SANDERSON, Kalene E., 26, of Auburn, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Services will be held privately for her family due to the coronavirus. Donations in memory of Kalene, may be made to a local animal shelter. Arrangements with White Chapel Funeral Home Inc., 197 South St., Auburn.
MELBOURNE, Fla. — Agnes H. Compson, 92, of Melbourne, Fla., and formerly of Weedsport, N.Y., passed away peacefully on March 16, 2020, at the Memory Care Unit of Brookdale Assisted Living in West Melbourne, Fla.
Agnes was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of George and Hilda Hicks. She grew up in Bennington, Vt., and upon graduation from Bennington High School attended Syracuse University receiving her nursing degree and becoming a registered nurse.
On Feb. 25, 1948, she married Leroy L. Compson from Lyons, N.Y., a World War II Army Air Corp veteran and graduate of Morrisville College’s watchmaking program. They were married in Hendricks Chapel at Syracuse University.
Agnes and Leroy settled in Weedsport, N.Y., where they owned and operated L.L. Compson Jewelry and Gift store for over 25 years. After closing their store in Weedsport, Agnes worked for Sibleys in Syracuse in charge of the Crystal and Fine China Department until her retirement.
Agnes and Leroy enjoyed many years of traveling with their Airstream trailer and friends in the Wally Byam Airstream Club. Upon retirement and after being snowbirds for several years they eventually moved to Melbourne, Fla.
Agnes was a 70-year member of the Eastern Stars in Weedsport. She was active in the First Presbyterian Church in Weedsport, Presbyterian Church of the Good Shepherd in Melbourne, Wally Byam Airstream Club of Central New York, and the Salvation Army of Melbourne. Agnes and Leroy were active in the 449th Bomb Group Association attending their yearly reunions all over the United States.
Agnes was predeceased by her husband of 71 years, Leroy, on Jan. 30, 2020, and her brother, Robert Hicks, of Lee, Mass.
Agnes is survived by her son, Loren and wife, Joyce (Shepherd), of Queensbury, N.Y.; grandchildren, Keith (Rebecca) Compson, of Cary, N.C., Christopher (Rebecca) Compson, of Pittsford, N.Y., and Maria (Brian) Whitney, of Glens Falls, N.Y.; six great-grandchildren; several nephews; and dear friends, Rev. Sandy Hill and her husband, Bob, of Merritt Island, Fla.
Agnes’s family would like to express their gratitude to Vitas Hospice and Brookdale Assisted Living for their compassionate care.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held in the future for both Leroy and Agnes at the Presbyterian Church of the Good Shepherd in Melbourne, Fla., at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in the Memorial Garden at the Presbyterian Church of the Good Shepherd.
Memorial donations in Agnes’s memory may be made to Vitas Hospice Care, 4450 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne, FL 32934 or the Presbyterian Church of the Good Shepherd, Florida Avenue, Melbourne, FL 32901.
Arrangements are by Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care, Melbourne, FL 321-724-2222.
AUBURN — Wayne Helfer, 82, of Auburn, passed away peacefully and beautifully, Saturday, March 21, 2020, in the comfort of his home.
He was born in Syracuse, the son of the late Martin and Louise Stone Helfer and resided with his brother, Murray in Marcellus for several years, until moving to Auburn. Wayne grew up with some disabilities that never stopped him from being one of the nicest, friendliest people that you would ever meet. He enjoyed the simpler things in life like nature, birds, making potholders, mowing lawns, and taking extra long bike rides around town. Wayne’s gentle soul and warming smile will continue to live on in the hearts of those he touched.
He is survived by a brother; nieces, Anne and Kristen; nephews, Tim, David, and Doug; several other relatives and especially his beloved family on Shevchenko Avenue.
A private graveside service in Highland Cemetery was held at the convenience of the family. A memorial celebration of his life will be celebrated at a future date when health codes permit.
AUBURN — Alice M. Gallinger, 95, of Auburn, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2020, at The Finger Lakes Center for Living.
Mrs. Gallinger was born Oct. 25, 1924, in Cortland, N.Y., to the late Ernest and Mabel Wain Jebbett. Alice owned and operated Herron Hardware Gifts in Auburn and the Coach Road Shop in Skaneateles. She was a member of The Travelers Club, played in the Bell Choir at Trinity Methodist Church, and was a member of the Skaneateles Methodist Church. She enjoyed painting, gardening, and antiquing.
Alice is survived by her children, Diane (John) Fritz, Douglas (Joyce Messenger) Gallinger, and Gregory (Kathy) Gallinger; her six grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Alice was predeceased by her husband, Paul Gallinger.
Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Skaneateles, with a memorial service later this year.
The family would also like to thank the Finger Lakes Center for the Living for all the loving care they gave Alice during her stay.
Arrangements are with White Chapel Funeral Homes Inc., Auburn.
CONQUEST — Alice M. Mettler passed away at Finger Lakes Center for Living, on March 21, 2020.
Alice was born in Conquest, N.Y., on July 5, 1927, to the late William D. and Myrtle (Price) Terwilliger. She attended Cato-Meridian Central Schools. On Feb. 24, 1945, Alice was united in marriage with Paul F. Mettler in the Spring Lake Methodist Parsonage. Alice was active in many things. In her earlier years she sang with the Speed Wiggins and Tom Neal Band. She not only sang but she called off square dances. She worked with the Cub Scouts as a Den Mother, also helping her husband with the Conquest Farm Baseball Team. She helped with the American Auxiliary in Cato. She was an avid NASCAR Fan, following her favorite driver Jeff Gordon. Alice retired from Welch Allyn Inc., in Skaneateles. She then went to work at Gallop in Saddlery in Skaneateles, and Auburn Hospitality Center.
Alice was predeceased by her husband, Paul, in 1987; son-in-law, Lewis (John) Perrault in 2010; son, Charles in 2013; and her daughter, Patricia in 2019.
She is survived by three daughters, Nancy (Charles) Masters, of Sennett, Christine (Michael) Antonik, of Cato, and Debra (Roger) Leyburn, of Memphis; two sons, David (Tammie) Mettler, of Fulton, and Carl (Cathy) Mettler, of Port Byron; daughter-in-law, Sandi Mettler, of Auburn; 16 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.
At Alice's request, there will be no calling hours. Graveside services will be private.
Contributions may be made to Cancer Research or the Finger Lake Center for Living, 20 Park Ave., Auburn, NY 13021, in memory of Alice.
The family would like to especially thank everyone at Finger Lakes Center for Living for the wonderful care given to our mom at the time of her stay with you. You are all very special to us; also a special thank you to Angie Mettler Foster for all you did for your grandmother and your family; as well as a special thanks to Debbie and Roger Leyburn for taking care of mom for the last 28 years. It takes very special people to do the work you all have done and do every day.
Arrangements are in care of the Keysor-Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home, Cato.
AUBURN — Sharon M. Short, 58, passed away on March 22, 2020, surrounded by her family after a brief battle with cancer.
Sharon was born and raised in Auburn. Sharon graduated from Auburn High School in 1980 and she had such a love for learning that she chose to enlist in the United States Navy to further her education. While enlisted, Sharon attended the prestigious A-School in San Diego and was also stationed yearly in Virginia, Iceland, and Diego García while having served honorably from 1981-1985. Sharon settled in Norfolk, Va. before returning to her hometown of Auburn, N.Y. She spent many years as a communicant of Saint Alphonsus Church and for 13 years was a volunteer at the rectory serving the parish priests. In later years Sharon returned to her family’s parish of Saint Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church where she was an active member of the Sacred Heart Society and the Altar Rosary Society.
Sharon leaves behind her “work” family at Generations Bank where she truly loved her job as a banker.
Sharon is survived by her loving, caring, selfless, and supportive mother, Joan Herbert Short; her brothers, Tom with his wife, Cristina, and Stephen with his wife, Janice, and sister, Joanne. Sharon also leaves behind her two cherished nieces, Valeria and Camila, her two God children; several cousins and special friends, Sue and Poppa whom she loved dearly.
Sharon was predeceased in 1985 and going home to be with her daughter, Karla Krystna; her dad, Thomas Short; grandparents; great-grandparents; aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Due to the pandemic, this Friday Sharon will be laid to rest with the calling hour and funeral for the immediate family only. We are very sorry for the inconvenience, but due to the circumstances we will have a celebration of Sharon's life at a later date.
At Sharon’s request, in lieu of flowers you may make contributions in Sharon's memory to be made to Saint Peter and Paul Ukrainian Church, 136 Washington St., Auburn, NY 13021.
All arrangements made through Pettigrass Funeral Home.
KEOGAN, J. Christopher, 84, ascended peacefully on March 17, 2020. Due to Covid-19, private family services were held and entombment was in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum. A celebration of life is planned for the fall. Contributions to Auburn Retired Firefighters Fund, P.O. Box 1206, Auburn, NY 13021. Arrangements with Langham Funeral Home.
AUBURN — Stanley Sanford Sproul Jr., 101, died on March 12, 2020; known as Sandy, he was born on Dec. 8, 1918, in Lewiston, Ohio.
He was the first of four children born to Stanley Sanford Sproul and Ruth Marie McBride Sproul. Sandy and his siblings grew up in the small town of Waynesfield, Ohio. His mother died of peritonitis following a hysterectomy when Sandy was 16.
Sandy graduated from Waynesfield High School in 1936. He worked his way through college and earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from Ohio State University in 1942. On April 7 of 1942, he married Evelyn Joy Wing; Sandy and Evelyn raised six children together and remained married for more than 75 years, living most of that time in their home in Meridian, N.Y.
Sandy served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946. He was initially based in Newport, R.I. He served in the Pacific Theater at a base on Guam and left the Navy in 1946 as a Second Lieutenant.
After leaving the Navy, Sandy worked as an electrical engineer, first for Sperry Gyroscope Co. on Long Island, then from 1950 to 1982 for General Electric in the Syracuse area. He was part of the development teams for the multi-stage rockets that launched satellites into orbit from Cape Canaveral and for the Distant Early Warning radar installations across Canada.
Until the 1960s Sandy was the sole wage earner for his family, but he found the time to do many things with and for his family and community. He took his children sledding and took them on many camping and canoeing trips in the Adirondacks. To fulfill his dreams of sailing he created a sailing canoe rig to enjoy on camping trips. He served on the local school board for 13 years, held a leadership position in the Cub Scouts for three years, and served as a Village Trustee for over eight years. He created a baseball field on their property which became a magnet for all the children in the area. Subsequently he and Evelyn donated this property to the village of Meridian for a village park.
Sandy was always highly self-sufficient and took satisfaction in maintaining their house and grounds himself. He raised a huge vegetable garden; at harvest times he organized the family to freeze corn, beans, and other vegetables, along with the bushels of potatoes, onions, and squash he kept in the cool root cellar.
Music-making was important to Sandy throughout his life. As a young man he played the trumpet and was able to go to college because of a music scholarship he received. As an adult he took violin lessons, which he continued for many years. He played the violin in several orchestras, including the Syracuse University Orchestra, the Scottish Rites Orchestra, and the Auburn Civic Orchestra. After retirement he took pleasure in playing string quartets with friends at several adult music camps.
In their retirement Sandy and Evelyn enjoyed traveling together to England, Norway, Turkey, and various parts of the United States. In later years, as Evelyn’s strength declined more rapidly than Sandy’s, he was a loyal and patient caregiver for her, making it possible for them to continue living together in their own house until they were both well into their nineties. He enjoyed visits with his children and grandchildren, especially at bi-annual family reunions.
Sandy was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Evelyn; his sisters, Irma Louise and Helen, and his daughter, Susan.
He is survived by his brother, Joe; his son, Glenn and his wife, Marga and their sons, Adrian and Daniel; his daughter, Sarah Cotterill and her husband, Philip Cotterill and their sons, Ethan, Gavin, and Neil, and Neil’s daughter, Avery; his daughter, Miriam Sproul and her husband, Wayne Belding and their son, Scott Belding; his daughter, Ruth Sproul; and his daughter, Deborah Wing-Sproul and her husband, Anthony Kosner and their children, Arden Wing, Leo Wing, and Koko Wing.
In his last three years Sandy lived at Finger Lakes Center for Living in Auburn, N.Y., initially sharing a room there with his wife, Evelyn, until her death in 2018. The family is deeply appreciative of the thoughtful and loving care the staff at Finger Lakes gave so consistently to both Sandy and Evelyn over the last nine years. Thank you!
Sandy’s body has been cremated in accordance with his wishes. Final arrangements are by Farrell’s Funeral Service in Auburn. His ashes will be buried with those of his wife, Evelyn at a later date in the cemetery in Meridian, N.Y., where they lived for 67 years. No memorial event is planned at this time.
LOCKE — John Kenneth “Ken” Devine Jr., 78, of Locke, passed away Friday, March 20, 2020, at Groton Community Health Care Center.
Mr. Devine was born in Ithaca on March 15, 1942, to the late John K. Devine Sr. and Olive Nedrow Devine. He was a 1960 graduate of Genoa Central School. Ken attended Baptist Bible Seminary for one year and then went to work at Cornell University, where he retired from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as a research support specialist. He was a member of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Garden Club, the Rock Garden Society, and other horticulture related organizations. He had a strong faith, and loved to be outside gardening. Ken’s greatest joy came from the time he spent with his beloved family.
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 55 years, Ruth Wattles Devine; his children, Lisa (Jim) Walker, Gregory (Sara) Devine, and Bethany (Matt) Penrod; his cherished grandchildren, Alexis (Jason) Yagan, Mitchell Devine, Megan Walker, Collin Walker, Elise Penrod and Cuyler Penrod; his sisters, Doris (Don) Mundy, Ruby Lois Mikulas, and Marjorie (Robert) Quick; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Ken was predeceased by his brother, Timothy Devine.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Donations in memory of Ken may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care Services, 11 Kennedy Parkway, Cortland, NY 13045.
Arrangements are with White Chapel Funeral Home Inc., Auburn.
PICCOLO, Josephine, 99, of Auburn, died March 18, 2020, in Bishop Nursing and Rehabilitation, Syracuse. A memorial Mass arranged by the Cheche Funeral Home Inc., will be held at a later date and time to be announced.
PORT BYRON — Elizabeth “Georgie” Dennis, 84, of Port Byron, passed away peacefully at home on March 18, 2020, surrounded by her family.
She is survived by her children, Linda (Bill) Taber, Charles (Marsha) Dennis, Donald (Deborah) Dennis Jr., Fred (Christine) Dennis, and Tracy (Wade) Bennett; a brother, Joseph (Glenna) Kenny; special grandson, Michael Shimer; 21 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by a daughter, Celia Dennis; husband, Donald S. Dennis Sr.; and sister, Celia Powers.
“Georgia” was a loving wife, grandmother, and great-grandmother who resided in Port Byron for 63 years. She loved to be with her family and especially her best friend, sister Celia Powers.
There will be no calling hours due to COVID-19 restrictions. A graveside service will be held 1 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020, in Rural Cemetery, 30 Old Almond Road, Hornell, NY 14843. There will be a celebration of life at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to cancer research or charity of one’s choice.
AUBURN — Paul L. Piwinski, 85, of Auburn, passed away March 19, 2020, at Auburn Community Hospital.
Paul was born in Auburn on June 14, 1934, to the late Stanley and Elizabeth Herrick Piwinski. He graduated from Holy Family High School and was a communicant of Holy Family Church. Paul was employed as a New York State police officer and an investigator for the Bureau of Criminal Investigation before his retirement. He was a member of the Elks Club, Knights of Columbus, and the Highland Golf Course. He enjoyed fishing and spending many winters in Florida with his wife, Ramola. During that time they made many wonderful friendships. Above all, Paul cherished the time he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Paul is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Ramola Rickley Piwinski; his daughter, Elizabeth (David) Tripp; his sons, Dana (Laureene) Piwinski and Joseph (Elizabeth) Piwinski; his sister, Margaret Stuhlreyer; his brother, James (Patricia) Piwinski; his sister-in-law, Cheryl (Daniel) Martin; his grandchildren, David Piwinski, Mary Walsh, Kristen and Michael Piwinski, and Jessica and Stephen Tripp; his great-granddaughters, Norah and Maeve Walsh; and several nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, Paul was predeceased by his nephew, Scott Piwinski.
A funeral service will be held privately for the family with interment in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Auburn. A celebration of Paul’s life will be held at a later date.
Donations in Paul’s memory may be made to Holy Family Church, Auburn.
Arrangements are with White Chapel Funeral Home Inc., Auburn.
MARCELLUS — Mrs. Claudia M. Corbitt Failey, 76, of Marcellus, and formerly of Auburn, died on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in The Cottages at Garden Grove, Cicero, N.Y.
Claudia graduated from Auburn Memorial School of Nursing in 1964. After a brief career, Claudia concentrated on raising her three children. She loved to sew and expertly made matching outfits for her children when they were young. This turned her creativity spilling over to quilting, which she loved. She was a member of various quilt guilds as well. She continued to make and donate her work to various charities throughout her life.
Claudia was predeceased by her husband, William (Bill) Failey, in 2012.
She is survived by her three children, William Failey Jr., of Auburn, Maureen Naugle (Jeffrey), of Fayetteville, and Lynn Fahmi (Christopher), of Nanuet; and grandchildren, Cameron, Kyle, and Anna Naugle, Amanda and Alyssa Fahmi.
A graveside service will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions in memory of Claudia may be made to the American Diabetes Association at diabetes.org or to a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements are by Farrell’s Funeral Service, Inc., 84 South St., Auburn, NY 13021.
DENNIS, Elizabeth "Georgie," 84, of Port Byron, died March 18, 2020. No public calling hours. A graveside service at 1 p.m. Monday in Hornell Rural Cemetery. Celebration of life at a later date. Audioun Funeral Home LLC, 218 Main St., Port Byron, has charge of arrangements.
PIWINSKI, Paul L., 85, of Auburn, passed away March 19, 2020. Funeral service held privately for the family with interment in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Auburn. A celebration of Paul’s life will be held at a later date. Donations to Holy Family Church, Auburn. Arrangements are with White Chapel Funeral Home Inc., Auburn.
DEPALMA, Josephine (Busco), 89, of Auburn, made the decision to be with God on March 16, 2020. Services will be private. Memorial contributions can be made to the Matthew House. Arrangements entrusted to Heieck-Pelc Funeral Home, LLC.
AUBURN — Josephine (Busco) DePalma, 89, of Auburn, made the decision to be with God on March 16, 2020. There, she will join her husband, sisters, family and friends whom she missed so much.
Josephine was born the daughter of Joseph and Rachel (Ciarlo) Busco on Feb. 6, 1931, in Auburn. She married her late husband, Carl DePalma on Nov. 12, 1949. Josephine spent many years working at Dunn & McCarthy. After retirement, she enjoyed crocheting, reading, ceramics, cooking, soap operas, and of course Facebook.
Josephine had a very full life and was at peace with her decision. She left us many memories we will be able to treasure forever and her strength will always be an inspiration.
Josephine is survived by children, Betty Alsheimer (Keith), Michael DePalma (Bonnie), and Michele Pelc (Steve); grandchildren, Eric (Melinda), Renee, Lisa, Jordan (Mark), and Steven (Allie); great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Keely, Ryan, and Mason; several nieces and nephews; good friends, Marion and Helen.
Because of the restrictions placed on us during this time, services will be private.
We ask in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Matthew House in memory of Josephine.
As a tribute to Josephine, we ask that you honor her last wishes: remember the importance of family and friends. Appreciate them, stay close to them and always tell them you love them.
Arrangements entrusted to Heieck-Pelc Funeral Home, LLC.
AUBURN — Raymond R. Brown, 74, of Auburn, passed away Friday, March 13, 2020, at SUNY Upstate Hospital in Syracuse, resulting from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
He was born in Owego, N.Y., the son of the late Larry and Helen Floyd Brown. Ray worked for more than 39 years at Sam Dell Dealerships and more recently retiring from Two Plus Four Management in East Syracuse. Ray was an avid outdoorsman, and especially loved to fish, which led him to starting his own fishing charter business on Oneida Lake, which lasted more than 25 years. Ray was an avid Syracuse University basketball and New York Yankees baseball fan. He also enjoying traveling with his wife to various places, like Toronto and Niagara Falls. Ray and Karen had a collaborative and caring relationship. It was based on mutual support and a deep love for each other. Ray loved going out to dinner at local restaurants and listening to various styles of music.
One of Ray’s more prouder moments was recently when he became a Catholic and a parishioner of St. Mary’s Church. He also enjoyed playing the guitar and was an expert in just about any electronic device. He could be called the “IT” or “Geek Squad” guru.
He is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, Karen LoPiccolo Brown, of Auburn; a son, Daniel (Joyce) Brown, of Poughkeepsie; stepson, Jason DeChick; two grandchildren, D.J. and Samantha; several great-grandchildren; two sisters, Carolyn (John) Pitcher, of Texas, and Sharon Brown, of Pennsylvania; sisters-in-law, Amy (Ed) Fuller, Julie (Todd) Blatnick, and Tina (Joe) Capeder; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, and very dear friends, Dominick Maio, Jim Driscoll, and Sue Kimmel.
In addition to his parents, he was also predeceased by a son, Michael Brown; father and mother-in-law, Richard and Joan LoPiccolo.
A calling hour will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. this Friday morning in St. Mary’s Church, Clark Street, Auburn, with his Mass of Christian burial to immediately follow.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society.