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On March 10, 2014, Eileen "Timo" Taylor Duttweiler was reunited with her beloved parents, Ellen and Bob Taylor and her adored husband, Peter Lyon Duttweiler. Eileen was born on July 15, 1952, the third child in a family of 10 children. Eileen was a proud graduate of Skaneateles Central School, Class of 1970 and of Syracuse University, Class of 1974. Eileen retired from The Herald American/Post Standard in 2008 after 30 years of employment that she truly enjoyed. On September 22, 1984 Eileen was united in marriage to Peter Duttweiler. For 27 years they enjoyed traveling, hosting many a good party and building their dream log cabin. Eileen was an advocate for Veteran's rights, a lover of all animals and enjoyed antiquing, refinishing furniture and all things musical. After Peter's death in 2010, Eileen moved back to Skaneateles to be near family as her health declined. Her quiet humility and wicked sense of humor will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Eileen is survived by her four sisters, Terri (Bill) Wright, Kate (Jeff) Youle, Mary (Eric) Falter and Marnie Gage and by her five brothers, her "Irish twin" Tim (Carol), Dan (Ginny), Tom (Mindy), Vince (Beth) and her godson and primary care giver, Patrick Charles Taylor. Eileen is also survived by the Duttweiler family, Johanne (Jim) Alexander, Gail McVicker, Christina Duttweiler and David (Sally) Duttweiler. Eileen is survived by many nieces and nephews too numerous to mention but all of whom she loved unconditionally. One niece in particular, Lauren McVicker Fritz donated a kidney to Eileen in 2005 that allowed Eileen to live out her life without dialysis. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Disabled American Veterans, CNYSPCA, SAVES of Skaneateles or the Mottville Fire Department. A Memorial Service celebrating Eileen's life will be held March 22, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St Mary's of the Lake Church in Skaneateles, NY. To send condolences visit: robertdgrayfuneralhome.com
Donald C. Symons, 93, of Skaneateles, died Thursday. Born in Carthage, he had retired from Kemper Insurance Co. and was a graduate of Syracuse University. He was an Army Air Corps Veteran of World War II and was a member of the Robert J. Hydon American Legion Post 239 in Skaneateles.
Surviving are 2 nephews John Robinson and Joseph Lampreda and 2 nieces Patricia Reilly and Teresa Clonan.
Calling hours will be held Wednesday 10AM to 12 Noon followed by a service at 12 at the Robert D. Gray Funeral Home 49 Jordan St. Skaneateles. Contributions may be made to SAVES. To send condolences visit: robertdgrayfuneralhome.com
Theresa A. (Smith) Covert, 54 of Marcellus died unexpectedly on Thursday. Born in Syracuse she was a graduate of Jordan Elbridge High School and attended SUNY Morrisville. She had a devote spiritual religious faith and was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt who will be sorely missed by those who love her so much.
Surviving are her husband of 31 years, Todd, 3 children Brennan (Kara) Covert, Eric (Kristina) Covert, Rachel (Stephen) Covert, her mother Margaret Smith, 5 grandchildren Brian, Lucas, Lyric, Mallrie and Alyssa , sisters Christine (Bill) Bunn, Brenda (David)Bader, Susan (Marty) Canavan, Bridget (Dave) Smith, brothers Brian (Michele) Smith, Timothy Smith, Vincent (Sheryl)Smith Jr. several nieces and nephews and her most dearest friend and honorary sister Bernadette A. Maher. Predeceased by her grandparents Robert and Mary Bradley.
Calling hours will be held Monday 3 to 6 PM with a service to follow at 6 PM at the Robert D. Gray Funeral Home 49 Jordan St. Skaneateles. Spring burial in Owasco Rural Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the SPCA Humane Society. To send condolences visit: robertdgrayfuneralhome.com
John P. Lozowsky died under hospice care in his daughter’s home on Sunday, March 2nd, 2014. A long-time resident of Skaneateles, NY, John was a native of the Lower East Side in NYC. Like his entire generation, he grew up during the Depression and was shaped by the strong influences of that time. Tough, creative and resourceful, John lived life on his own terms. John was a US Air Force veteran during the Korean Conflict, stationed in Misawa, Japan and he graduated from the Academy of Aeronautics in Flushing, NY following his military service. He worked as an aircraft mechanic with American Airlines throughout his entire career. He raised his four children along with his wife in Skaneateles while working at Syracuse Hancock Airport. He also worked at stations in Washington, DC, Dallas and Austin, Texas. One of the greatest gifts he gave his children was the encouragement and means to fly all over the world which they certainly did. John’s interests in life were varied. His artistic visions were evident throughout the home that he built. He experimented with everything from painting to stained glass to ceramic tiling. John was also keenly interested in the Art of Self-Defense. He studied Judo under his beloved instructor Takashi Kobayakawa and transitioned to Karate, obtaining his black belt at age of 77. John is predeceased by his wife Rosemary, son John and sister, Diane Charton. He is survived by his three daughters, Debra (Alan Rhody), Michelle (Alan “Beach” Sandnas) and Diane (Jeff Harrop), daughter-in law Alison and dear nephews James and John Charton. His grandchildren include Alan, Elizabeth, Danielle, Katelynn, Hannah, Brittney, Scott and Max. His great grandchildren are Caitlyn, Audrey, Corey, AJ and Kai.Always curious and forever seeking more knowledge, he has donated his body to science through the Anatomical Gift Program at Upstate Medical University. Please consider contributions to Hospice of CNY, 990 7th North Street, Liverpool, NY 13088. “To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”-Albus Dumbledore. To send condolences visit: robertdgrayfuneralhome.com
Mary Frances (Wood) Strodel of Skaneateles, NY, passed away peacefully with family at her side on Feb 28, 2014. Mary Fran, as she was known by her friends, was the mother of eight children, married for 53 years to Syracuse attorney the late Joseph D. Strodel. Born February 23, 1930, the daughter of Earl and Dorothy (Virginia) Wood, she grew up in Baldwinsville. She graduated from Syracuse University in 1951, where she was a cheerleader for the football team during her undergraduate years. She worked as an elementary school teacher and an airline stewardess for Colonial Airlines before marrying Joe Strodel in 1954. It was a long and happy marriage, resulting in three daughters and five sons who were raised in Syracuse and Skaneateles. Mary Fran served on the Historical Landmarks Preservation Committee in Skaneateles for many years. Her interest in historic preservation led her to renovate three homes in Skaneateles, including remodeling a 1920’s summer house on the lake into a year-round residence, and converting the upper floors of a historic commercial property in the village business district into a threestory private home. In 1992, she helped spearhead the community effort to renovate the Skaneateles Creamery when it was converted into a museum and became the home of the Skaneateles Historical Society. A member of St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church in Skaneateles, Mary Fran was an enthusiastic golfer and avid bridge player. She was a long-time member of the Skaneateles Country Club, and loved to swim and boat on the beautiful waters of Skaneateles Lake. Her many friends will miss her joyful spirit. In their latter years, she and her husband Joe resided in the village’s historic district for more than two decades, thoroughly enjoying their grandchildren and their happy life at the center of the village in Skaneateles. Mary Fran is survived by her children Catherine (Jeff) Davis, Cynthia (Tim) McCall, Joseph (Therese) Strodel Jr., Martin (Angela) Strodel, Julie (Joe) Scuderi, Daniel (Cathy) Strodel, Patrick (Rebecca Markus) Strodel, and James (Kiki) Strodel. She has 17 beloved grandchildren, who loved their “Meema” and will always miss her: Julia Davis Collignon(Audric), Meryl Davis, Carolyn Davis, Elizabeth McCall, William McCall, Joseph Strodel III, Francis Strodel, Daniel Strodel, Truman Strodel, Louis Scuderi, Stephen Scuderi, Nathan Scuderi, Gabriella Scuderi, Allison Strodel, Julian Strodel, Merritt Strodel and Mayella Strodel. She is also survived by her sister Cynthia Wood Marrion of Jensen Beach, Florida, and her brother, James Wood of Boca Raton, Florida. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, March 7 at 10:00 AM at St Mary’s Church, 81 Jordan Street, Skaneateles NY. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, March 6 from 3-7 at Robert D. Gray Funeral Home, 49 Jordan Street, Skaneateles.
Contributions may be made to Skaneateles Ambulance Volunteer Emergency
Service (SAVES) 77 Fennell St, Skaneateles, NY. To send condolences visit: robertdgrayfuneralhome.com
Marian Hopkins Perry Stevens, 81, of Skaneateles, died Friday. Born in Moravia, she was a member of the Rose Hill Baptist Church. She was predeceased by her husband Charles, a sister Alberta, brother Richard and a grandson Ronald Perry II. Marian loved spending time with family and friends and summertime trips with the Cemetery Club. She opened her home and heart for many years caring for others.
Surviving are her children Charles (Laurie) Stevens, David (Deb) Perry, Richard Perry, Ronald (Mely) Perry, John (Tracy) Perry and Mary Ellen Stevens, a sister in law Laura Hopkins, and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held Wednesday 4 to 7 PM at the Robert D. Gray Funeral Home 49 Jordan St. Skaneateles. Spring burial in Thorn Hill Cemetery, Rose Hill. Contributions may be made to Marcellus Ambulance or SAVES. To send condolences visit: robertdgrayfuneralhome.com
Gaylord Loveless, 86, formerly of Skaneateles, died Tuesday. He owned and operated a farm in Skaneateles for many years. He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Skaneateles, was a 32nd degree Rite Worshipful Master Mason and Past Master of Lodge 522 F & AM in Skaneateles. Surviving are his wife of 63 years Hilda, daughters Patricia (Bernard) Decker of Cropseyville, Audrey ((Delbert) Cobb of Syracuse, granddaughters, Emily Cobb of Amherst, Kelly Cobb of Ithaca, Virginia (Chris) Anderson, of Troy, Rebecca (Josh) Louch of Nassau, great-granddaughters, Charlotte Anderson of Troy and Amelia Louch of Nassau.
Masonic services will be held at a later date. To send condolences visit: robertdgrayfuneralhome.com
Ronald E Hill, born in Bloomington Illinois on December 11, 1932, went to be with The Lord on February 20, 2014, with his family surrounding him. Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and Helen Hill, and brother, Bruce Hill. Ron is survived by his wife of 56 years, Doris Simpson Hill, and his children, Jenny Scott (Roger), Susan Loehr (Paul), Douglas Hill (Kayla), and David Hill (Lindsay), and 10 grandchildren. Ron is also survived by his brother Tom Hill (Karen), and their children. Ron was a 1959 graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and served in the US Navy for 4 years through 1958. He retired after 38 years of working for State Farm in 1992 to pursue ministry at 2nd Presbyterian Church in Bloomington. Ron was a beloved husband, father and grandfather. He was a role model for each generation as he loved The Lord with all his heart and taught his family well by example. He will be greatly missed. A Memorial Service will be held March 16, 2014 at 1 PM at the 2nd Presbyterian Church in Bloomington. Memorials may be made in memory of Ronald Hill to the 2nd Presbyterian in Bloomington, as well as the Leukemia Foundation. To send condolences visit: robertdgrayfuneralhome.com
Dorothy J. McLean, 93, of Auburn died Tuesday February 18, 2014. A resident of Owasco for many years, she was the widow of John F. McLean who died in 1985. She was a member of the Owasco Reformed Church. She is survived by 4 sons John Roger Deal of Tennessee, Peter S. McLean of Florida, Timothy J. McLean of Skaneateles and Rory M. McLean of Maryland, 6 granddaughters and 1 grandson. Calling hours will be held Sunday 1 to 3 PM at the Robert D. Gray Funeral Home 49 Jordan St. Skaneateles. Spring burial in Owasco Rural Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Finger Lakes SPCA of CNY 41 York St. Auburn, NY 13021. To send condolences visit: robertdgrayfuneralhome.com.
Ronald L Harrington, 61, of Auburn, died Friday February 14, 2014. Born in Auburn he had been employed by Dave Titus Construction. He was a member of the Valentine Meyer American Legion Post 317 Sons of the American Legion in Skaneateles Falls.
Surviving are his children Dawn Brandt, of CT; Tina Star of NC; and William Harrington of Auburn, , stepdaughter Denise Kerwin of Auburn, brothers Jim (Lil) of GA; and George (Opal) Harrington of Weedsport, sisters Dorothy Seneca of Auburn, Betty Fort, Marilyn Harrington and Laurie (Rich) Wood, his companion Karen Pelc, a special cousin Lee Rusaw and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews He was predeceased by his son Gary, sister Marjorie and brother Floyd.
Services will be held at a later date. Burial in Soule Cemetery, Sennett. Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Finger Lakes. To send condolences visit: robertdgrayfuneralhome.com