"Obituaries are often the last tribute we offer to someone. They encompass a life lived and share the richness of one's presence."
Edward L. Locke
Age 85 went home to Heaven on Wed. Feb. 24, 2021 under the care of his loving family and CareFirst. Born on Feb. 10, 1936 in Elmira, Edward was the son of the late, Arthur & Ruth Foster Locke. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Elmira College in Social Work. In service to his country, Ed served in the U.S. Navy. He married Mary Claire Michalke on June 13, 1959 in St. Cecilia’s Church. A hardworking man and wonderful provider, Ed retired from N.Y.S. Dept. of Transportation, Horseheads as a supervisor after 27 years of dedicated service. In service to the community, he volunteered freely of his time at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Ed was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church where he was active as a Reader and Eucharistic Minister for many years. Ed was an adorer at the Perpetual Adoration Chapel at St. Casimirs’s Church. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, enjoyed travel, hunting, fishing, woodworking, was a very social person, taught at BOCES, but most of all was a dedicated family man who cherished every moment with his family. He is survived by his loving wife and companion of nearly 62 years, Mary Claire Michalke Locke, Southport; their children, Mike (Karla) Locke, Simpsonville, SC; Jim (Liz) Locke, Greer, SC; Lisa (Kenny) McKinney, Sandston, VA; 4 grandchildren, Tricia (Charlie) Mitschow, Alyssa Locke, Hunter and Chase McKinney; 1 great grandchild, TJ; a sister, Sarah “Sally” Soper, MA; in-laws, Anne (Jack) Karski, Anor Coon, Toni (Joe) Long; many nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Katie Siuda. In addition to his parents, Ed was predeceased by his siblings, Dorothy (Bill) Garrett, Arthur “Bud” Locke, Helen (Kelly) Wellman. and Richard “Dick” Locke; brothers-in-law, Larry Coon and Richard Soper. Guests will be received at St. Mary’s Church, 224 Franklin St. Elmira, NY 14904 on Sat. Feb. 27, 2021 from 12 (noon) – 1 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 1 p.m. and will be streamed on Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish Facebook page. Military honors will be accorded at the church following. Graveside services will take place at the family’s convenience in St. Peter & Paul’s Cemetery. In accordance with state regulations face masks and social distancing are required. Memorials may be directed to CareFirst or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Shirley Ayres Keller
Age 84, went home to be with the Lord on Fri. Feb. 19, 2021 in the loving care of her family and CareFirst. Born on Apr. 4, 1936 in Elmira, Shirley was the daughter of the late, Herman & Hazel Cole Ayres. She was employed for many years by Kennedy’s Country Store. A longtime member of the Fassett Church, Shirley was active there. She enjoyed extensive travel, crafts, was an excellent cook, enjoyed riding motorcycles, and playing card games with friends. One of her greatest joys was time spent with her grand kids. Surviving is her loving husband and travel companion, Walter Keller Jr., Wellsburg; four children, Randy (Peggy) Weeks, Gillett, PA; James (Donna) Weeks, Oriskany Falls, NY; Susanne Morton, Trumansburg, NY; Kristine Keller, Elmira; six stepchildren, Barbara J. (Alan) Fulmer, Elmira; Jeffrey (Deb) Keller, Wellsburg; Mike (Bonnie) Keller, Elmira; Rebecca (Mike) Kline, TX; Lisa Keller, Elmira; and Penny Keller, Elmira; siblings, Ronald Ayres, Larry Ayres, Joan Sweat, Waneta Heath, and Marilyn Shaut; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Special thanks to the wonderful friends and caregivers who helped the family through Shirley’s illness. May God Bless Each of You. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two brothers, Dick and Robert Ayres; a sister, Carolyn Knight; and a stepson, Kim Keller. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Tues. Feb. 23, 2021 between the hours of 3– 5 p.m. In accordance with state regulations face masks and social distancing are required. Services will be private at the family’s convenience and will be streamed on Caywood’s Facebook page starting at 5 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the charity of one’s choice.
John E. Hall
Wellsburg, NY / Zieglerville, PA
Age 87, formerly of S. Creek Rd. Wellsburg, NY went home to be with the Lord on Weds. Jan. 27, 2021 following complications from a stroke. Born on Dec. 19, 1933 in Dushore, PA, son of the late, George W. & Crystal Gernert Hall. In service to his country, John served in the U.S. Navy. Constant companions, John married Charlotte “Mazie” Perry on December 31, 1957. John was employed by the Remington Rand, Kennedy Valve and the Elmira Correctional Facility. Always active, he enjoyed gardening, and landscaping around their lovely home and was the envy of the neighborhood. John’s favorite pastime was dining out at local restaurants where he would always catch up with his favorite people. In addition to his loving wife of 63 years, he is survived by their daughter, Ann (Larry) Hastings; brothers, Leon Hall, and Gary (Jeanne) Andrews; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by sister, Mary (Gerald) Hyslop, brother, Burton Hall; and sister-in-law, Sarah “Sally” Hall. Guests will be received at the Gillett Baptist Church, Gillett, PA on Sat. Mar.6, 2021 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Funeral services that follow will be private and streamed on Caywood’s Facebook page. Military honors will be accorded Mr. Hall with graveside services in the Gillett Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Community Wesleyan Church where he had been a member or the charity of one’s choice in Johns memory.
Martha Madeline Stadelmaier Hurd, 98 of Pine City, NY passed away at her home on February 11, 2021 with her loving family by her side. She was predeceased by her husband William E. Hurd, son James “Jimmy” Hurd, parents Frank Emil and Cora (Ames) Stadelmaier, Mother-in-law Helen (Ernest) Koehler, and her 8 siblings Charles, Wilhelmina, Josephine, Frank, Elsie, Joseph, George, and Herbert. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and dear friend. Martha was a devoted caregiver working as a Nurses Aid for many years. She was active in her church community, volunteered for the American Red Cross, enjoyed playing cards at the Chapel Park Senior Center, summer concerts at Brand Park, and was a faithful Yankee fan. Most of all she enjoyed time spent with her family and the many gatherings at her home. Martha is survived by her children: Richard (Sheryl) Hurd of Elmira, NY, and grandchildren Tommy Hurd of Canandaigua, NY, Jacki Hurd of Lawrenceville, PA, and Patrick Ely; Thomas (Jan) Hurd of Blackwood, NJ, and grandsons Scott Hurd of Marlton, NJ, Brad Hurd of Blackwood, NJ, and Todd Hurd of Woodbury, NJ; Nancy L. (Bill) Marks of Pine City, NY, and grandchildren Melissa Marks (Bruce) of Elmira, NY, and great-granddaughter Heather (Michael) Craft of Lewes, Delaware; Michael (Christy) Marks of Elmira, NY, and great-grandchildren Casey Marks and Lucas Marks; Billy (Kim) Marks of Wellsburg, NY, and great-grandsons Cade Marks, Cole Marks and Cal Marks; Jimmy (Amber) Marks of Pine City, NY, and great-grandchildren Sydney Marks and Tyler Marks; Barbara H. Strobridge of Pine City, NY, grandson Brent W. Strobridge, and great-granddaughter Autumn H. Strobridge; William (Linda) Hurd Jr. of Wellsburg, NY, and grandchildren Zachary Hurd (Samantha) of Elmira, NY, and great-grandsons Ryan Hurd, and Adam Cooper; granddaughter Ashley N. (Brian) Elliott of Niceville, Florida; and many loving nieces, nephews, and friends. “Grandma Hurd” will be truly missed and lovingly remembered for generations to come. A memorial service will be held in May. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in Martha’s memory to the First Church of the Nazarene, 1136 Broadway St., Elmira, NY 14904.
Barbara Ann Benson Congdon
Age 80, went home to Heaven on Thur. Feb. 11, 2021 to spend glorious days with her grandson, Kyle Decker. Born on July 29, 1940 in Elmira; Barb was the daughter of the late, E. John & Catherine Baker Benson. Barb is remembered for her warm and loving smile. She was employed by the Elmira City School Dist. for many years in the clerical dept. and was also a home health care aide. She enjoyed reading, flower gardening and knitting. She was a long-time member of the Fassett Baptist Church and active in community events. Surviving is her husband, Lynn Congdon, Fassett, PA; children, Tanya Renee (David) Decker, Gillett, PA; David Shaun (Becky) Congdon, Honeoye, NY; and Barbara Lynn (Chris) Valero, Fassett, PA; 3 grandchildren, Bryce (Beate) Valero, Brandon Valero, and Katelynn Decker; 3 great grandchildren, Eli and Trudy Valero, and Riot Amelia Brown; a brother, Gene (Louise) Benson, Fassett, PA; in-laws, Thomas (Jeannette) Congdon, Collette (Marvin) Roberts, Colleen Kane, Marge (Tom) Burkert, and Christine Ballard and their families; nieces, nephews, and many family friends. Barb was also predeceased by her brother, Jack Benson. All services will be held privately with burial in the Gillett Cemetery where Barb will rest beside her beloved grandson, Kyle Decker. Services will be private and streamed live on Caywood’s Facebook page, Wed Feb 17, 2021 at 12 (noon).
Herbert E. Green Sr.
Age 88, passed away Thur. Feb 11, 2021 while in the loving care of his family following declining health. Born on Dec. 7, 1932 in Elmira; son of the late, Lee & Hazel Kennedy Green. He married Donna Shumway on May 24, 1952, together they have shared 68 wonderful years. Also surviving are their children, Ronald (Terre) Green, Jacalyn (Keith) Baynes, Carolyn (Chuck) Winslow, Herbert Jr. (Janeane) Green, and Timothy (Lori) Green; grandchildren, Ronald, Joe (Shoshana), Jamme (Kelly), Jason, Tanicia (Korey), CJ (Tachia), Chad (Morgan), Monica (Nick), Amanda (Josh), Tatyana (Spencer), Natasha (Jeremy), Derek, Dylan, and Leah; great grandchildren, Kaiden, Carter, Keegan, Chloe, Gavin, Charlie, Cayda, Jasper, Rhys, and Lily; siblings, Carrie Bower, Rose Woodard, Tom Green, and Sharon Green, nieces, nephews, and many family friends. In addition to his parents, Herb was predeceased by brothers, Chuck, Syke, Bobby, Billy, Reese, and Louie Bower; sisters, Shirley Snowburg, Mary Green, Eleanor Apthorp, and Barbara Green; in-laws, Hugh & Luva Shumway. Herb graduated from SHS. He retired from Borg Warner after 26 years of service. An outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and is best remembered for #88 at various racetracks in the southern tier especially the Chemung Speedrome. “Mr. Wonderful” so loved his family; he enjoyed barbeques, story-telling and time spent on Seneca Lake. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Tues. Feb. 16, 2021 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. In accordance with state regulations face masks and social distancing are required. Services will be private and will be streamed on Caywood’s Facebook page starting at 1:00 p.m. A warm and sincere thank you to Kelly, Monica, Bobbi, Keoana, Connie, Sharon, Dr. Fucito, and “Sheldon”; may God bless each of you for the friendship and care you gave our family.
Lloyd E. Brown
Age 85 passed away at his home on Sat. Feb. 6, 2021 following declining health while in the care of his loving family and CareFirst. Born on Aug 14, 1935 in Tredwell, NY; son of the late, Kenneth & Marjorie Thompson Brown. He married the love of his life, Janice “Jan” Ham Cartwright on July 21, 1973 in Elmira. A hardworking man and wonderful provider, Lloyd was employed by the City of Elmira Public Works Dept. for 24 years. After his retirement he drove school bus for the Horseheads School Dist. A car buff, Lloyd’s pride and joy, a 66 Chevy Impala which he restored and proudly took to car shows. One of his greatest joys, was time spent on Cayuta “Little” Lake with his family and friends. Surviving is his loving family, wife and companion of 47 years, Janice “Jan” Ham Cartwright Brown, Southport; children, William (Elaine) Brown, Elmira; Timothy Brown, FL; Dawn Fernadez, FL; Cherie (Harold) Kautz, Elmira; Kenneth Cartwright, Elmira; Scott Cartwright, Elmira; Julie Cartwright, Horseheads, Valerie Brown, Binghamton, Lloyd Brown, Bath; brother, Ronald Thompson, Elmira; sister, Marjorie Ann (Richard) Etner, IN; 12 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, Lloyd was predeceased by aunts, uncles, cousins and his cherished canine companions, “Harley” and “Smokey”. Lloyd will be sadly missed by those who loved him. A family celebration will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to your local SPCA in his memory. Special thanks to CareFirst for the wonderful care given to Lloyd by their staff and volunteers. May God Bless Each of You.
Bernard R. “Bernie” Murdough
Age 82, passed away at home on Sat. Feb. 6, 2021, following declining health. Born on May 12, 1938 in Elmira, son of the late, W. Morton & Marguerite Regan Murdough. In service to his country, Bernie served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1960. Bernie was employed for many years by American Linen. He was a sports fan who had an amazing sense of dry humor. He is survived by his loving children and their families, Bernard Embry, Germany; Sherry (Timothy) Todd, Elmira; Lisa (Jeffrey) Carlson, Elmira; Mark (Amy) Murdough, Hector; Todd (Patricia) Murdough, Pine City; and Kathleen Lockhart; Florence, AZ; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; siblings, William (Alma) Murdough, Southport; Gary Murdough, GA; and Jean Bouille, Elmira; friend and companion, Sonia Vincent; nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Bernie was predeceased by the mother of his children, Sandra Maus Murdough Brown; and wife, Patricia Keyser Murdough. All services will take place privately and Bernie will by laid to rest in Woodlawn National Cemetery where military honors will be accorded.
Marjorie E. Fitzsimmons
Pine City / Horseheads
Age 82, passed away Tues. Feb. 2, 2021 in the care of her loving family, following declining health. Born on May 18, 1938 in Elmira, Marjorie was the daughter of the late, Charles Lester & Thelma Hurd Kinney. She married Ronald Andrew "Dutch" Fitzsimmons on February 16, 1957 and he predeceased her on Sept. 14, 2013. Marjorie was a longtime member of the Caton United Methodist Church and a member of the Caton Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She is remembered for her talents in the kitchen and her home was always open to the neighborhood kids. A homemaker, she was a devoted wife, extra special mom and grandma to her adoring family who survive: children, daughters and sons-in-law: Sara (Alan) Nicolette, Ilion, NY; Jennifer Audinwood, Avoca, NY, Melissa (Kevin) Sproule, Pine City, NY; Amanda (Curtis) Robbins, Pine City; NY; son: Peter (Kelley Bachman) Fitzsimmons, Caton, NY; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; sister, Patricia Mason; brother-in-law, Norval Campbell; sister-in-law, Janice Kinney. In addition to her parents and husband, Marjorie was predeceased by her daughters, Lora Ruth Fitzsimmons and Elizabeth Fitzsimmons; brother, Charles Kinney; sister, Mary Campbell; son-in-law, Gary Audinwood; brother-in-law, Earnest Mason. All services will be private at the family’s convenience and will be streamed on Caywood’s Facebook page starting Fri. Feb 5, 2021 at 6 p.m. Marjorie will be interred in Maple Grove Cemetery at her family’s convenience and rest beside her beloved husband “Dutch”.
John Watkins Sr.
Age 71, passed away Mon. Jan. 25, 2021 following declining health. Born on June 8, 1949 in Elmira, son of the late, Andrew & Margaret Christie Watkins. John earned his culinary degree from Alfred State and remained in food service for most of his life. He was a chef at the Penn Wells, and a salesman for Sysco Foods and Flickenger’s. After retirement, John was employed by Elmira Savings Bank as a mail carrier. John married Patricia Kerr in 1971, and together they shared a wonderful life. His interests included gardening, cooking, and baking, and he especially loved being "Poppy" to his four grandchildren. In addition to his loving wife of 49 years, he is survived by their children, Anne (Chris) Fenton, Horseheads, NY; and John Jr. (Kerri) Watkins, Churchville, NY; grandchildren, Benjamin and Katelyn Fenton; Andrew and Maggie Watkins; a brother, Robert Watkins; many cousins, nieces and nephews. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Sun. Jan 31, 2021 from 2-4 p.m. All NY State guidelines must be followed.
Glenn Spicher Jr.
Age 67, passed away on Tues. Jan. 26, 2021 following declining health. Born on Mar. 16, 1953 in Lewistown, PA, son of the late, Glenn & Viola Zook Spicher Sr. Glenn married the love of his life, Linda Yoder on Nov. 29, 1974 in Belleville, PA. A hardworking man and wonderful provider, Glenn was employed by Hardinge Bros. for many years. His many interests included woodworking, hunting, camping with friends, and above all, time spent with his loving family; wife and companion, Linda Yoder Spicher; their children, Justin G. (Crystal) Spicher and Jessica E. (Scott) Stopa; four grandchildren, Tyler, Lilly, Cameron, and Dylan; siblings, Jane Fox, Gloria Zook, Carol (Norman) Waggy and Galen (Trisha) Spicher; several nieces, nephews, and family friends. In honor of his wishes there will be no public services.
Anita Loraine Kirk
Age 90 passed away Sat. Jan. 23, 2021 at the Chemung County Nursing facility after living a long and full life. She was born on Feb. 11, 1930 in Painted Post, NY and daughter of the late, Lloyd E. & Mary L. Cook Miles. She was the loving and devoted wife to the late, Harold E. Kirk who passed away in 1993. Dedicated to helping others, Anita was employed by Chemung County Nursing Facility as a nurse’s aide for many years. Always possessing a zest for life, during her teenage years, she became the youngest pilot in in Steuben County and logged many miles over New York State. Her interests included cooking, a great love for animals and above all the care she gave to her family.
Surviving are her loving children and their families; Stepson Dennis and Amanda (Mandy) Michele Parker-Kirk and grandson, Ethan Ray Parker-Kirk; Stepdaughter Debra and Wayne Davis and grandson Zachary Hurd and Partner, Samantha Jordan, great grandson Ryan Hurd; granddaughter, Ashley and Brian Elliott; Daughter Denise and David (Willie) Holleran and granddaughter, the late Mary Holleran and grandson, David and Georgeanna (Gigi) Holleran and great granddaughter, Amelia Holleran; Stepdaughter Kim Burris and Partner the late Bernard (Bernie) Lunduski and grandson, Christopher and Samantha (Layton) Burris and great grandson Connor Burris and great granddaughter, Carsyn Margaret Burris; grandson, Joshua Burris and Partner, Molly Winston; grandson, Benjamin Burris and Partner Zoe Every-Baker; Son Thomas and Evelyn Avagliano and grandson, Ryan Avagliano and Partner Kellie Marie Dean and sons Logan, James, and Jericho; grandson: TJ Avagliano and wife, Stephanie DeRico Avagliano and great granddaughter, Clara Anella Marie Avagliano; granddaughter, Tracey and Jason Nist, granddaughter, Erin and Brett Morseman; grandson: Jamy and Kristal Walker; Daughter Melissa Kirk and Monique Carasso and grandchildren, Juliette and Roger Carasso; Nephew, James and Molly Jacobus, great niece Taryn Jacobus and daughter Piper Jacobus; great niece, Jamie (Jacobus) and Silas Ramey and daughters Peyton and Audrey Ramey; Nephew, Alan and Lori Jacobus and great nephew, Enoch and Celia (Eby) Jacobus and sons, Alec, Rafe, and Charlie Jacobus; great nephew, Noah and Emily (Pieri) Jacobus and daughter Juniper Ellori Jacobus. Anita was preceded in death by her beloved granddaughter, Mary L. Holleran, sister and brother-in-law, Elaine and James Jacobus and husband, Harold E. Kirk.
Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Wed. Jan. 27, 2021 from 10 -11 a.m. All N.Y.S. protocols must be followed. Funeral services will be private with interment in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. A live stream will start after 11am on Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens Facebook page. Special thanks to the 5th floor staff at the Chemung County Nursing Facility for the wonderful care they gave back to her. Memorials may be directed to the Chemung County SPCA in her memory. “We will always remember the sound of Mom’s laughter, her great sense of humor and the many jokes and stories she shared with all those in her presence”.
Burton W. “Burt” Hall
Age 91, passed away Monday, January 18, 2021, after living a long and full life. Born on December 28, 1929, in Pennsylvania, Burt was the son of the late George W. & Crystal Gernert Hall. In service to his country, Burt served in the U.S. Army. He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for many years as a mail carrier. An entrepreneur, he co-founded and operated Hall’s Candies in Gillett, Pennsylvania, and helped to grow the company to be recognized country-wide. Burt was a true “fix-it-man” in every sense of the word and is remembered as being very resourceful by his family. A fixture in Gillett, Burt was well known and much loved by his community and was a member of Victory Church, Troy, PA. Survived by brothers John (Mazie) Hall, Leon Hall, and Gary (Jeanne) Andrews; nieces and nephews, Ann (Larry) Hastings, Jody (Dale) McKinney, Darlene (Mark) Heitz, Jennifer (Steve) Spencer, Jacalyn (Rick) Grover, John (Nancy) Vanderhoef, Ryan (Cass) Andrews, Beth Andrews, Greg Andrews and Emilee (Jonathan) Carpenter. He is predeceased by sister, Mary (Gerald) Hyslop, and sister-in-law, Sarah “Sally” Hall. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira, NY, on Friday, January 22, 2021, between 11 a.m. – 12 (noon). All Covid guidelines must be followed with attendance of no more than 25 people at one time. Funeral services will be private at the family’s convenience and will be streamed on Caywood’s Facebook page with military honors accorded Mr. Hall.
Katherine Anne Kinner
Age 73, went home to be with her Lord & Savior Jesus Christ on Fri. Jan 8, 2021. Born on Apr. 2, 1947 in Elmira, NY, Katherine was the daughter of the late, Clarence & June M. Fulford Luther. She married Mark D. Kinner on Apr. 21, 1973 in Elmira, NY. Katherine had a special gift for gardening and is where she felt the closest to God. Her never ending faith carried her through life’s high and low points. She loved and understood her Bible and enjoyed writing. She loved being a homemaker and dedicated her life to her large and loving family who survive. Husband and companion of 47 years, Mark D. Kinner Sr., Wellsburg; their children, Gary (Wendy Dgien) Kinner, W. Elmiira; Melissa Kinner, OH; Vicki Kinner, Elmira; Tina (Steve) Evans, Gillett, PA; Mark (Carolyn) Kinner Jr., Wellsburg; and Richard (Alyssa) Kinner, Elmira; many grandchildren, several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; her siblings, Lance (Nui) Luther, Jack (Ginny) Luther, Frank Manwaring, J. (Patty) Manwaring, Mike Manwaring, Clarence “Dimper” (Ruth) Manwaring, and Vinny (Jackie) Manwaring; along with many family friends. In addition to her birth parents, she was predeceased by her adoptive father, Clarence Manwaring, her brother Darwin Manwaring, and her best friend and cousin Ruthy Costley. Katherine was a very private person, all her services will take place privately and she will be interred in Bath National Cemetery, Bath, NY.
Vernon W. Downing
Age 82, passed away Sat. Jan 2, 2021 following a short illness. This wonderful man born on March 31, 1938 in Moretown, VT. Vernon was the son of the late, Bernard & Bertha Downing. He was a wonderful husband to Carol Parow Downing where they were in a wonderful marriage for 61 years. and an amazing father to 3 children, LoriAnne (Howard) Crouthamel, Dale Downing Sr, and the late, Penny White. He also served his country as a proud member of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a stern and hard-working man who retired from Millbrook Bakery. He was more than anything, a family man, who would do anything to help no matter what was going on. He was caring and loving, this is what brought him the most amount of joy throughout his life. He along with all of this was an avid sports lover, enjoying watching professional sports like Baseball, NASCAR, and Golf. He had wonderful siblings, Ted Downing, Sandy (Chuck) Firenze, Donna (Howard) Murphy, Bernard "Snook" Downing; along with his late siblings Lloyd Downing, Floyd Downing, and Ardelle Downing, and a sister-in-law, Charay; also 7 amazing grandchildren, and 13 adorable great grandchildren; lots of nieces, nephews, family friends, along with his furry companion, Bubba. All services were private with military honors accorded and interment in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Thoughts and Prayers.
Virginia M. Knickerbocker,
Age 90, passed away on Dec. 31, 2020 at Elcor Health Services. Born on Jan. 24, 1930, in Waverly, N.Y., daughter of the late, Howard & Christine Mace Smith. Virginia married the love of her life, Harry Knickerbocker on June 6, 1981 at the Oakwood Methodist Church. Together, they enjoyed 27 years of marriage until his passing in 2008. Her interests included crocheting, traveling, road trips, eating out, playing solitaire, gambling, slot machines and gardening. Virginia is survived by her loving children, Nelson Orme, Elmira; Darlene (David) Miller, Elmira; Doreen Swank, New Mexico; Stephen Kelly, CA; Bruce (Michelle) Kelly, Elmira; Michael Kelly, CA; 17 grandchildren; several great and great-great grandchildren; siblings, Nelson (Carol) Smith; Betty Stedge; and Shirley (Harry) Hartman; several nieces, nephews and close friends. In addition to her parents and husbands, Harry Knickerbocker, Ernest Orme and William Kelly; Virginia was predeceased by her son, David Orme; daughter-in-law, Bertha Orme; and siblings, Barbara Higgins, Howard Smith Jr., Cecile Burger and Robert Smith. All services are private at her family’s convenience. Funeral services can be viewed on Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens Facebook page after Wed. Jan. 6, 2021.
Mr. Baron passed away quietly at home on Sun. Dec. 20, 2020, with his loving wife and caregiver, Dianne Miller (Baron), at his side. Born on Oct. 21, 1944, in Montreal, Quebec, son of the late, Robert & Marie-Marthe DeLangis Baron. Pierre and Dianne exchanged wedding vows in English and French at the Montreal United Church of Canada on Feb. 10, 2001. A driven businessman, Pierre was a long time proprietor of Courtier B. M. Fruits & Legumes in both the U.S. and Canada. In his leisurely time, Pierre enjoyed golfing together with his beloved, Dianne & enjoyed watching movies. In addition to his loving wife, Pierre is survived by three sisters, Carol, Lorraine, Manon; one brother, Claude Baron; three daughters, Isabell, Sophie, & Stephanie; and two grandchildren. In honor of Pierre’s wishes, there will be no services.
Jacqueline “Jackie” Morrison Schoffner,
Age 52, passed away Sun. Dec. 20, 2020, at home, surrounded by her loving family following a valiant battle with cancer. Born on Mar.19,1968 in Utica, N.Y., daughter of the late, Rev. Richard & Judith Austin Vogel. In 1998, Jackie met her best friend and future husband, Clifford Schoffner, and was later married in 2003. Jackie had an immense love for children and was employed at Parley Coburn Elementary School and Riverside Elementary School for many years as a Teacher’s Aid. Christmas time was her favorite time of year. In addition to teaching, she enjoyed collecting M&M memorabilia, word search games, puzzles, cleaning houses and spending time with her family, especially her cherished grandchildren. In addition to her loving husband and caregiver, Cliff Schoffner, Jackie is survived by her three loving sons, Tyler (Molly) Morrison, Joshua (Mary Kate) Morrison, and Justin Morrison; four grandchildren, Jaxon, Mia, Adalyn and Cali; brother, John (Becky) Vogel; sister, Bobbie Munger; and nephew, Trevor (Carrie) Vogel. In addition to her parents, Jackie was predeceased by her former husband and friend, Alan Morrison in 2019. The family would like to give a special thank you to Mimi Waite, Jackie’s beloved best friend and caregiver, for her dedication and commitment to Jackie over the last 3 years. All services are private at her family’s convenience. Funeral services can be viewed on Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens Facebook page after Wed. Dec 23, 2020.
Phyllis A. Andrus Robinson
Age 91, passed away on Fri. Dec. 18, 2020 after living a long and full life. Born on Apr. 14, 1929 in Elmira, daughter to the late Clemens & Ruth Ruggles Andrus. Phyllis married the love of her life, Calvin Robinson, in 1948 and he predeceased her in 1995. She was an active member of the Fassett Grange for over 74 years where she was often secretary and treasurer, a member of Farm Bureau, a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Elmira, and past member of Western Square Dance Club. As a dairy farmer's wife, not only did she cook, bake, garden, can and freeze, she was also the farms partner, bookkeeper, and manager. She loved flowers and birds too. Phyllis was involved with the Town of Ashland Historical Society, the “Hill Ladies Luncheon Group'', the Chemung County Election Board for over 41 years and was employed at Iszard’s Tea Room for 14 years. Phyllis is survived by her loving children, Candie Healey, Elmira; Vern (Tina) Robinson, Wellsburg; and Echo (Daniel) McGovern, Wellsburg; grandchildren, Colleen (Thomas) Beach, Van Etten; Ryan Healey, Horseheads; Cara Healey, Big Flats; Kelly McGovern (Jared Murray), Rochester; Jesse (Kristen) McGovern, Shrewsbury, PA; Ian (Becca) McGovern, Churchville, NY; eight great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, James Cease, MD; brother-in-law, Sheldon (Betty) Robinson, Wellsburg; many loving nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Phyllis was predeceased by her sister, Clara Cease, MD. Phyllis welcomed so many into her home and heart over her lifetime. Everyone was always welcomed and fed. She was known for her smile and wonderful cooking. All services will be private due to Covid restrictions. Burial will take place at the family’s convenience in Ashland Cemetery where Phyllis will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband, Calvin. Memorial donations may be made to the Fassett Grange #1567, 35336 Rt. 14 Gillett, Pa 16925 in Phyllis’s memory.
David L. Kinkade
Age 79, passed away on Sat. Dec. 12, 2020 after a brief illness and a broken heart from losing his beloved Judy Kinkade in September. Born on Oct. 6, 1941 in Elmira, NY, son of the late, Donald & Betty Lovejoy Kinkade. David married the love of his life, Judy Kauffman, in 1967 and remained sweethearts until her recent passing. In service to his country, David served in the U.S. Army. He was employed by NYSEG for many years until his retirement. A wonderful provider for his family, David’s interests included hunting, fishing and endless days at the family cottage. He was very social and is remembered as a true handyman. Surviving is his cherished son, Brian Kinkade, Pine City; siblings, Mary, Laurie, Linda, Steve, Chucky, and Billy; brother-in-law, Edward (Darlene) Kauffman; nieces and nephews; his loving canine companion, “Moe” and “Molson” (predeceased). All services will be held privately at his family’s convenience with military honors accorded Mr. Kinkade. He will be laid to rest beside his wife Judy in Riverside Cemetery, Lowman, NY.
Marlene Y. Dodge Kennedy
Age 69, passed away Thur. Dec. 3, 2020 in the loving care of her family following a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Born on Oct. 7, 1951 in Wellsboro, PA. Daughter of the late, Edgar & Helen Wilson Dodge. Predeceased by sibling, Richard Dodge. She married Terry Kennedy in 1971 and they have enjoyed a wonderful life together ever since. Marlene was employed by Home Interiors & Gifts as a sales manager. Her most recent employment was at Happy House Nursery School, West Elmira, NY. She was a member of the Jackson Summit Baptist Church. Surviving is her loving family, husband and companion, Terry R. Kennedy; their children, Shawn Kennedy, Pine City, NY; Joel (Sue Williams) Kennedy, Millerton, PA; and Stacey Nemier, Elmira, NY; four grandchildren, Calvin, Alexis, Tayler, and Lillian; siblings, Sharon Dodge, Gary (Lisa) Dodge, and Kurt (Kay) Dodge; nieces, nephews, and many dear friends. Private graveside services will be held.
Barbara Ann Duart Palmer
Passed away Thur. Dec 3, 2020 at her home in the loving care of her family following declining health. Born on Oct. 16, 1932 in Troy, PA; Barbara was the daughter of the late, Willis Rex & Ida Hazel Alexander Duart. She had a love for people and gave them the very best in care as a registered nurse. She graduated from Arnot-Ogden Nursing School and was employed there. Barbara retired from St. Joseph’s Hospital with over 25 years of dedicated service. Her first love was that of a homemaker, wife, mother and grandmother. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Gale Palmer in 2018 following 57 years of marriage. She loved to travel, especially her memories of her 6-month honeymoon to Ireland and many years later a church trip to Israel in addition to many family trips in between. Barbara enjoyed reading, was an excellent cook, remembered as an excellent handy person around the home, and loved her Lord. Surviving is her loving son and caregiver, Joel & Tammy Palmer, Millerton, PA; grandchildren, Neah (Richard) Balatgek and Micah Palmer; siblings, Mary Lou Kelley, Connie (Dick) Boyles, and Donnie (Bonnie) Duart; nieces, nephews, family friends including Kathy Palmer, Cheryl Wright, and Melinda Koziuk who helped so much with her care. In addition to her parents and husband, Barbara was predeceased by a sister, Doris (Lee) Strange; and a brother-in-law, Joe Kelley. Family and friends will be received at the Mosherville Baptist Bible Church, 9914 Coryland Rd. Gillett, PA 16925 where she was an active member on Sat. Dec. 12, 2020 between the hours of 11 a.m. – 12 (noon) Funeral services will follow with Pastor Ted Rich officiating. A private graveside service will follow in Jobs Corners Cemetery. In accordance with state regulations face masks and social distancing are required. Memorials may be directed to the church or the Big Elm Fire Dept. in her memory.
Jeanette L. Long
Age 96 formerly of Caton, NY passed away Tues. Dec. 1, 2020 following a long and full life. Born on Jan. 7, 1924 in Monroe NY she was the daughter of the late, Earl & Genevieve Grassfield (Avery) Connelly. In service to her country, Jeanette served in the Women’s Air Corps during WWII. She married Stanley Long and together they shared a wonderful life until his passing. Jeanette was an active member at the Penn. Ave. United Methodist Church, Caton Vol. Fire Dept., Elmira Heights Legion, volunteered at the Bath V.A. and was employed at St. Joe’s Hospital as a nurse’s aide. Her first love was that of a homemaker and caring for her family. She is survived by her children, Tom B. Long, Zepherhills, FL and Sue (Barry) Garrison, Corning, NY; six grandchildren, nine great grandchildren; brother, Jack (Kitty) Connelly; along with numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Jeanette was predeceased by her son, Gary; grandson, Patrick and siblings Madeline Matijka, Barbara Mousaw, Donna Middaugh and Ben Connelly Jr. All services have been handled privately at her family’s convenience. The family would like to thank the staff of Elderwood at Waverly, especially the third-floor unit for their loving care of Jeanette. She will be interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park beside her husband, Stanley.
Francis A. “Frannie” Altilio
Age 85, passed away Sat. Nov. 28, 2020 at Corning Hospital following a brief illness. Born on Dec. 22, 1934 in Elmira, Francis was the son of the late, Frank & Mary Campanelli Altilio. “Frannie” loved Pine City and the home that always brought him comfort and joy. A hard-working man, Francis was the co-founder and co-proprietor of Kitchen & Bath Gallery which he operated with his wife and companion of 15 years, Tammy Murdock Altilio for many years. “Don’t always take the easy way” was not only his motto but the way he lived his life. He enjoyed “Fridays with Friends” and attending NHRA Racing events to cheer for his nephew, Frank Altilio. A devoted father, he is also survived by his children, Kathy Willis, Pine City; Mike (Chere) Altilio, Dirftwood, TX; Joe (Cheryl) Altilio, Pine City; and Rick (Angie) Altilio, St. Peters, MO; siblings, Antoinette“Nettie” (John) Pirozzolo and Gerald A. (Janiene) Altilio; sister-in-law, Evelyn Altilio; ten grandchildren, fourteen great, nieces, nephews, and his new canine puppy, “Tucker”. “Frannie” was predeceased by siblings, Pauline Rossi, Angelina Pariso, and Joseph Altilio, and his cherished canine companion, “Tanner”. All services will be held privately at his family’s convenience.
Stephen “Jerry” G. Cavaluzzi
Age 67, formerly of San Francisco, CA and Dade City, FL, passed away on Sun. Nov. 29, 2020 following an illness. Born on Apr. 6, 1953 on Elmira, Stephen was the son of the late, James J. & Marilyn L. Baker Cavaluzzi. The world was his oyster, “Jerry” had a wonderful sense of humor, he enjoyed travel, making friends and most of all his family. He worked in the hospitality industry and was most recently the general manager for Ramada Inns, San Francisco, CA. “Jerry” gravitated toward large cities where there was always something to do before returning home to the town he always called home. Surviving are his loving siblings and their families, William (Pam) Cavaluzzi, Horseheads; Rodney (Karen) Cavaluzzi, Horseheads; and Mark Cavaluzzi, Horseheads; and Barbara Cavaluzzi, Elmira; sister-in-law, Ellen Qualey Cavaluzzi, Corning; nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and many family friends. In addition to his parents, “Jerry” was predeceased by a brother, James M. Cavaluzzi in 2008. All services were privately held at his family’s convenience.
Harold E. “Seek” Sechrist
Age 100 passed away Thur. Nov. 26, 2020 following a long and full life. Born on May 16, 1920 in Leone, PA son of the late, Levi & Ida Sechrist. Seek proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII where he was awarded two Purple Hearts. Harold married the love of his life, Lillian H. Page on May 18, 1942 in Maryland and enjoyed 78 wonderful years of marriage. Active in the community, they often filled in for Santa and Mrs. Claus. Harold was a long-time employee of Remington Rand until it closed and retired as a Corrections Officer for the Chemung County Sheriff’s Department. A sportsman, he enjoyed Syracuse Basketball, Mets baseball, NASCAR and was an avid outdoorsman as well. In addition to his cherished wife of 78 years, Lillian Page Sechrist; Harold is survived by their children, Bonnie (“Dick”) Shook, Elmira; and Bev (Rob) George, Horseheads; daughter-in-law, Barb Sechrist, Dundee; four grandchildren, Annette (Stef) Ringer, Bernedette (Joseph) Rohl, Andrea George, Brittany George; five great grandchildren, Jessica, Katherine, Julia, Valicenti, Maxwell Rohl, and Colton Pratt; sister-in-law, Carolyn Page; nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Harold was predeceased by his beloved son, Harold “Hal” Sechrist, two sisters, Edna and Laura; in-laws, Russell (Kathy) Page, John (Thelma) Page, Kenneth (Sharon) Page, James (Mary) Page, Raymond (Sophie) Page, Ruth (John) Riley, Daisy (Glen) Waight, and Katherine (Stanley) Perkowski. Guests will be received at Pennsylvania Ave. United Methodist Church, 1238 Pennsylvania Ave. where he had been a faithful member, on Thur. Dec. 3, 2020 between the hours of 10a.m.- 12 (noon). Funeral services will be private. Military honors will be accorded Mr. Sechrist and he will be interred in Woodlawn Cemetery. In accordance with state regulations face masks and social distancing are required.
Carl M. Penziul Jr.
Age 66, passed away unexpectedly on Thurs. Nov. 26, 2020. All services will be private. Memorials may be directed to Spencer Crest Nature Center c/o C.C.C. 1 Academic Dr. Corning, NY 14830
Dale W. Hammond
Age 48, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020 following a fall. Born Jan. 9, 1972 in Elmira, he is survived by his wife of 30 years Renee Harris Hammond of Pine City. Dale is the son of Mary Rouille (Bill) & Gene Hammond (Eula). In addition to his parents, siblings are Darel, Todd, Christopher Hammond, and Jennifer (Scott Smith) Rouille, nieces and nephews; in-laws are Gene (Lynette) Harris and their family. He was employed for 30 years by Loveless Blacktop & Landscaping in Southport. His interests included fishing and NASCAR. He loved kids and kids loved him. The family is extremely grateful to all family and friends for their support in this difficult time. All services will be held privately, he will be interred in Fitzsimmons Cemetery, Southport.
William “Bill” A. Force
Age 75, left this earth on Wed. Nov. 18, 2020 while in the care of his loving family following declining health and is now in Heaven. Born on Aug. 6, 1945 in Millport, NY, son of the late, Horace & Bernice Sickles Force. Dedicated to his country, Bill served in the U.S. Air Force from 1964-1968. He married the love of his life, Sylvia A. Hodge on May 30, 1970 in VA who also was in service to her country. A banker, Bill retired from Chemung Canal Trust Co., Elmira, after many years of service. Bill’s interests included NASCAR, Buffalo Bills, the NY Yankees, and above all the care and love his family received. In addition to his loving wife, Sylvia, Bill is survived by his two daughters, Lori (Michael) Force-Phelps, MA; and Teri (Cory) Force-Drake, Odessa; four grandchildren, Mia, Brooke, Alyssa, and Rianne. In addition to his parents, Bill was predeceased by his siblings, Roger “Petey” Force and Betsy Force. A memorial service will be announced around Easter time at New Beginnings United Methodist Church, Bill will be later entombed in the Woodlawn National Cemetery Columbarium where military honors will be accorded Mr. Force.
Linda M. Cosgrove Root
Passed away, Wed. Nov. 11, 2020 of Covid-19 at the age of 71. Born on June 28, 1949 in Corning, NY daughter of Harold & Anna Mae Paulman Cosgrove. She was employed by Able 2 for many years in the clerical dept and gave countless hours of service volunteering at A.O.M.C. Linda enjoyed vacations, yard sales and loved time spent with her loving family who cherish her memory. Surviving is her husband and companion of 10 years, Thomas W. Root, Pine City; children, Gregory (Dorothy) Smith, Elmira; and Kristen (James) Leonard, Erin; mother, Anna Mae Cosgrove; siblings, Tom Cosgrove, Timothy Cosgrove, and Cathy Nevone; stepchildren, Steve (Lisa) Root and Janette Badeau and their families; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Linda was predeceased by her father, Harold Cosgrove and infant brother, Terry Cosgrove. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Tues. Nov. 17, 2020 between the hours of 12(noon)-2 and 4-6 p.m. In accordance with state regulations face masks and social distancing are required. Funeral services will be private. Special thanks to the wonderful team of doctors and nurses at A.O.M.C. I.C.U. who did everything in their power to try and save her life. May God Bless Each of You.
Patricia M. Dailey Kerr
Passed away peacefully, at the age of 60 on Sun. Nov. 8, 2020 at her home with her loving family by her side. Born on Nov. 29, 1959 in Liberty, NY; Patricia was the daughter of the late, Louis & Jenny Chapman Dailey. She was a loving and devoted wife of almost 40 years to Douglas E. Kerr who predeceased her nearly 2 years ago. A homemaker and a caregiver, Pat loved her friends and family to the fullest. “She took care of everyone” and was a social butterfly who made friends wherever she went. She enjoyed family gatherings, enjoyed the casinos, NASCAR, and was a regular at the local racetracks. Surviving is her loving family, beloved children; Judi Kerr of Southport, NY; Douglas "Bub" (Katlyn) Kerr, Pine City, NY; adored grandchildren: Shane, Joey, Alivia, Colton and Karter; brothers, Alfred and Jake Dailey; sisters and brothers-in-law, Rodney (Faye) Kerr, Carol Burnham, Arthur (Julie) Kerr, Barbara (Paul) Daniels, Nancy (Russell) Purvis, Susan (Ronald) Stanton, and Robert (Kathy) Kerr;, FL; several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Pat was predeceased by her two sisters, Ruth Dailey Woodhouse and Corina Dailey. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Thur. Nov. 12, 2020 between the hours of 4-6 p.m. with the number of guests regulated by N.Y.S. Funeral services will take place privately and can be viewed by visiting the funeral home Facebook page. All are welcome to attend her graveside service on Fri. Nov. 13, 2020 at 10 a.m. at Fitzsimmons Cemetery. In accordance with state regulations face masks and social distancing are required.
George T. Dickinson Jr.
Age 83, passed away Mon. Sept. 28, 2020. Born on Nov. 28, 1936 in Elmira, George was the son of the late, George Sr. & Elizabeth Peet Dickinson. He married Shirley J. Sims on June 21, 1958; and she predeceased him on Feb. 10, 1999 after 40 years of marriage. A proud family man and hard worker he provided well for his family. George was employed by Star Gazette for over 39 years as a pressman. In service to his country, George served in the U.S. Air Force. An outdoorsman, he loved fishing and hiking and spent countless hours gardening and doing puzzles. George loved the NY Giants and the Baltimore Orioles. He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and son. He is survived by; children, Brenda (Michael) Page, Elmira Heights, NY; Terry (Mark) Mcgehee, Tampa, FL; Kathy Mollett, Tampa, FL; George III (Mary) Dickinson, Inverness, FL; and Bernadette (Samuel Jr.) Karam, Himrod, NY; grandchildren, Kristopher (Cyndi) Wright, Ryan (Billie) Brown, Karrie (James) Loomis, Korey (Cory) Mitchell, Kristen (Chuck Decker) Page, Kristin (Paul) Holcomb, Lindsey (Josh) Dahlback, Jannica (Brett Isenegger) Mollett, Garrett Dickinson, Meaghan Dickinson, Christopher Dickinson, Jayna (Brian) D'Arcangelo, and Samuel III (Kate) Karam; 15 great grandchildren; brother, John (Connie) Dickinson; sisters, Ellen Slater, Loretta (Robert) Burger, and Susan (Loren) Norden; sister-in-law, Catherine Dickinson; nieces, nephews and many family friends. In addition to his parents and beloved wife, George was predeceased by a daughter, Suzann Gray; granddaughter, Rachael Trimborn; and a brother, Charles Dickinson; and his in-laws, Jack & Edna Sims; brother-in-law, Jerry Slater; sister-in-law, Marilyn Dickinson. Memorial donations may be directed to American Diabetes Association or the charity of one's choice. Services will be held privately at the family’s convenience. “Dad, Thanks for all the adventures and memories your kind soul will be missed by all of your family”. We love you, Rest in Peace.
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