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Lorraine Panek

AUBURN — Lorraine Panek, 71, of Auburn, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Upstate University Hospital, with her daughters by her side.

Lorraine was born in Fort Fairfield, Maine on Feb. 8, 1947, the daughter of the late Alphonse and Lucille Martin Rossignol. She was a self-employed hairdresser who owned and operated Lorraine’s Hair Styling. With the help of her family, Lorraine fought a long and courageous battle with cancer. Her strong Christian faith gave her comfort and strength during her battle.

Lorraine is survived by her devoted family, her daughters, Lynn (Rob) Trites, of Elma, Michele (Bob) Temple, of Skaneateles, and Kim (Ed) Collins, of Ithaca; her beloved grandchildren, whom she loved so dearly, Taylor, Brandon, and Dalton Trites, Jack, Tyler, and Katie Lorraine Collins. Lorraine is also survived by her siblings, Julianne (Carl) Jones, Robert Rossignol, Irene Roets, Sandra (Glen) Schram, Betty (Tom) Stamp, Brenda Caza, and Gary Rossignol; and many nieces and nephews and their families.

A private service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 16, at White Chapel Funeral Home, 197 South St., Auburn, officiated by Pastor Bob Canino.

Donations in memory of Lorraine Panek may be made to First Love Ministries, Auburn, NY 13021 or to The Golisano Children’s Hospital, Syracuse, NY.

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

Veronica 'Peachy' Barr

AUBURN — Veronica “Peachy” Barr, 52, passed away peacefully on April 11, 2018. Veronica fought a long and hard fight and finally went in peace to be with the Lord and her loved ones.

Veronica was the baby of 10 kids and struggled her entire life with health issues. Through it all, she remained strong and continued to fight till the very end. Veronica loved to walk long distances and really enjoyed doing crossword puzzles. Veronica attended Auburn High School and ran track. She had a laugh that would light up the room. Before getting sick, she was a member of Roosevelt Memorial Baptist Church, turning her life to God and getting baptized.

Veronica loved being a mom and a grandmother. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. She really enjoyed cooking, watching stories, and listening to music. Veronica married Jacob Barr in the summer of 1990 and remained married to him.

Veronica leaves her three children to mourn her and miss her endlessly: one son, Omar Flowers (her pride and joy); two daughters, RaShonda Flowers and Jeneis Barr, both of Syracuse; her three grandchildren, Adrian Agee Jr., True Messiah Klock, and Jemarion Patrick Lee McClain. Veronica also leaves seven sisters, Bernice Brown, Jackie Brown, Lois Hayward, and Yvette Flowers, all of Auburn, Michele Flowers, of Rochester, Sandra Davis and Audrey Flowers, of Syracuse; two brothers, Robert Brown (Yolanda), and Ricky Flowers, of Auburn. Veronica also leaves four sisters-in-law, Baisey Barr, Olivia Jackson, Rolean and Mattie Brown; one brother-in-law, Willie Barr; two aunts, Arcola Barr and Marlene McKinley; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Veronica was predeceased by her son, Messiah Flowers; mother, Virginia Flowers; her father, Vernon Brown, and four sisters, Beverly Borges, Dorothy Flowers, Valerie Brown, and Alberta Mason.

A calling hour will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, in Roosevelt Memorial Baptist Church, Auburn, with a funeral following at noon.

Brew Funeral Home, 48 South St., Auburn, is in charge of the arrangements.

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Nicholas A. Luisi

AUBURN — Nicholas A. Luisi, 93, of Auburn, passed away peacefully early Monday morning, April 9, 2018, at Auburn Community Hospital.

He was born in Auburn, the son of the late Dominick (Tabac) and Carmela Sarno Luisi. He was the ninth of 10 children. He lived in Auburn most of his life, but resided in Arizona for more than 30 years after retirement. Later he moved back to his hometown, Auburn to be close to his family. Nick attended West High School where he was captain of the football team, and president of the class of 1942. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in his senior year and received a War Service Diploma. Nick was stationed in the China, Burma, India Campaign in the 40th photo Reconnaissance Squadron.

After being honorably discharged from the military, he met and married Ellen A. Perrine in 1946. She was the love of his life and together they raised five children. He worked for Henry and Allen Company in Auburn, Sylvania Company in Seneca Falls, and retired from the Auburn Fire Department after 20 years. In the '50s and '60s, Nick also operated Luisi Greenhouse on Underwood Street with his father, Dominick. Nick enjoyed the outdoors, whether landscaping, or collecting fossils and different types of rock formations. He was a very talented artist having studied under Professor Walter Long at the Cayuga Museum. He was a member of the Daubers Club and served as president.

Nick cherished all the time he spent with his family because family always came first. It was part of his Italian heritage. He will be sadly missed.

He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Ellen (Perrine) Luisi; two daughters, Anita (Thomas) Colvin, and Rita (Jere) Jacobs, all of Auburn; three sons, James (Margaret) Luisi, of Auburn, Jack (Beverly) Luisi, of Chandler, Ariz., and Jere (Brenda E.) Luisi, of South Phoenix, Ariz.; five grandchildren, Corey Colvin, Thomas (Bailey) Colvin, Nicole (Timothy) Stinneford, Paul W. Luisi, and Todd (Jessica) Luisi; four great-grandchildren, Thomas, Gage, and Cecilia Colvin, and Lennon Luisi; step-granddaughter, Samantha Luisi and her daughter, Kirsten; step-grandson, Curtis Ford, all of Arizona; and sister-in-law, Suzanne Luisi, of Madison, Wis.

In addition to his parents, Nicholas was predeceased by two brothers, Lawrence and August Luisi; seven sisters, Rose Sciria, Angelica Busco, Antoinette Caruana, Carmel Criazzo, Ann Marie Simmons, Teresa and Angela Luisi. Nick had more than 50 nieces and nephews, all of whom treasured his company.

Calling hours will be held from 10 a.m. to noon this Friday morning, April 20, with services and military honors to immediately follow at noon, all at Pettigrass Funeral Home, 196 Genesee St., Auburn.

Contributions may be made in Nicholas’ memory to ALS Upstate NY Chapter, Old Cove Road, Suite 213, Liverpool, NY 13090, or to MS Resources of CNY Inc., 6743 Kinne St., P.O. Box 237, East Syracuse, NY 13057.

Christine Cuff

AUBURN — Christine Cuff, 65, passed away unexpectedly Friday, April 13, 2018, at her family home on Owasco Road, Auburn.

Chris was born in Owasco on July 6, 1952, and was a graduate of Skaneateles High School. Her most recent job was at ElderChoice Inc., that’s where she retired from and she also enjoyed spending time with her granddaughter as well. She was a life parishioner of St. Ann’s Church of Owasco. She enjoyed cruising with her family and watching NASCAR.

Chris is survived by her husband of 38 years, Dennis Cuff; her daughter, Amy Szozda and her husband, Bill, all of Auburn; her granddaughter whom she loved spending time with, Ava Elizabeth Szozda; her mother, Anna Green Flanigan; her sister, Sharon Shown and her husband, George, of Delaware; and a brother, Gary Flanigan with Chris Olmstead, of Auburn.

Mrs. Cuff was predeceased by her father, William Flanigan.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Ann’s Church, in the Hamlet of Owasco. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Fleming. Friends are invited to call on the family from 1 to 4 p.m. today at White Chapel Funeral Home, 197 South St., Auburn.

Contributions in memory of Christine Cuff may be made to St. Ann’s Catholic Church.

Helicopter called to transport pedestrian struck by car in Auburn

A helicopter was called for emergency transportation after a pedestrian was struck by a car Friday night in Auburn.

The Auburn Police Department said Kylle L. Hopkins, 26, was walking through the intersection of Genesee and Columbus streets at about 10:11 p.m. when he was hit by a vehicle driven by Doris M. Ramsperger, 60, of 11 Cross St., Auburn. Ramsperger was not ticketed because investigators concluded that Hopkins, of 7430 North St., was at fault.

After the accident, a landing zone was established in the parking lot of a business on Orchard Street, and an ambulance brought Hopkins there to meet up with a helicopter.

The helicopter left Auburn at about 10:50 p.m., heading to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.

Police on Saturday said that Hopkins' injuries were not life-threatening.

Oscar-winning director Forman dies

LOS ANGELES — Czech filmmaker Milos Forman, whose American movies "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus" won a deluge of Academy Awards, including best director Oscars, died Saturday. He was 86.

Forman died about 2 a.m. Saturday at Danbury Hospital, near his home in Warren, Connecticut, according to a statement released by the former director's agent, Dennis Aspland. Aspland said Forman's wife, Martina, notified him of the death.

When Forman arrived in Hollywood in the late 1960s, he was lacking in both money and English skills, but carried a portfolio of Czechoslovakian films much admired internationally for their quirky, lighthearted spirit. Among them were "Black Peter," ''Loves of a Blonde" and "The Fireman's Ball."

The orphan of Nazi Holocaust victims, Forman had abandoned his homeland after communist troops invaded in 1968 and crushed a brief period of political and artistic freedom known as the Prague Spring.

In America, his record as a Czech filmmaker was enough to gain him entree to Hollywood's studios, but his early suggestions for film projects were quickly rejected. Among them were an adaptation of Franz Kafka's novel "Amerika" and a comedy starring entertainer Jimmy Durante as a wealthy bear hunter in Czechoslovakia.

After his first U.S. film, 1971's "Taking Off," flopped, Forman didn't get a chance to direct a major feature again for years. He occupied himself during part of that time by covering the decathlon at the 1972 Olympics for the documentary "Visions of Eight."

"Taking Off," an amusing look at generational differences in a changing America, had won praise from critics who compared it favorably to Forman's Czech films. But without any big-name stars it quickly tanked at the box office.

Actor Michael Douglas gave Forman a second chance, hiring him to direct "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest," which Douglas was co-producing.

The 1975 film, based on Ken Kesey's novel about a misfit who leads mental institution inmates in a revolt against authority, captured every major Oscar at that year's Academy Awards, the first film to do so since 1934"s "It Happened One Night."

The winners included Jack Nicholson as lead actor, Louise Fletcher as lead actress, screenwriters Bo Goldman and Lawrence Hauben, Forman as director and the film itself for best picture.

The director, who worked meticulously, spending months with screenwriters and overseeing every aspect of production, didn't release another film until 1979's "Hair."

The musical, about rebellious 1960s-era American youth, appealed to a director who had witnessed his own share of youthful rebellion against communist repression in Czechoslovakia. But by the time it came out, America's brief period of student revolt had long since faded, and the public wasn't interested.