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Robert Parks Jr.

VENICE CENTER — Robert Parks Jr. “Red,” 80, of Venice Center, passed away Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.

Mr. Parks was born Aug. 1, 1937 in Triangle, as son of the late Robert and Madelyn (Gates) Parks. A Venice resident for most of his life, Red was formerly employed with Parmley Farms, and later retired from Cargill Inc. of Lansing where he had been a hoist operator.

Red was an active member of the New York State Horsepuller’s Association, and was known to occasionally enjoy a Budweiser.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Dianna (Bryan) Parks; his three daughters, Paula Fairbanks, Rosalie Hapgood (Richard), and Michelle Saville (“Chip”); son, David Knight (Amber); two brothers, Gary Parks (Marge) and Larry Parks (Sue); three sisters, Sheila Grant (Bob), JoAnn Brewer, and Kay VanTassel; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and other extended family members.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a daughter, Tina Weaver; his twin brother, Ronald; brothers, Oren and Carl, and by a sister, Betty Parks.

At Red’s request, there will be no services or calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Long Hill Fire Department, 2513 Long Hill Road, Venice Center, NY 13147.

James C. Phillips

AUBURN — James C. Phillips, 80, of Auburn, passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 at Vasser Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, with his loving family at his side.

He was born in Auburn, the son of the late James D. and Dora Festa Phillips. He went to Holy Family School. He graduated cum laude from Woodbury College in Los Angeles, Calif. During Jim’s lifetime he worked for Deutch Company and was instrumental in designing a Deutch Connector that was used on the first spacesuit that went into space and is now on display at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. He also worked for Sterling Optical and Bonneau Optical. Jim cherished the times spent with his family and friends.

He is survived by his loving children: son, James C. (Colleen) Phillips II, of Idaho; daughter, Tina (Jim) Plass, of Highland, N.Y.; four granddaughters, Leah (Cody) Wolff, Molly Phillips, LeeAnna Plass, and Morgan (D.J.) Joe; four great-grandchildren, Preston, Emma, Davion, and Jordan; as well as his good friend, Bill Butera, and numerous cousins.

Calling hours are from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday morning, with services to immediately follow at noon all at the Pettigrass Funeral Home, 196 Genesee St., Auburn. Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in James memory to the Mathew Home, 43 Metcalf Drive, Auburn, NY 13021.

Lawmakers warn of tough 2018 budget choices

ALBANY — New York state lawmakers trickled back into the state Capitol Wednesday to discuss plans for 2018, and they're already predicting a year of tough choices.

Federal cuts to health care programs, the probability of big changes to the federal tax code and a projected $4 billion state deficit could make next year's budget as challenging as any in recent years.

"We're New Yorkers and we'll figure our way through it," Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, a Bronx Democrat, told reporters Wednesday. "And just hope we can withstand a lot of the damage that's on the horizon from Washington."

Members of the state Assembly's Democratic majority gathered for talks Wednesday at the Capitol. Senate Democrats held their own private meeting outside the building. The session begins Jan. 3, when Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his annual state-of-the-state address.

Officials warn that Republican moves in Washington to reduce funding for health care programs could force the state to either make up the difference or look for areas in the state budget to cut. Meanwhile, they say the federal tax bill, which awaits final Congressional approval, could have ripple effects for years because of a provision reducing a deduction for state and local taxes. New York officials worry the change will be especially burdensome in high-tax states like theirs by reducing after-tax income and potentially prompting some people to relocate to lower-cost states.

Meanwhile, advocates for public education and organizations that care for disabled individuals are asking for funding increases, putting further pressure on state resources.

"It's a matter of priorities," said Republican state Sen. George Amedore of Rotterdam shortly after a rally Wednesday for increased funding for caregivers for the disabled. "In a tight budget year we have to adjust our spending. We have to set priorities. What are the most important issues?"

Besides state finances, a number of other contentious issues are likely to bubble up once lawmakers reconvene. Funding for New York City subways, physician-assisted suicide, education spending and a proposal to relax the statute of limitations on molestation lawsuits all are expected to be debated. Democrats will look for ways to push back on the policies of Republican President Donald Trump, while Republicans seek to hold onto control of the state Senate in the fall elections.

Irene Dec

OWASCO — Irene Dec, 83, of 7349 Owasco Road, Owasco, passed away Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 at Auburn Community Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs. Dec was born in Auburn on Oct. 29, 1934, to the late Stanley and Frances Busczta Luczak. Irene was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church and was a member of the Sacred Heart Rosary Society. She was a talented seamstress and enjoyed making many outfits for her children as well as others. Irene was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother known as GiGi.

She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Walter J. Dec; her children, Debra (Gary) Derouin and Derrick (Karen) Dec; her grandchildren, Edel and Aaron (Cassidy) Derouin, and Jeffrey Dec; her great-grandchildren, Elliott, Abigail, and Caitlin.

In addition to her parents, Irene was predeceased by her nine sisters and two brothers.

Calling hours will be held from 10 to 11:45 a.m. (today) Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 in Sacred Heart Church, 90 Melrose Road, Auburn. A Mass of Christian burial will immediately follow at noon in the church. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Fleming.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Irene Dec may be made to Owasco Fire Department Station 1, 7174 Owasco Road, Auburn, NY 13021.

Arrangements are with White Chapel Funeral Home Inc., 197 South St., Auburn.

Cynthia M. Fasce

AUBURN — Cynthia M. Fasce, 69, of Auburn, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 peacefully surrounded with her family at The Commons on St. Anthony, Auburn.

A lifelong resident, she was born on Oct. 2, 1948, the daughter of Eugene and Mary Marion Wylie Fasce. Cindy was a graduate of St. Alphonsus Parochial Grammar School and Mt. Carmel High School. After graduation from Cayuga Community College, she began employment with the New York Telephone Company. Cindy retired with 25 years of service from Verizon. Her career continued in customer service at M&T Bank, retiring this year with 20 years of service. Cindy was a member of St. Alphonsus Church, a loyal fan of the Buffalo Bills and a dog lover all her life.

Surviving are her brother James and his wife, Julie Fasce, of Auburn; nieces, Blair Freeman, of Rockville, Md., and Caitlin Mashaw and her husband, Maynard, of Lowville, N.Y.; nephews, Christian and his wife, Kayla Fasce, of North Syracuse, and Kellen and his wife, Cheyanne Fasce, of North Syracuse; sister-in-law, Sharon Fasce, of North Syracuse; an aunt, Dorothy W. Keough, of Auburn; and several cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents and brother Robert Fasce.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Alphonsus Church with Pastor Rev. Timothy Niven as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at Farrell’s Funeral Service, Inc., 84 South St., Auburn.

Memorials may be remembered to either the St. Alphonsus Food Pantry or the Finger Lakes SPCA.

“Go Bills!”

Frances Mary (Kenney) Hole

JORDAN — Frances Mary (Kenney) Hole, 83, passed away peacefully on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017.

She was born in Jordan, N.Y. on June 30, 1934. She graduated from Jordan High School in 1952 and graduated from Auburn Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1955 with a registered nurse diploma. She worked until her retirement in 1993 at Auburn Memorial Hospital, Hospice, and Community General Hospital. Her specialty was geriatric nursing. She lived in Borodino for 50 years and was raised on a farm driving horses. She always wanted to be a nurse when she grew up. She had six children, loved baking cookies, square dancing and attending grandchildren activities.

She was predeceased by her parents, Mary (Ostrowski) and Laurence Kenney.

She is survived by her husband, Jack E. Hole, whom she married on Feb. 11, 1956 at St. Patrick’s Church in Jordan, N.Y.; daughters, Barbara (Stephen) Geier, Janice Beaman, Jeanne (Keith) Harter, Jacqueline (Andrew) Holmes, and Kathleen (JD) Thomas; son, Robert (Julianne) Hole; brother, William (Sharon) Kenney; sisters, Clara Ramsden, Jeanette (Loren) Peterson, and Patricia (Bruce) Jorolemon; grandchildren, Jeff and Adam Geier, Nathan, Brandon and Chris Beaman, William, Alicia, Markus and Mallory Harter, Matt and Michelle Hole, Delana, Kaeli, Chris and Alec Thomas, and Maris Holmes; great-grandchildren, Chance, Trenidy, Maggie, Grey and Noah, and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, in St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, Skaneateles. Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at Robert D. Gray Funeral Home, Skaneateles.

Contributions, in lieu of flowers can be made to Borodino Volunteer Fire Department or Alzheimer’s Association.

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David Dennis Delaney Jr.

AUBURN — David Dennis Delaney Jr., age 83, of Auburn, passed away on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 at First Health Hospice House in Pinehurst, with his wife by his side.

David was born in Auburn on July 22, 1934, to the late David and Helen Dugan Delaney. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. David completed six years at Syracuse University and was formerly employed by Solvay Process and General Electric as an engineer. David continued with his farming career until his passing.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Delaney; children, Albert Joseph Delaney (Julia), and Michael Peter Delaney, both of Florida, Dr. Joseph William Delaney (Mary Kathleen), of New York, and Elaine Elizabeth Waldschmidt, of Pennsylvania; sisters, Linda Nettie and Denise Sanders, both of New York; six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Calling hours will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at White Chapel Funeral Home Inc., 197 South St., Auburn. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary’s Church, 15 Clark St., Auburn. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Fleming.

Barbara A. (Behm) Smith

CONQUEST — Barbara A. (Behm) Smith, 91, beloved mother and grandmother, of Conquest, passed away Dec. 5, 2017.

Barbara was born on July 29, 1926 to the late George Behm and Gladys Van Tassel. Besides caring for her family, she was a dairy farmer alongside her late husband, George A. Smith. Barbara was a caregiver by nature and would nurture animals and family members back to health. If you were sick, to Barbara’s house you went. She loved to feed anyone she could and was a coordinator of many Countryside United Methodist Church dinners.

Barbara is survived by her seven children, Bill (Diane) Matteson, Connie (Ed) Pendleton, Austin (Chris) Smith, Robert (Ronda) Smith, Ronnie (Lee) Smith, Wanda (Jeff) Snow, and Azenda (Ed) Bond; 22 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband; her parents; her siblings; a granddaughter; and a daughter-in-law.

Family and friends are called to honor Barbara from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 at Audioun Funeral Home LLC, 218 Main St., Port Byron. Funeral services will follow at 1:15 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in Spring Lake Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Countryside United Methodist Church, 10511 Duck Lake Road, Port Byron, NY 13140 or South Butler Fire Department, P.O. Box 15, South Butler, NY 13154.

Bernice G. Talcott

TALCOTT, Bernice G., 98, of Aurora, passed away Dec. 5, 2017 at her home. Calling hours from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, in the Auburn United Methodist Church, 99 South St., Auburn. Services will begin at 3 p.m. in the church. Arrangements with White Chapel Funeral Home Inc., 197 South St., Auburn.