"Obituaries are often the last tribute we offer to someone. They encompass a life lived and share the richness of one's presence."
James N. Ameigh
Age 78 passed away at home on Sun. Sep. 24, 2023 with his loving family by his side following declining health. Born on Sep. 18, 1945 in Elmira, Jim was the son of the late, James J. & Irene D. Waters Ameigh. He grew up farming and had a real appreciation for the outdoors. Jim served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War on a mine sweeper. He married the love of his life, Sharon Riker on Apr. 29, 1972 in Elmira Heights. Together they have shared 51 wonderful years together. A great provider and devoted family man, Jim was employed by New York State Department of Corrections retiring in 2006 with 25 years of service. His interests included watching NASCAR, hockey, Gunsmoke and hunting. Surviving is his loving family, wife and companion, Sharon Riker Ameigh, Gillett, PA; their loving daughters, Tammy (Joel) Palmer, Terri Ameigh-Gilbert (Joseph Lovett) and Tracy (Robert) Bolt; loved like daughters, Sherri (Joel) Newman, and Jenny Kendall; grandchildren, Micah Palmer, Neah (Richard) Balatgek, Robbie Bolt, Cameron Jones, Mariah (Patrick) Bolt Hagedorn, Megan (Jesse) Johnson, Morgan Ameigh, Brett Cossel, Kayla Gibert, James Gilbert, Hunter Gilbert, Elijah Lovett, and Emily Lovett; four great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews along with special friends, Bruce and Pat Dyer, Rich Packard, and the Griffin family. In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by a grandson, Cameron Ameigh in 2001; and his sister Beverly Erway. Family and friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Elmira/Southport, NY 14904 on Thur. Sep. 28, 2023 between the hours of 4-6 p.m. Funeral services will take place at Caywood’s, Fri. at 11 a.m. with military honors accorded Mr. Ameigh. Burial will follow in Baptist Hill Cemetery, Columbia Cross Roads, PA. Memorials may be directed to the Big Elm Fire Dept., South Creek Ambulance Assoc. and Wells-Jackson Lion’s Club in his memory.
William A. “Bill” Gensel
Age 78, passed away on Tuesday 19 September 2023 following declining health. Born on 18 July 1945 in Elmira, son of the late, Harry and Anna Marie Dean Gensel. Bill was a graduate of S.H.S. and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree at Alfred State as a commercial artist. He was the proprietor of Tech Art in Elmira for many years. In service to his country, Bill served in the U.S. Army from 1965-1967 as well as the Peace Corp.
In addition to art, Bill enjoyed photography and sports cars. He was a long-time member of The Saab Club of North America and the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 803, Elmira, NY. Bill is survived by his loving daughters, Jacqueline (William) Morley, Horseheads and Melissa (Gary) Pyhtila, Odessa; six grandchildren, Samantha (Joseph) Figueroa, Zachary Morley, Tyler Morley, Amanda (Brandon Ruggiero) Morley, Amanda (Jesse) Rappleye and Zachary Pyhtila; four great-grandchildren, Easton and Grace Rappleye, Isadora and Fiorella Figueroa; brother, James (Joan) Gensel; and sister, Mary Ann Wyse; nieces and nephews, Jamie (Audra) Gensel, Jody (Jason) Shores, Kim Foley, Jeff (Kimberly) Foley; several great-nieces, nephews and close friends. In addition to his parents, Bill was predeceased by a brother, Harry J. Gensel. Bill will be laid to rest privately in Woodlawn National Cemetery with military honors accorded Mr. Gensel.
Rena M. VanAmburg
Age 99, passed away Wed. Sep 20, 2023 after living a long and full life. Born on Oct. 27, 1923, Rena was the daughter of the late, Thomas & Cora L. Woods Rickner. She was a loving and supportive wife to Jesse VanAmburg for over 62 years until his passing in 2006. She and Jesse raised a loving and Christian family who cherish her memory; children, Roy VanAmburg, Horseheads; Patricia & Roger Pollen, Elmira; and Eileen & David Batrony, Elmira; four grandchildren, Jim (Colleen) Pollen; Kathy Pollen; Jeffery Jr. (Melissa) Ripley; and Jessica (David) Jackson; great grandchildren, Kyle (Tesla) Pollen; Darren (Moriah) Pollen; Harper Ripley; and Liam Jackson; great-great granddaughter, Julia Pollen. In honor of her wishes all services will be held privately. She will be laid to rest next to Jesse in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
Martha L. (Secunda) Beemer
Martha Beemer passed away August 1, 2023 at age 95. An independent, soft-spoken, and compassionate woman, Martha lived by the adage, ‘Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes.’ She was an avid reader with diverse interests and enjoyed a variety of handcrafts. Born in Wallingford, CT to the late, Paul & Elizabeth Uzoras Secunda. Martha graduated from Elmira Free Academy in 1946. A graduate of Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing, Martha served in the United States Navy from 1954 to 1958, including assignments at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune and Naval Hospital Jacksonville. A long-time resident of Pine City, Martha retired from the United States Postal Service in 1993 after 22 years of service at the Pine City Post Office. She is predeceased by brothers, Paul (TX), William (Mo), and Stephen Secunda (CA); and sisters, Sara Miller (NY), Clara Farmer (AK), and Helen Mahoney (NY). She is survived by nieces, grandnieces, and grandnephews. Interment will be at the convenience of the family at Woodlawn National Cemetery with full military honors. Memorial donations may be directed to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation at T2T.org.
Arthur J. Rathbun
Age 96 passed away Thursday, September 14, 2023 following a long and full life. Born on February 28, 1927 in Elmira, NY son of the late, Edward & Margaret Scarveski Rathbun. In service to his country, Arthur served in the U.S. Navy. He married Lois Smith in 1950 and she predeceased him in 2016. A dedicated employee and provider, Art was employed by the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier for 25 years. After retirement he was employed by St. Cecilia and St. Peter & Paul’s Church’s in maintenance. Art was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church, he had a love of the outdoors, hunting, fishing, playing golf and gardening. Surviving is his loving family; children, Debbie (John) Mallette, Patti (Tim) Shay, David Rathbun, Kathy (Bob) Christman, Francine (David Taylor) Rathbun, Tom (Linda) Rathbun, MaryBeth Rathbun, Brenda (Don) Logan, and Jim Rathbun; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and loving wife, he was predeceased by a cherished son, Kevin Rathbun; four siblings, Ed, Al, Florence and Liz. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Mary’s Church, 224 Franklin St. Elmira, NY 14904 on Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in St. Peter & Paul’s Cemetery.
Age 74, passed away Thursday. September 14, 2023 at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center following declining health. Born on July 3, 1949 in Elmira, NY. She was the daughter of the late, Andrew F. Sr. & Anna Hugg Gee. From an early age Darlene had a real passion for helping others. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Elmira College in human services. She was employed for many years by Family Services of Chemung County. Her many interests included drawing, painting, playing the guitar, singing, but most of all the love she gave to her family especially her granddaughters. She was always willing to help others. Surviving is her loving family, daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer (Bill) McCarthy, Elmira; along with their children, Anna and Bea; a brother and sister-in-law, Andrew F. Jr. “Doc” (Susan) Gee; nieces, Karyn and Andrea; a great niece, Morgan. In addition to her parents, Darlene was predeceased by her loving husband Ric Woodfin and a sister, Gail (Jerry) Geiger. Family and friends will be received at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 813 Maple Ave. Elmira, NY 14904 on Sunday, September 17, 2023 at 1 p.m. for a memorial service honoring Darlene’s life officiated by Elder Waren Muir.
Thomas F. Walker Jr.
Age 80, passed away at home on Sun. Sept. 3, 2023 following declining health. Born on Mar. 5, 1943 in Corning, son of the late, Thomas Sr. & Eleanor Whiteman Walker. Thomas graduated from E.F.A. and went on to attend Elmira College as an EMT. He was employed as a fire fighter with the Elmira City Fire Department and Erway Ambulance, saving lives for over 30 years. Along with his wife Patricia they owned and operated Valley Cheesecake for several years. He was a devoted and loving husband to Patricia Beardsley. They married on July 4, 1990 in Corning. Thomas belonged to the Elmira Stamp club for over a decade. He enjoyed making stained glass, genealogy, cooking and spending time with his beloved family. In addition to his cherished wife, Patricia, Thomas is survived by their children, Robin Walker, Buffalo, Kevin (Dawn) Walker, Elmira, Amber (Doug) Fredo, Elmira and Heather (Beth) Bernas, Elmira; Anthony Abaῆo, CA; C. Sandra Abaῆo, AZ; Melissa (Edward) Ames, TX; Melani Abaῆo-Hall, CA; and Leslie Glende, Rochester; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two sisters, Judith Liskovec and Ellen (Thomas) Perry; along with several nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to his parents, Thomas was predeceased by a stepson, Lance Rohr; nephew, Joseph Liskovec; niece, Linda Cary; and brother-in-law, Joe Liskovec. Family and friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway St. Southport/Elmira on Sat. Sep. 16, 2023 between the hours of 1-3 p.m.
Joyce Dorothy Schurr
Age 90, passed away Tue. Aug. 29, 2023 after living a long and full life. Born on July 13, 1933, in Hamden, CT, Joyce was the daughter of the late Wilfred and Clara Lindgren Freeman. She married Henry Schurr in 1955. Joyce loved children and education. She earned her Masters Degree in Education at Elmira College and was well known locally, having taught school for many years with the Horseheads School District. She also taught in Connecticut, Ohio, and Massachusetts. Her many interests included genealogy and crafts. She loved working around the home and gardening. Joyce was active in her Big Flats community and the First Presbyterian Church of Big Flats, even going to Japan for mission work. Surviving is her loving family, husband and companion of 68 years, Henry Schurr; their children, Diane S. Schurr, Santa Fe, NM; NancyLynn (Fred) Thiele, Sag Harbor, NY; and Robin (Mark) Stawasz, Corning, NY; 4 grandchildren, Alexander and Lee Ferrini; Andrew (Nidhi) and Christiana Stawasz; a sister, Nancy Pogmore, Wallingford, CT; nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Joyce was predeceased by a sister, Charlotte (Steve) Evans and a brother-in-law, Robert Pogmore. Family and friends will be received at the First Presbyterian Church of Big Flats, 95 Main St. Big Flats, NY 14814 on Sunday September 3, 2023 from 2 – 3 p.m. A celebration of Joyce’s life will follow at 3 p.m.
Mary Ann Daugherty
Age 92 passed away, Tues. Aug. 29, 2023 following a long and full life. Born on June 1, 1931 in Elmira; Mary Ann was the daughter of the late, John & Marie Del Papa Hamula. She married C. Ivan Daugherty in 1961 and he predeceased her in 1993. Mary Ann was employed for many years by Dimon & Bacorn. She was a faithful communicant of St. Peter & Paul’s Church. She enjoyed caring for her home, ceramics, gardening and especially caring for her pets. She is survived by nieces, nephews and caring friends including her special friend and caregiver Elaine Harrington; along with her canine companion, “Bea”. In addition to her parents and husband, Mary Ann was predeceased by a brother, Jack Hamula. It was her request that services remain private and that she rest beside her husband, Ivan in St. Peter & Paul’s Cemetery. Special thanks to Dr. Corbalan, St. Joseph’s Hospital 3C staff and private caregivers, Cynthia and Jill for the wonderful care each of you provided Mary Ann.
Terry Wayne Houston
October 5, 1953 – August 25, 2023
Terry was born to Robb and Ila M. Houston on October 5, 1953. He married Darlene Tillinghast Good on August 1, 1980. He became a father to Rob Good and Donielle Good Dennis (Howard). He had three grandchildren: Alison Dennis, Preston Dennis and Kassidy Good Callear. Terry was a loving great-grandfather to Ophelia Dennis, Grey Dennis, and Raevyn Callear. He had five brothers: Greg and Pat Houston, Paul and Olga Houston, Walter Houston, Tom and Lupe Houston, and Rick and Vickie Peters. He had three sisters: Mary Ile Houston, Tina and Roger Matejka and Sue Peters. Terry had many nieces and nephews that loved him dearly. He was predeceased by brothers-in-law: Robert Tillinghast Jr. and Dale Tillinghast and sister-in-law Dawn Tillinghast Townsend. Terry graduated from Southside High School, served in the U.S. Navy, worked at the Elmira Psychiatric Center and Southport Correctional Facility. He was a volunteer firefighter for South Creek Fire Department and an EMT for the South Creek Ambulance Inc. He belonged to the Fassett Baptist Church. Terry was a great cook, enjoyed nature and liked going on walks. A special thank you to his caregivers: Hannah and Rosie. Plans for a memorial service are incomplete at this time.
Richard “Dick” J. Cook
Age 78, passed away peacefully at Elcor Health Services on Sun. Aug. 20, 2023. Dick was born on Oct. 31, 1944, in Elmira, son of the late, Jesse & Elizabeth Zimmer Cook, and was a 1962 graduate of Southside High School. In service to his country, Dick served in the U.S. Army from 1965-1967. He married Frances “Sandy” J. Diello in 1969. They shared 54 wonderful years together. Dick was the proprietor of Southern Tier Janitorial & Window Cleaning for many years. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, NASCAR, his many pets, and most of all family times with his grandchildren. Surviving is his wife and companion, Frances “Sandy” Cook, their two daughters, Michelle Cook-Marciniak with husband, Steve and children, Zachary, Sean, Connor, and Kailin Marciniak; and Dawn Cook Register with husband, Robert Register and children, Brittany and Elizabeth Register; loving sister, Annie Cook; and brother, David (Paula) Cook; special nephews, Steve (Kelly) Cook and Phil (Michelle) Cook; and several loved cousins. Family and friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway St. Southport/Elmira on Sat. Aug. 26, 2023, between the hours of 10 a.m.- 12(noon). Military honors will be accorded to Mr. Cook at 12:15 p.m. followed by his funeral services. The burial will take place in Webb Mills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Elmira Animal Shelter, 842 Linden Place Ext. Elmira, NY 14901 or The Salvation Army, 414 Lake St. Elmira, NY 14901. The family sincerely appreciates the staff of Elcor Health Services for their care and compassion.
Age 95, passed away Sat. Aug 12, 2023 at home in the loving care of his family, following a long and full life. Born on Jan. 28, 1928 in Crooked Creek, PA., Harland was the son of the late Herbert Kenneth & Millie Learn Evans. Harland served in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army from 1946-1950. He married Beverly Wilber in 1952, with whom he shared a loving home, and last year celebrated 70 years of wedded bliss. After the military, Harland operated the Texaco gas station in Millerton, served as fire chief for the Volunteer Fire Department and worked extra jobs to support academic pursuits at Mansfield University, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. His love of students and higher education led him to a long career with the Elmira City School Dist., first teaching at Beecher Elementary. He went on to earn his administrative degree at Cortland College, and then was employed at Lagonegro, Hopkins St., Wellsburg, and Diven Schools as a Principal. He was a longtime member of the Millerton United Methodist Church and traveled to other churches as a general contractor overseeing church expansions. Civic minded, he was also very active in the Wells-Jackson Lions Club Dist. 14G where he was District Governor during 1999-2000, performing countless hours of community service and spearheading highway cleanups that beautified the community and raised money for the Club through recycling. As a family they enjoyed traveling, both across the US and internationally. He spent endless hours puttering in his workshop and enjoyed gardening and caring for his home. Surviving is his loving wife and companion of 70 years, Beverly Wilber Evans; their three children, Dawn (Kevin) Able, Savannah, GA; Dale (Cindy) Evans, Evergreen, CO; and David (Hai Trinh) Evans, Millerton; three grandchildren, Jesse (Amanda) Lorenz, Elizabeth Lorenz, and Ceri Evans; a great grandson, James Harland Lorenz; nieces, nephews, and a community of friends. In addition to his parents, Harland was predeceased by his brother, Harold and three sisters, Evelyn, Lillian and Marilyn. Family and friends will be received at the Millerton United Methodist Church, 5443 Main St. Millerton, PA 16936 on Sat. Aug 19, 2023 between the hours of 12 (noon) – 2 p.m. Military honors will be accorded Mr. Evans at the church at 2:15 p.m. followed by his memorial service with his pastor and friend, Rev. Betsy Huels officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Millerton United Methodist Church, PO Box 177 Millerton, PA 16936 or the Wells-Jackson Lyons Club, c/o C. Harris, 5239 Main St. Millerton, PA 16936 in his memory.
Geraldine L. Tucker
Age 85, passed away Fri. Aug. 11, 2023 following declining health. Born on Mar. 3, 1938 in Geneva, NY daughter of the late, Abel & Esther Roupp Faivre. She was a loving wife and companion to Leroy C. Tucker for over 46 years until his passing in 2011. Geraldine was employed for 38 years by Sears & Roebuck Dept. Store. She was a member of the First United Church of Christ for many years. Her many interests were celebrating her Edison class reunions, reading, time spent with her coffee friends, and most of all her cherished family and friends. Surviving is her loving family, daughter, Michele (William) Dickinson, Pine City; stepdaughter, Kathy (Ray) Leigh, AR; granddaughter, Megan (Rawley Filbin) Dickinson; sister, Beverly Welch, Ontario; sister-in-law, Ruth Faivre nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her brothers, James Faivre and Eugene (Phyllis) Faivre; brother-in-law, Arden Welch. Family and friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway St. Southport/Elmira on Thur. Aug 17, 2023 between the hours of 10 a.m. – 12 (noon). Funeral services will follow at 12:15 p.m. She will be laid to rest beside her husband Leroy C. Tucker in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Albert W. Shannon
Age 89, passed away at Elcor Health Services following declining health on Tues. Aug. 8, 2023. Born on Sept. 8, 1933 in Whitesville, NY, son of the late, Robert & Grace (Fulmer) Shannon. Albert served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He married June Smith in 1959. Albert was employed by Thatcher Glass for over 25 years before becoming the former proprietor of Chemung Soft Water for the next 14 years until his retirement. He was a longtime member of Elmira Wesleyan Church, enjoyed traveling, and cherished time spent with his family. Surviving is his loving family, his devoted wife, June [Smith] Shannon; Kimberley (Roger) Rehm, Bethlehem, PA; Robert (Sallie) Shannon, Pine City; Tina Shannon, Pine City, Pamela (William) Hicks, Elmira; 7 grandchildren, Christopher Shannon, Jeffrey Rehm, Jason Rehm, Misty (Raymond) Riesbeck, Sheena (Mike) Kipferl, Tyler (Kathryn) Shannon, and Rebecca Shannon; great grandchildren, Judah, Vaughn, Caton, Tesla, Candance and Kameron; sister, Patricia Berger; brother, Bruce (Doreen) Shannon; nieces, nephews and wonderful friends. In addition to his parents, Al was predeceased by a cherished son, Daniel Shannon; and half-sister, Kristin (Shannon) Dickau. Family and friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira, NY 14904 on Sat. Aug. 12, 2023 between the hours of 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Military honors will be accorded Mr. Shannon at the funeral home before the funeral services at 11:15 a.m. His pastor and friend, Edward Crandall will officiate. Burial will take place in the Hallsport Union Cemetery, Hallsport, NY that afternoon at 3 p.m.
Age 73, passed away at home, Sat. Aug. 5, 2023 following declining health. Born on Aug. 26, 1949 in Avoca, NY, Carl was the son of the late, Richard & Alice Hammond Bliss. He graduated from Avoca High School in 1968, attended Erie Community College, and received his bachelor’s degree from Elmira College in education. He married Janet Campbell on June 2, 1973. Carl was employed for many years by West Elmira Optical as an optician. His many interests included reading, bicycling, miniature golf, movies, playing tennis, camping, and family trips. He was very active with Gideons International. He was a longtime member of the Maple Ave. Baptist Church and more recently the Mosherville Baptist Bible Church. Surviving is his loving family, wife and companion of 50 years, Janet Campbell Bliss, Southport; son, Kevin (Hillary) Bliss, Rochester, NY; siblings, Larry (Joanne) Bliss, Stephen Bliss, Kathy Perillo (Donald) and Linda Balson; and brother-in-law, Thomas Gillette; nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, Carl was predeceased by his sister, Nancy Gillette; in-laws, Archie & Aurelia Campbell; a brother-in-law, David Campbell; and a sister-in-law, Susan Bliss. Family and friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira, NY 14904 on Fri. Aug. 11, 2023 between the hours of 10 a.m. – 12 (noon) Funeral services will follow at 12:15 p.m. with his pastors and friends, Rev. Mark Brown and Rev. Ted M. Rich officiating. A very heartfelt thank you to the Falck Cancer Center and Care First for the wonderful care given Mr. Bliss. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Gideons International, www.gideons.org or the Falck Cancer Center, 600 Roe Ave. Elmira, NY 14905 in his memory.
Robert I. “Bob” Bowen Jr.
Age 54, passed away unexpectedly on Sat. July 22, 2023. Born on May 30, 1969 in Elmira, son of Robert Sr. & Beverly Strouse Bowen. Bob was a graduate of Corning-Painted Post East High School. He was a dedicated employee at the Corning Leader and the Corning Building Company. Bob was an avid NASCAR fan; Dale Earnhardt being his favorite, watching pro wrestling on T.V., playing pranks and telling jokes. Bob was predeceased by his father in 2005. In addition to his mother, Beverly, Bob is survived by his daughter, Evana Bowen, Addison; uncle, Theron Strouse, Pine City; cousin, Paula (Jonathan) Owlett, NC; and many close neighborhood friends. All services will be held privately. Bob will be laid rest beside his father in Fitzsimmons Cemetery, Southport, NY.
Shirley Rockwell Davies Porter
Age 100, passed away Fri. April 14, 2023 following a long and full life. Born on Nov. 15, 1922 in Canton, PA, Shirley was the daughter of Elmer E. Sr. & Nina Preston Rockwell, having never known her mother she was very close to her step mother, Edith Bates Rockwell. She graduated from Canton High School in 1940 and attended Elmira Business Institute. Shirley was employed as a medical secretary for Pediatric Assoc. for many years. In serving the Lord, she was a former member of Church of Christ Disciples, Canton, PA, and continued to enjoy services provided by local pastors at Bethany Village. Civic minded she was also a former member of the Canton Village Improvement Assoc. and volunteered at Troy Community Hospital and Arnot-Ogden Medical Center. She continued volunteering locally well into her 80s. Surviving are sons-in-law, Christopher A Morton Sr. and Gary Webb; stepchildren, Larry (Jane) Porter and Pam Irion; sisters-in-law, Phyllis (Bradley) Allen and Marjorie Davies; three grandchildren, Sara and Christopher “Alex” Morton and D’Andre (Abigail) Webb; seven step grandchildren, two great-grandsons Jasper and Kylo, several nieces and nephews including, Charles (Jean) Rockwell, Sharon Rockwell, and Nina Campbell with whom she was very close; also a cousin Janis (Ray) Zelko. In addition to her parents and stepmother, Shirley was predeceased by her three husbands, Oliver Schwab, husband of 5 years, Winfred Davis, husband of 27 years and Harold “Smoke” Porter husband of 9 years; her beloved daughters, Stephanie Webb and Suzanne Morton; sisters, Mary Elizabeth Tuning and Jennie Elizabeth Rockwell Lipovsky; brothers, Elmer E. Rockwell Jr. and Rev. Donald Rockwell; and niece, Martha Kress. In honor of her wishes all services will be private and she will be buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society (https://donate.cancer.org/) in Shirley’s memory.
“Scatter my ashes to the winds to help the flowers grow. If you must bury something, let it be my faults, my weaknesses and all prejudice against my fellow man. Give my sins to the devil; give my soul to God. If, by chance, you wish to remember me, do it with a kind deed or work to someone who needs you. If you do all I have asked, I will live forever” – Unknown.
James E. “Jim” Brown
Age 81, formerly of Pine City, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, June 5, 2023. Jim was predeceased by his parents, James & Ethel Peer Brown; his first wife, Janice Baker Brown; their infant child; a son, James “Ira” Brown; and his second wife, Barbara Erickson Brown. Jim is survived by his two children, Richard Brown, Pine City; and Nicole (Robbie) Mumford, Greenville, PA; two grandsons; one granddaughter; and his sister, Ruth (James) Carpenter, Clifford, PA. A dedicated employee, Jim retired from the Elmira City Fire Department with over 35 years of service. After retirement, he continued to work in two-way radio. Jim obtained his amateur radio license and the call sign “N2SYP” where he enjoyed the public service aspect of the hobby. Jim had a strong faith in the Lord and will be remembered at church for his many neckties and countless hours of service on the sound systems of many churches. He will be remembered by the Amateur Radio Community for his dedication to the kitchen for the ARAST Hamfests. His family will remember the stubborn man that they could not help but love. A memorial service to honor Jim’s life will take place at 6p.m. on Sun. July 23, 2023 at Christian Faith Fellowship; 719 Holdridge St. Elmira, NY 14904.
Mark A. Michalko
Age 48, passed away Sun June 18, 2023 following declining health while residing at Able 2 for many years. Mark was born on Nov. 29, 1974 in Elmira. Surviving are his loving parents, mother, Rosemary Laman, TX; and father, Walter J. (Cheryl) Michalko, Southport; siblings, Shane (Vicki Waddell) Muirhead, Sean Muirhead, Jennifer (Andy) Fulfer, Chrissy (Brian) Schlieper, Jenna Michalko, and Kari (Quinton) Hellyer; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and the many friends and caregivers at Able2. Mark is remembered for his kind and gentle spirit, his smile would warm a room. He was always “happy go lucky” and would view the world with his pure heart. His family knows he is resting now in the arms of his Lord & Savior. A very special thank you goes out to the staff of Able2 for making Marks life on this earth so happy and enjoyable. God Bless Each of You. Family and friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway St. Southport/Elmira on Thurs. June 22, 2023 between the hours of 11 a.m.-12 (noon). Funeral services will follow at 12:15 p.m. with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Mary Ellen Dallas
Age 75 passed away Thur. June 8, 2023, in Dunedin, FL following declining health. Born on Feb. 10,1948 daughter of the late, James & Mary Miller DeRico. She attended Elmira Business Institute majoring in Bookkeeping. She was employed by Horseheads Family Dental for many years. Mary Ellen married Ronald Dallas in 1968 and he predeceased her in 2000. Her many interests included sports, she was an avid Bills and Yankees fan who also enjoyed attending local sports venues. She once again found happiness when she met Floyd D. “Jake” Haner Jr. They enjoyed traveling together and built many memories including spending winters in Down Yonder in a home she finished in her style. Always devoted to family, Mary Ellen would light up a room with her smile and hearty laugh. In addition to “Jake”, she is survived by her loving children, James (Julie) Dallas, Ronald Dallas, and Heather (Jason) Rehkopf all of Elmira area; along with 4 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, a sister, Gladys Karam; nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a brother, Jimmy DeRico. Family and friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira, NY 14904 on Fri. June 23, 2023 between the hours of 10 a.m.-12 (noon). Funeral services will follow at 12:15 p.m. Interment will take place in Woodlawn National Cemetery at the family’s convenience where Mary Ellen will rest beside her husband, Ronald.
Age 102, a longtime resident of the Horseheads and Elmira area, passed away Sat. June 10, 2023 at ELCOR Health Services where he resided the last 6 years, after living a long and full life. He was born on March 8, 1921 in Corning. In service to his country, Clifford served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He married Eileen Schusler in 1950 and she predeceased him in 2006. Clifford was employed for many years by A&P Foods as a supervisor. His many interests included fishing at his family’s cottage on the Thousand Islands and spending quality time with his family. Surviving is his loving family, children, Pamela (Michael) Quick, FL; Patty Hazen, Elmira Heights; Peggy (James) Chapman, Horseheads; Michele (Duane Storch) Hughes, Horseheads; and Michael Halm, FL; nine grandchildren, Mikie Quick, Christopher (Beth Anderson) Hazen, Andrew (Samantha) Hughes, Eric Taylor) Hughes, Matthew (Karen Davis) Chapman, Caralyn Chapman, Geoffrey (Emily Griswold) Chapman, Nicholas Halm, Camry (Noah West) Halm; great grandchildren, Anthony, Lily, Jamie, Emerson, Tucker, Evalynn, Hailey, Makinsley; along with several nieces, nephews and family. In addition to his loving wife Eileen, Clifford was predeceased by his daughters, Susan Halm and Sandra Berry. In honor of his wishes all services will be held privately, he will be interred in Maple Grove Cemetery, Horseheads where military honors will be accorded Mr. Halm. A special thank you to the caring staff at Elcor Health Services for taking such wonderful care of our father; especially his beloved, Lily, Myra Damien and Zach.
Stanley R. Novidor
Daytona Beach, FL
Formerly Sayre, PA and Elmira, NY; age 78, passed away Wed. May 31, 2023 following declining health. Born on Apr. 26, 1945 in Elmira; Stan was the son of the late, Benjamin & Beatrice Carpenter Novidor. He was a graduate of Southside High School. Stan followed his parents in the hospitality industry taking on management and eventual ownership of the Red Jacket Motel & Restaurant, Lowman, NY for many years. A fun-loving guy, Stan made friends wherever he was. He enjoyed traveling and going to the casinos. Surviving is his loving family, wife, companion and friend, Linda Wood Novidor; his cherished daughters, Missy (Brian) Bristow and Rachelle (Travis) Quintez; 6 grandchildren, Stephanie, Keenan, Ethan, Greyson, Harper and Jake; great grandchildren, a niece, Jacki (Jeff) Boulter and nephew, Mark (Chentel) Carlson. In addition to his parents, Stan was predeceased by his sister, Sharyll Novidor. He will interred in the Franklin Street Cemetery in a private ceremony.
Beatrice “Bea” Eisenhower
Age 96, passed away peacefully on Tue. June 6, 2023 at her home after living a long and full life with her loving family by her side. Born on Oct. 25, 1926 in Elmira, NY, daughter of the late, William & Ina Lewis Walker. She married Howard Eisenhower in 1947 and he predeceased her in 2003. Bea was always active; she was a member of the Southside Baptist Church for many years, a member of “Kings Daughters”, and girl scout leader. Bea was a devoted homemaker who loved caring for her cherished family. Outside of the home she was a caregiver to those with special needs; and was employed, in later years, as a School Bus Aide. Bea is survived by her loving family, daughters, Emily B. Summers, Troy, PA; Ladonna (Ronald) Miller, Longwood, FL; daughter-in-law, Ellamae Eisenhower, Elmira; 6 grandchildren, Chanda Summers, Nathan Summers, Eric Eisenhower, Russell (Debbie) Eisenhower, Jeffery (Jammiee) Miller and Brian Miller; 6 great-grandchildren, Danielle, Marissa, Nicholas, Hailee, Dylan and Logan; 3 great great grandchildren, Nova, Aria, and Colton; a sister, Alice (John) Prince; brothers-in-law, Clarence (Susan) Eisenhower; sisters-in-law, Zenaida Walker and Mae Eisenhower; nieces, nephews and cherished friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her son, Howard Eisenhower Jr. in 2021; along with siblings, Bill, Beverly, Alberta, Ted, Gaylord; and a son-in-law, Quentin Summers Jr. in 2019. Family and friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway St. Southport/Elmira on Sat. June 17, 2023 between the hours of 1-3 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 3:15 p.m. Burial will take place in Bath National Cemetery at her family’s convenience where she will rest beside her beloved husband, Howard Eisenhower Sr.
Keith W. Latshaw
Age 44, formerly of Elmira, passed away unexpectedly on May 24, 2023 as a result of a motor vehicle accident. Born on Mar. 4, 1979 in Elmira, son of Arthur W. & Kathleen Dunn Latshaw. Keith was a graduate of Elmira Free Academy then relocated to sunny Florida. In service to his country, Keith served in the U.S. Navy as a Aviation Mechanic Chief Officer with 23 years of dedicated service. While in service to his country he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, NATO Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Navy “E” Ribbon, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon, Letter of Appreciation, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and Letter of Appreciation. Beyond his military career, Keith had a passion for motorcycles and spending time with his beloved children. He is survived by his mother, Kathleen (Daniel) Steenberge; his father, Arthur W. Latshaw; his loving sister, Trisha Elwood; two children, Lincoln Latshaw with his mother, Pamela Latshaw; and Abagail Latshaw with her mother, Jenny Wheaton and his loving special niece, Kendall Elwood; grandmother, Helen Latshaw; aunt, Midge (Jeff) Corradini; Robert Latshaw & family, Charles Latshaw & family, Cheri Latshaw Williamson & family and Harletta Latshaw; cousins, Elizabeth Beckwith & family, Kelly Brown Williams & family, Deanna Colunio & family, Toni Dunn & family, Keith (Brandi) Dunn & family and Larry Dunn & family. Keith was predeceased by his loving grandmother, Jessie Dunn-Seymour; loving aunt, Pat Dunn-Brown who Lit a Candle for his Safety every day until she passed; along with his uncle, Lawrence K. Dunn; aunt, Jo Latshaw, and his life-long friend, Samuel Smith. Keith made friends all over the world during his military career, including Master Chief Sean Riley (RT) who loved him like a brother. Keith always looked forward to his visits back home to gather with his life-long friends who will miss him dearly: Bill Burge, Lance Wilcox, Matt Mcalinn, Ben Moyer, Chad Moyer, Clint Zeigler, Mike Denson, Jamie Lazenby, Jason Spreng, Scott Jensen, and Jamie Gilbert. Family and friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway St. Southport/Elmira on Fri. June 16, 2023 between the hours of 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. A memorial service will follow at 12:45 p.m. Interment will follow in Woodlawn National Cemetery Columbarium Wall where military honors will be accorded Mr. Latshaw. At his family’s request in lieu of flowers, please remember the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org (ways to donate tab).
Michael E. “Mike” Phielix
Age 59, passed away unexpectedly on Sun. May 28, 2023. Born on May 4, 1964 in Elmira, son of Francis E. & Nancy A. Housnick Phielix. Michael attended St. Casimir’s Catholic School/Church. Michael had a passion for cars and was deemed “Mike the Mechanic”. He was the proprietor, operating Michael Phielix Auto Repair for many years. He was a huge NASCAR fan. In addition to cars, Michael loved food and conversation. He frequented Anne’s Pancakes every morning and had his own chair at the Maple Lawn Dairy Restaurant. Mike was a practical “Joker” and was always the life of the party who also enjoyed casinos. He is survived by his loving father, Francis E. Phielix, Pine City; three sisters, Carol J. Wiesner, Southport; Debra M. Roe, Corning; Sherry A. (Tony) Michalko, Horsheads. Mike held a special place in his heart for his nieces and nephews, Aaron Wiesner, Jason Wiesner, Nicholas Willis, Matthew Michalko, and Stacy Michalko; great nieces, Aaliyah Wiesner and Brookelynn Willis; lifelong friends, Jamie Creighton, Joseph Fayant, Paul Harnas, John Coley, and Nancy Harkness; many friends too numerous to mention; companion and special friend, Kathy Hyde. Michael was predeceased by his mother, Nancy Ann Phielix in 2008 who he shared a very special bond with; and a brother-in-law, Joseph Wiesner in 2004. Family and friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway St. Southport/Elmira on Mon. June 5, 2023 between the hours of 11a.m.-12 (noon). Funeral services will follow at 12:15p.m. Michael will be laid to rest beside his beloved mother in Fitzsimmons Cemetery.
Gregory “Greg” Comfort
Age 65, passed away unexpectedly at home on Fri. May 12, 2023. Born on Jan. 21, 1958 in Montour Falls, son of Richard & Shirley Campbell Comfort. Greg was a long-time employee as a truck driver for Penn’s Best in Meshoppen, PA. He married his best-friend and companion, Donna Frank, in July of 1994. Together, they shared 28 years of marriage until his untimely passing. Greg was an avid outdoorsman that enjoyed fishing, boating, hunting, spending time on Seneca Lake and the St. Lawrence River. Most of all, he treasured the time spent with his beloved family, especially being a “great poppa” to his cherished grandchildren. In addition to his loving wife and constant companion, Donna, Greg is survived their son, Joshua (Shennelle) Brockway; seven grandchildren, Calex, Logan, Alexis, Quinn, Taylor, Ardic and Memphis; one great-granddaughter on the way; siblings, Rick (Rhonda) Comfort, Kevin (Julie) Comfort, Anita (Dorance) Sampson and Dawn Smith; in-laws, Jean (Les) Turner, Sayre, PA; Glenn (Gail) Frank and James (Doreen) Frank and Jack Blagg. Greg was predeceased by a daughter, Carisa Buzako; and mother-in-law, Erma Jean Brewer Frank. In honor of Greg’s wishes, there will be no public services.
Marjorie “Marge” McDonald
Age 92, passed away Mon. May 8, 2023 after living a long and full life. Born on Aug. 31, 1930 in Elmira, NY; Marge was the daughter of the late, Burton & Edith Crumb Holecek. She married William McDonald in Pine City on Sept. 26, 1947. Together they shared 74 years of marriage until his passing on July 23, 2022. Marge is remembered for her kind and loving smile. A homemaker; she enjoyed playing cards, was a member of the Brand Park Beautification Committee, enjoying concerts there; NASCAR, was a NY Yankees fan and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who enjoyed many trips to Keuka Lake and Myrtle Beach. Surviving is her loving family, sons, Michael (Beverly) McDonald, Elmira; William (Michele) McDonald, VA; and Phillip (Mary) McDonald, Rochester; five grandchildren, Stacey (Len) Talarico, Alicia Hawken, Morgan McDonald, Meagan McDonald and Shea McDonald; five great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Marge was predeceased by a daughter, Linda McDonald; granddaughter, Michelle McDonald; siblings Beatrice Holecek, Arlene (Edward) Smith, Kenneth (Wanda) Holecek; in-laws, Francis (Margaret) McDonald, Gail (Jack) Watts, Robert (Mary Jane) McDonald, and Ruth (Charlie) Vienna. Family and friends will be received at New Beginnings United Methodist Church, 300 E. Miller St. Elmira, NY 14904 on Sat. May 20, 2023 between the hours of 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 12:30 p.m. with Rev. Pat Hubman officiating. She will be buried in Woodlawn Cemetery with her beloved Bill on Mon. May 22, 2023 (meeting at the Walnut St. Gates at 10:45 a.m.).
Roger L. Lenington
Age 93 passed away Thur. April 27, 2023 in York Haven, PA while residing with family. Born on Jan. 11, 1930 in Rutherford, NJ; son of the late, Lemuel Lenington & Anna Lewis McKee. He married Christine Ross in 1951. In addition to his loving wife, he is also survived by a sister, JoAnne Burr; sons, David R., R. Ross (Angela), Ronald (Lois), John (Cheryl), and Jerry (Jody) Lenington; a daughter, Debra Spencer; many grandchildren, several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother-in-law, Donald Ross. Roger was the proprietor of MBL Technical Service, Mansfield, PA. He attended and was active in several Baptist Churches. He loved cars, loved music, and especially loved family. Family and friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway St. Southport/Elmira on Wed. May 3, 2023 between the hours of 11 a.m. – 12 (noon). Graveside services will take place in the Bentley Creek Cemetery at 12:30 p.m.
Katherine M. Wandell
Age 96, formerly of Elmira, passed away on Fri. April 21, 2023 following declining health. Born on May 19, 1926 in Horseheads, daughter of the late, Louis & Jennie Robinson Butts. Katherine married her best friend and companion, LaVerne Wandell, on June 10, 1946 and he predeceased her on Feb. 12, 2010. She was a longtime member of the Westside United Methodist Church. A diligent employee, Katherine retired in 1987 after 17 years of dedicated service at F.M. Howell and Company as a machine operator. She enjoyed taking care of her home and spending time with her cherished family. Katherine is survived by her two loving children, Verne R. (Lorrie) Wandell, MI; and Mary K. Boorum, Niagra Falls; 5 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and family friends. In addition to her parents and husband, Katherine was predeceased by three sisters, Hazel Butts, Helen Butts and Mary Dutton; a brother, Louis Butts; and a son-in-law, Michael R. Boorum; Friends and family will be received for a celebration of life, at Westside United Methodist Church, 743 W. 1st St. Elmira, NY 14901 on Sun. May 21, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Westside United Methodist Church in Katherine’s memory. Katherine will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband, LaVerne, in Woodlawn National Cemetery Columbarium.
Winnifred “Midge” Paterson
Age 105, born on Feb. 18, 1918 in Dalton, PA; she was the daughter of the late, John & Hattie Wescott Taylor. Midge was married to the love of her life and best friend, Robert Paterson; who predeceased her in 1998. She was also predeceased by her son and daughter-in-law, USAF TSgt. Robert L. Jr. (Esther Zuluaga) Paterson; two sisters, Arlene and Louise Taylor; brother, C. Roy Taylor; and niece Ann Eidelman. She was employed by several local companies, including Remington-Rand, the U.S. Navy at Eclipse Machine Co. but was primarily a homemaker for her loving husband and children. A devoted wife, caring mother, and exceptional provider, she always put her family first. Her love of music was second only to the love for her family. In her later years, Midge became an accomplished keyboard player. Surviving are her loving children, Donald (Mary) Paterson, Elmira, NY; and Joan (Gary) Schasiepin, Port Richey, FL; grandchildren, Bruce Paterson, Mark Paterson, Katherine Pierce, and Robert (Debra) Paterson; six great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Graveside services will take place at Fairlawn Cemetery in Dalton, PA privately.
Ruth V. Touschner
Age 110, passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2023, following a long and full life. Born on Nov. 21, 1912, in Dushore, PA, Ruth was the daughter of the late, George & Anna Kinser Huffmaster. In 1932, she married Vincent F. Touschner, who preceded her in death in 1988. Ruth was employed at the Berger Sharon Silk Mill for many years, and she and her husband also served as caretakers of St. Mary’s Church and School. Ruth enjoyed sewing, quilting, and being outside gardening. Having outlived most of her family, she is survived by daughters-in-law, Sharon (Fred) Lambert and Dorothy Touschner; grandchildren, Annette (John) Roberts, Pamela (Mark Talboys) Touschner, Ann (Bill) Stangl, and Jeffrey Scott (Joanie) Touschner; great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Nicholas, Mary, James, and Claire; great-great-grandchildren, Sabel, Mason and Adelina; in addition to many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sons, Francis V. Touschner and James J. Touschner; grandson, Mark Touschner; sisters, Frances Huffmaster and Bertha Huffman. All services will be held privately.
Theresa Marie Sales
Age 58, passed away unexpectedly, Wed. April 12, 2023. Born on March 10, 1965 in Elmira, she was the daughter of the late, John C. Sr. & Ramona J. Strope Liquori. Theresa had many interests including her love of music, watching scary movies, collecting dream catchers, cross stitch, cooking, caring for her pets and mostly being a “gramma”. One of Theresa’s greatest attributes was that she had a servant’s heart and gave more than she had to give. Surviving are her loving sons, Rev. Thadius (Larissa) Sales and Justin (Anne Marie) Sales; cherished grandson, Wesley Lawrence Sales; siblings, JoAnn (Donald) Storms, Michael (Marlene) Liquori, Tony (Deborah) Liquori, and Patrick Liquori; a sister-in-law, Laura Liquori; nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by an infant sister, Marjorie Liquori and a brother, John C. Liquori Jr. Family and friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway St. Southport/Elmira on Friday, April 21 st, 2023, between the hours of 11 a.m. – 12 (noon) A memorial service will follow at 12:15 p.m. She will be laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Park with her parents and sister.
Annie M. Mathews
Age 82, passed away peacefully Sun. April 9, 2023 at her cherished home following declining health. Born on April 16, 1940 in Sayre, PA; Annie was the daughter of the late, Clayton & Elizabeth Casselbury Bowes. She married Elmer B. Mathews in 1959 and he predeceased her in 2018. As the family matriarch, she was always a hard worker and wonderful provider. Annie was employed by the Red Jacket Motel for many years as the Director of Housekeeping. She enjoyed shopping, sewing, ceramics, visiting the casino’s and most of all cherished times with her family. Her quick wit and warm smile will be missed by many. Surviving is her loving family, children, Elmer Mathews Jr., Debra (Earl) Schnautz, Gerald Mathews, David (Michele) Mathews, Sue (Daryl) Burlew, and John Mathews; many grandchildren and great grandchildren nieces and nephews; a sister, Alice (Ed) Rodabaugh; a brother, Eugene Bowes; and brother-in-law, James Ferns. In addition to her parents and husband, Annie was predeceased by grandchildren, Sheila and Elmer III; great grandson, Carter; and siblings, Mary Ferns and John Bowes. Family and friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira, NY 14904 on Fri. April 14, 2023 between the hours of 3-5 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 5:15 p.m. Interment will take place in Fitzsimmons Cemetery where Annie will rest beside her husband, Elmer.
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