Dennis C. Greene (1943–2016)

Dennis C. Greene (January 1943 – December 2016)

Dennis Greene, the 3rd son of Edward and Esther (Newton) Greene passed away unexpectedly the last day of November, 2016.
The cause of death has not been officially announced but he had heart trouble and other ailments.

The family will announce a memorial service in his honor in the spring.
It will be filled with loving memories and photos of precious days gone by.
We will gather to celebrate his life.
When the dates for my uncle’s memorial are lined up, I’ll post them here.


Wilma Voss (1922-2016)

Wilma F. Voss passed away at peace on Saturday November 26, 2016 surrounded by the love of her family and embraced by the comfort of her granddaughter’s hand.
Wilma was the loving wife (72 years) and grade school sweet heart to George, mother of 2 sons Elwyn and Ronnie, grandmother of 5, and great grandmother of 8. She is survived by her son Elwyn, 5 grandchildren Sherrie Voss of Fillmore, NY, Rob Voss of Norwood, NY, Scott Voss of Norwich, NY, Paul Stratton of Binghamton, NY, and Brian Voss of Norwich, NY plus 8 great grandchildren (Summer, Tristan, Cheyne, Maddie, Maisie, Bobby, Isabelle, and Connor). Wilma had recently returned from spending the summer at her cabin in upstate NY to her current residence in Norwich but was formerly a long term resident of East Aurora, NY.
  Wilma was born August 15, 1922 in Fillmore, NY and raised on the family dairy and potato farm. Life was different then and she often told stories of the way it used to be. A favorite being the memory of her Dad turning on a light in the kitchen for the first time shortly after electricity was run to the house in the late 1920’s. She walked the 2 miles to and from school in Western NY even in the dead of winter through deep snow and was proud of the fact that despite the long and often snowy journey she never missed a day of school. The experience of growing up on a farm in the country instilled self-reliance and work ethic at a very early age.
  The love story of Wilma and George began in grade school in Fillmore, NY when George asked Wilma if she smiled at him first or was it the other way around. He carved their initials on a bannister that their great grandchildren would 70 years later run their fingers across on their way to class. Despite family religious differences which briefly divided the two they were married on August 30, 1941 after George called Wilma who was engaged to this other fella and sang ‘Are you lonesome tonight?’. They stayed happily married for 72 years until George’s passing in 2013. One of our last family times together was the celebration of their 72nd wedding anniversary. Their love for each other, faith in God, and bond with family and friends were their greatest treasures.
  Wilma loved her family. At family gatherings, she had a unique ability to make something out of nothing. She was always busy, never idle, and dedicated to helping others especially her family. She was tirelessly devoted to my brother Ron in his recovery from a car accident that took the use of his arm at age 4. Harkening back to her childhood days, she would pull Ronnie on a sled or wagon daily several miles to his therapy appointments. After years of that daily journey, Ron could finally grip with his hand. Mom never quite got over losing Ron in an accident when he was just 19. She was also fiercely dedicated to her grandchildren maintaining a close connection and strong influence on all of them throughout their lives. In the later years, my Mom believed that I (Elwyn) could do no wrong. Where was that when I was 12? I chuckle with the thought that you could talk about a lot of things to my Mom but best stay clear of finding fault with me. Wilma (and George) maintained close ties with all their family but they shared a special bond with their nieces. In the last few years of Mom’s life, those nieces have been so dedicated and brought her such joy.
  Wilma was a true social butterfly. She could make new friends easily and those friendships became lifelong. Her favorite thing (even at 94 years of age) was to just sit and visit. She loved hearing about your day and sharing stories of her life in the country with family and friends. While Wilma’s body was slowly but surely wearing out her quick wit and feisty spirit were not diminished by age.
In addition to her passion for maintaining the connection between friends and family Wilma loved The Bird Club in East Aurora, NY. Having served as past President, this club facilitated her lifelong passion for birds and provided Wilma and George with a whole new circle of friends and many fond memories. Her bird club friends helped her maintain this passion despite being wheel chair bound and nearly blind. She’d use the phone to share bird sounds and her friends 200+ miles away would help identify which instruments in nature’s orchestra was playing that day.
  At the end of it all my Mom missed her grade school sweetheart, lifelong friend, constant visiting companion, and soul mate George. It is impossible to talk or think about her without him. Together they left a legacy for the next generation of love, compassion, wiliness to always help others, honesty, respect, humility, good hard work, and self-reliance. In her final weeks and days, my Mom fulfilled her purpose strengthening the bond in our family and reminding us to look to their legacy as our guide for a life well lived.
For all of you that made a special effort to help my Mom maintain her independence, sense of purpose, and fulfill her social spirit please know how much it means to me and meant to her. I don’t know how to tell you what it meant when you took time to call her (sometimes daily), visit with her in her apartment in Norwich, be her guest at the Cabin, or invite her for a week-long family visit in the country. In addition I greatly appreciate those of you that made sure during her times of greatest need that she was never alone. I especially want to thank her care giver Natalya for all her tireless effort to keep my mom living independently happy and healthy.
  Out of respect for George and Wilma’s wishes we will have a celebration of their lives next summer at Spring Lake on the home farm in Fillmore, NY where they wish to be remembered This place holds a life time of special memories for them. It where their love story began and where it will continue for all eternity.
Jennifer Inderlied Voss


The 2016 Newton Family Reunion

 Newton Family Reunion
July 30, 2016

 Twenty four people ventured out in a much needed rainstorm to enjoy food and fellowship with fellow Newton relatives. Ancestors of Charles Newton, Nellie Roof, and Lucy Voss were represented and had a great day. Genevieve Beardsly was the only original descendant of the Newton clan.
We love you Genny!

Starting the fire was a bit of work for Bob Pfannenschmidt due to the heavy rain but he succeeded and had chicken tenders cooked up by 12:20 with help from Ray Burkhardt.


Matthew Klimek brought in a sound system with 3 wireless microphones so we could all talk and not yell. It was a success.

Bob Pfannenschmidt prayed and we began to eat at 12:30. Newton folks sure know how to cook and eat. Even though the group was small in numbers the chatter during the meal was big!

After the lunch Linda Pfannenschmidt read the minutes and we voted to re-elect:
Matthew Klimek President
Linda Pfannenschmidt Secretary

Matt and I are happy to do it! Keeping the “Newton” reunion going is very important to both of us. We will also try to get more attendees for 2017.

After the elections we passed the hat and $45.00 was collected. On to the auction led by Bob Pfannenschmidt. No big priced items but big laughs. We somehow accumulated $45.35 by loved ones bidding up loved ones. This gives us $90.35 to work with for next year. We will do fine.

We divided up extra foods, packed up and loaded the trash up for Randy Mueckl. He also is a great Newton helper! Matt, Bob and I were about the last ones to leave and the first to arrive. We were a bit loaded up with stuff but so happy with the reunion!

Matt will enter the Letchworth lottery again next year to get us a great pavilion. We’ve made plans for the food for next year also. We’re true Newtons…always thinking of food!

Can’t wait to see you all the last Sat. of July 2017!!!

Submitted by sec – Linda Pfannenschmidt

Melanie Schumacher sent a handwritten copy of 
Our Reunion by Lucy Newton Voss 1939



  Our Reunion
by Lucy Newton Voss

As I pause for meditation,
For a moments hesitation from my baking and my scrubbing and a dozen things or more,
I am thinking things are humming and the dear ones will be coming.
Suddenly I hear a roar;
Yes its some one's car a sputtin' sounds like stammering and stuttering as it rolls up to the door.

Now I see his face asmile whiskers,
possibly the style but with laughter and with mirth he greets each one for DeWitt jumps from the car,
while his door is left afar;
each one now is sure that there will be some fun.
Fred is busy here and there,
greeting loved ones,
figuring where each will park their cars and lay their bundles down.

Mothers' laughter I can hear and the voices,
very dear of our relatives who have come from out of town.
While the tables' being laid in the old familiar glade there is Nellie, Franklin, Charles and Bessie too,
then there's Minnie wide awake and I think she's brought a cake which Cecil wishes her to cut but twice in two.
Now there's coffee to be made or perhaps its just Kool Aid,
if the weather keeps as hot as it has been and the stove didn't work too good,
not as perfect as it should with its good old sides of rock and top of tin.

When the dinners' on the table all are quiet, if they're able,
grace is said and many mouths fly open wide.
Could I tell it if I would, should I tell it if I could,
all the things that each of you'll put inside.
Sandwiches, not just a few, baked beans, cake and salads too,
Until most of the stomachs have to stretch the hide.
Harold and Russell both are aching to be called out for speech making,
while banana peels are flying here and there.

Someone tries to say a word,
much loud banging now is heard,
if a peeling strikes your face,
you must not care thus with food,
games and visits blended,
a mast gala day is ended and the plans are made
to meet another year.

Note from the elected president:

 As we started off from Endicott on early Saturday morning, it was overcast.
We entered the park through the Mt. Morris entrance, it was a downpour of rain.
As we drove toward the pavilion, we knew that we had shelter but there was a concern about how we were going to cook the meat since the grills are located outside of the pavilion and were soaked with rain water.

 Bob was able to clean the grills and start the charcoal fire by placing the aluminum foil pans upside down, over the grill. The fire did successfully produce enough heat to grill the chicken.

On a day like this one, a big meal is a great way to warm up.
I ate no less than three plates of grilled chicken smothered with the scalloped potato and gravy that was heated in a crock pot.

I,m glad that we made a day of the rainy reunion, 
it was good to see all of you.

Matthew Klimek

In addition to the three grills, we had a fire going in the pavilion.
Several trays of food were kept warm before dinner.

From Our Years Past:
Charles & Bessie Newton

Christmas December 25th, 1970
at their North street apartment.

June 1966
Married for 50 Years

June 5th, 1956
Married for 40 Years

Newton Family Reunion
July 30, 2016


Obituary: Brenda L. (Beardsley) Mueckl (1953-2016)

Brenda L. Mueckl of 5327 Sonnleitner Road died Friday, May 27, 2016 in her home.
She was born on April 23, 1953 in the Town of Granger, a daughter of John and Genevieve Voss Beardsley. She married Randall Mueckl who survives.

Brenda enjoyed square dancing and providing a happy home for her family.
She was a member and secretary of the Short Tract United Methodist Church.

Surviving in addition to her mother and husband are her children, Joe (Kristy) Wendt, Jacob (Crystal) Mueckl, Jordan Mueckl all of Short Tract, three grandchildren, her siblings, Linda (Bernie) Brandt of Allen, Nancy (Bruce) Osborn of Angelica, Tom (Deb) Beardsley of Hunt, Rob Beardsley of Fillmore, Cindy Perry of Fillmore and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her father she was predeceased by two brothers, Dale Beardsley, Paul Beardsley and her mother-in-law, Sophia Stevens.

Family and friends may gather from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at the Kopler-Williams Funeral Home, 21 N. Genesee Street, Fillmore. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 in the Short Tract United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Gary Wickard will officiate. Burial will be in Short Tract Cemetery, Short Tract.

Memorials if desired to: Short Tract United Methodist Church

Brenda L. Mueckl (1953-2016)


Obituary: Reverend Bernard M. Roof, Sr. (1929-2016)

Reverend Bernard M. Roof, Sr., 86,
of Harrisburg, PA went home to be with his Savior on March 9, 2016.

 Bernard and Faith (sister) Roof

He was born December 24, 1929 in Short Tact, NY, son of the late Milton and Althea (James) Roof.
He was married for 65 years to Norma M. (Palmer) Roof. They were married June 10, 1950.
Bernie graduated from Fillmore Central High School in 1948. He then attended Houghton College and transferred and graduated from God's Bible School in Cincinnati, Ohio and received his TH.B in 1972 in Tennessee.
Bernie retired from the pastorate in the Wesleyan Church in 1995 in which he started churches in NC, NJ, PA, NY, and MD.
He was an evangelist with his wife Norma, preaching and leading music with his trumpet.
Bernie was also a veteran during the Korean War and was in the Army Reserve.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and woodworking.
His greatest enjoyment in life was spending time with his family.
Bernard is survived by his wife Norma;
three daughters: Mrs. Shirley Roof Engert of Gasport, NY,
Mrs. Patricia Roof Progansky of Wapwallopen, PA,
The Rev. Roben Roof of Harrisburg, PA;
sister, Faith Taylor;
13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Karen Roof Brewer; and son, Bernie M. Roof, Jr.
A memorial was held on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Short Tract United Methodist Church in Short Tract, NY. The committal service was at the Short Tract Cemetery following the service.
All were welcome to a dinner at the Short Tract Fire Hall following the committal service.
Bernie, we will miss your sense of humor; your eye for details; your giftedness; and your love for God, people, and ministry.
The family thanks Hospice of Central PA for their loving care.