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Hale, Cecile "Putie"  
HINSDALE - Cecile "Putie" Hale of Sherlock Hollow Road, recently of The Pines, passed away Saturday (Jan. 24, 2015) at The Pines Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Olean, in the presence of her loving family. Born July 30, 1929, in Olean, she was one of five children born to Velma Smith O'Dell. On Aug. 17, 1946, in Portville, she married James C. Hale Sr., who predeceased her Nov. 17, 1998. Mrs. Hale formerly owned and operated a beauty shop in her home in Hinsdale for many years, and also worked for the former Acme Electric Co., Cuba, prior to her retirement. She was a member of the St. Stephen's Club in Olean, and she loved shopping as well as making trips to the casino. She was an avid fan of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. Surviving are three children, James (Peggy) Hale Jr. of Maiden, N.C., Suzanne (Walter) Putt and Michael (Kelly) Hale Sr., both of Hinsdale; nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Smith of Portville; a sister, Nancy (Danny) Main of Cuba; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Terry Lee O'Dell; and a brother, Lester Maxson. Friends will be received from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 27, 2015) at the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, 3128 W. State Road, Olean. Funeral services will begin at the conclusion of visitation at 6 p.m. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148. Online condolences may be expressed at oleanfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Olean Times Herald from Jan. 26 to Feb. 25, 2015
Hancock, Bertha L. - West Bingham  
WEST BINGHAM, Pa. - Bertha L. Hancock, 85, formerly of West Bingham, died Wednesday (Jan. 28, 2015) in the Christian Care Center, Smyrna, Tenn. Born May 23, 1929, in Sunderlinville, she was the daughter of Warren and Anna Benn Rhodes. On Aug. 4, 1990, in Ulysses, she married Kenneth C. Hancock, who predeceased her on May 7, 2001. She was employed by the Council of the Aging in South Carolina, where she resided for 20 years. She was a former member of the West Bingham Bible Union Church. Surviving are three daughters, Linda (Fred) Pollock of Mills, Kelly McCarthy of Madison, Tenn., and Penny McCarthy of Columbia, S.C.; a son, Joseph McCarthy of Matthews, N.C.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Lisa McCarthy of Seale, Ala.; a brother, Harry (Jan) Rhodes of Goshen, Ind.; a sister, Phyllis McCaslin of Ulysses; stepchildren, K. David (Tammie) Hancock of Ulysses, Dawn (Dennis) Marshall and Valerie (Steve) Tinder, both of West Bingham, Bert Cotton Jr. of Camden, S.C., Barbara Gardner of New York, John Cotton of New York, and Susan Cotton of Fort Mill, S.C., Cyndy Cotton, Peggy Patton, Jeffery Cotton and Melinda Cotton, all of Lugoff, S.C.; and nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son, Michael McCarthy in 2008; three sisters, Virginia Hanes, Mildred Stocum and Nettie Tanner; a stepson, Clifford Ray Hancock; and a stepdaughter, Lorraine Bracey. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 1, 2015) at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses. Burial will be in the North Bingham Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the West Bingham Bible Union Church, Genesee, PA 16923. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Olean Times Herald on Jan. 30, 2015
Hardy (Gordon), Julie E.  
BLACK CREEK - Julie E. Hardy (Gordon) passed away Wednesday (Jan. 21, 2015) in Black Creek. She was born on March 26, 1962, in Bradford, Pa., to Yvonne Stowell and Jack Hardy. Julie was a graduate of Union Springs Academy and Olean Business Institute. Julie was a wonderful daughter, mother and grandmother. She was the heart of her home, a selfless person and artistic. She loved animals, plants and nature, baking, canning, reading, gardening and garage sales. She will be missed for her love, humor and caring. Surviving in addition to her parents are her stepfather, William Stowell; stepmother, Lea Hardy; brothers, Todd (Christine) Hardy, Tim Hardy and William (Julie) Stowell; sister, Mary (Carl) Guldenschuh; her children, Joshua (Ilana) Gordon, Katherine Gordon Crabb and Jennifer Gordon; grandchildren, Jalise and Kylie Crabb, Stephen Schindlbeck and Lev Gordon; and her former husband and the father of her children, Michael Gordon. She was predeceased by her brother, John Hardy, on Aug. 3, 1996. She will be mourned privately - and profoundly - by her family. Memorials may be made to the Cuba First Baptist Church Food Pantry, 17 South St., Cuba, NY 14727. Arrangements are under direction of the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service Inc.
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Published in The Olean Times Herald from Jan. 26 to Feb. 25, 2015
Heap, Leta V.  
OLEAN - Leta V. Heap, formerly of 610 E. Delaware Ave., passed away Saturday (Jan. 3, 2015) at Olean General Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. Born March 3, 1934, in Olean, she was a daughter of Frederick E. and Sarah Barber Dailey. On July 31, 1954, in Olean, she married Richard W. Heap, who predeceased her March 18, 2010. Mrs. Heap was raised in the Catholic faith and had worked at various places in her younger years, including the Cattaraugus County Nursing Home and Olean General Hospital. She was primarily a homemaker and loved raising her nine children. She enjoyed reading and sewing and being with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Surviving are five sons, Richard (Bridget) Heap of Ohio, Robert (Beverly) Heap of Caledonia, Frederick Heap of Salamanca, David (Helen) Heap of Port Allegany, Pa., and Jeffrey Heap of Olean; three daughters, Sarah J. Knight of Castile, Brenda (Mark) Dexter of Elma and Lynn (Tony) Taglyavento of Olean; 24 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; a sister, Sarah Dailey of Olean; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Michele Bova in 2007; a brother, William Dailey; and a sister, Doris Heap. Friends may gather with the family from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 7, 2015) at the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, 3128 W. State Road, Olean. Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m., with burial to follow in Maple Lawn Cemetery. After services are complete, a luncheon will be held at the United Methodist Church of Shinglehouse, Pa. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148; or Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, One Children's Hospital Drive, 4401 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224.
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Published in The Olean Times Herald from Jan. 5 to Feb. 4, 2015
Hosmer, Leonard D. "Hoby" - Smethport  
SMETHPORT, Pa. - Leonard D. "Hoby" Hosmer, 80, of Smethport, passed away Tuesday (Jan. 27, 2015) at his residence in Smethport. He was born July 28, 1934, in Olean, a son of Leonard and Elizabeth Monroe Hosmer. On Oct. 24, 1981, in Eldred, he married Joan Carol Huey, who died Dec. 6, 2010. "Hoby" was a graduate of Otto-Eldred High School and served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Hosmer was employed first for Pierce Glass and then Ball-Incon in Port Allegany for many years before retiring and going to work for Duffy Inc. of Smethport. He was a loader operator there until his health declined. He was a member of VFW Post 2497 of Smethport. "Hoby" enjoyed going to Florida to his vacation home, loved to gamble at the casinos and off-track betting, and loved and followed all sports. He also was an avid fisherman throughout his life. He is survived by five daughters, Joyce (Jim) Dodge, Kelly (Bob) Dixon and Wanda Duffy, all of Smethport, Colleen Duffy of Bradford and Deborah (Chris) Pagano of Manheim; five sons, Larry Hosmer of Johnstown, David (Sharon) Hosmer of Brocton, N.Y., Rick Hosmer of Portville, N.Y., and Leroy (Carol) Duffy and James "Chum" (Ronda) Duffy, both of Smethport; 20 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three sisters: Shirley Vanapps of Punta Gorda, Fla., Pat Barrett of Rixford and Betty Evingham of Shinglehouse; one brother, Max Hosmer of Chico, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Thomas Hosmer; one son, Michael Duffy, on June 14, 2012; and one sister, Nancy Milliron. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday (Jan. 30, 2015) at the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Smethport, with the Rev. Max Simms, pastor of the Hilltop Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany. Military honors will be accorded by American Legion Bucktail Post 138 of Smethport. Memorials, if desired, may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Smethport.
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Published in The Olean Times Herald on Jan. 29, 2015
Hurlburt, Ralph L. - Great Valley  
GREAT VALLEY - Ralph L. Hurlburt, of 5199 Route 98, passed away Tuesday (Jan. 20, 2015) at his home after a brief illness. Born on April 2, 1927, in Olean, he was a son of the late Ermon and Dorothy Bowers Hurlburt. On June 19, 1948, in Ischua, he married the former Hannah M. Morgan, who passed away April 13, 2011. Ralph was a retired farmer, farming for more than 60 years. Surviving are three daughters, Susanne (Michael) Harrington of Great Valley, Sharon K. John of Little Valley and Sandra (Frank) Selice of Great Valley; one son, Dennis (Marie) Hurlburt of Great Valley; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Max (Jan) Hurlburt of Hinsdale; a sister, Nancy (Ken) Lotter of Wellsville; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by three brothers, Jerry, Donald and Bill Hurlburt; and a son-in-law, Dennis John. Family will receive friends from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 22, 2015) at the Guenther Funeral Home Inc., 1303 E. State St., Olean. There will be no funeral service. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to the Great Valley Fire Department.
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Published in The Olean Times Herald from Jan. 21 to Feb. 20, 2015
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