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posticon Mother Anita W. Reed

Obituaries | Tuesday, December 01, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home. Print
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ImageITHACA – A teacher, clerk, notetaker, poet, orator, and Mother of Calvary Baptist Church, were only a few ways to describe the life of Mother Anita Reed, who during the early morning hours of Friday November 27, 2009, went to be with her Lord and Savior. Mother Reed was born on December 17, 1919 in Ithaca, the daughter of the late Archie Wilson and Pearl Johnson, she was the oldest of three children and a lifelong member of Calvary Baptist Church.

After graduating 3rd in her class from Ithaca High School, she went to Washington, DC and worked for the government during War World II. Upon returning to Ithaca, she married LeRoy S. Reed who passed away in 1992. Together they had two children, LeRoy S. (Elizabeth) Reed II and Cassandra (Alvin) Nelson. She began working at Cornell University in the History Department where she worked for almost forty years until her retirement in 1985; she was the first African American Administrative Assistant at Cornell University.

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posticon Ernestine Alice Lord Howell

Obituaries | Monday, November 30, 2009 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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ImageErnestine Howell passed away on Thursday, November 26, 2009, at the age of 85.
Born September 29, 1924 in Bernhard's Bay, NY, she was the daughter of the late Leon and Dorothea (Stanton) Lord. After graduating high school in Central Square, NY, she went on to Ithaca College where she graduated with a master's degree in health, physical education and recreation. It was at Ithaca College that she met her future husband, Herbert "Bud" Howell, whom she married in 1945. She and Bud enjoyed 56 years together before he passed away in 2001.

A long time Lansing resident, Ernestine was very active in the community. She taught physical education in the Lansing School District for many years. In later years she was a member of Lansing Senior Citizens, Lansingville Auxiliary, and she was a swim instructor at the YMCA with the Arthritis Program. A fan of all sports, especially NY Mets baseball, she was also an advocate for female sports teams. In the day when female sports were not thought of as a "feminine" thing to do - Ernestine thought otherwise. 

 

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posticon Rudy B. Hoyt

Obituaries | Monday, November 30, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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ImageITHACA - Rudy B. Hoyt, age 72 of Ithaca, went to be with the Lord Friday morning at Beechtree Care Center in Ithaca. Rudy was born in Groton, the son of the late Rudolph and Shirley Chiszar. Prior to his retirement, he worked for Therm Inc. for 27 years. He enjoyed hunting, playing the piano, rebuilding old classic cars, and he was a diehard Yankee's fan.

Survivors include his three sons, Roland Hoyt, Kenneth (Erika) Hoyt, and Rocky (Iris) Hoyt; two sisters, Dodie (Dale) Waite and Theresa Babcock; four grandchildren, Jennifer Little, Theresa Guler, Amanda Shappee, and Kevin Shappee; four great-grandchildren, Rhianna, Kayleah Little, Darick Ryant, and Richard Teeter; three brothers, Larry Chiszar, Jerry Chiszar, and Doug Chiszar; a nephew, Steve Babcock and a niece, Lacinda Chiszar Johnston.

 

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posticon William

Obituaries | Wednesday, November 25, 2009 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Image Fletcher Grover of 34 Ridge Road, passed away at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, Tuesday, November 24th at the age of 56.

Calling hours will be held Saturday, November 28th, from 3:00 to 6:00pm at the Lansing Funeral Home located at 32 Auburn Road in Lansing, NY.

 

Fletcher is survived by his children, Miles, Lauren and Sarah Grover; his grandchild, Julien; his parents, Willam M. and Helenrae Grover; his brothers and sister, Greg, Chris and Julie Grover; and his long time companion, Jackie O'Connell.

 

 

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posticon Dorothy L. Bibbie

Obituaries | Thursday, November 19, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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Ithaca- Dorothy L. Bibbie, age 81 of Ithaca, a retired License Practical Nurse at Lakeside Nursing Home, died Thursday November 19, 2009 at Hospicare surrounded by her loving family. Ms. Bibbie was born in Philadelphia, PA, a daughter of the late Brickers Thompson and Mabel Craig. During her nursing career, she worked for serveral area facilities. She will always be remembered for her natural ability to play the piano (in the Key of C) which she enjoyed doing for her family and her church. Before William Lloyd Bibbie died in 1996, Ms. Bibbie enjoyed riding on the motorcycle with her husband.

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posticon Jane Bower

Obituaries | Thursday, November 12, 2009 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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On this beautiful sunny day of November 11, 2009, our Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother, Jane “Ma” or “Mama Jane” Bower passed away.

Born on October 2, 1936, Jane was a daughter of the late Albert and Lillian Mayo.  She grew up in Aurora, NY, and made her way to Lansing where she met and married her best friend and husband of 55 years, Chuck Bower.

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posticon Kathy M. Kelly

Obituaries | Friday, November 06, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home. Print
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{mosimageThe world lost one of a rare breed when Kathy Kelly passed away on November 4, 2009. As a true optimist, Kathy brought a sparkle and passion to life along with her deep appreciation for friends and family, a love of nature and travel, and a spirit of fight for justice and fairness for all people.

Kathy was the oldest daughter (born 5/13/1945) of seven growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She met the love of her life, Bill Kelly, in Milwaukee. After she attended nursing school at the Mayo Clinic and Bill joined the Navy, they were married and embarked on a lifetime of adventures, travel and seizing the exciting opportunities of everyday life. Raising their family in small, rural communities in Germany and England they made friends, adopted new family members and provided an exceptional childhood for their daughters.

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posticon Alex Marshall Kartychak

Obituaries | Thursday, November 05, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home. Print
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Ithaca – Alex Marshall Kartychak, a new born son of Michael A. and Jamey Kartychak, died on Thursday (October 29, 2009) afternoon at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. Survivors include his maternal grandparents, George (Marge) Allen; paternal grandmother, Emma Stone; two uncles and aunts, Ken (Heather) Allen and Joel (Terri) Cook; several cousins.

Services will be private. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Herson Funeral Home.

posticon 'Gene' E. Schultz

Obituaries | Friday, October 30, 2009 | By Wagner Funeral Home Print
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Groton/Lansing - Andrew "Gene" E. Schultz, age 82, of Groton/Lansing died at his residence on Thursday afternoon. Mr. Schultz was born on Wellsboro, PA, the son of the late Andrew and Clara Schultz. A retired union laborer with Local #589 for over 50 years, he was a handyman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Beatrice A. Schultz; a daughter, Lory (David) Kenerson; David E. (Lisa Lucas) Schultz; three grandchildren, Jonathan Schultz, Kyle (Chrissy Morris) Kenerson, & Corey Kenerson; two great-grandchildren, Aylia and Jacob Andrew Kenerson; two step-grandchildren, Justin and Abigal; a sister, Mary E. Bowers; a sister-in-law, Ann Schultz; several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by a brother, Louis Schultz; three sisters, Katherine Weinerth, Helen Zader, and Dorothy Harnas.

 

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posticon Cicero J. Fort Sr.

Obituaries | Wednesday, October 21, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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Cortland - Cicero J. Fort Sr., age 52 of Cortland, died Thursday, October 15, 2009 at Cortland Regional Medical Center. Cicero who was born in Deland, Florida, the son of the late Ernest and Overlee Fort. He will always be remembered for his love for his family, being proud of his children, his love for hot wings, and never meeting any strangers.

Survivors include two sons, Nate Underwood and Cicero Jr.; three daughters, Chavon (Antwan), Nina, and Jamilla Fort; four brothers, Ernest, Earl, Gregory Fort, and Ernest Bird; five sisters, Virginia Chisolm, Laforestine, Theola, Pamela, and Shawanna Fort; two aunts, Anna and Lilah; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

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posticon Phyllis C. "Connie" Johnson

Obituaries | Saturday, October 03, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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ITHACA - Phyllis C. "Connie" Johnson, age 91 of Oxford and formerly of Canastota, died Thursday evening at the New York State Veteran's Home in Oxford. Mrs. Johnson is the wife of the late Jake Johnson, who died September 20, 2005. Survivors include several nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.


Friends and family may call Monday at 9:00 a.m. until time of 11:00 a.m. Funeral Service at the Herson Funeral Home, located at 110 S. Geneva Street, Ithaca. The Rev. Nathaniel Wright will be officiating. If desire, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer Association . 

posticon Henrietta Stramba

Obituaries | Saturday, October 03, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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ITHACA - Henrietta Stramba, age 88 of Ithaca, died Thursday evening at Cayuga Medical Center. Mrs. Stramba was born in Candor and was the wife of the late Wassil Stramba. Prior to her retirement, she was a cafeteria worker with the Ithaca School District. While working at Kresge Department Store many years ago, she earned the nickname of "Chevy."


Survivors include her two sons, Joseph Michael Stramba and James Harry Stramba; a daughter, Catherine Elizabeth Stramba.

 

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posticon Carol Butler

Obituaries | Sunday, September 27, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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ITHACA - Carol Butler, age 53, of Ithaca, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009 at her home in Cayuga Heights.

She was born in West Stewartstown, New Hampshire on June 16th, 1956. She graduated from Canaan Memorial High School, Class of 1974. Carol received her Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah in 1980 with a focus in Dance Education.

 

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posticon Dwan R. Margeson

Obituaries | Sunday, September 27, 2009 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Dwan R. Margeson, of 316 Munson Rd., passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, at the age of 55.

Born June 24, 1954 in Newark, NY, he was a son of the late Lewis and Gertrude (Hodges) Margeson. Dwan grew up and graduated high school in Phelps. He had been employed with Cayuga Medical Center for the past fifteen years. An avid outdoorsman, he most enjoyed hunting with his sons and 4-wheeling with family and friends. When family and friends got together, Dwan could be found behind the grill in "his half" of the garage....lol. Work was an important part of his life as well, and he took great pleasure in the many friends he made along the way. He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather, co-worker and friend. Dwan touched many lives and everyone will miss his love and generous spirit.

 

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posticon Ralph E. Thorpe

Obituaries | Tuesday, September 22, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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ITHACA - Ralph E. Thorpe, age 68 of Ithaca, NY died Sunday morning at Cayuga Medical Center. Ralph was born in Ithaca, the son of the late Howard and Loreen Thorpe.


Ralph was a Vietnam Veteran in the U.S. Air Force from 1959 to 1965, after which he spent some time in California and ventured into owning his first business. He later returned to Ithaca and began his involvement with buying and selling properties. Throughout this time to present, he formed Cayuga Property Management. He was also the owner of the State Street Bargain House. Ralph will always be remembered by many for founding the Ithaca Clock Museum. He was well known for his random acts of kindness, for his amazing likeness to Santa Clause, as well as his love for clocks.


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posticon Mae A. Wright

Obituaries | Thursday, September 17, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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ITHACA - Mae A. Wright, age 92, of Ithaca, formally of New Smyrna Bch., Fl., died Saturday, September 12, 2009 at the Cayuga Medical Center.  Born in Wishaw Scotland in 1916, she immigrated to the U.S. in 1925. She was the daughter of the late William and Mary Smillie. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Jr. Wright; a son, Gilbert Wright; a granddaughter, Lindsay Wright; a daughter-in-law, Sue Wright and five brothers and sisters.

She survived by her daughter Nancy (John) Mackey of Locke; her two sons, Steven (Sheree) Wright of Boca Raton, and Jim Wright of Ann Arbor, MI; daughter-in-law, Nancee Wright of Mound, MN; a daughter, Karen (Brian) Peters of Gillette, WY; 19 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

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posticon William C. Raab

Obituaries | Wednesday, September 16, 2009 | By Perkins Funeral Home Print
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PALM CITY, FL - William C. Raab of Palm City, FL, died peacefully at Treasure Coast Hospice Inn on Saturday, August 15, 2009.

Mr. Raab is survived by his devoted wife of 54 years, Ann; four loving children, Jean (Kirk) Tranka, James (Mary, his companion) Raab, William (Heather) Raab and Cindi Johnson; three grandchildren, Robert (Mackenzie) Jewell, Christina (Rob, her companion) Jewell and William Raab; his sister, Marlene Brooks and two nieces and their families. Bill was predeceased by his parents, William and Ida and a brother, Donald.

 

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posticon Mary E. Coolbaugh

Obituaries | Saturday, September 12, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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ImageITHACA – Mary E. Coolbaugh, age 84 of Ithaca, died Thursday afternoon at Cayuga Medical Center. Mary was born in Wappinger Falls, a daughter of the late Frank and Grace Delario.
 
Mary worked side-by-side with Charlie on the farm through the years. She enjoyed canning and feeding the wildlife on her property; A true lover of animals. She retired from Cornell University after 32 years as a custodian.

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posticon Leighton (Lee) D. Teeter

Obituaries | Saturday, August 29, 2009 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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ImageLeighton (Lee) D. Teeter, age 88, died on August 25, 2009 at Beechtree Care Center in Ithaca.


Born March 9, 1921 in Lansing, NY, he was the son of the late Clyde E. and Ethel Teeter, Sr., and the husband of the late Helen (Stevenson) Teeter, who died in 1970. After high school graduation Lee proudly served his country during WWII as part of the US Army 14th Armored Tank Division. He was a member of Lansing Lodge #774 F&AM. Lee was previously employed by National Cash Register of Ithaca before moving to Fairport, NY, where he was employed by Xerox Corp. for 14 years, retiring in 1981.

 

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posticon Laverna A. Whittier

Obituaries | Saturday, August 29, 2009 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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ImageLaverna A. Whittier, age 88, passed away Tuesday evening, August 25, 2009, at her daughter's home on Drake Rd.

Born in Hunts Corners, NY on December 6, 1920, she was a daughter of the late William and Zola (Root) Shattuck. Laverna spent many years as a nurse's aide at Tompkins County Hospital, retiring in 1976. She was a member of Senior Citizens, a charter member of the Lansingville Ladies Auxillary, and a lifetime member of the NYS Grange.  She enjoyed spending her winters in Florida and her summers in Lansing. 

 

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