Ann M. Whitman, of Arkport

ARKPORT-Ann M. Whitman, 88, of Main St., passed away early Friday morning (Jan. 9, 2015) at Hornell Gardens.


Born in Hornell on Dec. 26, 1926, she was a daughter of the late Nicholas and Philomena Vegard Sciotti. For 33 years she was married to Thurlow W. “Toddy” Whitman, who passed away on March 6, 2014. Besides her parents and husband, she was also predeceased by her son, Charles Leith; her brother, Nicholas Sciotti, her sister, Angela Caldwell and her stepson, Todd Whitman.


A graduate of Hornell High School, class of 1944, Ann has resided in Arkport for over 60 years.


She began her career with the family business, the former Arkport Inn and later with the former Ponce de Leon Restaurant in Hornell. Eventually she assisted Toddy in the operation of the Hornell Country Club and the former Williams Inn, also in Hornell, before retiring.


Ann was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and was a communicant of St. Ann’s Church and was also a member of the Beato Angelo Society.


She loved to cook and will be remembered most of all for her devotion to her family.


Her loving family includes her son, Arthur (Deborah) Leith of Mandeville, La.; her daughter, Theresa (William) Coleman of North Hornell; her four stepchildren, Bonnie (Jim) Foster of Torrance, Calif., Connie Roselli of Webster, Mark (Christie) Whitman of York, Pa. and John (Suzanne) Whitman of Severn, Md.; her five grandchildren, Nick Coleman, Katie Coleman (Stuart) McHenry, Theresa Leith, Sophia Leith and Rachel Leith; her six step-grandchildren, Colleen (Jay) Cavalieri, Tia Roselli Liddy (Brian Lehr), Anthony Roselli, Kevin (Sandy) Whitman, Katie Whitman and Marcus Whitman; her six step-great-grandchildren; her sister, Lucy (Robert) Alger of Arkport; her two sisters-in-law, Lois Sciotti of Mt. Morris and Virginia “Ginny” Argentieri of Hornell; also her nieces and nephews.


The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in Hornell is honored to serve the family of Ann M. Whitman.


Calling hours are from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell. Friends are invited to meet her family at St. Ann’s Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Committal prayers and interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Town of Fremont.


In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in her memory to St. Ann’s Church of Our Lady of the Valley Parish, 27 Erie Ave., Hornell, N.Y. 14843. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home.


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