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Bird Cemetery
Saturday September 24th, 2022

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Myers Park
Saturday September 24th, 2022

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Howard E. Makela

Howard E. Makela of Groton passed away at the age of 80 on September 10, 2022, at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca.  Born in Ithaca on August 29, 1942, Howard graduated from Lansing Central School. He enlisted in the US Navy in the early 1960s and was honorably discharged following two years of service. He was employed by Morse Chain and went on to retire from Borg Warner as a tool and die maker.

Howard had a passion for antiques and antiquing.  He began acquiring insulators and went on to collect advertising signs and tins.  He frequently attended antique auctions, Madison-Bouckville Antique Week, and the Brimfield Antique Flea Market, where he enjoyed seeing his friends from the East Coast to as far as California.  Howard was also a fan of the NY Yankees, NY Giants, and NASCAR. 

Howard was predeceased by his mother, Blanche H. Farkas; father, John M. Farkas; sister, Dorinda M. Makela; brothers, Raymond Farkas and Chris L. Farkas; long-time companion, Shirley Sharpsteen; and devoted cat, Benny.

He is survived by his daughter, Stacey L. Makela of Trumansburg; sister, Linnea K. Makela of Baldwinsville; brothers, Steven J. (Kathy) Makela of Lansing, Joel A. (Lea) Farkas of VA, Michael A. (Carol) Farkas of Barker, NY; sister-in-law, Donna (Chris) Farkas; and several nieces and nephews.  Also surviving are Shirley’s children, Steve Sharpsteen and Kim Hooper; and Kim’s children, Kelsie and Kaden who adored “grandpa”.

Family and friends are invited to a graveside service at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2022, in Bird Cemetery on Bird Cemetery Road between Demond and Pierce Roads, Locke.  Following interment, everyone is welcome to a picnic beginning at 1:00 p.m. in Myers Park, Lansing.  The family kindly requests that anyone who plans to attend the service or picnic RSVP to: Howardandbenny2@yahoo.com by 9/21/22.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Howard’s name to Defenders of Wildlife or the SPCA of Tompkins County.



A candle was lit in memory of Howard Makela

Heather R Sharpsteen Sep 22 2022 9:22 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Howard Makela

Patty andrews Sep 16 2022 6:36 PM

Worked with Howard many years and drank a little beer together . He was one of the good guys.

Paul Short Sep 15 2022 5:06 PM