Link Obituaries Obituaries of Link Retirees

John Kurbanick

formerly of Binghamton

John Kurbanick, 80, went to be with his Lord & Savior on January 28, 2008. He is predeceased by his parents Peter Kurbanick & Mary Kerish Kurbanick, his sister, Mary Kurbanick Patrick & his grandson, Andrew John Stack. He leaves behind two daughters, Rebecca Smith & husband Dante Smith of Endwell, NY & Diane Hafemeister & husband James Hafemeister of Montgomery, TX. He is also survived by his sisters Dorothy Kurbanick & Patricia Kurbanick Pratt & husband Daniel Pratt of Endicott, NY, his brother Peter Kurbanick & wife Gloria Kurbanick of Chesnee, SC, also his loving niece Stephanie Strbo & nephews Steven Patrick and Kevin and Michael Pratt. He also leaves behind 7 grandchildren, Dylan, Erica & Jeffery Stack & Emily Moreland, Daniel Charles & James B. Hafemeister.

John enlisted with the Army at the age of 17 and was a veteran of the Korean War. After the Army he went to work at Link Aviation for 10 years during which he played basketball & softball for the company. When he left Link Aviation, he went to work for the United States Postal Service where he worked for 27 years as a mail carrier until he retired. He was well liked & will be missed by many for always having a helping hand & a kind word in a time of need.

We knew little that morning that God was going to call your name;

In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same;

It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone;

For part of us went with you the day God called you home.

You left us peaceful memories;

Your love is still our guide;

And though we cannot see you;

You will be forever at our side.

Flowers can be sent to his family at 3517 Mary St., Endwell c/o Rebecca Smith or donations can be made in his name to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454 , Alexandria, Virginia, 22312, where a memoriam has been set up in his name.

Ira Floyd Parker

of Marathon, New York — (ILS)

Ira Floyd Parker, of Marathon, New York, passed away peacefully at his home on January 13, 2008, where he had been cared for by loving family and friends for several days. Ira Floyd was born on January 27, 1920 in New York City, the first born son of Floyd Manley and Caroline Elizabeth Grega Parker. He was a graduate of Marathon Central School, Class of 1936, and was married to the former Edith Ross in 1941. This marriage was to last until her death in 1999, only weeks prior to their 59th anniversary. He was a lifelong resident of the Lapeer/Marathon area with the exception of the years of WWII when he resided in Binghamton. He served in the Navy in WWII. He began his 40-year career as a technical writer and editor with Link Aviation in May 1941 and retired from Singer Link on February 1, 1982, the day he became eligible for Social Security. He remained a personal friend of members of the Link family until his death. Ira was proud of having worked from the age of 14 until illness forced his second retirement from Polkville Crushed Stone at the age of 83. Among his many civic activities were serving as Mayor of the Village of Marathon from 1955 to 1959, member of the Marathon Central School Board from 1949 until 1956, Supervisor of the Town of Marathon from January 1974 through December 1979, and member of the Board of Assessment Review. He was the oldest life member of the Marathon Fire Department, having joined at age 17, a longtime member of Eastern Star, and a 58-year member of the Masons. He was raised to the degree of Master Mason in the Order of the Free and Accepted Masons in December 1949. He served as Master of the Marathon Masonic Lodge in 1960-61 and again in 1976-77. He held the Grand Lodge of New York State Appointment of District Deputy Grand Master for the Cortland Madison District in 1977-1978. As a life member of OES, he served as District Deputy Grand Lecturer in 1967, and as patron in 1959, 1960, 1961, 1966, 1973 and 2005. Ira loved the outdoors - hunting, fishing, golf, camping, and the wildlife at “the ranch” - deer, turkeys, rabbits, skunks. He loved boxing and never missed watching Lawrence Welk on Saturday nights. He read every book he could get his hands on, every magazine, every newspaper. He could often be found sitting on the bench outside the pharmacy, visiting with everyone who happened to pass by. He didn't want anyone to realize it was sometimes because he had to rest before he could make it to his car. One of his greatest joys in the last several months was his pool dates with nephew, Floyd Parker, and Harold and Curtis White. He was very proud of the fact that he was still winning when he last played only days before his death. Ira is survived by a daughter, Carol (Gary Robert) Verfuss, Solon; a son, John (Christine), Austin, Texas; ten grandchildren, Kirsten (Jeffrey) Parker, Gretchen (Jeffrey) Jewiss, both of Marathon, Erik (Jessica) Verfuss, Cortland, Heidi (Joel) Stanton, Jay (Lacy) Parker, Jennifer (Shannon) Burgess, and Wesley Parker, Georgia, Deborah (Richard) Batten and Johanna (Scott) Marx, Texas, and Gordon (Eberly) Parker, Illinois. He is also survived by ten great-grandchildren, Andrew and Rachel Parker, Elizabeth Jewiss, Peter and Ally Verfuss, Ashton Marx, Colton and Kallahan Parker, and Gavin and Ross Parker; daughters-in-law, Judy Parker and Nancy Parker, Georgia; and sisters-in-law, Ardis Parker and Janis Parker, Marathon, and Betsey Raleigh, Vancouver, Washington; as well as many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and his wife, he was predeceased by a son, Ira “Butch” Parker, Jr.; a grandson, Rodney Ross Parker; brothers, Clifton and John; and sister, Helen.

Calling hours will be from 5:30 until 7:00 at Marathon Presbyterian Church with a memorial service and Masonic service immediately following at 7:00 on Thursday, January 17. A fireman's service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Private interment will be at Parker Street Cemetery in Lapeer. Donations in Ira's memory may be made to Caring Community Hospice of Cortland, 11 Kennedy Parkway, Cortland, New York 13045, or First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 246, Marathon, N.Y.

George W. Congdon

of Vestal — (Program Office)

George W. Congdon, 81, went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, January 9, 2008, at the Oxford VA Home. He was predeceased by his brother, Allen; and is survived by his wife, Dora (Leslie) Congdon, Vestal; his children, Gary Congdon, S. Korea, Mark and Dee Congdon, Chenango Forks, Lyn and James Price, Banning, Calif., Carol and Stephen Holder, Boca Raton, Fla., and Paul and Jodi Congdon, Burnsville, Minn.; a brother, Don Congdon, Brooklyn, N.Y.; sister, Dorothy Glenn, Union City, Pa.; sister-in-law, Adele Congdon, Aiken, S.C.; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He attended the Twin Orchards Baptist Church, was a member of the Gideon's International, an Army veteran of WWII, and a retiree as a Program Manager at Singer-Link.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the Barber Memorial Home, Inc., 428 Main St., Johnson City, with Rev. Terry Fenton officiating. Burial will be in the spring in Wattsburg, Pa. The family will receive friends at the Barber Memorial Home, Inc., on Sunday from 2-4 p.m.

Jarmilla N. Morgan

of Endwell

Jarmilla N. Morgan, 87, of Endwell, passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2008, at the Susquehanna Nursing Home, Johnson City. She was predeceased by her husband, Murle J. Morgan; her parents, Frank and Elizabeth Striss; her brothers, Joseph, John, and George Striss. She is survived by her children, Murle, Ralph, and Daniel Morgan; a sister, Wilma Lesko; and a brother, Frank Striss. She was a retired employee of Singer-Link. Her family wishes to thank the staff of Susquehanna Nursing Home for the excellent care and compassion during her stay there.

At her request, there will be no funeral services held. Burial will be in Chenango Valley Cemetery.


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