Link Obituaries Obituaries of Link Retirees

Ruth Marie Bruster

of Binghamton

Ruth Marie Bruster, 79, passed away Friday, February 27, 2009. She remained in her three generation family home throughout her illness surrounded by loving family, neighbors, and caregivers. Ruth was born July 13, 1929 the daughter of Clark Bruster and Marion Elizabeth Fish. A life long resident she graduated from Binghamton North in 1947. She was employed by GAF Corporation for 30 years before concluding her career at Link Aviation retiring in 1990. Highlights of her life were a company sponsored trip for two to Hawaii that she shared with her cousin Jean and traveling to Europe, with her parents, to visit areas where her father had served in World War I. She was a dedicated Binghamton and New York Mets fan. She is survived by her cousins Jean Bruster Eden of Ithaca, Brian Bruster Eden and his wife Barbara of Ithaca, their children Seth of Ithaca and Moriah of New York City, and Harold Bruster of California, Ruth also leaves a dear long-time family friend Mary Anne Damiano of Binghamton. She was predeceased by her beloved sister Shirley Damiano in April 2008 and cousins Betty Frances Bruster of New York City and Layton Fish of Muncy, Pa. The family wishes to express its heart felt gratitude to her friends and neighbors who provided support and loving care during the last months of her life especially Gary Nicholson, Sarah Dougherty, Sandra Beach, and Joyce Fowler.

A memorial service will be held Monday, March 2nd, 11:00 a.m. at the Hopler Funeral Home, 483 Chenango Street, Binghamton with the Rev. Horace Brown King of the Ogden-Hillcrest United Methodist Church officiating. The family will receive her friends at Hopler's from 10:30-11:00 a.m. on Monday. In lieu of flowers please consider a memorial donation to either the Broome County Animal Care Council (in honor of her friend Catmandu) or the Living Care Fund of the Good Shepherd Fairview Home. Burial will occur at the Chenango Valley Cemetery at the family's discretion.


Jean (Dieser) Connelly

of Greenwood, SC

Jean Florence (Dieser) Connelly, Greenwood, SC. January 17, 1932 - February 24, 2009. Jean passed into the hands of God following open heart surgery. Her daughter, Diane and son, Gary were by her side. A native of Maple Shade, NJ, Jean lived a full life of 77 years as a loving wife and mother. Following graduation from Moorestown High School, Jean entered the professional work force, commuting across the Delaware River to Philadelphia, working in various office positions. Following the birth of her first son, Kevin, she began a loving career as a stay at home mom, which included a move from Pitman, NJ to Endwell, NY; she was always there for her kids when they got home from school, stayed home sick, or needed some extra attention. After many years she returned to the work force first at Columbia Life and then at Singer Link in Kirkwood, NY. Jean was predeceased in December 2007 by her husband, Paul Connelly. Their 26 years together were marked by enjoying many activities including camping, square dancing, fishing the waters of upstate NY and Florida, enjoying annual reunions with his WWII squadron mates and visiting family and friends from their home in Ellenton, FL. Jean and Paul moved to Greenwood, SC in November 2007 where Jean became very involved at the Immanuel Lutheran Church working in the Sunday soup kitchen, the quilting club and recently as a new member of the church council as well as volunteering at the Greenwood food pantry. Jean is survived and will be missed by her three children and five stepchildren and their spouses: daughter, Diane and Lee Funderburk, Greenwood, SC; son, Kevin Bracken, Greenwood, SC; and son, Gary and Jeanne Bracken, Spencerport, NY; stepson, Michael and Peg Connelly, Ormond Beach, FL; stepson, Christopher Connelly, Windsor, NY; stepdaughter, Veronica and Robert Hogan, McDonough, GA; stepdaughter, Pamela Connelly, Johnson City, NY; and stepdaughter, Marian Connelly, Endicott, NY. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

There will be a brief celebration of life service at the South Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Anderson, SC on March 19, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church Sunday Soup Kitchen, 501 Creswell Avenue East, Greenwood, SC 29646 in memory of Jean Connelly. God Bless America and women like Jean Connelly who helped raise a generation.


Kathryn Robinson

of Binghamton

Kathryn Robinson died Thursday, February 19, 2009, at home with her loving family by her side. She is survived by her daughter, Julee (Jack) Cade, Calif.; a son, Thomas McLean, S.C.; a daughter and son-in-law, Karrie McLean and Nicholas Scolaro, Binghamton; three grandchildren, Gregory McLean, S.C., Shannon McLean, S.C., Colby McLean, Binghamton, who loved his Meada; a brother, Douglas Robinson, Calif.; a nephew, John Dawson; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Kathryn worked and retired after 30 years of services with Link Simulation Corp. She was also a member of the Civic Club and the Monday Afternoon Club.

Memorial Services will be held Monday at 4:00 p.m. at the Ernest H. Parsons Funeral Home, Inc., 71 Main St., Binghamton. The Rev. Andrew Stehlik will officiate. Burial will be private at Kattelville Cemetery. The family will receive at the funeral home from 2 until the time of service.


George B. Dias

formerly of Vestal and Ithaca (Quality Control and Product Assurance)

George B. Dias, 85, formerly of Vestal, Ithaca, and Newville, Pa., died Sunday, February 15, 2009, at Founders Pavilion, Corning, N.Y., with family and friends by his side. He was born December 17, 1923 in Spangler, PA, the son of George Scott and Margaret McTigue Dias. He attended Nanty Glo High School, in Nanty Glo, Pa. and received his High School Diploma while serving in the U.S. Air Force. George joined the Air Force in 1942, and served for a total of 20 years during both WWII and the Korean Conflict. He was part of the 461st Bombardment Group -“The Liberaiders”, 49th Bombardment Wing, Fifteenth Air Force during WWII. In the Air Force, he pursued Electronic Communications Equipment Training and Aircraft Radio Maintenance Training. He graduated from the Non-Commissioned Officer's Academy at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. His jobs included communications equipment repair, research and development assistant, and airborne communications supervisor. George was stationed at several bases around the U.S. as well as overseas in Okinawa, the Philippines, and France. He earned a number of military awards and decorations, and was especially proud of his Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon. At different times in his early life he was an Arthur Murray Dance Instructor, a jukebox repairman, and a short-order cook at a diner in Chicago. George was predeceased by his loving wife of 50 years, Jean (Doughty) Dias. They married on May 9, 1953, and moved to Vestal upon his retirement from the Air Force. His later education included a management course at Broome Technical Community College, and Real Estate Appraisal Courses for Look Real Estate in Vestal. He was a Quality Control Manager at Vestal Modern Design, and a Quality Control and Product Assurance Engineer Coordinator at Singer-Link in Binghamton, N.Y. In 1983 he retired from Universal Instruments in Binghamton and moved to Newville, Pa. George and his wife Jean helped found the Vestal Evangelical Free Church, and were founding members of the Carlisle, Pa. Evangelical Free Church. George was a member of the B.P.O.E. of Carlisle, Pa.; the V.F.W.; and other organizations. He loved hunting, fishing, and camping. Other interests were dancing, music, and photography. He enjoyed baking bread and cookies for all of his friends and family, and was proud of the beautiful roses he grew in his yard. He was a ham radio and computer enthusiast. He built his first home computer in 1980 from a kit and continued to build and repair computers for the next 20 years. George was known for his sense of humor, (especially his corny jokes), and his love and generosity to all. He was predeceased by one brother and four sisters. He is survived by two daughters, Lorraine K. Dias, Corning, and Carol L. Ackley, Ithaca; one son, Scott E. Dias, Wichita, Kansas; one grandson, Sean D. Ackley, Coudersport, Pa.; one brother, James F. Dias, Phillipsburg, N.J.; one sister, Ruth R. (Dias) Shaw, Hollywood, Fla.; four step-grandchildren, three step-great-granddaughters, and many loving nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

Calling hours will be held at South Corning United Methodist Church, Caton Rd., Corning, NY on Saturday, March 7, 2009, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with a Memorial Service to follow. Pastor Richard Hurd will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to The Building Fund at Founders Pavilion, 205 East First St., Corning, NY 14830; Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830; or the Alzheimer's Association, 435 East Henrietta Road,, Rochester, NY 14620.


Lt Col William Earl Roach USAF (Ret)

of Vestal – (Engineering)

Lt Col William Earl Roach USAF (Ret), of Vestal, passed away February 16, 2009 at Wilson Hospital. Col Roach was born in Plattsburgh, New York on December 7, 1924 to William J. and Lea D. Roach. A graduate of Brewster High School, Brewster, New York, he attended Georgia Institute of Technology prior to enlisting in the Untied States Army Air Forces in 1943. Upon completion of flight training, he joined the legendary 92nd Bombardment Group - “Fame's Favored Few” in Poddington, England flying B-17's. In March of 1945 while leading a mission over Berlin, he was wounded when his plane was hit multiple times by anti-aircraft fire. Despite his wounds, he proceeded to the target successfully completing the assigned mission. For his actions, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart. Following the war, Col Roach stayed in the Army Air Corps transitioning to the United States Air Force in 1947. During his career, he logged over 10,000 hours of flight time flying multiple aircraft including the B-57 and B-52. Following retirement from the Air Force in 1965, he settled in Vestal working for Singer-Link as a Nav/Comm Engineer. Col Roach is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marilynn Jayne, Vestal; sons, William R., Land 'O' Lakes, Florida, Robert M., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and Cdr Randall D. USN (Ret), Fort Collins, Colorado; four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Funeral services will be held at the J.A. McCormack Sons Funeral Home, 141 Main Street, Binghamton, Thursday at 1 p.m. Rev. Corey S. VanKuren will officiate. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery at the convenience of the family. The family will receive friends at the McCormack Funeral Home, Thursday from 12 Noon until 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in memory of Lt Col Roach may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 42540-0301.


Lawrence (Larry) Almy

originally from Hillcrest – (Design Engineer)

God's faithful servant, Lawrence William Almy, was taken to his eternal home on February 13, 2009. He is predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth Agnes Almy; his daughter, Helen Regina Almy; his parents, Arnold William and Regina Margaret Almy, Hillcrest, N.Y.; his brothers, David Almy, Port Crane, N.Y., Paul Almy, Fort Collins, Colo.; his sisters, Mary Louise McGlynn, Kissimmee, Fla., and Catherine Almy, Binghamton, N.Y. He will be missed by his children, Mary Elizabeth Coté, Newark, Del., David Lawrence, Hopkinton, Mass., Michael William, Binghamton, and Thomas Jerome, Leesburg, Fla.; and by his grandchildren, Christopher (son of Thomas), Jessica, Kevin (children of David), Amy, Sharon, Angela, Joseph (children of Thomas), and Nicholas (son of Michael). He will also be missed by his seven great-grandchildren, Zachary, Meggan, Gavyn, Madeleine, Jadon, Billy, and Kimber Lynn. Lawrence leaves behind his sisters, Rita Holtslander and Ruth Jump, both of Port Crane, Jean Miles, Citrus Springs, Fla., Leona Booth, Yucaipa, Calif., and Joanne Mandic, Dunellen, Fla. Lawrence was born in Binghamton, N.Y., in December, 1917. He grew up in Hillcrest, where he was one of the first altar boys of St. Catherine Church. He married Elizabeth on May 19, 1941, and they lived for many years in Port Crane and Harpursville, N.Y. During this time, Lawrence was an active member of St. Joseph's Parish in Sanitaria Springs, N.Y., serving as a Trustee for many years and being a member of the Knights of Columbus. He worked for 42 years as a Design Engineer with Link Aviation (Singer, Inc.). He loved his work and during that time went on numerous business trips. Larry and Betty moved to Citrus Springs, Fla., where they enjoyed being part of the praying community of St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton parish. A year after the death of Betty, Larry lived at The Grand Court in Tavares, Fla. For the last four months, he lived at Hillside Center in Wilmington, Del. From the time he was a teenager, he loved kayaking in the Binghamton, New York area and became well-known for his love of boating. He and his best friend, Harold Griffin, built a 17' sailboat in Lawrence's home garage, bending the planks and hand planing the mast. After sailing for many years on Lake Cayuga and the St. Lawrence River, that boat was followed by three others. He shared his love with others through his work in the Power Squadron.

A Mass of Resurrection will be offered on Tuesday, February 17, 2009, at St. Joseph's Church, Sanitaria Springs. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Johnson City, N.Y. The family will receive friends at the Osterhoudt-Madden Funeral Home, 69-71 Maple Street, Harpursville, on Monday, February 16, 2009, from 5 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joseph's Parish or St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.



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