Born in Hornell on April 8, 1923, he was a son of the late Fred and Clara Willour Riefer. On Nov. 1, 1947, he was married in Sacred Heart Church in Perkinsville to the former Dorothy Denoff, who survives. They would have celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in November.

A life long resident of Hornell, Fritz was a graduate of St. Ann's School and Hornell High School. He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1943-1946.

He was employed by the former Erie and Erie-Lackawanna Railroads, retiring from Conrail as an engineer in 1983 after 41 years of service.

Fritz was a communicant of St. Ignatius Loyola Church and was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.

His family includes his wife, Dorothy; his four sons, Joseph (Regina) Riefer, David Riefer and William Riefer, all of Hornell, and James Riefer of Arkport; his two daughters, Nancy (James) McManus of Sparks, Nev. and Linda (Dale) Rice of Cohocton; his 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; also his nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides his parents, Fritz was predeceased by his brother, Charles "Otto" Riefer, and his sister, Alice Riefer.

There will be no calling hours. A Christian burial service and committal prayers will be held privately at the convenience of his family at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell, with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating. interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Town of Fremont.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in Francis' memory to St. Ann's School Memorial Fund, 27 Erie Ave., Hornell, N.Y. 14843.
 

SANDRA J. BROWN 
DANSVILLE -- Sandra J. Brown, 61, passed away Sunday (Oct. 6, 2002) at the Eustis Nursing Facility in Florida.
Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Chamberlin-Baird Funeral Home, 73 Main St., Dansville, where funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday. Burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery, Dansville.

Contributions may be made to the Livingston County Hospice, Livingston County Campus, Mt. Morris, NY 14510 or the Vincent House, PO Box 566, Wayland, NY 14572 in memory of Sandra J. Brown.
 

JEAN W. MOSES 
ALMOND -- Jean W. Moses, 77, of 7005 Whitney Valley Rd., Almond, died Monday evening (Oct. 7, 2002) at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, following a long illness.
Born in Hornell on May 29, 1925, she was the daughter of Edward and Pearl (Martin) Whitiker. Jean was a graduate of Alfred-Almond Central School and later graduated from Ryder College in Trenton, N.J.

Jean resided in the Panama Canal Zone from 1945-1953, where she worked for the U.S. Government. After returning to Almond in 1953, she was employed at Citizens National Bank of Alfred, retiring as a loan officer.

She had been a member of the Almond Union of Churches and was a five-year member of the Alfred-Almond School Board. Jean had many hobbies including gardening, coin collecting and she enjoyed drawing floor plans for new homes.

On Sept. 11, 1944, she married Carl Moses, who survives. In addition to her husband, survivors include two sons, Marty (Kathy) Moses of Almond and Roger (Donna) Moses of Holliston, Mass.; five grandchildren.

At Jean's request there will be no prior calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at the Almond Union of Churches, with Rev. Steven Sweeting and Rev. Diane Cox officiating.

Arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell.

Jean's family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to the Almond Ambulance Fund, Almond, N.Y. 14804.
 

M. ETHEL NASH FISHER & HAROLD W. FISHER 
HORNELL -- M. Ethel Nash Fisher, 82, died April 21, 1997, and Harold W. Fisher, 91, died May 26, 2002, in Naples, Fla.
Survivors include a daughter, Kay (Lawrence) Britt and a son, David (Mary) Fisher, both of Rochester; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. this Saturday in Rural Cemetery, Hornell, with Rev. Brian Diffenbacher officiating.
 

ILA MAY GOODWIN 
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Ila May Goodwin, 96, formerly of Hornell, died Friday (Oct. 4, 2002) in San Diego, Calif.
Ila was born in Ulysses, Pa., Dec. 29, 1905, the daughter of the late William Henry and Eva A. Reed Prouty.

She attended Mansfield State Teachers College and taught for a short time in Pennsylvania until moving to Hornell, where she met and married Lester Goodwin. They resided on Spencer Avenue from 1927-1958. Ila was in the nursing profession and worked at the former Bethesda Hospital from 1951-1958. Following the death of her husband in 1962, she moved to California, where she worked at Clairemont General Hospital until her retirement in 1970. Following her retirement, she did private duty nursing until 1985.

The Goodwin family was very active in the First Baptist Church in Hornell and both daughters were married there. Ila served as deaconess at the church for several years.

She was predeceased by her husband, Lester; her son, Jack L. Goodwin; and two brothers, Nathaniel and Glenn Prouty.

She is survived by two daughters, Marjorie G. (David) Lawrence of San Diego, Calif. and Alice L. Stewart of Almond; 11 grandchildren; as well as several great and great-great-grandchildren.

The family will be present to receive friends from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the Bender-Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 354 Canisteo St., Hornell, where funeral services will follow calling hours at 11 a.m., with Rev. Michael Childs officiating. Burial will follow in Rural Cemetery, Hornell.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Pioneer United Church of Christ, 2550 Fairfield St., San Diego, CA 92110, where Ila had been an active member since 1962.
 

WILLIAM JOSEPH DONNELLY 
PAINTED POST -- William Joseph Donnelly, 71, of 250 North Hamilton St., died Monday (Oct. 7, 2002) at the Waters of Three Rivers.
He was born Feb. 2, 1931 in Hornell, the son of the late Francis E. and Margaret G. Nary Donnelly. A resident of Hornell and graduate of Hornell High School, he moved to Corning in 1978.

He was a veteran of the US Army, a corporal in the Artillery Radar Division, serving in the Korean Conflict during 1951-55.

William and Rita Schmieder were married Sept. 18, 1954 in Karlsruhe, Germany.

He was employed in the meat department of Loblaws and P&C in Hornell. He then transferred to the P&C in Riverside, retiring from the P&C of Bath.

William was a member of All Saints Parish, attending St. Vincent de Paul Church and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Rita; son, William Donnelly Jr. of Lindley; brothers, John Donnelly of Lockport and Francis Donnelly of Bath; grandchildren, David, Ryan and Sherry; also several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his son, Hans in 1984.

Friends may call Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the Haughey Funeral Home, 216 E. First St., Corning. A Mass of Christian Burial and committal prayers will be held Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Painted Post. Interment will be in the family plot at St. Mary's Cemetery, Corning.

The family would appreciate memorial donations be given in William's name to Cancer Treatment Services, 114 Columbia St., Corning, N.Y. 14830; or the Waters of Three Rivers Resident Council, 101 Creekside Dr., Painted Post, N.Y. 14870.


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