"Obituaries are often the last tribute we offer to someone. They encompass a life lived and share the richness of one's presence."
Comfort, Lillian D.
Age 75, passed away at Elcor Health Services on Mon. Sep. 20, 2021 following declining health. Born on Dec. 1, 1945, in Elmira, daughter of the late, Clifford G. Eva Harvey Carpenter. She married the love of her life, Alan D. Comfort in 1964. Together, they shared 57 years of wonderful marriage. They were longtime members of the Fassett Baptist Church. A dedicated homemaker, Lillian enjoyed caring for her family who survive; husband and companion, Alan D. Comfort; their children, Alan D. Jr. (Theresa) Comfort, Pine City; Lisa (Eugene) Balmer, Southport; grandchildren, Jessica (William) Balmer, Julie Balmer, Jenna Balmer with (Romario Brown), Corissa Comfort with (Joe Soprano), Courtney Comfort with (Caleb Biddle and son, Emmett) Gracelynn and Jaxson; great grandchildren, Olivia, Kyree, Freddie, Lydia, Sophia, and Kayssanya; siblings, William (Vivian) Carpenter, Erma Cory, and Myrtle Kliner; several nieces, nephews and family friends. In addition to her parents, Lillian was predeceased by a great granddaughter, Ja-Leyia E. Balmer; her siblings, Bob, Clifford, Lester, Merle Carpenter along with an infant. Family & friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira on Mon. Sep. 27, 2021 between the hours of 4-6 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 6:15 p.m. and will be streamed on Caywood’s Facebook page.
Beatrice E. “Bee” Stephens
Pine City, NY
Age 98, passed away on Saturday September 18, 2021 after living a long and wonderful life. Born on July 23, 1923 in Utica, NY; daughter of the late Charles A. & Mary A. Roberts Emerich. She married Robert Stephens on September 6, 1947 and he predeceased her on April 3, 1978. From an early age Bee appreciated a hard work ethic in conjunction with a solid education. She earned her Bachelors of Science in physical education from SUNY Cortland and her Masters of Science in Health Science and Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa. Bee was modest of the accomplishments she achieved in her lifetime. Two awards in particular that she was most proud of include the Jefferson Award for Volunteers and the Louise Cilla Award from the United States Tennis Association. Bee was an admired teacher and role model at Southside High School where she instructed Physical Education for over 30 years. She had the uncanny ability to both silence a room with a stern look and make you belly laugh from a well timed comment. Bee wore many hats during her time there including organizing the Marchers, directing the Twirlers, and coaching women’s basketball and softball. Southside High School named the softball field in her name. Bee was a strong advocate for women’s athletics. She was inducted into the Chemung County Sports Hall of Fame as well as the Section IV Hall of Fame as a result of her many contributions to high school athletics. Bee was on the NYSPHSAA executive committee where she advocated for Title IX and equality in women’s sports. The Kiwanis Bee Stephens Female Athlete of the Year award is handed out annually in her name. She shared her quick wit with those around her. Fiercely independent, Bee was very active and could often be found on the golf course, at Bethany Lutheran Church, attending various sporting events, or playing a hand or two of cards with her family around the dining room table. She also felt it was important to give back to her community. Once Bee retired from teaching, she took approximately 1 day to relax and then immediately filled her days with volunteering. She spent 32 years giving her time to Meals on Wheels, the Clemens Center, and Arnot Ogden Medical Center. At the young age of 95, she decided to officially retire from her volunteer work. Bee truly embodied the phrase “You don’t stop playing because you get old. You get old because you stop playing.” Surviving is her loving family, son and daughter in law, Michael & Patty Stephens of Pine City, NY with their children, Lucy Stephens (David Ellis), Zachary Stephens, Mary Stephens (Jarritt Zerby); daughter-in-law, Cathy Stephens of Millerton, PA with her children, Melissa (Michael) Hutcheson, Robert (Tabatha) Stephens; five great grandchildren, Avery Hutcheson, Riley, Elliott, Emerich, and Strider Stephens; along with several nieces, nephews, and many friends. In addition to her parents and husband, Bee was predeceased by her beloved son, Mark Stephens; her brother, Charles A. Emerich Jr.; and her sister, Dorothy Peterson. Family and friends will be received at Bethany Lutheran Church, 256 S. Walnut St. Elmira, NY 14904 on Thursday September 23, 2021 at 11 a.m. for a Celebration of her Life with Rev. Roger Behrens and Rev. Richard Farrell co-celebrants. Pallbearers will be Zach Stephens, Rob Stephens, Jarritt Zerby, David Ellis, Mike Hutcheson and Bob VanDeBogart. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Meals on Wheels, 409 William St. Elmira, NY14901 or the Children’s Miracle Network, Elmira Medical Arts Center, 571 St. Joseph’s Blvd. Suite 102, Elmira, NY 14901 in her memory.
William R. “Bill” Spencer
Age 80, passed away on Thurs. Sept. 15, 2021. Born on Sept. 7, 1941 in Elmira, son of the late, Charles H. & Cleone K. Kuykendall Spencer. Dedicated to his country, Bill served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1959 to 1963. Bill continued serving his community as a Correctional Officer in the N.Y.S. Dept. of Corrections in Elmira for many years. His interests included playing cards, horses, traveling and most of all, spending time with his cherished family. He is survived by a former wife and friend, Carolyn Meisner Spencer; children, Nelson Spencer, Watkins Glen and Desirea (Thomas) Sullivan, Elmira; three grandchildren, Taylor, Ashley Sullivan, and Kristine Spencer with her children, (great grandchildren) Willie, Alanna and Izzy Walker; sister, Sharon Braden, Elmira; in-laws, Carl Meisner, Naomi Meisner, Robert Meisner, Howard (Sue) Henry, Chuck (Kathy) Henry, Alice Barnes, Sandy Henry and Eileen Henry; nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, Bill is predeceased by a brother, Charles M. Spencer; brothers-in-law, Lee Braden, James and Daniel Meisner. Family and friends will be received on Tues. Sep. 21, 2021 between the hours of 10 a.m. – 12 (noon) Funeral services will follow at 12:15 p.m. with military honors accorded. The service will be streamed on Caywood’s Facebook page followed by burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Richard L. Thornton
Age 80, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Wed. Sept. 15, 2021. Born on Sept. 25, 1940, in Bellefontaine, OH, son of the late, Paul & Ruth Young Thornton. In service to his country, Richard served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1965. He married the love of his life, Joyce Saxbury in 1965. Together, they shared 56 years of wonderful marriage until his passing. A dedicated hardworking man, Richard was employed for many years by Flickinger Corp., retiring from Thomas & Betts Corp. Richard was a well-known bowler; he had a passion for woodworking, and was an avid fan of NASCAR, most of all he loved spending time with his cherished grandchildren. In addition to his loving wife and companion, Joyce, Richard is survived by his two daughters, Cathy Facey, Elmira, and Kristine Fritsch, West Bend, WI; four grandchildren, Paul (Tara) Facey, Nicole Facey, Austin and Alexa Fritsch; four great-grandchildren, Harvey, Jah-nya, Makenna and Ellie. In addition to his parents, Richard was predeceased by a sister, Barbara Allmon. In honor of his wishes, there will be no services.
Age 92, went home to be with her Lord & Savior, Thur. Sep. 2, 2021 following a long and full life. Born on April 5, 1929 in Troy, PA; daughter of the late, Samuel E. & Odetta Carpenter Criss. She was a loving wife to her husband, William R. Phillips for nearly 50 years until his passing in 1999. Together they operated Phillips and Sons Unlimited, Pine City, NY. After his passing she continued to operate the family business to present day with the help of her cherished assistant, Cindy Rohr. In previous years, Norma was employed by J.C. Penny, LeValley McLeod, E. Spaulding Bakeries, and Decker Construction. After giving her heart to the Lord, Norma was an active member at the Mosherville Baptist Bible Church for many years. She enjoyed the mild winters in Virginia with her family. Surviving are her two sons, Greg (Susan) Phillips, AZ; and Terry (Cathy) Phillips, VA; 6 grandchildren, Andria (Joseph) Kobylinski, William (Marla) Phillips, Lucas (Francesca) Phillips, Alexis (Thomas) Daddio, Mitchell Phillips, and Emma Phillips; 8 great grandchildren, Harper, Everly, Juniper, Hazel, Dominic, Luca, Thomas, and Noah; sister-in-law, Teddie Criss; nieces, nephews, and dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband, Norma was the last of 7 children and was predeceased by her siblings, Bessie (Bill) Baker, Samuel Jr. (Jeannette) Criss, Calvin (Martha) Criss, Augusta (Carl) Bennett, Marjorie (John Earl) McCullum, and Frank Criss; along with Ona (Leonard) Smith, who she loved like a sister. Family and friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Elmira/Southport, NY 14904 on Thurs. Sep. 9, 2021 between the hours of 10 a.m. – 12 (noon). Funeral Services will follow at 12:15 p.m. with her pastor and friends, Ted M. Rich officiating. Graveside services will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery where she will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband, William R. Phillips.
Shawn W. Loud
Age 33, passed away Wed. Aug. 25, 2021 in Lewisburg, PA as the result of an accident. Born on May 24, 1988 in Elmira, Shawn was the son of Steven & Michele Dolan Loud, Millerton, PA. He was a 2006 graduate of Williamson High School. Growing up in the country, Shawn had a love for the outdoors. A hardworking man, he was employed by Thru Tubing Solutions, Williamsport, PA. Shawn married his best friend and companion, Alyssa Lewis Loud in 2017. He was a loving dad to her daughter, Ava Potoeski; also surviving is his sister, Ashley (Alex) Woodruff; paternal grandmother, Stella (Ken Bruielly) Loud; paternal aunt, Doris (Gary) Bisel; maternal aunts and uncles, Nancy (Paul) Huonker, Paula (David) Cook, James (Sue) Dolan, William (Linda) Dolan, Christopher Dolan, Betty (Gary) Allington, Michael Dolan; in-laws, Martin & Rebecca Richard Lewis; sisters-in-law, Lauren (Corey Recla) Lewis and Kaitlyn (Mason Schmid) Lewis; nieces, Isabella and Riley; nephews, Rowan, Carter, Casen, and Callen. Shawn is remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, his smile and devotion to his family and friends. He worked hard, played hard, and loved his F250 Platinum diesel. Family and friends will be received on Fri. Sept. 3, 2021 from 5-7 p.m. at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Elmira/Southport, NY 14904. Interment will be at the Maple Ridge Cemetery, Millerton, PA.
James L. Updike
Age 81, Passed away on Thur. Aug. 19, 2021 in the comfort of his home with loving family by his side. Born in Troy, PA; Jim was the son of the late, Glenn W. & Frances R. Griffin Updike. Growing up on a farm, Jim learned at an earlier age the importance of a strong work ethic and always had an appreciation for farming. In service to his country, Jim served in the US Army as a police officer. He had a passion and talent for woodworking and loved to spend time in his shop making furniture for his family and toys for disadvantaged children for Christmas. A devoted husband and family man, Jim married Margaret Testa 57 years ago and raised a loving family that adored him. In addition to Margaret; Jim is survived by their children, James (Cris) Updike; Amy (Bob) Atwater, Glenn (Jeff) Updike; grandchildren AJ, Jacob and Isaac; brother, Daniel (Evelyn) Updike; nieces nephews and cherished neighbors and friends. A wonderful provider, Jim was employed and retired from Upstate Tool Inc. as a tool and die maker. All services will be held privately at the family’s convenience. Jim will be laid to rest in the Gillett Cemetery with military honors accorded. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jim’s honor to the National Kidney Foundation (www.kidney.org).
Janet M. Stanton
Age 86, passed away, Thur. Aug. 12, 2021 following declining health. Born on Nov. 11, 1934 in W. Burlington, PA; daughter of the late, Leon W. & Beatrice Beach Darrow. Jan married her best friend, Earl L. Stanton in 1955 and he predeceased her in 2017. What a team they were. Together they operated Mr. Softee Ice Cream business in Elmira and Chemung County for 58 years. Also, Earle's Ice Cream Stand in Elmira. Active in the community, Jan was a member of the Southport Business Assoc., Southport Kiwanis Club and sold Shaklee products for many years. She was a charter member of The New Beginnings United Methodist Church. Jan enjoyed wintering in Florida and cherished time with her family who survive; daughter, Dawn (Ted) Aikman; sons, Randy (Lorraine) Stanton, Ronald (Susan) Stanton; daughter-in-law, Debra Stanton; grandchildren, Jason (Zonya) Alexander, Derrick (Trish) Alexander, Crystal (Colby) Audinwood, Sean Stanton, Jason (Laura) Roark, Geoffery Roark, Rhonda (Matt) Matthews, Joseph (Heather) Stanton, and Nichole (fiancé, Tony) Stanton; as well as 12 great grandchildren with 2 on the way. In addition to her parents and beloved Earl, Jan was predeceased by her son, Terry Stanton. Services will take place privately at the family’s convenience. Special thanks to the Chemung County Nursing Facility for the wonderful care they provided.
Eleanor B. Draper
Age 86, passed away Thur. Aug 12, 2021 following declining health. Born on July 8, 1935, daughter of the late, Clarence & Marjorie Brully Devitt. She married Harold Draper in 1981, they spent a wonderful 40 years together traveling the world together. A homemaker, family times were always important to her. She was always there for the family and will be missed by everyone who knew her. Surviving is her loving family, husband and companion, Harold Draper; children, Mary Lou (Lane) Eck, David (Sue) McClure, Bernice (Raymond) Stone, Randy (Beth) McClure; step-sons, Russell (Pam) Draper, Richard (Debbie) Draper; 7 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren, 1 step great grandchild. Family and friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Elmira/Southport on Wed. Aug. 18, 2021 between the hours of 2-4 p.m. A celebration of Life will follow at 4:15 p.m. and will be streamed on Caywood’s Facebook page. Special thanks to Dr. Mauri, Stephanie and their staff along with the 3rd floor nurses at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center for the wonderful care she received.
Anna Mae Cosgrove
Age 97, passed away on Tues. Aug. 10, 2021 surrounded by her family after living a long and full life. Born on July 10, 1924 in Elmira, daughter of the late, Harry & Florence Wheeler Paulman. In 1948, Anna married the love of her life, Harold Cosgrove, he predeceased her on July 18, 2000. A lady of many talents, Anna was employed by Howell Packaging, the Hallmark Company and volunteered at Arnot Ogden and Elcor Health Services. Her interests included, cooking, baking and most of all spending time with her beloved family. Anna is survived by loving children, Cathy Nevone, Thomas Cosgrove and Timothy Cosgrove, all of Elmira; son-in-law, Tom Root, Pine City; 7 grandchildren, Greg (Dorothy) Smith, Kristen (Jim) Leonard, Tia (John) Kachuroi, Christopher Bennett, Briana (Joey) Griffin, Shayna (Zack) Cornish and Justin Cornish; 6 great-grandchildren, Tyler, Alissa, Christopher, Alexander, Melakih, and Marcello; 13 great great grandchildren, Kaden, Cameron, Madalynn, Reagan, Colton, Cooper Mason, Jeremy, Jackson, Zachary, Olivia, Emma, and Noah; a special friend whom she loved like a daughter, Betty Kachuroi; and her loving canine companion, “Honey Bear”. In addition to her parents and husband, Anna was predeceased a son, Terrance Cosgrove; a daughter, Linda Root; great grandson, Matthew; siblings, George (Julia) Paulman, Dorothy (Gerald) Brace, Marjorie Hetherington, Helen (Bernard) Cosgrove and Louise (Harry) Van Houten. Services will be handled privately at the family’s convenience. Anna will be laid to rest in Woodlawn National Cemetery beside her beloved, Harold.
Glenn E. Little Sr.
Age 93 passed away on Thur. Aug. 5, 2021 following a long and full life. Born on Sep. 27, 1927 in Chemung, NY; Glenn was the son of the late, Harry F, & Ora Mae Roe Little. In service to his country, Glenn served in the US Army and Navy during WWII and the Korean Conflict. A hard worker and good provider, Glenn was employed as a roofer by Local #74-203; for many of those years, with Evans Roofing. His interests included basketball in younger years, hunting, fishing, frogging, gardening, wildlife, Farkle and cards with Irene. Surviving is his loving family, sons, David (Charlotte) Little, AL; Glenn E. Little Jr. Elmira; step-daughter, Lynn (Mark) Hill, Elmira Heights; step-son, Donald Hughes, NC; granddaughter, Sarah Little; brother, Charles (Lois) Little, Southport; sister, Marjorie Fredenburg, Sayre, PA; nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Glenn was predeceased by the love of his life, Irene Hughes Little; grandson, Nathan Little; step-son, Paul Hughes; brothers, Harry "Ford" Little Jr. and William R. Little; sisters, Betty Gill, Clara Vincent and Alice Howland. Private funeral services will take place on Fri. Aug 13, 2021 at 12 (noon) and will be streamed on Caywood’s Facebook page followed by burial in Woodlawn Cemetery where military honors will be accorded Mr. Little. To honor his love of animals, memorials may be directed to your local SPCA.
Robert E. “Bob” Galpin
Age 73, passed away on Sun. July 4, 2021 following declining health. Born on Sept. 8, 1947 in Elmira, son of the late, Edward & Edna Van Etta Galpin. Bob married the love of his life, Michelle “Mickey” Moore. Bob was employed by Wilson Restaurant Equipment for many years. He was very devoted to his family. In addition to his loving wife and companion, “Mickey”, Bob is survived by his two daughters, Amanda and Ashley Galpin, a son, Bobby Galpin; four grandchildren, Jayden, Landon, Damien and Ella; sisters, Carolyn (William) Barton, FL and Kathryn (Stanley) Hurley, FL; mother -in-law, Lisa Bob) Sempler; brothers-in-law, Brian, Ed, and Jimmy Moore; sister in-law, Pam Moore. In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by his sister, Susan (Dennis) Wicklund; and a brother-in-law, Denny Moore. Services were held privately at the family’s convenience and Bob was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
Howard A. “Howie” Eisenhower Jr.
Age 69, passed away Wed. June 30, 2021 following declining health. Born on Aug 22, 1951 in Elmira, son of Howard A. & Beatrice Walker Eisenhower. He married Ellamae Brown in 1975 and together they have enjoyed a wonderful life. “Howie” was employed by the Elmira Sewer Dept. as a Technician Specialist for many years. His interests included deer hunting with his dad in his younger years, fishing with his sons, and restoring Lionel model trains. “Howie” is remembered for playing a "mean" game or two of Aggravation with his sisters and other family members at the kitchen table. Surviving is his loving family, wife, and companion, Ellamae Brown Eisenhower, Elmira; sons, Eric Eisenhower and Russell (Debbie) Eisenhower; 3 grandchildren, Danielle “Danni” (Joshua) Amey, Marissa Eisenhower and Nicholas Eisenhower; mother, Beatrice “B” Walker Eisenhower; siblings, Emily B. (Quentin Jr.) Summers, Ladonna (Ronald) Miller; nieces and nephews. Howie was predeceased by his father, Howard A. “Howie” Eisenhower Sr. in 2003. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Sun. Aug. 22, 2021 between the hours of 2-4 p.m. Memorial services will follow at 4:15 p.m. and streamed on Caywood’s Facebook page following the visitation.
Robert “Bob” W. Bump
Age 78, passed away at home on Thurs. July 1, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. Born on Sept. 19, 1942 in Blossburg, PA, son of the late, Wesley & Beatrice Clinton Bump. Bob married the love of his life, Linda Morgan in Grover, PA in 1962. Together, they shared 58 years of marriage. A hard-working man, Bob worked for many years in the construction business with Labors Local #1358 and #785 in Elmira and Ithaca. An outdoorsman, Bob was an avid hunter and enjoyed fishing, gardening, finding antiques, playing horseshoes, dancing, and most of all spending time with his beloved family. In addition to his loving wife and companion, Linda, Bob is survived by three children, Lana (Jim) Silvernail, Robert Bump Jr., and Leslie (Tim) Jayne, all of Gillett, PA; grandchildren, Justin Silvernail, Courtney (Matt) Stuart, Bailey (Tori) Tillinghast, Keschl Vincent; great-grandchildren, Haydn, Tatum, Rylee and Sylas; sisters, Joyce Brown and Beverly Bump; brother, Dennis (Sandy) Keschl; several nieces, nephews and cherished friends. In addition to his mother, Bob was predeceased by his daughter, Beatrice L. Bump; step-father, Albert Keschl; siblings, Charlie Bump, Sheila Bump, Sharon May and Diane Lovelace. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Sat. July 10, 2021 between the hours of 2 -4:p.m. Services will follow at 4:15 p.m. and will be streamed on Caywood’s Facebook page following the visitation.
Barbara Frances Horton,
A longtime resident of Southport, passed away July 2nd 2021. Barb was born to David and Frances Hoose Hand of South Waverly, Pa. She graduated from Sayre High School and shortly afterward married the love of her life, Ralph Horton of Sayre. They were married by Rev Robert Horton, Ralph's uncle and Rev Frederick Pieplow in Sayre First Methodist church 62 years ago before Ralph's passing in 2010. They liked to travel after Ralph's retirement in their RV, spending the winters in Fla and going to Ireland, Barb's ancestry roots, for two wonderful weeks on their 50th wedding anniversary - all secretly arranged by Ralph. While there, Barb kissed the Blarney Stone! Barb also liked to attend auctions - when told she had some nice treasures from those auctions- Barbs reply was that they were just things - her family was her treasures. She treasured time spent with them over the years especially at her home on Christmas Eve when names were drawn to determine whom would place Baby Jesus in the manger. After Christmas Eve dinner there was cherry jubilee or baked Alaska made by Barb and Ralph. Barb was a stay at home mom for their two daughters, and being a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, also a Sunday school teacher at the "old" Penna Ave Methodist Church and Riverside Methodist Church and working alongside Ralph on his many projects. In addition to her beloved Ralph; her daughter, Diana; her parents; and her only older sister, Eugenia Marie Hand all predeceased her. She is survived by her daughter, Kay Robinson; her 4 grandchildren, Jennifer Thomas (Craig Masker), Karin Thomas (James Gilbert), Colleen Labuski, and Heather Labuski (George Pusins); great grandchildren, Rowan Krajcik (Armando Spring), Meredith and Jack Masker and Riley Pusins; and great great grandson, Asher Spring. Honoring Barbs wishes, there will be no services. Burial will take place at the convenience of her family. Barbs family would like to express their special thanks and appreciation for the outstanding compassion and care given to Barb from Dr. William McClintic and Karen Heller for these past 27 years.
S. “Polly” Neiley
Age 93, went home to be with the Lord on Thurs. June 24, 2021. Born on Dec. 3, 1927, in Elmira, daughter of the late, Herald B. & Denia S. Scogsburg Packard. She married the love of her life, Russell A. Neiley on June 16, 1951. Together, they enjoyed 24 years of marriage until his passing in 1975. Given the task of being a young widow, “Polly” worked tirelessly to provide for her family. A fulltime homemaker, she was also employed as a receptionist for Dr. Shrader and was a landlord for several properties. “Polly” was a longtime member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and later, Christian Faith Fellowship Church. Always social, she was active in AARP, Circle of Women, the Home Bureau, enjoyed crafts, and most of all time spent with her family. “Polly” had the wonderful gift of lighting up a room with her wonderful smile sense of humor and infectious laugh.She is survived by her loving children, Leslie (Ernie) Osburn, Southport; Vaughn (Karen) Neiley, West Elmira; 4 grandchildren, Russell A. Neiley II, Justin, Adina, and Amelia Osburn; 8 great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, a grand-doggie Romeo, and many cherished friends. In addition to her parents and husband, Polly was predeceased by a brother, H. Dean (Lois) Packard; sister, Joyce Albee; and sister-in-law, Yvonne (Rick) Presta. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Tues. June 29, 2021 between the hours of 10 a.m.- 12 (noon) Funeral services will follow at 12:15 p.m. with graveside services in Woodlawn National Cemetery where Polly will be laid to rest beside her beloved Russell. Memorials may be directed to the American Macular Degeneration, PO Box 515, Northhampton, MA 01061-0515 macular.org or American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 www.cancer.org Services will be streamed on Caywood’s Facebook page following the visitation. A complete obituary may be viewed on Caywood’s Facebook page or by visiting www.caywoodsfuneralhome.com
Rev. Donald D. Rockwell
A much loved and well-respected member of our community, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sat. June 5, 2021 following declining health at the age of 89. Born on Sep. 15, 1931 in Canton, PA; Donald was the son of the late, Elmer Sr. & Edith Bates Rockwell. He graduated from Canton High School in 1949. In service to his country, Don served in the U.S. Army. He married his best friend and companion, Jane Austin on Oct. 17, 1954 seldom to be seen apart until Jane’s passing on Dec. 23, 2019. First and foremost a family man, Don and Jane raised a loving family. He was employed by Marine Midland Bank for many years but was best known as the Pastor of the Fassett Baptist Church for over 44 years. “Pastor Don” always made everyone feel welcome with a warm smile and firm handshake. He had a gift for listening and treated everyone with kindness and respect. He was the cofounder of the ACTS Group. Surviving are his cherished children, daughter and caregiver, Sharon Rockwell, Pine City; daughter, Mary & Paul Balmer, Midland, NC; son, Thomas & Terri Rockwell, Pine City; son, Mark & Sara Rockwell, Camillus, NY; friend and former daughter-in-law, Jill & Stacy Brink, Elmira; grandchildren, Jason (Adrianne) Balmer, Kellie Goyette, Ashley Neumann, Ryan (Alica) Balmer, Joseph Rockwell, Kristin (Brett) Bowman, Kaitlin (Alex) Davis, Jalyn, Torin, Kalie, Aubrey and Jacob Rockwell, Karen (Kyle) Erickson, Jennifer (Tom) Pushic, Michael (Becky) Rockwell, Catherine Rockwell; great grandchildren, Collin, Carter, Caden, Ryleigh, Landon, Luke, Sophia, Jack, Brooklynn, Liam, Max (with their mom, Kim) Blake, Grayson, Emersyn, Colton, Reagan, Lauren, Ryan, Joshua, Xavier; many nieces, nephews and a sister, Shirley Porter, Horsheads, NY. In addition to his parents and wife, Don was predeceased by his son, Donald L. Rockwell; siblings, Jenny Lipovsky, Mary Tuning and Elmer E. Rockwell Jr. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Tues. June 8, 2021 between the hours of 2-6 p.m. Funeral services will take place on Wed. 10 a.m. at the Pennsylvania Avenue United Methodist Church and also streamed on Caywood’s Facebook page. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery where military honors will be accorded “Pastor Don” and he will be laid to rest with his beloved wife, Jane and son, Don. Memorials may be directed to the Gospel Music Festival & Ice Cream Social, c/o Fassett Baptist Church, 36089 PA-14, Gillett, PA 16925 in Pastor Don’s memory.
Sylvia G Rajala
Alpine, N.Y. Age 76, passed away on Fri. May 28, 2021 in Ithaca following declining health. Born on Jan. 8, 1945 in Ithaca, daughter of the late, Clair & Judith Fletcher. Sylvia married Raymond Rajala, who predeceased her in March of 2010. A dedicated employee, Sylvia was employed by Cayuga Medical Center in various roles for over 30 years. Her interests included knitting, reading, volunteering and working at the Montour Falls Library, and spending time with her family. She is survived by her loving children, Patricia “Pam” (Hazel Boyd) Merkel; Henry “Hank” Merkel; Charles “Chuck” Bush; her daughter of the heart, Tara Woodward; and her loving grandchildren; George and Tyler Bush; Savannah and Logan Merkel. In addition to her parents and husband, Sylvia was predeceased by her brother Chuck in August of 2003. In honor of Sylvia’s wishes, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to the Early Literacy Program at the S. Peterson Dutton Memorial Library, 106, First St. Odessa NY 14869.
Lyall A. Blaker Jr.
Age 66, passed away at home on Wed. May 5, 2021 following declining health. Born on Aug. 31, 1954 in Ithaca, Lyall was the son of the late Lyall A. Sr. & Dolores Schmitt Blaker. He graduated from Southside High School in 1973 and was employed by Capabilities for many years. His interests included most anything outdoors, mostly fishing and archery/bowhunting. He also enjoyed reverse painting, and constructing minature wood house models. He loved to go Army surplus stores. Lyall is survived by his sister, Jeannine Fowler; nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins and family friends. In addition to his parents, Lyall was predeceased by his wife in the eyes of God for 17 years, Eunice Fessenden in 2020 and his brother-in-law Robert Fowler in 2009.A private funeral will take place at the family’s convenience.
Dannie E. Fish Sr.
Age 77 passed away on Tues. May 4, 2021 at home following declining health. Born on July 27, 1943 in Sayre, PA; son of the late, Robert & Cora Casselbury Fish. Dannie graduated from South Side High School Class of 62. In service to his country, Dannie served in the U.S. Army. In service to his community, he was active at the Pine City Fire Dept. A member of Elmira Bowling Association Hall of Fame, A hardworking family man and wonderful provider, Dannie was employed and retired from Schweizer Aircraft, Big Flats, NY. Family always came first, he loved children, family trips camping, theme parks, and family outings. Surviving is his wife and companion of 53 years, Constance L. Spencer Fish; son, Tim (Paula) Fish; grandchildren, Gregory (Autumn) Fish, Geoffrey Fish, Jared (Yolanda) Fish, Jesse (Jade) Fish, Andrew Fish and Abby Fish; great grandchildren, Alex Gublo, Greg Fish Jr. Oliva Fish, and Paisley Fish; daughter-in-law, Michele Fish; siblings, Lester Fish, Betty Hoyt, Charles (Linda Bennett) Fish; aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Dannie was predeceased by a son, Dannie E. Fish Jr. in 2013; brother, Robert Fish; sisters, Julia Fish and Helen Fish. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Tues. May 11, 2021 between the hours of 4-6 p.m. All safety guidelines must be followed. Services will be private with military honors accorded and streamed on Caywood’s Facebook page following the visitation. A complete obituary may be viewed on Caywood’s Facebook page or by visiting www.caywoodsfuneralhome.com
Leah C. Cramer
Age 93, passed away Sun. May 2, 2021 following a long and full life. Born on July 5, 1927 in Westfield, PA; Leah was the daughter of the late, Clifford & Marie Button Sperry. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 68 years, Alan B. Cramer in 2014. Leah loved her home and was a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker. She enjoyed painting, was active in the Horseheads Historical Society. Leah and Alan were dedicated to helping others with special needs, they were active in making sidewalks accessible in N.Y.S. Surviving is her cherished family, daughter, Susan Cramer Maizel, and her husband, Richard; son, Elwin “Bud” Cramer, and his wife, Ina; son, James Cramer; son, Dana Cramer; five grandchildren, Alexia Maizel, Josh Maizel, Megan Cramer Andrews, Jason Cramer, and Warren Cramer, and nine great grandchildren. All services will be held privately. Leah will be buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Horseheads, NY.
Meisner, James R. “Moose”
Big Flats, NY
Age 68, passed away on Wed. April 28, 2021 following declining health. Born on May 16, 1952, in Elmira, son of the late, Keith & Doris Smith Meisner. A dedicated employee, James served the Elmira City School District for many years in the Maintenance Dept. “Moose” was an avid outdoorsman that loved hunting, fishing, bowling, sports, animals, pets and spending time camping. He is survived his nine siblings and their spouses; Carl Meisner, Alice Barnes, Dan (Naomi) Meisner, Caroline Meisner, Robert Meisner, Chuck (Kathy) Henry, Howard (Susan) Henry, Sandra Arnold, and Eileen Durfee; many nieces, nephews and close friends. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Tues. May 4, 2021 between the hours of 4-6 p.m. All safety guidelines must be followed. Services will be private and streamed on Caywood’s Facebook page following the visitation. A complete obituary may be viewed on Caywood’s Facebook page or by visiting www.caywoodsfuneralhome.com
Lamont Taborn son of Thomas Lee Brown and Margaret Newkirk was born on September 21, 1978 in Newark, New Jersey. He was called into a peaceful rest on Thursday, April 22, 2021. Lamont attended public schools and grew up in Irvington, New Jersey. Lamont was married to Rachel on March 20, 2018 where they lived together in Elmira, New York. Lamont was employed by Blacktop 1 at Stanley LLC . Lamont was a social butterfly, enjoyed chess, playing pool and was a true handyman. Lamont loved helping others, connecting with his friends and cared deeply for his family and his dog Ava. Lamont was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and cousin. Lamont embraced everyone he came in contact with. He loved everyone and always had a smile on his face. Left to cherish his memory: His wife Rachel Taborn of Elmira New York: Children: Safir Taborn, Keyon Taborn, Selena Pearson, Seirra Pearson and Sean Pearson. Parents: Father, Thomas (Doreen) Brown, Mother, Margaret (Jerry) Newkirk. Siblings: Tonya (Todd) Blandford, Kipchoge Washington, Terrell (Kim) McNair, Maurice (Tomika) Brown, Thomas (Tisha) Taborn, Kim (Ray) Riley. In-Laws: Ashley (Robert) Bachman Lucas Rumola and Father in Law, Ronald Rumola; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends. We loved with a love that was more than love 💕
Blim, Claude E.
Age 86 of Southport, passed away on Wednesday April 21, 2021. Claude was surrounded with family by his side, following declining health. Born on Feb. 4, 1935, in Rochester, son of the late, Fred & Mary Fuller Blim. In service to his country, Claude served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. He was a loving and supportive husband and companion to his wife, Letha Rozell Blim, Southport; ten children, Claudia Heath, SC; Beth (Amos) Smith, Elmira; Cindy (Donald) Talada, Karen (George) Mathews, PA; Daniel (Carol) Morton, SC; Scott (Linda) Morton, Elmira; Mary (Gary) Lanza, Horseheads; Michele (Scott) Bennett, Lowman; Laurie (Jim) Sargent, PA; Tammy (Ken) Wheeler, Burdett; step-children, Toby (Sandra) Earl, VA; Laura Bambacie, VA; Wayne Earl, Elmira; Philip (Rhonda) Earl, Elmira; several grandchildren; and great grandchildren; brother, Robert Blim, Auburn, NY. In addition to his parents, Claude was predeceased by his brother, Andy Blim; and sisters, Betty, Elsie, and Donna; stepdaughter, Neva Jessmore; sister-in-law, Elaine Rozell; and brothers-in-law, Robert and Arthur Rozell. Claude was employed for many years as a laborer at Hardinge Bros. in Elmira. An outdoorsman, Claude was a former member of the White Tail Buck Hunters.Claude loved hunting, fishing and playing cards. He also was a Lifetime member of the V.F.W. as a member of the DADS. Claude loved spending time with family along with spending time at his place at the lake. Claude was known for his contagious smile and full head of white hair. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Mon. April 26, 2021 between the hours of 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 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 following the visitation.
Age 92, passed away on Sun. April 18, 2021 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born on Nov. 23, 1928 in Windham Center, PA son of the late, Clive Arthur & Alice Mabel Brown Strope. Earl married the love of his life, Janice Smith on Aug. 9, 1953 in Canandaigua, NY. In service to his country, Earl served in the U.S. Army. His interests included fishing, hunting, playing scratch-offs, camping, bowling, softball, wood-working and most of all family times. In addition to his loving wife and companion, Janice Smith Strope, Elmira; Earl is survived by his five children, Ron (Ginney) Strope, Pine City; Linda Riley, S. Corning; Ricky Strope, Waverly; Randy (Diane) Strope, Pine City; Mary Lou (Michael) Gebhardt, Bumpass, VA; 9 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Dee Strope; nieces, nephews and many close friends. In addition to his parents, Earl was predeceased by a sister, Gib (Rex) Balmer; and brother, Harold Strope. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Fri. April 23, 2021 from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. In accordance with state regulations face masks and social distancing are required.
Gary Lamonte Cleveland,
Age 67 passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home on 4/10/2021. Gary, originally from Elmira NY, graduated Southside High School in the year of the flood, 1972. He proudly served four years in the United States Airforce on Travis Airforce base, California. During his life he was a proud member of the local Carpenter, and Millwright Unions. He was a Carpenter in the Southern Tier and traveled the country maintaining Nuclear Power plants as a Millwright. He loved his retirement life at home feeding the birds, (squirrels) and deer. He would tell you that his greatest accomplishment was raising his two sons, Travis and Jeremie. As a single father of two, life was not always easy but very fulfilled with joy and laughter. Gary lived the last few months of life with a body full of terminal cancer and a smile on his face. Gary was born on January 11, 1954 to his parents, George and Dolores Cleveland, (Deceased) and is survived by; Sons, Travis Cleveland, Jeremie Cleveland. Grandson, Ace Austin. His Brothers, Daniel Cleveland, Corey Sprague and Sister, Barbara (Earl) Cleveland. Nieces and Nephews with children. Deanna (Brian) Montalbano, Vincent & Dominic. Daniel J Cleveland Jr. (Melinda) Hunter& Toby. Donald (in memory) Salina Buckley, Ethan & Miles. Ted (Eileen) Peet. Nicholas & Christina, Roberto (Sarah) Sibayan. Sophia, Sloan & Samara. Jesse (Carmen)Kairi and Cierra Sprague. Other than the immediate family he is also survived by a large number of cousins and their family members throughout the country. Duane Sprague (Deceased) was also a long-time member of Gary’s family for many years, adding many extended family members. Bruce Sprague, Nan (Roger) Burris, and Diane Garcia along with their families. Gary’s son Travis was the primary caregiver at his home for his last months of life. He would like to Thank the Hospicare nurses Jen and Kimmie that were extremely helpful, efficient and caring during this difficult process! Services will be private.
Berry, Richard M. “Dick”
Age 92, went home to be with the Lord on Wed. Aprl 7, 2021 after living a long and full life. Born on Nov. 13, 1928 in Elmira, NY, son of the late, Horton E. & Helen I. Holcomb Berry. Dick married the love of his life, Joyce Ann Avery, in 1959 and they enjoyed 70 wonderful years of marriage until she predeceased him in 2019. He was employed by Fairway Spring Co. for over 42 years until his retirement. Dick was a charter member of the Gillett Lions Club in 1952 and was a member of the Gillett Baptist Church. His interests included collecting and trading autos, attending car shows, woodworking, and wintering in Florida. He also sold real estate as a hobby for many years. is remembered for his quick wit and kind smile. Dick is survived by his loving daughter and dedicated caregiver, Pam (Jim) Updike, Gillett, PA; sister-in-law, Dora Anne Avery, Gillett, PA; five grandchildren, Tara, Tiffany, Zach, Zane and Shawna; eight great grandchildren, Jordyn, Trenton, Kailyn, Tayla, Madison, Marley, Noah, and McKenna. Nieces, nephews and many cherished friends. In addition to his parents and wife, Dick was predeceased by a daughter, Debbie Berry Haxton. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Mon. April 12, 2021 between the hours of 10-11 a.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 following the visitation. Burial will take place in the Gillett Cemetery.
Austin, Marcia, J.
Age 84, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Fri. April 2, 2021 following declining health. Born on Jan. 10, 1937 in Gillett, PA; Marcia was the daughter of the late, Augustus & Bessie Blodgett Austin. In service to the Lord, Marcia was very active a the Elmira Christian Center throughout her life. She loved children and enjoyed every moment spent with them. Marcia enjoyed gardening and helping others. She often volunteered at the Bradford County Manor. Marcia retired from Chemung ARC in 2018 after 38 years of dedicated service, she worked in food service. Surviving is her loving family, siblings, Mary Rummings, Elmira; Carroll Austin, CT; Barbara Mintz, NY; Marilyn Jenkins, NY; many nieces and nephews including, a special niece and friend, Angel Rummings. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Wed. April 7, 2021 between the hours of 5-7 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 following the visitation. Burial will take place in the Gillett Cemetery at the family’s convenience. A special thank you to the 5th floor staff of the Chemung County Nursing Facility for making Marcia always feel happy and at home. May God Bless Each of You.
Lawrence I. Stull
Age 85, passed away in Rochester on Thur. Mar. 25, 2021 following declining health. Born on Sep. 16, 1935 in Wilson, NY; Larry was the son of the late, Carl Stull. In service to his country, he served in the National Guard. Larry married Joanne Francis and together they have enjoyed 61 yeas of marriage. He was employed by Winchester Optical, Horseheads for his entire life. Larry was communicant of St. John’s, Our Lady of Lourdes, and St. Peter & Paul’s Church’s. His interests included collecting model trains, camping, travels to Florida, being the “Handyman” around the house, his love of animals, and most of all family. Surviving is his loving wife and companion, Joanne Francis Stull, Pine City; their daughter and son-in-law, Kathy (John) Bailey, Punta Gorda, FL; son-in-law, Al Brewster, Pine City; 2 grandsons, Sean M. (Lorena Marra) Bailey and Ryan L. Bailey; great grandson, Brayden Bailey; sisters, Clara and Eileen; nieces and nephews. Larry was predeceased by his daughter, Susan Brewster in 2018. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Tues. Mar. 30, 2021 between the hours of 5-7 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 following the visitation with military honors accorded Mr. Stull.
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