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posticon Lynn M. Eastman

Obituaries | Tuesday, April 21, 2020 | By - Print
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LynnEastmanJrLynn M. Eastman, Jr., 52, of Lansing, NY, passed away at home on April 20, 2020, while surrounded by family. Born in Ithaca on May 24, 1967, he was the son of the late Lynn M. Sr. and Alberta McLean Eastman. He was employed as a welder and fabricator at Stonewell Bodies and Machine, Inc. in Genoa, NY.
Lynn had a passion for hunting, fishing, wrestling and horseshoes. He was a member of the Tri County Horseshoe Club in Groton, NY.

He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Rebecca M. (Barber) Eastman; daughter, Amber Barber; sister, Bonnie (Reggie) LeBlanc; brother, Jim (Tina) Eastman; half-sister, Lynnette (John) Smith; mother-in-law, Pearl Barber; sisters-in-law, Heidi (Dale) Reynolds and Melissa (David) Moppin; brother-in-law, Billy (Mary) Barber; several nieces, nephews; and his fur baby, Buddy. He was preceded in death by his son, Lynn M. Eastman III, and daughter, Heather Lynn Eastman.

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posticon Norman Earl Wheeler, Sr.

Obituaries | Tuesday, April 21, 2020 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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LynnEastmanJrNorman Earl Wheeler, Sr., 85, of Lansing, NY, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 19, 2020. Born in Worcester, MA, Norman was one of thirteen children born to William A. and Naomi M. Wheeler of Worcester, MA. He spent many years as a member and employee of the Lincoln Square Boys’ Club of Worcester. He attended classes at the American Red Cross to become an instructor of First Aid and Water Safety.

Norman enlisted in the U.S. Navy in April of 1954 and served overseas. He received an honorable discharge in January of 1958. In 1964, he received a B.S. in Education and taught school at the Charlton Junior Senior High School. He continued his education and received a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education and was employed by the Massachusetts State Department of Education as a Supervisor of Education. In 1969, he was employed by the Vermont State Department of Education as a Coordinator of Emergency Services. On May 19, 1969, he was commissioned in the US Army Reserve as a Captain, Medical Service Corp. In 1972, he was employed at Cornell University as an Associate Professor in Cooperative Extension (Community Emergency Planning Program).

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posticon Gerd Helene (Syversen) Aasen

Obituaries | Thursday, March 26, 2020 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Gerd Helene AasenGerd Helene (Syversen) Aasen, 85, of Lansing, passed away on March 18, 2020, while surrounded by family. Gerd Helene was born on November 8, 1934 in Follebu, Norway, to her mother, Gunvor (Syversen) Gudbranson of Follebu and to her father, Nils Larsen of Lillehammer, Norway. Gerd was raised primarily by her grandparents, Hans Syversen and Nilla Kampesveen Syversen of Follebu. In 1952, she moved from Follebu to Ithaca, New York and in 1953 was married to Raymond Martin Aasen (formerly of Oslo, Norway ). After Raymond’s graduation from Cornell University in 1956, Raymond and Gerd moved to Lansing, New York where they purchased and managed a successful dairy farm and raised four children. In 1983, after the children were grown, Gerd earned a B.S. in Sociology from Wells College; thereafter working as a Social Worker at Tompkins County Mental Health until her retirement.

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posticon Lawrence “Larry” John Creighton

Obituaries | Sunday, March 22, 2020 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Lawrence CreightonLawrence “Larry” John Creighton, 57, of Lansing, NY, lost his battle with cancer on Thursday, March 18, 2020. Lawrence was born in Harvey, Illinois on November 28, 1962 to Stephen and Rose (Wachdorf) Creighton. He was a generous and thoughtful man, who would do anything to help others.

Lawrence worked for Ithaca City School District for over 34 years before retiring in January 2018. He was proud of his role as Union President, and fought hard for his fellow co-workers. He bravely served as a Volunteer Fireman with the Lansing Fire Department for 25 years. His 16 years as Fire Commissioner were, to him, an honor. He was a selfless servant to the community.

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posticon Sheryl Anne (Niemi) Howell

Obituaries | Thursday, March 19, 2020 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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SherylHowellSheryl Anne (Niemi) Howell, 71, formerly of Lansing, NY passed away on March 17, 2020. She was a graduate of Lansing High School in 1966 and worked for over 34 years as an office manager at Cornell University in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Sherri truly lived life to its fullest through simple pleasures: visiting with friends and family, yard work and projects, cruising with her beloved husband, and being the most incredible grandmother. She loved mornings at her cottage on the lake, a good cup of coffee, and a raucous tipsy-da! Sherri touched many lives with her generosity, and she will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her.

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posticon Joyce Heck

Obituaries | Saturday, February 15, 2020 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Joyce HeckMrs. Joyce Heck passed away peacefully on Friday February 14, 2020, surrounded by loving family in Lansing, NY. Born May 7, 1932, in Endicott, NY, she was the daughter of the late Robert T. and Blanche Carman. She attended St. Ambrose Parochial School through the eighth grade, and then went on to graduate from Union-Endicott High School in 1950. She enjoyed her 15 years working at IBM Endicott, at the same time as her father. She was an avid bowler at the IBM Country Club, as well as traveling with her friends various times to the Caribbean.

In the early 1960’s, Joyce met the love of her life, David Heck, Sr. They were married November 13, 1965, and together they had two sons, David Jr. and Robert. Raising her two boys was her life’s most precious gift and love. She had a real knack with children and was loved by her numerous nieces and nephews. All through her life, she would light up at the sight of a child. She became very active and involved in helping others who were struggling with addiction problems, and always lent an ear to those who needed helpful advice. In 1962, at the suggestion of her father, she purchased a lot on Cayuga Lake next to her parents’ place, which eventually turned into the Heck family summer cottage. In 2003, the cottage was converted to her and Dave Sr.’s permanent home. She loved the lake, and entertaining those who visited. Her sense of humor and smile were infectious.

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posticon Laura Greene Boehlecke

Obituaries | Saturday, February 08, 2020 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Laura Greene Boehlecke, 79, of Lansing, NY, passed away at her home while surrounded by family on Thursday, February 6, 2020. Born in Mount Kisco, NY, on October 3, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Laura (Abbott) Greene. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in 1962 from Elmira College, and continued to complete her Master’s in education. Laura was a sixth grade reading teacher at Lansing Central School District, retiring in 2001 after 38 years in the district.

Laura was a member of the PEO Sisterhood and formerly active in Rotary International. She loved to read and spend time at her home on Cape Cod.

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posticon Anna R. Watson

Obituaries | Friday, February 07, 2020 | By Millspaugh Funeral Directors Print
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Anna WatsonAnna R. Watson of Montgomery, NY, passed away peacefully Saturday, February 1, 2020, at Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, NY. She was 94.

A daughter of the late Vincent Hradisky & Cecelia Burin Hradisky, she was born Sunday, April 5, 1925 in Myers, New York. Anna lived most of her life in Myers and on Beach Road in Lansing, NY. She worked at NCR in Ithaca for over 20 years. In retirement, Anna enjoyed watching Westerns and spending time with her family and her dogs- the late Buster, and Spotty. Anna will forever be remembered for her sense of humor, feisty personality and generous heart. She was the widow of the late Guido Garcia of Panama City, Panama.

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posticon Frank H.T. Rhodes

Obituaries | Wednesday, February 05, 2020 | By Cornell University Print
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Frank H.T. Rhodes, Cornell University's ninth president, a national figure in higher education and an esteemed paleontologist, died Feb. 3 in Bonita Springs, Florida. He was 93.

During Rhodes' tenure as president from 1977 to 1995, Cornell saw significant growth in research and academic programs that continue to shape the university. Research funding more than tripled, from $88 million to more than $300 million; major initiatives in astronomy, supercomputing, biotechnology, nanofabrication and Asian studies were established; a successful $1.5 billion capital campaign was launched and completed; diversity at the university among students and faculty significantly increased; and the university's international presence was strengthened.

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posticon Russell Dean Sprague

Obituaries | Wednesday, January 22, 2020 | By - Print
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RussellSpragueRussell Dean Sprague of Lansing died on January 20, 2020, at the age of 92. He was born in Rochester, NY, to William Delos and Mary Axelby Sprague. The family moved to Little Valley in southwestern New York in 1937. Russ graduated from Little Valley High School in 1945. Two days after graduation, he started basic training at Sampson Navy Base on Seneca Lake. He served on the light cruiser USS Philadelphia. After the war, he entered Cornell University College of Agriculture, receiving an associate degree in 1948.

In 1951, Russ married Mary Doyle of Salamanca. Together they had four daughters. His first job was as a salesman of Ford Tractor products. In 1953, he left the farm machinery business to work for the Equitable Life Assurance Society of Utica. Eight years later he became the general agent for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company in Binghamton. In 1982, he became an independent agent representing many companies offering life, health and disability insurance.

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posticon E. Lavonne “Vonnie” McKane

Obituaries | Monday, December 30, 2019 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Eleanor McKaneE. Lavonne “Vonnie” McKane, 85, of North Lansing, passed away following a brief illness on Sunday, December 29, 2019, at her home. Born in Elmira, NY, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Lillian (Coon) McDermott.  After graduating from Genoa High School, Vonnie went on to retire from NYSEG in Ithaca.

Vonnie was a past matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Lansing, and member of the North Lansing Fire Department Auxiliary.  In her free time, she enjoyed gardening, crafts, and trips to the casinos with her friends.

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posticon Isaac Kramnick

Obituaries | Monday, December 23, 2019 | By - Print
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Isaac Kramnick, the Richard J. Schwartz Professor of Government Emeritus, a renowned scholar of English and American political thought and history, and a longtime champion of undergraduate education, died Dec. 21 in New York City. Kramnick was 81.

Cornell President Martha E. Pollack said Kramnick was “a beloved Cornellian; a teacher and leader who, in his time at Cornell, touched the lives of generations of students, faculty and staff.”

“Professor Kramnick leaves behind a distinguished legacy of insightful scholarship, passionate teaching and forward-thinking leadership,” Pollack said. “His memory will live on for those who knew him and felt firsthand his warmth, his intelligence and his generous spirit. The university has lost a great Cornellian.”

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posticon Patricia Gail Putnam

Obituaries | Friday, December 20, 2019 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Patricia PutnamPatricia Gail Putnam, 73, of Lansing passed away while surrounded by those she loved on Thursday, December 19, 2019, at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca.  Born on August 5, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Olga “Ollie” (Geiger) Holden.  Pat was employed as an aide at Lansing High School and went on to retire from the Lansing Residential Center, where she worked as a corrections officer and made an impact on many people with whom she worked.  She proudly gave up some of her dreams to be a stay at home mother and raise four beautiful children.

In her free time, Pat enjoyed sewing and painting.  She also had a love of animals, especially cats and dogs.

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posticon Marvin Ostrander

Obituaries | Saturday, December 14, 2019 | By - Print
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Marvin OstranderMarvin Ostrander, 87, of Lansing, passed away on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at Crown Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Cortland.  Born in Varna, NY, on October 26, 1932, he was the son of the late Orry and Ada Johnson Ostrander.  After working for Smith Corona for several years, Marvin went on to retire from the Town of Lansing Highway Department.

Marvin was a lifetime member of the Lansing Fire Department and charter member of the North Lansing Fire Department.  During his service, he was active in the fire police.  In his free time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and NASCAR.

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posticon C. Charles “Chuck” Benson

Obituaries | Friday, December 06, 2019 | By - Print
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Clarence BensonLANSING - Chuck Benson of Lansing passed away unexpectedly at home on the morning of December 2nd due to complications from his lifelong battle with a spinal tumor. Chuck was a Lansing native and graduated high school in 1965. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at Cornell University in 1969 and married the prettiest coed in Alpha Phi, Andra Weidenhamer, after a less than impressive first date. The two of them spent the next two years in the mountains of Colombia with the Peace Corps teaching animal husbandry and nutrition.

Chuck and Andra returned home to take over Bensvue Farms, which was started by Chuck’s parents Clarence and Mary (Munson) Benson. The milk price was often low, but Chuck’s spirit was always high. One day Andra was telling the children that the most important part of a relationship was communication. She asked Chuck, who wasn’t listening, what the most important part of a relationship was, to which he answered, “always saying ‘yes dear.’” Andra declared that no, the most important part of a relationship was communication. To which Chuck replied, “Yes Dear.”

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posticon Fred Voss

Obituaries | Friday, August 30, 2019 | By the Voss Family Print
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Fred VossUSArmy March 1944 tnFred Voss, 99, a Holocaust survivor and World War II veteran who spent years talking at high schools, churches, and other gatherings to keep alive the memory of the horrors of the 1930s and 1940s, died on August 30, 2019. Voss’s speeches had a consistent message: Don’t hate.

Born on April 12, 1920, in Aachen, Germany, Voss and his family fled the Nazis and came to the United States in 1940. He returned to Europe in the U.S. Army, serving in France and Germany in the months after D-Day. (He became an American citizen on the troop ship to England. His citizenship papers were signed by Commander Jack Dempsey, the famous prizefighter, who was the highest ranking officer on the ship.) In 2012, in honor of his work speaking to schools and his military service, the Lansing, NY, High School arranged for him at age 92 to receive the high school diploma denied to him by the Nazis.

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posticon H. Duane Smith

Obituaries | Thursday, August 22, 2019 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Hubert Duane SmithH. Duane Smith, 83, of Lansing passed away on August 20, 2019. Duane was born in Mount Pleasant, PA, and moved to a farm on Storm Road in Lansing as a young child. He was retired from a utility company where he worked as a welder.

Duane is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Gwendolyn; daughters, Konnie (David) and Karlene (Craig); son, Duane; brothers, Jim, Tom and Fred; many nieces and nephews, and a special child, Ileen, who was a granddaughter to him. He was predeceased by his brother, Bob, and parents, Elsie and Ronald.

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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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