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Today's Death Notices

William A. Houck, 76

Last Week's Obituaries

Dr. Robert L. Cleveland Jr

Published on: Friday, June 9, 2017


Dr. Robert L. Cleveland Jr., 73, formerly of Norwich, and more recently of Cazenovia, and longtime Superintendent of the Norwich City Schools, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at SUNY Upstate Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements are pending with the Wilson Funeral Home. A complete obituary will be published in the Monday edition of The Evening Sun.

To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit the funeral home website at:

Sonya R. (nana) Thomas

Published on: Friday, June 9, 2017


Sonya R. (NaNa) Thomas, 41, of a lifelong resident of Norwich, passed away Monday, June 5, 2017, at her home.

Sonya was born on February 9, 1976 in Norwich the daughter of Ronald P. Thomas and Diane Branagan. She attended the Norwich schools and following her education immediately went to work. Over the years Sonya has worked for Kenyon Press, Price Chopper, Chobani, Greene Technology and the Evans Creamery.

Sonya lived life to the fullest. She was a down to earth individual who could at times be quite blunt. A “Firecracker” might be a way to describe her. She was good hearted and always had your best interest at heart, willing to help if she could, BUT don’t get her mad or on the wrong side of you.

Sonya is survived by her companion of many years Terry Clarkson, her children Austin and Alexis Bowers, her mom Diane Branagan, her dad Ronald Thomas, her siblings Jamie Thomas and fiancée William Flores, Kristy Thomas and boyfriend Josh Crandall all of Norwich and her brother Jeremy Burnette of Florida. Also surviving are her nieces and nephews Dustin, Colin, Jeremy, Jasmine, Janee and James along with aunts, uncles, cousins and her best friend Liberty Burns.

Friends may call at the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home on Friday from 12 -2 pm. There will be no formal funeral service and there will be a private burial in the Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Harper Allen Guiles

Published on: Friday, June 9, 2017


Harper Allen Guiles passed away unexpectedly on June 4, 2017. He is survived by his parents, Shannon Kennedy and Richard Guiles, Jr.; his brothers, Brent Guiles, and Hayden Guiles; his sister, Kailyn Guiles; his grandmother, Anna Cruikshank; his grandfathers, Jeffrey Kennedy, and Richard Guiles, Sr.; as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins. A graveside service for Harper will be held at 2:30 pm on Monday, June 12, at West Hill Cemetery in Sherburne with Rev. Jeremy Stopford officiating. The family will receive friends on Monday at R.J. Fahy Funeral Home, 116 N. Broad St. Norwich from 12:00 pm – 2:00pm.

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” - Helen Keller

Gordon Melville Rose

Published on: Friday, June 9, 2017


Gordon Melville Rose, 81, passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 7th with his family by his side. He was born in Binghamton to Clifford and Helena Rose. Gordon graduated from the University of Rochester with a degree in BioChemistry. It was there he met the love of his life, wife of 58 years, Mary Evalena Hogue. After college, they made a home in Norwich where Gordon was employed with Norwich Eaton Pharmaceutical (now Procter and Gamble) for over 30 years. His passions were nature, photography, woodworking, music, reading and science. He was a member of Toastmasters, Bullthistle Model Railroad Society, United Church of Christ First Congregational, and Endwell United Methodist Church. He enjoyed being at home and spending time with family. Gordon is survived by his wife, Mary H. Rose, children; Linda Rose Chearmonte (Phil), Judy Rose Natoli (Tom), Edward Rose (Jennifer), and grandchildren; Michael, PJ, Rose, Anthony, sister; Sandy Van Dunk and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by grandson Gordon Joseph Chearmonte, siblings; Prudence Smith, Roland Rose, Phyllis Seeley, and Kay Geer. A Funeral Service will be Saturday, June 10th at 4pm at the Barber Memorial Home, Inc. 428 Main Street Johnson City. The family will receive friends in Saturday at 3pm until the time of the service. Burial at a future date in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Norwich. Those who wish to honor his memory may make a donation to the American Lung Association (

Carin Marie Angle Furgison

Published on: Friday, June 9, 2017


Carin Marie Angle Furgison, Lynchburg, Virginia.

Born August 25, 1951 in Norwich, NY. Reunited with infant son, Timothy, husband, Dale, and daughter, Theresa on June 4, 2017.

Survived by her grandsons, Skylar Reese, Jonathan and Matthew Bryant, son-in-law, Michael Bryant. Her four sisters, Martha Williams of California, Mary Craine of Georgia, Diane Adams (Robert) of South New Berlin, Hope Matchett (Matthew) of Texas. Three brothers, Nicholas Ewen, Paul Ewen (Sally) and Mark Ewen, all of Norwich, as well as several nieces and nephews. Also surviving is her best friend, Janice Kent, and her husband, Roger.

Predeceased besides Timothy, Dale, and Theresa are her parents, Ruth and Nick Ewen and Clarence Angle, two sisters, Catherine Angle DeCarr and Clarice (CeCi) Angle Blood.

Heaven gained another beautiful angel.

Howard H. Gohl

Published on: Friday, June 9, 2017


Howard H. Gohl, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. He was 77 years old.

Born July 27, 1939, in Whitney Point, NY, Howard was the son of Warren and Alberta (Hodge) Gohl. After graduating high school, Howard enlisted and served in the United States Army from 1957-1960. For two of those years, Howard was stationed in Germany and was able to see much of Europe during that time.

After being honorably discharged, Howard began his higher education studies in the fields of science and education, having eventually earned a master’s degree in education. He put his education to use as an earth science teacher in the Oxford Academy & Central Schools where he taught from 1967-1991 until his retirement.

On August 10, 1968, in Little Falls, NY, Howard married his wife of nearly 49 years, Mary Jane Wnuk, who survives.

Howard was a voracious reader and was constantly educating himself even outside the classroom and in retirement. He poured through his National Geographic, Smithsonian, and Archaeology magazines, and leaves behind a collection of many hundreds of National Geographic. He also ordered and reviewed dozens of the Great Courses series. Howard was also fond of gardening at his home and elsewhere. He would voluntarily help plant flowers at the NYS Veterans’ Home, in Oxford, and the GE Aviation campus, in Norwich, and served many other private residents with their flower planting. Howard also loved to write, and took several writing courses at the SUNY Morrisville. He also would write letters to those he knew, usually three or four daily. Howard also loved to cook, and enjoyed painting. One of his paintings was featured at the NY State Fair, in Syracuse.

In addition to his beloved wife, Howard is survived by siblings Barbara Rocks and her husband, William, of North Norwich, Dennis Gohl, of Apalachin, and Sharon Muserallo, and her husband Anthony “Butch,” as well as many nieces, nephews, and in-laws. He was predeceased by his brothers George and Theodore.

A memorial service for Howard will be held in the summer at Christ Lutheran Church, in Norwich. A notice will be published prior to the service.

Contributions in Howard’s memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Wilson Funeral Home. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit the funeral home website at:

Dr. Robert Lathrop “bob” Cleveland, Jr

Published on: Monday, June 12, 2017


Following a brief, but courageous battle with cancer, Dr. Robert Lathrop “Bob” Cleveland, Jr., of Cazenovia NY, passed away on June 7, 2017 surrounded by the love of his children.

Bob is the son of the late Robert, Sr. and Irma (Leonard) Cleveland, and was also predeceased by his sister, Mary Anne. Bob was born on September 11, 1943 at Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital in Syracuse, NY.

Among his proudest accomplishments was raising his four children, Carey, Catherine, Cristi, and Christopher, each of whom survives. Together with their spouses, Terry Frobel, Eric Kuhn, and Carolyn Cleveland, Bob created many memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. He is also survived by eight grandchildren who fondly referred to him as Poppy; Dominic Butler, Natalie Frobel, Riley and Emmerson Kuhn, and Lauren, Cameron, Addison, and Maren Cleveland.

Bob spent his formative years at Corning Free Academy where he was an exceptional athlete lettering in three sports: football, basketball, and track. He was inducted into the Corning-Painted Post Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988. Following his graduation from high school, Bob attended SUNY College at Cortland where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1965. While at Cortland Bob was a two sport athlete in track and basketball. The latter, the sport he was most passionate about, he earned his letter in after four years on the team. There he also met his first wife and the mother of his four children, Dr. Antonette Cleveland. In 1970, Bob received a Master of Science in Education from Syracuse University. He continued his pursuit of advanced degrees at Syracuse University, earning his PhD in 1973.

Bob began his teaching career in 1965 as a physical education teacher in Northville, NY. In 1973, he began his tenure as the Superintendent of Schools at New York Mills Union Free School District, moving on in the same position in Middleport, NY at the Royalton-Hartland School District. In 1980, Bob moved his family to Norwich, NY where he settled into a 20-year career as the Superintendent of Schools. “Dr. Bob,” as he was fondly called by many, spent this period of his professional career devoted to creating a school system that would become a lasting testament to his legacy. He was equally as comfortable in the weight room as he was in the school board room. He was a steadying presence throughout the school district and the community. It was not uncommon to see Bob at athletic events, school performances, wandering the halls of the district school buildings, or enjoying pizza on Friday in the high school cafeteria. Whether a community member, cleaner, teacher, cafeteria staff, bus driver, parent, or fellow administrator, Bob treated everyone with respect, fairness, and dignity. He valued the role of each and every member of the school district, and believed in the potential of every student. He demanded the best and held all accountable.

Bob demonstrated his philosophy of others before self through his volunteer service on the Norwich YMCA Board of Directors, the Norwich Rotary Club, Chenango County Historical Society, Chenango County Youth Bureau, and the Broad Street United Methodist Church.

Bob was an avid sports fan and supporter of athletics at all levels and in all arenas. He was a prolific reader of books, magazines, and at least three newspapers each day. He was a lover of nature, camping, and any activity on, in, or near the water. One of his favorite sayings was, “The happiest day of my life was when I bought a boat, and the happiest day of my life was when I sold a boat.” Over the course of his lifetime, Bob bought and sold many boats.

If you were fortunate to call Bob a friend, you were blessed. Few friends were as true or steadfast in their loyalty as was Bob. The generosity of his spirit will live on through the lives he touched. He was humble and kind and quietly devoted to his faith and spirituality. He gave freely of himself for the betterment of those around him. At times Bob was a man of few words, but for certain one always knew where they stood with him.

He enjoyed the Great New York State Fair and was proud of his 46-year consecutive attendance record. Bob became a great cook by necessity, not by choice, he liked to say. After finally retiring in 2000, Bob returned to his childhood roots, enjoying several years creating memories with his family on Keuka Lake. It was by the water that he was most at peace. Ultimately, he died as he lived, on his own terms.

A memorial service for Bob will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, 2017, at the Broad Street United Methodist Church, in Norwich, NY. Friends are invited to call at the Wilson Funeral Home, Norwich, NY, on Wednesday, June 14, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. A private burial will take place at the convenience of the family at Manlius Village Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the Food Bank of Central NY, 7066 Interstate Island Road, Syracuse, NY 13209, or to the Norwich High School Athletic Department, c/o Robert Cleveland Memorial Fund, 89 Midland Drive, Norwich, NY 13815.

To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit the funeral home website at:

Lawrence (larry) D. Wilson

Published on: Monday, June 12, 2017


SIDNEY – Lawrence (Larry) D. Wilson, 84, died on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at Wilson Medical Center, Johnson City.

Visitation will be on Friday, June 23rd at the Phelps Hose Fire House in Sidney, NY from 10 – 11 am, a Fireman’s Memorial Service will be conducted at 11 am and a burial service at the Prospect Hill Cemetery at 11:45 a.m, luncheon to follow at the Sidney Volunteer Fire Department from 12:30 – 2 pm. Memorial contributions in Larry’s honor may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Condolences may be shared with the family online at Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.

Betty L. Hare

Published on: Tuesday, June 13, 2017


Betty L. Hare, 79, of High Point, NC, formerly of Norwich-Oxford area went to be with the Lord on June 7, 2017.

She is predeceased her husband, Aubrey L. Hare Sr., and her brother, Norman Bair.

Surviving are her siblings Rosaline Horton of Sherburne, Victor and Bonnie Shadel of Smyrna, Sylvia and Barry McNet of Norwich, Patricia and Sam Donnelly of Norwich, and sister-in-law Joyce Bair of Norwich.

Betty is also survived by her children, Kathy and Archie Shay of High Point, NC, Audrey and Kevin Moore of Oxford, NY, Aubrey Hare Jr. of Plymouth, NY, Susan and David Roach of Norwich, NY, Mark Hare of Elmira, NY, Penny and Rick Manwarren of Norwich, NY, David Hare of Norwich, NY, and Lisa Studer of Norwich, NY. Betty is also survived many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held June 24, 2017 at 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Paul Episcopal Parish, 32 Main Street, Oxford, NY.

A brief service will follow at 2 p.m., with a dish to pass meal, no alcohol allowed.

Sylvia Irene Mcgowan Witchella

Published on: Thursday, June 15, 2017


Sylvia Irene McGowan Witchella, 90, of Oxford passed away on June 13, 2017. Sylvia was born on July 30, 1926 in Oxford, NY. Daughter of Hugh and Ida McGowan. She married her husband John J. Witchella on January 2, 1954.

Sylvia was predeceased by her husband John 1989. She is also predeceased by her parents, her daughter Melinda, her sister Inath Hubbard and her brother Earl McGowan.

Sylvia is survived by her childred Susan Witchella, John J. Witchella III, Marie and Todd Hall, and Hugh and Teresa Witchella. She is also survived by her grandchildren Jason Lowe, John J. Witchella IV and Ann Ward, Hugh Witchella and Caley Garhart, and Haley Witchella and Matt Warner. Also surviving Sylvia are her great grand children Jonathan and Tobias Lowe.

Through out her life Sylvia worked at the WRC Home in Oxford as a secretary, at Camp LeJeune Naval Hospital as a secretary, and Witchella’s Texaco Station. She also worked at Oxford Academy and Central Schools, and Norwich- Eaton Pharmaceuticals/ Proctor and Gamble. Sylvia also owned Ye Old Shanty in Oxford.

Sylvia was a member of The Moose Club where she held many titles including Senior Regent. She was a member the the Fort Hill Post # 376 American Legion Auxiliary, The Ladies Fleet Reserve Association, and St. Joseph’s RCC. She also enjoyed volunteering at the NYS Veterans Home in Oxford.

Sylvia was on 2 bowling leagues and enjoyed pitch, and shuffelboard. She loved cake decorating and gardening. Sylvia will be dearly missed by all of those who knew and loved her.

In lieu of flowers donations in Sylvia’s name can be made out to the Fort Hill Post # 376 American Legion Auxiliary. P. O. Box 217, Oxford, NY, 13830.

Funeral services have been entrusted to Behe Funeral Home Inc. 21 Main Street, Oxford, NY 13830. Friends and Family may call at the funeral home on Friday, June 16, 2017 from 2:00PM - 4:00 PM and from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Funeral Mass for Sylvia will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at St. Joseph’s RCC in Oxford, NY at 10:30AM with Rev. Gerard Lupa officiating, burial in St. Joseph Cemetery will follow. Friends and family may share their memories and condolences by visiting

Alice M. Ayers

Published on: Thursday, June 15, 2017


Alice M. Ayers, 90 yrs. old of New Berlin, NY, formerly of South New Berlin passed away on June 13, 2017 at Chase Nursing Home.

Alice was born on October 10, 1926 in New Lisbon, NY the daughter of Harold E. & Florence (Garratt) Rowe. Her childhood was spent in New Berlin and she was a graduate of South New Berlin Central School.

She was employed by Kraft Foods of South Edmeston & Lowville, NY until her retirement and was a long time member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church of South New Berlin.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 11:00 AM in the Fairview Cemetery, New Berlin, NY with Reverend David Hanselman officiating.

Memorial donations in Alice’s memory may be made to St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, South New Berlin, NY.

Condolences may be expressed at

Charles W. Stever

Published on: Friday, June 16, 2017


Charles W. Stever, 62, of Norwich, passed away on Monday, June 12, 2017 at Norwich Rehabilitation Center. A hardworking member of the team at CWS, Charles was known for his kindness and willingness to help others. He will be laid to rest privately alongside his parents at East Venice Cemetery in Moravia, NY. Arrangements have been entrusted to RJ Fahy Funeral Home, 116 N. Broad St. Norwich.

Daniel B. Noble

Published on: Friday, June 16, 2017


Daniel (“Dan”) B. Noble, 84, of Norwich, died peacefully at Binghamton General Hospital on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

Born June 30, 1932, Dan was the son of the late Daniel and Pearl (Lewis) Noble. He grew up in the Norwich and Plymouth areas, attended a one-room schoolhouse on the Plymouth Reservoir Road and was later a graduate of Norwich High School.

Dan served in the United States Army during the Korean War from 1954 through 1956. While he was stationed in Japan he became interested in the culture and later was able to climb Mount Fuji, something he was very proud of. After being honorably discharged, Dan attended Cortland College and earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1960 and a master’s degree in education in 1966. He also earned an M.A.

Dan taught in various schools throughout New York State, including Newark Valley Central School and Otselic Valley Central School. He also held an administrative position as Associate Dean for Rural Affairs at the New York School of Psychiatry in Elmira, NY.

From an early age Dan, along with his father and brothers, became very interested in archaeology and as an Eagle Scout he collected a large number of Native American artifacts. Throughout his adult life Dan continued to make important contributions to archaeology especially from his excavations at the White Site in Norwich. Dan was one of the earliest members of the Chenango Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association in Norwich and looked forward to the monthly speaker meetings. Over the span of his life, Dan collected a vast amount of Native American cultural material and documented a great deal of information on each artifact. His legacy continues with his artifacts being permanently housed at the Roland B. Hill Museum of Archeology in Otego NY, at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center in Waverly, NY and at the New York State Museum, Archaeological Department in Albany, NY. Dan took great pleasure knowing future generations would benefit from the donations he left in these museums.

An enthusiastic naturalist, Dan loved nothing more than to watch the animals come to the feeders beneath the pine trees near his house and his knowledge of bird species was extensive.

Dan is survived by one brother, George (Nelma) of Reno, Nevada, as well as various nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his two brothers, Charles and William (“Bill”).

Toward the end of his life Dan was faithfully cared for at home by Charlene and Kevin DeSha.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dan’s memory may be made to The Chenango Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association, c/o Robert Mason, Treasurer, 5314 County Rd. 32, Norwich NY, 13815.

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