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Death and Birth Notices

MITCHELL — Elizabeth J. Mitchell, Fisher, Pashley, 94, formerly of Cortland, N.Y., died Feb. 1, 2013. Burial will take place in the spring of 2013.
RANNEY — Anne M. Ranney, 80, formerly of Ferndale Lane, Homer, N.Y.,died Jan. 30, 2013, in the Ellis Hospital, Schenectady. Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Margaret’s Church, 14 Copeland Ave, Homer. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Cortland. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at the Donald L. Barber Funeral Home, 5016 N. Main St., Homer.

PETERSON — Roger Alan Peterson, Sr., 84, of Martinsburg, W. Va., died Jan. 30, 2013, at City Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pilgrim Presbyterian Church, 601 Albert St., Martinsburg, W. Va., with interment to follow at Rosedale Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight at Brown Funeral Home, 327 W. King Street, Martinsburg, W. Va.

COCHRAN — Matthew Cochran, 51, of Skaneateles, N.Y., died Jan. 30, 2013, at home. Family and friends are invited to call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Second Baptist Church, 1 Herman Ave., Auburn. A memorial service will follow at 7 p.m.
LEWIS — Douglas C. Lewis, 84, of Cortland, N.Y., died Jan. 30, 2013, at the Cortland Regional Medical Center. A memorial service will be held noon Friday at the Wright-Beard Funeral Home Inc., 9 Lincoln Ave., Cortland.
St. JOHN — Margaret Young St. John, of 13 Leon Ave. Cortland, N.Y., died Jan. 29, 2013. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the East Homer Methodist Church, 2640 Route 13, Homer. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Donald L. Barber Funeral Home, 5016 N. Main St., Homer.

COMTOIS — a daughter, Lia Claire, 7 lbs. 9 oz., Jan. 28, 2013, to Eric and Kelly Davison Comtois, 12 VanHoesen St., Cortland, N.Y.
CORNELL — a daughter, Emerson Tes, 5 lbs. 1 oz., Dec. 27, 2012, in Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca, N.Y., to Adam and Karen Davis Cornell, 589 West Dryden Road, Freeville, N.Y.
FRANCIS — a son, Madoc Black, 8 lbs., Jan. 8, 2013, at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca, N.Y., to Mark Louis and Marci Rigge Francis, 41 Miller St., Cortland, N.Y.
RUEGSEGGER — a son, Ayden Michael, 8 lbs. 3 oz., Jan. 2, 2013, in Grand Rapids, Mich., to Curt and Tracy Little Ruegsegger, 1766 Cleveland St., Coopersville, Mich.
SMITH — a daughter, Emma Skie, 8 lbs. 5 oz., Jan. 19, 2013, to Zachary Smith and Amanda Alexander, Cuyler, N.Y.

ALCORN — Robert A. Alcorn, 87, of Route 38, Locke, N. Y., died Jan. 27, 2013, at his home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Shurtleff Funeral Home, 103 Lincoln Ave., Groton. Spring interment will be in Groton Rural Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday, from noon to 2 p.m. prior to the service.
CONTESSA — Steven J. Contessa, 56, of Lake Road, Dryden, N.Y., died Jan. 27, 2013, at Cortland Regional Medical Center. Services will be held 3 p.m. Friday at the Reach Out For Christ Church in Freeville. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Zirbel Funeral Home, 115 Williams St., Groton. Interment will be held at a later date in the Willow Glen Cemetery.
NUTKINS — Jane Nutkins, of Homer, N.Y., died Jan. 23, 2013. Friends may call from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday at Wright-Beard Funeral Home. The funeral service will be right after the calling hours at 4 p.m.
St. JOHN —Margaret St. John, 88, formerly of Route 90, Homer, N.Y., and a current resident of the Friendship House, Cortland, N.Y., died Jan. 29, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Donald L. Barber Funeral Home.
THOMAS — Marlene E. Thomas, 76, of 426 NYS Route 13, Cortland, N.Y. passed away Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at her home. Services will be held at noon Friday at the Perkins Funeral Home. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Cortland. Friends are invited to call from 11 a.m. to noon Friday at the funeral home, 55 West Main St., Dryden.

ALCORN — Robert A. Alcorn, 87, of Route 38, Locke, N.Y., died Jan. 27, 2013, at Cortland Regional Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Shurtleff Funeral Home, Groton.
CONTESSA — Steven Contessa, 56, of Lake Road, Dryden, N.Y., died Jan. 27, 2013, at the Cortland Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Zirbel Funeral Home, Groton.
DOUGLASS — Geraldine C. Ruth Douglass, 89, of Leon Avenue, Cortland, N.Y., died Jan. 25, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica. Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at The Church of the Redeemer, Tompkins Street, Cortland. Interment will be in Cortland Rural Cemetery. Zirbel Funeral Home, Groton has care of arrangements.
McEWAN — Elisabeth Ann (Bennett) McEwan, 91, of Canaan, N.Y., died Jan. 25, 2013, at the Cortland Regional Medical Center. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Thursday from the Immaculate Conception Church, New Lebanon. Burial will be in the Canaan Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Wenk Funeral Home, Chatham.
PLANCK — Anne Planck, 74, of Cortland, N.Y., died, Jan. 23, 2013, at home. A Mass will be held to celebrate her life at 11 a.m.

FRENCH — John French, of Brockport, N.Y., died Jan. 25, 2013. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Walker Brothers Funeral Home, 15 West Ave., Spencerport. His funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John the Evangelist Church, 55 Martha St., Spencerport. Interment will be in St. John the Evangelist Cemetery.
GARDNER — Mary “Ethelyn” McNally Gardner, 85, of Cincinnatus, N.Y., died Jan. 25, 2013, at the Cortland Regional Medical Center. A memorial service will be held at the United Presbyterian Church of Cincinnatus at 1 p.m. Saturday. Burial will be in Taylor Valley Cemetery at a later date. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from noon until the time of the service at 1 p.m.
GIBSON — Margaret I. Gibson died Jan. 22, 2013. Funeral services will be held at Saturday at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 210 N. Cayuga St., in Ithaca. Calling hours will begin at 9 a.m. with the celebration of her life beginning at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be private at the Cortland Rural Cemetery. Zirbel Funeral Home of Groton has care of arrangements.
PARKS — Elbert E. Parks, 86, of N. Wood Road, Freeville, N.Y. died Jan. 24, 2013, at Hospicare. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday at the Zirbel Funeral Home, 115 Williams St., Groton. A reception will follow at the Dryden V.F.W. Spring interment will be in the Lansingville Cemetery with full military honors.

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