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posticon Mary E. Searles

Obituaries | Monday, August 05, 2019 | By - Print
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Mary E. Searles (nee Pforter) received her wings and flew home into the loving arms of God on Sunday, August 4, 2019. She was born September 26, 1932, to Martin O. and Nellie A. Pforter. She married the love of her life, William "Bill" Searles on January 26, 1952. They were married for over 30 years until his death.

At the age of 50, Mary went back to school and received her Associate's Degree and was a home health aide for Family and Children's Services for over 20 years. She played many roles, not only as a farmer's wife, mother, and home health aide, but she was involved with 4-H, North Lansing Fireman's Women Auxiliary, Clown persona for the Lansing United Methodist Church youth, Director of the Lansing Food Pantry in 1994, and Activity Leader for the Oak Hill Nursing Home. In 2007, Mary received the Distinguished Community Service Award from the Ithaca Cayuga Rotary Club. She was a caring and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

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posticon Zahra Exantus

Obituaries | Monday, July 08, 2019 | By - Print
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Zahra Exantus, 28, formerly of Ithaca, NY, beloved daughter of Joe and Cathy Exantus, died unexpectedly at her residence in Shanghai China on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. A celebration of Zahra’s life will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at the Lansing United Methodist Church, 32 Brickyard Rd., Lansing, NY with a reception immediately following. The family will receive friends at the church on Friday, July 12, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Private interment will be held at Green Hills Cemetery, Dryden, NY. In lieu of flowers, a charity will be announced in a more complete obituary.
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posticon Sarah A. Case

Obituaries | Tuesday, May 28, 2019 | By - Print
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Sarah CaseSarah A. Case, 101, of Lansing, passed away at her daughter’s home in Ovid on Sunday, May 26, 2019. She was predeceased by her husband, Milton Case, and son, John Case, Sr.

Sarah is survived by her daughter, Mary Lou Dodson (Ron); grandchildren, Tammie Dodson, Wendy Seewald (Dan), Michelle Allan (Lenny) and Ron Dodson, Jr. (Jen Christianson); and great-grandchildren, Casey Underdown, Evan Underdown, Christopher Seewald and Ryan Dodson.

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posticon Jacoba Munson Baker

Obituaries | Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Jacoba BakerJacoba Munson Baker passed away peacefully at her longtime home on Auburn Road in North Lansing, NY, on May 11, 2019, just a couple months shy of her 99th birthday.

Jacoba was born in Lansing, NY, on July 6, 1920. She graduated from Groton High School and continued her education, earning a bachelor’s degree in home economics from Michigan State University in 1943. She returned home after graduation and got a job with Cornell Cooperative Extension, where she met a young extension agent, Robert C. Baker. They were married in 1944 in Groton.

Jackie and Bob moved to State College, PA, shortly afterward for Bob to work on his master’s degree at Penn State, and to Purdue University in 1956 for Bob to earn his PhD in poultry science. In between, in 1950, Jacoba and Bob started Baker’s Chicken Coop at the New York State Fair, which is still operated by her children and grandchildren. The two also started Baker’s Acres, a plant nursery in North Lansing. Jacoba had a lifelong passion for gardening, and Baker’s Acres allowed her to pursue her love of horticulture as well as financially support the operation of their 75-acre farm during retirement. Baker’s Acres is still operated by her daughter Reenie.

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posticon Daniel John Ravas

Obituaries | Monday, May 13, 2019 | By Plis Funeral Home, Inc. Print
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DanielRavasDaniel John Ravas, 28, of Camillus formerly of Lansing passed away unexpectedly on May 7, 2019. Born in Ithaca, NY to Cathy Mehlenbacher and Paul Ravas. Daniel was most recently employed at Auntie Anne’s at Destiny USA, and as a security officer for Westcott Security and Events. Dan was to continue working with Hammi’s Bacon Bomb of the NY State Fair this summer. He was also formerly employed at Iroquois Nursing Home and the Dunkin Donuts in Fairmount. He was an accomplished high school swimmer for Lansing and Baldwinsville Central School Districts, going to the State level competitions twice. Dan also played soccer and competed in Track and Field for Lansing CSD. Daniel loved summer camp at Camp Aldersgate, attending CCYM events at both Camp Casowasco and Aldersgate. He loved hiking, camping and the outdoors. He was making plans to hike the Appalachian Trail in the future. He had a wandering soul and a deep love for and knowledge of music.

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posticon Marguerite Hardy

Obituaries | Tuesday, May 07, 2019 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Marguerite Hardy, 74, of Lansing, passed away on Monday, May 6, 2019, at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca, while surrounded by her loving family.  Born in New Hartford, CT, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Marguerite Hoffman Wightwood.  Marguerite married Lorin “Lefty” Hardy on October 26, 1963, and lost him just months ago on September 12, 2018, after 54 years of marriage.  She began her career in the mailroom at Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company in New Hartford, CT, and went on to retire from TST BOCES in Ithaca as a secretary in the GED Program.

The most important thing in Marguerite’s life was her family and spending time with them.  She also enjoyed fishing, horseback riding, bowling, puzzles, exercising at Planet Fitness, tending to her flower gardens, camping and picnicking on Cayuga Lake, and planting trees to help our planet.

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posticon Margaret Ferretti Dill

Obituaries | Saturday, March 30, 2019 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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MargaretDillMargaret Ferretti Dill, 72, of Lansing, NY passed away at home with her husband by her side on March 27, 2019. Margie was the loving wife of James Dill for 48 years and leaves behind her daughter, Emily, son in-law Matt, and her beloved grandchildren, Elise and Griffin of Needham, MA.

Born in Boston, MA, Margie is the daughter of the late Rita (Woods) and Leonard Ferretti. She graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in 1964, Boston State College in 1968, and earned her Master’s in Education from Elmira College in 1979.

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posticon Anna S. Beckwith

Obituaries | Tuesday, March 05, 2019 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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AnnaBeckwithAnna S. Beckwith of Lansing died Saturday, March 2, 2019, at age 98. After a long, fruitful life in Lansing, she recently moved to live with her daughter in Manlius and enjoyed a round of weekend parties as many of her children, grandchildren, great-children and friends were able to come see her.

A lifelong communicant of All Saints Church in Lansing, Anna served on its parish council and, for a number of years, led a small prayer and Bible-study group. She worked for many years with young people in the 4-H programs of Cornell Cooperative Extension, teaching plant science, animal science, nutrition, and recreation, and serving as day-camp director and director of summer programs. She had returned to school in mid-life, earning at age 50 an associate’s degree from Tompkins Cortland Community College. She also attended clown school, and entertained children and adults as the clown “Miss Annie.”

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posticon Julianne "Jules" Milligan

Obituaries | Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | By - Print
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JulianneMilligan2Julianne "Jules" Milligan, a lifelong resident of Lansing, NY, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on February 25, 2019. Julie was born August 25, 1969, to Robert J. and Nancy Howell Milligan. She was a 1987 graduate of Lansing High School with a diploma from TST BOCES Auto Mechanics program, later receiving a New York State Mechanical Certification.

Her strong work ethic was established by her dad and many enjoyable summers working on The Barron Farm. Employed after high school by David Haney, she served in the parts department at Pritchard Dodge for 19 years until moving to the Maguire dealerships in Ithaca.

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posticon Francis Hugh Teeter

Obituaries | Thursday, January 10, 2019 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Francis TeeterFrancis Hugh Teeter, 92, passed away on January 8, 2019 at the VA Medical Center in Bath, NY. Born in Ithaca, he was the son of the late Raymond and Katherine (Carey) Teeter. At 17, he joined the US Navy during WWII, serving from 1943-1947, remaining a proud veteran to the end.

Leaving the military, he worked briefly at the National Cash Register Company. Next at Cayuga Lumber Company, he was promoted from laborer to yard foreman to salesman, ultimately leaving to join Cerrache TV, which installed the first TV cable in Ithaca. Before his retirement, he won the contest to rename the company American Community Cablevision.

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posticon Melvin Eastman

Obituaries | Thursday, November 01, 2018 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Melvin EastmanMelvin Eastman, 75, passed away on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at Cayuga Medical Center as a result of a head injury.  Born September 11, 1943, to the late John and Ethel (Crockford) Eastman, Mel graduated from Lansing High School in 1961.  Mel went on to work for Smith Corona, Cargill Salt Company, and he retired as a Rural Carrier with the United States Post Office.

A fan of many sports, especially the St. Louis Cardinals, Mel bowled and played slow-pitch softball for a number of years. 

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posticon Jackie Butler

Obituaries | Tuesday, October 30, 2018 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Jackie ButlerJackie Butler, 69, of Lansing, NY, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Sunday, October 28, 2018.  Born in Ithaca, she was the daughter of the late Byron and Josephine Campbell Stone. Jackie worked at Ithaco and later at BF Goodrich, from where she retired as a manager.

Jackie’s joy in life came from being grandma to her two grandsons, Tucker and Mason.  Her grandkids and their sports were her life.  She was also very close to and loved her sisters and the family dog, Jackson.  In her free time, she enjoyed golf, visiting the casinos, and playing games—especially poker, euchre and scrabble.

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posticon Lorin 'Lefty' L. Hardy

Obituaries | Thursday, September 13, 2018 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Lorin 'Lefty L. Hardy, 78, of Lansing, passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca, while surrounded by his loving family. Born in Torrington, CT, he was the son of the late Lorin G. and Dorothy Bramen Hardy. Following high school, Lorin enlisted in the US Army, where he proudly served his country from 1958 to 1962. After being honorably discharged, he married Marguerite Wightwood on October 26, 1963. Lorin was employed at Cargill in Lansing for several years before joining the Laborer's Union Local 785 in Ithaca, where he retired after 32 years.

The most important thing in life to Lorin was his family, and he loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also had a passion for fishing, golfing, gardening, bowling, and playing horseshoes. He was a Dallas Cowboys football fan and NY Mets baseball fan. Lorin was also a member of the American Legion, and enjoyed reading their publications.

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posticon John Nelson Johnson

Obituaries | Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | By - Print
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John N Johnson, 91, of Holly Hill, FL passed away on September 8, 2018 after a short illness.

John was born in Ludlowville, New York on November 16, 1926, the son of the late Carl and Alma (Randall) Johnson of Ludlowville, NY. John and his wife Dorothy lived in the Cayuga County and Lansing, NY area until they retired and moved to Florida in1987. John attended Ludlowville School then enlisted in the US Navy to serve in the Pacific region in World War II. Toward the end of his naval service, in 1946, he married his sweetheart Dorothy Inman. John and his wife operated Johnson’s Atlantic gas station and auto repair on Ridge Road across from the Lansing Schools. Later, John was a favorite bus driver for many students; and mechanic for the Lansing School District. John had a warm demeanor and a sense of humor, always making and telling jokes and keeping things lighthearted.

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posticon Karl William Czymmek

Obituaries | Sunday, September 02, 2018 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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KarlWilliamCzymmekSo many memories but not enough time. Karl William Czymmek, best known by family and friends as Will, passed away on August 28, 2018, just one day short of his eighteenth birthday.

He leaves behind a large grieving family. Two older sisters, Meredith and Madeline, and his parents, Karl and Anne Czymmek. His grandparents, Karl and Joyce Czymmek, his uncle Kirk and aunt Martha Czymmek, his aunt Maria and uncle Dana Paddock, his uncles Kent and Kyle Czymmek, his uncle Michael and aunt Kate Balcolm-Mattson, his uncle Mark and aunt Kim Mattson, his aunt Amber and uncle Peter Heimbucher, his aunt Amy Phelps, and many cousins.

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posticon James L. Barron

Obituaries | Thursday, August 30, 2018 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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JamesBarronJames L. Barron, 70, of Lansing, NY, passed away on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Cortland, NY, on July 7, 1948, he was the son of the late Harry and Marie Beckwith Barron. Jim was a 1966 graduate of Lansing High School and later attended BOCES, where he studied electrical engineering. Most recently, he was employed as an injector repairman at D&W Diesel, Inc., in Auburn, NY.

Jim had a passion for hunting and fishing, but more than anything, he loved spending time with his wife and family. He also was the best farmer around and worked on his dad’s farm for many years.

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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.
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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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