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posticon David F. Kilts

Obituaries | Wednesday, July 21, 2010 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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David F. Kilts, passed away on Sunday, July 18, 2010, at the age of 60.

Born October 31, 1949, in Cooperstown, NY, he was a son of the late F. John and Fredella (Smith) Kilts. After high school, David proudly served his country in the US Navy during the Vietnam Conflict where he earned numerous medals of honor and a bronze star. He was well known for his keen sense of humor and his love of the outdoors. David was particularly fond of and spent a lot of time in the Salt Point area of Lansing. He was always willing to lend a hand to anyone who needed help with a project.

 

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posticon Brian Kevin Cleveland

Obituaries | Saturday, July 17, 2010 | By Embser Funeral Home Print
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ImageAkron, NY - Brian Kevin Cleveland, 43, of Akron, NY and formerly of Lansing, NY, passed peacefully surrounded in love by his family at Roswell Park Cancer Institute on July 15, 2010. Devoted and beloved husband of Kathryn (Pagels) Cleveland; loving father of Jonathan C. Cleveland and Colten V. Cleveland; cherished son of Sidney C. Cleveland and Sandra (Vincent) Cleveland; greatly loved brother of Lorraine A. Cleveland and Christine C. Crossgrove (James) and wonderful uncle of Cassandra L. Mazur, Benjamin D. Crossgrove and Kevin J. Crossgrove.

Brian was born in Batavia, NY on March 28, 1967. He attended Albion Elementary School and was a 1986 graduate of Lansing High School and an outstanding swimmer for Lansing. Serving UPS as a delivery and feeder driver for 25 years, Brian demonstrated exceptional loyalty as an employee and co-worker. He married Kathryn at Roswell Park Chapel on February 14, 2008.

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posticon Allison Faith Selby Stratton

Obituaries | Sunday, July 11, 2010 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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ImageAllison Faith Selby Stratton, age 33, passed away after a brief illness on Saturday, July 10, 2010, at her home in Johnson City, NY.

 

Born January 17, 1977, in Ithaca, NY, Allison was a daughter of Vaughn and Arlene (Fenton) Selby, who survive her. She is also survived by her husband of over three years, Paul D. Stratton; a sister, Mary (Steve) Seymour of Lansing; two brothers, Orry Ray and Jonathon Selby of Lansing; two nieces; two nephews; as well as extended family and her husband's family.

 

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posticon Kathryn L. Campbell

Obituaries | Monday, June 14, 2010 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Kathryn L. Campbell, 93, of 1942 East Shore Drive, Lansing passed away on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at the Hospicare residence in Ithaca.

Born March 1, 1917, in Athens, Pennsylvania, Kathryn was a daughter of the late Samuel and Mary Katherine (Dibble) Kunes.  A 1935 graduate of Athens High School, she married Bernard D. Campbell in 1936 and they enjoyed 59 years of marriage before his passing in 1995.  In 1953 she and Bernard moved to Lansing where they opened Campbell’s General Store in Ludlowville and operated it for 8 years.  Kathryn later worked as a purchasing agent for the Lansing Central School District, retiring in the mid 70’s.

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posticon Louise May Barr

Obituaries | Tuesday, June 08, 2010 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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ImageLansing, NY -- Louise May Barr, age 90, passed away Sunday, June 6, 2010 at Cayuga Medical Center.

Born September 28, 1919, in Cleveland, Ohio, Louise was a daughter of the late Ada (Huntley) Barr (deceased) and David Winfield Barr (deceased), and sister of Helen Barr Battin (deceased) and Betty Barr Lemmon (deceased). A 1942 graduate of Hillsdale College in Michigan, she was employed in the Pathology Department of Western Reserve University Medical School until 1949 when she moved to Ithaca. She started employment in the Pathology Department at Cornell University's Veterinary College in the Clinical Pathology Lab instructing Senior year veterinary students and then in Electron Microscopy, where she was first to identify and photograph the feline leukemia virus. During her professional years Louise was president of the Alpha Chapter of Women in Science. She retired in 1982 and has since lovingly cared for the Barr Family Homestead in Ludlowville.


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posticon Raymond G. Reynolds

Obituaries | Tuesday, June 01, 2010 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Lansing, NY -- Raymond G. Reynolds, age 67, of 35 Buck Rd., Lansing, NY, passed away at the Hospicare Residence on Friday, May 28, 2010.

Born in Auburn, NY on April 11, 1943, Ray was a son of the late Ralph and Helen (Morrison) Reynolds. After high school, Ray served for six years in the US Army Reserves. He spent most of his working years self-employed as a carpenter, and was well known in the Lansing area as an apple grower. One of Lansing School District's greatest sports supporters, it was rare for Ray to miss a game in any season.


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posticon Marian Elizabeth Traphagen

Obituaries | Tuesday, May 11, 2010 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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ImageFreeville -- Marian Elizabeth Traphagen, age 63, passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer, on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9, 2010.

Born December 28, 1946, in Ithaca, Marian was a lifelong resident of Tompkins County.   She was employed at Cornell University and later as a teacher’s aide with the Dryden School District, retiring in 2004.  Marian enjoyed life to the fullest, doing things she loved like reading, traveling in her motor home, gardening, going to the casino, being on her boat, shopping and watching her favorite show ‘The Andy Griffith Show’. Most of all Marian loved to spend time with her family.  She was a loving mother for 33 years and a darling wife for 34 years.  Marian has been an inspiration to all of us and will be loved and missed every day.

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posticon Andrew Elliott

Obituaries | Friday, April 30, 2010 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Andrew Elliott, of 127 Canaan Heights, passed away Wednesday, April 28, 2010, at Cayuga Medical Center at the age of 52.

Born in Seneca Falls, NY, on May 22, 1957, he was a son of the late Elmer D. Elliott, Jr., and Florence E. Bryant Elliott who survives him. A 1976 graduate of Lansing High School, Andy proudly served his country in the US Marine Corps from 1976 - 1979. He was employed at Cargill Inc. for nearly 22 years as a bulk handler and loader operator. An avid outdoorsman, Andy never passed up an opportunity to go fishing or hunting.


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posticon Clarence C. Benson

Obituaries | Tuesday, April 27, 2010 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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ImageClarence C. Benson, age 93, passed away Saturday, April 24, 2010, at the Groton Nursing Facility.

Born at home in Groton, NY, on January 4, 1917, he was a son of the late C. Fay and Marjorie (Buck) Benson. A 1935 graduate of Groton High School, Clarence was a lifelong resident of the Groton/Lansing area. He went to work dairy farming right out of high school and enjoyed his labor of love for over 50 years at Bensvue Farm on Lansingville Rd.

 

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posticon Francis "Sonny" Arcangeli, Sr.

Obituaries | Thursday, April 15, 2010 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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ImageFrancis "Sonny" Arcangeli, Sr., 73, passed away Saturday, April 3, 2010, at Beechtree Care Center with his family at his side.

Born in Watkins Glen, NY, on December 3, 1936, Sonny was a son of the late Frank and Dorcellia (Mapes) Arcangeli. A graduate of Watkins Glen High School, Sonny proudly served in the Army Reserves, and in 1958 married Eva (VanZile) Arcangeli. Sonny and Eva began raising their family and soon moved to their home on Lansingville Rd. in Lansing. Sonny was employed and retired with 31 years of service from General Crushed Stone in Lansing. Not one to sit around, he enjoyed a "retirement job" as a bus driver for the Lansing School District. He took great pleasure in watching the sporting events of his children and grand children. Sonny was also an avid RV camper, NASCAR fan, and just loved a good card game of any kind. He pitched horseshoes in the Northern League for Cecil's Tavern and bowled at Groton Corona Club.

 

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posticon Vivian Ruth Dedrick

Obituaries | Monday, March 15, 2010 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Lansing, NY -- Vivian Ruth Dedrick, age 76, of 716 Auburn Rd., passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA.

Born in Rathbone, NY on August 27, 1933, she was a daughter of the late Willard Mose and Edith (Clayton) Harrington. After graduation from Addison High School, Vivian received her RN degree from Harpursville College. In 1956 she married Paul T. Dedrick, who survives her, and in 1965 they settled on their farm in Lansing where they raised their family.

 

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posticon DeForest E. Heffron

Obituaries | Saturday, March 13, 2010 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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DeForest E. Heffron of 658 Ridge Rd., Lansing, NY passed away on Monday, March 8, 2010, at the age of 82.

Born in Caroline, NY, on September 1, 1927, he was a son of the late Berkley and Jessie Edith (Mix) Heffron. DeForest was a graduate of Candor Central School and received his Bachelors Degree from Buffalo State and his Masters from Bowdin College. He proudly served his country in the US Air Force and US Marines.


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posticon Lawrence "PeeWee" Howe

Obituaries | Saturday, March 13, 2010 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Lawrence "PeeWee" Howe, 84, of 78 Mary St., Ithaca, NY, passed away peacefully with his loving family at his side on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at Groton Nursing Facility.

Born April 11, 1925, in Ithaca, NY, he was an only child of the late Lawrence and Blanche (Miller) Howe. Raised on Cascadilla St., PeeWee was a lifelong resident of the area. After high school he proudly served with the US Army. Upon his return to Ithaca PeeWee went to work with the Laborers Local 785 and retired with over 38 years of service. He and his wife, Esther, enjoyed wintering in Cocoa, Florida with their friends, Dick & Mary Turner of Lockport, NY.


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posticon Barbara B. Yale

Obituaries | Thursday, February 25, 2010 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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Ithaca - Barbara B. Yale, 81, of Ithaca died Tuesday evening, February 23, 2010, at her home in the woods by the lake.

Barbara was born in Rochester, NY, the daughter of late the Monroe and Julia Blumenstiel. She lived in Ithaca for the last 48 years, having moved here with her husband, Dr. Daniel I. Yale, when he set up his medical practice in orthopedic surgery.

Barbara loved Ithaca, especially the creativity of the community and the natural beauty of the area. She had a great love of people, and a knack for quickly getting to know them and making them her friends. She took great pride in her family.

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posticon Stephen John Zavaski II

Obituaries | Thursday, February 25, 2010 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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Ithaca - Stephen John Zavaski II, age 59 of Ithaca, died unexpectedly on Monday at his residence. Stephen is the son of the late Stephen J. (R. Merle) Zavaski. He enjoyed cooking, raising orchids, listening to his favorite radio show on Sunday evening, and being around his nephews.

 

Survivors include his brother, David (Donna) Zavaski; a niece, Michelle Starks and Christopher (Stacy Nickerson) Zavaski; three great-nephews, Cosey Starks, Connor Zavaski, and Austin Nicherson; a cousin, Jeane Nash; a longtime friend, Janice Pack.


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posticon Leonard Smith

Obituaries | Thursday, February 25, 2010 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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ImageLeonard Smith, age 84, of Ithaca and formerly of Queens, passed away at home on Saturday, February 20, 2010 of natural causes. Leonard was born on July 15, 1925 in New Orleans, LA, the son of the late Ethel and Richard Smith, Sr. Leonard served honorably in the United States Army during WWII. In the late 1940s, he moved to Ithaca with his brother LeRoy Smith. He eventually relocated to New York City, where he worked for many years at Elmhurst Hospital.

Leonard was married to Gertrude "Frenchie" Smith for many years before she passed away from complications of diabetes. He then shared many happy years with his lady friend, Mamie Washington. In his later years, he was actively involved in church and spiritual activities. He recently moved back to Ithaca, where he enjoyed the slower pace of life and relaxed atmosphere. May his spirit rest peacefully with the Lord.

 

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posticon Robert "Mark" Dunlop

Obituaries | Thursday, February 25, 2010 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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Trumansburg - Robert "Mark" Dunlop, age 51 of Trumansburg, died Saturday morning at his residence while under Hospice care. Mark is the son of E. Dawn Dunlop -Velasquez and the late Robert J. Dunlop. A painter by trade, Mark enjoyed fishing, camping and traveling with his family. He will always be remembered for being a lover of the outdoors and being social with his family and friends.

In addition to his mother, E Dawn Dunlop-Velasquez, survivors include his wife, Tammy Dunlop; a son, Brandon Dunlop; three daughters, Cassandra Dunlop, Samantha (Daron) Bantin, and Sheena Dunlop; six grandchildren; a sister, Rene (PT) Ryan; two nephews, Eddie (Natalie) Vorhis and Chris (Hale) Voris. Mark is predeceased by his step-father, Orlando Velasquez.


 

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posticon Juanita Irene Mooney

Obituaries | Thursday, February 11, 2010 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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Juanita Irene Mooney, age 84 of Ithaca, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday (February 5, 2010) at Hospicare. Mrs. Mooney was born in Genoa, the daughter of the late Frances Wood. Mrs. Mooney was an avid BINGO player and she enjoyed going to the casino with her children when she was active. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting as well as working with canvas.

Survivors include her seven children, Mary Ussery, Frank (Sally) Wells, Carol (David Bogart) Reeves, Cherry (Howard) Porter, Richard (Cathy) Mooney, Tina (Jr.) Mooney, and Tony Mooney Sr.; 17 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; a sister, Clara Fredenburg; several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Mooney is predeceased by her husband, Paul Mooney who died in 1963; a son, Paul E. Mooney; a grandson, Jimmy Mooney; a brother, Clarence Bagley and a sister, Bertha Hughes.

 

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posticon Robert W. Miller

Obituaries | Thursday, February 11, 2010 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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Robert W. Miller, age 85, died at home Sunday, February 7, 2010, following an extended decline in health.

Born to W. Dwight and Reda Miller on September 20, 1924 in Brooklyn, New York, Bob graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and then entered the U.S. Navy at the height of World War II. He served in the Pacific Theater as a Radarman 1st Class aboard the U.S.S. Wesson, Destroyer Escort 184, from 1943 until the end of the war. His ship participated in many Pacific battles. On April 7, 1945, the Wesson was hit by a Japanese suicide plane. Eight crew members died and the ship was heavily damaged.

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posticon Blanche "Birdie" A. Wells

Obituaries | Thursday, February 04, 2010 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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Ithaca - Blanche "Birdie" A. Wells, age 88 of Ithaca, died peacefully surrounded by here family, Tuesday evening at Beechtree Nursing Home. Matriarch of the Wells family, she was born in Newfield and is the daughter of the late Wesley and Nellie Crance. For many years, she was associated with the family businesses, the Corner Store Catering and Flower Field Florist. She was a charter member of Finger Lakes Button Club and a former member of the David Harriman Button Club in Cortland. Birdie was an avid BINGO player.

Birdie is survived by her five sons Lester A. Wells, Daniel "Boon" Wells, John A. (Dorrie Haring) Wells, Charles (Wanda) R. Wells, Arthur J. Wells; two daughters, Mary Jane Wells and Shirley Ann (Douglas) Allen; 7 grandchildren, Kristen (Mark Woodard) Wells, Melissa, Melinda and Melanie Allen, Charles II & Denver Wells, and Tyler Wells; three great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Michael Woodard and Connor Allen; two sisters, Pauline Cundy and Rita Grover; several nieces and nephews; three good friends, Mary Ann, Sally, and Jackie.

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