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posticon Regina Costello Knapp

Obituaries | Thursday, December 28, 2006 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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ImageKING FERRY - Regina Costello Knapp, 52, devoted wife and mother, died at her home on Rabbit Run in King Ferry on December 28, 2006 with her family by her side.

Regina was a dynamic force in all aspects of her life. She loved God and had a powerful influence on those with whom she worshipped when she was an Assistant Youth Pastor. Those who worked with her will remember the indomitable force that she applied to tasks small and monumental. She clearly loved the staff and children she leaves at Ithaca Montessori School. Her heart's desires live on in her son, Colden. She awaits Christ's return.

Regina was born in the Bronx, New York on October 8, 1954, the daughter of Thomas and Anne Costello. She was a graduate of St. Helena High School in 1972 and held an AAS degree from Katharine Gibbs in New York City.
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posticon William J. Bishop

Obituaries | Thursday, December 21, 2006 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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ImageWilliam J. Bishop, age 79, of 715 Lansing Station Road, Lansing, NY, slipped away peacefully, surrounded by family members, on Thursday, December 21, 2006 at his home. He was born in Buffalo, NY to the late William and Marion Ferguson Bishop of Newfield, formally from Ithaca, Ludlowville and Hamburg. He graduated from Hamburg High School. He came to Ithaca to work at Cayuga Motors as a parts man, and then bought a Snap-On dealership in 1952 covering Ithaca and Cortland areas until 1965. He then formed his own business of Finger Lakes Tools until he retired in 1999.

He was a charter member of the Finger Lakes Racing Assoc. and was the starter/flagman at the stockcar races at Chemung, Dryden, and Glen Aubrey race tracks from 1949 to 1956. He was an avid NASCAR fan and watched the races as well as pro football every Sunday on TV. He was instrumental in organizing the Ludlowville Almeda Ambulance Service when the fireman bought a 1937 Cadillac Ambulance. He was a member of the Lansing Methodist Church. He loved golf and for 15 years went to Myrtle Beach with his friends. He was also an avid deer hunter with his friends at the Todd farm in Lansing. For years he had and maintained a boat for water skiing with his children, grandchildren, and many friends, and thoroughly enjoyed fun ski trips with close friends and family.

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posticon Katherine "Katie" L. Davis

Obituaries | Tuesday, December 05, 2006 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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ImageGROTON, NY - Katherine L. Davis "Katie", 95, of Groton, NY passed away on Tuesday, December 5, 2006, at Groton Nursing Facility, where she had been residing. She was predeceased by her husband of 75 years, Jearold Davis; her brother, Charles; sisters, Mary, Anna, Agnes; and her brother-in-law, Abraham Norman. Katie is survived by her only child, Edith Volbrecht, and her husband, Calvin of Lansing, NY; her grandson and wife, Douglas and Debra Volbrecht, Freeville, NY; her granddaughter, Callean Hile, Groton; great-grandchildren, Jennifer and Matthew Hardy, Liverpool, NY, James Volbrecht, Groton; great-great-granddaughter, Ashley Hardy; sisters and brother-in-law, Betty Norman, Dorothy and Larry Small, all of Lansing; sister-in-law, Marion Lucas; and several nieces and nephews.

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posticon Paul E. Graziano

Obituaries | Tuesday, December 05, 2006 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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LANSING, NY - Paul E. Graziano, 84, of Lansing, NY, passed away on Sunday, December 3, 2006, at the Hospicare Residence, Ithaca, NY. He was predeceased by his wife, Georgia A. Graziano. Paul is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Karen Graziano, Lansing; his sisters, Eleanor Capista, Trumansburg, Terry DiMaggio, N. Syracuse, NY, Lena Lentine, Madeline Calamia, both of NJ; also his numerous nieces and nephews.

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posticon Paul E. Graziano

Obituaries | Monday, December 04, 2006 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Paul E. Graziano, 84, of Lansing, NY, passed away on Sunday December 3, 2006, at the Hospicare Residence, Ithaca, NY. He was predeceased by his wife, Georgia A. Graziano. Paul is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Karen Graziano, Lansing; his sisters, Eleanor Capista, Trumansburg, Terry DiMaggio, N. Syracuse, NY, Lena Lentine, Madeline Calamia, both of NJ; also his numerous nieces and nephews. Paul was born in Newark, NJ, on December 18, 1921. He was a Veteran of WWII, serving as Military Police with the US Army in several locations throughout Europe and was a lifetime auto mechanic, retiring from Key Motors in Ithaca after a long career. Paul took pride in dog breeding and training. He was a member of the Ithaca Dog Training Club and the Finger Lakes Kennel Club, and enjoyed raising German Short-Hair Pointers with the companionship of his wife and son.

In honoring his request, there will be no formal services. A private family Memorial service will be planned at a later date. Those wishing are asked to direct gifts of sympathy to Hospicare, 172 E. King Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850. Arrangements are with Lansing Funeral Home.
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posticon Cecile Conklin Mapes

Obituaries | Monday, December 04, 2006 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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ImageCecile Conklin Mapes of 23 Walnut Street, Moravia, New York (formally of Scipio Center, NY) died on Wednesday, November 29, 2006. Cecile was born October 1, 1922 in Cuba, New York, on a small dairy farm that fully deserved its “hard scrabble” description. She was the daughter of the late Monroe Conklin and Mabel (Nottingham) Conklin of Cuba, New York.

Survivors include son Alan (Charlene) of Delmar, New York; daughters Penney (William) Cook of Aurora, New York and Sheila (Leigh) Mapes-English of Chesterfield, Missouri; brother Gordon Conklin of Ithaca, New York; six grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by husband Chester Mapes, a brother Howard Conklin of Ithaca, and a sister Doris Logan of West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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posticon Gary M. Volbrecht

Obituaries | Sunday, December 03, 2006 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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LANSING - Gary M. Volbrecht, 53, of Lansing, NY, passed away on Friday December 1, 2006, at his home. He is survived by his parents, Marshall and Effie Volbrecht, Lansing; his sisters and brother-in-law, Kathy and Don Bryant, Nebraska, Rose Mary Volbrecht, Washington; his brother, Rodney Volbrecht and Cherie Morse, Ithaca, NY; his nieces and nephew, Nichoal Parkin-Volbrecht, Florida, Amber and Timothy Westfall, Groton, NY, Erin and David Piscitelli, Baldwinsville, NY, Andrew Bryant, Arizona; his great niece, Julie Piscitelli; his several aunts, uncles and cousins. Gary was born in Ithaca, NY on April 26, 1953, the son of Marshall and Effie (Poel) Volbrecht.

He was a graduate of Lansing High School and was a self employed woodsman, following in his fathers footsteps. Gary had a creative artistic ability that he expressed through his drawings, calligraphy, and woodworking. He was an exceptional friend whose generous spirit made him always willing to help others and especially care for his family. Gary loved nature, the outdoors, the forest, and living simply in his cabin by the creek.


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posticon Linda Kay Lawrence

Obituaries | Monday, November 27, 2006 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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Slaterville Springs – Linda Kay Lawrence, age 59 of Slaterville Springs, a retired employee after 34 years of service with the Book of the Month Club in Mechanicsburg, PA died Sunday evening at Cayuga Medical Center. Linda was born on February 5, 1947 in Carlisle, PA, a daughter of the late Edward Dewith and Betty Mae Giles.

Linda attended Carlisle area schools, a graduate of the Class of 1966. Her greatest hobbies were BINGO and card playing.

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posticon Wellington H.

Obituaries | Monday, November 20, 2006 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Wellington H. “Bill” Bachelor, 81, of Lansing, NY, passed away on Sunday November 19, 2006, at his home. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Eleanor (Burun) Bachelor; his four daughters and sons-in-law, Cheryl and Bill Ortlieb, Herkimer, NY, Pat and Kevin Vincent, Veronica Horton, Cindy and Chuck Bower, all of Lansing, NY; his son and daughter-in-law, Willy and Michelle Bachelor, Lansing; his grandchildren, Loreen and Nate Hobart, Amy Ortlieb, Caleb and Catlain Vincent, Stephanie and Arnold Vasquez, Jonathan Horton and Misty, Chad and Anthony Bower, Kaysee, Tyeler, Jordan, Mackenzie Bachelor; his great grandchildren, Alexa, Victoria, Gavin.

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posticon Alice S. Kippola

Obituaries | Thursday, November 16, 2006 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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ITHACA – Alice S. Kippola, age 93 of Ithaca, died Thursday afternoon (November 16, 2006) at her residence while under Hospice care. Ms. Kippola was born February 15, 1913, a daughter of the late Jacob and Lydia Kippola. Prior to her retirement, Alice worked for 32 years as a bio-laboratory technician with the U.S. Department of Agriculture here in Ithaca.

Survivors include her three nieces, Judy (Lloyd) Glick, Shirley (Clarence) Nero, and Pat Steenburgh; Three nephews, Frederick (Ruth) Kippola, Mitchell Kippola, and Jeffrey (Suanne) Brewer; a brother-in-law Charles Brewer; a niece-in-law, Luba Kippola. She is predeceased by nephew Francis Kippola, who died in 1995, a sister, Marie L. Brewer, who died in 2001, and her two brothers, Frank and Wayne Kippola.


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posticon Lillian L. Casciotti

Obituaries | Wednesday, November 08, 2006 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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Winter Garden, FL – Lillian L. Casciotti, of Winter Garden, FL, a former resident of Ithaca, died Wednesday (November 1, 2006) afternoon at her residence in Florida. Mrs. Casciotti is the daughter of the late Bennett and Amelia Treadwell and step-daughter of the late Louie Smith. Her husband, Aldo J. Casciotti and Lillian recently celebrated 60 years of marriage on August 31, 2006.

Mrs. Casciotti was the proprietor of a pet grooming business while she resided in Ithaca and later she owned an antique shop in Jacksonville for several years prior to moving to Florida. One of Lillian’s passions was collecting antique dolls; in fact, many of her dolls are listed in “The Blue Book Dolls and Values” by Jan Folke.

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posticon Howard E. Cahalan

Obituaries | Wednesday, November 08, 2006 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Howard E. Cahalan, 76, formerly of Lansing, NY, passed away early Tuesday morning, November 7, 2006, at the Groton Community Health Care Center. He was predeceased by his wife, Virginia “Ginny” Cahalan; his sister, Ruth Cahalan; his sister and brother-in-law, Florence and Robert Patton; and his brother-in-law, Bernard “Bud” Ryan.

Howard is survived by his two sons and daughter-in-law, James and Apple Cahalan, Dallas, TX, Eugene Cahalan, Solvay, NY; his four grandchildren, Christopher-Howard, James-Ryan, Al-Bryan, Amanda; his three great grandchildren, Courtney, Jessica, Jason; his sister, Helen Ryan, Aurora, NY; his brother and sister-in-law, Francis and Catharine Cahalan, Lansing, NY; and several nieces and nephews. Howard was born in Venice Center, NY, on June 6, 1930, the son of the late George and Harriet (Coiley) Cahalan. Howard was well known through this entire area and was very active in Fire Service his entire life. He was a 47 year member of the Lansing Fire Department, and served 17 years on the ambulance rescue squad. Howard will be sadly missed, as he would always have a smile and a kind word.

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posticon Lila Park Sprole

Obituaries | Monday, October 30, 2006 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Lila Park Sprole, of Ithaca, NY, passed away on October 29, 2006, at Hospicare of Tompkins County following a long battle with illness. She was born December 30, 1936, in Plant City, FL, the only child of the late William J. and Pauline Park, both lifelong Plant City residents. She was a graduate of both Plant City High School and Lakeland (FL) Business College, which led her to a position as the executive secretary to the founders of Florida Tile Industries, Inc., of Lakeland, FL, during the company’s formative years until she left to begin raising her family.

She is survived by her husband of more than 46 years, Robert R. Sprole, II; her children Robert, III (Linda), James, and Lila Westberry; her beloved granddaughters, Melissa and Jessica Sprole and Vanessa Westberry, all of Ithaca. She also leaves behind an extensive, extended family in New York and Florida, including her “adopted” daughter, Leila Miller (Paul) and her children Cassondra and Cera, of Locke. Her family also wants to extend our unending gratitude to her caregivers Evelyn Conway and Dorothy Graham, who provided so much companionship, comfort and assistance to her during her long illness.

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posticon Louise Ford Jackson

Obituaries | Friday, October 27, 2006 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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ITHACA - Louise Ford Jackson, wife of the late Dr. Kenneth Kendall Jackson, died peacefully in her home on Thursday, October 19th, 2006. She is survived by her daughter, Judith Jackson Elliot; her son, Kenneth Edward (Ted) Jackson, both of Baltimore, MD; her four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

In keeping with her wishes, there will be no services. Arrangements are with Lansing Funeral Home. www.lansingfuneralhome.com


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posticon Edith Marion Poppensiek

Obituaries | Friday, October 27, 2006 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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ITHACA - Edith Marion (nee Wallace) Poppensiek, of 32 Horizon Drive, Ithaca, passed away at the Hospicare Residence on East King Road on Saturday, September 30, 2006, surrounded by her family and following a short illness. She was 85.

Edith was born on March 17, 1921 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of John and Marion Graham (nee Allen) Wallace. She was raised in Bala Cynwyd, a suburban Philadelphia community, where she attended Lower Merion Township public schools. In 1941, she graduated from Drexel University and began work in the Dean's office, School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where she met her future husband, Dr. George C. Poppensiek. They were married on July 3, 1943 in Philadelphia, and celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary this summer.

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posticon Doris J. Teeter

Obituaries | Friday, October 27, 2006 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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LANSING - Doris J. Teeter, 84, of Lansing, NY, passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2006, at Beechtree Care Center, Ithaca, NY, where she had been residing. She was predeceased by her husband, Clayton Teeter, on September 2, 1956; and her granddaughter, Tammy Wolfe, who was born on September 17, 1965; she was also predeceased by her grandson, Scott Parker; and special grandson, Mark Wandall.

Doris is survived by her three daughters and sons-in-law, Claone and Morris Wolfe, Lansing, Rose Teeter, Groton, Lori and Chris Parker, W. Groton; her two sons, Edward Teeter, Lansing, and Edwin Teeter, Lansing; her seven grandchildren, Melissa, Philip, Shani, Daniel, Richie, JR, and Katie; her three great-grandchildren, Madison, Brandon, and Clayton; several nieces and nephews, including her favorite niece, Barb Barron; and her extended family, Peachy and Judy. Doris was born in Lansingville, NY, on July 23, 1922, the daughter of the late Bion and Mae (Inman) Grover, and lived her entire life in the Lansing area. She worked for Ithaca Gun, the Pocketbook Factory, and also for the Lansing Central School system.

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posticon William C. Wright

Obituaries | Friday, October 27, 2006 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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LANSING - In loving memory of William C. Wright 21, of Lansing, NY, who passed away on Monday, October 16, 2006, as the result of a vehicle accident.  He is survived by his fiancee, Karen Bartlett; his son, Allen; his daughter, Alexandra; his biological father, William Zimmerman; his adopted father, Carl Wright; his adopted mother, Catherine Small; his grandparents, Avery and Caroline Zimmerman, John and Betty Brake; his brothers, Bryan Zimmerman, Caleb Wright; his sisters, Crystie Zimmerman, Renee Wright; his several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and many good friends; and his faithful companions, Damarah and Quayden.

He was predeceased by his sister, Kimber Lee Zimmerman; and his nephew, Zavien Amelly-Egipciaco. Billy was born in Ithaca, NY on October 13, 1985. He attended Lansing Schools, where he enjoyed playing football and wrestling. Billy was an avid hunter and fisherman, and always lived the adventurous life. He especially cherished his family. His outgoing nature and passion for life will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

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posticon Donna Conover-LeGro

Obituaries | Wednesday, October 25, 2006 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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NEWFIELD - Donna Conover-LeGro, age 61 of Newfield, a creator of stain glass design, died at Hospicare on Tuesday (October 24, 2006) morning. Ms. Conover-LeGro was born August 21, 1945, a daughter of the late Miner D. & Lorraine K. Hughes LeGro.

Donna will be best known for keeping “things simple” and not being caught up in the materialistic things in life. She found great joy just sitting by the water, listening to the waves and watching the spring migration and new life being created. She always helped other people and was very generous in giving her time, talents and treasures.

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posticon Vera M. Klingle

Obituaries | Thursday, October 19, 2006 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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ITHACA- Vera M. Klingle, age 96, of Ithaca, passed away on Friday morning (October 20, 2006) at Lakeside Nursing Home. Mrs. Klingle was born on September 25, 1910 in Ithaca, a daughter of the late Frederick and Lulu Boom.

Mrs. Klingle enjoyed cooking and her favorite dish was rolled cabbage. To pass time, Vera also enjoyed watching television and playing cards. For the past ten years, Vera looked forward to her yearly trips to Florida to spend time with her granddaughter.

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posticon Kirk D. Shreve

Obituaries | Saturday, September 02, 2006 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Kirk D. ShreveKirk D. ShreveShreve, Kirk D., of 512 Cayuga Heights Road, Ithaca, NY died at 9:09am on Saturday, September 2, 2006 at Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca.

Mr. Shreve was born August 30, 1957 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the third and youngest son of James R. and Dorian (nee Lloyd) Shreve. Mr. Shreve’s career in the funeral industry began at age 13 when he secured a position with the Farone and Son Funeral Home in Syracuse. He maintained that position throughout High School, graduating from Fayetteville-Manlius High School in 1975. During the summer months he remained employed at Farone’s until his graduation from SUNY Canton, NY. In 1977 he moved to Forest Hills, Queens, NY to obtain a residency with Fox Funeral Home. In 1978 he became a Licensed Funeral Director and secured a position with Conway Funeral Home in Jackson Heights, Queens, NY. In 1980 he moved to Ithaca and had been employed part time at a local funeral home and was employed in the travel industry. In 1991, he realized a dream he had as a child and opened and established his own funeral home in Lansing, NY; now Lansing Funeral Home, Inc.

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