Jean A. Roebuck, 93, of Vestal, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 28, 2009, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Syracuse, New York. She loved children and will be forever remembered by her surviving family members: nephew, Gregory (Elizabeth) Szymaniak and children, Justin, Aleksander and Adam; nephew, Gary (Jackie) Szymaniak and children, Amy and Jeffrey (wife Amy and newborn Frankie); nephew, Robert (Marilyn) Roebuck and children, Andrei (Joanne) and Julia Green (and her children, Tiffany and Nicholas); nephew, Ronald Bucek and his son, Zachary; niece, Kathy Szymaniak Himko and daughter, Jill-Roselynn; niece, Georgianna Roebuck (William) Graham and children, Veronica and Shawn; niece, Joan Bucek and stepchildren, Kurt (Karla), Kevin (Kathy) and children, Kristopher, Kameron and Kolton; niece, Doreen Bucek (John) Marchal; and great-nephew, Eric (Darlene) Mikolasko and children, Marina and Even, and Eric's father, John Mikolasko. During WWII, Jean worked at Link Aviation as a secretary. After the war, Jean and her husband, Walter (Krenitsky) owned and operated a railroad hotel (The Chapman) on Lewis Street in Binghamton, along with her brother, George, and his wife, Ann. In later years, she managed the business office at Lourdes Hospital and completed her work career as a bank secretary. Aunt Jean was a communicant of St. Michael's Greek Catholic Church, 298 Clinton St., Binghamton, and was a member of its Ladies Guild. She loved to dance with her husband at St. Michael's hall on Saturday evenings. She had a blue tooth, which is similar to a sweet tooth, and gave her siblings, Mary, George, Ella and Rose, and her parents, Peter and Helen, blue teeth from the many blueberry pies she made and shared with them. A lifelong resident of the Triple Cities area, Jean spent her last years with her nephew's family (Greg and Beth Szymaniak) in Syracuse and traveled to the Pirohi Capitol (Binghamton) to participate in St. Michael's annual Lenten Pirohi Project.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, June 1, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. at Laskowski Funeral Home and at 9:30 a.m. at St. Michael's Church, where a Divine Liturgy will be celebrated by the Very Rev. Protopresbyter James Dutko. Burial will be held at the Parish cemetery. The family will receive friends at Laskowski Funeral Home on Sunday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fr. Dutko will recite the prayer service (Parastas) at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. It is the wish of the family that donations may be made to St. Michael's Church in lieu of flowers.
Died May 22, 2009 at the age of 84. Gone to play golf in heaven. He is survived by his wife, Mary Greaves; his daughter, Deborah (Dennis) Petrisak; and granddaughter, Crystal (Caleb) Herry. After his retirement from Singer Link in Binghamton, NY, John loved to play golf. He had artistic hobbies such as woodworking. He and his wife lived in Ionia for 25 years. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at Strong and Thompson Hospital and MM Ewing Recuperation Center for the wonderful care that they gave John.
Friends are invited to call Tuesday evening 5-8 at the Lucey-VanVoorhis Funeral Home, 301 W Main Street, Victor. Graveside Service Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Pinehill Cemetery, Rt. 251, Rush
of Cranberry Lake, NY
Leiper Patterson Read, Jr., of Cranberry Lake, New York, passed away on May 8, at his winter home near Foley, Alabama, after a brief illness. Born in Frostburg, Maryland on January 28, 1921 to Ella B. Read and Leiper P. Read, Sr., he spent most of his youth around eastern Pennsylvania's coal mining region, where his father worked as a mechanic for the mines. From his earliest years “Buddy” took an avid interest in radio technology and obtained his amateur radio operator's license in 1938. A 1939 graduate of Pottsville High School, he served in the Army Air Corps from 1940 to 1945 as a Tech Sergeant, distinguishing himself as an outstanding and inventive radio technician for numerous types of aircraft, including B-24 bombers and the P-51s of the 359th Fighter Group stationed in England. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh University in 1950, going to work in the aerospace field. He served as a systems design engineer for 27 years at Link Flight Simulation Division in Binghamton, New York. He developed simulation systems for numerous projects, both military and civilian, most notably the SR-71 Blackbird “Skunkworks” project, and the Apollo moon voyagers. He retired in 1982 and moved to Cranberry Lake, where he spent his time breathing fresh air and enjoying the beautiful view of the lake. He became involved in many community-based projects, including the development of Cranberry Lake's first high-speed wireless internet connection, located in the community center. He remained active in the amateur radio community with the call letters W2JV, making many lasting friendships there and in daily life as well. Everyone will remember Leiper for his ready smile and outgoing manner. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Katherine V. Read; his sons, Douglas A. Read and Donald S. Read; granddaughter, Erika M. Read; and sister, Mary Lamar Knight.
Services will be held on Sunday, July 26, 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Potsdam, NY, followed by burial at Cranberry Lake Cemetery. A second memorial celebration will take place at Cranberry Lake Fire Hall on Monday, July 27.
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