SUMMERVILLE Sr., Ronald W., of North Division Street Road, Auburn, died Sept. 14, 2019. Calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at the Audioun Funeral Home LLC, 218 Main St., Port Byron. Funeral services at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at the funeral home. Contributions to the Port Byron Food Pantry, c/o First United Methodist Church, South Street Road, Port Byron, NY 13140.
MORAVIA — Richard Henry White, age 91, peacefully passed away on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at Matthew House in Auburn.
He was born to the late Willis and Eva White, of Moravia, on May 6, 1928. Dick was a lifelong resident of the Moravia/Locke area and graduated from Moravia Central School. In August 1949, he married Barbara J. Edmunds and they were blessed with 66 wonderful years of marriage, as well as the joy of raising four children together.
First and foremost his entire life was Dick’s love, experiences, and relationships with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was very active within the community most of his life. He served on the Moravia Town Board as a councilman and then went on to be the Moravia Town Supervisor for many years. He was an active member of Sylvan Masonic Lodge #41 F & AM for more than 50 years. In their early years of marriage, he and Barb enjoyed membership at the Kelloggsville Methodist Church and later in life they joined the fellowship of Christ United Methodist Church in Moravia. He retired from Hammond & Irving Co. in Auburn where he had been the production superintendent for more than 20 years.
After retiring, one of his greatest joys was being able to purchase a home at Angler’s Green in Mulberry, Fla. Here, he and Barb were blessed with many of their friends joining them to enjoy retirement together, as well as the many new friends they made. They were “snowbirds” for more than 25 years, and they were happiest when family visited. Dick volunteered as a driver for the area SCAT van when he first retired and so enjoyed visiting with all the seniors he assisted.
Mr. White’s wife, Barbara, predeceased him in 2016.
Dick is survived by his four children, Thomas (Debbi) White, of Farmington, N.Y., Laurie (Donald) Babcock, of Moravia, Terry (Bob) Green, of Locke, N.Y., and Kelly (Tony) Hart, of Auburn. His grandchildren that survive him are Stephanie (Paul) Savelli, Sherrie (Fernand) Joseph, Shannon (Brian) Taylor, Jeffrey (Emily) Green, Julie (Ken) Hand, Justin Perkins, Scott (Erica) Babcock, Nicole (Brandon) Pierce, Bryan (Jamie) White, and Adrienne Perkins; as well as 16 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Edmunds.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, in Christ United Methodist Church in Moravia. Family and friends will have the opportunity to visit with Dick’s family during a time of fellowship immediately following the service in the church foyer.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Dick’s memory may be made to Matthew House, Attn: Angela Ryan, 43 Metcalf Drive, Auburn, NY 13021.
WEEDSPORT — Merrill (Mel) Hobart, 81, of Weedsport, passed away in the comfort of his home on Sept. 14, 2019, leaving behind loved ones who will forever cherish their memories of him.
Mel was born and raised in Miami, Florida. After serving in the Marine Reserves for two years, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and continued his service for six years. Upon his discharge in 1963, Mel landed in Central New York and settled in Weedsport to raise a family. He was employed by Carrier Corporation until he gave up the commute to be closer to home. Mel retired from the custodial staff at Weedsport Central School after more than 25 years of employment.
Mel enjoyed fishing, metal detecting, and his lifelong hobby of collecting Native American arrowheads. He was proud of his collection and custom displays. Mel was prouder still of his children and grandchildren and their accomplishments.
Mel leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Penny; daughters, Elaine and Kathleen; son, David and wife Cathy; granddaughters, Alyssa and Lindsey; great-grandson, Hunter; canine buddy Baxter; along with several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mel was predeceased by his sisters; Beverly Mashburn of Ft. McCoy, Florida and Janet Davis of Stuart, Florida.
Those who knew Mel will remember his quick wit, ready smile and hint of Southern accent.
According to his wishes, there will be no calling hours. The family will have a private celebration of his life.
Arrangements are with White Chapel Funeral Home, Weedsport.
AUBURN — Mark E. Salomon, 68, of Auburn, passed away Sept. 14, 2019, at Upstate Hospital.
Born in Auburn, he was the son of the late Robert and Rhea King Salomon. Mark was a 1968 East High School graduate and an Amy veteran, serving his country from 1972 to 1978. He was a recipient of the National Defense Service Medal and a specialized sharpshooter M16 and hand grenade veteran. He graduated from Buffalo State and was employed for 40 years with the U.S. Federal Government as a special investigator, retiring in 2012.
Mark loved golf; every aspect of the game. He was an active member of Highland Park Golf Course. Mark worked part time, following his retirement at Auburn’s Curley's and UNC. He enjoyed NASCAR and football but above all, cherished his time with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Carolyn Kingston Salomon; their two children, Bethany and Markus Salomon; his twin sister, Michelle (Tony) Torre; a brother, Kurt (Tammy) Salomon, and by an aunt, Lilliana King. Also surviving are his cat, Chloe, and granddogs, Haylie and Lacey.
He was predeceased by a brother, Robert Salomon; an uncle, Calvin King, his mother-in-law, Mary Kingston, and a brother-in-law, David Kingston.
Visiting hours will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in St. Mary’s Church with a memorial service to follow. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Skaneateles.
The omission of flowers is requested, contributions in Mark’s name may be made to American Lung Association, www.lung.org or to the Finger Lakes Humane Society, www.flspcaofcny.org.
AUBURN — Nancy A. Stevens, 78, of Dunning Avenue, Auburn, was called home by her angels and entered into eternal peace with the Lord on Sept. 4, 2019, with her spouse and children at her side.
Nancy was a hard worker and dedicated her life to her beloved children and grandchildren. She was an avid Yankees fan and in addition, she enjoyed couponing, crossword puzzles, and bingo.
Nancy is survived by her spouse of 55 years, Joseph P. Tortorello; six children, Kim Stevens, Bonnie Stevens, Jeff (Julie) Stevens, Robin Stevens, Shelly (Chris) Lawrence, and Tammy Tortorello (Doug Orser); eight grandchildren, Mandy Stevens, Lindsay Stevens, Bret, Trent, and Alexa Lawrence, Jenna, Madison Stevens, and Logan Neese; and three great-grandchildren, Brooke, Alexandra, and Micah. She shared a very special bond wither her sisters, Donna Caraway and Sharon Stevens; along with a very special niece, Julie Caraway.
One of 10 children, Nancy was predeceased by her parents, Eugene and Julia Anderson.
She was a true inspiration to those diagnosed with cancer. She herself had stage 4 cancer and was given six months to live; that was more than 12 years ago. She was living proof that miracles can happen, and she remained cancer free until her eternal rest.
A celebration of her life will be held at the convenience of the family.
Contributions may be made in memory of Nancy to her favorite charity St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
AUBURN — Patricia M. Riley, 78, passed away on Sept. 11, 2019, at her home in Auburn, surrounded by the love of her family.
Patricia was predeceased by her partner of many years, Rodney J. Clarke.
Surviving are her children, William Valletta Jr., Patsy Ast (Stephen), Mark Valletta (Tracy), Stacy Benesch (Steve), Scott Clarke (Michelle), and Sean Clarke; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom were the joy of her life.
Services are private.
In lieu of flowers, the greatest gift to our mother would be to spend the day with those you cherish, your loved ones, family and friends, as that is what was most precious to her.
AUBURN — James L. Cuff, 86, of Auburn, passed away on Sept. 13, 2019, at Auburn Rehab & Nursing Center.
James was born on July 20, 1933, the son of the late Harold and Eva Treat Cuff Sr. He served in the Army from 1953 to 1955. James was retired from the Port Byron School District. James’ greatest joy was watching his children and grandchildren playing sports. James loved all sports, basketball, baseball, football, and dirt racing. He had a love of travel to the Adirondacks and Atlantic City.
James is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Joan Scanlon Cuff; sons, Ed (Lynn) Cuff, of Throop, and Robert (Debbi) Cuff, of Camillus; grandchildren, Stephen, Jamie, and Scott Cuff; sisters, Linda Rider and Nancy Dunlap; and many nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, James was predeceased by his brothers, Harold, Lester, and Stanley Cuff, and his sister, Betty Green.
Family and friends may call on the family from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, at White Chapel Funeral Home Inc., 197 South St., Auburn. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery with military rites.
Memorial contributes may be made to Throop Fire Department, 7159 Beech Tree Road, Auburn, NY 13021.
AUBURN — Stella J. Lillie, 84, of Auburn, passed away peacefully Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, in Auburn Community Hospital.
She was a life resident of Auburn, the daughter of the late Eugene and Julia Pilipczuk Anderson. “Pumpkin,” as she was affectionately known by her family and friends, was a home health care aide for many years in the Auburn area.
She is survived by her two loving sons, Robert C. Lillie and Kenneth Michael Lillie, both of Auburn; as well as several other relatives and friends.
In addition to her parents, Stella was predeceased by a son, Joseph E. Lillie.
Services are private and will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, any donations may be made in Stella’s memory to the SPCA, 41 York St., Auburn, NY 13021.
NEAL, Marianne, 68, of Port Byron, died Sept. 9, 2019. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Port Byron. Audioun Funeral Home LLC, 218 Main St., Port Byron, has charge of arrangements.
PARENTI, Domenic, 60, of Auburn, passed away Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. The family will have a private service at a later date. Donations in his honor can be made to the Finger Lakes SPCA of CNY, 41 York St., Auburn, NY 13021. Arrangements are entrusted to the Heieck-Pelc Funeral Home, LLC.
CUFF, James L., 86, of Auburn, passed away on Sept. 13, 2019. Calling hours from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, at White Chapel Funeral Home Inc., 197 South St., Auburn. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, at the funeral home. Burial in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Memorial contributes to Throop Fire Department, 7159 Beech Tree Road, Auburn, NY 13021.
RAND, Merton J., 82, of Cato, formally of Spring Lake, NY died Sept. 11, 2019. There will be no calling hours. Services will be held at convenience of the family. Contributions to charity of one's choice. Audioun Funeral Home LLC, 218 Main St., Port Byron, NY has charge of arrangements.
Geraldine M. Guarino, 93, formerly of Southfield Apts., Auburn, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 at The Commons on St. Anthony, surrounded by her loving family.
She was a life resident of Auburn, the daughter of the late John and Gertrude Bates David. She was a devout Catholic and former communicant of St. Mary’s Church. "Gerry," as she was affectionately known by her family and friends, was an avid bowler and sports enthusiast. Together with her late husband, Vince, they would seldom miss any family activity or sporting event in the area. She will be sadly missed by all who were fortunate enough to get to know this special woman.
She is survived by her three loving children, Michael (Dinah) Guarino of Moravia; David (Ann) Guarino, Laura Guarino-Sigona (John) all of Auburn; seven grandchildren Michael (Margaret) Guarino, Jessica Guarino, Kristin (Mark) Cook, Kelly Guarino, Michelle (Chris) Abel, Amanda (Nate) Grover, Peter Sigona (Chelsea); 17 great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her parents, she was also predeceased by her husband, Vincenzo, in 2010, a sister, Gertrude Clark and brother Milton David.
Friends and relatives are invited to join the family at 9 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary’s Church for Gerry’s Mass of Christian burial. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
Calling hours are from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today (Friday) in the Pettigrass Funeral Home, 196 Genesee St., Auburn.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in her memory to a charity of one choice.
A special thank you to the staff on the 5th floor at The Commons for their exceptional care and compassion that was shown to Gerry during her stay.
Barbara Percilick, 90, daughter of the late Charles and Mary Percilick, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 at the Commons on St. Anthony.
Barbara spent most of her adult life in New York City. She was 17 when she entered college where she earned a Masters Degree in Art History and for a season worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Eventually she became a social worker in NYC and through the years placed many children in foster homes.
When she was 55 she returned to Auburn to care for her mother. She then went to work at Auburn Correctional Facility, working there until she was 72.
Barb led a full and interesting life and traveled extensively.
She is survived by several cousins including her caregiver Barbara Page and special friend Rosemarie Alexander. She was also predeceased by her brother Richard.
She received loving and compassionate care from the staff at the Commons on the 2nd and 6th floors. May God Bless them as they Blessed her.
As per her request, a graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
PARENTI, Domenic, 60, of Auburn, passed away Thursday Sept. 5, 2019 in University Hospital. The family will have a private service at a later date. Donations in his honor can be made to the Finger Lakes SPCA of CNY 41 York St. Auburn, NY 13021. Arrangements are entrusted to the Heieck-Pelc Funeral Home, LLC.
GUARINO, Geraldine (David), 93 of Auburn, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. Funeral Mass 9 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary’s Church. Calling hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Pettigrass Funeral Home, 196 Genesee St. Auburn.
PERCILICK, Barbara, 90, of Auburn, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Arrangements are by the Plis Funeral Home.
MORAVIA — Hope Greenman, 72, passed away on Sept. 10, 2019 at home.
Hope was born on July 7, 1947 in Auburn, the daughter of the late Vernon Masten and Helen Roberts Masten. She spent her career as a home health aide, a profession she was most proud of; that reflected her caring and compassionate personality. She was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed gardening, particularly flowers. Hope cherished her grandchildren, and they certainly cherished her. She also especially loved her dog Lilly.
She is survived by her loving husband Charles, of Moravia; daughters Annette (Ed) Kuss, of LaFayette, Tammy Greenman, of Lansing, and Lorie (Scott) Crotwell, of Cortland; grandchildren, Meghan Parente, Austin Parente, and Steven Crotwell; and her sister, Loretta (Mike) Branch. Hope is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Hope is predeceased by her brother Orrion “Doc” (Betty) Masten.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday Sept. 12, at the Wright-Beard Funeral Home Inc., 9 Lincoln Ave. Cortland, NY 13045. Funeral services will take place at 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with burial immediately following at Glenwood Cemetery in Homer, NY.
Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider a donation to Hospicare 172 E King Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850.
ONEONTA — On Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, Bernard Guszcza, loving husband and father, passed away at the age of 86.
Bernard was born Feb. 11, 1933 in Auburn, to Kostanty and Julia Sroczyk Guszcza. He served in the Armed Forces for 22 years. He was a veteran of the Korean War with the U.S. Marine Corps, served in Germany while in the U.S. Army and continued the remainder of his military career with the U.S. Air Force, which included two tours of Vietnam.
After retiring from the service, he lived abroad in the Philippines, Thailand and South Korea until he met and married Hui Cha Park Guszcza. Bernard then moved back to the U.S., with his wife and son, George, and lived in Oneonta until his passing.
Bernard had a passion for travel and exploring different cultures and languages. He spent over 25 years living in Europe and Asia and spoke five languages fluently.
He is survived by his wife, Hui Cha; his son, George; grandchildren, Julia and Charles; his sister, Mary; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Victoria and his brothers, Joseph, John, Walter and Stanley.
Graveside services will be held for Bernard at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Flowers may be sent to 26 S. Belmont Circle, Oneonta, NY, 13820.
Irene Ruth Buso Akers entered into final rest and went to spend eternity with her Lord on Sept. 6, 2019. She was born Nov. 28, 1933 at her home in Mottville, N.Y. to George and Anna Buso. Irene married the love of her life, Paul B. Akers, on Oct. 4, 1958 and they shared a wonderful life together in Weedsport, N.Y. Paul passed away on Oct. 21, 1987. Irene has most recently resided in Morrisville, N.Y. for the past 12 years.
Irene is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth A. Farrell (Marc Conners), of Auburn; her son, Daniel P. Akers (Tracy), of Morrisville; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Burgess & Tedesco Funeral home in Morrisville, N,Y. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Morrisville Community Church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Weedsport First United Methodist Church.
MORAVIA — Margaret “Peggy” Spaulding, 77, of Moravia, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in University Hospital, Syracuse, after a long illness.
Peggy was born Oct. 6, 1941, the daughter of Charles and Dorothy Powers Trapp. She was a graduate of Moravia Central School and attended Auburn Memorial Nursing School. She and her late husband, Donald owned and operated John’s Grocery Store in Moravia, where she was always at the counter or doing the bookkeeping.
Peggy is survived by one son, Chuck (Gail) Spaulding, of Moravia; one daughter, Susan Spaulding (Matt Rosekrans), of Locke; seven grandchildren, Ross, Cody, DJ, and Kristi Spaulding, and Hannah, Amanda, and Brianna Rosekrans; three great-grandchildren, Makayla, Daxton, and Brayden; and a daughter-in-law, Donna Spaulding, of Moravia.
She was predeceased by her husband, Donald B. Spaulding Jr. in 2016, and one son, Mark Spaulding in 1994.
Peggy’s wishes were to have no services. Interment will be in Indian Mound Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to Four Town First Aid Squad, P.O. Box # 28, Moravia, NY 13118-0028.
AUBURN — Mr. Leonard P. DeChick, 68, of Auburn, died on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, at The Common’s on St. Anthony.
Lenny was born on March 24, 1951 in Auburn, the son of Anthony and Mary Ciampi DeChick. He was very active with his ARC of Seneca Cayuga family, participating in many of their activities including the Special Olympics. Lenny enjoyed spending time with his family, bowling, playing bocce, going on vacation, listening to music and dancing. He had retired from Pizza Hut where he had worked for several years.
He is survived by his sister, Rosalie N. Smith and Bill Woodlock, of Auburn; a brother, Anthony J. DeChick Jr., of Auburn; nieces and nephews, Deborah Snyder (Rick), of Auburn, Michael A. Smith (Donna), of Rochester, Peter Vivenzio (Karen), of Attleboro, Mass., Connie Ellis (Tom), of Seneca Falls, Richard DeChick, Dawn DeChick, Tina DeChick, all of Auburn, Mark DeChick (Alyssa), of Rochester, Tammy Peone (Nathan), of Seneca Falls; great-nieces and nephews, Jordan Betts, of Auburn, Auryana DeChick, of Erie, Pa., Tom Ellis Jr., and Morgan Ellis, of Seneca Falls, Lucas and Lily Snyder, of Auburn, Harper, Nora, and Colton Betts, all of Auburn; a brother-in-law, Gus Vivenzio, of Auburn, and sister-in-law, Kris Dechick, of Auburn.
Along with his parents he was predeceased by a sister, Delores Vivenzio, and a brother, Richard DeChick.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, at Farrell’s Funeral Service, Inc., 84 South St., Auburn. Funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Fleming.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Lenny’s name may be made to the ARC of Seneca Cayuga, 1521 Clark St. Road, Auburn, NY 13021.
AUBURN — David C. Sigl, 57, of Auburn, passed away Sept. 3, 2019, at Upstate University Hospital, Syracuse.
Born in Lyons, N.Y. on Oct. 24, 1961, David was the son of the late Carlyll and Constance Shepard Sigl. David was the owner of Lake Country Logging.
David is survived by his wife, Sandra Sigl; his stepchildren, Casey, Amanda, and Jessie; his sister, Donna Lusk; his niece, Amanda Pinckney; along with several other nieces and nephews, and is beloved dog, Roscoe.
Along with his parents, David was predeceased by his siblings, Diane, Gary, and Alan Sigl.
A service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at 1401 Sherry Road, in Port Byron.
Arrangements are with White Chapel Funeral Home Inc., Auburn.
TANNER, Barbara A. (Cheney), 94, of Auburn, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. Calling hours from 9:30 to 11 a.m. today at the Heieck-Pelc Funeral Home, LLC, 42 East Genesee St., Auburn. Services will follow. A private graveside ceremony in Lakeview Cemetery in Fleming at a later date. Contributions to the Salvation Army of Auburn, 18 E. Genesee St., Auburn, NY 13021.
AUBURN — Floyd W. Kindrew, 86, of Auburn, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, at Auburn Community Hospital.
Floyd was born in Stroudsburg, Pa., to the late Franklin and Mary Kovack Kindrew. Floyd was the third child of 22 children. He was raised on a farm in Pennsylvania and went in the service when he was a teenager. After finishing his military service, he moved to New Jersey where he worked for a couple of years before moving to Auburn. Floyd worked at several jobs in the area including a herdsman on the Wickstrom Farm, Harry’s Tire Co., Auburn Plastics, and Columbian Rope. Then in 1975 Floyd started working at Auburn Steel Co. as a material handler, shortly after became a crane operator and retired following 20 years of service.
Floyd married his wife, Stella on Dec. 19, 1953 and had a wonderful marriage for just over 60 years. Stella passed away on Jan. 11, 2014. The two are now reunited once again.
Floyd was the oldest living member of the Calimeri Veterans Post. He also was a member of SK Post, Eagles Club, Moose Club, and the Ukrainian National Club.
He is survived by his son, Shaun W. Kindrew; daughters, Alicyn R. Salato and her husband, Joseph, and Shereen M. Androsko and her husband, David; special nephew, Dani Kindrew. He was more than an uncle he was like my Dad and best friend. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Brian J., William C., and Rebecca Kindrew, Emilie S., Vincent L., and Ashlee M. Salato, Brittany C. and Brandon A. Androsko; five great-grandchildren; brothers, Horace, Woody, and Kenny Kindrew; sisters, Florence Gruver, Nettie Kindrew, and Barb Kindrew.
In addition to his parents and wife, Floyd was predeceased by 15 siblings.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, at Brew Funeral Home, 48 South St., Auburn, with a memorial service to follow at 3 p.m. Burial will be in Fleming Rural Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Matthew House, 43 Metcalf Drive, Auburn, NY 13021, in memory of Floyd W. Kindrew.