"Obituaries are often the last tribute we offer to someone. They encompass a life lived and share the richness of one's presence."
Harold E. “Seek” Sechrist
Age 100 passed away Thur. Nov. 26, 2020 following a long and full life. Born on May 16, 1920 in Leone, PA son of the late, Levi & Ida Sechrist. Seek proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII where he was awarded two Purple Hearts. Harold married the love of his life, Lillian H. Page on May 18, 1942 in Maryland and enjoyed 78 wonderful years of marriage. Active in the community, they often filled in for Santa and Mrs. Claus. Harold was a long-time employee of Remington Rand until it closed and retired as a Corrections Officer for the Chemung County Sheriff’s Department. A sportsman, he enjoyed Syracuse Basketball, Mets baseball, NASCAR and was an avid outdoorsman as well. In addition to his cherished wife of 78 years, Lillian Page Sechrist; Harold is survived by their children, Bonnie (“Dick”) Shook, Elmira; and Bev (Rob) George, Horseheads; daughter-in-law, Barb Sechrist, Dundee; four grandchildren, Annette (Stef) Ringer, Bernedette (Joseph) Rohl, Andrea George, Brittany George; five great grandchildren, Jessica, Katherine, Julia, Valicenti, Maxwell Rohl, and Colton Pratt; sister-in-law, Carolyn Page; nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Harold was predeceased by his beloved son, Harold “Hal” Sechrist, two sisters, Edna and Laura; in-laws, Russell (Kathy) Page, John (Thelma) Page, Kenneth (Sharon) Page, James (Mary) Page, Raymond (Sophie) Page, Ruth (John) Riley, Daisy (Glen) Waight, and Katherine (Stanley) Perkowski. Guests will be received at Pennsylvania Ave. United Methodist Church, 1238 Pennsylvania Ave. where he had been a faithful member, on Thur. Dec. 3, 2020 between the hours of 10a.m.- 12 (noon). Funeral services will be private. Military honors will be accorded Mr. Sechrist and he will be interred in Woodlawn Cemetery. In accordance with state regulations face masks and social distancing are required.
Carl M. Penziul Jr.
Age 66, passed away unexpectedly on Thurs. Nov. 26, 2020. All services will be private. Memorials may be directed to Spencer Crest Nature Center c/o C.C.C. 1 Academic Dr. Corning, NY 14830
Dale W. Hammond
Age 48, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020 following a fall. Born Jan. 9, 1972 in Elmira, he is survived by his wife of 30 years Renee Harris Hammond of Pine City. Dale is the son of Mary Rouille (Bill) & Gene Hammond (Eula). In addition to his parents, siblings are Darel, Todd, Christopher Hammond, and Jennifer (Scott Smith) Rouille, nieces and nephews; in-laws are Gene (Lynette) Harris and their family. He was employed for 30 years by Loveless Blacktop & Landscaping in Southport. His interests included fishing and NASCAR. He loved kids and kids loved him. The family is extremely grateful to all family and friends for their support in this difficult time. All services will be held privately, he will be interred in Fitzsimmons Cemetery, Southport.
William “Bill” A. Force
Age 75, left this earth on Wed. Nov. 18, 2020 while in the care of his loving family following declining health and is now in Heaven. Born on Aug. 6, 1945 in Millport, NY, son of the late, Horace & Bernice Sickles Force. Dedicated to his country, Bill served in the U.S. Air Force from 1964-1968. He married the love of his life, Sylvia A. Hodge on May 30, 1970 in VA who also was in service to her country. A banker, Bill retired from Chemung Canal Trust Co., Elmira, after many years of service. Bill’s interests included NASCAR, Buffalo Bills, the NY Yankees, and above all the care and love his family received. In addition to his loving wife, Sylvia, Bill is survived by his two daughters, Lori (Michael) Force-Phelps, MA; and Teri (Cory) Force-Drake, Odessa; four grandchildren, Mia, Brooke, Alyssa, and Rianne. In addition to his parents, Bill was predeceased by his siblings, Roger “Petey” Force and Betsy Force. A memorial service will be announced around Easter time at New Beginnings United Methodist Church, Bill will be later entombed in the Woodlawn National Cemetery Columbarium where military honors will be accorded Mr. Force.
Linda M. Cosgrove Root
Passed away, Wed. Nov. 11, 2020 of Covid-19 at the age of 71. Born on June 28, 1949 in Corning, NY daughter of Harold & Anna Mae Paulman Cosgrove. She was employed by Able 2 for many years in the clerical dept and gave countless hours of service volunteering at A.O.M.C. Linda enjoyed vacations, yard sales and loved time spent with her loving family who cherish her memory. Surviving is her husband and companion of 10 years, Thomas W. Root, Pine City; children, Gregory (Dorothy) Smith, Elmira; and Kristen (James) Leonard, Erin; mother, Anna Mae Cosgrove; siblings, Tom Cosgrove, Timothy Cosgrove, and Cathy Nevone; stepchildren, Steve (Lisa) Root and Janette Badeau and their families; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Linda was predeceased by her father, Harold Cosgrove and infant brother, Terry Cosgrove. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Tues. Nov. 17, 2020 between the hours of 12(noon)-2 and 4-6 p.m. In accordance with state regulations face masks and social distancing are required. Funeral services will be private. Special thanks to the wonderful team of doctors and nurses at A.O.M.C. I.C.U. who did everything in their power to try and save her life. May God Bless Each of You.
Patricia M. Dailey Kerr
Passed away peacefully, at the age of 60 on Sun. Nov. 8, 2020 at her home with her loving family by her side. Born on Nov. 29, 1959 in Liberty, NY; Patricia was the daughter of the late, Louis & Jenny Chapman Dailey. She was a loving and devoted wife of almost 40 years to Douglas E. Kerr who predeceased her nearly 2 years ago. A homemaker and a caregiver, Pat loved her friends and family to the fullest. “She took care of everyone” and was a social butterfly who made friends wherever she went. She enjoyed family gatherings, enjoyed the casinos, NASCAR, and was a regular at the local racetracks. Surviving is her loving family, beloved children; Judi Kerr of Southport, NY; Douglas "Bub" (Katlyn) Kerr, Pine City, NY; adored grandchildren: Shane, Joey, Alivia, Colton and Karter; brothers, Alfred and Jake Dailey; sisters and brothers-in-law, Rodney (Faye) Kerr, Carol Burnham, Arthur (Julie) Kerr, Barbara (Paul) Daniels, Nancy (Russell) Purvis, Susan (Ronald) Stanton, and Robert (Kathy) Kerr;, FL; several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Pat was predeceased by her two sisters, Ruth Dailey Woodhouse and Corina Dailey. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Thur. Nov. 12, 2020 between the hours of 4-6 p.m. with the number of guests regulated by N.Y.S. Funeral services will take place privately and can be viewed by visiting the funeral home Facebook page. All are welcome to attend her graveside service on Fri. Nov. 13, 2020 at 10 a.m. at Fitzsimmons Cemetery. In accordance with state regulations face masks and social distancing are required.
George T. Dickinson Jr.
Age 83, passed away Mon. Sept. 28, 2020. Born on Nov. 28, 1936 in Elmira, George was the son of the late, George Sr. & Elizabeth Peet Dickinson. He married Shirley J. Sims on June 21, 1958; and she predeceased him on Feb. 10, 1999 after 40 years of marriage. A proud family man and hard worker he provided well for his family. George was employed by Star Gazette for over 39 years as a pressman. In service to his country, George served in the U.S. Air Force. An outdoorsman, he loved fishing and hiking and spent countless hours gardening and doing puzzles. George loved the NY Giants and the Baltimore Orioles. He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and son. He is survived by; children, Brenda (Michael) Page, Elmira Heights, NY; Terry (Mark) Mcgehee, Tampa, FL; Kathy Mollett, Tampa, FL; George III (Mary) Dickinson, Inverness, FL; and Bernadette (Samuel Jr.) Karam, Himrod, NY; grandchildren, Kristopher (Cyndi) Wright, Ryan (Billie) Brown, Karrie (James) Loomis, Korey (Cory) Mitchell, Kristen (Chuck Decker) Page, Kristin (Paul) Holcomb, Lindsey (Josh) Dahlback, Jannica (Brett Isenegger) Mollett, Garrett Dickinson, Meaghan Dickinson, Christopher Dickinson, Jayna (Brian) D'Arcangelo, and Samuel III (Kate) Karam; 15 great grandchildren; brother, John (Connie) Dickinson; sisters, Ellen Slater, Loretta (Robert) Burger, and Susan (Loren) Norden; sister-in-law, Catherine Dickinson; nieces, nephews and many family friends. In addition to his parents and beloved wife, George was predeceased by a daughter, Suzann Gray; granddaughter, Rachael Trimborn; and a brother, Charles Dickinson; and his in-laws, Jack & Edna Sims; brother-in-law, Jerry Slater; sister-in-law, Marilyn Dickinson. Memorial donations may be directed to American Diabetes Association or the charity of one's choice. Services will be held privately at the family’s convenience. “Dad, Thanks for all the adventures and memories your kind soul will be missed by all of your family”. We love you, Rest in Peace.
Laurie J. Felko
Age 43, passed away very unexpectedly on September 30, 2020. She was born on January 17, 1977 to Roberta Daniels Felko and Charles W. Felko, Jr. Laurie was a devoted, loving, and proud mother, loving daughter, granddaughter, sister, and friend. She was also an avid Steelers fan and loved butterflies. She cherished genealogy; sitting on her grandma’s floor, engrossed with the many pictures albums and the memories that come with. Also, Laurie loved to capture memories on camera. She worked as a Direct Support Assistant for OPWDD- Fingerlakes DDSO for 20 years, the last home being in Watkins Glen. Laurie is survived by her loving children, Quiana, Jaelon, Mikayla, and Julian Lynch; her parents, Roberta Felko and Charles Felko Jr. (Peggy); maternal grandmother, Leota Daniels; brothers, Fred, Michael, Daniel, Elliot, and Mitchell Felko; sisters, Teri York-Brown, Courtney, Annie, and Kayt Felko; nieces, Kaitlyn Brown, Samantha, Cassondra, Heather, and Charlee Felko; best friends, Georgianna Simpson and Marcy Marvin; along with her aunts, uncles, several cousins and friends. Laurie is predeceased by her maternal grandfather, Fred Daniels Jr; paternal grandparents, Charles Sr. and Claribel Felko; brother, Peter Felko; cousin, Todd Bronson; and aunt, Cathy Bronson. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Wed. Oct. 7, 2020 between the hours of 5-7 p.m. In accordance with state regulations face masks and social distancing are required. Funeral services will take place privately for family. Please visit the funeral home Facebook page to view the service at 7:15 p.m.
Judy M. Kauffman Kinkade
Age 73, passed away Tues. Sep, 29, 2020. Born on June 14, 1947 in Elmira, Judy was the daughter of the late, Edward & Madelyn Raymond Kauffman. A devoted homemaker, she enjoyed gardening, collecting Boyd’s bears. Judy is remembered as a kind and giving person always wanting to help others, especially pets in need. Surviving is her loving family, husband and companion of 53 years, David L. Kinkade, Elmira; cherished son, Brian Kinkade, Pine City; brother, Edward (Darlene) Kauffman, West Elmira; nieces and nephews. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Wed. Oct. 7, 2020 between the hours of 10 a.m.-12 (Noon). In accordance with state regulations face masks and social distancing are required. Funeral services will take place privately. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Lowman, NY. Memorials may be directed to the Chemung County SPCA, 235 NY352 Elmira, NY 14903 in her memory.
Ruth L. Laninger Covey
Age 83 passed away, Wed. Sept. 30, 2020 following declining health. Born on Dec. 2, 1936 in Williamsport, PA, daughter of the late, Walter & Mildred Mitchel Laninger. She married Redford S. “Red” Covey in 1959 and he predeceased her in 2016. Together they shared a wonderful life. She enjoyed crafts, camping, auctions, and flea markets. Ruth is survived by her niece, Althea Keeney, Millerton, PA; along with her family, and many more nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her 6 siblings. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Tues. Oct. 6, 2020 between the hours of 11 a.m.- 12 (noon). In accordance with state regulations face masks and social distancing are required. Funeral services will be held privately, and she will be interred in Fitzsimmons Cemetery beside her beloved husband, “Red”.
Barbara E. Beach
Age 76 passed away, Fri. Sept. 25, 2020 following declining health and is now resting in the arms of Jesus. Born on July 17, 1944 in Elmira; Barbara was the daughter of the late, Raymond E. & Norma Rounsville Beach. She was employed by Eastern Metals in graphic design for many years. Barbara was an admirer of Mark Twain. At one time, she sold her pen and ink drawings in the Mark Twain gift shop she opened in Elmira. Some of her work can still be seen on the walls of the Mark Twain Hotel in Elmira and a few valuable prints may still be available to the public through her sister, Linda. In addition to art, she enjoyed gardening, reading, and time spent with her cherished family who survive; loving sisters, Linda (David) Cole and Nancy Beach; niece, Kathy Cole; nephew, John (Shannon) Cole; great niece, Kayla; great nephews, Ryan and Jason. In addition to her parents, Barb was predeceased by a brother, David Beach. In honor of her wishes all services will take place privately and she will be interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
Richard P. Hall “Rick”
Age 49, passed away Tues. Sept. 22, 2020 following recent medical issues. Born on May 30, 1971 in Elmira; Rick was the son of Lawrence & Bonnie Wright Hall. He graduated from EFA Class of 1989 and earned his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and continued to live there until moving back to the area in 2011. Rick loved children and was an advocate for children with disabilities. He was an avid reader, loved technology, gadgets of any kind, science fiction books and movies, an editor for authors and a great debater. Rick was employed by Arnot Ogden Hospital as an emergency room registration clerk. He also worked at Chemung County Nursing Facility as a CNA. Surviving is his loving mother and stepfather, Bonnie Hall-Dalia and Donald Dalia, Pine City; sister, Rebecca (Sean) Bowers, Owego; brother, Andrew Hall, Elmira; maternal grandmother, Josephine Wright, Pine City; daughter, Xandra Hall, Black Mountain, NC; grandson, Trent Rollins, Black Mountain, NC; nephews, Nathan and Gavin Bowers; step sister, Nicole (Greg) Case, Troy, PA; Brandon (Rachel) Dalia, Topton, PA; Alyson Dalia, Reno, NV. Rick was predeceased by his father, Lawrence Hall; maternal grandfather, Philip Wright; paternal grandparents, Richard & Joyce Hall. A drive by visitation will take place on Sat. Oct. 3, 2020 at the Gillett Cemetery next to Gillet Baptist Church, Gillett, PA beginning at 11:30 a.m. beginning in the church parking lot. A graveside memorial service will follow at 12 noon. In accordance with the State of Pennsylvania, face masks and social distancing are required.
Keister, Wayne E. Jr.
Age 63, passed away unexpectedly on Sun. Sept. 20, 2020 following a heart attack. Born in Elmira, on July 12, 1957, son of, Wayne & Kathleen Elwood Keister Sr. He married the love of his life, Catherine Adams Keister on Nov. 10, 1979 in Southport. A hardworking man, Wayne was employed for many years as an equipment mechanic at DeMets Candy Co, Horseheads, NY. He had a true passion for photography and loved being a devoted family man. Wayne was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene and was also a Formula 1 fan. Surviving is his loving wife and companion of 40 yrs., Catherine A. Adams Keister, Southport; their daughter, Shelby (Keith) Bacon, Elmira; grandchildren, Taylor, Dakota, Devon, Serenity, Macie, and Maddie; his cherished mother, Kathleen “Kay” L. Elwood Keister, Elmira; sister, Shelly Keister-Clark, Elmira; nieces, nephews and cherished family friends. Wayne was predeceased by his father, Wayne E. Keister Sr. in 2017. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway St., Elmira/Southport, NY 14904 on Mon. Sep. 28, 2019 between the hours of 5-7 p.m. Funeral Services will be private. Face masks and social distancing guidelines are required by New York State.
Mary “Rainey” Dowling
Age 75, passed away on Thur. Sep. 17, 2020, at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center. Born on Apr. 17, 1945, in Elmira, “Rainey” was the daughter of the late Ruth Henshaw (Ebb Everetts). She is survived by her loving family: husband, Joseph A. Dowling Jr. Elmira; daughters, Mary (Charles Rivera) Dowling, Rochester, NY; Kathleen (Scott) Losey, Elmira; and Maureen (Franklin Jr.) Frisbie, Elmira; granddaughters, Megan (Phil) Frisbie and Kirsten Frisbie; sisters-in-law, Thelma Jean Shaw and Kathy Henshaw; many loving nieces and nephews, as well as many loving friends/neighbors. Rainey was predeceased by her brother, Donald Henshaw, and a brother-in-law, Donald Shaw. She married her childhood sweetheart, Joseph A. Dowling Jr. on June 22, 1963. Together they shared a wonderful life raising a loving family and sharing family vacations at Waneta Lake, in Vermont, and at Hills Creek State Park. She was an avid gardener, music lover, New York Yankees fan, and decorated her home for the holidays with pride. She is best remembered by the many children she loved and cared for as a teacher’s aide at Thomas K. Beecher Elementary School for nearly thirty years. She was a firm believer in education, and believed girls could do anything, including “rule the world.” Due to the pandemic, a private family service officiated by her dear friend, George Welch will take place at the family’s convenience. She will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery. Family will provide her favorite flowers. In lieu of flowers, the family knows that Rainey would appreciate donations to the Arctic League in her name, as they provided her childhood Christmases. Rainey’s family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to her dear Dr. Reddy and the Arnot ICU team for her care.
May, Rodney A.
Age 76, passed away on Wed. Sept. 16, 2020 after a very brief illness. He was born in Elmira as a twin on October 2, 1943, son of the late Herbert & Dorothy Palmer May. He married his wife Brenda on January 10, 1994. A family man, Rodney enjoyed spending time with his beloved family and grandchildren. A hardworking man, Rodney retired from St. Joseph’s Hospital after 30+ years of dedication as a security officer. In addition to his wife Brenda, Rodney is survived by four children, Terrie (Jeffery) Thron, Rodney L (Marie) May, Michele Miles and Amanda Miles; grandchildren, Leah (Brandon) Howells, Mason Thron, Morgan Thron, Saige Weiskopff , Rodney Joseph (RJ) May, Nicholas Amentler, Julianne Amentler and Kenzie Amentler, great-grandchildren Caleb Howells and Lydia Howells. In addition to his parents, Rodney was also predeceased by his twin brother Robert, brothers Phillip and Arden. In honoring Rodney’s wishes, there will be no services.
Mary Theresa (Maltzer) Rounds
Age 85, passed away Friday Sept. 4, 2020 in the care of her loving family. Born on October 4, 1934 in Elmira, NY, Mary Theresa was the daughter of the late, William & Teresa (VonHendy) Maltzer. She attended St. Mary’s School and graduated from Southside High School. Mary attended Jean Summers Business School and S.C.T. Boces where she studied dental assisting. She married Raymond A. Rounds Jr. on Aug. 31, 1957. Raymond predeceased her on Feb. 15, 2019. Mary was employed by Sears & Roebuck and by Dr. Cardozo, however, her main calling in life was that of a devoted wife, Nana, and mother of her six daughters who survive; Pat (Jim) Thomas, Karen Rounds, Susan (Steve) Barnstead, Jean (Kevin) Johns, Kathy (Jon) White, and Lisa (Jessica) Rounds; grandchildren, Julie Thomas, Ashley (Adam) Wagner, Oliver Rounds, and Abraham Rounds; brother Robert H. Maltzer; brother-in-law Edward Rounds. The family would like to extend a special thank you to all of Mary’s wonderful caregivers. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Memorial Giving, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or at stjude.org. Services were handled privately at the family’s convenience. Mary is now resting beside her beloved husband Raymond.
Berry, Constance L. Hadley
Age 78, passed away Mon. Sep. 7, 2020 following complications from a heart attack. Born on June 16, 1942 in Elmira; daughter of the late, Phillip & Leona Stevens Hadley. She graduated from Southside High School and earned her bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University in nursing. She attended P.A. United Methodist and volunteered at the Clemens Center. Connie was employed by Southern Tier Planned Parenthood as a nurse practitioner. Always active, She enjoyed painting, bike riding, exercising, and most importantly cherished family times. Connie is survived by her loving family; children, Kristen (Timothy Grassi) VanShoick. Elmira Heights; and Matt (Summer) Berry, Pine City; five grandchildren, Cole (Mackensie), Luke and Sienna Berry; Jake and Nolan VanShoick; siblings, Gail Cotanch, Pine City; James Hadley, Elmira; and Phillip (Jackie) Hadley Jr., Elmira; her former husband and friend, James (Sylvia) Berry; several nieces, nephews and many family friends. Guests will be received on Sat. Sep. 12, 2020 between the hours of 1-3 p.m. Private services will take place at the family’s convenience. Connie will be laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery. As required by N.Y.S. face masks and social distancing guidelines are required.
Herbert T. Punchard Jr.
Age 92, went to be with his Lord & Savior on Wed. Aug. 26, 2020. Born on Feb. 3, 1928 in Wildwood, NJ; Herb was the son of the late, Rev. Herbert T. Sr. & Eva E. Tice Punchard. In service to his country Herb served in the U.S. Army. He married Elsie Mae Walburn on Oct. 12, 1947 in Canton, PA and she predeceased him on Jan. 28, 2016. A hardworking man and wonderful provider, Herb was the proprietor of Punchard’s Auction Service. He loved antiques and enjoyed refinishing. Surviving are his loving children, Kathy (Chuck) Henry, and Brad (Pat) Punchard; all of Elmira; 12 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, 10 great great grandchildren; In addition to his parents and loving wife, he was predeceased by a cherished daughter, Linda Devine on Sept. 21, 2019. A devout Christian, Herb worshiped and was a member of Troy Baptist Church, and also attended Fassett Baptist Church. Family and friends will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira, NY 14904 on Mon. Aug. 31, 2020 between the hours of 10 a.m. – 12 (noon). A private funeral service will take place at the family’s convenience with military honors accorded Mr. Punchard with interment in Glenwood Cemetery, Troy, PA beside his beloved, Elsie. As required by N.Y. State Face coverings and all social distancing guidelines are mandatory.
Thomas E. Kennedy
Age 77, passed away Wed. July 22, 2020 following declining health. Born on May 6, 1943 in Elmira, son of the late, Charles & Lillian Cornish Kennedy. He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. Tom was employed by the Ed McDonald Excavating. His interests included fast Chevy cars and trucks and was an avid NASCAR fan. Surviving is his loving family, children, “Butch” Kennedy and Tammy Watson; grandchildren, Kaylea Kennedy, Molly Hill. Neil J. Galpin III and Lauren Beckwith; a brother, Charles II (Laura) Kennedy; and longtime companion, Sherry Wade. All services will be private. Tom will be laid to rest in Woodlawn National Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded.
Charles H. Jerzak
Age 90, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wed. July 22, 2020 while residing at Sayre Health Care Center. Born on April 6, 1930; Chuck was the son of the late, Walter & Mary Wheeler Jerzak. He married the love of his life, Thelma “Peggy” Shoemaker on Jan. 13, 1957. In addition to her, he is survived by their children, Leslie “Les” C. (Rose) Jerzak, Elmira; Lisa (Dave) Vieira, Pine City; grandchildren, Eric Daniel Jerzak, Nicholas (Madi Kelly) Vieira, and Luke Vieira; a brother, Arnold Jerzak, Caton; nieces, nephews and cherished family friends. Chuck was predeceased by his beloved grandsons, Matthew & Michael Vieira; sister, Alma (Robert) Sellard; brother, Walter “Junie” (Betty) Jerzak; and sister-in-law, Jackie Jerzak. Chuck retired from Powers Manufacturing. He was a charter member of the Millerton Wesleyan Church where he was very active from its construction, a trustee, board member and Sunday School Teacher. He enjoyed NASCAR, bird watching and spending time with his 5 grandsons. In service to his country, Chuck served in the US Army from 1951 – 1953 spending part of that time in Japan during the Korean Conflict. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Tue. July 28, 2020 between the hours of 10 a.m. – 12 (noon). A private family funeral service will take place with interment in Forest Lawn Memorial Park with full military honors accorded. In accordance with state regulations attendance will be regulated and face masks and social distancing guidelines are required and enforced by NYS.
Jerram, Mary E.
A lifelong resident of our community passed away peacefully in her beloved home, Fri. July 17, 2020. Born on Oct. 19, 1931 in Elmira, Mary was very active in her community throughout her life. She was the Deputy Historian for the Town of Southport for many years. Her activity in local historical events remained with her long after her retirement. Mary was an active member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Town of Southport Cemetery Assoc., Penn. Ave. United Methodist Church Food Pantry, RSVP, volunteered on the Popcorn Truck and could always be found where there were community activities taking place. Mary is remembered for her dry wit and warm smile. She is survived by a community of cherished friends along with a niece, Judy Schauffler, Pine City; and half-brother, Chuck Simmons, Las Vegas, NV. Mary was predeceased by her father and step-mother, G. Wilton “Bill” & Lora Jerram. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Wed. July 22, 2020 between the hours of 3-5 p.m. Graveside services will take place on Thur. afternoon at 1 p.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira; (meeting at the Walnut St. Gate at 12:45 p.m.). Face covering and social distancing guidelines are required and enforced by N.Y.S. for all services.
Powers, Laura E.
Age 87, passed away on Sun. June 21, 2020 following declining health. Born on Nov. 30, 1932 in Wellsboro, PA, daughter of the late, Leroy & Lena Campbell Gurnsey. Laura married Richard Powers, in 1970, he predeceased her in 1985. A diligent worker, Laura was employed for many years by Trayer Products, Elmira. She was an active member of the South Side Baptist Church. Laura was loved by all who knew her. She was a member of Eastern Star, Moose Club, Elks Club, Chemung County Republican committee, and the Arnot Ogden auxiliary where she volunteered for years. She and Richard were lifelong friends of Leo and Delores Parchesky. Laura is survived by her loving son, Gary and his wife (Diane) Peet; Lutz, FL; grandchild, Amanda (Rob) Malhoit. In addition to her parents and husband, Laura is predeceased by her siblings; and companion, William “Bill” Staviski. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway Southport/Elmira, NY on Wed. July 1, 2020 from 10–11 a.m. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. In accordance with new state regulations, face masks will be required and attendance will be regulated. Private burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery, where Laura will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband, Richard.
Tomisman, Danielle Louise
Age 45, passed away unexpectedly at home on Fri. June 26, 2020 following complications after a surgery. Born on Dec. 6, 1974 in Elmira, daughter of James & Martha McMillen Ferraro, Danielle graduated from Southside High School Class of 93. Always caring for others, she earned her LPN Degree employed by Corning Guthre and the Chemung County Nursing Facility for over 17 years. Remembered as an “Angel to Many” Danielle always went out of her way to help others. She was very social and enjoyed cooking. In addition to her loving parents, she is survived by her cherished husband and companion of 19 years, Paul Tomisman; children, Zach Tomisman, Kory Tascarini, and Kate Fulton; a grandson, Jackson; siblings, Lisa, Tony, James Jr. and Mike; along with several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins and many dear friends. Danielle was predeceased by her in-laws, Paul & Patricia Frey Tomisman. All services will be held privately. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 1316 College Ave. Elmira, NY 14901.
Arnold, Sarah P.
Age 85, passed away Wed. June 24, 2020 following declining health. Born on Aug. 2, 1934 in Towanda, PA. Sarah was the daughter of the late, Herbert & Jessie Simons Pierce. A 1952 graduate of Towanda High School, Sarah worked as a secretary most of her adult life. She was employed by Sylvania Electric Products, Westside United Methodist Church, Whitehall Mail Service and retired from SCT Boces after 20 years of dedicated service. A member of Westside United Methodist Church for over 50 years, Sarah was very active in her community, volunteering at RSVP, Bone Builders and AARP. She was a loving and devoted wife to Arthur Arnold who passed in 2017 following 63 years of marriage. Surviving are her loving children, daughter, Connie (John) Potter, FL; son, Bruce (Rosemary) Arnold, Campbell; son and caregiver, Wayne (Heather) Arnold, Pine City; 6 surviving grandchildren, Sharon Bowen, Susan Kane, Alisha, Courtney, Coby and Kylee Arnold; 7 great grandchildren, with three on the way; brother, Richard (Betsy) Pierce; brother-in-law, Gordon Berry; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her parents and husband, Sarah was predeceased by granddaughter, Brenda Goodwin; and sister, Eleanor Berry. Services will be held privately with burial at the Sheshequin Valley Cemetery Ulster, PA where Sarah will rest beside her beloved, Arthur.
Jennings, Elwin “Al”
Age 89, Formerly of Pine City, passed away at Bethany Manor on Thursday, June 11, 2020. Born in Montour Falls, NY on April 12, 1931, son of the late, Clarence “Pete” & Nora Matthews Jennings. He married the love of his life, Eileen Saltus in 1951. She predeceased him in 2009. Al served in the U.S. Navy as a proud “Seabee” from 1951-1953. Always providing for his family, Al was a hardworking man. He was employed for many decades by the Carpenters Union as a lather in the construction trades. His interests included building, gardening and watching television. Al is survived by his two sons, CMSgt (Ret) Thom (Sherrie) Jennings, Eagle River, AK; and Timothy (Deborah) Jennings, Albany, NY; grandchildren, Christie (Drew) VandenDries and Jamie (Justin) Shoup; great-granddaughter Kate; sister-in-law, Lucille Sayles, Tampa, FL; nieces, nephews and “Brownie” the Cat, his loving companion of many years. The family sincerely thanks, and are forever indebted to, the caring staff of the Skill Three Nursing Floor at Bethany Manor who loved and cared for Al as if he were one of their own. Al will be laid to rest in St. Peter & Paul’s Cemetery next to his beloved wife, Eileen. A private service will be held at a future date.
Shirley, Charles N.
Age 72 passed away Wed. May 24, 2020. Born in Elmira on Mar. 29, 1948. Charles was the son of the late, John A. Sr. & Grace M. Moon Shirley. He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. Charles retired from Wenzel Contractors. He leaves behind a brother, John A. (Ann) Shirley half-brothers, Henry A. (Bonnie) Wagner and Joseph Wagner. All services will be private.
Walton-Zukas, M. Jean
Age 91, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tues. June 2, 2020, following declining health. Born on March 15, 1929, in Elmira, daughter of the late, Howard & Vera Carpenter Baldwin. Jean is remembered for her constant faith. Faith that cared her through some of the hardest times in her life. She was a dedicated to her family, enjoyed cooking, gardening, reading and traveling. Jean was employed for many years by the Town of Southport as the Asst. Assessor. She was a longtime member and very active in the Millerton Wesleyan Church. Her loving family survives, husband and companion of 33 years, William Zukas; children, Michael (Sheila) Walton; Lisa Munson; Theresa (Donald) Manning, Annette (John) Raasch, Vincent Zukas; daughter-in-law, Linda Walton; many grandchildren, several great grandchildren; a sister, Doris Lembeck; sister-in-law, Hazel Baldwin; nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Jean was predeceased by her first husband, Leland Walton; sons, Daniel and Thomas Walton; granddaughter, Samantha “Sammy” Munson; grandson, Jared Walton; siblings, Nancy Kelly and Howard Baldwin; and son-in-law, Samuel Munson. A graveside service will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery on Fri. June 5, 2020 at 1 p.m. (meeting at the Walnut St. Gate at 12:45 p.m.) Social distancing guidelines must be followed. Memorials may be directed to Samaritan’s Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 in Jean’s memory.
Smith, Alice W.
It is with great sadness that we tell our friends of the passing of our mom, Alice Smith. She loved being a Registered Nurse, playing bridge, boating, volunteering at the library and hospital, knitting, walking miles every day, reading, digging in her rose gardens, and visiting with her family. Most of these activities were curtailed over the years, but it's ok to slow down while approaching and passing 94! She was a great lady who will be sorely missed, but our memories of her will go on forever. Age 94, formerly of West Elmira, Alice passed away Monday, May 25, 2020, at Seneca View SNF after living a long and full life. Born on December 10, 1925 in Elmira, Alice was the daughter of the late, Garnet & Edna Strause Wrigley. She graduated from Southside High School and Arnot School of Nursing. Alice continued to work at Arnot Ogden Hospital as an RN until her retirement. She married Leland E “Gunner" Smith in 1946 and he predeceased her in 1999. Surviving are her loving children, Virginia (Edward) Lepkowski, Peter (Janet) Smith, Paul (Ellen Scriven) Smith, and Margo (Tom) Underwood; grandchildren, Heather (John) Callaway, Matt Smith, Jodi (Larry) Colby, Jesse (Melissa) Smith, and Edward (Kathy) Lepkowski; and great grandchildren, Mirka, Andrew, and Mason Callaway, Conner, Sam, and Gavin Smith, Brennan and Gavin Colby, Ian Smith, and Matt Lepkowski; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and Gunner, she was predeceased by her sisters Ruth Haskins, Doris Boyd, and Mary Kracht, and her brother Bob Wrigley. Memorials may be directed to the Susan Komen Twin Tiers Regional, Office PO Box 1306, Elmira, NY 14902; the National Kidney Foundation, 1344 University Avenue Suite 270, Rochester, NY 14607; and/or the First Presbyterian Church, 1054 W. Clinton St. Elmira, NY 14905 in her memory. Services will be held privately at the family’s convenience.
Audinwood, Earl “Boney”
Age 69 passed away Wed. May 27, 2020 at Robert Packer Hospital following a heart condition. Born on Sep. 18, 1950 in Corning; Earl was the son of the late, Harry & Ruth McCaster Audinwood. He married Rosanna Sterling in 1972. Together they made a wonderful team working together on the family dairy farm. He loved all things farming and enjoyed his pet turkeys. In earlier years, he was employed by A&P Foods. Surviving is his loving family, wife and companion, Rosanna Sterling Audinwood; siblings, Harry (Louise) Audinwood, Bill (Lill) Audinwood, Carol (Danny) Franchi, Raymond and Fred Audinwood; sister-in-law, Ginny Audinwood; in-laws, Bruce (Gaylene) Sterling, Lois Jenkins, Joseph (Lisa) Sterling, Carol (Tim) Barner, and Nancy Sterling; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, including John Jenkins and Kathy Smith whom he thought of as his own children; also Randy (Michelle) Blake whom he also “adopted”. All are invited on Mon. June 1, 2020 at 11a.m. at Elmwood Cemetery, Caton, NY. (Social Distancing Rules must be followed).
Dolores Maynard Cleveland
Our mother, age 89, left this earth in peace early Saturday morning May 16th, 2020. She was born October 4th, 1930 in Elmira, NY, to Lena Baker Maynard Newkirk & Harold Maynard. For the first time in her life she kept others waiting for her. She took her time joining her family & friends in heaven. While doing so she touched more lives. Her Dementia did not keep her from observing the appearance & behavior of those around her. Mom had worked as a L.P.N. at Chemung County Nursing Facility for many years, so returning there as a resident in 2015, she was surrounded by many caring former co-workers. She spent her final years as a resident of the 2nd floor. (supervising the staff). She was pre-deceased by: Duane Sprague, her companion of 40+ years. Previous husband of 20 years, George L. Cleveland, younger siblings: brothers, Harold “Webb” Maynard, and Hugh Hoff; sisters, Barbara (John) Dunn, Georgia (John) Seagren; brother-in-law, Gary Woodruff; grandson, Donald Cleveland; nephews, Jeff and Greg Dunn; several Cleveland in-laws; Duane’s son, Gregg Sprague; grandson, Michael Sprague, & infant granddaughter. Her surviving siblings include, Frances Woodruff, Donald (Elsie) Wager, sisters-in-law, Nellie Maynard and Lois Hoff. No mother loved her children & grandchildren more than ours. She is survived by her children: Daniel J. Cleveland, Gary L. Cleveland, Barbara A. (Dr. Earl Robinson) Cleveland, Corey D. Sprague; grandchildren, with their spouses & children, Deanna (Brian) Montalbano, Vincent & Dominic; Daniel (Melinda) Cleveland II, Hunter & Toby; Ted (Eileen) Peet, Nicholas & Christina; Salina Buckley, Ethan & Miles; Travis (Kathy) Cleveland; Jeremie Cleveland, Ace Austin; Roberto J. (Sarah) Sibayan, Sophia, Sloan, & Samara; Jesse (Carmen) Sprague, Kairi; and Ciera Sprague. Family was very important to Dolores. She also loved and is survived by numerous nieces & nephews, in the Maynard, Newkirk, & Cleveland families. Duane’s children: Bruce (Jackie) Sprague, Nan (Roger) Burris, Dianne Garcia, and their children & grandchildren. Our special thanks to the Chemung County Nursing Facility 2nd floor staff, & all those who participated in the care of our mother over the past 4+ years. Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira on Tues. May 19, 2020 between the hours of 5-6 p.m. to greet her children and her sister in a drive-thru visitation at the gazebo. (All must remain in your vehicles). An observance of the visitation may be viewed online at then follow the Facebook tab.
Hill, Beverly Loveless
Formerly of Southport and the majority of her life in Watkins Glen, age 78, passed away on Wed. May 13, 2020 following a period of declining health. Born on Sept. 12, 1941, in Elmira, NY; daughter to the late, Edwin & Vera Stevens Loveless. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Elwood D. Hill in 2015; and their beloved daughter, Katonka Campbell. A devoted mother, she is survived by her four loving children; Kenneth (Mary) Hill, Alpine; Kimber (Bill McCarty) Hill, Watkins Glen; William (Tiffany) Hill, Watkins Glen; and Gilbert (Patricia) Hill, Horseheads; She also leaves behind 13 extremely loved grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, siblings, Edwin Loveless, Susan Wilson and Judy (Nick) Mastronardi; along with several nieces, nephews and a special friend and sister-in-law, Bonny Farren. Beverly is best remembered by the community for her many years of service and taking great care of her patrons at Chef’s Diner in Montour Falls. She is most remembered by her family for her many selfless acts of love, giving and devotion. She enjoyed reading, TV shows, and scratch-offs. A private memorial service will take place at the family’s convenience. An observance service on-line may be viewed at then follow the Facebook tab on Wed. May 20, 2020 at 12 (noon) with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira.
Winnie, Charles J.
Elmira Heights, NY
Age 67, passed away on Sun. May 10, 2020 following declining health. Born on June 2, 1952 in Corning, NY son of the late, George & Ella Mae Gill Winnie. Charles finally found true happiness when he married Bernice Johnston Winnie in 2010. He also adopted her family and for the first time had children, grandchildren and great grandchildren to care for. He was employed by Capabilities for many years as a custodian. An outdoorsman, Charlie enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf. In addition to his loving wife, Bernice; he is survived by his step-children, Brett (Georgia) Johnston, Richard Johnston Jr., Donna (Karl) Wilkins, Vicki (Tim) Warren, and Dale (Mike) Dalton; 9 step-grandchildren and 10 step-great grandchildren; siblings, John (Diana) Winnie and Levi Case; uncles, Tom and John Gill and Bill (Lucy) Gill; nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Charles was predeceased by a step-grandson, Michael W. Dalton. He was an active member of Central Assembly of God, 1 Brenway Dr. #1341, Horseheads, NY 14845 and where services will take place on Sun. June 28, 2020 at 2 p.m.
Kress, Martha V.
Age 74, joined a heavenly choir on Mon. April 27, 2020 and today that choir sounds so much sweeter. She recently suffered a heart attack followed by declining health. Born on April 11, 1946 in Canton, PA; daughter of the late, Robert & Mary Rockwell Tuning. Martha married the love of her life and companion, 51 years ago, Dale Lee Kress. They have 2 loving sons, Dale Lee Kress Jr. and Dan (Lauren) Kress; 4 grandchildren, Lucas, Alaina, Maggie and Jackson all of Fassett, PA; a sister, Nina Campbell, nieces, nephews, cousins and a community of cherished friends. In addition to her parents, Martha was predeceased by a sister, Shirley Gibbs; brothers, Pete Tuning, and Jeremiah (Martha) Tuning; and a brother-in-law, Claire “Babe” Campbell. Martha retired from N.Y.S. Dept. of Corrections where she worked as a secretary. Her love of the Lord and family was everything to her. Martha loved cheering on her grandchildren at sporting activities. From family camping trips to tractor shows, she and Dale always took time to show their love and affection for their grandchildren. She was well known for her singing abilities as well as her cheerful, fun loving wit and larger than life persona. Many a gathering, church service, funeral, and Ice Cream Social is where she touched countless lives with her gift of song and storytelling. Her sidekick, Bucky Jetter made their presence even more memorable. Services will be private with an observance service viewed at www.caywoodsfuneralhome.com; and follow the Facebook tab on Fri. May 1, 2020 at 11 a.m. Funeral services will follow at 12 (noon) with burial in the Gillett Cemetery. All are welcome to take part in a drive through at the Gillett Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. (all must remain in your vehicles) to honor Martha and her family.
Fish, Helen J.
Age 67, passed away unexpectedly on Thurs. Apr. 23, 2020 at home. Born on June 11, 1952 in Towanda, PA, daughter of the late, Robert & Cora Casselbury Fish. Helen retired after many years of service from Motor Components, Horseheads. Devoted to her family, Helen enjoyed Bingo, casinos, crossword puzzles, knitting, and was a second mom to many. She is survived by her loving daughter, Vicky (Paul) Woodlee; Fort Worth, TX; her granddog, D.J.; siblings, Dannie (Constance) Fish, Lester Fish, Betty Hoyt, Charles Fish and Linda Bennett; sister-in-law, Daline Casselbury; aunt, Dorothy Casselbury; several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Helen was predeceased by a brother, Robert Fish; a sister, Julia Fish; sister-in-law, Pam Fish; aunts, Gertrude Hitchcock, Rosie Shaffer; and uncle, Francis Casselbury. An observance service may be viewed at then follow the Facebook tab on Tues. April 28, 2020 from 11 a.m. – 12 (noon). Her funeral service will follow at 12 (noon). Interment will take place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Elmira.
Myers, Patricia G.
Age 83, passed away on Wed. Apr. 22, 2020 following declining health. Born on May 31, 1936 in Elmira, to the late, Leroy & Thelma Miller McGettrick. Patricia married the love of her life, Robert Myers, who predeceased her in 2014. She retired from Weiss Markets after many years of dedicated service. Patricia enjoyed playing Bingo, crocheting and spending time with her beloved family. She is survived by her son, Bill (Chris) Ortmann, Gilbert, IL; brother, William (Kay) McGettrick, Corning; sisters, Jaqueline McGettrick Woughter, Gillett, PA and Elaine Cherock, Corning; several nieces and nephews. Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family and Patricia will be entombed at in the Woodlawn National Cemetery Columbarium Wall next to her beloved husband.
Woodyard, Eric K. “Ricky”
Age 49, passed away on Sat. Apr. 18, 2020 at his home following declining health. Born on Nov. 11, 1970, in Elmira, NY, son of the late, Presley & Joan Cook Woodyard. He was employed by Horizon Solutions as a salesman. An avid sports fan, Eric rooting for his favorite teams; Ohio State, The Cubs and Tampa Bay. He loved to make people laugh, host cookouts and spend time with his beloved friends. Eric is survived by his two sisters, Suzie Cooklin; Elmira and Christine (Bill) Morrow; Hendersonville, TN; niece and nephews, Nicole Greene, Justin (Jessica) Greene and Brandon Cooklin. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his beloved aunt, Mary Stone. An observance service may be viewed at then follow the Facebook tab on Fri. Apr. 24, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 12 (noon). A prayer service will follow at 12:00 (noon) with burial to follow in St. Peter & Paul’s Cemetery.
Shaffer, Helen M.
Age 87, passed away on Sat. Apr. 4, 2020 following declining health. Born on Sept. 25, 1932, in Elmira, to the late John & Emma Lindsey Bush. She married John T. Shaffer Sr., who predeceased her in 2015. Helen graduated from BOCES and was employed as a CNA for many years. Her interests included: bowling, bingo, TOPS group, and caring for many ‘other’ children and they know who they are! She is survived by her loving children, Pat Shaffer, Avoca; John Shaffer Jr. Elmira; Diane Dunn, Elmira; William Shaffer, Tampa, FL; Philip, Gerald, Dawn, Matthew Shaffer all of Elmira; and Hope Shaffer(Melanie Husted) of Soddy Daisy, TN; many grandchildren, several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; she is also survived by sisters Irene Connolly and Phyllis Snyder and brother Tom Bush. In addition to her parents, Helen was predeceased by her son, Henry Shaffer and sisters, Bernice Bush and Shirley Ludy; brothers Donald, Ted, Edward and James Bush. Special thanks to caretaker Kelly Bush and special friend Deb Girardi. An observance service may be viewed at follow the Facebook tab on Apr. 11, 2020 from 1-2 pm. A prayer service will follow at 2 p.m. with public services at a later date.
Shaffer, Helen M.
Age 87, passed away on Sat. Apr. 4, 2020 following declining health. Born on Sept. 25, 1932, in Elmira, to the late John & Emma Lindsey Bush. She married John T. Shaffer Sr., who predeceased her in 2015. Helen graduated from BOCES and was employed as a CNA for many years. Her interests included: bowling, bingo, TOPS group, and caring for many ‘other’ children and they know who they are! She is survived by her loving children, Pat Shaffer, Avoca; John Shaffer Jr. Elmira; Diane Dunn, Elmira; William Shaffer, Tampa, FL; Philip, Gerald, Dawn, Matthew Shaffer all of Elmira; and Hope Shaffer(Melanie Husted) of Soddy Daisy, TN; many grandchildren, several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; she is also survived by sisters Irene Connolly and Phyllis Snyder and brother Tom Bush. In addition to her parents, Helen was predeceased by her son, Henry Shaffer and sisters, Bernice Bush and Shirley Ludy; brothers Donald, Ted, Edward and James Bush. Special thanks to caretaker Kelly Bush and special friend Deb Girardi. All services will be private.
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