Mary Margaret Tarcha, 75, passed away quietly at home on Wednesday, May 28, 2008. She was predeceased by her parents, Michael and Mary Chipak; and sister, Elizibeth (Betty) Lakoski. She is survived by her husband, Michael; sons, Michael and David Tarcha; mother-in-law, Olga Tarcha Drost; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Sara and Todd Parsons; great-grandson, Benjamin Parsons; cousins, Michael Dranichak and family, Juliana Dranichak, Nancy and Peter Kohutic, Lillian Nezelek; brother-in-law, Theodore Lakoski; nephews, Theodore Lakoski III and family, John Lakoski and family; brother-in-law, Nicholas Tarcha and family; sister-in-law, Jane DeHawkhurst and family; together with numerous cousins in Slovakia. Mary was instrumental in the founding of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church and spent many years on the Church Parish Council, Sts. Martha and Mary Sisterhood, and loved being a church school teacher and singing in the choir. No one was a stranger to her as she befriended everyone she met. She was born in Jessup, Pa. on June 14, 1932 and graduated from Binghamton Central High School, after which, she became a personal secretary at Link Aviation. She later left Link Aviation to help operate the family restaurant until a growing family required her attention.
The family will receive friends at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 308 N. Page Ave., Endicott, N.Y. from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday (today). A Memorial Service (Pannikhida) will be conducted by Hieromonk Priest George Schaffer at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Service will be conducted at the church by Fr. George on Saturday, May 31, at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be held at Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make memorial donations may do so to the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Endowment Fund. Arrangements are by the J.F. Rice Funeral Home, Inc., 150 Main St., Johnson City.
of Vestal, N.Y.
Norma Brozaitis of Vestal, N.Y., passed away at the age of 88 on May 25, 2008. She spent her last few years at the Ideal Senior Living Facility with dementia. She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Dean in February 2003 and all his siblings, Robert (Jack) Brozaitis, Binghamton, Richard Nichols, Endicott, and Marge Seaver, Endicott; and her younger sister, Grace Fancher, Cary, N.C.; and twin brothers, Karl and Andrew Martens, Vestal and Endicott respectively. She is survived by her son and family, Richard and Fran Brozaitis, Napa, Calif.; and daughter and family, Nancy and Ray Avery, Vestal; grandsons, Chris Avery, Covington, Ky., Tim Avery, Annapolis, Md., Brad and Carey Brozaitis, Rancho Murieta, Calif.; great-granddaughters, Rhianna and Kaelyn Avery, and Kaylin and Jenna Brozaitis; also survived by two sisters-in-law, Jackie Martens, Vestal and Evelyn Brozaitis, Binghamton; and several nieces and nephews. There are still cousins and distant family in Denmark. Norma was born in Veijle, Denmark on May 16, 1920 and immigrated with her parents in 1921. She was raised and lived in Endicott until the 50's then moved to Vestal. She graduated from U-E High School and was later involved with assisting on the class reunions. She was a member of the Holy Nativity Lutheran Church of Endicott. Norma's work life was varied, including cafeteria worker in the Vestal School System, keypunching for Singer Link of Binghamton, and GE of Johnson City from which she retired. She was a good and generous friend to many, always there to lend a helping hand. Norma was also known for her baking and created a lot of special occasion cakes, including doll and wedding cakes. After retirement she was on the Town of Vestal election committee and a volunteer worker for Meals on Wheels, Lourdes short-stay, and Waterman activities, and a few years after retirement had made local Volunteer of the Year.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1:00 p.m. from the Coleman and Daniels Funeral Home, Inc., 300 East Main St., Endicott. The Rev. Michele Fischer, Pastor of her church, will officiate. Burial will be in Vestal Hills Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home, Saturday from 12 Noon until service time at 1:00. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to Alzheimer's Association-Southern Tier, 401 Hayes Ave., Endicott, N.Y. 13760.
of Hillcrest — (Secretary)
Virginia “Ginny” M. Rich, 82, passed away peacefully after a long, courageous battle with Alzheimer's. She was predeceased by her husband, Oliver Rich; and daughter, Lori M. Edwards. She is survived by her son, Darrel Rich and friend, Shirley McLean Martin, Hillcrest; daughter and son-in-law, Elyn and Bill Brundege, Mt. Morris, N.Y.; grandson, Will Brundege; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Virginia was an avid golfer and bowler who was always a very social person. She was well liked by her many friends.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, 1 p.m. at the Chenango Valley Cemetery. At Virginia's request, there will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, those wishing kindly consider memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Assn.
of Pinellas Park, Fla.
Anthony DiLuzio, of Pinellas Park, Fla., died May 7, 2008. Surviving are his wife, Estella; sons, David (Teresa), Niceville, Fla., Nicholas (Jane), Greensboro, N.C.; daughter, Katherine, Pinellas Park; and granddaughter, Sarah, Tulsa, Okla. He is also survived by a brother, Frank, Unadilla; brothers and sisters-in-law, Betty DiLuzio, Binghamton, Joyce DiLuzio, Bastrop, Tex., Ralph (Joan) Crumb, Greene, Raymond (Judy) Crumb, Greene, and Adella LaRue, Pinellas Park, Fla. He was predeceased by his parents, Anthony and Helen DiLuzio; brothers, Thomas and Joseph; and parents-in-law, Ralph and Esther Crumb. After retirement from Link Flight Simulation, Tony and Estella moved to Florida in 1998.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Monday at Sacred Heart Church, Pinellas Park, Fla. Arrangements by Taylor Funeral Home, 5300 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.