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Today's Death Notices

Dixie L. Morse, 77

Last Week's Obituaries

Pamela Rappleyea Vredenburgh

Published on: Friday, November 25, 2016

Pamela Rappleyea Vredenburgh, of Chenango Forks, NY, passed away peacefully Monday, November 21, 2016 after a brief illness at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and with family by her side.

Pam was born on February 17, 1958, in Norwich, NY, and spent most of her childhood there. She graduated from Norwich High School in 1975. Pam continued her studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, receiving a Bachelor of Science in 1979. She subsequently earned a Master of Social Work from Syracuse University. After graduation, she spent most of her career at what is now known as the Greater Binghamton Health Center, working to restore the mental health of the many children and adolescents whose lives she touched.

Pam had many passions in life, including travelling, caring for her pets, tailgating at Cornell events, spending time at the ocean shore, listening to all genres of music, playing the piano, and wine-tasting. Pam loved to cook, entertain, and attend Norwich events such as the Blues Fest and Colorscape. She truly lived every day to its fullest.

Most of all, Pam cared about her family. Although she was a full time social worker, she still managed to be a devoted wife, mother, sister, daughter, niece, and aunt. Pam gave all of herself to her family, especially her children, whom she guided with a loving hand to adulthood and what she deemed the ultimate success: attendance at Cornell. Pam’s joy in her family grew with the addition of her newest granddaughter, Molly, and she cherished the precious time they were able to share together.

When Pam wasn’t with her family, she enjoyed the company of her countless friends. Whether she was with her LSS girls on Cayuga Lake, reliving old memories with her forever friends from Norwich, or spending time with any of her other friends, too numerous to mention, Pam cherished each of these special relationships immensely. Selfless and caring, Pam inspired these qualities in everyone she met. She was an exceptional listener and was loved for her quick wit, outgoing personality, and intellectual brilliance. She was a wonderful, down-to-earth companion whose laugh was given freely and often.

Pam is survived by her husband of 31 years, Don, of Chenango Forks, NY. Also surviving is her mother, Nancy Rappleyea, of Albany, NY; her sons and their families, Jacob, Amanda, and Molly Vredenburgh, of Wynantskill, NY, and Dr. Zachary and Kara Vredenburgh, of Somerset, NJ, her step-children and their families Debra, Paul, Kelcie, and Lauren O’Neil, of Oneida, NY, and Dan, Katie Palm, Madison, and Olivia Vredenburgh, of Delhi, NY; her sister Stacy Rappleyea and her husband, Rob Towne, and their children, Sam and Sarah Towne; her sister Susan and her husband, Paul Powers, and their children, Katherine and Lucas Ashby, Mia Powers, and Matthew Powers, and their grandchildren Grace, Charles, and Benedict Ashby; her Aunt Dorothy and Uncle Frank Benenati; her mother-in-law, Grace Vredenburgh, brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Susan Vredenburgh, David Vredenburgh, and Betsy Kennedy, Douglas and Darlene Vredenburgh, Karen Vredenburgh, and Gloria Vredenburgh.

Pam is predeceased by her father, Clarence D. (“Rapp”) Rappleyea, and her father-in-law, Andrew Vredenburgh.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, November 27, 2016, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Wilson Funeral Home, 68 South Broad St., Norwich, NY 13815. A private memorial service will follow. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family, and a celebration of life in memory of Pam will be held in the spring or summer of 2017.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Pam may be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center ( or the Broome County Humane Society, 2 Jackson St., Binghamton, NY 13903.

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:

Ruthella W. (white) Oros

Published on: Friday, November 25, 2016

Ruthella W. (White) Oros, 88, formerly of Cincinnatus, NY, passed away on Tuesday, November 22, 2016.

Born in Cortland, NY, on August 31, 1928, Ruthella was the daughter of the late Leon and Aleta Gates White. A lifetime resident of the area, she was a member of the United Presbyterian Church of Cincinnatus and a strong supporter of their bell choir. She retired from Otselic Valley Central School in Georgetown after serving 20 years as the school nurse. Prior to that, she was employed on the surgical floor of Cortland Regional Medical Center for several years. She was also a member of the Cincinnatus Heritage Association. A loving mother and grandmother with an infectious smile, Ruthella will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughters, Debra Hubbard of Cortland, Sandra (William Bilka) Huntley of Cortland, and Donna (Brad Ziegler) Quinn of York, PA. She also leaves behind her grandchildren, Chad (Stacie) Hubbard of Fredericksburg, VA, Shawn (Deborah) Hubbard of Preble, Meggan (Ricky Thomas) Quinn of Chesapeake Beach, MD, Joshua (Stephanie Reip) Quinn of York, PA, and Scott (Tina) Zeigler of Danville, PA; her great-grandchildren, Caleb, Noah, Cody, and Madison Hubbard; a sister-in-law, Jean White of FL; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Oros, on May 26, 2008; a daughter, Pamela Jo Oros in 1969; and brothers, Richard and Ramon White.

Funeral services will be held at the United Presbyterian Church of Cincinnatus on Saturday, November 26, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor George Carruth and Fred M.S. Downs officiating. Burial will be in Cincinnatus Cemetery. The family will be present to receive friends at the church on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Ruthella may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association of CNY, 441 W. Kirkpatrick Street, Syracuse, NY 13204; the Cincinnatus Emergency Squad, c/o Elaine Oros, 5771 McFarlane Road, Cincinnatus, NY 13040; or to a charity of one’s choice. To leave a personal message for the family, please visit

Rosalind T. Kupris

Published on: Friday, November 25, 2016

Rosalind T. Kupris (nee Boothby) passed away at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, NY, November 17th surrounded by a loving family. She was born in Buffalo, NY, September 14th 1941, to Rosella (Marie) Goodsell and Charles Boothby and was raised Roman Catholic. Her younger years were spent on Grand Island where she learned how to swim in the Niagara River. She went to school in Towanda and after graduating married Louis A. Kupris Jr. They had three children and were predeceased by their first child Camille Rose Kupris and her granddaughter Hannah Rose Davis. Surviving are Diana and Shaundra along with their families. Diana Lynn Kupris-Mettler and Martin Mettler, Lauren Mettler, Joseph Mettler, and Isaac Mettler of Sherburne. Shaundra Marie Davis and John Davis Sr., Gwendolyn Davis and John Davis Jr. of Burlington Flats.

Rosalind T. Kupris and Louis Kupris Jr raised their family away from the hustle and bustle of city life in and around Buffalo and moved to Central NY close to paternal family to enjoy simple country living. She was active in the NY State Archaeology Society and Broken Squares in Norwich, NY. Rosalind was a Girl Scout leader and a member of the Methodist Church in Earlville, NY where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday school. She was also an accountant at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. Most of all she loved her family and took care of them as best she could. In a close second, music played her heartstrings.

Calling hours will be at the Dakin Funeral Home LP in New Berlin, NY, November 28th from 2:00–4:00. Immediately following will be prayers held by St Theresa’s Altar Rosary Society and a funeral presided by Fr. Smith of St. Theresa’s Church in New Berlin NY.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Douglas Gary Smith

Published on: Friday, November 25, 2016

Douglas Gary Smith, 66, of Oley, PA, passed away unexpectedly, Monday, November 7, 2016 in Reading, PA due to cardiac arrest.

Doug was born February 16, 1950 in Norwich, NY to his parents Herman L. Smith and Mildred M. Barnhart. He was the youngest of eight children.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his sister Glady M. Smith Deady in 2004 and his brothers Robert L. Smith in 2008 and Richard E. Smith in 2015.

Doug is survived by his sons David M. Smith of Florida, Joseph Smith of Bechtelsville, PA and his daughters Abigail Smith and Emily Suzanne Smith of Bechtelsville, PA. He is also survived by his granddaughter Kelsa Lynn Smith of Elkton, VA and grandson Jack Smith of Bechtelsville, PA.

Also surviving are his sister Patricia M McMullen (John) of Monroe, NC and his brothers Donald P. Smith of Binghamton, Harold L. Smith of Sheldon, VT and Herman L. Smith of Monroe, NC. In addition he had many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends around the country.

Doug graduated from Norwich High School in 1968 and from SUNY Binghamton. He was most noted for his computer programming expertise and for teaching computer technique classes at businesses around the country. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and devotion to his children.

He retired in 2014 to have more time to spend with his daughter Emily whom he adored. They were inseparable. He joined her in many of her activities at church and other places. He championed her at the Special Olympics in which she participated.

A memorial service for Douglas will be held at R.J Fahy Funeral Home on Monday, November 28, at 2pm with Rev. David Spiegel, Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Norwich, officiating. A committal service will take place immediately following at Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Timothy M. Ryan

Published on: Monday, November 28, 2016

Timothy M. Ryan, Sr., 64, of Norwich passed away unexpectedly early Friday morning, November 25, 2016.

Tim was born at Chenango Memorial Hospital on February 15, 1952 to the late Richard A. Ryan and Patricia Manley Ryan. A lifelong resident of Norwich, Tim attended St. Paul’s Parochial School and Norwich High School, graduating from the latter in 1970. He lettered in track while excelling in the pole vault, and starred on the football (starting quarterback) and wrestling (133 lb. weight class) teams.

While sports were important, music was the passion and avocation that would occupy his attention throughout his life. Tim was a prolific musician, and while his primary instruments were guitar and bass, he could play banjo and even the drums or keyboard (in a pinch). As versatile as he was instrumentally, perhaps his greatest gift was as a singer, as anyone who ever heard his versions of “Mustang Sally” or “You Send Me” can attest. Beginning in high school, he began forming and joining bands that entertained thousands over the years including (but probably not limited to¬–knowing Tim): Bethenel Green, Tin Penny, Spider Webb and the Spinners, Grapefruit Sponge, Heliots, 7 Stories High, Panacea, Double Axle, Footloose, Chocolate Watch Band, The Sons of Ireland, The Bruce Beadle Band, and, most recently, The Ryan Clan. Whether it was casually in his living room or on stage at weddings, benefits or family parties, Tim’s guitar was never far from his grasp.

After high school, Tim attended SUNY Canton and earned an Associate’s degree in Banking, Insurance, and Real Estate in 1972. After a brief stint selling insurance, he began working with The Evening Sun as a pressman and held various jobs in the publication business, including circulation manager, darkroom manager, and ultimately pressroom manager. He had a keen and critical eye for the proper layout, color, and overall appearance of print media and prided himself on the pursuit of perfection.

On June 29, 1974 he married the love of his life, Mary Beth Paino, at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Norwich. During their 42 years of marriage, his proudest accomplishments were seeing all four children graduate from four-year universities, and then watching them marry four great people. He is survived by Mary Beth and those four children and their spouses: Sean (Elaine) of Richmond, VA, Tim (Carolyn) of Penfield, NY, Erin (Aaron) Gray of Cortland, NY, and Katelin (T.C.) Pellett of Rochester, NY.

Tim is also survived by his amazing mother, Pat Ryan. Among all the other hats he wore, Tim was the loyal and devoted eldest brother to a clan of 8 children, and all of his siblings survive: Dan (Patty) of Guilford, NY, Laurie Scranton (Bill) of Norwich, Patrick (Barb) of Norwich, Tom (Brenda) of Norwich, Molly Camadine (Dave) of Oxford, Rick (Faith) of Norwich, and Anne Anderson (Dave) of Norwich. In addition, many dozens of cousins, nephews, and nieces also survive.

Late in life, Tim undoubtedly gained the most fulfillment from helping to raise (and spoil) four beautiful grandchildren: Taylor, Jaxton, and Edward (Teddy) Ryan, and Gavin Gray. Some of Tim’s recent favorite moments include: a family trip to Ireland, golfing and hunting with his brothers, sons and nephews, family vacations to the Outer Banks, learning carpentry and electrical work, and enjoying retirement with his wife.

Tim could strike up a conversation with anyone, often leaving a lasting impression. He was a talented, intelligent soul, a loyal and dedicated friend, a loving and devoted husband, father, brother, uncle, and grandfather whose contributions to the lives he touched can never be calculated. His loss will be felt by all of us who knew and loved him.

Calling hours will be held at the Wilson Funeral Home, 68 South Broad St., Norwich, NY on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 from 4-7 P.M. A service of remembrance will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 11 A.M. at the Canasawacta Country Club in Norwich.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please donate to either the Chenango County Chapter of the SPCA, 6160 Co. Rd. 32, Norwich, NY 13815 or the Binghamton (Southern Tier) Chapter of the American Heart Association, 59 Court St., Binghamton, NY 13901.

Condolences may be sent to Tim’s family by visiting the Wilson Funeral Home website at:

Vera A. Smith

Published on: Monday, November 28, 2016

Vera A. Smith, 91, passed away on Friday, November 25, 2016 at the Chenango Memorial Hospital Residential Health Care Facility in Norwich, NY.

Vera was born November 23, 1925, in Irvona, PA, to Irvin and Loraine Hazelton. She was predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Wilbert E. Smith, and a daughter Margaret L. Musso, of Bath, NY.

Vera lived with her family in Irvona until 1962 when they moved to Bath, NY. In Pennsylvania she worked as a phone operator. In Bath she made many friends through her involvement in her church, square dancing, and the Eastern Star. She had a long career as the office manager for the Steuben Rural Electric Cooperative.

Music was a big part of Vera’s life. Playing piano, organ, and other instruments she provided joy to friends and family as well as spiritual inspiration at her church. Her talent was such that if you could hum it, she could play it.

Family and friends will greatly miss Vera. Her grandchildren will forever find all peanut butter cookies and homemade applesauce inferior to their grandmother’s creations. She was kind and gentle to all and treated her son-in-law with the love often reserved for a natural son.

Vera is survived by her daughter Ruth Ann (Robert) Cuffney, of Sherburne, NY; grandchildren Gregory Musso, of Bixby, OK, Rachel Dahmane (Rudy Yastrzemski), of Bath, NY, Jason (Mandy) Musso, of Denver, CO, Bryan (Mary) Musso, of Cohocton, NY, Bridget (Christopher) Day, of Weymouth, MA, and Robert (Tara) Cuffney, of Charlotte, NC; thirteen great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Paul (Mary) Smith, of Westover, PA; numerous nieces and nephews, and her dear friends Shirley Campbell and Lucille Schuchardt-Deserio, of Bath, NY.

In keeping with Vera’s wishes, there will be no calling hours. Interment will take place at the convenience of the family in Clearfield, PA, beside her beloved husband, Wilbert.

Contributions in Vera’s memory may be made to the Chenango Valley Home, 24 Canasawacta St., Norwich, NY 13815.

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:

Brian E. Barre

Published on: Monday, November 28, 2016

Brian E. Barre, 73, formerly of Norwich and most recently of Manlius, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, at the St. Joseph’s Hospital of Syracuse.

Brian was born on February 8, 1943 in Afton, NY the son of Hollis and Isabel (Yenalitis) Barre. Spending the early years of his life in Afton, Brian worked on his uncle’s farm and attended school in Afton. He subsequently moved to Madison where he attended and graduated from the Madison school. Brian made his home in Norwich for many years and was employed by P&G from which he retired 15 years ago. Realizing a lifelong dream, Brian and his companion Rebecca, opened the Coin and Currency Shop located in Norwich. Together they operated the shop for 10 years until 3 months ago when ill health forced him to retire.

Brian was an avid sports fan his entire life. While in school he played basketball, baseball and football. He was also an avid bowler and enjoyed watching sports programs and the news on television.

Brian is survived by his companion of many years Rebecca LaDue of Manlius, her children Cassie Hunt and husband Marshall of Manlius and Patrick LaDue of Binghamton, grandchildren Griffin, Reagan and Madelyn. Also surviving is his sister Diane Barre of Binghamton, Aunts Eva Downey, Anna Kirchbaum and Elizabeth (Betty) Hipkiss, Uncle Stanley Werbella and his former wife Shirley Stump Barre. Several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and cousins also survive.

Brian was predeceased by his Aunts Helen Taylor and Esther Norris and Uncle’s Jerome and Joseph Werbella.

Friends may call at the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4-6pm.

There will be no formal funeral services.

Please consider memorial contributions to the Chenango County SPCA, 6160 County Road 32, Norwich, NY 13815.

Theodore J. Lashway, Jr.

Published on: Monday, November 28, 2016

Theodore J. Lashway, Jr., 84, a resident of the New York State Veterans Home of Oxford for the past several years passed away Thursday morning, November 24, 2016, at the Veterans Home.

Ted was born in Coventry on December 20, 1931 the son of Theodore & Yvonne (Dominick) Lashway. He attended school in Bainbridge and shortly after his graduation entered the United States Air Force. Ted made the Air Force his career earning the rank of Master Sgt. E7 and was stationed in Germany. He reenlisted for a second time serving as a mail carrier in the United States Army.

Ted was a member of the Oxford American Legion where he was a member of the post’s firing squad and also marched in their parades.

Ted is survived by his wife Beverly Remington Lashway of Oxford, step-daughter Theresa Phinney, step-son Charles Frayer, Jr., his sister Linda Mott, brother Donald Lashway and sister-in-law Ruth Lashway. Also surviving are step- grandchildren Megan Fagnani and Morgan Phinney.

He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Mary Pinney and brothers Ronald and Richard Lashway.

A memorial service for Ted will be held in the spring at a time and place to be announced.

There will be no calling hours.

Please consider memorial contributions to the Oxford American Legion or to the NYS Veterans Home.

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

​wilma F. Voss

Published on: Monday, November 28, 2016

​Wilma F. Voss, 94, of Norwich, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Chenango Memorial Hospital. Wilma is survived by his son, Elwyn, several grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.

To honor Wilma's wishes, there will be no funeral services or calling hours. A complete obituary will be published when it becomes available.

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:

Izora M. Winton

Published on: Monday, November 28, 2016

SHERBURNE: Izora M. Winton, 94, of Sherburne, passed away Friday, November 25, 2016 at UHS/Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich.

She was born June 17, 1922 in Sherburne, a daughter of Harold and Clara Wickham Collins and received her education in local schools. Izora had been married to Byron A. Winton for 61 years until he predeceased her. Mrs. Winton had worked for Chesebrough Ponds, the Utica Knitting Mill, and then T.A.C.O. in Sherburne until her retirement. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Tiandara Chapter #631 of Sherburne. She loved to knit and crochet, making afghans for all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as donating many to the American Legion and the O.E.S. for their raffles. She also enjoyed working in her posey bed, and loved to travel to the St. Lawrence River with her husband.

Surviving are her sons and daughter-in-law, Richard B. Winton, Bruce H. and Sandy Winton, all of Sherburne; son-in-law, Richard Beagle of Sherburne; sister-in-law, Catherine Collins of FL; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Byron A. Winton II; daughters Brenda Beagle, Patricia Winton, and infant daughter, Jane Winton; three sisters, Helen Rundell, Mildred Ferris and Anne Boyce; and a brother, Richard Collins.

Funeral services will be held at 7pm Tuesday, November 29, 2016 from the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne.

Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery, New Berlin, NY.

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

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Lula (gantt) Rucker

Published on: Monday, November 28, 2016

Lula (Gantt) Rucker passed away on 11/19/16, at the age of 97, at the Southland Nursing Home in Dublin, GA/ Miss Rucker had lived in Norwich, NY for more than 70 years, most of those years at 31 Eaton Avenue. Upon coming to Norwich, Lula worked for Dr. Martin Jacobi, Chenango Memorial Hospital, the Elk's Club, and retired from the New York State Correctional Facility, Camp Pharsalia as a Food Service Supervisor.

Miss Rucker is survived by six children: Jennifer Reed, Sharon Gonzalas, James Brian Gantt, Mary Jean Gantt, David Gantt, and Deborah Gantt. Miss Rucker has eight grandchildren: Saundra Gantt, Rebecca Gantt, Scott Gantt, James Lester Gantt, James Robert Gantt, Jackie Scott, William Champion, and Michelle Champion. Lula has great and great, great grandchildren also.

If there are any criteria for being an angel, Lula Rucker has them all.

There are no services or calling hours.

Michelle Lee Barber

Published on: Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Mrs. Michelle Lee “Micky” Barber, 66, of Cortland Street, Marathon, New York died Sunday, November 27, 2016 at her home, with her family by her side.

Born on November 24, 1950 in Norwich, NY, she was the daughter of Charles William Reihl and Ida Mae Handy Reihl. She was a graduate of Norwich High School, Class of 1968. She had been a resident of Marathon since 1975.

Mrs. Barber worked for the Village of Marathon as Secretary for many years as well as working for the former Peter Pumpkin in Marathon, Shoe Factory in Norwich, and Crescent Corset in Cortland. Her most important job however, was being a mother and homemaker.

In her younger years Micky was an avid bowler. She enjoyed Cross-Stitch and Puzzles. She was known for bicycling around town and her green thumb. She was past president of the Marathon Ladies Auxiliary.

On April 23, 1971 in Norwich, NY, Micky was married to James B. Barber. Together they celebrated over 45 years of marriage.

Micky was predeceased by her mother in February 1998; her father in February 2003; sister, Sandy Howard; and a brother-in-law, Nick Nichols.

Mrs. Barber is survived by her husband, James B. Barber of Marathon, NY; daughter, Kelly Barber of Marathon, NY; son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Nicole Barber of Fort Plain, NY; 2 sisters, Carol Nichols, Cindy Reihl and her companion, Jack; 2 brothers, Richard and Sharon Reihl, Sr., Charles Reihl, Jr.; brother-in-law, Dick Howard; 4 granddaughters, Courtney Leach and fiancé Derick Ledger, Kristen Leach, Scerenia Barber, Ziva Barber; grandson, Asher Barber; great-granddaughter, Brailynn Leach; great-grandson, Kolton Leach; mother-in-law, Jeannette Ingraham; sister-in-law, Joyce and Larry Coyle; brother-in-law, Paul and Dolores Barber; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Mrs. Michelle “Micky” Barber may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1 Penny Lane, Suite 1, Latham, NY 12110.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 1:00pm at The First Baptist Church, 5 Park Street, Marathon, NY 13803 with Tom Boice officiating.

Please sign the online guestbook for Mrs. Michelle Lee “Micky” Barber at

Mary Louise Turner

Published on: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

EARLVILLE –  Mary Louise Turner, 87, passed away peacefully with family by her side on November 25, 2016 after a fall and brief illness.

Mary was born in Earlville on April 9, 1929, the daughter of Merton and Kathleen Jenne. She was one of eight children. She graduated from Earlville High School and married Donald R. Turner of Sherburne on May 25, 1951. Together they bought a farm and devoted their lives to running it successfully and raising their family. She was a dedicated wife and mother, and an active, loving grandmother and great grandmother. She had a strong work ethic and was determined not to be idle. Besides leading a busy life on the farm, she enjoyed reading, sewing, quilting, knitting and gardening. She was an active member of the Sherburne United Church of Christ.

She is survived by her son Harold of Deansboro, NY, and daughters Carolyn (Mark) McDonald of St. Charles, IL and Rita (Erik) Longman of Sherburne, NY; 10 grandchildren: Rachel Farrow-Beers, Elijah Farrow, Jessica Farrow, Daniel Farrow, Elizabeth Farrow, Lyn Farrow, William Turner, Brian McDonald, Sarah McDonald, Mary Longman and 4 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband and best friend of 64 years, Don (2016), two infant children: a son Charles (1953), a daughter Josephine (1955) and her oldest daughter Lynda Farrow (1999).

In keeping with Mary's wishes, a service will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 10:00am at the Sherburne United Church of Christ.

Interment will be private at Sherburne West Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a donation could be made to the Earlville Free Library or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Burgess& Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St, Sherburne.

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Wilma F. Voss

Published on: Friday, December 2, 2016

Wilma F. Voss passed away at peace on Saturday November 26, 2016 surrounded by the love of her family and embraced by the comfort of her granddaughter’s hand. Wilma was the loving wife (72 years) and grade school sweet heart to George, mother of 2 sons Elwyn and Ronnie, grandmother of 5, and great grandmother of 8. She is survived by her son Elwyn, 5 grandchildren Sherrie Voss of Fillmore, NY, Rob Voss of Norwood, NY, Scott Voss of Norwich, NY, Paul Stratton of Binghamton, NY, and Brian Voss of Norwich, NY plus 8 great grandchildren (Summer, Tristan, Cheyne, Maddie, Maisie, Bobby, Isabelle, and Connor). Wilma had recently returned from spending the summer at her cabin in upstate NY to her current residence in Norwich but was formerly a long term resident of East Aurora, NY.

Wilma was born August 15, 1922 in Fillmore, NY and raised on the family dairy and potato farm. Life was different then and she often told stories of the way it used to be. A favorite being the memory of her Dad turning on a light in the kitchen for the first time shortly after electricity was run to the house in the late 1920’s. She walked the 2 miles to and from school in Western NY even in the dead of winter through deep snow and was proud of the fact that despite the long and often snowy journey she never missed a day of school. The experience of growing up on a farm in the country instilled self-reliance and work ethic at a very early age.

The love story of Wilma and George began in grade school in Fillmore, NY when George asked Wilma if she smiled at him first or was it the other way around. He carved their initials on a bannister that their great grandchildren would 70 years later run their fingers across on their way to class. Despite family religious differences which briefly divided the two they were married on August 30, 1941 after George called Wilma who was engaged to this other fella and sang ‘Are you lonesome tonight?’. They stayed happily married for 72 years until George’s passing in 2013. One of our last family times together was the celebration of their 72nd wedding anniversary. Their love for each other, faith in God, and bond with family and friends were their greatest treasures.

Wilma loved her family. At family gatherings, she had a unique ability to make something out of nothing. She was always busy, never idle, and dedicated to helping others especially her family. She was tirelessly devoted to my brother Ron in his recovery from a car accident that took the use of his arm at age 4. Harkening back to her childhood days, she would pull Ronnie on a sled or wagon daily several miles to his therapy appointments. After years of that daily journey, Ron could finally grip with his hand. Mom never quite got over losing Ron in an accident when he was just 19. She was also fiercely dedicated to her grandchildren maintaining a close connection and strong influence on all of them throughout their lives. In the later years, my Mom believed that I (Elwyn) could do no wrong. Where was that when I was 12? I chuckle with the thought that you could talk about a lot of things to my Mom but best stay clear of finding fault with me. Wilma (and George) maintained close ties with all their family but they shared a special bond with their nieces. In the last few years of Mom’s life, those nieces have been so dedicated and brought her such joy.

Wilma was a true social butterfly. She could make new friends easily and those friendships became lifelong. Her favorite thing (even at 94 years of age) was to just sit and visit. She loved hearing about your day and sharing stories of her life in the country with family and friends. While Wilma’s body was slowly but surely wearing out her quick wit and feisty spirit were not diminished by age.

In addition to her passion for maintaining the connection between friends and family Wilma loved The Bird Club in East Aurora, NY. Having served as past President, this club facilitated her lifelong passion for birds and provided Wilma and George with a whole new circle of friends and many fond memories. Her bird club friends helped her maintain this passion despite being wheel chair bound and nearly blind. She’d use the phone to share bird sounds and her friends 200+ miles away would help identify which instruments in nature’s orchestra was playing that day.

At the end of it all my Mom missed her grade school sweetheart, lifelong friend, constant visiting companion, and soul mate George. It is impossible to talk or think about her without him. Together they left a legacy for the next generation of love, compassion, willingness to always help others, honesty, respect, humility, good hard work, and self-reliance. In her final weeks and days, my Mom fulfilled her purpose strengthening the bond in our family and reminding us to look to their legacy as our guide for a life well lived.

For all of you that made a special effort to help my Mom maintain her independence, sense of purpose, and fulfill her social spirit please know how much it means to me and meant to her. I don’t know how to tell you what it meant when you took time to call her (sometimes daily), visit with her in her apartment in Norwich, be her guest at the Cabin, or invite her for a week-long family visit in the country. In addition I greatly appreciate those of you that made sure during her times of greatest need that she was never alone. I especially want to thank her care giver Natalya for all her tireless effort to keep my mom living independently, happy, and healthy.

Out of respect for George and Wilma’s wishes there will be no service now. We will have a celebration of their lives next summer at Spring Lake on the home farm in Fillmore, NY where they wish to be remembered. This place holds a life time of special memories for them. It where their love story began and where it will continue for all eternity.

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