Age 83, of Beaver Dams, NY, passed away on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at home.
She was born in Montour Falls, NY on February 16, 1935, the daughter of the late Starr and Claribel (Finch) Martin, and graduated from Watkins Glen High School.
Contributions may be made in her memory to Care First Hospice, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870.
To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit W. Mc Gonigal Crispell, 89, of Ithaca, NY, died peacefully on July 10, 2018 at Kendal At Ithaca, surrounded by her loving family. She was the younger daughter of William and Gladys Wigsten.Raised with her sister Nancy on the Wigsten family dairy farm in Horseheads, NY, Jane graduated from Horseheads High School in 1946. Jane began her career with Cornell Cooperative Extension in 1950 in Wayne County.She received a BA from Cornell University in 1950, an MA from Michigan State University in 1971, and a Ph. Twenty years later, after raising two children, she returned to CCE working first in Schuyler and later Cortland counties.She was the assistant extension director for staff development at Cornell University until her retirement in 1996.Beverly worked at Schuyler Hospital for many years and at Walmart in Watkins Glen.
She enjoyed music, reading, flowers and chickadees, and taught accordion and guitar. She is survived by a cousin, Starr “Buzzy” Martin of Pine City, NY; friends, Anita (David) Smith of Watkins Glen, Valerie Rhodes of Beaver Dams, Karen Hines of Beaver Dams, and by her cat Garfield.
Marian worked at Artistic Cards in Elmira, and previously as a secretary at Bendix in Elmira. She loved to pick up sea shells on the beaches of Florida and Myrtle Beach.
Surviving are her son, Lance and Pamela Powell of Red Creek, NY; daughter, Kathy Smith of Summerville, SC; four grandchildren, Lance (Greta) Powell of Omaha, Nebraska, Luree (Doug) Avery of Watkins Glen, NY, George Powell of Red Creek, NY and Christy (Tom) Chapman of Painted Post, NY; two great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Jane was a founder of NY Farm Net, and former chair of the NY Farm Net steering committee.
She was honored with the 1997 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service, the 2009 NYS Friends of Extension Award and the 2014 Cornell University Outstanding Alumni Award. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where she served as a choir member, elder and Presbytery committee on ministry member.
Jane is also survived by two children, George Mc Gonigal (Cathy Emilian) of Ithaca, NY, and Peggy Richardson (Tom) of Watkins Glen, NY, and stepdaughter Penny Rose (Mike) of Jacksonville, Fla.; grandchildren Jessica Franzese (Jim Stewart), Lorna Mc Gonigal (Tyler Schott), Katie Richardson, and Sam Richardson; great grandchildren Kirsten Franzese, Sean Franzese and Zora Jane Schott Mc Gonigal; sister-in-law Carol Harding (Bill); brother-in-law Bill Poyer; nieces Cathe, Maggie, Lisa, Susan, and Laura; and nephews Paul, Bill, Larry, Jim and their families.