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Agnello, Shirley Levanduski (McChesney)  
Agnello, Shirley Levanduski nee: McChesney Died on Sunday, July 17, 2016 in Elmira, N.Y. from complications of surgery after a brief illness. She would have been 98 on Aug. 17th. Shirley was born in the Town of Providence, N.Y. in 1918 to Clarence and Leila (Matteson) McChesney and raised in Galway, N.Y. She was predeceased by her first husband, Theodore (Ted) Levanduski of Elmira, N.Y. in 1983 and her second husband, Charles Agnello of Amherst, N.Y. in 1997 as well as her parents and brothers, C. Duane (Mary Jane) McChesney and Richard (Mary) McChesney, all of Galway. Shirley is survived by her three sons, Thomas Levanduski and his spouse Jim Reed of Guilderland, N.Y., Gregory Levanduski and his wife Rebecca of Needham, Mass. and Ronald Levanduski of Elmira; her step-mother Shirley McChesney of Galway, stepsister Jackie and her husband Doug Bombard of Cornelius, N.C., half-brothers David McChesney and his wife Glenda of Wells, Maine and Robert McChesney of Galway; also stepdaughters Marilyn (Agnello) and her husband Robert Sullivan of Aiken, S.C. and Linda Agnello of Orlando, Fla. along with several nieces, nephews and cousins. Shirley graduated from Galway High School and received a B.S. degree in Music from Ithaca College in 1941 where she was a member of the Delta Phi Zeta Sorority. She majored in piano which she played throughout her life, mostly on her 1930's Chickering "Baby Grand", to the delight of friends and family. During the past 10 years, where she was legally blinded from effects of macular degeneration, she continued to play favorites she remembered on her spinet. Shirley married her first husband on April 27, 1943 shortly before he deployed to Brazil where he was stationed as a Master Sergeant at Army headquarters in Recife during World War II. Shirley worked first at American Locomotive and later at General Electric in Schenectady as a bookkeeper during the war. She enjoyed keeping in touch and writing to her many friends, including her General Electric boss, Muriel Bennison of Gulfport, Miss. and worker friend Lucille McGowan of Mesa, Ari. Shirley moved to Elmira with her first husband in 1946 were they were flooded from their apartment on the corner of Walnut and Water Streets four months later in May. They then moved to 1008 Johnson St. where she and Ted raised their children and spent summers at their cottage on Waneta Lake up to 1968. Shirley began a 16-year career as an elementary school teacher in the Catholic school system where she taught third and fifth grades beginning at St. Mary Our Mother in Horseheads in 1964. She also taught at St. Anthony's, Sts. Peter and Paul's and St. Casimir's, all in Elmira before retiring in 1980. During retirement, Shirley spent 36 years as a "snowbird", with the last 32 winters at her condo in New Port Richey, Fla. She enjoyed her time at "The Wilds" community and despite declining health flew there this past winter. After the death of her first husband, Shirley met and married Charles Agnello and lived in Amherst until 2000. She spent her last 16 years living with her son, Ronnie, at his Church St. home while wintering in Florida. Shirley was an avid driver and golfer and loved the families pet cats and chihuahuas (both Chicos), but most of all she enjoyed socializing with family and friends. She also treasured her cars, beginning with a 1936 Desoto Airflow her father gave her for college, a 1969 Mustang Mach 1 and later Honda Accord's. Her only traffic ticket came at age 83 where she was ironically caught speeding at 83 mph on Route 17. Shirley was strong willed and at times feisty and will be remembered for saying what was on her mind. Shirley always remembered her best college friend and roommate, Frances Williams, who died after a brief illness at Ithaca College in 1941. She also developed a life-long love of dancing during college where she kept records of her dance partners in memento books for the sophomore soiree, junior prom and senior ball. Shirley cherished her friends, including special ones Jeannette (Hyde) and Art Martinson, Dan and Loretta Savino, Joe and Helen Congdon, Hank and Rosemary Mangels, Irene Churchman, Joe and Jean Lintz, Rita Loomis, Paul and Jane Winters, Mary Mitchell, Ed and Betty Hutchison, Bill and Eleanor (Flossie) Knott, Ed and Mary MacKowiak, Leo and Helen Agnello, Genevieve Reibson, Bill Hurley and Nancy and Ron Kingsley. She was also very close to her beloved aunts Ethel and Rose. Shirley suffered from short-term memory loss over the past year or so but she remained a repository of knowledge of family members and could always share old stories of her friends and relatives. We would like to thank the help and company in her later years from her Florida friends Frances Smith, Audrey O'Neil and Ruth Herriman. We would also like to thank her home aide in Florida over the past couple of years, Marie Shultz, and also this past winter, Betty Warren, both of New Port Richey and in Elmira, Marge Redfield. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Shirley through donations made in her memory to the Ithaca College Annual Fund. Call (877) 250-3269 for gifts by phone or send a check to Ithaca College, Gift processing, 953 Danby Road, Ithaca, N.Y. 14850 (envelopes available at the Funeral Home). The family will receive relatives and friends at Kalec Funeral Home, 705 East Church St., Elmira, Friday, July 22, from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, July 23, from noon-2 p.m. Burial at the convenience of the family in Sts. Peter & Paul's Cemetery, Elmira.
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Published in Star-Gazette from July 21 to July 23, 2016

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Agnello, Shirley Levanduski  
Shirley Levanduski Agnello, age 97, of Elmira, July 17, 2016, Kalec Funeral Home
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Published in Star-Gazette on July 19, 2016
Alexander, Richard W.  
ALEXANDER, Richard W. Age 82, of Elmira Heights, NY passed away Saturday, July 16, 2016 at his home with his loving family by his side. Richard was born in Elmira, NY on July 18, 1934, son of the late Lawrence and Nora (Galpin) Alexander. Richard served in the US Army during the Korean War. He retired as an electrician with Lechliter Electric Company in Elmira. He was a wonderful gentleman which never complained about the hard times that he endured in his life. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Richard is survived by his daughters, Linda (Randy) Rightmire of Sayre, PA and Roxanne (David) Orme of Flowering Branch, GA; caring health providing granddaughter, Kati, along with 10 other grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; brother, Carl Alexander of Gillett, PA; special nephew, Tiger, cousin, Stewart, along with many other nieces, nephews and cousins. Richard was predeceased by his wife Marguerite in 2007, daughter, Nancy Alexander in 1967, son, Roger Hynes in 2014, brothers, Gene, Kenneth Sr., Robert and Paul Alexander. Family and friends are invited to call Thursday, July 21st from 5 to 7 pm at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 7 pm. Interment will take place in Forest Lawn Memorial Park with full military honors at the convenience of the family.
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Published in Star-Gazette on July 19, 2016
Ambrose, Clayton Anthony  
Ambrose, Clayton Anthony Clayton Anthony Ambrose died peacefully on July 15, 2016 surrounded by his family after a brief illness. He was born to Clayton G and Josephine Ambrose in New York City in 1938. The family moved to Elmira in 1946, just in time for the 1946 flood! Clay was predeceased by his mother and father, wife Joy, and beloved Aunt Esther Brown of Ohio. He is survived by his daughter Jennifer (Shanti) of Oregon, daughter Jessica Lawrence (Ben) and grand-daughters Madeline, Jacqueline, and Amelia of State College, PA, as well as his brother Art (wife Mavin and daughter Chelsea) of Elmira, first wife Marian Grushetsky of Big Flats, step-daughter Caroline Pitterle (Brian) and granddaughter Cate of Cary, N.C., stepson Jeffrey Capwell (Cindy) and granddaughter Jessica and grandson Chris of Charlotte, N.C. He was also survived by special friends Matt and Anne Brand (children Zachary and Olivia), Pat Houghton, Myra and Jerry Stemerman, and his many friends at the Harbor Club in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Clay graduated from Elmira Free Academy in 1956, Bucknell University in 1960 and served in the U.S. NAVY. After his honorable discharge he took a position as sales manager for Radio Station WXYJ in Jamestown, NY and then joined an industrial chemical company in 1964. In 1968 a real estate opportunity evolved with his mother's real estate company, J. Ambrose Real Estate, and so he moved back to Elmira. In 1970 Clay and his mother Josephine were joined by his brother Art, where the 3 worked as a real estate team until Josephine passed in 1998. The brothers have successfully continued their real-estate endeavors and careers ever since, which involved the owning and managing of real estate companies and land development companies. Clay was an active member in the local Board of Realtors, holding every office including President and many positions at the state level. He was Realtor of the Year of the local board and Realtor Emeritus for 40 years of continuous real estate service. Clay actively worked in real estate for Realty until the time of his passing. Clay's community service work and interests were wide and varied. He was an avid golfer, excellent hobbyist magician, lover of animals, and collector of many things including coins, sports memorabilia, and comic books. He was a member and former Chairman of the Elmira College President's Council. He also served with many organizations including the County Wide Assessment Task Force, Dewittsburg Housing Board of Directors, Chemung County Foundation, Elmira Housing Authority, Park Church, SPCA, Salvation Army, Elmira Jaycees, Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira Country Club, Red Cross, and United Way. Clay was a passionate sportsman and he achieved an extreme "bucket list" which included: 22 World Series Games; 3 Daytona 500 races; several NASCAR races; 6 Triple Crown Races; 5 Super Bowls; numerous Buffalo Bills games including 4 AFL Championship Games; 15 Masters Tournaments (serving as a volunteer for 14 years); 2 PGA Tournaments; 2 U.S. Opens; 1 British Open; 3 Heavy Weight Championship Fights; the Miami Heat 2013 Championship Game; a NFL Pro Bowl game; a National College Football Championship; an All Star Game; the last game held at the old Yankee Stadium; the last games for Derek Jeter and Marino Rivera at Yankee Stadium; and the game where Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig's record for playing in the most consecutive games in a row. Clay loved life and his humor was boundless. He loved hearing a good joke and loved telling them too. His family was very close to his heart. One of his favorite quotes was from the great sportswriter Grantland Rice who said "It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game." Clay said, "I hope my friends thought I played a good one!" Funeral services to be held at Park Church (208 W. Gray Street, Elmira, NY) at 3:00pm on Wednesday, July 20th followed by a Celebration of Life reception from 5:00 to 7:00pm held at the Elmira Country Club (1538 West Church Street, Elmira, NY). Please join Clay's family in honoring a life well lived. In lieu of flowers please send donations to CareFirst, World Wildlife Fund, or the Clemens Center.
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Published in Star-Gazette from July 17 to July 20, 2016
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