Our Obituaries

Jean B. Rainbow

September 10, 1932 - May 13, 2018

Mrs. Jean B. Rainbow, of Cortland, passed away at her home on Sunday May 13, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. Jean had retired from Home Care of Cortland County where she was employed for many years as a home health aide. Jean was a member of the Eagles Club and is survived by her six children; Gary (Joanne) Waterman of Taberg, N.Y., Sherry Rainbow (William Maricle) of McGraw, Terry...
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Joseph T. Rosato

January 26, 1955 - May 4, 2018

Mr. Joseph T. Rosato, 63, of Cortland passed away Friday May 4, 2018 at his home after a lengthy illness. Born, January 26, 1955 in Cortland, Joe was a son of Thomas F. and Katherine Silvaggio Rosato and was a life time resident of Cortland. Joe was employed as a propane specialist with Suburban Propane in Polkville from 1982-2007. He was a communicant of St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic...
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Margaret Patricia Devine

July 16, 1933 - May 1, 2018

Mrs. Margaret "Pat" Devine, passed away on Tuesday May 1, 2018 at Cortland Regional Medical Center. Pat was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on July 16, 1933 the daughter of John and Kathryn Smith Moult. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband; William Devine in June 2009 and by her two brothers; John and Thomas in 2014. Pat is survived by her son; Michael (Theresa)...
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Tore Henry Lindstrom

February 6, 1957 - April 26, 2018

Tore Henry Lindstrom of Tully, New York passed away April 26, 2018. Friends are invited to join the family on Tuesday, May 8 from 2-4 PM for calling hours, will be held at Riccardi Funeral Home Chapel, 69 North Main Street, Cortland, New York 13045
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Gary R. Swem

August 29, 1943 - April 13, 2018

Gary Richard Swem, 73, passed away April 13, 2018. Born August 29, 1943 in Watertown, N.Y., he was the son of William E. Swem and Natalie Faulknham Swem Riley. On May 27, 1974 he married Paula Kay Hubbard. Gary worked 25 years at Smith-Corona . He attended Tc3 for two years and R.I.T. where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Hotel Management. He was an Executive Housekeeper at Quality &...
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Alice E. Modica

July 13, 1939 - April 11, 2018

Alice E. Modica, 78, formerly of Cortland, has gone to rest with the Angels on April 11, 2018 in Ocala, Florida. Born July 13, 1939 in Cortland, Alice was the daughter of Shirley H. and Margaret Sherman Baker. Alice was employed at Pall Trinity in Cortland for many years and was a communicant of St. Mary's Catholic Church. She is survived by her husband; Richard Modica of Ocala, Florida,...
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Kathleen M. Green

July 31, 1948 - April 4, 2018

Mrs. Kathleen M. Green,"Kitty", 69, of Homer, N.Y., passed away Wednesday April 4, 2018 at University Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y. after a brief illness. Born July 31, 1948 in Cortland, Kitty was a daughter of Warren and Barbara Lee Gridley, and an area resident her entire life Kitty had faithfully served her country in the military serving with the United States Air Force, and she had retired...
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Dorothy H. Norton

June 23, 1927 - March 21, 2018

Dorothy H. Norton, 90, of Marathon and Cortland, passed away, March 21, 2018 at Crown Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation. An area resident for many years, Dorothy had volunteered with the U.S.O. and The Salvation Army. She had previously trained and worked as a Practical Nurse in Baldwinsville, N.Y. She is survived by four children, Daniel Wilkinson, June Hofmann, Dorothy H. Wilkinson...
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Kathryn S. Minervini

April 29, 1949 - February 21, 2018

April 29,1949 - February 21, 2018 Kathryn S. Minervini (Kit) passed away February 21, 2018 in Cortland, NY with friends at her bedside. While born and raised in Yonkers, NY, Kit said, "I knew my life was right here in the cortland area." "Kit" led an active life that involved art, travel, scuba diving, learning the Thai language, visiting the Buddhist Temple, and connecting with friends...
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Charles C. Carter

May 9, 1943 - February 15, 2018

Mr. Charles C. Carter, 74, of Cortland, passed away, Thursday February 15, 2018 at Cortland Regional Medical Center. Born May 9, 1943 in Cortland, Charles was the son of Gauls B. and Margueritte Fitch Carter. Charles was a self employed electrician and had formerly owned and operated Carter Electric in the area for many years. He was later employed by Brewer-Titchener and most recently...
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Linda H. Rehbein

April 7, 1941 - February 8, 2018

Linda H. Rehbein, 76, of Cortland, N.Y., entered into rest on February 8, 2018. Born April 17, 1941 in Oswego, N.Y., Linda was the daughter of Nelson and Catherine Veta Hutchinson. Linda was an insurance agent and was employed by Bailey Place Insurance Agency and since her retirement she kept active with family and her favorite activities of writing her novel and short stories and knitting. ...
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Theodore W. Ackroyd

June 21, 1929 - January 21, 2018

Mr. Theodore W. Ackroyd, 88, of Cortland passed away on Sunday January 21, 2018 at Cortland Regional Medical Center. Born June 21, 1929 in Binghamton, Ted was the son of William A. and Harriet Warner Ackroyd. Ted was a graduate of the Binghamton School District and Utica Tech and he had faithfully served his country in the U.S. Army. He was employed by American Airlines in Washington, D.C....
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James Joseph Burnham

March 9, 1956 - January 4, 2018

James Joseph Burnham, 61, passed away on January 4, 2018 at University Hospital, Syracuse, N.Y. He was born, March 9, 1956 the son of Donald and Laura Burnham who preceded him in death. Jim was a graduate of Dryden Central School where he was a member of the football team. Throughout his adult life Jim was an avid chess and scrabble player and enjoyed spending time with his family. His...
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Mary Spalluto

January 17, 1919 - December 25, 2017

Mrs. Mary Spalluto, 98, of Cortland, passed away Monday December 25, 2017 at Crown Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation after a lengthy illness. Born January 17, 1919 in Cortland, Mary was the daughter of Stephen and Sophia Moiseichik and was a Cortland resident her entire life. Mary was employed as a hairdresser for many years with Charles your Hairdresser, and then later as a Secretary...
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Robert Johnson

January 4, 1931 - December 17, 2017

Robert "Bob" Johnson, 86, of Cortland, passed away Sunday, December 17, 2017 in Dayton, OH. Bob was born on January 4, 1931 in Cortland, NY, the son of Harry and Elizabeth (McGuire) Johnson. Bob graduated from St. Mary's High School in Cortland in 1949, and graduated from SUNY Morrisville in 1951, studying auto mechanics. He was a dairy farmer all his life, working on the family farm until...
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Melody A. Nye

July 10, 1952 - November 22, 2017

Mrs. Melody A. Nye, 65, of Cortland passed away Wednesday November 22, 2017 at University Hospital in Syracuse after a brief illness. Born July 10, 1952 in DeRuyter., Melody was a daughter of Warren and Barbara Lee Gridley. Melody was employed for 35 years at Cortland Regional Medical Center where she most recently worked in the Admitting Department. She is survived by her husband; Danny L....
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Carol C. Thomas

February 7, 1944 - November 19, 2017

Carol C. Thomas, 73, of Cortland, passed away Sunday, November 19, 2017 in Cortland surrounded by her loving family in the home she was born in and lived her entire life. Born February 7, 1944 in Cortland, Carol was the daughter of George and Catherine Moore. Carol was employed as a Dental Assistant for many years with Dr. Lewin in Cortland and more recently with The Office of People with...
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Paul L. Holl

June 2, 1955 - November 16, 2017

Paul L. Holl, 62, of Cortland, passed away Thursday November 16, 2017 at Strong Hospital in Rochester after a lengthy illness. Born June 2, 1955 in Cortland, Paul was a son of Lloyd and Fern Loomis Holl and was a area resident most of his life. Paul was most recently employed by Marietta Corporation in Cortland. He is survived by his wife; Petula Clark Holl of Cortland and his five children;...
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Roberto J. Sonnacchio

October 8, 1976 - November 13, 2017

Mr. Roberto J. Sonnacchio, 41, formerly of Cortland passed away Monday November 13, 2017 at the Utica Rehab Center in Utica, N.Y. Born October 8, 1976 in Cortland, Roberto was the son of Guiseppe and Lina Lattanzio Sonnacchio and was a Cortland resident most of his life. Roberto was a communicant of St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church and was formerly employed with ARC in Cortland and...
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Rosemarie Prosperi Towers

October 24, 1936 - November 3, 2017

Rosemarie Prosperi Towers, 81, of Florida and formerly of Cortland passed away, November 3, 2017 in Palm Bay, Florida. Born October 24, 1936 in Cortland, Rosemarie was the daughter of Ernest and Rose Fiske Prosperi. Rosemarie was a communicant of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church and was employed as a Manager with Cumberland Farms in Florida. Survivors include; two sons, Scott (Karla)...
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Olga B. Nelson

July 10, 1925 - October 26, 2017

Olga Bellardini Nelson, 92, of Binghamton and formerly of Cortland passed away on Thursday October 26, 2017 at Good Shepard Fairview Home in Binghamton, N.Y., after a brief illness. Born July 10, 1925 in Scranton, Penn; Olga was a daughter of Frank and Anna Preno Fedele., and was a Cortland resident for many years before relocating to Binghamton. Olga had retired from the cleaning department...
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Kenneth R. Gates

August 24, 1958 - October 18, 2017

Mr. Kenneth R. Gates, 59, of Cortland passed away at his home on Wednesday October 18, 2017 at the age of 59. Born, August 24, 1958, Kenneth was the son of Robert and Katherine Swind Gates. Ken was a communicant of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church and was a stay at home Dad for many years, so he could be there to raise his two sons. He is survived by his wife; Inez Bennett Gates and two sons...
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Joseph Carsello

February 18, 1931 - October 16, 2017

Joseph Carsello, 86, passed away peacefully October 16, 2017 at Crown Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Cortland. Joe was born February 18, 1931 in Cortland, the son of Bernardo and Mary Demperio Carsello. He graduated from Cortland Jr. Sr. High School and attended LeMoyne College in Syracuse. Joe worked at a variety of jobs including, construction, meat cutting, food industry, retail...
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Natalie G. Sandstrom

June 13, 1927 - October 15, 2017

Natalie Goff Sandstrom, 90, a 66 year resident of Elbridge, NY, passed away on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Cortland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Cortland, NY. She is survived by her children Charilla S. Conner (Stephen), A. Christopher (Mari Anne) and Timothy P. (Nancy); Grandchildren Joshua, Lauren, Meagan and Wesley; Great-Grandchildren Ishaya, Aiyla, Grace and Andrew. She is...
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Julia B. Kane

July 24, 1929 - September 8, 2017

Mrs. Julia B. Kane, 88, of 20 Isabel Dr., Cortland, passed away at home on Friday September 8, 2017 after a brief illness. Born July 24, 1929 in Cortland, Julia was a daughter of Bombay and Susie Yacavone Tremacco, Julia was a communicant of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church and a 1947 graduate of Cortland High School. She was formerly employed in the cafeteria at St. Mary's Parochial...
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Ralph G. Race

July 6, 1930 - July 9, 2017

Ralph G. Race, 87, died at Cortland Regional Medical Center on July 9, 2017. He was the son of Harold and Carrie Lamb Race, and was born in Cortland on July 6, 1930. Ralph graduated from Cortland High School in 1949 and served on the USS Midway during the Korean War. While on the Midway he was baptized Catholic off La Spezia, Italy and was confirmed by the Spanish Archbishop on Palma de Mallorca....
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Judy G. Morris

June 9, 1949 - July 2, 2017

Mrs. Judy G. Morris, 68, of Homer and formerly Cortland, passed away on Sunday July 2, 2017. Born June 9, 1949 in Cortland, Judy was the daughter of Jospeh and Concetta Yacavone Gallo and was an area resident her entire life. Judy was a graduate of Cortland High School and S.U.N.Y. Cortland where she received her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education. Judy had retired from Homer Central...
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Eileen A. Fiske

July 29, 1943 - July 2, 2017

Mrs. Eileen A. Fiske, of Cortland passed away on July 2, 2017 at the age of 73, following a lengthy illness. Born in Cortland, July 29, 1943, Eileen was the daughter of John and Lina Zampino Gregg and was a Cortland resident her entire life. Eileen was awarded both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees in Education from S.U.N.Y. Cortland and was a teacher for many years in the...
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Kathleen Kay Paino

September 12, 1934 - May 17, 2017

Mrs. Kathleen "Kay" Paino, 82, formerly of Cortland passed away, Wednesday May 17, 2017 in Bradenton, Florida. Born September 12, 1934 in Cortland, Kay was the daughter of Harry E. Bellardini, Sr. and Mary C. Limoncelli Bellardini and was a resident of Cortland her entire life before retiring to Florida. Kay had retired from Smith-Corona in Cortland and was a communicant of St. Anthony of...
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Jean R. Dropchinski

December 17, 1926 - May 16, 2017

Mrs. Jean R. Dropchinski, 90, of McGraw, N.Y., went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday May 16, 2017 at Cortland Regional Medical Center. Born December 17, 1926 in Irvington, New Jersey before relocating with her late husband to McGraw 20 years ago to be near grandchildren and great grandchildren. Jean was a pioneer with the New Jersey Bell Telephone Company long distance division in Newark,...
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Claire Chababi

June 2, 1935 - May 9, 2017

Cortland, NY — Claire Chacra Chababi, 81, passed away peacefully at the Cortland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. A long-time Cortland resident, Claire was born in Rayak, Lebanon in 1935 and immigrated to the United States in 1981. Claire is a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Her family was the joy and pride of her life, as was evidenced by the...
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Vittorio E. Pizzola

April 27, 1940 - May 7, 2017

Mr. Vittorio E. Pizzola, "Vic," 77, of McGraw, passed away peacefully at home, Sunday May 7, 2017. Born April 27, 1940 in Roccacasale, Italy, Vic was the son of Antonio and Francesca Liberatore Pizzola and was a Cortland resident for most of his life. Vic attended trade school in Italy to become a barber and apprenticed under the guidance of his godfather at the age of 13. By the age of...
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Mary E. Johnson

July 22, 1925 - May 1, 2017

Mary Johnson, 91, of Cortland, passed away Monday, May 1, 2017 in Dayton, Ohio. She was born on July 22, 1925 in Oneida, NY, the daughter of Louis and Sarah (Fullen) Cunningham. She attended St. Patrick's School in Oneida, and graduated from Oneida High School. She worked as a secretary at both Carrier Corporation and General Electric before deciding to become a nurse. She was a graduate of...
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Hazel H. Gibbons

November 15, 1931 - April 21, 2017

Mrs. Hazel Grace H. Gibbons, 85, of Cortland, N.Y., passed away Friday April 21, 2017 at Cortland Regional Medical Center after a brief illness. Born November 15, 1931 in Cortland, Hazel was a daughter of Robert and Hazel Winnie Hamill. Hazel was a graduate of St. Mary's Parochial School and attended St. Joseph's School of Nursing. She a communicant of St. Mary's Catholic Church and was very...
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Joseph H. La Rue

March 3, 1947 - April 10, 2017

Mr. Joseph H. La Rue, 70, of Homer, N.Y. Passed away Monday April 10, 2017 at Hospicare of Ithaca. Born March 3, 1947 in Ogdensburg, Joseph was the son of Henry and Vivian Randall La Rue and was a Homer resident his entire life. He had faithfully served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Era. Joseph was a Police Officer with the City of Cortland for 20 years before retiring in...
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Kay L. Brown

April 21, 1933 - April 8, 2017

Mrs. Kay L. Brown, 83, of Cortland passed away peacefully with her family at her side, on Saturday April 8, 2017. Kay relocated to Cortland in 2005 with her husband of 64 years; Thomas J. Brown, who survives her. Kay is also survived by her four sons; Patrick Brown of Seldon, Marc Brown of Port Jefferson, Steve (Lorraine) Brown of Cortland and Joel Brown of Huntington, her grandchildren;...
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Louis G. Odinek

February 15, 1924 - March 29, 2017

Louis G. Odinek, 93, of Cortland and formerly of Marathon passed away Wednesday March 29, 2017 at Cortland Regional Medical Center. Born, February 15, 1924 in Marathon, Louis was a resident of the area his entire life, he faithfully served his country in the military during the Korean Conflict. Louis was a 1942 graduate of Marathon Central School and had retired from the New York State...
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Harry Gibbs

September 2, 1948 - March 13, 2017

Harry Gibbs, 68, of Minoa, NY passed away Monday, March 13, 2017 after a lengthy illness. Harry was born in New Jersey on September 2, 1948. He was the son of Grace Irene Van Arsdale and Theron Hoyt Gibbs and the youngest of 8 children. Harry spent his early years in the Waterloo area, then coming to Cortland and eventually he moved to Minoa where he resided when he passed away. Harry was a...
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Mary L. Yaman

January 26, 1916 - March 13, 2017

Mary L. Yaman, age 101 years, of Cortland, NY, passed away at her home after a brief illness. Mary's genuine warmth charm and hospitality made her one of a kind. Born January 26, 1916 in Lynn, Massachusetts, Mary was a resident of Binghamton before relocating to Cortland following her marriage to Louis Yaman who preceded her in death in 2001. Mary was a communicant of St. Mary's Roman Catholic...
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Masoud Rasoulinejad

May 22, 1953 - March 6, 2017

Masoud Rasoulinejad, 63, of Cortland, N.Y., passed away, Monday, March 6, 2017 after a lengthy illness. Born May 22, 1953 in Tehran, Iran, Masoud was a resident of the United States for 40 years. Until his recent retirement, Masoud was employed for 30 years as the Beverage Manager of Club 101 in New York City. Additionally, for over 20 years, Masoud and his wife, Linda, were the surrogate...
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Robert G. Wheeler

October 31, 1929 - March 2, 2017

Mr. Robert G. Wheeler, 87, of Cortland, N.Y. passed away on Thursday March 2, 2017 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Syracuse, N.Y. after a brief illness. Born October 31, 1929 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, Robert was a 1948 graduate of Hanover High School in Wilkes Barre., and had faithfully served his country during the Korean Conflict in the U.S. Navy. Robert and his family relocated to...
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Phillip E. Petzold

December 2, 1934 - February 17, 2017

Mr. Phillip E. Petzold, Jr. of Cortland, N.Y. passed away peacefully Friday February 17, 2017 at Cortland Regional Medical Center at the age of 82. Born December 2, 1934 in New York, N.Y., Phillip faithfully served his country in the United States Army. He was employed by Merrill Brothers in Maspeth, Queens before relocating to Cortland to work as a supervisor with Brewer-Titchener before...
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Mary Jane Hodge

August 26, 1943 - February 16, 2017

Mary Jane Hodge of Cortland, NY was born to the late Nathan and Agnes Harrington Chapman Hodge on August 26, 1943 in Montour Falls, NY. She passed away peacefully due to complications from COPD on the morning of February 16, 2017, at the Cortland Hospital with family by her side. She had four children by her first husband, Robert Yelvington. Those children are Alan Yelvington of Cortland,...
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Lou Anne Ladd

April 30, 1953 - February 7, 2017

Lou Anne Ladd, 63, of DeRuyter, N.Y., passed away February 7, 2016 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Syracuse, N.Y. Born, April 30, 1953 in DeRuyter, Lou Anne was the daughter of Carley and Ilda Marks Ladd. She was a graduate of DeRuyter Central and C.C.B.I., and was formerly employed by Anaren Microwave in East Syracuse. She is survived by her daughter; Sarah Snyder of DeRuyter, four brothers;...
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Genevieve J. Duca

July 23, 1928 - January 31, 2017

Mrs. Genevieve J. Duca, 88, of Cortland passed away, Tuesday January 31, 2017 at Cortland Regional Medical Center. Born July 23, 1928 in Fabius, Genevieve was the daughter of Clarence and Gladys Eisaman Heffernan. Genevieve was a communicant of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church and was employed for 27 years in the personnel department of Cortland Line Co. Gen was a member of the Zonta Club...
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Joseph A. Puzo

September 26, 1925 - January 29, 2017

Mr. Joseph A. Puzo, 91, of Cortland, passed away Sunday January 29, 2017 at the Hospicare residence in Ithaca, N.Y. Born September 26, 1925 in Cortland Joe was the son of Dominick and Giacondina Andonucci Puzo and a lifelong Cortland resident. Joe was an Army veteran of World War ll, serving in the 69th Infantry Division. He was the Manager of the Coca-Cola bottling plant in Cortland for...
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Karen M. King

January 19, 1964 - January 29, 2017

Karen M. King, 53, of Cortland/Freetown, N.Y., passed away Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 at home, after a long battle with Lyme disease. Karen was born January 19, 1964 in Yonkers, N.Y., the daughter of Rose and Claude (Chuck) King. Karen was a graduate of TC3 and previously a counselor at Catholic Charities in Cortland. Karen was a loving and devoted mother, sister, aunt and grandmother. Karen...
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Teresa Morris

June 26, 1927 - January 12, 2017

Teresa (Terry) Morris, 89, passed away at her home on January 12, 2017. Mrs. Morris was predeceased by her husband John, after 48 years of marriage. Teresa was the daughter of Frank and Mae (Foley) Hastings of Kirkwood NY. She was the youngest of five: Ed, Joe, Bob and Mary Hastings, and mother to seven: John, Frank (Tyke), Robert (Julie), Maureen, Margaret (Jim Hively), Tom and Karen (David...
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Bella T. Fabrizio

April 9, 1917 - January 8, 2017

Miss Bella T. Fabrizio, 99, of Cortland, N.Y., passed away Sunday January 8, 2017 at Cortland Regional Medical Center. Born, April 9, 1917 in Cortland, Bella was the daughter of Sebastiano and Incoranato Damiano and was a Cortland resident her entire life. Bella was born in the family homestead and delivered by Grace Spano, and lived in the same house she was born in her entire life. Bella...
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Mary Ann Lella Yacovone

April 28, 1943 - December 20, 2016

Mary Ann (Lella) Yacovone, 73, of Creekside, PA, passed away December 20, 2016 with her loving family by her side. Born April 28th, 1943 in Cortland NY. Mary was a loving mother and homemaker living in Creekside since 1980. She graduated from Cortland Jr. Sr. High School in June, 1962. She then completed a course in Cosmetology from the Beaux Arts Schools of Beauty in Syracuse N.Y. in 1963,...
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Robert Paul Comerford

July 22, 1942 - November 28, 2016

Robert Paul Comerford, 74, of Cortland, passed away Monday, November 28, 2016, after a lengthy illness at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born, July 22, 1942, in Niagara Falls, N.Y., Robert was a son of Robert Lyman and Marie Janet Fell Comerford. Robert was a graduate of St. Mary's Parochial School Class of 1960, and a communicant of St. Mary's Catholic Church. He and his wife,...
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Anthony Michael Palladino

January 30, 1963 - November 26, 2016

Anthony Michael Palladino, 53, formerly of Cortland, passed away Saturday November 26, 2016. Born January 30, 1963 in Cortland, Anthony was the son of Nicholas Gary Palladino of Del Rio, Tennessee and Diane Palladino of Cortland. Anthony faithfully served his country in the United States Navy. In addition to his parents Anthony is survived by his son; Dalton Jeffrey Palladino of Raleigh, N...
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Thomas H. Wilkinson

June 21, 1949 - November 19, 2016

Thomas H. Wilkinson, of Dryden, N.Y., passed away Saturday November 19, 2016 at Cortland Regional Medical Center at the age of 67. Tom was the son of Leon and Dorothy Norton and he faithfully served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam Conflict. He was formerly employed with New York State Janitorial Services. Tom is survived by his mother, Dorothy Norton of Cortland,...
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Rosanne Riccardi

August 4, 1956 - November 6, 2016

Rosanne Riccardi, 60, of Cortland passed away, November 6, 2016 after a lengthy illness. born August 4, 1956, Rosanne was the daughter of James Rea and Louise DeLorenzo. Roseanne is survived by her companion of many years, Ernie Graves of Cortland, her daughter, Rebecca (James) Yadlosky of Kirkwood and three sons; Donald Riccardi of Pennsylvania, David Zelsnack of Marathon and Ernie Graves,...
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Raffaela "Ruby" Yacovone

August 6, 1921 - November 5, 2016

Raffaela "Ruby" Yacovone, 95, of Cortland, passed away Saturday November 5, 2016 at Cortland Regional Nursing Facility. Born August 6, 1921 in Struthers, Ohio, Ruby was a daughter of Carmen and Angela Marie Climaco Petrella, and a resident of Cortland most of her life. Ruby was formerly employed at Crescent Corset Co. in Cortland and was a communicant of St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic...
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Rosa J. Morehouse

December 11, 1934 - October 29, 2016

Mrs. Rosa J. Morehouse, known by many as Jeanette, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday October 29, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. Born December 11, 1934 in Cortland, Rosa was the daughter of Benny and Maria Rosato Deligato and a lifelong Cortland resident. She was a employed for many years as a bookkeeper and secretary at her husbands business, Cortland Sheet Metal and...
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Robert E. Rhodes

May 19, 1927 - September 24, 2016

Born in Cortland, NY, on 19 May 1927, to Herbert and Stella Gorick Rhodes, and died in Cortland, NY, on 24 September 2016, after a long battle with heart disease, surrounded by his loving family. Growing up, Robert's life followed the normal course of a boy in small-town Cortland, but the decade from September 1943 to June 1953 saw him live a fuller life than most people live over several...
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Albert LeRoy Temple

December 19, 1940 - September 23, 2016

Albert LeRoy Temple, 75, passed away September 23, 2016 in Cortland, New York after a short illness. He was the son of Albert and Viola Temple and was born December 19, 1940 in Newark Valley, N.Y. He had retired from R.H. Miller Corporation in Homer, N.Y. Mr. Temple is survived by two sons; Brian C. Gregg of Ohio and Lyndon B. Gregg (Theresa) of Cincinnatus, N.Y., two grandsons; Jason C. Gregg...
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Vincent L. Puzo

September 2, 1951 - September 20, 2016

Mr. Vincent L. Puzo, 65, of Cortland passed away Tuesday September 20, 2016 at Cortland Regional Medical Center. Born September 2, 1951 in Cortland, Vincent was the son of Louis and Carmine Ferro Puzo who preceded him in death. Vincent is survived by two brothers; Dominick (Lynne) Puzo of Syracuse and Anthony Puzo of Cortland, three nieces; Mia (Bob) Pitas, Gina (Eric) Barden and Lianna ...
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Sean M. Stevens

August 21, 1963 - September 9, 2016

Mr. Sean M. Stevens, 53, of Tully, N.Y. died September 9, 2016 in the comfort of his own home. He was born August 21, 1963 in Syracuse to Donald and Marilyn Stevens. Sean is survived by his wife of 30 years, Jane, and two sons, Justin and wife Courtney and their children, Danielle and Brent, son, Travis and wife Courtney and their children. Shauna, Hunter and Paisley and brothers; Richie...
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Salvatore M. DeStefano

March 3, 1928 - September 5, 2016

Mr. Salvatore M. DeStefano, 88, of Cortland passed away Monday September 5, 2016 at Cortland Regional Medical Center. Born March 3, 1928 in New York City, Sal was the son of Vincenzo D. and Francesca Spadaro DeStefano. Sal was a communicant of St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church. He was employed for 35 years with New York State, first with the unemployment office in New York City...
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Mary O. Giamei

October 11, 1944 - August 31, 2016

Mrs. Mary O. Giamei, 71, of Cortland passed away, Wednesday August 31, 2016 at Cortland Regional Medical Center. Born October 11, 1944 in South Waymouth, Massachusetts, Mary was the daughter of Francis and Margaret Morris O'Leary and was a Cortland resident most of her life. She was a graduate of the Class of 1962 of St. Mary's Parochial School. Mary was a communicant of St. Margaret's Church...
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Timothy John Butler

February 2, 1958 - August 22, 2016

On August 20, 2016, an Amazing man was lost to us. Timothy John Butler was my best friend, husband, lover, and father to our daughters, Tara and Jordan, for 37 years, and THE BEST Grandfather EVER to Stephanie, Sean, Samantha and Gage for the last 10 years, and brother and son of 58 years. Tim's greatest joy in the last 10 years was the time he spent with his grandchildren. They were the...
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Sheila O. Vormwald

May 21, 1947 - August 22, 2016

Sheila O'Leary Vormwald, 69, of Cortland passed away Monday August 22, 2016 after a brief illness. Born May 21, 1947 in Cortland, Sheila was the daughter of Robert and Mary Clark O'Leary and a Cortland resident her entire life. Sheila was a highly respected teacher with an accomplished career. She taught Kindergarten at St. Mary's Parochial School for 20 years, where she established the...
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Janet B. Steck

August 23, 1936 - August 20, 2016

Janet Steck of Homer died August 20 after a courageous two-year battle against cancer. Janet was a dedicated member of the Cortland community, a devoted professional in the arts, and a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Janet and her husband, Henry Steck, settled in the Cortland-Homer area in 1963. Janet Steck was born in Lake Forest, Ill., the daughter of Robert and Kathryn Parker Bieger....
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Leah J. Gale

March 25, 1925 - August 18, 2016

Mrs. Leah J. Gale, 91, of, Cortlandville, passed away peacefully on Thursday August 18, 2016 at Cortland Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center. Born March 25, 1925 in Triangle, Leah was the daughter of Irving and Carrie Ann Brown Reynolds and was an area resident for many years. Mrs. Gale had retired from Pall Trinity Micro in Cortland and was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter...
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Paul A. Sepe, Sr.

October 24, 1927 - August 9, 2016

Mr. Paul A. Sepe, Sr., 88, of Cortland passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday August 9, 2016. Paul was born October 24, 1927 in Cortland and was a lifelong resident of the area. Paul proudly served his country in the United States Navy just after the close of World War ll. He owned and operated Paul's Place on Elm Street from 1979-1984 and retired from Cortland...
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Margaret V. Klejmont

October 16, 1921 - July 18, 2016

Mrs. Margaret V. Klejmont, 94, formerly of Long Beach, Long Island and most recently Cortland, N.Y., passed away on July 18, 2016 at the Veteran's Home in Oxford, N.Y. Margaret was born in Queens to Josephine and Martin Lang and resided in Long Beach for most of her life.She faithfully served her country during World War ll in the United States Navy. Margaret was extremely proud of her military...
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Dorothy J. Roberts

June 6, 1926 - July 16, 2016

Mrs. Dorothy J. Roberts passed away peacefully on July 16, 2016 surrounded by family. She had celebrated her 90th birthday just a few short weeks ago together with over 150 friends and family who had traveled from as far away as Sweden to wish her a happy birthday. A resident of Walden Place for the past five years, Dorothy served as the "official" Ambassador and greeter at Walden. She was...
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Joanne Megivern Nelson

July 4, 2016

Joanne Megivern Nelson, a resident of Augusta, Georgia died Monday the 4th of July at Westwood Nursing Home. Joanne was born in 1940 in Sidney, New York to Stephen and Santina Megivern, She was raised in Cortland where she was graduated from St. Mary's High School. Joanne received a Bachelor of Arts from The College of New Rochelle in 1962. Joanne taught elementary school English class and...
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Thomas D. Aloi

June 2, 1931 - July 2, 2016

Mr. Thomas D. "Tots" Aloi died after a short illness, at home on July 2, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas at the age of 85. Tommy was born on June 2, 1931 in Cortland, NY. to Santo D. And Concetta Aloi. He was a graduate of Cortland High School. He served his country proudly as a member of the United States Air Force, having been honorably discharged in 1952. For many years, Tommy owned and operated...
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Paul W. Schlenker

August 4, 1928 - June 24, 2016

Paul W. Schlenker, 87, of Tully, N.Y. passed away Friday June 24, 2016 at home. Born August 4, 1928, Paul was the son of Paul R. and Ella Schlenker. Paul was employed for many years with the Carrier Corporation in Syracuse. Paul loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He is survived by his brother; Richard (Sally) Schlenker of Cortland and several nieces and nephews. In...
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Virginia R. Rizzo

September 24, 1931 - June 24, 2016

Mrs. Virginia R. Rizzo, 84, of Homer, passed away, Friday June 24, 2016 at Crown Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation. Born in Rensselaer, N.Y., Virginia was a resident of the are most of her life. She was a graduate of the Class of 1950 of Van Rensselaer High School. Virginia was formerly employed with New York Telephone and was a communicant of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church. She was a...
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Richard J. Shay

August 13, 1932 - June 24, 2016

Richard J. Shay, 83, of Cortland, passed away June 24, 2016 at Iroquois Nursing Home, Jamesville, New York. Mr. Shay was born August 13, 1932, in Binghamton, the son of Dr. William and Marion Shay. Richard grew up in Cortland and graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1950. He received his bachelor's degree from LeMoyne College in 1954 before serving in the United States Marine Corps...
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Carla G. Kaplan

December 28, 1958 - June 16, 2016

Carla G. Kaplan of Cortland, NY passed away on June 16, 2016 at Cayuga Medical Center following a brief but valiant fight with cancer. She was 57 years old. Born in Glen Cove (Long Island), New York, and raised in Syosset (Long Island), New York, she was the daughter of the late Muriel and Walter Greenberg. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology where she acquired her sense of color...
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Thomas A. Granato

November 9, 1930 - June 16, 2016

Mr. Thomas A. Granato, 85, of Cortland, passed away Thursday June 16, 2016 at Crown Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation. Born November 9, 1930 in Cortland, Tom was the son of Tony Anthony Granato and Mayta Isham Granato. Tommy faithfully served his country in the United States Army serving as a Paratrooper in the 81st Airborne. He was employed as a plumber for many years with Rourke &...
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Warren Duane Gridley

August 28, 1926 - May 5, 2016

Mr. Warren Duane Gridley, 89, formerly of Truxton, passed away, Thursday May 5, 2016 at the Elizabeth Brewster House in Homer. Born August 28, 1926 in Truxton, the son of Carl and Calfernia Brown Gridley, Warren was a lifelong resident of the area. Warren retired June 14, 1996 from the New York State Department of Transportation where he was employed for 49 years and 10 days. He was a...
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Kenneth A. Green

February 20, 1947 - May 1, 2016

Mr. Kenneth A. Green, 69, of Homer, passed away on Sunday May 1, 2016 at University Hospital, Syracuse, N.Y. Born February 20, 1947 in Welch, West Virginia, Kenneth was a resident of the Cortland-Homer area for many years. Ken faithfully served his country in the United States Air Force and was formerly employed and had retired from Smith-Corona in Cortland. He is survived by his wife Kitty...
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Connor David Wall

April 26, 2016

Connor David Wall, infant son of Tasha and Kevin Wall of Cincinnatus passed away at birth at Cortland Regional Medical Center on April 26th, 2016. In addition to his parents, Connor is survived by his paternal grandparents; Mildred E. and Adam Wall, a paternal great grandmother; Mildred A. Wall, an Uncle; Allen Wall. Connor was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather; David Jennings. ...
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Denis J. Kissane

February 13, 1937 - April 16, 2016

Mr. Denis J. Kissane of Cortland passed away Saturday April 16, 2016 at Cortland Regional Medical Center at the age of 79. Born February 13, 1937 in Ireland, Denis was a Cortland resident for 52 years. He was formerly employed as a Supervisor at Champion Sheet Metal and Rubbermaid and was a communicant of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife of 53 years; Bridget ...
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Sarah J. Hollenbeck

January 29, 1938 - April 3, 2016

Mrs. Sarah J. Hollenbeck, 78, of Cortland passed away Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Cortland Regional Medical Center. Born January 29, 1938, Sarah was the daughter of Willard and Elizabeth Breese Goodrich. Sarah is survived by a son; Duane G. (Missy) Hollenbeck ll, of Pitcher, two daughters; Dianne (Greg) Miller of Naples, N.Y., and Joanne (Brian) Dyer of Cortland,, two brothers; Duane (Helen)...
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Gennaro Pizzola

September 29, 1931 - April 2, 2016

Mr. Gennaro Pizzola, 84, of Cortland, N.Y. passed away, Saturday April 2, 2016 at Cortland Regional Medical Center. Born September 29, 1931 in Italy., Gennaro was the son of Antonio and Francesca Liberatore Pizzola. Gennaro was a member of the Italian Army and he came to the United States from Italy with his family on October 25, 1969. He was a communicant of St. Anthony of Padua Roman...
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Frank S. Rongo

December 26, 1930 - March 28, 2016

Mr. Frank S. Rongo, 85, of Cortland, passed away unexpectedly on Monday March 28, 2016 at Cortland Regional Medical Center. Born December 26, 1930, Frank was the son of Guiseppe and Rosa Caricato Rongo. Frank faithfully served his country in Korea with the Air Police in the United States Air Force. He was employed for many years at Smith-Corona in Cortland and later with ALA in Rochester, N...
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Kenneth C Atkinson

January 9, 1930 - March 16, 2016

Mr. Kenneth C. Atkinson, 86, died on March 16, 2016 in Sarasota Florida. Born on January 9, 1930 to George and Ethel Moolick Atkinson, Ken was a lifelong resident of Truxton where he married his wife Annette and raised 2 children. Blessed with a colorful personality and quick wit, Ken enjoyed football, basketball and baseball, coaching and mentoring young people and listening to country...
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Erik J. Lemelbaum

August 29, 1980 - March 16, 2016

Erik J. Lemelbaum, 35, of Miami, Florida and formerly of Cortland and Syracuse, passed away March 16, 2016 in Florida. Erik was a lacrosse coach for NSU University School in Davie, Florida. He coached for the Broward Barracudas Travel Program, he also played for The Fort Lauderdale Flamingos and The Blarney Stone Lacrosse Team and the Syracuse City Recreational Men's League. He is survived...
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James G. Haskell

May 28, 1946 - March 14, 2016

Mr. James G. Haskell, 69, of Auburn, N.Y. and formerly of Cortland passed away Monday March 14, 2016 at his Auburn home. Born May 28, 1946 in Cortland Jim was the son of Joseph Sr. and Barbara Minnis Haskell. Jim was a 1964 graduate of St. Mary's Parochial School and he faithfully served his country in the United States Air Force. He was employed for many years as a real estate appraiser...
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Mary L. D'Addario

May 28, 1925 - March 9, 2016

Mrs. Mary L. D'Addario, 90, of Cortland, passed away, Wednesday March 9, 2016 at Cortland Regional Medical Center. Mary was born May 28, 1925 in Lockport, N.Y., the daughter of Remo and Alberina D'Intino Dintino., she married her husband of 59 years, Dr. Arthur D'Addario in 1948., they then moved to Cortland in 1949. Mary was a communicant of St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church and a...
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Linda J. Lindley

October 27, 1950 - March 5, 2016

Linda J. Lindley, 65, of Cortland passed away, Saturday March 5, 2016 at Cortland Regional Medical Center. Linda was the daughter of Oliver and Genevieve Robinson Stanton. Linda was a member of Christian Assembly of God Church. She is survived by a daughter; Tammy (Scott) Recor of Cortland and a son; Leo Lindley of Clearwater, Florida., 3 sisters; Sylvia Ripley and Gerrie Marshall both of...
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Duane G. Hollenbeck

February 18, 1938 - March 4, 2016

Mr. Duane G. Hollenbeck, 78, of Cortland, passed away, Friday March 4, 2016 at Cortland Regional Medical Center. Mr. Hollenbeck had retired from Carrier Corporation in Syracuse where he was employed for many years as a supervisor. He is survived by his wife; Sarah Hollenbeck of Cortland, a son; Duane G. (Missy) Hollenbeck, ll., of Pitcher, two daughters; Dianne (Greg) Miller of Naples, N.Y....
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Margaret S. Glave

August 11, 1917 - February 28, 2016

Mrs. Margaret S. Glave, 98, formerly of Hubbard St., Cortland, N.Y., passed away, Sunday February 28, 2016 in Clifton Springs, N.Y., where she had been residing with her daughter. Born in Homestead, Pennsylvania, Margaret was a resident of Cortland for many years. Margaret had retired from J.C. Penney's in Cortland and was a communicant of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church and a former member...
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John S. Morse

September 30, 1958 - February 19, 2016

Mr. John S. Morse, 57, of 20 Lamont Circle, Cortland passed away Friday February 19, 2016 at home. Born, September 30, 1958 in Cortland, John was the son of Kenneth J. and Elizabeth Turgetto Morse. John faithfully served his country in the United States Air Force for many years. Extremely proud of his military service, John was a member of President Jimmy Carter's security detail when the...
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Marian N. Atkinson

September 10, 1931 - February 8, 2016

Mrs. Marian Atkinson, 84, of Cortland, passed away, Monday February 8, 2016 at Cortland Regional Medical Center Nursing Facility. Born, September 10, 1931 in Cortland, Marian was the daughter of Antonio and Catherine Cortese Natoli and was a lifelong Cortland resident. She was a graduate of S.U.N.Y. Cortland and was employed for many years as a 2nd grade teacher at Homer Elementary School....
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Nicholas R. Allen

October 3, 1952 - January 24, 2016

Mr. Nicholas R. Allen, 63, of Cortland, passed away on Sunday January 24, 2016 at Cortland Regional Medical Center. Born October 3, 1952 in Cortland, Nick was the son of Charles and Clara Zingaro Allen. Nick was a lifelong Cortland resident and a communicant of St. Mary's Catholic Church. He is survived by his three children; Eric Allen, Nicole Allen and Nicholas R. (Shana) Allen ll, all...
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James W. Brown

March 20, 1939 - January 20, 2016

Mr. James W. Brown, Sr. 76, of Cortland, N.Y., passed away on January 20, 2016. Born March 20,1939 in Hornell, James was the son of Ernest and Evelyn Stoddard Brown. Jim had received an Associates Degree in both Accounting and Business Administration. He was employed as as Police Officer in Johnson City and then relocated to Cortland to work for NYSEG as a cost accountant, he then went on to be...
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Barbara Jean Kissel

July 19, 1952 - January 7, 2016

Barbara Jean Kissel, 63, died peacefully at home on Thursday January 7, 2016 after a short illness. She was born July 19, 1952 in Cortland to John Gardner and Jane Cummings Gardner. Barbara graduated from Bellport High School in Long Island, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English at The University of Massachusetts. Barbara returned to Cortland and worked at Intertek before providing...
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James Francis Thorpe

December 4, 1940 - January 6, 2016

James Francis Thorpe, 75, life-long artist and professor passed from this earth as he was held and embraced by his adoring family on January 6, 2016 at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, NY. Born December 4, 1940 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jim was an avid nature enthusiast whose most favorite activities included walks with his Golden Retrievers through the woods of Central New York, and...
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Remo G. DeStefano

September 3, 1921 - January 5, 2016

Mr. Remo G. DeStefano, 94, of Cortland passed away, Tuesday January 5, 2016 at University Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y. Born September 3, 1921 in Italy, Remo came to Cortland from Italy in 1956 and served in the Italian Army during World War ll. Remo was a self employed tailor in Cortland for over 30 years, his shop "Remo The Tailor" was first located on Main St., and then on Central Avenue...
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Mary P. Stack

November 21, 1923 - January 4, 2016

Miss Mary P. Stack, " Sis", 92, of Cortland passed away, Monday January 4, 2016 at Cortland Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center. Born November 21, 1923 in Cortland, Mary was a daughter of Michael and Julia Kelly Stack. Mary was a 1941 graduate of St. Mary's Parochial School and Cortland Business Institute. She had retired from S.U.N.Y. Cortland as a secretary where she was employed in the...
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Ruth E. Derby

September 26, 1934 - December 25, 2015

Ruth E. Derby, 81, formerly of Homer, N.Y., passed away, Friday December 25, 2015 at Cortland Regional Medical Center. Born in Syracuse, Ruth was a daughter of George and Katherine McCann Derby. Ruth resided most of her life in the Cortland-Homer area and had retired from Victory Markets, where she was employed by them locally at Great American Food Stores. She is survived by her daughter,...
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L. Joyce Deligato

May 27, 1927 - December 25, 2015

L. Joyce Deligato, 88, of Cortland passed away, Friday December 25, 2015 at her daughters' home in Marathon. Born May 27, 1927 in McGraw, Joyce was a daughter of Theodore Hammond, Sr. and Bernice Parker Hammond. Joyce with her husband, Joseph owned and operated the Crown Liquor Store on Port Watson Street in Cortland for many years. She is survived by her three daughters, Diana (Rufus) Hylton...
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