April 2, 1931 - April 21, 2020
Lockwood, New York
April 21, 2020
April 2, 1931
Elmira, New York
Arthur L. Cummings Sr, age 89 of Lockwood NY passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at Elderwood Nursing Home, Waverly NY from complications of COPD and dementia.
Arthur was born in Elmira NY on April 2, 1931. He was the youngest of 7 siblings. At a young age, Arthur entered Foster Care and was raised in Erin NY by Helen and Judd Hall. Upon his 18th birthday, he entered the US Army. He served in S. Korea during the Korean conflict and was discharged in 1952. In December 1952, he married Rena Louise Cary and they celebrated 61 years of marriage before her death in November 2014. When Arthur married Rena, her family became his family.
Arthur worked factory jobs for many years until he decided to return to school and earn his GED. This he accomplished while his 6 children attended the same school. With that GED under his belt, he began working for the Lehigh Valley Railroad in Sayre PA. He remained a railroad worker until 1993, when he retired from Conrail Railroad with 23 years of railroad service. Upon his retirement, he puttered around the house and did some gardening. He enjoyed watching the New York Yankees and faithfully followed the New York Giants and Syracuse Orangeman. He also looked forward for several years to the monthly Railroad breakfasts at McAnn’s Restaurant in Van Etten NY and also at Beeman’s Restaurant in Athens PA. He was always happy when his family got together for holidays, birthdays, and family reunions.
Art was predeceased by his wife, Rena, his 6 siblings, his foster parents and son-in-law Wayne Atkins.
Art is survived by son Arthur Jr. at home, daughters Susan (Tracy) Stroup of Sayre, Patricia Atkins of Clintondale NY, Jayne (Robert) Flick of Sayre, Beth Cummings of Elmira NY, and Danna (Al) Cummings of WIllseyville NY. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jeffrey (Shannon) Stroup of Jenks OK, Matthew (Nicole) Stroup of Spencer NY, Shaun Cummings of Honeye Falls NY, Brian (Mariah) Flick of Sayre, Ashley (Jon) Dolinich of Waverly NY, Amanda (Matthew) Atkins and Sarah Atkins of Clintondale NY. He is also survived by four great grandsons, Timothy and Nathan Stroup, Blake Dolinich, Cian Stroup, and Baby Rory Ressler who is expected in July.
He is also survived by brother-in-laws Lewis (Toni) Cary of Lockwood, Leon (Harriet) Cary of Lockwood and sister-in-law Margaret (John) Knapich of West Wyoming PA. He has several nieces and nephews – all who spent countless hours at the family home in Lockwood while growing up.
Art always put his family before himself. He was patient, laid back, and went out of his way to avoid conflict. When health issues commenced, he spent time at the Sayre Personal Care Home in Sayre and the staff there became his second family. When he required 24 hour care, he moved to Elderwood Nursing Home in April 2019. He welcomed the visits from his children. He will be sorely missed, but he is with Rena, his one and only.
If you wish to remember our Dad please do so through the following organization: ARC of Chemung, 711 Sullivan St. Elmira NY 14901. We, Art’s family, extend our thanks to Elderwood and the care they provided for our Dad.
A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Those wishing to send a message of sympathy to Art’s family may visit our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at www.blauveltfuneralhome.com.
From: Arlene Weber
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
To all of art's famy... art will be forever missed I loved every minute I was able to spend with him..he always made me laugh and I loved putting a smile on his face...I know how much he loved his family the smile on his face when they would visit just warmed my heart
From: Randy and Nikki Greeno
But I heart goes out to the family of Art so sorry for the loss
From: Leroy Surber
So sorry to hear of your father's passing. My thoughts & prayers are with the family R.I.P. ART.
From: Colleen Radney
Many sympathies on the loss of your family member. I had known him from visiting my mom at Elderwood. We had lost her April 16 from Covid. I send hugs and prayers for your family at this time.
From: The Rikers
We want to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
Neil and Helen Riker
From: Ruth Cheresnowsky
Dear Sue, Beth , Matt & Families,
Please accept my sincere condolences during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts & prayers. So sorry.
From: Marc and Donna Catone
Susan, Tracy, and all the Cummings sibling, our sincere condolences. Your father was quite fortunate to have such a large and loving family. Please know that he loved you all and knows you loved him. He's with Mom now.
Marc and Donna Catone
From: Steve & Ruth Schrader
Our sincere sympathy for your loss.
From: Tom & Donna Salpino
Bob, Jayne and Family,
We are so very sorry to learn of the loss of your Father, Mr Cummings.
We extend our love, hugs and prayres to comfort and support you
at this saddened time.
Tom & Donna (Horton) Salpino
From: Craig and Donna (Strope) Manning
Sorry for your lost.
From: The Michael Vargo Family
Our family thought the world of Art and Rina. We are so sorry to hear of Art's passing. Know that you are in our hearts and in our prayers.