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Amidon, Jack F.  
SENECA FALLS, N.Y. / CAPE COD, Mass. - Jack F. Amidon, 88, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Septem-ber 13, at his daughter and son-in-law's home in Monument Beach, Cape Cod, after an extended illness. His family was extremely grateful to be able to honor his wish, to convalesce at home the past year and a half. This invaluable time spent together provided much happiness, laughter and wonderful memories. Jack was born on May 29, 1928, the son of the late Harvey and Alice (Yoder) Amidon. He attended Seneca Falls schools, until he began working at Gould's Pumps Inc. He worked there for 40+ years, as a carpenter and later foreman, until retiring in 1993. He wed Mary Delores Marrapese, on July 7, 1959. One of his greatest accomplishments was building their home, where he lived until 2006. Jack was a devoted son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. His family was always his top priority and pride and joy. His three grandchildren brought him the most happiness, from their infancy through their young adult lives. He shared a special bond and love with each one. He was predeceased by his wife Mary, in January 1997, after 37 years of marriage. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Richard Caffrey; his grandchildren Kevin and Kyle, both of Boston and Kelly of San Diego, Calif.; granddog, Logan and great-grandpuppy, Benny. He is also survived by a dear family friend and secondary caregiver, Meghan Walsh, of Monument Beach. He is survived by his brother, Harry (Patsy) of Waterloo and their children and grandchildren Allison, Jeff, Jillian and Michael Panek, of Waterloo, Richard, Amber, Dylan and Logan Amidon, of Waterloo and Jack and Elizabeth Amidon, of Boston and California and by a sister, Margaret Ann (Douglas) Beach, of Connecticut and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He is preceded in death by four brothers Louis (Mary), Gordon, George (Margaret Rose), Jimmy "Cricket" (Connie) Amidon and four sisters Jean (George Olchowy), Alyce (Ronald) Erickson, Barbara (John) Oakes and Nina (Howard) Alcott. Jack will be remembered for his love of and loyalty to family and friends. He was an avid hunter in his earlier years and continued to enjoy college and professional sports, including "betting the ponies" until the very end. Visitation with the family will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 23 at Doran Funeral Home, 4 East Bayard Street, Seneca Falls, N.Y. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 24 at Doran Funeral Home, with burial immediately following at St. Columbkille Cemetery, 133 West Bayard Street, Seneca Falls. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Happiness House, 731 Pre-Emption Road, Geneva, NY 14456, which was attended by his great nephew, Michael Panek. Please leave a condolence or light a candle in memory of Jack at: doranfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Finger Lakes Times from Sept. 18 to Sept. 21, 2016
Armstrong, Robert C.  
PENN YAN - Robert C. Armstrong, 86, of Penn Yan, died Friday (September 23). A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday (October 1, 2016) at Weldon Funeral Home, in Penn Yan. Mr. Armstrong was born October 25, 1929, in Penn Yan, the son of Stuart and Blanche Armstrong. He graduated from Penn Yan Academy in 1948 and was drafted and served two years in Korea, working as an airplane mechanic. Mr. Armstrong learned the glass trade from his father, who started Armstrong Auto Parts in 1924 and in 1926, established the business at its current location, one mile west of Penn Yan, on Route 54A, along the roadway of the former Penn Yan, Keuka Park and Branch port Trolley. Mr. Armstrong worked alongside his father, upon returning from Korea. For many decades, the father and son team were the sole glass cutters in the business, in Penn Yan. Mr. Armstrong was known for his ability to cut glass freehand and to fix almost anything and at a reasonable price. His daughter continues the glass shop today. In 1956, Mr. Armstrong married Elizabeth Caton, of Binghamton, who was his devoted companion, for nearly 60 years and who worked alongside him, in the glass shop. She survives him. He is also survived by a daughter, Susan (James) DeLaire, of Penn Yan; a son, David (Ellie Maguire) Armstrong, of Pep per ell, Massachu setts; daughter, Anne Gunn, of Penn Yan. He has three grandchildren, John (Carolyn Reed) Armstrong, of Maine, James Armstrong, of Colorado, Sara (George) Jorgensen, of Penn Yan and a sister, Alice (Harold) McKernan, of Tucson, Arizona. He was predeceased by a sister Sally (Robin) Welker, of Rochester.
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Published in Finger Lakes Times from Sept. 27 to Sept. 29, 2016
Bailey, Elizabeth D. "Betty"  
PENN YAN - Elizabeth D. "Betty" Bailey, 96, of Penn Yan, N.Y., passed away peacefully on Thursday (September 22, 2016) at the Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home, in Penn Yan, N.Y. Honoring her wishes, there are no prior calling hours. A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday (October 1) at the Milo Center Methodist Church, 1415 Milo Center Road, Penn Yan, with Rev. Della Ludwig officiating. Inurnment will be in Hillside Cemetery, at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Milo Center Methodist Church, 1415 Milo Center Road, Penn Yan, the Humane Society of Yates County, P.O. Box 12, Penn Yan or to Manor Crest Foundation, 411 Clinton St., Penn Yan, N.Y. 14527. "Betty" was born June 11, 1920 in the Town of Seneca, N.Y., one of three daughters of the late Clifford and Frances Jayne Dimon. She graduated from Geneva High School, in 1939, and attended business school a few years later. She worked in the secretarial field in Veteran Services at Sampson, Seneca Army Depot, the Canandaigua VA and lastly, the Bath VA, before marrying Howard E. Bailey, on June 10, 1950, in Flint, N.Y. Happy to be a farm wife, she worked alongside her husband, on their "Windway Farm" in Dundee, until they sold the farm, in 1987 and built their retirement home, on City Hill Road. Howard passed away on July 23, 1995. Mrs. Bailey had been a devoted, long time member of the Dundee United Methodist Church, transferring her membership to the Milo Center Methodist Church, in 2012. She had been a member of the Crystal Valley Grange, Cooperative Extension and a 4-H leader, for many years. In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening, bird watching and loved animals. She is loved and will be dearly missed by her three daughters Linda J. Collins, of Penn Yan, Carol A. Debertolis, of Sloansville, N.Y., Janet B. Johncox, of Penn Yan; a grandson, Jason J. Debertolis, of Gouverneur, N.Y.; a granddaughter, Ann Marie (Shaun) Pangman, of Sloansville; two great-granddaughters Addison and Isabele Pangman; a brother, Leonard (Wendy) Dimon, of Geneva; two sisters Viola Ciancaglini, also of Geneva and Evelyn Pelmear, of Hampton, Va.; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Besides her husband and parents, she was predeceased by two sons-in-law John Debertolis, in 1996 and Paul Collins, in 2015; two brothers Ivan and Erwin Dimon. Arrangements are entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water Street, Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.
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Published in Finger Lakes Times from Sept. 25 to Sept. 27, 2016
Beasley, Susanna Jane  
SENECA FALLS - Susanna Jane Beasley, 99, of Garden Street, passed away Friday morning (September 23, 2016) at her residence. Family and friends are invited to calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday (September 28, 2016) at the Sanderson-Moore Funeral Home Inc., 32 State Street. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, at the United Methodist Church of Seneca Falls, with Rev. Sue Hadley, officiating. Interment will follow in Restvale Cemetery, Seneca Falls. Kindly consider contributions to the Church, 2 Chapel St. Seneca Falls, NY 13148, in memory of Susanna. Born in Shohola, Pa., the daughter of Harry and Katherine Blasius Beasley, Sr., on November 11, 1916, Susanna lived most of her life in the Seneca Falls area. She was a lifetime, very active member of her church. Also a life member of the Seneca Falls and Waterloo V.F.W Ladies Auxiliary. She retired from the Seneca Knitting Mill, with over 30 years of service. Survived by nieces and nephews Guy Paul Turner, Jr., Sherie Turner, Sharlyn (Tiny) Turner, Cathy McCulough and Jan Brandon; great-nieces and a great-nephew, Guy Paul Turner III, Judy Marie Orman and April Marie Turner; several great-great-nieces and -nephews. Predeceased by two brothers Harry and Allen Beasley and a sister, Henrietta Turner.
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Published in Finger Lakes Times from Sept. 25 to Sept. 27, 2016
Berry Jr., Joseph Patrick - Milton  
1957 - 2016 WATERLOO - Joseph Patrick Berry, Jr. A Memorial Service was held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday (September 14, 2016) at First Baptist Church of Milton, Florida, with Rev. Larry Fischer officiating. Visitation was held 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Children's Cancer Research Fund. Memorial Donations may be given online at www.childrenscancer.org ; by mail (Children's Cancer Research Fund, 7301 Ohms Lane, Suite 355, Minneapolis, MN 55439) or by phone (1-888-422-7348). Joseph "Joe" Berry Jr., was born in Corning, New York, on February 8, 1957, the son of Joseph Sr. and Lois Berry, of Waterloo, New York. Joe and his wife, Darkias, were married on April 21, 1979, in Romulus, New York and have one son, John A. Berry, currently of Richlands, North Carolina. Joe worked for several years in the GTE/Sylvania manufacturing facility, in Seneca Falls, New York, until the plant closed. He next worked for LA Johnson Construction, performing multiple roles in the building trade. In 1982, he and his wife relocated to Portsmouth, Virginia and Joe began his career as an engineering technician, with the U.S. Naval Facilities Command, until his passing. He enjoyed competing in all of the clay target sports, scuba diving, fishing and just relaxing in his swimming pool. He found the most enjoyment in his life when he was spending time with his family and traveling to new and unique destinations. He was known to all of his friends and family as the most generous, caring and selfless person anyone could meet. Joe is survived by his parents; his wife, Darkias; son, John (Evelyn) Berry; two sisters Diane (Ray) Long of Geneva, N.Y. and Carolyn Berry (David Miller) both of Romulus, N.Y.; two brothers Douglas (Amy) Berry of Fairport, N.Y. and Matthew (Angie) of Cobleskill, N.Y.; two granddaughters Patricia Berry and Jessica Myer; several nieces, nephews and friends from around the world. Lewis Funeral Home, Milton, has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be left for the family at www.lewisfuneralhomes.net.
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Published in Finger Lakes Times from Sept. 20 to Sept. 22, 2016
Bower, Lawrence A. "Larry"  
WATERLOO - Larry Bower, 67, passed away unexpectedly, Sunday morning (September 25, 2016) at his home, with his family by his side. In keeping with his wishes, there will be no public calling hours or service. Burial will be in Lansingville Cemetery, at the convenience of the family. Larry's family requests memorial contributions be directed to Beverly Animal Shelter, 50 East River Street, Waterloo, NY 13165. Larry was born on December 14, 1948, in Sherwood, N.Y., the son of the late Merle and Lois Tripp-Bower. He worked as a heavy equipment operator, retiring from J & J Auto in Manchester, N.Y. When not working, Larry would be out enjoying the water, on his boat. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor VanValkenburg-Bower; his daughters, Pauline (Jessica) Smith-Willkie, of Rochester, April Smith, also of Rochester and Shelly (Doug) Hall, of Buffalo; his grandson, Zachary Willkie; sisters Dawn Howe, of Fla. and Carol Adkins, of West Virginia; sisters-in-law Linda (Bob) Hadley and Sally (Lawrence) Fiero; several nieces, nephews and cousins; his loving dog, Sam. Larry is preceded in death by his brothers Merle, Leland, Veron and his brother-in-law, Edward VanValkenburg.
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Published in Finger Lakes Times from Sept. 27 to Sept. 29, 2016
Brant, Kimberly E.  
CLYDE - Kimberly E. Brant, 50, passed away on September 16, 2016, after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer, at Highland Hospital, with her daughters by her side. Kimberly was born on December 10, 1965, in Pikeville, a daughter to the late Raymond and D. Pauline McCoy Brant. She was a beautiful mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, who was always full of life. She is survived by her three daughters Felicia (Joseph) Cammilleri, Tricia (Shawn Nagel) Yadanza and Tiffany (Dylan Turner) Yadanza; grandchildren Zoey, Mia, Connor and Nico; brothers Raymond (Jodi Jacobs) Brant and Ryan (Brenda Clawson) Brant; sisters Pamela (David) Bellis and Camella (Frank) Bloomer; boyfriend, Mark Wright; lifelong friend, Frank G. Phillips; several nieces and nephews. Arrangements have been made with Farnsworth- Keysor Funeral Home, 5025 Main Street, North Rose. www.keysorfuneralhomes.
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Published in Finger Lakes Times from Sept. 25 to Sept. 27, 2016
Bridger, Sara (Swenk) - Sherrill  
SHERRILL - Sara Swenk Bridger, a resident of Geneva Living Center, Geneva, N.Y., went home to be with the Lord, Friday (September 16, 2016) with her loving daughter, Kathryn, at her side. Relatives and friends may call from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday (September 24, 2016) at Christ Church United Methodist, 417 Park Street, Sherrill, N.Y. A service celebrating Sara's life will immediately follow the calling hours, followed by a lunch reception at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to breast cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's research or a favorite charity. Daughter of the late Robert G. and Katie Florence Swenk, Sara was born in Port Jefferson, N.Y., December 1, 1924. She graduated from Port Jefferson High in 1942 and Methodist Hospital of Brooklyn in 1946 with an R.N. degree. After graduation, Sara took a position at Bassett Hospital, in Cooperstown, N.Y., where she met her beloved husband, Everett. They lived in Cooperstown six years, until Everett's job took them to Verona, N.Y., where they lived 49 happy years, on Willow Place, until moving to Sherrill, N.Y. in 2005. Sara and Everett instilled in their children and grandchildren, a love of God, the importance of giving and a strong work ethic. They gladly shared their faith, the abundance of their garden and their love of song with all they knew. Sara enjoyed reading, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, walking, bird-watching and playing the piano for her grandchildren. She was an expert seamstress, who made many Easter and Christmas dresses and was known for baking delicious sweet buns and breads, canning and freezing fruits and vegetables and making butter toffee, a skill she passed on to her four children, to the delight of family and friends. She and Everett were long-time members of the United Methodist Church, in Verona, sang in the choir and were on many committees. She was a homemaker for many years and was also employed as an R.N. at Bassett and Oneida Hospitals. After surviving breast cancer, Sara counseled others with and affected by the disease. She experienced heart surgery in her 80s and lived with Alzheimer's disease, for nearly the last decade of her life. She is survived by her sister, Florence Britting and children John (Chip), Sara, Ann and Mark Britting; her sister-in-law, Sandra Swenk and children Tim (Sally) and Brenda Swenk; brother-in-law, Milton Hart; sister-in-law, Beverly (Art) Blessin. Sara is survived by four loving children John (Diana) Bridger, Fairfax Station, Va., Scott (Lisa) Bridger, Sherrill, N.Y., Kathryn Tubbs, Phelps, N.Y. and Barbara (Daniel) Downs, Averill Park, N.Y.; eleven grandchildren Sarah (Kyle) Glenn and Claire and Brennan Bridger, Rebecca and Hannah Bridger and Emily (Michael) Goyer, Jacob (Marsha) Tubbs and Leah (Luke) Young and Lisa (Pasquale) Marotta, Craig (Theresa) Downs and Olivia Downs; eight great-grandchildren, Isaac Goyer, Zachary and Alexander Tubbs, Cayden Young, Mikayla and Vanessa Marotta and Reese and Reeyn Downs. Sara is also survived by many cherished relatives from the Swenk and Bridger families. Sara was predeceased by her husband, Everett, in 2006; her son-in-law, Richard Tubbs; her brother, Robert Swenk, his wife, Ruby and their sons Bobby and Larry Swenk; her brother, John Swenk; her brother-in-law, John Britting. The family wishes to thank Sara's life-long and new friends, as well as the church community, for their love and support during her time of need. We are also deeply thankful to the staff at Geneva Living Center North 2, for their loving care of Sara during her time there.
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Published in Finger Lakes Times from Sept. 21 to Sept. 23, 2016
Catheman, Ruth E.  
WATERLOO - Ruth E. Catherman, 103, passed away Friday morning (September 16, 2016) at the Huntington Living Center. A grave side service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday (October 8) at Restvale Cemetery in Seneca Falls. Kindly consider contributions to the Beverly Animal Shelter, 50 East River Road, Waterloo, NY 13165 in memory of Ruth. Born in the Town of Varick, the daughter of Demont and Emma Lerkins Troutman on October 17, 1912. She was a life resident of the area. She retired as a cashier at the former A & P food market in Seneca Falls in 1975 after over 27 years. She liked to crochet and knit and she loved to garden. Ruth is survived by a son, Lewis "Ed" (Janet) Catherman of Seneca Falls and a daughter, Evelyn (Gail) Abbott, also of Seneca Falls; a sister, Florence Hojnecki of Waterloo; nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her husband Clayton Catherman in 1947; a daughter, Elsie and son-in-law, Arthur Poulson; grandson, Roger Abbott; two brothers Ralph and Kenneth Troutman; and three sisters Ethel Landis, Mary Doty and Caroline Troutman. Ruth's arrangements are under the care of the Sanderson-Moore Funeral Home, Inc. 32 State St., Seneca Falls, N.Y. The family would like to thank the staff at Huntington Living Center for their services.
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Published in Finger Lakes Times from Sept. 18 to Sept. 20, 2016
Colf, Judy A.  
GENEVA - Judy A. Colf, 62, of Geneva, passed away peacefully at home on September 18, 2016. In honoring her wishes, there will be no calling hours. There will be a Celebration of Life at 2 p.m. on Saturday (October 8, 2016) at the Winnek Post # 396 American Legion, where she was a member for many years. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Winnek Post #396 American Legion. Year after year, Judy took so much pride in her beautiful flowers. She devoted her time not only to family and friends, but to her amazing gardens as well and we flourished, one and the same. Her green thumb created magic in her baskets and beds and she created that same magic in the lives of everyone she knew. Judy is survived by her extremely dedicated and loving husband, Jerry; her life will be forever cherished in the lives of her two daughters Ann (B J Carter) Tirabassi, of Canandaigua and Karen (Tim) McCreadie, of Gonanda; her beautiful grandchildren Taylor, Peyton, Caelyn, Colin, Gavin and Cambria. She is survived by several brothers and sisters Donna Dadson, of Phelps, Ted (Chris) Ralston, of Waterloo, John Ralston, of Canandaigua, Jean Sutton, of Clifton Springs, Ron (Bonnie) Ralston, of Canandaigua, Debbie (Dave) Thillman of Fla.; mother-in-law, June Colf, of Penn Yan; many very special nieces and nephews. Judy was predeceased by her father, Harold Ralston, mother, Edith Ralston, brother, Dan Ralston and sister, Linda Ralston, all of Geneva; brother-in-law, Fred Ralston, of Phelps and father-in-law, Don Colf, of Hall. There is a void now left in all of our lives, however, her memory will live in our hearts forever. For those wishing to write a note of condolence, please visit www.devaneybennettfh.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the DeVaney-Bennett Funeral Home.
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Published in Finger Lakes Times from Sept. 21 to Sept. 23, 2016
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