of Hillcrest —(Corporate Staff)
Frank N. Underwood, 76, passed away on Wednesday, October 22, 2008. He was predeceased by his parents, Frank N. Underwood and Albena and Elmo Snyder. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Audrey; children, Karen and Steven Spencer, Michele Underwood, Michael Pucek; grandchildren, Lauren and Derrick Pucek, Jordan, Nathan, and Haley Spencer; brothers and sisters-in-law, Kenneth and Nancy Thomas, Robert Thomas, Ada Thomas; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Frank was employed by Singer Link for over 36 years. He was very active in the SCORE Organization, member of the American Legion Post 1645, and was an active member of the Ogden Hillcrest United Methodist Church.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2008, at 12:00 noon at the Wm. R. Chase & Son Funeral Home, 737 Chenango Street, Port Dickinson, N.Y., with Rev. Horace King officiating. Burial will follow in Chenango Valley Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, October 24, 2008, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations to Ogden Hillcrest United Methodist Church Endowment Fund, 1065 Chenango Street, Binghamton, N.Y. 13901; or the American Heart Association, 59 Court Street, Binghamton, N.Y. 13901
Rudolph J. Fritz, 89, passed away peacefully Friday, October 17, 2008, at NYS Veterans' Home in Oxford, where he was kindly cared for since September 2007. Rudy was born on September 3, 1919 in Binghamton, the son of the late Louise Lavko and John Fritz. On February 5, 1946, he married Romana Bortolon in Bolzano, Italy. He was a member of the US Army stationed in Italy during WWII. Rudy is survived by his wife of 62 years, Romana. Besides his wife, he is survived by his son, Ronald Fritz; his daughter, Sheila Charnetsky and her husband, Harry T. Charnetsky, and Tibby. Rudy is also survived by his sister, Theresa Gaska; nephews, Robert and Dick Fritz, Donald, Larry, Jeff, David and Chris Clow; nieces, Diane Hoag, Barbara Schwartz, and Kathleen Fritz. He was predeceased by his daughters, Gloria Ebersole and Valerie Fritz; sisters, Mary Hoag and Rose Clow; brothers, John and Anthony Fritz; and uncle, Paul Fritz. Rudy graduated from Binghamton Central in 1937. After high school, he worked as an auto mechanic in his brother, John's garage. After WWII, he worked as a mechanic for the City of Binghamton. Rudy, Romana and daughters, Gloria and Valerie traveled to Chicago, Ill., where he graduated from the DeVry Institute. Returning to the Triple Cities, he worked for a short time at Links. Then he joined IBM Glendale, where he was an Advisory Engineer, a member of the Quarter Century Club, retiring in 1981. Rudy was a strong willed, very intelligent and multi-talented fellow who will be sadly missed by his family. As a young boy during the 1930's, he built a kayak that he peddled around the neighborhood when his family's home in the First Ward was flooded. Few people understand the electrical engineering and analog programming required by Rudy when he worked at IBM. Besides maintaining and fixing his autos and everything else around his home, Rudy would be found pouring concrete and building stonewalls. He also enjoyed ice skating, skiing, playing baseball, swimming, dancing, and listening to music. Most of all, Rudy did all he could, for as long as he could, to provide for his family, never complaining about his responsibilities. We pray that God will look out for his soul and spirit, and may his parents and daughters, Gloria and Valerie welcome him in heaven with open arms.
A Funeral Mass will be offered by Rev. Daniel Caruso at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 22, 2008, at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 282 Chenango Street, Binghamton. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Johnson City, with Military Honors. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Chopyak-Scheider Funeral Home.
of Vestal — (Senior Engineer)
George E. Minnich, 73, of Vestal, died on Wednesday, October 15, 2008, at Mercy Special Care Hospital, Scranton, PA. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Lois Minnich, Vestal; daughters and son-in-law, Jane and Greg Westfall, Allentown, N.J., Karen and Mark Bachner, Cicero, N.Y.; son and daughter-in-law, David and Christine Minnich, Grapevine, Tex.; grandchildren, Andrew, Daniel, Luke Westfall, Jon and Tim Bachner, Trevor, Brett, Liliana and Logan Minnich. He graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University and received his first Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University and his second Master's in Computer Science & Information Systems from Binghamton University. He was a Senior Engineer at Link Aviation for 35 years with seven patents. He was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church and IEE (International Electrical Engineer) Society.
A funeral service will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 499 Plaza Drive, Vestal. The Rev. Nadine Ridley will officiate. Burial will be in Vestal Hills Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at the Barber Memorial Home, Inc., 428 Main Street, Johnson City. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Dollars for Scholars, PO Box 959, Vestal, N.Y. 13850.
of Town of Binghamton
Charles B. Hull, 87, went to his eternal rest, Saturday, October 4, 2008. He was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Mamie Hull. Charlie is survived by his loving daughter and son-in-law, Catherine and Henry Hawley, Binghamton; treasured grandchildren, Summer Lamoree and fiancé, Robert Ellsworth, Binghamton, Julie Hawley, Binghamton, Henry Arthur and JoLynn Hawley, Endicott, Annabelle and Jason Orcott, Binghamton, and April Tambeau, Binghamton; and nine great-grandchildren. He leaves behind special friends, Elizabeth Hawley and Grace Padbury; and his faithful companion, his dog, Max. Charlie served his country during World War II, as a member of the 42nd Infantry, Rainbow Division. While in Germany he received commendations from President Truman. After his return to Binghamton, Charlie was employed by Singer Link for over 35 years.
Funeral services with Full Military Honors will be held 6:00 p.m., Monday, October 6, 2008, at the DeMunn Funeral Home, 36 Conklin Avenue, Binghamton. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until the time of services. Memorial contributions in Charlie's name may be made to Lourdes Hospice, 4102 Old Vestal Road, Vestal, N.Y. 13850. Expressions of sympathy for the family may be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org.