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

Swank, Mary W.

Elmira, NY

Age 101, passed away peacefully, Fri. the day after her birthday. Born on Jan. 9, 1919 in Youngstown, OH, to the late, Peter & Sophie Mazur Waschezyn. She married the love of her life, Lester Swank, in 1939, and he predeceased her in 2002. A homemaker, Mary enjoyed providing for her family and doing yardwork. She was also employed by Iszard’s Department Store and Richard Wardenburg’s Clothing Store for many years. She is survived by her beloved daughters, Patricia Gublo, Elmira, Nancy White, Elmira; three grandchildren, Paula Arcovio, Stephanie Daugherty, Marcia Wheaton; seven great-grandchildren, Erika, Cody, Nicole, Jake, Kristofer, Madelyn, and Cassidy; great great granddaughters, Reina and Stella; nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Mary is predeceased by her siblings, Anne Skalko, Pauline Kwasney, Susan Barber, Helen, Michael and John Waschezyn; nephews, James Skalko, Christopher Kwasney, and Greg Waschezyn; a son-in-law, Bernard Gublo. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira on Fri. Jan 17, 2020 between the hours of 4-6 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Sat 12 (noon) in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 1100 W. Church St, Elmira, NY 14905. Burial will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband, Lester. Memorials may be directed to the Southern Tier Assoc. for the Visually Impaired, STAVI, 719 Lake St. Elmira, NY 14901 in her memory.

Rockwell, Jane M. Austin

Pine City

Age 86, went home to be with her Lord & Savior, Mon. Dec. 23, 2019 following declining health. Born on Nov. 3, 1933 in Canton, PA; Jane was the daughter of the late, Lawrence E. & Alice E. Walburn Austin. She married the love of her life, Donald D. Rockwell on Oct. 17, 1954. A homemaker, Jane loved caring for her family. She was very active in the Fassett Baptist Church and filled many roles in her nearly 50 years of service as a pastor’s wife. Surviving is her loving family, husband and companion, Rev. Donald D. Rockwell, Pine City; their 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 (Kim) Rockwell, Kristin (Brett) Bowman, Kaitlin (Alex Davis) Rockwell, 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, Blake, Grayson, Emersyn, Colton, Reagan, Lauren, Ryan and Joshua; many nieces, nephews and a sister-in-law, Shirley Porter, Horsheads, NY. In addition to her parents, Jane was predeceased by her son, Donald L. Rockwell; brothers, Robert (Margaret) Austin, Dr. Fred (Blanche) Austin, Lawrence (Betty) Austin; sisters, Doris (Kenneth) Russell, Edna (Donald) Schmick, and Mary Lou (Philip) Parsons. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira on Sun. Dec. 29, 2019 between the hours of 2- 5 p.m. Funeral services will take place at Caywood’s on Mon. at 11 a.m. followed by private graveside services in Woodlawn Cemetery where Jane will be interred next to her beloved son, Donald L. Rockwell. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Fassett Baptist Church Music Festival and Ice Cream Social Fund, 36089 Rt. 14 Gillett, PA 16925 in Jane’s memory.

Allen, Charlotte J.

Elmira

Age 94, went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 23, 2019 with her loving family at her side. Charlotte was born on May 28, 1925 in Elmira; daughter of the late, William Joseph Clifford. She married the love of her life, Boyd J. Allen Jr. in 1949 and he predeceased her in 1994. A homemaker, she was an active member of the Ray of Hope Church and volunteered with the Girl Scouts for many years. Charlotte enjoyed spending time with her beloved family, reading and was the coproprietor of J.A.C. Supply with her husband. Charlotte is survived by her loving children, Cheryl (Amy Doohan) Allen, Elmira, Charisse (John) Quinn, Pine City, Charyn (Luis) Gandia, FL, Boyd J. III (Nipa) Allen, Plano, TX, Chezelle (Peter) Serev, Woodbury, CT, and Cherilyn (Michael) Chevalier, Big Flats; “bonus daughter”, Beth Balzer; grandchildren, Jeff (Brie) Quinn, Ryan “RJ” (Jeannie) Quinn, Aaron (Bea) Gandia, Emilia Sereva & (Christopher Seeman), Breanna (John) Rogers, Paige (Asshur) McLaughlin Beatty; great-grandchildren, Alex and John-Paul Gandia, Xavier McLaughlin, Roman Quinn, Aniston and Emerson Rogers. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira on Dec. 27, 2019 between the hours of 5-7 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 7:15 p.m. Graveside services in Woodlawn Cemetery will be at the family’s convenience. In lieu of flowers, please remember St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude PL. Memphis, TN 38105; in recognition of her deep love for children.

 

Bresett, Francis J.

“John”

Age 66 of Elmira, passed away Tue. Dec. 17, 2019 at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center following declining health. Born on Oct. 22, 1953 in Warsaw, NY, John served in the US Army from 1970-1976. A tradesman, John was employed as a Glazier. An avid sportsman, John excelled at any sport he played. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and family times. Surviving is his loving family, wife and companion, Esther Barsavage Bresett, Elmira; children, Stacy (Jodi) Hubbard, Deltona, FL; Eric Bresett, Elmira; daughter-in-law, Christin L. Bresett, Watkins Glen; grandchildren, Chris Bresett, Hunter Cartwright, and Caleb John Bresett; great grandchildren, Carson and Emberlyn; siblings, Ray (Nancy) Bresett, Bill (Denise) Swartz, Vie Bradley, Betty (Gary) Lavin; brother-in-law, Michael Barsavage; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother, Catherine Gardner Bresett; and brother, Kenny Bresett. Family and friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira NY 14904 on Sat. Jan. 11, 2020 between the hours of 1-3 p.m. Private interment will take place in Woodlawn National Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded Mr. Bresett.

Ham, Clairmont C.

Pine City

Age 87, went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 18, 2019 following declining health. Born on Oct. 15, 1932 in Elmira, son of the late Gordon & Prudence Cortright Ham. With deep dedication to his country, Clairmont served in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954 during the Korean Conflict. He then married the love of his life, Gretchen Strong, on Feb. 26, 1955 at the Trinity Episcopal Church. Clairmont worked for 34 years at NY Tel/Verizon, and was a devoted family man, living by example. He enjoyed spending time with his family, farming with his dad, and tending to his draft horses. He was a lifelong member of Pine City Baptist Church, and was involved in his community, serving as Chairman of the Southport Town Board of Appeals for 28 years.  He was also involved in the Endless Mountains Draft Horse Club, the Hillsurfers Four-Wheel Drive Club, and was a cofounder of the Chemung Valley Farm Museum.  He is survived by loving wife, Gretchen Strong Ham; children, David (Tonia) Ham, Charleston, SC, Gary (Lisa) Ham, Pine City, Debra (Joseph) Leonard, Baton Rouge, LA, Elena Russell (Kenny’s partner in life); 7 grandchildren, Brian Ham, Victoria Ham, Cyle Ham, Mitchell Ham, Darius (Anna) Ham, Branson and Austin Leonard; great grandson, Bentley Ham; sister-in-law, Rev. Mary Frances Curns, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Clairmont was predeceased by his beloved son, Kenneth “Kenny” Ham; sisters, Joyce (Charles) Barnes, Sharon (Giles) Tolbert; brother-in-law, Andrew (Lynn) Strong. Thank you to the Chemung County Nursing Facility 6th floor staff for your excellent care of Clairmont.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Pine City Baptist Church, 1516 Pennsylvania Ave, Pine City, NY 14871, or to Second Chance Ranch, PO Box 62, Wellsburg, NY 14894. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira on Sun. Dec. 22, 2019, 2-5 p.m. Funeral services take place at the Pine City Baptist Church, 1516 Penn. Ave. Pine City, NY 14871 on Mon. at 11 a.m. with his pastor, Rev. Sabrina Smith officiating followed by burial in Fitzsimmons Cemetery next to Kenny, where full military honors will be accorded Mr. Ham.

Belin, Irene Lucile

Elmira

Age 91, went home to be with her Lord on Tues. Dec. 3, 2019. Born on Sept. 22, 1928 in Corning, to the late, Norman & Florence Ray Brooks. Irene graduated from Towanda High School in 1946. She was employed at Artistic Card Co. and then went on to raise a family. She is survived by her three loving daughters, Sally (David) MacNeal, Elmira, Linda (William) Vallet, Watkins Glen, and Melissa Belin, Elmira; six grandchildren, Megan (Chad) Vaughn, Ryan MacNeal, Amanda (Andrew) von Rathonyi, Caleigh, Brianna, and R.J. Johnson; great-grandchildren, Brady, Wyatt, and Tateum; sister-in-law, Nancy Brooks; several nieces and nephews; and a longtime friend, Mary Jane Cease. Irene was a member of the Pennsylvania Ave United Methodist Church and in earlier years, she enjoyed crafts, sewing, macramé, crocheting, reading, playing cards, bowling and spending time with her beloved family. In addition to her parents, Irene is predeceased by her son, William E. Belin; brothers, Raymond and Norman; sisters, Grace, Pauline, and Martha. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira on Fri. Dec. 20, 2019 between the hours of 11–12 (noon). Funeral services will follow at 12:15 p.m. with her son-in-law, Pastor Bill Vallet officiating. Graveside services will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorials CCNF Resident Memorial Fund, 103 Washington St. Elmira, NY 14901. Special thanks to the 2nd floor nursing staff for the wonderful care provided to Irene during her stay with you.

West, Ruth D.

Age 93, passed away on Sat. Nov. 9, 2019 at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center following a decline in health due to a fall. Born on Oct. 27, 1926 in Scranton, PA daughter to the late Delbert & Helen Knappman Moss. Ruth married the love of her life, Robert West in 1944, he predeceased her in 1969.  For many years, she was an active member of the Fassett Baptist Church and taught Sunday School. She was active with youth groups, Christmas plays, senior citizens, the choir and the Easter Breakfast. Ruth enjoyed traveling in England, spending time with her beloved family, especially her children and grandchildren, being a caretaker, and an active community member. She will be missed by all who knew her. Surviving is her loving family, children, Robert (Debra Powell) West Jr., Hedgesville, WV; Gary (Wanda Gilbert) West, Charlotte, NC; Stephen (Sharon) West, Milan, PA; and Kim (Richard Day) Clarkson, Germantown, MD; four grandchildren, Shelly (Mike) Russell, Stephen West Jr., Shelley (Darin Vough) Schrimp, Deborah Rapp; four great-grandchildren, Jacob, Olivia, Devin and Alissa; two great great grandchildren, Eliana and Elias; sister-in-law, Shirley Moss, Elmira. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also predeceased by her siblings, Delbert Moss Jr., Jean (David) Gale and Evelyn (Robert) Lain. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira on Thurs. Nov. 14, 2019 between the hours of 3-5 p.m. Funeral services will take place at Caywood’s on Fri. Nov. 15, 2019 at 12 (noon) with graveside services following in Woodlawn National Cemetery where she will be laid to rest by her beloved husband, Robert H. West.

Payne, Melvin R.

Age 87, went home to be with the Lord on Nov. 6, 2019 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center following declining health. Born in Renovo, PA., on July 31, 1932 son of the late, Clifford & Beatrice Knickerbocker Payne. Dedicated to his country, Melvin served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. He married the love of his life, Marian Wellman Payne on Dec. 3, 1955 and she predeceased him in 2012. A family man, Melvin enjoyed spending time tinkering with home repairs and gardening. He was an active member of the Maple Ave. Baptist Church where he loved to worship his Lord and Savior. He retired from Arnot-Ogden Medical Center as an electrical supervisor. Melvin is survived by his children, Nancy (Douglas) Richardson, Karen (James) Petroski, Kathy (Lawrence) Flood, Stephen (Joanne) Payne, and Glenn (Laurie) Payne; sixteen grandchildren, Paul (Clairissa) Richardson, David (Melanie) Richardson, Nathan & Katrina Petroski, Melissa (Nathan) Keller, Diane Petroski, Christen Richardson, Karalynn Payne, Kenneth (Virginia) Petroski, Matthew Richardson, Jeremiah Payne, Aaron Richardson, Jennifer Flood, Stephen Richardson, and Nissa Flood; eleven great grandchildren, Olivia, Micah, Cheyenne, Levi, Cassidy, Alletha, Zander, Ezekiel, Silas, Charles and Christopher; siblings, Arthur Payne and Alice Holden, sisters-in-law, Lorraine Payne, Elsie Rock and Violet Dunlap Nielsen. In addition to his parents and wife, Melvin was predeceased by a son, Melvin Jr.; his brother, Robert Payne; brothers-in-law, Jerry Holden, Clarence Wellman, Jack Dunlap, Roger Wellman and Norman Rock; sister-in-law, Helen Wellman. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira on Sun. Nov. 10, 2019 between the hours of 2-4 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 5 p.m. in the Maple Ave. Baptist Church, 1248 Maple Ave. Elmira, NY 14904 and where full military honors will be accorded Mr. Payne with interment at the family’s convenience in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Wendela, Allen E.

Age 64, passed away on Thurs. Oct. 17, 2019, surrounded by his loving family following declining health. Born on April 20, 1955 to the late Eino & Nellie Benjamin Wendela in Waverly, N.Y. Allen graduated from Elmira Free Academy in 1973. He worked for many years as a maintenance technician for Binghamton Ithaca Maintenance. Allen enjoyed gambling, time with his beloved family and was always willing to help his fellow man. He is survived by his three children, Allen A. Wendela, Elmira, Emily Wendela, Van Etten, Victoria Wendela Grant & Steve Grant, Elmira; 8 grandchildren, Jaylene, Brianna, Devon, Ayden, Alyjandra, Delaney, Kayden, Riverson; siblings, Jane Seymour, Elmira, Lillian (Danny) Kennedy, Alabama, Connie Shaddack, Elmira, Keith Wendela, Elmira, John (Valerie) Colunio, Elmira; many nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to his parents, Allen was predeceased by his brother, Thomas Wendela; sister, Betty Doane. Allen touched the hearts of all who knew him and will never be forgotten. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira on Mon. Oct. 28, 2019 between the hours of 10 a.m. – 12 (noon). Memorial services will follow at 12:15 p.m. with Pastor Daniel Kennedy officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park where full military honors will be accorded Mr. Wendela.

Sarah Jean Tomb

Horseheads

Age 87, formerly of Rilla St. Elmira; went home to be with her Lord, on Fri. Oct. 18, 2019 at Elcor Health Services. Born on Jan 29, 2019 in Bentley Creek, PA; Sarah was the daughter of the late, Elton D. & Viva I Ripley Lewis. With a deep love for children, she was employed by the Elmira City School District as a teacher’s aide for many years. Sarah was an active member at the Bible Baptist Church, Horseheads. Along with her deep faith she had a true devotion to her family. Surviving is her brother-in-law, Warren Gustin, Columbia Cross Roads, PA; several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a son, Kenneth E. Tomb; brothers, Ethan (Anna) Lewis, David (Judy) Lewis; sisters, Kathleen L. Lewis, and Barbara Gustin. Graveside services will take place on Tues. Oct. 22, 2019 in the Bentley Creek Cemetery at 11 a.m.

Bogart, Patricia “Pat” J. Morgan

Elmira Heights

Age 73, passed away on Wed. Oct. 16, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Hospital following declining health. Pat was born on Aug. 13, 1946 to the late Harold & Betty Shinebarger Morgan. She graduated from Van Etten High School in 1964 and in her free time, she enjoyed crocheting, coloring, bowling and reading novels. Pat is survived by her husband, Roger Bogart; children, Kim (Joseph) Crown, Elmira Heights, Thomas Philips Jr., GA; siblings, Richard (Leanna) Morgan, Speedsville, Kathleen “Kitty” (Bob) BeCraft, Millport, Harold Jr. “Butch” (Linda) Morgan, Alpine, Marie (Sam) Yontz, SC, Daniel (Vicky) Morgan, GA, Phil Morgan, Millport, Lee Morgan, Millport, David Morgan, Millport; 9 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Pat will be forever remembered as a kind, loving soul by all whom she had touched in her short 73 years with us. A celebration of Pat’s life will take place at a later date at the convenience of the family.

Sara Margaret Adaline Thurston

“Cupcake”

Age 14, passed away on Mon. Oct. 14, 2019 unexpectedly at Strong Memorial Hospital following health issues. Born on May 5, 2005 to Terry & Tammy Price Thurston. Sara attended Ernie Davis and loved spending time with her family where she was the shining star. With a warm and caring heart, Sara will always be remembered for her infectious smile, her love for the color purple, and butterflies. Many lives were touched in her short 14 years with us. She is survived by her mother, Tammy Price Thurston; father, Terry Thurston; siblings, Spencer, Sadie, and Shelby Price; step siblings, Gabrielle and Alexis Chapman; grandparents, Sherry Price, Terry (Margaret) Thurston Sr; aunts, Margaret Litts, Henrietta (Bob) Petrie, Alice (Curt Boorse) Wilson; uncles, Henry Jr. (Barb) Price, Johnathan (Brittany) Price, Milton (Brittany) Price, cousins, Brittany, Kirston, Henry “Big Dude”, Noah, Matthew, Tim, Katlynn, Harley, Joseph “Body Guard”, Adam, Storm, Amanda “Doodle”, Ryan, Logan, Morgan, Alexus, Caylee, Lindsey, Curtis, Alexa, Gracie, Chase, Naudia; great cousins, Aniyah, Cooper, Isla, Taylor, Makaya, Landon, Arizona, Erin, Lucas; and several step-cousins. Sara was predeceased by her paternal grandfather, Henry Price Sr. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira on Wed. Oct. 23, 2019 between the hours of 2-5 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 5:15 p.m.

Robert A. Yanowiak, Sr.

Elmira

Age 80 formerly of Elmira, passed away Monday, October 14, 2019 at Beechtree Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, Ithaca, NY. Born on January 26, 1939, Bob was the son of the late, Leo E. & Evelyn Knepfler Yanowiak. He married the love of his life, Anna Marie Gates in 1963 and she predeceased him in 2011. In addition, he was predeceased by brothers, James (Alania) Yanowiak and Michael Yanowiak. In service to his country, Bob served in the U.S. Army, Btry C 321st Artillery, 2nd Bn 105T 3d as a Private First Class during the Vietnam War. After his service, he was employed by the Bachman Co. as a Regional Sales Manager and was a well-respected auto mechanic at several repair companies and dealerships throughout his career. Bob could fix anything. He was an excellent handyman and carpenter. His interests included bowling, NASCAR, gardening, and taking Sunday drives. Surviving are his loving children, Robert Yanowiak Jr., Lodi; Tina (Scott) Kapral, Manlius; Christa (Randy) Nellis, Corning; Paul Yanowiak, Rochester; five grandchildren, Kyle, Chelsea, Devin, Caden and Seaver; sister in-law, Sue Yanowiak; many nieces, nephews and family friends who will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira on Monday, October 21, 2019 between the hours of 3-5 p.m. followed by his funeral service at 5:15 p.m. Full military honors will be accorded Mr. Yanowiak prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the Brookdale Associate Holiday Appreciation Fund, 5125 Highbridge St., Fayetteville, NY 13066 in his memory.   

Cieri, Thomas A. Sr.

Passed away on October 4, 2019, at age 74 at the Roper Hospice Center in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Tom was born June 6, 1945 and was raised in Elmira, New York. In 1990 he relocated his family to Charleston, SC. Tom was the son of Antoinette Salina Cieri & William R. Cieri, Pine City NY who both preceded him in death. He leaves behind to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 53 years, Lauretta (Laurie) Hollenbeck Cieri, Charleston, SC; his beautiful daughter, Tracy Marsh of Greenville, SC; his wonderful son, Thomas A. Cieri Jr., Ladson, SC; 3 grandchildren, Ryan T. Marsh, Jordan P. Marsh and Lindsay M. Marsh all of Charleston, SC. Tom is also survived by his brother, Richard Cieri of Weedsport, NY; his brother-in-law, William “Bill” (Mary “Punky”) Hollenbeck, Englewood, FL; sister-in-law, Sheila Hollenbeck, Pine City, NY; numerous close nieces and nephews who he loved dearly. Tom was a 1964 Varsity Letterman graduate of Notre Dame High School in Elmira, NY. He loved football but played various other sports during his high school years at Notre Dame. Tom never forgot his high school friends. He kept in touch with many and spoke often of others. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1964-1968 during the Vietnam era. He was stationed at NAF Johnsville, Warminster, Penna. Upon his Honorable Navy discharge, he was employed at United Parcel Service, in Horseheads, NY for 18 years as a courier and in management. Upon leaving UPS he was employed by Federal Express in Horseheads, NY as a manger of that station and eventually transferred to FED EX in Charleston. He retired from Fed EX and went on to work at the Medical University of South Carolina in the Heart and Cath Lab as a PIXIS coordinator. Tom’s final employment was with the James A. Dyal Funeral Home, Summerville, SC. Tom enjoyed golfing, his NY Giants, shooting pool and radio-controlled airplanes. He was an avid aviator, private pilot and was especially proud of owning his own CESSENA 150 airplane. If Tom’s feet were not on the ground, he was in the air flying his plane. Tom was a one in a million-good guy. He worshiped his wife and family, always had a smile and loved life!! Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira on Sun. Oct. 20, 2019 between the hours of 2-4 p.m. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Mary’s Church 224 Franklin St. Elmira on Mon. Oct. 21, 2019 at 10 a.m. Full military honors will be accorded Mr. Cieri following his mass. The Cieri family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the excellent care Tom received from the doctors, nurses and from Roper Hospice Comfort Care Center. In lieu of Flowers donations are welcomed at the ALS Foundation. To my Tom: Hero’s get remembered but legends never die…..xox
 

Lowman, George R. Sr.

Pine City,

Age 90, passed away on Oct. 1, 2019 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center following declining health. George was born on Oct. 13, 1928, in Elmira, son of the late, Frederick & Cecil Randall Lowman. Dedicated to his country, George served in the U.S. Army from 1949 -1952. He married the love of his life, Jean Hurley on Oct. 25, 1952 in St. Patrick’s Church. In addition to his beloved Jean, George is survived by his daughters, Cheryl (Joe) Altilio, Pine City; and Donna (David) Cowger, Des Moines, IA; grandchildren, Jarrett Altilio, four legged granddog, “Yankee”; Gary (Missy) Dates, Jean Dates, Christy Scott) Williams, Edward (Ashley) Meacham; several great grandchildren siblings, Robert Lowman, Sally (Harold) Casteline, and Esther Mace; nieces and nephews. George was predeceased by his son, George Lowman Jr. There will be no public services.

Oppenheim, Richard E.

“Oppy”

Southport, NY

Age 85, passed away, Wed. Oct. 2, 2019 at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center following a courageous battle with declining health. Born on Apr. 12, 1934 in Bradford, PA; son of the late, Joseph & Lola Chappel Oppenheim. In service to his country, Dick faithfully served in the US Army. Well known in our community, he was the proprietor of Pennsylvania Ave. Food Market for many years. Dick was also employed by the Elmira City School District as a mail carrier between schools and drove school bus for 31 years. A devoted family man, Dick’s quote was “Family comes first…dollars second” and enjoyed Bingo. He married the love of his life, Bertha M. Morgan on Sep. 30, 1961, 58 years ago. Also surviving are their daughters, Dawn (Michael) Thomas, Elmira, NY; and Karen (Richard) Brown, Southport, NY; grandchildren, Amanda Thomas, Gregory Thomas, and Keileen Brown; siblings, Robert (Bernita) Oppenheim, and Nancy (Garrett) Shuart; several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira on Fri. Oct.4, 2019 between the hours of 4-6 p.m. with funeral services at 6:15 p.m. Graveside services will take place Sat. at 10 a.m. in Forest Lawn Memorial Park where full military honors will be accorded Mr. Oppenheim.

Linda Devine

Elmira, NY

Age 70, passed away unexpectedly on Sat. Sept. 21, 2019 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. Born on Dec. 7, 1948 in Troy, PA; to Herbert & Elsie Walburn Punchard. She graduated from EFA Class of 1966. A homemaker, Linda enjoyed flower gardening, fishing, playing video games and most of all family times. She is survived by her loving family; sons, Rich Devine, Elmira; Kevin (Candace) Kieffer, Horseheads; 7 grandchildren, Jessica, Phyllis, Brandi, Larry, “Little Rich”, Nadia and Flynn; and great grandchildren; father, Herbert Punchard Jr. Elmira; siblings, Kathy (Chuck) Henry, Brad (Pat) Punchard, Elmira. Linda was predeceased by her mother, Elsie Punchard in 2016; husband, Richard “Dick” Devine; and loving companion, Paul Kieffer in 2018. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira on Thu. Sep. 26, 2019 between the hours of 10 a.m. – 12 (noon). Funeral services will follow at 12 :15 p.m. with graveside services in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Jacqueline A. “Jackie” Minotti

Leesburg, FL

Age 80, formerly of Sheely St. Southport, passed away Thur. May 2, 2019 in Florida where she had resided for the last several years. Jackie fought a 69 year battle with diabetes. She always commended her doctors but the true warrior was Jackie herself. Her life was a miracle. Born on Dec. 5, 1938 in Dansville, NY; daughter of the late, Franklin & Rachel Lattin Gilbert. She married Vincent M. Minotti at St. Mary’s Church in 1960, where they had been life-long communicants and he predeceased her in 2016. Jackie retired form St. Joseph Hospital after many years of dedicated service. Besides her love of family, Jackie had a lifelong love of baseball, especially the New York Yankees. She attended many games home and away, meeting many players, collecting autographs and making friendships. She could always talk baseball and was also an avid bowler. Surviving is her loving daughter and family, Michele (Eugene) Koski, Lessburg, FL; sisters, Donna Rae Minch, Mildred "Mim" Weaver, Janet Usselman and Leona "Onie" (Ted) Farrell; sisters-in-law, Ann Gilbert, and Sandra Gilbert; along with many dearly loved nieces and nephews. "Jackie was blessed to have several childhood girlfriends." In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by siblings, Lester Gilbert, Sylvia (Vito) Liotino and Frank Gilbert; brother-in-law, John "Jack" Weaver and Willis Minch. Family and friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Elmira/Southport on Thur. Sept. 19, 2019 between the hours of 4-6 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Fri. (10 a.m.) at St. Mary’s Church Franklin St. Elmira; followed by graveside services in St. Peter & Paul’s Cemetery.

Todd, Charles G.

Elmira

Age 88, passed away on Sun. Sept. 8, 2019 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center following declining health. Born on Jan. 5, 1931 in Elmira, NY; son of the late, William & Ethel Combs Todd. He married the love of his life, Patricia Lorgan 64 years ago. A dedicated veteran, Charlie served in the U.S. National Guard and Army Reserves and was a longtime member of the Capt. Clarence R. Oliver American Legion Post # 154 and the Knights of Columbus. Charlie was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church. A tradesman, he was a skilled welder at American Bridge and also worked at Toshiba until his retirement. His many interests included RV traveling, Light Houses, playing golf and family times. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Patricia Lorgan Todd, Elmira; their sons, Richard W. (Catherine C.) Todd, Elmira, Joseph C. (Bonnie S.) Todd, Horseheads; Timothy P. (Sherry A.) Todd, Elmira, and Michael C. (Shelby L,) Todd, Elmira; 13 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren. Charlie was predeceased by an infant son, Peter John Todd. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira on Sat. Sep. 14, 2019 between the hours of 9-11 a.m. with funeral services at 11:15 a.m. followed by graveside services in St. Peter & Paul’s Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded Mr. Todd. Memorials may be directed to the Chemung Co. SPCA2435 NY-352, Elmira, NY 14903 in his memory.

 

Baker, Timothy R.

Elmira, NY

Age 45, passed away unexpectedly on Mon. Aug. 26, 2019. Timothy was born to the late, Raymond Baker & Elaine Rynders Brady on May 10, 1974 in Syracuse, NY. He graduated from SHS. Timothy loved camping in the Adirondacks, riding his motorcycle and playing video games. He will always be remembered as a caring friend to all who knew him. In addition to his mother and step-father, Elaine & Frank Brady, Timothy is survived by two sons, Kyle Baker, Andrew (Mykaila) Baker; daughter, Karyana Kshir; grandson, Bryon Baker; brothers, Matthew Baker, Torrey Bundy, Eric (Debi) Brady, sister, Chelsey (Gavin) Sturdevant; nephews, Adam and Dean. All services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

 

Szerszen, Jeanne, M. “Tootsie”

Elmira

Age 96, was reunited with her beloved husband, Stanley Szerszen, on Tues. Aug. 13, 2019 following declining health. Jeanne was born on Dec. 14, 1922 to Manse & Ida Finnegan D’Onofrio in Baltimore MD. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her son, William Szerszen. Jeanne is survived by her three loving children, Joseph (Kathy) Szerszen, Pine City, NY; Judy Rogus, Orlando, FL; and Jeanne Schlecht; a daughter-in-law, Lillian Szerszen; two sisters, Angelina O’Brien and Shirley Hillman; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Jeanne was an outgoing, friendly person who enjoyed shopping, playing cards and pampering her beloved dog Suzie. The family would like to thank the Chemung County Nursing Facility, especially the second-floor staff, who provided excellent care. At Jeanne’s request there will be no calling hours. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Church, 224 Franklin St. Elmira, NY 14904, on Sat. Aug. 24, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. with interment to follow in St. Peter & Paul’s Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Chemung County SPCA in Jeanne’s memory.

Lusk, Elsie A.

Age 89 passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Thur. Aug. 8, 2019. Born on Oct. 29, 1929 to Robert F. & Dorothy Sensel Anderson. In addition to her parents, Elsie was predeceased by her loving husband, John Lusk and a brother, John F. Anderson. She is survived by her loving daughters and caregivers, Rebecca “Becky” (Keith) Douglas, Wellsburg, NY; and Jennifer “Jen” (Chuck) Heffner, Columbia, MD; three grandchildren, Kenneth F. Douglas, Samantha A Heffner and Sarah H. Heffner; two great-grandchildren, Anna Rose and Wyatt Gray Douglas; a special nephew, David F. Anderson. Elsie was a licensed cosmetologist and proprietor of “The Elsie Lusk Beauty Shop”. She was a member of the “Daughters of the American Revolution” and also enjoyed sewing, making crafts, golfing and gardening. In honoring Elsie’s wishes, all services were private with internment in the Ashland Cemetery beside her beloved husband John Lusk. Memorials may be directed to the Ashland Historical Society, P.O. Box 326 Wellsburg, NY 14894.

Bump, Beatrice L. “Bea”

Troy, PA

Age 51, passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 14, 2019. Born on Nov. 26, 1967 in Troy, PA a daughter of Robert & Linda Morgan Bump, Gillett, PA. In addition to her parents, Bea is survived by her husband, Kim Putnam, Troy, PA; her three loving siblings, Lana (Jim) Silvernail, Robert Bump Jr., and Leslie (Tim) Jayne, all of Gillett, PA; nieces and nephews, Justin Silvernail, Courtney (Matt) Stuart, Bailey (Tori) Tillinghast, Keschl Vincent; four great-nieces and nephews, Haydn, Tatum, Rylee and Sylas; and special friend, Donato Cedrone. Bea graduated from Troy High School, Class of 1985. In her short life, Bea had a deep love for many things. Animals were always top of her list followed by family and friends. An artist, she was the proprietor of Beyond Goldsmithing, Troy, PA for many years. She is remembered for her beautiful smile and sense of humor. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira on Mon, Aug. 19, 2019 between the hours of 5-7 p.m.  A celebration of her life will follow at 7:15 p.m.

Ripley, Iva M.

Southport

Age 92, was reunited with her beloved husband, Allen E. Ripley on August 3, 2019 following declining health. Born on May 7, 1927 to Lester and Florence Draper of Sabinsville, Pa. She is predeceased by her older sister, Ida Draper Gilbert (Floyd), and her younger brother, Bernard Draper (Marian). She is survived by her son, Carl M. Ripley (Margie) of Galeton, Pa and Leesburg, Fl; daughter Nancy Ripley DeGuglielmo (Tony) of Southport; younger brother, Harold Draper (Eleanor) of Millerton Pa; grandchildren and great grandchildren. Iva lived in Southport from 1948 until 1981 at which time she retired from her thriving custom window covering business, Iva Ripley Sewing Service. She and her husband, Allen built homes at Lamoka Lake and Palm Coast, Fl and traveled for many years in their Avion motor home. Family and friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Elmira/Southport, NY 14904 on Wed. Aug. 14 at 11:00 am. with Louis George officiating. A private burial with her beloved husband will take place at Woodlawn National Cemetery.

Ham, Kenneth W. “Kenny”

Pine City

Age 57, unexpectedly, Thursday, July 25, 2019 in a motor vehicle accident while visiting Las Vegas, NV to participate in an off-road desert race. Born on December 29, 1961 in Elmira, Kenny was the son of Clairmont C. & Gretchen S. Ham of Pine City, NY. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his son, Darius (Anna) Ham; his grandson, Bentley Ham, Fort Campbell, KY; siblings, David (Tonia) Ham, Mt. Pleasant, SC; Gary (Lisa) Ham, Pine City, NY; Debbie (Joseph) Leonard, Mt. Pleasant, SC; Kenny’s long-time friend and companion, Elena Russell, Pine City, NY; a niece, nephews and a community of cherished friends. Kenny graduated from SHS Class of 1980. He performed six years of honorable active duty service in the US Army. He then continued in the Army Reserves and Pennsylvania National Guard for an additional 15 years, and he retired with an honorable discharge in 2009. Kenny served his fellow veterans as a bugler with the local Chemung County Military Honor Squad at local military funerals playing TAPS, and he was an active member of Buglers Across America. Kenny was dedicated, in a manner rarely seen, to those who served. No matter the weather or location, he felt privileged to provide final honors to all who served their nation. Kenny was employed by GST BOCES Bush Campus as a certified mechanic. His many interests included traveling, auto and motorcycle racing, as well as family genealogy. He was known for his ability to describe generations of Ham lineage and he took pride in their history. Kenny also belonged to Sons of the American Revolution and the 82nd Airborne Association.  A dedicated friend and neighbor, he was always ready to help and did so with a keen wit. A life-long member of Pine City Baptist Church, he was very active in service for the Lord. Kenny was a true family man, devoted and steadfastly loyal to each of them. He was extremely proud of his son and new grandson. To say he will be missed by all who have had the pleasure of knowing and loving him would be an understatement. He will forever be in our hearts. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Avenue, Southport on Sunday August 4, 2019 between the hours of 4 pm and 8 pm. The Funeral service with full military honors will take place at Pine City Baptist Church on Monday August 5, 2019 at 11 am.  Graveside services will take place at Fitzsimmons Cemetery at a later date. In Kenny’s honor, flowers or donations to Pine City Baptist Church are appreciated.

Berry, Joyce Ann

Gillett, PA

Age 87, passed away Sat. July 27, 2019 at the Bradford Co. Manor following declining health. Born on Apr. 23, 1932 in Mosherville, PA; Joyce was the daughter of the late, LaRue & Winifred Sterling Avery. She married the love of her life, Richard “Dick” Berry on July 15, 1949 in Gillett, PA. In addition to “Dick” she is survived by her loving daughter and care taker, Pam (Jim) Updike; and a sister-in-law, Dora Anne Avery, Gillett, PA; five grandchildren, Shawna, Tara, Zach, Tiffany, and Zane; seven great grandchildren, Jordyn, Trenton, Kailyn, Tayla, Madison, Marley, and Noah. nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a daughter, Debbie Berry Haxton; siblings, Winifred (Wayne) Harkness and LaRue Avery. Joyce was a wonderful homemaker. She enjoyed her winters in Florida, car shows with “Dick” and shopping. She was employed for many years at American Silk Label as a secretary and was an active member of the Gillett Baptist Church. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira today, Tues. July 30, 2019 between the hours of 5-7 p.m. Funeral services take place at Caywood’s on Wed. at 10 a.m. with her pastor and friend Pastor Mickey Cavanaugh officiating followed by graveside services in Gillett Cemetery.

Frederick J. Austin M.D.

Age 87, passed away June 24, 2019 in Glendale, CA. Born on Aug. 27, 1931 in Canton, PA son of the late, Lawrence & Alice Walborn Austin. Frederick graduated as Valedictorian in his class from Canton, PA High School in 1949 and attended his 70th class reunion this year. In service to his country, Fred was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. He received his Gynecologist Medical Degree from the University of Southern California. He is survived by his sister, Jane (Donald) Rockwell, many nieces, nephews, and his care giver, David Turangan. In addition to his parents, Fred was predeceased by siblings, Lawrence (Betty) Austin, Robert (Margarete) Austin, Doris (Ken) Russell, Edna (Donald) Schmick, and Mary Lou (Phil) Parsons. His memorial service will take place this Sat. July 13, 2019 at 12 noon at the Austin Family Reunion at Maranatha Bible Chapel, 774 Sing Sing Rd. Horseheads, NY 14845  

Baier, Evelyn J.

“Jeannie”

A longtime resident of Plymouth Ave. Southport was reunited with her beloved husband, Louis Baier, Sun. June 16, 2019. She passed in her home under the care of her loving daughter, Barb (Ed) Housel, Southport; also surviving is her son, Michael T. (Kathy) Baier, Marietta, GA; grandchildren, Jessica, and Adam Baier; Erika (Marty) Littlewood, Val (Lloyd) Barrigar, David (Deb) Housel; great grandchildren, Clarissa, Zachary, Sarah, Madison, Austin, Alivia, Adrianna; great great grandson, Maddox; sister, Clea Allen, brother-in-law, Edward Chapman; sister-in-law, Mary Cooper; nieces, nephews and close family and church friends. Jeannie was born on March 25, 1925 in Wellsboro, PA daughter of the late Thomas & Ella Howey Cooper. She married her husband of 58 years, Louis Baier on Sept. 12, 1947 in Wellsboro PA; and he predeceased her on July 19, 2005. In serving her Lord Jeannie was a member of the Christian Faith Fellowship Church where she was very active in Sunday School and various activities. She is remembered for always being an encouragement to others. She took great enjoyment in making jewelry with her daughter, Barb; and enjoyed flower gardening. In addition to Jeannie’s parents and husband, she was predeceased by her son, Louis E Baier Jr.; sister, Martha Chapman; brother, Clayton Cooper; sister-in-law, Virginia (Joseph) Pirozzolo; brothers-in-law, David Allen and Jack (Eda) Baier. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira on Thur. June 20, 2019 between the hours of 4-6 p.m. A memorial service will follow at 6:15 p.m. with her pastor and friend, Rev. James Crupi officiating. Her cremains will be entombed in Woodlawn National Cemetery Memorial Wall with her beloved Louis. Memorial donations may be directed to Christian Faith Fellowship Church, 719 Holdridge St. Elmira, NY 14904 or Lewy Body Dementia Assoc. lbda.org

Charlotte Pickelhaupt

Southport       

Age 76, left her earthly home on Tues. June 11, 2019 following a courageous battle with Leukemia. Born on June 26, 1942 in Dombrowa, Poland; Charlotte was the daughter of the late, Josef & Berta Michaelis Hlawaty. She was a loving wife, married to John Pickelhaupt Sr. for 56 years until his passing in 2017. She was also a loving mother, oma, and friend who will be dearly missed. Charlotte had a true love for children and was a teacher’s aide at Broadway Elementary School before opening her own business, Horseheads Rubber Stamp, which she operated for many years. She was also worked with her husband, John at Pickelhaupt’s Small Engine Repair. She enjoyed baking, traveling, caring for her home and doting on her loving family who survive. Son’s, John Jr. (Tammy) Pickelhaupt Midlothian, VA; and Richard C. (Barbara) Pickelhaupt, Amherst, NY; 4 grandchildren, Erich, Emily, Daniel and Trisha Pickelhaupt; a sister-in-law, Sibylle Hlawaty; nephew, Hans Hlawaty; extended family and friends. In addition to her parents, Charlotte was predeceased by a brother, Horst Hlawaty.  She was also a longtime member of the First United Church of Christ, very active in AARP, and served on the Board of Elections. Family and friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Elmira, NY, 14904 on Fri. June 14, 2019 between the hours of 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will take place at Caywood’s on Sat. at 10 a.m. with her pastor and friend, Rev. Richard Hubbard officiating, Graveside services will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery where she will rest beside her beloved John. Memorials may be directed to the First United Church of Christ, 160 Madison Ave. Elmira, NY 14901 in her memory.

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