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Barros, Judith A. - Hornell  
CANASERAGA - Judith A. Barros, 60, passed away peacefully, Sunday (Dec. 14, 2014) at her home. Judy was born April 1, 1954 in Hornell, a daughter of Maximillion and Janice (Kinnell) Muhleisen. She was a 1972 graduate of Dansville Central School. She was a former technician at Smart Solutions based in Rochester. Judy was very artistic and loved to paint, especially bird houses. She also was an avid gardener and loved tending her vegetables and flowers; which she shared with friends and family. She enjoyed reading and writing poetry; but most of all she loved rescuing stray cats and stray people. She was a loving and caring person who had much to give; and the ones who've crossed her path are the lucky ones. Judy is survived by her siblings, Linda (Jerry) Freeman, Tammy (Chris) Linton, Max Muhleisen, Gary (Sue) Muhleisen and Herb Muhleisen; her loving and dear friend, Kathy Kenney; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins. It was Judy's request, that her memorial service be private. Contribut
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Published in Hornell Evening Tribune on Dec. 17, 2014
Clark, Clara L. "Peg" - Hornell  
ARKPORT - Clara L. "Peg" Clark, 94, of 5 Brush St., Arkport, passed away Monday (Dec. 15, 2014) at the Hornell Gardens. Born in Hornell, April 9, 1920, the daughter of Conrad and Louise Knopf Hilsdorf, she had resided in Arkport nearly all her life. She was a graduate of the former Almond Union School, and a member of the Arkport United Methodist Church. Peg enjoyed gardening, all plants and flowers, crafts and boating. She and her husband traveled several waterways in New York and Canada. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who always placed the needs of others before her own. Her caring and giving ways will live on as an inspiration. Her favorite saying was "Be happy for this moment; this moment is your life." She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Carl G. Clark in 1998; as well as her sisters, Mable Shuster, Celia Lons, and Ether Diehl; her brothers, infant Robert Hilsdorf, George Hilsdorf, Herman Hilsdorf and Charles Hilsdorf. She is survived by her children, Jerry (Catherine) Clark of Arkport and Hamilia (Vincent) Vogt of Cohocton; her sister, Mary (Otis) Preston of Arkport; and her brother, Conrad (Eloise) Hilsdorf of Canisteo; three grandchildren, Suzanne (Todd) Kesel, Christine Vogt, and Carl (Heather) Clark; and four great-grandchildren, Dan Clark, Shawn Kesel, Kevan Kesel and Ryan Kesel, several nieces and nephews, To send a remembrance to the family or to light a candle in Peg's memory, please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com. The family is being assisted by Gerald R. Brown, Director. The family will be present to receive friends on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, from 2-4 p.m., at the Bender-Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 354 Canisteo St., Hornell. Funeral services will follow calling hours at 4 p.m., with Rev. Pam Carey officiating. Burial will be in Heritage Hill Cemetery, Arkport. Friends may make memorial contributions to: The Arkport United Methodist Church, West Avenue and Main Street, Arkport, N.Y., 14807.
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Published in Hornell Evening Tribune on Dec. 17, 2014
Hurlburt, Duane J. - Andover  
ANDOVER - Duane J. Hurlburt, 66, passed away Friday (Dec. 12, 2014) at Jones Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. Mr. Hurlburt was born on July 19, 1948, in Coudersport, Pa., to Andrew Jackson and Dorothy (Jones) Hurlburt. Duane worked for Damascus Tanning Company in Coudersport, Pa., before becoming disabled. Duane is survived by a special companion, Donna Hahn of Andover; four sons, Duane A. Hurlburt, James L. (Lisa A. Webb) Hurlburt and Ronald L. (Leah) Hurlburt, all of Andover, and John W. Hurlburt of Bolivar; three daughters, Rose (Dave) Slater and Gloria Jean Hurlburt, both of Wellsville, and Sue Ann (Donald) Hutton of Colesport, Pa.; three sisters, Juanita (Frank) Cornelius of Mt. Jewett, Pa., Norma Way of Warren, Pa. and Pat Hurlburt of California; 22 grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a daughter, Mary Jane Vansicle. Duane was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved tinkering on motors and working on cars and tractors. He enjoyed picking and selling ginseng. Anyone coming to his home was offered a cup of coffee, friendly conversation and any help that he could provide. Per his wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. Online condolences may be offered at www.baker-swan.com.
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Published in Hornell Evening Tribune on Dec. 14, 2014
Kelley, Gerald R. "Jerry" - Dansville  
DANSVILLE - Gerald R. "Jerry" Kelley, 70, passed away Sunday evening (Dec. 14, 2014) at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville after a 16-month battle with cancer. He was born in Dansville on March 22, 1944, a son of the late Alton G. and Blanche (Robinson) Kelley. He was also predeceased by his brothers, Ronald and Terry Kelley Sr. On Oct. 15, 1983, he was married to Kay Warner Kelley, who survives. Jerry was a welder and radiographer at the former Foster Wheeler Energy Corp. in Dansville for 37 years, retiring in 2002. He was a member of the Conesus Lake Riders Club, the James H. Jackson Hose Company of the Dansville Volunteer Fire Department, the SAL at the Daniel Goho Post of the American Legion. In his free time he enjoyed working on and driving his GTO, Harley Davidsons, Jeep, Corvette, Ford Pickup, MG Midget and anything else with a motor. Jerry loved Dansville. If he had it his way he would never leave, he was a good neighbor and friend to many. He was an avid NASCAR fan, following his favorite driver Jeff Gordon. He also enjoyed a cold OM Light in the garage. Jerry and Kay spent many years at Sun Valley Campground where they had a seasonal campsite. Surviving in addition to his dear wife, Kay, are his children, Michelle Fairbrother "Shelly Kelley" of Springwater, Chris (Diane) Hamsher of Wayland, Dave (Kelly) Hamsher of Sparta, Missi (Philipp) Mehlenbacher of Florida; a sister, Joyce (Jerry) Brown of Sparta; 11 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and his loyal dogs, Cinder, Jasper and Becca. Memorial calling hours will be held on Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m., at the Hindle Funeral Home, 271 Main St., Dansville. Services will be held privately. Online remembrances may be left at HindleFuneralHome.com. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
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Published in Hornell Evening Tribune on Dec. 17, 2014
Lewis, Doris M. - Hornell  
SOUTHPORT, N.C./COHOCTON - Doris M. Lewis, 87, passed away unexpectedly, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. Doris was born April 28, 1927 in Avoca, a daughter of John and Vera (Wallace) Cleveland. She was a 1944 graduate of Avoca Central School. She married Loren Lewis on Sept. 4, 1948; he predeceased her on Jan. 11, 2008. Doris was formerly employed at Moore-Cottrell in North Cohocton, Stone Conveyor in Honeoye and Rapid Stand in Victor. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also predeceased by a brother, Donald Cleveland; a sister, Ruth Cragg; a nephew, James Cragg; two brothers-in-law, Gordon Cragg and Alton Wheaton; and a sister-in-law, Ruby Cleveland. Doris was a member of the Cohocton United Methodist Church. She enjoyed camping, baking, traveling and reading, but most of all she loved spending time with her family and friends. Doris is survived by her children, Lorna Lewis and Alan (Ruth) Lewis; six grandchildren, Tami (Justin) van Meeteren, Ashley Smith (Jordan Conrad), Eric (Jennifer) Collmer, Joseph (Bettina) Wilson, Richard (Stacy) Wilson and Brandi Wilson (Brandon Havens); 10 great-grandchildren, Katy van Meeteren, Brantley Collmer, Elijah Wilson, Jonah Wilson, Joshua Wilson, Andrew Wilson, Kadin Wilson, Tanner Wilson, Hannah Havens and Taylor Havens; one sister, Sara Wheaton; one brother, John Cleveland; one niece, Elaine Burritt; two nephews, Ronald (Karen) Wheaton and John (Allison) Cleveland; many great nieces, great nephews and cousins. Memorial calling will be held from noon to 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 19, at the Cohocton Methodist Church, where a celebration of Doris' life will be held at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cohocton Methodist Church, Maple Avenue, Cohocton, N.Y., 14826. Those who wish to light a memory candle for Doris, please do so at www.bairdfuneralhomes.com
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Published in Hornell Evening Tribune on Dec. 15, 2014
Pierce, Margaret L. - Canisteo  
CANISTEO - Margaret L. Pierce, 82, formerly of Jackson Street, passed away peacefully, Thursday (Dec. 11, 2014) at the Hornell Gardens. Born in Canisteo, July 17, 1932, the daughter of Gordon and Mildred Winne Keyes, she had resided in Canisteo all her life. She had been employed for 12 years at the former Westinghouse Plant in Bath, and for 30 years in the composing room at the Hornell Evening Tribune. Margaret had a great love for not only horses but all animals. She owned several riding horses through out her life and encouraged many people to become horse enthusiasts. She was predeceased by her parents, and two brothers, Lewis Keyes and Harry L. "Bud" Keyes. She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Ward of Laurel, Del.; and two sisters, Delores Kelley and Carol Meyers of Canisteo; five grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews. To send a remembrance to the family or to light a candle in Margaret's memory, please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com. The family is being assisted by Gerald R. Brown, Director at Brown & Powers Funeral Home of Canisteo. Honoring Margaret's wishes, there will be no calling hours or services. Burial will be in the Hornell Rural Cemetery.
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Published in Hornell Evening Tribune on Dec. 15, 2014
Reynolds, Marie E. - Hornell  
HORNELL - Marie E. Reynolds, 78, passed away after a short illness in Haines City, Fla., on Nov. 29, 2014. Surviving are her companion, Don Williams, and his family; their dog, Gizmo; two sons, Park (Diane) Wilkinson and Wyatt (Vicki) Wilkinson; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; sister, Pearl and brother-in-law, Bud; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Leo and Ann Deon. She is predeceased by her parents, Howard and Edith Perry; her husbands, Howard Moon and Bob Reynolds; and two sons, Jody and Jace Wilkinson. Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. To light a memorial candle, please visit www.bairdfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Hornell Evening Tribune on Dec. 14, 2014
Rigas, Doris Nielsen - Coudersport  
Doris Nielsen Rigas died on Dec. 10, 2014, Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, Pennsylvania following a lengthy illness. Doris Rigas was born on Feb. 25, 1927, the fifth of nine children, in Penn Yan, New York, in humble circumstances. Her parents were Danish immigrants, her father, Christian, a tombstone engraver, her mother, Charlotte, a housekeeper. Doris attended the Penn Yan school system, where she graduated in 1945. She was a bright and conscientious student, finishing second in her class and achieving recognition for her excellent performances in plays. Extremely hard-working her entire life, Doris was determined to be the first in her family to attend college. She paid for her education at Albany State Teacher's College (now the University of Albany) by baby-sitting, waiting on table, picking blueberries, and cleaning homes. Graduating in 1949 with honors in English, Doris carried with her a lifelong belief in the importance of education, which she imparted to her children and grandchildren. After graduating from Albany State, Doris accepted a teaching position at Wellsville Jr.-Sr. High School, teaching English in the seventh and tenth grades. She was widely respected by her students and colleagues for her enthusiasm, diligence, and caring attitude. She helped produce school plays and advised the junior high cheerleaders. She was also active in the Nancy Howe Players, a community theater group, and played several prominent roles in its productions. While at Albany State, Doris met John Rigas on a blind date arranged by one of John's fraternity brothers. After dating a few times at school, they renewed their relationship in Wellsville, John's hometown, and on Feb. 1, 1953, they were married at St. John's Episcopal Church in Wellsville in a Greek Orthodox ceremony. Soon after, they moved to Coudersport, Pennsylvania, where they raised their four children and operated their business enterprises. They were married for nearly sixty-two years. While Doris preferred to remain in the background, she nevertheless played important roles in the family's business ventures. Shortly after marrying, she worked at the Coudersport Theatre selling tickets and candy. As the member of a select group - the wife of a cable television pioneer - she participated in many cable industry events over the years. Although shy by nature, she had a vibrant personality, a beautiful smile, and a robust sense of humor, which made her very popular with fellow cable operators and their families. In later years, Doris found a niche in helping to design, decorate, and supervise the construction of company buildings. Lacking formal training in architecture or design - but ever the perfectionist - she possessed a keen eye for detail, an innate aesthetic sensibility, and a deep appreciation for superior craftsmanship. She had a large hand in creating many of the most attractive new and restored buildings in Coudersport - including the old public school on Main Street, the old Rexall Drug Store on the corner of Main and Second Streets, and the old Silk Mill on North Main Street - as well as numerous other buildings throughout the country. Doris, along with her husband, also owned and operated Eleni Interiors in Olean, New York. Doris's overriding love was her family. She devoted her life to her husband, her children, and her grandchildren. She spared no effort or measure of creativity to ensure that each of her children enjoyed a secure, comfortable, and special childhood. Coupling prodigious energy and stamina with high standards, she was often the force behind the family's accomplishments. It was her determined spirit aligned with that of her husband that shaped the family's foundation. Her work behind the scenes at home took large burdens off John and the children, enabling them to pursue their own ambitions and projects. In a crisis you could unfailingly depend on Doris to be brave and strong. Her love for the family was unconditional and profound, in good times and bad. Doris's devotion to academic excellence led her to take a special interest in her children's education, and she spent countless hours supplementing what they learned in school. Her children's academic achievements - each attended an Ivy League college - were the source of tremendous pride throughout her life. Doris engaged in a number of hobbies and activities. She worked on March of Dime campaigns, taught Sunday school at Christ Episcopal Church, and participated in the ECW at the Church. A lifetime resident of small towns, she was fortunate to have traveled extensively in the United States and Europe, both with her family and with members of the cable television industry. She liked to cook and bake, often for her neighbors and friends, and to can a variety of fruits and vegetables. Her baked goods - especially her pecan pies - earned a reputation far and wide. She also loved to decorate for Christmas and other holidays, just one example being the extraordinary effort she put into adorning the Coudersport Consistory for the Adelphia Christmas concerts. Doris was an avid reader of novels and loved films of all sorts. Due to the influence of her husband and children, she became an enthusiastic sports fan, adopting their teams - especially St. Bonaventure basketball, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Buffalo Sabres - as her own. In later years, her grandchildren's sporting events became a passion, and in fair weather or foul, even as her health declined, she could be counted on to be there. Doris is survived by her husband John; three sons, Michael, Timothy, and James, all of Coudersport; one daughter, Ellen, of New York, New York; a daughter-in-law, Mary Ann (James) Rigas of Coudersport; a son-in-law, Peter (Ellen) Venetis of New York; two siblings, Jean Nielsen Daiker and John Nielsen, both of Rochester, New York; and six grandchildren, Christopher Rigas, John Michael Rigas, Andrew Rigas, and David Rigas, all of Coudersport, Elias Venetis of New York, New York, and Hallie Rigas of Odin, Pennsylvania: and many nieces and nephews. Doris was predeceased by six siblings, Helen Nielsen Fox of Penn Yan, New York, Fred Nielsen of Penn Yan, Anna Nielsen Porter of Syracuse, New York, Karen Nielsen Cleveland of Rochester, New York, Bob Nielsen of Penn Yan, and Herman Nielsen of Poplar Ridge, New York. There will be a private funeral service for family members. At a date yet to be determined, there will be a memorial celebration for the public. The Rigas Family intends to honor Doris by establishing a foundation in her name. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Doris may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements being coordinated by the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East Street Coudersport, PA 16915, "A Life Celebration Home". To share your fondest memories of Doris, please visit either www.lifecelebration.com , or John Rigas's Facebook page.
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Published in Hornell Evening Tribune on Dec. 14, 2014
Wennin, Paul E. - Wellsville  
COUDERSPORT, Pa. - Paul E. Wennin, 86, a former resident of 32 Elk St., Coudersport, Pa., passed away on Thursday (Dec. 11, 2014) at the Washington Health Center in Washington, Pa. He was born Jan. 21, 1928, in Johnsonburg, Pa., the son of the late Benjamin and Mary (Nestlerode) Wennin, who were residents of Sinnemahoning, Pa. On Sept. 21, 1981, he married Gilda Elliott, who predeceased him on Aug. 23, 2013. Currently residing in Bentleyville, Pa., Paul was a veteran of WW II, serving with the U.S. Army infantry in the Pacific Theater of Operation. He received the World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation of Japan Medal. For 45 years, he was employed as a Lineman for Tri-County Electric in Coudersport, Pa. He enjoyed fishing and hunting in Potter County. He is survived by one son, Kevin Wennin of Perry, Okla.; two stepchildren, Randy Metz of Bentleyville, Pa., and Cindy Reed of Means, Ky.; four grandchildren, Lawrence Chamberlain, Savannah Chamberlain, Randy Metz Jr. and Phillip Metz; one great-grandson, Jake Perla; one brother, Richard Wennin; two sisters, Nancy Kowalski and Mary Wood; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased, in addition to his wife, by one brother, Benjamin Wennin, and one sister, Margaret Housler. Friends are invited to call today (Dec. 14, 2014) from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville, N.Y. The funeral will be Monday (Dec. 15, 2014) at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at Eulalia Cemetery in Coudersport. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Fountain of Life Church at 2101 Old National Pike Washington, PA 15301, (724)?239-2974. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Hornell Evening Tribune from Dec. 11 to Dec. 14, 2014
Wightman, Arthur McKenzie - Avoca  
AVOCA - Arthur McKenzie Wightman, 77, passed away on Sunday (Dec. 14, 2014) at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Penn Yan, surrounded by his loving family, following a battle with Alzheimer's disease complications. He was born on July 17, 1937 in Bath, the son of the late Harry A. Wightman and Orpha Cragg Wightman. Art was married to Judith A. Martin on his birthday, July 17, 1965, at the Avoca United Methodist Church on South Main Street, Avoca, by Rev. Harold Knitter, in the church that burned in 1996. He was predeceased by his parents, sister, Delsie Kathryn Wightman and sister and brother-in-law, Margelia and Carl Ostrander. He attended Avoca Central School, and served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1955 until 1959, where he learned the electrician trade. Art worked for Shear-Colburn Oldsmobile in Bath, Ingersoll-Rand in Painted Post, Ostrander Electric in Avoca , and for the Veterans Administration Center in Bath as a dedicated electrician for 28 years, where he received an outstanding service award. After retiring in 1993 he started his own electrical business as A.W. Electric and was eminently skilled in his work. During this time he enduringly assisted his wife in supplying the woodworking items for her to craft in their business Dome Crafts & Things. Art will be remembered as a hard working man who was a true artist in constructing and remodeling beautiful homes and other structures. He never did any job the easy way, always by tearing down old buildings to get supplies which he crafted into outstanding projects. He was always there to do projects in the Village like installing lights in the gazebo park, building the Bus Accident Memorial, the street corner events display board, Historical Society display cases, an elaborately built gazebo for a neighbor, and many other things to add to Avoca's beautification, memory and history. A long-time active member of the Avoca United Methodist Church, he will be missed by his church family. He was a member of the Avoca American Legion, and a Trustee and past President of the Avoca Historical Society. He will be dearly missed by his beloved wife, Judy of nearly 50 years; daughter, Marina Carol Wightman Davis of Avoca; a son, Kevin Arthur (Aimee) Wightman of Dansville; brother, Theodore H. (Marie) Wightman of Avoca; sister, Doris G. Calkins (Roger Bates) of Bath; former daughter-in-law, Letitia Morales Wightman; granddaughters, Holly (James) Hogan, Stephanie (Rob) Fitzwater, Jessica Davis, Krista Davis (Jennette Ingraham), Valerie (Mike Illiano) Wightman, and Brianna Wightman; great-granddaughters, Adeline Hogan and Gianna Wightman; step-grandchildren, Devin Zimmer, Taylor Mann and Mason Mann; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and a multitude of friends. The Avoca Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Arthur McKenzie Wightman. Family and friends are invited to call at the Avoca United Methodist Church, 8593 Jacobs Ladder Road, Avoca on Wednesday (Dec. 17, 2014) from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. where his funeral service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 1 p.m. Wednesday, with Rev. Barre Butts officiating. Burial, with military honors, will be in Valley View Cemetery, Avoca. Memorials may be made in Art's memory to the Avoca United Methodist Church, 8593 Jacobs Ladder Rd., Avoca, N.Y., 14809; or to the Avoca Historical Society, P.O. Box 185, Avoca, N.Y., 14809. Online condolences or remembrances of Art are welcomed at www.bishopandjohnsonfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Hornell Evening Tribune on Dec. 16, 2014
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