Obituaries

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Today's Death Notices

Matthew Louis Gridley, 49, of Norwich

Last Week's Obituaries

George Krauss

Published on: Friday, November 10, 2017

George Krauss, 86, of Guilford passed away on Tuesday November 7, 2017 at his home. George was born in Brooklyn, NY on March 17, 1931 to the late Arthur and Lillian Krauss. Upon completion of high school, George enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps where he served his country bravely during the Chosin Reservoir Battle in Korea, walking with his platoon over 70 miles in temperatures that were often well below zero. He received two purple hearts during his service. After his military service, George went on to earn Bachelor’s Degrees in entomology, and electronic engineering. He worked at MacArthur Airport on Long Island repairing the radar equipment. He also spent many years working for the Museum of Natural History travelling worldwide collecting insect specimens. In more recent years, George lived in Guilford where he persued many interests including painting, sculpting, ham radio operation, falconry, beekeeping, raising german shepherds, handgun shooting, motorcycling, growing orchids and Bonzai trees in the greenhouse he built and rehabilitating injured wildlife. George was a member of the John W. Thurston Detachment of the Marine Corps League in Binghamton, The Korean War Veteran’s Association, First Marine Division Association, The Marine Corps Association, Military Auxiliary Radio System, American Legion Post 189 in Norwich, Chapter 113 Military Order of Devil Dogs in Cortland, and Central NY Leatherneck Motorcycle Club, the Rockdale Gun Club and Delhi Pistol Club. He will be remembered as a dedicated Marine who respected his country and always stood for the flag. The Stars and Stripes, they flew forever always in his heart. He was loyal to his nation and bravely did his part. Always thinking of his brother ever in his mind. He stood for love of country and most of all, mankind. He’s gazing down with his Master through a light and heavenly cloud, he’s looking out for all of us of whom he is so proud. Survivors include his loving wife of 30 years, Shirley Krauss; his children, Mark Krauss, David Krauss, Ellen Cruse, Stephanie and John Stobbe, and Anthony and Rachael Ryan; his grandchildren, Colton, Maddison, and James; his great-granddaughter, Kylie; his dear friends, Joe and Cindy Ocasio, Eddie Cotton, and the many Marine Corp League brothers. Calling hours for George will be held at R.J. Fahy Funeral Home, 116 N. Broad St. Norwich on Sunday November 12 from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm. Burial with full military honors will take place at Guilford Center Cemetery immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations in George’s memory may be made to The American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org/donate or to Broome County Veterans Memorial Association 76 Main St. Binghamton, NY 13905.


Ty Anthony Tumminia

Published on: Friday, November 10, 2017

Ty Anthony Tumminia

(Known to friends and family as Ty)

It is with great sadness that the Tumminia family announces Ty’s passing on Sunday, November 5,2017 at the age of 26. Ty will be lovingly remembered by his mother, Theresa Tumminia of Danbury, CT, his father Matthew Tumminia of Binghamton, NY, his brother Arcio Tumminia and his sister Maresa Tumminia. His gentleness and kindness will be forever in the hearts of his Grandparents Steve and Pat Barrows, his Aunts and Uncles Rosario and Janet, Michael and Louise, John and Marcia, Robert and Donna, Theresa Tumminia and Kari Johns, his numerous cousins, extended family and dear friends.

Ty was born in Alburquerque NM, May 9th, 1992. He spent his childhood years between NM and NY. He moved to Binghamton in 2012 to attend school and work with his father Matthew. Ty loved to give by donating his time to several organizations throughout the Binghamton area.

A service to honor Ty’s life will be held on Saturday, November 11th at 3:00 pm at the Faith Bible Church, 45 Butler Street, Oxford, NY 13830.


Gerald E. Cushman

Published on: Monday, November 13, 2017

Gerald E. Cushman, 74, of Plymouth passed away unexpectedly Thursday morning, November 9, 2017.

A Celebration of Jerry’s Life will be held on Sunday, November 19, from 1-4 pm from the Plymouth Fire House.

A complete obituary for Jerry will appear in a later edition of the Evening Sun.

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


Martha Y. Dropp

Published on: Monday, November 13, 2017

Martha Y. Dropp, 81 of Oxford passed away on November 12, 2017 at Chenango Memorial Hospital. She was born in New York City a daughter of the late Austin and Elizabeth (Basse) York. On February 14, 1999 she married Paul Dropp, who survives.

Besides her husband, Paul she is survived by her children, Donna (John) Winterberger of Spencerport, NY, Tami (Guy) Vandermark of Euclid, OH, and Robin Linko of Endwell, NY; her step daughters, Maralena Dropp of Binghamton, and Therese (Ted) Carey of Lisle; her sister, Norma (Carl) Lampitt of Hanceville, AL; her grandchildren, Jenifer, Cheryl, Jeff, Erica (Robbie), Jimmy, Stephanie, Ashley (John), Erica, and Christopher; her great grandchildren, Alex, Eddie, Tyler-John and Nathan. She is also survived by long-time friends, Norma and Ken Poyneer.

Martha loved Christmas, her favorite time of year, and she would like all to celebrate and rejoice in the beauty of the season. She retired from Lourdes Hospital. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, and cross stitch. Family was very important to her, especially preparing meals for all of them. She and Paul enjoyed traveling. She was a former member of Grace Lutheran Church in Vestal and currently a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Norwich.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Christ Lutheran Church, 94 North Broad St., Norwich, NY with Vicar Laura Wade officiating. Burial will be in Walton Cemetery. At Martha’s request, please do not wear black for the funeral.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, 94 N. Broad St., Norwich, NY 13815 or Hospice of Chenango County, 21 Hayes St., Norwich, NY 13815

Friends may call at Christ Lutheran Church on Wednesday from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. Family and friends may share their memories and condolences by visiting www.behefuneralhome.com


William Moore Horton Jr.

Published on: Monday, November 13, 2017

William Moore Horton Jr. of Oneida, NY passed away November 6, 2017 at the age of 59. He was born on December 21, 1957 in Norwich, NY.

Bill attended Sherburne-Earlville Central School District and grew up in the North Norwich – Sherburne area. He retired after a career in the United States Navy. He grew up riding dirt bikes as well as having an occasional snowmobile adventure. He enjoyed the wilderness of the Adirondacks and hiking while on summer camping trips with his family. He was known for his love of fishing, enjoying the quiet solitude and the challenge of reigning in the biggest catch. In his younger years, he could often be found walking the railroad tracks on his way to his favorite fishing spots in North Norwich. A lifelong music fan, he loved to play guitar as well as listen to one of his favorite groups “Steely Dan”. Bill was always up for a good debate, a friendly card game or a competitive game of chess or a challenging video game. Bill had a vivid imagination and was a talented writer and artist during high school days. In later years, upon his return to New York, he found peace gardening with his Mother in North Norwich. He loved to discuss his travels around the world while in the Navy, spending many years in Japan.

Bill was previously employed by the Turning Stone Casino as a Security Guard and most recently employed by Mohawk Limited of Chadwicks, NY as a Computer Technician.

Bill is survived by his wife Chizu of Oneida, NY; his daughters Yuki and Diane Horton of San Diego, CA, step-sons Billy Comeau of Whitesboro, NY and Jesse Comeau of Frederick, MD; sisters Kathleen Armitage, Kelley Horton and Kimberlee Roberts; brothers Patrick Horton (Becky Cruikshank) and Daniel Horton (Jackie Brunschmid). He is survived by nieces and nephews Michelle Armitage, Thomas Horton, Lilie Horton, Erik Roberts, Sara May, Kristyn Crossway and Craig Roberts. Bill is survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Bill was predeceased by his father and step-mother William and Mary Horton of Pitcher, NY, his mother June Tuttle of North Norwich, NY and his niece Andrea Armitage of Norwich, NY.

“To the outside world, we all grow old. But as brothers and sisters, as family – we know each other as we were. We share private family jokes, we remember family feuds, secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time. It’s the circle of life, and it moves us all…through despair and hope, through faith and love, ’till we find our place, find peace, on the path unwinding. The song is ended, but the melody lingers on…..”

That perpetual smirk will be remembered for a long, long time.

Sail on Sailor…..

A service will be held at the convenience of the family. Kindly consider a donation to the American Heart Association or a charity of your choice in Memory of William Moore Horton Jr.


Gerald E. Cushman

Published on: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Gerald E. Cushman, 74, of Plymouth passed away unexpectedly on Thursday morning, November 9, 2017.

Born February 1st 1943 in Norwich NY to Gordon and Ruth Cleveland Cushman. Jerry attended Plymouth school until the 6th grade and then went to Norwich High School. Following high school he attended Morrisville College.

Jerry married Linnea Centerwall, who survives, on November 2, 1963 In Greene NY. They had just celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary.

In his early years Jerry worked for The Benedict Corporation, Child Oil, C&D Telephone company and Raymond Corporation. He purchased an LP Gas business and drove bus for Norwich City School District. Later he worked for several construction companies, Higgins, Wehrli’s and Coleman’s among others. In 1990 he started a career at DCMO BOCES in the Conservation class. Retiring from BOCES in 2010. After retiring from BOCES he returned as a substitute filling in in the Conservation class whenever needed. He then retired from substituting in 2016. During his time at BOCES Jerry also operated a trucking and excavating company until a heart attack forced him to cut back on many things.

Jerry’s lifelong interest was in the maple sugaring industry. Starting his own maple business in 1980. He helped form the Chenango Area Maple Producers Association, was a member and officer of the Central NY Maple Producers and was the former Vice President of the NYS Maple Producers Association. He was also a founder of the NYS Maple Producers Winter Conference and was a former director of the American Maple Museum in Croghan NY.

Jerry was also a lifelong member and former Chief of the Plymouth Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the Plymouth Methodist Church and served on the Plymouth town board.

Some of Jerry’s hobbies were hunting and camping, he was always busy with a project from property management to snow plowing.

Jerry is also survived by one daughter and two sons. Melanie Law (Chad Crandall), Brian Cushman (Kim McDonnell), Shawn (Julita) Cushman. 9 Grandchildren. Michael, Chelsei, Branden, Garrett, Heather, Eric, Ember, Grace and Hannah. Brother and sisters-in-law E.T. Centerwall, Kris (John) Wynn, Lans (Jackie) Centerwall, Sigrid (Jeff) Gilkenson. And a half sister and brother-in-law Patricia (David) Martin. Also several nieces and nephews.

Jerry was predeceased by his parents Gordon and Ruth and grandsons Tyler and Andrew.

At Jerry’s request there will be no calling hours or funeral. There will be a Celebration of Life held on Sunday November 19th at 1:00 pm at the Plymouth Fire House, State Hwy 23, Plymouth, NY

In lieu of flowers pleace consider a donation in Jerry’s name to the Plymouth Volunteer Fire Department, The Plymouth Methodist Church, Or The Gerald E. Cushman Memorial Fund For Conservation which has been set up at M&T bank in Norwich C/O Michelle Manwarren.

Arrangements are with the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home


Martha Y. Dropp

Published on: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Martha Y. Dropp, 81 of Oxford passed away on November 12, 2017 at Chenango Memorial Hospital. She was born in New York City a daughter of the late Austin and Elizabeth (Basse) York. On February 14, 1999 she married Paul Dropp, who survives.

Besides her husband, Paul she is survived by her children, Donna (John) Winterberger of Spencerport, NY, Tami (Guy) Vandermark of Euclid, OH, and Robin Linko of Endwell, NY; her step daughters, Maralena Dropp of Binghamton, and Therese (Ted) Carey of Lisle; her sister, Norma (Carl) Lampitt of Hanceville, AL; her grandchildren, Jenifer, Cheryl, Jeff, Erica (Robbie), Jimmy, Stephanie, Ashley (John), Erica, and Christopher; her great grandchildren, Alex, Eddie, Tyler-John and Nathan. She is also survived by long-time friends, Norma and Ken Poyneer.

Martha loved Christmas, her favorite time of year, and she would like all to celebrate and rejoice in the beauty of the season. She retired from Lourdes Hospital. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, and cross stitch. Family was very important to her, especially preparing meals for all of them. She and Paul enjoyed traveling. She was a former member of Grace Lutheran Church in Vestal and currently a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Norwich.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Christ Lutheran Church, 94 North Broad St., Norwich, NY with Pastor Ernie Varga officiating. Burial will be in Walton Cemetery. At Martha’s request, please do not wear black for the funeral.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, 94 N. Broad St., Norwich, NY 13815 or Hospice of Chenango County, 21 Hayes St., Norwich, NY 13815

Friends may call at Christ Lutheran Church on Wednesday from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. Family and friends may share their memories and condolences by visiting www.behefuneralhome.com


Barbara P. Black

Published on: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Barbara P. Black, 95 of Oxford passed away on November 12, 2017. Barbara was born in Rochester, NY. Daughter of the late Ralph and Mary (Byrne) Palmer. Barbara was married to DR. Hugh D. Black who passed away on May 8, 1989.

Barbara is survived by her sons James and Kathy Black of Guilford, NY, and Richard and Tammy Black of Portland, OR; her daughters Patti Giltner of Norwich, NY and Lynda Roach of McDonough, NY. Also surviving Barbara are her grandchildren Conor Black, Christopher Black, Rebecca Giltner and Eric Jaffe, Aaron and Tiffany Giltner, and Jarrett Black; and her great grandchildren Grayson Black, Mya Black, Nicholas Black, Soraya Khanifar, Madelyn Khanifar, Keira Giltner, and Stella Giltner. She was predeceased by her friend and companion Anthony Paino.

Barbara was a Registered Nurse and worked with her husband and later at Chenango Memorial Hospital, Norwich, NY. She was a homemaker and enjoyed needle point and reading. She also loved Guilford lake and her home there. She graduated from Rochester Business Institute and Syracuse Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She was a member of Alpha Omega Sorority, and The Agenda Honorary Society.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Behe Funeral Home Inc. 21 Main Street, Oxford, NY 13830. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Oxford, NY. Friends and family may share their memories and condolences by visiting www.behefuneralhome.com


Ruth L. Jenne

Published on: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Ruth L. Jenne, 88, of Sherburne, passed away Sunday, November 12, 2017 at the Norwich Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

She was born January 5, 1929 in Hamilton, NY a daughter of Winifred and Olive Finch Sutherland. Following her high school graduation, she attended Albany College. Ruth had been married to Gordon V. Jenne who died in 1999. Ruth had assisted Gordon in the operation of their dairy farm, and later worked at McLaughlin’s in Norwich. She retired from the Chenango County Department of Social Services where she had been a caseworker. Ruth enjoyed traveling, attending Hospice events, and was an active quilter and a member of local quilting guilds. She was a huge fan of Syracuse University sports, especially basketball. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Sherburne.

Surviving are her children, Tim (Darlene) Jenne of FL; Neil Jenne of Sherburne, Steven Jenne of FL; Kathy Philbrick of SC; Andy (Nancy) Jenne of AZ; grandchildren, Thomas (Neomi) Jenne, Christina (Matt) Dusthimer, Allison, LeAnn and Jacob Jenne, Stacy (Chad) Wilcox and Danielle (James) Harris; Shawn, Heather, Tracy, David, Beth and Heidi Hemsley, Evan and Kayla Jenne, Randy and Christopher (Sandra) Davis; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers, Ceylon “Teter” Sutherland of DeRuyter; Scott Sutherland of Virginia Beach; and John “Johnny” Sutherland of DeRuyter; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a son, Norman Jenne; grandchildren, Dennis and Trisha Jenne; two daughters-in-law, Betty and Karin Jenne; and three brothers, Earl, David and Jerry Sutherland.

Funeral services will be held at 2pm Friday, November 17, 2017 at the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne, followed by burial in West Hill Cemetery, Sherburne.

Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday from 12 to 2pm prior to the service.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society. www.cancer.org.

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


James R. Rice

Published on: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

James R. Rice, 71, of Cincinnatus, NY, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

Born in DeRuyter, NY, on November 7, 1946, Jim was the son of the late Thomas and Madlien Bush Rice. A longtime resident of this area, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army having proudly served during the Vietnam Conflict from 1967 to 1969. He had been employed at Berry’s Milling in Homer, Agway in Cincinnatus and DeRuyter, and retired from Saunders, Inc. in 2006. He was also a member of the Teamster’s Union and a founding member of the hunting club, Kamp Kookaracha.

He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Judy Brown Rice; and their children, Denise Rice of Cincinnatus, James (Cherie) Rice of Willet, and Darren Rice of Cincinnatus. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Amanda (Joseph) DeLee, Stone (Rob Huestis) Knight, Phoenix Rice, Rachel Kerns, Willow Rice, and Arwen Rice; his great-grandchildren, Michaela and Connor DeLee, and Faith Hueustis; a brother, Ike (Jackie) Rice of DeRuyter; sisters, Janice (Steve) Breed of Cuyler, Darlene (Arthur) Brown of DeRuyter, Claudia (Kevin) Barrow of Homer, and Kellie (Christopher) Bush of Cuyler; a sister-in-law, Debbie Rice, of Georgetown; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Thomas Rice, Jr. in 1941, and Duke Rice in 2017.

The family will be present to receive friends at the K.L. Sharp Funeral Home, Cincinnatus, NY, on Friday, November 17, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Jeremy Stopford officiating. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Jim may be directed to the Cincinnatus Emergency Squad, c/o Elaine Oros, 5771 McFarlane Rd., Cincinnatus, NY 13040. To leave a personal message for the family, please visit www.klsharpfuneralhome.com.


Reland Smith

Published on: Thursday, November 16, 2017

Reland Smith, 82, of South Plymouth passed away at his home on Wednesday afternoon, November 14, 2017.

Reland was born on October 4, 1935 in East Pharsalia the son of Harry and Wanda (Bauder) Smith. Following his graduation he entered the United States Army serving his country during the Korean War. In 1959 he married Jean Belden and soon after they purchased a dairy farm in South Plymouth that continues to be operated today. He also had previously served as Highway Superintendent for the Town of Plymouth.

Reland is survived by his wife of 58 years Jean Smith of South Plymouth, son Jeffrey (Deanna) Smith of South Plymouth and his daughters Lisa (Phillip) Proskine of Sherburne, Christine (Michael) Portelli of Norwich and Marie (Dr. Peter) Ward of Norwich. Reland is also survived by his five siblings Melva (Robert) Bolduc of FL, Betty (Ronald) Palmer of South Plymouth, Sylva (Eugene) Rainbow of South Plymouth, James (Beverly) Smith of Plymouth and Melody (Gary) Giles of England. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Reland will be held on Saturday at 10:00 am from St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church. The Rev. Ralph A. Bove, Pastor, will officiate. Interment will be at a later date in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

There will be no calling hours.

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


Matthew Louis Gridley

Published on: Friday, November 17, 2017

Matthew Louis Gridley passed away on November 8, 2017. Matt was born on September 21, 1968.

He graduated from Norwich High School the class of 1986. After graduation he traveled and lived in many areas of the United States Florida, Colorado, Utah and the Island of St Croix. He finally made his home in Oregon. He was a self employed contractor and helped to build many beautiful homes including the last home he lived in as he was remodeling it. Matt began to draw as he grew older and loved the outdoors and exploring it.

Matt is survived by his mother and stepfather, Sandy and Peter McCarthy. His sister, Angela Gridley, his niece Kennedy Lee and his brother Aaron all of Norwich NY. He is also survived by many friends and relatives and a very special friend Teena McKenzie of Oregon. and his best dog friend Beckham.

Matt's ashes will be scattered in Oregon on Eagles Rest mountain where he loved to mountain bike.

We will be having a Celebration of his life at the Plymouth Fire Hall on December 3rd, 2017 from 1-4pm for friends and family to gather and celebrate Matts life.


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