Miscellaneous Steuben County, New York Obituaries


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HORSEHEADS - Gerald M. "Jerry" Kiefer, retiree of the Elmira Psychiatric Center, 64, went home to be with the Lord Monday (May 8, 2000) at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center after a brief struggle with lung cancer.
Jerry was born Dec. 18, 1935, the son of the late Clyde and Roma (Harvey) Kiefer in South Dansville. He attended Breesport Baptist Church and served in the U. S. Navy during the Korean conflict and was honorably discharged in 1956 as 2nd Class Petty Officer.
Loving his work as boilerman. Jerry continued his trade working of the State of New York in Albany, Beacon, Oxford and Elmira, where he retired from Elmira Psychiatric Center as Physical Plant Superintendent in 1990. He also enjoyed traveling across the U.S. to visit family and tour the country.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Shirley (Blasetti) Kiefer. Jerry was the father to Maria (William) Nally of Dallas, Texas; Michael (Carolyn) Kiefer of Farmington, Minn.; and grandfather to Laura Nally; Alexis and Ariel Kiefer; brother of Jeffrey Kiefer of N.M.; son-in-law, Fred and Jean Blasetti; his uncle, William (Lois) Harvey of Canaseraga; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 South Main Street, Horseheads on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8 p.m.. His funeral services will take place there at the conclusion of calling hours at 8 p.m., with Rev. Frank Snyder officiating. Graveside committal service will take place Friday at 10 a.m. in the South Dansville Forest lawn Cemetery, Dansville.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed to the Breesport Baptist Church, Church St., Breesport, N.Y. 14816.

DANSVILLE - Louise M. Donaldson Malandra, 88, a life long resident of Dansville, residing on Adams St., passed away early Tuesday morning (May 9, 2000) at the Conesus Lake Nursing Home in Livonia, where she had been a resident for the past several months.
She was born in Perkinsville, on Jan. 13, 1912, a daughter of the late Jacob and Minnie Sauerbier Morsch. She was predeceased by her husband Thomas Malandra in 1984, a brother Edward Morsch and two sisters, Renelda Snyder and Virginia Kiesl.
Louise, a registered nurse, worked for many years as a floor supervisor at the Dansville Memorial Hospital and later worked for the late Dr. Laverne G. Wagner until his retirement in 1976.
For several years after her retirement, she worked as a Senior Companion at Dogwood Day Treatment in Dansville.
She was past president of the Daniel Goho Post No. 87 of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She also was an active member of Clara Barton Chapter No. 1 of the American Red Cross, a member of the Loyal Hearts Circle and a communicant of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church of Dansville.
She is survived by her brother, Jacob (Katie) Morsch of Dansville; two sisters, Rita (William) Myers of Lockport; Elizabeth Leone of Mt. Morris; several nieces and nephews.
There will be no prior calling hours. Friends and neighbors are invited to meet the family at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dansville, on Thursday at 10 a.m. for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Dansville.
Friends may make memorial contributions to Life Line, c/o Noyes Memorial Hospital, 111 Clara Barton St., or St. Mary's Church, 40 Elizabeth St., both of Dansville, 14437.
Arrangements are by the Hindle Funeral Home, 271 Main St., Dansville.

DANSVILLE - Olive Johnson of 137 Morey Ave., died May 5, 2000 at Noyes Memorial Hospital after an extended illness.
She was born on Dec. 3, 1914 in Venango County, Pa. and married Kenneth W. Johnson on April 4, 1953. He predeceased her on March 7, 1974.
She contributed many volunteer hours to local organizations such as Noyes Memorial Hospital, United Methodist Church, Dansville Dogwood Festival, Red Cross and the Dansville Food Bank. She was awarded the Robert J. Uplinger Distinguished Service Award on behalf of the New York State Lions International and the Dansville Lions Club.
She leaves nieces and an uncle and many, many long time friends, who she has kept in touch with from many states of our country.
Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery, Bradford, Pa., and a memorial service will be held at the United Methodist Church in Dansville at a later date.
Contributions may be made to the Dansville United Methodist Church, Baptist Church, Congress Street, Bradford, Pa. 16701 or a charity of donor's choice.

WELLSVILLE - Arlene E. Canfield, 96, formerly of 10 Sawyer Street Site, passed away Monday (May 8, 2000) in the Wellsville Manor Nursing Home.
She will be sadly missed by her grandchildren, Patricia Nevol, John Maples; great grandchildren, Scott Nevol, Brian Maples, Sean Maples; great-great grandchildren, Marquelle Nevol.
There will be no prior calling hours. Funeral and committal services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Rural Cemetery, Hornell.
Arrangements are under the direction of Curry's Funeral Home, 297 Canisteo St., Hornell.
Donations may be made to the charity of the donor's choice or the American Cancer Society.

ATLANTA, Ga. - Nancy Willard, 83, formerly of Nunda, the widow of Dana O. Willard Sr., died on Monday (May 8, 2000).
Mrs. Willard taught for many years at Arkport Central School.
She is survived by her loving children, daughters and son-in-law, Susan Bardo; Virginia Ray and Larry Long of Atlanta, Ga.; sons and daughters-in-law, Peter and Sandra Willard of Austin, Texas; Dana and Patricia Willard of Atlanta, Ga.; nine grandchildren; great grandchildren;
The family will receive friends today from 6 to 8 p.m. at H.M Patterson & Son, Oglethorpe Hill Chapel. Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 4 p.m. at Oglethorpe Hill Chapel.

ANGELICA - Deborah C. Hecker, 51, of Golden Acre Drive, passed away Sunday (May 7, 2000) at her home after a long valiant battle with breast cancer.
Born Oct. 9, 1948 in Hornell to Robert and Leona George Davison, she graduated Alfred-Almond Central School in 1966 and attended Alfred State College. On Oct. 26, 1968, she married John (Skip) Hecker. She was employed by Genesee Valley Central School.
Debbie was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Angelica; The Angelica Hose Company; and Angelica Rescue Squad. She was also a member of the Allegany County Literacy Volunteers and past President of CSEA. Debbie was co-owner and manager of the Olde Garage Store in Angelica.
She was predeceased by her mother, Leona Davison, in 1989, and a brother, Richard Davison, in 1995.
Surviving are her husband; two daughters Jennifer (Cory) Guenter of Corning; Jodyna (Craig) Cody of Scottsville; her father, Robert Davison of Hornell; two sisters, Doreen (John) Atwell of Gulfport, Miss.; Carolyn Evingham of Almond; three brothers, Robert (Diane) Davison of Almond; Donald (Jackie) Davison of Hornell; Roderick Davison of Hornell; two grandchildren, Rachel Elizabeth and Fox Keaton Guenter, both of Corning; several nieces and nephews.
The family will be present today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 at the Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 101 West Avenue, (off Olean St.) Angelica. A mass celebrating her life will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church of the Park Circle in Angelica, with Rev. Ralph and Elizabeth Groskoph officiating. Burial will follow in the Until the Day Dawn Cemetery, Angelica.
Those wishing to remember Debbie are asked to consider a contribution to the St. Paul's Church, Park Circle, Angelica, N.Y. 14709 or the Allegany SPCA, Rte. 19, Wellsville, N.Y. 14895.

WAYLAND - Mary Helena Wilson, 93, of 103 1/2 South Main St., passed away peacefully, Monday (May 8, 2000) at her home.
Mary was born Nov. 27, 1906 in Naples, a daughter of Arthur L. and Mabel (Johnson) Lyon. She married Frank Wilson on July 18, 1925 in Honeoye Falls. They were both lifelong residents of the Wayland area. Her husband Frank predeceased her on Nov. 4, 1965. Mary was a full time mother, grandmother and homemaker, all of which she loved dearly.
She was a member of the Wayland United Methodist Church.
She is survived by three daughters, Ruth A. Smith of Wayland; Lois (Lee) Clark of Moravia; Marion (Don) Batchelder of Mt. Airy, N.C.; three grandchildren; three great grandchildren; a sister, Virginia Perry of Canandaigua; a sister-in-law, Virginia Lyons of Bath; several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, at the Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home, 100 E. Naples St., Wayland, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Burial will be in the Village Cemetery, Wayland.
Contributions may be made to the Wayland United Methodist Church in memory of Mary Helena Wilson.

WELLSVILLE - Florence L. Freeman, 61, a resident of Manor Hills, 4110 Bolivar Rd., died Monday in Jones Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.
She was born June 11, 1938 in Rexville, the daughter of John D. and Jossie McMindes Osmin. In May of 1976, in Wellsville, she was married to Howard F. Freeman, who died April 15, 1999.
She had attended the Greenwood Central School, and had resided in the Wellsville area since 1965.
She was a member of the Faith Baptist Church of Yorks Corners and a former member of the Petrolia Grange.
Surviving are a sister, Jeanette (Edward) Reese of Hornell; two brothers, Lee (Vivan) Osmin of Hornell; Laurence (Delores) Morris of Wellsville; several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a sister, Anna Snyder and a brother, Paul Osmin.
Friends may call at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home in Wellsville today from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m., at which time, services will be held with Rev. Les Wells of the Faith Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Greenwood.
Memorials may be made to the Faith Baptist Church.

REXVILLE - Florence C. Thomson, 84, of 1461 Harkenrider Rd., died Monday (May 8, 2000) at St. James Mercy Hospital.
Mrs. Thomson was born Oct. 2, 1915 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the only daughter of Harry P. and Gertrude K. Collins Cunningham.
She was owner and proprietor of the Roslyn Letter Shop, a direct mail advertising business in Roslyn, N.Y.
Survivors include two sons, Dr. Bruce (Jeanne) Thomson, D.V.M. of Rexville; Larry (Becky) Thomson of Jonesboro, Tenn.; one daughter, Cathy (Ron) Freeman of Jupiter, Fla.; two grandchildren, Meredith and Spencer Thomson.
There will be no calling hours. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are in care of H.P. Smith & Son. Inc. Funeral Home in Canisteo.

DANSVILLE - Gary L. Humphrey, 48, of Rochester, passed away Thursday (May 4, 2000) in Rochester.
He was born on April 23, 1952, a son of the late James and Nellie Holbrook Humphrey, He was predeceased by his mother in August of 1999, he was also predeceased by a brother William Relyea.
He is survived by his step father, Keith Harold of Dansville; five brothers, Robin (Paula Kimbel) Humphrey and David Humphrey of Dansville; James (Mary) Humphrey, Gerald (Sandy) Humphrey, Wayne (Jean Milne) Humphrey all of Rochester; a sister, Sue Etta Justice, Also of Rochester.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at St. Luke & St. Simon Cyrene Episcopal Church, 17 South Fitzhugh Street, Rochester.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Nurses Training Fund, c/o 40 & 8, 933 University Ave., Rochester 14607.
Arrangements by the Hindle Funeral Home, 271 Main St., Dansville.

BATH - Frances E. Patterson, 93, formerly of Denwood Terrace, went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday (May 3, 2000) at Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital.
She was born Aug. 5, 1906, in Cameron to Olin and Fannie Bowyer Quick. Frances was a member of Boyd's Corner Baptist Church and also attended the Avoca Baptist Church.
She is survived by her five daughters, Beverly Brown of Bath; Joyce Sulley of Fullerton, Calif.; Kay Wuest of Anaheim, Calif; Linda Brewer of Bath; Vera Nichols of Topeka, Va.; three sons, Alfred Brown of Lawrenceville, Pa.; Raymond Patterson of Cameron; Carl Patterson of Hornell; one sister, Ida Peacock of Bath; and her companion and bodyguard, Nuisance, the cat; five granddaughters; four grandsons; one step granddaughter; ten great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Frances was predeceased by her first husband, Alfred Brown in 1941; her second husband Walter Patterson in 1974; two daughters, Clara Brown and Dorothy Brown; one brother, Kenneth Quick.
Friends may call at Seager-Jones Funeral Home, 4 E. Washington St., Bath, today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Henry Igras officiating. Burial will be in Hedgesville Cemetery, Hedgesville.

ATLANTA - Lunette A. Hale, 92, formerly of 5 Mill St., passed away Friday (May 5, 2000) at the Hornell Gardens Skilled Nursing Facility.
Lunette was born Jan. 26, 1908 in East Springwater, a daughter of Hugh and Agnes (Tyler) Campbell. Lunette was the school nurse at Canisteo Central School for 30 years. She was predeceased by her husband Stanley Hale, a sister, Doris Rawleigh and a brother, Tyler Campbell. Lunette was a past member and 15 year organist of the St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Hornell, she also was a past member of the Hornell area Eastern Star.
She is survived by her sisters, Flora Brown of Atlanta; Lucille Dixon of Penfield; her sister-in-law, Loleta Campbell of Canandaigua; several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, at the Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home, 100 E. Naples St., Wayland, where funeral services will be held 2:30 p.m. Sunday, with Rev. Thomas Montgomery and Rev. Dean Bembower officiating. Burial will be Stephens Mills Cemetery, Fremont.
Contributions may be made to the Hornell Gardens Skilled Nursing Facility, 434 Monroe Ave., Hornell, N.Y. 14843.

HORNELL - Barbara M. Anderson, 75, of Halifax, Mass., died Wednesday (May 3, 2000) at the home of her daughter, Dorothy (Roger) Utz of Hornell, following a long illness.
She was born Jan. 20, 1925 in Clinton, Mass., the daughter of Harry and Marion Somerville Whitcomb. She was married Oct. 10, 1945 to Warren H. Anderson, who survives.
She resided her early years in Clinton, moving to Halifax in 1945, where she was an active member of the Halifax Congregational Church.
She had done extensive volunteer work for the Girl Scouts, Reading for the Blind, and was a recipient of the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award in elementary education, for Plymouth County, Mass.
Barbara was a loving mother, who was very devoted to her family.
Survivors besides her husband and daughter include her grandson, Andrew W. Utz of Hornell; two sisters, Muriel Senter of Sterling, Mass; Shirley Bonazzoli of Bolton, Mass.; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held in Massachusetts on Monday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Southern Tier Hospice, 244 W. Water Street, Elmira, N.Y. 14901.
Local arrangements by Robertson Funeral Home, Inc., Hornell.

COHOCTON - Marion H. Shoultice, 84, of 11373 State Rte. 371, died Thursday (May 4, 2000) at her home, after a long illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at St. George-Stanton Funeral Home in Wayland.

HORNELL - George Psyhos, 80, of 83 East Washington St., died unexpectedly on Tuesday evening (May 2, 2000) shortly after arrival at St. James Mercy Hospital, after being stricken at home.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on March 30, 1920, he was the son of James and Helen Psyhos.
George was a veteran of World War II and received the Purple Heart after being wounded in Italy. He has resided in Hornell since 1947.
In 1947, he purchased the Texas Cafe in Hornell, which he owned and operated until his retirement in 1982. He was a member of the Hornell American Legion and a former member of the Hornell Elks Lodge and the Hornell Masons.
George was an avid golfer and was a member of the Hornell Country Club. He was an annual participant of the Greek Open Golf Tournament. He also enjoyed bowling.
He was married on Sept. 12, 1949, to the former Georgia Scarmoutsos who survives. In addition to his wife he is survived by his children, James Psyhos of Coudersport, Pa.; Elaine (Psyhos) Sortore of Angelica; Manuel Psyhos of Hornell; Peter Psyhos of Winchester, Maine; two brothers, William (Regina) Psyhos of Grand Rapids, Mich.; Peter (Dee) Psyhos of Southern Pines, N.C.; two sisters, Dena Hillman of Pleasant Hill, Calif. and Vivian Brennan of Rochester; two granddaughters, Laura Sortore and Shayna Sortore; several nieces and nephews.
The family of George Psyhos will receive friends on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. (only) at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, N.Y., where funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. with burial in Rural Cemetery.
The Psyhos family requests that memorial donations in George's name be made to the Hornell Fire Department, 110 Broadway, Hornell, N.Y. 14843. Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.

HORNELL - Ella B. Plunkett, 69, of Route 36, Town of Dansville, died unexpectedly early Tuesday morning (May 2, 2000) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
Born in Shongo, N.Y., on March 29, 1931, she was the daughter of Clifford Robbins and Bertha (Bost) Chilson. She has resided in Town of Dansville for about 20 years.
Surviving are two sons, Nicholas Cianciosi of Rochester; Bradley Pucula of Dansville; two daughters, Mary (Daniel) Wright of Dunkirk; Brenda (Thomas) Schumacher of North Tonawanda; her mother, Bertha Chilson of Dansville; one sister, Helen (Robert) Gardner of Arkport; several grandchildren, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family of Ella B. Plunkett will receive friends on Thursday (today) from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, where funeral and committal services will be held Friday at 9 a.m. with Rev. Robert Kanka officiating. Burial will be in Westfield, Pa.

CANASERAGA - Irma F. Bowen, 90, of 23 Bennett St., went home to be with her Lord, Monday (May 1, 2000), following a long illness.
She was born Nov. 13, 1909, in the Town of Grove, the daughter of Paul and Loie Gleason Maynard. She was married June 24, 1930 in Swain to Clifford W. Bowen, who died in 1990. She was predeceased by a daughter, Norma Kromer, a son, Maynard Bowen, and three sisters.
Irma resided her earlier years in Swain and had been a resident of Canaseraga for over 60 years. She was a member of the Burns Community Church.
Irma had a special touch when it came to growing plants, enjoyed crocheting and playing piano.
Survivors include three daughters; Elaine (Frank) Saunders; D. Nadine (Edward) Decker, both of Arkport; Lana (David) McIntosh of Canaseraga; a son, Duane C. Bowen and friend, Mary Richardson of Arkport; 20 grandchildren; 44 great grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Robertson Funeral Home, Inc., 41 Genesee St., Hornell, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Edison G. Ziegler and Rev. Daniel Evans officiating. Burial will be in Canaseraga Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Burns Community Church, Kromer Road, Arkport, N.Y. 14807.

ALMOND - Grace A. Washburn, 78, of 7782 Bishopville Rd., died Tuesday (May 2, 2000) at Jones Memorial Hospital, where she had been a patient for one day.
She was born July 31, 1921, in the Town of Almond, the daughter of Fred and Rose Stearns Washburn.
A lifelong resident of Almond, she had been employed by the former Kellogg's Grocery Store in Almond and later was a cashier at the former Loblaw's Store in Hornell for 32 years.
Grace enjoyed woodworking and carpentry and constructed her own home. More recently, she had operated a proprietary home for about 10 years.
Survivors include two sisters; May Washburn of Hornell, Betty Washburn of Almond; a brother, John Washburn of Wellsville; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday at Robertson Funeral Home, Inc., Hornell, where funeral services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Donald Maynard officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Almond.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Almond Ambulance Fund, Box 18, Almond, N.Y. 14804

HORNELL - David A. Drum, 24, of Gainesville, Fla., formerly of Hornell, died Saturday evening (April 29, 2000) in Clarksville, Tenn., following a long illness.
A native and life resident of Hornell, he was born Oct. 8, 1975 and was the son of William Drum of Howard and H. Maureen Tobin of Belfast. He had resided in Florida for the past seven months.
David was a 1997 graduate of Hornell High School. He was a lifelong sports enthusiast and had won the Hornell Little League "Good Sportsmanship" award in 1988. He competed in Special Olympics and was honored as Special Olympian of the year in 1994 at the Hornell Sports night. David enjoyed all sports including baseball, basketball, football, wrestling and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his brother, E. Daryl Drum who died in 1989 and also his nephew, Christopher Drum who died in 1992.
David is survived by his father, William Drum of Howard; his mother, H. Maureen (Jack Parker) Tobin of Belfast; two brothers, William Drum of Hornell and Wayne (Kim) Drum of Clarksville, Tenn; two sisters, Debbie (Jamie) Fleischman of Gainesville, Fla.; Wendy (John) Wood of Hornell; his paternal grandmother, Charlotte Drum of Hornell; his dear friends, Andrea VanRiper and Brian Avery, both of Hornell; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
The family of David A. Drum will receive friends on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, where funeral and committal services will be held on Friday at 1 p.m. with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating. Burial will be in Rural Cemetery.
David's family would like to invite his friends to a luncheon to be held at the Hornell VFW immediately following the service.

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Rose Marie DeMontis, of Ballston Avenue, died Saturday (April 29, 2000) at Wesley Health Care Center, Lawrence Street. She was 95.
Born on March 17, 1905 in Hornell, she resided in Saratoga Springs since 1978. She retired from the Tuttle and Rockwell store in Hornell after many years of service and was a member and former officer of the Sons of Italy Ladies Auxiliary and St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church, both in Hornell. She was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Mary (Vito) Argentieri and was predeceased by her husband, Gavino DeMontis.
She is survived by one daughter, Donna Shinebarger of Ballston Spa; two grandchildren, Marc Shinebarger of Saratoga Springs and Gretchen Shinebarger of Manteo, N.C.; one great grandson, Eric Shinebarger; one brother, Raymond Argentieri of Hornell; two sisters, Mena Mangano of Rochester and Lucy Tannler of Medfield, Maine.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Tuesday in St. Clement's Church, 231 Lake Ave. Burial will be Wednesday in St. Ann's Cemetery in Hornell. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the William J. Burke & Sons Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Northeast New York Area, 440 New Karner Rd., Albany, N.Y. 12205 or to St. Jude's Children Research Hospital, 125 Wolf Rd., Albany, N.Y. 12205.

BATH - Lila M. Fairbanks, of West William Street, died Wednesday, (April 26, 2000) at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa.
She was born Sept. 29, 1922, in N. Hornell, the daughter of Louis and Rose Ulrich Crawford.
She was a clerk for New York Telephone for 35 years.
Lila was a member o the Pioneers Organization and the St. Paul United Church of Christ in Hornell.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Ann (Ronald) Fitzpatrick of East Lime, Conn.; two sons, Wayne (Margaret) Fairbanks of Painted Post; John (Katherine) Fairbanks of Bath; 10 grandchildren, Beth Fitzpatrick; Nicole, Kelly and Auriel Fairbanks; Jonathan, Christina and Zachary Fairbanks; Heather, Michael and Jennifer Cavallaro; her brother, Robert (Bernice) Crawford of Rochester; her sister, Ruth Krammer of Oneida; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her brother, Howard Crawford.
Friends may call at Fagan's Funeral Home in Bath, on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the St. Paul United Church of Christ in Hornell on Saturday at 11 a.m., Rev. Ray Horan officiating. Burial will be in Hornell Rural Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Lila's name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons Street, Box 7, East Syracuse, N.Y. 13057 and the Bath Sports Boosters Club, c/o Robie Street, Bath, N.Y. 14810.

OLEAN - Merton C. Kyser Jr., of East Spring Street, died Tuesday (April 25, 2000) at the V.A. Buffalo Western New York Health Care SYS.
Born in Allegany on Oct. 17, 1922, he was the son of Merton C. and Grace Kibby Kyser. He graduated from Olean High School in 1939. On March 7, 1944 in Knoxville, Tenn., he married Betty J. Harvey, who predeceased him Sept. 10, 1997.
Mr. Kyser served as Second Lieutenant with the United States Air Corp. during World War II as a Navigator Bombardier. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 530, where he served as past Commander.
Mr. Kyser was employed as an auto mechanic for many years prior to his retirement. He later worked as superintendent of maintenance at Green Thumb in Arkport.
Mr. Kyser loved the outdoors, NASCAR Winston Cup Races and trains.
He is survived by daughters Marshela Kyser-Buckley of Las Vegas, Nev.; Arleen McWilliams of Bloomfield, N.Y.; sister, Shirley Russell of Olean; brother, Merle Kyser of Tucson, Ariz.; six grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.
Friends will be received on Friday at the Halwig Funeral Home, 117 Hamilton Street, Olean from 1 to 3 p.m. Graveside committal service with military honors will follow at Allegany Cemetery.
Memorial may be made to Comstock Hospice, 1225 West State Street, Olean, N.Y. 14760.

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