WEEDSPORT | Virginia R. Ozark, 96, of Highland Avenue, Weedsport, passed away on Oct. 8, 2013 at Auburn Community Hospital. She was born in Syracuse, the daughter of the late C. Morris and Hazel E. O’Dell Gifford and has resided in Weedsport most of her life. Mrs. Ozark was a bookkeeper for Ozark Construction, Agway and Weedsport Tool and Machine. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Weedsport and was also a past Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Ozark enjoyed playing the violin with the Weedsport Orchestra, participating as a Girl Scout leader, and baking wedding cakes. Her family household was close knit. Her extended family often would gather at the house to enjoy one’s company along with holding Mr. and Mrs. Ozark in high regard.

Surviving are two daughters, Janice Almstead and her husband, James, of Penfield, N.Y., and Elnora Berndt, of Weedsport; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Carole Ozark, of Weedsport, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Ozark was predeceased by her husband, Peter Ozark in 1992; a son, Peter M. Ozark in 2006, and a son-in-law, Thomas Berndt.

A celebration of Mrs. Ozark’s life will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church, Weedsport. Interment will be in Weedsport Rural Cemetery, Weedsport.

Memorial contributions may be made to SNAP, 178 Central Ave., Cortland, NY 13045, or to Finger Lakes Center for Living, 20 Park Ave., Auburn, NY 13021, in memory of Mrs. Ozark.

Jewell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


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