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posticon Perry James Mudge

Obituaries | Wednesday, August 26, 2009 | By Perkins Funeral Home Print
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Perry James Mudge, 89, of Virgil Road, Dryden, NY, went unexpectedly home to his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, August 25, 2009.

 

Perry was born January 19, 1920 in Solon, NY, a son of the late Ralph and Gladys Cook Mudge. Raised on the family farm in Cincinnatus, at the young age of 17, he was placed in the position of running the farm after his father's death. He did this with much success before moving to Dryden to run his own farm. He married Patricia Munson and they spent the next 63 years on the farm on Virgil Road. She passed away May 28, 2009. An Electrician by trade, he was employed with Pall Trinity, for over 30 years, prior to retirement.


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posticon Caleb Chaires

Obituaries | Wednesday, August 12, 2009 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Caleb Chaires, age 71 of Ithaca, died Monday morning at Lakeside Nursing Home, Ithaca. Caleb was born in Tallahassee Fl., the son of the late Caleb and Ruby Chaires Sr. He attended Ithaca High School and was a Korean War Veteran. Prior to his retirement, he worked as a laborer with NCR in Ithaca for 38 years.


Survivors include his son, Dana Caleb Richardson; a step-daughter, Tara Richardson; special friend, Charlotte J. Richardson; two cousins, Melvin (Jennifer) Scott and Brenda Greenridge. He is predeceased by his brother, David Chaires.


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posticon Charlotte E. Stahl

Obituaries | Friday, August 07, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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ITHACA - Charlotte E. Stahl, age 100 of Ithaca, died Thursday morning at her home while under Hospice care. Mrs. Stahl was born in Lodlowville, a daughter of the late Arthur and Charlotte Buckingham.

Mrs. Stahl was always proud of being a teacher in the one room school house in Groton. She was a member of the New York State Retired Teacher Assn., where she received a Certificate of Appreciation on October of 2002. She was also a member of the GFWC New York State Federation of Woman's Clubs where she earned a Silver Certificate for her years of dedicated service to the club. Mrs. Stahl spent several hours as a hospital aide where she took the book cart around to the patient's rooms. Later, when she was unable to serve in this position, she knitted hundreds of little caps for new born babies at the hospital.

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posticon Margaret (Meg) Green

Obituaries | Friday, August 07, 2009 | By Perkins Funeral Home Print
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ImageITHACA - Margaret (Meg) Green went to be in the presence of her Lord and Savior on August 6, 2009. She was born on August 16, 1920. Meg graduated in 1942 from Ithaca College's School of Music. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward, and a brother, Bill Tuttle. Her immediate survivors include her brother, Robert Tuttle of Venice, FL, and three daughters, Barb (Joe) Hillebrandt of Ithaca; Marsha (Jim) Whitehouse of Albion, MI; and Peg (Phil) Jablonski of Long Beach, CA. While in Ithaca for the past nine years, Meg enjoyed her quilt group at Longview and concerts at Ithaca College. She was able to spend her last two years as a part of the Clare Bridge family.

Private interment will be on Long Island at a future date. "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." Psalm 23:6

posticon Elizabeth E. "Betty" Tanner

Obituaries | Wednesday, July 29, 2009 | By Perkins Funeral Home Print
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ImageMcLean, NY - Elizabeth E. "Betty" Tanner, age 94, of 21 Stevens Road, McLean, NY passed away Saturday, July 25, 2009 after a lengthy struggle with heart disease.

She was born November 23, 1914 in Oneida, NY, the daughter of Howard and Nettie Cassidy Lewis. Betty graduated from Oneida High School and the Cortland Memorial Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse and worked in that profession for forty years, retiring in 1976. Betty was an active communicant of Holy Cross Church, Dryden, for many years. She was also a former member of several local clubs and groups. Betty was married for fifty-two years to Frederick Tanner of McLean. Mr. Tanner died in 1990.

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posticon James K. Bailey

Obituaries | Wednesday, July 29, 2009 | By Perkins Funeral Home Print
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Brooktondale, NY - James K. Bailey, age 65 of Grove School Rd., Brooktondale, NY, passed on to his Lord and Savior on February 17, 2009 at the Hospicare Residence, Ithaca, NY.

Born June 28, 1943 in Odessa, NY, he was the son of the late Leon R. And Rena Blake Bailey. In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by his sister, Janice Chambers and brother, John Bailey. He is survived by his many friends and family in the Brooktondale, Slaterville, Ithaca and Buffalo areas.

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posticon Wilma C. Demeree,

Obituaries | Wednesday, July 29, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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Wilma C. Demeree, age 80, of Ithaca, a retired Registered Nurse who prior to her retirement worked for Dr. Augostini in Ithaca, died Saturday afternoon at Lakeside Nursing Home. She was born in Garrettsville, the daughter of the late William N. and Goldie F. Deming. Mrs. Demeree enjoyed knitting and crocheting, and caring for her husband and family.

Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Kenneth W. Demeree Sr.; five children, Nancy Harrington, Timothy (Kathleen) Harrington, Karen W. (Tom) Sargent, Kenneth W. “Bucky” (Paula) Demeree Jr., and David T. Demeree; a brother, Roger (Nikki) Deming; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her brothers.

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posticon Robert Thomas Tyrrell

Obituaries | Thursday, July 16, 2009 | By Perkins Funeral Home Print
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ImageNORTH LANSING - Robert Thomas Tyrrell, age 79, of 180 Sharpsteen Road, Locke, NY, passed away Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at home following a lengthy illness.


Bob was born on the family farm on Indian Field Road in Genoa, NY January 30, 1930. He was the seventh of eleven children born to the late Philip and Margaret Murray Tyrrell. He attended Genoa Central School and on ValentineÕs Day, 1948 he married the former Irene Eva Sharpsteen. They began their married life on Indian Field Road working on the farm. In 1954, they moved to their present home where Bob continued to farm along with the parents he gained through marriage, Edgar and Elsie Sharpsteen; while at the same time working for the Town of Lansing Highway Dept. In 1958 he was one of the founders, charter member and first President of the North Lansing Fire Company.

 

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posticon Donald W. Smith

Obituaries | Thursday, July 09, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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Ithaca- Donald W. Smith, age 74 of Ithaca, died Wednesday morning July 8, 2009 at his residence, per his wishes and surrounded by his loving family. He fought cancer with determination, courage and a positive attitude, inspiring us to face life’s challenges in a similar manner.

Mr. Smith was born in Ithaca, the son of the late Nestor & Myrtle B. Smith. Prior to retirement, he was a machinist at Emerson Electric for 28 years and a foreman at Ithaca Gun for 15 years. He enjoyed doing yard work and tending to his beautiful rose bushes. He was a graduate of Ithaca High School, Class of 1953.

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posticon Linda Lee Ann Luke

Obituaries | Wednesday, July 08, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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Charleston, SC - Linda Lee Ann Luke, age 56 of Charleston, SC and formerly of Ithaca, died Saturday July 4, 2009 at St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, SC. Linda is the daughter of the late George N. and Eleanor Park.

Survivors include her daughter, Tracy (Nick) Brown and her son, Robert J. Padgett; a step-son, Matthew (Brittany) Padgett; three grandchildren, Austin Brown, Brianna, and Michael Padgett; three brothers, David (Kathy) Park, Timothy (Rhonda) Park, and Stephen (Cheryl) Park; a sister, Lori (Bob) Combs, Vicki (Kim) Hillyard; several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband, Charles Padgett Jr.; a son, Charles Padgett III; a daughter, Tabitha Padgett; a grandson, Nicholas Brown.


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posticon Lois J. McKane

Obituaries | Monday, July 06, 2009 | By Perkins Funeral Home Print
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ImageLANSING, NY - Lois J. McKane, age 64 of North Triphammer Rd., Lansing, NY passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 4, 2009 at her home.

Born August 17, 1944 in Cortland, NY she was a daughter of the late Alfred and Iva Cotterill Schutt and wife of the late James R. McKane, Sr. who died in 2005. She was retired from Lansing Central School District and was a member of the Lansing and Dryden Senior Citizens. She and her late husband loved traveling and camping. She was the youngest sister, but acted like the oldest, looking out for her older sisters helping them whenever needed.

 

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posticon Judy A. Wilson

Obituaries | Sunday, July 05, 2009 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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ImageJudy A. Wilson passed away peacefully in her Searles Rd. home on Friday, July 3, 2009.


Born October 30, 1941 in Montour Falls, NY, Judy was a daughter of Edward and Mildred (Brown) Wickham. She was a 1959 graduate of Odessa-Montour High School and attended Alfred College prior to her employment with Cornell University. While she was working at Cornell University she went on a blind date with Hillis L. Wilson, and they've been together ever since, enjoying over 40 years of marriage.

Judy was a faithful member of Lansing United Methodist Church, where she took great pleasure in her participation with the Bell Choir and the Bible Study Group. She was also an avid reader, but first and foremost, her priority was her family.


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posticon Robert M. Sharp

Obituaries | Sunday, July 05, 2009 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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ImageRobert M. Sharp passed away on Friday, July 3, 2009, at the age of 88.


Born August 27, 1920, in Ithaca, Bob was a son of the late Emory and Emma (Cook) Sharp. A life resident of the area, he served with the Civilian Conservation Corps. from 1937 - 1939 and he honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. Bob was employed as a machinist at Therm Inc., retiring after over 25 years of service.

 

 

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posticon Elizabeth "Betty" Ainslie Kelly

Obituaries | Sunday, July 05, 2009 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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ImageElizabeth "Betty" Ainslie Kelly, of Woodsedge Apts. in Lansing, passed away Friday, July 3, 2009, at the age of 94, at Cayuga Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.

Born December 6, 1914, Betty was the daughter of the late J. Stuart and Elizabeth (Boyd) Ainslie. As a young child she and her family lived in various parts of the United States and Canada before coming home to Ithaca where she graduated in 1932 from Ithaca High School. Betty attended college at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. In 1939 she married the late Roland J. Kelly and together they raised six children on various dairy farms around central New York. Later in 1952 they settled in Lansing, New York where they made Sharpsteen Road their home. Betty was employed at The Cornell University Veterinary College, where she worked for over 20 years as a lab technician. Betty had many interests. She and Roland were instrumental in regenerating the Ithaca Farmer's Market. She was a member of the North Lansing Auxiliary, a past secretary of the Lansing Senior Citizens, a member of the L.O.A.P. program, and enjoyed bowling in the Senior League. Betty was involved in many knitting projects over the years such as caps for newborns at the Cayuga Medical Center. All of these activities ranked second to her family, as they were her primary focus and a source of much love and joy.

 

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posticon Leah R. Snow

Obituaries | Wednesday, June 17, 2009 | By Perkins Funeral Home Print
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Leah R. Snow, age 65, of 915 Cobb Street, Groton, NY and formerly of Etna passed away Sunday, June 15, 2009 at the Cortland Regional Hospital. Leah was born Nov. 18, 1943 at Ithaca, a daughter of the late Paul and Virginia Lee Kobasa. Leah was graduated from Ithaca High School and was employed for 37 years at NYSEG. Her husband, Kenneth Snow, passed away Feb. 18, 1991. Leah was a wonderful and devoted mother, grandmother and friend that will be greatly missed.

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posticon Prudence M. Pisciotta

Obituaries | Friday, June 12, 2009 | By Perkins Funeral Home Print
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Prudence M. Pisciotta, age 82, of Boynton Beach, FL, passed away Thursday, June 11, 2009 at the Hospicare Residence, Ithaca, NY following a brief illness.

Born October 20, 1926 in New York City, NY, she is the daughter of the late Frank and Rose Bologna Musso and wife of the late Peter F. Pisciotta who died in 1997. She was employed with the Town of Hempstead, NY from 1967 until 1979 when she and her husband moved to Boynton Beach, FL. She was a transcriptionist with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department in Delray Beach until her retirement in 2003.

 

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posticon Margaret Pirko Janowsky

Obituaries | Tuesday, June 09, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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ITHACA - Margaret Pirko Janowsky, age 85 of Ithaca, died Monday morning at Cayuga Medical Center. Margaret was born on May 11, 1924, the daughter of the late Joseph and Eva Pirko.

She attended Immaculate Conception School and graduated from Ithaca High School, Class of 1942. On Sept. 2, 1944, she married her husband, the late Carl Janowsky, who died on December 18, 1983. Margaret was a long time resident of Fall Creek where she raised her children and enjoyed congregating with her neighbors. For the past five years, she was a resident of McGraw House.

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posticon Marjorie H. Sullivan

Obituaries | Monday, June 08, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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ITHACA - Marjorie H. Sullivan, age 92 of Ithaca, died Saturday evening at Seneca View Nursing Home in Montour Falls. Mrs. Sullivan was born April 13, 1917 in Ithaca, the daughter of the late William and Gladys Hess Holmes.

Marjorie was a graduate of Ithaca High School, Class of 1935 and she served in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII. Following the war, she worked at New York State Gas and Electric until she met he husband, William J. Sullivan, and began to raise a family. After her children were raised, she worked for a short period of time at Agway before working at Cornell University in the Admissions Office. In 1983 she retired after 20 years of service. After her retirement, Marjorie worked for RSVP especially during tax season when she helped many seniors prepare their taxes.

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posticon William J. Ketter

Obituaries | Friday, May 29, 2009 | By Perkins Funeral Home Print
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William J. Ketter, formerly of Harford Mills, NY, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2009 at his residence in Moravia, NY. Bill was born in Oneida, NY on Sept. 11, 1928, a son of the late Earl and Mary Burghardt Ketter. He signed up with the US Army at age 16 and later served in the US Navy aboard the USS North Carolina and the USS Wisconsin. Bill was married for 32 years to the former Arlene Thornton who died January 20, 1988. Later, Bill was married to Carolyn Saxton Ketter who survives. Bill was a mechanic, a truck driver and a carpenter. He worked for a while at Crispell Automotive and had also been employed at Cargill Salt Mine, GLF, Agway, Empire Soils Investigations and ALNYE Trucking.

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posticon Mary Jane (Chase) Fuller

Obituaries | Friday, May 29, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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Syracuse-Mary Jane (Chase) Fuller, 74 of Syracuse went home to be with her Lord on Thursday, May 28, 2009. She was the daughter of the late Rev. William H. and Flora Turk Chase, formerly resided in Ithaca. She predeceased by her brother, Richard Chase.

Mary was a graduate of Edmeston Central High School and worked toward a nursing degree during the 1970's. She was active in music in her church for many years. She loved reading, puzzles and spending time playing games with her grandchildren.

 

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