of Port Charlotte, Fla. formerly of Windsor, N.Y.
Alva L. Rickerson, 78, was called home to God on January 27, 2009. He was beloved husband to Mary Lou for nearly 56 years; proud father of son and daughter-in-law, David and Barbara Rickerson; and daughter and son-in-law, Judy and David Howe; loving grandfather of Jacob Howe and Jessica Rickerson; sister, Betty Blewett; brother-in-law, Robert Wallach; several nieces and nephews; he also leaves behind many friends. He was a US Army veteran who served in the Korean War. He was a member of Disabled American Veterans (D.A.V.) and has been a member of the American Legion Post 89, Vestal, N.Y., for 46 years. Al was a brave survivor of lung cancer for more than 35 years, before succumbing to it. He was predeceased in death by his parents and two brothers. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved gardening and camping. He was a retired employee of Link Aviation. Al was a lover of dogs and chose to join his beloved companion, Cookie.
A Funeral Mass will be offered Saturday, 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Windsor, N.Y. Burial will be in the South Windsor Cemetery in the spring. Friends may call at the Wm. R. Chase & Son Funeral Home, 737 Chenango Street, Port Dickinson, Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the caring people of Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 1144 Veronica Street, Port Carlotte, Fla. 33952
of Concord, N.C. formerly of Binghamton (Manufacturing)
Pauline Homza, 87, formerly of Binghamton, N.Y., passed from this life in Concord, N.C. on January 25, 2009, where she had lived with her youngest son, Ron and daughter-in-law, Kathy for the past 9 years. Pauline was born in Czechoslovakia, October 12, 1921. She came to America at age 8 with her sister, Anna to live with her mother and father, Anna and William Herceg. She is preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas; and sons, William and James. She is survived by brother, Andrew; and sisters, Anna and Helen; sons, George, Thomas, Edward and Ron. She was a loving grandmother of 14 grandchildren and a great-grandmother of 22 grandchildren. Pauline was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Kirkwood, N.Y. She also attended St. James Catholic Church and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in N.C. She had retired from CAE Link and was a member of Bill Flynn Polka Club. Pauline enjoyed crafts and listening to polka music and would attend festivals whenever she was in N.Y. She was a true blessing to all who knew and loved her and will be missed dearly.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, January 31, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. at The Thomas J. Shea Funeral Home, Inc., 137 Robinson Street, Binghamton, New York. Friends may call Saturday from 9 a.m. till 11 a.m., the time of the service. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery at the convenience of the family. A Memorial Mass will be held in N.C. on February 1, 2009
Richard H. Ewert, 78, passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2009 after a long illness. He was predeceased by his parents, Harry and Josephine Ewert. He is survived by his wife, Joan Ewert, Binghamton; son and daughter-in-law, Brooks and Betty LaPlante, Indiana; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four sisters and two brothers-in-law, Doris Picciolo, Joyce and Bert Rozron, Audrey and Rockford Picciolo and Nancy Lanza; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Harry and Marilyn Ewert and Thomas Ewert, all of Milwaukee, Wis.; also many nieces, nephews. He was a retired employee of Singer-Link.
Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are by the Fischer-Scholder Funeral Home, Inc., 269 Chenango St.
Susan Randall Mathewson Taylor, 86, of Binghamton, N.Y., passed away Friday, January 9, 2009, surrounded by family and friends. She was born in St. Albans, West Virginia to Homer and Florence Mathewson. She was predeceased by her husband, Raymond H. Taylor; and son, Mark D. Taylor. She is survived by daughters, Linda Taylor and Robert Juraska, Binghamton, N.Y.; Sharon Shambaugh and her husband Michael, Hilo, Hawaii; foster daughter, Sandra Renoad and her husband, Rick, Firestone, Colorado; and honorary daughter, Sherri Shoff, Penn Yan, N.Y.; granddaughters, Jordan DeLorme and her husband, Joshua, College Station, Tex.; Haley Taylor-Juraska, Binghamton; Tami Juraska and Marc Burford, Binghamton, N.Y.; Meggin Juraska and her husband, Travis Skaggs, NYC; Kawika McKeague and his wife, Heidi; Kekoa McKeague, Maleko Outcault; Kuulei Outcault all of Hilo, Hawaii; and great-great-granddaughters, Riley Burford, Binghamton and Madeleine McKeague, Hilo. She is also survived by her sisters, Pauline Raish and Beverly Boyd; and her brothers, Edwin Lockwood and his wife, Mary, and James Lockwood and his wife, Joan; many nieces and nephews, but most especially by her dear niece, Bonnie Beagell and her husband, Don; and nephew Michael Colsten and his wife, Lee, and their respective families; as well as by her dear friend, David Peacock. Although she held many jobs during her life, including Links and Robintech, her last job for many years was caring for the residents of the Willow Point Nursing Home, giving hugs to patients who hadn't received affection in years or been visited by family members. An avid reader, she was passionate about politics – a liberal to the end. A member of the Brookvale United Methodist Church, she loved working with the children and always remembered the sick and elderly. Caring for her family, friends and neighbors brought her great joy.
A celebration of Susan's life will be held Monday at 11:15 a.m., at the Brookvale United Methodist Church, corner of Colesville & Canfield Roads in Colesville, N.Y., with Pastor Gordon Brownlow officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Lourdes Hospice, 4102 Vestal Rd,, Vestal, N.Y. 13850.
Mary Alice Wilson, 70, of Conklin, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, January 7, 2009. Mary Alice was born in Pleasant Mount, Pa., and moved to the Binghamton area in 1957 and went to work at IBM Endicott in 1957, where she retired after 22 years. She was also employed at General Electric and Singer Link. Mary Alice was a longtime parishioner of St. Andrews Church. She loved all aspects of home decorating and most especially painting; she also enjoyed gardening and making crafts and was a very avid Yankee fan. She was an incredibly devoted daughter, wife, mother and friend. Her tremendous spirit of love and selflessness will be missed by all those who knew her and her contagious smile will never be forgotten. She is predeceased by her beloved mother and father, Elizabeth and Daniel Leonard. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Robert; two daughters and one son-in-law, Katrina and Thomas Lipyanic, Daleville, Pa., Kimberly Wilson, Ormond Beach, Fla.; one son, RJ (Bobby) Wilson, Rochester.
The family will receive friends from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, January 11, 2009, at the Savage Funeral Home, 338-344 Conklin Ave., Binghamton. Funeral Services will be held January 12, 2009 at 10 a.m. at Sts. John & Andrew Church with Msgr. Michael Meagher officiating. Her family would like to express their gratitude to the Our Lady of Lourdes oncology doctors and nursing staff for their excellent care and compassion. Online condolences to the family can be sent to www.savagefs.com
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