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George D. Howell

August 13, 1940 - June 25, 2021


Chemung, New York

Date of Death:

June 25, 2021



Birth Date:

August 13, 1940

Birth Place:

Alton, Illinois

Service Information:

Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 12:00 PM at St. James Church, 503 Clark Street, Waverly, New York


Thursday, July 1, 2021 from 11 to 12 at St. James Church, 503 Clark Street, Waverly, New York


Chemung Cemetery, Chemung, New York

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George D. Howell

George Dale Howell, 80, of Chemung, NY went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, June 25, 2021 at home with his loving wife by his side.    

He was predeceased by his parents, John A. and Ella E. Poppins Howell; his son, Eric A. Howell; and his foster daughter, Kathy Tilley.  George is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Jana L. Howell of Chemung; daughters, Jennifer Moorehead of Chemung and Kelly Ganci of Cary, NC; grandchildren, Emily Cox of Brussels, Belgium, Hailey Moorehead of Deltona, FL, Gary Moorehead of Lockwood, NY, Sarah Ganci of Seattle, WA, Anna Ganci of Cary, NC, April Tilley of Elmira, NY, and great grandson Noah Tilley of Elmira; sisters and brothers-in-law, Carol McPherson of Alton, IL, Mary (Jim) Wicklund of Alton, IL, Michael (Jena) Theisen of Alton, IL, David Theisen of Godfrey, IL and Ann Marie (John) Buatti of Iowa City, IA; host father to 14 Rotary exchange students and five foster daughters along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

George was born in Alton, IL and graduated from Alton Senior High School.  He obtained his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville by proudly completing nine years of night school while working full time at Pecks Products in St. Louis, MO and Ithaca, NY.  He went on to work at Madison Chemical in Madison, IN, followed by working at Calgon Corporation in St. Louis.  In 1980, George and Jana purchased Chemite, Inc. in Chemung, NY.  For over 30 years, George grew the business along with his late son, Eric and daughter, Jennifer.  George was a board member of St. James Church and School in Waverly where he volunteered as a lector and Eucharistic Minister.  He was an active member of the Lions Club in Waverly and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award in appreciation for his many years of dedicated service as treasurer as well as other offices.  He was a board member for the Waverly Free Library and Citizens and Northern Bank.  As a member of the Waverly Business Association, he was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002.

George was a humble, generous, and loving man.  He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially during the holidays, family dinners, and boating at Waneta Lake.  He owned two ‘57 Chevys and liked to attend classic car shows.  On Fridays, he and his wife enjoyed movie date nights at Sayre Theater.  He travelled often, loved going on cruises, and visited 25 countries and each of the 50 states.  He valued his employees and treated them like family.  Every week he looked forward to playing Hearts with his card group. He was a loyal friend to many, kept in touch with several high school friends and until recently, attended many reunions.

He often said funny quips or quotes that were referred to as Georgisms. The family’s favorite being “What the heck, we’re on vacation.”.  George will be greatly missed by all.

The family would like to sincerely thank George’s devoted and kind caregivers and to the Care First NY Hospice team.

A time of calling will be held on Thursday, July 1, 2021 from 11AM to 12PM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial officiated by Rev. Elo Malachy Nwosu at St. James Church, 503 Clark Street, Waverly, New York.  Internment to follow in Chemung Cemetery in Chemung, New York.  Memorial donations may be made in George’s name to The ALS Association Upstate NY Chapter, 135 Old Cove Road, Suite 213 – Liverpool, NY 13090 at > local Upstate NY Chapter > check: ‘Honor or memorial gift’.  The family is being assisted by the Blauvelt Funeral Home, Waverly, NY.  The family is being assisted by the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York.


Sympathy Messages

From: Pat Raupers
Jana and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of George's passing.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at  this time.  He was a great guy for sure.  He will be missed.

From: Anne Davidson Curtis
George was an extraordinary man always devote to his faith and family.  He is one of the great men from this generation and will be sorely missed. Even though he had hurdles and obstacles he was still pleasant and kind. Jana and girls you know I am always here for you and you are all in my prayers.

From: Michael R. Grados
A true kind and gentle man that gave unselfishly of his time to help with a problem or answer a difficult work related question. When  speaking to George he made you feel like you had been friends with him for many years.  He will always be remembered.

From: Toni Risboskin
Dear Jana & Jen, 
My deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved husband & father, George . He was a wonderful person & always so nice & thoughtful. I remember him touring us at Chemite when we were looking at Engineering projects  for WHS & his love, knowledge, & pride of his Chemite business was so apparent in his words & actions. He was a special man who will be sadly missed, but forever remembered especially for his love of family.   Toni Risboskin & family

From: John & Olivia Kiernan
Dear Jana & Family, Our sincere sympathy to you at this time. You will all miss George he was such a nice person. I have very fond memories of him when I stayed at your home during the summer of 1987. It was very special when George & Jana made it to Ireland for our celebration in 2006. George is a very kind Soul and may God grant him rest and peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. John, Olivia & family

From: Lou Pisani
Just want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers!
 Love from Lou & Linda Pisani

From: Keith  and Marlene Beers
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

From: Valerie Emery
Jana & Family, my deepest sympathies for all you have lost this past month. I always felt you and George were a wonderful couple who contributed a great deal to the Valley area. God bless you all. 

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