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Friday, December 31, 2010

Phyllis Barbara Austin MacDonell, 83, Corning, NY, Former Bolivar Resident

Phyllis Barbara Austin MacDonell, 83, was born in Olean, New York December 9, 1927. Her parents were W. Philip Austin and Vera Travis Austin.

She attended Bolivar Central School and was graduated from Alfred-Almond Central School in 1946. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Library Science from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 1950 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Speech from Milton College in Wisconsin in 1953.

Phyllis and Herbert Leon MacDonell were married on August 19, 1950 in the Seventh Day Baptist Church in Alfred, New York.

Phyllis was a librarian at Alfred University, Bryn Mawr College, and the then Corning Glass Works. She later established the Library of The College Center of the Finger Lakes in Corning. Phyllis was an active member on the Order of the Eastern Star and served as District Deputy Grand Matron. She was on the Board of Directors of both the Corning Area Woman's Club and the Scottish-American Society of the Southern Tier.

She assisted her loving husband, Herbert, in supervising an experiment as an expert on the Mary Johnson homicide case during twenty-nine Bloodstain Evidence Institutes which were held in Corning, New York and several other states, Sweden, England, The Netherlands, and Italy.

Phyllis was a firm believer in education and contributed funds to the tuition and living expenses of several college students from many locations.

She is survived by her husband, Herbert, and her unofficially adopted family of Candy Barnes, Cindy Hart, Wendie Caldarella, Wendy Hunt, Cathy Cox, Joanne Woodard, Mark Plaskon, David Young, Debra Nally, John Cantone, Karen Hendershott, Paul Kish, Anita Zannin, and Sarah Pellan, brother-in law Robert MacDonell and his wife, Nancy, nephews Scott and Craig MacDonell and their families, many grand nieces and nephews, and sister-in-law Elaine Austin, all of whom she loved dearly. She was predeceased by her parents and brother, Norman Austin.

Phyllis' family will hold a Memorial Service celebrating her life at the Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 West Pulteney Street, Corning, New York on 15 January 2011. Friends are invited to visit from noon to 2:00 PM at which time the funeral service will be held. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the charity of your choice in Phyllis' name.

1 comment :

Solomon's words for the wise said...

Hello Herb,
If you referenced this article from a search, I can see why you might think your wife's obituary was on an advertisement as you are only getting the page that it was on. Solomon's words is a full service on-line newspaper and we publish nearly everyones obituary in a 4 county region. If you go to you will see the entire newspaper, not just one page of the archives. I have followed your career with interest, from knowing you when I was a child in Bolivar. I shoveled your walks a few times. Take a look at my newspaper from the address above and write me at if you still want me to remove your wife's obituary. I have posted a few articles about you also through the years that I thought those of us from Bolivar might be interested in. I greatly admire what you have done with your life.
Jim Jones