AUBURN — Anthony P. “Sonny” Garuccio, born Sept. 2, 1928, passed away on Dec. 5, 2019, surrounded by loving family.
Born as Antonio Pasquale Garuccio, he was better known to his Auburn friends and family as “Sonny.” He was the son of the late Larry and Florence (D’Agostino) Garuccio.
He was a United States Navy Veteran, serving from 1946 to 1948 aboard the USS Topeka in the South Pacific. During this time period he was awarded the World War II Victory Medal and the Philippine Independence Medal.
Tony worked in the food business all of his life. He began his career running the Garuccio Meat Market in Auburn, N.Y. He was also co-owner of Suburban Foods in Syracuse and later in his career he was one of the co-owners of the Empire Room.
He had a great passion for the outdoors and enjoyed traveling across the United States and Canada, hunting for big game and fishing. Tony was a devoted baseball fan and enjoyed watching games on television whenever he had the chance. He was also fond of watching Fox News on a daily basis.
Tony was also an avid pinochle player and loved to play cards with his friends at the Italian American Club where he was a member.
Tony was predeceased by his sister, Rose Marie Garuccio, and his loving wife, Margaret (DeMasi) Garuccio.
He is survived by his six children, Joanne Garuccio (Roger), of Sandy, Utah, Lawrence (Kathy), of Auburn, Patricia Reilly (Michael), of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., Peter (Jennifer), of Liverpool, David (Jessica), of Clay, and Donna Capria (Scott), of Baldwinsville. He is also survived by grandchildren, Meaghan Covarrubias (Stephen), of California, Kerri Downer (Josh), of Mint Hill, N.C., Nicholas, of Auburn, Kyle, Jason, Sydney, Gabriella, Celia, and Harper, and one great-grandchild, Reilly Downer. He also left behind his grand dogs who will miss their grandpa.
Dad was always there for everyone, colleagues, neighbors, family, and friends. I am going to miss his dry, witty sense of humor, and the way he could make me laugh in more ways than he knew. For the last several years I have spent time with my dad every day and I will miss that tremendously. I lost my father, a friend, a buddy, and the best dad a girl could ask for. But you can rest now with mom and finally celebrate your love for one another together. We love you both and miss both of you.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, at Thomas J. Pirro Jr. Funeral Home, 3401 Vickery Road (corner of Buckley Road), North Syracuse, NY. A funeral service in celebration of Anthony’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, Thomas J. Pirro Jr. Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will follow in Assumption Cemetery.
AUBURN — Arlene M. Sofinski, 96, of Auburn, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. She was the wife of the late Michael Sofinski.
Mrs. Sofinski was born in Auburn on April 1, 1923, the daughter of Grover and Harriet Schrader Simmons. Arlene lived in Auburn her whole life. She was employed by Dr. Daniel Carbonaro DDS and eventually retired from General Electric. Mrs. Sofinski was a communicate of St. Alphonsus Church.
Arlene and Michael enjoyed many winters as they traveled to Florida creating many memories along the way, including many years of square dancing with many groups in New York and Florida.
Surviving Mrs. Sofinski is two daughters, Marilyn Nesbit and husband, John, of Auburn, and Jean Roberts; grandchildren, (Marilyn’s children), Lynn and David Balian, of Costa Rica, Wendy Guest and James, of Cocoa Beach, Fla., and John and Melissa Nesbit, of Waterloo, N.Y.; (Jean’s children), Michael Roberts, and Amanda and Carl Dauerheim, all of Auburn; great-grandchildren, Catron, Bradlee, Jordan Cox, and Gabriella DeMario, Stacey and Daniel Lombardozzi, Andrew Franczek, John III and Macy Nesbit, Max and Gabriel Dauerheim; lastly five great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, in St. Alphonsus Church. Burial will be in Soule Cemetery, Sennett. Family and friends are invited to call from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, at the Heieck-Pelc Funeral Home, LLC, 42 E. Genesee St., Auburn.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions can be sent in memory of Mrs. Sofinski to the Alzheimer’s Association of CNY Chapter.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Ellen L. Secaur died peacefully (92 years young) on Dec. 5, 2019, in North Carolina, where she had lived for the past several years.
Ellen, known as “Biddy” to her family and friends, was born in Auburn, N.Y., and was graduated from Holy Family High School. She married Robert P. Secaur on Sept. 5, 1949 and they recently celebrated their milestone 70th year of marriage.
Ellen is survived by her devoted husband, Bob; as well as her children, Suzanne (and Jim) Brady, Cynthia Day, Beth (and Bill) Westfall, Monica (and Paul) Raad, Jason Secaur, and Aimee (and Mike) Kool. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Eric Secaur, Caitlin Maratea, Amanda Day VanSwearingen, Alethea Brady, Zachary Day, Robert Raad, Aaron Secaur, April Secaur, and Juliette Raad; as well as several great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. Ellen was proud of all of her children and grandchildren. She worried about them whenever they faced challenges in their lives, but she delighted even more in their successes. She especially cherished her time with her grandchildren.
Ellen took great pride in her Irish heritage and had the pleasure of visiting her relatives in Rathvilly, County Carlow, Ireland, the home town of her father, Michael Francis Corrigan. He died in 1959 and her mother, Helen Lanigan Corrigan, died in 1971. Ellen was also predeceased by her sister, Winifred Corrigan, and her brothers, Michael, Raymond, and Jackie Corrigan; as well as her lifelong best friend, Evelyn Mizro, who she missed every day (but is undoubtedly trading stories with now). Ellen deeply mourned the death of her son, Scott M. Secaur, in 2016.
As a young woman, Ellen enjoyed roller skating and dancing. She became an accomplished cook and the holidays were not complete without her shrimp dip and sausage roll. Her recipes are treasured by her children and grandchildren. Ellen enjoyed many careers in addition to raising seven children, including being a lab technician at General Electric, retail sales at Sibley’s Department Stores and several other stores, and a sales representative for Ryan Homes in Syracuse. In her retirement years, she honed her talent as the consummate shopper and perfected the art of finding the best bargains.
Biddy and Bob enjoyed many travels in their retirement, including trips to Hawaii, Ireland, Las Vegas, California visits with their daughters, and several winters in Florida. In 1995, Biddy and Bob relocated to the Binghamton, N.Y. area and grew to enjoy the Southern Tier, especially dining out at Little Venice and Cortese Restaurants and shopping at Boscov’s Department Store. In 2014, Ellen and Bob relocated again, this time to Winston-Salem, N.C., where they have resided with their daughter, Cynthia, who has been their devoted caregiver ever since.
Biddy will be deeply missed by her family and friends as the true matriarch and force of nature that she was.
A memorial service honoring her life will be held in Auburn, N.Y. in the spring of 2020.
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. — John E. (Radar) Grobelny Sr., 78, of Bonita Springs, Fla., passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 7, 2019, at North Collier Hospital, Naples, Fla.
He was born on April 15, 1941 to Evelyn P. (Snay) Grobelny and Eric L. Grobelny, of Locke, N.Y.
John was predeceased by his wife, June; parents, and sister, Marian Lust-Wild.
John is survived by his lifelong friend and companion, Toni A. Mott; sons, John E. (Sara) Grobelny Jr., and Joseph M. (Amy) Grobelny Sr.; his daughter, Jill M. (Fred) Grobelny; grandchildren, Joseph M. (Joy) Grobelny II, Raechal E. (Jesse) Allen, Rebekah M. (James) Kimball, and Joshua E. (Ruth) Grobelny; great-grandchildren, Joseph M. Grobelny III, Waylon F., and Jameson E. Grobelny, and his first great-granddaughter, Annaliese R. Kimball due in January; stepdaughters, Donna (Gary) Harding, Susan (Ben) Morehouse, Kathy (Gary) Watrous, and Elaine (Jerry) Schneider, and many nieces and nephews.
John graduated from Moravia Central School was part of the ROTC program and attended Syracuse University. He was a self-employed cabinetmaker and contractor. Some of his projects included the Chronicle Guidance, 1st National Bank of Moravia, Episcopal Church, and Powers Library. John built many homes for Ivar Johnson in Ithaca, N.Y. He also co-owned the Chalet restaurant in Moravia, N.Y. from 1969-1981. He moved to Naples, Fla. in 1988 where he did architectural CAD drawings for Newberry North operated by Dave Rogers who he thought of as a son. John was a Past Master of Sylvan Lodge #41, Past Deputy Grand Master of Cayuga-Tompkins District of Free and Accepted Masons, 32nd Degree member Scottish Rite of Ithaca, N.Y., and member of the Shriners.
John and Toni were avid travelers; he loved bears and had the opportunity to see the Kodiak, polar and black bears up close. He loved to cook and fulfilling the requests of his guests.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, at the Wade Funeral Home, 22 Church St., Moravia, NY. Calling hours will precede the funeral service from noon to 3 p.m. Burial will be delayed until spring.
Donations, in lieu of flowers can be made to the Special Olympics.
ALBANY, N.Y. — Janice Ann Wlodarek Taylor passed away peacefully and as she wanted: without pain or fear, with dignity and with reaching her 56th wedding anniversary on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 2019. Jennifer’s family visited Janice to celebrate Thanksgiving and her anniversary; Janice got hugs and kisses from her daughter, Jennifer and grandchildren, Edie and Phoebe; from son-in-law, Nick Lindabury; and husband, Skip, and anointment and last rites by Father Jun. Jennifer and Skip were together by Janice’s side – Skip was privileged to be holding Jan’s hand – as she passed.
Janice was born in South Bend, Ind. on Sept. 4, 1942 to Mathew Jacob Wlodarek and Lillian Joan Kolczynski Wlodarek.
She has left to cherish her memory her daughter, Jennifer Taylor; son-in-law, Nick Lindabury, and granddaughters, Edith and Phoebe Lindabury, of Fayetteville, N.Y.; her husband, Warren Taylor (“Skip”), of Northville; Jan’s cousin, Rita Stancati, of South Bend and Rita’s family; her Swiss son, Pierre Horner; and many very good friends.
Family and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 501 Bridge St., Northville, NY 12134, with Fr. Jun Segura as Celebrant.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Janice Taylor to support pancreatic cancer research and patient care to Attn: Angelle M. Kettlewell, 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445, Memo line: Dr. Cleary’s Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.
THROOP — Denis C. Maute, 77, of Throop, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, Dec. 4, 2019, at Auburn Community Hospital.
He was born in Syracuse, the son of the late Norbert and Anna Fabrizio Maute. Denis graduated from West Genesee High School class of 1960 and attended Indiana University. He was a U.S. Navy veteran from 1962-66, having served aboard the USS Albany. Denis retired from Cayuga County as the director of buildings and grounds. In his earlier years, Denis enjoyed antiquing and traveling, especially to Maine.
He is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Mary Ann (Cassaro) Maute, of Throop; two brothers, Norbert Maute Jr. and his wife, Betty, and Kenneth Maute and his wife, Doreen; niece, Kristen Maute; nephew, Michael Maute; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Toni Matthews and her husband, Jack and their family; as well as his friends at both PT and the workout classes he attended.
In addition to his parents, he was also predeceased by a daughter, Lisa Marie in 1993.
As were Denis’s wishes, there are no calling hours or services.
A special thank you to the staff on the ER and CCU units at Auburn Community Hospital for their exceptional care that was shown to Denis during his stay.
Any donations may be made in his memory to the SPCA, 41 York St., Auburn, NY 13021 or a charity of one’s choice.
AUBURN — Anthony J. Alvaro, 98, of 3 Saint Anthony St., Auburn, and formerly of Thornton Avenue, and the Boyle Center, passed away peacefully Thursday evening, Dec. 5, 2019, at The Commons.
He was a life resident of Auburn, the son of the late Angelo and Mary Pascarella Alvaro. He was a very devout Catholic and longtime communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church and more recently St. Mary’s Church. Tony was a U.S. Army veteran during World War II, having served three years in the Pacific and received two Bronze Stars for his heroism during the war. He was also part of the U.S. Army band while in the service and played taps for many veterans as a skilled trumpeter. Tony’s love of music was evident at an early age and continued well into his 80s as he would play trumpet for several bands including the Bachta Polka Band and the Civic Band. He previously had been employed by the former Firth Carpet, Red Star Express, Herman Avenue School as their head janitor, and retired as a crossing guard for the Auburn Enlarged City School District. Tony was an avid New York Mets baseball fan. To have met Tony once, you were a friend for life. His gentle soul, infectious smile, and warming personality will be forever missed, but truly never forgotten.
He is survived by his loving nieces and nephews, Joyce (Bill) Moore, Patricia Lopiccolo with whom were his flower girls at his wedding; nieces, Mary Capotto, and Dolores (Bernie) Dec; nephew, Robert (Linda) Guido; as well as several other nieces, nephews, cousins, and great- nieces and nephews, and very special friend, Jean DeJoy.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his best friend and beloved wife, Helen (Lopiccolo) Alvaro, in 2005; four sisters, Nellie Tanner, Yolanda Lisci, Jo Quinn, and Fannie Guido; two brothers, Louis and John Alvaro.
Friends and relatives are invited to join the family at 10:30 a.m. this Monday in St. Mary’s Church for Anthony’s Mass of The Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded. Calling hours are from 2 to 4 p.m. (today) Sunday at the Pettigrass Funeral Home, 196 Genesee St., Auburn.
Contributions may be made in Tony’s memory to a charity of one’s choice.
AUBURN — Theresa Colavito Bishop, 99, of Auburn, passed away peacefully on Dec. 2, 2019, while under the care of the Huntington Living Center in Waterloo.
Born Jan. 28, 1920, Theresa was the daughter of Leonard and Philomena (Buffa) Colavito.
Theresa is survived by one sister, Angelina Colavito Conti, and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Theresa was predeceased by her husband, Donald Bishop; brothers, Pat and Sam Colavito, and sisters, Betty (Vince) and Mary (Hester).
Theresa was an avid baker and her cookbooks were filled with hand written recipes on scraps of paper, neatly tucked into the pages. Her legacy of baking still shines on today as her cookbooks remain in the care of her nieces. She was a stylish dresser and loved nice shoes. She wore hats and always had every hair in place. She also had an infectious laugh. She lived a full life of almost 100 years.
The family wishes to express their appreciation for the loving care Theresa received at The Huntington Living Center.
There will be no calling hours. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
All arrangements are being made by Pettigrass Funeral Home, Auburn.
AUBURN — Robert P. Lee, 82, husband of the late Sheila Stetson Lee, formerly of Auburn, died Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Beechtree Center for Rehabilitation, Ithaca.
Born in Autryville, N.C., Bob was enlisted in the Army National Guard in the late 1950s. He enjoyed his career as a long-haul truck driver for Owl Wire and Cable of Canastota.
He is survived by one son, Robert P. Lee Jr. (Cheryl), of Graham, N.C.; daughters, Shelley Sawran (Mike), of Auburn, and Brenda Salico (David), of Union Springs; five grandchildren, Jamie Boglione (Mike), Michael Sawran (Mary Beth), Justin Sawran, Abby Salico, and Macy Salico; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Perry and Hattie Elizabeth Raynor Lee, and his wife, Sheila, Bob was predeceased by one sister, Lillie Jackson, and nephew, Myron Jackson.
Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are by the Cheche Funeral Home Inc., Auburn.
ALVARO, Anthony J., 98, of The Commons, formerly of Thornton Avenue, and Boyle Center, passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Mass at 10:30 a.m. Monday, in St. Mary’s Church. Calling hours are from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Pettigrass Funeral Home, 196 Genesee St., Auburn. Contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
BISHOP, Theresa A. (Colavito), 99, of Auburn, passed away Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. There are no calling hours. A private burial in St. Joseph’s Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by Pettigrass Funeral Home.
ITHACA — Joseph James Zichettella “Ziggy,” 91 years old, of Ithaca, N.Y., was received into eternal life on Dec. 5, 2019. Beloved husband, adorable father, exquisite dresser, beautiful dancer, and faithful servant of God.
Joseph was born in Auburn, N.Y. on Feb. 29, 1928 to Nicholas and Doratea (Giacalone) Zichettella. He graduated from West Auburn High School in 1946. He married Mary (Picciano) Zichettella, of Auburn, on July 4, 1953, and they moved to Ithaca in 1955. He worked at Cosentini Shoes for 33 years, followed by several years as a courier for Citizen’s Savings Bank and in real estate. He was a long time devoted member of Immaculate Conception Church, Ithaca, where he was a Eucharistic minister. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, joining at age 18 and became a 4th degree Knight. In his younger years, he was a member of the Holy Name Society, St. Frances of Assisi Church, Auburn, N.Y.
Joseph is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Mary; children, Nicholas (Janet) Zichettella, of Newfield, N.Y., Maria, of Dallas, Pa., and Margaret, of Ithaca, N.Y.; sister, Catherine Zichettella, of Auburn; grandchildren, Casey, Caitlin, Jimmy, and Brianna, and many numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by a son, Joseph, of Ithaca, and siblings, Louis, Rose, Bridget, and Mary.
Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in Immaculate Conception Church, Ithaca, with Rev. Augustine Chumo presiding. A reception luncheon will follow at McGraw House, 221 South Geneva St., Ithaca, NY. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Auburn, with Father Thomas Celso presiding.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Immaculate Conception Church, Ithaca, N.Y.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Hospice of Ithaca; LeighAnn, primary nurse, and aides, Watura and Lena; Lori Joseph and her two angels, Shelly and Valerie; the staff and residents of McGraw House for their support and kindness; and Dr. Judith Griffin for her attentive care.
SYRACUSE — Willie C. Manuel Sr., 68, entered eternal rest Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, peacefully.
He is survived by his children, Lawarence B. Spence (Teresa), Willie C. Manuel Jr., Ronzland M. Hayes (Sindey), and Rochella N. Pringle; 27 grandchildren including, Fahtimah S. Manuel (Arthur) and Ronzell S. Walker; 33 great-grandchildren; his sister, Inez Richardson, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Calling hours are from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday with funeral service immediately following in Well Of Hope Church, 1640 South Ave., Syracuse. Burial will be in Fort Hill Cemetery, Auburn, N.Y.
CATO — Mark E. Cole, 57, passed away Nov. 27, 2019, peacefully after a three-year battle with acute myeloid leukemia, at Strong Memorial Hospital.
Mark was born on Nov. 26, 1962, in Auburn to Robert and Rose Smith Cole. He graduated from Alfred Tech and worked for D&W Diesel in Auburn as a fuel technician for 33 years. Mark bowled in the Dale Bliss Memorial League at Rainbow Lanes, Weedsport, and coached CCYO youth basketball and Little League and was on the Cato Little League board. As an avid trumpet player he was inducted into the McDonald All-American Marching Band. Mark was also very involved with his brother, Gary in drag racing. He was a member of the Corvette Association.
Mark is survived by his loving wife, Kim; sons, Steve and Drew Cole; brother, Gary (Charmaine) Cole; sister, Sandy Bass; several nieces and nephews; aunt, Marilyn Cole; mother-in-law, Marjorie DeBottis; brother-in-law, James (Stephanie) DeBottis; his loving canine companions, Sunny and Scout; also his D&W work family.
He was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Rose Cole.
Family and friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, at White Chapel Funeral Home, 2719 Erie Drive, Weedsport, NY. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. immediately after calling hours. Interment will be in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Finger Lakes SPCA, 41 York St., Auburn, NY 13021, or the National Leukemia Society, 3 International Drive, #200, Rye Brook, NY 10573.
AUBURN — Alice Morehouse Engstrom, age 93, passed away peacefully on Nov. 12, 2019, at Finger Lakes Center for Living, Auburn, N.Y., and will now reside with those bright glistening stars in the night sky.
She was born Jan. 6, 1926 in Auburn, N.Y., to Russell Morehouse and Mary T. Pattison Morehouse. She was a graduate of Auburn East High, but left school early with honors to pursue a professional dance career. She had an incredible life and became one of the most celebrated acrobatic dancers in the 1940s and 50s. She attended the American School of Ballet in New York City at age 15 and danced her way to stardom, throughout Europe, the United States and Canada. She performed for the U.S. military during World War II and later USO shows. She married Vaudeville comedian and actor, Rudy Van Horn in 1949 and had a son in 1951, Daniel Van Horn.
In 1961 she left the stage and her dancing career and moved to Seattle, Wash. for a more settled life, working at the Space Needle. She returned to live in Auburn, N.Y. in 1974 to assist her aging mother and remained in Auburn. During her time in Seattle she became one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and gained new friends when moving to the Auburn congregation. Her many friends have always remarked how they loved her infectious laugh and great sense of humor. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her son, Daniel R. Engstrom, of Seattle, Wash.; sister-in-law, Laura Morehouse, of Sennett, N.Y.; along with many local nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A great star may have passed on to another galaxy, but she will never be forgotten!
Family and friends are invited to attend a secular celebration of her life starting at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at The Springside Inn, 6141 W. Lake Road, Auburn, NY 13021. There will be a formal service conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2468 Willowbrook Road, Auburn, NY 13021.
MORAVIA — Beverly McCarthy, 86, of Moravia, formerly of Fayetteville, N.C., passed away on Dec. 2, 2019, at her home.
Born in Watertown on Aug. 20, 1933, Beverly was the daughter of the late Charles and Claire Brilbeck Weed. In her early years she worked as a secretary at John Deere and Equitable Insurance Company. Once her children were born she stayed home to care for them. Beverly enjoyed traveling, reading, and volunteering for meals on wheels. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Auburn and a former member of the Campground United Methodist Church in North Carolina. Beverly was an avid sports fan, especially of Syracuse basketball. She loved to socialize with friends and family and was always happy to meet new people.
Beverly is survived by her children, Lisa McCarthy (Kevin Caza), and Patrick McCarthy; her adopted Caza family who affectionately referred to her as “little granny,” and whom she loved deeply; her sister, Charlene Weed, John Corey, who held a special place in her heart; her two fur babies, Sunny and George, and countless other friends and family members. Beverly will be truly missed by all.
Along with her parents, Beverly was predeceased by her husband, John McCarthy in 2015; her brothers, Richard, Ronald, and David Weed, and her special aunt, Katie Carpenter.
Calling hours for Beverly will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at White Chapel Funeral Home Inc., 197 South St., Auburn. A funeral service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home, with the burial to follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Auburn.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Finger Lakes or Home Stretch Dog Haven.
AUBURN — Nancy Lee (Erminio) Lawson, 86, of Auburn, passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her loving family after a long and courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis.
She was born in Uniontown, Pa., the daughter of the late Olivia and Elizabeth Erminio. Nancy was a longtime employee for the former Welch Allyn in Skaneateles. She was an avid New York Yankees, Buffalo Bills, and Syracuse University sports fan. Nancy loved to spend summers in Fair Haven and Cape Cod with her family. She especially cherished all the special memories that were made with her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by all of them.
She is survived by her loving sons, Gregory (Laurie) Lawson, and Douglas (Mary) Lawson, of Auburn; grandchildren, Sara (Jeremy) Fleury, Rebecca Lawson and companion, Matthew Webster, Ryan Lawson, Lisa (Jason) Keyes, Eric (Jennifer) Lawson, Kari (Keith) Blanchfield, and Mark (Samantha) Lawson; 12 great-grandchildren; as well as several siblings, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her beloved husband, Dr. George E. Lawson.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. this Saturday afternoon at the Pettigrass Funeral Home, 196 Genesee St., Auburn, with a memorial service to immediately follow the calling hours. Burial will be in Soule Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests any contributions to be made in Nancy’s memory to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, 375 Kings Highway N., Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 or Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, 5858 E. Molloy Road, Suite 160, Syracuse, NY 13211.
A special thank you to the staff at Lifetime and especially Jolene Northrup who showed so much love and compassion during her illness.
COLE, Mark E., 57, passed away Nov. 27, 2019. Calling hours from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, at White Chapel Funeral Home, 2719 Erie Drive, Weedsport. A funeral service at 3 p.m. immediately after calling hours. Interment in the spring. Memorials to the Finger Lakes SPCA, 41 York St., Auburn, NY 13021, or the National Leukemia Society, 3 International Drive, #200, Rye Brook, NY 10573.
HARTSOCK, Karl L., 50, of Port Byron, passed away Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. Calling hours from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at White Chapel Funeral Home, 2719 Erie Drive, Weedsport; services to immediately follow.
LAWSON, Nancy Lee (Erminio), 86, of Auburn, passed away Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. Calling hours are 2 to 4 p.m. this Saturday with services to immediately follow at 4 p.m., all at Pettigrass Funeral Home, 196 Genesee St., Auburn. Contributions to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, 375 Kings Highway N., Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 or Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, 5858 E. Molloy Road, Suite 160, Syracuse, NY 13211.
PORT BYRON — Jean A. (Casano) Stickane died unexpectedly at Auburn Community Hospital on Nov. 29, 2019, in Auburn, at the age of 75.
Jean is survived by her children, David (Brenda) Robertson, of Oklahoma City, Okla., Todd (Cindy) Robertson, of Weatherford, Texas, and Frederick (Loretta) Stickane, of Homer, N.Y.; her brother, Anthony (Barbara) Casano, of Grand Junction, Colo.; six grandchildren, Nicholas, Dylan, Connor, Angela, Jason, and Adam Robertson; one great-grandchild, Kason Robertson; her best friend, Rosie (Fasci) Becker; and her beloved cat, Baby Girl.
She was preceded in death by her father, Paul Casano; mother, Grace Snyder; and uncle, Raymond (Eleanor) Snyder.
Jean was born on March 4, 1944 in Ithaca, N.Y. to Paul and Grace. She graduated from Ithaca High School in 1963. She attended several technical training courses over the years including a team building seminar at TC3, a BOCES welding course for TIG Welding where she learned blueprint reading and math, and was certified in space soldering and was trained to assemble space hardware.
While in Ithaca, Jean worked at N.C.R. from 1969 to 1974, where she assembled cash registers. From approximately 1979 to 1995, Jean worked for Ithaco Electronics of Ithaca as an assembler of world class control systems, primarily soldering and assembling space flight hardware. After moving to Auburn in 1996, Jean began working for Auburn Technology (Bombardier Transportation) primarily as an assembler and inspector of aircraft parts. After her retirement, Jean was an active and dedicated member of the Federated Church of Port Byron and volunteered for the Port Byron Food Pantry.
Jean consistently worked while raising her three boys in Newfield, N.Y., and she is fondly remembered for always having her children in her thoughts. Jean worked hard throughout her life and passed on many of her attributes to her children, including her strong work ethic and family values. She will be greatly missed by those that knew her.
A funeral is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6, with calling hours beginning at 10 a.m. and a service starting at 11 a.m. in The Federated Church of Port Byron, 35 Tex Pultz Pkwy, Port Byron, NY, with a reception to follow. Pastor Kathy Wilt will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jean’s life.
Please send donations to The Federated Church of Port Byron. The family would like to thank Auburn Community Hospital staff and doctors for their efforts and compassionate comfort care during Jean’s final hours.
MORAVIA — Frederick A. Jones, 83, of Moravia, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019.
Mr. Jones was born Nov. 20, 1936 in Auburn, a son of the late Cecil (Clay) and Alice (Morton) Jones. Fred was formerly employed as a welder with the Triangle Steel Company in Ithaca. He was a Marine Corps veteran, and devoted his life to all of his family. Fred was a wood-working enthusiast.
Fred is survived by his 10 children, Claudia Gregg (Bill), of Trumansburg, David Jones (Elizabeth), of Ithaca, Laurie Lees (Mike Sherwood), of Trumansburg, Lisa Giannone (Matt Homick), of Auburn, Carol Draper (John), of Locke, Allen Coffin (Dee Dee), of Fulton, Dale Coffin, of Locke, Laurrie Coffin, of Trumansburg, Barbara Woodmansee, of Auburn, and Brenda Doeing (Bill), of Genoa; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Gary Jones (Karen); two sisters, Beverly Aldrich and Barbara Sinn; and a sister-in-law, Betty Shea Jones.
Fred was predeceased by his wife of 38 years, Virginia L. “Jenny” (Dall) Jones, in 2011; by his son, Edward Cummings; by his grandchildren, Madeline Woodmansee, Kurtis Doeing, and Joshua Cummings; brother, Donald Jones; and brother-in-law, Jerry Sinn.
Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9, at the Shurtleff Funeral Home, 10117 Route 90, Genoa. A private graveside service will be held in the spring of 2020.
Contributions, in lieu of flowers may be made to the Doeing-Otis Memorial Scholarship, 1300 Walter Corey Road, Genoa, NY 13071, or to Southern Cayuga Ambulance, P.O. Box 7, Poplar Ridge, NY 13139.
STICKANE, Jean A., 75, of Port Byron, died Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. Calling hours from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, in the Federated Church, Port Byron. Funeral service to follow at 11:15 a.m. Audioun Funeral Home LLC, 218 Main St., Port Byron, has charge of arrangements.
PORT BYRON — Karl L. Hartsock, 50, of Port Byron, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019.
Karl is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Roberta Hartsock; his son, Andrew Hartsock; stepsons, Chad, Justin, and Jason Mcdeid; siblings, Pamela (Philip) Youngs, Robert (Brenda) Hartsock, Brenda (David) Janusz, and David (Mitch) Hartsock; grandchildren, Bryton and Braelyn; step-grandchildren, Jackson and Landon, and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Hartsock was predeceased by his parents, Robert L. and Dorothy Dunn Hartsock, and an infant daughter, Amber.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at White Chapel Funeral Home, 2719 Erie Drive, Weedsport. Services to immediately follow with Rev. Robert and Lorraine Canino officiating.
AUBURN — Sarah Ann King (Sally), 92, died on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019.
Sarah was born on Oct. 1, 1927 in Manhattan to John and Genevieve McKeon.
Sarah was predeceased by her husband, Thomas F. King, and son-in-law, Joseph Daloia.
One of 12 children, Sarah is survived by her sisters, Grace Morrison, Rose Dillon, Lillian Lucca, and Maryann Morassco, and brothers, Joseph McKeon and Dennis McKeon. She is also survived by her children, Patricia King (Roni), of Shelter Island, N.Y., Kathleen King (John Laing), of Rochester, N.Y., Eileen Daloia, of Auburn, Thomas King (Charrene), of Auburn, Theresa Mattioli (John), of Atlanta, Ga., Maryann King (Mathew Rice), of Boston, Mass., Ursula King (Blackford Middleton), of Nashville, Tenn., John King, of the Adirondacks, and Sarah Reinecker (Scott), of York, Pa.; 18 grandchildren, Nick, Katie, Olivia, Chris, Thomas, John, James, Marc, Genevieve, Kristen, Piper, Julia, Lilly, Ali, Max, Tim, Ella, and Grayson, and 12 great-grandchildren.
Sarah grew up in the Bronx. She met her husband, Tom while both were working at the Empire State Building and they moved to Auburn in 1965. She soon started volunteering at Sacred Heart Church. Later she worked at GE; as well as Cornell Cooperative Extension helping to enroll migrant workers’ children in school. With her children grown, she enrolled at Cayuga Community College, earning an A.A.S. in nursing, fulfilling a life-time dream. She worked as a registered nurse at Auburn Memorial Hospital until her retirement.
Sarah was a long-time community advocate, volunteer, and organizer – a force to be reckoned with. She enjoyed going to Fleming Town Board meetings, serving on committees, and questioning everything. She helped establish the first family planning clinic in Auburn, keeping fliers in her purse to hand to young mothers in stores. She was an active opponent of fracking in New York state. She advocated for senior citizen causes and represented Cayuga County on the NY Statewide Senior Action Council. Sarah volunteered at Meals on Wheels, St. Alphonsus Food Pantry, Sacred Heart Church, the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, and Genesee and Seward Elementary Schools; as well as many other volunteer organizations and fundraising activities. She often enjoyed line dancing, exercise class, bingo and Bunco at the Boyle Center. As Chair of the Melrose Seniors Travel Group she organized and participated in trips around the world well into her 80s. Sarah also donated to charitable causes and encouraged her children to do the same, in lieu of Christmas or birthday gifts.
Sarah will be most remembered by her family for “Camp Grandma.” For more than 30 years, her grandchildren would gather at her home on West Lake Road each summer to swim in Owasco Lake, sleep in the attic, explore the woods behind her house, and eat popsicles and ice cream from her overfilled freezer. She loved being part of their lives.
Friends are invited to join the family for a Mass of Christian Burial and Remembrance to be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Sacred Heart Church, Melrose Road, Auburn. It is with great joy that we invite you to join us for lunch at a reception following Mass at Sacred Heart Parish Hall to celebrate her life and work in this community that she loved so much. The family also welcomes those who may not be able to attend the Mass to join us at the reception.
We thank all of Sarah’s friends and neighbors for the companionship and help you gave our mother over the years. We thank the staff at Finger Lakes Center for Living for the support and comfort they gave our mother over these last months.
In keeping with Sarah’s lifetime of dedication to charitable causes, her family suggests that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to the charity of your choice.