October 24, 2021

Deaths and births for the week of April 5-10, 2021

April 10, 2021

Deaths

DAVIS — Pamela Lynn Davis, 68 of Cortland, died March 30, 2021. There will be no services

EATON — Beverly J. Eaton, 93, of Willet, died April 9, 2021. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the K.L. Sharp Funeral Home, Cincinnatus.

HALSTEAD — Irena E. (Benson) Halstead, 78, of Solon, died April 8, 2021. There will be no immediate services. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. 

HARRISON — Patricia Ann Harrison, 90, a native of Cortland, died March 26, 2021. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Willows at Wildwood. Arrangements entrusted to Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Belleview, Florida.

LEACH — Caroline Lavinia (Brown) Leach, 88, died March 12, 2021. There will be no services.

McCALL — Leonard E. McCall, 86 of East Homer, died April 7, 2021. There will be no services. Wright-Beard Funeral Home, Cortland, is assisting the family. 

April 9, 2021

Deaths

DRAKE — LuAnn M. (Riley) Drake, 67, formerly of Cortland, died March 30, 2021. Currently, there are no local arrangements.

GONYAW — Wayne Gonyaw, 73, of McGraw, died April 7, 2021. Wright-Beard Funeral Home, Cortland, is assisting the family.

April 8, 2021

Deaths

NELSON — Esther H. (Rosenkrans) Nelson, 90, of McDonough, died April 5, 2021. Memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the K.L. Sharp Funeral Home, Cincinnatus. Calling hours will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday until the start of the service. Masks must be worn and social distancing will be in effect. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery, German.

April 7, 2021

Deaths

COMPTON — Geraldine R. Compton, 89, formerly of Atwood Road, Moravia, died April 4, 2021. Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church, 6753 Route 281, Preble. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the church.

OKARU — Mary E. Okaru, aka Mary Stovall, died April 3, 2021. Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Wright-Beard Funeral Home, 9 Lincoln Ave, Cortland. A celebration of her life and funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home and is open to all. Guidelines regarding capacity and social distancing will be in effect. A livestream of the services can be found at www.hdezwebcast.com/show/mary-e-okaru.

April 6, 2021

Deaths

BEEBE — Dennis J. Beebe, 63, of Ithaca, died March 29, 2021. Perkins Funeral Home, Dryden, has arrangements.

CONTENTO — Peter Contento, 74, died April 2, 2021. There will be no formal funeral services. A celebration of his life will be planned for later this year.

HALLSTEAD — Cliffard Hallstead, 31, of Cortland, died April 2, 2021. The Wright-Beard Funeral Home, Cortland, is assisting the family.

HULBERT — Edward D. Hulbert, 70, Freeville, died April 4, 2021. Perkins Funeral Home, Dryden, has arrangements.

SMITH — Cheryl A. Smith, 39, of Cortland, died March 31, 2021. Services will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Abundant Life Church, 105 Elm St., Cortland. Arrangements are by Riccardi Funeral Home, Cortland.

April 5, 2021

Deaths

McNEIL — John “Jack” Colgan McNeil II, 57, of Cortland, died April 3, 2021. A celebration of his life is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Robert D. Gray Funeral Home, Skaneateles. Burial will be Wednesday at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Skaneateles, preceded by a private service at St. Mary’s of the Lake.

STOKER — Gerald Stoker, of Cortland, died Jan. 10, 2021. Burial will be 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Glenwood Cemetery in Homer.

STONE — Nancy Leona Stone, 82, of Cortland, died April 2, 2021. Calling hours will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Donald L. Barber Funeral Home, 5016 Route 11, Homer. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, 14 Copeland Ave., Homer, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Cortland. Masks must be worn and social distancing will be in effect.