"Obituaries are often the last tribute we offer to someone. They encompass a life lived and share the richness of one's presence."
Josephine Ramsauer Blake
Age 79, of Elmira, New York, passed away on Fri. Aug. 5, 2022 while a patient at the Robert Packer Hospital, following declining health. Born on Nov. 4, 1942 in Munich, Germany, daughter of the late, Ernst & Theresa Gluck Ramsauer. She married James F. Blake on Sept. 22, 1960 and he predeceased her on Oct. 29, 2010, following 50 wonderful years of marriage. Affectionately known as “Jo”, by her friends and family, she was a dedicated homemaker who enjoyed cooking her native German cuisine, cake-decorating, and playing both “Pogo” and “Scrabble” on the internet with friends from around the world. After raising her children, Jo was employed by F.M. Howell & Company for nearly 20 years. Surviving is her loving family, children, James F. (Johnna) Blake, Gillett, PA; and daughter, Bridget L. Blake, Elmira, NY; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her sister, Theresia Cimen, of Munich, Germany. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her daughter, Alma K. Hoffman and her beloved granddaughter, Grier M. Root. All services will be handled privately at the family’s convenience with burial beside her husband James, in Woodlawn Cemetery located in Elmira, New York. The family would like to give their sincerest gratitude to: Dr. Roberto Mauri, Stephanie Busch RPA, Erway Ambulance Services, Guthrie Cardiology, the ICU Physicians, Specialists, and Nursing Staff at Robert Packer Hospital, along with the rehab specialists and nursing staff at Elcor Rehabilitation and a very special “Thank You” to the meticulous care provided by Heidi…You are a blessing!
“Goodbye’s the saddest word I’ll ever hear, goodbye’s the last time I will hold you near.
Someday you’ll say that word, and I will cry, it’ll break my heart to hear you say “Goodbye”.
Lois June Shappee
Age 90, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Tues. Aug. 2, 2022. Born on
June 15, 1932 in Mansfield, PA she was daughter of the late, Morgan & Hazel (Fish) Hilfiger. Lois married the love of her life, Fred Shappee on July 10, 1986 in Webb Mills, NY. Together, they shared 24 years of wedded bliss until his passing on May 9, 2011. Lois was employed for many years as a teacher’s aide for the Pine City Elementary School. She was a longtime member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Elmira. Her favorite hobbies included flower gardening, the NY Yankees, Little League Baseball and traveling. She also loved spending time with her children, baking, entertaining, and her beloved cats. Lois was famous for her home baked apple pies. She is survived by her loving children, Teena (Ben) Carr, TN; Terry (Kim) Brewer, PA; sisters-in-law, Faye Hilfiger, Sue Hilfiger, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Lois was predeceased by her brothers, Morgan (Verna) Hilfiger Jr., Duane (Margaret) Hilfiger, and Norman Hilfiger. A funeral service will take place at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira, NY 14904 on Wed. Aug. 10, 2022 at 12 (noon). Lois will be laid to rest beside her beloved, Fred, in Fitzsimmons Cemetery.
William E. McDonald
Age 96, passed away Sat. July 23, 2022 after living a long and full life. Born on Mar. 3, 1926 in Nanty Glo, PA; Bill was the son of the late, Francis & Martha Dickinson McDonald. Bill graduated from E.F.A. and married the love of his life, Marjorie Holecek in Pine City on Sept. 26, 1947. Together they shared 74 years of blissful marriage until his passing. In service to his country, Bill served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-1946. In 1978, he received an award for New York State Moose Association Law Enforcement Man of the Year. Bill retired in 1988, as a diligent police officer for the City of Elmira Police Department. A dedicated family man, Bill enjoyed gardening and taking care of his yard, playing horseshoes, spending time with his beloved family and enjoyed their trips to Keuka Lake. Surviving is his loving family, wife and companion, Marge Holecek McDonald; their children, Michael (Beverly) McDonald, Elmira; William (Michele) McDonald, VA; and Phillip (Mary) McDonald, Rochester; five grandchildren, Stacey (Len) Talarico, Alicia Hawken, Morgan McDonald, Meagan McDonald and Shea McDonald; and five great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Bill was predeceased by a daughter, Linda McDonald; granddaughter, Michelle McDonald; siblings, Francis (Margaret) McDonald, Gail (Jack) Watts, Robert (Mary Jane) McDonald, and Ruth (Charlie) Vienna. Family and friends will be received at New Beginnings United Methodist Church, 300 E. Miller St. Elmira, NY 14904 on Sat. July 30, 2022 between the hours of 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. A celebration of his life will follow at 12:30 p.m. where military honors will be accorded Mr. McDonald, with Rev. Pat Hubman officiating. Bill will also be honored by his fellow officers from the Elmira Police Department.
Charles R. “Chuck” Shallick Jr.
Age 58, passed away on Wed. July 20, 2022 following a brief illness. Born on Oct. 24, 1963 in Philadelphia, son of the late, Charles Sr. & Rita Witson Shallick. In service to his country, Chuck served in the U.S. Army and later wed the love of his life, Nancy Troescher in 1985. Together, they shared 37 years of marriage until his passing. A diligent and knowledgeable man, Chuck was a Chrysler Master Tech for over 30 years. Chuck loved toy trains, collecting action figures made by Mego Toys and watching Syfy movies. As a youth growing up in Philadelphia, he was a member of the Mummers String Band. In addition to his loving wife and companion, Nancy, Chuck is survived by a daughter, Carol Ann (Steven Thome) Shallick; a son Albert Shallick; granddaughter, Nevaeh Thome; a sister, Patricia Shallick; and niece, Mellissa Shallick. Family and friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway St. Southport/Elmira on Fri. July 29, 2022 between the hours of 4-6 p.m. with a memorial service to follow.
Alberta “Bert” C. Burnside
Age 86, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on Wed. July 13, 2022. Born on Jan. 25, 1936, in Greens Landing, PA; daughter of the late, James & Florence Weed Campbell. She married the love of her life, John Burnside Jr. on Feb. 10, 1956. They shared 61 years of beloved marriage until his passing on Sept. 24, 2017. Alberta was employed at various jobs throughout her life, including Westinghouse and Wolfe’s Chicken Farm but her greatest joy was that of a homemaker. She enjoyed baking and camping, most of all she loved family times with her grandchildren. “Bert” is survived by her loving daughter and son-in-law, Anna M. & Chris Allen, Ulster, PA; son, Timothy Burnside, Ulster, PA; four grandchildren, Jessica (Ron) Ranck; Seth, Madisyn “Maddy”, and Abygale “Abby” Allen; great grandchild, Kendall Ranck, Eve Allen and Karrigan Ranck; siblings, Jean Wrisley, Beverly Selleck, and Duane Campbell; a sister-in-law, Emily Campbell; and lifelong best friend, Iona Slatter; several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, “Bert” was predeceased by her siblings, Phillip Campbell and Ron Campbell. Family and friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway St. Southport/Elmira on Monday, July 18, 2022 between the hours of 4-6 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 6:15 p.m. with burial at the family’s convenience in Bradford County Memorial Park next to her beloved husband, John Burnside.
Clair H. Mickley
Age 87, passed away on Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at home surrounded by his loving family. Born on November 22, 1934, in Williamsport, PA son of the late, Titus & Margaret Groover Mickley.
Clair was a graduate of Troy High School class of 1953 and later married the love of his life, Helen Earley on August 16, 1958. Clair served on the USS Stormes destroyer in the U.S. Navy from 1957-1961. A wonderful provider for his family, Clair was employed as a tool & die maker for many years at Westinghouse Electric Corporation. He was a longtime member of the Fassett Baptist Church. Clair was a charter and lifetime member of the South Creek Fire Department, and instrumental in the creation of the South Creek Ambulance Association where he served as an E.M.T. He loved to watch NASCAR, his beloved Chicago Cubs and Pennsylvania Polka on television. In addition to his loving wife and companion, Helen Earley Mickley, Clair is survived by their three children, Carolyn Mickley, Fassett, PA; Darryl (Mary) Mickley, Millerton, PA; and Celeste (Cary) Carson, Gillett, PA; granddaughter, Claire Carson and husband, Arturo Sandoval, Elmira, NY; granddaughter, Emillie Carson, Elmira, NY; brother-in-law, John (Linda) Earley, Ten Mile, TN; sister-in-law, Doris Kempfer, PA; and several nieces, nephews, and many friends.
In addition to his parents, Clair was predeceased by Cleon (Minnie) Mickley, Darwin (June) Mickley, and Paul Kempfer. Family and friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway St. Southport/Elmira on Mon. July 11, 2022, between the hours of 2-4 p.m. military honors will be accorded Mr. Mickley at 4:15 p.m. followed by his funeral service, officiated by Pastor Mickey Cavanaugh. Burial will take place in Bradford County Memorial Park at the family’s convenience. Memorial donations may be directed in Clair’s memory to the charity of your choice.
Harriet Landon Jordan
Age 94, passed away on Tues. June 28, 2022 at home, surrounded by her loving family. Born on Jan. 13, 1928 in Elmira, daughter of the late, Horrace & Gladys Dann Landon. Harriet married the love of her life, Bill Jordan, and together they shared 60 years of wonderful marriage until his passing on Apr. 12, 2006. Always a devoted wife, mother and homemaker, Harriet so enjoyed family get-togethers, celebrating the holidays, caring for her home and her beloved pets. Harriet was employed for many years for Remington-Rand, A&P Foods, the Eclipse, but most of all fulfilled her role as a homemaker. Surviving are her loving children, Robert E. (Virginia) Jordan, Elmira; William Dale Jordan Sr., Fassett, PA; Carolyn Jordan, Athens, PA; Linda (Dave) Thomas, Sayre, PA; Vicki Jordan, Fassett, PA; and Theresa Hogan, Caton, NY; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and sister-in-law, Bonnie Landon. In addition to her parents and husband, Harriet was predeceased by her beloved son, Donald J. Jordan in 1979; siblings, Robert Landon, Virginia Landon Cornish, and Mervin Landon. All services will be held privately at the family’s convenience. Harriet will be laid to rest in Ashland Cemetery beside her beloved Bill Jordan.
Robert W. Broock
Age 88, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on June 26, 2022, in the comfort of his home with his loving family at his side. Born on November. 4, 1933, in Elmira, to the late Howard M. & Olive Wallace Broock and was a graduate of Elmira Free Academy, class of 1952. Bob was proud of his military service in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Bob was employed by Clute Motor Company for 47 years in the Parts Department, retiring in 2003. He was a 50-year member of North Presbyterian Church and most recently was an active member of the Gillett Baptist Church. For many years he maintained the church sign with weekly messages. Bob enjoyed scouting, woodworking, photography, and camping. Most of all, Bob enjoyed time spent with his family, especially taking camping trips with his grandchildren. Bob is survived by his loving wife, Hazel Lyman Broock, Wellsburg; stepchildren, Louis Greene, Montoursville, PA; James (Diane) Greene, Lynda (Matthew) Harkness, and Joy (Joseph) Ames, all of Gillett, PA; grandchildren, Jessica (Manish) Kukreti, Elizabeth (Todd) Johnson, Jennifer (Zach) Stankiewicz, Emily Kenyon (Steven Rockwell), Jael (Ed) Klecha, Axel Greene, Robert Bones, and Marcy Bones; and great-grandchildren, Hunter, Caroline, Ian, Haylee, Beau, Emma, Kala, Theo, and Uma. He is also survived by sister-in-laws June Spencer and Glenda (Stephen) Spencer of Canton, PA, Kathy Brenchley of Colorado Springs, CO, and brother-in-law Wally (Becky Confer) Brenchley of Lancaster, PA; special niece Krista (Jay) Zimmerman of Lockport. NY, and a host of nieces, nephews and many friends. In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by his first wife, Marjorie Mortimer Broock; brother, Howard (Lorraine) Broock; brothers-in-law John Brenchley and Joseph Spencer; and best friend Norman Spencer. A special thank you to his caregivers, Ginger Kostecky, Shellie Gerould and CareFirst. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Gillett Baptist Church, PO Box 2, Gillett, PA 16925 or CareFirst, 3805 Meads Creek Rd, Painted Post, NY 14870. Family and friends will be received at the Gillett Baptist Church, 33241 PA-14, Gillett, PA 16925 on Fri. July 8, 2022 between the hours of 1:00-2:00 PM. Military honors will be accorded Mr. Broock at 2:00 PM. Memorial services will immediately follow with his pastor and friend, Micky Cavanaugh officiating.
Alixe A. Langham Andrews
Age 88, passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 from her battle with cancer at Robert Packer Hospital. Alixe was born on May 17, 1934 in Elmira, NY to the late, Ferd E. and Lena Ripley Langham. She grew up on an oil lease near Bradford, PA until 1947 when her family moved to Jobs Corners, PA. Alixe graduated in 1952 from Mansfield High School and went on to Alfred University to study Horticulture. She loved working at Wolf Flower Shop, preparing flower arrangements and also spent time later working at Remington, Westinghouse and Lewis Veterinary Clinic. Alixe met a gentleman with “the bluest eyes she’d ever seen” at a church sing-a-long in Lawrenceville, PA named G. Raymond Andrews and married him in 1957. After 54 years of marriage, Ray passed away on February 17, 2011. Alixe especially enjoyed time with her family and friends and frequently referred to herself as a “Domestic Engineer”. She was active in many community groups including Pine City Baptist Church and Home Bureau. Through her children, Alixe was involved with countless school activities (she baked the fanciest cupcakes at the Blacktop Festival), Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and 4-H. Her creativity knew no bounds and she was passionate about genealogy, sewing, crafting and gardening. It was non-negotiable that her flower beds to be pristine and beautiful for the annual July 4th picnics she hosted. Her house was often filled with the sound of music. Her forays into crafting included spinning & dying wool, knitting, painting, decoupage, dried flower arrangements, cake decorating, quilting, embroidery, and chair caning to name just a few. Her love of travel was inherited from her mother and she traveled across the country (she LOVED the canyons) and visited England, Ireland and Italy. Her favorite domestic trips were those with Alixe and Ray’s dearest friends Clairmont & Gretchen Ham, and Jack & Anna Mae Curren as they explored Maine and Nova Scotia. However, her favorite trip of all time was the one she took with Ray to Switzerland. Alixe is survived and will be dearly missed by her five children, nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Larry (Vesta) Andrews of Germantown, TN with grandchildren Ryan (wife Chrissii and great-grandchild Raegan), and Joanna; Cynthia (Timothy) Rohr of Pine City, NY with grandchildren Jaeson (wife Desire and great-grandchildren Deucalion and Xavier), Andrew (great-grandchild Hannah) and Julianne (husband Jeremy Race and great-grandchildren Ethan, Jordyn, Tanner and Charlee); Michael of Erin, NY; Ann-Marie (John) Imhoff of Nassau, NY with grandchildren Karl and Lucas; and Kimberly (Howard) VanSkiver of Erin, NY with grandchildren Tonya (husband Trevor Irvine and great-grandchild Tyleigh) and Derek (wife Stephanie and great-grandchild Denver). Family and friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway St. Southport/Elmira on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 between the hours of 4–6 p.m. with services to follow at 6:15 p.m. Memorial donations may be directed to the Pine City Baptist Church, 1516 Pennsylvania Avenue, Pine City, NY 14871 in her memory.
Janet Peters Tuma
Age 69, passed away Fri. June 17, 2022 at Robert packer Hospital following an illness. Born on May 13, 1953 in Elmira daughter of the late, Lee R. & Sophie Korlinchak Peters. She was a
1971 graduate of Southside High School. A diligent worker and provider, Janet was employed by Vasco Brands in clerical, was a teacher’s aide for the Elmira City School District, an office manager for David M. Tuma Construction Inc., but most of all was a loving and caring homemaker for her family. She loved the outdoors, times spent at “The Pond”, enjoyed driving and sight-seeing, and time spent with her family. Surviving is her loving husband, Rana Tahir Naqash, Pine City; children, Carrie (Markedis) Williams, Elmira; David Jr. (Tiffany Bennett) Tuma, Southport; Christopher (Emily) Tuma, Southport; along with their father, David Tuma Sr. Elmira; sister, Sharon (Jim) Emmick, Big Flats; brothers, Ronald (Vivian) Peters, Big Flats; Michael (Stephanie) Peters, FL; brother-in-law, Jeff Jack, Pine City; a foster son, Karl Lewis, NC; many grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Janet was predeceased by her son Lee Tuma in 2006 and a sister, Jane Jack in 2021. Family and friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway St. Southport/Elmira on Thur. June 23, 2022 between the hours of 9 a.m. – 12(noon) Funeral services will follow at 12:15 p.m. with burial in St. Peter & Paul’s Cemetery where she will rest beside her beloved son, Lee Tuma. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl. Memphis, TN 38105.
Nellie E. Johnson Maynard
Age 83, passed away Thursday, June 16, 2022 at Corning Hospital following a stroke. Born on July 13, 1938 in Elmira, daughter of the late, Louis J. & Catherine R. Campbell Johnson. She was married to Harold “Webb” Maynard for over 56 years until his passing in 2013. She was a dedicated homemaker who enjoyed wintering in Florida. She leaves behind her children; son, John Maynard; daughters, LeeAnn (Raymond) Novakowski and Kelly Penziul; grandchildren, Chad (Tabatha) Maynard, Raychel Benedict, Shane Austin, Katherine Novakowski, Samantha Novakowski, and Corey Stevens; great grandchildren, Raymond Benedict, Daren Stevens Calvin Austin and Camron Benedict; sister-in-law, Francis Woodruff; many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Nellie was predeceased by her son, Troy Maynard in 2016; and son-in-law, Carl Penziul in 2020. The family will receive friends at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira on Friday, June 24, 2022 between the hours of 2-4 p.m. She will be interred in the Columbarium Wall of Woodlawn National Cemetery with her husband “Webb”. Memorials may be directed to the Elmira Animal Shelter, 842 Linden Pl. Elmira, NY 14901 or Meals on Wheels, where she used to volunteer, 409 William St. Elmira, NY 14901 in her memory. Special thanks to the Chemung County Nursing Facility, 3rd floor, for the wonderful care given Nellie.
Michael Louis Laskaris,
Age 75, passed away on June 14, 2022 at Robert Packer Hospital following a brief illness. Michael was born May 27, 1947, in Elmira, son of the late, James & Agnes Clearwater Laskaris. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 47 years, Pamela VanRiper Laskaris; his siblings, Kathleen (Michael) Lasher, Falls, PA; James (Evelyn) Laskaris, Horseheads, NY; Thomas (Lisa) Laskaris, Rogers, AK; sisters-in-law, Bonnie Balok, Pine City, NY; Roxanne Ragan, Horseheads, NY; Brenda Elston, Elmira, NY; brother-in-law, William (Deborah) VanRiper, Lowman, NY; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Michael was predeceased by his brothers-in-law, Michael Balok and Phillip Ragan; and his niece, Kimberly Elston. Michael and Pamela were both employed at Howell Box Co. Michael retired in 2007 with 38 years of dedicated service and Pamela retired in 2002 after 35 years. Since retiring, Michael and Pamela have enjoyed attending special events sponsored by their former employer. Michael especially loved participating in Howell’s Employee Golf Tournaments as he was an avid golfer and a huge sports fan. As a teenager, Michael loved to bowl at the Dixie Bowling Alley in Southport and play baseball with the neighborhood gang at Universal Village Park. Baseball was Michael’s favorite sport. He was a die-hard Yankees fan and a season pass holder for the Elmira Pioneers team. In his free time, Michael enjoyed watching his favorite TV shows, reading his books on the Civil War, and taking long leisurely walks on the streets of Elmira. Michael was a special man to his family, friends, and anyone that met him. Michael’s heart was filled with so much goodness that to know him, was to love him. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira on Sunday, June 19, 2022 between the hours of 2-4 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 4:15 p.m. Burial will take place at the family’s convenience in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, surrounded by his loving family.
Jean B. Bristow
Passed away on her 91st birthday, Mon. May 30, 2022 after a period of declining health. Born in Elmira on May 30, 1931, daughter of the late, Lee & Edith Smith Layton. Jean married the love of her life, Floyd E. Bristow and he predeceased her in 1989. Jean was employed for many years by Remington Rand and several fabric shops but her favorite role was that of a homemaker, wife and mother. She had a tenacious love for quilting and spending time with her beloved family. Surviving are her two children, Floyd E. (Bonnie) Bristow III, Pine City and Kimberly Jean (John) Wind, Florida; her beloved grandchildren, Brian Bristow, Ryan Rogers, Tiffanie Guinnip, Matthew Wetherbee, Joshua Wetherbee, and Emily Zheng; 8 great-grandchildren, 2 great great-grandchildren; a sister, Rita Dailey; several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Jean was predeceased by siblings, Gladys (Louis) Chaffee, Betty (William) McNaney and Chester (Deloris) Layton; a brother-in-law, William Dailey; and a niece, Sharon Oshab. A private graveside service will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery where Jean will be laid to rest beside her beloved Floyd.
Barbara A. Brown
Age 78, went home to be with her Lord on May 30, 2022 following a brief illness. She was predeceased by her father, Roy E. Erickson; mother, Dorothy L. Kishbaut Erickson; sister, Linda Kirwan; brother, James Erickson; and step-son, James “Ira” Brown. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, James E. Brown, Horseheads; step-son, Richard Brown, Pine City; daughter, Nicole (Robbie) Mumford, Greenville, PA; two grandsons, one granddaughter; brothers, Greg Erickson and Roy Erickson; and a sister, Deb Maycumber. Barbara was active in several area churches, most recently Christian Faith Fellowship Church, where friends will be received on Wed. June 1, 2022 at 7 p.m. with Pastor James Crupi officiating.
Colleen M. Noonan-Scalzo was born August 10, 1958, the daughter of David J. & Karen M. Noonan passed away unexpectedly May 14, 2022. She was predeceased by her parents and brother, Patrick Noonan. Colleen is survived by her brothers, David (Laura) Noonan, Laurits Noonan and Kevin (Eileen) Noonan; cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews who loved her dearly. Colleen always had a huge happy heart and a love for everyone. She will be laid to rest with her mom and dad at Woodlawn Cemetery
Maria L. (Hodge) Daugherty
Formerly of Elmira, age 39, passed away very unexpectedly on May 4, 2022. Born on Feb. 26, 1983, the daughter of Raymond Hodge & Robin Carden-Smith. Maria was a graduate of E.F.A. and went on to attend Corning Community College. Maria had a thirst for life and was exceptionally driven to be the very best that she could be at anything she set her mind to. Maria was never a stranger to anyone that she met. She always greeted everyone with a warm, friendly smile. Maria enjoyed doing arts and crafts that she learned from her beloved grandmother, Bertha Orme, whom predeceased her on May 15, 2019. Maria is survived by her loving family, her husband, Bryan, along with her three beautiful daughters, Amirah & Arianna Daugherty and MacKenzie Smith; her parents, Raymond (Ellen) Hodge, Robin Cardin-Smith and step-parent, Karyn Hodge; her siblings, Kayla Hodge (David DeWalt), Andrew Hodge, Lauren Hodge (Steven Carey); grandparents, Joanne Rich, and Nelson Orme; aunts, Heather Orme, Rebecca Orme, Pam & Les Herrera and Barb Dando (Jack Raymond); step-siblings, Matt & Kim Balmer, Dan & Mallory Eberly; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira, NY 14904 on Wed. May 25, 2022 between the hours of 4:00p.m.-6:00p.m. Memorial services will follow at 6:15p.m. and will be streamed on Caywood’s FaceBook page. The family would like to extend an invitation following the services at the funeral home, to continue celebrating Maria’s life from 7p.m. – 9p.m. at the Elmira Elks Lodge, 300 E. Gray St. Elmira, NY 14901.
Lawrence & Rosemary Davies
Childhood sweethearts to the end, passed away together on their 70th wedding anniversary.
Larry, son of the late, Elpha & Hugh Collum Davies was born on Feb. 9, 1933 in Elmira. Larry returned to “Rosie” after serving as a machine gun sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Together they began a business partnership that lasted over 40 years; L.H. Davies Construction. Larry served the Town of Southport as Code Enforcement Officer and Fire Marshall, as well as being a dedicated member of the Town Board Safety & Planning Committee. It was the family joke of counting how many times “L.H.” retired.
Rosemary, daughter of the late, Charles & Dorothy Carey Wright was born on Jan. 11, 1932 in Elmira. Those who knew “Rosie” enjoyed her feisty nature, quick wit, and “quips”. Her beautiful smile and spirit of generosity was a blessing to many. Her devout loyalty, faith and love of family was an inspiration to all who knew her and will never be forgotten. “Rosie” was an avid tennis player into her 70’s and loved her “Tennis Friends”. She loved her art group and friendships made over the love of painting. She was an accomplished watercolor artist and sold many paintings at the Arnot Mall Senior Gallery. Her administrative skills were a great asset to her community, as well as the business over 40 years she managed with Larry. She was instrumental in purchasing land for the expansion of Fitzsimmons Cemetery. She served in many capacities for the Town of Southport to ensure integrity for her fellow citizens. In addition to her cemetery committee role, she was also an Election Site Lead to secure accurate voting, and area BINGO Inspector.
Surviving are their two loving children, Kelly Davies Larimore, Corning; and Jason (Barbara) Davies, Southport; four grandchildren, Ashley, Michelle and Kevin Larimore, and Tyler Burgett; Larry’s sister, Gayle Blanchard; Rosemary’s brothers, Chuck (Jackie) Wright and Steve (Sharon) Wright; nieces, nephews and family friends.
Larry was predeceased by his siblings, Dean (Norma) Davies, David (Irene) Davies, and Ruth (“Juney”) Rohde.
“Rosie” was predeceased by her husband, Larry Davies; siblings, Alice (Ray) Sherwood and Dorothea Jeane (Edward) Wheaton; a seven year old brother, Donald; and infant twin sister, Edna Mae.
Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira, NY 14904 on Mon. May 9, 2022 between the hours of 3-5 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 5:15 p.m. with burial in Fitzsimmons Cemetery at the family’s convenience and military honors accorded Mr. Davies.
Gordon M. Mosher
Age 81, passed away at home on Thurs. April 28, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. Born on May 1, 1940 in Elmira; son of the late, Edwin & Ida Shaffer Mosher. Gordie married the love of his life, Katherine Field, on June 30, 1962 and shared almost 60 years of blissful marriage. Gordie was employed as a tool and die maker for Trayer Products for many years. After retirement, he worked summers at the Willowcreek Golf Course. His favorite job was working at Minier's Grocery Store where he enjoyed the relationships he had with both employees and customers. Minier's was a second family to him. Gordie was a man of many talents and had many hobbies. He enjoyed fly tying and was an avid fisherman. He also was a Ham Radio operator (WA2JVF) for over 60 years and made friends all over the world. For many years, Gordie was a member of the New York State Pageant of Steam in Canandaigua and attended many other engine and tractor shows where he displayed his engines. Community oriented, he served with the Big Flats Fire Dept. for over 24 years and was a commissioner for 4 years. Gordie dedicated his time as chairman of Big Flats Cub Pack 42, served several years on the Big Flats Community Day Committee, and was a member of Big Flats Jaycees. In addition to his loving wife and companion, Katherine Field Mosher; Gordie is survived by his two daughters, Amy (Frank) Cicora, Southport; and Heather (Bryan) Holliday, Horseheads; grandchildren, Chelsea (Don) Brown, Mollie (Alexis Cecce) Cicora, Carrie Cicora, Colby (Becca Wolfe) Cicora, Thaddeus Johnson, Kristina (Ryan Mingos) Eisenhart, and Amelia Holliday; great-grandchildren, Thoren Alexander Brown and Owen Michael Mingos (due in May). He's also survived by brother-in-law, Arthur (Anne) Field and sister-in-law, Amy (Vern Winnie) Goodric; an honorary daughter, Ann (Marc) Bellettiere; along with many cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Gordie was predeceased by a brother, Edwin (Lucia) Mosher; and mother-in-law, Madeline Field Kelly. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira, NY 14904 on Tues. May 3, 2022 between the hours of 3-5 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 5:15 p.m. and will be streamed on Caywood’s Facebook page with burial in the Rural Home Cemetery, at the family’s convenience. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the following: Children's Miracle Network, Michael J. Fox Foundation, and the American Cancer Society in his memory.
Lois McBride Johnson
Age 83, died peacefully at home in Pine City in the home that she and her deceased husband, Bill Johnson built on the property of her parents that we call "The Farm". Lois' parents, Elmer & Ruth Frichtel Lewert; her brother, Adam Lewert; and her sister, June (Lloyd) Pickering; as well as her son-in-law, William DePue all predeceased her. Lois endured the loss of three husbands also. They were William Johnson, her best friend, with whom she had many adventures aboard cruise ships and buses. She missed him so. Henry McBride who died in 1976 and James Strawn who was the father of Lois' four girls; Katherine (Doug) Packard, FL; Elizabeth (widow of Billy DePue), Pine City; Jennifer Strawn Eilhardt, Rochester; and Adrienne Strawn formerly Harnas, Elmira Heights. Lois was blessed with four grandkids, Paul Harnas Jr., Tara (Jim) Ameigh, Elliot (Lynne) Taylor, and Jacquline (E.J.) Onori. She also had four great grandkids, Amber, Bradley, Dominic and Jolene Rose who arrived just before Lois died. Lois was so fortunate and blessed to have her nephew, Dan (Joyce) Pickering always available with love, assistance and prayers. Her son-in-law, Harry Taylor was so special to her as well as Dick (Deb-Susi) DePue and her most favorite land manger and lawn ranger, Rick Allington and his dad, Dick who always helped with a puzzle. Lois had a trusted friend in Bill W. He had a great influence on her life. Lois met Bill Johnson through him, reacquainted her with Butch and brought so many people and lessons and philosophies into her circle. Lois education and employment track were a bit curvy. She was a teacher, a nurse and retired from the Office for the Aging in Chemung County. Lois' housemates Chloe, Jingo, Bodine and the Mulligan were a great source of love, adoration and amusement to her. Lois' youngest daughter, Adrienne will greet family and friends at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira, NY 14904 on Sat. April 30, 2022 from 11 a.m. – 12 (noon). A Celebration of Life will follow at 12:15 p.m. for a life fully lived with burial at the family’s convenience in Woodlawn Cemeteries. Lois will be missed by her girls, family and friends. We celebrate your life and all that you taught us. Love You Mom! Memorial donations may directed to the Elmira Animal Shelter, 842 Linden Pl., Elmira, NY 14901 in her memory.
Joseph P. Rockwell
Age 40, passed away Mon. April 18, 2022 at home following declining health. Born in Oklahoma City, OK; Joe spent most of his life in Pine City. He was a graduate of Southside High School and was employed by Hilliard Corp. for many years. He grew up in the Fassett Baptist Church, was a NASCAR fan, loved the game of golf, and followed the NY Giants. A friend to many, although quiet, Joe had a great sense of humor and was an all-around fun guy. Joe was a proud and supportive dad to his two boys, Liam J. and Max M. Rockwell with their mother, Kimberly Liddle; also surviving are his loving parents, Thomas & Terri Rockwell; sisters, Kristin (Brett) Bowman and Kaitlin (Alex) Davis; paternal aunts and uncle, Mary (Paul) Balmer, Sharon Rockwell, and Mark (Sara) Rockwell; maternal grandmother, Pat (Wallace) Hystad; maternal grandfather, LeRoy (Connie) Zelenka; maternal aunt, Sheryl Hitt; biological father, James Richardson; special cousins including, Jason (Adrianne) Balmer and Kalie (Kyle Silver) Rockwell; niece, Emersyn; nephews, Blake, Grayson and Xavier, friends and his girlfriend, Janie Bellis. Joe was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Rev. Donald and Jane Rockwell and a paternal uncle, Donald L. Rockwell. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira, NY 14904 on Sun. April 24, 2022 between the hours of 1-3 p.m. Private funeral services will take place at the family’s convenience and will be streamed on Caywood’s Facebook page, viewable after Monday, with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira at the family’s convenience.
Delores L. Raymond
Age 91, formerly of Southport, NY passed away April 14, 2022 surrounded by her loving family and one day shy of her 92nd birthday. She was born in White Deer, PA. She learned the value of hard work at an early age and was an avid gardener with flowers and vegetables, even having a stand in front of the house for people to buy. She also gave an abundance to family and friends. More than her job, as a mom she worked at Artistic Card, Fairway Springs, private housekeeping and Arnot Ogden in housekeeping. Delores is predeceased by her parents, Myron A. and Mildred Helen (Badger) Young; her husband, George H. Raymond; stepchildren, Jay and Pam Raymond, Cindy Stanford; sons-in-law, John Keebler and Roger Stratton; grandson, Collin Guisewhite; an infant sister; brothers, Jack, Kenneth and Neil Young; and brother-in-law, Ross Lewis. She is survived by her loving children, Gay Keebler, Cheryl Stratton, April (Michael) Lopuch, Greg (Laveda) Raymond, Jack (Barb) Raymond, Elizabeth “Beth” (Scott) Mosher; daughter-in-law, Roxann Raymond; son-in-law, Dale Stanford; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty Lewis and sister-in-law, Gerry Young. She was a lady of many talents: a member of the Arnot Art Gallery, an artisan displaying her eclectic collection at the store gallery, she loved to travel, camp and spending time with her family. She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church and an auxiliary member of the Elmira Heights American Legion Post #154. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway St, Southport/Elmira on Thursday, April 21, 2022 between the hours of 10 a.m.- 12 (noon) with a private graveside service in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira; where she will be laid to rest beside her beloved George.
Anthony C. Novakowski
Age 37, passed away on Tues. April 5, 2022, surrounded by his loving family in Nashville, TN, following a brief illness. Born on Jan. 15, 1985, in Elmira, son of Charles & Deborah Smith Novakowski, Elmira, NY. Always wanting to help his community, Anthony was employed as the Executive Director at the Southside Community Center. He was very driven and had a thirst for life. A social butterfly, Anthony was never a stranger to anyone and made new friends wherever he went. Very outgoing, he loved to entertain and make people laugh, also known as Mercedies. In addition to his parents, Anthony is survived by a sister, Amber (Andrea) Novakowski, Endicott; his beloved fur-baby, Aubrey; many aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends and acquaintances. Friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY 14904 on Sat. April 23, 2022 between the hours of 1-3 p.m. for a visitation with his family.
Bernice B. Stickler
Age 86, passed away Sunday, April 3, 2022 following declining health. Born on August 19, 1935 in Elmira; Bernice was the daughter of the late, Clinton & Gladys Wixson Wood. She was employed for many years at Elmira College where she worked in hospitality. She was a past member of Trinity Episcopal Church and Penn. Ave. United Methodist Church. Her interests included swimming, dancing, gardening, Elmira College Sports and raising a loving family. Bernice is survived by her sons, James (Sandy) Stickler, Mark (Lynda) Stickler; several grandchildren, great grandchild, great great grandchild, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her beloved son, Bruce Sticker in 2017 and a sister, Margaret Eichner. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira, NY 14904 on Saturday, April 9, 2022 between the hours of 2-4 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 4:15 p.m. officiated by her grandson, Adam Stickler.
Julia M. Horton
Julia May Horton, age 89, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on March 29, 2022. She was born on Sept. 7, 1932 in Big Flats, to the late Walter & (Alice) Marie Watts Hartman. Julia married the love of her life, Donald Edward Horton, on July 23, 1949. They shared 43 years of wonderful marriage until his passing in 1993. A lady of many talents and interests, Julia was a longtime member of The Home Bureau, and enjoyed spending time at Cayuta Lake, as well as bowling, pottery and ceramics, knitting, crocheting and most of all spending time with her family. Julia is survived by her 4 loving children, Gail (William) Gill, Richard (Patricia) Horton, James (Margaret) Horton and Bruce (Debra) Horton; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. Julia was the last of 7 siblings. She was also predeceased by her beloved son, Donald Jr. (1953). All services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Condolences may be made to Julia’s family on Caywood’s FaceBook Page.
Herbert C. Furman II
Age 89, passed away Saturday, March 26, 2022 following declining health. Herb was born on March 22, 1933 in Elmira, NY; son of Herbert C. Sr. and Pearl R. Furman. He was predeceased by his parents; his wife of 32 years, Mildred Furman in 2015; and grandson, Matthew Furman in 2016. In service to his country, after being drafted in 1953, Herb continued his service in the U.S. Army Reserves, retiring after 40 years of service having attained the rank of Sergeant Major. In service to his community, he was a past member of both the Pine City and Southport Volunteer Fire Departments and most recently he was treasurer of the Daggett United Methodist Church. He worked for many years in the fire service industry having retired from American LaFrance. He enjoyed his country farm, playing golf and spending time with family and friends and his constant canine companion, “Katie”. Survived by his loving family, Herbert “Chuck” III (Mary Lynne) Furman, w/ daughter-in-law, Hillarie; Michele (Dominic) Peters, w/ children, Jeremy and Megan; Darlene (John) McKinney, w/ children, Melissa, David and Aaron; Lisa (Joseph) Caccia, w/ daughter, Grace; and 5 great-grandchildren. Also survived by step-children, Tim (Marie) VonNeida, Jacqueline VonNeida, Thomas VonNeida, and LuAnn Rhode; with step-grandchildren; step-great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway St. Elmira, NY on Monday, April 4, 2022 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. with interment to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded Mr. Furman. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Daggett United Methodist Church, 84 Church St. Millerton, PA 16936.
Iona Harvey Corbin
Age 83, passed away Friday March 25, 2022 at her home following declining health. Born on January 16, 1939 in Elmira, NY; she was the daughter of the late, Arthur Sr. & Evelyn Copp Harvey. Iona married Edward Corbin in 1992 and he predeceased her in 2010. She was a homemaker but also was employed for many years by Elcor Health Services in the housekeeping department. Her interests included yard sales, gardening, caring for her home and most of all her cherished family Surviving are her loving children, Jack Knapp Jr., Earl (Sheila) Knapp, Allan Knapp, Tim Knapp and Penny Knapp Derr; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Iona was predeceased by a cherished daughter, Sandra Knapp; a sister, Patricia Thomas, and a brother, Arthur Harvey Jr.. In honor of her wishes all services will be held privately at her family’s convenience with burial in Fitzsimmons Cemetery, Southport, NY.
Ethel M. Gordon Thorp
Age 94, passed away Sunday, March 20, 2022 at Elderwood at Waverly after living a long and full life. Born on January 4,1928 in Elmira, NY. Ethel was the daughter of the late Jesse M. & Hannah L. (Holton) Gordon. She was a loving wife to Delos R. Thorp for 67 years until his passing in March 2019. Ethel was employed for many years by the Troy School District as a teachers aide at Gillett Elementary School and WR Croman Elementary in Troy, PA. Her many interests included traveling, playing cards, gardening, reading, and poetry. She loved attending Friday morning breakfast with her girlfriends, attending Gillett Sr. Center and spending time with family and friends. She took many long walks and talks with neighbor and special friend, Sandy Stewart, over the years. Ethel was a member of the Coryland and Gillett Baptist Churches. She was active in the American Baptist Women’s Group and worked at the voting polls in Wells Township for many years. She is survived by her loving family, daughters, Karen (William) Bachman and Sharon (Craig) Leonhardt; two grandchildren, Lauren (Thomas Murphy) and Jordan (Julie Hagen) Bachman; two great grandchildren, Oliver and Kathleen; many nieces and nephews. Ethel is also survived by a special cousin, Alice (Bernard) Hartman; and nephew, Gary Maynard. In addition to her parents and husband, Ethel was predeceased by an infant son, Gordon Thorp. Family and friends will be received at the Gillett Baptist Church on Saturday, April 9, 2022 from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. with a Celebration of her Life to follow at 11 a.m. The family wants to recognize the staff at Elderwood at Waverly for the compassionate care and kindness that they provided for Ethel. Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to Elderwood at Waverly, 37 North Chemung Street, Waverly, NY 14892 or to Gillett Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 33241, PA-14, Gillett, PA 16925.
Todd G. Thompson
Age 44, passed away Monday, March 14, 2022 at his home very unexpectedly. Born on April 1, 1977; Todd was the son of Ronald D. & Sabra Bradley Thompson. From an early age Todd had the gift of making friends and in his short life made many. He was a “Social Butterfly” and “Life of the Party”. Todd enjoyed singing and writing poetry for his mother after her passing in 1995. He had a gift for interior decorating and design. Although he never had children of his own, he loved kids and they loved him. Todd was formerly employed as a server at Cracker Barrel Restaurant and most recently was employed by Rainbow Printing. Surviving are his loving and cherished family members; father, Ronald D. Thompson; siblings, David (Annette) Thompson, Douglas (Anita) Thompson, Judy Shaffer, Tammy (Aaron) Faulkner, Nicola Scavello, and Heidi (Daniel) Jenkins; several nieces, nephews and many friends, including Mandy Mase. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira, NY 14904 on Saturday, March 26, 2022 between the hours of 12 noon – 2 p.m. to celebrate Todd’s life.
Seward Guy Spencer
Age 88, passed away Saturday, March 5, 2022 following declining health. Born on March 17, 1933 in Canton, PA son of the late, William Myron & Daisy Bell Bastion Spencer. In service to his country, Seward served in the U.S. Airforce from 1951-1955. He married Doris Campbell in 1956 and they have shared a wonderful 65 years together. A family man and good provider, Seward was employed by Schweizer Aircraft as an inspector and instructor for over 33 years. He attended Oakwood United Methodist Church. His interests included family camping trips, bowling with friends, and building family memories. Seward and Doris spent many years caring for children in the D.D.S.O. program creating lifelong friendships with the children they cared for. Surviving is his loving family, wife and companion, Doris Campbell Spencer; their children, Donna (Joseph) Mizerak, Allen Spencer, Carol (Wayne) Smith, and Amanda Markell, who he loved like a daughter; 5 grandchildren, Jessica (Justin) Davis, Allen Paul (Kiah Shapiro) Spencer, Penny Spencer, Caitlin Hughey, and Michael Hughey; 3 step grandchildren, Nicholas (Stephanie) Mizerak, David and Tyler Mizerak; 6 great grandchildren, including Spencer Jonathan Davis, named for and born on Seward’s birthday; 4 step great grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews and family friends. In addition to his parents, Seward was predeceased by a grandson, Jeffrey Walter Hughey; brothers, Lloyd, Donald, Leland and Norman Spencer; and a sister, Dorothy Pine. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira, NY 14904 on Sunday March 13, 2022 between the hours of 1-3 p.m. Military honors and a funeral service will follow at 3:15 p.m. and will be streamed on Caywood’s Facebook page with burial in Forest Lawn Memorial Park at the family’s convenience. Memorials may be directed to Oakwood United Methodist Church, 212 Oakwood Ave., Elmira Heights, NY 14903.
Van Horn, James A.
Age 98, went to be with the Lord on Thurs. Feb 24, 2022 following declining health. Born on Oct. 13, 1923 in Northumberland, PA, son of the late, Thomas & Rachel Shaffer Van Horn. Dedicated to his country, James served in the U.S. Marine Corps during W.W. II from 1942-1945. He married the love of his life, Ruth Winters in 1946. Together, they shared 76 years of beloved marriage. James was an active member of the Penn. Ave. United Methodist Church for many years and was an avid bowler, sportsman and provider for his family. In addition to his loving wife and companion, Ruth, James is survived by two children, James (Lorraine) Van Horn and Patricia Van Horn, both of Southport; 4 grandchildren, Dennis (Andrea) Montgomery, Mary Ann (James) Cooper, Mary Cabaniss and Brian Montgomery; 5 great-grandchildren; a brother, Donald (June) Van Horn, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, James was predeceased by 2 brothers and 6 sisters. Funeral services will be held privately at the family’s convenience where military honors will be accorded Mr. Van Horn with burial in Fitzsimmons Cemetery.
JoAnne Marie "Joanie" “Mimi” Nichols
Age 85 passed away on February 13, 2022 at her home in the loving care of her family. Born on June 14, 1936 in Williamsport, PA; JoAnne was the daughter of the late, Edward M & Eleanor Fullmer Pfaff. She married Harold B. Nichols in 1956 and predeceased her in 2007. JoAnne was employed for many years at A&P Foods. She was also well known for her time at Acme Markets and Fays Drug. Family was always the focal point of her life. She was an avid animal lover. She enjoyed shopping and loved antiques. Surviving is her loving family, 3 children, Robin (Michael VanGalder), Benjamin, Elmira; Teri (Jim) Benjamin, Elmira; Kelly (Max) Bernhard, Pine City; daughter-in-law, Tammy Nichols, Elmira; and her pet cat Asher; 34 grandchildren; 3 siblings, Barbara, Donna and Eddie; nieces, nephews and family friends. In addition to her parents and husband, Joanne was predeceased by 2 sons, Edward and Timothy Nichols, sister Kay, and a grandson, Derek Nichols. In honor of her wishes a family Celebration of Life will be held at their convenience.
JENKINS, Michael William
Age 48, passed away February 8, 2022 surrounded by his loving family. Michael is predeceased by his mother, Mary T. Jenkins, father David T. Jenkins and daughter, Kiersten Moore. He is survived by his best friend and sidekick, his daughter, Megan Jenkins and her mother, Joanne Hackett-Jenkins. He is also survived by his loving sister, Cathleen Jenkins and her children, Gregory Wood and Kaitlyn Wood along with Kaitlyn’s children, Chase and Khaydin Wood; nephews, Christopher (Heather) Kemp and their children, Dominick and Brenton Kemp; Paul (Lisa) Jenkins; several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Michel loved spending time at his hunting camp. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who also enjoyed riding his motorcycle and his fur baby, Nero. Michael was always available for his family to fix things whenever he was needed. Michael was special in so many ways and did so much good for others that needed him. He was quick witted and could always make you laugh. He enjoyed working on his truck and spending time with friends and family. Michael will be missed dearly. May God wrap his loving arms around you and keep you next to him as you celebrate with the Angels in Heaven. Services will be held at Caywood’s Funeral Home, Saturday, February 19, 2022 from 1-3 pm with a memorial service immediately following at 3:15 pm. The family welcomes you to join us for some food and fond memories of Michael at the VFW, 113 Keefe St, Elmira NY immediately following the service.
Age 95, passed away Tues. Feb. 8. 2022 in the warmth and comfort of her home. Born on May 27, 1926, Margaret was the daughter of the late, Owen & Alma Barber Brown. She was the loving wife of Gordon H. “Gordy” Austin for 54 years until his passing. A homemaker, Margaret loved being a wife, mom and grandma to her cherished family. She enjoyed puzzle books caring for her home and her feline companions. Surviving is her son, Gordy J. Austin, Southport; grandchildren, Gordy Austin Jr., Timothy, Ronda, and Dawn Waltermire, Tiffany (Mance) Wurtz, and Brittany Austin; along with several great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, Margaret was predeceased by a daughter, Sandra Jean Watermire; son, Richard “Rick” Austin; grandson, Curtis Austin; and sister, Shirley (John) Kelly. Services will be private at the family’s convenience with burial in St. Peter & Paul’s Cemetery.
Age, 67 passed away Tuesday February 1, 2022 at the medical center of Plano, TX. Born on November 4, 1954, Richard was the son of Margaret Austin and the late, Gordon H. Austin. He enjoyed going to the casinos and riding his Harley. He also enjoyed spending time with friends that were family: Doc, Cheri, James, and Connie. Surviving are his daughters, Tiffany (Mance) Wurtz, Fort Worth; TX and Brittany (Daniel Scott) Austin, Fort Worth, TX; his brother, Gordy J. Austin, Southport, NY, nephew, Gordy Austin Jr. Southport, NY; grandchildren, Seth Walker and Gavin Walker. In addition to his parents, (whose mom passed away a week after Richard), Richard was predeceased by a sister, Sandra Jean Waltermire and nephew, Curtis Austin. Services will be private at the family’s convenience with a burial in St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery. Richard will be buried with his sister Sandra at the family plot.
Theodore “Ted” S. Wheaton Sr.
Age 92, passed away Mon. Feb. 7, 2022 after living a long and full life. Born on Dec. 28, 1929 in Painted Post, NY; Ted was the son of the late, Leon & Mary Smith Wheaton. As a young man he served in the National Guard. Ted married the love of his life, Lola Teets in 1952 in Elmira. Together they shared 70 wonderful years of marriage. A loving father, Ted was so proud of their 9 children, Theodore Jr. (Mary) Wheaton, Kathy (Maurice) McNett, Edward (Laurey) Wheaton, Jeffrey (Jeri) Wheaton, David (Terry) Wheaton, Mary (James) Storch, Mark (Patty) Wheaton, Daniel (Tracey) Wheaton, James (Christine Buzako) Wheaton; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, a sister, Marjorie Meisinger; a brother-in-law, Martin Bleichner; nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Ted was predeceased by his grandson, Anthony McNett; brothers, Robert (Delores) Wheaton and Herb (Evelyn) Wheaton; sisters, Gertrude Bleichner and Winifred (Ned) Fay; brother-in-law, Herbert Meisinger. Ted was a past governor of the Loyal Order Moose Lodge #517. A gifted mechanic he enjoyed working on automobiles. He enjoyed dancing with Lola and taught Sunday School, was an active member of Elmira United Baptist Church, and was employed by Hilliard Corp. for many years. Family and friends will be received at New Beginnings Church, 300 E. Miller St. Elmira, NY 14904 on Mon. Feb. 14, 2022 between the hours of 1-3 p.m. Military honors will be accorded Mr. Wheaton at the church prior to the funeral service at 3:15 p.m. His friends and pastors, Pastor Arthur “Skip” Reed and Rev. James Crupi will co-officiate. The burial will take place in Forest Lawn Memorial Park on Tue. morning at 11 a.m.
F. William “Bill” Kain
Age 83, passed away suddenly on Sun. Feb. 6, 2022. Born in Elmira, Bill was the son of the late, Thomas Sr. & Kathryn (Bradley) Kain. He was predeceased by a brother, Joseph. From an early age, he was a true entrepreneur. Bill operated several businesses in his lifetime. He is best known for the many years he operated Bill Kain’s Tire and Service Center and Pedaler’s Choice Bicycle Shop. Bill was dedicated to taking care of his customers. He retired two years ago after serving the community for over 60 years. He was a communicant of St. Patrick’s and St. Stanislaus Churches. Bill enjoyed his private times at Waneta Lake. He was a Volunteer Member of the former West Hill Fire Department. Bill was a 4th Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus, Elmira Council #229. Bill is survived by his loving wife, Christine (Patterson) Kain, they have shared 57 years together. Also surviving are their two children, Anne-Marie Kain, Elmira; and Joseph (Heather) Kain, Horseheads; their two grandchildren, Corey and Kelli Kain; a brother, Thomas Jr. (Cindy) Kain, Burdett; a sister, Kay (Bill) McGettrick, Corning, nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Patrick’s Church, Elmira on Thur. Feb 10, 2022 at 11 a.m. with their pastor and friend, the Rev. Patrick Connor officiating. Burial will follow in St. Peter & Paul’s Cemetery. A livestream of the Mass will be available through the Facebook page for Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish (https://www.facebook.com/ElmiraCatholic). N.Y.S. still requires face coverings for all. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to The Bradford Volunteer Fire & Ambulance, 7603 County Route 20, Bradford, NY 14815 in his memory.
Myrtle F. Morrison
Age 80, passed away Sat. Feb. 5, 2022 following declining health. Born on Sep. 4, 1941 in Elmira; Myrtle was the daughter of the late, Reedie A. Sr. & Mary E. Hall Clark. She married Fred J. Morrison Jr. 1959 and he predeceased her in 1997. In addition to being a fulltime wife and mom, Myrtle was employed as a welder for R. Wireworks for many years. She was always full of life and fun, Myrtle enjoyed fishing, auto racing, NASCAR and most of all being a loving mom to her 6 boys. Their home was always a gathering spot for the neighborhood kids where she enjoyed sitting on her porch admiring wildlife. She is remembered as the “Matriarch of South Mountain”. Surviving is her loving family, children, James F. Morrison, Leith P. Morrison, Tommy Lee (Sue) Morrison, Michael T. (Penny) Morrison and Kevin E. (Tina) Morrison; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, a sister, Lillian Rozell; a sister-in-law, Geraldine Clark; nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Myrtle was predeceased by a son, Alan S. Morrison; brothers, Louie (Peggy) Clark, Robert E. Clark and Reedie Arthur (Beatrice) Clark Jr. and a daughter-in-law, Camielle Hornbeck Morrison. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira, NY 14904 on Thur. Feb. 10. 2022 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 with burial in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Fri at 11 a.m. N.Y.S. still requires face coverings for all.
Kenneth C. Connis
Age 71 passed away Sun. Jan. 23, 2022 at his home following declining health. Born on Dec. 1, 1950 in Elmira, son of the late, Homer C. & Josephine F. D’Errico Connis. A private gentleman, little is known about his life. There are no known survivors. He will be buried next to his parents in Maple Grove Cemetery, Horsheads on Tues. Feb. 1, 2022 at 11 a.m.
We are available by phone 24 hours a day
1126 Broadway, Elmira, NY 14904