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Dorothy Gifford, 86, of Venice, FL

Last Week's Obituaries

Robert Edward Place

Published on: Friday, July 11, 2014

ROBERT EDWARD PLACE

OXFORD – Robert Edward Place, 84, Oxford, passed away peacefully in his Oxford home July 10, 2014. He was born March 10, 1930 son of the late Oliver and Nellie Place of Oxford. He was also predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Katherine Elizabeth Conpropst, and by his and siblings.

He is survived by his 12 children, Richard and Martha Place, Oxford, Roberta Ryan, Boonville, Tredwell and Mary Place, Norwich, Patricia McNight, Goshen, Indiana, Michael and Renee Place, Oxford, Oliver Place, Oxford, Linda Place, Oxford, Edward Place and Emily Bahn, Oxford, Kathy Mullen, Oxford, Connie Place and Ken Kenville, Hubbardsville, Karen and Terry Norden, Napoleon, Ohio, Jennifer and Timothy Davis, Oxford; 26 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. Robert graduated from Oxford Academy in June 1947 with a vocational agriculture diploma.

Robert spent his life building a large farming operation in the town of Oxford with his family. Robert enjoyed farm life, hunting and fishing. He was a member of Lake Ludlow Club for many years. In his later years he enjoyed carpentry, gardening and his family. He will be missed by many.

A memorial service will be held 5 p.m. Saturday at Root Funeral Home with Rev. Amy Gregory officiating. Friends of the family may call Saturday from 3 p.m. until the time of service at Root Funeral Home, 23 North Chenango Street, Greene, New York 13778. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Oxford Memorial Library PO Box 552, Oxford, NY 13830. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.rootfh.com.


Kathleen A. Franklin

Published on: Friday, July 11, 2014

KATHLEEN A. FRANKLIN

SMYRNA – Kathleen A. Franklin, 66, of Smyrna, passed away Wednesday morning, July 9, 2014, in the Bassett Hospital of Cooperstown.

Kathleen was born in Norwich on May 1, 1948 the daughter of Morris and Mildred (Wright) Jones. She grew up in Smyrna and was a 1966 graduate of the Sherburne High School. For a period of time she had made her home on the King Settlement Road. Over the years she had worked for the Norwich Shoe Company, Shop-Vac and Service Master. In later years Kathleen worked as a home health care aide.

Kathleen enjoyed her leisure time by playing cards. She loved a good game of pitch and played often at the Norwich American Legion where she played in many pitch tournaments. She was a great fan of the St. Louis Cardinals ball team, NASCAR racing of which Ryan Newman was her favorite driver and enjoyed watching the birds, especially the cardinals, at her home.

Kathleen is survived by her children Carl Franklin of Syracuse, Timothy Franklin and companion Lynnette White of Norwich, Jamie Franklin and companion Jay Sincerbeaux of Lyons, her sisters Brenda Jones of Smyrna, Lynda Conklin of New Berlin and her brother Donald Jones of Smyrna. Also surviving are her grandchildren Amber Franklin, Jessica and Brock Sincerbeaux, the father of Kathleen’s children Clarence Franklin and her sister-in-law Bev Jones. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Kathleen was predeceased by her parents Morris and Mildred Jones and her brother Eugene (Gene) Jones.

Funeral services for Kathleen will be held on Monday, July 14, at 11 a.m. from the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Dave Mayo, Pastor of the Cornerstone Baptist Church of Hamilton will officiate. Interment will follow in the Willcox Cemetery of Smyrna.

Friends may call at the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home on Sunday from 3-6 p.m.


Carol Turner

Published on: Monday, July 14, 2014

CAROL LEWIS TURNER

ROCHESTER – Carol passed away peacefully on July 7, 2014 in Rochester, NY, surrounded by her family. Carol was predeceased by her husband of 59 years John B. Turner Jr.

Carol was born June 3, 1933 to Marie D. Lewis and Stuart C. Lewis in Buffalo, NY. She was Salutatorian of her class at Spencerport High School, ping pong champion, and attended the University of Rochester on an academic scholarship.

A dedicated volunteer, Carol gave many hours of service in her beloved adopted home town of Norwich, NY. She was an advisor for the YMCA’s Hi-Y Clubs, President of the Norwich Club Women’s Association, a Brownie Troop Leader, active in the local and state Republican party, and Chairman of the local Girls Scouts of America Council. She contributed 12 years to the Chenango Memorial Hospital, but was best known for her public education work with the American Cancer Society at the local and state levels.

After moving to Penfield NY in 1969, Carol joined John as co-owner and bookkeeper of the family business, Cricket on the Hearth Inc. Carol became highly active in the local schools, was an ardent supporter of her children’s soccer, field hockey and swimming competitions, and was a fierce tennis and paddle tennis player. She was an avid reader, particularly of historic American fiction as she was highly patriotic, and was especially dedicated to Highland Hospital, where she volunteered for the past 30 years.

Surviving are her daughters Anne Turner (Harry Bohrs) of Brookline, MA, and Jennifer Deuel (Jeff) of Pittsford, and sons Joshua Turner (Cheryl) of Skillman, NJ, and Charles Turner (Marcia) of Pittsford. Beloved grandchildren are Katharine and Nathaniel Bohrs, Benjamin and Megan Deuel, Bennett and Chandler Turner, and Grant and Amanda Turner. She is also survived by her brother S. Charles Lewis of Irondequoit, Kathie Fuez of Colden, and several other nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held on Wed. July 16 from 4-7 p.m. at the Anthony Funeral Chapel, 2305 Monroe Ave., Rochester NY 14618. A memorial service will be held Thurs. July 17 at 2:00 pm at the First Baptist Church of Penfield, 1862 Penfield Rd., Penfield NY 14526. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Baptist Church of Penfield.


Alice Rowley Ellinwood

Published on: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

ALICE ELLINWOOD

SAFETY HARBOR, FL – Alice Rowley Ellinwood, 89, passed away peacefully on July 8, 2014 in Safety Harbor, FL surrounded by her family.

Alice, the second of Joseph and Alice Rowley’s five children, was born on January 9th, 1925 in Utica, NY. After graduating from Sacred Heart Academy in Utica and Rhode Island College of Pharmacy in Providence, RI, she moved to Norwich to begin her career with the Norwich Pharmacal Company. While there, she met Richard Ellinwood, whom she married on October 16, 1948.

Alice was a devoted wife and mother who gave generously of her time to serve her church and community. In addition to her duties as mother to three children, Alice was an active member/volunteer of various community organizations including the St. Paul’s Mothers Club, Chenango Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts. She also operated a small business, Fairview Fabrics, for eight years.

Alice is survived by Richard Ellinwood, her husband of 65 years and her three children - Peggy Raynor (and her husband Robert Raynor) of Bonita Springs, FL; Charles Ellinwood (and his wife Rosemary Ellinwood) of Short Hills, NJ; and Susan McBride (and her husband Gregory McBride) of Oxford, NY. She is also survived by six grandchildren and great grandchildren – Christie Cohen (and her husband Sol Cohen) of Sudbury, MA; Maureen Ellinwood of London, England; Catherine Nettleton (and her husband Charles Nettleton) of New York, NY; Charles Ellinwood of Hoboken, NJ; and Myles and Asher Cohen of Sudbury, MA. In addition, she is survived by a brother, Dr. Joseph Rowley of Queensbury, NY and a sister, Isabel McDonough of Safety Harbor, FL.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, July 18th at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church. Burial will take place later that day in West Hill Cemetery in Sherburne. There will be no calling hours.

To remember Alice, please consider a donation to the Today, Tomorrow & Always Fund of Holy Family School, 17 Prospect St., Norwich, NY 13815.

The arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting the funeral home website at: www.wilsonfh.com.


Scott G. Dennison

Published on: Thursday, July 17, 2014

SCOTT G. DENNISON

UTICA – Scott G. Dennison, 71, of Sunset Ave., passed away Monday, July 14, 2014 at the Presbyterian Home for CNY in New Hartford.

He was born July 3, 1943 in Norwich, a son of Wesley Scott and Jane Giladett Dennison. He was a graduate of Sherburne High School and Syracuse University. Scott was a store manager for the Woolworth Co. in Herkimer until his retirement. He always enjoyed the companionship of his Great Danes. He also enjoyed feeding the birds and squirrels.

Scott was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Sherburne; the B.P.O. Elks Lodge #33, Utica; and the TKE Fraternity.

Surviving are his brother and sister-in-law, William C. and Judith Dennison of Landisville, PA; a nephew, William F. Dennison of Duncannon, PA; a niece and her husband, Marisa and Brian Couch of Schwenksville, PA; great-nephews, Noah Dennison and Gavin Couch.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, Classic St., Sherburne, followed by interment in the West Hill Cemetery, Sherburne.

Friends are invited to call at the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne on Friday from 6-8 p.m., and at the church on Saturday from 10-11am prior to the service.

Contributions in his memory can be made to a charity of one’s choice.

His family wishes to thank his friends, Jane Dabrow, Scott Ling, Cindy, Tim and George for being there for him.

To send a condolence and sign the Book of Memories online go to www.burgessandtedescofuneralhomes.com.


Willard Albert Blinebry

Published on: Thursday, July 17, 2014

WILLARD BLINEBRY

NORTH NORWICH – Willard Albert Blinebry, 88, of North Norwich passed away unexpectedly early Monday morning, July 14, 2014, at his home.

Willard was born on April 24, 1926 in Madison, NY the son of Albert and Evelyn (Chesebro) Blinebry. He worked for 40 years in transportation first as a driver and terminal manager with Cossitt Motor Express and NYS Terminal Manager for Hermann Forwarding.

Willard was an avid hunter and skeet shooter and was a founding member of the Iroquois Rod & Gun Club. He was also a life member of BPOE# 1222 of Norwich.

Willard is survived by his wife Marian (Stroud) Blinebry of No. Norwich, his daughter Donna Nichols and husband Kim of Oxford, step-daughters Joyce Zummo of Norwich and Janice Marburger and husband Ron of Philadelphia and his sister Dorothy Smith and husband Ed of North Norwich. Also surviving are his grandchildren Sean and Ashley Nichols, his step-grandchildren John Sehm and wife Laura, Matthew Sehm and finacee Courtney Manuszak, Lisa Nussbaum and husband Matt, his step-great grandchildren Cassidy, Jack Willard, Zachary, Sarina and Noah along with several nieces, nephews, cousins. Willard also has two extended families who survive, Dennis and Linda Frink of Webster Groves, MO, Joan and Jim Salanger of Baldwinsville and 4 special camping buddies Richard Kamsoke, Vic Rosenberg, Frank Sehm and Wayne McDonald.

Willard was predeceased by his brothers Donald, Charles and Howard.

Funeral services for Willard will be held on Friday, July 18, at 2 p.m. from the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. David Kleinstuber, Methodist Clergy, will officiate. Interment will follow in the North Norwich Cemetery.

Friends may call at the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home on Friday from noon until the time of the service at 2 p.m.

Please consider memorial contributions to the North Norwich Fire Dept. or to the Norwich Emergency Squad.


John Michael Macdougall

Published on: Friday, July 18, 2014

JOHN MACDOUGALL

ONEIDA – John Michael MacDougall, 73, of Foxwood Terrace, Oneida, NY, entered into eternal life on Saturday, June 21, 2014, surrounded by his loving family at the Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio.

John was born on January 26, 1941, in Cleveland, OH, the son of John and Margaret Burns MacDougall. A graduate of the Class of 1959 from St. Edwards High School in Lakewood, OH, he went on to study business at John Carroll University in University Heights, OH. John transferred to the Maryknoll Seminary in Glen Ellyn, IL, where he completed his Bachelor’s Degree and began his graduate work in theology and philosophy.

After leaving the seminary, John worked as a parole officer in Cleveland, OH, but the turning point of his career came when he was hired by Bruthers Company, a marketing and consulting firm that specialized in dairies and drug stores. One of John’s clients was Mercers Quik Stop, a ten store chain headquartered in Boonville, NY. John liked the company and Central New York so much that he became general manager in 1971, and then part owner.

On December 28, 1979, he married the love of his life, Elaine Ann Maurer, in Rome, NY. Throughout their blessed union of 34 years, they built a loving family, a growing business, and enjoyed many different adventures especially to Islamorada, FL, where he could be found out on the ocean with a fishing pole in his hand. He was often seen riding his motorcycle around Central New York and would stop in and visit his stores on many occasions. John also played many rounds of golf at several of the area golf courses.

In 1980, John was offered the job as president and part owner of a brand new convenience store company being created by Dick and Don Clark, owners of Clark’s Petroleum Services in Canastota, NY. John had a vision of what the perfect store would be and had to come up with a name. He had a core philosophy of being nice as a person and he wanted the word in the name of the company. John came up with the Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes name and the first store opened on April 1, 1980, in Franklin Springs, NY.

Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes was growing very rapidly and John realized he wanted to help local fuel companies and single store owners have an opportunity to be a part of the rapid growth. He created a franchise division, allowing participation in a retail program that gave an identity and John’s expertise. Currently, there are 80 Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes located throughout the state.

In 1985, John was one of the founders of the NY Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS). He later served as chairman and was named to the organization’s Hall of Fame. He was also a member of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) and served on the Board of Directors from 1996 to 2001. John was chairman of the National Advisory Group (NAG) in 1990.

Because of his willingness to share and his openness to new ideas and sharing of those ideas, John was often quoted or had a story about himself and the company in the magazines of the trade association. The trade press has awarded him many accolades over the years that include: Convenience Store News Hall of Fame in 2003, Griffith Business Journal Food Industry Hall of Fame in 2007, CSP Outlook Community Involvement Award in 2007, Convenience Store Decisions Chain of the Year in 2009, FARE Leader in Retail Food Service Award in 2012, Convenience Store News Best New Foodservice Program of the Year in 2013 and CSP Retail Leader of the Year in 2013.

John’s dedication to the Central New York community allowed his company to support many charitable groups and events. He had a special place in his heart for helping others and making Central New York a better place to live. The company has helped schools, local fire departments, National Kidney Foundation, The Muscular Dystrophy Association, The Ronald McDonald House, The American Heart Association, The American Cancer Society and many, many other organizations. John loved to help the youth of our area and was proud to be the supporter of News Channel 9 “Athlete of the Week”.

John’s willingness to serve was evidenced by his membership on many local board of directors which included American Heart Association Greater Utica Advisory Board of Directors, The House of the Good Shepherd in Utica, NY, The Oneida Healthcare, The Tri-Valley Family YMCA and NBT Bank.

John is survived by his loving family; his wife Elaine, his four children; Deborah Ostrander of Clinton, NY, Jennifer (Gene) Park of Potomac, MD, Michael MacDougall (Laura Love) of New Hartford, NY, and Sherry Snyder of Vernon, NY, his five adored grandchildren; Jeffery Ostrander, Sabrina Snyder, Rachel Park, Daniel MacDougall, and Seth MacDougall. He was a dear brother to his three sisters; Kathleen O’Toole of Rocky River, OH, Margaret (David) Winchester of Key Largo, FL, and Mary (Nathan) Conover of Bay Village, OH, and his nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Friday, July 25, 2014, at Immaculate Conception Church, 400 Salt Springs St., Fayetteville, NY, where the Rev. Christopher J. Ballard will officiate. There will be no calling hours. In his memory, Memorial Contributions may be made to Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity, 780 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, NY 14218 www.homesofcharity.org or The House of the Good Shepherd, 1550 Champlin Ave, Utica, NY 13502 www.hgs-utica.com or the Muscular Dystrophy Assn., 6315 Fly Road # 102, East Syracuse, NY 13057 www.mda.org, or your local fire department.

Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to the Ironside Funeral Home, Inc., 342 Main St., Oneida, NY 13421. You may send cards and notes of sympathy to the funeral home or an electronic message of sympathy to John’s family at www.ironsidefuneralhome.com.


Anne Mccormack Erickson

Published on: Friday, July 18, 2014

ANNE MCCORMACK ERICKSON

LONG BEACH, CA – Anne McCormack Erickson, 58, passed away at her home in Long Beach, CA on July 5, 2014 following a two year battle against cancer. Born on July 30, 1955 in Troon, Scotland, Annie emigrated to the central New York area with her family at age 5. She married David W. Erickson on March 10, 1973. In addition to her husband, Annie is survived by her sons David E. Erickson of Los Angeles and Daniel M. Erickson of Las Vegas; her sisters Sandy Skok of Long Beach, Patty (Michael) Pendleton of Huntington Beach, CA, and Robyn and Roxanne Vaughn of Connecticut; nephews Michael and Rick Lent; and nieces Krista Murr, Kady Skok and Elizabeth Vaughn. Annie is predeceased by her parents, Campbell McCormack and Frances Vaughn and by her brother, John McCormack.

Annie, David and the boys relocated to several states as David’s career dictated, finally landing in

California in 1993. David then took a new job in Tampa, Florida in 2005, but returned to Long Beach in 2007 when they bought their original beloved home on Edith Way a second time! She became a naturalized citizen that year, also. She enjoyed the sun and surf, entertaining, traveling, watching cooking shows, and showering attention on her two Maltese, Winston and Churchill. A devoted wife and a doting mother, Annie will always be fondly remembered for her cheerful smile, her wry humor and welcoming manner.


Patricia Putnam

Published on: Friday, July 18, 2014

PATRICIA PUTNAM

NORWICH – Patricia ("Pat" or "Patty") Putnam, 86, of Norwich, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

Born in North Providence, Rhode Island on April 28, 1928, Patricia was the daughter of Marion Keefe and Anthony K Leeman, Sr. She graduated from North Providence High School and attended Mount St. Mary College in Manchester, New Hampshire. Patricia married Walter Rothemich Aust on September 2, 1950 in North Providence, Rhode Island and moved to Norwich in 1952 following Walter's second tour of duty with the United States Navy. Walter died on January 27, 1967. After his death, Patricia returned to work in order to raise their four young children. She was employed by WCHN, the radio station in Norwich, the American Management Association in Hamilton, NY, the Craine Travel Agency and Victory Markets in Norwich. She married Donald Winnie Putnam on April 22, 1972 in Norwich. Donald passed away in October 1983.

Patricia enjoyed cooking and baking, especially for her family and friends. She learned to ski and play golf later in life. Her primary sources of focus and enjoyment, however, were her family and her lifelong friends from Norwich. She was especially grateful to her son, David, and his wife, Tanya, for their assistance, which enabled her to remain in her home until she passed away. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy and Alex, the youngest, brought her great happiness the past two years.

Patricia is survived by three of her children and their spouses, Karen and Christopher Browning of Manhattan, David and Tanya Aust of Norwich, and Jeffrey and Roseann Aust of Rockville, Maryland; five grandchildren, Katherine (Katie) and Margaret (Meg) of Manhattan, Alexander (Alex) of Norwich, Elizabeth and Michael of Rockville. She is also survived by two stepsons and their spouses, David and Linda Putnam, Dick and Joyce Putnam of Ithaca; five step-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Patricia was also predeceased by her parents, her daughter, Pamela Aust, her brother, Anthony K. Leeman, Jr., and her stepson, Thomas Putnam.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Patricia will be celebrated at 10:30 am, Monday, July 21, 2014 at St. Paul's Church with Rev. Ralph Bove, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul's Cemetery. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Sunday from 4-6 p.m.

Contributions in the memory of her daughter, Pamela Aust, may be made to The Marfan Foundation, 22 Manhasset Ave., Port Washington, NY 11050, www.marfan.org.


Carol Lewis Turner

Published on: Friday, July 18, 2014

CAROL LEWIS TURNER

Norwich – Loving mother and dedicated wife, Carol passed away peacefully in the company of her children on July 11, 2014. She is predeceased by her husband of 59 years, John B. Turner Jr.

Carol was born June 3, 1933 to Marie D. Lewis and Stuart C. Lewis in Buffalo, NY. She was Salutatorian of her class at Spencerport High School, and attended the University of Rochester on an academic scholarship.

A dedicated volunteer, Carol gave countless hours of service in her beloved adopted home of Norwich, NY. She was an advisor for the YMCA's Hi-Y Clubs, President of the Norwich Club Women's Association, active in the Garden Club and local and state Republican party, a Brownie Troop Leader, and Chairman of the local Girl Scouts of America Council. She volunteered for 12 years at Chenango Memorial Hospital, and was best known for her public education work with the American Cancer Society at the local and state levels.

Even after the family moved to Penfield, NY in 1969, Carol’s heart remained in Norwich and at the family cottage at Chenango Lake. She and John cared deeply about the community, and were committed to enhancing and preserving its many resources. Thoughts of opening the cottage, sitting on the porch, and overlooking the Lake with friends and family warmed many a cold winter.

In Penfield, Carol was co-owner and bookkeeper of the family business, Cricket on the Hearth Inc. She became highly active in the local schools, was an ardent supporter of her children's soccer, field hockey and swimming teams, and was a fierce tennis and paddle tennis player. An avid reader, particularly of historic American fiction, she was highly patriotic, and was especially dedicated to Highland Hospital, where she volunteered for the past 30 years.

Surviving are her daughters Anne Turner (Harry Bohrs) of Brookline, MA, and Jennifer Deuel (Jeff) of Pittsford, and sons Joshua Turner (Cheryl) of Skillman, NJ, and Charles Turner (Marcia) of Pittsford. Beloved grandchildren are Katharine and Nathaniel Bohrs, Benjamin and Megan Deuel, Bennett and Chandler Turner, and Grant and Amanda Turner. She is also survived by her brother S. Charles Lewis of Irondequoit, Kathie Fuez of Colden, and several in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

A celebration of Carol’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday July 26th at the United Church of Christ in Norwich, followed by a reception at the family’s cottage at Chenango Lake. In lieu of flowers, donations honoring her memory can be made to the Norwich YMCA or the Greater Norwich Foundation c/o NBT Bank, Norwich.


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