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DELHI — Walter Clarke Root III, 78, of Clifton Park, former longtime Delhi resident, passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002, at Schuyler Ridge Health Care Residence in Clifton Park after a battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

The son of the late Walter C. Jr. and Helen (Crane) Root, he was born Oct. 10, 1923, in Kansas City, Mo., where he began his formal education at the University of Kansas, then joining the U.S. Merchant Marine. He was appointed a cadet midshipman and graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point with a bachelor of science degree, later seeing duty on T-2 tankers in the Pacific, Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf until the end of World War II.

After the war, he began a long career in the hospitality industry, eventually going to New York City where he served as domestic sales representative for Sheraton Hotels.

He later became director of sales for Intercontinental Hotels Corp., a subsidiary of Pan-American Airways, for which he traveled extensively, assisting in opening hotels in all Pan-Am destination cities in Latin America.

Later a director of group travel and sales incentive tours for Embassy Tours, Walter subsequently re-joined Sheraton Hotels as director of international sales and, in 1968, became general manager of Grapetree Bay Hotel in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Root family came to Delhi in 1972, where Walter joined the Hospitality Division at SUNY-Delhi and taught hotel sales and marketing, housekeeping and tourism for 13 years until retirement. He moved to Clifton Park three years ago.

A U.S. Navy reservist, Boy Scout counselor and assistant troop leader, he was founder of the Association of Group Travel Executives and was a member of the Hotel Sales and Marketing Association, St. Mary’s Parish in Waterford and served in numerous charitable and civic volunteer capacities over the years.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Barbara (Sessions) Root; two sons, Walt of Clifton Park, and Bill and his wife, Ellen, Root of Altamont; four grandchildren, Kevin, Brian and Megan Root, Samantha and her husband, Brian, Taylor; and a great-grandson, Austin Taylor.

He was predeceased in 2001 by his only sister, Helen Hill.

Friends are invited to call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Hall & Peet Funeral Home in Delhi, where the family will be in attendance and a vigil service will be held at 8:30 p.m. A funeral Mass, to celebrate Walter’s life, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at St. Peter’s Church, Delhi, where he was a former parishioner. The Rev. James McDevitt will preside, assisted by deacon Thomas O’Connell. Burial will be later in the Woodland Cemetery. A reception, following the Mass, will be at the SUNY-Delhi Hospitality Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, 1250 Hylan Blvd., Suite 4-B, Staten Island, NY 10305, will be appreciated.

Arrangements are entrusted to Robert A. Peet & Son, Delhi.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH Frederick Shares Barnes, 82, of North Causeway, a former electronics technician, died Friday at Ocean View Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Barnes, an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, was born in North Haven, Conn., and came to this area in 1981 from Atlanta. He was a member of St. Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church, American Legion Post 11, Helena, Ark., Delta Gamma Phi, American Radio Relay League, Coronado Wireless Association, where he was a past president, and International Association of Theater Service Engineers. He was a licensed amateur radio operator for 55 years. Also, he was an instructor for the Adult Literacy Program at Daytona Beach Community College.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia; two sons, Richard, Tampa, and Fred, Atlanta; a daughter, Jean Yerks, Port Chester, N.Y.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to American Lung Association, Spaceport Branch, 412 S. Palmetto Ave., Daytona Beach 32114, or to St. Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church, 4220 Saxon Drive, New Smyrna Beach 32169. Baldwin-Hughey is in charge.

HAYES-Agnes B. Age 92. On April 15, 1997. Beloved wife of the late James V. Devoted mother of Mary- Ann Mumma, James B. and John. Adored grandmother of ten. Dearest great-grandmother of four. Friends may call at Frank E. Campbell, 1076 Madison Ave. at 81st St., Wednesday, 6-8PM. Funeral Mass on Thursday, St. Thomas More, 65 E. 89th St., 10AM. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Interfaith Neighbors, Inc., 247 E. 82nd St., NY NY 10028.

James Vincent Hayes, a trial lawyer specializing in antitrust matters and a past president of the New York

County Lawyers Association, died Saturday at his home on the Upper East Side of Manhattan after a long illness. He was 85 years old.

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Thanks to Carolyn Gibbons of North Carolina, a ROAGK volunteer who found this obituary for me.

Edward Schnedier, 82, died Saturday.  Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Emmanuel Episcopal Church by the Rev. Martin Caldwell.  Burial will be in the old Bethesda Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Eleanor Tierney Schneider; one daughter, Mrs. Eleanore Dorsett of Fayetteville; and two grandchildren.

And thanks ROAGK volunteer Phil Bible who found Richard Curry, who lives in the area of Bethesda Cemetery for the picture of the grave and posting it on

Grave of Edward Schneider and Eleanor V (Tierney) Schneider

Below is the newspaper article about the death of Edward Hayes, Son of Johanna and Patrick Hayes, my great great grandparents.  I have not found any of his descendants yet, but the search goes on.  He served at the First Ward Alderman for Erie, PA for 15 years.

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Published: December 31, 2001

HUGHES-Angela Beattie. 101, on December 29, 2001, of Garden City. Beloved wife of the late William A. Hughes. Dear mother of Angela Dolores Hughes and Regina Hughes Haffey and her husband Joseph. Devoted grandmother of Patricia Clemency, Regina O’Connell, Anne Haffey, Joseph Haffey Jr. and Robert Haffey. Great-grandmother of ten and great-great-grandmother of one. Reposing at Fairchild Sons Funeral Home, 1201 Franklin Avenue, Garden City, NY, Wednesday, January 2, 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Mass of Christian Burial, Thursday, January 3, at St. Anne’s Church, Dartmouth St., Garden City, NY, at 10 AM. Her family suggests that in lieu of flowers a donation be made in her memory either to the Carmelite System, c/o Sr. Philip Ann, 42-41 201 St, Bayside, NY, 11361, or to the School Sisters of Notre Dame, c/o Sr. Grace D’Amico, 354 Belden Hill Rd, Wilton, CT 06897.

Long time Erie Lawyer John G. Gent, age 82, died Friday, October 22, 2004, at St. Mary’s at Asbury. He was born December 14, 1921 in New York City, a son of the late Harold and Louise Colwell Gent. He graduated from All Hallows Institute in New York City, Georgetown University in 1942 and the University of Michigan Law School in 1948 where he was a member of Phi Delta Phi. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was admitted to Pennsylvania bar in 1949 and was an active civil trial lawyer in all phases of civil litigation in Erie since 1948, most recently with the McDonald Group Law Firm. He was a member of the Civil Procedural Rules Committee of the Supreme Court of PA 1964-1986, a permanent member of the Judicial Conference of the Third Circuit, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow of the American Bar Association Foundation, a member of the American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Erie County Bar Association where he was president 1966-67, American Arbitration Association and was an associate member of the Collier County Bar Association in Florida. He was a former member of Presque Isle Rotary Club and the Choristers of the Danish Club. Mr. Gent was a Trustee of Gannon University, Director and president, Gannondale, president, Erie Club and president, Kahkwa Club. He is survived by his wife, Emily O’Brien Gent; three daughters, Anne Gent of Indianapolis, IN, Cathleen Gent of Burlington, VT, Joan Bilharz and her husband Robert of Exeter, NH; two sons, John G. Gent, Jr. of Milwaukee, WI and David Gent of Chicago, IL; two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Stephen Bilharz; and a sister, Mary Louise Blosser of Orange City, FL. Friends may call at BURTON FUNERAL HOME, 602 West 10th St., Saturday 3-5 pm & Sunday 2-6 pm and are invited to a Mass of Resurrection at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, 2801 West 6th St. Monday at 11:00 am concelebrated by Msgr. Robert Brugger and the Rev. James R. Conroy, S.J. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Gannondale, 4635 East Lake Rd., Erie, PA 16511 or Gannon University, University Square, Erie, PA 16501 or to a charity of one’s choice.

WOWK, JANE E., 84, of Liena Rose Way, died Monday, December 15, 2008 at Overlook Nursing Home in Pascoag. She was the beloved wife of the late Walter M. Wowk.

Born in Manchester, NH, a daughter of the late Harry G. and Jane J. (Hayes) McNeill, she had lived in Smithfield before moving to Coventry. She worked for many years at Uniroyal, formerly in Woonsocket and for several years for Narragansett Knitting, formerly in Woonsocket.

She is survived by her three daughters Jane A. Goldberg of Coventry, Judith C. Lamoureux of Pascoag and Joan F. Blanchard of North Smithfield and six grandchildren. She was the mother of the late James W. Wowk and sister of the late Mary Melvin.

A private prayer service and inurnment in the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Exeter will be held by her family. Information and condolences at

CARNEY-Patricia A. (nee Tierney). On December 1, 2008. Devoted daughter of the late Honorable Judge Raymond A. Tierney. Beloved wife of the late Thomas. Loving mother of Patricia A. Dear sister of Raymond Tierney, Marie Anderson and the late Francis Tierney. Funeral Monday 8:30 A.M. from the MARINE PARK FUNERAL HOME, 3024 Quentin Road, Brooklyn. Funeral Scripture Service 9:30 A.M. at St. Thomas Aquinas R.C. Church. Interment St. John’s Cemetery. Visiting Saturday and Sunday 2-5 and 7-9 P.M.