Thelma I. Norton

Thelma  I.  Norton – (87) – formerly of 11 Fifth St., Canisteo, died Wednesday afternoon (August 27, 2014) at Hornell Gardens where she had resided for the past 2 ½  years.

Born in Hornell on November 1, 1926, she was the daughter of Willis & Rose (Smith) Stephens. 

Thelma attended Hornell High School and was a lifelong resident of the Hornell-Canisteo area.  She was a member of the Canisteo American Legion Auxiliary and was especially fond of her beloved cat, Casper.

She was married in 1960 to Nelson Norton who died in 1979.  She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Sharon Norton; her brother, Carl Stephens and an infant sister.

Surviving are 4 daughters, Lana (Alta) York of Canisteo, Sheila (Mark) Hess of Canisteo, Karen (Jack) Gardner of Canisteo and Pamela Nicholson of Hornell; 3 sons, Michael Norton of Hornell, John (Linda) Norton of Hornell and Mark (Cindy) Norton of Wheeler, NY; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, & great-great-grandchildren.

At Thelma’s request there will be no calling hours.  Private services were held at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY with Rev. Don Maynard officiating.  Burial was in the Hillside Cemetery, Canisteo.

The family of Thelma I. Norton request that memorial contributions in her name be made to the Canisteo Fire Department, East Main St., Canisteo, NY 14823.

Bettina Trapani

Bettina “Betty” Trapani – (101) – of 91 River St., Hornell, died Saturday morning (August 2, 2014) at McAuley Manor, where she had resided for the past 11 months.

A native & lifelong resident of Hornell, she was born March 20, 1913 and was the daughter of Peter & Angeline (Cusimano) Grillo.

Betty was a graduate of St. Ann’s School, 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, Ladies of Columbus, Ladies Auxiliary of the Sons of Italy and the Women of the Moose.

Bettina was employed as a seamstress at the former Merrell Hosiery for 27 years.  In her younger years she was an avid bowler and belonged to several women’s bowling leagues. 

Lois H. Furlong

Lois H. Furlong – 90 – of Smith Pond Rd., Avoca, formerly of Hornell, died Thursday evening at the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville, following a brief illness.

Born in Hornell on September 1, 1923, she was the daughter of Floyd & Lyda (Woodworth) Cline.

Lois grew up in Hornell and was a graduate of Hornell High School.  She had been a member of the former Spence United Methodist Church.

She was married to William “Duke” Furlong who died in 1983.  She was also preceded in death by her son, Stephen Furlong who died in 2011; 2 sisters, Beth Jones and Ruth Loohn.

Surviving are her children, William Furlong, JR of Chattanooga, TN, Sue Fenti of Avoca and David Furlong of Duluth, GA; 1 sister, Jean Van Wee of Canisteo; grandchildren, nieces & nephews.

At Lois’ request there will be no calling hours.  A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday at 6:30 PM at the Howard Union Church in Howard, NY with Rev. Don Lester officiating. 

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

Lois’ family request that memorial contributions in her name be made to Hart Comfort Care, 141 East State St., Wellsville, NY 14895.

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.