AUBURN — Virginia (Cheney) Coopper, 95, of Auburn, passed away peacefully Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 20, 2019, at the Finger Lakes Center For Living.
She was a life resident of Auburn, the daughter of the late Clarence and Dorothy Carpenter Cheney. Virginia graduated from Port Byron High School. She retired after more than 30 years of service for New York Telephone, where she was also very active in coordinating many events over the years. Virginia was a longtime communicant of St. Alphonsus Church and volunteered much of her time in numerous church activities, including bingo and the food pantry. She also was an avid bowler and excellent cook and baker. Above all, Virginia cherished the times spent with her family and was so fortunate to celebrate almost 96 years together with them. She will be sadly missed.
She is survived by her loving children, a son, Thomas Coopper, of Auburn; daughter, Janet (Si) Holley, of Ft. Collins, Colo.; six grandchildren, Eric Driscoll, Jennifer (Anthony) Correia, Missy (Mike) Kowaleski, Chris (Jennifer) Coopper, Jason (Mary) Coopper, and Kendahl (Andrew) Eberle; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter, Aubrey; three sisters, Flora Dries, Barbara Tanner, and Nancy (Pat) Netti, all of Auburn; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and very close friend, Millie Bondy.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Eric in 1958; a daughter, Susan Driscoll; son, David Coopper; grandson, John Driscoll, and three brothers, Theodore, Clarence, and William Cheney.
Calling hours are from 9:30 to 11 a.m. this Saturday at the Pettigrass Funeral Home, 196 Genesee St., Auburn. Her Mass of Christian burial will immediately follow at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Alphonsus Church with the pastor, Rev. Louis Vasile as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
Contributions may be made in her memory to the St. Alphonsus Church Food Pantry.
PINCKNEY, Irene, 91, of Auburn, passed away Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. Calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m. (today) Wednesday, Aug. 21, in St. Mary’s Church, Clark Street, Auburn. Funeral at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, in St. Mary’s Church. Contributions to The Noah Farrelly Memorial Fund, 35 Kendall Ave., Binghamton, NY 13903.
AUBURN — Irene Pinckney, 91, of Auburn, passed away with her family at her side Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019.
During her working career Irene worked at the National Bank of Auburn and the Syracuse Developmental Center working with troubled children. She was a lifetime member of the Elks Club Ladies Auxiliary.
Irene enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, playing cards, and an occasional trip to the casino. She loved traveling, and spoiling her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. She was a solid rock for her three children. Also, one of her most favorite things to do was to cook. Anyone whoever stopped at her house would know mom’s diner was always open for a cup of coffee, a sandwich or sweets. Along with the food she would entertain you with her humor, stories, and undisguised comments and opinions.
Irene was predeceased by her husband, R. James Pinckney; her sisters, Mary Winnicki and Emily Kavanaugh; her brother, Stanley Krawczyk, and her great-grandson, Noah Farrelly.
She is survived by her three children, Sharon Farrelly (Bernie), Kathy Pinckney, and Paul (Debbie) Pinckney; her seven grandchildren, James Farrelly (Beth), Jaclyn Dougherty (Jeremy), Lauren Pinckney (George), Jeff Pinckney, Jenna Lattimore (Erik), Kate Graceffo (Jeff), and Colleen Pinckney; her great-grandchildren, Margaret, Alec, Ella, Aidan, Rylee, and Wes.
Friends are invited to call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, in St. Mary’s Church, Clark Street, Auburn. Funeral is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, in St. Mary’s Church.
A very special thank you to her caregivers, Marsha Farrelly, Beth Farrelly, Sally Smith, and Kate Graceffo.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The Noah Farrelly Memorial Fund, 35 Kendall Ave., Binghamton, NY 13903.
AUBURN — Gene E. Predmore, 68, of Auburn, passed away on Aug. 16, 2019, at Auburn Nursing and Rehabilitation Center with his “girls” and beloved dog, Titan, by his side. He fought a courageous battle with a terminal illness. He was a family man who enjoyed the time he shared with them. In his sickest days, he always had a kind smile.
Gene is survived by his daughter, Trixie Jupin; his granddaughters, Tori (Eric) Splane, DeAnna Jupin, and RaeAnn Jupin; his great-granddaughters, Zailee Jupin and Ellee Splane; his sisters, Billie Clark and Rose Predmore; as well as nieces and nephews.
Gene was predeceased by his mother, Caroline Predmore.
Per Gene’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or services.
Donations in Gene’s memory may be made to the Finger Lakes SPCA.
Arrangements are with White Chapel Funeral Home Inc.
CATO — Donald C. Swayne, 83, of Cato, passed away peacefully on Aug. 18, 2019, at home.
Mr. Swayne was born on Aug. 4, 1936, to the late Clifford and Susanna Swayne.
Donald was predeceased by his loving wife of 49 years, Hilda.
Donald is survived by daughters, Donna (Michael) Bennett and Betty Swayne; loving grandchildren, Susan (Jacob) Rigby, Brook (Cody) Cox, and Shawn and Shaila Bennett; loving great-grandchildren, Colton Cox and Evelyn Rigby; nephew, Charles “Bucky” Vinning; also his beloved canines, Bear, Lucy, and Jade.
Calling hours for Donald will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, at White Chapel Funeral Home, 2719 Erie Drive, Weedsport, NY. Burial will be private for the family.
AUBURN — Benjamin Harrison Tanner, age 46, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Aug. 11, 2019, at his home.
Ben was a self-employed mason and worked construction for several companies in the area.
He leaves behind a son, Michael Tanner, of Auburn; daughter, Corrine Tanner, of Auburn; sisters, Madeline (Bob) Bozeat, of North Fort Myers, Fla., Denise (Wade) Safel, of North Fort Myers, Fla., Colleen (Duane) Slater, of Jordan, N.Y., Dawn (Randy) Bozeat, of Elbridge, N.Y., and Michele (Don) Williams, of Weedsport, N.Y. He is also survived by his longtime companion, Doris Vroman, of Port Byron, N.Y.; four stepsons; three stepdaughters; nieces; nephews, and several grandchildren. He will be sadly missed, especially by his four-legged friend.
A private service was held by the family.
Audioun Funeral Home LLC, 218 Main St., Port Byron, has been entrusted with arrangements.
AUBURN — Mary Ann (Lopez) Speno, 78, of North Fulton Street, Auburn, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Auburn, the daughter of the late Salvatore and Loretta Fanelli Lopez and had been a life resident. Mary Ann was a very devout Catholic and longtime communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church. She enjoyed bowling and participated in an area league for many years. Mary Ann also liked to play bingo and take an occasional trip to one of our local casinos. Mary Ann was most happy the times spent with her family and friends. She cherished the moments spent with each and every one of them. Mary Ann also loved to cook and bake for her family and friends, especially her famous sauce. She will be sadly missed but forever remembered and treasured in the hearts of those she has touched.
She is survived by her best friend and loving husband of 56 years, Edward Speno; their two daughters, Lisa (John) Camardo, and Lori Speno, all of Auburn; three beloved grandsons, John Camardo and close friend, Emilia Gambardella, Nicholas Camardo and fiancée, Elizabeth Marek, and Anthony Camardo; sisters-in-law, Joan Lopez, and Lorena (Richard) Spanbauer; brothers-in-law, Pat (Joan) Speno, and Jack Speno; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two brothers, Anthony and Vincent Lopez; two sisters-in-law, Alyce Lopez and Joy Speno; and two nephews, Joe Speno and Jack Speno Jr.
Friends and relatives are invited to join the family at 10:30 a.m. this Tuesday in St. Francis of Assisi Church for Mary Ann’s Mass of Christian burial with the pastor Rev. Richard Carlino as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Calling hours are from 4 to 8 p.m. this Monday at Pettigrass Funeral Home, 196 Genesee St., Auburn.
Contributions may be made in Mary Ann’s memory to a charity of one’s choice.
YUBA CITY, Calif. — Karista L. Holmes, 30, of Yuba City, Calif., formerly from Cato, N.Y., passed unexpectedly July 7, 2019, at UC Davis Hospital, Sacramento.
She was a graduate of Cato-Meridian, High Tech Institute (4.0GPA), and also holds a certification in early childhood development. She was an active member and coordinator of the PTA at her children’s school. She had a deep faith and compassion for others. She loved wholeheartedly and gave unconditionally. She was an asset to her community and in the lives of those who knew her. The void of her elegance, vibrant personality, inspiring attitude, infectious laugh, and quick wit will be missed by many. She was a devoted wife and amazingly dedicated “Super” Mom, who truly enjoyed her time with her children.
She is survived by her spouse, Glenn Byron; was blessed with two extremely bright and talented children, Grace and Cain Byron, of California; her mother, Lori Larsen, of Cato; brothers, Joshua (Shawna Crowley) Holmes, of California, Erik (Jessy Vanhorn) Larsen, of Cato, Samuel, Mark Jr.; sister, Sara Holmes, of Malone, N.Y.; brothers-in-law, Joe, and Cole Byron, of California; and two Goddaughters, of California.
She was predeceased by her father, Mark C. Holmes.
Family and friends are invited for a celebration of life reception to be held on her birthday from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, at the Town of Conquest, N.Y. Recreational Field Pavilion, concluding with a balloon release in her honor and loving memory.
We ask that you pray for good mental health, physical well-being, and for a sense of peaceful stability for her children.
SKANEATELES — George L. Scherrer Jr., 88, of Skaneateles, passed away peacefully at Upstate Community Hospital on Aug. 9, 2019.
George attended Colgate University and served in the United States Navy before serving as president of JR Clancy Inc. until his retirement. George enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, and spending time outdoors.
George is survived by his children, Deborah L. Scherrer, of Bethel, Conn., Andrew M. Scherrer, of Cazenovia, N.Y., and Thomas C. Scherrer, of Skaneateles, N.Y.; as well as his five grandchildren, Tommy, Cregg, Scotty, Jacob, and Joshua Scherrer. He is also survived by his sister, Polly Nicholson, of Rochester, N.Y.
George was predeceased by his sister, Nancy Welch, and beloved wife of 55 years, Deborah J. Scherrer.
A private graveside service was held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Skaneateles.
Donations can be made to Francis House, 108 Michaels Ave., Syracuse, NY 13208.
GROTON, N.Y. — George O’Neil Jr., 63, of Groton, N.Y., died unexpectedly Aug. 13, 2019, at his home.
Born in Auburn, he was born Feb. 3, 1956, the son of George O’Neil Sr., of Clifton Springs, and the late Virginia Ponton O’Neil. Having lived in the area for most of his life he had attended Southern Cayuga School followed by enlisting with the U.S. Army to serve his country from 1976-1982. He spent 2 ½ years in Germany with the 3rd Armored Cavalry. Later he continued to serve with the New York Army National Guard until 1991. He had worked security for various companies in Tompkins County which included NCR, Tompkins Co. Airport, and Borg Warner. He also was employed with Crosible for many years. He was a member of the Groton Senior Citizens.
He is survived by his children, Teshia (Robert) Richards, Ashley (James) Peek, all of Moravia, and Nicholas (Melinda) O’Neil, of Locke; wife, Janice Hollenbeck O’Neil, of Union Springs; grandchildren, Dylan Richards, Cadence, Izabella, and Kaelyn O’Neil; a brother, Carl (Cherie) O’Neil, of Scipio Center, survive him as well.
A celebration of his life will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 8, at Fillmore Glen State Park Main Pavilion where the family will gather to share stories and remember. A dish to pass is welcomed.
Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans (DAV).
NEW HOPE, N.Y. — Suzanne Head, 64, of New Hope, N.Y., unexpectedly passed on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019.
Sue was born on Jan. 3, 1955 in Syracuse, N.Y. She really enjoyed taking care of her numerous pets including her horse, Sunshine. She had a huge heart and was very kind to everyone around her. She was employed by Catholic Charities for many years.
Sue was predeceased by her mother, Jacqueline Deisering, and father, Earl Smith.
Sue is survived by her loving family, husband, Rodger Head; her daughter, Jackie (Dave) Bruton; and her grandson, Nathan Bruton.
Calling hours will start at 10 a.m. on Aug. 19, in Midlake United Methodist Church, 3703 Route 41A, New Hope, NY. A memorial service and funeral will follow at 2 p.m.
Sue will be greatly missed by her friends and family.
In lieu of flowers, please make a small donation in the memory of Sue to the SPCA.
PREDMORE, Gene E., 68, of Auburn, passed away Aug. 16, 2019. Per Gene’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or services. Arrangements are with White Chapel Funeral Home, Inc., Auburn. Donations may be made to the Finger Lakes SPCA.
SPENO, Mary Ann (Lopez), 78, of North Fulton Street, Auburn, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. A Mass of Christian of burial at 10:30 a.m. this Tuesday in St. Francis of Assisi Church. Calling hours are Monday at the Pettigrass Funeral Home at a time to be announced.
AUBURN — Laurie Sine, 63, passed away Aug. 6, 2019, at The Commons on St. Anthony.
Surviving are three children, Mandy (Clayton) Curtis, Christian (Carissa Ineich) Walters, and Kelly (Leo McGrail) Walters; two brothers, James and Christopher Carter; nine grandchildren, Hollee, Austin, Maddyson, Cora, Christian Jr., Dylan, Claire, Chloe, and Carter; three great-grandchildren; nephews, Paul and Ben Carter; and other nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, John and Pauline (Myers) Carter, and husband, Mark Sine.
There are no calling hours. Graveside services will be held at a later date in Fleming Rural Cemetery.
AUBURN — Thomas E. Ryan, 81, of Auburn, passed away on Aug. 13, 2019, at Auburn Community Hospital.
Mr. Ryan was born in Auburn on March 8, 1938 to the late Edward and Anne Cavanaugh Ryan. Tom was an avid NASCAR and dirt racing fan. He enjoyed bowling and was a member of the Falcon bowling league. Tom was a “jack of all trades,” and was able to fix or build anything.
Thomas is survived by his wife of 60 years, Anita Ryan; his daughters, Cathie (Kevin) Connelly, and Sue (Rod Ray) Ryan; his grandchildren, Jim (Alison) Connelly, Jeff (Carly) Connelly, Neil (Angelica) Burt, and Nathan Burt; his great-grandchildren, Juliet, Kellan, and Haven Connelly, and Connor, Chloe, Lucianna, and Greysen Burt; four sisters-in-law; his brother-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, Thomas was predeceased by his brothers, Daniel Ryan and Edward Ryan Jr.
Calling hours for Tom will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at White Chapel Funeral Home Inc., 197 South St., Auburn. A service will be held following calling hours at 4 p.m. at the funeral home.
Donations in Tom’s name may be made to Hospice of the Finger Lakes or the Scipio Fire Department.