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June A. Ridgway CORNING | June A. Ridgway age 84 of Day Spring Apts. in Corning, NY, formerly of Plainsboro, NJ, passed away May 20, 2002 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. June was born in Hopewell, NJ on April 20, 1918, daughter of Simpson S. and Ethel E. Yantz Agin Jr. She had been an active member in the Plainsboro Presbyterian Church in Plainsboro, NJ. In Corning, she was a member of RSVP and did volunteer work at Day Spring. Surviving June is a daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Ronald Palmquist of Horseheads, NY; a son and daughter-in-law, Raymond C. and Dorrie Ridgway of Mill Valley, CA; four grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Predeceasing June were her husband, Clifford Ridgway in May of 1990; sisters, Dorothy Quinn and Beryl Baldwin and brother Glen Agin. Friends are invited to attend a Graveside Memorial Service on June 8 in the Brainerd Cemetery in Cranbury, NJ at 4 PM. Arrangements are with Hills Funeral Home, Big Flats, NY. Albert Rigby LAS VEGAS, NV | Mr. Albert Rigby, formerly of Painted Post, died Saturday, May 4th, 2002 in Las Vegas, NV. He was born May 22, 1915, the son of George and Lucia Rigby, in Painted Post, NY. Mr. Rigby had just received his 65 year service pin from Corning Glass Works, where he worked as a Machinist. He was a long-time member of the Coopers Plains and Painted Post Baptist Church, and enjoyed volunteer work with Senior Citizens, playing his guitar, bowling, pool and horseshoes. Albert is survived by his wife of 64 years, the former Doris H. Clark; son, James (Alice) Rigby of Scottsdale, AZ; daughter, Judy (Jeffrey) Boettner of Campbell, NY; brother, Robert (JoAnn) Rigby of Corning, NY, 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. He was predeceased by a son, Rodney C. Rigby of Kennewick, WA in 2001. A memorial service was held May 9th, 2002 in Pahrump, NV, where he and his wife Doris had lived for the past 20 years. Burial will be in Coopers Plains Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Gladys M. Rinehart CORNING | Gladys M. Rinehart, age 89, of Beaver Dams, passed away on Monday, March 18, 2002 at Corning Hospital. She was born on March 31, 1912 in Chatham, Pennsylvania, the daughter of William and Bessie Erwcery Beard. She was married to Lester Rinehart, whom predeceased her in 1988. She is survived by her brothers: Elmer Beard of Odessa and Adelbert Beard of Farmington; sisters, Marien Beard of Corning, Alberta Beard-Wallas of Bath and Alice Chase of Campbell, and several nieces and nephews. Along with her husband, she was also predeceased by son, Roger Rinehart in 1967, and sisters, Hazle and Marie. Friends are invited to attend a funeral service at Carpenter’s Funeral Home, 14 E. Pulteney St. on Friday, March 22, 2002 at 7:00 pm. Burial will take place at Post Creek Cemetery. Ronald T. Robertson PALM BAY, FL. | Ronald T. Robertson, 53, of 1139 Prince Avenue N.W. (formerly of Addison) entered into rest following an extended illness on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2002 at Holmes Regional Medical Center, Melbourne, FL. He was born in Corning, New York, on July 18, 1948, a son of Elden L. and Dorothy Wheeler Robertson. Ron graduated from Addison Central School and Corning Community College and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during the Vietnam War. He was a senior machine design engineer for Hills Inc. of West Melbourne. He formerly worked for North American Phillips in Bath and was a former Addison Police officer. . He held three patents in machine design. He was a licensed airplane pilot and owned his own plane. Survived by his parents, Elden and Dorothy Robertson of Addison; three brothers, Randall Robertson of Cameron, Richard Robertson and Rodney (Valory) Robertson, both of Addison; two sisters, Rebecca (Mrs. David) Dyke of Syracuse and Roxanne (Mrs. Bruce) Dickerson of Addison; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; two great nephews. Friends are invited to call Wednesday (Feb. 27) 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Flint Funeral Home, 10 Wall Street, Addison, NY, where funeral and committal services will be held on Thursday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. David Dyke officiating. Burial will be in Addison Rural Cemetery. Helen J. Roe NELSON, PA | Helen J. Roe, age 73 of Marsh Road, Nelson, PA, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2002 at the Corning Hospital, Corning, NY. She was born May 30, 1928 in Corning, NY, the daughter of Daniel and Myrtle Edger Totten. She was a homemaker and a member of TOPS. She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald Sr. and Marqueen Roe of Tioga, PA, Bernard Jr. and Diane Roe of Nelson, PA, Stuart Sr. and Mary Roe of Lawrenceville, PA and Daniel Sr. and Dawn Roe of Tioga, PA; daughter, Bonnie Roe of Tioga, PA, 16 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; sisters, Mary Lou Collum of Millerton, PA and Ruby Manning of Corning, NY, several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard L. Roe Sr. on Oct. 5, 2000. Friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Elkland, PA Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 pm where funeral services will be held Friday at 2:00 pm, Rev. Harry Dow officiating. Burial will be in Middlebury Union Cemetery, Middlebury, PA. Memorials may be made to the Laurel Home Health/Hospice, 24 Walnut St., Wellsboro, PA 16901. David D. Ross PAINTED POST | David D. Ross, age 17 of 1192 Glendenning Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY, passed away very unexpectedly on Monday April 1, 2002 at home. David was born March 13, 1985 in Corning, NY the son of Elizabeth Boyle Ross Reed and Daniel Ross. David was an outstanding student and member of the Corning - Painted Post West High School Lacrosse Team, the Indoor Track Team, and the Cross Country Team. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop # 2 of Corning, NY and was working toward the rank of Eagle Scout. David was also active with The American Red Cross Youth Leadership Group in Corning. David planned on attending West Point Military Academy upon graduation from Corning - Painted Post West High School. David was pre-deceased by his maternal grandparents Richard L. Boyle on August 9, 1996 and Nancy E. Kendall Boyle on December 15, 1997 as well as Julia Louise Jenks Boyle. David is also pre-deceased by his father Daniel Ross who passed away in November 2000. David is survived by his parents Elizabeth Boyle Ross Reed and Leon Reed of Painted Post, NY; sister: Jennifer L. Ross stationed with the U.S. Air Force in Lakeland, Texas; brother: Matthew C. Ross at home; paternal grandparents: Luther & Clarice Ross of Corning, NY and David Reed of Campbell, NY and Sylvia Reed of Painted Post, NY; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends including the remaining “Two Musketeers” Phil and Wes. Relatives and friends are invited to call at The Victory Highway Wesleyan Church, 150 Victory Highway in Painted Post, NY on Thursday April 4, 2002 from 1-4 PM. David’s Funeral Services will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 4 PM with Pastor David LeRoy and Pastor Paul Piraino officiating. Interment in Fairview Cemetery in Painted Post, NY. The family will provide their own flowers and those wishing may remember David through memorials to The American Red Cross Youth Leadership Group, 123 W. Market St., Corning, NY 14830 or The Boy Scouts of America Troop # 2 c/o Christ Episcopal Church, 39 E. First St., Corning, NY 14830. Arrangements are entrusted to the Van Buskirk-Lynch Funeral Home in Horseheads, NY. Ann Marie Rossi PAINTED POST, NY | Ann Marie Rossi, of 112 Grace Blvd., Painted Post, NY, went home to God on April 22, 2002. She is survived by her husband, Luigi Rossi; son, Vincent and his wife Anne of Miami, FL; a daughter, Mary Kathryn and her husband Bill of Wilmington, DE, and a son Paul of Corning, NY. She is also survived by her mother, Vincenzina Ferraro of Painted Post, NY; a brother, Niel Ferraro and his wife Rita of Virginia. Ann Marie had six grandchildren: Marie Christina, Elissa Marie, Luigi Ross, Michael Angelo, Ann Marie and Steven James. She was predeceased by her father, Michelangelo Ferraro and her two sisters, Virginia and Antoinette Ferraro. She also had many cousins and nieces and nephews across New York, Virginia, Nevada, Canada, and Italy. Ann Marie was born in Corning, NY on May 13, 1947. She was a graduate of St. Mary’s Catholic School, Corning East High School, Corning Community College and Elmira College, ultimately receiving her Master’s Degree in Adult Education in 1981. Ann Marie worked as the Religious Education Coordinator at St. Mary’s Parish, Family Services Society in Corning, and a 15 year career as a faculty member at CCC in the Human Services Division. Ann Marie was a dedicated mother and teacher. For her work in the classroom, she was awarded the 1995 Board of Trustees Excellence in Teaching Award at CCC. In 1999, she was named Woman of distinction by NY State Senator, Randy Kuhl, she received the Chancellor’s Award, the State University of New York for her excellence in teaching. In 2000, she was the recipient of the Child Abuse Prevention Award, given by the Steuben County Task Force for her efforts in the Prevention of Child Abuse. Friends may call at Haughey Funeral Home, 216 E. First St., Corning, NY 14830 on Thursday, April 25th from 5-9 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Church in Corning, on Friday, April 26, 2002 at 9:30 am. Committal Prayers and Interment will be held in the Family Plot at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Corning. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be given to a scholarship fund at CCC in the Human Services field of studies. The student will be chosen based on criteria that was important to Ann Marie. CCC Development Fund, Ann Marie Rossi Scholarship Fund, 1 Academic Drive, Spencer Hill Road, Corning, NY 14830. Genevieve M. Rotsell CORNING | Genevieve Mildred Rotsell, age 74, of Park Avenue, Corning, NY, passed away Wednesday, February 13, 2002 at the Corning Hospital. Genevieve was born in West Orange, NJ, June 29, 1927, the daughter of Francis J. and Gertrude O’Shaughnessy Fehn. She became the wife of James W. Rotsell, Sr., November 8, 1952 in St. Patrick’s Church. She was a graduate of St. Patrick’s School, CFA and the Corning Business School. Genevieve worked for the Ryan Loan Co. of Corning before becoming a full time mother and homemaker. She was a communicant of All Saints Parish - St. Patrick’s Church and was a member of the Soaring Polka Club. Surviving Genevieve is her husband of 49 years, James W. Rotsell, Sr. of Corning; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Linda Rotsell of Painted Post; grandchildren, Lindsay and Erin Rotsell both of Painted Post. Predeceasing Genevieve were a son James W. Rotsell, Jr. December 25, 2001, a daughter Nancy Rotsell September 14, 1986, and a sister Anne Amundson. Friends are invited to call at Beilby Funeral Home, 139 Walnut Street, Friday, February 15, 2002 from 7-9 PM. A Prayer Service will be held Saturday 9:00 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 AM at St. Mary’s Church. Interment will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Corning, NY. Evelyn M. Rounsville HORSEHEADS | Evelyn M. Rounsville age 59, of 16 Valley Avenue, Horseheads passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Frederick L. Rounsville; a daughter, Barbara Carolson; a son and daughter-in-law, Edwin and Robin Rounsville; five grandchildren: Nichole, Typhanie, Seth, Hannah Rounsville and Britany Carolson; a brother, Edwin Jay of Forest City, PA; sisters, Ella Rupocinski of Las Vegas, NV, Lucy McGreal of Titusville, FL, Lois and Dominic Allegrino of Binghamton; a brother-in-law, Ken Austin and many nieces and nephews. Evelyn was predeceased by her parents, Edwin and Geneieve Jay and sister, Helen Austin. Her hobbies were collecting recipes, crafting and playing with her grandchildren. Evelyn was an active member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Gibson where she taught Sunday School for 30 years. She was a volunteer at the Horseheads Christian School for 28 years and cleaned for the elderly at Villa Serene for 15 years. She was a loving and wonderful mother and wife and an asset to her family and friends. She will be greatly missed. Family and friends are invited to call Friday, May 24, 2002 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held 11 AM Saturday, May 25, 2002 at Calvary Baptist Church, Gibson, NY with Rev. Jefferey Becker officiating. A meal will follow provided by the ladies of the church and interment will follow lunch at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Ernest Rouse RATTSBURGH, NY | Ernest Rouse, age 53, of #16 Main Street, Prattsburgh, NY, formerly of Wellsboro, PA, died Friday, May 31, 2002 at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY. He was born September 15, 1948 in Blossburg, PA the son of Clyde & Nina Tubbs Rouse. He was currently employed by the town of Prattsburgh. He is survived by his brothers: Raymond Rouse of Melbourne, FL, Leland Rouse of Little Marsh, PA, Vernon Rouse, of Little Marsh, PA, Clyde E. Rouse of Little Marsh, PA and James Rouse of Wellsboro, PA; sisters: Patty L. Rouse of Wellsboro, PA, Thelma Wollmann of Mansfield, PA, Ruth A. Preble of Tenn. and Lorraine Stermer of Tioga, PA and several nieces, nephews and cousins. A Memorial Service will be conducted Thursday at 10:30 AM at the Prattsburgh Baptist Church, Prattsburgh, NY. Committal will be at the convenience of the family at Highland Cemetery, Elkland, PA. Arrangements by Kenyon Funeral Home, Elkland, PA. Sharon L. Ryall PAINTED POST | Sharon L. Ryall, age 46 of Painted Post, passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2002 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. Sharon was born July 11, 1955 in Corning, NY the daughter of Geroge E. and Doris L. Tongue Cosier. Sharon worked as a clerk at the Walmart Store in Consumer Square and as a receptionist with H & R Block in Corning. She was a member of the West Caton Baptist Church and the Home Bureau, a former softball coach for the Erwin Valley Cinderella and enjoyed camping and shopping in the Lancaster area. Surviving are her daughters; Stacey Phelan of Campbell, Tammy (Tim) Pope of Fayetteville, NC, significant other, Robert Randolph; father, George Cosier; brother, Wayne (Cathy) Cosier of Painted Post; grandchildren, Liam Phelan, Karinne and Kaitlynn Pope. Sharon was predeceased by her mother, Doris Cosier in May of 2000. Family and friends are invited to call at Carpenter’s Funeral Home, 14 E. Pulteney St., Corning on Saturday, March 30 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. A Funeral Service will follow (8 pm) with the Rev. Lonny Dewalt officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Painted Post at a later date. Those wishing may direct memorials in Sharon’s name to the American Cancer Society, 31 Adams Ave., Endicott, NY 13760. Robert G. Sagardi ADDISON | Robert G. Sagardi, 61, of 6161 State Route 417, Addison, NY, passed away Thursday, March 28, 2002 at home after a long illness. Born in Dover, New Jersey, November 23, 1940, he was the son of Gabriel & Irene Harsanyi Sagardi. He was a graduate of Dover High School and was a veteran of the United States Navy. An avid fisherman, he was a member of the Crystal City Bass Club. He was, also, a member of Post 846 American Legion of Canisteo. For many years Bob was a dairy farmer and more recently was the proprietor of W & W Grocery. He married Gaye J. Dempsey on December 7, 1972. She survives. Also surviving are his son, John Loehnert of Rochester, NY; his mother, Irene Cooke of Fort Myers, FL; his brother, William Cooke of Clifton, NJ and his sister, Lorrie Anicito, also of Clifton, NJ. Friends may call Sunday, March 31st, 2-4 & 7-9 pm, at the H.P. Smith & Son, Inc. Funeral Home, 1607 Main St., Woodhull, NY, where funeral services will be conducted Monday, April 1st at 11:00 am. Rev. Brian Diffenbacher will officiate. Burial will be in Woodhull Cemetery. Maud R. Salyerds CORNING | Maud R. Salyerds, age 88, of Bath, passed away on Saturday, February 23, 2002 at Corning Hospital. She was born on March 21, 1913 in Wheeler, New York the daughter of Willard and Daisy Mann Bates. She was married to Clare Salyerds. He predeceased her in February of 1969. Maud was a member of Bath Baptist Church and worked for Hopkins Dairy in Bath. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and she enjoyed gardening. She is survived by her sons: Edward Salyerds of Bath, Charles (Mary) Salyerds of Elmira and Allan (Linda) Salyerds of Painted Post; grandchildren: Brian Salyerds of Elmira and Brandon Salyerds of Painted Post; two great grandchildren, sister: Elinor Edwards of Bath; special nieces: Betty Brown, Sandra Menke and Elizabeth Van Geldert, along with several other nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers and sisters: Healy and Francis Bates, Lorene Fairbanks, Delores Striker and Howard, Arthur, Spencer and Marjorie Bates. It was Maud’s wish that there be no calling hours. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will take place at Nondaga Cemetery in Bath. Arrangements by Carpenter’s Funeral Home. Deborah J. Samelson LMIRA, NY | Deborah J. Samelson, age 49, of Elmira, New York, formerly of York, PA died Thursday evening at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore, MD. Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 10:00AM Wednesday at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church 231 South Beaver Street, York, PA. Celebrant for the Mass will be the Pastor of the Church, Rev. C. Anthony Miller. Visitation will be 7-9:00PM Tuesday at Baumeister, Orcutt & Small Mortuaries, Inc., South Queen at Jackson Street, York, PA and 9-10:00AM Wednesday at the Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Brain Tumor Foundation, 414 13th Street, Suite 700, Oakland, CA 94612; or to a children’s charity of your choice. John C. Sando RUSHVILLE, NY | John C. Sando, 47 years of 8 Gorham Street, died Thursday, March 7, 2002 at Strong Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. John was born the son of John D. & Ruth Helen Thomas Sando on September 29, 1954 in Corning, NY. He is survived by father, John D. Sando of Painted Post, NY; sisters, Cheryl (Rodney) Stanton of Penn Yan, NY & Cathy Lynn Sando of Oswego, NY; brothers, Chief Master Sergeant David (Josephine) Sando of Almogordo, NM and Christopher J. Sando of Corning, NY; aunt, Rose Baggott of Endicott, NY; uncle & aunt, Lewis & Olive Thomas of Elkland, PA, several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his mother, Ruth Helen Thomas Sando. Friends may call at Haughey Funeral Home, 216 E. First St., Corning, NY, Monday, March 11, 2002 from 5-7 pm. A Prayer Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 12, at 9:00 am followed at 9:30 by a Mass of Christian Burial at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Painted Post, NY. Francis William Saunders BRADFORD, PA | Francis William Saunders, Life Member, 1st. Assist. Chief, Big Flats Fire Dept., age 64 of Bradford, PA and formerly of Seneca Dr., Big Flats, NY, died after a brief illness Sunday, Mar. 24, 2002 at home within the surrounds of his family. Fran was born Apr. 27, 1937 in Kirkland, NY, the son to the late William H. and Gertrude (Coyne) Saunders. Surviving are his wife of over 44 years, Janet (Dimmick) Saunders also in Bradford, PA; son, Stephen “Skip” (Sally) Saunders of Seagrove, NC; daughter, Sharyl (Rodney) Marshall of Elmira Heights, NY; grandchildren, Stephen Jr. (Kristy) Saunders, Stephanie Saunders all of NC, Douglas Page of Elmira, NY, Jeffery Erickson of NC, Gregory and Jennifer Erickson, both of Elmira Heights, NY; great grandsons, Tyler and Alex Saunders; numerous step grandchildren and step great grandchildren; sister, Patricia (Roger) Ferguson of Utica, NY; brother, John (Nancy) Saunders of Stittville, NY; sister-in-law, Deanne (Jim) Wilkinson of Norwich, NY and numerous nieces, nephews and several close friends including Jean and Dave Winner and Fuzz Frost. Also predeceasing Fran was his daughter-in-law, Breesport firefighter, Patricia Hess Saunders. A very active firefighter, Fran’s volunteer career began in the Clark Mills Fire Dept. and continued in Big Flats in 1961. While in Big Flats, he was a life member and held several chairs there including Lieutenant, Captain, and 1st Assist. Fire Chief. He was also the recipient of the Firefighter of the Year award in 1987. He was employed as a Supervisor of Production with various Corrugated Container companies including Corning Packaging and Georgia Pacific in Bradford, PA. Fran’s hobbies included hunting, the general love of the outdoors and various woodworking projects. Friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 So. Main St., Horseheads on Wed., March 27, 2002 from 2-4:00 and 7-9:00 p.m. His funeral service will take place there at the funeral home on Thurs., Mar. 28, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. with the Rev. Vincent Cooper officiating. Interment will follow in Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats, NY. Those wishing to express their sympathy may do so with memorials to the Big Flats Fire Dept., PO Box 28, Big Flats, NY 14814. Frances B. Schoch THACA | Frances B. Schoch, 96, passed away April 25, 2002 at Oak Hill Manor Nursing Home in Ithaca, NY. She was the daughter of Marcus and Adela McDermott Barrett. She was born in Pleasant Valley, attended school in Hammondsport, NY and was a Registered Nurse. She married Herbert Schoch and resided in Bath, NY and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bath. She was predeceased by her husband in 1961, her son James and one granddaughter, Laurel Susan. After living in Bath for many years, she traveled to Florida with Bill and Roberta for several winters, and moved to Ithaca in 1993. She delighted in seeing her great-grandchildren, and loved them much. Frances is survived by a son, William (Roberta) Schoch of Slaterville Springs, NY and three granddaughters, Karen (Jose) Gonzalez of Orlando, FL, Linda (Russ) Crispell of Slaterville Springs, NY and Brenda Schoch of Arizona, ten great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Her family has been greatly impressed in the way she held up to age and illness. She was a strong-willed lady, and we loved her for it. We will miss her very much. Calling hours will be held Thursday, May 2nd, 2002 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the Bond-Davis Funeral Home of Bath where Funeral and Committal Services will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 2:00 pm. The Rev. Anne Waasdorp officiating. Private Burial will be held in Nondaga Cemetery in Bath. Margaret E. Schultz HAMMONDSPORT, NY | Margaret E. Schultz age 95, a resident of the Taylor Health Center of East Lake Road in Hammondsport, NY and formerly of Park Road in Pine City, NY, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 13, 2002 at Ira Davenport Hospital following a brief illness. Margaret was born on February 28, 1907 in Mason, Ohio the daughter of Ezra and Margaret Siegel Thompson. She was predeceased by her husband, Willam B. Schultz in 1980; three sisters and two brothers. Margaret is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Jean (John) Schultz Crane of Bath, NY; grandchildren, Jeffrey B. Crane of Alexandria, VA, Kristine E. (Kenneth E. Jr.) Crane Gilbert of Bath, NY and great grandsons, Kenner and Colin Gilbert of Bath, NY. At Margaret’s request, there will be no calling hours or services. Interment will take place in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made, in Margaret’s name, to the Keuka Healthcare Foundation, c/o Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital, 7571 Route 54, Bath, NY 14810. Arrangements are under the care of the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY 14904. Anyone wishing may light a “Candle of Remembrance” at www.olthof.com. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Kundlas and the staff at the Taylor Health Center and Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital. Gerald J. “Bucky” Schusler BATH, NY | Gerald J. “Bucky” Schusler age 84, of Burton Street, Bath, NY died Saturday, May 4, 2002 at St. Josephs Hospital in Elmira, NY. Bucky was born March 23, 1918 in Elmira, NY to the late Joseph A. and Minnie (Kakritz) Schusler. After graduation from Elmira Free Academy in 1935, he attended Alfred School of Agriculture for two years in preparation for a life as a farmer. However, in 1939 he passed the examination for the New York State Police and after trooper school, he was sworn in on July 1, 1940. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor he enlisted in the Army as a volunteer and asked to fly. He was selected for pilot training, earned his wings and was commissioned a Lieutenant in the United States Army Air Force. Promoted to Captain, Bucky finished the war as a Squadron Leader, piloting a B-24 in the 376th Heavy Bombardment Group of the 15th Air Force based in Italy. Completing 28 combat missions, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and two Purple Hearts. On his return to New York, he resumed his career in the State Police retiring as a Captain in the BCI in December 1965. One notable achievement was his arrest of mobster Meyer Lansky in Saratoga Springs, NY. He subsequently worked for the Lane Pipe Company and was a star route mailman in the Bath area for seven years. He and his late wife Ginny lived 32 years in Kanona, NY before moving to Bath. They were both active members of the Kanona Methodist Church. Bucky was also a life member of the Ivy Lodge No. 397 F & AM in Elmira Heights, NY, a 33 year member of B.P.O.E. in Bath Lodge 1547 and Chaplain of the Association of Former NYS Troopers, Baron-Steuben Chapter. Bucky was predeceased by his parents, his wife of 54 years, Genevieve Rouse Schusler; brothers, Edward and Raymond and sisters; Florence Schusler, Helen Baldwin and his twin Geraldine Platou. He is survived by his sisters; Marion Justic, Alice Keough and Eileen Halm all of Elmira, NY and Dorothy Schusler of Ithaca, NY; sister-in-law Trudie Schusler of Sayre, PA and brother-in-law, Roger (Elizabeth) Rouse of Wallace, NY and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call on Wednesday, May 8th from 1:00-3:00 PM at Fagan’s Funeral Home, 31 West Morris St., Bath. The funeral service will follow at 3:00 PM at the Funeral Home with Interim Pastor Marilyn Wood officiating. Burial will be in Nondaga Cemetery, Bath. Memorial donations, in Bucky’s name, may be made to the Kanona Methodist Church, Kanona, NY 14856 and the Volunteer Ambulance Corps of Bath, 110 East Steuben Street, Bath, NY 14810. Charles J. Schwartz Jr. PAINTED POST | Charles J. Schwartz Jr. “Chip”, age 53, of Painted Post died suddenly at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center on Thursday, March 21st, 2002. Chip was born on January 2nd, 1949 the son of the late Charles J. Schwartz and Marjorie Carr Schwartz. Chip is survived by his wife, Marylou Schwartz of Painted Post; his daughter, Carey (Christopher) Hall of Lexington, SC; granddaughter, Jenna Layne Hall; his mother, Marjorie Schwartz; mother-in-law, Marian Bosket; brothers, Tom (Karleen) Schwartz of Corning, John (Helen) Schwartz of Horseheads, Michael (Karen) Schwartz of Corning; sisters, Ginny (Robert) Phenes of Newark, NY, Ann Jones of Bradford, NY, Jeannette (Davis) Cameron of Fayetteville, NC, Pat Reynolds of Corning, Michelle (James) Freeze of Punxsutawney, PA; brothers-in-law, Charlie (Teresa) Bosket of Corning, David Bosket of Painted Post; sister-in-law, Debbie (Danny) Keller of Coopers Plains; also many nieces and nephews. Chip was a communicant of St. Vincent de Paul Church, a board member and inductee in the Corning Painted Post Sports Hall of Fame as a wrestler. Chip was also a member of the Corning Elks Lodge #1071. Chip was an avid golfer, bowler and he loved wrestling. Family and friends are invited to call at Carpenter’s Funeral Home, 14 E. Pulteney Street, Corning, NY on Monday, March 25th from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. A prayer service will be held at the Funeral Home at 9:00 AM Tuesday with a Mass of Christian Burial following at St. Vincent de Paul Church at 9:30 AM with burial to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Chip’s name to the charity of one’s choice. Hazel A. Scott Hazel A. scott Hazel A. (Horton) Scott, age 92, of RD#3, Corning, died Saturday, February 16, 2002 at The Waters of Three Rivers, Painted Post. Mrs. Scott was born August 28, 1909 at South Bradford, NY, the daughter of the late Ernest and Carrie (Darling) Horton. She was the wife of Hiram P. Scott who predeceased her in 1971. Hazel was a former member of the First United Methodist Church in Corning. She is survived by three daughters: Gertrude (John) Sherwood and Dorothy Cleveland of Coopers Plains, and Louise Scott of Painted Post; four sons: Arthur (Sharon) Scott of Addison; Myron (Delores) Scott, Paul (Marian) Scott, and Jack Scott all of Corning; 32 grandchildren, 76 great grandchildren, 19 great great grandchildren, 7 step grandchildren and 4 step great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three daughters: Norma B. White (1992), Lillian G. Hamilton (2001), and Shirley M. Burdick (1998); two granddaughters: Brenda J. (1975) and Cindy L. (1964) Scott, and great grandson, Jason C. Taylor (1987). Family and friends are invited to call today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home Inc., 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning, where the funeral will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Sharon L. Battist officiating. Burial will be in Coopers Plains Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Gibson R. Seager HORNELL | Gibson R. Seager, 76, of 133 East Elm Street, formerly of Bath, passed away Thursday, April 25, 2002 at home. He was born September 21, 1925 in Buffalo, NY to Charles W. and Mary Gibson Seager. He graduated from Haverling High School in 1943 where he had all-county honors in three sports including football, basketball and track. His mainstay was running the 100 yard and 220 yard dashes. He represented the school in the Rochester sectionals three consecutive years. Gibson served in the US Marines for two years and in the US Navy as a Pharmacist’s mate for one year before receiving an honorable discharge. In 1945 he married Betty Jean Hotchkiss and they had two children, Susan and Carol. Gibson was a building contractor and was considered a man who put muscle into Bath’s home building development. He was also associated with his father-in-law, Ralph Hotchkiss, a building promoter, and the two had designed a motel they planned to construct in Florida but the death of Ralph stopped the venture. He later married Joyce Watkins who predeceased him in 1994. Gibson was a member of the National Home Builders Association, the First Presbyterian Church and the Charles E. Wescott American Legion, Bath, NY. Gibson is survived by three daughters, Susan (James) Harrick of Hornell, NY, Carol Seager and Deb Cleveland of Hornell, NY and Kimberly Rose of Texas; one step-daughter, Joyann (Donald) Larivee of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; one step-son, Kurt (Erma) Watkins of Zephyrhills, FL and five grandchildren, Stephen (Lisa) Harrick, Julie (David) Mooney, Tom (Amy) Fisher, Dyland Rose and Lynn Larivee, and two great-grandchildren, Katherine and Michael Harrick and his companion, Margaret Rawleigh of Dansville, NY. Gibson will be greatly missed, especially his great sense of humor. There will be no visitation. A Memorial Service will be held in August at the convenience of the family in Grove Cemetery, Bath, NY. Donations may be made to Haverling High School, designated for Track in Gibson’s name. Arrangements handled by Seager Jones Funeral Home. Ronnie F. Sellers BATH | Ronnie F. Sellers, 72, of 7843 Redmond Gully Road, passed away Thursday, March 28, 2002, at home. He was born June 26, 1929 in Chatom, Alabama to Roman F. and Mary Ethel Helton Sellers. He retired from the IBEW Local #98 in Philadelphia, PA as a general electrician. He served in the US Navy from 1946 to 1952 aboard the USS Valley Forge CV45. On May 25, 1948 Ronnie married Marie A. Fandler in Philadelphia, PA. Ronnie was a member of the Steuben County Honey Bee Keepers Association, the Scottish Rite Free Masonry 32 Degree Valley of Kennewick Orient of Washington, and a life member of the M.W. Grand Lodge of F and AM of Washington Pasco #173 Pasco Washington. Ronnie is survived by his wife, Marie A. Fandler Sellers; his four children, Ronnie D. Sellers of Wyoming, Donna (Edward) Oropallo of North Carolina, John (Sarah) Sellers of Bradford, NY, and Theresa Huslage of New Jersey; twelve grandchildren; one great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Rex; his sister, Jewel; his daughter, Patricia A. Brown; and his two grandchildren, Austin and Christopher. A Memorial Mass and celebration of Ronnie’s life will be held at a future date at the convenience of the family. Ernest J. Shaut BATH | Ernest J. Shaut, 89, of 6294 Bonny Hill Road, Bath, died Wednesday, February 13, 2002 at the Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital. Mr. Shaut was born in Bath, October 4, 1912 the son of the late George and Ademia (Margeson) Shaut. He was a dispatcher for the Bath Gas, Electric, and Water Co. Mr. Shaut started the Bath Saddle Club. He was a member of the North Cameron Grange, and a lifetime member of the Bath Volunteer Ambulance Corps and the Bath Volunteer Fire Department. He was also a past member of the Odd Fellows. He is survived by his wife, Lillian Shaut of Bath, NY; 3 daughters, Barbara (Robert) Vanderhoff of Bath, NY, Roberta Thompson of Bath, NY and Beverly (Harold) Risley of Cameron Mills, NY; his son, Theodore (Mary) Shaut of Bath, NY; 3 step-daughters, Deanna Dyer, Joan Muck and Kimberly Bennage, all of Bath, NY; 2 stepsons, Gary Muck of Lakeville, NY and Carl Muck of Bath, NY; his 3 sisters, Katherine (James) Bailey of Hammondsport, NY, Jo (Donald) Robinson and Arlene Butler, both of Bath, NY; 9 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Ernie was predeceased by his brothers John Shaut and Robert Parker, his stepsister Louella Winters and his first wife Cleone Shaut in 1975. Friends may call today, Saturday, February 16th from 1:00-3:00 PM at Fagan’s Funeral Home, 31 West Morris St., Bath. Funeral services will follow at 3:00 PM with Rev. Robert Tuttle officiating. Burial will be in Nondaga Cemetery, Bath. Roger L. Shautt CAMPBELL, NY | Roger L. Shautt, age 68 of Campbell, NY, passed away unexpectedly Monday evening, February 25, 2002, at Corning Hospital. Roger was born May 22, 1933 in Buffalo, NY, son of John W. and Bernice L. Randolph Shautt. He served in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict as a ship radio operator. He married Betty VanGorden August 16, 1968 in the First Methodist Church in Corning, NY. He was retired from Lamac Unlimited in Hornell, NY after several years in auto body repair. In his spare time, Roger enjoyed hunting, fishing on Lake Ontario and reading. Surviving Roger is his wife of 33 years, Betty of Campbell, NY; sons and daughter-in-law, Dana and Vickie Shautt of Alaska and Lon Shautt of Georgia; four grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and many friends. It was Roger’s wishes there be no visitation. The family plans a private service in the future. Arragements are with Carpenter’s Funeral Homes. NANCY W. SHEPPARD KANONA | Nancy Watkins Sheppard, 40, of 8418 State Route 53, Kanona, N.Y., formerly of Knoxville, Pa., died Friday April 12 2002 at Ira Davenport Hospital, Bath, N.Y. She was born, Aug. 20, 1961 in Wellsboro, Pa., the daughter of Lewis and Retha Perry Watkins. She was employed by Save-A-Lot grocery store in Bath. She was a 1979 Graduate of Cowanesque Valley High School. She is survived by a daughter Tanya Bennett (Jeff Konopski) of Bath; a son, Joseph Bennett of Osceola, Pa.; a grandson, Owen Konopski, Bath; a granddaughter, Chelsea Bennett, Osceola, Pa. She is also survived by sister- and brother-in-law: Lela and Walter Furher, Osceola, Pa., Annette and Curtis Kio, Westfield, Pa., Phyllis and Harold Erb, Knoxville, Pa., Jodi and Ronald Love, Little Rock, Ark. Also surviving are brother -and sister-in-law Lewis and Stephanie Watkins Jr., Conway, Ark.; parents Lewis and Retha Watkins Sr., Knoxville, Pa., financee, DAvid Ahrens, Kanona, N.Y., “best friend”, Deb Haley and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by sister, Linda VanZile and nephew, Chris Erb. Friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home Inc., 214 W. Main St., Elkland, Pa. Sunday from 7-9 p.m. and today from 1-2 p.m. where funeral services will be conducted immediately following the visitation at 2 p.m. with Rev. Donald Hurlbert officiating. Burial will be Riverside Cemetery, Knoxville, Pa. Memorial donations may be made to your local chapter of the American Cancer Society in Nancy’s memory. Julia A. Sherwood HORNELL | Julia A. Sherwood, 79, of McAuley Manor at Mercy Care Skilled Nursing Facility, formerly of King Hill Road, Campbell, died Monday, February 11, 2002 at McAuley Manor. She was born July 23, 1922, in Painted Post, the daughter of the late John Joseph and Anis May (Bond) Gibson. Julia and Clifford H. Sherwood were married June 3, 1943 in Oklahoma. Clifford predeceased her October 7, 1989. She dedicated her life to raising her family and taking care of her home. She is survived by her children, Betty Stiles of Cortland, NY, Sandra Johnson of Cortland, NY, Stephen Sherwood of Pulteney, NY, Barbara Sherwood of Elmira, NY, Ellen Sherwood of Bath, NY and Cindy Sherwood of Campbell; two grandsons, Stephen Sherwood, Jr., and Thomas Stephens. Friends are invited to call at the Acly-Stover Funeral Home, 327 East Second St., Corning on Thursday, February 14, 2002 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be at Coopers Cemetery, Coopers Plains, NY. Ambrose S. Simmons BATH | Ambrose S. Simmons 83, of 7571 Route 54, Bath died Sunday, May 19, 2002 at the Taylor Health Care Center. Mr. Simmons was born in Bath, August 13, 1918 the son of the late William and Florence (Campbell) Simmons. He was employed by the Painted Post Diner. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Painted Post and volunteered at the Salvation Army in Corning. He is survived by his niece Mary Soles of Bath and several other nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; sisters, Bertha Travis and Margaret Simmons and brother, Eldon Simmons. Friends may call on Thursday May 23rd from 1:00 -3:00 PM at Fagan’s Funeral Home in Bath. Funeral Services will follow at 3:00 PM with Rev. Stephen Sibson officiating. Burial will be in Nondaga Cemetery, Bath. Henry Woodrow Simons BINGHAMTON | Henry Woodrow Simons, 85, went to be with the Lord, Sunday, March 17, 2002 after a lengthy illness. He is survived by his loving wife of sixty years, Grace Barnard Simons and his devoted children, son Allan and wife, Charlotte of Tucson, Arizona; daughter, Doris Strakosch and husband, Raymond of Newburgh, New York and daughter, Mary Montgomery of Johnson City, New York; granddaughter, Margaret Strakosch of Newburgh, New York; brother, Alvin Simons and wife, Grace of Tunersville, Georgia; sisters, Clara Babcock and Esther Damboise both of Prattsburgh, New York; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in passing by parents Allan G. and Bertha D. Simons; sister, Hilda Hurlburt and brother Harold Simons. Henry was a native of Prattsburgh, New York, Steuben County. He graduated from Naples High School and The New York State College of Agriculture at Cornell University in 1939. He taught vocational agriculture in Hemlock, New York and Rushville, New York. He joined the New York State Electric & Gas Corporation in 1945 as a farm service representative based in Ithaca, New York. He relocated to the Triple Cities in 1965, in a supervisory capacity for the NYSEG farm service staff, and then worked in consumer education until his retirement in 1978. He was a member of Ross Memorial Presbyterian Church in Binghamton, serving as an elder and adult Sunday school teacher. He was an active member of Kiwanis International in Ithaca and Binghamton for 56 years, serving as Lieutenant Governor. He thoroughly enjoyed volunteering for Meals on Wheels in the Triple Cities for more than twenty years. Radio and television repair was his hobby in retirement. Friends may call on Wednesday, March 20, at the De Munn Funeral Home, 36 Conklin Avenue, Binghamton from four until seven O’clock P.M. A funeral service will be held Thursday, March 21 at ten thirty O’clock A.M.. at the Ross Memorial Presbyterian Church, 6 Morris Street, Binghamton. Interment will follow services, at the Rural Cemetery, Prattsburgh, New York. In lieu of flowers, the family requests friends wishing to make memorial contributions in Henry’s name, to please think of the Ross Memorial Presbyterian Church, 6 Morris Street, Binghamton, New York 13903 or the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 32 W. State Street, Binghamton Estelle F. Sinclaire JAMESBURG, NJ | Estelle F. Sinclaire of Jamesburg, NJ passed away October 22, 2001. Interment will take place Saturday, May 4th, 11 AM at Hope Cemetery Annex, Corning, NY following a graveside service. Fordyce Slater BATH | Fordyce Slater, 84 of 7405 County Route 89, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on February 3, 2002. He was born on May 18, 1917, son of the late Charles and Cora Slater and husband of the late Natholie Slater. He is survived by his children: Joyce (Richard) Strait of Junction City, Kansas, Susan Gelder of Pulteney, Lawrence (Marsha) Slater of Hammondsport and Theresa (Jeffrey) Harrington of Baltimore, MD; sister, Norma Wilson of Bath, brother, Carl (Rachel) Slater of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, 9 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Fordyce was a loving father and faithful follower of Christ. He was an avid archer, photographer and woodworker. He was an Elder at the Greater Grace Fellowship Church in Pulteney. He was retired from Mercury Aircraft. There will be a memorial service at the Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church on Wednesday, February 6, 2002 at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Greater Grace Fellowship Church, Slater Memorial Fund, 10310 Cross Street, Hammon-dsport, NY 14840. Arrangements are by the LaMarche Funeral Home of Hammondsport. Jack E. Slayton BATH, NY | Jack E. Slayton, 71, of 6583 County Route 11, Bath died Thursday, March 21, 2002 at the Bath Veterans Administration Medical Center, Bath. Mr. Slayton was born in Avoca, NY December 24, 1930 the son of the late Elwin and Evelyn (Sick) Slayton. He was a Heavy Equipment Operator for C.F. Evans in Elmira, NY. Jack was a member of the Avoca American Legion and the Operating Engineers Union of Syracuse. He was a Korean War Army Veteran. He is survived by his wife Helen Slayton of Bath, NY; his daughter Jacquelyn Slayton of Bath, NY and son John Say of Waterloo, NY; 1 grandson; 3 sisters, Joyce Angelo of Wayne, NY, Marjorie Fox of Bath, NY and Betty Ann (Rudy) Tabory of Ontario, Canada; 2 brothers, George (Laura) Slayton of Penn Yan, NY and Gerald (Norine) Slayton of Bath, NY; 4 stepdaughters, Cherie Gerych of Scottsville, NY, Pamela (Tony) Lisefski of Bath, NY, Betty Gerych of Bath, NY and Donna Gerych of Bradford, NY; 4 stepsons, Joseph (Debbie) Gerych of Bath, NY, Richard (Melissa) Gerych of Bath, NY, David (Candace) Gerych of Bath, NY and Thomas Gerych of Honeoye, NY, several step grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and other stepchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter Cathy Say. Friends may call on Sunday March 24th from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 PM at Fagan’s Funeral Home, 31 West Morris St., Bath. The funeral will be Monday at 11:00 AM at the Funeral Home with Reverend Richard Shatzel officiating. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Harold H. Smith ORMOND BEACH, FLA | Harold H. Smith, 74, formerly of Corning, NY and the Mohawk Valley, passed away Saturday, February 9, 2002 at his residence, 1335 Fleming Avenue, Ormond Beach, Florida. He was born on July 6, 1927 in St. Johnsville, NY, the son of the late Ernest and Harriet (Palmer) Smith. He was educated in St. Johnsville and Little Falls Schools. He was united in marriage to his wife of 52 years, the former Grace L. Mosher, on July 28, 1943 in Little Falls, NY. Mrs. Smith predeceased him on December 15, 1995, as well as his daughter, Janet in 1989, son Robert in 1998 and son Thomas in 1961; brothers, Ernest Jr. and Ralph also predeceased him. Mr. Smith was a veteran of World War II, serving with the US Navy at Sampson Naval Base from 1944-1945. He was a member of the Inghams Mills Baptist Church and the Mohawk Valley Post #32, VFW, in Fort Plain, NY. Mr. Smith took great pride in his driving tractor trailer career of over 30 years, as well as, his most recent job as a security officer at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., retiring in 1999. He is survived by his four sons; Harold H. Smith Jr. (Doris) of Cooksville, MD, Bernard H. Smith (Angela) of Bridgeport, NY, Clark D. Smith (Sandy) of Lodi, NY and Patrick H. Smith (Tamara) of Beaver Dams, NY; four daughters, Norma (Ray) Jennings of Fort Plain, NY, Marion (Howard) Briggs of Ormond Beach, Fla., Twila (Kevin) Coon of Beaver Dams, NY and Lisa Riff (Robert Burns) of Coopers Plains, NY. Mr. Smith was very proud of his 29 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. Mr. Smith is survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, February 14, 2001 at 10:00am from the Inghams Mills Baptist Church, with Mrs. Gertrude Ortlieb, interim pastor officiating. Interment will take place in Rural Part Cemetery in the spring. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday, February 13, 2002 from 5-8pm at the Chapman-Moser Funeral Home, Inc., 42 North Ann Street, Little Falls and to attend the funeral services Wednesday morning. It is the wish of the family that contributions in memory of Mr. Smith be considered to the Inghams Mills Baptist Church. Envelopes are available at the funeral home for this purpose. Members of the Mohawk Valley Post #32, V.F.W. will meet at the funeral home on Wednesday evening at 7:00pm to conduct their services in memory of Mr. Smith. Edna M. Smith CORNING | Edna M. Smith, age 90 of 378 East Third Street, quietly slipped into eternal peace on Sunday, March 24, 2002. She had Parkinsons and was recently recovering from a fall. Her loving son, David P. Smith and loving daughter-in-law, Linda Briggs-Smith were both at her bedside when she passed on. Edna was a long time resident of Endicott, NY. She moved here in 1998 to be closer to her family. During her stay here she needed 24 hour care. Many wonderful home health care professionals provided this for her. Edna was born in Binghamton, NY on May 8, 1911. She was a graduate of Binghamton Central High and also received a teaching degree from Cortland Normal School in 1932. As a Elementary teacher, she taught in various schools in the Binghamton area, but is best remembered as a kindergarten teacher at the West Corners school in Endicott, NY. In 1937, she married John Dayton Smith of Oneida, NY and they made their home in Endicott. Mr. Smith was to become a well known local attorney, and at one time was the president of the Broome County Bar Association. He died unexpectedly in 1970 at the age of sixty. Edna Mains Smith was a member of the Union Presbyterian Church for over sixty years. She served on many church committees and projects and had served as a church Elder. In the community, she was active in the “Harmony Circle”, the Woman’s Club of Endicott, NY, and was an original member of the “reach for Recovery” program. Edna and her friends were long time supporters of the “B.C. Pops” of Binghamton, and the Cider Mill playhouse of Endicott. After she retired from teaching, for many years, she was a volunteer tourguide at the Roberson Center of the Arts in Binghamton. In 1986, she was awarded the “Decent Docent” of the year award. Edna is survived by three children. They are: Susan (Dino) Paparella of Hot Springs, Arkansas, David (Linda) Smith of Corning, NY and Marilyn (Jerry) Hammond of Charleston, South Carolina. A third daughter, Linda Elizabeth Smith passed away in 1944 as an infant. Edna is also survived by one grandson, Robbie Brundage of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and two step-grandchildren: Michael Briggs of Corning, NY and Amy Perry of Rochester, NY. Edna was an only child, but has a younger surviving cousin; Doris Dellow of Rochester, NY, that she loved like a sister. Friends may call Thursday, March 28, 2002 from 7-9 pm at the Haughey Funeral Home, 216 E. First St., Corning, NY. A eulogy will be presented at 8:45 pm. interment will be held in the family plot at the Vestal Hills Cemetery, Vestal, NY. The family would appreciate Memorial Donations be given in her name to: The Office for Aging Respite Fund, 3 Pulteney Square, Bath, NY 14810. Joyce M. Smith CAMPBELL | Joyce M. Smith, 61, of Meads Creek Road, died Saturday, May 25, 2002 at her home with her family by her side. She was born on Jan. 10, 1941 in Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Earl and Reva (Calkins) Speicher. She married Harold (Hoppy) W. Smith on September 18,1958 in Big Flats, NY. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Harold W. Smith; son, Leslie Smith of Campbell; daughters, Erika Smith and Kimberly McPher-son of Campbell, Kelly Smith (Paul) of Erwin and Barbra Smith (Dan) of Elmira; a sister, Linda Gates of Enterprise, AL; a brother, Larry Speicher of Beaver Dams; grandchildren, Shawn McPherson, Rachael McPher-son, Melissa McPherson, Tiffany Runyan, Aaron Butler, Colby and Donovan Smith and Brooke Smith; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers, Myron, Raymond and Donald Speicher and a sister, Juanita young. The family will receive friends at the Acly-Stover Funeral Home, 327 East Second St., Corning on Thursday, May 30, 2002 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A Memorial service will follow at 4:00 p.m. The family would appreciate Memorial Donations be made to Southern Tier Hospice Inc., 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830. Raymond F. (Smitty) Smith CORNING | Raymond F. (Smitty) Smith age 87 (retired Corning Firefighter), died Saturday, March 30, 2002 at the Corning Hospital. He was born March 11, 1915 in Yonkers, NY, the son of the late Matthew A. and Margaret M. Burke Smith. He was a graduate of Gorton High, Yonkers, NY. Raymond and Rita M. Donohue were married June 28, 1941 at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in New York City. They relocated to Corning from Yonkers, NY in September of 1947. He was employed as a Corning Firefighter, retiring in 1980 with 32 years with the department and had served as past president of the Local Firefighter’s Union. He was a member of All Saints Parish, attending St. Patrick’s Church, life member of the Corning Lodge of Elks #1071, and the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree and was a member of the South Corning Senior Citizens Group. Ray was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Rita; three daughters: Sharon (David) Schilberger of Corning, NY, Diane (William) Clements of Rochester, NY and Elaine (Joseph) Wilson of Longmont, CO; six grandchildren: David & Steven Schilberger, Robert & Tracy Hall and Sara & Kathryn Wilson, also several nieces & nephews. Friends may call at the Haughey Funeral Home, 216 East First St., Corning, NY, Tuesday April 2, 2002 from 4-7 pm. The Corning Fire Department will have an Honor Guard during visitation and a Memorial Service at 6 pm. Corning Lodge of Elks, Lodge of Sorrow Service will be held at 7 pm. A Prayer Service will be held at the funeral home Wednesday April 3, 2002 at 9:00 am. A representation of the Corning Fire Department will serve as Pall Bearers and escort Raymond to St. Mary’s Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 am. Committal Prayers & Interment will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Corning, NY. The family would appreciate Memorial donations be given in his name to the Corning Firefighters Benevolent Assoc., 1 Corning Blvd., Corning, NY 14830. Edwin Farwell Smith, Jr. AUSTIN, TX | Edwin Farwell Smith, Jr. died Wednesday, March 6, 2002 at his home in Austin TX following a courageous battle with cancer. Ed was born in Richmond, VA July 8, 1930 to Edwin Farwell Smith and Ethel Marguerite Jones Smith. He attended Bridgewater College and graduated from the Richmond Professional Institute of the College of William and Mary. His professional life was spent in various executive positions with the Medical Society, both regionally and nationally. Ed was a faithful member of his church. His leadership in the BSA was a life long interest. He was a member of Rotary and was a Civil War re-enactor. He is survived by his wife, Linda of Austin; former wife and mother of his children, Ilene Smith of Harrisonburg, VA; children: Karen Crites of Harrisonburg; John Edwin (Mary) Smith of Atlanta, GA; James Walter (Linda) Smith of Bear, DE; grandchildren, Kenneth Crites, Christopher Smith and Heather Smith; stepchildren: Dyanne Bush of Austin and Lori Bush of Kyle, TX; stepgrandchild, Tanner Bush. He is also survived by an aunt, Kaia Damon of Woodhull; cousins, Edwin E. Symonds of Addison, Tom Smith of Canisteo, June LeRay of Bath, Carole Dupray of Buffalo, Jeffrey Smith, Jr., Pauline Cilley, Kathryn Andrews, Joanne Mason, all of Woodhull. Services were held Saturday, March 9th at Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin. Interment will be next to his mother in Jonesboro Baptist Church Cemetery, Jonesboro, VA on Thursday, March 14, 2002 at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Rotary Foundation, Rotary Club of Austin, 104 Academy Drive, Austin, TX 78704. Funeral arrangements made by Cook Walden Funeral Home of Austin and Parr Funeral Home of Roseland, VA. Lillian I. Sowersby PAINTED POST, NY | Lillian I. Sowersby, age 90 formerly of Village Square Apts., Painted Post, NY, passed away Sunday March 3, 2002 at Founders Pavilion in Corning. Lillian was born September 2, 1911 in Andover, NY, daughter of Enos and Hattie Brown Gavitt. She became the wife of Alton “Ike” Sowersby in Wellsville, NY in 1932. Lillian was owner/operator of the Colonial Beauty and Dress Shop that was located on Market St., and later moved to Ontario St. in Corning. She attended college in Florida to earn a Real Estate Broker License and was retired from Giasson Real Estate in Florida. Her memberships in the Corning area included the Women of the Moose and the VFW Auxiliary. Surviving Lillian are her daughters: Suzanne Bloom of Bath and Penny (Herb) Kimble of Corning; thirteen grandchildren, several great grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews. Predeceasing Lillian was her husband Ike in 1980, sons: Alton “Rusty” in 1993 and James in 1940 and a daughter, June Houck. Friends are invited to call at Carpenter’s Funeral Home, 14 E. Pulteney St. on Wednesday, March 6 from 1 to 3 PM. The Funeral Service will be at the Funeral Home at the conclusion of the visitation (3PM). The interment will be in Fairlawn Cemetery, Scio, NY. Emma E. Spangenberg Emma E. Spangenberg, age 79, of Campbell, NY, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 25, 2002. Mrs. Spangen-berg was born April 27, 1923 at Corning, the daughter of the late Gordon and Iva (Greene) Morse of Coopers Plains. She was a wonderful person to whomever she came in contact with. She was a devoted mother who dearly loved her children, grandchildren and other children and she raised several foster children in addition to her own. Emma is survived by six sons: Vernon (Janet) Spangen-berg of Gettysburg, PA, John (Kathy) Spangenberg of Campbell, NY, Gordon W. (Laurie) Spangenberg of Savona, NY, Nathan (Millie) Spangenberg of Painted Post, NY, Phillip Spangenberg of Bradford, NY, Lavern Spangenberg of Florida; five daughters: Gail Spangenberg of New York, NY, Joan Barteau of New Mexico, Kathy (Henry) Taylor of Painted Post, NY, Natalie (Robert) Kitchen of Campbell, NY, Sue (Darold) Decamp of Beaver Dams, NY; 43 grandchildren: Arlene, Richard, Mark, Mike, Randy, Heidi, Lisa, Debbie, Diane, Steve, Michael, Craig S., Brett, Christine, Becky, Tania, Tina B., Heather, Sarah, JC, Russell, Tina T., Jeremy, Jason, Autumn, Gordy Jr., Lindsey, Olivia, Christopher, Bob, Alisa, Eric, Wayne, Willi, Ellie, Vicki, Victoria, Dakota, Craig D., Wyatt, PJ, Daniel and Vanessa; 39 great-grandchildren; brothers: Vernon, Gordon, Stanley, Bob and Howard Morse; sisters: Harriet Durante and Margaret King; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, Richard Spangenberg. Calling hours will be Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at Phillips Funeral Home Inc., 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning, where the funeral will be held Wednesday at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Harold Decamp officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery of Campbell. Memorials are suggested to the charity of choice or may go to assist the family with medical expenses. Envelopes will be provided. Dayton G. Stafford HOMER, NY | Dayton G. Stafford, 86, of Grove St., Homer, NY, passed away Sunday, April 21, 2002 at home unexpectedly. He was born February 28, 1916 in McGraw, NY, the son of the late George & Grace Holden Stafford. Mr. Stafford was a graduate of the Cortland High School. He then went on to serve in the U.S. Navy Seabees, where he served in the Pacific Theatre from 1941-1945. He helped build runways on several Pacific Islands. After his honorable discharge, he was married to Genevieve Rumsey on July 5, 1950 in Homer, NY. He worked for Ray E. Keeney and Son, then with Beers and Warfield Lumber Co., before starting his own construction business, Dayton Stafford Building in 1963. He continues to work until the mid 1990’s. He was a member of the Homer Methodist Church, and in his spare time enjoyed traveling and working around his home. He is survived by his wife of 51 yrs. Genevieve Stafford of Homer; sons George Stafford of Albany, Wayne (Tracy) Stafford of Homer; daughter Julie (Duane) Miller of Corning; 6 grandchildren: Andrew & Jonathon Miller, Dana, Cara, Lana and Erin Stafford, several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers Fay and Ray Stafford both of Dryden. A memorial service will be held 1 pm Thursday, April 25, 2002 at the Homer Methodist Church with Rev. Allan Ferguson presiding. The family will greet friends in the fellowship hall immediately following the services. Burial will be in the Glenwood Cemetery at a later time. Wright-Beard Funeral Home, 91 Lincoln Ave., Cortland, NY has charge of arrangements. Elmira Lidy Stalbird CORNING | Elmira Lidy Stalbird, age 95, of Corning, NY died Friday, February 8, 2002 at Founders Pavilion in Corning. Born in East Plymouth, PA on January 8, 1907, she was the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Bosley Lidy. She was the wife of John M. Stalbird who preceded her in death in 1969. She loved to crochet and knit afghans, and was committed to her family. Elmira had been a Sunday School teacher for over 30 years, and was a member of St. Johns Primitive Methodist Church in Avoca, PA, and attended North Baptist Church in Corning. She was preceded in death by two sisters: Ellen Wertman and Dorothy Parrins; brothers: Bernard Schultz and Joseph Coyne and one son, Donald Stalbird. She is survived by three grandsons: David (Valerie) Stalbird of Corning, NY, Douglas Stalbird of Corning and Dale (Heather) Stalbird of Savona, NY; 7 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. Friends may call on Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at the North Baptist Church, Sly Avenue, Corning from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM where funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM with the Reverend Randy Ginnan officiating. Burial will be in the Memorial Shrine Cemetery, Wyoming, PA. Memorial donations may be made to the St. John’s P.M. Church, 316 Main Street, Avoca, PA 18641. Marion Stedge-Brown MONSEY, NY | Marion Stedge-Brown of Monsey, New York passed peacefully at home on April 21, 2002 in the loving care of her family. She was born the third of eleven chidren to Ida Mae and Floyd Austin on April 29, 1920 in Campbell, New York. She is predeceased by her eldest brother Robert and her first husband Ernest Stedge. She is survived by her sisters Anna Sherwood and Laura Warn and her brothers Harold, Walter, David, Douglas, and Bill of Campbell, NY, Warren of Sidney, NY and Floyd of Elmira, NY and her sisters-in-law Ellie, Carol, Dorothy, Muffy, Josie and Liz. She will be mourned as well by the many members of the Stedge and Brown families and by many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews. Her children Ernest and wife Patricia of Pomona, Kay of Monsey, and Jeffrey and wife Susan of Clifton Park, NY and grandchildren E.J., Jonathan, Katie and Sean and her second husband Carlton Brown of Phoenix, AZ will miss her deeply. Marion’s concern for others led to her training as a nurse and her devotion to the well-being of her family and friends was her greatest love. She saw the beauty in nature and respected the power of words to inspire and heal. She was always ready with a smile and a word of encouragement to light the coldest winter day with a ray of sunshine. She loved to travel but her favorite place was home. Marion’s family will receive family and friends at Higgins Funeral Home in Stony Point, NY on Friday, April 26th from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 27th at 1 PM at the Central Presbyterian Church in Haverstraw, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Julia B. Stermer CORNING | Julia Basal Stermer, age 88, formerly of Corning and Elmira Heights passwed away at the Corning Hospital on Friday, April 12, 2002. Julia was born on Nov. 9, 1913 in Elmira Heights, the daughter of Andrew and Christina Knotko Basal. She Married Irvin Stermer on Aug. 28, 1938 in Caton, Pa. He predeceased her in 1987. Surving Julia are her children, Bonnie (Wade) Jarrett of Remsen, NY and Paul (Louise) Stermer of Fresno, Ca., six grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Julia was predeceased by her brothers; John, George, William, Paul, Peter, Michael and Nicholas, and siters; Anna, Margaret, Mary, Helen and Florence. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at 1 p.m. at Carpenter’s Funeral Home in COrning with Rev. Wade Jarrett officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery. Ronald G. Stermer 4/18/02NORMAN, OKLA. | Ronald G. Stermer, age 65, passed away at the Norman Regional Hospital on April 13, 2002. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at Resthaven Cemetery. He was born April 20, 1936 in Corning, New York to Maynard and Beatrice Stermer. He was united in marriage to Patricia Ann Stermer on May 7, 1955. She preceded him in death in 1987. Ron had lived in Norman since 1967 when he came here a glass blower and instructor at the University of Oklahoma. He held that position until his retirement in 1996. He served a five-year apprenticeship at Corning Glass Works, where he became a Master Glass Blower, certified by the American Scientific Glass Blowers’ Association. Most of his work was custom glass work including pumps, vacuum systems and distillation equipment. However, he also did custom items designed by faculty membes and graduate students and many sculptures. The sculpture which earned Ron the most fame is a replica of a turn-of-the-century wooden oil derrick with moving parts run by a small motor. He constructed the 20-inch tal sculpture during a six-month period in 1976. The work has appeared on television, was photographed and featured in the Sunday Oklahoma Orbit Magazine and has been displayed at the Oklahoma Blow-Out Prevention School seminars and the Petroluem Club of Oklahoma City. He was awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award by the University of Oklahoma for his lectures and demonstrations to various oganizations. Prior to moving to Norman, he had worked for Tecumseh Products Research Lab in Ann Arbor, Michigan; General Electric Company in Syracuse, New York, and Motorola, Inc. in Phoenix, Arizona and for Corning Glass Works in Corning, New York. Whether the finished product is a complex piece of scientific apparatus, Ron used the same precision, skill and talent to work wonders with glass. He is survived by three children; Rhonda Stermer of Norman, Diane O’Neal and her husband Jim of Norman, and Kathy Chandler of Dallas, Texas.; by two granddaughters; Lacey O’Neal an Katelynn O’Neal; and by three sisters, Sharon Slater and her husband John; Linda Adkins and her husband Danny; and Marcia Stermer. Emerson B. Stevens HORNELL | Emerson B. Stevens, 93, of 7 Hakes Ave., died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002 at St. James Mercy Hospital. He was the owner and operator of the former Emerson B. Stevens Gift Shop on Main Street for 36 years. Survivors include a niece, Barbara Vosler of Gettysburg, Pa., and a nephew, James Stevens of Wellsville. Calling hours are 2-3 p.m. Monday at Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home Inc., 285 Main St. Services will be held there at the conclusion of calling hours at 3 p.m. Monday, the Rev. David Kilgore officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery. Bertha Elizabeth Stevens PAINTED POST | Bertha Elizabeth Stevens age 93 of Three Rivers Health Care Center, Painted Post, NY, formerly of Lindley, NY, passed away Saturday, March 30, 2002 at the center. She was born May 29, 1908 in Lindley, NY, the daughter of George and Jennie Wright Riffle. She was a member of the East Lindley Baptist Church and was a homemaker. She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law: Maynard and Desta Stevens of Lindley, NY and James and Ruth Stevens of Lawrenceville, PA; brother, Richard Riffle of Clarkston, Washington; sister, Alice Harrison of Painted Post, NY, 5 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and 1 great great granddaughter. Friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Elkland, PA Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm where funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11:00 am. Rev. James Boris, officiating. Burial in Farmington Hill Cemetery, Farmington Twp., PA. Hazel L. Stewart THURSTON | Hazel L. Stewart, 100, of 4080 Smith Rd., passed away Saturday, March 30, 2002 at her home. She was born November 14, 1901 in Cameron, NY to John and Dora Tubbs Emerson. She attended Risingville United Methodist Church. Hazel is survived by one daughter, Wanda M. (Ralph) Sutton of Thurston, NY; four grandchildren: Audrey (Charles) Champlain, Nancy Hoyt, Jeff Sutton and Gary Sutton, all of Cameron Mills, NY and seven great-grandchildren: Ryan, Emily and Devon Hoyt, Kayla Sutton, Amber, Brandon and Shannon Champlain, all of Cameron Mills, NY. She was predeceased by her husband, Allen Burrell Stewart in 1992, and three brothers, Archie, Milo and Witton Emerson. Friends may call at Seager-Jones Funeral Home, 4 E. Washington St., Bath, NY Tuesday April 2nd from 7:00-9:00 PM. Funeral Services will be Wednesday April 3rd at 2:00 PM at the funeral Home. Burial will be in Town Line Cemetery. Leonard J. Stiles CORNING | Leonard J. Stiles, age 70 of Corning, died suddenly at the Corning Hospital on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2002. He was born April 5th, 1931 the son of Edwin and Alice (Dyke) Stiles. Leonard is predeceased by his parents, his wife Beverly in October of 2000, his two sons Leonard Jr. and Steven Stiles, a sister Ester (Gene) Flint and a brother David Stiles. Leonard is survived by his children: James (Shawna) Prouty Jr. of Canisteo, David (Melissa) Stiles of Corning, Michael (Carla) Stiles of Corning, Ross Stiles of Florida, Linda (Edward) Bates of Corning; his brothers and sisters: Edwin (Mickey) Stiles Jr. of Florida, Paul (Donna) Stiles of Hornell, Mary (Cone) of Hornell, Dorothy (Grover) Payne of Avoca, Betty Evans of Lancaster, PA, Alice (Elwin) Flint of Hornell, Lois (James) Brizze of Wellsville, Ira (Patricia) Stiles of Lindley and Betty Stiles of Hornell; also surviving Leonard are 19 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Leonard was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving his country during the Korean War. Family and friends are invited to call at Carpenter’s Funeral Home, 14 E. Pulteney Street, Corning, NY on Friday, April 5th, 2002 from 2-4 PM with the funeral and committal service following calling hours with the Rev. Larry Parker officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Caton, NY at the convenience of the family.