Obituaries

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Today's Death Notices

Ruth A. Speh, 77, of Earlville

Donna Jeanne Armstrong, 80, of Norwich

Last Week's Obituaries

Linda L. Smith

Published on: Monday, September 8, 2014

NORWICH – Linda Lee Smith, 63, of Norwich, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at the Valley View Manor Nursing Home after a long battle with Prion Disease.

Linda was born in Norwich on Feb. 27, 1951 the daughter of William M. and Rosemary (Sheam) Lee. She grew up in Norwich, was a 1969 graduate of the Norwich High School. In 1999 Linda decided to further her education by earning her Bachelor’s Degree in business. Linda spent 20 years in Florida with her brother Billy and returned to Norwich in 1989. She was employed as a senior case worker for Chenango County Dept. of Social Services for 15 years.

Linda was a fun loving individual who enjoyed people and loved a good time. On Sept. 23, 2000 in Norwich she married James (Smitty) Smith who survives.

Besides her husband Smitty of Norwich, Linda is survived by her children Heather Angelino and Sara Watts bothof Syracuse, Nicholas Buccelli of Erie, PA, her step-children Andrew Smith of Norwich, Amy Korver and husband Eric of New Berlin, her sisters, Margo Creagh and husband Robert of Memphis, TN, Mary Jenkins of Elmira, and her brother Patrick Lee and wife Donna of Norwich. Also surviving are her grandchildren Michaela Watts, Hannah Watts, Fynn Munro, Thomas Ackerman, Sam Ackerman, Charlie Smith, Charlie White and Jack White. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Besides her parents William and Rosemary, Linda was predeceased by her brother Billy Lee.

A Celebration of Life for Linda will be held on Sunday, Sept. 14, at Taylor’s Country House from 2-6 p.m. There will be no calling hours.

Arrangements are with the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home.


Gary W. Williams

Published on: Friday, September 5, 2014

SMITHVILLE – Gary W. Williams, 62, of Smithville, passed away on Tuesday, September 2014. Arrangements are under direction of Root Funeral Home, 23 North Chenango Street, Greene, New York 13778 and condolences may be sent to the family at www.rootfh.com.


Margaret M. Macciachera

Published on: Friday, September 5, 2014

PORT CRANE – Margaret M. Macciachera, 74, of Port Crane, passed away at home after a long battle with cancer on Monday, August 25, 2014. Arrangements are under direction of Root Funeral Home, 23 North Chenango Street, Greene, New York 13778 and condolences may be sent to the family at www.rootfh.com.


Margaret M. Macciachera

Published on: Friday, September 5, 2014

PORT CRANE – Margaret M. Macciachera, 74, of Port Crane, passed away at home after a long battle with cancer on Monday, August 25, 2014. Arrangements are under direction of Root Funeral Home, 23 North Chenango Street, Greene, New York 13778 and condolences may be sent to the family at www.rootfh.com.


Robert (bob) Hoffman

Published on: Friday, September 5, 2014

GUILFORD – Robert (Bob) Hoffman, Sr. passed away on September 3, 2014 at his home. He was born and raised on a farm in Guilford, the son of Charles and Ernestine (McLagan) Hoffman. He attended Guilford Central School. Bob was a farmer for a few years prior to going to work at Whitehouse Milk and Cream Co. in Guilford for five years and then on to Chenango Valley Co-op Creamery in Oxford for five years. While working in these creameries, he was a licensed NYS Milk Tester. He went to work at Bendix Corp. (now Amphenol Corp.) as a machinist for 30 years, retiring in 1988. While there, he was a member of the Machinist Union #1529.

He was a member of the Guilford Fire Department and Emergency Squad, serving as Captain as well as Chief for one year. Bob was one of the original members of the emergency squad.

On December 10, 1954, he married Marjorie Sloane Bellinger in Sidney, and they made their home in Guilford.

Bob is survived by: 2 daughters, Gail M. Hoffman of Guilford and Patricia A. Scheidegger of Unadilla; as well as 3 sons: Mark J. and Marguerite Hoffman of Guilford, Charles R. and Mary Beth Bellinger of Liverpool and Robert V. Hoffman; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. His wife, Marjorie, predeceased him on January 19, 2005. Bob was also predeceased by a grandson.

Friends are invited to call from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St. Sidney. Funeral services will follow at 3 p.m. with Rev. Kenneth Southworth officiating. Burial will take place at 1 p.m. on Monday, September 8th in Greenlawn Cemetery, Bainbridge. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to Hospice & Palliative Care of Chenango County for their compassionate care, and asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Hospice at 21 Hayes St. Norwich, NY 13815. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family online at www.landersfh.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.


Kenneth Hal Mcnitt

Published on: Monday, September 8, 2014

LOCKPORT – Kenneth Hal McNitt, 69, of Lockport, NY passed away Saturday, Aug.16, 2014 at the place he loved most, his camp at McDonough Lake. Ken was born March 26, 1945 in Norwich, NY the son of the late Harold and Gloria (Downey) McNitt. He was a graduate of Tampa University in Fla. with a Masters Degree in economics.

Ken was a retired disabled Vietnam army veteran. He was a member of the special forces green berets and achieved the rank of Sergeant. Ken served in Vietnam from Dec. of 1967 until he was severly wounded in May of 1968. Sergeant Kenneth McNitt was awarded 3 purple hearts with one more pending, the Republic Vietnam Campaign Medal w/ Device, the Vietnam Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Parachutist Badge.

Kenneth became a Maritime Captain and chartered his boat for many years living in the British and American Virgin Islands. He was a strong supporter of the constitution especially the second amendment. Ken was a gun safety instructor and a member of Scope and the NRA. He lived his life his way.

Ken loved his God, country, family and friends. He especially loved his dog and companion “Blondie”

Ken is survived by his 3 siblings; Sherry Silcox and husband Lacy LaMarr of Lockport, NY, Melodie Downey and husband Eugene of Braselton, GA and brother Tracy McNitt and wife Julie of Getzville, NY. Also surviving are nieces and nephews Tim Silcox, Jaysen Andrews, Jerika Allen, Amanda Sills, Ashley Andrew, Alexandra Downey, Arielle McNitt and Charis McNitt along with great nieces and nephews Jordan and Carter Silcox, Connor, Shannon, Ryan and Haley Andrews, Anaya and Janae Allen, Avery and Lexi Sills and Richard Andrews. Ken is also survived by his longtime friends Dennis Mauragis of Fla. and Pat Flynn of McDonough, NY who is caring for Ken’s dog Blondie.

A graveside service with military rites for Ken will be held on Sat., Sept. 13, at Noon from the Mt. Hope Cemetery of Norwich. There will be no calling hours.

Contributions in Ken’s memory may be made to the VFW Post #2782, 61-63 East Main St., Norwich, NY 13815 or to the American Legion Post #189, 29 Sheldon St., Norwich, NY 13815. This would be greatly appreciated by his family.

Arrangements are with the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home.


Deborah F. Decordova

Published on: Monday, September 8, 2014

GOLF, FLA. – Deborah F. de Cordova of the Village of Golf, FL (and formerly of Poughkeepsie and Millbrook, NY) passed away peacefully in her home on August 30, 2014. She is survived by her sister Elizabeth (BA); sons, Noel III (Trip) and Michael; daughters in law, Melissa and Anna; grandchildren Noel IV, Lane, Claire and Owen; brother in law, Peter de Cordova and many loving nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Noel (Buzz) de Cordova, Jr. The daughter of the late Carl and Dorothy Fribley, Debbie was born in Norwich, NY on February 15, 1932. She graduated from Vassar College in 1954 with a BA in Psychology and Child Study. On August 18, 1954, she married Noel. Before raising her family Debbie taught elementary school at the Child Education Foundation in NYC and at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC. Debbie and Buzz moved to Poughkeepsie in 1959 where she was involved in many civic affairs including the Children’s Home; Grace Smith House; Visiting Nurse Association; Orange and Dutchess Garden Club; and Junior League. She also loved her friends in her quilt group and book club. She was a devoted spouse and mother who excelled at many creative talents including needlecrafts, gardening, flower arranging, cooking and entertaining. Debbie was an incredibly strong woman of immense faith. She was an inspiration to all who knew her because she never capitulated to the debilitation of rheumatoid arthritis, nor, remarkably, did she ever complain about it. Debbie will be missed by everyone who knew her.

A memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Arthritis Foundation, P.O. Box 96280, Washington, DC 20077.


Linda L. Smith

Published on: Monday, September 8, 2014

NORWICH – Linda Lee Smith, 63, of Norwich, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at the Valley View Manor Nursing Home after a long battle with Prion Disease.

Linda was born in Norwich on Feb. 27, 1951 the daughter of William M. and Rosemary (Sheam) Lee. She grew up in Norwich, was a 1969 graduate of the Norwich High School. In 1999 Linda decided to further her education by earning her Bachelor’s Degree in business. Linda spent 20 years in Florida with her brother Billy and returned to Norwich in 1989. She was employed as a senior case worker for Chenango County Dept. of Social Services for 15 years.

Linda was a fun loving individual who enjoyed people and loved a good time. On Sept. 23, 2000 in Norwich she married James (Smitty) Smith who survives.

Besides her husband Smitty of Norwich, Linda is survived by her children Heather Angelino and Sara Watts bothof Syracuse, Nicholas Buccelli of Erie, PA, her step-children Andrew Smith of Norwich, Amy Korver and husband Eric of New Berlin, her sisters, Margo Creagh and husband Robert of Memphis, TN, Mary Jenkins of Elmira, and her brother Patrick Lee and wife Donna of Norwich. Also surviving are her grandchildren Michaela Watts, Hannah Watts, Fynn Munro, Thomas Ackerman, Sam Ackerman, Charlie Smith, Charlie White and Jack White. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Besides her parents William and Rosemary, Linda was predeceased by her brother Billy Lee.

A Celebration of Life for Linda will be held on Sunday, Sept. 14, at Taylor’s Country House from 2-6 p.m. There will be no calling hours.

Arrangements are with the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home.


Kenneth Hal Mcnitt

Published on: Monday, September 8, 2014

LOCKPORT – Kenneth Hal McNitt, 69, of Lockport, NY passed away Saturday, Aug.16, 2014 at the place he loved most, his camp at McDonough Lake. Ken was born March 26, 1945 in Norwich, NY the son of the late Harold and Gloria (Downey) McNitt. He was a graduate of Tampa University in Fla. with a Masters Degree in economics.

Ken was a retired disabled Vietnam army veteran. He was a member of the special forces green berets and achieved the rank of Sergeant. Ken served in Vietnam from Dec. of 1967 until he was severly wounded in May of 1968. Sergeant Kenneth McNitt was awarded 3 purple hearts with one more pending, the Republic Vietnam Campaign Medal w/ Device, the Vietnam Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Parachutist Badge.

Kenneth became a Maritime Captain and chartered his boat for many years living in the British and American Virgin Islands. He was a strong supporter of the constitution especially the second ammendment. Ken was a gun safety instructor and a member of Scope and the NRA. He lived his life his way.

Ken loved his God, country, family and friends. He especially loved his dog and companion “Blondie”

Ken is survived by his 3 siblings; Sherry Silcox and husband Lacy LaMarr of Lockport, NY, Melodie Downey and husband Eugene of Braselton, GA and brother Tracy McNitt and wife Julie of Getzville, NY. Also surviving are nieces and nephews Tim Silcox, Jaysen Andrews, Jerika Allen, Amanda Sills, Ashley Andrew, Alexandra Downey, Arielle McNitt and Charis McNitt along with great nieces and nephews Jordan and Carter Silcox, Connor, Shannon, Ryan and Haley Andrews, Anaya and Janae Allen, Avery and Lexi Sills and Richard Andrews. Ken is also survived by his longtime friends Dennis Mauragis of Fla. and Pat Flynn of McDonough, NY who is caring for Ken’s dog Blondie.

A graveside service with military rites for Ken will be held on Sat., Sept. 13, at Noon from the Mt. Hope Cemetery of Norwich. There will be no calling hours.

Contributions in Ken’s memory may be made to the VFW Post #2782, 61-63 East Main St., Norwich, NY 13815 or to the American Legion Post #189, 29 Sheldon St., Norwich, NY 13815. This would be greatly appreciated by his family.

Arrangements are with the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home.


Fredrick L. Hill

Published on: Monday, September 8, 2014

Committal services with military rites for Frederick L. Hill who passed away Dec. 23, 2014, will be held on Friday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. from the Sherburne West Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Nancy Hale, Pastor of the Broad St. United Methodiast Church of Norwich will officiate.

Arrangements are by the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home.


Deborah F. De Cordova

Published on: Monday, September 8, 2014

GOLF, FLA. – Deborah F. de Cordova of the Village of Golf, FL (and formerly of Poughkeepsie and Millbrook, NY) passed away peacefully in her home on August 30, 2014. She is survived by her sister Elizabeth (BA); sons, Noel III (Trip) and Michael; daughters in law, Melissa and Anna; grandchildren Noel IV, Lane, Claire and Owen; brother in law, Peter de Cordova and many loving nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Noel (Buzz) de Cordova, Jr. The daughter of the late Carl and Dorothy Fribley, Debbie was born in Norwich, NY on February 15, 1932. She graduated from Vassar College in 1954 with a BA in Psychology and Child Study. On August 18, 1954, she married Noel. Before raising her family Debbie taught elementary school at the Child Education Foundation in NYC and at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC. Debbie and Buzz moved to Poughkeepsie in 1959 where she was involved in many civic affairs including the Children’s Home; Grace Smith House; Visiting Nurse Association; Orange and Dutchess Garden Club; and Junior League. She also loved her friends in her quilt group and book club. She was a devoted spouse and mother who excelled at many creative talents including needlecrafts, gardening, flower arranging, cooking and entertaining. Debbie was an incredibly strong woman of immense faith. She was an inspiration to all who knew her because she never capitulated to the debilitation of rheumatoid arthritis, nor, remarkably, did she ever complain about it. Debbie will be missed by everyone who knew her.

A memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Arthritis Foundation, P.O. Box 96280, Washington, DC 20077.


Evelyn Whaley

Published on: Tuesday, September 9, 2014

SHERBURNE – Evelyn F. Whaley, 87, of West State St., passed away Sunday, September 7, 2014 at her home.

She was born August 23, 1927 in Cato, NY, a daughter of C. Henry and Marion V. Whitmore Gibbs. Evelyn was a graduate of Norwich High School and pursued her higher education at the University of Rochester, School of Nursing. On November 22, 1945, Evelyn married John C. Whaley in North Norwich. She had worked at Bennett Ireland Corp. in Norwich for many years, and was a postal clerk in the North Norwich Post Office. She had also worked for the family business, Whaley’s Food Store in North Norwich. Evelyn was the North Norwich Town Clerk for several years.

She was a member of the North Norwich United Methodist Church; the North Norwich Garden Club; and a former member of the North Norwich Firemen’s Auxiliary. She enjoyed bowling water skiing, and loved spending time with her family at camp on Hatch Lake.

Surviving are her husband of 68 years, John; her children, Wendy and Jim Sauder of Goshen, VT; Victoria “Vicki” Clark of Denver, CO; brothers and sisters-in-law, Clare H. and Joan Gibbs of Norwich; Robert M. and Charline Gibbs of North Norwich; sister-in-law and her husband, Jessie and Bill Labor of North Norwich; grandchildren, Emily, Matthew, Jayme, Lacey, Ryan, Courtney, Adam, Natalie and Brittany; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, John A. Whaley on July 19, 2002.

Funeral services will be held at 7pm Wednesday September 10, 2014, from the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne.

Burial will be private in the North Norwich Cemetery.

Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5-7pm prior to the service.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the North Norwich United Methodist Church.

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


Elizabeth Todd

Published on: Tuesday, September 9, 2014

NEW BERLIN – Elizabeth C. Todd, 96 years old died on September 5th at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown. She was born on May 25, 1918 in Unadilla daughter of Hubert Faye and Olive Simmons Palmiter. Her childhood was spent in Sherburne and New Berlin and she was a graduate of New Berlin High School. On November 18, 1941 she married Russell W. Todd in Savana, NY. He died on December 7. 2008.

She and her husband owned and operated the New Berlin Clothes Shop from 1938 to 1987 and Liz ran the business while her husband served in World War II.

She was a member of Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church where she served on the hospitality committee, was a member of the ECS, the sunshine committee and Altar Guild. Liz was very active in the community collecting door to door for the Heart Fund, Cancer Drive, March of Dimes, and selling poppies for the American Legion Auxiliary. She served as a Cub Scout Leader and was a member of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by three children: R. William (Bill) Jr. & (Carol) Todd of Sebring, Fl., Gerrie (Geraldine) & Douglas Miller of Verona, NY and Michael (Mickey) Todd of New Berlin. Grandchildren are Michael, Steven & Rhonda Todd, Kelly & Peter Thurber, Ryan Miller, Karrie & Damien Southwell , Morgan Todd and Matthew & Brittany Todd. She is also survived by 9 Great Grandchildren, several nieces and nephews ,and a sister-in-Law, Jeannine Palmiter. She was pre-deceased by one son, Charles; one grandson Bradley D. Miller; and brothers Dale and Norman Palmiter.

Funeral services will be at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM with the Very Reverend Charles Taylor assisted by the Reverend Michael P. Todd. The burial will take place at Fairview Cemetery in New Berlin. Calling Hours will be held on Wednesday, September 10 from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at the Dakin Funeral Home LP in New Berlin.

Memorial donations may be given to Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, The New Berlin Emergency Squad or any charity of your choice.

Arrangements are by the Dakin Funeral Home, LP in New Berlin.

Condolences can be expressed to the family at: www.dakinfuneralhome.com.


Louis Walker Curtis

Published on: Tuesday, September 9, 2014

GUILFORD – Louis Walker Curtis (Lou), age 90, lifetime resident of Guilford NY, died at home with his family at his side Friday, September 5, 2014. He was born and died in the same home.

Lou was a veteran of the Second World War, serving in the United States Army. He was a former member of the Guilford Fire Department and a member of the Ambulance Squad. Lou retired from Bendix Corporation in 1983 where he was a shop foreman. His 31 years of retirement were spent travelling the USA, making furniture and maple syrup for family and friends, and enjoying a fulfilled life with Midge, his wife of 71 years. They were both 19 years old when they were married in Binghamton NY after taking a train and a cab to the preacher’s house. Lou had a remarkable journey and was admired by everyone he ever met, even Red Sox fans. He was a die-hard Yankee!

He died peacefully with no regrets.

Lou was predeceased by his parents Louis Caswald Curtis and Elsie Maude Curtis, and siblings Gertrude May Curtis, Genevieve Louise Curtis, Ruby Marie Curtis, Elsie Pearl Curtis, Edna Ruth Curtis, Ethel Maxine Curtis, Edward Clarence Curtis and Joyce Anne Curtis. He is survived by his wife Florence (Midge) Curtis, his brother Robert Curtis of Greene NY, his sister Joan (Paul) Layne of Bridgewater VA, his children Jack (Barbara) Curtis of Cheney WA, Richard (Jill) Curtis of Wellington CO, Carol (Joseph) Schelah of New Woodstock NY, Colleen (Richard) Carbery of Manlius NY, and many nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

His ashes will be interred years from now in Butternut Cemetery, Gilbertsville NY, in one receptacle with those of his loving wife Midge when her time comes.

A Memorial service will take place Thursday, September 11th in the Guilford Methodist Church at 11:30 am followed by a light lunch in the church hall.

Contributions may be made to Guilford United Methodist Church or the Guilford Fire Department.


Evelyn F. Whaley

Published on: Tuesday, September 9, 2014

SHERBURNE – Evelyn F. Whaley, 87, of West State St., passed away Sunday, September 7, 2014 at her home.

She was born August 23, 1927 in Cato, NY, a daughter of C. Henry and Marion V. Whitmore Gibbs. Evelyn was a graduate of Norwich High School and pursued her higher education at the University of Rochester, School of Nursing. On November 22, 1945, Evelyn married John C. Whaley in North Norwich. She had worked at Bennett Ireland Corp. in Norwich for many years, and was a postal clerk in the North Norwich Post Office. She had also worked for the family business, Whaley’s Food Store in North Norwich. Evelyn was the North Norwich Town Clerk for several years.

She was a member of the North Norwich United Methodist Church; the North Norwich Garden Club; and a former member of the North Norwich Firemen’s Auxiliary. She enjoyed bowling water skiing, and loved spending time with her family at camp on Hatch Lake.

Surviving are her husband of 68 years, John; her children, Wendy and Jim Sauder of Goshen, VT; Victoria “Vicki” Clark of Denver, CO; brothers and sisters-in-law, Clare H. and Joan Gibbs of Norwich; Robert M. and Charline Gibbs of North Norwich; sister-in-law and her husband, Jessie and Bill Labor of North Norwich; grandchildren, Emily, Matthew, Jayme, Lacey, Ryan, Courtney, Adam, Natalie and Brittany; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, John A. Whaley on July 19, 2002.

Funeral services will be held at 7pm Wednesday September 10, 2014, from the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne.

Burial will be private in the North Norwich Cemetery.

Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5-7pm prior to the service.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the North Norwich United Methodist Church.

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


Elizabeth C. Todd

Published on: Tuesday, September 9, 2014

NEW BERLIN – Elizabeth C. Todd, 96 years old died on September 5th at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown. She was born on May 25, 1918 in Unadilla daughter of Hubert Faye and Olive Simmons Palmiter. Her childhood was spent in Sherburne and New Berlin and she was a graduate of New Berlin High School. On November 18, 1941 she married Russell W. Todd in Savana, NY. He died on December 7. 2008.

She and her husband owned and operated the New Berlin Clothes Shop from 1938 to 1987 and Liz ran the business while her husband served in World War II.

She was a member of Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church where she served on the hospitality committee, was a member of the ECS, the sunshine committee and Altar Guild. Liz was very active in the community collecting door to door for the Heart Fund, Cancer Drive, March of Dimes, and selling poppies for the American Legion Auxiliary. She served as a Cub Scout Leader and was a member of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by three children: R. William (Bill) Jr. & (Carol) Todd of Sebring, Fl., Gerrie (Geraldine) & Douglas Miller of Verona, NY and Michael (Mickey) Todd of New Berlin. Grandchildren are Michael, Steven & Rhonda Todd, Kelly & Peter Thurber, Ryan Miller, Karrie & Damien Southwell , Morgan Todd and Matthew & Brittany Todd. She is also survived by 9 Great Grandchildren, several nieces and nephews ,and a sister-in-Law, Jeannine Palmiter. She was pre-deceased by one son, Charles; one grandson Bradley D. Miller; and brothers Dale and Norman Palmiter.

Funeral services will be at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM with the Very Reverend Charles Taylor assisted by the Reverend Michael P. Todd. The burial will take place at Fairview Cemetery in New Berlin. Calling Hours will be held on Wednesday, September 10 from 2:00-4:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM at the Dakin Funeral Home LP in New Berlin.

Memorial donations may be given to Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, The New Berlin Emergency Squad or any charity of your choice.

Arrangements are by the Dakin Funeral Home, LP in New Berlin.

Condolences can be expressed to the family at: www.dakinfuneralhome.com.


Louis Walker Curtis

Published on: Tuesday, September 9, 2014

GUILFORD – Louis Walker Curtis (Lou), age 90, lifetime resident of Guilford NY, died at home with his family at his side Friday, September 5, 2014. He was born and died in the same home.

Lou was a veteran of the Second World War, serving in the United States Army. He was a former member of the Guilford Fire Department and a member of the Ambulance Squad. Lou retired from Bendix Corporation in 1983 where he was a shop foreman. His 31 years of retirement were spent travelling the USA, making furniture and maple syrup for family and friends, and enjoying a fulfilled life with Midge, his wife of 71 years. They were both 19 years old when they were married in Binghamton NY after taking a train and a cab to the preacher’s house. Lou had a remarkable journey and was admired by everyone he ever met, even Red Sox fans. He was a die-hard Yankee!

He died peacefully with no regrets.

Lou was predeceased by his parents Louis Caswald Curtis and Elsie Maude Curtis, and siblings Gertrude May Curtis, Genevieve Louise Curtis, Ruby Marie Curtis, Elsie Pearl Curtis, Edna Ruth Curtis, Ethel Maxine Curtis, Edward Clarence Curtis and Joyce Anne Curtis. He is survived by his wife Florence (Midge) Curtis, his brother Robert Curtis of Greene NY, his sister Joan (Paul) Layne of Bridgewater VA, his children Jack (Barbara) Curtis of Cheney WA, Richard (Jill) Curtis of Wellington CO, Carol (Joseph) Schelah of New Woodstock NY, Colleen (Richard) Carbery of Manlius NY, and many nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

His ashes will be interred years from now in Butternut Cemetery, Gilbertsville NY, in one receptacle with those of his loving wife Midge when her time comes.

A Memorial service will take place Thursday, September 11th in the Guilford Methodist Church at 11:30 am followed by a light lunch in the church hall.

Contributions may be made to Guilford United Methodist Church or the Guilford Fire Department.


Mary L. Fitch

Published on: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

ELMIRA – Mary L. Fitch, 64, of Elmira, NY, passed away on Monday, September 8, 2014, at her home, following an extended illness.

Born in Roaring Springs, PA, on June 8, 1950, Mary was the daughter of the late Edward and Anna Buseck Sheats. A longtime resident of the Elmira area, she had worked for the Corning School District, where she had been employed as a licensed teaching assistant, until she became ill. She attended the First Baptist Church of South Otselic.

She is survived by her husband, John Fitch, and a son, Matthew (Emily) Fitch of Buffalo. She also leaves behind a brother, Edward (Michele) Sheats of Pulaski; and sisters-in-law, Alyce Fitch of South Otselic, Beverly (Stan) Ely of Killawog, Ruth (Richard) Rood of North Pitcher, and Cheryl (Don) Weed of Marathon.

A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church of South Otselic, on Thursday, September 11, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Daniel Drake and Reverend Jim Moore officiating. In keeping with her wishes, there will be no prior calling hours. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Mary may be directed to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 100 Metropolitan Park Drive, Suite 400, Liverpool, NY 13088. To leave a personal message for the family, please visit www.klsharpfuneralhome.com.


Tammy Lynn Witter Strain

Published on: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

OSCEOLA, PA – Tammy Lynn Witter Strain, age 50 of Osceola, PA passed away on Monday, September 08, 2014 at her home. Born April 3, 1964 in Wellsboro, she was the daughter of the late Lee and June (Colvin) Witter. She married Lewis R. “Butch” Strain on September 9, 1989.

Tammy was an LPN and worked at the Elcor Nursing Home in Horseheads, NY. She was a member of the Elkland Moose Lodge and enjoyed crocheting, painting and reading.

She is survived by her loving husband of 25 years, Butch Strain; her daughter, Leah Cille Strain of Osceola, PA and Kimberly (D.J. Lozo) Boom of Gillett, who she thought of like a daughter; sisters, Rose and Tim Cummings of Elkland, Patty and Ray Sackrider of Lawrenceville, Nancy and Ernie Empson of Elkland and Pam and Ed Schoonmaker of Bloomsburg; a brother, Chuck Witter of Osceola; her mother in law, Alberta Strain of Plymouth, NY and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family will receive friends at Kenyon Funeral Home, 214 W. Main St., Elkland, on Wednesday from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, 1:00 PM with Rev. Larry O’Dell officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Knoxville. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the family, 228 Holden Brook Rd., Osceola, PA 16942 to help with Leah’s college education. To send an online condolence visit, www.kenyonfuneralhome.com.


Carole Silva

Published on: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Graveside committal services for Carole Silva, who died February 8, 2014, will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, September 13th in St. Paul's Cemetery.

The arrangements are by the Wilson Funeral Home.


Tammy Lynn Witter Strain

Published on: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

OSCEOLA, PA – Tammy Lynn Witter Strain, age 50 of Osceola, PA passed away on Monday, September 08, 2014 at her home. Born April 3, 1964 in Wellsboro, she was the daughter of the late Lee and June (Colvin) Witter. She married Lewis R. “Butch” Strain on September 9, 1989.

Tammy was an LPN and worked at the Elcor Nursing Home in Horseheads, NY. She was a member of the Elkland Moose Lodge and enjoyed crocheting, painting and reading.

She is survived by her loving husband of 25 years, Butch Strain; her daughter, Leah Cille Strain of Osceola, PA and Kimberly (D.J. Lozo) Boom of Gillett, who she thought of like a daughter; sisters, Rose and Tim Cummings of Elkland, Patty and Ray Sackrider of Lawrenceville, Nancy and Ernie Empson of Elkland and Pam and Ed Schoonmaker of Bloomsburg; a brother, Chuck Witter of Osceola; her mother in law, Alberta Strain of Plymouth, NY and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family will receive friends at Kenyon Funeral Home, 214 W. Main St., Elkland, on Wednesday from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, 1:00 PM with Rev. Larry O’Dell officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Knoxville. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the family, 228 Holden Brook Rd., Osceola, PA 16942 to help with Leah’s college education. To send an online condolence visit, www.kenyonfuneralhome.com.


Mary L. Fitch

Published on: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

ELMIRA – Mary L. Fitch, 64, of Elmira, NY, passed away on Monday, September 8, 2014, at her home, following an extended illness.

Born in Roaring Springs, PA, on June 8, 1950, Mary was the daughter of the late Edward and Anna Buseck Sheats. A longtime resident of the Elmira area, she had worked for the Corning School District, where she had been employed as a licensed teaching assistant, until she became ill. She attended the First Baptist Church of South Otselic.

She is survived by her husband, John Fitch, and a son, Matthew (Emily) Fitch of Buffalo. She also leaves behind a brother, Edward (Michele) Sheats of Pulaski; and sisters-in-law, Alyce Fitch of South Otselic, Beverly (Stan) Ely of Killawog, Ruth (Richard) Rood of North Pitcher, and Cheryl (Don) Weed of Marathon.

A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church of South Otselic, on Thursday, September 11, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Daniel Drake and Reverend Jim Moore officiating. In keeping with her wishes, there will be no prior calling hours. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Mary may be directed to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 100 Metropolitan Park Drive, Suite 400, Liverpool, NY 13088. To leave a personal message for the family, please visit www.klsharpfuneralhome.com.


Kevin Swift

Published on: Thursday, September 11, 2014

KEVIN SWIFT

SOUTH NEW BERLIN, NY – Kevin W. Swift, 60, of South New Berlin, passed away on Monday, September 8, 2014 at the Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, MA.

Kevin was born in Phillipsburg, NJ on June 9, 1954, the son of Kenneth and Leona Kott Swift (of South New Berlin – originally from Changewater, NJ). Kevin graduated from Warren Hills High School in Washington, NJ and attended Syracuse University and SUNY Morrisville receiving his degree in Public Health Technology (Environmental Health). In September of 1983, in Lebanon, NY, he married Julie Slater. In earlier years, Kevin worked as a water treatment plant operator for the City of Norwich and NYS Camp Pharsalia.

While in high school, Kevin enjoyed sports playing both football and baseball. He also enjoyed working at the family business: “Stewarts Root Beer Drive-In” as a car hop in Washington, NJ.

Kevin loved spending time with his family, whether taking camping trips, fishing, long walks through the woods, trips to the Adirondack mountains, going to auctions, listening to his boys play music and everyday activities with his sons. He was devoted to his family and very proud of his sons. Kevin also was an avid Syracuse fan and he loved playing golf, landscaping and spending time on the farm. He was a very loving, generous person with a compassionate heart for anyone in need.

Kevin was the loving husband of Julie Swift, of South New Berlin. He is also survived by his three sons, Christopher, Zachary and Matthew Swift, all of South New Berlin; his father, Kenneth Swift, of South New Berlin; his brother, Joseph Swift and wife, Marianne, of Lake Placid, FL and his sisters, Kathleen Stewart and husband Joseph, of Norwich, NY and Susan Carr and husband, Dennis, of Oneonta, NY; sister-in-law, Sherry Slater Angle, of Norwich and mother-in-law, Laura Slater, of Oxford, NY; aunt Jane and uncle Frank Duryea, of Changewater, NJ and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Kevin was predeceased by his mother, Leona Swift and father-in-law, Clarence Slater.

Friends and family may call at the Wilson Funeral Home, 68 South Broad Street, in Norwich on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 2:30 at the funeral home with Rev. Larry Bailey of the Church of Christ in Sidney, NY officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, South New Berlin.

Contributions in memory of Kevin may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 1480, Syracuse, NY 13201.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting the Wilson Funeral Home website at: www.wilsonfh.com.


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