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RICHARD G. WARNER
Mr. Richard G."Dick" Warner, 79 of 1483 Ellis Hollow Road, Ithaca died Friday 
afternoon, May 10, 2002 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochesterm New York.
Born November 1, 1922 in Washington, DC. he was the son of the late Kenneth and 
Clara Darling Ayers Warner. A graduate of McKinley Technical High School in 
Washington DC, he graduated from The Ohio State University, earning a 
Bachelor's Degree (summa cum laude) and a Master's Degree from the College of 
Agriculture. Mr. Warner served his country during World War II and was 
honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant in the Field Artillery.  He earned 
his PhD at Cornell University in Animal Nutrition in 1951. His professional 
career began as an Assistant Professor in Animal Nutrition in the Department of 
Animal Science at Cornell University in 1951, from which he retired as 
Professor in 1989.
His community service included his membership at The First Presbyterian Churh 
of Ithaca, the Ellis Hollow Community Center and the Ithaca-Cayuga Rotary Club, 
of which he was past president.
Survivors include his wife Barbara "Bibs" (nee Dean) of Ithaca, his daughters, 
Patricia (Dr. Jerome) Kurent of South Carolina, Sherry Warner of New York, 
Candace (Bruce) Herring of Qubec , Tamara (Robert) Ause of California, six 
granddaughters, two brothers Philip (Marie) of Maryland, William (Georgienne) 
of Nebraska, many nieces, nephews and friends who were an intricate part of his 
life.
A memorial service, honoring the life of Dick is schedulded for Saturday, June 
8, 2002 at The First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca, 315 North Cayuga Stree, 
Ithaca.  Inurnment in East Lawn Cemetery will be private.  There are no calling 
hours.
Memorials may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church, 315 North Cayuga 
Street, Ithaca, NY 14850 or the Fund for Excellence in the Department of Animal 
Scince, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853.
 
ARTHUR WILSON
Mr. Arthur Wilson, 86 of 26 Ridge Road, Lansing, New York died Saturday 
afternoon, 1:30pm at Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca.
Born July 1, 1915 in Ludlowville (Lansing) New York, he was the son of the late 
Noble and Margaret Krantz Wilson.  Prior to his retirement, he was employed as 
a sheet metal worker at Wheaton's Sheet Metal Shop, Ithaca and had previously 
been involved in the operation and management of the former Howland's Red and 
White Store, South Lansing.  He served in the United States Army and received 
an honorable discharge for his faithful service.
Survivors include his wife Freda (nee Howland) of Lansing, one son Floyd 
(Charlotte) Wilson of Lansing, one daughter Susan (Bill) Shepardson of Virginia 
Beach, Virginia, 6 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and numerous nephews 
and nieces.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, 3:00pm at THE LANSING FUNERAL HOME, INC. 
Interment will follow in North Lansing Cemetery. Calling hours are Wednesday, 
between the hours of 1:00pm and 2:45pm at the funeral home.
 
ROBERT L. JONES
Robert L. Jones, age 72 of Van Ostrand Road, Groton, New York died suddenly on 
Monday evening, May 27, 2002 at Cortland Memorial Hospital, Cortland, New York.
Born February 8, 1930 in  Binghamton, NY, he was the son of the late George and 
Luella Campbell Jones.  Mr. Jones served in the United States Marine Corps 
during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged for his service on July 
26, 1952. He was employed as the Operations Manager of Pyramid Mall and had 
previously been employed  as Director of Operations for Challenge Industries. 
Mr. Jones was an avid outdoorsman, whose hobbies included boating, fishing and 
hunting. 
Survivors include his wife Carol (nee Sellers) of Groton, his daughters Melissa 
McDermott and Lucinda  Jones both of Groton, his sons Bradley of Susquehanna, 
PA, David (Robin) of Groton, Rodney of Groton , Douglas of Appalachin, his 
sister Barbara (Paul) Howard of North Syracuse, 8 grandchildren, two nephews 
and one niece.
The family will receive friends at The Lansing Funeral Home, Inc., 32 Auburn 
Road, Lansing on Thursday evening between the hours of 6:00pm and 8:00pm.  A 
memorial service is scheduled at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, 208 Jackson Avenue, 
Susquehanna, PA on Saturday, 2:00pm.  Interment in Lanesboro Cemetery, 
Lanesboro, PA. will be private. The family will receive friends one hour prior 
to the service at the funeral home.
Contributions in memory of Mr. Jones may be directed to Korean War Veterans 
Memorial, 900 Ohio Drive S. W., Washington, DC 
20024.
 
JEAROLD DAVIS
Mr. Jearold Davis, age 97 of 509 Van Ostrand Road, Groton, New York died at 
10:35am, Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca.
Survivors include his wife of 73 years Katherine (nee Lucas) of Groton, his 
daughter Edith (Calvin) Volbrecht of Lansing, two grandchilren and two great 
grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 12:00pm Friday at THE LANSING FUNERAL HOME.  
Interment will follow in North Lansing Cemetery. The family will receive 
friends on Friday morning from 11:00am to 11:45am at the funeral home, 32 
Auburn Road, Lansing, NY.
 
ALEX CIMA, Jr.
Alex Cima, Jr. passed away Friday  afternoon, June 14, 2002 at  The Hospicare 
Residence.  He died peacefully with family at his side.  He was a determined, 
loving and forgiving person.
Alex Cima was born March 28, 1930 in Ithaca, a son of the late Alessandro and 
Rosina  Bucci Cima.  He attended Ithaca Schools, graduating in 1949.  He was a 
lifelong resident of Tompkins County.
Following graduation, he joined the Naval Reserve and worked for Acme Markets.  
Alex married Joyce White in 1951 and they had three sons together.  He worked 
for NYSEG as a certified welder and 1st class repairman from 1953-1965.  Alex 
left NYSEG to create Cima Builders and Developers in the town of Lansing in 
1965.  He built several homes around the county finally concentrating on one 
development, Sky Acres in the Town of Lansing.  He married Candace Bryant in 
1985.  They developed the Horizons in the Town of Lansing, the first planned 
community in Lansing.  It combined custom homes, rental units and a pool and 
tennis club.  He was a builder who loved to build.
Beyond his career, Alex was involved in several other activities.  With his 
children, he had been involved as a leader in Cub Scouts and as a coach in the 
Ithaca Youth Hockey Association.  He had served on the original committee that 
organized the Tompkins-Cortland Home Builders Association.  Alex was a charter 
member of the association and became the first member to receive honorary 
lifetime membership in 1993.  He loved to fly his airplane and had served on 
the board of directors of the East Hill Flying Club.  He was a past member of 
the Lansing Zoning Board of Appeals and the Lansing Planning Board.  As a 
member of the Lansing Housing Authority, Alex sat on the construction committee 
that oversaw construction of Woodsedge Senior Living Facility.  He and Candy 
created Small Comforts Foundation, a program that provides VCRs and movies for 
patients at Cayuga Medical Center and Hospicare.
Alex is survived by his wife and children,Candace (nee Bryant) of Ithaca; 
Michael in Fort Collins, Colorado; Donald (Pam) in Dayton, Ohio; Robert (Amy) 
residing in Haverford, Pennsylvania, Laura Cima Stanbro (Bill) of Ithaca and 
David in Midlothian, Virginia.  He has seven grandchildren.  Sisters Loretta 
Long, Gloria Howell and Virginia Georgia and brother Ron Cima also survive him 
along with several nieces and nephews.  His parents preceded him in death.
Services will be held Tuesday, June 18, 2002 at 2 p.m. at Saint Catherine of 
Siena R. C. Church.  There are no calling hours.  Interment will be private.
Contributions in memory of Alex Cima may be directed to Hospicare, 172 East 
King Road, Ithaca 14850 and Small Comforts Foundation, One Leslie Lane, Ithaca, 
14850.

EVA M. WELCH
Eva M. Welch, 54 ,of  411 West Green Street, Ithaca entered into rest on  
Monday morning, June 17, 2002 at Rosewood Heights Health Center, Syracuse.
Born October 25, 1947 in Alabama, she was the daughter of the late Cody and 
Annie Mae Dibbles Mushatt and the widow of Ralph Welch, who died January 29, 
2002.
Eva was employed at McGraw House, Ithaca for many years and was a member of 
Kingdom Business Apostolic Church.
Survivors include her sons, Joe Nathan,  Ralph Jermaine, Shannon and Draper 
Welch, her daughters, Donya Welch-McDonald, Darlene and Dora Lee Welch and 
Diane Woodard, her brothers Joe Lee Butler, Cody Mushatt, her sisters Susan 
Byrd, Sarah Carthon, Mary Bradley, Faye Mack, Deborah Mushatt, Linda Gantt and 
Betty Mushatt and 21 grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was 
preceded in death by her daughter, Valerie Collins.
Funeral services will be Thursday, 1:00pm at The Seventh Day Adventist Church, 
1219 Trumansburg Road, Ithaca.  Interment will follow in Frear Memorial Park. 
The family will receive friends from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the church.

ETHEL W. SAMPSON
1918~2002
Ethel W.Sampson of Savage Farm Drive, Ithaca died Thursday morning, July 4, 
2002 at Kendal at Ithaca.
Miss Samson will be cremated and her cremated remains will be buried in the 
Samson Family Plot at Spring Grove Cemetery, Northampton, Mass.
A memorial service at Kendal at Ithaca will be announced in the future.
 
MICHAEL SCOTT TOBIN, JR.
Michael Scott Tobin, age 34 of 2412 Texas Valley Road, East Freetown, New York 
died this morning, July 11, 2002 at 4:35am.  His family was at his side.
Born April 19, 1968 in Cortland, New York he was the son of Linda (nee Brown) 
Nelson of East Freetown, New York and Michael Scott Tobin, Sr. of Homer, New 
York.
Michael was employed by the Golden Skillet Restaurant in Cortland, New York 
until his illness prohibited him from continuing serving people.
Private funeral services will be observed and Michael will be cremated tomorrow.
 
STANLEY JOHN SOBUS
Mr. Stanley Sobus, of Ten Sperry Lane, Lansing, New York died this evening, 
August 3, 2002 at Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca.
HusbLANSING:  Mr. Stanley John Sobus, 83 of 10 Sperry Lane, Lansing died 
Saturday evening, August 3, 2002 at Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca.
Born May 2, 1919 in Auburn, NY, he was the son of the late Stephen and Caroline 
Wojnar Sobus and the widower of Ouidafe (nee Justice) Sobus who died March 7, 
1994.
During WWII, Mr. Sobus left high school to serve his country in The United 
States Army from 1942 to 1945, when he received and honorable discharge.  He 
returned to Auburn, completed his high school education and continued at Ithaca 
College.  He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Health and Physical 
Education. In 1951, Mr. Sobus began a career with The Lansing Central School 
System that spanned 26 years.  He retired in 1977 as Athletic Director and had 
served as Coach for varsity football, basketball and baseball.  Coach Sobus was 
a dedicated educator who was passionate not only with coaching, but also with 
the personal connections with students, families and community.  His overall 
varsity football coaching mark was 109-32-8.  His teams won nine Tri-County 
Conference championships and he had six undefeated teams. In 17 baseball 
coaching years his teams were undefeated four times in 1953, 1963, 1964 and 
1965.His overall baseball coaching record was 104-46. When he coached Bobcat 
basketball teams his best were 1951-1952 and 1955-1956.  In 1952 Lansing was 
Tri-County champion and Section 4C titlist.  His 1955-1956 team won the Tri-
County.
Matt Christopher, author of many children’s books dedicated “The Team That 
Couldn’t Loose” to Coach Sobus after his team had 3 successive unbeaten years. 
He was also deeply honored to have the distinction of having the stadium named 
The Stanley Sobus Field at Lansing Central Schools. 
Mr. Sobus was a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church, Ithaca, a charter 
member of the Lansing Lions Club .  He was inducted into the Lansing Hall of 
Fame and The Section IV Hall of Fame of the Southern Tier.
Survivors include his daughters, Macye (Robert) Fitzpatrick of Newfield, 
Margaret “Peggy” (James) Sweazey of Lansing, Pamela Sobus-Tuck of Powder 
Springs, Georgia, Mari Elizabeth Sobus of Ithaca, his brother Joseph of Big 
Flats, his sisters Bobbie Polniaszek and Josephine Raimonte both of Auburn, NY, 
his grandchildren, Melanie, Melissa and Patrick Sweazey, Rachel Fitzpatrick 
(Uriel Peterson), Elijah May Sobus and Megan Marie Sobus, several nieces and 
nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, 10:00am at Immaculate 
Conception R. C. Church.  Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, 
Lansing.  The family will receive friends at The Lansing Funeral Home, Inc., 32 
Auburn Road, Lansing on Tuesday, between the hours of 2:00pm to 4:00pm and 
7:00pm to 9:00pm. (www.lansingfuneralhome.com)
Contributions in memory of Mr. Sobus may be directed to The Stanley Sobus 
Memorial Fund, C/O M & T Bank, 2248 North Triphammer Road, Ithaca, NY 14850 

CATHERINE G. PEO
Catherine G. Peo, age 75 of 111 Simsbury Drive, Ithaca, New York died Tuesday 
morning, August 13, 2002 while visiting family in Erieville, New York.
Born in Syracuse, New York on September 14, 1926, she was the daughter of the 
late Joseph and Lillian Cayea Gushlaw and the widow of Joseph Peo, who died in 
1985.
Funeral arrangements are incompete at this time and will be announced upon 
their completion.  Interment will be in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, DeWitt, 
New York.
 
HARRY A. UHL, JR.
Groton:  Harry A. Uhl, Jr. 27 of 41 Goodman Road, Groton died early Saturday 
morning, August 17, 2002 at Cayuga Medical Center.  Harry died from injuries 
sustained in a hit and run boating accident on Cayuga Lake.
Born December 20, 1974 in Ithaca, he was the son of Harry A. Uhl, Sr. of Groton 
and the late Deloris (nee Leopolski) Uhl who died November 9, 1999.  Harry was 
employed as a Machinist for Borg-Warner, Ithaca and had previously been 
employed by Kolar Machine Shop. An avid outdoorsman, his passions included Dirt 
Track stock car racing, snowmobiling, hunting , fishing.  Harry was an avid fan 
of Dale Earnhardt, Sr.  At one time, he operated RNH Music Factory, a disc 
jockey and karoake business with his brother.
In addition to his father Harry A. Uhl, Sr (Jerry Ford) of Groton, survivors 
include  his brother Rick (Kathy Woodhull) of Genoa, his sisters, Yvonne 
Bartlett (Roger Auer) of Groton, Cindie (James, Jr.) Bobnick of Willseyville, 
JoAnn (Jeffrey) Davis of Lansing, Michelle (Dick) Stark of Lansing, nieces, 
nephews, cousins and numerous friends including Mark(Stacey)Maybee. Harry will 
also be missed by his beloved dog Dale-E.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, 11:00am at The Lansing United Methodist 
Church, 32 Brickyard Road, Lansing.  Interment will follow in North Lansing 
Cemetery.  The family will receive friends on Monday, between the hours of 
5:00pm to 8:00pm at The Lansing Funeral Home,Inc. 32 Auburn Road, Lansing.
 
DARIESS ETHAN ALLEN
Dariess Ethan Allen, 15 of 2250 North Triphammer Road, Ithaca died Tuesday 
evening, October 1, 2002 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on 
Hanshaw Road.
Born February 16, 1987 in Ithaca, he was the son of  Pamela (nee Mushatt) 
Rockett (Dewrail) and Henry (Smokey) Allen , both of Ithaca.  Dariess was a 
tenth grade student at Ithaca High School where he enjoyed being involved in 
basketball, track, playing clarinet and was also involved in tae kwon do.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brothers, Dameon Allen, his 
sister Cherrelle Rockett and his step brother Daquan Rockett, all of Ithaca, 
and on his fathers side, he is survived by his extended family,Matthew Allen of 
Okeechobee, FL, Keocean Lashea Allen of West Palm Beach, Fl., his grandmother 
Sarah Carthon of Ithaca, several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
Funeral services and calling hours are private. Interment will be in Frear 
Memorial Park, Ithaca. A celebration of life will be held Tuesday, October 8, 
2002, 6:00pm at Kulp Auditorium at The Ithaca High School. A reception will be 
held immediately following in the Student Activities Center.

LILLIAN GALE BLAYDA
San Antonio, Texas:   Lillian Gale Blayda, “Pud” age 83 of San Antonio, Texas, 
a former long time resident of Newfield died Monday evening, October 14, 2002 
at her residence.
Born February 18, 1919 in Newfield, she was the daughter of the late John and 
Miriam (nee Anderson) Gale and the widow of Thaddeus Blayda, who died in 1984. 
A 1935 graduate of Newfield High School, she attended The William School of 
Business in Ithaca in 1936.  Mrs Blayda was involved in the operation of The 
Seabring Inn for many years. Pud’s psychic awareness and abilities were well 
presented to many people throughout the world as she followed her insights into 
the laws of nature and the human kind.
Survivors include her daugher, Kathleen Blayda of Spring Valley, CA. , her son 
Bruce of Newfield, several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in 
death by a son Thaddeus J who died in 1974.
Graveside funeral services will be Monday, 11:00am at Woodlawn Cemetery, 
Newfield. The family will receive friends at The Lansing Funeral Home, Inc, 32 
Auburn Road, Lansing on Sunday, between the hours of 4:00pm to 6:00pm. 
Contributions in memory of Mrs. Blayda may be made to the S.P.C.A. of Tompkins 
County, 1640 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, NY 14850.

CARL B. TEETER
GROTON:  Carl B. Teeter, 80 of 390 Van Ostrand Road, Groton, NY died early 
Sunday morning, November 3, 2002 at Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca.
Born December 2, 1921 in Newfield, he was a son of the late Maynard and Stella 
Dennis Teeter.  Mr. Teeter was employed as a truck driver for The Town of 
Lansing and was a member of The Lansing United Methodist Church. He served his 
country during WW II in the United States Airforce and received an honorable 
discharge on December 2, 1945.  Mr. Teeter enjoyed memberships in The 
Carrington Fuller Post #800, American Legion, Groton, VFW Post # 666, Ithaca, 
The Montour Mechanics Club, The Rod and Gun Club of Lansing and was a former 
member of the Lansing Fire Department.
Survivors include his wife Thelma (nee LaBar) Teeter of Groton, his daughter 
Nancy (Jack) Banfield of Groton, a god son  Gregory Clark of Burdett, two god 
daughters Pam Lott and Becky Clark both of Montour Falls, his grandson Eric 
(Regina) Banfield and his great grandson Tyler James Banfield, several nieces, 
nephews, cousins and many close friends, including JoAnn and Chris Jones and 
Tim and Barbara Terrell. His brothers Harold, Clifford, Clayton and Oakley and 
two sisters Wilma Dayton and Theresa Georgia, preceded him in death.
Graveside funeral services will be held Wednesday, 11:00am at The West Groton 
Cemetery,  Private calling hours will be held on Tuesday for the immediate 
family only.
Contributions in memory of Mr. Teeter may be directed to Hospicare, 172 East 
King Road, Ithaca, NY 14850
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of The Lansing Funeral Home, Inc. 
32 Auburn Road, Lansing, NY 
 
BEVERLY FRENCH
LANSING:  Beverly M. French, 63 of 53 Ford Hill Road, Lansing, NY died Sunday 
evening, November 3, 2002 at Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca.
Born March 5, 1939 in Sayre, Pennsylvania, she was a daughter of the late 
Charles and Frances Townsand Merrill.  Mrs. French was employed as a Secretary  
in the Cooperative Extension Department of Cornell University.  She also served 
as Assistant to the Director of the Lansing Recreational Department for the 
Town of Lansing.
Survivors include her husband Jack of Lansing, her daughter Kathleen Seaman of 
Cortland, her sons Jack Jr. (Sue) and Wayne (Cindy) all of Lansing, her 
brothers Richard Merrill of Buffalo,  Robert Merrill of Largo, FL, her sisters 
Sandy Haring of Tobyhanna, PA, Susan Allen of Baltimore, MD, her grandchildren, 
Matt, Wendy, Shelley, Katrina, T.J., Brittany, Nicholas Carrie and Jill, three 
great grandchildren.  Her brother Paul Merrill preceded her in death.
Services will be Wednesday, 6:00pm at The Lansing United Methodist Church, 32 
Brickyard Road, Lansing.  Interment in Lansingville Cemetery will be private.  
The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall immediately following 
the service.
Contributions in memory of Mrs. French may be directed to The Lansing 
Recreational Department, P.O. Box 186, Lansing, NY 14882.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of The Lansing Funeral Home, Inc. 
32 Auburn Road, Lansing, NY 
 
SOPHIA J. STILLERMAN
Sophia Jacowitz Stillerman, 81 of 450 Savage Farm Drive, Ithaca, New York died 
Wednesday, November 13, 2002 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA.
Born July 26, 1921 in Brooklyn, New York, she was the daughter of the late Jack 
and Ida Barkan Jacowitz.  She was a retired college Librarian and had been 
employed by Bergen Community College, Paramus, New Jersey.
Survivors include her husband Manuel Stillerman of Ithaca, her daughter Miriam 
Zusman of Newfield, New York, her sons Matthew of Ithaca and Joshua of Boston, 
MA., her sister Myra Suib of CT.
Private funeral services are scheduled for Friday morning at The Lansing 
Funeral Home, Inc. 32 Auburn Road, Lansing, New York.
 
MARYANNE T. TALLETT
Maryanne T. Tallett, 65 of 94 Bartlett Avenue, Cortland died Thursday, November 
14, 2002 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse, NY.
Born July 27, 1937 in Auburn, New York, she was the daughter of the late Frank 
and Helen Castellano Renzaneth.    Maryanne was a loving wife, mother and 
grandmother who will be dearly missed not only by her family but by numerous 
friends.
Survivors include her husband Dudley of Cortland, her daughter Cheryl (James) 
Sigler of Cuyler, NY, her sons Mark (Deborah) of East Freetown, NY, Andrew 
(Danya) of Shelton Springs, WA, her brother Frank (Mary) Renzaneth of 
Pittsford, NY and 10 grandchildren.
Services will be Monday, 11:00am at The Barth Funeral Home, 42 East Main Sreet, 
McGraw, NY.  Interment will follow in Valley View Cemetery, South Otselic, NY. 
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, between the 
hours of 1:00pm and 4:00pm.
Contributions in memory of Mrs. Tallett may be directed to The American 
Diabetes Foundation.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of The Lansing Funeral Home Inc. 
32 Auburn Road, Lansing, NY 


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