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NV teen remembered for dedication, kindness 79-year-old 79-year-old 79-year-old 79-year-old 79-year-old also killed in Friday crash By CONNIE NOGAS Press & Sun Bulletin ENDICOTT Christine Berry always made time to talk and joke with Michael Capani of Binghamton. whose wife is a resident resident of Ideal Senior Li ving Center's Center's dementia unit. " Things can get pretty dull here and sad," Capani said. "She would always brighten up the room when she walked in." Miss Berry, 19, died Friday in a head-on head-on head-on car collision on Route 38B in Newark Valley. The 2002 Newark Valley graduate was a Dean's List student at Broome Community College who worked at Nationwide Credit Inc. in Vestal and as an activity aide at Ideal. She recently became engaged to James Lavine of Rich-ford, Rich-ford, Rich-ford, who survived the crash. The driver of the second car, 79-year-old 79-year-old 79-year-old 79-year-old 79-year-old James P, Connerton of Binghamton, also was killed. His wife, Mary, was in critical condition Monday night at Wilson Wilson Memorial Regional Medical Center, Johnson City. Tioga County sheriffs deputies said Miss Berry was eastbound on Route 38B when she drove into the westbound lane and collided collided with the Connertons' car. A former neighbor remembered remembered Mr. Connerton as friendly and kind to his neighbors. "He always had a smile." Rita Lawlor recalled. So did Miss Berry, her co-workers co-workers co-workers co-workers at Ideal recalled. She talked with residents, mostly Alzheimer's patients; fed them snacks, fetched them drinks and played games such as bean bag tosses with them. "She was always passing out hugs," said Carol Shaver, a nurse on the dementia floor. She took patients for walks outside outside to admire flowers and wheeled those in wheelchairs to activities such as a visiting musician. musician. Shaver said. "Christine always had time for everybody ," Shaver said. Miss Berry didn't forget patients' families. Capani was invited to her wedding, which was scheduled for next June. "Christine always came in here and cheered me up," he said. "She visited us every time she was here." Miss Berry worked Mondays and Wednesdays, and last saw Capani on July 23. "1 said: i will see you Monday, sweetheart,'" he said. "Monday's here, but Christine is not." Mr. Connerton's funeral Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m. today at St. Patrick's Church in Binghamton. Binghamton. Calling hours for Miss Berry are scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at MacPher-sonFuneralHomeinNewark MacPher-sonFuneralHomeinNewark MacPher-sonFuneralHomeinNewark Valley. Valley. Her funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. e-mail: e-mail: e-mail: cnogaspressconnects.com

Clipped from Press and Sun-Bulletin29 Jul 2003, TueMain EditionPage 7

Press and Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, New York)29 Jul 2003, TueMain EditionPage 7
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