BRANTINGHAM, N.Y. — John C. “Jack” Kieffer, 92, of Brantingham, died peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, at Elderwood at Liverpool with his loving family at his side.
He was born in Pennsylvania on April 2, 1927 to the late John C. and Una Y. Kieffer, of Syracuse. John was a graduate of LaSalle High School, Pa. and received his Bachelor of Science and master’s degree in education at SUNY Oswego in 1951.
His years teaching were in Ontario, Liverpool, and he retired from BOCES in Ithaca, N.Y. Administration duties as principal during his career were in Liverpool and Port Byron, N.Y. He enjoyed teaching, woodworking, playing cards, music, flowers, painting, history that included a particular interest in the Black River Canal Museum, and while wintering in Florida he participated in the Trailer Estates Fun Band and “Jack’s Pak” bike club. Most important to him was his 82 great summers at Brantingham, N.Y.
He married Julanne (Judy) A. Kieffer on July 19, 1952. Mrs. Kieffer died on April 6, 2012.
John is survived by his four children, Kathleen Barzee, of Croghan, N.Y., Pamela and her husband, Daniel Brewer, of Brantingham, N.Y., Gary Kieffer and his wife, Teri, of Moravia, N.Y., and Sheila and her husband, Scott Saroodis, of Port Byron, N.Y.; sister, Una Zona, of Liverpool, N.Y.; a brother, Karlton and his wife, Pat, of Newtown Square, Pa.; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of life Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 5457 Shady Ave., Lowville, NY, with the Rev. Jay Seymour, officiating. Burial will follow with military honors in the Brantingham Cemetery, North-South Road, Brantingham, NY. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., 5702 Waters Road, Lowville, NY 13367.
Memorial contributions may be made to Black River Canal Museum, P.O. Box 122, Boonville, NY 13309 or Friends of Hospice, P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367.
WESTMINSTER, Md. — Dawn Elaine (Crysler) Amsbaugh, 70, of Westminster, Md., passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at home.
She was the beloved wife of Charley Amsbaugh. Mrs. Amsbaugh was born Feb. 24, 1949 in Syracuse, N.Y., the daughter of the late Horace R. Crysler and the late Helen V. (Henderson) Grant. She was a homemaker and later on a salesclerk at the Westminster K-Mart.
Survived by son, David Amsbaugh; son and daughter-in-law, Brent and Larissa Amsbaugh; grandson, Nicholas Amsbaugh; granddaughters, Madeline, Charley, Tabitha, and Olivia Amsbaugh; sisters, Helen (Don) Newell and Dorothy (Rusty) Snell; brothers, Richard (Sally) and Ronald (Kasi) Crysler, and Bonnie and JoAnn Crysler.
Celebration of Dawn’s life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, at the Navarino Fire House.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department, 1320 West Old Liberty Road, Sykesville, MD.
AUBURN — Diana M. Amelias Sobus, 88, of the Boyle Center, Auburn, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Rochester.
A native of Albany, Diana lived most of her life in Auburn. For many years, she served as the manager and wedding coordinator at the Springside Inn. She owned and operated Diana’s Restaurant on Market Street and retired as the manager of the kitchen at Cayuga Community College. Civically minded, she volunteered her time with numerous organizations throughout the area. Diana also authored two books, “Two Cars, Two Cats, Two Aunts, My Mother and Me” and “The Magic Car.” She enjoyed cooking, trips to Ocean City, Md., and serving desserts at the Boyle Center. Above all, Diana cherished the time spent with her family.
She is survived by two sons, Greg Sobus (Dana), of Delaware, and Brian Sobus, of Auburn; two daughters, Stacey Sobus and Kara Sobus (Christopher), all of Auburn; the father of her children, Joseph Sobus (Rita), of Elmira; one sister, Adriana Hardy (Christopher), of Texas; grandchildren, Nicole Vroman (Aaron), Lisa Sobus, Sarah Sobus (Connor), Shannon Sobus (Adam), Dustin Flanigan (Rochelle), Brian Sobus (Sarah), Jason Flanigan (Kristy), and Miranda Sobus; 13 great-grandchildren; niece and goddaughter, Robyn Avalon (Kathryn); and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Theodore and Mary Lascaris Amelias, she was predeceased by a great-grandson, Carter Sobus.
Friends are invited to join the family for a service to be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, at the Cheche Funeral Home Inc., 1778 Clark St. Road, Auburn. Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery, Fleming. Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
The Sobus family would like to thank the numerous caregivers, especially Hiawatha, Jennifer and Raina, for the exceptional care and devotion shown toward Diana.
Contributions may be made in Diana’s memory to Cayuga County Senior Nutrition Program, 149 Genesee St., Box 3, Auburn, NY 13021.
MORAVIA — Donald W. Campbell, 60, of Moravia, passed away on Aug. 30, 2019, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, surrounded by his family.
Donald was born in Auburn on Jan. 8, 1959 to the late Robert and Barbara Sellers Campbell. Donald was known as “Chief” by everyone who knew him, and worked for Consolidated Scrap in Auburn for about 20 years, before beginning work at BorgWarner in Ithaca. He spent his last few years spending time with his family, especially his brother, Gene, and driving around with his dog, Sadie. He enjoyed spending time snowmobiling, four-wheeling, and tinkering in his shed. He is remembered for never being able to sit still, and always having work to do.
Donald is survived by his children, Donald (Tammy) Campbell Jr., Jessica (David) Pike, and Abigail (Kyle Maine) Campbell; his siblings, Eugene and Pamela Campbell, Jerry and Christine Campbell, both of Scipio, and Rick and Lori Allen, of Mexico; his stepfather, Robert Vernon, of Aurora; his beloved pup, Sadie; and several nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, Donald was predeceased by his brothers, Robert Campbell, and John “Jack” Campbell, and his nephews, David and Jamie Campbell.
Per Donald’s wishes, there will be no service or calling hours. There will be a private celebration at the convenience of the family.
Donations in Donald’s name may be made to the Finger Lakes SPCA.
Arrangements are with White Chapel Funeral Home, Inc., Auburn.
SOBUS, Diana M. Amelias, 88, of the Boyle Center, Auburn, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Rochester. Service to be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Cheche Funeral Home Inc. Burial to follow in Lakeview Cemetery, Fleming. Calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
AUBURN — John F. Szozda, 83, of 7301 State St. Road, Auburn, passed away on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, at SUNY Upstate University Hospital from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
John was a native of Auburn, born on Oct. 22, 1935. The son of John J. and Filomenia Slimack Szozda, he was a graduate of Auburn’s Central High School, where he made many lifelong friends. He entered the U.S. Marine Corps after high school, serving in the Korean War. Upon his return from duty he began a career as a corrections officer with the New York State Department of Corrections, retiring in 1991.
John was a true nature lover. He loved being outside in sunshine, tending the lawn, flower gardens, and providing a buffet for all the birds. A great “tinkerer” he could repair, build, or refinish almost anything. While all this activity was fun, it was his family that occupied most of the spare time. He was always in support of the family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Along with his wife, Mary Casper Szozda, whom they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on April 19, 2019, they enjoyed many, many vacations with their family. From Naples, Fla. to Nantucket, Mass., and many visits to the Outer Banks, being with family was paramount. No matter the location, daily Mass was always on the schedule. They were members of St. Alphonsus Church, Auburn. John followed all the SU sports, was a loyal Boston Red Sox fan, and enjoyed listening to music.
Surviving are his wife, Mary C. Szozda; their children, Daniel J. (Nadine) Szozda, of Auburn, Donald J. (Jenifer) Szozda, of Auburn, Missy (Bob) Norris, of Sandy Hook, Conn., and Michael Szozda, of Auburn; grandchildren, Bill (Amy) Szozda, John Szozda, Kathryn Szozda, Kevin Szozda, Michelle Szozda, all of Auburn, Matt Norris, and Danielle Norris, of Sandy Hook, Conn.; great-grandchildren, Brayden, Adelyn, and Ava Szozda; sister, Christine (Marc) Cuipylo, of Port Byron; uncle, Stanley Good, of Arizona; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents, and a brother, Edward Szozda.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in St. Alphonsus Church, Auburn, with the Rev. Michael Brown as celebrant. Interment with military honors will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in St. Alphonsus Church.
The omission of flowers is requested with memorials being remembered to either St. Jude Children's Hospital, Wounded Warriors, or Hospice of the Finger Lakes.
Arrangements are with Farrell’s Funeral Service, Inc., 84 South St., Auburn.
JORDAN — Stephen B. McLoud, 59, former Cayuga County Undersheriff, passed away Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, at his family home, with his wife and children at his side.
The son of the late Bruce and MaryAnn Davis McLoud, Steve was born Feb. 17, 1960, in Auburn. A graduate of Weedsport Central High School, he earned his associate’s degree in criminal justice from Cayuga Community College.
In January of 1982, McLoud became the first full-time police officer for the Village of Weedsport. Approximately a year and a half later, McLoud joined the sheriff’s office on June 18, 1983. McLoud was promoted from patrol deputy to investigator in 1991 and held the office of Undersheriff from 2003 until his retirement in 2006.
After the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Steve stepped forward to aid in the investigation and recovery efforts in New York City. Exposure during this detail caused the cancer that lead to his untimely passing 18 years later.
He was a 35-year member of the Weedsport Volunteer Fire Department and had also served with the Finger Lakes Drug Task Force and had been a Cayuga County Fire Investigator.
He was a member of the Weedsport Presbyterian Church; a former member of the Brutus Town Board, and owned and operated Oakland Acres Firewood. He was an avid hunter, and fisherman who loved the outdoors. Nothing brought him more joy than spending time with his grandchildren.
Steve’s passing occurred on his 38th wedding anniversary with his wife, Anne Chapman McLoud; also survived by his daughter, Ashley (Tyler) Nevidomsky, of Weedsport; his son, Kenneth (Alison) McLoud, of New Hampshire; grandchildren, Anastasia, Emma, and Tyson Nevidomsky, and Sawyer Bruce McLoud; his sisters, Kimberly (Rick) Giles, of Clifton Springs, Barbara (Paul) Nervina, of Cato, and Christine McLoud, of Weedsport; along with several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, in the Weedsport Central High School Auditorium. Friends are invited to call on the family from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at White Chapel Funeral Home, 2719 Erie Drive, Weedsport.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers contributions be made to either the Weedsport Volunteer Fire Department, or the Cayuga County Sheriff's Benevolent Association.
AUBURN — Salvatore (Sam) Francis Basile, 91, of Auburn, died on Aug. 30, 2019, at The Commons on St. Anthony.
He was predeceased by his parents, Sebastian and Josephine (Franchina) Basile; his sister, Teresa Basile Morris; his brother, Anthony; his daughter, Annette Lutz, and his grandsons, Matthew Basile, Andrew and Wesley Bunnell.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Teresa Calarco Basile, of Auburn; his nine children, Salvatore (Tom Ager) Kingston-Basile, of Syracuse, Marie (Stanley) Surowiec, of Fort Mill, S.C., Michael (Gloria), of Constantia, Josephine (Donald) Newkirk, of Auburn, Carol Krider, of Painesville, Ohio, Elizabeth (Joseph) Piwinski, of Auburn, Jeanne (Peter) Bunnell, of Scipio Center, Carmella (John) Dixon, of Auburn, and Francis (Mary Jane), of Seneca Falls; 24 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren, and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Mr. Basile graduated from East High School, Auburn, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He saw action in the Pacific Theater during World War II and during the Korean Conflict. Following the war, he spent many years as an active member of the Cayuga County Civil Defense. He retired from Red Star Express Lines as a diesel mechanic in 1989 after 43 years. Sam loved spending time with his family, especially his grand and great-grandchildren. He was a master wood craftsman who enjoyed building clocks and assembling and flying model airplanes.
Calling hours are from 10 a.m. to noon Friday with services to immediately follow at noon, all at the Pettigrass Funeral Home, 196 Genesee St., Auburn.
Paul William Koenig, 102, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019.
Mr. Koenig was born in Auburn, N.Y., the son of Charles Koenig and Emogene Miller Koenig. After graduation from Clyde Central School in 1936, he attended Cornell University, graduating with a degree in engineering in 1940. He was hired by General Electric where he worked until his retirement at age 78. During his career he developed inventions that resulted in numerous patents.
Mr. Koenig was an avid hunter and fisherman. He had a passion for building and flying model airplanes.
He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy DeHaven Koenig. Mr. Koenig leaves behind his daughters, Sandra Carr, of Baltimore, Maryland, and Paulette Ball, of Wolcott, N.Y.; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and his life companion, Dorothy Sciortino.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 at the Langham Funeral Home, 75 E. Genesee St., Auburn, NY 13021.
BASILE, Salvatore ‘Sam’ F., 91, of Auburn, passed away Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. Calling hours are from 10 a.m. until noon Friday with services to immediately follow at noon, all at the Pettigrass Funeral Home, 196 Genesee St., Auburn.
John F. Szozda, 83, of 7301 State St. Road, Auburn passed away on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 at SUNY Upstate University Hospital from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
John was a native of Auburn born on Oct. 22, 1935. The son of John J. & Filomenia Slimack Szozda, he was a graduate of Auburn’s Central High School, where he made many lifelong friends. He entered the U.S. Marine Corps after high school, serving in the Korean War. Upon his return from duty he began a career as a corrections officer with the New York State Department of Corrections, retiring in 1991.
John was a true nature lover. He loved being outside in sunshine, tending the lawn, flower gardens, and providing a buffet for all the birds. A great “tinkerer” he could repair, build, or refinish almost anything. While all this activity was fun, it was his family that occupied most of the spare time. He was always in support of the family, grandchildren and great grand children.
Along with his wife Mary Casper Szozda, whom they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on April 19, 2019, they enjoyed many, many vacations with their family. From Naples, Fla. to Nantucket, Mass and many visits to the Outer Banks, being with family was paramount. No matter the location, daily Mass was always on the schedule. They were members of St. Alphonsus Church, Auburn. John followed all the SU sports, was a loyal Boston Red Sox fan, and enjoyed listening to music.
Surviving are his wife, Mary C. Szozda and their children, Daniel J. (Nadine) Szozda, of Auburn, Donald J. (Jenifer) Szozda, of Auburn, Missy (Bob) Norris, Sandy Hook, of Connecticut, Michael Szozda, of Auburn; grandchildren, Bill (Amy) Szozda, John Szozda, Kathryn Szozda, Kevin Szozda, Michelle Szozda all of Auburn, Matt Norris, Danielle Norris of Sandy Hook, Conn; great-grandchildren, Brayden, Adelyn and Ava Szozda; sister, Christine (Marc) Cuipylo, of Port Byron; Uncle Stanley Good, of Arizona; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Edward Szozda.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 in St. Alphonsus Church, Auburn with the Rev. Michael Brown as celebrant. Interment with military honors will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
Calling hours will also be held in St. Alphonsus Church from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. The omission of flowers is requested with memorials being remembered to either St. Jude’s Children's Hospital, Wounded Warriors or Hospice of the Finger Lakes. Farrell’s Funeral Service, Inc, 84 South St. Auburn, NY.
SKANEATELES — Bernetta “Bernie” Wuerslin, 90, of Skaneateles, passed away at home on Aug. 19, 2019.
Bernie was truly an amazing woman. Anyone who was fortunate to know her was left with a lasting impression of her extraordinary talent, artistic ability, wisdom, and gifted spirit.
Bernetta was born and raised in Schenectady, N.Y. She was one of seven children raised in a family of florists during the Depression. Bernetta graduated from The School for American Craftsmen at Alfred University in 1948. Her area of expertise was ceramics. She helped to develop new and innovative glazes. In 1949, Bernetta married and moved to Skaneateles to raise her family. She always said her most cherished accomplishment was her three children, Linda, Peter and Lisa. Not only was she a dedicated mother, but a friend and confidant throughout their lives. Her values were the strong foundation of their lives and those of their children.
Bernie loved her property. She spent 68 years passionately and skillfully transforming an abandoned farm into a unique and beautiful homestead. Bernie hauled in local fieldstone and built numerous stone walled gardens in addition to the large stone fireplace, bathroom, and greenhouse on the inside. The old chicken coop was converted to a workshop and “The Shop” which hosted countless teenage parties and family gatherings throughout the years. She loved refinishing and reupholstering old furniture. Bernie spent countless hours sewing beautiful outfits. Her children were fortunate to always have handmade clothing.
In 1971 Bernetta received her master’s in teaching and taught art at Lincoln School and Casey Park. She dedicated 25 years to the Auburn Enlarged City School District. Her tireless commitment and enthusiasm for original creativity and problem solving engaged all students to love art and learning. She always felt the arts and hands-on learning would open their hearts and minds.
Bernie was a member of the Skaneateles Garden Club. She won numerous ribbons for her creative and talented arrangements. Bernie, along with her family, helped to build the Ski Club. She built the stone fireplace in the original chalet. Her talents were tireless and endless.
Bernie is survived by her three children, Linda (Momcilo), Peter (Cindy), and Ellisa (Randy); three grandchildren, Peter and Kevin Eldred, and Brittany Fast (Chris); and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two grandsons, Peter Hohn and Weston Eldred; and one great-grandchild, Austin Fast.
The family will have a private celebration of Bernie’s extraordinary life in the fall. She will be remembered as a hilarious and witty observer of life, a beautiful soul, a unique gift to all who crossed her path.
Donations in Bernie’s name can be made to the Weston D. Eldred Memorial Scholarship, CCC Foundation, 197 Franklin St., Auburn, NY 13021.
JORDAN — John J. Weslowski, 78, of Old Route 31, Jordan, went home to be with his Lord on Aug. 27, 2019, at Upstate University Hospital. For the past three years he was a resident of Auburn Rehabilitation and Health Center surrounded by a staff he dearly loved.
Born in Syracuse, Dec. 7, 1940 to Joseph and Helen Weslowski, John lived in Jordan since 1980. He graduated in 1959 from West Genesee High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1960-1963. He was machinist for Armstrong Mold Co. of East Syracuse before retiring in 2011. John was a member of the Elbridge Community Church. He was an avid bowler and a member of several leagues in Weedsport and Camillus. John enjoyed spending time with his family and taking drives through the countryside.
John is survived by his wife, Nancy (Hurd-Manitta), married 39 years on Aug. 23; his daughters, Maryjo Fulkerson and Lori Rhoads; sons, Thomas Manitta, John Manitta, John Weslowski Jr., and Frank (Amy) Manitta; several grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his sisters, Barbara (David) Rinaldo and Dianna Farnham (Eric Burhans); as well as several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3, in the Elbridge Community Church, 109 E. Main St., with the funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the church. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to the Elbridge Community Church.
KOENIG, Paul William, 102, of Owasco Road, Auburn, died Aug. 29, 2019. There are no calling hours and a memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Langham Funeral Home, LLC, Auburn, NY. Burial will be in Soule Cemetery.
MORAVIA — Emmett R. Hall, 101, of Moravia and Locke, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in Guthrie-Cortland Rehabilitation Center after a short illness.
Emmett was born March 1, 1918 in Moravia, a son of Clarence Hall Sr. and Mary Heffernan. He had been a farmer with his family on Dresserville Road, Moravia for several years. He then worked for Hewitt Bros. Inc, in Locke, and then at Smith Corona Typewriter in Cortland until his retirement. He was a member of the Locke Senior Citizens and St. Patrick’s Church, Moravia.
Emmett is survived by his wife, Ruth Weller Hall, of Cortland; one daughter, Julie Saltsman, of Homer; stepdaughters, Tina (Terry) Harris, of Auburn, and Rose (Mike) Brayton, of Cortland; stepson, Joel (Kandy) Stroup, of Binghamton; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Patricia Murphy Hall in 1981; brothers, Clarence Jr., John, Charles, Richard, and David; sisters, Margaret McDonald, Dorothy Reilley, and Miriam VanDuyne.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Grove Street, Moravia. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, at the Wade Funeral Home, 22 Church St., Moravia.
Memorial contributions are requested for Four Town First Aid Squad, P.O. Box 28, Moravia, NY 13118.
MORAVIA — Our mom Donna Lockett passed all too soon from this earth on Aug. 17, 2019.
Donna was born to Roger and Norma Jean Throup in the quaint suburb of Hillcrest, N.Y. She graduated from Chenango Valley High School where she excelled in academics as an honor student and in sports as an all-star softball pitcher. Donna was homecoming queen in 1975, her senior year, an honor that was terrifically uncomfortable for the shy teen. Most importantly, was a kind and caring classmate and a friend to many and thoroughly enjoyed attending reunions.
After graduation Donna started her college studies at Hobart and William Smith in Geneva, N.Y. A bout with spinal meningitis threatened to derail her educational aspirations but she was not to be denied. She next attended Virginia Commonwealth University and later graduated from SUNY Utica-Rome where she received her bachelor of science in health administration.
Donna is survived by her parents, and sisters, Karen Cook-Beston, and Cheryl Schmitt.
She was predeceased by her sister, Kathy Dayton, and cousin, Tim Throup. She dearly loved and missed both. Donna will be interred alongside her sister, Kathy.
She held a variety of jobs including as a sales associate at a frame shop and a job classification analyst in the Broome County HR Department which she gave up for her favorite job, being a stay at home mom. A close second was the time she spent as a Head Start teacher in Moravia, N.Y. She was truly gifted with children and they gravitated to her.
Donna leaves behind her and Alan Lockett’s four children, Nathan Lockett, Amanda Lockett, Emily Jones with husband, Henry, and Abigale Lockett. Known to her grandchildren as “Nonni,” she will also be greatly missed by Riley Lockett, Landon Lockett, and Eleanor Jones. She was expecting twin granddaughters this month.
Donna’s legacy of love is embedded in her children and grandchildren to whom she made clear were her reason for living, “I don’t know why the angels decided I could be your mom but I’m grateful. I know what true joy is because of you!”
Donna lived in a beautiful lakefront home and was heard to say that the water had a calming effect on her. A visit to that home located along the Dorothy Mcllroy Bird Sanctuary was a clear depiction of her hard work, artistic abilities, profound appreciation for nature and love for her dogs, Lola and Tessa. The beautifully landscaped property was created by her own hand and vision; her home displayed found art and was adorned with paintings she’s produced over the years. A talent she discovered later in life.
The demons she struggled so mightily with never diminished her capacity to love deeply or to be loved fully in return - what they did do though was interfere with her ability to accept the extent and breadth of love that so many in her life had for her. She will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Finger Lakes Trail Trust, the operator of the Bird Sanctuary she was able to appreciate into her last days would be a gift not only to her, but our world and community that she cared so much for.
To show our love, calling hours will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, at the Fillmore Glen in the Main Pavilion Fillmore room; 5 to 6 p.m. will be reserved for those who wish to share stories or remembrances of Donna.
HOSKINS, Sara L. (Wilmot), passed away Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. Celebration of life at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Owasco Reformed Church, 5105 State Route 38A, Auburn. Calling hours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a service to follow. Reception after the service at church. Donations to the Playspace, ABC Cayuga, Inc., 63 Genesee St., Auburn, NY 13021. Arrangements: White Chapel Funeral Home Inc., 197 South St., Auburn.
MATHEWS, Florence L., 95, of Cato, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. Calling hours from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at White Chapel Funeral Home, 2719 Erie Drive, Weedsport. A private graveside service for the immediate family at a later date. Donations to the Weedsport Ambulance Fund, 8892 South St., Weedsport, NY 13166 or the Cato Fire Department, P.O. Box 252, Cato, NY 13033.
CATO — Robert J. Gillmore, 85, of Cato, passed away Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, at the Commons at St. Anthony, surrounded by his family.
He was born at home in the town of Conquest, son of the late Forest Gillmore and Mildred Thomas Gillmore; he was born on Nov. 23, 1933. He enjoyed antique tractors, spending time at camp on Duck Lake, and traveling with friends. He graduated from CMCS in 1952. Prior to retirement he was employed as a union boilermaker; as well as worked at Taber Motors in Cato.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Pamela Cuddy; a daughter-in-law, Karen Gillmore; and brothers, Herbert Gillmore and Gilbert Gillmore.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Nancy Roberts Gillmore; sons, Michael (Patricia) Gillmore, of Liverpool, David Gillmore, of Sebring, Fla., and James (Kathy) Gillmore, of Duck Lake; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, at the Keysor-Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home, Cato. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Cato Union Cemetery.
AUBURN — Sara L. (Wilmot) Hoskins passed away Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, surrounded by family and friends.
Sara, 68, grew up in Auburn, and later raised her family in Niles. Sara was a kind, giving person, a wonderful mother, teacher, dancer, and had a love for children. Sara attended SUNY Brockport and then later received her master’s from SUNY Cortland in elementary education. Sara danced professionally with Syracuse Ballet and was a dance educator for more than 40 years in Weedsport, Moravia, and Skaneateles. She taught preschool, Headstart, UPK, and was a supporter for Arts in Education. Sara also enjoyed being the director of the Moravia Recreation Program. Sara was a special and selfless person, loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
Sara is survived by her children, Jesse (Christine) Hoskins and Amalia (Billy) Richards; her grandchildren, Ty Miller, Stephan, Ivy and Joel Richards, Tommy Hoskins and Brian Avery; her siblings, John (Karen), Kurt (Linda), Kristen, Libby and Drew (Karen) Wilmot; 14 nieces and nephews; and 13 great-nieces and nephews. Sara is also survived by her aunt, Muriel Dando, of Binghamton, N.Y.
Sara was predeceased by her mother, Helen Dando Wilmot.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Owasco Reformed Church, 5105 State Route 38A, Auburn. Calling hours will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a service to follow. There will be a reception after the service at church.
Donations in Sara’s memory may be made to the Playspace, ABC Cayuga, Inc., 63 Genesee St., Auburn, NY 13021 or to donate online go to playspaceabc.com. “Our Mission is to enrich young lives.”
Arrangements are with White Chapel Funeral Home Inc., 197 South St., Auburn.
HALL, Emmett R., 101, of Moravia and Locke, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. Services at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in St. Patrick's Church, Moravia. Calling hours 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, at the Wade Funeral Home, 22 Church St., Moravia.
CATO — Florence L. Mathews, 95, formerly of Short Road, Cato, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, at The Commons on St. Anthony.
Mrs. Mathews was born in Sterling, N.Y., on Dec. 18, 1923, to the late Christa and Hannah Holmes Schrader. Florence was an avid bowler and was the local historian for schools in the area. She was known for her delicious homemade pies and would spend hours canning jams, jellies, chili, and sauces. Florence had a love of hummingbirds and enjoyed tending to her garden every day. She spent many years camping and traveling with her close friend, Leroy Peck.
Florence is survived by her children, James (Patricia) Mathews, Roger (Katherine) Mathews, and Carol Witchey; her sister, Gertrude Woodworth; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Florence was predeceased by her husband, John J. Mathews Sr.; her son, John J. Mathews Jr.; her seven sisters and her two brothers.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at White Chapel Funeral Home, 2719 Erie Drive, Weedsport. A private graveside service for the immediate family will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Florence’s name may be made to the Weedsport Ambulance Fund, 8892 South St., Weedsport, NY 13166 or the Cato Fire Department, P.O. Box 252, Cato, NY 13033.
AUBURN — Mary Jane Axton Brown of the Commons on St. Anthony Street, formerly of Canoga Road, Throop, passed away at the age of 97, on Aug. 26, 2019.
Mrs. Brown was born in Throop on Oct. 13, 1921, to the late Frederick and Albertenah Frazee Axton. Mary Jane along with her husband, Richard, were founding members of the Throop Fire Department. She was a Girl Scout leader for many years, and enjoyed crafting, square dancing, and camping.
Mary Jane is survived by her children, George (Elaine) Brown, of Fair Haven, Albertenah (Dennis) Glenn, of Florida, Linda (Robert) Ely, of California, and Kevin (Brenda) Brown, of Auburn; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Mary Jane was predeceased by her husband, Richard J. Brown; her daughter, Barbara Brock; her grandchildren, Kimberly Ely and Jeff Brock; and her great-grandson, Phillip Lester.
Calling hours will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at White Chapel Funeral Home Inc., 197 South St., Auburn. A graveside service will immediately follow in Throopsville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mary Jane may be made to the Throop Fire Department Auxiliary, Beech Tree Road, Auburn, NY 13021.
AUBURN — Mr. Gerald H. Nichols, 78, of Owasco Street, Auburn, died on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in The Commons on St. Anthony.
He was a member of The Church of Christ and Christian Unity, Auburn, and a longtime devoted employee of Auburn Party Rental.
He is survived by three daughters, Crystal L. Beardsley (Todd), of Moravia, Carmina M. Nichols, of Auburn, and Barbara Nichols, of Cleveland, Ohio; six grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Annette Hood, of Bath, N.Y.; and a close friend, Georgie Edmunds, of Auburn.
A memorial service will be held a later date.
Arrangements are by Farrell’s Funeral Service, Inc., 84 South St., Auburn, NY.
BROWN, Mary Jane Axton, 97, passed away on Aug. 26, 2019. Calling hours from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at White Chapel Funeral Home Inc., 197 South St., Auburn. A graveside service will immediately follow in Throopsville Cemetery. Donations to the Throop Fire Department Auxiliary, Beech Tree Road, Auburn, NY 13021.
AUBURN — Mary L. Caruana, 79, of Auburn, passed away on Aug. 24, 2019.
She was the daughter of the late Antonio Escobar and Augusta Marie Santos. Mary was an avid flower and vegetable gardener. She also loved cooking and listening to her favorite Portuguese and Italian music. When she traveled Mary also enjoyed the views of the ocean and walking the beach.
She is survived by her children, Jim, Richard, Katherine, Carolyn, Lisa, and Patricia; sister, Connie Moser; and 11 grandchildren.
In addition to her mother, Mary was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Caruana, in 2005.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, at the Brew Funeral Home, 48 South St., Auburn, with a service to follow at 5 p.m. Mary will be laid to rest next to her husband in Royal Palms Cemetery in St. Petersburg.
SKANEATELES — Gary S. Wilson, 68, of Skaneateles, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, at Auburn Community Hospital.
Born in Auburn, he grew up in Elbridge and graduated from Jordan-Elbridge in 1969. From an early age he was instilled with hard work at his parents’ hardware store, but loved hunting and fishing on his days off. He was an accomplished competitor on the J-E rifle team. He was an avid sportsman pursuing fishing and bird hunting with his many dogs, since high school. He was a member of the Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society.
He was an important member of the family business, Chuck’s Radiator, repairing small to oversized heavy duty radiators, where he gained valuable skills working with metal, which he would use for the rest of his life. He put many miles in cross country skiing and rock climbed for fun. Gary was an office manager for West Lake Conservators supporting his wife’s preservation practice for several years during his career evolution.
His love of animals and natural ability with dogs evolved to include horses with his wife. This led him to become a certified Farrier, after traveling as an apprentice and completing the program at Cornell University. He would come to specialize in Shoeing for Polo and Hunter Jumper horses. His truck with forge became his home office, only complete with one of the many dogs he had over the years. In the winters, he spent time working in Florida at the Gulf Stream Polo Club and West Palm Beach Polo Club, where royalty and celebrities would gather for matches and the sunshine. He played with horses too. He joined his wife riding to the hounds with the Limestone Hunt Club and competitive trail riding, where he successfully finished The Brookfield, NYS 100 mile ride, winning the heavy weight division. He was a riding member of the Skaneateles Polo Club.
Another passion he had was scuba diving and both he and his wife were members of Auburn Skin Divers Association for many years.
He was predeceased by his father, L. Burton, in 1995, and his mother, Pollyann S., in 2007.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Susan Blakney; a daughter, Jessica B. (Jason) Howard; a son, Liam B. Wilson; a sister, Melanie W. (Stephen) Avery; two brothers, Eric S. (Bonnie) Wilson and Richard B. (Nancy) Wilson; two grandchildren, Kaolin and Edan; a niece, Melina; five nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and nephews.
In spirit of Gary’s informal nature, the family invites all that are able from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, to stop down by car or boat to their camp “The Woodlot,” to celebrate his life and an opportunity to share some stories. Midafternoon, a firing of his replica cannon is planned.
Please rsvp to shoenUwake@gmail.com, for details and directions to the address off Route 41A. A private service will be held at a later date.
Contributions in his memory can be made to help his four-legged friends which he spent so much time with over the years. Humane CNY, 6801 Kinne St., East Syracuse, NY 13057 or SPCA of CNY, 5878 E. Molloy Road, Syracuse, NY 13211.
Arrangements are by B.L. Bush & Sons Funeral Home. Please sign his guestbook at www.BLBUSH.com.
PORT BYRON — Sally H. Cook, born Feb. 18, 1933 in Ithaca, N.Y., died at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse on Aug. 27, 2019, at the age of 86.
Sally was a graduate of Candor High School and Buffalo University with a degree in dental hygiene. For more than 20 years Sally was a librarian at the Seymour Public Library in Auburn. In her free time, Sally enjoyed sitting down with a good book or working in her garden. Sally’s favorite pastime was taking her dog for walks around town and catching up with her neighbors.
Sally is survived by her three children, Joseph Cook, Anne Locke, and Edward Cook; and her five grandchildren.
Sally was predeceased by her husband, Carl P. Cook.
If you would like to pay your respects to Sally, calling hours are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, at Audioun Funeral Home LLC, 218 Main St., Port Byron. A funeral service will follow at 1:15 p.m.
The family requests that instead of sending flowers, donations be made in Sally’s name to the ASPCA or Seymour Public Library.