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LaMarche, Elaine M. - Messena  
MASSENA - Elaine Marie LaMarche, 79, formerly of Leslie Road, Massena, Bedford, Ind., and Ceres, N.Y., passed away Wednesday (April 27, 2016) at the Highland Nursing Home, Massena, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Elaine was born March 18, 1937, in Brasher Falls, a daughter of Noah and Irene Garahan (alias Gooshaw) LaClair. She graduated from St. Lawrence Central School in 1955 and was the class president. On Sept. 7, 1957, Elaine married Gaetan Roger LaMarche at St. Patrick's Church, Brasher Falls, with the Rev. Noel Zimmerman officiating. Elaine and Gaetan made their home in Winthrop and for many years co-owned and operated the Winthrop Furniture Store with close friends Hector and JoAnne Foisy. They moved to Bedford when Gaetan transferred from the Massena General Motors plant to the Bedford plant. While there, they enjoyed getting together with the other "Yorkees" - New Yorkers who transferred to Indiana with GM. After Gaetan's retirement from GM, they moved to Ceres for four years and returned to Massena in 2001. A devout Catholic, Elaine taught First Communion classes for many years at St. Patrick's Church in Brasher Falls. She sang in the church choirs at St. Patrick's Church in Brasher Falls, St. Vincent DePaul Parish in Bedford, Sacred Heart Parish in Portville, N.Y., and Sacred Heart Church in Massena. She was a lector at Sacred Heart Church in Massena. She was also a former Girl Scouts of America leader, an SLC Music Booster and a volunteer for the Literacy Volunteers of America. Elaine and Gaetan loved dancing the jitterbug, double-deck pinochle, Scrabble, bowling, reading and having family reunions. Gaetan predeceased her Sept. 6, 2003. Elaine is survived by a son and daughter in-law, Mark and Patricia (Cady) LaMarche of Macedon; a daughter and son in-law, Jan and Robert Baldwin of Bolivar; five treasured grandchildren, Christina (Joshua) Walker, Danielle (Benjamin) Carlin, Zachery LaMarche, "sweety guys" Jared LaMarche and Anthony Baldwin; three great-grandchildren, Angelina, Connor and Brynley Walker; three sisters, Joyce (Robert) Normile, Betty (the late Michael) Mooney and Ruth (Keith) Thompson; two brothers, Francis (Patricia) LaClair and Paul (Kathleen) LaClair; and many nieces, nephews and godchildren. She was also predeceased by her parents; three sisters, Rita (the late Larry) LaRock, Jean (the late Richard) Grant and baby June LaClair; and three brothers, Noah "Buddy" (June) LaClair, Carl (Patty) LaClair and Keith (the late Elaine) LaClair. Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Phillips Memorial Home, Massena. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at noon Monday (May 2, 2016) at Sacred Heart Church, Massena, with the Rev. Donald J. Manfred officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery, Massena. Memorial donations may be made to the Massena Rescue Squad, Massena Free Clinic, Literacy Volunteers of America, Brasher Winthrop Fire Department or a charity of the donor's choice. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family by visiting www.phillipsmemorial.com.
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Published in The Olean Times Herald on Apr. 29, 2016
Long, Dean Allyn  
GULFPORT, Miss. - "The Man, The Myth, The Legend," otherwise known as Dean Allyn Long, passed away Monday (April 25, 2016) with his daughters by his side at the early age of 61. Dean, the son of Arthur and E. Lucy Long, was born July 18, 1954, in Hornell, N.Y. He graduated from Canaseraga Central School with the Class of 1972 and went on to play basketball via scholarship at Olean Business Institute while obtaining an associate degree in accounting. Dean went on to become an accomplished auditor for the Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General and audited several local school districts. Even though accounting was his career field, he considered himself a master craftsman and took great pride in his creations. He had many hobbies, but overall athletics and mentoring children were his passion. Through countless years of coaching, umpiring, refereeing and volunteering, he has left a legacy with many people that will last a lifetime. Throughout his lifetime, every morning began with ESPN, peanut butter toast (a necessity with every meal) and at least two cups of coffee. Dean has always been known as the master of all sports, as he played and enjoyed watching any of them, from women's softball to college basketball and everything in between. His daughters refer to him as a walking sports almanac. Some of his favorites include his beloved New York Yankees and his Buffalo Bills. At the end of the day, though, above everything else, Dean's pride and joy has always been his girls. He is survived by two daughters, Danielle (Quentin) Bradt and Angela (Michael) Copponi; and four granddaughters, Dakoda Bradt, Madison Copponi, Makena Bradt and Chelsea Copponi. Even though his family is small, he has touched the lives of so many. It is not the end yet, but a new beginning. To honor the man all held so dear, a memorial softball game and picnic is being planned for early June and will be held in Allegany, N.Y., with more information to follow. The family would also like to thank Dr. Olivia Hightower and the staff at Cannon Hospice for all of their love and care. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be sent to the St. Bonaventure women's softball team. For an online guestbook and tributes, visit www.riemannfamily.com. Riemann Family Funeral Home, Gulfport, is serving the family.
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Published in The Olean Times Herald on Apr. 28, 2016
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