James F. Burrell

James F. “Jim” Burrell, 67, of Rochester, NY, formerly of Hornell, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 1st at his home.

Born in Corning, NY on April 14, 1950, he was the son of Frederick and Mary (Carroll) Burrell.

Jim grew up in a household filled with the love of his caring parents and five sisters in Corning. He was a graduate of Corning East High School (Class of 1968) and he later earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Biology from Brockport State College.

As a devoted New York Yankees and New York Giants fan, rock and roll enthusiast, Scrabble and Yahtzee aficionado and dedicated umpire, Jim enjoyed a plethora of hobbies and interests. His energy, competitive nature and sense of humor could lift anyone’s spirits. Most importantly, he was a dedicated father and grandfather whose passion for family was evident in all of his life accomplishments.

Jim was first employed at the Corning Glass Works and later operated Post Time Bar, which was located next to Off Track Betting (OTB) in Corning. He then worked in Environmental Services at Arnot Ogden Hospital in Elmira. Jim spent the majority of his career in Hornell where he was employed at St. James Mercy Health as the Director of Environmental Services for 20 years. He was beloved by his many colleagues and friends. His competitive nature and sense of humor will forever be remembered through his epic “Annual Update Jeopardy”, “March Madness Pools” and “Word of the Day” challenges. Jim brought laughter and happiness to all those around him.

While Jim was proud of his accomplishments professionally, his two most proud titles were “Dad” and “Pop.” He would often share stories about the accomplishments of his four children and three precious grandchildren. His sons Kyle and Keith Burrell share their father’s competitive nature, love of sports and impeccable taste in rock music. They look forward to sharing Jim’s impressive record and CD collection with their future children.

Jim’s favorite place to be was the baseball park, whether watching the Yankees, Rochester Red Wings or umpiring at any one of many parks in Western New York. His oldest grandchild, Addisyn (daughter of Kelcie Cieslica), can often be found dancing and singing at “Pop’s house.” Addisyn loved to spend time coloring, writing, and creating science experiments with “Pop.” Living around the corner, Kelcie and Addisyn brought happiness, love and support to Jim throughout his health struggles. Logan and Rex (sons of Courtney and Matthew Clark) lived for their “Pop.” Jim’s face would light up when he heard Logan, an avid reader, arrive at his apartment with a backpack filled with dinosaur books. Logan will also continue to have fond memories of “Pop” at Old Forge, NY, where Jim would take his family in the summer and enjoy go cart rides and of course, competitive miniature golf.

Jim was a “fighter.” For the past ten years he battled many health problems ranging from throat cancer to heart complications. He never complained and never gave up. He continued to dedicate his life to his family and let his passions drive his decisions. Jim was an inspiration to all who knew him and will continue to inspire those who were impacted by his love, intellect and passion. Pop will be forever missed, but remembered with the fondest of memories.

Surviving are 2 sons, Kyle (Stefanie) Burrell of Lexington, MA and Keith Burrell of Rochester, NY; 2 daughters, Courtney (Matthew) Clark of Wellsville, NY and Kelcie Cieslica of Webster, NY; 5 sisters, Peggy (Fred) Hemeon of Troy, NY, Jane (Mike) Boyer of Cincinnati OH, Carroll (Andy) Collins of West Newbury, MA, Patty Corle of Corning, NY; Cathy (Dave) Elliott of Mason, OH; 3 grandchildren, Addisyn Higgins, Logan Clark and Rex Clark; several nieces & nephews.

The family of James F. “Jim” Burrell will receive friends on Monday from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10:00 at St. Ann’s Church.

Jim’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to the Jimmy V Foundation For Cancer Research, 14600 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513. Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.

Frankie J. Dieter, JR

Frankie J. Dieter, JR – 35 – of 5559 Hillcrest Dr., Canisteo, formerly of Hornell, died unexpectedly Saturday (July 29, 2017) in Fresno, CA.

Born in Rochester, NY on September 23, 1981, he was the son of Frank Dieter of Hornell and Deborah MacWhorter of Danville.

Frankie grew up in Lima, NY and later lived in Dansville where he graduated from Dansville High School (class of 1999). While in high school, he was a member of the Dansville Mustang Football Team where he played the position of running back. He also was a member of the Dansville Mustang Wrestling Team where he excelled and advanced to the New York State Finals. Following his high school graduation, Frankie attended Alfred State College in the spring of 1999. He has resided in the Hornell – Canisteo area for most of his adult life.

He was employed as a carpenter and worked for the Local Union # 226 out of Rochester. In 2015 – 2016, Frankie returned to college and earned his Business Management Degree from Genesee Community College where he was on the Dean’s List for three semesters. In recent years, Frankie was employed at the H.J. Martin & Son Construction Company as a foreman, traveling throughout the United States for the company.

Frankie was a former member of the United Methodist Church of Dansville and had also attended the Adrian Baptist Church where his grandfather served as pastor.

He was an avid Buffalo Bills fan and especially admired Thurman Thomas. While in high school, Frankie actually wore #34 jersey in honor of his favorite Buffalo Bills player. He had a deep love and appreciation of music and loved singing, playing piano and playing base guitar. He would occasionally “sit in” with his buddies’ band and sing and play base. His many friends were extremely important to Frankie. He loved them all and considered them as “family.” He also enjoyed playing video games and had a deep affection for his seven beloved Siberian Huskies, Nanuk, Keyara, Aspen, Dieter, Nemaway, Caspain & Bella Blue.

Frankie was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Franklyn & Louise Dieter, his maternal grandfather, Rev. Abram Carter and his step-sister, Theresa MacWhorter.

Surviving are his longtime love & partner in life of 15 years, Barbara Freeland of Canisteo; his father, Frank (Paula) Dieter of North Hornell; his mother, Deborah (James) MacWhorter of Dansville; his sisters, Sandra (Kevin) Whitman of Dansville, Brandy Dieter of Hornell and Heather Dieter of Hornell; 3 step-brothers, Patrick (Chelsea Hughes of Perry, NY, Shawn Hughes of Indiana and Todd (Karen) MacWhorter of Perry; his maternal grandmother, Mary Lou Carter of Canisteo; his niece Cameron Caffarelli; his nephew, Ryder Whitman; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces & nephews.

The family of Frankie J. Dieter, JR will receive friends on Sunday from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY. Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Frankie’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to the Dansville Mustang Football Program, C/O Dansville High School, 282 Main St., Dansville, NY 14437. Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.

Robert F. Morgan

Robert F. “Bob” Morgan – 72 – of 5204 County Route 8, Avoca, NY died Wednesday evening (July 26, 2017) at the Bath VA Medical Center Hospice Unite, following a long illness.

Born in Herkimer, NY on July 30, 1944, he was the son of Robert & Mary (Karpiak) Morgan.

Bob grew up in Lyons, NY and was a graduate of Lyons High School. He was a veteran of the US Air Force, serving his country during the Viet Nam era.

Throughout the years, Bob resided and worked at various places in the Rochester and Canandaigua areas and has lived in Avoca for the past 22 years. In recent years he was self-employed as a carpenter and “Jack of All Trades”.

Bob enjoyed rooting for the Buffalo Bills and in his younger years enjoyed hunting.

He was preceded in death by his son, Jeffery Morgan who died in 1998 and also his brother, Rex Morgan.

Bob was married on July 7, 2003 to the former Sharon (Bassett) Towner who survives. Also surviving are 2 daughters, Kimberly Morgan of Las Vegas, NV and Jennifer Pingrey of Silver Springs, NY; 1 brother, Rodney (Dee) Morgan; 3 step-children, William (Linda George) Towner of Dansville, Connie (David) Canfield of Dansville and Shawn (Jenna) Towner of Wayland; 6 grand-children; 3 step-grandchildren; several great-grand children and step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces & nephews.

At Bob’s request there will be no calling hours or services. Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.

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

Gladys L. (Clark) Louiz

Gladys L. (Clark) Louiz – 97 – of Addison, NY, died early Wednesday morning (July 26, 2017) at her home.

Born in Campbell, NY on October 15, 1919, she was the daughter of Charley & Carrie (Atwood) Gay.

Gladys grew up in Hormby, NY and was a graduate of Corning North Side High School (class of 1940).

She moved to Addison in 1941 and for about seven years served as a live-in helper & caregiver for a local family in Addison. In 1947 she began working for Singer Sewing Machine Company and for about 35 years served as a sales lady and also gave sewing lessons to customers. Gladys was later employed as a sales lady at JoAnn’s Fabrics at the Arnot Mall. She later was employed for five years as a seamstress at Halwigs in Corning and also at Cutler Carpet for over 20 years.

Gladys was a lifelong member of Addison Methodist Church where for many years she taught Sunday School. She also served as a member of the Church’s Board of Directors. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, gardening, playing cards (especially rummy) and was a member of the Corning VFW Auxiliary.

She was married in 1993 to John Louiz who died in 2003. She was also preceded in death by 3 brothers, Clifford Gay, Franklin Gay and Alvin Gay; 1 sister, Emily Draper; her grandson, Lemichael Clark; and also Joan Feasley.

Surviving are her son, Robert (Frances) Clark of Campbell; her daughter, Dawn Meeks of South Carolina; her grandchildren, Terri (Joe) Smith, Sharon (Gary) Mackley, Robert (Julie) Clark, James (Kristi) Clark, Jodi Clark, Jeremy (Rose) Clark, Rebecca (James) Kron, Jacob Meeks and Melissa (Jason) Mattison; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are Clara Bliss, Dorothy Howe, Linda Wilson and Karen (Steve) Easter.

At Gladys’ request there will be no calling hours. A Memorial Service will be celebrated at the Addison Methodist Church at a later date.

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

Gladys’ family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to the Addison Volunteer Fire Department or the Addison Ambulance Department.

Colleen E. Harold

Colleen E. Harold – (36) – of Hornell passed on Monday, July 24, 2017 as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

Born in Lewiston, NY, on April 24, 1981, she was the daughter of Jeffrey and Diane (Colucci) Harold.

Colleen grew up in Hornell and was a graduate of Hornell High School (class of 1999).  She always had a strong interest in working in the medical field.  Colleen had pursued a nursing degree at Corning Community College and had obtained her CNA certification before deciding on a career in optometry.  She began working in the offices of Dr. Stephan Greenberg, MD and Dr. George Heinig, OD and had acquired her Optician’s License earlier this year.  Most recently, Colleen had been employed as an Optician in the Vision Center at the Horseheads Walmart.  For the past 14 years, Colleen was also a bartender at Jeff’s clubhouse in Hornell and very much enjoyed spending time there.

Colleen most enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.  She had a true zest for life and loved finding fun and adventurous activities to do with her children and was happiest when she was with them.  Colleen also enjoyed baking, cooking, and was an avid reader. 

Mary C. D’Agostino

Mary C. D’Agostino – (85) – formerly of 14 Sawyer St., Hornell, died Wednesday afternoon (July 19, 2017) at St. James Mercy Hospital, following a lengthy illness.

Born in Hornell on August 2, 1931, she was the daughter of Ellis & Thelma (Glover) Schrader.

Mary grew up in Hornell and was a graduate of Hornell High School (class of 1950). Throughout the years she had been employed as a secretary at the former Grimes Insurance in Hornell and also at Hazel Fairbanks Insurance of Hornell. She had also worked as a sales clerk at the former Dunn’s Drug Store and Up To Date Fashions, both of Hornell.

She was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church.

Mary was a former member of the Ladies of Columbus; a life member of the Hornell VFW and a former member of the Hornell Moose Lodge. She was an avid reader and, in years past, enjoyed knitting and crocheting.

She was married on June 14, 1953 to Joseph J. D’Agostino who died August 3, 1992. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth Schrader and her nephew, Kenneth “Skip” Schrader JR.

Surviving are her daughter, Mary “Rege” (Greg) Tsibulsky of Hornell; her son, Joseph A. (Lynn) D’Agostino of Hornell; 3 grandchildren, Nicholas (Sara) Tsibulsky, Libby Tsibulsky and Sam D’Agostino; 3 great-grandchildren; several nieces & nephews.

The family of Mary C. D’Agostino will receive friends on Friday from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:00 AM at St. Ann’s Church. Final interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Mary’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dep’t 300, Memphis, TN 38148. Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.

Carol J. Sheflin

Carol J Sheflin (Hoffman), age 70, formerly of Canaseraga NY, passed away Thursday afternoon (July 13, 2017) surrounded by family following a courageous battle with Pancreatic Cancer.

She was born in Hornell, NY on May 5, 1947, the daughter of the late Maxwell and Rose (Doll) Hoffman.

Carol was a 1965 graduate of Canaseraga Central School and an active member of the community for many years before moving to Virginia in 2008. In addition to raising her children at home she also worked with the Town of Burns Assessor’s office, Marion Rohr Corporation, Ames Department Store, Wayside Nursery, Forbes Products and was also a US Census Taker.

Carol’s passion was gardening and known by the community as the “go-to” for plant knowledge. She was active with the Cornell Cooperative Extension while in New York and a certified Master Gardener while in the state of Virginia. She loved sharing her passion for plants, flowers, and gardening with others and evidence of her generosity can be found in many states across the country.

A lifelong DIY (Do It Yourself) expert, Carol dabbled in everything from soap to home improvements and canning to furniture refinishing. She will also be remembered for her inventive spirit and great sense of humor.

Carol is survived by three children, Elizabeth (Jackson) Sieglinger of Ventura, CA, Virginia Sheflin of Buffalo, NY and Cliff Smith of Patrick Springs, VA; four siblings, Maxine (Frank) Downey of Holley, NY, Marie Hoffman (Bits Neary) of Naples, NY, Tom (Fran) Hoffman of Arkport NY, David Hoffman of Naples, NY and two beloved grandsons Elliot and Miles Sieglinger.

The family thanks everyone for their support, cards and kind words, over the past few months.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, (July 25th, 2017) from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.  Graveside services will be held at the family cemetery at 11:00 AM on Wednesday July 26th.

An open luncheon/dinner to celebrate Carol’s life journey will be held at the Canaseraga American Legion at 83 W. Main Street, Canaseraga, NY immediately following the graveside service on Wednesday (July 26, 2017) at 1:00pm. All are welcome and invited.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be sent to the Orleans County Hospice designated for their Memorial Garden in Carol’s name or to the Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer Research Foundation.

 

Barbara A. Lawrence

Barbara Lawrence PhotoBarbara A. “Barb” Lawrence – 79 – of 8412 County Route 48 (Oak Hill Rd.), Arkport, died Saturday evening (July 15, 2017) at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville, following a long illness.

Born in Hornell on January 23, 1938, she was the daughter of Clarence & Olga (Gowiski) Glover.

Barb was a lifelong resident of Arkport and was a graduate of Arkport Central School (class of 1955). She later attended Hornell Business School and became a secretary. In her younger years, she served as a secretary for several area doctors and veterinarians.

She was married on December 3, 1960 to Shelton “Punk” Lawrence who died December 26, 2016. In the 1970’s, Shelton took over the operation of the Lawrence Family Farm, a family owned dairy farm in Arkport which is now in its sixth generation of operation. For over 40 years, Barb served as bookkeeper and account manager for the farm.

Barb was an avid reader and also enjoyed working on crossword puzzles. She loved to travel throughout the United States and every year would take a vacation with some of her closest and dearest friends.

In addition to her husband, Shelton, Barb was preceded in death by her son, Scott Lawrence.

Surviving are her son, Joseph Lawrence of Arkport; her grandson, Blake (Crystal Caldwell) of Arkport; 1 sister, Beverly Vales of Arkport; 1 brother, Donald (Rosemary) Glover of Long Island, NY; several nieces & nephews.

At Barb’s request there will be no calling hours. Private graveside services will be held at Heritage Hill Cemetery in Arkport at the convenience of the family.

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

Barb’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to Noyes Memorial Hospital Activities Fund, 111 Clara Barton St., Dansville, NY 14437

Andre R. “Andy” Bouchard

Andre Bouchard PhotoAndre R. “Andy” Bouchard – 45 – of 6340 County Route 68 (Crosby Creek Rd.), Hornell, died Tuesday morning (July 11, 2017) at his home, following a long illness.

Born in Watertown, NY on January 11, 1972, he was the son of Rene “Jay” & Joan (Converse) Bouchard.

Andy was a lifelong resident of Hornell and was a graduate of Alfred-Almond Central School (class of 1990). He later earned his Registered Nurses’ Degree from Alfred State College.

Throughout the years, Andy was employed as a registered nurse at several area institutions, including St. James Mercy Hospital, Eldercare at Hornell and Taylor Health Care in Bath, NY.

He was a gifted photographer, specializing in outdoor scenery, wilderness & nature photos. He had a deep love and appreciation of the outdoors and loved to capture the beauty and wonderment of the world in all its glory. He also loved to spend time simply fishing and bonding with nature.

Andy was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and was a former member of St. Ignatius Loyola Church. More recently he was a member of St. Ann’s Church of Hornell and St. Jude Parish of Alfred. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching football, baseball & basketball on TV.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Joan who died in 2004.

Surviving are his father, Rene “Jay” Bouchard of Hornell; 1 sister, Michelle Mellencamp of Greenwood, IN; 2 brothers, John (Sandi) Bouchard of Ontario, NY and Jacques “Jay” (Janet) Bouchard of Cocoa, FL; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces & nephews.

At Andy’s request there will be no calling hours. Family & friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Friday at 10:00 AM at St. Ann’s Church.

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

Andy’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Po Box 1000, Dep’t 300, Memphis, TN 38148.

Jack W. Kerr, JR

Jack Kerr PhotoJack W. Kerr, JR – 68 – of Bath, NY died early Thursday morning (June 22, 2016) at his home, surrounded by his loving family, following a long illness.

Born in Hornell on August 26, 1948, he was the son of Jack & Helen (Weaver) Kerr SR.

Jack grew up in Hornell and was a graduate of Hornell High School (class of 1966).  He was a Veteran of the US Army, serving his country during the Vietnam era from 1968-1970.  While in the Army, Jack was stationed in South Korea.

Following his honorable discharge from the military, Jack was employed for several years as a welder at Foster-Wheeler Corporation in Dansville, Morrison Knudson as well as various places throughout the country.  For 23 years, he served as a correction officer, primarily at Groveland Correctional Facility.  He retired November 27, 2007.

A resident of the Bath area for the past 35 years, Jack was a life member of the Bath VFW and a member of the New York State Correction Officer and Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA).  He was an avid hunter & fisherman who spent many hours afield with his best friend, Pete Watson.  He also enjoyed working in his vegetable garden and restoring old tractors.  Jack loved to travel and as a young man, spent two years traveling throughout the United States.  One of his favorite pastimes was simply spending long hours in his cabin in the woods with his canine companion, Tucker!

He was preceded in death by his father, Jack W. Kerr, SR; his long-time companion, Judy Lewis.

Surviving are his mother, Helen Kerr of Bath; 6 brothers, Greg (Linda) Kerr of Hornell, Steve Kerr of Bradford, NY, Dave (Kelly Stedman) Kerr of Bath, Karl (Fran Mae) Kerr of Bath, Dan (Deb Stanford) Kerr of Hornell and Jim Kerr of Bath; 3 sisters, Cindy Flanagan of Bath, Elizabeth Allaway of Daphne, AL and Susan (Marcus Bell) Potter of Daphne, AL; Judy Lewis’ extended family; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces & nephews.

At Jack’s request there will be no calling hours.  Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Jack’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to Care First Hospice, 11751 East Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830 or to Steuben County SCOPE, 7771 Telegraph Rd., Bath, NY 14810.