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posticon Anna Moravec

Obituaries | Monday, March 26, 2012 | By Perkins Funeral Home Print
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annamoravecAnna Moravec, age 93 of Ithaca died Friday, March 23, 2012 at Beechtree Care Center in Ithaca, NY.

Born March 26, 1918 in West Dryden, NY she was a daughter of the late August and Emma Vesley Kozel and wife of the late James Moravec.  She was a graduate of Ludlowville High School, class of 1936 and had been employed with the NYS School for Girls in Lansing prior to her retirement.  She was a member of the Pythian Sisters, Northeast Home Demonstration Unit and St. John's Episcopal Church where she was very active in church activities.

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posticon Ethel B. Kennaugh

Obituaries | Wednesday, February 08, 2012 | By Perkins Funeral Home Print
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leahkennaughEthel B. Kennaugh, age 100 passed away on February 6, 2012 at Bridges Cornell Heights in Ithaca, NY.  Ethel was born on August 23, 1911 in Queens, NY, the daughter of the late Edward A. and Rose End Blakelock.

In 1934, she married William F. Kennaugh in the Richmond Hill Methodist Church in Queens, NY.  He predeceased her in 1993.  After their marriage, they moved to Delhi, NY where Bill became associated with Delhi Tech (now SUNY Delhi) and Ethel worked as a stenographer in the County Social Services Department.  After raising a family and living in Delhi for 50 years, they moved to Ithaca, NY to be near their daughter.

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posticon Frances I. Gage

Obituaries | Tuesday, January 31, 2012 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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gagefrancesFrances I. Gage, 86, of Lansing, New York, died Sunday, January 29, 2012 at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, New York.

Frances was born October 7, 1925 to the late Robert A. Irvine and Alice Walrath Irvine in Jasper, New York. She graduated from Jasper Central School in 1943. She attended State University of New York at Geneseo, graduating with a degree in Elementary Education in 1946.


After graduation, Fran taught third grade in Greenwood, NY. She subsequently married and joined her husband in Troy, NY, where he was a student of Electrical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Over the years they have lived in Schenectady NY, Owensboro KY, Syracuse NY, Topsfield MA, Weston MA, and Chestnut Hill MA.

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posticon Amy Huei-Mei Lin

Obituaries | Tuesday, January 24, 2012 | By Perkins Funeral Home Print
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On December 25th, 2011, Amy Huei-Mei Lin, age 67, passed away after a 5-year battle with colon cancer. She was born May 19, 1944, in Tainan, Taiwan She is survived by her devoted husband Kenneth Lin; her loving daughters Anne and Susan Lin; her 2 sisters and 4 brothers in Taiwan; as well as the many wonderful family and friends with whom she kept in touch in the Ithaca community.

She worked as a nurse at Cayuga Medical Center and spent the past 30 years as the manager of Jung Ching Foods, selling Chinese food at the Ithaca Farmer's Market, local Ithaca events, and at Cornell University dining hall a la carte venues, where she developed many friendships and affected countless people. She was always proud of her daughters Anne and Susan for their academic and musical accomplishments.

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posticon Donald E. Cook, Sr.

Obituaries | Monday, January 16, 2012 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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cookdonDonald E. Cook, Sr., 66, of 97 Armstrong Rd., Lansing, NY, passed away on January 8, 2012, at the Hospicare residence after losing a ten month battle with cancer.

Born December 11, 1945 in Ithaca, he attended Newfield Central School before moving to Lansing, where he owned and operated an auto body repair garage and then Don's Inboard Outboard Boat Motor Shop until his retirement in 2011. Don was an avid fisherman and enjoyed time spent on his boat with friends on Cayuga Lake and fishing in tournaments throughout upstate New York. He also enjoyed feeding and watching the birds and animals that frequented his backyard, the companionship of his pets, and traveling.

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posticon Dr. William J. Dress

Obituaries | Wednesday, January 04, 2012 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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dresswm1Ithaca - Dr. William J. Dress, professor of botany, emeritus, of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium at Cornell University died December 15, 2011 at his home at Kendal at Ithaca.  He was 93.

Dr. Dress was born in Buffalo and the son of the late David and Hazel Dress and the grandson of the late Benjamin and Harriet Bauchspies.  He graduated from South Park High School and later attended University of Buffalo where he received his A.B. degree in classical languages in 1931. From 1942 to 1945 he served in the U.S. Army Air Corp in an air service squadron, first in Louisiana and then in England, North Africa, and Italy.  He was honorably discharged at the rank of staff sergeant.

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posticon Harris B. Dates

Obituaries | Tuesday, October 04, 2011 | By -Staff Print
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harrisdatesHarris B. Dates, of North Fort Myers, Florida and Lansing, New York, died peacefully after a short illness on September 26th, 2011.

Mr. Dates is survived by his loving wife Betty, three children; Sylvia (Eric) Averill, East Bridgewater, MA, Diane (Roger) LaLonde, Lansing, NY, Steven Dates, Lansing, NY, five step-children, nine grandchildren, four great grandchildren, nieces and a nephew.  He was predeceased by his first wife Clara (Stevie) Dates, his sister Marietta Fenner and his brother Bryant Dates Jr.

Mr. Dates was born on June 4, 1916 in Lansing, NY.  He was a long time employee at Cornell University and also served as Town of Lansing Supervisor and Tompkins County legislator for many years before retiring to North Fort Myers.

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posticon Martin J. Trinkl, Sr.

Obituaries | Thursday, September 29, 2011 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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TrinklMartinMartin J. Trinkl, Sr., age 71, of Leroy Ave., Lansing, NY, passed away at home on September 22, 2011.

Born June 15, 1940, in the same house he passed away in, Marty was a son of the late Ignatz and Josephine (Kukitz) Trinkl, Sr. A lifelong Lansing resident, he was a 1958 graduate of Lansing High School, where he was inducted into Lansing Athletic’s Hall of Fame as a member of the 1955-56 Basketball team. Marty’s greatest pleasure came from spending time with family. He was a proud, devoted husband, father and grandfather who will be dearly missed. A sensitive and appreciative man, he accepted people as they were. He was a very detail oriented man with a curious mind; always able to answer any question directed his way. Marty also enjoyed spending time at Myers Point and birdwatching. He was a dedicated employee of Cargill for over 41 years, retiring in 2000 as a mine surveyor.

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posticon Stanley 'Stosh' Binkewicz

Obituaries | Thursday, September 15, 2011 | By Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church Print
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stanbinkewiczEndwell: Stanley "Stosh" Binkewicz, 79, of Endwell, unexpectedly fell asleep in the Lord, on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. He was born on September 28, 1931 to the late Bernard and Steffie Binkewicz.

Stan is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Helen; three sons, Daniel (Mary) Binkewicz, Matthew (Katrina) Binkewicz, and Peter (Julie) Binkewicz; eight grandchildren, Paul, Melissa, Kristen, Jessica, Justin, Kathleen, Caroline, and Tony; numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

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posticon Susan M. Davidson

Obituaries | Wednesday, July 27, 2011 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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susan_davidson_cropped_for_prayer_cardSusan M. Davidson, 58, passed away peacefully in the presence of her loving family at home, on Ridge Rd., July 24, 2011. She was an amazing woman who fought hard against pancreatic cancer for almost three years, and beat the odds.

Born August 18, 1952, in Queens, NY, she was the daughter of William H. Martinson, who survives her, and the late Jean Roessler Martinson. A graduate of Mepham High School in Bellmore, NY, Susan earned her Bachelor's degree in Human Development at Cornell University and her Master's in Education from SUNY Cortland. She married her husband, Norman Davidson, in 1976. After a stint teaching, Susan took time to raise their two sons full time. Once they matured, she returned to work, most recently as a tax preparer at Sciarabba Walker & Co, where she worked for over 10 years.

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posticon Eugene L. Dean

Obituaries | Monday, July 11, 2011 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Eugene L. Dean of Lansing, NY, died on his 86th birthday, July 5, 2011, at the Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca, NY, with his wife of 64 years, Janet (Morse) Dean by his side.

Born July 5, 1925 in Albany, NY, Gene was the son of the late Louis and Helen (Wagner) Dean. A 1943 graduate of Ithaca (NY) High School, he entered the United States Army in August 1943, serving in Europe as a reconnaissance squad leader during World War II and a supply officer following the armistice, achieving the rank of staff sergeant. He received his discharge from the Army in November 1945, earning a Good Conduct Medal and Purple Heart for his service.

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posticon LeLand John Ruzicka

Obituaries | Thursday, June 23, 2011 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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lelandLeLand John Ruzicka, 82, passed away at his home in Lansing surrounded by family on June 19, 2011.

Born in Ithaca, NY, on August 31, 1928, Lee was a son of the late Bernard and Goldie (Davis) Ruzicka. A lifelong Lansing resident, he graduated from Ithaca High School, attended drafting school in Albany, and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. In 1951 he was married to Eleanor Ludlow and they enjoyed 60 years together at their lake home on Milliken Station Road Ext. Lee worked at Cayuga Rock Salt in Lansing for many years before getting seriously hurt on the job.

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posticon Harry E. Reinhart

Obituaries | Thursday, June 23, 2011 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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reinhartHarry E. Reinhart, 85, of Lansing, passed away June 16, 2011 at Hospicare of Ithaca.

Born in Johnsonburg, PA on March 11, 1926, he was the son of the late Frank and Ada (Wachob) Reinhart. He graduated from Albion, PA High School in 1944 and served in the US Army in Korea. Following his service, Harry graduated from Slippery Rock State Teachers College and earned his Master's Degree at The University of Pittsburgh. In 1952 he married Constance Neale in Beaver Falls, PA. Harry taught in several Pennsylvania school districts and was principal of the Conneaut Valley School District. He moved to New York upon being appointed principal of Lansing High School and served in that role from 1966 - 1971. Harry then became the Director of Education at George Junior Republic. After retiring from education, he worked at Therm, Inc., Ithaca, NY.

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posticon Jason D. Herren

Obituaries | Monday, June 13, 2011 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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herrenJason D. Herren passed away unexpectedly at home on June 7, 2011, at the age of 36.

Born December 23, 1974, in Phoenix, AZ, he was the son of Katrina Neff and Billy Herren. Jason was employed as a welder at Pall Trinity Micro Corporation in Cortland.

In addition to his mother Katrina (Pat) Neff of Lansing, and his father, Billy Herren of IL, Jason is survived by his brothers, Jeremy Herren and James Neff of Lansing; a sister, Jessica Herren of IL; maternal grandparents, Mary Sue Taylor of AZ, Fred Cooper of AZ. and paternal grandmother, Billie R. Herren.

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posticon Thomas Andrew Skibitsky

Obituaries | Monday, June 13, 2011 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Thomas Andrew Skibitsky of Lansing, New York peacefully passed away on June 05, 2011 surrounded by his family. He was born to Andrew and the late Aldona Skibitsky on August 25, 1942 in Brooklyn, NY and was raised in Montgomery, NY. He met his beloved wife Lynda (Lehmann) in 1964 and married in 1966.

After serving in the US Air Force, he continued his education and then traveled the country as a Sonar Engineer with General Electric. His travels brought him "home" to Ithaca in 1972 where he changed careers and was a Production Supervisor for NCR and Paxar until his retirement in 2007. He was a member of All Saints Parish, the Alfa Romeo Club and the Elks Club. Tom was passionate about living life to the fullest. He enjoyed golfing, traveling, boating, and spending time with friends and family.

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posticon Calvin D. Volbrecht

Obituaries | Monday, June 06, 2011 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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volbrecht_calvinCalvin D. Volbrecht, age 86, of Lansing, NY, passed away June 5, 2011.

Born March 5, 1925, he was a son of the late Arthur and Eva (Keener) Volbrecht, Sr.  After graduation from High School, Cal proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy. Upon returning to Lansing, he was married to his loving wife of 63 years, Edith Davis Volbrecht. Cal worked for several years with his brothers in the Volbrecht Lumber Co., was a self employed carpenter and worked for a time in the maintenance department of the Ithaca City School District. He began his own scrap metal yard with the intent of working on his own vehicles, but it quickly expanded, and he was proud of having spent over 50 years as a "scrapper".

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posticon Roseanne "Ro" Burin

Obituaries | Thursday, April 28, 2011 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Roseanne "Ro" Burin, 49, passed away April 25, 2011, at Cayuga Medical Center, surrounded by family and friends.

Born November 3, 1961, in Ithaca, Ro was a lifelong resident of the Lansing community.

Preceded in death by her father, Paul Burin, she is survived by her Mom and Stepdad, Carolyn and Louie "JR" Mikula; her second Mom, Agnes Burin; daughter, Shauna; three granddaughters, who were the "loves of her life", Ashlie, Alexis and Allana Hamilton; her beloved dog, "Chow";

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posticon Barbara K. White

Obituaries | Tuesday, April 05, 2011 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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BarbWhiteBarbara K. White, of Auburn Rd., Lansing, NY, passed away Monday, April 4, 2011, at the age of 57.

Born July 28, 1953, in Ithaca, she was the daughter of the late F. Wilbur and Hilda (Phippen) Wilson. After graduating from Lansing High School, Barb went on to earn an Associates degree from Paul Smith's College. She was employed for many years as a secretary with the Lansing Public School System. Active in her community, she was a member of the Lansing United Methodist Church, where she participated in the church choir as well as the Bells Angels Bell Choir. She was also a member of the Lansing Lions Club, the Lansing Theatre and Performing Arts, and was one of the founding members of the reorganized Lansing Community Council where she was instrumental in the creation of the Harbor Festival.

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posticon Joyce Henniger

Obituaries | Monday, March 07, 2011 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Joyce Henniger of Woodsedge Dr., Lansing, NY, passed away March 3, 2011, at the age of 78.

Born February 3, 1933 in Spangler, PA, she was the daughter of the late Donald and Bertha (Lewis) Douglas. A Lansing area resident for nearly 50 years, she had retired from Woodsedge Senior Housing as an office administrator. Joyce had a strong dedication to her community and over the years served in various capacities in many local organizations. A member of Lansing United Methodist Church for over 30 years, she was also a former member of the Lansing Lions Club, Lansing Historical Society, served two terms on the Lansing School Board, was on the board of Tompkins County Office for the Aging, and was a member of the Woodsedge Resident's Association. An avid gardener, Joyce spent many hours tending her perennials and in later years became very accomplished at tole painting. She enjoyed her seasonal outings with friends to the Hangar Theatre. Her passion for travel took her around the globe to such places as Alaska, Ireland, Russia, Tibet, China, Peru, Costa Rica and Belize.

In addition to her parents, Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, William Henniger; a son, Greg Henniger; and her brothers, Kenny and Barry Douglas.

She is survived by her daughter, Liz (Steve) Davis of PA; four grandchildren, Abby (Michael) Brennan of NJ, Tyler (Gretchen) Davis of AZ, Matthew Henniger of TX, and Ashley Henniger of FL; a great grandchild, Eric Davis of AZ. Joyce also leaves a large, loving circle of friends in the Lansing community.

For those who wish, please consider a contribution in Joyce's memory to Haiti School Project c/o Lansing Methodist Church, 32 Brickyard Rd., Lansing, NY 14882 or Food Net, 2422 Triphammer Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850.

A memorial service, officiated by Pastor Jane Sautter, will begin at 11am, Saturday, March 19th, at Lansing United Methodist Church, 32 Brickyard Rd., Lansing, NY.

Lansing Funeral Home is assisting the family.

posticon William Arthur Schempp

Obituaries | Monday, February 14, 2011 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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SchemppWillWilliam Arthur Schempp of Emmons Rd., Lansing, NY, passed away February 11, 2011, at the age of 62.

Born June 11, 1948, in Ithaca, Will was the son of George Christian Schempp and the late Mary Elizabeth Finch Schempp.

Will took great pride in having achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at the tender age of 14. An avid drummer and guitar player he was a member of numerous bands in his early years. Will enjoyed his work as a master carpenter for over 20 years with Perfect Painters/Heritage Builders, and jokingly said "work was a way to fund a good time". A former member of the Wine Country Antique Boat Club, Will earned numerous trophies over the years for his beautiful restoration of antique boats.

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