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Constance R. Dreier, age 52 of Falls Street, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.
Connie was born in Johnson City, NY on March 12, 1962. She had worked as a nursing assistant of the Rochester area. She then spent the majority of her later life in the Finger Lakes Region of New York.
Connie is survived by her daughter Eunice Dreier of Ovid, sons Paul Dreier-Mozeley and Jonathan Dreier, both of Lodi, also surviving is her husband, William Dreier of Gates, NY; also surviving are her brothers in law, Kenneth, Richard and Thomas Dreier all of Fairport.
A Memorial Service will be held at 6:00pm on Friday, June 27th at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main Street in Ovid


Robert H. “Bob” Dox, age 85, of Geneva passed away at home surrounded by family on Friday, June 13, 2014.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Bart Minson, OFMCap at 11:00am on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Ovid. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Holy Cross Catholic Church, PO Box 337, Ovid, NY 14521 or South Seneca Sportsmen’s Club, PO Box 26, Ovid, NY 14521, in Bob’s memory.
Bob was born on July 12, 1928 in Geneva, a son of the late Willard Henry and Daisy (Ombler) Dox. He served in the United States Air Force from 1947 until he was honorably discharged in 1950. Bob worked for many years at Willard Psychiatric Center, received many meritorious awards and retired as a safety officer. Throughout the years, Bob was a member of many organizations including NYS Policeman’s Association, Seneca and Ontario Republican Committees, South Seneca Sportsmen’s Club, and Lodi Rod and Gun Club. He also served on the South Seneca School Board and was a parishioner at Holy Cross Catholic Church.
Bob was a hunter and fisherman participating in a variety of sports over the years. He played in men’s and mixed golf leagues at Bonavista Golf Course, was a member of the Willard State Hospital Softball team, and league bowling in Trumansburg. He also enjoyed spending time camping and snowmobiling.  Following his retirement, he spent time at his home in South Carolina. Most of all, Bob loved spending time with his family. He was a Boy Scout leader for many years and shared his love of hunting and fishing with his children and grandchildren.
Bob is survived by his wife, Jane Oakleaf Dox of Geneva; a son, Allan (Susan) Dox of Irmo, SC; a daughter, Colleen (Kevin) Dox-Griffith of Rochester; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; a sister, Jean Fleming of Geneva; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by a son, Brian; two brothers, Willard Jr. and Myron; three sisters, Mae, Alice, and Almida; and in-laws, Leon Oakleaf and Doris LaFleur.


Michael W. Rainey, age 58, passed away of natural causes at his home on County Road 139 on Sunday, May 25, 2014.
Mike worked side by side with his parents at the Bolton's Donut Shop in Ithaca and Happy Landing Restaurant in Interlaken for many years. He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Bob and Phyllis, and leaves behind a host of special friends. I accordance with Mike's wishes, there will be no services, kindly remember him with a smile.


Mary Carroll Willers, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully at her home in Kidders, New York on Sunday, May 18, 2014 with her family by her side. She was 96.
There will be a funeral mass to celebrate Mary's life at 11 AM, on Friday, May 30 at the St Francis Solanus Catholic Church in Interlaken, NY.  A reception will follow at the church.  Burial will be alongside her late husband, Diedrich K Willers, in Lakeview Cemetery, Interlaken, NY.         
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be sent to the Interlaken Historical Society PO Box 270, Interlaken NY  14847, one of Mary's great interests..
Mary was born on September 17, 1917 at Hayts Corners, New York to builder and farmer Joseph Carroll and his wife Sarah Hannah Lane. Sadly, her mother died during childbirth and Mary was later adopted and raised by her father's sister, the late Esther Carroll of Ovid, New York. By a sad quirk of fate, Ms Carroll - her second mother - also died on Mary's birthday in 1984.
A graduate of Rochester Business Institute, Mary's first job was at Keller's, a prominent flower shop in Rochester, NY, then later she worked in the Personnel Department of General Motors, Rochester during the early war years.
She married the late Diedrich K. Willers after a year-long courtship (and 6 proposals she always told her kids) on April 6, 1942 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Ovid. The couple started married life in New Haven, Conn where her husband was in charge of the Personnel Department of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, as it geared up for war production.
Life was rich and productive for the Willers family in New Haven and three children were born - Carol, Margaret and Diedrich III.
The young family then moved to Weymouth, Mass for a year before eventually moving back to Kidders for good in 1951 to live in what had been the Willers' family summer home on the shores of Cayuga Lake.
While her husband Diedrich, a Cornellian, administered the University's Personnel Department, Mary went to work for Interlaken Central School.  First as the Treasurer of the School Board, and later as the Manager of all Food Services for the South Seneca School District.
Mary is survived by her three children - Carol R.W. White of Bainbridge Island, Washington, Margaret E. Willers of Los Angeles, CA and son Diedrich K. Willers of Kidders, NY and their spouses Horace A. White, Robert L. Smith and Barbara D. Willers
She also had five grandchildren - Calvin Rockwell White of Seattle, Washington; Abigail White Ruscetta of Tampa, Florida; Katharine Willers Fullerty of Alexandria, Virginia; Diedrich D Willers of Syracuse, NY and Patrick Willers, currently serving in Peru with the Peace Corps.
There are also six great-grandchildren -  Madison, Mackenzie and Emily White;  Justin and Christopher Ruscetta and little Henry Fullerty who was born only weeks before Mary died.
Apart from being a busy working mom and wife, Mary always found time for friends and to help in community projects. She was a leader in the local Girl Scouts for over 30 years; and an avid amateur historian being a past President of the Interlaken Historical Society as well as being a member of the Seneca and Lodi Historical Societies for many years.
Mary loved to knit and she made colorful blankets for all the members of her family. She was an enthusiastic supporter of Sapsucker Woods and took great delight every morning watching the various colorful species of birds that flocked to the feeders in her garden.
When it came to cards, Mary played a mean hand at Bridge with the Interlaken Bridge Club and enjoyed a good game of Eucre playing in the local Eucre League at O’Malley’s.  She also participated in the Green Thumb Garden Club, and greatly enjoyed the programs, but was not a gardener herself.
She was fascinated with British Royal Family which started when she was in High School in the 1930s during the Abdication crisis involving Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor. She followed the Royal antics over the years with great interest through Tabloids and the columns of Majesty magazine, a British magazine she subscribed to, and a 'must read' every month for Mary.
A keen traveller, Mary joined her husband Died, along with the late astro-physicists, Frank Drake and Carl Sagan, in travelling to the space telescope in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, each Winter, which Cornell University administered.  After Died’s death, Mary spent each February visiting her sister-in-law, Sally Mabie, in Georgia.
Apart from numerous flying and car trips around the country to see her grandchildren and family, Mary also visited Ireland to check up on her Irish ancestors. Then there was a trip down the Mississippi to New Orleans aboard the riverboat, the American Queen, and another to Alaska with her daughter, Carol.   Another year, she and her husband and some friends, Earl and Helen Pell, visited London to see daughter Margaret then toured England and Scotland by car. Highlight of the trip was a visit to Moscow and St Petersburg and a ride aboard the famous train, the Red Express.

For the last three years of her life, Mary was cared for at home in Kidders.  The family would like to extend special thanks to her caregivers who provided never-ending love, care, expertise, and advocacy that gave such meaningful support during the last phase of Mary’s life: Sandi, Deb, Sharon, Cathy, Sharon T, Meghan, MacKenzie, and Erica.  Finally, the family would like to thank Lifetime Care, Seneca County Hospice, for their thoughtful care and attention.


Gerald E. Slocum, of Interlaken, passed away unexpectedly at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca on
Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the age of 86. Gerald was born in Mecklenburg, NY on September 29, 1927, a son of the
late Earl and Lillian (Miller) Slocum. He was an Aviation Electrician’s Mate Third Class V6 USNR in the United States
Navy and then a long-time employee of New York State Electric and Gas where he was a chief lineman, retiring in
1985. He was a 65-year member of the Masons, belonging to the King Hiram Lodge, No. 784 F. & A. Masons,
Newfield, NY. Gerald was a dedicated sportsman and eagerly looked forward to the season each year. Gerald loved
his home and enjoyed working on his lawn and garden. Gerald was preceded in death by Catherine (Townsend)
Slocum (his wife of 56 years) on March 17, 2011, his son, Gary Michael on March 6, 1961, brothers, Donald and Earl
and sisters Irene, Vivian, Charlien, and Marjorie. He is survived by his sister, Virginia Sills, of Burdett, NY, sister-inlaws,
Ruth Slocum, of Rochester, NY and Ann Slocum of Clinton, NY, several nieces and nephews and their families.
The family will be present to receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at the Covert Funeral Home,
7199 South Main St, Ovid, NY. In keeping with Gerald's wishes, no services have been scheduled. Gerald will rest
alongside his wife and son in the Lakeview Cemetery in Interlaken, NY. The family asks those who wish to make a
contribution in Gerald's memory to kindly consider the King Hiram Lodge, No. 784 F. & A Masons, PO Box 99,
Newfield, NY or the South Seneca Star Chapter #200 OES, P.O. Box 128, Interlaken, NY 14847.


Francis E. “Fran” Hurd, age 90,
of Indian Hills in Waterloo and longtime resident of Lodi, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday (Apr. 29, 2014) at Rochester General Hospital following a sudden heart attack.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 7:00pm on Sunday, May 4, 2014 and on Monday, May 5, 2014 from 10:00am to 11:00am at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main Street in Ovid.  A Memorial Service will then be held at 11:00am on Monday, May 5, 2014 at the funeral home, officiated by Pastor Diane Walker of the Ovid Federated Church, assisted by Pastor Dave Vittum of Calvary Chapel and Fr. John Tokaz of St. James Catholic Church.  Military Honors and prayers of committal will be offered at Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Romulus. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Fran’s memory to the Lodi Fire Department, PO Box 299, Lodi, NY 14860
Fran was born in Borden, NY on February 2, 1924, a son of the late Walter B. and Cora (Williams) Hurd.  His family later moved to Lawrenceville, PA where he received his education.  Fran received his draft letter in 1943 at the age of 17, and the day after his 18th birthday, he entered active duty in the US Army. As a Corporal Technician in the motor pool of the 291st Combat Engineers during WWII, he was instrumental in the invasion of Utah Beach.  The 291st built the first pontoon bridge across the Rhine River, allowing the first American troops into Nazi homeland. Fran was discharged in 1945 with 5 Bronze Stars.  Fran was recently contributed to a documentary on the American Heroes Channel, Against the Odds-Those Damned Engineers. During his years overseas, he corresponded with a young girl in Lodi, Olive Baker.  Upon his return in 1945, they began dating and were married four months later.  Fran worked as a driver for Close Oil Company in Lodi for more than 30 years.  He was instrumental in local politics, and served as the Lodi Town Supervisor from 1972-1990.  He continued working at the county highway department and then at the Seneca County office building.  He was recently honored by the Seneca County Board of Supervisors for his years of dedicated service to Seneca County. Fran was a Life Member of the Lodi Fire Department, South Seneca Sportsmen’s Club and the Ovid VFW Post #6200.  He enjoyed many camping trips with his family, hunting and fishing.   Fran will be fondly remembered for his devotion to his wife and family, his warm smile and friendly handshake.

He is survived by a son, Charles (Linda) Hurd of Waterloo, a daughter, Connie (Paul) Polce of Trumansburg; grandchildren,  Andrew (Kelly )Hurd of Auburn, Matthew Hurd of Auburn, Paula (Adam) Chard of Oneonta and Sally (Brian Procopio) Polce of Liverpool; great grandchildren, Mackenzie, Mercedes, Miranda and Mattia Hurd, Mason and Jackson Chard, and his companion, Sharon Vreeland of Waterloo and many nieces and nephews.  Fran was preceded in death by his loving wife of 61 years in 2007, Olive, by a brother, William Hurd and sisters, Beatrice Kohler and Marjorie Colgrove.


Irene M. Williamson, age 71,
of Conifer Village, passed away peacefully at her apartment, following an extended cancer illness.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00am on Monday (April 28) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid.  A funeral service will then follow at 11:00am, officiated by Pastor Dave Spencer of the Seneca Community Church in Romulus. Kindly consider a donation in Irene’s memory to Lifetime Care Hospice, 800 W. Miller Street Suite 12, Newark, NY  14513.
Irene was born at home in Lodi on November 16, 1942, a daughter of the late Jerome and Lillian (Trim) Champion.  She left school at an early age, to care for her family, due to her mother’s illness.  She continued her role as caregiver by working at the former Lakeside Nursing Home in both the housekeeping and dietary departments.  She worked side by side with her husband at the U-Haul Store in Ithaca, and finally retired from Dick Van Dyke Addiction Treatment Center in Willard, where she had been a housekeeper.  She cared deeply for her loving family and looked forward to all of the many holidays, reunions and get-togethers.
Irene is survived by her children, Michael (Melanie) Williamson of Interlaken, Tammy (John) Solveson of Lodi and Pamela (Tim) Dunn of Elmira; grandchildren, Nathan and Kelly Williamson, Crystal and Robert Smith, Taylor and Tanner Dunn; step-grandchildren, Andrew Dunn, Billy and Cindy Mix and James Harrington; great-grandchildren, Jaylyn Ragusa and Aviannah Ayers; her siblings, Ronald Champion Sr.of  Beaver Dams, Viola Coney, Connie (Kenneth) Dresser and Phyllis Champion all of Lodi.   She was preceded in death by her husband, William Williamson in 1994.


Mae Ida Gleason of Romulus passed away at home on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the age of 88.
In keeping with Mae’s wishes there will be no services.
Mae was born in Seneca Falls on March 12, 1926, the only child of the late Wesley and Loretta (Smith) Upham.
Mae is survived by her husband of 70 years, Harry Gleason; two daughters, Elaine (Henry) Palach and Sharon (Charles Perkins) Betzler-Braund; three grandchildren, Mark (Mellissa) Taylor, Zachary Taylor, and Matthew Betzler( fiancé, Michelle Miller); and two great grandchildren, Madeline and Alivea Taylor.
Mae’s family is deeply grateful for the long time compassionate care provided by her home health care team.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of a donation in memory of Mae to the Beverly Animal Shelter, 50 East River Road, Waterloo, NY 13165.


Eleanor J. “Sue” Weber, age 74, of 8612 Lodi-Covert Townline Road, died on Friday, April 11, 2014 at Cayuga Medical Center. Payers of committal will be held privately at West Lodi Cemetery. Covert Funeral Home of Ovid has assisted the family with arrangments.


William A.”Bill” Hartigan, age 84, of Main Street in Romulus, died at Geneva General Hospital on Sunday, March 30, 2014. A Scripture Service, officiated by Fr. Bart Minson, OFMCap, will be held at Covert Funeral Home in Ovid at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 4, 2014 Bill was born in Utica, NY on August 18, 1929, a son of Irish immigrants, William and Margareh (Thorne) Hartigan. Although many of the details from his early years are unknown, for the past 40 years he has made his home with the Morocco family in Romulus. During that time, he had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the United States. He was an avid weather watcher and stayed current with local and world news. He spent countless hours at the family pool listening to his favorite music. Bill enjoyed his casino trips and quiet time with the friendly pets in the comfort of his home. He was just a kind hearted Irish gentleman that would do anything for anyone. He is survived by his caregiver, Barb Morocco, his best friend of 40 years, Tom Kelly and the large extended Morocco Family. Bill was preceded in death by his other caregiver, Sam Morocco in 2003.


Patricia B. Lee, age 90, of Albany passed away at Albany Memorial Hospital on Monday, March 24, 2014. Services will be private for the family. As a lifelong animal lover, Patricia’s family asks those who wish to make a contribution in her memory to kindly consider Pryor’s Planet, 16060 Ventura Blvd. #110, Encino, CA 91436; www.Pryorsplanet.com Patricia was born in Essex County, NY on April 21, 1923, a daughter of the late O. Byron and Georgia (Hery) Brewster. She graduated from Kenwood Academy of the Sacred Heart in Albany and also attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. An active humanitarian throughout her whole life, Patricia was extremely active during the Civil Rights Movement alongside her former husband, Harry O. Lee. She volunteered for various organizations including the New York Junior League, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and the Rensselaer County Museums. Patricia was a great fan of classical music, an avid antique collector and was knowledgeable in identifying antiques and art. She enjoyed spending time outdoors skiing and climbing the Adirondack Mountains. Patricia is survived by two daughters, Lucinda (John) George of Interlaken, NY and Jennifer Lee-Pryor of Encino, CA; three grandchildren, Jane George, Katherine Coonradt, and John George III; and three great-grandchildren, Jackson George, and Chloe and Owen Coonradt. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her former husband, Harry O. Lee; and two children, Byron Lee and Georgia Lee.


Ethel B. Bond, age 96,
of Waterloo, NY, and formerly of Ovid and Winter Haven, FL, died on Monday March 3, 2014 at the Wayne County Nursing Home in Lyons.
In accordance with Ethel’s wishes there will be no prior calling hours. A grave side memorial service will be held in the Spring at the Canoga Cemetery, with interment immediately following. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Ethel’s memory  to the Beverly Animal Shelter, or the charity of one’s choice.
Mrs. Bond was born in Lodi, and lived most of her life in the Finger Lakes Area, moving to Winter Haven FL in 1982, and returning to Waterloo following the death of her husband, Carman, in 2001. She had worked in the cafeteria at Ovid Central School, the Sampson State Hospital and Newark State School before retiring in 1975. She was a member of the Varick Methodist Church.
She is survived by a son, Robert (Joyce) of Winter Haven FL; a daughter Judy (Joe) Dubrule of Lyons; grandchildren Darlene Rousseau and Douglas Bond of Ontario, Penny Beck of Cape May, NJ, Patti Beck of Seneca Falls, Pamela Beck of Waterloo, and Dale Bond of Winter Haven, FL, and by four great-grandchildren. Ethel was predeceased in death by her husband of 66 years, Carman W. Bond in 2001, her sisters Tillie Percy, Evelyn Taylor and Esther Terriberry; and a grandson Steven Beck.
The family wishes to thank the staff at the Wayne County Nursing Home for the excellent and loving care she received while she was there. They also extend sincere thanks to the many care givers who made it possible for Ethel to remain at home for as long as possible.


Gary B. Ike, age 79,
longtime area resident, died at Seneca Nursing & Rehab on Sunday, (Feb 16th) following a brief illness. The family will receive friends from 11:00am to 1:00pm on Friday, (Feb 21st) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid.  A memorial service will then be held at the funeral home at 1:00.  Interment with military honors will be held at Lake View Cemetery in the Spring.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Seneca Nursing & Rehab Center,  Patient Activities Fund, 200 Douglas Drive, Waterloo, NY  13165.
Gary was born in Cortland, NY  on January 17, 1935, a son of the late Bernal and Lucille (Underwood) Ike.  At the age of 20, he joined the US Army and proudly served his country for nearly 3 years during the Korean Conflict.  He had worked as a truck driver with Agwayfor more than 20 years, and then spent several years at Parker-Hannifin in Lyons, working as a custodian. He was an avid outdoorsman and fisherman.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 56 years, Helene and his children; Jeanette (Walt) Powers of Manlius, Annette (John) Slaski of Owasco, Alan (Kelly) Ike, Brian (Pat) Ike, and Dawn Ike all of Seneca Falls, Gary (Jenny) Ike of Auburn and Delores (Harry) Morgan of Seneca Falls, 11 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and his siblings; Bruce (Rose) Ike and Pam Kirk all of Waterloo, Avis Kissel of Willard and Judy (Sandy Doane) Rosbaugh of Ovid. Gary was preceded in death by his daughter, Tracy Ike and siblings; Patricia Stevens, Joanne Hayes, Donna Dobbs, Sharon Hoffarth, Kay Veeder, Mahlon and Jack Ike.


Everett “Chuck” Babcock,Sr. age 76,
of 2162 Grove Street, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, as the result of a spinal injury he sustained at home in December. The family will receive friends on Sunday, February 16, 2014 from 1:00 to 5:00pm at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main Street in Ovid. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Chuck’s memory to the Beverly Animal Shelter, 50 East River Road, Waterloo, NY  13165
Chuck was born on August 30, 1937, a son of the late Wallace and Edna Babcock of Colchester, New York.  He was part of a large family, having 5 brothers and 4 sisters.  He proudly served in the USArmy from 1953-1957, and upon returning home, he worked as a farmer throughout upstate New York.  He, along with his young family, then made his home in Seneca County, and worked at B&G Great Lakes in Seneca Castle for more than 30 years. After retiring in 2005, Chuck worked at South Seneca Central School as an afternoon custodian.  He was an avid bowler for more than 40 years, competing in many leagues throughout the area.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Josetta Babcock of Lodi, their seven children; Sally (Lenny Church) Spencer of Willard, Everett (Tina) Babcock Jr. of Ovid, Cheryl Babcock of Willard, Ann (Frank) Pinette of Trumansburg, Clara (Bruce) Walborn of Lodi, Dawn (Rich) Smith of Interlaken, and Roy (Michelle) Babcock of Romulus, 14 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; his brothers, Wallace (Carolyn) Babcock of Crescent City, FL, Leo “Skip” (Candace) Babcock of Auburndale,FL, Garry (Connie) Babcock of Bainbridge, NY and sisters, Clara (Herman) Diagostino of Wells, MS, Mary (Ernie) Franklin of Mt. Upton, NY and Lucille Shertenskas of Fayetteville, NC.  Chuck was preceded in death by his brothers, Tom Babcock of Binghamton, NY, Butch Babcock of Phelps, NY and a sister Sharron Church of Oneonta.


Curtis M. Thompson age 77,
of 3643 County Road 139, died suddenly at his home on Tuesday, February 4, 2014.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00pm on Saturday, February 8th, 2014, at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main Street in Ovid.  Prayers of committal will be held privately at Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken.  Kindly consider a donation in Curtis’ memory to either the Interlaken Historical Society, PO Box 270, Interlaken, NY  14847 or the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005 (www.heart.org)
Curtis was born in Interlaken, on October 23, 1936, the only son of the late Merle and Nellie (Trowbridge) Thompson.  He was a graduate of Interlaken High School, where he participated in FFA.  He owned and operated Thompson Farms, Inc. for over 30 years. After farming he worked for the Town of Covert Highway Department. After his retirement, he assisted with lawn care at Grove Cemetery in Trumansburg, well into his 70’s.   Curtis was very proud of his deep family roots in Interlaken, and was actively involved in the Interlaken Historical Society.  He was an avid collector of John Deere toys and tractors.  He was a member of the John Deere Toy Club and the Chrysler Car Club of NY, where he had an opportunity to share his knowledge of his beloved antique cars.  Always wanting to be sociable and up to date on current events, many hours were spent at the diner, chatting with friends and neighbors.  He also enjoyed maintaining his home, reading and traveling.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Ruth; and his daughters, Sue (Jim Chambers) Cummings of Charlotte, NC and Cindy (Mike) Mott, his grandchildren, Ben (Courtney) Mott, Katie Mott, Jack Mott and Grace Mott, all of Lodi NY.  Curtis was preceded in death by his sister, Dr. Elizabeth Thompson.


Ismael Vasquez, age 71, of 1062 Route 336, died on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Geneva General Hospital.
Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 on Wednesday, February 5th, at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid, a funeral service will then follow at the funeral home at 2:00pm, officiated by Rev. John Kotun.  Prayers of committal will be held at Ovid Union Cemetery in the Spring.
Ismael was born in Puerto Rico on December 27, 1942, the second oldest of 12 children to Jose and Patricia Vasquez and came to the United States at the age of 9.  He made his home with the family of Bob and Marge Copp in 2001, where he thrived in the family environment and was surrounded by love and compassion.  He was able to enjoy family outings, and most importantly his beloved hobby, fishing.   
Prior to finding his home with the Copp’s, he had been in various mental health facilities from New York City to Willard.
He is survived by his loving caregivers, Bob and Marge Copp, his “Grandma” Grace Saito and his fellow housemates.


Esther Jane Lathan Passmore, age 84, of Romulus, formerly of Willard, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Wednesday, January 29, 2014.
A Memorial Gathering will be held at her home at 5440 McDuffie Town Road, Romulus, on Saturday, February 1st, 2014 from 2-6 pm. The family asks those who wish to remember Esther in the form of a contribution to kindly consider the Hospice of Wayne and Seneca Counties (800-562-1650), or the Alzheimer’s Foundation, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl., New York, NY 10001.  Esther will be interred at the Walton Cemetery later in the spring at the family’s convenience.

Esther was born in Walton on October 15, 1929, daughter of the late Alton and Sara (McLaughlin) Lathan. She married William Passmore and moved to Lodi in 1951 where she raised her four children and worked on the family grape farm until 1978.  She then worked at Willard Psychiatric Center as an administrative assistant until her retirement in 1994.
Esther is survived by four children, Anne Passmore (Don Davis) of Parish; Andrew (Sue) Passmore of Romulus; William (Denise) Passmore of Voorheesville; Margaret (Willard Burns) Passmore of Marianna, PA; four grandchildren Dave (Bonnie), Kyle (Shannon), Zachary and Caleb; and the father of her children, William Passmore of Hector. In addition to her parents, Esther was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and Richard.
We would like to thank Tami Bovard and Jessica Andrews for their compassion, caring and love for our Mother.  They will forever be part of our family.
Esther was a devoted and loving mother, who made all around her happy with her Christmas bread, eggplant Parmigiana, lasagna, potato salad, macaroni salad, cookies, cake, iced tea and pies.  She was an extremely welcoming and gracious presence in our lives, full of love, hope, kindness, warmth and generosity.  She will be greatly missed.


Velma M. Maguire, age 98,
formerly of Water Street in Ovid, died at Seneca Nursing & Rehab Center in Waterloo on Monday, January 20, 2014.
The family will receive friends from 11:00am to Noon on Thursday (Jan 23rd) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main Street in Ovid.  A funeral service will then follow at Noon on Thursday, officiated by Rev. Diane Walker of the Ovid Federated Church.  Prayers of committal will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery in the Spring. As a cancer survivor, Velma requested that any memorial contributions in her memory, be directed to the American Cancer Society, 1400  N.Winton Road, Rochester, NY 14609.
Velma was born in Gold, Potter County, Pennsylvania on February 21, 1915, the eldest of eight children to Chester O. and Rose E. (Warner) Miles. She graduated from Elkland High School in PA.  She worked at Sampson Hospital, transferred to the Army Base in Rome, NY and subsequently retired from Seneca Army Depot as a communication operator. She had graduated from communications school and had Top Secret Military Clearance.  She had lived in Ovid since 1953, and had been a member of both the Varick UMC and the Ovid Federated Church, in addition to the  Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post #463. Velma was an avid cat lover, and played a large role in the lives of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She is survived by her son, Harry (Mary) Davenport of Zephyrhills, FL, and a son in law, Leonard Coon of Rome, NY; her sisters, Mable Rosky of Spring Hill, FL and Eleanor Kellogg of Horseheads and numerous grandchildren, great and great great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, John Maguire; a son, Hugh Davenport; a daughter, Esther Coon; her siblings, Russell, Clarence, Keith, Joseph and Kathy Mannix.


Mary Ellen Bond, 89,
of Ovid, went to be with her Lord on Jan. 4, 2014. She was born on October 14, 1924, in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, a daughter of the late Stuart V. and Dorothy (Davis) Carpenter. She graduated from Ithaca High School in 1943. Mary Ellen was a coloratura soprano and had the honor of singing on television with Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra at the age of 16. Subsequently, she was offered a scholarship to attend the prestigious Juilliard School of Music, but chose a different direction for her life. It was while employed in the recruiting office at Sampson Naval Base that Mary Ellen would meet the love of her life, Miles John Bond, with whom she would share a fairytale marriage of 40 years (until the time of his death in 1987). Together they owned and operated Bond Motors Oldsmobile-Chevrolet dealership in Ovid, during which time Mary Ellen was honored by General Motors with several awards for outstanding double-entry bookkeeping. She and Miles had four children, John, Carol Lee, and twins Cynde and Sande. She dedicated her life to her family, which naturally included her brothers and sisters and their many children. In fact, the Knapp, Wendland, and Carpenter cousins were at the Bond cousins’ house so often, they were more like siblings than cousins. And “Aunt Mary” had boundless tolerance for all the ‘happy racket’ that ensued with so many children in the swimming pool laughing and shouting “Marco-Polo”. She always made it a happy time for everyone. 
Mary Ellen and Miles enjoyed bowling on leagues at Sunset Bowl in Geneva for several years, each winning numerous league and individual trophies. They regularly hosted large family picnics poolside, one of Mary Ellen’s favorite places to spend time. She was a lifelong member of the Eastern Stars and was an accomplished seamstress, baker, and candy maker. She enjoyed creating original handmade scrapbooks for her grandchildren, filled with clippings and photos and incorporated throughout with three-dimensional images of her own artistic design. She was known for her compassionate heart and frequently opened her home to provide care for immediate or extended family members recovering from illness or injury and, of course, childbirth. She was the best wife, mother and grandmother anyone could have asked for, as well as honorary “Mom/Gramma” to many others. 
She will be sadly missed by daughters Carol Lee (Allen) Harris of Fayette, Cynde Lou Hammond of Ovid, and Sande B. (Allan) Smith of Interlaken; grandchildren Audra Corrina (Ted) Brown, Ashleigh Ellen Smith, Bret Allen Harris, Miles Allan Smith, Amity Helen Smith, and Carrie (Jody) Norton; great-granddaughters Olivia Skylar Bacon, Elanee and Vayda Vazquez-Norton, and Maya Norton; brother Carl T. (Elizabeth) Carpenter of Ithaca; sister Helen Louise Wendland of Vestal; many nieces and nephews; stepchildren Barbara (Gerald) Billings, Beverly (David) Billings, and Tracy (Sally) Bond; several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.            
She was predeceased by her husband Miles John Bond; son John Stuart Bond; brother Earl Carpenter; sisters Velma Kissock, Nonie Knapp, and Jean Edsall; son-in-law Dion R. Hammond;  stepson Frederick Bond.      
Arrangements are being handled by Covert Funeral Home. In accordance with her wishes, there will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to South Seneca Ambulance Corps, PO Box 280, Ovid, N.Y. 14521. Information regarding a future celebration of Mary Ellen’s life will be forthcoming.


Harry G. Hayes, age 74,
lifetime resident of Lodi, died on Thursday (Jan 9th) at Bayonet Point Medical Center in Hudson, FL, following a brief illness.
A graveside service will be held at West Lodi Cemetery at a future date, to be announced by Covert Funeral Home of Ovid. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Harry’s memory to the South Seneca Ambulance Corps, PO Box 280, Ovid, NY 14521 or the charity of one’s choice.
Harry was born in Lodi, NY on October 26, 1939, a son of the late John F. and Gladys (Conklin) Hayes.  He was a 1957 graduate of the Ovid Central School and had a long career at Willard Psychiatric Center, retiring as a supervisor of plumbers and steamfitters. He was an avid hunter and golfer. Summer months Harry was devoted to his vegetable garden and those close to him can testify to what a great cook he was.
He married  Roberta Drake on September 4, 1959. Following their retirement, they wintered in Hudson, FL at a senior community where they made a number of very close friends.  He was preceded in death by Roberta in 2009, after 49 years of marriage.
Harry is survived by  a son, Grant (April) Hayes of South Charleston, WV; his grandchildren, Tara (Rodney) Robinson, Scott M. (Tara) Smith, Davey and Kellie Hayes; and great grandchildren, Leah Robinson, Madison Krick, Nathan and Aaron Smith; sisters, Millie Boyd of Las Vegas, NV and Betty Austin of Ithaca and a brother, Don Hayes of Maryland, his companion, BettieLu Doan of Hudson, FL, his former son in law; Scott (Joan Hendrix) Smith of Interlaken, and a large extended family to include nieces, nephews, sisters and brothers in law.  In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his daughters, Sheree Smith and Kristin Swain, and by his siblings, Helen, Ellen, Shirley, John, Dave, Dick, Harold, Frank and Jerry. 


,Calvin N. Champion age 77, of 8913 State Route 414, died at the home of his daughter in Willard on Sunday, January 05, 2014, following a recent cancer diagnosis.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00pm on Wednesday, (Jan 8th) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main Street in Ovid.  A funeral service, officiated by Rev. Diane Walker of the Ovid Federated Church,  will be held at 1:00pm on Thursday, (Jan 9th) at the funeral home.  A reception will be hosted at the Interlaken Sportsmen’s Club following the service.  Prayers of committal with Military Honors will be held at Lake View Cemetery in the Spring. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Assoc., 435 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY  14620 or the Interlaken Sportsmen’s Club, PO Box 512, Interlaken, NY 14847.
Calvin was born in Logan, NY on April 5, 1936, a son of the late Harold and Dorothy (Bennett) Champion.  He attended both Lodi and Interlaken Schools, and then joined the US Air Force, through Sampson AFB, proudly serving his country for 4 years.  Upon his return, he worked at Sampson State Hospital until it’s closure, and then enjoyed a long career at Willard Psychiatric Center as a therapy aide.  In total, he had over 31 years of state service.  Calvin was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying trap shooting, hunting and fishing with his buddies through the Interlaken Sportsmen’s Club.  He was also a great baseball fan.  He travelled his route every day, checking on various friends and family members, taking time along the way to visit and catch up on the daily news.
He is survived by his children; David (Jill Ayers) Champion of Interlaken, Brenda (Paul) McGuane and Keith (Melanie) Champion, all of Willard, his grandchildren; April (Steve) Twarkins of Arizona, Michalla Champion of Interlaken, Michael Church, Monica (Jonathan) Siccardi all of Willard, Joshua McGuane of Interlaken, Nicole Hecker of Trumansburg, Elizabeth Hecker of Canandaigua and Anna Champion of Willard and 9 great grandchildren, his siblings; Robert (Dorothy) Champion of Lodi, Lester (Sharon) Champion of Elmira, Ralph (Barb) Champion Of Lodi, Elma Updike of Interlaken, Bonnie (Brent) Ward of Interlaken and Marge MacCheyne of Ovid; his sister in law, Pearl Champion, many cousins, nieces and nephews.  He  was preceded in death by his sister, Jean Beeman, and brothers, Jack and Harold, in addition to his “Love”, the mother of his children, Martha Brennan.


Louis R. “Sonny” Fink Jr, age 73, longtime resident of County Road 130, died on Thursday, December 26, 2013 at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca.
The family will receive friends for a viewing from 10:00am to 11:00am on Monday (Dec 30th)  at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main Street in Ovid.  A service will then be conducted by the family at 11:00am on Monday at the funeral home. Kindly consider a donation, in lieu of flowers, to the Seneca County 4-H,  308 Main Street Shop Centre, Waterloo, NY 13165 in Sonny’s memory.
Louis was born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania on April 28, 1940, a son of the late Louis and Elsie E. (Woetzel) Fink Sr.  He attended Palasaides High School and moved to the Ovid area in 1980. Louis was a lifeling farmer; he ran a successful dairy operation for many years, and also worked on the family farm where he and his parentshad lived. After “retiring”, Louis maintained his connection with local farmers by delivering merchandise for Seneca Farm & Home Supply.  He was a kind and gentle soul and a terrific friend of the Amish and Mennonite Communities in the area.
Sonny is survived by his brother, Frank D. (Debi) Fink of Interlaken;  his nieces and nephews, Marcy (Douglas) Duval of Newfield, Daniel (Kristen) Fink of Groton, Megan (Brett Newirth) Fink of West Milford, NJ, Michelle (Jeremiah) Walsh of Ovid, and Violet Fink of Interlaken and his nine great nieces and nephews.


Anna M. Denmark, age 88, of Interlaken passed away peacefully at home on December 19, 2013.
In keeping with Anna’s wishes, services will be private for family only. The family asks those who wish to make a contribution in Anna’s memory to kindly consider the Trumansburg Volunteer Fire Co., EMS, PO Box 418, Trumansburg, NY 14886 or Lifetime Care Hospice, 800 West Miller Street, Newark, NY 14513.
Anna was born in Ithaca, one of nine children to the late Frank and Ida (Sabo) Turcsik. She worked at Ithaca Textiles during World War II and then as a housekeeper for Tompkins County Hospital. She retired in 1987 from Cornell University where she ended her career as a custodian.
Above all Anna cherished time spent with her family. She enjoyed baking her potato chip cookies, banana bread and cooking cabbage rolls. Her famous chicken and noodles recipe has been passed down to her children and grandchildren to enjoy for years to come. Anna crocheted each of her grandchildren an afghan to pass on to their children as keepsakes. Christmas Eve holds a special place in her family’s heart due to the long standing tradition she started many years ago. She held countless Christmas Eve gathering at her home, a tradition that is still carried on by her children and grandchildren’s families.
Anna is survived by two children, George (Sandra) Denmark and Pamela (Thomas) Hayward; daughter in law, Joyce Denmark; nine grandchildren, Rick (Kim), Russ (Karen), and George (Laurie) Denmark, April (Frank) Miles, Loretta (Henry) Bennett, Thomas (Nicole) and Shane (Amanda) Hayward, Bruce (Mindy), and Christopher (Cindy) Denmark; 19 great-grandchildren; sister in law Josephine Denmark; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Anna was preceded in death by her husband, Miles Denmark Sr. in 1982; two sons, Leon and Miles Denmark Jr. in 2002; eight siblings; and beloved dog, Blackie.


Patrick H. Hyland- age 65, of 1695 Shaw Road, died on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at Arnot Ogden Hospital in Elmira, following a recent illness.
Pat was born in Frederick, Maryland on April 11, 1948, a son of the late Thomas S. and Margaret (Harper) Hyland.  Upon completion of high school he furthered his education throughout the northeast, and completed his Bachelors Degree.  In 1980, he purchased a large dairy farm in Lodi, and over the course of 20 years operated the dairy, raised quality steer and field crops.  He retired in 2000, and built a simple home on Shaw road.
Pat was a wine enthusiast and enjoyed touring and promoting many of the local wine companies.  He could often be spotted in the warmer months riding his prized possession, his Triumph motorcycle, and had in recent years, ridden across the country to Colorado for Joshua Kinne's wedding.  Upon retirement, Pat enjoyed traveling as well, visiting such places as Argentina, Chile, Australia and New Zealand and was recently planning trips to both the Dominican Republic and Ireland.
He is survived by his sons; Charles Hyland  and Alexander Hyland of Ithaca; his stepson Joshua Kinne of Colorado; his sisters and their families, Julia (Jose) Correia of North Carolina and Suzanne (Miles) Kumnick of Florida, several cousins and a host of friends, including Barb Kinne and Elizabeth Wilkins. Pat was preceded by his brothers, Jeff and Thomas.
Friends are invited to gather at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main Street in Ovid, from 2:00-4:00pm today, Sunday, December 8, 2013 to share memories and stories befitting the life and times of Pat.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Pat’s memory to the American Cancer Society


Barbara T. Austin, age 73, of 8472 South Maple Street, died on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at Geneva General Hospital, following a recent illness.
The family will receive friends from 3:00 to 5:00pm on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main Street in Ovid.  A memorial service at the funeral home will then follow at 5:00. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Barb’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or visit www.stjude.org
Barb was born in Brooklyn on March 30, 1940, a daughter of the late Roy and Beatrice (Little) Terhune.  She obtained her Bachelors Degree in Nursing from Alfred University, and while raising her family, operated the grocery store in Lodi.  Barb worked at Willard Psychiatric Center as an RN, and then transferred to Elmira Psychiatric Center, retiring in 1998. For the past several years, she has worked in the retail area at Wagner Vineyards in Lodi.  Barb was very close to her family and loved spending time with her grandchildren and her beloved dog, Abbey.  In her spare time, she hand crafted greeting cards, a treasured gift to those who received them, and Barb was an avid gardener, creating beautiful flowerbeds around her home.
Barb is survived by her children, Robin Aho of Columbus, GA, Amy (Jim) Dugan of Lincolnton, NC and Chris (Bonnie) Austin of Trumansburg;  her grandchildren, Brittany, Connor, Shaylyn, Kylie and Kara; a sister, Patricia Witten of Sparta, NJ and several nieces and nephews, close friends and neighbors. She was preceded in death by her son, Ronald J. “Ronnie” Austin in 1978.


Stanley O. McCheyne Sr., age 79, of Ovid, lost his battle with cancer on Monday, December 2, 2013.
The family will receive friends from 3:00 to 7:00pm on Friday (Dec 6th) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main Street in Ovid.  A funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday (Dec 7th) at the funeral home.  Prayers of committal will be held at West Lodi Cemetery.   In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Stanley’s memory to the Cayuga Cancer Center, 101 Dates Drive, Ithaca, NY 14850 or the Lodi Fire Department, PO Box 299, Lodi , NY 14860.
Stanley was born at home in Ovid, on November 3, 1934, a son of the late Hugh M. and Emily (Williams) MacCheyne. He was a graduate of Ovid Central School in 1952, and worked for the Seneca Ordinance Depot, Strand Construction in Geneva, and the VanVleet Farm.  He worked in maintenance and as a bus driver at Ovid Central School and BOCES in Ithaca. Stan had a long career as a stationary engineer in the power plant at Willard Psychiatric Center, retiring in 1990.  He had also been a member of Lodi Fire Department.  
Stanley loved to build things, including his home, where he and his wife have resided since 1979. They also enjoyed their winter home in Spring Hill, Florida for the past 12 years.  He enjoyed many hobbies, which included gardening and quarter collecting. Stanley loved spending time with family and friends.  He was a very giving person.
Stanley leaves behind his wife of 40 years, Ruth Ann; two sons, Steven (Joanne) of Geneva and Stanley Jr; three daughters, Cindy (Ralph) Sibley of Lodi, Brenda Register of Willard and Megan (Pat) Reel of Russiaville, IN; two stepdaughters, Karen (Bob) Fairclough of Michigantown, IN and Lisa Karius of Odessa; eight grandchildren, Jordan (Jenelle) McCheyne, Melisande McCheyne, Paul Register, Harlee Reel, Garrett and Braxton Fairclough, Hunter and Kelly Karius; and a great granddaughter, Straton;  two sisters, Agnes (Lou) Brinkerhoff of Wakarusa, IN and Jean Simmons of Lodi, and a sister in law, Roberta Xavier of Watkins Glen.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Emily “Fib” Wilson.


Arthur W. “Art” Champion, age 81, longtime resident of  First Street in Willard, died at Oak Hill Manor in Ithaca on Friday, November 22, 2013.
A Memorial Ceremony at Lake View Cemetery will be held in late June of 2014. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a memorial in Art’s name to Beverly Animal Shelter, 50 East River Road, Waterloo, NY  13165. Art was born on October 6, 1932, a son of the late William and Ina (Murphy) Champion. He grew up in Valois, and upon marrying Florence Porter, they made their family home in Willard. He worked as a plumber at Willard Psychiatric Center for nearly 30 years. After his retirement, he worked at Ithaca Wholesale and the Seneca Army Depot during Desert Storm. Art served as the custodian of Ovid Federated Church, where he was also an active member. Art and Florence were the hub of their family and loved having everyone gathered around them, including a host of animals that always found a home on First Street.
He is survived by his children; Jeffrey (Lenora) Champion of Terrell, TX, Tammy (Mike) Reynolds of Interlaken and Dawn (Ralph) Stedge of Florida; 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; his siblings, Mary Ellen (Charles) Phillips and Stanley Champion all of Florida, and Gordon Champion of Kentucky, his wife’s family and a large extended family. Art was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Florence in 2010, and by a daughter, Debbie Granger in 2009.


Lisa A. Westervelt, age 44, of Willard, passed away at her home, with her family at her side, on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, following a recent cancer diagnosis.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Bart Minson at 10:00am on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Ovid. A reception at the Ovid Fire House, will follow the mass.  (There will be no calling hours.)  In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Lisa’s memory to : The Westervelt Fund, c/o Finger Lakes Federal Credit Union, 7116 County Road 132, Ovid, NY 14521.
Lisa was born in Willimantic, Connecticut on December 17, 1968, a daughter of Joseph and Gloria (Spencer) Pinette. The family moved to Ovid in 1979, and Lisa graduated from South Seneca Central School in 1987, and she was married to Larry A. Westervelt Jr. on July 2, 1988. Lisa was happiest when she could spend quality time with her family and friends, she enjoyed baking..and, was by far the BEST!!   Lisa looked forward to family vacations in Florida with her husband, Larry and daughter, Kristen and a close family friend, Krystal Wickum.  She and Larry were owners of Ovideo, where many saw her every day. Lisa was a devoted mother and sole caregiver to Kristen, her “mother’s touch” will be forever cherished by those who witnessed her dedication and devotion to her little girl.
She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Larry A. Westervelt Jr. and her daughter, Kristen;  her mother, Gloria Pinette of Ovid; her siblings, Frank (Anne) Pinette of Trumansburg, Christine Pinette of Florida, Henry (Brenda) Pinette of Hayts Corners, Marie Brodnicki of Florida, Paul (Nancy) Pinette of Interlaken, Laura (Jamie) Morris of Burdett and Theresa Pinette of Trumansburg; her husband’s parents, Larry (Judy) Westervelt Sr. of Ovid;  her husband’s siblings, Kevin (Sherry) Westervelt of Ovid, and Shari (Jeff) Frey of Lodi and a very large extended family.  Lisa was preceded in death by a daughter, Amanda, her brother, Peter and her father, Joseph.
 


Norman H. Updike, age 83, of Interlaken, died unexpectedly on Sunday, November 10, 2013 following a short illness.
Norman was born in the Town of Varick on May 20, 1930, a son of the late David Hiles and Emma (Eddy) Updike, and attended Interlaken Schools. He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, a time in his life he held very closely to his heart.  Norman was a proud farmer of quality hay, straw and beef cattle on the family farm, Haymakers Acres. He trucked his own crops, and was best known for his signature Mack Trucks…always yellow in color! Norman was a loving family man, and played a large role in the lives of his children and grandchildren, teaching them his strong values and love of the land.  He was a man of simple pleasures, and when not doting on his grandchildren or tinkering on the farm, he could be found working hard on his latest jigsaw puzzle.
He is survived by his loving wife, Robin; his children,  Cristy Updike, and William H. Updike, both of Interlaken, and Amanda (Roy) Belcher of Seneca Falls, and his grandchildren, Tanner, Sawyer and Ellie Trass, in addition to his sisters, Bernice DeLong and Alberta (Alan) Jennings all of Romulus;  his mother in law, Elizabeth Simmons of Trumansburg and a very large extended family.  Norman was preceded in death by his brothers, Walter, Elmo, Charlie, Albert “Buster” and Herb.
A Celebration of Normans life will be held from 12:00pm to 3:00on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the Lodi Rod & Gun Club.  Family and friends are invited to come and share stories and laughter with those who were so close to him.  In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Norman’s memory to the Interlaken Fire Department, PO Box 274, Interlaken, NY 14847 or the charity of one’s choice. 


Phyllis W. Griffith, age 87,
of Ovid, died on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls.
A Memorial Service to commemorate her life will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at the Ovid Federated Church, officiated by Pastors John Kotun and Diane Walker. A reception at the church will follow the memorial service. Kindly consider a donation in Phyllis’ memory to the Ovid Federated Church, PO Box 340, Ovid, NY 14521 or the charity of one’s preference.
Phyllis was born in Elmira, NY, on March 14, 1926, the only child of Emerson C. and Jesse (Clark) Warn.  Her family moved to Geneva, and while a student of Keuka College, she met and soon married her husband of 66 years, David T. Griffith.  They raised their family in Ovid, while she worked as a recreational therapy aide at Willard Psychiatric Center.  Phyllis may be most remembered for her 60 years as a dance instructor.  She taught multiple generations of youngsters to dance, and relished in the thought of acknowledging each of her students as they matured through the decades. In addition, playing the piano and saxophone, were among her many musical talents. She was an active member of the Ovid Federated Church and had also been a participant in the DAR and Eastern Star. Her hobbies included camping, collecting doll house miniatures, crossword and word search, and avid reading.  Phyllis’ zest for life and
spirited interaction with friends and family will long be her greatest legacy.
She is survived by her loving husband, David T. Griffith, and their children, Kevin (Colleen) Griffith of Rochester, Timothy Griffith of Ovid, Chris (Bill) Willson of Romulus; and their grandchildren, Tim (Karenda) Willson, Jeffrey (Alycia) Willson, Mandi (Sean) Griffith-Gurell, Michael (Christina) Griffith, Riley Rust, and Rob McCulloch; and their great grandchildren, Kirk and Clay Willson, Spencer, Gavin and Mattie Griffith, Reese and Brody Gurell.


John F. Oberbeck, age 87, of Cayuga Lake Road, died peacefully at home under the care of his loving family on Monday, October 28, 2013.
The family will receive friends from 10:00am to 11:00am on Thursday, (Oct 31st) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid.  A funeral service will then follow at 11:00am, at the funeral home. Prayers of committal and military honors will be bestowed upon John at Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Romulus.  In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in John’s memory to Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road, Fairport, NY  14450 www.lollypop.org
John was born in Brooklyn on May 31, 1926, a son of the late Francis and Anna (VanSicklen) Oberbeck.  Upon completion of High School, he served in the US Navy during WWII in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. While completing his Associates Degree at Erie Community College, he served 4 years in the US Navy Reserves.  He was a traffic cop for the NYPD, and also worked for the Office of Mental Health on Long Island, eventually transferring to Willard Psychiatric Center.  He worked as an occupational therapist there for many years, retiring in 1990.
John was a proud veteran, an avid outdoorsman, and a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.
He will be greatly missed by his wife of 53 years, Lois; his children; David (Spring) Oberbeck of Meshoppen, PA, Dorthea (Don) Eisman of Williamson, NY, Susan (Delbert) Barkman of Ovid, John (Angel) Oberbeck of Ovid, Donna (Gary) Hilton of Middlesex, Nancy Johnston of North Carolina, William (Mandy) Oberbeck of Hubert, NC, and Lois (Jim) Sanderson of Swansboro, NC; 20 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren; his siblings, Alice, Ellen, Lillian, Harry and Alfred and a large extended family.  John was preceded in death by a brother, Francis.


SSG John J. Abeline (US Army retired), age 66, of 5854 State Route 96, died at the Canandaigua V.A. Medical Center on Wednesday, October 23rd, following an extended cancer illness.
John was born in Herkimer, NY on June 3, 1947, a son of the late Earl J. and Helen (Pratt) Abeline. He proudly served his country in the US Army for 23years, until his retirement in 1992.   John returned to the Herkimer area after many years abroad in the Army, and began working for the Herkimer County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department.  He made his home in Burdett for a number of years, and for the past three years, lived in Romulus.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman, spending as much time as he could in the great outdoors. 
He is survived by his wife, Susan of Romulus; a son, Kyle (Erika) Abeline of Willard and their daughters, Lexi and Bella; a sister, Micke Null of Herkimer; his stepchildren, Kevin Snyder of Avon, NY and Jill Snyder of Cromwell, MD and a step-granddaughter, Crystal Snyder.
The family will receive friends at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main Street in Ovid, from 2:00 to 4:00pm on Saturday, November 2, 2013. Military honors will observed by the family at Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Romulus.  Kindly consider a donation to Lifetime Care Hospice, 800 West Miller Street, Newark, NY 14513 or American Cancer Society, 1120 South Goodman Street, Rochester, NY 14620.


Dr. Joella Rand,E.D.D,  age 81,
of East Lake Road, died on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at the Benincasa Hospice in Mendon, following an extended illness.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 3:00pm on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid. A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Jo will immediately follow at 3:00pm, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions in Joella’s memory be sent to the Alfred University Fund, 1 Saxon Drive, Alfred, NY 14802 or the Wilmot Cancer Center,
University of Rochester Medical Center, PO Box 704, Rochester, NY 14642.
Jo was born on July 9, 1932 in Akron, OH, a daughter of the late Harry and Elizabeth Halberg. She received her Masters degree in nursing from Akron University in Ohio and obtained her Doctorate degree from Syracuse University. Joella was the Dean of Nursing at Alfred University for many years. She was a member of the American Counseling Assoc, and had volunteered at Willard Drug Treatment Center. Jo enjoyed her time at the lake with her family and friends, travelling, cooking and loved gardening.  She was active in the local community, and had even served on the Town of Romulus Zoning Board.  

Joella is survived by two children, Craig (Marianne) Rand of Pittsford and Debbi (Doug) Stark of Fairport; seven grandchildren, Shawn (Sandra), Justin (Claire), Kyle, and Connor Rand and Sara, Hannah, and Tyler Stark; a great grandson, Finley Rand and a sister in law, Patricia Griffin. In addition to her parents, Joella was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Martin Rand on March 28, 2000


Esther Joy Freed, age 20,
of Ovid, died on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
Calling hours are on Wednesday, October 9th from 2-4pm and 6-8pm and a funeral service the following day, October 10th at the Waterloo Mennonite Church, 3028 Miller Road in Waterloo.
She was born March 26, 1993 in Reading, PA, a daughter of Marlin and Cynthia (Risser) Freed. Esther is survived by 5 brothers, Myron, Edwin, Jonathan, Nathan and Timothy, all of Ovid; and 4 sisters, Rosella (Daniel) Zimmerman of Waterloo, Angela of Grayson, KY, Janet and Sharon of Ovid, and 3 nieces, Elizabeth, Sara Joy, and Elfreda; both maternal grandparents, John and Lois Risser of Harrisonburg, VA, and her paternal grandfather and step-grandmother, Leroy and Amanda Freed of Versailles, MO, uncles, aunts, cousins and many friends. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Elsie (Moyer) Freed, and an infant cousin.


Margaret M. Bretherton, age 80,
of Romulus passed away on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at Geneva General Hospital.
The family will be present to receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00pm on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid. A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00pm on Sunday, September 29 at the funeral home with Rev. Jim Yao officiating. Burial will take place in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks those who wish to make a contribution in Margaret’s name to kindly consider the South Seneca Ambulance Corps, PO Box 280, Ovid, NY 14521.
Margaret was born in Ovid on August 7, 1933, a daughter of the late Alonzo and Elsie (Coleman) Woodington. She worked for many years as a telephone operator at Willard Psychiatric Center. Margaret and her husband Bill camped for over 25 years and spent their winters in Homosassa, Florida. Both were active members of the American Legion and VFW in Ovid. In her free time, Margaret enjoyed shopping and completing puzzle books.
Margaret is survived by three children, Debbie (Ken) Hohwald of Lodi, Ron (Donna) Parish of Geneva, and John Parish of Romulus; three step children, Tracy Bretherton, Annette Fuqua, and Mickey Bretherton; five grandchildren, Deanna Church, Christina Scott, Paula North, Steven Parish, and Andrea Hill; three step grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren, James Russell Jr., William, Alex, and Madison Rubicky, Hunter and Rylee North, Arianna Scott, Nicki North, and Jack and Benjamin Parish; a brother, Ray Woodington of Orlando; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Bretherton in 2010; a brother, Al Woodington; step sister, Elsie Smith; and step daughter Margo Bretherton.


James E. Rought Sr, age 63,
fdied on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at Riverview Manor in Owego, following an extended illness.
The family will receive friends at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid from 5:00 to 7:00pm on Wednesday, September 18, 2013. A reception will follow at the American Legion Post #463 in Ovid.  In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Jim’s name to the Owego Fire Department Rescue Squad, or Riverview Manor Health Care in Owego. 
Jim was born in Sayre, PA on May 19, 1950, the son of Richard and Byrdie (Graham) Rought.  He spent most of his early years in the Owego area, and then lived in Ovid and Lodi.  He worked as a carpenter and journeyman for the New York State Parks system, based at Taughannock Park in Trumansburg.  In his several years of employment, he had the advantage of visiting all of the parks in the Finger Lakes Region, as an avid outdoorsman and sportsman, this was the perfect fit.  He was always surrounded by his loving family and their support in his later years was greatly appreciated by him.
He is survived by loving mother, Byrdie Rought of Owego, his children, James E. (Joanie) Rought Jr., Michael (Amy) Rought, all of Ovid, Terry (Beth) Rought of Odessa, Lisa Barefield of Texas and Jeannie (John) Jerolis of Connecticut; grandchildren, Cassandra, Hailey, Samantha, Joshua, Jack, Sarah, Keagan, Kate, Cristina, Christine, Jamie, Deby, Alexis, Alexandria and a great grandson, Kiam; his brothers, Leonard Rought of Lansing and Paul Rought of Owego, and a sister, Mary Falkner of Sayre,PA and several nieces and nephews.  Jim was preceded in death by his father, Richard and his brothers, Glenn and Billy.


James Webb Wilson, 72,
of Vernon, CT,  beloved husband of Nancy (Thibodeau) Wilson of 44 years, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013.
He was born Aug. 1, 1941, in Ithaca, N.Y., son of the late David and Marian (Auten) Wilson. Jim graduated from Ovid Central School as the class valedictorian in 1959. He then graduated from the State University College at Buffalo in 1963.  He was a member of Union Congregational Church in Rockville. James was a veteran of the U.S. Army and serviced as Military Police in Germany, a member of the American Legion, and a recipient of the Connecticut Veterans Wartime Service medal. Following a 27-year career as a systems analyst with the Travelers Insurance Cos., James took an interest in local politics, running as a petitioning candidate in the 2007 Vernon mayoral race. A published poet and writer, James was one of 10 finalists for selection to the post of Connecticut Poet Laureate.
Besides his wife, Nancy, he is survived by his children, Jeffrey Wilson of Vernon and Jennifer Alaimo of East Hartford. He also leaves his brothers and sisters, Marjorie Clark, Nancy Covert, Carol Wilson, Eugene Wilson, David Wilson, and Richard Wilson; as well as his three grandchildren, Jenna Karvelis, Zoey Alaimo, and Kara Alaimo.
Relatives and friends joined the family on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Burke-Fortin Funeral Home, 76 Prospect St., Rockville, CT 06066.
A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at Union Congregational Church, 3 Elm St., Rockville. Burial followed at St. Bernard Cemetery, Vernon, with a reception afterwards at Union Congregational Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Fund at
www.kidneyfund.org.


Carol Emily Ostberg Kaiser, age 87,
of Ovid passed away on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at home surrounded by her family.
The family will be present to receive friends from 4:00 to 7:00pm on Sunday, September 8, 2013 at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00am on Monday, September 9, 2013 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Ovid, by Fr. Bart Minson, OFMCap.  Prayers of committal will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Ovid, NY. The family asks those who wish to make a contribution in Carol’s memory to kindly consider Holy Cross Cemetery, PO Box 337, Ovid, NY 14521.
Carol was born on December 11, 1925 to the late Clarence S. and Emily (Durant) Ostberg. She married Joseph S. Kaiser on October 12, 1946. Carol and Joseph have had 67 years of deep, lovingly devoted time together. Carol was employed at Sampson Naval Base prior to her marriage. After marrying Joseph she devotedly helped with the operation of the family home, farm, and raising her beloved children, each of which were her favorite. Her love of family was only surpassed by her love and devotion to her Lord.
Carol was a cherished and loving mother to her sons; Joseph of Albany, Daniel (Emma) of Ovid, Timothy (Deborah) of Waterloo, David (Phillis) of Ovid, Michael (Cynthia) of Webster, and Christopher (Nicole) of Canastota. In addition to her husband and sons, Carol is survived by 17 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, Johnny and Stephen Kaiser; a brother, Ted Stivers; and three sisters, June Langley, Berta Feasel, and Betty Benz Millspaugh.


Francis "Lee" Hoaglan, age 58,
a resident of Verona Village, died unexpectedly on Saturday, August 31,2013.
Lee was born in Buffalo, NY on May 14, 1955, and was raised in Romulus, where he also graduated from high school.
Lee was a dedicated volunteer to the South Seneca Ambulance Corps for more than 40 years.  In his tenure with the corps, he held several officer's positions, and was the treasurer at the time of his death. Lee also worked for Monroe and Geneva Ambulance services, and after his retirement from active service, he served as the maintenance person for Holy Cross Church and Cemetery in Ovid.  Additionally, Lee worked as the Zoning Officer for the Town of Romulus and volunteered at the Military Museum at Sampson State Park.
 He is survived by his wife, Phyllis and her children, Billy Myers, Mathew Whitney, Patti McIntosh, Teresa Allheim, 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren, sister, Jill (Dan) Zerillo and their family of Syracuse; aunt, Elizabeth(Don) Madigan of Romulus; cousins, Bill (Joyce) Ritchie, Sandy Ritchie, Don (Maureen) Hoyt and a niece, Carol Hatch, a sister in law, Sharon Hatch,  and his longtime companion, Barb McCall of Willard, countless friends and a large extended family. Lee was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Joyce Hoaglan and by a brother, Bill Hatch.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, September 6, 2013 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main Street in Ovid, officiated by Fr. Bart Minson of Holy Cross Church.  Prayers of committal will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to South Seneca Ambulance, POBox, 280, Ovid, NY 14521.


Elizabeth S. Hertzler, age 72,
of 2294 Yerkes Road, passed away at her home on Sunday, September 1, 2013.  The family will receive friends at home on Monday and Tuesday.  The funeral will be held at the family home on Yerkes Road at 10:00am on Wednesday, September 4, 2013. Interment will be held at the Amish Community Cemetery. Covert Funeral Home of Ovid has assisted the family with arrangements.


Frederick Graham Swain, 62,
passed away on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse.
 Fred was born in Levittown NY. He retired from the Nassau County Police Department and spent much of his retirement building boats, wood working and hunting. He is survived by his loving wife, two daughters and three grandsons. He also leaves behind two sisters, a mother, nieces and nephews as well as good friends. In addition, he left everyone with a lesson in determination. A celebration of Fred's life will be held at his home on Saturday, September 7th at 3:00 pm. Instead of flowers the family would prefer any donation be given to the Democratic Party, no but seriously, please send any donations to the National Kidney Foundation, 310 Packetts Landing, Fairport, NY 14450-1567 in Fred's memory.


David Edward ”Peanut” Baker Sr., age 70,
died at his home on Monday, August 20, 2013, following an extended cardiac illness.
David was born in Tupper Lake, NY on September 28, 1942, a son of the late George and Pearl (Theriault) Baker. He left school at a young age to enter the work force, in order to help support his family.  He most recently worked at Cayuga Crushed Stone in Lansing as a truck driver, retiring in 2002 due to his heart condition.  He lived at Verona Village in Ovid, where he met many new friends and his future wife. He was married to Gracie Markell Moon in September of 2012.
He is survived by his  wife Grace, and his children, Sheila (Brian) Hemminger of Phelps, Donna Pratt and  Becky Baker of Clyde, Thomas Baker of Florida, David Baker Jr. of North Carolina, Pam Baker of Clyde, Brent Clark of Waterloo and Thola Wilmarth of Lansing; his sibilings; Ellen, Darlene, June, Lawrence, Pat and Joseph, and a very large extended family.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00pm on Monday, August 26, 2012 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main Street in Ovid.  At 2:00pm, a funeral service officiated by Pastor Adrian Tierson of the United Church of Phelps will be held at the funeral home. Interment will be held at Ovid Union Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Ovid Food Pantry, c/o Ovid Federated Church, PO Box 340, Ovid, NY 14521. 


Donald H. Bement, age 86,
formerly of Wyers Point Road, died at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca on Tuesday, August 20, 2013.
Don was born in the Town of Hector on November 28, 1926, a son of the late Homer J. and Lottie (Georgia) Bement. Upon completion of high school, he proudly served in the US Navy during WWII. He operated a well drilling business for 12 years, and then owned and operated B&P Building Supply Center on Interlaken Beach Road for 36 years, with his nephew, George A. Palmer. Even after his retirement in 1991, he continued to work part time at the store.
Don was preceded in death by his wife and companion of many years, Helen Jennings in 2010, and by his nephew George A. Palmer in 1998, and by his niece Marjorie Griffen in 2007.He is survived by grand nieces, Jessica and Angela; grand nephews, Daniel, Darryl, Douglas and Dustin and their families, and by his wife’s family.
Interment was held at Hayts Cemetery, and a memorial will be held at Alterra-Sterling House where Don and Helen made their home for several years before their deaths. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Activities Fund at Alterra, 103 Bundy Road, Ithaca, NY  14850.


Amy C. Brewer, age 37, 
On Monday, August 12, 2013 was called by our Lord and Savior to come home. 
A Memorial Service to commemorate the beauty, grace and unconditional love Amy demonstrated throughout her entire life will be held at  4:00pm on Monday, August 19, 2013 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main Street in Ovid, officiated by Pastor Matt Slack.  The family respectfully asks that in lieu of flowers, donations in Amy’s memory be directed to Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes, PO Box 624, Penn Yan, NY  14527  www.safeharborsfl.org  to help conquer the fight against child molestation or the Beverly Animal Shelter, 50 East River Road, Waterloo, NY 13165 www.beverlyanimalshelteronline.com to share in Amy's love of all animals.  No cat, dog or tiger went unloved when Amy was in the room. 
Amy was born in Ithaca, NY on December 19, 1975, and was a 1994 graduate of South Seneca High School.  If you knew Amy,  you understood the loyalty of a true friend, compassion of a warm embrace, laughter that made your belly hurt, a smile that could light your way and a beauty so natural. If you knew Amy you witnessed pain only a soldier could bear,  met with dignity and admired strength. She was an angel in every sense who has now found peace and comfort she longed for in the flesh.  
Amy is survived by her mother and father Barb and William Bowen of Ovid; her brothers, Mike Wilkins of Ovid and James J. (Sarah) Brewer of Pulaski; nephews, Michael and Joshua and a niece, Mackenzie; her grandmother, Sarah Brewer of Ovid, and her uncle Joe (Cindy) Brewer all of Ovid.


Ronald H. Scorzafava Sr. of New Port Richey, born Oct. 11, 1938 to Esther and Alfred Scorzafava in Albany, NY passed away on Aug. 3, 2013 at 2:25 am, surrounded by his loving wife, three sons and two daughters-in-law. Ron is survived by his wife, Mary; sons, Ronald Jr. (Melody), Kevin (Bettina), Michael (Kelly); and grandchildren, Clayton, Gina, Justin, Damien, Moriah, Jayden, and McKenna. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to: Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis, 10866 W. Washington Blvd. #343 Culver City, CA, 90232. .


Jacqueline S. Ike of Ovid went to be with her Savior on August 3, 2013.
In keeping with her wishes, there will be no calling hours or service.

The family asks those who wish to make a contribution in Jacqueline’s memory to kindly consider
Finger Lakes Hematology and Oncology, 6 Ambulance Drive, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
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Carol Jones went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, August 02, 2013 following her long term battle with Alzheimer’s.
Friends may call from 11:00 to 1:00pm on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid.  A Celebration of Carol’s Life will be held at the Ovid Federated Church at 2:00pm on Tuesday, August 6 followed by a reception in Sheldon Hall. Burial will be at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Elmira at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ovid Federated Church or to a charity of your choice.
Carol was born on July 4, 1938; a fact of which she was very proud. She loved celebrating her birthday with friends, family, the nation, and fireworks. She was the daughter of the late Theodore and Wilma (Rockwell) Woermbke. Carol graduated from South Side High School in Elmira and maintained close friendships with classmates Norma Klein and Molly Granger over many years. As a teenager, Carol was active in the youth group and choir of Centenary Methodist Church. It was through the youth group that she met her future husband, William Bruce Covert. Carol married Bruce (then a resident of Hayt’s Corner) and accompanied him to Nebraska where he had been assigned by the United States Air Force. Following Bruce’s tour of duty, they returned from Arkansas with sons David and Steven, to reside in Ovid, Hayt’s Corner, and Romulus. It was there that daughter, Carolee, joined the Covert family.
 Carol worked for the Chemung County Bank, Seneca County, and Willard Psychiatric Hospital before retiring in 1993. Carol enjoyed travel; she and Bruce went to California, Florida, Hawaii, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, and Alaska in the years prior to his death in 1992. It was fitting that, through the travel to Florida, she met her future husband, Keith Jones. They traveled through European countries by air, cruise ship, and rail on their honeymoon. They went on to travel throughout the United States and Canada by recreational vehicle for several years following their marriage in 1995 before they started wintering in Salt Springs, Florida. Unfortunately, the past few years of illness prevented Carol from continuing to enjoy pontoon boating and the snow-bird style of living she had so dearly enjoyed. Carol was artistically talented in many ways. She decorated sweat shirts and tee shirts for children and adults. She made ceramics for holidays, outdoor, and household decoration. Her favorite art form, one at which she spent many hours creating amazingly beautiful pictures from fine silk thread, is known as Japanese Bunka. Carol and Keith could be seen nearly every Sunday in their church of choice, that is Ovid Federated Church when in New York and Salt Springs Christian Church when in Florida.
Carol is survived by her husband, Keith Jones of Romulus; children, David (Anne) Covert of Ontario, NY and Steven (Karen) Covert of Hampton, VA. Her sister, Mary Lou Woermbke of Elmira and sister in law, Gail Woermbke of Pasadena, MD also survive her as do step children Leslie (Greg) Johnson, Susan Dolle, Jean (Ronnie) LaSala, and Carolyn (Hugh) Dorsky. She is also survived by granddaughters, Kristen Alexander and Nicole (Lee) Sateren; and by step grandchildren Joshua Johnson, Erin Scarborough, Christopher Dolle, Jeffrey Dolle, Alex Dorsky, Brian Dorsky, Zachary LaSala, Carrie LaSala, and Eliana Johnson. Also surviving are cousins, Patricia (William) Brown and Larry (Nancy) Comfort, and nieces Debbie Shirley, Karen Lutz, and Linda Woermbke. Carol was predeceased by her first husband, William Bruce Covert; her brother, James Woermbke; and her daughter, Carolee Covert Alexander Melton. 
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Gerald R. McComb, age 77,
longtime resident of Ovid, died in Largo, Florida on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, following an extended illness.
A Memorial Service for Gerald will be held at 1:00pm on Monday, August 5, 2013 at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main Street in Ovid.  Kindly consider a donation in Gerald’s memory to the ALS Foundation. 
Gerald was born in Ovid on December 22, 1935, a son of the late Edwin C. and Abbie E. (Barton) McComb. He was a graduate of Interlaken High School, and worked as a farm hand, appliance repairman and as a custodian at area schools before beginning a 15 year career at Willard Psychiatric Center as a therapy aide.  Gerald proudly served his country in the US Army from 1958 to 1960, and remained very patriotic. He had been active in Jaycees, 4-H, Largo Elks Club and spoiling his grandkids, he often referred to himself as a “Jack of all trades, master of none”.  Gerald was proud of his support of the American Red Cross as a blood donor. He donated over 33 gallons during his life.
He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 57 years, Florence; his sons, Richard of Freeville, NY, and Keith of Roselle, NJ; his grandchildren, Jared, Rory and Brianna; his siblings, Russel (Julie) McComb of Ovid, Mary Ellen Houghtalen of Interlaken, and Rebecca Sunquist-Lux of Willseyville.   Gerald was preceded in death by his brothers, Richard and Randy and by a sister, Betty Jeanne McComb. .


Richard M.  “Papa” Tokar,  age 66,
7379 Rock River Road, died July 24 in South Carolina.  The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00pm on Sunday, (July 28) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main Street in Ovid.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30am on Monday, July 29th, 2013 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Ovid, by Fr. Bart Minson, OFMCap.  Prayers of committal will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Ovid, NY. A reception will immediately follow at the rectory organized by the ladies of the church.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that any donations you wish to make be sent to Holy Cross Church, PO Box 337, Ovid, NY 14521 or Birthright of Ithaca 605 West State Street, Ithaca, NY  14850.
Richard was born in New York, NY the son of Michael and Ethel (Egri) Tokar.  He grew up in Lindenhurst, NY and spent the remainder of his adult life in upstate NY.  He graduated from SUNY Geneseo in 1969 with a BS in Education.  He pursued post graduate coursework and became certified in Special Education.  He started his career at Sampson State School, and then worked in various other locations. His final job was at Willard Drug treatment from which he retired in 2003. Rich enjoyed working with all of his students and was passionate about making a difference in their lives.  Rich made lifelong friends at all of his jobs.
He met his wife of 44 years, Barbara, at SUNY Geneseo.  They made their home in Ovid NY where they raised their children. Rich was well known for being a self-learned handyman and made many friends in the pursuit of this knowledge. 
Rich had a great sense of humor which always brought a smile to friends and family.  He was often the center of family events such as Fourth of July celebrations and Easter egg hunts.  He had many beloved dogs throughout the years including his favorites Sammy and Norman.  Every Saturday evening was spent playing board games with family – and yes, he did keep score.  He was a passionate fan of boxing.  Above all though, Rich was a devout Christian who did daily Bible reading and prayed for everyone and every cause. He regularly attended church at Holy Cross in Ovid.
Since his retirement Rich did extensive traveling including trips to China, Ireland and Hawaii.  His favorite vacations in the past several years have been trips with the three youngest loves of his life, his grandchildren Taylor, Brooke and Lauren Cicoria.  These vacations included Universal in Florida, a Disney Bahamas Cruise and trips to South Carolina.
He is survived by his son, Richard (Joy), of Camillus, NY and daughter Jennifer (Anthony) Cicoria of West Henrietta, NY. ; three precious grandchildren Taylor, Brooke and Lauren Cicoria, a sister Teresa Fischetti of Honeoye Falls, NY, a sister-in-law Patricia (Delmer) Haire of Ovid, brother-in-law Harold (Judy) Miles of Willard and brother-in-law John Miles of Rochester. He also leaves many nieces, nephews, and many wonderful friends.  He was predeceased by his parents and a special mother-in law, Anne Miles.


David L. VanVleet, age 77,
went to be with the Lord November 9th, 2012 in Scottsdale, Arizona. David was born on June 8, 1935 to Lawrence Van Vleet and Lovina (Woodman) and raised in Lodi, NY. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth Joyce (Hull) Van Vleetnd their 5 children: Diana (Dan) Pearson, Tom Van Vleet, Barbara (Vernon) Van Vleet-Marsh, Paul (Hilde) Van Vleet and Peter (Larissa) Van Vleet. He has 9 wonderful grandchildren. His siblings are Harriet Wagner, Ruth Wagner, Stanley Van Vleet and preceded in death by his brother Dr John Van Vleet.  
A graveside service with military honors will be held on Friday, July 26, 2013 at West Lodi Cemetery, with Rev. Diane Walker of the Ovid Federated Church officiating.


Court Mulford, age 18,
of 8783 County Road 137, died tragically from injuries sustained in a car accident on Friday, July 19, 2013.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00pm and 7:00 to 9:00pm  on Monday, July 22,2013 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid.  A Celebration of Court’s life will be held at 1:00pm on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at Lodi Point State Park.  Friends are asked to dress casually, bring a lawn chair, and feel free to share memories.  In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Court’s memory to the Lodi Fire Department, PO Box 299, Lodi, NY or the Interlaken Sportsmen Club, PO Box 512, Interlaken, NY  14847.
He was born as Michael Courtland Mulford in Geneva, NY on February 27, 1995, the only son of Michael and Stacy L. (Klue) Mulford.  He attended South Seneca Central School and was recently working to complete his GED. Court’s passion was working on anything with an engine, or hunting. If he wasn’t doing either of those he could always be found hanging out with his friends. He was planning on starting the next chapter of his life by moving to Georgia with his close friend, Andrew Mott. Court would love to be remembered for the crazy adventures he has had, his love for life, his sense of humor, and his compassion for everyone.
Court is survived by his father, Michael of Lodi;  his mother, Stacy of Lodi; sisters, Natalie Mulford of Ithaca and Coreen Klue of Edna, Texas; maternal grandfather, John (MaryAnn) Klue of Seneca Falls; maternal grandmother, Barbara Thomas of Michigan and her family; paternal grandparents, Fred (Elna) Mulford of Melbourne, FL; his Aunt Sarah (Chris) McGuire of Lodi and their children, Lauren and Leigha, his uncles Logan and Reid Samuelsen of Melbourne, FL and a large extended family.  He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Deborah Mulford.


Robert O. Dufour, age 72,
of Hayts Corners Road, died on Sunday, July 14, 2013 at FF Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua, following a recent cancer diagnosis.
Robert was born in Manchester, New Hampshire on November 29, 1940, a son of the late Emmanuel (Pete) and Margaret (Rita) (Burns) Dufour.  Upon completion of high school in Manchester, he graduated from St. Anselm’s College, and then proudly served four years in the US Air Force.  His educational background placed him in various hospital settings, and he worked the last 15 years of his career as a microbiologist for the Millipore Corporation in Jaffrey, New Hampshire. He made the Finger Lakes Region his home a few years ago, and assisted his wife with a new business endeavor, the "Tastes of Wine Country Café."
He is survived by his wife, Mary K. Reed-Dufour of Ovid, his children, Nicole (David Helie) Dufour of Amherst, NH, and Anthony Dufour of Marietta, GA; sisters, Natalie Cuchetti of Manchester, NH and Linda Currier of Raymond, NH;  the mother of his children, Michelle Pelletier of Amherst, NH and an abundance of nieces, nephews and their families. Bob was preceded in death by his brother, James Dufour.
His wife will be hosting friends and family on Sunday, July 28th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at their restaurant, "Tastes of Wine Country Café" at 1859 State Route 96A in Ovid.  www.tastesofwinecountry.com   In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Bob's memory for the Pathway Home, PO Box 516, Seneca Falls, NY 13148. www.pathwayhome.org


Robert M. “Bob” O’Brien, age 62,
died in the comfort of his home with his family at his side, on Wednesday, July 10, 2013.
Bob was born in Queens on January 13, 1951, a son of the late Woodrow M. and Helen (Scanlon) O’Brien.  He received his Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Farmingdale and then enlisted in the US Army in 1976. After his discharge in 1981, Bob came to the area, to work at the Seneca Army Depot as an electrical engineer in the nuclear munitions department. He was a coordinator for the Meals on Wheels program with the Seneca County Red Cross, and also worked as an EMT for both the North and South Seneca Ambulance Corps.  Bob enjoyed building and fixing, working with electronics, all things ham radio and Ford related, travel (especially to Ireland) and loved spending time with his family.
Bob is survived by a son, Robert M. O’Brien Jr. of Lakeland, FL; a daughter, Stefanie Clair O’Brien Juby of Lodi; stepsons, Joseph James Thomas of Newark, NY and David Joseph Thomas of Seneca Falls, NY; granddaughters, Sierra and Ashley Sloat and Kiersten O’Brien,; a sister, Helen (Raymond T.) Buranello of Indianapolis, IN, and his beloved, Diane Wojnar of Baldwinsville.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemary Elizabeth Thomas in 2008.
The family will receive friends at the family home, 8594 Mill Street in Lodi, from 2:00 to 6:00 pm on Saturday, July 13, 2013.   Kindly consider a donation in Bob’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675  www.woundedwarriorproject.org or to Lifetime Care Hospice,  800 W. Miller Street, Newark, NY 14513 www.lifetimecare.org


Penny L. Thurston-Greene, age 53,
 of 5596 Tipperary Street, died on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca.
Penny was born in Auburn, NY on February 28, 1960, a daughter of Alfred S. and Esther (Welch) Thurston.   She was a graduate of Southern Cayuga High School and was married to Frank Greene on July 14, 1979.  She and Frank have lived in Romulus for over 29 years.  Penny worked in food service at Willard Psychiatric Center prior to its closing, and then worked seasonally at Sampson State Park in Romulus, and staffed the Wine Country Circuit Dog Show for nearly 15 years.
Penny had an incredible appreciation for nature and animals.  She and Frank often travelled to the Adirondacks to enjoy the beauty and splendor.  Penny was a member of the Seneca Community Church, and used her experiences as a 20 year cancer survivor to help others within the church and community, cope with the many struggles of a cancer diagnosis and treatment.  Throughout the many recurrences of cancer, Penny always remained strong and vigilant, fighting hard and living strong to the very end of her disease.
Penny is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Frank G. Greene of Romulus, her sons, Joseph and Keith Greene, both of Varick; her mother, Esther Thurston of Lansing; her sisters, Cathy L. (Kerry Goria) Thurston of Geneva and Vicky L. (Richard) Sinn of Locke , and a host of extended family members.  She was preceded in death by her father.
The family will receive friends at Seneca Community Church in Romulus from 10:00am to Noon on Saturday, July 13, 2013, followed by a Celebration of Penny’s Life, officiated by Pastor Dave Spencer at Noon, and then a luncheon will be hosted at the church.   Kindly consider a donation in Penny’s memory to either Seneca Community Church, 5738 Main Street, Romulus, NY 14541 or the American Cancer Society, 1120 Goodman St S, Rochester, NY 14620. 


Elizabeth J. “Betty” Crane, of Interlaken, passed away at Cayuga Medical Center on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at the age of 87.
The family will be present to receive friends from 11:00am to Noon on Friday, July 5, 2013 at St. Francis Solanus Church, 3660 Orchard Street, Interlaken. A Funeral Mass will begin at noon, at the church with Father Bart Minson officiating. Prayers of committal will immediately follow at St. Columbkille Cemetery in Seneca Falls. In lieu of flowers, the family asks those who wish to make a donation in Betty’s memory to kindly consider the Interlaken Fire Department, PO Box 274, Interlaken, NY 14847.
Betty was born in Syracuse on October 28, 1925, a daughter of the late John and Agnes (Trinkhaus) Quinn. After graduating from Ovid High School, Betty went to work at the Sampson Naval Base in the photography lab. She held a position in the registrar’s office at Sampson College and was a special weapons supervisor of classified documents at the Seneca Ordinance. After marrying Merwyn Crane in 1963, Betty became the office clerk at Vance Crane and Son home appliance store in Interlaken.  Betty was a faithful parishioner of the St. Francis Solanus Church and enjoyed scrap booking, photography, genealogy, and spending time with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Betty is survived by five children, Merwyn “Gene” Crane, Annette (Bill) Reagan, Phyllis (Jim) Hagen, Marilyn (John) Nihill, and Steven (Karen) Crane Sr.; 11 grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Merwyn Crane; and a brother, Jack Quinn.


Richard C. “Red” Walborn, age 93
passed away peacefully at his East Seneca Street home on Monday, June 17, 2013.
Red was born on September 20, 1919 in Towanda, PA, the eldest of ten children to Howard and Edna Updyke. His family moved to Seneca County when he was just a youngster, and he remained here throughout his lifetime.  He proudly served his country in the US Army during WWII from 1944 to 1946. Red married Sophie Cusimano, and they moved their family to Lodi in 1953. He was a Life Member of the Lodi Fire Department and worked as a mechanic at N.R. Boyce Ford for many years.  He continued working by mowing lawns and doing small engine repair well into his late 80’s.  Red and Sophie were avid animal lovers, and often had many pets at home.  Red is survived by his children, Don (Wanda ) Cusimano of Pittsford, Judy (Marty) David of Lodi, Rich Walborn of Anaheim, CA, Ed Walborn and Bruce (Clara) Walborn all of Lodi; his grandchildren, Chris and Brian Cusimano, Joann Zehr, Jeff and Jason David and Tim Doane; great grandchildren, Drew and Abbey Cusimano, Ian Buchanan, Benjamin Zehr, Kiarah, Allie, Barrett and Brody David; his brothers, Paul of Ovid, George of Auburn, Glenn of Romulus, Gary of Ovid and Ralph of Romulus and all of their extended families. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sophie in 2005, and by his siblings, James, Kenneth, Norman and Margaret Malone.
A graveside service with military honors will be held at 11:00am on Monday, June 24, 2013 at the West Lodi Cemetery, officiated by Rev. Diane Walker of the Ovid Federated Church. Additionally, family and friends are invited to attend  a reception at the Ovid VFW Post #6200 at 1:00pm on Monday. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Lodi Fire Department, PO Box 299, Lodi, NY  14860 or the animal shelter of your choice. 


Daniel T. Stoltzfus, age 9 days,
died at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester on Sunday, June 16, 2013. 
A funeral service will be held at 10:00am (fast time) on Tuesday (June 18) at the Stoltzfus Family Farm, 5120 Route 96A.
Prayers of Committal will be held at the Amish Community Cemetery in Romulus


Ross G. Cassidy, 85,
of 1021 Waterloo-Geneva Road, and longtime resident of Ovid, died on Thursday, (June 13) at Clifton Springs Hospital.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, (June 16) at Covert
Funeral Home, Ovid. A funeral service will be held at 11am on Monday, (June 17) at the funeral home officiated by Rev. Diane Walker, prayers of committal with military honors will be held at Ovid Union Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider at donation in Ross’ memory to the Ecumenical Food Pantry, c/o Ovid Federated Church, PO Box 340 or the Ovid Fire Department, PO Box D, Ovid, NY
Ross was born on April 24, 1928 in Seneca Falls, the only son of the late Claude and Clara (Parish) Cassidy. He was a 1946 graduate of the Ovid High School.  Along with his friends, he was a proud member of the Ovid Drum and Bugle Corps Ross proudly served his country at the end of WWII in the Army Air Corps as a flight engineer, returning home three years later as a staff sergeant. He had been a member of both the Ovid VFW and American Legion, he was particularly proud of his 50 years of active service to the Ovid Fire Department.  Upon his return from military duty, he began a long career at Willard Psychiatric Center, retiring as the inventory supervisor.  After retiring he and his wife Ellie maintained the Ovid Union Cemetery, and then began wintering in Woodland Hills of Clearwater, FL.   They had many years of snowbird retirement and they celebrated a very happy 50th wedding anniversary in Hawaii.
Ross is survived by his son, David C. Cassidy of Waterloo, his sisters, Audrey (William) Schramm of Lakeland, FL, Linda (Alfonso) Riolo of Greece, NY and a cousin, Joyce (Joseph) Pezzullo of New Jersey, along with his other extended family. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 57 years, Ellie in 2008.


Martha L. Ritchie, age 90,
formerly of Hayts Corners, died on Monday, June 3, 2013 at Huntington Living Center in Waterloo where she had been a resident for many years. 
Martha was born in Romulus on March 31, 1923, a daughter of the late Edward and Julia Hoaglan. She had been a lifetime resident of the Town of Romulus. Martha was a longtime employee of South Seneca Central School, working in food service. She had been an active member of the Seneca County Democratic Committee, worked elections and had been elected as a councilwoman to the Romulus Town Board.  She has been greatly missed by her family as Alzheimer’s claimed her loving smile and adoration, but her special bond with her daughter Sandy was kept strong by their devotion to each other.
Martha is survived by her children, William (Joyce) Ritchie of Interlaken, Sandra Ritchie of Ovid; grandchildren, John Ritchie, Scott (Jaymi) Ritchie all of Alabama, Amy (Matt) Lott of Interlaken, Jeff (Cheryl) Hurd of Farmington and Michelle Cantando of Elmira; and her great grandsons, Adam and Alex Hurd and Cody Ritchie and by a large extended family.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Seward W. Ritchie in 1979, her daughter, Linda Hurd in 2008, and by her siblings, Francis and Raymond Hoaglan and Beatrice Weeks.
A Scripture Service will be led by Fr. Bart Minson of Holy Cross Catholic Church at 11:00am on Friday, June 7, 2013 at the Covert Funeral Home in Ovid.  Prayers of committal will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Martha’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, Development Office, 435 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620.


Robert L. Parish, age 91,
lifetime resident of Parish Road in Ovid, passed on Monday, May 27, 2013 at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca.
Bob was born in Ithaca on November 13, 1921, a son of the late Leland A. and Lena (Veley) Parish.   He was a member of the first graduating class of the new Ovid High School in 1939, and remained on the family homestead as the 5th generation Parish to operate the family farm.  During the 1940’s and 50’s Bob worked as a milkman for Maple Long Dairies and operated his own appliance business. His work career included the Town of Ovid Highway Department, Sampson State Hospital and Elmira Psychiatric Center. He retired in 1979 from his last position as journeyman and steamfitter for the Finger Lakes State Park System.  Bob helped form the Ovid Flying Club in 1948, and continued his passion for flying throughout his lifetime. He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, flying search and rescue missions for the Seneca County Sheriff’s Department for from 1950 to 2005.  Bob joined the Ovid Fire Department in 1948, and considered the Croton Engine and Hose Company to be his pride and joy.  He saw many changes and much progress throughout the years, remaining very active within the department and attending his last meeting less than a month before his death.  Bob had also been a life member of Seneca County Fire Police.
Bob is survived by his children; Phyllis Parish of Hector, Lois Brown of Ovid, Robert M. (Connie Hilkert) Parish of Hayts Corners, James R. (Linda) Parish of Tarpon Springs, FL and Brian (Melissa) Parish of Ovid, 16 grandchildren and numerous great and great great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha, a son, Donald in 1986, a grandson, Donny in 1998, and by his brothers, Paul and Ray.
A Memorial Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at the Ovid Fire House on Brown Street. The 1932 Fire Truck will then take Bob in procession to Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken.  Following the committal prayers at the cemetery, the Ovid Fire Department will host a reception at the fire house.  In lieu of flowers, kindly consider at donation to the OFD, PO Box D, or South Seneca Ambulance, PO Box 280, Ovid, NY  14521, in Bob’s memory.  For additional information, please contact Covert Funeral Home


Barbara A. Lee, age 70,
of 4400 State Route 414, passed away at Seneca View Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, following a brief illness.
The family will be hosting a time of remembrance at Barb’s home on Saturday, May 25, 2013 from 2:00 to 6:00pm.  Barb will be laid to rest with her family at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery on June 15, 2013 at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105   www.stjude.org
Barb was born in Danbury, CT on February 27, 1943, a daughter of the late William H. and Viola (Peterson) O’Dell. She graduated from high school in Dover Plains, NY. Barb had worked in food service her entire working career, first at the Pleasant Valley BOCES, and  upon moving to the Finger Lakes in 1988, and then at Willard Psychiatric Center until 1995.
She is survived by her daughter, Christine (Howard) Ward of Ovid her grandchildren, Kirsten and Brittany Ward and Amanda O’Dell and her three sons; her step-grandchildren, Megan, Bambi and Desiree; her “adopted” family,  Hope Wilson, Katie and Lily; her brothers, Peter, Butch, Jimmy and Michael O’Dell and a sister in law, Judy O’Dell; and her stepchildren, Sharon, Bonnie, Patty and Tammy.  Barb was preceded in death by her son, Kevin O’Dell; her husband,  Robert I. Lee and a brother, David O’Dell.


Gail O. Murphy, age 69,
passed away peacefully at home, in the comfort and care of her loving family on Monday, May 13, 2013.
Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service to celebrate her life at 1:00pm on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at the Trumansburg United Methodist Church, officiated by Pastor Jeff Losey.  The family will host a reception at  their home on 2 Whig Street in Trumansburg following the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of the Finger Lakes, PO Box 6544, Ithaca, NY 14850. www.namifingerlakes.org
Gail was survived by her children, David (Tammy) Murphy, Ryan Murphy and Kristen (Loren) Gardner, her grandchildren, Katherine, Elizabeth and Anna Gardner, Taylor, Michaela and Jack Murphy all of Trumansburg, and her sister, Lori Griffiths of the Boston area. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Murphy in 2007.


Thomas M. “Tom” Margeit, age 60,
longtime resident of County Road 129, died on Monday, April 29, 2013 at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, following a valiant battle against lung cancer.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 6:00pm on Friday, (May 3rd) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main Street in Ovid.   A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Bart Minson at 11:00am on Saturday (May 4th) at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Ovid.  The family would kindly request, that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Tom’s name be directed to the Lodi Fire Department, PO Box 299, Lodi, NY  14860.
Tom was born on September 26, 1952 in Elmira, the eldest son of Thomas L. and Esther (Stermer) Margeit. He was a graduate of Horseheads High School and Alfred Tech.  Tom worked for many years as a butcher throughout the area, and continued to process deer from home. He worked as a corrections officer at Auburn Correctional Facility, where he was a member of the CERT team. He then transferred to Willard Drug Treatment Center when it opened in 1995, working as a drill instructor before retiring as the Chief of Fire and Safety in 2009.  Tom was the PT Instructor at the Fire Academy in Montour Falls for more than 10 years, working to within 3 weeks of his death. Since 1978 he has been a very proud member of the Lodi Fire Department, serving as the Chief since 1994, which included the Seneca County Chiefs Association. He willingly gave his time and talents to both the South Seneca Sportsmen’s Club and Landmark Education. Tom’s love of the outdoors was shown through his farming, hunting and fishing. Some of his most treasured moments were spent on the water.  He enjoyed many fishing trips, both short and long, whether it was Seneca Lake or the ocean waters of Alaska. Tom’s greatest passion in life was being an all around cowboy…steer wrestling, and roping. With his rodeo buddies he travelled the country extensively, competing on many levels and in national title events.  As a devout Catholic, Tom lived by example as a loving family man, mentor and community member.
 In addition to his parents, Tom is survived by his wife of 35 years, Judy; his daughters and their families, Amy and Brian Kelly and their sons,  Brayden and Liam of Elmira,  Michelle and Justin Tingue and their children,  Annabelle and Zack of Interlaken,  Jennifer and Ryan Teeter and their daughter, Mia of Lovettsville, VA; a special nephew Robert and Roseanne Cooper and their children, Robert and Ruby  of Interlaken; his siblings, Gayle (Ted) Pritchard, Wendy (Danny) Swearingen and Terry (Julie) Margeit, all of Horseheads, several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and his wife’s extended family.


Brian F. “Boofa” Ferriera, age 61,
died unexpectedly on Friday, April 26, 2013.
A Celebration of Boofa’s Life will be held at 4:00 pm with a reception to follow until 7:00pm on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at the Lodi Rod & Gun Club All of his many friends are invited to attend, share stories and celebrate a life well lived.  In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Lodi Rod & Gun Club, in his memory.
Boofa was born on April 22, 1952 in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, a son of the late Alfred and Catherine (Rezendes) Ferriera.  It was on the island that he gained his appreciation for wildlife, waterfowl and Mother Nature. He came to the Lodi area as a young man, and found the area irresistible, and has remained every since.  He was an expert concrete mason, and was highly sought after for his skilled trade and workmanship.  His many projects are known throughout the area, as a talented craftsman, carpenter, electrician and plumber. He was an avid outdoorsman, hunter, fisherman and conservationist.  Even though he had a rough exterior and there was never any question as to how he felt about any subject, he fostered many lasting friendships and business relationships.  He was always willing to lend a hand for a good cause, a strong member and supporter of the Lodi Rod and Gun Club, and a kind and thoughtful member of the Lodi community.
He is survived by his  loving wife of nearly five  years, Polly Covert-Ferriera, his brothers, Fred (Karen) Ferriera of Tavernier, FL and Brent (Claire) Ferriera of Long Beach, CA and their children Mercedes and Brent;  his wife’s children, Robert Makela of Lacona, NY, Anthony Makela of Milliken, CO and Mellisa Makela of Erieville, NY; his father and mother in law, 
Arthur and Hester Covert Jr. of Ithaca; his wife’s family, and a host of many friends.
Boofa’s best friend and companion, “Millie” will also miss him.


Lillian Rena Champion, age 93
of 3687 Conifer Drive, Interlaken, NY died at Geneva General Hospital, following a short illness, on Friday, April 19, 2013
Lillian, the daughter of Raymond Max Trim and Irene Willidy Houghtaling was born on September 15, 1919 in Lindley, Steuben County, NY. On August 14, 1940, she married Jerome L. Champion and they celebrated 65 years together.  Jerome died on November 4, 2005. Lillian was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was an avid gardener who especially enjoyed growing flowers from seeds. She lived most of her adult life in Lodi, NY. She is survived by four daughters, Viola Coney of Lodi, Irene Williamson of Interlaken, Connie (Ken) Dresser of Lodi and Phyllis Champion of Lodi; one son, Ronald Champion of Beaver Dams; nineteen grandchildren and several great and great-great grandchildren; one sister, Jeanne Thompson of Hamlin, NY and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerome, one sister, Edith Champion and two brothers, Raymond Jr. and Harry Trim.
The family will receive friends at Covert Funeral Home in Ovid from Noon to 1:00pm on Monday, April 22, 2013. A funeral service will then follow at the funeral home at 1:00pm, officiated by Pastor Judy Peppard. Prayers of committal will be held at West Lodi Cemetery.


Mary Riley, age 53,
died  at Highland Hospital in Rochester this past  Sunday, April 14th at approximately 11 am.
Mary was born to Judith and James N. Gaudette on October 25,1959. A graduate of South Seneca class of 1977,   Mary was one of the original Peppers  (a cheerleading squad for the wrestlers).  Mary was a seamstress by trade for much of her career. Mary delivered meals for Office of the Aging and worked in food service at Willard Psychiatric Center.
She had a deep love for animals, especially cats, and had taken in several strays in order to prolong their lives and give them a loving home. Mary also liked fish, having 2 for more than 5 years. She also enjoyed being outside watching birds on occasion. Mary was a loving mother and a long time resident of the community with her home being in Lodi, NY.
She is survived by her children: Erin Judith Riley-Khan of Farmington, NY her son
Glendon James Riley of Lodi , NY, her grandson Alexander Rojas, her parents James and Judith Gaudette of Ovid NY, and a brother James M. (Melissa) Gaudette, and a nephew,  Ian all  of Coxsackie, NY.
Appreciated for her realistic viewpoints on topic major and minor, her sense of humor and presence is missed.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Mary’s memory to, Tompkins County SPCA 1640 Hanshaw Rd. Ithaca, NY14850.
The family will receive friends from Noon to 1:00pm on Friday, April 19th at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid, a Memorial Service will then follow at 1:00pm  with Pastor Diane Walker officiating. All family and friends are welcome.


Kenneth “Ken” Wilson Morehouse, age 64,
died at his home on Friday, April 5, 2013.
Ken was born in Seneca Falls, NY, a son of Melvin “Shorty” and Isabelle Morehouse. He was a graduate of Romulus Central School, and attended Tampa Business College in Tampa, FL and Auburn Community College before joining and serving in the US Navy for four years.  He worked for many years as an auto mechanic at Mitchell’s Garage and LeBrun Motors.  He then worked at Seneca Army Depot, from which he and his wife were transferred to the Marine Corps Base at Camp Lejeune, NC.  Ken worked there from 1996 to 2003, retiring early due to kidney failure. In 2004, he received a kidney transplant from a “special friend”, Karen Long-Picchi, of Romulus.
Ken was an avid outdoorsman that loved to hunt, fish, shoot trap, garden, along with his gun collecting. He was a wonderful, kind person, and would help anyone at anytime. He will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Loretta Karlsen-Morehouse of Hubert, NC,  and by his mother, Isabelle Morehouse of Geneva; a sister, Pam (John) Cunningham of Tampa, FL; a brother, Jeff (Sharon) Morehouse of Interlaken, and Ken’s son, Jarad (Jamie) Morehouse and a  grandson, Tylor all of Leesburg, VA; his mother in law, Alice Karlsen of Romulus and many brothers and sisters in law and their families.  Ken was preceded in death by his father, a sister, Marjorie Morehouse and father in law, Holger Karlsen Jr. 


Lee C. Braden, age 69,
of 9019 State Route 96, passed away at his home on Tuesday, April 9, 2013.
Lee was born in Waterloo, NY on August 23, 1943, the only son of the late Leo F. and Anna (Curle) Braden. Lee grew up in Interlaken and was a high school basketball star. Following his marriage, he began his Army service in 1967 at Fort Lewis, Washington, where he received training in the Army Nurse Corps.  He was a devout, loving, and charismatic family man and multi-award winning District Sales Manager in the hospital division of Abbott Laboratories. He retired at age 50 to perfect his golf game and enjoy the outdoors. He recently returned to Interlaken to live full-time, where he was an active community member, supporter of the Interlaken Historical Society and member of the Interlaken Reformed Church.  Lee recently became a Master Mason in the Farmerville-Union Lodge #183.
Lee is survived by his children; Tricia of Blanchard, OK and Dave of San Francisco, CA and his nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Florence.
A Memorial Service will be held at Noon on Monday, April 15, 2013 at the Interlaken Reformed Church, officiated by Pastor Jason Fulkerson. Prayers of committal with military honors will be held at Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken.  In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Lee’s memory to the Interlaken Reformed Church, PO Box 335, or the
Interlaken Historical Society, PO Box 270, Interlaken, NY  14847. 


Jon R. Meyer, age 55,
of 6564 Log City Road, died on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
The family will receive friends on Sunday (April 14) from 2:00 to 6:00pm at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid.  A funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 11:00am on Monday (April 15), officiated by Rev. Barbara De’Angelis of the Varick United Methodist Church.  Prayers of committal will be held at Ovid Union Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Jon’s memory to URMC Heart Failure & Transplant Unit, University of Rochester, Attn: Katie Bresnan, Box 278996, Rochester, NY  14627.
Jon was born in Oneida, NY on March 1, 1958, a son of Gottfried and Jean Marie Middleditch. He graduated from V-V-S High School in Verona in 1977, and started a long career at Goulds Pumps later that year. He worked at Goulds for nearly 34 years, retiring in October of 2011 as a parts coordinator and assembler. Jon was married to his best friend, Joanne Rotondo, on August 15, 1980. Jon was an active member of NA, and had celebrated 25 years of being clean.  He worked at Taylor Brown Hospital in Waterloo in the de-tox unit, and volunteered to conduct NA meetings at South Butler, Willard and Auburn correctional facilities. He was an avid motorcyclist, and enjoyed riding with his wife, and teaching his daughters to ride at a young age.  In a desire to serve his community, Jon joined the Ovid Fire Department upon moving to Ovid.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Joanne C. Meyer of Ovid; his mother, Jean Marie Meyer of Waterloo,; his children, Katharine Smith of Seneca Falls, Kerilynn (Kristian) Wasney of Seneca Falls, Kirsten (Daniel) Philbee of Savannah and Corey Jones of Penn Yan; his grandchildren, Hannah, NolaAnn, Jonathan, Nathaniel, Peyton, EmmaLynn, EllenMarie, Jackson, Alexander and Gwendolyn; his siblings, Patricia (Clinton) Farnsworth of Cranberry Lake, NY, Robert (Theodora) Meyer of Mechanicsville, NY, Jean (Richard) Green of Waterloo, and Donna (Joseph) Trusso of Jamestown, NY; his aunt, Dawn Bzdick of Plains, PA, and uncle, Donald Tuffley Sr. of Clay, NY, several cousins, nieces and nephews, and his beloved CoCo dog.  Jon was preceded in death by his father, Gottfried and by his aunt, Delores Tuffley.


Edwin L. Bennett, age 91,
of Waterloo, passed away at Geneva General Hospital on Monday, April 1, 2013.
In keeping with Ed’s wishes, there will be no services and burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Born in Slaterville Springs on June 23, 1921, Ed was the son of the late Elmer and Florence (Murphy) Bennett.  He worked as an independent truck driver for many years logging over two million miles on America's highways. Before moving to Florida, Ed owned the bar The Spot (now called Rascals) in Jacksonville. Ed was a gun enthusiast and enjoyed fishing in Seneca and Cayuga lakes and also on the St. Johns River in Merritt Island, Fl.  Ed spent the majority of his adulthood in Cocoa, Florida where he worked as a truck driver and mechanic for Moon Seafood Company.  He returned to New York in 2003 to be closer to family.
He is survived by a son, Jimmie (Marcia) Bennett of Montour Falls; three grandchildren, Henry (Loretta) Bennett of Lodi, Todd Bennett of Lodi, and Erin (Michael) Updyke of Gorham; eight great grandchildren, Laura, Nariah, and Mason Bennett, Rebecca and Amanda Bennett, Audi, Andre, and Lily Avena and two siblings, Doris Swartwood of Trumansburg and Clifford Bennett of Las Vegas. In addition to his parents, Ed was preceded in death by ten siblings.


James P. “Jim” McShea, age 71,
of Ovid, died on Friday, April 5, 2013 at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, following an extended hospitalization.
The family will receive friends from Noon to 2:00pm on Thursday, (Apr 11th) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid.  A funeral service will then follow at 2:00pm.  Prayers of committal will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery in Ovid.  Kindly consider a donation to the charity of your choice in Jim’s memory.
Jim was born on July 12, 1941 in Sharon, Connecticut, a son of the late James J. and Elizabeth J. (Grega) McShea.  He graduated from Arlington High School in Poughkeepsie and went on to horticultural school in Farmingdale, Long Island.  Along with his mother, he operated McShea Florist, and nurtured his love of flowers and gardening.  Jim went on to nursing school and was offered a position at Willard Psychiatric Center, where he worked as a nursing supervisor, retiring after 33 years of service.  Jim taught his gardening techniques to his daughters, and had a love of animals.  He had a special relationship with his children, and nurtured his many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Jim is survived by is wife of 21 years, Patricia; his children, Slycce McShea of Palymra, James P. McShea Jr. of Port Huenene, CA, Trish (Paul) DeGaray of Ovid, Becky Cherwak of Lodi; his stepchildren, Debra Dibartolo of Trumansburg, Harry Cooper of Auburn, Michelle Reed of Canandaigua and Brian Reed of Bakersfield, CA, 18 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; his sisters, Mary Barry of Henrietta, NY and Eileen Cheng of Potomac, MD.  He was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Judy in 1980, and by his brother, John.


John E. Wyckoff, age 86,
lifetime resident of Interlaken, passed away at Hospicare of Tompkins County on Thursday, April 4, 2013.
The family will be present to receive friends from 9:30 to 10:30 on Friday, April 12, 2013 at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid. Funeral services will be immediately follow at 10:30, at the funeral home, with Pastor Cory Eckstrom and Pastor Robert Foote officiating. Prayers of committal and military honors will immediately follow in Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks those who wish to remember John in the form of a contribution to kindly consider Boy’s Town, 200 Flanagan Blvd, Boys Town, NE 68010, Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Gift Processing Administrator, 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive, Triangle, VA 22172 or Christ Lutheran Church Sunday School Program, Attn: Cindy Myers, 2090 Route 96A, Ovid, NY 14521.
John was born in Interlaken on December 29, 1926, a son of the late Elmer and May (Cranston) Wyckoff. He joined the United States Marine Corps serving his country during World War II and the Korean War. After being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 1951, John came back to Interlaken where he worked as a dairy farmer. John went on to work as a production foreman at NCR, a supervisor at Eggit, and delivering mail for the US Postal Service until his retirement in 1996.
John enjoyed spending time fishing and bird watching. He was an avid sports fan, always looking forward to watching March Madness in the spring and Washington Redskins football in the fall. John was an active member of the Christ Lutheran Church in Sheldrake serving as the Sunday School Superintendent and treasurer for over 40 years.
John is survived by his wife of 57 years, Beverly J. Wyckoff; three sons, Pastor Kevin (Cindy) Wyckoff, Layne (Nettie) Wyckoff, and Brook (Cindy) Wyckoff; nine grandchildren, Jessica, John, Daniel, Timothy, Anna, Rachael, Olivia, Danielle, and Jeff; a brother, Walter Wyckoff; three sisters, Zelda Burnett, Ann, Cavanaugh, and Dorothy Fritz; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by a sister, Emma Lou, and three brothers, Joe, Donald, and James Wyckoff.


Elfriede Kraemer, age 89,
of County Road 131, died on Sunday, (March 31) at Geneva General Hospital following a brief illness.
Elfriede was born in Neustadt, Germany, a daughter of the late Karl and Friederike Killet. She retired from the Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie where she had been employed as a physical therapy aide for many years.  She and her husband moved to Ovid from Hyde Park, NY in 1988, to be near their son and his family.   She was an avid gardener and was very respectful of  nature’s beauty that surrounded her.  She was a committed grandmother, and had the luxury of living next door to her son and granddaughters, allowing her the opportunity to be very involved in their everyday life. She had remained in close contact with her family in Germany, and her personality was defined as that of traditional German heritage. Elfriede had been an active member of the Ovid Federated Church.
She is survived by her son, Dieter (Darlene) Kraemer of Ovid;  her grandchildren, Stacy (Jakob) Fatica of Maryland and Melissa (Justin Arcangeli) Kraemer of California;  and a sister, Luzie Heck of Neustadt, Germany. Elfriede was preceded in death by her husband, Jakob in 1993.
A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00am on Friday,  April 5, 2013 with the Rev. Diane Walker of the Ovid Federated Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Seneca County Office of the Aging (home delivered meals), 2276 County Road 139, Ovid, NY 14521.


Timothy J. Doane Jr., age 51,
of 6327 Route 227, Trumansburg died unexpectedly on Saturday, March 30, 2013.
Tim was born in Waterloo on December 7, 1961, the son of Timothy and Sandy (Loman) Doane Sr. He was a senior at South Seneca Central School when he joined the US Navy at the age of 17 and proudly served his country for 4 years.  Tim was a general contractor, and had great skills as a carpenter, woodworker and handyman that served him well as he renovated his home. He was a NASCAR enthusiast and a huge fan of Dale Earnhart, Jr, and a collector of Budweiser memorabilia.  Along with his work as a general contractor, Tim truly enjoyed the outdoors and the time he was able to spend in nature, in addition, any wayward dog or cat that came along was always welcome!
He is survived by his mother, Sandra Doane of Ovid; his father, Timothy Doane Sr. of Seneca Falls, his life partner of 18 years, Vicki Shaff of Trumansburg; his son, Timothy (Jennifer Gell) Doane III of Rochester; sisters, Debra (David) Lincoln of Lodi, Pennie (Dozier) Mills of Melbourne, FL, and a brother, Robert (Cinnamon) Doane of Willard; his stepchildren, Joshua (Sarah) Shaff  of Freeville and Crystal (Robert LaVancher) Dawson of Lodi; and grandchildren, Eve, Grace, Diamond, Dakota and Cheyenne; his close friends, Judy Rosbaugh of Ovid, Larry and Jesse Kirkland of Trumansburg, and Joy and Karl Reester, Angie Miller and Krista Williams of N. Syracuse, along with several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held privately, the family asks that you kindly remember Tim with your thoughts and prayers in the days ahead. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Tim’s memory may be directed to the Beverly Animal Shelter, 50 East River Road, Waterloo, NY 13165 or the SPCA of Tompkins County, 1640 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, NY 14850.


Larry C. Caslin, age 61,
of 7410 Route 414, died at his home with his sons at his side, on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 after a long and courageous fight with cancer.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 7:00 on Friday, (March 15) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid.  A funeral service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday (March 16) at the funeral home, with prayers of committal at Ovid Union Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, kindly consider at donation to: Adirondack Park Council, PO Box D-2,103 Hand Ave. #3, Elizabethtown, NY  12932.
Larry was born in Seneca Falls, NY on February 12, 1952, the only son of the late Clyde and Lucille (Alger) Caslin.  Larry received his bachelors degree from Empire State College, and had a long work history with New York State. He had worked at Willard Psychiatric Center, Hutchings Treatment Center in Syracuse, and returned to Willard Drug Treatment Center, retiring as a senior parole officer in May 2011.  Larry had been a very active member of the Ovid community, coaching little league, serving on the South Seneca Board of Education for 6 years,  and on the board of Elizabeth Cady Stanton Children’s Center in Willard. Larry closely followed college sports, and was a diehard fan of Notre Dame football, UNC basketball and the 49’ers. He loved being outdoors and treasured his summers with the family at the Elm Beach Cottage. 
He is survived by his sons; Jonathan Caslin of Ovid, Nicolas (Kerri) Caslin of Webster; his sisters, Phyllis Knapp of Port Jervis, NY and Sandy Caslin of Burbank, CA; his mother in law, June Kenyon of Ovid; and a large extended family.   Larry was preceded in death by his loving wife, Brenda in 2004.


Frederick L. Morehouse III, age 63,
longtime resident of the Stone House on McCarigher Road, died peacefully on Sunday, March 10, 2013.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 15, 2013 at 11:00am at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Ovid. Prayers of committal will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Friends of the Three Bears, PO Box 75, Ovid, NY 14521 in Fred’s memory, to support the gazebo, named in honor of Veronica Maher.
Fred was born in Seneca Falls on June 8, 1949, the only child of the late Frederick L. “Wee” and Elizabeth “Betty” (Maher) Morehouse Jr. He graduated from Mynderse Academy in Seneca Falls, and continued his education at Plattsburgh State University before transferring to Long Island University.  Fred worked for several years as an advertising consultant in NYC for David Geller Associates, before returning home to Seneca Falls. Fred was very proud of his family heritage, from his mother’s large Maher family and their strong ties to the southern part of Seneca County to his father’s history with Morehouse Boat Company and The Deerhead in Seneca Falls.  Fred upheld an obligation to the family names, and was quick to recite the history, achievements and contributions of both families. He had owned the Ovid Liquor Store since 1991, where he fostered many great relationships with his customers. The talk of the day could range from world politics to the great adventures of “Leo”.  Fred’s unforgettable quick wit, love of Motown and uncanny ability to keep everyone on their toes, will forever be his legacy. 
He is survived by his many cousins and their families, from Ovid to as far away as Florida and beyond; and several dear and lifelong friends.
As an only child, Fred had an incredible connection and immeasurable level of devotion to his loving parents. May he now, rest in peace with Wee and Betty.


Roger C. Church, age 64
of Reynoldsville, died unexpectedly on Thursday, March 7, 2013.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00pm on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main Street in Ovid. A funeral service will be held at 2:00pm on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the funeral home with Pastor Jim Yao of the Lodi Presbyterian Church officiating.  It is intended that prayers of committal will be held at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC.  In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Roger’s memory to the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Boy Scouts of America or the United Service Organizations (USO).
Roger was born in Kansas City, KS on November 18, 1948, the only son of the late Robert C. and Lavina R. (Rogers) Church.  He proudly earned the honor of Eagle Scout through his many years as a Boy Scout as a teenager.  He was a career Army veteran, first serving in Vietnam and continued his career with the Army.  He retired as a Staff Sergeant from Seneca Army Depot  in Romulus in 1988. Following his retirement he worked as a stockman at Wal-Mart in Watkins Glen, and most recently at BJ’s Wholesale Club in Ithaca.  Roger was a life member of the VFW Post #6200 in Ovid, and a former member of American Legion Post #462 in Ovid.
He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Deanna L. Church; his sister, Carol Brown and her family of Wichita, KS; his sons, Christopher and Jason; his mother and father in law, Debbie (Ken) Hohwald of Lodi;  his father in law, Charles L. Thomas of Waterloo; Deanna’s siblings, Christina, Paula, Carlotta and Richard.  Roger was preceded in death by his mother in law, Juanita Thomas and Deanna’s brother Charles Thomas Jr.


Timothy A. Morrow, age 68,
formerly of Lodi and Verona Village, died on Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at Geneva General Hospital, following an extended cancer illness.
In his special way, Tim always wanted to do the right thing, and in his death, he made one more kind gesture to the Anatomical Gift Program at the University of Rochester at Strong Memorial Hospital.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 5:00pm on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at VFW Post #6200 in Ovid. Kindly consider a donation to the South Seneca Ambulance Corps, PO Box 280, Ovid, NY 14521 in memory of Tim. In the future, prayers of committal will be held at Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken.
Tim was born in Perry City, NY on November 17, 1944, a son of the late Charles J. and Erma (Williammee) Morrow.  He was a graduate of Interlaken High School, Class of 1962, and worked at Babcock Poultry in Ithaca following graduation.  Tim was a general contractor in Florida,  South Carolina, Virginia  and New York for many years.
He is survived by his daughters; Karen (Dennis) Kenyon of Ovid, Kathleen (Sally Klein) Morrow of Lansing; a sister, Barbara (Dan) Ahouse-Coulters of Stockton Springs, ME; his awesome friend, Joyce Swank of Ovid,; his former wife, Martha Morrow and her daughter, Jen Cotterill,  numerous nieces and nephews, extended family and many friends. Tim was preceded in death by his twin brother, Thomas and brother, Lyle “Butch”; and by his sisters, Mildred Eisenman and Katherine Brinkerhoff.


Bruce D. Welch, age 68,
of Ovid, passed away at Geneva Living Center North on Saturday, March 2, 2013.
In keeping with Bruce’s wishes, there will be no services. The family asks those who wish to remember Bruce in the form of a contribution to kindly consider the Ovid VFW, PO Box 1, Ovid, NY 14521.
Born in Seneca Falls on February 5, 1945, Bruce was a son of the late Coral and Annabelle (Button) Welch. He worked at Willard Psychiatric Center for over 30 years as an assistant cook.
Bruce is survived by a sister, Beverly (Neil) Chaffie; two nephews, Michael (Leslie) Chaffie and Terry Chaffie; and a niece, Tammy Vespe. In addition to his parents, Bruce was preceded in death by a brother, William Welch.


Robert M. Northrup, age 77,
lifetime resident of Ovid, passed away on Friday, March 1, 2013 at Cayuga Ridge Nursing Facility.
The family will be present to receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00am on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at the Christ Episcopal Church in Willard. A Memorial Service will immediately follow, at 11:00am, at the church with Father Richard Strauss officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family asks those who wish to remember Bob in the form of a contribution to kindly consider the Ovid Ecumenical Food Pantry, c/o Ovid Federated Church, PO Box 340, Ovid, NY 14521.
Bob was born in Penn Yan on December 29, 1935, a son of the late Freeman and Freda (Brown) Northrup. He was a member of the Lodi Volunteer Fire Department, South Seneca Sportsman’s Club, served as the constable in Lodi, and was a rescue diver for the Seneca County Sheriff’s Department.
Bob enjoyed spending time outdoors hunting and fishing locally and in the Adirondacks.
Bob is survived by his two daughters, Roxanne (Michael) Austin of Greenwood, SC and Kristy (James) Priest of Huntingtown, MD; three grandchildren, Jason (Tiffany), Allison, and Tyler; and two great grandchildren, James and Sophia. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Freeman Northrup.


Beatrice G. “Betty” McIntosh, age 94,
of Verona Village and longtime resident of Lodi Point, died on Tuesday, February 26, 2013.
A private funeral service will be held at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main Street in Ovid,  with the Reverend Jim Yao of the Lodi Presbyterian Church officiating. Prayers of committal will be held at West Lodi Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the South Seneca Ambulance Corps., PO Box 280, Ovid,NY 14521.
Betty was born in Hamilton, New York on September 12, 1918, a daughter of the late Rodney “Dewey” and Blanche (Fisher) Chase.
Betty and her husband Donald moved to Ovid and started their family. From there they moved to Lodi where she remained for many years, establishing a household and raising her family on the shore of Seneca Lake. She worked side by side with her husband at the Lodi Clover Farm Store for many years, and then worked as the head cook at the Montour Falls Hospital, until her retirement.   She had been a member of the Lodi Presbyterian Church.  
She is survived by her daughters; Margaret Lypka of Watkins Glen, Phyllis (Lee) Hoaglan of Ovid, and Joan (John) Wilson of Phoenix, AZ. She is also survived by a sister Marion Ramsdell of Canastota,NY,  8 grandchildren and numerous great and great great  grandchildren,  and several nieces and nephews. Betty was preceded in death by an infant son, her husband, Donald in 2001, by her daughter, Diane Herndon in 2008, and a sister, Margaret Cook.
She will always be remembered by her family as the most giving and loving person they could ever hope to know.  She will be greatly missed.


Robert E. “Bob” Baker, age 79,
longtime resident of the Bixby Homes in both Ovid and Interlaken, passed away on Monday, February 25, 2013.
Bob was born on October 19, 1933 In Elmira, NY, a son of the late William G. and Martha (McKibbin) Baker.  He entered the US Air Force through Sampson AFB in 1952 and was honorably discharged in 1954.
Bob lived a full and rich life despite his disabilities. He travelled extensively as a participant in the Golden Age Games, competing in shuffleboard, air rifle and bowling.  He was a volunteer at the VA Hospital in Canandaigua and attended the Day Treatment Program for many years. Bob was a supporter of the local VFW and a member of the Sampson Museum.  Bob was a faithful attendee of the Interlaken Reformed Church. He was a very kind and respectful gentleman, that will be greatly missed by his many friends.
Bob is survived by his brother; Gerald G. Baker and a nephew Gerald J. Baker, both of Pine City;  a niece, Sue  (Donald) Saunders of Elmira; a sister, Betty Goodwin of Vestal; his caretakers, Richard and Deborah Bixby of Ovid, and their family.  He was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas.
Visitation will be held from 10:00am to 11:00am on Monday, March, 4, 2013 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid.  A funeral service will then be held at 11:00am on Monday, officiated by Rev. Jason Fulkerson of the Interlaken Reformed Church,  burial with military honors will be held at Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Romulus.


Dorothy J. Hill, age 77
of the Weber residence in Interlaken, died on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at Geneva General Hospital following a brief illness. Dorothy was born On January 23, 1936 in Groveland, NY a daughter of the late Earl and Mariha (Coffey) Hill.  She had been a patient at the Newark State Hospital for many years, but was fortunate enough to enjoy the past few decades in the care of Ruth Sensenig and most recently Betty and Louis Weber.   She spent many years in the company of her friends at the Adult Day Health Care Program in Waterloo, and had many friends throughout the Finger Lakes. She is survived by a sister, Gladys and a brother,  George, and was preceded in death by her brother Edward.
A funeral service, officiated by Rev. Diane Walker of the Ovid Federated Church, will be held at 1:00pm on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid. Burial will be held at Ovid Union Cemetery.


Charles F. Beaujon Jr., age 88,
of Ovid,
passed away on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at Geneva General Hospital.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at the Ovid Federated Church, 7137 Main Street with Rev. Diane Walker officiating. Prayers of Committal and Military Honors will be held at 10:00am on Monday, February 18 at Sampson Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks those who wish to remember Charles in the form a contribution to kindly consider the Ovid Federated Church, PO Box 340, Ovid, New York 14521. 
Born on April 13, 1924 in Johnson City, Charles was the son of the late Charles and Roena (Freeman) Beaujon. He served in the United States Navy from 1944 until he was honorably discharged in 1946. In addition to being a lifelong farmer, Charles worked for Cornell University Agriculture Department for 27 years and following his retirement, he worked for the Seneca County Office for the Aging and Nutrition for 10 years. He was a member of the Ovid-Willard Lions Club, Sampson World War II Veteran’s, and the Ovid Volunteer Fire Department. Charles was an active member of the Ovid Federated Church serving as a Sunday School teacher and Lay Leader. He enjoyed playing the guitar and harmonica, and woodworking.
Charles is survived by his wife of 65 years, Florene of Ovid; four children, Linda (Charles) Hurd of Waterloo, Edward (Wendy) Beaujon of Hellertown, PA, Laurie (Kevin) Butler of Ovid, and James (Priscilla) Beaujon of Canandaigua; nine grandchildren, Andrew and Matthew Hurd, Christopher Beaujon, Scott Butler, Danielle Hoey, Sarah Besemer, Allen, Audra, and Alicia Beaujon; nine great-granchildren, Mackenzie, Mercedes, Miranda, Mattia, James, Greyson, Keira, Kylie, and Ella; a sister, Helen Roberts; four brothers-in-law, Robert (MaryJo), Charles (Helen), Lon (Michiko) Hathaway, and Edward O’Connor; and dozens of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews who were all near and dear to his heart. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Evelyn Kester and Lillian O’Connor; and a niece, Judith Kester.


Gary J. VanLiew, 68
of Waterloo passed away on Monday, February 11, 2013 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.  Born in 1944 in Auburn, New York, Gary was the son of the late Myron VanLiew and Loretta (Kortright) VanLiew. Gary retired from the New York State Gas and Electric Company in 2004 after 40 years of loyal service.  He was a Chief Lineman, and was known by his crew as hard working, tough, and safety-minded.  In the late 1980’s, Gary realized a dream in raising and showing Belgian Draft Horses.  His late father, Myron, would often drive the team in competitions and it was a passion that they shared together.  Gary and Joyce developed many long-lasting friendships through their horse-showing days. Gary was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed hunting with his sons and grandchildren.  Gary was a good husband, provider, father, grandfather, and friend.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 50 years, Joyce (Powers), sons Jeffrey (Barb) of Waterloo and Joseph (Sarah) of Elbridge, and grandchildren Jeffrey (Molly), Justin, Taylor, Kevin, Kyle, and Kelly.
In addition, he is survived by twin sisters, Joan (Michael) Panek and Judy (Richard) Boedicker both of Auburn, and sister Barbara (Martin) Sheils of Daphne, Alabama.


Robert G. Morrell, age 82,
longtime resident of 5752 State Route 96, died at his home on Monday, January 29, 2013 following an ongoing illness.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, February 1, 2013 at Seneca Community Church, 5738 State Route 96 in Romulus.  officiated by Pastor Lynn Kent. Family and friends are invited to join the family for a reception, hosted at the Romulus Fire Department following the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Bob’s memory to the Romulus Fire Department, PO Box 2, Romulus, NY 14541, the Seneca Community Church or the Beverly Animal Shelter, 50 East River Road, Waterloo, NY 13165.
Bob was born in Horseheads, NY on September 4, 1930, a son of the late LeRoy and Frances (Burget) Morrell.  He proudly served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict from1951 to 1953.  Bob was a proud farmer for many years, and had a soft spot in his heart for his many animals. He retired as an equipment operator for the Seneca County Highway Department and then drove for the Amish Community.
Bob is survived by his wife of 62 years, , Nonavah “Nonnie” , his children, Donna (Jim) Aldridge, Robert G. Morrell Jr., Roxanne L. Morrell, Donald L. Morrell, Kim (Donald) Dixon, Kent (Donna) Morrell, Kelly (Darren Porter) Meyers and Daryl (Lori) Morrell, 14 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and 16 great great grandchildren, a sister and 3 brothers, and his pets; Odie, Joey, Cocoa and his mules, Jack and Genny.  He was preceded in death by 2 sisters and 2 brothers.


Juan “Johnny” DeJesus, age 86,
longtime resident of East Seneca Street in Lodi, died on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Huntington Living Center in Waterloo.
The family will receive friends from 11:00 to Noon on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid. A funeral service, led by his nephew will be held at Noon at the funeral home, prayers of committal will be held at West Lodi Cemetery.
John was born on August 29, 1926 in Coamo, Puerto Rico, a son of the late Juan and Ramona Rolon DeJesus. He moved to the United States and started a long career with Seneca Army Depot as an explosives operator, retiring in 1990 after 44 years of service. 
John is survived by his nephews, Leandro Colon, Ruben (Rosa) Colon and their families, all of Rochester, a sister and his extended family in Puerto Rico. He was preceded in death by his wife, Julie in 1999.


Theodore H. “Ted” Taggerty, age 79, 
longtime resident of County Road 139, died with his family at his side, on Monday at Geneva General Hospital following a brief illness.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 24, 2013 from 4:00 to 6:00pm at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Bart Minson, OFMCap on  at 11:00am on Friday, January 25, 2013, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Ovid. Prayers of committal will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Holy Cross Catholic Church, PO Box 337, Ovid, NY 14521, in Ted’s memory.
Ted was born in Ovid on November 24, 1933, a son of the late Thomas and Teresa (Tomzak) Taggerty. He was a graduate of Romulus High School and an active parishioner of Holy Cross Catholic Church.   He retired from Willard Psychiatric Center in 1988, where he had worked as a therapy aide for more than 35 years. Ted was an avid gardener and respectful of nature, his many animals and his surroundings. He truly enjoyed the pine grove on the 5 acres surrounding his home, and many family memories were made there.
He is survived by his children; Mark Taggerty of Ovid, Mary (Rick) Perkins of Seneca Falls, Andy (Kelly Ann) Taggerty of Rochester, Kim (George Wethey) of Auburn and Kelly Taggerty of Newark, his grandchildren; Ryan, Kelly, Cassie, Jared,  Tara, Shelby, Jeff and Brenna and 4 great grandchildren, his siblings; George Taggerty of Naples, NY, William Taggerty of Guam, Herman Taggerty of Pennsylvania, and Teresa Langley of Penn Yan, and a family friend, Diane Richardson. Ted was preceded in death by his brothers, Johnny, Danny and a sister, Agnes.


Howard E. Lincoln, age 84,
formerly of Maple Street and lifetime resident of Lodi, died on Friday, January 11, 2013 at Huntington Living Center in Waterloo. Howard was born in Lodi, on June 10, 1928, the only son of the late Edson and Alice (Wilson) Lincoln. Following his high school graduation, he started his 37 years of New York State service at Willard Psychiatric Center, and was promoted to the Rochester Psychiatric Center as the chief of security.  He then accepted a position at Rockland County State Hospital, and lastly, transferred to Tupper Lake where he retired from the Wilton Developmental Center as the chief of safety and security.  Howard was a life member of the Lodi Fire Department and always enjoyed its’ Bingo and clam bake fundraisers.  Howard owned and operated a backhoe, welding and dock building business on Seneca Lake, in addition to working for Kenyon’s Greenhouse, Close Oil, and he even operated a small general store at Lodi Point.  Howard also proudly served in the New York State National Guard, from the Geneva Armory.
Howard is survived by his wife, Julie Lincoln of Waterloo;  his children, Diane (Donald) James of Baldwinsville, Donna (Paul) Shaff of Lodi, Debra (Jake) Stimson of Watkins Glen and David (Debra) Lincoln of Lodi;  his step children, Richard Travers of Lodi and Michelle Travers of Romulus;  14 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren and a niece, Linda Patillo. He was preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Saunders and her son, Theodore.
Prayers of committal will be held privately at the West Lodi Cemetery in May of this year. Howard’s friends and former co-workers will be invited by way of newspaper announcement, to join the family for a reception that day


Miriam Elizabeth Farnsworth, age 90,
formerly of Ovid and Port Gibson, passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Friday, January 4, 2013.
The family will be present to receive friends from 1:00 to 3:00pm on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main Street, Ovid.  A funeral service will immediately follow, at the funeral home at 3:00pm, officiated by Rev. Diane Walker of the Ovid Federated Church. Prayers of committal will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 1:00pm in East Newark Cemetery. The family asks those who wish to make a contribution in Miriam’s name to kindly consider the Ovid Federated Church, PO Box 340, Ovid, NY 14521 or the Friends of the Three Bears, PO Box 75, Ovid, NY 14521.
Miriam was born in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania on September 26, 1922, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Wise) Nogle. Miriam worked as a shipping clerk at Sarah Coventry until her retirement in 1984. Over the years, Miriam and her husband, Wesley, owned several cottages located on various lakes throughout the Northeast and Canada. While spending time at the cottages, Miriam could always be found fishing with her family. She also enjoyed spending time gardening in her flower beds, putting together numerous yard sales over the years, and going out yard-saleing herself. 
Miriam is survived by her son, Daniel (Theresa) Farnsworth of Pine City; one grandson, Alan (Lindsay) Farnsworth; one great-grandson, Owen Farnsworth; her siblings, Blanche Tillinghast, Anna Snyder, Jane Sees, Louise VanVleet, Joe, George, and Charlie Nogle; and very large extended family. In addition to her parents, Miriam was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley Farnsworth in 1995; and her siblings, John, Dorothy, Donald, June, and Ralph.


Carol J. Ferrell RN, PhD,
of 114 Crestmont Road, transitioned from this life on Thursday, December 31, 2012 from the Willow Point Nursing Home, where she was under the care of Hospice.
Carol was born in Johnson City, a daughter of the late Christian and Helen (Kolba) Robertson. She was a graduate of the Binghamton General Nursing Program, and started her nursing career in the OR of Lourdes Hospital. While working at the Broome County Health Department Carol created a nationally recognized wellness program, and went on to become the instructor of the LPN program at BOCES for more than 20 years. She was the school nurse at the Owego Free Academy and the director/supervisor of nursing for various facilities throughout the Triple Cities.  Her most recent retirement was from the Family and Children’s Society in Binghamton, where she was a nursing instructor for the community outreach program.  Carol was very meditative, soulful and in touch with the natural world around her. She taught advanced energy healing and attended seminars and workshops around the world, in her endeavor to further her education and understanding of her Universe.
She is survived by her husband, Douglas S. Ferrell of Binghamton; her sisters in law, Susan Christensen of Ovid, NY, Linda (Bob) Hart of Colorado Springs, CO, and Joan (Jim) Bartholomew of El Cerrito, CA and their families, and her many cousins from the Kolba family. Carol was preceded in death by her brother in law, Richard “Dick” Christensen.
Services for Carol will be held at a later date, while her family is here in the summer of 2013.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Carol’s memory to the National Wildlife Federation, PO Box 1583, Merrifield, VA 22116, www.nwf.org or the Broome County Humane Society, 2 Jackson Street, Binghamton, NY 13903 www.bchumanesoc.com


Frank L. Swaney, age 58
of 3444 West Covert Road, Interlaken, passed away at home on Monday, December 31, 2012 at the .
In keeping with Frank’s wishes, there will be no public services. The family asks those who wish to remember Frank in the form of a contribution to kindly consider the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 4043 Maple Road Suite 105, Amherst, New York 14226.
Frank was born in Ithaca on May 4, 1954, a son of the late Andrew and Betty (Hoyt) Swaney. After obtaining his Associate’s Degree from Finger Lakes Community College, Frank began working as a carpet installer for Carpet Bazaar in Ithaca. In 2007, due to his leukemia diagnosis, Frank retired after 35 years of service.
Frank loved carpentry and completed many custom projects around his home and restored many antiques. Truly a gifted artist in many areas, Frank would draw incredibly detailed sketches. He worked for countless hours in the yard growing many varieties of vegetables and caring for multiple flower beds. His family and friends will deeply miss joining him around the bonfire to hear him sing and play guitar.
Frank is survived by his wife, Amy Jo Swaney of Interlaken; three children, Ericka (Jeff) Babineau of Highland, Jason (Bettina) Swaney of Manassas, VA, and Joseph (Cecily) Hill of Trumansburg; six grandchildren; three siblings, Andrew (Maureen) Swaney of VA, Phillip Swaney of Interlaken, and Sue (Joe) Bernagozzi of FL; and many nieces and nephews.


Christopher Micah Kendall, age 38
of Ithaca, died at home on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 due to complications related to diabetes and kidney disease.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at the Ovid Federated Church, 7137 Main Street, Ovid with Rev. Diane Walker officiating. In lieu of flowers, the kindest gift in Chris’ memory would be for you to consider becoming an organ donor or to donate to the American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852 or to a charity of one’s choice.
Chris was born in Pensacola, Florida on December 2, 1974. After graduating from South Seneca High School in 1992, Chris joined the US Army Reserves where he was trained as a pharmacy technician. He proudly served his country when his reserve unit was called to active duty. Following his honorable discharge from the Army Reserve he attended Tompkins Cortland Community College. Chris worked in several jobs in the Ithaca area before he became dedicated to the mission of Finger Lakes ReUse. He was employed there until complications of health prevented his involvement.
Chris had a lifelong passion for reading, was a talented poet, had an eclectic taste in music, was proud of and enjoyed his extensive Lego collection. He was a devoted New York Rangers hockey fan and unfortunately was unable to fulfill his dream of attending a game at Madison Square Garden.
Chris is survived by his son, Orion Kendall of Bronx, NY; parents, Bea and Joe Marrone of Ovid; siblings, Kristen (Josh) Denise of Rochester and Jeremy (Gina) Marrone of Douglasville, GA; maternal grandparents, Beatrice (Richard) Greenwalt of Ovid; godmother, Betty Baker of Ovid; a large extended family; and countless Facebook friends across the world. He was preceded in death by his cousin, Brenda Niver.


Herbert Orlan, age 82, 
died peacefully at his home under the care of hospice and in the company of his family on Thursday, December 27, 2012. 
Herb was born in the Bronx on July 2, 1930, a son of the late Abraham and Flora (Rothouse) Orlansky. 
Following his retirement from the NYC Public School System, he and his wife retired to Gaylordsville.  During his retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and traveling.  
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, and sons and daughters-in-law Adam and Margie Orlan, and Daniel and Tracey Orlan, and grandchildren, Jessica, RC, Jarad and Cassie.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the New Milford VNA and Hospice,  68 Park Lane Road, New Milford, CT 06776 or the ALS Association. The ALS Association, Development Department, 27001 Agoura Road, Suite 250, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301
Covert Funeral Home of Ovid assisted the family with the arrangements and burial at Greensprings Natural Cemetery Preserve in Newfield.


Sandra J. Saylor,
longtime resident of County Road 129, died at the Hospicare Residence in Ithaca on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 following an extended illness.
A Memorial Service to commemorate her life will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, January 5, 2012 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main Street in Ovid.
Prayers of committal will be held at Ovid Union Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the American Legion Post #463, PO Box 401, or the South Seneca Ambulance Corps, PO Box 280, both in Ovid, NY 14521.
Sandy was born in Montour Falls on October 28, 1945, a daughter of the late Earl and Winnifred (White) Blanchard.  Sandy had a long career at Willard Psychiatric Center, and after it’s closing, worked with Finger Lakes DDSO in Ithaca. She had been active in the American Legion Post #463 Ladies Auxiliary and loved travelling, camping, fishing with her family. She will be well remembered for her knitting and crocheting and most fondly for the time she shared with her family.
She is survived by her children; Robert V. (Jennifer) Saylor II of Ocean Isle, NC, Timothy J. (Melanie) Saylor of Bastian, VA and Kimberley A. (Jason) Bailey of Ithaca, NY, her grandchildren, Robert III, Cole and Gage Saylor, Mikayla and Kristin Saylor, Ryan and Jacob Bailey, her siblings, Connie Gable of Ovid, NY and Larry Blanchard of McLean, NY. Sandy was preceded in death by her husband, Robert V. “Bob” Saylor in 1999, and by a sister, Gerry Starkweather.


Charles G. “Charlie” Cherwak, age 42,
died unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 26, 2012.
The family will receive friends from Noon to 2:00pm on Monday, December 31, 2012 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid. A funeral service will then be held at 2:00pm at the funeral home, officiated by Pastor Jim Yao of the Lodi Presbyterian Church. Interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery in Ovid. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider that an educational fund will be established at the Finger Lakes FCU in Willard upon the birth of his twins or a donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, New York, NY 10004 in Charlie’s memory.
Charlie was born in Ithaca on May 13, 1970, the only son of Charles and Martha (Gregg) Cherwak. He attended South Seneca Central School, and worked side by side with his father on the family farm in Lodi. He was an excellent mechanic and had his father’s “know how” when it came to working with machinery. He often travelled to New York City with produce and grape juice for the green markets.  Despite his often poor health and very limited vision, he strove to keep the farm going.

He is survived by his loving wife, Rebecca “Becky”, and his expectant twins, Casey C. and Molly I. Cherwak and his mother, Martha, all of Lodi; his sisters in law, Patricia (Paul) DeGaray and Slycce McShea;  a brother in law, James P. McShea; his father in law James P. (Patricia) McShea;  his aunts, Sally Hubbard and Mary Gregg. Charlie was preceded his father, Charles “Charlie” Cherwak i
n 2011.


Elmer W. “Mike” Martz, age 73,
of 7364 State Route 96, died on Sunday, December 23, 2012 at Geneva General Hospital after a short illness.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on Friday, December 28, 2012 at Covert Funeral Home in Ovid. A Memorial Service, led by Rev. Diane Walker of the Ovid Federated Church will then be held at the funeral home at 4:00pm on Friday.  Kindly consider a donation to the South Seneca Sportsmen’s Club, PO Box 26, Ovid, NY 14521 in Mike’s memory.
Mike was born in Seneca Falls on May 26, 1939, a son of the late Elmer and Ruth (Miller) Martz. He was a member of the Ovid High School Class of 1957, and proudly served in the US Army during the early 1960’s. Mike had a long career at Willard Psychiatric Center, retiring after more than 37  years of service as a therapy aide.  He was an avid gardener, and took great pride in  maintaining his gardens and lawns. His home was always joyfully decorated for the holidays, with special attention to creating a Winter Wonderland for his grandchildren at Christmas time. Mike loved bowling and had a sanctioned 300 game to his credit. Mike had also been a life member and very active in the South Seneca Sportsmen’s Club for many years and loved working on the breakfast crew during the fall and winter.
Mike was a devoted husband, father, grandfather (Papa), and great-grandfather.  He loved reading to his Great-grandson Tony.
He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Carol, and his children, Lisa (Gary) Whitney of Coventry, RI, Michael (Jennifer) Martz of Fayette, Dedee (Bruce) Wilkes of Phelps, Jeffrey (Molly) Martz of Buffalo, Kevin Martz of Corning and Merideth Mayo of Ovid; 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandsons; his sisters in law, Janice Martz of Liverpool and Shirley Works of Lake City, FL and their families.  Mike was preceded in death by his brother Lewis Martz in 2009 and his mother Ruth Martz in200.


Elery E. "Al" Shade, age 72,
of Main Street in Ovid, died Monday (December 10, 2012) following a lengthy hospitalization at Strong Hospital in Rochester.
The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid, on Friday (December 14). A memorial service will then follow at 1:00 p.m., officiated by Fr, David Mihalyi of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Waterloo.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the future education to Annabelle, c/o Maria Norman, 101 Crestview Lane, Newfield, NY 14867.
Al was born on October 4, 1940 in Lock Haven, Penn., the youngest of nine children, born to the late Jesse and Maude (Coon) Shade. He moved from the Ithaca area to Ovid 1981 and was married to Marlene Westervelt Swarthout in 1989. He had been a self employed mason for many years, and worked for the last 12 years of his career as a Project Manager in commercial construction in the Buffalo area. He made many friends while working at the transfer station for the Town of Ovid. He was an avid hunter, and his love of wildlife poured into his passion of painting and woodcarving.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Marlene; his children, Elery E. Rumsey of Newfield, Charles (Adah) Swarthout of Nampa, Idaho, Christie McKeldin of Manassas, Va., Maria (Sean) Norman of Newfield, and Jacyln Temple of Fort Huachuca, Ariz.; five grandsons; and a much anticipated granddaughter, Annabelle.

 

 

 

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