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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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posticon James Myron Sherwood

Obituaries | Friday, May 29, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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James Myron Sherwood, 96, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at the Hospice unit at Retreat Hospital in Richmond, Va. Jim's prior residence was The Laurels of Willow Creek in Midlothian, Va.

Jim relocated to Richmond area August 2008 to be closer to family members, but was a life long resident of Ithaca, New York.

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posticon Margaret V Ruane

Obituaries | Wednesday, May 27, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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ImageMargaret V Ruane, 86, passed away peacefully at home on May 24, 2009. Born at Portland Point, NY of Garbor and Rosa Varga, on March 26, 1923.

Margaret attended Lansing Schools, always looking forward to and attending annual Alumni Reunions with family and friends. She worked for New York Telephone Company for 32 years as an operator until her retirement. After retirement she found the Service League where she spent many hours volunteering. The Service League became her passion where she would spend hours working among other volunteers that she considered among her closest friends.
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posticon Margaret Mae Beam Decker

Obituaries | Tuesday, April 21, 2009 | By Perkins Funeral Home Print
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SLATERVILLE SPRINGS - Margaret Mae Beam Decker of Slaterville Springs died in her home on March 3, 2009 with special family friend Delores Newman by her side. She was born on May 31, 1921 to Oscar Bullis and Nellie Straight Beam who predeceased her. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of almost 60 years, LeRoy J. Decker and her sister Betty Beam. She was a lifelong resident of the Town of Caroline.

Margaret was retired from Tompkins County where she was Receiver of Taxes. She also previously worked at Fletcher's Dry Cleaners, Dr. Elwood Smith, Optometrist and Agway before she went to work for the County.

 

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posticon Edward Rapp Strobel

Obituaries | Thursday, April 16, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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DANBY - Edward Rapp Strobel, age 84, of Danby, died Tuesday evening at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Ed was born in Brewster, the son of the late Edward D. and Rose Rapp Strobel. He was a World War II veteran, where he served in the Airborne Corps, 412 Fighter Squadron. After the war, he moved to Danby where he became a dairy farmer.

Survivors include his sister, Rose Graham of Lansing; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Friends and family may call Friday from 9:00 to 11 a.m. Funeral Services will be held at the Herson Funeral Home. Burial with Full Military Honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

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posticon John Joseph Smith

Obituaries | Monday, April 13, 2009 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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John Joseph Smith, 85, of Locke, NY, passed away Saturday evening April 11, 2009 at the Groton Nursing Facility.

Born in Ludlowville on November 2, 1923, John graduated from Lansing High School and proudly served his country in the US Army during WWII. In 1948 he married Evelyn Argetsinger, and they enjoyed 59 years of marriage before her passing in 2007. He was employed at Cornell University and enjoyed working his farm for many years as well. In addition to farming and his family, John had a broad range of hobbies including wood carving, furniture making, mountain climbing, rappelling, cross country skiing, hot air ballooning and RV camping. A lifelong resident of the area, John was a member of All Saints Catholic Church, Flashing Feathers Bowhunters, Lansing Bowhunters and Cayuga Lake Beagle Club.

 

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posticon Allen J. Hover

Obituaries | Monday, April 13, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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ITHACA - Allen J. Hover, age 84 of Ithaca, died Saturday April 11, 2009 at Cayuga Medical Center. A.J. was born on September 6, 1923 in Ithaca, the son of the late Arthur and Edith Hover.

He loved hunting, fishing, and playing cards. Allen worked as a machinist at Borg Warner for over 25 years. He was co-owner of the Plantation Inn and the Woodside Inn, now known as Kumas. Allen served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 624th Quartermaster Company as a truck driver hauling troops & supplies in Europe.

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posticon Bernice M. Beckman

Obituaries | Thursday, April 09, 2009 | By Perkins Funeral Home Print
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FREEVILLE - Bernice M. Beckman, age 72, of Freeville, NY passed away Thursday, April 9, 2009 at her daughter’s home in Newark Valley with her family at her side.

Born October 27, 1936 in Spencer, NY she was a daughter of the late Leon and Alice Drake. Mrs. Beckman is survived by her husband, John and a very large extended family.

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posticon Charles Lawrence Boykin Sr.

Obituaries | Thursday, April 09, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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ITHACA –  Charles Lawrence Boykin Sr., age 87 of Ithaca, passed away on Friday April 3, 2009 at Cortland Memorial Hospital. Chuck was born February 15, 1922, in Indianapolis, IN, a son of the late Howard and Velma Brown Boykin. The Boykin family moved to Ithaca when he was 2 years old. Chuck served in the US Marine Corp. during World War II and was in active duty from April 1942 to August 1945.

He owned and operated Charles Boykin’s Body Shop on West State St. for 25 years until moving his business to West Clinton St. for 3 years before he retired. He was a member of the Ithaca B.O.E. Elks #636, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and he was past president of the Danby Pirates Club.

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posticon Linda Louise Jones - Hinson

Obituaries | Thursday, April 09, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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ITHACA – Linda Louise Jones-Hinson, age 58 of Ithaca, died Friday morning at Clifton Springs Spa, in Clifton Springs. Linda was born in Ithaca, the daughter of the late Richard & Gladys Jones. Prior to her retirement, she worked in the medical profession as a secretary for many years.

Survivors include her four children, Sean, Nigel, Sheria, and George, Jr.;  five grandchildren; two sisters, Terry Lisa and Kathy Ann; three brothers, Charles, Michael, and Abdullah,  a host of nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her two brothers, Leeland and Steven.

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posticon Robert O. Sundquist

Obituaries | Thursday, April 09, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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ImageDanby – Robert O. Sundquist, age 69, of Danby, died Sunday morning at Hospicare after a courageous battle with cancer. His recent battle, like his life, exemplified courage and determination, as in the Finnish concept of SISU. Bob was born in Ithaca, the son of the late Mildred (Ollie) and Onnie Sundquist. Bob graduated from Cascadilla School and was a well self-educated individual.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a gifted landscape artist.

With his gentle, kind, and quite spoken demeanor, Bob was a beloved son, brother, cousin, and friend. He is survived by his siblings, Joseph, Marian, and Helen. As “Uncle Bobby” he was a steadfast man who was a fatherly figure to many of his nieces and nephews.  He will be greatly missed especially by the current youngest ‘lights of his life,’ Anthony Neal Imani Solomon Sundquist and Richard (“Little Ricky”)William Sundquist  III.

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posticon Jack Brookhouse

Obituaries | Friday, April 03, 2009 | By Perkins Funeral Home Print
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ImageFREEVILLE - Jack Brookhouse, 87, formerly of Freeville, NY passed away Sunday, March 22, 2009.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Loretta Clark Brookhouse; his daughters, Sandra and George Ketola of Locke, NY, Sharon and George Suess of Halcottsville, NY, Donna and Stephen Carpenter of Dryden, NY and Peggy and Richard Case, Jr. of Groton, NY; 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Jack is also survived by his brothers, Everett and Martha Brookhouse, LeRoy and Geneva Brookhouse and his sister, Doris and Tom Weller all of Michigan.

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posticon Barbara Partridge Dyer

Obituaries | Monday, March 16, 2009 | By Lindquist Funeral Home Print
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ImageBarbara Partridge Dyer, loving wife, mother and grandmother, went to be with the Lord on March 15, 2009.  Barbara was born in Somerville, MA on February 7, 1920.  She was the daughter of Ashley W. and Jennie Maud Partridge.

Barbara grew up in Lexington, MA, where she enjoyed visiting her father’s ice cream stand and playing the violin in the high school orchestra.  In her childhood she spent time in Blue Hill with family, sailing on the Vagabond, and enjoying relaxing times on the beach and rocks.  She married Vernelle “Cappy” Dyer on October 17, 1950.  Together they raised a family in an old farmhouse in Yarmouth.

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posticon Michele Caporiccio

Obituaries | Monday, March 09, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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ITHACA - Michele Caporiccio, age 76, of Ithaca, died Sunday morning at Hospicare. Mr. Caporiccio was born in Fondi, Italy, the son of the late Andrea and Gemma Caporiccio. He was a retired groundskeeper at Cornell University after 25 years of service. Michele will always be remembered for his devotion to his family and spending time with them at family events.

Survivors included his wife of 51 years, Lelia Caporiccio; four sons, Andrea (Debra) Caporiccio, Armando Franco (Judy) Caporiccio, Giovanni (Tina) Caporiccio, Antonio Maurizio (Deborah) Caporiccio; three sisters, Concettina, Fortunata, Armandina; six grandsons, Michael, Joseph, Matthew, Adam, Kevin, and Justin Caporiccio; two granddaughters, Marissa and Alexia Caporiccio; several nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his two brothers, Giovanni and Armando Caporiccio; a sister, Assunta.

 

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posticon David Frederick Aiken

Obituaries | Monday, February 16, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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Freeville - David Frederick Aiken, age 67 of Freeville, died Saturday, February 14, 2009, evening at Cayuga Medical Center. Mr. Aiken was born in Bainbridge, the son of the late Levi and Marion Aiken. David was a member of the Class of 1959 at Greene Central High School and he would have celebrated his 50th Class Reunion in September. Prior to his retirement, David was a salt miner for 35 years at Cargill Inc., in Lansing.

He enjoyed cars, fishing and hunting, watching his grandchildren play sports and performing in concerts; he was a person who enjoyed being in the outdoors and spending time with friends and family. David will be missed by all.

 

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posticon Ross Bradford Sinn

Obituaries | Thursday, February 12, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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ITHACA - Ross Bradford Sinn, age 85 of the Village of Lansing, died Thursday morning at Hospicare in Ithaca. Mr. Sinn was born in Ithaca, a son of the late Bradford and Ruth Sinn. He enjoyed doing yard work, camping with the 39r's, fishing, taking care of his birds and commiserating with the neighbors. After 41 years of service, he retired from Cornell University as a senior experimentalist in the Department of Entomology in the insectary garage.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Edith C. Sinn; a daughter, Sharon Sinn; a brother, Eugene Sinn; step brother, John (Marguerite) Emery; a step-sister, Dorothy (Bob Fleet) Harris; several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his sister, Julia Beach, and a step-brother, B.F. Emery.

 

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posticon Marian A. Wilson

Obituaries | Sunday, February 08, 2009 | By James D. Barrett Funeral Home Print
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ImageMarian A. Wilson, age 101, formerly of Hart St., Elmira, NY and Woodsedge Apts., Lansing, NY, passed away on Thursday, February 5, 2009, at the Groton Community Health Care Facility, Groton, NY. Marian was born on July 1, 1907 in Hornell, NY, daughter of the late Edwin and Grace (Acker) Jones.

Survivors include her son, Hillis (Judy) Wilson and granddaughter, Susan Wilson; of Rt 1, Groton, NY. Nieces, Inga Wilson of Horseheads, NY and Shirley Soper of Huber Heights, OH; Also survived by Eddie (Sylvia) Derry, Mike (Nancy) Cleary, Chris (Janice) Soper, Wess (Joyce) Soper, Jeff (Ella) Soper, Robert (Laurie) Granger, Tim Granger, Dean Granger, Adrian (Martin) Poole, Jeannette Wilson, and Louise 
(Ronald) Furstoss. Marian was predeceased by her husband, Hillis Wilson in 1978. She was also predeceased by her brothers and sisters , Helen Soper, Burr Jones, Walton Jones, and Radah Derry.

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posticon Francis John Ruane

Obituaries | Thursday, February 05, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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Francis John Ruane, age 88 of Ithaca, died Wednesday morning at Lakeside Nursing Home. Frank was born in Ithaca, a son of the late Thomas P. and Bina Ruane.

Prior to his retirement, he was a Physical Education teacher for 26 years at LeRoy Central School and other schools throughout Upstate New York. During his employment he coached football, basketball, and baseball. He traveled extenstively and made many trips to South Bend, IN for the Fighting Irish game at Notre Dame. As an avid golfer, he played every golf course in the British Open rotation. He was a loyal Buffalo Bills fan.

 

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posticon Larry W. Brown

Obituaries | Saturday, January 24, 2009 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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ImageNewfield - Larry W. Brown, age 56, of Newfield, died unexpectedly at Cayuga Medical Center. Larry is the son of the late Gene and Hazel Hosier. Prior to his death, he was employed at Simmons Rockwell in Big Flats as a car salesman.

Larry was an outdoorsman where he enjoyed camping, canoeing, and being with his family, especially his grandsons. He served in the US Marine Corp. from 1970-1974 where he was a Maintenance Control NCO for a sixteen plane fighter. During his service he received two meritorious promotions.

 

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