May 31, 2023 at 11:00 pm by Observer-Review

Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of May 31:

Taylor Ann Reasor (Murphy), 25, of Cayuta lost her battle with depression May 21, 2023. Taylor was born March 7, 1998 at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca and at age 4 moved to Trumansburg, where she attended the Tburg schools, participated in middle-school plays and was an integral member of the girls softball and volleyball teams. She graduated high school in 2016 where she spent her senior year as a New Visions student focused in the health sciences program. Her desire to care for people stemmed from watching her dear Mimi fight and ultimately lose her battle with cancer, and was shaped by seeing the compassionate nurses who helped ease her transition from this world into the next.
Following graduation, she worked at Cayuga Medical Center, Brookdale and Bridges for six years as an aide gaining experience in the field that she loved: nursing. Taylor overcame many obstacles during this time, but with her determination and drive, she graduated from TC3 in May 2022 with an associate degree in nursing and went on to continue working at CMC as an overnight ICU nurse. One of the happiest days of her life was when she married her husband John on Nov. 17, 2022 at a beautiful and intimate ceremony at the Will’N Away B&B in Montour Falls and went on to buy their first home in Cayuta shortly thereafter. She loved doing various activities such as playing with her precious fur babies, Bailey, King and Shaggy, and loved reading outside in her swing chair, singing and playing her ukulele, skiing at Greek Peak, going on walks/hikes, and spending time with her family and husband. Taylor will be dearly missed and always remembered.
Taylor was preceded in death by her grandparents, Jack (Papa) and Gail (Mimi) Murphy and infant nephew Connor Rickett. She is survived by John Reasor (husband), Tammy Murphy (mother), David Murphy (father), Michaela Murphy (sister), Jack Murphy (brother), Joel Starley (stepfather), Gary Sr. and Annette Reasor (father/mother-in-law), (sisters-in-law) Morgan Hall, Christina Bogart, Amy Wilkinson, Amanda and Melinda Reasor, (brother-in- law) Gary Reasor Jr., (uncles) Duane Waters, Justin Tewell, Loren Gardner, Kevin Rickett and Ryan Murphy, (aunts) Angela Waters, Samantha Tewell, Kristen Gardner and Crystal Rickett, (cousins) Kate, Ellie, Anna, Kenlee, Elizabeth, Jon, Cassie and Cameron.
Taylor requested a celebration of life be held in her honor as opposed to traditional funeral services. We request all of Taylor’s loved ones to join us in celebrating her beautiful life at the Stewart Park Pavilion June 9 from 1-3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that each person consider the life-saving gift of organ donation, and if desired, a donation in her honor be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (Nami Finger Lakes, Inc.) PO Box 6544, Ithaca, NY 14851-6544. Arrangements with Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

W. Virginia Wilson, 101, April 4, 1922—May 19, 2023, of Palmyra,  formerly of Odessa, passed away at DeMay Living Center with her family at her side.
She is predeceased by her husband, Kenneth L. Wilson, and her parents, Chester and Clara Hayes of Odessa and her brother, Merle Hayes of Odessa.
She is survived by her last love, Cornelius Vanderwerf, of Palmyra; sons, David (Jacqueline) Wilson of Shortsville, New York, and Leslie (Irene) Wilson of Montour Falls; granddaughters Melissa Williamson of Manchester, New York and Kristen (Phillip) Bauman of Elmira Heights; great-grandchildren Madison (Cole) Reed of Belmont, New York, McKinleigh Williamson of Manchester, Jaxson, Victoria, Jameson and Alexandria Bauman of Elmira Heights; and great-great-granddaughter, Lily. She leaves behind many nieces and nephews and her beloved church family.
She was the last surviving member of the Odessa Class of 1939. She graduated from Elmira Business Institute and held several bookkeeping positions in banking and other businesses. She last worked for the town of Palmyra as deputy town clerk. She was a long-time, devoted member of the Palmyra Reformed Church.
Friends and family were invited to visit at the Murphy Funeral Home, 123 East Jackson St. in Palmyra, May 30 from 5-7 p.m. Virginia’s memorial service and celebration of her life was held May 31 at 11 a.m. at the Palmyra Reformed Church, 232 Canandaigua St., Palmyra. A private graveside service will be held at the Palmyra Village Cemetery where she will be laid to rest beside her loving husband.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Palmyra Reformed Church or the Rochester Regional Health Hospice Care.

Death notices
ROBERT L. "BOB" BENJAMIN, 91, of Montour Falls, May 26, 2023. Arrangements by Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
ROLAND R. “RON” HARRISON, 87, of Geneva, formerly of Penn Yan, May 20, 2023 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
ROBERT R. “HERBIE” MATTHEWSON, 72, of Hammondsport, May 24, 2023. Arrangements by Bishop & DeSanto Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
JEFFREY R. PAYNE, 47, of Seneca Falls, formerly of Penn Yan, May 18, 2023. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
TAYLOR A. REASOR, 25, of Cayuta, May 21, 2023. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
W. Virginia Wilson, 101, of Palmyra, formerly of Odessa, May 19, 2023 at DeMay Living Center. Arrangements by Murphy Funeral Home, Palmyra.

Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of May 24:

David “Mickey” Fazzary, 68, of Montour Falls passed away Friday, May 12, 2023 unexpectedly at home. Mickey was born June 16, 1954 to the late John and Shirley Fazzary. He grew up in Watkins Glen with his sister Patti Fazzary and brother Johnny (Cathy) Fazzary. Mickey is survived by his wife, Lori Fazzary; four daughters, three granddaughters, two grandsons, nephew Jonathan and several cousins.
Mickey was a dedicated father and grandfather, determined to provide for his family and give them everything he could. He was exceptionally proud of all of his children, Jessica Fazzary, Erin Fazzary, Allyson Hunter and Alynn Silliman. Anyone who knew him knew that he was the most thoughtful father and grandfather anyone could ask for.
After graduating from high school, he started his career at Shepard Niles. Mickey loved to cook for the people in his life he cared about the most. He also passionately rooted for the Cleveland Browns, Syracuse basketball and the New York Yankees. He could often be found riding his motorcycle with friends, hunting or hanging at the Moose Club.
A Celebration of Mickey’s Life was held Sunday, May 21, from 12-4 p.m. at the Montour Falls Moose Lodge, 2096 Route 14, Montour Falls. The family requests that all flowers are sent directly to the Montour Moose Lodge. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit

Anita F. McGee, 85, of Penn Yan, formerly of Dundee, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at the Keuka Comfort Care Home, in Penn Yan.
Honoring her wishes there are no prior calling hours or funeral service. Burial will be private in Bath National Cemetery, Bath.
Those wishing to make a memorial contribution in her honor may consider the Dundee Fire Company Emergency Squad, 12 Union St., Dundee, NY 14837.
Anita was born Nov. 20, 1937 in Buffalo, the daughter of William A. and Lena E. Sager Swyers Sr.
She graduated from Alden Central High School, Alden, New York in 1955. She went on to graduate from State University College at Potsdam in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in education. Anita became an elementary school teacher and taught for 11 years in Akron Central School and the City School District of Rochester until 1971, having spent six months traveling in Europe from 1961-1962. On April 17, 1971 in Honeoye Falls she married Howard A. McGee, who passed away Oct. 7, 1995. They lived locally since 1973, previously of Irondequoit. Mrs. McGee continued working as a substitute teacher until her retirement in 1992.
An active member of the former St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, who played the organ at many local churches, she was a member of the former Woman’s Study Club of the Dundee Library and the former Orpheus Club of Dundee.
She is loved and will be dearly missed by her loving son Eoghan T. (Alison) McGee of Savannah, New York; a daughter-in-law Patricia McGee of Flourisant, Missouri, her sister Dr. Mila (Ron Newhouse) Aroskar and Dr. Elsa Swyers both of Tucson, Arizona; a brother William A. (Denise) Swyers Jr. of Brunswick, Maine; two “Spiritual Sisters,” Bunny Zemel of Rochester and Anne Eccles of Tucson, Arizona; five grandchildren, Matthew McGee, Jennifer Gunn, Elizabeth McGee, Rebekah Walton and Alexandra McGee; six great-grandchildren Tyler S., Erin Nicole and Olivia Gunn, Thomas M. McGee, Christina and Gianlorenzo Walton; along with several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by a son Michael McGee in 2010.
Arrangements entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting

Irene Marie Strait, 79, of Dundee passed away peacefully Thursday, May 18, 2023 in the comfort of her home.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 1, at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. with Lay Pastor Lew Ann Giles officiating. Inurnment will be in private in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee.
Irene was born Sept. 7, 1943 in Watkins Glen, to Stella P. (Davis) Long and Robert Cunningham. She went to high school at Dundee Central and graduated in 1962. She worked as a production line worker for Seneca Foods, was the proud owner of Ken’s Luncheonette and the deli manager at Giles Shurfine. She enjoyed ceramics, reading, bird watching, gardening, cooking and feeding anyone and everyone.
She is loved and will be forever missed by her husband of 61 years, Robert F. Strait Sr.; her son, Mark J. (Christine) Strait; daughter, Susan B. (Marie) Andersen-Strait; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, Michael (Emily) Strait, with children Cooper and Madilyn Strait; Cassandra, Bobby, and Mackenzie Strait, Thea, Demerick, Marcus, and Emerson Anderson-Strait; her dearest sisters Sue (John) Cornish and Nancy (Ray) Carruthers; special niece Jessica Porter Paquette and several other nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by daughter Pauline and son Robert Jr.
The family wishes to extend their deep gratitude to Susan King, Amy Francione and all from the UR Medicine Hospice team.
Memorial donations may be made to Keuka Comfort Care Home, P.O Box 107, Penn Yan. 14527.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting

Beverly Clark VanAmburg, 83, of Dundee went to be with her Lord and Savior Friday, May 12, 2023. She was born in Rochester, Nov. 5, 1939, the daughter of Roy and Juliana Routly and attended Rochester schools. Beverly worked at Ithaco Electronics Co., Avon and Sears. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Dundee. Beverly loved bird watching and feeding her birds.
She is survived by two sons, Christopher N. Vary and his wife Charlene H. Vary, and Richard C. Vary II and his wife Jennifer A. Vary; a sister, Marilyn Heers of Rochester; six grandchildren, Stephanie Vary, Samantha Vary, Alyssa Kinner, Olivia Vary, Kayla Vary and Elijah Vary; four step grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, and by many nieces and nephews, especially Denise Yaniro. She was predeceased by her loving and adoring husband of 24 years, Lyndon D. Clark; sisters, Lois Launier and Carol Blohm.
A calling hour for Beverly was held Thursday, May 18 from 10-11 a.m. at Faith Baptist Church, 13 Harpending Ave., Dundee. Her memorial service began at 11 a.m. A reception followed at the church. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit

Death notices
DAVID “MICKEY” FAZZARY, 68, of Montour Falls, May 12, 2023 at home. Arrangements by Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
ANITA F. MCGEE, 85, of Penn Yan, formerly of Dundee, May 17, 2023 at Keuka Comfort Care Home, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
IRENE M. STRAIT, 79, of Dundee, May 18, 2023 at home. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
LEROY J. SWARTZ SR., 81, of Burdett, May 11, 2023. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins
BEVERLY C. VANAMBURG, 83, of Dundee, May 12, 2023. Arrangements by Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.

Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of May 17:

Patricia A. Fox (Bassett), 80, of Penn Yan passed away Monday, May 8, 2023 at the home of her daughter Michelle.
Patricia was born in Montour Falls June 30, 1942, the daughter of Gerald and Anna (Larsen) Bassett. Patricia was employed for many years doing vineyard work, was the owner of Mom’s Doghouse, cooked at Hayes Auction barn, and served as a driver for the Mennonite community for 20+ years.
Patricia was a very strong but simple woman. She enjoyed spending time with family and being outdoors. Pat had a love for animals that led to her taking in many strays over the years. The last few months of her life was spent surrounded by her family. She will be dearly missed by many.
Patricia is survived by her daughters, Theresa (Robert) Halbert of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Tina Fenton and Michelle Meeks, both of Penn Yan; sons, Dustin (Jennifer) and Jason Fox of Penn Yan; sisters, Pauline Jamison and June (Chuck) Stanton; brothers, Roger (Sheila) and Jim Bassett; 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Patricia was predeceased by her husband Donald, daughter Trudy Fenton, grandson Matthew Halbert and great-grandson Gavin Ortiz.
Honoring Patricia’s wishes there will be no services. Those wishing to remember Pat may make a donation in her name to the Humane Society of Yates County, PO Box 12, Penn Yan, NY 14527 or to a charity of their choice.
Memories of Pat may be shared with her family and friends at

Robert G. “Jerry” Harnas, SMSgt. USAF Ret., 73, of Watkins Glen entered unto rest Thursday, May 11, 2023. Jerry was born Aug. 18, 1949 in Elmira, the son of Joseph and Ann Harnas and graduated from Watkins Glen High School.
Jerry served with the U.S. Air Force as a specialty aerospace maintenance superintendent, retiring in 1994 after 25 years of dedicated service. After retiring from the Air Force, Jerry was an auto mechanic at several area dealerships. On July 22, 2000, Jerry married his wife Linda.
Jerry was a member of the Odessa Conservation Club where he loved to share his knowledge of hunters education and archery with local youth organizations.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 23 years, Linda (Bartone) Harnas; son, Robert Harnas; Linda’s sons, Kevin (Afsana) Doane and Steven Doane; four sisters, JoAnn, Liz, Judy and Mary; five brothers, Tom, Dave Jack, Paul and Andy; three brothers-in-law, David and Michael Bartone, and Scott Blackwell; and a special grandson, Beckett Doane.
A special thank you to Justine Clarkson from Arnot Ogden Medical Center for her continued care and support to Jerry and his family.
A graveside service with full military honors will be held for Jerry Wednesday, May 17, at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery, State Route 14, Watkins Glen. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Schuyler County Ambulance, 909 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit

Terri L. Schmitt, 64, passed away unexpectedly at home in Endicott, May 11, 2023.
Beloved daughter of the late Gary B. and late Nancy Slater (Robbins). Devoted wife of the late Stephen. Loving sister of Gary Lee (Lisa), Craig (Debbie) and Karen and close friends to her in-laws Charles and Rose Schmitt. Cherished friend of and niece to Beverly Besley and her cousin Shannon Slater. Loving aunt to Emily Slater, Kaylin (Michael) Matthews, and Jared (Christine) Slater and to Leah Shea Quackenbush (Jon) and Dylan J. Shea and several great-nieces and nephews.  
Terri and Steve’s young love never got old and lasted to their final days. Both enjoyed quiet times in the woods, camping, boating, gardening, reading and relaxing at an Outer Banks beach or being with their many friends who became so close to them at their special spot on the lake and to their neighbors in Endicott.
Terri spent her formative years in the color guard of the world champion Squires Drum and Bugle Corps in Watkins Glen and later became a well-respected legal secretary working for the Broome County DA’s office and others throughout her career.  Terri was an exceptionally hard worker, well respected, and known for her formidable skills. Everyone loved Terri.  Her beloved family and friends will always remember her special smile, bright eyes, openness, kindness, and fun-loving spirit—and she will be missed.
There will be no prior visitation, but please leave your expressions of remembrance on the website of Allen Memorial Home at  Funeral services will be privately held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her memory to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Elaine Stanton-Hicks, 66, of Valois passed away May 8, 2023 after a battle with cancer.
A memorial service and celebration of her life was held Saturday, May 13 at 11 a.m. at the Valois-Logan-Hector Fire Company, 5736 NY-414, Hector. A reception followed.
She is survived by her husband Michael Hicks, son George (Tracy) Hemphill, mother Janet George; brothers and sisters, Richard (Sue) Stanton of Prattsburg, Susan Stanton of Avon, Michelle Wrightman of Hornell and Lorie Mosbacher of Wayland; two grandchildren, Chandler Hopkins and Reagan Johnson; brothers-in-law, Joe Hicks of Hornell, Tim (Yvonne) Hicks of Clark Mills and many nieces and nephews.
Elaine was born June 27, 1956, in North Hornell, the daughter of Ronald and Janet Stanton. She honorably served in the United States Army. Elaine served as a long-time member, volunteer, treasurer and board member of the Valois-Logan- Hector Fire Company. She was also a member and past president of the former Schuyler County Fireman’s Association, and attended the Hector Presbyterian Church. She worked and retired from Cornell University as an HVAC engineer. Elaine’s many joys included being a surrogate mother to all the children in the neighborhood, her horses, and playing at the casinos.
You may leave a memory of condolence for the family in her obituary at
Arrangements with Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home.

William Dellwood VanFleet, 99, of Trumansburg moved from farming on earth to farming in the sky Tuesday, May 9, 2023. Known to most as William, Dad, Grandpa, Studmuffin, Great Grandpa, Uncle Bill or Uncle Willie, he was a friend to many. On April 5, 1924, he was born at home and lived his life on the farm he worked.
He was predeceased by his wife, Peg, a son, Robert Bryan, his parents, Percilla Lewis and William Bryan Jennings VanFleet, an incredibly special uncle Charlie, brother Earl, sister Irene and brother-in-law Ted Fletcher, sister Thelma Harford, niece Laurie Fletcher, nephew James Fletcher and by many, many friends.
He is survived by his son, David, and daughter-in-law, Nianne (Taber) VanFleet; a cherished granddaughter, Jennifer VanFleet Stratton and her husband Craig Stratton; his very special and well-loved great-granddaughters, Ashlynn and Kendall Stratton. Not a day went by that he did not think of his three special girls. His nephew Bill Fletcher shared a very special relationship with him. The two Bills spent lots of good times together over the years and made wonderful memories. Walter Harford, his brother-in-law, shared many good times at the lake together. He is survived by many nieces and nephews, as well as special friends too many to mention.
He spent almost three years at Seneca View where the staff cared for his every need. He was the “sugar daddy” as he supplied candy to staff at Seneca View. As his granddaughter said, “he is now in heaven serving candy to the angels.”
He was creative, caring, bossy, an amazing storyteller, a traveler, tractor driving, spunky, loving, history remembering man. On Friday before his death, as his time was trickling away, Jennifer told him she loved him and his response was “you better I am the only grandpa you got.”
Please remember him with stories, by sharing some hard candy, remembering his love of women, his love of the land and the closeness he shared with his neighbors and friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to call Saturday, May 20 from 1-2 p.m. at Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Bill’s memorial service will follow at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Mecklenburg Fire Department or take a walk and remember him for a few moments. May he rest in peace. To leave a message of condolence, please visit

Arthur Joseph Wixson, 67, of Seneca Falls passed away Sunday, May 7, 2023 in Rochester.
Arthur (“Joe,” “Joey” or “Art” to his family and friends) was born Nov. 1, 1955, the son of Roscoe S. Wixson and Grace (Travis) Wixson of Lakemont. He was a graduate of Dundee Central School. He received an associate in applied science with distinction degree from Corning Community College, graduating as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He furthered his studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Arthur went on to receive both a master’s degree in electrical engineering and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Syracuse University. As a graduate student working at SU’s Institute for Sensory Research, Arthur built an electrical model of the cochlea, the data from which was applicable to hearing aid technology.
Arthur enjoyed a career as an electrical engineer. While employed at Corning Glass Works’ Sullivan Park R&D Campus, Arthur was instrumental in the success of fiber optic cable research and development. His “Method for Coating Optical Waveguide Filaments” received a patent in 1979.
Arthur worked for Fostec, Goulds Pumps, and ITT for many years, designing and testing circuit boards for a variety of household and industrial products. He was most recently employed by EMCom, Inc. in Auburn, from where he retired in 2022.
An excellent musician, Arthur played trombone in high school and learned to play guitar while in college. Over three decades as a lead guitarist, he played with bands throughout central NY, including Apogee, Dick Bergman and the Country Rock Revue, Midnight Hauler, Scotty Trudell, Sleight Rise, Storm, Thin Line, Top Shelf, Wes Earl and Aces High, and Strange Brew, covering genres from country music to classic and modern rock. He enjoyed listening to the music of The Beatles, The Moody Blues, Pink Floyd and Chicago. A fan of science fiction television and film, he loved the original “Star Trek” and “Twilight Zone” series and the 1950s classic movies “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and “Forbidden Planet.”
A lifelong enthusiast of astronomy, Arthur recently started to attend the Cherry Springs State Park star parties where he enjoyed observing nebulae.
Arthur especially loved to sit by the fire at the cottage on Seneca Lake.
Arthur is survived by his sisters, Diane Hubbard and Stacey Weigert (Marc); his children, Jonathan Wixson (Jamie), Samantha Eaton (Michael), and Benjamin Wixson (Diamonasia); and his grandchildren, Cory Anthony, Riley Eaton and Derek Wixson.
Arthur was predeceased by his parents, Roscoe S. Wixson and Grace (Travis) Wixson; his brother, Roscoe William Wixson; his brother-in-law, Rev. Richard R. Hubbard; and his grandchildren, Sydney Wixson, Nathaniel Wixson, Adam Eaton and Allan Eaton.
Contributions may be made in Arthur’s memory to Journey Home, 994 Long Pond Road, Rochester, NY 14626 or Ronald McDonald House, 333 Westmoreland Drive, Rochester, NY 14620.
A graveside memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family at the Lakemont Cemetery in Lakemont. Arrangements are entrusted to Harris Funeral Home.
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Death notices
Patricia A. Fox, 80, of Penn Yan, May 8, 2023. Arrangements by Townsend-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
Robert G. “Jerry” Harnas, 73, of Watkins Glen, May 11, 2023. Arrangements by Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
LEO KENYON, 91, of Penn Yan, May 15, 2023. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
SHARON MCMILLEN, 74, of Penn Yan, April 24, 2023 at The Homestead Nursing Home Facility. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
Terri L. Schmitt, 64, of Endicott, May 11, 2023 at home. Arrangements by Allen Memorial Home, Endicott.
RICHARD R. “RICK” SHERMAN II, 55, of Penn Yan, May 12, 2023 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.Elaine Stanton-Hicks, 66, of Valois, May 8, 2023. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
BEVERLY C. VANAMBURG, 83, of Dundee, May 12, 2023. Arrangements by Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
William D. VanFleet, 99, of Trumansburg, May 9, 2023. Arrangements by Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
Arthur J. Wixson, 67, of Seneca Falls, May 7, 2023 in Rochester. Arrangements by Harris Funeral Home, Rochester.

Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of May 10:

Nancy Lois Baker Brooks, 92, of Altay passed away at the Penn Yan Manor Tuesday, May 2, 2023.
An only child, Nancy was born Feb. 13, 1931 in Penn Yan to Charles and Marjorie Littell Baker. She graduated in the Class of 1948 at Dundee Central School, graduated from Green Mountain Junior College in Vermont in 1950 and from Cornell University with a degree in home economics in 1952. On Oct. 18, 1952 she married Norman L. Brooks who predeceased her May 21, 2000.
Nancy was an active member of the Tyrone Methodist Church. She was best known for her talents of sewing, furniture refinishing and chair caning. She had a love for antiques and covered bridges. Nancy was a 4-H volunteer for many years in Schuyler County and was a long-time 4-H judge at fairs, dress revues and public presentations. She also served as a Schuyler County 4-H program assistant. Nancy retired in 1995, after working for 23 years as an instructor and coordinator of a Family Living And Self-Help program at Steuben-Allegany County BOCES.
Nancy’s ancestors were some of the first settlers in Altay dating back to the early 1700s. She was proud to have lived her entire life in Altay except for the past four years when she was a resident of Clinton Crest and at the Penn Yan Manor for the past two weeks. She loved the rural life of Altay where she had grown up with sheep and cows, baling hay and enjoying her family cottage on nearby Lamoka Lake for over 50 years.
She is survived by her children: Jennifer (Donald “Skip”) Jensen of Penn Yan, Kirk (Carolyn “Cookie”) Brooks of Penn Yan and Lawrence (Debra) Brooks of Altay; her grandchildren: Natalie Jensen of Penn Yan, Eileen Jensen of Branchport, Betsy Jensen of Warnerville, Colby (Melissa) Petersen of Penn Yan, Ethan (Shana Tubbs) Brooks of Altay and Casey (Cody Perry) Brooks of Rock Stream. Nancy is also survived by great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Also surviving Nancy is her long time Cornell University friend, Barbara Baker Schwarting and family of Jordan, New York. Nancy was predeceased by special friends including Beulah, Bill, Dorothy, Erma, Fred, John, Marjorie and the Lyle Family.
The family would like to recognize and thank the dedicated staff at Clinton Crest and Penn Yan Manor for their generous care while Nancy was a resident.
Calling hours were held at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee, from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 9. Her funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at the Tyrone United Methodist Church, 3647 Church Hill Road, Tyrone. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family in Altay Cemetery.
Memorial donations for Nancy Brooks may be made to the Tyrone United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1, or to the Tyrone Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 69, Tyrone, NY 14887.
Arrangements are entrusted with Baird Funeral Home, Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting

Helen Ann Leatzaw passed away peacefully April 1, 2023 at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls.
She was a richly talented person, a devoted wife and mother, true friend, talented artist and innovator, caretaker, camp leader, life-long student, dedicated teacher and avid nature lover. She had no fear to take on any project, no matter how daunting it might appear, and give it her best.
After the birth of her first son, the weight of the fact that her grandfather, her father, her brother, her brother-in-law and now her husband had all served in war, motivated her to search for the truth about God and His will for humanity.
In her search she found the answers that she had so earnestly been looking for. Those answers were so valuable to her that she determined that living her life according to these truths must become the guiding force in her life, and that by adhering to them she was ensuring the best future for herself and her dear family.
And so, as time proved, what defined her the most was her belief in the importance of faith and integrity, instilled in her by her parents and reinforced by her careful and honest study of the Bible.
That determination made her the glue that kept her family together during the storms of life. One of the most beautiful qualities of our mother is that her “glue” extended far beyond her husband and family, but to her many dear friends and to all those she saw as truly in need.
Helen was born at DeGraff Hospital in North Tonawanda, New York to Douglas D. Joyce Sr. and Helen W. Joyce. She is survived by her dear brother, Douglas D. Joyce Jr., his wife Marion and their family. She is also survived by the family of her dear sister, Margaret Joyce Balling, now deceased, as well as her beloved cousin, Bette Joyce Smith, her husband Lloyd and their family. She is also survived by her sons: R. Allyn Leatzaw Jr. and his wife Lou Ann; Paul Leatzaw and his wife Ivonne; Helen’s daughters: Christina and her husband W. Thomas Cecil III; Jeannette and her husband Aldo Minchella; Helen’s grandchildren: Joel Cecil and his wife Sophia; Hannah and her husband Anthony Sofia; Ryan Leatzaw and his wife Kiana; Jeremy Minchella; Abigail and her husband Alain Louissaint; Austin Leatzaw, Sarah Cecil; Bennett Minchella and his wife Josy; Joshua Leatzaw; Andre Minchella and his wife Murielle; and Myles Leatzaw; her great-grandchildren: Noah, Mazzaroth, Stella, Kelani and Harper.
Words cannot adequately express our most sincere gratitude to the Watkins Glen Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses for the many years of love and support to both of our parents. They both loved you all dearly.
To the outstanding community of professionals whose support made it possible for Helen to live her best life in her later years—we feel indebted to you all, as you all did not just your jobs, but went above and beyond. You have all shown such personal interest, compassion and respect. You are a treasure to your community.
Helen’s Memorial Service will take place Saturday, May 13 beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Watkins Glen Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2590 NY-414, Watkins Glen.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to; when on the home page scroll down to “Donations” and follow the prompts. While you’re on the website, please take a moment to look for the answers to the questions you care about most. Our Mom would have loved that.
If you would like to see some photos and maybe leave a message, please visit her memorial webpage at

Marvin L. Reigle, 72, of Himrod passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, in Penn Yan.
Honoring the family’s wishes there will be no prior calling hours. Services will be at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Himrod Fire Department, 3530 Himrod Road, Himrod, NY 14842; or the Penn Yan Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 205 North Ave., Penn Yan, NY 14527.
Marvin was born April 14, 1951 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the son of Charles and Ruth (Jones) Reigle. He was raised along the Juniata River in Newport, Pennsylvania. He graduated from East Stroudsburg University with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science. He was the proud owner of Gully’s Edge Vineyard, in Himrod. He loved Seneca Lake and taking care of his vineyards.
He is survived by his wife Nadine M. Bocek at home; his daughter Peach Reigle (Chuck) Draper of Quakertown, Pennsylvania; two grandchildren, Sunny and CK Draper of Quakertown; and a brother Larry (Sandy) Reigle of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; along with several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was also predeceased by a brother Lynn Reigle of York, Pennsylvania.
The family wishes to extend their extreme gratitude to the members of the Himrod Fire Department First Responders, the Penn Yan Ambulance Corp, and the staff at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting

Death notices
Nancy L. Brooks, 92, of Altay, May 2, 2023 at Penn Yan Manor. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home.
KENNETH W. HALE, 87, of Penn Yan, April 24, 2023. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
ELAINE HOWELL, 60, of Savona, April 29, 2023. Arrangements by Bishop & DeSanto Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
HELEN A. LEATZAW, April 1, 2023 at Schuyler Hospital. Arrangements by Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
Marvin L. Reigle, 72, of Himrod, May 3, 2023 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, in Penn Yan.

Obituaries/Memorial/Death Notices week of May 3:

John Wait Chapman (age 74)
Born: Sunrise Feb. 14, 1949 (Montour Falls) – Deceased: Sunset April 22, 2023 (Ocala, Florida)
Born to Mary (Chapman) Bottcher and Rupert “Pete” Chapman, and he passed just under two months after his wife of nearly 40 years, Nancy Chapman.
He is survived by  his two sons, Chris (Houran) Chapman of Brooklyn, New York and Shon Chapman of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania; his two siblings, Mary Anne (Bill) Culligan of Portland, Oregon and  Robert (Barbara) Chapman of Watkins Glen; five grandchildren, nieces and nephews and dozens of songs and the memory of thousands of performances.
Graduating from Watkins Glen Central  school with a Regents Scholarship in 1967, he had dreams of traveling far away but decided at the last minute to stay relatively close with a state school. He was a man of many intertwined, occasionally contradictory, profiles and perspectives. A self-described loner, he nonetheless pledged Phi Beta Kappa while at SUNY Binghamton. Considering the possibility of the “life of the mind” as a career he majored in ancient languages, specifically Sanskrit. A pianist in the vein of Bill Evans, music and composing were a lifelong pursuit and spiritual journey—cursing out about every venue manager he interacted with as a band leader was his portrait of an artist as a young man. An anti-establishment, peace-loving conscientious objector who later spent five years in the Navy. A carpenter/craftsman/builder by day and musician/composer by night; he built a house on Cayuga Lake with the help of family and friends over the course of six summers. A father, son, brother, artist, DYI enthusiast, intellectual, recluse, family-man, and ultimately human being. His smile and wry wit will be missed even while he lives on through so many of us whom he touched.
A memorial service with be held in Watkins Glen at a later date.

Emma Louise (Knapp) Nickerson, 56, of Beaver Dams passed away Saturday, April 22 2023 at home. She was born Aug. 3, 1966 in Dover, New Jersey. Emma graduated from Dundee High School in 1985. She married Jeffrey A. Nickerson Aug. 19, 2006 in Montour Falls. She worked as a Direct Support Professional with the ARC of Schuyler for four years, and later she was a housewife caring for her family.
Emma loved taking care of her new home, her fur babies, her grandchildren and her husband. She never missed a chance to brag about her grandbabies and her daughter Emily who is currently serving in the U.S. Navy. She enjoyed being outside enjoying good weather and gardening. She enjoyed talking to her family and friends. She loved going shopping with her daughters and trying to figure out what she wrote on her shopping list. She loved cranking up and rocking out to 80s music.
Surviving Emma are her husband of 17 years, Jeffrey Nickerson; three daughters, Emily Gublo of Moore, Oklahoma, Elaine Gublo, Beaver Dams, and Julia (Jason) Nickerson-Carpenter of Blue Ridge, Georgia; a son, Randy Nickerson, of Austin, Texas; two sisters, Crickett Robles of Corning and Sheryl Elliott of Horseheads; two brothers, Michael (Cherie) Knapp of Elmira and Raymond (Gail) Knapp of Charlotte, North Carolina; four grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents, her brother Joseph Knapp in 2016, and baby Johnny D. Cleary in2003.
A celebration of Emma’s life was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29, 2023 at the Hammondsport/Bath KOA Resort, 7531 County Road 13, Bath. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Emma’s name to The ARC of Chemung-Schuyler 711 Sullivan St., Elmira, NY or Ronald McDonald House Charities at Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Vedder-Scott &Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. To leave the family a message of condolence, visit

Lillian N. Perry, 88, of Watkins Glen was called home by her Lord and Savior Thursday, April 27, 2023 in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester.
Calling hours will be from 12-1 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee, where her funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. with Pastor Dan Barner officiating. Burial will be private in Pleasant View Cemetery, Reading Center.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Holocaust Survivors Assistance Program, 3201 South Tamarac Dr., Denver, CO 80231.
Lillian was born Aug. 8, 1934 in Penn Yan, the daughter of James W. and Lillian N. (Bell) Rogers. She graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1952. On Jan. 7, 1953 in Watkins Glen, she married Robert E. “Bob” Perry, who passed away Dec. 21, 2020. In the 1950s while starting her family Lillian worked for the Comstock Canning Co. in Penn Yan. She then became the “L” and bookkeeper, as well as the “Pilot Car” driver for heavy equipment and oversize loads for the family business, R & L Perry Construction Inc. of Watkins Glen.
As far as her spare time, Mrs. Perry will be remembered as a Sunday School teacher for both the former Church of the Nazarene in Watkins, but also Grace Baptist Church in Beaver Dams. She enjoyed camping and campfires, boating, and wintering in Florida. But her greatest joy was being a home maker aka “domestic engineer” and helping to care for her beloved grandchildren.
She will be dearly missed by her daughter Pam M. Trank with whom she made her home; two sons, Donald R. (Julie) Perry of Watkins Glen and Brian D. Perry also at home; five grandchildren, Lisa (Nick) Savastano, Kelly (Anthony) Delionado, Darryl (Lauren) Perry, Beth Caudle and Robert Perry; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Simpson, also of Watkins Glen; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a granddaughter, Kim Trank on Oct. 25, 2014; a son, David R. Perry on May 30, 2015; and four brothers, Larry, Stewart, Kenneth and George Rogers.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting

Death notices
CURTIS I. BALLARD, 74, of Dundee, April 22, 2023. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
JOHN W. CHAPMAN, 74, of Watkins Glen, April 22, 2023, in Ocala, Florida. Arrangements by Roberts of Ocala Funerals and Cremations Crematory.
JOYCE K. HALL, 79, formerly of Penn Yan, April 24, 2023. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
SABRA M. KOPEC, 80, of Dundee, April 23, 2023 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
JOYCE A. (STENGER) MATSON, 91, of Hammondsport, April 24, 2023. Arrangements by Bishop & DeSanto Funeral Home, Hammondsport.
EMMA L. (KNAPP) NICKERSON, 56, of Beaver Dams, April 22, 2023 at home. Arrangements by Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls.
LILLIAN N. PERRY, 88, of Watkins Glen, April 27, 2023 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. Arrangements by Baird Funeral Home, Dundee.
ERIC SIMMONS, 35, of Brooktondale, New York, April 18, 2023. Arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan.
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