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Geneva Times                           Tuesday                          Sept 4, 1962                contributed by: Dianne Thomas

Miss Mary Gardner -  PENN YAN - Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Gardner, 80,who died Saturday in the Karlnoski nursing Home in Dundee were at 11 a.m. today from the Weldon Funeral Home. The Rev. John Savage of Geneva officiated. Burial was in Bellona Cemetery.

Born near Geneva, Mrs. Gardner was the daughter of the late John and Lizzie Turner Haines and was the widow of William Gardner who died three years ago.  She had always lived in the Geneva - Penn Yan area.  Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Albert Ansley of RD l, Geneva, and Mrs. Glenn Allen of Troy, Pa.

 

Mrs. Mildred Hyna - PENN YAN - Mrs. Mildred C. Hyna, 79, of 1 Maple Ave., died Saturday (March 12) at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital.  There will be no prior calling hours.  The funeral will be Wednesday at Lakeview Cemetery at the convenience of the family. The Rev. Charles Peet will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Penn Yan Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps or Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Mrs. Hyna was born March 31, 1908, in the town of Jerusalem, daughter of Charles and Mary Hopkins Dean. She was the widow of William Hyna who died in 1952.  She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and a retired accountant for the government with the US Air Force in Newburg, N.Y.

Surviving are two daughters: Mrs Betty Miller and Mrs. Peggy VanBuren, both of Penn Yan; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Arrangements are by the Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel.

GenevaTimes                          Wednesday                          March 29, 1967               contributed by: Dianne Thomas

Amos G. West - Government Marker Will Be Placed on Soldier's Grave -

PENN YAN –Revolutionary War soldiers are on the rolls of the Penn Yan Chapter 100,Royal Arch Masons, one of the few organizations in Yates County which can make such a boast.

Amos G West, a Corporal, buried in Lakeview Cemetery is one of these.  For many years he was listed as having served in the War of 1812, but the National Archives records have revealed that he is a Revolutionary Wars soldier. 

West, evidently received his Chapter degrees at Geneva or another chapter. He joined the Penn Yan Chapter as an affiliated member. The broken stone on his grave is to be changed in the near future to a government grave marker, secured through the efforts of the Legion Graves Registration Committee.

Geneva Times                        Tuesday                         Apr 18, 1967                        contributed by: Dianne Thomas

Buried In Yates County  - Revolutionary War Veterans Are Listed

Penn Yan - The American Legion Veterans Graves Registration Committee in cooperation with the Gu-Ya-No-Ga Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution has compiled a list of Revolutionary War Veterans who have been buried in Yates county. 

When this information was compiled it has been stated that it was not intended to convey the impression that these are all of the Revolutionary War veterans that may be buried somewhere in Yates County.  There may be others that have not been identified.

The DAR and Frederick J. Egger, chairman of the American Legion Veterans Graves Registration Committee desire any information the public can furnish as to the location of any Revolutionary War veterans graves, or of any possible errors or omissions in the list.

BENTON-

Bellona Cemetery: Thomas Barden, James Parker, Truman Spencer, Jacob Whitney

Briggs Cemetery:  Caleb Briggs

Ketchum Cemetery: James Taylor

Cronk Cemetery, John Cronk

Merrifield Cemetery (Flat St.): Daniel Brown

Benton Rural Cemetery: Benjamin Dean

Old Bellona Cemetery: James A. Baker, John Lester, Peter Webs

 

ITALY- 

Italy Hill Cemetery:  Elisha Bennett, Henry Roff

Italy Valley Cemetery:  John Graham

West River Cemetery:  Daniel Whipple

 

MIDDLESEX-

Overackers Cemetery: Anthony Blackford, James Harrington

Pine Corners Cemetery, John Blair, Samuel Smith

 

MILO- 

Hunt Cemetery: Richard Hendersen (possibly moved to Lakeview Cemetery in Penn Yan)

Goundry Baker Cemetery: John Comer

Old Himrod Cemetery (Fitzwater): Phillip Morse

Lakeview Cemetery (Penn Yan):  William Cornwell, John Raywait, Richard Smith,  Lawrence Townsend, John Van Pelt, Amos C. West, 

Thomas Lee, Benedict Robinson,  John Dorman  (awaiting verification), Joseph Finton (removed from Barrington),  Michael Francisco  (removed from Hazen Cemetery). 

 

POTTER-

French Cemetery: Chester Adams, James Fitch, Isaac Page, Jonathon Pratt, Nathan Loomis

Yatesville Cemetery: Achilles Comstock

Nettle Valley Cemetery: Phillip Robinson, William Hobart

Baldwin Corners Cemetery (Rushville):  Solomon Blodgett, Henry Green

 

STARKEY-

Hillside Cemetery (Dundee): Ichabod Andrew, Tewalt Swarts

Eddytown Cemetery: Andrew Booth

Jones Cemetery: Abner Hurd (maybe incorrectly recorded; [most likely in Eddytown or Lakemont ceme]

Old Presbyterian Cemetery: Simeon Hard

Old Fulkerson Farm Cemetery:  Caleb Fulkerson

Harpending Cemetery (by the Grace Episcopal church in Dundee): Peter Harpending

Rockstream Cemetery : Nathaniel Rusco, Richard Hurd, Jesse Cox

 

TORREY-

Mt.Pleasant Cemetery (or Kipps Ceme): Samuel Jayne, Stephen Whitaker

City Hill Cemetery: Eliphat Norris, John Remer, Andrew Castner, Jonathon J. Hazzard Sr., Griffin B. Hazzard (possibly)

Theremay be other Revolutionary War veterans buried in Yates Countybut not recorded.

Theyare:  JonathanJ. Hazard, reported lost at sea;Enos Tubbs, Seth Hull, Cyrus Buell,  WilliamBuell, Sr., Eliphath Hull, William Lapott, Thomas Haven, Elijah Brown, JohnRace, Jonathan S. Barber, Jacob Shuman, Samuel Bigelow (maybe in Steuben Co), Ezra Loomis, James Knapp, JabezGillett, John Coates,  Andrew Coates,Alexander Andersen, William Thyall, Henry Hutchings.

Other Revolutionary War veterans who are not recorded but are most likely to be buried in Yates County, since they lived in this county in 1840 are:

Castle Daines,  Isaac Hoard, Jacob Fredenburgh, John Beal, Elisha Benedict, Samuel Abbey, Titus Harman, Asa Olcutt, Isaac Whiting, John McLewin, Phillip Dintriff, William Bates, William Smith, Thomas Treat, Michael Pearce Robert McNair and John Cole.   

  Geneva Times                             Saturday                 October 4, 1969                  contributed by:   Dianne Thomas 

Ray C. Laws - GENEVA -  Funeral services for Ray C. Laws, 77, of 31 West Ave., were at 2 p.m. today at the McGuigan Funeral Home. The Rev. William G. Enders officiated. Burial was in St. Michaels Cemetery, Penn Yan. Father Cosgrove of Penn Yan officiated at the graveside. Bearers were Robert Rice, Richard Laws Jr., Raymond Laws Jr., Nicholas Germane, Frank Guererri and Angelo Guererri.

Geneva Times                             Saturday                  Jan 3, 1970                      contributed by:   Dianne Thomas 

Chester G. Matthews - PENN YAN - Funeral services for Chester G. Matthews, 73, of Sand Hill Rd., Penn Yan, who died Friday, will be at3:30 p.m. Monday at the Weldon Funeral Home. The Rev. Donald O'Polka, pastor of the Penn Yan Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart Fund.

Mr. Matthews had lived all his life in Yates County. He was a veteran of World War I and a member of the Johnson-Costello American Legion Post in Penn Yan. He was also a member of the Forty and Eight.  He was a member of the Penn Yan Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Sands Matthews; two brothers, Wendell of Cohocton and George of Bluff Point; several nieces and nephews.

 

Glen DeWitt- PENN YAN - Funeral services for GlenDeWitt, 73, of Lakeland, Fla., formerly of Bluff Point, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. Mr. DeWitt had operated a vineyard at Bluff Point for many years retiring in 1965 and moving to Lakeland, Fla.

He was a member of the Bluff Point United Methodist Church, a member of Keuka Lodge 149, IOOF, and the Penn Yan Grange.

He is survived by his wife, Anna, a son, Donald of Branchport; a daughter, Mrs. Exton Kelley of Penn Yan RD 5; a sister, Mrs. Myrtle Griffith of Penn Yan; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

William A. Morgan - PENN YAN - Funeral services for William A. Morgan, 56, of 349 Clinton St., who died Friday at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, will be Monday at the convenience of the family in the Cahill Funeral Home.   Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mr. Morgan had operated Morgan's Grocery Store on East Elm St. for the past 12 years. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Arral Ayres Morgan; a son, Bruce; his mother, Mrs. Lottie Morgan; and two grandchildren, all of Penn Yan. 

The Geneva Times                Tuesday                         April 14, 1970                          contributed by:   Dianne Thomas

David Wagener – father of Penn Yan’s founders

By GERALD M. DYKEM - PENN YAN  -There is a marker beneath an Oak tree in the old section of Lakeview Cemetery that has inscribed on it, "David Wagener - died 1799. The first person to be buried in this cemetery."

David Wagener was not only the first person to be buried in what is now known as Lakeview Cemetery, but gave it to the village officials of Penn Yan to be used as a public burial ground. And it is still under the jurisdiction of the village government.  David Wagener was born near Worcester, Pa. and grew up in the Schwenkfelder faith of his parents. He later joined the Methodists when he married Rebecca Supplee, a sister of a Methodist minister. Wagener, however, was not satisfied with his religious faith and was about to join the Quakers when he met Jemima Wilkinson, the Public Universal Friend.

He became so impressed with the influence that Jemima Wilkinson seemed to have over her followers that he allowed her the use of his home each time she came to Worcester.  And although it has been said by Yates County historians that he did not actually become one of her followers, Wagener sold his farming interests in Pennsylvania and came to this area in 1791, one year after Jemima Wilkinson had settled in the town of Torrey near Dresden.

This was about the time there became a dispute over the Pre-emption line which also involved the land occupied by Jemima Wilkinson. When she decided to move to the area now known as Jerusalem, Wagener purchased the grist mill that he been built on the original site. He later sold it and in1796 had the opportunity to purchase land that is now the site of Penn Yan. And he built the first grist mill which was located on the south side of the Keuka Lake Outlet at the present site of the Main St. bridge. 

TheGeneva Times          Tuesday             April 21, 1970             contributed by: Dianne Thomas

Kenneth W. Crans

DUNDEE  -Funeral services for Kenneth W. Crans, 61, of 14 Hollister St. will be at 2 p.m Thursday at the Weldon Funeral Home, Dundee. The Rev. Charles Wallace of Keuka Chapel will officiate and burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Memorial donations may be made to the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital fund.

Mr. Crans died suddenly Monday at Soldiers and Sailors Hospital, Penn Yan. He had been a lifetime resident of the Dundee area. He was custodian at Dundee Central School and was a member of the Himrod Baptist Church.

Survivors include: his wife, Mary Louise Price Crans; two daughters, Mrs. Joan Simpson and Miss Connie Crans, both of Dundee; his mother, Mrs. Gertrude Crans of Penn Yan; a sister, Mrs. Edgar Johnson of Penn Yan; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Hugo T. Wilder

BRANCHPORT - Hugo T. Wilder, 74, of 100 W. Lake Rd. died unexpectedly at his home yesterday.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Penn Yan.

The Rev. Russell Scheel, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at Bitley Cemetery, here, at the convenience of the family.

Friends may call at the Cahill Funeral Home in Penn Yan tomorrow from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Donations may be made in Mr. Wilder's name to either Branchport Library or to St Paul's Lutheran Church.

Mr. Wilder was a retired executive of the Alcoa Co. and had formerly lived in the Pittsburgh area during his more than 40 years association with the company. While in this area Mr. Wilder was active in many community projects and activities. He was a director of the Branchport Library, director of the Lakeside County Club, past member of the board of the Penn Yan Central School District. He was also a Republican Committeeman from the Town of Jerusalem. He was a life member of the Lutheran Church and more recently, a member of St. Paul's Church.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Botsford Wilder; two sons, Arthur H. Wilder of Corning, and John B. of Pennfield; five grandchildren; and two brothers, the Rev. Alfred Wilder, of Denver, Colo., and Carl Wilder,North Brook, Ill. 

 

 

 

TheGeneva Times               Saturday                          December 18,1971               by: Dianne Thomas 

Lottie S. Spross - Funeral services for Mrs. Lottie S. Spross, 84, of Youngstown, formerly of Penn Yen, will be Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Lane Funeral Home in Youngstown. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Penn Yan.

Friends may call at the funeral home at 135 Youngstown-Lockport Rd. Sunday from 2 5o 5p.m. Memorial gifts may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church, Youngstown.  Mrs. Spross had moved to Youngstown from Penn Yan ten years ago.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Ralph (Charlotte) McDonald of Youngstown; a brother, Harold Flight, and a sister, Mrs. Robert Stevens, both of Poughkeepsie; one grandson and one great-grandson.

 

 

TheGeneva Times              Wednesday           June 14, 1972                   contributed by: Dianne Thomas

Mrs. Bernyce Pepper

PENN YAN - Mrs. Bernyce Marion Pepper, 73, of RD5, Penn Yan died yesterday at her residence.  Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Weldon Funeral Home. The Rev. Charles Tyler, pastor of the United Methodist Church of Branchport, will officiate. Burial will be in Bitley Cemetery, Branchport. Friends may call at the funeral home 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bluff Point United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Pepper was a life-time resident of Penn Yan and a member of the Bluff Point United Methodist Church. She is survived by one son, Ernest of Penn Yan; one daughter, Mrs. Clarence (Joyce) Tyler of Churchville; one brother, Floyd Styker, of Bluff Point; and seven grandchildren. 

Geneva Times                                 Wednesday                   November 8, 1972                            by: Dianne Thomas

PENN YAN - Funeral services for Lester F. Cook, 58, of RD 5, who died yesterday at Soldiers and SailorsMemorial Hospital, will be at the Weldon Funeral Home Friday at 1:30 pm. The Rev. Douglas Archer, pastor of the Second Milo Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home today from 7-9 p.m. and tomorrow from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Second Milo Baptist Church.

Mr. Cook had been a life resident of the Town of Milo. He was a veteran of World War II and a member of the Penn Yan VFW. At the time of his death, he was employed by the New York State Electric & Gas Corp.  Surviving are his wife, Eva Tuttle Cook; his father, Fred, of Penn Yan and one sister, Mrs. Francis Chapin of Second Milo.

Geneva Times                Tuesday                           December 5,1972                      by: Dianne Thomas

SENECA FALLS - Funeral services for Jay White, 85, of 31 Miller St., a former resident of Penn Yan, who died yesterday morning after a long illness, at Willard StateHospital, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Sanderson Funeral Home. The Rev. William R. Knox of the First Presbyterian Church here will officiate. Burial will be in Lake ViewCemeteryin Penn Yan.  Friends may call at the funeral home from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today.

Born in Bound Brook, N.J., May 19, 1887, the son of Grace Larzelere and Benjamin White, Mr. White was a machinist at Rumsey Manufacturing Co. of Seneca Falls until 1945. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Seneca Falls and had resided in Penn Yan before moving to Seneca Falls.

He is survived by three sons, Ralph J. of Odessa, Clarence J. of Dresden and Willard I. of Penn Yan; one daughter, Mrs. Marjorie Donovan of Auburn; eight grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. 

Geneva Times, NY          Thursday                 June 7, 1973                      by: Dianne Thomas 

Walter R BEELER -Penn Yan - Funeral services for Walter R. BEELER,65, of Penn Yan, who died Wednesday at the Veterans Hospital in Bath, will be at 2 p.m., Friday at the Bennett Funeral Home, Geneva.  The Rev. J. Richard HART, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Geneva, will officiate.  Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Geneva.  Mr. BEELER is survived by his wife, Barbara Henderson BEELER; five daughters, Ann and Merle, both of Penn Yan, Nancy of Ithaca, Susan of Denver, Colo., and Bonnie Brown DEMERIJIAM of Kake, Alaska; two sons, Dixon of Northumberland, Pa., and James of Ithaca; two grandchildren, Andréa and David BEELER; and two brothers, Earl BEELER of Florida and Orville BEELER of Michigan.  

The Citizen Advertiser, Auburn                Thursday                       July 26, 1973               by: Dianne Thomas      

Beatrice E Buckley, 144 So Hoopes Ave., died late Tuesday at Auburn Memorial Hospital. Survived by husband,  E Roland Buckley, 2 nieces, Miss Patricia Drummey, 144 So. Hoopes Ave , Mrs. Phyllis Little of Rochester, 4 brothers, Clarence, Harvey, Frederick & Carmen Jannack of Canada, 6 sisters, Mrs. Walter Furlong, Mrs. Mede Marion, Mrs. Douglas Madill, Mrs George Hartley, Mrs: Peter Ferguson, Mrs James Stansfield., all in Canada; 1 aunt, Mrs. JA. Crowder of Canada.  Funeral services Saturday morning at 9 a m. from the family home, 144 So. Hoopes Ave and 9:30 am in Holy Family Church, Msgr. Joseph Sullivan officiating Burial St Michaels Cemetery, Penn Yan.

 Friends may call at the family home Wednesday evening and Thursday and Friday at their convenience. Arrangements by Doran Funeral Home.

Finger Lakes Times                            Friday                        March 14, 1980      pg 17               by: Dianne Thomas  

D.A. investigating death of Penn Yan nursing home patient - By Maurice Dumas - Penn Yan - An investigation is being conducted by District Attorney Dan TAYLOR, into the death of a patient at the Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home. The patient, Helen FEAGLES, 52, who was mentally retarded, died Sunday. "Because of the unusual circumstances in her death and in the cause of death, it is being investigated to see if there was any criminal negligence in her treatment", say TAYLOR.  The investigation, he said, will determine if a grand jury investigation is warranted.

TAYLOR said he became involved with the case upon receiving notification from medical authorities that the cause of death was out of the ordinary. He said the patient was undergoing medical treatment and that improper administration of the treatment, may have caused her death.  The district attorney would not comment on the type of medical treatment.

An autopsy performed Monday, by Coroner, Dr. James BENEDICT, revealed the cause of death, to be septicernia, an infection commonly known as blood poisoning.  Noreen CURTIS, nursing home administrator, was not available for comment this morning because she was in conference.  Two nursing home employees have been suspended without pay while the investigation is being conducted.  The employees were not identified.  Joining TAYLOR in the investigation are the Office of the Deputy Attorney General for Medicaid Fraud and Control in Rochester, and Penn Yan police.  

A spokesman for the office in Rochester explained that the agency routinely gets involved in cases where there is a question about a patient's death.  The spokesman says his offices involvement does not mean that the agency is looking into the possibility of fraud at the nursing home.  

Miss FEAGLES was a long time patient at the nursing home, which was established 10 years ago.  Her funeral was held Wednesday and burial was in the Lakeview cemetery.   

FingerLakes Times                       Wednesday           Sept 24, 1980              by: Dianne Thomas   

Mrs. Edith M. Sutton

PENN YAN - Mrs. Edith M. Sutton, 78, of RD 5, Penn Yan died Tuesday in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital.  Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Weldon Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The Rev. Carter of Second Milo Church will officiate.  Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart Fund or the Penn Yan Ambulance Corps.

Mrs. Sutton lived most of her life in the Penn Yan area. Surviving are her husband, Howard; one brother, Herbert Tuttle of Bath; three sisters, Ethel Hall of Penn Yan, Gladys Crance of Hammondsport and Eva Cook of RD 5,Penn Yan; and several nieces and nephews.

FingerLakes Times                      Thursday               Dec 16, 1982                  by: Dianne Thomas  

James A. Marshall Sr.

PENN YAN - James A. Marshall Sr., 54, of RD 4, Sherman Hollow Road, died Tuesday in Victorville, Calif.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Weldon Funeral Home A prayer service will be at 9:30 am Saturday at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am. in St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church. Burial will be in St Michael's Cemetery.

Mr. Marshall was a veteran of the Korean War having served with the United States Air Force. He was a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Loyal Order of the Moose.  He was a member of St. Michael's Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael's Church. Surviving are a son, James A. Marshall Jr. of Penn Yan; three daughters, Marca Minch of Ohio, Mrs. Edward (Kathleen) Supple of Penn Yan and Mrs. Stephen (Sharon) Bitner of Realto, Calif.; one brother, Daniel of Victorville, Calif., three sisters, Mrs. Donald (Mary Louise) White of Adelanto, Calif., Mrs. Charles (Deon) McCrew of Oregon and Mrs. William (Rose) McCrew of Unionport, Ohio; and seven grandchildren.

FingerLakes Times                 Thursday                   February10, 1983                    contributed by:  Dianne Thomas  

Mrs. M. Elizabeth MAHAR - Penn Yan - Mrs. M. Elizabeth MAHAR, 78, of 515 Court street, formerly of West Side Manor in Liverpool, died this morning at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital (Penn Yan). Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm Sunday, at the Townsend Wood Funeral Chapel.  The funeral will be at 9:30 am, Monday, with the prayer service at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 am in St. Michaels' Church.  Burial will be in St. Michael's cemetery {Jerusalem, NY}

Mrs. MAHAR was born May 10, 1904.  She was the widow of Donald R. MAHAR, who died in Dec of 1981.  She was a retired receptionist for Syracuse University Research Corp., and a member of St. Michael's Church in Onondaga Hill, Syracuse.  

Surviving are two sons, John J. of St. Louis, MO. and Brian V. of Syracuse; one sister, Mrs. Kathryn MILLER of Corning; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

 

FingerLakes Times               Saturday                  September 22, 1984          contributed by:  Dianne Thomas 

Wallace F. Griffin - BRANCHPORT- Wallace F. Griffin, 76, of Main Street, died Friday (Sept.21) at St. Joseph's Hospital, Elmira.  Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Weldon Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, the Rev. Bryce Blair, officiating. Burial will be in Bitley Cemetery.

Mr. Griffin was born Aug. 17, 1908 in Branchport, son of Frank D. & Ursula DeLeo Griffin.

He was a member of the Branchport Methodist Church, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the Elks Club, the Farm Bureau. He was a vineyardist and a member of the NY State Wine Grape Growers Association.

Surviving are his wife Gladys; a son, Harry of Penn Yan; a daughter, Mrs. Charles (Frances) Fox of Penn Yan; two brothers, Robert E. of Tucson, Ariz, and Frank C. of Leesburg. Fla.; a sister, Mrs. Eilson (Frances) Wildhagen of Dallas, Texas; seven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

 

Finger Lakes Times, Geneva, NY        Wednesday         July 9, 1986             contributed by:  Dianne Thomas  

Walter WILSON - Penn Yan - Walter WILSON, 87, of112 Cherry St., Penn Yan, died Tuesday, (July 8) at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Bath.  Calling hours will be at the Weldon Funeral Home, Friday, from 2 to 4 and 7 - 9 pm.  The funeral service will be at 2 pm Saturday, at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery.  

Mr. WILSON  was a veteran of World War 1, having served with the Army.  He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion and a member of the Seneca Lake Duck Hunters Club. 

He is survived by his wife, Bertha; a sister, Mrs. Pleasure WOOD of New York City; and several nieces and nephews.

 

 

Finger Lakes Times                       Thursday                    Aug 27, 1987                         contributed by:  Dianne Thomas 

Mrs. Helen C. Mues

PENN YAN - Mrs. Helen C. Mues, 86, of 406 Liberty St., died Wednesday (Aug. 26) at Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home.  Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m.  Sunday at the Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral chapel with burial in Lakeview Cemetery .

Mrs. Mues was born Feb. 22, 1901, in the town of Jerusalem, the daughter of William and Elizabeth McCann Comstock. She was a retired dental hygienist and a member of the Penn Yan United Methodist Church.  Surviving are her husband, Glenn; and one nephew, Wilbur Comstock of Penn Yan.

 

 

Finger Lake Times                             Monday                                March 14, 1988             by: DianneThomas

Carman L. Johnson Jr. - PENN YAN

Carman L. Johnson Jr., 64, of 120 Hicks St., died Thursday (March 10) at the General Hospital.  Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Weldon Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Second Milo Baptist Church,  with the Rev Jerry S. Matney, officiating. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Second Milo Baptist Church.

Mr. Johnson was born in Penn Yan, Aug. 19, 1923, son of Carman L. Sr. and Jennie A. Dairies Johnson. He was church treasurer for 19 years and member of the Second Milo Baptist Church. He was a veteran of World War I I , having served with the Army. He was a former member of the American Legion and the American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps and the International Order. He was retired from the Penn Yan Municipal Board.

Surviving are his wife, Flora; a son, Daniel at home; three daughters, Mrs. Dale (Donna) Klaeysen of Walworth, Mrs. Carol Clawson of Penn Yan and Mrs. Carl (Lois) Klapp of Stuttgart, Germany; his mother, Jennie A. Johnson of Penn Yan; six grandchildren; two brothers, Edgar of Penn Yan and Richard of Gulfport, Fla.

 

 

Mrs. Mildred Hyna - PENN YAN - Mrs. Mildred C. Hyna, 79, of 1 Maple Ave., died Saturday (March 12) at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital.  There will be no prior calling hours.  The funeral will be Wednesday at Lakeview Cemetery at the convenience of the family. The Rev. Charles Peet will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Penn Yan Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps or Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Mrs. Hyna was born March 31, 1908 in the town of Jerusalem, daughter of Charles and Mary Hopkins Dean. She was the widow of William Hyna who died in 1952.  She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and a retired accountant for the government with the US Air Force in Newburg, N.Y.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs Betty Miller and Peggy VanBuren, both of Penn Yan; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.   Arrangements are by the Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel.

 

 

 

Finger Lakes Times                          Thursday                     Aug 4, 1988                   by: DianneThomas 

 

HIMROD - CrosbyS. Lamont, 73, of Plum Point Road, Himrod, died Wednesday (Aug. 3) at his home.  There will be an Elks memorial service at 7 p.m. today at the Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel in Penn Yan. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Research Fund, in care of:  Dr. Ira Shoulson, University of Rochester, P.O. Box 673, Rochester NY 14642.

Mr. Lamont was born in the town of Milo Jan. 17, 1915, the son of Floydand Josie Crosby Lamont. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the Army, and a retired rural mail carrier for the Penn Yan Post Office. He was also a member of the BPOE 1722 of Penn Yan, the VFW and American Legion. Surviving are his wife, Helen;one son, Crosby S. Lamont Jr. of Elba; one daughter, Mrs. Lynn Weber of South Hadley, Mass. and one grandchild.

 

PENN YAN -  Funeral services for Robert William Pardington, 91, of Cornelia St., Dresden, who died Saturday in Soldiers andSailors Memorial Hospital, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Cahill Funeral Home. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home  from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today.

PENN YAN - Funeral services for John Phillips, 84, of Himrod, who died Saturday, will be at 2:30 p. m. tomorrow in the Weldon Funeral Home. The Rev. Gerald Vanamen, pastor of Barrington Congregational Church will officiate.  Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery. Friends may call today at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p. m. Survivors include a nephew and two nieces.

PENN YAN - William T. Holland, 89, of 313 E. Elm St., died yesterday in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be at the Weldon Funeral Home Wednesday at 2pm. Burial will be in Bellona Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Contributions may be made to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital. Mr. Holland has resided in Penn Yan since1959. He was a retired farmer.  He is survived by his wife, Harriet Windnagle Holland; several nieces and nephews.

 

Finger Lakes Times, Geneva, NY -  Saturday               September 17, 1988           by: Dianne Thomas 

Mrs. Blanch Baker  - POTTER

Mrs. Blanch A. Baker, 83, of Phelps Road, Potter, died Friday (Sept. 16) at Noyes Hospital in Dansville.

Friends may call at the Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan, from 7 to 8p.m. Sunday.  The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery.

Mrs. Baker was born July 27, 1905, in the town of Potter, daughter of John and Kate Auger Phelps. She was the widow of McKinley Baker. 

Surviving are four sons, James of Penn Yan, Clifford of Webster, Harry of Penn Yan, and Gordon of Potter; one daughter, Evangeline Hill of Dresden; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Orlin Phelps of Potter, Clifford, of Potter, and Gordon, of Penn Yan.

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY      05/15/2006                               contributed by Sam  [deceased 2009]

Slack, Alfred K. Jr.  - "VINE VALLEY: May13, 2006. He is survived by his wife, Anne Brophy Slack; one daughter, Jennifer(Michael) Boyce; three grandchildren, Katelyn, Parker and Emma Boyce;his mother, Ann Marie B. Slack; two step-sons, Nate and Matthew Duffy; two sisters, Beverly (Richard) Hiestand, and Deanna Zawaki; one aunt, Helen Gilzow; three nieces and one nephew. Friends may call Tuesday, May16th, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Kenneth J. Perkins Funeral Home in Gorham. Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 17th, at 1 p.m. at the Vine Valley United Methodist Church."

Finger Lakes Times           Wednesday,    January 3, 2007      [deceased 2009]    by:  Dianne Thomas 

Elizabeth Daggett Hobart
PENN YAN - Elizabeth Daggett Hobart, 89, of Clinton St., died Saturday (Dec. 30, 2006  ) at Clinton Crest Manor.

FINGER LAKES TIMES   Fri     Aug  6, 2010           by:  Dianne Thomas

PENN YAN - Erwin W. Dinehart, 91, passed away on Thursday  (August 5, 2010).
The family will receive friends at the
Friend Methodist Church , Jerusalem, N.Y., from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday (August 7). His funeral will be held immediately following at the church with Full Military Honors to follow at the Friend Cemetery . (perhaps a new location of a friends cemetery ??)
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions will be graciously accepted at the Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home,
655 N. Liberty St., Penn Yan, NY 14527.
Erwin was a WW II veteran- active member for decades at the Branchport Volunteer Fire Dept., bus driver for 28 years with the Penn Yan Central School District, and a farmer in his earlier years.
He was born in Penn Yan on
August 6, 1918 , the son of the late William and Perl (Blakesley) Dinehart. Beloved husband of Betty (Dunton), loving father of Dennis (Martha), Rodney (Jeanie), Linda (Colin), Richard, Vonda (Frank), Nancy (Terry), Keith, Kenny (Lisa), and Michael; cherished grandfather of 22; great-grandfather of 28; and great-great-grandfather of one; and also survived by his sister-in-law, Doris; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded by his sisters, Gertrude and Charlotte; his brothers, Levere, Forest, Homer, Peter, and Edwin.

 FINGER LAKES TIMES     Aug  6,2010           by:  Dianne Thomas

Churches:

Sugarcreek Mennonite Church Cemetery in Potter

Milo Menonite Church Cemetery  Milo

Lakeland Mennonite Church Cemetery in Rockstream

Gravel Run Mennonite Cemetery in Dundee

Benton Mennonite Cemetery in Benton

The Chronicle Express       Sept 1, 2010      by Dianne Thomas 

 Police Reports for    Penn Yan, NY

Kathleen M. SMART, 48, of 5969 Calm Lake Dr., Farmington, was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and failure to keep right on Aug. 20. Yates County Deputies stopped Smart on State Route 14 near Severne Road in the Town of Milo for traffic infractions.  Field sobriety tests revealed she was intoxicated. She was transported to the Yates County Public Safety Building and found to have a BAC of .21%.  SMART was issued tickets to answer charges in Milo Court.

Dana E. HANSEN, 47, of 9153 Route 74, Pulteney was arrested on  Aug. 19 by Yates County Deputies on a warrant out of Town of Jerusalem Court. He was arraigned and bail was set at $5,000. He will appear in Jerusalem Court.

An 83-year-old Penn Yan man fell 40 feet down a gully on Aug. 19. Oakleigh MILLERD of 115 Sunset Ave. was reportedly doing yard work when he lost his footing and went over an embankment into a gully between Sunset Ave. and Kimball Road shortly after 10 a.m. Penn Yan Police responded to the call and Penn Yan Fire Department, Penn Yan Volunteer Ambulance and the Dundee Rope and Rescue Team assisted in the rescue. MILLERD was taken to Soldiers & Sailors Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Canandaigua Police arrested Paul D. ELLIS, 21, of 203 Pleasant St., Canandaigua and turned him over to Yates County Sheriff’s Deputies on Aug. 21. on a warrant from the Town of Milo Court for failure to pay a fine. ELLIS was arraigned in Milo Court and placed in the Yates County Jail on bail.

Eric R. SPANGENBERG, 23, of McKinley Ave. Apts. was arrested on Aug. 21 for DWI and unlicensed operation. Penn Yan Police stopped  SPANGENBERG on Brown Street for operating without headlights. He was given a field sobriety test and found to be intoxicated. He was taken to the Public Safety Building for a chemical test.  He was issued tickets to appear in village court on Aug. 23.

Koral A. WOLINSKI, 20, of 183 S. Main St., Naples, was charged on Aug. 21 with possession of alcohol under the age of 21. WOLINSKI was a passenger in a vehicle which had been stopped by a Yates County deputy on Italy Valley Road. During the stop it was determined that WOLINSKI had consumed and was in possession of an alcoholic beverage. She will answer charges in Italy Court.

Cullen E. GILL, 20, was arrested on Aug. 21, for DWI, possession of alcohol under 21 and speeding.  GILL was stopped on the Italy Turnpike for speeding and an odor of alcohol was detected. He was placed through field sobriety tests and transported to the Public Safety Building for a chemical test. GILL was released on tickets and will appear in Italy Court.

Joseph E. KLEHAMER, 25, of 3149 State Route 54A, Bluff Point, turned himself in at the Town of Jerusalem Court on Aug. 22 at 12:40 p.m. after finding out there was an arrest warrant out for him. He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance and will answer charges of criminal mischief fourth degree in Jerusalem Court.

Joanna J. RUTHERFORD, 25, of Branchport was arrested by New York State Police on Aug. 21 for driving while intoxicated on County Route 1 in the Town of Milo.  She was issued an appearance ticket.

Christopher J. NEWELL, 24 of E. Elm Street, was arrested on Aug. 23 for criminal possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and unlawful possession of marijuana.  Penn Yan Police received a complaint of a possible drug transaction taking place near Pizza Hut on Liberty Street.  Police located Newell who admitted to possessing marijuana.  Prior to being placed into handcuffs, he fled on foot across Liberty Street towards the Lake Street park, where he fell and was taken into custody.  He was also found to be in possession of a quantity of ecstasy pills.  NEWELL was arraigned in village court and remanded to the Yates County Jail without bail.

Samuel E. MARKS, 67, of 200 Weatherby Rd., Naples was stopped on Main Street in Penn Yan by a Yates County Deputy for having an obstructed view and a NYSPIN check revealed his license was suspended.  Marks was arraigned and released on his own recognizance to answer charges in Penn Yan Village Court.

James BENTLEY Jr., 33, of Sherman Street, Penn Yan, was issued a criminal summons to answer charges  of second degree harassment in Penn Yan Village Court.   The charges stem from an incident at Morgan’s Grocery  on Aug. 22 in which Bentley threatened bodily harm to another man.

Travis VERMILYE,  16, of Stark Ave., Penn Yan, was arrested by Penn Yan Police on Aug. 24 and charged with petit larceny.  He allegedly stole two plastic bags full of returnable cans (valued at $43.20) from the Moose Club. VERMILYE was to answer charges in village court on Aug. 30.

Lindsay A. JOHNSON, 28, of 2415 Ayers Rd. was arrested by Penn Yan Police on Aug. 25, at 1 a.m. for DWI and several other charges.  Police observed her vehicle in the opposite lane of travel on Wagner Street at the intersection of Liberty Street.  JOHNSON was placed through a series of field sobriety tests and found to be under the influence of alcohol.  She refused to take a breath screening field test.  Police found an open container of alcohol in the center console of her vehicle.  She was taken to the Public Safety Building where she consented to a breath test which showed a BAC of .25, three times the NYS legal limit.  JOHNSON was charged with aggravated DWI, possession of an open container, failure to keep right and refusal of a breath screening test.  She was released to a family member and will answer charges in village court.

Yates County Deputies responded to a two car motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Voak Road and Ferguson Corners Road on Aug. 19 at 12:43 p.m.  Gregg L. HUDSON, 29, of 887 Voak Rd. was traveling south on Voak Road when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Loraine SCHOENFIELD, 54, of 1445 Upper Hill Rd., Middlesex, who failed to yield right of way at the stop sign at the intersection. SCHOENFIELD was issued a traffic ticket.   She was transported to Geneva General Hospital by Gorham Ambulance for treatment of bruises and a possible concussion.  Hudson was not injured and was able to drive his car home.

Douglas J. SMITH, 29, of 497 Fitch Rd., Rushville, was charged by Yates County Sheriff’s Office Sr. Investigator Michael J. CHRISTENSEN and Investigator Pat Manahan on Aug. 26 with petit larceny in connection with the larceny of a 2000 Yamaha four-wheeler from a location in Potter.  Ontario County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the investigation and recovered the ATV from a location in the Town of Canandaigua.  SMITH was released on an appearance ticket to Potter Court on Sept. 13.

Aaron D. VERMILYE, 18, of 131 Stark Ave. was arrested by village police on Aug. 27 for second degree harassment, criminal contempt and obstructing governmental administration.  The charges stemmed from a domestic incident at his home where VERMILYE violated an order of protection.  He is being held in the Yates County Jail awaiting arraignment to answer charges.
 
Michael J. HILL, 42, and Madison C, HILL, 11, of 94 Bigelow Ave, Dundee, were injured in a motorcycle accident on Aug. 27 shortly before 6 p.m.  Alicia M. LEWIS,31, of 2114 Old Lake Rd., Rock Stream, was traveling west of the Dundee-Starkey Rd. when she attempted to turn into the driveway at 347 Dundee-Starkey Rd and collided with the motorcycle.  Michael HILL was transported by Dundee Ambulance to Schuyler Hospital for treatment of an arm and hand injury.  Madison HILL was  airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital for treatment of a leg injury. LEWIS was treated at the scene and ticketed for failing to yield right-of-way.  Yates County Deputies, New York State Police, Medic 55 and Dundee Fire Department assisted at the scene. Madison Hill was listed in satisfactory condition on Aug. 30.

Alan R. HOYT 58, of 25 Lincoln Ave., Leroy, was airlifted by Mercy Flight Central to Strong Memorial Hospital for treatment of a back injury, following a one-car traffic accident on Aug. 28.  Hoyt was northbound on State Route 14A near Rasmussen Road on Saturday afternoon when he fell asleep.  His vehicle entered the ditch off the northbound lane and continued until it struck a drain culvert, causing the vehicle to roll over several times.  Yates County Deputies investigated and no tickets were issued.

Jared S. ORR, 28, of 111 East Main St., Penn Yan, was charged on Aug. 29 by Yates County Marine Patrol Officers with boating while intoxicated and speeding.  Orr was stopped for the speeding violation and an odor of alcohol was detected from his breath.  Orr was transported to the shoreline of East Bluff Drive and placed through a series of field sobriety tests.  He was transported to the Yates County Public Safety Building for a chemical test.  He was issued tickets to appear at a later date.

Samuel J. ROSATI, 21, of Ontario, N.Y. was arrested on Aug. 27 by New York State Police in the Village of Dundee. He was charged with grand larceny in connection with a purse snatching.

Craig A. DUNNING, 25, and Ashley R. LeSHURE, 23, both of 29 Bridge St., Dundee were arrested on Aug. 30 following an investigation by Sr. Inv. Mike CHRISTENSEN and Inv. Pat MANAHAN of the Yates County Sheriff’s Office.  The couple was renting a furnished apartment on West Sherman Hollow Rd. in the Town of Jerusalem. It is alleged that DUNNING stole a number of household items from the residence when he moved out after being evicted.  A subsequent investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at the current residence, where a couch reported stolen was recovered.  A .22 rifle was found in the residence, resulting in DUNNING being charged with criminal possession of a weapon fourth degree.  DUNNING has a previous felony conviction for robbery.  He was also charged with grand larceny and was arraigned in Starkey Court, then committed to the Yates County Jail on $5000 cash, $10,000 bond.  LeSHURE was charged with criminal possession of stolen property and released on an appearance ticket.

The Chronicle Express, Penn Yan        Nov    2011      by DianneThomas 

Penn Yan, N.Y.  -  Edwin WORDEN of Keuka Lake died November 4, 2011.  Friends and family wishing to pay their respects can do so at the American Legion in Penn Yan from two to four p.m. on Sunday Nov. 20, 2011.

Edwin was born Sept. 13, 1922, the son of Kenneth and Ella Louise Worden. Edwin was one of four brothers Donald, Francis, and Miles Worden. He graduated from Penn Yan Academy in 1940 and returned there for a graduate program in 1941.

Throughout high school he avidly participated in basketball, track and field, but his best sport was football and he went on to attend Colgate college on a football scholarship. Edwin's enrollment at Colgate was cut short after one semester — 1941 was the year of Pearl Harbor. Edwin was compelled to join the fight and entered the United States Army Air Corps, being called to active duty in 1942. He received his pilot's wings in 1943 and was stationed at a base near London. Edwin flew 67 active combat missions, mostly over France and Germany. He flew the B-26 Martin Marauder on D-day over Normandy. That day they were ordered to fly low under the clouds and to bomb with a one minute window before soldiers hit the beach. The beach he was assigned to bomb had one of the lowest number of casualties. In 1944 he returned to the U.S. and was stationed in Savannah, Ga., where as a pilot, he tested 27 different types of aircraft. Edwin was honorably discharged in 1946 with the rank of captain. He had been decorated with the Air Medal.

During his enlistment, Edwin married his high school sweetheart, Suzanne Jolly.   She was the love of his life, and he was unbelievably grateful for her. Edwin and Suzanne had two sons, Michael and Steven Worden. Steven, Michael and Suzanne all passed away before Edwin, one of his greatest sorrows.

Upon his discharge, he returned to Penn Yan, where he took over Suzanne's father's car dealership, Jolley Chevrolet. Edwin was an honest and innovative businessman. He pioneered a system for leasing cars that had not been seen yet, a system that was adopted by Chevrolet and their dealerships. Edwin owned and operated Jolley's for 30 years, using his business as a platform to get involved the community, joining the Yates County Planning Board and helping originate Yates County Tomorrow. Yates County Tomorrow focused mostly on economic development in Yates County.

Edwin was a lover of nature and in his youth he enjoyed hiking, sailing, ice boating, and all things Keuka Lake. He enjoyed his birds at their feeders, his plants, and his beautiful home on Keuka Lake. He was able to stay home until the end of his life. This was important for him and was made possible by his devoted caretakers, family, and friends.

Edwin is survived by his grandchildren, Katy and Jesse Worden; his daughter-in-law, Susan Worden; his brother, Miles Mariner Worden, cousins, nieces, nephews and many dear friends.

We will always remember Edwin as an honest thoughtful man. He was generous and cared about the people and the place that he was from. The life he led was beyond interesting and he did not take his experiences for granted. He was a loving father, husband, grandfather, and friend. He was a humble gentleman, and he will be missed.    

 

Finger Lakes Times                   Dec1 – Dec  3, 2011               by  DianneThomas

RichardMaynard -In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Maynard's name may be sent to The American Legion, 2001 Himrod Road, Penn Yan, N.Y.14527, or a charity of one's choice.
Richardwas born March 2, 1932, in Rochester, New York, to Dr. Elliottand Juanita Erwood Maynard.

Afterhe graduated high school he served in the Armyfor two years during the KoreanWar.Then he studied at the University of Rochester. He had a varietyof occupations, working for companies such as Eastman Kodak, GM, and IGAGrocery. He was also active in the Penn Yan American Legion.
Surviving is his sweetheart
, Leona J. Swart; his five children,Sheryl Housel, Daniel (Lori) Maynard, Carol (Ryan) Mulderig, Polly (Todd) Higley,and Patricia (Kevin Munt) Powers;12 grandchildren; Leona'schildren, Jeannine (Craig) Smith, Jimmy (Angela) Swart, Jessie (Roberto)Quinonez, John (Danielle) Swart;ten additional grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren; brothers, Wheelerand Paul Robert Maynard;and special friend, Angel.
Richardwas predeceased by his brothers,Doug, Kenneth Herbert and Elliot Maynard, Jr.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook at www.townsendwoodfuneralchapel.com.

Chronicle Express , Penn Yan                December 5, 2011                                by DianneThomas      

(pic of  those who cleaned cemetery:  From left: Doug Erwin, Annette Toaspern, Don Wright, Keith Toaspern, Raen Longwell, Lynn Fitch and Judy Erwin.

Jerusalem, N.Y. - Jerusalem History Club members met at the Beddoe-Rose Cemetery in Keuka Lake State Park Sunday, Nov. 13 for a cleanup project.  Don Wright, chairperson for the JHC Cemetery Committee had collected and sent in the volunteer slips to the state asking for permission to work on a cleanup of this neglected family cemetery.  

Jim Zimpher of Keuka Lake State Park, Bob Evans, Town of Jerusalem Historian, and Fred and Heather Tillman, family descendants of the Rose Family, had attended the August JHC meeting at the Branchport Library to discuss plans to take care of the overgrown and vandalized site.

After receiving an insurance waiver, a group of seven volunteers spent three hours clearing rotten trees, saplings, undergrowth and leaves from the cemetery.  This is the first step in the plan to show the community cares about this historical Jerusalem site.   

Beginning with the first burial in 1815, 14 souls are buried here, including two granddaughters of Philip Livingston, who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.  
An educational brochure is being made to list the names of those buried here from the
Beddoe, Rose and Sill families, to show photos of their homes, and to tell a brief history of settlement.

The project should be completed by spring 2012 with a sign being made by the state park to identify this historical site.  

Keith Toaspern has made a box to go on the sign which will contain the informational brochure and a notebook for visitors to sign and/ or make comments.  Local school groups visit the cemetery, making this information box an education site for the community.   

The Jerusalem History Club’s goal is to preserve Jerusalem History.  Anyone interested in joining the group can look for the group’s monthly notice in this newspaper, look for flyers at local Jerusalem sites or call 315-536-9887 to get on the email list.

Chronicle Express , Penn Yan                December 30, 2011                   by  DianneThomas  

 

James C. DeBolt, 63, of Grant Avenue, Penn Yan, died at home December 26, 2011.  Visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 at Weldon Funeral Home, 102 East Main St., Penn Yan. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Penn Yan VFW.

Jim was born Aug. 9, 1948, the son of John C. and Ruth Brown DeBolt. He served with the U.S. Army during Vietnam, and was a member of the American Legion and the VFW, where he was the quartermaster.

Jim is survived by his step-children, Harry (Kathy) Hurd, of Farmington, Daryl Hilkert of Canandaigua and Tina Whitbeck (Richard Martinez) of Penn Yan; a sister, Joanne DeBolt of Penn Yan; several step-grandchildren, step great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews and his closest friend, Tod Rogers, of Penn Yan. He was predeceased by his parents, his fiancé, Laura Hilkert, and a brother, Johne (Barney) DeBolt.

Published in Finger Lakes Times from Feb 3 to Feb 5, 2012               by DianneThomas     

PENN YAN, N.Y./NEW HOLLAND, PENN - Ezra Z. Sensenig, age 83, of Penn Yan, N.Y. formerly of New Holland, PA died Thursday (February 2, 2012) in the comfort of his sons home.
There will be no calling hours in New York. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday (February 3) at the Milo Mennonite Church, Sutherland Rd., Penn Yan, N.Y. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday (February 5) at the family home 895 Centerville Rd., New Holland, Penn.; funeral services will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday (February 6) at the Martindale Mennonite Church in Ephrata, PA. Burial will be in Martindale Mennonite Church Cemetery (PA).  
Ezra was born June 26, 1928 in East Earl, Penn., the son of the late Elam W. and Lizzie Zimmerman Sensenig. On January 25, 1951 he married the former Susanna M. Martin. They have lived in New York for six months, formerly of New Holland, Penn.; where he was a harness maker and proprietor of E Z Sensenig & Son. Mr. Sensenig was a former member of the Old Order Martindale Mennonite Church, and a current member of the Groffdale Conference Milo Mennonite Church, in Penn Yan, N.Y.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years Susanna M. Sensenig of Penn Yan, N.Y.; a son John M. (Alta) Sensenig of New Holland, Penn., a daughter Lucy M. wife of Mervin N. Hoover of Ephrata, Penn., a son, Leroy M. (Lucy) Sensenig with whom he made his home in Penn Yan, N.Y., a daughter Martha M., wife of the late Stanley Martin of Dundee, N.Y., 25 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; three sisters Barbara wife of John Nolt of New Holland, Penn., Mary, wife of Christian Weaver of Leola, Penn., Lizzie, wife of Adam Martin of Bethal, Penn., numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by seven brothers, Jacob, Henry, Moses, Elam, Paul and his infant twin brother, and Ivan; a sister, Anna wife of Samuel Shirk; 2 grandchildren Leon Sensenig, and Alma Hoover; a great granddaughter, Melva Hoover; and his son in law Stanley Martin.
Local arrangements are by the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water Street, Dundee.

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