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"Obituaries are often the last tribute we offer to someone. They encompass a life lived and share the richness of one's presence."

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Phylis Jean Peterson Sasenbury

Elmira

Formerly of Elmira, NY passed away on February 28, 2024 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center.  Born on May 14, 1933, a daughter of Archie & Catherine (Hartman) Peterson in Elmira, NY. Phylis graduated from Southside High School and entered into employment for Thatcher Glass as a secretary until she retired after 44 years. She loved traveling, spending time with friends and family, shopping trips, gardening and sewing. Phylis was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Sasenbury; twin brothers, Richard (Jackie) Peterson, Robert (Sue) Peterson; and brother, Kenneth (Rose) Peterson. Survived by a brother, Nils (Maureen) Peterson, Troy, PA; and sister, Judy (Scott) Ameigh, Gillett, PA; along with many loved nieces and nephews. Private arrangements will be made at a later date with burial in West Leyden Cemetery, West Leyden, NY. Arrangements entrusted to Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens.

Rudy A. Veruto

Pine City

Age 80, passed away Wednesday, February 28, 2024 following declining health. Born on September 25, 1943 in Elmira, son of the late, Rudolph T. & Ursula C. Cardone Veruto. From an early age Rudy was instilled with a strong work ethic. He married Gail E. Fingar in 1969, together they were an unstoppable team. Rudy was an entrepreneur operating many successful businesses in his life. Many young lives were enhanced with the opportunity to work at Bonanza Family Restaurants in Southport and Binghamton, which Rudy and Gail operated for many years. Among his other business endeavors, Rudy owned and operated A1 Seamless Gutters and Siding, Wild Kingdom Pet Center and The Pallet Corporation of America. Community minded, he was a charter member and past president of the Southport Kiwanis Club, a dedicated supporter of veterans and military personnel, and a fixture in the local business community. He is remembered by many for the countless parades and local festivals that featured his red fire trucks and his blue “40 and 8 Locomotive” which honored our veterans and first responders. A sportsman, he enjoyed fishing, golf, hunting and coaching baseball. Rudy was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church. He is remembered for his quick wit, telling it like it was, dedication to his community and most of all, a strong devotion to his cherished family. To those who knew him well, he was larger than life, and he prided himself on his ability and desire to get along with people from every walk of life. Surviving is his loving wife and companion, Gail E. Fingar Veruto along with their children, William “Billy” (Rebecca Rice) Veruto, Elmira; Michael (Elizabeth Thatcher) Veruto, Pine City; and Kristen (Dustyn) Risner, Hilliard, OH; seven grandchildren, Alex Kril, Lauren (Brendan) Cimerman, Kaitlyn Risner, Owen Risner, Coltyn Risner, Jackson Risner, and Stella Veruto. Family and friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Elmira/Southport, NY 14904 on Thursday, March 7, 2024 between the hours of 4-7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place in St. Mary’s Church, 224 Franklin St. Elmira, NY 14904 on Friday, March 8, 2024 at 10 a.m. with burial at the family’s convenience in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to: Southport Kiwanis Club, PO Box 158 Pine City NY, 14871 or Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 8th Avenue, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

James K. “Jim” Russell

Horseheads

Age 76, passed away on Thurs. Feb. 1, 2024 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born on Jan. 23, 1948 in Canton, PA, son of the late, Kenneth & Doris Austin Russell. Jim was a graduate of S.H.S. He married his best friend and companion, Mary Jane Paul on Nov. 30, 1979. In earlier years Jim was an active member of the Southside Baptist Church and taught Sunday School, was a church trustee and deacon. In later years, he was an active member, serving in multiple roles at Maranatha Bible Chapel, and is fondly remembered as a church greeter. Jim was a very welcoming and loving man who never met a stranger. An avid sports fan, he was active throughout the years coaching and mentoring youth. In addition to his loving wife, Mary Jane, Jim is survived by their two children, Christopher Russell, Horseheads and Stephanie (Jonathan Goodwin) Russell, Big Flats; three grandchildren, Riley Goodwin, Aubrey and Noah Russell; six siblings, Judy (Curt) Dickerson, Sandy (Dan) Vineyard, Pat (Van) Gillette, Carol Jividen, Richard (Pam) Russell and Janet Bierline; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many close family friends. In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by two brothers-in-law, Gary Jividen and Joseph Bierline. Family and friends will be received at the Maranatha Bible Church, 774 Sing Sing Rd. Horseheads, NY 14845 on Thur. Feb. 8, 2024 between the hours of 2-4 p.m. Funeral and committal services will follow at 4:15 p.m. with Jim’s friend and pastor, Scott Wolf officiating. Jim will be laid to rest in Hanlon Hill Cemetery at a later date.

Joyce Rae Ripley

Pine City

Age 84, entered into the arms of her Lord and Savior on Wed. Jan. 31, 2024 surrounded by her loving family. Born on June 2, 1939 in Columbia Cross Roads, PA; daughter of the late, Norman & Daisy Pettingell Seymour. Joyce married her best friend and companion, Robert Ripley Sr. on July 30, 1960. They shared 63 years of marriage together. In addition to being a diligent wife, loving mother and friend, Joyce was a homemaker and took great pride in caring for her family. Joyce was a longtime member of the Pine City Baptist Church for many years. She enjoyed making crafts, shopping and singing in the church choir. In addition to her loving husband Robert, Joyce is survived by her two cherished sons, Robert Jr. “Rip” (Missy) Ripley, and R. Scott (Mary Margaret) Ripley; five grandchildren, Nathan (Alejandra Navorro) Ripley, Bryce (Ryan Hedges) Ripley, Christopher (Mollie) Ripley, Emili Ripley and Douglas Irwin; two brothers, Norman and Jack Seymour; and sister, Gladys (Barney) McLean; and many nieces & nephews and cherished friends. In addition to her parents, Joyce was predeceased by nine siblings. Family and friends will be received at the Pine City Baptist Church, 1516 Pennsylvania Ave. Pine City, NY 14871 on Mon. Feb. 12, 2024 between the hours of 4-6 p.m. Funeral services will follow the visitation at 6:15p.m. with her friend and pastor, Carol Patterson officiating. Joyce will be laid to rest in Fitzsimmons Cemetery at a later date.

William J. Zukas

Pine City

Age 87, passed away Wed. Jan 24, 2024 at his home in the care of his loving family. Born on Apr. 1, 1936 in Carbondale, PA; Bill was the son of the late, Joseph & Margaret Pettinato Zukas. In service to his country, Bill served in the U.S. Coastguard during the Korean Conflict. He was a machinist by trade, employed by Harding Inc. for many years until his retirement. A handyman, Bill was gifted at repairing and “tinkering”. He is remembered for his kind warm smile and nature. He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church for many years. Surviving are his loving children, Lisa (Tom Hamula) Munson, Annette Raesch, Theresa (Donald) Manning, and Vincent (Tammy) Zukas; several grandchildren; a brother, George Zukas; nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his first wife, Alta Zukas in 1986; second wife, Jean Walton Zukas, in 2020; granddaughter, Samantha “Sammy” Munson in 2004; sons-in-law, Samuel Munson in 2011 and John Raesch, along with siblings. Graveside services will take place in St. Peter & Paul’s Cemetery on Fri. Feb. 2, 2024 12:15 p.m. with military honors accorded Mr. Zukas.

Mary A. Briggs

Wellsburg

Age 78, passed away on Wed. Jan. 17, 2024 surrounded by her loving family. Born on April 12, 1945 in Elmira, daughter of the late, Richard & Lucy Calabucci Wilson. Mary had married her former husband and friend, Howard Briggs in 1967 and he predeceased her in 2014. After which she spent many years with her companion, Robert Makowiec, until his passing in 2023. Mary was a longtime parishioner of St. Mary’s Church. She was employed as a secretary for many years at Broadway School, Flickengers, Sisco Foods and Kennedy Valve until her retirement. Mary enjoyed playing cards, “Sweet Call”, and watching gambling TV shows. Most of all, Mary cherished the time she spent with her beloved family. Mary is survived by her loving daughter, Kimberly (Daniel) Ward, Pine City; three grandchildren, Emily (Travis Ladd) Ward, Ashton (Tony) Vitucci and Adam Ward, all of Pine City; 4 great-grandchildren, also known as her pride and joy, Tatum and Amaya Ladd, Amelia and Vincent Vitucci; her brother, Donnie Wilson, Elmira; her furry companion, Eli; and several longtime friends including, Tom & Mary Makowiec, Southport; Mark & Robin Makowiec, Elmira; and Dave & Aud Manchester, Horseheads.  In addition to her parents, former husband and friend and her companion, Mary was predeceased by her brother, John Wilson; and longtime good friend, Sharon Passmore. In honor of Mary’s wishes, there will be no public services.

Sue E. VanDusen

Pine City

Age 81, passed away unexpectedly on Mon. Jan. 15, 2024 following a fall. Born on Oct. 2, 1942 in Monticello, NY, daughter of the late, Herbert & Ellen Race Everett. Sue was a graduate of S.H.S. She married her best friend and companion, Charles R. “Dick” VanDusen on Nov. 4, 1961 in Lowman. She was a longtime member of the First Church of the Nazarene. In addition to being a diligent homemaker, she was also employed at Broadway and Beecher Elementary Schools in the school cafeterias, as well as the NY Life Insurance office. Sue enjoyed church functions, camping, cooking, crocheting, puzzles and spending time with her cherished family. Sue is survived by her loving husband, Charles “Dick” VanDusen, at home; son, David (Sarah) VanDusen; her bonus daughter and son-in-law, Kim (Carl) Hawkins; five grandchildren, Clare and Grace VanDusen, Sadie Hughes, Jessica Hawkins, and Christopher (Kirsten) Hawkins; son-in-law, Brian M. Hughes; brother-in-law, Roger Hamel; and several nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to her parents, Sue was predeceased by her beloved daughters, Terri Lynn VanDusen and Sherri VanDusen Hughes; and her sister, Linda Hamel. Family and friends will be received at the Elmira First Church of the Nazarene, 1136 Broadway Elmira/Southport, NY 14904 on Sat. Jan. 20, 2024 from 1-2 p.m. Memorial services will follow at 2 p.m. with her friend and pastor, Heather Brown officiating. Sue will be laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Park at a later date.

Robert Loren Sardo

Age 91 of Horseheads, passed away Thur. Dec. 28, 2023 following a short illness and was surrounded by his loving family. Born on Feb. 27, 1932 in Elmira, NY son of the late John & Angeline Colozzi Sardo. In service to his country, Bob served in the U.S. Navy from 1951-1955 and served on the USS Sicily in Aviation Electronics. He was employed by Litton Systems, Inc and Northrop Grumman in Pt Mugu, CA while living in Thousand Oaks, CA for many years. Bob had a passion for electronics and computers. After moving back to Elmira, he left the aerospace industry for the rail industry and utilized his unique background in electronics while employed with companies such as ABB and Bombardier. With his time spent on the F-14 Tomcat and A-6A Intruder programs, he enjoyed volunteering at Wings of Eagles Discovery Center and was a communicant of St. Anthony’s Church. He is survived by his current wife Mary Lou Jaynes Sardo, and predeceased by his first wife, Maxine Pierce Sardo, and is survived by his loving family; his children, Bertie (Bob) Herrick, Elmira, NY; Bob Jr. (Pam) Sardo, Parker, CO; Tom (Ann) Sardo, Misson Viejo, CA; Matt (Samantha) Sardo, Prosper, TX; Sandy Sardo, Whittier, CA; and step-children, Roxane Morse, Horseheads, NY; and Julianne (Frank) Mayo, Williamsville, NY; grandchildren, Christina, Colin, Megan, Amanda Maxine, Sofia, and Luca; step grandchildren, Colleen, Roni, Rob, Jacop, and Alyssa; also survived by numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first daughter, Militza Sardo Raymond; a grandson, David Raymond; six siblings, Ernie, Dick, John, Anna, Lorraine and Theresa. Military honors and funeral services were held privately at his family’s convenience. He was interred with his first wife, Maxine Sardo in Woodlawn National Cemetery.

Bruce M. Dann

Our beloved brother, Bruce M. Dann, a lifelong resident of Pine City, NY passed away quietly with family by his side on Dec. 17, 2023, after a long illness. He is predeceased by wife, Phyllis; and his parents, John Hopkins Dann and Bertha Marie Dann formerly of Pine City, NY and Pittsburgh, PA. Also surviving are his brothers, John M. Dann, Curtis L. Dann, Scott D. Dann; and sister, Suzanne M. Caggiano; his sister-in-law, Marcia Klokus of Corning; nephew, Ronald Klokus of Corning; niece, Aliza Klokus of Reston, Virginia; and a host of family members and friends. Bruce graduated from Southside High School, then went on to local Corning Community College. Bruce worked locally virtually his entire adult life for manufacturing firms, Toshiba and Synthes, USA until health issues caused him to retire early. Bruce loved to fly fish and tie his own flies and was lucky enough to share that passion with his wife Phyllis. Their adventures took them to streams in New York, Pennsylvania, and Montana. Perhaps the highlight of his fly-fishing life came in a dream trip in 1993 with brother, John to Alaska, where as Bruce noted, they caught grayling, rainbow trout, and salmon until their arms ached. We will all miss Bruce & #39’s laughter and stories. His was a life well lived! A gathering will be planned at Woodlawn cemetery in Spring 2024. Donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital on behalf of Bruce will be appreciated.

Loren Bailey Cloyes

Interlaken, NY

Age 80, passed away on Tues. Dec. 19, 2023 after a long struggle with chronic lung disease, at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center with his loving wife of 54 years at his side. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann Cloyes; sister-in-law, Lois Schoener; brother-in-law, Roy VanAmburg; and his nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Loren was predeceased by a sister-in-law, Donna VanAmburg and brother-in-law, Ron Schoener. Loren was born on Apr. 28, 1943 in New York City, NY son of the late, Samuel & Helen Lewis Cloyes. His career in the retail food industry spanned more than 50 years. Following 23 years of employment by P&C Food Market, he and Pat became the proud owners of Cloyes Grocery in Interlaken, NY serving the community for more than 20 years. In his later years he worked part-time at the Ovid Big M Market. As a local business owner, he committed his time, energy and resources to the community he loved. He served several terms as an elected member of the Interlaken Village Board, was an active member of the Interlaken Fire Department, the Interlaken Sportsman Club, and St. Francis Catholic Church. Loren was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and NASCAR racing. When he wasn’t watching football or racing in his spare time he enjoyed drives around Cayuga Lake. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. Contributions in his name may be made to the Interlaken Fire Department, 8487 Rt. 96 Interlaken, NY 14847; The Parish of Mary Mother of Mercy, PO Box 403, Interlaken NY, or the charity of one’s choice.

 

Ronald L. “Ron” Silvers

Southport

Age 82, passed away on Fri. Dec. 15, 2023 following declining health. Born on Sept. 9, 1941 in Elmira, son of the late Ernest & Ruth Halstead Silvers. Ron was employed as a master plumber in Virginia for many years until his retirement. His interests included gardening, fishing, and carpentry. He enjoyed carpentry so much that he built his own home in which he resided for a number of years before relocating back to his hometown. Most of all, Ron cherished spending time with his beloved family. Surviving are his loving sons, Eric Rose, VT and Craig Silvers, CA; several grandchildren; his sister and brother-in-law, Judy (John) DeKay, Southport who provided Ronnie with independent living, care and friendship for many years. Along with additional siblings, Marvin (Mary Margaret) Silvers, Elmira; and Charles (Maggie) Silvers, VA; many nieces, nephews and family friends. In addition to his parents, Ron was predeceased by his brother, Bruce (Marci) Silvers; and nephew, Trevor McLaughlin. In honor of Ron’s wishes, all services will be held privately.

Mary Rose “Rose Mary” Seeley

Age 89, formerly of Pine City, NY.  With heavy hearts, the children of Rose Mary Brewer Seeley, age 89, announce the passing of their mother on December 9, 2023 at Bethany Manor. She was surrounded in love by her children, grandchildren, nursing staff, and pastor. Rose Mary's lifelong dream was to become a nurse. Despite the less than enthusiastic support by some members of her family, she went back to school as an adult and fulfilled her dream. After graduating from the nursing program at Corning Community College in 1977, she started her career at Troy Hospital, in Troy, PA; and then continued, until her retirement, at Nicholas Noyes Hospital in Dansville, NY. The highlights of her life occurred during those years at Noyes Hospital. While her career was flourishing, she also became a grandmother. She took on this new role with excitement and dedication. Over the rivers and through the woods, her grandchildren were treated to picnics, hayrides, sledding, berry, apple, and pumpkin picking; and an over-abundance of baked goods. Grandma was known to drive for hours so she wouldn’t miss a minute of a birthday party, sporting event, or Halloween night. She was the happiest woman in the room at every concert and graduation. Rose Mary was a longtime member of the Millerton United Methodist Church. She married Jonas Seeley there on June 13, 1953 and later became a devoted active member when she and Jonas retired from the Dansville area and moved to Pine City in 1994. She participated in the choir, the United Methodist Women, and many committees. She was known for her warm smile and genuine care for anyone who struggled.  Rose Mary was predeceased by her young mother, Flora Grace Smith Brewer (1944); her father, Joseph Edson Brewer (1980); and her husband of 56 years, Jonas Alan Seeley (2009). She also survived her brother, Joseph Brewer II; and her sisters, Erma Brewer Frank, Agnes O’Brian, and Judy Brewer. Rose Mary is survived by her children, Jan Seeley of Elmira, NY; Jeff (Dale) Seeley of Macon, GA; and Mary Seeley (Scott Hudson) of Pittsburgh, PA. She is also survived by her 5 great-grandchildren, and her grandchildren, Melissa (Scott) Bryson, Matthew (Liz) Seeley, Chad (Amy) Chervinsky, Tyler Hudson, and Sarah Hudson. She will be greatly missed by her brother-in-law, Glenn Frank; and her many nieces, nephews, and wonderful friends. The family is extremely grateful for the loving care and support Rose Mary received at her most recent residences at Woodbrook Assisted Living and Bethany Manor. A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Millerton United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m. on January 6, 2024. Interment will be held privately at Alder Run Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Millerton United Methodist Church, PO Box 177, 5443 Main Street, Millerton, PA 16936. Rest in peace, dearest mother! Walk and sing and gaze forever into your Father's Eyes! And save a place for each of us.

Regina A. Wright

Elmira

Age 83, passed away Fri. Dec. 1, 2023 following declining health. Born on May 7, 1940 in Elmira; Regina was the daughter of the late, Francis & Frances Curry Golden. In service to her country, she served in the U.S. Navy from 1959-1960. Regina was employed by Dunkin Donuts for over 20 years until her retirement. A loving mother, Regina loved the role of homemaker. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and loved butterflies. She was a devoted communicant of St. Mary’s Church. Surviving is her loving family, children, Sherry Smith, Angela (Daniel) White, Paula Ann VonRapacki, Evelyn Bowers and Denise (Shane VonRapacki) Wright; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; a former sister-in-law, Donna; along with many family friends. In addition to her parents, Regina was predeceased by her five siblings, Margaret (Harry) Carpenter, Maryellen (Lee) Cannon, Thomas (Elizabeth) Golden, Reverend Edward Golden and David Golden. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Mary’s Church, 224 Franklin St. Elmira, NY 14904 on Wed. Dec. 13, 2023 at 11 a.m. She will be laid to rest in St. Peter & Paul’s Cemetery where military honors will be accorded Mrs. Wright.

Kathleen M. Strohl

Horseheads

Age 81, passed away Nov. 28, 2023 at Robert Packer Hospital. Born on Nov. 2, 1942 in Elmira, daughter of the late Richard F. & Margaret Dorochak Rees. Kathleen was employed by the Elmira City School District for many years. She is survived by her two sons, Michael and David Strohl; her sister, Geraldine Young; and her sister-in-law, Vida Rees; as well as four grandchildren. In honor of her wishes there will be no public services.

Louis W. Smith

Pine City

Age 57, passed away unexpectedly Tues. Nov. 21, 2023. Born on Mar. 5, 1966 in Elmira; Louis was the son of the late, Louis G. & Roberta Pellor Smith. A contractor by trade, He was employed by the Laborers Union # 785 for many years. Louis enjoyed his trade and the feeling of helping others. He adored his family and all the memories he made with them. Surviving are his children, Justin (Heather) Smith, Jorden Smith and Jacob Smith; 7 grandchildren; a sister, Tina (Roger) Columbine; nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Louis was predeceased by his daughter, Chelsea Smith; and grandson, Paxton Harris. Family and friends will be received on Sat. Dec. 2, 2023 at Higher Hope Church, 356 Maple St. Big Flats, NY 14814 between the hours of  11a.m. - 12(noon). A Celebration of His Life will follow at 12(noon). He will be interred in the Gillett Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. that afternoon.

Richard E. “Ric” Aumick
Pine City
“Ric” as he was known, passed away Wednesday, November 22, 2023 following a courageous battle with Kidney Disease for many years at the age of 50. Born on October 4, 1973 in Elmira, Ric was the son of Charles Aumick and the late, Joan M. Lockner Aumick. He graduated from Southside High School Class of 1991. Ric was employed for many years by N.Y.S. Dept. of Corrections. A big part of his life was being an active member of the Pine City Fire Dept. First starting as a firefighter, then becoming 2nd Assistant Fire Chief twice, served on the Board of Directors, and most recently served as Captain of the Fire Police Squad. His many interests included sports, rooting for the Detroit Red Wings, N.Y. Mets and N.Y. Rangers. An avid outdoorsman, Ric enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and above all cherished times with his children and family. Surviving is his loving family, children, Alex and Lacey Aumick; along with their mother, Mary McGrain; father, Charles E. “Chuck” (Cindy Phillips) Aumick; brothers, Greg (Heather) Aumick, and Mark (Heather) Aumick; paternal aunts, Mary “Pidgie” (Jim) Durand, Joan (Tim) Kastner, Becky (Tom Bement) Rodabaugh, and Heather (Clifford) Rodabaugh; maternal aunt, Sue Shappee; nieces nephews and many family friends. In addition to his mother Joan, he was predeceased by his paternal aunt, Terry Aumick Long; paternal and maternal grandparents. Family and friends will be received at the Pine City Fire Dept. on Sat Dec. 2, 2023 between the hours of 12 (noon) – 3 p.m. A fireman’s service will follow at 3 p.m. Interment will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery at the family’s convenience.

 

Walter M. Badeau

Wellsburg

Age 80, passed away on Sun. Nov. 19, 2023 surrounded by his loving family. Walter was born on May 9, 1943 in Wayland, NY, son of the late Emroe & Helen Gratwicz Badeau. He married Charlotte Bandi on Dec. 2, 1967 in Elmira, they shared 56 wonderful years together, seldom seen apart. Walter graduated from Avoca High School at the age of 16. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Mansfield University, his first Master’s Degree from Elmira College, and second Master’s Degree from Cortland State. He was drafted into the U.S. Army during Vietnam. A well known and much loved educator, Walt was employed by the Elmira City School District where he taught 8th grade Social Studies at Broadway Middle School. While there he also worked in administration as the Dean of Students. Walt served on the Board of Education and was a past Board President. In later years, Walt became ordained as a clergy. Outside of school, he loved to work and was always busy building stone walls around his home and working in the yard. Decorating for the holidays was a real passion. He especially enjoyed helping Charlotte with her artwork and loved his time at the family cottage at the lake. In addition to his loving wife and companion, Charlotte, Walt is survived by their six children, Luella (Brian) Korsky, Dayna (Jason) Telech, Christopher Badeau, Koreen (Thomas) Knowlton, Scott Badeau, Kristen (Jake) Badeau-Hauptmann; 10 grandchildren, Tyler, Brianna, Marissa, Hope, Blake, Hannah, Ava, Evelyn, Jonathan, and Megan; siblings, Gloria Craig, Maryann Copp, Allen (Carole) Badeau, Elton (Amy) Badeau, Johnny Badeau, Linda (Charles) Falls and Debbie Pellerin; sister-in-law, Barbara Sechrist; daughter-in-law, Jan Badeau;  nieces, nephews and family friends. In addition to his parents, Walt was predeceased by his beloved son, Mark Badeau in 2016 and granddaughter, Madeline Badeau; along with his siblings, Joan McDowell, David Badeau and Emroe Badeau (JR). Family and friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira, NY 14904 on Sun. Nov. 26, 2023 between the hours of 2-5 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Mon. morning at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, 224 Franklin St. Elmira, NY 14904. Graveside services will follow in Fitzsimmons Cemetery where military honors will be accorded to Mr. Badeau. Because of Walt's dedication to helping children in the community, the family has requested, in lieu of flowers, donations to be made to "Shop with a Cop" through the Deputy Sheriff's Association.

Harold D. Bossard

Southport

Age 84, passed away on Thurs. Nov. 9, 2023  at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. Born on Sept. 13, 1939 in Hornell, NY, son of the late, Robert & Florie Young Bossard. He retired from NYS Dept. of Transportation having worked as a tree pruner and as a Highway Maintenance Supervisor. Harold enjoyed traveling, camping, canoeing, bowling and had been active in Scouts and delivered Meals on Wheels for many years. He was also a longtime member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carolyn D. Zink Bossard; and one sister, Edna Margaret “Peg” Bossard  of Springdale, AR; also his loving Godchildren, Angel & Angelina Keyser, Jahmeire Keyser and Jhamez Boyd. In addition to his parents, Harold was predeceased by five brothers and sisters, Richard Bossard, Molly Jean Bossard Kenyon, Jackie Bossard, Nancy Bossard Blackwell and Diane Bossard Shafer.  Family and friends will be received on Wed. Nov. 15, 2023 at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 380 Penn. Ave., Elmira, NY 14904 from 10a.m.-11a.m. A Requiem Eucharist & Celebration will take place at 11a.m. Harold will be laid to rest in Fitzsimmons Cemetery, Southport following the services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Meal on Wheels of Chemung County, 409 William Street, Elmira, NY 14901or Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 380 Penn. Ave., Elmira, NY 14904.

David B. Moshier

Pine City, NY

Age 61, passed away unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, November 1, 2023. Dave was born on February 26, 1962, the son of Robert and Donna Casselberry Moshier Sr. Dave was a 1980 graduate of Southside High School and immediately after graduation entered the workforce. He was employed at Thatcher Glass, Brady Supply, and Irr Supply. Dave also was licensed as a realtor and worked part time at Norquest Realty. Dave married Melinda Muto on December 29, 1990, and was looking forward to celebrating 33 years of marriage with the love of his life and best friend. Survivors also include loving daughter, Lindsey R. Tice and cherished granddaughter, Skyler R. Tice. Dave was a loving and devoted husband, son, father, and grandpa and spent most of his time making sure his "girls" were safe, protected, and loved. In addition to his loving immediate family, David is survived by parents, Robert and Donna Casselberry Moshier Sr.; brother, Robert Moshier Jr.; nieces and nephews, Kendra (Moshier) and Andy Koslowski, Robert Moshier 111, and Peter J. Muto; special brother-in-law, John M. Muto and several special cousins. Dave was a dedicated employee at Irr Supply in Elmira where he was employed for over 37 years with retirement scheduled for December 31. Over the course of his employment Dave forged many lifelong friendships, beginning with his first boss and lifelong friend, Thomas Duffy who hired Dave to be a part of the original Jordan Supply team. Dave loved the challenge of HVAC sales and cherished the relationships built with co-workers and clients who he considered friends. He was especially fond of his "Pennsylvania" clients and respected the values and integrity demonstrated in their family-owned businesses. Dave most enjoyed his time at home with family. He was an excellent cook, making everything from smoked brisket to wood fired pizzas. You could always be sure that a culinary project was in progress in the kitchen. Other interests included gardening, NASCAR, investing and he considered himself a beginner fisherman and crabber. He also enjoyed family trips to the beach or lake seeking out nearby lighthouses to tour. In honor of Dave's wishes all services will be held privately at his family's convenience. 

Wanda W. Harbol

Pine City

Age 95, passed away at home surrounded by her loving daughters on Thurs. Nov. 2, 2023. Born on July 21, 1928 in Bloomsburg, PA, daughter of the late, Stanton & Nathel Whitmoyer Hess. Wanda married her best friend and companion, Robert L. Harbol in 1947 and he predeceased her in 2008. A devoted wife and mother, Wanda was a homemaker, tending to her home and caring for her family. She was a past president and honorary member of the Southport Fire Department Auxiliary and member of the Chemung County Fireman’s Auxiliary. She enjoyed making crafts, camping up north with her family; taking bus trips and is remembered for her sense of humor. Wanda is survived by her loving daughters, Cheryl (Robert) Summers, Pine City; Pamela Lattin, Pine City; Maureen White, West Elmira; and Laurie Ryan, Southport; foster daughter, Evone (Paul) Daniels, Ohio; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Wanda was predeceased by a daughter, Deborah Dickinson; an infant son, Gary Lee; a great-grandson, Chad Robert; a son-in-law, John Lattin; and a brother, Glenn C. Hess. Family and friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Elmira/Southport, NY 14904 on Wed. Nov. 8, 2023 between the hours of 10 a.m. – 12 (noon). Funeral services will follow at 12:15 p.m. Wanda will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband, son and daughter in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Dolores J. Strong

Gillett, PA

Age 95, passed away Sat. Oct 21, 2023 at Bradford Hills Nursing Home following a long and full life. Born on April 19, 1928 in Elmira, NY first child of the late, John D. & Ethel M. Bellinger Strong. She was a graduate of Troy High School. Dolores was employed for many years by LeValley McLeod in Elmira. She attended Gillett Baptist Church, enjoyed reading and music and cherished her family. Surviving is her loving family, youngest sibling, Barbara (David) Saunders, Gillett, PA; sister-in-law, Evelyn Strong; several nieces and nephews; many great nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Dolores was predeceased by her siblings, John Jr. (June) Strong, Donald (Shirley) Strong, Janice Dean, Richard Strong, and Charles Strong. Family and friends will be received at the Gillett Baptist Church, 33241 PA-14 Gillett, PA 16925 on Sat. Nov. 11, 2023 from 12 noon – 1 p.m. A celebration of her life will follow at 1 p.m. with her pastor and friend, Rev. Mickey Cavanaugh officiating with burial following in the Gillett Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the church in her memory.

Paul Bahr

Pine City

Age 90, of Pine City, NY, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, October 7, 2023. Paul was born in Dushore, PA, the son of the late Floyd and Clara Bundle Bahr. In service to his country, Paul served in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1956 during the Korean Conflict. He married the love of his life, Diane Harris, on May 6, 1961, and she predeceased him on January 17, 2007. Together, they shared 45 years of marriage. Paul was a dedicated lineman for NYSEG for over 37 years. He enjoyed polka dancing, hunting, and spending time with his family. Paul is predeceased by two sisters, Sophie and Mary, and two brothers, Martin and Francis. He is survived by his siblings; Betty, Floyd and Robert as well as two children; Susan and Kevin, three grandchildren; Laura (Jeff), Kelsey, and Caleb; and two great-grandchildren; Annette and Jack. Paul will be laid to rest in a graveside ceremony next to his wife in Webb Mills Cemetery on October 30, 2023, at 10 AM. Close family and friends are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Paul’s memory to Charitable Giving, American Liver Foundation, PO Box 299, West Orange, NJ 07052.

Jae Underhill Rumsey

Southport

Age 60, passed away on Wed. Oct. 11, 2023 at the Robert Packer Hospital. Born on Feb. 2, 1963 in Elmira, son of Joshua & Helen Saxbury Rumsey. Jae was a long-time member of the Christ’s United Methodist Church for many years. He was a master mechanic and spent his lifelong career employed by Midas in Elmira and Ithaca. Jae enjoyed outdoor activities, including fishing, gardening, NASCAR, rooting for the Buffalo Bills and spending time with his faithful canine companion, “Hunter”. Jae is survived by his loving mother, Helen Lathrop, Wellsburg; caring sister, Mary (Daryl) Densmore, Southport; nephews, Kyle (Lindsay) Densmore, Lindley, with their children, Baylie Giardina and Noah Densmore; Kristopher (Chara) Densmore, Goldsboro, NC, with their children, Sofia and Arabella Densmore; his best friend, Audrey Weber, with her daughters, Mikaila and Cheryl Weber, Elmira, and close friends. In addition to his father, Joshua, Jae was predeceased by his step-father, Harold Lathrop in 2014. In honor of Jae’s wishes, there will be no public services. He will be laid to rest in Elmwood Cemetery, Caton, NY privately at the family’s convenience.

Kenneth “Ken” Hoose

Elmira

Age 87, passed away at home on Fri. Oct. 6, 2023. Born on Mar. 23, 1936 in Troy, son of the late, DeLace & Louise Miller Hoose. Ken married his best friend and companion, Jean Berry in Sept of 1968 and she predeceased him on Mar. 16, 2011. They shared 42 years of marriage until her passing. Ken owned and operated Ken’s Trucking in Elmira for many years. In addition to trucking, Ken enjoyed rides in the country, tending to his farm, being outdoors and car collecting. Ken is survived by his loving sister, Helen Laudensinger; sister-in-law, Dawn Hoose; nephew, Rick Hoose; niece, Sandy Ricks; loved like a son, “Fisher” (Kelly) Welles; and his faithful canine companion, “Roush”. In honor of Ken’s wishes, there will be no services.

James N. Ameigh

Gillett, PA

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

Elmira

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

Southport

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

Pine City

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

Southport

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.

Darlene Gee-Woodfin

Pine City

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.

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