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Anne (Repinecz) Smith

of Vestal

Anne (Repinecz) Smith, 86, went peacefully to be with the Lord, surrounded by her family on Sunday, August 31, 2008. She was born October 25, 1921 in Whiting, Indiana. Anne was predeceased by her devoted husband of 66 years, Gurdon E. Smith, Deposit, N.Y.; by her parents, Julia Stetz Repinecz and John Repinecz, Sr., Endicott; a sister, Julia Croman; and two brothers, John Repinecz and Michael Repinecz, Sr. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Gerald Szachara, Vestal; three treasured grandchildren and their spouses, Mark and Susan Szachara, Kendall Park, N.J., Miriam Anne and Keith Purdy, Binghamton, and Gerry and Deborah Szachara, Bridgewater, N.J.; a great-grandson, Adam Joseph Szachara; and great-granddaughter, Rachel Anne Szachara; and many dearly loved nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends. Anne was raised in Endicott, N.Y. by parents with a strong faith, who first came to Ellis Island, USA from Kochino at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. Anne put that seed of love for Christ into her family. She was known for being a gifted artist along with her husband. Both won many awards. Many received the benefits of her art, cooking, sewing, crocheting and gardening skills. She tended her beautiful flowers inside and out with love and was always glad to share a bouquet. The tiniest flower to her was a joy. She was formerly employed by General Electric and Link Aviation. With her husband Gurdon, she shared all of life's adventures: traveling, camping and seeing the beauty of God's world. They were deeply in love with each other, “Always” to the last moment. They were truly two becoming one. Together they worshiped, loved and raised a daughter, teaching her to “see” beauty in nature. They so loved and enjoyed their grandchildren and delighted in their great-grandchildren. Anne took great pleasure in encouraging their talents, especially in playing instruments, dancing, singing, art and teaching. As Anne was leaving this world, she appeared to be blessed with a vision of the good things to come which was to her family's delight. We will miss her so very much until the joy of our reunion. It seems clear she will hear “Well done good and faithful servant. Come and join in your Master's happiness.”

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at First Assembly of God, 255 Washington St., Binghamton. Rev. Ronald Piedmonte will officiate. Burial will be in Vestal Hills Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 E. Main St., Endicott on Friday evening from 5-8 p.m. The family wishes to extend their extreme gratitude to Dr. Dean, Darlene, Donna and all the so very loving and supportive staff at Willow Point Nursing Home. We also wish to thank the wonderful support of the churches, especially Pastors Samuel and Piedmonte, as well as Gene Nearing and Jean and John Kunsman for their frequent visits. We are so grateful for Anne's love and look forward to seeing her in heaven.


Kenneth E. Klippel

of Raquette Lake and Binghamton — (Program Engineer)

Kenneth E. Klippel, 72, formerly of Raquette Lake and Binghamton, died August 29, 2008 in Asheville, N.C., where he had resided since March of this year. He was raised in Ilion and graduated from high school in 1954. He served in the US Navy and graduated from Utica College of Syracuse University as a mathematics major in 1963. Ken was employed as a Program Engineer for the Link Corp. in Binghamton, where he worked on commercial airlines and the Apache helicopter. Upon retirement he moved to Raquette Lake until his move to Asheville. Ken was a 50 year Mason and a member of Northwoods Masonic Lodge in Old Forge and was also a Scottish Rite Mason. He is survived by two sisters and a brother-in-law, Ardis and Curtiss Gilbert, Asheville, and Carol Piser, Tampa, Fla.; a niece Kristine Piser, Orlando; and two nephews, Darren Gilbert, Clinton, Tenn., and Daniel Gilbert, Gastonia, N.C.

Friends are invited to attend a service on Saturday, October 4th, at 11 a.m. at the Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, 128 Fern Avenue, Old Forge, which will be conducted by the Northwoods Masonic Lodge. Friends may consider the Old Forge or Raquette Lake Fire Depts. in his memory.

Yvonne Alayne Cowperthwait

of Susquahanna, Pa. — (Engineering Department Secretary)

Yvonne Alayne Cowperthwait passed peacefully to her eternal rest on August 26, 2008 after a brief illness. She was predeceased by a beautiful daughter, Cindy Lee; her parents, Harold B. and Frances Griswold; her brother, Harold M. Griswold; and four nephews, Mark, Chris, Toby and Peter Griswold. Survivors include her devoted life's partner of 55 years, Cyril W. Cowperthwait; three children and their spouses, Sherry and Gary Chandler, Dave and Lisa Cowperthwait, and Stephen Cowperthwait; six grandchildren, Katie, John, Chris, Matt, Rebecca and Stephen; cherished sister-in-law, Patricia Griswold; several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her beloved Gladys, who gave her infinite comfort and joy.

Among the many pleasures Yvonne enjoyed, family and friends reigned supreme; she delighted in her music, enjoyed the opportunity to travel, and took great comfort in her faith.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to the compassionate nursing staff at Wilson Hospital, and to Binghamton General's ICU and Dialysis Units. Special appreciation to the wonderful nurses on the sixth floor of the Kremm's building, whose only concern was ever her care and comfort. Deepest thanks to Drs. Martinez and Jayaraman, without whom her time with us would have been much shorter.

A private celebration of Yvonne's life and loves will be held at a later date at the family's convenience. “And now she sings with the angels, a glorious sound to behold.”

Loretta L. (Volosevich) Murray

formerly of Binghamton — (Data Clerk in Product Design)

Loretta L. (Volosevich) Murray, age 78, formerly of Binghamton and Windsor, New York, went to be the Lord August 16, 2008 at Hospice of Volusia/Flagler in Orange City, Florida. Born in Johnson City, she moved to Deltona, Florida in 1985 upon her retirement from the Singer-Link Corporation. She was predeceased by her husband, James T. Murray; and son, David C. Mondell. She is survived by her stepmother, Mary Volosevich, Johnson City, N.Y.; two half-sisters, Fran Volosevich, Binghamton, N.Y. and Barb (Rob) Robinson, Pa.; her son, Michael Mondell, Orange City, Fla.; two daughters, JoAnn (Don) Lloyd, Coconut Creek, Fla. and Marie (Murray) Post, Orange City, Fla.; twelve grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services were held on Monday, August 18, 2008, at Deltona Memorial Funeral Home in Orange City, Fla., and burial followed at DeLand Memorial Gardens, DeLand, Fla. She will be remembered for her utmost love of family, the stories of her life that she told so well, her hard work ethic and her great sense of humor. Although she will live in our hearts forever and her suffering is done, there will be a void among us. She was so giving and so fun. Marie, Mike, JoAnn, Family and Friends

Charles H. Von Weinstein Jr.

of Binghamton, N.Y. — (Test Department)

Charles H. Von Weinstein Jr., 77, of Binghamton, passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his loving family on August 6, 2008. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Jeanne (Hill); two sons and daughters-in-law, Kurt and Dina (Rousa) Von Weinstein, Scott and Tina (Gorton) Von Weinstein; three treasured grandchildren, Eric, Carli and Alex. Charles served from 1950-54 as a Staff Sergeant during the Korean War in the U.S. Air Force before going graduating from Indiana Institute of Technology and working as an Electrical Engineer for Link Simulation until retiring in 1990 after 32 years. He enjoyed photography, music and also owned and operated a lawn furniture business “Wood Expressions” following his retirement. The family wishes to recognize the kindness offered to Charlie by friends and family. Special thanks to all the wonderful Hospice workers, and you know who you are.

Funeral Services will be held 12 noon, Friday, August 8, 2008, at the Savage Funeral Home, 338-344 Conklin Ave., Binghamton, N.Y. 13903 with Full Military Honors. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice in memory of Charlie.


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