The following obituaries have been generously donated by Gene and Sally Hamman. Many thanks to Gene and Sally.

27 September 1893

Henry P. Covel, of Italy, brother of Samuel Covel, of this place, died suddenly on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 20, aged about 60 years. He was assisting in laying pipe in a ditch on his premises and suddenly fell, and was dead in a few minutes. He had not been well for some time, being troubled with heart and stomach disease. He was well known here and highly esteemed.

01 February 1900

Martha Dean Covel departed this life at the home of her son Lester Covel in Italy, N.Y., Jan. 23, 1900. Funeral service were held at the Italy and Naples church, Friday, Jan. 26 at 12 m. Interment in cemetery near the church. The deceased was the youngest daughter of Samuel and Martha Dean, and was born in Italy, Yates Co., N.Y., March 22, 1837. She was married to Samuel N. Covel July 3, 1856. Of the immediate relatives who remain to mourn her loss are the husband, one son and wife, with whom they lived, and who cared for her so tenderly in the years of her infermity, one grandson, three brothers, Edwin and Anna of Mich., and Dellis of Italy, besides many nephews, nieces and friends who will deeply mourn her loss. She was a woman of noble christian character, having been a member of the Italy and Naples Free Baptist church for many years, and until health failed her was regular in attendance, always ready to do her part, whether to minister to sick, the dying, or the needy, her hands were always ready. The family have the sympathy of the entire community in their loss of a loving wife and mother.

The Naples News (Naples, NY)
02 March 1910

Waid B. Covel

Mr. Covel died Saturday Feb. 26th after an illness of nine days. His age was 44 years, 11 months. No man in Italy was more honored or beloved by every one. He was the son of the late Henry Covel and had always lived in Italy. As boy or man, husband, father or citizen, whatever trust was committed to him was sacredly and faithfully discharged. He was marked for his great moral and christian influence, a pillar of strength to the Italy-Naples Free Baptist church of which he was ordained Deacon in 1900. He married Miss Maggie Kennedy who with one daughter Florence, 9 years old are left desolate. One little son had gone before, one sister Mrs. Irving Fox of Wellsville survives him, together with many relatives in Naples and elsewhere. The funeral was held March 1, at the church which was crowded. There was universal grief. "Who can fill his place" was on all lips. Rev. W. H. Haines officiated assisted by Rev. Jesse Mullett of the Methodist church. The burial was in the church cemetery.

The Naples Record (Naples, NY) 29 March 1916

Samuel N. Covel             

    Died last night, March 27, 1916, at the home of his son, Lester D. Covel, as a result of a shock last Friday night; he had been quite feeble for some time. He was the last of nine children. His wife, who was Miss Martha Dean, died sixteen years ago; and a daughter, Alice, died in infancy.

    Mr. Covel was born in Naples on March 15, 1834, and had always lived here and in the town of Italy. He was a veteran of the Civil War, having served from '61 to 65' and at the time of his death was a member of Bingham Post, G. A. R.

    He is survived by his son, Lester D. Covel, and a grandson, Leo Covel.

    Funeral Services will be held on Friday from the home at 12 m. and from the Italy-Naples church at 2 p. m.; interment will be in the Italy-Naples cemetery. Bingham Post will attend the services at the home in a body.

The Naples News (Naples, NY) 05 April 1916

    On March 28, occurred the death of Samuel N. Covel at the home of his son Lester D. Covel, as a result of a shock a few days previous. He had been quite feeble all winter. He was the last of ten children of Eben and Sophia Covel. His wife, Martha Dean died sixteen years ago, and a daughter Alice died in infancy. Mr. Covel was born in Naples on March 15, 1833, and had always lived here and in the adjoining town of Italy. He was a veteran of the Civil War, having served three years and at the time of death was a member of Bingham Post. We wish to express our thanks to members of Bingham Post, Sons of Veterans, neighbors and friends who so kindly assisted us in our bereavement, and also for the many beautiful flowers.
                       Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Covel,
                                               Leo S. Covel.

The Naples Record 13 March 1940


    Lester D. Covel, 65, died of a heart attack on Sunday evening, March 10, 1940, in St. Petersburg, Florida.

    Mr. Covel was a resident of the town of Italy for a number of years. He moved to Naples village when he relinquished the superintendency of the old Monier dairy farm, later known as the James P. Long farm. Some years later he moved to Manchester, where he was employed by the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company for many years. He retired about a year ago and returned to Naples to reside with his granddaughter, Mrs. Philander Shepard. Last fall Mr. and Mrs. Covel went to Florida to spend the winter, and they had decided to make their home there.

    Besides his wife, Mrs. Mina Covel, he leaves a son, Leo M. Covel, of Canandaigua, and three grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

The Naples News 13 March 1940


    The death of  Lester Dean Covel, 65, occurred at his winter home in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Sunday evening, March 10th., after a long illness. Formerly of Manchester, Mr. and Mrs. Covel moved to Naples last summer where they resided with their granddaughter, Mrs. Philander J. Shepard and husband, on West Ave. They went to Florida last fall to spend the winter months there, but due to Mr. Covel's illness decided to make their home there permanently.

    Mr. and Mrs. Covel formerly lived in Italy Valley and Naples before moving to Manchester where he worked for the Lehigh Valley R. R., as station agent. He retired from this position about a year ago.

    Besides his wife, Mrs. Mina Covel, he is survived by a son, Leo Covel of Canandaigua, and three grandchildren and a great grandchild.

    Funeral services will be held at Manchester, Saturday afternoon with burial in Rose Ridge cemetery.

The Naples Record (Naples, NY) 21 February 1934


    Mrs. Margaret Covel, 60,  died on Tuesday morning, February 20th, 1934, at the home of her daughter,  Mrs. Lester Burgett, in Newark, N. Y., following an illness of ten months.

    She is survived by her daughter, two grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Byron Showers, of Syracuse, and Mrs. Claude Wixom, of Italy Valley, and three brothers, Grant M. Kennedy, of Canandaigua; Fred Kennedy, of Gloversville, and Ralph Kennedy, of Stanley.

    Mrs. Covel was born in the town of Italy on July 7, 1873, the oldest daughter of Frank and Lillian Kennedy. She attended Naples Academy and Geneseo Normal school, and taught school for several terms in the rural schools of Italy Valley.

    On March 15, 1894, she was united in marriage with Waid B. Covel. To them were born two children, one of whom, Elmer Francis, died at the age of fourteen months.

    They resided on their farm in the town of Italy during their married life. Mr. Covel on February 26, 1910. In the fall of 1912 Mrs. Covel moved to Naples where she lived until her last illness. She was an active member of the Methodist Church, was President of the Women's Home Missionary Society for fourteen years, and had always been a worker in the Sunday School. She was a member of Naples Grange for fourteen years, and served as chaplain in that organization for a time.

    Mrs. Covel was a devoted Christian, much loved and respected, and will be greatly missed by the family and by the community.

    Funeral services will be conducted from  the Methodist church in Naples at 2 p. m. on Thursday, February 22, by Rev. F. C. House, preceded by a prayer service at 11:30 a. m. at the home of her daughter in Newark by the Rev. Mr. Stearns.

    Interment will be made in the Italy-Naples cemetery.

The Naples Record (Naples, NY) 22 November 1907

At the Memorial Hospital, in Canandaigua, on Saturday, November 16, 1907, occurred the death of Charles Flint, aged 66 years. The cause of death was heart failure. For a number of years Mr. Flint was a resident of Naples. He was proprietor of the west side stage line, and later R. F. D. Agent on Route No. 3. He visited here only a few weeks ago. Deceased is survived by three sons: George, of Geneva; Harry, of New York; and Edwin, of San Francisco; and three daughters: Mrs. J. Van Brooker and Miss Eva Flint, of Canandaigua; and Miss Ella Flint, of Prattsburgh. Funeral services were held on Monday and interment in the West Avenue cemetery, Canandaigua.

The Naples Record (Naples, NY) 07 March 1956


    Mrs. Cora Wood Lacey,
76, died at the Smith nursing home in Naples on Friday, March 2, 1956, after a long illness.

    She was born in Italy Valley on December 21, 1879. She was united in marriage with Henry Lacey in June, 1910, and lived at Seneca Point, west side of Canandaigua Lake, for forty years.

    After the death of her husband, about three years ago, she made her home with her brother, Edgar A. Wood, and Mrs. Wood, in the Valley. Last October 11, she suffered a stroke, and was taken to Memorial Hospital in Canandaigua, and later to the Smith nursing home.

    She is survived by two brothers, Edgar A. Wood, of Italy Valley, and Orley Wood, of Berea, California; a sister, Mrs. Ora Potter, of Italy Valley; five step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

    Services were held Monday at 2 p. m. from the Emory funeral home, Rev. Darius M. Ratcliff, of the Naples Baptist Church, officiating. Burial was made in Italy- Naples County Line cemetery.

Naples Record (Naples, NY) 16 August 1944


    Mrs. Inez Viola Shepard
, 55, died last Friday, August 11, 1944, after a long illness. She was born in Naples on August 27, 1888.

    She leaves her husband, Horace Shepard, of Naples, whom she married on September 19, 1907; five sons, Francis L., Philander, and Horace Shepard, of Naples, and Pvt. John Shepard, in Camp Stewart, Georgia, and Cpl. Charles Shepard, at Scott Field, Illinois; four daughters, Mrs. J. M. Clark, of Rushville, Mrs. James Gookins and Mrs. Chester Janaik, of Buffalo, and Mrs. Walter Dandolph, of Middlesex; her father, Philander Reamer, of Manchester; two sisters, Mrs. Wendell Domm and Mrs. Cleon Longsdorf, of Naples; a half brother, William Reamer, of Naples; ten grandchildren; one aunt, Mrs. Philip Roach, of Vine Valley.

    Services were held on Tuesday at 2:30 p. m. from the Allen funeral home in Naples. Burial was made in Rose Ridge cemetery. Rev. Guy L. Morrill, of South Bristol, conducted the services.

The Naples News (Naples, NY) 21 May, 1924   

    The body of Mrs. Jennie Shepard, widow of Willard Shepard, who died in Clifton Springs was brought here for burial in Rose Ridge cemetery last Saturday.

The Naples News (Naples, NY) 21 May, 1924   


    At the home of her daughter, Mrs. Roy Fox, in Clifton Springs, occurred the death last Thursday of Mrs. Jennie Shepard, aged 72 years. Deceased was the widow of the late Willard Shepard, of Naples, and a good share of her life was spent in this village. She is survived by one son, Horace Shepard, of South Bristol, and one daughter, Mrs. Roy Fox, of Clifton Springs; also twelve grandchildren.

    Funeral services were held from the Clifton Springs Baptist church on Saturday at 10 o'clock, Rev. R. S. Chalmers officiating. The body was then brought to Naples, where services were held in Grange Hall, after which interment was made in Rose Ridge cemetery.

From The Naples News - Naples, NY August 4, 1909

Willard G. Shepard

Died at his home in Vine street, this village, on Tuesday, August 3, 1909, after an illness of about two weeks. He was born in the town of Canadice 59 years ago, and had been a resident of Naples about twenty years. Besides his wife he is survived by two children, Horace, of Naples, and Mrs. Elroy Fox, of Clifton Springs, and one brother, William, all of whom were with him during his last days. In politics he was a Republican and always took an active interest in that party. At the time of his death he was one of the constables of the town and truant officer of our school. He was a veteran of the Civil War, having enlisted at the age of 14 years in Co. A, 94th N. Y. V. Infantry. At the time of his death he was Senior Vice-Commander of Bingham Post, under whose auspices, assisted by the Sons of Veterans, the funeral was held yesterday. The sermon was by Rev. C. G. Roop. Burial in Rose Ridge cemetery.

From The Naples Record - Naples, NY August 6, 1909

Willard G. Shepard

After two weeks of illness and of much suffering toward the last, Mr. Shepard died Tuesday noon at the age of 59 years and six months. In his death the town loses one of its well known citizens. He was also widely known in the county by reason of his activity in Grand Army circles and as a peace and court officer. Born in Canadice he moved to Naples nearly 20 years ago, having been unfitted for his usual farm work by reason of disabilities contracted in the service. He had enlisted at the age of 14 in Co. A, 94 N. Y. V. I., and served in the ranks with sturdy man, and it told upon him. He was probably at his death the youngest soldier in the vicinity.

He joined Bingham Post here in 1893 and had ever since taken deep interest in Grand Army matters and especially in his Post work. He had served as Commander two years and was Senior Vice Commander at his death and for several years previous. He was often delegate to state and national encampments and had a large fraternal acquaintance which he appreciated and enjoyed. He served the town well as constable, truant officer, policeman, collector and showed unusual executive ability in these duties. He will be much missed in the town, in the Post and especially in the family. He leaves his wife, a son, Horace a daughter, Mrs. Elroy Fox of Clifton Springs and two grandchildren, also his brother, William a veteran, and a sister Mrs. Carrie Cox of Canandaigua. One brother Horace, died in the service.

The funeral will be held to-morrow Thursday, at 2:30 p. m., at the house, and will be in charge of his comrades and the Sons of Veterans, Rev. C. G. Roop will officiate.

NOTICE.  All members of Bingham Post and other veterans, also all Sons of Veterans, are urged to be at the Post rooms at 2 p. m., Thursday to take part in the funeral service of Willard Shepard.
                                                          Signed by Commanders'
Edmund C. Clarke and John T. Huber.

The Naples Record (Naples, NY) 08 November 1911

    William L. Shepard
died at the home of his sister-in-law, Mrs. W. G. Shepard, Vine street, on Sunday, November 5, 1911, aged 65 years. He was born in the town of Canadice, but since the war had made his home with his brother, the late Willard Shepard, moving to the village with him from Hunts Hollow. Deceased was a veteran of the Civil War, having served three years in the 126th. Regt., N. Y. Inft. Beside his brother's family he is survived by one sister, Mrs. Carrie Cox, of Canandaigua. He had not been in good health for about two years. The funeral was held from the home at 10 a. m. today and was in charge of Bingham Post, G. A. R., of which he was a member, conducted by Dr. J. H. France. Interment in Rose Ridge cemetery. Mr. Shepard was the fifth member of the Bingham Post who has died this year.

The Naples News (Naples, NY) 08 November 1911

died Sunday night, November 5th at the Shepard home on Vine Street, of a complication of heart trouble and paralysis of the throat, having been ill many months. He was a civil war veteran and the forth of members of Bingham Post, G. A. R., who have died this year, three of them, including himself, members of Company D. 126, N. Y. V. He was the second son of Bradley and Ellen Shepard, who lost their oldest son in the service. He was born in Canadice, but Naples had been his home for 20 years past. His age was 65. He was Junior Vice Commander of the Post at the time of his death and for several years previous. He was a loyal and faithful soldier and post officer. His younger brother, Willard, died two years ago. He leaves a sister, Mrs. Carrie Cox of Canandaigua, who has been caring for him for some weeks, assisting his sister-in-law, Mrs. Jennie Shepard. He had the best of care, but nothing could avail to restore him. He was never married.

    The funeral held today at 10 a. m. was under the auspices of Bingham Post. Rev. Dr. France officiating at the house and the comrades at the cemetery.

The Naples News (Naples, NY) 15 November 1911


(Respectfully submitted for record.)

    The death of comrade Wm. L. Shepard on November 5th removes from the ranks of Bingham Post a faithful and worthy member and for many years a prominent office holder. He had been a good soldier in the civil war. Though severely wounded at the very beginning of of his term of service, he refused to be discharged and continued to serve as best he could during his enlisted term of three years. He never recovered from the effects of this wound and had been ever since more or less crippled thereby. He scarcely ever mentioned it or complained of his weakness and but few knew that he suffered so much. We approve of what was so beautifully said of him by Dr. France at his funeral as an answer to any who may have thought him unwilling to work.

    He was always ready to serve in any capacity in the Grand Army work, and without complaint and was always present at Post meetings when physically able. He was kind of heart and never spoke unkindly of his comrades, but rather in the true fraternal spirit, labored to build up the order and to help any in distress. His love for and attachment to his brother, W. G. Shepard while he lived, was remarkable  Though the older of the two, he was the follower rather than the leader, and his brother's death told upon his own health. He had never been quite the same since. His kindness to his sister-in-law should not go unrecorded, neither her unstinting care of him during his illness, also that of his sister Mrs. Cox. He wanted to live but did not shrink from death and died as a soldier should, at peace with all men and we trust with his God. We will cherish his memory and imitate his virtues. Headquarters Bingham Post, No. 74, G. A. R., Naples, N. Y.
Nov. 11, 1911

The Naples News (Naples, NY) 10 February 1904

    Mrs. Sophia Wood of Italy Hollow, is ill with pneumonia.

The Naples Record (Naples, NY) 12 February 1904

    Mrs. Sophia Wood is quite seriously ill with pneumonia. Her son, Charles Wood, walked to Naples and back Sunday after medicine; the doctor could not get here, the roads were so bad.

The Naples Record (Naples, NY) 26 February 1904

    The funeral services of Sophia Barker Wood were held from the Italy-Naples church on Monday, the pastor, Mr. Bump, officiating. Two weeks ago she was attacked with pneumonia and Dr. Barringer was called, but gave them little hope from the first, as her heart was in a weak condition and her age 77 years and 10 months he thought her chances for recovery were slight.

The Naples Record (Naples, NY)
29 January 1930

    The body of Mrs. Susie Wood, a former resident of the Valley, but of late of Manchester, now deceased, was brought to the old home church on Saturday, the occasion calling all relatives and friends from many distant places, observing the last funeral rites, Rev. L. L. Swarthout, her pastor, giving the address in tribute of her Christian life and her fidelity to her Lord. At its conclusion she was laid away in her tomb.

The Naples News (Naples, NY)
29 January 1930

    Mrs. Susie Wood, a former resident of the Valley, later of Manchester, was brought to the old home church, last Saturday, having passed on the realm beyond, calling her many relatives and friends to the occasion of observing the last rites, mortals can do Rev. Swarthout her pastor, giving the message in tribute of her worthy life as he knew her in the devoted life to her Lord.

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