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Obituary: Martha Hillicoss

Martha Hillicoss

Martha Hillicoss, 93, of Surprise, New York, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 24, 2023. 

Martha was born in Manhattan, NY, on May 29, 1929, to the late Robert Elpel Sr. and Martha (Tielsch) Elpel. She grew up in East Durham on the family farm, and met her husband, Clifford, while working at the Elm Rest House. They married and made their home in Surprise, raising three children, Marilyn, Fred and Joyce.

Martha was a member of the Greenville Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed bowling, golfing, gardening and Dominos with the girls.

Martha worked for New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and retired after 25 years.

She is survived by daughter Joyce Van Deusen; sisters, Gertrude Smith and Elizabeth Weber; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will begin at 1 p.m. with a funeral service at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, 2023, at A.J. Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Martha to the Greenville Volunteer Fire Company would be appreciated. Condolence page is available at

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