Ethel E. Tears

November 18, 1923July 19, 2018


Penn Yan – Ethel Lee Tears, 94, died on July 19, 2018 under the care of Ontario Yates Hospice at The Homestead of Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan, where she had lived for 6 years.

Ethel was born Nov. 18, 1923, daughter of Ray W. and Frances Root Lee (of Ray Lee Garage.) Her husband, Earl Edward Tears, died in 2000.

Her calling hour will be at 9 a.m. at the Townsend-Wood Funeral Home with funeral to follow at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 2nd, 2018. The Rev. Jeff Childs, of the Penn Yan United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial to follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Penn Yan.

Ethel was a proud member of the widely-extended family of Barnard and Mary Holiday Gelder, who immigrated to the US from Yorkshire, England in 1832. She kept careful records of the Gelder family genealogy and photos, and is donating them to the Yates County Historical Center at the Oliver House, Chapel St., Penn Yan, NY.

Fond memories of Ethel may be shared with her family and friends at


  • Calling Hour Thursday, August 2, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 2, 2018

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