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Today's Death Notices

Bernard J. Kirk, 58

Jesse Eugene Hurlburt, Jr., 86

Cheryl Mcgowan, 56

Last Week's Obituaries

The Very Reverend Charles G. Taylor

Published on: Monday, April 18, 2016


NEW BERLIN – The Very Reverend Charles G. Taylor “Father Chuck” 64 yrs. old of New Berlin, NY, rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, New Berlin, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, South New Berlin and Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Norwich, NY passed away unexpectedly April 16, 2016 at his cottage on Chenango Lake, NY.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday April 21, 2016 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, New Berlin, NY. The funeral service will be held on Friday April 22, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. also at St. Andrew’s, The Right Reverend Gladstone B. Adams III will officiate.

Donations in Father Chuck’s memory may be made to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church for the Unadilla Food Pantry, PO Box 370 New Berlin, NY 13411 or Emmanuel Soul Kitchen, Emmanuel Episcopal Church 37 W. Main St. Norwich, NY 13815.

The arrangements are by the Dakin Funeral Home LP of New Berlin, NY.

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A full obituary will appear in the paper at a later date.

Kenneth Edward. Reymers, Jr.

Published on: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A Renaissance Man

EARLVILLE, NY – Kenneth Reymers was born in Mineola NY in 1933, the son of Kenneth and Dorothy Reymers. He spent his formative years on Long Island when it was still farm country, graduating from Bay Shore High School in 1950. After working for two years, he began a long dreamed of education at what was then the College of Forestry at Syracuse, NY (now the College of Environmental Science and Forestry). This endeavor was interrupted by two years of service in the U.S. Army with service in Korea. He then finished his education at Syracuse, earning a B.S and then an M.S. in forest ecology, during which time he began a teaching career while still a graduate student. As a part of his schooling, he spent a summer in Germany to study their forestry system, teaching himself rudimentary German to do this.

He then spent a year as a science teacher in Oxford High School in 1961-62. But having desired to be a forester, he took a job with the NY State Department of Conservation, first in the Poughkeepsie office, then in Sherburne, NY. But he finally decided he was a teacher after all, and in 1966-67 began a 25-year career as a life science and biology teacher in the Sherburne-Earlville Central School system, winning the hearts and minds of many students.

During that period, he attended graduate classes at SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Oswego and Hope College, MI, continually adding to his knowledge of biology. In addition, he was awarded scholarships for two National Science Foundation summer-long programs at Colgate University. He also served two summers on the Rogers Environmental Education Center as a staff member, teaching ecology to teachers from all over the state in week-long sessions.

At the age of 45, he decided to try his skills at painting and chose to work with watercolors because he “didn’t like the smell of turpentine”. His skill and reputation grew with time and he was invited to be a member of the Central New York Watercolor Society. His paintings were exhibited and sold in many galleries, museums and shows, including the National Watercolor Exhibit in Old Forge, NY, the Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY, the Earlville Opera House Gallery in Earlville, NY, and the Albany State Museum, in Albany, NY. His favorite outdoor art show was always “Colorscape,” in Norwich, NY, where he rekindled friendships with many people he knew.

In his “spare time” he was a gardener with an extensive vegetable garden and several smaller flower gardens; a talented woodworker, cabinet maker, and house designer and renovator; a skilled computer worker and publisher of newsletters for the Central NY Watercolor Society and CWEG (Chenango Water Exercise Group); and a strategist at chess games, a guitar player, and a very good golfer. He never lost his love for the woods and the outdoors and spent much time hunting and fishing. Wild duck for the family’s Thanksgiving was the ultimate delight, along with all the home-grown side dishes. He also liked to try his hand at cooking, especially enjoying Chinese dishes. And last but by no means least, he was a loving and much loved husband and father. He made a good home and family. He was, indeed, a true Renaissance Man.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sally Reymers of Earlville, NY; his daughter, Ingrid Reymers and partner John Munch of Colden, NY; son David Reymers of Sunnyvale, CA, and friend Nina Chun of Todos Santos, Baja, Mexico; and son Kurt Reymers and wife Sue Kern Reymers (and grand-dog Heidi) of Poolville, NY.

There will be an Open House in celebration of his life at his home at 64 West Main St., Earlville, NY, on Saturday, April 23 from 12 -5 p.m. and Sunday, April 24 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Please consider donations In Ken’s Memory to: Friends of Bassett, Hospice, Sherburne Library or the Earlville Free Library.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 3 Preston St., Earlville, NY.

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Roger Wesley Deming

Published on: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

SIDNEY – Roger Wesley Deming, 92, of Sidney, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at the New York State Veterans Home, Oxford. Roger was born on August 27, 1923, son of the late William and Goldie (Weidman) Deming in New Lisbon, NY.

He enlisted in the United States Army in May 1946 and served his country until his honorable discharge in November 1947. Roger was a farmer as well as the Guilford Town Supervisor. He went on to work for the Chenango County Highway Department, retiring as Rights Away Agent. He was married to Linnea Dahl on October 18, 1947; she predeceased him December 20, 2002. He later married Eunice “Nikki” Fitzgerald on April 17, 2004; she predeceased him May 2, 2015.

Roger was a member of the Guilford Fire Department and Emergency Squad, the Mt. Upton Lions Club; the Guilford Rod & Gun Club and both the Guilford and Sidney United Methodist Churches.

Roger is survived by his two children, daughter, Carla (Cliff) Peck of Mt. Upton; son, Alan (Betty) Deming of Waupun, WI; grandchildren: Robert (Heather) Peck, Cheri (Alan) Hess, Brian Peck, Danny (Terri) Deming and Dustin (Janell) Deming; step-grandchildren: Greg (Mel) Neumaier, Kathy Jowett, Nick Neumaier and Jonathan Neumaier; great-grandchildren: Casey Peck, Lauren Peck, Tia Peck, Jordan Hess, MacKenzie Hess, Madisyn Peck, Taylor Peck, Collin Deming, Nolan Deming, Carter Deming and Lucy Deming; step-great-grandchildren: Derek and Dylan Slotty, Skye Jowett, Kendra and Gage Neumaier and Harbor Gilbertson; step-children: Gordon Fitzgerald, Karen Blackford, Dale Green and James Fitzgerald; as well as several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 7:00-9:00pm on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St. Sidney. Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Friday, April 22nd at the Sidney United Methodist Church, 12 Liberty St. Sidney. Rev. Thomas Pullyblank, pastor, will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Bainbridge. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Sidney United Methodist Church.

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

John A. “jack” Smith

Published on: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

John A. “Jack” Smith, 61 of New Berlin, died peacefully at home on Sunday, March 13th. Jack was born in Red Bank, NJ, on April 8, 1954. He lived in New Jersey before moving to Oxford in 1983. In February 2015, Jack moved to a family care home in New Berlin, where he attended the New Berlin dayhab program.

Jack was predeceased by his father, William Smith, and his older brother, David Smith. Jack is survived by his mother, Agnes Smith, of New Berlin as well as five cousins: Ann Mahoney of Charlotte, NC; Lois Hammond of Leonardo, NJ; Martha and Susan Mahoney of Whiting, NJ; and Carol Gisinger of Beachwood, NJ. Jack is also survived by his wonderful caregivers Dale and Bernice Brownell.

A graveside service will be held at 1 PM on Saturday, April 23rd, at Riverview Cemetery in Oxford. Rev. Norman Holtz will officiate. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are being handled by the Behe Funeral Home, 21 Main St., Oxford, NY 13830.

Jennie “jinx” Schaffer

Published on: Thursday, April 21, 2016

Jennie “Jinx” Schaffer, 85, passed away on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at the NYS Veteran’s Home in Oxford, NY.

Born in Johnson City, in May 1930, Jennie was the daughter of Joseph and Suzanna Pohlod. On February 16, 1952, Jennie married Richard J. Schaffer Sr., in Binghamton who passed away in February 2009. The Schaffers moved in 1980 to Norwich, where they enjoyed their family. Known by her family as a shopaholic, she loved Sears and Flea Markets. She took pride in her flowers, enjoyed crafts, keeping a clean house and loved polka dancing with her husband Richard.

Jennie is survived by her children and their spouses, Sharon and Henry Hett, Wilmington, N.C., and Richard J. and Diana Schaffer, Norwich; granddaughter, Shana Hett and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her three sisters, Mary Musho, Anna Klenotich, Betty Sissenstein and niece, Barbara Barlow.

Funeral services will be held at the J.F. Rice Funeral Home, Inc., 150 Main St., Johnson City, Saturday at 2pm with burial in Slovak Lutheran Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1pm until the time of service.

The family would like to express their thanks and appreciation to the staff at the Veteran’s Home in Oxford, especially the Pine Neighborhood for their excellent care of Jennie. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jennie’s memory can be made to the Broome County Veteran’s Memorial Association, PO Box 694, Johnson City, NY 13790.

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Ebenezer T. “eb” Jaquay, Jr.

Published on: Thursday, April 21, 2016

RED LION, PA – Ebenezer T. “Eb” Jaquay, Jr., 57 of Windsor Townhip, passed away Sunday, April 17, 2016 at his residence.

A viewing from 10-11:30 a.m, followed by a Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Life Tributes by Olewiler & Heffner Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Inc., 35 Gotham Place in Red Lion.

A viewing will be held from 5-9 p.m. Monday, April 25, 2016 at Dakin Funeral Home, LP, 17 North Main Street, New Berlin, NY with services at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Columbus Community Church, NY-80, New Berlin, NY.

He was born May 29, 1958 in New Berlin NY, the son of Rosetta (Muller) Jaquay of Sherburne, NY and the late Ebenezer T. Talbot Sr. He was a 1977 graduate of New Berlin High School.

He is survived by his wife Lisa H Jaquay (Halbert) of Red Lion PA, of 37 years in marriage, his son Christopher T. Jaquay and wife Taryn Jaquay of Mechanicsburg PA, his son Daniel R Jaquay of Red Lion PA, his daughter Trisha M Wisen (Jaquay) and her husband Michael Wisen of Lewisberry PA. He is also survived by his grandsons Talbot M Reed-Jaquay of Red Lion PA, Kolby and Cash of Mechanicsburg PA, and soon to arrive grand-daughter Maggi Mae Wisen of Lewisberry PA. He is survived by his sister Brenda and husband William McNeiece IV of Southbury CT, his sister Diane and husband John Fisken of Oak Harbor WA, brother–in-law Jeffrey Halbert and partner Ronald Arigo of Aurora CO, brother-in-law Kim Halbert of Norwich NY and sister-in-law Jodi Smith (Halbert)of Norwich, NY. He is survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister Susan Atwell Ziedner.

His love of children was evident through his active involvement as a former President of the Red Lion High School Football Booster Club during both of his sons years of football. He participated with Red Lion Area Youth Football coaching staff, was involved with the Brogue Tee ball and baseball programs and was a member of Windsor Fish and Game. He was an avid Washington Redskins fan. He enjoyed camping, four wheeling, hunting, cook-outs and camp fires. He thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren and family, along with attending many extended family gatherings. He was not only just Pop Pop, but a father figure to his grandson Talbot while his father was getting his life together. He was a member of Columbus Community Church, Columbus, NY and River’s of Life Fellowship, York,PA.

He previously worked for Sherwood Medical in Sherburne NY, Key Plastics in Felton PA, Superior Plastics Emigsville PA, Collins & Aikman and Harbor City Plastics in MD. Most recently, he worked for the Red Lion Bus Company in the Red Lion Area School District as a bus driver. He was in the process of furthering his CDL to obtain a Class A license.

Eb will be remembered for his love of family and friends, his contagious smile, his caring warm heart, sense of humor, gift to gab and living life each day to its fullest.

Memorial Contributions may be made to New Insights II Inc. 716 State Street, Lemoyne PA 17043, TS/GT Daniel Zerbe Memorial Fund C/O Wendy Spangler, First Capital Federal Credit Union 1401 Kenneth Road York PA 17404.

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