October 19, 2021

Deaths and births for the week of Feb. 17-22, 2020

Feb. 22, 2020

Deaths

HOULIHAN — Elaine “Elena” Helen Houlihan, 80, died Feb. 17, 2020. A private celebration of life will be held by the family at a date to be scheduled.

PETERSON — Lorraine Peterson, formerly of Friendship House in Cortland, died Feb. 8, 2020.

RANKIN — Douglas James (Doug) Rankin, 66, of Cortland, died Feb. 18, 2020. A celebration of life is planned for March 28 at Argyle’s Easy Street in Cortland; time to be determined.

PELCHER — Norman A. Pelcher, 85, of DeRuyter, died Feb. 20, 2020. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Smith Funeral Home, DeRuyter. Burial will be in Airdville Cemetery, Lake Pleasant. Calling hours will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Feb. 21, 2020

Deaths

BANKS — Marjorie Joan Banks, 74, of Cortland, died Feb. 18, 2020. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bible Baptist Church, 15 West Road, Cortland. The family will greet friends and relatives from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. following the service at the church

THORNTON — Jack E. Thornton, 72, of Brake Hill Road, Homer, died Feb.18, 2020. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Donald L. Barber Funeral Home, 5016 U.S. Route 11, Homer. Interment in Atwater Cemetery, Homer, will be delayed until spring. Calling hours will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Feb. 20, 2020

Deaths

BANKS — Marjorie Joan Banks, 74, of McLean Road, Cortland, died Feb. 18, 2020. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bible Baptist Church, 15 West Road, Cortland. The family will greet friends and relatives following the service at the church from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

BIEBER — Erin Anne Bieber, 47, of Dryden, died Feb. 18, 2020. There will be no public services. The family will celebrate her life later this summer.

Feb. 19, 2020

Deaths

BIEBER — Erin Anne Bieber, 47, of Dryden, died Feb. 18, 2020. There will be no public services. The family will celebrate her life this summer.

PEAK — Sheila M. Peak, 62, of Blodgett Mills, died Feb. 17, 2020. A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Church, 46 N. Main St., Cortland. Spring burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Blodgett Mills.

RIESE-WITTY — Thelma Hoy Riese-Witty, 97, of Cortland and formerly of Arizona, died Jan. 20, 2020. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Groton City Church, 47 Groton City Road, Groton.

Feb. 18, 2020

Deaths

BROWN — Lawrence L. “Corky” Brown, 84, of Marathon, died Feb. 13, 2020. The family will receive friends frm 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Marathon Memorial Chapel, 4071 state Route 221E. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the chapel. Following the service, family and friends will gather at the Morton Building in Marathon. Internment will be at Parker Street Cemetery in the spring.

ERVIN — Janet M. (Young) Ervin, 73, of Cortland, and formerly of Taylor, died Feb. 16, 2020. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the K.L. Sharp Funeral Home, Cincinnatus. Burial will be in Willet Cemetery at a later date. The family will be present to receive friends from 2 p.m. Saturday until the start of the 4 p.m. service at the funeral home.