Obituaries 2008

Elizabeth A. “Tibby”  Houseknecht, age 89,
of Ovid, passed away at her home on Tuesday (Dec 30).
The family will receive friends from Noon to 2:00pm on Saturday (Jan 3) at Covert Funeral Home, Ovid, NY.  The funeral service will then be held there at 2:00pm, officiated by Rev. Diane Walker of the Ovid Federated Church. Prayers of Committal will be held at Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken in the Spring. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to South Seneca Ambulance, PO Box 280, Ovid, NY 14521 in her memory.
Elizabeth was born on December 1, 1919 in Troy, PA, a daughter of the late Orley D. and Mary J. (Arnold) Tillotson. She moved here as a young child and had attended the Lodi School. She worked in the housekeeping department at Willard for many years, rarely missing a day of work, retiring in 1982. She was devoted to her family and looked forward to having people around her everyday. She was known as “Grandma” by many, even to those outside of the family.
She is survived by her children; Earl (Elaine) Houseknecht of Lodi, Howard (Lorraine) Houseknecht of Hampton, VA, Scott (Barb) Houseknecht of Burdett, Steven (Tammy) Houseknecht of Brooksville, FL, Sharon (Bill) Manning of Ovid, and Kay Cole of Interlaken 18 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren.
Tibby was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, by a son, Kenneth in 1991, a daughter, Gloria Hageman in 1999, by a grandson, Keith in 1981, and by a great grand daughter, Felicia Westervelt in 2003, and by her siblings, Robert, Bill, Don, Orley David, Ada and Harriet.


Daniel A. Gallagher, age 85,
formerly of Willard, died at the Geneva Living Center on Wednesday (Dec 17).
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 3:00pm on Saturday (Dec 20) at Holy Cross Catholic Church by Fr. Bart Minson. Prayers of committal will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Daniel was born on September 12, 1923 in Willard, a son of the late William and Sarah Grace (McGrane) Gallagher. He was a graduate of Ovid High School and Niagara University. He served in the US Army during WWII from 1943-1946. He returned to Willard and worked at Sampson Air Force Base, and then became a claims representative for the Social Security Administration, retiring in 1978. He had been a member of the VFW Post 6200 and American Legion Post 463.
He is survived by his nieces and nephews, Gwen (Tedd) Martz of Syracuse, Margaret Cupp of Ithaca, Daniel Peltz of Trumansburg, William Peltz of Texas and their families and his sister-in-law, Alice Gallagher of Auburn.  He was preceded in death by his brothers, Howard and John and by sisters, Mary Peltz and Grace Gallagher.
Arrangements are under the direction of Covert Funeral Home, Ovid, NY


Charles E. “Chuck” Williams, age 77,
of Lodi, passed away at Community General Hospital in Syracuse, on Wednesday (Dec 10, 2008).
Chuck was born on October 7, 1931 in Oneonta, NY son of the late Robert and Irma (Scholl) Williams. He retired from Binghamton Psychiatric Center in 1986, where he had been the Plant Superintendent and then, Assistant Business Officer. His career led him to various facilities in New York State, such as, Willard, Sampson, Poughkeepsie, and Ogdensburg. He was an integral person in the oversight of the construction of Broome Developmental Center. Throughout his lifetime, he had been active in various Methodist Churches, and had been a member of the Ovid Federated Church at the time of his death. His other memberships included the Harley Owners Group, American Motorcycle Association, and the Good Sam Club. Chuck had been elected Justice of the Peace in the Town of Lodi and volunteered for the Lodi Fire Dept.  For many years he served on the Board of Directors of the GHS Federal Credit Union. He enjoyed time spent with his family, camping, motorcycling, and spending winters in Zephyrhills, FL.  
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ethel (Nivison), his children, Mark (Karen) Williams of Willard, NY,  Beverly (Kenneth) Patrick of Windsor, NY and Carol (J.Scott) Armstrong of Binghamton, NY; grandchildren, Ashley, Brock and Stephanie Williams, Andrew Patrick and Chelsea and Brooke Armstrong, a sister; Nancy (Bill) Richardson of FL, and half sisters, Louise Malone of PA, and Ruth Adams of IA, and a brother in law, Richard Gallusser of Oneonta. He was predeceased by his sister Marjorie Gallusser, half brother Robert Williams, his special Aunt and Uncle, Welma and Otis Brockway and his granddaughter Amy Williams
The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 5:00pm on Sunday (Dec 14) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid. A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm on Monday (Dec 15) at the Ovid Federated Church, 7137 Main Street, officiated by Pastor Diane Walker.  Interment will be held privately at Seneca-Union Cemetery in Valois.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Chuck’s memory may be directed to the Ovid Federated Church,   PO Box 340, Ovid, NY 14521
 
  View/Sign Guest Book

Linda Lee Ritchie Hurd, age 45,
of  Wilcox Lane, passed away on Monday (Dec 10) at FF Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua. Those who remember her will remember the vibrant woman who loved dancing, racing and spending time with her family and friends. She was loved by her family as well as by many old and new friends. All are happy that she found peace and comfort after many years of pain and illness.
Linda is survived by her son Jeffrey, his wife Cheryl and their sons, Adam and Alex, all of Farmington. Adam and Alex were the lights of her life. She is also survived by her daughter, Michelle Hurd Cantando of Elmira. Linda was very proud of her children and grandchildren. Linda is also survived by her mother, Martha Ritchie of Huntington Living Center in Waterloo, her brother William Ritchie and is wife, Joyce of Interlaken and their daughter Amy, and William’s two sons, John and Scott, and by a sister, Sandra Ritchie of Ovid. Linda has gone to be with her loving father, Seward W. Ritchie.
Linda had too many friends to list, but her family wishes to thank all who have been loving and supportive over the years. These friends gave their love, their time and assorted other assistance to Linda for many years and they will never be forgotten.
At Linda’s request, funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main St, Ovid.  Also, at her request, private graveside services will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Linda’s memory may be directed to Compassionate Care Hospice, PO Box 123, Canandaigua, NY  14424, who sent Linda an angel, Aime O’Conner, who was at Linda’s side for many years and when she went Home, or to the American Cancer Society, 1400 Winton Rd North, Rochester, NY 14609.

Hazel R. VanVleet, age 94,
of the Bixby Home in  Interlaken, formerly of Juniper Manor in Trumansburg, died on Monday (Dec 1) at Geneva General Hospital.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Friday (Dec 5) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main St.,Ovid, officiated by Pastor Nate Weidman of the Covert Baptist Church. Prayers of committal will be held at Seneca-Union Cemetery in Valois.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a contribution to the Seneca-Union Cemetery, PO Box 134, Hector, NY 14841.
Hazel was born in Perry City, NY on December 24, 1913, a daughter of the late Frank and Mabel (Lamb) Rosbaugh. She volunteered as a 4-H leader, and as a driver for South Seneca Ambulance. She had been an active member of the Calvary Baptist Church and of the Home Bureau and the Lodi Grange. She retired from Willard Psychiatric Center in 1976, where she had worked as a therapy aide.
She is survived by her children; Frank (Mary Louise) VanVleet of Pine City, Mary (Lyle) Morrow of Lodi, Nelda J. MacDonald of Varick, Dana G. VanVleet of Ovid, Clair A. VanVleet of Florida, and Carl (Marsha) VanVleet of Lodi; her daughter-in-law Brenda VanVleet of Romulus; 19 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; and a brother, Donald Rosbaugh of Arizona.   Hazel was preceded in death by her husband, George VanVleet in 1983;her son, Doug VanVleet;  and by her brother Harold Rosbaugh and sister Shirley Chesonis.

Levi H. Karlsen, age 23,
of Romulus, died tragically at his home on Thursday (Nov 20).
The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 7:00pm on Tuesday (Nov 25) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid. A Memorial Service will be held at 4:00pm on Wednesday (Nov 26) at the Presbyterian Church in Geneva, 24 Park Place, officiated by Rev. Jim Gurling. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Elletra and Ivy Karlsen Educational Fund, c/o Five Star Bank, PO Box G, Ovid, NY 14521.
Levi was born on February 3, 1985 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, the son of Karl and Christina (Alexander) Karlsen. His family returned to Romulus in 1991, and he attended the Romulus Central School. He had been employed as a machine operator by Guardian Industries of Geneva since March of this year. 
He is survived by his daughters, Elletra and Ivy Karlsen of Cayuga, NY, his parents, Karl (Cindy) Karlsen of Romulus; sisters, Erin (Irvin) DeRoche of Gordon, GA, Kati Karlsen of Montgomery, NY and a brother, Alex Karlsen of Romulus, his grandparents, Junior (Alice) Karlsen of Romulus, Arlene (Randy) Meltzer of Sacramento, CA, and Art Alexander of Murphy’s, CA, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Levi was preceded in death by his mother in, Christina Alexander Karlsen in 1991, and by his grandmother, Marge (Edward) Best.

Ellie G. Cassidy, 81,
of Waterloo-Geneva Road, and longtime resident of Ovid, died on Wednesday (Nov 19) at Geneva General Hospital.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday (Nov. 24) at Covert Funeral Home, Ovid. A funeral service will be held at 1pm on Tuesday (Nov. 25) at the Ovid Federated Church officiated by Rev. Diane Walker.
In lieu of flowers, please consider at donation in Ellie’s memory to the Ecumenical Food Pantry, c/o Ovid Federated Church, PO Box 340, or the So. Seneca Ambulance Corps, PO Box 280, Ovid, NY 14521.
Ellie was born on May 22, 1927 in Kingston, NY, a daughter of the late Jesse and Hattie (Quick) Lacy. She was a 1950 graduate of the Syracuse University School of Nursing, and then began a long career at Willard Psychiatric Center; from a staff nurse, to nursing supervisor, and finally retiring from the In-Service training program in 1982. As part of her nurses training, she did a psychiatric rotation at Willard, where she met her future husband, Ross. They were married on February 24, 1951. For more than 20 years, she considered Woodland Hills in Clearwater, FL her home, where she and Ross spent their winters.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Ross; a son, David, both of Waterloo; a brother, Robert R.W. (Marjorie) Lacy of Phoenix, AZ, numerous nieces and nephews, and by Ross’s extended family.

Estella G. “Stella” Mettler, age 78,
of Ovid,  passed away at her home on Tuesday, (Nov 11).
The family will receive friends from 10:00am to 11:00 am on Saturday, (Nov 15) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid, where  a memorial service will follow at 11:00am, officiated by Rev. Diane Walker of the Ovid Federated Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Stella’s name may be directed to the Lifetime Care Hospice, 1120 So. Main St, Newark , NY 14513.
Estella was born on March 21, 1930, in Townsend, NY a daughter of the late Ray and Maude (Davis) Kinner. She had been a longtime resident of the Ovid and Trumansburg areas, and a former member of the Ovid American Legion Post #463 Ladies Auxiliary.  She retired from Willard Psychiatric Center in 1987, where she had worked as a therapy aide. In addition to her busy homemaking, she enjoyed playing cards, reading and cooking for her family.
She is survived by her husband of 32 years,  Francis Mettler; sons, Albert Hughes Jr. of Seneca Falls, Geoffrey (Diane) Hughes of Seneca Falls, and Russell (Kathy) Hughes of Trumansburg; daughters, Lois (Sharon Minde) Hughes of Moravia and Virginia Cirillo of Seneca Falls, her stepchildren, Danny (Susan) Mettler of Elmira, Victor Mettler of Reston, VA and Deborah Mettler of Horseheads, 7 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, sister, Esther Hughes of Jacksonville, and sisters in law, Esther Thomas of Mecklenburg and Betty Grover of Knoxville, TN

Timothy J. McDonald, age 42,
of Lodi, died unexpectedly on Sunday, November 9, 2008.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00pm on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main Street, Ovid. A private memorial service will be observed by the family on Thursday.
The family graciously declines floral tributes, and instead asks that you kindly consider a donation in Tim's memory to the Pug Rescue,  c/o Linda Felice 5247 Route 96, Romulus, NY 14541 or the Don MacIntosh Memorial Skeet Shoot and Scholarship Fund, PO Box 26, Ovid, NY 14521.
Tim was born in Geneva, NY on February 18, 1966, a son of Hugh J. and Peggy (Hall) McDonald. He was a graduate of So. Seneca High School, Class of 1984. He began working at Willard Psychiatric Center in High School, and continued there, even through it’s transition to Willard Drug Treatment Center. Upon the opening of 5 Points Correctional Facility, he transferred there, and worked as an engineer in the power plant. He was recognized with an honorary membership to the South Seneca Sportsmens Club following his death.
Tim is well known locally as “Timmy Tunes”. His love of music, entertaining, and socializing led his DJ service to be sought out by many. In his effort to give back to the community he also volunteered his talents and services for fundraisers and benefits.  He will be fondly remembered for the love of his motorcycle and snowmobile, his pug,  wine and winemaking, and music.
Tim is survived by his wife, Darlene; a son, Andy of Fair Haven, NY; his pug, “baby girl” Darla; his mother, Peggy (Mel) Oltz of Lodi, his brothers, Mark McDonald of Lodi, and Colin (Andrea) McDonald of Nashville, TN; his sisters, Jacque Frere of Waterloo and Debbie Baker of Newport News, VA, his nephews, Derek, Chad and Bryant, and his nieces, Jenna, and Raena,  his aunts and uncles and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Hugh in 1988.

Irene M. Ahouse, age 83,
of Lodi, passed away at her home on Friday (Nov.7).
The family will receive friends from 11:00am to 1:00pm on Monday (Nov 10) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main St, Ovid, followed by a funeral service at 1:00pm officiated by Rev. Cory Eckstrom of the Christ Lutheran Church in Sheldrake. Prayers of Committal will be held at West Lodi Cemetery.
Irene was born on May 6, 1925, a daughter of the late Adolph and Tillie (Brieker) Lentz. She moved to Lodi with her husband in 1946, where she worked with him on the family farm.  She was a proud homemaker and mother, tirelessly providing the comforts of a busy household.  She was a member of the Eastern Star, a highly skilled seamstress, actress, and active member of the community.  Her proud determination, wisdom and love supported four generations of family.  Her sister knows that Irene’s essence was the music that was always in her soul and heart.  With love and admiration, her grandchildren especially cherished her humor, keen wit, laughter, and unconditional love.  Along with her children, sister, family and friends, they fondly recall and wish for her “happy days.”
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Bernard C. Ahouse of Lodi, her children, Karl S. Ahouse of Lakeland, FL, Susan J. Ahouse of Wilmington, DE, Nancy E. Dayton of Ovid, and Martin (Rebecca) Ahouse of Lodi; grandchildren, Brandy, Stephen, Jill, Kari, Lisa, Laura, Emily, Joe and Alana, and great grandchildren, Liam and Jack; a sister, Margaret “Peggy” (Tom) Seeley of Lady Lake, FL, a special nephew Joe (Corrine) Brieker of Baltimore, MD, and numerous other cousins, nieces, nephews and caring friends. 
In lieu of flowers, donations in Irene’s name may be made to the Seneca County Children’s Committee, P.O. Box 623, Waterloo, NY 13165.

Mary Rose Corcoran, age 90,
of Ovid, passed away on Tuesday (Nov 4) at Geneva General Hospital surrounded by her family.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday (Nov 7) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00am on Saturday (Nov 8) at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Ovid, by Fr. Bart Minson OFMCap. Kindly consider a donation in Mary Rose’s memory to the Edith B. Ford Library, PO Box 410, Ovid, NY  14521, Holy Cross Church, PO Box 337, Ovid, NY 14521 the Society of the Little Flower, 1313 Frontage Road, Darien, IL  60561 or
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Financial Management Branch,
Building 31, Room 8A34; 31 Center Drive, MSC 2540; Bethesda, MD 20892-2540 in lieu of flowers.
Mary Rose was born at home in the Town of Romulus on July 29, 1918, a daughter of the late Timothy A. and Catherine (McKenna) Clair. She was a graduate of the Ovid HS Class of 1936, attended the Cortland Normal School, and graduated from Cortland State University. She taught at Romulus Central School for 26 years, and then finished her 42 year teaching career at South Seneca Central School, all of which she taught Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grades. She was an active member of the PTA, the Democratic Committee for the Town of Ovid, Seneca County United Way, the American Cancer Society, and had been the treasurer of the Ovid Youth Center for more than 30 years. Her volunteerism was welcomed by the Ovid Food Pantry and the Edith B. Ford Library. Mary Rose was a faithful communicant of Holy Cross in addition to serving on the Altar Rosary Society, and staffing the church office.
She is survived by her children; Glenn Joseph (Helen) Corcoran of Willard, Janet (Arthur) Annechino of Fairport, Jyl Corcoran of Ovid, and Kathryn (Bernd) Hofman of Rocky Mount, NC; her grandchildren, Kelly (Bill) Mutschler, Joe (Maureen) Corcoran of Pittsfield, MA, Jennifer (Jerrod) Starkey of Cape Coral, FL, Janine Annechino of Newport Beach, CA, Kate Olschewske of Delmar, NY, Arthur Annechino Jr, of Fairport, Sara and Melissa Hofman of Rocky Mount, NC; great grandchildren, Maggie and Aidan Mutschler, MacKenzie, Jake, Sydney and Lexi Corcoran and Jake Starkey, a brother, James Clair of Ovid,  her nieces, nephews, cousins, and her wonderful friends.  Mary Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn J, Corcoran in 1988, and by her brother, William Clair, and sisters, Dorothy Riley and Alice Hoppy.

Norman E. Sickler Jr, age 65
of Willard, passed away at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA on Tuesday, November 4, 2008.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8pm on Thursday (Nov 6) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main St, Ovid. A funeral service will be held at 11am on Friday (Nov 7) at the funeral home with the Rev. Diane Walker of the Ovid Federated Church officiating. Prayers of Committal will be held at Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken. Kindly consider a donation to the American Cancer Society, 1400 Winton Road N., Rochester, NY 14609 in lieu of flowers.
Norman was born on January 26, 1943 in Ithaca, NY a son of the late Norman E. and Marjorie (Blackman) Sickler Sr. He was a graduate of Ithaca High School and moved to the Interlaken/Ovid area more than 35 years ago. He pursued a goal, by obtaining a degree from FLCC.  He then pursued a dream, by working at South Seneca Central Schools, first as a substitute teacher, followed by the summer school program, and ultimately as a teacher’s aide in the Special Education Dept.  He then continued on as being care taker of Lakeview Cemetery in Interlaken where this was his passion and admiration.
He is survived by his wife, Georgia, his children, Sandi Maki of N.Carolina, Sheri Wright of Syracuse, Lori Carroll of Willard, Susan Barry of N.Carolina, Robert Schlock of Seneca Falls and Arissa Albro of Ovid; grandchildren, Forrest and Wesley Wright, Michael, Justin and Robert Carroll, Mary Grace, Anna and Aidan Barry, Blaze, Dakota Schlock and Michael Walters, Erika and Sarah Albro; great grandson, Atticus Bothel; brother, Douglas ; nieces, Cindy and Charlene Haskin and Sage Sickler, nephew John Sickler, a great nephew, Owen Sky Sickler.  Norman was preceded in death by a sister, Paula

Raymond Sheldrake,
formerly of Trumansburg, died on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 in Sun City, FL.
Born in Prospect Park, NJ on September 7, 1923. His education began in the public schools of Hawthorne, NJ and was completed in the Vocational Agriculture Department of Central High School in Paterson, NJ in 1942.
After serving three years with the Army Engineers in the European theater of operations, he returned to Rutgers University from which he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture and Agricultural Education in June of 1949.
At the time of graduation from Rutgers, he was appointed to a graduate research assistantship in the Division of Vegetable Crops at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY. He received his Master of Science degree in September 1950 and Doctor of Philosophy in June of 1952 from Cornell University. His major field of study was Vegetable Crops with minors in Plant Pathology and Soils.
Upon graduation from Cornell in 1952, he was appointed as Vegetable Specialist in the Extension Service at the University of Georgia. He served in this position until July of 1954, at which time he accepted a position in the Department of Vegetable Crops as an Assistant Professor at Cornell University. On April 1, 1957, he was advanced to the rank of Associate Professor and has served on the Graduate Faculty since that time. On July 1, 1969, he became a full Professor in the Department of Vegetable Crops at Cornell University.
During this time, he was in a research field, but was called upon considerably to assist out in the field by greenhouse growers. His major fields of interest were in plastics for agriculture, artificial soils, plant nutrition, and the overall systems approach to protected cultivation or controlled environmental agriculture.
Dr. Sheldrake retired from Cornell on January 1, 1979, and was advanced to the rank of Professor Emeritus.
After his early retirement he founded and became the director of the Sheldrake Research Center in Ithaca and the chief consultant for W.R. Grace & Co. on soil development and plant nutrition.
Ray and his wife Elsie H. Sheldrake founded and established the Early Bird Farm in 1959, located on Elmira Road in Ithaca. It was a retail greenhouse and road stand market which is still growing at the present time.
After his “fall from grace”, as he put it (retirement from W.R Grace), Ray retired to a home he built on Pennsylvania Avenue in Trumansburg, NY. He later moved to Florida-Palmetto, then to Sun City Center.
Ray is remembered by his many friends and colleagues as the “Flying Professor”. He was a private pilot and owned several airplanes. He would often fly his own plane to speaking engagements and consulting jobs as well as family vacations.
Among his many accomplishments, he will be remembered for being the father of the plastic greenhouse and developing the peatlite mix (along with Jim Boodley), that is now used world-wide! He also will be remembered for his work on plastic mulch for field vegetables, drip irrigation, soluble plant fertilizer, growing in bags, plant growth regulators and much more.
Dr. Sheldrake was a great speaker and was knowledgeable in a wide variety of topics in the Veg-Crops and Floriculture Industry. Few people will ever forget his lively talks.
He is survived by his sons, Gregory R. Sheldrake and George A. Sheldrake, both of Ithaca, and his daughters, Barbara Bendzunas of Comer Georgia, and Connie O’Connell of Mooresville, North Carolina. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Cameron and Cody Sheldrake of Ithaca, Elizabeth, Paul and George Bendzunas of Georgia, and Heather Scrip of Ithaca and Michael Scrip of North Carolina. Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie in 2002.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30pm on Friday, October 31, 2008 at Annabel Taylor Hall on the campus of Cornell University.
Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid has assisted the family with arrangements.

Maurice L. Bond, age 85
of Romulus, passed away at Huntington Living Center on Wednesday (Sept 24).
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, October 4, 2008 at the Varick United Methodist Church, with Pastor Barbara De’Angelis officiating. Prayers of Committal will be held at Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken, with military honors offered by the Ovid Color Guard and the Military Forces Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a memorial in Maurice’s name to the Varick UMC 2649 Ernsberger Road, Romulus, NY 14541.
Maurice was born on February 4, 1923 in Valois, NY, a son of the late Charles S. and Ethel M. (Foxx) Bond. He was a 1941 graduate of the Ovid High School. He joined the US Army in 1943 and and landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day and fought all through Europe, including the Battle of the Bulge. He continued and was on hand when Germany surrendered. He remained in Europe six months after the surrender and mustered out as a Staff Sergeant on January 25, 1946.
Following his tour of military duty, he returned home to the Valois area, and soon became employed at Willard State Hospital, working as a licensed practical nurse, eventually retiring after 31 years of State service in 1978. Following his retirement, he and his wife spent 20 winters in Seminole, FL. He had been a Life Member of the VFW Post #6200, American Legion Post #463, and the So. Seneca Sportsmen’s Club and a former member of the Seneca Falls Elk Lodge #992.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Mildred, his sons Jeffrey (Betty) Bond of Romulus, James(Margaret) Bond of Manassas, VA, his step daughters, Donna VanHoesen of Waterloo and Doreen (Bob) McCann of Romulus, and grand children, Jason, Julie, Mandy, Evie, Analisa, Jennifer, Brittany and Catherine.
Arrangements are under the direction of Covert Funeral Home, Ovid. www.covertfuneralhome.com

Philomena "Fran" St. John, age 88,
former longtime resident of Interlaken, died Sunday, September 21, 2008, at Northwoods of Cortland.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Ovid Federated Church for family and friends at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, September 26, 2008, officiated by Rev. Diane Walker. Prayers of committal will be held privately at Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Ovid Federated Church, PO Box 340, Ovid, NY, or the charity of one's choice in Philomena's memory.
Philomena was born on April 17, 1920 in Brewster, NY, a daughter of the late Joseph and Maria Prienzi. She took great pride in providing a loving home for her family and found delight in spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had been a member of the Red Hat Society and enjoyed crafting and crocheting.
She is survived by her daughters, Joyce L. (Douglas) Parsons of Morrisville, Allyson M. (Charles Crayton) St. John of Interlaken; her grandchildren, Janette (Gene) Fleming, Kirk (Barbie) Parsons, Carrie (Les Kraft) Parsons, Pam (Derek) Powers, and Tyler Crayton; and by eight great-grandchildren. Philomena was preceded in death by her husband, Alan in 1978; and by three brothers and a sister.
Arrangements are under the direction of Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid, NY.
1-877-828-3411 www.covertfuneralhome.com

Diane G. Herndon, age 58,
longtime resident of the Lodi and Ovid area, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Thursday, September 11, 2008
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Monday, September 15, 2008 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid, officiated by Pastor Mark Holden. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Beverly Animal Shelter, 50 West River Road, Waterloo, NY 13165, in Diane’s memory.
Diane was born on January 24, 1950, in Seneca Falls, NY a daughter of Donald G. and Beatrice (Chase) McIntosh.  She was a 1968 graduate of  Ovid High School. She had worked at Willard Psychiatric Center, the LaPinto Law Firm and BOCES in Ithaca.  Music was an important part of Diane’s life, and she enjoyed playing both guitar and keyboard, Her love of animals was second only to the love she showed for her family.
She is survived by her mother, Betty McIntosh of Ovid, a son, David (Michele) Herndon of Willard, her grandchildren, Brandon and Nikole Herndon, and sisters Joni Wilson of Phoenix, AZ, Phyllis Parish of Ovid and Margaret Lypka of Watkins Glen and several nieces and nephews. Diane was preceded in death by her father in 2001.

Katherine B. Blew, age 90,
lifetime resident of the Ovid/Interlaken area, died on Sunday, September 7, 2008 at Geneva Living Center South.
The family will receive friends from 10:00am to Noon on Thursday (Sept 11) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main St., Ovid where a funeral service will be officiated by Rev. Diane Walker of the Ovid Federated Church at Noon. Interment will be held at Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Katherine’s name may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 1400 Winton Rd North,
Rochester, NY 14609
Katherine was born on June 13, 1918 in the Town of Covert, a daughter of the late John C. and Frances (Dimmick) Bullivant. She was a graduate of Interlaken High School, and once married, she assisted her husband in the operation of the family farm, and took great pride in raising her family.
She is survived by her daughter; Mary Ann Hoven of Interlaken, grandchildren; Shelly (Albert) Reese and Bradley (Sheila) Barber;great grandchildren, Nicole Reese, Sheena Stuttle and Cierra Barber, and by a brother John Bullivant. Katherine was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon in 1980 and by her siblings, James, Robert, Freddie, Donnie, Walter, and Marian.

W. Thomas Wallace, age 78,
of Lodi, died at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester on Sunday, September 7, 2008.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00pm on Thursday (Sept 11) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid, and on Friday from 10:00am to 11:00am at the Interlaken Reformed Church, where a funeral service will be officiated by Pastor Derek VandeSlunt at 11:00am. Prayers of Committal with Military Honors will be held at West Lodi Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the National Kidney Foundation, 15 Prince St, Rochester, NY 14607 or the Interlaken Reformed Church Memorial Fund, PO Box 335 in Tom’s memory.
Tom was born on March 3, 1930 in Rochester, NY, the only child of the late Wm. A. and Astrid (Anderson) Wallace. Following his graduation from St. Lawrence University, Tom proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict from 1952 to 1956. He then embarked on a long career with Eastman-Kodak, retiring as the Director of Benefits in 1986. He and his wife Pat moved from Greece, NY in 1996 to the home they built in Lodi. Tom had been a Lay Leader at the Lake United Methodist Church in Charlotte, a former Mason and served on the Board of St. John’s Home in Rochester and as the Chairman of Membership for the YMCA. Tom loved sports and was the 1947 City Tennis Champion and the president of the Rochester ski club, and the player/manager of the “Gypsies”, a men’s softball team comprised childhood friends, who played for 33 years. While in the Lodi area, he was a member of the Interlaken Reformed Church, Lodi Historical Society, the Ovid-Willard Lions Club and the Men’s Bible Study of the Ovid Federated Church.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Pat, his children, W. Thomas (Elisa) Wallace Jr. of Rochester, Beth (Tim) McGrath of Rochester and Jason (Emily) Wallace of Canandaigua; grandchildren Ryan, Blythe, Luke, Jesse, Maren, Jaden and Molly and great grand daughter, Liliana.

Marian E. Carmell, age 88,
formerly of Lodi, passed away on August 21, 2008 at the Gowanda Nursing Facility.
Marian was born on January 6, 1920 in Lodi, NY a daughter of the late Claude Neal, who was a longtime dairy farmer in Lodi, and the late Edith (Campbell) Neal Clawson.
She was the wife of the late Leonard C. Carmell who died in 1996. She is survived by her sons, Carl Jr. (Jean) Carmell of San Antonio, FL, Doug (Barb) Carmell of Perrysburg, NY, and daughters, Joan (Ron) Welch of Interlaken, Nancy Orth of Collins, NY and Debbie (Bil) Brinkerhoff of Lodi, 20 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Bobby Carmell, a grandson, Steven and by a sister, Winnie Oyach.
There will be a Memorial Service for Marian at 11:00am on Saturday, September 6, 2008 at the Covert Funeral Home, Ovid, NY, officiated by Rev. Tom Montgomery of the Lodi Presbyterian Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name may be directed to the Lodi Presbyterian Chapel, c/o Ken Hohwald, PO Box   Lodi, NY 14860

Walter T. Argus Jr. longtime resident of Ovid and Romulus,
passed away at Alterra in Ithaca, on Tuesday, August 26, 2008.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00pm on Saturday, September 6, 2008 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid. A Memorial Service to celebrate his life will be held at the funeral home at 4pm, officiated by Pastor Michael Corriero of the Agape Bible Church in Ithaca. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. 435 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620 or the Holy Cross Church, PO Box 375, Ovid, NY 14521.
Walter was born on April 5, 1924, in Waterloo, the only son of the late Walter T. and Julia (Murphy) Argus Sr. He was a graduate of Ovid High School, and then proudly served his country as a surgical technician during WWII in the US Army. He was married to Jean Perpic on September 4, 1948, and together they operated the Argus Drive-In for 42 years, retiring in 1990. He had been a parishoner of Holy Cross Catholic Church, and member of the VFW Post #6200 in Ovid. He enjoyed golfing, carpentry, travel, and he was a diehard Buffalo Bills fan.  He and Jean wintered in Ft. Myers, FL for many years after their retirement.
He is survived by his wife Jeannie, with whom he would have celebrated 60 years of marriage in September, a son, Richard D. (Laura) Argus of Geneva, and a daughter, Kathy L. (Craig T.) Chaffee of Newfield, and grandchildren, Rachel N. and Elisha D. Chaffee and Katrina L. and Bradley J. Argus. He was preceded in death by his sister, Frances Gangl.


James L. Davis, age 80,
of 8342 North Main Street, died at the Bixby Home on Saturday (Aug 16).
A funeral service will be held at 2:00pm on Thursday (Aug 21) at the Ovid Federated Church, with Rev. Diane Walker officiating. Interment will be held at the Ovid Union Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Bixby Home Adult Care Facility, in Jim’s memory.
Jim was born on December 30, 1927 in Wyalusing, PA, a son of the late James and Myrtle (Lee) Davis. He was a graduate of the Wyalusing Valley High School. He proudly served his country during WWII as a pilot in the US Air Force.
At his request, Jim joined the Bixby family of veterans in 2000 from a VA facility in Canandaigua.
Rich and Deb Bixby, and his many friends at the Bixby Home, which had become his family, will miss him.
Arrangements by Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid, NY.

Rosie Lynch, 90,
of (Hayts Corners) Ovid, passed away at Lakeside Beikirch Care Center in Brockport on Friday, August 15, 2008 after an extended illness. She was a loving mother who enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 
Calling hours will be at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main St, Ovid on Tuesday afternoon from 1-3 pm with funeral services immediately following at 3:00 pm with the Rev. Diane Walker officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Ovid.  Pallbearers will be Eric Miller, Sean Lynch, Greg Fletcher, Wayne Miller, Pete Carroll and Roger Lynch. Honorary Pallbearers will be Bill Harris, Jack Christensen, Rodney Mikkelsen and Ed Walawender. 
Those who wish to remember Rosie in the form of a memorial contribution are kindly asked to consider Lakeside Beikirch Care Center, 170 West Ave, Brockport, NY  14420, South Seneca Ambulance, P.O. Box 280, Ovid, NY  14521 or Life Time Care, 3111 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY  14623. 
Rosie was born October 16, 1917 in Seneca Castle, the daughter of the late Niels and Elsea Marie  Nielsen  Mikkelsen. After graduating from high school, she worked for 35 ½ years as a Therapy Aide at Willard Psychiatric Hospital. 
She is survived by her son, William (Karen) Lynch of Wolcott; daughter, Sharon (Wayne) Miller of Hamlin; grandchildren, Cheryl Fletcher of Rochester, Eric (Sabrina) Miller of Spencerport, Sean Lynch of Illinois, Laura Lynch of Batavia and PFC Raymond (Melissa) Lynch of Alaska; great-grandchildren, Greg Fletcher and Anna Miller; step-great-grandchildren, Skylar and CJ; sister-in-law, Mary Frantz of Waterloo; daughter-in-law, Janet Lynch of Ovid; sister, Mary (John) Wheaton of Geneva; half-brother, Harold (Lois) Mikkelsen of Lodi; a special cousin, Edna Christensen of Seneca Castle and several nieces and nephews. 
She was predeceased by her husband, Roy J. Lynch in 1965; brothers, Henry  Arthur  Mikkelsen and Harry Frederick Mikkelsen; sister, Dagmar Parker and half-sisters, Evelyn Thayer, Margaret Riley and Eleanor Bishop.

Francis E. Holley, 86,
of (Hayts Corners) Ovid, NY passed away while surrounded by his loving family on Friday, August 8, 2008, at Cayuga Medical Center. 
Family will be present to receive friends on Monday, August 11, 2008 from 12-2PM at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 S. Main St., Ovid, NY.  A funeral service, officiated by Rev. Diane Walker, will be held at the funeral home immediately following calling hours at 2PM.  Burial will be in Ovid Union Cemetery. 
Those who wish to remember Francis in the form of a contribution are asked to kindly consider South Seneca Ambulance Corps., PO Box 280, Ovid, NY 14521.
Born February 25, 1922, Francis was a son of the late Howard and Minnie (Whitaker) Holley.  After graduation from Ithaca High School, he joined the US Army where he proudly served for over three years.  Upon his honorable discharge in 1946, Francis went to work as a heavy equipment operator at the former Seneca Army Depot.  He spent over thirty years in a job he loved and formed many lifelong friendships along the way.  The most important thing in life to Francis was his family.  He was a devoted husband, father and grandpa.  He was always there to offer help and support.  He was happiest when he was in his home spending time with his wife and working on his home.
Francis leaves behind his loving wife of 65 years, Laura “Peggy” (Sullivan) Holley of Ovid; a daughter, Barbara (Gary) Alger of Ovid; a son John “Jack” (Linda) Holley of Ovid; his grandchildren, Chris (Carol) Alger of Fulton, Shelley Reynolds of Ovid, Laurie (Andrew) Nass of Romulus and Kathy Robinson of Ovid; great-grandchildren, Joshua Alger, Mitchell and Abigail Alger, Brett Robinson and Holly Reynolds.  Francis is also survived by his sisters, Margaret Rumsey and Helena (Bill) Goodwin; his brothers, Richard Holley, and Robert (Linda) Holley; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Francis was preceded in death by a grandson, Michael Holley; sisters, Mildred Rumsey, Doris Oakley and Marion Lovelace; and brothers, Raymond Holley and Harland Holley.

Rosemary Elizabeth Thomas, 61
passed away unexpectedly on August 6, 2008, at home in Lodi, NY. 
Family will be present to receive friends Saturday, August 9, from 11AM-1PM at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 S. Main St., Ovid, NY.  A funeral service, officiated by Rev. Diane Walker, will be held at 1PM at the funeral home.
Those wishing to remember Rosemary in the form of a memorial contribution are asked to kindly consider the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School, 200 Trapelo Rd., Waltham, MA 02452.
Rosemary was born on August 5, 1947 in Auburn, NY, a daughter of the late Stanley and Mary (Kijowski) Piorun.  She spent several years working in the accounting department for American Red Cross and United Way of Seneca County.  For the past ten years she had operated Rosemary Elizabeth’s Gift Shop in Lodi, where she put her “love of all things Victorian” to work.    Rosemary was a member of the Lodi Historical Society, and was also a Barbra Streisand fan, especially her 1975 movie “The Way We Were”.  The movie “Titanic” also held special meaning to Rosemary.
Rosemary is survived by her husband, Robert M. O’Brien, of Lodi; her sons, David J. Thomas of Seneca Falls and Joseph J. Thomas of Newark; a step-daughter, Stefanie C. Juby of Ithaca; a step-son, Robert M. O’Brien Jr. of Lakeland, FL; and her siblings, Judy (John) Pedlow of Grand Island, NY, and Edward Piorun of Syracuse, NY.  Rosemary is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and her cat, Miles.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, and father to her sons, James L. Thomas of Seneca Falls.


Donna L. Frary, age 65,
of Romulus, passed away at her home on Saturday, (July 26).
A memorial service celebrating Donna’s life will be held at 3:00pm on Sunday, August 17, 2008 at Christ Church Unity, 55 Prince Street in Rochester with Rev. Steve D’Annunzio officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Donna’s name may be directed to Seneca Park Zoo Society, Meerkats, 2222 St. Paul Street, Rochester, NY 14621.
Donna was born on October 12, 1942 in San Francisco, CA, a daughter of Donald F. and Marjorie (Cox) Drake. She moved to Romulus in 1983, and worked at Willard Psychiatric Center in both housekeeping and food service. Upon Willard’s closure, she worked for Finger Lakes DDSO at the Romulus Family Care Residence. Donna traveled extensively, loved animals, enjoyed cooking and gardening and made certain that she was very involved in the lives of her grandchildren.
She is survived by her partner of 27 years, Deborah Koziarski, their children, Rebecca (John) Shoots of Romulus, Aaron (Esperanza) Schultz of Ft.Lewis, WA, grandchildren, Elizabeth, Katelynne, Rachel, Noah, Annaliese, Christopher, Michael and Joshua, also surviving are her father, , and sisters, Vicki (Ron) Leis of Kansas, Judy (Kevin) Kiechlin of Colorado, and Shari Drake of New Mexico, a brother, Bud Drake of New Mexico. Donna was preceded in death by her mother, and by her stepmother, Jo M. Drake.
Covert Funeral Home of Ovid has assisted the family with arrangements. www.covertfuneralhome.com


Ethan O. “Oggie” Allen, age 92,
of Romulus,  passed away on Saturday, June 28, 2008 at Geneva General Hospital.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00pm on Wednesday (July 2) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid. A funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Thursday (July 3) at the West Fayette Church, with Pastor Stephen Beals officiating. Interment with military honors will be held at Glenwood Cemetery in Geneva.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the West Fayette Church Memorial Fund, 1063 Route 336, Geneva, NY 14456 in Oggie’s memory.
Oggie was born on March 25, 1916 in Geneva, a son of the late Charles and Edna (Fridley) Allen. He graduated from Hobart College, went on to complete his Master’s Degree at Cornell University. While working towards his PhD at Cornell, he served as an associate professor. His coursework was interrupted by his draft notice into the US Army Air Corps. He served his country during WWII in Guam. Upon his return, Oggie had a long career with Bell Aerospace in Niagara Falls. He was one of the principal aerospace engineers working on the Gemini Project of the late 1960’s. Following his retirement in 1975, he returned to his lake home in Varick. Oggie had been a very active member of the West Fayette Church.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Anna “Tootie” Allen of Romulus, his daughters, Sharon Ross of Ovid, and Sue (Tim) Allen of Jacksonville, FL; grandchildren, Roger (MaryBeth) Ross, Christy Ross, Jon Allen, Shari Brawley and Rachel (Rocky) Anavo, and great grandchildren, Ethan, Justin and Jordan Brawley, a brother, Dr. Willis (Vivian) Allen of Ithaca, and several nieces and nephews. Oggie was preceded in death by his son, Jan Allen and his son in law, Roger Ross in 2006, and by a brother Rynear Allen and a sister Arlene Larsen.


Loleita Joyce Blass, age 75,
formerly of Spencer, passed away on April 22, 2008 at Seneca View Nursing Facility in Montour Falls.
Joyce was born on March 17, 1933, a daughter of the late Randolf and Lolita Grace (Harris) Scott. Joyce was married to Richard D. Blass Sr. on April 22, 1951, and they had four sons. She worked for Family and Children Services of Ithaca, first as a home health aide, and then as a parent aide, which she truly enjoyed. In 1990 she was named parent aide of the year. Although she loved her work, her joy came from spending time with her husband, Richard and their sons and grandchildren.
She is survived by her sons, Richard Jr. (Pam) of Lodi, William of Ayden, NC, Robert (Robin) of Whitney Point, and Bruce of Ayden, NC, 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, a sister, Wilma (Mike) of Newburg, NY , sisters in law, Sharon and Evelyn. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard, and grandchildren Jeffery and Nathan, and by brothers in law, John and Ed.
The family will hold a celebration of her life in the month of June. In lieu of flowers, you may donate in her memory to any children’s foundation you choose, as she would have liked that.
Covert Funeral Home of Ovid has assisted the family with arrangements.

Irene Mason Egan, age 90,
formerly of Lodi and Ovid, died on February 26, 2008 in Kissimmee, FL.
Irene was born on July 28, 1917 in Erieville, NY, a daughter of the late Leonard and Delilia (Roahr) Owens. She graduated from the Asbury College in Kentucky,  and received her M.S. in Nursing from the University of Rochester in 1957. She worked for many  years as a Registered Nurse in Psychiatrics. She lived in the Binghamton area in the 1940’s, and NYC during the 1950’s, moving to Lodi in 1959, making Seneca County her home until she returned to NYC. She retired from the NYC Public School System in 1979.  She was passionate about nursing, continuing her education, and her gardening.  She was the wife of two husbands, and lived her life close to God. She had been a member of both the Church of the Epiphany in Trumansburg and St. Johns Church in Kissimmee, FL.
She is survived by her daughter, Emma Mason of Lodi, her beloved grandson, Brandon Douglas of Lodi, and a brother, Wayne L. Owens, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Albert Mason in 1983, and by Herbert Egan in 1995.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm on Sunday, May 18, 2008 at the Church of the Epiphany, 12 Elm Street in Trumansburg. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Irene’s name may directed to the Good Samaritan Society, 1550 Aldersgate Drive, Kissimmee, FL, 34746. www.covertfuneralhome.com


David M. Arkland, age 73,
of Ovid, passed away quietly at Geneva General Hospital on Wednesday (Apr 30).
He was born on June 1, 1934 in Buffalo, NY a son of the late Ezra and Violet (Cornish) Arkland. David taught art in grades 1-6 at Wilson Central School and later art for grades K-12 at South Seneca Central Schools until retiring in 1991. He was active in youth programs, having worked with a 4-H group at Ransomville, NY and later led the S.S.C.S. chess club. He was an arts and crafts instructor for the Ovid Youth Board for 35 summers. David actively worked with school and community theater groups and both the Boy and Girl Scouts.
David is survived by his wife of 44 years,  Nancy Dold Arkland, his daughter, Sally (Darryl) Adolf of King’s Mountain, NC; his son, David (Sheri) Arkland of Ovid, a sister, Joyce Sherman of Newfane, NY and a brother in law, Raymond Forsyth. He was preceded in death by a brother and sister in law, Ezra “Easy” and Elowyn Arkland, and by a sister, Janice Forsyth.
A Memorial Service will be held at Noon on Saturday, May 3, 2008, at the Ovid Federated Church, officiated by Rev. Diane Walker. If you cannot attend, please remember to have a good laugh on that day in honor of Dave. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial in Dave’s memory to the North Carolina Raptor Center, PO Box 16443, Charlotte, NC  28297. (A conservatory for injured owls and bald eagles)

Rosalie Grizenko, age 81,
of Lodi, died at the Huntington Living Center in Waterloo on Sunday, (Apr 20)
The family will receive friends from 10am to 11am on Friday (Apr 25) at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Ovid. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated there at 11am by Fr. Thomas Mull, prayers of committal will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery in Ovid. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Rose’ name may be directed to the Holy Cross Restoration Fund, PO Box 375, Ovid, NY 14521.
Rose was born on October 10, 1926 in Oberhaching, Germany, and moved to the United States in 1951. She and her family moved to this area in 1968, and ultimately made their home in Lodi.  She retired as a supervisor in the housekeeping department of Willard Psychiatric Center after 20 years of service. She was also distinguished as Employee of the Year prior to her retirement.
She is survived by her children, Paul (Judy) Grizenko of Dundee, Ann (Bill) Trim of Lodi, Lore (Jack) Mull of Waterloo, Michael (Sue) Grizenko of CO and Joseph (Lisa) Grizenko of OH, 14 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, a sister, Alfreda Echtler and a brother, Hans Swartz both of Germany. Rose was preceded in death by her husband Paul in 1996, a daughter, Sybella in 1981 and by her siblings, Martin, Herman, Joe, Anna and Freda.
Arrangements are under the direction of Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main St, Ovid, NY 14521

Patricia A. Lichak, age 74,
of Waterloo, died at Geneva General Hospital on Thursday, April 17, 2008.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8pm on Tuesday, (Apr 22) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid. A funeral service will be held there at 11am on Wednesday (Apr 23), officiated by Pastor Diane Walker, of the Ovid Federated Church. Private interment will be held at Mount Green Cemetery in Romulus. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Pat’s name may be directed to the charity of one’s choice.
Pat was born on September 19, 1933 in Ovid, a daughter of the late Robert and Marjorie (Schaut) Montford. She was a graduate of Ovid High School, and had worked at Willard Psychiatric Center for many years as a therapy aide. Pat continued working as a home health aide, until just prior to her death.
Pat was a caregiver for her parents prior to their deaths, and she was very attentive to her grandchildren. Her pride and attention to appearance will be fondly remember by those who knew her, and she enjoyed her daily lunches out, flower gardening, and knitting.
She is survived by her sons, John (Bonnie) of Nassau, NY, Steven of Lodi, Robert (Lisa) of Seneca Falls, and George (Michelle Clark) of Romulus, 4 grandchildren, her siblings, David Montford of Seneca Falls, Robert (Janet) Montford of Sacketts Harbor, NY and Mary Laura (David) Speed of Union Springs, NY.

Alfred “Pete” Jackson age 73
of Ovid, died Thursday, April 10, 2008 at Cayuga Medical Center.
Friends may call at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 S. Main St., Ovid on Monday, April 14 from 6 to 8pm.  A memorial service, officiated by Pastor Diane Walker of the Ovid Federated Church, will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at 10am, followed by interment with Military Honors at Jones Cemetery, Trumansburg.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Pete in the form of a contribution are asked to kindly consider the Ovid American Legion Post #463 Memorial Fund, PO Box 401, Ovid, NY 14521.
 Pete was born on August 13, 1934 in the Town of Ulysses, a son of the late Clarence and Anna (Percey) Jackson.  He was employed at Willard State Hospital before entering the US Army, where he proudly served for 3 years, as well as serving in the Army Reserves for an additional 18 years. 
After his military duty and being employed in various other occupations, Pete returned to work at Willard Psychiatric Center in the early 80’s, subsequently retiring from there in 1995.   He was a life member and a past Commander of the Ovid American Legion Post #463, a life member of the Ovid VFW Post #6200, a member of the Ovid Color Guard, the Interlaken and the South Seneca Sportsmen’s Clubs.  Pete was an extraordinary volunteer, offering help at most every function held at the Ovid American Legion.  He also spent countless hours driving Military Veterans to their appointments. 
He is survived by his wife Lois Jackson of Ovid; his children Michael Jackson of Interlaken, Steve (Alberta) Jackson of Lodi, Tim (Tina) Jackson of FL, Linda (Jeff) Rozelle of Mecklenburg, and Kevin (Carol) Jackson of Ovid; a step-daughter, Jacalyn Yonker of Newark; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  Pete is also survived by his brother, Dave (Carol) Jackson of Ovid; and his sisters, Joyce Moss of CA and Leona (Carl) Tracy of SC.  Pete was preceded in death by a sister, Lois Ross.

Louis C. Thomas, age 86,
of Willard, died at Geneva General Hospital on Wednesday, (Mar 26).
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 6pm on Sunday (Mar 30) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid.  A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on  Monday (Mar 31) at 11am, officiated by Fr. Richard Strauss of Christ Church in Willard. Prayers of Committal and Military Honors will be held at Ovid Union Cemetery.
Those who chose to remember Louis in the form of a memorial, may direct them to Christ Church, PO Box 275, Willard, NY  14588
Louis was born on March 20, 1922 in Orangeville, NY a son of the late George and Laura (Phillips) Thomas.  He proudly defended his country as a  US Army Sergeant during WWII, serving in the Southern Philippines. He was married to Pauline  on March 3, 1948, and moved to the Willard area. He retired from Willard Psychiatric Center, where he had worked as a nurse’s aide for many years. Louis enjoyed flowers, gardening and lawn work, he maintained several lawns in the summer and cleared snow during the winter following his retirement, until he was 80. His love of the outdoors and fishing was followed by his membership to the South Seneca Sportsmen’s Club. He was a life member of the VFW Post #6200 in Ovid, and a Member of American Legion Post #463 in Ovid.
Louis is survived by his wife, Pauline of Willard, his daughter, Linda Sue Thomas Fiorelli, a grand daughter, Cherie Lynn Fiorelli and a great grand daughter, Justine Fiorelli Cruz all of Waterloo, a son in law, Gerald Vaughn and a grandson, Brian Vaughn of Maryland and brothers, George, William, and Norman Thomas, and by a sister, Lillian Garwood. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Lou Vaughn  a grandson, Noel  Vaughn and by is sisters, Ethel, Marian, Anna and Nora.

John Internicola, age 82
 of 1413 Main St., Willard, died at home on March 17,
Burial will be at 1PM on Monday, March 24 at Bath National Cemetery.
Born May 25, 1925 in New York City, John was the son of the late Paul and Rose (Sodo) Internicola.  He proudly served in the U.S. Army and was employed at the Nevele Country Club in Ellenville, NY. 
John leaves behind a brother; his adopted family, Cindy and Buster Brown; and numerous friends who will miss him dearly.   John enjoyed watching TV, shopping, movies and camping trips, especially at Kendaia Campground.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Covert Funeral Home, Ovid, NY.
www.covertfuneralhome.com

George D. Prentice, age 61
of Ovid, died at his home on Monday (March 17).
The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9pm on Thursday (March 20) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid. A Memorial Service will be held at 11am on Friday (March 21) at the Ovid Federated Church with Pastor Diane Walker officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the George D. Prentice Basketball Scholarship, c/o South Seneca Central School, 7263 Main Street, Ovid, NY 14521.
George was born on March 15, 1947 in Sewickley, PA, a son of the late John and Sylvania (Byrd) Prentice. He graduated from the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in 1965, and taught sign language classes throughout his lifetime. He was active in the Ovid-Willard Lions Club, serving as Past-President, Tail Twister, and as the NY Speech and Hearing Chairman for District 20 E-2. He was involved in all of his sons sports at South Seneca, and he was passionate about basketball. He was also a member of AA. His work history included 29 years of state service at Willard and Elmira Psychiatric Centers, and he recently retired from University Hospital in Syracuse as a maintenance supervisor. He is survived by his wife, Julie Watson Prentice, his sons, Matthew and Adam Prentice, his best friend, John (Frances) Radcliffe, the angel by his side, Betsy Sayer.  Erik Smith and Ashlee Langley have been a part of the Prentice household for 6 years. He is survived by his brothers, Ronald, Donald (Joanne), John (Barb), James (Nancy), Vincent and David Prentice, and sisters, Jean (Gerald) Scimio, Beverly Campbell, and Mary (Jack) Zilian, 25 nieces and nephews that includes his special niece and nephew, Lisa Scimio and Jeff Gomez, his sister in law, Linda Watson and brother in law, Robert Watson.  He was preceded in death by his brother Robert, a sister, Bitsy Rygalski and by his in laws, Robert and Pat Watson.

Shirley D. Odomirok, age 87
lifetime resident of Ovid, died on Sunday, (March 16) at her Ann Street home.
The family will receive friends from 4-7pm  on Wednesday (March 19) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main St. Ovid. A funeral service will be held at 11am on Thursday (March 20) at the Ovid Federated Church, officiated by Pastor Diane Walker. Prayers of committal will be held at Ovid Union Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Shirley’s name may be directed to the Ovid Federated Church, specifically for the parking lot lighting (a special project of Shirley’s) PO Box 340, Ovid, NY 14521
Shirley was born June 16, 1920 in Geneva, a daughter of the late Dr. Clarence and Estelle (Crispin) Dunbar. Dr. Dunbar was the primary dentist at the Willard State Hospital. The family moved to Willard, and Shirley attended school on the grounds of what is now known as the Ovid Federated Church. Shirley graduated from the Elmira Academy and attended a private commercial school, and did some modeling work in New York City. During WWII, she worked in Rochester with the Office of the War Department and then at Sampson and the Department of the Navy where she was a secretary in the Commodore’s office. It was during that time that she met Walter, who after boot camp was assigned to the base in 1944. After the base closed in 1946, Shirley transferred to the Naval Base at Bainbridge, Maryland and then to Washington DC where she and Walter continued a relationship, upon his discharge from the Navy, he returned to a job with the US Government. He proposed to her and gave her a ring at lunch on Pennsylvania Avenue. They were married in Ovid at the former Presbyterian Church on January 25, 1947, after which they returned to Washington to a newly developed apartment complex. A few months later, her brother Jack, a retired Air Force pilot, was killed in an automobile accident. As a result, they decided to leave their jobs in Washington and begin a new life in Ovid.
Their daughter, Nancy was born in November 1947, and Shirley worked at the new High School, until Walter became a General Insurance Agent and Real Estate Broker where they worked together for many years with an office on Main Street.
Shirley was active in the PTA, Ovid Federated Church as an officer and member of the choir, and a member and past president of the 20th Century Club. She also enjoyed playing golf and her membership at the Seneca Falls Country Club.
Shirley is survived by her husband of 61 years, Walter, and daughter, Nancy Ewing of Deerfield Beach, FL, and her grandchildren, Lisa Pemberton and Brian (Stacy) Pemberton, and sisters in law, Marion and Helen Odomirok. 

Colleen Jason, age  54
 of 14 Locust Ave., Miller Place, passed away on Wednesday, February 27.
Born in Newark, NJ, Colleen was a daughter of Frank and Maryann Reilly.
She enjoyed gardening, reading, traveling, and she loved spending time with her cat.
Colleen is survived by her husband, Robert Jason; her son, Michael Jason of Brownsville, NY; her daughter, Jessica Jason of Nesconset, NY; brothers, Kevin, Timothy and Chris; sisters, Becky, Peggy, Carol, Patty, Janet and Debbie; and a grandchild, Delaney Tamm.
Those wishing to remember Colleen in the form of a contribution are asked to kindly consider ASPCA of Suffolk County, 363 Rt. 111, Suite 3, Smithtown, NY 11787
A graveside service, officiated by Father John Tokaz, will be held at Greensprings Natural Cemetery in Newfield, NY on Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 2:00pm.  A get together will be held on Monday afternoon into the evening in Jamesport, NY, organized by Jessica 631-219-6750.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Covert Funeral Home, 7199 S. Main St., Ovid, NY.
877-828-3411.

Frances E. Dutcher, 88,
formerly of 3917 Route 96A, died Thursday (Feb 27) at Huntington Living Center in Waterloo.
A private graveside ceremony will be held in Grove Cemetery in Trumansburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Frances’ name may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. 435 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620.
Frances was born Oct 27, 1919 in Ihtaca, NY a daughter of the late Charles and Martha (Stannard) Ball. She had been a self employed hairdresser in the Bainbridge, NY area for many years. Her family had lived in Rochester, Trumansburg, Mexico and Geneva areas. She is survived by her sons, Joseph (Doris) Bennett of Geneva, Gary (Mary) Dutcher of Kentucky, grandchildren, Stacey Bennett of Romulus, Jolene (Scott) Davis of Canastota, Megan and Matthew Dutcher of KY, and great grandchildren, Madisyn Davis and Thomas Smalser.
Arrangements are under the direction of Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid.

Barbara L. King, age of 67
formerly of Ovid, passed away February 26, 2008 at Geneva Living Center South.
A memorial service, officiated by Rev. Diane Walker of the Ovid Federated Church will be held at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 S. Main St., Ovid, On Saturday, March 1, 2008, at 4:00pm.
Those wishing to remember Barb in the form of a contribution are asked to kindly consider the Four Towns Youth Program, PO Box 91, Ovid, NY 14521.
Barb was born in Montour Falls, NY, a daughter of the late Kenneth C. and Helen M. (Poppleston) Robinson  She was employed for many years as a Therapy Aide at Willard Psychiatric Center.  She was a member of the Ovid American Legion and VFW Auxiliary, as well as the Okeechobee, FL Moose and Elks Auxiliary.
In addition to her parents, Barb was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, and a brother, Kenneth. 
She is survived by her children, Lisa Farr (Mike Felice) of Ovid, Scott Smith (Joan Hendrix) of Ovid, Sam (Shelly) Farr of Lodi, and Ronnie (Sherry) Smith of Romulus; 14 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and her sister, June Updike of Trumansburg.

Albert W. Reukauf, age 97,
formerly of Ovid, passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 following a brief admission to Huntington Living Center.
A private graveside service will be held on Monday, March 3, 2008 at Ovid Union Cemetery. A Memorial Service and celebration of Albert's life will be announced for a future date.
Arrangements are under the direction of Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid.

John E. Granger, age 78
formerly of Ovid, passed away on Tuesday (Feb 26) at Geneva General Hospital, following a brief illness.
The family will receive friends from 4-7pm on Friday, (Feb 29) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid. A funeral service will be held at 11am on Saturday, at the funeral home, officiated by Rev. Diane Walker of the Ovid Federated Church. Interment will be held at Ovid Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory may be directed to the Ovid Federated Church, PO Box 340, Ovid, NY 14521.
John was born on December 22, 1929, in Ithaca, NY, a son of the late Edmond and Bertha Granger. He was married to Gwen Vreeland on November 13, 1954, and then served in the USArmy until 1956. He operated his farm on West Blaine road for many years, and then worked with Kaiser Farms of Romulus until his retirement in 1997. John was a longtime member of the Farm Bureau, and he often attended the NYS Fair and Empire Farm Days. He became a resident of Huntington Living Center in 2007 and enjoyed the company of meeting new friends during his stay there.
He is survived by his sons, Edward L. (Mary Ellen) of Interlaken, Donald A. (Jennifer) of Ovid, Bruce A. (Melissa) of Interlaken and a daughter, Janice M. (Jodie) Steele of Geneva, his grandchildren, Linda, Tina and Lee Granger, Jamie, Tiffany and Jeremy Granger, Nicholas and Jacob Granger and his great grandchildren, Dana and Morgan Stoutenger, his brothers, James R. of California and Ralph E. of Poughkeepsie. John was preceded by his wife, Gwen in 1999 and by a brother, Louis.

Franklin P. Moses, age 94
of Ovid, passed away at Huntington Living Center, following a brief hospitalization and illness.
There will be a private memorial conducted by his family at later date, in observance of Frank’s wishes.  For those who choose to remember Frank with a memorial donation may direct them to the VFW Post #6200 or American Legion Post #463 in Ovid.
Frank was born on December 14, 1913 in Seneca Falls, NY. He served his country during WWII, enlisting at the age of 27. He returned to the area, and eventually worked at Willard Psychiatric Center as a boiler operator, and then Sampson State Park. He had been a Life Member of both the VFW Post #6200 and American Legion Post # 463 of Ovid, and a member of the South Seneca Sportsmen’s Club.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred Moses of Ovid, a son, Robert (Penny) Moses of Arab, AL, and step children, Dennis Herndon of W.Virginia, Kenneth and David Herndon of Ovid, Rhonda Frick and Terrina Slike of FL. 

Marjorie J. “Madge” Benedict, age 77,
 of Lodi passed away peacefully at her Seneca Lake home on Monday, January 28, 2008.
Madge was born on May 24, 1930 in Avoca, PA, the daughter of the late Kenneth F. and Marjorie Swartz Collins.  She had worked as a secretary for the Susquehanna Valley Central School District at the Brookside Elementary School for more than 20 years. Madge had been a member of the Conklin Forks United Methodist Church, and also volunteered in the sewing room of the Broome Developmental Center. She was active in Bible Study, UMW and the food pantry outreach of  the Ovid Federated Church. She and her husband made Lodi their permanent residence after retirement and spent many years wintering in Florida.
She loved her family and friends, and her days were often spent doing things for the comfort and care of others. Madge was a very loving mother, wife, grandmother and friend.
Madge is survived by her husband of 59 years, Richard G. Benedict of Lodi, and daughters, Renee E. (Robert) Dexter of Owego, and Shirley A. Benedict of Binghamton, her grandsons, Mark (Bridget) Dexter of North Carolina and Chad Dexter of Binghamton.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid, NY
The family will also receive friends from Noon until 2:00pm on Thursday, January 31, 2008 at the Wm. R Chase & Sons Funeral Home, 737 Chenango Street, Port Dickinson, NY, where a funeral service will be held at 2:00pm. Prayers of Committal will be held at Vestal Hills Cemetery.
Those who wish to remember Madge in the form of a contribution are kindly asked to consider the Ecumenical Food Pantry, c/o Ovid Federated Church, PO Box 340, Ovid, NY 14521.
Marjorie J. “Madge” Benedict, age 77,
 of Lodi passed away peacefully at her Seneca Lake home on Monday, January 28, 2008.
Madge was born on May 24, 1930 in Avoca, PA, the daughter of the late Kenneth F. and Marjorie Swartz Collins.  She had worked as a secretary for the Susquehanna Valley Central School District at the Brookside Elementary School for more than 20 years. Madge had been a member of the Conklin Forks United Methodist Church, and also volunteered in the sewing room of the Broome Developmental Center. She was active in Bible Study, UMW and the food pantry outreach of  the Ovid Federated Church. She and her husband made Lodi their permanent residence after retirement and spent many years wintering in Florida.
She loved her family and friends, and her days were often spent doing things for the comfort and care of others. Madge was a very loving mother, wife, grandmother and friend.
Madge is survived by her husband of 59 years, Richard G. Benedict of Lodi, and daughters, Renee E. (Robert) Dexter of Owego, and Shirley A. Benedict of Binghamton, her grandsons, Mark (Bridget) Dexter of North Carolina and Chad Dexter of Binghamton.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid, NY
The family will also receive friends from Noon until 2:00pm on Thursday, January 31, 2008 at the Wm. R Chase & Sons Funeral Home, 737 Chenango Street, Port Dickinson, NY, where a funeral service will be held at 2:00pm. Prayers of Committal will be held at Vestal Hills Cemetery.
Those who wish to remember Madge in the form of a contribution are kindly asked to consider the Ecumenical Food Pantry, c/o Ovid Federated Church, PO Box 340, Ovid, NY 14521.
Craig Serven
of East Lake Road, Romulus, passed away on February. 6, 2008, at home, following a courageous three year battle with cancer.
A memorial service, officiated by Pastor Dale Andrews, will be held at 2 p.m. all Tuesday (February 12) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 S. Main St., Ovid.
Those who wish to remember Craig, in the form of a contribution, are asked to kindly consider Romulus Central School Alumni Association, 5705 Route 96, Romulus 14541.
Born March 15, 1949, in Geneva. Craig was the son of Harold P. and Betty (Craig) Serven. He graduated from Romulus Central School and attended Oswego State College. Craig worked with computer systems in various positions. He was last employed at ITT Gould Pumps in Seneca Falls. During his youth, Craig was involved in Boy Scouts. He was the first scout to receive the "God & Country" award from The First Baptist Church of Geneva. Craig also enjoyed fishing, bowling, and he enjoyed sharing a bottle of good wine with friends.
He is survived by two sons, Scott Serven of Webster and Bryan Serven of Rochester; his mother, Betty C. Serven of Romulus; three sisters, Marcia (David) Lerkins of Romulus, Gail Serven of Romulus and Dawn Coleman of Geneva. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Craig was preceded in death by his father.

Marjorie J. “Madge” Benedict, age 77,
 of Lodi passed away peacefully at her Seneca Lake home on Monday, January 28, 2008.
Madge was born on May 24, 1930 in Avoca, PA, the daughter of the late Kenneth F. and Marjorie Swartz Collins.  She had worked as a secretary for the Susquehanna Valley Central School District at the Brookside Elementary School for more than 20 years. Madge had been a member of the Conklin Forks United Methodist Church, and also volunteered in the sewing room of the Broome Developmental Center. She was active in Bible Study, UMW and the food pantry outreach of  the Ovid Federated Church. She and her husband made Lodi their permanent residence after retirement and spent many years wintering in Florida.
She loved her family and friends, and her days were often spent doing things for the comfort and care of others. Madge was a very loving mother, wife, grandmother and friend.
Madge is survived by her husband of 59 years, Richard G. Benedict of Lodi, and daughters, Renee E. (Robert) Dexter of Owego, and Shirley A. Benedict of Binghamton, her grandsons, Mark (Bridget) Dexter of North Carolina and Chad Dexter of Binghamton.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid, NY
The family will also receive friends from Noon until 2:00pm on Thursday, January 31, 2008 at the Wm. R Chase & Sons Funeral Home, 737 Chenango Street, Port Dickinson, NY, where a funeral service will be held at 2:00pm. Prayers of Committal will be held at Vestal Hills Cemetery.
Those who wish to remember Madge in the form of a contribution are kindly asked to consider the Ecumenical Food Pantry, c/o Ovid Federated Church, PO Box 340, Ovid, NY 14521.

Gloria J. Sturdivant, age 59
formerly of Ovid, died January 19, 2008 at Huntington Living Center.
Calling hours will be held at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 S. Main St., Ovid from 1-2pm, Monday, January 28, 2008, followed by a funeral service, officiated by Rev. Judy Peppard, at 2pm.  Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Interlaken.
Gloria was born July 23, 1948 in Montour Falls, the daughter of Barton L. and Betty (Champion) Potter.
She was preceded in death by her father.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by her sons, Kevin (Kristine) Carmell of Seattle, WA, Jerry Carmell of Lansing and Gary Carmell of Cortland; brothers, Jim (Marcia) Bennett of Montour Falls and Dean (Jean) Potter of Canandaigua. Gloria is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Those who wish to remember Gloria in the form of a contribution are asked to kindly consider The Beverly Animal Shelter, 50 East River Rd., Waterloo, NY 13165 or The American Heart Association, 2113 Chili Ave., Rochester, NY 14624.

Mary G. Somerville, age 100
of Geneva, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on January 9, 2008.
A memorial service will be held at 3:30pm on Sunday, January 13, 2008, at the Finger Lakes Baptist Church (Yale Station Road and Route 96A), officiated by her son, Pastor Robert Somerville and grandson, Pastor Barry Somerville.
In lieu of flowers, memorials contributions may be made to Finger Lakes Baptist Church, 1000 Yale Station Road, Geneva, where Mary had been a member for many years.
Mary was born on July 6, 1907, the first of eight children born to Lew and Clara Gambee. She lived her entire life in Seneca County and graduated in the second class from Romulus High School. She went on to teacher training classes and taught for three years in a one-room schoolhouse. On August 17, 1929 she married her high school sweetheart, Oren Somerville. After Oren’s death in 1958, Mary returned to teaching at Romulus Central School until her retirement in 1973.
She is survived by four children: Jim (Dorothea), Wesley (Lorraine), Robert (Mary) Somerville and Mary Lou Hohman. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildren, and her sister Virginia McAvinney.
Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid has assisted the family with arrangements.
 

Norman R. “Zeke” Wells, 77
 died peacefully at his home in Ovid on Wednesday, January 2, 2008.
Graveside services, with military honors, will be held at Seneca-Union Cemetery in Valois on Monday, January 7, 2008 at noon.  Following services the family will be hosting friends at Zeke’s home at 7289 Ann St., Ovid.
Born November 6, 1930 in Montour Falls, NY, Norman was a son of the late Lee Charles and Eva B. (Barrett) Wells.  In 1949 he proudly entered service in the U.S. Army, where he served his country, was a bronze star recipient, and was honorably discharged in 1952.  He was employed by Willard Psychiatric Center and retired from there as a nursing supervisor in 1985.  Norman was a life member of Ovid VFW Post 6200 and the Lodi Volunteer Fire Department.  He also was an avid gardener.
In addition to his parents, Norman was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret “Peg” Wells; a brother, Tom Wells; sisters, Betty Jane Brock and Athelia Hunt; and longtime companion, Margaret Riley.
He is survived by his sons, David of Valois, Phillip “P.J.” of Clarks Summit, PA, Norman of Ithaca, Steven Michael “Spaz” of Ovid; and a daughter, Beth Ann McPherson of Nampa, ID.
Norman is also survived by six grandchildren and a sister, Della Manning of Clinton, NY.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a memorial contribution are asked to kindly consider South Seneca Central School, Trust Fund for Nursing Scholarships, 7263 Main St., Ovid, NY 14521.
Covert Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 

 

 

 

 

© Copyright 2010  Covert Funeral Home
All Rights Reserved