"Obituaries are often the last tribute we offer to someone. They encompass a life lived and share the richness of one's presence."
Rev. Donald D. Rockwell
A much loved and well-respected member of our community, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sat. June 5, 2021 following declining health at the age of 89. Born on Sep. 15, 1931 in Canton, PA; Donald was the son of the late, Elmer Sr. & Edith Bates Rockwell. He graduated from Canton High School in 1949. In service to his country, Don served in the U.S. Army. He married his best friend and companion, Jane Austin on Oct. 17, 1954 seldom to be seen apart until Jane’s passing on Dec. 23, 2019. First and foremost a family man, Don and Jane raised a loving family. He was employed by Marine Midland Bank for many years but was best known as the Pastor of the Fassett Baptist Church for over 44 years. “Pastor Don” always made everyone feel welcome with a warm smile and firm handshake. He had a gift for listening and treated everyone with kindness and respect. He was the cofounder of the ACTS Group. Surviving are his cherished children, daughter and caregiver, Sharon Rockwell, Pine City; daughter, Mary & Paul Balmer, Midland, NC; son, Thomas & Terri Rockwell, Pine City; son, Mark & Sara Rockwell, Camillus, NY; friend and former daughter-in-law, Jill & Stacy Brink, Elmira; grandchildren, Jason (Adrianne) Balmer, Kellie Goyette, Ashley Neumann, Ryan (Alica) Balmer, Joseph Rockwell, Kristin (Brett) Bowman, Kaitlin (Alex) Davis, Jalyn, Torin, Kalie, Aubrey and Jacob Rockwell, Karen (Kyle) Erickson, Jennifer (Tom) Pushic, Michael (Becky) Rockwell, Catherine Rockwell; great grandchildren, Collin, Carter, Caden, Ryleigh, Landon, Luke, Sophia, Jack, Brooklynn, Liam, Max (with their mom, Kim) Blake, Grayson, Emersyn, Colton, Reagan, Lauren, Ryan, Joshua, Xavier; many nieces, nephews and a sister, Shirley Porter, Horsheads, NY. In addition to his parents and wife, Don was predeceased by his son, Donald L. Rockwell; siblings, Jenny Lipovsky, Mary Tuning and Elmer E. Rockwell Jr. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Tues. June 8, 2021 between the hours of 2-6 p.m. Funeral services will take place on Wed. 10 a.m. at the Pennsylvania Avenue United Methodist Church and also streamed on Caywood’s Facebook page. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery where military honors will be accorded “Pastor Don” and he will be laid to rest with his beloved wife, Jane and son, Don. Memorials may be directed to the Gospel Music Festival & Ice Cream Social, c/o Fassett Baptist Church, 36089 PA-14, Gillett, PA 16925 in Pastor Don’s memory.
Sylvia G Rajala
Alpine, N.Y. Age 76, passed away on Fri. May 28, 2021 in Ithaca following declining health. Born on Jan. 8, 1945 in Ithaca, daughter of the late, Clair & Judith Fletcher. Sylvia married Raymond Rajala, who predeceased her in March of 2010. A dedicated employee, Sylvia was employed by Cayuga Medical Center in various roles for over 30 years. Her interests included knitting, reading, volunteering and working at the Montour Falls Library, and spending time with her family. She is survived by her loving children, Patricia “Pam” (Hazel Boyd) Merkel; Henry “Hank” Merkel; Charles “Chuck” Bush; her daughter of the heart, Tara Woodward; and her loving grandchildren; George and Tyler Bush; Savannah and Logan Merkel. In addition to her parents and husband, Sylvia was predeceased by her brother Chuck in August of 2003. In honor of Sylvia’s wishes, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to the Early Literacy Program at the S. Peterson Dutton Memorial Library, 106, First St. Odessa NY 14869.
Lyall A. Blaker Jr.
Age 66, passed away at home on Wed. May 5, 2021 following declining health. Born on Aug. 31, 1954 in Ithaca, Lyall was the son of the late Lyall A. Sr. & Dolores Schmitt Blaker. He graduated from Southside High School in 1973 and was employed by Capabilities for many years. His interests included most anything outdoors, mostly fishing and archery/bowhunting. He also enjoyed reverse painting, and constructing minature wood house models. He loved to go Army surplus stores. Lyall is survived by his sister, Jeannine Fowler; nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins and family friends. In addition to his parents, Lyall was predeceased by his wife in the eyes of God for 17 years, Eunice Fessenden in 2020 and his brother-in-law Robert Fowler in 2009.A private funeral will take place at the family’s convenience.
Dannie E. Fish Sr.
Age 77 passed away on Tues. May 4, 2021 at home following declining health. Born on July 27, 1943 in Sayre, PA; son of the late, Robert & Cora Casselbury Fish. Dannie graduated from South Side High School Class of 62. In service to his country, Dannie served in the U.S. Army. In service to his community, he was active at the Pine City Fire Dept. A member of Elmira Bowling Association Hall of Fame, A hardworking family man and wonderful provider, Dannie was employed and retired from Schweizer Aircraft, Big Flats, NY. Family always came first, he loved children, family trips camping, theme parks, and family outings. Surviving is his wife and companion of 53 years, Constance L. Spencer Fish; son, Tim (Paula) Fish; grandchildren, Gregory (Autumn) Fish, Geoffrey Fish, Jared (Yolanda) Fish, Jesse (Jade) Fish, Andrew Fish and Abby Fish; great grandchildren, Alex Gublo, Greg Fish Jr. Oliva Fish, and Paisley Fish; daughter-in-law, Michele Fish; siblings, Lester Fish, Betty Hoyt, Charles (Linda Bennett) Fish; aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Dannie was predeceased by a son, Dannie E. Fish Jr. in 2013; brother, Robert Fish; sisters, Julia Fish and Helen Fish. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Tues. May 11, 2021 between the hours of 4-6 p.m. All safety guidelines must be followed. Services will be private with military honors accorded and streamed on Caywood’s Facebook page following the visitation. A complete obituary may be viewed on Caywood’s Facebook page or by visiting
Leah C. Cramer
Age 93, passed away Sun. May 2, 2021 following a long and full life. Born on July 5, 1927 in Westfield, PA; Leah was the daughter of the late, Clifford & Marie Button Sperry. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 68 years, Alan B. Cramer in 2014. Leah loved her home and was a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker. She enjoyed painting, was active in the Horseheads Historical Society. Leah and Alan were dedicated to helping others with special needs, they were active in making sidewalks accessible in N.Y.S. Surviving is her cherished family, daughter, Susan Cramer Maizel, and her husband, Richard; son, Elwin “Bud” Cramer, and his wife, Ina; son, James Cramer; son, Dana Cramer; five grandchildren, Alexia Maizel, Josh Maizel, Megan Cramer Andrews, Jason Cramer, and Warren Cramer, and nine great grandchildren. All services will be held privately. Leah will be buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Horseheads, NY.
Meisner, James R. “Moose”
Big Flats, NY
Age 68, passed away on Wed. April 28, 2021 following declining health. Born on May 16, 1952, in Elmira, son of the late, Keith & Doris Smith Meisner. A dedicated employee, James served the Elmira City School District for many years in the Maintenance Dept. “Moose” was an avid outdoorsman that loved hunting, fishing, bowling, sports, animals, pets and spending time camping. He is survived his nine siblings and their spouses; Carl Meisner, Alice Barnes, Dan (Naomi) Meisner, Caroline Meisner, Robert Meisner, Chuck (Kathy) Henry, Howard (Susan) Henry, Sandra Arnold, and Eileen Durfee; many nieces, nephews and close friends. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Tues. May 4, 2021 between the hours of 4-6 p.m. All safety guidelines must be followed. Services will be private and streamed on Caywood’s Facebook page following the visitation. A complete obituary may be viewed on Caywood’s Facebook page or by visiting
Lamont Taborn son of Thomas Lee Brown and Margaret Newkirk was born on September 21, 1978 in Newark, New Jersey. He was called into a peaceful rest on Thursday, April 22, 2021. Lamont attended public schools and grew up in Irvington, New Jersey. Lamont was married to Rachel on March 20, 2018 where they lived together in Elmira, New York. Lamont was employed by Blacktop 1 at Stanley LLC . Lamont was a social butterfly, enjoyed chess, playing pool and was a true handyman. Lamont loved helping others, connecting with his friends and cared deeply for his family and his dog Ava. Lamont was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and cousin. Lamont embraced everyone he came in contact with. He loved everyone and always had a smile on his face. Left to cherish his memory: His wife Rachel Taborn of Elmira New York: Children: Safir Taborn, Keyon Taborn, Selena Pearson, Seirra Pearson and Sean Pearson. Parents: Father, Thomas (Doreen) Brown, Mother, Margaret (Jerry) Newkirk. Siblings: Tonya (Todd) Blandford, Kipchoge Washington, Terrell (Kim) McNair, Maurice (Tomika) Brown, Thomas (Tisha) Taborn, Kim (Ray) Riley. In-Laws: Ashley (Robert) Bachman Lucas Rumola and Father in Law, Ronald Rumola; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends. We loved with a love that was more than love 💕
Blim, Claude E.
Age 86 of Southport, passed away on Wednesday April 21, 2021. Claude was surrounded with family by his side, following declining health. Born on Feb. 4, 1935, in Rochester, son of the late, Fred & Mary Fuller Blim. In service to his country, Claude served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. He was a loving and supportive husband and companion to his wife, Letha Rozell Blim, Southport; ten children, Claudia Heath, SC; Beth (Amos) Smith, Elmira; Cindy (Donald) Talada, Karen (George) Mathews, PA; Daniel (Carol) Morton, SC; Scott (Linda) Morton, Elmira; Mary (Gary) Lanza, Horseheads; Michele (Scott) Bennett, Lowman; Laurie (Jim) Sargent, PA; Tammy (Ken) Wheeler, Burdett; step-children, Toby (Sandra) Earl, VA; Laura Bambacie, VA; Wayne Earl, Elmira; Philip (Rhonda) Earl, Elmira; several grandchildren; and great grandchildren; brother, Robert Blim, Auburn, NY. In addition to his parents, Claude was predeceased by his brother, Andy Blim; and sisters, Betty, Elsie, and Donna; stepdaughter, Neva Jessmore; sister-in-law, Elaine Rozell; and brothers-in-law, Robert and Arthur Rozell. Claude was employed for many years as a laborer at Hardinge Bros. in Elmira. An outdoorsman, Claude was a former member of the White Tail Buck Hunters.Claude loved hunting, fishing and playing cards. He also was a Lifetime member of the V.F.W. as a member of the DADS. Claude loved spending time with family along with spending time at his place at the lake. Claude was known for his contagious smile and full head of white hair. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Mon. April 26, 2021 between the hours of 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. In accordance with state regulations face masks and social distancing are required. Services will be private at the family’s convenience and will be streamed on Caywood’s Facebook page following the visitation.
Age 92, passed away on Sun. April 18, 2021 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born on Nov. 23, 1928 in Windham Center, PA son of the late, Clive Arthur & Alice Mabel Brown Strope. Earl married the love of his life, Janice Smith on Aug. 9, 1953 in Canandaigua, NY. In service to his country, Earl served in the U.S. Army. His interests included fishing, hunting, playing scratch-offs, camping, bowling, softball, wood-working and most of all family times. In addition to his loving wife and companion, Janice Smith Strope, Elmira; Earl is survived by his five children, Ron (Ginney) Strope, Pine City; Linda Riley, S. Corning; Ricky Strope, Waverly; Randy (Diane) Strope, Pine City; Mary Lou (Michael) Gebhardt, Bumpass, VA; 9 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Dee Strope; nieces, nephews and many close friends. In addition to his parents, Earl was predeceased by a sister, Gib (Rex) Balmer; and brother, Harold Strope. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Fri. April 23, 2021 from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. In accordance with state regulations face masks and social distancing are required.
Gary Lamonte Cleveland,
Age 67 passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home on 4/10/2021. Gary, originally from Elmira NY, graduated Southside High School in the year of the flood, 1972. He proudly served four years in the United States Airforce on Travis Airforce base, California. During his life he was a proud member of the local Carpenter, and Millwright Unions. He was a Carpenter in the Southern Tier and traveled the country maintaining Nuclear Power plants as a Millwright. He loved his retirement life at home feeding the birds, (squirrels) and deer. He would tell you that his greatest accomplishment was raising his two sons, Travis and Jeremie. As a single father of two, life was not always easy but very fulfilled with joy and laughter. Gary lived the last few months of life with a body full of terminal cancer and a smile on his face. Gary was born on January 11, 1954 to his parents, George and Dolores Cleveland, (Deceased) and is survived by; Sons, Travis Cleveland, Jeremie Cleveland. Grandson, Ace Austin. His Brothers, Daniel Cleveland, Corey Sprague and Sister, Barbara (Earl) Cleveland. Nieces and Nephews with children. Deanna (Brian) Montalbano, Vincent & Dominic. Daniel J Cleveland Jr. (Melinda) Hunter& Toby. Donald (in memory) Salina Buckley, Ethan & Miles. Ted (Eileen) Peet. Nicholas & Christina, Roberto (Sarah) Sibayan. Sophia, Sloan & Samara. Jesse (Carmen)Kairi and Cierra Sprague. Other than the immediate family he is also survived by a large number of cousins and their family members throughout the country. Duane Sprague (Deceased) was also a long-time member of Gary’s family for many years, adding many extended family members. Bruce Sprague, Nan (Roger) Burris, and Diane Garcia along with their families. Gary’s son Travis was the primary caregiver at his home for his last months of life. He would like to Thank the Hospicare nurses Jen and Kimmie that were extremely helpful, efficient and caring during this difficult process! Services will be private.
Berry, Richard M. “Dick”
Age 92, went home to be with the Lord on Wed. Aprl 7, 2021 after living a long and full life. Born on Nov. 13, 1928 in Elmira, NY, son of the late, Horton E. & Helen I. Holcomb Berry. Dick married the love of his life, Joyce Ann Avery, in 1959 and they enjoyed 70 wonderful years of marriage until she predeceased him in 2019. He was employed by Fairway Spring Co. for over 42 years until his retirement. Dick was a charter member of the Gillett Lions Club in 1952 and was a member of the Gillett Baptist Church. His interests included collecting and trading autos, attending car shows, woodworking, and wintering in Florida. He also sold real estate as a hobby for many years. is remembered for his quick wit and kind smile. Dick is survived by his loving daughter and dedicated caregiver, Pam (Jim) Updike, Gillett, PA; sister-in-law, Dora Anne Avery, Gillett, PA; five grandchildren, Tara, Tiffany, Zach, Zane and Shawna; eight great grandchildren, Jordyn, Trenton, Kailyn, Tayla, Madison, Marley, Noah, and McKenna. Nieces, nephews and many cherished friends. In addition to his parents and wife, Dick was predeceased by a daughter, Debbie Berry Haxton. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Mon. April 12, 2021 between the hours of 10-11 a.m. In accordance with state regulations face masks and social distancing are required. Services will be private at the family’s convenience and will be streamed on Caywood’s Facebook page following the visitation. Burial will take place in the Gillett Cemetery.
Austin, Marcia, J.
Age 84, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Fri. April 2, 2021 following declining health. Born on Jan. 10, 1937 in Gillett, PA; Marcia was the daughter of the late, Augustus & Bessie Blodgett Austin. In service to the Lord, Marcia was very active a the Elmira Christian Center throughout her life. She loved children and enjoyed every moment spent with them. Marcia enjoyed gardening and helping others. She often volunteered at the Bradford County Manor. Marcia retired from Chemung ARC in 2018 after 38 years of dedicated service, she worked in food service. Surviving is her loving family, siblings, Mary Rummings, Elmira; Carroll Austin, CT; Barbara Mintz, NY; Marilyn Jenkins, NY; many nieces and nephews including, a special niece and friend, Angel Rummings. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Wed. April 7, 2021 between the hours of 5-7 p.m. In accordance with state regulations face masks and social distancing are required. Services will be private at the family’s convenience and will be streamed on Caywood’s Facebook page following the visitation. Burial will take place in the Gillett Cemetery at the family’s convenience. A special thank you to the 5th floor staff of the Chemung County Nursing Facility for making Marcia always feel happy and at home. May God Bless Each of You.
Lawrence I. Stull
Age 85, passed away in Rochester on Thur. Mar. 25, 2021 following declining health. Born on Sep. 16, 1935 in Wilson, NY; Larry was the son of the late, Carl Stull. In service to his country, he served in the National Guard. Larry married Joanne Francis and together they have enjoyed 61 yeas of marriage. He was employed by Winchester Optical, Horseheads for his entire life. Larry was communicant of St. John’s, Our Lady of Lourdes, and St. Peter & Paul’s Church’s. His interests included collecting model trains, camping, travels to Florida, being the “Handyman” around the house, his love of animals, and most of all family. Surviving is his loving wife and companion, Joanne Francis Stull, Pine City; their daughter and son-in-law, Kathy (John) Bailey, Punta Gorda, FL; son-in-law, Al Brewster, Pine City; 2 grandsons, Sean M. (Lorena Marra) Bailey and Ryan L. Bailey; great grandson, Brayden Bailey; sisters, Clara and Eileen; nieces and nephews. Larry was predeceased by his daughter, Susan Brewster in 2018. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Tues. Mar. 30, 2021 between the hours of 5-7 p.m. In accordance with state regulations face masks and social distancing are required. Services will be private at the family’s convenience and will be streamed on Caywood’s Facebook page following the visitation with military honors accorded Mr. Stull.
Patrick J. Brady
Age 64, passed away at home, Wed. Mar. 17, 2021 following a brief and courageous battle with cancer while in the loving care of his family. Born on July 22, 1956 in Queens, NY; son of the late, Patrick J. & Gloria E. Moore Brady. He graduated from East Islip High School and earned his associated degree from Suffolk County Community College in accounting. He was employed by NYS DOT as a supervisor and was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church. Patrick married his best friend and companion, Sheila Waite on Jan. 12, 1991 in Elmira. His interests and hobbies included fishing, metal detecting, Automotive restoration, carpentry, and most of all family times. Surviving is his cherished family, wife and companion of 30 years, Sheila Waite Brady, Elmira; sons, Patrick Brady, Elmira; Raymond (Janella) Brady, Elmira; Justin (Jamie) Howe, Elmira; and Cory Howe, Bath; grandchildren, Jacob, Mya, Madison, Cory Jr., Aki, Patrick III, Landen, Lincoln, Eli, Bronson, Sean and Raven; siblings, Stephen (Joyce) Brady, Chemung; William (Deborah) Brady, Victor; Lorriane (Jeffrey) Pearsoll, VanEtten; and Melanie (Bud) Connelly, NC; several nieces and nephews. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Mon. Mar. 22, 2021 between the hours of 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. In accordance with state regulations face masks and social distancing are required. Services will be private at the family’s convenience. Burial will take place in St. Peter & Paul’s Cemetery.
Edith “Marie” Henrich
Edith Marie Henrich went home to be with the Lord on Monday, February 22, 2021, at the age of 97. She passed away peacefully at her home with her family. Known to those who loved her as Marie, Mom or Grandma, she lived a life focused on others and is deeply missed. Marie was born in Elmira, NY on February 8,1924 to the late Clayton and Ada Sherman Thresher. Her hometown of Elmira held a special place in her heart throughout her entire life. In 1942, Marie married the love of her life, Richard S. Henrich. While Richard served overseas during World War II, Marie worked for Norden Bombsight in New York City. She won awards for selling a record number of War Bonds. After the War, they returned to Elmira to raise their family. During their decades in Elmira, they grew deep roots in the Elmira community, which they loved. Although Marie was predeceased by Richard in 1999, her gentle spirit remained focused on others for the next two decades. Service to others was an important part of Marie’s life. It was through her church, Riverside United Methodist Church, where they were members for over fifty years, that she sought countless opportunities to serve others. She also attended Pennsylvania Avenue United Methodist Church. The Methodist women’s small group “circles” were also an important part of her life. Although Marie rarely asked others for help, she was always ready to serve others. Marie is remembered for her welcoming home filled with warm hospitality, unconditional love, memorable holidays, wonderful home cooking and caring conversation. Her Thanksgiving and Christmas cooking served as the center of countless gatherings and celebrations. Marie also never said a bad word about anyone and always saw the best in others. Her unending kindnesses, generosity and loving spirit are missed by many, but the generous way she lived her life every day lives on in the countless lives she touched during her many decades. Marie worked at A&P in Horseheads, Howells of Elmira and Woodbrook Assisted Living. She was known at Woodbrook for her “daily joke,” which many residents stopped by to hear each day. She was a source of joy and affirmation to many of these residents at Woodbrook. She also volunteered at the Elmira Historical Society. In her free time, she enjoyed playing cards with the Southport Senior Citizens Center at Chapel Park, making crafts, sewing, cooking and baking. Marie is survived by her four loving children, Diane Wood, Elmira; Nancy (Arthur) Throckmorton, Philadelphia, PA; Tom (Terri) Henrich, Elmira; and Rick (Alisa) Henrich, Locust Hill, VA; eleven (11) grandchildren, twenty (20) great-grandchildren, six (6) great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Marie was predeceased by a granddaughter, Rebecca Marie Henrich; siblings, Marge Courtney, Alice Walters, and Norman Thresher; son-in-law, Ronald Wood and special friend, John Ziegler. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Friday, April 2, 2021 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. In accordance with state regulations face masks and social distancing are required. A private memorial service will follow and may be viewed on Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens Facebook Page. Her ashes will be interred with her beloved husband, Richard S. Henrich in Woodlawn National Cemetery.
H. Duane White
Age 83 passed away Sat. March 6, 2021 with his family seated by his bedside due to declining health. Born on June 14, 1937 in Lawrenceville, PA; son of the late, Harold C. & Lola M. Wheeler White. He married Gertrude “Trudy” Bird on Sep. 9, 1956 in Lawrenceville, PA; and together they have spent the last 64 years of marriage. Family always came first for Duane. He was a loving, caring, wonderful provider and never stopped working to make a better life for them. He operated his own farm where he loved his International Harvester Tractors; and worked various other jobs as a truck driver, was employed by the Chemung Foundry, and A&P Foods. Duane loved vanilla ice cream and candy. He was a member of the Dairy Farmers of America and Tioga-Potter County Farm Bureau. Surviving is his loving family, wife and companion, Gertrude “Trudy” Bird White; their six children, Bonnie (James) Reese, Pine City, NY; Connie (Jerry Hartman) Mosher, Chenango Forks, NY; Robert (Jane) White, Lawrenceville, PA; Cathy (Rick Pressnell) Wood, Polk City, FL; Bill (Jennifer) White, Lawrenceville, PA; Tammy (Chris) Draimé, Lawrenceville, PA; 16 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, siblings, Ronnie (Linda) White, Bethel, PA; Helen Rutzke, Millerton, PA; Christine (Dean) Bird, Port St. Joe, FL; nieces, nephews, and family friends. In addition to his parents, Duane was predeceased by a brother, John (Josephine “Jo”) White. Thanks to Eddie Montanye, a special friend and helper. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Sun. March 14, 2021 between the hours of 2-4 p.m. Services will be private at the family’s convenience and will be streamed on Caywood’s Facebook page starting at 4:15 p.m. In accordance with state regulations face masks and social distancing are required. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund for tombstone has been setup via PayPal. Donations can be sent by PayPal to email@example.com or call 607-738-1854 for any questions.
Edward L. Locke
Age 85 went home to Heaven on Wed. Feb. 24, 2021 under the care of his loving family and CareFirst. Born on Feb. 10, 1936 in Elmira, Edward was the son of the late, Arthur & Ruth Foster Locke. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Elmira College in Social Work. In service to his country, Ed served in the U.S. Navy. He married Mary Claire Michalke on June 13, 1959 in St. Cecilia’s Church. A hardworking man and wonderful provider, Ed retired from N.Y.S. Dept. of Transportation, Horseheads as a supervisor after 27 years of dedicated service. In service to the community, he volunteered freely of his time at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Ed was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church where he was active as a Reader and Eucharistic Minister for many years. Ed was an adorer at the Perpetual Adoration Chapel at St. Casimirs’s Church. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, enjoyed travel, hunting, fishing, woodworking, was a very social person, taught at BOCES, but most of all was a dedicated family man who cherished every moment with his family. He is survived by his loving wife and companion of nearly 62 years, Mary Claire Michalke Locke, Southport; their children, Mike (Karla) Locke, Simpsonville, SC; Jim (Liz) Locke, Greer, SC; Lisa (Kenny) McKinney, Sandston, VA; 4 grandchildren, Tricia (Charlie) Mitschow, Alyssa Locke, Hunter and Chase McKinney; 1 great grandchild, TJ; a sister, Sarah “Sally” Soper, MA; in-laws, Anne (Jack) Karski, Anor Coon, Toni (Joe) Long; many nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Katie Siuda. In addition to his parents, Ed was predeceased by his siblings, Dorothy (Bill) Garrett, Arthur “Bud” Locke, Helen (Kelly) Wellman. and Richard “Dick” Locke; brothers-in-law, Larry Coon and Richard Soper. Guests will be received at St. Mary’s Church, 224 Franklin St. Elmira, NY 14904 on Sat. Feb. 27, 2021 from 12 (noon) – 1 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 1 p.m. and will be streamed on Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish Facebook page. Military honors will be accorded at the church following. Graveside services will take place at the family’s convenience in St. Peter & Paul’s Cemetery. In accordance with state regulations face masks and social distancing are required. Memorials may be directed to CareFirst or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Shirley Ayres Keller
Age 84, went home to be with the Lord on Fri. Feb. 19, 2021 in the loving care of her family and CareFirst. Born on Apr. 4, 1936 in Elmira, Shirley was the daughter of the late, Herman & Hazel Cole Ayres. She was employed for many years by Kennedy’s Country Store. A longtime member of the Fassett Church, Shirley was active there. She enjoyed extensive travel, crafts, was an excellent cook, enjoyed riding motorcycles, and playing card games with friends. One of her greatest joys was time spent with her grand kids. Surviving is her loving husband and travel companion, Walter Keller Jr., Wellsburg; four children, Randy (Peggy) Weeks, Gillett, PA; James (Donna) Weeks, Oriskany Falls, NY; Susanne Morton, Trumansburg, NY; Kristine Keller, Elmira; six stepchildren, Barbara J. (Alan) Fulmer, Elmira; Jeffrey (Deb) Keller, Wellsburg; Mike (Bonnie) Keller, Elmira; Rebecca (Mike) Kline, TX; Lisa Keller, Elmira; and Penny Keller, Elmira; siblings, Ronald Ayres, Larry Ayres, Joan Sweat, Waneta Heath, and Marilyn Shaut; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Special thanks to the wonderful friends and caregivers who helped the family through Shirley’s illness. May God Bless Each of You. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two brothers, Dick and Robert Ayres; a sister, Carolyn Knight; and a stepson, Kim Keller. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Tues. Feb. 23, 2021 between the hours of 3– 5 p.m. In accordance with state regulations face masks and social distancing are required. Services will be private at the family’s convenience and will be streamed on Caywood’s Facebook page starting at 5 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the charity of one’s choice.
John E. Hall
Wellsburg, NY / Zieglerville, PA
Age 87, formerly of S. Creek Rd. Wellsburg, NY went home to be with the Lord on Weds. Jan. 27, 2021 following complications from a stroke. Born on Dec. 19, 1933 in Dushore, PA, son of the late, George W. & Crystal Gernert Hall. In service to his country, John served in the U.S. Navy. Constant companions, John married Charlotte “Mazie” Perry on December 31, 1957. John was employed by the Remington Rand, Kennedy Valve and the Elmira Correctional Facility. Always active, he enjoyed gardening, and landscaping around their lovely home and was the envy of the neighborhood. John’s favorite pastime was dining out at local restaurants where he would always catch up with his favorite people. In addition to his loving wife of 63 years, he is survived by their daughter, Ann (Larry) Hastings; brothers, Leon Hall, and Gary (Jeanne) Andrews; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by sister, Mary (Gerald) Hyslop, brother, Burton Hall; and sister-in-law, Sarah “Sally” Hall. Guests will be received at the Gillett Baptist Church, Gillett, PA on Sat. Mar.6, 2021 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Funeral services that follow will be private and streamed on Caywood’s Facebook page. Military honors will be accorded Mr. Hall with graveside services in the Gillett Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Community Wesleyan Church where he had been a member or the charity of one’s choice in Johns memory.
Martha Madeline Stadelmaier Hurd, 98 of Pine City, NY passed away at her home on February 11, 2021 with her loving family by her side. She was predeceased by her husband William E. Hurd, son James “Jimmy” Hurd, parents Frank Emil and Cora (Ames) Stadelmaier, Mother-in-law Helen (Ernest) Koehler, and her 8 siblings Charles, Wilhelmina, Josephine, Frank, Elsie, Joseph, George, and Herbert. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and dear friend. Martha was a devoted caregiver working as a Nurses Aid for many years. She was active in her church community, volunteered for the American Red Cross, enjoyed playing cards at the Chapel Park Senior Center, summer concerts at Brand Park, and was a faithful Yankee fan. Most of all she enjoyed time spent with her family and the many gatherings at her home. Martha is survived by her children: Richard (Sheryl) Hurd of Elmira, NY, and grandchildren Tommy Hurd of Canandaigua, NY, Jacki Hurd of Lawrenceville, PA, and Patrick Ely; Thomas (Jan) Hurd of Blackwood, NJ, and grandsons Scott Hurd of Marlton, NJ, Brad Hurd of Blackwood, NJ, and Todd Hurd of Woodbury, NJ; Nancy L. (Bill) Marks of Pine City, NY, and grandchildren Melissa Marks (Bruce) of Elmira, NY, and great-granddaughter Heather (Michael) Craft of Lewes, Delaware; Michael (Christy) Marks of Elmira, NY, and great-grandchildren Casey Marks and Lucas Marks; Billy (Kim) Marks of Wellsburg, NY, and great-grandsons Cade Marks, Cole Marks and Cal Marks; Jimmy (Amber) Marks of Pine City, NY, and great-grandchildren Sydney Marks and Tyler Marks; Barbara H. Strobridge of Pine City, NY, grandson Brent W. Strobridge, and great-granddaughter Autumn H. Strobridge; William (Linda) Hurd Jr. of Wellsburg, NY, and grandchildren Zachary Hurd (Samantha) of Elmira, NY, and great-grandsons Ryan Hurd, and Adam Cooper; granddaughter Ashley N. (Brian) Elliott of Niceville, Florida; and many loving nieces, nephews, and friends. “Grandma Hurd” will be truly missed and lovingly remembered for generations to come. A memorial service will be held in May. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in Martha’s memory to the First Church of the Nazarene, 1136 Broadway St., Elmira, NY 14904.
Barbara Ann Benson Congdon
Age 80, went home to Heaven on Thur. Feb. 11, 2021 to spend glorious days with her grandson, Kyle Decker. Born on July 29, 1940 in Elmira; Barb was the daughter of the late, E. John & Catherine Baker Benson. Barb is remembered for her warm and loving smile. She was employed by the Elmira City School Dist. for many years in the clerical dept. and was also a home health care aide. She enjoyed reading, flower gardening and knitting. She was a long-time member of the Fassett Baptist Church and active in community events. Surviving is her husband, Lynn Congdon, Fassett, PA; children, Tanya Renee (David) Decker, Gillett, PA; David Shaun (Becky) Congdon, Honeoye, NY; and Barbara Lynn (Chris) Valero, Fassett, PA; 3 grandchildren, Bryce (Beate) Valero, Brandon Valero, and Katelynn Decker; 3 great grandchildren, Eli and Trudy Valero, and Riot Amelia Brown; a brother, Gene (Louise) Benson, Fassett, PA; in-laws, Thomas (Jeannette) Congdon, Collette (Marvin) Roberts, Colleen Kane, Marge (Tom) Burkert, and Christine Ballard and their families; nieces, nephews, and many family friends. Barb was also predeceased by her brother, Jack Benson. All services will be held privately with burial in the Gillett Cemetery where Barb will rest beside her beloved grandson, Kyle Decker. Services will be private and streamed live on Caywood’s Facebook page, Wed Feb 17, 2021 at 12 (noon).
Herbert E. Green Sr.
Age 88, passed away Thur. Feb 11, 2021 while in the loving care of his family following declining health. Born on Dec. 7, 1932 in Elmira; son of the late, Lee & Hazel Kennedy Green. He married Donna Shumway on May 24, 1952, together they have shared 68 wonderful years. Also surviving are their children, Ronald (Terre) Green, Jacalyn (Keith) Baynes, Carolyn (Chuck) Winslow, Herbert Jr. (Janeane) Green, and Timothy (Lori) Green; grandchildren, Ronald, Joe (Shoshana), Jamme (Kelly), Jason, Tanicia (Korey), CJ (Tachia), Chad (Morgan), Monica (Nick), Amanda (Josh), Tatyana (Spencer), Natasha (Jeremy), Derek, Dylan, and Leah; great grandchildren, Kaiden, Carter, Keegan, Chloe, Gavin, Charlie, Cayda, Jasper, Rhys, and Lily; siblings, Carrie Bower, Rose Woodard, Tom Green, and Sharon Green, nieces, nephews, and many family friends. In addition to his parents, Herb was predeceased by brothers, Chuck, Syke, Bobby, Billy, Reese, and Louie Bower; sisters, Shirley Snowburg, Mary Green, Eleanor Apthorp, and Barbara Green; in-laws, Hugh & Luva Shumway. Herb graduated from SHS. He retired from Borg Warner after 26 years of service. An outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and is best remembered for #88 at various racetracks in the southern tier especially the Chemung Speedrome. “Mr. Wonderful” so loved his family; he enjoyed barbeques, story-telling and time spent on Seneca Lake. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Tues. Feb. 16, 2021 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. In accordance with state regulations face masks and social distancing are required. Services will be private and will be streamed on Caywood’s Facebook page starting at 1:00 p.m. A warm and sincere thank you to Kelly, Monica, Bobbi, Keoana, Connie, Sharon, Dr. Fucito, and “Sheldon”; may God bless each of you for the friendship and care you gave our family.
Lloyd E. Brown
Age 85 passed away at his home on Sat. Feb. 6, 2021 following declining health while in the care of his loving family and CareFirst. Born on Aug 14, 1935 in Tredwell, NY; son of the late, Kenneth & Marjorie Thompson Brown. He married the love of his life, Janice “Jan” Ham Cartwright on July 21, 1973 in Elmira. A hardworking man and wonderful provider, Lloyd was employed by the City of Elmira Public Works Dept. for 24 years. After his retirement he drove school bus for the Horseheads School Dist. A car buff, Lloyd’s pride and joy, a 66 Chevy Impala which he restored and proudly took to car shows. One of his greatest joys, was time spent on Cayuta “Little” Lake with his family and friends. Surviving is his loving family, wife and companion of 47 years, Janice “Jan” Ham Cartwright Brown, Southport; children, William (Elaine) Brown, Elmira; Timothy Brown, FL; Dawn Fernadez, FL; Cherie (Harold) Kautz, Elmira; Kenneth Cartwright, Elmira; Scott Cartwright, Elmira; Julie Cartwright, Horseheads, Valerie Brown, Binghamton, Lloyd Brown, Bath; brother, Ronald Thompson, Elmira; sister, Marjorie Ann (Richard) Etner, IN; 12 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, Lloyd was predeceased by aunts, uncles, cousins and his cherished canine companions, “Harley” and “Smokey”. Lloyd will be sadly missed by those who loved him. A family celebration will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to your local SPCA in his memory. Special thanks to CareFirst for the wonderful care given to Lloyd by their staff and volunteers. May God Bless Each of You.
Bernard R. “Bernie” Murdough
Age 82, passed away at home on Sat. Feb. 6, 2021, following declining health. Born on May 12, 1938 in Elmira, son of the late, W. Morton & Marguerite Regan Murdough. In service to his country, Bernie served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1960. Bernie was employed for many years by American Linen. He was a sports fan who had an amazing sense of dry humor. He is survived by his loving children and their families, Bernard Embry, Germany; Sherry (Timothy) Todd, Elmira; Lisa (Jeffrey) Carlson, Elmira; Mark (Amy) Murdough, Hector; Todd (Patricia) Murdough, Pine City; and Kathleen Lockhart; Florence, AZ; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; siblings, William (Alma) Murdough, Southport; Gary Murdough, GA; and Jean Bouille, Elmira; friend and companion, Sonia Vincent; nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Bernie was predeceased by the mother of his children, Sandra Maus Murdough Brown; and wife, Patricia Keyser Murdough. All services will take place privately and Bernie will by laid to rest in Woodlawn National Cemetery where military honors will be accorded.
Marjorie E. Fitzsimmons
Pine City / Horseheads
Age 82, passed away Tues. Feb. 2, 2021 in the care of her loving family, following declining health. Born on May 18, 1938 in Elmira, Marjorie was the daughter of the late, Charles Lester & Thelma Hurd Kinney. She married Ronald Andrew "Dutch" Fitzsimmons on February 16, 1957 and he predeceased her on Sept. 14, 2013. Marjorie was a longtime member of the Caton United Methodist Church and a member of the Caton Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She is remembered for her talents in the kitchen and her home was always open to the neighborhood kids. A homemaker, she was a devoted wife, extra special mom and grandma to her adoring family who survive: children, daughters and sons-in-law: Sara (Alan) Nicolette, Ilion, NY; Jennifer Audinwood, Avoca, NY, Melissa (Kevin) Sproule, Pine City, NY; Amanda (Curtis) Robbins, Pine City; NY; son: Peter (Kelley Bachman) Fitzsimmons, Caton, NY; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; sister, Patricia Mason; brother-in-law, Norval Campbell; sister-in-law, Janice Kinney. In addition to her parents and husband, Marjorie was predeceased by her daughters, Lora Ruth Fitzsimmons and Elizabeth Fitzsimmons; brother, Charles Kinney; sister, Mary Campbell; son-in-law, Gary Audinwood; brother-in-law, Earnest Mason. All services will be private at the family’s convenience and will be streamed on Caywood’s Facebook page starting Fri. Feb 5, 2021 at 6 p.m. Marjorie will be interred in Maple Grove Cemetery at her family’s convenience and rest beside her beloved husband “Dutch”.
John Watkins Sr.
Age 71, passed away Mon. Jan. 25, 2021 following declining health. Born on June 8, 1949 in Elmira, son of the late, Andrew & Margaret Christie Watkins. John earned his culinary degree from Alfred State and remained in food service for most of his life. He was a chef at the Penn Wells, and a salesman for Sysco Foods and Flickenger’s. After retirement, John was employed by Elmira Savings Bank as a mail carrier. John married Patricia Kerr in 1971, and together they shared a wonderful life. His interests included gardening, cooking, and baking, and he especially loved being "Poppy" to his four grandchildren. In addition to his loving wife of 49 years, he is survived by their children, Anne (Chris) Fenton, Horseheads, NY; and John Jr. (Kerri) Watkins, Churchville, NY; grandchildren, Benjamin and Katelyn Fenton; Andrew and Maggie Watkins; a brother, Robert Watkins; many cousins, nieces and nephews. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Sun. Jan 31, 2021 from 2-4 p.m. All NY State guidelines must be followed.
Glenn Spicher Jr.
Age 67, passed away on Tues. Jan. 26, 2021 following declining health. Born on Mar. 16, 1953 in Lewistown, PA, son of the late, Glenn & Viola Zook Spicher Sr. Glenn married the love of his life, Linda Yoder on Nov. 29, 1974 in Belleville, PA. A hardworking man and wonderful provider, Glenn was employed by Hardinge Bros. for many years. His many interests included woodworking, hunting, camping with friends, and above all, time spent with his loving family; wife and companion, Linda Yoder Spicher; their children, Justin G. (Crystal) Spicher and Jessica E. (Scott) Stopa; four grandchildren, Tyler, Lilly, Cameron, and Dylan; siblings, Jane Fox, Gloria Zook, Carol (Norman) Waggy and Galen (Trisha) Spicher; several nieces, nephews, and family friends. In honor of his wishes there will be no public services.
Anita Loraine Kirk
Age 90 passed away Sat. Jan. 23, 2021 at the Chemung County Nursing facility after living a long and full life. She was born on Feb. 11, 1930 in Painted Post, NY and daughter of the late, Lloyd E. & Mary L. Cook Miles. She was the loving and devoted wife to the late, Harold E. Kirk who passed away in 1993. Dedicated to helping others, Anita was employed by Chemung County Nursing Facility as a nurse’s aide for many years. Always possessing a zest for life, during her teenage years, she became the youngest pilot in in Steuben County and logged many miles over New York State. Her interests included cooking, a great love for animals and above all the care she gave to her family.
Surviving are her loving children and their families; Stepson Dennis and Amanda (Mandy) Michele Parker-Kirk and grandson, Ethan Ray Parker-Kirk; Stepdaughter Debra and Wayne Davis and grandson Zachary Hurd and Partner, Samantha Jordan, great grandson Ryan Hurd; granddaughter, Ashley and Brian Elliott; Daughter Denise and David (Willie) Holleran and granddaughter, the late Mary Holleran and grandson, David and Georgeanna (Gigi) Holleran and great granddaughter, Amelia Holleran; Stepdaughter Kim Burris and Partner the late Bernard (Bernie) Lunduski and grandson, Christopher and Samantha (Layton) Burris and great grandson Connor Burris and great granddaughter, Carsyn Margaret Burris; grandson, Joshua Burris and Partner, Molly Winston; grandson, Benjamin Burris and Partner Zoe Every-Baker; Son Thomas and Evelyn Avagliano and grandson, Ryan Avagliano and Partner Kellie Marie Dean and sons Logan, James, and Jericho; grandson: TJ Avagliano and wife, Stephanie DeRico Avagliano and great granddaughter, Clara Anella Marie Avagliano; granddaughter, Tracey and Jason Nist, granddaughter, Erin and Brett Morseman; grandson: Jamy and Kristal Walker; Daughter Melissa Kirk and Monique Carasso and grandchildren, Juliette and Roger Carasso; Nephew, James and Molly Jacobus, great niece Taryn Jacobus and daughter Piper Jacobus; great niece, Jamie (Jacobus) and Silas Ramey and daughters Peyton and Audrey Ramey; Nephew, Alan and Lori Jacobus and great nephew, Enoch and Celia (Eby) Jacobus and sons, Alec, Rafe, and Charlie Jacobus; great nephew, Noah and Emily (Pieri) Jacobus and daughter Juniper Ellori Jacobus. Anita was preceded in death by her beloved granddaughter, Mary L. Holleran, sister and brother-in-law, Elaine and James Jacobus and husband, Harold E. Kirk.
Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Wed. Jan. 27, 2021 from 10 -11 a.m. All N.Y.S. protocols must be followed. Funeral services will be private with interment in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. A live stream will start after 11am on Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens Facebook page. Special thanks to the 5th floor staff at the Chemung County Nursing Facility for the wonderful care they gave back to her. Memorials may be directed to the Chemung County SPCA in her memory. “We will always remember the sound of Mom’s laughter, her great sense of humor and the many jokes and stories she shared with all those in her presence”.
Burton W. “Burt” Hall
Age 91, passed away Monday, January 18, 2021, after living a long and full life. Born on December 28, 1929, in Pennsylvania, Burt was the son of the late George W. & Crystal Gernert Hall. In service to his country, Burt served in the U.S. Army. He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for many years as a mail carrier. An entrepreneur, he co-founded and operated Hall’s Candies in Gillett, Pennsylvania, and helped to grow the company to be recognized country-wide. Burt was a true “fix-it-man” in every sense of the word and is remembered as being very resourceful by his family. A fixture in Gillett, Burt was well known and much loved by his community and was a member of Victory Church, Troy, PA. Survived by brothers John (Mazie) Hall, Leon Hall, and Gary (Jeanne) Andrews; nieces and nephews, Ann (Larry) Hastings, Jody (Dale) McKinney, Darlene (Mark) Heitz, Jennifer (Steve) Spencer, Jacalyn (Rick) Grover, John (Nancy) Vanderhoef, Ryan (Cass) Andrews, Beth Andrews, Greg Andrews and Emilee (Jonathan) Carpenter. He is predeceased by sister, Mary (Gerald) Hyslop, and sister-in-law, Sarah “Sally” Hall. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira, NY, on Friday, January 22, 2021, between 11 a.m. – 12 (noon). All Covid guidelines must be followed with attendance of no more than 25 people at one time. Funeral services will be private at the family’s convenience and will be streamed on Caywood’s Facebook page with military honors accorded Mr. Hall.
Katherine Anne Kinner
Age 73, went home to be with her Lord & Savior Jesus Christ on Fri. Jan 8, 2021. Born on Apr. 2, 1947 in Elmira, NY, Katherine was the daughter of the late, Clarence & June M. Fulford Luther. She married Mark D. Kinner on Apr. 21, 1973 in Elmira, NY. Katherine had a special gift for gardening and is where she felt the closest to God. Her never ending faith carried her through life’s high and low points. She loved and understood her Bible and enjoyed writing. She loved being a homemaker and dedicated her life to her large and loving family who survive. Husband and companion of 47 years, Mark D. Kinner Sr., Wellsburg; their children, Gary (Wendy Dgien) Kinner, W. Elmiira; Melissa Kinner, OH; Vicki Kinner, Elmira; Tina (Steve) Evans, Gillett, PA; Mark (Carolyn) Kinner Jr., Wellsburg; and Richard (Alyssa) Kinner, Elmira; many grandchildren, several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; her siblings, Lance (Nui) Luther, Jack (Ginny) Luther, Frank Manwaring, J. (Patty) Manwaring, Mike Manwaring, Clarence “Dimper” (Ruth) Manwaring, and Vinny (Jackie) Manwaring; along with many family friends. In addition to her birth parents, she was predeceased by her adoptive father, Clarence Manwaring, her brother Darwin Manwaring, and her best friend and cousin Ruthy Costley. Katherine was a very private person, all her services will take place privately and she will be interred in Bath National Cemetery, Bath, NY.
Vernon W. Downing
Age 82, passed away Sat. Jan 2, 2021 following a short illness. This wonderful man born on March 31, 1938 in Moretown, VT. Vernon was the son of the late, Bernard & Bertha Downing. He was a wonderful husband to Carol Parow Downing where they were in a wonderful marriage for 61 years. and an amazing father to 3 children, LoriAnne (Howard) Crouthamel, Dale Downing Sr, and the late, Penny White. He also served his country as a proud member of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a stern and hard-working man who retired from Millbrook Bakery. He was more than anything, a family man, who would do anything to help no matter what was going on. He was caring and loving, this is what brought him the most amount of joy throughout his life. He along with all of this was an avid sports lover, enjoying watching professional sports like Baseball, NASCAR, and Golf. He had wonderful siblings, Ted Downing, Sandy (Chuck) Firenze, Donna (Howard) Murphy, Bernard "Snook" Downing; along with his late siblings Lloyd Downing, Floyd Downing, and Ardelle Downing, and a sister-in-law, Charay; also 7 amazing grandchildren, and 13 adorable great grandchildren; lots of nieces, nephews, family friends, along with his furry companion, Bubba. All services were private with military honors accorded and interment in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Thoughts and Prayers.
Virginia M. Knickerbocker,
Age 90, passed away on Dec. 31, 2020 at Elcor Health Services. Born on Jan. 24, 1930, in Waverly, N.Y., daughter of the late, Howard & Christine Mace Smith. Virginia married the love of her life, Harry Knickerbocker on June 6, 1981 at the Oakwood Methodist Church. Together, they enjoyed 27 years of marriage until his passing in 2008. Her interests included crocheting, traveling, road trips, eating out, playing solitaire, gambling, slot machines and gardening. Virginia is survived by her loving children, Nelson Orme, Elmira; Darlene (David) Miller, Elmira; Doreen Swank, New Mexico; Stephen Kelly, CA; Bruce (Michelle) Kelly, Elmira; Michael Kelly, CA; 17 grandchildren; several great and great-great grandchildren; siblings, Nelson (Carol) Smith; Betty Stedge; and Shirley (Harry) Hartman; several nieces, nephews and close friends. In addition to her parents and husbands, Harry Knickerbocker, Ernest Orme and William Kelly; Virginia was predeceased by her son, David Orme; daughter-in-law, Bertha Orme; and siblings, Barbara Higgins, Howard Smith Jr., Cecile Burger and Robert Smith. All services are private at her family’s convenience. Funeral services can be viewed on Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens Facebook page after Wed. Jan. 6, 2021.
Mr. Baron passed away quietly at home on Sun. Dec. 20, 2020, with his loving wife and caregiver, Dianne Miller (Baron), at his side. Born on Oct. 21, 1944, in Montreal, Quebec, son of the late, Robert & Marie-Marthe DeLangis Baron. Pierre and Dianne exchanged wedding vows in English and French at the Montreal United Church of Canada on Feb. 10, 2001. A driven businessman, Pierre was a long time proprietor of Courtier B. M. Fruits & Legumes in both the U.S. and Canada. In his leisurely time, Pierre enjoyed golfing together with his beloved, Dianne & enjoyed watching movies. In addition to his loving wife, Pierre is survived by three sisters, Carol, Lorraine, Manon; one brother, Claude Baron; three daughters, Isabell, Sophie, & Stephanie; and two grandchildren. In honor of Pierre’s wishes, there will be no services.
Jacqueline “Jackie” Morrison Schoffner,
Age 52, passed away Sun. Dec. 20, 2020, at home, surrounded by her loving family following a valiant battle with cancer. Born on Mar.19,1968 in Utica, N.Y., daughter of the late, Rev. Richard & Judith Austin Vogel. In 1998, Jackie met her best friend and future husband, Clifford Schoffner, and was later married in 2003. Jackie had an immense love for children and was employed at Parley Coburn Elementary School and Riverside Elementary School for many years as a Teacher’s Aid. Christmas time was her favorite time of year. In addition to teaching, she enjoyed collecting M&M memorabilia, word search games, puzzles, cleaning houses and spending time with her family, especially her cherished grandchildren. In addition to her loving husband and caregiver, Cliff Schoffner, Jackie is survived by her three loving sons, Tyler (Molly) Morrison, Joshua (Mary Kate) Morrison, and Justin Morrison; four grandchildren, Jaxon, Mia, Adalyn and Cali; brother, John (Becky) Vogel; sister, Bobbie Munger; and nephew, Trevor (Carrie) Vogel. In addition to her parents, Jackie was predeceased by her former husband and friend, Alan Morrison in 2019. The family would like to give a special thank you to Mimi Waite, Jackie’s beloved best friend and caregiver, for her dedication and commitment to Jackie over the last 3 years. All services are private at her family’s convenience. Funeral services can be viewed on Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens Facebook page after Wed. Dec 23, 2020.
Phyllis A. Andrus Robinson
Age 91, passed away on Fri. Dec. 18, 2020 after living a long and full life. Born on Apr. 14, 1929 in Elmira, daughter to the late Clemens & Ruth Ruggles Andrus. Phyllis married the love of her life, Calvin Robinson, in 1948 and he predeceased her in 1995. She was an active member of the Fassett Grange for over 74 years where she was often secretary and treasurer, a member of Farm Bureau, a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Elmira, and past member of Western Square Dance Club. As a dairy farmer's wife, not only did she cook, bake, garden, can and freeze, she was also the farms partner, bookkeeper, and manager. She loved flowers and birds too. Phyllis was involved with the Town of Ashland Historical Society, the “Hill Ladies Luncheon Group'', the Chemung County Election Board for over 41 years and was employed at Iszard’s Tea Room for 14 years. Phyllis is survived by her loving children, Candie Healey, Elmira; Vern (Tina) Robinson, Wellsburg; and Echo (Daniel) McGovern, Wellsburg; grandchildren, Colleen (Thomas) Beach, Van Etten; Ryan Healey, Horseheads; Cara Healey, Big Flats; Kelly McGovern (Jared Murray), Rochester; Jesse (Kristen) McGovern, Shrewsbury, PA; Ian (Becca) McGovern, Churchville, NY; eight great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, James Cease, MD; brother-in-law, Sheldon (Betty) Robinson, Wellsburg; many loving nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Phyllis was predeceased by her sister, Clara Cease, MD. Phyllis welcomed so many into her home and heart over her lifetime. Everyone was always welcomed and fed. She was known for her smile and wonderful cooking. All services will be private due to Covid restrictions. Burial will take place at the family’s convenience in Ashland Cemetery where Phyllis will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband, Calvin. Memorial donations may be made to the Fassett Grange #1567, 35336 Rt. 14 Gillett, Pa 16925 in Phyllis’s memory.
David L. Kinkade
Age 79, passed away on Sat. Dec. 12, 2020 after a brief illness and a broken heart from losing his beloved Judy Kinkade in September. Born on Oct. 6, 1941 in Elmira, NY, son of the late, Donald & Betty Lovejoy Kinkade. David married the love of his life, Judy Kauffman, in 1967 and remained sweethearts until her recent passing. In service to his country, David served in the U.S. Army. He was employed by NYSEG for many years until his retirement. A wonderful provider for his family, David’s interests included hunting, fishing and endless days at the family cottage. He was very social and is remembered as a true handyman. Surviving is his cherished son, Brian Kinkade, Pine City; siblings, Mary, Laurie, Linda, Steve, Chucky, and Billy; brother-in-law, Edward (Darlene) Kauffman; nieces and nephews; his loving canine companion, “Moe” and “Molson” (predeceased). All services will be held privately at his family’s convenience with military honors accorded Mr. Kinkade. He will be laid to rest beside his wife Judy in Riverside Cemetery, Lowman, NY.
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