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posticon Gaylord "Gary" P. Hoover

Obituaries | Thursday, January 14, 2010 | By Wagner Funeral Home Print
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Gaylord "Gary" P. Hoover, age 61 of Danby, died on Saturday January 9, 2010 at his residence while under Lourdes Hospice care. Gary was born in Ithaca, the son of the late Paul and Barbara Hoover. He was an avid camper and fisherman.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Christina Hoover; two daughters, Michelle Hoover and Gayla Hoover; a son, Darryl Hoover; a granddaughter, Abigail Hoover and a grandson, Aiden Hoover; several nieces and nephews.

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posticon Charlotte C. Gray

Obituaries | Sunday, January 10, 2010 | By Wagner Funeral Home Print
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ITHACA - Charlotte C. Gray, age 97 of Ithaca, died Friday evening at Oak Hill Manor Nursing Home in Ithaca. Mrs. Gray was born in Towanda, PA, the daughter of the late Alfred and Bessie Chapman. Mrs. Gray was married to her husband, Charles O. Gray for 63 years prior to his death on November 17, 2000. She was an accomplished seamstress and a homemaker who enjoyed caring for her family.

Survivors include her daughter, Ruth (Richard) Stanton; a grandson, Richard C. Stanton; a step-sister, Jane C. Gerould; several nieces and nephews; a sister-in-law, June Chapman. Mrs. Gray is also the sister to the late AJ Chapman and the late GR Chapman.

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posticon Raymond G. Foote Sr.

Obituaries | Thursday, January 07, 2010 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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ITHACA - Raymond G. Foote Sr., age 72 of Ithaca, died Wednesday evening at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca. Ray was born in Ithaca, the son of the late Hudson and Frances Foote. For many years, Ray was a machinist for Ithaca Gun and Lansing Research. In later years before his retirement, Ray worked for Johnson's Apartments as a painter.

Ray is survived by his wife of 51 years, Marjorie Foote; two sons, Raymond G. (Sherry) Foote and Wayne (Sara) Foote; three daughters, April (Earl Anderson)Mosher, Kristine (Elmer) Cook, and Lori (James) Hamilton; seven grandchildren, Richard & Lacey Mosher, Lisa Marie Foote, James R. Foote; Amber Cook, James and Raymond Hamilton; a brother, James R. Foote.

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posticon Laura Palmore Terwilliger

Obituaries | Thursday, January 07, 2010 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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ImageITHACA - Laura Palmore Terwilliger, age 102, passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2010, at the Oak Hill Nursing Home in Ithaca. She was born July 3, 1907, in King William County, Virginia, the daughter of the late Francis Wesley Palmore and Mary Roy "Mamie" Madison.

Laura attended a two room school house in King William County. Shortly after graduation, she traveled to Ithaca to visit some relatives. She enjoyed the area so much that she took a job on the line with Morse Chain and stayed in Ithaca for the rest of her life. She met and married Charles Terwilliger at age 18. Her husband was a pressman with the Ithaca Journal for many years, until his retirement. They lived on Tioga Street and then on the Ridge Crest Road. Upon her husband's death in 1981, she moved to Ellis Hollow Apartments and resided there beyond her 100th birthday. Poor health required her to move to Oak Hill Nursing Home where she was surrounded by caring staff for the remainder of her life.

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posticon Charles Ray Knox

Obituaries | Thursday, January 07, 2010 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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ImageTrumansburg - Charles Ray Knox, age 65 of Trumanburg, passed away on Sunday January 3, 2010 at Cayuga Medical Center. Charles was born on July 10, 1944 in Liberty, Miss., the son of the late Marie and T.B. Knox. Charles graduated and worked at Cornell University as a Teacher's Assistant and also worked for Lakeside Nursing Home for over 20 years. He also worked privately as a paralegal.

Charles is survived by his companion Robert R. Survilla; five sisters, Ruthie Turner, Juanita Griffin, Dorothy Jones, Roberta (Ralph) Thomas-Brown, and Marie Magee; three brothers, Jay B. (Pearlene) Knox, Herbert (Mildred) Knox, and Eddie (Shirley) Knox; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends including a few close friends, Patty Chaidez and Lolita McComb. Charles was predeceased his brother, Thomas "Jimmy" Knox.

 

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posticon David L. Austen

Obituaries | Wednesday, January 06, 2010 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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Newfield - David L. Austen, age 56 of Newfield, died Saturday night at Cayuga Medical Center. He enjoyed being a Ham Radio operator, fishing, and bowling.

Survivors include his loving companion, Jeannie Neeper; a son, Michael D. (Sarah Goodrich) Austen; a grandson, Devin Austen; two step-brothers and a step-sister. He is predeceased by his mother, Doris Austen.

 

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posticon Margaret R. Whelan

Obituaries | Monday, December 21, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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ITHACA - Margaret R. Whelan, 93, died Thursday, December 17, 2009 at Cayuga Medical Center, five years to the day and within 15 minutes of the death of her beloved husband of over 50 years, Thomas F. Whelan.

Peggy (as she was affectionately known to family and friends) was born December 31, 1915 in Manhattan and grew up in Queens, New York. After graduating from Hunter College, she attended Jamaica Training School, and found she loved working for an export company just off Times Square. She insisted on postponing marriage until the war was over and her betrothed came home from war to stay. Thomas and Peggy married in 1946, and she devoted herself to her husband and children in Flushing, NY. 

 

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posticon Linda I. Baur

Obituaries | Friday, December 18, 2009 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Lansing -- Linda I. Baur, age 66, passed away at her home at Ladoga Park on Tuesday, December 15, 2009.

Born January 3, 1943, on Long Island, Linda was a daughter of the late Robert Christian and Bertha May (Brown) Baur. After graduating High School, she received her RN from Saint Joseph's School of Nursing in New York City and embarked on a very rewarding career in nursing. Education was extremely important to Linda and she chose to return to school later in life to receive her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree. Throughout her career Linda worked in many facets of nursing, including research, pediatrics and geriatrics. 


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posticon DeWayne "Bud" Eugene Holden

Obituaries | Friday, December 18, 2009 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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LANSING - DeWayne "Bud" Eugene Holden, age 85, passed away on Saturday, December 12, 2009, in the home he grew up in on Myers Road in Lansing, NY.

 

Born April 14, 1924, in Ithaca, Bud was the son of the late Oliver and Veda (Bush) Holden. He was a graduate of Lansing High School and New York Institute of Applied Sciences in the Mohawk Valley. Bud proudly served his country in the US Air Force in Burma during WWII. Always eagerly awaiting his next adventure, his love of travel took him to the far reaches of the world; Germany, Hawaii, Colorado and several months in Sri Lanka after the tsunami.

 

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posticon Kenna Renee Lindsey

Obituaries | Wednesday, December 16, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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ImageNewfield - Kenna R. Lindsey, age 28, of Newfield passed away unexpectedly on December 6, 2009. She was born in Ithaca on August 15, 1981, a daughter of Dawn Wood and Oscar Nicken. She graduated in 1999 from Newfield High School. While attending high school, she formed a great love for cheerleading. She is also a member of V.I.C.A. Kenna attended TC3 and enjoyed keeping in touch with her friends via Facebook and Myspace. Kenna's life revolved around her four children; her bright smile will be missed by all who knew her.

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posticon Helen I. Parker

Obituaries | Monday, December 14, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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ImageSlaterville Springs - Helen I. Parker, age 93 of Slaterville Springs, died peacefully at her residence on Friday morning (December 11, 2009) surrounded by her family. Helen was born in Cincinattus, the daughter of the late Frank and Mertie Albro. She was married to Herbert W. Parker prior to his death on December 12, 1974.

Helen worked for Cornell University for 27 years prior to her retirement. She loved being with her family and filling her home with sweet aromas from her cooking and baking. Helen was an avid hunter and enjoyed fishing, camping, dancing, and country music.

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posticon Helen H. Sullivan

Obituaries | Thursday, December 10, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home. Print
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Lansing - Helen H. Sullivan, age 84 of Lansing, while surrounded by family, peacefully went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, December 10, 2009.

Helen is the daughter of the late Francis and Anna Hayden. She was born in Rochester, New York where she graduated from Charlotte High School, Class of 1942. Mrs. Sullivan received nursing training at Rochester General Hospital, graduating in 1946. In 1948, she graduated from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where she received her degree in Public Health. Soon after this, she moved to the Ithaca area where she began her career as a Public Health Nurse. She followed this profession until she married Francis E. Sullivan and began to raise a family, eventually returning as a Registered Nurse and retiring from Lakeside Nursing Home.


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posticon A. Carl Leopold

Obituaries | Sunday, December 06, 2009 | By Mark Staves (Grand Valley State University) and Randy Wayne (Cornell University) Print
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ImageOn Wednesday, November 18, 2009, Carl Leopold drew his last breath. Carl died in the home he shared with his loving wife and soul mate Lynn. Carl and Lynn lived in a warm and rustic home filled with music and constructed from the lumber milled from the mature white pine trees that Carl planted as saplings with his father, Aldo Leopold. On the day of his death, Carl was working on two papers—one on the phenomenon of memory in plants and another, with his sister Nina Bradley, on an update on the phenology of Sauk County, Wisconsin (see Phenological Changes Reflect Climate Change in Wisconsin, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA  96:9701-9704).

A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Church of Ithaca, Sunday, December 13 at 2pm in the corner of Buffalo and Aurora Sts.
Aldo Carl Leopold was born on December 18, 1919 in Albuquerque, New Mexico where his father, Aldo Leopold, was working for the U.S. Forest Service and where his mother, Estella, had deep cultural roots. The family moved to Madison, Wisconsin in 1924. Carl was a teenager when his father acquired the famous “shack” on an abandoned farm in the banks of the Wisconsin River. There he worked with the family to convert a chicken coop into a cottage and to plant trees and native prairie plants in the famous experiment of land reclamation his father described in his “A Sand County Almanac.” Carl’s early fascination with photography provided many of the images we have of the transformation of the shack and surrounding farmland.

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posticon Mother Anita W. Reed

Obituaries | Tuesday, December 01, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home. Print
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ImageITHACA – A teacher, clerk, notetaker, poet, orator, and Mother of Calvary Baptist Church, were only a few ways to describe the life of Mother Anita Reed, who during the early morning hours of Friday November 27, 2009, went to be with her Lord and Savior. Mother Reed was born on December 17, 1919 in Ithaca, the daughter of the late Archie Wilson and Pearl Johnson, she was the oldest of three children and a lifelong member of Calvary Baptist Church.

After graduating 3rd in her class from Ithaca High School, she went to Washington, DC and worked for the government during War World II. Upon returning to Ithaca, she married LeRoy S. Reed who passed away in 1992. Together they had two children, LeRoy S. (Elizabeth) Reed II and Cassandra (Alvin) Nelson. She began working at Cornell University in the History Department where she worked for almost forty years until her retirement in 1985; she was the first African American Administrative Assistant at Cornell University.

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posticon Ernestine Alice Lord Howell

Obituaries | Monday, November 30, 2009 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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ImageErnestine Howell passed away on Thursday, November 26, 2009, at the age of 85.
Born September 29, 1924 in Bernhard's Bay, NY, she was the daughter of the late Leon and Dorothea (Stanton) Lord. After graduating high school in Central Square, NY, she went on to Ithaca College where she graduated with a master's degree in health, physical education and recreation. It was at Ithaca College that she met her future husband, Herbert "Bud" Howell, whom she married in 1945. She and Bud enjoyed 56 years together before he passed away in 2001.

A long time Lansing resident, Ernestine was very active in the community. She taught physical education in the Lansing School District for many years. In later years she was a member of Lansing Senior Citizens, Lansingville Auxiliary, and she was a swim instructor at the YMCA with the Arthritis Program. A fan of all sports, especially NY Mets baseball, she was also an advocate for female sports teams. In the day when female sports were not thought of as a "feminine" thing to do - Ernestine thought otherwise. 

 

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posticon Rudy B. Hoyt

Obituaries | Monday, November 30, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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ImageITHACA - Rudy B. Hoyt, age 72 of Ithaca, went to be with the Lord Friday morning at Beechtree Care Center in Ithaca. Rudy was born in Groton, the son of the late Rudolph and Shirley Chiszar. Prior to his retirement, he worked for Therm Inc. for 27 years. He enjoyed hunting, playing the piano, rebuilding old classic cars, and he was a diehard Yankee's fan.

Survivors include his three sons, Roland Hoyt, Kenneth (Erika) Hoyt, and Rocky (Iris) Hoyt; two sisters, Dodie (Dale) Waite and Theresa Babcock; four grandchildren, Jennifer Little, Theresa Guler, Amanda Shappee, and Kevin Shappee; four great-grandchildren, Rhianna, Kayleah Little, Darick Ryant, and Richard Teeter; three brothers, Larry Chiszar, Jerry Chiszar, and Doug Chiszar; a nephew, Steve Babcock and a niece, Lacinda Chiszar Johnston.

 

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posticon William

Obituaries | Wednesday, November 25, 2009 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Image Fletcher Grover of 34 Ridge Road, passed away at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, Tuesday, November 24th at the age of 56.

Calling hours will be held Saturday, November 28th, from 3:00 to 6:00pm at the Lansing Funeral Home located at 32 Auburn Road in Lansing, NY.

 

Fletcher is survived by his children, Miles, Lauren and Sarah Grover; his grandchild, Julien; his parents, Willam M. and Helenrae Grover; his brothers and sister, Greg, Chris and Julie Grover; and his long time companion, Jackie O'Connell.

 

 

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posticon Dorothy L. Bibbie

Obituaries | Thursday, November 19, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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Ithaca- Dorothy L. Bibbie, age 81 of Ithaca, a retired License Practical Nurse at Lakeside Nursing Home, died Thursday November 19, 2009 at Hospicare surrounded by her loving family. Ms. Bibbie was born in Philadelphia, PA, a daughter of the late Brickers Thompson and Mabel Craig. During her nursing career, she worked for serveral area facilities. She will always be remembered for her natural ability to play the piano (in the Key of C) which she enjoyed doing for her family and her church. Before William Lloyd Bibbie died in 1996, Ms. Bibbie enjoyed riding on the motorcycle with her husband.

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posticon Jane Bower

Obituaries | Thursday, November 12, 2009 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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On this beautiful sunny day of November 11, 2009, our Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother, Jane “Ma” or “Mama Jane” Bower passed away.

Born on October 2, 1936, Jane was a daughter of the late Albert and Lillian Mayo.  She grew up in Aurora, NY, and made her way to Lansing where she met and married her best friend and husband of 55 years, Chuck Bower.

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posticon Kathy M. Kelly

Obituaries | Friday, November 06, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home. Print
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{mosimageThe world lost one of a rare breed when Kathy Kelly passed away on November 4, 2009. As a true optimist, Kathy brought a sparkle and passion to life along with her deep appreciation for friends and family, a love of nature and travel, and a spirit of fight for justice and fairness for all people.

Kathy was the oldest daughter (born 5/13/1945) of seven growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She met the love of her life, Bill Kelly, in Milwaukee. After she attended nursing school at the Mayo Clinic and Bill joined the Navy, they were married and embarked on a lifetime of adventures, travel and seizing the exciting opportunities of everyday life. Raising their family in small, rural communities in Germany and England they made friends, adopted new family members and provided an exceptional childhood for their daughters.

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