Lawrence E. Kame

Lawrence E. “Larry” Kame – 77 – of 1073 Sharps Hill Road, Arkport, died early Wednesday morning at Rochester General Hospital following a brief illness. 

Born in Hornell on October 2, 1937, he was the son of Floyd & Ruth (Bossard) Kame. 

Larry, affectionately known as “Huck”, grew up in Arkport and was a graduate of Arkport Central School (class of 1955).  He was a veteran of the US Air Force, serving his country from 1958 – 1962.  While serving in the military, he was stationed at several locations including Iceland and Morocco. 

In 1962, Larry began working for AT&T which later became New York Telephone and then Verizon.  He retired in 1992 as line manager following 30 years of service. 

Larry had been a member of the Arkport American Legion, Hornell Moose and the G. Carducci Lodge (Sons of Italy).  He was and avid New York Yankee fan but his greatest joy was spending time with his family — especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

He was married on February 27, 1960 to the former Muriel Norton who died May 1, 2002.  He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Theresa “Terri” Kame who died in 1982. 

Larry was married on December 19, 2003 to the former Joanne McMichael Rechichi who survives.  Also surviving are 2 daughters, Tracy (Don) Wagoner of Canton, GA and Lori (Tim) FitzGerald of Oak Park, CA; 2 step-daughters, Christine Yanni of Bath and Mary (Ron Campbell) Reynolds of Hornell; 1 step-son, Thomas (Yvonne) Rechichi of Arkport; 2 sisters, Irene Tychi of Hornell and Betty (Richard) Dresser of Arkport; 1 brother, Vincent (Patricia) Kame of Owego; 11 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; several nieces & nephews. 

The family of Lawrence E. “Larry” Kame will receive friends on Friday from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY where a funeral service with full military honors will be held on Saturday at 11:00 AM with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating.  Burial will be in Heritage Hill Cemetery, Arkport, NY. 

Larry’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to Rochester General Hospital (Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit), 1425 Portland Ave., Rochester, NY 14621.  Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home or click here to print a memorial form.

In recognition of Larry’s military service, the American Flag at the Dagon Funeral Home will be flown at half-staff.

Marilyn J. Ahearn

Marilyn J. Ahearn – (77) – of 614 Pine Knoll Park, Arkport, died unexpectedly early Wednesday morning (May 20, 2015) at St. James Mercy Hospital, where she was taken by ambulance after being stricken at home.

Born in Hornell on May 5, 1938, she was the daughter of John & Delilia (Edwards) Muchler. 

Marilyn grew up in Hornell and was a graduate of Hornell High School (class of 1957).  Throughout the years, Marilyn lived in Hornell, Campbell (for about 4 years) and has resided in Arkport since 1999.

While in high school, Marilyn worked at the former June’s Ice Cream Store.  Following her high school graduation, she was employed for several years as a cashier at the former Loblaw’s Grocery Store in Hornell. 

Leaving the “work force” for several years to begin raising her family, she began working at Steuben Trust Company in 1975 as a bank teller, retiring in 2000 after 25 years of service.

Marilyn was an avid reader and enjoyed knitting and going for daily walks (before it became “fashionable”). 

She was married on September 14, 1957 to William F. “Bill” Ahearn who died in 1989.  She was also preceded in death by her brother, John Muchler; 3 sisters, her twin, Carolyn Schryver, Adeline Duell and Gladys Schubmehl.

Surviving are 2 daughters, Mary (Dwight) Smith of Arkport and Elizabeth Smith of Arkport; 2 sons, William F. (Kathy) Ahearn JR of West Henrietta and Kevin (Leslie) Ahearn of Carlin, NV; 1 sister, Pauline Stricker of Binghamton; 11 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; several nieces & nephews.

The family of Marilyn J. Ahearn will receive friends on Saturday from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY where funeral & committal services will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 7:00 PM with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Marilyn’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Gary R. Thompson

Gary R. Thompson – 65 – of 368 Ontario St., Hornell, died Saturday evening (May 16, 2015) at Rochester General Hospital, following a long illness.

A native and life resident of Hornell, he was born July 27, 1949, and was the son of Kenneth & Vesta “Jean” (Graham) Thompson.

Gary grew up in Hornell and was a graduate of Hornell High School (class of 1967).  Following graduation, he worked briefly on the “road crew” for the Hornell Department of Public Works.

In 1969, he was drafted in to the US Army and served his country until his Honorable Discharge in 1971.  He was a member of the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry, 198th Brigade Americal Division (Long Range Recon). While serving in the Army, Gary was stationed for about a year in Viet Nam where he was wounded twice.  He was the recipient of the 2 Bronze Stars and also Purple Heart Medal.  Gary was exceptionally patriotic and proud of his military service.

Following his discharge from the military, Gary returned to work for the Hornell Department of Public Works in several capacities.  In 1975, he began working at the Hornell Waste Water Treatment Plant where he remained until his retirement in 2005 as Chief Operator.

A talented craftsman & an exceptional woodworker, Gary was able to make just about anything out of wood.  He enjoyed spending the summer months at his cottage at Silver Lake.  He was a former member of the Hornell American Legion and the Hornell VFW.

Gary will forever be remembered as a “funny guy” with a quick wit a fantastic sense of humor.  He could easily put a smile on everyone’s face with his humorous remarks and NO ONE WAS SAFE!! Gary had a deep love and appreciation of music.  He had a beautiful voice and loved playing guitar & singing.  He will be sadly missed by everyone that had the pleasure of knowing him.

He was married on August 2, 1968 to the former Barbara Putallaz who survives.  Also surviving are 2 daughters, Denise L. (Monte Trimble) Thompson of Arkport and Lorri (Alec) Lauzze of Victor, NY; 1 son, Mark R. Thompson of Reno, NV; 1 brother, Kenneth (Diane) Thompson of Perry, NY; 5 grandchildren, Alec Lauzze, Luke Lauzze, Natalie Trimble, Mia Trimble and Evan Trimble; several nieces & nephews.

Although Gary always said that he wanted a “Viking Funeral” at Silver Lake, the family of Gary R. Thompson will receive friends on Thursday from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY where a Memorial Service with full military honors will be held on Friday at 11:00 AM with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating. 

Gary’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to The Disabled American Veterans Association, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.  Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home or click here to print a memorial form. 

In honor of Gary’s service to his country as a member of the US Army, the American Flag at the Dagon Funeral Home will be flown at half-staff.

Carmella E. Parlavecchio

“I have called you by name, you are mine.
You are precious in my sight, and I love you.”
Isaiah 43:1-4

Carmella E. Parlavecchio answered her call on Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 following surgery at Strong Memorial Hospital.  So many hearts are feeling sadness because she was here, and because she was loved.

Born in Hornell on September 17, 1924, she was the daughter of Rosario & Lucy (Salerno) Parlavecchio.

Carmella grew up in Hornell and attended St. Ann’s School.  She was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church.

She was employed for many years at the former Merrill Hosiery in Hornell and later was employed at St. James Mercy Hospital as a SPD Technician.  Following her retirement she enjoyed baking and cooking for family and friends.  She especially loved decorating during the holidays and enjoyed rooting for the New York Yankees and Buffalo Bills.

Carmella leaves a legacy rich in compassion and caring as a caregiver for her mom and sisters.  She possessed an incredible capacity for generosity.

In addition to her parents, Carmella was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Anthony Parlave, James Parlavecchio and Sam Parlavecchio;

3 sisters, Mary Parlavecchio, Rose Macaluso and Josephine Cipola.

Surviving are 2 sisters, Ann Parlavecchio of Hornell and Rachel Parlavecchio RSM of Hornell; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

At Carmella’s request there will be no prior calling hours.  Family and friends are invited to attend a Prayer Service conducted by Sr. Rachel Parlavecchio and Sr. Livia Ann Ruocco on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.  Private graveside service will be held on Monday at St. Ann’s Cemetery.

Carmella’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to St. Ann’s Academy, PO Box 446, Hornell, NY 14843.  Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home or click here to print a form.  In addition, we are all requested to simply open our hearts to the needs around us, especially the poor and elderly.

Carmella, God has given you in His keeping — We have you in our hearts!

Catherine (DeSanto) Smart

Catherine (DeSanto) Smart – (85) – a resident of Updyke’s Willow Ridge Nursing Facility, formerly of Dansville, died Monday afternoon (May 11, 2015) at Hornell Gardens, following a brief illness.

A native of Hornell, she was born March 13, 1930 and was the daughter of Nicholas and Catherine (Changose) DeSanto.

Catherine grew up in Hornell and was a graduate of St. Ann’s School and later graduated from Hornell High School.

She resided in Dansville for nearly 50 years where she was employed at Rochester Telephone and also The Dansville Press.  While living in Dansville, Catherine was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church.

Catherine was married to Norman G. Smart who died in 2003.  Following the death of her husband, she moved to Arkport where she lived until returning to Hornell about 6 years ago.
She was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by six sisters, Rose DiVincenzo, Mary Leto, Louise Fratercangelo, Lucy Chapman, Anna Datini and Dorothy DeSanto; and two brothers, Joseph DeSanto and Nick DeSanto.

Surviving are her son, Greg (Sharon) Smart of McKinney, TX; 2 brothers, Francis “Sonny” (Ellen) DeSanto of Hornell, and Richard (Josephine) DeSanto of Rochester; three sisters, Theresa (Denny) Napolione of Olean, Helen (Joe) Pardi of Arkport, Margaret “Marge” DeSanto of Hornell; 3 grandchildren, Lauren (James) Moore of Hornell, Eric Smart of Atlanta, NY and Melissa (Richard) Solorio of Midlothian, TX; 2 great-grandchildren, Jessica and James, JR; and many nieces and nephews.

At Catherine’s request there will be no calling hours.  A private grave-side service will be held at the convenience of the family in Holy Cross Cemetery, Dansville, NY.  Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.

Catherine’s family requests that memorial contributions in her name be made to St. Ann’s Academy, PO Box 446, Hornell, NY.  Click here to print a memorial form.

Mary R. Fucci

Mary R. Fucci, beloved mother & grandmother passed away peacefully early Tuesday morning (May 5, 2015) at her home — the same home in which she was born 100 years ago.  She celebrated her 100th birthday this year with family & friends at a party given in her honor last month at The Main Place in Hornell.

A lifelong resident of Hornell, Mary was born on April 8, 1915, and was the daughter of Leonard & Amelia (Canella) Caruso.

Mary attended Hornell High School and was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church.  She had been a member of the Catholic Daughters of America.

In the early 1960’s, Mary established Fucci’s Pizza Villa in Hornell making her one of the first female business owners in Hornell.  She owned and operated the business until 1977.  She later was employed as a cook for the Masonic Senior Nutrition Program and also served as a volunteer in the Grandparent Program in the elementary schools in the Hornell School District.

Mary was dearly beloved and greatly respected by her children, her family and all that were blessed to know her.  She was a very loving and respectful woman who will be greatly missed by all.

She was married in 1935 to Anthony Fucci who died in 1952.  Mary was also preceded in death by her daughter, Clara Fucci (who died at the age of three); her son, Michael Fucci (died 2012); her grandson, Michael Dempsey (died 1983); her son-in-law, Lawrence Dempsey(died 1990); 4 brothers, Anthony Caruso, Angelo Caruso, Sam “Tato” Caruso and Richard Caruso; 2 sisters, Jenny Marendo and Nancy Guchardi.

Surviving are 3 daughters, Amelia Dempsey of Hamburg, Marjorie (Jim) Blowers of Swain and Maria Ormsby of Brick, NJ; 1 son, Leonard (Diane) Fucci of Hornell; her daughter-in-law, Linda Fucci of Hornell; 2 sisters, Yolonda Rose of Hornell and Josephine Bondi of Canada; 10 grandchildren, Kathleen Dempsey, Larry Dempsey, Colleen Carrow, Anthony Fucci, Lisa Smith, James Blowers, Mary Clark, Bernadette Hunter, Tina Ormsby and Brittany Broderick; 10 great-grandchildren who dearly loved her and called her “Big Ma”; many nieces & nephews.

The family of Mary R. Fucci will receive friends on Thursday 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 Friday at 10:00 AM at St. Ann’s Church with burial in St. Ann’s Cemetery.

Mary’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to St. Ann’s Academy, PO Box 446, Hornell, NY 14843.  Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home or click here to print a form.

Sara E. Dries

Sara E. Dries – 85 – of 8616 Wilkins Rd., Arkport, NY, died early Tuesday morning (April 28, 2015, at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville, following a long illness. 

Born in Talladega, AL., on May 12th, 1929, she was the daughter of Cornelius & Lillian (Walker) Williams.  

Sara grew up in Talladega and was a graduate of Talladega High School.   She has resided in the Arkport- Burns area since 1953.  Along with her husband, she owned & operated the Tri County Country Store on the Arkport-Dansville Road for over 20 years, retiring in 1989 

She was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church.  Her true joy in life was simply taking care of her grandchildren. 

She was married in 1953 to Gerald J. Dries who died September 28, 2003. She was also preceded in death by her son, Bruce Dries who died April 3, 2014; her granddaughter, Nichole Woodvine; 3 sisters, Mildred McKinney, Linnas Ellison and Louise McKinney. 

Surviving are  2 sons, David (Sara) Dries of Auburn, Pa. and Edward (Fiamma) Dries of Italy; 1 Daughter,  Susan (Lewis) Woodvine of Arkport, N Y; 1 Brother, Waymon Williams of  Ft. Walton Beach, Fl; 16 grandchildren, Kierra Woodvine, Cassandra Woodvine, Michael Woodvine, Joseph Woodvine, David Gerald Dries, Debbie Dunkelberg; Beau Dingeldein, James Dingeldein, Jeb Dingeldein, Rhett Dingeldein, Diana Dries, Claudette Dries, Guilliane Dries, Brittany Patterson, Nick Dries and Tim Dries;  8 great-grandchildren, Allison, Brynn, Devyn, Ethan, Owen, Mason, Nicholas & Erica; several nieces & nephews. 

The family of Sara E. Dries will receive friends on Friday from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home where a Memorial Service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 6:00 PM with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating.  Final interment will be in the Bath National Cemetery. 

Sara’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to the American Cancer Society, 13 Beech St., Johnson City, NY 13790.  Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.

Genevieve “June” D’Apice

Genevieve “June” D’Apice – (90) – formerly of 7294 North Main St. Ext., Hornell, died Saturday afternoon (March 14, 2015) at Hornell Gardens where she had resided for the past 3 years.

Born in Elmer, PA on June 3, 1924, she was the daughter of Charles & Jenny (VanPelt) Cole.

June grew up in the Canisteo – Adrian area and was a graduate of Canisteo Central School.  She had been employed for several years at the former Dunn’s Drug Store where she served as manager of the fountain.  She later worked in many capacities at Woolworth’s Department Store where she especially enjoyed decorating the Easter Candy.  June had been employed at Modern Cleaners in Hornell and for about 14 years ran the Snack Counter at the Hornell Bowl.  Most recently she helped out at D’Apice Market which was located on the corner of River St. & John St. in Hornell.

As an avid animal lover, June enjoyed feeding the neighborhood dogs & cats and also loved feeding the birds.

June was married on October 24, 1945 to Robert D’Apice who died December 2, 2008.  She was also preceded in death by 2 grandsons, Matthew Luke D’Apice and Randy D’Apice; 2 brothers, Charles Cole & Walter Cole; 3 sisters, Marie Howland, Virginia Cotton & Maple Cole.

George J. Hoeffner

George J. Hoeffner – (87) – of 6 Oak Hill St., Arkport, died early Saturday morning (March 14, 2015) at McAuley Manor, following a long illness.

Born in Floral Park, Long Island on February 22, 1928, he was the son of Phillip & Theresa (Wulforst) Hoeffner.

George has resided in the Arkport – Fremont area since the age of 13.  He was a graduate of Arkport Central School (class of 1946).  George was a lifelong potato farmer operating (along with his brothers) Hoeffner Brothers Farms in Fremont, NY and also in Eastville, VA.   In his retirement years, George was affectionately known as “The Corn Man”, for operating a roadside stand on the Almond Road for his brother.

He was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church.  George was a deeply religious man who recited the rosary several times every day; said his daily prayers; and watched daily Mass on television.

George was a 3rd Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.  He loved working on jig-saw puzzles and crossword puzzles.  He also loved working outside and was meticulous about tending to his lawn & shrubberies.

He was married on November 7, 1953 to the former Lorraine Howe who died in 1989.  He was also preceded in death by 2 brothers, Philip Hoeffner and Robert Hoeffner; 3 sisters, Irene Briggs, Marion “Dolly” Dorfer and Theresa Hoeffner.

Surviving are 3 daughters, Roxanne (John) Andrews of Saratoga Springs, NY, Patty (Joseph) Damrath of Hornell and Theresa (Richard) Persichilli of Arkport; 3 sisters,  Helen Burke of Hornell, Emma Potter of Moore, OK and Josephine “Sis” Donahue of Rochester; 1 brother, Thomas (Ann) Hoeffner of Hornell; 5 grandchildren, Benjamin Andrews, Jonathon Andrews, Caitlin (Marty) DiPetta, Colleen Damrath and John Damrath; 1 great-granddaughter, Gracie Anna DiPetta; many nieces & nephews.

From George’s daughters, Roxanne, Patty & Theresa:  Dad spent countless hours putting puzzles together for his family & friends.  These family members and friends were a part of a puzzle that made up dad’s life.  You may never know where you fit in, but always remember that dad’s life would not have been complete without you!!

The family of George J. Hoeffner will receive friends on Tuesday from 4:00 PM  -  7:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10:00 AM at St. Ann’s Church with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

George’s family request that memorial contributions in his name be made to St. Ann’s Church, 27 Erie Ave., Hornell, NY 14843.  Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home or click here to print a form.

E. Lorraine Crandall

E. Lorraine Crandall – 87 – of Green Acres Trailer Park, Hornell, died Saturday afternoon (March 7, 2015) at her home, following a long illness.

Born in Hornell on February 1, 1928, she was the daughter of Francis and Elizabeth (Malone) Barnett.

Lorraine was a graduate of Lincoln School and later graduated from Hornell High School (class of 1945).  She was employed as secretary to Executive Vice President at the Hornell Area Chamber of Commerce for several years.  For 28 years she was employed at Alfred State College (SUNY Alfred) as Assistant to the President, serving three presidents: David Huntington, John Hunter, and William Rezak.  She retired in 1997.

She had been a communicant of St. Ignatius Loyola Church and more recently was a member of St. Brendan / St. Jude Parish.  Lorraine had been a member and served as secretary of Women’s Council at Alfred and a member of the Alfred Association of Women and the Friends of the College Cultural Association.  She had been a member, secretary, and vice-president of the Hornell Area Arts Council, and a founder and charter president of the National Secretary’s Association (NSA), now known as International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP).  She had also been a member of the Mayor’s Citizen Advisory Committee of Hornell, the Hornell Business and Professional Women, and a member of Wee Playhouse of Alfred.