The following are today's death notices and last week's obituaries from The Evening Sun. Only print or online subscribers can see the current edition's full obituaries. Most notices are handled by funeral homes, but we do accept third-party submissions. To submit a notice, call us at (607) 334-3276 or e-mail to inquire about formats, deadlines and billing

Today's Death Notices

Marion K. Barnes

Last Week's Obituaries

Priscilla Distefano

Published on: Friday, April 14, 2017

Priscilla DiStefano, 87, of Norwich passed away Friday morning April 14, at Chenango Memorial Hospital. Mass of a Christian burial for Priscilla will be held on Tuesday April 18, at 10 a.m. at St. Bartholomew's Roman Catholic Church. Interment will follow at St. Paul's Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday, April 17, from 5-7 p.m. at R.J. Fahy Funeral Home. A complete obituary will appear in The Evening Sun on Monday, April 17.

Ryan P. Bowers

Published on: Monday, April 17, 2017

Ryan P. Bowers, 38, passed away unexpectedly on April 10, 2017. He was born on August 16, 1978 in Norwich and grew up in the area graduating from Oxford High School. He was known as a gifted artist who used his talents to invent numerous projects. He was a kind hearted gentle soul, always ready to lend a helping hand to a friend or family member. Those who knew him will miss his presence dearly. Ryan is survived by his daughter, Kiura Bowers; his mother and step-father, Linda and Michael Kane; his twin brother, Joshua Bowers and Brandi Irons; his niece and nephew, Zane Bowers and Kaylie Bowers, who knew him as “Uncle June Bug”; his unborn nephew, Kyle Bowers; his aunts and uncles, Mickey and Edson Kitchen, Michelle and John Cook, Sandra Monroe, Debbie Mirabito, and Tim Ryan; many cousins and his best friend, Arnie Whitehill. Ryan was predeceased by his father, Robert Bowers; his grandparents, Fred and Lorena Bowers, and Tom Ryan; his great grandmother, Jean White; and his uncle, Michael Bowers. A funeral service will take place at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, April 19, at R.J. Fahy Funeral Home, 116 N. Broad St. Norwich with Pastor Jeremy Stopford officiating. Burial will take place at a later date at Mt. Hope Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5:00 pm until the time of service.

Priscilla Distefano

Published on: Monday, April 17, 2017

Priscilla DiStefano, 87, a longtime resident of Norwich passed away Friday morning, April 14, 2017, in the Chenango Memorial Hospital with her children at her side.

Priscilla was born in Edmeston on April 8, 1930 the daughter of Ralph and Minerva (Buies) Dixon. She attended school in Norwich and graduated with the Class of 1949. On September 17, 1955 in Sherburne she married Thomas DiStefano who passed away March 24, 1982. In 1949 she began a longtime career with NBT which would span to over 40 years working in the Proof Department.

Priscilla’s life was her family and her church. While working a full time job she was also a wonderful mother who always saw to the needs of her children. Her church, St. Bartholomew’s, was also very important to her. She was a lifelong member and very much a part of her church and it’s activities. She was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, the Ave Maria Guild and was involved in any of the church activities. Over the years Priscilla was the “go to” person for the funeral luncheons which she helped coordinate and work. She was also a fantastic cook. Her cooking and baking were second to none especially her homemade Italian cookies which were the envy of everyone. Anytime you were a guest at her home you left with a plate of her goodies. Countless times her cookies were at bake sales, funeral luncheons and any festivity her church was involved with. In addition to her church, Priscilla was also very active with the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Over the years she put her heart and soul into the organization having held many of the offices where she was longtime Secretary and President. She also was Chairman of the bingo games at the VFW. This led her to become very involved with the New York State Veterans Home. Here she organized the bingo games, took care of putting together the Christmas parties and was a very much a part of the Veterans Day festivities.

In her leisure time when her children were younger she enjoyed loading her family into the car to drive around the countryside on road trips. “ If you don’t want to go, fine, stay home, I’m going anyway.”

In short, Priscilla loved her family, her church, helping others and giving of herself.

Priscilla is survived by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren; John (Cathy) DiStefano and children Steven, Jody, Kelly and Allison of Morris, Thomas ( Espie) DiStefano Jr. and children Elsie and Elena of Pompey, Cynthia (Cindy) (John) Tripp of Norwich, Nancy (Mike) Sawyer and children Erica and Justin of Norwich, Joseph DiStefano and children Hope, Ashley and Derek of St. Louis, Michael (Roseann) DiStefano and children Sam and Vinny of Norwich and Mary Ann (Chris) Scheer and children Kayla, Courtney and Ben also of Norwich along with her 9 great grandchildren. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Besides her husband Thomas, Priscilla was predeceased by a daughter Linda DiStefano.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Priscilla will be held on Tuesday at 10 am from St. Bartholomew’s Roman Catholic Church. The Rev. Ralph A. Bove, Pastor, will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

Friends may call at the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home on Monday from 5-7 pm.

Please consider memorial contributions to St. Bartholomew’s Roman Catholic Church or to the Ave Maria/Altar & Rosary Society of St. Bartholomew’s, 75 East Main St. Norwich, NY 13815.

James F. Rabbitt, Jr.

Published on: Thursday, April 20, 2017

James F. Rabbitt, Jr.


James F. Rabbitt, Jr., 86, of Smyrna, NY, died April 13, 2017 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica.

He was born December 23, 1930 in Cambridge, MA the son of James F., Sr. and Thelma Hobart Rabbitt. He served with the National Guard for many years. James was married to H. Virginia Doherty.

He was a Salesman for Klingelhofer Corporation and after retiring, went into the truck driving business.

James was proud of being a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. He was avid reader and also enjoyed golf.

He is survived by his sons, Brian of Cuyler, Stephen of NJ, Kevin of Sparta, NJ and Jay of Gloucester, MA; his grandchildren, April Nemeth of Utica , Nicole Nemeth of Utica , Brittney Nemeth of Smyrna and Jennie Rabbitt of Cuyler; his great grandchildren Tatiyana, Carly, Alivia, Lukas and Caleb; and a sister Ann Delaura of Texas.

Services will be private.

Arrangement are with Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, New Hartford.

© 2017 Snyder Communications/The Evening Sun
29 Lackawanna Avenue, Norwich, NY 13815 - (607) 334-3276
We're on Facebook