OSBORN Robert F. (Peaches) Age 73, of Rock Stream, NY. Most people called him Bob, his brothers at I.B.E.W. called him Peaches, a few were fortunate to call him Dad and his pride and joy called him Grandpa. Bob was the youngest of 10 children. He is survived by his amazing wife, Barbara; his brother, George (Clara) of Elmira, and sister, Florence Teed of Millport; plus his children and grandchildren. Bob grew up in the Southern Tier and graduated from Horseheads High School. He then joined the Army from May of 1953 through April of 1955 where he served as a corporal in Korea. He stayed in the reserves until 1961. As a retired electrician, out of Local 139 he had worked for American LaFrance, Unold Electric and Kelly Electric for years. Bob's first marriage to Julie (Affeldt) gave him the pleasure of being called Dad. They had four children, Rob, Okmulgee, OK, Colleen, Watkins Glen, David (Julie), Horseheads, and Lisa, Garden Grove, CA. For the past 25 years, Bob had the honor of being married to Barbara Hanlin. Bob's family grew with the addition of Barb's sons, Phillip Hanlin (1967-2006) and Brian Westlake of WV. Bob and Barb met at Schuyler Hospital where they both were employed. Bob retired from Schuyler in 1994. As a retiree, Bob worked part time at Clifford Motors in Watkins. He was also a member of the United Methodist Church in Dundee, served on local boards and was a member of local lodges. He enjoyed helping others, mowing his lawn, and his dog, Chester. He was a sports enthusiast and he enjoyed supporting his grandson's team activities. Bob spent his life serving his family, his community and his country! Memorial services will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m., March 21, 2007, at the United Methodist Church located at 127 E. 4th Street, Watkins Glen. Street parking is available. There will also be an Honor Guard service at the Schuyler County Veterans Memorial directly after in Odessa, located on Rt. 228. Monetary donations in Bob's memory can be made out to Watkins Glen Sports Booster Club, mailed to Watkins Glen HS Booster Club, 12th St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891; or Horseheads Youth Bureau, mailed to 408 S. Main Street, Hrshds, NY 14845. Friends and family are welcomed to come and pay tribute to this man that touched our lives so deeply.
SHELLEY Pauline C. Age 71, of Elmira, NY, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2007, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. Pauline was born in Urbana, NY, daughter of the late Herbert and Flora (Fraver) Skinkle. Pauline was known for having a great green thumb. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Survivors include sons, Donald (special companion, Tina Squires) Shelley of Elmira and Lewis (Fiancé, Lisa Carboni) Shelley of Elmira; many stepchildren; sister, Agnes Chrysler of Hammondsport, NY; brothers, Norman Skinkle of Bath, NY and Leonard Skinkle of Corning, NY; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to call Wednesday, March 14, 2007, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 8:30 p.m. with Pastor Richard Hack officiating. Interment will take place in Highland Cemetery in Elkland, PA at the convenience of the family.
SULLIVAN Dennis J. "D.J." Age 58, of Ithaca, NY formerly of Horseheads, NY passed away on Thursday March 8, 2007. "D.J." was born April 28, 1948 in Elmira, NY the son of the late Dennis E. and Pauline Zenoski Sullivan. He loved fishing and was a master gardener. "D.J." was an avid New York Yankees and Syracuse University Basketball fan who enjoyed living life. "D.J." is survived by his daughter Amy Mosher of Big Flats, NY and his son Michael Sullivan of Cayuta, NY. He is also survived by his devoted companion of many years Susan Westbrook of Brooktondale, NY, several cousins, and a host of friends. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Prayer Service on Wednesday March 14, 2007 at 9 AM at the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM at St. Mary Our Mother Church 816 West Broad Street and Westinghouse Road Horseheads, NY. Interment in St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery in Elmira, NY .
THOMPSON Guy D. Age 87, of Elmira Heights, NY, passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2007, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. Guy was born on March 10, 1919 in Johnson City, NY, son of the late Guy E. and Georgianna (Devine) Thompson. Guy served our country in the United States Army during WWII. He retired from the Local 532 Carpenter's Union in Elmira after many years of service. Guy was a great "Poppy" to all and will be deeply missed. Survivors include his daughters, Colleen Cook (special companion, Jim Dinehart); and grandchildren, Chris, Jonathan, Heather, Kristin, Ashley of Savona, NY, and Kathleen Yost (special companion, Jim McQuillen); and grandchildren, Cory, Brian, Alicia, Phillip and Victoria of Waverly, NY. Family and friends are invited to a memorial service on Monday, March 12, 2007, at 12 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Woodlawn National Cemetery with Military Honors.
WALLACE Earle Arlington, Sr. United States Army - Veteran Age 68, passed peacefully in his sleep after battling a long illness on March 3, 2007 in Edmonds, Washington. He was born October 2, 1938 in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, a son of Leonile Wallace Wilson, a retired Elmira, NY, elementary school teacher, and the late Lupercio A. Wallace, Sr. He attended high school both in Elmira and in New York City, where he graduated from Morris High. Earle then joined the Army as a Supply Specialist and served overseas tours in Germany, Vietnam and Korea. Upon retirement from his military career, he settled in Seattle and worked as a carrier for the Postal Service. Coming from a family of talented musicians, Earle played piano and found solace and great enjoyment in listening to jazz and playing hand drums with the 101 Drummer 'Kangs' of Seattle. He is survived by his mother, Leonile; his five children, Earle, Jr., Ronald, Parrish, Renee and Kyle; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and four siblings. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Wednesday, March 14, 2007, from 10 to 11 a.m. A service will be conducted there by the Pastor Leo Hughey at 11 a.m., followed by interment with Full Military Honors in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Earle's name can be made to American Cancer Society.
WATERS James Enright "Jimmie", "Pop" Age 89, of Elmira, NY, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 8, 2007. By Pop's side was his loving and devoted wife of 65 years, Dorris. Jimmie is the son of the late Charles and Florence Waters Griffis and stepfather, George Griffis. Jimmie was a devoted Husband, Pop, Newspaper Reporter/ Editor, Railroader and Poet. He retired from the Star-Gazette in 1978 with over 45 years service. Jimmie began his career as a Sports Reporter covering local events and retired as Editor for the Star-Gazette Sunday Edition. Prior to his newspaper career, Jimmie served his country during World War II in the US Army. Before he went overseas, he married Dorris V. Pickle on August 8, 1942. After the war, Jimmie began his newspaper career and he and Dorris began their family consisting of twin sons, Mike and Jim, and sons, Gary, Jeff, along with many pets throughout the years. Jimmie coached all of his sons in Little League and was the first coach for Pal's Sporting Goods in West Elmira. When not on the field, you could always find Pop in the Railroad Yards or in his basement constructing mountains and buildings and laying hundreds of feet of track. His many railroad layouts were his joy and relaxation. Jimmy was also involved in the local community, especially as co-founder of COST (a program that focused on cutting rising school taxes). As a young man, he also organized a neighborhood boy's club called the "Knot-Hole Gang." Although Pop has now been called by God to come and join his family in Heaven, there shall never be a day that passes that Pop will not be in the hearts and minds of his loving wife, sons and family members. Pop's family includes his loving wife of 65 years, Dorris; and their children, Mike and Jean Waters of Penfield, NY, Jim and Judy Waters of Orangeburg, NY, Gary and Bambi Waters of Rome, GA, Jeff and Debra Waters of Big Flats, NY; grandchildren, Jenny (Greg) Miller, Greg Waters, Matthew (Nicole) Waters, Christopher (Cynthia) Waters, Lindsey, Molly, Charlie and Laurie Waters, Kim (Larry) Greeno, Amanda (Chad Munsey) Waters; great-grandchildren, Noah Miller, Baylee and Carter Greeno; last but not least…his faithful dog, "Katie". Family and friends are invited to visit Walter Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St., at Washington Ave., Elmira, on Tuesday, March 13th, from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. His Prayer Service will follow at 3:30 p.m. Rev. Richard Farrell will officiate. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Jimmie through donations to the Arnot Ogden Medical Center, 4D Unit, 600 Roe Ave., Elmira, NY 14901. We love you, Pop!!!!
BUSH Gladys Wilma Age 83, of Watkins Glen, passed away Sunday, March 18, 2007, at Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls, NY. Born in Catherine, NY to William and Pearl Cady Lanphear, Gladys became the first woman bus driver in 1951 for the Watkins Glen Central School District and continued to drive for 18 years. She and her husband where also past co-owners of Mr. Chicken Restaurant in Watkins Glen. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family; with burial at Hector Union Cemetery, Burdett, NY. She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Otis Bush in 1995; a son, Richard C. Bush in 2003; and previously by three brothers, Perry, Frank and Richard Personius; and two sisters, Helen Personius Lanphear and Francis Personius Rappleye. She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who is lovingly survived by four children, Charles (Connie) Bush of Rochester Hills, MI, George Bush of Watkins Glen, Wilma (Philip) Bond of Hector, and Judy (Harold) Forney of Hector; sister-in-law, Lillian Personius; daughter-in-law, Caryl Bush; and 17 grandchildren, Robin, Tad and Kari Bond, Christine, Michele and Tammy Bush, Richard, Craig, Heather and Nichole Gallow, Lori, Lorraine and Charles Bush, Richard, Jodi, Tyre, and J. Carter Bush; and also 31 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials in her memory may be directed to Schuyler County Ambulance, PO Box 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
MCCAFFERY Patrick Michael "Meatball" Age 52, of 237 West Second Street, died unexpectedly Saturday, March 17, 2007, at his home. He was born April 5, 1954 in Corning, NY, the son of Roderick L. and Rita McCarthy McCaffery. A lifetime resident of Corning, NY graduating from St. Vincent de Paul & St. Mary's Catholic Schools and Corning Painted Post East High School. Pat was employed as a Tradesman (Millwright) for Corning Inc. and was a member of the Steel Workers Union. He was a member of All Saints Parish and Race Services Inc. Once you met "Meatball" you would never forget him. His generosity was unlimited when it came to his family and friends. Pat loved woodworking, cooking and helping others. His biggest love was spending time with his extended family and volunteering as a course marshall at WGI. He will be greatly missed by all. He is survived by his mother, Rita McCaffery of Corning, NY; sisters, Colleen (Henry) Mapes of Campbell, NY, Mary Kay (Dominick) Lisi of Corning, NY, Kathleen McCaffery and Terry Nichols of Rochester, NY, Kelly McCaffery and Bill Sherman of Corning, NY and Maureen (David) Alford of Coopers Plains, NY; nieces, Colleen Lisi, Samantha Payne, Victoria Mapes; nephews, Ryan (Sarah) Payne, Joshua (Tiffany Torden) Payne and Dominick Lisi; great-nephew, Brayden Payne; aunts and uncles, Grace and Frank Wilson, Maureen McCarthy, Johanna McCarthy and Rodney and Virginia Spring; also several cousins. He was predeceased by his father, Roderick M. McCaffery; and niece, Andrea Payne. Friends may call at the Haughey Funeral Home, 216 E. First St., Corning, NY 14830, Tuesday, March 20, 2007, from 4-8 p.m. A Prayer Service will be offered at the funeral home Wednesday, March 21, 2007, at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial St. Mary's Church 9:30 a.m. Committal Prayers and Interment will be held at the family plot in St. Mary's Cemetery. The family would appreciate Memorial Donations be given in Pat's name to: Camp Good Days & Special Times, 47 Bridge St., Corning, NY 14830.
PRATT Donald Jack Age 56, of Elkland, PA, passed away March 18, 2007 at Corning Hospital. Friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Elkland, PA, Wednesday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., where funeral services will be held Thursday at 1:00 p.m.
ROOT Leon The spirit of Leon Root was set free March 14, 2007 at his home on McInroy Street, surrounded by three generations of those who loved him dearly. He was born June 8, 1925 in Galeton, PA, the son of Arthur Leon and Mary Roseanna Umpstead Root. He was the last remaining and youngest of four children, Elihu Root, Leona Gilbert, Madeline Wetherbee. He served in World War II and traveled throughout England, France, Germany and Belgium as a Medic in the U.S. Army. Leon married the former Katharine Constantina Vaganos in September 1948. They are the parents of Lisa, Tana, Kathy and Leon, Jr. Dad was an adventurer who loved to travel but remained devoted to Pine Creek his entire life. He developed a great love for Greece and together, our parents made many trips. Dad worked for Ingersoll-Rand in Painted Post, NY, retiring in 1985. He lost a beloved grandson, Kaleb, in 1993. He leaves behind a rich legacy of music, humor and wonderful memories, as well as grandchildren, Chad Dodge, Miguel Dodge, Lee Root III, Karl Gunderson, Jr., Chris Root, Gretchen Gunderson, Koury and Jessa Dodge, SanBee Blair, Tony Blair, Vinnie Mignano, Joey Mignano, Masha Root and Annie Root; and nine great-grandchildren. There will be a viewing on Thursday, March 22, 2007, from 6:00–8:00 p.m. at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, 139 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA. Funeral service to follow at 8:00 p.m. with Rev. Gregory P. Hinton officiating.
RUGER Kenneth E. Age 68, of Old Ithaca Rd., Horseheads, passed away at home surrounded by his family on Saturday, March 17, 2007. In celebration of Ken's life, family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 So. Main St., Horseheads, on Tuesday, March 20, 2007, from 2-4:00 p.m. and again from 6-8:00 p.m. His funeral and graveside service will take place privately with his family.
SMITH Harold P. "Smitty" Age 79, of Elcor and formerly a longtime resident of Westlake St., Horseheads, passed away Monday, March 19, 2007. Smitty was retired from A&P Foods in Horseheads. Further arrangements with the Barber Funeral Home in Horseheads will be announced upon completion.
SMITH Gordon L. NYSEG Retiree Age 79, of Horseheads, passed away Sunday, March 18, 2007. In addition to his wife, Corinne and her family, Gordon is also survived by two sisters, Betty Jean Smith and Virginia Belmonte. Services with the Barber Funeral Home in Horseheads will take place privately at the convenience of his family.
TERWILLIGER Jean M. (Peel) Age 81, of Ross Township, passed away on Friday, March 16, 2007. Born in Elmira, NY, on October 26, 1925, daughter of the late John and Marion (Rogers) Peel. Beloved wife of the late Bolton A. Terwilliger. Sister of Richard Peel and the late John and Robert Peel. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Family welcomed friends on Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at the Schellhaas Funeral Home, Inc., 388 Center Avenue, West View. A Mass of Christian Burial took place in St. Sebastian Church on Monday, March 19, 2007, at 1:00 p.m. Interment followed in North Side Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to Parkinson Chapter of Greater Pittsburgh, 6507 Wilkins Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217.