Joan P. Price

Joan P. Price, widow of Dr. Alfred R. Price, died at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell, NY, Jan. 1, 2022, of complications from the Covid virus. She was 95.

She was born in 1926 in Philadelphia, Pa., the eldest daughter of Harry and Edna Pauline.

After graduating from high school, Joan enrolled in the School of Nursing at Pennsylvania Hospital, where she earned her RN degree. She subsequently became a surgical/head nurse at Pennsylvania Hospital, where she eventually met Alfred R. “Bob” Price, a young intern from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. They were married in 1953, while Dr. Price was finishing a stint with the U.S. Navy, and during this period, Joan volunteered as a nurse in Baltimore, MD, providing medical and nursing support through the polio epidemic. Following her husband’s Navy service, she and Dr. Price settled in Rosslyn Farms, a suburb of Pittsburgh, where they raised their son, Alfred R. “Rob” Price, Jr.

As a former nurse, Joan developed a keen interest in nursing facilities in the Pittsburgh area. A lifelong Episcopalian, she joined the Board of Trustees of the Episcopal Church Home, and assisted in the development and construction of its affiliate, Canterbury Place, which became part of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center system. She served as chairperson of the Canterbury Place Board of Trustees as well as a member of the UPMC Board. She also served on the Board of Trustees of the Visiting Nurse Association.

Joan was a passionate political organizer also, and played instrumental roles in numerous campaigns at the local and state levels. She volunteered additionally in the 1978 and 1982 gubernatorial campaigns of the late Pennsylvania Governor Richard Thornburgh, as well as Thornburgh’s 1991 campaign for the U.S. Senate. Joan also assisted in the election of her brother-in-law, the late Hon. Gwilym A. Price, Jr., to the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas and the Pennsylvania Superior Court.

For fun, Joan enjoyed vacations at her family’s cabin in northern Ontario, traveling in Europe, and jitterbugging. In 2003, she and her husband moved from Pittsburgh to a retirement community in Chambersburg, Pa., where they relaxed together through the final years of their 68-year marriage.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Rob Price and Susan Morehouse, of Hornell, NY; her beloved granddaughter, Lora Price of Richmond, VA., and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her mother and father, as well as her sisters, Patricia Pauline and Judith Strayer, and her brother, Harry Pauline.

Due to health risks associated with the Covid virus, a private funeral service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, Hornell.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.

Letters of condolences may be mailed to Alfred R. Price, Jr., 106 Chaddock Ave., Hornell, NY 14843.  Donations may be made to the Menno Haven Benevolent Fund, 2011 Scotland Ave., Chambersburg, PA 17201 (

Ronny A. Forgue

Bath, New York

Ronny A. Forgue – 63 – of 36 Geneva St., Bath, died unexpectedly Thursday (Decemeber 30, 2021) at his home.

Born in Rochester, NY on January 22, 1958, he attended school in Webster, NY.  Throughout the years, Ronny resided in New York State and Florida.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Theodora; his sister, Suzie; and his brother, David.

Surviving are three brothers, Terrance Tears, Brian Barth and Kenny Barth; several nieces & nephews.

At Ronny’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.

Memorial contributions in his name may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Scott E. Bennett

Scott E. Bennett – 61 – of  North Main St. Ext., Hornell, died Thursday evening (December 30, 2021) at Noyes Memorial Hospital following a long illness.

Born in Hornell on January 9, 1960, he was the son of William & Patricia (Davis) Bennett.

Scott, born and raised in Hornell, was a graduate of Hornell High School (class of 1978).  While in high school, Scott was an avid baseball player where he played catcher for the Hornell Red Raiders. With a passion so strong for the sport, Scott spent his daughters youngest years spending hours in the yard, teaching her how to be a catcher just like him.

At the age of 18, Scott began his career with the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) where he served on the Bridge Maintenance Crew and as a Drill Rig Operator.  He retired on January 30, 2015 following 38 years of service. Scott also served as a member of the AMVETS and the American Legion.

In his younger years, Scott enjoyed fishing (lake & stream) and in recent years loved taking daily walks.  He was a New York Yankee (MLB) and a Buffalo Bills (NFL) Football fan.  Scott enjoyed watching the hummingbirds as they gathered around his hummingbird feeders which he had on his porch.  He also enjoyed the time he spent tending to his many “hanging plants.”

Scott was preceded in death by his parents, Bill & Pat Bennett; and his brother, William “Mike” Bennett.

Surviving are his daughter, Erin (Eric Slocum) Bennett of South Dansville; 2 brothers, Tim Bennett of Arizona and Jeff (Bridget) Bennett of Dinwiddie, VA; 1 sister-in-law, Karen Bennett ; 1 Aunt, Betty Pauly; 1 niece, Brooke (Mike) Pfister; 2 nephews, Jesse (Kristin) Bennett and Joe Fiegl;1 great-niece, Nellie; 4 great- nephews, Michael, Jacob, Benjamin and Jax.

At Scott’s request there will be no calling hours.  A “Celebration of Life” will be held at date & time to be announced.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.

Scott’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to the Hornell Humane Society, 7649 Industrial Park Road, Hornell, NY 14843.

Barbara Anne Larsen

Barbara Anne “Barb” Larsen 84 , Alfred, Actress, Comedienne of life and Theater Director, Barbara Larsen passed away Late Thursday Evening (December 30, 2021) at the age of 84 following a courageous battle with cancer.


Born in Buffalo, NY on August 11, 1937, the “spoiled princess with Shirley Temple Curls” was the daughter of Walter & Eleanor (Grimm) Bollhorst. 


Barb grew up in Orchard Park, NY and was a graduate of West Seneca High School (class of 1955).  She later earned her Degree in Speech and Theater from Ithaca College (class of 1959), while also finding her Future Husband.


She was married on April 4, 1959 to John A. Larsen.  They soon moved to Alfred, New York where Barb worked as a speech therapist for the Hornell School System.  She then followed in her husband’s footsteps changing from Assistant Director and Costume designer for plays and musical casts with over 90 Students in 1977 to continue creating a Dynamic and Statewide Award Winning Theater Department as Director of the Theater, Alfred State College (SUNY Alfred). Barb retired after 20 years of service, but never left her passion for theater. 


Barb adored spending a lifetime on and off the professional stage, from many Star studded Summer Stock productions at the Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, Long Island to a TV performance of The Father, with Thom Christopher (One Life To Live). Often performing with her husband, the couple created the Only Dinner Theater in the area for many years at the Big Elms, in Hornell. These performances are still fondly remembered by local theater goers, especially their husband and wife production of, I Do I Do.


Barbara’s most loved role in the theater was in the Solo Production of, A Place On Earth, winning her a State Actress Award, as well as many memorable standing ovations.


Outside of the theater world, Barbara was a voracious reader, known for reading most everything available at box of books. If not reading, she would be found nurturing her creative talents and her “Very green thumb” working in her beautiful flower garden or Plant Room. Weeds were not her friend, but a gorgeous bloom was her love. She also loved to laugh and make others laugh. Loved watching her mentor Carol Burnett and inspiring others with their creative dreams. Also known for her incredible cooking, baking and canning, family recalls only one kitchen fail- a green tomato pie. Her talents also lead to perfecting Pine Needle Basket weaving, shopping online, enjoying her Pet Boxers and making family and friends laugh.


Barbara always missed her husband John who passed. October 20, 2003. 

Those she loved dearly, who will carry on her enthusiasm for life and its unfolding story are 2 sons, Scott Larsen and wife Diane of Fort Edward, NY and Todd Larsen and partner Steven Kowall of Hollywood, CA; 2 grandchildren, Kristen Larsen of San Francisco and Jonathan Larsen and wife Cora of Saratoga Springs, along with 2 great-grandchildren. 


Barb requested there be no calling hours.  A “Celebration of Life” will be held in the Spring 2022.


Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home


The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to the John & Barb Theater Scholarship Fund, C/O Theater Department, SUNY Alfred, Alfred, NY 14802 or the Alfred Ambulance Fund, C/O A.E. Crandall Hook & Ladder, Box 582, Alfred, NY 14802 

Frederick Fain

Frederick Fain – 72 of Puffer Road, Cameron, died unexpectedly Sunday (December 26, 2021) at St. James Hospital.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.

Ezio A. Fiacco

Ezio Anthony Fiacco, 92, of 38 Oak Street, Hornell, NY, passed away on December 26th at St. James Mercy Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Torrice, Italy on June 29th, 1929, he was the son of the late Stephen and Mary (Panfili) Fiacco.

Ezio immigrated to the United States in 1938 at the age of nine. His family settled in Hornell, NY where he attended St. Ann’s School and graduated from Hornell High School in 1948.

In 1951, he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he proudly served his country during the Korean War, eventually attaining the rank of Corporal, as a paratrooper with the 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment (Rakkasans).  He was a recipient of the Army of Occupation Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, United Nations Korea Medal, and Good Conduct Medal.

After being honorably discharged from his military service in 1953, he returned home to Hornell, where he resumed his career at Stern and Stern Textile Mill. He retired in 1994 as Manager of the Weaving Department after 46 years of service to the company in various roles. He also assisted his family at Fiacco’s Bakery in Hornell for many years, as well as working at the bar owned by his cousins, the Lisi’s.

Ezio is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mary (Colomaio) Fiacco, whom he married at St. Ann’s Church on August 1st, 1953; his two children, Stephen (Gerri) Fiacco of Warren, NJ and Richard (Kirsten) Fiacco of Corning, NY; his five grandchildren, Derek, Kyle, MaryClaire, Matthew, and Gina Fiacco; his two brothers Robert Fiacco of Hornell, NY and Stephen Fiacco of Brockton, MA; brother-in-law Leo Tuite of Brockton, MA; and many nieces and nephews.

Ezio was preceded in death by his twin sisters who died at birth, and his beloved sister, Edda (Fiacco) Tuite, of Brockton, MA.

He was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church in Hornell, where he served as an altar boy and usher for many years, and could be seen sitting in the back row of Mass with his extended family. His other memberships included the Knights of Columbus Hornell Council 243, Arthur H. Cunningham American Legion Post 440, Carducci Lodge (Sons of Italy), and the Hornell Moose Lodge.

He enjoyed woodworking, daily walks, tending to his lawn, bushes, and garden, and watching New York Yankees games. Above all else, he loved spending his retirement with his grandchildren, attending their school activities and sporting events, and telling them stories of his childhood in Italy, military service in Korea, and travels stateside and abroad for his career.

A private family viewing will be held at Dagon Funeral Home.  Family & friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday January 1st, 2022 at 11:30 AM at St. Ann’s Church. Burial with military funeral honors will be at Bath National Cemetery.

Due to recent New York State mandates, everyone attending the Funeral Mass will be required to wear a facemask.  Thank you for your cooperation.

A “Celebration of Life” will be held in June, 2022 at a time & place to be announced.

Ezio’s family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000 – Dept. 300, Memphis, TN 38148.

Robert C. “Bob” D’Apice

Robert C. “Bob” D’Apice – 73 – of 17 Meadowbrook Dr., Arkport, died unexpectedly Friday afternoon (December 24, 2021) at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville, following a brief illness.

Born in Hornell on October 8, 1948, he was the son of Robert & Genevieve “June” (Cole) D’Apice.

Bob grew up in Hornell and was a graduate of Hornell High School (class of 1967).  Following high school graduation, he was employed for a time at Gleason’s in Rochester prior to working at the Erie Lackawanna Railroad.

He was a Veteran of the US Army, serving his country from 1968 – 1970 during the Vietnam era.  While in the Army, Bob was stationed in Korea.

Following his honorable discharge from the military, Bob returned to the Hornell area and resumed working for the railroad.  It was at that time that he served a four year apprenticeship to become a licensed electrician and later becoming employed at Corning Glass Works.

Along with his wife, Pat, Bob established D’Apice Market on River St., Hornell, which they owned & operated for several years.  As a licensed electrician, Bob established B/D Electric of Hornell, a full electrical supply store.  For the past 30 years, he served as an electrical inspector for Atlantic-Inland Inc., N.Y.

A resident of the Arkport area since 1975, Bob was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church.

Bob was currently a member of the American Legion and past commander of the Arkport American Legion where he served as a member of the American Legion Honor Guard. Through the years he served on several committees at the county level, in 2015-16 Bob served as the Steuben County American Legion Commander. Currently he was assistant sergeant of arms, executive committee and delegate to the district. In addition to his American Legion Service he has also served as the Steuben County Sons of American Legion Commander and has served as the SAL Chair Liaison of the county American Legion.

Bob was an avid Buffalo Bills Football fan and also loved rooting for the Ohio State Buckeyes.  A true “family man” he loved the time that he spent with family and especially loved camping during the summer months.

He was married on March 4, 1972 to the former Patricia “Pat” Taylor who survives.  Also surviving are his daughter, Crystal (Robert) Henshaw of Arkport; 2 brothers, Randy (Connie) D’Apice of Hornell and Andrew D’Apice of Pensacola, FL; 1 sister, Anna Baker of Hornell; 2 grandchildren, Jacob Henshaw and Chloee Henshaw of Arkport; niece Deanna D’Apice of Hornell; nephews Daniel D’Apice of Hawaii and Peter Persichilli of Hornell.

The family of Robert C. “Bob” D’Apice will receive friends on Thursday from 2:00 PM  –  4:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.  Funeral services with full military honors will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 4:00 PM with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating.  Burial will be in Heritage Hill Cemetery, Arkport, NY.

Due to recent New York State mandates, everyone attending calling hours or the funeral service will be required to wear a face mask.

Bob’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to St. Ann’s Academy, 41 Genesee St., Hornell, NY or the Hornell Area Humane Society, 7649 Industrial Park Rd., Hornell, NY  14843.   Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.

In recognition of Bob’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.

Judie A. Perez

Geneseo, New York

Judie A. Perez, 71, of Geneseo, NY died peacefully at home with her family by her side on December 18th, 2021.

Judie was born in 1950 in Idaho, and was the daughter of Andrew & Virginia (Anderson) Trease.  She lived in several locations including Nevada, Idaho, Alaska, and New York. She had resided in the Geneseo area for the past 9 years.

She married the love of her life, Nelson, in 1969 in Elko, Nevada. She resided in Nevada and Alaska for most of her life before moving to Geneseo, NY to be closer to her son & his family.

Judie is survived by her loving husband, Nelson; their son and daughter-in-law Victor (Amy) Perez; grandchildren Megan (Joseph) Semmel, Victoria and Katharine Perez and her sister Christine and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Judie was preceded by 3 sisters, Candice “Candi”, Dorothy, and Peggy.

Due to COVID-19 no prior calling hours will be held at this time. Funeral services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. A celebration of life will be held on a later date at the Loon Lake Chapel.

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

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Livingston County Hospice, 2 Murray Hill Drive, Attn: Hospice Agency, Mt. Morris, NY 14510.

Thank you to the many friends and family that have supported us during this difficult time.

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Joseph N. Brazen

Joseph  N. “Joe” Brazen – 65 – of 90 Hartshorn St., Hornell, died early Friday morning (December 17, 2021) at Strong Memorial Hospital following a long illness.

Born in Scranton, PA on august 12, 1956, he was the son of Joseph & Edna (Rosofsky) Brazen.

Joe grew up in Hornell and attended Hornell High School where he was a member of the HHS Wrestling Team and the HHS Soccer Team.  He later played in the Men’s Soccer League in Alfred, NY.

He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp, serving his country from 1974 – 1978 (Active Duty) and from 1978 – 1980 (Reserves).  While serving in the Marines, Joe was stationed in many locations, including Okinawa, Japan and the Philippines.

Following his honorable discharge from the Marines, Joe was employed for about 3 years at Alfred State College (SUNY Alfred) working in the Food Service Department.  He was later employed as a machinist at General Marble in Hornell and for about 20 years worked at Polly-O in Campbell, NY.  He retired in 2020.

Joe was an avid golfer & fisherman and also enjoyed watching NFL Football.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Kim Chase who died in 2008.

Surviving are his mother, Edna Brazen of Hornell; his brother, Brandon (Jackie) Chace of Hornell; his nephew, Kyle (Joanna) Porter of Virginia Beach, VA.

At Joe’s request there  will be no calling hours.  Private services will be held at the convenience of the family with final interment in the Bath National Cemetery, Bath, NY.

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

Joe’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS  66675-8516

Dr. Virginia T. Shephard

Dr. Virginia Shephard

Dr. Virginia T. Shephard (Eveland) – (62) – of McHenry Valley Road, Almond, formerly of Hornell, passed away peacefully at her home on December 14, 2021 surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Hornell on February 27, 1959. She was the devoted daughter of the late Thomas & Beverly Eveland (Buono).

Virginia grew up on the East Side of Hornell where she attended Bryant School and was a graduate of Hornell Senior High School (Class of 1977.)  In 1981 she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Bio-Chemistry from Niagara University.  She went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine Degree in 1985 from the State University of New York at Buffalo and in 1988 received her Resident in Family Practice at St. Vincent’s Health Center in Erie, PA.

Returning to Hornell in 1988, Virginia began her medical career by taking over the practice of longtime physician Dr. Paul J. Wolfgruber.  Throughout the years, she touched the lives of her many patients while working every department of St. James Mercy Hospital.  When St. James closed its doors, Virginia continued her commitment to the Hornell community by working with Dr. Bruce MacKellar at the Canisteo Valley Family Practice in Hornell.  She retired on October 2nd, 2019 due to ill health.

Virginia was married on July 20, 2019 to Michael “Mike” Sciotti, her devoted husband who survives.  Also surviving are her children, Lesley Andrews (Shephard) of Rochester, Paul Shephard III of Bloomington, IN, Brianne Eveland of Rochester and Ciara Cuesta of Schenectady.

Additionally, she is survived by her sisters, Patricia (Gerry) Flaitz of Hartsville, Marlene (Mike) Sullivan of Bath, and her brothers, Thomas (Deanna) Eveland of Salt Lake City, UT and Mark Eveland of Hornell; brother-in-law Paul (Barbara) Sciotti of Mechanicsburg, PA; 4 step-children, and several nieces & nephews.

A communicant of St. Ann’s Church, Virginia enjoyed singing in their annual Holiday Cantata.  She was also a member of the G. Carducci Lodge (Sons of Italy). Virginia had many hobbies and interests. She enjoyed going to casinos and visiting Las Vegas, drawing, sewing, and attending Broadway shows. She also enjoyed going to trivia, playing Euchre, golfing, swimming, and dancing. Virginia loved going on vacation and enjoyed her annual trips to Myrtle Beach with her family. She loved rooting for the Buffalo Bills and watching the NBA. Virginia also loved music, and especially enjoyed listening to the songs of the 70’s and Motown. She went to many concerts and music events with her friends and family.

Virginia will be remembered as a loving wife, mother & sister who loved her family with all of her heart.  She will also be remembered as a dedicated & caring physician who was devoted to her many patients.  Throughout the years, Virginia touched the lives of anyone that had the pleasure of knowing her.  She will be greatly missed!

The family of Dr. Virginia T. Shephard will receive friends on Thursday, December 23rd 2021, from 2:00PM until 5:00PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.  A “Celebration of Life” will be held at a future date.

Due to recent New York State mandates, everyone will be required to wear a facemask at the Dagon Funeral Home.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!

Virginia’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation, PO Box 23204, Rochester, NY  14692.  Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home. You may also donate by visiting