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posticon Francis G. Hancharik

Obituaries | Tuesday, July 31, 2018 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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FrancisHancharikFrancis G. Hancharik (83) of Lansing, NY, passed away on Saturday, July 28, 2018, at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca, NY. Born in Barnesboro, PA, he was the son of the late Michael and Anna (Mehal) Hancharik. He moved to Ithaca and graduated from Ithaca High School in 1954. An accomplished athlete while at IHS, he was a stand-out starting pitcher and fullback for the Little Red. His exploits on the diamond and field, well documented in the Ithaca Journal.

Frank joined the US Army in 1958 and rose to the rank of SGT. His unit, the 2nd Armored Division out of Fort Hood, TX, was part of the peace keeping forces in West Germany. When asked, he would fondly reminisce tales of tank driver training, exploits with townsfolk at the local bier gartens, and how he never connected with Elvis even though they were stationed in the same area.

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posticon Laura Baty

Obituaries | Sunday, May 13, 2018 | By - Print
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Laura Baty passed away on May 6, 2018 at Beechtree Nursing Home. She married Paul Baty in 1946. They had 4 children, Kathleen (Lyle) Wadell, Tim and Linda Baty, Carolyn Blake. Her youngest daughter (Janet)  passed away in 2016.

She made seashell jewelry, wedding cakes, Christmas fudge, and sold eggs for extra income.

She lived in Lansing since 2005. A family graveside service was held on May 8th in Vestal, N.Y.

posticon Wendell J. (Windy) Thompson

Obituaries | Thursday, May 03, 2018 | By - Print
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wendellthompsonWendell J. (Windy) Thompson, 85, of Lansing, went home to the Lord on February 13, 2018, while surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Odessa, NY to the late Stewart and Ruth (McKay) Thompson, Wendell spent most of his life in the Lansing, NY area.

As a young married man he started his work life at Rudy Krantz' Garage, and then worked at Rock Salt (Cargill). He worked for 35 years at the Lansing Schools, starting as a bus driver, and retiring as the Transportation Manager.

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posticon Daniel William Gee

Obituaries | Sunday, February 25, 2018 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Dan GeeDaniel William Gee, 62, of Lansing, NY, lost his long courageous battle with kidney cancer on February 23, 2018. He was very brave and maintained his sense of humor until the end of his life.

Born May 21, 1955, on his paternal grandmother’s birthday, Dan loved life and lived it to the fullest.

After graduating Ithaca High School in 1973, he attended college in Florida for a year before enlisting in the US Navy, where he served for 4 ½ years on a submarine. Dan was a proud to be a Veteran. He then went on to work for the US Postal Service, retiring as Postmaster in Brooktondale at the age of 55. During his time with the Postal Service he completed his bachelor’s degree at Ithaca College.

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posticon Harold Withiam

Obituaries | Thursday, January 25, 2018 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Withiam HaroldHarold Withiam, 91, died Monday, January 22. A resident of Longview, Harold was born in Geneva, NY, and grew up on a farm in the town of Seneca. After graduation from Geneva High School in 1944, he joined the Army in 1946, where he learned to read Morse code. He was discharged from active duty in 1947 and continued in the reserve until 1950. When his father, George, died he lived with and cared for his mother, the former Allie Farr. In 1951, he married Norma, and the newlyweds continued to live in Allie’s house, which was eventually filled with four children, Glenn, Alan, Vicki, and Daniel.

Harold was a 35-year employee of the Seneca Army Depot, working first on the roads and grounds crew and later as a driver in the motor pool, a job he enjoyed. In 1954, he partnered with the late Charles Hartman to re-activate Troop One, which was one of the oldest Boy Scout troops in the nation, continuing as a scout leader for over twenty years.

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posticon Carl E. Nedrow

Obituaries | Tuesday, January 16, 2018 | By - Print
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carlnedrowCarl E. Nedrow of Lansing passed away peacefully and quietly in the presence of family on January 13, 2018, at the age of 87.

Born April 20, 1930 in Ithaca, Carl was a son of the late David J. and Lina Rose Nedrow. After high school, Carl graduated from the Cornell School of Agriculture and proudly served his country for 2 years with the US Army. He was married to Nancy "Ann" Tierney Nedrow in February 1955. Carl retired from NYSEG after 30 plus years of dedicated service. He enjoyed boxing in his younger years, raised Appaloosa horses, was passionate about coon hunting, and was content just being busy around the farm, whether cutting firewood or puttering on a project. Carl was also an avid follower of the Lansing sports programs and the New York Giants. Most importantly, Carl was dedicated to and loved his family. He and Ann always had an open door and welcomed friends and family for a visit or an extended stay. He took great pride in his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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posticon Mary M. Benson

Obituaries | Saturday, January 06, 2018 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Mary M. Benson passed away peacefully at Walden Place in Cortland, NY with family at her side on December 22, 2017, at the age of 99.

A lifelong Groton/Lansing resident, Mary was born at home on July 24, 1918. She graduated from Groton High School in 1937 and went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Home Economics from Cornell University in 1941. In 1943, she married Clarence C. Benson and in 1946 they purchased Bensvue Farm on Lansingville Road. Over the course of the next 58 years their family and farm grew and prospered.

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posticon Mary (Molly) Elizabeth Regan Colt

Obituaries | Saturday, January 06, 2018 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Mary (Molly) Elizabeth Regan Colt passed away peacefully on January 4, 2018 with her oldest son by her side and dedicated staff members from Old Hundred and Hospicare. Molly was born on December 9, 1927 to William and Celia Regan in Morristown, NJ. Anyone who ever had the privilege of knowing or interacting with her would agree that Molly was one of the most gentle, caring, loving, beautiful, and understanding woman to ever walk this earth. 

As a child, Molly lived in several different communities because of her father's professional career. She graduated from Morristown High School in 1945 and entered the College of St. Elizabeth, graduating in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in History Education. Molly began her high school teaching career in Richfield Springs, NY. Later she relocated to Lansing, NY to teach History at Lansing High School where she met a fellow teaching colleague who would become her future husband. On August 22, 1953 Molly married James P. Colt in Wellsville, NY and they spent 63 years faithfully supporting each other.

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posticon Peter Leo Alano

Obituaries | Friday, October 13, 2017 | By - Print
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peteraleoPeter Leo Alano was born 11/23/54 in Rochester, N.Y. He died peacefully in his home on 10/11/17. He is predeceased by his father Ralph, and his sister Anita Alano. Pete is survived by his children Jack and Bridget Alano and his wife Peggy Conolly-Alano, his mother Isabel Alano, brother Louis Alano/wife Theresa Alano, and brother in law Merle Jantz

Pete and Peggy moved to the Finger Lakes twenty years ago when Pete courageously quit a good paying job to pursue a less lucrative, more rewarding career working with disabled adults. His consistent kindness, acceptance, and dedication to his clients was felt by all who worked with him.

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posticon Deborah J. McKane

Obituaries | Friday, September 15, 2017 | By - Print
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Deborah J. McKane, 58 of Lansing, passed away peacefully at home on September 13, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.

Born September 20, 1958 in Ashland, NY, Debbie was a daughter of the late Earl C. Partridge and Marian Zifchock Partridge, who survives her. Debbie was very ambitious and began working in McDonalds during high school to buy her trusty old car. After graduation, she worked at Cornell University for many years while raising four children.

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posticon Tatyana Duval

Obituaries | Tuesday, May 02, 2017 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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On May 1, 2017, Tatyana Duval, 67, of Ithaca, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her own home and on her own terms.

Tatyana was a special person; a beautiful, passionate, and unique woman with an extremely talented mind. She loved life and all things beautiful including flowers, plants, art, and animals.

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posticon Eleanore Hunter

Obituaries | Sunday, March 26, 2017 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Hunter EleanoreEleanore Hunter passed away peacefully at home after a brief illness on March 25 with her faithful canine companion, Honey, by her side. Ellie grew up in Ithaca New York and was the daughter of William and Margaret Gredel who immigrated to New York City from Switzerland. Henry later became the president of the Ithaca Savings Bank and made their home on Ithaca Road. She loved Ithaca and enjoyed telling those she met of swimming across Cayuga Lake as a young girl.

It was on the day she arrived at Potsdam that a handsome Clarkson boy asked her to go for coffee. That night over a beer their story began. Ellie had a full life with her husband Malcolm. They built houses together for their business (Hunter Homes) and enjoyed many trips and adventures along the way that included flea markets, antiquing, motor home trips, and vacations to the Virgin Islands and Europe! After obtaining her teaching degree from Potsdam, Ellie enjoyed teaching second grade. She took time to raise their three children and later found a love of teaching special needs children at our local BOCES.

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posticon Benedetto Pasquale Muggeo

Obituaries | Sunday, March 26, 2017 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Muggeo BenBenedetto Pasquale Muggeo, 82, of Lansing, NY died unexpectedly at Robert Packer Hospital on March 25, 2017. Born on November 28, 1934 in Endwell, NY to the late Pasquale and Rosa Muggeo, he is survived by his wife of 52 years, Maureen; their daughters Lisa (Tom) Feldman of Dunkirk, Maryland; Karen (Victor) Startsman of Rockville, Maryland; Diane (Charles) Mann of Endicott, New York; Carla (Kevin) Trolaro of Metuchen, New Jersey; six grandchildren, Sydney and Michael Feldman, Nathan and Benjamin Mann, and Nicole and Kylie Trolaro; sisters Lena Catalano and Delores Larque; and many nieces and nephews.

Ben attended the University of Miami and graduated from Broome Community College. While raising his four daughters he achieved his career goal of earning a Professional Engineering Certification. He worked as a heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning professional engineer for General Electric, Cornell University, and several consulting engineering firms, including IBM and Dupont, until he retired in 2002.

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posticon Janet Irene Morse Dean

Obituaries | Saturday, January 28, 2017 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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deanjanetJanet Irene Morse Dean of Lansing, NY, died peacefully on January 26, 2017, at the Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca, NY, comforted by her four children and daughter-in-law, following a brief illness. She was 92 years old.

Born August 10, 1924, in Freeville, NY, Janet lived most of her life in Ithaca and never lost her love for the Finger Lakes. Adopted by Helen (Lincoln) and Carl Morse at the age of six months, she spent a joyful youth on South Hill. Helen and Carl subsequently adopted her younger brother George as well. Mary Gridley Allaben remained a life-long South Hill friend. Janet’s mom married Irving King following the death of her first husband. Janet regaled her children with stories of many happy family summers during her childhood on Owasco Lake, NY and Lake Massasecum, NH.

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posticon Alice Virginia "Ginny" Lobdell King

Obituaries | Thursday, November 17, 2016 | By Family of Ginny Lobdell King Print
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kingginnyAlice Virginia "Ginny" Lobdell King died peacefully on September 22, 2016 in Tempe, AZ at the age of 79 after a long battle with osteoporosis.

Born March 9, 1937 in Ithaca, NY to Warren and Alice Lobdell, Ginny graduated from Ithaca High School. She married William "Bill" King in 1956. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in March. After raising her 2 daughters, Ginny worked at the Cornell Noyes Center Mailroom for over 10 years.

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posticon Kevin Thomas Dunn

Obituaries | Monday, November 14, 2016 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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DunnKevinMarch 16, 1982 – November 11, 2016 Moravia, NY

Kevin Thomas Dunn, 34, died at home Friday, November 11, 2016. He was the beloved husband of Amara R. (Camp) Dunn, and the beloved son of John and Wanda Dunn of Seville, OH.

For the past 17 years, Kevin worked and served in various positions at Casowasco Camp and Retreat Center, most recently as Assistant Director. He also worked and served at the Lansing United Methodist Church from 2006 through 2011 as the Youth Ministries Coordinator. Kevin loved people, especially youth, and always sought to use his skills and resources to help others reach their full potential.

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posticon James P. Colt

Obituaries | Sunday, September 25, 2016 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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James P. Colt, of Lansing, NY, passed away peacefully on September 23, 2016 at the age of 90. Jim, son of the late Leo and Lillian Colt, was born on July 20, 1926 in Olean, NY.

Jim graduated from Olean High School and proudly served his country in the US Navy. Upon being honorably discharged, he entered NYS Teachers College at Buffalo and received a degree in education. He was a member of Kappa Delta Pi, Epsilon PI TAU, Inc., and Sigma Tau Gamma. Jim continued his advanced degree at Cornell University and Syracuse University. He taught Industrial Arts at Lansing High School and later became the High School Guidance Counselor for the District, retiring in 1983. He helped hundreds of students choose their career paths.

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posticon Adam Heck

Obituaries | Tuesday, August 30, 2016 | By Bangs Funeral Home Print
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heck nobg 200hAdam Robert Heck, 42, passed away on August 27, 2016.

He was born on June 10, 1974, to Richard Charles Heck and Nancy Jean Heck (Crowe) in Norwich, New York. Adam was a graduate of Hamilton High School, and Ithaca College. Adam was entering his 21st year as head coach for the Varsity Boys Soccer Team at Lansing Central School District, and became the Athletic Director and Dean of Students. Adam was highly involved in the school and community, and had a love of teaching and engaging kids at all levels. Adam had a great love for walking miles on the wide open stream and finding that perfect fish on the end of his pole. He created and shared many fond memories with his family, friends and daughters on the streams, some of which will never be forgotten and always live on.

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posticon Reginald W. Andrews

Obituaries | Friday, August 19, 2016 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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AndrewsReginaldReg "Porkie" Andrews, 58, passed away at home on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, two weeks after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

Porkie graduated from Lansing Central School in 1976.  His joy in life was fishing, hunting and hanging with his buddies.

Reg is survived by his parents Paul and Clara Andrews, siblings Stephanie, Jeff, Tom, Bryan and Paula, and their families.  He is also survived by his long-time companion Susan Bard and her children Jeremy, Adam and granddaughter Anna. Porkie has left his infectious smile, laugh and his love for the outdoors with many; he will be deeply missed.

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posticon Katharine C. "Kate" Payne

Obituaries | Sunday, August 14, 2016 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Payne KateKatharine C. "Kate" Payne, 87 of Lansing, passed away August 10, 2016. Born in Towanda, PA on October 11, 1928, Kate was the daughter of the late Lawrence H. and Victoria (Jonas) Conlon, Sr.  A graduate of Waverly High School, Kate attended Keystone College where she earned her Associates degree in Medical Secretarial Science and met her future husband, Thomas G. Payne.  She then went on to earn her Bachelors of Science degree from Iowa State University in 1951.

In 1950 Kate and Tom were married and spent their summer in Ithaca, NY, which ultimately led them to the decision of settling in this area.  Kate valued her career as an elementary teacher with the Groton School District where she retired from in 1984. An active member of the Lansing United Methodist Church, Kate also enjoyed the role of church historian for many years, she was a member of the Haiti Committee and played in the Ithaca Concert Band.

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