James J. Keenan

James J. Keenan – (83) – of 7 Pine St., Hornell, died Saturday afternoon (July 26, 2014) at McAuley Manor in North Hornell, following a brief illness.

Born in Jersey City, NJ on January 31, 1931, he was the son of James & Wilamena (Pritz) Keenan.

When he was 5 years old, Jim’s family moved to Rochester, NY.  He was a graduate of West High School (class of 1948).  He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving his country in the US Navy.

Jim was employed as a firefighter in Rochester for 30 years, retiring in 1988.  He lived in Florida for about 17 years and has resided in Hornell since June, 2008.

He was married on May 4, 1957 to the former Jean Herzog who died January 18, 2014.

Surviving are 3 daughters, Mary Frances (Ronald) Spataro of Rochester, Wendy (Richard) Chapel of Geneseo and Kathleen (David) Hillman of Hornell; 1 son, James J. Keenan of Rochester; several grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter, nieces & nephews.

Francis J. Pollizi

Francis J. Pollizi – (77) – of 106 Hornell St., Hornell, died early Monday morning (July 28, 2014) at his home, following a brief illness.

Born in Hornell on March 8, 1937, he was the son of Anthony & Rose (Changose) Pollizi.

Francis grew up in Hornell and attended Hornell High School.  He was employed for 52 years in many capacities at the former Stern & Stern Industries, retiring in 2008 as a weaver.

He was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church where he served as an usher for many years.  For 10 years, Francis volunteered his time at the annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner at Billy Schu’s Restaurant.

Francis will be remembered as a true “Family Man”.  He was a caring and devoted husband, a loving father, grandfather & great-grandfather.  He was extremely proud of his entire family and in recent years took great joy in his grandchildren & great-grandchildren.  He always had a smile on his face and never had a cruel word to say.  He will be sadly missed by his family and many friends.

Patrick E. Mahany

Patrick E. “Pat” Mahany – 88 – Poags Hole Rd., Arkport, died early Thursday morning (July 24, 2014) after living a long and full life.

Born in Easton, ME on August 6, 1925, he was the son of Eldon & Delia (Long) Mahany.

Pat grew up in Easton, ME where he graduated from Easton High School in 1943 with “honors.”  He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the US Army.  While in the army, Pat was stationed in France, Luxemburg, and Belgium and was a recipient of the Purple Heart Medal along with numerous other medals.  His dedication for his country and fellow patriots continued to run deep through his veins his entire life.

Moving to the Arkport area in 1947, Pat established Patrick E. Mahany & Sons, Inc., a potato and grain farm located in Arkport.  He, along with his sons, operated the business until his “retirement” in 1981.  Since 1996, he has been instrumental in the day to day operation of Sun Valley Campsites in Arkport (near Canaseraga).  Since 1983, Pat has spent the winter months in Florida with his daughter, Michelle.  While in Florida, he gave a valiant attempt to golf and play tennis – “not his cup of tea.”

Pat was a member of the Arkport American Legion for 66 years, a former member of the Hornell Knights of Columbus, and a member of National Infantry Association.  In the mid 1970s, he served on the Board of Education of the Arkport Central School.

Pat was a lifelong horseman.  As a boy, he worked with horses daily to travel and work his family farm in Maine.  Pat enjoyed riding horses and was a member of the Belle Hollow Hunt Club and was “acting as Master of the Hunt.”  Throughout the years, he also raised and owned several very successful race horses, both in harness and thoroughbred racing.  Pat took pride in his ability to raise most of these horses from foals.

Pat was also an avid snow skier.  He not only skied locally, but also traveled to places such as Colorado, Maine, Vermont, and Canada to ski with close friends and family.  He enjoyed a nice warm cup of hot buttered rum and chili that his wife, Phyllis, would make for him to keep warm.  He never wore anything other than his cowboy hat while skiing, so he needed all the help he could to keep warm.  He was an active skier until he was 82 years young!

He was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church.  In recent years, he was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Canaseraga.

Pat was married on November 26, 1947 to the former Phyllis Millard who died in 2002.  He was also preceded in death by his son, Timothy Mahany who died May 8, 2014, his grandson Anthony “Tony” Mahany who died in 1999, his brothers Vincent Mahany and Joseph Mahany.

Surviving are three sons, Patrick (Karen) Mahany, Jr. of Siverthorne, CO; Sean (Nancy) Mahany of Scottsdale, AZ; and Kevin (Christine) Mahany of Arkport; daughter Michelle (Alan) Eddison of Stuart, FL; 1 brother, Murray (Reba) Mahany of Arkport; 2 sisters, Gertrude Thompson of Seattle, WA, and Sr. Joyce Mahany of Standish, ME; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

The family of Patrick E. “Pat” Mahany will receive friends on Sunday (today) from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church Street, Hornell, NY.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10:00 AM at St. Ann’s Church with Father John Cullen officiating.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery with full military honors.

Pat’s family requests that memorial contributions in his name be made to the Arkport American Legion, West Ave., Arkport NY 14807.  Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home or click here to print a form.

In recognition of Pat’s service to his country during WWII, the American Flag at the Dagon Funeral Home will be flown at half-staff.

Ethel Loh Strickarz

Ethel Loh Strickarz – 64 – of 880 North Almond Valley Rd, Arkport, NY (Town of Almond), also of Bradford, NY transitioned from this life on Wednesday afternoon (July 23, 2014) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, following a long illness.

Born in New York City on November 7, 1949, she was the beloved daughter of Huan Swee & Nelly (Liu) Loh.

Ethel grew up in Forest Hills, Queens NYC and was a graduate of Forest Hills High School class of 1965.  She was a graduate of Monroe Community College in Rochester and later attended the University of Buffalo and worked in the Human Services Health Field for the majority of her life.

Ethel began working for Arc of Steuben in February, 1981 and was very instrumental in helping Arc of Steuben grow into what it is today.  She was employed there for 29 years and retired from Arc in August, 2013 due to ill health.  At the time of her retirement she held the position of Director of Development. She found love, joy and satisfaction in helping those who were developmentally disabled and less fortunate

She was an extremely artistic and talented person who expressed her creativity through doll making, painting, poetry and jewelry design.  She also enjoyed traveling, gardening, reading, spending time with her family and being outdoors.

She was preceded in death by her father, Huan Swee Loh who died in 1985.

She was married on October 28, 1979 (34 ½ years) to David Strickarz who survives.  Also surviving are her son, Daemian Friedman of Springwater, NY; her mother, Nelly Loh of Arkport; 1 brother, Raymond Loh of Canisteo; 1 sister, Eileen (Leon) Loh-Fontier of Dresden, NY; 1 granddaughter, Katie (Sean) FitzPatrick; 2 great-grandchildren; several nieces & nephews.

At Ethel’s request there will be no prior calling hours.  Her wish was to be cremated and, at a scheduled time to be announced, provide an opportunity for family members and close friends to celebrate her life.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.

Ethel’s family request that memorial contributions in her name be made to Arc of Steuben, 1 ARC Way, Bath, NY 14810 or click here to print a form.

Martha Glynn Samiec

Martha Glynn Samiec – (74) – of 2221 State Rt. 248, Rexville (Town of Greenwood), died Tuesday evening (July 15, 2014) at McAuley Manor, where she had resided since 2005.

Born in Hornell on January 16, 1940, she was the daughter of Thomas & Mary Alice (Riefer) Glynn.

Martha grew up in Hornell and was a graduate of St. Ann’s School and Hornell High School (class of 1958).  She later earned her Registered Nurses License from St. James School of Nursing.

She was employed as a registered nurse for more than 30 years, working with people with developmental disabilities and retiring from Monroe Developmental Center.

Martha was a former member of St. Ann’s Church in Hornell and more recently was a member of St. Mary’s Church of Rexville.  She enjoyed working on crossword puzzles, knitting & crocheting and was an avid golfer.  She was a former member of the Ladies of Columbus.  Most importantly, Martha had a deep love for her family!

Jerry R. Livingston, Sr

Jerry Richard Livingston, Sr. of Canaseraga, NY, passed away at home July 3, 2014, after a hard battle with cancer.

He was born April 6, 1941 in Buffalo, NY to Martin Luther and Esther (Jepson) Livingston.

Jerry lived the early years of his life on Grand Island, NY, where he was active in the Rod & Gun Club, the Rescue Squad, and Trinity Church. After moving to the Canaseraga area, he became a social member of American Legion Fawcett Post 1582, a member of the Hornell Moose Club, the Hornell Association, and was a Past Exalted Ruler (ER) of the Hornell Elks Club. He was also Past Master of the Keshequa Masonic Lodge.

He was a self-employed carpenter all his life.  He enjoyed spending time with his family, watching sports, fishing, boating and playing guitar.

Jerry was pre-deceased by his parents and 2 brothers, Charles and Martin, Jr.

He was married to the former Donnalee Wheeler who survives  Also surviving are his children, Julie (Gregory) Swain, Jay (Noel) Livingston, Jody Schue, Jeff (Pam) Livingston, Renee Livingston, and Ryan (Leslie) Livingston, his grandchildren Jeremy (Angela) Swain, Jared (Laura) Pierce, Amber (Paul) Kehoe, Chad Pierce, Eric Swain, Kristen Livingston, Dillon Swain, Aaron Schue, Caleb Livingston, and Camden Livingston, and 9 great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his sister, Joan (Skip) Fred, his brother Ronald Livingston, his sister-in-law Gayle (Rich) Morley, and many nieces and nephews.

At Jerry’s request there will be no calling hours.   A Memorial Service will be held July 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Birdsall Community Church, 8959 County Route 16, Angelica, NY.

Arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY

Jerry’s family request that donations in his memory be made to the Canaseraga Ambulance Service, PO Box 322, Canaseraga, NY 14822.

John F. Trentanelli

John F. Trentanelli – 83 – of 7 Mill St., Hornell, died Thursday afternoon (July 3, 2014) at his home, following a brief illness.

Born in Hornell on February 14, 1931 and was the son of Salvatore & Rose (Capparino) Trentanelli.

John was a graduate of Hornell High School (class of 1949).  He was a veteran of the United States Army serving from 1952-1953 in Korea.

He was employed for over 35 years as a clerk for the former Erie Railroad, Erie Lackawanna Railroad and Conrail, retiring in 1991.

John was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ignatius Loyola Church where he served as an usher.  Most recently he was a member of St. Ann’s Church.  He was a member of the Carducci Lodge (Sons of Italy), Hornell American Legion, Hornell Knights of Columbus, Hornell Alumni Association, and the Chapel of Perpetual Adoration of St. Ann’s. 

Sarah “Sally” Dean

Sarah Manning “Sally” Dean of 322 Grand St., Hornell, died early Saturday morning (June 28, 2014) at her home, following a long illness.

Born in Hornell, she was the daughter of John & Mary (Loree) Manning.

Sally was married to Donald P. Dean who died in 1964 and later married Peter J. Bey who died in 2005.  She was also preceded in death by her brother, John D. Manning; her step-children, John Bey and Steven Bey.

Surviving are 6 daughters, Rosemary (Gary) Hajnos of Grand Island, NY, Teresa (Ben) Taylorson of Fallston, MD, Patricia Stiles of Hornell, Kathryn (Mark) Morrissey of Hornell, Monica Feenaughty of Hornell and Donna (Kevin) Dean-Hemler of Canisteo; 3 sons, David (Carrie) Dean of Sarasota, FL, Phillip Dean of St. Petersburg, FL and Paul (Becky) Dean of Canisteo, NY; her sister, Mary Teresa Guidarelli of Rochester; her sister-in-law, Olga Brutsman of Andover; 1 stepson, James (Melanie) Bey; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces & nephews.

The family of Sara Manning “Sally” Dean will receive friends on Wednesday from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 11:00 AM at St. Brendan’s Church in Almond.

Sally’s family request that memorial contributions in her name be made to the Hornell YMCA, 18 Center St., Hornell, NY 14843or to St. Brendan’s Church, Main St., Almond, NY 14804.  Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home or click here to print a form.

Stephen M. Cameron

Stephen M. “Steve” Cameron – 61 – of Brooklyn, NY, formerly of Hornell, died Friday, April 25, 2014 at Calvary Hospital, following a long illness.

Born in Hornell on May 7, 1952, he was the son of Dr. Robert & Betty (Roth) Cameron.

Steve grew up in Hornell and was a graduate of St. Ann’s School.  He later graduated from Hornell High School (class of 1971).  Following high school, Steve attended Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, IN (affiliated with Purdue University). 

Throughout the years, Steve resided in several locations, including Atlanta, GA, Fort. Lauderdale, FL and has resided in NYC for the past nine years.  He was an accomplished artist and won numerous awards for his works.  He was employed by “Fantastic Creations” as a designer / artist and traveled nationally and internationally working with numerous companies throughout the world. 

Steve had a lifelong affection for horses.  He was an accomplished equestrian rider and in his younger years enjoyed competitive equestrian riding and also participating in traditional fox hunts.  Over the years, Steve owned several horses — most recently his beloved “Star”.

Surviving are 3 brothers, Francis “F.C.” Cameron of Chambersburg, PA, Bruce “Doc” Cameron of Chambersburg, PA and Casey (Debbie) Cameron of Hornell; several nieces & nephews.

The family of Stephen M. “Steve” Cameron will receive friends on Saturday from 12:00 (noon) until 1:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY, where a Memorial Service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 1:00 PM with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating.

Anne B. Wenslow

Anne Braun Wenslow of Alfred died June 10, 2014, following a valiant struggle against complications from a fall. She was surrounded by her family at the time of her passing.

Born in Rochester, NY, on July 16, 1931, she was the daughter of Leo Braun Sr. and Anna Dummer Braun.  Her parents and an infant daughter, Susan, predeceased her.
Anne earned her BS degree at Nazareth College, Rochester (NY) and MS degree at the University of Pittsburgh (PA).  A gifted teacher, she served at the high school level in Troupsburg, Jasper, Fillmore, Friendship, Alfred-Almond and Wellsville Central Schools.  In 1969 she joined Alfred State College as professor of office administration and technology.  During her years there, she held campus positions as department chair, curriculum coordinator, president of the Faculty Senate, chair of various college-wide committees, as well as commencement and convocation speaker roles, until her retirement in 1995. 

Throughout her career, Anne was a member of several professional organizations.  After retirement, she continued as consultant and evaluator of office education programs for the NJ State Higher Education Department and the Commission of Higher Education/Middle States Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges.