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Obituary - "The Leader" Corning, NY - Wednesday, February 1, 2017
VIRGINIA H. HYER
            Virginia H. Hyer, age 86, of Bath, NY, died Sunday, January 29, 2017 peacefully at home surrounded by her family. She was born in Bath, May 11, 1930, the daughter of the late Arthur H. and Florence M. (Towner) Allen. Mrs. Hyer was retired from Polly-O Dairy of Campbell, NY.
            She was a member of the Gateway Community Church in Bath. She enjoyed playing cards and camping and especially spending time with her family.
            She is survived by her children, Roger (Linda) Hyer of Bath, NY, Ronald Hyer of Savona, NY, Theresa Sullivan, Susan Jackson, Sherri (Larry) Lawton and Lynn (Audrey) Hyer all of Bath, NY, many grandchildren, many many great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and her lifetime camping and card playing buddy Esther Bowman. She was predeceased by her husband David Melvin Hyer, son, Lyle Hyer, grandson, Michael S. Conrad, great granddaughter, Schylar (Sky Bug) Hyer, sister Vera Marie Clark and son-in-law, Edward Jackson Sr.
            Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, February 3, 2017 from 10:00 am-1:00 pm at Fagan's Funeral Home in Bath. Funeral services will follow at 1:00 pm at the funeral home with Reverend Claudia Browning officiating.
            A graveside service will follow at Nondaga Cemetery, Bath, and a celebration of her life will be held at the Bath V.F.W. Post 1470 immediately following the burial.

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Obituary - "The Leader", Corning, NY - Thursday, January 12, 2017
DUANE W. SISSON
            Duane W. Sisson went to be with the Lord surrounded by his family on January 9, 2017, at age 72. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Ann (Manley) Sisson of Lima; daughters, Kristin (Jason) Schreiber of Ontario, Jennie (Frank) Grad III of Spencerport, Rebecca Sisson of Churchville; sisters, Rosemond (Frederick) Bolt, Laura Hills both of PA.; grandchildren, Christina Burke, Miranda, Madison, Dustin Schreiber, Mikayla, Frankie Grad IV; several nieces and nephews. Duane graduated in the Class of 1962 from Williamson H.S. He was a retiree of Eastman Kodak Co., where he worked for 30 years. A special thank you to the Livingston County Hospice for their loving care of Duane.
            Family and friends are invited to call Saturday 1-3PM at the O'Connell-Dougherty Funeral Home, 2041 Lake Ave., Lima, where his Funeral Service will be held following calling hours at 3PM. Private Spring Interment, Nelson Cemetery, Nelson, PA. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Livingston County Hospice, 2 County Campus, Mt. Morris, NY 14510 or 1595 Elmwood Ave. #B1, Rochester, NY 14620. To share a memory or send a condolence visit: oconnelldoughteryfuneralhome.com.

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Obituary - "The Leader", Corning, NY - Sunday, December 26, 2016
GALE O'BRIAN
            Gale L. O'Brian, age 66, of Corning, NY passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family.
            Gale was born on November 17, 1950 in Corning, NY, the son of the late Clifford L. and the late Martha (Coleman) O'Brian. He married Shelley S. Van Vleet on September 29, 2001 in Corning, NY. He was a graduate of Corning-Painted Post West High School, class of 1970.
            He served in the United States Air Force from 1970 to 1990, working as a civil engineer, retiring with 20 years of service to his country. In his free time, Gale enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He also loved to watch Football, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor - always making those around him laugh.
            He is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, Shelley S. O'Brian; son, Derrick L. O'Brian of Corning, NY; step-son, James Boyle of Newport News, VA; granddaughter, Gracie Boyle; brothers: Lawrence O'Brian of Horseheads, NY, Alton (Flossy) O'Brian of Painted Post, NY, Ritchie O'Brian of Corning, NY, Maynard (Shirley) O'Brian of Woodhull, NY and Philip (Jean) O'Brian of Corning, NY.
            Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 1:00pm at the family plot in Elmwood Cemetery, Corning, NY with full military honors. Carpenter's Funeral Home, 14 E. Pulteney St., Corning has been entrusted with the arrangements.
            Kind words and memories may be shared at: www.CarpentersFuneralHome.com.

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Obituary - "The Leader", Corning, NY - Tuesday, December 20, 2016
JOHN STEMPIN
            John Paul Stempin, age 46, of Hornby, NY died peacefully Saturday, December 17, 2016 in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family and friends.
            John truly knew what is important in life. He was the most generous and kind person you could have the fortune to have known. His wife of 20 years, Adrienne and his four loving children: Jacob, Laura, Matthew, and Kyle were his proudest accomplishments.
            Born on Friday the 13th of March 1970, John received a Bachelor of Science from SUNY Cortland and was employed by Wegmans as a bakery manager for 23 years. He generously gave of himself volunteering over the years with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Cub Scouts, and as a coach with both the Painted Post Area Little League and YMCA youth soccer.
John loved fishing, bocce ball, horseshoes, ladder ball, corn hole, betting the horses at Saratoga and Finger Lakes, playing basketball, watching a Washington Redskins game, adventure walks with the kids, taking the family to the lake and playing ball with the kids. The best father, husband, son, older brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend ever! Family was what mattered the most to John.
            John Paul is survived by his wife, Adrienne(Gauthier) Stempin of Hornby, NY; his four children: Jacob, Laura, Matthew, and Kyle; his parents, John and Edith (Lehman) Stempin, also of Hornby; mother-in-law, Norma Gauthier of Caton; sister, Carly (Randy) Dupuis of Albany; brother, Patrick (Heather) Stempin of Corning; and nieces and nephews, Violet and Parker Dupuis, and Ryan Stempin; brothers-in-law, Andre Gauthier of New York City and John Gauthier of Corning; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins who loved him dearly.
            Calling hours will be Thursday, December 22 from 11- 2 PM at Haughey Funeral Home, Inc., 216 E. First Street, Corning, NY, with a prayer service to immediately follow at 2:00 PM in the funeral home, with Deacon Ray Defendorf officiating. A continuation of the celebration of John's life will follow at the VFW, Baker Street, Corning.
            In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your local food bank, or children's or humanitarian . We invite you to share the love John gave to you by practicing random acts of kindness to make the world a better place.

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Taken from: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/the-leader/obituary.aspx?n=john-hawkins&pid=182165526
Obituary - "The Leader" Corning, NY - October 28, 2016
John Hawkins
1944 - 2116

John A. Hawkins, age 71, of First Street in Corning, NY died Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA.
            John was born on November 28, 1944 in Corning to Francis and Carrie (Wood) Hawkins. He married Carol Copp on October 27, 1984 in Painted Post. John was a shipping clerk at Dresser Rand in Painted Post for over 37 years.
            He is a member of Victory Highway Wesleyan Church, enjoyed word searches, model cars, and watching TV.
            He is survived by his wife Carol; son, DeWayne (Rebecca) Jennings of Lawton, OK; daughter, Tina Stephens of Oblong, IL; mother-in-law, Martha Copp; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Yvonne (Doug) DeWert, Josephine (Eugene) Jennings, Roxanna (Robert) Henshaw, James (Mary Ann) Copp, Robert (Brenda) Copp; six grandchildren, Carey, Cassi, Mitchell, Nathan, Matthew, and Alexis; several nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his son, Allen Jennings in 1999.
            Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, November 1st from 3 - 5 PM at Haughey Funeral Home, Inc., 216 E. First Street in Corning where funeral services will follow at 5:00 PM. Burial will be in Coopers Plains Cemetery.
            Memorial donation may be made in John's name to any VFW or to the at www.lung.org.
            John's family entrusted his care to Haughey Funeral Home, Inc.

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Taken from: http://www.andrewsfuneralservices.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=3822634&fh_id=14468
Avril Gore Kalinich
(June 2, 1924 - July 23, 2016)
            Avril Gore Kalinich, 92, of Gloucester Virginia passed away peacefully on July 23, 2016. She was born June 2, 1924 in Corning, New York to Ellsworth B. Gore and Wynifred M. (Hilk) Gore. She grew up in Corning, attended Corning Free Academy and Northwestern University in Chicago where she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She worked in New York City for Steuben Glass and later in life as a real estate agent in Morristown, NJ. After returning to Corning she married John, her husband of 56 years. In 1956 they relocated and raised their family in the Morristown, New Jersey area where she enjoyed being a member of the local garden club before retiring to Gloucester in 1984. Avril devoted a great deal of time to serving her community throughout her life including volunteering and fundraising at local hospitals and serving on the PTA at her children's schools. Proud to be an eleventh generation American, Avril was a member and served as Regent of the Cricket Hill Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution where she raised funds to restore Constitution Hall in Washington DC. She and John enjoyed entertaining friends at their home in Gloucester and for many years held an annual Super Bowl party. She also was an avid bridge player. Avril was a parishioner at Ware Episcopal Church. She was preceded in death by her husband John Kalinich (2005) and her daughter Carol E. Kalinich (2015). Avril is survived by son John Kalinich, Jr. and his wife Madeline of Whitehouse Station, NJ; granddaughter Laura K. O'Connor and her husband Robert, also of New Jersey and grandson John Kalinich III in Colorado, as well as many nieces and nephews. A private family service with internment at the family cemetery in Corning, NY is planned. In lieu of flowers, donations in Avril’s memory, to the Riverside Walter Reed Hospice, 7358 Main St, Gloucester Courthouse, VA 23061 are appreciated. Family can be contacted at PO Box 1174, Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889. Andrews Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

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"The Leader", Corning, NY - Monday, June 27, 2016
By Jeffery Smith jsmith@the-leader.com
            BATH - Schuyler Hyer, 16, of Robie Street, died late Sunday night after being hit by a vehicle while walking on State Route 415, near the May Street intersection, just outside the Village of Bath.
            The motor vehicle/pedestrian collision took place at about 10:20 p.m., while Hyer was walking along the edge of State Route 415, according to Steuben County Undersheriff Jim Allard.
            Hyer was unresponsive in someone’s yard when patrolmen arrived and was rushed from the scene to Ira Davenport Hospital. She was then immediately airlifted to Strong Trauma Unit, in Rochester, for treatment, police said.
            She later died from her injuries.
            Steuben County Sheriff Dave Cole expressed his deepest sympathy and condolences for Hyer’s friends and family.
Allard said that the investigation will continue.
            “It’s just terrible,” Allard said. “The reconstruction of the vehicle/pedestrian collision has not yet been determined, at this point it’s pointing towards the inability of the motorist to see the pedestrian.”
            The man who was driving the vehicle that hit the teen, Aaron M. Sabatini, 38, of Corning, was fully cooperative with the police during the investigation, Allard said. He voluntarily submitted to drug and alcohol testing after the accident.
            Allard said all indicator tests found that Sabatini had no presence of any alcohol or illegal substance in his system. Sabatini's cell phone does not show any activity around the time the accident, he added.
            Cole said the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office will continue its investigation into the “tragic” event, which police believe occurred because of a lack of visibility and pedestrian awareness.

"The Star-Gazette", Elmira, NY - Monday, June 27, 2016
Steuben County girl, 16, dies after being struck by car
            A 16-year-old girl has died after being struck by a car Sunday night while walking along state Route 415 in the Town of Bath.
            Schuyler Hyer of Robie Street in Bath was first taken to Ira Davenport Hospital in Bath and then taken by medical helicopter to the Trauma Unit of Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester where she died of her injuries, the Steuben County Sheriff's Office reported, Around 10:20 p.m. Sunday, the sheriff's office was called to state Route 415 near May Street, just outside the Village of Bath. The arriving deputy found the Hyer in the yard of a private home.
            She was unresponsive and had apparently been struck while walking along the fog line of the southbound lane of Route 415.
            The deputy immediately started CPR on Hyer until Bath Ambulance arrived.
            Driver Aaron M. Sabatini, 38, of High Street in Corning, immediately stopped after the collision. Sabatini was also taken to Ira Davenport Hospital and was released. Police said he fully cooperated with the investigation.
            According to the sheriff's office, the cause of the crash is attributed to Sabatini's car being driven along the fog line. Hyer had been walking facing oncoming traffic when she was struck.
            The sheriff's office, in a news release Monday afternoon, said Sheriff David Cole "expresses his deepest sympathy and condolences for Ms. Hyer's friends and family."
            Assisting the sheriff's office at the scene were New York State Police, Bath Police, Bath Fire Department and Bath Ambulance.
            An investigation is continuing, according to a news release.

"12 Action News - WBNG", Binghamton, NY - Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Deputies: Teen girl dies after allegedly being hit by car
            TOWN OF BATH, N.Y. (WBNG) -- According to the Steuben County Sheriff's Office, a teen girl is dead after allegedly being hit by a car in the Town of Bath Sunday. The Sheriff's Office said Schuyler Hyer, 16 of Bath, died of her injuries.
            The pedestrian - car crash happened around 10:20 p.m. on State Route 415 near the intersection of May Street, deputies said.
            When deputies arrived, they found Hyer unresponsive in a yard; she had reportedly been hit by a car as she was walking along the fog line in the southbound lane.
            Deputies gave her first aid and CPR until an ambulance arrived.
            She was taken to Ira Davenport Hospital in Bath, then immediately air lifted to the Strong Trauma Unit in Rochester.
            Deputies said Aaron Sabatini, 38 of Corning, was driving the car that allegedly hit Hyer. He was still at the crash site when deputies arrived.
            He was taken to Ira Davenport Hospital and released later that night, pending the outcome of the investigation into the crash.
            Deputies said Sabatini is fully cooperating with the ongoing investigation.
            The Sheriff's Office Collision Reconstruction Team investigated the collision site. According to deputies, the collision is currently being attributed to Sabatini driving a car along the fog line of the southbound lane with Hyer walking facing oncoming traffic.

"The Leader", Corning, NY - Friday, June 30, 2016
SCHUYLAR E. "SKY-BUG" HYER
            BATH, NY.; Schylar E. "Sky-Bug" Hyer, 16, passed away unexpectedly on Monday June 27, 2016. She was born in Corning, NY on January 22, 2000 the daughter of Raymond Hyer and Kathi Kazukiewicz.
            She just finished her Sophmore year at Haverling High School and was on the Honor roll. She had been a member of the Corning Track Team and Basketball team at Haverling. She was a member of the JV Cheerleading Squad for Basketball and Football and also participated in Cheerleading Competitions. She loved Elephants, music and painting. She was addicted to her baby sister. If it had a motor she ran it fast. She loved the outdoors and spending time with her friends. She was very passionate at all she did and touched a lot of hearts.
            She was predeceased by her maternal great grandfather Richard (Martha) Blow, aunt Jennifer Rubin Kazukiewicz, aunt Laurel Hargrave, paternal great grandmother Anna (Rueben) Jacoby, great grandfather David Hyer, great uncle Lyle Hyer, grandmother Deb Hyer, great aunt Becky Stickler, great aunt Robin Pierce, great aunt Vicky Bush, great uncle Tom Jacoby, great grandmother Dee Lese, great grandfather Stephen LaBar Sr.
She is survived by her mother Kathi (Tim) Bulkley, sisters Thea Kazukiewicz, Erica Bulkley, Desiree Bulkley, brother Isaiah Bulkley, niece Alexis Bulkley, maternal grandmother Dale Kazukiewicz, aunt Shannon (John) Carey, cousin Tiffany Carey, uncle Dan Cook, cousin Hannah Cook, uncle Jeremi Kazukiewicz, cousin Kiira Kazukiewicz, aunt Rebekah (Todd) Snyder, cousins Angelina Snyder, Gracelynn Snyder father Raymond (Steph) Hyer, sisters Angelica Hyer, Alyssa Hyer, brother Zachary Doyle, great grandmother Virginia Hyer, grandfather Ronald Hyer, several great aunts and uncles, uncle Rendell (Adrea) Hyer, cousin Caleb Hyer, very special cousin Cierra Hyer, uncle Roy Hyer, cousin Shilia Abbott, cousins Elizabeth and Chase Hyer, uncle Ronald Hyer II, uncle Stephen LaBar Jr., special uncle Shawn LaBarr, many other extended family, Schylar is also survived by her Cheerleading Team an Coaches.
            Calling hours are being observed at the Bath Baptist Church on Friday July I, 2016 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm and Saturday July 2, 2016 from 9:00am to 11:00am. Her Funeral Service will be held on Saturday July 2, 2016 at 11:00am with Pastor Dale Kee Officiating. Private Committal Service will be at Nondaga Cemetery.
            Memorials maybe made in Schylar's name to the Seneca Park Zoo Elephants Exhibit 2222 ST. Paul Street Rochester, NY. 14621 or to the Haverling Cheerleaders Squad 25 Ellis Avenue Bath, NY 14810.
            Arrangements are being handled by Bond-Davis Funeral Home of Bath.

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"The Leader", Corning, NY - Wednesday, June 8, 2016
NANCY R. WHITE
            Woodhull, NY | Nancy R. White, 74, of W. Main St. Woodhull, passed away on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Highland Hospital in Rochester.
            Nancy was born in Rathbone, NY on May 23, 1942, the daughter of the late Raymond and May Risley Farrand. She was raised in the Hedgesville area and was a true farm girl through and through. She was a 1961 graduate of Jasper Central School.
            On June 3, 1962, she and Neil A. White were married at the Rathbone Methodist Church. Neil survives.
            Nancy was a homemaker most of her life but had worked at Westinghouse Electric in Bath for a short time following school. She and Neil lived in the Rochester area for many years before returning to the area in retirement. While in Monroe County, they opened their home to countless foster children, a responsibility which gave them great pride and satisfaction.
            Nancy loved to travel and camping was often a huge part of their travels. Her family made many dear memories while camping, no matter how basic and rough the original outings were. She enjoyed working with ceramics as well as attending horse auctions.
            Nancy was preceded in death by her son, Vern White on Jan. 8, 2012, her beloved grandson, Jeremy White on Apr. 27, 2001 and her sister, Joan Jackson.
            Surviving is her husband of 54 years, Neil White of Woodhull, her sons and daughter in law, Raymond and Colleen White of North Pole, Alaska and Neil White Jr. of Woodhull, her daughter, Lorraine Guyette of Fairport, NY, her daughter in law, Ann White of Jasper, grandchildren, Cherlayne White, Alyssa White, Jared (Tara) Guyette, Andria (David) English, Samantha White, Megan White, Kelli White, Kaitlyn White and McKenzie White, great grandchildren, Brayden, Brielle and Addison, her brother, Donald (Anna) Farrand of Woodhull, her brother in law, Stacy Jackson of Cameron and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
            A graveside service will be held on Sunday, June 12 at 2 PM at Woodhull Cemetery with Rev. Brian Diffenbacher officiating.
            In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to help with funeral expenses.
            On line condolences and memories may be shared at www.hpsmithandsonfuneralhome.com.

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"The Leader", Corning, NY - Saturday, May 21, 2016
DONALD W. BIXBY
            Donald W. Bixby, age 75, of Hornby, NY passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Guthrie Corning Hospital. Don was born on September 9, 1940 in Hornby to Charles C. and Helen E. (Divens) Bixby. He married Judith A. Thompson on July 7, 1962 and was predeceased by her on March 18, 2002.
            Don graduated from Northside High School and worked as a mechanic his entire life. Don retired from World Kitchen in the Pressware Plant in 1999. He enjoyed camping with his friends and family. He took many camping trips to Lamoka Lake, Fair Haven, and the Adirondacks. Don was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. In his retirement years he spent the majority of his time at his home and became an avid gardener. He was fortunate to have his grandchildren living next door and he cherished his time with them.
            He is survived by one son: Thomas (Belinda) Bixby of Corning, daughter in law: Cindy Bixby of Hornby; grandchildren: Peggy (Heath) Filkins, Ben (Daisy) Wingate, Holly, Heather, Keegan and Jade Bixby; great grandson: Camden Filkens; sister: Mary (Jack) Travis, Irene Bixby; brother: John (Dolores) Bixby along with many nieces and nephews.
            Don was predeceased by his parents, Clair and Helen (Divens) Bixby; wife, Judith Bixby; son, Donnie Bixby and sister, Mabel Whitney.
            Family and friends are invited to call at Carpenter's Funeral Home, 14 E. Pulteney St. Corning, NY 14830 on Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 2:00pm-4:00pm. A funeral service will immediately follow with Rev. Paul Mattison officiating. He will be laid to rest in Goodsell Cemetery at a private ceremony.
            In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be given to the Hornby Fire Department, 4860 County Route 41, Beaver Dams, NY 14812 or to Victory Highway Wesleyan Church, 150 Victory Highway, Painted Post, NY 14870.
            Kind words of fond memories of Don can be shared with his family at www.CarpentersFuneralHome.com.

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Notice - "The Buffalo News", Buffalo, NY - Sunday, May 15, 2016
Sandra L. (Bobrik) LEHMAN
            LEHMAN - Sandra L. (nee Bobrik) May 7, 2016, of Cheektowaga, NY, peacefully, at home after a brief illness; dear mother of David (Rose), Daniel (Robert Mangold), Douglas (Phylis) Lehman; beloved daughter of Florence L. Kelce and the late Peter C. Bobrik; sister of Richard (late Mary Jo) Bobrik, Janet (Thomas) Weiman, Thomas (late Sandra) Bobrik, Melinda (Michael) Shoemaker; survived by nieces and nephews. Private services were held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by the BARRON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, INC.

Obituary - "The Leader", Corning, NY - Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Sandra Lehman
            Sandra Lehman, 74, formerly of Corning, died Saturday, May 7, 2016.
            There will be no calling hours. Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
            Arrangements are with Barron-Miller Funeral Home, Cheektowaga.

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Obituary - "The Leader", Corning, NY - April 17, 2016
ERNEST G. GOODRICH
            Ernest G. Goodrich, age 100, passed away on April 12, 2016 at the Taylor Healthcare Center in Bath, New York.
            Ernie was born in the Town of Avoca on September 19, 1915 to Charles and Sarah Goodrich. He grew up in Campbell and graduated from the high school there in June 1935.
            After a long and enjoyable career with the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad, he retired in September 1975. During his leisure time, he pursued many hobbies including: beekeeper, ham radio operator, gardener, coin and stamp collector as well as spectator at local sporting events. He married Mary Jane Kalmbach on June 30, 1940. She predeceased him in March of 1982.
            He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Gertrude Stuart Goodrich, age 98 of Bath, NY; his two children: Sarah Jane Goodrich and Ernie (Susan) Goodrich; his two grandchildren: Donna (Gerald) Benwitz and Jeffrey Goodrich; five great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild and sister in-law, Barbara (Lenoard) Sutton. Also, surviving are Gertrude's children: DonnaLee(Roy) Simpson, Peter(Karin) Stuart, Allan(Josette) Stuart, Teri (Jim) Van Vliete, Melanie Claeys (Michael Deets), Tawny (Lloyd) Beckmann, Gretchen Stuart, seventeen grand-children and nineteen great-grandchildren.
            The family wishes to thank all the loving extended family and friends for their kind thoughts and prayers. A special thank you to the staff at Fred and Harriet Taylor Healthcare Center for their excellent care and kindness shown Ernie during his stay there. Private family services will be held at the convenience of the family.
            In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the Campbell United Methodist Church, 8516 Main Street, Campbell, NY 14821 or the Savona Federated Church, 20 Church Street, Savona, NY 14879. Bond-Davis Funeral Home, Bath, NY is assisting the family.

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Obituary - "The Leader", Corning, NY - March 13, 2016
B>Donald A. Hunt
1931 - 2016
            Horseheads, NY - Donald A. Hunt, age 84, of Broad St. in Horseheads, NY, died Thursday, March 10, 2016 at Corning Hospital with his family at his side.
            Donald was born June 15, 1931, in Corning to George and Gladys (Lee) Hunt. He graduated from Northside High School. Donald served in the US Navy during the Korean war in 1952, aboard the USS Firedrake (AE-14).
            In the late 60's he owned and operated Custom's Kitchens on Market St. in Corning. From there he worked at Adamys Kitchen & Bath, and Riverside Builders Supply. He retired at the age of 65 only to go back to work for Sam's Club in Horseheads, NY where he retired at the age of 83. Donald loved to golf, drawing, watching the flower garden grow and bird watching. Donald was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church in Corning.
            Donald is survived by his children, Son, Donald (Erma) Hunt of Corning, Daughter, Nancy (Bonnie) Hunt-Harvey of Corning and son, Timothy George Hunt; Grandchildren, Ashley, April, Tonya, Dale, Michael, and Joseph all of Corning; Sisters, Janet "Pat" Gridley of Corning and Phyllis Newman of Jamestown, NY; Sister-in-law, Awanda Hunt of Corning and Brother-in-law, Philip Huber of Horseheads, NY, and several nieces and nephews. Donald was predeceased by two sisters, Jacquelyn Ripley and Sylvia Huber and one brother, George Hunt.
            Calling hours will be held on Monday, March 14, 2016, at Acly-Stover Funeral Home from 2-4 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 4:00 p.m. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery in Corning.
            Memorial donations may be made in Donald's name to the American Heart Association.

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Obituary - "The Leader", Corning, NY - March 6, 2016
Nancy Reagan
Former first lady Nancy Reagan dies at 94 in California

            LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nancy Reagan, the helpmate, backstage adviser and fierce protector of Ronald Reagan in his journey from actor to president — and finally during his 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease — has died. She was 94.
            The former first lady died Sunday at her home in Los Angeles’ Bel-Air neighborhood of congestive heart failure, assistant Allison Borio told The Associated Press.
            Her best-known project as first lady was the “Just Say No” campaign to help kids and teens stay off drugs.
            When she swept into the White House in 1981, the former Hollywood actress partial to designer gowns and pricey china was widely dismissed as a pre-feminist throwback, concerned only with fashion, decorating and entertaining. By the time she moved out eight years later, Mrs. Reagan was fending off accusations that she was a behind-the-scenes “dragon lady” wielding unchecked power over the Reagan administration — and doing it based on astrology to boot.
            All along she maintained that her only mission was to back her “Ronnie” and strengthen his presidency.
            Mrs. Reagan carried that charge through the rest of her days. She served as a full-time caretaker as Alzheimer’s melted away her husband’s memory. After his death in June 2004 she dedicated herself to tending his legacy, especially at his presidential library in California, where he had served as governor.
            She also championed Alzheimer’s patients, raising millions of dollars for research and breaking with fellow conservative Republicans to advocate for stem cell studies. Her dignity and perseverance in these post-White House roles helped smooth over the public’s fickle perceptions of the former first lady.
            The Reagans’ mutual devotion over 52 years of marriage was legendary. They were forever holding hands. She watched his political speeches with a look of such steady adoration it was dubbed “the gaze.” He called her “Mommy,” and penned a lifetime of gushing love notes. She saved these letters, published them as a book, and found them a comfort when he could no longer remember her.
            In announcing his Alzheimer’s diagnosis in 1994, Reagan wrote, “I only wish there was some way I could spare Nancy from this painful experience.” Ten years later, as his body lay in state in the U.S. Capitol, Mrs. Reagan caressed and gently kissed the flag-draped casket.
            As the newly arrived first lady, Mrs. Reagan raised more than $800,000 from private donors to redo the White House family quarters and to buy a $200,000 set of china bordered in red, her signature color. She was criticized for financing these pet projects with donations from millionaires who might seek influence with the government, and for accepting gifts and loans of dresses worth thousands of dollars from top designers. Her lavish lifestyle — in the midst of a recession and with her husband’s administration cutting spending on the needy — inspired the mocking moniker “Queen Nancy.”
            But her admirers credited Mrs. Reagan with restoring grace and elegance to the White House after the austerity of the Carter years.
            Her substantial influence within the White House came to light slowly in her husband’s second term.
            Although a feud between the first lady and chief of staff Donald Regan had spilled into the open, the president dismissed reports that it was his wife who got Regan fired. “The idea that she is involved in governmental decisions and so forth and all of this, and being a kind of dragon lady — there is nothing to that,” a visibly angry Reagan assured reporters.
            But Mrs. Reagan herself and other insiders later confirmed her role in rounding up support for Regan’s ouster and persuading the president that it had to be done, because of the Iran-Contra scandal that broke under Regan’s watch.
            She delved into policy issues, too. She urged Reagan to finally break his long silence on the AIDS crisis. She nudged him to publicly accept responsibility for the arms-for-hostages scandal. And she worked to buttress those advisers urging him to thaw U.S. relations with the Soviet Union, over the objections of the administration’s “evil empire” hawks.
            Near the end of Reagan’s presidency, ex-chief of staff Regan took his revenge with a memoir revealing that the first lady routinely consulted a San Francisco astrologer to guide the president’s schedule. Mrs. Reagan, who had a longtime interest in horoscopes, maintained that she used the astrologer’s forecasts only in hopes of predicting the safest times for her husband to venture out of the White House after an assassination attempt by John Hinckley just three months into Reagan’s presidency.
            Anne Frances Robbins, nicknamed Nancy, was born on July 6, 1921, in New York City. Her parents separated soon after she was born and her mother, film and stage actress Edith Luckett, went on the road. Nancy was reared by an aunt until 1929, when her mother married Dr. Loyal Davis, a wealthy Chicago neurosurgeon who gave Nancy his name and a socialite’s home. She majored in drama at Smith College and found stage work with the help of her mother’s connections.
            In 1949, MGM signed 5-foot-4, doe-eyed brunette Nancy Davis to a movie contract. She was cast mostly as a loyal housewife and mother. She had a key role in “The Next Voice You Hear ...,” an unusual drama about a family that hears God’s voice on the radio. In “Donovan’s Brain,” she played the wife of a scientist possessed by disembodied gray matter.
            She met Ronald Reagan in 1950, when he was president of the Screen Actors Guild and she was seeking help with a problem: Her name had been wrongly included on a published list of suspected communist sympathizers. They discussed it over dinner, and she later wrote that she realized on that first blind date “he was everything that I wanted.”
            They wed two years later, on March 4, 1952. Daughter Patti was born in October of that year and son Ron followed in 1958. Reagan already had a daughter, Maureen, and an adopted son, Michael, from his marriage to actress Jane Wyman. (Later, public spats and breaches with her grown children would become a frequent source of embarrassment for Mrs. Reagan.)
            She was thrust into the political life when her husband ran for California governor in 1966 and won. She found it a surprisingly rough business.
            “The movies were custard compared to politics,” Mrs. Reagan said.



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